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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 25, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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54-year-old man


is shot dead


POLICE are investigating
reports that a 54-year-old
Rhodes Street man may have
been the victim of a Mafia style
hit, having been shot in the
chest and head early yesterday
morning.
Charles Nottage, 54, was
found shot to death in the bath-
room of his own home shortly
after 3am.
According to information
reaching The Tribune, Mr Not-
tage went. outside of his house
to a Shell's Breakfast and
Lunch van when an "explosive
sound" was heard.


The 54 year old was seen run-
ning inside the house being pur-
sued by a gunman with a cloth
around the lower portion of his
face.
Mr Nottage's 47-year-old
companion, Andrea Ferguson,
also received injuries from a gun
shot wound to her left arm. She
was taken to hospital where her
condition is listed as stable.
While police do not have a
motive for this latest shooting,
which pushes the murder count
to 68 for the year, they are fol-
lowing a number of lines of
inquiry.


Govt intends to
'redouble' low,

cost housing

programme
* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
OVER.a thousand Bahamians
can expect t9 gain employment on
the public payroll by the first quar-
ter of next year, with some jobs
available by Christmas, The Tri-
bune has learned.
According to Labour Minister,
Senator Dion Foulkes, the gov-
ernment intends to "redouble" its
low-cost housing construction pro-
gramme by early next year, adding
around 1,000 people to the 1,000-
plus contractors and sub-contrac-
tors who ve recently signed up to
work on the programme.
- Mr Foulkes said such work, in
conjunction with "fast-tracked"
capital projects which the prime
minister announced, will help
"take up some of the slack in the
construction industry."
Another part of the economic
stimulus package which the gov-
ernment proposes to absorb some
of the unemployed will see a major
beautification project undertaken.
"We're going to clean this island
and it's going to be beautiful," said
Mr Foulkes, adding that such pro-
jects are expected to provide work
for potentially "hundreds" of
Bahamians.
SEE page 10


CONSTRUCTION WORK takes place at Ardastra Estates. The Minister of Housin
possible housing market meltdown, says it's 'full speed ahead' with the construction
idence, Grand Bahama and Abaco. SEE PAGE 10


Treasure excavation fears spark
E By MEGAN REYNOLDS --tial plunder.


0I BahaMar denies company to meet
government over possibility of layoffs
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
SBA MAR officials denied yesterday that the company is set to meet
EL with government this week to'discuss the possibility of further impending lay
S n offs at its Cable Beach hotels.
The Tribune was informed by Labour Minister Dion Foulkes earlier yes-
C ." terday that the Prime Minister has been "extremely active in terms of meet-
S ing not only with managers but with owners of hotels to attempt to influence
Stem not to have any drastic lay offs."
S Asked whether any such meetings were scheduled, Mr Foulkes said that
he and Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool Wallace are to meet with "a
Hotel" this week.
Asked whether this is because the property, the name of which he declined
;1 4 to disclose, had indicated it may be considering letting workers go, Mr
S. 'Foulkes confirmed that this was the case.
Another source later identified the property as BahaMar.
g, despite growing concerns of a
of nearly 250 homes in New Prov- SEE page 10

SBahamian soldier dies
minister visit after being shot on duty


Tribune Staff Reporter He said no one has yet been appointed by
government to excavate the site, and how the
FEARS that San Salvador residents are wealth, if found, will be distributed, has yet
attempting to excavate buried treasure to be determined.
thought to be worth $10 billion sparked a vis- The site is currently closed to the public
it by Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing and under police surveillance.
yesterday. Mr Laing said: "My understanding is that
Gold, rubies, diamonds, sapphires and San Salvadorians are among the people
other precious stones believed by scientists doing digging down there, and we will stress
and archeologists to be buried at Fortune Hill, San to them that any such digging really is against the law.
Salvador, by 17th century buccaneer Captain Kidd "There is supposed to be an agreement between
have driven residents to carry out their own excava- whoever finds the treasure and the government, so
tions in the hope of finding the buried treasure, nobody should be excavating any treasure without
Mr Laing held a meeting with the community at express agreement from government."


Government High School last night to explain the
procedure for unearthing and distributing the poten-


SEE page 10


Police officer

in custody
POLICE confirmed a uniformed
officer stationed in Nqw Providence
is in custody following a drug and
illegal firearm find in South Andros
over the weekend.
According to high-ranking sources
within the RBPF, the officer in ques-
tion was arrested by Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEU) officers follow-
ing a "raid" of a home on the island.
DEU officers reportedly received
reports of guns and drugs at the
house where they allegedly found
the officer, in the company of others.
They also found a crop of mari-
. SEE page 10


N By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
FINGER-pointing and cast-
ing blame are not going to
guide the country out of the
myriad of economic problems
that grip it, two former parlia-
mentarians said yesterday.
Instead a strong display of
solidarity from politicians, con-
SEE page 10


S-By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
A WARRIOR, friend, son and
good brother were words used to
describe the soldier, Adam Gold-
smith, whose story The Tribune
brought to our readers yesterday.
Goldsmith died on Wednesday,
November 12, after being shot
while on duty in Honduras. He
was 38.
Adam was a true patriot, a pro-
fessional and a man with a strong
sense of duty. He had overcome
racism, isolation and loneliness to
become one of the best soldiers
in his squadron.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune just weeks before his death,
he spoke of his hope for the young
people of his beloved nation.
"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 crimi-
nals, the corrupt and the false
prophets?"
Adam left behind three sons
and a daughter, 15-year-old Ash-
ley.
Ashley's mother, Delores
Hunter, Adam's childhood sweet-
heart and friend, spoke to The Tri-
bune yesterday about the man
who she said was a soldier from
the time he was a child.
Even though he was fighting


AUAM UULUDSMIIH was described
as a 'warrior, friend, son and good
brother'.
another man's war, Ms Hunter
said, Adam felt he was fighting to
better the Bahamas.
"His thing was that whatever
happened to the United States
would happen to home," she said.
When he was a member of the
British army he was on active
operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan
and Iraq. Adam died serving in
Honduras as part of a private secu-
rity firm.
His parents, Grand Bahamians
Terry and Dorothy Goldsmith,
were expected to travel to South
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THE TRIBUNE


PLP cautions govt



on work permits

WITH a growing number of "It is at times such as these that "It is reported that Bahamians
Bahamians losing their jobs the government must be very cau- in large numbers are often lined
almost daily, the PLP is caution- tious in its approach to the up outside that facility in search of
ing the government about work approval of work permit applica- work. Further it is said that at "
permits for foreigners, calling for tions. The government must Harcourt Development a signifi-
a return to the Bahamianisation immediately review its policies, cant number of the workforce is
policy, procedures and practices as it made up of Latin Americans who
Chairman Glenys Hanna-Mar- relates to the grant of work per- are working as tile layers. This so
tin said the party finds it interest- mits. at the worst economic times in


ing that the Immigration Depart-
ment is processing 500 work per-
mit applications a week and that
a special unit has been established
to process applications on a more
efficient basis.
"In the last several weeks hun-
dreds and hundreds of Bahamian
workers have been sent home
either by way of terminations or
lay-offs as a claimed result by
employers of the dire economic
conditions presently being expe-
rienced in this country. The num-
bers of the unemployed are
steadily swelling with new mem-
bers being added almost every
day.


Policy
"Today more than ever it is of
critical importance that it seeks
to. reinstate with uncompromis-
ing vigour the policy of Bahami-
anisation, bending over back-
wards to ensure that no job
vacancy in this country will be
filled by an expatriate when there
is a Bahamian who.is able to com-
petently fill that post," she said.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said that at
the Grand Bahama Shipyard, out
of a workforce of 900, 600 are
non-Bahamians, mostly welders.


the history of Grand Bahama
where unemployment is at an all
time high and when Bahamians
are suffering significant hardship.
"The government must imme-
diately review the status of these
and all work permits with a view
to ensuring that Bahamians are
not beggars in their own land.
While it is understood that multi-
national corporations will wish to
engage key personnel who may
not be of Bahamian origin, the
Bahamas government cannot be
seen to be giving permission to
these corporations to the disad-
vantage of Bahamian workers in
the land of their birth," she said.


Plans for. more pro-hanging marches


MORE pro-hanging marches are to be held in
Nassau following Saturday's successful demonstra-
tion, when hundreds turned out to call for killers to
be executed.
Organiser Rodney Moncur, whose Workers Par-
ty backed a murder victims group in staging the
march, said response had been very encouraging.
"So much so that we shall be staging other march-
es this year," he told The Tribune, "It is important
that we continue to get the message out."
He said it was necessary for the pro-hanging lob-
by to keep up the pressure, especially as the


Bahamas' 66th murder for 2008 occurred within 36
hours.of the protest.
The mandatory death penalty for murderers was
made discretionary after a Privy Council ruling in
2006. But the government maintains that it is com-
mitted to enforcing the death penalty.
However, the last person to die on the gallows
in Nassau was Haitian-Bahamian David Mitchell,
who was executed at Fox Hill Prison in January,
2000.
He had been convicted of murderinkn expatri-
ate couple at their home in Abaco.


BTC warns of email scam


THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company is warning
its subscribers of a potentially
dangerous e-mail scam.

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According to BTC, there is
an e-mail being circulated with
the subject: "Verify and Update
your www.batelnet.bs email."
The company is cautioning its
customers not to open or
respond to this e-mail as they
may be at risk for identity theft.
Vice president responsible
public relations Marlon John-
son said: "BTC is investigating
this e-mail scam, in the mean-
time we are advising our cus-
tomers not to open this e-mail
or respond to it.
"The e-mail asks customers
to provide their personal infor-
mation.
"BTC will never ask cus-


tomers for any confidential
information via e-mail."
This e-mail thread began late
last week. It asks customers for
information on their personal
identity, including their first and
last name, e-mail user name and
password.
The e-mail further warns cus-
tomers that if they fail to verify
this information in a seven day
period they will lose their e-mail
permanently.-
Customers that have respond-
ed to this e-mail are being
advised to change their pass-
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 3


LOCL EW


0 In brief


Police quiz

three men

after finding

firearms

THREE men in their 20s
are being questioned by
police after a high-speed
chase led to the discovery of
two firearms.
Around 1.30pm yesterday,
a mobile patrol unit was in
southern New Providence
when the officers noticed the
occupants of a Honda Leg-
end acting in a suspicious
manner.
When the patrol car
approached, the Honda sped
off and the officers gave
chase on to Malcolm Road.
The Honda then struck a
Ministry of Health truck and
collided with two residential
fences before coming to a
stop.
Two of the occupants ran
from the scene and the offi-
cers gave chase.
As a result of the incident,
a 22-year-old man from Step
Street, a 28-year-old man
from Sandilands Village and
another young man from
Golden Gates were taken
into custody for questioning.
The officers confiscated a
.357 revolver with six live
rounds of ammunition and a
Tech-9 pistol with 15 live
rounds of 9mm ammunition.

GB Police detain
pair over US
counterfeit
notes discovery
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT-Grand
Bal ma Police detained two r
nic,4 in connection \itirhe.h di.'- *
co s: ot-liS ounterteii notas :
A4.sistant Superintendent
Loretta Nlacke\ reported that a
30-year-old HviWksbill man ,as
taken in for questioning on',ri-
day in relation to an ongoing
investigation.
Following this, the-officers
disc6vered$1,000.in US.~urren-
cy. : " '
Ms Mickey reported.4at the
bills, which all had the ial number FK659364918 are
suspected of.being counterfeit.
She saidifurther investigations
were conducted and second
person -a 27 year-old Mammy,
Corner man was taken in for,
questioning. ..
More US cutrienc. bearing
the same .serial number was
then dfsco, cred, she said.

Fireapim arrest
I%%o men are beimg.ques-
ti,'ned in connection with the
di'coveFr of a gun at an apart-
ment in Freeport
Supt Mackey said police exe-
cuted a search warrant on Satur-
day, November, 22, at about
10pm at an apartment on Peri-
dot Place in the Coral Gardens.
During a search, a black Lla-
ma MAXI-1.45 Pistol along
with one magazine and six live
rounds of.45 ammunition'were "
discovered by an officer.
The two men, both 25, are
reportedly in police custody and
helping with the investigation.


Social services




fraud uncovered

Extra measures put in place, says Minister


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
The Department of Social Ser-
vices has put in place extra mea-
sures to reduce the incidence of
fraudulent claims, Minister of
Labour and Social Development
Dion Foulkes said yesterday.
This comes as police are inves-
tigating the activities of a group of
people who were found to be
undertaking a campaign to scam
social services in October.
According to Mr Foulkes, the
"three to four" people involved
were "going round in a very short
period of time to all the (social
services) centres and accessing
the same benefit based on the
same set of circumstances."


Over a three day period the
group reportedly managed to
obtain a number of $100 emer-
gency food stamps from all four
of the Department's New Provi-
dence locations.


"We now have a mechanism in
place where all of the centres
know each day who the appli-
cants are," said Mr Foulkes,
adding: "I want to advise people
that this is for those in need.
Please don't take advantage of
the programme."
The government budgeted an
extra $6 million this year for
social assistance programmes,
bringing the total money at its
disposal to $13 million.
Mr Foulkes said: "That $6 mil-
lion came in at the right time,
because we really didn't antici-
pate that we'd have these things,
this downturn in the economy. It
just so happens that we have suf-,
ficiefit funds for all of our pro-
grammes because of that $6 mil-
lion."


Opposition accuses the


PM of 'one-upmanship'

THE Progressive Liberal Party reminded this dilemma is not.a
criticised Prime Minister Hubert '':' sporting game but rather affects
Ingraham yesterday, claiming he the lives of the Bahamian people
is trying to engage in "one- and the life of the country in gen-
upmanship" by insinuating that. I eral. In the end result the
the Bahamas is better off now :.. .. Bahamian people will be the
than it would have been under '" judges," she said.
his predecessor Perry Christie. '


In a release issued late yester-
day, party chairman Glenys Han-
na-Martin said that she was dis-
appointed in Mr Ingraham's com-
ments, especially coming at such a
time when "serious maturity and
sober reflection" is required.
"The prime minister seems to
suggest that he is 'simply the best'
outranking in ability the 'former
prime minister Perry Christie.
Better his FNM than the PLP,"
she said.
"Let me say at the outset we
all pray that the prime minister
successfully charts our country
out of this dark and scary period
in our nation's history. The last
time our country experienced a
significant threat io its economic
.ell-being' yas during :he lma.n-
cial services crisis (in the mid-',
1990s0 "lBin the Bahamas was
blacklisted and Mr Ingraham pan-
icked, capitulated and arguably
set back the industry for all time,"
she said. .
"He refused to.consult with sig-
nificant stakeholders, some he'
called crooks and today we see
the same stubborn approach to


things, refusing to engage in
bipartisan discussions contrary to
what is happening in countries all
over the world, including the
United States and Europe.
"So while we listen carefully to
the prime minister as he boasts
as'to how lucky we are to have
him and while we trust that our
country will not falter under his
watch, we are praying that we see
a better exercise of judgment than
his previous record seems to sug-
gest.
"Perry Christie has indicated
that by now he would have set
Sup a task force and would have
been working with the tourism
industry and other thinkers of this
country to agree strategies to pro-
tect this country and pursue a
bipartisan approach.
"We are now in the midst of
the crisis, perhaps the prime min-
ister should wait until we have
weathered it before he grades
himself. But he should also be


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A MAN accused of murder
was discharged yesterday after a
Magistrate ruled that the prose-
cution had offered no evidence
to implicate him in the offence.
Chirlds Lightbourne,.36, of
Black Village appeared before
Magistrate Guillimina Archer at
Court 10 in Nassau Street yester-
day; i
*Ligltboume was charged in the
Dececiber 2006 shooting death
of Brfan Roberts. He was also
charged with possession of a
firearm with the intent to efidan-
ger the life of Sean Brown.
Roberts, 31, a resident of
Andros Avenue, was shot multi-
ple times on December 26, 2006,
near his home.
According to reports, a man
had gone to the victim's home
looking for him and was told that
he was not at home.
Minutes later, the victim was
seen running towards his house
followed by another man armed
with a gun. Several shots were
reportedly fired and Roberts was
found near a wall with multiple
gunshot wounds.
A preliminary inquiry was held
at Court 10 in Nassau Street and
yesterday Magistrate Archer
ruled that Lightbourne be dis-
charged.
Magistrate Archer ruled that
the prosecution had not adduced


one "scintilla" of evidence impli-
cating the defendant in relation to
the charges.
She noted that although seven
witnesses had been called during
the preliminary inquiry, the vir-
tual complainant in the second
charge was never called as a"wit-
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Unbelievable PLP statements in House


IN THE House of Assembly, on Thursday
more than one PLP MP expressed the wish that
,during this time of economic crisis Perry Christie
and not Hubert Ingraham were prime minister.
After five years of chronic indecision and
missed opportunities during the Christie years we
couldn't believe our ears.
Silently we offered a prayer of thanksgiving
that amidst the present chaos Ingraham and not
Christie holds the tiller.
What the Christie team refuses to acknowl-
edge is that if Mr Christie had been more deci-
sive in processing the billion dollar projects
which he often boasted his government had
attracted to the Bahamas, most of these devel-
opments would have by now been completed.
For example in December 2003, a little over
a year after winning the government then prime
minister Christie announced that negotiations
were underway for a billion dollar tourist invest-
ment at Cable Beach.
It was an open secret at the time-that the bil-
lion dollar BahaMar was considered by Mr
Christie as his legacy to offset the Atlantis devel-
opment, which was considered Prime Minister
Ingraham's legacy.
The fact that BahaMar failed is symbolic of
the Christie administration.
It is true that Philip Rtiffin delayed negotia-
tions as he hummed and hawed over the sale of
his Wyndham hotel as part of the deal. Eventu-
ally Ruffin sold.
However, by 2004 it was reported that Dirkran
Izmirlian, the Swiss-Armenian billionaire, the
prime ,mover behind BahaMar, was threaten-
ing to pull out of Cable Beach and concentrate
on other ventures.
Persons close to the Izmirlians at the time
said that the property investor had become
increasingly frustrated by the Christie govern-
ment's "footdragging" over signing the heads
of agreement for the project.
By 2005 the headlines were taken over by the
"secret clauses", which the FNM claimed had
been found in the BahaMar deal, agreed by the
Christie government, but not disclosed to the
Bahamian people.
The Izmirlians were pressing'for a supple-
mental Heads of Agreement contract with the
Christie government before the "critical bench-
mark date" of March 1, 2007 to "allow the com-
pany to comfortably conclude its joint venture
.agreement with Harrah's by the mid-March clos-
ing date."
Two months later the Christie government
was defeated at the polls.
By January 31, 2008 33-months after the
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former prime minister Christie the Ingraham
government signed the long overdue supple-
mental heads of agreement with BahaMar and its
joint venture partner Harrah's for a $2.6 billion
investment.
However, the following month Harrah's
announced that it had pulled out of the Cable
Beach venture, citing comments in the
House of Assembly questioning its ability to
proceed.
In a letter written to Mr Izmirlian, the invest-
ment company that bought Harrah' Entertain-
ment said that the "long delays in reaching agree-
ment" with the Christie government and the
acquiring of the relevant land rights, contributed
to "considerable doubt about whether the pro-
ject can be financed at all given the continuous-
ly deteriorating debt markets." 1 1
Also, said the letter, Prime Minister Ingra-
ham's remarks in the House made the company
believe that the "land will not be delivered to the
joint venture as planned."
Mr Ingraham had made his comments based
on confidential e-mails he had received several
days before that Harrah's was not fully com-
mitted to the project.
Turn to today's Business section and read
about BahaMar-Harrah's case before the
Supreme Court of New York, which confirms Mr
Ingraham's information that the agreement
between Harrah's and BahamaMar had expired
by December 3i, 2007. ...* . .-, 'i,"-
And now the South Ocean development, an
agreement signed by the Christie government,
two days before defeat in the May 2007 general
elections.
If the agreement had been signed sooner, the.
development would possibly have been com-
pleted, instead it now dangles in limbo with two
partners locked in disagreement.
One of the partners, Plainfield Asset Man-
agement, a $5 billion hedge fund, which, accord-
ing to a recent Wall Street Journal report, was
down 8 per cent through October, and had told
investors "that in just the past few weeks it
received withdrawal requests amounting to as
much as one-third of its assets."
According to this weekend's Wall Street Jour-
nal under the heading, "More Hedge Funds
Expected to Succumb", it is reported that "Plain-
field Asset Management, are placing invest-
ments into separate funds, sometimes called
'special purpose vehicles' that will sell the assets
over time, to avoid dumping securities m a rough
mar-1 t, according to investors."
-a-, this could have been avoided if Mr
Christie had moved these investments to earlier
completion.


Slaughter of dogs



on Bahamian


roads


- cruel but


usual treatment


EDITOR, The Tribune.
RIDING along Blue Hill
Road not many days ago, a sub-
ject close to my heart caught
my eye.
A beautiful and fluffy-looking
coal-black puppy, just a 'v
weeks old, was standing o'
edge of the sidewalk.
His head was mechanically
rotating from shoulder to sh' il-
der as its babyish and soft
brown eyes scanned the heaiy
trafficked street to find that rfe-
dle-eye of opportunity to make
a break for the other side of the
street.
I was frightened out of. my
wits. My pulse picked up-pace
as my heart began beating wild-
ly. I saw someone standing in
the front yard, merely a stone's
throw away from the pup.
Before I could.bellow out a
word of warning, it was like
"man over board." The puppy
had plunged into the street. I
watched In the rear-view mirror
as he made good a narrow
escape; then I asked a question
to which only the good Lord
knew the answer: How many
more times before his luck runs
out?
The number of stray dogs
roaming our streets is rising at
an insidious and alarming rate.
The thing, however, that is
equally unsettling is the man-
ner in which these animals are
needling through traffic-unim-
peded, as they navigate their
way all over New Providence
at peak traffic hours and
beyond. These dogs are so at
home on our streets that some
of them literally stand on the
side of the street and wait u. 1
the light changes to make thI
move... this, I have watched in
thorough amazement on
numerous occasions. I think it.is
one of the wonders of Bahami-
an roads.
Several months ago I was in
the Farrington road area, in an
exit way waiting to ease onto
the main street.
Suddenly out of nowhere a
young dog, probably less than
eight months old, got wind of a
food trail, and with his nose
glued to the asphalt, headed out
into the middle of the street.
At my right I saw what I
could only call an incredibly
reckless driver doing roughly
double the speed limit in that
peak traffic area.
In hopes of averting "
impending disaster, I lay on:
horn to alert the driver to the
plight of the dog in the middfR
of the street, and the possible
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imagine that? This was some-
thing that should have been
clearly in his purview, if he was
awake. But I may as well had
been 'whistling Dixie'.
The car plowed thunderously
through the dog, thrusting it
about twenty feet ahead.
The driver seemingly woke
up and slammed brakes and
came within inches of his own
life.
Two seconds more and the
carnage of twisted metal and
sparkling, shattered glass would
either have included the unlov-
ing embrace of a huge cedar
tree or an engagement with the
car waiting in line before him
or perhaps both.
Shockingly, (it must have
been an adrenal in rush) the dis-
orientated dog sprang out of his
mangled form and headed for
the Bushes howling, as if mourn-
ing his own death.
I seriously doubt that he out-
lasted the night. Clearly, there is
a lot of blame to go around.
However, flogging a dead
horse is just as futile as shutting
the barn door once the horse
has already got out. The abuse
of animals in this country has
reached insane proportions.
Could you imagine how many
dogs die on our streets annual-
ly? I can, in recent times, recall
seeing three dead dogs on the
street in one day.
That saddened me terribly. It
is an undeniable fact that many
animal owners are falling down
in their responsibility and
neglecting their animals that
subsequently become menaces
to other people and their prop-
erty. Inspector Grant, with his
more than twenty years of expe-
rience at the Humane Society,
had a mouthful to say on this
subject a mouthful that
should not be kept secret: "Peo-
ple fail to spay and neuter their
animals and fence their yards
and equip them with gates.
Proper types of confines for
these animals are absolutely
essential.
Sometimes people tie these
animals on short chains with-
out shelter and available food
and water. They take them to
the beach without any fresh
water for the dogs to drink,
without the conscious realisa-
tion that dogs don't drink salt
water. It's not so much a dog
problem as it is a people prob-
lem were they more respon-
sible we wouldn't have a prob-
lem." Inspector Grant contin-
ued: "You know, already' for
the day we've had two dogs
struck by traffic. Subsequently,
we had to send out our ambu-
lance and put them to sleep; one
had a broken back." I can think
of several ways to approach this
poorly monitored problem, but
for the sake of time and space I
am offering two suggestions.
Firstly, we must think along
Sthe lines of short and long term
planning. In the short term, with
a sustained and heavily con-
certed effort, we can easily and
effectively clear our streets of
strays to a noticeable degree in
a few short months.
Long term, newspapers and
radio stations should carry
announcements that caring
owners (who allow their dogs
to go out to exercise) have a
week to secure their dogs and
after that week everything
roaming our street would be
fair-game for the Canine Unit.
Other branches of Govern-
ment that deal with dogs can be
brought in to assist the Canine
Unit. Fencing, collar and licens-
ing laws for dogs should be
made an enforceable reality by
this Government.
Where are the authorities?
Sometimes, I wonder if the
authorities responsible for trap-
ping these animals drive the
same streets and shop at the
same stores as do the rest of the
populace.
S Or has bureaucracy and red
tape so tied their feet that they
throw up their arms in disgust,
because nobody wants to make
the really tough decisions.
I was told by a source close to
,.. the Canine Unit that the chal-
/ lenges facing them are multi-
faceted: firstly, they don't work


shifts, and work hours are from
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.
They are closed on Saturdays
and Sundays, and they only pick
up dogs from Monday to Thurs-
day.
Work on Fridays is generally
restricted to the compound.
As of the first week in Octo-
ber, only one van in an embar-
rassingly small fleet was work-
ing.
Now for my analogy that may
be considered a little strong and
in some quarters I may be mea-
sured "out of my skull." If
Police, officers were mandated
to stop working shifts and
worked only Mondays to Thurs-
days from 8am to 4pm to ser-
vice the public, and work on
Friday were restricted to in-
house police business and if
their offices were closed on Sat-
urdays and Sundays, the first
outcry from the public would
likely be: "They ain' serious
'bout crime."
Another individual speaking
under conditions of anonymity
said: "No Government has ever
taken the problem of stray dogs
seriously."
I, however, won't be so hasty
to paint so broad a stroke with
my brush until we've given a bit
of time,.because sometimes
people genuinely don't know
what is happening beneath their
noses. However, time will be a
fittingly appropriate judge...and
if nothing changes in the next
couple months, then it would
be most fitting to borrow and
apply a vernacular that's been
made popular in the world of
football: "It is what it is."
Don't get me wrong. I'm not
saying that the stray dog dilem-
ma is a Government problem,
what I am saying, however, is
that they can do more than any-
one else; by way of overdue leg-
islation, awareness (print and
electronic media) and issuance
of penalties to the transgressors.
The biggest eye-opener for
me in relation to this subject is
how the Canine Unit would set
traps for the stray dogs and peo-
ple would sometime release the
dogs from the traps and others
would steal the traps and use
them to catch fish and sell crabs.
It appears, Inspector Grant
may have hit the nail on the
head, when he said: "It's not so
much a dog problem as it is a
people problem were they
more responsible we won't have
a problem." I was informed that
the Unit has lost close to one
hundred such traps .(ballpark
figure) in the past five years due
to theft. It's like making two
steps forward and being pushed
five steps backward. Is motiva-
tion the problem? Yes, that's it.
Good old-fashioned motivation.
Is that what we're waiting
for? For a pack of mutts to
chase school children into
streets to dart their way through
oncoming traffic?
Or are we waiting for them
to bite another tourist, before
leaping. into action in full
regalia? Then we have all the
cameras and microphones show
up, just to tell the world about
our polished plan for never
allowing it to happen, ever
again.
Then they come up with a
few hundred thousand dollars
for "mop-up" duty and "dam-
age control." Don't tell me that
I'm being melodramatic,
because, if there's one lesson to
be learnt from history it is that
she has a stammering tongue,
that is to say she repeats her-
self. These indicators are not
characteristic of a proactive
society; rather it's the indige-
nous and decrepit belongings
of a reactive one.
If we don't deal with this sit-
uation now, and do so in a
direct; coordinated and delib-
erate way, it will come back to
bite us, no pun intended.
I'm reminded of the words of
one writer who said: "No clever
alignment of rotten eggs can
give you a good omelet." There
are some things that just don't
mix, and dogs and traffic just
happen to be on that list. The
end result will usually be some-
one getting hurt, maimed or
killed. More often than not,
though not always, it will be
man's best friend.
CLINT SEYMOUR
Nassau,
November, 2008.


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THE T~UNE UESDY, NOEMBER25,C008,NAGES


0 In brief

Man fined for
indecent assault
on boy, 14
A Puerto Rican man accused
of indecently assaulting a 14-
year-old boy was fined $2,500
by a local Magistrate yesterday
after pleading. guilty to the
charge. It had been alleged that
Luis Munoz-Torres indecently
assaulted the boy on Friday
November21. I
Munoz-Torres was arraigned
on the charge before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester at Court 11 in
Nassau Street. If he fails to pay
the fine he will have to serve a
six month prison term.
Religious leaders
urged to take part
in conference
AS the world faces terrible eco-
nomiq woes, a battering on Chris-
tian principles, and an uncertain
future, Evangelist Charmaine
Josey is calling on religious lead-
ers to take part in the' upcoming
'No Flesh' Conference.
The eyent, to be held Novem-
ber 25 and 26 at Worker's House
on Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway at 7pm, is open to the
public, as Evangelist Josey wishes
to reach out to Christian leaders,
individuals at the forefront of
ministry, and potential ministry
leaders. She said: "The 'No Flesh'
Conference is for persons who
are between a 'rock and a hard
place', persons who are feeling
the pressure of the economy and
who are unsure where to turn for
help, and persons who are being
faced with compromising their
bodies in the hopes of financial
gain. Anyone who feels as though
they need guidance at this junc-
ture of their lives should come
out and be blessed of the Lord."
The opening session of the con-
ference will feature Pastor Beth
Munroe from Temple Fellowship
Ministries. On Wednesday Pas-
tor Terry Strappfrom Temple
' Fellowship and Prophet Thomas
Maxwell will address the gather-
ing. "The seminar'speaks to living
holy at this time and no one is
exempted from this call, and from
this seminar," said Evangelist
Josey. "This conference will have
a significant impact on the body
of Christ ,nd. the country at large
as it s'eaks to leaders first." ,

Hokeineirp photos
to be exhibited
UP to 100 pictures by Nassau
photographer Richard Hoke-
meir will be exhibited at Poop.
Deck West on Saturday,
December 13.
Hokemeir, an American who
has lived in the Bahamas for
more than 40 years, said all the
work on show was taken locally,
most of it offering unusual inter-
pretations of everyday subjects.
The 67-yehr-old, who worked
for Dupuch Publications for 44
years, is now officially retired,
but he launched Your Photogra-
pher Ltd when he giew tired of
the domestic routine.
On his wife's advice, he began
taking pictures again, and now
exhibits four or five times a year
at various venues around Nas- .
sau. Next month's one-day show
opens at noon and will continue
until 9pm.


New France-Nassau



flight expected to



give tourism a lift


Officials hail Excel service as 'good news'


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemrnedia.net
Bahamian tourism numbers
are anticipated to get a much-
needed boost from a new
direct 'service from France to
Nassau set to take off in
December.
Tourism officials are herald-
ing the Excel airlines service,
which will fly from Paris, as
"good news" for the industry
at a time when the stream of
visitors from the United States
is thinning out,
Tyrone Sawyer, director of
airlift at the Ministry of
Tourism said: "It's significant.
Whenever you have new ser-
vice that's something that
you'd want to trumpet and
make a big deal of ... partic-
ularly when you have service
from Europe which diversifies
the base of our tourism origi-
nating markets."
The first few weekly flights
the 360-seater Airbus 330
plane will make to the
Bahamas, starting December
18, are showing "very strong"


advanced bookings, said Mr
Sawyer. ,
The route comes on stream
during the winter season, a
traditionally peak time for
travel to the Bahamas.
European visitors have gen-
erally been seen as more like-
ly to visit the Family Islands
over New Providence resorts


than their North American
counterparts.
Mr Sawyer said Excel in
negotiating with Bahamasair
at the moment to ensure con-
necting flights to Grand
Bahama and other Out Island
destinations are available.
"I know there are some con-
versations going on between
them in order to facilitate peo-
ple going not only to Nassau
and Paradise Island but to the
Family Islands," he said.
Several tour operators are
promoting 'the flights in
France at present.
The service will be seasonal,
running throughout the win-
ter season and stopping in the
spring. "They would be watch-
ing it and if any opportunities
arise to extend that we will
certainly try to secure that
opportunity," said Mr Sawyer.
Expanding airlift to the
Bahamas was identified by
Minister of Tourism Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace as a
major pillar'of the ministry's
plan to bolster the flagging
industry.


Christian Council hopes seminars

will offer financial, spiritual guidance


* By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS unemployment figures
. throughout the country contin-
ue to grow, and with many
Bahamians.falling behind on
their mortgage'and utility pay-
,ments, the Bahamas Christian.
. Council is-responding with sev-
eral community projects target-
ing persons in need of financial
and spiritual guidance.
Christian Council President
Rev Patrick Paul said that
although it is important for
church communities to encour-
age those affected by the cur-
rent economic tsunami, he adds
that it is also vital to provide
"tangible" assistance where it
is available.
With the first of a series of
financial seminars beginning
this evening at 7pm, Rev Paul
said that the council expects
hundreds to turn out in search,
of counselling and for financial
and budgeting tips.
For persons living in the
northwestern New Providence,
the venue is Calvary Baptist
Youth Centre on Baillou Hill
Road, where speakers will
include entrepreneur Deborah


Zonicle, Pastor Jeff Wood,
Jerome Neily and Rev Philip
McPhee.
In the northeastern district,
there will also be a similar held
at Bahamas Academy where Dr
Timothy Barrett will provide
stress reduction tips, and RBG
Regional manager Nathaniel
Beneby will be, providing finan-.
cial advice.
Financial counsellor Rev
Alfred Stewart, and family
counsellor Antonio Beckford
will be speaking at the south-
western district meeting, which
is scheduled to be held at the
Anatole Rodgers School.
There will also be a meeting
held at E P Roberts school for
persons living in the Robinson
Road and East Street central
areas. Local Psychiatrist Dr Nel-
son Clarke will be joined there
by Gregory Bethel, who is gen-
eral manager of Fidelity Bank.
Rev Paul said that although

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A total of 95 Haitians are being held at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre after being apprehended in the Cen-
tral Bahamas over the weekend.
While on routine patrol at 3.45pm on Saturday afternoon,
the crew of the Defence Force vessel HMBS Nassau spotted
a 30-foot Haitian sailing sloop about three-quarter miles north
of Seal Cay in the Ragged Island chain.
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the Defence Force vessel, and the migrants were brought
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took time away from a
busy film schedule this
month to do a bit of fish-
ing in Grand Bahama.
The star of Pulp Fiction
and Mission Impossible I
and H is the celebrity
guest of FishTV a
Canadian fishing show
that not only focuses on
the thrill of fishing, but
also showcases destina-
tions.
' Mr Rhames said he has
been enjoying the local
food and got a great taste
of it-at a reception held in
his honour at Joe's Bar
and Grill at Taino Beach
on November 19.
The Grand Bahama
Ministry of Tourism
sponsored the event, and
Mr Rhames and his wife
Deborah enjoyed
Bahamian music by Just
Friends while they and
the Fish TV team sipped
on Bahama mamas and
gullywash served in
coconuts.
They devoured the
conch fritters, which were
a huge hit with, everyone,
in particular MrRhames.
They also tasted Bahami-
an lobster cooked'on
skewers between roasted
vegetables.

Impressed
The group said they
were so impressed with
the Bahamian hospitality
at the event, they
returned to Joe's Bar and
Grill the following
evening after a busy day
of filming and touring the
island.
The Rhames couple
and the Fish TV crew
went sightseeing, boating.
fishing, and visited the
fish fry at Smith's Point,
the.Port Lucaya Market-
place, the Pelican Bay
Hotel and Kayak Nature
Tours much of which
was captured on video
and will air on Fish TV
and other sport and fish-
ing channels.
A short video interview
produced by Mackey-
Media can be seen on
The Bahamas Weekly
website featurinjgMr
Rhames; the Fishi hosts; Ambrose Morris,
manager communications
at the Bahamas Tourism
Office in Mississauga,
Ontario; and Betty
Bethel, general manager
of business development
for the Grand Bahama
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MPsays PM needs to clarify on mortgage relief


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.ndt

THE Prime Minister needs to further clar-
ify exactly what relief the Government will
give to mortgage-holders who are now
unable to meet their payments, MP for North
Andros, Vincent Peet said Friday.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said on
Thursday that government's intention in
announcing that it woald offer relief to peo-
ple who find themselves unable to meet their
mortgage obligation; because of unemploy-
ment was never to ise public money to pay
those people's moRtgages.
He urged peopb to speak with their banks
to see if they cal come to an arrangement
over how they cm handle their debt, adding
however that "tlose who are unable to make
those arrangements will be able to benefit
from a government programme."
Mr Peet said that until MrIngraham
details howand when people are to benefit
from such assistance, those who are being
turned awiy by their banks at present when
they. seek a special repayment arrangement
"areadefftin the same position they were in
before." ;
"Therefore there's no hope and no relief.
That's what I was concerned about. There
- should be some certainty," said Mr Peet.
Mr Ingraham announced the mortgage


assistance programme during a visit to Wash-
'ington, DC, in early October. He said it may
be implemented as early as this month.
Meanwhile, several banks, including the
Mortgage Corporation and the Royal Bank
of Canada, have indicated a commitment to
assisting those clients who have good debt
management histories but are now strug-
gling to meet their mortgage payments.

Banks

Mr Peet added: "I believe that those per-
sons with mortgages would certainly appre-
ciate the Prime Minister speaking to the
banks and I hope and trust the banks would
be prepared to assist but you know it is a lit-,
tle bit more when the Prime Minister meets
and makes a commitment to say that indi-
viduals.will be assisted to avoid them going
under and there's some guarantee, some
certainty, as opposed to leaving it to the dis-
cretion of banks and I think that is the con-
cern folks will have."
He suggested .that Government encour-,
age banks to' assist mortgage holders, by
deferring principal payments for a specific
period of time, for example, if it were to
guarantee certain loans.
SMP for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell said that he
believes Government should follow the
example of Jamaica in 1997, when that
island's Government created a company that


took over the assets of certain financial insti-
tution, in a fashion similar to that which was
originally to form the basis of the financial
bail-out in the US in September.
That take over massively increased
Jamaica's national debt, but was credited by
some for averting an economic collapse.
Mr Mitchell said: "I have a constituency
where part of it, maybe 80 per cent of the
people in that constituency, are in the
tourism sector and this includes former
employees of Atlantis. And the question is
what happens to the mortgages on these
places that they've bought. All of these hous-
es were built and bought in the last six years,
the mortgages were new. People have not
only borrowed the principal but also the
downpayment. This is a serious matter that
they now have no income."
"I think...that for certain classes of mort-
gages the government ought to be the lender
of last resort and when the market recovers,
the, mortgages can be turned back over to the
private sector. So (the Government) acts as
a banker, the payments will be cut, so to
that extent they'll be subsidized by the pub-
lic sector for a certain class of mortgages
until we're over this period."
Asked on Wednesday if Government
would be willing.to buy up bad debts, Mr
Ingraham said "that is a resort to which we
could refer if the circumstance arises. That
circumstance has not yet arisen."


BIFF announces JetBlue as official airline sponsor


THE Bahamas Iternational
Film Festival has.announced that
New York-based JetBlue Air-
ways has come on 1oard to spon-
sor the festival and will lend its,
name to support the New Vision
Film'iection.
The announcement was.made
by Bf F f'n~1esi and executive
director tLeslie Vanderpool. .
Under terms of the agreement,
JetBlue has become the official
airline sponsor of BIFF and the
exclusive airline partner for festi-
val travel between the United
States and the Bahamas..
Ms Vanderpool said: "We at
BIFF are extremely excited to be"


partnering with JetBlue, one of
the leading value airlines in the
industry.
"During the Festival, JetBlue
will serve guests a special blue
martini, an example of a sponsor
who is one step ahead, showcas-
ing their innovation by branding
themselves through ,a great cul-
tural and international event.
Securing JetBlue as the exclusive
airline partner demonstrates that
we provide unique opportunities
to our participants."
Alan Sweeting, regional man-
ager of JetBlue Airways
Bahamas, said: "JetBlue is proud
to be the official airline sponsor of


the festival, presenting the Jet-
Blue experience to customers,
filmmakers and celebrities from
around'the world.
"We remain committed, to the
community, continuing expansion
of our high quality service to
more destinations from .the
Bahamas, including our new non-
stop service to Orlando and Fort.
Lauderdale in February of 2009,
-paired with our friendly, award-
winning service, free and unlim-
ited snacks .and refreshments,
cozy leather seats with lots of
legroom and abundant personal
entertainment choices all
included in the price of a JetBlue
fare." .
.Festival-goers will be surprised
with special JetBlue promotions
which will include contests and
giveaways, including free travel
to any of JetBlue's more than 50
destinations, courtesy, of the air-
line. .
The New Vision category that
JetBlue is sponsoring consists of
the following films:
A Deal is a Deal by
Jonathan Gershfield, UK
August by Austin Chick,
USA
Cold Lunch by Eva
S0rhaug, Norway
Crazy by Rick Bieber,
USA
Flashbacks of a Fool'- by
Ballie Walsh, UK
Fling by John Stewart
Muller, USA
Hush Your Mouth by Tom
Tyrwhitt, UK
Jay Francis Xavier Pasion,
the Philippines
BIFF 2008 begins Thursday,
December 4, and continues
through Thursday, December 11.
The full BIFF programme is now


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HAZEL
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of Robinson Road and
formerly of Black Point,
Exuma will be held at Zion
Yamacraw Baptist Church on
S.Wednesday, November 26th
2008 at 11:00 A.M.
Officiating will be Bishop
Samuel Greene. Interment
:.. will follow in The Southern
Cemetery.

She is survived by 3 Daughters, Krishan, Crystal and
Chrissie Rolle; 1 Son, Algernon Rolle; 1 Granddaughter,
Algernique Rolle; 5 Sisters, Gladys and Muriel Rolle, Agnis
Ferguson, Bloneva Forbes and Ruthmae Higgs; 7 Brothers,
'Burkie, Lawrence, Bernard, Elvis, Claudius, Timothy and
Biosey Rolle; 4 Sisters-in-law, Thelma, Corene, Lavell and
Vivian Rolle; 3 Brothers-in-law, Van Ferguson, Lenroy
Forbes and Martin Higgs; 27 Neices, Kershea, Shannon,
Shavette, Shanra, Shonette, Paulette, Bernadette and Bernell
Rolle, Frederica, Aretha, Nikesha, Themera, Princess,
Caroline, Dorcas, Elaine, Pauline, Gaylene, Nadine, Orien,
Mavis, Cheryl, Sherene, Tracy, Dian, Joan, Maryann, Laveme
and Beatrice Rolle; 22 Nephews, Donnie, Kriston, Stafford,
Stanley, Charlston, Larry, Darrell, Benard Jr., Mark Jr.,
Clement, Roscoe, Harrison, Andrew, Harold, Davinci,
Deangelo, Arison, Raymond, Earl1n, Marlin, Shelton, Brian,
Carlos and Burkley Rolle; 2 Aunts, Rosalie Wright and
Adline Larrimore; 3 Uncles, Richard, Alphaeus and Amos
Wright; Special Friend, Wellington Smith; Numerous
Relatives And Friends Including, Samuel Smith and family,
Hiram Rolle and family, Walter Robinson, Mildred Robinson
and family, Loretta Miller and.family, Curlene Rolle and
family, Valarie Taylor and family, Pearline Brown and family,
Neta and Lorana Rahming and family, Basil Rolle and family,
Alpheaus Rolle and family, Octavis Brown and family,
Lawrence Addefley and family, Leviticus Patton and family,
Hartman Rolle and family, Roy Rolle and family, Maurice
and Walter Rolle and family, Marilyn Rolle and family,
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of Black Point, Staniel Cay, Farmers Cay and Barraterre,
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Panel Discussions Dec 6 &u


Dec 6, 2008

Art of Collaboration 2:00pm -3:00pm

Film Financing Sponsored by ESAG 3:30pr

Marketing; Distribution & Festivals 5:00prt0 :



BIFF Special Events: Looking for Vol


2


Family Films
Directed Chris Mcinroy.
Date: Christmas Eve.
Location:My House.
Mission: Capture
.Santo'Claus.
Dec 6&NPAC 10:30am
Dec 7-NPAC 4:30pm
Dec 10 Ucaienii o 4:30pm


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-11


Doves
Short Films
Dircctcd Haik Katsikian
Ards returns home, otter
12 yrs to attend his
mother's funeral.
Dec 6-Golleria 1:30pm
Dec 11-NPAC 4:30pm


8


* Thursday Dec 4,2008
Opening Night Film
RAIN 8:00 pm NPAC


* Friday Dec 5, 2008
BIFF Chopard / Versace
Opening Night Party
8:00pm-10:00pm


Cinema in Paradise For BIFRi


Fling :- Dor l t'ri a (.f,4, lofilD


New Visions
Directed John Stewart Mullbr
Thi .,'cxy rc-neroctic and
*.c.i..Oine I vis5 on the
classic love stoay honesty,
i .. j .j .; y, ,.r; o ,ii lrnie nl
maturity, undersiondir'g &
our capocify for love.
Dec 5 NP,-C 3.30pm
Dec 8-Glledria 8prn


Spirit of Fioedom Domentary
Drecled -
Foruiroar K. Ruhber
Donkey in Lahoie tells the
real life foale of Brian. a
puppeteer takes him on a
journey throat transcends
orders, religion and love.
Dec5-G'dllerida4pm
Dec 8-NPAC 5:30pm


Short Films
Directed Andrew Gallery
This powerful mock-news
broadcast follows the lives
of four teenagers over the
course of their high school
graduation day.
Dec 6-Golleria 9pm
Dec 11 NPAC 1pm


~' Friday D&,S
Youth FilmrW
British Caoild
10:00arm5:;00
Fee $50


S 1-is
Short Films
Directed Caym
1950. a young b
against poverty"
town, & how his
optimism, in the
Wcwys, louch tho'
Dec 5-Gallerio 3,
Dec 6-NPAC 1:3(
Dec 1 0-Golleria


.W ili ; i-,.

non Grant Dir ftdM
py struggling i ArirctiCb
na smalj ., deiler~il
innocence & haiibef~r
frnplesl of numb.iw
se arpond hirm, whertrtlse
pm VletnamqL
Opm Deo6.Ca.li
7:30pm Dec-MiNPN


Meatball & Chocolafte
Short Films
1;i'. ed Xiab Xiao
jTong lives with his grandpa
and -roanrdma bccOause his
parents are working in a
different city..
Dec 5-Gallerio 3pm
Dec 8-Galerioa 2:30prn








Youssou N'dour
S Wold Cirera .
' Oirecled Chai VosI!rhelyi
Senegalese pop sensation
Youssou Ndour has spent
the last 20 yrs in 'lic spolinr
as a renowned musician /
"voice of Africa."
Dec 6-Galleria 9pm
Dec 8-NPAC 8pon


Mr. Blue Sky
Caribbeanrt ,,i.i-ri1n
Director Brooke. Burnside
A young.man's journey
to find the remote control
'n,:- can fix-his television,
Dec 5-Galleria 1:30pmr
Dec 9-NPAC 7pmr









IMonkey Puzzle
World Cinema
Director Mark Forstmann
A group of five friends, in
search of the world's rarest
free, descend into the
ravines and canyons of
iit Blue Mountains.
Dec 7.-Galleria 4:30pm
Dec 1 0-Galleria 5pm


The Matador
World Cinema
Director Stephen Higgins
The epic tale of David
Fandila's quest to become
the world's top
ranked bullfighter.
Dec 6- Galleria 7prn
Dec 10-Galleria 8prm


. War Child
Spirit of FrIee..jon, Domentary
Direct led C. Karim C, c.o,-
Early 1980's. at the age of
7, Jal was swept into Sudan's
brutal Civil war, becoming
one of 10,000 child soldiers,
Dec 6-Galleria 3pm
Dec I 1 -Galleria 1:30pm


The Wind & the W.dt&f "r. At ,if "


Spirit of Freedom Narrative
Directed Veronica Bollow.
The Igor Yala Coiec live
A you'1g iridinenous teun
seeking his fortunee in "
Panama Cily struggles to
acclimate to chaotic
urban life.
Dec 6-Gdlleria.8:30pm
Dec 11-C. 'l-. 4pm"


Cold Lunch Apposionato


N New Visions .
Direct'i'd v.F.ov, Sir'n:i ;c
A mulil-pkti diatii about ;
5 p r-p;e who all live in the
.same neighbourhood at
Majorstua in Oslo.
Dec 7-NPAC 2pm
Dec 9-Galleria 6:30pm


JAY
New Visions
Director -
Francis Xavier Pasion
Jay, a gay schoolteacher;
is brutally murdered in
an apparent sex-crime.
Dec 6-NPAC 7pmi
Dec 9-Galleria 3:30pm.


Shor? Filnis "..
Directed
M lrko ....r... Cl p. ,'n,,
A WWII German Soldier
n. anft u his doom.
Dec 6-Golleria 1:30pm
Dec 11-NPAC 4:30pm


' .'..'iid Cinema
Director Jaffar Mahmood
American-born Ray Rehman
comes home one night to
find his Pakistani father on
his doorstep.
Dec 5 G..iI'-r ,wi 6prn
Dec 7-NPAC 9:30pmr


Na Suh Three Saisons


Short Films
Director Anya Belkina
A story of a lecherous ,' I ,
house worke, Nosuh, who
overcomes his carnal
desires when hit by a
spiritual -- .-.'-i- .,
Dec 5-NPAC 8:30pm
Dec 10-Galleria 12pmr


World Cinemo
Director Jeffrey Goodman
The Los! Lullaby is a story
about Price, a former .
hitmnan, struggling to
cope wiih the slow
pace of retirement
Dec 7-Galleria 9pmr
Dec 8-Galleria 7:30pm.


World Cinema
Director Jim Donovan
Five destinies converge,
.not only in blood and
.ui'-.rinn but also in
hope, love and rebirth,
Dec 8-Galleria 5:30pm
Dec 10-Galleria 12pm


World Cinema
Director .Tennyson Bardwell
After the mysterious death
Of his Aunt, a confirmed
skeplic lawyer, Bryan .
Beckel, dismisses reports
that her house is haunted
and moves in.
Dec 5-Golleria 8pm
Dec 10-NPAC 10pm


.Short Films
Directed Nicolas Doenens
Money 's whao Mario. Tom,
. Jimmy & Emih want. They
need euros for different
reasons. & find different
ways to get them,
Dec 6-Galleria "9pm
Dec 11-NPAC 1pm


Anjali
Short Films
Directed Maya Ancrin
.rebeiious inancri-Ameiican
leenarje, g whosee family
struggles daily to
accommodate both their
*tradiCnicI'nl Indian values
alongside contemporary
American concerns.
Dec 6-Galleria 9pm
Dec .11 -NPAC 1pm


AIN:
Opening Night
New Visions
Director Maria Govan'
Story of a spritlcd young
Bahamian girl who leaves
a simple life on rural Ragged
Island for! he big city of Nassau.
Dec 4-NPAC 8pm
Dec 10-Galleria 5pm







S; The Undefstudy;. .
World Cinema
Director David Connolly
& Hannah Davis
Terminally unemployed
actress rooming with on
equally unsuccessful
screenwriter, Sarfras.
Dec 7-Galleria 6:30pm
Dec 8-Galleria 2:30pm


Short Films
Director ..
Debs Gardner Paterson
Three years have passed
since the genocide, and
Rwanda is looking to
the future.
Dec 7-Galleria 12:30pm
Dec 8-NPAC 2:30pm


Caribbean Spollight
Directed Karen Arthur
& Thomas Neuwirtlh
A documentary film
that explores the lives
and artistic works of
eleven of the seminal
visual artists of the Bahamarns.
Dec S-Galleriaq 1:30pr
Dr, ? NPAC 7prn






August
New Visionsr
Directed Austin Chick
Meet Tomr Sterling. CEO
of Londshark, a
revolutionary new
dotcom company that's
going to mnI.~k him a
millionaire many timesover.
Dec 6-NPAC 4:30prm
Dec 8-Galleria 7pm


n... ley Mary.:.
Short F;lns
Diie. ec r Pc.ar.dl Br I
STory of o young five yeor
cld girl in 1940's Dublin.
Dec 6-Galleria 9pm
Dec 11 -NPAC 1pm


..: The Road:.
Family Films
Director Owen Thomas
Karma, condensed.
A group of people help
karma along, passing
through many hands.
Dec 7-Golleria 3:30pm
Dec 10-Galleria 4:30pm


World Cinema
Director Til Schweiger
What would reporter, Ludo.
do without women? He
needs the famous ones for
his dirt-digging stories, &
the less famous ones for his
legendary one-night stands.
Dec 7-Galleria 6:30pm
Dec 8-Galleria 5pm


Short Films' .
Directed -
Giovanna Federico
A 15 yr old aspiring.
writerstrives for her
Mothers attention.
Dec 5-Gallerio 3pm
Dec 10 Gallerno 2:30pm


Flashbacs of a Fool
New VisVio".
Directed -
Baillie Walsh%
An aging HoLy Aood star.
Joe Scott, livs a life of
narcissistic her.:II-.m.
observed by ts laconic
personal assistant. Ophelia.
_Dec 6-NPAC 9:.0pn
Dec 9.-Galleriao pm


Short Films
Dircc or C'-is JOnrnts
A boy and an old man r
coming to terms with
bereavement through
their shared love of fishing,
'Dec 5-Galleria 3pmr
Dec 8-NPAC 2;30pm


Pretf. Ugly People
World Cinema
Directc- Tate Taylor
Lucy son learns that life
isn'talwiys greener on .
the othe- side of obesity.
Dec 10-aolleria 2:30pm
Dec 11 4ollerioa 4:30pm


Red .esday
Short Films
Director Naanin Shirazi
In Man, peopklgather before
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Family Films
Directed Victor Lacour
L.u anrd searching, Ezra
botles hi < .rief to in order
to.resolve his past.
Dec 5-NPAC 8:30pm
Dec 10-Galleria 12pm


Contract Killers
World Cinema
Directed Justin Rhodes
A CIA Assassin tries to
oreak out of ihe business
o lead a normal life, but
lets framed.
iec 5-NPAC 11pm


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Dec 6-Galleria 12:30pm
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Sifa Sings the Blues
World Cinema
Director Nina Paley
Sito is a goddess
separated from her
beloved husband Rama.
Dec 5-Galleria 3:30pmr
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Dec 9--NPAC I 1:30pm


New Visions
Directed -
Jnr I,.;i Gershfield
Paul Callow has a dream.
Fed up with city life and
driving trains, he longs to
commune with Nature
and write hbvels.
Dec 7-Galleria 11 am
Dec 9-Galleria 8:30pm


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Short Films.
Directed Phil Hodges.
A 12 yr old bassist tricks
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There is hope for the
next r,nie-Ilii.,,i i of
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Dec 6-Galleria 5pmr
Dec 9-NPAC 5pm


Short Films
Director Leon Chambers
As the inhabitants of a quiet
rural village enjoy their Sunday
lunch a young teoaraway
embarks on a violent and
destructive tour.
Dec 6-Galleria 9pm
Dec 11-NPAC 1pm'


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Family Films
Director Bill Plyrnpton
Plucky hero joins the fire
company to save the world
from house tires.
Dec 6-NPAC 10:30am
Dec 7-NPAC 4:30pmr
Dec 10-Galleria 4 K'., .,,-,


Premature
Short. Films
Director-
Rashaad Ernesto Green
After Tisha, a streetwise
teenager from the Bronx,
discovers she's pregnant...
Dec 5-Golleria 3pm
Dec 8-NPAC 2:30pm


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Director Piers Thompson
A portrait of 15-year-old
Kaylee who lives in a
caravan park with her
neglectful father.
Dec 6-Gaolleria 9pmr
Dec l I-NPAC 4:30pm


En Tu Ausencia
World Cinema
Director Ivan Noel
Pablo, a lonely and
fatherless boy of 13 who's
fixation with a mysterious
sir-' .ii.: i leads him into
a tragedy.
Dec 7 '.-'.-.' 7pm
Dec 9-Galleria 4pm


crazy
New Visions
Director Rick Beiber
Inspired by legendary
guitar player Hank Garland,
Crazy is a story of musical
genius, passion, & betrayal.
Dec 5-NPAC 1 pm
Dec 9-Golleria 6prn


The Dhamma Brothers
Spirit of Freedom Documentary
Director- .enn-ry Pt iips &
Andrew Kukura
In Alabama's correctional
system is dramatically
changed by the influence of
ancient mr--itt,-.r.r.,,
Dec 5-Golleria I prn
Dec 10-NPAC 8pm


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Director in ru-i Bhardwaj
For 20 yrs the youth of Israel
have escaped to India for
their post army ritual of love
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Short Films
Director Alex Fazeli
labeled a traitor by the
Iran government in, a
double agent agrees
to exchange into w/ the CIA
Dec 6-Galleria 9pm
Dec 10-Oafleria 2:30pm


Spirit of Freedom rNarraiivre
Director Huseyin Karabey
The journey of love through
'ne 'r i'.h violence
engulfing Iraq.
Dec 7-NPAC 11:30am
Dec 8- Galleria 5pm


Short Films
Director Justin Lerner
Tod finds his best friend
withering away u. t,.-, 'ul ,
any medical attention
due to the family's
spiritual beliefs.
Dec 6-Galleria i:30pm
Dec 11-NPAC 4:30pmn


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Director -. Pablo Tropero
25 yr old university student,
pregnant and sent to prison.
Dec 5-Galleria 3pm
Dec 7-Gollerio 9pm
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Spirit of Freedom Narrative
Director .. Amanda Micheli
& Isabel Vega
Colombian Women's prison.
the inmates compete in an
annual beauty pageant.
Dec 5-Galleria 12pm
Dec 9-Galleria 3pm


C-uiuoean ' ,;. ",
Director Travon Patton
An orchestras journey &
o director's passionate
pursuit of a dream that
may ignite the hope of
there being a world class
orchestra in the Bahamas.
Dec 7-Galleria 2pm
Dec I l-NPAC 1 am


Walker Stalker The End of Poverty? One Bridge to the Next


Short Films
Director ',.,In Ciaxton
What happens when the
most trusted means of
ordering your life turns into
the most menacing means
of destroying it?
Dec 6-Gallerio 9pm
Dec 1 I-NPAC Ipm


Spnir of Freedom Dombntory
Director Philippe Diaz
People living & iicn'-ir,.,
against poverty answer
condemning colonialism
& its consequences.
Dec 6-Gateria 6pm
Dec 11 -Galleria 3:30pmr


*Short Films
Director Kim Snyder
1992, Dr. Jim Withers began
doing night rounds on the
streets of f' i.r.. ,., i. offering
medical assistance and
support to lhe homeless.
Dec 7.Gollerio 12:30pmn
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Short Films
Director. James Killough
A surprising tole of loss.
memory and art unfolds,
, :i.'.-i,,a to a devastating
conclusion that no one
could have foreseen,
Dec 5-Galleria 3pmr
Dec 8-NPAC 2:30pm


Spiril of Freedom Narrative
Director .. Ralph Wilcox
Execution of Lena Baker,
the first & only woman to
die in Georgia's electric
chair in 1945 with a pardon
that came too late in 2007.
Dec 6-NPAC 1:30pm
Dec I0-Galleria 7:30pm


World Cinema
Director -
Michael Afendakis
& Laura Bemrrieri
Delia Rising tells the story
of Clarksdale and its
importance to the blues.
Americ6's classical music.
Dec 7-Gaileria 1:30pm
Dec 10-Galleria 10prm


World Cinerma
Director Arto Halonen
Exposes the immorality of
international companies
doing business wilh the
diciotorship of oil-and-
gas-rich Turkmenistan,
Dec 7-Gallerio 2pm
Dec 9-Galleria 7:30pmr


World Cinema
Director Aaron Woodley
Two brothers embark on a
journey from New Mexico to
find their estranged father.
Dec: 5-NPAC 6prn
Dec 10-Gallerio 2:30pm


The Flyboys
Family Films
Director Rocco Devilliers
Jason and Kyle, recent
friends from different sides
of the track, become
embroiled in the adventure
of their lives.
Dec 6-NPAC 10:30am
Dec 7-NPAC 4:30pm


The Deep Personality


Family Films
Director Eric Best
A brief musing on the
mysteries of the ocean & the
chiid-like wonder about the
world of our own imagination,
Dec 7-Galleria 3:30prn
Dec 10 .Galleria 4:30prm


World Cinema
Director Vinay Chowdhi y
Rajesh. A talenled and
hard working dancer,
moves to Bombay from
his rural village to dance
in Bollywood films.
Dec 5-.NPAC 8:30pmn
Dec 10-Galleria 12pm


The Applicant
Short Films
Director Faisal Qureshi
A short sharp shbck lo those
audiences comfortable with
the current status of ethnic
minorities in the modern world.
Dec 5-Galleria 3pmr
Dec 8--NPAC 2:30prn


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A tale of a young Dominrican.
pursued & massaged by the
system, dropped into the
foreign land of Iowa to play
minor league ball.
Dec 7-Galleria 4pmo
Dec 9-NPAC 9:30pmr


Katrina's Children
Family Films
Director Laura Belsey
A documentary about
19 children from different
neighbor hoods of
New Orleans,
Dec 7,Galleria 3:30pmr
Dec 10-Galleria 4:30pmr


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Closing Night Film
Miracle at St. Anna chronicals
the story of four black American
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'Full speed ahead' with construction of new homes Police officer in custody
* By LLOYD ALLEN are being offered by the government, and able for Bahamians. dent of Arawak Homes, said that over the FROM page one'
Tribune Staff Reporter that the increasing cost of material and According to Mr Pratt, the cost of one past 10 years, the average cost of buying a
property will eventually lead to a collapse cement block delivered to a construction home has increased at an annual rate of juana plants and a stash of illegal firearms.
DESPITE growing concerns of a possi- of the sector. site has increased from $1 to $2.10 over around $7,000 to $8,000. The officer is currently being questioned in
ble melt-down of the housing market, the Contractor Floyd Pratt said that consid- the past year, and contractors have also Mr Wilson said: "About 10 years ago, a connection with the drug and firearm seizures.
Minister for Housing says its "full speed ering the economic outlook, the $60 per been forced to deal with more expensive lot 100 x 100 on the Sea Breeze Canal While police remain tight-lipped, the source
ahead" with the construction of nearly 250 square footage being offered by govern- plywood, nails and steel. would have cost roughly $40,000. At that acknowledged that the matter is still under
homes in New Providence, Grand Bahama ment to contractors is "way below" what is Mr Pratt said that if materials were either time people said it was too much to pay active investigation. If charged and found
and Abaco. needed, subsidized or made more affordable, home for that property. guilty of possession or conspiracy to possess
However, some contractors are con- Mr Pratt said he feels government should ownership could become a reality for many "Today, a property of the same size drugs and illegal firearms, the officer could
cerned that less than desirable contracts do its best to make homes more afford- more Bahamians. Franon Wilson, presi- could cost as much as $160,000." face imprisonment.


1,000 new jobs on the horizon
FROM page one

"I think people will be pleased there will be jobs for Christmas and
I think, generally speaking, not only in New. Providence but in Grand
Bahama also, people will be happy," said Mr Foulkes.
According to the senator, the government is also working on addi-
tional means of creating new employment opportunities. However,
he said he was not in a position to announce those at present.
Mr Foulkes said: "We will announce very shortly exactly what
the projects are. There are going to be several projects. What we don't
want to do is create a welfare state, we want persons to work for any
stipend or assistance that the government will give to them. We
want to have people gainfully employed."
Meanwhile, the minister added, government is "actively working"
on hammering out details of its proposed unemployment assistance
programme, which will allow certain individuals to tap into Nation-
al Insurance Board funds to help tide them over while they look for
a job.
He suggested that when it is "announced very shortly" it will be sim-
ilar to the relief available to unemployed people in the United States.
"It's the first time we've ever had an unemployment benefit scheme
,in the Bahamas. As you know in the United States, if you lost your job
today, you can go to the labour department and get assistance for up
to six months. That six months gives you time to find another job and
pay your bills and that's what we intend to do here, but the details
have not been worked out," said Mr FoUlkes:


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The Annual General Meeting of
St Andrew's School Limited,
will take place in the school's Library on





Financial statements and proxy forms may be obtained
from the Business Office at St Andrew's School.


FROM page one
BahaMar spokesman Robert
Sands later said that "is not the pur-
pose of the meeting", stating rather
that it is simply an opportunity to
"update" Government on the hotel's
situation.
I BahaMar operates the Wyndham
and the Sheraton Nassau Resorts.
The company laid-off 80 workers in


BahaMar
total from both properties in the last
two months.
Secretary-General of the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied
Workers Union, Leo Douglas, yes-
terday expressed his disbelief that
there may be further lay offs at
BahaMar, noting that he' has heard
no such thing.


FROM page one Treasupe excavation fears
A share agreement must be made between the Ministry of Finance and
relevant parties before found treasure can be removed or divided, Mr
Laing said.
Police.are keeping watch of the site and Assistant Commissioner
Hulan Hanna said: "As people believe there may be some items buried
there it can trigger people to act in very strange and unusual ways, and
I think there is a need for us to be protective so we will keep our ear to
the ground.
"However we have not heard any recent reports of excavations at the
site and do not think there is any reason to be alarmed.at this time."
A plan for fair distribution of the wealth was drawn up by San Salvador
resident Roberto Savio and put to residents in September.


FROM page one


sultation with Bahamian and inter-
national think-tanks and a creative
solution to the tourism downturn
are needed if the country can stay
afloat in this economic climate.
"Attributing blame, pointing
fingers and saying.'I can do a bet-
ter job' is unfortunate. We're
about to face an economic situa-
tion in the Bahamas that rivals the
terrible state we were in the in
1940s and 1950s when Bahamians
had to leave the country in search
of employment outside the
Bahamas for contract work.
"I don't think now is the time to
do any back-patting. The prob-
lems are far too immense for any-
body to go around talking about 'I
can do it better than you'. Collec-
tively and with a tremendous dis-
play of solidarity at the very top,
maybe that could trickle down to
the Bahamian population where
we learn to be more co-operative,"
said representative for the. Exu-
ma constituency George Smith,
who responded to published com-
ments made by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham when he told
The Nassau Guardian that the,
Bahamas would have.been in a-
deeper economic crisis had for-


Casting blame
mer prime minister Perry Christie
been in office at this time.
'Nobody likes to be in office
during the bad times," Mr Ingra-
ham was quoted as saying. "In my
case, it is better for the Bahamas
that I'm in office than for the PLP
to have been in office at this time.
I've got the experience. I've got
the support."
Mr Smith reasoned that an
holistic approach involving advice
from politicians across the aisle,
church, civic leaders and the busi-
ness community are vital in saving
the,economy and the haemor-
rhaging hotel sector.
"(The country needs) a confer-
.ence where we call on the very
best in 'the government, the
thinkers in the official opposition,
the thinkers in the other political
parties, visionary leaders in the
church and business community,
intelligent young people who have
just graduated and our foreign
friends. I would bring them all
together and say I don't have all
the answers but together we can
come up with some answers,." he
sa i .. : ..'. . ,
Pie rre Dupuch, former minis-
ter of agriculture, told The Tri-
bune that "'this business about
pointing fingers simply shows one
thing people have.no vision and
they don't know what to do".
He argued that the economic
situation is prime time for the lead-
ers of the country to focus on pro-
ducing local goods and food for
consumption instead of relying on
tourism as the nation's bread and
butter.
"This thing could be a blessing
in disguise, this can make us look
in rather than out, maybe we
should be looking around to see
what do we have and how we can
utilise it. If we did that we could
probably weather the storm."
Mr Dupuch said he has been
advocating over 20 years for
intense concentration on produc-
ing and manufacturing' goods for
visitor gift shops and local foods
for restaurants to keep more mon-
ey at home to bolster the econo-
my.


FROM page one

America to collect their son's
body.
Adam was a doting father
who had high expectations for
his children.
"Just as he was strict with his
recruits he was with his daugh-
ter, but he was still a gentle and
loving father to his kids. They
were very close," Ms Hunter
said.
When The Tribune inter-
viewed Adam, ever concerned
with the welfare of his family,
he took pains to ensure that
there was no mention of his loca-
tion or that any information
regarding his last job -was
released.
Ms Hunter said that the level
of danger his assignments
brought him was a constant con-
cern for his family.
"One assignment that he had,
it was so dangerous he literally
wiped himself off of the Internet.
He said that those people were
so dangerous they wouldn't
come after (Adam) they would
come after (us)," she said.
His decision to enter the pri-
vate security industry came as
no surprise to Ms Hunter, who
said that Adam was nearly a
fearless man.
"When he was here someone
dared him'to jump off of the
Paradise Island Bridge and
before the Jeep had stopped he
was already off the bridge. He
had me bungee jumping, sky-
diving and doing all sorts of
things and knowing his spirit,
leaving the military full-time
would have been hard for him,"
she said.
But like-any man Adam was
not unaffected by his time in the
armed service.
"He confided in me that he
got tired. of seeing people he
knew and respected getting
killed and he was just tired of
the fighting ,and killing," Ms
Hunter said.
After coming to the end of
his military,service last ye.ar,.
mAdam asked tp present ia
'Bahamian flag that he had car-
ried from country to country to,
, the Bahamas High Commission.
at the Bahamas' Independence
Day, Celebration in London.
"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 some-
how has stayed strong in char-
acter. That flag kept me strong,
focused, it helped me and gave
me strength," he said.
"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."


Bahamian

soldier dies

after being

shot on duty
Sadly, the request to present it
to the High Commissioner was
denied, as it was thought that
such a presentation would be
"unsuitable" on that'ocoasion
and would not "fit into the .cele-
brations."
Almost more than anything,
this rejection and insult tqevery-
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
rejection. Being a soldier I
should be accustomed to being
shunned by many, but from my
own country?"
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
ceremony. It was well received
by a "fellow soldier",'sodreqne
who Adam said "understood the
meaning of pride, hoqbur,fiand
self-sacrifice."
"Not once throughout my
career did any government offi-
cial in the Bahamas acknowl-
edge the fact that I had seared in
Iraq or any other country, and
never dishonoured my country,
the Bahamas. I have not always
followed the right path in my
life, and I have done things of
which I am ashamed, lhut dur-
ing my time of service I never
disgraced my country or what it
really stood for," he said.
Ms Hunter said that while
Adam was not a man who want-
ed a "ticker-tape' parade" she
felt that after all he had been
through and after all bhe~had
done, government should 'ave
- given him-some acknowldg-
mnent. I
However, Ms Hunter finds
solace in the fact that Adam has
left his children a wonderful
legacy and enduring life lesson.
"No matter what you're going
through still smile. No matter
what he went through he had
this million dollar light up'the
room smile. If you looked 4t his
photo at his graduation yoiu
would have thought he had just
won the lottery," she said,.

S born to up Lara Duch
A SON was born early yes-
.terday evening to Dr Laura
Dupuch, wife of Dr Leon
Dupuch, at Doctor's Hospital.
This is the couple's third son
and the fourth grandson for Mr
and Mrs Pierre Dupuch of
Camperdown.
The baby, weighing 71bs 2
ozs, joins brothers, Xavier and
Oliver.


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Jets make a statement by


Dolphins'

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toppling unbeaten Titans out with
knee. injury


* By The Associated Press

BRETT Favre and the New
York Jets made their statement
to the league by toppling the
NFL's last undefeated team.
Now that they've knocked off
Tennessee something no one.
else this year has managed to
do what other AFC titans
might they be ready to slay?
If the Jets can hang on to
their division lead, they might
just find out especially with
more games like they had Sun-
day. Favre threw two touch-
down passes, Leon Washington
ran for two scores and the New
York Jets routed the Titans 34-
13.
"It felt like we were on the
sideline forever just watching
Brett Favre play," Titans full-
back Ahmard Hall said. "The
defense, I felt bad that we on
offense couldn't get anything
going and keep them off the
field."
One perfect team does
remain in the NFL, though: The
Detroit Lions came close to
ending their unbroken run of
losses to start the season by tak-
ing an early 17-point lead, but
they managed to lose to Tampa
Bay 38-20.
In Sunday's other NFL
games, it was: Indianapolis 23,
San Diego 20; New England 48,
Miami 28; Dallas 35, San Fran-,
cisco 22; Baltimore 36, Philadel-
phia 7; Buffalo 54, Kansas City
31; Minnesota 30, Jacksonville
12; Houston 16, Cleveland 6;
Chicago 27, St. Louis 3; the
New York Giants 37, Arizona
29; Oakland 31, Denver 10;
Atlanta 45, Carolina 28; Wash-
ington 20, Seattle 17.
In Nashville, Tenn., the Jets
(8-3) came in atop the AFC
East after a victory over New
England at Foxborough. They
have won five straight for the
first time since October 2004
and seven of their last eight.
The win also got them within
two of Tennessee (10-1) with
five to play in the race for
home-field advantage through


the playoffs.
"Now people are going to
start looking at us and say,.
'They are a team you have to
reckon with,'" Jets linebacker
Bryan Thomas said.
The Titans had won 13
straight regular-season games
dating to Dec. 16, 2007, becom-
ing only the 11th team since
1970 to win its first 10 games.,
"It was a great run, and we've
got to win our next game,"
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.
That shouldn't be too hard:
The Lions are up next for Ten-
nessee.
Favre threw fast and often,
and the Jets wore the Titans'
defense down by keeping it on
the field for more than 40 min-
utes. New York overcame two
turnovers and two sacks in the
first half by outgaining Ten-
nessee 409-281.
It was a comprehensive vic-
tory, but it was still just one.
"I'm not going to sit here and
say we've established ourselves
as the best team in football,"
Favre said. "All it says is I think
we beat the best team in foot-
ball today, definitely if you go
by record and the way that"
they've played. They have been
the best team in football."

Colts 23, Chargers 20
At San Diego, Adam
Vinatieri made a 51-yard field
goal as time expired to lift Pey-
ton Manning and the Colts to a
heart-stopping win over the
Chargers.
Manning threw two touch-
down passes for the Colts (7-
4), who won their fourth
straight.
San Diego (4-7) has lost four
of five and remains two games
behind division leader Denver.

Buccaneers 38, Lions 20
At Detroit, Tampa Bay fell
behind the winless Lions by 17
points, then scored five unan-
swered touchdowns en route to
its third straight victory.
Warrick Dunn ran for a
touchdown and Jeff Garcia con-


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'as Washington scores a touchdown on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter...


nected with Ike Hilliard and'
Jerramy Stevens for scores in
the second quarter to put the
Buccaneers (8-3) ahead 21-17.
Detroit (0-11) moved a step
closer toward becoming the
NFL's first 0-16 team.

Patriots 48, Dolphins 28
At Miami, Matt Cassel threw
for 415 yards, Randy Moss
caught three touchdown passes
and the resilient Patriots avoid-
ed being swept in a season
series by a division opponent
for the first time since 2000.
The loss snapped a four-game
winning streak for the Dolphins
(6-5) and hurt their chances of
an improbable playoff berth
.after going 1-15 last year. Chad
Pennington threw for a career-
high 341 yards and three touch-
downs and ran for another
score.
Cassel had his second con-
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Moss.

Cowboys 35, 49ers 22
At Irving, Texas, Terrell
Owens broke out with seven
catches for 213 yards, helping
Dallas to consecutive victories
for the first time since a 3-0
start.
Owens' total was the second-
highest of his career he had
283 yards and caught an NFL-
record 20 passes against ,the
49ers in 2000 and tied for
fourth-best in Cowboys histo-
ry.
Tony Romo was 23-of-39 for
341 yards and three touchdowns
for the Cowboys (7-4), playing
his second game with a splint
covering the broken pinkie on
his passing hand.
Shaun Hill was 21-of-33 for
303 yards for the 49ers (3-81,
but was sacked four times.

Ravens 36, Eagles 7
At Baltimore, Donovan
McNabb watched from the
sideline as Baltimore gave first-
year coach John Harbaugh a
lopsided victory over the team
he served as an assistant for 10
years.
Ed Reed picked off McNab-
b's replacement, Kevin Kolb,
and returned the interception
an NFL-record 108 yards for a
touchdown to give Baltimore
(7-4) a 22-point cushion with
7:24 left.
McNabb was 8-for-18 for 59
yards with two interceptions
and a fumble in the first half -
a miserable 13.2 quarterback
rating.
Kolb failed to cure the ailing
Eagles offense, going 10-for-23
for 73 yards and two intercep-
tions. The Eagles' only TD
came on a 100-yard kickoff
return by Quintin Demps.

Bills 54, Chiefs 31
At Kansas City, Mo., Trent
Edwards threw for two touch-
downs, ran for two others and
Buffalo rang up more points
than had ever been scored
against Kansas City. "
Rian Lindell kicked four field
goals and Leodis McKelvin
returned an interception 64
yards for a score for the Bills.
The !Chiefs (1-10) lost three
fumbles and Tyler Thigpen
threw two interceptions in
Kansas City's 19th loss in 20
games.

Vikings 30, Jaguars 12
At Jacksonville, Fla., Adrian
Peterson ran for 80 yards and a
touchdown, and the Vikings
used two scores in the first 1:41
to beat Jacksonville.,
With its second road win of
the season, Minnesota (6-5)'
kept pace with Chicago in the
NFC North. The Jaguars (4-7)
fell to 1-5 at home, and faded
further back in the AFC playoff
race.
Jacksonville had five
turnovers, none more costly
than two fumbles to open the
game.

Texans 16, Browns 6
At Cleveland, Sage Rosen-
fels passed for 275 yards and a
touchdown, and Kris Brown
kicked three field goals as
Houston snapped-an eight-
game losing streak outside
Texas.
The Texans (4-7) had lost five
straight road games this season
and hadn't won away from
home since Nov. 4, 2007, at
Oakland.
A disastrous season got even
worse for the Browns (4-7),
who lost their third straight at
home and watched their fans


leave by the thousands in the
final minutes. Quarterback
Brady Quinn was replaced in
the second half of his third start
after throwing two intercep-
tions..

Bears 27, Rams 3 -
At St. Louis, rookie Matt
Forte had a season-high 132
yards rushing and scored on
two long runs, and Marc Bulger
lasted only five plays before sus-
taining a concussion against a
defense that had three of a sea-
son-best five sacks by the break.
Kyle Orton set a franchise
record by throwing 185 consec-
utive passes without an inter-
ception for the Bears (6-5), who
led by 21 at halftime.
The Rams (2-9) have lost five
straight.

Giants 37, Cardinals 29
At Glendale, Ariz., Eli Man-
ning threw for three TDs in his
return to the scene of his Super
Bowl MVP performance, `anid
the Giants snapped the Cardi-
nals' seven-game home winning
streak.
With starting running back
Brandon Jacobs out with a knee
injury, the Giants (10-1) took
to the air to win their sixth in a
row. Manning completed 26 of
33 passes for 240 yards without
an interception.
Kurt Warner was 32-for-52
for 351 yards and'a touchdown
for Arizona (7-4). He was inter-
cepted once and fumbled once,
both leading to Giants touch-
downs.

Raiders 31, Broncos 10
At Denver, Ashley Lelie,
who forced a trade out of Den-
ver in 2006 after a bitter hold-
out, returned to Invesco Field
and helped lead Oakland to a
stunning win over the Broncos
by catching a touchdown pass
and setting up another with a
spectacular 51-yard reception.
Darren McFadden ran for
two touchdowns and the
Raiders (3-8) snapped a four-
game losing streak and avenged
their 41-14 thrashing at the
hands of the Broncos (6-5) in
the opener.

Falcons 45, Panthers 28
At' Atlanta, Michael Turner
scored four touchdowns and
rookie Harry Douglas scored
his first career TD on a 7-yard
end-around, caught a 69-yard
pass that setup a TD, then fin-
ished off the Panthers with a
61-yard punt return.
Atlanta (7-4) closed within a
game of the division lead, set-
ting a season high for points.
Jake Delhomme was 21-of-
35 for 295 yards for the Pan-
thers (8-3), hooking up with
Steve Smith on eight passes for
168 yards.

Redskins 20, Seahawks 17
At Seattle, Clinton Portis
darted and pounded for 143
yards on 29 carries, including
key runs late that helped pre-
serve the Redskins' first victory
in almost a month.
Portis was questionable after
missing most of practice this
week because of his sprained
knee. Then, the NFL's leader
in yards from scrimmage
injured a muscle near his hip
late in the first half, when he
rushed for 69 of his yards.
He kept running, finishing
with his first 100-yard day since
the Redskins' last win, on Oct.
26 at Detroit, and helping end a
two-game losing streak for
Washington (7-4).
Seattle (2-9) lost its fourth
straight at home and is off to
its worst start since 1992.


DAVIE, Florida (AP) -
Miami Dolphins wide
receiver Greg Camarillo is
out for the season with a
knee injury.
Camarillo left Miami's 48-
28 loss to New England in
the second half Sunday and
did not return.
The injury ends Camaril-
lo's breakout year with the
Dolphins. He leads the Dol-
phins with 55 receptions for
613 yards and two touch-
downs after catching a total
of eight passes in his first
two NFL seasons.
Camarillo signed a $6 mil-
lion, three-year extension
this year that will keep him
under contract through 2011..
A telephone message left
with his agent was not
immediately returned.














* By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP)
- Donovan McNabb will
start when the Philadelphia
Eagles host the Arizona
Cardinals on Thursday night.
The five-time Pro Bowl
quarterback was benched for
the first time in his career at
halftime of Philadelphia's
36t7 loss at Baltimore on
Sunday. Second-year pro
Kevin Kolb played poorly
against the Ravens, and
Eagles coach Andy Reid
said Monday he's going back
to McNabb.
"Sometimes you have to
step back to step forward in
a positive way and Donovan
will do that," Reid said.
"This has nothing to do with
Kolb's performance or
Donovan's performance."
The Eagles (5-5-1) are on
the verge of missing the
playoffs for the third time in
four years since losing the
2005 Super Bowl. No mat-
ter how they finish, this
could be McNabb's last sea-
son in Philadelphia.
McNabb, who turns 32 on
Tuesday, is signed through
2013, but there's no chance
the Eagles will pay him $9.2
million next year to be a
backup. He's 22-21-1 as a
starter since leading.
Philadelphia to four straight
NFC championship games
from 2001-04.
"As I sit here right now,
he's my starting quarter-
back," Reid said. "I need to
coach better. Donovan
needs to play better and the
guys around Donovan need
to play better."
McNabb was 8-for-18 for
59 yards with two intercep-
tions and a fumble in the
first half against Baltimore.
But the Eagles only trailed
10-7 when Reid decided to
have quarterbacks coach Pat
Shurmur tell the veteran
he'd be replaced.
Last week, McNabb threw
three interceptions and lost a
fumble in an overtime tie
with Cincinnati. Overall, he's
completed 58.8 per cent of
his passes for 2,770 yards, 14
touchdowns, 10 intercep-
tions and a passer rating of
81.1
"I think I know Donovan
McNabb better than any-
body in this room," Reid
said. "I know (seven)
turnovers, that's not him.
That's no part of his game.
You back up an inch and
you evaluate it and you
should be able to step for-
ward a mile after that."
Kolb, a second-round pick
in 2007, had thrown only
nine career passes before
entering a game that was
critical to Philadelphia's slim
playoff hopes. He was 10-
for-23 for 73 yards and two
interceptions,, including one
returned an NFL-record 108
yards for a touchdown by Ed
Reed.
The Eagles were down 22-
7 and had a second down


inside die 1 with just under 8
minutes left when Kolb
threw the costly pick to
Reed.


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Another win for Billups,




another loss for Pistons


* By The Associated Press
THE Detroit Pistons could have
used Chauncey Billups or any
guard who could shoot'straight.
While Billups was helping Den-
ver win again, his old team turned
in a miserable performance Sun-
day in a 106-80 home loss to the
Minnesota Timberwolves.
Allen Iverson, traded to the Pis-
tons in the deal that sent Billups to
the Nuggets, was 3-of-ll for nine
points. Richard Hamilton was 2-
for-11 and scored seven. Top
backcourt reserve Rodney Stuck-
ey missed all five of his shots and
finished with four points.
"My top three guards were 5-
for-27, but they've played enough
basketball that they know they
can't get frustrated," Detroit
coach Michael Curry said. "Add
in Rasheed Wallace, and it is 8-
for-37. You aren't going to win
many games like that."
Billupg had 21 points and eight
assists in the Nuggets' 114-101
home victory over Chicago. Den-
ver closed the game on an 18-2
run and improved to 8-2 since the
Nov. 3 trade.
"I guess we're learning how to
win in the fourth quarter,"
Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin
said. "Probably last year and a
couple of years ago, we would've
let this one slip away probably,
because we .hadn't focused on
defense and different things like
that. We're growing as a team.
This is a testament to the guys in
this locker room."
In other NBA games Sunday,
it was: Boston 118, Toronto 103;
Philadelphia 89, Golden State 81;
and the Los Angeles Lakers 118,
Sacramento 108.
In Denver, Martin scored a sea-
son-high 26 points for the
Nuggets, while Carmelo Antho-
ny had 21 points, 13 rebounds and
a season-high eight assists. Nene
also scored 21 points in Denver's
fifth straight home victory.
Ben Gordon scored 28 points
for the Bulls, hitting 5-of-7 3-
pointers, and was 9-for-9 on free
throws. Drew Gooden finished
with 21' points as the Bulls lost for
the ninth time in 10 visits to the
Mile High City.
In Auburn Hills, Mich., the Pis-
tons lost their third in four games
and fell to 4-5 since Iverson joined
them. Tayshaun Prince led the Pis-
tons with 20 points, but Jason
Maxiell was the only other player
to reach double figures with 12.
"I stunk up the gym tonight,"
Iverson said. "I couldn't do any-
thing right on the offensive end. It
was one of the nights you wish
you never have, but they happen.
"It will be tough to sleep
tonight."
While Detroit's All-Stars strug-
gled, the best guard in the arena
was Randy Foye, who had 23
points and a career-high 14 assists


'in Minnesota's first road victory of
the season.
"Tonight showed what kind of
player Randy can be," Minnesota
coach Randy Wittman said.
"We've been talking to him for
the last two days, telling him that
he needed to be more aggressive."
Ryan Gomes scored 20 points,
Al Jefferson had 19 and reserve
Craig Smith 16 for the Wolves.
Lakers 118, Kings 108
At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant
scored 24 points, Andrew Bynum
had 15 points and 10 rebounds,
and the Lakers improved the


KOBE BRYANT shoots the ball over Sacramento Kings' Brad Miller (left)
during the second half...


NBA's best record to 11-1.
All five Lakers starters
reached double figures by
the third quarter, and eight
players finished with 10 or
more points as the defend-
ing Western Conference
champions won for the
fourth straight time since
losing to Detroit at home.
John Salmons led Sacra-
mento with 24 points and
reserve Bobby Brown
added 21.
Kevin Martin was side-
lined for the eighth consec-
utive game with a sprained
left ankle and Mikki Moore
missed his fourth straight
because of a sprained right
ankle.
Celtics 118, Raptors 103
At -Toronto, Ray Allen
scored 21 points and Boston
led from the start in win-
ning its fifth straight.
Kevin Garnett, Rajon
Rondo and Tony Allen
each scored 15 points for
the Celtics, who have won
11 of 12 since a Nov. 1 loss
to Indiana.
Kendrick Perkins had 12
points and Paul Pierce and
Eddie House each scored
11 in helping Boston score a
season high. Its previous
best was 110 points in a
Nov. 18 victory over New
York.
Chris Bosh led Toronto
with 24 points and Jose
Calderon had 14 points and
nine assists. Andrea
Bargnani and Anthony
Parker had 14 apiece for the
Raptors, who are 2-4 at
home.
76ers 89, Warriors 81
At Philadelphia, Elton
Brand had 23 points and 12
rebounds, Andre Iguodala
added 15 points and
Philadelphia moved above
.500 for the first time this
season.
Thaddeus Young con-
tributed 12 points and
Samuel Dalembert had 16
rebounds for the Sixers,
who improved to 7-6 and
snapped a five-game losing
streak to the Warriors.
Kelenna Azubuike scored
16 while C.J. Watson and
Stephen Jackson had 12
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SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, November 25
Cleveland at New York (7:30 pm EST). LeBron
James comes to New York, days after the Knicks made
two trades that freed up salary cap space for a poten-
tial run at him in the summer of 2010. The players
the Knicks acquired, Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley
and Tim Thomas, are expected to play for the first
time.
STARS
Sunday
Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 24 points and tied a
season high with six assists as Los Angeles improved
the NBA's best record to 11-1 with a 118-109 victory
over Sacramento.
Elton Brand, 76ers, had 23 points and 12
rebounds as Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first
time this season with an 89-81 victory over Golden
State.
Randy Foye, Timberwolves, had 23 points and a
career-high 14 assists to lead Minnesota over the
Detroit Pistons, 106-80, for its first road victory of the
season.
Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets.
Martin scored a season-high 26 points, making all 10
shots from the field, and Anthony had 21 points, 13
rebounds and a season-high eight assists in Denver's
114-101 victory over Chicago.
SURGING
The Boston Celtics have won five straight and 11 of
their last 12 after beating the Toronto Raptors 118-103
on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth
in a row since their only loss with a 118-108 victory over
Sacramento. The Denver Nuggets' 114-101 victory
over Chicago was their fifth consecutive home victory.
SLUMPING
Detroit's starting guards were a combined 5-for-22
from the field in a 106-80 loss to Minnesota. Allen
Iverson was 3-for-ll for nine points and Richard
Hamilton was 2-of-ll for seven points. Top reserve
Rodney Stuckey missed all five of his shots.
STICKING AROUND
Antonio McDyess is coming back to play for Detroit.
"After long deliberation Antonio has decided that he
will return to the Pistons," Andy Miller, McDyess'
agent, informed The Associated Press via text message
Sunday night. Detroit dealt McDyess, Chauncey
Billups and project Cheikh Samb to Denver for Allen
Iverson on Nov. 3. The cost-cutting Nuggets waived
McDyess a week later and he has to wait until 30 days
have passed since the trade to rejoin the Pistons.
SPEAKING
"I stunk up the gym tonight. I couldn't do anything
right on the offensive end. It was one of the nights
you wish you never have, but they happen. It will be
tough to sleep tonight."
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Date change for Fr Marcian classic


: By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
hLtuihhstri'hunemeriia net

NORMALLY, the Father
Marcian Peters Invitational
Basketball Tournament is held
the week before the schools
break for the Christmas holi-
days.
But Martin Lundy, the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture's director of sports and
tournament director said they
have decided to change the
dates for the 24th version of the
Yuletide basketball classic.
This year's classic'will run
from Friday, November 28 to
Saturday, December 6 at the.
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The
format will remain double elim-
ination up to the semifinals


where it will come down to a
single elimination.
Competition as usual will
take place in the six categories -
Primary boys and girls, Junior
boys and girls, Intermediate
boys and Senior girls divisions.
"We're looking at an overall
total of 42 schools and 72
teams," said Lundy, noting that
he figures are right around
those that the ministry hosted
last year. "That's our projec-
tion."
With the change in dates,
Lundy said they are hoping that
the classic will have a positive
effect, considering the fact that
many of the schools complained
about the tournament being
staged right around the same
time as .their final examinations.
"We are trying to get it done
before the examinations start,"


Lundy said. "The exams start


on December 8 for the public
schools, so we will be finished
by then."
All of the champions are
expected to return to defend
their titles, according to Lundy.
Last year, St Bede's Crush-
ers won the primary boys over
the St Thomas More Sparks. It
was revenge for the Crushers
as they lost the Catholic Dioce-
san title to the Sparks.
The Sparks are defending
their Catholic league title
against the Crushers this week
at the Loyola Hall, Gladstone
Road.
The Temple Christian Suns
are the defending primary girls
champions, having won their
title last year over the visiting
Harbour Island.
The DW Davis Pitbulls won
the junior boys title over the


HO Nash Lions, but the Lions
repeated as the junior girls
champions over the visiting
Bishop Michael Eldon from
Grand Bahama.
The CI Gibson Rattlers are
the defending intermediate
boys champions with Westmin-
ister Diplomats as the runners-
up. And the CR Walker
Knights are the defending
senior girls champions, having
polished off CI Gibson.
The tournament is being
organised and sponsored once
again by the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture as they con-
tinue to honour the efforts of
the late Father Marcian Peters,
affectionately known as "the
Sporting Priest."
"This year's invitational clas-
sic is a continuation of my Min-
istry's objective to respond to


the need for additional oppor-
tunities of organised competi-
tion for primary and junior lev-
el boys teams and for greater
exposure of junior and senior
level girls teams," said Minis-
ter of Sports, Desmond Ban-
nister.
"All groups traditionally
receive less public notoriety
than senior boys teams. In this
regard, and as has been the
practice of the previous 23
years, senior boys teams will
not participate in the invita-
tional as an abundance of tour-
naments are already in place to
assist in their development."
Schools from throughout the
country are expected to partic-
ipate in the tourney. Although
it starts on Friday, the Family
Island teams are not scheduled
to arrive in New Providence


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Two champions crowned



in schools sports finals


* The Knights and Lions capture titles


* by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
Two new champions were
crowned in the Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Associa-
tion Volleyball finals, with one
series being extended to a third
and final game.
CR WALKER KNIGHTS over
CC SWEEPING COBRAS
The Knights captured what
the team called a "long await-
ed" championship after elimi-
nating the Cobras in two games.
The Knights clinched the title
with a 25-18 ,25-19 straight set
win over the Cobras.
Knights Head Coach Floyd
Armbrister said his team was
able to turn the season around
by buying into the true concept
of teamwork.
"Teamwork got this champi-
onship for these girls. We really.
came together a team," he
said, "CC Sweeting beat us
twice in the regular season and
won the pennant but the pen-
nant didn't mean anything to
us. These ladies really deserve it
and all of them came together
for one cause."
In the opening set, the
Knights got out to an early 7-2
lead, however the Cobras would
rally to tie the game at nine.
Both traded scores, tied at 13
before the Knights separated
themselves with a 5-1 run.
An 18-14 lead extended to a
23-16 advantage and the
Knights took the first set after a
faulty serve by the Cobras.
The second set was a near
mirror of the first, closely con-
tested until the Knights pulled
away late.
With a slim 14-13 lead, the
Knights went on a 6-1 run to
take a 20-14 lead.
They withstood a late charge
to hold on, prevent a third set,
and clinch the 2008 Champi-
onship.
Knights' setter Clishea Saun-


"Teamwork got
this championship
for these girls. We
really came
together as a
team."

Floyd Armbrister
ders echoed Armbrister's senti-
ments about her team's timely
championship performance.
"We weren't playing that well
early in the season but like
coach said we peaked at the
right time and this is long over-
due," she said, "I thank my
team so much for this champi-
onship."
HO NASH LIUONS over
TA THOMPSON SCORPIONS
Pattie Johnson and her Lions
continued their unquestioned
dominance over the junior girls
division by capturing yet anoth-
er championship title.
The Lions rallied for a
thrilling come from behind vic-
tory in the second set to take
the game and the champi-
onship, 25-16, 26-24.
After breezing through the
opening set relatively unchal-
lenged, the Lions found them-
selves trailing early in the sec-
ond set, 9-3.
The Scorpions extended their
advantage to as much as eight,
22-14 and seemed poised to
force a third set.
The Lions mounted an
incredible comeback effort and
played nearly flawless volley-
ball to tie the game at 22.
HO Nash took their first lead
of the set on the ensuing point,
only to have the Scorpions tied
again at 23. The teams tied
again at 24 before the Lions
capped off the comeback with
two consecutive scores and the
championship win.


CC SWEETING COBRAS over
CR WALKER KNIGHTS

A controversial end to game
two of the senior boys series
sets the stage for a decisive third
game of the championship
series.
Trailing 22-13 in the second
set, disgruntled with officiating,
Knights coached Trevor Grant
pulled his team from the field of
play, however, the outcome of
the game was clearly no longer
in jeopardy.
The Cobras overcame an ear-
ly deficit to take the first set 25-
20.
The Knights led 10-5 early
on, before the Cobras rallied to
tie the score at 14.
They took their first lead of
the set on the next possession
on a spike by striker Gabi Lau-
rent.
Laurent and Kenvardo
Brown dominated the Knights
frontline en route to the first
set victory.
The momentum carried over
to the second set, which the
CObras led from start to finish.
Setter Fresnell Vassor was
instrumental in placing Brown
and Laurent in the right spots as
the Cobras, inspired by a spirit-
ed supporting crowd led by as
much as eight in the all impor-
tant second set.
Cobras Head Coach Andrew
Tynes said his team's gameplan
for game three will be similar
to their game two effort and
chided Grant's actions in man-
ner of the loss.
"We know if we play CC Vol-
leyball we can beat,this team
and send it to a third game.
"I think we'll to go back to
the drawing board and come
out in the next game, do some
of the same things that we did
today," he said, "It's an intense.
game and people have a high
level of emotions back and forth
but there's, no place for that."


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CPushePS take game


0 By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
T he pennant winning St Bede's Crush-
ers powered past the defending
champions St Thomas More Sparks
39-33 to snatch a 1-0 lead in the
Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools'
best-of-three championship series yesterday.
Guard Kyle 'Flash' Turnquest had to work
through a tough defense to score a game high 15
points. But it was Adrian Mackey who made the
big difference, adding 10 points. Donzel Huyler
chipped in with seven and Dwight Wheatley had
four.
Daejouir Adderley paced the defending cham-
pions Sparks with 10, Joel Morris had seven'and
Seville Sands and Ashton Munroe both con-
tributed four.
While St Bede's remained undefeated in their
quest to avenge their championship loss last year,
St Thomas More find themselves with their backs
against the wall going into game two on Wednes-
day at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road at 3:15
pm.
"We knew it was going to be a dog fight, but it
ain't over yet. We only won one game," said St
Bede's coach Donnie Culmer, who was assisted by
Ricardo Freemantle. "We just need that next one."
Sparks' coach Nkomo Ferguson, who had pre-
dicted that they will sweep the Crushers to repeat
as champions, will have to do it in the next two
games. ; -'
"I told you that we have to come out gunning. "
We contained 'Flash', but he got away," said Fer-
guson, who played Morris, his biggest player on '
Turnquest, one of the smallest but quickest play-
ers from St Bede's. '
When asked if St Thomas More can come back,
Ferguson said: "Come back? I have to come back."
The game was a comeback for both teams as
they trailed each other at various intervals and ,
they turned it into quite an exciting match-up.
The first comeback came in the first quarter
when the Sparks took a 6-4 lead, but Wheatley
grabbed a defensive rebound and drove to the
basket at the other end, scoring a buzzer beating
lay-up to tie the score at 6-6 at the end of the
period. .
In the second quarter, St Thomas More got the
better of the deal when Morris got a steal and a
lay-up for a 10-8 lead and Adderley hit a jumper to
extend their margin to 13-10 at the half.
However, in the third, Mackey's jumper cut the
deficit to 14-13, the closest the Crushers came in W W
the period.
From there, it was all St Thomas More as Mor-
ris provided the spark with a jumper and a free
throw in a spurt that pushed their lead to 18-14.
With about 10 seconds left, Turnquest hit a big
jumper that pulled them within two, 21-19. But at
the other end, Adderley's leaning jumper over "'
Turnquest gave the Sparks a 23-19 lead at the
buzzer.
St Thomas More had opened a quick 25-19
advantage to start the fourth quarter on Sands' ,
jumper.
But Turnquest got a steal and hit a jumper, then ., .
he came through with another and passed the ball V
off to Mackey, who scored on a lay-up to give St
Bede's a 27-25 lead.
St Thomas More got a 31-31 tie with Sands'
second basket.
But St Bede's went on a 5-0 run as Turnquest
took over, hitting a free throw, got a steal and a
lay-up and added a pair of free throws on another
foul to extend their lead to 36-31 that they never
relinquished.
Wheatley said they.wanted the game a lot more
than the Sparks and behind their fans chanting
loudly, "Crushers," they went on to pull off the win :'
for St Bede's. ....
As they look ahead to game two, Wheatley said
if they play like they did yesterday, they can n *",i ..
become the new champions on Wednesday.


1


ON Saturday night, the
Road Runners Track and
Field Club is expected to
honour its most outstanding
athletes for the 2008 track
and field season.
The club, headed by Dex-
ter Cambridge, is scheduled
to host the gala awards ban-
quet at the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort and Crystal
Palace, starting at 7:30 pm.
The banquet will be held
under the theme: "Climb
Till Your Dream Come
True" and the honourees for
this year will be Grand
Bahamian business duo
Basil and Paula Neymour.
The guest speaker will be
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Desmond Ban-
nister. The master of cere-
monies will be David Wal-
lace, of Grand Bahama.
Also expected to be in
attendance are former Min-
ister of Sports, Bryan Wood-
sile, the Minister of State
for Land & Local Govern-
*ment; Phenton Neymour,
the Minister of Environ-
ment and Olympian Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie.
Some of the awards to be
given out during the night
are:
The Dominique Higgins
Awards; the Shawn Lock-
hart Award; Athlete of the
Year; Most Outstanding
Athlete; Most Improved
Athlete and the Academ-
ic/Honour Roll Award.
Awards will be presented
to the male and female ath-
letes.
For the past few years,
Bodie said the club has
decided to show their grati-
tude to their athletes for
their outstanding perfor-
mances during the season.
He said that there are
many athletes in their club
who have excelled but have
not gotten the recognition
they so rightfully deserve.
Bodie said the awards
banquet will serve in that
capacity as the club singles
out the athletes who per-
formed, not just athletically,
but academically.
This year, Bodie said they
have decided to honour the
Neymours because they
have played a vital role in
the sponsorship of their club
over the years.
The night, according to
Bodie, will be a spectacular
one as usual, as the athletes
will get an opportunity to
dress to impress. There will
be an award as usual for the
best dressed male and
female athletes.


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taking place in the Supreme
Court of New York state.
The counterclaim, which has
been seen by Tribune Business,
alleged: "Early discovery uncov-
ered compelling evidence
against, and admissions by Cae-
sars Bahamas and its corporate
parent, Harrah's, establishing
that they fraudulently misrep-
resented and concealed their


$2.6bn Cable Beach developer claims discovery evidence from gaming
giant executive's testimony shows partner eyed withdrawal before Heads
of Agreement signing, confirmation letter and phone calls to PM


true intentions as to the Baha
Mar project.
"The Harrah's defendants
have now admitted that three
days before publicly affirming
their commitment to the pro-
ject to the Bahamian govern-
ment and Baha Mar parties and
the joint venture company, the
Harrah's defendants were
secretly and improperly plot-
ting to delay or pull out of the
project and to avoid contribut-
ing their $212 million share of
equity."
Baha Mar is basing its alle-
gations on deposition testimony
given by Gary Loveman, Har-
rah's chief executive and presi-
dent, who is also president of
Caesars Bahamas.
It is also alleging that the
move to withdraw from the
Baha Mar joint venture was
directly linked to the takeover
of Harrah's by two US private
equity giants, Apollo Manage-
ment and Texas Pacific, who


purchased the gaming giant for
$27.8 billion, and assumed $10.7
billion in debt, on January 28,
2008.
That was some three days
before the supplemental Heads
of Agreement was signed
between Baha Mar and the
Government, to which Caesars
Bahamas gave its consent, and
the same day on which the
developers are alleging that
Harrah's began discussing from
the Cable Beach redevelop-
ment.
As a result, Baha Mar is
alleging that Harrah's and its
new owners decided to with-
draw from the project to aid the
former's balance sheet position,
but instead of notifying it
looked for an excuse to with-
draw.
In its amended action, Baha
Mar alleged that by consenting
Sto the supplemental Heads of
Agreement on January 31, 2008,
Harrah's and Caesars Bahamas


"'agreed to a greatly expanded
project" that was announced via
press release.
Charles Atwood, Harrah's
chief financial officer and exec-
utive vice-president, signed the
supplemental Heads of Agree-.
ment on Harrah's behalf, saying
that the gaming giant had
"reviewed and approved the
terms".
Baha Mar further alleged that
Mr Atwood sent a confirmation
letter to the Government on
that same date, saying Harrah's:
was committed to proceeding
and would contribute some 43
per cent or $212 million of the
$493 million in equity being put
up for the project.
Mr Atwood also personally
called Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham to offer his congratu-
lations and reaffirm Harrah's
commitment at Cable Beach on
January 31, 2008, it was alleged.
See DEAL, page 5B


on 'exacerbated'



Bahamian risks


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government received
an economic boost at least in
the short-term after a Wall
Street credit rating agency yes-
terday reaffirmed the 'A-grade'
rating on this nation' sovereign
*debt, even though the analyst
responsible warned the
Bahamas' economic structure
"really exacerbates" the US
recession's impact.
. Olga Kalinina, the lead S&P
analyst for the Bahamas, told
Tribune Business that while the
Bahamas' economic fundamen-
tals remained largely sound, and
all debt ratios were in line with
its 'A-rated' peers, the Wall
Street agency might be forced
to downgrade this nation if a
longer and deeper US recession
pushed these out of line and
there was "substantially lower
growth".
She explained: "If we believe
the pace of this [economic]
deterioration is accelerating,
and our forecast is no longer.
consistent, and the fundamen-


tals are changing, in this sce-
nario there will be a down-
grade." '
That scenario is not here yet,
and the 'A-' and 'A-2' ratings
on the Bahamas' sovereign debt
mean that the Government will
still be able to tap international
capital markets for debt financ-
ing, via the likes of bond issues,
should it need to without incur-
ring too high an interest rate.
That, in turn, will minimise debt
servicing costs.
Also, Standard & Poor's
(S&P) decision to reduce the
Bahamas' outlook from 'stable'
to 'negative' will not come as a
surprise to many, given this
nation's heavy reliance on the
US and its openness, which
exposes it even more to the
worst effects of the global
downturn.
Still, Ms Kalinina said S&P
had revised upwards the pro-
jected fiscal deficit for the
Bahamas'from 2.2 per cent to 3
per cent (2.3 per cent on a cen-
tral government level) of GDP
See RISKS, page 3B


'Many' hotel owners subsidising losses


* By NEIL HARTNELL Mr Sands
Tribune Business Editor ---- added.that e\en
in "'normal cir-
"MOST" Bahamas-based hotel own- c ums t a n c es "
ers.are currently having to subsidise their many Bahamas-
properties out of their own pockets to based resort or n ,n-
cover operating losses, a senior indus- ers would hate to
try executive told Tribune Business yes- subsidise heir
terday, with the recent wave of losses at properties, espe-
many-resorts having reduced but not ciallN during the
eliminated the red ink. slowest parts of
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice- the tourism sea- R.
president for government and public son, "but this year
affairs, said: "The reality is that most or the losses have been exaggerated [by the
many owners are subsidising their oper- global economic woes] and we don't see
nations, and the exercise many proper- any improvement taking place for some
ties are going through at the moment is time".
intended to reduce losses. Faced with such a situation, a num-
"We would like to get to the point ber of resorts had seen no option but to
where we eliminate losses, but this exer- reduce staff headcount and payroll costs,
cise is all about reducing them." firstly via reduced work weeks and work-


* Recent redundancies reduce losses, but don't eliminate
them, returning many resorts to 'normal' red ink levels
* Hotels relying on five profitable.months


ing hours but, ultimately, through redun-
dancy in a number of cases.
And even after these lay-offs, many
resorts are still got profitable, Mr Sands
explaining that the action taken had
returned them to normal financial loss
levels for this time of year not elinfii-
nated it.
"In most instances, it's getting us back
to where we were, but in no way does it
reduce the amount of money owners
have to put into their operations," Mr
Sands said. He added that he was only
referring to owners subsidising opera-


tional expenses, and not including other
costs such as finance charges.
The Baha Mar executive said the gen-
eral rule for Bahamas-based hotels was
that they generated profits for five
months of every year, with the remaining
seven either "break even" or loss-mak-
ing.
The five generally profitable months
for Bahamian hotels were February,
March and April, which comprise the
peak winter season, plus July and
See LOSSES, page 4B


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recalls grow by 50%


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter
MASSIVE hotel industry lay-
offs and a declining economy
have hit the some realtors hard,
with one telling Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday that she had seen
a 50 per cent increase in buyers
asking for their deposits back.
Abigail Rahming ,of A and
E Rahming Investment Com-


pany, said that on average at
least 50 per cent of those per-
sons who had made an initial
deposit on a property have
asked for the deposit backs,
because changing financial cir-
cumstances have prevented
them from going through with
the transaction.
Ms Rahming said the eco-
nomic decline had been partic-
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What you can do to withstand downturn


LAST week, Central Bank
governor Wendy Craigg was
uoted 'in the newspapers issu-
ig a:. Waning about the
ahamian economy. She
portedly indicated that it
< would take the US economy
Sme two years before it recov-
rs and, in light of this, she
rged, Bahamians to restrain
leir Spending in these chal-
1ngin~ economic times.
Tw6.weeks ago, our compa-
ny hosted a series of informa-
tion meetings for our clients in
the Cayman Islands. The focus
4f these meetings was the US
Economy, and-we invited an
I economist from Vanguard, one
qf our investment partners, to
b are the views of that firm
$ith our audience.
Basic Outlook
.Vaniguard's basic outlook
'as that the financial strains
et eUS is currently facing will
ersist well into 2009, and the
i cession is likely to last at least
18 months until about the
urtlPquarter of next year. A
Jces!ion is'defined as two con-
ecutiyve quarters of negative
condinic 'growth or contrac-
tion. It should be noted that
recesions are normal parts of
the business cycle that occur

RISKS, from 1B

i i the 2008-2009 Budget year, a
f gure that was set to be repeat-
e.in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.-
The upward revision was
r squired, she told Tribune:Busi-
r ess, because revenues were
t performing below expectations,
N while government spending on
s )cial assistance programmes,
i employment benefits and
capital works initiatives was
l kely to increase.
In turn, S&P is projecting that
the Government's debt will
i crease to 38 per cent of GDP
y 2009, compared to 36 per
t in 2007."
Ms Kalinina said: "In my
ew, the Bahamas' inherently
v eak economic structure really
fxacerbates all this. It's a per-
f ct transmission [mechanism]
fr all the weaknesses,coming
c t of the US. Once all the risks
f m the US are-and present
i he economy the etiecrs are
immediate "
She added: "What we are
projecting for now, in our sce-
r ario, is that the fiscal deficit at


from time to time.
Whether it is 18 months or
two years is neither here nor
there. Even at 18 months, it is.
still expected to be the longest
recession since the 1960s. Since
1960, there have been seven
recessions, with the longest
being 16 months, the shortest
six months, and the average
being about 12 months long,
according to data published by
the National Bureau of Eco-
nomic Research.
Why this recession
may last longer
The US, along with most of
the world's major economies,
is currently caught in a long-
term vicious cycle.
The sub-prime crisis, coupled
with the collapse in the housing
market, has led to unprece-
dented solvency problems for
traditional banks, investment
banks and other financial insti-
tutions. Threatened with bank-
ruptcy and financial system
implosion, governments felt
compelled to respond with the
biggest bailout programme in
history.
Fear, uncertainty and credit
concerns led to a global credit-
crunch. Banks (and other finan-
cial institutions) with liquidity

the central government level
will be around 3 per cent this
year and next, simply because
we don't see any improvement
in the fiscal situation next year,
based on our economic analysis.
"If you look at the fiscal pro-
jections for the first two months,
it's clear revenues are under-
performing, and there will be
more .pressure to continue cap-
ital spending."
S&P yesterday projected that
the Bahamas' external reserves
would decline from the $650
million level seen in September
2008 to $500 million by year-
end 2009, due to the decline in
foreign direct investment.
The Government's planned
fiscal stimulus, through capital
works projects, meant that the
external current account deficit
would hover at about 15 per
cent of GDP for 2008 and 2009,
down from 18 per cent in 2007.
-Tbhe external financing gap,
i dehned as current accounts pay-
ments plus short and long-term
debt payments and their amor-
tisation, was forecast to "remain
high" at about 150 per cent of


Financiall
S Focus



are no longer prepared to lend
funds on a short-term basis to
other banks where, rumors of
problems persists. Strong insti-
tutions stop lending, while the
weak get weaker or even col-
lapse. Funding (both long and
short-term) to business tight-
ens.
Tight money feeds reces-
sionary pressures. Businesses
cut back and/oi close their
doors. The economy moves
into recession.
- This then leads to more fore-
closures, more problems with
sub-prime loans... and the cycle
continues with each cycle pro-
gressively becoming more
severe.
Housing Market
This is the problem in the US
housing market. The long-term
average number of 'inventory
units' has-averaged around 2.25
million. Currently, inventory is
around four million units. Nor-
mal conditions are unukely to

current account receipts and
useable reserves.
S&P. revised its economic
growth projections for the
Bahamas to 1.1 per cent for
2008, and 1 per cent of GDP in
2009, down from 3 per cent and
4 per cent respectively, and in.
line with the Government's own
projections.
While non-performing loans
as a percentage of total out-
standing loans in the Bahamian
banking sector was still under.
control, the Wall Street credit
rating agency added that this
could "increase substantially as
the tourism sector, major pri-
vate sector employers, and the
construction industry are under-
going drastic contractions". -
"We revised the outlook to
reflect our concerns over the
rapidly slowing economic
growth in The Bahamas and its
impact on the sovereign's fiscal
and the country's external
accounts," explained Ms Kalin-
ina.
"More importantly, the coun-
try's inherently weak economic
structure exacerbates the cur-


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return until excess inventory is
worked off. Clearly, it is not an
overnight fix, and the adjust-
ment process will take time.
We probably have not seen
the bottom of the housing crisis
yet. In the short-term there are
likely to be more foreclosures
as the economy weakens and
more people lose their jobs. As
foreclosures increase, there will
be more losses and write-downs
of 'sub-prime based' assets, and
potentially the need for more
bailout money from Uncle
Sam.
Conclusion
Going back to Governor
Craigg's call for financial
restraint, what should individ-
uals do?
This is no time for 'business.
as usual', and all of us should
strive to tighten our belts until
the economic situation
improves. Here are some tips
to ease the pain of these chal-
lenging times:
List ways your household
can cut costs or manage your
limited resources better. Make
a plan and review it regularly.
Cut out wasteful spending.
Bahamians have great difficul-
ty separating 'true needs' from

rent downturn and puts more
pressure on the policy
response."
This was because tourism
accounts for more than 60 per
cent of GDP and employs over
50 per cent of the labour force,
with US tourists accounting for
87 per cent of total visitors.
"If these negative trends were
to accelerate, significantly rais-
ing the contingent liability from
the financial system and struc-
turally impairing the public
finances, we will likely lower
the ratings,". Ms Kalinina added.
"Similarly, if the Govern-
ment's countercyclical response
will lead to a sharp increase in
debt, the ratings will come
under negative pressures.
"Conversely, if the economic
slowdown is mild, helped by the
Government's fiscal efforts and
continuing investment, the
resulting stabilisation of fiscal
and external accounts will sup-
port the revision of the outlook
back to stable."


wants. j
Delay any major capital
expenditure that can be
delayed, such as new automo-
biles, construction, etc.;
If.you can, try to reduce
your debt load (all sources from
credit cards to consumer loans).
Cut out unnecessary dri-
ving. Plan your trips more effi-
ciently and coordinate activi-
ties better.
Turn off lights in rooms not
being used. It is not uncommon
to see every room lit up in
every house as you drive
through our neighborhoods at
night. Also, invest in a timer
for your water heater.
Carry your lunch from
home instead of buying lunch
each day. Most workplaces
have kitchens with refrigera-
tors and microwaves. Invest in
some sealable plastic containers
and save money.
Entertain yourself at home
with wholesome 'family-friend-
ly' activities, instead of always
going out.
Get financial counselling.
Financial counsellors/advisors
help you get control of your
finances. If you are drowning
in debt, reach out to your bank,
credit union and credit card
issuers for help.


Build up as much savings as
-you can.
Finally, this is absolutely the
wrong time to be out of work.
For those fortunate eno6uigl to
have a job, make sure you
adopt the right attitude at work
each day and that you give a
full day's labour. Take stock of
your situation, think of ways to
improve your marketable skills
(that can help you to earn
more).
Until next week...'
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Chartered Financial Analyst, is
vice-president pensions, Colo-
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is a major shareholder of Secu-
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Obama wants economic rescue approved 'right away'-


* By BETH FOUHY .
,Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) With the econo-
my in crisis, President-elect Barack
Obama urged the new Congress to pass
a quick economic stimulus bill, pledged
help for the troubled auto industry and
blessed the Bush administration's
bailout of the financial industry.
Even so, he conceded, "The economy
is likely to get worse before it gets bet-
ter," a downbeat forecast, delivered 57
days before he takes the oath of office
and as Americans headed into the yeAr-
end holiday season.
Barring swift action, "most experts
now believe that we could lose millions
of jobs next year," he said, urging the


newly elected Congress to act quickly
on his plans after opening its session
on Jan. 6.
At a news conference, Obama was
critical of the Big Three automakers,
saying he was surprised they did not
have a better-thought-out plan for their
future before asking Congress to
approve $25 billion in emergency loans.
He said once he sees a plan, he
expects "we're going to be able to shape
a rescue."
Obama declined to say how large a
stimulus package he wants from Con-
gress. Democratic lawmakers speculat-
ed over the weekend that the price tag
could reach $700 billion over two years
as the nation struggles to emerge from
a recession compounded by a credit


crunch. "It's going to be costly," the
president-elect said.
The stock market had been climbing
before Obama spoke but then slipped
during his news conference, reducing
its gain from 300 points to 200. It rose
higher again later. Analysts said
investors were looking for more
specifics of an economic stimulus plan,
and also wanted Obama to state that
he would set aside a plan to raise taxes
on the richest Americans.
Obama made his comments as he
unveiled the top members of his eco-
nomic team, beginning with New York
Federal Reserve President Timothy
Geithner to be his treasury secretary.
Geithner, 47, is a veteran of financial
crises at home and overseas and has


worked closely with the Bush adminis-
tration in recent months.
Obama chose Lawrence Summers as
director of his National Economic
Council. Summers was treasury secre-
tary under former President Bill Clin-
ton.
Obama said his newly minted eco-,
nomic team offered "sound judgment
and fresh thinking" at a time of eco-
nomic peril.
He expressed confidence the'nation
would weather the crisis "because We've
done it before."
Obama also announced two otlier
members of his economic team in the
making. He named Christina Romer as
chair of his Council of Economic Advis-
ers, and Melody Barnes as director of


his White House Domestic Policy
Council. ,N
Obama's principal theme was
urgency.
"We do not have a minute to waste,"
he said, citing the turmoil in the finan-
cial markets as well as the deteriora-
tion of the broader economy. H
He also said he would "honor the
commitments made by the current
administration" to deal with the prob.
lems, signaling approval of the Bush
administration's latest effort to rescue
Citigroup as well as the broader $700
billion bailout designed to shore up the
financial markets. ,1
Associated Press writer Jim Kuhn-
henn contributed to this story from
Washington.


LOSSES, from 1B

August, which coincide with the
school holidays.
While there were small pock-
ets of profitability in Novem-
ber and December, due to the
Thanksgiving and Christmas
weeks, other seven months
were generally break-even at
best, Mr Sands said, describing
hotels' financial years as "bits
and pieces".
The 'bottom line' is just that
for the Bahamian hotel indus-
try, which will simply be unable
to survive if it is not profitable.
The country is faced with a sit-
uation where the industry that is
its largest private employer is
in danger of becoming a 'wel-
fare sector', kept alive only by
the generosity of its owners and
employers.
Two other hotel executives
backed up Mr Sands' comments
in the wake of Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham disclosing last
week that Hong Kong-based
Hutchison Whampoa is subsi-
dising the Our Lucaya resort to
the tune of $3 million per
month, or $36 million per year.
The subsidy was intended to
keep the resort's 1,000 staff


employed, Our Lucaya having
generated $1.4 million in rev-
enues for October barely
enough to cover its $1.3 million
wage bill.
Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA)
executive vice-president, told
Tribune Business that without
the extensive investment incen-
tives the Government granted
to resort developers such as
the customs and Stamp Duty,
breaks under the Hotels
Encouragement Act, and real
property tax exemptions -
tourism-related projects would
not be seen in this nation.
Emphasising that he did not
want to scare away incoming
resort developers, Mr Comito
said: "Given our high-cost of
start-up, construction and oper-
ations compared to other areas,
without the investment incen-
tives, it would be virtually
impossible to see tourism-relat-
ed development taking, place in
the Bahamas.
"Even with the.investment
incentives in place, our high
operating costs, high labour
costs and high energy costs
make it difficult to generate the
kind of profits international
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invites applications from qualified Teachers
for positions available.

Two (2) MUSIC TEACHERS

Only qualified Teachers, with Bachelor or
Master Degrees from an accredited University
or College and Teaching Certificate need apply.

For further details and application form, please
contact the Anglican Central Education
Authority on Sands Road at telephone (242)
322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application and/or completed
application forms with copies of required
documents must be sent by Friday, December
5th, 2008 to the Anglican Education
Department addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O. Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas


These issues were exposed by
the Tourism Taskforce on
Trade Liberalisation's 2003
report, which some five years
ago compared a Nassau resort
with rivals in the Caribbean and
US that had similar sizes, occu-
pancies and average daily room
rates.
What was described as the
"real shocker" was that the Nas-
sau hotel's gross operating prof-
it was just 9 per cent,-compared
to 22 per cent and 35 per cent
for the Caribbean and US resort
respectively.- This meant that
the Nassau's hotel's gross oper-
ating profits were 59 per cent
and 74 per cent respectively,
below that of the Caribbean and
US resort.
And in virtually every cost
category, the Nassau hotel was
far ahead of its counterparts.
Room payroll was 40 per cent
and 17 per cent above its
Caribbean and US counterparts
respectively, while for food and
beverage payroll it was 25 per
cent and 17 per cent more
expensive.
More alarmingly, the Nassau
resort's food and beverage
expenses were 183 per cent
higher than those for its US
counterpart, with utility and
power costs 114 per cent greater
- and this before BEC's soar-
ing bills as a result of higher
global oil prices.
Russell Miller, the BHA's
president, pointed to the Asso-
ciation's September survey,
which revealed that 71 per cent


of resort properties surveyed
did not expect to make a 2008
profit, to highlight the indus-
try's vulnerability.
"About seven out of 10 hotels
were projected not to produce a
profit, which makes it extreme-
ly difficult for companies to do
business without looking at
potentially reducing salaries,"
Mr Miller said.
"The single largest expense
we have is payroll. It's not ever
an easy task for operators to
reduce work weeks, reduce the
hours worked, or even get to
lay-off and termination situa-
tions, but as a means of survival
it's one of the available options
people have to consider, and in
a lot of instances take. It's that
bad."
Describing the tourism and
hotel industry as the Bahamas'
,"means or survival" and
"lifeblood", Mr Miller called for
a National Approach or strate-
gy to be developed for the sec-
tor.
All Bahamians and residents
had to understand that this
nation was tourism-dependent,
and every action by themselves
and Bahamian businesses could
impact the sector.
Calling for "bold measures
and bold steps" to be taken, Mr
Miller said the Bahamas needed
to take a different approach to
the growth and development of
its tourism industry, since it was
clear that current methods were
not achieving the desired result.
"It's really survival of the


fittest, but that's how bad and
how desperate this situation is,"
Mr Miller said. "We've got to
get the creative juices flowing,
shake this thing up and look at
it differently."
On the question of hotel own-
er subsidies, he added: "It's
somewhat fortunate that there
are operators and owners that
have that kind of resources and
can continue to find operations
that are not profitable.
"The reality is that there
aren't that many out there, and
there are not many that can
afford to do this for much
longer."
Calling for the Government
to assist the industry with get-
ting the cost of doing 'business in
the Bahamas down to a level
where it made sense, Mr Miller
said payroll and electricity costs
were "killing us" in the hotel
industry.
A reduction in electricity
costs, for example, might enable
the hotel industry to avoid at
least some lay-offs and redun-
dancies. "We've already seen
one wave of terminations and
lay-offs, and more is in the
pipeline," Mr Miller added.
Mr Comito said the hotel
industry had been "knocking
on the door with a number of
these things" identified by the
Taskfotce report and "trying to
deal with them".
"In the past two years, busi-
nesses in the hotel sector have
invested incredible amounts of
money in becoming energy effi-
cient," Mr Comito said.
He added that while progress
had been made in that area, aid-
ed by the 2008-2009 Budget


duty reductions on solar power
components, there was more
that could be done in that area
and the sector had presented
an "extensive list of laundry
items" they were seeking tax
reduction on in a bid to aid susi
tainable energy development"!
The BHA, Mr Comito said,
had also "stepped up considei-
ably" its efforts in working with
Bahamian schools and its train3
ing programmes.
"We are taking a.very aggres-
sive and in-depth look at edu-
cation, and how we collectively, I
as a community and govern-
ment, can be more progressive
'in building a world-class edu-.
cation system," Mr Comito said.
"That would go a long way
over time to making us a more
productive and competitive
country."
Mr Sands said: "The hotel
are doing their darndest to see
how we can turn this situation
around in a'very volatile arind.
' worrisome global economy. 11,
"The situation is what it-is,
and our energy is really focused
on what we can do to improve
our current situation and move
forward."
He added: "Hotels are
extremely sensitive to the
impact [lay-offs] have on our
tourism assets, the people who
make the companies work....!
"We have to do what is ne-
essary to make operations
viable, so that we can continue:
to employ a large number 6f,
people, and hope the initiatives.
were are working on with tfe,
Ministry of Tourism and ouir-
selves will get business back to
the level we see normally." ('


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VILDO FRANCOIS of
PINEWOOD GARDENS, ELIZABETTE CORNER
NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible:.
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization,;
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who j
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should,
not be granted, should send 'a written and signed statement.,:
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of 5
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.' E



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CHERLINE ATILUS,
of SHADY TREE LANE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is
applying- to the Minister responsible for Nationality and,,
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen,?
of The Bahamas, and that any person who krows any,,
reason, why registration/ naturalization should not be,,
granted, should send a Written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of,
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality1
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MAGDALA MARC of"
BAHAMA AVENUE, RO. BOX N-3331, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any, person who:
knows any reason why -registration/ naturalization should-j
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality,
and Citizenship, P.O:Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.j










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completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution and
that the Company has been struck from the Register of
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where he was given a panoramic view of the
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IDB signs Chamber deal to help small businesses


1 By CARA BRENNEN-
y BETHEL
Business Reporter

THE Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) and the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce yesterday signed a
$225,000 partnership for the
establishment of a Small to
liedium Enterprise Support
Unit, which will provide tech-
nical support for private sector
participation in international
" adq negotiations.,
'The Unit will be responsible
for data collection, dissemina-
tion of information and con-
ducting research and analysis
of issues affecting small and
medium-sized businesses, which
comprise about 90 per cent of
tegistered businesses in the
t ahamas.
x, At yesterday's signing, Cham-
ber president Dionisio
D'Aguilar said: "This morning's
signing is an acknowledgment
op our part that business as usu-
gl is no longer an acceptable
posture for my board, nor for
our membership."
-a He added that small busi-
nesses faced new challenges
locally, regionally and globally.
-rnfn particular, the Chamber
president said the Bahamas had
a,tendency to lag behind when
ilt came to trade negotiations,
as evidenced in the recent sign-
ing of the Economic Partner-
.ship Agreement (EPA).
"We always seem to be the
1lst at the table or have to
sush," he said. "Our recent
"aperience leading up to the
signing of the Economic Part-
nership Agreement has made


the very important small and
medium-sized businesses in
their preparations for the intro-
duction of new international
trading agreements. Based on
our due diligence work, we are
also satisfied that there is a gen-


OSCAR SPENCER (left), IDB country representative, and Dionisio D'Aguilar, president of Bahamas Chamber of


Commerce, chat during yesterday's signing...


us painfully aware of the need
to reorganise ourselves to
address the needs of our mem-
bership."
Mr D'Aguilar said the IDB
arrangement will ensure that
the private sector, particularly
small and medium-sized busi-
nesses, are fully prepared and
briefed for upcoming trade
agreements the country is like-
ly to face, including the trade
agreement between CARI-
COM and Canada that is cur-
rently being negotiated in
Trinidad.
While some regional govern-
ments have already completed
the process of preparing sector
and national positions for this,
the Bahamas has just started
the process, and Bahamian
firms have not yet been con-
sulted and "are not yet at the
table", he said


(Photo: Craig Lenihan)


"Undoubtedly, we need gov-
ernment's support, but as a pri-
vate sector, we cannot sit and
wait for the Government to do
our job and assume that they
are aware of the myriad .of
issues facing the private sector.
Today we recognize our respon-
sibility, and have taken concrete
steps to address this deficien-
cy," the Chamber president
said.
Mr D'Aguilar urged business
persons to familarise themselves
with the trade agreements.
"Become involved. Do not wait
until a month before we are due
to initial or sign this or another
agreement to complain that you
didn't know or that no one told
you. Solutions will not be found
in Rawson Square but rather
through preparation and
engagement."
He said the Unit will be


doing the necessary research
and analysis to determine the
impact of these agreements on
the Bahamas and small busi-
nesses, and said it was impor-
tant that the private sector was
fully aware of the liberalisation
schedules and what was at
stake, because it was businesses
that trade, not governments.
Oscar Spencer the IDB's rep-
resentative for the Bahamas,
acknowledged that the Cham-
ber was a strategic partner.
"This issue is so important,
critical and topical, and often
small businesses have limited
capacity to deal with trade
units," he said..
"Providing support for pri-
vate sector development is an
important plank of our country
strategy for the Bahamas, and
our participation in this project
gives us the opportunity to help


I'


, DEAL, from 1B


5f However, Baha Mar is alleg-
Jig that Mr Loveman's deposi-
tion revealed that three days
earlier before the supplemental
,f.eads of Agreement was
Signed, confirmation letters and
_Rhone calls made, and press
q'eleases issued, there was a
5peeting between Harrah's and
new private equity owners.
ox "Loveman testified that 'pri-
or to the meeting on the 28th, it
was our intention, as Harrah's,
to plan to fund the equity in this
programme if the conditions
antecedent were met', but that
'the meeting on the 28th
changed that'," the lawsuit
alleged.
"Loveman testified, for exam-
ple, that the January 31, 2008,
confirmatory letter sent 'mixed
signals' in that 'the signal sent
by this letter is that we remain
interested in pursuing'," Baha
Mar alleged.
"With regard to the January
31, 2008, press release, when
asked if Harrah's 'told people
here you were looking forward
to working with your partners
to complete the project, even
though privately you were talk-
ing to the private equity guys,
among other things, about
pulling out of the project', Love-
man testified that 'the literal
statement you made is correct;
we were doing both of these
things at the same time'."
Then, when asked why he
sent Baha Mar's chief execu-
tive, Sarkis Izmirlian, a con-
gratulatory e-mail on January
L1, 2008, despite the doubts.
over Harrah's participation,
"Loveman testified that he
believed it would be better not
to address the matter in an e-
mail". .


ESTATE, from 1B

Lfarly severe because many per-
;bns who were lined up to pur-
;hase homes were former hotel
Workers, who had either been
terminated or placed on
.educed work days. Others
were younger persons unable
to afford a mortgage right now
because of the rise in the cost of
living.
"So.they have had to ask for
the deposit back," she said.
Despite this, Ms Rahming
added that what realtors and
developers are also seeing is a
ore serious, opportunistic buy-

"We have those persons who
'have savings and are coming in,
;and they are more serious. They
are able to take advantage of
iwh'at is going on in the mar-
ket," she added.
Ms Rahming explained that
these buyers were able to ben-
tefit from better prices, as per-
sons try to offload their prop-
erties, because they have sav-
lings they can use for financing.
S"So they are getting great
deals, and a lot of persons are
-buying anything that they can
t they hands on, whether it is
1mes or vacant lots. They are
king advantage of what is
'-available," she said.


Baha Mar alleged the Har-
rah's executive said: 'Well, I
say with just a small does of
irony that I've learned that
putting a lot of content in e-
mails is not always in my inter-
est, so I sent him a nice, gra-
cious response and left it at
that'."
Baha Mar alleged that Har-
rah's executives continued to
"proceed with business as usu-
al" -in their dealings with the
Cable Beach operator right up
until it terminated the agree-
ment, despite the backstage
manoeveres.
And the lawsuit alleged that
when it came to the press
release issue regarding the joint
venture, Mr Loveman's
response to questioning was: "I
would not view that as an espe-
cially big deal. We put out a lot
of press releases."
And as for the supplemental
Heads of Agreement, Mr Love-
man's alleged response to,ques-
tioning: "We didn't sign an
agreement well, perhaps we
did sign an agreement with the
Government. We sign agree-
ments with governments with
some frequency."
Urging the New York court
to order that Harrah's and Cae-
sars Bahamas complete the
joint venture transaction and
contribute the $212 million in
capital, Baha Mar alleged: "The
Harrah's defendants concealed
their true state of mind, so that
the Baha Mar parties and the
joint venture company would
continue to pursue the project,
expend resources and publicly
announce to the Government
and people of the Bahamas that
the project was proceeding
ahead.
"The Harrah's defendants
knew that it would severely
damage the business reputation,
credibility and standing of the
Baha Mar parties and put their
entire investment of almost
$300 million at risk should the


joint venture not proceed on


the announced schedule."


uine need for this support pro-
gramme and that the Chamber
has the capacity to manage the
project successfully."
The Unit will be located at
and managed by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce.


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International Business Companies Act 2000 INVESTMENT
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The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 21st November
2008. David 'hain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building 2
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against the above-named company are required to send their address
and particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 21st Decem-
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Sudoku Pu zle
Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 939 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

57

8 2 1

4 5 6 2 j

7 8

1 3 -
8 -7

6 14 21

4 1 8

7Difficulty Level 11/21
Difficulty Level ** 11/21


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


Sudoku Answer

257943816

381 671.5942
1 3 8 715 2 4 6 9
629814537
5 7 4 319 6 2 8 1
7 6 3 518 9 1.2 4

8 1 2 4 617 3 9 5


Yesterdys
Kakuro Anrswer

87319 31
43127 879
98 389 31
96 57698
98 89
69875 81
21 981 31
143 9-73L62
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HAGAR THE HORRIBLE


T. A L
The
TAILITarget

words in
the main
body of
Chambers
21st


HOW many VRds of ourletters
or more can 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 15; very good 23; excellent
30 (or more). Solution tomorrow.

YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
cachet carat caret cart carte
catarrh catch catcher cater
cert CHARACTER chart
charter chat cheat chert crate
crater earth echt etch hart
hate heart heat rate rather
react retch tare teach tear
tech trace tracer trachea


CRYPTIC PUZZLE

Across : Down
1' Fruit and nuts (7) 1 Should it be made from
5 A boring tool for a brushwood? (5)
carpenter to.use (5) 2 Agree it's put on upside-
8 Team directors In the din- down (3)
ing room (9) 3 Points for writers (4)
9 Initially, any soft-headed 4 New hats we put bands
simpleton (3) round (6)
10 Style of many a poem (4) 5 Interview everybody in the
12 Animal trained to work theatre (8)
without worrying (8) 6 Planned on a magnificent
14 Pay a, brief visit and ask scale, but badly
for help (4,2) organised (9)
15 A vote having gone to the 7 Accepts another contract,
*.other side (6) and quits (7)


1.7 Overtures returned with
interest? (8)
18 Four main points of
information (4) '
21 It preserves timber and
ropes for the sailor (3)
22 Agreed on a fresh kind of
drink (9)
24 Acted as a would-be
officer (5)
25. Pet takes the wrong turn-
ing at a medium pace (7)


16 Man has a way of
acquiring esteem (6)
19 Exhausted writer found in
the street (5)
20 Eager to go up after a
key (4)
23 Dry manner (3)


Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution


Across: 1 Gainsaid, 5 Chum, 9
Ridge, 10 Singles, 11 Money-spinner,
13 Pisces, 14 Acumen, 17'Cost of liv-
ing, 20 Relayed, 21 Ruche, 22 Sane,
23 Vendetta.
Down: 1 Girl, 2 Indoors, 3 Sees eye
to eye, 4 Insist, 6 Helen, 7 Misprint, 8
Undiscovered, 12 Epicures, 15 Manx
cat, 16 Pledge, 18 Salon, 19 Vera.


Across: 1 Michigan, 5 Tsar, 9
Scrap, 10 Towards, 11 Inconsolable,
13 Urchin, 14 Strict, 17 Carte
blanche, 20 Debacle, 21 Gorge, 22
Lull, 23 Teetotal.
Down: 1 Mask, 2 Chronic, 3
Improvidence, 4 Attest, 6 Scrub, 7
Respects, 8 Twelfth night, 12
Suicidal, 15 Inherit, 16 Fleece, 18
Rebel, 19 Feel.


5 Hidden stock (5)
8 Bruise (9)
9 Hold at fixed level (3)'
10 Large water jug (4)
12 Insinuation (8)
14 Money order on
bank (6)
15' Risk (6)
17 In concert (8)
18. Division of school
year (4)
21 Take effect (3)
22 In the public eye (9)
24 Fortunate (5)
25 One soldier's
entrenchment (7)


Down
1 Recurrent series of
events (5)
2 Intense desire (3)
3 Responsibility (4)
4 Wellwisher (6)
5 Central American
country (8)
6 Something
attached (9)
7 Cornus (7)
11 Vigorous (9)
13 Become more
numerous (8)
14 Cry of disapproval (7)
16 Begin a journey (3,3)
19 Bishop's
headdress (5)
20 Hoodoo (4)
23 Self-esteem (3)


You are declarer in each of the
following four situations:
1. You have the A-K-10-2 of a
suit, and dummy has the Q-3. You
lead dummy's queen and then the
three, both opponents following low.
Should you play the ace or the ten to
give yourself the best chance for four
tricks?
2. You have the A-J-4-3-2, and
dummy has the K-9. How would you
play this combination to give.your-
self the best chance for four tricks?
3. You have the A-K-J-10-9-4-3,
and dummy has the singleton deuce.
If you need seven tricks in the suit, -
should you cash the A-K or finesse
the jack?
4. You have the A-10-3-2 facing
the .K-9-4 in dummy. How would
you play the suit to give yourself the
best chance for three tricks?
1. If you finesse the ten, you have
a 50 percent chance of success. If
you cash the A-K instead, hoping to
drop the missing jack, you have only
a 36 percent chance of making four
tricks in the suit. The finesse is there-
-fore the better play.
2. Lead the deuce and finesse
dummy's nine. This gives you a 68
percent chance for four tricks. Cash-
ing the king first and then finessing


the jack will give you only a 61 per-
cent chance for four tricks. A first-
round finesse of the nine is therefore
the better play. ,..,"
If you needed only three tricks in
the suit, the best method of play
would be the king followed by a
finesse of th6 jack, which would
yield three tricks 94 percent of the
time.
3. If you finesse the jack, you
have a 37 percent chance of scoring,
seven tricks. If you cash the A-K,
hoping to catch the queen, you have,
only a 33 percent chance of success.
The finesse is therefore the better
play.
4. Lead the deuce and, if your left-
hand opponent follows low, finesse
dummy's nine. Assuming that the
nine loses to the jack or queen, you
plan to cash the king next and then
the ace. This will give you about a 75
percent chance of making three
tricks (assuming the opponents
always choose their best method of
defense).
The suggested line of play is
slightly better than cashing the A-K
in the hope of catching a singleton or
doubleton honor, which, added to a
3-3 division of the opposing cards,
offers about a 70 percent chance of
success.


Tomorrow: Hook, line and sinker.
C2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.


MARVIN


TIGER


Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


Combinations and Percentages


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Transforming lives


- man's best friend


* By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer

MAN'S best friend, the old saying
goes, is his dog. But when you have
a disability, a pooch can turn into
your everything your lifesaver that
you cherish, love and depend on


-night and day.
For Davis Hawn, his dog,
Booster, a .stocky, golden
Labrador who has been trained
as a service dog, is the perfect
assistant that.allows him greater
independence and the ability to
get through his day to day tasks
with an injured leg. As a result
of the remarkable freedom that
Booster has given him, Mr
lawn, who was visiting the
Bahamas from Florida last
week, is offering one lucky
Bahamian the chance to take a
course in training service dogs.
It is his hope that the individual
Will return to the Bahamas with
this invaluable knowledge to
share with others.
Mr Hawn says Booster has
helped him through life like no
pill ever could. The Labrador
has brought him out of isola-
tion and back to being the
social, keen human being that
he once was. Booster brought
.him from such a depressed state
that he now voluntarily travels
ithe world, sharing his message..
While in the Bahamas Mr
Hawn visited the Stapledon
School for the Mentally Chal-
,lenged, where some of the stu-
dents are in wheelchairs and
others need the assistance-.of a
walker to get around. Nir Hawn
!taught the children about how
much help a service dog could
'be in their lives.
The most common type of
service dog is the guide dog for
blind persons. Those dogs
expertly lead their owners
through crowds, across streets,
and up stairs with no run-ins.
There are also service dogs for
deaf persons who specialize in
Reacting to alarm systems for
fire or burglary, and who nudge
the person awake to alert them


to the problem. The latest
development in service dogs is
the canine for those with dia-
betes. These dogs are being
trained to detect lowering blood
sugar levels and to alert the per-
son before their insulin machine
is able to.
Finally, service dogs can be
attained for psychiatric patients,
a common occurrence now in
the US when three out of 10
soldiers coming back from the
war in Iraq are affected by men-
tal health disorders like post-
traumatic stress syndrome.
These dogs all come at quite
a hefty price, Mr Hawn said.
Though guide dogs are readily
available at a moderate rate,
other service dogs can cost
between $25,000 to $35,000.
"And because of the great
reception I've had in the
Bahamas, I want to give a schol-
arship to one Bahamian who
can then go on the six week
course in'California that ILdid
last summer. He or she can then
return with this knowledge to
teach others, and hopefully start
a trend in service dogs here."
Inspectors Percy Grant and
Steven Turnquest of the
Humane Society said they will
be the guiding force behind that
one lucky Bahamian student,
and will help him or her in
arranging classes and other
teaching opportunities. The stu-
dent will also be able to use the
Society's facility to train dogs
and teach other possible train-
ers.
"We've never had this sort of
opportunity," Inspector Grant
said, "and we are just so grateful
to Mr Hawn forhis belief in the
Bahamian people."
Mrs Wilson, an administra-


tor at the Stapledon School, was
also happy for the opportunity
to improve the future for all
Bahamians who have a disabil-
ity. "I wish we had these sorts of
dogs right now" she said,
"These dogs are such a good
form of therapy, they serve in
calming and encouraging the
child, also giving them some
company at lonely times."
The dogs are also good sen-
sory stimuli for the kids who
"will be talking about this
demonstration for the rest of
the day", Mrs Wilson said.
As part of his demonstration,
Mr Hawn came out with Boost-
er and showed the dog's talents
from running to the refrigerator
for water, turning on and off
light switches, opening doors
with a metal lever, pulling
wheelchairs, supporting the
owner's weight if one leg is a
little weaker than the other,
pulling socks off the owner's
feet, bringing their shoes, and
even jumping up to take a hat
off the owner's head.
' Mr Hawn closed the demon-
stration taking questions from
the audience, and telling every-
body that love is the conqueror
and proof of a real man, rather
than abusing and showing pow-
er through rough handling,
"Violence never settles any-
thing," he said, quoting from
Ghengis Khan. He added fur-
ther that love for a fellow being
in this world, such as a dog, is
what defines our existence.
Davis Hawn's relationship
with Booster has changed his
life irreversibly, showing him
true happiness. They've trav-
elled the world together (Boost-
er even has his own air miles
card) and he loves.The r6cep-
tion that he and his best friend
get in the Bahamas.

For more information about
Mr Hawn's scholarship for
Bahamians, and the opportunity
to train service dogs, contact the
Bahamas Humane Society at
323.5138, or 323.6742. And to
learn more about California's
training school Bergin University
of Canine Studies, visit
www.assistancedog.org


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A brighter future for skin


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APPEARING on a vacation
yacht in the 20s looking bronzed
and no doubt fashionable, Coco
Chanel set forth a movement
that made the darkening or
tanning of skin a sign of health
and affluence. From that
moment on, women of the 20s
had to add tanning to their
demanding "beautification" reg-
imen that already included bob-
bing of hair, binding of breasts
and sliming of the waistline.
Thanks in part to the aware-
ness that UV light leads to
advanced aging and skin can-
cer, tanning is falling out of
favour as a sign of health. Con-
sumers worldwide are more and
more interested in obtaining
lighter, brighter skin. The main
reason why may stem from mar-
ket research studies that indi-
cate an uneven skin tone is per-
ceived as older or aging skin
while a more even skin coloura-
tion is judged to be healthier
and younger-looking.
As populations mature glob-
ally, pigmentation issues
become more prevalent, and
the demand for skin brightening
products has surged. Unfortu-
nately, those looking to bright-
en skin often run into two dif-
ferent and disappointing sce-
narios: the products don't deliv-
er results as promised or even
worse, skin health suffers at the
hands of brightening ingredi-
ents.
Treating hyperpigmentation
without regard to skin health
can lead to sensitivity, irritation,
photo damage, exposure to
potentially dangerous agents
and premature aging.
When looking for ingredients
that can help treat hyperpig-
mentation and maintain skin
health, speak with your skin
therapist. He or she should rec-
ommend products containing
the following:


1


Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid,
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phos-
phate, Tetrahexydecl Ascorbate
or Ascorbyl Glucoside): helps
brighten surface spots, helps
control oxidation.

Camellia Sinensis (White
Tea) Extract: an antioxidant
that helps control oxidation. It
helps accelerate skin brighten-
ing and strengthens skin's
defences against future dis-
colouration on a cellular level.

Ferula Foetida (Giant Fen-
nel) Root Extract: slows
enzyme activity, inhibits
melanin formation, and helps
brighten skin.

Glycyrrhiza Glabra
(Licorice) Root
Extract/Dipotassimum Gly-
cyrrizhate: an antioxidant, it
helps scavenge free radicals and
fight melanin formation.
Lactic Acid: exfoliates to
help lift dulling, discoloured
skin cells to improve surface


THANKS in part to the awareness
that UV light leads to advanced
aging and skin cancer, tanning is
falling out of favour as a sign of
health.
clarity. At high concentration,
inhibits formation of tyrosinase
enzyme.

Lactobacillius/Citrus Med-
ica Limonun Peel Ferment:
helps exfoliate surface cells to
smooth skin, enhance skin tone
and elimination dark spots.

Phytic Acid (Rice Extract):
chelates copper, inhibiting step
two of melanogenesis.
ChromaWhite TRx: a new
era in brightening from the skin
health experts at Dermalogica.

This information was taken
from www.dermalogica.bs -

SarahSimpson is a skin care
therapist at the Dermal Clinic.
Visit her, and her team of skin
and body therapists, at One
Sandyport Plaza (the same build-
ing as Ballys Gym). For more
information about their Septem-
ber Face Treatment special for all
new clients visit www.dermal-
clinic.com or call 327.6788


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 9B


I heart healthy holiday


Come join the alliance

for a healthier generation

THE holiday season is typically the
season we indulge in foods that are not
heart healthy, pressure ourselves about
travel or gifts and exercise less. These
bad habits can lead to heart disease and
heart conditions.
This Christmas change your regular
pattern and take care of you and your
future. Shrink your stress by focusing
on what you can do: "f you can't afford it,
let it go. Exercise regularly and eat heart
healthy foods. Take your medications
and vitamins. Abstain from overeating
and drinking too much alcohol.
Each year many Bahamians suffer and
die from heart disease. Heart disease
does not discriminate based on age, gen-
der, religion, race, or colour. When it
affects one person in a family, it indi-
rectly affects all. Sadly, many people can
not afford the health care they need
when they discover that they have heart
disease or a condition such as heart
attack, stroke or heart failure.
The Heart Ball Committee wishes to
encourage the Bahamian public to take
preventative measures this holiday sea-
son to ensure they are heart healthy and
help a child to become heart healthy.
The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation was established in
1961 by Lady Evelyn Sassoon in memo-
ry of her late husband, Sir Victor Sas-
soon. The Foundation's main goal is to
assist children with the treatment of
heart disease and to educate and inform
Bahamians about heart care.
The Foundation runs primarily on a
voluntary and contributory basis. As
such, 98 per cent of the funds received go
directly to the treatment of heart dis-
ease in children and the remaining 2 per
cent covers administrative costs. To this
end the Heart Foundation has two major


PICTURED are members of the Heart Ball Committee. Back row from left are Linda Lafleur, Alexandria Newbold, Claire Howorth, Char-
maine Miller, Marilyn Cambridge, Inez Johnson, Coretta Owen, and Portia Nottage, co-chair. Front row from left are Michelangiolo Bacelli;'
Lady Sheila Butler, co-chair; Ingrid Sears, Maria Symonette, Barbara Sayer, Zelia Bethel and Rose Thompson. Missing are Thorson Rock-;
well, Rochele Sealy, Nadia Campbell, co-chair; Sue Riding, Clover Bonamy and Natasha Lightbourne.


arms: the Bahamas Heart Association
and the Heart Ball Committee.

,'The Bahamas Heart Association is the
educational arm of the Foundation. The
Bahamas Heart Association is. focused
on living a healthy heart lifestyle. The
association advises the- public through
all available media on aspects of heart
disease, risk factors and preventive care.
The Heart Association provides speakers


and educational materials for schools,
youth groups, service clubs, churches,
and other public meetings.

The Heart Ball Committee is the fund
raising arm of the Foundation. Each year
the Heart Ball Committee hosts two'
major fundraising events:
The Heart Ball
The Annual Tea Party/Fashion Show


Other fundraising activities include
yard sales and flie giving of heart
bracelets in exchange for a donation..
These events generate funds that aid in.
the repair of hearts of children.
In addition, the Foundation accepts
donations, memorial donations and tax-
deductible donations. No amount is too
small. Being a non-profit organisation,
the Foundation relies heavily on the gen-
erosity of others to meet their goals.


Choosing the right



dog in the Bahamas


HOW amazing it is when
you ask people how and why
they chose a particular dog or
breed of dog, most people con-
fess that it was usually a ran-
dom choice. Maybe their kids
had been pestering them for a
dog, or maybe they saw a dog
on the street with puppies, or
maybe they saw an ad in the
local newspaper or they saw a
cute puppy in a pet store and
they decided to get one.
Although these can all be ways
to bring a wonderful dog into
our lives, they can also be
recipes for disaster.
Dogs are exceptional com-
panions. They are truly man's
best friend. They provide
unconditional love and they
don't nag. They are fun and
friendly and they love atten-
tion. But dogs are also com-
pletely dependent upon the
care of their owners and care-
takers for everything from food
and water to exercise and train-.
ing.
How often do we see in our
small archipelago nation, peo-
ple who suddenly give up their
dog because they don't fully
understand all the care require-
ments necessary to maintain a
healthy, well behaved dog. We
know from experience that the
removal of a dog from the
home can be very traumatic to
children who have come to
love her and so we have decid-
ed today to help that person
who is thinking about choos-
ing the right dog for them and
their family.
Before you get a dog there
are certain questions that you
need to ask yourself before
proceeding with the purchase.
What kind of life do you
lead?
Do you travel a lot?
Are you single or married
with a family?
Are you young or about to
retire?
Are you on a tight budget
or you have disposable income.
Do you want an active dog,
a small or large dog, or a hairy
dog?
How much room do you
have in your home? Do you
live in a condo, or an apart-
ment or with family? Is your
yard fenced in, or do you have
a yard?
How much time do you
have for the new dog?
Do you want a puppy or
an adult?
Do you like to entertain
friends at your home?

One must always remember
that a dog is not an accessory.
He is an animal with a mind
and a personality all of his own,
and having one is like having
another person in the home.
A question most people
don't stop to think about is


whether they should get-agpup-
py or an adult. Having a puppy
is like having a toddler in the
home. Puppies want to get in
everything and they use their
mouths to explore. They need
to chew and if you don't supply
a variety of toys they will chew
what is available. Older dogs
are generally calmer and they
are usually house-trained, how-
ever they are more set in their
ways.
Should you get a purebred
or a mixed breed? Purebred
dogs are those dogo that have
been bred pure over several
generations. They have certain
traits that are desirable and
undesirable. However, mixed
breeds such as potcakes, may
not be the most beautiful dog
that you have ever seen, and
you may not be sure where
their instincts or traits come
from a Labrador or a Pit Bull,
but like their purebred cousins,
mixed breeds can make excel-
lent pets.
. I have five potcakes in my
home along with five purebred-
dogs. At the end of the day nei-
ther a purebred nor a mixed
breed is going to be a better
dog than the other. Both are
just dogs. You have to realisti-
cally assess the amount of time
and energy you have to take
care of your dog the way she
deserves and needs to be taken
care of.
Where do you get this dog
that you want? You can get a
dog from a reliable, responsible
breeder, a pet store or from a
shelter such as the Bahamas
Humane Society.
Breeders usually want their
puppies or older dogs to find
homes in which they will be
loved and cared for as real fam-
ily members. A responsible
breeder will tell you all about
the history of the breed and
show you the parents and what
traits to look for.
Buying a dog from a pet
store used to be a common
experience. The decline in pet
shop sales has to do with the
way they operate. Pet shops
know that puppies are most
appealing when they are
six to eight weeks old.
That means they are usu-
ally separated from their
mother at a young age
and therefore these pups
miss out on the critical
developmental benefits of
staying in their first fami-
ly as long as they should
and their new families pay
the price in health and
behaviour problems later in


life.
Does this mean good dogs
don't come from pet shops?
No, some people who have
bought their dog at a pet store
have perfectly fine pets. When
purchasing a pet from a pet
store, you need to ask a lot of
questions. Where did the pup-
pies come from? Did they have
all of their shots and do you
have a record from the veteri-
narian of those shots?
Today in Nassau too many
lay persons are immunizing and
playing doctor. The public is
faking a chance if they buy a
dog that has not been seen by a
veterinarian and given a clean
bill of health. There are many
reasons to be wary of purchas-
ing any animal from a pet shop,
and health is at the top of the
list. This does not mean that
all pet stores sell dogs that are
not healthy and the owners
may know of certain health
problems, but you want to be
sure that you do not bring
home a sick puppy or dog who
will steal your heart and then
break your bank book with
health and behavioral prob-
lems.
As a veterinarian I have seen
my share of puppies that were
purchased and said to be one
particular breed when they
were something else and were
very sick. So demand answers
and be wise before making a
decision to buy a pet from a
pet store.


D* r Basil Sands is a veteri-
narian at the Central Animal Hos-
pital. Questions or comments
should be directed to pot-
cake59@hotinail.com: Dr Sands
can also be contacted at 325-
1288


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SCOLIOSIS is more common in women than in men. The most important time to watch for a developing sco-
liosis is between ages 10 18, especially in girls.


* By Susan Donald DC

EVERYONE'S spine has
natural curves. These curves
round our shoulders and make
our lower back curve slightly
inward. But some people have
spines that also curve from side
to side. Unlike poor posture,
these curves can't be corrected
by learning to stand up straight.
This condition of side to side
spinal curves is called scoliosis.
A bit of a side to side curve isn't
much to worry about; it's when
the curve gets too large there
could be a problem. A big curve
can be visible and cause dis-
comfort and in severe cases a
large curve can even cause
problems with breathing and
circulation.
On an x-ray, the spine of a
person with scoliosis looks more
like an "S" or a "C" than a
straight line. Some of the bones
in a scoliotic spine also may
have rotated slightly, making
the person's waist or shoulders
appear uneven.
No one really knows what
causes scoliosis. Possible causes
can be from a trauma such as a
bad fall or car accident, a birth
deformity, a short leg, or some
type of neuromuscular disease.
The most common scoliosis is
called idiopathic (unknown)


scoliosis. What is known is that
this type of scoliotis runs in fam-
ilies.
Scoliosis is more common in
women than in men. The most
important time to watch for a
developing scoliosis is between
ages 10 18, especially in girls.
As they go the through hormone
change, it is the most important
time to have them checked reg-
ularly for early signs of scolio-
sis. It is possible for a normal
spine to change very rapidly dur-
ing this time, especially if there is
a family history of scoliosis.
The medical approach to sco-
liosis may include the use of a
brace of some type that goes
around the torso. However this
type of treatment is usually not
long lasting. Is the most severe
cases, surgery may be done
which usually involves a metal
rod being grafted to the patient's
spine in hope of stabilizing the
spine. Before a drastic measure
like surgery is taken I recom-
mend that you get a number of
second opinions, which include
that of a chiropractor.
As a chiropractor, my first
goal is to determine the cause
of the scoliosis. This is done
through a case history, exam,
and the appropriate x-rays.
Many cases of scoliosis can be
helped and improvement can be


made. The earlier we start the
patient, the better the results will
be.
Some cases of scoliosis may
never be straightened out, how-
ever that is not always the goal.
Some people would be worse if
we tried to "straighten their
spine." It is very important to.
understand thatheach caseis indi-!
viduiialnd must be treated as
such.
The actual treatment of scol-
iosis consists of regular chiro-
practic adjustments, which repo-
sition the vertebrae toward bet-
ter alignment. The use of phys-
iotherapy, massage, and exercise
is very important.
It is important to keep in mind
that our goal is not to always
"cure" or "straighten out" the
scoliosis, because in a number
of cases that may not be possible,
rather our goal is to "manage"
the case. By regular adjustment
we can keep the spine working
at its optimum with a minimum
amount of pressure on the ner-
vous system. This will usually
keep theJpa tient symptom free
and able to lead a normal life.

Susan Donald is a doctor of
chiropractic at the Life Chiropractic
Centre. For more information
please call 393-2774


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There are many employees who get
lulled into thinking they are in.a per-
manent safety zone so they allow
behaviours like entitlement and an
unwillingness to lend a hand or to go
the extra, mile get in the way.
- During good times, employees can
get away with undesirable behaviours
because employers are making a prof-
it despite individual employee atti-
tudes. However, when economic trends
embark on a downward course, the
signs are sometimes there, but employ-
ees who are behaviourally challenged
often end up wrapped in their protec-
tive bubbles that blind them to obvious
indicators.
All businesses experience cycles,
times of record setting profit growth
and times of record setting lows. Cycles
and .change are inevitable and as an
employee you need a strategy for
branding yourself in a way that you
provide noticeable value to the com-
pany. Visibility plays an important part


Happens


in branding yourself because if no-one
knows the value you are contributing.
because you choose to keep a low pro-
file, you could also be putting yourself
at risk when difficult times arrive,
Shifts in the socio-economic, politi-
cal, technological and competitive land-
scapes are inevitable, some shifts are
subtle like China is slowly becoming
the number one English speaking
country in the world and others are
obvious like the fallout from the Amer-
ican sub-prime mortgage crisis.
Companies need to be versatile


whed external changes impact the way
they can do business. Therefore, com-
panies will put their trust in versatile
employees who build their capacity for
taking on additional work, demonstrate
a willingness to go the extra mile know-
ing that the company may not always
be able to reward you for your hard
work.
For employees who have to face the
unpleasant experience of being laid
off, the first thing on most of your
minds is how am I going to pay my
mortgage, my utilities and my car pay-
ments? Initiate conversations with your
banker. They may be able to help you
relieve some of your financial stress
temporarily. Don't wait until they
come after you you may be. in a dif-
ferent bargaining position then.
If you were laid-off, you need to start
working on a plan of action, you can
take some time to do some reflection,
but it is imperative that you stay in the
realm of action. If you decide that you


made some mistakes you would like
to correct on your next job, determine
how you can create and sustain a new
image. In reality, sometimes employees
are among the first to be laid off
because of their perceived attitudes
and sometimes they are laid off for
non-performance related reasons. As
an employee, you can control how you
perform, but you can't control the cri-
teria used to lay employees off, so do
what you can. ,
As an employee, you should always
keep in mind that shift happens so,
here are a few ideas you can use to
protect yourself right now, if you are
still working and in the future if.you are
looking for a new job:
* DON'T WAIT until your employer trains
you, have a vision for your life and
career, set goals and do what you can to
achieve them.
* DON'T WAIT for your employer to final-
ly figure out how valuable you are. Learn
to perceive your own value.
* DEMONSTRATE A CONSISTENT, POSI-
TIVE ATTITUDE and a willingness to
learn and help others.
* CONSTANTLY UPGRADE your knowl-
edge.


* WATCH FOR INDICATORS OF
CHANGE, they are sometimes obvious.
* BREAK OLD HABITS that make you less
competitive than you ought to be.
* DEFINE AND MAINTAIN your own stan-
dard of accountability.
* ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOUR
OPTIONS ARE. Don't wait until you are
faced with bad news to start this
process.
* AND FINALLY, FIND AND DO what you
love.
Always keep in mind that shift or change
is inevitable. The positive, prepared, ver-
satile employees who focus on opportu-
nities will make ends meet no matter
what happens. Remember, what you feel
or choose to see is what you get!

Yvette Bethel is the president of
Organisational Soul. She can be contact-
ed by telephone at 242.424.7166 or fax -
242.324.1631 or write to her at PO Box
N-51 1, Nassau, Bahamas. Interested per-
sons can also check out her website at:
www.orgsoul.com.


The power is in making the decision


Nothing gets done until you
decide to do it.
Michelle Miller
WHILE there may be many
who have decided to go along
with the purported depressed
economy inantra, which is tout-
ed as' highly .contagious, I
encourage you to stay connect-.
ed tothe prosperity side rather
than the scarcity side of life.
Whether you are experienc-
ing challenges or not, you do
not need to have an 'economic
crisis' to decide to adopt new
habits or make better decisions
for your life. To effectively
manage unforeseen challenges,
you must be focused on the
future, not the past. And you
can elect to make improved
changes miles ahead of the
game. .,
Think about it, not more than
ten months ago you were prob-
ably amongst the many that


made some kind of resolution
to improve yourself in some
way, shape or, form. Ten
months later, are you any clos-
er to achieving that goal?
If you were in the minority
who did not just go along with
the 'resolution fad', but really
-made a conscious decision,
about the changes that you.
wanted, then I am sure you -
have achieved what you wanted
to or you are at least pretty
close.'
This is where the rubber
meets the road because
whether you believe it or not,
no matter how much you talk
about the changes you want to
experience until you make the
decision and actually decide to
do it, it will never get done.
There is incredible power in
making the decision, as a mat-
ter of fact that is where the
greatest power exists. This
thriving world in which we are


privileged to live today, with
all of its gizmos and gadgets, is
the result of individuals decid-
ing to do it dreaming it,
believing it, designing it, doing
it.
flow do you decide?
There is a strong possibility
that whatever you may be fac-
ing right now may require you
to make soirhe new decisions,
butyou may be uncertain as to
how to even begin -to decide.
Rest assured that decision'
making is not for the light-
hearted, it requires a distinct
degree of courage and unwa-
vering faith.
You must also be prepared
to accept that often times the
decisions that you do make, no
matter how well thought out,
may turn out to be the least
effective. Nonetheless,, you.
must still decide if you are to
move towards the next point
on your journey,; .
First things first when it
comes to deciding to do it, try
your best to give way to a calm
state of mind and deliberately
weigh out the pros and cons.


Try to look at the situation
from a broader perspective.
Take what I call the thirty
thousand feet view, and try to
encompass a bigger picture. It
is at such cross-roads where
you will find great value in the
gift of personal coaching, rec-
ognizing that you cannot see
your picture if you are in the
frame.
Having .a coach to. bounce
ideas off or to garner more
clarity, is one of the greatest
gifts you can give yourself, par-"
ticularly when facing life-
changing challenges and mak2-
ing big decisions about how
you want to move your life for-
ward.
Final thoughts...
No matter what you are fac-
ing right now, whether it is
career transition, buying a new
home, starting your own busi-
ness, quitting an unhealthy
habit, reaching your desired
weight or adjusting your spend-
ing, deciding to do it will prob-
ably be the hardest part, but
nothing will happen until you
decide.


While this may seem a daunt-
ing task, your-life is the sum of
all of the decisions that you
make, coupled with the ones
that you fail to make not
deciding is a decision:
The bottom line is everything
that you say and do is, in the
end, your decision to do so. The
question you must ask yourself
is will you embrace the power in
making the decision and make
them consciously or uncon-
sciously?
Remember '- change begins
when you decide, and as always,
the power is in your hands and
you can decide right now to
make something better happen.

For your personal copy of the
booklet '52 Ways To-SkyRocket
Your Success Booklet' contact to
www.coachmeforward.com.
Questions/comments are wel-
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cases alcohol and drugs are
involved. Whenever our pulse
rate increases 10 per cent above
normal, bur higher brain doesn't
function well and as a result our
, IQ drops about 30 points.
"The fact is this, when we are
. in rage we are acting in a sub-
normal or stupid fashion. Men
have difficulty self-soothing and
I in order to calm down they usu-
ally take a drink of strong alco-
hol or smoke a joint of marijua-
na. This is terrible because the
alcohol or marijuana decreases
our inhibitions, hence, with a sit-
uation of a decreased IQ and
the loss of inhibitions we can
become extremely aggressive by
choking, stabbing or shooting
our lover," he said.
Like many women, it would
take Sandra- a long time, almost
two decades, before she made
the decision to leave the abuse
behind. "I stuck with my hus-
l and for 14 years, enduring his
behaviour. Sometimes I would
be.so scared and at that time my
two children were very young.
Sometimes he would lash out
and I would be so humiliated
and shame of what the neigh-
bours would think.
"I would always contemplate
leaving him, but so many rea-
sons not to leave, surrounded my,
thoughts. I would think about
the kids and what my family
would think if I got a. divorce,
or I would think about my
-finances. So there was so much
things that stopped me from
leaving back then."
Sandra said also that after her
husband's -outbursts he would
pretend as though nothing hap-
pened or try to compensate with
gifts and flowers. This part of
the abuse cycle is often referred
to as the honeymoon period,
where the man does everything
in his power for the women to
feel loved and very secure.
Often, the man will make
promises to change his behav-
iour, only to break them in the
future.
After this short time of relative
peace and showing of affection,
Sandra said that her husband
would do just that he would
regress and mistreat her all over
again, but this time the abuse
would often be much worse than
before.
After finally realising that the
abuse would never end and that
her very life was at stake, Sandra
made the decision to leave. "At
that point I didn't care anymore.
It didn't matter to me what peo-
ple thought, I saw that my life


and my children's lives were in
danger and all I wanted after-
wards wasto be free."
According to Mr Cargill,
women are typically the. ones
who fall victim to domestic vio-
lence. "For one, men are a lot
physically stronger than women
and they tend to handle anger a
lot differently. Secondly, the way
these men were reared could
possibly have an impact on
them. They may have seen
women abused and they think
this is the right way to treat a
women."
For Dr Allen, domestic vio-
lence begins because men see
women as less them, and as.
objects to own and control.
"Males in the Bahamas have a
low view of women. When a man
spends money, time, or is
involved sexually with a woman
he thinks he is entitled to own-
ership. This dynamic may be
associated with a strong spiritual
influence in our country where
certain scriptures are misinter-
preted to imply that women
should be submissive to men",
he told Tribune Woman.
Dr Allen explained that
because some men have difficul-
ty expressing their feelings, this
internal struggle often emerges as
anger or rage. "Women cry eas-
ier and are able to share their
feelings of rejection and sadness.
Men on the other hand tend to
be more repressed keeping their
hurt or feelings of rejection hid-
den deep in their hearts. Because
men cannot express their feel-
ings they act them out in vio-
lence. In a relationship, when a
man feels abandoned, rejected
or ashamed he fights back by
being destructive," he said.
Mr Cargill noted also that men
often try to be domineering and
use fear, shame, guilt, and intim-
idation to gain complete control
over their partners.
And, unfortunately, this tactic
often works with women fear
of those taunting words, 'If you
try to leave I will kill you'. It's
time for these women to realise,
he said, that they face a far
greater risk continuing with the
relationship than making an
effort to pack their bags and
leave.
Names have been changed

If you or someone you know
is in an abusive relationship, there
is help. Contact the Crisis Centre,
Knowles House at 328.0922 or
322.4999 or email bahamascrisis-
centre@yahoo.com. You can also
call the Department of Health and
Social Services @ 356.3350.


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 11B


WOMAN


The House of St John


Bahamian designer Jeff St John creates an artful

fusion of African and Bahamiasn inspired designs

E By LISA LAWLOR -t?
Tribune Features Writer
BAHAMIAN designer Jeff
St John revealed some of his
most artful designs on the
runway to date using yibrant1
colours, ethnic-inspiredstyles
and an array of fabrics, tex-
tures and accessories during ,.
his House of St John showing
at the Islands of the Wbrld
Fashion Week held earlier
this month.
Blending his flare for
Bahamian elegance with
African inspired earthiness
and raw beauty, St John cap-
tured perfectly this fusion of
old world sensuality and mod-
ern styling in a fantastically
large, inverse-cone hat that he
says was inspired by the
African drums, another ele-
ment intrinsic to the Bahami-
an culture in the tradition of
Junkanoo.
"We're so attached to
Africa, the dialect we speak,
the music we listen to and the
way be behave, why not the
clothes we wear," he told Tri-
bune Woman.
Along with the halo of glory
that emerged first on the run-
way, St John also offered up a
more subdued, more intrinsic
island style with loose wraps
and colourful gowns that fea-
tured a straw trim accent.
Using the winter season's
colours, deep purples, shades
of berry and dark teals, St
John's designs featured an
especially attractive combina-
tion with the forest green with
a dark purple, leaving pastels
and light colours of the sum-
mer months behind.
Another component of the :
upcoming season is the return
of lace, popular in different
lengths, lining the bottom of.
skirts and blouses alike.
Always in season, he said,
are the tropical prints native
to our islands, and of course
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dark blacks will be "in" espe-
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"I just kept coming back to
my roots, and finding so much
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T. - U 'S DA N' 0 V E M B E- 58-


DOMESTIC violence does not discriminate against
educational status, social class, income level or race.


When domestic violence occurs run,
don't look back, get help and survive.


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By JEFFARAH GIBSON

DESPITE the terror faced on a dai-
ly basis, and the availability of
resources that offer protection and
sup&i't, the sad truth remains ftha
there are many Bahamian women
who are continuing in an abusive
relationship even though their lives
may be in serious danger due to
their partner's violent, unpredictable
and uncontrollable behaviour.
But who are these women who endure the
hurt, pain, and shame of this kind of abuse?
What are their personalities like? Widely held
S societal views would have us believe that
domestic violence only happens to women
who are not well educated or who are solely
dependent on their male partner whether
boyfriend, husband or lover for security. But
this is a preposterous fallacy. Domestic vio-
lence does not discriminate against educa-
tional status, social class, income level or race.
Leonard Cargill, chief officer, Department
of Health and Social Services, told Tribune
Woman that even highly educated, confident
women who seem to possess a healthy sense of
self, who have great jobs with substantial
incomes can find themselves living in an abu-
sive relationship, where they are being physi-
cally, mentally and emotionally tortured.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, San-
dra*, a victim of domestic violence, told Tri--
bune Woman that she literally lived in "hell"
with her husband of 14 years, and suffered
through a vicious cycle of abuse. "I was a vic-
tim of domestic violence. My husband would
abuse me emotionally and mentally, but not so
much physically. Although he made threats, he
never would inflict it. What I do believe is if I
had stayed in the relationship long enough he
would have probably killed me. One time my
husband threaten to throw me down the stairs
and break my arms."
Sandra said what she believes influenced
her husband's bad temper in the early part of
the mornings was his drug habit. "My hus-
bands was usually subdued when he was not
using. He drank alcohol excessively and used
marijuana at times and when he did this he
would be in a rage and would find anything to
argue about," she said.
Dr Allen, a psychiatrist with the Renascence
Institute Int'l, showed the connection between
alcohol and drug abuse, and domestic violence.
"In 60 to 80 per cent of domestic violence
SEE page 10


Government

tightens child

protection

legislation
* By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer
PARENTS who fail to
spend child support funds
appropriately or as mandated
by a custodial agreement, can
now be brought before
Bahamian courts on charges
of neglect and face a jail sen-
tence of up to two years and a
fine of $5,000, according to
the new Child Protection Act
(CPA). The legislation also
-allows for the courts to con-
sider whether the parent
should have their custody
revoked.
The Bahamas Government
recently updated the Child
Protection Act in light of ris-
ing rates of child abuse -
beginning January to August
2008, a total of 581 cases of
abuse have been recorded.
That number already exceeds
the 545 cases reported in
2007.
The new Act, which is yet
to be enacted, seeks a greater
level of protection for the
nation's children, and pro-
vides for the most appropri-
ate parent to retain custody
of a child. In existing practice,
the mother of a child born out
of wedlock always parents the
child, under the new CPA
however, if the mother is
judged to be unfit by the
courts the father may apply
for custody.
Kayla Greehe Smith, senior
counsel, Attorney General's
Office, addressing a staff
workshop held for social
workers at the Willie Mae
Pratt Centre for Girls and
Simpson Penn Centre for
Boys, said the increasing
number of child abuse cases
in the Bahamas, as well as the
country's signing of a United
Nations (UN) Convention on
October 30, 1991, was the
impetus for the new Act.
"We sought to make the
Bahamas' legislation consis-
tent with principles outlined
in the UN Convention with
the passing of the CPA in
both the House of Assembly
and the Senate. We're just
waiting for an appointed date
when the minister will put it
into force."
The Act, passed in 2007,
will emphasize the funda-
mental human rights of chil-
dren. It will also look at relat-
ed issues such as:
Maintenance: Consistent
child support continues to be
a huge problem in the
Bahamas. Under the new
Act, the police may serve a
summons on non-paying par-
ents.
Minor's advocate: Under
section IV of the new Act, a
nynor's advocate must be
appointed. This person must
be an attorney and will act on
the child's behalf in a court of
law. If the advocate believes
the child's rights have been
violated, the attorney can
bring a case of fundamental
human rights contravention.
The new Act also pro-
vides for greater supervision
and care orders that will pro-
tect children and put more
duties and work on the
Department of Social Ser-
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