The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 26, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Volume: 105 No.5






Staff to protest

over the suspension

of 47 workers

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMAS Telecommunica-
tions Company workers intend to
demonstrate again over the sus-
pension this week of 47 workers
for their involvement in disruptive
industrial action which took place
in August.
The 47 employees are alleged
to have driven the BTC vehicles
that were used to block Bay
Street and parts of Grand

Bahama during the two-day
action over the summer
Their suspension begins toda',
after they were handed letters
notifying them of the same on
President of the Bahamas
!Communications and Public Offi-
cers Union, Robert Farquharson
denied knowledge of the work-
ers also being liable to having
their Christmas bonuses withheld,
asa well placed source had
SEE page nine

Bail for jitney driver on manslaughter charge
THE driver of the jitney that is alleged.to have crushed a man last
Monday was granted $15,000 bail yesterday on a manslaughter charge.
Michael Green Sturrup, 55, of Nassau East was arraigned last week
on a manslaughter charge in the death of Elton Butler. According to
court dockets, Sturrup on Monday, November 17, is accused of caus-
ing the death of Elton Butler. Butler was killed on his 18th birthday
after he was reportedly pursued by the driver of a route 15A jitney that
crashed through a wall trapping him underneath the bus. The incident
occurred on Sapphire Ridge Road, eastern New Providence, around 11
am last Monday. Reports suggested that the victim, who died at the
scene, had attempted to steal coins from a receptacle on the jitney.
Sturrup, who appeared in Court 11, Nassau Street, yesterday before
Magistrate Susan Sylvester was granted $15,000 bail with one surety.
The case was adjourned to March 6, 2009.

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THE Stra', Market and
the downtown area experi-
enced its second immigra-
tion raid in three weeks %es-
terday afternoon..
A group of 25 suspected
illegal migrants were appre-
hended during the exercise,.
which was part of the
Department of Immigra-
tion's continuing effort to
weed .out all those who
work illegally in the mar-
ket and thedowntown area.
Senior Immigration offi-
cer Rudolph Ferguson told
The Tribune that the
Department of Immigra-
tion, with assistance from
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, yesterday acted.in
response to numerous com-
plaints of persons who work-
in the downtown area.
"In response to those
complaints, we investigat-
ed all those areas where
illegal' migrants were
expected to be working and
SEE page eight

due to the Thanksgiving
holiday in the US, there
will be no USA Today
section in Thursday's

Simestlc Violence
Sgict three out of

fr I n the Bhmas'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A .REPORT has indicated that
three out: of four persons in the
Bahamas are affected by doniestic
violence and that many offenders
are predisposed to animal cruelty.
At a lecture presented at the Col-
lege of The' Bahafnas,'yeterday,
animal actvist and lecturer \ illiam
k Fielding sad that of the 608 respon-
dents usedfp his.project, 62 per

Calers :turn radio discussion on
violence against women into farce,

Tribune Staff Reporter
A RADIO discussion address-
ing violence against women
turned into farce yesterday when
callers made violent outbursts
against women's rights activist
Erin Greene for also being a gay
rights activist, ;
As Miss Greene discussed the
.appalling statistics of violencee
against women ih the country,
and the need for cohesion

between organizations to reverse
the trend, talk show host Quincy
Parker of Love 97 FM's "Issues of
,the, Day", had to ask callers to
refrain from violent outbursts
against his guest.
A male caller, who chose to
focus on Miss Greene's position
as a spokeswoman for Rainbow
Alliance said: "It's very difficult to
deal with the topic and at the
same time know'what she repre-
SEE page nine

Bahamas in 'for a rough
ride9 over next 18 months
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net "
STANDARD and Poor's downgrade of the Bahamas'
economic outlook was "expected" and underscores that
the country is in "for a rough ride" over the next year and
a half, former Central Bank governor James Smith said
"It's expected because the global economy has been
SEE page eight

Scent said they lived in homes where
pets were intentionally harmed. Mr
Fielding said that the blind survey
identifies this grOup of persons as at
risk to commit acts.of domestic vio-
Mr Fielding adds that more than
50 per cent of persons who report-
ed that their animals were inten-
tionallyharmed, also indicated that
the animal abuser inflicted abuse
toward persons.
Claiming that 17 murders in 2007
were attributed to domestic vio-
lence, and with numerous cases of
domestic violence making the head-
SEE page eight

Christie accuses
govt of failing
to protect jobs
Tribune Staff-Reporter
OPPOSITION leader Perry
Christie last night accused Gov-
ernment of failing in its "first
duty" to "protect jobs and the
pride and dignity that come with
Speaking at a PLP joint public
branch meeting of the Fox Hill
and Marathon Constituencies,
held on the 55th anniversary of
the founding of the party, Mr
Christie said people are now being
"threatened with slipping back-
wards from the ranks of the mid-
dle class."
Mr Christie said: "What I will
SEE page nine

Suspected migrant
smuggler stranded
on island for 22 days
Tribune Staff Reporter
smuggler is being processed in
the Bahamas after spending 22
days stranded on a remote
southern island after his boat"
The 34-year-old man survived
by drinking rainwater and eat-
ing scraps of food he found on
the deserted outcrop.
He was eventually picked up
on Sunday by the United States
Coast Guard, which had gone
on a two-day, 4,500 mile-wide
SEE page nine

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Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Act will be 'brought into effect Monday' S S

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Domestic Violence
Protection Orders Act will be
brought into effect on Mon-
day, announced the Minister
of Labour and Social Devel-
opment Loretta Butler-Turner
The legislation has been
brought into force one and a
half years after the PLP gov-

ernment passed the act in 2007
as the government needed to
be confident the police, the
legislature and social services
are prepared to enforce
changes in the law, Mrs Butler-
Turner said.
Making the announcement
during National Women's
Week yesterday, the minister
also pledged the governmen-
t's support for the United
Nation's Development Fund's
(UNIFEM) 'Say No to Vio-
lence Against Women Cam-
paign', a list of countries which
have prioritised implementing
legislation to deter acts of vio-
lence against women.
The petition was presented
to the UN secretary general on
the International Day for the
Elimination of Violence
Against Women yesterday.
Mrs Butler-Turner said:
"The Bahamas remains com-
mitted to ending violence
against women and we have

demonstrated our commitment
through the strengthening of
existing laws like the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act."
The amended legislation will
*give police greater powers to
intervene in incidents of



domestic violence, provide bet-
ter protection for victims, and
introduce more severe penal-
ties for offenders.
A Family Violence Unit has
been established within the
ministry to assist in the inter-
venton and support for domes-
tic violence victims and will
work closely with The Crisis
The Ministry has been work-
ing with the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and the Attorney
General's office, as well as rel-
evant non-governmental
organizations, to assist train-
ing in implementing the new
Although Mrs Butler-Turner
anticipates more shelters will
be needed to protect victims
of domestic abuse, as the Nas-
sau Chapter of Links is cur-
rently the only active shelter,
she said: "It is better to imple-
ment these laws to protect
women and men who are vic-
tims of domestic violence, once
we move forward we will iron
out any glitches we come
The Crisis Centre will con-
tinue to provide counselling to
men,lwomen and children sub-
jected to domestic violence,
and a hotline offering help and
advice to men,,women and
children abused in the home
is being established by the
Family Violence Unit.
If you suffer from domestic
violence and need advice and
support call The Crisis Centre
on 328-0922 or the Childe Pro-
tection Unit on 322-2763.

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MONTHS of rehearsals
and hard work came to
'fruition last Friday during
two hit performances of the
play 'Sacred Space' at the
Holy Trinity Activities
The play, produced by
The Imagination Workshop
in association with the
Clifton Heritage Authority,
is loosely based on the lives
for six actual slave women
who worked on the Whylly
Plantation at Clifton.
The play revolves around,
five women who grapple,
with the issues of owner-
ship and freedom, and who
strive to find their true
place in the world.
The all female ensemble
cast included Taneka
Thompson as Chloe,
Terneille "TaDa" Burrows
as Amelia, Juanita Kelly as
Matilda, Onike Archer as
Lucy, Christine Wilson as
The Sacred Space Spirit
and Norma Ash as Sue Eve.
In addition to the
evening show at 8pm on
November 21, the produc-
tion played to six schools
during an 11am matinee
performance. Students
from L W Young, Lyford
Cay International School,
Anatol Rodgers High, St
Thomas More, Aquinas
College and Xaiver's Lower
School attended the perfor-
Sacred Space was written
and directed by Rupert
Missick Jr, who was
inspired by the Sacred
Space sculptures of Anto-
nius Roberts at the Clifton
Heritage Park.
The production was made
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itage Authority, Coca Cola
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Cocaine reportedly found in Bahamas

'is part of $500 million drug seizure'

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN MULTINATIONAL cocaine smug-
gling ring run by a group of Israeli nationals
has been smashed after $500 million worth
of the drug was seized in three countries -
one of them the Bahamas according to
.Several international media outlets yester-
day said 600 pounds of the total 1.5 tonnes of
cocaine was found on board a ship in Bahami-
an waters in October, while the rest was dis-
covered in Spain and Peru.

MURDER convict Ian
iutchinson lost his appeal yes-
teiday against his conviction
,for the murder of softball star
Jackie "Lil Stunt" Moxey.
The Court of Appeal dis-
missed Hutchinson's appeal,
ruling that it found no merit
in the grounds argued by his
'attorney Murrio Ducille. The
appellate court also found that
the decision of the jury was
inevitable. The oral judgment
was handed down by Court of
Appeal President Dame Joan
,. Hutchinson was convicted
on September 19 last year of
the murder of his former girl-
friend Jackie Moxey, 44. In
February, Supreme Court Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs sentenced
Hutchinson to life imprison-
ment on the murder convic-
tion. The Crown had filed an
appeal against that sentence,
however yesterday attorney Jil-
ian Williams of the Attorney
General's Office withdrew the
appeal which was subsequent-
ly dismissed by the appellate
court. The Crown had initially
sought the death penalty.
Prosecutors claimed that on
October 25,2005, Hutchinson
lured his late girlfriend from
her job at Bahamas Informa-
tion Services (BIS), and took
her on a drive that ended in
the Clifton Pier area where a
brutal beating administered by.
the accused resulted in her
death. -.
Jealousy was the motive for
the killing, according to prose-
cutors, who said that Hutchin-
son was obsessed with Moxey
and incensed over allegations
that she had cheated on him.
Hutchinson's defence main-
tained that Moxey's death was
During the appeal hearing
yesterday Mr Ducille made
submissions on 10 grounds of
the appeal against conviction
however the appellate court
did not agree with any of them.
Mr Ducille submitted that
Hutchinson had been denied
a fair trial due to the repeated
interventions of the trial judge,
that the trial judge had failed to
properly direct the jury with
regard to circumstantial evi-
dence and that the judge had
failed to direct the jury on how
to treat inconsistencies and dis-
crepancies in the testimony of
witnesses. .
Mr Ducille also submitted
that the verdict was unreliable
and unsafe and that Moxey's
death should have been ruled

Asked to respond to the reports yesterday,
Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Han-
na yesterday said that he was not aware of
such a seizure in the Bahamas.
"I don't know the grounds for their state-
ment," said Mr Hanna, noting however that
under international law "no foreign agency
would come into the Bahamian waters without
the full participation and knowledge of the
local officials."
Ynetnews.com said the probe into the case
has been going on for almost four months.
A police official told Israeli media the drug
ring was established under,guise of a veg-
etable importation business. Ring members

would apparently purchase the drugs in Latin
America and send them to the Middle East
and Europe.
The busts led to the arrest by the Israeli
police force of two Israelis and five Peruvian
suspects, who are being questioned in con-
nection with the matter.
The police described the drug smuggling
case as the largest in the country's
"This is a mortal blow to the cocaine market
in Israel and it will cause serious damage to
markets around the world," Israeli Coastal
Police deputy commander Michael Shafshak
told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday.

British man jailed in the Bahamas

relieved after case is discharged

A BRITISH man jailed in the Bahamas after being
charged with attempting to defraud the Royal Bank of
Canada is expressing his relief and thanks to those
who helped him get through the ordeal after having the
case against him discharged.
Darren Adler, 40, was charged with four counts of
fraud under false pretences after a complaint was made
against him by RBC earlier this year.
The Lyford Cay resident was accused of attempting
to obtain nearly half a million dollars from the bank
over a period of days in March 2008.
After his arrest he was kept in the Cable Beach
police station for two days and then remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill, where he stayed for six fur-
ther days before being taken to court and granted bail.
"I'd never been in trouble with the police for any-
thing before. The most serious thing I'd done is get a
speeding ticket in England once. To end up in a situa-
tion where you're in Fox Hill is going from one extreme
to another. It's not a place where anyone would want to
go," he said. Although free to move about the island as.
he pleased once on bail, Mr Adler regularly had to
check in with police and felt the strain of the matter
hanging over his head for six months.
The father-of-two's "nightmare", which he said was
surreal to the point that he felt like he was "watching
myself in a movie", extended when witnesses failed
to show up to the first court hearing in October, leav-
ing the matter to be adjourned.
The Englishman previously worked in the Bahamas
as operations manager of Humanitarian Operations
(HOPE), which describes itself as a non-profit organ-
isation which offers hurricane relief and evacuation
He suddenly found himself a "free man" last Friday
when Magistrate Susan Sylvester discharged the case
after a bank representative appeared and withdrew
the complaint.
Mr Adler said the proceedings in Court number 11
were barely audible and he only became aware of the
direction things had taken when Magistrate Sylvester
pronounced the matter discharged.
"I just went completely into shock, everything hap-
pened very very quickly... it was almost like 'What just
happened?'. I've been going through this nightmare

since June and now its just gone," said Mr Adler.
The 40 year-old described the embarrassment of
having to endure the suspicion of strangers during the
time the matter was before the courts.
Recalling one particular man coming up to him in a
restaurant where he was dining with friends calling
him "that guy who stole all that money", Mr Adler
said he found the experience very troubling.
However, the support of his friends and others who
he encountered during his time in prison, helped him
through. In particular, he said he wished to thank three
prison officers who he nicknamed the "three wise
men." Two things he has learned from the experience
are to never judge someone purely on the basis that
they have been charged before the courts.
"You watch other people go through something like
this, and you always jump to conclusions. First of all I
don't think I would ever read into something where
someone's been charged with something and think
'There's no smoke without fire'. I was one of those, and
I don't think I'd ever forget that in my life," said Mr
He also said he now understands that those behind
bars he was kept in a six foot by 10 foot cell with three
other people vary as much as those outside.
"I spent eight days with those people ... they're
just like everyone else'- there are good people and
there are bad people. There were some people that
were wonderful to me," said Mr Adler, who was still
recovering from an accident in which he had shattered
i tlilp.'henhe was remanded.
He met a man who had been sentenced to three
months in prison for stealing $200 worth of groceries,
who became ah ally.
"He said, 'PIon't worry I've been in jail before, and
I'll show you what you should and shouldn't do. I did-
n't know anything. He said "This is what you do: Try
not to look at anyone, don't make noise, try to keep to
yourself'. He just spent ages trying to talk to me about
it," said Mr Adler.
As for the future, he added: "The only thing I plan on
doing at the moment is trying to get used to the fact that
this isn't hanging over my head."
RBC did not return a message seeking comment
on the matter yesterday.
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Public asked to votfor Bahanian

in Miss World semii-finals bid
THE 2008 Miss World pageant of advancing to the semi -finals.
is fast approaching and this year Tinnyse is also expected to do
fans around the world will choose well in other fast track events like
one of the semi-finalists by vot- the "Beach Beauty" competition

ing for their favourites online at
The Bahamian bet for the
crown Tinnyse Johnson is calling
for the support of all Bahamians
as she tries to make history by
becoming the first woman from
the country to win Miss World.
Tinnyse is among the 111 beau-
ties now competing in South
Africa for the coveted title. She
landed in Johannesburg as a pre-
pageant favourite, but said she is
not resting on her laurels.
. "It's great to be getting support
from pageant fans around the
world," she said, "but the support
of the Bahamian people would
really be the icing on the cake. I
know with their help, I can do
really well in this fast track vote."
Voting for Tinnmiyse is simple
and free, her managers said. Once

on the Miss World website, one
must select "Contestants", choose
Bahamas under "Visit contes-
tant's profile", then select "10"
when asked to rate her as "Miss
People's Choice."
The more high ratings Tinnyse
receives, the better her chances.

which comes up on No ember 29,
the talent competition which will
beheld on December 1 and the
top model competition on Decem-
ber 3.
She is also hopeful that her
"Beauty with a Purpose" project
will be among the favoured
entries, and Tennyse said;'she
intends to give irther all in the
Miss World Sports Day fast track
However, the People's Choice
vote is the only fast track event
that is totally beyond her control.
"This particular fast track is out '
of my hands," she said, "it's all
up to the Bahamian people to
help me bring this one home."
The Miss World pageant will
be held on December 13 at the
Sandton Convention Centre in
Johannesburg; South Africa.



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IT WAS not unexpected that Standard &
Poor would put a dampener on whatever hope
the Bahamas might have had earlier this year for
economic growth.
Nor did the credit agency's conclusion come
as a surprise th ththere would be no hope for a
turnaround for these islands until the US recov-
ered from its present collapse.
However, we wonder whether these credit
rating agencies Standard & Poor, Moody's
and Fitch, Inc. will themselves come out of
this global financial scandal with their own rep-
utations intact.
They all seem to have been caught up in the-
greed of the green back. And all have been
severely scalded.
Various Bahamian governments thought
they had made the gold standard when the
economy got an A rating from either Moody's
or Standard & Poor better still from both.
But after listening to "whistle blowers" on
the "60 Minutes" television programme on Sun-
day night reporting on what will lead to a probe
by a Senate committee into these agencies, and
reading about their conflict of interest and lack
of oversight in jockeying for clients, we won-
dered how valuable, or even reliable, such rat-
ings will be regarded in the future.
However, apparently in the Standard &
Poor's downgrade, the credit outlook an A
minus remains the same for the Bahamas,:
But the country can only hold this position if Mr
Ingraham does not go beyond what can be'
afforded in trying to help those who have lost
their jobs and now risk losing their homes.
"Actually the really positive point in the
downgrade is that the credit outlook remains the
same, at A-, and that's the part of it that you
want to look at because that kind of confirms
that the monetary and fiscal policies are still
sound," said former Central Bank governor
James Smith in commenting on the current rat-
"The downgrade has to do principally with
the outlook for economic growth and they are
basically saying that it's not going to'grow at the
three or four per cent that they originally
thought and they are looking more like two
and then one per cent, or one (per cent) or less.
Our difficulty going forward would be trying'
to at least maintain those ratings in another 18
In April The National Community Rein-
vestment Coalition (NCRC) filed a complaint
with the US Securities and Exchange Commis-
sion (SEC) against the three top agencies -
Moody's, Standard & Poor and Fitch in an
attempt to obtain relief for consumers and com-
munities harmed by their "negligent and cul-

pable behaviour" leading up to the downfall of
the US mortgage and credit markets.
"The credit agencies knowingly issued false
and inflated ratings for securities backed by
problematic high-cost loans that have created a
financial nightmare for millions of families
across the country whose homes have been lost
to foreclosure or are now in jeopardy of fore-
closure," John Taylor, president and CEO of
NCRC, said at the time.
Because rating agencies are paid by the com-
panies whose bonds they rate, Mr Taylor said,
the agencies suffer from "an inherent conflict
that created one of the worst financial crises
this country has ever faced."
It would be interesting to know how much the
Bahamas has to pay for its own credit rating.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week
that the global financial meltdown has attracted
the attention of the Senate Permanent Sub-
committee on Investigations.
According to the Journal, the committee will
investigate whether competition among bond-
rating agencies led them to issue misleading
ratings to win business from banks.
The rating agencies are employed by banks to
rate their securities, creating an incentive for
them to inflate their ratings.
"We're going to look at the root causes of
this," Norm Coleman, a Republican commit-
tee member, told the Wall Street Journal, "look-
ing at whether the inherent conflict clouded.
the judgment of the agencies.
Somebody missed something here. Was it
because of the complexity or was it in the zeal to
According to the Journal, the Senate will
also probe the way financial derivatives -
"credit default swaps" were marketed and
used by the banks.
Senator Carl Levin (D. Mich,) who heads
the investigations committee, blamed the swaps
as "one of the prime culprits responsible for
this financial disaster," reported the Journal.
On the CBS television show, the two whistle
blowers, one of whom quit his job because of
what was happening, blamed the agencies for
'letting the country-down.
; The agencies were likened to guards at the
gates of the financial.industry, who being tempt-
ed, looked the other way.
At the end of this probe these agencies will
move into the future constantly dragging a ques-
tion mark behind their names. Can their ratings
really be trusted?

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

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I write to you to publicly
appeal to the leaders of our
society to do something about
the alarming crime situation
in this country.
While crime is a national
problem, and not a political
one, I beg the citizens of this
great country to put our lead-
ers' "feet to the fire", and
demand that they do some-
thing now to curb the escalat-
ing and increasingly violent
crime. I
The time of talking and
pontificating, is over!
It's time to act quickly
and drastically.
Having been a victim for the
second time only yesterday of
a home invasion, my emotions
are very raw, and my family
and I are now fearful to even
return home.
Fearful to return to the
home that we love.
The home we struggled so
hard to build.
The home that our children
are afraid to live in.
But as troubling as my per-
sonal situation is, I cannot
imagine the pain and agony
that victims of more tragic
crimes must be enduring.
I think of the families of

young Khodee Davis, Dange-
lo Cargill and all the other
families, and my heart goes
out to them.
I put this question to all and
sundry: with the disturbing
level of crime in our country,
why are our leaders bickering
in Parliament over the school
sex scandal, Mona Vie and
threatening to call sweet-.
hearts' names?
More importantly why have
we allowed them to behave in
such a childish, despicable
manner, when crime is affect-
ing us all?
Sadly, it seems that the only
time the country was up in
arms was when crime affects
tourists. While I can appreci-
ate the need for concern for
anything that may jeopardise
our bread and butter, crime
on our own Bahamian broth-
ers and sisters'is affecting the
emotional, mental and physi-
cal stability of us all.
Finally, I put this question
to you. If crime was indeed
political, then why are so
many great ideas not being

implemented, solely because
of who the ideas came from?
Why are so many crime
commissions being formed, so
many crime forums being
held, so many different organ-
isations springing up, and yet
the problem is getting worse?
I call upon the Bahamian
public to demand that every-
one is held accountable for
his/her actions, but ultimately,
demand that our leaders,
whom we put in place act, and
act swiftly to tackle this
national problem. We must
demand that they stop trying
to humiliate each other by
playing "tit-for-tat" and
address this epidemic.
When we stand together as
a nation and show these crim-
inals that they will be pun-
ished, and punished severely,
then we will see some results.
May 27, 2008.
PS: I am writing this letter
to you at 4 o'clock in the
morning, at my parents'
house, afraid to go home,
while my husband is at home
alone, "protecting our invest-

Remembrance Day poppies:

Thank you for donations

EDITOR, The Tribune.

ON behalf of the few
remaining veterans of the Nas-
sau Branch of the British
Legion and the Royal Society
of St George, I should like to
thank the general public for
their.donations, no matter
how large or small, when buy-
ing poppies.
In spite of the current eco-
nomic situation, their gen-
erosity was so appreciated by
these brave, yet forgotten
They served their country
during World War II to keep
our Bahamas free.
For this reason alone, we
have a duty and responsibility
to remember them.
The following poem, author
unknown, may help in remind-

ing those Who are unaware of
the significance of the poppy:

Why are they selling pop-
pies, Mummy?
Selling poppies-in town
The poppies child, are flow-
ers of love,
For the men who marched
But why have they chosen a
poppy Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child; men
fought and died
In the fields where the pop-
pies grow.
But why are the poppies so
red Mummy? Why are the
poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood
my child. The blood that our
soldiers shed.

The heart of the poppy is
black Mummy. Why does it
have to be black?
Black my child is the symbol
of grief
For the men who never
came back
But why Mummy are you
crying so?
Your tears are giving you
My tears are my fears my
For the world is forgetting

My gratitude to all.
Royal Society of St George,
November, 2008.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

In political circles there's a long-standing adage to the effect
that leadership is not about doing the easy thing.
To the contrary, leadership is about doing the right thing. This
is a maxim so it seems that has yet to register with govern-
ment leadership in The Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
There is no better example of barrenness within govern-
ment leadership than our arcane and discriminatory gaming
laws. Here we see a glaring double standard.
Not only is the government's behaviour reprehensible it flies
in the face of ideology that buttresses the country's constitution.
The hypocrisy of the government's position on gaming will
again be on display with the arrival of the Carnival.
Bahamians from all walks of life will be encouraged to open-
ly game as if by some magic means current laws are rescinded.
Again individual profiteering, particularly among friends of
the government, will result.
Church and government leadership will turn a blind eye
expecting this glaring duplicity to go unnoticed.
On the face of it, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a
modern democracy.
A key tenet of the constitution that frames our democracy is
freedom from discrimination.
There is no more obvious breach of this constitutional prin-
ciple than current gaming law.
It's a circumstance that not only offends Bahamians but casts
a pall over our democracy.
As the country prepares for the forthcoming Carnival, the
question that begs asking is just how much longer can govern-
ment and church leaders support this state of affairs without
completely bankrupting their moral and ethical standing.

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than $22,000 worth of mari-
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yesterday morning.
According to a statement
by Assistant Superintendent
of Police Walter Evans,
DEU officers executed a
search warrant at the home
off Jerome Avenue around
9am and found 22 pounds of
marijuana inside.
As a result of the search, a
23-year-old woman and two
, men an 18-year-old and a
23-year-old were taken
into custody and are being
,questioned in connection
with the matter.
In other crime news,
police also arrested three
men and one woman in
Fresh Creek, Andros after
they found four pounds of
marijuana in a home.
ASP Evans said Central
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elled to a "bushy area" off
Kemp Road and found a 12
gauge shotgun with two live
rounds of ammunition.
No arrest&-have been -. --
made but investigations into
this matter continue, he

Former MP calls for govt to convene economic conference

FORMER PLP MP George Smith is
pushing for the government to convene an
economic conference with community and
church representatives as well as leaders
from across the political spectrum.
Mr Smith said such an initiative must be
undertaken urgently in an effort to mitigate
the impact of the global economic down-
turn on the Bahamian people.
He said this is no time for the govern-
ment to offer "palliatives" as the Bahamas
appears to be on the threshold of a depres-
sion similar to the 1940s and 1950s when
Bahamians had to travel to the US to work
as farm labourers.
Mr Smith also took issue with the recent
layoffs at Atlantis where 10 per cent of the
labour force was terminated.
He noted that Kerzner International is

now a major player in the tourism industry in
Dubai, having just opened its new Atlantis
resort there.

"Meanwhile, back in Nassau," Mr Smith
said, "all the senior managers hid them-
selves, while the human resource staff report-
edly herded up to 1,000 people through a fir-
ing process to relieve themselves of some
10 per cent of their fellow Bahamian citizens.
They also let some 10 pei cent of their for-
eign employees go.
"Why is it that our community appears to
be impressed with the statement from
Atlantis that they have laid off more than 10
per cent of their expatriate (read: 'work per-
mit holding') workers as a compliment to

firing 10 per cent of their Bahamian staff? Is
this intended to be a salve? Is it a sacrifice
offered to appease communal anger at the
firing of hundreds?" he asked.
Mr Smith said the Bahamian community
should question if those work permit holders
were in fact required in the first place.
He noted that employers are required by
law to affirm the necessity of bringing in a
foreign worker to fill a position, by showing
that there is no Bahamian qualified or will-
ing to fill that position. But, if these foreign
workers were really essential and irreplace-
able by local workers, Mr Smith asked how
could Atlantis lay them off.
"What are the jobs these work permit
holders occupied and why were they criti-
cally important to the company last month
but not needed now?" he asked.

Mr Smith said the government of the
Bahamas should not stand idly by and allow
the "bleeding of jobs" from the Bahamian
"Where was the government in the
process? Why did discussions between the
company, the unions and the government
not result in an agreement to maintain jobs
and invest in a training process? Surely, it
would have been in the interest of the effi-
cient use of government funds to subsidize
this process rather than trying to create new
jobs in a severe recession, which is forecast to
be deep and long.
"Surely, unions are becoming realistic and
beginning to realise that the traditional roles
have begun to change and union leaders
must become a proactive part of the neces-
sary solution," he said.


PLP MP for Fox Hill Fred history behind it and 55 years or it or read it today. Andrew Bur- sources but to look to the PLP's
Mitchell yesterday compared the more with a future in front of it." rows who is our webmaster works site for information.
grief that his party felt after the Mr Mitchell then rallied the par- hard to maintain myplp.com. "I also recommend bahamasun- .
loss at the polls in 2007 to the griev- ty faithful by stating that each of "On it you can find information censored.com as another source
ing and bewilderment of the Apos- them, including himself, must about the PLP. Why would PLPs of PLP oriented news. PLPs under-
ties at the death of Jesus Christ. know they have to examine their depend on The. Punch, The mine themselves by depending and
Speaking at the party's 55th roles in the "inexorable transition Trib(une) and The Guardian for often believing the propaganda on
anniversary celebration on Fox Hill taking place in the PLP". news about the PLP when they traditional media sources without
Parade last night, Mr Mitchell said: "Tonight, mine is to promote have their own site? We are not first checking the PLP's side of the
"Those of you who know the book the ideas for change. People look arguing to stop reading other story," he said.
in the Bible the Acts of Apostles to the campaign of our brother

know that after Jesus died his fol-
lowers were grieving and bewil-
"They felt alone and aban-
doned. In time though, leaders of
the church like the Apostle Paul
gathered the faithful together
because they realized that for the
kingdom to be fulfilled, it was the
philosophy that counted.
"They gathered themselves
together. They met arid talked and
comforted one another by their
presence and by their conversing.
with one another. I argue tonight
by analogy that the PLP must rise
above its grief over the loss in 2007
and find its voice. It is the philoso-
phy that still counts," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that the par-
ty's mission at one time was nation-
hood and racial justice. Now how-
ever, the theme for the party must
be "the other side of the coin" Mr
Mitchell said, "social justice and
economic empowerment".
"Clement Maynard writing in
his seminal memoir 'Put On More
Speed' wrote that in the early days
of the PLP, faced with the unremit-
ting hostility of the media to them
and the inability to get out the mes-
sage, they held public meetings
from place to place and got out
the message by word of mouth.
We must learn from the past. That
is the valuable part of being part of
an organisation that has 55 years of

Barrack Obama in the United
States. All I say is you can not sim-
ply talk the language of change,
you must change. Everyone wants
to talk change but when it comes to
change no one wants to change.
"I want to throw out a challenge
to you: How do we get the branch-
es and the councils of our party to
more accurately reflect the demo-
graphics or age and social groups in
our country, where 70 per cent are
under the age of 35? How do we
promote our ideas and help our
people through this difficult eco-
nomic time?" he asked.
One of the solutions Mr Mitchell
identified is for PLP parents to
encourage their children to join
the party and come out to branch
"But when they come, they have
to have something to greet them.
The PLP must retool and retrain
just as the country must do so. One
answer is an increased use of tech-
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Tribune Staff
TEEN Challenge
Bahamas and Teen Chal-
lenge of Winnipeg, Cana-
da have teamed up to give
troubled teenagers and

Pastor Eric Fox, execu-
tive director of Teen Chal-
lenge, said the initiative in
Winnipeg is a drug treat-
ment programme that
allows persons to take dif-
ferent academic classes to
improve themselves.
"There.are five Bahami-
ans presently in the Win-
nipeg programme.
"We have been sending
a lot of students there, and
last -week I took another
student there to participate
in the programme and also
to speak at a graduation
ceremony for a few of the
young men," Mr Fox

Mr Fox said that those
graduates who want to con-
tinue to positively influ-
ence the lives of young per-
sons, can choose to become
"They have ways and
means by which those
interested can be certified
while they are in the pro-
gramme and they can work
in one of the programmes
we have anywhere in the
world," Mr Fox said.
Among the three men
who graduated from the
12-month programme was
Bahamian youth pastor
Gordon Johnson, who was
clean and sober for six*
years before his marriage
collapsed and he began
using cocaine:
He eventually reached
out for help and Teen
Challenge was there for
Now Mr Johnson is help-

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PASTOR ERIC FOX (LEFT), director of
a mentor to Gordon Johnson (right), a
programme in Winnipeg, Canada.
ing to establish the pro-
gramme in Guyana. His
mentor, Mr Fox, also a
recovering addict, said
their past experiences have
helped them aid others in
the present.
"I used to eat out of the
garbage. I come from a lot
of abuse, but I had to move
on and take control of my
future," Mr Fox said.
Mr Fox was a cocaine
dealer whose r6sum6 reads
like a remake of the movie
'Scarface', but with a hap-
pier ending.
He lost his family, fortune
and friends and ended up
in the Nassau gutter where
a Teen Challenge minister
found him. Now he has
cleaned up his act and is
reaching out to young men
like Mr Johnson.

Teen Challenge Bahamas, was
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"I just think it is a great
landmark for our pro-
gramme here in the
Bahamas and also for our
connections in Winnipeg,"
Mr Fox said.

There are 1,160 Teen
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180 nations around the
The programme includes
former street gang mem-
bers and child soldiers.
Many of the students are
from African and
Caribbean countries.
Mr Johnson said he has
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THE Ministry of Tourism is set
to increase its efforts to promote
the Bahamas International Film
Festival (BIFF) to make the event
more accessible than ever.
Filmmakers and movie lovers
are expected to gather in Nassau
and Paradise Island for the Fifth
Annual Bahamas International
Film Festival, which will be held
from December 4-11 at various
locations around the capital.
As a founding participant of
BIFF, the Ministry of Tourism and
Aviation will do its part to ensure
that more Bahamians enjoy the
festival this year and have a chance
to share Bahamian culture with
visitors who come to the Bahamas
for the festival, said Janet John-
son, director of communications
for the Ministry.
"We are this year assisting in a
way that we may not have done
before," Ms Johnson said. "That is
to reach out to the wider Bahami-
an community residents and
Bahamians alike to ask them to
support the festival. It speaks well
of a-society when you have a sym-
phony orchestra or museums. It
speaks of sophistication. We have
here in the Bahamas a film festival
and that is a wonderful thing to
have and to embrace and we
should all support it."
Ms Johnson said that all resi-
dents should take advantage of it
opportunities that the film festival
BIFF has already screened more
than 200 titles over the last five
years. It will add to the list this
December with movies that
include the Bahamian-riade film
'Rain' by Maria Govan.
'Rain' will be the opening night
film for BIFF. Spike Lee's 'Miracle
at St Anna', which was partially
filmed in the Bahamas, will also
be screened at BIFF.
Founder and executive director
of BIFF Leslie Vanderpool
thanked Bahamians and corporate
sponsors for accepting hat the
film festival has to offer.
"It is really important for our
cultural arts and for our Bahamian
filmmakers to put us on the map,
not just sun, sand and sea, but sun,
sand and celebrities and cinema,"
she said.
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actors Laurence Fishbume (Thea
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Anniversary of women

voting in the Bahamas
TODAY marks the anniversary of the enfranchise-
ment of Bahamian Women and 46th anniversary of
women voting in the Bahamas.
The occasion is being recognized by the Bureau of
Women's Affairs with National Women's Week this
The theme for the annual commemoration of women
this year is "21st Century Women in a Developing
Bahamas", and this will be the topic of a live discussion
on ZNS tonight and radio talk shows throughout the
Essay and speech competitions on the subject were
entered by boys and girls in schools across the Bahamas
and Bemique Pinder of Crooked Island High won the
essay competition with Rickell Curry of St Anne's in
second place, and Gary Deal-Laroda of St Anne's third.
Prince William High School student Jameco Pratt
won the speech competition, with Shavanie Archer of
Government High coming second, and Ashley Hamilton
of St Augustine's College winning third place.
Discussions of pressing issues such as sexual harass-
ment, surviving tough economic times and health were
attended by women on Saturday, and educational visits
to schools about the suffrage movement are scheduled
throughout the week.
Women recognized as unsung heroes in the community
were commemorated at a luncheon in the Wyndham
Nassau Resort following an official religious service at the
Church of God in East Street on Sunday.
Mother of five and grandmother of four, Elizabeth
Grant, a former nurse and training officer at Doctor's
Hospital, was thanked for adopting several senior citizens
who require care and serving as a member of the AIDS
Millicent Smith, veteran educator and owner of
Cupid's nursery and preschool was also honoured, along
with community activist Graida Knowles from Exuma.
A health fair for women will provide free health
screenings and demonstrations at the main post office off
East Street from 10am to 3pm on Friday.
The bureau said further information on activities is
can be obtained by calling 356-0244-6 or mailing

for Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-
Turner presents
Bernique Pinder
from Crooked
Island with a certifi-
cate and trophy for
winning the Nation-
al Women's Week
essay competition
on Sunday.

ELIZABETH GRANT, a training officer and reproductive
health specialist, was honoured at this year's National
Women's Week Luncheon. Pictured are: Phedra Rah-
ming, first assistant secretary in the Ministry of Labour
and Social Development; Mrs Grant and Minister Loret-
ta Butler-Turner.


GRAIDA KNOWLES, a Family Island community activist
and mother of 14, was one of the honourees at the
National Women's Week Luncheon held at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort. Minister Butler-Turner (right) pre-
sented Mrs. Knowles (centre) with a plaque and a bou-
quet of flowers. Also pictured is first assistant secretary
in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in
charge with overseeing the Bureau of Women Affairs,
Phedra Rahming.

BROWN, Deputy
Chief of Mission at
the United States
Embassy, advisory
board chair Judy
Munroe, and Di(i-
sional Commander of
the Salvation Army
Major Lester Fergu-
son sing Christmas
carols with a mem-
ber of the Royal
Bahamas Police
Force Band.


Salvation Army Kettle

Drive is on the boil

THE Salvation Army aims to
raise $100,000 during this year's
kettle drive "to brighten Christ-
mas for thousands of individuals."
Major Lester Fergusoni, Divi-
sional Commander for the Salva-
tion Army, said that with the
increasingly rough economic cli-
mate, the Salvation Army is
receiving more and more requests
for assistance from all of its social
service programmes, including the
local food banks.
"As we try to help more per-
sons in need, we in turn need
more help from the community.
We have already seen a 38 per
cent drop in donations over this
time last year, but I am optimistic
of our community's support to
help us reach out to others," he
Helping the Salvation Army to
launch its annual fundraising dri-
ve was Tim Zuniga-Brown,
Deputy Chief of Mission for the
United States Embassy. Declar-
ing the kettle season officially
open, Mr Zuniga-Brown said that
"the holidays are about reaching
out to your fellow man, to try and
give back something to the com-
munity at large."
On hand to help launch the ket-
tle drive at the Mall at Marathon
were the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Band and members of the.
Salvation Army Bahamas Divi-
sion Advisory Board. Board chair-
man Judy Munroe appealed to
the community at large to show
the true spirit of what it means to
be Bahamian by sharing with
those in great need.
"This Christmas will be espe-
cially difficult for a lot of families
and the Salvation Army's Christ-
mas Cheer programme will go-a
long way in helping to brighten
the season for many. We can do
so much, when we do it togeth-
er," she said.
The 2008 Christmas Kettle
Campaign will run through
December 24.
The bright red kettles can be
seen outside many business places,
including most City Market and

Super Value locations. Last year,
the drive raised over $100,000,
thanks to the generosity of the
community and the gift of volun-
teer time by many service clubs,
businesses and individuals, the
Salvation Army said.
"Almost just as much as we
need persons to donated funds to
the kettles, we need persons and
groups to volunteer their time in
helping to ring the bells at the ket-
tles", said Major Ferguson.
The red kettles help to raise
much needed funds that provide
special meals for needy individu-
als and families, toys and cloth-
ing for disadvantaged children,
personal care products for the
elderly and institutionalized, and
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FROM page one
lines this year with the most recent being a man accused
of killing his brother over a remote control, Mr Field-
ing says this shows that domestic violence is on the
According to Mr Fielding: "The use of violence
toward dogs is very common in all types of house-
holds, however studies show that children can learn this
type of violence simply by watching."
He says a 2005 study concluded that persons who are
cruel to animals suffer from incidents of interpersonal
violence in their childhood that carries into their adult-
As he explains, this act of hitting an animal as a
means of training it, which in many cases is done with-
in the Bahamian community in front of children, can
transcends to that child's adult-life where they may
continue with hitting their spouse or pets simply to
make them perform a desired task.
Mr Fielding concludes that with this risk factor being

FROM page one

basically reassessed and downgraded
in terms of growth and I suspect all
subsequent economies, particularly
those in this western hemisphere that
are tied to the US, and as can be
expected they made it quite clear
that the turnaround is highly depen-
dent on the US because of this direct
linkage between our economic
growth and that of the United States.
And the US is in for a rough ride
over the next 18 months and every-
thing else being equal, so are we," he
told The Tribune yesterday.
Mr Smith, who is also a former
minister of state for finance, said this
revision on the economic outlook
will not affect the country's attrac-
tiveness to foreign investors as S & P
has not changed its view on the
country's credit rating.
"Actually the really positive point
in the downgrade is the credit out-
look remains the same, at A-, and
that's the part of it that you want to
look at because that kind of con-
firms that the monetary and fiscal
policies are still sound. The down-
grade has to do principally with the
outlook for economic growth and
they are basically saying that it's not
going to grow at the three or four per
cent that they originally thought and
they are looking more like two and
then one per cent, or one (per cent)
or less. Our difficulty going forward
would be trying to at least maintain
those ratings in another 18 months,"
Mr Smith continued.
On Monday S & P, a Wall Street
credit rating agency, lowered its out-
look for the Bahamas' economic
growth from stable to negative while
reaffirming its A-, A-2 credit rating
on this country. Olga Kalinina, lead
S & P analyst for the Bahamas, told
The Tribune on Monday that even
though the Bahamas' economic fun-
damentals remain sound and all debt
ratios.coincided with its 'A-rated'
peers,the agency may have to down-
grade its credit rating on the

Bahamas in for
a 'rough ride'
Bahamas if a long US recession
exacerbated the ratios.
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
President Diniosio D'Aguilar yes-
terday said the reassessment was
expected in light of global financial
conditions: "I don't think (the S & P
report) is earth-shattering and unex-
pected. The world is in a recession
and I'm sure most economies of the
world went from stable to negative.
It would have been a bit more alarm-
ing if the American economy had
been stable and ours had gone to
He said while it was.too early to
tell what far-reaching effects the US
recession would have on the
Bahamas there was little the gov-
ernment could do to stave off impli-
cations in diminished travel.
"We're going into a recession,
things are going to get tough and
there's not much we can do about it.

(Government) can soften the blow
somewhat but world affairs have tak-
en over and government will try and
do some infrastructure projects but it
isn't going to cause people to travel
to the Bahamas or cause foreign
investors to look favourably at the
Bahamas because the perception is
you're not going to get a return on
your money right now, he said,
adding that the drop in internation-
al oil prices is one piece of good news
in the midst of the doom and gloom
projections for the economy.
Michael Halkitis, financial ana-
lyst and former parliamentary sec-
retary in the ministry of finance, said
in light of the global crisis if would be
prudent for government to explore
diversifying the economy.
"I hope that this time around, we
really make a sustained effort to
diversify the economy to some
extent, even though there's no way
we can replace tourism, we have to
make a conscious effort to produce
some more things, more of the food
and the souvenirs," he said.

Downtown immigration raid

FROM page one
we took 25 persons into custody, including 10 males and 14 females
ranging from Haitians, Jamaicans and Peruvians," Mr Ferguson said.
Mr Ferguson indicated that once an immigrant's status is established,
and it is found that they have to go before the courts, the Bahamian
employers will be prosecuted as well.
"Most of the persons picked up today came from not only the
straw market, but from bus stops, walking downtown, and some were
in business establishments. It is all a part of our ongoing operations in
the downtown area to bring some order in the Straw Market and
business establishments in that area," Mr Ferguson said.
Although many persons working in the market seemed to be afraid
and did not wish to speak with The Tribune, a lady who had worked in
the straw market for more than 45 years said she feels government and
the Department of Immigration are doing a good job as this type of
exercise has been long awaited.
"As long as they can keep the 'breeze' free, we are grateful. The
tourist can now understand what you are saying and they will not ask
us anymore what language do we speak. So I think they need to con-
tinue these raids on a regular basis as 99.9 per cent of the Bahamians,
here are grateful. Bahamians can now see their own money because it's
the Bahamians selling the products now," the lady said.

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Domestic violence
present in many households,ere is a need for local pet
advocacy groups to report i cidents of animal abuse to
police and other groups.
Jane Mather from the Advocates for Animal Rights
group said that with authorities understanding the con-
nection between animal cruelty and domestic or other
incidents of violence, reported incidents of animal cru-
elty would be taken much more seriously.
She said should cross reporting legislation be estab-
lished, incidents of over-breeding, roaming dogs, illegal
dog fighting rings, and other incidents of abuse on ani-
mals would be more seriously investigated by author-
ities, and in the end, may help in reducing the number
of domestic violence cases throughout the community.
Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright confirmed in
September that three legislative drafts were under
review, which seek to establish regulations on dog
breeding, and animal protection.


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Callers turn radio discussion on FROM page one
va search for him and his passe
violence against women intofarce believed drowned, according to
FROM e one The unnamed suspect's or
after he set out from Key West
ber 1.
sents, that is the issue in our culture, and as lar as I'm concerned While his family expected hi:
Miss Greene needs a good beating." November 2, he failed to show
Another male caller asked Miss Greene if she was a man or a Guard search for his 19-foot bo
woman which Miss Greene interpreted as a violent assault. November 4.
In response, she commented on how the callers highlighted the ..ahiti wr o
The U.S. authorities were ori
need for public debate by demonstrating violent and misogynist atti- we fsi ri
tudes prevalent in Bahamian society. the men were on a fishing tri
She said: "I am offended by the manner in which we talk to and their interviews with family memi
about women in the public media. These are the ways in which we that their intent may have been
develop a culture of misogyny. bring migrants into the United S
"I don't wish to degrade Bahamians, but it's about the way our
culture is developing and I think within that there is an honest emo- FROM page one
tion of fear, because we react in anger when we're afraid. And I
think there has been a backlash to the perception of women gain- claimed.
ing power in the Bahamas." claimed .
As a warning to callers, Mr Parker said: "We arc talking about This latest reproach comes
domestic violence and regardless of your personal view of Miss after about 500 employees, who
Greene's lifestyle, the idea that your appropriate response is a were found to have taken part in
violent one is I believe at the root of the discussion we are trying to the stoppage, had their pay
have today. So please, no more violence." docked in October.
The talk show focused on statistics showing violence against Management and Government
women and sexual crimes in the Bahamas are per capital the high- maintained their action, which
est in the world. was in favour of greater union
Miss Greene said the statistics are perceived to be made up by involvement in the privatization
women wanting to slander Bahamian men, and should therefore be of BTC, went outside the bounds
the most poignant public debate in the country, not only during of their industrial agreement.
National Women's Week, but throughout the year. In response to the suspensions,
Erin Greene will be a guest on Ortland Bodie's "Real Talk Bahamas Communications and
Live" at 10am today, and on Star FM at 4.30pm. She will participate PublicOfficers Union President
in a live panel debate with members of the Ministry of Labour and Robert Farquharson signalled his
Social Service's Bureau of Women's Affairs on ZNS at9pm to dis- intention to file a trade dispute
:uss "The changing roles of men and women in 21 st century against BTC.
3ahamas". The National Congress of

FROM page one

say about the past 55 years of PLP
history is that for 55 years we have
faced the challenge of ensuring a
bright future for The Bahamas
and all Bahamians.
"In the 1950's, 60's and 70's we
built the middle class in The
Bahamas. But now in this eco-
nomic crisis that is coming upon
us, many people are threatened
with slipping backwards.
"People are threatened with
slipping backward from the ranks
of the middle class in terms of
being able to afford to maintain
their families at a decent quality of
life; in terms- of being able to
afford the school fees, which mean
a proper university education for
their children," said Mr Christie.
Urging PLPs to "dedicate our-
selves to solutions for the future",
the former Prime Minister hit out
at Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham for what he called a "useless,
fruitless exercise talking about
whether or not the country would
have been better under le-
erhi and rin to chane e
lacis of ih- pa',h . : .. ,x7
Mr Ingraham .said las? week'
that it is "better for the Bahamas"
that he, rather than Mr Christie, is
steering the country during these'
economic hard times.
Mr Christie said: "If you want
to know whether our country is
worse off under Hubert Ingraham
as Prime Minister than when I
was Prime Minister just 18 months
ago; anyone can tell you that; just
stick your hand in your pocket."
He blamed Government for
"playing fast and loose with the
future of the Bahamas."
As the Government now begins
to "take (the PLP's) advice" to
restart stalled capital works pro-
jects, Mr Christie said it must
ensure "that value for money is
received and that persons} engaged
are fairly engaged and qualified
to competently perform the func-
tions for which they have been
Referring to U.S. President-
elect Barack Obama,4he Opposi-

tion leader praised him for pursu-
ing the belief that "wisdom is not
the monopoly of one political par-
"That is an example of the wise
and secure leadership that this
county needs now," said Mr
The party leader accused the
FNM of "announcing one knee
jerk reaction after another instead
of a carefully thought out plan" in
response to the economic down-
He said Government has
"seemingly ignored calls...to con-
vene a national forum to map the
way forward for the Bahamian
Mr Christie called on Govern-
ment to create a "task force of
tourism and hotel industry experts
for the preparation and imple-
mentation of all necessary mea-
sures to boost tourist arrivals,

expenditure, hotel occupancy and
the maintenance of the highest
possible staff levels."
And he added that the PLP will
soon be embarking on a course
of public discussions of the. impact
of the economic crisis gripping the
world on the Bahamian economy
and Bahamians.
Mr Christie also criticised Gov-
ernment for failing to yet clarify
*the details of proposed mortgage
and unemployment relief assis-
Noting that the party supports
such relief programmes, he said
people "do not need to be led to
believe that relief is in sight when
in fact that relief may be a very
long time in coming, if it comes at
The Opposition leader added
that his party is "ready with ideas
for the future and we are ready to
do our part to stand against the
threats to our. economy and the
future of the Bahamian people.;"

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The Miami Herald.
The search was called off on November 6,
but luckily for the man a Coast Guard heli-
copter crew on routine patrol spotted a per-
son who appeared to need assistance near
the lighthouse on Elbow Cay.
Raymond Gibson, Assistant Commis-
sioner in charge of crime at the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, said: "He was picked
up, brought to Nassau and taken to hospital
for treatment as he was in a distressed con-
His vessel is said to have capsized after it
began experiencing engine problems and

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Wearing lifejackets, the survivor and his
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two days until they spotted a lighthouse in
the distance and began to swim towards it.
The suspect made it after an estimated
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the other man.
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ered by the Coast Guard five miles north-
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BTC workers
Trade Unions President John Pin-
der and Mr Farquharson both
said they consider the further
dressing down as "wrong."
Mr Pinder said: "The letters
are reflecting that they have actu-
ally violated some traffic policy. I
don't see the right of the employ-
er having to discipline its staffer
for a traffic violation."
"No breach of the industrial
agreement or the company policy
was mentioned in their letter of
suspension. If it's a traffic viola-
tion the traffic police should've
done an investigation," added Mr
He claims the workers, having
had their pay docked already, are
being asked to face "double jeop-
ardy" for their involvement in the
Messages left for BTC execu-
tives and Mr Farquharson for
comment yesterday were not
returned up to press time.




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Olympic swimmers make a splash at Auburn

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Senior Sports Reporter
IT was a good outing for the
Bahamian Olympic duo of Alana Dil-
lette and Arianna Vanderpool-Wal-
lace for Auburn University over the
The duo were competing for the
Tigers in the dual meet between the
University of Alabama and Auburn
University in the "Iron Bowl of Swim-
ming" in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Individually, they both pulled off a
victory and'had,some success on a
number of relay teams for the Tigers
during the two-day meet at the Alaba-
ma Aquatics Center.
In one race, they went head-to-head
with freshwoman Vanderpool-Wallace
pulling off her first collegiate victory as
she took the 100m freestyle in 57.47
seconds with Dillette, a junior, taking
fifth in 59.43.
They also hooked up in the 50m free
with Vanderpool-Wallace coming in

Sports Reporter
he series extend-
ed to a third and
final game before
new senior boys
volleyball champi-
ons were crowned in the Gov-
ernment Secondary Schools
Sports Association.
At the. Kendal Isaacs G'm-
nasium yesterday, the CC
Sweeting Cobras eliminated the
defending champion C R Walk-
er Knights in game three of
their championship series with
a straight set win 25-18, 25-21.
After losing game one, the
Cobras stormed back in the
series with a dominating game
two performance and captured
the title yesterday in game
Backed by an exuberant
crowd of supporters, the
Cobras gained an early 5-2
advantage. But, led by Jason
Rolle, the Knights worked their
way back into the game.
Rolle stopped the Cobras run.
with a spike,followed by two
consecutive blocks to tie the
game at five.
The teams traded scores, tied
at nine before Kenvardo
Brown's score gave the Cobras
the go ahead 10-9 advantage
they would maintain for the
remainder of the set.
Brown followed with a block
for a score and sparked an 8-2
run that extended the Cobras
advantage, 18-11.
They maintained the seven
point advantage throughout
and ended the set on a William
McKinney spike.
The Cobras overcame com-
munication issues in the second
set and trailed 11-8 early on.
Their defensive woes contin-
ued as the Knights extended to
a 17-12 advantage.
A Gabi Laurent spike
sparked a run for the Cobras
which vaulted them into the
Following Laurent's score,
Brown served a pair of aces
and a few plays later, Dion
McPhee scored to tie the game
at 17.
With momentum firmly with
the Cobras they gained a 19-17
Out of a CR Walker time-
out, Laurent extended the
Cobras lead 20-17.
A clever tip at the net by
McKinney gave the Cobras a
24-20 advantage and Brown
ended the set and the match
with an overpowering spike.
Laurent, the Cobras leading
scorer, said he was pleased with
his team's turnaround from
missing the playoffs in 2007 to
winning the championship in
2008 and his team's ability to
rebound from a game one loss.
"The first game we were
sleeping, we were [slunking]
with them, but we knew we
could still win this because we
beat them twice in the regular
season," he said. "Last year we
did not make it to the playoffs

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second in 26.18 just ahead of Dillette,
who was fourth in 26.78. Ida Persson of
the University of Alabama won the

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race in 26.01.
Vanderpool-Wallace was also third
in the 200m free in 2:06.47. Her team-


mate Melissa Marik won in 2:05.14.
Dillette. on the other hand, posted a
victory in the 100m backstroke in
The two also competed on separate
relay teams. In the 200m freestyle
relay, Dillette, turning in a split of
26.17, swum on the lead off leg for
Auburn's A team victory in 1:45.91.
Vanderpool-Wallace, splitting 27.33,
anchored the 1 team to second in
Vanderpol- Wallace also anchored
the Tigers' A team in the 400m medley
relay in splits of 26.91 and 57.14 as they
won in 4:16.63. Dillette (splits of 27.53
and 58.20), swum in the third leg of
the B team that was third in 4:21.56.
In the 200m medley relay, Vander-
pool-Wallace, splitting in 26.15, pow-
ered the Tigers' A team on the anchor
leg to victory in 1:58.54. Dillette, split-
ting 28.31 on the third leg, helped the B
team to third in 1:59.07.
Vanderpool-Wallace also swum on
the second leg of Auburn's A team in
the 800m free relay that clocked

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8:27.53, but was upset by their B tea,"
that won in 8:23.55.
And in the 400m freestyle relay, Dil
lette popped off for the A team as Ihev
won in 3:45.63 to hold off the B team
with Vanderpool-Wallace anchoring
them to second in 3:55.03.
The Bahamian duo, who made his-
tory as the first two females to swim at
the Olympic Games in Beijing, China,
.in August, will have the weekend off.
But next weekend, they are expect-
ed to be in Atlanta, Georgia, where
they are scheduled to compete in the
USA Swimming Short Course Nation-
al Championships.
And their collegiate season is expect-
ed to end over the weekend of March
19-21 when Auburn University com-
petes in the Women's NCAA Cham-
pionshps at College Station, Texas:
Arianna and Alana are continuing.
the legacy that was left behind by grad-
uate Jeremy Knowles. Efforts to con-
tact both Dillette and Vanderpool-
Wallace were unsuccessful up to pr.ss
time last night.

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Vick gets three-year suspended sentence

Associated Press Writer
SUSSEX, Va. (AP) Former NFL
quarterback Michael Vick pleaded
guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting
charge, a move that could make him
eligible to leave prison early and poten-
tially speed up a return to pro foot-
Vick, 28, arrived wearing wrist and
ankle shackles with his gray suit, but
the restraints were removed by the
time he entered his plea. The one-time
Atlanta Falcons star also pleaded not
guilty to a count of cruelty to animals,
but that charge was dropped under his
plea deal.
He received a three-year suspend-
ed sentence far less than the maxi-
mum of 10 years he could have faced.
"I want to apologize to the court,
my family, and to all the kids who
looked up to me as a role model," Vick
told the judge.
Vick's mother Brenda Boddie,
brother Marcus Vick and fiancee
Kijafa Frink walked in together and
sat together in the front row of the
gallery with other family and friends.
Vick's mother declined to comment to
reporters but Marcus Vick acknowl-
edged the family was glad the ordeal
was nearly over. ,
Vick vwas stoic throughout the
approximately 20-minute hearing.
Afterward, he turned to his young
daughter and winked. .
After the hearing, Surry County

Commonwealth Attorney Gerald
Poindexter approached Vick's mother
and hugged her, saying, "At least some
of this is over."
Vick already is serving a 23-month
sentence in Leavenworth, Kan. on fed-
eral charges of bankrolling a dogfight-
ing operation at a home he owned in
eastern Virginia's rural Surry County,
southeast of Richmond. He also admit-
ted to participating in the killing of
several underperforming dogs.
Poindexter defended allowing Vick
to avoid additional prison time.
"I feel that what I did today is
approved by more than a majority of
Surry County, and that's the con-
stituency that I'm concerned about," he
Vick is scheduled for release on July
20, 2009, and will serve three years of
probation. His latest plea is important
because it resolves the remaining
charges against him, which is required
under federal law if he is to move into
a halfway house.
Vick's agent Joel Segal attended the
hearing and afterwards, wouldn't talk
specifically about a possible return to
the NFL, saying only, "Mike takes full
responsibility for his actions and is
ready to more forward and will let his
actions speak for him."
Once the highest paid player in the
NFL, Vick appeared about as trim
Tuesday as when he entered prison a
year ago. His lawyer, Billy Martin, said
Vick's legal team hasn't been involved
in any preliminary steps to revive the

AN ARTIST rendering of former NFL quarterback Michael Vick (second from right), seat-
ed with his defense team, Lawrence Woodward, third from right, and Billy Martin, right,
as Surry county prosecutor, Gerald Poindexter, is seated left, during the Vick hearing at
the Sussex County Courthouse in Sussex, Va., yesterday...

suspended player's career, focusing
instead on reuniting him with his fam-
"Michael as a human being is clear-
ly somebody that we want to salvage,"
Martin said. "Michael as a football
player is somebody that down the road
may get a chance to look again."

The trick may be finding a team
ready to take a risk on the former quar-
Atlanta still has Vick under contract.
But Falcons owner Arthur Blank made
clear late last month the three-time
Pro Bowl selection won't wear that
team's uniform again.

"I hope they're prepared to face the
dog lovers of America," Kansas City
Chiefs president and general manager
Carl Peterson said earlier of a team
that acquires Vick. "There are going to
be a lot of'problems. People love their
pets, and particularly dogs. There will
be protests, people expressing their
thoughts even though he's served
his time."
Vick's problems have compounded
since his federal conviction in 2007j
He's landed in bankruptcy court aften
losing nearly all of his record-breakingi
$130 million from a 10-year deal hel
signed with Atlanta in December 2004.
Nine protesters from the animal
.rights group PETA stood quietly out4
side the courthouse before the hearing?
holding signs with photographs of>
bloodied fighting dogs and others that)
read "Dogfighters repent."
Asked how activists would respond if[
the NFL takes Vick back, Dan Shan4
non, assistant director of PETA, said
Vick must speak out against dogfight-i
ing as someone who "participated in
dogfighting and saw it ruin everything)
he built for himself and take away alli
his fame, all his fortune, all ofhist
respect." 1
"If he chooses to do that, that's the
only way I think he could ever be'seeni
as any kind of a positive public fig-a
ure," Shannon said.
Associated Press Writer DenaPot-)
ter and AP Sportswriter Hank Kurz Jr.I
contributed to this report.


passes Saints to

51-29 rout of Packers

AP Sports Writer
Drew Brees held up a small
pendant he'd received from a
"Sister Mary, this one was for
you," he said.
How fitting that the quarter-

back for a team called the Saints
should pay such a tribute after
one of the more memorable
performances in club history.
Brees threw for four scores,
Deuce McAllister set a Saints
record "ith his 54th career
touchdown and New Orleans
thumped the Green Bay Pack-
ers 51-29 on Monday night.

It was an ideal homecoming
for the Saints, who'd spent 43
days away from the Superdome
for a trip to London, a bye and
three road games.
"We knew we had to come
out here and excite this crowd,"
said tight end Jeremy Shockey,
who had five catches for 57
yards. "It was a hell of a show."

Brees dismantled a- Packc rs
secondary that came in ranked
third in the NFL with 1-h.3
yards passing allowed per game
He was 20-of-26 for 323N arJd.
and New Orleans tied a cluh
record for points scored and
touchdowns (seven) in'a.game.
Two of Brees' toucWhdowns %%'en
to Lance Moore, one for '1,
"It's a dream come true pla\-
ing with him," said Moore, '6 ho
had 115 yards. "All we ha\ e to
do is run our routes. We don i
have to worry about doing an.\ -
thing extraordinary.".
Brees remained on pace to
break Dan Marino's 19.-1
record of 5,084 yards passing in
a season. He has 3,574 yards
with five games remaining. He
also has the Saints (6-5) feeling
better about their hopes of ral-
lying for a playoff spot now that
they've won two games in a row
for the first time all season.
"We're kind of in the middle
of the pack, just like a lot of
other teams," Brees said. "This
is the time where a few of those
teams start to separate them-
selves and we want to be one
of those teams."
The Packers (5-6) dropped a
game behind Minnesota and
Chicago in the race for first
place in the NFC North.
"We didn't slow them down
at all tonight," Green Bay coach
Mike McCarthy said. "Give
credit to the Saints and the play
of their quarterback. He was on
fire coming into the game and
we didn't cool him off any.'"
Aaron Rodgers' attempt to
keep up with Brees' torrid pass-
ing resulted in three intercep-
tions, two by Jason David and
one by Kevin Kaesvihar.n.
David returned his first pick to
the 3, setting up McAllister's
scoring run, which broke Dalton
Hilliard's club record set in
The sellout crowd erupted
after.McAllister's score. The
Saints' career rushing leader

NEW ORLEANS Saints defender Roman Harper (41) hits Green'Bay
wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) in the second half...

kept the ball as he trotted to
the sideline, where he was
hugged by Paytoh.
"I didn't want it to be any-
thing out of the context of the
game because I respect the
game so much," McAllister
said. "I wanted it to come in the
natural flow."
Rodgers was 23-of-41 for 248
yards and touchdown passes of
7 yards to Greg Jennings and 4
yards to Ruvell Martin. Rodgers
also ran for a 10-yard score.
Ryan Grant rushed for 64 yards
in the first half, but the Packers
were forced to throw more as
their deficit grew and Grant fin-
ished with 67 yards.
"After the first half we knew
we had to throw," Rodgers said.
"We tried to answer but we did-
n't. We let this one get away
from us."
Leading 24-21 at the half, the
Saints began to seize control
with a long touchdown drive
that ended with Brees' 16-yard
strike to tight end Billy Miller.
McAllister then went in from
the 3 and Brees hit Marques
Colston in stride down the side-
line for his second 70-yard TD

pass of the game. It was Col-,i
ston's first score of the season,
after battling back from as
thumb injury on opening day.
Pierre Thomas rushed for 87)
yards and two touchdowns, a 4-)
yarder in the first half and a 31-S
yard scamper in the fourth)
quarter that gave New Orleans
a 51-29 lead. The Saints hadd
scored 51 points twice before,
in their four-decade history and,
easily could have reached 52 if,
Payton had elected to kick,.the
extra point. However, PaytonL
called for a 2-point conversion-1
that failed in an attempt to goI
up by 24 points. '1
The Packers scored first on as
1-yard touchdown leap by full-q
' back John Kuhn, but that would
be Green Bay's last lead.,
Moore's 70-yard score came onq
the Saints' next play, and New.
Orleans took the lead on,1
Thomas' first TD run. Green.
Bay tied it at 14 and again at.-
21 before New Orleans tookthp,j
lead for good shortly before
halftime on Garrett Hartley's
30-yard field goal, set up byl
Courtney Roby's 62-yard kick-
off return.

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Red Sox scout Lord set to

conduct baseball


PROFESSIONAL scout Mike Lord,
of the Boston Red Sox, is expected to
conduct a three-day baseball clinic at a
New Providence resort, starting on
December 5.
Coaches from three universities -
Lynn University, Barry University and
Florida Southern University are also
scheduled to be in the capital to carry
out the clinic at the Wyndham resort,
Cable Beach.
This will be the second slate of
planned events as the Bahamas Base-
ball Federation (BBF) continues to
meet its mandate of exposing its mem-
bers to baseball opportunities.
"With the enormous growth and
development of junior baseball pro-
grammes throughout the Bahamas, and
the overwhelming desire by our young
men to play baseball at the high school ,
and college levels, the BBF in con-
junction with Pony Baseball-Bahamas
saw the need to bring the baseball
expertise and recruiting to the
Bahamas, to give our young men an
opportunity to showcase their talent
to the various clinic educators," said
a press release.
The first weekend of its 2008 Winter
Baseball Informational, Instructional
and Prospect Showcase was a resound-
ing success with 65 young men five
from Bimini and two from Grand
Bahama being exposed to a high lev-
el of baseball.
Earlier this month at the Wyndham
resort, Jim Gemler and Justin Roswell,
directors of Team One Baseball, gave
the enthusiastic young men and their
parents a very informative question
and answer session: 'The Leader in
Player Development & College Place-
ment in the USA'.
According to a press statement, the
session was filled to capacity as Team
One outlined the details of the theme
for the weekend, 'What must I do to be
"The parents were very pleased with
the information provided as it per-
tained to preparing their sons to excel
and benefit from the sport of baseball
on a higher level.
"With the enormous growth and
development of junior baseball pro-
grammes throughout the BAahamas, and
the overwhelming desire by our young
men to play baseball at the high school
and college levels, the BBF in con-

LOCAL PLAYERS AND COACHES of Bahamas Baseball Federation
who participated in training sessions with Team One executives
Jim Gemler and Justin Roswell at the St Andrew's Field of Dreams
over the weekend...

I .

junction with Pony Baseball-Bahamas
saw the need to bring the baseball
expertise and recruiting to the
Bahamas to give our young men an
opportunity to showcase their talent
to the various clinic educators.
"The BBF would like to thank the
coaches from Freedom Farm and the
JBLN for their support and participa-
tion on Saturday & Sunday," according
to a written statement.
The next session is scheduled for
7:30pm December 5 in the Cat Island
Room at the Wyndham Nassau Resort
& Crystal Palace Casino.
Saturday's session (December 6) is
slated to begin at 10am at the Free-
dom Farm Baseball Complex. The
Sunday session is set for 2 pm at the
same venue.
The theme for the weekend: 'The
Importance of Showcases and Camps'.

BAHAMAS Baseball Federation executives and coaches watch the Team One Baseball clinic...

Boxing club to stage 'All Or Nothing'

Sports Reporter
ONE of the country's lead-
ing boxing clubs will stage yet
another show as its yearly cal-
endar of events winds down.
Champion Amateur Boxing
Club (CABC) will stage "All
Or Nothing" 6 pm November
29 at the Blue Hills Sporting
The club will feature several
bouts on the card featuring a
myriad of young and experi-
enced fighters vying for end-
of-year awards.
CABC executive Ray Minus
Jr said the card derived its
name from the atmosphere
that was building from the
preparation of the fighters who
are eager to end the year on a
positive note.
"We are winding down the
year. It's that time when the
guys are positioning them-
selves for awards and so we
feel like this is a good time to
really recognize that," he said,
"These guys are going all out
for recognition. They are not
taking anything for granted,
they are training hard and we
feel like it is very suitable."
Three matches, including the
main event, are already con-
firmed for the evening.

The main event will feature
Godfrey Pinder versus excit-
ing unbeaten newcomer Max
Lexcima in a light heavyweight
Minus said the fight should
be a contrast with experience
against untapped talent.
"Pinder is a very experi-
enced boxer and has at least
60 matches under his belt," he
said. "But Lexcimais a quick
learner with a lot of potential
and he is challenging for that
big trophy at the end of the
In a welterweight bout,

Rashield Williams will take on
Tamiko Stubbs.
In another contrast of expe-
rience versus youth, the 18-
year old Williams will be look-
ing to upset the 28 year-old
Stubbs with his quick move-
ments and elusiveness.
Shannon Marshall and Keno
Newman will square off in a
heavyweight matchup.
Minus said with both fighters
back at their suitable weight
and suffering losses after mov-
ing down to fight in a lighter
class, this should make for an
entertaining bout.
"Shannon just lost a tough
four round match against Lex-
cima and Keno lost a tough
match against Pinder," he said.
"This is really their true fight-
ing weight class and now they
are back in that class and this is
expected to be another good
fight because they both
improved their conditioning
tremendously and after com-
ing off losses they are looking
to redeem themselves."
Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club will also take part on
the card and their fighters are
scheduled to compete in
approximately 8-10 fights.
Minus said CABC expects
another exciting show display-
ing some of the country's best

Giants crush the

Diplomats 56-3

ST John's Giants rode all
the way to Blake Road and
trampled all over the West-
minister College Diplomats as
they welcomed the senior girls
into the Bahamas Association
of Independent Secondary
Schools' basketball competi-
The Giants, coached by
Herbie Brown, got 10 points
apiece from Taneka Sandiford

and Vashti Hinds as they won
in blowout fashion 56-3.
Makeisha Murray scored the
only three points for West-
After the embarrassing loss,
coach Carl Horton didn't
mince on his words.
"We made a few errors in
this game but we need to learn
patience, how to call our plays
better and most of all not to

give up," he stated. "This is
our first ever varsity team at
the school and we are confi-
dent they will do well.
"The key is to have faith in
the team and each other and
of course to give it your best at
all times. St John's came hard
but this was a learning experi-
ence for us and we will defi-
nitely leave here today with a
whole lot more technique."

talent at the amateur level.
"There are a number of tal-
ented young boxers on this
card and we are very excited.
Amateur boxing has really tak-
'en a turn for the better recent-
ly and is at an all-time high
joining the programme and
being a part of getting their
experience," he said. "We just
want to continue the trend that
is going and we want to just
have as much shows and give

them as much exposure as pos-
sible." '
Minus said the goal of all
boxing clubs and anyone
involved in the local amateur
programme is to adequately
prepare the younger fighters
for promising careers on the
international stage.
"We know this is really the
most important part of the
development programme for
young boxers in this country

and experience is the key.
Developing at this age is so
important to their success later
on in their career when the
time comes for them to repre-
-sent the country internation-
ally, maybe even at the
Olympics," he said. "By the
time they are 13-14 years old
we would ideally like for them
to have about 50-100 fights,
setting the stage for a great
amateur career."

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Ginobili returns, Spurs

beat Grizzlies 94-81

By The Associated Press
THE San Antonio Spurs are
starting to get healthy which
could spell trouble for the rest of
the league;
Manu Ginobili played in his
first game of the season Mon-
day, scoring 12 points to help
San Antonio beat Memphis 94-
Ginobili missed the first 12
games of the season while he
recovered from ankle surgery.
He injured his left ankle while
playing for Argentina against
the United States during the
semifinals at the Beijing
"I felt pretty good about it,"
said Ginobili, who played 11
minutes in his first outing. "I did-
n't rush it a lot. I took my time,
found the open seam, made a
couple of shots. I wasn't thinking
about a great game on my first
one, so I'm happy with what I
The return of the team's lead-
ing scorer from last season, and
the hopes that injured guard
Tony Parker will return soon,
gives the Spurs a more optimistic
"It's a tremendous boost,"
said Tim Duncan, who added 14
points, 11 rebounds and four
blocks in the win. "He played
well. I think psychologically
more than anything, having him
on the floor and seeing him
move around is going to be great
for the team. I know it's great
for me personally because it is
good to start seeing our team
getting back to full strength."
In other NBA games Monday,
it was: Chicago 101, Utah 100;
Houston 107, Miami 98; Orlando
108, Milwaukee 101; Charlotte
93, Philadelphia 84; Portland 91,
Sacramento 90; and New
Orleans 99, the Los Angeles
Clippers 87.
In Memphis, rookie George
Hill scored 20 points and Roger
Mason added 18 to lead the
Spurs, who have won five of
their last six games.
O.J. Mayo scored 23 of his 26
points in the second half to lead
Memphis, which has dropped

seven of its last eight. Rudy Gay
scored 13 points and grabbed 10
rePounds, while Darko Milicic
had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Ginobili entered the game
with 5:34 left in the first quar-
ter and promptly made his first
two shots, the first from outside
the arc with the shot clock run-
ning down, and the second on a
"I didn't want to take a quick
one because I'm kind of rusty,"
Ginobili said of the 3-pointer he
hit 1:27 after entering the game.
"In that situation, you don't have
any other options with the shot
clock winding down, so, I took it.
It was good for my confidence
that it went in."
Bulls 101, Jazz 100.
At Salt Lake City, Larry
Hughes hit a 22-foot jumper as
time expired and Chicago dealt
the short-handed Jazz their first
home loss of the season..
Hughes got the rebound and
got off the winning shot after
Derrick Rose missed inside with
Utah leading 100-99. The play
was reviewed and the shot stood
to give the Bulls their second
road win of the season.
Rose -finished with 25 points,
including 10 in the fourth quar-
ter, and nine assists.
Mehmet Okur had 26 points
and nine rebounds for Utah,
which was without starters
Deron Williams (ankle) and
Carlos Boozer (quad).
Rockets 107, Heat 98
At MiAmi, Yao Ming had, 28
points and 12 rebounds, Ron
Artest scored 20 and Houston
finished off a perfect three-game
trip-against the Eastern Confer-
Rafer Alston added 14 points
for Houston, which finished with
six players in double figures and
outrebounded Miami 51-35.
Dwyane Wade scored 23
points and Mario Chalmers
added a career-best 23, including
five 3-pointers, for the Heat.
The Rockets finished the
Eastern road swing 3-0, mark-
ing only the fourth time in the
last 12' years they were' perfect

on a trip lasting at least three
Magic 108, Bucks 101
At Orlando, Fla., Dwight
Howard had 24 points and 13
rebounds to lead the Magic.
. Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard
Lewis, each added: 22 points for
the Magic.. -

Richard Jefferson scored 25
points to lead Milwaukee, which
lost Andrew Bogut to a left knee
bruise in the third quarter.
Magic point guard Jameer
Nelson left with a groin strain.
Bobcats 93, 76ers 84
At Charlotte, N.C., D.J.
Augustin scored 25 points and
added a career-high 11 assists,
backcourt mate Raymond Fel-
ton added 23 points, and the
Bobcats used their new speedy
and tiny lineup to beat the 76ers.
The 6*foot Augustin and the
6-1 Felton had their best game
together since coach Larry
Brown inserted the rookie
Augustin in the starting lineup
three games ago. They helped
the Bobcats snap a four-game
losing streak despite another
meek performance from Char-
lotte's front line.
Elton Brand had 18 points
and Andre Iguodala added 17
points for the Sixers-.
Trail Blazers 91, Kings 90
At Portland, Ore., Brand-on
Roy scored a season-high ,-8
points and the Trail Blazers ral-
lied during the final six minutes.
Joel Przybilla added 10 points
and 12 rebounds, while Steve

Blake had 12 points for the Blaz-
Greg Oden made his first start
for Portland since returning
from a foot injury on Nov. 12.
Oden, the first pick of the 2007
NBA draft, had three points, six
rebounds, and four turnovers in
;,i9.ineffective minutes .
; John Salmons led Sacramento
Smith 20 points and had a chance
:o win the game, but hisdrive
to the basket with two seconds
remaining came up short of the
Hornets 99, Clippers 87
At Los Angeles, David West
scored 27 points to lead New
Orleans past the Clippers.
Peja Stojakovic had 13 points
and nine rebounds for the Hor-
nets, who won their third straight
following a home-and-home
sweep of Oklahoma City. For-
ward Morris Peterson did not
play because of pain in his right
knee,, but backup point guard
Deyin Brown was back in the
lineup, scoring 11 points after
spraining his right ankle in Sat-
urday's 109-97 win.
Eric Gordon scored 25 points
to lead the Clippers despite
spraining his ankle early in the
first quarter.

NBA Today

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, November26 d
Indiana at Houston (8:30 prhf
EST). Ron Artest will try andh
help the Rockets win their
fourth straight game when thelb
face his former team. ArtesX
spent parts of five seasons witiF
the Pacers before being tradeX
to Sacramento in 2005. '
Larry Hughes, Bulls, hit
22-foot jumper as time expired
and Chicago dealt the short'
handed Jazz their first home loss
of the season 101-100.
Yao Ming, Rockets, had 28
points and 12 rebounds to helfi
Houston finish 3-0 on an EasterW
Conference road swing with a
107-98 win over Miami.
D J Augustin, Bobcats,
scored 25 points and added a"
career-high 11 assists to help
Charlotte end a four-game ski4c
with a 93-84 win over Philadelk
Brandon Roy, Trail Blazg
ers, scored a season-high 28i
points and Portland rallied dur-,,
ing the final six minutes to beat
Sacramento 91-90.
Manu Ginobili score 12E
points in his first game of their
season to help the Spurs beat=
the Grizzlies. Ginobili missecP
San Antonio's first 12 gainme,
after offseason ankle surgerytc
He entered with 5:34 left in them
first quarter and promptly made|
his first two shots, the first from
outside the arc and the second
on a dunk. He played 11 min-
Heat forward Dorell Wright
will have surgery on his left knee
Tuesday, further delaying hiso
comeback. The team said Mon-
day night that doctors believe
"loose bodies" in the knee are
disrupting his rehab and recov-
Eddie Jordan was fired as
coach of the Washington Wiz-
ards on Monday after opening
the season 1-10 without injured
starters Gilbert Arenas and
Brendan Haywood. The Wiz-
ards' record matches the worst
start in franchise history. The
,.;onJ).other time the team was 1-
10 %'as in 1966, when it was
palled the Baltimore Bullets. Ed
'Tapscott, the Wizards' director
of player development, took
over for Jordan on an interim
Greg Oden, the first pick of
the 2007 NBA draft, returned
to the starting lineup for the first
time this season since Portland's
opening game. He was held to
three points, six rebounds, and
four turnovers in 19 ineffective
"We needed a stop some-
where in that last span. We kept
trading baskets and you can't:
win games trading baskets, espe5
cially when they hit the lass
Utah's Ronnie Price afterA
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Injunction sought against.

South Ocean's financier

Tribune Business Editor
T he main developer behind
I the $867 million South
Ocean resort project yes-
terday petitioned the New
York Supreme Court for an injunc-
tion to prevent its chief financial
backer from removing it as the devel-
opment's general partner, alleging that
the latter had falsely told Bahamian
employees their principal had "stolen
$400,000" from it.
The move by RHS Ventures, whose
principal, Roger Stein, is the managing

* Main developer seeks New York ruling against hedge fund, alleging that it

falsely told Bahamian resort's employees he had 'stolen' $400,000 from it
* Warns of 'irreparable' harm to $867m project

* Justice Lyons refuses to grant injunction in Bahamas

director for the New South Ocean
development, is seeking a "prelimi-
nary and permanent injunction"
against Seaside Heights, the invest-
ment vehicle for Connecticut-based

hedge fund, Plainfield Asset Manage-
Not only is the injunction seeking
to prevent Seaside Heights from
removing RHS Ventures and Mr'Stein

as the project's general partner, it also
wants to bar the hedge fund from
telling any other party that RHS Ven-

See COURT, page 4B

'Almost $20m' spent on airport

salaries, goods and services

Tribune Business Editor
THE Nassau Airport Devel-
opment Company (NAD)
spent "almost $20 million" dur-
ing its first year in existence on
salaries, goods and services, its
president has disclosed in the
company's first anniversary
Reflecting on the company's
first year since its creation and
take-over of management for
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport (LPIA), Craig
Richmond said NAD had
received some 1200 resumes
for 18 job positions. that it
advertised, showing "Bahami-
ans are excited to work at the
In addition, Mr Richmond
said NAD had signed 22 new
leases for retail and commer-
cial businesses, replaced 25,000
feet of fence line and painted
25,000 feet of runway and taxi
And some 10 staff had been
sent to other airports managed
by Vancouver Airport Services
(YVRAS), the NAD operat-
ing partner, for training, tak-
ing in airports such as Mon-
tego Bay and Vancouver.

"We have seen our customer
satisfaction numbers for areas
which NAD directly controls
climb dramatically," Mr Rich-
mond said.
"For example, we had a rat-
ing of 3.1 out of 5 on our pre-
vious survey for the condition
and cleanliness of washrooms.
We opened new and refur-
bished washrooms in Novem-
ber, worked closely with our
cleaners and have seen a jump
in satisfaction to 3.9 out of 5 -
an almost unprecedented 0.8
jump on a satisfaction survey.
I've never seen a more dra-
matic improvement in just one
survey period." -
And Mr Richmond added:
"Airports are complex busi-
nesses that rely heavily on
cooperation and assistance
from many different and often
competing entities, such as air-
lines, air traffic control, ground
handlers, security, police, and
customs and immigration
(including our friends from the
United States).
"Airport operators, as the
manager of the facilities, often
sit at the centre of all the vari-
ous processes which must occur
every day. However, we would
be nowhere without all of our

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Investment Management

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partners and their good work."
For the year to June 30,
2008, NAD generated 82.3 per
cent of its $26.183 million aero-
nautical revenues from the pas-
senger user facility fee, some
$21.554 million., Landing fees
generated a further $3.382 mil-
lion; terminal fees, $952,000;
loading bridges, $231,000; and
aircraft parking, $64,000.
Out of the $8.445 million in
non-aeronautical fees, some
$2.036 million came from fuel
royalties; another $1.978 mil-
lion from parking and ground
transportation; $1.835 million
from leases; $1.119 million
from terminal rent and con-
cessions; $384,000 from adver-
tising; and $1.093 million from
other sources.
Meanwhile, Tribune Busi-
ness has been told that NAD
has found it harder than antic-
ipated to place the $310 mil-
lion in phase one financing for
LPIA's redevelopment, due
largely to the ongoing turmoil
in the world's financial and
credit markets.
The phase one financing,
part of an overall $409.5 mil-
lion transformation and over-


Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas remains "a
quality jurisdiction to which to
lend" in the eyes of major glob-
al financial institutions, a gov-
ernment minister said yester-
day, as the Standard & Poor's
(S&P) credit rating confirmed
"there is sufficient strength in
our fiscal condition to warrant
an 'A' rating".,.
Zhivargo Laing. minister of
state for finance, told Tribune
Business that by maintaining
the 'A-' and 'A-2' ratings on the
Bahamas' short and long-term
sovere7igif debt S-&P had "bol-
stered investor and financial
institution confidence in the
Government's ability to meet
its debt repayments.
As a result, if the Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
BAHA Mar gave up "highly
valuable rights" and assumed
the $10 million cost for burying
overhead utility lines as a result
of Harrah's Entertainment's
alleged "misrepresentations"
that it was committed to the
$2.6 billion Cable Beach rede-
velopment, when it had decided
to withdraw three days before
the agreement was signed.
In its amended counterclaim
and third party complaint
against gaming giant Harrah's
Entertainment, and its Caesars
Bahamas Investment Corpora-
tion affiliate, Baha Mar alleged
that by inducing it to enter the
January 31, 2008, supplemental
Heads of Agreement with the
Government, its former equity
partner had "imperilled" their
assets "as well as their business
reputation and credibility".
Apart from the "many mil-
lions of dollars" Baha Mar had
spent on the Cable Beach pro-
ject, by signing the supplemen-
tal Heads of Agreement on the
basis of Harrah's "misrepre-
sentations", the resort develop-
er alleged that it was now com-
mitted to spending an extra $1.6

* Minister says S&P action
shows 'there is sufficient
strength in our fiscal
condition to warrant
an 'A' rating'
* Confirms ratings will
minimise interest rates
and debt servicing costs
if Bahamas has to borrow
internationally, aiding
fiscal position and
national debt

needed to tap the international
capital markets for debt financ-
ing, via instruments such as
bond issues, it would still be
able to do so and at lower
interest rates than it might oth-
erwise attract in the current
'sticky' credit markets.
In turn, with lower interest
coupons attached to its debt,
the Bahamas' sovereign debt
servicing costs will be lower.
Lowering debt servicing costs
have positive implications for
the Government's finances,
overall fiscal position, and the,
national debt.
Mr Laing said of the S&P rat-
ing: "For-us, it is a great com-
fort, and there is sufficient
strength in the fiscal condition
to warrant an 'A' rating. That's
good news for the Bahamas.
"The thing to note is that no
change was made in our sover-
eign debt rating, which is impor-
tant in terms of financing going
forward in this particular cli-
Unlike other media reports,

billion on the redevelopment;
increasing hotel rooms to be
constructed to 3,500 from 2,700;
doubling the size of its conven-
tion centre to 200,000 square
feet; increasing the casino's size
by 20,000 square feet; and
increasing permanent jobs by
Then, Baha Mar also alleged
that it had agreed to "assume
the nearly $10 million cost for
burial of overhead utility lines,
which was previously an oblig-
ation of the Government.
"In addition, the Harrah's
defendants caused Baha Mar
Development and the joint ven-
ture company to forego highly
valuable land rights, as they fur-
ther undertook in the supple-
mental Heads of Agreement to
give up more than 70 acres of
land and commit to spend at
least $2 million for a public park
and related charitable dona-
tions; relinquish a right to pur-
chase valuable waterfront for
which they had already con-
tracted; and relinquish a right
to take title to valuable median
strip land."
In addition, Baha Mar alleged
that key components of the pro-

SEE page 2B

Gas price drop

'silver lining' for

ground transport

Business Reporter
THE drop in gas prices was
yesterday said to be a "silver lin-
ing" for Bahamian ground trans-
portation operators, who are see-
ing a decline in business as more
groups cancel visits and persons
limit spending as a result of the
declining global economy.
A manager at Bahamas Expe-
rience, one of the country's
largest ground transportation
companies, told Tribune Business
yesterday that the firm has seen
an increase in cancellations from
group visitors.
"We are seeing a major decline
in our business because of low
airport arrivals. It is a lot of indi-
viduals. There just aren't that
many groups travelling, and we
have seen a lot of group cancel-
lations. People are just not trav-
eling as much," they said.
The manager did note that the
recent decline in gas prices has
been a major plus for the com-
"The decrease in gas prices
could not have come at a better
time. Gas is a huge part of our
expenses, and it was a blessing
that it came down, because we
need to do everything that we can
to reduce our operating expens-
ed," they added.
The manager also felt it was
too early to determine how busy
the Christmas holiday period
would be, and what the econom-
ic impact could be.
"I suspect that if air prices go
down, we will see more people
come in, but they will probably
spend less money," the manager
He said that at this point
Bahamas Experience would like
to break even, to ensure they can
retain their staff. So far, he said
they have been able to retain 99
per cent .of their staff, even
though they have had to place
some on restricted work days.
Florinda Ferguson, of Majestic
Tours, said business has been very
slow simply because the airlines
are not able to fill their seats.
She said the decline in fuel
prices, which has resulted in some
relief, was a very good thing for


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nation to which to lend'

SEE page 3B

Baha Mar gave up

'highly valuable rights'

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Baha Mar gave up

'highly valuable rights'

FROM page 1B

ject were tied to Harrah';s par-
ticipation, and the latter's with-
drawal had left it stymied, espe-
cially given that the release of
$48.1 million in government
funds for infrastructure works
was contingent on the 1,000-
room Caesars hotel reaching
100 feet high in construction.
The lease of a further 50 acres
of government land also hinged
on this target.
Baha Mar also alleged that
Harrah's withdrawal had left it
facing a March 31, 2009, dead-
line to get all financing in place,
something its former partner
knew "would be immeasurably
difficult, if not impossible, to
meet" after it terminated its
Referring to the January 31,
2008, supplemental Heads of
Agreement signing, Baha Mar
alleged: "The Harrah's defen-
dants withdrawal from the pro-
ject five weeks later not only

jeopardised the Baha Mar par-
ties and the joint venture com-
pany's nearly $300 million
investment in the project, but
also damaged their business
reputation and credibility with
the Government and the people
of the Bahamas."

Baha Mar alleged that it had
spent $200 million on acquiring
its three existing resort proper-
ties and assembling the land
needed for the project, and
invested a further $85 million
after signing its agreement in
principle with Harrah's in Jan-
uary 2007.
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 that
Harrah's had guaranteed Cae-
sars Bahamas' capital payments
and equity contributions up to
$313 million.
Tribune Business revealed

yesterday that Baha Mar is
alleging that Harrah's has
"admitted" that it and its new
private equity owners were
"plotting to delay or pull out of
the project" some three days
before publicly committing to
proceeding with it.
The Cable Beach developer
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
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

Nassau Airport
Development Company


For Proposal

C-270 Baggage System

Nassau Airport Development Company is pleased to announce the C-270
Baggage Systems Request For Proposal associated with the expansion of
the Lynden Pindling International Airport. The scope of work includes but is not
limited to:

* design and fabrication of a baggage system conforming to the requirements
of the RFP;.
* supply and installation of baggage conveyance systems, slope plate
carousels, roll up fire and security doors, and catwalks for the movement of
outbound and inbound passenger baggage;
* control and monitoring systems; and
* interface with building systems for security, fire, and various agency

This request for proposal is of interest to Baggage System Vendors, however
should also interest local Electrical and Mechanical Trade Contactors.

Request For Proposal Packages will be available for pick up after 1:00 pm, on
Monday, November 10, 2008.

Request For Proposal closing is Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 3:00pm.

There will be a Tender Briefing, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Please RSVP
Traci Brisby by 1pm Monday, December 1, 2008 for briefing location details.

Contract & Procurement Manager
LPIA Expansion Project
Ph: (242) 702-10861 Fax: (242) 377.2117
P.O Box AP 59229, Nassau, Bahamas
Email- traci brisby@nas bs


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

; ," : '. IT '., !;'i i '. rl I

The Department reserves the right to re(Oct any or all Tenders



TAKE NOTICE that the. board of Directors of
resolved to declare a dividend in the amount of Eighty
Cents ($0.80) per share for all shareholders of record
as of the close of business on the 1st December 2008,
the same to be payable on the 2nd December 2008.

All payments shall be made through Experta Trust
Company (Bahamas) Limited, the Registrar & Transfer
Agent, pursuant to the instructions of the relevant
shareholders on the files of Experta Trust Company
(Bahamas) Limited as at the 1st December 2008.

Iyylyn Cassar.



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The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the
post of Technical Service Officer 1 in the Information Management System Unit, Public
Hospitals Authority, Corporate Office.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:
* Bachelors Degree in Information Technology or equivalent;
* Certification in Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), Certified Cisco
Network Associate (CCNA) or A+ Certification or equivalent with five (5) years
relevant experience;
The Technical Service Officer 1 will report to the Senior Manager, MIS.


The Technical Service Officer 1 will provide technical support to end users;
trouble-shoot IT problems; repair personal computers and monitor network
systems -and platforms: Perform routine daily operations and backups


1. Provides technical support to end users and identifies user needs;
2. Assists with planning, managing and coordinating work
assignments for technical staff;
3. Ensures compliance with security protocols and integrity of systems;
4. Installs, maintains and upgrades operating systems and
5. Performs essential network functions; configures network users,
creates and maintains user profiles and other basic functions;
6. Performs backup, monitors AS400 system utilities and maintains
program libraries;
7. Assists users with AS400 terminal operations and request Query
8. Prepares managerial reports for distribution to functional ,
9. Researches current and new technologies and recommends
business enhancing processes and procedures;
10. Assists with coordination and providing end user training;
11. Assists with projects with the Unit;
12. Maintains logs and operations procedures manuals (Linus/Unix
background a plus)
The salary of the post is in Scale HAIS6 ($26,150 x 700 $32,450)
Letter of application and curricula vitae should be submitted to the Director of Human
Resources, Corporate Office, Public Hospitals Authority, 3rd Terrace West, Centreville; of
P.O. Box N-8200, Nassau, Bahamas no later than 28th November, 2008.




Stores on alert over theft increase fears

Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN shopkeepers
are on alert over fears they may
see an increase in shoplifting in
the run-up to Christmas, as
more persons, facing unem-
ployment and low incomes,
resort to criminal activity.

Tribune Business spoke with
a variety of store managers, who
said that internal and customer
theft was always a concern, and
the current economic climate
could excaberate the situation.
One department store man-
ager said they believe that the
current economic climate will
lead to an increase in theft
because persons will find them-

selves strapped for cash and
She said the store has securi-
ty cameras and sensor monitors
to hopefully prevent and detect
any cases of theft.
One manager of a store said:
"It [the economic situation] may

lead to more employee or exter-
nal theft, and so I think that
businesses just have to be that
much more aware of what is
going and limit access to the
cash register and monitor cus-
Another manager, whose.
drug store has closed circuit
television (CCTV), said theft
was an everyday risk associated

BahamasstirFfR 'lqlty ation to which to leE

FROM page 1B

which said S&P had downgrad-
ed the Bahamas, the Wall Street
credit rating agency only revised
the economic outlook for this
nation -m 'stable' to 'nega-
tive', and did not downgrade
the sovereign credit rating.
By not doing the latter at
least for the short-term S&P
confirmed the Bahamas' sover-
eign creditworthiness in the
eyes of international capital
markets, and also reinforced the
confidence international
investors and developers have
in the Bahamian economy,
"That is the good news," Mr
Laing said. "To the extent we
have to go the international .cap-
ital markets to seek funds, we
will not be borrowing at costs
higher than normal in the cir-
cumstances, because we have
not had a rating downgrade."
Mr Laing added that the cur-
rent state of global credit mar-
kets, which have been clogged

as a result of the sub-prime
mortgage debacle and bank
reluctance to lend to one anoth-
er, meant that any borrower

would be charged a higher-
than-normal interest rate.
This implies that the
Bahamas will not have to pay
exorbitantly high interest rates
on external (foreign currency"
borrowings because its sover-
eign credit ratings were main-
"It speaks to the consistency
of fiscal operations over the
years," Mr Laing said, adding
that current and previous gov-
ernments had "put us in a good
position to maintain a quality
rating, not extending ourselves
in terms of external borrowings,
while the debt-to-GDP ratio
remains within reasonable para-
meters. We continue to have a
manageable situation as far as
the public finances are con-
"To the extent there are
things we can control, we have
done that. Their [S&P's] view is
that were are a quality jurisdic-
tion to which to lend to. That's
the good part of it now."
However, Olga Kalinina, the
lead S&P analyst for the
Bahamas, told Tribune Busi-
ness on Monday 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
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-
Mr Laing said many other
countries were having their eco-
nomic outlook downgraded,
simply because of the depressed
global economy. He added that
the Bahamian economy's imme-
diate prospects depended on "a
number of variables", including
the Government's proposed

capital works projects, and the
return of business and investor
While the "downside risks are
clearer than any upside risk
potential", Mr Laing said that if
the global economy rebounded
more quickly than expected this
nation's prospects would be
enhanced, although this would
not be known for some time.
S&P 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
in the 2008-2009 Budget year, a
figure that was set to be repeat-
ed in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
And it is projecting that the
Government's debt will increase
to 38 per cent of GDP by 2009,
compared to 36 per cent in
S&P 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.
S&P also revised its econom-
ic 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
Mr Laing said yesterday: "We
couldn't argue with any of the
things they [S&P] put, forward.
The Prime Minister in his
address communicated these
things to the Bahamian people.
These are just the realities of
the times in which we now live."

with doing business, particular-
ly around the holiday period.
They will be assuming their reg-

ular vigilance, and do not expect
that "hardship" theft will be any
more of an issue.

A A A 3 D "


will be held on
Thursday, 4th December, 2,008, 6pm
Magnolia House
Elizabeth Avenue and Bay Street

Applications for the position of:
Must have experience in managing people.
Must have excellent organizational skills,
Excellent customer service and sales skills.
Please mail
Resume and photograph to:
Assistant Manager Position
P.O. Box SP-63144
Nassau, Bahamas


The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications from suitably qualified
persons for the post of Help Desk Officer in the Information Management
System Unit, Corporate Office.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-
Associate Degree in Information Technology or a related discipline with four
(4) years relevant experience OR A+ Certification with four (4) years
relevant experience;
Certification in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) or
another Information Technology service delivery framework (e.g. Microsoft
Operations Framework) an asset;
Experience in supporting Client/Server environments, network
environments, printers and servers and multi-platforms;
Excellent communication skills (oral and written); Analytical skills (problem
solving and troubleshooting); Multitasking skills along with a positive
The Help Desk Officer will provide Information Technology infrastructure and
technical support services to users in all facilities across the Public Hospitals
Authority; perform daily operations, maintenance and support of a centralized
help desk and services.
- The Help Desk Officer will report to the Senior Manager, MIS.
1. Establishes operations, support and maintenance (including PC repair)
of Public Hospitals Authority's desktop and peripherals (printers, scanner,
etc.) including connections to local area networks.
2. Operates and delivers first level technical support to end-users.
3. Operates a centralized help desk, and deploys first level support
personnel,to identify and resolve user issue; provides feedback to
4. Refers priority issues to Supervisor for immediate intervention when
faced with challenges
5. Implements and maintains user groups, accounts and profiles, also files
systems and folders in shared servers.
6. Develops and maintains individual user access privileges, including
access to applications, database, printers, and other resources on the
network and data sharing schemes
7. Assists with the development and evolution of Public Hospitals Authority's
Information Technology architecture, standards and the maintenance and
enforcement of end-user computer policies and procedures:
8. Assists with the development of training materials related to help desk
procedures, security, log-in procedures, appropriate use policies, and the
use of desktop application for end-users.
9. Manages and monitors information systems assets, including desktop
hardware, software and peripherals, network hardware, server hardware
and software, etc.
The salary is in Scale HAIS8 ($23,700 x 700 $29,300)
Letters of application and curricula vitae should be submitted to the Director
of Human Resources, Corporate Office, Public Hospitals Authority, 3rd Terrace
West, Centreville; or, P.O. Box N-8200, Nassau, Bahamas no later than 28th
November, 2008


(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of
2000), RAINFOREST FUNDING CORP. is in dissolution.
YOVA- JKA CHANG is the Liquidator and can be contacted
at 507-210-1969 Panama, Panama. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before 24th day of December, 2008.



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

Will be conducting a Consular Surgery concerning Passport and Nationality
queries from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, 28 November 2008 at the British
Honorary Consul's residence in Winton.

If you are interested, please make an appointment before
Thursday, 27 November, 2008.

Annnintments can hbe hnnbooked by v calling 324-4089


Large wholesale company is looking for a

Chief Operations Officer ,

to manage day-to-day operations.

Serious inquiries only please send resume

detailing qualifications, experience, and

work history to P.O. Box N-4401

attention: Mr. Lightbourne

or mr. Sawyer

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,.' 4B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2008



ST, from 1B
,C rIemloved.
S' n file I yesterday,
I I \ IIn Us :illcged that both
,i.'tde I lights, each
1'i. in c (Cayman
* i, ,,'.. h d entered into a Lim-
I I 'Inrship Agreement
\i.i South Ocean Ven-
* n 1 \i_.IsI (L 2007.
I t',l C the partnership's
. S Ventures was
i, in general partner,
1 id '-. I-Icights (Plainfield)
itilltcd partner and "passive
ih. h South Ocean

S Lpi that .Seaside Heights
nvi.i- lol responsible for the
ide lc to date on South
S. RI IS Ventures accused
r n' g its "veto power to
,ie.k Ihe development of the
n:',iw irship's resort property",
.,n, lthinig it possesses because
i in ';ip agreement says
, '. ,.-,w,. mp is needed for "major

1 \ ntuies alleged that
cl ieilits had, among
thi. ,ing,. 'refused to pro-
iche financing which it rep-
n !cid it would d provide: inter-
* s \\ilh [RHS Ventures]
..!i;,ts to obtain additional
,:ing: blocked [RHS Ven-
:< it atl pt to negotiate an
ni',,ion or modification of the
Trains of the lirst mortgage loan
e']red by I he partnership's
properly: interfered with part-
nisuhip's efforts to secure
'o I, hotel and casino opera-
(OIr for the project".
Siaside had also allegedly
,i iihll Id "approval of budgets,
.it i I lhe result that important


SOTICE is hereby given th
responsiblee for Nationality ai
n z ,i. i i;: i.-r:nasacitizenofTh
SWIu knows any reason why re
1 nor be granted, should send
:.i *, facts within twenty-eig
.," 2008 to the Min
d Citizenship, P.O.Box

work has been blocked, con-
tractual commitments cannot
be met and employees are at
risk); refusing to approve a plan
to raise revenue for the part-
nership by selling golf club
memberships; and jeopardising
the partnership's relationship
with the Bahamian govern-
"This conduct by [Seaside]
has interfered with the partner-
ship's relationship with the
Bahamian government," RHS
Ventures alleged. "This conduct
by [Seaside] has interfered with
the partnership's ability to
develop its property and pro-
tect the value of its asset."
While RHS Ventures had
been negotiating with first hold-
er of a mortgage on the South
Ocean real estate, to modify
and extend the loan terms, for
two months, it alleged that Sea-
side had "stymied" these efforts
by refusing to discuss them or
approve changes to the:loan
repayment terms.
"Upon information and
belief, [Seaside's] exercise of
this veto power is part of its
effort take control of the part-
nership, since a foreclosure by
the holder of the first mortgage
would wipe out [RHS Ventures]
equity in the partnership, and
leave [Seaside] itself, which
made a significant portion of its
investment in the partnership
in the form of a purported loan,
in place as a creditor," the RHS
Ventures petition alleged.
"Upon information and
belief, [Seaside] is .engaged in a
concerted effort to seize con-
trol of the partnership, and
force [RHS Ventures] out of


is applying to the Minister
nd Citizenship, for registration/
ie Bahamas, and that anyperson
registration/ naturalization should
a written and signed statement
)ht days from. the 26TH day of
lister responsible for Nationality
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 16th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
ir Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

;Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is inrdissolution, which commenced on
the 19th day of September 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


any management role."
To facilitate this, RHS Ven-
tures alleged that Seaside had
made a short-term loan to the
South Ocean partnership know-
ing that the latter's ability to
pay would be minimal in the
current economic climate.
This loan, Mr Stein's compa-
ny alleged, was designed to
place Seaside "in a position
where it could exercise its right
as a secured creditor in order
to take over control of the part-
nership" and remove RHS Ven-
tures as the general partner.
This ultimately resulted in
Seaside sending RHS Ventures
an October 20, 2008, notice
declaring it was removing the
latter as general partner
because it had breached the
partnership agreement.
In response, RHS Ventures
commenced arbitration pro-
ceedings with the American
Arbitration Association on
October 30, 2008, alleging that
there was no merit in Seaside's
actions, that it did not have the
right to remove it, and no
grounds for such action exist-
Tribune Business exclusively
revealed details of those pro-
ceedings on November 7,2008,
in which it was alleged that Sea-
side had contributed $57 mil-
lion in loans and some $42.7
million in equity to the South
Ocean project in total, some
$100 million. RHS Ventures
owned 49 per cent of the part-
nership's equity, and Seaside
some 51 per cent.
Responding to Seaside's alle-
gations, RHS Ventures in its
petition yesterday alleged that
its hedge fund partner had false-
ly claimed it was responsible for
raising financing for the project,

SPENT, from 1B

haul of LPIA, consists of three
levels a senior secured bond
issue worth $90 million, split
into $70 million in US currency
and $20 million in Bahamian
dollars; a $140 million bank
revolving credit facility; and a
secondary $80 million partici-
pating debt facility.

and that it had to "invest more
than originally intended" after
RHS Ventures failed to meet
its obligations.
RHS Ventures also denied
Seaside's claim that it had not
invested its agreed equity con-
tribution of $7.5 million, and
refuted the hedge fund's claim it
had not co-operated over an
audit of the partnership.
RHS Ventures also alleged
that Seaside, since the dispute
arose, had told Bank of Ameri-
ca, Mr Stein's personal and
business bank; the Canadian
pension fund that holds the first
mortgage on the South Ocean
property; and the Bahamian
government, that it had
removed RHS as the project's
general partner.
, Similar information was
alleged to have been sent to
hotel operators, architects and
'others, and RHS Ventures
alleged: "Most recently, repre-
sentativeg of [Seaside] have
made a number of physical vis-
its to the golf course owned by
the partnership.
"During those visits, they
asserted to golf course employ-
ees that Roger Stein, [RHS
Ventures] owner, had 'stolen
$400,000' from the partnership,
that [Seaside] had removed
[RHS Ventures] as 'general
partner, and that the employ-
ees of the management compa-
ny with which the partnership
contracted to run the golf
course should turn over all the
books and records to [Seaside]
and take future direction only
from it. These communications
by [Seaside] have caused uncer-
tainty among important golf
course employees."-
RHS Ventures alleged that
unless the injunction was grant-

Tribune Business under-
stands that while the $140 mil-
lion revolving bank credit facil-
ity has mostly been placed, and
there has been interest in the
$90 million senior secured
bonds, there has been little or
no interest in the $80 million
participating debt.
As a result, it is understood
that the.Airport Authority,

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 7th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,.


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., R O0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



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F i T E-n a Cerificae
ita tfom the UnIversit 3
of W-.in,,dsor Law,. I M -- S^ I^-^ t;1^

ed, the upcoming arbitration
would be rendered "meaning-
less", and could render "inef-
fectual" any arbitration award
given to it.
Apart from undermining con-
fidence among hotel operators,
investors and others in the
South Ocean project, the peti-
tion alleged: "[RHS Ventures']
role relative to the project, and
especially its relationship with
the Bahamian government, has
already been harmed, and
threatens to be irreparably
harmed, if [Seaside] is not
enjoined and permitted to con-
tinue its present behaviour."
RHS Ventures alleged that
its efforts had enabled the part-
nership to make "substantial
progress" to realising the New
South Ocean project's develop-
This included the purchase of
33 land parcels from three dif-
ferent owners and their assem-
bly into one site. As a result,
RHS Ventures alleged that the
"casino licence, which previ-
ously attached to only a 40-acre
parcel of land, covers the entire
388-acre site, resulting in a sig-
nificant increase in the value of
this licence".
The upshot of this whole sce-
nario for the Bahamas is that a
major resort/casino project slat-
ed for South Ocean has been
placed in jeopardy, at a time
when this nation needs every
bit of good economic news it
can get, with uncertainty sur-
rounding the jobs of the existing
50-60 employees.
RHS Ventures and Mr Stein
had last week sought to obtain
an injunction in the Bahamas
against Seaside and Plainfield
replacing it as general partner,
but Supreme Court Justice John

NAD and their financial advis-
ers, Citibank and First-
Caribbean International Bank,
have been mulling whether to
increase the interest rate
coupon on the international
financing component to around
9-10 per cent, in a bid to whet

Lyons refused to grant one on
November 19, 2008.
In his ruling, Justice Lyons
said Seaside was alleging that
RHS Ventures had not proper-
. ly used the money advanced for
the South Ocean project, and
was citing this as its reasons for
removing Mr Stein as general
partner. The issue over audit
co-operation was said to have
fuelled suspicions.
Justice Lyons noted that.
Justin Burley, a Plainfield and
Seaside executive, had said that
if RHS Ventures remained h
place as general partners "then
the investor partner will not6
invest any further funds. If that
is the state of. affairs, then the
New South Ocean Develop-
ment will grind to an immediate
The court found that Mr Bur-
ley, given the current global
financial climate and pressure
on all hedge funds, was "quite
understandably" saying that
Plainfield and Seaside could not
keep investing without having
a "high degree of supervision
and control".
Taking Seaside's side over the
audit, Justice Lyons said
investors could not be expected
to keep financing investment
projects where bookkeeping
and cash flow records were not
quickly available.
Warning that the economic
difficulties presently facing New
Providence and the Bahamas
would be compounded if the
South Ocean project "stalled"
and ground "to a halt"' Justice
Lyons.suggested the best course
was for Seaside to take over as
general partner rather than both
sides spending huge sums of
money on arbitration in New

investor appetities and attract
them in.
However, it is understood
that there is some concern
about the discrepancy between
this interest rate return and the
7 per cent being offered to
Bahamas-based investors.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary-Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


(a) SINDONE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on November 25, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 23rd day of December, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.
NOVEMBER 26, 2008


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Notice of Sitting for New Providence Port Authority
To consider application for Licence under The Boat Registration
Act Chapter (277) & Commercial Recreational Watercraft Act 2006

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the New Providence Port Authority Board for
New Providence and the Family Islands will be held at the Port Administration Building,
Prince George Wharf on Wqdnesday the 10th December at 3:00pm for the purpose of
granting Licences under The Boat Registration Act Chapter (277) & Commercial
Recreational Watercraft Act .2006.

Any Person entitled to and wishing to object to any application should do so at least six
(6) days before the date of the hearing by submitting his/her objections in writing to the
Board and to the applicant.

Persons attending the meeting on behalf of an applicant must produce written
authorization at the meeting.

Applicants for renewals are not required to attend, unless they have received written
notification from the New Providence Port Authority Board.

The under mentioned persons have applied for grant of licences as specified below



NB/07/08 A& M Holding
P.O. Box CB-11813
Nassau, Bahamas I




B 45 Ferry Boat


Blades Carl
Nassau, Bahamas

Blades Carl
Nassau, Bahamas

Blades Carl
Nassau, Bahamas

Deveaux Elvis
P.O. Box SS-19737
Nassau, Bahamas


"No Name"

"No Name"

"No Name"

"Miss Ellie'


12 Rental

12 Rental

12 Rental

10 Rental



NP: 1CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 2CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 3CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover.
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 5CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lovers
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 6CRW Munnings Cedric '
T/A Lovers
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 7CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lovers
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 8CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lovers
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 9CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various


Kussell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru


D 10 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D .2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental
D 2 Rental

NP: 10CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 11CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 12CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 13CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

NP: 14CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise And Water
World Various

NP: 15CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

NP: 16CRW Munnings Cedric Russell Scott
T/A Lover's Sea Thru
Paradise and Water Adventure
World Various

NP: 17CRW Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
Paradise and Water
World Various


Munnings Cedric
T/A Lover's
, Paradise and Water
World Various

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

Russell Scott
Sea Thru

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental

D 2 Rental







Adderley Jonathan
Nassau, Bahamas

Bethel Demyeon R
P.O. Box CR-350
Nassau, Bahamas
Philip Deveauz
Nassau, Bahamas

Johnson Bircel B.
Nassau, Bahamas

Mark Edwin J
Nassau, Bahamas

Mckenzie Leslie
P.O. Box N-3341
Nassau, Bahamas

Jeramie H. Stuart
Nassau, Bahamas















NP: 6832 Blade's Carl
P.O. Box GT-2009
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6833 Blades Carl
P.O. Box GT-200Q
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6627 Johnson Bircel
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6772 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: BB 4 Reno Watersports
P.I P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP:6780 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6776 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6775 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB- 51528
Nassau, Bahamas
NP: 6774 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6773 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6763 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahams


"No Name"

"No Name"
"Sea Craft"
Banana Boat
Tubie Ride

Banana Boat

Tubie Ride

"Mega Bowl"
Tubie Ride

"Mega Bowl"
Tubie Ride

"Mega Bowl"
Tubie Ride

"Mega Bowl"
Tubie Ride

Tubie Ride


B 6 Charter

B 6 Charter

B 12 Rental

D 4 Rental

B 15 Rental

D 4 Rental

D 1 Rental

D 1 Rental

D 1 Rental

D 1 Rental

D 4 Rental









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NP: B.B 5 Reno Watersports
P.I P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6762 Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: B 4 P.I Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: B 5 P.I Reno Watersports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: P.S. 1 J.R. WaterSports
P.O. Box N-9057
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: P.S. 2 J.R. WaterSports
P.O. Box N-9057
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: P.S. 4 Conliffe Randy
Nassau, Bahamas


"Raison" B
Banana Boat"

"Max 270" D
Tubie Ride

"Island Hopper" B
Banana Boat

"Island Hopper" B
Banana Boat

"Chilly Willy" B

"Boss Lady" B

"The Ultimate B


NP: 6388

Adderley Ezekiel L.
P.O. Box N-3346
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 2239 Addeerley Ezekiel L.
P.O. Box N-3346
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 886 Booze Cruise.Co Ltd
P.O. Box SS-19551
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 923 Booze Cruise Co Ltd
P.O. Box SS-19551
Nassau, Bahamas

NPi 41 Caribbean Queen
Investments Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11932
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 2433 Caribbean Queen
Investments Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11 2.
SNassau, Bahama

NP: 2802

Caribbean Queen
Investments Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11932

NP: 3192 Dean James W.
P.O. Box SS-6397
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6813 D.E.H.L Freight &
Purchasing Ltd
P.O. Box F-44000
Nassau, Bahamas

NP:,6814 D.E. H. L. Freight &
Purchasing Ltd
P.O. Box F-44000
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 1069 Neipton Dion
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 899 Palmer Clarita
P.O. Box CB-11029
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 1690

Rolle Patrick
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 4850 Rolle Patrick
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 2504 Rolle Patrick
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6320 Rasanno Limited
P.O. Box SS-19683
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6321 Rasanno Limited
P.O. Box SS-19683
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6589 Sunshine Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box CB-l 1932
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 6117 Sunshine Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11932
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 2572 Sunshine Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box Cb- 11932
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 1732 United Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box N-4005
Nassau, Bahamas

"Capricorn ir"

"Capricorn r'

"Good Time I"

Queen I"


"Sea Star"
S55ft ,


"M/V Mia
Steel Hull

"Big Ben"
Steel Hull

"CMDS 181"
180 ft
Steel Hull

"Lil Nikita"

"Miss Deandra
"Miss Deandra
"Captain Leon"

"NZL 10"

"NZL 12"

"M/V Rookie"



"M/V Yellow

8 Rental

X8 Rental

16 Rental

14 Rental





12 Rental

B 48

.B 46

Ferry Boat

Ferry Boat

i Chater

B 200 Charter

B 204 Charter

B 84 Charter

B 306 Charter

A O0- Malowt

A 0 Tug Boat

A 0 Barge.

B 50 Ferry oatm

B 76 Ferry Boat

B 70

B 80

A 20

Ferry Boat

Ferry Boat

Ferry Boat


A 30 Chaer

B 174

B 200


250 Charter

300 Charter



NP: 805

NP: 805

NP: 139

NP: 140

NP: 119

NP: 617

NP: 620

NP: 118

NP: 117


NP: 670

NP: 665

NP: 169

NP: 803

NP: 804

NP: 658

NP: 601


NP: 646

NP: 644

NP: 123

NP: 102

NP: 103

NP: 101

NP: 818

NP: 817,

NP: 501

NP: 116

NP: 615

NP: 614

NP: 666

NP: 627



A.C Knowles
P.O. Box SB-61156
Nassau,' Bahamas

A.C Knowles
P.O. Box SP-61156
Nassau, Bahamas

Bain Simeon
Nassau, Bahamas

Baker Jermaine
Nassau, Bahamas

Deveaux Curtis
Splash WaterSports
Nassau, Bahamas

Deveaux Curtis
Splash WaterSports
Nassau, Bahamas

Deveaux Curtis
Splash WaterSports
Nassau, Bahamas

Deveaux Curtis
Splash WaterSports
Nassau, Bahamas

Deveaux Cirtis
Splash WaterSports
Nassau, Bahamas

Deveaux Curtis
Splash WaterSports
Nassau, Bahamas

Collie Dudley
Nassau, Bahamas

Collie Dudlley
Nassau, Bahamas

Collie Dudley
Nassau, Bahamas

Hanna Ernest
P.O. Box SP-61156
Nassau, Bahamas

Hanna Ernest
P.O. Box SP-61156


2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

"No Name"
Jet Ski

'No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

'No Name"
Jet Ski

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

"No Name' D 2
~'af~g:<6i~fi ws K39ws

"No Name" D
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name" D
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski
"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski


2 ::: .Rental.
2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

D 2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

"Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas.

. Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Marc Christie
Nassau, Bahamas

Mark Edwin
Nassau, Bahamas

Mckenzie Leslie
P.O. Box N-3341
Nassau, Bahamas

Mckenzie Leslie
P.O. Box N-3341
Nassau, Bahamas

Mckenzie Leslie
P.O. Box N-3341
Nassau, Bahamas

Musgrove Kenneth
Nassau, Bahamas


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Musgrove Kenneth
Nassau, Baiamas

Musgrove Kenneth
Nassau, Bahamas

Reno WaterSports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

Reno WaterSports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

Reno WaterSports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

Reno WaterSports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

Reno WaterSports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

Reno WaterSports
P.O. Box SB-51528
Nassau, Bahamas

Sears Alexys
Nassau, Bahamas

NP: 602

NP: 616

NP: 625


Adderley Ezeliel L.
P.O. Box N-3346
Nassau, Bahamas

Blades Carl
P.O. Box GT-2009
Nassau, Bahamas

Ferguson Brian E.
Nassau, Bahamas

Hutchinson Carlson A
P.O. Box N- 1531
Nassau, Bahamas

Hanna Davano R.
P.O. Box N-3346
Nassau, Bahamas

Johnson Bircel
Nassau, Bahamas

Johnson Brent T.
P.O. Box F-43903
Nassau, Bahamas

Kemp Clint A.
P.O. Box CB-13290
Nassau, Bahamas

Maycock Noel J.
P.O. Box N-8341
Nassau, Bahamas

Mccoy Marvin
P.O. Box SB-64004
Nassau, Bahamas

Palmer Basil D.
P.O. Box CB-1 1029
Nassau, Bahamas

Sweeting Stephen B.
P.O. Box N-10728
Nassau, Bahamas

Taylor Stephen A.
P.O. Box N-10227
Nassau, Bahamas
Wells Cleveland
P.O. Box N-?65
Nassau, Bahamas

Williams Davon
P.O. Box N-8825
Nassau, Bahamas

2 Rental

2 Rental

2 Rental

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name"
Jet Ski

"No Name
Jet Ski

2 Rental

D *2 Rental'

2 Rental

NP: 626

NP: 618

;NP: 621

NP: 651


,NP: 622












































Capt in Anthony J. Alner
Port Controller

Obama: Economic

rescue will trump

deficit fight

Associated Press Writers

economy growing weaker, Pres-
ident-elect Barack Obama said
Tuesday that recovery efforts
will trump deficit concerns
when he takes office in Janu-
ary. Yet he pledged a "page-by-
page, line-by-line" budget
review to root out unneeded
The president-elect set no
goals for reducing the federal
.deficit now in record terri-
tory and headed ever higher -
an obvious contrast to Mon-
day's announcement that he
hopes to create a recession-
busting 2.5 million jobs by 2010.
He spoke as he appointed
Peter Orszag, currently head of
the Congressional Budget
Office, to be his own budget
Obama's comments came at
his second news conference in
as many days, an unusual pre-
inaugural burst of activity that
he said reflected "the extraor-
dinary circumstances" he will
inherit on January 20.
With his Electoral College
;landslide victory, Obama said
he possesses a "mandate to
,move the country in a new
Direction, and not continue the
same old practices that have
gotten us into thq fix we're in."
At the same tite, the Demo-
cratic president-elect pledged
to consult with Republicans and

approach his administration
with humility "and a recogni-
tion that wisdom is not the
monopoly of any one party."
Obama's promise to be care-
ful with a federal buck was
placed in a larger context.
"As soon as the recovery is
well under way, we need to set
up a long-term plan to reduce
the structural deficit and make
sure we are not leaving a moun-
tain of debt for the next gener-
ation," he said.
The picture took on troubling
new dimensions a few hours
before he spoke when the Com-
merce Department reported
economic activity declined at a
rate of 0.5 per cent in the three
months ending in September.
Further underscoring weak-
ness, Americans' disposable
income fell at an annual rate of
9.2 per cent in the same peri-
od, the largest drop in records
that date to 1947.
The federal budget deficit
was a record $455 billion for the
fiscal year that ended on Sep-
tember 30, and is certain to be
higher this year possibly
reaching $1 trillion as the
costs of a financial bailout and
an economic stimulus are piled
on top of smaller-than-expected
tax receipts.
Against that backdrop, Oba-
ma said, "Budget reform is not
an option. It is an imperative.
We cannot sustain a system that
bleeds billions of taxpayer dol-
lars on programmes that have
outlived' their usefulness, or


NOTICE is hereby given that VILLY EUGENE of
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 shqrfd not ,"
granted, should send a written and sigldti- 'atement bT
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 26TH day ofr
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that GEORGES CLEOPHAT of
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
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from. the 26TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

exist solely because of the pow-
er of a politician, lobbyist or
interest group."
As an example, he cited a
report that from 2003 to 2006,
millionaire farmers received
crop subsidies totaling $49 mil-
lion that they may not have
been entitled to.
"If this is true, it is a prime
example of the kind of waste I
intend to end as president."
To serve both his objectives
of growth and careful spending,
Obama said he hoped some of
the funds spent to stimulate the
economy could also lay the
groundwork for longer-term
economic health.
As an example, he said, "a
smart job of investing in health
care modernization" could help
in both the short term and the
longer run.
Some of the new spending
will be more traditional, though,
and Obama told one questioner
he hoped to work with state and
local governments to complete
road and other projects already
under way.
The president-elect's office
also announced he intends to
meet next Tuesday in Philadel-
phia with the nation's gover-
nors. As the economy sours,
many states are being hard hit,
and inevitably will turn to
Washington for help meeting
health care costs for the poor
as well as for other needs.
Obama's pledge to work with
Republicans reflected his cam-
paign rhetoric. His chief of staff,
Rahm Emanuel, met last week
with leading GOP lawmakers,
and Obama has pledged to have
at least one member of the
opposition party in his Cabinet.
"I think what the American
people want more than any-
thing is just commonsense,
smart government," he said.
;, "Thpy don't want ideology,
t^hey4dot want bickering, they
ndoWpt~awt sniping.;They want
action and they want effective-
In addition to Orszag, Obama
named Robert Nabors as
deputy director of the Office of
Management and Budget. Both
jobs are subject to Senate con-
Later in the day, Obama
named Alyssa Mastromonaco
to be his White House director
of scheduling and advance, a
task similar to the one she had
in his campaign.
On Monday, the president-
elect tapped New York Federal
Reserve President Tim Geithn-
er as his treasury secretary.
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S'Ihe National Insurance Board invites suitably qualified businesses to submit tenders for
the contract to operate the cafeteria of the National Insurance Board's Head Office,
Clifford Darling Complex, Baillou Hill Road.

.The following requirements must be met:

1. Tenders must be licensed with the proper licensing authorities.

2. Tenders must meet all the requirements of the Ministry of Health and other relevant
agencies related to food services.

3. Tenders must be able to provide food for 320, or more persons daily.

4. Tenders must be able to provide lunch for Board and/or Executive Management

5. All National Insurance contributions should be current.

Interested persons may collect a Bid Application from the Director's Office of the
National Insurance Board's Head Office, Clifford Darling Complex, Baillou Hill Road.

All proposals should be sealed, marked "Bidfor Cafeteria," and must be delivered not
later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2008, to:

The Cafeteria Committee
Clifford Darling Complex
Baillou Hill Road
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Sudoku Puzzle
Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to

3 1 24

9 5 7 81

7 4 1 5

6 31 8 2

4 6 7 1

Difficulty Level * * 11/22

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

Sudoku Answer
678 23915
73 5 9'2 4 6 8
241 87]639
98 65 1324,-
3 619 7 4 8 5 1

81 735 2 4 6

Kakuro Answer

829 1978
217 24631
64897 896
97 1429
7398 1273
5213 21
231 38297
98612 589
9865 162


HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
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-The ---I -- a Wora. eaten i letter may
Target be used once only. Each must
uses contain the centre letter and
words in there must be at least one
the main nine-letter word. No plurals.
Chambers Good 22; very good,33; excellent
21st 43 (or more).
Century Solution tomorrow.
edition) aunt aura aural input lunar
lupin natural nuptial nutria
pilau punt puritan purl ritual
ruin runt TARPAULIN tulip
tuna turn turnip ulna ulnar
ultra unapt unit unlit unrip
until urinal


1 Capital example of a once
walled city (4,6),
6 Backward island not
lacking in skill (4)
10 To begin court proceedings
present with a writ (5)
11 One at the receiving
end (9)
12 It can make a man hate
what is repellent to him (8)
13 Bent over an inlet? (5)
15 Those whp count in
banking (7)
17 One may put one's foot
down using this vehicle (7)
19 Being at home, possibly
greet a number (7)
21 The prospect for a
guardsman (7)
22 Spritely number in fine
disarray (5)
24 Ann becomes engaged to
a lean historian (8)
27 A play group organised a
short race (9)
28 Might be cold, yet good
tempered (5)
29 Aristocrat in a real
mess (4)
30 Main thoroughfare used by
merchants (5,5)

1 Simple? Yes, with a new
form (4)
2 A fount of small type (9).
3 A sheepish expres-
sion? (5)
4 Some students are Reds
perhaps (7)
5 American citizens with
specific reservations (7)
7 You'll find Arabs around
this city (5)
8 Choose to speak to the
voters (10)
9 Old towel'might be worth
quite a lot of money
14 House supports industrial
action to make its mark
16 Cause to develop and end
green, perhaps (8)
18 This outfit fits a French
philosopher to a T (9)
20 Possible creator of atomic
energy (7)
21 Whistle cord, any enclosed
in grease (7)
23 The one opposite appears
to look right (5)
25 Light beam that's very
strong (5)
26 Frozen field left in the grip
of the enemy (4)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: i Bananas, 5 Auger, 8
Sideboard, 9 Ass, 10 Mode, 12
Sheepdog, 14 Call in, 15 Across, 17
Advances, 18 News, 21 Tar, 22
Orangeade, 24 Cadet, 25 Dogtrot.
Down: 1 Besom, 2 Nod, 3 Nibs, 4
Swathe, 5 Audience, 6 Grandiose, 7
Resigns, 11 Delivered, 13 Signpost,
14 Chaotic, 16 Regard, 19 Spent, 20
Agog, 23 Air.

Across: 1 Cry wolf,-5 Hoard, 8
Contusion, 9 Peg, 10 Ewer, 12
Innuendo, 14 Cheque, 15 Hazard,
17 Together, 18 Term, 21 Act, 22
Prominent, 24 Lucky, 25 Foxhole.
Down: 1 Cycle, 2 Yen, 3 Onus, 4
Friend, 5 Honduras, 6 Appendage, 7
Dogwood, 11 Energetic, 13 Multiply,
14 Catcall, 16 Set off, 19 Mitre, 20
Jinx, 23 Ego.

1 Out-of-the-ordinary
6 Stream (4)
10 Manufacturer (5)
11 Olympic winner's
award (4,5)
12 Use roughly (8)
13 North American cattle
farm (5)
15 Absence of
government (7)
17 Quick sharp retort (7)
19 Appeal to (7)
21 Very large sum of
money (7)
22 Settled tendency (5)
24 Assailant (8)
27 Make worse (9)
28 Quantity of one
baking (5)
29 Orient (4)
30 Unlucky (3-7)

1 Nominate (4)
2 Dismantle (4,5)
3 To defeat (5)
4 Fraud (7)
5 Pistol case (7)
7 Burdened (5)
8 Prosperous (4-6)
9 .Unseemly (8)
14 Express in other
words (10)
16 Pretentious
nonsense (8)
18 Waterproof storm
hat (9)
20 Great toil (7)
21 Suitability (7)
23 Counterfeit (5)
25 Venomous snake (5)
26 Cast off (4)

North dealer.
East-West vulnerable.
V5 2
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4K 10742
VAK 1063

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1 73

The bidding:
North East South
1 Pass 1
2 Pass 2 t
3 + Pass 3 NT
Opening lead king of clubs
The great advantage of
declarer is that you can imme
see all of your assets and lia
when dummy comes down, w
you are a defender you see on
of your side's resources and
declarer's resources.
Declarer thus knows a
exactly where he is weak or
while the defenders don't
because of this that declarer
limes makes a contract that it
impossible to make.
Take this case where decla

to enlist the aid of an unwitting oppo-
nent to get home safely. West led the
king of clubs, and South saw at once
that he was in trouble. He had nine
tricks, all right, but no way to cash
them because the diamonds were
blocked and there was no entry to
ST dummy outside of the ace of clubs,
8 5 which West's lead was about to dis-
4 3 Declarer ducked the club lead,
2 hoping West would shift to another
suit and give him a chance to cash
the ace of diamonds before the club
ace was forced out of dummy.
But West continued with the
queen, destroying that hope. The sit-
uation now appeared almost hopeless
West until it suddenly occurred to
Pass South that another holdup in clubs
Pass might pay surprisingly good divi-
dends. Declarer realized that the sec-
s. ond duck could forever sever his
contact with dummy, but he also
being realized that West might not know
ediately this.
abilities Sure enough, West next played the
while if jack of clubs, and declarer was out of
ily half the woods. He discarded his ace of
half of diamonds on the club ace, then
cashed six diamonds and two hearts
t once to make the contract.
strong, Perhaps West should somehow
It is have divined the actual situation and
some- discontinued clubs after two rounds
t seems of the suit, but this decision is much
easier to make if one has the advan-
rer had tage of seeing all 52 cards.

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Kakuro Puzzle


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Gourmet Market hosts annual open house

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Tribune Features Writer

FULL, rounded tastes of
rich cheeses and mouth-
watering meats enticed
many customers to visit the
Gourmet Market's annual
open house on Friday, with
old favourites and exciting
new products on display for
everyone to sink their teeth
"This is our way of saying thank you
to all the customers, as well as to invite
new customers to see thevariety of .
products at the..marketJ'. Go6rmet, -
Market's managing partner Mr'Jeffrey

Beckles, said.
Largely patronized by Bahamians,
Gourmet Market has a healthy inter-
national customer base, with some 35
per cent of its business coming from
tourists and permanent residents. The
food market provides five star services
such as home provisioning, where they
stock refrigerators and cupboards full.
with fresh produce for the customer
who is just returning to Nassau and
wants to meet a bounty of delicious
dining possibilities at their disposal.
Mr Beckles said their service is par-
ticularly tempting for tourists from
Europe and South America who want
to.try the local offerings of the
Bahamas, but still like to stock up on a
few favourites from home. For
Bahamians who like to eat well, the

pnarket, with is supply:bf organic-foodsw---
and high quality items, is also a viable

option. ket." on simple dishes that gives divine
New products include an expanded The presentation of the produce is tastes," Mr Beckles said.
variety of imported cheeses and deli incomparable to any other food market One such twist on an old favourite is
meats. They are also showcasing a larg- in the Bahamas. Each fruit and veg-' the kebab. Putting traditional meats
er selection of organic meats this year, etable is washed before being set out, like steak onto a kebab stick with
with beef products that are not just and as one customer told Mr Beckles, onions, green peppers, red peppers,
organic, but are also certified angus "You don't have to worry about stick- and any other vegetable you like, can
beef. These have no nitrates, no preser- ing your hand down into the produce create a completely unknown taste that
vatives and no growth hormones, "a and touching something gross!" adds excitement and an element of
selection you can find nowhere else in The Gourmet Market also takes desire to each dish. The shrimp kebabs
Nassau," according to Mr Beckles. away all worry to do with standard of were a big hit among attendees at the
"You might pay a little more at the products. "You know that if we stock it tasting.
Gourmet Market, but you know you're in our store, it's gotta be good," he The Gourmet Market also sells gen-
eating the best nutritionally healthy said. eral goods like chips and pastries.
foods out there," he said. Other foods featured at the open Chips are baked and never fried, all
Characteristics of the store that house were salami, prosciutto, and cookies and cakes made with real but-
make the price worth the buy are bratwurst; also prepared were premium ter and real eggs. There are absolutely
numerous. For one, the store has a def- cut rib eye steak and English bacon, all no substitutes.
inite atmosphere, Mr Beckles said, accompanied with different seasonings. As Gourmet Market prepares to cel-
"We know all our customers' names, "'Our wish for the Bahanian'is just \ Lbrate its'.seventh anniversary in 2009,
-andeaeh person is greeted by, a-shop. to getpeople to taste differentthin -thebus" ,ess/ o -tf m td';Mr.
attendee at the entrance to the mar- and inspire them tocreaf&-variationl Beckles said, is," g well in Nassau.

Showcasing the islands of the

Bahamas to the incentive "industry

JUNKANOO RUSH: Creating an evocative atmosphere full of light, colour and rhythm for incentive Research
Foundation's (IRF) 15th Annual Incentive Invitational held in Nassau, event planners Cacique International
showcased a heady mix of colour, soulful magic, sound and movement that included fire eaters, a Junkanoo
rush out and other entertainment.

CACIQUE International was
recently given the opportunity
to display the spirit of the islands
to a major tourism industry gath-
ering held in Nassau.
Over a four day period, Incen-
tive Research Foundation (IRF)
held its prestigious 15th Annual
Incentive Invitational, which
brought together major players
in the multi-million dollar meet-
ing and incentive sector.
As a major earner for the
nation's vital tourism industry,
this important event provided a
ready platform for Cacique Inter-
national's trademark flare and
imagination and underscored its
absolute commitment to this
Divisions of the Cacique Inter-
national Group of Companies
were delighted to be involved
with two separate events during
the invitational.
First up was a much anticipat-
ed gala reception, auction, and
dinner party at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort. As expect-
ed, the. hotel simply dazzled with
mouth-watering food displays
and exemplary service.
As sponsor for the evening's
d6cor and entertainment, guests
were left with little doubt that
Cacique International is an event

designer with an added "wow"
After an elegant reception in
the hotel's foyer, the fundraising
auction was held in the hotel's
ballroom which had been trans-
formed into a high-tech multi-
media theatre. Offering amongst
other trophies, a wealth of first
class trips to exotic locations, this
landmark event succeeded in
raising hundreds of thousands of
dollars to support IRF's impor-
tant research programme.
The hotel's stunning pool
deck, the venue for the dinner
party, allowed Cacique Interna-
tional's team of designers to cre-
ate an evocative atmosphere full
of light, colour and rhythm.
Indeed, in what is believed to be
a first for the Bahamas, the pool
was partially covered to provide
a clear, acrylic, ultra-cool dance
floor. Intermittent rain during
the evening failed to dampen the
spectacular fireworks display, the
excitement and enjoyment of the
guests or the commitment of
Cacique's team to simply get it
For most of the guests, the
event's highlight was the richly
evocative and unforgettable
thundering, 'Junkanoo Rush'
which began in the hotel's ball-

room and spread out to the pool
deck. Bringing this Bahamian
tradition to life, the rush out was
a wild, heady mix of colour, soul-
ful magic, sound and movement.
Dancers, dressed in masks and
armed with cowbells, drums and
whistles, rubbed shoulders with
fire eaters and other entertainers.
Food Art by Cacique, a divi-
sion of Cacique International,
took centre stage as sponsor of
the food and d6cor at the golf
tournament held at the Blue .
Shark Golf Course. Not yet open
to the public, this venue provid-
ed a unique set of logistical chal-
lenges. The experienced team
triumphed, however, and pro-
vided a truly magical display and
range of exotic local and inter-
national dishes which won uni-
versal approval.
Cacique International's plan-
ning for these events began
months in advance. The compa-
ny's experienced management
and production teams liaised
with IRF's planners and a whole
host of local suppliers to produce
a dazzling programme designed
to give a taste of the Bahamas, its
heritage and sheer lust for life.
Cacique International partnered
with the very best to make this
event a stunning success.

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THE holly jolly sprit
of the Christmas sea-
son will be ringing as
the Adventure Learn-
ing Centre hosts its 2nd
Annual Christmas
Lights Extravaganza,
'Unto Us A Child Is
Born', on November
28-29 and December
5-6 from 6pm-9pm.
The truth about the Christ-.
mas season will be told through
biblical stories that unfold as
visitors drive along the Centre's
First greeted by carolers
blending harmonious notes that
depict the Christmas season,
this will be a live play act, and
the entire grounds will be dec-
orated with Christmas light and
ornaments that add a decora-
tive note.
The Christmas season for
many is about giving and receiv-
ing gifts, and while there is
nothing .woiong ,.will'tlhi1.tradi',
tion on Christmas Day, Mark
-Wallace, planetarium instruc-
tor at the Adventure Learning
Centre, told Tribune Entertain-
ment that through the Christ-
mas Lights Extravaganza peo-
ple will learn the reason for the
"We hope that through the
lighting show everyone will
understand what Christmas is
all about especially the kids. It is
nice to give and receive gifts on
Christmas Day, but we want to
place more attention on Christ
and celebrate his birth", he said.
This is the second year that
the Adventure Learning Cen-
tre is hosting the show and they
hope that it is a great success.
Initially, the idea of the Christ-
mas lighting show was con-
ceived by Chet Lowe, the Cen-
tre's pastor..
"The pastor had a vision for
the Christmas lighting extrava-
ganza last year and it was a
great success. We had about 700

cars come out last year and this
year we hope that more people
come out to be blessed by the.
presentation", Mark Wallace
As a Christian minister\ part
of the Centre's goal is to spread
the news about Jesus Chi ist.
and as a result, the\ ha'\e
invented creative ideas to get
that message across.
As cars ride along the drine
through they will not only be
greeted by carolers and inter-
pretive dancers, but a Biblical
story will be told, entertaining
yet sending out a message about
the power of Christ.
"Last year we did the story
of the birth of Jesus and as the
cars progressed onto the drive
through the story of Jesus' birth
was told. One scene would show
Mary and Joseph trying to leave
Bethlehem because as you
remember in the story they left
Bethlehem, and then a second
scene would show the inn and
the inn keeper and another
would show King Herod, and
the three wise men.
"This year the skit will por-
tray, a young Aian who. is unin-
jerestedin theIChristmas.Sea-.
son and regardless how -many
times his family tries to talk to
him about the true meaning of
Christmas, he remains uninter-
ested. He then has an encounter
with the holy spirit who changes
and transforms his current
According to Mr Wallace, the
Christmas light shows that Jesus
is the light of the world. "The
lights show that Jesus is the light
of the world and we want peo-
ple to know that Jesus has the
.power to change anything and
any situation.
The crew at the Adventure
Learning Centre hopes that
twice as many people as last
year come out and view the
show. "We hope that through
our hard work many souls will
be blessed."

'There is a small fee for the
drive-through. For more informa-
tion on the Christmas Lights
Extravaganza call 361.2120

BRINGING to-life the vision of Pastor Chet Lowe, the-Adventure
Learning Centre's Christmas, Light Extravaganza offered carolers
blending harmonious notes that depict the Christmas season
and included the story of the birth of Jesus as cars progressed
around the Centre. One scene showed Mary and Joseph trying to
leave Bethlehem, a second scene showed the inn keeper and
another showed King Herod and the three wise men.


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The Omega Psi Phi 10th annual

Harlequin Masked Ball

THE men of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity Inc, Pi Xi Chapter,
will host the 10th Annual Har-
lequin Masked Ball.on Satur-
day,.December 6 at the Sandals
Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa.
This elegant affair will begin at
8pm with a cocktail reception
featuring an appetizer selection
of choice delicacies, followed
by sumptuous dining and enter-
tainment at 9pm and ending
with dancing well into the night.
This year's ball promises to
be another vibrant and exciting
affair where guests will be treat-
ed to 'A Winter Wonderland.'
Prepare to be wined, dined, and
entertained in true Omega fash-
ion. However, this event is not
only about champagne, fine din-
ing and exciting entertainment -
there is a deeper purpose.
Ball committee chairman
Afton Moxey explains, "With

the rising incidence in crime and
troubled youth, our fraternity
has sought out new initiatives
to help stem the violence."
One such initiative is the cre-
ation of the Omega Psi Phi
Community Outreach Centre
which will be funded using pro-
ceeds from the Harlequin Ball.
This centre will allow the organ-
isation to have a physical pres-
ence in the community while
helping disadvantaged young
men and women.
In addition to this undertak-
ing, Omega Psi Phi provides
an annual scholarship to the
College of the Bahamas and
over the past year has men-
tored young men at the Simp-
son Penn School interacting
with them through Saturday
workshops and sporting activ-
"We recognize that the.exe-

cution of our initiatives has
been helped in large part by
the public's generosity and so
we encourage everyone to
come to the ball and have a
great time while assisting a
very worthy cause" Mr Moxey
said. "And, when this year's
Ball has passed, we can all be
encouraged by the realization
that we have made one more
step toward the further devel-
opment of our nation's most
precious resource, our youth."

Tickets for this upcoming
event can be purchased from
members of Omega Psi Phi or
from Vaughn L Culmer & Associ-
ates Insurance Agents & Brokers
Ltd (Rosetta Street). Organisa-
tions reserving tables or persons
purchasing 10 or more tickets
may call 397-2203.

New work by Cardo

FROM page 12 past. His inspira-
tion of a gem
among the
pearls, and a part of what is left in our country;
one can feel the remnants of the past of Nassau.
To keep in tune with Homer's paintings, because
he always recorded the weather, look at this from
the angle of the weather.

Stenos Terrace, Santorini Mill and Hellenic:
These are vivid paintings of travels to Greece to
pay homage to our Greek community living in the

Cardo will be displaying 'New Work' at Old Fort
Bay Club on Friday, November 28 from 5-9pm and
by appointment only.








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FEATURING an exciting
variety of colour and Infrared
photographs of Bahamian flo-
ra and fauna, Paulette Mor-
timer is set to exhibit new
works in "Giving Thanks to
Nature", a fine art photogra-
phy exhibition, opening Fri-
day, November 28 at Doonga-
lik Studios, Marina Village,
and on exhibit until December
ELEUTHERA-based artist
Sandra Gulino will be showing
her pop art pieces that depict
everyday activities with
straight lines, bright colours,
and elements of commercial
art during her first official
showing in Nassau, on Friday,
November 28 at The Hub, Bay

The Grand Bahama Artists
SAssociation invites all to their
first Thanksgiving Art Exhibi-
tion at the Freeport Art Centre
on Grand Bahama. The exhibi-
tion continues until November
29. The Centre's hours are
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
and Saturday 9am to 12pm.
For more information visit
25th Annual Art Competi-
tion and Exhibition: The Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas'
25th Annual Art Exhibition
will be on display at the
Bank's Art Gallery, Frederick
Street, until November 30.
Art and Wine Evening: The
Princess Street Gallery in Har-
hour Island is hosting an art
and wine evening on Friday,
November 28 from 6pm to
8pm. Artists on display will
Photographer John B Gynell
Jewellery designer Kim
Sculptor Chris Morejohn
Special guests will be Anne
and Jim Lawlor who will be
- slgnini copies of their new
book, "The Harbour Island

Strength of a


Sandra Gulino's art questions
the norms of the 21 st century

Tribune Features Writer

PROACTIVE art that
questions the stereotypi-
cal view of women as
unequal in power,
strength and stamina to
men, is a theme artist
Sandra Gulino presents
to. society, questioning
the norms of the 21st
Eleuthera-based Gulino will be show-
ing her pop ait pieces that depict every-
day activities with straight lines, bright
colours, and elements of commercial art
during her first official showing in Nas-
sau, on Friday, November 28 at The
In pop art pieces that always depict a
woman smoking a cigar, Ms Gulino
shows that modern women have a sexu-
al freedom and autonomy unknown to
past generations. And the straight lines
of these commercially-inspired works
are her most popular sellers. "I like a
good cigar, and I think this shows that a
woman can be strong just like a man.

She can do whatever he can. In another
twist, the women are amazingly sexy."
She's found that most men, and most
women for that matter, really appreciate
these pop art pieces, although she was
somewhat surprised by the positive reac-
tion in such a religious country.
In her favourjte piece, one that she
has kept for her personal collection, she
paints a smoking woman on a strong
green background. "I envision her just
getting home from work after a rough
day, and she lets herself unwind with a
cigar. She's assertively saying 'I'm just as
powerful as you'."
She also specializes in the concentra-
tion on beauty with paintings, of colour-
ful flowers and Junkanoo.
According to Ms Gulino, her art pieces
differ from month to month, switching
from the realistically drawn, almost pho-
tographic canvas of a landscape, to pop
art, to concentration on a flower, car-
toon images as well as sculpture.
In Mrs Gulino's sampling of styles,
she comfortably switches back and forth,
sometimes within one piece. In her con-
centration on Bahamian nature she said
that "the warmth, the ambiance, and the
colours of the culture and its people are
what inspires me." She is now working
on a project, "Doors of the Bahamas"
that explores the history of the country.
With an extremely cultured back-
ground, parents from Italy and Costa

Rica, born in New York but raised in
South Florida, Mrs Gulino started her
career in 1987. She now spends time
between Eleuthera and Nassau, gaining
invaluable motivation from the natural
beauty of the Bahamas.
Educated in aviation studies, this qual-
ified pilot finds the subject boring. The
only love she's ever had was her ability to
portray beauty in portraits it's a love
that she wishes she'd stuck to in school
but for her family's concern at her choice
of the wistful profession.
"I began to acquaint myself with the
profession from an early age, over-
whelmed by an urge to do and say some-
thing with paper, crayons, paint, and clay
and learning by trial and error until I
identified completely with what I love
to do best," she said.
Today, Ms Gulino's artistic flare allows
herto add and subtract from styles, glu-
ing crystals to her pieces depicting the
colourful, sequined tradition of
Junkanoo. "In pieces representing the
Bahamas you always see the usual boats
or houses thing, which I totally respect,
but I stick to the colours and what they
tell me," she said, showing what is unique
to the art of Sandra Gulino.
Ms Gulino has exhibited in South'
Florida, Pennsylvania, San Francisco at
galleries and festivals such as the
Coconut Grove Art Gallery, Coconut
Grove Art Festival, South Miami Art

SANDRA GULINO at work in her
Eleuthera based studio. Two focuses of
her work are natural elements of the ,
.Bahamas as in the roses above, and the
empowerment of the female seen'center,
smoking a cigar.
Festival, Tutu Tango, San Francisco (pri-
vate collections), and the Pennsylvania
Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.

Sandra Gullno's official Nassau debut
is Friday, November28 at the Hub, on
Colebooke and East Street, which will be
showing for three weeks.,

Unique photography show opens at Doongalik Studios Gallery

FEATURING an exciting
.arietv of colour and infrared
photographs of Bahamian flora
and fauna. Paulette Mortimer is
set to exhibit new works in "Giv-
ing Thanks to Nature", a fine
art photography exhibition,
openingg Friday, November 28
at Doongalik Studios, Marina
A village, and on exhibit until
December 9.
As part of her work, the bold,
.striking colours of the Bahamian
landscape intermingle with
infrared images of white leaves,
'dark skies and water. The dark
skies provide dramatic effect in
contrast to the soft airy tones of
the vegetation which add an
ethereal quality to the image.
"The world of infrared pho-
tography speaks to the viewer
in different ways to evoke an
emotional response whether it
be romantic, wistful, nostalgic or
merely allowing you to notice
everyday things in a completely

different way," Ms Mortimer
said. "It is a medium with enor-
mous potential for self expres-
Ms Mortimer is eager for her
audience to experience her love
of nature through these pho-
tographs and the same thrill and
excitement she feels when pro-
ducing them. It is truly a differ-
ent way of seeing a third eye.

Photography as art
A fine art photographer who
specializes in black and white
infra red photography with hand
toning and hand colouring, Ms
Mortimer takes delight in learn-
ing new things and experiment-
ing with different mediums.
Initially exposed to the world
of fine art photography by Mar-
garet Guillaume, she developed
a keen interest in the medium
while studying at Barry Univer-
sity in Florida where she was
introduced to black and white

infrared photography by a dear
friend who has studied photog-
raphy for most of his life.
Paulette describes the follow-
ing defining moment as the
impetus in her creative search
as a photographer:
"While traveling with my old-
est brother to the airport in Nas-
sau one morning, we drove past
a rocky beach bordered by
homes that were silhouetted in
the sunrise. The sky was lit with
gorgeous rays of orange, yellow
and pink layers which were also
reflected in the water. It was
absolutely breathtaking and ever
since then I have been working
towards capturing a moment like
that on film. This has been the
objective of my journey into
Ms Mortimer would become
further intrigued by the use' of
film with the assistance of a dig-
ital camera that could see in
infrared when certain filters are

placed in front of the lens. To
sharpen her skills she studied
computer imaging which
exposed her to adobe photoshop
and colour photography. She
also had the opportunity to study
studio and lighting techniques
just before taking the ultimate
course called 'Photography in
Paris' for a month. This was an
amazing experience for her as
she was able to fully utilize her
knowledge of both photography
and French. .
In September 2006 Miss Mor-
timer participated in the
Caribbean Gift and Craft Show
held in Bridgetown, Barbados.
This experience introduced her
to another medium called
'encaustics' which originates
from the Greek word
"encaustikos" meaning "to heat
or burn in". It is an ancient
painting medium that mixes
molten wax with dry pigments
and resin.

Recently, night, low-lit, and
pinhole photography have been
added to her portfolio due to
her many travels to North
America and Europe where she
sharpened her skills and talents.
In September 2008 she was one
of only a few artists from the
region to participate in the
Fuschia Tree "Mint Green"
exhibition in New Delhi, India,
an art-in-decor exhibition show-
casing 'world art' at its eclectic
"Photography keeps me in
touch with my spiritual side. It
constantly challenges my cre-
ative imagination and helps me
stay in tune with the intangible
and unseen forces that are guid-
ed by my hunches or inspira-
tions. Black and white infrared
photography is a form of medi-
tation I can 'totally lose myself
in the darkroom watching and
guiding the work to fruition,"
she said.

An extension of her passion
for photography, Ms Mortimer is
the owner of Third Eye Art-
works & Collectibles on East
Street just south of Bay Street,
which she opened in 2006. Ms
Mortimer says she opened the
space to create a presence in
downtown Nassau of authentic
Bahamian artworks, along with
her amazing photographs.
And according to the artist,
fine art photography has brought
her inner peace and hope for the
future in her efforts to show the
Bahamian community that there
is a deeper meaning to this art.
Her goal is to be a part of the art
movement to bring awareness
and appreciation for Bahamian
artists and artisans and more
importantly, to demonstrate that
there is more substance to the
Bahamas than merely the sun,
sand and sea.

Come see 'Poetry on Stage' and win

, FOR the fourth year running, lovers
of the spoken word will be treated to
,an exciting, evocative exposition of
poetry by noted Bahamian poet
Tyrone Sawyer on Sunday, Decem-
ber 7.
Billed as "Poetry On Stage", and
supported by a talented ensemble of
guest readers, this year's event will
take the form of a Sunday matinee at
5pm at the historic, centrally located
Dundas Centre for the Performing
Arts. Part proceeds will aid the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas.
"'Poetry On Stage' represents a
continuing effort to highlight poetry
recitation as an integral part of the
Bahamian cultural experience," Mr
Sawyer said. "I believe that poetry,
well done and well presented, con-
nects us in a powerful way as a com-
munity through the shared experi-
ences contained in the verses."
The idea of presenting 'Poetry On
Stage' as a'Sunday matinee is driven
by convenience. The reading will take
place at a peaceful time of the day in
the historic atmosphere of the Dundas
where poet and attendees are able to
celebrate some of life's foibles love
unrequited, heartache, laughter, pain

and joy through poetry.
Featured poems are from Sawyer's
book, "Ventures in Verse Poems of
Sentiment & Reflection".
A Bum's Creed depicts a young
man's crude, bitter-sweet reminder to
us all that even a "bum" can find him-
self in heaven ahead of the "good peo-
ple" who judge, revile and reject him
here on earth.
Cougars vs Colonels Sawyer
takes us back over 30 years to a time
when basketball rivalry was highly
contested, in a spirit of friendship and
mutual respect.
I Always Loved You Well is a
story of unrequited love freely extend-

'Poetry On Stage' will feature these
selections and many more crowd
favourites. In addition, each ticket
holder will qualify to win an array of
exciting prizes.
The grand prize is a four day/three
night stay in a two-bedroom villa at
the super deluxe February Point
Resort Estates, Great Exuma, along
with two round-trip tickets on
Rated as "one of the top five hottest

properties in the Caribbean," by the,
prestigious Wall Street Journal, Feb-
ruary Point is located on an 80-acre
peninsula overlooking some of Exu-
ma's cays, coves and virgin beaches.
All of the villas are luxuriously "fur-
nished with full kitchens, dining
rooms, very large bedrooms, com-
plemented by incredible ocean views.
In addition, attendees will have the
opportunity to win a three day/two
night stay at a deluxe two-bedroom
golf villa at Castle Pines, PGA Vil-
lage in Port St Lucie, Florida, along
with two round-trip tickets on Conti-
nental Connection and a compact car
rental with Avis Rent-A-Car.
The Castle Pines villa is surrounded
by PGA signature golf courses. It is
only a two-minute drive to Walmart
and within easy reach of the discount
shopping outlet at Vero Beach which
features.such brands as Liz Clair-
borne, Kasper, Ralph Lauren, Tommy
Hilfiger, Nine West, Dress Barn,
These and more prizes await those
who attend 'Poetry On Stage', and
support a worthy cause at the same
time. Prizes will be drawn on the day
of the event.

MASTERS of Ceremony Anwar, Joshua and Tyrone Sawyer Jr (left to right), get in
some quality time after last year's reading with their grandfather, Herman Sawyer.

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce,
Shirley Street
Tickets for "Poetry On Stage" are avail- The Christian Book Shop, Rosetta Street
able at the following convenient locations: Mr Pretzels, Mall at Marathon
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas, Rudy's Restaurant & Bar, Cowpen Road
Centreville The Beauty Spot, Bay Street

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Gulino's art

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norms of the

21st century

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Gourmet Market

hosts annual

open house

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NOVEMBER 26, 2008

National art programme reaches out to the

nations it


SOCIETY is always contending that more pro-
grammes need to be implemented to keep Bahamian
youth from engaging in negative activities. Thankful-
ly, the Department of Education has created an after-
school arts and craft initiative designed to give talent-
ed students an opportunity to not only enhance, their
skills, but develop the ability to explore interests and
topics through their art, to form opinions, make
observations, and influence reactions through the use
of various media.

The National Arts and Craft
)- After-School Enrichment Pro-
gramme, started in January
2005, has made an important
impact on students. There is no
tuition fee for admission, and
the only thing required to be a
part of the afternoon pro-
gramme is that participants must
be a student of grades 9-12, stu-
dents must be recommended by
an art teacher or principal, and
must bring a portfolio of their
work for the administration to
see. Classes are held every Mon-
day, Wednesday, and Friday
from 3:45pm 5:45 pm at the
Ministry of Education's Nation-
al Arts and Crafts Resource
Mrs Genevieve Brown-
Richards, the Centre's manager,
said students are able to work
well in the Centre's environ-
ment. and at the end of the day
the\ aire able to take the skills
learned in the art class and
incorporate them into school
-work and individual projects.
She said further that it w\as
such a pleasure %working with
students ;who are all driven to
express themselves effectielhy
through their art work. She was
also \ery concerned about
oung people not being able to
nurture their art skills, saying
that she \as one ot the persons
xwho saw the benefits of imple-
menting such an inno\ative art
"-The aim of the progiamme is
to foster an appreciation ot art
and craft as part of the defining
chaiacterstic ot our culture, as
%well as to nurture and develop
indigenous talent at the high
school le'el. We also %want to
foster opportunities to showcase
,the work of \oung Bahamian
artists and craftsmen."
The students enrolled at the
Ministry's After-School pro-
gramme hate had the opportu-

nity to showcase their work in
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas'. Annual Art Exhibi-
tion and Competition. The Min-
istry also hostedits own art exhi-
bition last year where the stu-
dents had the opportunity to
showcase their work. An
upcoming exhibition is expected,
to be held December 12.
Of'the programmes studen-
t's, Pia Hepburn, first place win-
ner of the Central Bank Art
Exhibition and Competition,,
said the Ministry's art classes,
which teach colour theory,
craftsmanship, the use of lines as
well as the application of colours
to their painting, has taken her
to another level as an artists.
She also hopes to learn how
to use figuration within her
paintings. "I am more of a liter-
al person so in most of my paint-
ings you would probablN be able
to understand the message that
is being conveyed throughout
the piece without having to
stud% it that much."
Charlthorn Strachan. who
won the Governors Choice
Award. was so inspired by the
programme that he is continuing
with the classes although he
recently graduated from Doris
Johnson Senior High. "I like
attending the art classes.
Although I have already gradu-
ated, the art classes are very
healthy for my development as
an artist and hopefully I will bet-
ter my skills through the class-
Another student, Walter
E'ans Jr. was awarded a schol-
arship for work exhibited in the
Central Bank's Exhibition.
Young Mr ELans said the art
classes keep him focused on his
aspirations to become an archi-
tect. He proudly noted also that
persons are interested in pur-
chasing a few of his pieces.

New work by Cardo

Born in San Salvador, Car-
do, who exhibits "New Work"
on Friday, November 28 from
5-9pm at Old Fort Bay Club,
became the first Bahamian
artist to leave his home country
as a professional artist, relocat-
ing to France where he has lived
since 1996 and where he con-
tinues to exhibit regularly.
He was commissioned by
renown Frenchman Jean
Chalopin to paint some of the
Bahamas best known scenes,
with more than 50 works
remaining inside the property
at Albany Resort and South
Ocean Club. While at the Penn-
sylvania Academy of Fine Arts
in Philadelphia, where he stud-

ied art for four years, he was
commissioned by many private
The paintings selected for this
exhibition depict a range of
scenes that combine many dif-
ferent landscapes to create an
energy that is appealing to the
viewer. 'New Work' explores a
kind of beauty that is very much
there and Cardo finds a certain
amount of common ground
with past masters, such as Vin-
cent Van Gogh and Paul
Cezanne. Cardo's strengths are
that he paints in natural light
conditions, capturing a moment
on the linen as it happens and
passes. In 'New Work' there is
the element of spontaneity.

Cardo takes great care with
each painting and has meticu-
lously selected works which
should be in the exhibition. He
adds to the experience and cir-
cumstances in which the paint-
ings were created. Cardo shares
his emotions to discover the
diversity of impressionist art.
The desire of this artist and his
talents merit being known
worldwide and above all to
purify Bahamian art, which
would be accepted at a higher
level to the public audiences.
The paintings by Cardo span
more than 20 years of his expe-
rience as an artist and are pub-
lished in newspapers and mag-
azines, and also exhibited on

both sides of the Atlantic.
In 'New Work', Cardo dis-
covers different disciplines,
nature overflowing with spirits,
the use of oil on linen in a nat-
ural surrounding.
Hermit Crab: A faded roof
and dusty foreground, Cardo
paints the element of charm and
beauty, perhaps reflecting his
youth in a small town as himself
a small boy living in Centreville.
Downpour: Less isolated,
the work captures some confi-
dence in colonial architecture
which has blossomed from the
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