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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: December 3, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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17-year-old in court in
connection with Abaco
death, arraigned on
two separate killings

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 17-YEAR-OLD boy
charged in last week's Abaco
murder was also arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday
on two separate murder
charges as well as multiple
counts of conspiracy to com-
mit murder.
The juvenile of Breadfruit
Street, Pinewood Gardens,
was arraigned before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in
Court 1, Bank Lane yester-
day, charged in the July 18
murder of Raymond Finley Jr.
Finley Jr, 19, was killed on
Thatch Palm Avenue,
Pinewood Gardens as he sat in
his parked car waiting for a
friend on the morning of July
18. Finley was killed two days
before his 20th birthday. The
juvenile was not required to
plead to the murder charge.,

THE 17-YEAR-OLD outside of
court yesterday.
The juvenile was also
arraigned with Jermaine Rus-
sell, charged with conspiring
to cause Finley's death. The
juvenile was also charged in
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McKENZIE him. Police say Strachan,
Tribune Staff Reporter who was shot and killed as
he attempted to flee, was
A 28-YEAR-OLD man discovered lifeless near the
and a 17-year-old boy foodstore's storage room.
charged in the murder of a The gunmen reportedly fled
young man on Abaco last into bushes with $1,300 in
week were arraigned in a cash. Strachan's death
Magistrate's court yesterday pushed rhe country's homi-
a fLbrn_.,in cide count to 72 for the year.
Police have charged It was the first reported
Lavardo Leon Rahming, 28, murder for Abaco this year.
of Kenwood Street and a 17- Rahming and the juvenile,
year-old boy of Breadfruit who was represented by
Street, Pinewood Gardens, lawyer Ian Cargill, appeared
in the murder of 24-year-old before Chief Magistrate
Dion "Brendon" Strachan. Roger Gomez in Court 4,
Strachan, son of M and R Bank Lane, and were not
Foodstore proprietor Rod- required to plead to the
erick Strachan, was shot and niurder charge. Police have
killed last Thursday while also charged Rahming,
working in his father's store. Dario Silbert Mills, 22, son
Police said that shortly of Radio Abaco boss Silbert
before 8pm Thursday two Mills, Jermaine Russell, 30,
men armed with guns of Pinewood Gardens and
entered M and R Foodstore the 17-year-old boy with
in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
One approached Strachan, SEE page eight
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AN INTERNAL investiga-
tion has cleared a high-rank-
ing customs officer of all
charges of attempting to evade
paying customs duties, Acting
Comptroller of Customs
Anthony Adderley said.
Mr Adderley said that on
completion of the internal
review, which started in mid-
September, it was determined
that the officer in question
"never intended in any way to
defraud" the'Department of
Said Mr Adderley: "Some
folks sent some documents to
us and we had a chance to
take a look at those docu-
ments; we had a chance to
conduct an investigation.
What we (had) was a case of a
document which was pro-
duced by an importer who
tried to operate as a freight

forwarder, or cargo carrier,
who had no authority to act
as such. That same operator
who may have provided the
information, when we
received the written statement
under oath, admitted that the
officer asked him to have the
goods declared on another
document. That clearly states
that the officer never intended
in any way to defraud (Cus-
toms)," the acting comptrol-
ler told reporters at a recent
press conference.
Mr Adderley also said that
the officer "may have done
his job," suggesting that the
claims might have been an
attempt by certain members
of the public to sully the offi-
cer's reputation.
However, Mr Adderley
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ZNS staff 'expected
to demonstrate today'

ZNS staff are expected to
demonstrate today to protest
not receiving their overtime
pay on time, The Tribune has
According to a well-placed
source in the Bahamas Broad-
casting Corporation, the ZNS
news team in Grand Bahama
decided to walk off the job
The staff of ZNS' Nassau
news room and the technical
staff are reportedly talking to
union representatives about
following their sister station.

, Another source at the tele-
vision station in Nassau told
The Tribune yesterday that
ZNS is strapped for cash.
"This challenge has been
going on since the bL.'inniiiing
of the year. Production and
news staff who work special
events and overtime, have
been waiting to get paid -
some since March and have
yet to receive those pay-
ments," the source claimed.
It is alleged that staff menm-
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PM expected at meeting
in which Fidel Castro
will be honoured
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham is expected to be among
CARICOM leaders in Cuba for a
meeting at which former Cuban
leader Fidel Castro will be hon-
The meeting is set to take place
early next week in Santiago Cuba.
According to spokesman for the
prime minister, Mr Ingraham will
be travelling to the communist
nation on December 8, where he
and 14 other regional leaders will
discuss for the first time several
regional trade issues.
Top priority issues for discus-
sion are said to include the possible
lifting some import restrictions
between CARICOM states and
Cuba, and the encouragement of
some private-sector business ini-
Though there has been no offi-
cial indication of the mechanism
by which Castro will be honoured,
it has been reported that the former
Cuban president is being hailed by
CARICOM Secretary General
Edwin Carrington for his work in
assisting the African nations of
Namibia and Angola in their fight
against colonialism, as well as his
role in ending Apartheid in South
Rick Lowe, vice president of the
right-wing think tank The Nassau
Institute, described the Bahamian
presence at the event as
"appalling." Mr Lowe said the
country's leaders need to remem-
ber that the Bahamas stands at a
higher standard.
"Castro stands for everything
that we don't stand for in the
Bahamas. We stand for freedom,
we stand for the right to vote for
the party of our choice, there is a
hell of a lot of difference between
that man and our country."
Mr Lowe said that the govern-
ment took a righteous stand recent-
ly in prohibiting entry to reggae
entertainer Movado because of his
explicit lyrics and suggestive tone.
He said any support for an event
ionouring Castro only succeeds in
sending mixed signals to the
Bahamian people.
"It's politics as usual," Mr Lowe
said, adding that with America
being the bread and butter of the
Bahamas, he feels this latest move
goes against all values of Bahamian
society,. and will likely complicate
the relationship between the
Bahamas and US.


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Man shot dead by police officer

'died as a result, of an accident'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN shot dead by a police officer
outside the Cable Beach shopping centre
died as a result of an accident, an inquest
Lavardo Thompson was 24 when he ran
from Cable Beach police officers who said
he was acting suspiciously along with two
other men outside the Super Value super-
market in West Bay Street at around 8pm
on September 9,2004.
While the other two men went into the
store, Thompson attempted to make a

quick escape by running away from the
He hid an imitation firearm between the
double tires of a vehicle parked outside
Super Value, police say.
Officers chased Thompson on foot, while
Corporal Russell from the Cable Beach
police station, blocked Thompson off with
a police van.
The suspect was arrested and seated next
to Corporal Russell in the police
van, when he made another attempt to
Leading the evidence, Sergeant Herbert
Duncombe said: "He slid the window open

where he was sitting and jumped out.
"Corporal Russell ran out after him.
* They came to their feet and had a struggle.
Thompson ran off and Corporal Russell
pursued him, caught up with him, and as he
struggled with Thompson again, his
weapon became exposed and he tried to
conceal it."
As the officer struggled to hold down
the suspect and protect the gun, two shots
were fired, the inquest heard.
Thompson was shot in the abdomen and
pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt Duncombe said Thompson, of
Bozine Town, Nassau, was known to police

and the officers believed he was going to
rob Super Value.
The inquest, opened by Coroner William
Campbell on September 15 this year, was
adjourned until October 30 when part of
the evidence was heard before it was
adjourned again until yesterday.
A jury of seven women heard evidence
from 11 witnesses including Thompson's
mother Vernita Morley, a firearms exam-
iner, and Corporal Russell.
The jury deliberated for 15 minutes yes-
terday afternoon before returning with the
ruling that Lavardo Thompson died as a
result of an accident.

If Kenyatta Gibson joined FNM

it would be 'a big loss for PLP'

atta Gibson were to join the
FNM it would be a "big loss"
that the PLP could ill afford to
suffer, Obie Wilchcombe said.
The opposition MP claimed
yesterday that the likelihood of
such a move depends primarily
on whether the prime minister
will "reach out" to Mr Gibson,
now an independent represent-
ing the Kennedy constituency.
A local tabloid claimed this
week that Mr Gibson is being
driven into the government's
hands by opposition leader Per-
ry Christie's declaration that he
has "no thought of vacating" the
top PLP post.
Mr Wilchcombe downplayed
these suggestions, but said it is
"very important" that Mr Gib-
son and Mr Christie sit together
and resolve their differences,
adding that he is "prepared to sit
in the gap and talk to the leader
and talk to others and see if we
could make it happen."
Mr Gibson had harsh words
for Mr Christie in January when
he quit the party he had repre-
sented since 2002, saying it was
time that Mr Christie, "in the
name of God, go!"
As for the effect of Mr
'Christie's statement that he
plans to stay on as leader, Mr
Wilchcombe said: "I think what
would cause Mr Gibson to move
closer to another party would
be that party's response to him,
whether they have expressed to
him an interest in having him
and whether they have shown
an appreciation for who he is
and what he brings to the table

and I think that's what would
cause it," he said.
"(Prime Minister) Hubert
Ingraham is a very good politi-
cian. He's going to open his
arms if he figures he's going to
make use of the young men who
make themselves available and
if Kenyatta Gibson is sitting on
the fence I'm sure Mr Ingraham
will reach out and get him but
I'm hoping that we can resolve
the differences and keep him
within our organisation."
Mr Wilchcombe sang Mr Gib-
son's praises, calling him a "very
articulate young man" with a
"tremendous contribution to
make in the country."
"He's won his constituency
handily on two occasions and
he's proven to be a very strong
supporter of the philosophy of
our party."
Mr Gibson quit the PLP on
the eve of January 10, Majority

Rule day, saying he would no
longer "be trapped in a cycle of
character assassination, self
aggradisement and catering to
special interests".
Shortly after, Mr Christie
called upon him to resign his
seat, saying he had committed

"an act of political fraud". Mr
Gibson retorted that Mr Christie
is "treacherous" and an "ego-
tist", no longer fit to lead the
Mr Wilchcombe said such is
the nature of politics, adding
that Mr Gibson is a "young
"Let's appreciate that he
might have made a mistake but
we've all made mistakes."
The MP noted harsh criticism
of Mr Christie in the past by Dr
Bernard Nottage, when he quit
the PLP in 2000 before return-
ing; and Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell, both of whom are now
key players in the party.
"Mr Christie isn't the kind of
man that's going to push you
away; he's going to listen to you.
He's been around long enough
to recognize that politics makes
strange bedfellows."
Mr Wilchcombe said that if
Mr Gibson were to go over to
the FNM and stand in the

Kennedy constituency in 2012,
traditionally a PLP strong-hold,
it would "be a victory for the
FNM" which would force the
PLP to work "that much hard-
er" to keep the constituency.
Prior to Mr Gibson's depar-
ture from the PLP, the Kennedy
constituency also saw its previ-
ous PLP representative, Dr
Nottage, go independent in
"We have to be very careful
because we have had two
instances where (that has hap-
pened) so the people in
Kennedy might begin to feel
betrayed .. so, you know, I
would like to eliminate that,"
said Mr Wilchcombe.
Mr Wilchcombe said he hopes
Mr Gibson "will find reason to
stay with our organisation. He
will be a loss. I don't care what
anyone says, when you lose an
individual that represents a loss
to you and we can't afford that
right now."

MP praises government for bringing

into force domestic violence legislation

OPPOSITION spokesperson for
Social Services Melanie Griffin yes-
terday lauded the government's deci-
sion to bring into force domestic vio-
lence protection legislation which was
passed under the former PLP admin-
Melanie Griffin, member of parlia-
ment for Yamacraw, said she is "elat-
ed that the government has finally
brought this Act into force, particu-
larly in light of the high incidences of
domestic violence in our country and
indeed globally."
The law was brought into full effect
on Monday, after an announcement
was made by Minister of State for
Social Services Loretta Butler-Turn-
er during National Women's Week in
"The Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act
is a major step in providing legislative support in the
war to end domestic violence and violence against
"It is a clear message to perpetrators that rein-
forces this society's view that domestic violence is not
to be dismissed lightly," said Ms Griffin.
"Perpetrators must also know that they will be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,
which gives enforcers the authority to intervene in
situations they were not able to before," she
Ms Griffin encouraged those enforcing the legis-
lation to "do so with the utmost diligence and call on

everyone within our gates to join this
war to end all forms of violence in our
beloved country."
Last month, Ms Butler-Turner said
Sthe one and a half year delay in enforc-
ing the legislation was due to the gov-
ernment's desire to be confident that
.the police, legislature and Social Ser-
vices are prepared to enforce the
changes in the law.
In a release issued yesterday, Ms
Griffin called on the government to
increase the capacity of the Depart-
ment of Social Services to "provide
the structure, increased manpower and
resources required to address, not just
current social demands, but the mount-
ing social challenges they face from
the effects of the downturn in the econ-
omy and additional responsibilities being given to
that Department by the passage of various pieces of
She joined Ms Butler-Turner in thanking all the
non-governmental organizations that have always
supported the government in its fight to eradicate
domestic violence, as well as the various organisa-
tions and members of the general public'who par-
ticipated in the consultation process on the Act
throughout the Bahamas.
"I also extend commendations to the Office of the
Attorney General, the Department of Social Ser-
vices, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and other
governmental agencies who played a major role in
bringing the bill to fruition," said Ms Griffin.


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Causing harm
charge against
PLP vice chairman
is dismissed
day dismissed a causing harm
charge against attorney and
Progressive Liberal Party vice-
chairman Craig Butler after
the court was informed that his
wife no longer wanted to pur-
sue the case.
Butler, 41, of Sherwood Dri-
ve, was accused of causing
harm to his wife, Terrel, who is
also an attorney.
The incident was alleged to
have taken place on May 9.
Butler, the brother of Minis-
ter of State for Social Devel-
opment Loretta Butler-Turner,
was formally arraigned on the
charge on November 5 before
Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez, at which time he'
pleaded not guilty.
Yesterday, the court was
informed via a letter from the
complainant that she no longer
wished to pursue the case and
wanted the matter to be with-
Chief Magistrate Gomez dis-
missed the case against Butler
yesterday. His case had been
scheduled to start next Febru-

'Suspicious smell'
prompts shutdown
of Bank of the
Bahamas branch
THE Bank of the Bahamas
main branch on Shirley Street
was shut down yesterday
because of a "suspicious
smell" throughout the build-
As a precaution, all of the
staff at that location were
sent home early.
They are all expected back
to work today.

Police are called over alleged

'plundered quarry' from BAIC land

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE were called to a scene near Glad-
stone Road yesterday where individuals are
alleged to have plundered quarry from the
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corpo-
ration's land.
According to workers in the area, plunderers
remove quarry on a regular basis then dump
yards of concrete, steel rebar and other assort-
ed garbage into the holes they created, in an
attempt to cover up the evidence.
When The Tribune arrived on the scene, a
tractor sat idling while police spoke to a group
of men about, the occurrences on the plot of
land slated to be an industrial park.
The individual who employed the idling trac-
tor, told the officers that yesterday was his
shovel operator's first day on the job and that
.he had been digging in the wrong area.
He then moved the tractor onto another
nearby property, where he had been digging
early in the morning.
A plant nursery owner who works in the
area said he has seen trucks leaving with quar-
ry for the past two years.

He said bulldozers would rip up the area on
Thursday afternoons and by Monday morn-
ing, the quarry would be gone. "Anywhere
from 20 to 30 truck-loads they would carry on
the weekends," he said.
According to the source, the hill that was
being cut down by bulldozers was once 10 feet
above the road. Now, all that is left is a bare,
chalk-white plateau that is almost level with the
surrounding land.
Mounds of concrete littered with truck tires,
old stoves and scrap metal dot the BAIC site.
A individual who identified himself as a rep-
resentative of a property which borders the
site said he is "pretty sure" those mounds of
garbage are hauled from other construction
sites and used to fill in holes where quarry has
been extracted.
Quarry plunderers have even razed parts
the property he represents, he claimed, point-
ing to where trees, brush and top soil had been
pushed into a man-made water nearby.
BAIC officials could not be reached up to
press time yesterday.
However, The Tribune learned late last
evening that officials had visited the site and
may consider taking legal action.

Tribune Staff Reporter
tonight when a faction within
the Bahamas Hotel Catering
and Allied Workers Union
convenes a union meeting at
the organisation's headquar-
ters despite protestations by
union President Roy Cole-
brooke that only he is empow-
ered to authorise such gather-
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Kirk Wilson is calling on all
hotel union members to attend
the 7pm meeting at Worker's
House, which he advertised in
the media yesterday.
During the meeting, Mr Wil-
son said he hopes the members
of the country's second biggest
union will "develop and imple-
ment a plan to reverse" the
recent hotel sector redundan-
cies affecting its members.
The advertisement announc-
ing the event says "the contin-
uation of the membership and
benefits of BHCAWU mem-
bers who were made redundant
after January 1, 2008" will also
be addressed.
Furthermore, it claims the
meeting will seek "reassign-
ment of the constitutional
duties of members of the exec-
utive council of the
BHCAWU" and the "adoption
and implementation of the rul-'
ing and.ordex.of the Supreme
Court,.dated May 22, 2008.""
That order called for, among
other things, the payment of
the salaries of executive coun-
cil members including Mr Wil-
son and eight others.
Mr Wilson said the meeting
is legitimate because it has
been called for in a petition by
a large group of union mem-
The hotel union has been riv-
en by infighting since earlier
this year, with executive coun-
cil members turning to the
courts on a number of occa-
sions seeking a resolution.
Two weeks ago secretary
general Leo Douglas dismissed
Mr Wilson as a "confused
young fellow" who has "no
right to speak for the union."
According to the Mr Wilson,
the meeting is important and
necessary because no meeting
has been called by Mr Cole-
brooke for over six months
despite major concerns, such
as mass lay-offs in the sector.
He said: "By our constitu-
tion, rule 9B speaks of how
meetings of that magnitude can

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be called. It's either by the
president, the executive coun-
cil, or by a petition of 50 plus
members of the union. Mr
Colebrooke does not have
carte blanche to call meetings,
by our constitution he's there
to chair meetings.
"Once the executive council
gives effect to a request from
the membership (to- have a
meeting) the president has to
honour it," he said.
Asked whether Mr Cole-
brooke is expected to attend,
Mr Wilson claimed that he gen-
eral secretary Leo Douglas and
Basil McKenzie are regularly
absent during meetings.
"We have been meeting as a
council but they refuse to
attend. Our constitution clear-
ly states that we should have
meetings once a month."
A message left for union
president Mr Colebrooke was
not returned up to press time.

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The unhealed wound of Kashmir

IF THE twin towers of the World Trade
Centre seemed to symbolize New York, how
much more does the storied Taj Mahal hotel,
with its overwrought architecture and mock
Mughal flourishes, symbolize the great, ram-
'bling city of Bombay, which the Indians now
call Mumbai.
When it was built in 1903 the dream of
Jamsetji Tata, who named it after India's
most enduring monument it was the first
building in Bombay to be lit by electric lights.
Today the Tata Group is among India's great-
est industrial conglomerates with a world-
wide reach, including Boston's former Ritz.
The triumphal arch between the hotel and
the bay, The Gateway to India, was built to
commemorate the 1911 landing of the king -
Emperor George V at the height of the
British Empire, and through it marched the
last British soldiers to leave India, the Som-
erset Light Infantry, in 1948 when the impe-
rial sun was setting and India was newly free.
The maharajas in the Taj lobby were
replaced by industrial moguls and high-end
foreigners, and the hotel became the place
where well-off Indians had their weddings
and their grand occasions, just as much a
symbol of the new India shouldering its way
onto the world stage as of the colonial past.
The terrorists knew that, of course, as they
slipped by the Gateway to attack the Taj.
Terrorists are great ones for symbolism., and
to strike Mumbai was the equivalent of strik-
ing New York with Hollywood thrown in.
India points the finger toward Pakistan,
and it's becoming clear that the unhealed
wound of Kashmir is spreading its gangrenous
grievance yet again. The mostly Muslim
region was assigned to India when the sub-
continent was being partitioned, and the Mus-
lim population remains unreconciled to Indi-
an rule.
The terrorists seemed so familiar with their
targets, including a hard-to-find Jewish cen-
One wonders if they had local help.
How sad for India if local Muslims were
involved. Although a minority, Muslims in
India represent either the world's second -
or third biggest Muslim population, after
Indonesia and Pakistan, which was created as
a Muslim homeland.
Communal violence has always been the
lethal gene in the Indian body politic, and
Mumbai's Muslims were hunted down and
massacred by angry Hindus as recently as

1993. One terrorist screamed "Remember
Babri Masjid!" a mosque destroyed by Hin-'
du nationalists in 1992.
Another cried "Remember Godhra!" the
scene of anti-Muslim riots in Gugarat six
years ago.
Local elections have begun in India, lead-
ing up to a general election next year, and the
Hindu nationalist opposition, the Bharatiya
Janata Party, longs to paint the ruling Con-
gress Party as soft on terrorism and national
The big question is to what degree will
Pakistan be blamed? A similar attack on the
Indian parliament seven years ago brought
the two counties to the brink of,war.
Pakistan wants no trouble with India while
a consuming fire of Islamic militancy blazes in
its own country.
But elements of Pakistan's military and
security forces have been known to give suc-
cour and support to militants just in order
to bedevil India over Kashmir. The terrorists
. clearly hoped to worsen Indo-Pakistan rela-
India and Pakistan have fought several
wars, most of them over Kashmir, and Pak-
istan feels threatened by India's growing
influence in Afghanistan. India, in turn, fears
becoming a war zone itself with constant
bombings and terrorist outrages, some of
them traceable to Pakistan.
The British partition of India 60 years ago,
which cost so many lives and so much
anguish, was designed to resolve the problems
between Hindus and Muslims. It did not. The
grievances growing out of that partition live
on to poison both successor states to the
British Raj.
This is a nightmare for the incoming Oba-
ma administration, which, like its predecessor,
wants peace between the two nuclear neigh-
bours and Pakistan's attention focused on its
own growing Islamic insurgency.
The danger is that an attack this spectacu-
lar can trigger a counterproductive overre-
action that will only create more terrorists, to
which the actions, of the Bush administration
after 9/11 so sadly attest. Hopefully, India
will prove the wiser.
But most certainly, the Taj will rise again.
(This article was written by HDS Green-
way, a Globe correspondent. 2008 The
'Boston Globe).

Tackling the

challenges of

crime and

The Bahamas is
ing a colossal challe
skill deficits that a:
our economic p
respect to the prep
dents to meet the
lenges of a modern
As parents, educa
munity leaders, we
our power to ensur
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numerate citizens
can participate in o
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With a whopping
graduating senior
achieving schools
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Massey, and more
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tainly facing an eno
undeniably havi
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J Barry Farringto
tion of Educati
summed it up th
overwhelming and
al problem that we
is functional illiter
scale." (July 30,
Low literacy le'
impact all aspects o
and erode the smo(
of a democracy. A
include, but are n
conflict resolution
marital relationship
ment, health, safety
of children, and cr
Crime flourish
that have many i
semi-literate citize
In an article by
entitled, Statistics
Drugs to Illiteracy
that "illiterates feel


ibune. have reading problems arc often
not diagnosed as children with
currently fac- language and learning disabili-
nge with basic ties," said Peter Wright, Correc-
re threatening tions-Consultant to the Juvenile
progress with Courts in North Virginia.
aration ofstu- and unwanted. They tend to The findings ot DennisHogen-
Scareer chal- pid and tnmwanted. They tend to son on literacy failure and anti-
island nation. disengage from society, are truant social behaviour in boys con-
ators and com- from school, join gangs, and firmed that illiteracy and aggres-
must do all in become involved in drugs and sion are inextricably linked.
e that the chil- rmingly, it was indicated in He indicated that failure to
re thantete chi Alarmingly, it was indicated in acquire competence in reading
re literate and The Tribune (November24, acquire competence in reading
, so that they 2007) that the murder rate in Nas- "is the single most significant fac-
our fast-paced sau is six times higher than in tor" in the spectrum.of "anti-
I at the highest New York per capital. social aggressive" behaviours.
This is grave cause for concern, This is important because with
82 per cent of and should drive all well-meaning .the appropriate remedial inter-
rs at under- citizens to their knees to pray for mentions the affected young peo-
in New Provi- our troubled nation. pie can be helped.
niathematics, Rather than resolve conflicts right cited search studies
udy by Ralph through effectual communication, that plainly show that troubled
than one-third inclusive of logicalreasoning and young people, drawn to crime,
es, we are cer- self control, aggressive reading- violence and drugs have under-
*rmous crisis of challenged youth are settling developed reading skills. "There
ent that will scores on school campuses and in is extensive research on the low
e immensely the street with guns and knives, reading levels of delinquents," he
ices. and even some professionals are said. One such study was con-
)n of the Coali- resorting to the fist and the gun. ducted by EMR Critchley in 1968
on Reform, In a Tribune article by Petura in which 500 delinquents in Eng-
is way: "The Burrows (October 9,' 2007), she land were assessed. The study
critical nation- indicated that more male students revealed that 250 of them were
must address, are increasingly absent from delayed in reading by three or
:acy on a large school than female students, and more years.
2007-Tribune some of them are involving them- In view of Hogenson's asser-
selves in criminal activities. tion that illiteracy is the most per-
vels adversely "There have been cases where tinent factor in anti-social aggres-
f our economy absentee students have been sive behaviours, we must take
oth functioning found to be involved in house- note of the implications of the
1reas affected breaking incidents," said an atten- research and formulate a nation-
ot limited to, dance officer with whom Burrows at aggressive literacy/numeracy-
, productivity, spoke. Some test the water with based strategy. This is indeed crit-
ps, unemploy- petty crimes and then jump in at ical and must be addressed swift-
:y, the welfare the deep end. Certainly, skipping ly, within the broader framework
ime. school is a key indicator of the of education reform.
es in societies initial stages of juvenile delin- We all stand to benefit immea-
illiterate and quency, since these frustrated stu- surably if illiteracy is tackled and
,n dents don't want to be in school defeated.

y Jim McCoy
s Link Crime,
y, he indicates
1 ashamed, stu-

because they are not learning, or
perhaps they feel threatened by
other students.
"Juvenile delinquents who

November 30. 2008.

Animal abuse and domestic violence

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I would like to express my appreciation of your
report of the recent Research Edge held at The
College of The Bahamas which addressed the
link between animal abuse and domestic vio-
This is a complex topic and so it is under-'
standable that your report was not quite as accu-
rate as usual. Consequently, I would be grateful if
you would allow me to clarify a few points.
(1) The data refer to college students and the
results do not attempt to represent the wider
Bahamian community,
(2) About 20 per cent of respondents lived in
homes where domestic violence occurred,
(3) In four cases, the respondent lived in homes
where pets were intentionally harmed and was
also victim of domestic violence; in three of these

instances the same person harmed both the pet
and the respondent.
(4) 62 per cent of respondents in dog keeping
households reported that violence was used on the
dogs, and
(5) Domestic violence was present in 47 per
cent of households where pets were intentional-
ly harmed.
If your readers, would like more information
about the talk, The College of The Bahamas web
site has a report on the presentation which can be
found at:
November 30, 2008.


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ABACO residents have helped form plans to protect the fertile
creeks of east Abaco as a national park where fishing will bhe
A proposal developed by Friends of the Environment and the
Bahamas National Trust (BNT) with help from the local commlu-
nity aims to protect the complex creek system which is comprised
of Snake Cay, the Bight of Old Robinson and Cherokee Sound.
The area came under threat when developers submitted plans
to build near Snake Cay earlier this year.
Friends programme coordinator Olivia Patterson said: "These
creeks south of Marsh Harbour have long been unspoken
favourites of locals and visitors.
"Their untouched beauty and diversity of flora and fauna are
main attractors to the area.
"They encompass a variety of habitats including mangroves,
seagrass and algae beds, blue holes and coppice.
"Approximately 80 per cent of the seafood we eat grows up in
the mangroves reason enough to protect these valuable areas."
Mangroves serve as a nursery habitat for juvenile fish and craw'-
fish, and act as land builders and filters by preventing erosion and
the movement of silt offshore to the reefs. They are also the main
protection against storm surges along with coral reefs.
The unique creek system holds the highest density of blue holes
in Abaco and is connected underground by a blue hole system.
Following a series of well-attended community meetings, the
Friends of the.Environment group and the BNT are finalising a
proposal to designate the area as a national park where cultural
activities such as fishing can still take place.
They plan to present their proposal to Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham early next year.
The proposal contains a management plan for the park, as well
as education, enforcement, and income generation strategies, such
as eco-tourism.
Two community meetings on the subject are scheduled to be
he!d next week. The first will be held on Tuesday, December 9 at
7.30pm in Cherokee Sound's Cherokee Community Centre.
The second will be held on Wednesday, December 10, at 7pm in
the Friends of the Environment Education Centre, Marsh Har-

Ginn Sur Mer has announced
the appointment of long-time
hospitality professional
Jacqueline Carroll as director
of guest services.
"With a career in the indus-
try that spans a few decades,
Ms Carroll has proven herself
to be a dedicated and reliable
professional with a passion for
hospitality service," the com-
pany said. "With a natural
affinity for getting along with
people, she gravitated towards

the hospitality industry where
she found her niche and never
looked back. She has also
been able to touch the lives
of many employees and visi-
tors in a positive way, helping
employees find solutions in
their careers and personal
"With guests, she has a
knack for solving their prob-
lems and exceeding their
Ms Carroll began her career
here on Grand Bahama in

Call for 'economic


Tribune Staff Reporter
MANY economic pundits
argue that the time is now for
economic diversification.
They say the "golden goose"
tourism industry cannot sustain
a contracting economy in a time
of global recession.
On Sunday, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham stated: "It
makes good sense to have a
diversified economy, even if a
diversified economy is not an
inoculation against the crisis
which exist in the world today.
The United States has a very
diversified economy, so do the
Europeans, Canadians, and oth-
ers. And so even if we had a
diversified economy, we would
still have been affected by the
virus that's going around the
world today."
Attorney and PLP member
Paul Moss said that as the
Bahamas is faced with the real-
ity of a "dwindling" tourism
industry, he feels there is a need

1977 at the Princess Tower
Hotel where she served as the
administrative assistant to the
general manager. She
remained with the resort even
after its rebranding as the
Tower at Bahamia, becoming
its front office manager.
Ginn sur Mer SM is a 2,000-
acre resort community on
Grand Bahama's West End
that will contain more than
4,400 condominium and hotel
units and nearly 2,000 single-
family residential home sites.

for investment in other indus-
Touching on agricultural
development, Mr Moss noted
there are miles of usable crown-
land where Bahamians can
grow large enough crops to sus-
tain the country.
Additionally, he said that that
the "unexploited" fishing indus-


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try is one that could provide sig-
nificant employment with the
right subsidies.
Mr Moss said that at a time
when local industries have the
potential to provide for the pub-
lic more fully, new obligations
incurred by the government's
decision to sign on to the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) constitute a new hurdle
for producers.
However State Minister for
Finance Zhivago Laing told The
Tribune he disagrees with this
point of view.
Mr Laing said he knows "for
a fact" that at least 90 per cent
of the country's agricultural
imports are from the United
States, and will therefore not

be affected by the EPA.
Most products imported from
Europe are luxury goods, he
noted, adding that the Euro-
pean market provides less than
10 per cent of food imports.
"The reverse is true," Mr
Laing said, "there may be
opportunities for us to export
to Europe since our products
will enter there duty free."
In an effort to promote the
local agricultural sector, the
government has introduced an
initiative which links Andros
farmers with Nassau based
retailers, in what amounts to a
modern version of the old pro-
duce exchange and which aims
to reduce the need for produce




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Eleuthera to visit the Cape
Eleuthera Institute, which is
also home to the Island School.
The Cape Eleuthera Institute
is known both locally and inter-
nationally for its extensive
research on renewable energy,
production of bio-diesel, waste
management systems, and stud-
ies in aquaponics- a creative,
low-cost and environmentally
friendly method of producing
The Cape Eleuthera Institute
produces an estimated 70 to 80
per cent of its energy using wind
and solar systems, with the
remaining 20 per cent being
powered by the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC).
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past president and economist Hank Ferguson, BCOC trade consultant are
pictured at the Deep Creek Middle School in South Eleuthera.

informed of how vegetable oil,
sodium hydroxide and
methanol are converted into
bio-diesel at the facility. The
Cape Eleuthera Institute pro-
duces an estimated 15,000 gal-
lons of bio-diesel each year,
which translates into a savings
of $60,000 annually.
"We are hoping that the stu-
dents that participate in our
programme go out to be leaders
in the same way the leaders par-
ticipate in the community at the
Chamber level. And so it just
really made sense to partner
and collaborate," said Chris
Maxey, director of the Cape
Eleuthera Institute.
"It.would be great to get busi-
ness-minded people thinking
how to not only save money,
but to also do the right thing
for the environment," he said
while thanking the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce for its
President of the Chamber of
Commerce Dionisio D'Aguilar
explained that as the key rep-
resentative of the private sec-
tor, the Chamber thought that it
was critical to familiarise and
expose members of the business
community to alternative forms
of energy, food production and
waste management systems
such as those which are utilised
at the Island School and Cape
Eleuthera Institute.
Mr D'Aguilar said he was so
impressed with the information
shared that he personally
pledged to fund the tuition of a
Bahamian student enrolled in
the institute.

Gershan Major, second vice-
president of the Chamber and
chairman of that organisation's
Globalisation Committee, said
that more Bahamians need to
be educated and informed
about renewable energy.
He called for enabling legis-
lature to be enacted to proper-
ly facilitate this process.
Mr Major also called on
members of the business com-
munity to work with the Cham-
ber through its Energy and
Environment Committee,
chaired by Yvette Sands, to
bring greater attention and
urgency to this issue.
Ms Sands said she believes
that the conservation methods
employed at the Cape
Eleuthera Institute are needed.
"It's the way of the future,"
she said.
"We need to look at ways to
modernise how our every day
living works, and the Island
School is piloting a number of
environmentally responsible
techniques that can be imple-
mented to benefit every citizen
of the country."
Many of the business leaders
considered the tour to be an
eye-opening experience.
Abaco Markets; Bacardi; Stu-
art's Cove; the Mailboat Com-
pany; Chubasco Charter; New
Oriental Cleaners; Asian
Imports; Creative Edge; the
University of the West Indies;
Doctors Hospital; Mailboxes
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Company) and Discovered Art,
and Wood Salvage participat-
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vying for one of the coveted plaques proclaiming theirs to be among the best. Judges this year were looking not only
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Focol's net income for the fiscal year
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Some favourable responses in PLPoffice is cleared
0f attempting to
evade paying duties
to Mitchell leadership possibility Fvae ineiii,.
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tion within the party.
A source close to Mr Mitchell told
The Tribune yesterday that the former
Minister of Foreign Affairs is almost
unmatched in his formal education
amongst his parliamentary colleagues,
and is an "astute politician" with sub-
stantial experience in the public ser-
vice sector. Having held the post as
minister responsible under the for-
mer Christie administration, Mr
Mitchell, another source said, is expe-
rienced enough, and has proven-his
"loyalty" to the party over his many
years in the PLP to finally be offered
a "legitimate chance" at one day
directing the course of the PLP.
However, Mr Mitchell's detractors
say that despite the former Minister's
"paper credentials", he is unable to
embolden himself with the base of

the party as signified by the poor
turnout at the PLP's 55th anniversary
celebration in Fox Hill recently.
Another detractor within his own
party added that Mr Mitchell's often
"pretentious speeches" leave many
supporters "more confounded than
However, despite these reserva-
tions, after The Tribune published an
exclusive article yesterday reporting
that the Fox Hill MP had started a
soft campaign to test his popularity
among the base of the party, com-
mentary on the report was widespread
on the popular Bahamas political and
social website bahamasissues.com
One contributor, who writes under
the pseudonym of "Bahamian Sig-
mund Freud", said he felt that Mr
Mitchell was the PLP's "best hope"
for any chance of capturing the "polit-
ical imagination of the Bahamian peo-

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ple once more."
However, the writer said Mr
Mitchell first needs to denounce the
existing PLP philosophy, and create a
universal message based on the needs
of the majority of Bahamians.
"This weak opposition t'ing not
working for the Bahamas ... Mitchell
reminds) me a lot of (President-
elect) Obama to tell (you) da' truth,"
he said.
Another contributor to the web-
site, identified as "Grouper2" said
that Mr Mitc.hell has essentially
become "the face of the PLP."
. "He is the only one in there who
has something with (sense) to say. He
is the first one to make any kind of
response. Fred Mitchell speaks to the
people. I admire that. Perry (Christie)
speaks periodically, but only at party
.gatherings where he is least subject
to criticism. I'm a broken record of

that observation.
"If (Hubert Ingraham) is the min-
ister of everything ... Fred Mitchell is
that shadow minister! Because I do
not see the other shadow ministers
doin' squat," he said.
Another added: "Honestly, the PLP
(does not have any) other alternative.
Fred is the one they all run to for
help, advise, etc to write speeches,
tos organise press conferences. The
PLP talent bank is simply Fred
However, the fact that Mr Mitchell
is not married raised a number of eye-
brows with persons on the blog site.
Yesterday, The Tribune attempted
to reach Mr Mitchell for a personal
comment on the matter. However,
the former minister was not in office.
He was said to be out "walking his
constituency" to "hear the concerns
and issues of residents in his area."

ZNS staff 'expected

to demonstrate today'
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bers were supposed to be evaluated and given their overtime
payment in increments.
However, the television station's management reportedly
told staff members that the money is not readily available and
that they cannot give a definite date on when those increments
will be paid.
The source said that staff received letters last week stating that
their outstanding overtime cheques will be paid on Tuesday (yes-
terday), only to discover that those cheques will not be given out
until Friday.
Now, many are upset and say they feel used by the Corpora-
tion, the source said.
ZNS employees are reportedly angry at what they claim is the
missing level of respect shown them by the Corporation.

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conspiring to commit the armed robbery of M and R Food-
store, conspiring to cause the death of Strachan and receiv-
ing $981.25 of the store's cash. The accused all pleaded not
guilty to the receiving charge.
Court dockets also state that Rahming and the 17-year-old
boy on Saturday, November 29, while at Murphy Town,
Abaco, were found in possession of a 9 mm pistol, a .380 pis-
tol, eight rounds of 9 mm ammunition and one round of
.380 ammunition. The accused pleaded not guilty to the
Court dockets also stated that Rahming and the 17-year-
old boy on November 27, while armed with a handgun,
robbed the M and R Foodstore of $1,300 cash.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Sean Thurston asked that the
case be adjourned to January 16 and transferred to Court 11,
Nassau Street.
Mr Cargill told the court that he had been informed that
while in Abaco his client was beaten and shot so that he
would sign certain documents.
He also told the court that during that time the juvenile
had not been allowed to see his mother or counsel. Chief
Magistrate Gomez made a note of Mr Cargill's complaints.
The accused were remanded to Her Majesty's Prison.

added that the department
was open to complaints
about customs officers and
encouraged the public to
come forward with infor-
During the press confer-
ence, Mr Adderley said that
six officers were currently
under internal investigation.
The customs officer,
whose identity was with-
held, came under fire in
September after it was
alleged by sources that he
"abused" his authority by
demanding a shipping agent
to remove his name off a
cargo manifest, allegedly to
avoid paying customs on
goods shipped to Nassau in
his name.

Teen faces three

murder charges

FROM page one

the October 23 murder of
Lebrene Percentie.
Percentie was shot
and killed while in the
area of the High Noon
Club, Wulff Road. The
juvenile was not
required to plead to the
charge. Janaldo Far-
rington, 19, of Hatchet
Bay, Eleuthera, has
already been arraigned
in connection with Per-
centie's murder.
Court dockets also
state that on October
23, the accused attempt-
ed to cause the death of
Michael Taylor and
Renald Ferguson. The
juvenile was also
arraigned with Jermaine
Russell, charged with
conspiring to murder
Percentie, conspiring to
commit the attempted
murder of Michael Tay-
lor and Renald Fergu-
son. The accused were
not required to plead to
the charges. The juve-
nile was also charged
with the November 21
attempted murder of
Valentino Edgecombe
and the attempted mur-
der of Evan Jacques.
The juvenile was not
required to plead to the
charge. The matters
have been adjourned to
January 16 and trans-
ferred to Court 11, Nas-
sau Street. The accused
were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.

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according to Associated
The post-election poll of
Cuban-Americans in Miami-
Dade County shows 55 per-
cent of Cuban-Americans
now think the U.S. embar-
go against Cuba should end
- a profound shift in the
heart of the Cuban exile
Most respondents were
Republicans who voted
against President-elect
Barack Obama, yet 65 per-
cent or more said the U.S.
should drop restrictions on
travel and money transfers,
re-establish diplomatic rela-
tions with Cuba and estab-
lish dialogue about immi-
gration and other critical
The poll published by the
Brookings Institution and
Florida International Uni-
versity surveyed 800 people
- 500 by landline phone,
300 by cell phone and has
a margin of error of plus or
minus 3.6 percent.

Dr. Hugh Gladwin, direc-
tor of the Institute for Public
Opinion Research at FIU,
said the shift in opinions on
the embargo had about a 12
percent upswing from a sim-
ilar poll a year ago.
"That was the surprising
thing that favor ending
the embargo had a big
jump," Gladwin said.
"You could speculate that
the election of Obama had
some influence."
Sentiment in the Cuban-
American community has
continued to change.
Unlike the early waves of
immigrants who brought
their entire family, often by
plane, to the U.S., most
Cubans now flee by boat and
are forced to leave relatives
behind. Fewer of these
immigrants were overt polit-
ical opponents of the gov-
ernment, and they want to
be able to visit loved ones
and to send money home.
Many Cuban exiles are
also frustrated with the U.S.
embargo, which has failed to
yield fruit after more than
45 years.
And with the specter of an
ailing Castro and a possible
change in leadership, they
are more open to changing
U.S. policy.

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'Landmark' test of medical

WHAT is being called
a "landmark" test of
medical accountability is slowly
inching its way through our
labyrinthine regulatory process,
more than six years after the 42-
year-old man who started it all
died at Doctors Hospital.
Dr Duane Sands, chairman of
the Bahamas Medical Council,
says he and others are working
hard to ensure that the public
have a means of redress in mat-
ters of medical competence. And
a new medical act to be intro-
duced soon will go a long way
towards fixing the governance
deficiencies of the existing law,
which was enacted in 1974.
"You have no idea of the
amount of work going on behind
the scenes to deal with this land-
mark case," Dr Sands told Tough
Call recently.
"There is no stonewalling. We
take this very, very seriously
because we want to ensure that
the public will be well-served at
the end of the day by this ground-
breaking precedent."
Why is he so defensive? Well,
the six-year track record of the
case in question is instructive. To
simplify matters and take per-
sonal prejudices out of the pic-
ture, we will present a generic
summary of this case. But all of
the dates, events, individuals and
institutions in this account are
A few months after the
42-year-old man died
in April 2002, his family began
questioning the hospital treat-
ment (on the advice of concerned
doctors) and requested a copy
of the medical file. Following a
review by local and foreign doc-
tors, the family launched several
attempts to have the case inves-
1. In June 2004 the deceased's
widow filed a complaint with the
Hospitals and Healthcare Facili-
ties Board, which said it had no
jurisdiction to investigate. Three
months later the deceased's sister
(who is a lawyer) wrote the min-
ister of health (who was also a
doctor) objecting to this, and the
minister ordered an investigation.
This was followed by a long series
of letters pressing for the matter
to be addressed. At a meeting
with the board in mid-2006 the
then chairman said the file should
be closed because the patient was



After the May 2007 general
election the board's membership
changed, along with the govern-
ment itself. This required more
correspondence to press the issue
to newly appointed officials.
When questioned unexpectedly
at a public meeting in 2007 the
new minister of health (who is
also a doctor) assured the
deceased's sister that the case
would be heard.
After another series of letters
this year, the board claimed it
didn't have the resources to inves-
tigate. The new chairman also
declared publicly that he didn't
want to be "bothered" with over-
sight, and that the requirement
to monitor deaths at healthcare
facilities was "antiquated and
unnecessary." In short, over four
years the Hospitals Board has
done everything it could to avoid
dealing with this issue.
2. In August 2004 the
deceased's sister began asking the
coroner's office for an inquest
into her brother's death. But this
was not forthcoming until the
publicity circus surrounding an
inquest into the death of Anna
Nicole Smith's son in September
2006 (also at Doctors Hospital)
made someone see the irony. The
acting chief justice agreed to list
the case, and an inquest finally
began in January 2007 more
than four years after the death.
In April 2007, the seven-per-
son jury had to be discharged
because one juror could not con-
tinue. The law does not provide
for substitutes, so a new jury had
to be impanelled. A second
inquest then began, and the coro-
ner delivered a verdict in Febru-
ary of this year (a transcript can
be read at www.bahamaspatien-
tadvocacy.com). He ruled that
death was due to "natural causes
with a substantive and significant
contribution of medical neglect."
In July 2008, the principal doc-
tor involved sued the coroner for
a judicial review of the inquest
verdict of negligence. The chief
justice then quashed the verdict
on a technicality, but up to press
time (months later) he has not
signed or provided reasons for
the order which means among

then referred to a complaints
committee in accordance with the
Medical Act.
Dr Sands told Tough Call
recently that the complaints com-
mittee has now referred the mat-
ter to a disciplinary tribunal,
which has yet to meet. A supreme
court judge must be appointed
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other things that there are no toanquy can poc at
grounds on which it can be which point the doctors involved
appealed. At the same time, the will have to file a defence, he said.
patient's widow has indicated she "We have watched the lawyers
will not seek a third inquest crash and burn, and it would be
which means that no proceedings stupid.of us to squander the good-
are pending before the coroner's will of the public by an absurd
court. process or outcome in this mat-
3. In late 2004 a civil writ was ter," he said. "We want to
filed by the patient's widow improve public perception of the
against the hospital and six doc- profession. All the professions
tors. Of the six,. one left the coun- are being challenged to improve
try and was never served, two their governance and policing.
entered a defence in 20,05 and We have simply not paid enough
three ignored the writ until 2006, attention to this type of thing and
when a default judgment was now we are paying the price for
entered against them. This it. THE ISSUE OF
prompted an immediate reaction THE ISSUE OF
by the doctors and the judgments ACCOUNTABILITY
were set aside. The civil suit has medical
not been adjudicated and was medical accountability
adjourned indefinitely in March is a very tough call,
2007. especially in our small society,
4. The deceased's sister has where everyone knows everyone
floated a petition on the Internet and there is a widespread ten-
calling on the prime minister and dency to close ranks to protect
the minister of health to direct social and business ties. Two for-
the Hospitals Board to fulfil its eign doctors with indirect links
to the Bahamas discussed this
duty: "This petition calls on you issue on Jeff Lloyd's radio show
- our elected leaders to issue on Jeff Lloyd's radio show
ensure accountability under the last week. And we spoke to both
law for citizens accessing the of them independently.
healthcare sector...The board's Dr Paul Bratty is a former
legal and professional obligations chief of staff at Vancouver Gen-
must be carried out so that the eral Hospital, and professor of
right to life of Bahamian citizens medicine at the University of
can be protected. Alternatively, British Columbia. He spent
we advocate the establishment of almost a decade on the council
a national Healthcare Commis- of the provincial college of physi-
sion with the power to investigate cians and surgeons, the regulato-
complaints from the private or ry body for some 8,000 doctors
public healthcare sectors, and to in British Columbia, and was its
implement measures to address President in 1993. He has rela-
failings in the delivery of health- tives in the Bahamas and has
care." been visiting Nassau for over 50
This petition (which can be We had to deal with thers.
seen at www.bahamaspatientad- behaviour of doctors at everl
vocacy.com) has attracted more behavy
than 500 signatures and will be council meeting," Dr Bratty told
submitted to the governnter' To1 h Call. "Patient complaints
before Christmas. ust be investigated. There are
5. Last May the deceased's sis- bad apples in every profession
ter made a formal complaint who need to be dealt with. The
against the doctors involved in most common misdemeanors
her brother's treatment to the are poor prescribing practices,
Bahamas Medical Council, which selling drugs, and improper asso-
said it could not deal with the citations with patients.
matter until there was a final rul- "Competence is more difficult
ing in the inquest appeal. In Sep- to define and deal with because it
tember she threatened to sue the has to be examined by other
council if it did not process her experts in the field. We handled
complaint, and the matter was as many as 150 complaints a-year
of which 40 might be significant


and 10 might actually go to an cil.net) includes a list of regis-
inquiry." tered doctors with categories to
Dr Adrienne Garner practised display their qualifications and
at the Princess Margaret Hospital any sanctions that may have been
for 20 years from the early 1970s applied against them, this data is
and then volunteered at the presently unavailable.
Hardecker Clinic before becom- However, despite all the draw-
ing the schools medical officer backs, Dr Sands says that several
and helping to set up public clin- doctors have been sanctioned by
ics. She went back to Britain in the council over the years: "Lots
1989 to do general practice but of names don't show up on the
spends half the year in Nassau, radar because of the way these
where her family lives, things are dealt with in our com-
She was a medical witness in munity. There is a lot of laissez
the inquest described above, faire, under-reporting and lack of
"Complaints are common in due process. Part of the problem
the UK and most medical errors is that people are not willing to.
are not done willfully," she told put complaints in writing and the
me. "But patients should be able council can't initiate investiga-.
to raise concerns about treatment tions without a formal complaint.
with the confidence that they will "There is a finite group of peo-
be investigated. In most cases ple who are discrediting the pro-
what patients or their relatives fession without any real reper-
want most is to know that they cussions from charging extor-
have been given a full and honest tionary fees to providing less than
explanation of what happened, appropriate care. It's a real chal-
an apology if indicated, and an lenge for us, but I have been on
assurance that steps will be taken the council for three years and
to ensure that similar mistakes served three terms as president
are not made again." and I can count on one hand the
Medical mishaps are common number of written complaints we
even in the 'most advanced have received."
nations. Ten years ago the Insti- The medical act is being
tute of Medicine published a replaced to deal with this, he said,
report confirming that "health- although it has been stalled for
care in the United States is not at least five years. Among the
as safe as it should be- and can new legal provisions are a
be. At least 44,000 people, and requirement for continuing med-
perhaps as many as 98,000 people, ical education for doctors and an
die in hospitals each year as a expansion of the council's powers
result of medical errors that could to deal with regulatory and polic-
have been prevented. Even using ing issues. This will require hiring
the lower estimate, preventable professional staff, including
medical errors in hospitals exceed lawyers, and will be partly funded
attributable deaths to such feared by an increase in doctors' license
threats as motor-vehicle wrecks, fees.
breast cancer, and AIDS." "Measures that have been tak-
In Britain, the General Med- en to deal with dysfunctional doc-
ical Council is the regulatory body tors include not renewing the.
for doctors. But there is also an licenses of some foreigners,
independent watchdog known as revoking the licenses of several
the Healthcare Commission doctors for fraud in the issuing of
which assesses and reports on the sick notes as well as for incom-
quality and safety of both private petence, letters of reprimand, and
and public medical services. The forcing some doctors into coun-
commission has carried out 14 selling due to impaired judg-
major investigations in the past ment."
four years, according to its web- Despite the dismal track record
site. Interventions are focused on described above, Dr Sands, claims
identifying the likely cause of spe- that this landmark case of medical
cific failings, and working with accountability is just going
the healthcare provider to ensure through due process: "We are
that these are addressed rapidly. walking on uncharted ground, but
But in the Bahamas things are the complaint is alive and it is
a little different, and to be fair good that the system is being test-
there is very little institutional ed in this way."

capacity to deal with such com-
plex issues. The Medical Council
here consists of only seven vol-
unteers with virtually no staff.
And while its websjte.

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COB expects

rew athletics

director to

'keep the



Emphasis placed
on international
opportunities for
s udent athletes

I'HE College of the
B4hamas' (COB) administra-
tiQn "is clearly looking" for
their new athletics boss to build
ori foundations laid by the for-
mer director, '"and keep the
momentum going, especially
re arding international oppor-
tu ities for student athletes."
COB recently announced the
appointment (effective on
December 1, 2008) of former
basketball standout Kimberley
Rolle as the new director of the
A hletics Department. An
accomplished athlete and out-
standing basketball player, Mrs
R lle replaces Greg Harshaw.
'Athletics at COB has been
gr wing and establishing itself
as a major force over the past
th ee and-a-half years and the
administration is clearly look-
ing to Mrs Rolle to build on the
foundations laid by Harshaw,
and keep the momentum going,
especially regarding interna-
ticnal opportunities for student
at detes," according to a press
sta tement.
Mrs Rolle expressed her grat-
itt de to COB for its display of
co fidence in appointing her to
the post. And she spoke of her
desire to pursue three areas -
the intercollegiate and interna-
tional aspect, the intramural
sports programme and the
health and wellness initiatives
,11 of which will contribute to
the building of the University
of The Bahamas.
In addition, she promised to
dd all she could to recruit top
athletes from schools to keep
them in the country rather than
see them go abroad.
Sports Minister Desmond
B nnister said we are entering
an exciting chapter in the histo-
ry of The College of The
BB hamas (COB) because the
college "has named one of our
o0 n as its new athletics direc-
|'I want to congratulate the
college on making a wonderful
ch ice," he added.
Colyn Major, vice-president
of student affairs at COB, said
the college's athletics pro-
gr imme is an important part of
fu filling the institution's aim to
de velop the whole student, not
only in transmitting knowledge
but instilling values and provid-
ing a platform for the teaching
of life skills and interests with
re pect to building self worth
and self confidence.
'We believe that we must dri-
ve national development and
athletics can help us in that mis-
sion by contributing to an edu-
cational experience that speaks
to all aspects of life.
'It is critical that we have
so neone directing those expe-
rie nces who is the product of
Ir excellent athletics pro-
gr mme, someone who has kept
abreast of current initiatives and
developments and who has an
empathy with not only our stu-
dent athletes but also those stu-
dents who just want to take part
in intramural sports or develop
a healthy lifestyle. We believe
Kirn Rolle is that person," said
M ijor.
Mrs Rolle has been a stand-
ott basketball player here and
in the US. A national team
pla yer from-1992 to 2006 and a
Sfo mding member of the New
Providence Women's Basket-
ball Association (NPWBA), she
wis also team MVP at Hender-
somi State University in 1995, a
m mber of the All-Conference
te im and top student athlete
with a 3.3 GPA.
The former assistant director

ofj communication in the
Department of External Affairs,
Mrs Rolle has completed a
Master's Degree in Sports Stud-
ie at Miami University, Ohio.

'Reno' has fists set on

'oeld Cup

AN unidentified referee (not seen) lifts welterweight Taureano Johnson's fists to signal
his win after a fight at the Beijing Olympic Games in August, 2008. Johnson finished fifth
in his division but fell short of advancing to the medal round...

good test for him to see exactly where
he's at in amateur boxing."
Miller said it is hoped that Miller
can go on to continue "his historic
climb up the ladder in his quest to
be the best amateur welterweight
boxer in the world."
While there are no titles to be won,
Miller said amateur boxers have an
opportunity to secure rankings on the
international scene and Johnson is
on the verge of doing that in Moscow.
Miller said they are hoping that
Johnson's performance would inspire
other Bahamian youngsters to get
involved in amateur boxing.
"We are always looking for young
men to step forward and get involved
in the sport," Miller said. "But one of
the things we have to consider is that
the youngsters are not as readily
available as they are for the other
"We have to wait until they come
from school and come out to the gym
to train. So we are also faced with
the challenge of having coaches avail-
able to be there to train them."
Miller said there is still a lot of
interest in boxing and he's confident
that Johnson will serve as the impetus
for the growth and development of
the sport.
-"We feel that Reno's chances of
W'6ing very well at the tournament is
,gopd," Miller pointed out. "He has
been doing a lot of training in Cuba
since he returned from the Olympics,
so we know that he's in great shape.
"This is only the best eight fighters
in the world in each division, so he
will have to go to Moscow and per-
form his best. We feel that based on
what he did in Beijing, he will be
ready for the challenge ahead of



show on


CHAMPION Amateur Boxing
Club is set to host'another amateur
boxing show on Saturday at the
National Boxing Gym at the Bail-
lou Hill Sports Complex.
Dubbed "Go Hard or Go
Home," the show will be sponsored
by The Trophy Case, who are pro-
viding all of the trophies for the
various winners.
The action is scheduled to get
started at 5 pm and is expected to
feature at least 8-10 bouts.
In the main event, a light-heavy-
weight bout, Max Laxcema unde-
feated in three fights is slated to
take on Valentino Newman.
Newman is coming off a very
close loss to Godfrey Pinder and
has vowed to get revenge on Lax-
cema. Newman feels that he has
the style that will enable him to
Ray Minus Jr, coach of Champi-
on Boxing Club, said that having
lost his fight to Pinder, Newman
will have to win against Laxcema or
go home.
But if Lexcema loses the fight,
Minus Jr said, he will have a chance
to redeem himself when he takes
on Pinder in Champion Boxing
Club's final show this year.
In the co-main event, Valentino
Maxy will take on Rashad Wallace
in a junior welterweight bout.
Minus Jr said they have been
pleased with the support they have
gotten from Gregory Storr and Tal-
bert Wells, who serve as referees,
the Bahamas Boxing Commission
and the Bahamas Amateur Boxing
Federation for their assistance..
He noted that they will conautie
to host shows to promote the matfy
young boxers involved in their pro-
However, Minus Jr said, they are
encouraging the other amateur
clubs to come out and bring their
boxers to participate in the shows..

Senior Sports Reporter
After posting the best per-
formance ever by a
Bahamian at the
Olympic Games, 24-
year-old welterweight Taureano
"Reno" Johnson has booked his tick-
et to the World Cup in Moscow.
'Johnson and his coach, Andre Sey-
mour, are scheduled to leave the cap-
ital on Sunday for Russia where he
and other elite boxers are slated to
compete December 7-15.
Wellington Miller, president of the
Bahamas Amateur Boxing Federa-
tion, said they were very impressed
with the boxer's performance at the
Beijing Games in August and are
confident that Johnson will continue
to shine at the World Cup.
"Because of Reno's performance
at the Olympic Games, he was invit-
ed to the World Cup," said Miller,
who also serves as the president of
the Bahamas Olympic Association.
"Only the top eight boxers in each
division will be allowed to compete.
So I'm proud of Reno...I'm proud of
the amateur programme because this
is another opportunity for us to let
the world know that the Bahamas
Miller said Johnson has had the
opportunity to travel extensively,
competing in three Olympic quali-
fiers. And he went to the Olympics
and finished fifth in his division, just
falling short of, advancing to the
medal round.
"Going to this prestigious tourna-
ment, we can say that we have one of
the best amateur boxers in the
world," Miller said. "This will be a

Miller, Cargill meet with Commonwealth chiefs

Senior Sports Reporter
getting adjusted to being the
new president of the Bahamas
Olympic Association (BOA).
Last month, Miller.and
BOA vice president Algernon
Cargill attended the Common-
wealth Games Federation's
Congress to further familiarise
themselves with the Olympic
The Congress in Gambia,
Africa, featured discussions on
the events involving the Com-
monwealth over the next four
years, including the 19th Com-
monwealth Games in New

Delhi, India, slated for October
3-14, 2010.
"It was good for all of us as
executives from the various
Commonwealth countries to
meet and discuss what's hap-
pening," Miller said.
"There was a lot of informa-
tion that was shared with us
and a lot of information that
we have to impact to our fed-
erations, executives, coaches
and athletes."
Miller said the Common-
wealth Games Federation just
hosted a successful 3rd Com-
monwealth Youth Games in
October in Pune, India. He
said the event has set the stage
for what is anticipated to be a
great Commonwealth Games

College to host winter

track& field c c

TARGETING students ic prowess and preparations
and coaches from secondary for college.
schools in the Bahamas, The A stellar group of coaches is
College of The Bahamas' lined up to lead the activities.
Athletics Department is These include Rolando
scheduled to host its first. Greene, associate head coach
Track & Field Winter Clinic at the University of Arkansas,
later this month. Pauline Davis, Olympic gold
Set for December 15-19, the medallist in 200m and 4 x
five-day clinic is designed to 100m relay in Sydney, Nor-
provide coaching and training bert Elliott, assistant coach at
tips to improve performance the University of Tennessee
in throwing, jumping and run- and Bradley Cooper, national
ning events and to give advice record holder in discus and
on better nutrition for build- shot put and assistant athletics
ing explosive power, speed director at COB.
and stamina. Coaching sessions are slated
Ile clinic will also focus on to take place at The College
flexibility to keep the muscles of The Bahamas Wellness
and joints in tip-top shape for Centre and Queen Elizabeth
the best possible performance Sports Centre from 3-7pm
and weight training for daily. Application forms are
strength. available at the Wellness Cen-
Parents will also be invited tre.
for an information sharing For further information,
evening and an opportunity interested persons can call
to discuss their child's athlet- 302-4592/4573 or 302-4349.

Wellington Miller and Algernon
Cargill (right)

in two years.
Randhir Singh, secretary-
general of the Indian
Olympic Association, has
announced that the Com-
monwealth Games will be
staged in New Delhi as
scheduled in 2010. (See story
on page 12)
India, according to
Miller, is proud to be host-
ing the games for the first
time and are planning to
put on an event that all will

The games will be the first
for Miller and his new admin-
istration since they took office
at the end of July. Miller and
his executives were in office
before the Olympic Games,
but everything had already
been completed by the time
they took over.
Miller and his executives had
one major problem to deal
with and that was getting vet-
eran long jumper Jackie
Edwards reinstated after she
was dropped from the athletic
team because the former exec-
utive team felt her perfor-
mance wasn't up to par.
Since taking over, Miller said
he has been engaged in a series
of meetings, such as the one
he and Cargill attended in
Africa. He noted that they
have been able to gain a lot of
knowledge about the Olympic
Miller said he's eager to con-
tinue in his new role as the
BOA's president and is excited
about all of the programmes
that the Bahamas will be invit-
ed to participate in.

CAFL: Pros, Jets gearing

up for epic showdown

THE perennial champions Orry J Sands Pros and the Jets are
gearing up for another showdown in the Commonwealth
American Football League.
Their second matchup for the season, which was postponed
on November 22, will now be played on December 21 antic-
ipated to be an epic battle for the pennant.
After last weekend's action, the .ets are still undefeated,
leading the league with a 6-0 win-loss record. The Pros are sit-
ting in second place at 5-1.
The V8 Fusion Stingrays occupy third place at 4-2, while the
Royal Bahamas Defense Force Destroyers are fourth at 1-5. The
Tripoint Kingdom Warriors round out the field at 0-6.
In games played over the weekend at the DW Davis Gym-
nasium, the Pros humiliated the Destroyers 44-14 on Sunday and
the Jets blasted the Warriors 62-0t on Saturday. This weekend at
DW Davis, the Pros are scheduled to face the Warriors on
Saturday and the Jets will play the Stingrays on Sunday.



Williams, Slaton lead Texans

to victory over the Jaguars

British government agreed
Tuesday to cover more than
a third of a funding short-
fall for the country's
Olympic sports at the 2012
London Games.
The move clears the way
for the British Olympic
Association to pursue its tar-
get of finishing fourth in the
medals table, matching its
performance at the Beijing
Government culture sec-
retary Andy Burnham
offered British sports $43.4
million, reducing the deficit
to $74.8 million. Officials say
the shortfall was caused by
the global financial crisis.
Sports with slim medal
hopes will face funding cuts,
which will be announced
Volleyball, basketball and
handball are most vulnera-
ble because of the cost of
team sports.
About $150 million was
expected to come from pri-
vate business, but it failed
to develop because of the
economic downturn. The
gap was trimmed to $118.2
million by sales of lottery
"Since the end of the Bei-
jing Games, the world has
changed somewhat," Burn-
ham told BBC radio. "The
global economy has changed
significantly, and the job I
faced was to give sport cer-
tainty in this era. People can
get on now and build for
"It is now for the experts
to take difficult but realis-
tic decisions sport:by sport
about where our medal
potential lies," he said.

AP Sports Writer

Williams made the most of the
Williams had a season-high
three sacks and forced a fum-
ble and rookie Steve Slaton
had two touchdown runs to
lead the Texans to-a 30-17 win
over the Jacksonville Jaguars
in Houston's first ever Mon-
day night game.
Andre Johnson added a TD
reception and Kris Brown
kicked three field goals in the
Texans' second straight win.
The top overall pick in the
2006 draft, Williams said he
came out with extra incentive
- a chance to show a national
television audience what he
and the Texans could do.
Williams brought down
quarterback David Garrard in
the second, third and fourth
quarters, and forced a fumble
by Garrard on his final sack..
"I know a lot of people from
the East Coast. They're like,
'Who did y'all play? When did
y'all play?' They don't even
know what's going on over
here, good or bad," said
Williams, who has 11 sacks this
season. "For us to finally get a
showcase, ft's big for us."
Williams played well in his
only other night game, mak-
ing 3 1/2 sacks in a Thursday
night matchup against Denver
last season. The rest of the
defense followed Williams'
lead, holding the Jaguars to*
218 yards and a field goal
through three quarters.
"The scene was set, there
was a lot of intensity," said
Slaton had both touchdown
runs in the fourth quarter and
finished with 130 yards on 21
carries. He had only nine car-
ries in the first half and told
Coach Gary Kubiak at half-
time that he could handle
"I wanted to let him know
that if he needed someone to

count on. it was me," Slaton

Slaton ranks third among
rookies with 904 rushing yards

HOUSTON TEXANS defensive end Mario Williams (90) knocks the ball out
of the hand of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard (9), caus-
ing a fumble during the fourth quarter of Monday night's game in Hous-
ton. The Texans recovered the fumble...

1 I
Rasne.an Matlhis 271 tackles Houston
Tennis wide receiver Andre Jonnson (80)
During the second quarter of Monday
Night game in HOuston The Tevans
S .' tbeat tr he Jjiuar : 30-17

this season.
The Texans (5-7) are
impressed the third-round
draft pick has blossomed into
such a durable runner.
"He's become a great every-
down back," said quarterback
Sage Rosenfels. "He hits the
hole quick and he's got great
balance. He has been a gem
for this team."
Jacksonville (4-8), a playoff
team last season, lost its fifth in
six games with another lack-
luster performance. The
Jaguars had three turnovers
and missed a field goal and
Garrard fell to the grass twice
without being touched by
Houston's defense.
Down by 13 and facing
fourth-and-2, Garrard found
Matt Jones on a 27-yard pass

that got Jacksonville down to
the 6 early in the fourth quar-
ter. The Jaguars managed just
1 yard in the next three plays
and went for it again on fourth
This time Garrard's feet got
tangled with a teammate and
he crashed to the ground. He
got up and flipped the ball
toward the end zone as he was
hit, but the pass was broken
up by Fred Bennett.
"We have-to find a way to
get out of this little sandtrap
that we're in," said running
back Maurice Jones-Drew,
who was held to 49 yards on
12 carries.
The Jaguars' only TDs came
in the last 3 minutes with the
game out of reach. Fred Taylor
went in from the 4 to cut it to
23-10 and Reggie Williams
scored on an 18-yard reception
from Garrard with 45 seconds
Slaton had a nifty 46-yard
catch and run in the third quar-
ter that got Houston down to
the 1. Slaton failed to score on
three straight runs and Hous-
ton settled for a 20-yard field
goal by Brown that made it 16-
Brown kicked his longest
field goal of the season when
he converted a 50-yarder to
make it 13-0 in the third.
Williams got his ninth sack
of the season and first in
almost a month when he took
down Garrard on third-and-5
to force a punt late in the sec-
The second one came in the
third when the QB tripped on
one of his lineman and got
back up to try to get a pass off.
Williams yanked him down
before he could get rid of the
"We finally get a chance for
the whole world to see us,"
Williams said, "so you've got
to take advantage of it."
Slaton gained 26 yards on
three runs before Rosenfels hit
Johnson for a TD with 12:04
left in the first. With the catch.
Johnson set Texans records for
career touchdowns (29) and
points scored by a non-kicker
Rosenfels and Garrard
threw interceptions on consec-
utive plays with just under 10
minutes left in the quarter.
Rashean Mathis picked off
Rosenfels and returned it to
the Texans' 44 and Jacques
Reeves got it right back for
Houston on a pass intended
for Jerry Porter.
Rosenfels has thrown 10
interceptions this season, but
that was the Texans' only
turnover of the game. They've
won nine straight games in
which they've won the
turnover margin.

Commonwealth Games and Cricket

World Cup will go ahead as planned

AP Sports Writer

next Commonwealth Games
and Cricket World Cup will go
ahead as planned, Indian
authorities say, despite last
week's terrorist attacks in Mum-
bai that killed at least 172 peo-
Randhir Singh, secretary-gen-
eral of the Indian Olympic
Association, said the Common-
wealth Games will be staged in
New Delhi as scheduled in 2010.
"The Mumbai attacks are
tragic, but high-level security
has already been planned for
the Commonwealth Games in
New Delhi," said Singh, a vice
president of the Common-
wealth Games organizing body.
"We're determined to stage
the Commonwealth Games and
will make no compromise onl
security." added Singh, who is
also the general secretary of the
Olympic Council of Asia and a
member of the International
Olympic Committee.
Singh's assertion follows news
reports quoting Commonwealth
Games Federation chief exec-
utive Michael Hooper saying
that India's security situation
was being monitored and there
was a possibility of the 2010
event being shifted to another
"The security arrangements
will match those at the Beijing

Olympic Games this year, and
what is expected at the 2012
London Olympics," Singh said.
New Delhi was chosen to
host the 2010 Commonwealth
Games after several failed bids,
becoming only the second
Asian city to be allocated the
games that bring together ath-
letes from the former British
Malaysia's capital, Kuala
Lumpur, in 1998 became the
first Asian city to host the Coinm-
monwealth Gamies.
The Indian cricket board has
rejected reports of the possibil-
ity of shifting the 2011 World
Cup, which will be jointly host-
ed by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
and Bangladesh.
The International Cricket
Council is expected to discuss
the World Cup during next
week's Chief Executives Com-
mittee meeting at Cape Town.
Sharad Pawar, a senior min-
ister in India's union cabinet
who recently finished his term
as 13CCI president, told India's
independent CNN-IBN televi-
sion that the government would
take "all precautionary mea-
"Our government will take
corrective actions" on security,
said Pawar, who will be 1CC
president at the time of the 2011
World Cup.
Another senior Indian board
official, Rajiv Shukla, said talk
of moving the World Cup out of

the subcontinent was "too far-
"All security issues will be
sorted out, there won't be any
problems in staging the World
Cup," Press Trust of India quot-
ed Shukla as saying.
The Pakistan Cricket Board
is adamant the next World Cup
will be played in the subconti-
"There is no suggestion under
consideration to shift the World
Cup from the subcontinent,"
PCB chief operating officer Sal-
im Altaf was quoted as saying in
Pakistan media. "The Interna-
tional Cricket Council has
agreed with us that the
megaevent will be played in the
Asian countries."
The terrorist attacks on
Mumbai have raised political
tension between India and Pak-
istan after claims that the ter-
rorists were natives of Pakistan.
India's cricket officials have
not yet received the mandatory
government approval to tour
Pakistan in January and Febru-
The Indian government
recently stopped its junior
national field hockey team from
playing a series in Pakistan due
to security reasons.
India and Pakistan had earli-
er jointly staged two World
Cups, in 1987 and 1996. Sri Lan-
ka had also participated as a
joint host for the 1996 World


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Cowboys put


back on 53-man roster

IRVING, Texas (AP) Adam "Pac-
man" Jones is back in the NFL, and will be
able to play this week for the Dallas Cow-
The (Cowboys put Jones on their 53-man
rosier Tuesday after the NFL lifted the
cornerback's suspension.
Jones missed six games for violating the
league's player conduct policy. He previ-
ously was suspended for the entire 2007
season while with Tennessee and played
in only six games for the Cowboys before
the most recent suspension after an alco-
hol-related scuffle at an upscale Dallas
The NFL allowed Jones to return to
practice last week and said then he would
be able to return to play Sunday at Pitts-

The Cowboys cleared a spot on their
roster when they put safely Pat Watkins on
injured reserve. Walkins has been both-
ered by a lingering neck injury, and Thurs-
day was the fourth game he missed this
Jones started the first six games, and his
11 passes broken up still lead the team in
that category, as do his 27 tackles. He also
was the main punt returned. The Cowboys
went 4-2 with him and without him.
Jones' suspension in 2007 came after
multiple off-field incidents while with the
Titans. He was traded to Dallas during the
offseason and given another chance by
commissioner Roger Goodell.
But on Oct. 7, Jones got into a scuffle
with a bodyguard that was part of a team-
employed security detail. A week later,

Goodell suspended the cornerback indefi-
nitely. Jones spent part of his time away
taking part in an alcohol rehabilitation pro-
Since rejoining the team for practice last
week, Jones hasn't spoken to the media.
Coach Wade Phillips said this week that
he expects Jones to play in nickel and dime
packages and be involved in returning kicks
Sunday. The coach didn't say if Jones
would start.
Tank Johnson, whose locker is next to
Jones', said the cornerback has seemed
like himself at practice.
"Yeah, I mean he's fast, he can cover. He
can do all the things on the football field
that you ask a man to do," Johnson said
Monday. "We're just excited about him
coming back and continuing to do better."

IN THIS July 28 file photo, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman"
Jones walks around with five footballs that he caught one at a time prior
to the start of Dallas Cowboys' NFL football training camp practice in
Oxnard, Calif.
(AP Photo: Tony Gutierrez)

helps named

)p sportsman

.. NEW. YORK (AP) -
S'. Michael Phelps achieved anoth-
er unprecedented feat: the first
swimmer honoured as Sports
Illustrated's sportsman of the
Phelps broke Mark Spitz's
iconic record with eight gold
medals at the Beijing Olympics
in August and became the win-
ningest Olympian ever with his
14 career victories. Olympians
in other sports have earned the
award before in its 54-year his-
tory, but never a swimmer. In
j. 1972, the year Spitz won his
medals, UCLA basketball
coach John Wooden and tennis
great Billie Jean King were hon-
ored by the magazine.
THIS IMAGE provided by Sports Illustrated shows the cover of the December 8, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated, "Honestly, I feel like the
featuring Michael Phelps... same person I've been my
(AP Photo) whole life," Phelps told The

Associated Press at a recent
photo session where he posed
for the Sports Illustrated cov-
"I'm doing what I love. I was
able to accomplish what I want-
ed to accomplish this year. It's
been a dream come true of a
year, and I definitely couldn't
ask to change anything."
The 23-year-old Phelps fol-
lows a more traditional winner,
NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
Sports Illustrated Group editor
Terry McDonell called the
selection of Phelps "the easiest
choice I have made."
"It is so obvious that he
changed not only swimming,
but the entire Olympic land-
scape," McDonell said.
Phelps captivated Americans
during his record chase, driving

up NBC's television ratings and
inspiring conversations about
swimming among people who
had never followed the sport
He returned to the U.S. to
the ultimate validation of pop
culture relevance: He hosted
the season premiere of "Satur-
day Night Live."
"The football players and
basketball players and baseball
players have it a little bit dif-
ferent. Everybody sees their
faces more.often," Phelps said.
"Just being able to have the
attention of the American pub-
lic is something I've always
wanted for our sport. I've been
able not only myself but my
teammates have been able
to work together to allow that
to happen."


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Heat( rally in final seconds of
overtline to beat the WarriorsWoo

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND California (AP)
- Don Nelson believes his
Warriors will be much better
one day down the road. Golden
State's veteran coach made it
clear he doesn't expect to reach
the playoffs just before watch-
ing his team have a major melt-
down against Miami.
Chris Quinn hit a tying 3-
pointer with 7.1 seconds left in
overtime. Michiael Beasley stole
the ensuing inlbounds pass and
made the decisive free throw,
and the Heat pulled off a wild
130-129 come ick win over the
Warriors on M anday night.
"Well it was a whale of a
game, wasn't i.?" Nelson said.
"We sure gavc it away at the

end. Couple of breakdowns just
at the wrong time. I thought we
had the game won. ... It will be a
hard loss to get over."
In Monday's only other NBA
games, Charlotte defeated Min-
nesota 100-90, and Boston beat
Orlando 107-88.
Jamal Crawford missed a run-
ning jumper at the buzzer and
sprawled himself on the court
in frustration as the Warriors
dropped their seventh straight
game. Crawford is winless since
joining Golden State in a trade
from New York on Nov. 21 that
sent Al Harrington to the
Crawford scored six of his 40
points in overtime and dished
out seven assists.
Udonis Haslem scored on a
putback for Miami at the buzzer

MIAMI HEAT guard Dwyane Wade (center) is embraced by teammates
including Shawn Marion (7) after an overtime win over the Golden State

to force the extra session.
With his team up 125-123
with 28.8 seconds left in OT,
Golden State's Ronny Turiaf
swatted Dwyane Wade for his
fifth block of the game. Wade
converted a three-point play
with 15.1 seconds to go that cut
it to 127-126 before Crawford
hit two free throws on the other
Wade finished with 37 points
and 13 assists, and Haslem and
Shawn Marion each had 21
points. Beasley, who jumped in
front of Andris Biedrins'
inbounds pass at the end, added
19 points and six rebounds.
"It's good for us to step up
and help Dwyane pull out a
game at the end," Quinn said.
"Dwyane puts us on his back
enough and obviously he did
some of that tonight, but for
some of us to help him step up
and knock down some shots
and make some big plays
The Heat are 2-2 on a five-
game West Coast swing that
ends Wednesday at Utah. Mia-
mi lost 97-96 to the Clippers in
Los Angeles on Saturday.
"It was very significant,"
Wade said of the win. "This is a
tough gameto come back and
play after losing the other night
and taking so much energy out
of you to come back and play
against a team that keeps going
and keeps going. But our team
grew up in this game. I think a
lot our young guys did a really
good job."
Crawford shot 11-for-22 and
made 14 of 16 free throws en
route to his seventh career
game with 40 or more points.
But the Warriors got sloppy
with the ball on offense late in
the game and allowed Miami
some key second-chance points
that kept the Heat close.
Corey Maggette had 29
points, Biedrins had 17 points
and 15 boards and Brandan
Wright scored 16 points for the
Warriors, who went 0-5 on a
recent road trip their first 0-
5 trip since the 2003-04 season.

Nelson said beforehand he
already knows he doesn't have a
playoff team this season a
somewhat bold statement at this
early stage.
"I like the team for the
future. I've got a lot of guys that
aren't ready vet," Nelson said,
noting he's focused on getting
his team to play hard every
night and win as much as possi-
ble during th-is rebuilding
process. "We have some defi-
ciencies as a team. One of them
is passing. We're not a good
passing team. Our trade helps
that, gives us another passer.
We're not strong defenders."
Warriors leading scorer
Stephen Jackson returned after
missing Saturday's loss to the
Knicks. Jackson, who aggravat-
ed his sprained left wrist in a
loss Friday at Cleveland, had
just eight points on 2-for-ll
shooting but added 11 assists.
"Ain't no different than the
other ones. We gotta find a way
to get a win." Jackson said.

Bobcats 100,
Timberwolves 90
At Charlotte. N.C., Jason
Richardson scored 25 points in
another strong performance
after being sidelined with knee
trouble, leading the suddenly
efficient Bobcats to a 100-90
After starting 3-9, the Bob-
cats have won three of their last
five ganies, with a close loss to
defending champion Boston
during that stretch. In his record
ninth NBA head coaching job,
Larry Brown appears to' be
making progress with a team
that won only 32 ganes under
Sam Vincent last season.
Emeka Okafor, often invisi-
ble in the paint this season,,
added a season-high 24 points
on 9-of-14 shooting.
Randy Foye scored 23 points
and Mike Miller added 19
points and 10 rebounds for Min-
nesota, which lost its second
straight. Top scorer Al Jefferson
was held to eight points on 3-of-
11 shooting and Minnesota
committed 14 of its 18 turnovers

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS forward Emeka Okafor shoots over Timberwolves,
forward Al Jefferson (25) during the second half of Monday night's gameiz
in Charlotte...

in the first half.

Celtics 107, Magic 88
At Boston, Paul Pierce scored
17 of his 24 points in the third
quarter to lead the defending
champion Celtics to their ninth
straight win.
Ray Allen added 21 points,
Rajon Rondo had 16 points
with 12 assists and Kevin Gar-
nett scored 15 points for the

Celtics (17-2).
Rashard Lewis paced Orlan-
do with 30 points, Hedo"
Turkoglu scored 19 and Dwight- .
Howard, the league's rebound-
ing leader, had 14 points with ,
15 boards.
The Magic's four-game over-
all winning streak ended, as did
a six-game road'win streak
which was one short of a club

ORLANDO MAGIC forward Hedo Turkoglu (left) tries to weave past Boston Celtics guard Eddie House (top),
and forward Leon Powe on a diive to the basket in the second half of Monday night's game in Boston...


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BANGKOK, Thailand
Thailand's prime minister was
ousted Tuesday after weeks of
protests closed the capital's air-
ports, stranding 300,000 travel-
ers. Protesters promised to lift
their siege, and international
flights were expected to resume
Friday, according to the Associ-
ated Press.
The government of Prime Min-
ister Somchai Wongsawat was
doomed when the nation's Con-
stitutional Court dissolved Thai-
land's top three ruling parties for
electoral fraud in the 2007 vote
that brought them to power. Som-
chai was banned from politics for
five years.
Somchai did not formally
resign, as the protesters had
demanded for months, but
accepted the ruling.
"It is not a problem. I was not
working for myself. Now I will be
a full-time citizen," he-told
reporters in Chiang Mai, the
northern city where his paralyzed
administration has been forced
to govern since Wednesday.
Protest leaders said the airport
seizures would end Wednesday.
With the waning of the political
crisis, the official in charge of
Thailand's airports said Suvarn-
abhumi international airport will
resume operations on Friday.
"Please have confidence in us,"
said Vudhibhandhu Vichairatana,
the chairman of the Airports of

THAI SOLDIERS with the King's Guard march in review during trooping of the colors ceremonies Tuesday,
Dec. 2, 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand. The occasion marks the event where the guard renews their allegiance
to Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thailand, Which is currently in the grips of a political crisis has in
the past looked to the monarchy to resolves the nations problems.

Thailand. He called the flights a
birthday gift for Thailand's
revered King Bhumibol
Adulyadej, who turns 81 on Dec.
5. The airport reopened to cargo
flights Tuesday.
Officials had' earlier said the
airport would not reopen for
commercial flights before Dec.
15, but Vudhibhandhu said he
brought forward the date because
an inspection revealed the airport
had suffered no damage and
could become operational more


quickly. After Tuesday's court
decision, government spokesman
Nattawut Sai-kau said the six-par-
ty governing coalition would step
Despite the appearance of a
smooth political transition, the
ruling is expected to widen ftie
dangerous rift in Thai society that
many fear could lead to more vio-
lence between pro- and anti-gov-
ernment groups.
Late Monday, an explosive
device fired, from an elevated
highway-fell among hundreds of
protesters inside Don Muang air-
port, killing one person and
wounding 22. The death raised to
seven the number of people killed
in bomb attacks, clashes with
police and street battles between
government opponents and sup-
On hearing the court's deci-
sion, a cheer rose from thousands
of members of the People's
Alliance for Democracy occupy-
ing the international airport.
"My heart is happy. My friends
are very happy," said Pailin Jam-
papong, a 41-year-old Bangkok
housekeeper choking back tears
as she jumped up and down.

"This is a blow for corruption,"
said Nong Sugrawut, a 55-year-
old businessman at Suvarnabhu-
Somchai had become increas-
ingly isolated in recent weeks.
Neither the army, a key player in
Thai politics, nor the country's
much revered king offered firm
But hundreds of his support-
ers gathered outside the court,
saying the swiftness of the ruling
- which came just an hour after
closing arguments ended -
appeared predetermined. At one
point they cut off the power sup-
ply to the court, but electricity
was restored with diesel genera-
"The court is not qualified to
make this ruling. They re noth-
ing more than apologists for the
alliance, who are ruining the
country," an activist shouted
through a megaphone outside the
court. Somchai's People's Power
Party, the Machima Thipatai par-
ty and the Chart Thai party were
found guilty of committing fraud
in the December 2007 elections
that brought the coalition to pow-

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AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT protester reacts to the news that Prime Minister
Somchai Wongsawat's ruling PPP party must disband at Suva labhumi
Airport Tuesday Dec. 2, 2008 in Bangkok Thailand. Tuiarian PFime Min-
ister Somchai Wongsawat says he has accepted a court ruling to step down
because of electoral fraud committed by his political party.

Tearful Israel mourns six

victims of Mumbai attack
Thousands of grief-stricken OrthQdox Jews prayed and wept Tues-
day before the shrouded bodies of Israelis killed in Mumbai, joining the
national mourning in a ceremony broadcast on TV and attended by
Israeli leaders, according to the Associated Press.
The six died when gunmen on a deadly three-day rampage through
the Indian city struck Chabad House, the Mumbai headquarters of the
Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement, last \\ l %i., .i. Six Israelis
were among the 172 dead. A crowd gathered at Kfar Chabad. the
movement's Israel headquarters, to mourn Rabbi Gavriel Noach
Holtzberg, 29, and his 28-year-old wife, Rivka. The two were out-
reach envoys dispatched to Mumbai as part of the movement's attempt
to bring its brand of Judaism to Jews across the world, running an open
house aimed mainly at Jewish travelers and merchants.
The couple left a 2-year-old son, Moshe, who was rescued by his Indi-
an nanny. Rivka was. six months pregnant when she was killed, a
Chabad spokesman, Avraham Bcrkowitz. said Tues'day.
The crowd of thousands at their funeral included Israel's president,
Shimon Peres, the country's chief rabbis and other top government offi-
cials. "We will answer the terrorists." Moshe Kotlarsky. a Chabad
rabbi from New York, vowLed, his voice shaking, naming his w apon --
the teachings of God.
He pledged to rebuild Ihe Mumbai center and namCe it after the
Holtzbergs. ('habad operates thousands such outreach centers around
the world. The I loltzbergs' bodies hers wrapped in a shroad, his in
a prayer shawl rested on benches on a dais nearby. Coffins are not
used in Jewish funerals in Israel.
Their small son. who returned to Israel on Monday with the nanny
and the bodies of his parents. was not present. At a tearful ceremony
held at a Mumbai synagogue before their flight, the boy called out for
his mother in a scene that was repeatedly broadcast on Israeli TV.
"You don't have a mother who will hug you and kiss you." Kotlarsky
said, his culogy alternating between Hebrew and English. But the
community will take care of the bov. lie vowed: "You are Ihe child of
all of Israel."
The only other surviving member of Ithe famil..NMoshe's brother, has
Tay-Sachs, a terminal g'enelic disease, and is institutionalized in Israel.
The Holtzhbers' eldest son died of the illness.
The 1I oltzbergs lived in Is iel and iBrooklyn before they moved to
Mumbai in 2003,. Rabbi I oltzberg also had II.S. citizenship.
The gritiiness of (the funerals and the national allttnltion, w\as deep-
ened by the ncom\ictioin thal the victims died because they O were Jews.
"It's a \cry difficult feeling because we know this was targeted
against us." said Iliahut T/'adok. 41. \\ ho attended the funeral of
another victim, 38-vyear-old I cibish 'I'eilcllaun in iJerusalem.
Teitllbaum, a 1I.S. citizen who lived in lJerusalem. was a member of
Satimar, an ultra-( )rlhodox secl thai does not accept Israel as a .Jewish
state. Several thousand mourners, ost oli themin bearded men with side-
locks and garbed in long black coats and black hats, packed the main
square, narrow alleys and rooftops of Mca Shearim. a large Orthodox
neighborhood in lJerusale., for his I'uneral.


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at top insurer 2 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Ec

Tribune Business Editor
A m e r i c a n
Financial will
finish 2008 "on
budget" despite
the softening
economy having
steadily eroded
the end-Aplril
position where
revenues were
25 per. cent
ahead of target, Tribune Busi-
ness was told yesterday, as it
continues with plans to. launch a
money transfer business.

* British American Financial aims to launch
money transmission business in 2009
* Targeting launch of three new funds Property
Fund, Fixed Income Fund and Money Market
fund when economy allows
* Mortgage loan book grows 30-40% in two years
* But company places Turks & Caicos move on hold

I Chester Cooper, the
Bahamian life insurer and finan-
cial services provider's presi-
dent and chief executive, said
that while the company had
placed some planned initiatives

on hold until the economic out-
look became clearer, it was
reaping diversification benefits
and moving ahead in other
SEE page 2B

Lt venture in

n solar/wind

rgy proposal


A JOINT venture renewable energy com-
pany yesterday said it was proposing to invest
$60 million in the creation of wind and solar
power sources on three different Bahamian
islands if all elements of its project are given
the go-ahead by BEC, creating some 60-90
construction jobs in the process.
Thomas Schneider, chairman of the
Bahamas Renewable Energy Corporation
(BREC), said that if the Government/BEC
gave permission for their proposal submitted
as part of the latter's Request for Proposal
(RFP) on alternative energies to proceed, it
aimed to generate 24 megawatts (MW) of elec-
tricity per day across three islands New Prov-
'idence, Abico and Harbour Island.
BREC, which is a joint venture between
Bahamian company, WINSO Ltd, and Schnei-
der Power of Canada, said that 24MW of elec-

* Canadian/Bahamian venture
submits proposal to supply
BEC with 24 MW of power
across three islands
* Plan eyes $40m spend
in Bahamas, with 60-90
construction jobs created
if full go-ahead given, and
10-15 full-time posts

tricity would be enough to power around
25,000 homes.
"If we got the full go-ahead, it would be a
total capital outlay of about $60 million, of
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Bank clearing house Financing issues push back airport start date

targets end-January

'go live' date

" Tribune Business Editor
.BAHAMIAN commercial banks are aiming to 'go live' with
this nation's Automated Clearing House (ACH) "by the end of Jan-
uary 2009", Tribune Business.was told yesterday, a further delay to
a process that has left the Chamber of Commerce's president
"extremely disappointed and frustrated".
Dionisio D'Aguilar. who is also Superwash's president, said the
ACH's implementation and the widespread launch of "afford-
able" debit cards was the "one topic I receive the most calls on".
He added: "It's so important, but the banks can't seem to get it
Mr D'Aguilar was responding after Luis Carlos Ochoa, the
Clearing Banks Association's (CBA) chairman, told this newspa-
per yesterday that the organisation and its members were targeting
end-January 2009 for the ACH's implementation.
Confirming that the system was "in parallel testing" among the
CBA's seven members, operating alongside the existing manual
processes, Mr Ochoa said: "We
are trying our' best to have it by SEE page 4B

$50m oil price cost 'God-

send' for the Bahamas

Business Reporter
THE construction start-date
for the $310 million first phase
of Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport's (LPIA) rede-
velopment ha~s been pushed
back to the 2009 second quarter
due to difficulties encountered
in raising the necessary financ-
ing, the Airport Authority's
chairman said yesterday.
Frank Watson told Tribune
Business that negotiations were
still diligently ongoing with
potential investors, but admit-
ted: "The reality is that the
deadline was pushed back to
allow for time to settle the
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham tacitly admitted that the
Nassau Airport Development
Company (NAD), the entity
that is operating LPIA under a

30-year lease from the Airport
Authority, was having difficulty
in raising the necessary financ-
ing when he briefed the media
on Sunday. No one, though,
picked up the significance of his
statement at the time.
He said then: "The first phase
of the new US pre-clearance
facility and associated land-side
* terminal and airside construc-
tion work at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport will
commence during the second
quarter of 2009."
NAD is seeking $310 million
in financing for the first stage
of LPIA's redevelopment, con-
sisting of a $90 million senior
secured bond issue (some $20
million of which will be in
Bahamian dollars); a $140 mil-
lion revolving credit facility; and
secondary $80 million debt facil-
The proceeds, apart from re-
financing an $80 million, seven-

year term loan issued in 2007,
will finance some $196.1 million
in construction costs.
Yet informed sources have
told Tribune Business that while
the $140 million revolving syn-
dicated bank credit facility has
largely been placed, and good
interest shown in the $90 million
senior secured bond issue, there
has been virtually zero appetite
for the third and bottom
tranche the secondary $80 mil-
lion participating debt facility.
NAD had hoped to secure
the $310 million by year's end,
with construction due to start
immediately in the New Year,
but one source yesterday sug-
gested that to get the issue
away, a government guarantee
might be necessary.
This is the last thing the Gov-
ernment would want to do,
especially since the LPIA man-
agement contract was due to be
self-financing, as it would lump

another debt loan on to its bal-
ance sheet at a time when the
fiscal deficit and national debt
are coming under pressure as a
result of the global economic
Given current state of the
economy, finding institutional.
investors especially from over-
seas to participate in the NAD
financing has proven extremely
Mr Watson said that while
NAD was working diligently,
the funding issues may not be
settled before January or Feb-
ruary 2009.
"Really, we only have about
two more working weeks for'
the year, so we are going to see
how far we can get. The negoti-
ations are ongoing,' he said.
Until it is resolved, Mr Wat-
son said NAD was proceeding
with all the elements of the first

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas will spend $50
million less on oil and petrole-
um-product purchases this
December than it did when
global markets peaked in July
2008, with a leading industry
-figure yesterday describing this
as a "God-send".
Franklyn Wilson, Freeport
Oil Holdings (FOCOL's)
largest shareholder, who speaks
for more than one-third of the
company's shares that are held
in his name and those of Sun-
shine Holdings, said the rough-
ly two-thirds decline in global
oil prices since their $147 per
barrel July peak, would save "a
hell of a lot of money" for
Bahamian consumers and busi-

"I would say that for the
Bahamas as a whole, the coun-
try would probably end up
'spending at least $50 million
less in December than it spent
in July, and that's a hell of a lot
of money," Mr Wilson.told Tri-
bune Business.
"$50 million less will be spent
on fuel than was spent in July.
One commentator said that's
our economic stimulus package.
That's money people will have
to spend on Christmas gifts, and
will not have to spend on fuel."
Qn the FOCOL front, Mr
Wilson said the raid increase in
global oil prices over the past
year had presented a "real chal-
lenge" to the. BISX-listed petro-
leum products supplier because
it had massively increased the
cost of its up-front inventory
"It's affected the level of
inventories we have to finance,"
he explained. "The cost of oil
was reflected in inventory price
For the financial year to July
31, 2008, FOCOL saw its rev-
enues increase by 35.8 per cent
to $378.861 million, compared
to i.." 924 million the year
before. but cost of sales the
line item reflecting global oil
prices shot up by a; even
greater mount, some 40.8 per
cent, to $336.253 million.
U ultimately, while gross prof-
its rose by 6.2 per cent, from
$40.125 million the year before
to $42.607 million in 2008,
increases in marketing, general
and administrative costs, depre-
ciation and finance costs essen-
lially left net income flat at
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"We see a softening of the
economy, but we are going to
achieve our Budget for 2008,"
Mr Cooper told Tribune Busi-
ness, "which is a softening over
the early months.
"By the end of April 2008,
revenues were 25 per cent
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With next year likely to be
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many Bahamian businesses, Mr
Cooper said British American
Financial was focused on
"building on the things we have
started to put in place" over the
previous two years since'the
current ownership acquired the
company via a management
Among the initiatives that.
have been temporarily "stalled"
until the economic picture firms
are British American Financial's
planned expansion into the
Turks & Caicos Islands, where
it had aimed to set up a branch
of its Bramer General Insur-

on Monday

ance agency.
Yet one area where British
American Financial is proceed-
ing is with the planned 2009
launch of money transfer/trans-
mission businesses within its
existing branch infrastructure,
which includes four outlets in
Nassau, and operations in
Grand Bahama, Abaco and
The company already acts as
a Western Union sub-agent for
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) in the
latter island, and Mr Cooper
said: "One of the things we will
be launching shortly is a.money
transfer business, subject to reg-
ulatory approval, in all our
"There is significant demand
for another player, and we hope
to get some new revenue
British American Financial
would then compete directly
with Fidelity's Western Union,
Omni Financial Services and
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional's Moneygram transfer
businesses, acting as an agent
for a well-known brand itself.
Meanwhile, Mr Cooper said
British American Financial had
seen no "change in interest" in
its investment funds products.
It has launched one of its four
funds, the Balanced Fund, fea-
turing a mix of equity and fixed
income investments, and the
launch of the other three will
"depend on what happens with
the economy in 2009".
"We're going to launch a
Property Fund, a Fixed Income
Fund and a Money Market
fund," Mr Cooper told Tribune
Business. "The interest level has
been very high with existing

clients, and we're attracting new
clients as a result."
Elsewhere, British American
Financial has seen 30-40 per
cent growth in its mortgage loan
book over the past two years,
and Mr Cooper said the com-
pany's focus on owner-occu-
pied, residential properties for
its lending portfolio would help
it weather the current down-
"I think one of our key strate-
gies has been, as you know,
been to build around our core
business of life insurance," the
British American Financial
executive said.
"We have been extremely
successful in creating many
appendages to that business.
Life insurance will continue to
be our core business, but we're
extremely pleased at the level of
growth in areas stch as invest-
ments and other areas. o
"'We have achieved all of our
targets 'vith respect to our pro-
jections for growth. On the
mortgage side, over the last two
years, we have essentially dou-
bled growth of our loan book
in the previous two years.
Growth in 2007 and 2008 was
double what growth was in
Mr Cooper added: "The strat-
egy is not to continue that level
of growth. Our lending is more
geared towards residential,
owner-occupied properties,
which bring a lot more conser-
vatism. The guy is going to put
the roof over his head first.
"We will be monitoring the
portfolio more closely, but
because of the conservative
approach taken, we don't have.
significant levels of delinquen-
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over time, and will be monitor-
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HIGGS & Johnson's expan-
sion into the Caribbean is a tes-
tament to the capability of
Bahamian law firms and should
be encouraged, the president of
the Bahamas Bar Association,
Wayne Munroe, said yesterday,
adding that it was not an indi-
cation of a saturated local mar-
"It's a good thing and should
be encouraged, as it is an asset
to the firm and to the Bahamas.
They are to be congratulated,"
Mr Munroe said.
It was announced that effec-
tive from January 1, 200), Higgs
and Johnson will merge with the
Cayman firm Truman Bodden
and Company, using the name
Higgs Johnson Truman Bodden
and Co for one year in that
nation, before going solely by
Higgs and Johnson.
Lennox Paton, another
Bahamian law firm, is moving
to establish its own presence in
the British Virgin Islands as
Mr Munroe said such expan-

sions bode well for the Bahami-
an legal profession, but were not
an indication that the Bahamian
market is saturated.
"I see this as a broaden-
ing of their [Higgs & Johnson's]
opportunities, but it does not
mean that locally we are satu-
rattd. There are some areas
which are overserviced, but then
there are other areas that are
not serviced at all," the Bar
Association president said.
Mr Munroe said that by
expanding regionally, Bahamian
law firms can have some pro-
tection against the shocks that
may affect either of the coun-
tries where they have a pres-
ence by broadening their invest-
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Mr Munroe said that like oth-
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sion has felt the implications of
the economic climate.
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in legal conveyances and land
transactions have obviously seen
a decline, something that has
happened before, but on the
other hand those attorneys who
deal with liquidations and insol-
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in business." Mr Munroe said.

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AC( l's clearing processes must
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works employ.
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everywhere they work in the
"That doesn't mean they
[clearing processes] have to be
absolutely identical, but if any
of the banks have a worldwide
system, lhe same protocols have
to be applied in the Bahamas."
However, he added: "It's [the
ACH] moving ahead well, in
spite of the challenges we are
experiencing. Clearing systems
are never done in one year. It's
impossible for a country to say
they are putting in a clearing
system in three months, six
Mr Ochoa also praised the
work done by the CBA's ACH
committee chairman, Bank of
the Bahamas International
managing director, Paul
McWeeney, and Bahamas
Automated Clearing House
(BACH) general manager, Bri-
an Smith.
Yet the persistent delays in
getting the ACH fully imple-
mented and operational con-
tinue to frustrate the Bahamian
business community. Mr
D'Aguilar said yesterday that
after it was first promised for
early 2008, the ACH had been
delayed until October, then
November, and now until early
2009 a full year after it was
initially promised.
"I'm extremely disappointed
that this system is now delayed
to January," the Chamber pres-

OIL, from lB
$13.275 million.
And, with preference share
dividends increasing from.
$1.505 million in 2007 to $1.658
million, the net income avail-
able to FOCOL's common
shareholders actually fell from
$11.660 million in 2007 to
$11.617 million.
When it came to likely oil
price movements in 2008, Mr
Wilson told Tribune Business:
"You're guess is as good as
mine. In terms of a company
like FOCOL, we have to be vig-
ilant. We benefit from remain-
ing very conservatively
financed, being careful and
being prudent. That's our
Mr Wilson said the $15 mil-
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launched by FOCOL earlier

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never come a bank ini-
tiative that ha- -en so delayed
as this one.
"If it was profit-making for
the banks, they would proba-
bly have done it right away, but
I'm extremely frustrated and
disappointed that it will not be
available to us until 2009.
."The most profitable sector
in our economy cannot make
something as simple and
straightforward as an ACH,.
which has been implemented
every where else in the world,
happen. They just need to allo-
cate the necessary resources and
money to get this done."
Mr D'Aguilar called upon the
Government, either througli the
Ministry of Finance or the Cen-
tral Bank, to encourage the
banks to move forward.
"Banking is an integral part
of doing business in this coun-
try. Every business needs a
bank," the Chamber president
said. "The Government should
see the importance of moving
the country to a cashless,
chequeless society.
"It's a real crime-fighting ini-
tiative that every government
should want to be implemented
as quickly as possible. I can't
understand why it's taking so
Mr Smith, the Bahamas
Automated Clearing House
(BACH) manager, told Tribune
Business earlier this week that

this year to bolster its capital
base and balance sheet position
was now "virtually" fully placed
and "a stone's throw away"
from being completed.
"Today, with the oil prices
falling, it's not as big an issue, as
the company is very liquid," he
said, adding that FOCOL was
"doing everything we possibly
can to keep the record going" in
terms of sustained increases in
shareholder dividends.
For FOCOL, the major story
during its 2008 financial year
was the 40.7 per cent increase in
shareholder equity to $79.854
million..compared to $56.749
million the year before.
Contributed capital increased
from $27.837 million at year-
end 2007 to $43.982 million as at
July 31, 2008, largely due to the
preference share issues.

"testing has gone very success-
fully". The institutions involved
are Citibank, Bank of the
Bahamas International, Com-
monwealth Bank, Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas), FirstCaribbean,
Royal Bank of Canada and Sco-
Mr Smith said that when the
ACH came on line, consumers
would "see a lot more conve-
nience", with the current need
for businesses to open an
account with all the banks, or
their customers to open an
account with their business's
bank, "will be a thing of the
past" when it comes to paying
The ACH is intended to
replace the current manual sys-
tem for settling cheque trans-
actions, where cheques drawn
on one bank but due to be
deposited at another have to be
taken by armoured car to a cen-
tral location where they are set-
tled by representatives of the
various institutions.
Apart from allowing inter-
bank cheques to be processed
electronically rather.than man-
ually at a cheque clearing facil-
ity, the ACH system will allow
direct debits and credits from
accounts, debit cards and a
shared Automatic Teller
Machine (ATM) network. ,
The latter would allow

Bahamians to use their cash
cards at any bank branch. It
would also reduce the time per-
sons spent in line waiting to
cash and deposit pay cheques,
as they could be deposited to
their account.
Bahamian consumers would
also be able to use direct debits
from their bank accounts to pay
bills such as cable television and
The ACH could ultimately
lead to the creation of just one
back office system for the entire
Bahamas. It may also.help
develop SWITCH products,
where Bahamians could use
their cash cards at any bank's
ATM machine.
A further potential bonus
from the ACH will be the open-
ing up a whole range of elec-
tronic banking services in the
Bahamas, including its use in
the online purchase of govern-
ment goods and services.
Ultimately, through mod-
ernising the Bahamian pay-
ments system through electron-
ic means, the ACH will provide
buyers and sellers with more
certainty and confidence, espe-
cially when it comes to settling
'their transactions.
It will also enhance econom-
ic and business efficiency by set-
tling transactions quicker,
boosting business cash flows.

Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000, IKCON
INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in Dissolution. The date of
commencement of dissolution was November 24th, 2008. Mac-
gregor Robertson of 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas is

Macgregor Robertson

'Legendary Past .. Glorious Future!'

Has a vacancy for a dynamic and versatile


The successful candidate must be able to:

* Determine the needs of the department to affect work production

* Develop and maintain a preventative maintenance programme in
a timely manner

. Plan schemes of work in order to have a continuous upkeep
programme of the property

. Establish work schedules and monitor performance, discipline and
staff evaluation

. Assist with recruitment and oversee training of new staff

The starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
However, preference will be given to candidates with relevant training received
at a recognized technical school. We offer a competitive benefits package
including gratuity, pension, health and dental insurance and discount on
children's tuition.

Application forms are available from the Human Resources Office at the school or may
be downloaded from our award winning website www pchanceforth.co'n. The
completed application, together with a covering letter, a statement of educational
philosophy and a recent photograph must be sent to,
The Principal
Queen's College
P.O. Box N7127,Nassau, Bahamas'
Or faxed to. 242-393-3248, or emailed to dlynch@qchencefo'th corn and should armve
no later than December 12, 2008. Candidates short-lisled will be contacted by
telephone, fax or email for an interview
P.O. Box N.7127. Ni.au, Bahamsn
Tel: (242) .W93.l66i.19-215.1.'39.-2646 0 Fm (242393-32481

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phase that it can while it addresses
the funding challenges.
"We are moving forward, it is
just a slower pace than we had
anticipated," Mr Watson added.
In September, NAD announced
that FirstCaribbean had won the
bid to provide placement agency
and escrow services for the
Bahamian-dollar denominated
components of the LPIA financ-
ing, and was working alongside
NAD's chief financial advisor,
Citibank, to place the issue.
In an effort to entice investors,
NAD was said to be considering
additional incentives. One would
be to increase the interest rate
returns for international investors
on the bonds they will receive, in
the hope of making the project
more attractive. Some sources had
suggested that the coupon rate
would be increased to 9 per cent.
In his address on Sunday, the
Prime Minister said of the airport:
"The new terminal will be energy
efficient, using deep well cooling
and a variety of other design com-
.ponents to decrease energy use. It
will incorporate a world-class bag-
gage system and jet bridges to air-
craft. It will reflect Bahamian art,
history, and culture, giving visitors
a lasting sense of place. It will also
house many different food and bev-
erage and retail offerings, all owned
and operated by Bahamian busi-
ness persons.
"The design for the new facility is
already 60 per cent completed. At
the height of construction some 400
construction jobs will be created.
In anticipation of construction,
some businesses are already being
relocated. This $175 million pro-
ject will be funded by loans/bonds
and serviced from the operating
revenues of the Airport; it is not
expected that the borrowings by
the Airport Authority will require
a Government guarantee.
"However, to facilitate this con-
struction the Government will
assume responsibility for $50 mil-
lion of the present outstanding debt
of the Airport Authority.
"I note that the Airport Author-
ity/Nassau Development Compa-
ny (NAD) implemented a $5
increase in the fees at the LPIA.
Fees payable for international trav-
el at LPIA are now $20 instead of
-$ 1 5 -. .. .- .. .. .

BEN BERNANKE spea-s during a luncheon
meeting ul the Ausiin Chamber ut Coiinmere in
Austin. Te,:as He said that lurther interesi-rate
cii. are certainly teasitle Du he warned here
are IintS uo h'ow nlnII sutl'i ac (1011 would revive
an econcoiny iilelv to stay weak well into nevt

VENTURE, from lB
which $15 million would be
the equity contribution, and
the rest debt financing," Mr
Schneider told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday. "I would antic-
ipate that $40 million of that
would be spent locally in the
"Ultimately, we're trying to
provide a very competitive
long-term electricity price,
which removes the question of
what a barrel of oil is going to
cost over the next six months."
BREC's wind/solar power
facility proposals for the three
islands, using a mix of wind
turbines and solar panels,
would,be self-financing and
not require any involvement
from the Government or BEC,
Mr Schneider said.
Some 20-30 construction
jobs would be created on each



of the three islands, meaning
that some 60-90 jobs in total
could come to fruition if the
Government/BEC approved
BREC's proposals for all three
Mr Schneider explained that
his estimate regarding the $40
million spend in the Bahamas
came from the fact that BREC
planned to hire Bahamian con-
tractors for construction of the
roadways, electricity and foun-
"Such a capital infrastruc-
ture spend in the Bahamas can
create a lot of services as well
as jobs," Mr Schneider said.
"That's going to be a key ben-
efit for the Bahamas, as we're
going to be putting money into
the economy."
With the hurricane-resistant

Fed extends life of key credit

programmes through April 30

AP Economics Writer
The Federal Reserve has
extended the life of key pro-
grammes aimed at busting
through credit clogs and restor-
ing stability to financial mar-
The Fed said Tuesday that
the programmes, originally slat-
ed to last through January 30,
will be extended through April
30. The Fed said it was taking
the action "in light of continu-
ing strains in financial markets."
The Fed's emergency lend-
ing facility, which investment
firms can tap for a ready source
of cash, is covered by the deci-
sion. This category was recent-
ly broadened to include any
loans that were made to the US
and London-based broker-deal-
er subsidiaries of Goldman
Sachs, Morgan Stanley and
Merrill Lynch.
A programme that lets finan-
cial institutions temporarily
swap risky investments, such as
shunned mortgage-backed
securities, for super-safe Trea-
sury securities also is covered.

wind and solar technology
BREC plans on using "very
self-sufficient" once opera-
tional, Mr Schneider said the
company anticipated hiring
some 10-15 persons full-time.
While BREC had respond-
ed to the BEC RFP, Mr
Schneider said it had initially
been set-up to provide small-
scale residential installation
services for solar and wind
devices, such as solar water
"Our major focus right now
is on providing small scale res-
idential installations to cus-
tomers in the Bahamas," he
said, "while we wait on a deci-
sion from the Government and
Kevin Ingraham, BREC's
vice-president of finance, said
"soft negotiations" between
WINSO and Schneider Power
over the joint venture had

Another Fed programme
being extended makes loans to
money market mutual funds -
via banks to help the funds,
which have been under pres-
sure as skittish investors
demand withdrawals.
Some other crucial Fed pro-
grammes aimed at unlocking
lending already are authorized
to last through April 30, the
Fed noted.
Those include a programme
where the Fed buys mounds of
short-term debt that companies
rely on for day-to-day opera-
tions, a facility where the Fed
provides a financial backstop
for the mutual fund industry,
and credit arrangements with
other central banks.
The central bank's arsenal of
such programmes has figured
prominently in its strategy to
battle the worst financial crisis
since the 1930s.
The Fed's decision to extend
the life of its key programmes
comes one day after the
National Bureau of Economic
Research declared that the
country has been in a recession
since last December.
To help ease the damage

been ongoing since February
2008, and their partnership
was consummated just in time
for the BEC RFP.
Currently with a five-strong
staff, Mr Ingraham said:
"We're moving forward in any
event to pursue projects
throughout the islands. We're
providing some quotes to

from the recession, Fed Chair-
man Ben Bernarike on Mon-
day said he stood ready to low-
er interest rates again.
Many analysts expect the Fed
to cut its key rate when its
meets next on December 15-
The Fed's key rate now
stands at one per cent a lev-
el seen only once before in the
past half-century. The Fed can
slice its rate only so far to
zero to try to stimulate eco-
nomic activity. Given that,
Bernanke said the central bank
was exploring other ways to
revive the moribund economy.
"Economic activity appears
to have downshifted further"
after financial conditions took a
turn for the worse in Septem-
ber, Bernanke observed Mon-
"The likely duration of the
financial turmoil is difficult to
judge, and thus the uncertainty
surrounding the economic out-
look is unusually large," he
said. "But even if the function-
ing of financial markets contin-
ue to improve, economic con-
ditions will probably remain
weak for a time."

some individuals who have an
interest in putting renewable
energies into their projects."
He added that if BEC gave
the go-ahead, BREC would
look to install about 10 MW
of electricity generation capac-
ity in New Providence, "most-
ly wind", and another 10 MW
on Eleuthera.

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The Counselling and Health Services Department's.
Response to the Financial Crisis


1. To provide psychological assistance and support to persons who recently
lost their jobs as a result of the current financial crisis.
2. To provide career planning and development skills.
3. To provide educational information on coping skills and guidelines for
seeking re-employment.

1. Free psychological and career counseling on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Counselling and Health Services Department
of The College of The Bahamas, 3rd floor Portia Smith Student Services
Centre, Oakes Field campus. Appointments needed. Call 302-4439 /
2. A Series of Seminars will be offered to help displaced workers.

Tues, Dec 2. 2008

10 a.m. 12 noon
6 p.m. 8 p.m.

Information Group

All Counsellors

Thurs, Dec 4, 2008 2 p.m. 4 p.m. Presenting the Best You Camille Smith

Coping With Stress and Dr. Suzanne Newbold
Thurs; Dec 4, 2008 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Loss in Challenging and Stan Smith

Fri, 5th Dec, 2008 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Resume Writing Nonna Turnquest

Tues Dec 9, 2008 10 a.m. .12 noon Presenting the Best You Camille Smith

Tues Dec 9, 2008 12 noon 1:30 p.m. Interviewing Techniques Nomnna Turnquest

Wed Dec 10, 2008 12 noon 1:30 p.m. Career Survival and Dr. Joan Vanderpool
6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Transition

Wed, Dec 10, 2008 3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Financial Management C. Anthony Smith
Thurs, Dec 11,2008 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m. Financial Management C. Anthony Smith
Thurs, Dec 11, 2008 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Images of Resilience Anastacia Forbes
Fri, Dec 12, 2008 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Anger Management Teorah L. Ferguson

NOTICE is hereby given that CHONKEN JEAN-PIERRE,
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 3RD day of DECEMBER,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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open $0 IJi

aoIunt with C 8

Financial Senrices Student of
the Year at the Bahamas Finan-
cial Sernices Board's (BFSB)
2008 Industry Excellence
Awards. She has opened an
investment account with CFAL.
A Graduate of the College-of
' the Bahamas (COB) with a

The Public is hereby advised that I, CALENA DIANNA
BELLE of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice



(a) KITOKO LIMITED is in vol
under the provisions of Sectic
International Business Comp.


untary dissolution
on 137(4) of the
anies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 28th November, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 2nd day of December, A.D. 2008


Credit Suisse Trust Limited

BBA in Accounting IDistinc-
lion),. Nis Kemp also has an
associate's degree in Biolog)
with Chemistry. At the 2008
COB Graduation, she was
awarded the Chamber of Com-
merce, Ernst & Young and
Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants Awards.
While pursuing her BBA, Ms
Kemp worked with Deloitte
and Touche in its Co-op Pro-
gramme. She recently com-
pleted her CPA examinations,
and intends to pursue a Mas-
ter's degree in Accounting.
The BFSB launched the stu-
dent award programme in 2002,
and the ongoing initiative has
been a joint venture with the
College of the Bahamas, the
Central Bank of the Bahamas,
and a Working Group of Pro-

SHOWN at CFAL with the student awardee (1-r) are: Renee Barrow, human resources manager at SG Hambros
Bank & Trust; Sean Longley, vice-president, business development/client relations at CFAL; Khalil Braithwaite,
CFAL's marketing and client relations officer; and Joseph Delancy, vice-president and chief financial officer at
Pearl Investment Management...

fessional Industry Associations
The Student Award pro-
gramme is an integral compo-
nent of BFSB's ongoing Finan-
cial Centre Focus (FCF) pro-
gramme that addresses issues
such as challenges impacting the
sustained growth and develop-
ment of the industry; improve-
ments to the level of service;
and attracting and maintaining
qualified professionals.


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 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.


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'statemient
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.

Legal Notice

I In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
.138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, SPITZI LIMITED is in dissolution as of
December 1, 2008.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated as 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the


Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Disoltuion. The date of commencement of dissolution
was November 21st, 2008. Larry E. Roberts of 308
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas is the Liquidator

Larry E. Roberts




Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the
above company commenced on the 01st day of
December, 2008, Credit Suisse Tr'ust of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau,
The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Legal Notice



(a) UNAMUNO LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 4th November, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd.,- Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 2nd day of December, A.D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.

Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, ISLECO LIMITED, is in Disoltuion. The date
of commencement of dissolution was November
21st, 2008. Larry E. Roberts of 308 East Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas is the Liquidator of ISLECO

Larry E. Roberts

SANCHINA Kemp. a junior
accountant with Deloitte &
Touche, has receive ed her $5000
Investment Account award
from corporate sponsors Pearl
Investment Management and
SG Hambros Bank & Trust
after being selected as the

Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, KESTREL VENTURES INC. is in dissolution
as of December 1, 2008.

Athina Chrysostomou of Panagioti Anagnostopolou 85,
Kato Polcmidia, 4152, Limassol, Cyprus is the



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9.68 7.64 Bank of Bahamas 7.64 7.64 0.00 0.319 0.160 23.9 2.09%
0.99 0.73 Benchmark 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.877 0.020 N/M 2.74%
3.74 3.15 Bahamas Waste 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.152 0.090 20.7 2.86%
2.70 1.95 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.15 12.00 Cable Bahamas 14.04 14.00 -0.04 2.000 1.255 0.240 11.2 1.71%
3.15 2.83 Colina Holdings 2.83 2.83 0.00 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (SI) 7.19 7.01 -0.18 31.010 0.,446 0.300 15.7 4.28%
6.59 1.88 Consolidated Water BDRs 1.-76 1.84 0.08 0.111 0.052 16.6 2.83%
3.00 2.26 Doctor's Hospital 2.64 2.55 -0.09 4,000 0.256 0.040 10.0 1.57%
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1 A thousand new clues for
strength (6)
4 Incorrect kit means
trouble (8)
9 Doctor has left to become
a cattleman (6)
10 A sailor in the cast is natu-
rally a good mimic (8)
12 Gets harder scenes to
play (4)
13 She will briefly appear in a
case (5)
14 We're all bound to put our
foot in it (4)
17 Doubts about
bookings? (12)
20 Fool and woman share a
solemn statement (12)
23 Sounds an unfavourable
bet (4)
24 Sorceress of questionable
identity, it's said (5)
25 It's a very good
headlight (4)
28 See 29 Across
29 and 28 Across:
Highlights of an Arctic
cruise perhaps? (6,8)
30 It has a thick skin, rougher
than peel (8)
.31 Mix us some dessert (6)

1 Verified what could be
measured (4,4)
2 Caledonian will be put out
by this cost (8)
3 Willingly have a
new life (4)
5 Espionage agency makes
the news (12)
6 A wrong to right (4)
7 Give a touching display of
regal appreciation (6)
8 Golden egg served up in
fruit (6)
11 It's bound to appeal to the
less affluent readers (5,7)
15 It's comparatively bold (5)
16 Work to make some
dough (5)
18 They make sporadic
appearances in a
bullring (8)
19 Not a neat revision to
make notes upon (8)
21 Ramble around Carrara
perhaps (6)
22 Averts disaster only to die
of hunger (6)
26 Ill-considered evidence of
a/feverish disposition (4)
27 I play in Latin children's
game (4)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Shift, 4 Moraine, 8 Axe, 9
Lady's maid, 10 Infants, 11 Incur, 13
Albums, 15 Adonis, 18 Abeam, 19,
Washout, 21 Ordinance, 23 Awl, 24
Apology, 25 Trend.
Down: 1 Stamina, 2 Ineffable, 3
Talon, 4 Modest, 5 Rescind, 6 Ida, 7
Eider, 12 Cannonade, 14 Memento,
16 Settled, 17 Twenty, 18 Aroma, 20
Sleet, 22 Duo.

Across: 1 Prove, 4 Sell-out, 8 Age,
9 Half-baked, 10 Tantrum, 11 Ritzy,
13 Coarse, 15 Plaice, 18 Pulse, 19
Meander, 21 Quartered, 23 Ace, 24
Enhance, 25 Pleat.
Down: 1 Plastic, 2 One and all, 3
Ether, 4 Solemn, 5 Liberal, 6 Oak, 7
Today, 12 Third-rate, 14 Sweeten,
16 Earnest, 17 Emerge, 18 Pique,
20 Add up, 22 Ash.

1 Private warning (3-3)
4 Remaining
unconsumed (8)
9 Make wealthy (6)
10 Dazzling t brief (8)
12 Ringing of bells (4)
13 Protect by
insurance (5)
14 Special influence (4)
17 Deeply ingrained
habit (6,6)
20 The press (6,6)
23 Melt (4)
24 Resolute (5)
25 Persisting mutual
enmity (4)
28 Locate precisely (8)
29 Supremely
courageous (6)
30 Raze (8)
31 Old cause of
resentment (6)

Ewfim Bogyubov Frederi tes,
Hastings 19. In my distant des
you I diew with Bogolyubov, who
had twice dallenged Alexander
Alekhine for the world title. t was
no special achievement since in
that Southsea toumament ogo
lost several games to lower ranked
opponents and complained it was
down to the wet English dimate. He
was under his own personal stress
then, for he had been a friend of the
executed Nazi governor of Poland,
Hams Frank, and there was an
allegation rent that Bogo could
have saved a Jewish mas from
the gas dchabers but didn't. Bogo's
style was unspectacuar, but he
had a knack dof spotting ry strong
moves in quiet positions. Here
Englands then number one Yales
has level material and an apparently
solid position, and may even have
hopedthatBogowoui for
dtS? QWi* 2 RIol I dl mate.
Bogos alcodioce can as a soc,
Can you spot White's winner?

1 Encroach (8)
2 Manner of
speaking (8)
3 To brave (4)
5 Latest possible
time (8,4)
6 Abound (4)
7 Moral excellence (6)
8 Order to return (6)
11 Indispensable
parts (12)
15 Find pleasure in (5)
16 Invigorating (5)
18 Compensate for (4,4)
19 Worrying problem (8)
21 Thick-headed (6)
22 Large wine bottle (6)
26 Hard work (4)
27 Tolerate (4)


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The bidding:
North East Sbuth West
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Pass Pass 2 V 2 4
3 V Pass 4V
Opening lead three of diamonds.
At the beginning of play, declarer
cannot know exactly how the oppo-
nents' cards arc divided. About all he
can do in most deals is to follow the
most promising approach and hope
things turn out for the best.
Take this case where South got to
four hearts on the bidding shown and
West led a diamond. Prospects were
not bright, since it seemed that two
spades, a heart and a diamond were
likely to he lost.
There were several straws
declarer could grasp at. If either
defender had the doubleton Q-J of

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letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word. each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 23; very good 35; excellent
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hearts, or the K-Q or K-Q-x of clubs.
a loser might be eliminated.
So declarer won the diamond,
cashed the club ace and trumped a
club. When an honor failed to appear,
the possibility of scoring an extra
club trick evaporated. iHe then
cashed the ace of hearts, andwhen
everyone followed low, that hope
was gone.
However, one additional chance
remained. It seemed very likely on
the bidding that West had the K-Q of
spades. If so, and if all else went
well, the contract could still be made.
Accordingly, South led a trump to
the king and ruffled another club. He
then crossed to dummy's last entry
- the ace of diamonds and led a
fourth round of clubs, on which East
discarded a diamond.
This was the break declarer had
been hoping for. Instead of trumping
the club, he discarded his diamond
loser, and West found himself on lead
with the first trick for the defense.
All West had left at this point
were six spades headed by the K-Q.
When he next led the king, South let
him hold the trick. West then had to
return another spade into the A-J, and
the ballgame was over. last could
score his trump trick anytime he
liked. Declarer lost only a spade, a
heart and a club, and the contract was
Some hands are just an uphill
struggle all the way.

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provide two winners of a university-sponsored cooking competi-

tion with full scholars"
During a cooking demonstra-
tion held at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Chef Darrin
Durham, who heads Keiser's
Culinary Arts programme at the
Melbourne, Florida campus, said
the programme, which has
grown leaps and bounds since
its inception 30 years ago when
Dr Keiser and his mother first
started the school with only one
student, allows for a student
exchange, and that after suc-
cessfully completing the pro-
gramme, Bahamian chefs will be
able to return home and share
their knowledge in hotel industry
and the restaurant business.
The partnership with the
Bahamas, he said, was launched

five years ago when Keiser
offered scholarships to two med-
ical lab assistants. With over
15,000 students across 23 cam-
puses, other programmes at
Keiser include online Masters
Degrees such as an MA in edu-
cation, in criminal justice or in
business administration.
"The economy is tough right
now, what better time to get an
education," Chef Durham said.
While at the Hilton, Chef
Durham prepared both Shrimp
Fertata and Banana Fosters for
the eager crowd. His first dish
was an appetizer made from
saut6ed shrimp, mango red pep-
per chutney, fresh rosemary and
caviar that tingled the taste buds

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and made for an enticing appear-
ance atop a peppered cracker
for the large group of tasters.
During his fascinating, quick
moving and awe inspiring
demonstration of the skills stu-
dents will learn in his classes,
Chef Durham explained more
about the Associate Degree pro-
gramme that two lucky Bahami-
ans will have the chance to
There are 16 different courses
including regional cuisines, intro-
duction to bakery, advanced pas-
try making, French cuisines, and
cake decorating, including
lessons on ice sculpting. There
are also different dining classes
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review, store room inventory
process for those who want to
own their own restaurant, sani-
tation classes as well as a class on
making stocks and sauces.
"With this degree under your
belt, there are just so many
avenues to pursue and we're
offering to the Bahamiain peo-
ple a scholarship that isn't even
offered in Florida," he said.
The second dish Chef
Durham prepared was the
dessert, Banana Fosters. With
fresh bananas smoldering in a
sweet brown sugar flambded
with banana liqueur and 151
rum, the chef served the confec-
tion over pound cake although it
is traditionally served over vanil-
la ice cream. His dish was satis-
fying enough for any sweet
tooth, as everyone at the pre-
sentation went back for seconds.
Some even went back for thirds.
He pointed out that this dessert

can also be made without liquor
for those who prefer the taste of
fruit juice in their confectionery
arts. '
He believes that safe, healthy,
happy food leads to safe,
healthy, happy customers, and
his school agreed to make this
opportunity available to
Bahamian chefs because, he
said, "The Bahamian people are
just so nice, so courteous. They
want to learn and do well, and I
know they will go far with this
To enter the "once in a life-
time opportunity" cooking com-
petition, 12th grade graduating
students must design:
An original dish consisting of
a protein and
A side dish, with no more
than 12 ingredients (plus salt and
The students must submit the

Yield: 24
Sautied Curry Shrimp served on a pita crisp
with Curry Cream Cheese Spread, Mango Pepper
Chutney in a White Balsamic Vinaigrette topped
with Egg, Caviar and Chives.
Cream Cheese Spread
8oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup chives (1/8 in slice)
Mango Pepper Chutney
2 oz white balsamic vinegar
4 oz extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 oz lemon juice
1/4 cup small diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup small diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup small diced yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup small diced onions
1 cup medium diced mango (fresh or frozen)
Salt and pepper to taste
Other ingredients
6 each 6-inch pita breads
4 small, diced, hard boiled eggs
1/2 bunch chives cut into 1-Inch lengths
1 jar small black lump fish caviar
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil let cool
1 tsp curry powder
24 large raw peeled and de-velned shrimp
2oz mango rum
Cream Cheese Spread
Soften cream cheese, thoroughly mix with sour
cream, curry and chives set aside at room tem-
Mango Pepper Chutney
Whisk vinegar, oil, rosemary, lemon luice togeth-
er until frothy. Fold in peppers, onions and mango
- add salt and pepper to taste set aside at room

recipes t% their home economic
teachers,who will then pass it
on to the ministry of Education.
The MOEvill sendLit onto Keis-
er University where five special
students witbe selected.
The chose five will next com-
pete in a cotk off and the top
two will eadi be awarded a
$20,000 schol-ship.
The tentative deadline is Jan-
uary 5, 2009 fcr submission of
all recipes.
Applicants nust have a 2.0
GPA; submit a '00 word essay
on why they war. to study culi-
nary arts, whatthey will do
with their education, and why
they want to atend Keiser

To learn more, goto www.fap-
sc.org. These scholasips are only
applicable to the Melbourne cam-
pus of Keiser.

Cut pita into 4 even triangles, place small, diced
hard boiled egg on top and toast In oven ui crisp,
set aside. Lightly saute shrimp in olive oil d cur-
ry. Add mango rum and flambe. Let cool.
Assembly: -
Using piping bag with large star tip, pipe 1/2
Inch layer of cream cheese spread over eac; pita
crisp. Spoon 1 tsp of mango pepper ch utneyi.to
cream cheese, place shrimp on top of chutney,,op
with 1/2 tsp dice egg, 1/8 tsp caviar and place two-
lengths of chives in an X-shape on top of thecaviar.
Tray and serve.


Yield: 6 portions
8 oz butter
ltsp ground cinnamon
2 oz banana liquor
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
4 ea bananas, sliced
2 oz 151 rum ..
6 portions ice cream
or pound cake
Melt butter in saut6 pan, add cinnamon and
banana liquor, simmer until mixture begins to
thicken slightly, add brown sugar and bananas
and f6ld until sugar melts. Simmer till mixture
thickens, then add rum and flambd. When
flames subside, portion mixture over choice of
ice cream or pound cake.
Add choice of shredded coconut, diced
pineapple; almonds or cherries with bananas.
You cqn also use flavored liquors to
match the added Ingredients.
Can be made without alcohol, substitute
fruit luice.for liquor, omit rum and do not



THE TRIouim-

Sp i i z

Winter fashion show features

the rich colours of the season

Tribune Features Writer

FALL fashions from Cole's of Nassau and Morley for Men
breezed the runway at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel in
luxurious purples, glistening golds and deep reds. Black,
the classic favourite, also made an ,appearance in dazzling

evening wear design
Beginning with swimwear,
the models flaunted fantastic
creations by La Perla,
Emilio Pucci, Manuel
Canovas, Gottex and
Gideon Oberson in' bronze
colours that will give a soft
glow to the skin coming out
of the winter months.
The bikinis donned had a
moderate amount of cover-
age, and of course, some of
the more skimpy designs
came with a wrap for those
of us who will be adding on a
few pounds from the Christ-
mas dinners and holiday get-
Men's swimwear from
Morley's featured swim
trunks with tees by Vineyard
Vines, board shorts by Vile-
brequin, shorts by Tori
Richards and Lilly Pulitzer,
as well as a linen shirt by
Resort One. All the men's
fashions were notably styl-

ish, reflecting the old world
style of traditional gentle-
Next on'the catwalk were
designs by Jeannie McQuee-
ny. The relaxed looks came
in colours that transition
nicely from winter to the
spring season abounding in
bright yellows, turquoise,
fuchsia and the classic white,
and black linen pant.
An equally enticing line
for men came in .the form of
Kasper Suits. From Nipon
Boutique there was a hand-
some black and red suit,
from Kasper there was both
a blue and black casual, and
business casual tan suit.
Dressing for an afternoon
out with friends that transi-
tions easily to evening din-
ner plans, Ankasa .designs
are the exact fit. Fashions
like a white silk top with a
classic brown pant set the

scene for this category, as
other pieces shown followed
the same cream colour
scheme with a cream tiered
dress, cream dress with large
buttons for added impact to
any ensemble, and a long
white dress for that special.
evening out.
Foi men's casual, Lilly
Pulitzer designs amazed the
crowd with colours that
make a statement on any
male. The light pastel shades
of pink, blue, yellow and
green are what's in for the
men this season.
For women's casual, the
floral look is on par in wrap
dresses. In colourful prints
or basic colours that turn
everyone's eye, the Diane
Von Furstenberg designs
were a big hit among the
audience at the fashion show.
Catherine Malandrino
showed slinky, sexy but

decently covered designs in
her evening wear. Most
notable were her blue silk
dress with lace in all the right
places, and a grey evening
dress with a black lop hat for
an unexpected twist of fun.
Tadashi designs for
evening in black and gold,
Donna Morgan in gold satin,
Milly showed black cocktail
dresses, and Abs executed
the most beautifully
designed black dress with an
embroidered neck of jewels
fit for a queen.
The men were back again
in Jack Victor and Lilly
Pulitzer suits fit for a week-
end with the family. Colours
of tan, green, white linen.
and beige ties were in for the
occasion, and the models
showed it all off very well.
Other designers for
women included Kara Dar-
ronique, Nicole Miller, and
JS Boutique.
All of the fashions on dis-
play for women can be
found in Cole's of Nassau.
located in Lyford Cav, Crys-
tal Court in Atlantis, Par-
adise Island and Parliament
Street and fashions for men
in Morley for Men, located
in Lyford Cay and Parlia-
ment Street.

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MORLEY for Men can dress you for casual fun on the weekends, from
golfing with the guys, to relaxing with the family.

Hip Hop Harry comes to the Botanical Gardens

HIP Hop Harry is coming to
the Bahamas once again, and will
Q be accompanied by Derek and
Charlie, the Yellow Bahamian, at
the Botanical Gardens on
December 6 and 7 beginning at
T 12pfia.
Bahamian children will again
have an opportunity to rub
shoulders with the Emmy nomi-
nated music and dance "edu-
tainer," who -dazzles children of
all walks of life between the ages
of 4 to 14.
It- is the objective of the pre-
senter, Kathy Ingraham of
Bahamas OnStage YouTHeatre,
to offer opportunities to Bahami-
-{an children to become exposed
to the theatre and arts in vari-
ous forms.
The variation offered to date
has taken Bahamian children
through a wonderland of live
Broadway for kids, from Pinoc-
chio, Black Journey, Beauty &
the Beast, The Little Mermaid
and Hip Hop Harry 07, and now
Hip Hop Harry 08.
According to Ms Ingraham,
there will be huge opportunities
next year for Bahamian children
to audition for acting opportu-
nities to be a part of a circuit in
the UK.
"We are working with a UK
theatrical company that present-
ed Macbeth here earlier this year
on this. It will be an exchange
programme that will bring Eng-
lish children here to the Bahamas
and that will send our children to
the UK. You can't pay for that
kind of exposure for our chil-
dren," Ms Ingraham said.
Winner of the 2007 Parent's
Choice Award, the Hip Hop
Harry television programme airs
weekday mornings on Discov-
ery Kids & TLC's Ready Set
Learn block, and in the Bahamas
airs on TV13 at 5pm daily.
The major entertainment and
educational areas that form the
curriculum for this programme
include experiences and activi-
ties related to social/emotional
skills, cognitive/educational skills,
physical/health skills, and artis-
tic/creative skills.
The core approach utilized for
providing the children with the
educational, informational, and
creative experiences contained
in these four areas are the posi-
tive and age appropriate use of
the popular music and dance
form known as hip hop.
Hip Hop is one of the major
music and dance voices for chil-
dren and youth today. Hip hop
includes art; dance, language, and
music, but equally important it is
an active, creative, and engaging
cultural form that extends across
all ethnic, class, and gender lines

throughout the world.
Educators have known for a
long time that children learn
more when they are actively
engaged and interested in the
learning process. The Hip Hop
Harry programme uses the pop-
ularity of this art form as a vehi-
cle for bringing educational and
entertaining ideas, positive life-
lessons, and pro social values to
developing children.
Hip Hop Harry's live show is
family fun at its best and features
original rap-a-long songs with
educational and positive mes-
Hip Hop Harry is accompa-
nied on stage by the Hip Hop
Harry Dance Crew, a dynamic
group of acrobatic and inspiring
break dancers that get the whole
crowd moving. Derek and Char-
lie, the Yellow Bahamian a well

HARRY'S live
show is family
fun at its best
and features
original rap-a-
long songs with
and positive

known Bahamian, staple at par-
ties and children's events i" a
special feature.
Held at the Botanical Gar-
dens, the event will take the form
of a fair, starting at 12 noon on
both days. There will be chil-
dren's games. rides and food Ior
all at the two-day event.
Of special note, this year pri-
mary partner Coca Cola, along
with Bahamas OnStage
YouTHeatre, will make part pro-
ceeds to children's charities and
hopes, and will also provide free
admission for allresidents of our
children's homes to attend the
All government primary
school students will be offered a
discount as well to further afford
them the opportunity to partici-
pate in this spectacular "edu-
taniing" event.




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Committee set to
host tea party
and fashion show
IF you're read 1to make a dif-
ference in a child'-, life and help
to take care of the future, then
Iou need to make sure you
attend the 3rd Annual Heart
Ball Committee's Tea Party &
Fashion Shot, under the theme.
-- "Takin, Care of Our Future -
Fixing Little Hearts" on Sunday.
December '7. at Montagu Gar-
Come and see designs from
fashion houses such as: Cole's
of Nassau. Sposabella Bridal &
Formal Wear, Afrotique Bou-
tique and many. many more
design houses and designers.
S Wear your hats ladies, and come
prepared to %%in our hat parade,
participate in the raffle or par-
ticipate in the table decorating
Exotic teas %ill he pro ided
b\ Mrs Nlikerlene Munroe ot
Island Rose and Mrs Beth Stuart
from Beth s Kitchen.
The event will be hosted b\
Mrs PhIlls Albur\-Garraal\
and promises to ha.e lots of
prizes, surprises and more Some
ot the prizes include a gift basket
trom NI\ Ocean., an appraisal toi
$3i00 from \\ illiam \\ ong. a Gilt
Certificate toi $1i9 foi gas. a din-
nertare set from Aflordible
Linen, a git certificate linom
Nicole'-. a fruit hbouqut tironi
(Onginal Fruit Bouquet. stiaw
bags and niin\, lmanY inoi-i
Sites Lady Sheila Butler, co-
chair\woman. encourages the
public ro come expecting onlh
good things and be prepared to
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Jollification o8

THE Bahamas National Trust
played host to hordes of
enthused merrymakers during
their annual Christmas Jollifica-
tion Arts and Crafts Festival,
held at the Retreat grounds on
Village Road. This year's theme,
'Golden Age of Christmas' was
chosen by Cacique Food Art.
The pavilion, located in the
heart of the Retreat's grounds,
was beautifully adorned with
gold and white flourishes and rib-
The weekend of activities and

events kicked off with a special
member's only night, with mem-
bers and supports of BNT
allowed full access to the grounds
under a cool moonlit night.
Refreshing drink samples were
flowing from the Bristol Wines
and Sprits tents, and Cacique
Food Art provided intricately
designed pastries and finger
foods. According to Ms Natasha
Wright, director of development,
the event had a substantial
increase in attendance over last
On Saturday, the grounds
were opened to the general pub-
lic who were in no short num-

bers, with over 75 exhibitors on
display. The festivals signature
feature, the Bristol Wines and
Spirits tent area, was all a buzz
with life and the chatter of the
The Jolly Market set it self as
the second hot spot of the festival
grounds with products like
homemade jams and jellies,
cakes, jewellery, hand painted
tiles and wonderful straw designs.
The BNT, along with sponsors
Asa H Pritchard, allocated a
beautiful area for the kids which
featured nature oriented games
and Christmas crafts. Pinny the
Pintail Duck made his first

appearance in the children's
crafts area.
The closing day saw the same
motivated crowd with new faces
sprinkled throughout the droves
of people walking about. The
added feature of the Grey
Goose lounge which was set up
in aid of grouper preservation
added an unexpected twist to
the already joyous happenings.
Also, the addition of a sports
bar transformed the whole
experience of the day's events -
allowing those following the
game to keep up with the score.
The used book section
remains the greatest book

haven in the country. The va
selection and bargain basemen
prices sets them apart fro
everyone else.
At the end of the day it w
easy to see that a good time w
had by one and all who atten
ed the Hahalims National Tru
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COLDPLAY was the
hottest iTunes album down-
load this year: Its "Viva la
Vida" was crowned the best-
selling album of 2008, while
Leona Lewis's "Bleeding
Love" was named the top-
selling single.
Coldplay's CD has sold
more than 2 million copies
since its release in June, and
has sold more than 500,000
copies digitally most of
which was through iTunes,
according to the band's repre-
sentative. ITunes does not
release its sales figures, its
spokesman said in releasing
its list on Monday.
Jack Johnson's "Sleep
Through the Static" was the
No. 2 selling album, while the
soundtrack to the film
"Juno," Lil Wayne's "Tha
Carter III" and Sara
Bareilles' "Little Voice"
rounded out the iTunes top 5.
Two more film soundtracks
were in the top ten "Once"
and "Across the Universe" -
while Jason Mraz' "We Sing.
We Dance. We Steal Things,"
OneRepublic's "Dreaming
Out Loud" and Leona Lewis'
"Spirit" rounded it out.
Lewis' "Bleeding Love"
sold 3.2 million digitally,
according to her label, J
Records. According to
iTunes, the title track of
Coldplay's album was its No.
2 most downloaded track, fol-
lowed by "Low" by Flo Rida
(featuring T-Pain), Katy Per-
ry's "I Kissed a Girl" and
Rihanna's "Disturbia."
Rihanna also made the top
10 singles wittf "Don't Stop
the Music," while "Lollipop"
by Lil Wayne and Static
Major, "No Air" by Jordin
Sparks and Chris Brown, Sara
Bareilles' "Love Song" and
Natasha Bedingfield's "Pock-
etful of Sunshine" also made
iTunes top 10 downloaded
singles list.


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Tribune Features Writer

INSPIRATION, beauty, karma and power
are central to the designs of up and coming
jewellery artist Anne Maura. With a life-
time love affair with the arts, and the past three
years entrenched in the process of jewellery
making, Ms Maura is taking Nassau by storm
with her unique pieces.
"I feel like women need to express themselves
not only in the clothes they wear but in their
jewellery as well," Ms Maura said. And with her
mantel necklaces, exquisite earrings and royal
rings, Bahamian women can do just that.
Three years ago she began her latest creation
movement. In Venice, Italy at the time, she was
witness to a passion intrinsic to Italian women.
"The vibrancy of colour and the vogue of the
people struck me more than anything I've ever
seen before," she said, explaining that women
there are so much more willing to wear very
exhibitive and outrageous pieces.
"I find it such a tragedy that at a certain age, a
lot of women have given up their passion. After
child bearing, and going into a new cycle of life,
some women are just less expressive of their pas-
sion, and I believe they should re-invent them-
Ms Maura's filling this void in society with her
own passion for beauty. "I simply love beauty,
and creating beauty for others is my way of
inspiring women everywhere to be more creative
in their own right, in cooking, in child rearing, in
planting, in writing, or whatever it may be."
And this applies to all age groups. No matter

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Maura showcases her new,
vibrant necklace collection

what age a woman is, "there is such joy in being
alive and expressing who you are," she said.
The three tiers of her jewellery design are
made up of precious gems, blown glass and
beads from all around the world, reflecting her
affinity for the earth's natural charms.
Deep, strong colours are seen in her one of a
kind necklaces that usually have a centerpiece of
blown glass, with different trinkets lining the
neck. Other pieces have aquamarine motivations
from the ocean, with just the right balance of sea
green and bright blue lined with gold to complete
the look. There are blues with crystal, turquoise
with greens, bright oranges with greys, as well as
rich sandy bronze, cream and coral.
And while it might seem that choosing a piece
from the vast array of adornments would be a
daunting task for even the most fashion forward
among us, Ms Maura says that it only takes one
glance when the right piece has been found. "It's
just a relationship the woman herself must feel
comfortable in," she said, "and you will be drawn
to a piece as soon as you see the collection."
Ms Maura comes out with a new line each
year, and although she currently only has private
showings, she plans to participate in a number of
art shows and galleries in the new future. She is
also expected to have her work sold in US
department stores.
Wearing art as jewellery is all the rage, and as
Ms Maura loves to say, "Have fun. Take some


Goodwin shows

original watercolours

at Doongalik

TOM Goodwin, artist,
musician and boat-builder,
presents "The Bahamas Past
and Present", an exhibition
of his latest watercolour orig-
inals at Doongalik Studios
Art Gallery on Friday,
December 12 to Friday,
December 19.
Constantly stimulated by
his roots and lifestyle in the
Bahamas, Goodwin has an
energy that surpasses that of
most people.
His artful inspiration began
when he was a boy, where his
view from the classroom was
of Nassau Harbour and the
daily flow of graceful island
merchant and fishing sloops
which sailed in and out, pro-
viding out-island wares and
'the catch of the day'.
It was clear even then that
these images were more wor-
thy of his attention than-his
teachers preferred, and at the
age of 17 he had his first art
show which was a huge suc-
cess, leading to several more
over the years.
Seeing his potential even
at this young age, Tom's
father delivered the ultima-
tum that he either get a job
or pursue a career. This
prompted him to follow
another passion his music -
which alsp proved to be an
integral part of his being. He
was able to thoroughly enjoy
making his living by group-

ing together other musicians
and playing in the trendiest
night clubs in Nassau for
many years.
Although his art never
took a back seat, it was his
passion for sailing and his
bond with the elements that
led him from 'classic' model
boat building, that he has
also presented in his shows,
to designing and building at
least six sailboats of various
rigs which are still sailing in
Bahamian waters today.
Bahamian born and raised,
Tom's art reflects the relax-
ing nature of the islands,
both past and present, in a
casual and often whimsical
fashion that is simply a way
of life for him. In viewing his
work you'll find yourself
responding intuitively to this
sense of well being which
mirrors the life of the artist
"The Bahamas Past and
Present" opens on Friday,
with a reception to meet the
artist from 6 to 9 pm. "We
,are very pleased to be show-
ing this collection of Tom's
original watercolours," ,said
Doongalik manager Pam
Burnside. "His work is
extremely popular at the
Gallery and is especially
appealing to persons who
love the sea and boats for
which this artist has a natur-
al affinity."

TOM GOODWIN presents an exhibition of his latest watercolour originals, entitled "The Bahamas Past and
Present" at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery at Marina Village, Paradise Island. The opening reception to meet
the artist will be held on Friday, December 12 from 6pm to 9pm and the show will run through Friday,
December 19.

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ARTS i n--IE

* An exhibition of drawings by
Heino Schmid opens Friday, Decem-
ber 12 at 7pm at Popopstudios Cen-
tre for the Visual Arts 26 Dunrnore
Ave. Chippingham. The exhibition
runs December 3-31. For more
information call 322.7834 or visit

* A ceramics and photography exhi-
bilion featuring the collections of
Imofien, Walkine and Nicole

McCabe. will be held at the Ladder
Gallery, New Providence Community
Centre on Blake Road on Tuesday,
December 9. For more information
call 327.1660
* Tom Goodwin presents an exhibi-
tion of his latest watercolour origi-
nals, entitled "The Bahamas Past and
Present" at Doongalik Studios Art
Gallery at Marina Village, Paradise
Island. The opening reception to
meet the artist will be held on Friday,
December 12 from 6pm to 9pm. The
show will run through Friday,
December 19.

* FEATURING an exciting variety of
colour and infrared photographs of
Bahamian flora and fauna, Paulette
Mortimer is set to exhibit new works
in "Giving Thanks to Nature", a fine
art photography exhibition, opening
Friday, November 28 at Doongalik
Sludios, Marina Village, and on
exhibit until December 9.
* 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. The
show runs until December 13.

Beauty captured
through the lens

FROM page 12
As Mortimer noted, when
her photographs are on dis-
play she wants people to see
the beauty of things that most
of us take for granted, like the
spider web or the beautiful
clear sky. "I want people to
recognize all the details in any-
thing I shoot. If you look at
the sand you can see all the
details, if you pick up a rock
you can notice all the details in
the rock. So through my work
I want people to be aware of
all the details in the object
they are viewing."
Comparing her photography
to abstract painting, Ms Mor-
timer said she does not invoke
a meaning through her work,
but rather allows people to
come to the decision of the
object she is showing. "When I
shoot I try to get angles that
do not display the direct image
of the object that I am taking.
I do not try to define the
image for the viewer, but I
want them to come to a deci-
sion for themselves of what
the photograph is. The photo-
graph is whatever you see",
she said.
Bringing creativity, ingenu-
ity, and her own style to her
work is what she intends to
continue to do. Ms Mortimer
said that she tries to be as orig-
inal as possible. For those
interested in becoming a pho-
tographer, she says that one
thing you must do to excel, is
develop your own signature.
"I want to encourage those
. aspiring photographers to have
and keep an open mind as well
as. be creative. Develop your
own style and signature as a
photographer, it is the only
thing that people will be able
to identify your work by. And
you must not be afraid to try
different things, step out of
your comfort zone and exper-
iment with different things."
While her ideas stem from
her own creativity, her knowl-
edge of infrared photography
comes from Barry University
where she obtained her first
degree and was introduced to
black infrared photography.
Paulette Mortimer is also the
owner of Third Eye Artwork
& Collections.

Paulette Mortimer's, Giving
Thanks to Nature Exhibit will be
on display at Doongalik Art
Gallery until December 5.




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IN 'Giving Thanks to Nature', an exhibi-
tion of photographic work by Paulette Mor-
timer held at Doongalik Studios Art
Gallery, Marina Village, viewers are invit-
ed to witness a unique arrangement of
nature inspired pieces captured on film.
"I like taking photos of nature, it gives me peace of
mind. And taking pictures of nature gives me a chance to
document the changes that take place in the environment."
Ms Mortimer said.
Like a u sual artists tells a story through paintings, Mor-
timer tells her stories through processed film. And unlike
the u\ sual artist who uses paint, brushes and canvas as the
medium, she uses light, a camera, and film.
Through the use of infrared light, her keen sense of what
is beautiful and her fascination with the world around her.
Mortimer's photographs bring attention to the impeccable
beauty of light blue waters, fringe coconut palm trees, clear
blue skies, and multi-coloured bougainvillea flowers.
Even the simplest detail that most people would not
find interesting or worth taking a second look at, becomes
a thing of beauty through her lens. Take a spider web for
instance. Typically a nuisance that is easily and quickly
removed with the flick of a hand or the swish of a broom,
Ms Mortimer's photograph of a web glistening in the ear-
ly morning mist called Jewels II takes the mundane and
transforms it into something breathtaking.
"I took this photograph very early in the morning and as
you can see there is a little mist on the spider web. That
makes the spider web look like a bunch of jewels, which was
actually why I decided to call it Jewels II," she said.
Another photograph, entitled 'Island Fire', shows a clear,
light red sky, and an interesting fact about this piece is
that it was taken the day before Hurricane Francis. What
amazed Ms Mortimer was how beautiful the sky was just a
day before Francis struck, destroying everything in its path.
"One day I was in my house and I saw this beautiful,
bright light coming into my room. And I was wondering to
myself where all of this light was coming from. So I looked
outside and I saw the sky more beautiful than ever and I
said to myself I must document this, considering Hurri-
cane Francis was expected to hit the next day," she said.
Ms Mortimer also photographed 'Moon Hiding Behind
the Clouds', which shows the light of the moon emerging
behind thick, grey, thunderous clouds.
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