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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 5, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Sources allege top

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could take place


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
STATE Minister for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing did
not confirm or deny yesterday
claims that government is
seeking to restructure senior
management at the Depart-
ment of Customs.
. The question was put to him
after a series of Tribune arti-
cles revealed allegations of
rampant corruption, alleged
bribery and claims of wide-
spread nepotism which
allegedly give certain high-
ranking officers protection
from punishment, and the
exorbitant overtime pay cer-
tain officers collect.
Yesterday, sources close to
Customs claimed that a shake-
up could soon take place at
the top levels of the depart-
ment as a result of the growing
concerns about the conduct of
some officers.
Over the last few months
Customs, which provides
around 60 per cent of govern-
ment's total revenue, has come
under fire for these claims
with several calls for an exter-
nal investigation into the alle-


gations.
When asked what steps
government is taking for Cus-
toms reform, Mr Laing said
government's focus lies not
specifically on claims of cor-
ruption, but on making certain
the public sector remains
"competitive" and "effective."
Said Mr Laing: "We are
very serious about public sec-
tor reform and (that) is about
doing the right set of things
and doing those things right.
So without having an emphasis
necessarily on issues of cor-
ruption that people tend to
talk about, the idea is there
has to be a way that we can
do the things that we are now
doing better so that we put our
public sector and our country
in a much more competitive
situation than we have today.
That' is our focus.
"That reform means look-
ing at your systems, it means
looking at your resources, it
-means looking at your per-
sonnel. And so all of that is in
the pot and we are doing that
department by department,
with the view to trying'to
ensure that the public is served
SEE page eight


SOME CHRISTIANS in Nassau were angry yesterday after Menorah
candles, a symbol of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, were includ-
ed in the Bay Street Christmas decorations.
SEE STORY ON PAGE THREE

Finl p aseofBC riai satio


* By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
ALTHOUGH BTC priva-
tization officials remained
tight-lipped about the rejec-
tion of former bidder Blue-
water, they were optimistic
that the final phase of the pri-
vatization process could take
place within the next three to
four months.
Privatization committee
chairman T B Donaldson said


during a presentation at the
Hilton Hotel yesterday that
phase one of the advisory pri-
vatization process is "sub-
stantially complete." He
added that the next step,
expected to take place within
days, is a buyer attracting doc-
ument.
Described as a "teaser," Mr
Donaldson said it will help
narrow the search for a
SEE page nine


System for complaints

against lawyers is

'inadequate' says Bar

Association president


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE system for dealing with
complaints against lawyers is
currently inadequate and there
is a backlog of cases waiting to
be heard by the Disciplinary
Tribunal of the Bahamas Bar
Association, its president said
yesterday.
Wayne Munroe, of the law
firm of Lockhart and Munroe,
said the Bar Association is
"concerned" that the process of
dispatching clients' complaints
against lawyers is "taking too
long."
This leaves unscrupulous
lawyers at liberty to continue
to con new clients and allows
for the reputations of those who


have not committed the wrong
to be unfairly diminished.
However, Mr Munroe hopes
this may soon change, as the
Bar Council is presently review-
ing draft legislation to'amend
the laws relating to the.discipli-
nary, process something he
says it has been pushing Gov-
ernment to introduce for eight
years.
"We don't think it's right for
a lawyer's reputation to be
questioned for longer than six
months; either he did it and he
should be disciplined, or he did-
n't do it and somebody should;
not be able to maintain a scur-
rilous accusation against him.
We're concerned that the Gov-
ernment has not yet seen fit to
SEE page nine


Just two of 112 complaints against
lawyers have been resolved
N By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
IN THE year leading up to June 2008 the Bahamas Bar's
ethics committee received 112 official complaints against
Bahamian lawyers. Of that number two of the cases have been
resolved.
Fifteen of the complaints were considered substantial enough
by the ethics committee to warrant referral to the disciplinary
tribunal to determine if the lawyers involved deserved sanc-
tioning.
A further 18 complaints were expected to be forwarded to the
tribunal "but await further documentation or information from
the complainant to go forward."
Meanwhile, an additional 20 matters were sent on to the
legal adjudicators based on complaints from earlier years that
SEE page eight

Govt aims for system to eradicate
'abuse' of overtime in Customs


* By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff
Reporter
tthompson@
tribunemedia.net


GOVERNMENT is
"making headway" in
its implementation of
a shift system in the
public service that
would eradicate the
gross "abuse" of overtime pay
by the Department of Customs,
said State Minister for Finance
Zhirvargo Laing.
His comments came a day
after The Tribune broke a story
regarding "weaknesses" in Cus-
toms that allowed some officers
to receive overtime three to four
times their annual salary; verify
their own overtime billings in
numerous cases; receive over-


time pay while on
vacation or sick leave;
logged overlapping
overtime hours that
were subsequently
paid; and were paid
overtime without
supervisory approval
prior to payment.
The 12-page letter
also noted that there
were staff members
whose overtime pay
was three to four times higher
than their annual salaries.
These flaws were outlined in a
2006 auditor-general letter to
the former comptroller of cus-
toms.
Yesterday Mr Laing could not
say specifically if the auditor-
general's recommendations had
been implemented, but admit-
SEE page eight


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FACTIONS within the Customs Depart-
ment are asking why an internal investigation
into the conduct of a senior officer was "fast
tracked" when allegations against other officers
have been hanging over their heads for years.
A source told The Tribune yesterday that
while this latest investigation was concluded
in a few months, a number of officers at the
department have been reassigned to lesser
duties for long stretches as a result of claims of
misconduct.
"Their careers are in limbo," one source said.
"And there has been no evidence presented
against them."

Cleared

Earlier this week, Acting Comptroller of
Customs Anthony Adderley announced that a
high-ranking customs officer has been cleared
of all allegations of attempting to evade paying
customs duties.
Mr Adderley said that on completion of the
internal review, which started in September, it
was determined that the officer in question
"never intended in any way" to defraud the
Customs Department.
Said Mr Adderley: "Some folks sent some
documents to us and we had a chance to take a
look at those documents; we had a chance to
conduct an investigation. What we (had) was a


case of a document which was produced by an
importer who tried to operate as a freight for-
warder, 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 (Customs);" the acting
comptroller told reporters at a press confer-
ence.
Mr Adderley also said that the officer "may
have done his job," suggesting that the claims
might have been an attempt by certain mem-
bers of the public to sully the officer's reputa-
tion.
Mr Adderley added that the department is
open to complaints about customs officers and
encouraged the public to come forward with
information. *
During the press conference, Mr Adderley
said that six officers are currently under inter-
nal 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, alleged-
ly to avoid paying customs on goods shipped to
Nassau in his name.


Ceremony honours Cuban


teachers in the Bahamas


-.- . . :- -
he Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, extends warmest congratulations to'lan
S-and Marie-Jacqueline Winder of The Bahamas oni-their successful completion of the
U. Master of Laws (LLM) Corporate and Commercial Law Programme. Mr. Winder received
his Degree in 2007; and Mrs. Winder received her Degree on Saturday, Octobier25th, 2008, at
the Cave Hill Graduation Ceremony In Barbados. They are the first nationals ofTh Bahamas to
complete the Programme in Corporate and Commercial Law; and they have both done excep-
tionally well, thus distinguishing themselves. The Faculty of Law wishes them continued
success in their careers.


The Corporate and Commercial Law Programme was established in response to the call for advanced training
from lawyers practising in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law: and for the benefit of non-lawyers working
in the insurance industry and in the financial services sector of the Region. The inauguration of the Caribbean
Single Market and the Caribbean Court of Justice, in addition to the growing volume of international commercial
transactions in the Region, has further underscored the critical need for advanced training in Corporate and
Commercial Law.

The Public Law Programme, developed as a complement to the Legislative Drafting Programme, Is also a critical
response to the changing dispensation in the Region, wrought by the inauguration of the Caribbean Single Market
and the Caribbean Court of Justice There Is now the urgent need for advanced training for lawyers in the area of
Public Law. who would seek audience before the Caribbean Court of Justice, particularly in its appellate jurisdic-
tion. But there is also the growing need of CARICOM Governments for training of senior managers In the Public
Service in the area of Public Law, given that their work has become increasingly complex, often entailing decision
making that assumes an executive, legislative and, sometimes, an adjudicatory cast

The Legislative Drafting Programme is a fully residential programme, and has existed since the 1980s. The
Programme is directly linked to good governance, hence the requirement that, in addition to the core Legislative
Drafting Course, candidates for the LLM are required to take Advanced Constitutional Law and Advanced
Administrative Law

joi th TrditonS f E celenc


* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
CUBAN teachers working in the
Bahamas were honoured with a cer-
emony at Stapledon School yester-
day to mark the fifth anniversary of
the Bahamas-Cuba Education Agree-
ment.
Students from the special needs
school in Dolphin Drive, Nassau,
were joined by students from the Sal-
vation Army School for the Blind
and the Red Cross Centre for the
deaf, to perform music and dances
for teachers and guests, including
Cuban Ambassador Jose Louis
Ponce, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel, and former prime minister
Perry Christie. --
The ambassador described how
Cuba's government has made edu-



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cation a priority, and virtually elimi-
nated illiteracy among children and
adults alike by making education
available to all with free public school
compulsory up to grade nine, and,
many students staying until grade 12.
Special education is another pri-
ority for 400 special schools across
Cuba. A total of 19 special education
teachers from the republic have
worked in the Bahamas since the
2003 agreement was signed, and
many have been asked to stay beyond
their tenure.
PLP leader Perry Christie has an
interest in developing special needs
education as father of an autistic child
and oversaw the initial partnership.
He said: "For me, coming here
today was a renewal of the support
that is necessary, and to remind those
of us in leadership how important it
really is to continue to remember
every Bahamian child, no matter
what their level of disability, has a
right to share in the resources of this
country, and a right to expect the
government to ensure they are as
much a priority for the country as
any other priority."
In addition to special education
classes, Spanish, sciences, and tech-
nical and vocational studies are also
taught by Cuban teachers working at
schools in 11 islands across the
Bahamas.
Ambassador Ponce said: "The
agreement has been highly benefi-
cial for both countries. They are
recognized for their discipline and
total dedication, even with the diffi-
culties which come with teaching in a
second language. And they have per-
fected their English language in the
Bahamas."
Education Minister Bethel said the
country is privileged to have Cuban
teachers for valuable cultural
exchange. and for support particu-
larly in special needs education.
He said: "We have been so greatly
assisted by the Cuban government
and all of the wonderful teachers."


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Volume: 105 No.13


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008


PRICE 750


* 8claI


Sources allege 1

level changes

could take plac


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
STATE Minister for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing did
not confirm or deny yesterday
claims that government is
seeking to restructure senior
management at the Depart-
ment of Customs.
The question was put to him
after a series of Tribune arti-
cles revealed allegations of
rampant corruption, alleged
bribery and claims of wide-
spread nepotism which
allegedly give certain high-
ranking officers protection
from punishment, and the
exorbitant overtime pay cer-
tain officers collect.
Yesterday, sources close to
Customs claimed that a shake-
up could soon take place at
the top levels of the depart-
ment as a result of the growing
concerns about the conduct of
some officers.
Over the last few months
Customs, which provides
around 60 per cent Of govern-
ment's total revenue, has come
under fire for these claims
with several calls for an exter-
nal investigation into the alle-


gations.
.When asked what steps
government is taking for Cus-
toms reform, Mr Laing said
government's focus lies not
specifically on claims of cor-
ruption, but on making certain
the public sector remains
"competitive" and "effective."
Said Mr Laing: "We are
very serious about public sec-
tor reform and (that) is about
doing the right set of things
and doing those things right.
So without having an emphasis
necessarily on issues of cor-
ruption that people tend to
talk about, the idea is there
has to be a way that we can
do the things that we are now
doing better so that we put our
public sector and our country
in a much more competitive
situation than we have today.
That'is our focus.
"That reform means look-
ing at your systems, it means
looking at your resources, it
-means looking at your per-
sonnel. And so all of that is in
the pot and we are doing that
department by department,
with the view to trying'to
ensure that the public is served
SEE page eight


SOME CHRISTIANS in Nassau were angry yesterday after Menorah
candles, a symbol of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, were includ-
ed in the Bay Street Christmas decorations.
SEE STORY ON PAGE THREE



i 'oudIe.itinforI onhs


* By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
ALTHOUGH BTC priva-
tization officials remained
tight-lipped about the rejec-
tion of former bidder Blue-
water, they were optimistic
that the final phase of the pri-
vatization process could take
place within the next three to
four months.
Privatization committee
chairman T B Donaldson said


during a presentation at the
Hilton Hotel yesterday that
phase one of the advisory pri-
vatization process is "sub-
stantially complete." He
added that the next step,
expected to take place within
days, is a buyer attracting doc-
ument.
Described as a "teaser," Mr
Donaldson said it will help
narrow the search for a
SEE page nine


System for complaints

against lawyers is

'inadequate' says Bar

Association president

By ALISON LOWE have not committed the wrong
Tribune Staff Reporter to be unfairly diminished.
alowe@tribunemedia.net However, Mr Munroe hopes
this may soon change, as the
THE system for dealing with Bar Council is presently review-
complaints against lawyers is ing draft legislation to'amend
currently inadequate and there the laws relating to the.discipli-
is a backlog of cases waiting to nary process something he
be heard by the Disciplinary says it has been pushing Gov-
Tribunal of the Bahamas Bar ernment to introduce for eight
Association, its president said years.
yesterday. "We don't think it's right for
Wayne Munroe, of the law a lawyer's reputation to be
firm of Lockhart and Munroe, questioned for longer than six
said the Bar Association is months; either he did it and he
"concerned" that the process of should be disciplined, or he did-
dispatching clients' complaints n't do it and somebody should;
against lawyers is "taking too not be able to maintain a scur-
long." rilous accusation against him.
This leaves unscrupulous We're concerned that the Gov-
lawyers at liberty to continue ernment has not yet seen fit to
to con new clients and allows
for the reputations of those who SEE page nine

Just two of 112 complaints against
lawyers have been resolved
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
IN THE year leading up to June 2008 the Bahamas Bar's
ethics committee received 112 official complaints against
Bahamian lawyers. Of that number two of the cases have been
resolved.
Fifteen of the complaints were considered substantial enough
by the ethics committee to warrant referral to the disciplinary
tribunal to determine if the lawyers involved deserved sanc-
tioning.
A further 18 complaints were expected to be forwarded to the
tribunal "but await further documentation or information from
the complainant to go forward."
Meanwhile, an additional 20 matters were sent on to the
legal adjudicators based on complaints from earlier years that
SEE page eight

Govt aims for system to eradicate
'abuse' of overtime in Customs


* By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff
Reporter
tthompson@
tribunemedia.net
GOVERNMENT is
"making headway" in
its implementation of
a shift system in the
public service that
would eradicate the
gross "abuse" of overtime pay
by the Department of Customs,
said State Minister for Finance
Zhirvargo Laing.
His comments came a day
after The Tribune broke a story
regarding "weaknesses" in Cus-
toms that allowed some officers
to receive overtime three to four
times their annual salary; verify
their own overtime billings in
numerous cases; receive over-


time pay while on
vacation or sick leave;
logged overlapping
overtime hours that
were subsequently
paid; and were paid
overtime without
supervisory approval
prior to payment.
The 12-page letter
also noted that there
* Bwere staff members
whose overtime pay
was three to four times higher
than their annual salaries.
These flaws were outlined in a
2006 auditor-general letter to
the former comptroller of cus-
toms.
Yesterday Mr Laing could not
say specifically if the auditor-
general's recommendations had
been implemented, but admit-
SEE page eight


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PAGE 2, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008 THE TRIBUNE


LOA'NW


Questions raised over 'fast-tracked'


investigation into customs officer


FACTIONS within the Customs Depart-
ment are asking why an internal investigation
into the conduct of a senior officer was "fast
tracked" when allegations against other officers
have been hanging over their heads for years.
A source told The Tribune yesterday that
while this latest investigation was concluded
in a few months, a number of officers at the
department have been reassigned to lesser
duties for long stretches as a result of claims of
misconduct.
"Their careers are in limbo," one source said.
"And there has been no evidence presented
against them."

Cleared

Earlier this week, Acting Comptroller of
Customs Anthony Adderley announced that a
high-ranking customs officer has been cleared
of all allegations of attempting to evade paying
customs duties.
Mr Adderley said that on completion of the
internal review, which started in September, it
was determined that the officer in question
"never intended in any way" to defraud the
Customs Department.
Said Mr Adderley: "Some folks sent some
documents to us and we had a chance to take a
look at those documents; we had a chance to
conduct an investigation. What we (had) was a


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.e Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, extends warmest congratulations to lan
Sand Marie-Jacqueline Winder of The Bahamas on their successful completon of the
SM" aster of Laws (LLM) Corporate and Commercial Law Programme. Mr. Winder received
his Degree in 2007; and Mrs. Winder received her Degree on Saturday, October 25th, 2008, at
Sthe Cave Hill Graduation Ceremony In Barbados. They are the first nationals ofThe Bahamas to
cobrmpiete the Programme in Corporate and Commercial Law; and they have both done excep-
tionally well, thus distinguishing themselves. The Faculty of Law wishes them continued
success in their careers. .


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, ^,,JJMIHJMUB~al/ MllM


The Corporate and Commercial Law Programme was established in response to the call for advanced training
from lawyers practising in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law, and for the benefit of non-lawyers working
in the insurance industry and in the financial services sector of the Region The inauguration of the Caribbean
Single Market and the Caribbean Court of Justice, in addition to the growing volume of international commercial
transactions in the Region, has further underscored the cntical need for advanced training in Corporate and
Commercial Law.

The Public Law Programme, developed as a complement to the Legislative Drafting Programme, Is also a critical
response to the changing dispensation in the Region, wrought by the inauguration of the Caribbean Single Market
and the Caribbean Court of Justice There is now the urgent need for advanced training for lawyers in the area of
Public Law, who would seek audience before the Caribbean Court of Justice, particularly in Its appellate jurisdic-
tion. But there is also the growing need of CARICOM Governments for training of senior managers In the Public
Service in the area of Public Law given that their work has become Increasingly complex, often entailing decision
making that assumes an executive, legislative and, sometimes, an adjudicatory cast

The Legislative Drafting Programme is a fully residential programme, and has existed since the 1980s. The
Programme is directly linked to good governance, hence the requirement that, in addition to the core Legislative
Drafting Course, candidates for the LLM are required to take Advanced Constitutional Law and Advanced
Administrative Law


case of a document which was produced by an
importer who tried to operate as a freight for-
warder, 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 (Customs);" the acting
comptroller told reporters at a press confer-
ence.
Mr Adderley also said that the officer "may
have done his job," suggesting that the claims
might have been an attempt by certain mem-
bers of the public to sully the officer's reputa-
tion.
Mr Adderley added that the department is
open to complaints about customs officers and
encouraged the public to come forward with
information. *
During the press conference, Mr Adderley
said that six officers are currently under inter-
nal 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, alleged-
ly to avoid paying customs on goods shipped to
Nassau in his name.


Ceremony honours Cuban


teachers in the Bahamas


* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
CUBAN teachers working in the
Bahamas were honoured with a cer-
emony at Stapledon School yester-
day to mark the fifth anniversary of
the Bahamas-Cuba Education Agree-
ment.
Students from the special needs
school in Dolphin Drive, Nassau,
were joined by students from the Sal-
vation Army School for the Blind
and the Red Cross Centre for the
deaf, to perform music and dances
for teachers and 'guests, including
Cuban Ambassador Jose Louis
Ponce, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel, and former prime minister
Perry Christie.
The ambassador described how
Cuba's government has made edu-


cation a priority, and virtually elimi-
nated illiteracy among children and
adults alike by making education
available to all with free public school
compulsory up to grade nine, and
many students staying until grade 12.
Special education is another pri-
ority for 400 special schools across
Cuba. A total of 19 special education
teachers from the republic have
worked in the Bahamas since the
2003 agreement was signed, and
many have been asked to stay beyond
their tenure.
PLP leader Perry Christie has an
interest in developing special needs
education as father of an autistic child
and oversaw the initial partnership.
He said: "For me, coming here
today was a renewal of the support
that is necessary, and to remind those
of us in leadership how important it
really is to continue to remember
every Bahamian child, no matter
what their level of disability, has a
right to share in the resources of this
country, and a right to expect the
government to ensure they are as
much a priority for the country as
any other priority."
In addition to special education
classes, Spanish, sciences, and tech-
nical and vocational studies are also
taught by Cuban teachers working at
schools in 11 islands across the
Bahamas.
Ambassador Ponce said: "The
agreement has been highly benefi-
cial for both countries. They are
recognized for their discipline and
total dedication, even with the diffi-
culties which come with teaching in a
second language. And they have per-
fected their English language in the
Bahamas."
Education Minister Bethel said the
country is privileged to have Cuban
teachers for valuable cultural
exchange, and for support particu-
larly in special needs education.
He said: "We have been so greatly
assisted by the Cuban government
and all of the wonderful teachers."


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 3


THF TRIR INF


Police say no

one killed in

fight between

schoolboys

* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Tribune received
reports last night that a fight
between two schoolboys may
have resulted in a fatal stab-
bing.
However, police denied a
murder had occurred. Police
press liaison officer Walter
Evans only confirmed there
had been a fight between two
school boys after 3pm on -
Monday.
He said one boy was
stabbed in thq lower back
during the altercation, which
took place near the junction
of Wulff Road and Marathon
Road. The boy was not in
critical condition, Mr Evans
said.
Reports received by The
Tribune claim the fight was
gang-related, and took place
between two 12th grade
boys.


International Bazaar

merchants in bid to

afrlact shoppers
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT With devel-
opment plans on hold at the
Royal Oasis Resort, discouraged
merchants at the International
Bazaar are hoping for a much
needed boost in sales this
Christmas.
Over the next two weeks,
merchants at the Bazaar are
offering sales, short layaway
incentives and special giveaways
to attract shoppers in an effort
to keep.their businesses open.
Since 2004, sales and store
tenaicy, has:dwvindled signifi-
cantly at the Bazaar. Only 30 of
70 s Wiop.wners have remained
in business following the closure
of the resort.
AJlopg-time shop owner is
hoping-that there vill be.robust
Christmas sales this year.
"We are remaining hopeful
but we understand that things
are very difficult for residents
here," said Della Thomas of
Island Galleria.
"We are trying to soothe the
pockets of the people and we
are doing our best in these very
difficult times to offer good sales
to customers," she said.
Ms Thom'as, who is one of the
30 merchants in the Bazaar, said
storeowners there are hanging
on by a "thin thread."
"We are encouraging people
to come browse and compare.
We have counted on the resi-
dents to support us and we hope
we will have their continued
support during these difficult
times," she said.
The merchants at the Bazaar
said they were disappointed -
but not surprised that the Har-
court Group has put its plans
on hold for Royal Oasis.
Harcourt, the Ireland-based
developer, purchased the dis-
tressed resort in October 2006
for $33 million. More than 1,000
Bahamians were laid off when
the hotel closed following hur-
ricane damage in 2004.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham announced this week that
the developers have now put
their plans to develop and open
the resort on hold due to the
global financial downturn.
"I'm discouraged, we can't
live on hopes and expectations
forever," said Ms Thomas.
Mr Chris Payne, an executive
member of the International
Bazaar Owners Association,
said he was not at all surprised
by the decision taken by. Har-
court.
"The global financial crisis is
affecting everyone and Harcourt
were looking to borrow money
for the development of the
resort. They have given the
impression that they want to do
the project; when it is going to
happen we just don't know," he
said.
The International Bazaar was
once a premier tourist attrac-
tion and bustling shopping mec-


ca in Freeport.
Mr Payne said that the asso-
ciation will have to look at re-
inventing the area and putting
new incentives in place to get
people to reopen businesses at
the Bazaar in the New Year.
"The Bazaar has been surviv-
ing for four years. It is still oper-
ating and we hope that things
will get better," he said.


Anger as Jewish symbols erected



as part of Christmas decorations


CHRISTIANS were left fuming yes-
terday when workmen erected Jewish
symbols as part of Bay Street's festive
decorations.
Nine-pronged menorah candles were
stuck on posts across the road from the
House of Assembly.
The Jewish candelabra were displayed
alongside angels and other Christian
symbols as part of Nassau's Christmas
trimmings.
"This is a Christian nation," said busi-
nessman John Skandaliaris, "I am not
anti-Semitic but the menorah is not
appropriate when we are supposed to
be celebrating Christmas.
"The festive season is about the birth
of Christ, but Jews don't believe in the
birth of Christ," he added.
The blue and silver menorah caused
outrage among Christian shoppers who
felt offended that an important Jewish
symbol should appear in such a promi-
nent position.
Mr Skandaliaris, a Greek Orthodox
Christian, said: "I am sure my Jewish


friends will agree that this isn't right.
The workmen have obviously put them
up because they think they look nice.
They don't appreciate the significance of
them."
Deacon Neil Nairn of St Agnes
Anglican Parish said he felt it was an
insult to erect such symbols in such a
prominent area on Bay Street.
*"I think that it is an insult as a Chris-
tian nation for those persons to put those
Jewish decorations up in Rawson square.
Not many of them really understand the
meaning of Christmas. We are trying to
take Jesus out of Christmas and he is
the meaning of the season," Deacon
Nairn said.
He said there should be a Nativity
Scene displayed in the downtown area,
especially in these times of crisis.
"I do not think those persons who put
those decorations up really know what
they were putting up or if they just saw
them as Christmas ornaments rather
than knowing the real meaning behind
them.


"I think those decorations should be
used to send a message to our people
and to our nation, because we need
prayers. We need to really acknowledge
the coming of Christ in this season of
Advent and we need to really get back
.on our knees as a nation.
"This whole recession is really to
wake up the entire world to let people
know that God is in charge. We need
to stop trying to commercialise Christ-
mas and get back to its true meaning -
don't make it about anybody else, make
it about Jesus," Deacon Nairn said.
The menorah comes in two forms -
the seven-pronged Temple version and
the nine-pronged type used for the Jew-
ish festival of Hanukkah.
Also known as the Festival of Lights,
Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday com-
memorating the rededication of the sec-
ond temple in Jerusalem.
Up to press time last night the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation and
the Ministry of Works could not be
reached for comment.


-q o"f"


TWO men are being questioned by police
after officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit
(DEU) found illegal drugs inside of a fast
food drinking cup and a fast food box.
While on patrol on Matthew Street, Nas-
sau Village, shortly before 5pm on Wednes-
day, DEU officers saw two men, believed to
be in their 20s, who were "acting in a suspi-
cious manner."
Press liaison officer Assistant Supt
Walter Evans said that as the police offi-
cers approached the two men, they discov-
ered a container with 17 packets of mari-
juana and a cup with 14 packets of mari-
juana.
Both men are being questioned in con-
nection with this incident.
OFFICERS of the Drug Enforcement
Unit (DEU) were in the Strachan's Alley
area off Kemp Road sometime before
12noon on Wednesday when they saw a
number of persons walking up to a man and
giving him money in exchange for "small
shiny objects," police reported.
As the officers advanced -to the area
where the man receiving the objects was
standing, they found a clear plastic bag con-
taining 41 packets of marijuana.
The man, aged 19 of Williams Lane, was
taken into police custody.


'Harsh rules forced the closure' of video arcade

Company president claims mall regulations put dent in profits


* By CHESTER ROBARDS ing the children access to the arcade
Tribune Staff reporter and that was done over a period of
years," said Mr Humes.
THE imposition of harsh rules Mr McGwier, in a letter to Mr
forced the closing of Zortech's Lair, Humes, suggested that he consider
a popular video arcade in the 'giving arcade access to the top 250
Towne Centre Mall, the president students in schools in the sur-
of the company claimed, rounding area, or to issue passes or
The arcade, frequented by stu- IDs to "the good kids for any day,
dents and adults alike, closed its an'y time access."
doors indefinitely on Wednesday Mr Humes said he objected to
because the business has not turned the tone of the letter each sug-
a profit over the past few years. gestion was followed by the phrase:
According to president and "Or not."
director of Zortech's Lair, Kelton The letter ended by reminding
Humes, rules imposed by the mall's Mr Humes: "Regardless of if you
management prohibiting school can't be bothered or are not inter-
children from entering the mall ested, rent must be paid."
without a guardian, put a great dent Mr McGwier told The Tribune
in his profits. yesterday that offering access to
He said he spoke with the mall's the mall and Zortech's Lair to
general manager Frank McGwier ."good" children could entice trou-
several times over the years, in an ble makers to want to do better and
effort to find an alternative arrange- thus receive the same reward.
ment, because children were his Mr Humes said he assured the
primary clientele, general manager that he dealt with
Now, his business has been shut problem children whenever he
down and he contends it was encountered them, barring them
because of Mr McGwier's decision from the arcade.
not to allow Zortech's..to be "Once Isaw them and they were.
exempted from th .reguLatipns. a problem, I wqpid not allow;,themd
S"'The way he did it-was.by.deny- in;" he.said..-"But.4hey used them-


(problem students) to paint the
brush on everybody."
Mr Humes said that when the
new restrictions were imposed, the
students who frequented the arcade
were "the best students" he had
ever encountered from a public
school.
"They would come and talk
about their day to me. You would
become friends with them, and then
(the new rules) just killed it and
they would come to me and say
'why... we're not doing anything.'
"And after a while I couldn't do
anything for them and they turned
on me too, and I had to accept
that," he said.
Mr Humes said he went so far
as to contact Deputy Prime Minis-
ter Brent Symonette who is listed
as secretary and director of
Zortech's Lair and part owner of
the Towne Centre Mall to see if
he could assist with the restrictions
crippling his business.
He said he received no help from
Mr Symonette.
When The Tribune spoke to Mr
Symonette about the matter, he
suggested that his brother Craig
Symonette be contacted, as he is


dealing with the matter.
Mr Humes said he had only one
meeting with Craig Symonette dur-
ing his 12 years as president of
Zortech's'Lair.
Mr McGwier said malls often
deny entry to school children
dressed in uniform unless they are
accompanied by an adult. He said
this is-also theMall-at-Marathon's
policy. ,. c
"That's my understanding from
talking to Mall at Marathon securi-
ty officers and so that's what we
instituted moving into this school
year," said Mr McGwier.


He said Zortech's Lair was
allowed to let students in through
.the back door, as a compromise
with the new policy.
However, Mr Humes insisted
that security officers policing his
back entrance discouraged the chil-
dren from entering at all.
* He said he simply wanted to pro-
vide children with a safe place
where'they can enjoy themselves.
A'iTRh who frequents video
arcades said he feels it is not just a
business, but also "the children"
who are being discriminated
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Obama's foreign policy team


NEW YORK Watching the rollout of
President-elect Barack Obama's foreign-
policy team brought to mind a variation on
the well-worn Tip O'Neill theme that "all
politics is local": In this case, all foreign
policy is domestic policy.
No two Cabinet picks exemplify this
better than those of Hillary Clinton for
secretary of state and Bob Gates to remain
as secretary of defefice.
Interestingly, these are precisely the two
personnel decisions that have drawn Oba-
ma the most fire from his liberal base,
which just goes to show that the Democ-
ratic grass roots might be able to learn a
thing or two about politics by watching
their party's new standard-bearer.
If one considers some of the most promi-
nent elements of foreign policy on which
Obama campaigned a timeline for with-
drawal from Iraq, making Israeli-Pales-
tinian negotiations a priority, conducting
diplomacy with Iran his choices for the
people he will get to implement these poli-
cies starts to seem downright canny.
Let's start with Secretary of State-des-
ignate Clinton.
When she was running against Obama
for the Democratic nomination, she called
his plan to meet with leaders of nations
such as Iran "irresponsible and frankly
naive."
In the Senate, she voted for the 2003
Iraq invasion and for designating Iran's
Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist orga-
nization.
She has said that the United States could
"totally obliterate" Iran if Iran used
nuclear weapons against Israel a nation
in which she is probably the most popular
American politician.
Both talks with Iran and the kind of
evenhanded negotiations that will no
doubt be necessary if Obama hopes to
advance the Israeli-Palestinian issue could
well draw criticism from Israel, its backers
in the U.S. and those who are generally
hawkish on Middle East policy.
Obama won the election, but for cred-
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This, apparently, is how Obama sees it,
too and so he's put a new spin on the
"two for the price of one" adage. Though
some may still call his policies "naive" or
worse, he can now be sure that Hillary
Clinton won't be the one saying these
things and certainly not from her seat
on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Instead, she will play the designated
"Nixon" to Iran's "China."
As for present and future Defence Sec-
retary Gates, the president he now serves
will leave behind a man moth challenge
in the form of Iraq.
The American public has shown a
marked preference for withdrawing our
troops, but the road back home is fraught
with not only humanitarian and strategic
danger but political peril as well.
Many observers have characterized
Bush's second-term approach to Iraq as
"running out the clock" to hand the
problem of getting out and the blame for
any unhappy consequences to his succes-
sor.
It seems that one of the ways that Oba-
ma has decided to address the political
aspects of the Iraq dilemma is by essen-
tially putting through his retention of
President Bush's choice to head the Pen-
tagon the Bush brand on the with-
drawal.
Again, this will not render Obama
immune from criticism, but it will make it
harder for Republicans to paint Obama
as pursuing a policy of "defeat" in Iraq, as
his GOP rival Sen. John McCain did dur-
ing the campaign.
There are sound, substantive policy rea-
sons for Obama's picks for State and
Defence.
But it is in contrasting the policies Oba-
ma has said he wants to pursue with the
people he has chosen to implement them
that one gets a sense that the president-
elect fully understands that politics doesn't
stop at the water's edge.

(This article was written by Dan Rather
of Hearst Newspapers -c.2008).


children are


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Some facts for parents to
soberly consider:
15,000 children in gangs-
(The Nassau Guardian, June 17,
2008) Most parents are unaware
that their children are in gangs.
There are approximately 46
known gangs in the Bahamas,
according to Corporal Davey
Pratt, a gang expert with the
Community Relations Unit of
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force.
More than one-third of 2008
school leavers are illiterate,
according to the Coalition of
Education Reform.
80 per cent of graduating
seniors read below grade level,
according to the Coalition's
report, 2006 (The Tribune,
December 22,2006).
82 per cent of graduating
seniors (public school) are
mathematically illiterate accord-
ing to a study by Massey of the
Coalition, that assessed the
BGCSE results-2007 (The Tri-
bune, March 25, 2008).
There is higher male truan-
cy in the public school system
and some of these boys "have
been found to be involved in
housebreaking incidents,"
according to a public school
attendance officer. (The Tri-
bune, Bahamian Woman, Octo-
ber 9, 2007).
The Coalition report also


indicated that of the 23,063
BGCSE exams that were writ-
ten, only 39 per cent of this total
were written by male graduat-
ing seniors 2006. Males also
earned lower grades. (The Tri-
bune, March 25, 2008).
Bahamian tax payers are
paying through their noses for
public education. According to
an official of the Ministry of
Education's Planning Division,
it costs a whopping $4,700 per
student per year. That's about
$1,566 per student per term.
(2006 figures).
Vernice Walkine, Tourism
Director General, believes that
the industry should "find for-
eign workers if locals lack
skills." She further indicated
that the country's tourism prod-
uct is'sub-standard and gave it a
4.5 on a 1-10 scale. (The Nassau
Guardian, October 22, 2008).
According to David Armor,
professor at the School of Pub-
lic Policy at George Mason Uni-
versity, "Parents have more
impact on their child's IQ than
any other person or institution,
including schools. The impact
is greatest in infancy and early
childhood."
Study connects teen preg-


doing?

nancy to watching TV shows ,
with sexual content, according "
to Anita Chandra, behavioral
scientist. (Headline News,
November 3, 2008)
Some neglected children
struggle with depression and
others are filled with resent-
ment and bitterness towards
their parents. I ,
Sadly, some parents mourn
their offspring's early demise
because of poor decisions.
The troubled teens are cry- -
ing out for their parents' atten-
tion. They want to be affirmed
and loved. Consider this urgent
plea from a British teenager,
Ben Kinsella who after writing a
heart-wrenching letter to British
Prime Minister Gordon Brown,
was stabbed to death by sick,
misguided peers. His letter
called for parents to mend rela-
tionships with their children in
parenting classes and for the
fighting among the young peo-
ple in gangs to stop. He charged
that the government did noth-
ing while teens were being mur-
dered. He made practical sug-
gestions to curb the violence,
but did not live to see them car-
ried out. What a tragedy
indeed! (The Tribune-July 14,
2008).
SHERLE KNOWLES
Nassau,
November 30, 2008.


Opportunistic parasites will.be judges harshly


EDITOR, The Tribune.
It is sad when in our country, there are a few
whose lot in life seems to be on a daily basis to
regurgitate political swill.
They habitually complain and/or criticise
everything seen and unseen. However, they have
no sensible idea as to the solution to what they
criticise. For example, the US Congress made
700 billion dollars available to hopefully stop the
free-fall of their financial markets, yet the bleed-
ing continues, as Citi Group slashes another 53
plus thousand jobs. Yet according to these Uni-
versity of Wulff Road economists, our present
administration should have seen the world finan-
cial problem coming and protect The Bahamas
accordingly. Hence no jobs should be lost in The
Bahamas, because apparently we are not part of
this world.
If all these people in America and elsewhere
are losing jobs, will this not affect travel to The
Bahamas and jobs? To put it in some context
how serious the Americans believe their problems
are, in terms of the 700 billion dollars, this sum
could finance The Bahamas' National Budget
for 300 plus years. This problem is serious and big-
ger than any one country. Therefore, the political
stupidity of playing with people's emotions must
stop, because if it gets out of hand where does it
stop?
We need not to knock over straw men, whose
party is bankrupt.
As their plans are hollow and they seek to jus-
tify the greedy few.
Ours must be to frame and put forward positive
programmes for an equitable society as humanly
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approach this task in a realistic and constructive
way to stem the tide of rising unemployment
among the working people, to ease the humilia-
tion that it attains.
So why get involved in petty debates with brain-
dead shills. If it is the Master's will, for Obama to
come to the Presidency of America at this time, it
is also His will, that we in The Bahamas would be
better-off with Ingraham, at the helm now. Could
you imagine if you now had:
The Bleacher Blunderer.
The would be Admiral of the Korean fleet.
The Closet Banker.
The Home Invader.
The Fast Tracker, etc.
With the economy melt-down, the opportunity
of doing some good, had the dunderheads been
disposed to it; instead of which, some immediately
began sowing seeds of a new set of lies, as if they
are afraid to see Bahamians.come to understand
and accept the realities of the time and deal with
it in a calm, and orderly manner.
It is unfortunate that there are people in our
country who make their living by war of words
and continued agitation of the people to keep
them separated and indeed frustrated.
It is as shocking as it is true, but when those
who are part of the Parliament of a country, make
it their duty to sow seeds to discord and promote
the ungodly act of mistrust among its people they
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At the end of the day, the people will judge
harshly these opportunistic parasites.
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High-powered

GSM bandwith

for cell phones

* By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
BTC executives claim that
dropped cell phone calls due to
low signal strength are now a
thing of the past.
This has been made possible,
they say, by the introduction of
the company's new high-pow-
ered GSM bandwidth.
BTC president Kirk Douglas
explained that on Sunday, the
company established a 850
megahertz GSM overlay band-
width which offers better call
quality, better coverage and
fewer dropped calls through-
out the network.
Mr Douglas said that com-
bined with the old cellular ser-
vice system, the new bandwidth
will reduce the likelihood of
customers seeing low bars on
their phones.
"We are optimising the over-
lay system, we are making
adjustments to the antennas,
and we are looking at parame-
ters, and by the end of Decem-
ber we would have completed
our optimisation," he said.
Mr Douglas also indicated
that the service expansion"
stretches throughout the
Bahamas and that subscribers
in all of the islands including
Freeport, San Salvador and
Exumna should experience
increased reliability.
He said that on Long Island,
where there were only three
signal towers prior to the
expansion project, there are
now nine sites.
BTC's marketing vice presi-
dent Marion Johnson added
that in keeping with the com-
pany's mission to provide mod-
ernised and reliable services, a
special online promotion now
offers various giveaways and
allows customers to register
both complaints and
suggestions on the BTC web-
site.
He said that customers who
take part in the exercise will be
given the change to win phones,
free services and minutes on
their pay-as-you-go cell phones.
Mr Johnson said that both
the bandwidth expansion and
the online promotion are part
of ongoing upgrades at the
company.


BNT fundraising comes up





$ l00m short in past decade


ONE OF the Bahamas National Trust's national parks in western
New Providence.


* By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

OVER the last decade, the
Bahamas National Trust's
fundraising efforts have
come up short by almost
$100 million in funds neces-
sary to carry out its mandate,
Trust executives said yester-
day.
The BNT yesterday
announced its new five-year
strategic plan to promote
long-term conservation and
sustainable use of natural
resources.
The BNT was established
in 1959 and today it manages
25 national parks through-
out the country, covering
700,000 acres of land and sea
areas.
Deputy executive director
of the BNT Lynn Gape told
the media yesterday that the
strategic plan seeks to
respond to the social, eco-
nomic and ecological
changes that are occurring
within the Bahamas.
The plan, she added, will
be reviewed periodically to
address ongoing develop-
ments.
"One of the very interest-
ing things is that this nation-
al park system was nearly
doubled in 2002. With one
stroke of a pen the govern-
ment of the Bahamas basi-
cally doubled the amount of
protected areas in the coun-
try and created literally five
national parks on the island
of Andros in the central area
and made the entire island
of little Inagua protected,"
Ms Gape said.
She said that the BNT will
pursue their strategic objec-
tives through the implemen-
tation of six inter-related
programmes.


BNT DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Mrs Lynn Gape sharing the
organisation's strategic five-year plan.


The core programmes will
include public education,
national park management
and environmental advoca-
cy. The three other support
programmes include institu-
tional development, financial
development and member-
ship growth and fundraising.
"To maintain support,
both financial and otherwise,
our national parks must
become more relevant and
accessible to the Bahamian
people a part of their daily
lives. The Trust must contin-
ue to play a leadership role
in public education and
ecosystem management to
address these critical issues.
However, the Trust's ability
to do so is constrained by
limited resources," she said.
Ms Gape said that the
expansion of the BNT's
responsibilities over the past
50 years has not been accom-
panied by a similar growth
in financial resources.
"We have had to look at
gaps in being able to finance
and manage national parks.


Inquest finds student's 2005


traffic death was accidental


We underwent a total assess-
ment and if we look at the
financial gap for a 10-year
time period for the protected
area system of the Bahamas,
we have a gap of $93 million.
We have to somehow be able
to work and be able to find
the funding to put in the pro-
gramme of work, not just for
the Bahamas, but also that
will fulfill international oblig-
ations under the convention
of biodiversity for our pro-
tected area system," she said.
Ms Gape said that with the
support of many interna-
tional funding organizations
and international and local
non-governmental organisa-
tions, the Trust has been able
to do a lot of work and come
out as a much stronger, more
accountable organisation.


iiRICAL
EIIXRM INAOR


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A CORONER'S inquest into the 2005 traffic
death of 18-year-old College of the Bahamas law
student Crystal Cassar concluded yesterday with a
jury finding that her death was accidental.
The jury of five women and two men returned
with the unanimous verdict following 30 minutes of
deliberations.
Coroner William Campbell told the jury that
based on the evidence "death by accident" was the
only verdict he could leave open to them.-
The inquest into Ms Cassar's death began on
October 2 in Court 7, Victoria Gardens.
Sergeant Herbert Duncombe was the prosecutor.
Five witnesses were called to give evidence at the
inquest.
Ms Cassar, the daughter of local attorney Gavin
Cassar, was killed on the morning of Sunday, July 31,


0 In brief

Semi-automatic

rifle is found

by.police
POLICE on Wednesday "
found a semi-automatic rifle
in an abandoned building.
Acting on a tip from a
member of the public, offi-
cers of the Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEU) discov-
ered an AR-15 rifle with
two live rounds of ammuni-
tion in a two-storey concrete ,..
building on Wednesday at
4pm. The weapon was con-
cealed in a pillow case.
Investigations into the dis-
covery of the illegal firearm
continue.


DEU officers find

small amount

of marijuana
DRUG Enforcement Unit } ,,tl"',
officers discovered a small V"
amount of marijuana in Fox
Hill on Wednesday.
Police were on patrol in
the Grant Street area when
they found a joint com-
pound bucket with three
plastic bags containing a
small amount of marijuana.
No arrests were made in YO
connection with this discov-
ery.


2005. The accident occurred at the juncture of Prince
Charles Drive and Trinidad Avenue at around
4.46am.
Ms Cassar was the country's 36th traffic fatality
victim in 2005. She was travelling west on Prince
Charles Drive in a 2001 Ford Ranger, accompanied
by her friend Sherrie Higgs.
The two had reportedly just left a party.
Ms Cassar's pick-up truck reportedly veered of the
road, overturned and slammed into a utility pole. The
18-year-old, who was severely injured in the crash,
died at the scene. Her friend Ms Higgs escaped with
serious injuries.
Superintendent Elbert Ferguson, a police toxi-
cologist, told the Coroner's Court yesterday that
the victim's blood alcohol level was 136 milligrams
per 100 milliliters of blood. He said that 80 mil-
ligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood is the
legal limit. He said that Ms Cassar was likely to
have been intoxicated.


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Florida justices

rule in favour of

indigent prisoners
M TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
THE Florida Supreme
Court says indigent inmates
don't have to pay filing fees
for appeals affecting how
much time they can get off
their sentences for good
behavior, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The Department of Cor-
rections argued that waiving
the fees would "open the
flood gates" for such
appeals.
The justices Thursday
rejected that and other state
claims in a 6-0 opinion. The
high court cited a law that -
lifts indigent prisoners' filing
fees for "collateral criminal
proceedings."
The ruling came in the
case of Leo J. Cox, also
known as Leonard J. Cook,
who was convicted of com-
mitting second-degree mur-
der in 1995 in Alachua
County. He wants to chal-
lenge a law that limits time
off to no more than 15 per-
cent of a sentence.
The filing fee for an
appeal in Florida is $300.


Health Minister urges Bahamians to



become involved in fight against HIV


* By MATT MAURA
THE Bahamas still faces "signifi-
cant challenges" with respect to HIV
despite all of the successes achieved
in the prevention and treatment of
the virus, Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis said.
Dr Minnis said there are still "key
elements" of Bahamian society that
do not understand "the critical mes-
sage" of HIV prevention.
"That message is simple: HIV is
spread by sexual contact," Dr Minnis
said. "If you are not sexually active
then you should continue to abstain
from sexual activity and wait until
you are in a committed, faithful rela-
tionship with one person to have sex.
"If you are sexually active, then
you should use a condom every time
you have sex because condoms used
properly can greatly reduce one's
chances of contracting HIV," he said.
Dr Minnis said Bahamians from all
walks of life need to play a vital role
in "championing the cause" of HIV
prevention in their homes, on the job
and among friends and loved ones,


by ensuring that they
know the facts about
HIV/AIDS and taking
to those sectors.
"To do this, Bahamians
must become involved. '(
All Bahamians must
become leaders support-
ing the National AIDS
Programme with dona-
tions, with volunteerism .r
and with a strong person-
al investment in speaking
out on the facts about
HIV/AIDS to'everypne .
in our own spheres of
influence," Dr Minnis
said. i I.
He said that since the
mid-1980s, the government has
invested the financial, human and
infrastructural resources in creating
the National HIV/AIDS Programme
and the National HIV/AIDS Centre
to spearhead the nation's response
to HIV/AIDS.
He said successive governments
have never wavered in their "the


essential commitment" to
deal with HIV/AIDS and
provide the political will
necessary for all Bahami-
ans to make HIV/AIDS
a priority.
"Our national pro-
gramme emphasises pre-
vention of HIV, treat-
ment for persons testing
-. positive for HIV or
AIDS, care and support
for those affected by
HIV/AIDS and research
and training that has
made the Bahamas a
regional leader in the
response to HIV/AIDS."
Dr Minnis said the
Bahamas, like other soci-
eties around the world, continues to
struggle with discrimination against
persons who are HIV positive.
He said too many who should be
tested for HIV are n6t coming for-
ward, "because they fear how their
friends, family, co-workers and their
society might stigmatise and discrim-
inate against them."


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"Knowledge is the best antidote to
fear and with strong voices helping to
educate Bahamians, we can work
together to end the stigma HIV pos-
itive persons face in our islands.
"HIV positive Bahamians work in
every industry and trade, they attend
services with us in our houses of wor-
ship; they are our neighbours and our
friends.
"When any Bahamian is rejected
because of HIV, all Bahamians suf-
fer," Dr Minnis said.
The Health Minister said the
Bahamas "stands ready" to continue
its role as a regional leader on the
issue of AIDS in the Caribbean. He
said the country, like many other
nations of the world, re-affirmed its
commitment to "stop AIDS" at the
International AIDS Conference in
Mexico City, Mexico.
' "The Bahamas will continue its
remarkable work on the issue of
HIV/AIDS and with the help of the
citizens, our nation will one day soon
keep its promise to stop AIDS both
here at home and across our region,"
Dr Minnis said.


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lay December 6tl 8:00am to 2:O0pm


Officers complete


BRNC training


MIDSHIPMAN Jataro
McDonald and Sidney Whyms
II were recently welcomed into
the officers' corps following
their successful completion of
the Royal Naval Younmg Offi-
cers' Course.
The eight-month intense
training, which is designed to
prepare naval cadets for careers
as military administrators, was
conducted at Britannia Royal
Naval College (BRNC), Dart-
mouth, England, from Febru-
ary 25, 2008 to October 23,
2008.
Midshipmen McDonald and
Whyms, who both joined the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
as marine recruits in February
2005, underwent general naval
instructions in areas such as mil-
itarisation; academic; sea train-
ing, and maritime leadership.
In the militarisation phase, the
cadets were tested on their
physical endurance, which cli-
maxed with an exercise called
Assessed Basic Leadership
Exercise (ABLE).
They later underwent
general naval instructions in
professional subjects such as
seamanship, navigation
(celestial and coastal), and rules
of the road, prior to spending
six weeks onboard a
British warships for initial sea
training. .
Mr McDonald was stationed
aboard the HMS Ark Royal,
an aircraft carrier.
The craft made ports of call
to Scotland, Ireland, the bor-
ders of the United Kingdom,
aad the US Naval Base in Nor-
folk, Virginia.


Mr Whyms was stationed
onboard the HMS Bulwark, a
landing platform dock.
The ship travelled across the
Mediterranean and made ports
of visits to Gibraltar, Germany,
Spain and France.
This phase ended with a Mar-
itime Leadership (MARL)
exercise, where each cadet
assumes command of a small
craft and is tested on naviga-
tional and leadership skills.
This training concentrated
heavily upon academics and the
sciences, which included the
study of disciplines like marine
engineering, oceanography,
meteorology and weapons engi-
neering.
Both Midshipmen McDon-
ald and Whyms scored the
highest mark in both the ABLE
and the MARL phases while
in their respective platoons. Mr
McDonald also captured the
'best cadet award' while on the
initial sea training phase.
Mr Whyms was the first
international student to be cho-
sen as "Colour Officer" at the
passing-out parade.
A graduate of the C V Bethel
Senior High School, Midship-
man Whyms was a scholarship
recipient of the Technical Cadet
Core Program (TCCP).
He was attached the engi-
neering department prior to his
selection for the officers' quali-
fying course.
Midshipman McDonald
graduated from St Augustine's
College in 2002, and had served
in the accounts department pri-
or to be selected for the offi-
cers' qualifying course.


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Oxford Business Group to release


report on the Bahamas economy ;.


THE economy of the
Bahamas will be the subject of
the 2009 publication by the world
renowned Oxford Business
Group (OBG).
"The Report: The Bahamas
2009" will have a worldwide dis-
tribution of 41,000 based on
OBG's existing subscriber base,
and will be the most compre-
hensive economic, political and
business review of the Bahamas
ever to be compiled, according to
OBG's website.
The report will explain in-
depth the don-estic and foreign
political scene, macroeconomic
policy and sectoral develop-
ments, and include unique sta-
tistical forecasting.

Insight
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette recently met with
OBQ representatives for "The
Report: Bahamas 2009" to give
an insight into the Bahamian
economy in the face of a global
recession.
"The Bahamian economy has
felt the effects of the global
financial crisis, with tourism and
revenues from excise duties
decreasing in recent months," he
said.
In an interview in "The
Report: Bahamas 2009", Mr


Symonette said there have been
many lay-offs across the tourism
industry and that government
services will be impacted by the
reduced revenues collected from
excise taxes.
Despite the downturn, he
described economic indicators as
stable and told OBG that for-
eign reserves are high. Addi-
tionally, he said in the 2009 fiscal
year, the government has plans
for projects in Grand Bahama
and in Nassau, among other
major capital investments.
Mr Symonette also told OBG
that the Bahamas hopes to better
its relations with the People's
Republic of China, particularly
with regard to improving trade
relations, investment and tourism
links.
"Our largest investors in the
Bahamas have a Chinese base
and our relations with China are
very important. It is certainly a
growing power in the world so
we need to position Grand
Bahama as an international ship-
ping port, a transhipment facility,
and promote our financial ser-
vices to China."
Twenty-six per cent of OBG's
subscribers are in Europe, 24 per
cent in Asia, 21 per cent in the
Middle East and GCC countries,
19 per cent in North America,
and six per cent in Africa. Twen-
ty-seven per cent are financial
institutions, 22 per cent in indus-


try, 17 per cent in IT and
telecommunications, 15 per cent
in energy, and 15 per cent in real
estate and construction.
The 180-page publication will
contain the most extensive, inde-
pendent and accurate intelli-
gence available, and is produced
by a team of OBG analysts based
in Nassau for six months, who
will conduct some 100 interviews
with leading political and eco-
nomic figures.

Interviews
With sector overviews and
analyses supported by a series of
exclusive interviews with impor-
tant political and business fig-
ures, it will provide an indepen-
dent and authoritative look at
the Bahamas economy.
OBG is a global publishing,
research and consultancy firm,
which publishes economic and
political intelligence on the mar-
kets of the Caribbean, Asia,
Eastern Europe, the Middle
East, North and South Africa.
Through its range of print and
online products, OBG offers
comprehensive and accurate
analysis of political, macroeco-
nomic and sectoral develop-
ments, including banking, capital
markets, energy, infrastructure,
industry and insurance.
Written by a team of seasoned


DEPUTY PRIME
MINISTER and
Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent
Symonette poses
with representa-
tives of the Oxford
Business Group,; a
global publishing,
research and con-
sultancy firm that
will feature the
Bahamas' economy
in its 2009 Report.
Pictured at the
Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in the Good-
man's Bay Corpo-
rate Centre are
country director for
the Bahamas Laura
Herrero; Deputy
Prime Minister
Symonette and
OBG editorial man-
ager Steven
Dijkhuizen.


analysts, based on the ground for
six months, the critically
acclaimed series of economic,
political and business reports
have become the leading source
of intelligence on the rapidly
developing countries in the
regions they cover. OBG's online
economic briefings provide up-
to-date in-depth analysis on the
issues that matter for thousands
of subscribers worldwide. OBG's
consultancy arm offers tailor-
made market intelligence and
advice to firms currently oper-
ating in these markets and those
looking to enter them.


New accounting software installed


at the Post Office Department


* By KATHRYN CAMPBELL the introduction of a management con-
trol system to assist in decision making
SEVENTEEN employees of the Post and calculating the cost for terminal dues.
Office Department are receiving training Earlier this year, the Universal Postal'
in the Thalia-Poste System, a cost account- 'Union (UPU), La Poste (France) and the
ing software package being installed at Caribbean Postal Union (CPU) signed an
the Post Office this week. agreement for the introduction of cost
According to a release from the-Ministry accounting, inclusive of a cost accounting
of Public Works and Transport, under software package (Thalia-Poste) in
whose purview the Post Office Depart- Caribbean postal administrations.
ment falls, the automated Thalia-Poste During 2008, the UPU provided the
System is used to measure profitability of software for post offices throughout the
products, productivity of responsibility Caribbean region including the Bahamas
centre, and the degree to which these cen- at no cost. The other post offices are:
tres contribute to the profit margin; Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, Bar-
, Thesystem can alsd'beised to -ttabl "' baro tiBelize; the release said.


The Bahamas receives revenue in the
form of terminal dues from certain coun-.
tries of origin of international letter mail
and non-parcel mail items. Terminal dues
are payments received by countries for
handling incoming international mail and
non-parcel mail items from other coun-
tries. The Post Office Department present-
ly utilises a manual system for the collec-
tion of these costs.
According to the release, terminal dues
were introduced to the UPU in 1969 to
reduce the "imbalance" among countries
relative to the volume and processing costs
of outgoing and incoming international
mail.


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lawyers have been resolved


were unresolved at the time
of the committee's last report.
This information was includ-


Earnest Gibson Sr., 53


,' t ^of Abraham Street will
be held on Saturday at
St. Bede's Catholic
Church, Sutton Street at
10:00 a.m. Officiating
will be Father Alain
Laverne, M.DIV
assisted by other
.-_ ministers. Interment will
follow in the Southern
Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Road.

He is survived by (1) son, Earnest Gibson; (4)
daughters, Enae, Evann, Ebony and Crystal
Gibson; (2) brothers, Rodulph and Glenroy
Gibson; (3) three sisters, Varnetta Barr,
Beverley Bethel and Paulett Lunn; Numerous
Nieces and Nephews, cousins and other
relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pa'y their last respect
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Friday from 10:00 a.m. 6:00p.m. and again
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ed in documentation about
the disciplinary process for
members of the legal profes-
sion forwarded to The Tribune
by Bar Association President
Wayne Munroe.
The data also revealed that
of the 112 complaints made in
the year leading up to June
2008, a total of 88 case
remained unresolved or unde-
termined for a variety of rea-
sons.
Emphasising that the ethics
committee and tribunal are
separate to the Bar Council,
Mr Munroe said he personal-
ly takes lawyers' unethical
behaviour very seriously.
"I don't need any dishonest
people in my profession
because what is happening
now will happen...people will
look at one dishonest person
and say a thousand of you are
dishonest. So it's in the inter-
est of the 999 to get rid of the


FROM page one
ted that overtime pay was a substantial
problem for government.
For the past six months, he said, govern-
ment has been working "intensely" with
the Bahamas public Service Union (BPSU)
to work out logistics of a shift system that
would negate gross overtime. The need for
additional staff.once the shift system
becomes widespread is also being consid-
ered, he said.
According to Mr Laing, new employees
at the departments of Customs and Immi-
gration were hired on a shift basis, but he
could not say when the system will spread to
remaining workers.
When asked specifically if lax overtime
billing procedures were still practised at


one. And that is what we are
seeking to do, as quickly as
we possibly can."
A June 2008 letter from
ethics committee secretary
Thelma Deal to disciplinary
tribunal chairman, Supreme
Court Justice Jon Isaacs,
shows a number of lawyers are
to be subject to the scrutiny
of the tribunal for more than
one complaint lodged against
them in the previous year.
One lawyer has had five
complaints against him, which
are considered appropriate for
forwarding to the tribunal, two
others have three complaints
and several others, two.
Matters' are forwarded to
the disciplinary tribunal if
lawyers fail to reply to a letter
from the ethics committee
asking them to respond to
complaints against them; if
they admit the complainant is
correct in their assertion that


the code of ethics, was
breached; or if they fail to sub-
stantiate their denial of wrong-
doing.
The disciplinary tribunal has
the power to disbar, suspend,
fine or exonerate lawyers,
depending on the severity of
their infringement of the Bar's
code of ethics.
Mr Munroe said yesterday
that the Bar Council is of the
view that the disciplinary sys-
tem could be improved so
complaints can be dealt with
more swiftly (see story on
page one).
A backlog of cases has built
up, and in some cases years
pass before complaints are
brought before the tribunal
for adjudication.
Mr Munroe noted that the
ethics committee has been the
same size consisting of five
members since the
Bahamas Bar had only about


Customs, allowing officers to sign off on
their own overtime, Mr Laing said while
there has been tightening in that area "over-
time remains a substantial issue for us and
we are very eager to rid ourselves of that
issue.
"Now I couldn't say expressly that there
is not now officers verifying their own over-
time, but I know that efforts were being
made to ensure that there was a reduction
in the abuse of overtime that was seen in
times past."
As outlined in the auditor-general's 2006
letter, about a dozen officers claimed to
have worked continuous hours in excess of
24 hours, with some officers claiming to
have worked as many as 51 continuous
h o u rs. " "
When asked how officers could log such
extensive overtime hours, Mr Laing said


100 lawyers. Now there are
almost 1,000 lawyers at the
Bar.
Despite his doubts about
the disciplinary system as
presently legislated, Mr
Munroe said the make up of
the tribunal ensures it is able
to deal with the complaints it
hears fairly and without
favour.
"The disciplinary tribunal is
chaired by a sitting Supreme
Court judge. And you have
on each tribunal a member
who is not a lawyer," he said.
He pointed to the fact that
the Bar Council has appealed
the last two rulings of the tri-
bunal including that of now
disbarred lawyer Andrew
Thompson on the basis that
the tribunal was too lenient.
This, he said, was evidence
that members of the profes-
sion are serious about keep-
ing their colleagues in check.


this could occur with some officers who
work on the family islands with "no relief"
or are on airport duty after hours.
"Overtime can be legitimate, but one has
to determine if that has been the case. But
clearly the idea is, because this overtime is
also very costly for the operators of our
airports and ports because they have to
fund it. I just think the overall thrust is this
we want to be a cost effective jurisdiction
that does the right set of things in the ways
of public expenditure.
"It seems to be a way forward in terms of
organising those who work in the Customs
and Immigration Departments to help us
achieve that end.
"Other jurisdictions do it and certainly
"the Bahamas can do it. And that really is
the overall objective' of trying to establish a
workable shift-system."


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! of Roberts Blvd., Coral
Harbour Road will be held
on Friday December 5th
at 11:00 a.m. at St.
Matthews Anglican
Church, Shirley Street.
Rev'd. Dr. James Moultrie
assisted by Archde.acon
James Palacio us, Fr.
/ Kingsley Knowles, Fr.
, Don Haynes and Fr.
Kirkland Russell will
officiate. Interment will
Cemetery, Shirley Street.


He is survived by his mother, Oralee Adamson; children,
Alan and Jill Wallace, June and James Dawkins, Eartha
and Timothy Granderson; sister, Gloria Seymour;
grandchildren, Alicia and Alan Wallace, Junise, Joelle,
Jamell, Jazmyn, Sasha, Phillicia and Phillip Dawkins
Jr.; nieces, Neysa Miller, Nicole Seymour, Denise Carew
and Linda Dames; nephews, Noel (Bran) Seymour;
sister-in-law, Grace Wallace; cousins, Sidney and Susan
Wallace and family, Louise Thompson and family and
Paula Williams; adopted sisters, Thelma Knowles and
family, Jennifer and Wesley Ingraham and family,
Stephanie Lahne and family, Sandra and Sidney Deveaux
and family, Eileen Smith and family; adopted brothers,
Cecil and Jan Smith and family, Andy and Marion Smith
and family; godmother, Jane Bethel; special friend,
Maria McKenzie; other relatives and friends including,
the Peterson family, the Wallace-Whitfield family, Jackie
Wallace and family, RichaiJ Sands and family, Heather
Thompson, Diana Akoi, Sylvia Forbes Evans and family,
the Thompson family in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, the
Mingo family in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, Oswald and
Yvonne Isaacs, the McKenzie family, Arabella
Turnquest, Sharon Lockhart, the Seymour family, Enola
Burke, Dorothy Davis, the Thompson family in Nassau,
the Williams family, Eastern Senior Class of '49, St.
Matthew Church family, St. George's Church family,
and others too numerous to mention.

Friends may pay thoir last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at the church from
10:00 a.m. until service time.


Customs


Department


shake-up


claim

FROM page one

effectively by ourselves and
their monies are put to good
use."
When asked if there will be
any restructuring at the top
level of Customs, Minister
Laing did not confirm or deny
this, but said government is
"looking at all the systems of
our departments in seeking to
make sure we do things that
enable us to do the right set
of things."
Earlier this week, a source
close to the matter said the
claims of corruption at Cus-
toms prompted Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham to request
dozens of records of customs
staff, suggesting some sort of
clean-out exercise of the
department might be on the
horizon.
When questioned by a Tri-
bune reporter why certain
employee files were request-
ed, Mr Ingraham answered
vaguely: "I am the prime min-
ister of the Bahamas. The peo-
ple of the Bahamas may have
an interest in knowing what
files 1 see. I1see many files."
When asked if he was per-
sonally looking into the files
regarding claims of corruption
and if he was concerned about
allegations of corruption in
Customs, Mr Ingraham said:
"I look at many files every-
day- I am concerned about
corruption wherever it exists."
Yesterday Deputy Comp-
troller Berchernal Bethel said
he had no knowledge of the
prime minister making such a
request.
Last month. Acting Comp-
troller of Customs Anthony
Adderley said he was not
aware of any incidents of cor-
ruption or nepotism in his
department.
He was unavailable for com-
ment yesterday. His office said
he was in Freeport.


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. BNGIS holds a successful


I second conference in Abaco


TEACHER NIGEL LONDON and Abaco Central High School, GIS Day Competition
winner.


System for complaints

against lawyers is

'inadequate' says Bar

Association president

FROM page one

give us the amendment," said Mr Munroe.
A draft of the proposed amendments, which will allow the
membership of the ethics committee of the Bahamas Bar to be
increased and for the disciplinary tribunal, which adjudicates on
complaints against lawyers, to sit more regularly, was forward-
ed to the Bar Council this week, said Mr Munroe.
He expects it will be sent back with the council's recommen-
dations within the next two weeks, leaving the ball in the Gov-
ernment's court.
Mr Munroe said he is aware of cases that have been referred
from the ethics committee to the disciplinary tribunal not to have
been heard for up to three years.
It is hoped new amendments, which he called a "no brainer",
will allow for matters to be adjudicated by the disciplinary tri-
bunal in six months or less.
However, he added that "it will still require the client to be
vigilant and complain and it will still require the client, having
complained, to follow it through to the end."
He said it is of no cost to a client to do so, and the failure of
people in this regard is one of the "main impediments" to
lawyers not being held accountable, or ultimately having their
names cleared.
"We've been finding recently that when matters come up in
the disciplinary tribunal that we take as very grave, we have a
difficulty with the complainant who initiated the process com-
ing through and following up," he said.
Presently, if a lawyer's client alleges to the committee that they
have been aggrieved in their dealings with the lawyer, a letter
will be sent by the five-member ethics committee to the lawyer
asking him or her to respond to the complaint.
If the lawyer does not respond within 14. days, admit or deny
the transgression, and does not provide adequate proof of his
position, the matter will be forwarded to the disciplinary tribunal
for its members to determine whether disciplinary action should
be taken.
Disbarment is the most serious action the tribunal can order,
although Mr Munroe said that probably only around one per
cent or less of lawyers will find themselves at this "very rough
end of discipline."
"But that is one per cent too high," he said.


COORDINATED efforts between
all sectors of government for data col-
lection and maintenance "need to be
dramatically improved," the Bahamas
National Geographic Information Sys-
tems (BNGIS) Centre's 2nd GIS User
Conference was told.
Held from November 19-21, in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the theme
was "Advancing GIS technology one
island at a time."
The Centre's director Carolann
Albury delivered the keynote address.
More than 164 persons attended the
conference from throughout the Aba-
cos, including Local Government offi-
cials, administrators, public and pri-
vate sector representatives and various
schools.
Ms Albury noted that many deci-
sions taken by governmental authori-
ties have a "geographic dimension"
that affects all Bahamians.
"As such we must equip our experts
with the best technology for improved
stewardship of our country's natural
resource," she said.
GIS technology, she added, allows


for the storage and manipulation of
information using geography, and the
analysis of patterns, relationships, and
trends in that information to help pol-
icy makers make better decisions. .
The new Ministry of the Environ-
ment, said Ms Albury, is one of the
most important ministries.
"All agencies under that ministry's
portfolio have the ultimate responsi-
bility for enhancing the quality of life
for all Bahamians and GIS offers the
best solution to do just that," she said.
"In other parts of the world GIS
and geospatial data are considered a
part of nations' critical infrastructure.
Governments use these tools to
improve services to citizens and to
analyse, develop, and implement pub-
lic policy related to public health,
home-land security, transportation,
land use, and many other business
needs."
The winner of the GIS Day Com-
petition was Abaco Central High
School. Moore's Island All Age
School was second and S C Bootle
High School, third.


"The research and analysis carried
out by these competing schools was
impressive," said Ms Albury.
"They mapped features using GPS
and used GIS to plot maps of potential
sites for a community entertainment
centre.
"They also identified land use issues
that may be of interest to the Min-
istry of the Environment, particularly
as we strive to maintain clean,
green and pristine environments for
all.
"What is most impressive is that our
students are engaged in spatial think-
ing, learning about their environment
and working together as a team."
Presentations were provided by
Future-net, the College of the
Bahamas, Antiquities Monuments and
Museums Corporation, the Profes-
sional Alliance for G.IS and Geo-
Sciences, and GISP Certification.
"We are excited by the enthusiasm
shown by our newly converted GIS
education champion and we certainly
look forward to supporting Abaco
Schools," Ms Albury said.


Final phase of BTC

privatization 'could be

within four months'


FROM page one

prospective buyer for the com-
pany by providing information
regarding key features and per-
formance indicators.
Mr Donaldson explained
that interested buyers will be
required to provide proof of
communications operational
experience, and will be asked
to provide a substantial deposit
which, he indicated, will
"discourage frivolous solicita-
tions."
For parties qualifying up to
that point, Mr Donaldson said,
in-depth insight will be provid-
ed regarding performance, a
five-year business plan, current
initiatives, and future develop-
ment proposals regarding
BTC.
Mr Donaldson said that
prospective buyers will also be
privy to vendor due diligence
documents provided by the
accounting firm of KPMG.
Though Mr Donaldson did
not go into detail about the
separation of former prospec-
tive buyer Bluewater, he indi-
cated that the new buyer will
be subjected to a final screen-
ing by government.
The final stage of the process
will involve recommendations
from the privatization commit-
tee to government, which will
make the final decision, focus-
ing -on the selected buyer's
vision for BTC and the bidding
price.
Mr Donaldson noted that the
privatization committee, with
key public entities, is working
to revolutionize legislation and


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regulations regarding commu-
nications. It hopes to bring
change in the areas of cable
companies providing phone
services and vice-versa, as well
as addressing the surge in mod-
ern services similar to Vonage
and Skype, which are quickly
replacing traditional long dis-
tance telephone dialing.
With the new buyer expected
to own at least 51 per cent of
shares in BTC, other changes
to accompany the sale includes
a converged regulator, which
will take the form of a new
public utilities commission, the
liberalization of fixed voice ser-
vices, and standardized pricing
throughout the country.
.Mr Donaldson said that the
future owner of BTC will be
licensed after one year, and will
have market control for two
years after which additional
telecommunications companies
will be permitted to enter the
cellular service market.


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GUILIA Borghese, the new resident Ambas-
sador of the Republic of San Marino, paid a
courtesy call on Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Larry Cartwright on Mon-
day.
Situated in the Apennine Mountains, the
Republic of San Marino is- a landlocked


enclave, completely surrounded by Italy.
One of the European microstates, San Mari-
no has the smallest population of all the mem-
bers of the Council of Europe and one of the
highest GDP per capital in the world.
Pictured above is Minister Cartwright as he
welcomes Ambassador Borghese.


CABLE Bahamas has
announced the imminent
launch of a new CoralWave
e-mail system, "CoralWave
Pronto."









AMIDST melodic
choirs, dramatic recita-
tions, energetic dances,
lively bands, and solemn
prayers, Universal Chil-
dren's Day was celebrat-
ed. The theme, "Children
of the Bahamas rise up
and give thanks" was a
suitable one, according to
Health Minister Hubert
Minnis, who spoke on
behalf of Education Min-
ister Carl Bethel.
The theme, he said
should remind Bahamia'n
children of how fortunate
they are to enjoy a way of
life that some other chil-
dren only dream about.
Addressing children all
over the Bahamas, Dr
Minnis said that world-
wide over 10 million pri-
mary school age children
are not enrolled in a
school; approximately
two million children have
been killed in armed con-
flicts during the past
decade; an estimated 250
million children aged five
to 14 are labourers, and
that approximately two
million children in devel-
oping countries die every
year from a lack of
access to safe drinking
water, and adequate
hygiene and sanitation
facilities.
The minister reminded
the students of the many
opportunities that the
Ministry of Education is
making available to them
for further education, and
urged them to take
advantage of the various
scholarships and educa-
tion loans.
Speaking to the parents
also, Dr Minnis asked
them to honour their chil-
dren, be positive role
models to them, and to
limit the television, inter-
net, radio, and cellular
phone time that they are
allowed.
In closing, Dr Minnis
thanked the Primary Prin-
cipals Association, the
teachers and stakeholders
for their unwavering sup-
port of the Ministry of
Education, and of the
children of the Bahamas.


"This is one of the most
dynamic online platforms
we've seen for e-mail and
online living," said David Bur-
rows, director of marketing at
Cable Bahamas.
"Imagineta world where all
the functions you need for
. online living comes in oqe
seamless, integrated interface.
Imagine a world where, when
you log in to check your e-
mail, you gain automatic
access to your photographs,-
your contacts, your calendar,
your music, your video email,
and your instant messages
while you drag and drop your
photographs into your own
personal webspace and blog
about your day, all while lis-
tening to your music. This is
what our customers will have
access to with CoralWave
Pronto. We are very excited
to bring this innovation to our
subscribers."

Music
Features- of the new e-mail
system include dynamic cal-
endar functionality, instant
messaging systems, video e-
mail, storage and playback
functionality for music, pho-
tos and movies. Future
enhancements will include the
ability to create your own
website and blogs.
In addition, each Coral-
Wave customer will receive a
minimum of 10 gigabytes of
storage space to go with this
expanded platform of online
services.
"CoralWave Pronto is one
of the most powerful unified
communications interfaces in
the world offering unparal-
leled email stability and secu-
rity to this market," said
Sophia Walker, director of
information technology at
Cable Bahamas.
"At Cable Bahamas, we
recognize that e-mail is the'
number one usage activity
conducted online as such we
want to ensure that the expe-


- -


rience our subscribers have. in
interacting with their e-mail
is second to nbne," she said.
With this soon to be
released upgrade, all Coral-
Wave subscribers will auto-
matically get email, online
contacts, photographs, calen-
dar., music...instant messages
and video e-mail in a single
integrated unified communi-
cations package offered as a
"Software as a Service"
(SaaS). The upgrade comes at
no additional charge to inter-
net subscribers.

Partnership
The new'e-mail system is
made possible by the partner-
ship between Cable Bahamas
and CommuniGate Systems,
the leader in carrier-class
mobile unified communica-
tions.
CommuniGate Systems'.
goal is to consolidate all forms
of internet communications
into one address space, mak-
ing the single address for e-
mail, instant messaging, and
video calling more productive,
portable, and accessible to
multiple media types through
one account, providing true
portability of an "address" no
matter where a person access-
es the internet.
"We are excited to see
Cable Bahamas' integrated
unified communications offer-
ing as SaaS going live. Cable
Bahamas understands the
importance of delivering
today's market demands for
value added services and how
to increase subscriber loyalty
by delivering more and better
services for tomorrow's com-
munications. CoralWave pow-
ered by CommuniGate Pro
and Pronto will generate the
'wow' applications impact
Cable Bahamas wanted for
their existing subscribers while
attracting new subscribers,"
said Joe Pestana, vice-presi-
dent of Sales Americas, Com-
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PAGE12, RIDA, DEEMBR 5,2008TRIBNEOSORT


Being a star is

risky business

FROM page 14

They opened with Alex
Smith, went to J.T O'Sulli-
van, and now start Shaun
Hill. Couldn't make this up
if I tried. If they start Biff
Tanner before the season
ends I don't know if I'll be
able to handle it. As much
as any Dolphin fan may root
against it, there's no way
Brett Favre is having two
games in a row playing the
way he did (Here's hoping
reverse psychology works).
JETS -27
49ERS-14

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
@ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Here's what's awesome.
The Patriots get the Sea-
hawks when they're some-
what healthy and a week
after they were embarrassed
on the national stage by the
Cowboys. If that doesn't
motivate you then you must
be a 2-10 team. Nevermind,
Pats run away with it.
PATRIOTS 33
SEAHAWKS 6

ST. LOWS RAMS @
Arlt.Ui CARDINALS
The Cardinals could have
made a bold statement by
beating the Eagles to
announce to their arrival to
the upper echelon of teams.
They failed miserably at that
on the national stage but
luckily for them, they play in
the NFC West.
CARDINALS -41
RAMS -14

W .'. O R REDSKINS
@ L; ,. RAVENS
The Ravens have to feel
somewhat jaded by the suc-
cess of the Titans winning
formula this season. Eight
years ago they rode the
wave of the "Excellent
defense + Effective running
game + Adequate quarter-
back play = Winning" for-
mula all the way to a Super
Bowl. If a team can win a
Super Bowl with Trent Dil-
fer at quarterback, they lay
claim to the formula forever.
RAVENS 20
REDSKINS 17

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
@ CAROLINA PANTHERS
With my fantasy foot-
ball season coming to a
heartbreakingly disappoint-
ing end last week, and with
three Panthers on my roster
I have no choice but to
become completely indif-
ferent towards this game.
As a matter of fact, out of
spite for them not posting
better numbers I'm going
with the Bucs with a com-
plete biased skewed
towards Alex Smith.
BUCS 24
PANTHERS 21

Chargers OVER Raiders


COB welcomes Rolle as




new athletic director


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE College of the Bahamas has
welcomed Kmuberley Rolle to her new
job as Athletic Director.
And it has expressed appreciation of
the efforts made by Greg Harshaw to
the College's Athletic Programme off
and running in the NAIA
Role, who made history as the first
Bahamian and female to head the Ath-
letic Department, replaced Harshaw at
the beginning of the month and will be
responsible for taking the programme to
the next level over the upcoming
months.
"We're delighted that we have been
able to identify someone with Kimber-
ley's experience, exposure and passion,"
said Dr. Linda Davis, the head coach
of the Lady Caribs' basketball team.
"Sometimes you have the experience
and exposure, but unless you have the
passion and is driven to complete and
realise goals, you are missing a piece
and so I think we were fortunate to find
someone like her who brings all of that
together in one package."
Davis, who at one time coached Rolle
during their initial season in the New
Providence Women's Basketball .Asso-
ciation. said the new AD has a vision
that speaks to the importance that all
students and staff speak to a sense of


health and wellness lifestyle.
"So I think she will see what she can
do to pull all of those strands together
into a consolidated athletic programme,"
Davis said. "'The resources for that to
happen is something that we have to
constantly pursue.
"But the Ministnr of youth, Sports
and Culture. Desmond Bannister, has
announced that the Bahamas Govern-
ment has designed funding towards that
end in the terms of scholarships that
can be provided for Bahamian student-
athletes."
Bradley Cooper, another member of
the Athletic staff, said they are so
pleased to welcome Rolleon bqard, not
just because she's a woman, but more
importantly because she's a Bahamian.
"We feel that she will have a very
vital role to play in efisuring that the
athletic department continues to flour-
ish," said Cooper, who is working direct-
ly with the Health and Wellness Center,
as well as the track and field team.
"And we are all eager to work along
with her to ensure that the goals of the
college are met."
Sean 'Bass' Bastian, the head coach of
the men's basketball-team, had a close
working relationship with Harshaw as he
got the programme off the ground.
But RoBe said he was just as com-
mitted to working with Rolle for the
betterment of the programme.
"She brings a lot to the table. She has


a lot of contacts here in the local leagues
in various sports and personnel. so I
think from what I've seen so far. she is
going to take it to higher heights," Bas-
tian proclaimed
"With the skills she have, I think we
will do very well in the future with her as
the leader. Greg opened the door for
us to really get that three years experi-
ence, but I think she will push us even
further."


THE College of
the Bahamas has
welcomes Kim-
berle, Rolle as
the new Athletic
Director
Piuired is the
Minister of
youth, Sports
and Culture
Desmond Ban-
nister (left) and
Kimberley Rolle
(right).


From her first lew days in office. Bas-
tian said Rolle has asserted herself very
well, so he's confident that in the next
three years, COB's Athlettic Depart-
ment should be flourishing

NOTE: In Saturday's edition. Rolle
will go into depth about her goals and
aspirations for the way forward for
COB's AD in an exclusive interview
ii h The Tribune.


Plans for Junior Girls College Softball Showcase announced


FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA: The Legacy Base-
ball/Softball Association
announces plans for the Lega-
cy/BTC Junior Girls College
Softball Showcase is set for Jan-
uary 23-25, 2009 in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.
The event will also feature the
3rd Annual Junior Girls Softball
Camp for players and coaches
with college coaches and play-
ers from Indian River Commu-
nity College in Florida together
with former Bahamas National
Team players.
An invitation is extended to
softball players throughout The
Bahamas in Grades 10-12 and
between the ages of 14-18 with
better than average softball skills,
and interested in furthering their
fundamentals and techniques in
softball, to consider registering
and participating in the week-
end.
Coaches from the high schools
and night leagues are also invited
and welcomed to register
Girls will be showcasing their
talents for college softball coach-
es, while improving their softball
skills.
The Showcase/Camp/Clinic
format will lead to a written eval-
uation of each players based on
skills and efforts, and will pro-
vide players interested in college
with a need-to-improve-list of


things to work on if they are to
gain coaches' confidence.
To allow coaches to see the
players under game conditions,
two games will be scheduled for
Saturday night and will involve
all players registered.
The Registration Fee of
$30.00 per participant will assist
the Coordinators with providing
ground transportation between
the point of arrival and depar-
ture (Freeport), and between the
park and the host hotel, and to
provide each registrant with a
Showcase shirt.
The deadline for the payment
of the Fee is January 15, 2009.
Thereafter a Late Fee of $10.00
will be charged. Players register-
ing by December 31 will receive
a $5.00 Discount. Payment
should be made to thp Legacy
Baseball/Softball Association.
Coaches accompanying three
(3) or more Players will get com-
plimentary registration.
Each player will be required
to get to the location of the event
at her own expense and shall
cover her own accommodations
arrangements.
The Legacy/BTC partnership
has allowed this 3rd Clinic/Camp
and now College Showcase to
take place and we offer our sin-
cerest appreciation to the com-
pany for its annual support of
Junior Girls Softball.


SOFTBALL COLLEGE SHOWCASE plans are announced to the media by the Vice President Softball of
the Legacy Baseball Softball Association, Yvonne Lockhart. The softball segment of Legacy, co-spon-
sored by Bahamas Telecommunications Co., has sponsored several camps/clinics in Grand Bahama fea-
turing Bahamas National Team players and coaches/players from Indiah Riber Community College over
the past 3 years. Pictured from left to right are Orquia Saint, Asst. Secretary Softball; Steve Burrows,
President of Legacy, and Yvonne Lockhart.


ii&k AllIC- API IA l*Fc


THE Savannah College of Arts & Designs Bees men's basketball team, pic-
tured above, will be coming to town on Saturday, December 13 to play the
COB Caribs.


FROM page 15

Butler.
Another problem that hurt
COB is the fact that a lot of
their opponents are attracting
some of the best players who
are opting not to go to the divi-
sion one schools so that they
can get better grades and more
playing time.
"It's been rough man trying
to compete," Bastian stressed.
"But as we move forward in this
programme, we are going to get
better. My system is improving
and I think he guys who have
been around now understand
what they need to do to play at
this level."
The Lady Caribs, featuring
six freshwomen, are finding it
even rougher than their men.
Coach Davis said they are defi-
nitely in a rebuilding stage.
While the strength is on
seniors guard Christine Sinclair
at 5-4 and swingwoman Alyse
Dean at 5-6, the Lady Caribs
doesn't have a player over 6-
feet.
And their biggest player is
forward Ashley Moss, a 5-10
freshman from Faith Temple
Christian Academy.
"It's always very difficult
when you're dealing with a


young team, so we have to take
some licking like they say,"
Davis said. "But I think we have
a good group of youngsters that
we can set a good foundation
with.
"We have been focussing pri-
marily on the pre-season, now
it's the beginning of our season.
We did travel last week, but we
are really trying to get them to
work in an organized and disci-
plined environment, focussing
on fundamentals and executions
in a coordinated team fashion."
As the season progresses,
Davis said she expects the team
to gell, but it will take a lot of
patience for them to be suc-
cessful in securing their first
win.
-"We are hoping that the
home court environment wilH
bring us the kind of stability
that we need." she projected.
COB's newly appointed Ath-
letic Director Kimberley Rolle
said they are encouraging local
coaches and high school and
college-bound players to come
out and view the games.
She promised that the Caribs
would be out to ensure that
they made a good showing
against the Bees as they host a
collegiate treat before the
Christmas break.


TRIBUNE SPORTS


PAGE 12, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008







FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 13


TRIBUNE SPORTS


NFL players union



seeks to block



suspensions


SMITI


KEVIN WILLIAMS


PATI WIL .AMS


NFL/AP Photo
NEW ORLEANS Saints football players from left; Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith and
from the Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. The NFL players union is suing to block
the suspensions of five players for violating the league's anti-doping policy. The suit is on behalf of
Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat' Williams, and New Orleans Saints Charles Grant, Deuce
McAllister and Will Smith.


* FOOTBALL
MINNEAPOLIS
Associated Press
THE NFL Players Associa-
tion filed a lawsuit Thursday to
block five of the six player sus-
pensions for violating the
league's anti-doping policy.
The suit filed in federal court
here is on behalf of Kevin
Williams and Pat Williams of
the Minnesota Vikings, and
Charles Grant, Deuce McAllis-
ter and Will Smith of the New
Orleans Saints.
The five players were sus-
pended for four games for test-
ing positive in training camp in
July and August for the banned
diuretic bumetanide, which can
be used as a masking agent for
steroids. The drug was in a
dietary supplement, StarCaps,
that did not list the diuretic as an
ingredient. The suit does not
include Houston Texans long
snapper Bryan Pittman. David
Comwell, Pittman's lawyer, told
the AP that his client isn't
included because his circum-
stances "differ substantially from
the men who used StarCaps."
In the lawsuit, the NFLPA


alleges both the NFL-appointed
doctor and the NFL lawyer who
administer the league's steroids
policy knew the supplement
contained the banned drug but'
nevei advised the players. It
alleges they breached their duty
to the players and endangered
their physical well-being.
"It's just common sense that
someone shouldn't be punished
in those circumstances," David
Feher, a lawyer for the union,
told The Associated Press.
The union has asked for a
hearing Friday for a preliminary
injunction so the five players
can play this weekend. Feher
said the hearing hadn't been
scheduled as of Thursday morn-
ing, and that it wasn't immedi-
ately clear which judge would
handle it.
"We are taking these steps
today in hopes of keeping'these
players on the playing field,"
Richard Berthelsen, acting exec-
utive director of the NFLPA,
said in a statement. "We strong-
ly believe that the doctors and
the NFL should have told us
and the players what they knew
about StarCaps, but for some
unknown reason they failed to


meet that duty."
An accompanying legal
memo says the suspensions
could prevent the Vikings and
Saints from making the playol fs.
It notes that Kevin Williams and
Pat Williams have been the cen-
terpieces of the Vikings' defen-
sive line. The Vikings are in first
place in the NFC North; the'
Saints are last in the NFC South"
and are a longer shot, two games
out of the wild card spot with.
four games to go.
"Not only these players, but
their teammates and fans \\ ill
suffer irreparable harm if the
wrongful suspensions are not
enjoined," the memo says.
Absent the day before after
the suspensions were hand,. d
down, the Williamses return d
to practice Thursday. Neith V-
player made themselves ava'l-
able for comment in the locker
room while it was open to
reporters. The lawsuit and
memo stress the union's view
that the NFL had a duty to tell
the players and the union that
it had known since at least
2006 that StarCaps contained
the banned drug, but failed to
do so.


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SPORTSII ^ If*


RENALDO'S RAMBLING'S


By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter


Being a star is risky business


WEEK 9: 10
WEEK 10: 10
WEEK 11: 12
WEEK 12: 9
WEEK 13: 11
SEASON: 120
SEASON PERCENTAGE:


3
4
3
7
5
70
.630


WEEK 14


Here's the thing about the Plax
Burress incident.
Yes it was a bonehead move of e
proportions. Sure he put his career
jeopardy and added just another
Man Jones moment to his resu
which was stacking up quite a f
PJMs recently. I even agree he sho
be prosecuted to the fullest exten
the law should he be found guilty
any wrongdoing ... but I understand
I don't understand why he had
fumble with t;ie gun and wound
accidentally shooting himself, bi
understand why he felt the need to
ry a gun in the first place. In the
two years, two NFL players (Sha
Taylor and Darrent Williams) w
fatally shot, one barely survived
shooting incident but was left as
amputee paralyzed from the w;
down (Richard Collier) and seven
others have been targeted because
their high profile status. In fact, j
days before Burress' incident,
Giants teammate Steve Smith was a
robbed at gunpoint. You have to c
sider these circumstances and assu
Burress did as well when making
decision to carry a loaded gun int
club.
So this week I'm not going to mi
any Cheddar Bob jokes. I'm not go
to label him as another spoiled athl
with too much money and not enot
responsibility. I'm not even saying
was right for what happened, I'm j
saying ... I understand.
WEEK 1: 8 8
WEEK 2: 11 4
WEEK 3: 7 9
WEEK 4: 9 4
WEEK 5: 7 7
WEEK 6: 8 6
WEEK 7: 10 4
WEEK 8: 8 6


xico PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
@ NEW YORK GIANTS
-pic First and foremost, this game will
r in be nothing like the first meeting. This
Pac is just great. This whole Plaxico inci-
me dent gave the Giants exactly what
few they wanted and what the remainder
uld of the NFL could ill-afford to have ...
t of another reason for New York to play
y of the "Us against the world, we're
d. playing with a chip on our shoulder"
i to card. In the last. decade of sports
up there has been nothing more influen-
ut I tial on the outcome of a season than
car- the "Us against the world, we're
last playing with a chip on our shoulder"
aun card. It's almost unbeatable. They
ere rode it last year all the way to the
his most improbable Super Bowl win in
an NFL History...and that was when it
aist was actually true. I know what you're
-ral, thinking the Giants won because of
of the emergence of Eli Manning, the
ust dynamic performance by the defen-
his sive line, the David Tyree miracle
ilso catch ... and you'd be wrong. It was
on- all the "Us against the world, we're
me playing with a chip on our shoulder"
g a card. Until this happened I was posi-
o a tive there would be a new Super
Bowl Champion this year ... now
ake there's nothing, absolutely nothing
ing stopping the Giants from repeating.'
ete There's no possible way any team
ugh can beat the Burress debacle for the
he the "Us against the world, we're
ust playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card play, but it should be entertain-
ing watching someone try. Which
brings me to the next game ...
GIANTS- 27
EAGLES -17

DALLAS COWBOYS @
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Of all the people upset about this
laxico Burress thing, Eli, the Giants
j nt office, Plax's leg ... the one who


has to be the most upset has got to be
T.O right? His position as the
league's most talked about enigmatic
receiver has been completely
usurped by a younger generation of
receivers. It feels as if the whole
order of the NFL is completely off
tilt. The Dolphins are good, Peyton
Manning isn't throwing touchdowns,
no T.O controversy ... what are we
supposed to pay attention to, the
actual games? This year alone look at
the receivers that have out played
T.O off the field: Chad Johnson
legally changed his name to Ocho
Cinco, Steve Smith beat up a team-
mate and was suspended two games,
Plax had a game winning Super Bowl
catch AND shot himself. It's a sad
day when we only get to critique T.O
based on receptions, yards and
touchdowns. He's not even the most
controversial figure on his own team
anymore.
COWBOYS 28
STEELERS-16

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
@ CHICAGO BEARS
The Love affair with Kyle Orton
and his flirtation with becoming a
solid reliable quarterback....is over.
Orton shied away from the spotlight
and an opportunity to grab an AFC
North lead faster than John McCain
retreated to the wilderness on
November 5th (Seriously, someone
should go check on that guy). Orton
threw three interceptions in a seven
pass span last week against the
Vikings
BEARS 23
JAGS-7


MINNESOTA VIKINGS
@ DETROIT LIONS
For too long NFL teams have
operated under the guise that win-
ning was the main purpose of playing
every week. The Miami Dolphins
tried their best to usurp this archaic
notion last season but were tripped
up along the way by the Ravens.
Where the Dolphins fell, the Lions
have picked up the mantle and are
taking losing to the next level. God
speed you putrid, hapless group of
supposed football players (except
Calvin Johnson), we all believe in
you. Detroit really is falling, in every
aspect.
VIKINGS 28


HOUSTON TEXJ
GREEN BAY PA
I'm watching it hap
can't believe these two t
the same record ... and
aren't having a remarka
season, the Packers are
Then again, they do pla
North and even with a b
record this late in the se
never out of the race foi
title.
PA'
TT
CLEVELAND BR
@ TENNESSEE T
Here's a great indicE
the Brown's season is gc
their players and manage
more concerned about v
Lebron stays in Clevelai
than this week's game a
Titans.
T
BR

CINCINNATI BEI
@ INDIANAPOLI
In 2005 this game w
been an old fashioned A
out, high scoring affair a
raked up touchdown aft
down through the air, oi
and fantasy points were
all involved. In 2008, tha
... well, not true at all. T
title is a game away fror
reach of the Colts and ti
are a game away from b
Lions. Last week the Co
score an offensive touch
one of the league's wors
How many times have y
happen in the Peyton M
For me it was a first, ho]
BE

ATLANTA FALC(
NEW ORLEANSI
Michael Vick goes t(
franchise goes to shreds
new "fresh from the NC
NFL" coach quits on the
season and everyone in
hopes beyond hope that
become legit and they h
tainment release other t
music. The Falcons are


LIONS 13 of what can happen when just about
everything goes right. Matt Ryan was
ANS @ the perfect pick, Michael Turner was
CKERS the perfect free-agent signing and -
pen and I still Roddy White emerged at the perfect
teams have time. The only thing not perfect for
no the Texans the Falcons ... at 8-4 they're still only .
ible breakout third in the division.
just that bad. Remember when Reggie Bush was
y in the NFC the second pick in the draft, and
elow .500 everyone questioned the Mario
ason, you're Williams pick? Do you know who
r the division leads the Saints in rushing? Pierre
Thomas.
CKERS 24 FALCONS -26
CKERS-24 SAINTS h-24
EXANS 21 SAINTS-24

OWNS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
ationofhow @ DENVER BRONCOS
oing... even God bless the nearly perfect right~
cement are arm of Jay Cutler. Sure he didn't lead
whether my team to fantasy football playoff
nd after 2010 glory, but what Cutler did last week
against the to beat the Jets and keep the Dol-
phins within arms length of the divi-
7ITANS 31 sion title was ... who am I kidding,
,OWNS -"17 this doesn't make up for me not mak-
OWNS 7 ing the playoffs in fantasy football.
BRONCOS -34
NGALS CHIEFS -13
S COLTS
vould have MIAMI DOLPHINS
kFL shoot- @ BUFFALO BILLS
s both teams @ BUFFAL SLLS
ser touch- How many ways can you find to
a the ground almost lose a game? I think the Dol-
aplenty for phins have almost exhausted them
it's all sort of all. You know what, I won't even jinx
he division it by suggesting something else within
Sbeing visiout of the realm of possibility. With the Fins
me Bengals barely beating the sub.500 teams, this
eing the game against an actual .500 team is
)ts failed to absolutely terrifying. Wait ... J.P Los-
sown against man is starting at quarterback, Ok
st defences. we're good then.
ou seen that DOLPHINS -20
planning era? BILLS -10
pefully a last.
COLTS 17 NEW YORK JETS @
NGALS- 6 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Frank Gore, this is it. You're
)NS @ from Miami. You went to the U. No
SAINTS doubt you grew up as a Dolphins fan
o jail, the so you know what this is like. This
the shiny game has to have your thumbprint all
'AAs to the over it. I expect n6o less than 175 and
e team mid- three touchdowns (two rushing). The
Atlanta Niners quarterback situation has to -'
the Falcons be the most "Teenage TV Drama"
ave an enter- ish of any other team in the NFL.
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COB set to host Sa


rannah College


THE COB Caribs men's basketball team is pictured above. The Caribs will be hosting the visiting Savannah Col-
lege of Arts & Designs on Saturday, December 13 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.


PICTURED above are the Savannah College of Arts & Designs Bees' ladies basketball team that will be coming
to town Saturday, December 13 to play the COB La'dy.'Cribs at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstuhbs@tribunemedia.net
THERE'S expected to be a
lot of buzz at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium on Saturday,
December 13 when the College
of the Bahamas Caribs play host
to the Savannah College Arts,
& Designs Bees.
The Caribs could use some
home cooking to redeem them-
selves after travelling on the
road to play all of their games
so far this season in the Nation-
al Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics (NAIA).
The Lady Caribs, coached by
Dr. Linda Davis and Charlene
'Swish' Smith, are coming home
with a 0-3 winless record as they
face at the Bees in the opener at
2 p.m.
The Caribs' men, coached by
Sean 'Bass' Bastian, are 1-7
going into the feature game
against the Bees at 4 p.m. But
he's hoping that they can take
the sting out of the Bees, who
are at the other end of the spec-


trum, having only lost one game
so far.
"My expectations are very
high playing at home. We want
to give a good showing to our
families and friends," Bastian'
said. "I did some research,
called around and spoke to a
few coaches and they say those
guys are good.
"I'm just going to stress a lot
of defence. Hopefully if we can
play defence, we can see how
well we can hold up against
them. I saw them last year in
Florida when they played in the
playoffs, but they've gotten bet-
ter with a few freshmen they
picked up."
The Caribs will close out their
season against the Bees, but
with the College of the
Bahamas now in a position to
offer athletic scholarships, Bas-
tian said during the off-season
they will go through a vigorous
recruitment for big men.
"Size is killing me right now.
The tallest guy on the team is
about 6-5 or 6-4 and when you
look at the past seven teams we


played, everybody had a seven-
footer," Bastian pointed out.
"One team we played had
three seven-footers, one one
which was 7-4. So that was a
learning experience for me at
the collegiate level."
Savannah College with a cen-
ter, sophomore Christian
Moore, standing at 6-9 and
another sophomore,
forward/center Rashad Parker
at 6-8. They also have a swing-
man in senior Nick Maloy at 6-
7 and sophomore swingman
Jamall Hinds at 6-6.
COB Will counter with their
tallest players four at 6-3 in
centers Dominic Sweeting and
Philip Colebrooke and forwards
Rashad McKenzie and Theron
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TEAM 2 (World Wanderers) Michaella Kralicek, Xavier Malisse,
Alex Kuznetsov, Don Johnson and Amer Delic. The coach is Dean
Goldfine.
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THE IRAQ CONFLICT




Two US soldiers die in wave of suicide attacks


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* By ROBERT H. REID
BAGHDAD
Suicide bombers killed 17 peo-
ple including two American
soldiers and wounded more
than 100 in a string of blasts in
two Iraqi cities Thursday as a
timetable for withdrawing all U.S.
troops won final government
approval, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.
The brazen attacks in areas
where the U.S. military has strug-
gled for years to maintain order
raised questions about Iraq's abil-
ity to ensure its own security as
the U.S. scales down its own com-
bat role under the newly ratified
U.S.-1aqi security pact, which
calls for an American withdrawal
within three years.
Iraq's three-member presiden-
tial council signed off on the pact
Thursday, removing the last legal
barrier so that the agreement can
take effect Jan. 1.
But the latest bombings under-
score the fragility of Iraq's recent
security gains, .adding new
urgency to U.S. efforts to train
and equip an Iraqi security force
capable of maintaining order after
American troops have gone
*home.
The two Americans were killed
when a suicide driver detonated
an explosive-laden car near an
Iraqi checkpoint in the northern
city of Mosul, military spokesman
Lt. Col. Dave Doherty said. Iraqi
police said eight people were
wounded, most of them civilians.
But the deadliest attacks
occurred in Fallujah, the coun-
try's most heavily guarded city
and once the symbol of Sunni
Arab resistance to the U.S. occu-
pation. Truck bombers struck
within minutes of each other out-
side the concrete barriers sur-
rounding two police stations in
different parts of the city, killing
15 people, wounding more than
100 and shattering nearby build-
ings, police and hospital officials
said. An al-Qaida front group,
the Islamic State of Iraq, pur-
portedly claimed responsibility
for the attack in a statement post-
ed on a militant Web site.
The thunderous blasts could be
heard across the city of about
400,000 and sent giant plumes of
black smoke rising over the dust-
brown buildings.
"I was drinking tea in my house
when a big explosion took place.
It was like an earthquake," said
Saad Ibrahim, a 34-year-old
mechanic who lives near one of
the police stations. "I could hear
the cry of a child trapped in a
house. ... We tried to help him,
but the police and firefighters
arrived and asked us to leave the
area."
Local authorities announced a
curfew and .closed all exits and
entrances to the city. Police said
the blasts were so huge that inves-
tigators could not find the chassis
or the engines of the two- trucks
used in the attacks.
"It looks like the trucks evapo-
rated," a senior police official told
The Associated Press.
All the police and hospital offi-
cials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they weren't
authorized to release the infor-
mation. Northeast of Baghdad, a
bomb left on a parked motorcycle
exploded near a restaurant in
Baqouba, another one-time Sun-
ni militant stronghold, killing
three people and wounding 10,
according to police at the securi-
ty headquarters for the sur-


rounding Diyala province. U.S.
commanders say attacks are down
80 percent nationwide since last
March but that al-Qaida and oth-
er militants remain capable of
staging limited but high-profile
attacks.
The bombings in Fallujah, 40
miles west of Baghdad in Anbar
province, were significant because
they show the resilience of an
insurgency that has suffered
severe setbacks over the past two
years as many Sunnis turned
against al-Qaida and other reli-
gious extremists.
Fallujah was effectively the
headquarters of the Sunni insur-
gency until U.S. troops seized
control of the city in November
2004 after the fiercest fighting of
the Iraq war.
In the aftermath, U.S. and Iraqi
authorities imposed stringent
security measures, sealing off the
city with checkpoints, restricting
vehicle movements and requiring
residents to enter and leave only
after submitting to strict searches.
However, security responsibil-
ity in Anbar province was turned
over to the Iraqis last September.
Since then, residents said restric-
tions had been relaxed and peo-
ple were allowed to enter the city
without showing special resident
identification cards.
Decisions on easing security
are going to be left increasingly to
the Iraqis under the security
agreement that replaces a U.N.
mandate giving the U.S.-led coali-
tion sweeping powers to conduct
military operations. The agree-
ment gives Iraqis greater over-
sight of U.S. military operations.
It also requires American sol-
diers to leave the cities by the end
of June and depart the country
by the end of 2011.
Approval by the presidential
council came one week after par-
liament signed off on the agree-
ment, which was hammered out
during months of tough negotia-
tions that at times seemed on the
point of collapse.
The agreement is still subject to
approval by Iraqi voters in a ref-
erendum by the end of July. If
voters reject the deal, Iraqi will
ask the U.S. for a new round of
talks.
The referendum was a concesr
sion to Sunni demands and has
been endorsed by the country's
leading Shiite cleric, Grand Aya-
tollah Ali al-Sistani. His endorse-
ment means it would be political-
ly untenable for the Shiite-led
government to cancel the refer-
endum. Under the agreement,
Iraq will gain strict oversight over
the nearly 150,000 American
troops now on the ground, repre-
senting a step toward full sover-
eignty for Iraq and a shift from
the sense of frustration and
humiliation that many Iraqis feel
at the presence of American
troops on their soil for so many
years. President Jalal Talabani, a
Kurd, and his two deputies Tariq
al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab, and
Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a Shiite,
signed the accord at their head-
quarters in Baghdad, council
spokesman Nasser al-Ani told
The Associated Press.
In Washington, the White
House welcomed Thursday's
decision.
White House press secretary
Dana Perino said the Iraqi presi-
dential council's approval sets a
path for American troops to
come home and called the agree-
ment a "remarkable achievement
for both of our countries."


Brain-injured troops face

unclear long-term risks

* By LAURAN NEERGAARD
WASHINGTON
' Many of the thousands of troops who suffered traumatic brain
injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan are at risk of long-term health
problems including depression and Alzheimer's-like dementia, but
it's impossible to predict how high those risks are, researchers say,
according to the Associated Press.
About 22 percent of wounded troops have a brain injury, con-
cluded the prestigious Institute of Medicine and it urged precise
steps for studying how these patients fare years later so chances to
help aren't missed.
The Veterans Affairs Department, which requested the report,
and the Pentagon already are taking some of the recommended
steps. But a report out Thursday highlights the urgency.
"I don't think we really knew how big a hole in scientific knowl-
edge there is about blast-induced brain injuries," said Dr. George
Rutherford of the University of California, San Francisco, the
report's lead researcher.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a signature injury of the Iraq
war. Most do not involve penetrating head wounds but damage
hidden inside the skull caused by an explosion's pressure wave. It can
range from a mild concussion to severe injury. And because symp-
toms may not be immediately apparent, troops may not seek care.
"If you have a gunshot wound to some specific part of your brain.
I can tell you the consequences," Rutherford said. But with blast con-
cussions, it's not even possible to say "if you have six of these, are you
six times more likely to have something bad happen to you than if
you've had one?"
Returning soldiers have reported headaches, dizziness, memory
loss, confusion, irritability, insomnia and depression. The military has
said most of the TBIl-injured troops recover with treatment.
"There's clearly a whole bunch of people who have mild TBI who
have n6 negative outcomes," Rutherford agreed.
But his committee examined decades of studies into :no,t.i civil-
ian injuries and found:
-Moderate-to-severe TBI is linked with later-in-life risks includ-
ing Alzheimer's-like dementia, Parkinson's-like symptoms, seizures,
problems with social functioning and unemployment.
-TBI in general is linked to depression, aggressive behavior
and post-concussion symptoms such as dizziness and amnesia.
-If mild TBI caused loss of consciousness, a risk of later memo-
ry, movement and seizure problems cannot be ruled out.


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'Devastating'


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amid acrimony


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The decision to close the Four
Seasons Emerald Bay Resort's
marina and give boat owners just
three days to remove their ves-
sels before they are locked in will
have a "devastating" impact on
investor confidence in the
Bahamas, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, with developers
and boat owners likely to shy
away from this nation.
John Beasley, a wealthy Amer-
ican investor who owns three vil-
las at Emerald Bay, plus a dock-
ing slip in the marina, told this
newspaper he was part of a group
looking to take legal action to
block the decision by the Exuma-
based resort's receivers to close
the marina with effect from Sun-
day, December 7.
Questioning whether the mari-
na could legally be closed, as its
seabed land was leased from the
Crown, Mr Beasley said of the
closure's effect: "It's going to be
devastating when it gets out.
"The marina, along with the









* $150m revenue
shortfall likely to
double GFS deficit
to 4%, compared to
2.1% predicted
* Ex-minister warns
Bahamas needs to
be careful on credit
ratings and not get
itself in public debt
'hole it is difficult to
get out of'













* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Government should set a
I fLt l I. ingi" for the fiscal
deficit and monitor it very close-
ly, a former finance minister
urged yesterday, warning that
the Bahamas must be careful
not to dig itself into a public
debt II. it is ',lillh i, l to get
out of".
James Smith, minister of state
for finance in the former
( hrn.I.. government, said that
hid.- the $150 million revenue
shortfall I.- i. i by (he Prime
Minister for lih. 2()P8-2009 Bud-
., I year was equivalent to
r .1l' 2 per ceut( of ,i .. .
doriileft( J prodicil ((DP), the
(Govrnmciit had little alterlna-
tive but to expand its fiscal
.1. Ii' ii *, i lj lh; il I, recession
facing thJs inalion,
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* Investor warns legal action may be taken to block Emerald Bay
marina closure
* Says impact will deter other developers, boat owners, from com-
ing to Bahamas as investors will 'not feel secure'
* $13-$15m in dock slip sales funds held in escrow by Exuma
resort
* Fears island's anchor property may be shut by receivers in New
Year, jeopardising 500 jobs and numerous spin-off businesses


one at Chub Cay, is the finest
yacht marina in the Bahamas.
When other developers find out,
they will not build marinas in the
Bahamas, and boat owners will
not be prepared to pay $1 mil-
lion per boat slip." 0
Mr Beasley confirmed that he,
and other members of a group of
homeowners, dock slip owners
and investors at Emerald Bay,
plus nearby resort properties such
as Grand Isle Villas, "don't think


they [Emerald Bay and its
receivers] have any right to do
that" in closing the marina "from
a legal viewpoint".
Adding that he and others
might take legal action to prevent
the marina's closure, Mr Beasley
said: "I'm flying down in the
morning [today] to Nassau to
meet with counsel and determine
the options we have.
"I am a small fish in a big pond,
but I'm not going to watch this


resort go down the tubes and
want to protect my investment. I
own three villas and a slip, and
we have lost complete faith in the
development. The value of my
properties has fallen by a half,
and I don't know of anyone who
will go into that market and build
with any level of confidence."
Tribune Business understands
SEE page 7B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
TWO leading PLP politicians
yesterday signed an agreement
to lease the Grand Bahama-
based warehouse owned and
constructed by Florida-based
Associated Grocers, Tribune
Business confirmed.
Obie Wilchcombe, the for-
mer minister of tourism, in a
brief telephone conversation
with Tribune Business, said:
"Yes, it was. We just completed.
It [the lease] was signed today
[Thursday]."
Mr Wilchcombe, MP for
West End and Bimini, and
Pleasant Bridgewater, ex-Marco
City MP, Mr Wilchcombe, MP
for West End and Bimini, and
Ms Bridgewater are hoping to
create desperately-needed jobs
for their constituents and the
rest of the island, and revive
Grand Bahama's economy by
duplicating the distribution
business model that Associat-
ed Grocers had for its still-
unused 86,000 square foot ware-
house.
When contacted previously
by Tribune Business after this
newspaper was tipped-off about
the proposed, Mr Wilchcombe
had said: "We're trying to find a
way for Bahamians to get jobs.
"It's a building that's sitting
there, with enormous potential
to serve a whole range of local
suppliers with food, toys and
appliances. We sought a meet-
ing with the owners to see if it
was possible to acquire it, and
play a role in reinvigorating the
Grand Bahama economy.
SEE page 4B


P s Bd a


for a better life


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A deal to acquire bottled
water manufacturer/distribu-
tor Chelsea's Choice has col-
lapsed in acrimony, Tribune
Business can reveal, with the
former purchaser threatening
litigation but the seller claim-
ing he defaulted "three or four
times" on closing the deal.
Paul Moss, who is also seek-
ing the PLP nomination for
the St Cecilia seat at the next
general election, confirming
'that his proposed "$5 million"
purchase of Chelsea's Choice
* had "fallen through", said yes-
terday he was consulting his
attorneys over filing a lawsuit
for alleged breach of contract.
Mr Moss said he wanted the
return of the deposit he paid,
but Tina Knowles, Chelsea's
Choice's majority shareholder
and operational head,
described his claims as


"absolute nonsense" and
alleged that the deal had col-
lapsed because he had
"defaulted" on three or four
intended closing dates.
"The deal has fallen
through," Mr Moss told Tri-
bune Business, "and I am in
the process of consulting with
our attorneys. We expect a
writ to be filed before the hol-
idays, and we will be suing for
breach of contract.
"I'm fighting process. A
substantial deposit, of several
hundred thousand dollars, was
paid, and the other side
expects to walk away with it.
That's unacceptable."
Describing himself as "very
disappointed" that the
Chelsea's Choice purchase,
which both sides had been
negotiating on from early
2008, had collapsed, Mr Moss
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warehouse lease


BTC sale by fiscal year-end

* By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
The long-anticipated privatization of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC) will be completed by the 2008-
2009 fiscal year-end, and possibly by the 2009 first quarter's
end, the chairman of the committee supervising the process
said.
T. B. Donaldson, who is also Commonwealth Bank's chair-
man, said following a luncheon for Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce members that "a number of reputable" companies
have expressed an interest in purchasing a majority 51 per cent
stake in BTC, and the Government-appointed privatization
committee was confident a sale can be completed soon.
However, Mr Donaldson did not indicate whether those
interested companies had submitted firm bids or proposals. He
would also not indicate the status of negotiations with Blue-
water Communications Holdings the investor group once con-
sidered the forerunner to acquire BTC saying he wanted to
SEE page 6B
T B Donaldson


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The Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company (BTC) has
launched an Internet web-form
that will allow customers to tell
it where cellular phone service
levels need improving, as it
moves to complete the GSM
network's expansion.
"We have received many pos-


itive responses and a lot of con-
structive feedback from our cus-
tomers. This has helped us
tremendously in identifying
areas where we need to do addi-
tional work," said Kirk Griffin,
BTC's acting president and
chief executive.
The web-form can be found


on the homepage of BTC's cor-
porate website, www.btcba-
hamas.com, where customers
can log information detailing
where they are having issues
with GSM anywhere in the
country.
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and much more.
"Beginning this past Sunday,
our customers in New Provi-
dence should have seen signifi-
cant improvements in the qual-
ity of heir mobile telephone
calls, as we turned up our
enhanced GSM service," said
Kirk Griffin, BTC's acting pres-
ident and chief executive.
"But I want to point out as
well that the exercise is far from
over, as we will continue to
monitor traffic and make adjust-
ments until we are satisfied that
the service level of mobile calls
are where they should be.
"But even how, as customers
move through Nassau, they
should see better coverage and
fewer dropped calls.
"They should see greater sig-
nal strength on their cell
phones, meaning a better qual-
ity of service."
Over the last two weeks, BTC
continued its GSM expansion
project by completing the instal-
lation of the new 850 MHz
overlay in New Providence.
Further testing and optimisa-
. tion is expected to continue dur-
ing January.
BTC's senior manager for
project management, Nigel
Smith, said: "While the initial
installation of the 850 MHz net-
work was completed on


"We have received many
positive responses and a lot of
constructive feedback from
our customers. This has
helped us tremendously in
identifying areas where we
need to do additional work."


Kirk Griffin


November 30, work is still ongo-
ing that will put the network in
the final configuration that
addresses issues related to cov-
erage and dropped calls. The
overall completion of the entire
GSM expansion project is
scheduled for the end of the
first quarter of 2009."
BTC began the GSM expan-
sion project in early 2007,
investing some $44 million to
ensure its service is-on-par with
international standards.
"What we have done over the
last two years is a testament to
our mission and vision," Mr
Griffin said.
"In 2007, BTC placed GSM


services in all additional Family
Islands. We reduced the rate
for SIM cards to $15 from $50.
We introduced the $49.99
phone sale, which included a
phone, SIM card and a phone
card.
"In 2008, we had our 'Mad-
Minutes' campaign where cus-
tomers received more than their
regular bucket of minutes for
the same price. We launched
pre-paid roaming, and our cus-
tomers can now use their
phones in South Florida. We
also reduced the rate for text
messaging to $0.05 per text, and
introduced international text
messaging at $0.15 per text.


Fiscal deficit target



range is called for


FROM page 1B ,, .


take it well above 3 per cent
and close to 4 per cent some-
where between 3-4 per cent of
GDP.
"This is something someone
would have to worry about if
there was excessive spending,
or a compression of revenues
with.no real cause."
In this particular case, the fal-
tering Bahamian and global
economies have had a direct
negative impact on the Gov-
ernment's revenues, something
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"doesn't put us in alarm terri-
tory".
He added that "the really key
variable" for the Bahamas was
its relatively low level of for-
eign currency government debt,
around $300 million, and its
ratio to GDP. This, Mr Smith
said, was a feature that meant
this nation had relatively little
exposure to the demands of
international institutions and
investors, and would enable it to
tap global markets if it needed.
With most of the national
debt held domestically by the
likes of the National Insurance
Board (NIB) and banking insti-
tutions, Mr Smith said: "If you
have to pay for that deficit, and
have to do it through foreign
funding, its impact will be
favourable on the external
reserves and it doesn't impact
on the local market.
"Generally speaking, we
ought to be able to access on
fairly good terms external fund-
ing." However, with the global
credit and financial markets in
continuing disarray, Mr Smith
said many borrowers faced hav-
ing to pay "an arm and a leg" in
interest payments.
However, he warned that
while running a fiscal deficit
equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP
was "OK" in the short-term, it
would become a concern if the
Bahamas was forced to run
these funding gaps year after
year. The Government, he said,
needed to monitor the fiscal
deficit to ensure it did not affect
this nation's credit ratings or it
"goes into a hole that it is diffi-
cult to get out of".
"It will be in our favour to
monitor that in advance," Mr
Smith said, urging the Govern-
ment to set a target range for
the fiscal deficit that could be
adjusted according to the pre-
vailing economic variables and
circumstances. Yet all the while
maintaining a prudent stance.
With the Government's fixed
costs accounting for about 80
per cent of the Budget, Mr
Smith added: "The Govern-
ment doesn't have very much
wiggle room, and on top of that
it's going to introduce new pro-
grammes, so over the next year
we're going to see that deficit
widen a bit. I would certainly
suggest that we need to be
aware of growth and limit
growth in that deficit."


I expect theI
Government
will have to
increase the
deficit in a
recession to
avoid further
slippage in the
economy."

James Smith

welfare/social assistance pro-
grammes.
Using the 2008-2009.Budget
estimates, Tribune Business has
calculated that the likely $150
million slippage in revenue fore-
casts will result in a $145 million
recurrent deficit, meaning recur-
rent spending will exceed rev-
enues by this amount.
In turn, the Government's
total deficit, which embraces
both its recurrent and capital
accounts, will rise from a pro-
jected $235 million to $185 mil-
lion.
Using the GFS deficit mea-
surement, which strips out some
$70 million worth of debt
redemption costs, and the GFS
fiscal deficit for 2008-2009 will
likely increase to $315 million, a
figure equivalent to a-fiscal
deficit worth 4 per cent of GDP.
Still, Mr Smith said: "I expect
the Government will have to
increase the deficit in a reces-
sion to avoid further slippage
in the economy. It's a figure that
will have to be monitored very
closely, as a failure to limit how
far it goes before feeds back on
itself will give alarm to the cred-
it rating agencies."
If the Bahamas' fiscal deficit
and national debt increased to
unsustainable levels, this nation
would likely be downgraded by
the likes of Moody's and Stan-
dard & Poor's (S&P), impacting
its ability to secure debt financ-
ing and favourable interest
rates on the international cap-
ital markets.
Mr Smith said an additional
1-2 per cent expansion of the
GFS fiscal deficit beyond pro-
jections, as would happen in the
current Bahamas' scenario,


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 3B


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Telecoms regulatory changes



unveiled publicly next week


* By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
The Government and its privatization
committee is in the process of revising
the "plethora" of legislation that will
be needed to facilitate the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company's (BTC)
privatization, it was revealed yesterday.
TB Donaldson, chairman of the eight-
member BTC privatization committee,
speaking to members of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce, said the privati-
sation committee and relevant govern-
ment entities was working to revise and
restructure the enabling legislation and
telecoms regulatory regime, to ensure the
new rules were modern, transparent and
robust.
He said that early next week, the regu-
latory recommendations of the committee
will be presented in a public consultation
paper inviting comments from interested
parties.
The major initiatives, he said will
include:
A new converged Communications
Act, including broadcasting and telecom-
munications
A converged regulator the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC) regulating
all communications, including broad-
casting,
A restricted PUC to ensure greater
independence autonomy and efficiency
A new telecommunications sector
policy, which will set out the policy of
the Government for communications
over the next five years.
. The liberalisation of fixed-voice ser-
vices
The award of a minimum of two cel-
lular mobile licenses on the first anniver-
sary of the BTC privatization, with
licensees expected to begin operation on
the second anniversary.
New universal service obligations will
be imposed on dominant operators in.
certain sectors, to ensure that all com-
munities of 10 or more households will
have communication services at the same
price as New Providence.
Framework
Mr Donaldson said the. Government
has recognized that a new framework


must be progressive and flexible enough
to address the rapidly evolving and con-
verging telecoms technology.
Cable
He said this included cable television
being able to provide telephone service,
and telephone companies being able to
provide cable services, as well as address-
ing the reality that traditional long-dis-
tance telephone service is rapidly becom-
ing a thing of the past.
Mr Donaldson said that when the sale
of 51 per cent to the strategic partner
was completed, and a modern regulatory
framework enacted, the final step will be
the full liberalisation of the marketplace,
permitting competition along.-the full


"The sale of BTC
represents only
the next step in a
larger policy
effort to
create a dynamic
and modern
telecommunica-
tions sector. The
ultime goal is to
create an efficient
and competitive
market for
communica-
tions,"


T B Donaldson
spectrum of communications activities.
He said that at this juncture, business-
es and consumers will see the final devel-
opment of this exercise as more choices,
better prices, more responsive customer
service and faster deployment of new
technologies.
"Moreover, if the experience of other
jurisdictions is any indication, the econo-
my will benefit from more business
opportunities for small and big business-
es alike, leading to job growth and greater
entrepreneurial prospects in the sector.
"The sale of BTC represents only the
next step in a larger policy effort to create
a dynamic and modern telecommunica-
tions sector.
"The ultimate goal is to create an effi-
cient aand'co4rpetitive market for com-
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FROM page 1B
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Sources close to the situation
had told Tribune Business that
Associated Grocers had been
seeking $12 million for an out-
right'purchase of its Grand
Bahama warehouse, which cost
some $8 million to construct.
If Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater are to succeed,
they will have to develop a
strong retail/wholesale customer
base and secure supply chain.
One way of doing the latter
would be to act as a distribu-
tor/wholesaler for Associated
Grocers, and source product
exclusively through it.
It is critical that the Associ-
ated Grocers warehouse, which
was owned by its International
Distributors of Grand Bahama
subsidiary, succeeds because it
was the first venture to take
physical form in the Sea/Air
Business Centre.
And, furthermore, it was very
much the prototype model for
the logistics/transshipment/dis-
tribution hub that Freeport
seems ideally suited for. Fail-
ure would send a bad message
to international investors and
businesses, with the Bahamas
losing the opportunity cost the
'what might have been' -
through Associated Grocers'
decision to exit.
That came as little surprise,
given that Calvin Miller, Asso-
ciated Grocers' president and
chief executive, had said earlier
this year that the company was
placing the Grand Bahama
warehouse and business plan
'on hold temporarily'. The sale
move comes almost one year
after the warehouse was offi-
cially opened, with Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham in atten-
dance.
It is highly likely that the


"We will
probably
employ about
400 to 500
persons when
we are all done
with the three
phases of
construction."

Roy Deffler
company lost patience with the
long wait for the Government
and Port Authority to amend
its licence, and let the Freeport
warehouse sell directly to major
Bahamas-based wholesalers and
food store chains.
The licence change was key
because the rationale for the
Freeport warehouse business
model had disappeared. It had
originally been 'designed as a
distributioh/transshipment hub
that would allow Associated
Grocers to supply customers in
46 Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ican countries with product that
do not have to go through the
US, thus eliminating US
import/export taxes and addi-
tional supply chain costs from
the loading/unoloading of con-*
tainers. However, Associated
Grocers has since developed its
own bonded warehouse in Fort
Lauderdale, next to the major
ports and shipping companies,
which allows it to avoid those
taxes any way. It then sought
to supply the domestic Bahami-
an market from the Freeport
facility, believing that it had a


strong argument, given the rise
in food prices and general cost
of living.
Mr Roy Deffler, head of
International Distributors of
Grand Bahama, had previous-
ly told The Tribune that the
restriction preventing it from
selling any goods in the
Bahamas through Freeport
meant "the real positive impact
will sadly be missed" in Grand
Bahama, New Providence and
other Bahamian islands.
Speaking at the warehouse
opening, which took place just
over one year ago today, Mr
Deffler had said: "Eventually,
our goal is to have about 1.5
million square feet of ware-
house space and we could very
well become one of the eco-
nomic engines for Grand
Bahama."
He added: "We will proba-
bly employ, about 400 to 500
persons when we are all done
with the three phases of con-
struction."
He had previously told The
Tribune that a major invest-
ment by the Chinese electron-
ics/industrial conglomerate,
CITIC, which had signed an
agreement witli International
Distributors in June 2007, could
transform Grand Bahama into a
free trade zone rivalling the
Free Trade Zone in Panama.
CITIC had been planning to
construct warehouse and show-
room facilities at the Sea Air
Business Centre on Grand
Bahama, the same site where
International Distributors is
located, turning the area into a
'buyers emporium'. Potential
purchasers and buyers would
be attracted from across the
Western Hemisphere to come
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of the Road Traffic Act, wishes to invite
franchise holders interested in operating
the modified and new routes to submit an
application through the Franchise Unit of
the Road Traffic Department ~ Thompson
Blvd., before 5:00 pm on December 12,
2008.

MODIFIED ROUTES

1. Route 2a (Together with 2C,
provides a new east-west route to
Blair Estate and Dunmore Avenue
areas)

George St., Duke St., Marlborough St.,
West Bay St., Chippingham Rd., Dunmore
Ave., Boyd Rd., Nassau St., Poinciana
Ave., Wulff Rd., East St., Gibbs Cr., Sixth
Terr., Madeira St., Mackey St., Pyfrom
Rd., Kemp Rd., Wulff Rd., Village Rd., St
Andrews Dr., Commonwealth St., Newgate
Rd., Eastern Rd., Shirley St., Princess St.,
Duke St., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd.,
Bay St. (Downtown), George St.

2. Route 4 (New East-west route via
Wulff Road, provides service to
previously un-serviced McKinney
Ave, and Marlin Dr. areas)

Fox Hill Round-a-bout, Bernard Rd., Wulff
Rd., Poinciana Dr., Thompson Blvd.,
Bethel Ave., McKinney Ave., JFK Dr.,
Prospect Rd., Sandford Dr., Marlin Dr.,
Sea View Dr., West Bay St., Marlborough
St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St. (Downtown)
, Elizabeth Ave. Elizabeth Ave., Shirley
St., East St., Princess St., Duke St.,
Cumberland St., Marlborough St., West
Bay St., Sea View Dr., Marlin Dr., Sandford
Dr., Prospect Rd., JFK Dr., McKinney
Ave., Bethel Ave., Thompson Blvd.,
Poinciana Dr., Wulff Rd., Bernard Rd.,
Fox Hill Round-a-bout.

3. Route 12 (Feeder Route to provide
service to Blake Road, new housing
at Windsor Field, Mt Pleasant
Village, Southwest Road and north-
south link at the western end of New
Providence. Interchanges to high
frequency services to Downtown at
Sandy Port (Route 10B) and Bacardi
Road (Route 16)

Sandy Port, West Bay St., Blake Rd., JFK
Dr., Windsor Field Rd., (Lyford Cay
Entrance),Western Rd., Mount Pleasant
Village, Southwest Rd., Adelaide Village
Rd., Adelaide Rd., Coral Height Ave.,
Coral Harbour Rd., Carmichael Rd.,
Bacardi Rd., (Return) Bacardi Rd.,
Carmichael Rd., Coral Harbour Rd., Coral
Height Ave., Adelaide Rd., Adelaide
Village, Adelaide Rd., South West Rd.,
Mount Pleasant Village, Western Rd.,
(Lyford Cay Entrance), Windsor Field Rd.,
JFK Dr., Blake Rd., West Bay St., Sandy
Port

4. Route 20 (New route to provide
service to new housing estate)


Spine Rd. of Lynden Pindling Estates,
Pigeon Plum St., Windsor Place Rd.,
Abundant Life Rd., East-West Highway.,
Marathon Rd., Marathon Mall, Robinson
Rd., Minnie St., Wulff Rd., Collins Ave.,
Shirley St., Princess St., Duke St.,
Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown) (Return) Bay St.
(Downtown), Christie St., Shirley St.,
Collins Ave., Wulff Rd., Minnie St.,
Robinson Rd., Marathon Mall, Marathon
Rd., East-West Highway, Abundant Life
Rd., Windsor Place Rd., Pigeon Plum St.,
Spine Road of Lynden Pindling Estates

5. Route 22 (Provides service to New
Subdivision and New School)

Bay St. (Downtown), Elizabeth Ave., Sands
Rd., East Hill St., Market St., Wulff Rd.,
Poinciana Dr., Thompson Blvd., Bethel
Ave., McKinney Ave., Christie Ave.,
Tonique William-Darling Hwy. (Harold
Road), Summerwinds Plaza, Sir Milo
Butler Hwy., Carmichael Rd., Faith Ave.
South (to include the new High School)
Marshall Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., Cowpen
Rd., Faith Ave., Carmichael Rd., Sir Milo
Butler Hwy., Tonique William-Darling
Hwy. (Harold Road), Summerwinds Plaza,
Christie Ave., McKinney Ave., Bethel Ave.,
Thompson Blvd., Poinciana Dr., Baillou
Hill Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Road,
Bay St. (Downtown), Elizabeth Ave.

6. Route 22A (Provides anti-clockwise
service from new high school on Faith Ave
South along un-serviced areas of Cowpen
Road)

South West High School, Faith Ave.,
Cowpen Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., Cumberland
St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St. (Downtown),
Elizabeth Ave., Sands Rd., East Hill St.,
Market St., Robinson Rd., Baillou Hill
Rd., South Beach Rd., Marshall Rd.,
Southwest new high school Faith Ave.
South

NEW ROUTES

1. Route 2C (Together with 2A to
provide a new east-west route to
Blair Estates and Dunmore Avenue
areas)

George St., Cumberland St., Navy Lion
Rd., Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St.,
Eastern Rd., Newgate Rd., Commonwealth
St., St. Andrews Dr., Village Rd., Wulff
Rd., Kemp Rd., Pyfrom Rd., Mackey St.,
Madeira St., Sixth Ter., Gibbs Corner.,
East St., Wulff Rd., Poinciana Ave., Nassau
St., Boyd Rd., Dunmore Ave.,
Chippingham Rd., West Bay St.,,
Marlborough St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown), George St.


Route 5C (As an initial route,
clockwise via Kemp Rd.)


Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St., Village
Rd., Wulff Rd., Marathon Rd., Marathon
Mall., Robinson Rd., Prince Charles Dr.,
Soldier Rd., Taylor St., Alexandria Blvd.,
Breadfruit St., Sapodilla Blvd., Willow
Tree Ave., Gilbert St., Kennedy Sub Rd.,
Malcolm Rd., Baillou Hill Rd.,
Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown).

3. Route 10D (To provide service near
Paradise Island Bridge and to other
tourist attractions near Downtown)


West Bay St., (Radisson Hotel),
Marlborough St., Bay St., (Downtown),
East Bay St., Village Rd., Shirley St.,
Princess St., Duke St., Cumberland St.,
Marlborough St., West Bay St., (Radisson
Hotel)

4. Route 13 (Feeder route to provide
service to Tropical Gardens Rd.
Interchange to high frequency
services to Downtown available at
Sandy Port)

Sandyport, West Bay St., Fernander Rd.,
Curtis Rd., Douglass Rd., Tropical
Gardens., Windsor Field Rd., JFK Dr.,
Blake Rd., West Bay St., Sandy Port

5. Route 21B (To provide anti-
clockwise service to- New School
via Baillou Hill Rd. and East St.)

South West High School, Marshall Rd.,
South Beach Rd., summer Haven, East St.,
Sands Rd., Shirley St. Princess St., Market
St., Robinson Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., South
Beach Rd., Marshall Rd., South West High
School

6. Route 21C (To provide clockwise
service to New Subdivision and
New School)

Bay St. (Downtown),"East Bay St.,
Elizabeth Ave., Sands Rd., East St.,
Summer Haven, South Beach Rd.,
Marshall Rd., (South Western High School,
Faith Ave., St. Vincent Rd., Baillou Hill
Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay
St., (Downtown)

7. Route 21D (To provide direct
service to South Beach along East
Street)

East Hill St., East St., Zion Blvd., Jordan
Prince William School, South Beach Rd.,
East St., East Hill St.,

8. Route 24 (Flamingo Gardens, to
provide service to St. Vincent Road
and link from Carmichael to
Eastwest)

Flamingo Gardens Primary School,
(Montgomery Ave), Carmichael Rd., Faith
Ave., St. Vincent Rd., Blue Hill Rd.,.St.
Vincent Rd., Faith Ave., Carmichael Rd.,
Montgomery Ave., Flamingo Gardens
Primary School

9. Route 25 (Provides service near to
Paradise Island (Western) Bridge
and links East Street and Soldier
Road with Golden Gates Shopping
Centre.)

Golden Gates Shopping Centre, Baillou
Hill Rd., Soldier Rd., East St., Wulff Rd.,
Village Rd., Shirley St., Church St.
(Paradise Island Western Bridge), Mackey
St., Wulff Rd., East St., Soldier Rd., Baillou
hill Rd., Golden Gates Shopping Centre

All applications submitted will be heard
by the New Providence Road Traffic
Authority.

CONTROLLER
ROAD TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT


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Chelsea's Choice deal collapses amid acrimony


FROM page 1B

said he and his "financial
backers" had "acted in good
faith towards the company".
He added that he had, been
prepared to pay $5 million to
acquire Chelsea's Choice,
which is based on leased land
at the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation's
(BAIC) Soldier Road Indus-
trial Park, and employs about
35 persons.
Had he been successful, Mr
Moss said he would have tak-
en Chelsea's Choice to "a new
level", adding: "We had talked


to many of our contacts world-
wide with respect to distribu-
lion in the beverage industry,
and the distribution potential
was unlimited.
"We could have done so
many things with beverages
from all different parts of the
world."
Yet totally refuting Mr
Moss's allegations and
describing them as "strange"
and "absolute nonsense", Ms
Knowles told Tribune Busi-
ness that the purchase col-
lapsed because Mr Moss and
his financiers missed "three or
four" closing dates, when the
balance of the purchase price


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OUR LUCAYA
Resort


was to be paid over. Ques-
tioning whether Mr Moss and
his backers had possessed the
necessary financing in the first
place, Ms Knowles said:
"They defaulted. I believe it
was about four times. The
paperwork and everything was
clean.
"There is such a thing as a
timescale, so if you miss clos-
ing three or four times, what
happens? It falls through."
The first closing date was in
May 30, Tribune Business
understands, with another
deadline in August also com-
ing and going. Chelsea's
Choice is understood to be


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taking the position that
because the deadline had
passed for Mr Moss to reclaim
his deposit, it had become
'hard' and passed on to the
company.
Ms Knowles added. "I guess
the people financing him are
putting pressure on him. I
can't allow a sale to continue
indefinitely. I'm sorry he feels
that way. That sales process
took a lot longer than antici-
pated without end, and I'm
not prepared to go through
that process any time in the
future. We consulted so many
times, and gave them so many
options."
Confirming that Chelsea's
Choice had been pulled off
the market and was now not


for sale, Ms Knowles added
that a protracted sales process
involving any company would
impact it negatively, with staff
fearing for their jobs and any
capital investment projects
shelved.
As a result, its financial per-
formance would drop.
Ms Knowles implied that
Chelsea's Choice had out-
sourced distribution of its
products to its existing drivers
and their fleet, and would now
focus on manufacturing under
her stewardship.
A minority shareholder in
Chelsea's Choice is Ms
Knowles's ex-husband and
current Bahamas Real Estate
'Association (BREA) presi-
dent, William Wong.


- .


BTC sale by fiscal year-end


FROM page 1B

discuss the future and.not the
past.
Still, this indicates that the
Government and its privati-
sation committee are now
poised and may even have
begun with the help of advi-
sors Citibank to open up the
BTC bidding process to other
potential suitors via a 'beauty
contest', where all offers can
be matched against each other
to see which is best.
And Mr Donaldson's com-
ments also indicate that the
Government and its privati-
sation committee are viewing
Bluewater effectively as 'yes-
terday's men' after terminat-
ing the group's exclusivity
period, a move that has
brought the two sides to the
brink of UK-based arbitration
proceedings.
Philip Davis, of Davis & Co,
attorneys for Bluewater, told
Tribune Business earlier this
week: "We served notice of
the arbitration." he told Tri-
bune Business. "We just need
to decide whether we file it
and when we file it.
"We are just asserting our
rights, and if the Government
is willing to entertain our
arrangement, we are willing
to entertain them.
"We are putting together a
team to review the pros and
cons by way of proceeding
with the arbitration process,
but we are still willing to sit
with the Government and
implement our deal.
"It may have to be tweaked
after we go back into BTC to
conduct further due diligence,
and we see what impact gov-
ernment changes may or may
not have on our numbers."


"We are just
asserting our
rights, and if the
Government is
willing to
entertain our
arrangement,
we are willing
to entertain
them."


Philip Davis
It is unclear whether the
instigation of arbitration pro-
ceedings, if the dispute
between Bluewater and the
Government/privatisation'
committee reaches that stage,
will delay or have any impact
on continuing efforts to pri-
vatise BTC.
Mr Donaldson said in his
presentation yesterday that
the BTC privatization com-
mittee in its recommendations.
to the Government was ever.
mindful of the state of the
global economy and "the
whole issue of the timing of
the sale, so as to ensure that a
depressed world market does
not undermine the fair mar-
ket value of the company or
dissuade promising prospects
from participating in the
process.


"On this I want to be clear,"
he said. I am not in any way
suggesting that the privatisa-
tion committee or the Gov-
ernment have made, or will
make, a determination to push
back or postpone the process.
No such determination has
been made. No such recom-
mendation has been made.
Nonetheless, I do feel that it is
important that all stakeholders
recognize that this very extra-
ordinary set of international
economic circumstances in
which we all find ourselves,
must factor into how we pro-
ceed in the immediate future."
Mr Donaldson said KPMG
Corporate Finance had com-
pleted its valuation 'of BTC,
which he said has "a lot of val-
ue."
"I have been privy to the
analysis on BTC performed
by independent parties as part
of the privatization exercise,".
Mr Donaldson said.
"Even with its .shortcom-
ings, impartial assessments
demonstrate that the company
has tremendous value. Its
investment in technology and
plant on recent years has posi-
tioned the company to leap'
forward and complete suc-
cessfully in a privatised envi-
ronment, and notwithstanding
this time of economic turbu-
lence, there is a clear evidence
that many persons remain
extremely interested in
becoming part of- the owner-
ship of BTC. Not everyone is
broke."


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that THOMAS VOLPONI of PORT
NEW PROVIDENCE, S.P. #34, P.O. BOX EE-15609,
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 28TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas:



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THE TRIBUNE


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 7B


'Devastating' effect of marina closure


FROM page one

that some 47 dock slips, about
half of those available in the
Emerald Bay marina, have been
sold, netting $18 million that was
deposited into an escrow account.
Some $13-$15 million is still in
that account, as some deposits
were withdrawn when the marina
build-out, featuring amenities
such as shops, restaurants and a
clubhouse, were not completed.
Tribune Business revealed yes-
terday how 12-20 persons had
been laid-off as' a result of the
Emerald Bay marina's closure,
which was revealed in a Decem-
ber 3, 2008, letter to investors
from Emerald Bay Resort Hold-
ings director of operations,
Thomas Wuebben.
He wrote that the "downturn in
recent trade and rising attendant
losses" at the marina had caused
the closure, adding: "We had
hoped that business would pick
up and that we could keep the
marina open during season.
Unfortunately, we have come to
the conclusion that it is not finan-
cially feasible to do so."
Mr Wuebben said the marina
was closing with effect from Sun-
day, December 7, 2008.
Mr Beasley questioned how
other dock slip owners with ves-
sels moored in the Emerald Bay
marina would be able to fly to
Exuma, move their vessels and
find alternative accommodation
within three days.
He added that the marina clo-
sure and the way it was being
handled would negatively impact
investor confidence in the securi-
ty of their Bahamas-based invest-
ments.
Fearing that the marina clo-
sure, coupled with the Pinnacle
Entertainment casino shutting its
doors on January 3, 2009, meant
the Four Seasons Emerald Bay
resort was itself "on the slippery
slope to closing the entire devel-
opment", Mr Beasley said: "If this
thing goes down, there's not going
to be any more investment in the
Family Islands any time soon.
"Emerald Bay was supposed
to be the Atlantis of the Family
Islands. If Emerald Bay goes
down, it's going to affect every-
thing in the Family Islands. I tru-
ly believe the hotel will close in
the next six months.
"Everybody knows how far-
reaching this development was,
from Crab Cay to Roker's Point.
If Emerald Bay goes down, we
are the anchor down there, and it


just won't happen."
Emerald Bay's receiver, Lon-
don-based PricewaterhouseC-
oopers accountant Russell
Downs, previously told Tribune
Business that the Emerald Bay
resort was being taken off the
market after several potential
deals fell through to allow it to
prepare for the winter season.
Come the New Year, the
search for a buyer will resume,
but there are now genuine fears
that the financial giant in control
of the resort, the London-based
office of Mitsui, the insurer that
insured the original Emerald Bay
development loan, will look to
close the property to save money.
That would send Exuma's
economy into a tailspin, with 500
employees losing their jobs.
A closed Emerald Bay resort
would also likely suffer vandal-
ism and natural depreciation, fur-
ther impacting its value to any
buyer as Mitsui desperately looks
for a buyer able to pay. the $125
million asking price.

Shutdown

Pleading to "do everything in
my power" to prevent the resort's
closure, Mr Beasley said he was
making "one last ditch effort" and
hoped the Government and the
Prime Minister would intervene
to rescind the marina's shutdown.
"If it goes down, there will be
dire consequences for a long
time," he added. The fallout from
the Emerald Bay resort's closure
would be felt by grocery stores,
taxi drivers, contractors, charter
operators, beach attraction
providers and a whole range of
Exuma-based businesses.
Mr Beasley said there were
other options for the Emerald
Bay marina besides closing it,
telling Tribune Business: "There's
been discussions about the Grand
Isle Villas folks taking over the
marina in conjunction with the
neighboring Roker's Point.
"We're hoping those two
groups will go down to the mari-
na and buy it, and if not at least
take it over and get the big boats
to come back in there."
Mega yacht clientele were
among the biggest spenders, Mr
Beasley told Tribune Business,
and their return would be key to
revitalising the resort through
guest spend.
Mr Beasley earned his wealth
by selling his group of food com-
panies, Overton Distributors, to
Sysco, a major US food distribu-


tor. He also owned a manufac-
turing company he then sold,
Taylor Farms of California, and is
now a real estate investor and
venture capitalist.
One source said of the pro-
posed marina closure: "The
potential negative fallout from
this could be greater than any-
thing the Bahamas has experi-
enced in a long time.
"It opens the door for investors
in the Bahamas not being safe."

Investment
The $320 million Emerald Bay
resort has acted as Exuma's main
economic engine, attracting addi-
tional foreign direct investment
to the island. It employs almost
500 staff, and features an 18-hole
Greg Norman Golf Course, two
restaurants, three pools, spa, six
meeting rooms and 450-person
capacity ballroom.
Other investment projects pre-
viously attracted to the Emerald
Bay vicinity include the resort's
Pinnacle Entertainment-managed
$5 million casino, plus the $110
million Grand Isle Villas devel-
opment.
A shopping complex has also
opened at Emerald Bay, the
anchor retailer being the Emerald
Isle supermarket. The complex
also includes businesses such as
Scotiabank and Mail Boxes Etc.
.David Johnson, deputy direc-
tor-general in the Ministry of
Tourism with responsibility for
planning, investment and busi-
ness development, warned last
year that the Four Seasons need-
ed to become a sustainable, prof-
itable resort, and the Bahamas
could not afford for it to fail.
He said then that factors such
as building costs being about 40
per cent higher per square foot
than they are in Nassau, had
retarded Emerald Bay's growth
and kept it from reaching the
development its owners had pre-
viously predicted.
Mr Johnson said of Emerald
Bay: "The property was con-
ceived to be i mixed-use project,
with 185 keys under the Four Sea-
sons brand.
"The vast majority of the prop-
erty was to be for mixed-use, con-
dos and hundreds of lots sold for
significant family homes.
"After four years of operation,
they have developed very little
of the sold inventory.
"There's been ,a lot of trading
of the land by the owners, but the
cost of building is prohibitive.


"The buildings costs, the num-
bers suggest, are in excess of 40
per cent higher per square foot
to build."
Costs to construct such prop-
erties in Nassau were $500 per
square foot, while in Exuma the
price was $800 per square foot.
Mr Johnson also underlined
the impact the relatively high
building costs on Exuma, com-
pared to Nassau, were having on
Emerald Bay's margins.
He pointed out that concrete
there cost $200 per yard, whereas
in Nassau it cost $125 per yard:
"The hotel, with a golf course
and spa, as a 185-room resort of
Four Seasons' calibre, can only
be profitable if it has a much larg-
er customer base outside those
rooms," Mr Johnson said.
He added that the resort need-
ed to build out to 700-800 units to
get close to profitability, whereas
it was currently closer to 300-400
units.


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PROPERTIES & ASSETS FOR SALE


PROPERTIES


New Providence
I. Lot #39 (25'x 100') w/hse .1 (04sq. ti., BIk #35
hse #64-Lincoln Blvd (Appraised Value
$57,780.00)
2. Lot #1246 (5,000sq. ft.) w'hse 2.257sq. ft.-
Golden Way Dr. Golden Gates #2 (Appraised
Value $244,845.00)
3. Lot #6 (7,000sq. ft.) w!duplex (2,032sq. ft.)-
Kool Acres Sub (Appraised Value
$265,000.00)
4. Lot (51)'xl(00'') w/building (l,912sq. ft.)-
DeCecaux St (Appraised Value $189,000.00)
5. Lot # I (60'x 107') \ .'house-Smith Ave College
Gardens Sub
6. Lots #29 & #30, (5(T'x 00'). BIk #47 w/building
(1,140sq. fl.)-Matthew St, Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $145,000.00)
7. Vacant lot (I18,644sq. ft.)-Carmichael Rd
(Appraised Value $95,000.00)
8. Lots #5 & #6 (150'x100') w!hse-Silver Palm
Ln Imperial Park (Appraised Value
$313,650.00)
9. Lot 135 (50'x00') w hse (1,342sq. ft.)-
Sunflower (south) Sunshine Park Sub Hse #8
(Appraised Value $139,000.00)
10. Lot # 18. BIk # 16 (50'x 100') w!hse (1, 155sq.
ft.)-Talbot St (east) Shirley Heights Sub
(Appraised Value $130,000.00)
11. Lot #11' (107'xl00') w.hse (2.026sq, ft)-Sunset
Ridge Dr, Sunset Ridge Sub Hse #28
(Appraised Value $206,000.00)
12, l..ol #23. Bik # I (17,150sq. ft.) wisplit level
hse-Captain Rd. Coral Heights Est,. (Appraised
Value $480,900.00)
13. Lots #3 & #4, Blk #47 (50'x100') widuplex
(l,532sq. ft.)-Forbes St Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $120,000.00)
14. Lot 98'x l28' w/hse 2.340sq. fit-Mollie St
Englerston Sub (Appraised Value
$239.460.00)

Andros
15. Lot #1 19 (22. 500sq. It.) w/complex (3.440sq.
ft.)-Sir enrtiy Morgan Dr Andros Beach Colony
Sub Nicholl's Town Andros (Appraised Value
$322,900.00)
16. Beach front lot (9,000sq, ft.) % bioudii.-
(2,100sq. ft.) Pinders Mangrove Cay Andros
(Appraised Value $200,000.00)
17. Lot (4.344sq. ft,) widuplex building (l.174sq.
ft.)-Fresh Creek Andros (Appraised Value
$94.640.00)

Grand Bahama
18. Vacant Lot #8 BIk #12 Unit #3 (11,250sq. tt.)-
flennv Ave Derby Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $65,000.00)
19. Lot #43 B (100'x 150') wlhse & Duplex-Nelson
Rd. Poinciana Gardens Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $96,000.00)
20. Lot #37 (50'x 150') wisixplex 2-storey apartment
building & Laundronmat (5,400sq. it.)-Martin
Town. Kiii'- Sub Eight Mile Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised Value $211,200.00)
21. Lot witen (10) unit I oltel (5,0)0sq. ft.) on 4.99
acres..i la t, l front-iligh Rock Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $1.(00,000.00)
22. Vacant lot #13, Blk #59, Unit #3 (22,752sq.
ft.) 45' on canal front-1l) i,.iili iin' Circle &
Ingravc Dr Erimerald B1ay Sub (irand Bahama
(Appraised Value $110.000.00)


23. Vacant lot #21, Blk #3(14,161 sq. ft.)-Waterfall
Dr Seahorse Village Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $40,000.00)
24. Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit #3 (90'x1251'-Derby Sub
Grand Bahama (Appraised Value $23,000.00)
25. Vacant lot #25, Blk #15 (17,866sq. ft.)-Cutwater
Ln Shannon Country Club Sub Grand Baliama
(Appraised Value $38,000.00)
26. Vacant lot #1 10 Sec #1 (12.500sq. ft.)-Bonefish
St & Polaris Dr, Carvel Beach Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $40,000.00)
27, Lot #59(17,276sq. ft.) Section #1j incomplete
fourplex-Amberiack St & Polaris Dr Carvcl
Beach Grand Bahama (Appraised Value
$74,970. 0)
28. Lot #2 (20,000sq, ft,) w!building complex &
coin Laundromat-Queens Highway Holmes
Rock. Commonage Grand Bahama (Appraised
Value $178,600.00)

Abaco
29. Lot #54 E (6,500sq. ft.) w/triplex foundation
(2,788sq. ft.)-Murphy Town Abaco (Appraised
Value $24,896.00)
30. Lot #6 Vacant 2 acres-Fox Town Abaco
(Appraised Value $50,000.00)
31. Lot #51 (15.000sq. ft.) buiildinL-M.\luih,
Town Abaco (Appraised Value $102.420.00)
32. Portion of lot #69 (15.000sq. ft.)-Front St
Murphy Town Abaco (Appraised Value
S29.250.00)
33. Lot 9,300sq. ft. wibonefish lodge 4.300sq. ft.-
Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised Value
S523,000.00)
34. Lot #55 (6.900)sq. 1.) wvbuilding-Murphy 'town
Abaco (Appraised Value $82,075.00)
35. Lot #45 (60'xl60') with '14 room motel
(3,900sq. fl.)-Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised
Value $485,700.00)
36. Lot 87,120sq. IL \ ltiU tuI .ug .ioin.d o ,nt-r.i..'
building totaling (4,186sq. ft.)-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco (Appraised Value
$880,308.00)

Eleuthera
37. Property 31'x I 11' w/house Lord St Taprum
Bay Eleuthera. (Appraised Value $40,000.00)
38. Vacant portion of lot #7 (50'xl 10')-West James
Cistern Eleuthera (Appraised Value
$18.000.00)

Cat Island
39. Property wilwelve room motel 1.39 acres-
Arthur's Town Cat Island (Appraised Value
$630,000.00)

Exurma
40. Lot #8 vacant (65.200sq. ft.)-Moss Town
Exuma (Appraised Value $110,188.00)
41, Lot (A i .4'iu,q t.) with small hotel totaling
(4,520sq. ft.)and exclusive beach-Forbes Hill
Exuma (Appraised Value s 1.40-il.MiIi.tlin
42. Vacant lot #1281 (0,' "'11 fl,)-Oceanic Rd
Iilh.iiii.i .oniilhl Section #3 Exuna (Appraised
Value 18,150.00)
43. Vacant lo,,i .) (l' I .'. i Commodore Rd
Elizabeth Harbour Est. Exuma (Appraised
Value $45,000.00)


ASSETS


Vessels
* 45' (1992) D)efenider 'Vessel (Limnos)
* 48' (1,-ii North Carolina Hull
* 52' (1979) attlers Vessel (MV Buddy)
* 51' (1981) Dlelender Vessel (Equility)
* 80' Cuistom Steel hull Vessel (lady Kristy)
* 94' Steel 11 Gulf 'Coast Shrimp Trawler Vessel
(1980) with t2) Volvo Diesel engine (Sweet Charlotte)
* 122' Single Screwy Stcl Hull (1960) MV Lisa J Ill.
vessel has a iniew engine requiring installation. And
Trailer can be view at 13radfordI Marine, Grand Bahama
19' (1989)1 Fitberglass Sports Vessel (Hull Only)


Vehicles
(1) 03 Dodge Caravan
(1) 96 Ford Explorer
(1) 97 Dodge Stratus
(1) 01 Hyundai H-I Van
(1) 01 Kia Bus 12 Seater
(1) 78 1L800 Ford Boom TrIck
(1) 02 Hyundai H-l Van SVX
(1) 06 Hyundai H-1 Van SVX (Silver)
(1) 01 Kitchen Tandem Cherokee


Steel Building 70'x50' Six (6) Windows, Two (2) Entry Doors, Two (2) 5'10' Rollup Doors White
i riined Blue Aj)proved plans and engineering drawings are available $50,000.00

ThC public i iinvited to submit Sealed bids marked "Tender" to Bahanunas Development Bank. P.O. Box
N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas attention Financial Controller, faxed bids will not be accepted or telephone
327-5780k tor additional inolbnnation. Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets
should be received by or on December 8, 2(108. The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to
reject any or all offers. All assets are sold as is.


Legal Notice
NOTICE


JAMES PARK LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) .IAMIS PARK 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 December, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr.
Michael Low of 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore
039393

Dated this 05th day of December,A.D. 2008



Mr. Michael Low
Liquidator


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Legal Notice
NOTICE


TRINIILENE LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 28th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




Legal Notice
NOTICE


PRICE HOLDINGS LIMITED




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






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
.-- (Liquidator)


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Ministry


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Employment Opportunity


Financial Intelligence Unit
This position provides an excellent opportunity for an individual
seeking a meaningful employment with the Financial Intelligence
Unit.

The successful candidate would be the Chief Executive Officer
of the Financial Intelligence Unit.


DIRECTOR


POSITION:


RESPONSIBLE TO: THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE


The successful applicant must:
* Possess a College Degree
* Hold no other office or
employment, whether remunerated
or not, without the prior approval of
the Minister
* Not be a Public Officer
* Not be a director, officer or servant
of, or have a controlling interest in,
any financial institution
* Not be bankrupt
* Be a fit and proper person


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Charge of the day-to-day management and operation of
the Financial Intelligence Unit;
Liaise between the Financial Intelligence Unit and the
Minister responsible for the FLU regarding matters of policy
having to do with the functions of FIU;
Advise the Minister on the work of the Financial
Intelligence Unit and in particular on matters that could
affect public policy;
Prepare the Annual Reports of the FIU and submit to the
Minister before June 30th in every year;
Ensure that an Annual Budget is prepared for the FIU and
submitted to the Minister at least two months prior to the
commencement of the financial year; and
Ensure that the accounts of the FIU are audited annually
and a copy of the audit report is submitted to the Minister.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

The successful candidate is expected to:
1. Be knowledgeable about the financial services sector and
the Laws governing the financial services industry;
2. Be experienced in financial investigations;
3. Have strong data gathering, analytical and report writing
skills; and
4. Have strong leadership skills

REMUNERATION PACKAGE

Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Three (3) year contract; renewal
15% gratuity upon successful completion of contract.

Interested persons should submit their application and resume
in writing along with the relevant certificates no later than Friday,
12th December, 2008 to:

The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
3rd Floor, Cecil Wallace.Whitfield Building
Cable Beach
Nassau, The Bahamas


QUALIFICATIONS:


Bernanke: more action



needed to cut foreclosures


* By JEANNINE AVERSA
WASHINGTON
Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke called on the gov-
ernment Thursday to ramp up
efforts to stem soaring home fore-
closures, which are feeding into
the country's deep economic trou-


bles. Although a flurry of actions
have been taken to ease the hous-
ing crisis, foreclosures still remain
"too high" with adverse conse-
quences for struggling homeown-
ers, squeezed lenders and the
broader economy, Bernanke said
in remarks to a Fed conference
here on housing finance, accord-


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS IN
THE SUPREME- COURT 2008/QUI/equ/00097

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land
comprising 290 acres more or less situate south of the
Township of RockSound in the Island of Eleuthera one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of CARMEN J.
KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for Reginald Knowles
Sr.

NOTICE

The Petition of CARMEN J.KNOWLES by Power of
Attorney for Reginald Knowles Sr. of the Township of
Rock Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 290
acres more or less situate south of the Township of Rock
Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel
or lot of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or plan filed
herein and is delineated on that part which is coloured
PINK of the said diagram or plan and being the land which
is the subject of the Petition filed herein.

CARMEN J. KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for
Reginald Knowles Sr., claims to be the beneficial owner
in fee simple in possession of the parcel of land
hereinbefore described and such ownership arises by virtue
of possession of the said land.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at:-

The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas;

The Chambers of Johnson & Co., # 1 New Bond Street,
Governors Harbour, Eleuthera

The Office of the Administrator, Rock Sound, Eleuthera,
Bahamas

Notice is given that any person having dower or right of
dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 27th day of December
A.D.,2008 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of such claim
in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure by any person to file and serve a
statement of such claim on or before the 27th day of
December A.D.,2008 will operate as a bar to such claim.

JOHNSON & CO.
Chambers
# 1 New Bond Street
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


ing to the Associated Press.
"More needs to be done," he
declared.
Lenders appear to be on track
to initiate 2.25 million foreclo-
sures this year, up from an aver-
age annual pace of less than 1
million during the pre-crisis peri-
od, he said.
To provide additional'relief,
Bernanke outlined a number of
what he called "promising
options" to reduce preventable
foreclosures.
Under one plan, Bernanke
called on Congress to ease the
terms of a government program
called "Hope for Homeowners,"
which lets distressed homeown-
ers refinance into more afford-
able, federally insured mortgages
if the lender writes down the
amount owed on the mortgage
and pays an upfront insurance
premium.
Bernanke suggested Congress
lower lender's upfront insurance
premium as well as reducing the
interest rate borrowers pay, which
presently is quite high, roughly 8
percent. To bring down this inter-
est rate, Treasury could buy Gin-
nie Mae securities, which fund
the mortgage program, or Con-
gress could decide to subsidize
the rate.
Another option would ease the
terms of a loan-modification plan
put forward by the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. that
seeks to make monthly mortgage
payments more affordable. The
FDIC put this plan into effect at
IndyMac Bank, a large savings
and loan that failed earlier this
year, and has used it to modify
mortgages at other financial insti-
tutions.
Under the so-called IndyMac
plan, struggling home borrowers
pay interest rates of about 3 per-
cent for five years.
Rates are reduced so that bor-
rowers aren't paying more than
38 percent of their pretax income
on housing.
Bernanke suggested this
threshold could be lowered to
perhaps 31 percent of income,
with the government sharing.
some of the cost.
Yet another option would have
the government purchase delin-
quent or at-risk mortgages in bulk
and then refinance them into the
"Hope for Homeowners" or
another government program
that insures home mortgages.
Other options include a broad-
er push for lenders to forgive a
portion of the home loan for cer-
tain borrowers, and other perma-
nent modifications over the
longer term so that people don't
fall back into distress again.
The housing crisis has driven
up foreclosures and forced finan-
cial companies to take massive
losses on soured mortgage invest-'
ments.
The housing debacle touched
off the worst financial crisis since
the 1930s that Bernanke and
Treasury Secretary Henry Paul-
son have been desperately trying
to bring under control.
All the fallout has plunged the
country into a painful recession.
Bernanke stressed the impor-
tance of curbing the foreclosure
mess because it is so inter-linked
with the economy's health.
"Weakness in the housing mar-
ket has proved a serious drag on
overall economic activity," he
said.
"Steps that stabilize the hous-
ing market will help stabilize the
economy as well."


(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
FEDERAL RESERVE -CHAIRMAN
Ben Bernanke speaks on housing
and housing finance, Thursday,
Dec. 4, 2008, at the Federal
Reserve in Washington.

Fielding questions after his
speech, Bernanke didn't foresee
government intervention.specifi-
cally aimed at boosting sagging
home prices.
"I don't think we would be
either willing or able to target
house prices. I think that would
probably be an impossible thing
to do given the size of the nation-
al housing market," Bernanke
said.
Instead, the government can
take steps to improve the func-
tioning of the mortgage market,
which would allow more people
to secure home loans and help
stabilize the housing market, he
said.
The Fed chief's remarks come
as the Treasury Department
weighs new plans to revive the
moribund housing market.
Under one plan, Treasury
would seek to lower the rate on a
30-year mortgages to 4.5 percent
by purchasing mortgage-backed
securities from Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, according to finan-
cial industry officials.
It's unclear eka'ctly how much
the plan would cost.
It is possible that Paulson will
ask Congress for the second $350
billion installment of the $700 bil-
lion financial bailout package to
bankroll the effort.,
Paulson and his colleagues
within the Bush administration
have come under fire by Democ-
rats and some Republicans for
not doing enough to help Amer-
icans at risk of losing their homes.
President-elect Barack Obama
signaled a desire Wednesday to
use a significant portion of the
$700 billion pot to stanch fore-
closures.
"The deteriorating assets in the
financial markets are rooted in
the deterioration of people being
able to pay their mortgages and
stay in their homes," he said.
Paulson has been opposed to
tapping the bailout pool to fund a
mortgage-relief program cham-
pioned by FDIC chief Sheila Bair.
The $24 billion FDIC plan would
use some of the rescue money to
help back refinanced mortgages
that would lower monthly pay-
'ments.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ELMITA CAMELUS of
210 SW APT #3, 2ND COURT, POMPANO BEACH, FT.
LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, 33060-4045, 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 28TH day of NOVEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice
NOTICE


PASCOLEVALE INVESTMENTS PTE. LTD.




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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


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THE TIBUNEFRIDY, DECEMBER, 208,IPGES9


AT&T to cut 12,000 jobs, 4 percent of staff


IN THIS SEPT. 30, 2008 file photo provided by AT&T Inc., Randall
Stephenson, president, chief executive officer and chairman of AT&T
Inc., speaks to employees at AT&T's new broadband technical support
call center in Goldsboro, N.C. AT&T said Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, it is
cutting 12,000 jobs, or about 4 percent of its work force, because of
the economic downturn.
Legal Notice
NOTICE


MONDEO MANAGEMENT LIMITED




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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE


STILL CRAZY
HOLDINGS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 28th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE'


MT. HOLLY PLANES LTD.



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






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


* By BARBARA ORTUTAY
NEW YORK
Pressured by the economic
turmoil and the mounting loss
of traditional phone customers,
AT&T Inc. is cutting 12,000
jobs, about 4 percent of its work
force, according to the Associ-
ated Press.
The Dallas-based telecom-
munications company, the
nation's largest, said the job cuts
will begin this month and run
throughout 2009. The compa-
ny also plans to lower its capital
spending next year, and one
analyst estimates that reduction
could be as much as $2 billion.
The 300,000-person compa-
ny has announced layoffs sev-
eral times over the past few
years, including in April, when
it said it would eliminate 4,600
jobs, but it has been hiring at
the same time. This is the first
time since the company bought
BellSouth Corp. in 2006 that it
said overall staffing would
decline.
The new cuts were part of a
parade of layoffs tied to the
recession. In addition Thursday,
chemicals company DuPont
announced plans to lose 2,500
jobs, Credit Suisse Group
slashed 5,300 and media con-
glomerate Viacom Inc. jetti-
soned 850. Yet AT&T, which
provides local phone coverage
in California, Texas and 20 oth-
er states, is also being pulled by
another current: the long-term
trend of people defecting from
landline phones to wireless ser-
vices or phone service from the
cable company.
In the last quarter, AT&T's.
basic voice lines in service
dropped 11 percent. Its wireless
customer base, meanwhile, grew
14 percent.


Reflecting that "changing
business mix," the company said
it still plans some hiring in 2009
in parts of the business that
offer cell phone service and
broadband Internet access.
The shift away from landlines
has accelerated because of the
economic turmoil, said Christo-
pher King, an analyst with Stifel
Nicolaus. Fewer homes bought
means fewer landlines getting
installed or transferred. And
more are getting disconnected
as people look to save money
and rely only on their cell
phones.
AT&T spokesman Walt
Sharp said the layoffs will be
"across the company and across
the country," but would not
specify what departments and
cities would be most affected.
King expects most of the lost
jobs to come from the compa-
ny's landline business.
But he said some might also
come from the unit of the com-
pany that serves large business-
es and accounts for about 30
percent of AT&T's sales.
Companies have been cutting
back spending because of the
recession, and this, King said,
will "certainly pinch" AT&T's
revenue growth.
AT&T, whose shares are
down about 30 percent this year
- while the Dow Jones indus-
trial average is off 35 percent
- remains profitable, and ben-
efits from being the sole U.S.
wireless carrier for Apple Inc.'s
popular iPhone.
This is in sharp contrast to
rival Sprint Nextel Corp., which
has been hemorrhaging wire-
less subscribers and has seen its
shares lose 80 percent of their
value this year. Last month,
Sprint said it is offering volun-
tary buyout packages to an


Legal Notice
NOTICE


FUN CREATION LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 28th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE


ENTERPRISE GROUP LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 21st day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


BANDEIA ATKINS CORPORATION
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 27th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


unspecified number of its 57,000
workers. ,
Verizon Communications
Inc., the nation's second-largest
phone company, has fared bet-
ter than AT&T so far. Its land-
line business is concentrated in
the Northeast, which hasn't
been as battered by the housing
crisis as some of the markets
AT&T serves, like Florida and
California. However, Verizon
figures to be more affected by a
slowdown in business spending
and the fallout from the finan-
cial sector's crisis.
AT&T plans to take a charge
of about $600 million in the
fourth quarter to pay for sev-
erance costs. The company is
still finishing its capital spending
plans for next year, and said it
will give more specifics on the


planned reductions when it
posts fourth-quarter earnings in
January.
UBS analyst John Hodulik
estimates the layoffs will save
the company about $720 mil-
lion, or 8 cents per share, annu-
ally. He also expects AT&T's
reduction in capital spending to
amount to about 10 percent of
the $20 billion being spent in
2008.
AT&T noted that many of its
non-management employees
have guaranteed jobs because
of union contracts. All affected
workers will receive severance
"in accordance with manage-
ment policies or union agree-
ments," the company said.
AT&T's shares fell 67 cents,
or 2.3 percent, to $28.41 in after-
noon trading.


Legal Notice
NOTICE


DALYAN INVESTMENT LIMITED




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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


DELLWAY MANAGEMENT INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice. is hereby givenp,that the above named
Company is in dissoluti6ri, Which commenced on
the 27th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE


MAELCHAN ONE LTD.




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






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE


KINETIC TRADING LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 28th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


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to the Associated Press.
With financially squeezed
shoppers holding out*for even.
better deals or are simply already
done, retailers who are already
offering deep discounts will like-
ly be forced to be even more
aggressive as they lurch through a
season looking to be the weakest
in at least 30 years.
Worries about the holiday sea-


NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
IBC NO 135,104 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, MUREX INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
is required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their name,
address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company,
or In default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.


Recom ogsulils Lniled




NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIMITED
IBC No 137,603 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Inter-
national Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, EMIRATES ARCHITEC-
TURAL LIMITED is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIM-
ITED is required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made before such claim is approved.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIM-
ITED.

R corn 4 uSnIis Limited




NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC
IBC No 129,671 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC
is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC is
required on or before the 28th day of February. 2009 to send their name, ad-
dress and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC.


P ulm n iLI s Untled


* By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
NEW YORK

Retailers who suffered through
a miserable November despite
a surge in sales the.day after
Thanksgiving are worried that
the usual lull between the holi-
day weekend and the final days
before Christmas could be dan-
gerously quiet this year, according


son increased Thursday after
many retailers with Wal-Mart
the notable exception -reported
November sales so dismal it was
the industry's worst month since
at least 1969. The malaise cut
across all sectors as shoppers wor-
ried about layoffs and shrinking
retirement funds and focused on
necessities.
"It's an awful beginning to the
holiday season," said Michael P.
Niemira, chief economist at the
International Council of Shop-
ping Centers. "This is going to be
a difficult holiday season for most
retailers. There are going to be
more bankruptcies." He predict-
ed that the retrenchment in
spending will linger for at least
another six months.
Based on conversations with
stores, this week's sales have been
slower than expected, said Janet
Hoffman, managing partner of
the North American retail prac-
tice of Accenture. And with live
fewer days between Thanksgiv-
ing and Christmas this year, retail-
ers are under more pressure to
make every day count.
Karen MacDonald, a spokes-
woman at mall operator Taub-
man Centers Inc., said that stores
are being more aggressive with
discounting for this coming week-
end compared with a year ago.
In recent years, shoppers have
been increasingly delaying their
holiday shopping to the final days
before Christmas for better bar-


gains, but analysts say they
believe this year people just can't
afford to spend more. C. Britt
Beemer, chairman of America's
Research Group, notes a higher
percentage of shoppers he's sur-
veyed had completed their holi-
day buying on Friday compared
with a year ago.
"If retailers are not super
aggressive with discounts, stores
will be retail museums," said
Beemer, who expects the lull will
be more pronounced this year.
Worries about the economy
have helped Wal-Mart, which


NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

NETSTAR INCORPORATED
IBC No 129,971 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, NETSTAR INCORPORATED
is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the NETSTAR INCORPORATED is
required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their name, ad-
dress and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of NETSTAR INCORPORATED.


Recorn uoillon Limled




Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) HOLE-IN-ONE MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 4, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 8th day of January, 2009 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

DECEMBER 5, 2008

LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY


reported a 3.4 percent gain in
same-store sales, surpassing the
2.1 percent increase that analysts
surveyed by Thomson Reuters
expected. The results excluded
sales from fuel.
Wal-Mart added that business
is starting to benefit from falling
gas prices, noting that shopping
trips increased and "customers
had more discretionary income
to spend." It expects same-store
sales growth for December to be
at the high end of its range of 1 to
3 percent.
However, Costco Wholesale


Retailers see sales drop in dreary Nov


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual
General Meeting of the above-named Company will
be held in Salon 4 of the Wyndham Nassau Resort
& Crystal Palace Casino, West Bay Street, Nassau,
The Bahamas on the 11th day of December, 2008 at
6:30pm for the transaction of the following:

1. To elect Directors-and Officers for the ensuing
year.

2. To waive the presentation of a Statement of
Income and Expenditure and Balance Sheet.

3. Any other business

Dated the 20th day of November, 2008

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD

Hartis E. Pinder
SECRETARY


Note: A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting
is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote
instead of him/her. A proxy need not be a member
of the Company.






NOTICE

IN TIHE ESTATE OF
MARY LOU VAETII.
late of 7602 SE 12th
Circle in the City of Ocala
in Marion County in the
State of Florida. one of the
United States of America.
)Deceased


NOTICEIF is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing'to the undersigned
on or before 12th December. 2008 after which
date the Executor will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
they shall then have notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 12th December.
2008


IFRIDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attorneys for the Executors
P.O. Box AB-20405
Bay Street. Marsh I arbour
Abaco. 'The Bahamnas .


ember

Corp., usually a strong performer,
reported a bigger-than expected 5
percent drop in same-store sales.;
Target Corp., which has been'
stumbling as its merchandise
focuses more on nonessentialsi
like trendy clothes, reported a
10.4 percent drop. And most
mall-based chains and depart-
ment stores fared even worse,
with Abercrombie & Fitch Co.,
Nordstrom Inc., and Kohl's Corp.
reporting percentage declines
exceeding 15 percent.
Same-store sales are sales at
stores open at least a year and,
are considered a key indicator ofj
a retailer's health.
According to the Goldman
Sachs-International Council of
Shopping Centers index, same-i
store sales dropped 2.7 percent
for November, making it the'
worst month since at least 1969'
when the index began. Novem-
ber's results were even more mis-
erable than the 1 percent drop
that Niemira anticipated. Exclud-
ing Wal-Mart, the index declined
7.7 percent, indicating a widen-
ing gap between the world's;
largest retailer and the rest of the
merchants. Niemira is slashing his
holiday same-store sales forecast,
for the combined November and
December periods to be down as
much as 1 percent. The only hol-
iday period that was almost as-
weak was 2002, which posted a
meager 0.5 percent same-store
sales gain.


IN THIS NOV. 28, 2008 file photo, Paul Pari, of Lynn, Mass., carries
shopping bags through the North Shore Mall in Peabody, Mass.,
shortly after the Mall opened it's doors at 5 a.m. Retailers with Wal-
Mart the notable exception limped through a miserable November
that even a surge of shopping after Thanksgiving couldn't save, mark-
ing the weakest month since at least 1969 and deepening fears that the
critical holiday period could be the most dismal in decades.


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Sudoku Puzzle


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

3 6 9
2
943 562

2_7 6 8 1

6 3 5
135 9 97

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4

1 2
Difficulty Level 12/o0


Kakuro Puzzle


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


Saturday'a
Sudaku Answer
65289174
4761 3 4 7 -5

2 3 1 9 6 7 8 5


364 719 28
925138467


Saturday's
Kakuro Answer


HAGAR THE HORRIBLE


Jaan Ehlvest v Lewis isen,
New York 2003. Experienced
grandmaster Ehivest overlooked
a forced mate in yesterday's
puzzle, and here he botched his
chance again. White (to move)
is a pawn down but has a large
advantage with so many black
pieces huddled on the back row.
Ehivest chose 1 Qc3 and the game
continued for another dozen
moves. The right play would have
forced a rapid checkmate. Can you
do better than the GM?


CRYPTIC PUZZLE I-M
0T IIi2- .f 7 1


Across
1 Clothes of matching
colours with various
decorations (2-9)
9 The origin of an
Erin lad (7)
10 Extremist talk (5)
11 Its purpose in sport is to
eliminate passion (4)
12 Submitted to the Spanish
guard (8)
14 Quietly yearn for table
linen (6)
16 It's sound in diplomacy (6)
18 Political favours? (8)
19 Ruler of star potential (4)
22 He's found among fuel
merchants (5)
23 Wine forced on militant
republicans (7)
24 Where to find aces well
looked after (2,4,5)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Muscle, 4 Mistaken, 9
Drover, 10 Starling, 12 Sets, 13 Sh(e
14 Shoe, 17 Reservations, 20
Asseveration, 23 Ante, 24 Witch, 25
Halo, 29 Aurora borealis, 30 Elepha
31 Mousse.
Down: 1 Made sure, 2 Scottish, 3
Lief, 5 Intelligence, 6 Tort, 7 Knight,
Nugget, 11 Cheap edition; 15 Brass
16 Knead, 18 Picadors, 19 Annotate
21 Marble, 22 Starve, 26 Rash, 27
Ludo.


Down
2 Half the operations
performed in the
theatre (5)
3 Breed that may be rare (4)
4 It's certainly not out of
action (6)
5 Etching or a
watercolour? (8)
6 Baltic country resort one
is at (7)
7 Late tenders? (5,6)
8 Put in a word for the
working classes (11)
13 One who talks one round
to composing.some
music (8)
15 Unusual stamp on a letter
is entrusted to him (7)
17 Smiled widely, having
support (6)
20 I raced around and
looked (5)
21 Notion not quite perfect (4)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Tip-off, 4 Leftover, 9
Enrich, 10 Meteoric, 12 Peal, 13
Cover, 14 Pull, 17 Second nature,
20 Fourth estate, 23 Thaw, 24 Stout,
25 Feud, 28 Pinpoint, 29 Heroic, 30
Demolish, 31 Grudge.
Down: 1 Trespass, 2 Parlance, 3
, Face, 5 Eleventh hour, 6 Teem, 7
Virtue, 8 Recall, 11 Cornerstones,
15 Enjoy, 16 Brisk, 18 Make good,
19 Headache, 21 Stupid, 22
Magnum, 26 Toil, 27 Bear.


Across
1 Outstanding
performance (4,2,5)
9 Straggler (7)
10 Do without (5)
11 Region (4)
12 Small part (8)
14 Charm (6)
16 Short of money (4,2)
18 Impractical (8)
19 Operatic song (4)
22 Mental picture (5)
23 Biographical
sketch (7)
24 Destination (8,3)


Down
2 Keyboard
instrument (5)
3 Actual (4)
4 Suffer (6)
5 Authoritative (8)
6 Borne (7)
7 Explore new
areas (5,1,5)
8 On the way to
success (5,6)
13 Magnificence (8)
15 Lower back pain (7)
17 Unpretentious (6)
20 Rule as monarch (5)
21 Throw lightly (4)


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Is not so good) Kd8 (Ke7 4 Q+) 4 8 Ke7 5
Qd7 mate.


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HOW many words of four 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,
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 23: very good 35; excellent
45 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
SATURDAY'S SOLUTION
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leave leaven levant levitate
live liven naive naivete native
nave navel never vain vale
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


Famous Hand


West dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
NORTH
4 A Q 9 5 2
V 10
*AK 1074
4*A 4


WEST
*108
V K Q 6 5 4 2
*652
493


EAST
46
VA 9873
*93
*J 10762.


SOUTH
4KJ 743
VJ
*QJ8
+KQ85
The bidding:
West North East South
2 T 3 T 54 Dble
Pass Pass 5 V 54
Pass 64
Opening lead king of hearts.
There are two kinds of situations
where expert players bid like crazy:
when they have very good hands,
and when they have very bad hands.
Consider this deal from the
Austria-United States quarterfinal
match at the 1984 World Olympiad.
The Austrians won by seven Interna-
tional Match Points over the favored
U.S team, and this deal was largely
responsible for their victory.
At one table, the bidding went as
shown. Aller the U.S. West opened
with a weak two-heart bid, the Aus-


trian North cuebid hearts to indicate
a strong hand.
Given his partner's pre-emptive
opening bid. East realized that
North-South had a certain game and
very possibly a slam. lie therefore
tried to throw a monkey wrench into
Ihe works by jumping to five clubs!
After South doubled. East retreated
to flie hearts, but the Aiustrians then
proceeded to reach their laydown
slain anyway.
Although East knew that s\cen
hearts would probably be a profitable
sacrifice against six spades, he was
afraid the opponents might be able to
make seven spades. lc therefore
elected to pass, and Austria scored
1,430 points for making the slam.
At the other table, with an Aus-
trian pair now Hast-West, the bidding
went:
West North East South
2 V Dble 4 NT Dblc
6 V Pass Pass 64
Pass Pass 7 V Dble
Here the Austriins also threw up
a smoke screen, albeit in a ditlerent
form. Despite that, the Americans
reached their optimum spot, but East
then decided to carry on to seven
hearts. This was doubled and went
down fi\e 900 points in those
days --- but the sacrifice pro ed well
worthwhile, yielding a 530-point
gain (11 IMIPs) for Austria. Shortly
therealler, the Americans found
themselves sitting on the sidelines.


Tomorrow: It pays to go with the odds.
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