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Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 8, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Three fighting

Sfor their lives

Tribune Staff Reporter
VIOLENT stabbings in Nas-
sau and Abaco put four men in
hospital this weekend three, in
serious condition, are fighting for
their lives.
A 34-year-old Dundas Town,
Abaco resident was stabbed sey-
eral times in a fight at the Four
Quarters nightclub in Marsh Har-
bour just before 2am on Satur-
day. He was airlifted to Princess
Margaret Hospital.
Police maintain his condition
is critical, but stable.
Two mmn 23 and 29 years
old were arrested in connec-

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SBPSU calls for

Customs salaries

increase to end

overtime 'abuse'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Public Service
Union is urging government to
increase the salaries of Customs
and Tmmhiration nfficerr'tor

tion with the incident.
In Nassau two men were
stabbed in knife fights and a third
had his arm hacked with a cut-
lass, allegedly by a relative who is
claimed to have attacked him
while he slept.
Jason Rayburn, 22, of Garden
Hills, Nassau, woke in agony after
his right arm had been chopped
with a cutlass just before 7am on
Mr Rayburn is severely injured
and is in serious condition in
Princess Margaret Hospital.
Police are investigating the
motive for the attack.
Several men are being sought
SEE page 13

PM arrives in Cuba for conference
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham arrived in the eastern Cuban
province of Santiago de Cuba yesterday to participate in a Cuba-
CARICOM conference that opens this morning.
Mr Ingraham, with leaders from 13 other Caribbean community
member states, paid tribute to Cuban heroes at the Santa Ifigenia
cemetery and Santiago de Cuba's Revolution Square yesterday after-
He was later scheduled to be a guest at a welcome dinner for the
Government heads hosted by Cuban President and brother of Fidel,
Raul Castro.
The meeting is the third such summit. Continuing throughout
today, it is expected to allow an opportunity for leaders of the
Caribbean community to discuss the impact on the region of the glob-
al financial, energy, environmental and food crises.
During his absence from the Bahamas, Deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette will act as Prime Minister.


BAHAMAS INT!fNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL founder Leslie Vanderpool and COO Chopard and Versace
Bahamas. Rodney Chee-a-Tow (right) with the festival's Career Achievement Tribute recipient, actor
Laurence Fishburne (centre), at Atlantis last night. Mr Fishburne is the star of such iconic films as
Apocalypse Now and The Matrix. The festival got underway last Thursday and continues until Thursday,
11th December.. SEE PAGE FIVE
Man to escape ja il
after mother of victim
begs for his pardon
Tribune Staff Reporter I

A MAN facing a possible
five year prison term due to -P
a traffic fatality will escape
serving jail time thanks to,
the mother of the .victim -
who begged a magistrate for
his pardon.
Vandetta Moorshead says '.
that on December 9, 2007,
her son Omar Smith was
killed at the age of 19.
According to police reports,
a Yamaha 1100 motorcycle
heading east on John F
Kennedy Drive, collided with a Nissan vehicle driven
by then 21-year-old Rashad Jolly who was attempt-
ing to turn. Smith who was hit off his bike died of his
injuries at the scene, while a 19-year-old female pas-
SEE page 13

include overtime to their base pay
as both parties negotiate a shift-
system for the officers which
would eliminate "abuse'"of over-
BPSU President John Pinder
recently told The Tribune that the
proposed shift-system should be
in place by next June. Last week,
State Finance Minister Zhirvargo
Laing said government was "mak-
ing headway" on the shift system.
Mr Pinder also hopes govern-
ment will consider applying at
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least 0o per cent of the omcers
SEE page 13

Man dead, another
is in a coma after
traffic accident
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN has died and another
is in a coma after a head-on colli-
sion on Mackey Street Friday
Leo Wilson Smith, 30, was in a
Ford Escort with Taft Maura, 24,
Mario. Smith, 19, and another
man, when (heir car crashed into
a Jeep travelling in the opposite
direction at the traffic lights near
Bar 20 comer at 11.20 pm on Fri-
The three named men were
rushed to hospital, and Leo Wil-
son Smith, of Kennedy Subdivi-
sion, Nassau, died shortly after.
SEE page 13

THIS DAMAGED set of traffic lights, on the corner of Shirley Street and Kemp ,
Road, have been lying on the ground for weeks now. There is no indication yet as
to when they will be repaired.

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* In brief

'No decision

on appointment

of new Police


DESPITE recent reports
and speculation in certain
sections of the media about
the appointment of a new
Commissioner of Police, the
public is informed that no
decision has been made with
regard to such appointment,
according to a release from
Bahamas Information Ser-
Article 119 of the Consti-
tution vests the power to
make appointments to the
offices of Commissioner of
Police and Deputy Commis-
sioner in the Governor Gen-
eral "acting on the recom-
mendations of the Prime
Minister after consultation
with the Leader of the
Acting Commissioner of
Police Reginald Ferguson
will continue in the post until
such time as the prime minis-
ter initiates the process to fill
the post substantively in
accordance with the relevant
provisions of the Constitu-
tion, said the BIS statement.

M Bishop Hall sends plea to

executives of Hotel Catering

and Allied Workers Union

BISHOP Smrmen Hall, senior
Pastor of New Covenant Baptist
Church, is tired of the in-fight-
ing between the executives of
the Hotel Catering and Allied
Workers Union. He does not
think it the right way to address
the situation.
For-weeks the hotel sector in
the Bahamas has been desta-
bilised because of the many
recent layoffs causing a dispute
between BHCAWU union
heads and its members.
Bishop Hall compared the
quarreling to an old African
proverb which states: "When
two elephants fight, the grass
suffers" and, according the
Bishop Hall, the present "fam-
ily feud" in the BHCAWU

reflects poorly on black leader-
I1 call on all partne' to sheath
theu s;ords and seek \aI\s to
unite on behalt of the hard
working members of the union
and the country. Those on the
outside throwing rocks at those
on the inside must recognize
that established rules and. by-
laws must be respected," Bishop
Hall said.
The continuous infighting
between members of the exec-
utive council has been going on
since earlier this year with the
executive council members
turning to the courts on a num-
ber of occasions seeking reso-
An emergency meeting was
called last week to address the
concerns of more than 800
employees who were laid off

from hotel properties in New
Bishop Hall said that those
on the inside must seek to be
more considerate, inclusive and
work for the common good of
all workers everywhere.
"It is most unfortunate that
at a time when workers are
being laid off, sometimes with
impunity, the head of the union
continues to be divided and
embroiled in a bitter feud,"
Bishop Hall said.
Attempts to reach union rep-
resentatives for comment were
unsuccessful up to press time
last night.

Merry Christmas?

Get ready for a

long, rough ride!

Former Minister bears grim tidings

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Immigration Minister Vincent Peet said dur-
ing an interview yesterday on the talk show Jones & Co,
that due to the economic situation, Bahamians have to
prepare themselves for a long rough ride as this Christmas
season is going to be a difficult one for the entire country.
Mr Peet said he is very concerned that next year is
going to be even worse than this year and that govern-
ment should have more policies to bring relief to Bahami-
"There has to be more
(Q 1 coordination between the
"Bah.amians government, churches,
S i n banks and the Opposition.
are frightened There needs to be a bipar-
and uncertain tisan approach to helping
the Bahamas get through
about the this difficult period," Mr
Peet said.
future." Mr Peet explained that
the Bahamas is at a stage
where the leadership style
should be that of United
Vincent Peet States President-elect
Barack Obama, where all
persons who can con-
tribute should be brought in for the betterment of the
"We cannot take this situation lightly. Unemployment is
the biggest problem now and those numbers will go up next
year. All the numbers point towards hotels having more
struggles next year which could result in more job losses,"
Mr Peet said.
As for the Family Islands, Mr Peet said the situation on
those islands is ten times worse than the situation in New
"Bahamians are frightened and uncertain about the
future. The islands are just a mess New Providence is a
challenge and Grand Bahama is a total mess. It's ten times
worse in certain islands. Jobs are being lost, the economy
is tanking we are in a crisis. The time for the pettiness is
gone," Mr Peet said.
Mr Peet said the Bahamas needs more mature states-
man-like leadership now in these times of crisis.
"The time has come for mature leadership to bring all
hands on deck. We all are in the same boat. We all go
down together so we all should swim together," he said.

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O In brief

US man sentenced
to year in prison
for drug possession
Tribune Staff Reporter
was sentenced to a year in
Her Majesty's Prison after
pleading guilty to two
counts of drug possession in
a magistrate's court.
Christopher Nolan
Edwards of Florida was
arrested when he tried to
pass through a security
check point at the Discov-
ery Cruise Terminal at the
Lucayan Harbour on Thurs-
day with four packages of
cocaine strapped to his
thighs. He was on his way to
Fort Lauderdale when a
routine search of his person
revealed the taped packages
of suspected dangerous
He was then taken into
police custody where the
packages were confiscated
with $420 in cash. Subse-
quent investigations
revealed the four packages
contained a total of 3.5
pounds of cocaine.
Edwards was arraigned
before Magistrate Helen
Jones on charges of posses-
sion of dangerous drugs
with intent to supply and
taking preparatory steps to
export dangerous drugs. He
pleaded guilty to the
charges and was sentenced
to six months imprisonment
on the first count. He was
fined $3,000 or six months
in prison on the second
In default of payment,
Edwards must serve both
sentences consecutively at
Her Majesty's Prison.
The court ordered that
the $420 be returned to

Police find


cocaine, cash

POLICE acting on infor-
mation executed a search
warrant on a unit at a resort
on Grand Bahama and
found seven taped packages
containing suspected
cocaine and thousands of
dollars in cash.
The estimated weight of
cocaine 17.5 pounds -
and $7,622.51 in cash were
seized.by police, according
to a report by Assistant
Superintendent Loretta
Two Cuban American
males, ages 35 and 37 years,
of Florida who were occu-
pying the room at the time
of the search were arrested
by the police and taken into
custody along with the
drugs and money. The sus-
pects, with the drugs and
funds were taken to New
Providence for further
POLICE raided a pri-
vate unit at the Bimini Bay
resort and-seized thousands
of dollars in cash, according
to unconfirmed reports
'from that island.
The money seizure is
reportedly linked to the
drug arrest of at least, two
foreigners in Grand
Bahama, sources said.



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BPSU president 'would

accept a senate position'

Tribune Staff Reporter
tribunemedia.net "
BAHAMAS Public Service
Union President John Pinder said
if offered he would accept a sen-
ate position so that he could be a
bipartisan voice for labour in the
upper chamber.
In a recent interview with The
Tribune, the union leader said
that while persons from both
sides of the party divide have
voiced their support for him, he
has not engaged in discussions

with the leaders of the two parties
on the possibility of him filling
the senate seat left vacant by
Anthony Musgrove.
He said he thinks the rumours
of his prospective candidacy start-
ed in early 2007 when he wrote to
leaders of both parties asking
'them to consider giving labour a
seat in the Senate.
"I recognized that the business
sector has a voice in the Senate,
so does the Church and the only
absent group is labour, the work-
force. And so I just thought in all
fairness to the workforce we
should have had a scat also," he

Labour Minister Dion Foulkes,
leader of opposition business in
the Senate, is a Cabinet minister
who will push government's
vision, Mr Pinder said.
"I'm looking for somebody
who will speak to labour issues
- I don't want no FNM appoint-
ment or PLP appointment, I want
a labour appointment. If the gov-
ernment is pushing something
that's not in the best interest of
the workforce I want to be able to
speak to it and where they lack
any policy, be able to make rec-
"While there is no such thing
as an independent candidate, I

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SANTA CLAUS takes time off from preparing for Christmas to shake a leg with the Colours junkanoo group
on Saturday at the Authentically Bahamian Craft Show. The event, which showcased Bahamian arts and
crafts, took place at the Nassau Wyndham Resort.

want whoever (fills the vacant
seat) to be able to speak on
behalf of labour wherever neces-
sary, not to push the FNM agen-
da," Mr Pinder added.
Mr Musgrove, who was
appointed to the Senate early this
year, lost his appointment after
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall
ruled his appointment would not

reflect the "political balance" of
the House of Assembly in the
Senate as outlined in the consti-
tution as Mr Musgrove was a
well-known FNM supporter.
The prime minister has said he
will appoint another senator to
replace Mr Musgrove after con-
sultation with opposition leader
Perry Christie.

Jobs still on the local market
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS MANY Bahamians now find themselves out of work because of
the economic downturn, a number of jobs still remain in the local
More than 50 people have received temporary employment at the
annual carnival located opposite the Sports Centre.
According to a company official, these new carnival employees can
look forward to at least an eight week stretch with the company.
With hundreds of Bahamians becoming unemployed over the past
few months, the company said that applications and inquiries rose in the
hundreds as persons from all walks of life are now seeking some form
of work.
. The company, which has brought in such familiar rides as the Pirate
ship, this year brings close to two dozen rides accompanied with a num-
ber of games and activities provided for its patrons.
Other local businesses, such as Robin-Hood and Super Value have
posted job vacancies for positions such as cashiers, packing boys, and
gift wrappers.
Personnel manager at Robin-Hood Donna Bastian says that as the
company is now looking to take on an additional 20 employees during
the holidays, she indicated that for the new year some managerial
positions might become available.
"Our customer count has increased, and business is picking up.
Right now we are at 145 'employees' and the market is very tight.
There's a lot of talent out there, so we're going to be going after some
talented individuals."

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A killer without borders

YEREVAN, Armenia As if you didn't
have enough to worry about ... consider the
deadly, infectious and highly portable dis-
ease sitting in the lungs of a charming young
man here, Garik Hakobyan. In effect, he's a
time bomb.
Hakobyan, 34, an artist, carries an ailment
that stars in the nightmares of public health
experts XDR-TB, the scariest form of
tuberculosis. It doesn't respond to conven-
tional treatments and is often incurable.
XDR-TB could spread to your neighbour-
hood because it isn't being aggressively
addressed now, before it rages out of con-
trol. It's being nurtured by global compla-
When doctors here in'Armenia said they
would introduce me, to XDR patients, I fig-
ured we would all be swathed in protective
clothing and chat in muffled voices in a secure
ward of a hospital. Instead, they simply led
me outside to a public park, where Hakobyan
sat on a bench with me.
"It's pretty safe outside, because his coughs
are dispersed," one doctor explained, "but
you wouldn't.want to be in a room or vehicle
with him." Then I asked Hakobyan how he
had got to the park.
"A public bus," he said.
He saw my look and added: "I have to
take buses. I don't have my own Lincoln
Continental." To his great credit. Hakobyan
is trying to minimize his contact with others
and doesn't date, but he inevitably ends up
mixing with people.
Afterward, I asked one of his doctors if
Hakobyan could have spread his lethal infec-
tion to other bus passengers. "Yes," she said
thoughtfully. "There was one study that
found that a single TB patient can infect 14
other people in the course*of a single bus
Americans don't think much about-TB.
But drug-resistant TB is spreading half a
million cases a year already and in a world
connected by jet planes and constant flows of
migrants and tourists, the risk is that our
myopia will catch up with us.
Barack Obama's administration should
ensure it isn't complacent about TB in the
way that Ronald Reagan was about AIDS.
Reagan didn't let the word AIDS pass his
lips publicly until he was into his second term,
and this inattention allowed the disease to
spread far more than necessary. That's not a
mistake the Obama administration should
make with tuberculosis.
One-third of the world's population is

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infected with TB, and some 1.5 million peo-
* ple die annually of it. That's more than die of
malaria or any infectious, disease save AIDS.
"TB is a huge problem," said Tadataka
Yamada, president of global health pro-
grammes for the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation. "It's a problem that in some
ways has been suppressed. We often don't
talk about it."
Ineffective treatment has led to multi-drug
resistant forms, or MDR-TB. Scarier still is
XDR-TB, which stands for extensively drug
resistant TB. That is what Hakobyan has.
There were only 83 cases of XDR-TB report-
ed in the United States from 1993 to 2007, but
it could strike with a vengeance.
"We always think we live in a protected
world because of modern medicines and the
like," Yamada said. "But if we get a big prob-
lem with XDR, we could be in a situation
like we had in the 19th century when we did-
n't have good treatments:"
If we were facing an equivalent military
threat capable of killing untold numbers of
Americans, there might be presidential com-
missions and tens of billions of dollars in
appropriations, not to mention magazine cov-
er stories. But with public health threats, we
all drop the ball.
Because of this complacency about TB,
there hasn't been enough investment in treat-
ments and diagnostics, although some new
medication is on the horizon.
"Amazingly, the most widely used TB diag-
nostic is a 19th-century one, and it's. as lousy
as you might imagine," said Dr. Paul Farmer,
the Harvard public health expert whose Part-
ners in Health organization was among the
first to call attention to the dangers of drug-
resistant TB.
In Armenia, the only programme for drug-
resistant TB, overseen by Doctors Without
Borders, can accept only 15 per cent of the
patients who need it. And the drugs often
are unable to help them.
"After two years of treatment with toxic
drugs, less than half of such chronic TB
patients are cured, and that's very demoral-
izing," noted Stobdan Kalon, the medical
coordinator for Doctors Without Borders
here. And anyone who thinks that drug-resis-
tant TB will stay in places like Armenia is in
denial. If it isn't defused, Hakobyan's XDR
time bomb could send shrapnel flying into
your neighbourhood.
(This article was written by Nicholas D
Kristof of the New York Times News Service

What does a

country do to

absorb their


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Again thank you for allowing
me space in your invaluable col-
umn. It is interesting to see gov-
ernments from various parts of
the world implement social and
economic plans to assist their cit-
izens during this global downturn.
Our own government's attempt
for the most part can be consid-
ered admirable due to the fact
that at least they are attempting
to do something for the people.
Whether what the government is
doing is enough is something
which will be avoided here and
left for chronic detractors to pon-
tificate upon. This writer's inter-
ests solely lie in trying to resolve
a problem which is certain to
result in dire social consequences
over time.
There have been numerous
news reports concerning massive
layoffs throughout the country,
so it is likely that there may be
serious social decay presenting
itself in the ensuing months. The
main question being asserted here
is: What does a country do to
absorb their unemployed? The
answer is: Move swiftly, move
wisely, but move cautiously.
There is no need to rehash the
negative impact that this whole
global affair will have on this
country but one thing is certain,
things will be patently different
socially, financially and psycho-
logically for Bahamians. Another
thing that is certain is that we can
indeed usher in a positively trans-
formed Bahamas if we swiftly
implement correct policies.
What type of transformation
one may ask? It i' a psychological.,
transformation, one that can assist
the citizen now and into the
future. It is a transformation from
employee to employer, from con-
sumer to producer, from state-
dependant to entrepreneur. It is
about making your country vir-
tually recession proof. If the gov-
ernment can assist in this transi-

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and more concise procedure for
health certificates and stall licens-
es will needed to be put in place.
It also means that specific loca-
tions in New Providence and the
Family Islands will need to be
entire recession would identified to encourage licensed
the ain. It must be nwoul vendors to ply their wares by way
that the funds from an of stalls or car boot sales. Clearly,
lic stimulus package R M Bailey Park, South Beach
ot be used solely to pay Pool, South Beach Ramp (Blue
lls but it should be used Hill Road South), Fort Charlotte,
Ifrs butht s o m a Fort Montagu, Eastern Parade,
form the citizen from a Coral Harbour Roundabout
y of dependence to that Coral Harbour Roundabout,
Golden Gates Farmer's Market
ess ownerstly clear that small and Potter's Cay Farmer's Mar-
atently clear e thsmall ket are just a few locations where
size businesses are the I
e of any country's econ- elegantly structured stalls can
before stimulus packages complement the citizen-vendor
ncentrate on developing in their endeavour to stay finan-
centrate on developing all afloat.
ortant strata of our soci- ciayaflortant thin is that the
refore a comprehensive government must not let street
livingg street vendors and businesses
businesses is drastically vending and small businesses
These two similar, yet develop unchecked. It must be
Theincome generating noted that in a recession, shanty
s should now be brought towns, rickety stalls and depen-
inence when advancing dent attitudes can quickly and
nal economic policies, indelibly establish itself m a soci-
Iressing the street ven- ety. Even without a recession we
ncept, the government as citizens are accepting of badly
admit and be aware that 'paved roads, filthy landscapes,
infestation of the street derelict vehicles, noise pollution
s twofold. The positive and traffic jams. Unfortunately,
Lis phenomenon is that it we have become immune to the
that some citizens are impact filth has had on our once
neurial minded and that aesthetic environment and with-
determined to create a out doubt a high unemployment
rket for themselves while rate will further advance this
i comfortable living. The immunization. Surely, unem-
side is that the presence ployment will produce a plethora
vendors can also be a of persons trying to survive there-
Bahamians have been fore it is imperative that the gov-
-ed socially, academical- ernment move swiftly to comple-
'chologically to be con- ment this economic transition.
marketable as it relates Things have changed and we have
iyment. finally passed the crossroads
rt, there must be policies therefore we should not leave the
hat addresses street ven- renewal of 6ur policies
small businesses. These unchecked, unharnessed, or mis-
lents must be morphed directed, least we emerge as
nsolidated creative mech- thralls in this new world.
'he fact that more per-
, the unemployed, may DWAYNE J HANNA
sell food or supplies to Nassau,
ic, means that a faster November 11, 2008.

Capital punishment not up for debate

EDITOR, The Tribune.

By which wind did such grace
blow in through the windows of
parliament to give ear on behalf
of murderers and would-be assas-
sins? Where is the appeal for the
victims who were sentenced to
death without an appeal?
Who will stand up in parlia-
ment and make it known that the
law itself exists as a deterrent to
crime? Our concern should not
be whether capital punishment
works or does not work. The fact
is that when you murder some-
one it is only fair that your life
be taken also.


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The effectiveness of capital
punishment should not be mea-
sured by an increase or decrease
in murders. The reward itself
should be the death of that mur-
derer. Capital punishment should
not be looked at as a judgment
carried out to please or displease
anyone. It's simply the principle
of equal rights and justice for the
victim of the crime.
When we include personal,
political and foreign persuasions
into laws that were built on foun-
dations stronger than ours we are
essentially experimenting with
our future.
We must understand that our
primary concern should be that
of the well-being of the good cit-
izens of this country. The bad
ones will always be around but I
believe that in general these are a
minority. However I also believe
that when proper punishment is
not carried out for those who

commit crimes we run the risk of
tipping the scale on the number of
criminals in our country.
Our'goal should be to keep our
good people good and to suppress
the bad who exist. Without a
doubt we can be sure that good
citizens are detoured from crime
when justice is swiftly carried out.
It's no secret that for various
reasons the current state of public
morale is at an all time low. I
would encourage the Govern-
ment of this country to think care-
fully and listen first to the desires
of the people concerning this
before any action is taken in this
matter. I believe that it would be
a drastic mistake for the will of
the Government to ever outweigh
that of its citizens.
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'Rain' falls on BIFF opening night

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE red carpet was rolled out
for first-time filmstars, filmmakers
and movie lovers attending the
Bahamian premiere of 'Rain' on
opening night of the Bahamas
International Film Festival (BIFF).
As the audience filled the
National Centre for the Perform-
ing Arts on Shirley Street for the
historic screening of the first fea-
ture film by Bahamian filmmaker
Maria Govan set entirely in New
Providence and the Family Islands.
'Rain', written, produced and
directed by Ms Govan, narrates
the story of an adolescent girl who
leaves her home in Ragged Island
when her grandmother dies on a
mission to find the mother who
abandoned her.
From the peaceful sky and
seascapes of the Out Island, Rain,
played by 14-year-old newcomer
Renel Brown, travels to Nassau's

inner-city to live with her mother,
Glory, played by Nicki Micheaux.
As the harsh realities of her
mother's world become her own,
Rain's spirit crumples under the.
city's social confines, and she finds
freedom only when she runs.
Although the film honestly por-
trays social issues affecting thou-
sands of Bahamians by alluding to
the poverty, drug addiction, sexu-
al promiscuity, homophobia and
religious fervor prevalent in Nas-
sau, it does so without allowing
any of the issues to cloud Rain's
simple story, which is told honest-
ly and poignantly through beautiful
cinemetography reflecting the
inner worlds of the characters.
And although the story may
seem grim, Ms Govan's aim,,whicb.
I think she achieved, is to tell a
story that is not without hope,
beauty, love or strength.
As the curtains closed, the audi-
ence rose and applauded, as the
cast and crew took to the stage to

Tribune Staff Reporter
FEARS of religious intolerance .
have been raised after Chanukah dec-
orations were removed from the .
streets of downtown Nassau when -.
they sparked a row between the Chris-
tian and Jewish communities.
The tinsel Menorah, representative
of the candelabra lit in Jewish house-
holds around the world to celebrate
the annual festival of lights
(Chanukah) in December, was taken
downn Friday after complaints from
a hard-line Christian.
Former president of the Bahamas j
Human Rights Network Elsworth
Johnson condemned the hasty
removal of Chanukah decorations
intended to honour a religious festival i
celebrated by both residents and vis-
itors to the Bahamas.
He said: "I think it's ludicrous
because freedom of expression is a
fundamental human right protected THE TINSEL M
by the constitution. THE TINSEL M
"If you can put up Christmas trees down on Frida
and everything else, you can put up
something for Chanukah.
"We need to stop having this tunnel vision and
thinking that Christianity is the only religion in the
Mr Johnson argued the decorations should not
have been taken down before the offended person
pursued their complaint in court.


answer questions.
When asked why she had taken
part in the film, Irma P Hall, who
played Rain's grandmother Ros-
alie, said: "All over the world we
have the problems of AIDS, of
people having low self-esteem, and
economic problems.
"We have all of these problems,
and to see the strength of these
people, it was just so beautiful.
"Renel helps to focus on the
strength of young people. The
whole story is about strength, and
overcoming things affecting them.
And it is done without beating you
over the head with it."
Renel was chosen from hun-
dreds of schoolchildren who audi-
tioned for the, film, and her first
film role was a success because she
took direction well and remained
focused, Ms Govan said.
"For me it was a learning expe-
rience," said Renel. "When you
get into it, you get to feel the emo-
tion of what the character feels

Removal of Chanukah decorations

raises religious intolerance fears

~ He added: "The government
should protect the rights of the peo-
ple. Instead of taking them down,
there should have been a mass edu-
cational campaign to highlight what
this nation is about."
Another resident outraged by the
row was public relations profes-
i' t sional Diane Phillips whose anger
was compounded when an anti-
Q'. i.' Semitic joke was told at a church
service she attended over the week-
S end.
She said: "The two incidents in a
single week are not about symbols,
they are about intolerance.
"Intolerance evolves into dislike
and dislike into hate, insidious,
deceitful, festering like a sore until,
eventually, it erupts into violence."
Mrs Phillips called for people to
embrace their differences, instead
of allowing them to divide commu-
She said: "As the holiday season
approaches, whether we celebrate
Christmas or Chanukah or Kwan-
orah wastakenzaa, let us do it as friends, not with
fear or hate or intolerance, but with
hope and joy in our hearts."
Ken Knowles of San Souci commented: "Most
people in this Christian nation of ours would defi-
nitely welcome the display of a Nativity Scene.
"But wait, what can be done about depicting the
baby Jesus and other pesky Jews in the scene?
"Hopefully, someone will soon come up with the
final sohition'to this dilemma."

and you become the character."
She learned from the wisdom
and experience imparted to her by
Irma P Hall, Nicki Michcux and
CCH Pounder, who plays Rain's
track coach and mentor in Nassau.
Ms Govan developed the film
through the BIFF artist in resi-
dence programme, with guidance
from producer Pam Kohn.
It was well received at the

Toronto International Film Festi-
val in September and will be shown
again by BIFF at 5pm in the
Galleria JFK Cinema on Wednes-
A total of 70 films from around
the world, including eight Bahami-
an films, will be shown through-
out the film festival. For full details
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Iraq experience

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN born Alexander
Kraft did not imagine when he
enrolled in the United States
Army as a fresh-faced 18-year-
old that he would be among the
first troops to enter Iraq in Janu-
ary 2003.
An American citizen through
his father his mother is
Bahamian the former St
* Augustine's College student with
a love of airplanes and life-long
dream of becoming a pilot, signed
up just days after his 18th birth-
day while visiting family in Mass-
In his first few months at the
army training camp in Georgia,
Alexander was well on his way
to learning to fly a 'helicopter,
when he was deployed to Bosnia
in March 2001.
After six months of sharing a
room with up to eight men'in the.
camp, far away from the plea-
sures of good food, and the com-
pany of young women, Alexan-
der was ready to return to the
simple freedoms of America,
when the Twin Towers were
Al Qaeda was blamed for the
attacks, and the United States
Army was sent to hunt down ter-
rorists in Afghanistan.
"At that time I was thinking
they were going to go to
Afghanistan and get Bin Laden.
We weren't thinking that any-
thing was going to kick off in
Iraq," Alexander said.
"Everybody was just glad to be
back from Bosnia so they didn't
want to think about going to
But two weeks after the US
decided to overthrow Saddam
Hussein by force in January 2003,
Alexander was sent to Kuwait,
and awaited the order to invade.
Cramped inside a Bradley
track vehicle (a small tank),
Alexander and the troops rolled
into the desert'of southeastern
Iraq, and found little more than a
barren dusty landscape.
"We were the first ones in, so


there was nothing there," he said.
"It was a pretty uncomfortable
vehicle and we didn't stop for
anything except to fuel up. We
were living out of our bags, and
we didn't sleep for the first two
"You are almost delirious
because you have been awake for
so long, eating vacuum packed
food and staying constantly alert."
As they edged deeper and
deeper into the country (his
squadron moved the furthest and
fastest in the current history of
war), the chaos began.
Although Saddam Hussein's
troops were uniformed, the ene-
my was not always easy to identi-
Plain-clothed civilians carried
guns and weapons, suicide
bombers drove up to US troops
to detonate bombs, and the roads
were littered with land mines.
"People were constantly trying
to blow you up," Alexander said.
"So you were always looking
out over your shoulder, making
sure there is no one behind you."
Miraculously for Alexander, he
escaped harm at every turn.
"I thought I was going to get
hit when we went to check out a



vehicle that had been hit, and this
car came speeding at us in the
wrong direction," he said.
"My eyes opened wide, and I'm
ready to get the gun. Then he dri-
ves by. He had his kid and father
in the car."
Alexander was the only gun-
ner who did not have to kill any-
body of all the gunners he knew.
He said: "If I had to, if I was in
a situation where it was me or
someone else, I would have had
to shoot to kill, but I never had to
shoot anyone.
"I came very close.
"There was a time when I was
looking at somebody with my fin-
ger on the trigger, hoping they
didn't have a weapon, but at the
point where I am going to have to
kill this person, what are you
going to do?
"Thank God it didn't come to
that for me. But a lot of my
friends had to take care of a lot of
guys. I guess I was-blessed."
Passing Iraqi soldiers riddled
with bullet wounds on the sides of
the roads was something Alexan-
der learned to accept as part of
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made a $10,000 donation to support the build-
ing of the bridge at the Lucayan National Park.
Magnus Alnebeck, General Manager of Pel-
ican Bay Hotel at Lucaya and Marva Munroe,
Director of Sales and Marketing were on hand
at the park to present the cheque and to tour
the nearly finished bridge, boardwalks and the
caves. i I .
In making the donation, Magnus Alnefrlck
said, "We hope that other companies will fol-
low suit in making a financial contribution
toward the restoration of the bridge at the
Lucayan National Park. The park is one of
Grand Bahama Island's unique experiences
that sets it apart from other vacation destina-

Chamber of


executives pay

courtesy call

on Cuban

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN AN effort to further
strengthen its ties between
the local business communi-
ty and Cuba, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce exec-
utives paid a courtesy call on
Cuban Ambassador to the
Bahamas Jose Luis Ponce.
Second Vice President of
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and economist
Gershan Major, said the
overall objective of the meet-
ing was to further deepen
relationships with the busi-
ness community here in the
Bahamas through the Cham-
ber and the Council Offices
and the government of Cuba.
"We also want to look at
ways that we can forge busi-
ness linkages, opportunities
for trade and to discuss pos-
sible trade missions either
with a delegation from the
Bahamas traveling to Cuba
and a delegation from Cuba
visiting the Bahamas," Mr
Major said.
The. Chamber executives
and Cuban Ambassador also
discussed recent concerns
raised in the local communi-
ty about the challenges
which Bahamian students
who have studied in Cuba
face upon their return to the
Bahamas when seeking
employment opportunities.


Karin Sanchez, chairperson of the Grand
Bahama Regional Branch of the Bahamas
National Trust, spoke glowingly of Pelican
Bay's efforts to assist in the building of the
bridge and the hotel's willingness to partner
with the community to develop the park as a
tourist destination. "This is a major boost to
our 'Help Build the Bridge' campaign. The
bridge is nearly completed and we are busy
planning a community celebration at our beau-
tiful Lucayan National Park," stated Sanchez.
Pelican Bay joins a group of corporate com-
munity contributors such as Sonny Waugh,
Polymers International, GB Power Company,
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many individuals.

PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Gustavo Veliz, First Secretary in the
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba; Cuban Ambassador Luis Ponce; Gershan
Major, Second Vice President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce-and
Economist, Hank Ferguson, a trade consultant with the Chamber.

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N OW that bus
drivers/owners have
received their much sought after
raise, there's little evidence that
there has been much improvement
in their service, particularly since
many jitney drivers continue to
wreak havoc on Nassau's streets.
As a motorist I'm fed-up with
having to contend with irresponsi-
ble bus drivers who, in many
instances, are rabid in their
attempts to meet a bus owner's
quota and make a killing for them-
selves while jeopardizing the lives
of hundreds of motorists/pedestri-
The public transportation sys-
tem in the Bahamas continues to
be disorganized and unreliable.
With fees now sitting at $1.25 for
adults, $1.00 for'high school stu-
dents, 75 cents for senior citizens
and 50 cents for primary school
students, the government has
seemingly lived up to its end of the
100-day challenge while bus own-
ers/operators continue to reckless-
ly prance around town. During
these tough economic times, some-
one earning a minimum wage and
having to travel aboard several
buses to and from work must feel
the pinch of these raises in their
pocketbooks, while still having to
use buses with horrendous ser-
vice-which on many days can be
likened to rickety old roller coast-
ers as jitney operators dart about
the streets like bats out of hell.
Discourteous drivers continue
stop anywhere they choose, many
times leaving trailing motorists to
when their improperly maintained
vehicles speed off. There is little
improvement when some bus dri-
vers continue to cavalierly create
third lanes as they irresponsibly
scoot down the middle of jammed
streets, cut off drivers, and use vul-
gar language when they are chas-
tised or don't get their way. Many
of the buses servicing the public
continue to have graffiti plastered
about the interior and blast loud,
uncensored music without any care
for the sensibilities of riders.
Reuben Rahming's initiative
for a Public Transit Authority was
revolutionary, however, it's prac-
tically useless as buses bearing the
flashy stickers are still being dri-
ven by the same drivers, who now
wear a pretty uniform but have the
same mentality and who still show
a blatant disregard for road safety.
The Bahamas' chaotic public
transportation system is extremely
inferior to almost any orderly pub-
lic transit set-up in Europe or the
Western Hemisphere. With an
ever-increasing population, public
transportation has to be prioritized
and endorsed, and a progressive
town planning process must be
During these economically chal-
lenging times I, like many Bahami-
ans, still prefer to bear the costs
of travel, sit in gridlock traffic and
drive my own vehicle rather than
risk my safety or depend on unde-
pendable jitneys.'
It is unfortunate that after so
many years there remains no des-
ignated bus station/depot where
bus tickets can be bought, passen-
gers can be taken on and offloaded
and riders are provided with a lev-


el of security.
In order to truly reform the
public transit system, drivers
should be properly trained, the
routes must be extended, the police
must crack down on out of con-
trol drivers and, in the wake of the
recent robbery of a bus driver and
the subsequent death of the
offending youngster after .being
crushed by that bus, the much
talked about cash-less payment
system must be introduced.
I have heard complaints by per-
sons about having to wait an unac-
ceptable 30 minutes to an hour for
a bus due to a lack of scheduling. I
have also been told of the preva-
lence of drivers who prey upon
young school girls, who can appar-
ently be found riding shotgun
alongside their driver-boy friend
on some evenings.
If Rahming's PTAB wishes to
show its mettle, it would ensure
that the aforementioned reforma-
tory measures are undertaken and
that customers are also trans-
ferred-without cost-between
buses. At present, the bus fares on
this 21 by seven mile island are rel-
atively high, especially consider-
ing the distances $1.25 can take
someone in other places around
the world. If the organization pur-
porting to represent the interests of
jitney owners/drivers unite, there is
no question that more can be done
to transform the public trans-
portation system.


In the Bahamas-particularly
New Providence-the health
of the environment is neither pre-
served in the interest of public safe-
ty nor well-being, particularly since
derelict vehicles, old furniture and
appliances, clothes/shoes and oth-
er discarded debris litter the
streets. As I said last year August
after returning from Europe, New
Providence is fast becoming one
of the filthiest islands in the West-
ern Hemisphere, with appalling
conditions that give new meaning
tothe phrase "funky Nassau." It
appears in many instances that
Bahamians love to be surrounded
by filth and squalor. In no way is
the Bahamas-especially New
Providence-clean, green and pris-
These days even tourists-for
whom we used to at least pretend
to live in paradise-are complain-
ing about the shabby, rundown
eyesore that the capital has
Driving around town, there is
an abundance of unkempt yards,
mounds of garbage in public
spaces, graffiti splattered about the
walls of public buildings and pri-
vate facilities and unsightly waste
strewn about the shoreline/beach-
es that may greatly influence a vis-
itor's decision about whether they
would return to the Bahamas.
Areas such Coconut Grove,
Bain Town, Englerston and some

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of Bahamians without choice, I
must contend with BTC's poor cel-
lular service and their inflated per
minute charges. As BTC employ-
ees are collecting their exorbitant
bonuses ($5,000) and hefty raises
on already bloated salaries this
Christmas, there must be some
accounting for their terrible ser-
vice as even theirmuch-hyped 'EZ
pay' online bill paying scheme is
not functioning. The government
must move with haste in its bid to
liberalize the telecommunications
market, so that cqisumers can no
longer be held rar oom and will be
.' more likely to receive improved
services, reduced costs and a
speedier response time in a more
competitive marketplace.

parts of Fox Hill and Cowpen
Road can be described as grubby,
dusty districts that harbour rats,
roaches, bacteria, diseases and, cer-
tain social low-life/criminals, as
permanent residents. Frankly,
these areas, with several other
neighborhoods, are fetid pigsties
where health and environmental
hazards abound.
There is also a pressing need
for the removal of the derelict vehi-
cles throughout Nassau, even if
that means fining owners and hir-
ing a scrap metal company to
remove these eyesores. It appears
that although the Department of
Environmental Health marks an
abandoned, dilapidated vehicle for
removal by a certain date, hardly
any of these vehicles are actually
removed and the department
seems to be doing little' to track
down the vehicle owners and sub-
sequently place them before the
In the Bahamas, there appears
to be little to no coastal zone man-
agement, or any serious effort to
ensure that the environment is not
harmed by our actions. The beach-
es, especially thosd used by locals,
are in a hideous condition. It is an
indictment on our people when,
after every holiday, we must under-
take clean-up efforts to remove
truckloads of debris from our
beaches and waterways. Recent-
ly, as I was driving down Robinson
Road, I observed a nasty young
fella opening his car door and casu-
ally disposing a plastic plate that he
had just eaten out of by throwing it
under his parked car-littering in
some poor shop owners parking
The arbitrary dumping of
garbage has led to the pollution
and degradation of our environ-
ment. This Yuletide season, it is
likely that certain incredibly filthy
Bahamians will be making new
purchases and feel inclined to
dump their old furniture and appli-
ances on roadsides and in public
areas during the night. Frankly, I
am surprised that there hasn't been
an outbreak of cholera and tetanus
as yet.
In order to promote and ensure
cleanliness, the government should
follow other countries and imple-
ment a garbage tax. Furthermore,
laws protecting the environment
and prohibiting littering must be
According to part three, sec-
tion seven, of the Environmental
Health Act of 1987 and Rule 13-
one of the Health Rules, it is an
offence punishable under part four,
section 20 of the Act, to deposit
and dispose of garbage and any
refuse material at any time other
than at appropriate, approved
waste disposal facilities. Although
the indiscriminate dumping of
garbage carries a penalty of up to
$1000, a prison term of nine
months or both a fine and impris-
onment when a person is convicted
of a first offence and a second con-
viction carries a $5,000 fine and
similar terms/conditions, there
must be an -intensification of
Moreover, we must adopt an
organized recycling programme-
as I witnessed in Europe--where
students, households and work
places are encouraged to sort their
trash, so as to produce more envi-
ronmentally mindful citizens and
cleaner surroundings.
I once heard of a Canadian
company wanting to clean-up the
Harrold Road landfill/dump site
and use the garbage to make elec-
tricity-all at no cost to the tax-
payer. What happened to that
offer? Environmental restoration,
maintenance and protection can
only come about when not just the
'jonesers' are the ones seen col-
lecting and recycling aluminum
cans and bottles.




Rubbish on Long Wharf

beach prompts outrage
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TOURISTS reacted with
horror yesterday when they
' went for a walk along rub-
bish-strewn Long Wharf
- beach in Nassau.
For the entire area was lit-
r: tered with broken bottles, old
, car tyres and other debris,
prompting one couple to
express "disappointment" at
the apparent neglect.
Mr Daryl Stogryn and his
" wife Hope, from Brighton,
1 Ontario, Canada, said the
amount of trash lying around
n Nassau was a big surprise to
"This is our first trip to the
. Bahamas," he told The Tri-
, bune, "While we have
' enjoyed ourselves and like
. the local people, we are sur-
prised that the place is so
untidy. *
"We visit Ghana regularly,
and one of the things we try
,, to do there is teach people
a how to avoid this kind of
thing. I would have thought


the Bahamas was a step
ahead of them, but it seems
you have the same problems
He said they had been "dis-
tressed" tQ see so much rub-
bish on the island, especially
in' t'pulic places.

THE ENTIRE area was
littered with broken bottles,
old car tyres and other debris

Locals were also ,outraged
by the unkempt state of the
Long Wharf area.
"It is truly disgusting," said
one, "I am angry, really angry
to see this kind of thing in
areas where our tourists

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Relief project

comes to the aid

of Cuba's Jews

Tribune Staff Reporter

CUBA Despite a decades long
embargo that restricts both trade
and travel, some North Americans
are permitted by the United States
government to go to Cuba on a reg-
ular basis to carry out limited
humanitarian missions. Among
those is the B'nai B'rith Cuban Jew-
ish Relief Project, which has been
visiting Cuba since 1996 to assist
its Jewish population.
Although they benefitted from a
1994 Government decision allowing
believers to be Communist party
members, Cuban Jews have strug-
gled to find a way to maintain their
culture and way of life with the
meagre financial means that the
average Cuban is afforded.
Theirs is a story of resoluteness:
emigration, discrimination against,
religiosity and hardship have caused
Cuba's Jewish population to fall
from around 25,000 before the 1959
revolution that brought President
Fidel Castro to power to only
around 1,500.
Michael Reitano, a medical doc-
tor and part of the humanitarian
mission, said: "It's a dwindling pop-
ulation of Jews and they need sup-
port to be able to maintain Jewish
traditions and Jewish way of life.
If you get a population that dwin-
dles to too small a number then
you no longer have a religious com-
The Jewish community was
"once a very important and vibrant
part of the culture here on the
island and that shouldn't be allowed
to dissipate and turn into literally
nothing," he said.
Since 1996 the organisation is
estimated to have brought "hun-
dreds of thousands" of dollars
worth of goods to benefit the
Cuban Jews, and indirectly, the
Cuban people in general, many of
whom are in inter-faith marriages.
: Religious freedom came under
attack in Cuba when the Soviet
Union became intimately woven
into the Cuban reality, during the
Cold War in the early 1960s.
Social pressure forced many to
give up their customs and they were
discriminated against by the Gov-
ernment, according to Mark Fleis-
cher, a Jewish American business-
man and vice president of the relief
project who has been personally
travelling to Cuba to aid its Jews
since 2000.
After the fall of the Soviet
Union and the loss of billions of
dollars of economic support for
Cuba that went with it, granting
people official liberty to be free to
express their faith was a populist
move from the government to
shore up support from the people
during what Cuban's term the
"Special Period."
"They had to do things to do
anything that didn't cost them any-
thing to make people happy, and
one of the things they did was free-
dom of religion, and I think it's
worked," said Mr Fleischer.
According to Zachary Fried-
man, another medical doctor
among the five-man group, the
remaining Jews "are committed to
their country, their government and
their way of life but they need assis-
tance in maintaining a religious
"If we can help them with
humanitarian needs and they can
devote their own resources to shar-
ing their culture, which otherwise
would have to go to their own sus-
tainability," he' explained.
Among the things they distrib-
ute, carried around Cuba in large
suitcases that they simply leave
behind them wherever they are
needed, is food, medications and
Although "totally appreciative"
of the offerings brought by their
fellow Jews, all Cubans are proud
people and this shows, said Mr
"We've found that for most peo-
ple in Cuba, especially, let's say,
the more educated people that
we've run into, it's almost like
pulling teeth to try to find out what
their needs are. But after they get to
know you they're a little bit more
open and tell you what they could
use," he said.
The group is also working on
raising funds to bring a rabbi to
Cuba, which has none, in the hope.
of nurturing the Cuban Jewish com-
munity, vhicn has in turn respond-
ed positively to the suggestion.
"We're working on it. Right now
part of our trip is asking the differ-
ent communities if it's a need and
so far overwhelmingly everybody
has said, 'Oh, yes please,'" the vice
The pressures faced by the Jew-
ish community in Cuba is simply
one part of a whole a single facet
reflective of the combined affect of
inhibition of trade with its rich

northern neighbour and the com-
munist ideology that has guided the
country for what, in January next
year, will be 50 years.
Dr Reitano sees any depriva-
tion the Cubans suffer as primarily
the consequence of the United
State's economic embargo against
their country than evidence of the
failure of the leftist ideology.
He added: "There's no logic to
an embargo.. .The embargo I think
is what is causing a lot of the restric-
tions in access to the foods and the
goods that they need and if the
embargo ended they would have
access and they would be able to
have these products."
Mr Friedman agrees that if
America's aim is to bring about
change in the Cuban people, the
embargo, which the majority of the
world votes against in the United
Nations on an annual basis, is the
wrong way to go about it.
"The only reason we have the
embargo is because of the opinion
that a strong embargo will break
the back of a communist country.

I'm not of that opinion, I think if
(the U.S.) had an open communi-
cation (with Cuba) that itself would
be the solution, not the problem "
Currently the embargo restricts
not only trade in goods, services
and capital between American
companies and Cuba, but also trav-
el for U.S. citizens who can face
civil penalties or criminal prosecu-
tion if they travel to Cuba.

Under outgoing President
George W. Bush the embargo was
tightened. B'nai B'rith are able to
carry out its humanitarian mission
thanks to a special U.S. govern-
ment issued license, which permits
the group to travel to Cuba for that
purpose only.
Mr Fleischer has high hopes that
President-elect Barack Obama will,
as has been forecast by many com-
mentators, free up America's rela-
tions with the country, to the bene-
fit of both Cubans and Americans.
"It's these Cuban Americans

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Barry Steinberg, Mark Fleischer, Sid Davis (behind), Dr Zachary Friedman,
Saul Bronstein (behind), Dr Michael Reitano.

also who are putting a lot of politi-
cal pressure on whoever the powers
that be are in the Government in
the USA to cause the embargo.
Hopefully maybe with Obama here
that's going to loosen up," said Mr
Having seen first hand the needs
of the Cuban people, Mr Fleischer
said although the removal from
power by Fidel Castro of US-
backed dictator Batista was a good
thing, his interaction with Cuban
people leads him to believe the rev-
olution is "losing steam" and
changes need to be made if it can be
"Fifty years ago when Castro
started the plan it was really need-
ed. I think Batista was a killer: he
didn't really care about the people
of the country, it was about what
could he take for his own pro-
ject...now the people are getting
hungry and that's a bad thing.

"They have to buy food on the
black market, they have to buy
most things on the black market.
The government does not give
them enough to get by, and that
will eventually be a problem unless
they do something about it. I love
the country and I love the people
here but it's very hard for them," he
But Dr Reitano again made the
point that for those who might use
signs of deprivation among Cubans
as ammunition to attack the sys-
tem that they live under, some self-
reflection may be in order.
"In terms of hunger, we
have hungry people in the United
"We have an enormous number
of hungry people in the United
States, we do not have appropriate
distribution of wealth in the coun-
try. So the fact that we have hunger
here isn't a statement about the sys-

tem, it's really a statement about
the availability of goods.
"So I think when we look at
some of the things here that don't
quite work the way we think they
should, we're not really judging
them in terms of how our own sys
tem fails and that really goes for
our healthcare system as well,
where you either have access to
everything you need, or access to
The group has found that while'
all Cubans have access to heaian-
care, in some instances they ladc
some "modern" medications and
Dr Reitano said that with the
philosophy behind the healthcare
system directed "a little bit morT
towards preventative care rather
than around being reactive," people
"actually have fairly good longevi
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Bad deals for whales and the Caribbean

FOR several years, at
the International
Whaling Commis-
sion (IWC), the six
independent countries of the
Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS) and
Suriname have supported Japan's
yen for killing endangered species
of whales. But, last June the
Prime Minister of Dominica,
Roosevelt Skerritt, boldly broke
ranks and announced in advance
of the IWC's 60th meeting that
Dominica would abstain on a
vote for "the sustainable use of
marine resources" which really
means "killing whales."
It now seems that his princi-
pled position should have been
adopted by the other Caribbean
countries. The Japanese are
working out an unsavoury deal
with the outgoing George W
Bush administration of the Unit-
ed States that might not only give
them what they want, but also
shed them of any need for
Caribbean support.
Before I proceed any further
with this commentary, I should
make it.clear that I am opposed
to the killing of whales. Equally, I
am opposed to unilateral rules on
taxation and financial services
made by the Organisation for
Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) that are
imposed on small jurisdictions
such as those in the Caribbean.
Japan, a leading member of the
OECD and the current co-chair
of its Global Forum on Taxation,
is a hawk on this issue which,
since 1998, has severely damaged
the offshore financial services of


many Caribbean jurisdictions.
IWC meetings have been
bogged down with acrimonious
debate between countries that
support whaling such as Japan,
Norway and Iceland on the one
hand and, on the othei. several
countries in Latin America.
Africa, Asia, and North'America.
The larger Caribbean countries,
Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and

Tobago, Guyana and the
Bahamas are not members of the
IWC. They look after their
marine interests in other organi-
sations such as the FAO's West-
ern Central Atlantic Fishery
The issue of Japan's whale-
killing for what it claims are "sci-
entific" purposes has bedevilled
the IWC particularly as whale
meat ends up as a delicacy on the
tables of some of the elite in
Japan. Suffering repeated failures
to block the IWC from establish-
ing whale sanctuaries and to lift
restrictions on whale hunting,
Japan actively recruited countries
to join the IWC. Among these
"recruits" are the six small
Caribbean countries and Suri-
Many international organisa-
tions -- and knowledgeable per-
sons within Caribbean countries
-- have accused the Japanese of
"buying" the votes of the small
Caribbean countries. When Sker-
rit made his announcement,
Andrew Armour. President of
Carib Whale, a group advocating
for the protection of marine
resources, is reported by the
Caribbean Media Corporation as
saying that Japan is no longer
interested in "buying votes."
The point has'also been made
that, apart from St Vincent and
the Grenadines which carries out
a traditional subsistence hunt for
whales under an IWC-regulated
total-quota of 20 Humpback

,- ,

THE HEAD of a Beard's Beaked whale lies on the ground as Japanese
workers take a break after slaughtering it at the port city of Wada,The
Japan Wednesday, June 21, 2006.

whales total in the five year peri-
od up to 2007, commercial whal-
ing gives no tangible economic or
resource benefit to the people of
Caribbean countries.
An authoritative study shows
that the reverse is true since the
tourist industry earns a combined
sum of US$22 million from
whale-watching in just four coun-
tries: St Lucia, St Kitts-Nevis,
Grenada, and St Vincent and the
When the Dominican Republic
and the Bahamas are added to
this list, the revenues to the
Caribbean are considerably larg-
Now it looks as if the support
of the remaining five OECS coun-
tries and Surinam for Japan at
the IWC might backfire, and
Japan might get all it wants with
no need to be helpful to them.
A closed door meeting of 24
members of IWC's 81-member
states will be held in Cambridge,
England during the week begin-
ning December 8th to discuss,
among other things, the future of
Three Caribbean countries -
Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts-
Nevis and St Lucia are listed
among the 24.

meeting has been organized by
IWC Chair and US Commission-
er Dr. William Hogarth, an
appointee of the present George
W Bush administration in the
United States. Hogarth has indi-
cated that he is working on a
compromise package on whaling
that would satisfy the Japanese. It
is quite remarkable that he is
doing so despite the evident
opposition of the US Congress
and the US public to commercial
whaling in the 21st century, and
without giving the incoming
administration of Barack Obama
an opportunity to speak to the
issue. No doubt any "compro-
mise" will be revisited by the
Obama administration next year.
Sources close to the IWC have
indicated that the "'compromise
package" on which Hogarth is
working would legitimize Japan's
"scientific" whaling and give it a
new right to kill whales in coastal
waters. Japan itself seems certain
of the compromise being negoti-
ated with Hogarth because in
mid-November its whaling fleet
set sail for Antarctica to hunt
around 850 whales including 50
endangered fin whales.
If, indeed, the outgoing Bush

administration and the Japanese
government manage to agree a
package that gives Japan what it
wants,Japan will have no further
requirement to recruit countries
to supIport it at the IWC. Once
Japan no longer requires such
support, there will be no need to
continue to give incentives to any
country in return for its support.
So the Japanese might get their
way, and the leverage of the small
Caribbean countries might disap-
pear as would the blandishments
of the Japanese.
But, other countries at the
Cambridge meeting will work to
stop the "compromise package"
between the outgoing Bush
Administration and the Japan-
ese. It is to be hoped that the
three Caribbean countries will
change tack and either not attend
the meeting or abstain from vot-
ing on the "package."
Caribbean countries may find
themselves in an adversarial posi-
tion with the Japanese on an issue
of far greater importance to them
than the pitiful benefits some of
them get from supporting whal-
ing. As Co-Chair of the OECD's
Global Forum on Taxation, Japan
issued a letter on November 26th
with new criteria for deciding
whether so-called "tax havens"
should be penalised.
Caribbean countries, which
were blacklisted in 1998, will be
among those under scrutiny.
The three Caribbean countries
attending the Cambridge meet-
ing should bear in mind the
OECD threat to their financial
services as they ponder support
for Japan on whaling.
Responses to: ronald-
(The author is a business consul-
tant and former Caribbean diplo-

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For the late
Assistant Superintendent
of Police

of Garden Hills #1 and
formerly of Orange Creek,
Cat Island will be held on
Wednesday, December 10th
11:00 a.m. at The Most Holy
Trinity Anglican Church,
-Trinity Way, Stapledon
Gardens. Archdeacon E. Etienne Bowleg assisted by Fr.
Mervyn Johnson and other ministers of the gospel will
officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial
Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Left to honour his legacy are his wife, Lillian; his children,
Joy, Nacia, Loretta and Theo Newbold; his grandchildren,
Kiara Knowles, DeAndre and Germari Farrington; his
brothers, Hamblin, Wilson, Rodrick and Corporal Kirwood
Newbold; his sisters, Zona and Willamae Newbold, Violet
Cornish and Isabella Johnson; mother-in-law, Nadine Coates
of Miami, Florida; father-in-law, Sidney Kerr; stepfather-
in-law, Charles Coates of Miami, Florida; his aunt, Grace
Hepburn; his uncle, Lawrence Hepburn; brothers-in-law.
Troy Cornish, Jerry Johnson, Stephen and Scott Coates of
Miami, Florida, Kenwood, Glen, Shervin, Marvin, and
Devon Kerr; sisters-in-law, Peggy and Ashley Newbold
and Ingrid Kerr; nieces, Crystal, Lisa, Claudette, Toya,
Alicia, Achara, Shavanda and Aaliyah; nephews, Meko,
Vado, Mario, Kirkwood Jr., Garry and Justin; other relatives
and friends, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Reginald Ferguson
and Mrs. Ferguson; Archdeacon Etienne Bowleg and Mrs.
Bowleg, Mr. and Mrs. Stafford Armbrister, Mrs. Sylvia
Taylor, Mrs. Edith Evans, Mr. Kari Marcell, Commissioner
Janet Taylor of Clewiston, Florida, Pastor Helen McPhee,
Rosenell Dean, Helen and Rose Dean, Apostle Leon Wallace.
Vedora, Dorothy, Busta, lyona, Vera, Pearlene, Zephaniah,
Leviticus, Hewitt and Rose Dean, Pam Newbold, Paul and
Elsimae Higgs and family, John and Denise Burrows and
family, Patricia Darville, Corine Newbold, Ruby Hepburn
and Henry Sands, Anglican Church Men Fellowship, the
members of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the entire Royal
Bahamas Police Force and other relatives and friends too
numerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians #44 Nassau Street on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at the Church from 10:00
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overtime to their base salaries
once the system is in place so they
can "still maintain a certain life
standard". He feels government is
open to raising customs and
immigration salaries to be on par
with the RBPF, as their line of
work puts them in a similar line of
Recently customs officer Ros-
alyn Ritchie's ten-room home on
Sealink Drive was torched
because she was upholding her
duties as a task force officer, Mr
Pinder said.
"I think customs and immigra-
tion officers are more receptive to
it (shift system) now because at
the end of the day they realise
their pensions are calculated on
their base salary, not overtime.
It's safe to say that if they accept
the salaries on par with the police
department, which you see now
they're almost at the same risk,"
he said
"If they are prepared to accept
that, I think the government is
almost ready to move on that
now. We are awaiting a counter-
proposal, we had sent the gov-
ernment a proposal on salaries
for both the immigration and cus-
toms departments, as soon as they
send us back a counter proposal I
think we will start to negotiate it.
I think they'll try to have it in
time for the next budget year,"
Mr Pinder said.
The Department of Customs
has come under recent fire lately
for allegations of widespread cor-
ruption and alleged bribery with
calls for an external investigation
into the claims.
Mr Pinder said offering custom
officers attractive salaries may

reduce their impulse to accept
"There's a level of corruption
among the officers they were also
trying to focus on. But bribery
certainly is certainly a challenge
within the Customs department.
It is a mind-set that we feel as
though we are making the gov-
ernment rich when we (pay duty),
not realising that the government
has to collect taxes to run the
country and put infrastructure in
place to make the country func-
tion effectively and efficiently.
We have to pay to have good
policing, then there's the govern-
ment structures, you want to
make sure that the country has
good running water, good elec-
tricity supply that sort of thing.
That costs money. Then you have
civil servants that have to be paid.
"Customs for the most part col-
lects 60 to 65 of the government's
revenue. We got most of our rev-
enue through import tax (so) it's
very important, we are dow look-
ing at putting Customs and Immi-
gration on a shift system and
that's why it's very important to
pay them attractive salaries so
they don't fall into temptation
and accept bribes".
Last week, The Tribune broke
a story which cast light on defi-
ciencies in the overtime billing
system at the Department of Cus-
toms and exorbitant overtime
pay some officers receive about
three to four times their annual
salaries. Some officers were also
logging continuous overtime
hours in excess of 24 hours.
These revelations were out-
lined in a 2006 auditor-general
letter to the former comptroller of

Four in hospital after stabbings

FROM page one
by police in Nassau after the brutal stabbing of a 38-year-old man in
Blue Hill Estates on Saturday evening.
Terry Ralph Fernander, who lives in Blue Hill Estates, was stabbed
in the lower back and is in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit
of Princess Margaret Hospital.
He told police he was attacked by several men in Blue Hill Road
Estates at around 7pm on Saturday.
And 45-year-old Troy Trembley told police he was attacked by
three men who jumped out of a red truck and knifed him while he was
walking on Dowdeswell Street at around 3.45am on Sunday.
He admitted himself to Princess Margaret Hospital with several
stab wounds. Police say his condition is stable.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna said sever-
al other men also sought hospital treatment early Sunday morning
claiming they had been attacked in Dowdeswell Street at the same time.
Police have yet to determine the circumstances of the incident and
the number of people involved.
Anyone with any information which could assist police investigations
should call police at 919.

Mr Pinder said because some
officers were the sole officers sta-
tioned onl family islandports
there are situations where some
officers are on call 24 hours. He
blamed a lack of manpower for
this deficiency.
"Because he is on call he is
sleeping and getting paid. Now
once we start the shift system
that'll stop you see. That has
always been a deficiency becatise
of a lack of manpower and the
only thing that can correct that is
a shift system," he said.

Traffic accident

FROM page one

Mario Smith is in a coma
and Mr Maura is recovering
from serious injuries in the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
The fourth man was not
injured. He has not yet been
in contact with the police.
Police are unsure who was
driving the Ford Escort, reg-
istration number 51228, which
was travelling south on Mack-
ey Street when it collided with
a blue Ford Escape 2001 jeep,
registration number 95028,
going north.
Terrence Strachan, 43, dri-
ving the jeep, escaped unin-
Acting Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Hulan Hanna
said: "It is believed there was
a head-on collision resulting
in the death of Leo Wilson
"He and two others were
injured and taken to hospital.
He died a short-time later."
Police have not determined
whether any of the drivers
might have been under the
influence of alcohol, but
believe, "speed might have
been a factor", Mr Hanna
The collision resulted in the
forty-third traffic fatality of
the year.
As police investigations
continue. anyone with any
information is urged to call
the police on 919.


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senger suffered serious injuries.
Now one year after the ordeal
of losing her son, and with the
accused facing numerous
charges with the worst being
manslaughter, Mrs Moorshead
said that though her son is gone,
she could not stand to see
another life wasted.
"What's done is done, and no
prison term in the world could
give my son back to me," she
If Mr Jolly were to spend
time behind bars, Mrs Moor-
shead said he would gain a
criminal record, he would never
be the same person, and his life
as he knew it would be lost for-
She said instead of two lives
being lost, she asked Magistrate
Linda Virgill to decide on a less-
er penalty which would provide
closure for her and her family,
but also where Mr Jolly could
get the chance to make a dif-
In the end, Mrs Moorshead
said that the decision was made
where Mr Jolly would complete
extensive community service,
as well as contribute $2,500 a
year to a scholarship fund which
was set up in her son's name.
Mrs Moorshead said that her
son who attended CV Bethel

Ma4to escape jail
Senior High, was a 12-year hon-
our roll student, among other
achievements which she
believes is a legacy worth being
She. said her son had a four-
year scholarship to the US Air-
force Academy, eight BGCSEs,
and was loved by all who came
in contact with him. -
Mrs Moorshead said the
Omar Smith Scholarship, which
will be awarded annually, is
intended to recognize a young
achiever who proves just as
promising as Omar.
Mrs Moorshead explains that
even though some family mem-
bers were unsure why she
extended so much forgiveness
to Mr Jolly, she says through
prayer she has learned that this
choice was the right one.
She said that in spite of
everything that has happened,
she has forgiven Mr Jolly. She
hopes that others can learn
from this tragedy by driving
with due care and attention, and
by caring for their children the
way she has cared for Omar.
Omar was Mrs Moorshead's
only son. She said she made
every effort as a parent to be
there for him, and feels that this
played a large part in him
becoming the man that he was.

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so it's critical to have access to reil-tim in It 'r-
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Details should include the total num-ibr of
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both pending and sold units (this is slowly
becoming more available due to BREA's mul-
tiple-listing service), the average listing time,
and the average listing price and sale price.
You must compare pending sales arid final
sales, because the pending transactions really
reveal where the market is heading (as opposed
to where it was when a sale took place.) This
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Bahamian born soldier

reflects on Iraq experience

FROM page six

the job'.
"Iraq was definitely where I
learned the most about life.
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do to survive.
"That survival instinct kicks in,
and you really appreciate life.
"I learned that when you think
things are really bad, they are
really not, you can cope with it.
You can handle it."
When the media celebrated the
toppling of Saddam's statue in
Baghdad, and the dictator went
into hiding, the fighting contin-
"There were still soldiers out
there fighting his cause," he said.
"The terrorists started to come
through and around that time we
were going into the houses of sus-
pected attackers."
The majority of Iraqi civilians,
around 85 per cent, were grateful
for the US effort to root out vio-
lent extremists. Alexander said.
Like the soldiers, they slept and
woke to the sound of gunfire,
they risked their lives on the
roads, they lived in'the constant
anxiety of knowing their lives
could be taken in an instant, as it
was for hundreds of people
around them.
"I was glad I did not have to
live in that situation, because it
is not them, it is the government

they did not elect." the Bahami-
an-US soldier reflected.
"The war isn't against Iraq, it's
against terrorism, and Iraq just
happens to be the battleground.
"If I had the choice or whether
this war had to happen or not, of
course I would say no.
"But sometimes we have to do
what we have to do and I felt I
did what I needed to do."
Alexander endured the fight-
ing for eight months, was made a
sergeant when he returned to the
United States.
But he left the army in May
2004 to continue with the career
path he had always intended on.
He's now studying profession-
al aeronautics at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical Universit' in Day-
tona, Florida, and hopes to be an
airplane mechanic and pilot.
"I have always wanted to fly. as
far back as I can remember."
Alexander said.
"Seaplanes are my favourite in
the world. I am so fascinated by
"I would like to someday get
those Chalks airplanes up and
running. They are old but they
are still good strong planes, and
they are ideal for the Bahamas.
"If I could lind an investor to
bring them back, that would be
my dream."





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and Dillette in action

Alana Dillette and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace saw swimming
action at the ULISA National Short Course (25 yard) Championships
December 4th to 6th with Auburn University Women's Swim Team.
The team event saw the Auburn Tigers winning the National Cham-
pionship well ahead of their SEC rivals Florida State.
Both Dillette aend Vanderpool-Wallace made A and B finals in
their individual specialty events. Vanderpool Wallace was in the A final
of the 50 free and the B final of the 100 free and Dillette in the A final
of the 100 butterfly and the B final of the 100 backstroke.
Both Bahamians were key members of Auburn relays over the
three day meet and also swam personal
best times at this short course yard meet. The swimmers are present-
ly in heavy training and were not rested or tapered for this meet which
indicates that they are both on track for more outstanding swims lat-
er in the NCAA swimming season.
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, a freshman at Auburn saw individual
action over three days in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and on four relay
teams. Vanderpool-Wallace hit NCAA B qualifying times in the 50 and
100 freestyle where she led the Auburn Tigers in the sprint freestyle
events and swam to a 4th place finish in the 50 free A final ina time of
22.67 and a 1st place finish in the B final of the 100 free in a time of
Arianna also swam to a first place finish as a member of the Auburn
"A" 4 x 100 free relay team in meet record time of 3:15.29, second place
finish on the Auburn "A" 4 x 50 free relay,third place finish on the
Auburn "A" 4 x 100 medley relay and a third place finish on the
Auburn "B" 4 x 200 free relay.
Alana Dillette, a Junior and Academic All-American at Auburn
joined her teammates in Atlanta on Friday and saw individual action
over the last two days of the USA National Championship in the 100
butterfly, backstroke and freestyle and swam on two relay teams. Dil-
lette hit NCAA B qualifying times in the 100 butterfly and 100 back-
stroke individual events. She led the Tigers into the A final of the 100
butterfly in a time of 53.85 and also swam in the B final of the 100 back-
stroke finishing eighth in both events. She swam the butterfly leg on the
Auburn "A" 4 x 50 medley relay where the team finished 2nd and also
the leadoff leg on the Auburn "B" 4 x 100 free relay where the team fin-
ished fifth.
Dillette and Vanderpool-Wallace are coached by Richard Quick,
Dorsey-Tierney Walker and Brette Hawke. Hawke is the sprint coach
who coached the Brazilian Caesar Cielo to Olympic Gold in the 50
freestyle at the recent Beijing'Games.
The swimmers will now return to Auburn University where they will
hit the books and prepare for exams, continue training before getting
a short one week break here at home over Christmas. They then head
back to Auburn and join their teammates before the New Year for an
intensive winter training camp in Florida as they prepare for the SEC
Championships held this year at Auburn University in February and the
NCAA Women's Swimming Championships in March.

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Liverpool beat Blackburn to stay top
Liverpool maintained a one-point lead atop the Premier League by
defeating Blackburn 3-1 Saturday and second-place Chelsea over-
came Bolton 2-0 for a record 11th straight road victory, reports the Asso-
ciated Press.
Nemanja Vidic scored in injury time to give Manchester United a 1-
0 win over Sunderland and stay third ahead of Arsenal, which edged
Wigan by the same score.
Yesterday Ashley Young's winner deep into injury time took Aston
Villa back into fifth place in the Barclays Premier Leagde as they
beat Everton 3-2 in a thrilling finish at Goodison Park.,
Meanwhile, England striker Peter Crouch's second-half equaliser
denied West Biom their first win in nine games and kept Tony Mow-
bray's side rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League as they
drew 1-1 with Portsmouth.

Pacquiao beats De La Hoya
champion Manny Pac-
quiao, right, connects
with Oscar De La Hoya
during the sixth round
of their welterweight
boxing match in Las
Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 6,
2008. Pacquiao won the
-.t fight after it was stopped
after the eighth round.



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by the same margin of victory,
to become the only Family
Island team to lay claim to a
Father Marcian division title
this year.
The twin sister duo of Royel
and Ariel Brown keyed the
Warriors comeback win against
a previously unbeaten Knights
squad. Ariel had six points 11
rebounds and three steals while
Royel had six points, three
rebounds and the go ahead
score in the fourth quarter to
give the Warriors the lead for
good. In a game that was close-
ly contested throughout, the
Warriors outscored the Knights
11-9 in the second half to clinch
the first tournament title in
school history.
The Warriors led 5-3 after the
first quarter.
The Knights' leading scorer
Malesha Peterson came alive in
the second, scoring four of her
team's six points as they played
to a 9-9 tie at the half.
Peterson finished with a
game. high 13 points and five
rebounds. The Knights carried
over the momentum to the third
quarter to again outscore the
Warriors and take a 14-13 lead
into the final period.
As they did against St. John's
in their first game and in the
first matchup against the
Kinghts which fell just short,
the Warriors used their defense

new champions
to rally in the fourth quarter for An 11-2 lead turned into a
a come from behind victory. 15-7 advantage at the half.
The Warriors became the Both teams were stagnant
first Senior Girls team from offensively in the third quarter
Grand Bahama to win the as the Diplomats were held
championship since the Catholic scoreless, yet the Mystic Marlins
High Crusaders won in 1998. hardly fared better with just one
field goal themselves.
Intermediate Boys The Diplomats clung to a six
Doris Johnson Mystic Mar- point lead heading into the
lins 21 fourth, 15-9.
Westminster Diplomats 20 The Mystic Marlins opened
In the final and most thrilling the fourth on an 8-2 run, which
championship game of the vaulted them into the lead.
evening, the Mystic Marlins Barry Ferguson tied the
fought all the way back after game at 17 with his tip in off a
being dominated for the first missed layup in transition.,
three quarters of the game to Ferguson, who finished with
take the second Intermediate a game high 14 points, have the
Boys championship since the Mystic Marlins their first lead
division's inception, of the game on a putback off
Rashad Swain's only basket an offensive rebound, but
of the game gave the Mystic missed the free throw on the
Marlins the lead for good over a possible three point play.
final 1:34 spand which featured Dame Doris Johnson led 19-
two ties and three lead changes. 17 with 18.3 seconds remaining.
With a chance to go ahead, Manarko Lundy trimmed the
Geno Bullard Jr. missed the sec- lead to one when he made the
ond of two free throws, Swain first of two free throws. Bullard
an outlet pass in transition and tied the game moments later
finished in traffic to give his with the first of his two at the
team a 21-19 advantage, line. Lundy finished with 10
With no time remaining on points while Bullard added five.
the clock, the Diplomats con-
verted just one of two free Primary Girls
throws as they fell to give the Teleos Cherubims 9
Mystic Marlins a complete Temple Christian Suns 6
comeback effort. The relative newcomers to
The game was a tale of two the local basketball scene
polar opposite halves as West- unseated the defending cham-
minster opened an 11-0 lead in pions and ended their quest for
the first quarter before the Mar- a three peat in the division.
lins reached the scoreboard. The Cherubims trailed for

much of the contest but rallied
with a fiye-pointtourth quarter
to capturthe school's fisttour-
namenit title. Angie Bethel took
the game over offensively in the
final period,aggressively attack-
ing the basket and getting to
the charity stripe almost at will.
Bethel, whofinished with a
game high eight points, went 4-
9 from the free throw line in the
fourth, sparking the Teleos
comeback. She also added two
rebounds, two assists and five
steals. Hadassah McHardy
added the only other score of
the game :for the Cherubims
when she made one of two free
throws in the fouirti. Natasha
Durham delivered a stellar
defensive effort with a game
high 11 steals to go.along with
four rebounds.
Chaheka Lightbourne led the
Suns with five points and 10
rebounds. The Suns led 1-0 after
the first quarter before Bethel
got the Cherubims on the score-
board in the second and they
took a 2-1 lead into the half.
Lightbourne led the Suns as
they came back to tie the game
at four heading into the final
The Suns came into this
year's tournament having won
N the most titles since the incep-
tion of the Primary Girls divi-
sion in 2004. Faith Temple won
the first followed by Harbour
Island before the Suns won
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crowned in the 24th Father
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end while another cemented
their legacy as one of the win-

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of the tournament.
Junior Boys
D.W Davis Pitbulls 35
C.C Sweeting Scorpions 24
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The Pitbulls got an early head
start racing out to a 6-0 lead at
the end of the first quarter.
For the first time all tourna-
ment, the C.C Sweeting duo of
Roosevelt Whylly and Marvin
Saunders were neutralized and
held to just two points in the
The Pitbulls wing players
slashed though the interior
defense of the Scorpions virtu-
ally at will and keeping them at
bay for much of the first three
William Ferguson led all scor-
ers with 15 points while Alcott
Fox finished with 10, seven
coming in the second half.
C.C Sweeting staged a come-
back effort in the third as Saun-
ders came alive at the offensive
end, scoring six of the Scorpions
first seven points of the quar-
ter as they trimmed the defecit
18-13. Fox halted the brief run
with an acrobatic driving layup
and the Pitbulls ended the third
on a 5-0 run to give them a 10
point lead heading into the
fourth quarter, 23-13.
The Scorpions would stage
another comeback effort in the
fourth, as Jermaine Sturrup
opened the' quarter with a three
point play.
Ferguson would respond on
the very next possession with a
three pointer from the left wing.
The Scorpions worked their
way back into the game with
Saunders controlling the offen-
sive boards and with reserve
Vilna Desir making key bas-
kets, the Scorpions all but
erased the Pitbulls margin.
Sturrip hit a contested three
point shot to bring his team
within two with 1:42 remaining
however the Pitbulls' defense
would seal the win.
Prince Bootle was active in
the passing lanes and harassed
the C.C Sweeting ball handlers
forcing a series of turnovers.
He finished with six points
and five steals.
Saunders led the Cobras with
11 points an eight rebounds.
Junior Girls
H.O Nash Lions 46
D.W. Davis Pitbulls 2
The Lions continued their
stranglehold on the division,
winning their third consecutive
Father Marcian title'in con-
vincing fashion.
'It was the Lions fifth title of
the decade (2001, 2003) arid
sixthl in school history (1992).

blocks'. Deajour Adderley, the
second half of the Sparks potent
attack, finished with seven
The Crushers led 6-5 after the
opening quarter and maintained
a slim one point advantage,
heading into the half 10-9.
Both teams struggled offen-
sively in the third and the
Sparks used the ineptitude to
their advantage, outscoring the
Crushers 3-1 in the quarter and
taking a 12-11 lead into the
As customary for these
teams,.the scoring picked up
considerably in the fourth quar-
ter with the Sparks holding off a
late surge by the Crushers to
hold on for the win.
Seville Sands stepped up
when it mattered the most, scor-
ing all of his five points in the
fourth quarter to keep the
Sparks ahead.
They outscored the Crushers
13-10 in the quarter.
Kyle Turnquest led the
Crushers with 15 points and six
steals while Dwight Wheatley
added three points.
It was the first tournament
victory for the Sparks.
St Francis and Joseph domi-
nated the division winning five
of the seven contested titles
untitil Harbour Island broke
their streak in 2006.
In 2007 ,the opposite hap-
pened when the Sparks cap-
tured .the Diocesan title but the
Crushers won the Father Mar-
cian tournament.
Senior Girls
Bishop Michael Eldon War-
riors 20
C.R Walker Knights 18
The Warriors avenged their
only loss of the tournament, and
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Ragine Curtis led H.O Nash
with a game high 16 points
while Burdecia Sands and
Khadijah Moncur each added
10 apiece.
The Lions opened the game
on a 15-0 run and led 19-2 after
the opening quarter.
The game was never in doubt
as the reserves continued the
onslaught an maintained the
defensive onslaught that held
the Pitbulls scoreless the
remainder of the game. -
The Lions turned a suffocat-
ing full court trap defense into
easy transition baskets on the
offensive end of the floor.
They added seven points in
the second quarter to take a 26-
0 lead into the half.
The Pitbulls-never threatened
as the Lions added 10 points in
the third an eight in the fourth
to bring about the game's final
With the win H.O. Nash
moved into a tie for first place
with the C.I. Gibson Rattlers
for the most divisional titles per
school with nine.
Primary Boys
St. Thomas Moore Sparks -
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came in the Father Marcian
Invitational as they toppled a
familiar opponent to defeat the
defending champions and win
the school's first tournament
After the Crushers defeated
the Sparks in the Catholic
Diocesan championship last
month, the Sparks came into
the tournament playing with a
chip on their shoulder and dom-
inate all the way to finals.
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interior once again andled the
Sparks witlh a double double of
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Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE the majority of the
teams making up the New Prov-
idence Basketball Association
is predominantly young, there's
a seasoned bunch of players
that form the Malcolm Park
Pros who are hoping that their
experience will prevail.
In the feature contest on Sat-
urday night at the CI Gibson
Gymnasium, the Pros used their
wealth of experience to man-
handle the youthful defending
champions Commonwealth
Bank Giants 103-96.
Dereck Ferguson and Adorn
Charlow led a great inside-out-
side game attack with 22 points
apiece' and Henderson Curry
and Danny Miller contributed
15 each.
Denash Hanna helped out
with 10, while Salathiel Dean
and Cyril Rolle both had seven
and Nipsy Jones had five.
Their performance over-
showed the game high 28 points
from Garvin Lightbourne for
the Giants, who were missing a
couple of key players.
Jeremy Hutchinson scored
23, Raif Ferguson 17, Adrian
Miller and Creto Knowles both
had eight and Jamington John-
son six.
In the opener, the Johnson's
Trucking Jumpers won back-to-
back games by pulling off a 103-
94 decision over the short-hand-
ed Southwest Printing Falcons.
The Jumpers stunned the Y-
Care Wreckers in a high scoring
affair 129-104 on Friday night.
Also Friday night, the Police
Crimestoppers nipped the
Coca-Cola Explorers 99-98.
The NPBA is expected to
continue its regular season
tonight with a double header,
starting at 7 p.m.
They will play on Wednes-
day, Friday and Saturday before
taking a break for the Christ-
mas holiday.
Summaries of the games
played this weekend are as fol-
lows: *
Pros 103, Giants 96: Malcolm
Park established their presence
early, taking an 11-2 lead in the
first four minutes of the first
quarter and they went on to
post -a 23-15 margin at the

"Our strategy was just sin
to box out and play good
damental basketball and g
some second chance shot

They were just simply too big
inside as coach Curry at times
ran a line-up of Adorn Char-
low, Salathiel Dean and Dan-
ny Miller before one or two of
them got into 'foul trouble.
But the Pros never trailed the
game, relying on either hitting
the outside jumpers or crashing
the boards and getting the easy
basket on the inside to control
the tempo.
Down 74-56 after the third
quarter, Commonwealth Bank
was able to make a dent into
the league, but not even the
performance of Raif Ferguson,
Garvin Lightbourne or Jeremy
Hutchinson was enough to stop
- Malcolm Park.
"Our strategy was just sim-
ply to box out and play gpod
fundamental basketball and get
some second chance shots," said
Curry, as they rebounded from
losing their first game to the
Police Criestoppers to improve
to 2-1. .
Giants coach Perry Thomp-
son admitted that although
they've dropped to 6-2, they are
not overly concerned.
"It was a good game for the
Park boys.
"They wanted it more than
we did," he stated.
"Technically the whole sea-
son, we've been having a slow
first quarter and tonight we fell
in a hole and it was hard to get
out of it.
"We knew it was going to be
challenging tonight because we
were missing some key players.
But, yewanted to make it a
close game. ,
"Hats off~oMalcolm Park. I
just think due to a lack of prac-
tice, we have'nt been clicking
as we should as a team."
Jumpers 103, Falcons 94:
After playing a close halftime,

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Johnson's Trucking was able to
roll away to an easy victory in
the second half.
Able Joseph came through
with 22 points, Floyd Armbris-
ter had 18, .Theophilus Wallace
and Cory Williams both had 16,
Ival Nixon 11 and Randy Fer-
guson six in the win.
The game was tied at 25-25
after the first quarter after
Williams missed a buzzer-beat-
ing three-pointer.
But just before the buzzer
went off at the half, Williams
found himself in the same posi-
tion with the ball and this time
he hit the shot to extend their
lead to 62-51.
Then in the third quarter, the
Jumpers took advantage of the
six players the Falcon had in
uniform ds they managed to
maintain their lead throughout
the final two periods.
"This is something that we
have been working towards,"
said Johnson's Truckers' coach
Courtney Stubbs as they
improved to 5-3.
"We have been working in
our community, so they is a new
challenge for us. I expect that'
we will only get better as the
season progresses."
Southwest Printing coach
Alphonso 'Chicken' Albury,
whose team dropped to 2-5, said
it was obvious that they couldn't
.contain Johnson's Trucking
after he only had five players
to use in the first half.
The other came in the third
"A lot of the guys had other
commitments, unknowing to me
at the .time, so they couldn't
make it," said Albury, who suf-
fered a double blow prior to the
game after his mother died on
The league extended it's con-

I -

dolences to him.
Albury, however, commend-
ed the Jumpers, but he noted
that if he can get more cohen-
siveness after they return from
the Christmas break, they could
still be a contender for the play-
Jumpers 129, Wreckers 104:
Able Joseph exploded for a
league career high 46 points,
none of which came from
behind the three-point'arch, to
lead a balanced scoring attack
for the Johnson's Trucking.
. Floyd Armbrister followed
with 21, Randy Ferguson had
16, Tyrell Griffin 12, Gary
Williams 12, Theophilus Wal-
lace 10 and Ival Nixon seven.
The Jumpers came from a 20-
15 first quarter deficit to surge
to a 44-35 halftime advantage
and they doubled up thie first
half effort by posting a 102-82
margin after the third to go on

to secure the win.
For the Wreckers, Kevin Bur-
rows had a side high 34, Tavaras
Roker 29, Devon Johnson 19,
Brandon Ingraham 12 and John
Rolle eight in the loss.
Crimestoppers 99, Explorers
98: Freddie Lightbourn canned
the final five points, including
the winning basket on his third
consecutive free throw as the
Police handcuffed Coca-Cola.
Lightbourn ended up with 17,
but Darron Knowles paced the
way with 18. Dario Seymour
and Aaron Sands both chipped
in with 15 and Vernon Stubbs
had 13.
For Coca-Cola, Lorenzo
Carter had a game high 27,
Ahmad Bootle had 23 and both
Lamar. Watkins and Dannon
Carter finished with 22 points.
The Crimestoppers trailed 30-
23 after the first quarter, but
they took a 59-56 margin at the

half and they extended it to 82-
78 at the end of the third.
This week's schedule at a
7 p.m. Coca-Cola Explorers
vs Cable Bahamas Entertain-
ers; 8 p.m. Malcolm Park Pros
vs Electro Telcom Cybots.
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tainers vs Johnson's Trucking
, Jumpers; 8 p.m. Y-Care Wreck-
ers vs Malcolm Park Pros.
7 p.m. Malcolm Park Pros vs
Cable Bahamas Entertainers; 8
p.m. Sunshine Auto Ruff Rdy-
ers vs Commonwealth Bank
7 p.m. Coca-Cola Explorers
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* 14-8 decision over Shaw AME Zion
AFTER losing the pennant and their cliampions Golden Gates. Macedonia
only loss of the regular season, Trans- forfeited game one on Saturday after
figuration nade amendments to suc- they fell short of one of the five
cessfully de fending their men's title in required female players.
the Baptist Sports Council's 2008 Rev. Also on Saturday, Macedonia pulled
Dr. William Thompson Softball Clas- even with pennant winning Temple
sic. Fellowshipiin-game two of the 17-and-
On Saturday at the Banker's Field, under championships with a 5-4 victo-
Transfiguration snatched game one of' ry. Temple, Fellowship Wvon game one
the best-of-five championship series in a slugfest 18-16. They' will play game
from Shavw AME Zion with a 14-8. on Saturday at the Banker's Field.
decision. Game two will be played.on Here's a .summary of the games
Tuesday n ght at 8 p.m. at the same' played: ,
In the or ener on Tuesday at 7 p.m., Macedonia 5, Temple Fellowship 4:
defending champions Macedonia will Kyle Rolle and Donovan Lockhart
attempt to bounce back and even the both got one base on errors and came
co-ed series at 1-1 against defending home on another for the tying and win-

Defending champions Macedonia seeking to bounce back

ning runs in a five-run come-from-
behind victory in the bottom of the
fourth inning as Macedonia evened
their series.
Lamont Bullard and Davanna Mack-
ey produced a RBI single and RBI
ground out to produce two of the first
three runs for Macedonia.
Crandon Wallace, who scored the
first run in their comeback, was the
winning pitcher. Zachard Rahming suf-
fered the loss.
Addie Finley had a two-run in-the-
park home run and Deval Storr had a
RBI triple as he finished with a 2-for-3
. Temple Fellowship 18, Macedonia

16: Bradshaw White was 3-for-4 with a
RBI, scoring four times and Michael
Ingraham had a pair of hits with two
RBI, scoring two times, while Deval
Storr scored three runs and Addie Fin-
ley, Zachari Rahming and Michael
Ingraham came.home twice.
Rahming got the win on the mound
over Lamont Bullard.
Kyle Rolle was 3-for-4 with two RBI
and two runs scored; D'Kyle Rolle 3-
for-3 with two RBI and three runs
scored; Bernard Ferguson (three runs
scored), Quintin Williams (two RBI,
two runs) and Quinton Williams (three
RBI, one run) were all 2-for-4 and
Davanna Mackey added a triple and
scored twice.

Transfiguration 14, Shaw AME 8:
Nelson Farrington, Kirk Johnson,
Rashad Seymour, Stephen Sands and
Corey Brown all scored twice to lead
Transfiguration to the men's opening
While. Sands had run-producing
triple and Brown a RBI double, Her-
mis Sands had a towering solo home
run and winning pitcher Alvin Light-
bourne came through with a RBI triple
to hlpe his own cause on the mound.
Valentino Munroe was the losing
Garfield Bethel went 3-for-3 with a
solo homer, scoring two runs and Andy
Percentie was 2-for-3 with two runs.

SCOTTOALE Vixens' Tamasaine Emmanuel gets Diocued by Jonnsonr Lady Truckers Margaret Albury j9) and Edrica McPhee
(11) dLring game two ol their NPVA ladies' championship series on Sunday at mne OW Davis Gymnasium

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Vixens storm back

to even series

Scottdale gain

revenge after

game one loss

against Truckers
Senior Sports Reporter
THE pennant winning and
defending champions Scottdale
Vixens feel they have lost all of
the games they should against
the Johnson Lady Truckers.
The Truckers, who handed
the Vixens their only loss in the
regular season, pulled off game
one of their New Providence
Volleyball Association ladies'
best-of-five championship series
on Friday night.
But on Sunday at the DW
Davis Gymnasium, the Vixens
stormed back and evened the
series going into game three on
Wednesday night.
Behind the combo of Aniska
Rolle and Tamasaine
Emmanuel, Scottdale pulled off
a 25-21, 22-25, 25-28, 25-18 deci-
sion to out-duel the 1-2 punch
of Kelsie Johnson and Margaret
The Truckers pulled off a
stunning three set sweep _in
game one on Friday, winning
25-13, 25-16, 25-18. But Vixens'
coach Joe Moe Smith said it was
simply because of a lack of play,
having at a couple weeks off
waiting for the championship
to start.
"I knew that we would
bounce back, despite playing
without one of our key ele-
ments," said Smith, referring to
Cheryse Rolle, who is currently"
off the island.
"It's going to be even more
difficult for them to beat us on
Wednesday night. I'm confident
in my team. I knew they would
have been flat coming into the
first game. But I don't worry
about this team. I knew when
their backs are against the wall,
they'will come out and play."
Scottdale have dominated the
league for the past three years
and Smith said at the end of the
series he expect them to be,
holding onto their fourth
straight title.
In defense of his comments,
Krystel Rolle came through
with five of her 17 attempted
spikes and Aniska Rolle was a
silent killer with four of her 14
Tamasaine Emmanuel con-
tributed a pair of block shots
and was Vixens' best scorer

goes up for a spike over the
defence of Johnson's Lady Truck-
ers, Shannon Russell and Eunice
Rolle. -
with six of 35 points. For the
Truckers, Kelsie Johnson was
12-of-22 in spikes with Margaret
Albury getting in eight of her
19. Johnson also led the way in
serves with 6-of-19 and finished
as their best scorer going 18-
Johnson admitted that they
played very well, but they fal-
tered on their service, a far dif-
ferencefrom game one when
they were clicking on all cylin-
"Once we couldn't get-in the
groove of serving, nothing was
happening for us offensively,"
she noted. "We allowed them
to play their game and we
couldn't slow it down.
"They are an aggressive team
and they have the youth and
agility on their side. But
Wednesday when we come
back, we will bring our game to
the court."
In game one on Friday, John-
son had 12 spikes and six serves
to once again lead the charge.
Albury,followed with eight
spikes. Eunice Rolle had three
For the Vixens, Krystel Rolle
had five spikes and Aniska
Rolle added four. Emmanuel
had two block and four spikes.

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Justice Department expands criminal

investigation into foreign banks

c.2008 New York Times
News Service@ .
THE Justice Department has

TWO more Dunkin'
Donuts robbery suspects
have been apprehended in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
while attempting to board a
Discovery Day cruise to the
Bahamas, according to
Broward County police
Authorities said the sus-
pects were arrested in con-
nection with violent rob-
beries at Dunkin' Donuts
stores in the Broward and
Palm Beach counties.
The Broward County
-Sheriffs. Office said Thurs-
day the suspects were caught
trying to board a Discovery
day cruise to the Bahamas
from Fort Lauderdale.
Earlier this week, three
other suspects were taken
into custody for the rob-
beries at branches in Delray
Beach, Tamarac and Sun-
At the Delray Beach store
on November 26, authorities
say one man outside and
three customers inside were
shot. Their injuries were
non-life threatening.
The Tamarac branch was
robbed a day later and two
suspects .shot a man in the
back and stole cash from
customers. The victim
remains hospitalized in crit-
ical condition.

expanded its criminal investi-
gation into foreign banks that
sell offshore private banking
services to include Credit Suisse
and HSBC, according to peo-
ple briefed on the matter.
The investigation into the two
European 'banks is an out-
growth of an inquiry by federal
prosecutors and regulators into
UBS, the Swiss bank giant, over
its sale of offshore banking ser-
vices to wealthy Americans.
Federal prosecutors, who are
focusing on senior and midlevel
executives and bankers at UBS,
contend that UBS illegally
helped American clients hide
up to $20 billion in secret off-
shore accounts, thereby evad-
ing $300 million a year in taxes
from 2000 to 2007.
HSBC, which is based in Lon-
don and is Eirope's largest
bank, is a global financial giant
with large retail, private, asset
management and investment
banking operations across the
United States and Asia. Credit
Suisse, which is based in Zurich,
is also one of the world's largest
private banks, with significant
operations in the United States.
The investigation into HSBC
and Credit Suisse began about
September and is focusing on
whether the two banks helped
Se alh y American clients hide
up to $30-billion in offshore
accounts that went undeclared
to the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice, the people briefed on the
matter said. Prosecutors are
examining whether the two
banks illegally helped their
American clients use those off-
shore accounts to evade US tax-
es and whether the clients them-
selves violated US laws.
The investigations are at an
early stage and have not
focused on any executives, these
people said, though they added
that could change as the inves-
tigations unfolded. Last month,
federal prosecutors indicted
Raoul Weil, a senior UBS exec-
utive who is one of the world's
top private bankers, on charges
of conspiring to help wealthy
Americans evade taxes through

The indictment of Weil, who
oversaw UBS's lucrative cross-
border private banking opera-
tions from 2002 to 2007, also
referred to unindicted co-con-'
spirators who "occupied posi-
tions of the highest level of,
management" within UBS.
I The investigations into HSBC
and Credit Suisse have emerged
from information provided to
prosecutors and are focused on
the same kind of cross-border
banking activities now under
scrutiny at UBS, according to
these people.

The information has
emerged, in part, from high-lev-
el discussions between senior
executives at HSBC and Credit
Suisse in the wake of the UBS
inquiry. "UBS was not alone in
this," said one of the people.
A spokeswoman for HSBC
declined to comment on Mon-
day on whether the bank had
been swept up in a larger inves-
tigation stemming from the
scrutiny of UBS. A New York-
based spokesman for Credit
Suisse referred calls to the
bank's headquarters in Zurich,
-where'a spokesman -could not
be reached for immediate com-
ment. A Justice Department
spokesman could not be
reached late Monday for imme-
diate comment.
The investigation into UBS,
the world's largest private bank,
has peeled back layers of Swiss
banking secrecy, whose tradi-
tion dates to the Middle Ages.
The custom, the backbone of a
multibillion-dollar industry, is
coming under increased scrutiny
from American and European
regulators, prosecutors and pri-
vate-sector tax authorities over
whether it facilitates tax eva-
sion. The scrutiny is also focus-
ing attention on the question of
whether Switzerland is effec-
tively an offshore tax haven.
The investigation of Europe-
based banks signals a shift in

focus by the Justice Depart-
ment, which in recent years has
focused on offshore banks oper-
ating in the Caribbean and
Bahamas, two offshore tax
The investigation into UBS
began around 2007 and gained
force last June, when a former
senior private banker and
American citizen, Bradley C.
Birkenfeld, pleaded guilty to
conspiring to help a wealthy
American property developer,
Igor Olenicoff, conceal $200
million through secret accounts
set up by UBS and other enti-
ties in Switzerland and Liecht-
Like-the investigation into
UBS, the scrutiny of HSBC and
Credit Suisse is focused on
potential crimes committed in
the United States with Ameri-
can clients, even though the
banks are based abroad.
Like UBS, HSBC and Credit
Suisse are registered broker-
dealers in the United States, but
those licenses, which are.over-
seen by the Securities and
Exchange Commission, do not
apply to banking or investment
services provided by their over-
seas affiliates or overseas sub-


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Credit Suisse is seen in Zurich, Switzerland. Credit Suisse
Group said Thursday it is cutting 5,30P jobs, about 11 per cent
of its global work force, in a bid to reduce costs and take its
business back into the black. Jobs will be lost in all parts of the
world, said spokesman Marc Dosch, including in New York,
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Iraq: New security for Central Bank, ancient sites

Associated Press Writer

national police chief outlined
plans Sunday for protecting key
areas, including the Central
Bank and historical sites and -

ultimately the American
Embassy, as the Iraqis take over
more responsibilities under a
recently approved security pact
with the United Stlates.
Attacks have continued
despite stepped-up security
measures and a sharp decline
in violence over the past year.

That has raised concerns about
the readiness of Iraqi forces to
provide security as the Ameri-
cans prepare to withdraw by the
end of 2011.
A bomb hidden in an aban-
doned store exploded as the
mayor of Baqouba was leading
a tour through the city center.

The blast wounded the mayor,
Abdullah al-Hiali, and 34 other
people, including two TV cam-
eramen, policemen and civil-
ians, according to the provin-
cial security headquarters.
The US military has warned it
expects attacks to rise ahead of
January 31 provincial elections,

BAHAA al-Aaraji, a lawmaker loyal to anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr, and who opposed a security pact with the US, talks to media after
the Iraqi parliament approved the pact by a wide margin, in Baghdad;
Thursday, November 27, 2008. Iraq's parliament approved Thursday a
security pact with the United States that lets American troops stay in the
country for three more years, setting a clear timetable for a US exit for the
first time since the 2003 invasion...

which are expected to redis-
tribute the balance of power
among Iraq's fractured ethnic
and sectarian groups.
Lt. Gen. Hussein al-Awadi,
the National Police comman-
der, said a battalion of about
500 to 600 officers will be
assigned to guard the Central
Bank in Baghdad.
The police commando force
also will create a new agency to
provide security for archaeo-
logical sites and antiquities,
which faced widespread looting
in the aftermath of the US-led
invasion in 2003 and have not
entirely recovered.
He said a similar directorate
has been established to protect
embassies and diplomatic mis-
sions, which will eventually
include the iUS Embassy.
"We are discussing this mat-
ter with them," he said. "In the
near future protection of (the
American Embassy) will be the
responsibility of the Iraqi
National Police and the move-
ment. of political missions will
be under the Iraqi protection
of the national police forces."
He also said the National
Police will work with the Inte-
rior Ministry to create a pro-
tection force for the Green
Zone, the heavily fortified area
in central Baghdad that houses
the US Embassy and the Iraqi
government headquarters.
Iraq has signed off on a secu-
rity pact with the United States
that takes effect on January 1
and will allow American forces
to stay in the country for three
more years with stricter over-

sight from the Iraqi side.
The Green Zone is currently
guarded by the US military and
considered the safest area in
Baghdad despite the danger of
security breaches and rocket
and mortar attacks.
But while the agreement
gives Iraq's government full
responsibility for the Green
Zone, the Iraqis have the option
of asking for help from the US f
military, which is expected to
continue guarding the area in
the short term.
Al-Awadi said the new plans
are part of Iraq's efforts to take
over its own security under a
new pact with the United States.
The recently approved securi-
ty deal lays out a three-year >
timeframe for the complete '
withdrawal of American troops.
Labid Abbawi, the Foreign i
Ministry undersecretary, said I
British and Iraqi negotiators are 1
in talks about a similar agree-
ment to govern British military
operations in Iraq.
He said he hopes the British
agreement, to replace the UN
mandate now governing their i
presence, will be signed by the 1
end of the year.
Abbawi said the British pact
might simply be a memoran-
dum of understanding and not
subject to parliamentary
approval as was the US deal.
Britain has about 4,000 troops i
in southern Iraq, compared with
about 150,000 US troops.

Associated Press writer
Sameer N Yacoub contributed
to this report.


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Japan struggles to boost homegrown food

Associated Press Writer

NARA, Japan (AP) -
Masayuki Miura's restaurant is
radically out of step with mod-
ern Japanese tastes. No Aus-
tralian beef hamburgers, no
mountains of fried Brazilian
chicken, no imported steaks.
Not a Chinese cabbage in sight.
Instead, Miura and his wife
Yoko serve up a 100 per cent
made-in-Japan offering of fish
and locally grown organic rice
and vegetables, including cen-
turies-old Japanese heirloom
"We need more people to eat
Japanese vegetables," declared
Miura, whose restaurant over-
looks his almost five-acre farm
in western Japan. "Of course,
it's a food culture issue. Ham-
burgers don't have Japanese
vegetables in them."
No, they don't and many
in Japan consider that a major
The Japanese on average get
only 40 per cent of their calories
from domestic food, down from
73 per cent in 1965, the govern-
ment says, putting the country's
self-sufficiency rate near the
bottom of the 30-country
Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development.
The United States, an agricul-
tural exporter, has a 128 per
cent rate, and even a smaller
nation like Britain can provide
70 per cent of its citizens' calo-
Amid rising world food prices
and a series of imported food
contamination scandals, Japan
is afraid it is too reliant on for-
eign food. The government
released a report late last year
showing what Japanese would
have to eat without imports.
The typical lunch: One potato,
two sweet potatoes and a quar-
ter of an apple.
"We have to wonder whether
Japan should continue buying
up food from around the
world," said Hidenobu Ogawa,
a food safety official With the
Agriculture Ministry. "Japan
has economic power now. But if
we lose strength in the future,
can we get enough food to sur-
The government has set a tar-
get of boosting the self-suffi-
ciency rate up to 45 per cent by
2015, and has launched a series
of campaigns from open
markets featuring Japanese
foods to commercials urging
people to eat more rice.
At a recent "E4t Japan"
event that featured locally pro-
duced vegetables and meat, an
animated video told the woeful
tale of how Japan grew rich in
the 1970s and '80s and took a
liking to foreign foods. As the
food on.an imaginary family's
table changes from fish and rice
to meat and french fries, their
bodies grow round and flabby.
"We have to do something to
preserve Japanese food and
protect our children," the
announcer says. "Thinking
about food supply is thinking
about the future."
But the dependence on for-
eign farms won't be easy to
unwind in a country that has
long equated modern prosperi-
ty and well-being with Western
food culture. Bread made from
foreign wheat has replaced rice
at the breakfast table, and
workers line up not for fish but
for bowls of rice smothered in
Australian and American beef.
McDonald's does a brisk busi-
ness at its 3,700 outlets here.
Indeed, Japanese tastes have
tilted toward foods their crowd-
ed, mountainous country is ill-
suited to produce: wheat grown
in mega-farms that slice across
the horizon, or beef-cows raised
on huge rolling fields, of pas-
The economics of agriculture
have even turned the tables on
producers of traditional foods.
Japan, for instance, imports

JAPAN'S Agriculture Minister Shigeru Ishiba samples salad cooked with made-in-Japan vegetables as he
launched a campaign to boost the self-sufficiency rate in Tokyo...

MASAYUKI Miura shows okra seed pods in the yard in the front of his
restaurant where he serves 100 per cent made-in-Japan dishes in Nara,

western Japan...

some 95 per cent of its soybeans
- which are produced far more
cheaply abroad ifor use in
making soy sauce, tofu and
sticky "natto" fermented beans.
Many in Japan are adso blam-
ing changing tastes for a.marked
increase in weight gain and
"metabolic syndrome" a
cluster of symptoms that links
consumption of meat and fats
with obesity, heart disease and
Despite the hand-wringing,
.massive tariffs on food imports
aren't likely, and some econo-
mists warn that protectionist
measures in Japan or else where
would be damaging.
"If ... interventionist tactics
really take root, it'll disrupt the
world trade in food," said Tom
Cooley, dean of New York Uni-
versity's Stern School of 13usi-
Miura's farm illustrates the
kind of agricultural revolution
needed to significantly boost"
Masayuki Miura and his wife
Yoko started their project a
decade ago by going from fannm
to farm collecting samples and
seeds of heirloom vegetables.
As their elderly cultivators died
off or stopped farming, the veg-
etables were no longer being,
The research turned up mild
purple chili peppers, red okra,
and a plethora of tubers, such as
the carrot-shaped "yamato"
potato, and the "busho" potato,,
which looks more like an
abstract sculpture with fin-
ger-like bulbs jutting out from
its center than a food.
Nowadays, the Miuras grow
some 200 different varieties of
vegetables and fruits on their
farm. They produce natural fer-
tilizer by composting leftovers
from the restaurant and col-
lecting waste from their three
goats. They use no pesticides,
and green figs can be pulled

from their trees and eaten on
the spot.
"You know, the old Japan-
ese name for a farm was 'a hun-
dred varieties.'" Miura said.
"But today, there's no farmer
who grows 100 varieties. Now
it's only pumpkins, only cucum-
bers, only rice."
Three years ago they started
a nonprofit group that today
has about 40 members, includ-
ing like-minded farmers and
artists who provide the pho-
tographs and paintings of
ancient vegetables that deco-
rate the inside of the restaurant.
While, the Miuras think their
experiment is unique in Japan,
it dovetails with many other
local produce and organic farm-
ing projects that have cropped
up around Japan in recent
"I think we're entering a
phase when the Japanese are
trying to preserve their own
types of food," Miura said.
"You can't separate the issues
of food self-sufficiency and food





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in Kabul, Afghanistan...

McCain: Afghanistan

situation will get harder

Associated Press Writer
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)
Senator John McCain said
Sunday that the situation in
Afghanistan will get more diffi-
cult before it gets easier "just
like the surge in Iraq was" as
the US prepares to pour thou-
sands more troops into the
country, including on the
doorsteps of Kabul.
The former Republican pres-
idential candidate, who is to
report back to President-elect
Barack Obama, visited the
southern province of Helmand,
where he said NATO forces are
at a stalemate with insurgents.
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been the responsibility of
British forces, McCain said the
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region the heartland of the
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US prepares to send thousands
more troops into country

"We're going to have addi-
tional troops and additional
help," McCain said of the coun-
try's south.
The trip comes at a time of
increasing. violence in
Afghanistan, where a record
32,000 U.S. troops are now sta-
tioned, with requests for 20,000
more from American comman-
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way into two transport termi-
nals on Sunday and torched
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es in the raid near the north-
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Taliban 'operations, but the
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gents are: trying to choke a vital
American supply line.
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this year have moved closer to
Kabul, taking over wide swaths
of countryside just south of the
Afghan capital that are now
unsafe. Attacks on supply con-
voys oin the road leading from
Kabul, to the southern city of
Kandahar are commonplace.
In response, US commanders
are sending some 3,000 to 3,500
troops from the 10th Mountain
Division to the provinces of
War'dak and Logar for the first
time next month, said Lt. Col.
Rumni Nielson-Green, a spokes-
woman for U.S. forces. .
US Brig. Gen. Mark Milley
told The Associated Press last
month that road security in the
two provinces would be a pri-
ority. "We want to get it so that
any citizen can go from point
A to point B on that road with-
out fear," he said.
Milley said he expected to see
an increase in violence south of
Kabul over the coming months
as the new troops attack insur-
gents. The militants "will have a'
choice. Move somewhere else,
reconcile, surrender, or die," he
McCain said it was clear there

has been progress in the eastern
part of Afghanistan, the region
where most US forces are sta-
tioned, but that Afghanistan's
south deserves more attention.
"And I want to emphasize
again, I think it's going to get
harder before it gets easier, just
like the surge in Iraq was,"
McCain said.
Obama asked McCain to
report back to him on what he
learns on the visit, said Senator
Joseph Lieberman, who accom-
panied McCain on the multi-
day trip to Afghanistan, Pak-
istan, India and Iraq.
McCain, Lieberman and Sen-
ator Lindsey Graham, all mem-
bers of the Senate Armed Ser-
vices Committee, had dinner
with Afghan President Hamid
Karzai and his Cabinet on Sat-
urday night.
The three also met with US
Gen. David McKiernan, the
commander of US and NATO
troops in the country, and a
newly arrived US general in the
southern province of Helmand.
McCain, Lieberman and Gra-
ham were all proponents of the
US surge in Iraq, an influx of
US troops that is credited in
part with helping to lower vio-
lence in that conflict. Lieber-
man said-Iraq has seen "extra-
ordinary progress."
"Here in Afghanistan and in
neighboring Pakistan we're at
a tough place, but we have con-
fidence that working with our
allies here, working with the
people of Afghanistan and Pak-
istan, with the new effort and
the new resources that will be
brought in we can conclude
these fights as successfully as
we're progressing in Iraq," he
Violence in Afghanistan has
risen steadily over the last two
years, and 2008 has been the
deadliest year for US troops
here since the 2001 invasion to
oust the Taliban for hosting al-
Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.
Associated Press writer Hei-
di Vogt contributed to this report
from Kabul.

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The Road Traffic Department hereby give
notice of its intention to introduce to its
Public Bus Route Inventory six (6)
modified bus routes and nine (9) new bus

Further, the Controller in accordance with
Section 85 Sub Section 1 of Chapter 220
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,


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

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. R ou-te 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

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

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.


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

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., Bay1St.
(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.

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.4 (Radisson

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

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

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

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

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

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Magnus Carlsen v Tor
Gulbrandsen, Norway 2002.
Prodigy Carisen is now ranked the
best 17-year-old in chess history,
but at the time of this game he
was a little-kiown 11-year-old.
His more experienced opponent
must have expected easy pickings
as White's Nf3-g5 seemed a loss
of time allowing Gulbrandsen to
respond h7-h6. The black player
had missed the point of White's
knight sortie. How did Carisen
(White, to move) score a rapid


1 Very good acquisition for
an aquarium? (5,4)
8 The alternative in France
is grave (5)
9 End a romance and go to
pieces (5,2)
10 It often figures in art
exhibitions (6)
11 Rascally fellow who
organises travel (6)
12 The height of
distinction (8)
15 Many take on experiments
as trials of ability (8)
18 A sweet little thing to play
with (6)
20 Emerges from the foliage
21 Clued in a way to take one
in (7)
22 We sat around in a state of
anxiety (5)
23 He may investigate an
insect and its changing
form (9),

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutio


2 Mean to a girl (5)
3 Allow the Spanish poison
to be brought up (6)
4 Shakes with feverish
and rests badly (8)
5 Rush from Athens (6) 5
6 Sarcastic extract frofn a
newspaper (7)
7 Respect some (
hesitation in one's excuses
perhaps (9) ;
11 Utterly incompetent (9)
13 An occasion of exemplary
significance (8)
14 Badly angered and W
remaining furious (7) N
16 Puts up secret N
amendments (6) ( I
17 Shrinking flower ? (6) >
19 Swimming pools of solid U
construction (5) W

3n Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Staunch, 4 Baton, 7
Arch, 8 Innocent, 10 Masquerade,
12 Exodus, 13 Sturdy, 15 At all
E costs, 18 Thorough, 19 Will, 20
Chaos, 21 Tragedy.
Down: 1 Swarm, 2 Accustom, 3
Hungry, 4 Bloodstock, 5 Then, 6
Notably, 9 Tumultuous, 11 Pristine,
12 Elastic, 14 Slight, 16 Sulky, 17

1 Superior to (1,3,5)
8 Suppress by force (5)
9 Ireland's patron
saint (7)
10 Specimen (6)
11 Specify (6) -
12 Desire to eat (8)
15 Decisive
argument (8)
18 Defective (6)
20 Clothes (6)
21 Advent (7)
22 Eat greedily (5)
23 Contrite (9)

2 Yearn for (5)
3 Sikh male he
address (6)
4 Strong adverse
reaction (8)
5 Regard as
identical (6)
6 Lose all hope (7)


So it is claimed (9)
Unload (9)
Of necessity (8)
Misrepresent (7)
Rush headlong (6)
old-fashioned (6)

19 Orderly
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Both sides vulnerable.
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Nowadays, virtually all players
use the Stayman Convention to
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fit aftcr partner has opened the bid-
ding with one (or two) notrump.
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the combined hands contained
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cated that he did not have four cards
in either major by bidding two dia-
monds, North then carried on to three
While the Stayman Convention
works well in the great majority of
hands, it is not an undiluted blessing,.
It sometimes helps the opponents, as
it did in this deal where West found
the winning defense.
West led a diamond. East took the
ace and continued with the queen,
and it was at this point that West
made the excellent play of overtak-
ing the queen and continuing with
the nine to force out the ten.
As a result, South went do\vn, los-
ing four diamond tricks and the ace
of clubs. Had West played low on the
queen of diamonds, declarer would
have made three notrunp.
West's defense, which gave
declarer a diamond trick he could not
have made on his own,. was in part
attributable to what West had learned
from the bidding. Thanks to the Stay-
man inquiry, West knew that South
could not collect more than eight
tricks (four spades, three hearts and
the ten of diamonds), before he
would have to lead a club. It \\as
therefore perfectly safe to overtake
the diamond queen and thereby
assure defeat of the contract.
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Bahamas yacht registry target

Tribune Business Editor
T he Bahamas
(BMA) is working
on the creation of a
Bahamian yacht reg-
istry as "a very defin-
itive and positive
next step in our
development of the
ship registry", the
government minister
responsible told Tri-, e
bune Business.
Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, said he believed the

* Initiative in development stage, but 'positive next step in developing ship registry'
* Minister says yacht market share could be 'proportionate' to Bahamas' bulk ship register
* Bahamas Maritime Institute proposal expected 'some time' in 2009 first quarter

yacht registry initiative, which is still in
its developmental stages, holds as much
potential for the Bahamas as its exist-
ing bulk shipping carrier registry the
world's third largest.
Confirming that the Bahamas Mar-
itime Authority's deputy chairman was
reviewing proposed legislation that
would be needed to implement a yacht
registry, Dr Deveaux told Tribune
Business: "It's something we're inter-

ested in.
"The deputy chairman is reviewing
the legislation and the [Maritime
Authority's] Board is looking at it. It's
fair to say we've got a fair amount of
interest. Some legislative work needs to
be done, but it's a very definitive and
positive next step in our development
of the ship registry."
Dr Deveaux said that if a Bahamian
yacht registry was to come into being,

to attract the mega yacht market and
its owners, managers and charterers to
register their vessels in this nation, the
legislation would have to deal with the
registry's structure, management and
Issues of pollution and the combat-
ing of piracy, now a flourishing criminal
enterprise of the Somali coast, would-'
also be addressed.
On a yacht registry's potential, Dr

Deveaux told Tribune Business: "I
think if we just got a proportionate
share of the market, from people who .
come here to Marsh Pfarbour, SteIlla "
Maris or Nassau, it would be fair to
':say the Bahamas could rank very high-
j ly in this market, equally proportionate
to what we do in the bulk carrier mar-
SEE page 6B

Abaco Markets closes on Injunction obtained Customs woes lower

Cost Right store sale to stop marina close import volume by 30%

Tribune Business Editor
ABACO Markets is close to
selling its Cost Right store in
Abaco, Tribune Business can
reveal, with the deal likely to
close within the next few weeks
before Christmas.
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation told this newspaper the
sale's conclusion was likely to
be imminent, although thffiden-
tity of the buyer group or com-
pany was unknown.
Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets president, declined to
comment when contacted by
this newspaper, but Tribune
Business understands that the
-Cost Right store's sale is not
concluded yet, with final signa-
ture, and the payment of the
full purchase price still out-

"It's not done yet," said a
'Abaco Markets had initially
looked to sell Cost Right Abaco
as part of its strategy, from 2003
onwards, to focus on that for-
mat and Solomon's Super-
Centre in its core markets of
New Providence and Grand
All its other Abaco-based
operations were sold off in
accordance with that strategy,
but Abaco Markets ended up
keeping the island's Cost Right
store (the former Sawyer's
Wholesale) after no acceptable
offer materialized that met its
asking price.
However, Tribune Business
understands that this year sev-
SEE-page 2B

Tribune Business Editor
AN investor has obtained a
Supreme Court injunction to.
prevent the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay Resort's marina
from being closed, a develop-
ment he described as "a turning
point" that gives him "breathing
space" to figure out his next
legal move.
Tanya Wright, the attorney
acting for American investor
John Beasley and his Chapter lI
International Bahamas compa-
ny, obtained the injunction
against EBR Resort Marina
(the holding company for the
marina, which trades as The
Yacht Club at Emerald Bay),
during, a hearing before Justice
Anita Allen on Friday, Decem-
ber 5.

* Investor alleges
contract breach by
Emerald Bay marina;
voices deposit
* Says action a
'turning point'

Apart from preventing the
marina's closure, as planned by
Emerald Bay's receivers, the
order prevents EBR Resort
Marina and its employees from
"terminating or modifying" the
membership plan rules and reg-
ulations that Mr Beasley and
others signed up to when they
acquired a dock slip in the

SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
A BUSINESS executive has told Tribune Business that diffi-
culties experienced in clearing shipments with the Customs Depart-
ment typically reduce his company's import volumes by 30 per
cent per annum. costing his firm and the Treasury much-needed rev-
enue while depriving consumers of choice.
Christopher Lowe, operations manager at Kelly's (Freeport), told
Tribune Business that bureaucratic delays in clearing shipments.of
imported goods, often as a result of arbitrary Customs policies
diat ran contrary to the Haw ksbill Creek Agreement, not only
impacted sales but store inventory, availabity, too.
"This ongoing arbitrary abuse of authority restricts our legitimate
business volume by at least 30 per cent per annum, and therefore
also the Treasury's revenue likewise, but this is not apparently
understood by the political authorities." Mr Lowe told Tribune
Alleging that apart from the Hawksbifl Creek Agreement and the,
rulings that upheld it. the Customs Department also appeared to go
against its own Customs Management Act, Mr Lowe said his corm-
pyinv .%as canently e'mbrnted inT"lMr&"on'going issues" k ith-ibe
Declining to specify what the% SEE page 5B

Gibson, Paton set to co-

chair pension forum

Tribune Business Editor
FINANCIAL analyst Larry
Gibson and attorney Michael
Paton have been asked by the
Government to serve as co-
chairs of the committee it will
appoint to develop recommen-
dations on pension legislation
and long-term savings in the
Bahamas, Tribune Business can
Apart from Mr Gibson, who
is vice-president pensions for
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), and Mr Paton, a
partner and head of the finan-
cial service group at the Lennox
Paton law firm, the committee
also includes financial analysts,
a banker, accountant, and
employer and worker repre-

Minister acknowledges
absence of pensions,
long-term savings has
denied capital pool
to assist Bahamian

They are Kenwood Kerr,
chief executive of Providence
Advisors; Anthony Ferguson,
CFAL's president; Sharon
Brown, First Caribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas) man-
aging director; Kendrick
Christie, accountant and part-
ner in Grant Thornton
(Bahamas); John Pinder, head
of the National Congress of
Trade Unions and the Bahamas
Public Services Union (BPSU);
and a representative from the
Bahamas Employers Confeder-
ation (BECon).
Zhivargo Laing, .minister of
state for finance, confirmed the
names of those appointed when
contacted by Tribune Business,
and said an official announce-
ment might be made by the
Government as early as today.
Mr Laing told this newspa-
per it was vital to develop pri-
vate pensions and other forms
of long-term savings in the
Bahamas, acknowledging that
the absence of such a capital
pool had possibly limited
Bahamian ownership in their
own economy.
When questioned by Tribune
Business about whether the
absence of a large long-term
savings pool had deprived
Bahamian entrepreneurs of
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The Bahamian Stock Market
FINDEX 855.25 (-10.16%) YTD

* By RoyalFidelity Capital
LAST week, Bahamian
investors traded in nine out of
the 25, listed securities, of which
three declined and six remained

A total of 71,123 shares
changed hands, representing a
significant decline of 174,446
shares versus last week's trading

volume of 245,569 shares.
There were no advancers in
the market last week. Com-
monwealth Bank (CBL) led the
volume with 52,963 shares trad-
ing, its stock ending the week
unchanged at $7.19.
The big decline of the week
was FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (CIB), whose stock
decreased by $0.10 to $11.40 on
a volume of 2,000 shares. Doc-
tors Hospital Health Systems
(DHS) saw 4,000 shares trade,
its price falling by $0.09 to close
at $2.55. Cable Bahamas (CAB)
traded 2,000 shares, its stock
falling by $0.04 to $14.
Some 7,000 Focol Class 'B'
Perpetual Preference shares
traded at the par value price of
Investors traded $20,000 (par
value) Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
Series C Notes (FBB13) due
2013, and $20,000 (par value)
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Series
D Notes (FBB15) due 2015.

Earnings Releases
FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
released its audited consolidat-
ed financial statements for the
year ended July 31, 2008. Total
assets and liabilities stood at
$137 million and $57.2 million
respectively, compared to $130
million and $73.6 million at
year-end 2007.
FCL reported net income
available to common share-
holders of $11.6 million, com-
pared to $11.7 million in 2007, a
decrease of $43,000 or 0.4 per
Sales and revenues increased
by $99 million or 35.8 per cent
to $378.9 million, compared to
$278.9 million the year before.
FCL reported gross profit of
$42.6 million, an increase of $2.5
million or 6.2 per cent over the
prior year, while general and
administrative expenses of $25.5
million increased by $2 million
or 8.5 per cent.
Earnings per share remained
unchanged at $0.34.

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Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN) has declared a
dividend of $0.13 per share, payable on December 18, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date December 11, 2008.
Commonwealth Bank" (CBL) has declared a dividend of
$0.05 per share, payable on December 31, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date December 12, 2008.

Consolidated Water Company (CWCB) has declared a div-
idend of $0.013 per share, payable on February 7, 2009, to all
shareholders of record date January 1, 2009.

FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced it will be extending the
deadline of its private placement offering. The preferred shares
will be paying a dividend rate of prime + 1.75 per cent, payable

Abaco Markets closes on

Cost Right store sale


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FROM page 1B

eral unsolicited approaches
-were made to Abaco Markets
about the store's availability,
and one offer proved too good
to resist. After all, in business
everything has its price.
Among the suitors is ,under-
stood to have been Super Vahre-
president Rupert Roberts, and
his Abaco business pArtner

The American Embassy is presently considering
following position:


Chad Sawyer, as a purchase of
Cost Right Abaco would have
given them a near-monopoly
over Abaco's food distribution
and retail. However, it is under-
stood that their offer is not the
one that was accepted and
appears likely to clinch the deal.
Tribune Business revealed
that there was renewed buyer
interest in Cost Right Abaco in
an article on Abaco Markets on
October 3, 2008.

applications for the

Serves as Collection Clerk with responsibility for collecting Consular
fees in accordance with specific guidelines.

Receives logs of,all incoming visa applications from courier service
agents and maintains a spreadsheet log of same.

Examines Non-Immigrant Visa applicants for basic requirements to
ensure completeness.

Serves as back-up NIV Clerk. Prints Machine Readable Visas (MRV)
approved by the Consular Office.

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

- Completion of Secondary School is required.
- MS Office Computer Applications required
- One year of experience in performing basic clerical and cashiering


- Must be able to operate an electronic cash register.
- Must possess good interpersonal skills.
- Must have the ability to deal with the general public.


The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation
package including performance-based incentives, medical and dental
insurance, life insurance, pension and opportunities for training and

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are eligible
for employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.

Application forms are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday
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A 'defining moment' for Bahamas tourism

Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation's (BHA) president has
urged industry partners to work


executive passes

Series 7 exam
A Securities Commission
executive has passed the
Series 7 exam after training
with the Nassau-based Nas-
tac Group (STI).
Kadesha Hanna, a senior
officer in the Securities
Commission's market sur-
veillance department, can
now apply for registration
as a broker with the regula-
tor, having passed the exam
administered by the New
York Stock Exchange
(NYSE) and the US Nation-
al Association of Securities
She is pictured above with
Reece Chipman, the Nastac
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Nastac stands for National
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as never before, saying that the
current global economic crisis
can serve as a defining moment
for the Bahamas and its tourism
Russell Miller, in his farewell
address to the BHA's holiday
luncheon, said: "Yes, short-term
we are taking a huge unprece-
dented hit, we are in uncharted
waters. And the impact will be
far greater and longer than 9/11,
our most recent downturn.
"Certainly, we want to see
short-term gains, and we want
to see growth and development,
and we want to realise sustained
profits. But our long-term suc-
cess can only come when we
think and act like 'we don't
build something like this with
the short term in mind'." That,
Mr Miller said, was a. quote
from Kerzner International
chairman Sol Kerzner on the
opening of the Atlantis Palm
Resort in Dubai.
Mr Miller added that the
global economic crisis can serve
as a defining moment for the
Bahamas and the tourism indus-
"We can draw upon our
strengths an enviable record
of public-private sector collab-
oration, active vehicles in BHA;
our promotion boards and the
Ministry of Tourism, which
have the capacity to drive our
industry to another level; the
world's best beaches and water
right next door to the world's
economic powerhouse; incredi-
ble people and diversity in our
product; and a destination cache
which still resonates in the mar-
ketplace," he said.

Mr Miller added that the
industry has yet to collectively
capture the passionate resolve
necessary to pull itself up and
realise its fullest potential- as
an industry and as a nation.
He will be handing the BHA
presidency reins over to his suc-
cessor, hotel industry veteran
Robert Sands, who admitted
that given the challenges facing
the industry, he accepted the
position "under much pres-
sure". However, he also agreed
that with the challenges came
tremendous opportunity to
work towards making it truly
better in the Bahamas.
Enrique De Marchena, pres-
ident, of the Caribbean Hotel
and Tourism Association, told
the BHA luncheon that. as a
result of airlift increases, the
region was already underper-
forming as a tourist destination
and, before the crisis, was only
growing at an average of 2 per
cent annually.
"In many countries in the
Caribbean, many properties
have a real estate component
and construction element to
them, and have seen these pro-
jects abandoned or suspended
in light of the crisis," he said,
These have had an immediate
effect on industry employment,
with several thousand laid off
in the Dominican Republic and
about 1,000 in the Bahamas.
Advance bookings for the win-
ter were dowp and the booking
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Mr De Marchena said multi-
generational travel was up and
the European market stable
compared to last year, but there
was no guarantee it will stay this
Calling for the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation (CTO)
to work with governments to
discontinue fees for UK trav-
ellers to Caribbean, he added:
"I urge a common effort to
immediately engage Caribbean
governments to reverse this
"What we can expect going

forward are more rooms avail-
able, and more people travel-
ing for less than the seven to
10-day vacation. And travellers
who want value for their mon-
"The bottom line would be
less revenue and less flow
through tax revenue to our
countries, which will carry eco-
nomic and social distress. These
should bring us to the conclu-
sion that we need to facilitate
travel. Other regions are remov-
ing barriers to travel and the
Caribbean is going in the other

direction," Mr De Marchena
saying he had to pay an extra
$100 fee to travel here.
"We need to shorten the gap
between CARICOM decision
making and implementation.
Everything is subject to change
and hopefully the crisis will pass
sooner than later".
Bahamian tourism minister
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
encouraged the industry to,
focus on, skill building, and
thanked employers for the cre-
ative measures they initiated to
retain employees.



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lost their jobs as a result of the current financial crisis.
2. To provide career planning and development skills.
3. To provide educational information on coping skills and guidelines for
seeking re-employment.

1. Free psychological and career counseling on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Counselling and Health Services Department
of The College of The Bahamas, 3rd floor Portia Smith Student Services
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Injunction obtained to stop marina close

FROM page 1B

resort's marina.
EBR Resort Marina is also
prevented from selling, leasing
or disposing of the marina club
facilities; modifying or termi-
nating membership classes;
recalling membership; convert-
ing the club into a members'
only facility; and from discon-
tinuing operations of "any or
all of the club facilities".
The injunction was obtained
on an ex-parte basis, meaning
only one side was present, and
attorneys for EBR Resort Mari-
na will be able to apply to the
Supreme Court to discharge or
vary the order.
Confirming this latest devel-
opment to Tribune Business,
Mrs Wright said: "The injunc-
tion is already on the record

and filed."
Meanwhile, Mr Beasley,
speaking to this newspaper after
the injunction had been grant-
ed, said: "It gives us some
breathing space to figure out
our next step, and take what-
ever legal action is needed to
get this thing [the marina clo-
sure] stopped.
"It's.a turning point the first
positive news that landowners
have had for some time. It gives
me faith that the court system
realizes we have an issue, and
hopefully it will send a message
to Exuma and the developers
that Nassau is not going to let
this resort go down the tubes.
Hopefully, we'll get a new own-
er in there to get on with the
Adding that he would be in
Exuma over the weekend gone,

Mr Beasley described the
injunction as a first step, as
there were "a number of issues
that need to be resolved and
have to be in place" if the mari-
na stayed open.'
Foremost among them was
whether power and other utili-
ties would still be provided to
the marina; whether the 12-20
marina staff who had been laid-
off would be around to work;
and whether insurance cover-
age would still be in effect.
Meanwhile, Mr Beasley indi-
cated he was considering legal
action against Emerald Bay's
receivers, PricewaterhouseC-
oopers (PwC), and the resort's
main creditor, Japanese insurer
Mitsui, over the property's
alleged failure to fulfil its com-
mitments to investors who
acquired lots and home sites at

Fidelity Bank (Balinmlas) L.iimitcd
(Incorporated under Ilhe liws of tlle ( ominIIIoiinmiiaI illof The IahlliiiMnil
. Consolidated Bllalince Sheet (Ulnnalditedl)
As of 31t September 2008
(Amounts expressed in lBahaimian dollars)

Cash on hand and al banks
Investment securities
Mortgages, consumer and other loans
Property,'plant and equipment
Prepayments and other assets


Customer deposits
loan from bank
Debt securities
Accrued expenses and other liabilities


Share capital
Revaluation surplus
Retained earnings



30 Septembelir

l .0(27,.20)
19 .438.220)








31 December

1 1.301.408






Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Income Statement (Ilnaudited)
For the Nine Months Ended 30 September 2008
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)

9 Months Endled
30 September 301 Septembnier
2008 2007
$ S

Interest income
Interest expense


Net interest income
Non-interest income
Total income

Salaries and staff benefits
General and administrative
Provision for loan losses
Depreciation and amortisation

Total expenses


Attributable to:
Equity holderF of the bank
Net income


















Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Changecsin Equity (I nnadited)
For the Nine Months Ended 30 Sepleinbcr 2(l(0
(Amounts expressed in Bahamian dollars)


As of I January 2007
Depreciation transfer
Net income
Dividends on ordinary

As of 31 December 2007

As of I January 2008
Depreciation transfer
Net income
Dividends on ordinary
As of 30 September 2008


, I-'0iiinl
l'. $ni('

20,000,001 2.621,619 9,860.996 32.482.616


1.466.780 1.466.786

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20,000,01 2,572037 10,230,691 32,802,729

20,000,001 2,572,037 10.230.691



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831,846 831,846

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the development.
"There are so many ameni-
ties in that resort that every
landowner was told would be
built by 2005, which have yet to
be built. There are so many
warranties they have yet to ful-
fil. We've been waiting for three
years," Mr Beasley told Tribune
Business, saying these facilities
included a yacht club and beach
club. He added that some four
homeowners were still waiting
for utilities, including electricity,
to be put in place. I
If nothing else, the injunction
. and legal action will focus the
attention of both the Govern-
ment and the receivers/Mitsui
on the Emerald Bay situation,
and the plight of marina slip
owners and real estate investors
in the project.
In many respects, the inter-
ests and agendas of the
receivers/Mitsui and the slip
owners are at odds. The former
wants to save money being lost
in subsidizing the marina's oper-
ations by closing it, and selling
the resort for the maximum
price possible, while the latter
want to enjoy what they have
paid for and exercise their
But in seeking-to minimize
losses and exit as rapidly as pos-
sible, the receivers and Mitsui,
both of whom are London-
based, may be unaware of the
reputational damage the marina
closure could inflict on the
Bahamas and itstourism indus-
try, and on investor confidence
in this nation as a safe haven
for investment.
In his statement of claim, Mr
Beasley is alleging that EBR
Marina Ltd effectively
"breached the contract" the two

sides entered into when he
obtained slip membership and
"an exclusive licence to a 50-
foot slip" on October 7, 2006,
after paying a $90,000 deposit.
As part of the slip member-
ship agreement, Mr Beasley
alleged that EBR Marina Ltd
agreed to operate the marina
facilities for 30 years. Any
changes to the membership plan
rules, marina operations or any
move to sell or lease the marina,
he claimed, required EBR
Marina Ltd to "give reasonable
notice" to himself and other
There was also an "express
term" that if any of these events
happened, Mr Beasley and oth-
er members would be entitled
to a refund of their member-
ship deposit within. 30 days. Yet
he alleged that EBR Marina
Ltd only gave him two days'
notice of its plan to close the
marina, "in breach of the said
slip membership agreement",
via a letter on December 3,
This gave him and other slip
holders only four days to move
their boats from the marina, and
while there were concerns over
deposit refunds, Mr Beasley
alleged that marina staff were
already "assembling large buoys
with a view to blocking the
entrance to the marina".
In his supporting affidavit,
filed with the Supreme Court,
Mr Beasley expressed fears that
the marina closure was "the first
step in this downward spiral"
that could lead to the closure
of the Four Seasons resort itself,
with about 600 jobs placed in
He alleged: "Since the incep-
tion of Emerald Bay, 64 resi-

dential lots have been sold, 18
Four Seasons residences have
been sold, over-50 marina slips
have been sold, and numerous
yacht and social club member-
ships have been sold.
"Without swift action to
change the defendant's present
course, Emerald Bay will quick-
ly become a cautionary tale
against anyone buying property
in Bahamian resort, develop-
ments or investing capital in
new developments. 'In the
midst of this extremely difficult
economic time this would have
a devastating effect on the prop-
erty owners at Emerald Bay
and the ability of Bahamian
projects to attract foreign direct
"It would also result in com-
plete closure of the property,
the direct loss of over 600 jobs
between Four Seasons, the golf
course, marina, and Grand Isle
with, of course, many more jobs
lost island-wide from the lack
of tourists coming to Exuma."
As for the marina itself, Mr
Beasley alleged: "The closure
will have a devastating effect
on the ongoing operation of
Emerald Bay, violate the rights
of existing slip owners and
severely diminish the property
values for owners of the resi-
dential lots at Marina Beach
and Ocean Ridge, and the own-
ers of other development tracts
at Emerald Bay.
"The defendants and have
failed....... to fulfill their oblig-
ations of Master Developer for
the development of the Emer-
ald Bay Resort, with no regard
for the impact of their actions
on the economy of Exuma and
the international reputation of
the Bahamas."

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The Bahamas Co-
operative League
Limited and its affili-
ated Credit Unions
empathize with its
members that are
struggling in these
difficult economic
times. We hold dear
our core value of
"people helping
people to help them-
As our members
are the owners of our
Credit Unions, our
products and services

President RBCLLT

are designed to serve, them.


It is therefore expected that
Credit Union members that are
experiencing difficulty in meeting
their commitments to their Credit
Onion would come in and meet
with their Credit Union on the
matter. Each member will receive
personalized service and appropri-
ate plans will be suggested to get
through the cu tt economic
Members of Credit Unions
that were previously in arrears
ano have never sat with their
Credit Union to seek a solution to
the problem of their delinquent
loan may not benefit from Credit

Union arrangements
put in place to lessen
the burden of the
current economic
Credit Unions are
also hosting seminars
dealing with budget-
ing and saving tips.
These seminars are
open to members and
non-members and
will be advertised.
It has been a long-
standing practice in
credit unions to

encourage regular sav-
ings even while a member is making
loan payments..
This practice in addition to
other co-operative practices and
principles have placed credit
unions worldwide in a better posi-
tion to weather the current eco-
nomic crisis than many other
financial institutions.
All credit unions in The Baha-
mas adhere to the Worldwide Co-
operative Principles as detailed by
the World Council of Credit
Unions and are regulated by The
Bahamas Government Department
of Co-operative Development in
accordance with the Co-operative
Societies Act 2005.
Credit Unions in The Baha-
mas are all affiliated with The
Bahamas Co-operative League
Limited, the apex body for all co-
operatives in The Bahamas.


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Hotel concern over private plane market

Tribune Business

THE Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation (BHA) has continued
to raise concerns about US pre-
clearance requirements for pri-
vate planes a lucrative tourism
market and whether pilots of
these crafts will have to submit
passenger manifests in advance
before flying from the Bahamas.
will continue to be available in
the Family Islands.
"Specifically, BHA has asked
the Government if pre-clear-
ance facilities are intended to
be a requirement or would pri-
vate aircraft from the Family
Islands continue to have the
option to fly directly from a
Family Island to any airport,
with clearance in the United

FROM page 1B
were, he told Tribune Business
that Kelly's (Freeport) was
starting to feel "persecuted" by
the Customs Department, and
added: "We seem to have been
experiencing a lot of problems
with Customs over the last year
to two years.
"We order a shipment on a
timely basis, but they hang it up
or interfere with a particular
shipment, raising various issues
about it. The interference from
Customs is mind-blowing."
Mr Lowe said the delays in
clearing imported shipments,
and the associated bureaucra-
cy, cost Kelly's (Freeport) time
and money. "It hurts revenues,
it hurts employees, it hurts the
Treasury and it's counterpro-
ductive," he explained.
"It's entirely counterproduc-
tive. We're forced to depend on
a public service that we cannot
depend upon for efficient, time-
ly processing of imports. It's
hurting the Public Treasury, it's
hurting the business houses, and
it's hurting the consumer in
terms of product availability."
And Mr Lowe added: "From
day-to-day, you just have no
clue where you stand with them
[Customs]. There's no consis-
tency, and no business can plan
for long-term stability and suc-
cess in that environment."
Tension between the Cus-
toms Department and Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) licensees have often
reared its head over the past
few years, often centering on
the widely-practised use of
over-the-counter bonded goods

States," the Association said in
its annual report.
The situation, the BHA said,
had raised concerns about
whether it was the long-term
intention of the US to phase-
out or eliminate the ability of
private planes leaving the Fam-
ily Islands to clear US Customs
and Immigration directly upon
arrival in Florida.
The issue had arisen out of
US Department of Homeland
Security proposals that would
require all private planes flying
from the Family Islands to the
US to submit a detailed pas-
senger manifest before depar-
Given the remoteness of
some Family Islands and the
quality of communications, it
was felt this would be an oner-
ous requirement that, in some
cases, might be impossible to

sales, which are duty-free if
goods are bought by companies
for use in their own business.
At the core of these tensions
is thought to be the Customs
Department's concern that the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
in trying to achieve the dream
of Freeport,. gave up too much
in terms of tax revenues earned
from import duties, and it is
now trying to protect what it
Still, every time the Customs
Department has been chal-
lenged over the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement on a matter
related to bonded goods, the
Supreme Court has ruled
against it.
Meanwhile, Mr Lowe, a past
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce president, told Tri-
bune Business that apart from
the economic slowdown, the
2008-2009 Budget tax rises were
also responsible for the slow-
down being experienced in gov-
ernment revenue.
Pointing to the fact that
increases in the marginal rate
of tax do not always lead to
increased government revenues,
Mr Lowe said the import duty
rises contained in the Budget
had merely increased the incen-
tive for some to engage in tax
evasion and defrauding the
Treasury. '
'If you got away with
defrauding the Government of
30 per cent in the past, and now
you can get away with 40 per
cent, there's a bigger win now.
If people are willing to defraud
the Treasury, the stakes just got
bigger," Mr Lowe added.

meet. The situation, and result-
ing bureaucracy, was seen as
potentially impacting the pri-
vate aviation market, which
delivers many high spending
tourists to the Bahamas.


Meanwhile, the BHA annual
report said it had responded to
growing concerns about the
inspection process for securing a
hotel license, and convened a
series of meetings with licensing
officials in Grand Bahama and
New Providence.
There were specific concerns
about lack of clarity, enforce-
ment inconsistencies and rigid-
ity regarding baseline require-
ments necessary to secure vari-
ous inspection certificates from
the Ministry of Public Works,
the Department of Environ-

Responding to recent allega-
tions about Customs Depart-
ment corruption, Mr Lowe told
Tribune Business; "I think what
we must understand about cor-
ruption is that it is not just a
customs officer cutting a deal
with a company or individual
to avoid paying duty on imports,
or the person or company initi-
ating the 'deal' with a customs
officer. Also, we must acknowl-
edge that not all are corrupt....
"I am in disagreement with
the Current Acting Comptrol-
ler, in that he asserts that if peo-
ple wouldn't offer bribes to his
officers, there would be no cor-
ruption. We must understand
the difference between an indi-
vidual or company with the
onus to observe and obey the
law, and a public officer with
the onus to enforce the law.
Even the penalties are differ-
ent, but obviously of no conse-
quence to either party if not
"Also, there is no reward in
our society for honesty in pric-
tice by obeying the law, but
much reward for fraud, and this
extends well beyond Bahamas

mental Health, the Fire Depart-
ment and Hotel Licensing.
The BHA also worked close-
ly with immigration officials to
ensure that its members took
all the necessary steps to avoid
one of the biggest causes of
delays in the application for
work permits incomplete
applications or steps not being
fully followed by employers
The BHA also addressed
marina tax concerns, and there
was a consensus to form an
organisation to enhance the
economic competitiveness of
marina operators and achieve
more growth for this sector,-
while safeguarding the envi-
ronment on which the sector
depends. Draft articles of incor-
poration and a business plan are

nearing completion.
The BHA also reported that
it engaged in seven different
tourism-related services sub-sec-
tor meetings with the Ministry
of Finance to better understand
the implications of the pending
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) agreement with
the European Union (EU).
It believes the agreement pre-
sents opportunities for the
Bahamian tourism industry to
source EU-origin products with-
out the current high customs
duties associated with such pur-
The BHA said it expected the
hotel sector will remain liber-
alised and open to trade (with
the existing investment
approvals criteria applicable to

investors- Bahamian and EU
based remaining in place).
"Some investment restrictions
will apply to hotels with less
than 10 rooms. BHA called for
the protection of those services
sectors under the 'Bahamian-
sation policy'.
"Retail, wholesale attractions
and excursions, tour guides,
fishing guides, publishing,
ground'transportation are all
expected to be reserved for
Bahamians. It is anticipated that
restaurants will remain protect-
ed except for speciality gourmet
and ethnic restaurants, and
restaurants located in hotels,
resort complexes or tourism
attractions. It is expected that
marina and spa services will be
liberalized," the BHA said.



Chi Fu Distributors LLC

Pursuant to the Provision of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice is
hereby.given that the above-named Company has been
dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant to a
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General
on the 14th day of November, 2008.

Lynden Maycock
Chi Fu Distributors LLC

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), WELLS WAY LIMITED is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 20th day of
October, 2008.

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Akara Building
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If you've lost your job as a result of the
economic slowdown, or you have been
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about avenues for personal and professional development and academic
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Bahamas yacht

registry target

The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers ("BACO")
BACO is proud to present its
Half Day Form and Christmas Luncheon
On the topic:

"Emerging Threats for the Bahamas and
other Caribbean Jurisdictions"

Half Day Forum
10:00 am to 12:00 noon


Robert Mathavious
Commissioner of British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Financial Services Commission

Rowena Bethel
Legal Advisors of Ministry of Finance and Member of
Compliance Commission

Chri tmas Luncheon
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm


Ian Fair
Vice Chairman of Butteffield Bank and former AIBT

James Smith
Member of the Board of Directors of Sentinel Bank and Trust
and former Governor of the Central Bank

Date: 16 December 2008
Venue: British Colonial Hilton

Cost: Members: $60.00 and Non-Members: $75.00

Register with: info@bacobahamas.com
Tel.: 242-323-0871 or 323-0872
Fax: 242-325-6574.

w.bacob aas.om

FROM page 1B

Here, by focusing on quality commercial and
cruise line shipping, the Bahamas has built its
ship registry into the world's third largest.
Dr Deveaux added that a Bahamian yacht reg-
istry would "especially complement the devel-
opment" of the proposed Bahamas Maritime
Institute, which would train Bahamians to fill the
void caused by a lack of captains, seafarers and
maritime' engineers throughout the global ship-
ping industry.
He pointed out that the Institute could train the
next generation of mega yacht captains and crews,
too, imagining the impact if just 50 per cent of
such crews were Bahamiais.
The Bahamas Maritime Institute had been pro-
posed by Algoship Design, which is affiliated
with Campbell Shipping, Tribune Business having
previously revealed that the company was dis-
cussing the initiative with both the Government
and the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA).
Now, Dr Deveaux told Tribune Business: "The
proponents met with the Grand Bahama Port
Authority last week, and they looked at loca-
tions for the Institute.
"They have had sufficient discussions with the
ship owners to satisfy themselves they could raise
the money. The College of the Bahamas, the
Ministry of Education have looked at the pro-
posed core curriculum and see no problem in
certifying it.
"Once the land issues are settled, they [Algo-
ship] will be making a formal application, which
we expect some time in the first quarter of 2009,
for the formal registration of the Institute."
Dr Deveaux added: "They actually looked at
the land. They have identified a couple of the
sites they are prepared to share, and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority is very interested. They
have plans to build a new cruise ship port, and
ideally the new maritime institute will be located
in the vicinity of that."
If it comes to fruition, apart from generating
extra listing fee revenues and the like for the
Public Treasury, a Bahamian yacht registry would
also deepen the links between this nation's mar-
itime sector and its two main industries tourism

Gibson, Paton set to co-

chair pension forum

FROM page 1B

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replied: "That is a very fair
:assumption to make."
He added: "Many times in'
this country we have spoken to
economic empowerment, but
having economic empowerment
and ownership can only come
about to the extent there are
Bahamians with investment
capital to participate. If the sav-
ings are not there, that devel-
opment aim will always bem dif-
ficult one to achieve.'
"National development
always anticipates that there will
be broad-based ownership, and
a level of ownership, by citizens
that really is consistent with
their own ambitions as a people.
No national development plan
could be without a desire to
have the maximum level of
domestic ownership in the econ-
"Promoting more and more
local ownership is desirable. I
think that any country would
be desirous of having .as many
citizens participate as possible in
the ownership of the economy.
It would be one of the funda-
mental ambitions any country
would have."
At the same time, Mr Laing
said he was not seeking to "play
off" or "trade off" foreign direct
investment against Bahamian
investment, adding that the for-
mer had played and would
continue to play a leading role
in this nation's economic devel-
opment. The key, he added, was
to strike the correct balance
between the two.
The minister said the govern-
ment-appointed committee
would examine the creation of
the correct regulatory environ-
ment for private pensions, given
that concerns have been
expressed in some quarters
about the segregation of pen-
sion plan and company assets;
the use of employee pension
assets as working capital by
some businesses; the expertise
of investment managers; and
the general level of oversight in
the industry.
Mr Laing said the committee
had been tasked with reporting
back to the Government "as
quickly as possible", but the
administration would discuss
with it what timeframe was
"doable" first.
Apart from boosting the
Bahamas' chronically low lev-
el of long-term savings, any
move to promote and regulate
private sector pension schemes
will also take some off the pres-
sure of the National Insurance
Board (NIB).
NIB is still used by many
retirees as their only source of
income, a role it was never

designed for, and even this is
'not enough to maintain living
standards and quality of life fdr
many elderly Bahamians.
The demands of an ageing
population, and the growth of
numbers in this segment when
compared to working Bahami-
ans, have been projected as wip-
ing out NIB's current $1.5 bil-
,lion reserve.fund by 2029, leav-
ing this nation's only social
security safety net effectively
With only one out of every
four Bahamian workers cur-
rently covered by a private sec-
tor pension plan, many com-
mentators have described the
problem as a 'social timebomb'
in the making.
Mr Laing confirmed: "We
know NIB is a~n inadequate
source of retirement funds, and
the extent to which we have pri-
vate pensions to augment that
will help people enjoy a higher
quality of life in retirement."
On the importance of the
committee's work, Mr Laing
added: "I think that anyone
looking at the long-term growth
and development of the
Bahamas has to regard savings
and investments as a meaning-
ful part of any strategy to pro-
duce that.
"Pensions, as a means of
more savings, are an excellent
thing in and of themselves, but
the environment has to be prop-
erly regulated to promote pen-
sion savings."
Describing the development
of a savings and pensions cul-
ture in the Bahamas as "criti-
cal", Mr Laing said: "If you look
at other places around the
world, where their savings level
is higher, a lot of times those
savings have been promoted
through properly regulated pen-
sion industries, particularly in
the private sector.
"It's very important to go that
route from the point of eco-
nomic activity and important to
augment the existing social
security net we have."
The committee's appoint-
ment indicates that financial
industry calls for a greater focus
on pensions and other forms of
long-term savings have finally
been heeded by the Govern-
To date, given the absence of
a Bahamian savings culture and
the existing low levels of pri-
vate sector pension participa-
tion, financial analysts have sug-
gested the Government make
it mandatory for all companies
to set-up a portable pension
scheme for their employees that
would move with them when
they transferred jobs.

and financial services.
The boaters and 'yachties' who visit the
Bahamas every year, many of them being repeat
visitors, are among this nation's wealthiest tourists
and biggest spenders. The activities undertaken by
themselves, their families and crew help to under-
pin a significant segment of the tourism industry,
especially in the Family Islands.
These high net-worth individuals are also the
key target market for the Bahamian financial
services industry, and its private wealth manage-
ment focus. A Bahamian yacht registry would
provide a greater nexus to the Bahamas and
encourage these persons to do more here, and the
many financial institutions, law firms and accoun-
tants who provide yacht registration services
would keep the business here rather than send it
elsewhere, such as the Cayman Islands.
All told, the spin-offs from a Bahamian yacht
registry could translate into millions of dollars,
increased business and employment, besides the
hundreds of thousands the Treasury is likely to
earn per annum.
It would be able to leverage off the top-class
reputation enjoyed by the Bahamas Maritime
Authority and the shipping registry worldwide,
and mark a further attempt by this nation to
exploit the maritime industry's untapped poten-
Dr Deveaux said Grand Bahama had the infra-
structure and the facilities, such as the Freeport
Container Port, Grand Bahama Shipyard, Brad-
ford Marine and Freeport Harbour Company,
to position itself as a major player in a variety of
maritime-related industries.
Taking the Ginn sur mer project in Grand
Bahama's West End as an example of the mar-
itime industry's huge potential, Dr Deveaux said
the developers eventually aimed to have a fleet of
50 ferry boats to take tourists throughout the
development's lakes and canals.
Two ferries were operating already, and Dr
Deveaux added: "Each ferry will need a captain
and two crew members to take care of the
tourists. That's 200 seafarers jfst to assist the
Ginn development.
"It's a huge opportunity to take advantage of
the single biggest natural resource of the
Bahamas, which is its marine environment."

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Obama: Economy Will recession mean a toned-down inauguration?

to get worse

before it


President-elect Barack Obama
says the economy is going to get
worse before it gets better.
There are about six weeks
before his inauguration and
Obama says his top priority is to
have an economic recovery plan
that is equal to the task ahead.
Obama also wants to make
sure the domestic auto indus-
try doesn't disappear. But he
says that if taxpayer money is at
stake in a rescue plan, there
must be some guarantee of a
viable industry that emerges.
Congress and the Bush
administration are working on
legislation to give the Big 3
automakers roughly $15 billion
in loans. Legislation could pass
as early as this week.
Obama made the comments
in an interview with NBC's
"Meet the Press."

Associated Press Writer
Unemployment is on the rise.
The stock market is in the tank.
Is this any time for a party?
For the sake of the masses
expected for President-elect
Barack Obama's inauguration,
let's hope so. While Obama
must be sensitive to the nation's
time of war and recession, there
still is reason to expect a rol-
licking time.
"We're mindful of the fact
that people in this country are
hurting, that they're going
through hard times," said Linda
Douglass, spokeswoman for the
Presidential Inaugural Commit-
tee. "On the other hand, we see
this not just as a celebration of
an election, but as a time for
people to come together and
celebrate their common values
and shared aspirations and
The committee has disclosed
few details of the celebration,
but it surely won't come cheap.
President George W. Bush
raised $42 million to help
finance his second inauguration.

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Ministry of The Environment
Department of Environmental Health Services

UnAuthorized Parking on Public Parks,
Verges And Median Strips

The General public is hereby notified that motor
vehicles are not to be parked on public parks, verges
and median strips.

Vehicles found parked in the mentioned areas will
be removed at the owner's expense.

The-corporation of the general public is appreciated.

Department of Environmental

Health Services

Millions more were spent by thde
government on security.
Though costly, an inaugura-
tion helps set the tone for a pres-
idency, said Gil Troy, a visiting
scholar at the Bipartisan Policy
Center who has written exten-
sively on presidents and first
The president should not be
seen noshing on caviar, but nei-
ther should he dispense with
glamour entirely, Troy said.
Americans want their leader to
be a man of the people and a
celebrity superstar, both.
"Americans. are people who
love to indulge, and deep in our
hearts want our leaders to be
like the king and queen of Eng-
land but not too much," he
President Ronald Reagan fit
the bill best when he set a new
standard of opulence for his
1981 inauguration, Troy said.
Nancy Reagan wore a $10,000)
gown to the three-hour gala with
Frank Sinatra.
"Reagan had the ability -
and maybe the Obamas will -
to somehow make spending
look patriotic," Troy said.
As a Democrat, it may be eas-

ier for Obama to avoid accusa-
tions of overspending; if any-
thing, his party has a reputation
for dowdiness.
And while a more down-to-
earth vibe may seem a wise
choice in these troubled times,
that can pose its own problems.
President Andrew Jackson rode
to Washington as the champi-
on of the common man, and
opened the White House to his
supporters for his inauguration.
They thanked him by trashing
the place.
For the-fiost part, inaugura-
tions have grown more elabo-
rate over the years. Elegant balls
were added in 1809, and parades
in 1873, historian Paul F. Boiler
Jr. wrote in White House His-
tory, the journal of the White
House Historical Association.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
final swearing in was subdued
during World War II, but the
tone of the party has for the
most part been little affected by
global events. In fact, there were
no official inaugural balls in the
roaring '20s, but there was a ball
in 1933 during the height of the
Great Depression, said Jim Ben-
dat, author of "Democracy's Big

Legal Notice

\ (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. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,





The Public is advised that the Ministry of th
Environment, through the Department of Physic
Planning working in conjunction with the ownf
of the Cascadilla Property, have arrived ea
decision to coordinate efforts along \th
representatives from the other relent
government agencies to restore this historicite,
located at East Street North and Millers court.

Currently, appropriate assessments arpoeing
undertaken with regards to the structurof the
building, the decades old palms and th[xisting
general foliage of the landscape.

New plans would be submitted to tl relevant
government agencies inclusive of thentiquities,
Monument and Museum Corporaon for due
process and consideration for appival as may
be necessary.

Permanent SecretVY
Ministry of the Enviroment




The Ministry of the&nvironment advises all
roadside vendors wii dilapidated unkempt and
or abandoned stalland lunch vans, that these
and/or similar struures will be removed from
public open spaceY the Department of Physical
Planning or Envonmental Health Services.
Persons who arengaged in roadside vending
should maintaithe sites in a clean condition.
Further, they encouraged to maintain their
stalls and othestructures in a state of good repair
as those foud in an unsatisfactory condition
would be stJect to demolition and disposal.

Permanent Secretary
pnistry of the Environment

Day: The Inauguration of our
President 1789-2009."
"I guess the feeling there was
'Happy days are here again, the
only thing we have to fear is fear
itself, so let's have a party,'" he
said. Bush's second inaugura-
tion was more costly than his
first, though the country was
enduring two wars.
In years such as this, when a
new president is elected from a
different party, inaugurations
tend to be especially elaborate,
Bendat said.
Reagan's tone was a deliber-
ate shift from President Jimmy
Carter's cardigan sweaters and
lowered thermostats. For his
inaugural parade, Carter chose
not to ride in the presidential

limousine, but to walk with Ros-
alynn and their daughter, Amy.
Reagan instead got back in
the limo and harkened back to
another glitzy inauguration, that
of John F. Kennedy in 1961,
who also featured Sinatra and
other Hollywood stars..
"What subsequent presidents
learned from that was just the
power of celebrity," Troy said.
"If you did it right you could
really launch yourself and your
administration into the stratos-
Obama's Presidential Inau-
gural Committee aims to "make
it the most open and accessible
inauguration in history," Dou-
glass said. Just how lavish it will
be is hard to say.

Legal Notice

Crassier Valley Inc.
(In VoluntaryLiquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 20th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



Ministry of The Environment

The public is r-reby notified that the Ministry
of the Environnent will not as a general policy,
be issuing permits for the placement of any
signs or str.tures on round-abouts or other
traffic instrument in The Bahamas. Any
unauthorized signs and or structures erected
or display(E will be removed from these areas
and properly disposed of by the relevant
government agency.

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of the Environment



Of Finance

Employment Opportunity

Financial Intelligence Unit
This position provides an excellent opportunity for an individual
seeking a meaningful employment with the Financial Intelligence
The successful candidate would be the Chief Executive Officer
of the Financial Intelligence Unit.
QUALIFICATIONS: 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


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 FIU 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 FlU 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.

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

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



Ministry of The Environment
Department of
Environmental Health Services

Removal of Abandoned And Derelict

The Public is hereby notified that effective
immediately The Department of Environmental
Health Services will continue the removal of
abandoned and derelict vehicles from all
roadsides, verges, park and other public open
spaces within New Providences. Owners are
therefore advised to urgently remove and properly
secure any such vehicless.

The Ministry of The Environment requests the full
cooperation of the public in this exercise as
together we seek to improve the environs of New

Department of Environmental Health Services



Key senator calls for head of GM to step down


CHICAGO (AP) A sena-
tor who will help determine
whether the auto industry gets a
$15 billion bailout said Sunday
that the head of General
Motors should step down,
telegraphing what'could be a
congressional demand for a top-
line shake-up in Detroit in
exchange for financial life sup-
Rick Wagoner, the chief

Common Law and Equity Division

executive of GM, "has to move
on," said Christopher Dodd, D-
Conn., chairman of the Senate
Banking, Housing and Urban
Affairs Committee. He spoke
on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"I think you have got to con-
sider new leadership," Dodd
said. Asked if that should be a
condition of any bailout, he
added, "I think it is going to
have to be part of it."
"I think it's clear GM is in
the worst shape," Dodd said


or lot of land sittate inthe Settlement of Salt Pond
in the Island of Long Island one of the islands of
the said Commorwealth of The Bahamas which
said lot is bounded Northwardly by land now or
formerly the propty claimed by John Knowles
and running together thereon Three hundred
and Sixty Seven aid Five hundredths (367.05)
feet Southwardly b\ land now or formerly the
property of the said George Knowles and running
thereon One hundred nd Seventy Two and Fifty
Eight hundredths (172.58) feet Westwardly
partially by land nowbr formerly the property
of John Knowles and partiallyy by land now or
formerly the property running thereon Two hundred and Two and
Fifteen hundredths (202. 5) feet and Ea stwardly
by a thirty (30) feet wide road reservation and
running thereon Two hunfied and Sixty Seven
(267) feet which said pieceparcel or lot of land
has such position boundars shape marks and
dimensions as are on a plta filed herein and
thereon coloured Pink.
IN THE MATTER OF the Qieting Titles Act,

AND IN THE MATTER OF4he Petition of
Randolph Lawrence Knowles.


The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

Imperial Park subdivision m the Island of Nevprovidence, one of
the Islands in the Commonwealth of The Baharls in respect of:

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of lai situate
in the Settlement of Salt Pond in th Island
of Long Island one of the islands of ,e said
Commonwealth of The Bahamas whi\ said
lot is bounded Northwardly by land rwv or
formerly the property claimed by John Krwvles
and running together thereon Three hured
and Sixty Seven and Five hundredths (3 5)
feet Southwardly by land now or toriily
the property of the said George Knowles ad
running thereon One hundred and Sevey,
Two and Fifty Eight hundredths (172.58) At
Westwardly partially by land now or former
the property of John Knowles and partially b
land-now or formerly the property of Georgk
Knowles and running thereon Two hundred
and Two and Fifteen hundredths (202.15) feet(
and Eastwardly by a thirty (30) feet wide road'
... eserVatii'.anda-tudniri' thereon Two hundred "'
and Sixty Sevew( ,6 i7) :

Randolph Lawrence Knowles claims to be the owner of thee
simple estate in possession of the said piece parcel or tract of tnd
free from encumbrances.

And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme Court of >
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quietii
Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said piece parcel or trat
of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined
and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court i
accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or a
right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognised in the
Petition shall by the end of 30 days after the final publication in the
newspapers of this Notice on December 8, 2008 file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of
his cl nn the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
thierdwith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement
of Claim within the time prescribed will operate as a bar to such

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at the Registry of the
Supreme Court, and at the chambers of Messrs. Harry B. Sands,
Lobosky & Company situated at Fifty Shirley Street, Nassau,
Bahamas during normal business hours.

DATED the 15t day of October A. D., 2008

Fifty Shirley Street
Shirley House
Nassau, Bahama's

Attorneys for the Petitioner

before specifying the need for
Wagoner to step down.
In response, GM spokesman
Steve Harris said the company
appreciates Dodd's support for
the loans, but added, "GM
employees, dealers, suppliers
and the GM board of directors
feel strongly that Rick is the
right guy to lead GM through
this incredibly difficult and chal-
lenging time."
Last week, The Associated
Press asked Wagoner if he


Equity side .

would resign at the request of
Congress, to which he replied,
"It's not clear to me that expe-
rience in this industry should
be viewed as a negative, but I'm
going to do what's right for the
company and I'm going to do
it in consultation with the
GM's board recently has
been meeting three times a
week by telephone.
But the shots kept coming
Sunday. President-elect Barack

No. QUI/CLE/01353

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Richard A Knowles

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or Lot of land comprising
Four Hundred and Sixty Six and Twenty Three Hundredths (466.23) acres
and situate in Weymss, Long Island, in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
which said piece parcel or lot of land has such shapes dimension and position
as shown on a plan recorded in The Department of Lands and Surveys as
LI.931 and is thereon coloured PINK.


The Petition of Richard A. Knowles of the Eastern District of New
Providence one of the Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas in
respect of:

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being a portion of the original Crown
Grant to Peter Weymss (D-103) and also a portion of the original crown grant
to Alexander C. Wylly (D139) comprising an area of three hundred and fifty
four and fifty hundredths(354.50) acres and situate in Weymss, Long Island,
in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and bounded on the North by portion
of crown grant to Peter Weymss(D103) but now known as The Knowles Tract
and running thereon six thousand six hundred and eleven and ninety six
hundredths (6611.96) feet on the East by the Atlantic Ocean and running
thereon four thousand three hundred and thirty six and four hundredths
(4336.04)feet on the South by land now known as the Knowles Tract and
running thereon five thousand three hundred and sixty one and fifty hundredths
(5361.50) feet and partly by a strip of land reserved by the Knowles family
for a road access and running thereon seven hundred and seventy six hundredths
(776.60)feet on the West partly by a strip of land reserved by the Knowles
family for a road access and running thereon two thousand one hundred and
thirty five and thirty seven hundredths (2135.37)feet and partly by the Queen's
Highway and running thereon six hundred and two and six hundredths
(602.60)feet and also that portion being portion of original crown grant to
John Duncombe (D-116) and portion of original crown grant to Peter Weymss(D-
103)but now known as the Knowles Tract comprising an area of one hundred
and fourteen and ten hundredths (114.10) acres bounded on the North partly
by another portion of the crown grant to John Duncombe (D 116)and partly
by another portion of the crown grant to Peter Weymss(D-103) and running
jointly thereon four thousand six hundred and forty and forty seven hundredths
(4640.47) feet on the East partly by the Queen's Highway and running thereon
six hundred and seventeen and thirty two hundredths (617.32)feet and partly
by the property of Edward Knowles and running thereon four hundred and six
and seventeen hundredths (406.17) feet on the South partly by the property
of Edward Knowles and running thereon two hundred and forty nine and six
hundredths (249.86)feet and partly by original crown grant to Helen Mackinen
and running thereon five thousand four hundred and forty eight and sixty seven
hundredths (5448.67) feet and on the West by the Atlantic Ocean and running
thereon one thousand four hundred and ninety two and fifty six hundredths
(1492.56)feet which said piece parcel or lot of land has such shapes dimensions
as shown on a plan recorded in the Department of Land and Surveys as LI.931
and is thereon coloured PINK.

Richard A. Knowles the Petitioner herein claims to be the owner in fee
simple in possession of the said parcel of land and has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said land and the nature
and extent thereof determined and declared in a certificate to be granted by
the court in accordance with the provisions of that act.

A copy of the plan showing position boundaries shape and dimensions
of the said land may be inspected during normal office hours at the following

(1) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House, East Street North,
Nassau Bahamas
(2) The Chambers of Dorsey McPhee & Co. Smith's House, Shirley Park
Avenue & Shirley Street, Nassau Bahamas.
1) Office of Administrator Simms Long Island.

Notice is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower
or an adverse claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
28th day of January 2009 A.D. file at the Registry of the Supreme Court
i the city of Nassau aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or his Attorney
statement of the claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit
be filed therewith. Failure of any person to file and serve a statement
laim on or before 28th day of January 2009 A.D will operate as a
bo such claim.

Dated this 26th day of November 2008 A.D.

Attorneys for the Petitioner


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Obama accused auto executives
of a persistent "head-in-the
sand approach" to long-fester-
ing problems. In an appearance
on NBC's "Meet the Press,"
Obama said Congress was
doing "the exact right thing" in
drafting legislation that "holds
the auto industry's feet to the
fire" at the same time it tries to
prevent its demise.
The criticism of industry lead-
ers deepened as negotiators for
the White House and Congress
narrowed their differences over
a plan to extend roughly $15
billion in short-term loans to
any Detroit automaker that
needs them. Analysts say Gen-
eral Motors Corp. and Chrysler
LLC, in particular, are at risk
for running out of money in the
next few weeks, and that Ford
Motor Co. may need help if the
economy deteriorates further.
Democratic Sen. Carl Levin
of Michigan, whose state is
ground zero for the battered
industry, told "Fox News Sun-
day" he was confident an agree-
ment would emerge within the
next day.
Democratic leaders have said
they hope to pass the measure
this week. While Levin declined
to predict its approval, support
among rank-and-file lawmak-
ers presumably would improve
dramatically if both White
House and Obama were to sig-
nal their backing once the leg-
islation is complete.
"The last thing I want to wee
happen is for the auto industry
to disappear, but I'm also con-
cerned that we don't put $10
billion or $20 billion or $30 bil-
lion or whatever billion dollars
into an industry, and then, six
months to a year later, they
come back hat in hand and say,
'Give me more,'" Obama said.
Obama, who takes office Jan-'
uary 20, has drawn some criti-
cism from Democrats who want
him to become more involved
in efforts to save the industry.

The president-elect said his
aides are monitoring develop-
ments and considering longer-
term plans.
He expressed no support for
calls to allow the big carmak-
ers to enter bankruptcy and
said, "We don't want govern-
ment to run companies."
Instead, he said, "if taxpayer
money is at stake which it
appears may be the case we
want to make sure that it is con-
ditioned on an auto industry
emerging at the end of the
process that actually works, that
actually functions.
"Taxpayers, I think are fed
up. They're going through
extraordinarily difficult times
right now."
Obama did not single out any
individual executive by name
for criticism, and said there had
been incremental progress in
the past 15 years toward a more
competitive line of products.
"What we haven't seen is a
sense of urgency and the will-
ingness to make tough deci-
sions. And what we still see are
executive compensation pack-
ages for the auto industry that
are out of line compared to
their competitors, their Japan-
ese competitors, who are doing
a lot better," he said.
Asked whether the top exec-
utives should remain in the jobs,
he said: "Here's what I'll say,
that it may not be the same for
all the companies. But what I
think we have to put an end to
is the head-in-the-sand
approach to the auto industry
that has been prevalent for
decades now."
Later, at the news conference,
he appeared to temper his com-
ments, saying that current man-
agement should be ousted if it
doesn't understand the urgent
need to make changes in the
AP Auto Writer Tom Krish-
er in Detroit contributed to this

Price of gas in US hits lowest

point in nearly five years

CAMARILLO, California (AP) The average price of US
gasoline fell 22 cents a gallon during the past two weeks, bringing
it to its lowest level m nakrly five years, according to a national sur-
vey released Sunday.
The average price of regular gasoline Friday was $1.75 a gallon,
oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said. The price of mid-grade
was $1.90 a gallon and the price of premium was $2.02 a gallon.
The last time gas was cheaper was on March 2004, Lundberg said,
when the national average for regular was $1.74 a gallon. The all-
time high was on July 11, 2008, when the price peaked at $4.11 a gal-
Of cities surveyed, the nation's lowest price was $1.46 in
Cheyenne, Wyo. The highest was $2.54 in Anchorage, Alaska,
and the highest in the continental United States was $2.10 on New
York's Long Island.


Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF a piece parcel or lot of
land contained by measurements twenty one and one
hundred and sixty five hundredths (21.165) acres and
situate on the northeastern side of the Queen's
Highway in the vicinity of Palestine Baptist Church
in the settlement of Deadman's Cay in the Island of
Long Island, The Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Orlando M. Turnquest.


IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act 1959


The Petitioner in this matter claims to be the owner in fee
simple possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described
and the Petitioner has made an application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in the Certificate of Title granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Plan may be inspected during normal office
hours at:

(1) The Registry of the Supreme Court.
(1) The Administrators Office at Clarence Town, Long Island.
(1) The Chambers of the undersigned.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower
or right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall before the 30th day of April, A.D.,2008
from the publication of the notice inclusive of the day of such
publication file Notice in the Supreme Court in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence aforesaid and serve
.on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his or her
claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith. The failure of any such person to file and serve
a statement of his or her claim within the time fixed by the
Notice aforesaid shall operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this Ist day of December, A.D., 2008

No.58, Shirley Street,
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.

Attorneys for the Petitioner

This Notice was drawn up by PYFROM & CO, Chambers,
No.58, Shirley Street, New Providence, Bahamas.

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S Unusual discovery off

Bahamas casts doubt

on animal development

IN the summer of 2007 dur-
ing an expedition off the
S Bahamas, a team of scientists
made an unusual discovery. On
the seafloor more than 2,000
feet down, a remote sub-
mersible vehicle recorded video
* of what one of the researchers,
Mikhail V. Matz of the Univer-
* sity of Texas, described as a
"brainless, eyeless, colorless ball
completely covered in mud."
What's more, the researchers
discovered that these balls,
which were about an inch in
diameter, appeared to have left
tracks on the seafloor, as if they
were rolling slowly under their
own power.
Now, in a paper in Current
" Biology, Matz and colleagues
i have described their finding in
- more scientific terms: it's a giant
amoeba of the genus Gromia, a
transparent envelope of proto-
plasm with a water-filled cen-
ter that helps it maintain its
spherical shape. And the
researchers say, the creature
does actually roll, pulling itself
along by exuding bits of proto-
plasm from apertures in its sur-
face that latch onto the seafloor
and consume nutrients.
But this self-propelled living
golf ball is more than a curiosi-
ty. The researchers realized that
its tracks were very similar to
grooves found in seafloor fossils
1 dating back more than 550 mil-
lion years. So the rolling amoe-
1 ba casts doubt on scientists'
understanding of how life on
' Earth diversified.
Many scientists have argued
that multicellular organisms that
have two halves that mirror
each other occurred before the
so-called Cambrian explosion
of diverse life forms 542 million
years ago. One of the best argu-
ments for this was the fossilized
tracks. It seemed clear that only
a complex, bilaterally symmetric
creature could maneuver under
its own power and leave such
But the Gromia organism is
unicellular and not bilaterally
symmetric, and yet it leaves
very similar tracks.
"This is really a hard hit for
the school of thought that ani-
mals slowly evolved in the Pre-
cambrian," Matz said.

ticular the political masters who
have the responsibility of mak-
ing sure that all government
departments are free of corrup-
tion, should be taking a close
look at this issue.
-Nassau Observer

THERE is an understanding
among many business people
that if you see "the right guy"
(in Customs) you will be able
to make arrangements for
reduced duty on imported
If you are ordering goods for
a particular political party, that
can affect your duty liability,
MBH, Winton

OUR breakfast club is in
agreement with everything you
said in your article on corrup-
tion in Customs.
What we have to remember is
that it is always "the small man"
who suffers and pays the price
for this evil-doing.
Regular reader

IN defence of Mr Adderley
of Customs, I think you will find
that he was saying apparently
odd things at the press confer-
ence because of certain things
he couldn't say. He must know
who the crooks are, but it's pos-
.sible his hands are' tied in some
way. Give the guy a break!

Re: The Pure Joy of
Doing Without

Dear Mr Marquis,
Your article in today's edi-
tion of The Tribune was a joy
and delight to read; I savoured
every juicy and descriptive word
or phrase.
What brilliance! What
genius! I could not have
expressed myself more elo-
quently although I do like a
With kind regards
An honest, hardworking
and humble member of The
Bahamas Bar

Dear Mr Marquis
You seem to be the typical
cheap Englishman, but a rather
likeable chap, I might add. Your
article is spot on, yet sadly the
majority of its intended target is
probably too busy watching the
TVXto'enjqy the quiet and ful-

filling time-spent reading a dai-
ly paper.
Keep up the good work.
Randy Key
Marshl Harbour, Abaco

PS: You're really not cheap!
An old school teacher from my
primary school days lives in
Bath. I visited him a few years
ago, and he has stopped driving
his clunker altogether...actually
it sat in his driveway complete-
ly covered over with a potato
vine, so how about that for grat-

Dear Mr Marquis
Thanks for another wonder-
ful piece (The Pure Joy of
Doing Without). However,
don't think me impertinent but
I have a question to ask:
Is this the same John Mar-
quis who has just built a beauti-
ful new home in Cornwall, UK,
who is about to buy a beautiful
villa in the Mediterranean and
who earns well into six figures
from his various writing activi-
ties? Doesn't sound like 'doing
without' to me.
I'm not complaining because
I think creative licence is a won-,
derful thing. Anyway, you
deserve it.
JS, Prospect
(You know me!)

CHOOSING to "do without"
is very different from having to
do without, as I'm sure you
know better than anybody.
Whether your words were sin-
cerely meant or not, it was a
classy piece of writing, reminis-
cent of Tom Sharpe in my view.
By the way, I read your Papa
Doc book: excellent.
A L Benson (Expat)

Re: More names in the
Dossier of Shame

Most of the professions with-
in The Bahamas are facing
'challenges' from many of their
members who would have
breached some fundamental
tenets of the particular profes-
While the legal profession has
drawn your scrutiny, one must
not forget or overlook the fact
that far too many medical doc-
tors and accountants have been
allowed to get away with serious
unethical breaches, many of
which are never revealed to the
general public.
Lawyers, however, make a
better news item as people look

at lawyers, historically, as
crooks and charlatans as a mat-
ter of course. Having qualified
way back in 1976, when the pro-
fession was still held in high
esteem by right-thinking mem-
bers of society, I do know where
the skeletons are buried and do
know of high-ranking advocates
who should, literally, be in Fox
Hill Prison.
There is one particular lawyer
who took 50 per cent of an
insurance settlement. The client,
who works in the marine indus-
try, was never told the agreed
figures in the Deed of Release
as she was not even 'allowed'
to read it, much less obtain a
Another lawyer, whose prac-
tice I was instrumental in jump-
starting, is 'known' to me to
actually 'sell out' small clients to
large corporations and wealthy
individuals, especially white
A few years ago, this lawyer
accepted over B$8,000 from a
Frenchman to 'settle' a con-
tractual case involving more
than B$75,000. The client ended
up with less than B$36,500.

New Providence
1. Lot #39 (25'xl00') w/hse 1,104sq. ft., Blk #35
hse #64-Lincoln Blvd (Appraised Value
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
4. Lot (50'x 100') w/building (1,912sq. ft.)-
Deveaux St (Appraised Value $189,000.00)
5. Lot #16 (60'x107') w/house-Smith Ave College
Gardens Sub
6. Lots #29 & #30, (50'x100'), Blk #47 w/building
(1,140sq. ft.)-Matthew St, Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $145,000.00)
7. Vacant lot (18,644sq. ft.)-Carmichael Rd
(Appraised Value $95,000.00)
8. Lots #5 & #6 (150'xl00') w/hse-Silver Palm
Ln Imperial Park (Appraised Value
9. Lot #135 (50'x90') w/hse (1,342sq. ft.)-
Sunflower (south) Sunshine Park Sub Hse #8
(Appraised Value $139,000.00)
10. Lot #18, 51k #16 (50'xlOO') w/hse (1,155sq.
ft.)-Talbot St (east) Shirley Heights Sub
(Appraised Value $130,000.00)
11. Lot #11 (107'x100') w/hse (2,026sq. ft.)-Sunset
Ridge Dr, Sunset Ridge Sub Hse #28
(Appraised Value $206,000.00)
12. Lot #23, Blk #1 (17,150sq. ft.) w/split level
hse-Captain Rd, Coral Heights Est. (Appraised
Value $480,000.00)
13. Lots #3 & #4, Blk #47 (50'x100') w/duplex
(1,532sq. ft.)-Forbes St Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $120,000.00)
14. Lot 98'x128' w/hse 2,340sq. ft.-Mollie St
Englerston Sub (Appraised Value

15. Lot #119 (22, 500sq. ft.) w/complex (3,440sq.
ft.)-Sir Henry Morgan Dr Andros Beach Colony
Sub Nicholl's Town Andros (Appraised Value
16. Beach front lot (9,000sq./ft.) w/building
(2,100sq. ft.) Pinders Mangrove Cay Andros
(Appraised Value $200,000.00)
17. Lot (4,344sq. ft.) w/duplex building (1,174sq.
ft.)-Fresh Creek Andros (Appraised Value

Grand Bahama
18. Vacant Lot #8 Blk #12 Unit #3 (11,250sq. ft.)-
Henny Ave Derby Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $65,000.00)
19. Lot #43 B (100'x150') w/hse & Duplex-Nelson
Rd. Poinciana Gardens Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $96,000.00)
20. Lot #37 (50'xl50') w/sixplex 2-storey apartment
building & Laundromat (5,400sq. ft.)-Martin
Town, Kings Sub Eight Mile Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised Value $211,200.00)
21. Lot w/ten (10) unit Hotel (5,000sq. ft.) on 4.99
acres of beach front-High Rock Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $1,100,000.00)
22. Vacant lot #13, Blk #59, Unit #3 (22,752sq.
ft.) 45' on canal front-Dagenham Circle &
Ingrave Dr Emerald Bay Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Yalue $110,000.00)

That lawyer is now attempt-
ing to 'sell out' yet another
client who lost one of his legs
while employed by a large cor-
poration. Fortunately, I got
wind of the same and was able
to 'alert' the client and his son.
They are now 'forced' to fire
that mouthpiece and hire yet
Attorney Jan Ward was
declared bankrupt the other day
for funds involving more than
B$300,000. This is remarkable
in that I was actually disbarred
and ruined, professionally, for
comingling less than B$15,000!
Yes, John, there are simply
too many 'crooked' members
of the Bar. In fact, it is my opin-
ion that 75 per cent or more of
our legal eagles, where they
exist, may have soared 'too
high' at the expense of the
client. I look forward to your
upcoming articles on the med-
ical and accounting professions.
I'll have a lot to contribute to
those two. To God then, in all
things, be the glory.
Ortland H Bodie, Jr.


23. Vacant lot #21, Blk #3 (14,161sq. ft.)-Waterfall
Dr seahorse Village Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $40,000.00)
24. Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit #3 (90'xl25')-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 Bahama
(Appraised Value $38,000.00)
26. Vacant lot #110 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 #1 w/incomplete
fourplex-Amberjack St & Polaris Dr Carvel
Beach Grand Bahama (Appraised Value
28. Lot #2 (20,000sq. ft.) w/building complex &
coin Laundromat-Queens Highway Holmes
Rock Commonage Grand Bahama (Appraised
Value $178,600.00)

29. Lot #54 E (6,50psq, ft.) w/triplex foundation
(2,788sq. ft.)-Murphy,TownAbaco (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.) w/building-Murphy
Town Abaco (Appraised Value $102,420.00)
32. Portion of lot #69 (15,000sq. ft.)-Front St
Murphy Town Abaco (Appraised Value
33. Lot 9,300sq. ft. w/bonefish lodge 4,300sq. ft.-
Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised Value
34. Lot #55 (6,900sq. ft.) w/building-Murphy Town
Abaco (Appraised Value $82,075.00)
35. Lot #45 (60'x160') with 14 room motel
(3,900sq. ft.)-Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised.
Value $485,700.00)
36. Lot 87,120sq. ft. w/four cottages and one storage
building totaling (4,186sq. ft.)-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco (Appraised Value

37. Property 31'xl II' 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

Cat Island
39. Property w/twelve room motel 1.39 acres-
Arthur's Town Cat Island (Appraised Value

40. Lot #8 vacant (65,200sq. ft.)-Moss Town
Exuma (Appraised Value $110,188.00)
41. Lot (30,400sq. ft.) with small hotel totaling
(4,520sq. ft.)and exclusive beach-Forbes Hill
Exuma (Appraised Value $1,400,000.00)
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(1) 03 Dodge Caravan
(1) 96 Ford Explorer
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(1) 01 Hyundai H-l Van
(1) 01 Kia Bus 12 Seater
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Bank of The Bahamas




In collaboration with The Education Guaranteed Fund Loan
Program of the Ministry of Education, the Bank of the Bahamas
Limited is pleased to advise that the cheque disbursement for ALL
students in the Loan Program will take place at Holy Trinity Activity
Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beginning Monday, December 8th to
Friday, December 12th, 2008 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. as follows:


A-C Monday, December 8, 2008
D-1 Tuesday, December 9, 2008
J-M Wednesday, December 10, 2008
R-Smith Thursday, December 11, 2008
Spence-Z Friday, December 12, 2008

TIME: 9:00 a.m, 3:00 p.m.

Place: Holy Trinity Activity Centre

Stapledon Gardens

Returning Students and/or Guarantors should be present and must bring
relevant identification (valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

New Students and Guarantors should be present and bring relevant
identification, (valid Passport, valid Marriage Certificate (where relevant),
National Insurance Card, Current job letter and copy of a utility bill).

All accounts must be current and all necessary documentation completed
before cheques are released.

(Without a penalty fee being incurred)


Mr Marquis, I'm hearing ter-
rible stories that indicate you
might be leaving us? If this is
true, I'm sure the rogue lawyers
and politicians are absolutely
thrilled. This means there will
be absolutely no-one to stand
up for us ordinary folk and we
will probably soon end up like
Jamaica and Haiti, with people
taking the law into their own
hands out of pure frustration.
I thank you for your efforts
and applaud your courage and
sense of decency. I wish you
well in your travels and hope
that you will say some serious
prayers for our tiny nation. We
will need ALL THE HELP WE
Thanks again for your efforts.
They have made a tremendous
difference to me.
-J. Stubbs

YOU can't leave the
Bahamas at this stage. I am con-
templating forming a campaign
to keep you here. Please say it
isn't so.
A P Duncombe


Re: Customs: It's Time
for a Clean-Out

OUR INSIGHT report on
customs unearthed many sto-
ries of corruption, including one
involving persons in a major
political party. As one company
related to us, in 2002 a well-
known PLP activist deliberate-
ly selected a port of entry so
that their goods could enter the
country without paying the
proper legal duty. As The Tri-
bune was told, during the 2002
election, a company was direct-
ed to use a named, high-ranking
customs officer at a specific port
of entry if they wanted to bring
in election materials duty-free.
The company wanted to check
whether this was true so then
called the officer and was told
by clear inference that PLP
t goods would not be charged
duty and, by inference, goods
for the FNM would.
The company recorded the
conversation in an office diary
while speaking to the officer.
The company noted the irony
that the well-known PLP
activist told them about this cor-
rupt officer outside the party
leader's headquarters. The PLP
activist also explained why the
company lad lost a big bid to
supply the PLP with election
materials. The activist explained
that the company could never
have won the bid because the
activist's own quote had delib-
erately excluded duty mak-
ing all other quotes uncompeti-
'tive. The quote which deliber-
ately excluded duty which
the company has a copy of --
was approved by one or more
high-ranking PLP election offi-
cial. The company told The Tri-
bune how they had wasted
months of work trying to win
the quote but could not under-
stand why their quotes were
being trumped by the activist's
quote. The company was
shocked when they learned why
because the activist had a
senior customs officer "in his
pocket" to deliberately avoid
paying duty.

Mr Marquis,
Thank you, here is my letter
as follows:-
Thank you once again for
your courageous efforts to root
out corruption and the filth in
our little country. Every right-
thinking Bahamian should be
ashamed and appalled that such
a despicable act was tfib6iiJi-
up and subiiquendyv.~aicd-out
on a custom 6tfict*"Ff'ctiing
her responsibilities as an

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"agent" of our government as
recently reported in .your
Those who perpetrated this
wicked crime strike at the core
of our society and the pillars of
our democracy. It exposes the
muck and filth in which we live.
As a Bahamian, I am morti-
fied. The reality is we are liv-
ing in a bastion of filth and
among low-lives who have little
regard for the rule of law,
respect for others and little
soberness for a functioning and
upright society. This kind of
behaviour reeks like sewage
and is indicative of a decaying
society that is not far away from
a collapse and absolute failure.
This brings to mind the country
of Haiti.

NOTICE is hereby given that JOSEPH EXAMEE
N-8889, 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 8TH day of DECEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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A PAGE of.the.Deemb.er 1editionof. INSI.GrHT..

It is no surprise that the inter-
national community holds the
Bahamas with such ambiva-
lence, a promising democracy
at times but more often than
not a banana republic replete
with crooks. This is all based on
actions from some government
officials over the years, to some
members of the legal profession
right down to shady straw ven-
dors on our streets. We are
viewed more often than not as
merciless pirates looking to
plunder at any fool's expense.
I am dumbfounded by the
fact that as a people we can't
find honesty as a virtue. We
have become so fat, lazy and
stupid that we can't even appre-
ciate the need for our govern-
ment to raise necessary rev-
enues it requires to operate our
country; how else is it going to
function, to build public infra-
structure, to protect your stolen
treasures, pay our teachers, and
social workers, etc? Maybe it
should come as no surprise that
we have so many under-per-
forming schools and perverted
Tax evasion is intolerable in
the developed world and those
who are caught pay heavy fines
along with a fair amount of pub-
lic humiliation and jail sen-
tences. There should be no dif-
ference here in the Bahamas.
Worst of all, to have "the
nerve" to go after the system
because one's action to corrupt
and plunder government was
thwarted is unfathomable.
I am incensed and sick to the

stomach. In fact what surprises
me most is I have heard little
whimper from our so-called
public leaders and elected offi-
cials condemning this egregious
Sick ,Tired and Fed-Up,
Over The Hill

PLEASE take note that it is
my information that a certain
Customs lady has three homes,
one costing $1.3 million, plus
apartments, a plaza and a house
worth $800,000.

HOW can Mrs Ritchie say
that her house was burnt as a
direct result of her job?
Inside Customs

CUSTOMS has been going
downhill ever since Sean
Symonette was killed. Nothing
has been the same since then.
Customs source

INSIGHT says: This refers
to a Customs officer who was
murdered while waiting to give
evidence in court.

Mr Marquis, surely you are
missing it. Please get it right or
I am inclined to agree with our
comptroller Mr Anthony
Adderley about "irresponsible
journalism" from you and oth-
ers. I read your article and there
are inaccurate details as it
relates to Mrs Ritchie and the
role of the task force.
The task force was formed to
target the public and NOT Cus-

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toms officers, as you indicated.
In some instances when indi-
viduals and businesses are
found to have breached the
Customs law it may be that they
had help from a Customs offi-
cer. I agree that disciplinary
action must be taken.
The loss of Mrs Roslyn
Ritchie's home is the most
graphic evidence yet of the rot-
tenness lying at the core of the
Bahamian public whose goal is
to avoid paying the proper
amount of duty. Customs offi-
cers had nothing to do with this
attack on Mrs Ritchie.
Never mind the senior offi-
cers who are envious of junior
officers' achievements. The
overtime pay has been the main
source (of income) for many
hard-working officers over the
years. Many senior officers were
foolish and wasted their money.
Like Mrs Ritchie, many officers
build their homes "brick by
brick" from overtime pay paid
by the Public Treasury. Check
the records or sources in the
Treasury or banks.
I agree that corruption in the
Customs department must be
dealt with at whatever level it is
found. Please be fair to many
hard-working officers who con-
tribute to this nation in the exe-
cution of their duties. I do not
wish to be seen in the public
eye as a thief, because of what I
have achieved in being a Cus-
toms ofifcer.
A proud Customs officer

INSIGHT replies: How does
a task force investigate public
Customs duty violators with-
out also being alert to the activ-
ities of compliant officers?
Surely, it's the officers'suscep-
tibility to bribery that leads the
public to 'try it on'. If there
was a genuine threat of them
being arrested for attempted
bribery, they would not run the
risk. Customs officers are sup-
posed to set the standard. If
they do their job properly, the
public will not be tempted to
bribe them. It's interesting to
note that Insight's informants
are now telling us that several
Customs officers are hostile to
Mrs Ritchie because she has
"blocked" their lucrative pay-

Both INSIGHT and your
other article today were "clip-
ping category" (ie I find neces-
sary to clip and send,.on, to
someone). You do "hit so many
good local nails on the head", I
don't think you should leave
next year. My suggestion is a
three-year extension in the hope
Fred Mitchell won't object.
Loyal reader

Too many of our citizens at
all levels of society have bene-
fited directly or indirectly from
illegal practices. Hence the rea-
son it is so difficult to eradicate
corruption. The only practi-
cal solution is for the govern-
ment to grant amnesty to all,
create more stringent laws, and
start anew.
Abaco resident

You definitely hit the nail on
the head once again. In my
opinion the only point that can
be added to this is the totally
aloof and seemingly callous atti-
tude of Mr Adderley in saying
that danger comes with the ter-
ritory and those who can't take
it should leave. Even a mother
hen gets upset if you touch her
eggs. How can you tell some-
one to do a dangerous job but

NOTICE is hereby. given that VIRENDRA KUMAR PANDEY
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
8th day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality'and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that NISHA PANDEY OF #15
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
8th day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that AYANA D. REMY OF #503
56774, 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 1ST
day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



not protect them and their fam-
ily in the execution of it?
Imagine if one of her children
had stayed home sick from
school this would have been
total tragedy. I know another
member of the same task force
who was threatened a few
weeks ago, reported it to the
authorities and his bosses at
Customs and nothing came of
What was done at Immigra-
tion is obviously in need at Cus-
toms. These, old directors and
comptrollers that have been in
the public service before Bill
Gates was out of diapers are
totally out of touch with the
modern world. Gone are the
days when a uniform demanded
respect and order, and people
knew the meaning of shame
before they appeared on the
seven o'clock news. Instead of
bosses who send their pawns to
be devoured as collateral dam-
age, we now need team leaders
who look after the department
and the workers as a whole.
Each depends upon the other
totally. In situations like this it
can be seen how much trans-
parency is needed in the gov-
ernment sector.

In your Insight article (Tri-
bune, December 1, 2008) one
of your journalists described the
performance of the acting
comptroller of Customs at the
previous Friday's press confer-
ence as "ludicrous and farcical".
Based on his comments as
reported in The Tribune on Sat-
urday, November 29, 2008 (and
unlike Mr Adderley I do not
have a problem with the accu-
racy of the reporting) I would
use another -word to describe
his performance...'sinister'.
His position of trying .to
blame the public for corruption
within Customs is simply
absurd, as you point out in your
Insight article. What concerned
me more from his comments
was his statement: "Those offi-
cers who feel that they can no
longer serve, then perhaps they
have to find another job to pur-
sue". This comment, aimed at
those conscientious officers in
Customs who have complained,
in my opinion can be translated
as 'If you don't like what is
going on then get out'. While I
am sure that it would be pleas-
ing to many in Customs, includ-
ing Mr Adderley himself appar-
entlyL-if those who want to
change the status. quo simply
upped and left, his comments
ought to send a shock wave to
all Bahamians.
When that comment is held
in mind alongside other posi-
tions he took during the con-
ference, such as "it is not the
department's position to initi-
ate investigations into suspected
arson or similar matters" and
"officers should take necessary
precautions to avoid serious
incidents", in my view it seems
to show a clear unwillingness to
provide any support or protec-
tion for those in his department
who are essentially doing the
job of rooting out corruption.
The question has to be asked
why Mr Adderley would not
only refuse to give his own per-
sonnel the necessary support as
they do a difficult job on his
behalf, but also warn them to
"take necessary precautions"
(should we read here "get
out"?) if they find things too
hot. All Bahamians, but in par-

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The stories behind the news

It's even worse than we thought

Managing Editor
We knew it was bad, but just
how bad is only now becoming
clear. The Bahamas Customs
department is a cesspit of cor-
ruption, and the whole country
is picking up the tab to pay for the criminality at
its core.
Of course, there are good officers, hard-work-
ing people doing their best to keep this vital rev-
enue-earner on track. Anything recorded here
is not meant to reflect on them.
But last week's Insight accusations, levelled in
the wake ofan arson attack on the home of Cus-
toms task force officer Roslyn Ritchie, have
unearthed startling new information about Cus-
toms, including the alleged existence of a crime
ring which systematically extorts money from
importers and lives the high life on the proceeds.
The information pouring on to Insight's desk
from sources right at the heart of Customs will
sicken and disgust those decent, honest Bahami-
ans whose livelihoods are now being stripped
from them by an approaching recession.
But it does reinforce what Insight advocated
last week: that a major clean-out is long over-
due in this department, and that action is needed
now to get the villains into court.
Sources claim that some Customs officers at
seaports are making as much as $20,000 or $30,000
a month in pay-offs while claiming to clean up the
duty collection process.
And businessmen are frequently asked in
advance how much they are willing to pay to
have certain officers "look the other way" when
shipments are due..
According to Insight's sources right INSIDE
Customs, a tape-recording exists of one of these
illicit transactions taking place, with a prominent
and well-known Customs officer on the receiving
end of the bribe.
It has not only been sent to Customs authorities
themselves, but also senior government figures,
they claim.
Most accusations of blatant corruption within
Customs relate to the five years of the PLP gov-
ernement. But all indications are that it's still going
on and that crooked officers have come to
regard pay-offs as extremely lucrative perks of the
job, more oftpn than not outstripping their salaries
five or ten-fold.
This explains how some manage to build them-
selves luxury homes, even apartment complexes,
that are far outside the scope of their pay levels.
"These (the crime ring) are some of the biggest
crooks in Customs," one source told Insight, "I
understand that (name given) has multiple apart-
ments in Carmichael, a heated pool, and numer-
ous apartments in Abaco.
"I call them crooks of the year because they cut
off all the other crooks in Customs and were the
sole crooks from April, 2008, to September, 2008.
"It is also documented where if individuals had
one case of a particular item over, (name given)
would seize the entire shipment, whether the
additional case was an error or not."
The video recording of a senior Customs officer
allegedly accepting a bribe was mentioned in
more disclosures from inside the department.
One senior officer, it is claimed, has unchecked
containers in his/her yard which are shipped out
to a Family Island to help build.a new 'home for
The officer, it is alleged, has multiple homes on
New Providence, a $2 million mansion out west
and more property on the islands.
"The person I am referring to is one of the
biggest crooks in Customs and is being protected
by his/her job and claiming to do things for the
country when they are really extorting money
from the small man," the source claimed.
One officer allegedly requested $5,000 for ask-
ing another not to check a mailboat container.
However, the container was pulled up and goods
seized anyway.
The $5,000 was never returned, creating much
ill-feeling, but the importer's fine was waived,
with a request that he not go public with his com-
plaint. Rottenness exists on both sides of these
transactions. The public is often almost as culpa-
ble as the bent officers they are dealing with.
A senior Bahamian media official was seen in
line at the airport recently with several duffel-
bags, none of which were checked by Customs. As
a well-known face he was given the nod, bringing
who knows what into the country.

In fact, the roll-call of wrong-doing within Cus-
toms is so long that it's hard to contain it within a
single readable piece.
What emerges, though, is an ethos in which
the "good" are struggling vainly to control the
bad, and in which many of the "good" are only
good in relative terms. It's interesting that one of
my informants signed herself "A fairly honest
Customs officer" (also giving her real name)
while condemning the actions of others.
Some readers in the department vilified Insight
for blaming Customs officers instead of the busi-
nessmen who bribe them, implying that if temp-
tation weren't put in their way, they would not
have the opportunity to fall victim to it.
They ignore the fact that if Customs officers
were doing their jobs properly, no businessman
'would dare offer bribes for fear of prosecution.
The overall concern is that, like practically
everything else in Bahamas society, corruption
runs so deep, the moral compass is so out of
whack, that no-one recognizes wrong-doing for
what it is anymore.
Furthermore, those who are responsible for
"policing" Customs, immigration, law enforce-
ment and other key areas of government are
often so compromised themselves that they are
rendered impotent in bringing others to book.
It is sad because such a scenario promises con-
sequences that one hardly dare think about.
As the economy tightens, and people are
thrown out of work, those who are able to rob will
rob more, worsening an already worrying situa,-
Money that ought to be funnelled into the
nation's coffers will be diverted increasingly into
the pockets of the villainous, undermining its
ability to cope with whatever hard years are ahead
of us.
One Customs source summed up the country's
plight quite eloquently while throwing light on the

department's many shortcomings.
"I am incapable of distinguishing between con-
sumers and businessmen shorting the govern-
ment and the government shorting its citizens
when they mismanage the public's treasury and
allow its own members to steal and cut deals and
get filthy rich in five years as (name given) did,
while these clowns whom we call our leaders
don't even have the integrity to identify him by
"This is a nation of crooks and dishonesty is so
deeply-rooted in this country that if there was
an attempt to uproot it there would be civil
war. This dishonesty I speak of is evident from
primary school where students would steal what-
ever they can get their hands on. Our homes you
literally have to make them prisons to keep
thieves out.
"Governments of the Bahamas have done a
remarkable job of sending the message to crimi-
nals in this country to steal because we do it and
have gotten away with it...while giving account to
"Look at the Commission of Inquiry in the
early 90s, they wasted taxpayers' money with an
investigation that held no-one accountable."
The attack on Mrs Ritchie's home has focused
public attention and the eyes of Customs offi-
cers themselves on the chicanery now going on
in the department.
Recrimination is rife as debate rages inside
Customs over the motives [or the attack.
Some blame disgruntled Customs staff, claim-
ing Mrs Ritchie and her team have been "block-
ing" certain officers in making their monthly cash
hauls from bribery.
Others say a member of the public is a likelier
culprit because of Mrs Ritchie's growing unpop-
ularity among certain business people.
Yet more say the fire was started to create a
smokescreenn" to divert attention away from the

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on corrupt Customs

officers has sparked

a massive response,

including exposure

of an alleged ring of

conspirators within

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real villains in Customs.
Meanwhile, calls are growing from within the
department for the task force itself, and its work-
ing methods, to be investigated in an effort to
coordown tempers among colleagues.
Sources claim there is a lot of bitter hostility
towards the team from several of their own col-
"How would you feel," asked one informant, "if
someone was preventing you from earning
$20,000 a month in pay-offs?"
What is needed, he said, is an intense inquiry
into every suspected officer's living standards.
It is the government's prerogative, he said, to
examine employees' sources of income and to
ask how-someone earning, say, $24,000 a year is
able to buy lavish cars and homes.
One particular officer, who is related to anoth-
er, is said to have two well-appointed homes in
New Providence, a commercial property, numer-
ous apartments and a home on Long Island.
Customs insiders believe police should focus on
the task force itself, especially in relation to its
handling of incoming containers.
"Containers sit unopened for weeks on end
until some harried businessman finds it neces-
sary to offer a sizeable 'tip' so their shipments are
opened in a timely manner," Insight was told.
The words Customs and corruption have long
since been mentioned in tandem. Instead of pro-
tecting the, nation's interests, rogue officers have
for years been swindling the Treasury rapacious-
ly and unashamedly.
In fact, insiders believe the total sum lost to the
Bahamas is incalculable. One told The Tribune
last week that it could be as high as $2 billion
over the last ten years, and recommended that the
government get rid of at least 1,200 of existing
staff because of their corrupt activities.
With hard times looming, the call for action
against cheats in government must get louder.
The Bahamas, with tourism revenues falling
dramatically, and more and more people facing
unemployment, simply can't afford to accommo-
date corruption any longer, especially in the
department which is supposed to be the coun-
try's prime, revenue source.
It's time for the government to confront the
cheats in its own ranks, or face what could be
very serious consequences as the country buckles
under the weight of global economic decline.
NOTE:: Several Customs insiders have
accused Insight of making a serious misjudgment
in relation to a certain person in their depart-
ment. We are anxious to collect all available evi-
dence that would serve to substantiate their alle-
gations. All information, which will be treated
confidentially, and feedback should be faxed to
328-2398 or e-mailed to jmarquis@tribuneme-