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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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iSenior Customs
officer demoted in
..siaa 1 connection with'

slaibbin at school

failure to pay duty

A SENIOR customs officer
has been demoted to a lower
rank in connection with failure
to pay duty on goods.
The officer was informed in a
letter signed by the acting
comptroller of the Customs

15-year-old in

police custody

Tribune Staff Reporter
A BRUTAL stabbing at CC
Sweeting Senior High School
put one boy in hospital and
another in the custody of police
Two ll1th grade students were
arguing on the Oakes Field
campus when the fight escalated
into violence and a 16-year-old
boy was stabbed in the chest.
The injured 16-year-old was
being treated at Princess Mar-

garet Hospital last night.
His condition is described as
not life-threatening.
Police arrested a 15-year-old
boy in connection with the inci-
The 15-year-old student was
apprehended in the Windsor
Lane area after police were
called at 2.30pm yesterday.
A CC Sweeting student, who
did not want to be named, said
the fight was gang-related.
Yesterday was the last day of
SEE page 11

Trial of alleged drug kingpin's
'escape' from police cell underway
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE trial into the 'escape' of an alleged drug kingpin from a
police station holding cell got underway in a Magistrate's Court yes-
Sergeant Troy Lewis and Melvin Maycock Jr are charged with
aiding in the escape of Melvin Maycock Sr from an Elizabeth
Estates holding cell on February 28.
Maycock Sr, who was a wanted fugitive at the time, has been
charged with escape. Maycock Sr is wanted in the United States to
face charges that accuse him of being one of the masterminds
behind a major regional cocaine smuggling network.
WPC 2044 Rolle was the only prosecution witness to give testi-
mony yesterday.
During questioning from lead prosecutor Anthony Delaney,
SEE page 11

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ACTRESS ANNA FARIS, pictured here with Michael Mayhew-Arnold, Managing Director of Ansbacher
(Bahamas) Ltd, was honoured with the Bahamas International Film Festival's Rising Star Tribute at the Aura
Nightclub, Atlantis last night. Ms Faris, the star of movies such as Lost in Translation and House Bunny, was
presented her award by renowned film critic Jeffrey Lyon. The Bahamas International Film Festival continues
until Thursday 11th December.

PM: Bahamian embassy
in Cuba allowed to exist
so as not to offend hosts

Tribune Staff
Ingraham administra-
tion never thought it
was necessary for the
Bahamas to have an
embassy in Cuba, or
for Cuba to have an embassy in
the Bahamas, but will continue
to allow each of these to exist so
as not to unnecessarily offend
the island, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham suggested
Prior to the May 2007 elec-
tion, Mr Ingraham stated that
were he to be brought back to
power as he then was, he would

immediately down-
grade the Bahamian
embassy in Cuba to a
Asked yesterday
why he has now
decided to change his
Government's posi-
tion on this issue -
former director of
Immigration, Vernon
Burrows is to be
appointed by the
Prime Minister as
Bahamian ambassador to Cuba
shortly, taking over from cur-
rent emissary Carlton Wright -
Mr Ingraham said it came down
to decisions taken by the for-
mer PLP government whilst in
"I did not think the Bahamas
needed to have an ambassador
SEE page 11

night was attacked on Sky-
line Heights when a man
jumped into her car, put a
knife to her chin and
ordered her to drive.
Mrs Susan Ferguson, a
grandmother, said on leaving
the wash-house and stopping
for gas, she drove along Har-
rold Road to Prospect
Ridge, stopped at the Sky-
line and Prospect Ridge traf-
fic light, turned left and
headed for home. Following
her was a blue jeep, which
she thought she recognized
SEE page 11

Department, a copy of which
was received by The Tribune
yesterday. According to the let-
ter, customs duty should have
been paid on the goods brought
into the country, and permis-
sion should have been request-
ed to remove them from.the
Failure to do so was classi-
fied as misconduct: that is any
act contrary to specific rules or
regulations, or against the gen-
eral interests of efficient public
In a letter to the. officer, dat-
ed November 11, the Act of
General Orders was quoted.
It states: "Disciplinary action
can be taken for general mis-
conduct to the prejudice of dis-
cipline and the proper adminis-
tration of Government business,
for example corruption, dis-
honesty, false claims, the falsi-
fication of records or their sup-
pression, or failure to keep
SEE page 11

closure of
Emerald Bay
Marina behind
13 layoffs
Tribune Staff Reporter
THIRTEEN employees at
the Marina at Emerald Bay in
Exuma were laid off last week
due to the impending closure
of the marina on December 19.
According to a staff member,
they received the news on
December 3. Nineteen men and
women were told during a
meeting with executives of the
marina that as the marina's rev-
enue was down, it was decided
that all operations would be
closed. It was hoped a new own-
er would take over, perhaps
next year.
Eleven line staff and two
managers, who were laid off,
are scheduled to receive their
redundancy cheques on the day
of the closure.
Staff members at the three-
year-old marina, were shocked
as many expected reduced
hours rather than lay offs, while
others said they had received
pay raises a week before the
According to a source, offi-
cials at the company hinted that
although workers have been
laid off, more job creation will
take place during future devel-
SEE page 11

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Raul Castro hails Caribbean community-Cuba ties

Tribune Staff Reporter
CUBA Blasting "failed neolib-
eral policies" and wealthy coun-
tries for causing global financial
collapse and precipitating the

energy crisis, Cuban President
Raul Castro said the commit-
ments made between the
Caribbean community and Cuba
now take on "additional rele-
He was speaking yesterday at
the opening of the third Cuba-
Caricom summit in Santiago de

Cuba, an historic eastern province
of the island, in which Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham is a par-
"The projects (Caricom and
Cuba) have fostered, and that we
intend to continue strengthening,
are not based on the rules of
neoliberalism, which is collaps-
ing today like a house of cards.
"They are not aimed at tak-
ing a comparative advantage or
maximising profits, but -rather at
promoting development, justice,
equity and the welfare of human
beings," said Mr Castro, brother
of Fidel.
Mr Castro said the one day
meeting is a "continuation" of the
second Cuba-Caricom conference
held in Barbados in December,
2005, where he said former Pres-
ident Fidel Castro told the
Caribbean community to respond
to the "neoliberal and selfish
globalisation and to the anti-
democratic international politi-
cal and economic order...with
unity and with the globalisation of
solidarity, the promotion of dia-
logue and genuine integration and

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nomic blockade imposed by the
United States administration
combines with the world eco-
nomic crisis and the devastating
consequences of the three hurri-
canes which hit our country bare-
ly two months ago."
However, with typical Cuban
defiance, he said this mounting
"adversity will not break our peo-
ple or make it renounce its com-
mitment to our sister nations."
The president warned that as
the "entire system of the financial
apparatus has collapsed" and the
world faces "uncertain economic

Leaders of the 15 Caricom
nations, including the Bahamas,
Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and
Barbuda and Trinidad and Toba-
go, were set to discuss the global
financial, food, energy and envi-
ronmental crises and their impact
on the region.
Furthermore, they were
expected to look at ways of fur-
thering Caricom-Cuba coopera-
tion. Mr Castro told Caribbean
leaders that they had come to the
Communist country at an "espe-
cially complex time" when the
impact of the "genocidal eco-

* In brief


man dies

after being

hit by car

AN ELDERLY man hit by
a car on Mackey Street died in
hospital yesterday morning.
The man, understood to be
83-year-old Hubert Farring-
ton, was walking in the road
near Wendy's when he was
knocked down.
The driver of the car report-
edly fled the scene and Mr
Farrington was rushed to hos-
He died just before 4
o'clock this morning.
Mr Farrington, a former
ballet teacher who lived on
Sears Hill, was well-known in
Police investigating the inci-
dent do.not have a description
of the car or the driver.
Anyone who can assist
investigations is urged to call
police at 919.
The incident comes after a
traffic fatality on Friday night
to become the 44th of 2008.

realities" it is the "most vulnera-
ble which stand to pay the highest
"One way or another, the
reckless disaster caused by spec-
ulation, individualism and greed
will hurt the Caribbean
economies," said the 77-year-old
leader. Caricom chairman and
prime minister of Antigua and
Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, said
in his address during the opening
session that it is the Caribbean
community's view that "the Unit-
ed Nations must be given prima-
cy over global economic man-
agement matters."
"There is need for systemic
changes in the global financial
system, including greater democ-
ratisation and regulation of and in
those (financial) institutions," he
said. The Caricom chairman,
who recently took over the posi-
tion from Prime Minister Ingra-
ham, also suggested that there is a
need to consider moving to a
"genuine international reserve
currency system and awa) from
dependence on national curren-
cies which hold country reserves."

"The fact that
we are getting a

rap now for not
paying is

Mrs Robins explained that,
sometime in July, when the
immigration department had
returned a number of cheques,
there was also a letter issued by
immigration indicating why the
cheques were returned and
what the new fees were.
The company spokesperson
said the immigration work per-
.mit office in Freeport was cur-
rently reviewing invoices and
was expected to issue updated
totals within a few weeks.'
According to Mrs Robins, the
company last week made a
$50,000 payment to the depart-
ment which she said should be
cleared within a few weeks.
Between January, 2006, and
November, 2008, Mrs Robins
claims the company had paid
immigration fees in excess of
$1.7 million. The spokesperson
said: "The fact that we are get-
ting a rap now for not paying is
ridiculous. On top of that, we
always pay things on time."
Mrs Robins said although she
was not able to provide an esti-
mation of the amount owed,
work permits were issued on a
six months basis.
Whild there is a regular
turnover of foreign labourers
and employees, "we expect
around 50 permits each peri-
od," where individual permits
can range anywhere between
$2,500 and $8,000.
The Tribune tried to contact
Minister of State for Immigra-
tion Branville McCartney, as
well as Nassau and Freeport
Directors of Immigration, for
comment without success.

E I lEa'I

Tribune Staff Reporter
A disorganised department
* and miscommunication-are-the
causes of outstanding immigra-
tion fees owed by Bimini Bay,
according to a company
Allison Robins, public rela-
tions manager for Bimini Bay,
told The Tribune yesterday that
the company had over the years
paid surpluses and in some cas-
es underpaid immigration, but
contended the company had
done nothing wrong.
She stated: "I don't think that
the immigration department is
completely organised over there
as well, and I think it's organi-
sation on both sides."
Mrs Robins said: "The basic
issue is that there have been- a
lot of changes in work permit
fees over there 'within immi-
gration,' so things have gotten
lost in translation."
She said the company had
never withheld money from the
department, but claimed there
was a balance because work
permit fees were changed dur-
ing the time of some of the
cheque payments.


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o In brief

Two Cuban


arrested after

cash, cocaine


Tribune Freeport
Cuban Americans were
arrested and flown to New.
Providence following the dis-
covery of cocaine and thou-
sands in cash in a hotel room
at a local resort on Grand
Assistant Superintendent
of Police Loretta Mackey
reported that police discov-
ered 17.5 pounds of cocaine
and more than $7,000 cash at
a resort on Friday afternoon.
Acting on information, a
team of officers executed a
search warrant on a room at
a resort, where they found
seven taped packages con-
taining cocaine and $7622.51
in cash.
As a result, two Cuban
American men in their mid-
30s were arrested by the
police and taken into cus-
tody for questioning.
The two men, along with
the drugs and cash, were
transferred to New Provi-
dence for further investiga-

sentenced on
drug charges

A 29-year-old American
man who was arrested last
week at Lucayan Harbour
was sentenced to six months
in prison after pleading
guilty to drug possession
charges in the Freeport Mag-
istrate's Court.
Christopher Nolan
Edwards, a resident of Flori-
da,-appeared in Court Three
before Magistrate Helen
Jones on charges of posses-
sion of dangerous drugs with
intent to supply and taking
preparatory steps to export
dangerous drugs.
It had been alleged that at
about 4.55pm on December
4, Edwards presented him-
self at the Discovery Cruise
terminal's security check-
point at Lucayan.Harbour.
He was preparing to travel
to Fort Lauderdale.
During a routine search,
officials discovered taped
packages containing 3.5
pounds of cocaine strapped
to his thighs. Edwards was
arrested and taken into
police custody with the drugs
and $420 in cash.
Edwards pleaded guilty to
the charges. He was, sen-
tenced to six months in
prison on the first count.
He was also ordered to
pay a fine $3,000 on the sec-
ond count, or spend six
months in prison.
In default of payment
Edwards is to serve both
sentences, which are to run
consecutively, at Her
Majesty's Prison.
Magistrate Jones ordered
that the $420 cash be
returned to Edwards.

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PM: Bahamas long

opposed to the US

embargo on Cuba

Tribune Staff Reporter
CUBA Although the United
States is our "great friend" and
Cuba is not our ideological soul-
mate, the Bahamas has long sup-
ported the lifting of the econom-
ic embargo imposed by the Unit-
ed States on the Communist
country, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham confirmed.
Mr Ingraham stated that even
if the embargo were to be ended
- a major consequence of which
would be the ability of American
citizens to freely travel to Cuba -
he thinks the Bahamas will "con-
tinue to have the economy we
have today."
The prime minister was speak-
ing with Bahamian press at the
Hotel Melia Santiago yesterday
as he took a break from a one-
day Cuba Caricom meeting held
at the hotel. He said: "The
Bahamas has been supporting
Cuba for the lifting of the embar-
go against Cuba by the United
States for 35 years. Each year,
from 1973 onwards the Bahamas
has voted at the United Nations
against the embargo against
Cuba. The Bahamas became
independent in 1973 and in the
following year, the Bahamas
recognized and established a rela-
tionship with Cuba. The Bahamas
has had a normal relationship
with Cuba ever since that time

and continues to have normal
relations with Cuba." He added
that the Bahamas' position on the
issue of the embargo has "nothing
to do with ideology."
"Cuba is not the Bahamas' ide-
ological soulmate. We have dif-
ferent paths, different beliefs, dif-
ferent systems. We believe it is
just and fair for a country in our
region to be treated like anybody
else ... to have normal financial
trading arrangements.
"The United States determined
50 years ago that was a view they
did not share. So while the Unit-
ed States is our great friend, we
do not agree with them on this
issue. And that is the way of
democracy; that we can differ and
still be friends," said Mr Ingra-
ham. On whether the "opening
up" of Cuba will mean negative
consequences for the Bahamas,
Mr Ingraham said: "I think that
we will continue to have the econ-
omy we have today, in that we
have an economy that is domi-
nated by tourism, and interna-
tional business, financial services,
construction. We think there will
be a share for ourselves, a share
for Cuba and a share for others."
In a move likely to irk Wash-
ington, Mr Ingraham and other
CARICOM leaders yesterday
honoured controversial former
President of Cuba, Fidel Castro,
with the community's chairman
describing the ailing revolutionary
as "a most deserving champion
of Caribbean civilisation."

CARICOM chairman and
Prime Minister of Antigua and
Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, also
said the 14-member Caribbean
community hopes the "transfor-
mational change under way in the
United States" will "finally rele-
gate (the embargo against Cuba)
to history."
"It is still in place notwith-
standing the overwhelming calls
by the member states of the qua-
si totality of the United Nations
for it to be lifted," noted Mr
Spencer. Hours earlier, on Sun-
day, President Raul Castro said
that Cuba stands ready to with-
stand another 50 years of embar-
go if necessary.
"We have learned to resist for
half a century, and we are pre-
pared to fight for another half
century," said the younger Castro
brother. Fidel Castro, who led the
Caribbean country for 47 years
from 1959 to 2006, was granted
the highest honour that can be
bestowed by CARICOM the
honourary order of the Caribbean
Speaking at the opening of the
one day meeting, attended by
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham,
Chairman Spencer spoke warmly
of the revolutionary. Mr Spencer
said Mr Castro has "shown Cuba
was and continues to be a friend
of the Caribbean" and added that
the tribute to "his excellency" Mr
Castro is being made with a
"deep sense of appreciation" by
the Caribbean community.



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Professor discusses US

bid to democratise Cuba

Speaks to members of the
media yesterday at the US

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

Tribune Staff Reporter
A PROFESSOR in the depart-
ment of government at Ameri-
can University spoke to reporters
yesterday on issues which might
affect the Bahamas when the
Obama government takes con-
trol of the White House early
next year.
Dr David Lublin, who has a
PhD from Harvard, expressed his
views on the US government's
ongoing campaign to democra-
tise Cuba and what he thinks the
Obama government will do to
curb the current economic prob-
lem. According to Dr Lublin, who
spoke to reporters at the Ameri-
can Embassy, Cuba's transfor-
mation into a democracy has
been and will continue to be an
important platform and campaign
for any US government.
"Regardless of whether a
Democrat or Republican's been
in power, the thrust of US policy
has been to promote a real
Democracy in Cuba where
Cubans get to elect their leader
just like you do in the Bahamas
and we do in the US," he said.
There have been concerns
among Bahamians that if Ameri-
can investment is allowed to flood
into Cuba and the trade embargo
is lifted, the Bahamas will see a
sharp decline in tourism.
As the economic crisis contin-
ues to affect US and world
economies, including that of the
Bahamas, markets everywhere
are looking to the new Obama
administration for a solution.
However, Dr Lublin confirmed
that the president elect is mak-
ing no promises for a quick fix.
"It is laudable and smart for
Obama to say that things might
get worse before it gets better,"
he said. According to Dr Lublin,
Mr Obama is correct in not rais-
ing expectations, as there is no
simple solution to the current eco-
nomic crisis, which President
Bush has formally labelled a
"In some ways this has been a
very odd crisis, it's been deep-

ened by the way it's cycled
through the economy in ways that,
frankly are beyond my personal
understanding and at times seem
to confuse high government offi-
cials as well, because clearly they
all didn't plan on this either," he
said. What Obama's team like
the Bahamas government has
planned to do in an effort to curb
job loss, is funnel government
expenditure into infrastructure
upgrades. It is hoped that this will
create jobs and jump-start the
economy, as workers will have
money to inject into the retail
Mr Lublin said, though, that to
a certain extent econonfic hard-
ship in the Bahamas, resulting
from the downturn in the US
economy, will be beyond the US
government's control and beyond
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's control.
"Prime Minister Ingraham
can't magically make tourists
arrive here in the-Bahamas," he

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Why was the Menorah removed from Bay Street?

A SACRILEGE in the name of ignorance
was committed on Bay Street last week.
Putting up Christmas decorations in an
attempt to brighten an otherwise blighted
Christmas season, an Old Testament Meno-
rah was included among the bright lights.
Apparently this offended at least one
Anglican deacon, who described the inclusion
of the Menorah a symbol of Judaism for
almost 3000 years- as an "insult." A handful
of equally ill-informed bigots joined in his
moan. The local Greek Orthodox Church,
much to its credit, was quick to distance itself
from one of its members, who it claimed
sparked the protest.
"We are all horrified," said a church mem-
ber. "As Christians, never would we have
done this, especially to slight another reli-
gious group."
We regret that before the rest of us could
catch our breath, the Ministry of Works, anx-
ious to offend no one yet ending by offend-
ing many quickly took the decorations
down. The Menorah, which has been
spurned as an-"anti-Christian symbol", is as
much a part of our Judeo-Christian tradition
as it is an important religious symbol for the
Jewish people. It is true that the Menorah
plays an important part in Jewish worship
not in Christian but it Is'ho less a part of
the Old Testament. to which all Christians
And, if any one doubts our word, dust off
your Bible and turn to Exodus 25:31-40 where
God gives Moses detailed instructions on
how to fashion the candlesticks from pure
gold three candlesticks on either side,
three cups, also on either side, like almond
blossoms to hold the consecrated olive oil
for the burning of the eternal flame. Over
the years the candelabrum became an eight
branched Menorah with an extra light above
the rest, called a Shamash. During the eight-
day Jewish holiday of Chanukah (Hanukkah),
or Festival of Lights, a Menorah candle is lit
* each night. The annual holiday falls between
late November and late December.
Hanukkah commemorates the rededication
of the second Temple in Jerusalem at the
time of the Maccabean revolt in the second
century BC.
What most Bahamians probably do not
.know is that the first five books of their Old
Testament is the Jew's Torah. The Torah -
the five books of Moses or Pentateuch -
include Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Num-

bers and Deuteronomy. For the Jews the
Torah was not just a religious book. It was
their history, their laws, their ethics, their lit-
erature, their covenant with God, their hope
for the future. They awaited their Redeemer.
All of this is a part of our Christian tradi-
tion. When Jesus entered the picture he made
it very clear that he himself a Jew had
not come to destroy the Jewish law or the
prophets. "I have not come to destroy, but to
fulfil," he said. Christians accepted Jesus as
the son of God, who had come to redeem
them from their sins. The Jews are still wait-
ing for their Redeemer to knock at their
door. And this is where Jew and Christian
divide, each going their own way.
However, if the Menorah is "inappropri-
ate" for a Christian festival, then why do we
accept as true God and Moses' meeting on
Mount Sinai with Moses descending holding
two clay tablets on which were written God's
laws for living a godly life. The Ten Com-
mandments were inscribed on those tablets.
In Exodus one finds God's instructions
for the crafting of the Menorah for Jewish
ceremonies, and in the same book one reads
God's law about how a Jew and Christian
should live a holy life. (Exodus 20:1-26;
Deuteronomy 5:1-35).
Religion, which is supposed to teach one
how to love one's fellow man; how to have
compassion, forgiveness, toleration and char-
ity one for the other, is one of the greatest
divisive forces on this earth, because human
beings, and their stiff-necked holy men, have
failed to grasp God's message.
"Though I speak with the tongues of men
and of angels, and have not charity, I am
become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cym-
bal," reads 1 Corinthians 13. And it con-
cludes: "So#there abide, faith, hope, charity,
these three; but the greatest of these is char-
And so we would advise our local "brass"
and "tinkling cymbals" that before they lead
their trusting flock into eternal damnation,
they should remember that "a little knowl-
edge is a dangerous thing, drink deep or taste
not the Pierian spring..."
A Menorah and a Nativity scene would
have been a symbolic bridge between the
Old and New Testaments, between Jew and
Christian. Why can't Bahamian Jews and
Christians join hands in brotherly love this
season a season that is sacred to both reli-

Outrage over the

Menorah was small-

minded and ignorant

EDITOR, The Tribune. everyone believe in their own reli-
gion and have them co-exist side
I FEEL the need to write a let- by side? The Holiday of
ter to you in regards to an article Chanukah is also being celebrat-
that I have read in today's paper. ed this month and happens to be
This article, which has to do an important rite of being Jew-
with Christmas and Chanukah ing the Menorah being next to ish. Most people around the
decorations in Rawson Square, is the wreath. I highly object and world know this fact.
on the front page and frankly it can pretty much tell you that most For each of these men to
astounded me! Jews would be insulted at this assume that the only reason that
I was calmly drinking my coffee outright, bigoted attitude! What the menorah was put up in the
this morning and what did I read? year are we living in? I am guess- square was because nobody real-
Smince when do people become ing that one of the beliefs of ly knew what it meant or that it
enraged over something as simple Christianity is to be tolerant of "looked nice" is a slap in the face!
as a decoration that represents others, is this what tolerance is? Hlow condescending. I really had
another religion? I'm not sure that Jesus Christ thought that people here had
I find this incredibly small would have considered this to be advanced with the times.
minded and ignorant. I happen a giving and tolerant attitude. In conclusion, I would hope
to be Jewish, and very proud of What do you think? Is having that the attitude of these two men
that fact by the way, and have a Menorah up for all to see so does not represent the. general
been living here in Nassau for the disraceful? public. I would hate to think that
past 20 years. I know in past ast I'm guessing that neither Mr most people here feel the same or
there have been issues with the Scandaliaris nor Deacon Nairn feel as if sharing the spotlight with
Star of David decorations that even know the first thing about another religion is somehow ruin-
have been displayed in the past, te Jewish religion ing the meaning of Christmas.
but this is ridiculous. I am also the Jewish relig w, or seem to Come onpeople, this is 2008,
o For all they know, or seem don't we have more important
not so naive as to think that there perceive, is that the symbol of amore important
are no anti-Semetics in the menorah is somehow taking away issues to deal with?
Bahamas. the spirit of what they believe, or
I have to disagree with Mr what the holiday represents. SUSAN KATZ
Scandaliaris and his statement Maybe these two men should LIGHTBOURN
that "my Jewish friends would do their homework. Why not let Nassau,
agree that this isn'tright," mean- December 5,2008.

We are tired of being disrespected

by management and staff of Galleria

An open letter to the manage-
ment and staff of Galleria Cine-
EDITOR, The Tribune
We go to the movies practi-
cally every week. The admission
plus the required visit to the con-
cession stand represents about
$1,500 per year, a pretty decent
sum especially in these days of
economic strife.
In return for obr investment,
we expect to be able to enjoy a
movie, from beginning to end.
That has never happened at Gal-
leria and it is about time that you
started allowing your patrons-to
do so.
Oh, I am not talking about the
movie itself. I am talking about
being allowed to watch all the
movie, which includes the credits.
I was brought up to believe that it
is respectful to the people who
laboured hard and long to create
the film that it just brought me
enjoyment to read their names.
Moreover, we enjoy seeing where
the movie was shot, who com-
posed and performed the music
and other interesting facts about
the movie that you can only learn
by reading the credits.
Arewe allowed to'do that?
Never. First of all, there are the
lights that are.brought up almost
the moment the action ends, dis-
turbing those of us who want to
see the rest of the movie. Then
there are the cleaners who are
not content to quietly come into
the theatre and pick up the
garbage and sweep. No, they
have to laugh and talk loudly
even though there are still people
sitting there, attempting to watch

the entire movie. These cleaners
even approach those of us trying
to view the credits and discuss
whether we are finished with our
water or not.
And, last but by no means
least, there is the projectionist
who is the person who decides
whether or not you have seen
enough of the movie and, if he
thinks that you have, shuts the
movie down, before the credits
are finished, leaving you to feel
cheated and that you have spent
your money unwisely.
Now moviemakers are smart.
More aqid more, they have started
to put final scenes AFTER the
credits, as in the last "Pirates of
the Caribbean" and the latest "X-
Files" movie. And we were the
only people at the showing of
both of those movies that we
attended to see those final scenes:
Thank goodness the projectionist
. decided that night to allow the
movie to finish.
Now, I am aware that most
folks stream out of the theatre
the moment the story is over. If
that is the case and the theatre is
empty, then by all means, turn on
the lights, let the cleaners laugh
and shout and allow the projec-
tionist to turn off the film. But
for goodness sakes, if there are
still people in the theatre, obvi-
ously watching the screen, have
the common sense and respect
for your valuable customers to
leave the theatre dark, hold off
for a minute or two on the clean-
ing and let the film finish. And
please don't use the excuse that
there is another showing of the
movie starting momentarily so
the crew has to clean up quickly.
We just attended a showing of

"Australia" that ended at 8.50 pm
where we experienced this kind of
discourteous and annoying treat-
ment ... and the next showing
was not until 9.15 pm.
We are really tired of being
denied the full experience of the
movie and being disrespected by
the management and staff of Gal-
leria. We enjoy the movies. We
enjoy the theatre and the good
. service we get at the ticket booth,
the door and the concession
stand. But all that good treatment
ends when the movie ends, the
credits roll and those lights go on
and we are disturbed while trying
to finish our movie-going expe-
rience by watching the film to the
end, as it is intended that we
should. We would appreciate
having the same consideration
shown by the staff when the
movie is finished as is shown
before it begins.
So, please, Management and
Staff of Galleria, please respect
those of us who support your
business, paying our money to
watch a. movie, a whole, entire
movie to the very end, and allow
us to do so. Please fulfil your
obligation to your customers that
comes with the purchase of a tick-
et and let us watch the movie
from beginning to end. It cer-
tainly would enable us to leave
the Galleria with a good feeling
instead of going home every sin-
gle time we go to the movies feel-
ing cheated out of our total cine-
ma experience and frustrated at
the disrespectful and shabby
treatment we have received.
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Humane Society

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in 1,200 homeless

animals annually

Tribune Freeport

Humane Society of
Grand Bahama takes in
more than 1,200 home-
less animals every year
and persons here are
being encouraged to
consider adopting from
the shelter in Freeport.
Tip Burrows, manag-
ing director of the
HSGB, said there are
also pure-bred animals
available for adoption at
their new shelter facility
near the Grand Bahama
Sports Complex on
Coral Road.
"We encourage the
public to at least come
and look at the local ani-
mal shelter before they
purchase a pet and give
a homeless animal a
chance because we have
pure bred dogs as well,"
she said.
The breeding and sell-
ing of dogs has been on
the rise in Grand
Bahama and persons are
being advised to beware
when purchasing pets
that are purported to be
Ms Burrows noted that
most of the people
breeding dogs do not
have registration papers
to prove that their ani-
mals are pure-bred.
"I don't k now of a
single breeder on this
island who is breeding
absolutely pure bred
dogs. They don't have
registration,.papers and
'they can't'pbtve the
dog's lineage, and they
are not doing genetic
testing of their animals,"
she said.


"A lot of people are
buying puppies that are
having genetic issues
such as skin, eye, and
hip problems and they
want to complain, but
the bottom line is if you
go to a breeder to buy a
puppy he/she should fur-
nish you with proof of
all medical records and
"If you don't have reg-
istration from a recog-
nised kennel club then
your puppy is not a pure
bred puppy," she said.
Ms Burrows stated
that American pit bull
terriers are not pure
bred dogs and are not
recognized by any inter-
national kennel club or
the Bahamas Kennel
"We have too many pit
bulls and the problem is
the majority of people
who want them don't
know anything about
them and are not taking
proper care of them,
mistreating them and
causing these dogs.to
have a bad reputation
when in actuality they
are lovely dogs that are
being horribly mistreat-
ed," she said.
Ms Burrows stressed
that the stray dog prob-
lem is still a serious con-
cern on Grand Bahama.
She is calling on per-
sons to be responsible
pet owners by spaying
and neutering their pets
to prevent litters of
unwanted animals that
are often later neglected
or abandoned.

"We haven't seen the
decline yet that we
would like to in the stray
dog population, but we
feel with our continued
free spay and neuter
efforts we will.
"It is not better for
dogs to have just one lit-
ter of puppies and a lot
of people have that mis-
conception, but it is
healthier if they are
spayed and neutered,"
she said.

BTC Privatisation Committee announces

month-long public consultation process

THE BTC Privatisation Committee
announced today the start of a month-long
public consultation process for a "strength-
ened" regulatory framework governing the
communications and entertainment industry.
The public consultation document, detail-
ing areas governing the fast-changing industry,
follows a comprehensive review by a team
of advisers, including the London-based law
firm of Charles Russell on behalf of the gov-
"The publication of this document and the
call for public input is an important process in
the widening of competition within the
telecommunications sector," explained T B
Donaldson, chairman of the government-
appointed committee charged with steering
the sale of a 51 per cent stake of BTC.
"The expansion and strengthening of the
regulatory framework, together with the pri-
vatisation of BTC, are key steps paving the
way for full competition to flourish in this
important segment of our economy. When
telecom companies compete, whether in fixed
line service, mobile, broadband, radio or TV,
they have a right to expect to do so within a
regulatory framework which governs the sec-
tor objectively and has the resources, respon-

T B DONALDSON, chairman of the
government-appointed committee.

sibility and authority to carry out and enforce
its legal mandate.
"The purpose of opening the consultation
document to the public for review is to make
absolutely certain that all those voices that

want to be heard can be heard as this impor-
tant new framework is created."
The 20-page document, called Towards a,
New Regulatory Framework for the Com-
munications. Sector, refers to the current leg-
islation, noting the future rules of the infor-
mation and entertainment highway will be
much broader than the limited Telecommu- -
nications Act of 1999.
The document includes questions about
key issues and certain initial proposals, but
leaves the door open for public input, serving
as a widely-publicised invitation for written
Announcing publication of the consulta-
tion document, the committee noted: "The
BTC Privatisation Committee on behalf of
the government has today published a con-
sultation document on the proposed changes,
which can be found at www.btcprivatisa-
tion.com...The government has two broad
objectives for the communications market,
to improve the communications used by con-
sumers in The Bahamas, both in terms of
quality and prices, and to safeguard future
investment in the sector."
Both goals will be the aim of the new
framework with a single, converged regulator

governing telecommunications, broadcasting
and spectrum management.
The framework, the committee said, would
be modern, robust and transparent, creating
conditions conducive to allowing full compe-
tition to flourish.
In addition to downloading the document
from the website that also went live today,
interested parties may find hard copies at var-
ious locations throughout The Bahamas to
be announced shortly.
"This consultation document does not set
government policy, but rather is an invita-
tion for written submissions from the Bahami-
an public and interested parties aimed at stim-
ulating debate on the issues addressed in this
document for the purpose of refining gov-
ernment policy.
"All comments must be submitted in writ-
ing by 5pm on January 9,2009, and mailed to
BTC Consultation, KPMG, PO Box N123,
Nassau, Bahamas or e-mailed to consulta-
tion@btcprivatisation.com," the document
The government plans to publish submis-
sions following the consultation process so
that interested parties may see views

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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Pineridge
MP Kwasi Thompson said too
many politicians make
promises that they are unable
to keep after being elected.
The FNM MP, who was
elected in May 2006, said he is
keeping his promise to the
constituents of Pineridge to
create educational, sporting
and leadership development
"The Pineridge constituen-
cy is a vast and diverse area
that has both rich and the
most challenged in the soci-
ety and there was one thing I
said I did not want to do
when I got involved in poli-
tics; I did not want to make
promises to people that I was
not able to keep," said Mr
"And one of the cycles that
I always saw was that there
were politicians who saw
needs in their communities
and they made promises that
they knew they would not be
able to keep, simply because
the task is just too big for one
person to handle."
Mr Thompson, who also
serves as deputy speaker of
the House of Assembly, was
speaking on Saturday at the
Pineridge Community Lead-
ership Association awards
ceremony held at the Susan J
Wallace Community Centre
on Nansen Avenue.
He said the PCLA is a non-

political organisation that was
formed to help improve the
The association, in partner-
ship with the Susan J Wallace
Community Centre, held a
number of free training work-
shops that provided free com-
puter training, Creole class-
es, auto mechanics training,
youth mentorship, volun-
teerism and career training,
as well as recreational pro-
grammes such as handicraft
Mr Thompson commended
PCLA chairperson Michelle
Strachan and organiser
Besheva Eve for the pro-
"One of the things I came
to realise is thatothere is a vast
amount of people who
-already live in area who have
a passion to serve and help
and see their community
"So I sought to involve a
number of people who want-
ed the same thing I wanted .
. to assist and help in the com-
munity," he said.
Mr Thompson said most
times when MPs get involved
in an organisation it becomes
political, or persons tend to
shy away from it because they
do not want to be involved in
politics or they do not sup-
port the political views of the
The PCLA, he said, is open
to all persons and not limited
to constituents of Pineridge.
"It is a community based
organisation where the sole
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the entire Bahamas. It is a
movement that has born of
community spirit and it has
been able to motivate persons

and give them the opportuni-
ty to serve their community
better," he said.
Mr Thompson said he was
pleased by the level of partic-
ipation by young people in
the programmes offered by
PCLA. He was particularly
pleased by the handicrafts
items made by participants,
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PETER SWEETING and Nathaniel Butter-
field remove debris from the beach.

Earl Deveaux
and Eric Carey
of the Bahamas
National Trust
examine the
area from Long
Wharf Beach to
Arawak Cay

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE UNSIGHTLY garbage and debris
littered along Long Wharf Beach is left
behind by crowds of junkanooers and locals
using the beach on weekends, Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux said.
Responding to Tribune reports of broken
bottles, old car tires, and other debris scat-
tered across the popular downtown beach,
Mr Deveaux visited Long Wharf and initi-
ated a clean-up of the beach yesterday morn-
The minister said that although a team of
workers regularly cleans the area, much of
the damage is done over the weekend and
greater efforts are needed from the com-
He said: "You have a group of junkanoers

and Bahamians who congregate at Arawak
Cay, and tourists will go there. So even if the
clean-up crew work weekends, you will
always find litter on Arawak Beach."
Senior deputy director of environmental
health Vincent Sweeting said: "We are trying
to clean up, and we clean this up regularly.
We thank The Tribune for bringing it to our
Mr Deveax told several ministry adminis-
trators during a presentation in September
that he would like to see an immediate
national waste disposal and cleanliness cam-
paign implemented.
In response to last week's dump fire, Mr
Devaux said: "We believe it is the height of
incompetence that a society as advanced as
the Bahamas cannot manage garbage better
than it does."
Director of environmental services Mel-

'HANIEL BUTTERFIELD from the Department of
ronmental Health helps remove debris from Long
irf beach.
lany McKenzie said that although a clean-up
campaign has started in many areas there
will be a trash dilemma from time to time,
and some of the common areas where there
is a consistent trash build-up include many
roads and other areas of heavy human traf-
"As Bahamians we have to learn to do a
little bit more in terms of waste disposal," she.
She said her department has put in place a
bin placement programme which not only
upgrades outdated bins, but also places new
bins in problematic areas such as bus stops,
beaches, parks and others that are pedes-
trian friendly.
However, she added that sponsorship
from the business community along with
support from regular Bahamians will help in
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Celebrating Christ with songs,

poetry, prayer and dance

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FSIAL ORJEUS T ese .l'aepati aCrsmaseebain

Under the theme "Jesus, songs, poetry, prayer and
Our Christmas Joy", the Min- dance in celebration of Christ.
istry of Education held its Bringing remarks on behalf
annual festival of carols under of Minister of Education Carl
the direction of senior educa- Bethel was Lionel Sands, act-
tion officer Dr Jewel Dean. ing director of education.
Students from both public Mr Sands explained to the
and private schools offered students that they are like can-

dies, and just as a candle
shares its light, so too must
they share their talents and
knowledge to make the world
a better place.
He said that during these
difficult economic times, the
students should share happi-
ness and give to the less for-
The director commended
parents for their support and
thanked administrators, teach-
ers and everyone who plays a
role in the development of the
nation's children.
He then wished all "a
blessed Christmas and a pro-
ductive New Year".
Chief Superintendent of
Police Hulan Hanna was also
in attendance and encouraged
the students to be more like
He urged them not to
become involved in deviant
behaviour, but to seek posi-
tive activities and make their
parents and country proud.
Mr Hanna advised the stu-
dents to think carefully and
avoid lashing out with vio-
lence when faced with diffi-
cult situations.

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acknowledging and cele-
brating achievements in all
areas of the world's travel
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Tribune Freeport
Grand Bahama Youth
Development Pre-Technol-
ogy Training Programme is
positively impacting the lives
of high school drop outs and
troubled teens on Grand
The programme, which
was established in January
2005, has given many young
people who have been reject-
ed from the public school
system a second chance to
be productive citizens.
Shanny Hanna, pro-
gramme facilitator and
instructor, said the pro-
gramme has been very bene-
ficial to 12 graders who are
unable to achieve the GPA
necessary to graduate from
high school.
The programme, she said,
has now been extended to
young people who have been
expelled from school
because of behavioral prob-
lems or have been referred
by the court system.
Ms Hanna reported that
50 students are currently
enrolled in the programme
which caters to persons
between 16 and 18 years old.
Although the programme
is supported by various pri-
vate sector partners and civic
organizations in Freeport,
the support of the govern-
ment is also needed, she said.

Many who have been

rejected from public school

system given opportunity

to be productive citizens

"We have made the Min-
istry of Education aware of
what we are doing and we
hope that in the future we
can get some more assistance
from them.
"We are limited in terms
of space and resources so we
can only accommodate a cer-
tain number of persons each
semester," said Ms Hanna.
The programme runs for
nine months six of which
cover general academic and
technical classes, and three
of which focus on job train-
The classes include math,
English, computer science,
Bahamian civics, agriculture,
construction technology,
auto-mechanics, cosmetol-
ogy, carpentry, and welding.
Ms Hanna said the organ-
isers are now in talks
with Atlantic College in an
effort to help participants
achieve high school equiva-

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"Once we get that for-
malised,,we are hoping that
next semester upon com-
pleting the programme, par-
ticipants can get their high
school equivalency and can
matriculate into Atlantic
College if they wish to," she
Ms Hanna said the pro-
gramme, has been a positive
experience for participants.
She thanked sponsors includ-
ing the Rotary Club, the
American Women's
Association, Chris Lowe at
Kelly's, and others who
have supported the pro-
Administrator Tina Pratt
noted that of the 72 students
who have passed through

programme since its incep-
tion, 69 are now employed.
Garner Jolly, 17, said the
programme has "opened
doors" for him.
"I am learning a trade and
this entire experience has
changed me and has opened
many doors for me," said the
aspiring welder.
"The programme was a
great experience and I had
the opportunity to meet
some great people who are
,my mentors," said 17-year-
old Samantha Kemp, who
wants to be an anesthesiolo-
Joetiko Newbold wants to
open his own carpentry busi-
ness one day.
"I am really glad that I was
given a second chance
through this programme," he
Stefan Hudson, a former
Jack Hayward High student
who wants to be a marine
mechanic, believes that the
pre-tech programme pro-
vides more career options
than public school.

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of Clarence Town, Long
Island will be held on
Thursday December 1Ith,
2008 10:00 a.m. at St.
George's Anglican Church,
Montrose Avenue. Fr.
Kingsley Knowles assisted
by other ministers of the
Gospel will officiate.

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Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas




widow of the late
Roscow N, Pyfrom, went
k i. ' **to her.Lord Sunday,7
---- December, 200 ,while
surrounded by their
loving daughters, Charlotte Pyfrom, Rosalie
Pyfrom, Frances Sakach, and Catherine Pyfrom.
Mrs. Pyfrom is also survived by their
grandchildren, Christina Halliday, Jeffrey Halliday,
Jennifer Halliday and Christina Pyfrom. Mrs.
Pyfrom had been hospitalized at JFK Medical
Center, Atlantis, West Palm Beach.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in .her
memory to Christ Church Cathedral, P.O. Box N-
653, Nassau, Bahamas.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited,
22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Telephone 1-242-393-2022.

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Elwood W. Pritchard, 81

of Graham Acres,
Nassau, The
Bahamas died at
:':9 his residence on
Sunday, 7th
December, 2008.

He is survived by
his wife, Ruth,
sons, Glenn and
Kim, a daughter,
Deborah Dawson
and many other
relatives and

117 receive awards



Governor-General's Youth
Award participants in Nassau
recently received their Bronze
and Silver Awards. The 117 recip-
ients were from St Augustine's
College, Jordan Prince Williams,
St Anne's High School, Aquinas
College; Kingsway Academy,

BRONZE RECIPIENTS pictured here with (left) Mrs Rosamund Roberts, (right) Mrs
Christiane Oakes.

Pace Christian Academy, Simp-
son Penn for Boys, C V Bethel
High School, Queen's College,
Nassau Christian Academy, R M
Bailey High School, Teleos Chris-
tian School, St Andrews School
and St Barnabas Boys Brigade.
Participants achieving the

Bronze Award completed the fol-
lowing minimum requirements:
' They participated for three
months in a service, skill, physical
recreation and carried out an
adventurous journey that
involved two days, one night out
camping and hiking 15 miles or
more. They also completed an
additional three months in either
the service, skill or physical recre-
ation. Those receiving Silver
awards, who are Bronze Award
holders, participated in the same
activities but for a longer time.
Their requirements involved six
months of participation in all the
activities with a three-day two
night expedition, trekking 30
miles or more. Some can choose
to complete an exploration.
The presenters were Mrs Chris-
tiane Oakes and Mrs Rosamund
Roberts, both GGYA Board of
Trustee members.
Mr Jack Thompson, Director
of Immigration and Vice-Chair-
man, GGYA National Council
addressed the recipients on the
theme "Be above Average."
The GGYA is a self-develop-
ment programme available to all
young people in the Bahamas to
equip them with life skills to
make a difference to themselves,.
their communities and the world.
There are presently $0 units
throughout the Bahamas, con-
sisting 6t more than 900 partici-
pants. An estimatedO8,000 young

In Loving Memory

Marine Seaman

Omar Sylvester Smith
May 13, 1988 December 9, 2007

-" -

Gone but not forgotten.

Left to cherish his fond

memories are:

Vandetta Moorshead, Florence Sturrup,

Gregory, Jeffery, Robert, Kenneth, Kiun,

Vanetta, V1anessa, Angela, Brook,

Greg Jr. Shai'wn, Williamn, Bronson,

S"da, Valencia, Rosanuna, Tanya
and Lavern.

New Entry 43 and

i' nan Entry 15 of HMBS

gradIuatintg class of June 2007
and-aj9ong host of other relatives
'- m as. '-. *

Bahamians over the past 21 years
have been motivated to under-
take a variety of voluntary and
challenging activities.
At the end of the process, a
young person who takes part in
the Award should have devel-
oped many of the following:
Self belief and self confi-
A positive and realistic self-
image they will know and
accept their own strengths and
weaknesses, and be more aware
of their own potential.
An independent and self-
motivating attitude.
A sense of responsibility to
A connection to the broader
New or improved interests,
skills and abilities.
A willingness to try new
New friendships and rela-
tionships with their peers and old-
er people.
The ability to make a plan
and then make their plan hap-
Lifelong interests.
Team skills.
Life skills negotiation,
research, communication, prob-
lem solving, presentation skills.
The GGYA is a member of the
International Award Association
for young people with pro-
grammes in 125 countries.

Tribune Staff Reporter
IT has been ten years in the
making and although many may
think of Bay Street as not being
the best place to start a new busi-
ness due to the economic down-
turn, John Bull group of compa-
nies followed through in opening
a brand new cosmetic boutique
over the weekend.
Director of Business Devel-
opment for John Bull Group of
Companies, Inga Bowleg, said as
the company approaches its 80
year anniversary in the Bahamas,
it is very pleased and excited to
launch the new cosmetic bou-
tique. "It is quite an accomplish-
ment for us to be able to say that
this is the first store of its kind
not only in the region but in the
world. It's the first store where
Est6e Lauder has showcased all
the brands they represent world
wide: MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clin-
ique, La Mer, Jo Malone and
Estue Lauder," Ms Bowleg said.
Ms Bowleg said that John Bull
had agreed to many oftheir pro-
jects before the economic situa-
tion but regardless of what is
going on in the economy, John
Bull must remain current.
"We have to remain prudent
but also focus on a new business
approach a new way of doing
things. The consumer needs to be
confident in what we are doing
as a company and it only confirms
consumer confidence when we
can bring to the Bahamas brands
that are world renowned," Ms
Bowleg said.
Ms Bowleg indicated that for
those who can not travel or are
facing financial limitations, John
Bull has brought those brands to
the Bahamas where customers
can purchase items in some
instances'at US suggested retail or
"We arc looking forward to
great things and we have high
hopes for this economy. We
expect to be key players in con-
tributing to making the Bahamas
a destination of choice, in the area
of shopping. We want to cele-
brate this milestone with our cus-
tomers because without the sup-
port of the Bahamian public noth-
ing that we do would be possible.
This is a fantastic time to say
thank you to those customers
because we do appreciate their


Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to the Christian Counseling
Centre, P.O. Box SS-6106, Nassau in memory
of Elwood W. Pritchard.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, The
Bahamas. Telephone 1-242-393-2022.




Students make

some noise for

'One Bahamas'


COOPER'S TOWN Students from various
schools in North Abaco recently welcomed the "One
Bahamas" celebration to the region with cheers,
music and excitement at a pep rally at the S C Boo-
tle High School.
"This ceremony that we held was one of the most
impressive and successful that I have ever been
involved in," former Governor General and One
Bahamas Chairman Sir Orville Turnquest said at the
event. "The children were really wonderful. The
way they performed, the way they reacted, I think it
was a wonderful, wonderful occasion really in the
spirit of what 'One Bahamas' is all about."
"One Bahamas" committee members, stake-
holders and organizers came from New Providence
and Grand Bahama for the Abaco event.
"This is the best response that we had in all the
islands," said first Bahamian Olympic Gold medal-
ist and One Bahamas co-director Sir Durward
Knowles. "All due respect to Freeport, Grand
Bahama, the children showed more enthusiasm than
I have seen in my life. Really, it is so encouraging to
see the enthusiasm they had."
Senior Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture Ricardo Deveaux added
that the young people of North Abaco were "truly
outstanding" in the presentation and acceptance of
the One Bahamas concept.
"As a representative of the Ministry, we were
proud to see the young people of Abaco turn out for
this ceremony and really display what 'One
Bahamas' is all about," he said. "I believe that if this
is any indication of what is to come, I think we are in
a good stead in this country."
"Given what they presented to us today, it is obvi-
ous that they understand the 'One Bahamas' con-
cept," added Executive Director of the One
Bahamas Foundation Patricia Francis. "It's about
understanding that no matter where we are in this
country, we are all one, we can live and work togeth-
er and we recognize on whose shoulders we stand
upon as we rise and go forward."
Several students in attendance said they not only
learned more about the importance, of a united
Bahamas, they also appreciated the visit from "liv-
ing legends" to their island.
"They took a day out of their busy life to come
speak to us and that makes me feel excited," said
Chelsea Bowe, head girl at Cooper's Town Primary
School. .
"The islands of The Bahamas must stay united,
even if they are separated by water,"'she added
when asked what she learned from the event.
Fellow schoolmate Deonte Pritchard added that
it made him feel extra special that the "One
Bahamas" representatives came to the island.
SC Bootle High School senior Kristie Russell said
she felt that the celebration was a time for teachers,
students and the North Abaco public to come
together and celebrate unity.
"And I am very, very pleased that they chose
northern Abaco to have this event," she said. "I feel
that my classmates have learned a whole lot from

AMY ROBERTS Primary School students wave the
Bahamian flag and cheer

this event, seeing that it is very important, and we
have learned the importance of being united."
Fellow senior Ivanisha Russell added that she
was pleased that so many different schools attended
and hoped that events such as "One Bahamas"
cculd happen again soon in North Abaco.
Amy Roberts Primary school sixth-grader Tyler
Schreack said he learned that everybody is "one
family" and it does not matter what colour a person
happens to be.
"We all come from one country," he added.
"We can come from all over the world and we can
still live as one, since we are all here in The
Bahamas," SC Bootle High principal Huel Moss
said. "That is the message that I hope my students
get and that is what we push here as part of our
whole overall objective and philosophy."
Treasure Cay Primary school sixth-grader Johnny
Agusde said that he also learned that "all of us are
"You could be any colour and all of us could be
friends, not enemies," he said. "We must all be
kind to each other."
"We are so happy to see the response that we
got here today and it is so encouraging to.us," Sir..
,. Durward said.
Sir Orville'said he wanted the students to under-
stand that they are the future of The Bahamas and
that, if The Bahamas is to continue as "One
Bahamas", they must do all that they can to learn all
they can in school, live together in harmony and
obey the laws of the country.
"Against that kind of background, they could
have the ambition to succeed in becoming whatev-
er they want to be because they are the future lead-
ers of this county. 'The leaders must come from
them," Sir Orville said.

appointed Dr Desirde Cox its new
Director of Community Clinical
Education for the Bahamas cam-
pus set to open in January 2009.
Dr. Cox will bring Behavioral
Sciences to medical students as
well as some aspects of the Inte-
gration of Clinical Medicine cours-
es. In her capacity as Director of
Community Clinical Education,
Dr Cox will be working with the
Grand Bahama medical commu-
nity to facilitate student exposure
to clinical cases and basic aspects of
clerking patients.
Ross University is committed to
supporting educational and lead-
ership development for health care
practitioners in Grand Bahama.
She will be working with Ross and
health care professionals in Grand
Bahama to make this happen.
"I see this as an opportunity to
help shape the minds of future doc-
tors and of health care in the
Caribbean and the world. I am
excited about my opportunity to
work with the Grand Bahama
medical community in their con-
tinued efforts to raise the level of
standards of their health care prac-
titioners, as well as the level of
awareness for health care educa-
tion to the community at large,"
said Dr Cox.
Born in Nassau, Dr Cox is a
medical doctor and academic who
has focused on integrating all
aspects of medicine and the healing
Described by the British Med-
ical Journal (BMJ) as a 'Renais-
sance Woman' in 2004, she is a
medical doctor, an historian, social
entrepreneur, professional jazz-
singer, writer and visionary artist.
In 1987 Dr Cox became the first
Rhodes Scholar from The
Bahamas, and first woman from
the British Caribbean to win a
Rhodes Scholarship. In 2006, she
became a Fellow of the Academy
of Medicine of The Bahamas. That
same year, she was honoured as
one of 33 pioneering women in
Bahamian history at the 33rd Inde-
pendence Celebrations, July, 2006.
She was featured amongst 50 high
achieving women Rhodes Schol-

ars at the 30th Anniversary of
Women Rhodes Scholars in May
Dr Cox received her early pri-
mary and high school educated at
Queen's College, Nassau. She
attended McGill University where
she received a BSc (Hon) in
Chemistry with special interest in
Quantum Chemistry. Dr Cox then
went on to Oxford University as
Rhodes Scholar, and trained as a
medical doctor winning the Pem-
broke College Collection Prize and
the Radcliff Infirmary Essay Prize
while in medical school. After
completing her medical degree she
studied History of Medicine and
the History and Philosophy of Sci-
ence at the University of Cam-
bridge (UK) receiving her Mas-
ters in Philosophy (MPhil) and
PhD at Cambridge.
Dr Cox then worked as a med-
ical doctor at the Maudsley Hos-
pital in'London for a number of
years in the area of psychiatry.
In 2003, she was invited back to
The Bahamas by the Prime Minis-
ter where she served as consultant
and special adviser to the Prime
Minister in Human Development
and Urban Renewal between 2004
and November 2007 where she
became one of the co-founders of
the Urban Renewal Initiative of
The Bahamas.
She has authored a number of
academic and government publi-
cations in the area of medicine and
humanities, as well as set up pro-
grammes that link these areas in
the interest of healing and whole-
ness. While in London, she set up
the UK charity Performing Cures
which brings live music and dra-
matic performances to the public
spaces of hospitals and healthcare
"We are delighted
to welcome Dr Cox to the Ross
faculty roster in The Bahamas. We
feel all of our lives will be enriched
by her many talents. Not only is
she an accomplished clinician, and
Rhodes Scholar, but Dr Cox brings
a wealth 6f experience as an
accomplished musician and artist.
We look forward to learning from
her in many ways," said Dr Mary

Thoesen Coleman, Dean, Ross
School of Medicine.

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as the jeep of her son-in-law's
friend. The person in the jeep
started to flash his lights for her
to stop.
"I thought he was bringing
my son-in-law home," said Mrs
Ferguson, "and was trying to
flag me so that my son-in-law
could go with me instead." *
"I pulled to the side of the
road," Mrs Ferguson said. "As
long as I am driving my car
doors are locked, but as soon
as I stop the car, they all auto-
matically unlock."
It was dark about 8.15pm
- when a man, who she
thought was her son-in-law,
jumped into her car and settled
on the back seat.
Suddenly a left arm was
across her chest, and a knife,
held in his right hand, was
touching her chin. "Drive!" he
ordered. All she remembered

yesterday was that he had a
"husky voice." She froze in fear.
As she drove, he kept draw-
ing the knife back and forth
across her arm, tearing her
blouse and making a superficial
cut across her chest, and arms.
Suddenly the right wheel of
her car, where the hub cap had
been giving trouble, started to
"make an ungodly noise." She
slowed down.
"He must have thought that
something was going wrong
with the car. He hopped out,
and I took off and drove
straight home," she said.
Her family took her to the
police station to make a state-
"When I am alone, I never
stop for anyone," said Mrs Fer-
guson, "but I thought my son-
in-law was in the car behind me
and was trying to get me to stop.
"When I go out I always
have my cell phone with me.
But Sunday night I had forgot-

ten it at home. I had only taken
enough money with me for the
wash-house, and so I had no
money on me. And what was
strange is that this road that
always has so much traffic going
and coming, didn't have one car
on it when this happened Sun-
day night. So there was no one I
could stop to get help."
Mrs Ferguson, a diabetic,
who suffers from hypertension
and sleep apnea, passed Sun-
day night in fear, her hyperten-
sion in overdrive, and her fitful
sleep filled with nightmares. "I
am terrified to go out," she said
Instead of going to work on
Monday, she had secured her-
self in her home behind a door
that now has three locks.
"I now know what fear is like
and can sympathise with others
who have gone through this,"'.'
she said Monday.
She had an appointment with
her doctor later that afternoon.

FROM page one

them, and the like."
In the letter, the acting comptroller said: "In
light of the above, a recommendation will be
made to the relevant authorities for you to receive
a reduction in rank."
The recommendation was made in accordance
with Public Service Commission regulations.
Failing to pay duty on items brought into the
country is a criminal offence. However, it is not
known whether a criminal investigation into the
incident will be launched by police.
Acting Comptroller of Customs Anthony
Adderley was not available for comment

before The Tribune went to press
The Tribune reported last week that sources
inside or close to the Customs Department are
calling on government to "dismantle" the depart-
ment and rid it of at least 1,200 of its 3,000 staff in
order to root out corruption.
It was also claimed that more than $2 billion in
potential duty has been "lost" over the last 10
Corruption charges have brought against sev-
eral key customs officers, and the suspicious fire
at customs officer Roslyn Ritchie's home on
November 26 has sparked interest in the unex-
plained wealth of some officers in the depart-

Boy in hospital after stabbing at school

FROM page one

exams for the ll1th grade stu-
dents at CC Sweeting, the stu-
dent said.
The incident follows a violent
stabbing between two high
school students, which put a
12th grade student in hospital
with severe stab wounds in his
lower back.

The fight took place near the
junction of Wulff and Marathon
Roads at around 3pm last Mon-
Police were unable to provide
any update on the condition of
last Monday's victim.
Violence is not foreign to CC
Sweeting Senior High School
where 17-year-old student Rico
Farrington was murdered last

Rico, a 12th grade student,
was stabbed multiple times in
the neck and chest after he
reportedly got into an alterca-
tion with two of his schoolmates
over a girl.
Principal of the school, Mrs
Delores Ingraham, wife of
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, was unavailable for com-
ment before The Tribune went
to press.

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or an embassy in Cuba. I didn't think that the
relationship between ourselves and Cuba mer-
ited that sort of high level assignment or com-
"(However) the Bahamas already has
expended a significant amount of money on
establishing an embassy in Cuba (set up in 2006).
We would have considered a Consul General in
Cuba (but) the differential in cost is not signif-
icant. Certainly the signal that we would send if
we carried through with that would not be one
that we had intended to really do.
"We are not seeking to say to Cuba that we
no longer have high regard for your relationship
so we reconsidered that position and deter-
mined that we aren't going to reduce or down-
grade the embassy in Cuba," said Mr Ingra-
ham, during an interview with Bahamian media
in Santiago de Cuba where he was attending a
Cuba Caricom summit.
He added: "Our successors in office agreed
for Cuba to establish an embassy in the
Bahamas and they did. So if we then proceeded
to downgrade our office in Cuba they would
have had to do the same thing in the Bahamas."
Many Bahamians travel to Cuba every year
for leisure, educational and health purposes.
Current Ambassador Carlton Wright has
said previously that he sees the embassy as
doing an important job in assisting any Bahami-
ans who need help while on the island, and in
organising cultural exchanges.
Mr Ingraham said that now he sees Mr Biur-
rows as "the right man to do the job (Ambas-

Constable Rolle testified that she was the diarist at the station
and worked the 4pm to midnight shift on Wednesday, Feb-
ruary 27. Constable Rolle told the court that she received a call
from officers on mobile patrol around 5 pm that evening and
as a result she dispatched another mobile unit. Constable
Rolle testified that minutes later, both units returned to the sta-
tion with five persons, including a pregnant woman, who
were said to have been detained for drug offences. Officer
Rolle was shown a detention record with the name Raphael
Wallace and below it the name Melvin Maycock Jr. She told
the court that she did not recall entering Maycock Jr's name
nor did she recognize the handwriting. She said that the name
was not there at the time she entered the name Raphael Wal-
She identified Maycock Sr in court as the individual who had
identified himself to her as Raphael Wallace. WPC Rolle
said that she handed the individuals over to Sergeant Lewis,
all except Ms Danella Nixon who was pregnant. She told the
court that she left work shortly after midnight.
During cross-examination by lawyer Wayne Munroe, who
represents Sergeant Troy Lewis, Rolle said she was asked to
write a statement regarding all that occurred on February
27. She said she didn't know that the statement was about
Melvin Maycock Sr and had never recalled hearing the name.
She admitted that yesterday was the first time she had iden-
tified Maycock Sr to anyone. The case continues at 10 o'clock
this morning.
Lawyer Damien Gomez represents Maycock Sr. Lawyer
Alex Morley held a brief yesterday for lawyer Dion Smith who.
represents Maycock Jr. T

Bahamian embassy
sador) at this time."
"The fact that he has experience in Immi-
gration is to his credit in relation to our rela-
tionship with Cuba. As you know, emigration is
a critical part of the relationship between the
Bahamas and Cuba. We have also accessed
from Cuba, teachers and the eye programme,
the medical situation we have obtained some
additional talent from Cuba to do additional
duties in the Bahamas."
Mr Ingraham said he expects to "shortly"
sign a new agreement with Cuba facilitating the
free treatment of Bahamians by Cuban eye spe-
Hundreds of Bahamians have been treated
under the programme, called Operation Miracle,
in the last few years.
"We look forward to Bahamians benefiting
from that programme as indeed some have
already done," he said.'
Explaining the delay in renewing the agree-
ment, the Prime Minister said the former PLP
administration "had understandings that were
not reduced to writing."
"We would like to operate on a basis of hav-
ing clear responsibilities, duties and obligations
and that is what we are proposing to do with the
eye programme so everyone will know whose
responsible for what.
"Apart from the programme itself, there's an
after service. Some follow up service, so we'd
like to make sure there is in place an arrange-
ment to cause that to happen," said Mr Ingra-

13 layoffs
FROM page one

opments of the property.
This is the second major
operation at Emerald Bay to
shut down or cut back its work
force by large numbers.
In July of this year, Pinna-
cle Entertainment decided to
sell or otherwise discontinue
operations of the Casino at
Emerald Bay.
Among the reasons given for
the decision were that the small
casino is distant from Pinnacle's
other operations and its success
is heavily reliant on the neigh-
bouring Four Seasons hotel.
The casino remains open with a
smaller staff until January 2009.
Russell Downs, UK based
accountant for the Emerald Bay
Marina property under Price-
waterhouseCoopers, said given
developments, it is not appro-
priate to make any further com-
ments afthis time.

Senior Customs officer demoted in

connection with failure to pay duty

'Cell escape' trial Impending closure
FROM page one f Emerald aynd
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Tender can be collected from our Administration Building,
John F. Kennedy Drive during the hours of 9:30AM to 5:00PM.

Tender should be addressed as follows:

Mr. Kirk Griffin
Acting President & CEO
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John F. Kennedy Drive
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas

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Allen leads surging Celtics


AP Sports Writer

Ray Allen still can take over a
game in fact, he's dominated
several lately.
With the Boston Celtics rid-
ing a 12-game win streak, their
longest since 1986,- Allen has
gone on perhaps his best scoring
binge since he joined the team
last season.
In the past eight games, he's
averaging 24 points, shooting
59 per cent from the field and
53 per cent from 3-point range.
His latest outburst was a sea-
son-best 35-point-effort in
Boston's 122-117 overtime win
over the Indiana Pacers on Sun-
"He's shooting the ball really
well," teammate Paul Pierce
said. "We're finding ways to get
him the ball and we're making a
conscious effort because he's
really shooting lights out. It's
good for us, and as long as he
keeps shooting the way he does
and we keep winning, we're
going to keep giving it to him."
In the only other NBA games
Sunday, it was: the Los Angeles
Lakers 105, Milwaukee 92;
Portland 98, Toronto 97; and
the New York Knicks 104,
Detroit 92.
Allen made five 3-pointers in
wins against Golden State and
Toronto last month, six at home
against Ifidiana on Wednesday
and seven against the Pacers on
Allen averaged 17.4 points

12th straight victory

per game last season, nearly vious four years with the Seattle
four points below his career SuperSonics.
average, but played a key role Boston coach Doc Rivers said
in the Celtics' run to the NBA Allen's success this season is a
title. Before last season, he aver- product of greater familiarity
aged at least 23 points the pre- with the offense.

,LOS ANGELES Lakers guard Derek Fisher (left) passes the ball around Milwaukee Bucks guard Tyronn Lue (10)
.during the third quarter of Sunday's game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles...

"He's just in a groove,"
Rivers said. "He knows our sys-
tem far better this year than last
year. There's a lot more in it
for him this year."
Allen came to the Celtics will-
ing to sacrifice some of his scor-
ing numbers for a title, but he's
willing to shoot more when
called upon.
"I'm just the recipient right
now," he said. "It definitely
goes in cycles."
His scoring ability is unique
for a 33-year-old playing in his
13th NBA season, but Allen
feels like he's in excellent shape.
He's played at least 37 minutes
in the past five games, and
played 41 minutes on Sunday.
Pacers forward Danny
Granger said Allen's age does-
n't matter.
"Man, I don't care how old
he is, he's always going to be
able to shoot the ball," Granger
said. "He's a dead-eye shoot-
Allen proved that by making
one of the biggest shots in over-
time on Sunday. He curled
around a screen and made a 3
from beyond the top of the key
with the shot clock winding
down to give Boston a 116-111
lead with 43 seconds left.
Indiana's T.J. Ford made a 3-
.pointer to make it 118-115 with
22.8 seconds to go, but the
Celtics went 4-for-4 from the
free-throw.line to seal it.
Allen scored seven of his
team's 17 points in overtime.
"He hit all the shots when we
needed him to," Rivers said.
Indiana is one of two teams
to beat Boston this season, and
the Pacers nearly pulled it off
again by shooting 50 per cent
from the field against the
league's top defensive team. It
was the most points the Celtics
have allowed this season.
Allen's performance, which
included 21 points after half-
time, was a key to the Celtics
withstanding Indiana's offen-
sive output.
As successful as Allen has
been lately, his focus remains
on the team. He knows that the

presence of Pierce and Kevin
Garnett draws attention away
from him.
"We spread the wealth," he
said. "Paul or KG, if one of us
has it going, that person can
take a lot of shots."

Lakers 105, Bucks 92

At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant
had 20 points and a season-high
eight assists, Derek Fisher
added 19 points and the Lak-
ers equaled the best 19-game
start in franchise history.
The Lakers also started the
1985-86 season 17-2. This was
the sixth time the team has won
17 of its first 20 games, including
the championship seasons of
1971-72 and 2001-02.
All the Lakers' starters
scored in double digits while
none of the Bucks' starters did.

Trail Blazers 98, Raptors 97

At Toronto, LaMarcus
Aldridge scored 20 points, Steve
Blake made a clutch 3-pointer
with 8 seconds left, and Port-
land spoiled Toronto coach Jay
Triano's home debut.
Jermaine O'Neal scored a
season-high 24 points and
blocked six shots and Chris
Bosh added 19 points, but it
wasn't enough to give Triano
his first win since taking over
last Wednesday.
Triano became the NBA's
first Canadian head coach when
he replaced fired Sam Mitchell.

Knicks 104, Pistons 92

At New York, Chris Duhon
had 25 points and nine assists,
Quentin Richardson scored 23
and the Knicks blew most of a
29-point lead before holding on
to snap a three-game losing
streak. Tayshaun Prince had 23
points and 10 rebounds for the
Pistons, who fell to 7-8 since
Allen Iverson's debut with the
team. Iverson and Arron Affla-
lo each finished with 17 points
for the Pistons, who are 11-3 on
the other days of the week.

Timberwolves fire coach Randy Wittman

AP Sports Writer

Randy Wittman was fired as
coach of the Minnesota Tim-
berwolves on Monday, two days
after an embarrassing 23-point
'loss at home to the last-place
Los Angeles Clippers. Kevin
McHale, vice president of bas-
ketball operations, took over as
The young team has a 4-15
record and has not responded to
Wittman's demands for tough
defense. The Timberwolves are
in the midst of a five-game los-
ing streak in which the average
margin of defeat has been near-
ly 17 points.
"There were certain goals
and expectations that we had
for this team at the start of the
season, and we have not lived
up to them," Timberwolves
owner Glen Taylor said in a

"I am disappointed in our
record and believe that we have
more talent than our record
indicates. A change had to be
made and with three-fourths of
the season remaining, there is
still time to make substantial
progress this year," he added.
The team scheduled an after-
noon news conference to dis-
cuss the change.
This was the fourth NBA
coaching firing this season fol-
lowing P.J. Carlesimo (Okla-
homa City), Eddie Jordan
(Washington) and Sam Mitchell
Wittman was 38-105 since
taking over for Dwane Casey
in January 2007. McHale picked
Wittman to preside over the
team's rebuilding following the
trade of Kevin Garnett, but the
second year of the plan has not
produced results.
After keeping things close
early in the season, the Tim-
berwolves lost by 29 points at

New Jersey on Friday night,
then were blown out by the
Clippers on Saturday night to
seal Wittman's fate. Wittman
went 22-60 last year, his only
full season in charge.
"I want to thank Randy for
all of his contributions to the
Timberwolves through the years
as both a head coach and an
assistant coach, and wish him
the best in the future," Taylor
Now it's up to McHale to try
and turn things around, and he
has experience in this kind of
situation. He went 19-12 in the
final 31 games of the 2004-05
season after firing coach Flip
"Kevin has assembled the
players on this team, and
believes in their talent and skill
level," Taylor said. "It is my
expectation that Kevin will be
able to get the most out of our
team and our players in his new
role as head coach."

While Wittman has been
preaching energy and effort, the
Timberwolves have been rou-
tinely outhustled. They were
outrebounded 54-38 and
outscored 20-7 in second-chance
points against the Clippers, two
telltale signs of lack of effort.
Wittman started this season
with defense as the top priority.
harping on it throughout train-
ing camp and urging his team
to commit to it at all costs. Yet
the Wolves have allowed at
least 100 points in seven straight
games and constantly give up
easy layups and wide-open
jumpers. Whatever the coach
was trying to teach, it either
wasn't working or wasn't sink-
ing in.
On countless occasions this
season, Wittman has been
reduced to stomping his feet on
the sidelines and yelling, "What
are we doing?" with his hands
in the air in exasperation.
The players said the onus was

on them to get things turned
"You are going to have bad
shooting nights. You are going
to have nights where you're not
as effective as you want to be.
But, the effort has to be there
every night," forward Ryan
Gomes said after the loss to the
Clippers and before the deci-
sion was made. "That's one
thing. The hustle has to be there
every night. Last two nights, it
hasn't been there. You look at
the games, look at the scores of
these games and you can just
tell by that, that something was
Five of the team's first eight
losses were by six points or less,
leaving hope that an adjustment
here or there would get things
on track.
But things went downhill last
week. Losses at Charlotte,
Orlando and New Jersey were
ugly, but nothing in compari-
son to the drubbing delivered

* By The Associated

Tuesday, December 9
Orlando at Portland (10
pm EST). The Magic con-
tinue a West Coast swing
with a game against the Trail
Blazers, whose only loss this
month is to Boston. Orlando
leads the Southeast Division
while Portland is keeping
pace with Denver atop the

Steve Blake, Trail Blaz-
ers, scored 19 points and hit
the go-ahead 3-pointer with
8 seconds left in Portland's
98-97 victory over Toronto.
Kobe Bryant, Lakers,
had 20 points and a season-
high eight assists to help Los
Angeles (17-2) equal its best
19-game start in franchise
history with a 105-92 win
over Milwaukee.
Chris Duhon, Knicks,
had 25 points and nine
assists to help New York
hang on after blowing most
of a 29-point lead in a 104-92
win over Detroit.
Ray Allen and Kevin
Garnett, Celtics. Allen
scored a season-high 35
points and Garnett had 17
points, 20 rebounds and five
steals to help Boston push
its winning streak to 12 with
a 122-117 overtime victory
at Indiana.

Portland improved to 8-1
against Eastern Conference
teams with a 98-97 win over
Toronto. The Trail Blazers'
only loss was Friday at
The Pacers shot 50 per
cent from the field against
the league's top defensive
team, but still lost to Boston
122-117 in overtime. It was
the most points the Celtics
have allowed this season.
Milwaukee shot 38 per
cent from the field in a 105-
92 loss to the Lakers, and
has not shot better than 50
per cent this season.

Maybe the Pistons really
do refuse to work on Sun-
day. Detroit rallied from 29
points down but still lost to
the Knicks, 104-92, dropping
the Pistons to 0-5 on the
back end of the weekend.
The Knicks won for the first
time in six games against the
Central Division.

Detroit played nearly the
entire fourth quarter against
the Knicks without Richard
Hamilton, who was thrown
out of a game at Madison
Square Garden for the.third
time in four years. He got a
technical foul in the first
half, then was called for
another and ejected after
appearing to give a little
shove to Jared Jeffries after
fouling him.

The Celtics are riding a
12-game winning streak after
a 122-117 overtime victory
over Indiana, their longest
streak since taking 14
straight on their way to the
1986 NBA title.
The Lakers (17-2) equaled
the best 19-game start in
franchise history, also
accomplished by the 1985-
86 team.... The Knicks blew
most of a 29-point lead
before holding off Detroit
104-92 to snap a three-game

"Regardless of how well
you play, one thing you can
always do every night is play
hard and there's no excuse
for that. We get a lot of
money to come out here and
perform to the highest of our
ability and there's no reason
why you shouldn't come out
and give that effort."
Allen Iverson after
Detroit dropped to 7-8 since
his debut with a 104-92 loss
at New York.

by the Clippers (4-16) in front
of a home smattering of fans.
This season is starting to look
a lot like last year, when the
Timberwolves were 3-16 at this
point in the season. After jetti-
soning malcontents Marko Jar-
ic and Antoine Walker and
acquiring Kevin Love and Mike
Miller, the Wolves expected
more this season.
"You look at our team and
we have an improved roster and
we are still in the same predica-
ment we were in last year,"
Gomes said.


Aston Villa scores late

to beat Everton 3-2

JUVENTUS' Amaun, of Brazil (right) scores with a header during the
Italian Sene A top league soccer match between Lecce and Juventus in Lec-
ce, Italy, on Sunday


Gaydamak puts


up for sale

(AP) Portsmouth owner
Alexandre Gaydamak has put
the Premier League team up
for sale and has already reject-
ed two offers.
Portsmouth issued a state-
ment on its Web site confirm-
ing the sale after a report that
the Russian businessman
would be prepared to accept
an offer that covered the
roughly $43.8 million he paid
for the team in January.
Gaydamak denied reports
that Portsmouth is in finan-
cial difficulties and,will have; to
sell key players in January,
but did cite other business
commitments for his decision.
Gaydamak, who oversaw
the team's first trophy win in
58 years last season, said that
any new owner would have to
guarantee to build a new sta-
dium to replace the outdated
Fratton Park and a new train-
ing ground.
"I have come to realize over
a period of time that I can no
longer invest the time
required to oversee the run-
ning of the club," Gaydamak
said. "I think it's only right to
consider the sale of the club to
a group or individual who can
come in and invest the time
and money to ensure the club
reaches its true potential."
Portsmouth won the FA
Cup last season but is
rumored to be facing an exo-
dus of players following the
departure of manager Harry
Redknapp to Tottenham.
Several British papers,
including The Sunday Mirror,
have reported that a South
African consortium was in
talks to buy the club.
"Making money from the
sale of the clib does not inter-
est me," Gaydamnak said Sun-
day. "Weare not in financial
meltdown, and it is nonsense
to suggest we have to start
selling key players.
"The credit crunch is having
an adverse effect.-on everyone
but we are addressing the key
issues affecting every single
club and adjusting according-

(AP) Mladen Petric scored
twice in,Hamburger SV's 2-1
win at FC Cologne in the Bun-
desliga, and Wolfsburg edged
10-man Hannover 2-1 despite
missing a penalty with an out-
field player standing in for the
ejected goalkeeper.
Hamburg's win put it in fifth
place, four points ahead of
Hoffenheim leads Bayern
Munich on goal difference, with
both teams on 34 points after
Bayern's 2-1 win Friday over
the promoted team.
Petric scored his first by
heading, in Marcell Jansen's
cross at the far post in the 15th.
He notched the second in the
32nd, also with a header at the
far post, this. time off a pass
from Jofis Mathijsen.
Ajax beats last-place
FC Volendam 2-1
lands (AP) Ajax stayed in
the hunt for a 30th Dutch
league title by beating last-place
FC Volendam 2-1.
Jan Vertonghen headed in
the winning goal for Ajax in the
64th minute, 20 minutes after
Miralem Sulejmani set up Luis
Suarez for Ajax's equalizer.
Volendam, which has not
earned a point at home against
Ajax since March 1996, took a
surprise lead when Gerson
Sheotahul netted Aaron Mei-
jers' cross in the 41st.
Ajax is in second place with
29 points, three behind AZ
Alkmaar, which beat Heracles
Almelo 2-0 on Saturday.
French league: Lorient gets
1-0 victory over Nancy
PARIS (AP.) Kevin

Gameiro scored late to give
Lorient a 1-0 victory over Nan-
cy in the French league.
Lorient was frustrated by
Nancy's packed defense until
Gameiro scored in the 82nd
Also Sunday, Monaco and
Sochaux tied 1-1 and Grenoble
drew 0-0 with Auxerre. Paris
Saint-Germain faced Le Manp
later at Pare des Princes.
Lyon, which lost 2-1 to
Nantes on Saturday, leads the
standings with 34 points, three
more than second-place Mar-
seille and four ahead of

INTER MILAN Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) pursues the ball between Lazio midfielder Stefano
Mauri (left) and defender Aleksandar Kolarov during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and
Lazio at Rome's Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Inter Milan won 3-0...




John Bull Jets are victorious

over Porky's Stingrays, 16-12

A JOHN BULL JETS player tackles a Porky's
Stingrays player to the ground In ILootball
action on Sunday, the Jets defeated ihe
Stingrays 16-12 at the D W Davis field. See
more action photos on this page...

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L. I

e i g h t h 1
a n n u a I
Knowles ,
Tennis Invi-
t ati on a I
over the
weekend at
the Atlantis
resort on Paradise Island.
The teams were divided
into two divisions as they
played in a series of exhibi-
tion games on Friday.
Here's a look at the
Sabine Lisicki (Team 1)
def. Michael Krajicek (Team
2) 5-2 games
Mark Knowles/Rvan
Sweeting (Team 1) def. Alex
Kuznetsov/Don Johnson
(Team 2) 5-3 games
Xavier Malisse (Team
2) def. Kei Nishikori (Team
1) 5-1 games
Amer Delic/Michaella
Krajicek (Team 2) def.
Sabine Lisicki/Hugo Arman-
do (Team 1) 5-2 games

(Special Olympics)
GRAND Bahama and
New Providence emerged as
the gold medal winners in
the Special Olympics Invi-
tational Basketball Tourna-
ment held over the weekend
at Loyola Hall.
The tournament featured
a Basketball Certification
Course that was conducted
by Voot O'Garro, a regional
coaches trainer and national
basketball coach of the Cay-
man Islands, and David
Benjamin, regional techni-
cal and training director of
Special Olympics Caribbean.
Fifteen registered coach-
es from St Kitts, Barbados,
Trinidad & Tobago, Cay-
man Islands, Abaco, Grand
Bahama and'New Provi-
dence participated in the
Special Olympics requires
, that all coaches earn certifi-
-cation in their respective
sports. Currently. competi-
tion is
offered in "
the sports of ?.
bocce, judo
and tennis.
The bas-
ketball tour-
nament was
opened by
Desmond Bannister, Minis-
ter of Youth, Sports and
Culture. During the cere-
mony, the Stapledon School
Dance Troop put on a spec-
tacular display.
At the end of the tourna-
ment, Grand "Bahama
retained its title by winning
the gold medal in Division
One. Barbados once again
had to settle for the silver.
The bronze went to Abaco.
In Division Two, the New
Providence A team won the
gold. The silver went to the
Cayman Islands, who was
making their debut. New
Providence B team clinched
the bronze.

THE New Providence
Sailing Association hosted
its 2008 Snipe King's Cup
over the weekend in Mon-
tagu Bay.
A total of five races were
staged with the team of Fer-
nando and Daniel de Car-
denas taking first place with
a total of 8.5 points, de Car-
denas got second in the first
two races, third in the third
and first in the final two
Jimmie Lowe and Christo-
pher Sands, who won the
first race, third in the sec-
ond and second in the final
three, came in a close sec-
ond with 9.75 points.
After winning the second
and third races, third in the
first and fourth in the last
two, the team of Robert

Dunkley and Thomas
Phillips was third with 12.5.
Coming in fourth with 21
points was the team of Lori
Lowe and Dominic
Williamson, while John
Christie and .fin Schmid fin-
ished fifth with 25.
Jlason Robertson and Lee
McCoy completed the field
in sixth place with 27.

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Sltas shine with 60-50

win over Bluewaves

Senior Sports Reporter
After taking a licking from
Stwo of the better teams"
in the league, the
Bahamas Academy
Stars took their aggres-
sion out on the St Anne's Bluewaves.
Bahamas Academy traveled to St
Anne's yesterday where they pulled off
a 69-59 win to improve their Bahamas
Association of Independent Secondary
Schools' senior boys record to 2-4.
The Bluewaves remained winless at
Howard Humes, coach of Bahamas
Academy, said it was the kind of team
effort that he was hoping for when they
played against the defending champions
Westminster Diplomats and runners-up
Jordan Prince William Falcons.
"I can't complain. I just want to take
the win," Humes lamented. I'm just glad
for the win. Those teams that beat us
are really bigger than us."
Against the Bluewaves, Humes felt
they were evenly matched and it showed
in the way they performed.
Despite getting off to a rather slow
start, the Stars turned things around in

IN THIS FILE PHOTO, Jordan Prince William
Falcons' Mario Dean goes for a layup over
Bahamas Academy Stars' Raynold Culmer...


the second half and they left Humes so
delighted that he noted that "they played
like a team."
"There was no arguing or finger point-
ing." The only finger pointing was on
the stat sheet where Bahamas Acade-
my got a game high 22 points from
Lorenzo Rolle, 14 from Michael Fergu-
son and another eight from Vino Acreus.
That was enough for the Stars to out-
shine the Bluewaves, who were led by
the 1-2-3 punch of Rashad Knowles,
Gordon Ferguson and Jamal Curry, all of
whom scored 12. Beauford Deveaux
chipped in with eight and Triston Miller
added five.
St Anne's coach Percy Sweeting said
they are just simply going through their
growing pains.
"We started off kind of sloppy. We
had a week off before we played our
first game and we have been improving
steadily," he noted.
"We haven't won a game yet, but I
can't complain because the guys are
improving. We're getting better day by
day and hopefully we will break this
four-game losing streak on Friday when

we play Temple Christian."
Although they actually led 11-8 after
the first quarter and 28-26 at the half,
the Bluewaves were out-played in every
facet of the game in the second half.
The Stars ran the floor much better
than they did in the first half and they
controlled the tempo of the game, taking
charge on the boards.
While Bahamas Academy got a bal-
anced attack from Rolle, Ferguson and
Acreus to help them surge ahead 47-42
at the end of the third, St Anne's blew
too many free throws when they went to
the charity stripe.
"We were making mistakes at key
times when we should not have been
making them," Sweeting stated. "We're
playing solid defense, but we made too
many turnovers.
"I always tell the guys about the law of
average. If you get a turnover, you have
to come back and try to take care of the
ball. It will take some time.
"We just have to be patient. I'm sure
that good things will happen in the
The Bluewaves actually found them-
selves trailing by as much as 13 (61-48) at
one point in the fourth quarter before
they picked up their intensity down the
stretch to cut the deficit to 10.

NCAA: Bahamian duo in bowl games

Sports Reporter
A NUMBER of players,
some born in the Bahamas, will
make appearances in bowl
games during the NCAA post-
Myron Rolle and the Florida
State Seminoles accepted yes-
terday's bid to face off against
the University of Wisconsin
Badgers in the Champs Sports
The Seminoles finished 8-4
and will be making its 27th con-
secutive bowl game appearance
when they face the Badgers
4:30pm December 27 at the Cit-
rus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
It will be the first ever meet-
ing between the Seminoles and
the Badgers, who finished 7-5.
Rolle finished second on the
team in tackles with 57, 37 solo
and was third in passes defend-
ed with five.
Known for his academic
prowess and productivity on the
field, Rolle garnered national
attention when he was awarded
the Rhodes Scholarship last
Rolle started in 11 of the
Seminoles 12 games.
The only start he missed was
on November 22 at Maryland

when the NCAA granted him a
special exception to take a char-
tered plane directly from his
interview for the Rhodes Schol-
arship to College Park, Mary-
land, for the game against the
Rolle was a first-team fresh-
man All-American in 2006 and
the Sporting News' ACC
Defensive Player of the Year.
The Seminoles, conference
and in-state rivals, also received
a bowl invite yesterday and a
Bahamian duo is featured on
their roster.
Ian Symonette and Daniel
Adderley, both of the Univer-
sity of Miami Hurricanes, are
gearing up for bowl experience
as their team will square off in
the Emerald Bowl against the
University of California Golden
Both players have struggled
for playing time and to climb
the Hurricanes' depth chart.
Symonette has battled
injuries in recent seasons while
red shirt freshman Adderley
made the transition from wide
receiver to tight end this sea-
The Hurricanes officially

accepted the invite yesterday to
face the Golden Bears on
December 27 at AT&T Park in
San Francisco, California.
The game will be nationally
televised at 8pm on ESPN.
The Hurricanes and Golden
Bears will have the full atten-
tion of the national media as
the Emerald Bowl, in its sev-
enth year of existence, will be
will be the only game televised
on December 27.

The Hurricanes finished 7-5
in the regular season, which
included 4-4 in Atlantic Coast
conference play.
They finished fourth in the
ACC, Coastal division, behind
Virginia (9-4, 5-3), Georgia
Tech (9-3, 5-3), and North Car-
olina (8-4, 4-4).
They ended the season on a
two-game losing streak with in-
conference losses on the'road
at Georgia Tech and at North

Carolina State.
The teams have not faced
each other since 1990, but Mia-
mi leads the all-time series 2-1.
This is the 34th Bowl appear-
ance for the Hurricanes, and
the first for coach Randy Shan-
non, chosen to rebuild the
recently struggling programme.
The Hurricanes and Semi-
noles were just two of a record-
setting 10 Bowl eligible teams in
the ACC.

HERE'S a glance of sporting
events slated for this week:
4pm Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Associa-
tion's regular season action at
the CI Gibson Gymnasium for
junior games and DW Davis
Gymnasium for senior games
4pm Bahamas Association
of Independent Secondary
Schools' regular season action
at various high schools
New Providence Women's
Basketball Association's regular
season at the DW Davis Gym-
nasium Cybots vs Angels @
7:30pm; COB vs Cheetahs @
Baptist Sports Council's
2008 Rev Dr William Thomp-
son Softball Classic's best-of-
five championships at the
Banker's Field, Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex Golden
Gates vs Macedonia (Co-ed) @
7pm; Transfiguration vs Shaw
AME Zion (M) @ 8pm
4pm Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Associa-
tion's regular season action at
the CI Gibson Gymnasium for
junior games and DW Davis
Gymnasium for senior games
4pm Bahamas Association
of Independent Secondary
Schools' regular season action
at various high schools
New Providence Basketball
Association's regular season
action at the DW Davis Gym-
nasium Entertainers vs John- _
son's Trucking Jumpers @ 7pm;
Y-Care Wreckers vs Malcolm
Park Pros @ 8pm
New Providence Volleyball
Association's best-of-five cham-
pionship series at the DW Davis
Gymnasium Scottsdale Vix-
ens vs Johnson's Lady Truck-
ers (L) @ 7pm; Technicians vs
Scotia Bank Defenders (M) @
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them to: 328-2398


Cuban tourism surges as

rest of Caribbean stalls


CUBA'S vacation industry has
remained as hot as the tropical sun
here, even as the world economic
crisis sparks cancellations and lay-
offs elsewhere in the Caribbean,
according to Associated Press.
The communist country says it's
booked solid through December
and expects a record 2.34 million
visitors this year largely because
global financial woes have so far
been softer on Canada, its top
source of visitors.
Luck also played a role: While
the island suffered three devastating
hurricanes, its key tourist sites were
largely spared. And where beach-
front resorts did get hit, the tourist-
hungry government has made sure
to repair hotels in some cases
even before damaged homes and
infrastructure. Tourism is Cuba's
second-largest source of foreign
income, behind nickel production.
So ivhile other islands in the
region are laying off hotel workers
and suspending construction of new
property, Cuban resorts are gear-
ing up for a strong season.
"We've had a few cancellations,
but overall our numbers are still
strong," said David Gregori of
WowCuba, a travel agency in Char-
lottetown, Canada, that specializes in
bicycle trips and other Cuba tours.
"People still like to get away. They
might try to save some money while
doing it, but they're still traveling."

The number of foreign visitors
h.ts swelled nearly 11 percent this
y. ar, making up for 4 and 3 per-
cent declines in 2006 and 2007, gov-
ernment figures show.
Officials offer no explanation for
those slower years. But tour opera-
tors blame the island's low return-
ing-visitor rates: Some tourists com-
plain of poor service, crumbling
infrastructure and lousy food,
indicative of a communist system
where shortages are common and
state employees are unaccustomed
to putting customer service first.


Still, the island is often cheaper
than its subtropical neighbors,
because many foreigners buy all-
inclusive packages offering dozens
of direct flights from Europe and
Canada to airports all over Cuba, as
well deep discounts on hotels, food
and booze.
Others are enticed by the
prospect of seeing one of only five
communist countries left on the
A lot of people go for a "simple
fly-and-flop holiday, and there are
others who are going for history
and culture, dancing, music," said
Julia Hendry, marketing director
for Europe and the United King-
dom of the Bahamas-based
Caribbean Trade Organization.
Cuba has both, she said, "whether
it's swimming and beach or the

excitement of Old Havana and
Cuban history."
About 35 percent of this year's
tourists have been Canadian, with
635,000 visiting through September,
one-fifth more than in the same
period last year. Canada's econo-
my has not suffered the same losses
now sapping the savings of home-
owners in the U.S.
The number of Russian tourists
rose 40 percent to top 28,000 thru
September, and Cuban Tourism
Minister Manuel Marrero traveled
to Moscow last month for more pro-
Visitors from Britain, Italy, Spain
and Germany, the top suppliers of
tourists after Canada, declined
between 3 and 5 percent, however.
Washington's trade embargo pro-
hibits Americans from visiting,
though island immigration records
show about 41,000 came last year,
many presumably without permis-
sion. But not relying on U.S. tourists
may now be a blessing.
"Canadians are going to keep
coming, especially with snow at
home," said Helen Lueke of Sher-
wood Park, Canada, who has vaca-
tioned in Havana about once a year
for decades.
Alexis Trujillo, Cuba's deputy
secretary of tourism, predicted full
bookings at least through next sum-
"There's no doubt tourism is
always sensitive to everything," he
said of global economic turmoil.

"But we don't think that for Cuba
that will mean an important
Tourism generated $2.2 billion
for Cuba in 2007. The government
has announced no plans to delay a .
$185 million plan to upgrade more
than 200 resorts and build 50 bou-
tique hotels by 2010 not even
after Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and
Paloma hit within two months, caus-
ing more than $10 billion in dam-
ages and crippling farms and infra-
structure across the countryside.


Construction crews assigned to
vacation properties in Havana and
elsewhere have largely continued
working as normal since the storms.
In the eastern province of Hol-
guin, the island's No. 3 tourist des-
tination after Havana and the beach
resort of Varadero, officials priori-
tized hotel repairs, trucking in work-
ers to rebuild beachfront resorts.
Holguin expects about 270,000 for-
eigners this year, about the same as
2007, despite scores of hurricane-
related cancellations.
Havana's decaying yet pic-
turesque historic district saw little
damage. Neither did Varadero, 90
miles (140 kilometers) to the east,
where white sand and warm, see-
through surf has enticed everyone
from Fidel Castro to Al Capone. A
record million visitors are expected
to stay in the town's 7,000 hotel

THE CAPITOL BUILDING, background left, is seen in Havana, Monday, Nov.
24, 2008. Cuban resorts are gearing up for a record year even as other
Caribbean islands lay off workers and suspend construction.

rooms, which range in price from
about $120 to $350 per night, with
meals and open bar included.
Though European tour opera-
tors say sales have slowed since the
financial crisis deepened in Octo-
ber, they expect trips to Cuba and
some other Caribbean destinations
to stay strong through the winter.
Europeans are putting off short,
side trips closer to home, but many
families are still willing to splurge on
once-a-year trips to the tropics,
Hendry said.
"We have noticed that all-inclu-
sive markets, where travelers can
budget in advance,seem to be doing
relative well. Cuba is quite well-
populated with that sort of proper-
ty," she said.
The industry could get another
boast if President-elect Barack Oba-.
ma keeps campaign promises to

ease restrictions on Cuban Amneri-
cans who want to visit their rela-
tives on the island.
Currently, those with family here
can only come once every three
Nelson Gonzalez, a 56-year-old
physical therapist, said his mechan-
ic brother in Miami last came to vis-
it in 2007. But his brother called the
morning after the U.S. election to
say he was reserving a seat on one
of the many special charters that fly
from the U.S. to Havana for the last
week in January confident Oba-
ma will ease family travel rules
immediately after his Jan. 20 inau-
"When your family members
reach a certain age, you don't know
if in three more years everyone will
still be here," said Gonzalez, who
lives with his 80-year-old parents.




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Bank bungled' $2m purchaUS accused

Bank 'bungled' $2m purchase of'malice'

Tribune Business Editor

day lost its appeal
against a verdict that
found it guilty of breach
of contract in its pur-
chase of a Freeport-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Privy Council ruling
that the $2.305 million purchase's closing
had been "bungled".
The highest court in the Bahamian
judicial system upheld the Court of
Appeal's ruling that Sentinel Interna-
tional, an affiliate of Sentinel Bank &
Trust, had committed a "repudiatory
breach of contract" by failing to pay
Robert Cordes, majority owner of Man-
agement and Services Company (MAS-
CO), the second instalment of the pur-
chase price to acquire his 90 per cent
The Privy Council, in its ruling, found
that the dispute between the two sides
had been caused by "informality and,
indeed, muddle" surrounding the pur-
chase contract between Sentinel and
MASCO and its completion.
Noting that Emanuel Alexiou, head
of Sentinel's parent company A. F. Hold-
ings (then the Colina Financial Group),
and an attorney with Alexiou Knowles &
Co, had acted for both parties in the
deal and was the only lawyer present
when the contract was signed, the Privy
Council ruled: "The original completion
meeting was bungled, and the failure to
achieve completion properly was unac-
countably overlooked for the whole
duration of the contract."
Clause 11 of the purchase contract
said that if MASCO's purchase agree-
ment was not completed by the agreed
closing date, the deal would "neverthe-
less continue, in full force" until either
side gave the other a notice to complete
within 21 days.
Finding that this "clause also seems
to have been overlooked throughout the
life of the contract", the Privy Council
ruled: "Sentinel International's real com-
plaint, based on Sentinel Bank & Trust
Company's failure to obtain the transfer
of as many bank accounts as it had
hoped, was not a term of the contract
(and could not have been, since MASCO
was not a party to the contract). There
was no repudiatory breach by Mr Cordes
for Sentinel International to accept."
Instead, the Privy Council agreed with
the Court of Appeal that Sentinel's fail-
ure to pay the second installment of the
purchase price to Mr Cordes on the first
anniversary of the completion date, as
stipulated by the purchase contract, was
itself a breach.
It found that Mr Cordes met the repu-

t~r a

* Highest court says 'muddle' may have resulted from attorney 'acting for both parties'
Ruling reads like novel, with MASCO principal told he was seeking to
'have his cake and eat it too', complete with 'good cop/bad cop' act
Privy Council rejects Sentinel Bank & Trust's appeal against
finding it 'breached contract' over MASCO acquisition

MASCO principal to keep $950,000

Tribune Business Editor
THE Privy Council has backed a
proposal from Management and Ser-
vice Company's (MASCO) principal
that he keep the $950,000 already paid
to him by Sentinel Bank & Trust and
receive no further damages, after he
succeeded in his claim against the bank
for "loss of bargain".
Finding that the Court of Appeal'
majority ruling that Mr Cordes should
receive only $100 in nominal damages
for Sentinel's breach of contract was
not "sustainable", the Privy Council
assessed a written report on MASCO
that was produced by Alison Treco, a
former KPMG accountant and part-
ner who in 2005 established her own
firm, ATS Advisory Services.
She valued 100 per cent of MAS-
CO as at August 31, 2001, at $197,687,
basing this on a level below which
earnings were unlikely to fall except in
exceptional circumstances. Adjust-
ments were made to reflect the loss of
a major client and 13 others, who had
22 companies.
The Privy Council said: "In cross-
examination, Ms Treco said she had
not previously valued the particular
type pf company that MASCO was,
but that she had experience in valu-
ing bank and trust companies.
"She also agreed that she had

diatory breach of contract "test" on two
ground, in that he gave Sentinel "rea-
sonable notice" that the $370,625 sec-
ond instalment as due after payment was
missed, while Sentinel "had, by its con-
duct between March 31 and August. 3,
2001, evinced an intention no longer to
be bound by the contract".
The Privy Council said in regard to
the second instalment: Mr Cordes sent
in his invoice on 18 April 2001. Mr Alex-
iou simply acknowledged it. No pay-
ment was made, and no explanation for

worked on unaudited figures provided
by Mr Cordes and Ms Sanchez [his
daughter]. Her professional judgment
was that the maintainable earnings
approach was appropriate for a com-
pany that was not in a growth peri-
Anthony Ferguson, a principal in A.
F. Holdings, Sentinel's majority share-
holder and the former Colina Financial
Group, giving evidence on its behalf,
said the valuation of financial services
SEE page 5B

non-payment was provided until the
meeting at Freeport on 14 June, 2001.
"On that occasion, Mr Grelecki [Sen-
tinel Bank & Trust's chief executive]
implied that Mr Cordes would be paid
when he complied with the terms of the
contract, which was explained, not in
terms of share transfers and share cer-
tificates, but in terms of transferring
more client bank accounts to Sentinel
Bank & Trust Company.
"The transfer of bank accounts was
not a term of the contract between Mr

Cordes and Sentinel International. Fol-
lowing on that meeting, Mr Cordes wrote
to Mr Alexiou on 18 June denying any
breach of contract, and asking for the
second instalment to be paid by the end
of the month. It was not paid, and has
never been paid.
"In their Lordships' opinion, Mr
Cordes's letter of 18 June, 2001, assessed
against the background of earlier events,
gave a reasonable period of notice and
had the effect of making it a repudiato-
ry breach for Sentinel International not
to make the requisite payment by 30
June, 2001. That breach also showed a
disregard by Sentinel International of
its basic obligations, which went to the
root of the contract."
Going in some detail into the case,
which reads like a novel in many
respects, the Privy Council detailed
numerous communications between the
MASCO and Sentinel parties as tensions
built between the two.
In one exchange, Mr Cordes said he
was reluctant to accept Mr Alexiou's
January 29, 2001, proposal that he take a
reduction in remuneration from MAS-
CO to $72,000 to enable Sentinel to
realise a 20 per cent return.
In reply to Mr Cordes's February 5,
2001, letter, Mr Alexiou suggested his
response suggested he wanted to "have
his cake and eat it too".
From thenrelations between the two
sides deteriorated. In response to a "vol-
ley of e-mails" from Anthony Ferguson,
an A.F Holdings principal, Mr Cordes's
daughter, Karin Sanchez, who worked in
MASCO, said the two sides' problems
stemmed largely from communications
She also told Mr Ferguson: "Further-
more, I find it very'upsetting that you
find it necessary to state that MASCO, as
part of Sentinel, should be directing busi-
ness to Sentinel. We have certainly done
this and continue to do so, in spite of
some of our concerns. We are making
every effort to try to make the transi-
tion a smooth and friendly one but I
obviously appear to be running into
more problems than I am aware."
Then, after Mr Cordes had seat a note
SEE page 3B

towards the


Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Bar Associa-
tion's president last night
accused the US government and
tax authorities of making "mali-
cious" and unfounded allega-
tions against the late Sir Lyn-
den Pindlinig's son and the
Bahamian government, and
warned: "I hope it's not a sign
of things to come."
Wayne Munroe, who is rep-
resenting fellow attorney Obie
Pindling, told Tribune Business
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authorities against a former cus-
* tomer of his client was full of
untrue "innuendo" implying
that Mr Pindling had played an
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Confirming that all Mr Pin-
dling had done was incorporate
International Business Compa-
nies (IBCs) for the accused, and
had played no active part in
managing the structure or sup-
plying tax advice, Mr Munroe
said they "don't understand the
basis of the assertions and the
innuendo" contained in the law-

SEE page 4B

Cable is seeking 'fairness

report'. on Columbus deal

Tribune Business Editor
CABLE Bahamas' independent directors have asked for a third-
party 'fairness report' to be conducted on the proposed buy-out of
the 30 per cent stake held by its largest shareholder, Columbus
Communications, Tribune Business can reveal.
It is understood that the report will assess the proposed $14.28 per
share price to be paid to Columbus Communications in return for
its 30.2 per cent stake, and any premium Cable Bahamas' con-
trolling shareholder will receive.
The report has been sought by
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Crime requires an 'educated' solution

AS we enter the Christmas
season, I am taken aback by the
number of Bahamians who are
absolutely fearful about the lev-
el, of crime in our society. Giv-
en the downturn in the econo-
my, which is exacerbated by lay-
offs and reduced work weeks
in the hotel sector; most econo-
mists are conceding that we are
in for a 'rough ride' economi-
cally. A bad economy, coupled
with high levels of unemploy-
ment in a materialistic society,
will inevitably lead to higher
levels of crime against the per-
I find that more people are
expressing concern about their
personal safety and planning to
curtail their public activities.
But the real question is: "Is this
enough?" In recent times we
have seen an increase in armed
robberies, many having dire
In many respects, we have a
broken society, one which
seemingly is incapable of fixing
itself in the short-term.
While it can be argued that
the causes of such crime are
complex and require an under-
.standing of psychology, crimi-
nology, religion or the other
social sciences, in order to
devise strategies to combat it,
we believe there may be some
link to the lack of economic
opportunity, which often corre-
lates with low levels of educa-
tional achievement.
Many Bahamians are afraid
for their own personal securi-
ty, and the level of security-
related spending will continue
to take a growing percentage of
one's dispoable income. In
recent years, there has been a
proliferation of 'gated commu-
nities' all over New Providence
and the erection of fortress-like
walls and fences around private
While gated communities
may provide some reprieve
against crime, they are also
changing the social aspect of

how one interacts with family,
neighbours and friends. How-
ever, in the overall scheme of
things this might be a small
price to pay for a heightened
sense of security.
The absolute levels of crime
and, perhaps, even more impor-
tantly, the perception of crime
in our society, can influence the
levels of foreign investment in
our economy. The reality is that
our economy is an open, ser-
vice-based economy, which is
largely dependent on foreign
investment. Investors' risk
assessments of our business
environment and the .safety of
key personnel on the ground
invariably influence their will-
ingness to invest here. Simply
put: If investors feel unsafe
working and doing business in
the Bahamas, they will seek
opportunities elsewhere.

Crime and the economy
A perception of high levels
of criminality and lawlessness
will not encourage meaningful
levels of inward investment by
Bahamians or international
investors. Our economy,
because of its service orienta-
tion, is a lot more fragile than
we like to admit. Crime is a
major threat to our citizens and
our most vital economic sectors.
We should not wait until it is
too late to get a handle on
crime, otherwise crime may get
the better of us.
William Niskanen, of the
Cato Institute, in a paper enti-
tled Crime, Police and Root
Causes, had this to say about
the relationship about crime
and the economy:
"Economic growth reduces
many problems. An increase in
real per capital income appears
to reduce both the violent and
property crime rates by a rough-
ly proportionate amount.
"The economic conditions of
specific groups are also impor-
tant. An increase in the male
unemployment rate has a strong

positive effect on the violent
crime rate, and an increase in
the poverty rate has a strong
negative effect on the property
crime rate. For reasons that are
less clear, an increase in the
general employment rate
appears to increase the proper-
ty.crime rate. The implication of
those findings is that an eco-
nomic growth strategy may
more effectively reduce crime
than a public safety strategy,
especially if it leads to higher
employment and income for
teenage males, minorities and
the poor."
The message is clear. If we
can keep the economy growing
at a healthy pace and create
new jobs, it would certainly help
in the fight against crime. How-
ever, in a weakened economy
our challenge becomes even

Certainly, we must send out a
very clear message that we have
the commitment and resolve to
address our crime situation.
While crime should be reported
accurately (call a spade a
spade), the press must avoid the
temptation to over-sensation-
alise crime.
However, the fixing of our
court system must be among
our highest priorities. We need
to start with premises and then
address resources such as
staffing. It is about time we
increase the retirement age for
judges. It is ludicrous that we
retire judges with many pro-
ductive years still in them, and
then suffer from a 'clogged'
judicial system because of a lack
of judges. Something just does-
n't seem right with this picture.

I|By LrryGibsI

Bak'uge' mprhs

those of the author and does not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please

direct any questions or com-
ments to HYPERLINK "mail-
s -
rlgibson@atlan tichouse.com.bs

From a risk standpoint, the
embarrassing state of our court
system may be inflicting more
long-term damage on our inter-
national standing in the eyes of
investors than the current glob-
al recession. This is certainly
food for thought.
Finally, we must recognize
that all stakeholders must play a
key role in fighting crime.
The Government has an
obligation to ensure that the
police have adequate resources
to mount an effective and cred-
ible battle against crime. Also, if
you accept our earlier premise
that there is a link between
crime and economic opportu-
nity, the Government must
have a comprehensive plan for
job and skills training, especial-
ly for the youth of our country,
some of whom have no real
marketable skills.-
Social and religious organi-
sations can, and must, play a
significant role in fighting this
epidemic. There are some very
notable success stories coming
from this sector, and we
applaud their efforts. Howev-
er, it seems a pity that more
orgqnisations do not coordinate
their efforts to produce a more
effective national result.
Finally, the community-at-
large has an obligation to report
criminality in all forms as it
exists in our community. Too
often, we take the easy route of
turning a 'blind-eye' to crime if
it is not affecting us directly.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.

"The views expressed are

FROM page 1B

to Mr Alexiou requesting pay-
ment -of the second purchase
price instalment, on June 14,
2001, he had a meeting with Mr
Alexiou and Mr Grelecki.
According to Mr Cordes's
memorandum of themeeting,
Mr Grelecki accused him of
defaulting on the agreement by
not transferring more client
bank accounts to Sentinel; fail-
ing to co-operate with. another
business acquired by the latter,
Chancery Corporate Services;
removing $100,000 from MAS-,
CO at closing; and MASCO's
cash flow not being up to expec-
Mr Cordes rebutted all these
accusations, and wrote: "Grelec-
ki was extremely aggressive and
Mani [Mr Alexiou] was trying
to temper matters, so much so
that I' couldn't help wonder if
it was a put up 'good guy/bad
guy' routine. At one stage
Grelecki said: 'Well, let's
unwihd the deal and you give
us our money back', at which
point Mani quickly said that I
didn't want to do that."
Mr Cordes wrote to Mr Alex-
iou on June 18, 2001, saying he
believed Sentinel was trying to
"pressure" him by withholding
the agreed purchase price instal-
The Privy Council said the
initial ruling in the case, by
then-Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley, gave a "mis-
leading picture", as Sentinel had
only urged Mr Cordes to trans-
fer the bank accounts, not the
shares and share certificates that
were part of the contract.
It found that Mr Cordes
transferred no shares or share
certificates to Sentinel Interna-
tional, with relations between
the two sides becoming
"increasingly contentious"
throughout 2001.'
The Privy Council recorded
how Mr Cordes, a former
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) employee, took over
MASCO in 1978 and built it up
to 233 clients before, in 1999,
deciding he wanted to exit and
seek a purchaser for the busi-
He entered into discussions
with Mr Alexiou, the main prin;

F te tories
on Mnday

cipal in A.F. Holdings (the for-
mer CFG), who told him he had
a- client interested in am acqui-
sition. Mr Cordes supplied him
with information on MASCO
in August 1999, but heard noth-
ing until December of that year,
when Mr AJexiou confirmed
the interest of a Nassau bank.
That was Sentinel Bank &
Trust Company, the offshore
institution majority-owned by
A. F. Holdings. The Privy
Council noted that Dame Joan
Sawyer, the Court of Appeal
president, had "dealt at length
with the professional implica-
tions of Mr Alexiou having act-
ed for [the Sentinel companies]
without ensuring Mr Cordes
received separate advice, adding
that this "may help to explain"
the "muddle" surrounding the
purchase agreement.
Sentinel Bank & Trust's
inability to obtain Central Bank
of the Bahamas approval for
the MASCO purchase caused
"a last-minute change of plan"
that Mr Cordes was unaware of
until Mr Alexiou arrived at his
office in Freeport on April 11,
2000, with a new contract. The
purchaser's name was changed
from Sentinel Bank & Trust
Company to Sentinel Interna-
"Sentinel International's posi-
tion has been, throughout the
litigation, that Mr Cordes has
been in breach of contract since
the very day it was signed,
because he failed to hand over
or tender transfers and certifi-
cates in favour of Sentinel Inter-
national (a company of which


dissolution under the provisi
International Business Comp

he knew nothing until Mr Alex-
iou produced the revised form
of contract)," the Privy Council
"Once the facts are known,
it can be seen to be an unat-
tractive position, especially as
Mr Cordes had no independent
adviser on hand at completion."
The Privy Council said of
Sentinel: "They were interested
in MASCO principally because
of its client list (a recurring
theme throughout the evi-
dence). In particular, they want-
ed to achieve the transfer to
Sentinel Bank & Trust of bank
accounts belonging to clients of
MASCO (accounts in respect
of which Mr Cordes was a sig-
natory) in order to increase Sen-
tinel Bank & Trust's deposit
"Mr Cordes accepted this in
principle, but he frequently
pointed out that long-standing
clients would not take kindly to
accounts being transferred to a
new bank without their knowl-
edge and approval (whether or
not their approval was strictly
required by the contractual rela-
tions between MASCO and its
"Mr Cordes also frequently
complained of having insuffi-
cient information about Sen-
tinel Bank"& Trust to supply to
his clients. For two of his largest
clients, one from Vancouver
and the other a Zurich firm
referred to as EIL, Mr Cordes
did arrange for meetings with
Sentinel, but according to Mr
Cordes neither meeting was a

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US accused of 'malice' towards the Bahamas

FROM page 1B
suit and subsequent media
"'He's [Mr Pindling] made it
very clear that all he did was
incorporate IBCs," Mr Munroe
told Tribune Business. "They
don't assert that he gave advice
on the structure and how it was
to be used, or give any US tax
Neither Mr Pindling nor his
law firm have been charged in
the lawsuit, and nor have they
been accused of wrongdoing.
The IRS and US Attorney's
Office have charged US citizens
Byron Denver Hatcher and
Kim Colleen Reinhart with run-
ning an illegal tax evasion
scheme that had some $28 mil-
lion flowing through it between
2000 and 2005, employing
alleged "sham" corporations
such as Bahamas Business Cen-
tre and Prudential Trustees to
cover their tracks.
Mr Munroe also described as
"patently not true" the IRS alle-
gation that Mr Pindling
"obtained approval from the
Bahamian government" to set

up Bahamian IBCs for Hatch-
er's scheme.
He accused the IRS and US
government of "acting mali-
ciously, not only to an attorney
but the Bahamian government.
"What it is suggesting is that
the Bahamas government must
approve, and has approved, this
thing, so they're not only seek-
ing to attack Mr Pindling but
also the Bahamas government,
when everyone knows you get
IBCs from Delaware."
Mr Munroe added that if Mr
Hatcher and Ms Reinhart broke
US laws, "so be it", but on the
innuendo against Mr Pindling
and the Government he added:
"It's very unfortunate, and
hopefully it's not an omen of
things to come. It could be an
ominous sign."
In the lawsuit, the US gov-
ernment alleged that "Hatch-
er's tax knowledge is apparent-
ly extensive from his dealings
with American attorney Harold
Uhrig and Bahamian attorney
Obafemi Pindling".
Although nothing was pre-
sented to back-up that asser-

tion, the US alleged that Hatch-
er, Reinhart and Uhrig in 1997
established Global Services Inc,
a company "which set up sham
offshore IBCs and trusts in the
Bahamas. Hatcher worked
closely with a Bahamian attor-
ney, Obafemi (Obie) Pindling,
to obtain approval from the
Bahamian government to set-
up IBCs in the Bahamas.
"Uhrig prepared the neces-
sary legal documentation and
held customers' funds in his
escrow account in Florida until
they were transferred offshore
to the Bahamas."
Ultimately, that scheme
failed, but undeterred Uhrig
and Hatcher established anoth-
er structure using the same
model as Global Services Inc.
And the US alleged: "Hatch-
er continued his relationship
with Obie Pindling and the
Bahamian government so that
Hatcher was allowed to set up
IBCs, trusts and offshore cred-
it cards in the Bahamas".
It seems likely that the US is
confusing the fact that the IBCs
and trusts were merely incor-

porated in the Bahamas with
Bahamian government
approval and blessing for the
alleged structure and tax eva-
sion scheme, something that
could be damaging neverthe-
In its lawsuit, the US alleged
that Hatcher and Reinhart used
'sham' trusts and corporations
to enable clients from across the
US, Canada, Europe, Asia and
Australia to evade taxes by
transferring assets and busi-
nesses into them.
These 'sham' entities paid all
the business expenses of the
clients, creating "the false
impression that a foreign entity
that is not required to file a tax
return in the US owns and con-
trols the scheme participants'
assets and businesses, while in
truth defendants' customers
continue to operate their busi-
ness and own assets in the US".
Among the entities allegedly
being employed by Hatcher and
Reinhart were Prudential
Trustees, "a sham trustee of
participants' trusts", and
Bahamas Business Centre,

Cable is seeking 'fairness report' on Columbus deal

FROM page 1B
directors, former deputy prime
minister Frank Watson, and ex-
Securities Commission execu-
tive director, Sandra Knowles,
to ensure the transaction if it is
consummated and goes ahead
- is totally transparent and
'absolutely fair' to the 70 per
cent minority shareholders.
Such reports are sought as a
'matter of course' in such trans-
actions involving public com-
panies worldwide, particularly
when leading figures have an
interest in both sides of the deal,
so as to avoid any impression
of a conflict of interest.
They are also designed to
protect minority shareholders
and the companies in which
they are invested, to prevent
them from over-paying or being
disadvantaged by the transac-
In Cable Bahamas' case, its
chairman Brendan Paddick is
also Columbus Communica-
tions' chairman and chief exec-
utive, while another Columbus

director, John Risley, also sits
on Cable Bahamas' Board.
Maxwell Parsons is the third
Columbus appointee to sit on
Cable Bahamas' Board, as
Columbus enjoys special man-
agement rights to appoint at
least three directors to the
BISX-listed entity's Board.


Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas president and chief
operating officer, declined to
comment last night,. but it is
understood that the Columbus
transaction is still not a definite
go yet. A management services
agreement between Cable.
Bahamas and Columbus Com-
munications has yet to be
signed-off, and other documents
remain to be completed.
Cable Bahamas confirmed
just over a week ago Tribune
Business's revelations from last
month that it was mulling a $40
million private placement of
preference shares to buy-out'
ie, *

NOTICE is hereby given that EVANS MONDESIR
of P.O. BOX. CB-12401, 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 9TH day of DECEMBER 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

the 30.2 per cent stake held by
Columbus Communications at a
price of $14.28 per share.
Cable Bahamas said that
price represented a modest 1
per cent premium to the price at
which its shares had traded at
recently. Given that Columbus
Communications owns
5,954,600 shares, it would value
Cable Bahamas' stake at
$85.174 million, right where Tri-
bune Business had revealed,
with the entire company valued
at $282.035 million.
Cable Bahamas, in its state-
ment, confirmed that it was
"further exploring" the deal
with Columbus Communica--
tions, the $40 million private
preference share placement and
the re-financing of its existing
debt facility to help fund the
buy-out. The private placement
would be possibly the largest
deal of its kind in the Bahamian
capital markets.
Sources have suggested that
the preference shares would be
convertible to ordinary shares
or equity in Cable Bahamas
after a three-year period. Ini-
tially, the shares purchased by
the company from Columbus
Communications would be
retired, sources suggested,
thereby increasing the stake of
all existing shareholders by
some 30 per cent prior to their
As previously revealed by
Tribune Business, the $50 mil-
lion bank financing for the
Columbus deal has been pro-
posed as a syndicated loan led
by Royal Bank of Canada, with

participation from other insti-
tutions such as Scotiabank.
Cable Bahamas also con-
firmed it had sounded out
'sophisticated investors' -- the
term commonly used to
describe institutional players,
such as pension funds and insur-
ance companies, plus select high
net-worth individuals bankers
and corporate/financial advis-
ers to gauge reaction/sentiment
on the proposed deal and pri-
vate placement, telling them the
company's operating income
was likely to hit $38 million for
Tribune Business under-
stands that Cable Bahamas
came under heavy pressure
from the Bahamas Internation-
al Securities Exchange (BISX)
to publish its statement, with
the exchange fearing that the
private briefings for select
investors had created an infor-
mation asymmetry in the capital
This could have resulted from
institutional investors knowing
more about the proposed trans-
action than their retail counter-
parts, and BISX is likely to have
become concerned that this -
in any developed market -
could effectively have created
two markets in Cable Bahamas'
RoyalFidelity Capital Mar-
kets is Cable Bahamas' finan-
cial adviser, and would be its
placement agent on any prefer-
ence share issue.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 3rd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


which was used to "create a
fake presence in the Bahamas
for scheme participants' shell
IBCs". i
Bahamas Business Centre,
through its website, was alleged
to promote "the establishment
of a 'virtual offshore office'
offering scheme participants a
false business presence in the
Bahamas for their purported
'offshore' business" with
encrypted e-mail and fax ser-
Both Prudential Trustees and
Bahamas Business Centres
were accused of telling clients,
via their websites, "that
Bahamian laws forbid the
exchange of information with
other countries and that Amer-
ican subpoenas are not hon-
oured in the Bahamas.
"In actuality, a tax informa-
tion exchange agreement signed

in January 2002 between the
Bahamas and the US covers the
exchange of information that is
forseeably relevant or material
to US federal tax administra-
tion and enforcement, includ-
ing the testimony of an individ-
ual and documents or records."
In addition, the Bahamas
Business Centre website told
clients that "your private busi-
ness Nassau number may be
listed in Nassau information or
the yellow pages, giving you the
appearance of having an actual
office on the island."
Among the alleged customers
of the Hatcher/Reinhart scheme
were two US pornography
barons and other business own-
er, with six clients responsible
for funnelling $23 million of the
$28 million that has flowed
through the system between
2002 and 2005.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 26th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,





Merchants: Other factors impe

din2 food tax cuts

Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN merchants and
wholesalers yesterday adamant-
ly denied that they had failed
to pass the savings from the
2008-2009 Budget tax cuts on
numerous food itsms on to con-
sumers, saying other factors
such as the oil-induced shipping
and freight cost increases had
contributed to current prices.
Rupert Roberts, owner of
Super Value, expressed disgust
at a Tribune story, based on
Department of Statistics infor-
mation, saying it implied that
every Bahamian merchant was
"a liar and a thief" and had
been found with their 'hands in
the cookie jar'.
A Bahamian wholesaler, who
wished to remain anonymous,
said that if prices seemed high,
it was not because merchants
had failed to comply with the
Government in reducing the
customs/stamp duty cuts passed

in the 2008-2009 Budget.
Instead, it was due to the rise in
other costs.
"We reduced our tariffs, but
you have to remember that in
some cases, the Government
rounded up the duty, so that
where they were paying 35 per
cent duty and 2 per cent stamp
tax- that has now been rounded
up to 40 per cent. That absorbs
some of the items that were
duty free," the wholesaler said.
* He also pointed out that the
cost of grain had not gone
down, which had affected a vari-
ety of products such as corn oil,
canola oil and soybean oil. .
The wholesaler said it was
unfortunate that the majority
of foods had not seen a price
decrease, and pointed out that
the cost of fuel and shipping are
still major factors. They
explained that even though fuel
costs may have gone down,
those prices would not be evi-
dent in shipments already here.
The wholesaler also fore-
shadowed that the cost of

MASCO principal to keep $950,000

FROM page 1B
companies was based on a mul-
tiple of gross revenues, or-cash
In that sector, companies
bought an earnings stream, cut
costs and realized synergies.
On his approach the com-
pany would have been worth a
minimum of $1 million and at
the high end of the range $1.5
million. On the maintainable
earnings approach the result
would still have been in the
range of $1 million, if one used
a multiplier of six or eight times
earnings," the Privy Council
"In cross-examination, Mr
Ferguson agreed that MASCO
had a special value for Sentinel
because of the synergies to be
obtained. He also agreed that
2000-2001 was a period full of
significant events for the finan-
cial services industry in the
Bahamas. He did not agree
that it was therefore right to
value'a company on one year's
results. He agreed that if gross
earnings were to be taken, a
'multiplier of 2.5 to 5 would be

All that evidence was previ-,
ously heard by the Supreme
Court, but Sentinel's legal rep-
resentative before the Privy
Council argued that Ms Treco's
valuation could not be accepted
because of her lack of experi-
ence in valuing companies such
as MASCO, and the reliance
on figures submitted by Mr
"Their Lordships do not
accept either of the submissions
put forward by Mr Wales. Ms
Treco had a good deal of expe-
rience in valuing other compa-
nies in the financial sector, and
her ready admission that she
had not valued one with a busi-
ness just like MASCO's did not
undermine her evidence," the
Privy Council found.
"Nor did her reliance on fig-
ures provided by Mr Cordes
and his daughter. It is quite usu-
al for valuers to work on unau-
dited figures, and throughout
the evidence no attack was
made (still less sustained) on
the integrity of Mr Cordes'and
Ms Sanchez." ..

NOTICE is hereby given that LELIO ALEXANDER JR., #7
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 2ND day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 26th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


canned items
may increase as
the cost of tin
plate has risen.
president of
Abaco Mar-
kets, which
operates the i
and Cost-Right formats, told
Tribune Business that he had
not seen article, but agreed that
increased food prices were like-
ly based upon factors other than
customs duties.
He pointed out that many
items which had tariffs reduced
were breadbasket items that
were monitored by Price Con-

trol. "Most of the items that
duty was eliminated on or
reduced were price-controlled
items, and the prices customers
see are the price control mar-
gins allowed," Mr Watchorn
He explained that whole-
salers and retailers were often
unable to adjust their prices
immediately, as they had sur-
plus inventory at the old prices
still to move.
"It's winter time, so certain
items, like produce, are out-of-
season. You have growing
cycles, so if there is less supply,
you have to pay more for it,"
Mr Watchorn said.
"If prices come down in the
US by 20 per cent, people
expect to see the same thing

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary. Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 13th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


here. But when you add in
things such as duty, shipping
and freight costs, that does elim-
inate some of the decreases
seen in the US right now."
Sandy Schaffer, Robin
Hood's president, said he was
pleased with the Tribune article,
adding that it was honest report-
ing and his company was doing
what it could to reduce the bur-
den on the Bahamian con-
He said Robin Hood sells
products below the breadbas-
ket price even at the expense
of losing profits, because they
are a low price leader.
According to the article in
Saturday's paper: despite gov-
ernment's intervention in cut-
ting customs duties on certain

food items throughout the
Bahamas, the cost of some
items has increased in many
areas, while others showed little
decrease or no movement at all.
This information, released by
the Department of Statistics,
suggested that the reduction in
the import duties offered by the
Government was never "passed
on" to the Bahamian consumer.
The Department of Statistics
attempted to discover whether
these reductions in duty had
been passed on to consumers
throughout the Family Islands
and New Providence, and dis-
covered that while some prices
showed a noticeable decrease,
on many islands other items on
which duty was eliminated
showed increases.

-Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 26th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,






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

2 6 7
8 3

9 5

3 4 7_
8 2_ 1

18 9

7 15

51 8
Difficulty Level *** 12/04

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

Sudoku Answer

4 713
1 5 8
6 9 2
7.3 15
8 211

5 8|4
3 6,9
2 U117


514 9
31 7
6117 3
1 5 2
419 8

Kakuro Answer

1 5ii2 9 58
S1 814 32

7,1 9 8


Bernardo Roselli v Alvaro Donetti,
Montevideo 2008. Material is
level, but White (to play) has a
useful attacking position. The
black king is in serious danger,
with the white queen at close
quarters and only available
as an escape route, So how does
white break through? The victory
route is hidden, but White, an
international master, reasoned
that a check on the a2-g8 diagonal
would be decisive. With this clue,
can you work out the four-move
sequence which led to checkmate?

.. S

1 A city to impress sailors (8)
5 Lean Lothario? (4)
9 Sovereign support for a
firm line (5)
10 A noble estate (7)
11 Give loans to achieve
progress (4,8)
13 Moderation seen when
lacking a fashion
allowance (6)
14 Timely tool (6)
17 Dramatic confidence? (5,7)
20 Collects the rags after
sorting (7)
21 Way out children (5)
22 Fire an employee for
drinking perhaps (4)
23 They break the law and
stowed away on ships (8)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution


1 Alert secret agent captures
ringleader (4)
2 If nothing else, it can make
us eat salt (2,5)
3 It was heaven on earth
while it lasted (6,2,4)
4 Improves
compensation (6)
6 Echo sounder possibly
aids a number (5)
7 Engaged that's the
conclusion about me and a
girl (8)
8 Radioactivity? (12)
12 Newspapers containing
long-term forecasts (8)
15 It describes a traitor's
purpose to a T (7)


One drink after another (6) "
Athenian garret (5) .L
Looks up and down (4) W

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 A cut above, 8 Quell, 9
Patrick, 10 Sample, 11 Detail, 12
Appetite, 15 Clincher, 18 Faulty, 20
Attire, 21 Arrival, 22 Gorge, 23
Down: 2 Crave, 3 Turban, 4
Backlash, 5 Equate, 6 Despair, 7
Allegedly, 11 Discharge, 13
Perforce, 14 Distort, 16 Career, 17
Quaint, 19 Train.

1 Prediction (8)
5 Audacious (4)
9 Extracted (5)
10 Childish (7)
11 Skiing, skating
etc. (6,6)
13 Powerful (6)
14 Crowd (6)
17 In a mood for a
fight (2,3,7)
20 Of current interest (7)
21 To grant (5)
22 Indolent (4)
23 Amicable (8)

1 Lose colour (4)
2 Interpretation (7)
3 Electoral district (12)
4 Splendid (6)
6 A willow (5).
7 Equine obedience
training (8)
8 Prevent quarrelling
, (4,3,5)
12 Imperishable (8)
15 External (7)
16 Visitor (6)
18 A gemstone (5)
19 Tense (4)











words in
the main
body of

HOW many words of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word. each letter may be used once
only. Each must. contain the centre
letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 20; very good 30: excellent 39
(or more). Solution tomorrow.
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threw twig twin twine twiner
twinge weigh weight weir went
wert, when whet whin whine
whiner whinge whinger whir
whit white whiten whiter wine
wing winger winter wire with
withe wither wirn wright wring
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

The Battle for Survival

South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
V9 54
4K 83
+ Q 6 4 3
10 62

V 10872
SA K 9 7

4 A
4AQ 10942
The bidding:
South West North East
I I'ass 1 4 Pass
2 V Pass 3 4 Pass
Opening lead live of clubs.
It's a tact of life for which most
declarers are ever thankful that
the defense does not always find its
most clTective opening lead. Even so,
declare may still have to play his
cards exceptionally well to take
advantage of a favorable lead.
For example, take this deal from a
match between Cc ('anada and lMexico
somei years ago. I ad West hit on a
di amond lead, the Mexican declare,
(eorge Roscnkranz, almost surely
would have gone down. But after the
opening truinmp lead, he seized his

opportunity and found the winning
- and best route to 11 tricks.
lie won East's jack of clubs with
the queen, then cashed the ace of'
spades. Now came the key play -
before entering dummy, Rosenkranz
played the A-K of hearts.
Had the queen not appeared, he
would next have crossed to the eight
of clubs, discarded a diamond on the
king of spades and then led a heart
toward the J-3. In this way, lie would
avoid losing ti\o heart tricks ihen-
ever the hearts \\ere divided 3-3,
whenever IHast held four hearts to the
queen or \\lience\r the queen of
hearts iell singleton or doubleton.
But when West's queen fell on the
second round, it \\as a simple matter
to dra\\ two more trumps ending in
dummyniv, discard a diamond on the
spade king and eventually concede a
heart and a diamond to make tive
Note that if Rosenkranz had
relied strictly on a heart finesse, he
would not have made the contract
regardless of l'ho\ he continued alter
the jack lost to West's quCeen. Instead.
he chose the superior play of first
cashing the A-K in order to guard
against lthle actual distrilihutio anid at
the same iimte take advantage of
other likely distributions. It certainly
paid off in the actual case, and lell
West gnashing his teeth o\ cr his fail-
ure to lead the unbid diamond suit.

Tomorrow: Ilidding quiz.
, 2(008 King Iea tes S)ndictec l '.

Chea : 757: I Rxc! Nxc6 2 NgS! fxg5 3 BdS+ Rf7
4 Nf6 mate.

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Ministry of Works & Transport

Road Traffic Department


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

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

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

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

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

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., Bay St.
(Downtown), George St.

2. 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., (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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SINCE 1985, when testing for HIV/AIDS
became standard practice, the disease has
been destroying thousands of Bahamian
lives. It's a disease that not only breaks
down the human body, but demolishes self
esteem and invokes discrimination and
prejudice towards its victims. While the
nation still faces significant challenges in
the prevention and treatment of
HIV/AIDS, yet, there remains hope for
those diagnosed with the disease.

Every year on December 1st
individual citizens, organizations
:and nations around the world
recognize the problem of
HIV/AIDS in all regions, cul-
tures, and all countries. This year,
2008, is the 20th anniversary of
International World AIDS Day,
with the theme: "Leadership:
Taking the Lead to Stop
HIV/AIDS". A number of activ-
ities took place in recognition of
the day, including a school
assembly at LW Young and a
church service at Evangelistic
Since the mid 1980s, the
Bahamas has been making huge
strides to combat the pandemic
of HIV/AIDS among it's peo-
ple, including the creation of a
National -IIV/AIDS Programme
and the National HIV/AIDS
Centre to spearhead this nation's
response-to the disease.
The -national programme
Prevention of HIV

Treatment for persons test-
ing positive for HIV or AIDS
Care and Support for those
affected by HIV/AIDS
Research and Training that
has made the Bahamas a region-
al leader in the response to
The very first case of
HIV/AIDS was diagnosed in the
Bahamas in 1983, and since then
health authorities in the
Bahamas have been doing
everything in their power to stop
the spread of the disease, espe-
cially among young people.
In 1994, there were over 600
new cases of HIV, and 30 per
cent of those were drug addicts.
To decrease the number of HIV
cases, the Bahamas has imple-
mented programs to educate
people on the disease, and pro-
mote sexual health.
RosaIMae Bain, managing
directOr of the National

ead to

HIV/AIDS Centre, said the
Bahamas has come very far in
terms of HIV/AIDS informa-
tion,'educating young people on
the disease, treatment and med-
icines, and promoting proper
sexual practices.
"We were actually one of the
first in the Caribbean to start
HIV/AIDS testing.. We started
testing in August of 1985 and
America started their testing in
May. From day one we had an
intensive, caring programme.
And although there was no
medication available, with the
care that we gave the people
they were surviving much
longer," she told Tribune
Waging the battle against
HIV/AIDS on two fronts -
introducing the most techno-
logically advanced medications
to the environment, and an
intensive education programme
- the number of people con-
tracting the disease has
decreased, and those living with
the disease are living longer,
healthier lives.
Compared to 1994, when the
number of new HIV cases was
600, the total number of new
cases in 2007 was almost half
that number, at 302.
Since the majority of persons
contracting the disease are
under the age of 30, the Nation-
al HIV/AIDS Centre began an
education campaign within the
nation's schools. "We begin in
the primary school so that we
can teach the kids about sexual-
ly transmitted diseases early on.
We then would provide them
with the skills to deny the initi-
ation of eirly sexual a-tivity.

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"There is also a parenting
component that is a part of the
programme where parents learn
to teach the kids about self
esteem," Ms Bain said. "We also
urge the.parents to talk to their
children about sexual inter-
course early in their lives so that
they could understand when it
should be done and the proper
context it should be done in."
The National HIV/AIDS
Centre and partnering organi-
sations also go into the nation's
churches and into the commu-
nities to spread the word on sex-
ual health, and to teach the
ABC's of preventing
HIV/AIDS and other sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs).
"People must know the
ABC's of preventing
HIV/AIDS or any other sexual-
ly transmitted disease. Absti-
nence is very important in pre-
venting HIV and STDs. You
ever heard the saying 'absti-
nence is the only safe sex', well
this is the only sure way of pre-
venting the disease. Being faith-
ful is another way that the dis-
ease can be prevented.
"If a person is having sexual
intercourse with their partner
then they should try to stay'
faithful and not engage in inter-
course with anyone else. If they
are not quite sure of their part-
ner's status then they should use
condoms to protect themselves.
And the last thing that they
should do is not use drugs. You
can develop the disease from
injections and using the same
needle as a person who is HIV
positive" Ms Bain said.
Not only does the programme
discourage young people from
engaging in unprotected sexual
activity, but they are also trying
to decrease the number of





THE BAHAMAS has been making huge strides to
combat the pandemic of HIV/AIDS among it's people.

babies born with the virus. -
"In 1995, 30 per cent of the
babies born were HIV positive,"
Ms Bain said. "We are doing out
best to encourage these women
to come into the clinic so that
they can get their medication and
reduce the chances of the dis-
ease being transmitted to the
Last year only three babies
were born HIV positive. Ms Bain
said that these babies were born
.with HIV because their mothers
failed to get the proper medica-
tion available at all Govern-
ment clinics and without the
medication the babies contracted
the disease during the birthing
process. ,
She encouraged all pregnant
women to go to the clinics so that
they can get the appropriate care

and medications to be able to
live healthy, HIV positive lives.
In hopes of eliminating the
stigma and discrimination that is
often associated with the dis-
ease, the HIV/AIDS Centre is
encouraging everyone to know
their status and take the HIV
test. The test is free and is avail-
able at any public health clinic.
"We don't want to point fingers
and I want to encourage all to
have an HIV test done. Couples
should come along as well."
On finding out that they are
HIV positive some people lose
hope and give up on life. But
with the advancements made
globally, and the availability of
medication and appropriate care
in the Bahamas, HIV positive
individuals can live happy, hope-
ful, and productive lives.

PICTURED from left are Mr Stanley Forbes, advisor; Police Cpl 2539 Sonny Miller with Michele Rassin, vice
president of Operations at Doctors Hospital and Mr Charles Sealy, CEO, Doctors Hospital.

Doctors Hospital assists police staff

association with community awareness

message to neighborhoods

EACH year, the Staff Association of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force publishes its
Annual Crime Prevention Handbook in an
effort to provide members of the communi-
ty with guidelines and information that will
be valuable in assisting them manage their
This year's handbook, which focuses on
community policing with special emphasis
on adolescent behaviour, will be distributed
free of charge throughout the Bahamas.
The Police Staff Association stands com-
mitted to sensitizing the general public
about protection and community aware-
ness. Toward that end, they undertake the
painstaking task of gathering and compiling
the information, however, the printing
process can be very expensive leading them
to rely on the assistance of corporate spon-
sors. V
Doctors Hospital has also made a com-

mitment to serve the Bahamian community
by supporting the Royal Bahamas Police
Staff Association. To facilitate their
efforts, Doctors Hospital presented the
Association with a monetary gift to assist
with bringing this year's handbook project
to reality.
"It is our pleasure to support the Royal
Bahamas Police Staff Association as they
continue to make such a lasting difference
in the lives of young persons in our com-
munity," said Michele Rassin, Doctors
I hospital vice president of operations. "By
our donation to the RBPSA, we continue
to live up to our promise of commitment to
service wit hin the Bahamian community."

For more information, or to assist the Royal
Bahamas Police Staff Association in its efforts,
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EAR health sounds funny. It's something taken for
granted, and since most people have little problem
with their hearing, they don't give it a second
thought that is until they get a (usually) painful
ear infection or worse, are faced with losing their

Dr Charles Johnson. an ear. nose
and throat IENTI specialist, also
known as an otorhinolarNngologist.
told Tribune Health that the ne't
health epidemic for 21something mdi-
\iduals will be dcalness. The culprit'
Those popular music de% ices and
headsets attached to cell phones that
ha\e inundated the market and that
promote the busy multi-tasking
lifesty le man\ people lead.
For children, gto% wing up withouti
one of the fi'e senses can be difficult.
And when a parent doesn't recognize
their child's disability, the\ are left
w ondenng %wh, their little one is acting
out or lagging behind their peers
de, elopmentally.
According to Dr Johnson. naturally
occurring deafness is not that com-
mon. \\hat is common howev ei. is
how people damage their ears and lose
their hearing, and it's linked to the
buildup ot wax actually. it's the clean-
ing methods people use to remove the
v.ax that causes the problem. By clean-
ing out wa%\ ith Q-tips or similar
swabs, people are damaging their ear
drum more than if they lett it alone.
"\Va\ naturally rids itself from the
ear." Dr Johnson said. "but if you real-
1N want to clean it out. I recommend

putting oli'e oil down each ear. Somc
people use Cerumol. but 1 think olive
oil is safer."
After damage to the ear canal
caused b\ cleaning tools like Q-tips.
the next most common cause for chil-
dren's healing loss is a middle ear
infection, or Otitis NMedia. This is
where the Eustachian Tube. that con-
nects the throat and ear. becomes
blocked because of enlarged tonsils
or an upper respirator\ tract intec-
Hearing loss is most common in
babies who are born prematurely, and
from their first days are exposed to
loud noises of alarms and babies cry-
ing in the ICU. In intants, deafness
can cause other problems because lan-
guage acquisition is primarily taught
by hearing the words.
Hearing loss can also be hereditary
or congenital such as when the moth-
er takes certain drugs or antibiotics
in high dosages during pregnancy.
For children ages three though ten
temporary hearing loss can be caused
by innocent play. such as sticking pen-
cils. rubber erasers, seeds or beads in
the ears. These foreign objects may
get stuck and cause rinecLon that leads
to permanent damage., or may simply

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cause a ternporar. blockage.
For senior citizens, hearing loss can
also be seen as a huge battle, as the
person %\ho ha' lived \ ith this sense
all their ihes may feel angry or be in
denial about the reality of increasing
Man. can empathize with the story
ot the grandmother %who won't wear
her hearing aid in public or the great
uncle who %won't go in for a hearing
test although he has the tele\ vision set
blaring just so he can hear it.
Dr Johnson said that hearing loss
among the elderly has different caus-
es. such as being around the loud noise
ot engines as a lfetjme engineer, or an
airport employee. "Anyw here from
the age of 45 and on, people expert.
ence hearing loss," he said. "There'sa
natural decrease in hearing as you get
older, but these noises o0er a lifetime
can make it go faster."
Dr Robert Ramsingh. an ENT spe-
cialist and a faciomaxillary intolv-
ing the bones of the face, upper jaw,
and the lower law surgeon, sees a
significant number of hearing loss cas-
es in patients %w ho are ages 60 through
Hearing loss is e'en more com-
mon in persons with high blood pres-
sure and diabetes because the blood
supply\ that carries oxygen to the ear is
diminished with these diseases." he
The biggest cause of hearing loss in
the Bahamas is fluid in the ear or Cir-
rus Otitis. This is caused by an upper
respiratory tract infecuton and is trans-
mitted from person to person like a
contagious form of tonsillitis. "If this
becomes a recurrent infection, tem-
porary hearing loss will result,' Dr
Ramsingh said

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POPULAR music devices and
headsets attached to cell phones
could pose health risks.

I CAN count the*millions of times a
client walks into my office with one of.
their pets having a skin disorder or ail-
ment, "I think my dog has the mange,"
they say. The fact is, if your pet has
skin problems he may have the mange
but that is not always the case.
Mange is a generic term that
describes a skin condition caused by
microscopic parasites, called mites, that
live on or in the skin. Mites are similar
to insects, but are actually more close-
ly related to spiders and ticks. Mange is
a term that many Bahamian pet own-
ers use to describe any skin condition
that looks particularly bad.
As a veterinarian, I tell my clients
that mange is a group of diseases that
is caused by small parasitic skin mites.
The severity of these skin problems
can range from mild to severe.
With few exceptions, mite-induced
skin disease is primarily a problem of
young dogs. Mature animals can be
infected, but it is much less common.
While there are several kinds of mange
that can infect dogs and cats, only three
species are seen with great frequency.
They are otodectes (ear mites), sca-
bies and demodex.

OTODECTES (ear mites)
Most people have heard of ear mites.
These small mites are actually visible to
the naked eye, but only if you have
very good vision. It is easier for them
to be seen under a microscope. These
mites only live in the ear and feed on
the lining of the ear canal. As you
might expect, they can cause a lot of
ear discomfort.
This ear itchiness can be so severe
the pet may cause self induced sores
around the ears and face from all the
scratching. The pet with ear mites typ-
ically has dry, dark brown debris in
the ear canal.
Finding a living, moving mite among
the debris makes the diagnosis rather
easy. The debris looks like coffee
grounds. Treatment for ear mites is
also straight forward, but there are
some critical steps that cannot be left
A critical first step in treating ear
'mites (and any ear infection for that
matter) is a gentle flushing out of the
debris from the ear canal. Once the
canal is flushed, appropriate medica-
tion can be instilled into the ear canal
to kill the adult mites. In addition to
adult mites in the ear canal, there are
also mite eggs that are less suscepti-
ble, if not outright resistant, to com-
monly used medications.
If we forget about these eggs and

only treat the ears for a few days, these
eggs will eventually hatch and re-infect
the ears. Ear mite eggs take: about 21
days to hatch. For this reason, treat-
ment must continue daily for at least
three weeks.
We Bahamians like to cut costs and
we see a lot of over the counter med-
ications that they bring in that does
not work. The bottom line is any ear
problem should be checked out and
treated by your veterinarian promptly.

This mange is caused by a mite that
results in a lot of scratching. This mite
is seen primarily in adolescent dogs
and involves the skin and causes
intense itching.
Some people describe their dogs as
so itchy that the dog cannot sleep at
night. The scabies mite causes the
severe itching by burrowing just under
the skin's surface. Common areas
infected are the under sides of the legs
and abdomen, the face and particular-
ly the ear flap.
While the ear mites (mange) may
be easy to diagnose, scabies is much
more difficult. The only way to con-
clusively diagnose scabies is to find a
mite with a test called skin scraping. A
skin scraping involves scraping.the sur-
face of the skin with a surgical blade to
try to pick up a mite or two. The prob-
lem is that scabies mites can be small in
number and therefore difficult to find.
Treatment of scabies is relatively
easy. Sometimes, if scabies is highly
suspected, treatment is started even if
we cannot find a mite. Personally, I
like to use paramite dip once weekly.
Recently, paramite has been a med-
ication that was hard to get, but thanks
to veterinary colleagues in the US, it is
no longer a problem.
One must also note that scabies is a
zoonotic disease. That is it can be
transmitted from dogs to people. The
Princess Margaret Hospital has been
diagnosing a lot of scabies in people
recently. In fact, I often ask owners of
itchy dogs if they too are itchy (com-
monly around the waist or midsection).
If the answer is yes, scabies mange is
strongly considered as a reason for
their dog's itchiness.
Fortunately, most human infections

are brief and self limiting because the
mite prefers to live on dog skin.

This mange is caused by a unique
mite that is specifically designed to
inhabit human hair follicles. The mite
is actually cigar shaped to fit into the
hair follicle right next to the hair shaft.
Mange caused by demodectic mites is
also unique in two other ways. It is
generally not an itchy disease and it is
not contagious to other pets or people.
The hallmark symptom of demod-
ectic mange is hair loss not a real big
surprise considering where the mite
resides. The hair loss is often spotty,
frequently around the face and legs,
with little other skin lesions in most
cases. As with other forms of mange,
demodex is usually seen in immature
Treatment for mildly affected cases
usually resolve quite favourably with

one treatment. For severely affected
dogs, applying special dips to the skin
surface at regular intervals helps to
kill the mite. Mitaban (Amitraz) is a
medication used quite frequently.
Like ear mites and scabies mite
infections, where appropriate treat-
ment results in a cure, most demodex
mite infections can be resolved. Rarely,
a patient cannot be cured, and lifetime
treatments will be necessary.
All in all, with modern treatments
now available, true mange mite infec-
tion in dogs are relatively straight for-
ward problems to address. I would only
wish that Bahamians stop calling all
skin problems the mange.

* Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at the
Central Animal Hospital. Questions or
comments should be directed to pot-
cake59@hotmail.com. Dr Sands can also
be contacted at 325-1288

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Brighter skin -

but at what cost?

FOR years hydroquinone, classified
as an over-the-counter drug in the
United States, has been used in con-
centrations up to two per cent within
products designed to lighten skin.
While hydroquinone may be a popu-
lar pigment lightener, .there are many
concerns regarding its safety.
It has been estimated that one third
of the population is allergic to hydro-
quinone. Serious contact dermatitis
has been noted and skin may be pho-
tosensitized with prolonged use.
Hydroquinone has been classified "an
extreme sensitizer", with some
reporting a hyperpigmentation result
(lightening of skin) whenused o
olive skin colour.
The US-based Occupational Safety
and Health Administration states that
hydroquinone is "mutagenic and has
cancer causing potential". The adden-
dum to the final reports on safety
assessment of hydroquinone, pub-
lished in the Journal of the American
. College of Toxicology in 1994, said
the drug is a potent cytotoxic agent
. that causes mutations and alterations
to DNA. It should not be used in any
leave-on type of product, but it is safe
in rinse-off products when used in
* concentrations less-that one per cent.
Remember, most over-the-counter
products marketed to lighten pigmen-
tation use hydroquinone at a two per
cent concentration. Based on the
results of these studies, it is no sur-
prise that the use of hydroquinone
has been banned in many countries
throughout the world.
In 2007, the USA Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) reported that
it intended to ban the use of hydro-
quinone in non-prescription products
* (due to safety issues) but to date, no
new regulations have been imple-
. mented.

This information was taken from
www. dermalogica. bs
- Sarah Simpson is a skin care therapist
at the Dermal Clinic. Visit her and her
team of skin and body therapists at One
Sandyport Plaza (the same building as
Ballys Gym). For more information visit
www.dermal-clinic.com or call 327.6788


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DECEMBER is the. mth during which we
expect to enjoy the fruits of our labours in the
vegetable garden. Tomatoes started in early
September should be ripening on the vine and
the first peppers should be mature. Fast-grow-
ing veggies like spinach, chard, snap beans
and garden peas will almost certainly be avail-
able for Christmas season meals.

We may have to wait until
January to enjoy cabbages,
cauliflower and broccoli, but
if early sowing were put in,
they too may be ready for
Christmas. Zucchini and oth-
er summer squashes are also
candidates for a December
Whatever vegetables we
may be enjoying now, we
should be planning for the
future. Reserve a small por-
tion of the vegetable garden
to sow seeds for the next
crop. It is annoying to have
.an abundance of tomatoes or
any other vegetable for a
period then have to go to the
food store to buy them
between crops.


Nematodes attack the,
roots of vegetables that have
been grown in the same area
'for a length of time. Usually
you can grow, say, tomatoes
for a year in one place, but
the next year they must be
grown well away from that
spot. Peppers, eggplants and
potatoes are all members of
the same family.
Fortunately, the nema-
todes that thrive on tomato
family roots do not attack
other plants so we can
change from tomatoes to
cabbage family members.
Always check the roots
when you pull up a dead or
dying vegetable. Swollen,
knobbly roots indicate a
nematode attack.
December is a fine time to
set out strawberry plants in
fertile and well-drained soil.
Space the plants about two
feet apart in all directions
because they will later on
produce runners to provide
new plants. Strawberries you
grow yourself are very differ-
ent to those you buy in the
food store. They have taste.


When it comes to fruits,
the main ones available
right now are citrus vari-
eties, a late avocado or two,
and carambola. Carambola
bears fruit in midsummer
and autumn and the second

flowering takes place while
the first set of fruit is still on
the tree. This makes it so
that carambola fruits for
seven to eight months mak-
ing it a very worthwhile
plant to have in the garden.
Most of the flowering
shrubs that bear year round
actually flower best during
.the cooler months. Hibiscus,
oleander, Cape honeysuck-
le, -plumbago and others
seem to prefer winter
weather while bougainvillea
makes great strides. One of
the showiest of flowering
shrubs is our national
flower, yellow elder. Its yel-
low-gold trumpet flowers
appear almost luminous on
sunny and dull days.

African tulip

I hope you have an
African tulip tree some-
where along your route to
work. There are few more
stunning sights than an
African tulip tree in full
bloom, as they are now. The
large panicles of reddish
orange flowers with gold
markings are set off by the
rich green foliage of these
large trees. The trees are too
large for the average garden,
but are magnificent in park-


Also at its best now is
kalanchoe, a small fleshy
plant that produces large
heads of tiny, star-like flow-
ers. Kalanchoe comes in a
wide range of colours and
will bloom until early sum-
mer. After kalanchoe stops
blooming the foliage stays
on, making it an attractive
perennial. The flowers will
return the next November
or early December and are
enjoyed by hummingbirds.
The plant of the month
has to be poinsettia. More
money will be spent on
these plants during Decem-
ber than any other. We'll
have a look at poinsettias

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IT'S enough to make you
queasy, imagining a bloodied
hand minus a finger, and anoth-
er finger hanging on by a tiny
piece of flesh. It sounds like a
scene out of a horror movie, but
a local butcher the victim of a
meat slicing accident knows
just how lucky he is.
The butcher was slicing meat
with the machine's protective
guard off when the fingers of
his left hand became stuck and
were dragged under the blade.
The result complete amputa-
tion of the left index finger and
partial amputation of his left
middle finger.
Fast thinking coworkers
called Doctors Hospital for
emergency assistance, an ambu-
lance was dispatched and with-
in minutes the patient was
rushed to Doctors Hospital by
the hospital's emergency med-
ical services (EMS) team along
with the severed finger which
was wrapped and on ice.
Within hours he was on the
operating table at Doctors Hos-
pital, undergoing five hours of
emergency surgery to reattach
the index finger to the left hand
using micro vascular surgery.
The partially amputated mid-
dle finger was also repaired -
blood flow was established by
reconnecting the blood vessels
in the finger to the hand.
"Micro vascular surgery
involves the reattaching of tiny
blood vessels (arteries and
veins) along with the nerves (for
sensations) and tendons (for
movement)," explained Dr'
Srikanth Garikapirthi, thaplas--
tic and reconstructive surgeon
who performed the operation.
Micro vascular surgery is,
done through an operating-
room microscope using special-
ized instruments and tiny nee-
dles with ultra fine sutures that
reconnect the small blood ves-
sels and restore circulation
before the tissue starts to die.
After the successful re-
implantation, the first four to
five days were critical, and the
patient was carefully monitored
along with the viability of the
reattached finger.
Dr Garikaparthi said time
was of the essence as reattach-
ment is most successful when
performed up to six hours after
the injury, though fingers can .
be re-implanted as long as 48
hours after amputation.
Microsurgery has gone
beyond just putting the wheels
back on it is utilizing the re-
implanted parts to get the best
function in the hand with the
tissue available.
The patient was successfully
discharged from the hospital ten
days following the operation,
and is presently undergoing
rehabilitation therapy.
Power machine related acci-
dents have been on the rise in
recent months, prompting Dr
Garikaparthi to deliver a strong
message: "All workmen using
power equipment, including
saws, have to be careful in using
these tools. The safety guards
attached to these machines have
to be in place, if you remove
the guards you are defeating the
purpose for which they were
The majority of injuries being
seen now are the result of the
safety devices being off or
because they are not used with
care. These injuries are also
common with "weekend war-
riors" people who work with
power tools for do-it-yourself
home improvement projects.
It is also important to note
that any injury to the hand,
however minor it may seem, is
best attended by a trained

physician to rule out major
injuries to the various impor-
tant structures.
Dr Garikaparthi also advised
that if you do have an accident
with a power machine which
results in an amputated body
part, do not throw the ainpu-
tated part away. It should be
wrapped in a clean cloth, then
placed in a zip lock bag and
then put in a container with ice
and water to keep it cool.
The patient, along with the
amputated part, should be
transported as quickly as pos-
sible for medical care.





Your Career B ii

A BLIND spot is a weakness or group of
weaknesses that you possess that you
can't perceive.
Some of you may not be able to per-
ceive your blind spots because you don't
want to hear anything negative about
yourself. You feel attacked and respond
defensively. When this is the case, your
coworkers and families will sense this
about you and they will be reluctant to
tell you anything constructive.

Others of you hear about
your weaknesses quite often,
but it is often said in a fun, teas-
ing way that does not give you a
clear idea of the weight or seri-
ousness of the issue.
Throughout my career,
employees ask me why they
haven't been promoted. They
sacrificed and obtained the aca-
demic qualifications they
thought they needed. They
work long hours and produce
adequate or above average
results and they have received
awards and accolades over the
years, yet the sought after pro-
motion continues to elude them.
If this is happening to you,
you may be demonstrating
unproductive behaviours that
are not being brought to your
attention by your supervisor or
manager. In fact, you may be
receiving satisfactory perfor-
mance appraisal ratings that
lead you to believe your per-

formance is progressing satis-
In cases like these, the per-
formance management (annual
appraisal) system is designed
very well to measure or evalu-
ate what you do. Are you deliv-
ering results? Are you doing the
right work? These questions
are the usual ones that are
addressed by the performance
management process. Howev-
er, the appraisals often don't
adequately measure how you
do your job.
Interpersonal skills like, com-
munication skills, networking
skills, being a change agent,
navigating office politics, pos-
sessing an ability to make and
execute decisions, especially
tough decisions are only some
of the "soft" skills you need that
are not usually assessed or mea-
sured by your appraisal so you
won't get the feedback you
need unless your boss is an

effective mentor or coach.
Usually with a career blind
spot, no-one tells you the one or
two things you need to do to
revitalize or re-engineer your
career. Your managers or
supervisors may complain about
your behaviours to others, and
sometimes they tell you, but it is
so tactfully done that you
missed the real point. The inter-
esting thing I have found is that
blind spots are sometimes well
known, even to you. It is just
that the weight being given to
your weaknesses by you is less
than the weight placed on them
by persons around you.
The five most common blind
spots identified in the Book
"Blind Spot: Achieving Success
by Seeing What You Can't
See", by Claudia Shelton are:

sometimes manifests when peo-
ple think they are smarter than
everyone else. Or if you are
more trained than your co-
workers and you impose unfair
expectations on them.
OLD HABITS old habits
sometimes refuse to die. This
can lead to behaviours like
resistance to change or some-

nd Spot

times employees not seeing that personal respond
the company has changed and will end up at th
they haven't. Other old habits reactions. So yoi
that I witness often are entitle- nize your subol
ment, lateness and absenteeism. so you can crea
Stress expressed many of correct them.
us are under constant pressure One way to lea
and most times we are unaware your patterns is
of how we communicate with patterns in how
our employees when we are respond to youi
stressed out. communjcatio
UNTUNED RADAR this hap- coworkers and f
pens when we misread people,. around you or
What happens in cases like draw? Do you
these is that you are surprised attract drama?
or disappointed by outcomes patterns are you
that don't match your expecta- how are you c
tions. You are clueless about them?
the systems of behaviour in Another way
your office, blind spots is to
DISCONNECT this is about who knows yoi
failure to communicate. Either answer your qu
you don't listen to others or you tically. One cauti
want to hoard information you have a patte
because the information is ness, try to contr
knowledge and knowledge is a real response th
giving you perceived power. to overcome yoi
npepb bli hi

These blind spots not only sti-
fle your career, they impact your
company's productivity. Conse-
quently, depending on the
impact of your behaviours, tough
times may make you a vulnera-
ble target for-a lay off because
your company can no longer
continue to support youat a time
when survival of the fittest is
contingent on becoming leaner
and more agile.
In emotional intelligence the-
ory, the skill you can develop in
order to perceive your blind spot
is called recognizing patterns. If
you don't recognize your own

perceive your UI
Everyone has
one kind or oth
to identify them
sonal strategic
them will help y<
develop your pe
steer you along y

se patterns you
e mercy of your
u need to recog-
ptimal patterns
te a strategy to

am to recognize
to begin to see
your coworkers
r behaviours or
n. Are your
family defensive
do they with-
seem to always
What response
u witnessing and
contributing to

to identify your
o ask someone
u well and will
estions authen-
on here is that if
rn of defensive-
rol it if you want
hat can help you
ur incapacity to
Ynd spots.
blind spots of
er. Your ability
n and build per-
s to overcome
ou to effectively
performance and
our career path.

Yvette Bethel is the president of
Organizational Soul. She can be
contacted by telephone at
242.424.7166 or fax -
242.324.1631 or write to her at PO
Box N-511, Nassau, Bahamas.
Interested persons can also check
out her website at:

Tribune Woman's guide to stress-free holiday shopping

Shopping for the Kids
Children enjoy the magical moments
of the Christmas season to, especially
when their eyes are filled with a fasci-
nating view of Barbie dolls and remote
control cars.
While their joy can be infectious and
wonderful to see, it can be incredibly
tedious shopping with kids because they
want everything that they see, they get
hungry, tired and cranky quickly, and
then go to the bathroom, again and again
- so it might be a good idea to leave the
little ones at home when you are going on
a marathon shopping spree.
When shopping for that special gift for
your child and they have not already
outlined the dozen or so must-have items,
or you are buying a toy for a niece or
nephew, there are a few things, Mr
Stevenson said, that you should take note
of before you select the gift that you hope

Before buying a gift, think about the
things the child likes
Select a toy that is age appropriate.
You don't want to buy a toy that is too
advanced for the child. This is very
important because toys that are for old-
er kids can be dangerous for younger
children. Having a toy that your child
does not understand and finds difficult to
operate takes the fun out of it. This prin-
ciple also applies to toys/gifts for older
children. If you buy a child a toy and he
or she is too old for, they are likely to
become bored and the gift would not be
If parents are doing Christmas shop-
ping at the Mall, they must keep chil-
dren near. Children tend to stray away
often and with huge crowds they can get

What does he want for Christmas?
Many women agree that shopping for
the men in their lives can be difficult -
sometimes it seems that even he doesn't

know what he wants.
When shopping for a man, whether it
is your dad, brother, uncle or signifi-
cant other you must know what type of
man he is in order to buy that special
gift that will put a smile on his face,
said Dale Duncomb, general manager at
Solomon's SuperCentre.
"When you are shopping for men you
must know what type of guy he is. For
instance if he is a guy who likes to cook
then think about buying him a gift that
he can use while cooking. Or if he is
guy who is always fascinated with elec-
tronics then buy him something elec-
tronic, it is a gift that he would appreci-
ated. In our store you are sure to find a
gift at a reasonable price," he said.

When at work keep it Impersonal
Finding an appropriate gift for a male
or female colleague can definitely be a
challenge, keeping in mind that you don't
want to get personal with your gift ideas.
If you and your colleague are not close
friends then you should try not to pur-
chase gifts like clothing or jewellery. Try

to be a bit general in your gift ideas.
"If you don't know your colleague
very well then you could buy them some-
thing like crystal. Crystal is a great gift
and here at Kelly's we have a wide vari-
ety of crystal at very reasonable prices. If
you are close to your colleague then you
can buy something like a fragrance bas-
ket," Ms Glinton said.
Mr Stevenson suggests purchasing gift
certificates which come in all denomi-
nations, as well tickets to see a movie.
According to him, these make great gifts
for a colleague.
Everyone enjoys the satisfaction and
pleasure that giving the right gift brings.
So remember, wear the proper shoes,
put on the proper mood, know the peo-
ple that you are buying for and your hol-
iday shopping will be comfortable, heart-
warming, and very rewarding.



FROM page 12

going through this experience
is very telling. Some people
find their way through, they
get out of this growing period
with no war wounds, but some
people barely make it out
alive what makes that dis-
tinction," she said.
And all of this is set against
the backdrop of a community
struggling with the issues of
AIDS, prostitution, and
homosexuality within an envi-
ronment saturated by Christ-
ian ideology. "These are the
kinds of themes that are with
us all the time," she said,
posting out that everyone, at
some time in their lives will
be affected by at least one of
these hardships.
The number one question
Ms Govan asks herself is, why
do some people choose vio-
lent expression in their lives
and some don't? She feels that
all filmmakers have these curi-
ous personalities, and want to
know more about other peo-
ple, their personalities and
how they affect the develop-
ment of society. "It's a simple
story that is accessible to peo-
ple the world around."
The film is also particularly
applicable to the Bahamas,
where young people are being
pulled into a life of violent
crime, she said.
Drug use, particularly for
women, also seems to be a
stepping stone into a darker,
more dangerous world. As
drug addicts, women often
find themselves in a place
where they are having sex for
money, the filmmaker said.
"This trend is especially
applicable for those women
who choose to use crack,
cocaine. Women are more
inclined to sell their bodies,
whereas men get into other
illegal lifestyles, like stealing
or killing to get the money
they need to support their
habit," she said.
Moving from her documen-
tary on HIV/AIDS to creat-
ing a narrative film inspired
from the lives of addicts was a
natural step for the filmmaker.
"It's good to be here, to break
into a field that was previous-
ly dominated by men," Ms
Govan said. "I don't have a
film degree or any sort of nar-
rative or dramatic works
under my belt, so Rain was a
big learning experience for
Making the film with -inex-
perienced actors and compli-
cated circumstances Renel
Brown, the 14 year old actress
who played Rain, had to do
three hours of school lessons
per day created unique chal-
lenges during filming. In this
respect, Ms Govan would
encourage all up and coming
Bahamian filmmakers to do a
short film first to better under-
stand their craft and to exer-
cise their skills.
Among the hurdles that had
to be crossed in the making
of Rain was a screenplay that
took eight months to write. It
also took about a year to raise
the money to make the fea-
ture, then a year and a half to
film and edit the work.
For a film that took just
over three years to make, Ms
Govan is already employing
her creative juices. To date,
she has three new ideas brew-
ing, "they're all just competing
to be written," she joked.
Before exploring these
ideas however, Ms Govan
wants to settle her film's debut
and see what will happen with
its distribution.
"I would love to make
another movie in the upcom-
ing year, it's such an amazing
and fun experience. I mean
the outcome is great, but the
process...Learning more about
yourself and about other peo-
ple, that experience is epic."

Rain will be shown on
Wednesday, December 10, at
Galleria Cinemas on JFK. Show-
time: 5pm.


v*/ r n I ri. U E S TSDAY, DECEMBER 9W, 2008

S.. *,v J A VTribune Woman's '"





BROWSING through stores, enjoying the holly jolly
spirit of the season and the allure of Christmas decora-
tions is a joy that can be shared by the entire family.
When it comes to selecting the perfect gift for family
and friends, however, things can become a bit hectic.
By planning your day of holiday shopping though,
OA 'I you can move at your pace and not be affected by
the crazy holiday rush that seems to come every year.

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Before an intense day of shopping
ensure that you have a good meal. and
ensure that you are in a good mood.
says Susan Glinton., senior buyer at
Kelly's Home Centre.
"Doing shopping is a joy I must say.
but it can also get tiresome. Before
doing any Christmas shopping you
should have a very good meal. Not
only should you have a good meal, but
you should also be in a very good
mood. If you are not in a good mood
then you should plan another day to do
your holiday shopping because you
won't be able to experience the joy of
Christmas spending," she said.
Usw awd -eedoy ws the. row
Patience, Ms Glinton added. is also a
must. Remember it is the Christmas
season, which means more traffic and
longer lines, so if you intend to do your
Christmas shopping on weekends or
during the evenings, expect to see huge
crowds and long lines.
She suggests shopping in the morn-
ing rather than in the evening especial-
ly when shopping at Kelly's Home
Centre. "Mornings are the best time to
shop. You are much fresher in the
mornings, your head is much lighter.
There are also less crowds in the morn-
ings especially here at the store. If you
choose to do holiday shopping in the
evenings, on weekends, or after work,
you'd better be ready to fight the
crowd and the traffic, because we are
often crowded during that time," she
Don't bust your budget
During the holidays many women
may be tempted to go on a shopping
splurge. To ensure that you don't oer
spend this Christmas season make a list
of the number of persons %who you
intend to buy gifts for, set out a budget

and stick to it.
Bob Stelenson, general manager of
the Mall at Marathon, said that it's not
only a good idea to plan a budget, but to
also look for bargains or for items on
sale in the stores. "Planning a budget is
very helpful if you are not looking to
spend much money this holiday, espe-
cially considering the upset in (he econ-
omy. You should also look for discounts,
bargains and sale promotions During
the Christmas there are always special
SEE page 11


Tribune Features Writer
-EMPOWERING women, under-
standing people, and discovering what
makes an individual choose either the
path that leads to destruction or the
one that allows them to grow and
develop, and to contribute positively to
the community around them is what
Bahamian filmmaker Maria Govan
lives for.

Rain, her first narrative film, pre-
miered last week at the National Cen-
tre for the Performing Arts as the
opening film for the Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival. Describing it as
an incredible experience, Ms Govan
said, "I loved seeing people connect
with the characters, it was such a heart-
felt film".
For Ms Govan, who began her film
career making documentaries, it was
important to have a female story at
this time in the Bahamas. "My heart
was really there in the story, I feel so
connected with women's issues and so
I feel comfortable telling a woman's
story. I'm interested in real people,
and portraying women in a realistic
"Of course there are some things I
would do over if I had the chance,"

she said, "but I am immensely proud of
the cast and crew."
Rain, the name of the title character,
is the story of a young girl who grows
up on a Family Island and travels to
Nassau to connect with her mother.
Once she finds her mother though,
Rain sees that their relationship cannot
be all that she had hoped.
Her mother, who lives a question-
able lifestyle, is stuck in a cycle of
abuse and self destructive habits.
"The mother is trapped in these
lifestyle choices, and can be seen as a
child herself. She is a disempowered
woman," Ms Govan said, "therefore
she has no way of empowering her own
Thrown into these circumstances
with her mother, Rain also becomes
disempowered. She's at the mercy of

this new woman and this new life, seek-
ing empowerment, and her own basic
human rights.
According to Ms Govan, her moti-
vation for creating this particular nar-
rative was developed from a docu-
mentary she made on HIV/AIDS in
the Bahamas. "I spent a lot of time in
that world, and the question presented
itself, how do people get stuck in addic-
tion. At what point do people stop
leading a 'normal' life and turn into
an addict."
At 14 years old, Rain represents the
demographic Ms Govan is most inter-
ested in. She believes that adolescence
is the point of breaking, when people
can either find or lose themselves. "The
point of view of a young adolescent
SEE page 11