The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 10, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Volume: 105 No.17






Tour[sl arrivals set

to be own y 8%

Community is

gripped by

gang war fears

Tribune Staff Reporter
A COMMUNITY is living in
fear of gang war violence among
students at a local school, it
emerged last night.
Some residents claim that
"drug-fuelled" youngsters con-

PM reveals impact of

economic downturn I n-IM.of 8am Tonold B

Tribune Staff Reporter
REVEALINGQthe true-*ta.nt.
of the impacts of the global eco-
nomic downturn on the Bahamas'
tourism industry yesterday, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
arrivals are expected to be down
by eight per cent by year's end.
In the first nine months of the
year tourism dropped by 6.1 per
cent compared with last year's
figures while a further drop bring-
ing the figure to a "predictable"
eight per cent figure is expected in
the last three months of the year,
said Mr Ingraham.
Asked if he expects the
Bahamas to rebound next year,
the Prime Minister said: "We
don't know when this crisis is
going to end, we hope soon but

Cynthia PraFt's husband
is in critical condition
husband of St Cecilia MP
Cynthia Pratt, is in critical
condition in the intensive
care unit of the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
Mr Pratt, who was read-
mitted to hospital on Sun-
day, was transferred to the
intensive care unit yester-

there is no certainty." '
It is possible numbers will drop
further before improving, he said.
The Prime Minister announced
-that Gover.nment-plans to intro-
duce a training programme early
next year that will equip Bahami-
ans to take .up jobs that the busi-
ness community has identified as
lacking in qualified candidates.
He suggested that some
among the 800 laid off by Atlantis
in November may benefit from
this programme.
"There are jobs that are avail-
able in the'economy, but some
people Are not skilled to do
them," he said.
A committee, led by Labour
Minister Dion Foulkes and Edu-
cation Minister Carl Bethel, is in.
the process of meeting with stake-
holders and is due to present a
report to Mr Ingraham on the
matter shortly.
Mr Ingraham said he hoped
the Bahamas' proximity to the
United States will be advanta-
geous to a tourism recovery and
that the "relatively low air fares
and currently low price of fuel
will all combine to cause us to
have a return to stabilized tourism
The Prime Minister said that
based on discussions with hotels,
including Kerzner International
and Baha Mar, he does not
expect any more "significant lay-
offs unless things turn for the
SEE page eight

Minister: food price increase could
be result of rising landing costs

Tribune Staff
stamp tax on-food items
went from two per cent
to duty free, according
to Minister of Finance
Zhivargo Laing, the
price increase of most
basic bread basket items
could.be the result of rising land-
ing costs.
According to the Department
of Statistics, average monthly
food prices for the month of
November for such items as rice,
grits, sliced cheese,.baby milk,
mayonnaise and corned beef,
among other items, saw a steady
increase. While prices for some

items, such as milk and
fresh produce, showed
no change, and most
packaged items, such as
cake mix and meat, were
holding firm or increas-
ing. However, with the
price of grains and other
commodities plunging
world wide, it would
seem logical that grocery
prices would follow, but,
according to the Department of
Statistics, this was not the case.
Minister Laing explained that
while commodity prices (food and
other items) have been rising for
quite some time, food has a dif-
ferent set of dynamics.
"Food dynamics are based on
SEE page eight

Baha Mar could get extension
to their March 2009 deadline
BAHA MAR developers could be given an extension to their March
2009 deadline if they can convince government they are unable to meet
their contractual obligations because of circumstances beyond their
control, the prime minister said yesterday.
Earlier this year, Parliament authorised the treasurer to transfer
certain portions of land on West Bay Street to facilitate Baha Mar's pro-
ject, but this was hinged on if and when Baha Mar could raise $400 mil-
lion in capital for the project by March, 2009.
Last winter Harrah's, Baha Mar's former joint venture partner,
walked away from the deal that would have broadened the Cable Beach
SEE page eight

GENERAL Motors' local
dealer, Nassau Motors, is wait-
ing to see if its US suppliers
will receive from Congress.
part of the $25 billion needed
to keep three American .car
manufacturers from going
Operations manager of
Nassau Motors Rick Lowe
told The Tribune yesterday
that at the present his compa-
ny does not have a contin-
gency plan in place in case the
Congressional bailout goes
sour, however, the company
is keeping abreast of the situ-
ation in Washington.
"We've certainly been con-
sidering what we might do in
the worst case scenario, but
we don't know what's going
to happen," he said.
Ford, Chrysler and General
Motors (GM) officials have
now gone to Congress twice
seeking financial assistance for
their companies, which have
SEE page eight

verge on the area every after-
noon, causing householders to
close windows and lock doors.
Confrontations between stu-
dents, some armed with guns and
knives, often erupt in violence,
leaving residents nearby fearing
for their lives.
Bain Town residents fear that a
growing epidemic of violence
among high school students is a
direct result of a gang war that
has taken hold of the area, The
Tribune was told last night.
One resident, who called her-
self Mrs Brennen, refusing to give
her first name fearing a targeted
gang attack, said every afternoon
around 3 o'clock it is common-
place for residents to lock their
vehicles and close windows and
doors before the mass arrival of
mostly C C Sweeting students ina
the area.
She said many students are
part of neighbourhood gangs
"fuelled by drugs and guns." Two
rival gangs, Dog Pound and Zoe
Pound, are involved.
She explained, that Zoe Pound,
or Zoe Zoe, made up of Haitian-
Bahamians, is among several
gangs nestled in many communi-
ties thriving on the sale of drugs
and guns.
SEE page eight

Cargo 'illegally
carried on
Bahaimasair on
several occasions'
Tribune Staff Reporter
CARGO was illegally carried
on Bahamasair and smuggled
through customs on several occa-
sions spanning nearly a decade,
according to the records of a for-
mer pilot.
'Captain Anthony Dean report-
ed a series of smuggling incidents
to his superiors between 1991 and
1999, before his contract at the
airline was terminated in 2003.
The Bahamasair pilot of 28
years won an industrial tribunal
hearing for unfair dismissal last
week, and believes the airline per-
ceived him as a nuisance.
He had reported a 6201)b crate
illicitly stored on an international
flight from Miami to Nassau in
1991, which prevented the flight
from taking off.
As director of USA operations
and surveyor in charge, Capt
Dean reported to Bahamasair
general manager Barry Machnnis:
"This in itself is very dangerous.
But yet again an unauthorised
crate containing an engine head
for a large boat was found stored
on an airplane he flew from Nas-
sau to Deadman's Cay, Long
Island, in June 1991.
The undocumented load dis-
SEE page eight




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A champion of the performing arts

Chief Reporter
choreographer and dancer
Hubert Farrington, who died
tragically after a hit and run acci-
dent, will be remembered for his
dedication and love for the local
art scene.
Farrington who shared stages
with such greats as Alek Zybine,
Rex Nettleford, Geoffrey Holder,
Eric Darby and Arthur Mitchell -
founded The Nassau Civic Bal-

let School and struggled to culti-
vate local interest in the per-
forming arts.
In addition, he collaborated
with some of the greatest teachers
of the arts in the Bahamas, such
as Meta Cumberbatch, Zoe May-
nard, Clement Bethel and John
He once described himself as a
"frustrated and neurotic child"
whose nerves could only be
calmed by dancing. He spent
most of his adolescence fre-
quenting various nightclubs
around town even performing

M Remembering a legendary

choreographer and dancer

with the legendary Bahamian
Paul Meeres, who at the height
of his own career danced in Les
Folie Bergere, Paris, before
returning to the Bahamas. After a
while he became'well known and
was asked to choreograph a show
for one of the clibs.
, "All Nassau had to offer in

A. .l
.tA' t

those days were a few unprofes-
sional ladies who were self-pro-
claimed ballet teachers, and who
had never been on a stage in their
lives," he said during an interview
in 1977.
He left the Bahamas for New
York City where he felt there
would be more opportunities for
him. With the aid of various
scholarships, he attended the New
York City Ballet School and the
American Ballet Theatre School.
He then received a degree from
the London Royal School of
Music studying under fellow
Bahamian Meta Davis Cumber-
batch, Julliard in New York and
McGill in Montreal.
Back at home, Mr Farrington
founded The Nassau Civic Bal-
let School on Sear's Road with
the assistance of his sister Angela,
her daughter's Sherry and
Frances and brother Sloane
where some of his early students
included Dame Marguerite Pin-
dling and Lady Isaacs.
He was also responsible for
introducing Yoga and bringing
Swami Vishnnu' Devannanda,
who headed the Yoga retreat on
Paradise Island, to the Bahamas.
Mr Farrington was a member
of the world-famous New York
City Metropolitan Opera Ballet
Company, performing both
ensemble and solo roles. He was
with the Met's Corps de Ballet
for 14 years.
He returned home whenever
he could to contribute to the
progress of his students and
sometimes appeared on stage at
the Dundas Centre for the Per-
forming Arts.
After 20 years Mr Farrington
returned to Nassau to take over
full directorship of his ballet
school. He had high hopes, and
said he was confident the arts
would blossom in the country
with an increase in leisure time.
However, almost a decade lat-
er he would find that dream frus-
trated by a rack of public interest.
"I thought the growth would
be much more. The lack of
SEE page 16

HUBERT FARRINGTON ... after 14 years with the metropolitan Opera
Company, he was to return home to head his own school.

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0 In brief

Man accused of

armed robbery,

extortion and

other charges

A MAN was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court on Mon-
day charged with armed rob-
bery, extortion and other seri-
ous offences.
Clive Kent Schroeter, who
appeared before Chief Magis-
trate Roger Gomez at Court 1
in Bank Lane, is alleged to
have extorted $4,000 from
Jeremiah Kemp between
October 9 and 10.
Schroeter pleaded not guilty
to the charges.
The case was adjourned to
January 13, 2009 and trans-
ferred to Court 10.
Schroeter was also charged
along with Craig Higgs, 43, of
Soldier Road west, with the
armed robbery of Edilien Ore-
It is alleged that the men,
while armed with a handgun,
robbed Orelinen of $650 on
November 18. The men were
not required to plead to the
They were also charged with
causing harm to Orelinen, to
which Schroeter and Higgs
pleaded not guilty,
The matter was adjourned
to December 13 and trans-
ferred to Court 10, Nassau

Freeport man

convicted of

drug possession

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 20-year-old
Freeport man was convicted
and fined $1,500 or six months
in prison after pleading guilty to
drug possession on Monday in
Freeport Magistrate's Court.
Francie Seymour, a resident
of Arden Forest, appeared
before Magistrate Helen Jones
in Court 3..
Seymour was arrested on Sat-
urday evening at Port Lucaya
Marketplace by officers on foot
patrol who detected a strong
odour believed to be marijuana
emitting from a group of young
men standing in the area of the
Royal Bank of Canada.
The officers saw one of the
men drop a lit homemade ciga-
rette to the ground. Officers
retrieved the cigarette and a
clear plastic baggie containing
12.9 grams of suspected mari-
Magistrate Jones ordered that
the drugs be destroyed.

Beware robber,

shoppers told,
NASSAU shoppers are
being told to beware of a rob-
ber in a green Honda who
strikes only on Fridays,
The pay-day crook robs
people at gunpoint, then flees
in his Civic, which is believed
,to have false registration
Police fear robberies could
rise in the run-up to Christ-

S. Jl~b

School violence 'far

worse than reported'

Tribune Staff Reporter
VIOLENCE in schools has
reached a critical level and is
causing students and teachers
to fear for their lives, a teachers'
union leader said.
This comes after Monday's
fight at CC Sweeting Senior
High that left one 11th grade
student in hospital and another
in police custody.
Bahamas Union of Teachers
(BUT) president Belinda Wil-
son said the surge in school vio-
lence has put many schools in
"pranic mode" and is far more
severe than reported.
Mrs Wilson said that in addi-
tion to student-on-student vio-
lence, some students are now
bold enough to threaten to fight
Demanding a solution to vio-
lence in schools, Mrs Wilson
said government, parents and
schools must come together to
determine an adequate
' "I am not prepared to run
around the Bahamas in an ad
hoc fashion trying to out fires
after they are over," she said.
Commenting on the attack at
CC Sweeting, Mrs Wilson said
that although there is a metal
detector on campus, cracks in

Union leader claims students

and teachers fear for their lives

the security system are appear-
She said many students avoid
weapon detection by throwing
items over the school fence and
later retrieving them.
Mrs Wilson added that apart
from the stabbing, there were
25 reports of fights or related
incidents at the school includ-
ing threats against teachers.

She thinks there should be
more dialogue between the
union and government to deter-
mine what should be done.
She claims that while author-
ities want to "smooth off things
for political gain," violence con-
tinues to escalate.
Mrs Wilson, who commanded
national attention in Septem-
ber 2007 when she led a two-

High school TB scare

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The Eight Mile Rock High
School is the focus of yet another health scare
after reports of a suspected case of tuberculosis in
a student.
Although Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
did not identify the school, he announced that the
suspected case involves a student at a high school
in Eight Mile Rock.
The Parent Teacher Association at the Eight
Mile Rock High School met with the Disease
Surveillance Unit on Monday evening, and a
community town meeting was held. Tuesday
evening at the school to address any concerns.
Tuberculosis screenings, which began on Mon-
day at the high school, were expected to be com-
pleted on Tuesday.
Dr Minnis said the Ministry of Health is pro-
viding support for the investigation. The probe
began on Monday with the screening of family
members and close contacts of the suspected
The results of the Mantoux skin screenings of
about 1,000 persons, including students and teach-
ers, are expected be available within 72 hours.
Dr Minnis said anyone who tests positive will be
required to have a chest x-ray and other labora-
tory tests.
"If these results are positive, treatment will
begin immediately," he said.

In October, the EMR
High School was forced to
I r, close due to a serious
rodent, pigeon, insect and
mould infestation in several
classrooms. .
*- A Teachers and students
complained of various
health problems, including
respiratory problems, skin
irritation, coughing, and
The Ministry of Educa-
tion ordered health screenings of students and
teachers, after persistent urging by the Bahamas
Union of Teachers.
It is not known whether the suspected TB case
was detected as a result of those health screenings.
Dr Minnis stated that the screening procedures
pose no risk to the community or the school.
"I would like to remind the public that this is
the procedure that is carried out for all suspected
cases of tuberculosis within the Bahamas," he.
He explained that TB is transmitted when per-
sons with pulmonary TB cough or sneeze. Any
person who has had a cough for a long time usu-
ally longer than three weeks with no other med-
ical explanation, should seek medical attention.
Dr Minnis also advised that when coughing or
sneezing the mouth and nose should be covered,
and that spitting can also transmit TB.
He said the suspected case has no connection to
an earlier case at the Grand Bahama Shipyard.

Bahamasair working hard to improve image

WITH a renewed focus on cus-
tomer service, safety, and on-time
arrivals, Bahamasair executives
are working hard at grounding
the old adage that "if you have
time to spare, fly Bahamasair".
Giving a tour of its hangar,
maintenance rooms, and pilots
lounge yesterday, Bahamasair
managers Tracey Cooper, Kevin
Cartwright, and John Fowler
explained to The Tribune that the
country's national flag carrier is
working hard at improving its
image and reputation with local
and international passengers.
An ever expanding system of
checks and balances is used to

regulate customer care, flight
maintenance, and data process-
ing for flights, they said.
"There is cohesiveness in
Bahamasair now," said manag-
ing director Henry Woods, "we
are focused, and active, that is
what has been lacking in
Bahamasair for a very long time."
Mr Woods said that his team,
including of Mr Cooper, Mr
Gartwright and Mr Fowler, are,
committed and leading by exam-
ple to ensure that Bahamasair is
the best it has ever been.
"Now that is what I feel is key
to the turn-around here at
Bahamasair," he said.

In years gone by, the airline
would receive on any given year
over 750 complaints, Mr Woods
said. This number has dropped
to under 300 in the past two years.
In terms of punctual flight
arrivals especially during the
busy periods such as Thanksgiv-
ing and Christmas Mr Woods
said that Bahamasair finally has
something to brag about.

day protest calling for the rein-
statement of police officers in
schools, has recently petitioned
union members on the issue.
According to Mrs Wilson,
parents should be the first to
address anger or behaviour
She says it is important for
parents to seek help for prob-
lem children, which can be
found through school counsel-
lors, pastors, or community
Education Minister Carl
Bethel told The Tribune yester-
day that the government's posi-
tion against police officers in
schools has not changed.
He said: "Schools have very
comprehensive school safety
manuals, they have very com-
prehensive procedures, there's a
lot of dialogue between school
staff and students, however
there is no possibility of pre-
venting every single act, no mat-
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Rudy King trial

adjourned to

April, 2009

King's trial in connection
with allegations of deceit of
a public officer has been
adjourned to April 2009.
Magistrate Linda Virgill
adjourned King's case with
all other cases scheduled to
continue in her court yester-
day, pointing out that she
had no staff.
King, an events organiser,
is represented by lawyer
Murrio Ducille.
He is charged with three
counts of deceit of a public
It is alleged that on March
27 at the Cable Beach Police
Station, King tried to
deceive police Corporal 803
Braynen with intent to evade
the requirements of the law.
It is also alleged that on
Wednesday, August 6, King
attempted to deceive Detec-
tive Sergeant 464
Greenslade with intent to
evade the requirements of
the law.
It is also alleged that on
Monday, August 25, King
tried to deceive Andreae
Francis, a public officer.
King, who pleaded not
guilty to the charges in Sep-
tember, remains on $10,000
bail. His case has been
adjourned to April 15 and
16, 2009.




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

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Ignore voices that incite violence

SAN ANTONIO On the June night in
1963 that civil rights leader Medgar Evers was
assassinated in his driveway in Jackson, Miss., a
writer on the other side of town took pen to
The great short-story author and novelist
Eudora Welty was in her house on Pinehurst
Street when, upon hearing about the slaying, she
began writing about it. Completed that night,
the story is titled, "Where Is the Voice Coming
From?" and is told through the hate-twisted
mind of the assassin.
Last Friday morning in San Antonio, a man
driving a speeding pickup truck rear-ended a
woman's car. No one was seriously injured, but
the man told first responders that the other
motorist wasn't driving like a Christian; that it
was Jesus' will for him to punish the car and that
God said she needed to be taken off the road.
This happened during the last hours of a
series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, car-
ried out by men 4ho heard voices instructing
them to kill and maim.
Since ancient times, men have justified their
carnage and taken shelter from responsibility for
their crimes by claiming to be doing the work of
voices that spoke just to them. The lives they
steal and the blood they spill are expendable
and necessary because they were stolen and
spilled in service to voices and causes greater
than the executed and the executioners.
Too often these voices are said to be those of
religion, but they're also the voices of ideology,
of nationalism and of bigotry. These siren-like
voices have different lyrics but sing to the same
blaring music of the absolute certainty of their
beliefs. They're the smug and dangerous voices
of Robert Burns' poem, "Holy Willie's Prayer,"
about a hypocritical sinner who makes excuses
and asks for mercy for his own faults, while
asking God to strike down other sinners.
God didn't tell the man driving the pickup
truck, the man who used his name in vain, to try
to hurt another driver; if anything God pro-
tected the other driver from the man's sancti-
moniously reckless driving.
Where is the voice coming from? Any voice
that demands violence and the suffering of inno-
cents is a voice rooted in self-righteousness,
narrow-mindedness, selfishness, and an absence
of empAthy and compassion. And certainly in
Mumbai, the voice came from hate.
While it's believed that most of the men who
killed close to 200 people and injured hundreds
more were from Pakistan and may have been
Islamic extremists, exactly who they were is
uncertain. And if we don't.know yet what tvoic-
es they were listening to, we already know their
songbook: to kill, mutilate, destroy, humiliate

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and terrorize people who'd done nothing to
inspire such murderous intent.
There's some debate as to whether or not
Westerners were targeted, but what isn't debat-
able is the universality of the killing. Those
killed included people from India, Italy, Mexi-
co, the United States, Israel, Germany, Aus-
tralia, Great Britain, Canada, Thailand, Singa-
pore, France and Japan.
The crime scene was India but the target was
the world. What was done there and the similar
atrocities that have been done and will be done
in other parts of the world by men hearing dif-
ferent voices may be called terrorism and cer-
tainly evil, but it's murder by any name.
Evil is a reality that will be in this world until
the last breath has been expelled, but the chal-
lenge of the 21st century as it has been the
challenge of the bloody centuries that preceded
it is for men, women and children to under-
stand that no cause, no idea, no movement, and
no leader is elevated and made more appealing
by the slaughter of innocent people in their
Shooting an Indian chef in a hotel kitchen, a
13-year old girl from Virginia, her father, a New
York rabbi and his Israeli wife, or blowing up
mosques, synagogues and churches, or flying
planes into buildings or making mountains of
mass graves either invalidates a cause or inflicts
serious damage on the righteousness of that
cause. Voices inciting violence and perpetrating
hate, voices inspiring actions that will increase
the cries of orphans, the wails of widows and the
sobbing of widowers are voices meant to be
Those who kill innocents may surprise us
with their timing, but never with their hatred.
They can strike anytime and anywhere, when-
ever the voices in their heads tell them to.
' But the rest of us, most of us, don't hear voic-
*es telling us to kill and inflict undeserved suf-
fering on others. The Bush administration
announced that it was dispatching Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice to India "to stand in sol-
idarity with the people of India as we all work
together to hold these extremists accountable."
And isn't that about the best we can do, for
now? Raise our voices in solidarity and resolve
to work to reduce such attacks?
The voices of hate and destruction push men
and women into murdering other men and
women. But other voices, those that are louder,
saner, wiser and more understanding must
drown them out. If they don't, we will all perish.
Where will those voices come from?
(This article was written by Cary Clack of the
San Antonio Express-News c-2008).

You've got

some nerve,

Mr Klonaris!

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Charles Klonaris, chairman
of The Nassau Tourism &
Development Board (NTDB),
in a front page article of The
Tribune Business section dat-
ed November 13th, called on
government to suspend for
one year, the $300 customs
duty exemption allowed to
Bahamians on goods brought
back into the country, in and
when accompanied by their
luggage, as a means of stimu-
lating the economy by ensur-
ing more persons shopped
This is not the first, second
or third time in which I have
read in the dailies Mr
Klonaris' call for some action
or other regarding the
Bahamian $300 exemption.
Mr Klonaris was quoted as
saying, "..:...we need to stimu-
late the economy, and that
means more money in circu-
lation. The Government is
telling Bahamians: 'Go to
Miami' and spend, because
you can bring back $300 worth
of goods duty-free twice a
year. There's an outflow of
money going to the US, and
there is very little left coming
into the Bahamas. I think that
the $300 exemption should be
suspended for at least a year
until we see the economy
turnaround so people spend
more at.home. I felt that
should have been part of the
whole plan (PM's address to
nation November 11th) to
help us compete in these
rough times."
To quote The Tribune, "By
suspending the duty exemp-
tion, Mr Klonaris said it would
give retailers belief and confi-
dence that the Government
cared about their plight,
because the overall economy
was" (quoting Klonaris) "hav-
ing a serious negative effect
on retail downtown."
Some nerve!
News flash Mr Klonaris!
The overall economy is having
a. serious negative effect on
retail East Street north and
south, retail Carmichael Road,
retail Blue Hill Road north
and south, retail Robinson
Road, and retail Market
Street, etc, right down to the
Mom and Pop stores in the
Grove and Bain Town. The
overall economy is having a
serious negative effect on
everybody, not just retail
downtown as you put it.

Do these over-the-hill retail-
ers and citizens not need the
belief and confidence that the
Government cares about their
plight as well? Is not and
should not the Government
of the Bahamas, regardless of
what administration is in pow-
er, represent all masses of
It is quite easy for Mr
Klonaris to suggest the sus-
pension of the $300 exemp-
tion which is needed by the
small man to ensure his dollar
stretches further. After all, he
thinks it is good for our coun-
However, Mr Klonaris
thinks nothing about the mas-
sive customs duty exemptions
which may amount to hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars
on building supplies/materi-
als/office fixtures etc, extend-
ed to the Bay Street mer-
chants or dare I say "boys" to
revitalise their properties on
Bay Street. This, of course, is
excluding the other tax incen-
tives which will be given for,
e.g., no real property tax
levied for I believe 10 years,
coupled with business license
Tell me, Mr Klonaris, why
not call for these mer-
chants/property owners to
shop locally for their build-
ing/renovation supplies? To
remind you of your position,*
would not these exemptions
if utilised, represent an out-
flow of money going to the
US, and if spent locally, would
not these hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars help us com-
pete in these rough times?
Would this not provide
greater stimulation to our
economy and create jobs -
moreso than a mere $300
exemption ever could? After
all, building supplies are sold
and can be bought locally so
why the need for import duty
exemptions? Is it not for the
same reason why the measly
$300 exemption is needed by
the poor man; to get more for
your money? Or should the
poor man be damned as long
as their $2 is spent on Bay
Street or with their associates?
Better still, Mr Klonaris,
why not urge the government
to rethink their generous bail-
out package to
merchants/owners who
allowed their properties to fall
into such a state of disrepair
that rejuvenation is sought on
the backs of the poor and mid-
dle class? Yes on the backs of
the poor and middle class
because they moreso feel the
pinch from the effects of the
tax and import duty increases
as at 1 July which had to be
levied by government to offset
the Bay Street concessions
and exemptions.
This is the reason why gov-

ernment was- so quiet on the
topic of economic crisis for
these many months. That is,
of course, until now when
Atlantis took the decision to
lay off almost 10 per cent of its
staff members and the Gov-
ernment felt it best to finally
state the obvious. Any sensi-
ble economist knows that
increasing taxes in an econo-
my that's softening only takes
us there faster.
It was very evident given the
state of the US economy from
the start of the year and defi-
nitely before July 1 that we
would feel the ripples. Yet
Government said nothing
because its intent was to
increase taxes and import
duties as it had to recoup the
revenue which would be lost
due to the exemptions and
other concessions given to the
Bay Street property owners.
Hence, Mr Klonaris, I expect-
ed Prime Minister Ingraham
to announce that such increas-
es as at July 1 would be
repealed, but alas we know
why this cannot be done.
So much was given that the
scales are tipped.
Yes merchants may need to
improve their properties for
the sake of our tourism indus-
try. But how much is, too
much? After all, Government,
to my understanding, had
agreed to business license
credits as well as the suspen-
sion of real property tax. Is
not import duty exemptions a
bit too much? What message
does this send and what mea-
sures will be implemented to
ensure these merchants main-
tain their properties such that
our children in 20-30 years will
not have to bear the cost of
another rejuvenation?
In my opinion, the persons
who Will gain the most are the
merchants from the high rent
they will see for years to come.
As a part of this generous
incentive given to these prop-
erty owners, why did the Gov-
ernment of the people of the
Bahamas not mandate that to
foster Bahamian entrepre-
neurship and creativity in
tourism, these merchants who
received a free for all would
be mandated to offer reason-
able rental rates to such per-
sons interested in straw and
craft work, etc? Or is our
place in the straw market?
Perhaps this is difficult for
Mr Klonaris to fathom seeing
that he stands to directly ben-
efit from these
concessions/exemptions as,
according to at least two front
page articles written this year
in The Tribune Business sec-
tion, he and his brothers)
have acquired the former
Moses Plaza on Bay Street,
which will be transformed into
Elizabeth at Bay. Does
nobody see anything wrong
with this picture?
December, 2008.

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The marijuana legalisation question

Chief Reporter

IF YOU ask former Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt the
Bahamas' problem with marijua-
na and by extension rastafari-
anism (although the two, depend-
ing on who 'vou ask, are not
mutually exclusive) escalated
shortly after December 17, 1979,
when Bob Marley came to the
Bahanras and performed at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
At the time the Bahamas was
in the infancy of its independence
and there was fear that adverse
social implications would follow
the arrival of the mega-star, who
advocated the use of marijuana.
"Marijuana had been a part of
the entertainer's lifestyle and the
church, if I can recall, really was
against the very appearance of
that. I remember Simeon Hall
being one of those vocal (peo-
ple) being against Bob Marley
coming here. I still believe that
the acceptance of marijuana has
been an agent of destruction in
our country," Mrs Pratt said.
Bishop Hall remembers his
protests of almost 30 years ago
and says that he still stands
behind the substance of the argu-
ments he made back then.
"I thought that a figure like
Bob Marley would exacerbate
the indications that we had as
early as then, that the children
were taking on some anti-social
behaviour that we were not ready
to handle," Bishop Hall said.
No doubt there are many who
would debate this point, but
when recent statistics show that a
total of 14.4 per cent of Bahami-
an students have smoked mari-
juana at least once in their life-
time, it does beg the question:
"When did this all start?" and
further: "Where does the prob-
lem end?"


Persons who opposed Marley's
concert in the 70s point out today
that marijuana and its possession
has handicapped a segment of
our young population-- partic-
ularly young men. The irony that
this is demographic for which
Marley was brought to the
Bahamas is not lost on them.
.,,The,,concert.was ,fund rjais-
Ag ent fci.thq NationI pm- -
,.mission, for. .(he Tinter.ational
Year of the Child chaired'by Mrs
Beryl Hanna and Mrs Rubie Not-
tage, who was the committee's
Because of criminal records,
whether for carrying a joint or a
small bag of "weed", many young
men find that they cannot obtain
jobs or travel because they have
criminal records.
Does it mean that marijuana
should be decriminalised? Should
it be decriminalised only in the
case of personal use? Should it be
made a misdemeafiour where a
person could receive community
service and then have their
records expunged? Or should the
status quo remain?
I asked a very silly question in
the newsroom a few weeks back
and it was simply this: "Can any-
one find me some marijuana?"
'The truth of the matter was I
knew where to obtain it inde-
pendently from those in the
office, but I was trying to prove a
point. It is hard to find many
young Bahamians who.do not
know or know someone who
knows how to get their hands'
on some "weed."
At the time there were 20 per-
sons in the room and only one
could honestly say that she did
not know where she could go if
she wanted some.
But technically she did -
there were 19 other people
around her who could find it for
her if she wished.
In a study entitled "Bahamas
Secondary School Drug Prefer-
ence Survey 2003" sponsored
by the Caribbean Drug Abuse
Epidemiology and Surveillance
System project, the United States
Embassy's Narcotics Affairs Sec-
tion and the Bahamas National
Drug Council almost one out
of 10 (8.3 per cent) secondary
school students had taken a
smoke of marijuana in the past
Almost one out of 20 (4.7 per
cent) had used the substance in
the past month and almost one
third had used it on a weekly or
more frequent basis.
It is estimated that about four
percent of the world's adult pop-
ulation use marijuana at least
The average age Bahamian
males begin smoking marijuana is
13 and females a year later at 14.
But, percentage wise, boys out-
number girls two to one with its
The use of "weed" in the

Bahamas as it does in many
other countries crosses socio-
economic borders. No apparent
distinction existed between pub-
lic and private schools. A total
of 14 per cent of the public and
14 per cent of private school stu-
dents reportedly used marijuana
once in their lifetime while eight
per cent of the public school and
eight per cent of private students

marijuana in the
past year.
Updated statistics for the
Bahamas Secondary School Drug
Prevalence Survey are due out
early next year and will no doubt
discuss how the country deals
with this growing usage among
members of our population.
Founder of the. Youth Against
Violence organisation Carlos
Reid told The Tribune that there
are many myths associated with
marijuana and its use ranging
from it being the source of King
Solomon's legendary wisdom to
it having no adverse health
effects at all.
Perhaps it's this misconception
about marijuana and its effects
that leads persons to advocate
legalisation of marijuana.


It is argued that, compared
with cigarettes and alcohol, the
health risks and societal costs
associated with even chronic
marijuana use are mild.
Not so, said Terry Fountain,
deputy director designate of the
National Anti-drug Secretariat.
He told The Tribune that there
has been no scientific evidence
to show marijuana as being ben-
eficial to a person and the per-
sons most disadvantaged by its
use are young Bahamians.
"During this time (adoles-
cence) the teenage brain is devel-
oping and what marijuana does is
kill the brain cells. It retards and
reduces their potential. There is
too much evidence against the
legalisation of marijuana," he
The question does arise, how-
ever, as to whether prohibition
works and if the criminalisation
of marijuana, which has spawned
an enormous black market and
clogged our justice system, is
worth the trouble.
The answer to that question,
Mr Fountain said, is a no-brainer.
"The general argument is if it
were legalised you. won't have
.i Aafiy 'people going to jail. If you
are going to jeopardise the health
of the natibii to save money you
are cutting off your nose to spite
your face.
"We are going to pay for it in
society, we are going to pay for it
in health care, and we are going
to pay for it in development. Our
facilities are strained and we can't
offer any more help to those peo-
ple who choose to use marijua-

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na," he said.
However, well-known lawyer
and social activist Paul Moss said
that once the savage race for
money that accompanies the illic-
it trade of marijuana is removed
marijuana should be decrimi-
nalised for personal or medical
"If the money can be taken
out, death and criminal activities
will be lowered. When you think
about the time of prohibition we
saw how alcohol was banned.
Then after a while people found
ways in which to smuggle alcohol
and crime went very high. People
killed other people for alcohol
so basically I think there wduld
not be as many problems con-
cerning marijuana as there are in
the present if marijuana was
legalised," he said.
Lawyer Fayne Thompson also
said that, while he does not sup-
port the legalisation of marijuana,
he would support the decrimi-
nalisation of possession of mari-
juana to a certain level.



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"In small amounts for person-
al use. Police should also use
their discretion when they find
people in possession of small
amounts of marijuana," he said.
Mr Moss, while admitting that
not every problem will be solved
with marijuana's legalisation, said
that moderation would be an
* essential component of its.
"If people tend to abuse mari-
juana it would then become a
problem to their health. Remem-
ber, too much of anything isn't
good. But if it were legalised then
it would lower the amount, of,,,
crime," he said. ,
Some argue that the legalisa-'




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tion of marijuana would be a slip-
pery slope opening the possibili-
ty of other and perhaps more
serious drugs becoming legal.
"More and more people would
begin to use it. This would cause
many health issues since mari-
juana would be accessible any-
where. How are we going to sur-
vive if our youth are not able to
live to their full potential?" Mr
Fountain asked.
While admitting that legalis-
ing marijuana would be a great
challenge, Mr Thompson pointed
out that alcohol, which he con-
siders one of the most danger-
ous drugs, is legal.
"It really is not about legalising
it, but regulating it that is impor-
tant. Although I do believe that
possession of marijuana for per-
sonal use should be decrimi-
nalised, this is not to say that
police are to use their discretion
towards traffickers of marijuana.
They should carry out the penal-
ty towards them fully," Mr
Thompson said.


The fact of the matter is that
proponents of legalising mari-
juana may find it difficult to point
toward any highly functioning
individual who uses the drug on a
regular basis and when it comes
down to it marijuana does ruin
lives. But not in all the ways
which are immediately apparent.
Mr Reid, for instance, encoun-
ters many persons who are
charged with misdemeanours and
who have said that it has caused
them setbacks when seeking
"It happens all the time. On
many occasions these persons
have said that this has often
caused their lives to be really
hard. Employers don't see the
misdemeanor, they see drugs.
It is a really big concern," he said.
He advocated that in these cas-
es these persons' records should
be expunged.
"The prisons should not be
clogged with people serving time
for misdemeanor offences.
There should be another alter-
native instead of throwing them
in prison. If a person is charged
with a misdemeanor offence
then he should do community
service and drug counselling and
after,he successfully finimhesboth
then it shio.uild be e'itriged ohf
his record," he said'
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However, not all are as liberal
in their approach as Mr Reid.
"I don't mean to sound tough,
but when a person decides to
walk down that road they must
be aware of the consequences
and understand how it will
impact them.
"It affects young people when
they seek employment, when
they try to further their educa-
"But these are some of the
things that young people should
take into consideration," Mr
Fountain said.


Mr Moss believes that after
serving their time persons should
not be beholden to their record
in perpetuity.
"Well, everyone makes mis-
takes and I don't think that one
mistake a person makes should
follow behind them for the rest of
their lives. After a six-month
period or so the offence should
be expunged off their record,"
he said.
Still many persons claim that
they are unable to travel and that
they are unable to get employ-
ment. Mr Thompson said that
there needs to be some under-
standing that minor cases should
not hinder a person, nor should it
define who a person is.
"The Minister of National
Security said that a long time ago
he used to engage in gambling
(buying numbers). Does that
make him less of a law-abiding
citizen? No, it does not and I
must say that he has. been the
best Minister of National Securi-
ty I have ever seen," Mr Thomp-
son said.
While his views on Bob Mar-
ley's music have "matured" since
1979, Bishop Hall said that one
must put his views on drugs in
context. Bishop Hall has lost a
brother to drug addiction and
"one is on his way out as we
"One's personal behaviour and
one's personal choices notwith-
standing, where we can protect
our citizens we ought to," he said.



Man dies after being crushed by truck
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 52-YEAR-OLD male employee of United Sanitation and res-
ident of Hospital Lane was accidentally crushed by a MACK truck
around 9pm Monday in the Sanford Drive Area.
A 59-year-old male of Fowler Street accidentally reversed into the
man who was working in that area. The man was crushed and died
on the scene. Investigations are continuing, but police are treating it
as an accident.

Two arrested after marijuana found
A DRUG arrest was made around 5pm yesterday on Palmetto
Avenue as police Officers were searching a convenience store. They
found 22 packets of marijuana.
As a result two males were arrested. One is a 44-year-old resident
of Monastery Park and the other is a 45-year-old resident of Fire Trail
The two men are expected to be charged before the courts before
the weekend.
An armed robbery occurred around 11.05 Monday morning at
the Centreville Food Store. A male employee reported that he was
leaving through'a western side door of the building when he was
approached by a masked gunman. The gunman, armed with a hand-
gun, was described as being of "bright complexion."
The gunman demanded that the employee hand over the deposit
bag he was carrying. The robber got the cash and escaped in a heav-
ily tinted Toyota Tercel.
Around 4.50pm yesterday there was a drug seizure in Bones Cay,
the Berry Islands. Officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit went to
that Cay and discovered 22 crocus bags of marijuana weighing 1,260
pounds with a street value of $126,000. No arrests have been made
and investigations are continuing.

Unemployment assistance

scheme will start next year

GOVERNMENT'S proposed unem-
ployment assistance scheme will come
into effect next year as a permanent mea-
sure to temporarily assist out of work
Bahamians, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said yesterday.
Speaking to a Tribune reporter while in
Cuba for a Cuba-CAR'ICOM conference
yesterday, the prime minister said. the
programme will be implemented as soon
as government completes an actuarial
study into the National Insurance Board
While not giving an exact date for the
start of the programme, the prime minis-
ter said government would have to make
amendments to NIB's regulations and the
National Insurance Act for the assistance
to come into effect.
Said Mr Ingraham: "It was always
intended that (the) National Insurance
(Board) would have one. We do not now
want to impose an additional burden on


D ECEMBER 10th marks
the 0th annicrs'ear of
the ULniversal Declaration of Human
Rights and is celebrated as Human
Rights Day worldwide. On this date
in 1948, the United Nations Gener-.
al Assembly adopted the Universal
Declaration, showing the way for-
ward for the entire world. This year,
the people of the United States will
join in celebrating the Universal
Declaration with men and women
of every culture and creed, every
race and religion, in countries large
and small, developed and develop-
ing, in the Caribbean and around
the world.
Over the 60 years since the decla-.
ration's adoption in 1948, we have
witnessed remarkable achievements
on every continent, from the civil
rights movement in the US, to the
end of Apartheid in South Africa,
and the fall of communism in East
Europe and the Soviet Union.
Yet, six decades on, hundreds of
,: millions of people still are denied

employers which is the traditional way
to have such a scheme because of the
current economic circumstances.


"But because we have some excess
funds in the medical branch of (NIB),
arising from the collection of an indus-
trial industry benefits for a number of
years without any payment sought of that
fund and we expect that next year we will
be able to implement such a scheme," Mr
Ingraham said.
Government plans to make the scheme
a permanent one, modelling it after unem-
ployment programmes in North America
and the Caribbean, Mr Ingraham said.
"Eventually, yes we want to make it a
permanent thing so that persons who lose
their job in society, who were contributing
towards the national insurance scheme,

fundamental freedoms by their own
governments, most notably in Bur-
ma, North Korea, and Iran.
Today, across the globe, in defi-
ance of such repression, men and
women are struggling to secure their
basic rights to live in dignity, to fol-
low their consciences and to speak
their minds without fear.
They are working to choose those
who would govern them, to hold
their leaders accountable, and to
obtain equal justice under the law.
In many countries -some in our
own Caribbean region brave indi-
viduals who peacefully press for
these rights for their fellow country-
men and women are targets of per-
secution and imprisonment by state
authorities, or worse.
The Universal Declaration calls
upon "every individual and every
organ of society ... to promote
respect for these rights and freedoms
and by progressive measures, nation-
al and international, to secure their
universal and effective recognition
and observance..." If the great
promise of the Universal Declara-
tion is to be fulfilled, the interna-
tional community and especially
the world's democracies, however
large or small must heed that call.
No freedom-loving country can
accept that any people in the world
are condemned to live without dig-
nity or under tyranny.
That is why we are gratified that,
once again, The Bahamas voted with
the United States and other world
democracies to support human rights
resolutions at the UN General
Assembly this year.
We applaud these votes and look
forward to continued Bahamian
leadership on important interna-
tional issues on which we share the
courage of our convictions.
As long as men and women
around the globe remain deprived
of their basic rights, we, Bahamians
and Americans, who enjoy the bless-
ings of liberty, must continue to give
our sustained support to the univer-

would be able to have a benefit for a tem-
' porary period of time in terms of a pay-
ment from the fund as they have in the
United States and the developed world,"
he said.
The unemployment fund, designed to
assist the unemployed and under-
employed for up. to a year, comes from
NIB's Medical Benefits Reserve valued at
more than $100 million, according to NIB
Unemployment figures released by the
Department of Statistics' Labour Force
Study earlier in the year pegged unem-
ployment at 8.87 per cent, but with recent
layoffs in the hotel industry, analysts
believe the. figure is now close to 12 per
Last month, former state finance min-
ister James Smith questioned the sus-
tainability of such a plan.as the country
faces rising unemployment rates and a
widening deficit.

sal cause of freedom, and to all who
courageously champion it.
-As President Bush has said,
"Freedom can be resisted, and free-
dom can be delayed, but freedom
cannot be denied." For a while, injus-
tice and tyranny may rule, but in the
long run, those who serve and sacri-
.fice for dignity and democracy will
prevail, as the Kings, the Havels and
the Mandelas did before them.
Too often, today's defenders of
freedom, like the "Ladies in White"
in Cuba, are denounced and perse-
cuted by their own governments.
Yet, in the long perspective of his-
tory, these heroes and heroines will
be recognized for who they are -
impatient patriots who not only
inspire their fellow citizens, but
whose example gives hope to people
everywhere who press for the free-
doms set forth in the Universal Dec-
laration of Human.Rights. "
We in the United States believe
that democracy is the only form of
government capable of securing and
protecting human rights and funda-
mental freedoms over the long term.
We share that belief with the gov-
ernment and the people of the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas, a coun-
try with one of the longest parlia-
mentary traditions in the world.
We share pride in our countries'
openness, tolerance, democratic val-
ues, and respect for basic human
rights. Countries in which power is
concentrated in the hands of unac-
countable rulers, on the contrary,
are the world's most systematic'
human rights abusers and violators.
Is that any coincidence?
The United States' journey
toward liberty and justice for all has
been long and difficult and punctu-
ated by stumbles. Our citizens claim
a proud history of striving in every
generation since our nation's found-
ing to bring our democratic prac-
tices closer to our cherished princi-
ples, even as we seek to confront the
injustices and challenges of each new
age. Our democracy still is evolving

and progressing, as the most recent,
historic election cycle has shown.
In January, our democracy will
mark another in a series of recent
trailblazing events the inaugura-
tion of the first. African American
president of the United States.
In the United States, even as we
are in the midst of our own democ-
ratic transition to a new administra-
tion, we fully recognize that our
national journey toward a more per-
fect union is far from complete.
Independent branches of govern-
ment, free media, openness to the
world, and, most importantly, the
civic courage of impatient Ameri-
can patriots, help us keep faith with
our founding ideals and our inter-
national human rights obligations.
America's work for freedom's
cause across the globe transcends
our domestic politics because the
advancement of human rights and
democratic principles reflects the
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Tourism: this is

a time of great

Tribune Staff
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industry down-
turn is the right time to end
ineffective strategies and test
new ways of revitalising the
tourism sector.
"The last time I checked,
people were still travelling.
And our job is to make sure
that they travel to the Bahamas
in increasing numbers.
"And I know it's a crazy
thing to say but this is also a
time of great opportunity.
"The fact is that this is an
opportunity for us to stop
doing so many ineffective
things that we tend not to pay
much attention to in times of
"This is an opportunity to
re-evaluate many of the (old)
strategies and start testing
some new ways of doing things.
There are all kinds of mytholo-
gies in our business that we
believe that don't make any
sense and on close examina-
tion you need to realisee) that
this is the opportunity to begin
becoming better in the
Bahamas," Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said at the Bahamas
Hotel Association's annual lun-
cheon at the Whyndam Resort.
The tourism minister said
lowering- airfare to- the
.Bahamas was a novel way to
capitalise on the country's
proximity to North America
and a catalyst for travel in lean
economic times.

Reform in the public sector,
training and development,
unique branding for each Fam-
ily Island and the development
of these islands are also neces-
sary to give the country a more
competitive edge, Mr Vander-
pool-Wallace, said.
Recent arrival statistics have
been dismal, however the
tourism minister is optimistic
- saying newly implemented
tourism strategies are begin-
ning to bear fruit.
In October, the ministry
launched a media campaign to
lUre Europeans and other trav-
ellers outside the US. Last
month, ministry, officials visited
Asia in an effort to tap into
that market.
"It's very important for peo-
ple to understand that we're
not just talking about strate-
gies, we're beginning to exe-
cute those strategies and over
the course of the next couple
months we'll see a great deal
more about that".
"We also want you to know
that we see some of our strate-
gies bearing fruit and we
believe that we can begin to
deploy these to some
significant effect in the short-
"And the consensus from
everybody in the tourism sector
is 'this too shall pass' we are
preparing to come out of this
crisis on the other side," he

S- political move, which
allowed us to deal with
,' consular matters where
Bahamians were trav-
i selling to Cuba for
.- health care and for
tourism without any
diplomatic representa-
tion. There were
Bahamians being
imprisoned there and
their interests and
those of their families
had to be addressed."
RICOM According to the PLP, it is in
Bahami- the best interest of the Bahamas
insiders a to maintain strong diplomatic
.ssary for ties with Cuba, especially if the
the same US changes its policies toward
ibassy in the country.
"It is wiser therefore to know
e would Cuba and for them to know us so
tablished that the economic and political
ntinue to alignments can only have posi-
iffending tive impacts for our country. This
n neigh- has nothing to do with ideology,
only good common sense, which
iediately from these utterings is clearly a
ster, call- commodity in short supply in the
nate, self Office of the Prime Minister."
the statement read.
to con- Mr Ingraham also told
a close reporters in Cuba that his gov-
lly coun- ernment was preparing to sign a
nterveh- new agreement for Bahamians
ireted as to receive free treatment from
)ur," said Cuban eye specialists, but that
issued by there was a delay because the
chell. former PLP administration "'had
rly does understandings that were not
)roactive reduced to writing."
ahamas is The PLP responded: "In fact.
test com- under the PLP the eye care pro-
s foreign gramme was specifically defined
lure and and agreed in writing by the two
ts of this sides."
abroad," The party said the FNM gov-
ernment, as a part of its "stop,
time in review and cancel" policy, halted
PLP has the programme.

Tribune Staff
THE PLP criticised
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's comments
on Cuba-Bahamas rela-
tions yesterday -
branding them "stu-
Mr Ingraham has
been in Cuba this week
.for the third Cuba-CA
summit. There, he told
an reporters that he col
Cuban embassy unnece
the Bahamas, and feels
about the Bahamian en
However, he said h
allow the embassies es
under the PLP to coi
exist in order to avoid o
the Bahamas' souther
The opposition imm
hit out at the prime mini
ing his remarks "unfortu
serving and ill advised"
"This is not the way
duct diiloinacy with
neighbour and a friend
try. This unnecessary i
tion risks being interp
offensive by our neighbor
the party in a statement
spokesperson Fred Mit
"Mr Ingraham clea
not-understand why a p
foreign policy for the Ba
necessary. Given his lat
ments, it is clear why hi
policy is an abject fail
jeopardizes the interest
country and its citizens
it said.
This is the second
almost two weeks the
criticised Mr Ingrahan
comments about anoth
try. The first came w
Ingraham referred to \
la's PetroCaribe AccC
"stupid proposal."
The PLP said the B
could 'actually use
embassies, and contrary
Ingraham's position
Cuban Embassy, the PL
its establishment quite n
The party added: "T
sion for the PLP govern
establish an embassy
was a strategic econo

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downtown revitalisation project

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE long-awaited downtown
revitalisation project begins today
- at least symbolically with the
signing of an estimated $13 million
contract for the renovation of the
Moses Plaza on Bay Street
between Cavalier Construction
and Bayside Marketplace Ltd.
Chairman of the Nassau
Tourism Development Board
(NTDB) Charles Klonaris said the
signing is a "major development"
for the "depressed" area east of
Bay Street that he hopes will spur
further growth in the city's hub.
"It's a very important and crit-
ical development. Of course I'm
sure this is going to help inspire
others to look at their own prop-
erties and renovate them," he told
The Tribune yesterday.
There are to be two phases to

the plaza's redevelopment, with
some renovations already com-
pleted, he added.
The developers have proposed
a small marina, two major restau-
rants on the waterfront, a 7,000
square foot office complex and 14
retail outlets in the plaza. There
are also plans for a waterfront
boardwalk running east of Price
George Wharf to the Paradise
Island Bridge, once government
relocates the shipping terminals
from downtown to Arawak Cay,
Mr Klonaris said.
Calls have long been mpde for
upgrades to the city's centre, amid
complaints that the condition 'of
the area has frustrated tourists
and local shoppers.
Government recently passed
the Downtown Nassau Revitali-
sation Act and amendments to
the Tourism Development Act to
facilitate these upgrades by allow-
ing businesses and entrepreneurs

to import materials for their prop-
erties duty-free.
Frank Comito, a member of
NTDB and part of the public-pri-
vate sector committee which is
overseeing the revitalisation pro-
ject, said the group plans to meet
with government in the next two
weeks to focus on an organisedd
implementation strategy".

Mr Comito said: "I believe Cab-
inet did address the recommen-
dations from the joint public, pri-
vate sector task force last week
and we're hoping to meet with the
appropriate people in government
within the next week or two to
discuss the details of that".
"We're just hoping that we can
begin to focus on a very organ-

ised implementation strategy.
Already there are a number of
things that are well in play,
advanced by the government as
well as several private sector ini-
"We're hoping all of this will
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freom Miami to Nassau for exceed-
Tinag the weight limit, and its inclu-
sion on the flight broke the
Balalmasair cargo policy and Avi-
ation law, Capt Dean cleaned.
In a letter to Mr Macinnis Capt
Dean also reported how another
pilot had found a radioactive
package in the cockpit of his air-
plane which he refused to carry
as it was classified as dangerous.
A 2251b crate containing
marine parts were stored in the
baggage hold of a Dash eight 311
aircraft flown by Capt Dean in
September 1999, and went
through without duty paid, Capt
Dean reported.
In a letter to director of flight
operations George Pierce he
wrote: "This is the third time a

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have written concerning these director of flight
serious breaches. But it appears to Major. "Appar
me that no one cares." quite often."
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forms were completed with incor- cer told him 9
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FROM page one
She said many neighbourhood children sold
drugs in schools, which frequently caused fights.
"It shocked me. Even the children end up smoking
and carrying knives and guns to school," she claimed.
Another resident, Shary Williams, said violence in
the community had reached boiling point.
Mrs Williams said: "Every day, they have four
or five police cars behind them trying to break up
fights. Girls fighting, guys fighting, children curs-
ing, and groups just carrying on."
She said car windows had been broken by rocks,
and persons beaten who tried to stop children from
In one instance, police had to fire a warning shot
in the air to control the crowd.
A woman, whose nephew had been enrolled at C
C Sweeting, said she noticed a change in his attitude

FROM page one Baha ?

strip into a mega resort centred
around the first Caesar's casino in that was not al
the Caribbean. The current global they had annoui
financial crisis has fuelled specu- it to be.
lation that Baha Mar would not "The gove
be able to find a suitable partner Bahamas is not
before the deadline. they have done
Speaking to a reporter while tain commitmer
in Cuba for a Cuba-CARICOM mined that tho
meeting yesterday, Prime Minister would be activ
Ingraham said government would period of time,
consider extending the deadline if that they would
the developers can persuade gov- government in c
eminent they need additional time extent to whict
due to "circumstances beyond persuade us th
their control." beyond their c
"First of all I want to express and that they
appreciation to the Izmirlian fam-
ily who have continued to fund O
the hotel operation on Cable
Beach, notwithstanding the cur-
rent situation with respect to FROM
tourism, and they are doing so at
great cost to themselves. We As Kerzner
appreciate the fact that they tried rant and bi'ings
their utmost to do a development Mr Ingraham s
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aco customs offi-
goods had been
Nassau as domes-
hey should be list-
wrote: "This infer-

ence is serious. This could mean
customers are collecting goods
from Bahamasair without paying
Customs Duty."
The Comptrolltr of Customs
noted Capt Dean's concerns in
September 1999 and called for an
urgent address of the matter.
Capt Dean said: "This goes on
all around. It is a corrupt system,
It must be told because all of these
things are causing a loss of rev-
enues to the economy in this
country and the corruption has to
be stamped out."

Gang war fears
after he began attending the school.
"After he threatened to fight me, his dad came in
and tried to get him under control," she said.
She said whether the problem existed in the
school, home or community, something had to be
done to protect law-abiding citizens.
Asst Supt Kimberley Taylor of Southern Police
Station said that although there had been reports of
gangs in the area, the crime situation was not as
bad as residents claimed.
"With regard to officers having to use that type of
force 'warning shots' to stabilise a crowd no,
I've not heard of that," she added.
Officer Taylor said many schoolchildren lacked
the ability to resolve conflicts in non-aggressive
ways, which resulted in violent acts.

4ar could get extension

ble to be done as
nced it or intended
ernment of the
unmindful of what
e. They made cer-
nts to us, we deter-
)se commitments
ated by a certain
March next year,
be engaged by the
discussions and the
h they are able to
hat circumstances
control intervened
require additional

time or whatever is deemed appro-
priate under the circumstances,
the government will approach it
with an open mind and will not
say automatically that
come March 31 'that's it, we'll
move on'.
"We would not do that," said
Mr Ingraham.
In October, Baha Mar Senior
Vice-president for Administration
and External Affairs Robert
"Sandy" Sands told the media that
a Chinese firm emerged as a major
contender in securing a develop-
ment contract with the group.

irist arrivals

page one
embarks on the refurbishment of the Sea Grape Restau-
back into service rooms at the Britannia Beach Hotel,
said he expects that some additional people may be
ie company in the coming months.

FROM page one

supply and demand and shifted
use of farm land to produce. So
some of that can be feeding into
the increased costs, but we do not
know as yet," Mr Laing said.
SGovernment a'nd'inddittry
'" econotiistg'aroauiril th'e-wirfd pro-
Sjeiet thatithe C'v"fall cost'bf food
will continue to' increase into the
New Year, led by increases for
meat and poultry. A large reason
for this is that food companies

Minister on food prices

still have not caught up with the
prolonged run-up in commodity
prices, which remain above his-
torical averages despite coming
down from their highs early this
Mr.Laing explained that what
normally happens is that the
international suppliers could be
increasing their costs to the mer-

General Motors' local dealer

FROM page one
fallen victim to the world economic downturn and the previous catalytic
credit crunch.
Now, the future of Nassau Motor's GM line of vehicles rests on a
Congressional vote that can come as early as today and could be less
than the $25 billion asked for.
Mr Lowe said his company, however, has heard no "specifics" about
the bailout from its suppliers. "Everything is business as usual." he said.
Mr Lowe himself is opposed to the US government bailing out the
big three US auto makers. It is his belief that the companies should be
able to rely on their own merits and not a handout that will inevitably
come from the pockets of US tax payers.
According to him, Nassau Motors will be happy as long as it can keep
all its staff employed and receive all of its supplies from the US.
"We're sure that there will be things put in place that we can access
parts," said Mr Lowe.
He admits that the company has seen a decline in business as a
result of the credit crunch, but he said the company is "quite strong"
and continues to market itself.
Mr Lowe said the only thing the company can do is continue to
spread its message and wait to see if its US supplier will receive the help
it needs from the US government.
"Until it happens,'we don't have any particular plan of action." he

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electric car future

Tough Cail spent three days
last week at ai conference in
Washington, DC, sponsored by
the Electric Drive Transporta-
tion Association, an hidustry
grouping that supports the com-
mercialization of electric trans-
portation technologies. Speak-
ers included top executives and
engineers from mainstream and
niche automakers, battery and
component producers, electric
utilities, the US Department of
Energy and venture capital
Although oil demand has col-
lapsed due to the global reces-
sion (prices have plunged $100
per barrel in only four months),
the mid-term forecast is for con-
tinuing volatility, with some
experts predicting a price of $300
per barrel soon. The Bahamas
gets all of its energy from
imported fossil fuel, with the
transportation sector a big con-
sumner. And if we can't import
enough oil for whatever reason,
our economy will shut down.
Burning oil not only wastes
our scarce foreign exchange, it
pollutes the air and contributes
to global warming, which scien-
tists say could melt enough polar
ice to inundate our islands. But
there are interesting things afoot
that could change all that if
we have the vision to take advan-
tage of them. What follows is an
up-to-the-minute report on the
current state of the electric car
industry. Next week we will talk
about how this industry may
relate to the Bahamas..

auto and ener-
gy industry
leaders, as well
as scores of media representa-
tives, were in Washington, DC,
this week for the Electric Drive
conference an event aimed at
transforming the transportation
There has been un-prece-
dented interest in electric vehi-
cles lately, and some conference
sessions were standing room
only. Many of the speakers
made special note of this height-
ened interest in a technology
that is still a few years away
from mass production.
Many also pointed to the
irony of the big three auto
chiefs driving from Detroit to
Washington in hybrid cars to
ask Congress for billions of dol-
lars to restructure their compa-
nies as conventional vehicle
sales plummet.
Perhaps 13 million new cars
and trucks will be sold in the
US this year, down from more
than 16 million in 2007. And
some analysts predict that sales
could drop to 11 million next
year. There are 250 million.
vehicles on the road in the Unit-
ed States today.
Advanced vehicle technolo-
gies still have a long way to go
to penetrate this market. Sales
of hybrids, for example, (which
combine electric and internal
combustion engines) were just
over 300,000 last year in the US.
But only five years ago the
Toyota Prius the first mass-
produced hybrid was an
expensive and rare California
It is now Toyota's third best
seller, and there are 20 other
hybrids on the market. And
every major manufacturer is
planning to offer all their mod-
els as hybrids in the near future.
And.that's just the tip of the
iceberg. President-elect Barack
Obama has promised to put a
million plug-in hybrids on the
,road by 2012.
Whereas hybrids recharge
their batteries by regenerative
braking, plug-in hybrids can
recharge from the utility grid,
and generally get greater fuel
economy over 75 mpg in fact.
There is no better potential
driver that pervades all aspects
of our economy than a new
energy economy," Obama has
said. "That's going to be my
number one priority."
SMeanwhile, several compa-
nies are working on highway-
speed vehicles powered solely
by electricity. They include 5-
passenger, mid-priced sedans
from start-ups like Miles Elec-
tric, Tesia Motors and Zenn
Motor Company, as. well as
entries from mainstream man-
ufacturers like Mitsubishi and
These will be no-compro-
mise, fully-equipped models
powered by advanced lithium-
ion batteries with 100-mile

ranges and speeds of more than,
80 mph. The production hori-

An up-t0-the-minute report

on the state of the industry


still have a
long way to go
to penetrate
this market."

zon for significant numbers of
these vehicles is about 2012. In
the meantime, some manufac-
turers are offering low-speed
(35 mph) smart cars with 40-
mile ranges using less costly
lead-acid batteries.
Production costs and time-
lines for highway-speed models
depend on both the supply of
lithium and increased battery
manufacturing capability.
The current world production
of lithium is about 100 kilo-
tonnes, most of which is used
in small batteries for electronic
Auto batteries are much larg-
eq and global demand of 500
kilotonnes a year is forecast just
to supply a niche market. If EVs
become widespread, far more
could be required.
The United States has about
20 per cent of the world's lithi-
um reserves and China has just
under 12 per cent (as well as
most of the world's battery pro-
duction capacity).
About half of global reserves
are in South America, especial-
ly Bolivia. Lithium batteries
have achieved 180-mile ranges
in test drives and have 10-year
Speakers at the Electric Dri-
ve conference agreed that more
battery production capability
was critical to bring costs down
and achieve major market
The technology is ready, but
to produce billions of batteries
to meet the Obama administra-
tion's timeline requires a major
investment in new factories.


The Chevy Volt that GM
plans to introduce in 2010 is
powered mainly, by lithium ion
batteries, but includes a small
gasoline engine to extend the
range by 300 miles.
The Volt will have. a top
speed of over 100 mph and a
price in the $40,000 range.
A non-working model was on
display at the conference.
Tony Posawatz, director of
the Volt programme, was a fea-
tured speaker at the conference,
assuring everyone that this new
generation GM electric car
would in fact be built.
But at the same time, his
boss, Rick Wagoner, was on
Capitol Hill telling Congress
that GM would be out of busi-
ness in a month without a pub-
lic bail-out.
The Electric Drive Trans-
portation Association is the pre-
eminent trade association for
the electric vehicle industry in
the -US.
Its membership includes
automotive and component
manufacturers, energy compa-
nies, technology developers, and
government agencies.
Opening the December 2-4
conference was Senator Byron
Dorgan, Democrat of North
Dakota who chairs two energy
committees in the Senate.
He said a new energy bill
would be passed early in the
Obama administration, and it
would include fresh incentives
for energy production, conser-
vation and efficiency, with much
greater emphasis on renewable
"The change must come in
large part from the auto sector,
which consumes 70 per cent of

the oil we use. Recently, $4 gas
caused Americans to have: a
seizure, but now that it is $2 a
gallon it is no less urgent to
change. No matter what the
price we have to change.
"And this moment may mark
the first time there, Will be real
change in the auto industry."
He was referring to a grow-
ing consensus that electrifica-
tion of the transportation sys-
tem is the most effective way
. to solve a range of pressing
issues from energy security
to global warming and pollu-
tion. And mainstream automak-
ers are buying into this future.
Mike Carr, Senate Energy
and Natural Resources Com-
mittee counsel, told a confer-
ence session that "Detroit's
business plan shows that (elec-
trification) is where they want,
to go. We need- to think cre-
atively about how we can get-
consumers on board to achieve
the ,orders of magnitude
changes that are needed."
Alan Salzman of Vantage
Point Venture Partners, was
one of the major financiers tak-
ing part in the Electric.Drive
conference. His investment firm.
manages $5 billion and was a
principal backer of the high-per-
formance Tesla electric road-
ster, which is on sale now at a
sticker price of over $100,000.
"We focus on industries that
are going through rapid trans-
formation and we bet on the
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Call for sponsors

in bid to launch

ambitious judo


THE Bahamas Judo Federa-
tion is seeking sponsors to help
establish the Bahamas Judo Juve-
nile International Tournament.
The BJF said this ambitious
plan calls for an annual event that
will greatly enhance the profile
of the Bahamas in the interna-
tional sporting community and
develop human resources for the
country, while providing signifi-
cant economic benefits to the
"It will also serve as an enabler -
to focus the Bahamas Judo pro-
gramme so that we may .produce
Olympians," said the BJF in 'a
However, the organizers are
facing a big challenge: they esti-
mate that the tournament will
cost $39,987 to found and an addi-
tional $48,247 to stage each year.
And time is of the essence. "In
order to be competitive in the
Youth Olympics in 2010 prepa-
ration must begin now," the state-
ment said.
The association is proposing
that the tournament take place
in Nassau on the first weekend
in February each year.
It will target boys and girls
between seven and 15'years old.
In an effort to attract support,
the BJF have launched a partner
benefits and recognition pro-
"We seek to ensure that the
sponsoring partner will receive
thousands of dollars in direct
media and public exposure," the
federation said.
Sponsor benefits will include:
a self-defence seminar for the
sponsor and employees
marketing of sponsor prod-
ucts using team members as mod-
press releases associated with
mention in newspaper arti-
cles about the-tournament
mention in a cable TV docu-
mentary about the tournament
mention in a full page maga-
zine advertisement announcing
the sponsor's logo on team
a demonstration of self
defence techniques at a company
a motivational speaking sem-
The BJF pointed out that in
the US, attendance at tourna-
ments is a means for athletes to
qualify for national teams.
It said the US Judo Associa-
tion has agreed to add the
Bahamas tournament to its point
system, and it is therefore likely to
attract at least 100 American
"These competitors would all
be under 15 years of age, so they
are likely to be accompanied by
parents and other siblings on a
family vacation.
"Other Pan American coun-
tries will be invited to participate


and this could become a pivotal
tournament in the region," the
federation said.
It said Ministry of Tourism offi-
cials estimate that stopover visi-
tors spend about $1,150 per visit.
"This will mean a potential of 300
visitors which could translate to
$345,000 each time this tourna-
ment is held. This does not
include the potential for follow-up
visits as we will be working with
relevant government ministries
and hotels to ensure these fami-
lies will have a good experience in
the Bahamas.
The BJF went on to say it feels
the tournament will have a sig-
nificant impact on the Bahamas in
general. .
"In order to have a successful
event, the standard of presenta-
tion, competition and overall
experience for the participants
must be world class. This means
that the training of athletes, ref-
erees, officials, coaches, admin-
istrators and delegates must be
of a world class level.
"We estimate the direct partic-
ipation of over 400 Bahamians
who will be participating in this
event. Skills such as leadership,
self-confidence, decision making,
and mentoring as well as technical
skills will be developed by the
people involved," the federation
It noted that when the
Bahamas attends the US Junior
Open, the average person pays
about $1,200 for the event. This
does not include external shop-
ping and other purchases.
Each year the Bahamas sends
about 15 competitors to this
event, and the federation said
many more would take part if
they could afford this amount.
The local tournament, the BJF
pointed out, will enable more
than 30t athletes to participate.
"In addition the Bahamas Judo
Federation has clubs such as the
Fox Hill Karate Club where the
children are from low income
means. They will have the expo-
sure to an international setting
and perhaps be inspired to join

Bahamas Human Rights

Network to celebrate

declaration anniversary
THE 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights will be celebrated by the Bahamas Human Rights Net-
work at The Hub on Wednesday.
Life, liberty, security, equality, and freedom were inscribed in
the declaration adopted by the United Nations on December 10
1948, following the horrific violations of human rights in World
War II.
And the UDHR has become the most widely accepted state-
ment of human rights in the world.
Bahamas Human Rights Network (BHRN) co-chair'Clint
Kemp pointed out the similarities between the constitution of
the Bahamas and the UDHR.
"All you have to do is look at the basic rights guaranteed to
people by both documents and you see the power the UDHR
has on human rights," he said.
Both the Universal Declaration and Bahamian constitution
proclaim the rights to:
life, liberty and security
equality before the law
a fair and public trial on the presumption of innocence
freedom of movement, thought, conscience and religion
freedom of opinion and expression
freedom of assembly and association
They also insist no one shall be held in slavery, subjected to
cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, or be
arbitrarily arrested, detained or exiled.
And both establish that everyone has the right to a nationality,
to marry, to own property, to take part in the government of his
country, to work, to enjoy rest and leisure, and to have an ade-
quate standard of living and education.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and former prime minister
Perry Christie have declared the UDHR is also law in the
Mr Kemp said: "Many Bahamians seem to misunderstand
human rights. I hope people will take this opportunity to study
their constitution and the UDHR and appreciate the rights
accorded to them by both of these documents."
Presentations about the constitution and UDHR will given by
guest speakers at events hosted by the BHRN early next year.
The BHRN will be meeting at The Hub, on the corner of
Colebrook Lane in east Bay Street, at 7pm on Wednesday, and
lead up to the Express Yourself open mic and poetry from

the national team for further skill
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Augustin's 3-pointer swished
through the net midway
through the final quarter to
extend Charlotte's lead, Adam
Morrison punched the air and
those Bobcats who weren't in
the game sprung to life on their
"We had the game,"
Augustin said.
-And the Miami Heat had
Dwyane Wade who helped
saved the day once again.
The NBA's leading.scorer,
Wade finished with 41 points,
10 in the final 8 minutes, to lead
the Heat back from a seven-
point deficit and past the Bob-
cats 100-96 for their fourth
straight win extending
Miami's longest streak since the
2006-07 season.

"It was just winning time,"
Wade said.
In the only other NBA games
Monday, Memphis beat lous-
ton 109-97, Golden State
downed Oklahoma City 112-
102 and Orlando outlasted the
Los Angeles Clippers 95-88.
Wade was 12-for-22 from the
floor, 15-for-19 from.the line,
and added eight rebounds for
good measure as the now-req-
uisite cries of "M-V-P" sere-
naded him from the stands. He
even found Shawn Marion for
the basket with 1:01 left that
put Miami ahead to stay and
gave the Heat just their second
win in the last eight meetings
with Charlotte.
"This team never goes away,
kind of like us," Wade said.
"They're young,.,youthful and
athletic. We knew it was going
to be a battle. We just had to
stop them on the defensive

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Mario Chalmers scored 15
points and Marion finished with
13 for Miami.
Jason Richardson scored 24
for Charlotte but missed two
free throws that would have tied
the game with 32.3 seconds
Emeka Okafor added 19
points and 12 rebounds for the
Bobcats, who were without
their second-leading-scorer
Gerald Wallace, who was in
Alabama to mourn the death
of his grandmother.
"Anything could have hap-
pened had I made those free
throws," Richardson said.
Without Wallace, the Char-
lotte bench did its part to pick
up the slack.
Augustin scored 14 points
::anad: Morrison added-13>.includ-
ing a long 3-pointer with 6.7 sec-
onds left that drew the Bobcats
to 98-96.
But Wade sealed his night -
and the win with two free
throws a half-second later.
"At the very, very end, I felt
we won that game defensive-
ly," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
Perhaps so, but not before
Wade delivered yet another
offensive exclamation point.
With 4:10 remaining, Wade
leaped over two players to snare
a defensive rebound with his
outstretched right hand. He
turned around, dribbled
upcourt, split two defenders
near the top of the key and
drove the lane for a thunder-
ous dunk over Okafor.
"He took over the game,"
Richardson said.
It was Wade's seventh game
of at least 35 points already this
season most in the league.
Charlotte missed six straight
shots in the latter stages, includ-
ing. one trip where Yakhouba
Diawara simply smothered
Richardson and forced him into
a bad miss as the shot clock
"We played well enough to
win," Charlotte coach Larry
Brown said. "We missed a
layup, some free throws, tough
things happened. But Wade was
great. He's playing at such a
high level."
Augustin hit a 3-pointer with
1:11 to play that gave Charlotte
a 91-90 lead, but Wade coolly
brought the ball down on the
ensuing possession, looked over

a soft double-team to find an
open Marion, and the Heat nev-
er trailed again.
"Hey, I was just cutting and
he found me," Marion said.
"I'm really good at moving
without the ball, it was just a
breakdown in their defense and
we got a bucket out of it."

Warriors 112, Thunder 102
At Oklahoma City, Andris
Biedrins had 17 points and 21
rebounds, and Golden State
ended its nine-game losing skid
by holding off a late surge led
by Kevin Durant.
Durant scored a season-high
41 points and helped Oklahoma
rally from 21 down in the fourth
quarter, making consecutive 3-
pointers to pull The Thunder
(2.20) to.105-102 with about 33
seconds Left.- :, : :, '; .:'
Two of the Warriors' top
scorers, Stephen Jackson (20.1
points per game) and Corey
Maggette (19.1), sat out with
injuries but it didn't slow their
offense. Jamal Crawford scored
19 points as Golden State (6-
15) shot 50.6 percent from the

Grizzlies 109, Rockets 97
At Memphis, Tenn., Rudy
Gay scored 20 points, Hakim
Warrick and O.J. Mayo added
18 points apiece and the Griz-
zlies won their second straight
at home.
Memphis made its first six 3-
pointers to build an early lead
and shot 51 percent overall.
Gay, who did not start after
arriving late for the
shootaround, made eight of 14
Luis Scola had 16 points and
15 rebounds, and Rafer Alston
had 16 points and eight assists
for the injury depleted Rock-

Magic 95, Clippers 88
At Los Angeles, Dwight
Howard led Orlando with 23
points and 22 rebounds for his
second straight 20-20 game. It
was his 17th double-double of
the season for Howard, who
also had six blocks and four
assists on his 23rd birthday.
Rashard Lewis added 18
points for Orlando and Jameer
Nelson had 15.
Zach Randolph had 21 points
and 12 rebounds for Los Ange-
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tons a month after being dealt
to Denver as part of the Allen
Iverson trade.
The Pistons announced Tues-
day that McDyess was back for
the rest of the season, but did
not disclose financial terms of
the deal.
Detroit sent McDyess,
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The Nuggets waived
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Wednesday, December 10
Phoenix at L A Lakers
(10:30 pm EST). Shaquille
O'Neal and the Suns face his
former team, the Lakers (17-
2), who have the best record
in the Western Conference.

Dwyane Wade, Heat,
scored 41 points, 10 in the
final 8 minutes, to help Mia-
mi rally in the fourth quarter
and beat Charlotte 100-96.
Andris Biedrins, War-
riors, had,17 points and 21
rebounds, and Golden State
ended its nine-game losing
skid With a 112-102 win o~ter
Oklahoma City.
Dwight Howard, Mag-
ic, led Orlando with 23
points and 22 rebounds in a
95-88 win over the Los
Angeles Clippers.

O J Mayo scored 18 points
in the Grizzlies' 109-97 win
over the Rockets and has
scored in double figures in
all 21 games of his rookie
season. The last rookie to
have that kind of start was
Magic Johnson, who had 21
double-digit performances
to open his career with the
Los Angeles Lakers in the
1979-80 season.

On his 23rd birthday,
Dwight Howard had his sec-
ond straight 20-20 game -
23 points and 22 rebounds
and 17th double-double
of the season in the Magic's
95-88 win over the Clippers.
He had 21 points and 23
boards in a victory over
Oklahoma City on Friday.

The Thunder's Kevin
Durant scored a season-high
41 points in a .112-102 loss
to Golden State. Durant
scored 19 in the fourth quar-
ter to help Oklahoma rally
from 21 down, making con-
secutive 3-pointers to pull
the Thunder to 105-102 with
about 33 seconds left.

Kevin McHale stepped
down as the Minnesota Tim-
berwolves (4-15) vice presi-
dent of basketball operations
on Monday, a position he
has held since 1995, to
become the coach after own-
er Glen Taylor fired Randy
Wittman, who 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 Kevio Garnett, but

the second year of the plan
has not produced results.

Golden State beat Okla-
homa 112-102 to end a nine-
game losing skid. The War-
riors also stopped a seven-
game drought on the road.

"It was just winning time."
Dwvane Wade after he
scored 41 points to lead Mia-
mi back from a seven-point
deficit for its fourth straight
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- When DeAngelo Williams
wasn't racing through huge
holes, Jonathan Stewart was
running over would-be tacklers
as the Carolina Panthers set a
franchise record for yards rush-
ing for the second time in a
But this wasn't against some
winless team.
By carving up the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers' stout defense for a
staggering 299 yards on the
ground in a 38-23 win on Mon-
day night, the Panthers issued a
warning to the rest of the
league: ignore Carolina at your
own peril.

"I wouldn't necessarily call it
a statement game," defensive
end Julius Peppers said. "It was
just a game with a lot on the
Like the outright lead in the
NFC South,-and continuing
*hope df grabbing a No. 1 seed in
the playoffs. The Panthers (10-
3) also (avenged their worst loss
,of the season by pulling away
in the fourth quarter against the
Buccaneers (9-4), who had their
four-game winning streak
Williams rushed for a career-
high 186 yards and two touch-
downs. Stewart added 115 yards
and two more scores as the Pan-
thers shattered their previous
rushing record of 264 set
November 16 against lowly

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test which begins Thursday...

"Unfortunately we just did-
n't have an answer for their run-
ning machine tonight," Bucs
coach Jon Gruden said.
Steve Smith added nine
catches for 117 yards and a
touchdown, and the Panthers
overcame Jake Delhomme's
two interceptions behind their
dominating ground game, an
area Carolina targeted in the
offseason by drafting Stewart
and overhauling its offensive
"It's kind of what we're built
around," coach John Fox said.
"I think we got bigger and more
physical up front and both of
those backs are pretty special."
The Buccaneers wasted a
career day from Antonio
Bryant, who caught nine passes
for 200 yards and two touch-
downs, including an outstand-
ing one-handed TD grab with
2:29 left that cut the lead to 31-
But Matt Bryant's extra-point
attempt was blocked by Pep-
pers. The Panthers then recov-
ered the onside kick, and
Williams scored his 13th touch-
down breaking Stephen
Davis' single-season team<
record to put it away.
"The O-line and the fullback
did an outstanding job block-
ing for us today," Williams said.
"They did an outstanding job
getting us to the second level. '
It was a frustrating night for
the Bucs, who roughed up Car-
olina 27-3 in October holding
Carolina to 40 yards rushing. A
win would have given them con-
trol of the division.
Instead, their offense couldn't
keep up as the Panthers
improved to 7-0 at home. Jeff
Garcia lost to Carolina for the
first time in six starts despite
throwing for 321 yards and two
touchdowns. Garcia was sacked
five times.
"Our defense has bailed us
out so often this season," Garcia
said. "This was one of those
nights where offensively we
needed to be better."
In his first game back in Car-
olina since suffering a career-
threatening knee injury 14
months ago, Carnell "Cadillac"
Williams had a 4-yard touch-
down run late in the third quar-
ter to tie it at 17.
Carolina then wore down
Tampa Bay with its 1-2 run
punch to move within a game of
the NFC-leading New York
Giants. Stewart rumbled over
tackles for an 18-yard gain
before his 4-yard TD run with
13:21 left put the Panthers
ahead to stay.
After Peppers sacked Garcia
to end the Buccaneers' next dri-
ve, Williams and Stewart daz-
Williams gained 41 yards,
Stewart picked up 3 and 30, and
then Williams raced 16 yards to
close the decisive four-play TD
"We're not making any

excuses about it," Tampa Bay
linebacker Derrick Brooks said.
"We got hit in the mouth."
Williams became only the
third player in Carolina's 14-
year history to surpass 1,000
yards rushing in a season when
he rumbled 40 yards up the
middle in the second quarter.


That set up Stewart's 2-yard TD
run with 1:56 left before half-
time that gave Carolina a 10-3
Stewart's two second-half
touchdowns gave him eight on
the season and passed the late
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the Panthers were a confident
bunch after shining on the Mon-
day night stage.
"When we get our running
backs, especially the caliber of
our backs, on the secondary,"
Smith said; "it's not good for
the secondary."

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Sports Reporter
THE Aquinas College Aces junior
boys are off to a blistering start in the
Bahamas Association of Independent
Secondary Schools (BAISS) basketball
The Aces trounced the visiting St
Andrew's Hurricanes 45-15 to improve
to 4-1 on the young season. *
All 10 players suited up for the Aces
reached the scoreboard in the 30 point
Daniel Bullard led all scorers with 14
points, 10 of which came in the second
quarter as the Aces extended their lead
to double figures. The flashy swingman
scored virtually at will, slashing through
the Hurricanes interior defence.
Bullard said his team has worked hard
in the, offseason and looks to continu-
ously improve.
'This year, it has been going really
good; Basically we.have been really

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together working hard in the mornings
running hard and in the afternoons work-
ing on our game."
Despite the promising start, Bullard
said his team still has areas of their game
they need to improve on in order to get
to the next level.
"We still need to work on our
rebounding more than anything. Once
we rebound we should be a threat
because we have really good guards,"
he said. "I think at the end we will have
a very good season."
Maurice Fawkes, head coach of the
Aces, said his team continues to play
well- as the season nears the halfway
"I think my guys played pretty well
today:..I think to them it was somewhat
. of an easy game to them, but what we
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and that way they could still focus on
running plays and work on their defen-
sive sets," he said.
Fawkes applauded his team's balanced
scoring effort.
"This was the first time we played a
game this season and everyone has
scored," he'said. "That was a good thing
because it showed balance with the scor-
ing and it was a very good effort overall
for the entire team."
Elrod Munnings chipped in with seven
points while Laron Morley added six in
the win.

DECEMBER has been a
good month so far for Bennet
In the first two games of the
month, Davis reached double
figures for the Utah Flash of
the NBA's D-League.
On December 1, Dais post-
ed his first double figures scor-
ing game of the regular season
with an 11 point, two assist and
two block performance in the
Flash's 102-100 loss against the
Bakersfield Jam.
In 30 minutes of play, Davis
went 3-5 from the field, includ-
ing 2-3 from beyond the arch.
He also shot .750 from the line.
In his second game of the
month, Dauis was instrumental
in the Flash's blowout %\n o'er
the Rio Grande \'alle\
Bighorns, 101-81.
Davis again hit double figures
with 11 points to go along with
seven rebounds, two assists and
one block.
In 27 minutes he shot 4-7
from the field and 3-3 from the
charity stripe. The second game
of a back-to-back made history
for the Flash. However, they
came out on the losing end.
The Flash suffered the worst
,loss in franchise history, one
again at the hands of the Bak-
ersfield Jam 122-81.
'Davis played just 13 minutes
and scored two points, with two\
rebounds and two assists in thq,
41 point blowout
At 3-3, Utah is third in the'
West Division behind Bakers-
field and Idaho.
The Flash will return from a
nearly week-long layoff when
they face the Dakota Wizards
7pm Friday:

,Terry Delancey and Ashton B
led the Hurricanes with four each.
Fawkes said this year's team expect
contend for a title at the end of the
"The players are committed to ge
programme to a championship leve
they have shown that. So far they
done just about everything they nee
they have been running in the mor
practicing hard in the afternoons ti
to get better and it has shown so f
the record," he said. "We defin
expect to make a big push for the ci

BENNET DAVIS, of the Utah Flash...

HERE'S a glance 'of
sporting events slated for
this week:

Ts 4pm Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Asso-
ciation's regular season
action.at the CI Gibson
Gymnasium for junior
games and DW Davis Gym-
nasium for senior games
4pm Bahamas Associ-
.---- ation of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools' regular sea-
itler son action at various high
cts to 7 pm New Providence
year. Basketball Association's
2t the regular season action at the
land DW Davis Gymnasium -
have Entertainers vs Johnson's
-d to, Trucking Jumpers, followed
nings by Y-Care Wreckers vs Mal-
rying colm Park Pros.
far in
itoly Volleyball
ham- 7 pm New Providence
Volleyball Association's
best-of-five championship
series at the DW Davis
Gymnasium Scottsdale
Vixens vs Johnson's Lady
Truckers (L), followed by
Technicians vs Scotia Bank
Defenders (M).

4 pm Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Asso-
ciation's regular season
action at the CI Gibson
Gymnasium for junior
games and DW Davis Gym-
nasium for senior girls.
4 pm Bahamas Associ-
ation of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools' regular sea-
son action at various high
7 pm New Providence
Women's Basketball Asso-
ciation's double header at
the DW Davis Gymnasium -
Sunshine Auto Lady Chee-
tahs vs Johnson's Lady
Truckers, followed by Junior
All-Stars vs Angels.
. .. 4.pm Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Asso-
ciation's regular season
action at the CI Gibson
Gymnasium for junior
games and DW Davis Gym-
nasium for senior girls.
4 pm Bahamas Associ-
ation of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools' regular sea-
son action at various high
7 pm New Providence
Basketball Association's
regular season double head-
er at the CI Gibson Gym-
nasium Malcolm Park Pros
n vs Cable Bahamas Enter-
s tainers, followed by Sun-
e shine Auto Ruff Ryders vs
e Commonwealth Bank
I- Volleyball
7 pm New Providence
n Volleyball Association's
s best-of-five championship
" series at the DW DAvis
-t Gymnasium Scottsdale
Vixens vs Johnson Lady
r Truckers, followed by Tech-
e nicians vs Scotiabank
Defenders, if necessary.
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'Reno' to square off with German

FROM page 15

class boxers can go out there
and make some money for
themselves and for their family.
So it's a good push for all of us
to bring out our best."
Seymour, a two-time
Olympian, said back in the
1980s when he fought, there was
no consideration given for the
amateur boxers like they are

being given today.
He noted that after making
history as the first boxer to win
two matches before he was
eliminated in the quarter-final
in Beijing, Johnson can add
another international acclaim
to his name if he can win his
first match.
"We are going hard to win
this fight bout," he projected.
"Once we win this, we are
assured of a bronze medal at
$2,500. This is a very big tour-
nament. So he has a good
chance for a credible feat.
As he gets set to go into the
ring, Johnson is listed as one of
the two English-speaking box-
ers from this region in the 11
divisions being contested.
The other is Michael Hunter,
who will represent the US in
the super-heavyweight division.
Cuba has one competitor in
eight different divisions.
Johnson said he had wished
that his training was up to par
going into the Olympics. But he
noted that he's not going to let
it deter him from his goal of

improving on what he did in
"The draw seemed to be in
my favour, so I just have to go
out there and take advantage
of it," he charged. "I'm going
up against Germany, so I expect
to go in there and use my
advantage on him."
While the hotel where they
are staying is not as good as
they thought it would be. John-
son said he's not focusing on
the facility, but rather just being
among the elite eight in the
And he is really looking for-
ward to competing in the
"Megasport" arena which, from
all indications, looks fabulous,
according to Johnson.
"The hotel pretty much does-
n't mean anything to me. I just
want to get into the palace and
do my thing." Johnson said.
Seymour said they have expe-
rienced some very "cold"
weather with temperatures
below zero degrees and are
forced to do everything indoors,
including training.

Friendly cricket

matches all set

for Montserrat

MOJNTSERRAT is scheduled to host the British Virgin
Islands (BVI) Gricket Team for two 20/20 cricket match
against the Montserrat Cricket Team December 13-14 at th
. newly built Little Bay Cricket Ground in the north of th
"We are proud to host the BVI Cricket team as we continue
to elevate cricket once again to the top of the sporting agen
da in Montserrat.
"In 2008 we hosted teams from Antigua and the US Virgir
Islands. In March of 2009, the inaugural British Oversea
20/20 Cricket Tournament is being planned for Montserrat,
said Gregory Willock, president of the Montserrat Cricke
"We are exceptionally proud of our own Lionel Bake
who just recently became the first Montserratian to mak
the senior West Indies Cricket Team," said Willock.
Both games are scheduled to start at noon and admission i
free. Donations are welcomed however from the public an
will be collected by patrons of the Montserrat Cricket Asso
ciation during the games.
For more information contact the Montserrat Cricket Asso
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'Reno' to square off with German

Top coaches to

take part in COB

track & field clinic

Senior Sports Reporter
- bst'bbs@tribunemedia.net
THE College of the Bahamas
is expected to assemble some
of the best international coach-
ing talent in track and field at a
clinic here in New Providence
next week.
A collection of collegiate
assistant coaches are scheduled
to return home for the week-
long coaching clinic scheduled
to be staged at COB Wellness
Center and Thomas A Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium.
Coming in town to partici-
pate in the clinic are Rolando
Greene, an associate head
coach at the University of.
Arkansas and Pauline Davis-
Thompson, an assistant coach
at the University of Tennessee.
They will be joined by Eduar-
do Thompson of the Interna-
tional Orthopedic Therapy and
Holistic Care and Bradley
Cooper, the track and field
coach at COB.
Norbert Elliott, who is also
on the staff at the University of
Tennessee as an assistant men's
coach, was also scheduled to
take part in the tournament.
But according to Cooper,
who is organising the clinic,
Elliott will have to skip the trip
home because of family com-
Nonetheless, Cooper said
COB is quite pleased with the
core of coaches assembled and
they are encouraging the track
and field community to attend.

There is a registration fee for
athletes with slated 3-7pm ses-
"We will be providing a lot
of information on all aspects of
track and field," Cooper stat-
ed. "We feel that it's important
for us as a nation to have such a
clinic as we continue to move
The clinic is opened specifi-
cally to all junior aud senior
high school students and will
focus primarily on throwing,
jumping and running. Cooper
said tips on nutrition and pro-
grammes for flexibility and
using weights will also be
While the coaches are in
town, Cooper said they will also
hold a meeting with the parents
as they discuss the requirements
for. the student-athletes to get
into colleges and universities in
the US.
Cooper said they are proud
to be able to assemble such a
team of coaches and instructors
for the clinic. He noted that
they hope to make it an annual
event just before the track and
field season swings into gear in
"The coaches are all eager to
come home and participate in
the clinic," Cooper stated. "So
we are looking forward to a
very productive week next week
when we host the clinic."
Interested persons can collect
registration forms from their
schools or at the Wellness Cen-
ter at COB. All forms are to be
returned to the centre.

Volleyball championships:

Technicians to take on

Defenders in Game 3

THE Scotiabank Defenders will be out to wrap up another
men's title in the New Providence Volleyball Association when they
play game three of their best-of-five championship series against the
Technicians tonight at the DW Davis Gymnasium.
On Sunday, Scotiabank took a commanding 2-0 lead in the
series after they pulled off a four setter, 25-20, 27-25, 22-25 and 25-
18 decision over the Technicians.
Sherwin Arthur had 21 kills, three blocks, 11 digs and 24 passes,
while Ian "Wire" Pinder had 15 kills, 10 digs and 13 passes in the
win for the Defenders.
Ron "Box" Demeritte led the Technicians with 17 kills and 34
Also tonight in the 7pm opener, the defending champions Scotts-
dale Vixens and the Johnson Lady Truckers will be out to break
their 1-1 tie.
On Sunday, the Vixens pulled even with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-18 and
25-18 decision over the Lady Truckers.
Tammasaine Emmanuel provided the much needed offense for
the Vixens with 20 points. Kelsie Johnson had a game high 24
points in a losing effort for the Lady Truckers.
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Senior Sports Reporter
,With an unprece-
dented cash
purse as a huge
incentive, Tau-
reano "Reno" Johnson said he's
eager to get back into the ring
today, despite his training not
being up to par as it was for the
* Beijing Olympics in August.
Having qualified from the trip
to China as one of the eight
competitors in his division,
Johnson will take on German
Jack Keth-Culcay in his opening
match at the "Megasport" sport
palace in Moscow, Russia.
"I just finished getting my
weight under the limit and now
I'm getting ready for tomor-
row," said Johnson in an inter-
view with The Tribune from the
Hotel 'Cosmos' where the box-*

for a better life


ers are residing this week.
Johnson, 24, admitted that
while he has seen Keth-Culcay
at the Olympics, he doesn't
know that much about him and
he's not really concerned about
his opponent.
"He's an Olympic-style box-
er, so I expect him to be good,"
Johnson reflected. "But I came
out of the Olympics ranked at
No. 5. I wasn't given that num-
ber. I earned it. He's a little
below my standard, so I expect
to take this fight."
If he does, Johnson will
advance to the bronze medal
round where he will get a
chance to fight the winner of
the preliminary bout between
Carlos Banteaux Suarez of
Cuba and Dmitriy Ivanov of

Russia. and execute and fight smart."
Banteaux Suarez was the sil- At stake will be a hefty cash
ver medallist in Beijing. Bakhyt purse from the bronze to the
Sarsekbayev, of Kazakhstan, gold medal round.
won the gold but he's compet- Each boxer making the
ing in the tournament. Korean bronze medal round will be
Jung-Joo Kim, the bronze awarded $2,500. But if they go
medallist is entered as well. on to win the silver medal, they
Johnson, who lost to Silamu will receive $5,000. The gold
Hanati of China for the bronze medallist will pocket $10,000.
medal at the Olympics, finished When asked how much fight-
tied for fifth place with Hosam ing for the money hias inspired
Abdin, of Egypt, Demetrius him. Johnson said he's even
Andrade, of the US. and Dil- more enthusiastic because it will
shod Mahmudbv, of Uzbek- go a long way in taking cara6f>P
istan. Mahmudov is the only lot of expenses. r.
other boxer from Beijing corn- '.W.etre recei v~a sti a
peting in the tournament. from iAkoverPe.i.pch
"This is the eight best inm the S'Iprty. p;a B1 iW e,
world, so we only peed to win 'albut .per cent of my training
one to.get into the medal expenses," Johnson pointed out.
round." said national coach' .J:T",] is tourna jent is a real
Andre Seymour, who will I.e 6gdoincenti use this is
working in Johnson's corner. the first tune A h'l liympic
"I'mglad that w'e got Germany.
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Hubert Farrington: A performing arts champion

FROM page two

response from the public has been very disappointing.
"In the early years the company received tremendous
support. All of the parents would get together and sew the
costumes, sell the tickets, paint the scenery they'd gen-
erally help us with everything. They were involved, they
were concerned. Now most of the time I don't even know
who the parents are," he said in 1980.
It was on the shoulders of adults that he placed respon-
sibility for the direction of Bahamian youth, and said that
their increasing lack of involvement threatened the survival
of the arts in the Bahamas.
"(Bahamian children) are talented, intelligent and will
work just as hard as the young people from anywhere in
the world: There are many young people who are willing
to struggle in this direction, but the adults desert them," he
However, two years later in an article he wrote in 1982,
Mr Farrington outlined six "truths" that he observed about
young Bahamians. He said:
The young people of this country are growing cultur-
ally, with or without a cultural programme.
With or without financing they are awakened to values

with his
students in
their first
on a public
stage in

of self respect and self co-existence.
That proper instruction can cure the afflictions and
diseases that have befallen them as a result of their rela-
tively uncultured predecessors.
That they wished their religion lived rather than hav-
ing it preached to them.
They will find fulfilment in all the good things of life
and not allow youth to become a time of degradation and
self indulgence.
That they will be taught by good example, self-respect
:and genuine love for one another.

Mr Farrington died in hospital at 4 o'clock Monday
morning after being hit by a car on Mackey Street.
The 83-year-old was walking near Wendy's.when he
was struck. The driver of the car reportedly left the scene.
Police investigating the incident do not have a descrip-
tion of the car or the driver.
Anyone who can assist them in their investigations is
urged to call the police at 919.
Former Director of Culture Nicolette Bethel saw Mr
Farrington as a "unique human being; his mind at 80 years
was as brilliant as ever, making its incredible linguistic
connections and mining all sort of newly-explored possi-
His family said that he will not only be remembered as
a gifted musician, composer, choreographer and dancer,
but a bright, young, driven, talented Bahamian who loved
his country and his people.
Funeral services will be held for him at 10am Friday -
his 84th birthday at St Matthew's Church. The service
will be performed by Fr James Moiltrie, and interment will
follow in St Matthew's cemetery.
Instead of flowers donations in his memory may be
made to the endowment for the Performing Arts of the
Bahamas, PO Box N35, Nassau Bahamas.


Electric cars:

An update on

the state of

the industry

FROM page 9

"The electrification of trans-
poxtation is just as inevitable
today as PCs supplanting main-
frames was in the 1980s," he
said. "Transformation takes
place in fits and starts until it
reaches a tipping point and then
it accelerates.
"I think we are at that tip-
ping point now in the trans-
portation industry."
Or, as one observer in the
audience put it: "If government
gets its shit together this thing
will be gigantic."
EDTA President Brian
Wynne said he could not have
predicted the changes that have
occurred over the past two
years since the association's last
conference: "There is a grow-
ing perception that electrifica-
tion of transportation is critical
to reducing oil imports and car-
bon emissions, and increasing
green jobs."
Mike Andrew of Johnson
Controls, a leading battery and
component producer, said
Detroit (the home of the Amer-
ican auto industry) was known
as the arsenal of democracy
during the second world war,
but its manufacturing capabili-
ties have slipped.
' He said transforming the
energy sector was the key to
maintaining America's manu-
facturing base..
"We can't divorce our ener-
gy future from our manufactur-
ing future. Government aid has
to drive forward a new para-
digm for the transportation
"The key is electrification
across the board to the great-
est degree possible."
Most of the speakers urged
government to set clear social
policy goals and put carbon
mandates in place to support
the transition to a new energy


Among the measures called
for were more funding for bat-
tery research, consumer incen-
tives, and kick-starting demand
with public sector fleet orders.
One of the most interesting
initiatives discussed was Project
Better Place, which has part-
nered with Israel, Denmark,
Australia, California and (most
recently) Hawaii to deploy the
world's first electric car net-
works by 2012.
This project is also backed by
Vantage Point Venture Part-
Better Place describes itself
as a mobility operator that
builds networks of charging
spots and roadside battery
switching stations powered by
renewable energy.
Electric cars to use the net-
works will initially be provided
by Nissan and Renault.
The roadside swap stations
are for longer journeys.
But experts point out that
most driving is within 40 miles
of the home, so visits to these
stations will be infrequent when
compared to the number of
times drivers currently have to
pull into a gas station.
Charging spots will be
installed at parking garages,
stores, street curbs and homes
so drivers can keep their bat-
teries topped up.
Under the Better Place busi-
ness model, drivers will pay to
access this network of charging
spots and battery exchange sta-
tions, while the cars themselves
will be made more affordable-
like cell phones-by the finan-
cial and environmental incen-
tives to add drivers to the net-
Transforming transportation
is the goal a process that is
best described on the Better
Place website:
"As consumers, we can con-
tinue our love affair with cars,
and even rekindle that rela-
tionship by experiencing trans-

portation as a sustainable ser-
"As nations, we can redefine
the economics of transportation
by breaking the connection with
"And as a global population,
we can see our environment
flourish because of our eco-
nomic growth and prosperity."

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Ministry of Works & Transport Road Traffic Department

T he Ministry of Works and Transport
and The Road Traffic Department are
hereby informing the public that effective
November 1 2008, New and Modified Bus
Routes, for New Providence, Omnibus
(Jitney) New Fare Schedules and Taxicab
Zone Rates for New Providence, Freeport
and Grand Bahama have commenced. The
existing bus routes for New Providence is
also included for general information.


Page 3

Ministry of Works & Transport Road Traffic Department

New and Modified Bus Routes


Effective November 1, 2008

ROUTE 2A (Together with 2C provides new east-west
route to Blair Estate and Dunmore Avenue areas)
George St., Duke St., Marlborough St., West Bay St.,
Chippingham Rd., Dunmore Ave., Boyd Rd., Nassau
St., Poinciana Ave., Wulff Rd., East St., Gibbs Cr.,
Sixth Terr., Madeira St., Mackey St., Pyform 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.

ROUTE 2C (Together with 2A provides new east-west
route to Blair Estates and Dunmore Avenue areas)
George St., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown), East Bay St., Eastern Rd., Newgate Rd.,
Commonwealth St., St. Andrews Dr., Village Rd.,
Wulff Rd., Kemp Rd., Pyform Rd., Mackey St.,
Madeira St., Sixth Terr., Gibbs Corner., East St., Wulff
Rd., Poinciana Ave., Nassau St., Boyd Rd., Dunmore
Ave., Chippingham Rd., West Bay St., Marlbourough
St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St. (Downtown), George St.

ROUTE 4 (New East-west route via Wulff Road, plus
provides service to previously un-serviced McKinney Av,
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
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

ROUTE 5C (As 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., Sappodilla Blvd., Willow Tree
Ave., Gilbert St., Kennedy Sub Rd., Malcolm Rd.,
Baillou Hill Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay
St. (Downtown)

ROUTE 10D (To provide service near Paradise Island
Bridge and to other tourist attractions near Downtown)
West Bay St. (Radisson Hotel), Marlborough St., Bay
St. (Downtown) East Bay St., Village Rd., Shirley
St., Princess St., Duke St., Cumberland St.,

Marlborough St., West Bay St., (Radisson Hotel)

ROUTE 12 (Feeder Route to provide service to Blake
Road, new housing at Windsor Field, Mt Pleasant Village,
South West Road and north-south link at west end of New
providence. Interchange to high frequency services to
Downtown available at SandyPort (Route 10B) and
Bacardi Road (Route 16)
SandyPort, West Bay St., Blake Rd., JFK Dr., Windsor
Field Rd., (Lyford Cay Entrance),Western Rd.,
Mount Pleasant Village, South West 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.,

ROUTE 13 (Feeder Route to provide service to Tropical
Gardens Rd. Interchange to high frequency services to
Downtown available at SandyPort)
SandyPort, West Bay St., Fernander Rd., Curtis Rd.,
Douglas Rd., Tropical Gardens Rd., Windsor Field
Rd., JFK Dr., Blake Rd., West Bay St., SandyPort

ROUTE 20 (New route to provide service to new housing
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

ROUTE 21B (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

ROUTE 21C (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)

ROUTE 21D (Provide direct service to South Beach
along East Street)
East Hill St., East St., Zion Blvd., Jordan Prince
William School, South Beach Rd.,
East St., East Hill St.

ROUTE 22 (Provide 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 West 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.

ROUTE 22A (Provide anti-clockwise service from High
school along un-serviced areas of Cowpen Road)
South West High School, Faith Ave., Cowpen Rd.,
Baillou Hill Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay
St. (Downtown), Elizabeth Ave., Sands Rd., East Hill
St., Market St., Robinson Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., South
Beach Rd., Marshall Rd., South West High School

ROUTE 25 (Provides service to near Paradise Island
Bridge and links East Street and Soldier Road with Golden
Gates Shopping Centre.)
Golden Gates Shopping Centre, Baillou Hill Rd.,
Soldier Rd., East St., Wulff Rd., Village Rd., Shirley
St., Church St. (Paradise Island New Bridge), Mackey
St., Wulff Rd., East St., Soldier Rd., Baillou hill Rd.,
Golden Gates Shopping Centre

ROUTE 24 (Flamingo Gardens, Provides service to St.
Vincent Road and link from Carmichael to East)
Flamingo Garden Primary School (Montgomery
Ave.), Carmichael Rd., Faith Ave., St Vincent Rd.,
Blue Hill Rd., Soldier Rd., Village Rd., Shirley St.,
East St., East Hill St., East St. East Bay St., Village Rd.,
Soldier Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., St Vincent Rd., Faith
Ave., Carmichael Rd., Montgomery Ave., Flamingo
Garden Primary School

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Page 4

Ministry of Works & Transport Road Traffic Department

Existing Bus Routes

ROUTE #1 Starting Point: East Hill Street
last ]ill street/East Street/Bay Street/Mackey -
St/ k Rosetta Street/ Mount Royal Avenue/Madeiia
Street/Mackey Street/Wulff Road/Claridge
Road/Balfour Avenue/East Street/East Hill Street
Depot/Shirley Street/Princess/Duke/Bay Street

ROUTE #1A Starting Point: East Street and Robinson
East Street/Balfour Avenue/Minnie Street/East
Street/East Hill Street/East Street/Bay Street/Mackey
Street/Rosetta Street/Mount Royal Avenue/Madeira
Street/Mackey Street/Wulff Road/Pinedale/Balfour
Avenue/Minnie Street/Robinson Road

ROUTE #2 Starting Point: East Hill Street
East Hill Street/East Street/Shirley Street/Princess
Street/Duke Street/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion
Road/Bay Street/Frederick Street/Princess Street/Dike
Street/Blue Hill Road/Lewis Street/Market Street/Ross
Corner/East Street/South on East Street/Soldier Road

ROUTE #2A Starting Point: East Street and Soldier
Soldier Road (west)/Baillou Hill Road/Robinson
Road/First Street/Bahama Avenue/East Street/East Hill
Street/East Street/Shirley Street/Princess Street/Duke
Street/Cumberland Street/Bay Street/Frederick
Street/Princess Street/Duke Street/Blue Hill Road/Lewis
Street/Market Street/Ross Corner/East Street/South on
East Street/Soldier

Baillou Hill Road/Robinson road/Marathon Road/Wulff
Road/Mackey Street/Maderia Street/Collins
Avehue/Shirley Street/East Street/Bay Street/Mackey
Street/Wulff Road/Marathon Road/Robinson
Road/return Baillou Road.

ROUTE #3A Starting Point: Corner Soldier Road and
Old Trail Road
Old Trail Road to Solomon's Wholesale/Soldier
Road/Wulff Road/Mackey Street/Maderia Street/Collins
Avenue/Shirley Street/Princess. Street/Duke
Street/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Mackey Street/Wulff Road/Prince Charles
Avenue/Return to Old Trail Road.

ROUTE #4 Starting Point: East Hill Street Depot
East Hill Street/Market Street/Lewis Street/Baillou Hill
Road (North)/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Frederick Street/Market Street/Robinson road/to
corner Robinson and Baillou Hill Road.


ROUTE #4A Starting Point: Corner Baillou Hill road
and Robinson Road
4 Road/Baillou Hill road/Cumberland s. -S
,Wr a vy Lion road/bay Street/Frederick 9:
Street/Mackey Street/Robinson Road/to corner Robinson
and Baillou Hill Road.

ROUTE #5 Starting Point: Kennedy Subdivision
Kennedy Subdivision to Soldier Road/Village Road/
Shirley Street/Princess Street/Duke Street/Cumberland
Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay Street/Frederick Street/Blue
Hill Road/Soldier Road/Return to Kennedy Sub

ROUTE #5 AStarting Point: Kennedy Subdivision
Kennedy Subdivision/Soldier Road/Robinson
Road/Marathon Road/Wulff Road/Mackey
Street/Shirley Street/Princess Street/Duke
Street/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Frederick Street/Blue Hill Road/Malcolm Road
East/return to Kennedy Subdivision.

ROUTE #6 Starting Point: East Hill Street Depot
East Hill Street Depot/East Street/Frederick Street/Duke
Street/Princess Street/Baillou Hill Road/Tucker
road/return to Baillou Hill Road/Town Centre
Mall/Robinson road/Marathon Mall/return to Robinson
Road/East Hill Street Depot

ROUTE #6A Starting Point: Baillou Hill Road and
Robinson Road
Baillou Hill Road/Tucker Road/Thompson
Boulevard/Poinciana Drive/Baillou Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Frederick Street/Market Street/Robinson Road/to
corner of Baillou Hill Road and Robinson Road.

ROUTE #7 Starting Point: East Hill Street
East Street/Shirley Street/Princess Street/Duke
Street/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Fowler Street/Kemp Road/Wulff Road/Jerome
Avenue/Pyfrom Road/Bar 20 Corner/Mackey .
Street/Rosetta Street/Collins Avenue/Shirley Street/East
Street/East Hill Street.

ROUTE #7A Starting Point: East Hill Street
East Street/Shirley Street/Princess Street/Duke
Street/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Fowler Street/Kemp Road/Wulff Road/Minnie
Street/ Balfour Avenue/East Street

ROUTE #8 Starting Point: Bust Depot Blue Hill Road
by Town Centre Mall
Graham Avenue/Melvern Road/Bethel Avenue/return to
Yellow Elder/Graham Drive/Blue Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/navy Lion Road/Bay

Street/Elizabeth Avenue/Sands Road/East Street/East
Hill Street/Mackey Street/Wulff Road/Poinciana
Drive/Thompson Boulevard/Yellow Elder W
Avenue/Bethel Avenue/return to Yellow EIdei ,
ROUTE #8A Starting Point: Bus Depot Blue Hill Road
by Town Centre Mall
Graham Avenue/Yellow Elder Gardens/Bethel
Avenue/Thompson Boulevard/Poinciana Drive/Blue Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Elizabeth Avenue/Sands Road/East Street/East
Hill Street/Market Street/Wulff Road/Blue Hill Road to
Town Centre Mall.

ROUTE #9 Starting Point: East Hill Street Depot
East Street/Parliament Street/Bay Street/Village
Road/Bernard Road/Fox Hill Road/Prince Charles
Avenue/to Winton Shopping Centre/Return to Prince
Charles Avenue/Fox Hill Road/Adderley Street/Johnson
Road/Eastern Road/Shirley Street/East Street/to East
Hill Street.
ROUTE #9A Starting Point: East Hill Street Depot
East Street/Parliament Street/Bay Street/Eastern
Road/Winton Highway/Culbert Hill Road/Prince
Charles Drive/Meadows Drive/Yamacraw
Road/Commonwealth Boulevard/Elizabeth
Estate/Prince Charles Drive/Fox Hill Road/Bernard
Road/Village Road/Shirley Street/East Street/East Hill Street

ROUTE 9B Starting Point: East Hill Street Depot
East Street/Parliament Street/Bay Street/Eastern
Road/Winton Highway/Culbert Hill Road/Prince
Charles Drive/Meadows Drive/Yamacraw
Road/Commonwealth Boulevard/Elizabeth
Estate/Prince Charles Drive/Fox Hill Road/Bernard
Road/Village Road/Shirley Street/East Street/East Hill

ROUTE #10 Starting Point: East Hill Street Depot
George Street/Duke Street/Cumberland Street/West Bay
Street/Cable Beach/Delaporte/Orange Hill/Compass
Point/return via Bay Street/to George Street.

ROUTE #10A Starting Point: East Hill Street Depot
East Hill Street/East Street/Frederick Street/Princess
Street/Duke Street/Blue Hill Road/Poinciana
Drive/Carter Street/Horseshoe Drive/Ajax
street/Farrington Road/John F. Kennedy Drive/Prospect
Ridge/Bay Street/Sandy Port/Skyline Drive/Prospect
Ridge/John E Kennedy Drive/Farrington Road/Ajax
Street/Horseshoe Drive/Carter Street/Nassau
Street/Meeting Street/Dillet Street/Blue Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Frederick Street South.
Cont'd on page 5

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Page 5

Ministry of Works & Transport Road Traffic Department

Existing Bus Routes
From page 4
ROUTE #10B Starting Point: George Street and Duke Street
George Street/Duke Street/Cumberland Street/West Bay
Street/Nassau Street/Thompson boulevard/Davis .
Street/Warren Str arrington Road/Hibiscus Road/Wallace
Road/Churchhill ArTiue/Eden Street North/Sydney
Street/Dunmore Avenue/Chippingham Road/Columbus/St
Alban's Drive/West Bay Street/Marlboro
Elizabeth Estates via Commonwealth Boulevard/Prince
Charles Drive/Fox Hill Road/Bernard Road/Wulff
Road/Collins Avenue/Shirley Street/East Street/Woodes
Rodgers Wharf/Parliament Street/Bay Street/Village
Road/Bernard Road/Fox Hill Road/Prince Charles
Drive/Elizabeth Estate/Commonwealth
Boulevard/Yamacraw Road.
ROUTE #11A Starting Point: Elizabeth Estate
Commonwealth Boulevard/Yamacraw Road/Joe
Farrington road/Sea Breeze/Beatrice Avenue/Prince
Charles Drive/Soldier Road/Village Road/Shirley
Street/Princess Street/Duke Street/Cumberland
Street/navy Lion road/Bay Street/Frederick Street/Baillou Hill
Road/Robinson road return Elizabeth Estates.
ROUTE #12 Starting Point: Coral Harbour
Coral Harbour Roundabout/Adelaide road/Clifton Pier
Road/Mt. Pleasant and Lyford Cay/John F. Kennedy
Drive/Blake Road/West Bay Street/Cable
Beach/Marlborough Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Frederick Street/Princess Street/Baillou Hill
Road/Carmichael Road to Coral Harbour Roundabout.
ROUTE #14 Starting Point: Bacardi Road
Carmichael Road/Faith Avenue/Sir Milo Butler
Highway/Harold Road/Union City/Christie
Avenue/McKinney Avenue/Bethel Avenue/John F.
Kennedy Drive/Farrington Road Boyd Road/Nassau
Street/Meeting Street/Dillet Street/Blue Hill road
Cumberland Street/ Navy Lion Road/ Bay Street/Frederick
Street/Duke Street/Princess Street/Blue Hill Road/Meeting
Street/Nassau Street/Boyd Street/Farrington Road/Rock
Crusher Road/John E Kennedy Drive/Bethel Avenue/Sir Milo
.Butler Highway/Faith Avenue/Carmichael Road/
Barcardi Road.
ROUTE #14A Starting Point: Bacardi Road
Carmichael Road/Gladstone Road/Firetrail Road/Jubilee
Gardens/McKinney Drive/Carmichael Road/Blue Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Duke
Street/Princess Street/Blue Hill road/Meeting
Street/Nassau Street/Boyd Road/Farrington Road/John E.
Kennedy Drive/Bethel Avenue/Sir Milo Butler Highway/Faith
Avenue/Carmichael Road/Barcardi Road.
ROUTE #15 Starting Point: Winton Shopping Centre
Prince Charles Avenue/Commonwealth
Boulevard/Yamacraw Road/Fox Hill Road/Prince
Charges Drive/Robinson Road/Blue Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Frederick Street/Princess Street/Duke Street/Blue
Hill Road/Robinson Road/Prince Charles Drive/Prince
Charles Avenue/return to Winton Shopping Center.

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Prince Charles Avenue/Robinson/Blue Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Frederick Street/Princess Street/Duke Street/Blue
Hill Road/Robinson Road/Prince Charles Drive/Fox Hill
Road/Yamacraw Road/Commonwealth'
Boulevard/ Winton Shopping Centre.
Faith Avenue/Sili butler Highway/Bethel
Avenue/Thomp l ulevard/Poinciana Drive/Blue Hill
Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Elizabeth Avenue/Shirley Street/Princess Street/Duke
Street/Blue Hill road/Carmichael Road/to Flamningo Gardens.
Carmichael Road/Flamingo Gardens/Carmichael
Road/Blue Hill Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion
Road/Bay Street/Elizabeth Avenue/Shirley
.Street/Princess Street/Duke Street/Blue Hill
Road/Carmichael Road/to Barcardi Road.
Adelaide Road/Coral Harbour/Carmichael Road/Blue
Hill Road (South)/Summer Haven/East Street/East Hill
Street/East Street/Bay Street/Elizabeth Avenue/Shirley
Street/return via East Street.
. ROUTE #17 Starting Point: Fox Hill Road and Prince
Charles Drive
Fox Hill Road/Joe Farrington road/Golf Course
Boulevard/Beatrice Avenue/Prince Charles Drive/St.
Michael Road/soldier Road/Old Trail Road/Robinson
Road/Marathon Road/Wulff Road/Jerome
Avenue/Pyfrom Road/Mackey Street/Rosetta
Street/Collins Avenue/Shirley Street/East Street/East
-Hill Street Depot/Market Street/Duke
Street/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay
Street/Village Road/Prince Charles Drive/Fox Hill Road
ROUTE #17A Starting Point Fox Hill Prison
Fox Hill Road/Prince Charles Avenue/Soldier
Road/Village Road/Shirley Street/East Street/East Hill
Street Depot/Market Street/Duke Street/Cumberland
Street/Navy Lion Foad/ Bay Street/ Village Road/ Wulff
Road/Marathon road/Robinson Road/Old Trail
'Road/Soldier Road/Prince Charles Drive/Beatrice
Avenue/Joe Farrington Road/ Return to Fox Hill Road
ROUTE #18 Starting Point City Market Shopping
Centre East Street
East Street/Joan's Height/New Hope Drive South/New
Hope Drive to Victoria Boulevard West/Victoria Drive/to
3rd Comer on the north side of Victoria Drive/return to
Victoria Boulevard/Ferguson Drive/Roberts
Drive/Antonio Drive/south east on Antonio Drive to
Victoria Boulevard/East street south/north on East Street
to East Hill Street Depot/return to East/Shirley
Street/Princess Street/Duke Street/Cumberland
Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay Street/Frederick
Street/Baillou Hill Road/East Street/Return to City
Market Shopping Centre.
ROUTE #19 Starting Point: Nassau Village Entrance
to Prince Charles Shopping Centre
Prince Charles Derive/St. Michael Road/Soldier
Road/West on Soldier Road/Taylor Street/Emerelda
Avenue/Alexander Boulevard East and all side streets/to
Alexander Boulevard west/Windsor Place Road/Soldier
Road east on Soldier Road/Old Trail Road/to Solomon's
Wholesale/Robinson Road/Marathon Road/Wulff

Road/Mackey Street/Madeira Street/Collins
Avenue/Shirley Street/East Street/Woodes Rodgers
Wharf/Parliament Street/Bay Street/Village
Road/Soldier Road/Prince Charles Drive/return to
Prince Charles Shopping Centre

ROUTE #20 Starting Point: Golden Gates Shopping
Centre (Garden Hills)
(Zion Way)Jasmine Gardens/Cowpen Road/New Birth
Subdivision/St. Vincent Road/Baillou Hill Road/Sisal
Road/ Lobster Drive/ Bird Road/Mutton Fish
Drive/Jumbey Drive/Sisal Road East/Malcolm
Road/West on Malcolm Road/Richville Drive/Soldier
Road/ Baillou Hill Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion
Road/Bay Street/Elizabeth Avenue/Shirley
Street/Princess.Street/Duke Street/ Baillou Hill
Road/Cowpen Road.
South Beach Complex via East Street/Bamboo
Boulevard/Thatch Palm Avenue/Sapodilla Boulevard/Easf
on Sapodilla Street/Willow Tree Street/Pinewood Drive/East
on Pine Wood Drive/Buttonwood Street/Sapodilla
Boulevard/Thatch Palm Avenue/Bamboo Boulevard/East
Street/Bay Street/Christie Avenue/Wulff Road/Marathon
Road/Robinson Road/Old Trail Road/Soldier Road/Windsor
Place Road/Sapodilla Boulevard/Willow Tree Road/Pinewood
Drive/Bamboo Boulevard/South Beach Complex
Blue Hill Road South/Blue Hill Road/Summer
Haven/East Street/Bamboo Boulevard/Buttonwood
Street/Sapodilla Boulevard/Kennedy Subdivision/Soldier
Road/East Street/East Hill Street/East Street/Bay
Street/Elizabeth Street/Shirley Street/Princess Street/Duke
Street/Blue Hill Road/to starting point at intersection of
Malcolm Road and Blue Hill Road.
ROUTE #22 Starting Point Golden Gates Shopping
South on Baillou Hill Road/St. Vincent Avenue/Antigua
Street/Mermaid Boulevard East/Mermaid Boulevard
West/Carmichael Road/Turtle Drive/Ambergris/Faith
Avenue/North along Faith Avenue/Sir Milo Butler
Highway/Union City/Harold Road/Bethel
Avenue/Thompson Boulevard/Nassau Street/Meeting .
Street/Dillet Street/Baillou Hill Road/Cumberland
Street/Navy Lion Road/Bay Street/Elizabeth Avenue/East
Street/East Hill Street Depot/return to East Street/Wulff
Road/Market Street/Robinson Road/Baillou Hill Road to
Golden Gates Shopping Centre.
ROUTE #22A Starting Point: Baillou Hill Road and
Cowpen Road
Cowpen Road/New Bight Sub Division/St Vincent
Road/Baillou Hill Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion
Road/Frederick Street/Princess Street/Market
Street/Depot return to Market Street/Lewis.
Street/Baillou Hill Road/Poinciana Avenue/Thompson
Boulevard/John R Kennedy Drive/Bethel Avenue/Sir
Milo Butler Highway/Fire Trail Road East/Carmichael
Road/Faith Avenue/St. Vincent Road/New Bight
Subdivision/Cowpen Road.
ROUTE #23 Starting Point: Comer Soldier Road and
East Street
East Street/Wulff Road/East to Kemp Road/Shirley
Street/East Street/East Hill Street/Mackey Street/Lewis
Street/Blue Hill Road/Cumberland Street/Navy Lion
Road/Bay Street/Fowler Street/Kemp Road/Wulff
Road/Palm Beach Street/Cordeaux Avenue/East
Street/return to East Street and Soldier Road

Page 6

Ministry of Works & Transport Road Traffic Department

Omnibus (Jitney) New Fare Schedule


Primary School Students

Secondary School Students (in uniform)
Senior Citizens/ Old Age

Pensioners/ Disabled Persons

All Urban areas between Blake Rd &
Coral Harbour in the West; Winton Highway
& Yamacraw Rd in the East; Bay St in the North

.50 (No change)


.50 (No change)


& Summer Haven in the South.

Downtown to Adelaide Village

Downtown to Compass Point

Downtown to any area beyond Compass Point

Downtown to any area beyond Compass
Adelaide Village (Clifton Pier South Ocean)

Omnibus (Jitney) New Fare Schedule


F- imary School Students

Secondary School Students (in uniform)

Senior Citizens/ Old Age
Pensioners/ Disabled Persons

Any area within the City of Freeport
(routes 1-9 within Freeport City)

Downtown to Smith's Point/William Town

Downtown to Club Fortuna

Downtown to Club Town

Downtown to Bevans Town

Downtown to High Rock

Downtown to Pelican Point

Downtown to McCleans Town

Between Free Town & Bevans Town

.50 (No change)












Between Bevans Town & High Rock

Between High Rock & Pelican Point

Between Pelican Point & McCleans Town

Downtown to Pinders Point

Downtown to Eight Mile Rock

Downtown to Sea Grape

Downtown to Holmes Rock

Downtown to Deadman's Reef

Downtown to West End

Between Eight Mile Rock & Sea Grape

Between Sea Grape & Holmes Rock

Between Holmes Rock & Deadman's Reef

Between Deadman's Reef & West End

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Page 7

Ministry of Works & Transport Road Traffic Department

Taxi Zone Rates Fare

New Providence

9.00 5.00 20.0 22.00 1800 27.00 32.00 34.0.020 25.00 3S.00 25.00 22.00

15.00 5.00 1000 8.00 1&00 30.00 35.00 38.00 30.00 15.00 28.00 3.0 28.00 2&00

20.00 10.00 9.00 11.00 200 35.00 40.00 400 35.00 20.00 30.00 40.00 30.00 30.00

22.00 8.00 11.00 0 28.00 38.00 42.00 44.00 380 20.00 35.0 45.00 35.00 3500

18.00 18.00 2600 00 9.00 15.0 2000 24.00 15.00 25.0 20.00 27. 20.0 15.00

27.00 30.00 35.00 3&00 15.0 9.00 11.00 150 9.9.00 30.00 1200 11.00 15.00 10.00

32.00 35.OO 40.00 41.00 20.00 11.00 9.00 11.00 11.00 35.00 15.00 2.00 12.00 15.00

34.00 38.00 42.00 44.00 24.00 15.00 1.00 8.00 15.00 40.00 20.00 10.00 15.00 15.00

27.00 3.00 35.00 3800 15.00 9. 00 11.00 00.0 35.00 12.00 100 17.00 15.00 10.00

20.00 15.00 20.0 20.0 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 35.00 8.00 25.00 35.00 30.00 2&00

25.00 28.00 30.00 35.00 20.00 12.00 15.00 20.00 12.00 25.00 8.00 15.00 8.00 10.00

35.00 38.00 40.00 45.00 27.00 17.00 12.00 10.00 17.00 35.00 15.00 .00 15.00 1&00

25.00 28.00 30.00 35.00 20.00 15.00 100 15.00 15.00 30.00 8.00 15.00 8.00 15.0

22.00 28.00 30.00 35.00 15.00 10.00 15.00 15.00 10.00 28.00 10.00 1&00 15.00 &00

I New fn
A. (a) For the conveyae of up to and Incudng tw passenger
(b) For the conveyance of each additional passenger over two (2)................................ ...43.00
(c] For the conveyace of a child under I M P y If aompnied by panr.............. L
S (aForthe us of acab for one hour, where acab s hired by time
L In the cae of a cab adapted for the array of five or fewer paengers ............... .............. $z
the ca ofaoher cab .................................................................... $ ................ 0.00
(b) For every addtenal hour rpat thereof.
LI thde ca of a cab adapted for the carge of five or fewer paae .rs...........2 ....... ......SO
SIn the a of any other cab................................................................m, 0.......... $0.00

C Where a cab Is required to wait after being hired except when
hlred by time for every minute thereof..................................................

D. (a) the carriage of not orethitwo pieces of ha ba e and small bas
a packagescarried by pasg .....................................-....***** ... N
(b) For eey addition pe......................... .. ........... .00
(c Lap duffle bags, lae bo a f.... .......................3,o00

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Page 8

Ministry of Works & Transport Road Traffic Department

Taxi Zone Rates Fare

Freeport Grand Bahama

Paln, DowownM
Castaways, Royal
Idander, nt
hSaw, Rort at
hamia, Freeport
Reort, land





Royal Palm,
land Palm,

I II I p .

Cataways, Royal
slander, Intl
Bazaar, Rert at
Freeport Resort,
Island Rsort

SOe Village

Pelican By,
Luayan Marina,
Port Luaya,
Silver Sands,
Coral Beach,
Victoria Inn, Bell
Channel In
Sheraton, Island

Taino eayct
Ritz Bea Hotl,
Flamingo Beach

Wyndaln, Cub

anirn ot the
Groove, North


Container Port Eight Mile Rodt

_______ ______ + 'P. 4. 4 4 4 4.




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10.00 12.00 14.00 IOO ia00 2LOO 19.00 100 20.00 70.00

Wooourne, IOD 12"00 11.00

lucayan Marin,
Port Lucaya, er 22.00 14.00 14.00
Sands, Coral
Beach, Victoria
Inn Be Channel
inn, Westem
Sieraton, Island

Taino Beach, Ritz 25.00 600 K.00 18,00 12.00
beach Hotel,
Fango Beach_______________

Wyndam, Qub


Garden oftheI
GroeSNonh 30.00 21.00 21.00 2.00 .00 15.00 11.00

lucayan Haur 19.00 19.00 19.00 20.00 27.00 27.00 32.00

- 4. 4. 7' .... 1 ..~ 1

W Mt MlItRocd

west End






- N I

INew Fare
A. (a) For the conveyance of up to a Indcluding two passengers
(b) For the onveyance of each additional passenger over two (2)........... ......... ...............
(c) For the conveyance of a child under (5 years of age f accompan by assengr............. L

a) For the us of a cab for one hour, where a cab is hired by time
L n the caofa ab adapd for the arriage of five or feer paeng .............. $ 00 ............... $5.00
I. in the cae of another cab............................... ..... .............................. .................. 10.00
() For every dla onal hour or part theot
LI ie a of a cab aWl d for arrive of or fewer Ia .0.........2JO

1800 [O 22.00 25.00 20.00 19.00 20.00 70.00



11.00 3200 2600 32.00 75.00


7. ........ 1 ...~ 1


C Where a cab Is required to wait after being hired except when
hired by time for every minute thereof.................................................... 40f

D. [a) For the carriage of no oe than two pieces of hand baggage aI smail bgs
and packages carried by pa ngers ................................................NIL
()) For ery national plece ........................ ..00
(c lpduLa k d f, law bom and p .f.- - m..-......,........ _.00

444 %4*%~ *1,.,.. 44.

West End




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AN ARTIST'S impression of Palm Cay...

Project reserves 20%

of units in two weeks

Business Reporter

A REAL estate development
near the eastern end of New'
Providence has weathered the
economic downturn by reserv-
ing 20 per cent of its units with-
in two weeks of soft sales start-
ing, with $25 million alitady
invested in purchasing the prop-
Palm Cay is the Bahamas' lat-
est private, gated community
development, located- on
Yamacraw Road between Port
New Providence and Treasure
Cove. When completed it will
include 88 single family homes

* Developer pays $25m
for Palm Cay property
in eastern Nassau, with
further $30-$40m to be
spent on development
* Project to feature 194-
slip marina, 350 town
homes and 88
family homes

and 350 town houses, as well as
a beach front clubhouse, tennis
SEE page 3B

MPs' venture to create 60 jobs in five weeks

Tribune Business Editor

could be created
by early in the
New Year, a for-
mer government minister told
Tribune Business yesterday,
through the lease and operation
of the Grand Bahama-based
Associated Grocers warehouse,
as he and his business partner
move to revive the island's
economy and tap into potential ,
export markets.
Obie Wilchcombe, the West
End and Bimini MP, who
together with former PLP MP
Pleasant Bridgewater reached
a lease agreement for the facil-
ity last week, said that "before
the end.of the year, we'll prob-
ably bring in about 30 persons"
to work at the operation, which
aims to utilise the business mod-
el Associated Grocers had orig-
inally designed.
"By the start of the New
Year, the first week or two,
we'll have another 30, and will
work at that level for a month
or two," Mr Wilchcombe said,
adding that he aimed to use the
facility to reduce import costs
and help revive other business-
es and the Grand Bahama econ-
omy in general.
Mr Wilchcombe indicated
that he and Ms Bridgewater

planned to use the Associated
Grocers warehouse as the tran-
shipment facility it was designed
for, importing goods from the
US and other nations into the
Bahamas, and also exporting
product via the Freeport Con-
tainer Port.
"What we're doing now is
putting in place sales teams and
buying teams to ensure we pre-
sent ourselves to the market, to
begin speaking with the local
suppliers and the international
suppliers, and working with
those persons who will be pur-
chasers," Mr Wilchcombe told
Tribune Business.
"We do have Bahamians who
sell products as well, so we will
be talking to them to ensure we
can distribute their products to

other parts of the world.
"That was what Associated
Grocers was set up for, and that
pertains, as the market is still
there. It's about that and opti-
mising what we have here in
Grand Bahama, which I believe
we have not taken advantage
Mr Wilchcombe said the
investment being made in get-
ting the warehouse operational
involved a "significant" sum and
"large amount of money".
Although he declined to give a
figure, he said it was less than
the 'several million dollars' sug-
gested by Tribune Business.
The former tourism minister
said the operation would not
only supply and import food,
but products such as toys and
appliances as well. Apart from
supplying businesses in Grand
Bahama, it also.plans to dis-
tribute to other Bahamian.
Exploiting the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement and the duty-
free tax breaks it provides, Mr
Wilchcombe said of the lease
agreement: "It's going to pro-
vide a lot of opportunities for
people, and it's going to impact
the cost of food in Grand
Bahama significantly. We're
aiming to reduce the high cost
of food, and reduce the cost of
purchasing in Grand Bahama
and elsewhere in the Bahamas."

By reducing import costs, Mr
Wilchcombe said he and Ms
Bridgewater hoped to impact
unemployment and the gener-
ally depressed Grand Bahamian
economy through lowering
inventory, costs for existing busi-
nesses and those that had just
closed, especially in settlements
in East End and West End.
With numerous small busi-
nesses and 'Mom and Pop'
stores in settlements such as
Hunter's, Eight Mile Rock, and
elsewhere in eastern and west-
ern Grand Bahama, Mr Wilch-
combe said: "One business
leads to another.
"You find that there are a
number of stores that have lit-;
erally shut down because they
have not had access to market -
they have been unable to go to
the US, purchase their inven-
tory and bring it back.
"We will find a way to get
those stores going again, create
new businesses and create more
jobs. We see a major market
there, and will get those stores
up and running again."
Mr Wilchcombe said "the
response has been fantastic"
from potential Bahamian and
overseas customers, and the.
business he and Ms Bridgewater
had initiated could become
"one of the top three business-

SEE page 4B

Small business consultant drops fees by some 50%

'Choke off' tax evasion by foreign currency examination

Tribune Business Editor

A BAHAMIAN small busi-
ness consultant yesterday told
Tribune Business he has had to
reduce the fees he charges
clients by 50 per cent to ensure
they can still afford to use him,
as the many can do amid the
current economic downturn is
"break even".
Mark A Turnquest, head of
Mark A Turnquest Consulting,
said: "I have had to reduce my
fees by 50 per cent to accom-
modate people who want to
stay in business.
"Right now, they can't afford
me, so I have had to reduce my
fees by half-price, so they can
still come to me for consultancy
advice and see how they can
break even. All my business
clients are doing right now is
breaking even."
Mr Turnquest told Tribune.
Business that "at least four of
my small business clients are
going out of business every
week", after being squeezed on

* Says only way clients can afford him, with
most in 'break-even' position and four
going out of business every week
Plumbers, A/C services, electronics
and others among hardest hit
Banks deny credit financing for
businesses being 'cut-off'

two sides from a reduction in
revenues and soaring operating
costs, as the economic slow-
down starts to take a toll on the
Bahamian business sector.
Among the industries most
impacted from his experience,
Mr Turnquest said, were "a lot
of small merchant companies",
especially those in the electron-
ics, plumbing, air conditioning
and food and beverage sectors.
He said many Bahamian
plumbers and air conditioning
repair specialists, who had been
operating from store premises,
had been forced "to close down
their retail businesses and go

'Devil in detail' on regulatory

telecommunications reform

Tribune Business Editor

THE Government is propos-
ing that a newly-created com-
munications sector regulator
"be granted competition law
powers" to act against monop-
olies and dominant market posi-
tion abuses, regardless of
whether such laws are eventu-
ally enacted for the wider econ-
The white paper on commu-
nications industry regulatory
reform, prepared by the Gov-
ernment's Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC)
privatization committee, also

proposed giving the sector reg-
ulator likely to be a beefed-
up version of the Public Utilities
Commission (PUC) the power
to impose fines and be self-
financing through determining
how it levied licence fees on
industry operators.
Private sector telecoms oper-
ators spoken to by Tribune
Business yesterday, on condi-
tion of anonymity, told this
newspaper their first reaction
to the proposals were that they
were fine in principle, but want-
ed to see the actual detail of
what the Government and com-
mittee planned to do.
"The important question is
the detail," one source told Tri-
bune Business. "The devil is in
the detail." They added that it
was critical that any new or
expanded regulator be totally
free from government control
or influence, especially if it was
"all-powerful" with the ability
to levy fines and other forms of
sanctions against industry par-
These concerns largely stem
from the widely-held percep-
tion in some quarters that the
PUC, since inception, has been
susceptible to government pres-
sure, especially on matters
involving BTC, in which it cur-
rently holds a 100 per cent
.stake. The Government, espe-
cially the former Christie
administration, sought to pro-
tect BTC from competition to
preserve its value in any pri-
vatisation exercise.

- "The service people who ran
a shop, 90 per cent of them have
had to pack up their tools and
go home," Mr Turqquest told
Tribune Business.
"Something drastic has to
take place. Everyone is focused
on home mortgages, but not on
saving businesses. There's no
focus from the Government and
the banks on saving small and

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor

THE Government was yes-
terday urged to examine the
amount of foreign currency
Bahamian businesses purchase
to pay overseas suppliers as "the
only way to choke off at the
source" rampant tax evasion
that costs this nation millions
of dollars in lost customs duty
revenues per year.
A businessman, speaking to
Tribune Business on condition
of anonymity, said a huge tax
evasion industry had grown up
around the practice of submit-
ting invoices from foreign sup-
pliers that grossly undervalued
imported shipments coming into
the Bahamas, enabling local.
firms to avoid paying substantial
stamp and import duties to the
Public Treasury.

Government urged to curb 'prolific' duty evasion by
comparing falsified invoices with funds businesses
request from banks to pay overseas suppliers

Rather than open-up import-
ed shipments to inspection and
request invoices from US and
other overseas suppliers, the
businessman suggested that the
Government and Customs sim-
ply compare the invoices they
were handed with the ones pre-
sented to commercial banks
when Bahamian companies
wanted to obtain foreign cur-
rency to pay their creditors.
This, he said, would likely
reveal substantial differences
between the import shipment
value, upon which any import
and stamp duties were based,
and the actual amount required
to pay the supplier, thus expos-

ing any tax evasion.
"If the Government was to
compare the duty paid on the
invoices with what businesses
requested from the bank, they
would choke it off completely at
the source," the businessman
"Because businesses are able
to go in and easily access for-
eign currency, be it through a
wire transfer or drafts, which is
the easy way to get substantial
sums of money to creditors,
that's what makes it so easy to
do what they're doing."
And the source added: "What

SEE page 5B

SEE page 4B


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Thursday, December 11"
c tMottles's Place alt Cas

reach the summit Cable Beach,

* By Mark A Turnquest
Summit is' an imperative.
Although the Bahamian gov-
ernment will not be hosting,
such a summit, that should not
prevent stakeholders in indi-
vidual industries from mar-
shalling their resources to devel-
op strategic plans for the fol-
lowing sectors: Tourism, Con-
struction, Agriculture, Finan-
cial Services, Manufacturing
and Merchandising.
These strategic plans can then
be submitted to the Govern-
ment and relevant organizations
to help finalise national poli-
cies/laws for the sustainable
development of various indus-
tries. The final document would
be entitled: The National Strate-
gic Plan for Business Develop-
ment. The College of the
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce should
have influential roles in organ-
ising such an Economic Sum-
As a small business consul-
tant, my focus is to team up with
other small business owners to
host an Economic Summit to
develop the small & medium-
sized business (SMB) sectors. I
have designed a conceptual
model of how the Economic
Summit should be structured:
Stage 1: Getting Organised
SMBs should be divided
based on products and indus-
tries: Tourism, Construction,
Agriculture, Financial Services,
Manufacturing, Merchandising
and Services.
SMB owners in each of the

various industries should agree
on a location to host the Eco-
nomic Summit. It is suggested
that a minimum amount of 100
SMBs should directly partici-
pate in the formulation of their
industry's development plan.
The timeframe for individual
Economic Summits should be
three hours a day for seven
SMB owners should use the
following format to develop var-
ious industry plans: identifying
challenges and opportunities;
recording and analysing infor-
mation; and submitting recom-
Stage 2: Identifying
Challenges and
The timeframe for this stage
should be six hours (three hours
a day for two days). During this
stage, SMBs will fill out a survey
to determine the magnitude of
the effect financial and non-
financial factors have on specif-
ic industries.
The survey will not require
SMB owners to summit their
business names or any other
personal information. There
should be both closed and open-
ended questions in the survey.
Soine questions in the surveys
should be similar for all indus-
tries. However, other questions
should focus on obtaining per-
tinent information about the
specific industry's challenges
and opportunities.
Questionnaires could be
mailed two weeks before the
summit begins, or filled out dur-
ing the first day of the summit.
Associate Professors at the Col-

lege of the Bahamas could assist
with the designing of the ques-
tionnaires. A potential question
to identify an industry problem
should be: "What resources are
you lacking: money, technology,
skilled employees, inventory
etc"? A potential question to
identify market opportunities
would be: "If you have the nec-
essary resources, how many
employees will you hire and
what percentage of growth
would you expect to experi-

Stage 3: Recording
and Analysing Data
The timeframe for this stage
should be 12 hours (three hours
a day for four days). Associate
professors at the College of the
Bahamas could also assist with
the analysis of the data (for
example, statistical analysis).
The analysis of the information
that was gathered during the
survey should focus on identi-
fying core industry challenges
and opportunities.
The challenges that signifi-
cantly stagnate business devel-
opment must be identified, and
market opportunities that
reduce the unemployment rate
and assist in industry growth
should be placed at the fore-

Stage 4: Submitting
The timeframe for this stage
should be three hours (one
day). After analysing the data,
small business owners should

submit recommendations on
how they think the Bahamas
Government and relevant
organizations that focus on busi-
ness development could solve
core industry problems, and
take advantage of market
opportunities. The final report
should comprise 20 of the most
significant problems and 20 of
the most attractive market
The final reports should be
presented the Government, the
College of the Bahamas, the
Inter-American Development
Bank, the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce and financial
institutions (banks, credit
unions, insurance companies)
for further analysis.
The Government, with the
assistance of relevant organisa-
tions, could formulate a Strate-
gic Nati6nal Plan for Business
Development after receiving all
the reports from various indus-
tries. This master plan would
focus on sustainable develop-
ment of all industries for-the
next 10 years. The base model
of the plan must be written into
law, and should not be politi-
cally altered by an existing gov-
ernment without a proper con-
sultative process. Every year the
plan should be evaluated to
determine if operational activi-
ties need to be adjusted, based
on global events and the eco-
nomic conditions of the
To be a part of the Econom-
ic Summit for SMB Develop-
ment, contact Mark A Turn-
quest at tel: (242) 326-6748/427-
3640 or log on to web site:

Project reserves 20% of units in two weeks

FROM page 1B: _

courts, swimming pools and a
194-slip marina. P
Sean Wright, one of the pro-
ject's developers, told Tribune

Business yesterday that the
development was designed to
be a boating community for
young professionals interested
in remaining in eastern New

The Palm Cay Development
Company, which is developing
the community, has to date
invested about $25 million in
purchasing the property, which
already had its infrastructure in
place, and will' spend at least
another $30-40 million on fur-
ther development of the com-
munity's public spaces and
"I think the fact that we have
had such interest in this devel-
opment, despite what is going
on in the economy, is extreme-
ly significant. This time of year
is typically slow for these kinds
of sales because people are
focused on Christmas," Mr
Wright said.
"But I am not surprised
because it is a good product at
the right price and presented
well, so at the moment I am not
worried about selling the units."
Lots for single family homes
are priced in the range between
$180,000 and $200,000. Resi-
dents can choose their own
designs, but will have commu-
nity guidelines regarding some
of the external features and a
square footage minimum of
2,000 sq ft. The condos and
town homes begin at $480,000.
Mr Wright said one of the
distinguishing features of the
project was the inland marina,
which is unique in that the slips
can be purchased by boat own-
ers as opposed to renting. "So it
becomes an asset for them," he
The slip prices begin at
$75,000, with the length
between 35-50 feet.
"The fact that it is inland pro-
tects their boats from storms,
and so they do not have to go to
the trouble of taking the boats
in and out the water when a
storm is approaching," Mr
Wright said.
Persons buying into the Palm
Cay lifestyle are young profes-
sionals and successful business
persons looking for the ameni-
ties of a Lyford Cay, Ocean
Club Estates or Old Fort Bay,
but at a lower price point, Mr
Wright explained.
This, he said, may include
some persons who invested in
properties such as Treasure
Cove and want more space to
expand their families.
Mr Wright said target buyers
were persons who wish to be in
the eastern end of New Provi-
dence, to be near schools and
who want to be near the water.
It is a marina community and
not a canal community, so when
persons go out in their boat,
they can mingle with other
boaters at the marina and the
clubhouse, he added.
Palm Cay Development
Company has partnered with a

UK-based firm, August Blake.
in the development of the com-

Legal Notice

N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) FRAMBOISE LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 28 November, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 10th day of December, A. D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.



(No. 45 of 2000)

Notice is hereby given in accordance with
Section 1.37(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, No 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of
pleted, a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register. The date of completion of the
dissolution was the 5th day of December 2008.

David J. Rounce

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Our Nassau Offices


12:30 P.M.

Friday, 12th

December, 2008

Our Freeport, Abaco &

Exuma Branches
will be CLOSED on that day

Regular office hours for ALL

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Monday, 15th DECEMBER, 2008

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


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

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

Place: Holy Trinity Activity Centre

Stapledon Gardens

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

New Students and Guarantors should be present and bring relevant
identification, (valid Passport, valid Marriage Certificate (where relevant),
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All accounts must be clirrent and all necessary documentation completed
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'Devil in detail' on regulatory telecoms reform

FROM page 1B

The white paper, acknowl-
edging that no competition poli-
cies or laws currently exist in
the Bahamas to regulate
monopolies and anti-competi-
tive behaviour, said the Gov-
ernment was now assessing the
"pros and cons" of doing so.
This, though, ignores the fact
that the Bahamas must imple-
ment a competition law and reg-
ulator by 2013, to comply with
its Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) obligations.
Still, the white paper said:
"The Government wishes to
introduce competition law in
the communications sector
because the benefits of liberali-
sation in a sector characterized
by large economies of scale and
scope, access issues and net-
work effects are usually greater

if the regulator has competition
law powers, to be exercised
alongside its general regulatory
and enforcement powers.
"Indeed, in a number of
countries, the telecoms sector
was the first sector in which
competition law was introduced,
in light of the need to ensure
that a strong incumbent does
not stifle competition in a new-
ly-liberalised market."
Broadly speaking, the Gov-
ernmenl and its privatization
committee are proposing com-
petition regulatory powers that
would allow the PUC or its suc-
cessor to prevent abuses of
dominant market positions
through service/product
bundling and leveraging power
in one market to squeeze out
rivals in another area.
Anti-competitive agreements,
such as two parties entering into



(a) PARK LANE ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 9,
2008 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered
by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd
Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 23rd day of January, 2009 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.
December 10, 2008

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


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


an exclusive services supply
arrangement to shut out the
competition, and mergers and
acquisitions would also fall
under any telecoms sector reg-
ulator's purview.
As for enforcement powers,
the BTC privatization commit-
tee is proposing that the regu-
lator's enforcement powers be
modelled on those granted to
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas and its governor.
These include the ability to levy
fines and other sanctions on
licensees, coupled with an
appeals process so that affected
parties can challenge any
actions taken.
"Such safeguards are very
limited in the Telecommunica-
tions Act 1999," the white paper
acknowledged. "A communica-
tions law granting to the regu-
lator the power to impose fines

directly would have to include
similar safeguards and clear
appeal rights, as well as guid-
ance to the appropriateness of
"The regulator would also be
allowed to prosecute directly
for breaches of the Communi-
cations Act [the new law pro-
posed to regulate the telecoms
and broadcasting industries], so
that the fines would be imposed
by the courts but the regulator
would not be dependent on oth-
er bodies for the prosecution."
There was no schedule of the
proposed fines, or checks and
balances, that are being pro-
posed, though.
As for regulatory funding, the
Government and its BTC pri-
vatisation committee said its
current plan was for the PUC or
its successor to develop a bud-
get for a forthcoming financial'

(No. 2 of 1990)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
MAYBOLE LIMITED, is in dissolution. Mr. Daniel Young is
the Liquidator and can be contacted at 4 Bond St., St. Helier,
Jersey JE2 3NP, Channel Islands Daniel.young@eurotrustees
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the 5th day of
January, 2009.

Daniel Young
Daniel.young@ eurotrustees.com

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 13th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

40 If

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


year and then sent licence fees
to generate enough revenues to
cover this.
"The Government is present-
ly of the view that the regulator
should be at liberty to deter-
mine whether to charge the
same percentage licence fee for
all operators, or to publish a
tariff schedule with varying per-
centages, according to the oper-
ator's turnover," the white
paper said.
"Further, the regulator would
have the power to publish a
minimum revenue threshold,
below which operators would
not be charged a licence fee."
Another critical issue for the
liberalisation of, and competi-
tion in, the Bahamian telecoms
industry is the wholesale market
and interconnection, which
allows companies to provide
services through using a com-
petitor's infrastructure.
"The considerable capital
investment required to roll out
a new network would likely be
prohibitive for many potential
new operators," the white paper
"Additionally, the presence
of too many infrastructure own-
ers is inefficient and would like-

ly cause disruption to the people
of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas as each operator
would be assigned rights to dig
up public property to lay and
maintain its cables."
The white paper pointed out
that both BTC and Cable
Bahamas had already deployed
a nationwide infrastructure,
while the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) potential-
ly provided a third. It is propos-
ing that operators themselves
sort out interconnection
arrangements, with regulatory
intervention only required if no
deal is reached.
The Government and its
BTC privatization committee
are also proposing that Bahami-
an telecoms subscribers (con-
sumers) be allowed to keep the
same number when switching
carriers "as soon as is practica-
ble possible", with cellular num-
ber portability introduced as
soon as the sector is open to
The ability to transfer fixed-
line numbers to cell phones will
not happen at the moment,
although the Government is
leaving open that possibility for
the future.

MPs' Venture to create

60 jobs in five weeks

FROM page 1B
es in this country".
Sources close to the situation
had told Tribune Business that
Associated Grocers had previ-
ously been seeking $12 million
for an outright purchase of its
Grand Bahama warehouse,
which cost some $8 million to
construct, before the lease
agreement with Mr Wilch-
combe was signed.

It is critical that the 85,000
square foot Associated Grocers
warehouse, which was owned
by its International Distributors
of Grand Bahama subsidiary,
succeeds because it was the first
venture to take physical form
in the Sea/Air Business Centre.
And, furthermore, it was very
much the prototype model for
the logistics/transshipment/dis-
tribution hub that Freeport
seems ideally suited for.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hIeeby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, whidh 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 16th day of October 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 4th day of July 2008. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 'Nassau,


FROM page 1B

middle-sized Bahamian busi-
"No organisation is focused
on small business development
right now, and coming to the
table to say: 'How can we res-
cue this market right now?'
"The most important thing
now is to stay in business, even
if you're breaking even."
t! Mr Turnquest also pleaded
for more co-operation from the
Bahamian commercial banking
sector, as the.tightening of bor-
rowing criteria and reluctance
to lend in a volatile economic
environment was depriving
businesses of much-needed
credit lines that could be the
difference between survival and
"Some of my clients cannot
even get money for salaries or
operational costs,". Mr Turn-
quest said. "At least three of
my clients cannot increase their
11 overdraft facilities, even when
they have collateral to sustain
-' Short-term credit financing,
such as bridging loans, which
are used to meet funding gaps
and repaid within a matter of
months, are vital to businesses-
such as retailers and wholesalers
when it comes to ensuring they
have adequate inventory levels
to meet demand.
Mr Turnquest said some
small businessmen were having
to re-mortgage their homes to
get financing for their business-
es, but the banks were objecting
to this as they wanted clients to

maintain a particular debt ser-
vice ratio.
"They [the banks] prefer
clients to go out of business
rather than lose their homes,"
Mr Turnquest said. "Banks
have to be more forward-think-
ing in their approach. What is
going to happen on a long-term
basis if we cannot get credit?"
Senior banking executives
yesterday moved to scotch spec-
ulation that the sector's willing-
ness to provide credit financing
to the small business sector had
been cut off', saying they
remained willing and able to
lend, even if terms and condi-
tions had been tightened to
account for the current eco-
nomic environment.
Paul McWeeney, managing
director of Bank of the
Bahamas International, which
focuses on commercial and
industrial lending, told Tribune
Business that concerns bank
financing for small businesses
had been 'frozen' were "totally
inaccurate". -
He acknowledged that
Bahamian banks were now
more sensitive to what was hap-
pening in the wider economy,
and "the potential impact that
may or may not have on busi-
As a result, he suggested
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional and other banks were
conducting more in-depth
analysis on prospective com-
mercial borrowers, due to the
heightened risk posed by the
general economic downturn.
While borrowing costs might
have increased and the loan

NOTICE is hereby given that CELIANE JOSEPH of
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 10TH day of DECEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, BUNNY ANGELA.
BROWN of Firetrail Road, P.O. Box SB-51113, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to ANGELA
BUNNIE BROWN. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Offiger, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given..that .DIANA .OBSAINT of
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 10TH day of DECEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau,. Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, CHRISTINA BEATRICE
GAITOR of P.O. Box N-4447, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,,Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that CHONKEN JEAN-PIERRE,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamnas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 3RD day of DECEMBER,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that PHARISIEN NESTLEY OF #46
PALMERTO AVE., 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 10TH day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

terms changed, Mr McWeeney
said a variety of factors would
be taken into consideration
when assessing a business loan
application, such as credit his-
tory, current financial position,
market the firm was in, cash
flow, collateral and a whole host
of other factors.
"We're still looking for good
credit risks," Mr McWeeney
said, as Bank of the Bahamas
International was still attempt-
ing to increase its asset base and
portfolio, given that operating
costs had not changed.
With more than $320 million
in surplus liquid assets in the
Bahamian commercial banking
system, the banks do not lack
for lending ability, the main
concern being the borrower's
ability to re-pay and a tighten-
ing of terms and conditions
attached as a result of the eco-
nomic downturn.
Mr McWeeney was backed
by Ross McDonald, Royal
Bank of Canada's Caribbean
head, who told Tribune Busi-
ness: "For Royal Bank, there's
certainly not cut off of credit. I
think we would say we have
seen a reduction in demand for
both personal and business
credit, and there is sufficient liq-
uidity in the system to meet
demand. In that sense, it's busi-
ness as usual for us, for sure."

- 12.00

'Choke off' tax evasion by foreign currency examination

Small business consultant drops

fees by some 50 per cent



are asked to visit the Fund's Office in the SG
Hambros Building, West Bay Street, Nassau,
N.P., The Bahamas to obtain an end of year
voucher and to update their pension fund

Please visit the Funds Office by Tuesday,
23rd December, 2008.
Office hours: 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Monday to

The Trustees for the Fund wish all hotel
pensioners a safe and joyous holiday season.
. _(tWS


(No.46 of 2000)
IBC No 141185 B
(in Voluntary l.iquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given in accordance with Section 131
(2)(a) of the International Business Companies Act, No. 46 of
2000, Fairfield Consultants Limited is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the above-named Com-
pany is required on or before 21st January 2009 to send
their name; address and particulars of the debt or claim to the
Liquidator of the Company. or in default thereof they may
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before
such claim is approved

Mr. Nathan Santos of Suite 2B Mansion House, 143 Main
Street. Gibraltar is the Liquidator of Fairfield Consultants


really gets me is that Customs seems to think
that opening up shipments is the solution to catch-
ing criminals importing falsified shipments.
Although I do realise that the onsite inspection is
important to verify contents and legality of the
goods inside containers, the issue I am referring to
is about the value and taxation on that value.
"While this is how some (simple minded crim-
inals) do it, certainly using other more covert
ways are more profitable and harder to detect
by a simple site inspection of incoming goods
against an invoice. This also slows down and
increases the.cost of all the legitimate goods
entering the country.
"It always comes down to money. Because no
foreign vendor will ship goods without payment.
How can customs prove that a t-shirt cost $6
when the invoice calls for $1.50. They really can't.
But if they where to focus on the money not the.
goods, they will always be able to catch these
criminal activities."
The businessman told Tribune Business that the
Government and Treasury lost "millions upon
millions of dollars" through the "prolific" practice
of submitting false and undervalued invoices,
something that not only impacted the quality of
life in the Bahamas and the Government's abili-
ty to provide essential services and infrastruc-
ture, but also undermined businesses that played
by the rules.
"I can't compete with them," the source said.
"Some of my competitors cut their invoices and
sell their products so much cheaper than I can,
"I can't compete against these guys, because
they're not paying the [duty] costs that'I pay."
He suggested that an 'industry' had effectively
grown up around the practice of submitting fal-
sified invoices, with some Bahamian companies
establishing either physical operations or 'shell
companies' in the US so that they could effec-
tively re-invoice themselves and evade taxes due.
In addition, the businessman said the practice
of import duty evasion was not confined to the

Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

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

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



The BoArd of Directors of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)

Limited is pleased to notify all shareholders that

based on unaudited financial results for the nine

month period ended September 30, 2008, a

dividend of $0.02 per ordinary share has been

declared to be paid on December 23, 2008 to all

shareholders of record as of December 15, 2008.


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Bahamas, being widespread in the Caribbean
and Latin America, so much so that Miami and
Florida-based businesses regarded the submis-
sion of falsified invoices in behalf of their clients
as a routine practice.
The source recalled how, in one episode, a new
supplier had sent them an invoice for 25 per cent
of the shipment's actual cost without them even
asking, in the automatic belief that the company
wanted to evade import duties.
"For years, Bahamian businessmen and women
have been consistently asked the following ques-
tion: 'How do you want your customs invoice
done?' or 'Would you like a dummy invoice for
this order?'," the source said.
"This is especially true of Florida, and particu-
larly south Florida suppliers, who have grown so
accustomed to this practice that they willingly
use it as.a sell point and service with new
"Unfortunately, in our country and commonly
throughout the Caribbean and South America,
the governments fail to consistently compare
declared values of goods imported by a company
against the foreign currency requested on those
same invoices.
"Therefore, vast numbers of companies have
discovered an easy way to greatly increase their
profits. This is achieved illegally, through the fal-
sification of incoming invoices for 'customs pur-
poses'; whilst the true or even inflated value
invoices are submitted to the bank to ensure pay-
iment with foreign currency. This is not uncom-
miton. Far from it: this practice is prevalent and is
eating away at the quality of life in the Bahamas."
The source added that some companies sub-
mitted inflated invoices to Bahamian banks, so
they were able to get increased amounts of mon-
ey out of this nation and put it to better use in the
US and elsewhere.
"If they don't choke that, I don't care who's in
Customs, as businesspeople will get around the
system year after year," the source said.





Tribune Comics







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


5 517 2
6 45

2 3

5 8 7
6 4

8 2 3

9 8 6 1

Difficulty Level * *

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

Sudoku Answer

Kakuro Answer

9, 67 82 92
7 1 7 9 8j2
8 39 38 79 6
8 1 7 9
P6264391 61
2649 3 57 6 72
439M 24170 93
13 6 9 784]




Across: 1 Forecast, 5 Bold, 9
Drawn, 10 Puerile, 11 Winter sports,
13 Mighty, 14 Throng, 17 On the
warpath, 20 Topical, 21 Award, 22
Lazy, 23 Friendly.
Down: 1 Fade, 2 Reading, 3
Constituency, 4 Superb, 6 Osier, 7
Dressage, 8 Keep the peace, 12
Immortal, 15 Outward, 16 Caller, 18
Topaz, 19 Edgy.

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

- I -- l- -I-

1 Possibly a bit past it might
describe John (7)
5 First odd results of
splits (5)
8 Chopping up the garlic
with apathy (9)
9 The best-known surviving
creature? (3)
10 The fools pass out (4)
12 .Prior is an outwardly
pious clergyman (8)
14 Bird seems quietly
affectionate (6)
15 Intellectual confused by
Iran (6)
17 Being prejudiced is only
right, perhaps (3-5)
18 Given employment? (4)
21 Behave like a wild cat? (3)
22 Protection money? (9)
24 Gain favour with a hot
dish (5)
25 The team won't be
prepared to play without
him (7)

1 Bottle-opener and drinks in
packs (5)
2 Pussy perhaps is in a
sulk (3)
3 Terrible ruler of vain
disposition (4)
4 Wild animals create a stir,
for'example (6)
5 Hope for the lost and
sick (8)
6 I forecast a change in
industriAl buildings (9)
7 Leave nothing to, be
desired (7)
11 One who defends
Cromwell? (9)
13 One of the blessings of
city life (8)
14 A crop is knocked flat (7)
16 Domestic service (3,3)
19 Ear doctor is superior
though gloomy (5)
20 Article about a piece of
land (4)
23 A religious palindrome (3)

1 A stone fruit (7)
5 Tolerate (5)
8 Misaligned (3,2,4)
9 Circuit of
racetrack (3)
10 Follow in
surveillance (4)
12 Adverse (8)
14 Children's day
nursery (6)
, 15 Very smallh(6)
17 Person easily
influenced (8)
18 Pay attention to (4)
21 Prohibit (3)
22 Independently (2,4,3)
24 Upright (5)
25 In conclusion (7)

1 Approximately (5)
2 Furrow cut by
wheels (3)
3 Blow with open
hand (4)
4 An objective (6)
5 Outline of dramatic
work (8)
6 Without hurry (2,7)
7 To empty (7)
11 Basically (2,7)
13 Gunfight to the
death (5-3)
14 Competent (7)
16 Detonate (3,3)
19 Dirty-looking (5)
20 Sharp (4)
23 Nocturnal bird of
prey (3)

___________ 8747

.. I l t i

A C D e F G 1

You are South, neither side vul-
nerable. The bidding has been:
East South West North
1 Dble Pass I V
Pass ?
What would you bid now with
each of the following four hands?
1. AKQ62 V J74 4 AJ6 4 K8
2. 4AQ93 QJ86 4AKJ2 + 10
3. 4 AJ6 V KQJ32 4 AQ5 4 74
4.4 #AQ62 J5 KQJ3 4 AJ8

1. One spade. This may seem to be
an enormous underbid, but that is not
really so. By doubling one club and
then bidding one spade over part-
ner's heart response, you portray a
strong hand typically 17 points or
more that was too good for an
immediate one-spade overcall of one
At this point, you must keep in
mind that partner's one-heart reply to
your takeout double does not prom-
ise any strength at all. You hope to
hear from partner again, but if he
passes, the odds strongly favor that
there is no game in the hand.
2. Three hearts. With your excel-
lent trump fit, 17 high-card points
and singleton club, you don't need

. ,. .

Chess: 8747:1 Rxc8+l Kxc8 2 Qc4+ Kd7 (if Kd8
3 Qc7+ and 4 Ge7 mate) 3 Nxb6+! (3 Qc7+ Ke6
is not so good) Kd8 (Ke7 4 Qc7+) 4 Qc8+ Ke7 5
Qd7 mate.








words in
the mail
booy 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
thd centre letter and there must
be at, least one nine-letter word.
No plurals.
Good 15; very good 22; excellent 30
(or more). Solution tomorrow.
amino amir amnio amniotic
atom atomic carom coma conn
cram macro macron main manic
manloc manor marc mart martin
martini matron nmica micro
micron mini minor mint mirin
moan moat morn MORTICIAN
norm omit roam roman
romantic tram trim

much more than K-10-x-x-x of
hearts in partner's hand to have a
good play for game. A two-heart bid
would be too pessimistic, and four
hearts too optimistic. Three is just
about right.
3. Two hearts. Again you have 17
high-card points, but your distribu-
tion is not nearly as good as in the
previous hand. There is no singleton
club here, and that makes a world of
difference. Moreover, the raise to
two hearts is in itself a very positive
move; it tells partner you had more
than a minimum double, as well as a
trump fit, and that is really just about
all you have in this case.
4. One notrump. This may seem
unduly conservative, but since part-
ner has promised no strength, one
notrump is as far as you should want
to go. If you were to jump to two
notrump instead, you would be con-
tracting single-handedly for 62 per-
cent of the tricks with only 45 per-
cent of the points in the deck, and
you would thus be placing yourself
in distinct jeopardy. The one-
notrump bid, on the heels of your
takeout double, indicates a hand of at
least opening notrump strength.

Tomorrow: Declarer resists temptation.
2,2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.



Kakuro Puzzle

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Bidding Quiz

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution



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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., Chippingham Rd., Dunmore
Ave., Boyd Rd., Nassau St., Poinciana
AMe., 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., CumberlandSt., 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., Cpwpen
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.

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., Saudy 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

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









WHAT's a Christmas
holiday without the :
moist, sweet, savoury
taste of a fruitcake.
The fruitcake has long been asso-0
ciated with the modem day Christmas '
holiday season, and without it somet-
thing huge is missing. But where did
this tradition of eating fruitcake.
around the winter holidays; come
from? Some say it originated when
the English came to the Bihamias.iin
post colonial times, and some say that
the delicious holiday treat was made
by accident!
Lady Ingrid Darling told Tribune
Taste that the fruitcake was a savoury
bread that the English enjoyed eating
and it accompanied a tea party very.
"The English brotlght fruitcake
over when they came to- the
Bahamas. They enjoyed the taste of
fruitcake so much that they. would
bake a fruitcake and place it at the
top of a wedding cake," she said. .
While Lady Darling says fruitcake

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was introduced to the Bahamas by
.the English, Chef Charles Missick, of
Simply Better Catering, said the hefty
goodness was made completely by
"I have heard many stories about
fruitcake and it's origination. But how
it came about in the Bahamas as a
Christmas holiday pastry, a pastry
maker was somehow experimenting
.with different ingredients and he
added odd ingredients into the batter,
-like dried fruits, walnuts and some
of .the basic condiments that people
use to make fruitcake today.
"The intention was not to make
fruitcake, it was actually to make
some other cake. But when the bak-
ei took the cake out of the oven and
tasted it he found that it was really
good," Chef Missick said.
Whether it was introduced to the
Bahamian palate during post colo-
nial times or it came about by acci-
dent, Bahamians have long enjoyed
the hearty sweetness of the fruitcake,
with some even personalizing it and
adding a splash of ingredients to sat-
isfy their unique taste.
To give your fruitcake an original
taste, the home baker can add their
favourite fruits or fruit juices to the
batter. "You know those unique fruits
that are indigenous to the Bahamas,
like tamarind, papaya, sugar apple,

you can add the seeds or the pulp
into your fruitcake," Chel Mlissick
told Tribune Taste.
"When you get a tamarind or
papaya or sugar apple what to do is
take all of the seeds out and let them
dry. Now some people ma\ not like
to taste the actual seed in the fruit-
cake, so what they can do is chop
them up so that they aren't so big.
And they can be added as a po%%der
Being original
"And for those that have a special
fruit juice that they like they can put
it into the batter as well. but before
you put these special juices into the
batter like guava juice \ou must
reduce it so that it can become con-
centrated," he said.
Lady Darling has also e pernmcnt-
ed with her fruitcake, like adding
banana or coconut flakes to the bat-
ter to give the cake a richci tla\our.
She said that adding banan.i t a fruit-
cake allows it to stay moist [or a long
Another ingredient that helps to
keep fruitcakes moist, Lad, Darling
said, is adding a splash of brandy or
rum to the batter. "Fruitcake can last
a very long time. [WhenI the English
placed a fruitcake at the top of their

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%%edding cake, the fruit cake was actu-
allN eaten by the couple on theii first
Near anniversary So they would keep
ihe fruit cake this long and preserve it
b\ adding rum to keep it moist."
For the health conscious person
who wants to experience the tasty
pastry w% without going o\ erboard. Lad\
Dailing suggests reducing the number
ot eggs that are added to the batter,
although this may lessen the tradi-
tional fruitcake taste.
For the creative baker, personal-
izing your fruitcake goes beyond
adding new ingredients, it also means
crafting sour fruitcake carefully so
that you can get an attractive appear-
"You have a lot of creative people
out there, some who ma\ want to cre-
ate a Iruitcake into many different
shapes. The\ can bake fruitcake into
an\ Iorm. The\ can make the shape
out of metal or wood and line it with
wa\ paper so that the cake will keep
it's shape as it bakes." Chef Mlissick
Creating an attiactile look for \our
holiday fruitcake is great, but making
sure that \our fruitcake unleashes a
rich. fruit fla'our. while \ou sip hot
lemon tea like Chef Missick. or eat a
creamy bol I of butter pecan ice
cream like Lady Darlng, is the best
treat of them all!

8 oz of brown sugar
8 oz of white sugar
2 oz baking powder or 1 1/2 oz
baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
11/2 Ibs of butter
1/2 Ibs of vegetable shortening
4 oz of concentrated orange juice
1/2 tsp of ground cloves
1 Isp of nutmeg
1 tsp. of cinnamon
5 eggs
3 Ibs of flour
4 oz of pecans or walnuts
4 oz of candied mix fruit
4 oz of chopped cherries
1 1/2 Ibs of raisins
Zest of 2 lemons
4 oz of molasses
1. Soak fruit, raisins, and nuts in cold
water for 15 mins.
2. Combine all of the fruit and nuts into
one bowl.
3. Sieve the flour, baking soda, baking
powder and spices in a bowl.
4. In a mixing bowl beat sugar and
shortening together until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs, orange, molasses, and the-
lemon zest. Put blender on low speed.
6. Fold (stir slowly) in the flour to the
sugar and butter mixture.
7. Pour out excess water off fruit mix-
ture and fold into the flour mixture.
8. Add zest of lemon'into the flour mix-
9. Fold until fruit are coated In the mix-
10. Line (grease) 4 or 12 inch cake pan
and line wax paper or baking paper on
the sides and bottom.
11. ,Bake in 300 degrees for 1 hour 45
12. After cake is baked, soak with rum.

Taste the difference

Tribune Features Writer
"TASTE the freshness, Feel
the love. Enjoy life", is the catch
all phrase for Somethings Differ-
ent Gifts (SDG), a unique
gift/event planning concept store
created by Samantha and Ian
Moree. The phrase describes
both the delicious treats and
unique treasures that holiday
shoppers and gift givers will
Greeted by an inviting platter
of pastries, from bountiful blue-
berry scones to nutty banana
muffins, wonderful almond crois-
sants that melt in the mouth, to
tidbits of shortbread, a customer
can feel free to taste before pur-
Hot out of the oven and new-
to-Nassau is their hugely popular
photo cookie. One of SDG's best
selling items, the cookie is made
using modern technology that
allows customers to email pho-
tos to be printed onto a cookie.
The sweet treats can then be used
as an ornament for the Christ-
mas tree or as a delicious party
Using vegetable based ink, the
image is printed onto traditional,
chocolate, guava, or orange short-
bread cookies (gingerbread cook-
ies are available at Christmas
time). "All inks are FDA
approved," Mrs Moree said, "and
it's all about art, this edible orna-
ment will be a one of a kind gift."
SDG represents the Moree's
concentration on the beauty of
life. And they urge everyone to
"stop and taste the food you're
eating, look at the sea as you dri-
ve past it, and experience life to
its fullest".
"Especially at this time when
life is so hard with the economic
downturn, we need'to just stop
and enjoy what we can," the artist
and bakery connoisseur told Tri-
bune Taste.
The work of other Bahamian
culinary artists are available in
the gift store as well. Jessica's
Platters and Eve's Jams are two
of the splendid supplies in for this
jolly time of year. Other works by
Mrs Moree herself include cheese
boards made of sea glass and sea
slate, an elegant example of the
spirit found in nature that she
wants to create for every Bahami-
an home.
"We moved here to the Doon-
galik Studios just recently
because we wanted to expand

EDIBLE Christmas tree ornaments like the gingerbread girl above,
are made to order at Somethings Different Gifts. These delicious
shortbread decorations can be personalized with a photograph.

into an ordering base away from
our home-based business," she
said, "And the customers largely
dictate what becomes available."
Case in point, they're now sell-
ing coffee, tea, juices and water
along with their pleasant pastries
at the request of numerous cus-
Similarly, the pastry, cookies
and jam platters (the products
can be intermixed to make one
specialty platter) are designed to
order. "I feel that when you're
paying for something like this,
you should get exactly what you
Some of the existing gift pack-
age ideas (easily changed to suit
individual tastes) are the Petite
Connoisseur from their Lowtide
Collection. It includes a one-of-a-
kind small driftwood deluxe
cheese knife with a rustic jute
storage case, 12 savory curried
biscuit fingers in a platinum quart
can, Soz pepper jelly and a o8oz jar
of pineapple jam.
There's also the Baja Grande
Gourmet package for the those
with a sweet tooth. This comes
with a serving tray filled with
Bahamian candy including one
pound of coconut candy, one

pound of peanut mini bites, one
pound bennie mini bites, the
deluxe gold linen box with 24 sig-
nature medium guava jammies
and two large jams.
Mrs Moree has been running
her business for the last four and
a half years, moving into the
Doongalik Studios space about
a week ago. Here, the husband
and wife team, along with part
time artists and COB culinary
students, will be operating Some-
things Different Gifts until the
end of December.

To find out more about Some-
things Different Gifts services, visit
www.somethingsdifferent.biz. The
special events oriented art is avail-
able for birthdays, Christmas,
Valentines, Easter, Halloween,
anniversaries, or any other catered
event. Photos submitted should be
or EPS format. Because of
demand, they will be extending
Somethings Different Gifts into the
new year. The store has a 100 per
cent money back guarantee pn all
products if they are not fresh
before the "best buy" date indicated
on the package.



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WHAT is the best way to start, end, bring in, celebrate the
Christmas holiday season? A Christmas'fiesta! I know what you
are wondering, with the economy down how could you possible
throw a Christmas party when you have to cut back on spend-
ing. Well, by being very crafty, utilizing items that you already
have in your home, and by setting a budget you can definitely
throw a successful party that is pleasing to your guest and soft

on your pockets.
The first thing you might
want to do when it comes to
planning your celebration is
getting some of your family
members to donate food so
you won't have to spend much
money, if any at all, on food,
says Chef Charles Missick of
Simply Better Catering.
"The first thing you want to
do is plan something that is
called a potluck, where each
family member brings a dish,"
he told Tribune
Entertainment. Chef Missick
said that you must be a bit
careful with this and ensure
that each family member
brings a different dish.
For those of you who want
to take care of the food for
the party without any extra
help, then there are a few
ways you can serve a well bal-
anced meal at your party at a
reasonable price.
"everyone likes to have the
traditional ham and turkey for
Christmas dinner. What you
can do is get one ham which
probably costs about $40. One
ham can serve about 30 to 40
people. You can also get a
turkey which also costs
around the same price of a
ham and it can also serve 30
to 40 people as well.
"To save your from spend-
ing money on stuffing you can
use bread crumbs to stuff the
turkey, then you will have
stuffing without spending any
money. It's your choice to
either have ham or turkey,"
he said.
The Bahamian palate is
never satisfied without a
cheesy side of macaroni. Party

planners can get two and half
boxes of macaroni, a box costs
about $2.50. So with $47.50
you are almost done taking
care of the food for the party.
And with an extra $5 you can
get five pounds of Mahatma
Rice that can feed about 30
people, Chef Missick added.
If you want to spend a little
less, you can replace rice with
canned potatoes or yams. You
are still getting the starch and
it is at a cheaper price.
"Instead of using rice as your
starch supplement, you can
replace it with 10 pounds of
canned potatoes or yams. This
costs much less than the rice
would cost and it is not time
consuming at all to, prepare,"
he told Tribune
Another very low cost
starch supplement is pasta.
You can also replace rice with
pasta, and it also takes less
time to cook, Chef Missick
said. "Pasta is the cheapest
form of high energy food. If
you are also looking for a
cheap budget meal, peas soup
is a good example. This alone
can feed a great deal of peo-
Now that the food for your
party is all set you can get to
decorating your house or your
backyard. This part of your
Christmas party on a budget
takes a little creativity and
"To avoid spending money
on decorations you must uti-
lize some of the items in your
home. You can use old Christ-
mas lights that you probably
kept for a long time lying

around the house. You can
use those to decorate the
inside of your home or the
outside. You can also use
wrapping paper to cover
chairs or florescent spray
paint in three different
colours or construction paper.
The only thing you need is
your creativity and your
house will be decorated for
your holiday party," he said.
If your house is not big
enough to accommodate a
large amount of people or *
your back yard is not that big
either, then you can relocate
your party to the house of a
family member who can
accommodate a large group of
The main part of the Christ-
mas party on a budget is com-
pleted. The only thing left for
you to do is get the word out.
"If are trying to cut back,
avoid sending Christmas party
invitations. Call each of your
family members and tell them
about your Christmas party.
Eventually one family mem-
ber is going to tell another
and the news about your party
is known to all," he said.
Remember to have each of
your family members call you
to confirm their attendance.
You do not want to prepare
for ai large group of people if a
small number is going to
attend. And you don't want to
prepare for a small group if a
large group is going to be in
With these helpful tips,
your Christmas party on a
budget should turn out fun
and fantastic!

FOR THOSE of you who want to take
care of the food for the party without
any extra help, then there are a few
ways you can serve a w,ell.,balanced
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Christmas 01

DESPITE the economic
downturn and a bleak
year ahead, Nassau
bookshops are still expect-
ing a pre-Christmas
"bounce" in business,
with local titles expected
to sell briskly.
On Thursday last week,
Garth Buckner signed
copies of his new novel,
Thine Is The Kingdom, at
Logos Bookstore, Harbour
Bay Shopping Centre.

The book asks some pointed ques-
*tions of Bahamians, including: What
does it say about a society when a man
must face the irony of having to do
something illegal to become legal?
"I have tried to put everything I
know about the Bahamas, everything
that makes me afraid and angry and
also everything that I deeply love, into
this book," Mr Buckner told The Tri-
"Then I have tried to write it as sim-
ply as I can, and to make it compelling.
Not to beat people over the head with
a morality tale, but to draw them along
in a rush of adventure and mystery."
The plot revolves around someone
who has to pay a bribe to become a cit-
izen "to do something illegal to
become legal" as Mr Buckner says.
"When you reach that point doesn't
something essential vanish?" he asks, a
question everyone with a conscience is
able to answer in the affirmative.
On a more humorous note, Bahami-
an author-songwriter Eric Minns has

produced volume two of his jokebook,
Did Ya Hear The One About The Guy
From Spanish Wells.
This anthology of innocent mirth is
an ideal stocking-filler, as his Mr
Minns' new CD of Bahamian Christ-
mas songs.
Another local book expected to sell
well this festive season is The Harbour
Island Story by Jim and Ann Lawlor, a
lovingly compiled volume of fascinat-
ing information about Briland, togeth-
er with photographs.
The book is partly a tribute to Ann's
father, Dr Paul Albury, a well-known
Bahamian historian of his day who was
working on a book about Briland
when he died.
Also on sale at Logos is Bahama
Queen, autobiography of a prohibition
1 buster, by Gertrude Lythgoe, which
gives an absorbing account of the rum-
running era.
Island Bookshqp in Bay Street has
imported 200 hardback copies of Papa
Doc: Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant by
John Marquis, the compelling story of
Bahamas information director David
Knox, who was tried for spying in
Haiti 40 years ago.
The spy trial lays the base for a short
life of Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier,
the Haitian dictator between 1957 and
"When I read this book, I really
thought theauthor was a Haitian, part-
ly because of his name, but also
because the research whs so exact,"
said a Haitian-born attorney.
In fact, Marquis is managing editor
of The Tribune and author of the
acclaimed Blood and Fire, about the
Oakes murder in Nassau in' 1943.
"Both books are still selling steadi-
ly," said Jan Roberts of Logos.
Another journalist, Fred Sturrup,
has done justice to a forgotten aspect
of Bahamian politics with his book A
Modern Perspective of the UBP.

In it, he seeks to spotlight positive
aspects of a party that was left in the
wake of majority rule in 1967.
The party of the Bay Street Boys
was reviled by many Bahamians. But
Sturrup claims, quite rightly, that it
had many merits, especially in the
fields of tourism, finance and educa-
Major names like Sir Roland
Symonette, Sir Stafford Sands, Basil
and Godfrey Kelly and Sir Geoffrey
Johnstone left a deep and positive
impression on Bahamian political his-
As Sturrup records, even one of its
arch-foes, current Governor General
Arthur Hanna, had some good things
to say about the old white regime.
This book, says the author, adds
"balance" to modern political history
and offers due appreciation to an oli-
garchy which, though widely vilified,
actually made a huge contribution to
the Bahamas success story.'
Fascinating photographs add to the
book's appeal, making it a must for all
those with an interest in 20th century
On Saturday, December 13, Mr
Sturrup will be signing copies of his
book at Kelly's, Marathon Mall.
Though people are expected to
spend less than usual this Christmas, it
is easy to see why the book trade
might benefit.
Portable, attractive and good value
for money, books are always welcome
gifts, and considerably cheaper than
some of the electronic alternatives
favoured by shoppers in the boom
As with every other business in Nas-
sau, hopes are high for a Christmas
'cradker' on the sales front. It's Janu-
ary and February when these cash-
strapped times are really expected to
take their toll.

May 3rd

Tribune Features Writer

DOCUMENTING extraordi-
nary Bahamian events is what
filmmaker Travon Patton
believes is essential to the growth
of the nation.
In his film debut, "May 3rd",
he explores the transformation
of the Nassau Orchestra into the
Bahamian National Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus, an inter-
nationally acclaimed group of
musicians conducted by Joanne
Connaughton, music lecturer at
the College of the Bahamas.
"In recording these spectacular
achievements, I hope to inspire
more Bahamians to live up to
this level of excellence seen in
their countrymen's lives," Mr
Patton said.
In his hour long film, which is
part of the 5th Annual Bahamas
International Film Festival, he
documents essential bits of back-
ground knowledge on an orches-
tra, made up of the percussion,
strings, woodwind, and bass
instruments including violas, cel-
los and two basses that have the
deepest sounds in strings.
After a briefing on the instru-
ments, and the musicians who
play them in the orchestra, Mr,
Patton balances the factual infor-
mation with the artistic side of
music, described by the conduc-
tor herself. As the first female
conductor of orchestra in'Eng-
land, Connaughton is described
as a "ball of fire and energy",.
"go-getter", and as having an
extremely keen ability to orga-
Ms Connaughton is seen tak-
ing the compliments in stride,
saying an orchestra "should be
hard work, but also fun, and an
artistic expression. If not, we're
doing something wrong."
Mr Patton supplies comedy in
his documentary too, when he
catches the conductor shouting at
her performers, "I will murder
anyone who is not backstage!"
The documentary is about
more than the group's transition
to a nationally acclaimed orches-
tra, however. It is also about the
production, "Peter versus the
Wolf', an adaptation written by
Justin Locke. The play is a court
room comedy that is based on

the facts of the popular folktale
"Peter and the Wolf".
Mr Locke, himself an accom-
plished bass player, said Con-
naughton is, "on the brink of
building a world class orchestra,
O*d in her eyes, failure is not an
option. [She understands. that]
it's not about being heard by the
audience but hearing the -audi-
ence. It's not about being under-
stood by the audience, but under-
standing the audience".
In May 3rd there is a balance
between informative interviews
and beautiful sounds of the
orchestra playing magnificent
music. "Words are not as impor-
tant as what is being said," Mr
Patton noted. The mesmerizing
music, the accomplished feelings
of all who take part in such a col-
lective effort, and Ms Con-
naughton's hope for future gen-
erations will take you to another
In the three months before
filming which was immediately
after Mr Patton saw the orches-
tra in Peter versus the Wolf on
May 3, 2008 Ms Connaughton
was successful in teaching 25 chil-
dren under the age of fi&e how to
play an instrument. Her hope is
to start working with 325 young-
sters in the new year on their
chosen instruments, and she is
happily using every free hour of -
every teacher on the island.
According to Mr Patton, his,.
first documentary came off per-,;'
fectly because he w as able tb
show just what he wanted -that
the Bahamas has a great group of
young people, each contributing
in their own way to make some-
thing bigger and better.
"We also want the Bahamas
to be recognized for its vast
*Munts of skill," Mr Patton said,
"we have more than just the
tourist resort. We can put out
something more meaningful."
In the future, Mr Patton would
like to move into the genre of
short film, although he admitted,
"There is just so much talent to
document! We have a rich cul-
ture with so many things to tell
the rest of the world."

May 3rd will be shown at the
National Performing Arts Centre on
Thursday, December 11, at 11am
and 12pm.

I Am Not A Dummy, Bahamas International Film Festival


NEVER have I seen a more inspi-
rational story unfold on the big screen.
After viewing "I Am Not A Dummy",
a Kareem Mortimer documentary
which tells the story of a Bahamian
man born with cerebral palsy, I have a
greater a appreciation for the health of
my body being able to have full con-
trol over my movements, and my abil-
ity to speak clearly.
Part of the 5th Annual Bahamas
International Film Festival, I Am Not
A Dummy follows Michael Wells as
he realises a lifelong dream of going on
a Caribbean cruise. Clips from his trip
are woven together with interviews by
his family, friends and supporters.
In the film, we are told that Michael,
who is now 45, struggled in his early
life. According to his father, Roderick
Wells, Michael was repeatedly misdi-
agnosed doctors said he was mental-
ly retarded, they blamed his inability to
thrive on an allergic reaction to cats
in the house, dogs in the house, mold in
the house, suggested that his parents
bury him up to his neck in the sand to
straighten his limbs...and the list goes
on it's clear that doctors in the
Bahamas simply did not know what
was wrong with him.
The audience learns that Michael's
disability is believed to have occurred
during the birthing process. His moth-
er had a healthy pregnancy, but three
crucial things happened during labour
- the primary physician that oversaw

i am not a dulmmy

J AM Not A Dummy follows Michael Wells as he realises a lifelong dream of going on a
Caribbean cruise.

Mrs Wells pregnancy was late, Michael
was in the breach position, and the
umbilical cord was wrapped around
his neck.
Through a series of interviews with
Michael's family, we learn that when
the baby's feet appeared he was
pushed back inside the womb and
turned around. Then, as Michael came
out head first, we are told that both
his hands were behind his head as if
he were relaxing so doctors had to
use forceps to pull him out we also
learn that the umbilical cord was
wrapped around his neck, depriving
him of oxygen.
While the use of the forceps and the
cord being wrapped around his neck
were pointed to as having a devastating

outcome for Michael, his family agrees
that had Mrs Well's primary physician
not been late to the delivery, Michael's
life would likely be different.
As an infant Michael did not move
as much as his older sister did when
she was a baby, and his parents quick-
ly noticed that he was falling far behind
in key areas of his development. They
took Michael to the doctor numerous
times without actually finding out what
was wrong with him.
Michael was initially thought to be
mentally challenged because he was
like a vegetable; unable to eat by him-
self, unable to clean himself up, and
unable to transport himself from place
to place. It was only with the help of
family and friends that he was able to

accomplish these everyday tasks. And
although these tasks became tedious
at times for those around him, his
father especially, they continued to
support and help Michael as much as
Representing a scar against Bahami-
an society and the country's education
system, Michael was turned away from
the Stapledon School administrators
told his parents that his condition did
not allow him to receive formal edu-
cation. After many attempts to get him
enrolled his father eventually gave up
and Michael was left at home alone.
What is so incredible about this sto-
ry is Michael's enthusiasm and deter-
mination to learn. Regardless of his
rejection from school he was deter-
mined to show himself approved.
By watching Sesame Street every
afternoon, Michael began learning the
letters of the alphabet and how each
letter was formed. Day by day, week by
week, Michael showed improvement.
His father then realized that he had a
keen interest in learning.
His father bought him a magnetic
board where he would form simple,
short sentences. One day when
Michael's father came home on his
lunch break, he met the sentence on
the magnetic board "1 am not a dum-
While learning and his ability to
express himself continues to be impor-
tant to him, Michael desperately want-
ed to experience a Caribbean cruise
where he could breath in the fresh

ocean air and enjoy the peaceful seren-
ity of the calm waters with his friends.
Monique Forbes, a close friend of
the family, agreed to travel with
Michael, on the cruise, all expenses
paid. The film shows the various expe-
riences they encounter, from Michael
wanting to go into the pool, to his long
shopping list.
Persistence, determination, and con-
fidence are what Michael's story is tru-
ly about. When faced with difficult cir-
cumstances, he shows that the human
spirit is well able to rise to the chal-
lenge, and in the process, connect with
others to bring out the best in them.
I Am Not A Dummy shows that
regardless of your disability, once you
have the correct mindset, and a pas-
sionate desire, your dreams can
become reality no matter how long it
Now a writer, Michael, with the sup-
port of numerous friends, has pub-
lished The Unicorn since 1995. It is a
magazine which deals with news, views
and issues related to disabled persons.
And instead of the magnetic board, he
now uses a computer. A sensor is
placed on his forehead that allows him
to type one letter at a time without
the use of his hands. He is also now in
the process of writing a book of
Bahamian short stories.
Though Michael's physical abilities
and speech may be impaired, his abil-
ity to communicate effectively with
words has brought him an abundance
of peace, happiness and contentment!




Schmid opens

new exhibition
FROM page 12
on the end meaning he wants in each piece, there
must be room for change.
In 'We're All As Mad...', Heino is enamored
with the oddities we all as human beings identify
with. He shows through his sketches, done on
scraps of paper, the minute details of strangers
lives he's witnessed, saying things like, "Nothing
interesting ever happens to me" or "Some questions
are best left unanswered" or "Sometimes it's just
that simple".
"I like to play with little quirky gestures that
people say. They might not tell you anything about
the individual, but they are also quite relatable," Mr
Schmid said.
He prefers the canvas of small, ripped, and crum-
pled paper because this makes the material less
precious, and less intimidating. He has reportedly
driven over paper,. torn holes in it, stapled and
torn it to ready his masterpiece.,
Mr Schmid's chosen canvas fits in with his subject
matter because it is random, it's a strange thing to
concentrate on and most of all both are applicable
to the emotions he portrays, that of wonder, con-
fusion and panic.
"These pieces show a macro vision. I like these
small gestures and random comments because they
are so broad, but at the same time very telling of the
human experience."
In his larger piece, Mr Schmid represents a very
aggressive conversation he witnessed. While attend-
ing a wake, he overheard a man say, "a friend of
mine was slaughtered". He referred to his friend as
"murder number 14" and in his art, Mr Schmid
reflects the haughty tone of a society that "keeps
this odd count of the murder rate, talking about
human beings as numbers instead of as people."
Removing the human element, or making people
into statistics, is a human trait Mr Schmid chooses
to use as social commentary in the large piece. In it,
he mirrors two different but equally alarming con-
versations by layering on images of army officials
with rifles, ready to shoot each other down.
Most notably, he adds in the bottom right cor-
ner a sheet of wordplay.
"The devil made me do it
The devil made me
The devil made it
he made me
evil made me
i made me
evil me
Heino Schmid received an Associates Degree
in Art from the College of the Bahamas in 1999,
a Bachelor in Fine Arts for photography in 2003
from the Savannah College of Art and Design,
and a Masters in Fine Art in 2006 from the
Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and
Design in the Netherlands.

"We're All As Mad As Each Other" opens on Fri-
day, December 12 at 7pm at Popop Studios, Chip-
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a great passion and appreciation
for nature and living organisms -
sharing in Symbiosis is a privilege
for me," she told Tribune Arts.
In her work, McCabe exhibits
the beauty of the natural faces of
her environment in South Africa.
Long interested in artwork, she
communicates her love for nature
and her desires through her pho-
tography. "I have always had such
great fascination when it came to
photography. My grandfather,
whom I never had the honour of
knowing, had been one himself and
although I have always been heav-
ily involved with art and music all'

my life through sketching, painting
and sculpting I have recently been
exploring photography and look to
expand into other mediums in the
While McCabe conveys her love
for her environment through her
photography, Walkine expresses
her interests in the elements of
nature in the Bahamas through
ceramics. She says that her work
on display can be described as fine
art or semi fine art ceramics. "This
means that most of the pieces were
not created to be functional, but
instead solely aesthetically pleas-
ing and-meant to be enjoyed. There
are, however, a few pieces that
[exhibit] both aesthetics and func-

tionality. These are wall scones
which are based on sea forms and
floral forms," she said. ,
Most of Walkine's inspiration for
her ceramic work, she said, stems
from the creations of the ultimate
creator, and she contends that her
work pays homage to God. She
mainly concentrates on those ele-
ment of nature that some people
might overlook.
"I study paintings that.God cre-
ated on the Helicon flower, a cro-
ton leaf and the streaks of green,
blue, and turquoise that we see
when we fly over our beautiful
country. I marvel at the sculptural
forms that he surrounds us with in
coral, vines on a fence, and rippling

Poinciana leaves," she told Tribune
Walkine, who started working
with ceramics eight years ago, fell in
love with the art form. She also
paints, but says that it is a medium
she struggles with.
Through Symbiosis, Walkine
hopes that people "will sense the
life force that is within nature and
feel the pulse of God when they
see this work".

*Symbiosis is currently on exhibit at
the Ladder Gallery at New Providence
Community Centre. The exhibition runs
until December 24. For more informa-
tion contact the gallery 327.1660.


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THE WORK of photogrpaher Nicole McCabe,
South African, capture the true beauty of
nature in her local environment in South Africa.

The Hub is set to host a
voice and movement work-
shop on December 19 -21.
This intensive three day
workshop takes the
actor/artist on a journey
through the practices of
Chekhov, Fitzmaurice,
Feldenkrais, Alexander and
Pilates. The instructor, Mar-
garet Laurena Kemp, is a
California-based native of
- Massachusetts with roots in
the Bahamas. For more.
information on the workshop
please contact The Hub at *
393.1063 or email jonathan-


SYMBIOSIS comes together in an explosive
display of true artistry. Handcrafted, fire-hewn
ceramic pieces stand side by side with beautiful
aspects of nature captured on digital film both
using vibrant colours and intricate textures the
two unravel themes that point to an appreciation
for the organic and living composition.

Featuring the work of Nicole
McCabe, a native of South Africa,
Symbiosis offers up nature-inspired
photographs that depict both the
beauty and the rugged truth of the
environment within which life
exists. And as if to balance the

stark reality of McCabe's work,
Imogene Walkine's pieces, which
take the form of ceramic molds,
reflects a delicate, transcendent
beauty as it showcases the creativi-
ty and significance of this medium
to the Bahamian environment.
"The artists are speaking to the

harmonious oexistence and con-
nection between the countries of
South Africa and the Bahamas.
They both intertwine facets of their
local environment within their
work," said Gillian Watson, curator
of the Ladder Gallery at New Prov-
idence Community Centre, where
the exhibition is being held until
December 24.
"We combine photography and
ceramics to create the contrast that
-one may initially associate with two
such distant countries. However,
upon scrutiny, one will discover
that such opposing media portray
the texture, depth and mystery that
both artists appreciate in their sep-
arate, natural home environments,"
she told Tribune Arts.
The collaboration of the two

artist gives persons the opportunity
to embrace aspects of both cultures
- the Bahamas and South Africa.
McCabe is excited to be sharing
in an exhibition with Walkine and
she also feels the exhibition will
reveal the connection and interac-
tion of both countries. "I was
delighted when Gillian Watson
approached me a few months ago
with the prospect of sharing an art
show with Imogene Walkine who
specializes in ceramics.
"Thanks to Gillian Symbiosis was
born, a term that commonly
describes close and often long-term
interactions between different bio-
logical species. The term was first
used in 1879 by the German mycol-
SEE page 11

* \.E'PE ALL 1vtAD
An exhibition of drawings by
Heino Schmid opens Friday,
December 12 at 7pin at
Popopstudios Centre for the
Visual Arts 26 Dunmore Ave,
Chippingham. The exhibition
runs December 3-31. For
more information call
322.7834 or visit

A ceramics and photogra-
phy exhibition featuring the
collections of Imogene
Walkine and Nicole McCabe,
will be held at the Ladder
Gallery, New Providence
Community Centre on Blake
Road on Tuesday, December
9. For more information call

Schmid opens new


Tribune Features Writer
SIMPLE human experiences,
thoughts and passing tribulations, are
the inspiration for artist Heino
Schmid's next exhibition "We're All
As Mad As Each Other", which opens
at Popopstudios Centre for the Visual
Arts on Friday, December 12 at 7pm.
On 23 small pieces, along with one
large monument made up of 49 pieces,
Schmid mixes the mediums of
graphite, charcoal, and acrylic to give
dimension to his work as well as lay-
ered meaning.
Having worked on the pieces in this
exhibition for the last three years,
Heino told Tribune Arts that the

meaning of his work has evoh ed unde- .:
terminably since. "My thought aT 'r,
not all consecutive, so not c%.er\ i
will see a continued theme in.i
extremely layered visual spheLe." I i
artist explained.
His chosen medium is sketch ar
because, he said, "there's something
about paint that is so terminal. It's
preliminary, and spontaneity is most
interesting to me".
Mr Schmid is inspired in these works
by famous artists such as Leonardo
Da Vinci and Michelangelo, both of
whom also used okra wash.
In working with graphite he can add
or take away elements of each work,
and although he is actually quite clear
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presents an exhibition of his
latest watercolour originals, .
entitled "The Bahamas Past
and Present" at Doongalik
Studios Art Gallery at Marina
Village, Paradise Island. The:
opening reception to meet
the artist will be held on Fri-
day, December 12 from 6pm
to 9pm. The show will run
through Friday, December

artist Sandra Gulino will be
showing her pop art pieces
that depict everyday activi-
ties with straight lines,
bright colours, and elements
of commercial art during her
first official showing in Nas-
sau. The show runs until.
December 13.


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