The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 12, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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STAFF at Sandals Royal
Bahamian Resort aind Spa on
Cable Beach fear their hotel is
the next to be hit by mass layoffs.
Between 75 and 150 jobs could
go, staff sources disclosed last
night as Nassau's hotel industry
struggled to cope with the tourism
The all-inclusive resort is
expected to suffer major job cuts
as early as today.
Officials at Sandals yesterday
said they could not confirm or
deny these reports.
However, a press conference is
scheduled for 11am today.
Labour Minister Dion Foulkes
said: "I have had communications
with the management at Sandals
and they have advised me that
they will make some announce-
ments with regard to their staffing
"I prefer for them to make the
announcement as I do not want to
pre-empt any public announce-
ment that they would wish to
make," he said.
Sandals staff feared the worst
after nearly 1,000 workers were
laid off from Atlantis, Paradise
Island, almost 100 from BahaMar
hotels and about 50 from the
British Colonial Hilton.
These tourism giants have
blamed staff cuts on the, lack of
visitors due to the economic
downturn in the US 'and world-

Tribune Staff Reporter
AMIDST a group of proud
supporters Zhivargo Laing of the
Free National Movement
emerged victorious yesterday in
the Marco City election court
case, retaining his seat by a mar-
gin of 27 votes.
Although not quite the scene
that followed the Pinewood Gar-
dens election court decision, a
small group of mostly FNM sup-
porters who waited outside the
-courtroom from 10 am until
around 3.30 yesterday afternoon,
cheered for Mr Laing and con-
gratulated him on the victory.
Mr Laing, Minister of State
for Finance, had won the Marco
City seat by 47 votes, however
following a scrutiny of the votes
in election court yesterday, that
margin was halved. The new tal-
ly showed that Mr Laing won
1,964 votes while Ms Bridgewa-
ter won 1,937 in the Marco City
"I am grateful to God for the
opportunity to serve and now
undistracted by these things I can
go and do the work the people
elected me to do," Mr Laing told
reporters immediately following
the decision yesterday.
Mr Laing thanked his legal
team and also thanked his sup-
porters for their continued sup-
port throughout the nearly 10-

Finance Zhivargo Laing
embraces a supporter after
emerging victorious from
election court yesterday.
Laing won the Marco
City case, retaining his seat
by a margin of 27 votes
over Pleasant Bridgewater.

PM suggests govt may
not need to enter into
Heads of Agreements
Tribune Staff Reporter
Prime Minister has suggested that in future,
government may not need to enter into Heads
of Agreements with would-be foreign
investors, except in a limited number of
During his trip to Cuba this week, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham implied that so
long as everything that is agreed between the
Government and the developer has a legal
basis, there is little need for such agreements,
except in exceptional circumstances.
"Most of the concessions that are given in
the Bahamas are given pursuant to a particu-
lar piece of legislation and we therefore
believe that persons can just access those ben-
efits that are available without any discretion
being exercised by the government. (But)
there may be a project here or there that
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff
administration intends to
undertake a review of this
country's tax structure with
a view to leaving in place
alternative tax "options"
for future governments to
implement, the Prime Min-
ister said this week.
With the recent signing of the Economic
Partnership Agreement with the European
union, the Bahamas has committed itself to
phasing out its primary source of revenue -
customs duty.
Such taxes, which make up around 60 per
cent of funds collected by the Bahamas gov-
ernment, are unfavourably viewed by the
World Trade Organisation as discriminatory
SEE page eight

Victory over



by 27 votes

month lofig process.
"It was a long process, it was
demanding but this is what our
legal process exists to do. It exits
to settle disputes so that there is
no question as to the legitimacy
of any of us sitting in the House
of Assembly," he said.
Mr Laing added: "I don't think
that there was any question that
the majority of the voters in Mar-
co City wanted me to be their
representative,, the question was
how many of them had a right
to so determine. Well the court
has determined that enough of
them had a right to determine
that for me to sit in the House of
Assembly for Marco City and so
I am delighted that that is now
Explaining yesterday's process
Mr Laing's lead attorney Fred
Smith said that all of the Marco
SEE page seven

Tourism marketing to gay and
lesbian community 'would
contradict ministry policies'
Tribune Staff Reporter
ANY specific marketing to the gay
and lesbian community would contra-
dict the Ministry of Tourism's current
policies, Tourism Minister Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace said yesterday.
As a guest on Love 97 FM's "Issues of
the Day", Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
while the Bahamas has made a global
commitment not to discriminate against
persons based on their sexual orienta-
tion, the ministry has refrained from tar-
geting that sect for various reasons.
"As a matter of a specific target mar-
ket (to the lesbian and gay community)
we don't do that. People may find that
very bizarre that in the Ministry of
Tourism we have as part of our plan, we
say there are several things that are more
important than money: It's our faith, we
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Avenue, Nassau, have been
complaining for more than two
years now about Haitian neigh-
bours who hang their laundry
out to dry in clear view from
the main road.
Marina Pinder, who has been
living in the area for some time,
said she tried to speak with ten-
ants of the building but was
rudely turned away.
Concerns were also raised

about an outside toilet that is
located in front of the property,
but the tenants claim the toilet
is not in use. However, there
was water in it.
"They moved the tub that
they are washing their clothes in
from the back of the yard to the
front of the yard and started
hanging the clothes out in front.
The lines are filled with every-
thing in the world. Everyday
the line is full of clothes, even
large washable diapers and old
lady's bloomers are hung out
for everyone to see on the main

road," Ms Pinder said.
She said she does not know
how many people are living in
the home but every day there is
a line filled with laundry. She
has seen tourists pass the area
and point at the clothes.
"They are running the neigh-
bourhood and property values
down," she complained. "There
was a gentleman who came in
the area last Sunday and he told
me he was looking for Jerome
Avenue to rent an apartment
and when he looked around and
saw all the clothes flashing on
the lines, he said he must be on
the wrong road and drove off."
One tenant in the-apartment
claims that only four members
of his family live at the proper-
ty and others have no control
over where they hang their
"I find that it is unnecessary
for them to complain. Hanging
my clothes out where I want is
my right. No-one owns the sun,"
the tenant said.
Ms Pinder said she is annoyed
and has complained to both
Environmental Health and
Ministry of Works and nothing
has been done.
"Environmental Health per-
sons came around about nine
months ago and promised to do
something but never returned;,"
Ms Pinder said.

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Minister says 'limited' legalised gambling for

Bahamians, residents should be explored

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Further fall

in DEC fuel


THE government expects
a further decrease in the
BEC fuel surcharge as the
price of oil continues to
plummet on the internation-
al market.
During the question and
answer period in the House
of Assembly, MP for Gold-
en Gates Shane Gibson
asked if the surcharge rate
will hit a low of nine cents -
the rate applied when fuel
was $60 a barrel in 2006.
As the price of oil hov-
ered below $44 yesterday,
Mr Gibson said BEC could
impose a surcharge lower
than the current 17.8 cents
per kilowatt-hour.
However, while the Min-
ister of Environment Earl
Deveaux said that con-
sumers could expect a "low-
er rate" of surcharge for
December and the following
months, he could not say if
the rate will go down as low
as it did in 2006.
When asked yesterday
what the charge is likely to
be in January, BEC general
manager Kevin Basden said
that it is anticipated to be
even lower than December,
but added that he did
not "have that number
BEC chairman Fred Got-
tlieb said that the surcharge
should be closer to 15 cents
by the end of the month.
"Certainly by January it
will be below 15 cents unless
there is some rise in fuel
charges," he said.

"I have always thought
that's something that
should be explored
almost in reverse order.
Certainly for people
who are permanent
residents, we should
explore the possibility
to do that and also for
residents in some kind
limited capacity to also
legalise it."

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace

everyone to see. So it's part of the social
fabric, it's part of the society and it's
something that we can deal with in one of
two ways: either shut it down complete-
ly or recognize what is happening natu-

Tribune Staff Reporter
LEGALISED gambling for Bahami-
ans and residents should be explored in
a "limited capacity", Minister of Tourism
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said yes-
The lottery was widespread when he
was growing up in the Farm Road/
Grants Town area, he said proof that
gambling is a part of Bahamian culture
that should either be completely eradi-
cated or assessed honestly as.-apart of the
social fabric.
"I have always thought that's some-
thing that should be explored almost in
reverse order. Certainly for people who
are permanent residents, we should
explore the possibility to do that and
also for residents in some kind limited
capacity to also legalise it," he said,
speaking as a guest on Love 97 FM's
radio show Issues of the Day.
"When did the lottery become illegal?
Growing up it was so pervasive; there
was nobody walking in the shadows
doing it, it was something that was out for

Man in court on rape charge

A 34-YEAR-OLD Dolphin
Drive man was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday
on a rape charge.
It is alleged that Darren
Rahming raped a 19-year-old
woman on Wednesday,
December 3.
Rahming, who was
arraigned before Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez in Court
One, Bank Lane was
not required to plead to

the charge.
He was granted bail in the
sum of $12,000 with one sure-
ty. The case was adjourned to
February 25, 2009 and trans-
ferred to Court 11, Nassau
N A 39-YEAR-OLD man
accused of having sex with a
12-year-old girl was arraigned
in a Magistrate's Court yes-
It is alleged that Jagon

Hu.ler of Windsoti L.ane com-
mitted the oftence b.t\\:ceen
February\ and June 21 1S.
Huyler. who %as arraigned
before Chiel Magistrate
Roger Gomez in COurt On(ie.
Bank Lane. pleaded not guilt\
to ihe charge
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sum ot $12.i )0. Thc case \\:s
adjourned to Febru.ar\ 25.
2009 and transterri-d 10 Court
11. Nas..au Street

Pleasant Bridgewater 'not discouraged'

Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE losing her election
court challenge yesterday, Pleas-
ant Bridgewater said she was not
discouraged, as her case has
exposed tremendous defects,
irregularities and flaws in the
country's electoral system.
"The court's ruling is the final
ruling. I am just happy it's over.
It's been such a long time," Ms
Bridgewater told the press yes-
terday while flanked by support-
"It's important for us to appre-
ciate the constitutional aspect of
everything. It is important for us
to appreciate how important our
elections are and the need for
there to be well organised cam-
"It is also for us to scrutinise
the register and for those wvho are
conducting the registration to be
vigilant because as was disclosed
in the hearing there were numer-
ous irregularities," she said.
"There were quite a number
of people who ought not to have
registered and who ought not
have voted and we would never
find the exact number because
they were still there in the regis-
ter," Ms Bridgewater said.
She noted that although the
election court decision was not in
her favour, Mr Laing had also lost
votes in the scrutiny.
"Even though the results were
not what we wanted it to be in
that I would have had the major-
ity of the votes, what is impor-
tant is that Mr Laing lost some
votes. He was ahead by 47 and
now he won by 27 so that tells
you that there was merit in the
petition and so I think the country
ought to celebrate what was done
today," Ms Bridgewater said.
"While I am not walking here
the member of parliament for
Marco City, the point is we have
disclosed the tremendous defects,
irregularities and flaws in our sys-
tem," Ms Bridgewater said.
She-said that the country's elec-
toral system is antiquated and
needs to be revised.
Ms Bridgewater also offered
congratulations to Mr Laing and
said she felt she did the right
"If I had to do it again I would
do it again," she said.
Ms Bridgewater made no com-
ment regarding her political
future yesterday, saying that she
needed to put the election court
behind her first.
Progressive Liberal Party chair-
man Glenys Hanna Martin said:
"This is really not about Pleas-
ant Bridgewat er per se. She was
the face of the PLP, she was the
standard bearer, but voters in the
Marco City constituency had a
very serious interest in determin-
ing what happened here."



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"We will learn from this, we
will analyse the ruling and we will
see what has happened here but I
think it is something we will take
away from this experience to
understand the way forward into
the future and hope that the gov-
ernment takes something away
from this experience in terms of
what reforms need to be carried
out to ensure that there is no
question about the process," Mrs
Hanna Martin said.
The Marco City case is the sec-
ond and final court challenge of

the results of the May, 2007, elec-
The result of the Pinewood
constituency was unsuccessfully
challenged by Senator Allyson
Maynard-Gibson of the Progres-
sive Liberal Party.
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"magically disappear" when the Hobby
Horse Hall racetrack was shut down
years ago.
When the racetrack was open, stories
of family neglect and parents wasting
whole paychecks on races were rampant.
"I saw many cases that created huge
social problems that were somehow mag-
ically disappeared at least to a huge
degree when that was shut down. So
there are some consequences, so let's
talk about it, let's look at both sides of
the issue and (figure out) what we think
are in our national best interests," Mr
Vanderpool-Wallace said.
Recently, there has been a push for
legalising gambling by members of the
private sector, notably the Ad-Hoc Gam-
ing Reform Committee.
The group, which opposes the ban on
gambling for Bahamians,'is calling on
the tourism minister to appoint a select
committee to consider reform of gaming
Pastor Lyall Bethel, an outspoken
. opponent of gambling, has argued it is
addictive, creates social chaos and under-
minies efforts to cultivate a productive
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US vows to combat climate change

SENATOR John Kerry arrived at the
U.N. climate conference in Poznan, Poland
Thursday and immediately reassured del-
egates that the-United States would take
strong measures to combat climate change.
"President Obama will be like night and
day compared to President Bush," Kerry,
D-Mass., said at a news conference, adding,
"Congress and the president-elect are com-
mitted to movement on mandatory goals as
rapidly as possible."
-Although the incoming president has no
official representatives at the conference,
the centre is crowded with congressional
representatives and their staff members, a
sign of the political transition in the Unit-
ed States.
Over the past two weeks, there have
been staff members from more than 50
congressional offices, representing figures
like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Sen.
Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, a Republican
foreign policy statesman; and Rep. Henry
A. Waxman, D-Calif., who will be the new
chairman of the House Energy and Com-
merce Committee.
The staff members were so numerous
that the U.S. delegation at the conference,
representing the Bush administration, has
put a sign on its office door: "Executive
Branch Personnel Only."
On Wednesday, Obama transition team
officials said the president-elect would
announce his top environment ,team next
week, which so far'includes Carol M.
Browner, Steven Chu and Lisa P. Jackson.
Despite elation at the new U.S. pres-
ence, there was widespread concern among
delegates that developed nations would be
less willing to make the financial invest-
ments in climate change at a time of glob-
al recession.
In opening the two-day meeting of envi-.
ronment ministers on Thursday morning,
the U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon,
said there should be "no backsliding on
our commitments."
In a roundtable on Thursday, dozens of
environment ministers pledged to hold to
previous plans for emissions reductions.
Stavros Dimas, environment director gen-
eral of the European Union, said, "We are
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deal with climate change."
The European Union has committed to
reducing emissions 20 per cent by 2020.
Still, other ministers made it clear that
the global recession had made good works
"If we can bring our finance ministers
back on board, we will be successful in
Copenhagen," where countries hope to
arrive at a climate treaty by December
2009, said Sigmar. Gabriel, Germany's envi-
ronment minister, who reiterated his coun-
try's goal of cutting emissions by 25 to 30
per cent over 1990 levels by 2020.
There were some bright spots at the con-
ference, which is part of a negotiation to
create the global climate treaty.
Mexico took the lead among develop-
ing countries and committed itself to emis-
sion reduction targets and caps, even
though developing countries are not
required to do so under the Kyoto Proto-
Brazil said it would aim to cut defor-
estation 70 per cent in the next decade.
But the representative from China, the
world's largest emitter, reiterated that, as a
developing country, it should not have to
make such numerical commitments, but
that it would "take positive and effective
mitigation and adaptation measures,"
according to Xie Zhenhua, the head of the
Chinese delegation.
Also, some developing countries said
promises by industrial nations to help them
cope with climate change seemed to be on
The fate of a fund to help poor coun-
tries adapt to climate change was unclear
on Thursday. 1
"We are really disappointed with the
progress we are seeing in Poznan," said
Amjad Abdulla, director-general of the
Ministry of Environment in the Maldives,
a chain of low-lying islands that is threat-
ened by rising sea levels. "We are drown-
ing, and there is this huge gap in commit-

(This article was written by Elisabeth
Rosenthal of the
New York Times News Service c.2008).

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Bahamians, beware

unscrupulous and

heartless pastors

EDITOR, The Tribune.
JUST about every area you
go to in our Bahamas one can
see a church or one under con-
struction. As one Baptist pas-
tor quoted recently, anytime
there is a disagreement within
the pulpit, this usually leads to
the formation of another
One might ask the question,
why are churches so easy to
Well simply put money and
an easy to obtain building per-
mit...Yes, my fellow Bahami-
ans, there is a lot of money in
the preaching profession.. .espe-
cially with those pastors that
have convinced its members
that they should give "10 per
cent" in tithes of their earnings
to their respective churches.
Adding insult to injury some
pastors had the nerve to ask
those that recently lost their
jobs, to give 10 per cent of their
package deals...you guessed it,
to the church.
These heartless and
unscrupulous pastors will quote
from the Old Testament scrip-
tures beginning with Abraham,
Jacob and on down to Malachi
claiming that God will open His
windows and blessings will
come on down to them.
They leave out the main fact
that it is they (the pastors) that

continue to benefit from that
10 per cent tithing.
Some preachers even go fur-
ther by adding that in addition
to the 10 per cent, you should
also give an offering on top of
Here in our Bahamas it
seems that there are only two
organised and established
church dioceses that require the
approval of its clergy to con-
struct a church building, name-
ly the Anglicans and Catholics.
On the other hand anyone can
obtain a permit to construct a
church building and call it
Methodist, Brethren, Baptist,
Church of God, Seventh-Day,
Free in Jesus or even Cousin
McPhee Cathedral. 1 think the
time has come for our Govern-
ment and Town Planning to put
an immediate stop to. issuing
permits for the construction of
churches, which, in my opinion,
is capitalizing on the religious
ignorance of the masses.
These massive buildings cost
in the millions of dollars and
are not serving or improving
social and moral ills of our soci-
A building permit for a

church should only be given if
the initial application has been
approved and signed by the
head of the church's governing
All churches should adhere
to New Testament principles to
encourage its member to give
as they can afford. Some may
be able to on a Sunday to give
10, 20 or even 50 per cent of
their earnings.
Others might be willing and
able to contribute the entire
amount that is needed for the
construction on that new roof
that has been leaking and even
But we should never be mis-
led by any pastor who uses quo-
tations from the Old Testament
scriptures, so that they can be
the beneficiary to improve their
luxurious lifestyles.
So my fellow Bahamians the
next time you hear your pastor
demanding that you give 10 per
cent of your hard earned salary
and, especially, in these hard
economic times, don't be
Tell your pastor you are of
the New Testament Church and
you will give as you can afford
December 1, 2008.

Outraged by hate

when it is time for love

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THOUGH a writer by pro-
fession, I can count on one
hand the Letters to the Editor
I have penned in more than
five decades of earning my liv-
ing by the pen...or keyboard.
But what happened an hour
ago compelled me to express
outrage and fear.
Thank you for letting me
share these thoughts and a
wish for all of us for the sea-
At a church service this
morning, a former elected offi-
cial, a man Who has always
had a kind smile for all,
shocked the audience with an
anti-Semitic joke..
It was bad enough that his
weak attempt at humour was
tasteless and out of order at a
Worse, it was the second
time in a week that the sinister
spectre of anti-Semitism raised
its frightening head in The
Bahamas. The first was an

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article quoting someone
angered by the sight of the
menorah along with the
Christmas tree in Rawson
Perhaps the complainer did
not realise that Chanukah is
also celebrated in December
when Jewish people around
the world, including those liv-
ing in and visiting The
Bahamas, remember that faith
in God pulled their ancestors
through when their very sur-
vival was in doubt.
The two incidents in a single
week are not about symbols.
What they are about is intol-
And it is up to each of us to
stand up and shout we will not
tolerate intolerance for to do
so is to condone it and once
condoned, it begins to take on
a life of its own, growing like a
* cancer, threatening bour peace.
Intolerance evolves into dis-
like and dislike into. hate,
insidious, deceitful, festering
like a sore until, eventually, it
erupts into violence.
What is especially frighten-
ing is that these two incidents
occurred when people are out
of work, when one headline

after another warns of bleak
economic times and many find
it tempting to blame misfor-
tune on others.
But no good has ever come
from doing so, despite the
reality that every economic
crisis seems to generate new
hate or re-awaken old fears
for it is easier to blame others
for our woes than to accept
responsibility ourselves.
We in The Bahamas who
have been leaders in recog-
nising the folly of prejudice,
we who see people for the
coat of their character not the
colour of their skin, must con-
tinue to set an example, taking
the high road, finding the best
in good people regardless of
their ethnicity, ancestry, gen-
der, race or religion.
As the holiday season
approaches, whether we cel-
ebrate Christma" or
Chanukah or Kwanzaa, let us
do it as friends, not with fear
or hate or intolerance, but
with hope and joy in our
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THE government has fol-
lowed through on its promise
to 'facilitate a programme for
early detection of common
cancers, Health Minister Dr
Hubert Minnis said.
He said the programme
includes pap smears, breast
examinations, mammograms
for women and prostate exam-
inations for men.
Dr Minnis said the pro-
gramme has been made possi-
ble through the construction
of the Oncology Cancer Treat-
ment Centre at the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
He said the centre will be
commissioned early next year
and that the Ministry of
Health has entered into a part-
nership with US Ambassador
Ned Siegel for a breast can-
cer initiative aimed at raising
the profile of breast cancer
awareness in the Bahamas.
"As Minister of Health, I
extend the appreciation of the
government and the people of
the Bahamas to Ambassador
Siegel and his US partners,"
Dr Minnis said.
He also commended the
Cancer Society of the
Bahamas for the role it plays
and for its "continued support
and encouragement through
the provision of resources -
both physical and financial -
and the psychological/emo-
tional connection to all breast
cancer survivors and their

IN THE Tribune story
headlined 'Cargo 'illegally
carried on Bahamasair on
several occasions' published
on Wednesday, December 10,
former Bahamasair pilot
Anthony Dean was incor-
rectly named as director of
USA operations and surveyor
in charge.
In fact, his November 1991
letter addressed to Bahama-
sair general manager Barry
MacInnis was copied to the
director of USA operations
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Chanukah decorations to return to Bay Street

Tribune Staff Reporter
CHANUKAH decorations removed from
Rawson Square in downtown Nassau when
they sparked religious controversy will be rein-
stated on Bay Street.
Members of Jewish and Christian commu-
nities across the Bahamas have called for the
symbolic menorah to be replaced after an
Anglican deacon complained and it was
BEC general manager Kevin Basden said
BEC, the department responsible for annual
holiday decorations, was unaware the nine
candle menorah was a symbol celebrating the
Jewish festival of lights.
He said: "It was removed in light of some of
the controversies that came up, but the intent
was never for it to be taken down fully because
it was put up in the spirit of Christmas and

good will."
He said the menorah will now be reinstated
on Bay Street.
But BEC chairman Fred Gottlieb said the
menorah would never have been removed if
he had been in the country when the row esca-
He said: "I am totally opposed to taking
the menorah down. I don't see any conflict
with having the menorah for the people of
the Jewish faith to identify with.
"My parents lived through the Nazi con-
flict, and we were brought up not to think in
those terms, so I don't prescribe to the hyste-
ria. b
"I find it incomprehensible that people
would oppose it, and if it had been up to me I
would have left the menorah right where it
Shalom Intercessors at the Church of God
Cathedral on East Street said Christians in
the Bahamas should embrace their Jewish

heritage and acknowledge the contribution
Jewish people have made to the Bahamas.
President of Shalom Caribbean Interna-
tional Alex Wallace said: "The menorah has
just as much significance for Christians as it
does for Jews, and with wisdom and pride
should be placed back on our streets during
this Judeo-Christian celebration of Christ's
Chanukah celebrates the rededication of
the Temple in Jerusalem after it was dese-
crated during the 2nd century BC Maccabean
revolt and therefore Christians should cele-
brate also, said Born Again Christian pastor
and president of Bahamas in Prophecy Mick-
lyn Seymour.
"Anyone who calls for its removal and says
they are Christian is very ignorant," he said.
"If they truly believe in the God of the Jews
and the God of Israel they should call for the
menorah to be put back because it is also a
symbol of the Christian faith."

Marsh Harbour Pastor Carlton Dorsett
added: "The menorah has more in common
with Christianity and the birth of Jesus than
the Christmas tree.
"Now Christmas is all about Santa Claus
and fairy tales, but I stand with the Jewish
people 100 per cent."

Student with suspected TB 'had been exposed to relative with the disease'

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Eight Mile
Rock High student who has a sus-
pected case of tuberculosis had
been exposed last year to a rela-
tive with the TB disease, a health
official reported Tuesday evening
at an Eight Mile Rock town meet-
Only two residents Eight
Mile Rock MP Vernae Grant and
PTA president Troy Garvey -
attended the special community
town meeting that was scheduled
-at the EMR high gymnasium to
address public concerns.
Despite the poor turnout, offi-
cials of the Disease Surveillance
Unit and Grand Bahama Health
Services held a roundtable. dis-
cussion with ZNS and The Tri-
bune reporters in hopes of get-
ting the message out to the public
about TB.
PTA president Troy Garvey
was disappointed that more per-
sons did not show up for the
meeting. However, Mrs Grant
believed that it was important to
proceed so that residents could
have access to the information
through the media.
More than 800 students and
teachers at Eight Mile Rock High
School are awaiting results of
Mantoux skin testing conducted
by health officials to determine
if there are any other suspected
TB cases at the school.
Dr Shailesh Hedge reported
that the suspected case of TB
involves a male student who had
failed to take the medication pre-
scribed by the doctor following
his initial visit to the clinic, where
he had presented some symptoms
of TB.
He said the student was admit-
ted to hospital after X-ray results
showed suspicion for TB.
"The child had a relative who
had TB last year and that's how
this child was exposed to TB. The

child was put on medication to
prevent the disease but there was
no supervision and the child did
not take the medication as
required to prevent him from
developing the disease in his
body," said Dr Hedge.
"I want parents to make sure if
their children are put on prophy-
lactics that they take tleir med-
ication because in this suspected
case the child was not supervised
and failed to take the medica-
tion," he said.
Dr Hedge said that there is a
possibility that the skin tests tak-
en at the Eight Mile Rock High
may show positive exposure to
TB among a small number of per-
sons. However, he stressed that it
does not mean that those persons
have the TB disease.
"If positive, it means the per-
son is exposed to the TB disease
somewhere in his life. It doesn't
mean he was exposed just now, it
could be somewhere down the
line; it could be five years, 10
years, or three months ago.
"It just means he is exposed to
TB, it does not mean he has the
TB disease; it means he has latent
TB infection," he explained.
"TB is not easy to catch, so
those who have the skin test 90
per cent of them will never get
the disease only 10 per cent have
a chance of getting the disease so
there is no need to panic," he
"If chest X-ray is normal we
put them on six months of pre-
ventative treatment to prevent
that person from getting the dis-
ease," he said.
"This issue has been discussed
among ourselves and mentioned
to the Minister of Health that if
the numbers are small, and hope-
fully we are sure they would be
small, in that case, we would
make sure one of our team mem-
bers Wvill go and monitor the child
taking the medication," he said.
Dr Hedge stated that if a per-
son has a negative skin test and is

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exposure to the suspected case,
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three months. -
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to educate the public about dis-


eases such as TB continue.
Some of the symptoms of TB
include coughing usually for more
than three weeks and up to three
months. When coughing persons
may bring up phlegm that is
greenish or brownish in colour or
spit blood. There may be signifi-


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lion. electrical upgrade has been
completed at the surgical block
of the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Dr Minnis, who accompanied
Governor General Arthur Hanna
on his annual Christmas visit to
the hospital, said the upgrade
included the installation of a new
"This particular upgrade is
expected to render the electrical
glitches and outages that occurred
in 2008 a thing of the past," he
In addition, Dr Minnis said
plans are being fast-tracked for
the construction of three new
operating theatres at the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
The new theatres, along with
expanded recovery room space,
is expected to "positively impact"
the waiting time for surgical pro-
. cedures at the state-owned facili-
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patients on dialysis. The pro-
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is certified by the Royal College,
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THE Bahamas' growing film industry presents
opportunities for industrious Bahamians to invest in
film equipment and other tools for rental to inter-
national production companies, Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation senior manager Angela Archer told the
Bahamas International Film Festival.
"Over the past year and a half, filmmakers have
been trying to find equipment locally," she said.
"Everybody is looking at budgets now."
However, Ms Archer, who represented the
Bahamas Film Commission on BIFF's panel dis-
cussion on filmmaking in the Caribbean, agreed
with other panelists that government agencies must
work together to facilitate the importation of equip-
ment for Bahamian entrepreneurs.
She said the Film Commission, the Department of
Immigration, the Customs Department and many
other agencies should come together to formulate
policies that would better assist Bahamian film
investors and production companies.
Several panelists pointed out that the introduction
of import incentives could help build the Bahamas'
film business while assisting Bahamians with solid
investments. Many jobs are being done by non-
Bahamians who enter the country for movie pro-
ductions when Bahamians can do the work, said
Heather Carey, one of the Bahamas' few location
"Ultimately, I want Bahamians to work," Ms
Carey said. "I don't take a job if there isn't going to
be a Bahamian crew."
Ms Carey believes it is too expensive to import
film equipment. She called for the duty-free impor-
tation of equipment for Bahamians. This, she said,
would greatly assist Bahamians in the film business,

KAREN ARTHUR, producer, (left) and Angela Archer of
the Bahamas Film Commission speak on filmmaking in
the Caribbean at the Bahamas International Film Fes-
even if it were done for only a short period.
Ms Carey said greater advancements would be
made if the Bahamas Film Commission were
divorced from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation,
which it is presently contained.
If not a total divorce, she said, a second commis-
sion should be formed to look after purely film-
related business, she said.
Once the optimum organisational structures and
policies are in place, Bahamian crew members must
do their part to ensure success by consistently" dis-
playing the right work ethic while on a set. Ms Carey
and producer Karen Arthur pointed to instances in
which crew members with the wrong attitudes or
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also decentralise dialysis services
to alleviate the overcrowding at
the main hospital."
Dr Minnis said the PMH will
also launch an infrastructural pro-
gramme for the redevelopment
of the Accident and Emergency
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started work to restructure patient
flow and decrease waiting times.
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"These initiatives are being
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through the Ministry of Health,
the Department of Public Health
and the Public Hospitals Author-
ity, is implementing several other
programmes at the Princess Mar-
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Relief fund opened

to help rebuild home

of customs officer

Tribune Staff Reporter
RELATIVES of the cus-
toms officer who lost her
house in a suspicious fire
have opened a relief fund to
help re-build her home.
Flames ravaged Roslyn
Ritchie's 10 room house in
Sea Link Drive, off East
Street South, in a suspected.
arson attack on November 26.
Mrs Ritchie's friends,
neighbours, members of her
church, and compassionate
readers of The Tribune have
offered the mother-of-two
financial donations to help
her re-build her home of 33
The acting comptroller of
Customs has appealed for

officers to provide the senior
customs officer with emo-
tional and financial support.
Some Tribune sources
claim Mrs Ritchie owns other
properties in Nassau and in
an Out Island, but she said
her family only has a small
holiday home in an Out
She said:."I don't have oth-
er properties in Nassau -
that's it. You can't own other
properties without identifica-
tion so if they have the infor-
mation, they should let me
."I would like to know
about it because if this was
so I wouldn't be looking
around all over the place for
somewhere to live.
"People just need to stop
being evil and learn to listen
to the truth. It is sad that on

top of everything they want
to make a villain out of the.
Mrs Ritchie believes she
was targeted by arsonists
because she was at the fore-
front of a task force set up
six months ago to stamp out
customs tax evasion.
Police say they are follow-
ing strong leads in an inten-
sive investigation.
Mrs Ritchie said she and
her family have been staying
at different relatives homes
in Nassau since the fire.
The customs officer of 23
years who maintains she has
always been honest in an
industry blighted by corrup-
tion, said:
"There are a lot of caring
persons out there who really
care about what took place
and what's behind it.
"33 years of my life went
up in flames, I have to try to
get it back, and it's going to
be hard.
"It is trying times all

FROM page one Zhivargo Laing

City election ballot boxes were
first brought to the court by the
Parliamentary Registrar's
department. Those boxes, he
said, were opened, the counter-
foils were removed and identi-
fied in relation to voters. He said
that the ballots were then iden-
tified to ensure that those ballots
matched the counterfoils and
then a tally was taken to deter-
mine which votes should be
deducted from either of the can-
The Marco City case is the
second and final court challenge
of the results of the May, 2007,
election. The result of the
Pinewood constituency was
unsuccessfully challenged by
Senator Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son of the Progressive Liberal
In the Pinewood election
court case, FNM MP Byran
Woodside kept his seat despite
the judges throwing out 103
votes contested by Mrs Gibson
and only seven contested by Mr
Woodside. The Marco City elec-
tion court case began in late
February. As of the last count,
some 72 votes were being chal-
lenged by Mrs Bridgewater and
22 by Mr Laing.
On Wednesday, Senior
Supreme Court Justice Anita
Allen and Justice Jon Isaacs
ruled that there be a scrutiny of
57 votes which the court had
determined were not lawfully
Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs have been
hearing the nearly 10-month

long case and are expected to
hand down their judgment today
regarding the Marco City seat
following a scrutiny of the votes
that the court ruled yesterday
should be disallowed. Ms
Bridgewater of the Progressive
Liberal Party had sought a court
declaration that she and not the
Free National Mopvyie.nt's
Zhivargo Laii-g, Minister of
State for Finance, was the duly
elected MP for Marco City,
Freeport. Ms Bridgewater had
held the seat since 2002.

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOLLOWING a reported increase in the number of new
HIV cases in the Bahamas, the AIDS Foundation and its part-
-ners yesterday relaunched a campaign focused on national test-
ing and awareness.
"Protect Ya Tings", although not a new slogan, is one which
has gained attention in the past. Taxi driver and president of the
Bahamas Loving Care Ministry, Samuel Williams', noted that
many tourists have asked about a sign bearing these words at the
back of the AIDS Foundation building on Shirley and Parlia-
ment Streets.
Mr Williams said the theme is an effort to speak in a language
understood by young people.
Director of the HIV/AIDS centre Rosa Mae Bain said that it
is important for every citizen to know their status if they expect
to live a productive and healthy life. '
"We've been having individuals dying prematurely because.
they didn't know their status and think that AIDS is a passing
something," she said.
Mrs Bain said that by the time infected persons become ill and
decide to seek treatment, they require a great deal of medication
because their immune system is so weak.
In 2002, Mrs Bain said, the organisation offered medication to
about 300 people. That number has dramatically increased to.
well over 1,700.
Mrs Bain said this increase accounts for about one-third of the
7,400 plus Bahamians who are on record as infected with the
She was unable to give an estimate of the overall number of
infected Bahamians, and said the only way to combat this epi-
demic is to have everyone tested.
Spending around $1.3 million annually on medication, Mrs
Bain said the organisation cannot sustain many more persons
seeking treatment.
The campaign, which is being supported by several commu-
nity groups, including taxi drivers, hair braiders and others, is
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barriers to trade.
In the last budget exercise, the Government intro-
duced Excise Tax, which it says satisfies World Trade
Organisation rules on non-discriminatory trade and
will help shore up the revenue base as tariff rates
fall away.
However, as for whether introduction of an excise
tax this year is sufficient to fully safeguard the coun-
try's revenue base when customs duties are phased
out, Mr Ingraham suggested the possibility of the
introduction of a new form of taxation for the
Bahamas as something that will have to be consid-
He said: "Not during this term in office, not in the
immediate foreseeable future but one day the tax
structure of The Bahamas will have to be reviewed.
We will certainly undertake a review and options
will be there available for governments in the future
to make decisions."
Asked whether he sees income tax in particular as
a preferable form of taxation for the Bahamas to
use to collect revenue as opposed to reliance on cus-
toms duty, Mr Ingraham would not confirm or deny
his position, stating: "It is not for me to bind future
His position appears to contrast with that of a
senior official at the Ministry of Finance, who told The
Tribune earlier that he believes Government will be
able to make up as much revenue from this taxation
as it has traditionally from customs duty ouce it com-
plies with the EPA's demands to phase out the 85 per
cent of customs duty over the next 25 years.
"It works," he said, adding: "Unless the govern-
ment changes its spending philosophy it's unlikely that
you'll need an income tax."
The official suggested that once the Government is
able to dump the subsidies it currently dishes out to
public corporations such as Bahamasair it will be
"close to a budget surplus with the present tax sys-
However, he added: "Remember that tax reform is
a study in gradualism. Rax reform comes over a peri-
od of time. You establish small steps, so cumulative-
ly in 20 years time, the tax system will be likely very
different to how it is now because governments come
in and tweak things. Some things work, some things
don't work."
The question of whether The Bahamas may have
to forego its alluring but controversial "tax haven" sta-
tus is a long running one, with strong advocates on
both sides.
Attorney and businessman Paul Moss has been
on the side of an income tax for years, saying it will
allow for improved services and infrastructure.
"You've got VAT (value added tax) plus income
tax in Europe and in order for the Bahamas to real-
ly make itself a real player in the world we have to go
to income tax too," said Mr Moss.
The financial services executive also proposes that
income tax is a more "fair" form of tax, rather than

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby giv 0%itib axcdrd wce witi Section .
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of PROSPERITY PEACHES LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 9th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Ingraham administration
intends to leave in place
alternative tax 'options'
the regressive customs duty, causing richer people to
carry a greater burden of taxation than poor.
He denies its introduction would kill this coun-
try's offshore financial industries, claiming that dou-
ble taxation treaties with European states or the U.S.
would benefit The Bahamas.
In 2003, former Minister of State for Finance and
Central Bank governor James Smith told The
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce that the Govern-
ment's tax regime was "bad for a modem econo-
Based on the "regressive nature" of taxation
through customs duty, its "extreme sensitivity to
international events", and the way in which it
"penalises" businesses by "forcing them to tie up a
considerable amount of their cash-flow in inventory
before the first sale is made," Mr Smith said "there is
a need to seriously consider reforming our tax regime
in order to expand the tax base, reduce economic
distortions, and ultimately stabilise public finances."
The former minister said "all of the expert advice"
received by the Government of the time on reform-
ing the Bahamas' tax system pointed to a VAT fitting
the bill.
VAT, if implemented properly could "certainly
reduce the cost of living for Bahamian households and
businesses and make our tourism industry more com-
petitive," said Mr Smith.
For philosophical and economic reasons, Presi-
dent of Bahamas-based think tank the Nassau Insti-
tute, Joan Thompson, told The Tribune an income tax
in particular would be a "great cause for concern."
"Income taxes penalize success. The more you
earn the more you pay," she said.
She claims the Bahamas would lose the patronage
of wealthy foreigners, as they leave to spend their
money on goods and services elsewhere.
With this having occurred, Mrs Thompson said
there would not be enough wealthy Bahamians to sus-
tain such a system.
Meanwhile, the concurrent need for Government
to obtain information about "your bank account and
income" under a system of income tax, would "open
the country up to potential abuse of freedom," she
Mrs Thompson also favours VAT out of the tax
alternatives because it includes a "self-enforcing col-
lection mechanism" and is spread over a wider tax
base as it includes services, "making it possible to
keep the rate lower than it would otherwise be in a
sales tax or payroll tax," she explained.
While disagreeing on the best alternative, both
Mr Smith and Mr Moss advised Government in
recent months that it is essential to begin preparato-
ry work to find new taxes to replace revenue to be lost
under the EPA, which was signed in October.

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requires a specific agreement,"
he said.
Mr Ingraham added that such
agreements "developed a bad
name in recent years because
they were pronounced and pro-
claimed and people were given
the impression things were hap-
pening that were not happen-
He said the former PLP gov-
ernment granted concessions
within heads of agreements
"exceeding what the law
I-!~~ J^"'

Yesterday Vincent Peet, MP
and former minister for finan-
cial services and investments
under the PLP, dismissed this as
"nonsense propaganda" and said
failing to sign heads of agree-
ment is a "bad idea" and a risky
"They are very important.
(Not having one) removes that

Legal Notice


N6tice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of CLEAN BOARDS INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which.commenced on
the 5th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


comfort and certainty that the
public would need, the govern-
ment of the day.would need and
the developer would need,
because that's what heads of
agreement do, it defines definite
obligations on all sides," said Mr
According to the former min-
ister, without such agreements
holding parties liable, it would
be "easier to walk away from"
"Heads of Agreement were
used by both the previous Ingra-
ham administration up to 2002,
so they're nothing new. I think
it's a bad idea not to have
them...I don't think that's some-
thing that future governments
would be bound by."
Prime Minister Ingraham said
he is unsure whether a heads of
agreement was signed by the for-
mer government with the devel-
opers of the South Ocean pro-
ject in west New Providence,
"but the understandings are
"They were going to build a
marina, hotel, casino, second
homes. All of that would have
been permissible under the law."
Since coming to power, some
developers who signed agree-
ments with the former govern-
ment "have had some concerns
about us not granting to them all
the things they were promised
in their heads of agreement,"
said Mr Ingraham.
"Some of the things did
exceed what the law allows, but
we prefer to act within the law
and if the law does need to be
amended we can accommodate
that," he said.
Lawyer Fred Smith told The
Tribune the Prime Minister's
suggestion is a step in the right

direction and away from the
implication that "a prime minis-
ter is a demi-god."
The lawyer won leave yester-
day to appeal to the Privy Coun-
cil to overturn the Court of
Appeal's decision to dismiss his
appeal against a ruling by
Supreme Court justice Norris
Carroll in favour of Discovery
Land Company, the developers
of the Baker's Bay resort in Gua-
na Cay, Abaco.
His case was based on the
proposition that the heads of
agreement the Cabinet of the
Bahamas signed with that com-
pany was illegal because it "over-
ruled in an omnibus way all of
the legalisation that provides for
specific ministers, or commis-
sions or boards to give the vari-
ous concessions."
"I applaud Mr ilngraham's
express decision not to enter into
these arbitrary and omnibus
heads of agreement which simply
override the rule of law and indi-
vidual statutes," he added.
Mr Smith suggested that were
the -Government to pass particu-
lar pieces of legislation, for
example an Environmental Pro-
tection Act and Freedom. of
Information Act, heads of agree-
ment would be superfluous.
"It would be the environmen-
tal protection agency which
would impose, when someone
applies for permitting, the rele-
vant conditions (rather than hav-
ing them defined in the agree-
ment)," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said "we need to get
away" from the idea that the
Prime Minister's office is
"He is not the be all and end
all of Government," said the

Legal Notice


',Notie'is hereby given that in accordance with Section. :
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of RISTINA MOUNT CORP. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company 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 dissolution of PIJARO HOLDING INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



PM suggests govt may

not need to enter into

Heads of Agreements




THE \Vyndham Nai,.aiu
Resort is celebrating the
opening of TropiclI Differ-
ence. its 2 million, ne 1 ly ren-
ovated pool and beach expe-
rience, on Saturday beginning
at noon.
Mark Hawken, the Wynd-
ham's Food and Beverage
director, said the upgrades
and the more tropical,
Caribbean flavour were intro-
duced to help the resort fill a
niche that most of the hotels
in Nassau have turned away
He said that all the work
was completed by local con-
The day long event, which
is open to the public, takes
the form of a Bahamian food
fair with live music. And
among the featured highlights
of the resort's upgraded enter-
tainment and recreational
facility are 'Da Daq Shaq' and
the Tiki Hut Bar and Grill.
"We're reintroducing the
outside to. the public. We've
done $2 million worth of ren-
ovations and gone for an
island feel, a real local
Bahamian feel," Mr Hawken
said. "We've redone our
restaurant and bar, the Tiki
Hut, in bamboo and Bahami-
an thatch, and we've built and
are opening 'Da Daq Shaq'
on the waterfront."
For Bahamians looking for
a way to kick back and enjoy
delicious Bahamian food,
organizers of the party

promise to satisfy completely.
There will be a jerk shack, a
conch shack, booths offering
fritters, fried fish, peas and
rice, and more.
Da Daq Shaq, which aims
to offer a breath of fresh air
with its 100 per cent fresh fruit
daiquiris, is a rarity in a land
of the pre-mix, machine gen-
erated concoctions.
In addition, 5th Avenue
Modeling Agency will be pre-
senting a fashion show, and
Swimsuit USA is also set to
hold a model search by the
Along with VIP, the resort's
house band, and DJs playing
all day, guests will also have
the opportunity to party on
the Caribbean's only dance
floor in a pool.
Wyndham recently com-
pleted construction of a band-
stand 40 feet above its beach-
side pool, and a 24-foot dia-
mond dance floor that is set in
the midst of the pool with a
cat walk out to it.
"The Kalik Girls will be
there, and there's no day pass
charge for the day it's free
and open to everyone," Mr
Hawken said.
Vernice Walkine, director
general of the Ministry of
Tourism, is expected to be
hand for the-ribbon cutting.

Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of OLD SPICE CIRCULAR CORP. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company 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
dissolution of INT'L BLUE STAR INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company 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



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don't want to compromise
that as we come to under-
stand it collectively; it's our
culture; it's certain policy and
it's our environment. We do
not want to do anything in
trying to get the Almighty
Dollar that's going to com-
promise those," said the
tourism minister, answering
a question put to him by the
show's host.
"We've made a global com-
mitment that we're not going
to discriminate against peo-

Tourism marketing to gay and

lesbian community 'would

contradict ministry policies'

ple on the basis (of) sexual
orientation. Everyday com-
ing into (Lynden Pindling)
International Airport are
people who are oriented in
that direction, they just don't
raise their hands and say
'Here I am'.
"And so what are we
doing? It's only when people

declare it that we are up in
arms against it, but it happens
everyday, so it's a matter that
I know is going to be a great
deal more heat in terms of
the discussion," he continued.
Homosexual visitors have
faced much resistance travel-
ling to the Bahamas in the

In July, 2004 the 'gay'
cruise, R Family Vacations
sponsored by comedian Rosie
O'Donnell, was met by hun-
dreds of anti-gay protesters
as passengers disembarked in
Nassau. For weeks leading up
to the cruise, religious groups
and concerned citizens called
on government to denounce
the cruise. A month earlier,
the first "Gay Days" cruise
docked and left Nassau with-
out incident.
In 1998, more than 2,000
people protested in Rawson
Square against a gay cruise
arrival to the country.

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(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of TANGBOON LIMITED has been conm-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice


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138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of IOTA ENTERPRISES INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


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.:. of Fire Trail Road, will be held on
Saturday, December 13th, 11am at
X \ St Francis Xavier Cathedral, West
Hill Street. Monsignor Alfred Culmer
-a will officiate. Interment will follow
r ."""". in the Catholic Cemetery, Infant
.Q w,, View Road.
He is survived by his wife, Tina
Moss; children, Sherkeria, Th'suria,
SMarcia, Marcian Garcia, Indira,
-, Dimitri, Troy Deveaux, Marcian
Duncanson, Elisha, Karrell; mother,
Eldica T. Moss; brothers, Michael
Markell, Charles (Fuzzy), Cepeda,
David, Lavar; sisters, Karen,
Deninez, Hajna; sisters-in-law, Rebecca, Cherisse and Pamela
Moss, Patrice Stubbs-Glinton, Dianne Stubbs; Carolyn Stubbs,
Kimberly. Stubbs, Queenie Stubbs; father and mother-in-law,
Fritz C and ClaraMae Stubbs;. brothers-in-law, Fritz'C. Stubbs
Jr, prince Stubbs; sons-in-law, Ira Kelly, Kaius Knowles; daughter-
in-law, Kenisha Deveaux; uncle, Linus Austin (Miami, Florida);
aunts, Itallia Lunn, Gertrude Gonesh (New York), Rosalie Austin,
Maude Austin, Rhea Moss; nephews, Michael (Lil Mike), Charles
Daniel, Markell, Terrili, Charles (Chico), Aaron, Niko, DenezA
Armando, Perez, La Najee, T'Auren, Langston, Jason, Carlos;
Danaz, Joshua and Nickolas Stubbs; nieces, Taria Ricketts,
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Glinton, Carol, Caren and Shaniqua Stubbs; grandson, Shawn
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Debborah Adderley and family, Steven Jones and family, Diane
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family, Michael (Bugs) Jones and family, Scott Deal and family,
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Johnson Est. Clan and family, Gregory Deal and family, Gregory
Austin and Patrick Soles; grand nieces and nephews, Tianna,
Tiyan, Xavier, Nikole, Nikala, Gianni; godchildren, Rainetra
Smith, Christan Russell, Asia Rahming, Corey, Stepheneile,
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THE Malcolm Park Pros
continue their impressive
debut in the New Providence
Basketball Association,
improving to 4-1 as they
trounced the Y-Care Wreck-
ers 108-82 on Wednesday night'"
at the CI Gibson Gymnasium.
In the other game played,
another rookie team, the John-
son's Trucking Jumpers pre-
vailed with an 89-83 triumph
over the Cable Bahamas
Tyrell Griffin scored a game
high 28 points in the win for
the Jumpers, while Griffin had
27 in the loss.


THE Bahamas Baseball
Federation and Pony Baseball
will host a Boarding School Fair
on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. in the
Cat Island Room of the Wynd-
ham Hotel, Cable Beach, for all
parents, who are interested in
their players going off to board-
ing school.
Representatives from Christ
School in Arden, North Caroli-
na; Christchurch School,
Christchurch, Virginia; Dar-
lington School, Rome, Georgia
and Rabun Gap Nacoochee
School, Rabun Gap, Georgia,
will be in attendance.

NOTE: Sporting Organizations
are invited to submit information
on their sporting leagues o
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bstubbo@yahoo.com, or fax
328-2398, for publication in The

HERE'S a glance of sport-
ing events slated for this week:

7 pm New Providence
Basketball Association's reg-
ular season double header at
the CI Gibson Gymnasium -
Malcolm Park Pros vs Cable
Bahamas Entertainment, fol-
lowed by Sunshine Auto Ruff
Ryders vs commonwealth
Bank Giants.
8 pm Game four of the
New Providence Volleyball
Association ladies' champi-
onship series between the
defending champions Scotts-
dale Vixens and runners-up
Johnson's Lady Truckers.

10 am Baptist Sports
Council's best-of-five champi-
onship series at the Banker's
Field, Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (Co-ed); Mace-
donia. vs Temple Fellowship
(17-and-under); Transfigura-
tion vs Shaw AME Zion (M).
1:30 pm Commonwealth
American Football League's
action at the DW Davis play-
ing field.
2 pm College of the
Bahamas hosting Savannah
College Arts and Designs at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
with the ladies' game, followed
by he men.
7 pm New Providence
SBasketball Association's dou-
ble header at the CI Gibson
Gymnasium Coca-Cola
Explorers vs Southwest Print-
ing Falcons, followed by Y-
Care Wreckers vs Police
7:30 pm New Providence
Women's Basketball Associa-
tion's double header at the
DW Davis Gymnasium Sun-
shine Auto Cheetahs vs John-
son's Lady Truckers, followed
by Junior All-Stars vs Bom-
mer George Lady Angels.

NOTE: Sporting Organizations
are invited to submit information
on their sporting leagues o
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net or

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328-2398, for publication in The

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Defenders take NPVA title

Senior Sports Reporter

DEVINCE Smith had mixed
feelings Wednesday night as his
teams clinched one of two New
Providence Volleyball Associa-
tion's championship crowns, but
fell behind in the other.
Smith and his Scotiabank
Defenders emerged as the
men's champions sweeping the
Technicians in three straight
games to post a three-game
sweep in their best-of-five series
at the DW Davis Gymnasium.
But Smith and his Johnson's
Lady Truckers find themselves
in a 2-1 hole against the defend-
ing champions Scottsdale Vixen
after losing a heartbreaking
five-setter on Wednesday.


The Lady Truckers will have
to find a way to defuse the Vix-
ens or the NPVA's second com-
petitive second under Smith's
presidency could be over.
In the men's championship
finale, Scotiabank pulled off a
25-23, 25-21 and 25-20 decision
as Ian 'Wire' Pinder and Sher-
waine Arthurs led the attack.

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Terrell McKenzie paced the
Technicians, who won over the
Defenders when they met for
the first time three years ago.
"It feels great to be the cham-
pions," said. Smith, whose
Defenders rebounded after get-
ting knocked out of the play-
offs last year. "Nobody saw us
as a threat because they say we
have no middle game.
"But we have a lot of
matured players mixed with
young and we have a mental
game that was able to bring us
through, not just the powerful
young players."
After losing just one game
during the regular season, Smith
said they knew that they had
the advantage in the final, hav-
ing played and defeated the
Technicians in their two head-
to-head matchups.
"Their team is basically built
around 2-3 players, but I knew
eventually they would have got-
ten worn down, especially in a
tough playoff series that they

had to go through against Da
Basement," Smith reflected.
"So once they got into the
championship, I knew we could
have defeated them in three
straight games. We went out
there and played like we want-
ed it."
Wednesday was a prime indi-
"We didn't have any pres-
sure. We made the adjustments
and we were not prepared to
let the same thing happened to
us when we played them the
last time in the championship,"
Smith pointed out.
"We just put our best foot
Ron 'Box' Demeritte, a play-
er/coach for the Technicians,
said it was a disappointing finish
because they expected to at
least win one game.
"As a team during certain
points in the games when we
needed a break we couldn't get
the breaks," Demeritte stressed.
"I think our decisions at times

in the game really hurt us.
"Scotiabank didn't play up to
par, so I'm really disappointed
that we didn't play our game.
For the three games, it was like
we were just there going
through the motion."
As for next year, Demeritte
said he's not certain if he will be
back. He said he prefer to either
put together a young new team
or assemble a more seasoned


While he celebrates with his
men, Smith said he would like
to go for the double with his
Lady Truckers. But in game
three on Wednesday, Scottsdale
secured a hard fought 20-25,25-
13, 26-24, 22-25 and 15-9 victo-
ry to snatch the 2-1 edge over
The youthful 1-2 punch of
Cherice and Anishka Rolle pre-
vailed for the Vixens over the
Lady Truckers' veteran duo of
the Kelsie.Johnson and Eunice
"They came out and they
played a mental game," said
Smith, about the hard breaking
loss. "But if we can contain our
composure we can do it.

"It's just up to our players to
believe that they can do it
because the Vixens are not
going to give it to them."
Vixens' coach Joe Moe Smith
said they only lost the first game
in the series because they were
out of sync, having not played in
a couple of weeks.
But he predicted after
evening the series that he was
confident that they would go on
to win the remaining games and
eventually defend their title.
If the Vixens win on tonight,
the NPVA season would come
to a close. If the Lady Truck-
ers are successful in staving off
elimination, they will play the
fifth and deciding game on Sun-
Smith, whose two-year term
will come to an end when the
series is over, said he was
pleased that he NPVA was
able to have'another competi-
tive season.
"We had a very competitive
playoff and championship, so
the two years that I served was
good. I think I accomplished
my goals," Smith said.
Elections, however, will not
be held until October, 2009 and
if nobody is interested in tak-
ing over, Smith said he intended
to run again.

Senior Sports Reporter

SHERMAN 'the Tank'
Williams is all set to get back in
the ring tonight, but he will have
to take on a new opponent.
His original fighter Matt
Green pulled out of the fight
five days ago, but yesterday at
the weigh-in the promoters lined
" him up with Andrew Greeley
from Munroe, Louisiana.
The two will clash in the main
event at the Burbon Street Sta-
tion in Jacksonville, Florida.
"I feel great. I'm ready to take
care of business," said Williams
in an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday at the weigh-in.
"I have a tough kid. They call
him the baby Mike Tyson.
"But I'm prepared for any-
thing. I've been working hard
getting ready to get back into
the ring. So it really doesn't mat-
ter at this point who they bring."
At age 36, Williams goes into
the fight with a 33-10-2 win-loss-
draw record with 18 knockouts.

Greeley, on the other hand, is a
27-year-old orthodox fighter
with a 13-20-2 record with seven
In preparation for a fight,
Williams said he's been training
constantly over the last year and
a half since he last fought on
April 18, 2007 when he stopped
Wade Lewis at Clifford Park.


Greeley is coming off a four-
match losing streak with his last
bout being on July 11 when he
was beaten by Lenroy Thomas
on points in Tampa, Florida.
Williams said he intended to
use his jab aind take the fight to
the American.
While his focus is on this fight
tonight, his manager Si Stern
said they already have a date
lined up for Williams to fight
on January 16 at the Mallory
Square in Key West, Florida
against New York champion
Darrel Madison.
"I'm looking forward to Sher-
man having a great fight and an

incredible future from now,"
said Stern, of the upcoming
bout that will be carried live on
EPSA Friday Night Live.
"By the end of 2009, we look
for Sherman to be right up
there in line for a major title
fight. He just have to go out
there and fight."
Stern said they have been
very happy with Williams'
preparation for tonight's fight
and they are eager to see him
get back in the ring after the
long lay-off.
"He went to Austria and had
a great sparring session there,
but this will be his first fight
back and he will have a big fight
before he goes to Key West,"
Stern stressed.
"He's fighting a very good
fighter, but knowing Sherman,
he's going to win. He's in great
shape. He's in the best shape
I've ever seen him in."
Stern said they have .some big
plans for Williams and once he
do what he have to do in the
ring, the sky will be the limit
for him going into the new year.

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Ed Reed is everywhere.
When you wake up in the morn-
ing and start making breakfast,
Ed Reed will run into your
kitchen and snatch your toast
away and eat all your eggs. Lat-
er that afternoon playing catch
with friends, Ed Reed will show
up and go full throttle against
you and a pair of average intra-
mural league players, scoring
seven touchdowns and sending
three of you to the hospital. In
the club when you think you're
balling, Ed Reed will show up
drink all of your alcohol and
dance with every girl in a 2 mile
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Reed is everywhere and he
always finds a way to score.
What will happen when he
meets Troy Polamalu? Troy
Polamalu is an unstoppable
force of nature. One time when
I was in high school I saw Troy
Polamalu take a time-out from a
flag football game to jump 1,000
feet in the air and totally oblit-
erate a meteor shower. An
asteroid did not kill the
dinosaurs, Troy Polamalu did.
This is the week we will tell if he
can actually teleport like Hiro
from Heroes or is he just a fig-
ment of our imagination?

Due to the untimely death of
his father Matt Cassell all reports
suggested he would be out this
week against the Raiders. How-
ever Cassell returned to practise
yesterday and the Pats won't be
forced to trot out their third
starting quarterback of the year,
Kevin 0' Connell. I'm not cer-
tain if he's an actual football
player or a guy Belichick just
picked up from a random bar in
Boston. These are actual quotes
from an AP story that the team
made right after Cassel left the
team and they thought O'Con-
nell would start. Not exactly
glowing endorsements of their
confidence in his ability:
Belichick "Kevin learns
every week. He's a smart guy.
Football is important to him."
Ellis Hobbs "I haven't real-
ly seen much on him as far as
game-time situations. We'll find
out together."
With Jamarcus Russell and
Barack Obama as the latest
examples in an extensive case
study, it is becoming even more
apparent that the future of black
quarterbacks is inversely pro-
portional to future of black

I don't want to add to the
litany of "I'll tell you what, the

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Plaxico Burress incident seemed
to be a bigger distraction to the
Giants than we all thought" sto-
ries, but, I'll tell you what, the
Plaxico Burress incident seemed
to be a bigger distraction to the
Giants than we all thought. Like
Al Pacino said, football is truly a
game of inches. Had Domenick
Hixon caught that deep ball and
a sure touchdown it would have
changed the entire course of the
game. In other news, after
watching Antonio Pierce's per-
formance it's apparent that not
only is he unable to stop team-
mates from shooting themselves
in the leg, but he's also unable to
stop Brian Westbrook..

There are three definiite
truths about the NFC South this
i. No one in this division loses
at home. Ever.
ii. Matt Ryan is really good,
we cant wait for him to make
the rookie mistake anymore,
he's just good. As a Blazer I
have to live with the fact that
Portland passed on Jordan for
Sam Bowie. What's the ceiling
for Ryan again'? I mean ...J ake
Long is going to be really really
good right?
iii. Michael Turner by virtue
of his impeccable goatee is bet-
ter than Deangelo Williams.

Funniest moment of the
week: When Clinton Portis called
Jim Zorn a genius with such an
aura of sarcasm that he could
have easily done the voice over
for a political ad. This reminded
me exactly of the hipster guy
from Colbert Nation who pro-
claimed he was voting for John
McCain ... but only ironically.
Cloaked in cynicism and sarcasm
he sought to buck the trend of
the stereotypical hipster, a group
of liberal nonconformists to the
usual hierarchical structure of
society which went in large num-
bers for Barack Obama. Colbert
Nation's hipster was even more
so against the norm than the peo-
ple that voted for the black guy.
He was such a non conformist
he voted for the guy that was
running against the black guy.
Ok, so I just wanted a reason to
write about the hipster guy ... he
was funny. So was Clinton Portis.

I am absolutely shocked.
Flabbergasted. Amazed. Taken
aback. Not at the Lions deliber-
ate pace for 0-16, not at the fact

that the Millen era (seven years)
lasted six years too long, but I'm
most shocked that the strategy of
drafting the SAME skill posi-
tion with your #1 draft pick, for
three years in a row didn't work.
So what if your team is virtually
anaemic at every spot on the
field surely drafting receivers
back to back to back can fix that.
While other teams were more
concerned with who's throwing
the ball, running, blocking, kick-
ing or tackling, the Lions stuck
to their guns. I can honestly say
I will miss the Matt Millen era.
Watch what is happening with
the Colts this year and use it as a
forewarning for the NBA.
Everyone wrote Indianapolis off
and left them for dead, now
they're healthy and just and on
the cusp of the playoffs, look to
be hitting their stride. Sounds
San Antonio Spurs-ish.

The 2008 Chargers. Perfect
life lesson to us all: Sometimes
when you lose, cleaning house
and replacing everybody at the
top is not always the best idea.
The Chargers, once clear Super
Bowl favourites just a short time
ago, have been mired in an ugly
downward spiral ever since they
fired Marty Schottenhemier.
Ironically the exact same thing
can be said about Marty's rela-
tionship with the Chiefs. Wow,
he gets fired from a lot of good

At this point in the season
we call this a "playing for jobs"
game. Neither team has even'a
faint hope of finishing anywhere
near wild contention and the
Cards already clinched the divi-
sion title. As professional ath-
letes these games must be diffi-
cult to play in and for a profes-
sional it's extremely difficult to
watch. More difficult than walk-
ing around with a loaded gun
in the waist of your sweatpants
for 31 minutes without being
shot. Plax almost did it, he made
it to 30.

Reason # 47 that solidified
my belief in Miami: The Devon
Bess story. Did you know
Devon Bess went to a juvenile
institution and was "rehabili-
tated" through the football pro-
gramme EXACTLY like the
players in that Rock movie,
"The Gridiron." This explains
everything, have you seen how
tough he plays? Watch him play


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just one game and tell me he
doesn't remind you of N6lly's
character in "The Longest
Yard." I mean, we have to
make the playoffs with that
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Really good players just
can't suck three games in a row.
They just don't. Should conven-
tional wisdom hold true Brett
Favre and Marshawn Lynch
should both have bounceback
games after two consecutive
weeks of ineptitude and no
touchdowns. It's surprising how
little of an impact those two will
have on this game at the end of
the day. The most important fig-
ure in this game? J.P. Losman.
It's that simple. If he starts the
Bills have absolutely no shot at
this game. None. It's like the
odds of the Bahamas electing a
perceived homosexual as Prime
Minister. Never going to hap-
pen. On the other hand, if Sen.
Trent Edwards comes back, the
Bills have a fighting chance and
Lee Evans will cry more joy-
ously than a father at the birth
of his first child.
JETS 13.

This is one of those tricky
trap games where the Titans are
in real danger of falling asleep.
They have the division wrapped
up and go on the road to travel a
team that they dominate histori-
cally. Unfortunately for the Tex-
ans, a Jeff Fischer coached team
doesn't have the luxury of
becoming complacent. This game
is going to be closer than you
think for two reasons, the Texans
are fighting for pride and des-
perately want to get to that first
9-7 winning season in franchise
history and Mat Schaubb aka
"The Traveling Salesman" (sit
there and tell me he doesn't look
like a guy that goes door to door
selling vacuum cleaners) can suc-
ceed on against this secondary
once he has time to throw.
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We'll dub this one the "Dis-
appointment Bowl 08," brought
to you by the Rudy Giuliani pres-
idential campaign. These two
teams came into the season riding
a wave of unbelievable hype and
went nowhere ... fast. The Pack-
ers lost a legend and an identity
while the Jags had to deal with
the tragedy of the Collier shoot-
ing, a cocaine arrest with their
top receiver, and a myriad of
injuries up and down the roster.
When Fred Taylor feels the need
to tell the media its the worst
team he's ever been on in terms
of team chemistry ... things have
pretty much hit rock bottom.

The year I finally got sick
and tired of picking the Cardi-
nals year in and year out as the
chic sleeper pick to make the
playoffs is the exact year they
materialize into not only the
league's top chic sleeper pick,
but into division champions.
With the injury to Gus
Frerotte we get to have Tavaris
Jackson back in our lives for at
least two more weeks ...s it back
and watch hilarity ensue, and the
Vikings lose their division lead.

I was talking to my brother
Dakarai about the game this
week and he went on a expletive
laced rant about how he expected
the Panthers running to do
against the putrid Broncos run-d
after they pounded the Bucs for
about 300 yards and four touch-
downs last week. This is a family
publication so I can't repeat most
of what's said,.but I think the
overall gist was he expects the
Panthers to do pretty well.


At this point I have absolute-
ly no idea what to think about
the Eagles and I'm not afraid to
say it. Their fluctuation between
good, to terrible, back to good
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Aussie trio lead,

Daly crashes at

Australian Open

SYDNEY, Australia
Associated Press
fellow Australians Stephen
Dartnall and Ewan Porter each
tied a course record with a sev-
en-under 65 for a share of the
lead after the opening round at
the Australian Open on Thurs-
American John Daly, mean-
while, had another day he'd pre-
fer to forget on his frustrating
Australian visit, shooting a 78 in
a round that culminated with
him smashing a spectator's cam-
era against a tree.
After pushing his tee shot
wide on the ninth hole his
last Daly walked to a clump
of trees, where spectator Brad
Clegg tried to take a picture at
close range.
Daly reportedly snatched the
camera and smashed it against
the nearest tree, telling the man,
"You want it back, I'll buy you
a new one."
He later released a statement
via tournament organizers.
"I was looking to take a drop
and a camera was six inches
away from my face. If*I was 10
under, I would have felt the
same," Daly said in the state-
ment. "My eyes are still burning
from the flash of the camera."
Daly, who missed the cut at
both the Australian Masters
and the Australian PGA in the
last two weeks, is being paid an
appearance fee for his three-
tournament trip Down Under.
He had three double bogeys,
three bogeys and four birdies
Thursday at Royal Sydney Golf
Club and looks unlikely to
make the cut.
Dartnall was unaware of the
Daly drama as he pulled togeth-
er six birdies and an eagle, off-
set by a lone bogey.
A second-year pro, he shot a
10-under 62 in a qualifying
round on Monday.
"It is one of the bigger tour-
naments and there is more
attention on it, but it does not
really change how I think," he

said. "Maybe it will later on. At
the moment I feel pretty calm."
Goggin is also on a streak,
having finished second to Geoff
Ogilvy in the Australian PGA
at Coolum last Sunday.
He got off to a sizzling start,
with six birdies in his first eight
holes and capped the round by
hammering a four-wood from
more than 274 yards to tap-in
range for an eagle at the 585-
yard 16th.
He bogeyed the difficult par-.
3 17th, then recovered by sliding
home a 7-foot putt for birdie at
on No. 18.
"I feel like I believe in myself

"This is a total
surprise. I've
been up and
down the whole
year, but the last
six months has
been miserable."

Ewan Porter

a lot more," Goggin said.
Porter, who joined the lead-
ers with birdies on three of his
last four holes shortly before
darkness fell, was delighted with
his performance.
"This is a total surprise. I've
been up .and down the whole
year, but the last six months has
been miserable," he said.
New Zealanders Mark
Brown and David Smail and
Australian Rod Pampling were
tied for fourth, two strokes off
the pace. Australian John
Senden, who won the Open
when it was last at Royal Syd-
ney in 2006, shot a 68, while for-
mer champion Peter Lonard
was in a group of seven players
who shot 69.
Robert Allenby had a 71 and
pre-tournament favorite Ogilvy
a 72.

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final tournament

with 70 in Dubai

DUBAI, United
Arab Emirates
Associated Press
started the final tournament of
her career Thursday with a 2-
under 70, four shots off the lead
at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
The defending champion
closed with back-to-back bogeys
at Emirates Golf Club after start-
ing from the 10th tee. She dou-
ble-bogeyed the 18th, but had
seven birdies at the season-end-
ing tournament on theLadies
European Tour.
Johanna Head of England

opened with a bogey-free 66 to
lead Anja Monke of Germany
by two shots. England's Katha-
rina Schallenberg, Sweden's
Maria Boden and Italy's Veron-
ica Zorzi each shot 69s.
Sorenstam started with three
birdies in her first four holes
before dropping a shot on the
14th. On the par-5 18th, her third
shot to the green spun back into
the water hazard guarding the
front of the green.
"I got off to a tremendous
start," Sorenstam said. "Played
well for about 14 holes and col-
lapsed on the other four, which is
a bummer when you feel so good
about something and then you

come in with such a terrible fin-
The winner of 72 LPGA titles
and 10 major championships
believes she can do better.
"I need to do a little better the
next three days," Sorenstam said.
"It's a good start. Like I said, if I
can just clean it up, I think I have
a good, low round in me."
Laura Davies opened with a
70 and was tied for sixth in a
group with Sorenstam.
The 35-year-old Head, 86th on
the money list and fighting to
retain her Tour card, credited
her strong play to some tips from
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Artest out, McGrady
practises for Rockets

Associated Press

forward Ron Artest will sit out
the next two games with a
sprained right ankle. Tracy
McGrady practiced Thursday
and may return ahead of
schedule from a knee injury.
Artest sat out Monday's loss
in Memphis, the first game
he's missed this season. He
had an MRI exam Tuesday
that revealed damaged liga-
ments in the ankle, an old
injury that Artest recently re-
aggravated. Later that night,
Artest played 39 minutes and
scored 19 points in a-win over
But Artest won't travel with
the Rockets for their road
games against Golden State
on Friday and the Los Angeles
Clippers on Saturday. He did
not practice with the team on
"He has a bad ankle, we
know that," said Houston
coach Rick Adelman. "He's
going to'play that one game
(against Atlanta), and have
seven or eight days off, so
you're hoping it responds to
McGrady has missed Hous-
ton's last seven games with
soreness in his left knee, the
lingering effect of offseason
surgery. He said last Tuesday
that he would be out another
three weeks, but Adelman
said McGrady went full speed
in practice on Thursday.
McGrady did not speak to
reporters after the workout.
Adelmad said McGrady
would not play "extended"
minutes Friday because his
-stamina is down.
"It was good to see him out
there," Adelman said. "He
went through the whole scrim-
mage. He got tired, but he did-
n't limp. It's just conditioning
at this point."

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Suicide on TV condemned in Britain

Country's obsession

with reality television

reaches new levels

The scene is difficult to watch,
eveQ for viewers inured to the
subject of dying by a steady diet
of violent Hollywood and tele-
vision fare, reports the Associ-
a ted Press.
Craig Ewert, a former com-
puter scientist from Chicago, is
shown lying in bed with his wife
at his side while he takes barbi-
He asks for a glass of apple
juice to mask the bad taste and
help him swallow. Then he uses
his teeth to turn off his ventila-
tor and dies on camera. ,.
Britain's obsession with real-
ity television reached new
heights or depths Wednes-
day night with the broadcast of
the assisted suicide of the 59-
year-old terminally ill Ameri-
can at a Swiss clinic.
Showing the final moment of
death had long been a final
taboo, even for no-holds-barred
British TV, where sex and vio-
lence are common, and the
broadcast unleashed debate on
an issue that strongly divides
public opinion.
Photographs of Ewert's final
moments dominated Britain's
newspaper front pages Wednes-
screamed one tabloid and
prompted a debate in Parlia-
ment, where Prime Minister
Gordon Brown was quizzed
about the propriety of the deci-
sion to air the program.
Before he died, Ewert said
taking his own life would mean
less suffering for himself and his
"If I go through with it, I die
as I must at some point," he says
in the documentary, which
chronicles his 2006 decision to
take his own life after being
diagnosed with degenerative
motor neuron disease.
"If I don't go through with it,
my choice is essentially to suffer,
and to inflict suffering on my
family, and then die."
Care Not Killing, an anti-
euthanasia group aligned with
the Catholic Church and other
religious organizations in
Britain, denounced the broad-
cast as "a cynical attempt to
boost television ratings" and
persuade Parliament to legalize
assisted suicide.
"There is a growing appetite
from the British public for
increasingly bizarre reality
shows," said the group's direc-
tor, Peter Saunders. "We'd see it
as a new' milestone. It glorifies
assisted dying when there is a
very active campaign by the pro-
suicide lobby to get the issue
back into Parliament."
Mary Ewert wrote in the
British press Wednesday that
her husband had been enthusi-
astic about having his final
moments televised.
"He was keen to have it
;hown because when death is
hidden and private, people don't
ace their fears about it," she
.aid, adding that he wanted
'iewers to understand that
assisted suicide allowed him to
lie comfortably rather than
during a long, drawn out and
'ainful demise.
The documentary by Oscar-
iinning director John Zaritsky
as previously been shown on
Ianadian and Swiss TV and at
numerous film festivals, where it
provoked little controversy. But
struck a raw nerve in Britain,
here the divisive debate over
;sisted suicide remains unre-
Zaritsky said it would have
-en "less than honest" to make
ie film without showing the
:tual suicide because it would
ave left viewers wondering if
ae death was unpleasant, cruel,
r carried out against Ewert's
"By putting it out there, and
cutting it out there in its entirc-
y, people can judge for them-
,elves," he said, adding that the
documentary gives viewers an
insight into how assisted suicide
would work if it is legalized in
more places.
Originally called "The Suicide
Tourist," the film was renamed
"Right to Die?" for its British
broadcast on Sky TV's Real
Lives digital channel, which
draws far fewer viewers than the
network's myriad news, sports
or movie shows. Still, it gener-
ated enormous publicity, with.
clips shown throughout the day
on Sky News and rival channels.

The ,televised suicide in
Britain follows a well-publicized
case in Florida, where a teenag-
er killed himself on camera last
* month and broadcast the chilling
images live on an Internet site.
Ewert, who was living in
Britain when he became ill,
went abroad to end his life
because assisted suicide is illegal
in Britain.
In thefilm, he says he wanted
to take action before the dis-
ease, which destroys cells that
control essential muscle activity
such as speaking, walking,
breathing and swallowing, left
him completely incapacitated.
The documentary shows
Ewert and his wife going about
their daily routine: Mary cleans
her husband's teeth, bathes,
shaves and feeds him as he
bows his head.
Speaking in a reedy voice and
breathing deeply from plastic
tubes attached to his nose,
Ewert said he felt like "empty
He said some people might
say: "No, suicide is wrong, God
has forbidden it. Fine, but you
know what? This ventilator is
Before the pair leave for
Switzerland, he is wheeled
through a local park.
"I see the plants, and they're
dying, and I'm dying too," he
muses. "They'll be coming back
next spring I'm unlikely to."
"I think I can take my bow,
and say: Thanks, it's been fun."
In an emotional message to
his adult son and daughter, who
appear in the program, Ewert
asked for understanding.
"I would hope that this is not
a cause of major distress to
those who love me," he said,
using a voice-activated com-
puter to speak. "This is a jour-
ney I must make."
At the same time, he
acknowledged, "My dear sweet
wife will have the greatest loss,
as we have been together for
37 years in the greatest intima-
The program shows Ewert
being interviewed by Dr. Hans-
Jurg Schweizer in Zurich,
Switzerland. Schweizer, who is
responsible for filling out the
lethal prescriptions, gives his
approval and wishes him a
"happy journey."
Later, Ewert is set up on a
small yellow bed in a nonde-
script room; as the technicians
get ready, his wife says her
"Have a safe journey," she
says, tearing up. "See you some-
Ewert chokes down the lethal
cocktail, slurping apple juice
through a pink straw to blot out
the taste as the ninth movement
of Beethoven's symphony plays
in the background. His wife
holds his hand as he begins
Dignitas, a well-known assist-
ed suicide group in Switzerland,
where suicide is legal in some
circumstances, aided Ewert.
The group's founder Ludwig
A. Minelli said the presence of
cameras and filmmakers did not
in any way influence Ewert's
"Ewert, because of his illness
and his declared intent right
from the start to shorten his
own suffering, never once con-
sidered the possibility of aban-
doning his assisted suicide," said
The case came up during the
prime minister's question time
Wednesday when legislator Phil
Willis, who represents Ewert's
district, complained that the
film promoted a crime.
He asked Brown if the prime
minister believed the show was
"in the public interest" or sim-
ply a case of "distasteful
Brown did not venture an
opinion, saying only that the
government's "television watch-
dogs" will scrutinize the show
after it is broadcast.
Public opinion polls suggest
that 80 percent of Britons
believe the law should be
changed to allow a doctor to
end a patient's life in a case like
Ewert's, but opposition from
influential religious groups
remains strong and the anti-sui-
cide law remains in place.

Associated Press Writers Frank
Jordans in Geneva and Jill Law-
less in London contributed to this

THIS IS AN UNDATED handout photo issued Tuesday Dec. 9, 2008 by British TV channel Sky Real Lives, of Craig Ewert, 59, whose death in an
assisted suicide in a Swiss clinic will be broadcast on British television Wednesday Dec, 10, 2008 The British television channel says it plans
to broadcast the death of an American man at a Swiss euthanasia clinic. The death of 59-year-old Craig Ewert in 2006 is due to be shown Wednes-
day during a documentary on the Sky Real Lives channel. Ewert had degenerative motor neuron disease and died at a clinic in Zurich run by the
group Dignitas. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland in some circumstances and various organizations there provide suicide services.



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A young life changed forever by Iraq's war


She was a beautiful, round-
faced little girl with large, coal-
black eyes and an instant smile.
Two years later, the 3-year-old is
blind and scarred, her mother is
dead and her father's new wife
can't cope with caring for her,
reports The Associated Press.
Shams, whose name in Arabic
means "sun," is among tens of
thousands of Iraqis whose suffer-
ing will linger long after the war
Shams' young life changed on
Nov. 23, 2006, when a car bomb
exploded near her father's pickup
as he was driving his family -
his wife, two sons and the daugh-
ter home after a visit to his
wife's parents in the ,Shiiie dis-
trict of Sadr City.
The blast engulfed their car in
flames. Shams and her mother,
who was fatally injured in the
blast, were thrown from the back-
seat into street. Her father,
Husham Fadhil, tried to douse
the flames on his wife's clothing.
But there was little he could
do for his 1-year-old daughter,
lying face down next to her dying
"I was totally preoccupied with
putting out the flames which were
burning my wife's body," Fadhil,
32, said. "Then, I lifted Shams
and saw her face covered with
blood. I thought that they were
caused by minor injuries that
would heal. Later, I learned that
the blood was coming from her.

THREE-YEAR-OLD SHAMS (left) stands at her home in Baghdad
Iraq, Monday, Dec. 1,2008. Above: Husham Fadhil, 32, holds his 3-
year-old daughter Shams, at their home in Baghdad Iraq, Monday, Dec.
1, 2008. Sham's young life changed on Nov, 23, 2006 when a car
bomb exploded near her father's pickup as he was driving his fami-
ly home after a visit to his wife's parents in the Shiite district of Sadr
City. The blast left Shams blind and killed her mother.

badly injured eyes."
The car bomb was one of a
series of attacks in Sadr City,
including rocket and mortar fire.
Iraq's medical and rescue services
were strained to cope with the
carnage that day, when about 160
people were killed.
Ambulance attendants loaded
the dead and wounded into vehi-
cles and sped off to hospitals.
Fadhil's wife Wafa, Shams and
the two boys 3-year-old Taif
and 5-year-old Gaith were
rushed to separate hospitals. It

took Fadhil hours to track them
"After searching for 24 hours, I
found her in the Medical City
compound," he said. "The doc-
tors there took care of her burns
but neglected her eye injuries"
that left her blind.
In 2007, Fadhil took his daugh-
ter to Amman, Jordan, with the
assistance of Doctors Without
But the Jordanian doctors told
him there was little they could do
because Shams didn't get proper

treatment at the time she was
"Had there been proper treat-
ment of her eyes at that time, she
could have at least had one of her,
eyes safe and active by now."
Months later, Fadhil took her
to Iran, hoping for a miracle cure.
"All of them gave us the same
response," he said. "They said
take her to Europe. There doc-
tors can transplant corneas for
her. But no one seems ready to
help us get her there."
After his wife's death, Fadhil

remarried. But the new wife
refused to care for Shams, who
was given to her father's relatives
next door in eastern Baghdad.
Two years after the blast,
Shams walks haphazardly
through the house, finding her
way by touching the wall with her
tiny pinkish fingers.
If she bumps into someone, she
clutches them and asks to be
hugged or carried.
Occasionally, she cries out,
"Mommy, Daddy, Granny."
Fadhil has not told his children

their mother is dead. Instead, he
explains that she has gone to Syr-
ia, where thousands of Iraqis have
sought refuge. But he believes his
oldest child, Gaith, suspects the
worst because he never mentions
his mother. "We were a happy
family which became perfect
when Shams was born," Husham
said as tears welled in his eyes.
"I never thought, such a horrible
thing could happen. I was dream-
ing of Shams to be an engineer
or a doctor. Now she can't be
anything but a blind girl."

British troops to start

withdrawing in March


Britain's remaining troops in Iraq will begin withdrawing from the
country in March on a timetable that will aim to leave only a small train-
ing force of 300 to 400 by June, according to Defense Ministry officials
quoted by the BBC and several of Britain's major newspapers on
According to the 2008 New York Times News Service, the long-
expected drawdown of the British force next year from its current
level of 4,100 troops will effectively end Britain's role as the principal
partner of the United States in the occupation of Iraq. In the invasion
in March 2003, a British force of more than 46,000 troops took part in
the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
In July, Prime Minister Gordon Brown cIn I n- a tentative plan for
withdrawing most of Britain's remaining troops early in 2009, but he
gave no fixed timetable and left open the number of troops who would
be returning home. After the flurry of news reports about the with-
drawal, the Defense Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday that did
not deny their accuracy. Although the ministry did not confirm that the
drawdown would begin in March, it confirmed that the ministry was
"expecting to see a fundamental change of mission in early 2009."
As for the timetable involved in the withdrawal, the statement
added, "Our position remains that we will judge it on military advice
at the time."
The leaking of the British withdrawal plan appeared to have been
prompted, at least in part, by President-elect Barack Obama's victory
in the election last month and his plans to draw up a timetable for the
withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Brown has also been deter-
mined to withdraw Britain's Iraq contingent ahead of a general election
that must be held here by June 2010, and this situation has led to
months of edgy negotiations with the Bush administration.
A White House spokesman, iordon D. Johndroe, made no mention
of those negotiations on Wednesday, saying only that the British with-
drawal was consistent with previously announced plans and was "made
possible by the significant increase of security on the ground and the
growing capacity of Iraqi security forces."
American military commanders have contingency plans for Amer-
ican troops to replace the departing British units at their base outside
Basra, the principal city in southern Iraq, and the British news reports
on Wednesday said that was now a firm plan. But there has been no
announcement of the shift from the Pentagon, possibly because the
planning process there is caught up with the Bush-Obama transition.
The plans by Britain and its talks with Washington have been
complicated by pressure from the Bush administration to couple the
British drawdown in Iraq with an. increase in British forces in
Afghanistan. That demand is not likely to relent under Obama, who has
said he plans to increase U.S. troop levels there.
Britain has 7,800 troops in Afghanistan, the second-largest troop
commitment after the United States. Its commanders have said that to
ease severe strains on Britain's armed forces they need to take their
troops out of Iraq without immediately recommitting them to
Afghanistan. They have also said they are reluctant to commit more
British troops to Afghanistan unless other NATO nations, including
France and Germany, agree to step up their troop levels.
The need to replace the departing British troops near Basra will place
new strains on American commanders in Iraq. Since 2003, they have
relied on British troops to maintain stability in southern Iraq and to
guard the vital overland supply route from Kuwait. past Basra and on
to central Iraq, where most of the 130,000 American troops are based.
Now, if the British reports are confirmed, those commanders will
have to detach an American force of brigade strength to the south, just
as they begin drawing down their own troop levels farther north.
According to The Guardian and The Times of London, the 300 to
400 British service personnel who will remain after the drawdown
will mainly assist in the training of Iraq's armed forces.
The British withdrawal will leave to history the controversy that has
surrounded the performance of British troops in the south. From ear-
ly in the war, American commanders were frustrated by what they
regarded as an inadequately robust use of British military force, par-
ticularly in confronting the rampant militia loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr,
the radical Shiite cleric, in Basra and Amara.
At times, strains between American and British commanders were
severe, with the Americans admonishing the British for acquiescing in
the Sadrist group's takeover of wide areas of the south when American
forces were fighting the Madhi Army. Sadr's militia, in Baghdad,
Najaf and other Shiite population centers. Within 18 months of the inva-
sion, British commanders were complaining privately that the Amer-
icans lacked Britain's colonial experience iln countries like Iraq, and that
the heavy use of firepower against al-Sadr was counterproductive.
The British mantra then, and later, was summarized by a British gen-
eral in Basra who said that Britain had learned from centuries of rul-
ing occupied countries that "you have to govern people as you find
them," and that al-Sadr was a reality who had to be accepted. But as
Basra and Amara fell increasingly under the sway of militiamen and
criminal gangs, the British approach met with growing criticism from
defense experts and opposition politicians at home, who said British
forces had abandoned ordinary Iraqis to chaos.
The denouement came in March this year, when units of the Amer-
ican 82nd Airborne Division were flown to Basra to rescue Iraqi
troops who were floundering in an ill-prepared bid to drive the Mah-
di Army from the city.
That operation ended by putting many of the Sadr militiamen to
flight and restoring a semblance of Iraqi government control, but the
fact that British combat troops sat by for several days at the Basra air-
port while the Brown government delayed over deploying them back
into the city rankled American and Iraqi commanders.

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Nobel Peace winner urges

Obama to focus on Mideast

OSLO, Norway
Finnish mediator Martti Ahti-
saari accepted this year's Nobel
Peace Prize with a plea to Pres-
ident-elect Barack Obama: Start
pressing for Middle East peace
as soon as you can.
Receiving the coveted award
in Oslo, the former Finnish pres-
ident rejected the notion that
"the Middle East knot can nev-
er be untied" and criticized
world leaders -'as well as the
Israelis and Palestinians for
letting the violence continue,
reports The Associated Press.
"The international communi-
ty and those in power are sit-
ting there letting them destroy
each other," Ahtisaari, 71, told
The Associated Press in an-
interview before Wednesday's
prize ceremony.
"They are allowing both par-
ties to make their lives in the
future even more complicated'
and difficult than it is today."
He reiterated that call in his
acceptance speech, with a spe-
cial message to Obama.
"I do hope that the new pres-
ident of the United States, who
will be sworn in next month, will
give high priority to the Middle
East conflict during his first year
in the office," he told dignitaries
at Oslo's City Hall.
Obama has pledged to make
progress on the Israeli-Palestin-
ian conflict a key diplomatic pri-
He has called for a sustained
push to achieve the goal of two
states, a Jewish state in Israel
and a Palestinian state, that can
exist in peace and security. He
has also pledged to end the Iraq
war and employ diplomacy
more often than Bush.
Ahtisaari received this year's
coveted Nobel Peace Prize for
his three decades of peace work
spanning three continents.
He was a senior Finnish diplo-
mat when in 1977 he was named
the U.N. envoy for Namibia,
where guerrillas were battling
South African apartheid rule.
He later became undersecre-
tary-general, and in 1988 was
dispatched to Namibia to lead
8,000 U:N. peacekeepers dur-
ing its transition to indepen-
"No single diplomat did more
than he did to deliver Namibia's
independence," committee
chairman Ole Danbolt Mjoes
After serving as Finnish pres-
ident 1994-2000, Ahtisaari
returned to peace efforts in
Kosovo and in Indonesia, where
he negotiated a 2005 peace deal
between the government and
Aceh rebels.
Ahtisaari, who founded the
Crisis Management Initiative, a
mediation group, has not sought
a role in the Middle East, saying
the process was already in good
hands with former British Prime
Minister Tony Blair mediating.
"It's difficult if you have too
many cooks in the kitchen," he
By selecting Ahtisaari for the
prize, the Nobel committee
returned its focus to traditional
peace work after tapping climate
campaigner Al Gore and the
U.N. panel on climate change
last year.
In his speech, Ahtisaari insist-
Ad that wars and conflicts are
aot inevitable.
"Peace is a question of will.
Ul conflicts can be settled and
here are no excuses for allow-
ng them to become eternal,"
ie said.
He also warned the global
financial crisis would strike hard
tt the developing world, and
trged governments to not cut
iack on foreign aid.
The peace prize ceremony
ias in Oslo, while the Nobel
wards in medicine, physics,
hemistry, literature and eco-
omics were presented in the

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE laureate Martti Ahtisaari gazes at the ceiling dur-
ing a press conference at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway Tuesday
Dec. 9, 2008. Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president, was awarded the
peace prize for his career of diplomatic efforts and skillful negotiations
to buoy peacemaking and resolve international conflicts. He will
receive the prize on Wednesday.

Swedish capital, Stockholm, in
line with the 1895 will of prize
founder Alfred Nobel.
U.S. economist and New
York Times columnist Paul
Krugman accepted the Nobel
Memorial Prize in Economic
Sciences for his analysis of how
economies of scale can affect
international trade patterns.
In a speech to hundreds of
guests at a banquet following
the prize ceremony, Krugman
recalled getting the call from the
Nobel award committee and
thinking it was an "elaborate
practical joke."
But as reality sank in "what I
felt was not pride but a sense of
astonished humility," he said.
The medicine prize cited
French researchers Francoise
Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Mon-
tagnier for their discovery of
human immunodeficiency virus,
or HIV, in 1983. They shared
the award with Germany's Har-
ald zur Hausen, who was hon-
ored for finding viruses that
cause cervical cancer.
Japan's Osamu Shimomura
and Americans Martin Chalfie
and Roger Tsien shared the
chemistry prize for discovering
and developing a fluorescent
protein, while Japanese scien-
tists Makoto Kobayashi and
Toshihide Maskawa split the
physics award with American
Yoichiro Nambu for research
on the smallest particles of mat-
ter. Nambu, 87, canceled his trip
to Stockholm for health reasons
and was to receive his award at
a ceremony in Chicago.
The Swedish Academy con-
tinued a trend of honoring
European writers by selecting
Frenchman Jean-Marie Gustave
Le Clezio for the literature
The author of more than 40
works including "The Book of
Flights" and "Desert," Le Clezio
holds dual nationality with Mau-
ritius and spends much of his
time in Albuquerque, New
The prizes including a $1.2
million purse, a diploma and a
gold medal are always hand-
ed out on Dec. 10, the anniver-
sary of Nobel's death in 1896.

Karl Ritter reported from Stock-
holm, Sweden.

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those in power
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the Nobel Peace Center ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at
City Hall in Oslo, Wednesday; Dec. 10, 2008.





UN says cholera death toll in Zimbabwe reaches 775

HARARE, Zimbabwe
The death toll from Zim-
babwe's cholera outbreak has
risen sharply, the United
Nations said Wednesday,
reporting 775 deaths and
16,141 cases of the waterbonme
disease in the southern
African nation, according to
the Associated Press.
Cholera has spread rapidly
in Zimbabwe because of the
country's crumbling health
care system and the lack of

clean water. Last week, Zim-
babwe declared a health emer-
gency because of cholera and
the collapse of its health ser-
The latest figures from the
World Health Organization
show a jump of nearly 200
deaths from Tuesday, when
the U.N. humanitarian office
reported that 589 people had
died out of 13,960 cases.
Zimbabwe's government
says the disease is under con-
trol but aid agencies warn that
coming rains could spreading

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cholera further in a popula-
tion already weakened by dis-
ease and hunger.
With hundreds of people
fleeing the country to seek
treatment, cholera has already
spread to Zimbabwe's neigh-
bors. Nine deaths were report-
ed Tuesday in South Africa.
President Robert Mugabe
is corning under increasing
pressure as concern about the
country's deepening humani-
tarian and political crisis
mounts. President George W.
Bush, British Prime Minister

Gordon Brown and French
President Nicolas Sarkozy
have all called recently for the
84-year-old leader to step
Also Wednesday, a group
of lawyers marched peaceful-
ly through downtown Harare
calling for the release of
human rights activist Jestina
Mukoko, director of the
Zimbabwe Peace Project, was
allegedly taken from her
home a week ago when
activists held nationwide
protests against the country's
deepening economic and
health crises.
Zimbabwean security offi-
cials regularly detain, harass
and beat opponents of
Mugabe's increasingly auto-
cratic rule, although the gov-
ernment denies such allega-
A judge ordered police
Tuesday to investigate
Mukoko's disappearance.
The lawyers some
dressed in their black gowns
- carried placards reading:
"Stop abductions now" and
calling Mukoko a "woman of
The opposition Movement
for Democratic Change said
in a statement that at least 20
activists were missing.
A number of international
and regional organizations,
including South Africa's ruling
party, also were raising con-
cerns about the whereabouts
of the activists.
The African National Con-
gress urged Zimbabwe's gov-
ernment to find them "as a
matter of urgency."
Irene Khan, secretary-gen-
eral of Amnesty International
said human rights abuses were
worsening in Zimbabwe as
Mugabe's regime was "des-
perate" to stay in power.
In Oslo, Norway, on
Wednesday, Nobel peace lau-
reate Martti Ahtisaari criti-
cized Mugabe, saying the
international community
failed to meet its obligation to
intervene when "something
goes terribly wrong, as it has.".
"(Mugabe) was the hope of
the continent after Zimbab-

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water from a Unicef water point in Harare, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008.
President Robert Mugabe's regime has renewed assaults on dissi-
dents, a human rights group said Tuesday, even as he faced more
international pressure to step down amid a cholera outbreak that has
killed nearly 600 people. The World Health Organization, mean-
while, said it was planning its response on the assumption that as
many as 60,000 people could be infected if the situation worsens.

we was born. How this desire
for absolute power make
somebody behave the way he
has done? I feel very sad
about that," he said.
Mugabe, 84, has ruled his
country since its 1980 inde-
pendence from .Britain and
has refused to. leave office fol-
lowing disputed elections in

A power-sharing deal
worked out in September with
the opposition has been dead-
locked over how to divvy up
Cabinet posts.

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Greek govt defends handling of riots

ATHENS, Greece
Five days of rioting that saw
bands of youths marauding
through the streets has shocked a
generally tolerant Greek public
and led many to question how
the situation was allowed to
degenerate, according to the Asso-
ciated Press. The police and gov-
ernment are now under intense
scrutiny, despite saying they went
out of their way to avoid blobd-
The government, which also
faced a crippling general strike
Wednesday, insists it has acted in
the public's best interests, safe-
guarding lives over property amid
an unprecedented explosion of
rage sparked by the shooting
death by police of a 15-year-old in
one of Athens' often volatile
The two officers involved in
the shooting were quickly arrest-
ed, charged and ordered jailed.
The government sought to
show it was trying to act with
restraint when it came to dealing
with the protesters.
"Human life is top priority.
Property comes next," Interior
Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos
said during the worst of the riot-
ing Monday, as masked youths
overturned cars, erected blazing
barricades across city streets and
smashed stores at will.
Prime Minister Costas Kara-
manlis, whose conservatives are
hanging with a single seat major-
ity in the 300-member Parliament,
is under threat. Already on the
ropes after a series of financial
scandals and widespread opposi-
tion to unpopular economic, pen-
sion and education reforms, the
riots could be his undoing.
The general strike shut down
schools, public services, hospitals
and airline flights, increasing the
pressure on Karamanlis.
To try to reassure businesses,
Karamanlis pledged financial aid
to those who lost property in the
riots cash payments of $12,800,
delays in tax payments and three-
month guarantees for employee
It is unclear if that will satisfy a
shocked public.
"Society is frightened, but also
angry at the rioters, the looters
and the government," said politi-
clscience professor Hari-Papa-
isdtiriou of Athens' Pantion Uni-
versity. "They demand a more
dynamic response (to the riots)
and better policing."
Separate opinion polls pub-
lished Wednesday, before the
financial aid package was made
public, showed 68 percent of
Greeks disapproved, of the gov-
ernment's handling of the crisis,
and gave a nearly 5 percentage-
point lead to the Socialists.
"This country is not being gov-
erned," senior Socialist party
member Evangelos Venizelos
said in Parliament. "There is no
way Mr. Karamanlis can come
back from this."
But Karamanlis has ignored
calls for early elections.
The exact circumstances of the
death of the youth, Alexandros
Grigoropoulos, are disputed. But
one thing is clear: the boy was
killed in a shooting by police, who
have often been accused of
heavy-handed tactics.
Alexis Cougias, a lawyer for
one of the policemen, told
reporters that a ballistics exami-
nation showed that the teen was
killed by a ricochet and not a
direct shot. One officer said he
had fired warning shots but did
not shoot directly at the boy.
"Because he fired in the air to
save his life, as a result of this
accident ... he faces family and
personal ruin," Cougias said of
the officer.
Still, students joined masked
youths in the riots, chanting that
favoritee Greek slogan: "Cops!
?igs! Murderers!"
So authorities wanted to avoid
forceful police tactics.
But that has been of little com-
ort to shopowners, who saw their
businessess go up in flames.
"Nobody seems to care about
he employees at the burnt shops.
Vhat will their fate be now over
he Christmas season?" asked one
hop assistant on the popular
irmou shopping street who
wouldd only give her first name,
Although riot police fired tear
as, they did so mainly when
attacked themselves and did not
intervene when businesses were

A RIOTER throws a stone at police while another holds a leftist organization flag (Committee for Workers Inter-
national) near the Parliament building in central Athens on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. A fifth day of rioting erupt-
ed in the Greek capital on Wednesday, on a day with pitched battles between police and rioters. The troubles start-
ed following the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a police officer Saturday night.

Soon, local media were report-
ing instances of enraged civilians
confronting looters.
Violence is nothing new in
Greece's frequent demonstra-
tions, where the right to protest is
considered an intrinsic part of
democracy. The student uprising
in 1973 against the 1967-74 mili-
tary dictatorship has gained near
mythical status.
Despite general public grum-
bling, the occasional Molotov
cocktail and tear gas volley during
a protest march is considered nor-
mal. Groups of youths march
under the black-and-red anarchist
flag, with the gasoline bombs in
their backpacks.
But the unprecedented scale of
destruction has horrified Greeks.
The conservative daily, Eleftheros
Typos, lamented that the very
foundation of the country's
democracy was at risk.
"What we have been living
these days is the revelation of
how imperfect and deeply wound-
ed is the democracy for which we
brag about," it said in an editori-
al, which accused police of being
incapable of dealing with the
The paper's front page bore a
single quote from the ancient
Greek rhetorician Isocrates: "Our
democracy is self-destructing,
because it abused the right to
freedom and equality, because it
taught people to consider impu-
dence as a right, illegality as free-
dom, rudeness as equality and
anarchy as happiness."
After the near anarchy of Mon-
day night, when the centers of
several cities were essentially tak-
en over by masked youths, the
level of violence lessened. By
Wednesday night, relative calm
had returned to most areas.
But the streets surrounding
university campuses, particularly
in Athens and Greece's second-
largest city of Thessaloniki, still
simmered with tension.
Under Greek law, police are
barred from entering universities
- a regulation that gives the self-
styled anarchists and rioters a safe
base from which to prepare and
launch their attacks and stockpile
gasoline bombs.
Papasotiriou, the political sci-
entist, argued that until this some-
times zealously guarded right to
"university asylum" is abolished,
occasional outbursts of violence
will continue.
"The lynchpin to the rioters'
tactics is the asylum provided by
universities. If it were to be abol-
ished, things would be very dif-
ferent," he said.

Associated Press writers Demetris
Nellas, Nicholas Paphitis and Derek
Gatopoulos contributed to this story.

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

54 6 1


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9 8 6 7

Difficulty Level ***


Kakuro Puzzle

Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its 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

2917 897
173 4713|2
9678 61
89 89 984
15 89 1273
6 819 1 3 9-7
97 4921
26413 281
91218 498

1 A meal's been cooked for
sailors (4,6)
6 Word to describe Bush's
presidency for
example? (4)
10 Ten is about all right as a
symbol (5)
11 Far Eastern symbol of the '
dawn (6,3)
12 Burst into song about
wine? Fair enough (8)
13 Not above using two for-
eign articles (5)
15 Maybe Lister had a point
making things so (7)
17 Time for expansion (7)
19 Before the vote, this will
decide the issue (7)
21 Lettuce goes down for
pets (7)
22 It may be grand
entertainment (5)
24 The virtue of having' spo-
ken it in my presence (8)
27 Society member who is not
even a member of
society (9)
28 Very much a negative
result (2,3)
29 Long pointless story (4)
30 It's rather a colourless
affair, mind (4,6)

1 Plays parts or play's
parts (4)
2 Mere versifiers (4,5)
3 Foreign title, possibly
Norse (5)
4 Express a policy on travel
service (7)
5 Officers sensing
change (7)
7 Used some oil from a seed
perhaps (5)
8 He has a liking for
sovereigns (10)
9 Asks how paper may be
14 Subject for those who
have the mind to
study (10)
16 Took off (8)
18 Well, no one wants it! (9)
20 Even as a loser, he's still
Better (7)
21 Spice for which transport is
not immediately
available (7)
23 Tree, evidently of some
antiquity (5)
25 Girl puts lad in turmoil (5)
26 Love on the German
river (4)

Yesterday's cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution



Across: 1 Apricot, 5 Stand, 8 Out of
true, 9 Lap, 10 Tail, 12 Negative, 14
Creche, 15 Minute, 17 Pushover, 18
Heed, 21 Ban, 22 On one's own, 24
Erect, 25 Finally.
Down: 1 About, 2 Rut, 3 Cuff, 4
Target, 5 Scenario, 6 At leisure, 7
Deplete, 11 In essence, 13 Shoot-
out, 14 Capable, 16 Set off, 19
Dingy, 20 Keen, 23 Owl.

1 Humiliation (4,2,4)
6 Earnest entreaty (4)
10 Skilled trade (5)
11 Uncivilized (9)
12 Piety (8)
13 Live as resident (5)
15 Furnish (7)
17 A dried grape (7)
19 A cephalopod (7)
21 Army commander (7)
22 To be performed
softly (5)
24 An arboreal
rodent (8)
27 Going from place to
place (9)
28 Impressive (5)
29 Nonsense (4)
30 Whatever happens


Richard Teichmann v Siegfried
Wolf, Berlin 1910. Teichmann
was not only one of the leading
grandmasters of his time, but
visually quite distinctive. He had
been blinded in one eye in his
youth and wore a large black
patch, which, allied to his bald
head, gave him the look of a
pirate. He kept finishing just out
of the top places in big
tournaments, so acquired the
nickname of Richard the Fifth:
He could hold his own with the
best, as the later world
champion Alexander Alekhine
found when they tied a six-game
match. Today's diagram
occurred hardly out of the
opening, a tricky Max Lange
Attack, and Teichmann (White,
to move) took just two turns to
demolish his opponent. Can you
do as well?

1 Be short of (4)
2 Fall guy (9)
3 Surpass (5)
4 Feverish (7)
5 Of long duration (7)
7 Inexact (5)
8 Unconditionally (10)
9 Official Chinese
language (8)
14 Not completely
16 Unseemly (8)
18 Pleasant (9)
20 Undergo (7)
21 Greedy eater (7)
23 An assumed
name (5)
25 Wash in clean
water (5)
26 Special aptitude (4)

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North dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
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The bidding:
North East South West
Pass Pass 44 All Pass
Opening lead king of clubs.
It's not easy to find the winning
line of play on this deal, even with all
four hands exposed. What makes the
deal especially interesting is that the
winning play is also the right play.
When declarer first sees dummy,
his primary concern should be that he
might lose a heart and three dia-
monds. This could occur if, after
ruffing the club lead and drawing
trumps, he attempts a heart finesse
that loses. If East then makes the nor-
mal diamond return and West holds
the ace of diamonds, South is likely
to finish down one.
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to adopt a pessimistic attitude when
planning thie play, Stout inld ask
himself at the start whether there is

placement of both the king of hearts
iand acof diamonds. If he asks that.
question, the winning solution may

The best play by far is to decline
to ruffthe king of club t larick one,
discarding thehearit tur instead!
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produce the sakinge resof clubs at.
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wins the jack (his second trick) and
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king or diamond ce. In act, ire doesn't take.

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first trick to West, declare does more
than minimize the possibility of
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tures advocating EU action on cli- 1 *| j '
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Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Rep- es agree
resentatives from nearly 190 coun- o
tries are currently taking part in a
two-week U.N. climate change con-
ference in Poznan. O
on goals for new

UN climate treaty
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".. POZNAN, Poland
Delegates from nearly 190 countries agreed Wednesday on a
S. series of goals to be included in a global warming treaty, but the
.- .'l U.N. conference failed to make a real commitment to reduce the
amount of carbon emissions, according to the Associated Press.
Yvo de Boer, the top U.N. climate official, said the dele-
.M gates had adopted a work plan to reach their goals over the next
ffi^^-: ~..... J f ji I *,12 months even though the statement re-affirmed similar aims
a'* no to those agreed last year in Bali, Indonesia, and marked no
S. real breakthrough.
"We are now at the point where a lot has been resolved but
a limited number of issues remain outstanding," de Boer told
",.o. reporters.
De Boer said in a statement they resolved to spell out specific
emissions commitments for industrial countries, to raise large-
"f 1L S scale funds to help poor countries adapt to their changing cli-
Sit' mate, and to create institutions to channel those funds.
E414 "-e'" d, CF, HcEs.. He acknowledged that a fully drafted treaty likely would not
x1.4l SL A DC ECiREC, MOE LO, F5 oA 1C be completed by next December, but said a "policy frame-
,,, ,,O work" should be ready for ratification and should enter into
... "-force in 2013.
More than 10,000 delegates and activists are working on a
treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, and
requires 37 industrial countries to cut emissions by an average
5 percent from 1990 levels.
In a draft document to be approved later Wednesday, a key
-- committee cited scientific studies saying industrial countries
must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent by 2020
to contain global warming to safe levels.
But the committee fell short of actually adopting that target,
,,, :leaving the issue for talks next year.
"We are standing in place at a time when we are supposed to
o Sbe moving forward," said Angela Anderson of the Pew Chari-
CION i0table Trusts.
y U "This rate of progress can't continue if we hope to reach an
ruY agreement in Copenhagen," she said, referring to the Danish
venue of the next major conference in December 2009.
Negotiators will meet at least three more times before Copen-
hagen, and will have a negotiating text on the table by June to
O work on, de Boer said.
SMeanwhile, a separate committee concluded a draft agree-
ment on including forest conservation in the next climate treaty.
Scientists say the destruction of some 32 million acres (13 mil-
lion hectares) a year accounts for 20 percent of carbon emissions
responsible by man. Vegetation consumes carbon, which is
released in massive quantities when forests are cut or burned.
The proposal for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
r and Degradation, known as REDD, calls for paying countries
to stop forest destruction. In a nod to India and China which lost
most of their forests decades ago, countries also will be reward-
ed for planting new forests or replenishing depleted land.
A hotly debated clause in the draft said indigenous people liv-
0 ing in the forest will have "full and effective participation" in for-
est management. Representatives of native communities protest-
ed the text failed to recognize their "rights." as a distinct group
of peoples.
They appealed tolthe conference to overrule the committee,
and grant "the principle of free, prior and informed consent" by
the people who live in the forests, as well as to guarantee that
theyy benefit from programs to stop deforestation.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was attend the start on
Thursday of a two-day meeting of government ministers from
/ 145 countries that was meant to give further guidelines to the
"On the whole, things are looking pretty good. It looks as
though we will have cleared the decks for when the ministers
COMlarrive," de Boer said.

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Tribune Business Editor
Morton Salt's managing
director yesterday told Tri-
bune Business the company
was "80 per cent back to nor-
mal" and had "sufficient salt"
to sustain harvesting well into
the New Year, as discussions
continue with insurers over
the size of the Hurricane Ike-
related payout.
Glenn Bannister said all
Morton Salt's 130-strong
workforkforce had been back to
work at the Inagua plant some
four weeks after the storm
devastated the island, the
company having 'patched up'
its docking facilities and
installed temporary office
accommodation to ensure it
could resume salt harvesting
"We're trying to harvest as
much salt as we can," Mr Ban-
nister told Tribune Business.
"We are back to harvesting as
we normally do,and loading
as we normally do.'
"We gp t in some new pieces
of equipment, some new
trucks, and feel we're back up
to speed with the harvesting. I
think we are 80 per cent back
to normal, except for the
buildings, the docks and the
dyke system. We're doing very
well for the conditions." '
The dykes are the roads
through Morton Salt's salt
fields, and Mr Bannister said it
would take "very significant
work" and "several million
dollars" to repair those and all
the company's physical
premises and plant, which
took a sustained pounding
from Hurricane Ike's 135mph-
plus winds.
The Morton Salt managing
director explained that the
company had been forced to
change the motor control sys-
tem at its docks, while four to
five motors at its main plant
house also had to be changed.
"It seems as if seawater got
into everything in the engi-
neering 'lock," Mr Bannister
told Tribune Business. "At
one poir.t, it seemed as if a day
did not go by when we found
something that needed to'be
Still, he added: "We have
sufficient salt to keep us going
on a day-to-day basis at this
point in time.
"We have sufficient to sus-
tain the harvest for the time
When asked whether the
harvest period would extend
into the New Year, Mr Ban-
nister replied: "We think so."
Morton Salt typically harvests
on average 1.2 million tonnes
of salt per year, although that
figure is.subject to variation,
depending on the level of rain-
fall experienced by Inagua.
He declined, though, to
reveal estimates on the total
damage cost inflicted by Hur-
ricane Ike, or the quantity of
salt lost, as these were issues
Morton Salt was currently dis-
cussing with its insurers.
With the company still oper-
ating from temporary accom-
modation, because its mainte-
nance plant and administra-
tion block were not fit for use
and word have to be rebuilt,
and with temporary repairs
made to its docks, Mr Bannis-
ter said the "key" going for-
ward would be the New Year
decision taken by Morton
International's Board of
Directors on the level of capi-
tal investment they would
make to rebuild the Inagua
Tribune Business revealed
back on October 2 that Mor-
ton Salt's parent company,
Rohm & Haas, was only likely
to take a definitive decision on
the Inagua operation's future
and its capital investment in
the 2009 first quarter.
Still, Morton Salt's decision
to resume operations as rapid-
ly as possible following Hurri-
cane Ike's passage has enabled
Inagua's economy to return to
SEE page 2B

Resort needs $50m

capital injection

* Adjoining property owner sees $140,000 boat
stolen from Emerald Bay marina after it temporarily
closed prior to injunction becoming known
* Says resort's main creditor and receivers turned
down proposal to take over Emerald Bay's

Tribune Business Editor
Some $50 million in new cap-
ital investment is required just
to bring the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay Resort and its sur-
rounding amenities up to par,
the head of an adjacent resort
property told Tribune Business
yesterday, as it continued to
hope for the return of its stolen
$140,000 boat.
Jim Clabaugh, president of
EGL Ltd, the developer of the
Exuma-based Grand Isle Villas
condotel, confirmed reports
reaching Tribune Business that
the property's sole boat had
been stolen from the Emerald
Bay resort's marina on Sunday
night, after the facility had been-

closed and all staff laid-off.
This newspaper revealed on
Monday how John Beasley, an
American investor who had
purchased a dock slip in the
Emerald Bay marina, had
obtained a Supreme Court
injunction blocking receivers
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
from closing the facility, but Mr
Clabaugh said no one became
aware of its existence until after
Grand Isle Villas' boat had
been stolen on the Sunday
"It's still missing, and I don't
have any great hope that it's
going to be found," Mr
Clabaugh told Tribune Busi-
He confirmed that Grand Isle
Villas and several property

owners/real estate investors had
proposed to PWc and the Four
Seasons Emerald Bay Resort's
ultimate creditor, the London
office of Japanese insurer, Mit-
sui, that they take over the
resort's management and invest
capital to upgrade the existing
. "We've given Mitsui a pro-
posal to do that via PwC, invest-
ing capital and taking over the
management," Mr Clabaugh
told Tribune Business. "There
are many, many things that
need to be done. The resort
needs new capital and new
"We're estimating $50 mil-

SEE page 6B

Ministers 'warm'

to work permit

reform proposal

* BECon president proposes dropping
'expatriate name' requirement when
seeking Department of Labour's Notice of
* Says move will eliminate loss of skilled
overseas recruits, plus time and cost, while also
encouraging Bahamian firms to recruit locally

Tribune Business Editor
Senior government ministers
appear "warm" to an idea pro-
posed by the Bahamas Employers
Confederation's (BECon) presi-
dent that companies seeking work
permits no longer have to fill in
the name of the expatriate they
wish to hire before obtaining'the
necessary Department of Labour
certificate, a move that will save
them time, bureaucracy and mon-

SEE page 4B

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Symonette McCartney

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Revealed: Key tax

evasion techniques

Tribune Business Editor
Numerous Bahamian compa-
nies are using US-based 'shell
firms' to submit falsified, under-
valued invoices that enable them
to evade import/stamp duties in
this nation, a businessman has
alleged, warning that some firms
may be escaping up to $6 million
in taxes per year.
Speaking to Tribune Business
on condition of anonymity, the
businessman gave several graph-
ic descriptions of the techniques
Bahamian businesses were able
to use to evade import/stamp
duties due to the Public Treasury,
all based around the practice of
submitting invoices to Customs
that undervalued import ship-
By using US 'shell' companies,
or sometimes operations that had
a physical presence, Bahamian
firms were able to use them to
order goods from US suppliers
before shipping them on to this
nation. The US 'shell' firms then
re-invoiced their Bahamian par-
ents, undervaluing the first cost
price for imported shipments into
the Bahamas.
"This provides them with the
ability to save on the import
duties for those goods, while also
allowing them to generate addi-
tional profits when they visit the
Bahamian bank with an inflated
invoice for the same goods. Now
they have a wonderful way to
save US dollars, and the fact is
that most people would rather
have a million US dollars than
million Bahamian dollars," the
businessman told Tribune Busi-

- Four-point data system urged to combat tax fraud

Businessman urges
Customs, bank,
Business Licence and
NIB tie-in to central
database as only way
to combat tax
evasion via

Giving an example of how such
a scheme worked, he said the
'shell' company would pay the
invoice, say for $10,000, to the
original US supplier, but gener-
ated an invoice to its Bahamian
counterpart for $2,000 or less.
Taking a hypothetical duty rate
of 35 per cent, plus 7 per cent
stamp tax, would give the
Bahamian company a $3,360 tax
savings given the difference
SEE page 4B

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Tribune Business Editorr
The Government has been urged to create a "central
database", and tie-in invoices submitted io Customs and
business purchases of foreign currency with information
held by the Business Licensing Authority and National
Insurance Board (NIB), as the only way to stop wide-
spread tax evasion through falsified invoices.
A businessman, in a letter sent to Tribune Business on
condition of anonymity, said that ensuring import
duty/stamp duty evasion via the practice of submitting
undervalued invoices "becomes less profitable and more
difficult" was "stupidly simple" if a central database was

undervalued invoices SEE page 5
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McKinney, Bancroft and Hughes, the
Bahamian law firm, has signed an agree-
ment with Oxford Business Group (OBG),
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tancy firm, to act as official legal research
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changes taking place in Bahamian laws, and
assist in the research and writing of the
legal section of The Report.
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perfectly placed to be able to provide ,the
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Bahamas' legal structures as the country
moves through this most exciting and
rewarding era.
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the highest standards of accuracy and
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Brian Moree, senior partner at McKin-
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specialised lawyers, who have extensive
experience and expertise in representing
and advising major multinational compa-
nies doing business in or through the
Bahamas, qualifies our firm for the role we
will fulfill in the production of OBG's pub-
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in this important project to make available
to interested persons in a single publica-
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need to do business in the Bahamas.
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part of a series rated as the premier guides
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Morton Salt '80% back to normal'

FROM page 1B
some semblance of normality. The company is the island's eco-
nomic anchor, directly employing some 60 per cent of the work-
force, with all other employment and businesses largely a spin-
off from that. Without Morton Salt, Inagua's economy as it is
known currently would die.
"The economy is back to normal," Mr Bannister told Tribune
"We went back to work four weeks after the storm, and every-
one has been working since then. The economy has returned
back to normal because of that.
"As soon as we got everyone back to work, things began to
pick up and turn around. All of October and November, the
employees have been working 40 hours per week, and some-
times more than that.
"We are the only major employer on the island. We had to
make a quick decision, as you can't have 150 people sitting at
home idle a month at a time, with bills to pay and children to
send to school.
"We thought that the best thing to do was to get everyone
back to work as soon as we can to keep the economy and society
up and on the level. Any longer, and society could have degener-
ate into a depression.
"We thought it was in the best interests of the company, the
employees and the community to get everyone back to work as
soon as possible, so that we didn't feel defeated. We took a big

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Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in dissolution, commencing on
the I11 h day of December, 2008. Articles of dissolution have been duly registered by the
Registrar. The Liquidator is Kyrene Kelly of Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having
claims against the above-named Company are required on or before the 166 day of
December, 2008 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
dithe benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.
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the I 1' day of December, 2008. Articles of d;,.'lirI.n hi,, bnt dul i4ittItit lbh. diL
Registrar. The Liquidator is Kyrene Kelty of Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having
claims against the above-named Company are required on or before the 16"' day of
December. 2008 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.
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More resort

lay-offs likely

following the

winter season

Tribune Business
The Bahamas will face a sig-
nificant number of challenges
in spring 2009 once the last of
the winter tourists depart, a
leading financial advisor
warned yesterday, predicting
that more hotel industry lay-
offs will take place at that
Greg Bethel, president of
Fidelity International Bank &
Trust, told West Nassau
Rotarians yesterday that the
economic crisis will last for at
least another 12-18 months,
and Bahamians need to
remain prudent for a signifi-
cant period of time.
"Round about February
and March of next year, when
the last of the winter tourists
return to America, we are
going to-have a significant
challenge in this country," Mr
Bethel said.
"And there will have been a
lot of people who would have
spent their redundancy pay-
ments, and the next round of
layoffs will begin, and we will
be very challenged during that
period- April, May, June, July.

"All of us have to be very
careful with our spending and
take advice and plan for the
next 18 months. Become
knowledgeable and know
what is happening inside your
country and outside your
Mr Bethel's words may
have been prophetic, with
sources suggesting that San-
dals Royal Bahamian & Spa
resort may today announce
the lay-off of between any-
where between 75 to 150 staff.
Meanwhile, Mr Bethel also
told Rotariana that now was
not the time to panic but to
exercise common sense .by
buying what was needed and
not wanted at least for the
next 12-18 months.
"Several of you have con-
nections in the real estate
industry. You know that for a
property valued at over a mil-
lion dollars we do have some
issues," Mr Bethel said.
"We don't have as many
buyers as we used to. Fortu-
nately, one thing we have in
the Bahamas, which is unique,
is that under a million dollars
the demand for housing is
greater than the supply, and
so that has been a positive
turn for the Bahamas that

they cannot enjoy in America
or in Europe. We still have
that demand and that is going
to keep our banks secure and
our economy solid, and cause
the Government to be able to
create jobs by expanding its
housing program and initia-
"This is not the time to be
borrowing unless you are
using the money to purchase
an asset that will increase in
value when the recession is
over or are using the funds to
consolidate your loans," Mr
Bethel added.
"Recessions are painful, but
they cleanse the system of
excesses and inefficiencies.
They also provide great
opportunities, because in
recessions, the price of every-
thing comes down, and so if
you have cash you have a
great opportunity to buy
assets that have fallen in value,
because after recession there
is a period of recovery when
the prices go back up."


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NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 19th December, 2008 after which
date the Executrix will proceed to distriLati
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
then shall then have had notice.

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between the two invoices.
"But remember that the uneth-
ical businessman will not want to
tip off his competition, so he
prices the goods at full-duty retail
prices," the business source said.
"This allows him to make
almost double profit at the selling
price for the identical goods as
his competition. But he is able to

have regular and significant sales
events compared to his competi-
tors, due to his extreme built in
profit margins."
Meanwhile, the US 'shell com-
pany' would submit a further
invoice to its Bahamian counter-
part, but this time for a higher
amount, say $15,000. This would
then be submitted to a Bahamian
bank when foreign currency was
sought to pay the overseas sup-
plier, allowing huge sums to leave

the Bahamas "unchecked".
"This allows a business to filter
extra profits out from the
Bahamas and, more importantly,
have it converted to US dollars
beforehand," the source said. "On
the other side (at the shell com-
pany), the extra monies are
received as some fictitious con-
solidating, consulting or other
type of bogus fees.
"The businessman's monies are
now clean in the US, and he also

Project: Sustainable Energy Framework for BEC
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Abstract: Provision of Consulting Services for the Development of the Energy
Sector Operation No. BH-T1012
Deadline: December 19, 2008

Invitation for Expressions of Interest

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (GOBH) has
applied for financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
toward the cost of the integrated assessment of the Energy Sector and to
establish a broad framework for the implementation of renewables into the
energy mix for the country. The anticipated total cost of the technical
cooperation program to be financed through the InfraFund is US$700,000.

The goal of this technical cooperation loan is to upgrade and strengthen
BEC's institutional, operational and financial capacity, providing alternatives
to minimize the Bahamas' dependency on fossil fuels. The purpose of the
project is to provide technical assistance to BEC to achieve financial and
operational sustainability and establish a strategy for BEC's expansion plan
including diversification of generating sources within the sector in'the

The consulting firm will be responsible for carrying out the following

(i) Assist BEC in improving its operational and financial management
including analyzing refinancing options, future financing needs for
expansion and financial viability of BEC's long term investments.
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with a view to determining Jhose areas and conditions that will benefit
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(ii) Review the existing generation mix of the Corporation and determine
the appropriate strategy, timetable, and technological parameters for
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undertaking of the assignment however, the-consulting team will be expected
to hold consultations with relevant stakeholders in the Family Islands.

The total duration of the implementation period of the consultancy is twelve
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from any member country of the IDB to submit their.expression of interest,
which must provide information establishing that they are qualified to
perform the described services. Consultants should summariz their (i)
general consulting experience; (ii) experience in Renewable Energy
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availability of appropriate skills among staff.

The Electronic file and Four (4) printed versions of the expression of
interest should be sent to the address below by December 19, 2008 at 1500
hours (Nassau, Bahamas time).

The expressions of interest will be evaluated based on the qualifications and
relevant experiences of the firm and the results will be used to prepare a
shortlist of no more than six consulting firms. The firms included in the
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he pays all of his bills on time), as
well as other benefits from the
scheme. On the Bahamian side,
he is able to pay all his bills, has a
great credit rating, advertise more
than his competitors......."
The businessman said another
method used to evade import
duties and stamp duties was the
"collection of US dollar cash or
traveller's cheques to be used for
the payment of imported goods".
"It is a common practice to
request of a customer that the
name on the travellers cheque be
left blank. This allows the busi-
ness owner to complete the trav-
ellers cheque at a later date using
a bogus name to allow deposit in
a US account or to even pay ven-

Ministers 'warm
FROM page 1B
Brian Nutt yesterday explained
to Tribune Business that the pro-
posal would not only save
Bahamian companies time, mon-
ey and uncertainty when seeking
to hire essential foreign labour,
but also make them "morere recep-
tive" to hiring qualified Bahami-
ans if they were able available.
Explaining how the work per-
mit process operated, the BECon
president said: "The current
process is that you have to iden-
tify the expatriate who will be fill-
ing that job vacancy when you
send ino o the Department of
Labour for the Notice of Vacan-
cy. I'm looking at it from the
point of view of Bahamian com-
panies that do not have interna-
tional networks, branches or sub-
sidiaries in other countries.
"Currently a Bahamian com-
pany would have to go out, locate
and hire an expatriate individual,
then see if they accept the job,
before beginning the process of
obtaining a Notice of Vacancy,
which takes four to six weeks to
get. Mr Nutt further explained:
"That Notice of Vacancy then
goes into the Department of
Immigration with the work per-
mit application, and that takes
another four to six weeks."
The long delay between the
time an expatriate worker was
hired and agreed to accept a
Bahamas-based job, and the time
an approved work permit came
through a period of up to three
months or more often caused
such hires to ultimately reject the

dors," the businessman said.
Finally, he described how
Bahamian businesses providing a
service to other companies in this
nation had established their own
methods for avoiding taxes.
As an example, he said: "A
company will present his potential
customers with an enticing offer,.
often portrayed as a 'favour'. It
tells its potential customer that it
will only charge the customer the
first cost and duties for the goods
to be installed, and only charge
for profit on the labour quoted.
"The customer is then supplied
with a quote for the equipment
required for the job. This quote is
compiled by a US vendor or local
service provider. However, the
prices quoted are not actual first

cost prices. Rather, they are
inflated prices, fabricated by the
service provider or foreign ven-
dor, who work in tandem togeth-
"In addition to this, the foreign
vendor provides a falsified invoice
to the Bahamian service provider
that displays grossly reduced val-
ues. This is then used for 'cus-
toms purposes', allowing the
Bahamian service provider to
avoid paying full duties. The ser-
vice provider then charges the
customer a hugely inflated landed
cost bill, consisting of the falsi-
fied inflated first-cost invoice
from the foreign vendor, and an
imaginary duty based on the
inflated first cost invoice."

to work permit reform proposal

post and move on. As a result,
Bahamian companies were
deprived of skilled labour criti-
cal to their smooth functioning
and profitability, impacting effi-
ciency and the overall economy's
performance. The cause? Unnec-
essary bureaucracy and delays.
Mr Nutt said: "The Bahamian
company trying to hire individuals
from out of the country, after they
accept the job and ask when they
can start, if often takes three
months before they can. Many
times, that individual has moved
on and is no longer available."
The BECon president said he
had proposed that "the require-
ment is not to list the name of
the person to fill the job on the
Notice of Vacancy. The sugges-
tion, was they just put on the
Notice of Vacancy that no
Bahamian is available to do the
job at this time".
Doing that would allow
Bahamian companies to conduct
their search for expatriate execu-
tives after the Notice of Vacancy
had come through, shortening the
time between job acceptance and
work permit issue, and expediting
the whole process..
In addition, Mr Nutt said
reforming the Notice of Vacancy
process would also enable
Bahamian companies to have
more time to tap into the Depart-
ment of Labour's database, and
see whether a qualified Bahamian
might be available.
"From a Bahamian company's
perspective, getting the Notice of
Vacancy before having to go out
of the country to recruit will cause
all businesses to be more rncep-

tive to hiring local people,
because they will not have to
spend money, time and resources
hiring out of the country. If the
Employment Exchange has a
qualified candidate available, they
will not have to go to that trouble
and expense."
Dionisio D'Aguilar, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president, said Branville
McCartney, minister of state for
immigration, and Brent Symon-
ette, minister of foreign affairs
and deputy prime minister, had
been very receptive to Mr Nutt's
proposal when they met with the
business community earlier this
week. There's definitely an eager-
ness on the part of the Govern-
ment to deal with the backlog of
work permit applications, and
there was emphasis on them pro-
cessing as many applications as
possible. They emphasized they
were processing those complet-
ed work permit applications with-
in a month," Mr D'Aguilar said.
He added that he pushed the
ministers to set specific time peri-
ods for processing different cate-
gories of work permits, urging
that those with attached fees of
$5,000 or more be processed
more rapidly in 20 days -
because they were for the likes
of chief executives, investors and
senior managers whose views of
the Bahamas might be clouded if
the process took too long.
The Chamber president sug-
gested that work permits with
$5,000 or less be processed with-
in 60 days, but the Government,
did "not warm" to that sugges-

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Four-point data

system urged to

combat tax fraud

FROM page 1B

crea ed, with information
obtained from four areas.
With all entry points exclu-
sive, and no one in one area
able to access data from anoth-
er, those administered the cen-
tral database would be perfect-
ly placed to "review, evaluate
and report" to the Government
and relevant authorities sus-
pected instances of tax evasion.
All Customs entry points tp
the Bahamas would be inter-
linked to this database, the busi-
nessman said, as would all
Bahamian commercial banks.
The banks, he suggested, would
enter data on foreign currency
purchases made by businesses
to pay overseas suppliers for
goods and services rendered.
This would allow the Gov-
ernment authorities to compare
invoices submitted to Customs.
with those handed to the banks,
allowing them to detect when
companies were ordering sub-
stantially more foreign currency
than required to pay for import
Then, a third data entry point
would be the Business Licence
Authority. "Data would be
entered in the database for
comparative purposes only, and
allow a final analysis of a com-
pany's reported cost of goods
(which will never match exactly,
but which should be somewhat
similar in a 12-month period),
and comparison to the compa-
ny's turnover for the same
year," the businessman said.
"This also would allow for a
comparative analysis of that
company and others in the same
Then, the final step in the
process would be NIB, as simi-
lar businesses of a similar size
should be making roughly equal
payments to NIB. "If a compa-
ny has low imports and or sales,
yet has a high NIB total pay-
ment in comparison to its com-
petitors in the same industry,
then it should be obvious some-
thing is suspicious, or at least
warrants more detailed com-
parisons of that company," the
businessman suggested.
Explaining how the system
would work in practice, he told
Tribune Business: "The
Bahamian businessman or
woman purchases goods from
a supp'' r in the US. When the
goods arrive at the port of entry,
an invoice accompanies the
goods and is submitted to Cus-
"The Customs Officers check
the shipment and enter the data
into the database. The infor-
mation includes: the local com-
pany's name, the supplier's
identification (each vendor hav-
ing been assigned a specific indi-
vidual identification code), the
supplier's name, invoice num-
ber, invoice date, and declared
"Once the goods have been
cleared, the Bahamian busi-
nessman or woman must pay
the supplier. This involves a trip
to the bank, where the following
details are entered by bank per-
sonnel into the database: the
Bahamian company's name, the
supplier's identification (each
vendor having been assigned a
specific individual identification
code), the supplier's name,
invoice number, invoice date,
and declared value.
"At the end of the year or
cycle, a company's purchase and
import information is analysed
using the same database. It will
be very obvious whether there
has been any falsification or
cheating. The Bahamian com-
pany has to pay the US supplier,
so the payment amounts
requested should always match
the value of the imported goods
for the same invoice, other than
shortages or overages (which
would also have supporting doc-
umentation if needed by cus-
"In addition, reports can be
run to evaluate any disparities
between import values and pay-
ment values, as well as provid-
ing extremely useful informa-
tion for the business licence
authorities, who are frequently
cheated of revenue."
And the businessman added:
"At some point throughout this
system, it will become practi-
cally impossible for .a business
owner to conceal their efforts
to avoid full import duty pay-
ments, allowing their activities
to rise to the surface.
"The proposed system will

"Without a
doubt the
would receive
some extremely
well formulated
yet simplistic,
also make any effort on the part
of the criminal businessman to
track and conceal their own ille-
gal activity so logistically com-
plex and time-consuming, that
the database system becomes
'an imposing deterrent to would-
be defrauders.
"But, most importantly, you
are effectively choking off their
easy access to safe and cost-
effective ways to transfer vast
sums of cash via the normal
banking system. Most will be
forced to revert to what some of
the small-time offenders cur-
rently do, by using human cash
smugglers. This exposes them
to extreme risk, both financial-
ly and physically, which in effect
will deter a good amount of per-
sons from continuing such prac-
The businessman told Tri-

bune Business that for the sys-
tem to work, and truly crack
down on tax evasion, Bahamian
commercial bank managers and
account executives would need
to monitor the use of credit
cards used by businesses to pay
for high-valhe transactions.
And he added: "This data-
base system is not a complex
problem. It is a simple solution.
There is a multitude of IT com-
panies, programmers and others
that could easily devise and cre-
ate such a system (Linux-based),
and maintain it, ensuring that
simplicity is guaranteed
throughout the system from the
backbone to the user interface.
"This really is not difficult
and would be a stable, reliable
system. This system would have
automatic fallback mode for
sites if they went down at any
point, and once Internet con-
nections are restored the data-
base would auto update all nec-
essary files. This project c6uld
be put to tender. Without a
doubt the government would
receive some extremely well
formulated yet simplistic, reli-
able solutions.
"There are a. few more ways
to help tighten the ropes around.
this issue, but at least the ideas
presented should offer a good
starting point to sealing the
major holes that exists in our
current system."

NOTICE is hereby given that DESHOMMES NICKES
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 12TH day of DECEMBER 2008
to the Minister responsible for, Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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.

C.N796 I


Tender for Licensed Contractors to Paint
Government Clinics New Providence:

Coconut Grove Clinic
Ann's Town Clinic
Adolescent Health Center

Fox Hill Clinic

Stephen Dillet Dental Clinic

Exterior Painting
Exterior Painting
Exterior Painting
& Boundary Wall
Interior & Exterior
Painting, Tiling &

Tender Documents and Scope of Work can be
picked up at the Department of Public Health
Ministry of Health Building, Meeting Street, First
Floor (Administrator's Office) between 9:00am to
4:00pm., Monday to Friday. Deadline for
submission is Monday, 15th December, 2008.


shortlist will subsequently be invited to present technical and economical
proposals on the basis of a request for proposals (RFP) mailed to them, which
would include the detailed terms of reference.

Interested Consulting Firms may obtain further information at the address
below during office hours (0900 to 1700).

BEST Commission
Ministry of The Environment
P.O. Box N 7132
Nassau Court, West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel. 322-4546 or 322-2576.
Fax. 326-3509
E-mail: bestnbs@hotmail.com


Project: Promoting Sustainable Energy in the Bahamas
Sector: Energy Sector
Abstract: Provision of Consulting Services for the Promotion of
Sustainable Energy in The Bahamas
Operation No. BH-T1016
Deadline: December 19. 2008

Invitation for Expressions of Interest

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (GOBH) has applied
for financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) toward the
cost of achieving Energy Efficiency ("EE") in public buildings, residential
sector and commercial sectors, and implementing demonstration projects.
The anticipated total cost of the technical cooperation program to be financed
through the SECCI is US$750.000.

The goal of this technical cooperation grant is to promote and support
sustainable energy, including Renewal Energy (RE), EE, Waste to Energy
("WE") and energy conservation programs in order to ensure sustainable
development in The Bahamas, providing alternatives to minimize the
dependency on fossil fuels.

The consulting firms will be responsible for carrying out the following

COMPONENT I Design and Implementation of a National Energy
Efficiency Program: The goal of the energy efficiency program as set out
in the draft National Energy Policy is to reduce the fuel needed to generate
electrical energy by increasing efficiency in a number of areas ranging
from use of solar water heaters, increasing building energy efficiency,
and more efficient lighting and cooling.

COMPONENT II Assessment of RE potential in The Bahamas: The
RE resources vary significantly between islands based on location and
size This component will assess RE sources through (a) Design of solar
energy assessment initiative; (b) Design of a wind monitoring assessment
initiative; (c) Design and implementation of a bioenergy research,
development and demonstration programme; (d) Ocean Thermal Energy
conversion ("OTEC") potential assessment programme.

COMPONENT III Development of WE Projects: (i) identify the solid
waste stream on Grand Bahama and New Providence islands to determine
quantities and periodicity to assess its potential as fuel for power generation;
(ii) identify the best suited technology that would generate maximum
economic benefit for a WE plant (integrated solid waste and energy
generation plant); (iii) assess the quantity, composition and flow of land
fill gas that could be developed from the old dump at Harrold Road Landfill
and whether the quantity of gas could be feasibly converted into power;
(iv) evaluate the economic viability of a power generation facility that
would operate on a combination of land fill gas biogass generated in the
facility either in the land fill or WE plant) and solid waste derived fuel;
(v) assess. and :prepare, report on theopptential of solid waste from the
Family Islands, to be used as waste demived fuel for the New Providence
WE plant; (vi) review of current environment policies and regulations to
identify what changes would be needed for the establishment of WE
Component IV- This component will assist MOTE, BEST and BEC
to strengthen their technical and institutional capacity, facilitating
the transfer of technology and information, as well as implementing
a long-term public education and awareness strategy for sustainable
energy in the country. It will also comprise workshop to validate and
disseminate the findings of this TC and develop communication and
participation strategies during project implementation.

The consulting firms will normally be based in Nassau, Bahamas. Throughout
the undertaking of the assignment.however, the consultants will be expected
to hold consultations with relevant stakeholders in the Family Islands.

The total duration of the implementation period of the consultancies is twelve
(12) months.

The Ministry of The Environment (MTE) now invites eligible consultants
from any member country of the IDB to submit their expression of interest,
which must provide information establishing that they are qualified to perform
the described services. Bidders should indicate in their Expression of Interest
for which project components they are applying.

Consulting Firms should summarize their (i) general consulting experience;
(ii) experience in the implementation of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy
and Waste to Energy projects; (iii) working experience in Caribbean countries
similar to The Bahamas; (iv) Experience in institutional strengthening and
communication strategies in the energy sector (v) availability of appropriate
skills among staff,

The Electronic file and Four (4) printed versions of the expression of
interest should be sent to the address below by December 19, 2008 at 1500
hours (Nassau, Bahamas time).

The expressions of interest will be evaluated based on the qualifications and
relevant experiences of the firm and the results will be used to prepare a
shortlist of no more than six consulting firms.' The firms included in the



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Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 28th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 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
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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




Resort needs $50m

capital injection

FROM page 1B

lion of new capital needs to be
put into the project, and that's
not for vertical development,
but to upgrade the marina, land-
scaping, restaurants, the
entrance to bring the whole pro-
ject up to par.
."We also made a proposal to
assume the management, which
would save Mitsui a consider-
able amount."
However, Mr Clabaugh said
the Japanese insurer, which
became Emerald Bay's main
creditor by virtue of
insuring/guaranteeing the orig-
inal construction loan, was "not
quite ready" to effectively take'
a back seat and become a junior
partner in the resort venture.
In many respects, the inter-
ests and agendas of the
receivers/Mitsui and the slip
owners, property investors and
Grand Isle Villas are at odds.
The former wants to save mon-

ey being lost in subsidising the
marina's operations by closing
it, and selling the resort for the
maximum price possible, while
the latter want to enjoy what
they have paid for, exercise
their rights and develop the
property in accordance with the
original plans.
Mr Clabaugh said the Emer-
ald Bay was now open, and all
staff back in position.


Yet in a sense it was still
closed, because all incoming
boat business booked for the
Christmas/New Year period
had been cancelled, and no
efforts were being made to mar-
ket the facility.
Just three boats remained in
the Emerald Bay marina, Mr
Clabaugh said, and the impact
of its closure and current status
was "devastating" for both his
resort and Emerald Bay.
"It's the activity centre. It's

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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



Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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



the centre of great interest. It's
like the Atlantis marina. You've
got huge boats in there," Mr
Clabaugh added. "It's a world
class marina with huge boats in
there, with deep draughts."
To date, he said Grand Isle
Villas had sold 47 of its 78 con-
dotel units, leaving 31 on the
market. Grand Isle's 12-acre
property, which is separate from
Emerald Bay and has different
ownership, has been fully built-
out, with condotels going from
$350 per night for one bedroom
up to $6,000 per night in the
penthouse during the holiday
In his supporting affidavit to
obtain the injunction, filed with
the Supreme Court, Mr Beasley
expressed fears that the mari-
na closure was "the first step in
this downward spiral" that
could lead to the closure of the,
Four Seasons resort itself, with
about 600 jobs placed in jeop-
He alleged: "Since the incep-
tion of Emerald Bay, 64 resi-
dential lots have been sold, 18
Four Seasons residences have
been sold, over 50 marina slips
have been sold, and numerous
yacht and social club member-
ships have been sold.
"Without swift action to
change the defendant's present
course, Emerald Bay will quick-
ly become a cautionary tale
against anyone buying property
in Bahamian resort develop-

ments or investing capital in
new developments. '
In the midst of this extreme-
ly difficult economic time this
would have a devastating effect
on the property owners at
Emerald Bay and the ability of
Bahamian projects to attract
foreign direct investment.


"It would also result in com-
plete closure of the property,
the direct loss of over 600 jobs
between Four Seasons, the golf
course, marina, and Grand Isle
with, of course, many more jobs
lost island-wide from the lack
of tourists coming to Exuma."
As for the marina itself, Mr
Beasley alleged: "The closure
will have a devastating effect
on the ongoing operation of
Emerald Bay, violate the rights
of existing slip owners and
severely diminish the property
values for owners of the resi-
dential lots at Marina Beach
and Ocean Ridge, and the own-
ers of other development tracts
at Emerald Bay.
"The defendants and have
failed .......to fulfill their oblig-
ations of Master Developer for
the development of the Emer-
ald Bay Resort, with no regard
for the impact of their actions
on the economy of Exuma and
the international reputation of
the Bahamas."

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 27th day of November2008. 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 27th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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



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A $14 billion auto industry
bailout bill stalled in the Senate
on Thursday, and Republicans
demanded upfront concessions
from the United Auto Workers as
the price for support needed for
.passage, according to the Associ-
ated Press.
UAW officials were in talks
with key Republicans* and
Democrats at the Capitol,
although it wasn't clear what, if
any, givebacks the union was will-
ing to discuss.
The developments unfolded
after Senate Republican leader
Mtch McConnell of Kentucky
joined other GOP lawmakers in
* announcing.his opposition to a
White House-backed bill that was
approved by the House on
Wednesday. He called for an
alternative that would reduce the
wages and benefits of the Big
,Three automakers to bring them
in line with those paid by Japan-
ese carmakers Nissan, Toyota and
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the
sponsor of that proposal, was in
closed-door meetings with UAW
officials and Democratic Sen.
Chris Dodd of Connecticut, the
Banking Committee chairman, to
see if it could be modified to win
the support of Democrats, who
count labor unions among their
strongest political allies.
A growing number of Repub-
licans and Democrats were turn-
ing against the House-passed bill
itself the product of hard-
fought negotiations between the



AUTO EXECUTIVES, from left, General Motors Chief Executive Officer Richarc
Gettelfinger, Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, and Chrysler Chief E
li testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, before a Se
ing on the auto industry bailout.

Bush White House and congres-
sional Democrats despite
urgent entreaties from' both Pres-
ident George W. Bush and Pres-
ident-elect Barack Obama for
quick action to spare the econo-
my the added pain of a potential
automaker collapse.
The. rescue plan would speed
emergency short-term loans to
cash-starved General Motors
Corp. and Chrysler LLC.
Ford Motor Co. would be eli-
gible as well but has said it has
enough cash to survive without
federal help. The measure would
create a Bush-appointed overseer
- a kind of "car czar" to dole
out :the money but also with

authority to yank it back if the
carmakers didn't cut quick deals
with their unions and creditors,
among others, to restructure.
McConnell said that measure
"isn't.nearly tough enough."
Pushing to convert skeptics in
both parties, Democrats agreed
to drop at least one unrelated
provision that threatened to sink
the measure, a congressional offi-
cial said. They eliminated a pay
raise for federal judges after
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill
of Missouri, who represents an
automobile manufacturing state,
announced she would oppose the
carmaker aid unless that provi-
sion was removed. Supporters



d Wagoner, UAW President Ron
executive Officer Robert Nardel-
Bnate Banking Committee hear-

had an uphill battle pressing the
rescue package on a bailout-
fatigued Congress particularly
a measure designed to span the
administrations of a lame-duck
president and his successor.
Forced together by growing
economic turmoil, the incoming
and outgoing presidents were
united in pressing hard for swift
In Chicago, Obama told
reporters that an industry shut-
down would have a "devastating
ripple effect" on the already
ragged economy. Earlier, just
after the Labor Department
reported new applications for job-
less benefits were at their highest

WORKERS leave the Chrysler TrJck Assemoly plant in Warren, Mich.,
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. Prospects for a $14 billion auto industry res-
cue bill dimmed Thursday amid growing opposition in both parties; and
despite urgent appeals by Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

level in 26 years, White House
Press Secretary Dana Perino said
the country couldn't afford an
auto industry meltdown.
On Capitol Hill, patience was
wearing thin as the clock ticked
down on the current Congress.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the
majority leader, called for swift
separate votes Thursday on com-
promise legislation backed by
Democrats and the White House
as well as the GOP proposal.
If not, he promised a test vote
Friday morning to force a final
up-or-down decision within days.
"We have danced this tune
long enough," Reid declared.
But many Republicans

remained staunchly opposed to
the rescue, and some Democrats
were ill or absent from the emer-
gency, postelection congressional
session. Supporters of the bailout
acknowledged that in this sce-
nario, getting the needed 60 votes
to pass it would be very difficult.
"It's a challenge for us, but
we're working as hard as we can
and I would just say it's very
close," said Sen. Debbie
Stabenow, D-Mich.
Republicans were directly chal-
lenging Bush, arguing that any
support for the domestic auto
industry should carry significant,
specific concessions from
autoworkers and creditors.

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Trade deficit increases

unexpectedly in October

Global recession hits sales of US products


America's trade deficit rose
unexpectedly in October as the
global recession dampened sales
of U.S. products in foreign mar-
kets and the volume of oil
imports surged, according to the
Associated Press.
Analysts, however, saw the
increase as a momentary blip
in a trend dominated by reces-
sion that should lower the
deficit significantly in the com-
ing year.
The trade deficit rose to $57.2
billion in October from $56.6
billion in September, the Com-
merce Department reported
Analysts had expected the
deficit to decline to $53.5 bil-
lion on lower oil prices.
But a record spike in the vol-
ume of oil imports surprised
economists and overwhelmed a
record drop in crude oil prices.
So far this year, the U.S. trade
deficit is running at an annual
rate of $709.1 billion, up slight-
ly from last year's imbalance of
$700.3 billion.
Last year's decline in the
deficit came after the trade
imbalance had set record highs
for five straight years.
Analysts said the deficit is
likely to decline significantly in
2009, reflecting a severe reces-
sion in this country that will cut
into consumer demand for for-
eign goods.
Continued weakness in oil
prices, which have fallen by
about $100 per barrel since hit-
ting a record at $147 in July,
also should help bring down the
trade imbalance.
David Wyss, chief economist
at Moody's Economy.com, said
the deficit in the current
account, the broadest measure
of trade, could be cut in half
next year as long as oil prices do
not rise unexpectedly.
Besides oil, another big wild
card is how severe the recession
gets in America's major over-
seas markets.
Europe and Japan are going
through major slowdowns that

"The trade
deficit with
China is not a
product of


Scott Paul

will cut into sales of U.S.
exports, which had been the
American economy's standout
performer for over a year.
For October, exports of
goods and services dropped by
2.2 percent to $151.7 billion It
marked the third consecutive
month that exports had
After hitting an all-time high
in July, exports have now fallen
to the lowest level since then.

The October decline reflected
weaker sales for American farm
products such as corn, wheat
and meat, and widespread
declines in manufactured goods
including aircraft, semiconduc-
tors and heavy machinery.
Economists said the big drop
in commercial aircraft partly
reflected the lingering effects
of a strike at Boeing Co. and
should not be repeated in com-
ing months.
Imports fell by 1.3 percent in
October to $208.9 billion, led
by a $921 million decline in
imports of autos and auto parts
as foreign car companies are
being hit by the same downturn
that has sent Ford Motor Co.,
General Motors Corp. and
Chrysler LLC to Congress in
search of bailout support.
While the average price for'
crude oil fell by a record
amount, the total oil bill rose
by 3 percent to $37.7 billion on
the spike in the v9lume of

imports. The politically sensi-
tive deficit with China jumped
to a record $28 billion in Octo-
ber as imports of toys, comput-
ers and televisions surged.
However, with the U.S. and
much of the rest of the world
now in a recession, China's
export-led growth is beginning
to falter, raising fears that rising
job layoffs at Chinese factories
could trigger political unrest
among displaced workers in the
world's fourth largest economy.
President-elect Barack Oba-
ma was highly critical of the
Busfi administration's trade
policies during his campaign,
pledging to be tougher in
enforcing protections for Amer-
ican workers.
That stance could mean more
unfair trade cases brought
against China, sometL.ng that
organized'labor and other
groups have been pushing for.
"The trade deficit with China
is not a product of market
forces," said Scott P ,ul, the
executive director of the
Alliance for American Manu-
facturing, a partnership of man-
ufacturing companies and the
United Steelworkers.
"It is the result of Beijing's
mercantilist policies and Wash-
ington's unwillingness to
On Wednesday, the Bush
administration criticized China
for slowing the pace at which
its currency was rising in value
against the dollar, but
announced that it had decided
not to cite China as a currency
A citation would have trig-
gered negotiations between the
two nations.
That decision upset Ameri-
can manufacturers who believe
that China's undervalued cur-
rency is the key reason for the
record trade gap between the
two countries.
A cheaper yuan makes Chi-
nese goods less expel ive for
American consumers and U.S.
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Times Union
ALBANY, N.Y. Some-
times, Santa gets a little car-
ried away, and so he's consid-
erably less jolly when the Visa
bill shows up in January.
The snow, the holiday
music, the sugar high from all
those cookies might have put
you in such a festive mood
when you were making your
kids' gift lists that you forgot
to let the rational part of your
brain check them twice.:
So we asked parents to help
us answer this question: How
do you keep the holiday gift-
giving under control?
Mary Beth Farr Three
children, ages 4, 6 and 8
We have the unfortunate
situation that all three kids'
birthdays are within one mon-
th's time, with Christmas in
the middle. We have a deluge
of gifts coming into our house
like a tsunami. It really is a bit
out of control, especially when
you add in the expense of
birthday parties. We also
make our annual trip to visit
the in-laws in Ohio during the
winter school break, so it all
gets a bit frenetic and hectic.
With all of the swag glitter-
ing around them, it would
seem that my kids couldn't
keep track of individual gifts
and gift givers, but they
absolutely know. We are for-
tunate that they have not yet
asked for anything dangerous,
distasteful or pricey. Each par-
ent must also take individual
shopping trips with each child
to make sure their lists to buy
for other people are complete.
It can be fun, but time-con-

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My best advice is to buy
presents early and enjoy the
rest of the season, but this
isn't always possible with
young kids who change their
requests frequently!
Jason Crane Two
children, ages 5 and 2
We don't have a lot of mon-
ey, so we've had to be careful
about holiday spending and
more importantly, careful
about our kids' expectations
of what the holidays mean.
Unlike a lot of people, we
don't have the religious tradi-
tions to fall back on, so we've
tried to focus on similar secu-
lar messages about a time for
family and friends and enjoy-
ing the company of the people
we love.
However, all of that beauti-
ful sentimentality exists in the
middle of the ocean of our
McCulture. Bernie is into
Pokemon and likes playing
games on the computer, and
he wants a PlayStation and ...
and ... and ... and!
John's too young for all that
yet, but his day will come.
One of my favourite Christ-
mas photos is a picture of
Bernie taking an orange out of
his stocking. He looks so excit-
ed, with a radiant smile on his
face as he holds his orange up
in the air. He got some other

plastic stuff with batteries that
year, too, and the usual moun-
tain of toys from his grandpar-
ents, but I always hold onto
that image of the little boy
with the orange. And I strive
to remind him and myself
- of the simple pleasures of
the holidays.
Margaret Norton -
Triplets, age 9
The motto in our house
since the kids were born has
been, "Santa doesn't have
deep pockets." Meaning that
the bigger-ticket presents are
gifts from Mommy and Dad-
I didn't want them to think
that whatever I ask Santa for I
will get it. Last year, we went
to Walt Disney World at the
beginning of December, which
was our big family gift.
This year, the kids want to
join ski club and take lessons,
so that will be a big part of the
Mommy/Daddy gift. Skiing
involves so many extras, we
will also ask the grandparents
to give things like snow pants
and helmets.
I have really tried hard to
teach the kids the meaning of
Christmas, and that it isn't just
a day you get gifts. Being
active in church has grounded
our whole family in knowing
the true meaning of Christ-

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in January...

Start some family traditions.
Each year, we go to the tree
farm and cut down a tree.
Making little gifts for people
has also become a tradition.
The kids look forward to
those traditions as much as'
opening gifts.
Cher Joseph Two
children, ages 16 and 9
When the holidays come
around, I have taken notice
lately that in many different
ways, advertisements have a
way of getting into our chil-
dren's conscious and uncon-
scious minds whether they will
it or not.
We can all relate to com-
mercials and ads that suggest
we need more things in order
to blecome-more beautiful,
more popular or successful, a
better parent, or happier for
the sake of our families and
our children. So what do you
Jean and I set limits and
keep to a gift budget. Christo-

pher and Natalie are allowed
to make a wish list for the hol-
idays, especially around
I find that it is wise to pur-
chase things for our family
and children in quality, not
quantity. Many of us can
relate to purchasing things
that we don't need. We all can
relate in justifying just about
anything that we want. Ameri-
ca today has become so
expensive, and some of us will
find that it is almost impossi-
ble to live and take care of our
The only solution I can
think of is to start taking per-
sonal responsibility to practice
being more aware and consci-
entious to know the difference
of what our children want and
what our children really need
during the holidays.
Jeffrey Stone Two
children, ages 21 and 23
My wife and I have an infor-
mal but time-honoured tradi-
tion when it comes to gift-giv-

ing during the holiday season:
We never spend more than we
can afford. As a banker, I
think this is a good rule for all
families. You don't want to
pay interest on gifts. We set a
budget and use cash, or we
limit credit card purchases to
amounts we know we will be
able to pay off in full when
our January statements arrive.
Because our kids are older
now, what we give them has
changed. We don't have a
wish list to guide us anymore.
Still, as we have always done,
we try to give them gifts that
they can use, gifts that are
practical. Of course, when
they were young, we had to
balance the practical gifts with
the fun and whimsical gifts.
Fortunately, our kids were
almost always reasonable in
. their requests. Or maybe it's
the fact that the gifts that were
cool when my kids were young
were more reasonable. Either
way, the limits were set by our
consistent, year-by-year
approach to not go overboard.

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Don't let the 'crazy holiday rush'

stress you this Christmas season

B rowsing through stores, enjoy-
ing the holly jolly spirit of the
season and the .allure of
Christmas decorations is a joy that can
be shared by the entire family. When it
comes to selecting the perfect gift for
family and friends, however, things can
become a bit hectic.
By planning your day of holiday
shopping though, you can move at your
pace and not be affected by the crazy
holiday rush that seems to come every
Eat right, stay focused
Before an intense day of shopping
ensure that you have a good meal, and
ensure that you are in a good mood,
says Susan Glinton, senior buyer at
Kelly's Home Centre.
"Doing shopping is a joy I must say,
but it can also get tiresome. Before
doing any Christmas shopping you
should have a very good meal. Not
only should you have a good meal, but
you should also be in a very good
mood. If you are not in a good mood
then you should plan another day to do
your holiday shopping because you
won't be able to experience the joy of
Christmas spending," she said.
Slow and steady wins the race
Patience, Ms Glinton added, is also a
must. Remember it is the Christmas
season, which means more traffic and
longer lines, so if you intend to do your
Christmas shopping on weekends or
during the evenings, expect to see huge
crowds and long lines.
She suggests shopping in the morn-
ing rather than in the evening espe-
cially when shopping at Kelly's Home
Centre. "Mornings are the best time
to shop. You are much fresher in the
mornings, your head is much lighter.
There are also less crowds in the morn-
ings especially here at the store. If you
choose to do holiday shopping in the
evenings, on weekends, or-after work,
you'd better be ready to fight the
crowd and the traffic, because we are
often crowded during that time," she
Don't bust your budget
During the holidays many women
may be tempted to go on a shopping
splurge. To ensure that you don't over

spend this Christmas season make a
list of the number of persons who you
intend to buy gifts for, set out a budget
and stick to it.
Bob Stevenson, general manager of
the Mall at Marathon, said that it's not
only a good idea to plan a budget, but
to also look for bargains or for items on
sale in the stores. "Planning a budget is
very helpful if you .are not looking to
spend much money this holiday, espe-
cially considering the upset in the econ-
omy. You should also look for dis-
counts, bargains and sale promotions.
During the Christmas there are always
special sales and discounts, so try to
buy items that are on sale" Mr Steven-
son said:
Shopping for the kids,
Children enjoy the magical moments
of the Christmas season to, especially

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

Before buying a gift, think about
the things the child likes
Select a toy that is age appropriate.
You don't want to buy a toy that is
too advanced for the child. This is very
important because toys that are for
older kids can be dangerous for
younger children. Having a toy that
your child d6es not understand and
finds difficult to operate takes the fun
out of it. This principle also applies to
toys/gifts for older children. If you buy
a child a toy and he or she is too old
for, they are likely to become bored
and the gift would not be appreciat-
If parents are doing Christmas
shopping at the Mall, they must keep
children near. Children tend to stray
away often and with huge crowds they
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What does he want for Christmas?
Many women agree that shopping
for the men in their lives can be diffi-
cult sometimes it seems that even he
doesn't know what he wants.
When shopping for a man, whether it
is your dad, brother, uncle or signifi-
cant other you must know what type of
man he is in order to buy that special
gift that will put a smile on his face.
said Dale Duncomb, general manager
at Solomon's SuperCentre.
"When you are shopping for men
you must know what type of guy he
is. For instance if he is a guy who likes
to cook then think about buying him a
gift that he can use while cooking. Or if
he is guy who is always fascinated with
electronics then buy him something
electronic, it is a gift that he would
appreciated. In our store you are sure
to find a gift at a reasonable price," he
When at work keep it impersonal
Finding an appropriate gift for a
male or female colleague can definite-
ly be a challenge, keeping in mind that
you don't want to get personal with
your gift ideas.
If you and your colleague are not
close friends then you should try not to
purchase gifts like clothing or jewellery.
Try to be a bit general in your gift
"If you don't know your colleague
very well then you could buy them
something like crystal. Crystal is a great
gift and here at Kelly's we have a wide
variety of crystal at very reasonable
prices. If you are close to your col-
league then you can buy something
like a fragrance basket," Ms Glinton
Mr Stevenson suggests purchasing
gift certificates which come in all
denominations, as well tickets to see a
movie. According to him, these make
great gifts for a colleague.
Everyone enjoys the satisfaction and
pleasure that giving the right gift
brings. So remember, wear the proper
shoes, put on the proper mood, know
the people that you are buying for and
your holiday shopping will be com-
fortable, heartwarming, and very
NB: THIS article appeared in The
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Annual Gifts for Guns programme

hauls in record number of weapons

Associated Press Writer
programme to exchange guns
for gifts has brought in a record
number of weapons this year as
residents hit hard by the econ-
omy look under the bed and in
closets to find items to trade for
The annual Gifts for Guns
programme wound down Sun-
day in Compton, a working
class city south of Los Angeles
that has long struggled with gun
and gang violence. In a pro-
gramme similar to ones in New
York and San Francisco, the
Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department allows residents to
anonymously relinquish
firearms in return for $100 gift
cards for Ralphs supermarkets,
Target department stores or
Best Buy electronics stores.
Turning in assault rifles yields
double that amount.
In years past, Target and Best
Buy were the cards of choice,
with residents wanting presents
for the holidays.
This year, most asked for the
supermarket cards, said
Sergeant Byron Woods.
"People just don't have the
money to buy the food these
days," he said.
Deputies expected to collect
about 1,000 weapons this year.
Authorities said 590 guns and
two hand grenades were hand-
ed in during the last weekend in
November, more than the total
collected in any year and eclips-
ing last year's 387 guns.
Compton*s violent history has
been chronicled in such gangsta
rap albums as NWA's "Straight
Outta Compton." But Woods
said most of the residents who
turned in weapons were "fami-
ly people."
"One guy said he had just got
laid off from his job," Woods
said. "He turned in five guns
and said it would really help
him to put food on the family's
Gun owners dropped their
weapons off at a local grocery

LOS ANGELES County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Gordon (right) and colleagues examine and process weapons in Compton, California. The sheriff's department completed its annual Gifts for Guns
programme in Compton, where residents could anonymously relinquish firearms in return for a $100 gift card for Best Buy, Target or.Ralphs...

store parking lot. Deputies
checked the weapons to see if
they had been used in crimes,
then destroyed the 1.

The annual drive started in
2005 after a spike in killings,
though the murder rate had
since dropped.

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hands of gangbangers, they
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minutes," Woods said. "Our



biggest fear is a house getting
burglarized and these guns get-
ting taken."
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truly original
holiday gift,
one that could
bestow a bit of immortality on a
loved one or a friend?
'If so, Purdue University has the
goods: The school is auctioning the
naming rights to seven newly dis-
covered bats and two turtles. Win-
ning bidders will be able to link a
relative, friend or themselves to an
animal's scientific name for the ages.
The first of the nine auctions began
Monday, when the school put up for
grabs the naming rights to a tiny gold

and black insect-munching bat found
in Central America.
The winning bidder will be
announced just before Christmas,
said John Bickham, a Purdue pro-
fessor of forestry and natural
resources who discovered or co-dis-
covered the nine species.
He expects the auctions to attract
wide interest, with the chance to
include 'a person's Latinized name
in a new species' scientific name a
tradition that dates to the mid-18th
"Unlike naming a building or
something like that, this is much
more permanent. This will last as
long as we have our society," he said
Bickham said the first bat whose

naming rights are up for auction is a
member of a group of little yellow
bats that live in tropical lowlands
from Mexico south to Brazil.
That flying mammal is the smallest
bat so far discovered in Central
America, weighing about 3 grams.

"We're talking about a bat that
weighs less than a teaspoon full of
water," said Bickham, director of
Purdue's Center for the Environ-
The nine species were found in
recent years by Bickham and col-
leagues in remote areas of Mexico,
Central America, South America and

Africa. Bickham said he expects sig-
nificant bids, judging by-previous
naming auctions. Last year, Conser-
vation International auctioned the
naming rights to 10 new fish species,
during a gala "Blue Auction" in
Monaco that raised more than $2
million for the Washington, D.C.-
based conservation group. The high-
est winning bid was $500,000 for the
honor of naming a new species of
"walking" shark.
Bickham, who has been studying
the genetics of bats and other ani-
mals for nearly 30 years, said a por-
tion of the money raised by the auc-
tions will go toward the work needed
to properly describe each of seven
bats and two turtles according to sci-
entific protocol.

The rest will help preserve the nat-
ural areas where each creature was
found and educate the public about
the importance of protecting the
planet's wide range of animals and
Bickham said he doesn't think that
the fact that they could name some-
one after a bat would dissuade
would-be bidders from bidding on
the seven bats.
"Bats may be an acquired taste,"
he said, "but there are a lot of people
very interested in them and very con-
cerned about their welfare."

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MIMI CHACIN stretches pizza dough as she makes pizza with her sons lan, 4, left, and Diego, 9, center, and nephew Andrew Winzey, 2, right, at
her home in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday, Dec. 1, 2006.

AP National Writer

t's a tough
economy out
there, even
for a kid.
And many parents are wonder-
ing how to broach the subject.
Should they shield their chil-
dren from the hard times and
spend like there's no tomor-
row? Or is it better to share the
reality that more families -
often their own simply can't
have it all, even at Christmas? It
can be a real dilemma.
"I've explained the situation,
and I've also avoided it," says
Mimi Chacin, a mom and busi-
ness owner in Miami whose
husband lost lis job inadver-

tising. The family is doing OK.
And in fact, the children's cook-
ing classes Chacin teaches have
remained full so far a sign,
she says, that many parents.are
still willing to spend on some
extras for their kids.
But in their own household,
she and her husband are still
having to cut back on travel
during the holidays, for
"I find myself not wanting to
put them under that stress, but
also sitting down and explaining
that things aren't easy for any-
body right now," Chacin says
of her sons, ages 9 and 4.
Rita Cortese, who owns a
Plato's Closet store, part of a
chain of teen-oriented second-
hand clothing shops, has been-
hearing more of these conver-

stations among parents and their
children in recent months, espe-
cially over bigger-ticket pur-
While most items in the store
are in the $5 to $7 range, a pair
of designer jeans could be $25,
for instance.
"The parents will say, 'You
can't have the jeans and the
sweater. Pick one,'" says
Cortese, whose store is in Dept-
ford, N.J., just outside Philadel-
Now in her second year of
business, Cortese chose the
store because she thought it'd
be fairly recession-proof and,
so far, it's doing relatively well.
This year, she says customers
are more likely to spend a total
of $75, rather than the $150 to
$200 they were spending last

year. But she's also had many
more customers who come in
search of "gently used" cloth-
ing to save money.
And more teens are bringing
in clothing to trade for a dis-
Emily Collings, an 18-year-
old college freshman from
Washington Township, N.J.,
who works at the store, says
she's noticed friends spending
less money on themselves and
others, and even making gifts
for the holidays.
She lives at home and also
has had more frank conversa-
tions about money with her par-
"We always talk about it,"
Collings says. "And they've told
me that it's not going to be so
easy for me to say, 'Mom, I'm

going out tonight. Can I have
Retailers that focus on teens
and children, among them
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.,
American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
and The Children's Place, all
reported a drop in sales in
November compared with the
same month last year.
Department stores also
reported lower sales for the
month, though retailer Bon-Ton
Stores Inc. said children's wear
was among its strongest per-
For that reason, some retail-
ers are stocking up this season
on items for teens and children
--the idea being that, if par-
ents are going to spend money, .
it'll be on their'kids. "
J.C. Penney Co., for instance,

is putting a special focus on
their juniors department, says
John Tighe, a company vice
president who oversees that
portion of the business.
"Weconsider the teen an
influence within the family,"
Tighe says, referring to market
research that has shown that
teens at least in better times
- have been able to persuade
their parents to make purchases
of all kind, from clothing to
computers and TVs.
Indeed, some businesses that
provide goods and services for
children report that they're
doing relatively well and
some have even seen an
increase in profits.

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Lisa Jacobson, the chief executive of Inspirica, a tutoring com-
pany that caters to wealthier families, says she was surprised when
she found that September was her best month financially in 25 years
of business.
"It seemed very odd to me," she says. But when she spoke to par-
ents, she found that, in this economy, many of them were more
focused than ever on their children doing well in school.
"I really do think that, overall, it's the last thing people drop," she
says of the money parents spend on their children.
At BabyEarth, a Texas-based baby products retailer that focus-
es on higher-end, eco-friendly products, officials say they've seen
a slowdown in sales growth in recent months, but that sales are still
"Even in this economy, parents are still shelling out $900 on
Orbit Strollers, $12 for spiffy BPA-free glass bottles, $395 on
organic crib bedding and even $300 for organic crib mattresses,"
says Cathy Hale, a spokeswoman for the company.
She's a parent with two young children, tdo, and says that -
while her family is eating in more, traveling less and "enjoying
the things we've got-' she's also much more likely to do without
things for herself than her children. She thinks many parents feel the
same way.
"Eventually, they will grow up and face the same stress and
challenges we all face," Hale says. "What's wrong with spoiling them
now? These sweet-spirited innocent years are so fleeting."
It does depend on the age of the child, certainly, says Michal Ann
Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at
Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
But especially as children get older,,she thinks it's important for
parents to talk openly about what their families can and can't
afford and to make it a life lesson, of sorts.
"Money is not the best way to show love to children," Strahile-
vitz says. "So if you need to cut back on spending, think about oth-
er non-monetary ways to make the holidays special for you and your
Darren Wallis, a dad in Webster Groves, Mo., suburban St.
Louis, says he and his wife have tried to do that with their sons, ages
10, 8 and 4, even though the family is financially stable right now.
In recent weeks, his older boys have been going through adver-
tising circulars and making their holiday wish lists. "They do go with
that everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach," says Wallis, who
works in agribusiness.
But when Wallis asked his boys to include prices and total them
up, even his older son was a bit shocked that his wish list came to
Wallis and his wife decided to use it as an opportunity to talk
about what that money could buy "Here's how many tanks of gas
that would be. Here's how many trips to the grocery store."
"We wanted them to have some real-world practicality," Wallis
says. (And no, he won't be buying everything on the list.)
They've also tried to get their boys to focus on people who have
less than they do. And it appears to be working, he says, evi-
denced during a recent food drive for their Boy Scout troop.
Without prompting, they told their parents: "Let's give more this
On the Net:
Chacin's site: http://www.thebuddingcook.com
Plato's Closet: http://www.platoscloset.com/
Martha Irvine is an AP national writer. She can be reached at
mirvine(at)ap.org or via http://myspace.com/irvineap

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IN THIS APRIL 30, 2007 file handout photo provided by Hasbro, Indi-
anapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning holds a Nerf Peyton Manning
Pro Grip Football at Hasbro Corporate Headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode
Island. Without a "must-have" toy fad this holiday season, and with par-
ents facing tough choices about how much to spend, tried-and-true toys
are being seen as affordable, safe bets by parents and toy makers alike _
what one analyst calls a "back to the toy box" approach.

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Hasbro, The 2007
Optimus Prime
Transformers figure
is shown. Without a
"must-have" toy fad
this holiday season,
and with parents fac-
ing tough choices
about how much to
spend, tried-and-true
toys are being seen
as affordable, safe
bets by parents and
toy makers alike _
what one analyst calls
a "back to the toy box"
approach. Trans-
formers, which first
hit the U.S. in the ear-
ly '80s, are selling
well again after last
year's "Transformers"
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with parents facing tough choices
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and-true toys are being seen as
affordable, safe bets by parents
and toy makers alike what one
analyst calls a "back to the toy box"
approach. Jakks Pacific Inc. has
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know about high-tech gifts
that are amusing and cheap
but not at all practical stuff
that will provide a few Christ-
mas grins for only a few bucks.
Now it's time to put the toys
away and get practical.
You'll pay more for the
items on this list, but if you
match the gift and recipient
wisely it will be well worth the
Please pay attention to the
matching part of my advice.
Do not fall into the com-
mon "techie trap" and select
an item just because you'd
love to have it for yourself.
Make sure it matches the
needs and interest of your

Unwrap this
gift first
I have used plenty of video
cameras, both for fun and pro-
But I've never been drawn
to them.
I see the value for a young
family, but my "kids" are 30
and 27.
And when Mary and I go
on vacation, we tend to take
still photos, not movies.
But two video cameras are
nifty enough, and cheap
enough, to catch my eye and
even tug at my credit card.
One is the Kodak Zi6 HD
Pocket Video Camera. It
weighs just under 4 ounces
and fits in a shirt pocket, yet it
shoots and records high-defi-
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It has a 2.4-inch viewfinder
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Calif. Gift cards are once again expected to be the most-requested present for the season, the National Retail
Federation said this week, even as total spending on them is expected to slip this year as shoppers search
for better bargains among the deep discounts retailers are offering. People began spending their gift
cards more on necessities last year, the group also said, a trend that is expected to intensify this year.
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$170 at Amazon or shop for it
in consumer electronics stores
in the same price range.
Here's a linkl'to the 'Afna-
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My other favorite in this cat-
egory is the nifty and tiny Flip
Video Mino Series Camcorder
for about $160.
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No, the iPhone isn't new.
But even now you cannot
write about great, practical
high-tech gifts without men-
tioning it. It truly is gifted. In
fact, I'll give one of these as a
holiday gift myself this year.
Yes, the iPhone has been
overhyped -- and yet it also
actually lives up to the hype.
For those who have been
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It's a lifesaver
My next suggestion could save a life -- what could be more
practical than that? It's the Motorola Motorokr T505 speaker
phone for your car.
Clip it to the sun visor and turn your cellphone into a speak-
er phone. That way you can keep your hands where they belong
-- on the wheel.
Read more about it here: http://tinyurl.com/5zj2ha. Prices
vary, but you could find it at Best Buy for about $130 the last
time I checked.
Choose carefully

The next two items mesh perfectly with my advice to know
your gift recipient's likes and dislikes. Each has the potential to
be a memorable gift or a complete flop. "
Chumby is a $180 gadget that is sort of like a new puppy. It
will generate instant fun in some houses and instant horror in
others. It's a multifunction device that connects wireless to
your Internet connection. Once connected it can display Web-
based news, weather, stock prices, play music clips, serve as an
alarm clock, act as a digital photo frame and -- as they say on
late-night TV ads -- do much, much more.
Hundreds of tiny software programs can be downloaded free
and installed to do other stuff -- some useful, some outright
weird. Read about or buy Chumby at http://store.chumby.com/.
The Sling Media Slingbox Solo won't suit everyone. But it
could be the big hit under the tree for the right person.
The Sling Box lets you watch your own television from. any-
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AUSTIN Santa Claus
laid off 10 per cent of his Elfin
staff this month. The jingle
bell industry is seeking a gov-
ernment bailout. Fannie Mae
can only afford to buy a pack
of tube socks for Freddie Mac
this year.
If the economic downturn
has put a damper on holiday.
enthusiasm for '08, think what
this shopping season will be
like for electronics retailers.
Circuit City recently declared
bankruptcy, and things aren't
looking much better for other
sellers of gadgets and flat-
screens as customers keep
their belts tightened.
Consumer Reports found in
a recent survey that 76 per
cent of Americans plan to cut
back on holiday spending this
But that doesn't mean there
aren't good deals to be found
this year on tech gifts. We
combed through the list of
offerings this year with an eye
toward saving. Nothing too
extravagant. All are good val-
ues for these tight times.
Heard of Neopets? Don't
worry. Your kids have. The
toys, which tie into a vibrant
virtual world, are kid-safe and
very popular. The Neopets
Faerieland Playset includes
Neopet and Petpet figures as
well as accessories, a virtual
prize code and the playset
itself, representing part of the
online world of Neopia. I
Confession: Some of us par-
ents have become addicted to
a certain animated show fea-
turing an operetta-singing trio
of animal rescuers. It's called
"Wonder Pets," and let's just
say it burrows into your brain
until there's room for little
else. One of the characters, a
spirited duckling, is represent-
ed in a talking Ming-Ming
plush doll that speaks, sings
and dances. As Ming-Ming
would say, "This is sewious!"
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your screen. The film also
reduces glare and protects the
screen. It's available in one
size that can be cut to fit near-
ly any cell phone or handheld
device. It's great for frequent
travelers who don't like wan-
dering eyes spying their pre-
cious private data.
Audio-Technica has made
an effort this year to introduce
electronics designed for
women. Among them are the
ATH-CK1W In-Ear Head-
phones. The stylish earbuds
that are a step up from the
cheapy sets that come with
iPods and are available in
alluring colors. They can be
stored in the cute carrying
case included with the head-

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frequent stops at the post
office the holidays sometimes
bring, PictureItPostage will
save a few trips. Upload a
photo, logo or illustration,
order the amount of postage
you need and receive custom-
made postage labels.
There's nothing sexy about
surge protectors, but they're a
practical gift for anyone's
who's made a significant
investment in a home theater
setup that could be endan-
gered by a bad lightning
storm. Ultralink's UltraPower
PS-103 is modestly priced and
small enough to stash behind a
wall-mounted flat-screen TV.
BodyGuardz Skins have one
simple goal: to protect your
iPhone (or other portable
device) from scratches without
all the bulk that some of those
silly silicone cases add.
They're available for laptops.
digital cameras, cell phones
and music players at a variety
of prices. Stick them on and
rest easy.
Hunting for a wall outlet to
charge a dying phone or music
player is no fun (especially if
you're out camping). The
Medis 24/7 Power Pack is a'
disposable fuel cell that can
provide emergency power for
a variety of electronics. The
Starter Kit includes a fuel cell,

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PlayStation 3, which includes an extensive set of tools allowing players to
create their own levels...

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that allow it to connect to dif-
ferent devices.
Kids can take family digital
photos with them wherever
they go with Dora the Explor-
er and Go, Diego, Go! Digital
Photo Viewers. The small toys
each carry up to 100 photos
and display them on a 1.1-inch
colour screen. The screen
swings into a protective carry-
ing case and can clip on to a
backpack. Snappy!
Wanna cut the phone com-
pany cord? The magicJack is a
tiny accessory that plugs into
your PC or Mac's USB port
and provides unlimited long-
distance calling. Sound too
good to be true? The device
doesn't work on calls to for-
eign countries other than
Canada and requires your
computer to be turned on to
receive calls. But it's still
cheap and easy to set up.


There are devices that com-
bine a VCR with an interface
to connect to a computer for
backing up old tapes to new
digital formats, but a much
cheaper way to do the same
thing is Pinnacle's Dazzle
DVD Recorder. The hard-
ware can accept audio and
video connections from a vari-
ety of camcorders and VCRs
and can convert those old
memories to DVDs or files
you can watch on your com-
puter, your iPod or on practi-
cally any other screen.
Make the seemingly endless
trip through airport security
lines go a little faster with the
Targus Zip-Thru Air Traveler
case, a checkpoint-friendly
laptop bag that eliminates the
need to remove your comput-
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isolates the laptop to one side,
allowing for quick, clear X-ray
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with Griffin's Simplifi, which
combines a iPod/iPhone dock,
a two-port USB hub and a
memory card reader. Best of
all, it doesn't look like it came
from the Planet Uglified.
The Epson NX400 is an
insatiable paper pet. It wants
only to earn your affection by
scanning, copying and printing
(at up to 34 pages per minute).
all of your documents. The
all-in-one printer includes a
2.5-inch LCD screen so you
can see pictures you want to
print via its built-in memory
Toy worlds collide in the
Nerf N-Strike, a package that
includes a "Switch Shot EX-
3" foam dart-blasting gun,
which also doubles as a gun
peripheral for the Nintendo
Wii. The bundled Nerf-
themed game takes up to four
players through a variety of
top-secret government loca-
tions, or something like that.
Honestly, our brain stopped
working when we heard
"Nerf" and "Wii" in the same
sentence. Wow!
There's nothing shameful
about loving "High School
Musical" or "Camp Rock" (at
least not in the privacy of your
home). Belt out the tunes in
'Disney Sing It,' a karaoke
game that includes a micro-
phone. Use it to warble
through 35 tunes from a vari-
ety of Disney stars and shows.
Available for the Nintendo
Wii, PlayStation 2 and
Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and
Windows PCs.
If you're gifting a hard-core
Mac user, it's safe to assume
they value style and aesthetics
over rock-bottom pricing, so
why not splurge on a beautiful
cordless keyboard, the Log-
itech diNovo, Mac Edition.
The semi-translucent Plexi-
glass frame is lovely to behold
and it has shortcut keys for
popular Mac apps.
Hideous or hideously awe-
some? That is the question for
the questionably tasteful
Gene Simmons Axe guitar
controller, a virtual shred
machine (and, perhaps, veg-
etable slicer) that works with
popular rhythm video games
such as Guitar Hero: World
Tour" and "Rock Band 2."
Does it trigger your gag
reflex? It's safe to say Sim-
mons would be proud.
Aerielle's i2i Stream elimi-
nates speaker cables by allow-
ing you to wirelessly stream
music from any audio source
to another part of the domi-
cile (within 30 feet) without
any loss of audio quality. It
plays nice with MP3 players,
computer audio or home
entertainment systems.
In general, Bluetooth head-
sets are crimes against fash-
ion. The Zivio Boom, on the
other hand (or ear, rather), is

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hours of talk time and an
extendable microphone pur-
ported to increase sound qual-
Worth it? The Zivio is
priced much higher than bar-
gain Bluetooth earpieces, but
is priced comparably to other
high-end sets like the Aliph
Jawbone. If fashion's impor-
tant, the Zivio is expensive,
but justifiable.
The Seattle Sling Bag is a
camera pack for photogra-
phers who may find them-
selves in rough waters. The
zipperless bag is completely
waterproof and can even pro-
tect the camera bodies and
lenses inside while completely


Worth it? Only for the most
adventurous of photogra-
phers, who will appreciate its
high-tech protection.,
Last year, digital picture
frames were a hot holiday
item, but many of them had.
grainy low-resolution screens,
and had frames that were not
very pleasing to the eye. The
Cagic 8 Picture Frame com-
bines European styling with
high-end features. Instead of
sporting buttons on the back
or a touch screen, the touch-
sensitive matte frame itself
controls the Cagic device. It
also includes a 1-gigabyte SD
memory card.
Worth it? The Cagic 8's 8.4-
inch screen is a little on the
small side compared to com-
parably.priced frames and
we're troubled that it lacks
Wi-Fi connectivity, an increas-
ingly common feature in other
digital frames. Still, the Cagic
is quite a looker and we love
the touch controls.
Canon's PowerShot A1000
IS continues the company's
streak of powerful point-and-
shoot digital cameras that also
shoot surprisingly good video,

perfect for YouTube-ing. The
A1000 IS features 10.0-
megapixel resolution and has
a 4x optical zoom. It also is
available in four two-tone col-
ors: gray, blue, brown and
Worth it? There are cheap-
er digital point-and-shoots,
but for those who want to cap-
ture video as well, the Power-
Shot is a great choice. I use an
older PowerShot camera to
shoot videos for
statesman.com and
Vinyl can speak to iPod
with Sony's USB Turntable
PS-LX300USB. The turntable
can convert 33 1/3 and 45
RPM albums to MP3 and can
play music through your audio
system without a Phono
Input. It also includes a dust
Worth it? Only if the gift
recipient has a large enough
vinyl collection to justify the
price or plans to listen to lots
of LPs with the player.
All those music files, videos
and increasingly large family
digital photos aren't going to
just back themselves up. Pro-
tect your data with Seagate's
FreeAgent XTreme Drive, a
nice-looking desktop storage
solution that can be scheduled'
to perform automatic back-
ups. It has USB, Firewire 400
and eSATA connections,
allowing it to expand storage
on some DVRs.
Worth it? Absolutely, for
anyone who doesn't regularly
back up their files.
The Flip video camera
became a sensation after
Oprah Winfrey endorsed it on
her show late last year. The
latest incarnation of the easy-
to-use, tiny shooter is the Flip
MinoHD, which can capture
footage at an HDTV-friendly
720p resolution. The camera's
exterior can also be cus-
tomized, making it a colorful
addition to the Flip lineup.
Worth it? There are other

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good HD mini-cameras out
there at a similar price (like
the Kodak zi6), but Flip cus-
tomers such as Oprah swear
by the camera line's ease-of-
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Slacker.com has made
waves in the portable music
world by going against the
grain of a standard MP3 play-
er. G2 Personal Radio Player
stores your music files, sure,
but it also downloads music
from more than 100 of its
music stations via a computer
connection or Wi-Fi. The 2.4-
inch color screens displays
artist profiles, album reviews
and cover art. It also comes

with a custom carrying case,
sporting a removable sport
Worth it? Not everyone
wants to purchase music
online or convert their own
CDs to a music player. For
the music explorer, the G2
offers a new world of choices.
Even as flat-screen TVs
drop in price this holiday sea-
son (see box), the larger sets
are still out of reach, financial-
ly, for many of us. Replicate
the big-screen experience With
the Olens Technology XPJ
Projector. It displays video
from DVD players,.cable box-
es or came consoles at 640 x
480 on a blank wall, keeping
its clarity at up to 70 inches.
It's not HDTV, but it's cheap

and includes a spare lamp.
Worth it? Onl. for those
\\ho are "willing to create a
dark home theater room or
watch at night. For e\er\day
TV \ie\\ing in w ell-lit rooms,
projectors are a no-go.
Netbooks are small laptops
that don't feature high-end
processors or boast big hard
drives, but are perfectly fine
for Web surfing and word
processing. Dell's Inspiron
Mini 9 features an 8.9-inch
screen, wireless connectivity.
and a 4 GB solid-state drive.,
It's not spectacularly outfit-
ted, but its minimalist features
and tiny design will appeal to
Worth it? If Windows XP is
an necessity, an extra $50 is in
order (the $350 model comes
with the Linux operating sys-
tem). There's also no optical
drive, so forget about watch-
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the tree may take on unique
shapes this holiday season as
more consumers put glue gun
to felt and even peel pumpkins
for handmade gifts instead of
buying presents.
Jars filled with caramel syrup,
jams, raspberry liqueur and
spice rubs. Boxes of cookies,
bread and hand-crocheted
scarves. Felt potholders, quilts,
aprons and tissue-box covers.
With the nation now official-
ly in a recession, people are
turning to their creativity as a
way to stretch the dollars they
spend on gifts.
Georgia Thompson, owner of
Thompson Hobbies and Crafts
in suburban Denver, can attest
to the trend. She's seen a 20 per
cent increase in business in the
last three months.
"Almost every other person
says they are making their gifts
this year," she said. "They say
they can't afford things this
year, and people tend to appre-
ciate these gifts more."
Ditto for the maker of Ball
canning jars, which experienced
a 92 per cent increase in sales in
October over the same period
last year and has seen sales
increase 35 per cent this year
so far,'according to Lauren
Devine, Fresh Preserving Com-
munity Manager for Jarden
Home Brands, which owns Ball.
Ace Hardware, craft and
hobby stores, and online sites
that help shoppers put together
photobooks or provide how-to
instructions on doll making are
popular these days.
Tina Barseghian, editor at
Crafts Magazine, believes con-
sumerism is coming to an end
given the economic climate, and
people are gravitating toward
being creative and making their
own gifts.
"It just so happens that the
economic meltdown is happen-
ing during the holiday season
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This year, Jennifer Cirka of
Grand Junction in western Col-
orado is making her family per-
sonal items to save money. The
professional crochet designer
usually buys them gifts.
"My sister in Pennsylvania
will be getting a crocheted fash-
ionable cap while her son will
be getting a crocheted vest," she
said. "My mom is getting a
sweater and some family mem-
bers in California will be receiv-
ing crocheted slippers and purs-
Ellen Naylor of Conifer is
shopping at local craft shows
for the few gifts she will buy
and is baking more cookies this
year than ever before. The
cookies are favoured by older
relatives who no longer bake.
"I use old family recipes to
make Viennese crescents, tof-
fee cookies, peanut butter balls
and chocolate-almond, choco-
late-chip cookies," she said.
"I'm not sure that I save much
money this way.... But it makes
me feel good to give a part of
Julie Miltenberger, senior
food editor at Family Circle
Magazine, said making gifts is a
way to give something personal
that's also economical.
She switched her cookie-mak-
ing routine this year to creat-
ing jars stacked with cookie-
making ingredients with instruc-
tions for baking. She shared it in
this month's magazine.
"In some ways it is a wonder-
ful, economic way to give a gift
where there is some thought
that goes into it," she said.
Kristi Pohly, owner of Fleur
Decor in Denver, has been col-
lecting glass bottles all year, but
not for cookies.
Pohly's family decided not to
exchange gifts this year, and for
her friends she is making home-
made liqueurs, including a rasp-
berry flavor made from berries
she froze from her own garden.
Amy Larson of Highlands
Ranch is back to making bead-
ed jewellery as. gifts. She had
stopped several years. ago after
getting married and having two
"With the economy and my
husband starting a new business
selling insurance earlier this
year, things are tight to say the
least," she said. So "partly out
of love, partly out of a bud-
getary necessity, a majority of
my friends and family will once
again be receiving handmade
bracelets, earrings, necklaces."
Boulder-based eQuilter.com
is reaping the rewards of this
trend with sales up 14 per cent
in November and up 32 per cent
over Thanksgiving weekend,
said Luana Rubin, co-owner of
the company that expects to
surpass $5 million in sales this
"When the economy goes
down, people start making gifts,
they start making clothes, they
start making their home d6cor
items," Rubin said. "This year a
lot of people are looking for
ideas for gifts to make that are
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fiance, who lives in Albu-
querque, N.M., are peeling a
pumpkin to make pumpkin-
and spice-infused vodka for
friends to save money for their
wedding. "I try to think about it
as this is a way to give more
gifts to friends than I have the
money for," Hendrix said.

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Secret Santas

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and $100 bills

Associated Press Writer
ST LOUIS (AP) At a sub-
urban Goodwill store, Theresa
Settles selected a large, black
comforter to warm her family
until she can raise ,the money
to turn the gas heat back on.
A petite woman approached,
her face obscured by dark sun-
glasses and a wrapped winter
scarf, and handed Settles two
$100 bills stamped with the
words "secret Santa."
"The only condition," she
said, "is that you do something
nice for someone. Pass it on."
"I will," Settles said, the only
words she could get out of her
The secret Santa was a pro-
tege of Kansas City's under-
cover gift giver, Larry Stewart,
who died of cancer nearly two
years ago. Stewart roamed city
streets each December doling
out $100 bills to anyone who
looked like they might need a
Before his death in January
2007, Stewart told a friend how
much he would miss his 26 years
of anonymous streetside giving,
during which he gave away
about $1.3 million. Stewart,
from the.city suburb of Lee's
Summit, made millions in cable
television and long-distance
telephone service.
The friend promised Stewart
he would be a secret Santa the
next year. "He squeezed my
hand and that was it," said the
Kansas City Santa, who would
say only that he was an area
businessman and investor. "I
honored a promise."
Two secret Santas, one from
the Kansas City area and the
other from the St Louis area,
descended on thrift stores, a
health clinic, convenience store
and small auto repair shop to
dole out $20,000 in $100 bills,
hugs and words of encourage-
ment to unsuspecting souls in
In this economy, they weren't
hard to find.
Cynthia Brown, 40, was laid
off three weeks ago from her
food service job. Santa found
her at the St Louis County
health clinic and gave her $100,
exactly what she had asked to
borrow from her mother a night
ago to buy food.
"I have three daughters, and
I can't get unemployment yet. I
was down in food," she said.
Leotta Burbank, 50, of West
Frankfurt, Ill., was at a thrift
store to buy decorations for her
sister-in-law's room at a St.
Louis hospice, where she is
dying of pancreatic cancer.

When Santa gave her mon-
ey, Burbank collapsed into his
aims and wouldn't stop hugging
"God provides," she said.
"This is real emotional for me."
For the secret Santas, it's not
about keeping Stewart's mem-
ory alive as much as the mean-
ing behind his legacy.
"It's not about the man, it's
not about the money, it's about
the message," the Kansas City
Santa said. "Anyone can be a
secret Santa with a kind word,
gesture, a helping hand."
He said the money is given
without judgment, but on the
condition that the receiver pass

along a kindness to someone
else. Stewart began his holiday
tradition at a restaurant in
December 1979, after he had
just been fired. He gave a wait-
ress $20 and told her to keep
the change and was struck by
her gratitude.
Stewart also gave money to
community causes in Kansas
City and his hometown of
Bruce, Miss.
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BY REBEKAH D]NN she doesn't bother with the long
P-I food writer steps required to temper choco- A these
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do in small batches. Instead, for -, a
ver y her chocolate barks and choco- easy to m ake y
year, I late-dipped candies, she recom- ft
watch mends chopping the chocolate giftS and it ca
the mail very fine and placing it in a metal c n a ight
for tins of my sister's crunchy, or glass bowl that will fit on top of bucks in a t
buttery almond toffee, which she a pan filled with a few inches of
sends as holiday gifts. Every year, water. (The bottom of the bowl
I dive in for a few irresistible should not touch the water. To but I would definitely use a
chocolate-coated minutes before make it easier, I just set the bowl chocolate that you'd be happy
calling to tell her how much I love in a steamer insert.) Bring the eating on its own. It's like what
it. water to a simmer, turn off the they say about wine--don't cook
"It's easy!" she always says. heat and then place the bowl of with a wine you wouldn't drink.
This year, on request, she sent chocolate over the hot water, Fer- And don't make candy with a
me the recipe, adapted from an reira wrote. Stir the chocolate fre- chocolate you wouldn't eat! I
old "Better Homes and Gardens" quently with a flexible spatula to can't remember if you have Trad-
cookbook. I tried it for the first encourage even melting. er Joe's in Seattle (Note: We do!),
time, finding the only equipment If you need to, you can remove but I love their big blocks of Bel-
I needed was a watchful eye and the bowl, reheat the water and gian chocolate. Ghirardelli is
the same $19.99 digital ther- replace the bowl. Once the choco- another good, inexpensive brand.
mometer I regularly use in the late is melted, Ferreira wrote, And Guittard is always a great
kitchen. It was delicious. remove the bowl from the pan, choice, too.
"You're still getting some from stir it well and use it immediately. The coating on our chocolate-
me," my sister assured me. And She also stores her chocolate- covered graham crackers (recipe
that's good, because mine is coated goods in the refrigerator to below) was much thinner than it
already gone. But the recipe is keep them fresh. is on commercial versions. Is
below, along with some even eas- lFerreira, who lives in North- there any way we can approxi-
ier (and thermometer-free) ern California, kindly answered mate the thicker coat?
recipes from a book that's capti- some questions from the P-I on Also, is there any way Ip paint
vated my sweet tooth since it candy-making. (A few are below; on the chocolate without making
came out a few months ago, the rest of the Q&A is posted on a sticky mess out of one hand and
"Brittles, Barks, & Bonbons: my blog, smudging the chocolate in the
Delicious Recipes for Quick and blog.seattlepi.com/devour- spots where your fingers are hold-
Easy Candy," by Charity Ferreira ingseattle.) ing the graham?
(Chronicle Books, $16.95). It seems silly to send my sister You could place all your gra-
As these recipes show, it's easy toffee as a thank-you gift. I think hams on a wax-paper covered
to make your own edible gifts-- she'll get some Rocky Road Bark baking sheet, paint one side with
and it can help save bucalso offer- this year. And--not that I'm hint- chocolate, refrigerate the baking
ing a tasty coconut cupcake from ing or anything--she's getting a sheet for 10 or so minutes until
ing a Garten, "The Barefoot Con- copy of Ferreira's book. the chocolate hardens, flip the
tessa," with a toppinrefoot Cam Seattle P-I: How important is grahams over, and then coat the
cheese frosting and shredded the type of chocolate you use in other side.
coconut that conjures a winter the recipes? Any specific brands For a thicker coating, you could
wondutprlandt you would recommend or warn apply a second coat! I'm pretty
wonaFeg rdas, ., ,, ,'i .' '. .aint? '- " ''- generous'whenI'apply thechoco-
pie and quick, in-part,- because Ferteira:Well, I do n6otconsid d.. late. .
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guarding against burns? Is com-
mon sense enough for a novice, or
are there times when the mixture
will do unexpected things?
Good question! I note in the
recipes when the mixture will
bubble up, for that reason.
Even though I'm extremely
comfortable cooking sugar mix-
tures, I'm always careful to keep
pot handles pointed in toward the
stove, and I don't walk away from
a pot of boiling sugar if there are
kids around:
I also make sure I have every-
thing assembled ahead of time
before I start boiling the sugar so
that I'm not distracted or rush-
ing around looking for the vanil-
la at the last second, which might
cause me to spill something or
knock something over. And I
don't cook sugar mixtures in pots
that are too heavy for me to lift
1 pound bittersweet chocolate,
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces (about
8 ounces), lightly toasted
Line a jellyroll pan with wax
paper. (Note: This is just a baking
sheet with sides about an inch
deep.) Melt the chocolate in a
bowl set over a pan of hot water,
stirring frequently until melted
and smooth. Remove from the
Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the marsh-
mallows and 1 cup of the pecans.
Scrape the mixture onto the pan
and spread out with a spatula to
1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle the
remaining marshmallows and
pecans over the top, gently press-
ing them into the chocolate to
Refrigerate the bark until com-
pletely firm, about 2 hours. Break
or cut into chunks. Store in an
airtight container at room tem-
perature for up to I day, or in the
refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


12 ounces bittersweet or semi-
sweet chocolate, chopped
8 ounces dried fruit such as figs,
pears or apricots
Fluted 2- to 3-inch paper candy
cups (optional)
Line a baking sheet with wax
Melt the chocolate in a bowl
set over a pan of hot water, stir-
ring frequently until melted and
Remove from the heat.
Dip each piece of fruit about
halfway into the chocolate, gently
shaking any excess chocolate back
into the bowl.
Place the fruit on the wax
(Note: This step is neater and
easier if you hold the fruit with
tongs rather than your fingers.)
Refrigerate until the chocolate
is set, about one hour.
Place the fruit in paper candy
cups, if desired, and store
between sheets of wax paper in
an airtight container at room tem-
perature for up to 1 day, or in the
refrigerator for up to a week.
12 whole graham crackers
12 ounces bittersweet or semi-
sweet chocolate, chopped
Line 2 baking sheets with wax
paper. Break each cracker in half
along its perforation so you have
24 squares. (Note: Breaking them
evenly is harder than it sounds.,
Cutting them with a knife is
Melt the chocolate in a bowl
set over a pan of hot water, stir-
ring frequently until melted and
smooth. Remove from the heat.
Using a clean pastry brush, coat

each cracker with cnocolat
ering all sides. Place on th
paper and refrigerate uri
chocolate is firm, about oni
Store the crackers be
sheets of wax paper in an a
container at room tempe
for up to 1 day, or in the re
ator for up to 1 week.
All three recipes abov
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in her kitchen behind some
of the canned goods and jel-
lies she has made for Christ-
mas gifts, Saturday, Nov.
22, 2008, in New Lebanon,
Ohio. Asparagus, zucchini
and other vegetables grown
on the family farm will
replace more traditional
Christmas gifts this year for
the Schindler family. Kathy
Schindler and her husband,
P Leroy, grow an array of veg-
etables on their 20-acre farm
near this western Ohio com-
munity, and she has canned
much of the garden's boun-
ty. So it was welcome news
when Schindler's daughter
told her that'what she want-
ed for Christmas were some
I of the jars filled with pickles,
tomatoes, green beans and

1 cup butter, plus a little extra
for buttering the saucepan and
baking sheet
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 cup chopped almonds, toast-
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Butter the sides of a heavy 2-
quart saucepan, then melt 1 cup
Add sugar, water and corn
syrup, cooking and stirring over
-medium heat until the sugar dis-
solves and the mixture boils. Con-
tinue cooking and stirring until
the mixture reaches 290 degrees,
watching carefully after 280
degrees. (Note: The temperature
will hover close to boiling, 212
degrees, for a while as the water
boils off. Don't be fooled into
thinking you can leave the pan
unattended or stop watching the
temperature. Once the excess
water is gone, the temperature
will shoot up fast.)
Remove from heat and quickly
and carefully stir in 1/2 cup of
Carefully pour the hot mixture
onto a buttered baking sheet or
into a buttered jellyroll pan.
After 3 minutes, sprinkle the
surface with chocolate chips.
When the chips begin to melt,
spread them evenly over the can-
Sprinkle the remaining nuts
over the top of the candy.
Chill until firm, then break into
pieces. (Note: Slip a spatula under
a corner of the toffee and lift to
easily remove chunks from the
Adapted from the Better
Homes & Garden Chocolate,

e, cov- 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted
ie wax butter, room temperature
til the 2 cups sugar
e hour. 5 extra-large eggs at room tem-
tween perature
airtight 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
rature extract
friger- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond
e from 3 cups flour
ns," by I teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 ounces sweetened, shredded
1 pound cream cheese at room
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted
ES butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond
1 1/2 pounds confectioners'
sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 325
In the bowl of an electric mixer
fitted with the paddle attachment,
cream the butter and sigar on
high speed until light and fluffy,
about 5 minutes. With the mixer
on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a
time, scraping down the bowl
after each addition. Add the
vanilla and almond extracts and
S mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift togeth-
er the flour, baking powder, bak-
ing soda and salt. In 3 parts, alter-
nately add the dry ingredients and
the buttermilk to the batter.
beginning and ending with the
dry. Mix until just combined. Fold
in half of the coconut.
Line a muffin pan with paper
liners. Fill each liner to the top
with batter. Bake 25-35 minutes,
until the tops are brown and a
toothpick comes out clean. Allow
to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
Remove to a baking rack and
cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the frosting.
In the bowl of an electric mixer
fitted with the paddle attachment,
on low speed, cream together the
cream cheese, butter and vanilla
and almond extracts. Add the
confectioners' sugar and mix until
Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle
S with the remaining coconut.
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f there's one
upside in
our down-
sized world,
it may be the resurgence of
DIY. The idea of making
things certainly isn't new, but a
lot more people are discover-
ing the fun of getting crafty and
Armed with a little ingenuity
and some easy-to-find supplies,
you can give something spe-
cial to someone.special. Here
are four simple, money-saving
projects that show you spent
time, not just cash.

Creating a sugar or salt body
scrub is easier than most people
think. This recipe makes one 8-
ounce jar of body scrub.
Time: 5 minutes
Cost: $5-$10, depending on oil
Small glass or metal mixing
1 8-ounce leak-proof jar
1 cup sugar (see note) or salt
(kosher or sea salt)
1/2 cup jojoba, sunflower,
sesame, sweet almond or grape-
seed oil
Essential oils or other scented
oils (such as lavender, sandal-
wood, grapefruit, bergamot)
Small piece of card stock-
How to:
1. Pour the sugar or salt into
the bowl. Add the oil and mix
2. Add a scent. Let your nose
be your guide, mixing in a little of
the scented oil at a time until you
reach the intensity you want. Pour
the mixture into the jar.
3. Make a label with a small
piece of card stock. Write the
name of the body scrub on the.
front, and instructions on the
back. Example: "Massage gently
on skin after cleansing. Rinse
well. Use on body only." Also, it
doesn't hurt to include this warn-
ing on the instructions: "Warn-
ing: Shower surface may be slick.
External use only."
4. Make a small hole in the cor-
ner of the card, put a ribbon
through the hole and tie it around
the container lid.
Tips: If you use brown sugar,
keep in mind that it already

smells sweet, so use complemen-
tary scents (vanilla or ginger work
well). If you're making several
scrubs, it's usually cheaper to buy
the salt or sugar in bulk. Health
food stores and craft stores carry
scented oils.
This one-of-a-kind box makes a
great gift for kids or adults.
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Cost: About $15
Sturdy box with lid (photo and
DVD storage boxes are perfect)
3 to 4 packages of colorful
One packet of alphabet stickers
5 to 6 personal photos
Glue stick
Clear self-adhesive covering
paper (also known as clear con-
tact paper)
How to:
1. In the center of the top of
the lid, position and adhere the
alphabet stickers to give the box a
name. Examples: PARKER'S
2. Cut photos into different
shapes (circles, diamonds, squares
with rounded corners) and
arrange on the lid and sides of
box. Glue in place.
3. Cover the rest of the avail-
able space on the box with stick-
ers. Stickers can overlap photos.
4. Once the lid and sides of the
box are decorated, cover each
with the self-adhesive covering
paper to protect your creation.
These silver hoop earrings are
easy to personalize by choosing
charms that fit the recipient--
you'll find everything from tiny
silVer sea shells to kitchen whisks,
ballet slippers to the Eiffel Tower.
Also consider what colors your
friends like when picking beads or
crystals to finish your gift.
Time: Less than 5 minutes
Cost: Under $10, depending on
bead choices
2 sterling silver beading hoops
2 silver charms
Assorted beads or crystals
Flat-nose pliers
How to:
1. Place a few beads on one of
the hoops, add the charm, and
then more beads.
2. Hold it up and see if you like
it. Play around with the positions

CLARE BELLO shows a necklace she made, placed in a gift
bag at her home in Wexford, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 29,
2008. In the current economic climate, with unemploy-
ment rising, housing prices dropping and stock portfolios
shrinking, many are cutting back on holiday shopping. Gift-
buying budgets are smaller and many people, like Bello, are
making gifts whenever possible.


IN THIS IMAGE made with a fisheye lens, Clare Bello places one of the beads onto a a SHOPPERS push their carts through the toy aisles at the
necklace she was making for a'Christmas present at her home in Wexford, Pa:, Sat- Costco In Cranberry, Pa Butler County. Saturday, Nov. 22,
urday, Nov. 29, 2008. 2008.

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until you find something you like.
3. Repeat the pattern on the
other hoop.
4. Position the pliers across the
end of the wire and bend the end
up at an angle. Place the bent end
into the loop to close the earring.
Making CDs as a cheap gift for

music lovers can be as simple a
copying a single album or as con
plicated as choosing a compile
tion of your favorite songs front
the past year. It could be a co
election of cherished holiday tune
or something quite unexpected
say, .The Cure on Christma
morning for the black-clad emo i
your life.
Time: Less.than 10 minute

once your songs are chosen inet. 3
Cost Could be as little as 50 your c
i cents for the disc if you buy in nical c
; bulk and already have the songs., easy st
,; Expect to spend a dollar or so for If y<
each song you need to buy online with a
(but you can keep them for your- extern
self, too). 4. Pa
Materials: to writ
, Computer with a disc burner buy cu
Blank recordable CDs ticated
Digital songs (MP3 or AAC a print
files) For fes
.i How to: green
,i 1. Look for songs: Rip CDs togeth
onto your computer from your
Collection or download songs
S.from a digital music store;
Notable sites: ituies.com, ama- Find
zonmp3'.com, emusic.com, nap- and
ster.com and rhapsbdy.com; some seattle
sites 'charge per song and some Tips
as take a monthly subscription. CD: se
a- 2. Structure a playlist: A CD Rec
a- can, hold 80 minutes of music. gifts: s
m That doesn't mean you have to Cre,
A1- use all the space, but if you want design
es to get your money's worth, keep five
d, the long disc lively by varying the seattle
as tempo and length of songs. P-I
in Start off with a strong song to Julie S
ensure your disc isn't immediate, Coliril
es ly relegated.torthe back of,a cab,-, stpry.

3. Burn the disc: Comn
computer manual for te
details (it should be a fe
our computer didn't corn
CD burner, you can buy a
al,disc burner.
package it: Use felt marker.
;e .on the top of the disc oi
stom labels to add a sophis.
I touch. Consider including
ted list of songs and artists
stive packaging, use red and
plastic CD cases and tie
er with ribbon.
I how-to videos for the box
earrings at
s for decorating your mix
ipes for delicious edible
ate holiday cards using 10
s created by P-I artists, plus
photo images:
crafters Tahirih Brown,
Simon, Chris Beringer and
Powers contributed to this

' ELLEN STOVER holds onto
coupons as she shops at
the Costco in Cranberry, Pa.,
Butler County. Saturday,
Nov. 22, 2008.

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though, beverage shops are
stocked with lots of holiday sea-
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sets with glassware.
American holiday and win-
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Abita Christmas Ale, Anchor
Christmas Ale, Avery Old Jubi-
lation, Bridgeport Ebenezer,

"Leading up to the holidays, beer

dinners and tasting are a great way

to treat your special beer geek..."

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Stout, Great Divide Hiberna-
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Harpoon Winter Warmer,
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ter Festive Ale, Terrapin Wake-
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of Fools is new to Atlanta this
year and includes Roxv Rolles
winter amber and Odd Notion
Winter, a tasty braggot that

combines mead and ale with fla-
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Sam Adams Winter Classics
mix-pack features Old Fezziwig
Ale, Cranberry Lambic and
Holiday Porter.
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of the world's most interesting
and complex holidays beers,
and happily there are a good
number of them on the shelves
now. Check for Corsendonk
Christmas, Nice Chouffe, Delir-
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Dupont Avec Les Bon Vieux,
Scaldis Noel, St. Bernardus
Whole Foods Market is offer-
ing gift boxes that include a
mixed selection of local, Anier-
ican craft or European beers
It's easy enough to make your
own, especially if you put
together several large format
bottles, and package them in a
basket or ice bucket.
Beer of the Month clubs
aren't always all they're cracked
up to be. But if you know a true
beer connoisseur, chances are
they've dreamed of joining the
Lost Abbey Patron Sinners and
Saints Clubs. The small Cali-

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"Red, White, and Brew: An
American Beer Odyssey" by
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fin) is a fun and informative
beer run across the United
States. "He Said Beer, She Said
Wine: Impassioned Food Pair-
ings to Debate and Enjoy -
From Burgers to Brie and
Beyond" by Marnie Old and
Sam Calagione (DK) is a lively
debate between a savvy som-

melier and a pioneering brewer
as well as a handy pairing ref-
erence guide. "Christmas Beer:
'The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and
Most Unusual Holiday Brews"
by Don Russell (Universe) is a
comprehensive look at holiday
brewing history and tradition.
Leading up to the holidays,
beer dinners and tasting are a
great way to treat your special
beer geek.

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Southern Brew News, a
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baby girl to expose her to words
and pictures, and continued a
fun Interactive approach to his
daughter's viewing patterns for
some six months, and
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age, she was actually able to
recognize many of the words to
which she was exposed!
This extraordinary story has
intrigued parents, teachers and
the media, who wonder how
Titzer was able to pull this off.
He indicated that as a result of
paremal guilt, and because he
knew that his daughter's brain
Swas developing fast. he
produced a video that utilizes
the multi-sensory approach to
the teaching of reading
This was shOWn regularly

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(our Baby Can Read is distnbuted in the Bahamas by Sherle Knowles
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and The Christian Book Shop. You can also call 242-393-8478 to
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mastered word recognition,
along with simple linguistic
patterns of the English
The mufti-sensory method
encourages children to use
several senses simultaneously,
thereby boosting their cognitive
Titzer's video/book series.
Your Baby Can Read,
Introduces youngsters to words
and pictures in a slow-moving
musical video, with action
words, objects, animals, shapes
and colours. The books
reinforce the videos' content
In view of this incredible
instructional accomplishment,
he recommends that parents
and educators begin teaching
reading earlier: during the infant
and toddler years.


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each of the wrapper.
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Whylly says of her magazine. "It's something that I
wanted to do ever since I was a little girl and a lot of the
contributors to the supplement have been among my
biggest cheerleaders along with my husband Stephen
and our kids lesha and Stevejay. It's been an absolute
blessing to be able to do this and to answer a call I
know God has placed on my life to take up this
The magazine tackles a wide range of issues with an
in-depth approach to health, beauty, fashion,
relationships, spirituality and other topics relating to
today's women.


"I wanted the j
magazine to be
something that was ..'..
different from others i i .:: ;:"
of a similar nature,"
Whylly added. "I don't
want to target just one / i ';
demographic but a *' .'
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different interests
regardless of' their
location,, race, age and s o c i a I
status.-The bottom line is that we are all
women and we need our stories to be told;
we need to be sisters and we nied lo, be the
-best we can be because-vie are-the glue that
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st's a new season, new ls f %rifye
show and new supplement for Regina Whylly, aca n'f-i 6oymni .
host of The Whole Woman television show. A T ie -i t want w
former journalist for a national Bahamian daily, a Tpe eb wiantlsuiw
Whylly is well on her way to bringing her lifelong "b tl es- io tal deplu
dreams to fruition through her television show, .tl hB i instf ,eap
which has become a big hit in The Bahamas tro thi d t-hgy ist0a
amongst women. d wnt.th ihl se thatti
Now, she's taking a turn back to her. th. s ee that I
journalism roots as publisher, managing editor and Just like Whylly's i pt it, _Me'i
writer for the new The Whole Woman magazine television show, the magazine t A tith i rif lte
supplement.With the help of some of her friends in has style that appeals to it's readers with Adt0t ,. .
the industry, Whylly has put together a team of eye-catching layouts and conversational articles. -. 0rathrth ,
professionals whose combined experience spans r'a"e.h Ab --'i
over 50 years. .... i--m
"The time was right for this to come out,"

for Margaret mother observance about her a

C. Mullingeeds Mulings is a pretty pettewoman1
Freeport, Grand Bahama... seasons of whofe, discovering inner strength anr -yi.l
She may be one of the few renewing trust and love In oneself and each others by s i, Ar
Bahamins to make the many have a hard time believing that Mullings is the its. y nto.h
bemother and pa stor's wfe has actual wfiingter when mbeGod having hefor my as i
gonelist but life '' '"'""" person. With a quiet elegance p id t Nt
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suicide one momen to planting happ ften is askelod to _ereet eO'-
anything but a herself because she is so.a-ra b tflr
bed of roses. It's softspoken. non-Christians M- ig
hard to fathom that c "1 live for myn famictly. The ptiv, . :.Jpi
the inspirational motivator, live primarily for purposa- nOf V.--
mother and pastor's wife hI Bahamas is just finding out about theaehas t
gone from contemplating life," she says. "It's amazing what -..- i tt' h 1."-ap
suicide one moment to planting were happens when God is ali6 eon a Mu linS1
pSeeds of Hope the next. have control over our lives. didn't reaele eil t b0
"I have an intimate the book does have Ohrist an .Sm jb $i
relationship with God," she themes but even non-Christians 0. MullinAgs l
admits. "I have learned to can appreciate it. In fact, The p" tiviOpli
identify and listen to His voice. I Bahamas is just finding out about .tie Itfe ----
know that the words that were the book and it's already been on a MulIings'..-
penned are not of my own bestseller list in Europe. I didn't retailers .ctI the al
conception but rather some of even market the book there but all ill hit, ,ha1itn
the instructions I was told to I can say is five words to God be Thanksgiving..--
wnrite." the glory"

In fact, many people feel Mullings
* has a prolific gift to connect to her readers or
a personal level in a way that even the mos
gifted motivators are incapable of achieving
With her confident and clear approach or
. hurting women, understanding the various
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Now you can have
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Wholesale has
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Vhen a womdrt
looks good, she feels good, so z
each week in The Whole Woman
Magazine Supplement, we will be
giving you information about individuals
that are firmly engrossed in the trenches of
the Bahamian fashion scene. We will also
be giving you tips on all the new and
exciting colors for the season as well as
tips on the latest, shoe, hair, bag and

For this job, we needed
someone who was engrossed
in the fashion arena of the
country, a person that thnved
on, lived by and breathe to wear the latest fashion. Luckily,
we found none other than Sonia Brown. Well, the name may
be unfamiliar to some of you, but rest assured that it will be
a household name In short order. '

Sonia Brown's passion to be a dnving force in the world of
entertainment in the Bahamas as well as abroad began as a young girl
singing in countless talent shows and events. She garnered
the attention of the modeling industry due to her tall,
naturally wafted body and pretty face. Her
talent on the runway got her work not only
locally, but led her to competing
inclusive of the renowned Ford
Supermodel of the World Search.
She since has been exposed to
the music and film industry where
she worked with the likes of
Bahamen, Natalie Imbruglia.
Stephen Baldwin, Kirk Whalum and
CeCe Winans. Her work
background spans not only from
being on slage but coordinating big
events inc luding The Caribbean -
Gospel Music Marlin Awards and -
Production Management for Acquire
The Fire and Battlecr, stadium youth
events She's also worked on events
involving Les Brown. Myles Munroe, Tempo
and George Foreman Ill.

A recent graduate of The Center for Creative Media, Garden Valley, TX,
she is also trained in Production Management for Film and Television.
She established Brown Entertainment Group, which is destined to be
the 1 Entertainment Resource for Canbbean.Talent Brown Entertainment
Is Ine exclusive Caribbean-based Mother Agency for U.S. based Model &
Talent Expo. An Expo that was designed to allow aspinng models, actors,
singe s and dancers to showcase their abilities in front of some of the
world s most prominent agents, managers, casting directors, recording
labels and clients from the U.S.. Asia, Canada and Europe and is in it's
sixteenth year. Brown Eniertainment Group is their sole link to the
Caribbean and finds this partnership ideal in the company's focus to
proud id2 exposure, information and mentonng tor aspiring Canbbean
Lipcoming local events include a host of workshops being facilitated
by local and International professionals culminating with a
customized Photo Shool in Januarj and a week of events next
summer to scout tor new and upcoming talents.

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If you ever met Sherle Knowles, you'd know it. The
impression this Howard University graduate makes is
one that will likely be long remembered not very tall
in stature, Sherle is very big on literacy and every-
one around her knows it.
In 1992 this literacy advocate, with the full support of
her husband Daniel Knowles, controller at the Public
Hospitals Authority, abandoned her career as a public
school teacher and stepped into the role of stay-at-
home mom. At the time her two sons, Kellen and
Jarrod, were four and two years old, respectively.
"My second son Jarrod was exhibiting signs ol
separation anxiety. We had a live-in helper at the time
and it was not working out well. I laboured incredibly
-hamrdth the nation's children at CR Walker High
School during the day and after school, exhaustion
gnpped me so Intensely that my children were sadly
and consistently neglected. I was simply too tired to
pay any meaningful attention to them by the time I got
home from work."
Making the decision to separate herself from the
nation's children was not an easy decision however,
buI both Sherle and Daniel realized that the quality of
their son's lives hung in the balance.
'I began to seriously contemplate becoming a
homemaker [and] I made the decision to abandon my
lOb as a public school educator after teaching for
some eight years. My relationship with God helped
me to see the value of investing time in my children.
the good fruits or which I could not reap if I did not
make the sacrifice ana sow the linme

According to Sherle, who holds a BA in Mass Communica-
tions and completed post graduate courses in literacy, this
was a significant turning point for the family because her
journey as a stay-at-home mom would eventually blossom
into a entrepreneurial idea that allowed her to impact an
even greater number of Bahamian children
"Since.becoming a housewife in 1992. I have tutored
children par time from home to augment my income
Recently, I began promoting reading improvement products,
including an early literacy system for teaching very young
children to read. to supplement my income further, which
fluctuates immensely"
Even with the added responsibility, Sherle made sure that
she managed her time properly so that her boys benefited.
"While our children were young I frequently took time off
from my professional responsibilities to devote time to them.
I homeschooled both boys for selected periods and gener-
ally was very closely involyked in their lives and their
activities. I had more time to train and Inculcate them.
"My decision to stay home was fraught with many financial
challenges," Sherle admits, "but the tremendous sacrifice
that God helped us to make for our boys has yielded great
educational benefits and advantages for them."
And the results show themselves clearly in the lives of both
of. children.
'"They have skipped grades and generally have been high
achievers our oldest son Kellen was the 2002 National
Spelling Bee champion. He achieved 11 BGCSE subjects
with A's in all of them. some subjects taken in 2004 while in
grade 11 and the remainder taken In 2005 while in grade
12." she said.
Kellen also showed that education is as important to him as
his parents when, unsatisfied with receiving a B grade in
biology in 2004, he re-sat the exam the following year and
obtained an A Kellen is now studying abroad and has
several scholarships.
Sherle's second son. Jairor., achiee.'d .i.o cclleqe-lev.ei
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the A+ and Network+ cenificaibons And while being
homeschooled during his grade nine year he took
three BGCSE's and passed them with grades A. B
and C, having covered all of the work in a single
"BGCSE's are typically done in grade 11 or 12, so
we were elated about Jarrod's accomplishments.
Consequently, he skipped grade 10 and went
directly into grade 11 at Queen's College. He
begins his studies abroad this summer," Sherle
said, adding, "Homeschooling certainly has its

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A "Tis the Season
to Save:
Holiday hosting
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Hard economic times
definitely call for some creative
holiday hosting9,eas fpr..te host'-'-
who wants to i akA i+ z r
pocketbook.. withu
comfort, elegance, or style.,
seems a daunting task, the host -
willing to think outside the box will find
that yuletide entertainment is possible
In any economy.
If you want to keep your party fun, yet
frugal forget the idea that a holiday
party isn't a party without truck loads
of rum You can save big bucks by
designing a few specialty cocktails that
can be served throughout the night
Not only does it save money, but it also
creates a theme for your event.
For example, go ahead and try the
'Santa's Helper'. Soak peeled and sliced

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cucumber wedges and
crushed inint overnight in
Bacardi Limon Right
berore the part. strain out
the soliJd and add
limeade concentrate.
no-sodium soda waler
and enough cranberry
juice to create a
beautifully crimson
cocktail. Gai nch with
edible gold or sir.er Ie3t
flecksandtieabell around
bach cocktail glass to
complete the look Make
the beverage -in large
batches in advance
(leaving out the soda until
right before serving) and
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hosting a hoiaay pa..
So go ahead and ditch
the DJ He's played out
anyway! Why not make
your guests the stars of
their own show and
create a memifable night
all at once by setting up
your party like an

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open-mic or karaoke night,
complete with a real
microphone dimmed lights
and artsy jaz2 music playing in
the background. You may also
want to hand out lyrics to ,'our
favounte Christmas carols
Or continue the funky jazz
theme by using lyrics to jazzy
Christmas themed songs like
"Gee Whiz it's Christmas".
I strongly agree that no party
is complete without food But
Bahamian hosts often go
overboard and greatly stress
their wallets by creating a
smorgasbord for their guests.
You could make it a potluck
and ask every guest to :nn

chocolates or decorate u...
cookies then eat their
creations then share recipes.
Or make it a blind wine tasting
party for grown-ups where
every guests brings a bottle of
Inexpensive wine and favonte
wine that is under $20 (or even
$10 and under.) They can
uncork the wine in private,
pour the glasses and present
them to the others. Everyone
writes down their thoughts
about each wine After they've
all been tasted each person
tells the label, the price, and
where they bought the wine.
This way everyone can decide
what wines they really enjoy
without having to buy them
Still, a memorable party Is
more than food, drinks and
entertainment. Be mindful of
the atmosphere you're
creating. That might mean
eating by candlelight, or
maybe even creating a holiday
scent by boiling a pot of water
with cinnamon, cloves and a
sliced orange about a half
hour before guests arrive.
Finally, while you're
saving money and having fun,
remember to give back. Ask
everyone to bnng canned
goods and other
non-perishable items to
donate to a person in need or
a chanty. Now, that's what I
call a party that makes an

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