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 16, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Volume: 105 No.21




'uoicne' operation

'ruins woman's 'life

Call for

govt inquiry

into claim

that intern

carried out


claims her life has been ruined
by what started out as a routine
operation at Princess Margaret
Mrs Vernitta Adderley, 38, said
she was "turned into an old
woman overnight" by a botched
20-minute surgical procedure.
Now she and her husband,
Clay, 45, who live at Gayle Street,
off Hawkins Hill, Nassau, want
government to conduct a full
inquiry into a report that an
intern carried out the operation.
"This has ruined our lives, it
has ruined our family," Mr
Adderley told The Tribune last
night. "My wife was butchered
by these people. They admitted
they messed up."
The Adderleys' nightmare
began on July 27 this year, when
Mrs Adderley went into hospital
for a routine tube-tying proce-
dure to prevent further pregnan-

She underwent general anaes-
thetic and was collected from hos-
pital by her brother the same day.
When she got home, she began
complaining of pains in her
abdomen. "It went from bad to
worse," said Mr Adderley. "I
asked my wife if she wanted to
go back into hospital and she said
'no' and that we would leave it
until the next day.
"All through the night she was
in excruciating pain. Next day we
returned to PMH and she was
admitted on to the gynaecological
What happened next left Mrs
Adderley in her present state,
with an ugly 18-inch surgical inci-
sion in her abdomen and constant
pain in her feet and body.
Doctors decided they had to
open her up to clean toxins from
her abdomen after it became
SEE page eight

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MEMBERS of the Bahamas Hotel Maintanence and Allied Workers Union
wait for answers at Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes' office.
Tribune Staff Reporter
SCORES of Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers
Union members waited at the entrance to Minister of Labour Dion
Foulkes' office on East Hill Street yesterday wanting answers and
trying to get some their workers back on the job.
President of the BHMAW, Lynden Taylor, said his group came out
to speak with the minister because he is the only one who can deal with
the matter concerning the workers.
"We are here," he said, "to see if we can try to get these people back
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
SOME preventative measures are now in place to circumvent employ-
ee misappropriation of customs overtime, according to Acting Comptroller
Anthony Adderley.
"We have an officer a senior officer who is reviewing those bills
before they are now paid. So the officers would make up the bills but then
it would be forwarded to the senior officer (before payment)," Mr
Adderley said. "Some of the things that were done in the past, that
through the checks and balance(s) that we have in place now, that they're
SEE page eight

'More than 40 laid

off' from Freeport

Container Port

FREEPORT More than 40
workers were laid off at the
Freeport Container Port, accord-
ing to unconfirmed reports reach-
ing The Tribune on Monday.
Although no official word has
come from port executives, there
are reports that a group of workers
was let go last Friday, and another
group again on Monday.
There were also reports that lay-
offs are expected at the airport,
however, port officials could not
be reached for comment on Mon-
The Tribune attempted to con-
tact Port CEO Chris Gray and
COO Raymond Jones, but both
men were said to be away on vaca-
Port Director Godfrey Smith

declined to comment on the mat-
The container port is one of the
largest employers of Bahamians
on the island, employing more
than 860 workers.
A $300 million Phase V expan-
sion project is currently underway
at FCP, which is operated by
Hutchison Port Holding Ltd.
The Grand Bahama Airport
Company, Freeport Harbour
Company, and the Sea Air Busi-
ness Centre in Freeport are also
operated by HPH.
HPH is owned by the Hutchi-
son Whampoa Group and is the
largest independent operator of
container terminals in the world,
SEE page eight

International airports set for,

renovations after bill is passed
Tribune Staff Reporter
INTERNATIONAL airports are set for multi-
million dollar renovations.now that the Senate has
passed a bill for an act to remove import tax on the
necessary construction materials.
Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
presented the second reading of the bill yesterday,
and the plan for the biggest capital works project yet
to be undertaken by government was praised by MINISTER OF
both FNM and PLP senators as a joint success. Tourism Vincent
However, Senators also took the opportunity to Vanderpool-Wallace
criticise the burden of rising food prices and fuel
charges on ordinary Bahamians who must also benefit from the cash-gen-
erating tourism industry.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said making Lynden Pindling International
SEE page eight

Cynthia Pratt's One of two
husband out of in at
men missing at
intensive care
* By ALEX MISSICK sea is rescued

Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER Deputy Prime Min-
ister Cynthia "Mother" Pratt said
her husband, Joseph Pratt is out
of the Intensive care unit and now
in the male surgical ward at the
Princess Margaret Hospital. She is
thankful for all the persons who
prayed for her family.
"I really want to thank the
Bahamian people, the churches,
the numerous numbers of pastors
and religious leaders who called
and went by the hospital and
prayed for him and the scores of
well wishers," Mrs Pratt said.
Mrs Pratt said that no matter
what the outcome is she trusts in
God. She is not certain if her hus-
band will be home for Christmas.
"The doctors said another 10
days he may be in the hospital, but
I am trusting God," Mrs Pratt said.
Mrs Pratt explained that she
SEE page 16

Tribune Staff Reporter
ONE of three men who was
reported missing Saturday after a
boat capsized near Clifton Pier
was rescued by the United States
Coast Guard Sunday night the Tri-
bune has learned.
The search now continues for
two other men who were also
onboard that vessel. According to
Chris Lloyd, Operations Manager
at BASRA, four men were ini-
tially on the 25-foot Bell Craft boat
when it reportedly capsized Sat-
urday morning. The men were
reportedly on a fishing trip. Ivan
Morley, one of the four men swam
to ashore Sunday morning and
reported the incident. A second
man whose identity was not
released yesterday was rescued
Sunday night after he was located
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DIGGING IN: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham wields a shovel as officials take part in the $120 million road-
works contract signing and ground breaking of the new Bethel Avenue.

Tribune Staff Reporter
A $120-million roadworks
contract was signed yesterday
permitting an Argentine com-
pany to complete more than 15
miles of road construction and
repairs throughout New Provi-
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, who spoke at the
.-n;ui:. explained that the orig-
inal project, which began in
2001, was cut short a year later
due to the original contractor-
Associated Asphalt going
The prime minister said that
the C W Saunders Highway and
the Milo Butler Highway, which
Were completed under the old
contract, are two of 19 corri-
dors originally identified under

SEVERAL MINISTERS take part in a ribbon cutting for the official
opening of Corridor two, extending Milo Butler Highway to Carmichael
Road. Pictured from left are: Minister of works Neko Grant, Culture Min-
ister Charles Maynard, Social Services Minister Loretta Butler-Turner,
PM Hubert Ingraham, and National Security Minister Tommy Turn-

the first road improvement pro-
ject. He noted that a balance of
$17.6 million from the initial
loan of $46.2 million obtained
from the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank with an addition-
al loan of $100 million was
needed to fund the relaunch of
the project.
Beginning on January 5,2009,
Mr Ingraham said the first three
corridors to be completed will
be the Bethel Avenue exten-
sion; an extension from the
Thompson Boulevard and Far-
rington Road junction through
Rock Crusher Road on to West
Bay Street; and a major section
of West Bay Street near Saun-
ders Beach.
This project, which is expect-
ed to run for 33 months, will at
its end create "a major road
artery" from Saunders Beach
to Cow Pen Road, Mr Ingra-
ham said.
"This $120 million infrastruc-
ture project coupled with the

Family Island road works and
other public infrastructure
development projects such as
the redevelopment of the Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port, the Nassau Harbour
Improvement and the con-
struction of three government
office complexes in New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama and
Abaco will provide important
stimuli to the economy at this
critical time," the prime minis-
ter said.
The project should create
more than 500 direct jobs, and
Mr Ingraham said further
opportunities will be created
through suppliers and sub-con-
tractors associated with the
Mr Ingraham said: "Put sim-
ply, improved road systems, just
like improved public services,
create efficiencies that will assist
us in becoming the modern,
well-organised society we wish
to be."

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Police are investigating-an
armed robbery and shooting
at the Simply Native
Restaurant on Saturday.
According to reports, a
masked gunman entered the
restaurant around 10pm and
ordered everyone on the
The man then fired a
shot, causing customers and
employees to run outside.
He robbed the establish-
ment of an undetermined
amount of cash.
Police received a report
around 10.24pm and
responded to the scene on
East Beach Drive, where
they interviewed persons.
According to witnesses,
the suspect was wearing a
black tam with holes over
his face and a green and
white shirt, and was armed
with a long black gun.
He was seen fleeing into
bushes on the other side of
the street.
Police investigations are
continuing into the matter.
Anyone with information
about the robbery was
asked to call the police at
911,352-9774/5 or 350-
ASP Mackey said police
are appealing to business
operators to be alert during
the Christmas season, and
make frequent deposits dur-
ing operating hours.
She urged employees to
call the police if they
observe persons lurking in
the area.

William Cartwright:

the only surviving

founder of the PLP

o In brief

Warning over
armed robbers in
Palmetto Village area
A HOME owner is warning
residents of Palmetto Village
to be aware of armed robbers
in the area after she herself
was held up at gunpoint on
Nay Gilbert said she has
been living in the Marathon
constituency for the past 30
years and has never heard any
reports of serious crime in her
Now, she believes, she has
become the second victim of
an armed robbery in her area
in just a few weeks.
Mrs Gilbert said that she was
driving to her home in the
Marathon constituency at
around 7pm on Sunday, never
noticing that she was being fol-
lowed by a man in a car.
As she pulled up to her
house, she briefly talked to her
son who was just leaving. At
this time the man who had
been following her, stopped his
car on the corner near her
Mrs Gilbert said a man
wearing a mask and a tam
approached her holding a gun.
"I could only see his eyes,
but I wasn't scared at this point
because I thought it was my
nephew pulling a prank on
me," she said.
However, Mrs Gilbert soon
realized that the hold-up was
no prank when the gunman
repeatedly demanded that she
hand over all her money to him
and threatened to shoot her.
"He kept saying, 'give me
the money or I'll shoot you.'
That's when I knew it wasn't
my nephew," she said.
Mrs Gilbert said she hand-
ed the gunman her handbag
and then immediately fled into
her house, calling for her hus-
band. As he made his escape,
the gunman dropped some of
his victim's personal belong-
ings that fell out of the hand-
bag. Mrs Gilbert said she only
lost a relatively small amount
of money in the robbery, but is
more concerned that the gun-
man made off with her pass-
port which she had been car-
rying in her handbag.
She has reported the matter
to police.

arhed robbery
and ehnntinn

Chief Reporter
HE WAS there before
November 23, 1953; before Sir
Lynden Pindling, before Sir
Clement Maynard, before
Paul Adderley, before Arthur
Hanna, and although almost
completely ignored by the
public, he is among us still -
living in New Providence
This year the PLP cele-
brates its fifty-fifth anniver-
sary. William (Bill) Cartwright
is the only surviving founder
of the first political party in
the Bahamas, the PLP.
Mr Cartwright, also a for-
mer publisher, has become an
elusive and perhaps forgotten
character in Bahamian soci-
ety. Many lament the fact that
he has yet to receive the hon-
ours due to him.
His age and health may pre-
vent this from ever happen-
ing, but one wonders why the
legacy of this unassuming indi-
vidual is no longer discussed.
In a special publication pro-
duced for the PLP's 30th
anniversary, another founder
of the political party, Cyril
Stevenson, wrote that in June
1953, he and Mr Cartwright -
both writers at the time vis-
ited England to cover the
coronation of Queen Eliza-
beth II for The Bahamian
Review, the publication found-
ed by Mr Cartwright.
While in England, the two
sought support and assistance
from the Labour Party and the
Fabian. Society for the estab-
lishment of a political party in
the Bahamas.
At the time, Mr Cartwright
was a member of the House of
Assembly representing the
Cat Island constituency and
Mr Stevenson was employed
at The Nassau Guardian.
After the trip to England,
and another to Jamaica. to talk
with political leaders there,
Mr Cartwright and Mr Steven-
son met with the late H M
Taylor in his East Street
home, opposite the police bar-
racks, to lay the foundations of
the PLP.
Subsequent meetings -were
held in Mr Cartwright's office
in the Lightbourne Building
on the corner of Bay and
Frederick Streets.
In October, 1953, a final
decision was reached and a
working plan was agreed
upon. Of the 30 or more per-
sons approached to take an
active role in the party, only
six came forward.
They were: Clement Pinder,
Holberton Brown, Urban H
Knowles, John Carey, Paul
Farrington and Felix Russell.
The group became the first
self-appointed executive
board of the PLP. Mr Taylor
was elected chairman, Mr
Stevenson named vice-chair-
man, Mr Cartwright was the
treasurer and Mr Knowles was
chosen as chaplain.
The Tribune's files are
unfortunately slim when it
comes to Mr Cartwright's
presence in public life. There
is one piece of writing that
does give some insight into
what he thought of the gen-

wrote it himself in that same
advertisement he placed in
He said: "Unsung heroes,
unfulfilled goals and broken
promises, the revolution goes
on sometimes changing
course, sometimes holding,
steady and victory, like death,
is never final."




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eration that followed his.
On July 12, 1989, The Tri-
bune published a full-page
advertisement for Mr
Cartwright called "Some
Straight Talk, Some Honest
Answers, The Price of Revo-
In it he observed that most
of the parliamentarians of the
time were just toddlers in
"I am proud of the part I
played in founding the first
political party in the Bahamas,
I was imprisoned for the PLP
and bankrupted for the PLP.
At that time I owed 30 per-
sons and two banks 30,000.
But I worked hard and
believed that I would owe no-
one, I paid off all my debts in
17 years.
"I volunteered for this ser-
vice to my country and was
not drafted, but someone had
to stand up for their country at
that time. Too many Bahami-
ans were afraid to be count-
ed," he said
One thing is for certain -
one day, as happened with
Hubert Farrington this past
Monday, the Bahamas will
wake up and Mr Cartwright
will be gone.
Will he be left, like so many
others, to fade away as he
walks down Bay Street with
younger generations unaware
of who he is and those older
declining to acknowledge his
Perhaps the answer is
already apparent. One aspir-
ing PLP politician admitted to
a reporter just before he was
to speak at the recent PLP
community meeting in Fox
Hill, that he was unaware,
until a few weeks before, that
the founders of his party were
a group of Long Island men.
No doubt he. is also unaware
that Mr Cartwright is still
alive. So perhaps this politi-
cal trailblazer on whose shoul-
ders many in the PLP now
stand, has already had his epi-
taph read and perhaps he

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"PRIME MINISTER Ingraham can't magi-
cally make tourists arrive here in the Bahamas,"
Professor David Lubin told the media while
discussilgathe economic hardship that the
Bahamas can expect from the economic down-
turn in the US.
Speaking to the media at the US Embassy
last week the professor emphasised that what is
now happening is not only beyond the US gov-
ernment's control, but beyond any government's
control, including that of Prime Minister Ingra-
ham. Not only is it beyond anyone's control,
but no one knows what to do about it.
What is happening now is a lot of trial and
error solutions, with a good deal of prayers,
and finger-crossing thrown in for good mea-
Unionists are, therefore, deluding their mem-
bers if they encourage them to think that by
loud threats and headline grabbing they caq
get them employed in jobs that no longer exist.
According to reports, while speaking out for
all of its members, union leaders seem to be
putting more emphasis on getting their execu-
tives re-employed. Remember, when a ship is
going down, women and children are the first in
the lifeboats. The captain usually goes down
with the ship.
If there are jobs to be had which at pre-
sent in the hotel industry there are not then
union members should be considered first, while
their executives step aside.
The Ingraham government is relying on the
proximity of our islands to the US mainland to
attract Americans who are still travelling. Prox-
imity should be a drawing card, but no one is
going to spend vacation money on a dirty tourist
resort no matter how close.
And this is where the Bahanian people come
in. It is up to each one of us to help attract vis-
itors to these islands by assisting in keeping the
island clean.
Last week, for example, after The Tribune
reported the litter left on Long Wharf Beach
after junkanoers and their fans partied, Envi-
ronmental Minister Earl Deveaux made a per-
sonal inspection. He immediately organised a
beach clean up.
Mr Deveaux said although a team of workers
regularly cleans the beaches, the damage is
done over the weekend by the public. He
appealed to the community to make a greater
It is a shame that so many in our communi-
ty are so lacking in civic pride that an appeal has
to be made to encourage them to keep their
surroundings clean. Many of them are probably
among those agitating to get their jobs back,
not realising that their weekend littering on
"pristine beaches" help to drive the tourists
away. In other words they are destroying their
own bread and butter.
"You have a group of junkanoers and
Bahamians who congregate at Arawak Cay,
and tourists will go there. So even if the clean-

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up crew work weekends, you will always find lit-
ter on Arawak Beach," the.minister said.
Civic minded citizens, who do not litter,
should not have to go out and clean up the
mess left by citizens who seem to be comfortable
with filth.
There are always clean-up campaigns, new
garbage bins are always being distributed, but
the careless will drop their litter wherever they
stand, even though there is a garbage bin a few
feet in front of them. Mrs Melany McKenzie,
director of environmental services, said her
department has put bins in what she calls "prob-
lematic areas" where Bahamians congregate
S-bus stops, beaches and parks.
She said what was needed was sponsorship
from the business community and "regular
Bahamians" in other words Bahamians who
believe that "cleanliness is next to godliness."
How many times hasn't the business com-
munity sponsored such programmes, even going
so far as to themselves taking a garbage bag
and joining in the clean up, only to see the
beach in the same state the following weekend
as not so "regular" Bahamians enjoy cook-outs,
sailing races, and generally "catching the
breeze" leaving their debris behind them.
The only campaign that will make a dent is
like the one launched in 1964 by the Chamber of
Commerce. The order went out that anyone
failing to clean up their properties would be
Of course, there were those in the PLP, as
usual looking to ingratiate themselves with the
people, who cried foul. Apparently no litterer
should be fined. The Chamber of Commerce
paid the Public Works Department's garbage
men overtime on the weekends and three or
four afternoons a week to collect the garbage
that citizens were ordered to have ready for
them outside their houses.
The first to face a fine was a truck driver
caught dumping litter on a public road.'The
Ministry of Health, Public Works, and the police
cooperated with the Chamber in its "Keep our
island clean" campaign.
Schools competed to win the Chamber's
anti-litter campaign trophies for the cleanest
school yards cleaned by the children them-
selves. There were prizes for the best kept
streets, the best kept gardens everyone was
expected to cooperate, and those wlho didn't
were fined.
The Treasury needs money, the island has
to be cleaned up to attract visitors, and the
police have to cooperate by bringing the back-
sliders in.
This is the only way that the business com-
munity can help. It is a waste of time almost
an insult to ask them to go out and clean up
after litterers. Backsliders only understand a
hit on their pocketbook. If they can't help keep
the island clean, then they can contribute a few
cents to the Treasury even in these troubled

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A dirty island is no attraction

EDITOR, The Tribune.

TWENTY years ago, two
shotgun blasts took my father's
life in the doorway of our fam-
ily home, right in front of my
mother's eyes. That day
changed my family forever, and'
as a result I feel a unique soli-
darity and kinship with anyone
who has suffered the devastat-
ing loss of a family member to
I share the grief, outrage, and
desire for recognition felt by the
victims' family members who
marched in the streets last
month. Where we differ, how-
ever, is in regard to whether the
death penalty is the best way to
address our pain, our loss, and
the injustices we have experi-
enced. Soon after my father's
murder, when the two people
responsible for the crime had
been apprehended and were
awaiting trial, a friend said to
me, "I hope they fry those peo-
ple so your family can get some
He meant to comfort me, but
the fact is that another killing
would not have brought me or
my family peace. If we let mur-
derers turn us to murder, we
give them too much power.

They succeed in bringing us to
their way of thinking and acting,
and we become what we say we
abhor. Since that time, I have
worked with hundreds of vic-
tims' family members who have
come to feel that the death
penalty offers only a false
promise of closure.
It does not truly heal our
anguish as surviving family
members, and it does not make
society safer. Vicki Schieber,
whose beautiful 23-year-old
daughter Shannon was mur-
dered, has this to say: "Losing a
beloved family member to mur-
der is a tragedy of unimagin-
able proportions.
There is no such thing as clo-
sure when a violent crime rips
away the life of someone dear
to you.
We want the world to
remember Shannon and to
know what kind of person she
was. In fact, we believe that one
tragedy of the death penalty is
that it turns society's perspec-
tive away from the victim and

creates an outpouring of sup-
port for those who have per-
petuated a crime. For us, the
death penalty is not the way to
honour our daughter's life."
Another mother, Theresa
Matthews, lost her son in a mur-
der that is still unsolved. She
says, "A lot of people thought
that I would want the person
who did this terrible thing to
my son to be executed, but
that's not what I want. We keep
our hope that the person will
be found and held accountable,
but who are we to say a life for
a life? I don't believe the death
penalty would have prevented
my son's murder."
As victims' families, we all
have reason to be angry and to
work for change.
I submit, however, that the
death penalty serves as a dis-
traction from victims' real
needs, not a solution.

Murder Victims' Families for
Human Rights
Massachusetts, USA

December 12, 2008

The cultural state of our nation:

more questions than answers

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THIS is the first time in my
generation's existence that we
have witnessed such an adverse
period in our lives, it's basically
been a peaches and cream era, a
booming tourism and banking
industry for years, along with oth-
er entrepreneurial money mak-
ing ventures byv Bahamians in the
70's, 80's. and 90's, but now we've
been hit with a massive financial
challenge, how will we rise up to
it? How will we adjust to the
world's changes? How will we
overcome it? Let us see!
The government had recently
put together another Crime Com-
mission, a think tank on how to
deal with crime and other social
ills in our communities.
I personally think that a lack
of cultural perspective is at the-
root of our problem, a disassoci-
ation from our Bahamian princi-
ples and values are missing. vwe
still think what is foreign is better,
we let any foreigner who comes
into our midst and has the latest
snake oil and slick talk on his
tongue, end up with the keys and
the bank book to our country, yet
we have many Bahamnians among
us with great ideas, who have con-
tributed much to our nation and
he or she can't be heard from,
can't get a meeting with the same
civil servant they've elected.

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Our young people are disillu-
sioned in what they see in our
country, so they cling onto any-
thing they can find solace in, and
that is mostly more negative than
positive, our youth need to know
what it truly is to be a Bahamian,
not what they see today as being
Bahamian' but the true essence
of who we are, not the greed,
materialism, back biting, politi-
cal in and out fighting, but a peo-
ple who are friendly, smart, lov-
ing, productive and so much
more, they must know these
things, a child can watch any
movie, listen to any song and still
walk away knowing right from
wrong, once they are grounded
and reared in the right way, we
need to add Bahamian cultural
programmes and classes to our
school curriculum from pri-
mary level all the way up to high
school, this subject should be
added to the BJC and BGCSE
exams, it is important that our
youth know from whence we
came, they should be steeped in
Bahamian culture, it is extremely
important that we focus on us and
stop trying to please the world,
but take care of us first, we need
to get us right or we will be lost as
a nation and forgotten if we do
not concentrate on Bahamians
Are we proud to be Bahami-
ans? Look at who we emulate,
look at their society, their econo-
my, their dysfunctions, we are at a
time where our youth are embrac-
ing inferior grades, if you're too
smart you're "soft", "a sissy",
praising failure, those who go to
jail are considered "hard", "cool",
these are foreign traits and influ-
ences, not ours, young men are
afraid to smile, everyone is "mean
mugging", face all screwed up,
because they can't appear weak
to others, marijuana use is sky-
rocketing, is that our culture? Par-
ents, these things are happening,
believe it or not, and as dire as it

is, it all comes down to culture,
culture encompasses everything
about us, the good, the bad, and,
yes, the ugly things also, some
back in the day had travelled
abroad to study and returned
home, wanting to turn the
Bahamas into what they have
experienced away at school, they
wanted the Bahamas to be
America, a Jamaica,pn Englan_4. .
but the BaAamas is le Bahamas,-.,
and should'stay that a\, we at '
a beautiful people, ard e'en with
our faults we are better off than
most, we do have issues we need
to confront and correct, for exam-
ple, we have a lovely country
here, yet we pollute it, and don't
clean up after ourselves, are these
Bahamiantraits? I am only ask-
ing, answer them for yourself,
many of us try to mimic foreign
cultures, and run away from who
we truly are.
Both governing parties brag
about picking up illegal and ship-
ping them back to their home-
lands, truthfully!, I would be more
impressed, if they picked them
up, and made them pay their own
way back home, now that's an
innovative idea, the Bahamian
tax dollars could go to other
needed services. Here's a ques-
tion that has always baffled me,
for those who seek residency or
citizenship in the Bahamas, are
they required to take a test? Are
they required to know Bahamian
history and culture to pass this
test? I feel that anyone who
becomes a part of our nation
should be made to assimilate
themselves into our society, for
them to become a Bahamian
patriot, and to put God and coun-
try first, not just cash, these are
only a few of my thoughts I want-
ed to share, and it doesn't stop
December, 2008.

We must not let

murderers turn

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Masked gunmen
flee with cash
from Esso
service station

TWO masked gunmen held
up a local service station on
Sunday night and escaped with
an undetermined amount of
Police press liaison officer
Assistant Superintendent Wal-
ter Evans reported yesterday
that shortly after 11pm on Sun-
day, two masked gunmen
entered the Esso service station
on Montrose Avenue and Wulff
Road and demanded cash. The
gunmen reportedly robbed an
employee of an undetermined
amount of cash belonging to the
service station. The gunmen
then escaped on foot, travelling
east in the vicinity of Union Vil-
lage, police said. Investigations
into the matter are ongoing.

31 suspected
marijuana plants
Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama Police. discovered a
total of 31 suspected marijuana
plants at an apartment complex
in Freeport, police reported on
Monday. According to Assis-
tant Supt.of Police Loretta
Mackey, the plants were discov-
ered in styrofoam cups at an
apartment complex on Forbish-
er Drive on Friday evening.
I Ms Mackey said officers were
conducting investigations on
another matter in the area on
December 12 at about 5pmr
when they discovered 61 styro-
foam cups. She said 31 cups con-
tained plants which the officers
suspected were marijuana
plants. The plants were seized
by police. No arrests have been
made and investigations are



PM, Laing leave for Brazil summit to

boost Caribbean-Latin American ties

Tribune Staff Reporter
Advancing the Caribbean
region's development means
deepening its relationship with
the economically diverse region
of Latin American, according
to the Minister of State for
The prime minister and other
government officials including
the minister of state, Zhivargo
Laing, left yesterday for a sum-
mit in Brazil designed to
strengthen relations between
the Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ican groupings.
The delegation will be out of
the country to attend the two
day Latin America/Caribbean
Summit on Integration and
Development, taking place at a
Brazilian beach resort in Bahia,
until Friday.

More than 30 heads of state
and government from Latin
America and the Caribbean are
expected to discuss issues
including the current global
financial crisis and matters relat-
ed to food supply, energy and
climate change.
The first gathering of its kind,

it is also historic for another
reason; being the first region-
wide summit that has not
involved the United States of
Mr Laing said: "As a part of
CARICOM we are continuing
to develop those relationships
with Latin America that pro-
vide for us economic opportu-
nities. Latin America is one of
those regions in the world that
is both a producer and a con-
sumer of many goods and ser-
vices and so all of CARICOM
recognizes that advancing the
region's economic growth and
development means advancing
the region's economic relation-
ship with Latin America and so
this is a continuing effort along
those lines,"
He said summits such as this
week's allow "leadership to get
together and seek to continue to
map out ways in which they can

continue to foster that econom-
ic and political relationship in
promoting a more stable and
prosperous region."
While the Bahamas is bilat-
erally seeking to develop its
relations with certain South
American nations such as
Brazil, with which the Bahamas
has held discussions on fostering
links in the form of tourism,
financial services and mutual
legal assistance, Mr Laing
explained that this week's event
is specifically a "region-to-
region" than that country to
country affair.
Joshua Sears, Director Gen-
eral at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs said the idea of the
forum was floated by the Brazil-
ians around the time of the 19th
Intersessional CARICOM
heads of government meeting
in Nassau in June as an oppor-
tunity for governments to meet

and discuss issues relevant to
all of them "in a more intimate
way" than is currently provided
for in other summits.
"We think its a good idea and
it's also symbolic of Brazil's
growing influence in the
region," said Mr Sears, adding
that capacity building, techni-
cal co-operation, immigration
and humanitarian aid will also
be on the agenda.
Following last week's Cuba-
CARICOM summit in Santiago
de Cuba, the inter-regional
event is the second internation-
al gathering that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham has attended
in the last seven days aimed at
strengthening the Bahamas' ties
with its southern neighbours.
During his absence, Deputy
Prime Minister Brent Symon-
ette will act as prime minister
and Tommy Turnquest will act
as minister of finance.

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DESPITE uncertainty surrounding a proposed
bail-out of the American big three auto-makers,
local dealers are both optimistic and cautious mov-
ing into 2009.
In a final attempt to save the faltering auto man-
ufacturing industry, the Bush administration stated
on Friday it may consider dipping into the $700 bil-
lion financial bail-out approved in October.
Nassau Motors Company (NMC) operations man-
ager Rick Lowe said the challenge facing US deal-
erships and manufacturers is much different from
local dealers.
He said because GM, Ford and Chrysler pay
employees as much as three times more than the
competition, and with their unions unwilling to com-
promise, he said: "What do you expect'?"
Although NMC is expecting to have a further
decline in sales in 2009, Mr Lowe said. generally
new car sales had dropped about 50 per cent in the
last few years.
With car leases remaining an important service to
the company, Mr Lowe said though it has not been
discontinued the company did have to revisit qual-
ifying requirements.
"You have to be creditworthy in order to lease. As
the banks are saying they can't lend to persons in the
hotel industry because they are not sure they're

going to be working tomorrow, we have similar con-
straints." In addition to this, the company has placed
a hold on bringing in 2009 models at least until it can
reduce its current stock.
With many local businesses cutting back on staff
in recent months, Mr Lowe said right now he did not
predict having to let go any employees.
Bahamas Bus and Truck operations manager Ben
Albury explained business will go on as usual even
if the auto-makers bail-out falls through.
In the past weeks the company has sold around 15
vehicles which he says is a drop but, if maintained, is
enough to sustain the company throughout the new
Mr Albury said: "As long as we can continue to
pay our staff and remain somewhat profitable, con-
sidering much larger companies are going belly-up
who have been around much longer, then I am very
A spokesperson for Executive Motors and Qual-
ity Auto said both companies had cut back on inven-
tory and would continue to do so into the new year.
Instead of importing large numbers of a single
model, both companies will drastically reduce econ-
omy fleets to two to five vehicles, and many high-
end vehicles will be shipped on a special order basis.
Although heavily supported by government agen-
cies who can buy up to ten vehicles at one time, the
spokesperson said 2009 will be approached with
caution and, similar to banks, "with due diligence."

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pharmacy at Rand Memorial
Hospital was officially com-
missioned by Governor-Gen-
eral Arthur Hanna during his
annual visit to the hospital last
The pharmacy, which has
been expanded, is also the
first to install and implement
a new pharmacy management
information system
comparable to those of other
institutions in the United
Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis, Veta Brown,
chairman of the Public Hos-
pitals Authority, health offi-
cials and staff members were
on hand for the ribbon cut-
ting and unveiling of the
plaque by the Governor-Gen-
"Congratulations to Grand
Bahama Health Services for
embracing the challenge and
successfully launching the new
software programme, which I
am advised is operating well,"
said Mr Hanna.
"I am delighted to be here
once again for this occasion
which signals the start of the
festive season (and) in which
you lay to fore your advances
during the past year to ensure
quality healthcare to the
Bahamian people and visitors
to our shores."
The Governor-General said
he was impressed by the sig-
nificant improvements at the
Rand Hospital over the past
"I understand that there are
additional capital projects on
the drawing board which
include the imminent tempo-
rary relocation of the Acci-
dent and Emergency Depart-
ment to facilitate the expan-

to Grand Bahama
Health Services
for embracing
the challenge
and successfully
launching the
new software
which I am
advised Is
operating well."

Governor General
Arthur Hanna

sion and renovation of the
current site," he said.
Minister of Health Dr Min-
nis said there have been
notable improvements in
many areas at the hospital.
He said that a number of
critical areas have been
addressed, including the
appointment of a consultant
orthopedic surgeon, clinical
psychologist and physicians
trained in anesthesiology,
ophthalmology, and radiolo-
Dr Minnis said the addition
of an orthopedic surgeon was
important because orthope-
dic cases accounted for the
major portion of the cost of
air ambulance/emergency
flights to Nassau.

" .

"I have been informed that
our CAT scan facilities in
Nassau and Freeport can be
interpreted by radiologist staff
who are in Nassau without
having to travel here to Grand
Bahama or vice versa," he
The minister also said that
trained nurses in midwifery,
trauma management, the
operating theatre and psychi-
atric care have been hired, as
well as. allied health profes-
sionals in general laboratory
service, cytology, pharmacy
and operating theatre and
anesthesiology assistants.
He revealed that Grand
Bahama will also soon join
Nassau and Abaco in the
telemedicine programme
recently introduced so that
patients can be viewed ard
assessed by specialists in the

KELLY's Home Centre recently made $500-
donations to several worthy local charities. The
money is given in a joint effort between Kelly's
and their customers who make nominal dona-
tions for Christmas wrapping paper and bows in
lieu of wrapping services.
Each Christmas time ten to fourteen charities
are selected to receive $500 gifts.

Accident and Emergency and
Dermatology Services in Nas-
Dr Minnis said the Ministry
of Health will be placing
renewed emphasis on the
healthy lifestyle programme
to change unhealthy dietary
habits, poor health manage-
ment and sedentary practices.
He indicated that recent
statistics have shown notable
increase in visits at Rand over
the past five years.
It was reported that outpa-
tient specialty visits increased
from 15,849 in 2003 to 19,135
in 2007. For the same period,
visits to the Accident and
Emergency room went up
from 37,591 to 45,483, and
community health services
cases climbed from 70,232 to
"We must decrease these
numbers by preventing the
incidents that give rise to
those health issues we see dai-
ly," he said.
Dr Minnis was pleased to
report that no deaths have
occurred due to vaccine pre-
ventable diseases in the
He said government con-
tinues to work to increase
immunisation coverage and
remain updated with new vac-
cines recommended by the
Pan American Health Organ-
isation and World Health
Dr Minnis said that staffing
will increase at the Disease
Surveillance and public health
management services.

To date, it is estimated thai over' 40,000 has
been donated, with 2008 donations likely to bring
the total to around $50,000.
Among the 2008 recipients are the Bahamas
Association for Retired Persons, the Physically
Challenged Children's Committee, the Prison
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Hopes of breakthrough in

Farrington death probe

Tribune Staff Reporter
THOSE close to Bahamiat
dancing legend Hubert Farrin,-
ton, who was killed in a hit-arn-
run incident last week, are hopig
the testimony of a newly-emeged
eyewitness iray lead to a brak-
through in the investigationmto
his death.
According to a source close to
the 83-year-old's family, a eye-
witness has informed thea that
someone he identified as mong
those in the car which tok Mr
Farrington's life had a coversa-.
.. tiofi with a paramedc who
attended the scene beforanaking
a getaway.
The witness, who is Npected
to meet.with police tls week,
also obtained a descriptn of the
car which hit the elderly man.
The family friendsaid the
'' information is all the mre critical
*. since he feels that afte a week it
.i is unlikely that-aniof those
ri involved will now approach the
., "We had hoped tat once it
was in the paper, tht someone
might come forward..hey'll have
to live with it," said:he source,
adding: "Maybe this:an lead to

Eyewitness to hit-and-run

incident comes forward

some more positive identifica-
He hopes police will, if they
have not already, speak to the
paramedics who aided Mr Far-
rington to investigate the eyewit-
ness's claim.
Mr Farrington was struck by a
vehicle while walking near
Wendy's on Mackey Street in the

early hours of the morning of
Monday, December 8.
According to the source close
to the family, the witness saw
three people in the car which hit
He was to die around an hour
later after being transported to
So far police have not indicated

to the family that they have made
any significant progress in the
case, said the source.
During his life Mr Farrington
founded the Nassau Civic Ballet
School and struggled to cultivate
a local interest in the performing
He left the Bahamas for New
York City as a young man and,
with the aid of various scholar-
ships, attended the New York
City Ballet School and the Amer-
ican Ballet Theatre School, later
bringing his talents back to Nas-
Former Director of Culture,
Nicolette Bethel, described Mr
Farrifigton as "a unique human
being (whose) mind at 80 years
was as brilliant as ever."
His funeral was held on Friday,
which would have also been his
84th birthday.
The Tribune attempted to
reach police for an update on the
matter yesterday but calls were
not returned up to press time.

I -.

Lyford Cy International School Fourth Annual

Dinner and Auction 'tremendous success'
THE foui 'annual Lyford Cay Intetnational School gala dinner
and auctior.as a tremendous success and raised $224,577.
. The prods were garnered through table sales and live and
silent auctils at the event held last Saturday, December 6, at the
Sheraton (and Ballroom, Cable Beach.
The evet was held in conjunction with the Mark Knowles
Celebrity mnnis Invitational, which raises funds for Bahamian
Youth Chities. Baha Mar hosted the spectacular affair at the Sher-
aton, Nassi Beach Resort, with Bristol Cellars donating the bar.
Katie Izirlian, LCIS' chair of the development committee said,
"LCIS wdd like to thank all of our generous table sponsors and
enthusiasm: auction participants. The funds raised will be split
equally been three vital funds, the LCIS professional develop-
ment fun the LCIS campus refurbishment fund and the LCIS
scholars endowment fund.
"In the difficult economic times, we are emboldened by the sup-
port of tr parents, and sponsors. The theme of the evening,
, 'togethe:,seems particularly appropriate after such a successful

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Left to cherish her memories are her son: Donny
Roberts; grandson: Kyle Roberts; sister: Sharen
Lowe and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

Lee will be sadly missed and remembered by all
those who knew and loved her.

A very special thank you to all the doctors and
nurses at Doctor's Hospital, Nassau, New
Providence, Dr. Pamela Etuk, Dr. Clement, all the
doctors and nurses at the I.A.T Clinic, her special
caretaker Monique and Norma Headley and the
Cancer Association Freeport, Grand Bahama.


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that were subsequently paid; sub-
mitted and were paid for hours that
were illegitimate; certified the
authenticity of their own overtime;
and were paid without prior
approval before payment.
About a dozen officers also
claimed to have worked continuous
overtime-for more than 24 hours

while three officers received thou-
sands for collective overtime while
on vacation and/or sick leave,
according to the letter.
When asked if Customs had
recovered any money from illegiti-
mate overtime payments, Mr
Adderley said the department is "in
the process of addressing that."

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being remedied."
His comments came in response
to several Tribune articles that
revealed flaws in the department's
overtime billing methods, as out-
lined in a 2006 auditor-general's let-
ter to the former comptroller of cus-
In a recent interview with The
Tribune, Mr Adderley said that

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on the job because they termi-
nated a lot of the executives who
are in the union. The Minister
knew about the 150 persons
being made redundant. So to act
as if he did not know about it,
what is he trying to tell the peo-
Attorney for the BHMAW,
Obie Ferguson said the mem-
bers want answers and are will-
ing to wait on the Minister to
come out of the Senate to speak
with them if it takes all day.
"We will wait." he said. "The
senator is a servant of the people.
and you have to listen to the
"The people are hurting.
There is a misunderstanding
somewhere. We want him to
understand that the poll must
be held."
Mr Ferguson said he hopes
for a number of resolutions to
come out of meeting with the
He added: "We expect those
ladies who were terminated that
are pregnant to be reinstated,
we want the officers of the union
to be reinstated and we want the
majority of the workers who
were dismissed to be reinstated
and we want their payments to

be made and calculated proper-
"They have not been paid
correctly and those workers who
have to be let go for whatever
reason must be paid correctly."
Mr Ferguson compared the
situation to the pre-1940's.
He said: "Section 45 of the
Industrial Relations Act, man-
dates that you cannot dismiss a
worker as a result of their role in
a union similar to what we are
doing so it's illegal.
"This is what happened in
pre-1940's, workers can't join a
union and the Minister of
Labour has to be a part of that
process? So where are we going
as a country?"
Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes said he has been in con-
sultation with Hotel Employers
Association president Barry Far-
rington and Sandals consultant
John Cook to reach a resolution
by Wednesday, if not before.
He said: "I am totally sur-
prised by the demonstration this
morning. Eight executives and
two pregnant women lost their
jobs and that is something we
are making representations
"One of the fundamental
policies in industrial relations is
to ensure employers do not take

FROM page one

Airport in Nassau the finest air-
port in the region will alow the
Bahamas to take full advantage of
its proximity to the world's irgest
The airport is current ,the
fourth busiest in the region seating
around 3.2 million passenger a
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace sail:
"It is an opportunity for us t,
develop our airports in ways wt
never have to proceed as rapid-.
ly as we can to make it'the finest.
airport in this region.
"I recognize there is such a thing
as economic value of first and last
impressions, and that visitors will
have a wonderful impression of
the area."

One of two men missing at sea rescued
FROM page one
by the US Coast Guard, clinging to a cooler Mr Lloyd told the Tribune.
The man was reportedly taken to hospital for medical attention.
"Last night the cooler that the three missing persons were clinging
to was located by the US Coast Guard and one person was found cling-
ing to it. He was rescued and brought to Nassau," Mr Lloyd said.
"We are waiting to debrief the person who was rescued, to find out
what happened to the other two, whether they slipped below the
surface or if they swam off," he said. Mr Lloyd said that the vessel the
four men were on sank.
"Normally, the first thing we would say is never leave the vessel, *
cling to the vessel. It makes you easier to find but apparently the ves-
sel sank," he said. Mr Lloyd said that he was certain the vessel had cap-
sized due to rough seas.
"The weather wag not good even in the morning. The forecast was
projected to get much worse as the afternoon went on. At the moment
the priority is to locate the last two missing persons," Mr Lloyd said.
Mr Lloyd said that the search became more difficult due to the time
the incident was reported.
"Obviously that was several hours after the boat sank, which would
have hampered the search area because the cooler would have drift-
ed off. Then the heavy seas and high winds would have caused it to
move very quickly so it became a fairly large search area and it was
evening and required the capabilities of the US Coast Guard who were
gracious enough to put a number of assets out there," he said.

Union members

FROM page one

clear that her bowel had been
punctured during the initial pro-
"I was told she would have to
undergo emergency surgery
because something was wrong,"
said Mr Adderley.
"I was told the most horrify-
ing things of my life, that my wife
.would be in a coma, that she
would be unresponsive, that she
would be on a breathing machine
and heart machine and that she
would be gravely ill."
He said things looked very bad
at that stage. "I thought I would
lose my wife. I was told the next
48 hours would be critical. They
had to wash the toxins out of her
"After two weeks, she was still
unresponsive, her body was
swollen and she was stiff, hard
and cold. She was still uncon-
scious. She knew nothing. She
was more or less in acoma."
Then she began to respond.
Their children aged 22, 19, 17
and seven were allowed in to
see her, but she was so swollen
that they barely recognized her.
"The incision in her body was
open all the time she was in the
intensive care unit," said Mr
Adderley, "A senior medical offi-
cial admitted to me that they had
messed up. My wife's health has
been wrecked by this."
Mrs Adderley said the opera-
tion and its aftermath had turned
her into an old woman. She suf-
fers pain in her feet when she
gets out of bed, and feels ill all
the time.
"I was a very active woman,"
she, added, "I enjoyed moving
around. Now it's different."
To add to her woes, Mrs
Adderley's abdomen has now
ballooned so much that she looks
eight months pregnant. Doctors
say a hernia has developed and
that she needs further surgery to
correct it.

But MAdderley said: "I can't
allow those people to open up
my wife gain. I need to take her
to Florid; to get things put right.
"I hav been told that PMH
doesn't vant this matter to go to
court, thit taey want a settle-
ment, Bu I lave heard nothing
from theh. There have been no
expressions o0 sympathy noth-
"To maze thingss worse, they
are now dtclning to hand over
my wife's ndical records. We
hired a law.r to get them but
they can't.
"I worked the hospital for 11
years and I Ive been told by a
member of sff that an intern
was given thiiob to practise on
my wife," he aimed.
"They read straight away,
when she wemack into hospital,
that they harnade a terrible
Apart frornhe toll on Mrs
Adderley's her, the ordeal; has
cost them thasands in lost
'Mrs Adderlevorked as a bar-
maid. Her husnd, a mainte-
nance worker, as been forced
to stop work tore for his wife
and youngest chl because she is
now unable to oe.
Last night, Heth Minister Dr
Hubert Minnis id the Adder-
leys' case had ntbeen referred
to him. He descrid it as a PMH
"internal matter.
However, he id interns did
not conduct surgal procedures
without a consuint or senior
personnel being sent.
He added that -to-day com-
plications may noiecessarily be
referred to him.
"If what you'reaying is true
you could probab be dealing
with legal mattershe added.
The Tribune w, unable to
reach a governmenittorney who
is said to be famiir with the

'More than 40 laid off Iroi heeport Cintainer Port

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with 47 ports in 25 countries.
The global economic slowdown has hilthe shipping industry hard,
resulting in a decline in container shippig at FCP arnd other ports
According to a new report on the container shipping market from
London-based Drewry Shipping Consultan;, the "strong growth in the
container shipping sector is now going into averse as the credit crunch
impacts all the major economies."
Drewry further reports that in "every courty/region of critical impor-
tance to growth rates of container traffic volumes has suffered a major
loss of confidence since the beginning of the ear. Any sense that some
nations could be immune to, or disconnectedrom, the fate of the west-
ern economies seems to have been clearly rented by developments."
Grand Bahama Shipyard CEO Carl-Gustaf lotkirch has reported that
there are no plans for lay offs at the shipyard.

Mrs. Sharon

of Garden Hills II will be
held on Wednesday,
December 17th, 2008 at
11,00 a.m.. at New
Covenant Baptist Church,
East West Highway.
Officiating will be Bishop Simeon Hall. Interment will
follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and
Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone

Left to cherish her memories are her husband, Wendell
Munroe; three (3) children, Teko and Shalisha McPhee
and Wendelle Munroe; three (3) step-children, Rache,
Shante and Tyreek Munroe; mother, Lucille McPhee;
mother-in-law, Delores Deleveaux; five (5) brothers,
Rodriguez Gittens, Craig and Philip McPhee, Norman
and Rufus Moss; four (4) sisters, Marsha Saunders,
Shirley and Judith McPhee and Ruby Adderley; two
(2) adopted-brothers, Sam Collie and Monteyramany
Lewis; three (3) adopted-sisters, Nioka Poitier,
Keshella Mackey and Mary Fox; one (1) grandaunt,
Pricilla Carey; one (1) granduncle, Robert McPhee;
numerous cousins, twenty-three (23) nephews,
sixteen (16) nieces, seven (7) brothers-in-law, Andrew
Saunders, Jerome Adderley, Patrick, Derek and Norman
Munroe, Bernal Bullard and Arold Knowles; seven
(7) sisters-in-law, Frederica Gittens, Paulette McPhee,
Barbara Cooper, Joann, Knowles, Rosemary Bullard,
Patrice and Loma Munroe and a host of other relatives
and friends including, Bishop Simeon Hall and the
New Covenant Baptist Church Family, Management
and Staff of Bacardi Company, The entire Garden Hills
Community and others too numerous to mention.

Viewing will be held at the Chapel of Butlers' Funeral
Homes and Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on
Tuesday from 12noon until 5:00 p.m. and on
Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the

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of Cherokee Sound
Abaco, will be held at
Epworth Methodist
Church Cherokee Sound,
Abaco on Wednesday
December 17th, 2008 at
1:00pm. Burial will be
in the Public Cemetery.
Rev. Seme Joseph

He was predeceased by his father, Roberts Sands;
mother, Vestal Sands; father-in-law, Victor
McDonald; mother-in-law, Malvena McDonald;
brothers, Jezreel Sands and Deweese Sands; sister,
Mable Sands; sisters-in-law, Myrtle Sands and Nellie
Sands; brother-in-law, Wilson Sands.

Survived by his wife, Corella Sands; daughter,
Vonda Bethel; son, Rex Sands; son-in-law, Darren
Bethel; daughter-in-law, Naomi Sands;
granddaughters, Elise Bethel, Kayleigh Sands and
Julianne Sands; grandson, Lance Bethel; step-
mother-in-law, Leona McDonald; aunts, Bernicer
Albury and Dolly Roberts; uncle, Hilbert Pinder;
brother, Winer Sands; brothers-in-law, Van
McDonald and Wallace McDonald; sisters-in-law,
Denise McDonald and Ann McDonald; nieces,
Berline Elden, Yvonne Knowles, Stephanie Sands-
Sherman, Carlene Martin, Monique Martin, Elizabeth
Key, Iva Mae Russell, Charmaine Albury and
Madeline Albury; nephews, Chester Sands, Robert
Sands, Clayton'Sands, Stephen Sands, Earl Sands,
Timothy McDonald and Haziel McDonald; eleven
grand-nephews; five grand-nieces; four great
grand-nephews; five great -grand-nieces; and
many other relatives, friends and loved ones.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pinders
Funeral Home Palmdale Ave., Palmdale.

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January 21st 1918
December 16th, 1984

It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you, the day
God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.

Mamma, after all these years,
you arc always on our minds and hearts,
we will always love you,
and we miss you so much.

Barbara, Raphael, Betty & Ellison


International airports

All senators agreed to move the
bill to allow construction, plumb-
ing, and mechanical materials to
be imported duty free for interna-
tional airports in Marsh Harbour
and Treasure Cay, Abaco, North
Eleuthera, and Moss Town, Exu-
ma, as well as New Providence.
Senate PLP leader Alyson May-
nard-Gibson said airport redevel-
opment is critical for the success of
She also called for the expan-
sion of incentives to tourism pro-
jects beyond hotels through an
amendment of the Time Share Act
and stamp tax, and the creation of
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JOHN FREEMAN, Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (left), made a joint courtesy call on Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest;
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux in the Committee Room at the House of Assembly on Wednesday, December 10. Sitting
to the right of Mr Freeman is his special advisor Ian Richards, and also present, but not pictured, is
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Michael Barnett.

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THE Bahamas is trying to
fulfill its obligation as a
member of the United
Nations in the fight against
prohibiting the creation and
trafficking of Weapons of
Mass Destruction (WMD),
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette said.
He made the statement
during the official visit of
John Freeman, Deputy
Director-General of the
United Nations Organisation
for the ATohibition of Chem-
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Bahamas ftom December 10
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'Mr Syn~ohette said the
Bahamas would ratify the
WMD convention, depend-
ing on the outcome of the
meetings and a decision by
the Cabinet.
One hundred and eighty-
five countries have ratified
the convention, which came
into effect in 1997.
It is designed to eliminate
the scourge of chemical
weapons and also to make
sure that all peaceful chemi-
cal activities can proceed

"We want to continue dis-
cussions we've had over
sometime about the
Bahamas moving from being
a signatory to ratifying the
convention," Mr Freeman
"This convention is about
encouraging, not discourag-
ing the chemical industry.
The Bahamas has been tak-
ing considerable care to pre-
pare yourselves which is very
admirable. You've involved
all the stakeholders, and

have given it a high level of
"You have already
engaged with us all aspects
of legislation that is needed,
you've had discussions with
our legal team so I think the
Bahamas is getting itself in
a very good position to move
forward very soon towards
ratification," he said.
According to the UN rep-
resentative, it would be "a
good welcome to the Inter-
national Community when
the Bahamas signs on to a
very important instrument in
terms of the chemical
weapons but also disarma-
ment and non-proliferation
of weapons of mass destruc-

"It is a very successful
treaty and convention so far
and it would be even more
successful if The Bahamas is
a ratifying member of it," Mr
Freeman said.
Mr Freeman made a joint
courtesy call on the Deputy
Prime Minister; Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest; Attorney Gener-
al and Minister of Legal
Affairs Michael Barnett and
Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux in the Com-
mittee Room at the House
of Assembly, on Wednesday,
December 10.
Mr Freeman, accompanied
by his special advisor Ian
Richards, also paid a Cour-
tesy Call Governor-General
Arthur Hanna at Govern-
ment House and on Thurs-
day and held a Policy Review
. and Refinement Stakeholder
Consultation session with
relevant individuals at the
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THE Physically Challenged Children's Committee will con-
tinue the sale of its annual raffle tickets until January 31, 2009.
All tickets purchased since the raffle began in November will be
The PCCC, a non-governmental organisation, depends sole-
ly on public contributions to assist youngsters suffering from
crippling or disabling conditions.
The organisation was founded in 1954 by Sir Etienne Dupuch,
the then editor of The Tribune. Sir Etienne realized the need for
assistance to children with crippling conditions arising from
polio or other causes. He advertised for help in his newspaper
and received very generous support. He then invited commu-
nity-minded persons to serve on a committee to raise funds
for all physically-challenged children in the Bahamas in need of
Orthopedic surgeons and brace-makers visit Nassau twice
yearly from Miami and Chicago offering their services free of
charge, with the PCCC paying for travel, living expenses, pros-
theses and, when necessary, for the travel of patients to Miami
for needed surgery.
In 1972, Sir Etienne gave up his involvement with the com-
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tant work done by the committee and wishing it to continue,
appointed a fund-raising committee chaired by Shirley Oakes-
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softball action

Sports Reporter
MASTERS Softball League play
continued this weekend with four
games on the schedule.
Augusta St Bulls 26
St Agnes -18
In a high-scoring affair, the Bulls
separated themselves with a a pro-
ductive sixth-inning effort and held
on for the decisive win.
Heading into the sixth, the Bulls
held a slim two-run advantage, 12-
10, but outscored St Agnes 8-1 in
the inning to take a 20-11 lead into
the seventh.
Both teams scored six runs each
in ;the seventh, resulting in the
game's final margin.
The Bulls' powerful lineup.took
an early 5-1 lead in the first inning,
setting the tone for the remainder of
the contest.
They posted two runs in the sec-
ond, three in the third, and two in
the fifth before the deciding sixth
St Agnes failed to keep pace with
three innings, scoring just a single
run, while the six-run seventh was
their highest scoring of the game.
Offensively for the Bulls, Tyrone
North went 6-7 with five runs and
two RBI, Shannon Burnside went
5-7 with four runs and three RBI,
while John Woodside went 5-7 with
four runs and two RBI.
St Agnes was led by Sam Cum-
berbatch who went 3-5 with two
runs and two RBI, Ken Obrien with
4-6 with three runs and two RBI
and Henry Dean who went 2-2 with
two runs and two RBI.
Kirk Moxey got the win while
Obrien was tagged with the loss.
Andeaus Brokers 16
Alco Raiders 9
The Raiders enjoyed a brief lead
in the home half of the first inning,
but the B4okers quickly erased the
margin and would never trail again.
After three runs by the Raiders,
the Brokers responded with seven
runs to take the lead for good.
The Brokers scored just one run
over the course of the next five
innings before they sealed the win
with eight runs in the bottom half of
the sixth.
The Raiders matched their most
productive inning of the game with
three runs again in the sixth but
failed to mount a comeback effort
in the top of the seventh.
For the Brokers, Arnold Wilson
was 3-3 with two runs and four RBI
while Frank Kemp was 2-5 with two
runs and four RBI.
For the Raiders John Wallace
was 2-4 with two runs and four RBI.
Larry Forbes gave up just eight
hits in the win while Gay Knowles
was tagged with the loss.
Six Pack Abs -21
Miller Lite Royal 10
Six Pack Abs blasted Miller Lite
at the plate resulting in an early
stoppage in the fifth inning. The
Royal never threatened as they fell
behind 7-3 after two innings.
Six Pack Abs added eight runs in
the fourth and another six in the
fifth to seal the win.
, Anthony Richardson led the win-
ners with a 3-5 night which included
a home run, two runs and six RBI.
Ray Johnson was 3-4 with three
runs and two RBI while Dennis
Davis was 3-4 with two runs and
three RBI, including a home run.
Cyril Miller led the Royal as he
went 2-3 with two runs and three
RBI and Anthony Johnson was 2-3
with' two runs and two RBI.
Bamboo Shack Bulls 10
Micholett's Shockers 8
The high scoring Bulls won their
second game of the weekend in a
closely contested matchup over the
Greg Thompson gave up eight
hits in the win while Paul Johnson
was tagged with the loss. The
Speakers led by four runs after the
opening inning and padded their
lead 5-2 after the second.
The Bulls inched closer after the
fourth inning, trimming the deficit
to one at 6-5. They took their first
lead of the game, outscoring the
Speakers by two in the fifth inning
to take a 7-6 lead.
The Bulls protected a one run
advantage in the sixth, outscoring
the Speakers 3-2 in the game's final
Offensively for the Bulls, Rod-
ney Albury finished 3-3 with one
run and two RBI, Thompson was 3-
3 with one run and one RBI and
Victor Bain was 2-4 with one RBI
and one run.

Justin Dean led the Shockers
going 2-4 with one run and three

The 12 Commandments

of NutrPition for athletes

Senior Sports Reporter
T hou shalt eat a wholesome
breakfast, drink a lot of
water and get sufficient rest
in order to enjoy a good,
healthy lifestyle as a track and field
Those were some of the sentiments
expressed by Rolando Greene, a
Bahamian associate head coach of the
University of Arkansas women's track
and field team, as he led the first day of
discussion at the College of the
Bahamas' first Track and Field Clinic
yesterday at the college's Wellness
Sharing the 12 Commandments of
Nutrition as he spoke on Nutrition for
Athletes, Greene said it's important
for any athlete in any sport to succeed
by taking care of their bodies.
In an informal address that drew a
series of questions from the athletes,
Greene elaborated on the following
Thou shalt eat breakfast every
Thou shalt eat every 3-4 hours and
have healthy snacks regularly
Thou shalt always eat a carbohy-
drate with a protein
Thou shalt double thy fiber intake
Thou shalt trust thy mama

CO-ORDINATOR Bradley Cooper uses Julianna Duncanson to demonstrate a lift during a
session at the College of the Bahamas First Track and Field Clinic that got started yesterday
at COB's Wellness Center...

Thou shalt get thy vitamins from
food and not out of a bottle
Thou shalt drink water throughout
the day
Thou shalt cut down on sugar, salt
and alcohol
Thou shalt never go on a fad diet
Thou shalt trim fat from thy diet
Thou shalt eat lean red meat two
times per week
Thou shalt splurge 10% of the
Greene, the first Bahamian to coach

COLLEGIATE coach Rolando Greene and former athlete Aymara Albury (far left) along with
coordinator Bradley Cooper (far eight ) pose with some of the participating athletes...

track and field at a division one school,
said when he got the call from Bradley
Cooper, the track and field coach at
COB, he couldn't refuse the invita-
tion to come home to share his exper-
"At the end of the day,.that is what
we do because people look at college
as working with adults, but we're talk-
ing about the future and the future is
those young people," Greene stressed.
"I came home with this expectation.
I just want to be able to touch the
youngsters in a way that is second to
none, to be able to share my knowl-
Not trying to act as if he's the ulti-
mate authority on track and field in
the country, Greene said it's just gigan-
tic for him to share what he was taught
at university.
"I have another speaking engage-
ment in Little Rock, Arkansas, and I
should have been there two days
before I speak, but I told them that
they have to give me some more time.
I have to come home to do this,"
Greene insisted.
While he was expected to be joined
by Pauline Davis-Thompson, an assis-
tant women's track coach at the Uni-
versity of Tennessee, Greene shared
his lecture with Aymara Albury, a for-
mer athlete at Arkansas.

During the week, Greene said he
will be sharing on aspects of what the
athletes need to excel in the sprints -
throws and jumps. He said he will also
speak with the parents about the
requirements to get their children
enrolled in college.
Albury, who has retired from com-
petition, said she couldn't pass up the
opportunity to share in the clinic
because Cooper has played a vital role
in her development over the years,
making the transition from high school
to college.
"I think they have a good turnout,
but hopefully they will learn a lot from
being here," said Albury, who is in
her fourth semester of her PHD at the
University of Alabama. And she's also
home for the funeral of her grand-
mother on Monday.
Cooper said although it's just the
first day, he was quite impressed with
the turnout as he took the athletes
through. the techniques of weight lift-
"We're trying to do two things one
is the Olympic training and the other is
the collegiate requirements," he stated.
"So we hope that this will be beneficial
for all of the athletes."
One of those athletes who attended
the clinic was Julianna Duncanson,
who was provided with a shirt from
Greene for her participation in the
question and answer period.
"We learnt a lot about our diets and
how we should live as athletes,"
explained Duncanson, a student at
COB studying accounting. "And we
went through some light training with
the weights, which was very good."
One of the coaches who was on
hand with some of his athletes was
Leroy Thompson, of Government
High School. He noted that Greene
was very informative.
"Most of our kids just eat one meal
a day and that is when they go home,"
he insisted. "They come to school hun-
gry and they probably only eat chips
and a drink. So it was.very encouraging
to hear what they need to do to be
healthy athletes."
The 3pm clinic will continue this
week at the Wellness Center.

Awards presented as Rev

William Thompson softball

classic comes to a close ...

.. COACH Geno Campbell (left) poses above with 17-and-
Sunder MVP Deval Storr after they won the 2008 Rev Dr
M L William Thompson Softball Classic's title...

DARREN STEVENS, of Shaw AME Zion, is presented with
his men's batting title from Joyce Minus, vice chairman of
the Baptist Sports Council. The 2008 Rev Dr William
Thompson Softbll Classic came to a close at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex Saturday...

UMPIRE Carlton Ingraham honoured for his contribution
to the success of the Softball Classic...

SHERRY TAYLOR (left) is presented with an award for
her assistance as a scorer by Joyce Minus...

WALTER BELL (left), best pitcher of the year, poses above
with his manager Brian Capron, of Macedonia Baptist...

JOYCE MINUS (right) presents Alexander Bain, of Trans-
figuration, with his award as the Best Pitcher in the men's





Lakers improve record to 20-3

with win over Timberwolves

Angeles Lakers are pleased with their
20-3 record. They're also aware there's
plenty of room for improvement.
Kobe Bryant had 26 points and five
assists, Pau Gasol added 18 points, 11
rebounds, six assists and three blocks,
and the Lakers pulled away in the
fourth quarter to beat the struggling
Minnesota Timberwolves 98-86 on Sun-
day night for their 13th win in 15 games.
Yet afterward, there were questions
concerning their recent level of play.
"We should feel fortunate to be in
this position, knowing we have room
for improvement," said Derek Fisher,
who had six points and a season-high six
assists. "We want to keep building. If
there was no room for improvement in
December, it would be a tough go for us
to stay at that level all the way through
"We're not expecting to be great at
this point. We're pushing to get there."
Andrew Bynum added 14 points, nine
rebounds and three blocked shots, and
Trevor Ariza also scored 14 for the Lak-
ers, whose record is the second-best in
the NBA behind Boston's 22-2 mark.
In the only other NBA games Sun-
day, San Antonio held off Oklahoma
City 109-104, New Orleans beat Toron-
to 99-91, and Memphis topped Miami
The Lakers beat the lowly Timber-
wolves despite being outrebounded 53-
46. They forced 17 turnovers while com-
mitting 10, and shot 44.7 per cent to
Minnesota's 36.1 per cent.
"We held a team under 100 points.
We limited our turnovers to 10, which is
good," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said,
looking at the bright side.
"Right now, it doesn't seem like our
quickness or our execution speed that I
like is there," Jackson added. "Some-
times the ball stays on one side of the
court too long or we're just not execut-
The Timberwolves trailed 76-70
before a basket by Ariza and four
straight points by Bryant gave the Lak-
ers a 12-point lead with 4 minutes
remaining. Minnesota didn't threaten
after that.
"We can't hold a lead. These guys
(Bryant and Gasol) have to come back
into the game (in the fourth quarter).
That's awful," said Lamar Odom, who
had six points and 10 rebounds. "We
want to play the same way all the time.
That's what great teams do.
"It's only December, but we can play

MICHAEL FINLEY (4) drives to the basket
past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin
Durant during the first half of Sunday's
(AP Photo: BDarren Abate)

a lot better."
Bryarit said the questions concerning
the Lakers' level of play didn't matter to
"Our focus is the end result," he said.
"We're playing extremely well and we
have to focus on being better. It's always
defensively, just our rotation, closing
down the lanes, and trying to create
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 13
rebounds to lead Minnesota, but he shot
8-of-24, missing 15 of his last 19 shots.

Craig Smith added IS points and eight
rebounds and R.an Gomes scored 13
for the Timbeml ohes (4-191. %%ho lost
their ninth straight game and fourth in :,
row since Ke\ in McHale took oer ,si
coach last Monday.
"The gu.s are going to go out there
and fight and scrap. I kno%\ that,'
McHale said. "We'%e just got to go out
there and pla. a st, le ot ball that ill ht
this team and stick with it; I don't think
that right now, we are able to do that.
"Right now, we are not mentally or
physically prepared to push the ball,
push the pace for a long time."
The Timberwolves have the NBA's
second-worst record and are 2-10 on
the road, but they led 57-54 with 6 min-
utes left in the third quarter after scor-
ing eight straight points. But a 3-point-
er by Bryant, a basket by Odom and
five straight points by Luke Walton
gave the Lakers a seven-point lead, and
they were on top the rest of the way. It
was 69-62 entering the final period.
"We were in a great position to win,"
Jefferson said. "I just missed a lot of
shots. I think we just need to get that
first win (under McHale) and every-
thing else is going to fall into place for

Hornets 99, Raptors 91
At Toronto, David West scored 29
points, James Posey made six 3-pointers
and had 20 points, and New Orleans
won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Rasual Butler added 16 points and
Chris Paul had 12 points and 12 assists
for the Hornets, who shot 12-of-33 from
3-point range. Chris Bosh had 25.points
for Toronto.
Grizzlies 102, Heat 86
At Memphis, Tenn., rookie O.J.
Mayo scored 28 points, and Rudy Gay
added 18 to help Memphis win its fourth
straight game, the Grizzlies' longest
winning streak since the final five games
of the 2005-06 season.
Michael Beasley led Miami with 20
points. Dwyane Wade shot 5-of-16 and
scored 17 points.

* By The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 16
New Orleans at Memphis (8 pm
EST). New Orleans beat Toronto
on the road Sunday for its eighth
victory in 10 games. Memphis also
won Sunday, beating Miami at
home for its fourth straight victory.
-David West and James Posey,
Hornets. West scored 29 points,
and Posey made six 3-pointers and
had 20 points in New Orleans' 99-
91 victory over Toronto.
0 J Mayo, Grizzlies, scored
28 points in Memphis' 102-86 win
over Miami.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol,
Lakers. Bryant had 26 points and
five assists, and Gasol added 18
points, 11 rebounds and six assists
to help Los Angeles beat Min-
nesota 98-86.
Tony Parker and Tim Dun-
can, Spurs. Parker scored 22 points,
and Duncan had 20 points and 12
rebounds in San Antonio's 109-104
victory over Oklahoma City.
San Antonio beat Oklahoma
City 109-104 on Sunday for its sixth
straight victory. Memphis routed
Miami 102-86 for its fourth straight
victory, the Grizzlies' longest win-
ning streak since winning the final
five games of the 2005-06 season.
Toronto's Jose Calderon has made
59 straight free throws dating to
last season. He made his only
attempt in the Raptors' 99-91 loss
to New Orleans.
Toronto signed )ake Voskuhl on
Sunday. The 31-year-old center has
averaged 4.3 points hnd 3.6'
rebounds in 412 regular-season
NBA games with Chicago,
.Phoenix, Charlotte and Milwaukee.
New Orleans center Tysbn Chan-
dler missed the Hornets' game Sun-
day in Toronto because of a stiff
"After we've gotten a couple of
wins and seen that playing team
basketball really gets you wins, guys
are really working on it. Making
sure that they're making the extra
pass and guys are getting open
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Porter's sack seals Dolphins' 14-9 win over 49ers

* By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) When an
afternoon of bend-btit-don't-
break defense had the Miami
Dolphins on the verge of victo-
ry, Joey Porter decided to dis-
pense with the bending.
Porter blitzed from the wing
to sack Shaun Hill and seal the
latest win by the surprising Dol-
phins, who helped their playoff
chances Sunday by beating San
Francisco 14-9.
"Joey always comes through
for us in the clutch situations,"
teammate Charlie Anderson
The sack punctuated a
strange garie in the Dolphins'
improbable season. They had
the ball for less than 22 minutes
but held the opposition without
a touchdown for the third game
in a row, their first such streak
since 1973 and the NFL's first
since 2000.
In Sunday's other NFL
games, it was: Pittsburgh 13,
Baltimore 9; Dallas 20, New
York 8; Indianapolis 31, Detroit
21; Houston 13, Tennessee 12;
Minnesota 35, Arizona 14; Mia-
mi 14, San Francisco 9; the New
York Jets 31, Buffalo 27; New
England 49, Oakland 26;
Atlanta 13, Tampa Bay 10,
overtime; Cincinnati 20, Wash-
ington 13; San Diego 22, Kansas
City 21; Jacksonville 20, Greenr
Bay 16; and Seattle 23, St. Louis
San Francisco reached
Miami's 21 before its final

threat ended when Porter lev-
eled Hill on fourth-and-10 with
1:02 left.
"We kept bending but never
breaking," Porter said. "We
made the plays when we had
The Dolphins (9-5) remain
tied for the AFC East lead with
the Patriots and Jets, who both
won Sunday. Miami won for the
seventh time in eight games -
quite a turnaround for a team
that went 1-15 last season.
"We hung in there, as we
have all season, and look at us
now,".defensive end Vonnie
Holliday said. "It's a great time
to be a Dolphin, no doubt about
The Dolphins can earn their
first playoff berth since 2001 by
sweeping their final two games.
They've surged into contention
with four victories by less than a
' touchdown since November 1.
"We keep our nose to the
grindstone," Holliday said. "It's
not always pretty, but we get it
The 49ers (5-9), trying to play
spoilers, fell short in their bid
to beat an AFC East team for
the third week in a row.
"Obviously they wanted it
more than we did," said Mike
Singletary, 3-4 as San Francis-
co's coach. "We have to learn
how to win."
The 49ers played without
leading rusher Frank Gore,
sidelined by a sprained ankle,.
but they enjoyed a 16-minute
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MIAMI DOLPHINS corner back Nathan Jones (33) tackles San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill (13) during the
fourth quarter of Sunday's game in Miami... (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

and ran 79 plays. Not one ended
with a'touchdown, however.
"It was ridiculous we don't
want to be on the field that
long," Miami safety Yeremiah
Bell said. "But we did some
good things to keep them out
of the end zone."
Porter was in typical form
beginning with pregame
warmups, when he ventured to
the 49ers' side to taunt tight end
Vernon Davis. He picked up
one of Miami's five sacks to
increase his season total to 17.
Chad Pennington threw two
touchdown passes to give the
Dolphins an early 14-3 lead.
They made only 11 first downs
and converted just one third-
down situation, but they had no

turnovers and remain on pace
to set an NFL record for fewest
turnovers in a season.
Poor field position plagued
the 49ers, who started their first
seven possessions inside the 25,
and mistakes hurt them, too.
They muffed a kickoff, made a
fair catch of a punt inside the 5,
dropped a potential intercep-
tion and committed two false-
start penalties on one play.
"Particularly in the first half,
we didn't get out of our own
way," Singletary said.
Miami went 4-0 at home this
season against West Coast
Teams from the Pacific time
zone are 1-16 this season play-
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win by the 49ers at Buffalo last
. month.
The game was the Dolphins'
regular-season home finale -
they'll finish at the Chiefs and
Jets but odds are improving
that Miami will have a home
game in January.
Steelers 13, Ravens 9
At Baltimore, Ben Roethlis-
berger slipped on a cap pro-
claiming the Pittsburgh Steel-
ers AFC North champions.
The quarterback savored the
moment, then immediately
turned his attention toward cap-
italizing on the momentum cre-
ated by Sunday's division-'
clinching 13-9 win over the Bal-
timore Ravens.
"To get the home field, to get
the North, especially as good as *
Baltimore's been this year ... it
feels good to put this hat on,"
he said. ,
"But I'll tell you what: You
won't see any of us wearing this
hat come tomorrow or Tuesday
because it's time to bear down
and finish this thing off."
The Steelers can earn home-
field advantage throughout the
playoffs by defeating Tennessee
next week and disposing of
Cleveland in the finale.
"We have another big game,"
Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward
"We would love to have that
No. 1 spot."
Santonio Holmes caught a 4-
yard touchdown pass from
Roethlisberger with 43 seconds
left, and the Steelers' top-
ranked defense sealed the vic-
tory %ith.in interception to give
Pilsburgh a first-round bye.

Cowboys 20, Giants 8
At Irving, Texas, DeMarcus
Ware added three sacks to his
NFL-leading total and Dallas
took down Eli Manning eight
times on the way to a crucial
Tony Romo threw touch-
downs to third receiver Patrick
Crayton and seldom thrown-to
fullback Deon Anderson.
Then, with 2:16 left and Dal-
las trying to manage the clock,
rookie Tashard Choice broke
off a victory-sealing 38-yard
touchdown run to put Dallas
(9-5) back in control of its wild-
card chances.
The Giants (11-3), who
locked up the NFC East title
when Dallas lost last Sunday,
lost consecutive games for the
first time since starting 0-2 last

Colts 31, Lions 21
At Indianapolis, The Lions
(0-14) were victimized in the
fourth quarter by Peyton Man-
ning and the Colts and stayed
on track for a winless season.
Despite a litany of missed
tackles and two lost .fumbles,
Manning kept the Colts (10-4)
on track for a playoff run.
The win was Indy's seventh
in a row and assured the Colts
of a seventh straight season with
double-digit victories.

Texans 13, Titans 12
At Houston, Andre Johnson
had a career-high 207 yards and
a touchdown to lead the Tex-
ans to their fourth consecutive
Kris Brown kicked two field
goals for Houston.
It was an uninspired showing
for the Titans (12-2), who have
already clinched the AFC South
and a first-round playoff bye.
The Texans (7-7) are shooting
for the first winning season in
franchise history.
Vikings 35, Cardinals 14
*At Glendale, Ariz., Tarvaris
Jackson threw four touchdowns
to keep the Vikings alone atop
the NFC North.
Adrian Peterson rushed for
165 yards, his franchise record
ninth 100-yard game of the sea-
son for the Vikings (9-5), who
won their fourth in a row. They
can clinch the division title with
another victory or a loss by
Bernard Berrian scored Min-
nesota's first two touchdowns.
Arizona (8-6) fell flat a week
after clinching its first division
title in 33 years.


At St. Louis, Olindo Mare's
27-yard field goal as time
expired stopped the Seahawks'
six-game slide. Seattle (3-11)
tied it on T.J. Duckett's 1-yard
run with 2:47 to go.
The Rams (2-12) scored 17
points in the first half, more
than in all but two entire games,
while rolling up 243 yards. They
reverted to bumbling form the
rest of the way while losing to
an injury-ravaged team without
Matt Hasselbeck and tackle
Walter Jones.





Jets 31, Bills 27
A st Rutherford, N.J.,
Abram Elam sacked J.P. Los-
man and Shaun Ellis picked up
the fumble and took it 11 yards
into the end zone with 1:54 left
for the go-ahead score.
The Jets (9-5) can win the
AFC East with victories in their
final two games, against Seat-
tle and Miami. With Buffalo (6-
8) nursing a 27-24 lead and
appearing close to Wrapping up
its first win against a division
opponent, Losman was hit from
behind by a blitzing Elam. The
ball squirted out and bounced
around before Ellis grabbed it.

Patriots 49, Raiders 26
At Oakland, Calif., Randy
Moss caught two of Matt Cas-
sel's career-high four touch-
down passes in his first game
against the Raiders since his
trade to New England last sea-
Cassel's sterling performance
just six days after the death of'
his father kept the Patriots (9-5)
in a three-way tie for first place
in the AFC East with Miami
and the Jets. Cassel left the
team briefly during the week to
be with his family, but looked
sharp Sunday.
The Raiders (3-11) fell
behind 35-14 less than 18 min-
utes into the game, allowing the
most first-half points against
them since the merger in 1970.
They also became the first team
ever to lose at least 11 games
in six straight seasons.

Falcons 13, Buccaneers 10
At Atlanta, Michael Turner
ran for 152 yards, John Abra-
ham had three sacks and Jason
Elam kicked a 34-yard field goal
in overtime.
Atlanta twice turned it over
near the Tampa Bay end zone
and had a huge breakdown on
special teams, allowing Tampa
Bay to block a punt with less
than 3 minutes left in regula-
tion. That set up Matt Bryant's
tying field goal with 48 seconds
But the Falcons (9-5) stuffed
Tampa Bay on the first posses-
sion of overtime as Abraham
sacked fill-in quarterback Brian
Griese on third down. After the
punt, Atlanta drove for Elam's
winning kick, handing the Bucs
(9-5):their secondstraight loss
-and tightening th NFC South.-

Bengals 20, Redskins 13
At Cincinnati, the Redskins
lost for the fifth time"in six
games, unable to keep up with
one of the NFL's lowliest teams.
Ryan Fitzpatrick ran for a
touchdown and threw for
The main intrigue was how
the Redskins (7-7) would react
to injuries on the offensive line
and grumbling by running back
Clinton Portis that rippled
through the locker,room.
The Bengals (2-11-1) put the
finishing touch on Washington's
week of acrimony and attrition.

Chargers 22, Chiefs 21
At Kansas City, Mo., Philip
Rivers rallied San Diego from a
21-3 third-quarter deficit, throw-
ing two touchdown passes in the
final 73 seconds.
The Chiefs (2-12), helped by
a delay-of-game penalty against
the Chargers, tried a 50-yard
field goal on the final play, but
Connor Barth's kick was wide
The victory kept alive the
slender playoff hopes of the
Chargers (6-8), who came into
the season as Super Bowl.
favorites after losing to New
England in last year's AFC title
Rivers, who came in with an
NFL-best 102.0 passer rating,
was 34-for-48 for 346 yards with
two touchdowns and one inter-

Jaguars 20, Packers 16
At Jacksonville, Fla., David
Garrard threw two touchdown
passes, Maurice Jones-Drew
scored twice and the Jaguars
snapped a four-game losing
The Packers. (5-9) lost on a
late drive for the third consecu-
tive week. Green Bay entered
the fourth quarter with a 13-7
lead, poised to snap a three-
game slide, but Garrard direct-
ed two scoring drives that gave
Jacksonville (5-9) its second win
in eight games.

Seahawks 23, Rams 20


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FROnM namp

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will have to postpone her annual children's Christ-
mas party until the New Year because of the number
of issues she has had to deal with at this time.
Mrs Pratt's husband has been in and out of the
hospital for the past several months. She said she is
thankful for the continuous prayers and support
from the community.

AN APPEAL has been filed on the
grounds that Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall wrongly ruled that the senate seat
to which FNM deputy chairman Antho-
ny Musgrove was appointed was invalid.
In the notice of appeal, the Attorney
General said the Chief Justice erred in

finding that senatorial appointments
under the Constitution required the
appointment of persons philosophically
predisposed to the policies of the PLP to
make certain that the political balance
in the Senate reflects the same balance
in the House of Assembly.

Acknowledging the absence of for-
mer Senator Musgrove yesterday, PLP
leader in the Senate, Alyson Maynard-
Gibson, said: "I want to acknowledge
the wonderful contribution he has made
to this place and I hope his future will be

S THE T'. R I B U N E '


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Foreign reserves set to

end '08 'above $550m'

Tribune Business Editor

T he Central Bank of
the Bahamas gov-
ernor yesterday
said this nation's
foreign currency reserve levels
would probably end 2008
"above $550 million", some
$100 million more than at
year-end 2007, with the mon-
etary regulator likely to "have
some input" into the proposed
Cable Bahamas transaction.
Business community
sources have expressed con-
cern to Tribune Business that
the nation's foreign reserves
could be heavily depleted, at a
time when every dollar needs
to be preserved, by the pro-
posed $85 million buyout of
Cable Bahamas' controlling
shareholder, Columbus Com-
One source told Tribune
Business: "This is not some-
thing we should be doing at
this time, cleaning out foreign
Columbus Communications
is understood to want to sell
its 30.2 per cent stake in Cable
Bahamas to provide it with

Central Bank to carefully scrutinise impact of Cable

Bahamas transaction on foreign reserve levels

the neces-
sary financ-
ing/cash pile
to invest in
its interests
i n.
tel ecoms
market, and
with the
credit mar-
kets frozen
this is-the
only avenue it has for raising it
- hence its eagerness to get the
transaction going before
To fulfil its Trinidad ambi-
tions, Ccilumbus Communica-
tions will likely have to con-
vert the Bahamian dollar pro-
ceeds from a $40 million pref-
erence share issue and $50
million bank borrowing into
another currency, likely US
dollars, thereby depleting the
foreign reserves.
When contacted about the

issue yesterday, Wendy
Craigg, the Central Bank gov-
ernor, indicated that the trans-
action and its potential impli-
cations for the foreign curren-
cy reserves would be closely
scrutinised whenever an appli-
cation for foreign exchange
approval was received.
"We'll have to assess the
application once it comes into
the Central Bank, and make a
determination on it," she said.
"That's a significant amount
for a single transaction at a
time when we're closely mon-
itoring the external reserves
"We know the tourism sec-
tor is not performing as we'd
like it to perform, so the
opportunity for new foreign
currency inflows is mild, as is
the case with foreign direct
investment, so we'd certainly
have to take a look at that
when the application comes
"We would have to look at

how it's funded and have
some input into that."
Currently, the latest foreign
exchange reserves position, as
at end-October 2008, was $626
million, a $171.42 million
increase upon the 2007 year-
end total of $454.8 million.
Yet if Cable Bahamas was
to take out $85-$90 million in
foreign currency, that would
reduce to $536-$541 million,
a sum equivalent to 14.4 per
cent of total existing foreign
currency reserves.
Ms Craigg, though, yester-
day said the level of foreign
exchange reserves was "much
higher than it was", due to the
receipt of $100 million in gov-
ernment foreign currency bor-
rowings and the slowdown in
credit growth, which has
reduced Bahamian demand
for foreign currency.
While there was often a for-
eign currency drawdown in

SEE page 3B

Abaco Markets: Licence

fees are more than profit

Tribune Business Editor
THE Gov-
ernment was
again urged
to reform
how business
licence fees
were calculat-
ed, as the
president of
Abaco Mar-
kets said the
fee he paid
during the third quarter of his
current financial year was
greater than the company's net
income for that same period.
Gavin Watchorn told Tribune
Business: "I think the Govern-
ment needs to look at business
licences. Our business licence
fee for the quarter was higher
than our net profit.
"The problem with the busi-
ness licence is that it takes into
account our top line sales and
margin, but does not take into
account expenses or your bot-
tom line.
"By not taking into account
what happens below the line,
you can end up paying more,
even though you are making
less. At a time when expenses
are going up, business licence
fees are an increasing part of

Preference restructuring
designed to boost liquidity/
cash flow and eliminate bank:
overdraft, allowing BISX-listedq
firm to eventually pay dividend

your expenses."
Abaco Markets' experience
backs up completely the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-,
merce, which in the Vexing
Business Issues report it sub-
mitted to the Government ear-
lier this year, urged that busi'
ness licence fee calculations be
based upon profits or gross mar-
gin, rather than sales.
They argued that the current
system penalised companies
with high sales, low margins and
relatively low profits, but aid-
ed companies with higher mar-
gins and higher profits.
Prominent in the former cat-
egory are food stores such as
Abaco Markets, the listed par-
ent for the Solomon's Super-
Centre and Cost-Right formats,,
which in the three months to
October 31, 2008, unveiled a 7
per cent decrease in net profits
to $229,000, from $246.000,-
year earlier, due largely to soar-
ing utilities costs.
The rise in utility expenses
presented a 13.b per cent or

SEE page 10B

Contractors aim to reduce Government urged to 'seize bull

50 per cent airport bond by the horns' on tax reform

Tribune Business Editor

T H El
(BCA) is in
talks with the
Nassau Air-
port Devel-
opment Com-
pany (NAD)
in a bid to
reduce the
required per-
bonds from 50 per cent of the
contract's value to 10 per cent,
its president telling Tribune
Business yesterday that the dis-
cussions were progressing well.
Stephen Wrinkle said that all
contractors both Bahamian
and foreign who were bidding
on contracts in the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport's
(LPIA) $410 million redevel-
opment would have to post per-
formance bonds to guarantee
their work obligations, provid-
ing security to NAD and the
Airport Authority.
Adding that the performance
bonds were likely to be "even
more stringent" for foreign con-
tractors undertaking the larger
contracts and specialist projects
in the LPIA redevelopment, Mr
Wrinkle said: "We have a
proactive relationship with

Seeking 10% of contract value
arrangement with NAD, as BCA
president expresses concern
on industry's building permit
'backlog' claims

NAD, and are positive they will
reduce the bond for Bahamian
"We're negotiating with
NAD, and it is now up to them.
They have some discretionary
latitude over their bonding
requirements for Bahamian
contractors, and we're working
on that with NAD. We're hope-
ful of arriving at a level every-
one can live with.
"I would think that 10 per
cent would be a fair number for
a Bahamian contractor. That's
what we do for BEC work, and
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank standard stuff is 10
per cent."
Mr Wrinkle said that "gener-
ally speaking", it had not been
too difficult for Bahamian con-
tractors to obtain performance
bonds usually from insurance
companies for the contracts
they performed, especially if
they had a "good track record",
although there had been some
tightening as a result of current
global economic conditions and
the credit crunch.

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THE Government was yes-
terday urged to seize "the bull
by the horns" on tax reform and
not simply pass the issue on to
its successor without a consen-
sus on strategy, a senior accoun-
tant telling Tribune Business:
"This is the biggest issue the
Bahamian economy will face."
Raymond Winder, Deloitte
& Touche (Bahamas) manag-
ing partner, disagreed with
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's assertion that his admin-
istration did not have to review
the Bahamas' tax structure,

ing the Gov-
ernment to
establish a bi-
partisan com-
mittee to
chart the way
forward on
tax reform.
By includ-
ing PLP and
FNM repre-
sentatives in a
process, Mr Winder suggested it
would take politics out of tax
reform and remove the stigma
associated with fear of 'being
the Government that upset the

apple cart' by changing the
Bahamian tax structure.
"I think the Government is
making a mistake by not look-
ing at tax changes and the tax
regime at this point in time,"
Mr Winder told Tribune Busi-
"All governments have been
afraid to touch the issue,
because they don't want to be
responsible for making tax
changes. But I think it's impor-
tant that rather than wait for
the next administration to come
in, the Government should
introduce a bi-partisan

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Tourism Board head

urges home shopping

Business Reporter
THE Nassau Tourism and
Development Board (NTDB)
is hopeful the current econom-
ic climate will prompt more
Bahamians and residents, who
would have ordinarily gone to
the US, to shop at home
Charles Klonaris, the board's.
chairman, yesterday encouraged
persons to spend Christmas
shopping at home rather than
head off, saying that consumer
spending will be the only way to
sustain the economy.
Mr Klonaris added that he
still believed persons will be
shopping, but said they will def-
initely be more value-focused
and driven.
In addition to the economic
challenges, Mr Klonaris said the
Junkanoo bleachers will also
have an impact.
"None of the merchants are
against Junkanoo, it is a great
illustration of our culture," he
explained. "What the merchants
are against is the bleachers,
because they restrict the city
and the feeling of Christmas,
making people feel like they are
in a prison and it is not a nice
feeling. Christmas accounts for
30-40 per cent of the sales for
the entire year, so it is a critical
period for retailers."
Mr Klonaris said there has to
be a simple compromise that
would not interfere with the
preparations for the Junkanoo
parades and the merchants'
Christmas displays.
Last week, many merchants
closed their stores early,
between 2pm and 3pm, to
accommodate traffic diversions
and the preparations for the
annual junior Junkanoo parade;
with Mr Klonaris saying that

naturally any time a store or
business has to close early, there
is a potential for loss.
"What we would like to see is
whoever puts up and disman-
tles them, be able to do them
in a day. The current bleachers
are archaic and passe. If the per-
sons setting up the bleachers
cannot get ones that can be
installed in a day, then they
should not be given the con-
tract," Mr Klonaris said.
He said the bleacher situa-
tion will impact an already bad
situation where there have been
massive lay-offs and persons are
cutting back on spending this
"Every little thing counts, and
everything little thing has an
impact, particularly with the
tourism trade and unemploy-
ment down," Mr Klonaris

THE Nassau Tourism and Development Board (NTDB) is hopeful the cur-
rent economic climate will prompt more Bahamians and residents, who
would have ordinarily gone to the US, to shop at home instead...

I orig rs evsstten '0 'aoe$50m

FTpM eIB :
Dec ts'Graig said: "We
feel- w4itl end the year with a
much higher level of foreign
reserves than in 2007. It may be
above $550 million."
Some, including Raymond
Winder, managing partner at
Deloitte & Touche, had
expressed concern about how
,much of the current foreign
reserve- level was borrowed
money, as opposed to equity or
"How much of the current
situation with the foreign
reserves is propped up by for-
eign debt, borrowing by com-
panies, the Government or

investors?" Mr Winder asked.
"How long that can be sus-
tained? When we talk about
foreign reserves, we need to talk
about how much is sustained by
foreign borrowing as opposed
to being invested."
Ms Craigg, though, said
whether foreign currency was
borrowed or invested equity did
not matter, as the Governmen-
t's $100 million in foreign cur-
rency borrowing had already
been spent in its operations and
on imports, and the reserves
were still healthy.

Adding that the Bahamian
economy's 2008 performance
would be flat "at best", Ms
Craigg said the Central Bank
would be unable to tell whether
this nation had fallen into reces-
sion until the 2009 first quarter,
the high point of its tourist sea-
She added that the Central
Bank was also writing to its
bank and trust company
licensees to determine whether
any of them had exposure to
the alleged $50 billion Wall
Street fraud perpetrated by ex-
Nasdaq chairman Bernard
Madloff and his hedge fund


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high net worth clients, monitor profit centre costs
and retrocession payments, follow up on executions,
deal with telephone enquiries prepare client visits,
and organize business travel.



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December, 2008 or fax to (242) 502-5487.

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Blue Hills Estate in the Western District, of the Island of
New Providence The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above-Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the same certified in
writing to the undersigned on or before the 30th of December
A.D., 2008 and if required, prove such debts or claims, or in
default be excluded from any distribution; after the above date
the assets will be distributed having regard only to the proved
debts or claims of which the executor shall have Notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before the
aforementioned date.

Attorneys for the Executor
Alvenia Court, 94 Dowdeswell Street
P.O. Box N-3114
Nassau, The Bahamas


A Regional General Insurance Company which has been operating successfully for more
than 40 years has opened an office in The Bahamas and is looking for a candidate to
work closely with the local Country Manager.

Prospective candidate should:
* Have at least 5 years working experience in a General Insurance Company or a
General Insurance Agency/Brokerage
* Have General Insurance Underwriting and Claims Experience
* Have a Certificate in Insurance (Cert CII) or Diploma in Insurance (Dip CII) from
the Chartered Insurance Institute and/or pursuing the Advanced Diploma in Insurance
* Have at least 5 GCE '0' Levels
" Have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
* Be computer literate (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, Contact Management Software
and General Insurance Software Applications)
* Have the ability to deal professionally with Agents/Brokers and Clients

Possession of any of the following attributes will bring added value:
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FROM page 1B

Government urged to 'seize bull by the horns' on tax reform

Doing this, he added, would
allow for a consensual strategy
on the way forward for tax
reform to be developed, "so
that when we make this change,
it's something all parties can
agree on, because it will not
only have a huge impact on our
revenues but our financial ser-
vices sector, too.
"It will be an error to wait
for this issue to come to us. It
would be far more proactive for
this government to take the bull
by the horns, discuss this issue
and get a bi-partisan solution
on the approach to be taken.
Shoving it to the next adminis-
tration is not the thing to do.
"This is the biggest issue for

the Bahamas in terms of the
overall impact on its economy.
It's not an issue we can contin-
ue to put under the table and
hope it goes away, because it's
not going away."
Mr Winder said the worst-
case scenario was for the
Bahamas to do nothing, then
find itself scrabbling around
desperately as the clock ticked
down to an inevitable reform
of the import duty-reliant
Bahamian tax structure.
Currently, import
duties/Excise taxes account for
almost 60 per cent of its $1.574
billion annual revenues. How-
ever, the Bahamas' main rev-
enue source is under great pres-
sure from the rules-based inter-
national trading system over-



To our valued clients.

Please be advised that all

Colinalmperial offices in Nassau

will close at 12 noon on

Wednesday 17 December 2008.

We will resume regular business

hours on Thursday 18 December.

We apologize for

any inconvenience caused.


Settlement of Deadman's Cay in the Island of Long Island,
one of the Island of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above-Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the same certified in
writing to the undersigned on or before the 30th of December
A.D., 2008 and if required, prove such debts or claims, or in
default be excluded from any distribution; after the above date
the assets will be distributed having regard only to the proved
debts or claims of which the executor shall have Notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before the
aforementioned date.

Attorneys for the Administrator
Alvenia Court, 94 Dowdeswell Street
P.O. Box N-3114
Nassau, The Bahamas

seen by the World Trade
Organisation (WTO), which
views these duties as a protec-
tionist tariff barrier to trade and
Because import duties are
non-compliant with WTO rules,
and with the Bahamas set to
apply for full membership in the
WTO, the current tax struc-
ture's days are numbered.
The Bahamas has already
entered into the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA) with
the European Union (EU), in
which it has committed to elim-
inating all duties on 86 per cent
of EU imports within a 25-year
While the Bahamas is only
likely to lose between $6-$14
million in revenues as a result of
that liberalisation, since the EU
is a relatively small trading part-
ner with only $44 million worth
of goods imported into this
nation in 2004, the move has
greater implications for future
trade talks.
In particular, there is the new
trade agreement that will have
to be reached with the US, the
nation that we source 90 per
cent of our imports from.
Given that the EPA will be
used as the starting-point frame-
work for trade talks with the
US, the Bahamas will be forced
to remove all duties on imports
in a similar manner to the
arrangement reached with the
Europeans, forcing the
Bahamas to eventually amend

FROM page 1B

"We've got a list of points
we're in discussions with NAD
on, and some centre on quali-
fied Bahamian contractors
being in the hunt for bid work,"
Mr Wrinkle said. "They've bro-
ken down the bids to a size that
will enable Bahamians to qual-
"They've been very receptive,
and the Board of Directors at
the Airport Authority has been
very supportive. If we proceed
on course we should end up in a
good, positive working rela-
tionship with them and set the
template for future develop-
ment projects."
Mr Wrinkle said NAD had
already issued the tender docu-
ment for the contract to con-
struct and pour the 185,000
square foot foundation for the
new US departures terminal
building the first one to be
constructed in the redevelop-
The BCA president said the
tender specified work would
start early in the New Year, on
January 8, 2009, and last for sev-
eral months until the end of
June. He added that Bahamian
companies and international
firms had indicated they would
bid on it, with joint ventures
between the two likely.

its tax structure whether it
wants to or not.
Mr Winder said the pressure
for tax reform would increase
before the Ingraham adminis-
tration demitted office, but
added that when reforms were
made, it was critical that they
"attract more business to the
Bahamas, not drive business
away from the Bahamas".
Tax reform was the issue that
impacted all elements of the
Bahamian economy and soci-
ety, Mr Winder said, touching
international investors, the
financial services industry and
Bahamian businesses and citi-
"It is the greatest, biggest
issue for the Bahamas,": Mr
Winder said. "Everyone knows
the current system will not sus-
tain the Bahamas in the future.
No one wants to touch it,
because they .could be accused
of causing pain, but the reality is
that it has to happen.
"We should not just look at it
from a revenue standpoint, but
what the impact on the financial
services sector will be. We need
some clarity as to where we're
going. It impacts on the main
drivers of the economy, such as
foreign direct investment, so we
need to consider what is the
best proposal for the way for-
"If there's anything that
needs some direction, some
clarity, this is one area to get

Meanwhile, Mr Wrinkle said
many Bahamian contractors
were e-mailing him about a
"bottleneck" in the Ministry of
Works that was delaying the
issuance of building permits,
especially for local jobs, the
result being that projects and
construction sector employment
was delayed.
"There appears to be a back-
log in the approvals process for
local construction projects, and
I've had several contractors
contacting us with regard to
expediting the process," Mr
Wrinkle said.
"We've got a very antiquated
process for approving building
permits. They've got to go
through all these departments,
committees and people, and
there's an obvious need to con-
solidate that. It shouldn't take
six months to get a building per-
mit, but it does. It takes six
months or longer.
"It does impact the industry
because it holds projects up.
Every potential home not start-
ed is 30-50 guys."
Mr Wrinkle added that the
Prime Minister, Neko Grant,
minister of works, and Anita
Bernard, the permanent secre-
tary in the Ministry of Works,
had moved to tackle the prob-
lem by providing more staff.
"We've been used to doing

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The Deloitte & Touche man-
aging partner said he .was not
suggesting that taxes be
increased, even though he and
many felt the current structure
was not generating enough rev-
enue to enable the Government
to meet its obligations. Instead,
he was advocating that all sec-
tors of society needed to start
discussing tax reform, so the
problem could be addressed
when the economy recovered.
A sales or value-added tax
(VAT) have often been sug-
gested as the two favoured
structures to replace the cur-
rent Bahamian tax system with.
James Smith, the former min-
ister of state for finance, said a
number of preliminary studies
on tax reform were conducted
by his ministry and UK-based
Crown Agents under the
Christie government, so the
Ingraham administration should
have some building blocks on
which to prepare the 'options' it
plans to leave for its predeces-
Noting the regressive nature
of the current tax system, with
the poor paying a larger pro-
portion of their income to the
Government than the rich, and
the fact that it did not capture
the largest segment of the
Bahamian economy services -
ini the tax net, Mr Smith had
previously suggested to Tribune
Business that VAT was the pre-
ferred option because it would
capture services.

business in an upticking econo-
my for so long, and had it so
good for so long, that we now
need to look at expediting every

Income tax appears to have
been ruled out, largely because
of the impact it might have on
the Bahamian financial services
industry, even though the 'ring
fencing' argument has been
dropped by the likes of the
OECD. Another likely reason,
though, is that an income tax
would catch too many of those
already living above their
Mr Winder yesterday said
that even during the greatest
years of economic growth
enjoyed in the Bahamas, dur-
ing the first Ingraham adminis-
tration and the Christie gov-
ernment, the tax system was not
generating enough revenue.
It. was "not making any sig-
nificant reduction in overall
government debt" and bringing
that down, and now, with gov-
ernment borrowing and debt
increasing, would be even less
potent when it came to financ-
ing the Government's commit-
"We're seeing the challenge
to a system like ours, where we
want to encourage Bahamians
not to over-extend themselves,
but if Bahamians do no over-
extend themselves, the Gov-
ernment has no way to increase
its revenues," Mr Winder said.
"We're caught in this dilem-
ma where we want people to
reduce personal debt, but that is
a change in the revenue flow.
That's a major weakness in how
government gets its revenue."

process and procedure to see
how we can streamline and get
every project to the start date,"
Mr Wrinkle said.

NOTICE is hereby given that EVANS MONDESIR
of P.O. BOX CB-12401, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and -Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 9TH day of DECEMBER 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



The Petition of LEYVON & JOYCELYN
MILLER is in respect of the following parcel
of land:

ALL THAT piece or tract of land containing
of Seven Thousand Six Hundred and Eight
(7,608) square feet situate in a Subdivision
called and known as Englerston Subdivision
in the Central District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of The

Commonwealth of

The Bahamas.

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

(a) The Registry of the Supreme
Court, Ansbacher House, East
Street North, Nassau. Bahamas,

(b) The Chambers of The Law
Partnership, No. I Virginia
Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that any person having
right to dower or any adverse claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within thirty
(30) days after the appearance of the Notice
hereiln ile in the Registry of the Supreme
Cotrtl ;ld serve on the Petitioner or the
Iind i signed a statement of such claim. Failure
of" aIy sluch person to file and serve a statement
of suc i claim and requisite documents within
tlOirv (30) days herein will operate as a bar
to such claim.

I )ated (his 15(h11 day of December, A.D., 2008.


Contractors aim to reduce 50 per cent airport bond

NOTICE is hereby given that MATHIAS ISRAEL of PODOLEO
STREET, P.O. BOX N-10326, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed 'statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 9TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

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Private banking seminar

agenda now released

PRIVATE Banking World
2009 has released its conference
programme for the event, which
takes place February 23 -26,
2009, at the Atlantis Resort on
Paradise Island.
The conference comes at a
critical time, as consolidation
and nationalisation hit the
world's largest banks, with
uncertainty over when the cred-
it markets will reopen forcing
a shift of power in the wealth
management and private bank-
ing industries.
At the same time, high net

worth individuals and family
offices are worried not only
about how much they have, but
now they must worry also about
where their assets are located.
Private Banking World will
bring together Bahamian and
global institutions to discuss
issues that are redefining and
realigning the private banking
industry during the current eco-
nomic turbulence.
More than 50 speakers will
address how private banks are
adapting to a 21st century econ-
omy and changing client

Legal Notice

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

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 10t December, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

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

Dated this 11th day of December, A. D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of BECEE INVESTMENTS S.A. 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 7th 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 24th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


demands. They represent a
cross-section of top tier private
banks, rising boutique firms and
the most sophisticated single
and multi-family offices from
Europe, the Middle East and
the US.
Terrapinn has established a
solid track record for private
banking events in Asia, East-
ern Europe, Latin America and
the Middle East. Its Alterna-
tive Investment Summit in
Brazil attracted 400 delegates,
and Private Banking LatAm in
Miami drew more than 200 reg-
Wendy Warren, the Bahamas
Financial Services Board's
(BFSB) chief executive and
executive director, said: "Pri-
vate banking is the foundation
of our financial services indus-
try. The conference certainly
gives us an opportunity to gain
a global perspective on private
banking developments and the
implications to our institutions,
agencies, other service providers
and the jurisdiction.
"It is also is a unique oppor-

.tunity to position the Bahamas
with key leaders in various geo-
graphic regions, and with glob-
al and niche institutions.
"Furthermore, it is an oppor-
tunity for the industry to invite
colleagues and clients to attend
the conference, thereby building
relationships and allowing them
to experience first-hand the
depth of the sector and the
warm welcome of the


bein henes

The Public is hereby advised that 1, KETTY ATILUS of
P.RO. BOX FH-14406, Ridgeland Park West, Slave Road,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to KETTY
ATTILUS. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 4th 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 4th day of December 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 s Act 2000, the
dissolution of ALGONQUIAN INC. has been completed;
a-Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Com-
pany has therefore been struck off the Register.


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

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 16th December, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

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

Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.

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,


Legal Notice


(In Volunary i Lqidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 4th 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 11th 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 9th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,









No. 2008/PRO/npr/00742

Whereas BARBARA SAUNDERS, of Douglas Road,
Gambler Village, Western District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of LYNDEN PRATT, late of Sequoia Street, Pinewood
Gardens, Southern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00743

Whereas HARTIS EUGENE PINDER, of Mareva House, 4
George Street, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of
Powerof Attorney for Charles Dwight Sawyer, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of LOTTIE SAWYER, late of the Settlement of Cherokee
Sound on the Island of Abaco, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00744

BETHEL, of Fox Hill, Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of TORRY BETHEL, late of Fox Hill, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


Dec. 18, 2008

domiciled of Hillsborough County in the State of Florida,
one of the States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB, of Bay Street, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of
Administration, in the above estate granted to CAROL
NEWELL TORRENS, the Personal Representative of the
Estate, by the Circuit Court for Hillsborough County, Florida,
one of the states of the United States of America on the
15th day of June, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

Dec. 18, 2008


ALLAN FLORA), late and domiciled of the city of Fremont
in the County of Winnebago in the State of Wisconsin, one
of the States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by WILLIAM PILCHER, of the Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Domiciliary
Letters (Informal Administration) in the above estate granted
to ROBERTA L. FLORA, the Personal Representative of
the Estate, by the Circuit Court, in the state of Wisconsin,
Winnebago County, one of the States of the United States
of America on the 20th day of AUgust, 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

Dec. 18, 2008


domiciled of 2801 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, in the State
of Florida, one of the States of the United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by HARTIS EUGENE PINDER, of McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, Mareva House, No. 4 George Street, New.
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Letters of
Administration, in the above estate granted to CARL M.
HERBERT, III, the Personal Representative of the Estate,
by the Circuit Court for Alachua County, the Probate Division
in the state of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America on the 20th day of November, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00751

Whereas ANTHEA CHERRIE CULMER, of Coral Harbour
in the Western District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the IslQlds offthe Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of EDITH CHRISTINE ROLLE, late of
Joan's Heights in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of,
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00752

Whereas ROSTON LEWIS, of Lumumba Lane in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of PRINCE ALTON LEWIS, late of Miami in the State of
Florida, one of the States of the United States of America
and formerly of Lumumba Lane in the Eastern District of
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00753

of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas have made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
RAYMOND FINLEY JR., late of Singapore Road, Flamingo
Gardens in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


Dec. 18, 2008

late of No. 30 rue Bruno Nantel in the City of Saint Jerome
in the Province of Quebec, one of the Provinces of Canada,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
Avenue in the City of Freeport in the Island of Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Certificate of
Appointment, in the above estate granted to PIERRE GUY
CHARETTE, the Personal Representative of the Estate,
by the Superior Court of the Province of Quebec in the
District of Terrebonne, on the 20th day of June, 2000.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00756

Whereas ELLEN SERVILLE, of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with the will
annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of J. PETER
TURCO, late of No. 10 Old Winthrop Road, in the state of
Maine, one of the States of the United States of America,

Notice is hereby given that.such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00758

Whereas NORA PASTORIA GIBBONS, of No. 44 Laird
Street in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Suprems.CourtLof The Bahamoas for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of ALBERT ALFRED GIBBONS, late-of No. 44,Laird Street
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The. Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00759

Whereas MARCUS HUMES, of Sunshine Park in the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of LILLIAN McQUAY-JOHNSON,
late of Peardale in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00761

Whereas CHRISTINE SYMONETTE, of Sir Lynden Pindling
Estates in the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of ALPHONSO EMMANUEL
SYMONETTE, late of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates in the
Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



II IL I I iIL.iIL- 11


No. 2008/PR)/npr/00763

Whereas DD)RIS GIBSON, of Eastern Estates in the
Eastern Disrict of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islandsof the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letteis of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate ofKENNETH GIBSON, late of Lincoln Boulevard
in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of tbe Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00767

Whereas DILITH NAIRN, of Polhemus Gardens, Western
District,,New Providence, one of the, Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of REGINA
ARNETTA NAIRN, late of Polhemus Gardens, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Comnonwealth of .The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
head by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
thedate hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00768 .

- Whereas RANDOLPH WILSON, of Garden Hills Estate
Subdivision, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of ALONZO WILSON, late of Peach Street off Mt.
Rose Avenue in the City of Nassau, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof..

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00769

19 Valencia Drive, South Beach Estates, Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with
the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of FRED
CEPHAS COOPER, late of Rupert Dean Lane, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00770

RIET, of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration with the Will annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of ROBERT ELI SCHRODER, late of #3
Highland Terrace, Montagu Heights, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00771

Whereas JILLIAN T. CHASE JONES, of Jacaranda,
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed
of Power of Attorney for Sheikha Bint Humaid Bin Rashid
Al Araimi, Khadija Bint Hamed Bin Hamoud Al Araimi,
Badar Bin, Khalid Bin, Qees Bin, Fahad Bin, Budoor Bint,
Khalood Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Fannah Al Araimi,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Way No 1949 Plot No 80 Eastern Madinat Quaboos
Sultanate of Oman, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00773

Whereas BRENDA HANNA, of Kennedy Subdivision,
Southern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
Subdivision, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00775

Adderley Estates, Southwestern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of ANTHONY A. PHILLIPS, late of Lou
Adderley Estates Southwestern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


No. 2008/PRO/npr/00776

Whereas VALARIE SAWYER, of the Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration with
the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of

WILLIAM SAYWER, late of Golden Gates #2, Southern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from
the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

GRAHAM WARD (centre), co-chairperson of the conference, is pictured
during a television recording to promote the event. He is a dual degree can-
didate at Harvard Business School...

Bahamas to host

key regional event

SENIOR business profes-
sionals will meet future busi-
ness leaders in the Bahamas
early next year when Atlantis
hosts the seventh annual
Caribbean MBA Conference.
From January 4-7, the
Caribbean Business Clubs of
Harvard Business School and
the Wharton School of the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania will
meet for four days of dialogue
and professional development.
The two globally top-listed
business schools will join lead
sponsor, FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank, in putting on the
event designed to develop stu-
dents' awareness of the employ-
ment and investment opportu-
nities available in the Bahamas.
The event is being sponsored
by the Ministry of Tourism as
platinum sponsor; and Kerzner
International, RBC Royal Bank
of Canada, Scotiabank
(Bahamas), Royal Fidelity Mer-
chant Bank and Trust as gold
Sharon Brown, First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas) managing director,
said in a statement: "We are
pleased to partner with the
Caribbean business communi-
ty at two of the world's finest
business schools to bring this
MBA business conference to
the region.
"FirstCaribbean is especially
pleased to support this effort in
the Bahamas, and for the fourth
year in a row, demonstrating
our commitment to enriching

future leaders in the world of
The four-day event will fea-
ture a roster of keynote speak-
ers and distinguished panellists.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham will declare the event open,
as a h.e speaks to the theme,
Linking the Caribbean through
Senator Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace, minister of tourism
and aviation; FirstCaribbean's
executive chairman, Michael
Mansoor; Ms Brown; George
Markantonis, president and
managing director, Kerzner
International; Michael Ander-
son, president, Royal Fidelity;
and Barry Malcolm, managing
director, Scotiabank, are among
the presenters.
Accessing Capital, Entrepre-
neurs in Tourism, Emerging
Opportunities in the Caribbean,
Innovation within Mature
Industries and Forming New
Industries in the Caribbean are
topics that will be brought to
life by five-member panels.
Prospective students both
current as well as college alums
now part of the Bahamian busi-
ness community are invited to
participate in the event, includ-
ing the free MBA Information
Session, which will be held on
Sunday, January 4,2009, at 5.30
pm, in the conference room at
the Atlantis Beach Towers.
Students will get an opportuni-
ty to meet admission directors
and MBA students from these
two prestigious institutions.
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is in respect of the following parcel of land:

ALL THAT piece or tract of land containing
a total acreage of Seven Thousand and Fifty-
Seven (7,057) square feet situate in the
Englerston Subdivision in the Central District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of The Commonwealth of The

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

(a) The Registry of the Supreme
Court, Ansbacher House, East
Street North, Nassau, Bahamas,

(b) The Chambers of The Law
Partnership, No. 1 Virginia
Street, Nassau,Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that any person having
right to dower or any adverse claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within thirty
(30) days after the appearance of the Notice
herein file in the Registry of the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of such claim. Failure
of any such person to file and serve a statement
of such claim and requisite documents within
thirty (30) days herein will operate as a bar
to such claim.

Dated this 15th day of December, A.D., 2008.




The Public is Notified for general information that in accordance with the requirements of The Real Estate (Brokers & Salesman) Act 1995 Siction 16
(B) (ii) the following persons have ceased to be registered 1st January 2008 and July 1st and may no longer engage in the practice of real estatewithout
a valid license.




Nassau, Bahamas



Nassau, Bahamas









Armbrister Feasel Freeport, Grand Bahama 239
Bethell Lawerence Nassau, Bahamas GT-2278 225
Brown lan Lester Nassau, Bahamas N-1110 74
Burrows Claudius Nassau, Bahamas SS-6241, 805
Cleare Perry J. Nassau, Bahamas SS-19710 -509
Dean Rudolph Nassau, Bahamas SS-5988 500
Deveaux Judy E. Nassau, Bahamas SS-19248 232
Gates Laddie C. Nassau, Bahamas SS-6339 144
Gibson James M. Freeport, Grand Bahama F-43401 216
Glasgow Steve H. Nassau, Bahamas CR-56385 810
Hall Ann Marie Nassau, Bahamas SS-5977 30)
Hanna Leroy D. Freeport, Grand Bahama F-43628 34C
Johnson Viola Iris Freeport, Grand Bahama F-43298 236
Langford Keith Nassau, Bahamas CB-12611 152
Lorey Jillian R. Eleuthera EL-27153 331
Miller Bernard L. Nassau, Bahamas *CB-11404 299
Moss Clifford P. Nassau, Bahamas N-10027 246
Moss Charles J. Freeport, Grand Bahama F-41247 302
Patterson Victor Ross Abaco AB-20123 327
Porter Jr. Oscar Freeport, Grand Bahama 158
Roberts Leslie W. Nassau, Bahamas SS-5959 47
Roberts Thomas V. Nassau, Bahamas N-918 48
Sands Terry E.B. Eleuthera EL-25153 249
,Scott-Fitzgerald Allardyce --Nassau, Bahamas -- EE-17389 18.
iStbi-Sadler -. Peter ,., .N-assau-, Bahamas N-1516 .r49
Simons Llewelyn A. Nassau, Bahamas SB-51402 213
Smith Neville Nassau, Bahamas 62
Strachan Joseph Berry Islands Delivery 240
Taylor Elizabeth E. Eleuthera EL-25195 198
Thompson Frankie Mae Nassau, Bahamas CB-11230 121
Wanklyn John A. Nassau, Bahamas N-3919 501


Addo Deborah Freeport, Grand Bahama F-42489 771
Albury Michael Freeport, Grand Bahama F-40762 481
Albury Christopher Man-O-War Cay, Abaco Delivery 867
Allen Jeffrey Nassau, Bahamas 489
Ambrister Rebecca N. Nassau, Bahamas 722
Armbrister Julie M. Freeport, Grand Bahama F-42596 315
Arthur Sands Marsh Harbour, Abaco 565
Bain Julian Freeport, Grand Bahama F-41362 541
Bethel 'Sidney C. Nassau, Bahamas 733
Bethell Andrea Nassau, Bahamas GT-2278 112
Bethell Fredrick A. Nassau, Bahamas 400
Bootle Drexel Abaco AB-22141 377
Burnside Donna Nassau, Bahamas N-4646 640
Butler Claudette Nassau, Bahamas 840
Butler Faith Freeport, Grand Bahama F-44646 710
Carey Raquel Nassau, Bahamas 570
Cargill Wayne Nassau, Bahamas 344
Carter Janiece Nassau, Bahamas 572
Cartwright Richard Nassau, Bahamas N-4949 669
Clarke Brianna T. Nassau, Bahamas 207
Collins Elizabeth Freeport, Grand Bahama 344
Curry Dennis Freeport, Grand Bahama F-42827 274
Davis Lee Nassau, Bahamas 159
Deal Timothy Nassau, Bahamas EE-16024 395
Evans Douglas Abaco AB-20856 508
Ferguson Alron Nassau, Bahamas N-4646 904
Grouthro Debra Freeport, Grand Bahama F-41790 415

.- I


Scott Lee D. Eleuthera EL-25176 173
Smith Aranha Nassau, Bahamas N-8482 666
Symonette Michael Nassau, Bahamas N-4846 558
Taylor Charles M. Nassau, Bahamas SS-5413 519
Turnquest Whanslaw E. Nassau, Bahamas N-1836 700
Weiche Charles W. Eleuthera EL-25176 174
Whymms Roosevelt K. Nassau, Bahamas EE-17617 372
Williams Clarence N. Nassau, Bahamas N-4439 291

Date: December 11, 2008.



Higgs Lauren Nassau, Bahamas N-4949 656
Ingraham Shaun Nassau, Bahamas 884
Kelly Gary Nassau, Bahamas SS-6650 319
Knowles Rudolph Craig Abaco Delivery 459
Knowles Ruth E.. Nassau, Bahamas SS-5015 166
Knowles-Collie Dorith Freeport, Grand Bahama F-40684 262
Moree Anthony Nassau, Bahamas 219
Moss Rev. C. B. Nassau, Bahamas 343
Moss-Cartwright Chaz Freeport, Grand Bahama 642
Munroe Julia Nassau, Bahamas SS-6131 498
Outten Sydney B. Nassau, Bahamas N-3162 603
Governor's Harbour,
Pinder Roderick H. Eleuthera EL-25125 505
Pinder Lee Guana Cay, Abaco Delivery 872
Pinder Sean Nassau, Bahamas N-7776 711
Pinder Celeste Abaco AB-21027 876
Pinder Brenda L. Nassau, Bahamas N-4221 282
Rahming Anthony F. Nassau, Bahamas N-1035 363
Roberts Rosita P. Harbour Island, Eleuthera F-42480 320
Roberts Amanda J. Nassau, Bahamas SS-6339 145
Roberts Jane E. Nassau, Bahamas N-918 280
Russell Mary L. Freeport, Grand Bahama F-40093 231
Scully Susan Nassau, Bahamas 63
Sealy Sandra Nassau, Bahamas N-1506 444
Smith Ariel Nassau, Bahamas 19
Smith Julian Nassau, Bahamas 744
Stack Jennifer Nassau, Bahamas CB-13443 446
Stubbs-Clarke Tammice Nassau, Bahamas N-3903 168
Sweeting Kimberley Nassau, Bahamas 668
Thompson Roscoe Abaco AB-20404 832
Thompson McArthur Nassau, Bahamas N-8052 863
Thompson Mark Nassau, Bahamas N-1552 485
Treco Linda' Nassau, Bahamas 544
Turnquest Douglas Nassau, Bahamas N-10411 448
lTurhquest '. -" Angelo Nassau, Bahamas N-8408 447
Tines Donald V. Nassau, Bahamas CB-10964 122
Wallace Thomas W. Freeport, Grand Bahama F-40684 258
Weech David Nassau, Bahamas SS-191350 :491
Winner Christina M. Nassau, Bahamas CB-10964 58
Wszolek-Euteneur Chantelle Nassau, Bahamas N-7113 466


Johnson Edwin Leslie Nassau, Bahamas N-957 357
Weech Katherine F. Bimini Delivery 449


Jones Ronald A. Freeport, Grand Bahama F-41684 410
McCardy John Eleuthera EL-25078 811
Williams Edward P. Nassau, Bahamas N-9332 244
Woods Wellington Nassau, Bahamas N-350 162


Clarke Clinton O. Nassau, Bahamas CB-11111 469
Davis Clifford Nassau, Bahamas FH-14438 384
Ferguson Berkley Nassau, Bahamas N-4278 391
Johnstone David Guana Cay, Abaco 582
Laville Sir Andrell C. Nassau, Bahamas N-7782 326
Louis Henry Nassau, Bahamas 581
Patton Michael S. Nassau, Bahamas EE-16984 497
Sands' Clifford Nassau, Bahamas 349

Signed: Registrar



Abaco Markets: Licence fees are more than profit

FROM page 1B

$2.95 million year-over-year
increase in sales from filtering
down to the bottom line, but
not the business licence fee.
Additionally, the 8.3 per cent
or $5.28 million sales increase
for the first nine months of the
current financial year had also
been felt in increased business
licence fees.
Mr Watchorn said that with
business licence fees equivalent
to around 1 per cent of sales,
the almost $3 million increase
enjoyed by Abaco Markets in
the third quarter would trans-
late into a $30,000 rise in fees.
And, given that Abaco Mar-
kets had generated $60 million
in sales for the first nine months
of its current financial year, that
would translate into business
licence fees of around $600,000
- more than the BISX-listed
company's $473,000 year-to-
date profit.
In its Vexing Business Issues
report, the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce told the Govern-
ment: "Calculation of business
license fees is disadvantageous
to business. Presently, business

license fees are calculated based
on gross sales. As a result, busi-
nesses with large gross sales but
razor thin margins end up pay-
ing a disproportionately large
amount of tax given their com-
parativel y low profits (i.e. food
"Conversely, businesses with
comparatively low sales and
high gross profits end up paying
a disproportionately low
amount of tax given their large
profits (accounting/law firms).
Additionally, the taxes paid are,
not allowed as a deduction in
the calculation of the next peri-
od's tax.
As a result, the Chamber
said: "By basing the business
license tax on gross sales it does
not attempt to tax those who.
make the large profits, and
unfairly penalizes those com-
panies with large sales but low
"This method, naturally,
increases the costs of doing
business. Similarly, the effect of
not allowing a deduction of the
tax itself causes businesses to
-literally pay taxes on taxes.
"Chamber members believe
that the tax should be based on

profits or at a minimum on
gross margin (sales minus cost
of goods sold) as is the case
with realtors. In this way, the
companies with the larger prof-
its would pay the most tax as
opposed to the companies with
the most sales that presently -
and unfairly pay the most tax.
"The Chamber recognizes
that if the tax were to be based
on gross margin,-a higher rate
would be necessary to ensure
similar amounts of business
license fees were collected. The
business license tax paid should
be an allowable deduction in
calculating the next period's
Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn
said Abaco Markets' preference
share restructuring was
designed to ultimately enable
the company to build a net cash
position, escape running a cash
overdraft:at the bank thus, final-
ly, putting it in a position to
return capital to shareholders
via dividend payments.
Rather than pay the equiva-
lent of $120,000 per month to
the company's shareholders, as
Abaco Markets had been doing
in returning $2.2 million over

21 months, the restructuring
deal would free up $45,000 per
month, Mr Watchorn said, to
boost liquidity.
"We continue to put aside
$75,000 a month in an account
to pay the preference share-
holders," Mr Watchorn said,
"and that leaves us with
$45,000-$50,000 that we will
retain in our cash flow.
"The liquidity part of the
turnaround is the last part we
need to do. We need to get
away from a cash overdraft at
the bank to having a net cash
position. We've had a net over-
draft .position for quite some
"The last step for me is to
turn that into a net cash posi-
tion, and build on that.'........
We appreciate the frustration
of our shareholders. It's been a
long road for them, but it's not
in the best interests of the com-
pany to pay dividends out of a
bank overdraft."
The October 17, 2008,
restructuring agreement
stopped all payments to the
Class B preference shareholders
under the existing scheme. With
redemption of their capital set

to resume on March 31,2010, in
quarterly instalments of
$357,000, Mr Watchorn said
Abaco Markets had 18 months
in Which to build a cash pile to
pay them.
"We've already got $300,000
in an account already, so by
paying $75,000 a month we will
be well over the first year's pay-
ment requirements," Mr
Watchorn said.
Abaco Markets has effec-
tively consolidated its prefer-
ence share debt into one class
through its Class B holders,
agreeing to subscribe to an extra
$1.25 million preference shares.
The proceeds from this issue
will be used to payout and
redeem the Class A preference
shareholders in full.
The new terms extend the.
maturity date for Class B pref-
erence shareholders by one year
- from December 31, 2012, to
December 31, 2013 with an
8.5 per cent coupon rate.
Mr Watchorn said the
restructuring would enable the
Class B holders most of whom
are pension funds to match
long-term assets with long-term
liabilities by enjoying a good,

secure rate of return in an envi-
ronment where investment
returns were diminishing.


--Clairman's Report Q3, 2008

We are pleased to report continued sales growth and positive trends for-the third quarter of 2008
as we continue to be faced with significant challenges with rising costs and an increased and more
competitive market.

As you will note from the accompanying financial, we have recorded strong sales growth 13.6%
over the same period last year with our core businesses, particularly within the Solomon's format,
performing very well. However, while we are seeing increases in customer traffic, there has been a
slight decrease in the average transaction along with some weakening in the sales of higher margin
general merchandise categories reflective of the current economic conditions. Our Domino's
franchise sales showed an increase in total sales while same store sales decreased slightly.

The level of profitability continues to be impacted by the prevailing economic conditions with
increases in utility expenses and related costs in particular impacting our operations. Utilities alone
have increased 55% for the quarter compared to the same period last year. We do, however, expect
some relief with these expenses in the coming months and, in the meantime, we are very focused
on controlling all costs possible and better managing our shrink which is improving slightly over,
the previous period.

We -do expect the overall economic conditions to impact sales trends particularly in terms of
average transactions and sales in certain categories. As with most retailers, we expect a continued
softening of the economy in 2009 which will impact our operations in the coming months. While
none of us is certain just how long these conditions will persist, we remain focused on expense
management, aggressive buying and efficient operations in all of our locations to help offset the
challenges ahead.

We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress and thank you for your continued support.

R. Craig Symonette
December 8, 2008



(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)


October 31,

$ 29,793

January 31,


..--Eiabilities (19,021) (16,499)

Equity $ 10,772 9,698


(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)
Quarter Ended Quarter Ended
October 31, 2008 October 31, 2007

Sales $ 24,568 21,617
Cost of sales (17,632) (15,392)
Gross profit 6,936 6,225
Selling, general and administrative expenses (6,577) (5,781)
Other operating income 109 83
Net operating profit 468 527

Interest expense (99) (44)
Dividends on preference shares (140) (200)
Net profit on continuing operations 229 283

Net loss on discontinued operations (37)

Net profit $ 229 246

$0.014 $0.015

(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)

Cost of sales

9 Months Ended
October 31, 2008

$ 69,110

9 Months Ended
October 31, 2007


Gross profit 19,721 18,846
Selling, general and administrative expenses (18,867) (17,169)
Other operating income 335 280
Net operating profit 1,189 1,957

Gain on disposal of investment 150

Pre-opening costs (note 4) (24) (112)

Interest expense (208) (167)
Dividends on preference shares (484) (618)
Net profit on continuing operations 473 1,210

Net loss on discontinued operations -(77)

Gain on disposal of subsidiary 39

Restructuring reserve -350

Net profit $ 473 1,522

Profit per share $0.030 $0.096


(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)
6 Months Ended 6 Months Ended
July 31, 2008 July 31, 2007

Net profit for period $ 473 1,522

Net cash provided by operating activities 2,267 88

Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities (3,887) 3,789

Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities 473 (4,760)

Decrease in cash $ (1,147) (883)

Quarter ended October 31, 2008


These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial
Reporting Standards using the same accounting policies and methods of computation as
the Consolidated Financial Statements included in the 2007 Annual Report.

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Abaco Markets Limited
("the Company") and its significant wholly owned subsidiaries: AML Foods (Nassau)
Limited, Solomon's Club (Freeport) Limited, Thompson Wholesale Limited and
Caribbean Franchise Holdings Limited.

The Company made total redemptions of $810,000 on Class A preference shares and
$300,000 on Class B preference shares during nine months ended October 31, 2008.

On October 17, 2008, the Company agreed with its Class B preference shareholders to
restructure their shares by extending the maturity date from December 31, 2012 to
December 31, 2013. In addition, the Class B preference shareholders have agreed to
subscribe for an additional $1.25m of shares. These funds will be used to redeem in full
the outstanding Class A preference shares. This restructuring is effective December 31,

On July 3, 2008 the Company completed the purchase of the property on Queen's
Highway in Freeport for $2.4m. The purchase was partly financed through a loan from
Royal Bank of Canada in amount of $2m bearing the interest of 7% and payable over five
years. Solomon's Freeport has occupied this property since December 2004.

An appraisal of the property determined a value of $3m. The difference between
appraised value and purchase cost was recorded in the property revaluation surplus.

Pre-opening costs represent costs incurred in the opening of Domino's Pizza store at
Carmichael Road in Nassau, which were not capital in nature.

Copies of a fidl set of the unaudited financial statements can be obtained from
Ms.Brendalee Gibson, at Abaco Markets Corporate Offices at Town Centre Mall, Blue Hill
Road, Nassau, The Bahamas, tel. 1 242 325 21 22.



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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

4 15 6 9

368 51

47J-7 9-

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27 1 5

1 9

827 3

93 8
Difficulty Level *** 12/10o

Kakuro Puzzle
Best.described as a number crossword, the task in KaeRuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, usiig n umbers 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
y may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
o level of.the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

Kakuro Answer


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1 In which to possibly score about a
1 hundred? (6)
B 7 What to play, having a dislike for a
Verdi composition? (3,5)
U 8 Cricketer's contribution to a
N declaration (4)
10 Was inclined to have music in a
E vehicle (6)
11 A jam, oddly enough (6)
14 Marshalled outside Leningrad? (3)
1. 6 Light on something silky (5)
17 Mistress Quickly's way to get fifty
quid (4)
o 19 Troubled Delia's back (5)
. 21 Chose to make a work Edwardian
22 Standing proudly before the court
N (5)
23 It's bound to be curtailed in officer
training (4)
O0. 26 Keep and feed an animal with a
docked tail (5)
N 28 The craze for noisy publicity? (3)
E 29 Hardened to a certain amount of
n and a rude shock! (6)
30 New drome to the north of a Tube
SC terminus (6)
31 Craftily fashioned form of tray
S (4)
0 32 Disturbed the pair of wild deer
S 33 Royal home, nominally (6)
S -
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ACROSS: 1, Ocean 6, She-BA 9, Magenta 1C
0 12, Pane-L 13, Foremen 15, H-od 17, L-oot
Depth 20, Spider 22, Sir-E 24, Hen 25, Fritt
I Sprat 28, Press 29, Relay-Ed. 30, Braid 31,
DOWN: 2, Cuckoo 3, A-mule-I 4, Nat 5, Sec
D 8,Big top 12, Pet-ER 13, Flush 14, R-Odin
18, Ste-RN 19, De-bat-ed 21, Pe-pp-er 22, S
25, F-0-ray 26, Bar-I 28, Pet


1 Just a quarter of the time (6)
2 What a fellow needs a bit of help
in building (6)
3 Dora's funny way (4)
4 Fancied the new maid, Rosy (7)
5 Unhealthy bird? (5)
6 Number five checked out (5)
8 Look to double your money as you
laze (4)
9 Again, many are looking
embarrassed (3)
12 He'll never do well in civic
administration (3)
13 He really likes to have pounds to
spare (5)
15 What a bouncer will do, shortly (5)
18 John or Noel wandering round the
East End (5)
19 Try to be like a piano key (3)
20 Having tenants phone back (3)
21 Told Rod Reed to reform (7)
22 Being a bit of a terror, do wrong (3)
23 Container to transport in advance (6)
24 Whirling, it's ,.-nnouncedly less
than steady (4)
25 The one in a tent pays rent! (6)
26 Silly one in a bomb explosion! (5)
27 Ladies going nuts, perhaps, on
April 1st (5)
28 In favour of going up to the far
end (3)
3U Produced in Madeira (4)

0, Sco-U-t 11, Rings
18, Scrape 19,
:er 2b, Bar-on 27,
dan 6, Stretch 7, Hail
15, Hab-l-t 16, Defer
Stu-r-dy 23, Reason

1 Humiliating
failure (6)
7 Corresponding
8 Greek letter (4)
10 Hand tool (6)
11 Opportunity
14 Small bit (3)
16 Monstrosity (5)
17 Simmer (4)
19 Whole range

21 Ramshackle
dwelling (5)
22 Military trainee
23 Stop ;4)
26 Girl's name (5)
28 Seedcase (3)
29 Defence pleas
30 Superficial
appearance (6)
31 Press (4)
32 Sufficient (8)
33 Employee (6)

Boris' pssskl'v Jurgeft Klages.
junior world championship,
Antwerp 1955. Spassky, the
later world champion, was hot
favourite for the junior title and
lost only one game. He had been
attacking throughout until his
unknown German opponent
suddenly developed
counterplay. Black plans simply
Qal + followed byQxb2 or
Nc4t. Spassky probably
realized he was lost, but spotted
a chance for a last-ditch
brilliancy by the strange choice
1 BxcS. White is offering both
his rook to Bxd6 and his bishop
to RxcS. Klages saw through the
trap, captured neither piece, and
made a decisive move of his
own which induced Spassky's
immediate resignation. Can you
explain what happened?

1 Coerces (6)
2 Teeter (6)
3 Precious stone
4 Diffident (7)
5 Genetic copy (5)
6 Smooth (5)
8 Nip (4)
9 Man's name (3)
12 Skill (3)
13 Artificial
waterway (5)
15 Auctioneer's

hammer p;
18 Sum (5)
19 Deity (3)
20 Encountered (3)
21 Flatfish (7)
22 Male swan (3)
23 Integrity (6)
24 Port in Yemen
25 Great fear (6)
26 Conspiracy (5)
27 Fastening pin (5)
28 For every (3)
30 Look at (4)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Shoal 6, Smack 9, Biretta 10, Crest 11, Rifle 12,
Colin 13, Horizon 15, Gas 17, Oral 18, Tenure 19, Spoor 20,
Edible 22, Stye 24, Red 25, Festoon 26, Snail 27, Fated 28,
Kinds 29, Mermaid 30, Astir 31, Tears
DOWN: 2, Horror 3, Absell 4, Lit 5, Lemon 6, Striker 7, Main
8, Cellar; 12, Coupe 13, Hover 14, Rapid 15, Gusto 16, Seven
18, Towel 19, Slender 21, Delays 22, Stride 23, Yonder 25,
Films 26, Semi 28, Kit


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HOW many words of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain
the centre letter a6d there must
be at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals.
Good 16; very good 24: excellent 32
for more). Solution tomorrow,
agar agaric agate agile aglet.
alga argali cage cagier
CARtIl.AGE cigar cleg crag gait
Saiter gala gale garlic gate gear
gila gilt girl girt gite gliaciatl.e
glacier glare grace grate great
grit, lager large legit ligate liger
rmga rage regal taiga tiger tragic
tragical trig

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
*KJ 10
V7 3
Q 1062
*85 *Q6432
YKQ 1054 V962
*A3 *975
+QJ 108 *93
*KJ 84
A 6 2
The bidding:
South West North East
1 NT 2V 2 NT Pass
3 NT
Opening lead king of hearts.
Guessing the location of a queen
is often a crucial challenge in the
play of a hand. But while it's true that
an out-and-out guess is occasionally
unavoidable, a resourceful declarer
can frequently compel the opponents
to solve the problem for him.
For example, take this case where
West led the king of hearts against
three notrump. South, of course,
ducked, hoping the suit would be
continued. I lad West obliged with
another heart lead, declarer would
have scored nine easy tricks after
driving out the ace of diamonds.
But West shifted to the club queen

instead. Nine tricks were now still
available, provided South could
guess which way to take the two-way
spade finesse. There was no need to
try to solve this problem at once,
though, so declarer decided to gather '
all the information he could to help
find the winning solution.
lie began by also allowing the
queen of clubs to hold the trick.
When West then continued with the
jack, declarer took his ace and led the
king of diamonds. West won and
returned the club ten to dummy's
king, East discarding a spade.
The Q-J of diamonds were next
cashed, West discarding a heart. At
this point, after seven tricks had been
played, South had all the information
he needed to assure the contract. The
location of the spade queen no longer
At trick eight, the seven of clubs
was led, forcing West to win with the
eight as South discarded his last dia-
mond, West then found himself in a
losing position; since he was out of
diamond& and clubs, he had to return
a heart or a spade.
A heart return into South's A-J
would hand him his ninth trick, while
a spade return would solve the prob-
lem in that suit. Either way. three
notrump was now ice-cold.
By constructing an end position
that allowed the enemy no escape.
South eliminated all guesswork and
so assured a favorable outcome.

Tomorrow: Transmitipg the right message.
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MR RE BARNES, chairman of the Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation and Mrs Mary Profilo, the
2007 Lady Sassoon Golden Heart awardee.

Touching hearts, changing lives: The

Lady Sassoon 'Golden Heart' Award

THE Golden Heart Award
will be presented at the 45th
Annual Heart Ball, scheduled
to be held February 14, 2009 at
the Sheraton Hotel, Cable
Each year, the Sir Victor Sas-
soon (Bahamas) Heart Foun-
dation offers the Lady Sassoon
Golden Heart Award during its
annual ball.
The award has been present-
ed since 1968, and was initiated
by the Foundation to applaud
and give recognition to individ-
uals who have selflessly given of
themselves to promote human
welfare and dignity, thus mak-
ing life better for their fellow
Mrs Mary Profilo was the
most recent awardee. She was

chosen for her generosity and
involvement in organizations
such as Yellow Birds. Even at
the time of receiving the award,
Mrs Profilo refused to stand
alone, and accepted the award
on behalf of all those who
helped her in making life better
for others, particularly the Yel-
low Birds.
Previous winners of the
award include Mrs Andrea
Archer, Mrs Orinthia Nesbeth,
Mrs Patricia M Jervis, Sir Dur-
wood Knowles, Rev Prince A
Hepburn, Miss Mary Kelly, Mrs
Phyllis Aldridge, Mrs Sybil Bly-
den, Dr Marcia Bachem and
many, many more individuals.
These individuals were chosen
from a pool of worthy candi-

The deadline for nomina-
tions for the Golden Hearts
Award is January 19, 2009.
Nominations must be accom-
panied by a letter/statement
explaining why the person rec-
ommended should receive the
award. Nominations are to be
submitted to:
The Golden Heart Award
PO Box N-8189
Nassau, Bahamas
Alternatively, submissions
can be hand delivered to
Grosham Property, Cable
Beach. This is the office site
for The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation.



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Tribune Features Writer

CONTRACEPTION. It's use or non use is a
controversial topic the world over, and especial-
ly so in deeply religious communities such as the
Bahamas. But the health of women and men

-.. ..L- I .J. who choose to have sex should come first, two

A 1 ( IT T sex educators say.

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Health advocate Keith Kemp. ot
the Bahamas HI\.'AIDS Centre
based in the Ministry of Health. reg-
ularly speaks to high school students
about their sexual health. When a
school requests Mr Kemp to come
in and gi'e a talk on se\ education,
he's always ready v\ith a suppl) of
condoms to hand out.
"Churches here may say that gi% ing
kids condoms -will cause them to go
and ha'e sex, but the truth is it's like
supplying someone on a boat with a
life jacket. they need to be safe in
case of an emergency." he said.
Looking at statistics provided by
the Infectious Diseases Division.
Princess Margaret Hospital and
the Department ot Public Health.
prepared by the Health Infor-
mation and Research Linn,
sex among Bahamian teens
is common place.


The largest age group
of HIV infections is
among 25 to 29) year
olds with 1,024 cases
reported at the end of
2007. The second high-
est was 978 cases in 30 to
34 Near olds. and the third
highest at 752 cases in 20
to 24 year olds.
Women in every age
group had a higher
incidence of the dis-
"We promote con-
doms at the school pre-
sentations because these
give an actual physical
bamer and ha\e some
protection from STIs
and AIDS. They
don't protect totally
from skin contact, so

lemis t. teen pregnancy .,nmd AIDS
Iate" muIiul he addressed.
His programme. Bah.ima Ho-l. is
l.,cilit.iated h\ the Mini-u\ ol t-1.111ui'M
\~ Ih.e Iall classes' ,n .ire hUri'st-o I 'ien -
ed and must be taken b\ all te.clihei.
"All organis.aion's must be: res.pon-
sible for their workers taking these
courses., he said "Bahaima Ho.t
leaches \ou about the r lands. the
hisitor\, custom duntes, and health is a
big part of our communil\. specili-
c.ill\ HIV'AIDS."
He agreed that preaching ahstii-
nence is unrealistic. "instead w\e must
teach people to use a condom each
time the\ ha\e sex". he aid.
S\\e ha\e a %er) high population
of teen pregnancy. It', usually\ acci-
dental and in the same accident,
AIDS could be contracted.
'\\ hen .ou go to grade 11 and 12
students talking about abstinence, it
doe, nothing. They're still sex.uall\
active, and )ou kno\ it. \\e need to
look at a programme like the\ ha\c
in Thailand. They're preaching con-
dom use instead, and teen pregnancy\
rates are decreasing."
Hating sex is human nlatle. Mr
McPhee said, and it's difficult to
change something that's already\ part
of their behaviour. "There :are some
people who change atici education
about se\. but the greater popula-
tion does not change."
With some iI teen pregnancies
or 21.11 S in the Bahamas. Mr MNcPliee
said that this shous that the coun-
trry's outh are not only se\uall\
active, but that they are not using

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Effects of neutering on behavior

Holiday foot health

DURING this festive season many persons will
be on their feet for extended periods. In prepara-
tion for the season's celebrations, many are cook-
ing, baking and decorating. Then there are the
shop-a-holics who don't realize that they are in
for quite a workout the constant moving from
store to store and standing in cashier lines for
extended periods. Finally, there are the party goers
who are more concerned about mixing and min-
gling, rather than their feet.
Most people, and more so women, don't wear
the proper walking or standing gear for these activ-
ities. Instead of wearing a supportive sandal while
cooking, baking or decorating, they often opt to go
bare feet or wear flat flip flops while standing for
hours on tiled or hard floors. On the other hand, we
have the shop-a-holics who want to sport the sea-
son's latest heels which are obviously inappro-
priate for this exercise. A pair of supportive loafers
or even running gear is more suited for long shop-
ping hours.
Wearing improper footwear during the holiday
season will only result in blisters, corns, calluses or
worse....heel pain. Heel spurs have been recog-
nized as one of the most common causes of heel
pain. Heel spurs occur when the long, flat liga-
ment on the bottom of the foot develops tears
that cause inflammation. Injury, hard surfaces and
poorly constructed footwear can account for this
Calluses are often found on pressure-sensitive
parts of the foot, such as under the ball of the foot
or under the big toe joint. They can be sore and
even painful, much like having a pebble under
your foot. Calluses are sometimes a sign of foot
imbalance or of a more seriousproblem concealed
inside the foot.
Corns, on the other hand, come in two forms,
hard corns and soft corns. Hard corns usually start
as red skin, followed by a coating of callus, which
develops into a hard corn. Most hard corns devel-
op on the side of the little toe, but are also found in
other places where there is steady pressure and
abrasion. Hard corns are almost always caused by
shoes of the wrong size or shape or fit.
On the other hand, the soft corn is always found
between the web of the toes, usually between the
fourth and fifth toes. A soft corn is white and
damp. It can also be very painful. It is caused by the
constant squeezing together of the toes as a result
of shoes too short or narrow at the toes.
As this is my final article to end 2008, I wish to
give the following advice to readers; while it is
4 logical that shoes often play a causative role in
many foot problems, they can also contribute to the
avoidance of many foot pains and related problems.
It is in this vain that you heed to the warning this
holiday season and simply wear the proper
footwear to avoid stress and strain on the foot.
Finally, I want to wish you comfort and joy this
holiday season!

Bernadette D Gibson, a Board Certified Pedorthist,
is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and well-
ness franchise that focuses on foot care and proper
shoe fit, located in the Sandyport Plaza. Please direct
any questions or comments to nassau@footsolu-
tions. corn or 327-FEET (3338).
"The views expressed are those of the author and
does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solu-
tions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affil-
iated companies."

EVERYDAY I am asked by
concerned clients about the effects
neutering will have on their pet's
behaviour. So today we will try to
discuss such effects.
Neutering is the surgical removal
of reproductive organs that renders
a male or female pet unable to
reproduce. In males, the surgery,
called castration, entails removal
of the testicles, leaving an empty
scrotal sac that soon shrinks. The
testicles produce sperm and are the
primary production site of the hor-
mone testosterone. The penis is not
removed because it functions addi-
tionally for voiding of urine.
In females the surgery, called
spaying, involves the removal of
both ovaries and the uterus by an
incision into the abdominal cavity.
The ovaries produce eggs at each
heat cycle and also produce the hor-
mones estrogen and progesterone.
The uterus is also removed because
it may eventually become infected if
it is not removed.
Pets are neutered to prevent
unwanted babies and a variety of
medical disorders in both males and
females, eg hip dysplasia. Ideally,
females should be neutered before
their first estrus or heat. More pets
are being neutered at younger ages
so that they do not contribute to
the stray problem we have in Nas-

Effects on sexual
Sexual behaviour usually disap-
pears after neutering. In animals
that have experienced sexual activi-
ty before neutering however, some
sexual behaviour may persist. This is
not necessarily an indication of
incomplete surgical removal of the
sexual organs. Behaviour that
appears to be sexually motivated.
may be linked to other causes.
Mounting by castrated dogs is usu-
ally a sign of dominance behaviour.
Masturbation, particularly in male
cats and dogs, may occur following
castration. This is most common in
males that experienced sexual
arousal before castration. For most
pets, neutering effectively eliminates
objectionable sexual behaviour.

Effect on aggression
Intact males and females are
more likely to display aggression
related to sexual behaviour than
are neutered animals. Fighting, par-
ticularly in males and directed at
other males, is less common after
neutering. The intensity of other
types of aggression, such as domi-
nance aggression, is also likely to be

When related to the hormonal
imbalance of false pregnancy or the
agitation associated with estrus,
spaying eliminates irritable aggres-
sion in females. If you worry that
your dog will not protect your
house after neutering, territorial
aggression is not altered after neu-
If your pet is not intended for
breeding, neutering is advised to
prevent aggressiveness related to
sex hormones. Though neutering is
not a treatment for aggression, it
can help minimize the severity and
escalation of aggressiveness and is
often the first step toward resolving
an aggressive behaviour problem.

Effect on general
Most clients have reservations
about neutering their pets in that
they will lose their vitality. Neuter-
ing does not alter basic intelligence
and temperament. In fact, many
undesirable qualities under hor-
monal influence may resolve after
Your pet will not become less
affectionate or playful, nor will it
resent you. By neutering, you will
be acting as a responsible, informed
and loving pet owner.
The temperament of females is
unlikely to improve after having a
litter. There is no benefit from sex-

ual activity for male or female dogs
or cats. Do not project your own
physical or emotional needs onto
your pet. It is not unnatural to con-
trol a pet's reproductive activity by
having it neutered. Rather it is
unkind not to neuter your pet.

Effect on escape
and roaming
A neutered pet is less likely to
roam. Castrated male dogs and cats
tend to patrol smaller outdoor
areas and are less likely to engage
in territorial conflicts with rivals.
A pet that has already had suc-
cessful escapes will probably con-
tinue to run away after it has been

Effect on inappropriate
Dogs and cats may urinate or
defecate in undesirable areas of your
home for a myriad of reasons.
Because this behaviour is only part-
ly under hormonal control, pets may
begin to eliminate inappropriately
even after neutering.
Neutering an animal that has
begun to eliminate inappropriately
reduces the urine odor of intact ani-
mals and eliminates the contribu-
tion of hormonal factors. Unless
underlying emotional or physical
factors are controlled and environ-
mental factors are removed, the

undesirable behaviour may persist
beyond neutering.

Effect on body weight
Because of metabolic changes that
follow neutering, some pets may
gain weight. Some pets gain weight
because their owners feed them
more because they feel guilty for
subjecting them to any discomfort
that may arise from the surgery.
Pets, like people, become less
active as they mature and may gain
weight. Before surgery, there is a
lot of energy channeled towards
reproduction or cooting. Females in
heat are often agitated and irrita-
ble, sleeping and eating less. M'ales
may be more reactive to stimuli in
general and more acutely aware of
rivals or intruders on their territory.
They will go without food for
extended periods of time just to find
that female dog that is in heat.
After your pet is neutered, adjust
its food intake to prevent excessive
weight gain. Weight gain following
neutering is easily controlled. If food
intake is not decreased after neu-
tering, a gradual weight increase is

Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at
the Central Animal Hospital. Questions
or comments should be directed to
potcake59@hotmail.com. Dr Sands
can also be contacted at 325-1288.



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we tell students that there is still nsk."
Mr Kemp said that he's also work-
ing against the high incidence at
young people taking the morning
after pill as a form of birth control.
The morning-after pill is too accessi-
ble in his opinion, and pharmacies
that supply it do not adequately edu-
cate teenagers and young adults when
dispensing the medication A lot of
young persons don't unde~istand the
time frame in which you need to use
the morning-after pill. and they espe-
cially don't know about the bad
effects it can have on tour body "

Sex education

He said that in not to teaching the
proper use of the drug. and about
potentially dangerous drug interac-
tions, pharmacies are negatively
impacting the overall well being of
Bahamian %women. and contributing
to the rate of infertility\ seen in
women. "There are other pills people
can buy over the counter, and these
in combination can cause the termi-
nation of a pregnancy. However. they
can also result in infertility and intec-
tion it the dead letus doe-. not pass
out of the vagina," Mr Kemp said
And instead of scaring youih into
keeping their sexual lives a secret.
it's good to put measures in place
such as educational classes that teach
students everything they need to
know about contraceptives and pro-
tection against STIs and AIDS. said
Mr Kemp.
"'When you look at statistics of
HIV infection one of the main caus-
es of death in young people \ou see
that they are sexually actlIe. There is
no use preaching abstinence. its onl\
making noise with no effect
Mr Amos McPhee. a sex educa-
tion advocate, and a member of the
AIDS Foundation. said. 'the prob-


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TWO names dominate the world
of poinsettias. The first is Joel
Roberts Poinsett, first US Minister
to Mexico, who introduced poin-
settias to the United States in
r 1825. The other is Paul Ecke who
developed the culture of poinset-
tias at Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, Cal-
ifornia, where 70 per cent of all
the poinsettias sold in the United
States are grown.
* Joel Poinsett was brought up in England but
made his home in South Carolina. A politician
and diplomat, he was also a distinguished
botanist. He was appointed Minister to Mexico
(the equivalent of ambassador) in 1925 and dur-
ing his first year in Mexico sent home samples of
a rather attractive wild winter flower from the
southern part of the country. A decade or so lat-
er the plant was named after him.
The poinsettias Joel Poinsett found would
have been very different from those we associ-
ate with Christmas these days. The brilliant red
bracts were displayed at the end of a long, cane-
like, leafless growth that grew to 10-12 feet.
Over the years the poinsettia became associ-
ated with Christmas and. now is the dominant
seasonal plant. Much of that is due to Paul Ecke-.
Of German descent, Ecke farmed in Cali-
fornia but was most interested in flowers. He
developed techniques that turned the long,
cane-like growth of poinsettias into compact,
bushy plants. In 1923, almost 100 years after the
introduction- of. poinsettias, t9 the, S, Ecke
moved his ranch to Encinita,' south of Los
Angeles, where thec'ditip were'ght for
poinsettia production.
Paul Ecke was the first to realise the impor-
tance of light to the flowering process. Poin-
settias need 12 hours of daylight, but also
require a gradual daily decrease leading up to
flower production. The poinsettias were moved
from fields into indoor areas where the light was
strictly controlled to produce flowering plants

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well before Christmas.
Seventy per cent of the poinsettias sold in
the United States, and 50 per cent of all poin-
settias sold in the world come from the Ecke
Ranch. Ninety per cent of their poinsettias are
Although we speak of flowers, the colour of
poinsettias is displayed in bracts modified
leaves. The actual true flowers are yellow and
rather diminutive. Bracts can be red, yellow,
white, pink, orange or variegated.
There is a widely held belief that poinsettias
are poisonous. This is not true. Your cat or
grandchildren can munch upon the leaves or
bracts to their heart's content.
The perfect Christmas poinsettia should be
two-and-a-half times taller than it is wide. There
should be no untidy green leaves at the bottom
and no green spots or markings on the bracts.
Check the true flowers for pollen. If pollen is
present it shows the plant has a little age on it
and is close to the end of its flowering cycle.
Ideally, poinsettias like the temperature to be
68-70 degrees and if they are kept indoors they
should be sheltered from cool draughts and
warm places, like the top of the television.
Watering is critical as the plants should never be
allowed to dry out. That said, they do not sur-
vive standing water. Poinsettias are often sold in
pots covered by a festive wrapper. This wrapper
must be removed when watering and stay off
until the pot has fully drained.
Here in The Bahamas we can plant our poin-
settias outside when the Christmas season is
over. Wait until the bracts lose their appeal
and prune the poinsettia severely. Plant it in full
sun, but away from any light source like a porch
or streetlight. Prune for business at least,twice
between Easter and August but-do not do:any.
* pru.iniig 4ter August, :,,, ,1 ,, ,, .10 If!.
Do this and you will be rewarded with a dis-
play of colourful bracts from early December
until past Easter the next year. Outdoor poin-
settias need little care and should be treated like

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(EDITORS NOTE: Food cravings
and unhealthy snacking are fre-
quent experiences for most per-
sons. The effects of these experi-
ences are not always positive.
Most persons desire to overcome
them but don't know where to
begin. This article provides practi-
cal tips on how to cope effectively
and possibly overcome cravings
and unhealthy snacking.)

MOST persons experience
what can be referred to as "that
dreaded time of day" when
their energy plummets and their
stomach starts growling. Like-
wise, there is a battle in the
mind about doing the right
thing. The choice is either to
reach for a fruit or vegetable -
be it whole or in a salad that is
within reach, of choosing a
sweet cookie or candy bar -
or packet of chips that is calling
out to them from the nearby
shelf, handbag or desk. Most
often it is the candy bar or a
bag of chips that wins the battle.
While food cravings can be
brought on by a host of factors,
including hormones, psycho-
logical motivation, and even
boredom, experts believe that
cravings are most often the
result of low blood glucose lev-
els. The good news is that crav-
ings can be appropriately man-
aged, and in some instances,
overcome by consuming a com-
bination of lean protein and
fibre at every meal, as well as
eating at regular intervals.
Such eating patterns will help
to both stabilize blood glucose
levels and curb cravings. Over-
coming unhealthy snacking
habits that are linked to crav-
ings is important as it can lead
to a number of negative things;
Adds calories to (in many
instances) an already high
caloric consumption
Sneaks in added sugars,
salts and fats
Contributes to weight gain,
increased blood sugar and cho-
Leads to adverse health sta-

tus and the development of dis-
eases such as high blood pres-
sure, certain types of cancers,
heart disease and diabetes..
When followed on a daily
basis the following activities will
help in overcoming cravings,
unhealthy snacking and reduce
the risk for poor health. Most
beneficial is when the recom-
mended behaviours are incor-
porated into daily routines that
is life-long lifestyle patterns -
and are shared by all members
of the family.

Eat a balanced breakfast:
It has been well established
that breakfast is the most
important meal of the day. Con-
suming breakfast is key for
jump-starting your metabolism,
but it is what you eat that mat-
ters most.
Avoid sugary cereals and
refined carbohydrates (like
white flour) they will leave
you feeling unsatisfied and you
will be more likely to overeat
later on in the day. Some good
options are an egg white omelet
with vegetables and low-fat
cheese, and peanut butter on
whole-grain toast with bananas.

Choose healthy
Forget sticking to three meals
a day, especially if you often get
hungry between meals. Experts
suggests that going a long time
without eating can decrease
your metabolism and the effec-
tiveness of your body digesting
whatever you eventually eat. It
is suggested that healthy snack-
ing throughout the day can help
reduce food cravings. So be sure
to choose foods high in protein
and fibre, they will keep you
satisfied longer and will prevent
drops in blood sugar.

Healthy snack
Reach for these snacks the
next time you feel a craving
coming on:

1 cup of low-fat yogurt, or 1
cup of cottage cheese, mixed
with 1/2 cup qf high-fibre cereal
1 serving of dried fruit mixed
with 1/4 cup of nuts try a com-
bination of peanuts, pecans,
almonds, and pistachios
1 piece of mozzarella string
cheese and an apple
1 serving of high-fibre crack-
ers with 1 ounce of cheese

Don't be afraid to indulge:
Often we get an uncontrol-
lable craving for something spe-
cific. When this happens treat
yourself to that item in the
proportions sufficient to satis-
fy the craving without feeling
guilty! Trying to ignore an
intense food craving can actu-
ally make you more likely to
In a recent study of 134 non-
dieting men and women in Eng-
land, participants were asked to
either suppress all thoughts of
chocolate or talk about their
cravings. Women who tried not
to think about chocolate went
on to eat 50 per cent more than
those who spoke freely.
It is agreed that indulging in a
small portion of the food you
are craving, whether it is some-
thing salty, crunchy or sweet
can prevent you from overeat-
ing later on. Keep the portion
small and you will feel satisfied
without destroying your healthy
eating habits.
Do not believe or think along
the lines of restricting yourself
to just one cookie. Make the
choice meaningful and count
the calories instead. For exam-
ple try a 100-calorie snack pack.
In that way you can factor the
calories of that craved food item
into your total calorie intake for
the day and make the appro-
priate change in another area
of the meal plan if calories are
being limited.
Resisting the urge to reach
for a burger, candy, or chips
when you are facing a snack
attack can make a big differ-
ence in your health regardless

of your age.
Good nutritional practice is
really the key to a healthy
lifestyle and a healthy life. It
goes a long way toward lower-
ing the risk for heart disease
and improving overall health.

Healthy snacking and
weight control
Avoiding extreme hunger
increases the likelihood that you
will pick the healthy snack
rather than raiding the dough-
nut box in the break room at
work or overeating at meals.
Some nutritionists recommend
eating small meals every three
to five hours as this helps in
resisting the urge to overeat.
For many persons, the easy part
is the frequent meals. The hard
part is keeping them small.
A useful recommendation is
eating more during active times
of the day: If we can match our
intake with our output, we will
be better off with our weight-
control goals. Another key is to
keep healthy snacks on hand.
The best.way to avoid eating
food that you should not is to
not keep any around for this
same reason it is recommended
that we grocery shop when we
are not hungry. Despite finan-
cial limitations, often there is a
tendency to buy a lot of
unhealthy food stuff that are
not needed when shopping
while hungry.

Curb your cravings
Blood sugar dips three to five
hours after you eat. Eating
small, frequent snacks keeps
your metabolism active and
helps normalize blood sugar.
Hunger can throw your body
into famine mode, which slows
metabolism and makes it easier
to pack on the pounds.
Foods like fruits, vegetables,
nuts, low-fat dairy products,
whole grains, and legumes are
satisfying and are packed with
the nutrients, fibre, and protein
your body needs. They also

guard against sugar highs and
lows, so you are less likely to
succumb to your sweet tooth -
or whatever your dietary
Achilles' heel may be.

Healthy snacking
and energy, mood,
and brain boosters
Think about food as fuel.
Nutrient-poor, sugary snacks
such as candy bars are like fuel
that runs hot and flames out.
They give you a quick jolt of
energy that is followed by a
crash that can leave you hun-
gry, cranky, sleepy, and unable
to concentrate.
Healthy snacks are more like
slow-burning fuel that helps you
keep going all day. Having sev-
eral snacks a day helps banish
that post-meal sleepiness (in
Bahamian terms -'niggeritis')
that comes from consuming too
many calories at one sitting.
Including protein in snacks
provides an extra mental boost.
Protein-laden food like fish,
meat, eggs, cheese, and tofu
contain an amino acid that
increases the production of neu-
rotransmitters that regulate con-
centration and alertness.
Many of us naturally reach
for carbohydrates when we're
feeling down because they help
lift our mood by boosting the
brain chemical serotonin. While
processed foods like chips and
cookies give a quick high, it is
followed by a sharp low. Bet-
ter energy boosters are fruit
sugars, honey, low-fat dairy
products, whole grains, and
many vegetables. These lift the
mood and battle fatigue with-
out the roller-coaster effect.
Omega-3 fatty acids are
another good nutrient to
include in snacks, for your heart
as well as your head. Tuna, wal-
nuts, and some other foods con-
tain omega-3s, which help fight
high blood pressure and heart
disease, as well as depression
and anxiety. The effects of
omega-3s are also being stud-

ied as they relate to a number of
other health conditions, includ-
ing joint diseases, schizophre-
nia, and attention deficit hyper-
activity disorder.

The healthy way
Cravings and snacking go
hand in hand. They can be good
or bad for your health depend-
ing on the route you choose to
take, so why not take the
healthy way.
When you want a snack, it
can be hard to think about your
health or about good nutrition.
We all know the ravenous
hunger that strikes when we
have skipped a meal the gnaw-
ing, growling stomach that over-
rides rational thought and
demands. Most often when a
craving strikes we go straight to
the vending machine in the
office, the ice cream in the
freezer, or the fast-food restau-
rants that seem to be on every
Being prepared for these
occasions can make healthy eat-
ing a snap. Having good stuff
around helps a lot. If we wait
until we are really hungry that
is when we will succumb to the
sweet tooth syndrome. That is
when we make less wise nutri-
tional choices. Always keep
dried fruits and nuts, like cher-
ries, apricots, raisins, almonds,
and cashews handy. Vegetable
sticks of carrot and celery are
tasty, healthy options too.

For more information of health
snacking and overcoming cravings
in a way that is healthy and enjoy-
able, contact the Nutrition Unit of
the Department of Public Health or
the Health Education Division at
322.1025 or 322.1187 or the
Resource Centre of the Health Edu-
cation Division at 502.4763 or vis-
it the centre at the Ministry of
Health Headquarters. Meeting and
Delancy Streets Monday to Friday
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Bahamian women take on non-tradition jobs.

THIRTY years ago the
prospect of women succeeding
in non-traditional jobs was as
laughable as the idea of
portable computers.
Today, there is no doubt that women are
entering non-traditional fields in greater
numbers than ever, and are steadily gaining
promotion to senior positions in all areas of
those industries. Though progress may have
started as a slow, gradual, movement, it now
appears to have turned into a steady flow.
It's no longer a man's world.
Careers that might have been thought of
as "men only" in years gone by are now
open to women as well. Women have
woven themselves into the fabric of all
So what is a non-traditional career? The
Department of Statistics defines a non-tra-
ditional career as one where more than 75
per cent of the workforce is of the opposite
gender, or conversely, where less than 25
pei cent of the workforce is of a single gen-
While there are many advantages to non-
traditional careers for women, there are
yet many hurdles to overcome.
One reason an employer might not want
to hire women is the misconceptions about
a women's ability to perform in what has
traditionally been regarded as a man's jobs.
This is coupled with the traditional stan-
dard that dictates that jobs done primarily
by women, and men are separate and
unequal. Because of this, some women may
not realize their full potential in certain

areas. One of the steps being taken to rec-
tify this situation is education and training,
which is being used to eliminate some of the
customary barriers associated with women
entering non-traditional occupations.
For Tanya Cartwright, a BTVI construc-
tion student, the construction field became
her career of choice during her senior year
in high school. Knowing very little about
construction, she enrolled in BTVI's mason-
ry programme.
For Tanya, working with men in the pro-
gramme was a relatively new and different
experience. However, having several close
male friends in the field was certainly a
help. "I basically stood my ground and kept
a very healthy sense of humour," she said.
Tanya believes that most of the chal-
lenges women face when entering a male
dominated field are based on the fact that
both genders are still learning how to com-
municate and work with each other.
Mrs Diendonne Carroll-Carlos first
became involved in the auto mechanic field
through her husband's auto body business,
helping him with the financial and market-
ing aspects of the business. It was during this
period that she decided that a job outside of
an office setting was where she was most
She enrolled in BTVI's Air Condition
and Refrigeration programme and contin-
ues to assist her husband in their business.
When asked about the challenges she faces
in the classroom and on the job, Carroll-
Carlos is a straight shooter. "The reality is
there is indeed a lot to overcome in the
field. Women are, however, meeting the
challenges every day because we can. Just

work hard, be persistent and one must not
be afraid that you may not be physically
strong enough. Everyone, male or female,
has limitations and being mentally strong is
90 per cent of the battle."
To meet the growing demands of the
future workforce, the Bahamas Technical
& Vocational Institute (BTVI) offers sev-
eral programmes intended to promote the
construction field as an attractive career
choice, and to support those entering or
already working in the industry.
For junior and senior high school stu-
dents, BTVI recruitment officers are
scheduled to attend career fairs and visit
schools to talk with young men and women
about the numerous job opportunities
available to them in the technical and voca-
tional field.
One of BTVI's promotional exercises is
'Technical Week'. The programme is held
each year at the Mall of Marathon to intro-
duce construction to the public at large,
to create awareness, and promote an inter-"
est in future career choices.
BTVI's focus is not limited to recent
school leavers. Professional development
education programmes that are affordable
and adult-based, are available to all. These
programmes are specifically geared toward
construction, craft, and service areas.
Since its inception, BTVI has evolved
to keep pace with the advancement in the
technical and vocational industry. BTVI's
clear vision of the industry's future has
led the institute to expand its focus and
to address the critical issues the industry
faces, the future workforce, and the
nation's current and future economy.

Tender strips of sirloin cooked in a creamy mushroom sauce &
served over fettuccine Makes 4 servings

6 ozs
3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
12 ozs
1 (8oz)
2 tbsp
1 tbsp

BUTTER No-Stick Cooking Spray
Dry fettuccine, uncooked
Ground black pepper
Boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
Sour cream
All-purpose flour
Tomato Paste (no salt added)

1/2 cup Cold water

1 tsp
2 cups
1 med
1 tbsp

Instant beef bouillon granules
Sliced fresh mushrooms
Onion, chopped
Chopped fresh parsley

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.Sprinkle salt and
1/4-tsp pepper evenly over steak in medium bowl; toss to-coat:
set aside. Combine sour 'eam, flour anc tomato paste in bfl'
bowl. Stir ih water, bouillon and 1/6 tsp'pepper. Set aside.' .i'

2. Spray large skillet with PAM cooking spray; heat over
medium-high heat 30 seconds. Add steak; cook 3-4 minutes, or
until no longer pink in centre, stirring frequently. Remove steak
from skillet, reserving any juices in skillet. Cover to keep warm.

3 dd mushrooms & onions to same skillet. cook 3-4 minutes. Stir
S in sour cream mixture; cook 2 minutes, or until thickened &
bubbly, stirring constantly. Add steak to skillet, cook until
heated through. Drain pasta, place on large
serving platter. Spray evenly with PAM
cooking spray. Top with the steak
mixture; sprinkle with parsley.

Cable Cottage

FROM page one
Among the choice items were
separates that were ideal for
travel and the cooler weeks
ahead, sleek jackets in cream
and animal prints were also
shown, with a few business suits
for good measure. The pants
were all loose fitting and casual.
And for the older woman in
your life, Rubins boasted Miss
Jane, a 70-something model
who carried the beautiful
browns and beige suits to a tee.
Other fashions were the
sleeveless, "sexsational" loose
blouse that can be worn on the
shoulders until one feels more
comfortable, then pulled down
to bare a graceful collarbone
with sexy shoulders.
The pencil line black skirt is
an old favourite making a come-
back this season, with the lacy
white blouse. The bright tunic
dress with fun diagonals,
brought attention to all the right
The most notable piece

though was the sheath black
dress with timeless jewels lin-
ing the neck. The glitz turned
just another little black dress
into an unforgettable design.
While the evening was-a time
to introduce the shops to the
Cable Beach community, and
surrounding neighborhoods, it
was also a celebration of the
imagination of Mrs Smith, who
dreamed up the pie-shaped
shopping centre as far back as
2005, when in January the lot
was cleared and the island cot-
tage look became their goal.
"It was really a joint effort,"
she said, "our project manager
and engineer Mr Vic Jones had
a lot of foresight.
"But the stress we had over
the last few months is over, and
we're supplying people who,live
out west with a wonderful shop-
ping centre just before Christ-
mas," Mrs Smith said.
Lines carried at Rubins range
from Liz Claiborne their sig-
nature look, Josephine Chaus,
Energie, Laundry described

as "a dressy dressy line", and
Maggie London that offers the
perfect church dress and other
formal wear.
"Dresses are back in this
year," Mrs Smith said, "and for
men the Caribbean Joe look is
back in, with island looking
lines' that give the tropical
The Rubins look for men
caters to the casual weekend
get together and deconstructed
look that says suits are optional.
Their most popular line in
shoes is Unisa, "it's a good look-
ing shoe that's always comfort-
able," Mrs Smith said. Other
shoe lines are Nine West and
Anne Klein.
After purchasing the perfect
outfit for the (hopefully) per-
fect date, that job interview or
the special church service on
Sunday, women then have the
luxury of moving next door to
Pink Jasmine.
Tracy Blair Coakley, a recent
graduate of the Make-Up
Designory (MUD) in Soho,
New York, has fulfilled a life-
long passion for beauty. She
carries cosmetics, bath and body
products, fragrances and can-
dles from lines like Stila, Girlac-
tik, Carol's Daughter, Mor,

Paddy Wax, as well as Butt
Naked Baby, an organic line
for babies.
Like Rubins, Pink Jasmine
also carries products for men.
Fragrances, shaving cream and
skin care creams by Carol's
Daughter are available for the
'man who likes to care for his
Tracy has worked with
celebrity make-up artists such
as James Vincent and Sam
Fine, and is always attending
make-up workshops abroad.
Finally, the triad store com-
plex is topped by Pediatrix.
With three practitioners, Dr
Jerome Lightbourne, Dr
Patrice Smith and Dr Terlika
Chisholm, the Cable Beach-
based facility is dedicated to
"providing excellence in chil-
dren's health care".
Whether by design or simply
the alignment of the stars, this
unique space is geared towards
meeting the needs of today's
Bahamian woman, and her
family. Whether a stay-at-home
mom, a business woman, stu-
dent, socialite, mommy or
grandmother (or all of the
above) this fanciful architec-
tural structure celebrates the
whole woman.

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families On thie fashsiont front. and
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*slacks, blouses, shoes, belts. je\\-
ellery and moi. Cable Cottage
boasts the nc\\tL .t location [or
Rubins. Also pat tof the nev. temni-
nine-poweied teai _is Pink J.ismnine. a
beautiful and
entrant into the tihe- l i!ituhit i I't
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featuring ghittci fPP.OtPiAi'II(
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The openngl." ( 'I.I',s I t
night of the -c' tififl i.,si-,
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ribbon h) D O ot li el.t hinWtl oif O t the Pirllle m inis-
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ho plyed lthi: p no .-iAs h \ i c 1ti \\i e on. gu st
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the cool confines of the stit n.:.and alt d [i 111 pasi LrItests sca'linc,
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