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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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I By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN ABACO community is
left in shock after an argument
between two men turned dead-
ly, according to police.
In an area of the Marsh Har-
bour community, referred to as
the Mud, police report that
around 5 o'clock Monday after-
noon an argument broke out
between two men believed to
be of Haitian descent, which
resulted in one man being killed
at the scene by a single bullet.
- Acting Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said that cra
based on initial police reports, tic
the deceased is believed to be in ma
his early 30s and a resident of de
that community.
SEE page nine Pi


FREEPORT A small private aircraft
ash landed at Grand Bahama Interna-
>nal Airport on Sunday morning after its
ain landing gears collapsed during.touch
Dw n.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming said five per-
ns were onboard the white twin-engine
per Aztec aircraft when the incident


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occurred around 11.30am at runway 24.
The aircraft, with registration number
C6DAB, was being piloted by Brevis Cox,
33, of Yellow Elder Gardens, New Provi-
dence.
Mr Cox took ,off from the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport around 10.50am
with four passengers Ashnell Miller,
21, of Caravel Beach, Freeport, Thera Sey-
mour, 19, Swaziland Crescent, New Provi-
SEE page 15


Detention -


Centre


arson fire


investigate's

. By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
SPOLICE are investigating a case of arson
after fire engulfed a portion of male dormi-
tory number one at the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre yesterday.
This came as the Ministry of Immigration.
made preparations to carry out repatriation
exercises that could take off as early as today.
According to Immigration Minister
Branville McCartney, his department plans to
send around 66 illegal Haitians back home on
two flights carrying 33 people aboard each.
"We hope to send some more back before
SEE page eight

Mitchell calls for PM to step down
as party leader at end of his terni


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
OPPOSITION spokesman on
Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell
has called on the prime minister
to step down as leader of the
FNM at the end of his third non-
consecutive term in office.*
He lambasted Prime Minis-
ter, Hubert Ingraham's leader-
ship style as overbearing and
full of "inconsistencies" citing
recent conflicting statements by
Mr Ingraham on "Petro Caribe


and diversification of the econ-
omy. He added that the PLP is,
now scrutinising the future lead-'
ers of the FNM as the party gal-
vanises towards the 2012 elec-
tion.
"I think he's overstayed hisr
time.. .he's de-energised. I think
that he is not really paying
attention to the government and
at the same time his style of goy-,
ernance is to be minister of
everything and when you do
that, you start running into mis-
SEE page eight


Chaotic day leaves hundreds of
SBahamasair passengers stranded .
SBy ALISON LOWE
Sf Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net


HUNDREDS of Bahamasair passengers
were stranded, both in Miami and in Nassau
on Friday, during a chaotic day when mechan-
ical failures and illness among flight crew con-
tributed to a major logjam of flights during
peak season.
Travellers criticised the airline's handling of
the delay, saying Miami staff never apolo-
gised for the delays and claiming they felt
"misled" when repeatedly told the flights
SEE page nine


S.. CHRISTIAN pastors waited in vain
for BEC to re-hang the decorative
Menorah in Rawson Square on the
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Alfred Stewart, Bishop John Humes, President John Humes, Pastor Rex Major from
of the Jewish congregation John Hoffer and Grace Community Church, and others
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PAdE 2, tUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2008


Some Bahamas car dealers optimistic- despite US crisis


8 By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
THE AUTO industry crisis
hitting the United States and
Japan is not affecting some car


dealers in the Bahamas, who
remain optimistic about business.
As the US government dished
out $17.4 billion in emergency
loans to General Motors and
Chrysler, Japan's auto giant Toy-
ota reported an expected loss of


150 billion yen, or $1.7 billion -
the first loss in 70 years in its core
vehicle making business.
Toyota saw its sales drop 33.9
per cent in November, while GM
suffered a 41 per cent decline and
needs $11 billion to pay the bills.


Chrysler will halt vehicle pro-
duction for the next month while
it organises a $4 billion revamp in
federal loans.
The US's third largest auto
company has had its production
capacity reduced by 1.2 million


units since August 2007, and cut
33,000 jobs. But Chrysler dealer
Ben Albury at Bahamas Bus and
Truck said business is better now
than it has been in months, and
the operations manager is not
concerned about the auto indus-
try going under with government
bailouts. "I have more cars than I
need and more are always avail-
able," Mr Albury said. "The US
government wouldn't allow them
to shut down because it would
affect thousands of jobs, and have
an effect on a much broader scale
than just the auto industry."
More cars have been sold at
Bahamas Bus and Truck in Mon-


trose Avenue this month than in
the last three, and Mr Albury.has
sold 20 more vehicles so far in
December than throughout
November.
He said: "Any business in the
world right now is slower than a
year ago, and I wouldn't say we're
not, feeling anything, but I have
been here for 13 years and I have
seen slower times.
"We are still paying our staff
and bills and we continue to
remain profitable when a lot of
different companies are not prof-
iting, so I feel confident that we
will weather the storm better than
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0 In brief

GB Police

investigate

shooting of

man, 29

* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Grand
Bahama Police are investigat-
ing the shooting of a 29-year-
old man at the Mason Lodge
Hall on Sunday evening.
The victim, who has been
identified as Sylvanus Stra-
chan of Fawcett Lane, was
attending a party when an
unknown gunman opened fire
inside the lodge hall, shooting.
him in the abdomen.
Mr Strachan is detained in
stable condition at the hospi-
tal. The motive for the shoot-
ing is unknown at this time.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said persons were
attending a social function
held at the Lodge Hall on East
Sunrise Highway around
11.30pm when the incident
occurred.
Mr Rahming said patrons
reported hearing a loud noise
and then saw a young man
running from the lodge hall
toward the highway. The sus-
pect got into a waiting vehicle
which then sped away.
Shortly afterwards it was
discovered that Mr Strachan
had been shot. He was taken
to Rand Memorial Hospital
for treatment.
Mr Rahming said police are
continuing their investigation
into incident.
Anyone who has informa-
tion that can. assist police with
their investigation is asked to
call the Central Detective
Unit at 350-3089.

St Albans Drive
resident, 38,
denies charge
of s"ealing

A 38-year-old of St Albans
Drive accused of stealing
$2,000 by reason of employ-
ment was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court on Fri-
day.
Eduige Belot was
arraigned on the charge
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel in Court 8, Bank
Lane. It is alleged in the
court dockets that Belot,
between Saturday, Novem-
ber 1, and Tuesday, Decem-
ber 16, stole from Alley
LaFleur cash in the amount
of $2,000.
Belot pleaded not guilty to
the, charge and was granted
bail in the sum of $7,500.
The case was adjourned to
July 2, 2009.'


Mitchell defends suggestion for govt


to buy abandoned Royal Oasis resort

Fox Hill MP also hits out at Prime Minister for 'contradictions'


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
MEMBER of Parliament for
Fox Hill Fred Mitchell yester-
day defended his suggestion
that government purchase the
abandoned Royal Oasis resort
in Grand Bahama in an effort to
restore employment and eco-
nomic vitality to that island.
His comments came after
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham reportedly dismissed his
suggestion in another daily and
said the government was not in
the business of running hotels.
During his monthly press brief-
ing, Mr Mitchell criticised the
prime minister for what he
called "contradictions" in these
statements.
"The government is out of
the hotel business, we got out of
the business, we're going to stay
out of the business, and we're
not going back into the busi-
ness," the prime minister was
quoted as say-
ing. "While I
have great sym-
pathy (for) and
supported the
government's
S entry into the
hotel sector in
1974 . The
Hubert government.
Ingraham. stayed in too
long, and lost too
much money by staying in too
long. I was pleased to get out
of the business by disposing of
all the hotels in Grand Bahama,
and the one in Eleuthera, and
two of the three in Nassau. Atid
I supported (Perry) Christie's
government when it got rid of
the last one. And hope that we
never have to go back into a
business that we know nothing
about and have demonstrated
that we have no competence to
deal with whatsoever".
Said Mr Mitchell yesterday:
"It is interesting that Mr Ingra-
ham says now that he agreed
with Perry Christie to sell the
Cable Beach Hotel. This again
contradicts what he said during..
his campaign that he disagreed
with its sale. It also flies in the
face of what seemed to many
in the PLP as a deliberate effort
by Mr Ingraham's government
to wreck the plans for the Baha
Mar development of Cable
Beach".
While he saying is not an
advocate for government-run
hotels, Mr Mitchell claimed the
government's policy of buying
hotels "was a roaring success"
as it saved jobs and spurred
development.
"If Sol Kerzner of Atlantis


said today that he was closing
his hotel, the government of the
Bahamas would have little
choice but to take the property
off his hands to save the jobs.
The situation then is equally as
grave in Grand Bahama where
it will be at least a year before
the Harcourt Group is able to
find money to start their pro-
ject. In the meantime, capital
in the form of the hotel plant
in Grand Bahama is idle and
unused," he said.
The Royal Oasis property
closed in 2004 after damage


from two major hurricanes.
Mr Mitchell also voiced con-
cerned about the state of the
tourism product in Nassau.
In an effort to help re-brand
Dowdeswell Street an area of
"ill-repute" at night he said
he will soon tap a number of
businessmen about possibly
turning it into a hotspot for
tourists.
"I am thinking that it may be
possible under the new legisla-
tion to come together and
develop Dowdeswell Street as a
bed and breakfast area for


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"If they have to remove the cash when in crowded
shopping places, they increase the likelihood of being
deprived of all of their money by motivated thieves. It is
far better to separate money in smaller amounts and
remember where they are positioned for example $200
in a one a4ea divided areas pdckets, wallets and handbags have similar
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Fred Mitchell and his pipe dreams


IT IS ABOUT time that someone
reminded PLP Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell
that the general election is over and that we
have another four years to go before anoth-
er is called.
Mr Mitchell should also be reminded
that the FNM won'that election and,
although former prime minister Perry
Christie seemed stunned by the results and
reluctant to move on, he eventually relin-
quished his position as head of state.
In 2007 the Bahamian people elected
Hubert Ingraham as their prime minister
with a five year mandate.
He has four more years to serve out his
tertn before wasting time deciding if he
will run for office again in 2012.
But Mr Mitchell, who is busy "testing
the waters" to find out his own chances.
for a leadership position in his party -
preferably party leader within striking dis-
tance of becoming prime minister in 2012
is urging Mr Ingraham to agree now to
step down at the next election.
We can understand Mr Mitchell who
never lets an idea rest once it gets lodged in
his brain fearing a run against Mr Ingra-
ham.
He knows that he would have no chance
against such a formidable opponent.
So already he is starting to clear his path
to the throne.
Mr Mitchell seems irked that Mr Ingra-
ham like most Bahamians is too busy
trying to discover how to ease the suffering
of a Bahamian people faced with a bleak
economic future than to pay any attention
to the Mitchell side show.
Yesterday Mr Mitchell called what he
later described as his last monthly brief-
ing in the Opposition Room of the House
of Assembly.
We are not certain if it was the last for
the year, or the last in the Opposition
Room or whether he was abandoning his
press briefings for good.
It would seem that these briefings should
be done by either Opposition Leader Per-
ry Christie, who shies away from such ses-
sions, or PLP chairman, Glenys Hanna-
Martin.
But, obviously, true to form, Mr Mitchell
has elected himself party spokesman.


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And it appears that Mr Ingraham is to be
his brief.
As we all know Mr Mitchell's nature, we
can expect that, like the proverbial dog
who never lets a bone go once he gets it
between its teeth, the demand for Mr
Ingraham to step down will be echoed
throughout the country for the next four
years.
He will so chew on that bone that
Bahamians will cease to hear his.message.
No wonder FNM Chairman Johnley
Ferguson laughed off Mr Mitchell's state-
ments yesterday at his "last" briefing. What
Mr Mitchell was saying to Mr Ingraham
was what he desperately wants to say to
PLP party leader Perry Christie. Move
over, PC, "it's really time for another gen-
eration" was the Mitchell message. We
hope Mr Christie understood for whom it
was meat.
"It's a red-herring,." said Mr Ferguson.
"Mr Mitchell has a leader who is older
than Mr Ingraham, and instead of putting
Mr Christie up who he wants to talk about,
he puts Mr Ingraham up.
"Because if he puts Mr Christie up, the
PLP will eat him alive. What he is saying
about Mr Ingraham is really what he wants
to tell Mr Christie."
And Bahamians are sniggering behind
the back of their hands as they see Mr
Mitchell's pathetic attempt to transform
himself into "our brother Barack".
Like President-elect Obama, Mr Mitchel-
l's mission is "to promote the ideas for
change."
"All I say is you cannot simply talk the
language of change," said Mr Mitchell.
"You must change. Everyone wants to talk
change, but when it comes to change no
one wants to change."
As soon as Mr Mitchell gets more deeply
into his transformation, we expect to hear
our balmy nights punctuated with the tri-
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Of course, hot air is being blown into Mr
Mitchell's over inflated ego by several blog-
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Barack Obama.
We know that miracles do happen -
but Fred Mitchell becoming a Barack Oba-
ma just ain't one of them!


God bless the




parents who





drugged us


EDITOR, The Tribune.:
This extract was sent to me
by a friend in the United States.
I think it so appropriate to our
problems here that I would like
The Tribune to publish it. I was drug t(
It is certainly food for and community
thought. Where they mentioned ter the weather
"America", I substituted the I was drug b
word Bahamas. Following is the was disrespect
extract: I was also di
True ... God bless the par- tive woodsha
ents.who drugged us. obeyed my pa
The other day, a friend read brought hon
that a Methamphetamine lab acceptable rep
had been found in an old farm- speak with res
house in another country and the teacher or t
he asked me a rhetorical ques- I didn't put for
tion: "Why didn't we have a in everything t
drug problem when you and I me.
were growing up?" I was drug t(
I replied, I had a drug prob- to have my mo
lem when I was young I was with soap if I u
drug to church on Sunday ity.
morning. I was drug c
I was drug to church for wed- in mom's
dings and funerals.


Leave our exe
EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT seems like every year around at this yuletide
season the Chamber of Commerce, oturlocal busi-
ness houses and others look for excuses for sagging
sales.
The one thing our business owners always seem to
want to point to is our exemption quota.
Cut the $300 duty exemption is always the cry. By
doing this they claim that Bahamians would be
encouraged to shop more at home, but this is not the
case.
For the past 60 years or more ever since Bahami-.
ans started flying, going to Miami at Christmas time
has become almost like a pilgrimage.
I recall the now defunct Pan American and
Bahamas Airways how they advertised this year
end package deal which included the college footbalf
championship game which was commonly referred
to as the "classics." We can recall in 1966 just after
we changed from British sterling to local dollars
how the old Bahamas Airways advertised "$27.00
round trip airfare to Miami." So .the whole idea was
for Bahamians to make the trip, enjoy the games and
do some shopping at the same time. This concept is
nothing new and I cry shame on the Bahamas Cham-


o family reunions
y socials no mat-
r.
by my ears when I
ful to adults.
rug to the figura-
ed when I dis-
arents, told a lie,
me a less than
port card, did not
pect, spoke ill of
the preacher, or if
th my best effort
hat was asked of
o the kitchen sinik
south washed out
uttered a profan-
out to pull weeds
garden and


flowerbeds sometimes fill in for
Dad's yard man.
I was drug to the homes of
family, friends and neighbours
to help out some poor soul who
had no one to mow the yard, or
make some home repair; and,
if my mother had ever suspect-
ed that I took a single dime as a
tip for this kindness, she would
have drug me in search of a big
switch.
Those drugs are still in my
veins and they affect my behav-
iour in everything I think, say,
or do.
They are stronger than
cocaine, crack, or heroin, and, if
today's children had this kind
of drug problem, the Bahamas
would be a better place.
God bless the parents who
drugged us.
ELLIS SHAD
Nassau,
December, 2008.


Smption alone
ber of Commerce and our local businesses for con-
tinuously bringing up this notion that our govern-
ment should cut out our "exemption."
This island called New Providence is only 21 by
seven or about 58 square miles and Bahamians
should be encouraged to travel at least once a year
in order to maintain one's sanity from the criminal
element and other turmoil that exists in our society.
The days of the "classics" at the Orange Bowl
are just about history now for our latest generation
of travelling Bahamians, but the thrill and joy of
going away at Christmas time is still very much a part
of our culture. Just ask the personnel at Bahamasair
how important this yuletide travelling season is to
them from a business outlook.
What our Chamber of Commerce and local busi-
ness merchants should be concentrating on are,
) se r v ic e : *
b) quality of product,
c) competitive pricing,
d) policing your business and
e) getting full productivity from your employees.
BRIAN O CLARKE
Nassau,
December 18, 2008.


Too many bus drivers are setting a bad example


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish this open letter
to the Road Traffic Depart-
ment.
Dear Mr Rahming,
I rode on a PTAB No. 7 bus
today, NP 369. I could not believe
what this driver was doing -
shelling peanuts out of his win-
dow and letting the shells fall in
the street as he drove as well as
while he waited in traffic.
When I was certain this is what
he was doing, I shouted, "Driver,
are you littering?" His response
was something about providing


something for people to clean up.
Foolishly implying, I suppose, that
he was aiding in the creation of
jobs.
Shocked and too upset at this
example for the passengers on his
bus, some of them quite young
still and impressionable, and not
wanting to debate foolishness, I
said not another word.
It got worse. A passenger sit-
ting up front, facing the passen-
gers, upon a seat near the driver,
collecting as passengers got off,
had a bottle, of whatever he'd
been drinking, in a bag.
There t was complaining about
peanut shells.
We got on, I think it's Balfour
Avenue, and out of the door he
throws his empty bottle when the
bus paused to let passengers off.
If I was speechless before, I
was livid now.
What absolutely amazing
things what irresponsible
behaviour one encounters on our
public buses.
Is there no school through
which these bus drivers must pass
to learn responsible behaviour -
to come to understand the roles


of leadership they're in?
I see drivers do, over and over
again, things which are quite
unlawful consuming alcohol
while driving, for example as if
their passengers were blind.
To see and say nothing makes
us passengers accomplices sug-
gest we sanctioned, approved
their transgressions which we wit-
ness.
I do not approve. I want to see
them set the highest examples of
citizenship and of love for law
and order. ,
Too many of them make their
own rules and set the worst and
the lowest examples.
Another quarter has been
added to the bus fare but the ser-
vice has not improved, the unnec-
essary, annoying, unbearable
entertainment has not been elim-
inated.
I often walk long distances to
avoid having to get on these bus-
es at all.
An unhappy customer.
OBEDIAH SMITH
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Man in court on drug
possession charges
A 29-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in a Magistrate's Court
yesterday on marijuana and
cocaine possession charges.
It is alleged that Aaron Arm-
brister of' Petty Court Lane was
found in possession of a quantity
of marijuana on Sunday, Decem-
ber 21, which authorities believed
he intended to supply to anoth-
er. It is further alleged that on the
same day, Armbrister was found
in possession of a quantity of
cocaine which authorities believed
he intended to supply to anoth-
er. Armbrister,- who appeared
before Magistrate Carolita Bethel
in Court 8, Bank Lane, pleaded
not guilty to the charges. Accord-
ing to the prosecutor, Inspector
Ercell Dorsette, Armbrister was
allegedly found in possession of
two pounds of marijuana as well
as 20 packages containing 30
grammes of cocaine.
Armbrister was also charged
with resisting arrest and causing
damage. Court dockets allege that
Armbrister on Sunday, Decem-
ber 21, resisted the lawful arrest of
Police Constables 3218 Rolle and
1498 Murphy. It is also alleged
that Armbrister caused $50 worth
of damage to Constable Rolle's
uniform. Armbrister pleaded not
guilty to the charges. Armbrister
was remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison and returns to court on
December 24 for a bail hearing.
The accused is represented by
lawyer Cecil Hilton.
E A MAN was ordered to
receive counselling after admit-
ting that he sent "annoying" text
messages for several months to a
person he thought was his ex-girl-
friend, but was actually a woman
police officer.
Femard Decade, 20, of Allan
Drive, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in
Court One, Bank Lane, yester-
day, charged with unlawful use of
the telecommunications system.
In the court dockets it is alleged
that Decade, between July and
December, sent text and voice
messages to the cellular telephone
number of Valencia Roberts, to
her annoyance and inconvenience.
Decade pleaded guilty to the
charge and was ordered by the
presiding Magistrate to receive
counselling.
He was also bound over to
keep the peace for one year and
will have to pay a $1,000 fine if
he disobeys that order.


BPSU claims 112 IT staff have not



had salary increases since 2003


* By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE than 100 angry public
servants have been waiting
more than five years for pro-
motions and salary upgrades
due to a hold on information
technology pay scale amend-
ments, according to the
Bahamas Public Service Union.
BPSU president John Pinder
said around 112 IT personnel in
various government ministries
and agencies have not received
any salary increases since 2003.
In every government depart-
ment, these IT personnel ensure"
that computers and related
equipment are maintained and
upgraded, and also deal with
any malfunctioning software or
hardware.
Blaming the government for
dragging its feet on the issue,
Mr Pinder said a union task
force has been doing its part to
make sure these workers can
be promoted.
Regarding the work of this
task force, he said: "We are at
the point where the first phase
has been completed, and that
first phase speaks to persons
who were on the IT scales, and
those who had IT qualifications
or were performing IT functions
being transferred to the IT
scales."
With the initial work of the
task force completed, Mr Pinder
said that a report was submitted
to Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing to review in
August.
The second phase inter-
viewing people with IT qualifi-
cations who are not performing
IT functions at this time has,
also been completed.
"It's the minister responsible
for public service Zhivargo
Laing who is holding this
process up now, because the
task force did its work and he
sought to send the report to
someone else to put in more
input and remarks. They are
actually retarding the process
at this time," Mr Pinder said.
The BPSU president said that


recognition of the need for an
IT pay scale, which first took
place in January 2006, paved
the way for those operating in
that capacity to receive retroac-
tive compensation from then
until now.
Mr Pinder added that some
IT workers who were denied
promotions because IT scales
were absent should receive
retroactive adjustments as far
back as 2003.
Mr Laing told The Tribune
that the IT scale amendments
are an important step for many
IT personnel.
"That is an ongoing exercise
and we are making progress in
respect to bringing that to com-
pletion," said Mr Laing.
When asked how long it
would take to' niake the neces-
sary adjustments to the IT pay
scale, Mr Laing said: "The mat-
ter is under consideration and
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I stand in front of a bowl filled with
the warm blood of a freshly sacri-
ficed goat with a cut throat staring
at me with a dying spirit in its eyes.
This is the climax of Giddae, a
voodoo ceremony held nation-wide
in Haiti, honouring the dead and
celebrating life.
A wrinkled elderly woman sits
atop the slaughtered beast, her face
covered with white powder and
shaded by huge sun glasses. She
dons the white robe and purple
headdress as the others do at the
ceremony.
She has played the important
role of executioner and now sits
stained by the blood of the slaugh-
tered beast.
Cornmeal is sprinkled onto the
goat by other prominent figures in
the ceremony, who draw intricate
symbols designed to conjure up the
spirits of the dead. They then
engage in provocative dancing and
heavy consumption of various types
of alcohol. This dance is key to the
celebration, they see death as just
another phase of life. To celebrate


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SGIDDAE
' VOODOO
ceremony
moments
after the
slaughter
of a sacrifi-
S cial goat,
the woman
to the right
makes
symbols on
the goat to
conjure
Spirits.


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CUTOUT of
President-
elect Barack
Obama
between
two elated
supporters
celebrating
his historical
victory.


life. they focus on the very essential
aspect of procreation.
New York, November 4:1 I stand
in the centre of Time Square.
Somehow I have managed to make
my way to the forefront of ABC's
newscast location on the street.
"Yes We Can" was the cry echoing
throughout the city's neon streets
moments after the announcement
of president-elect Barak Hussein
Obama.
There were white people, black
people and all colours and ethnici-
ties in between, hopefully wringing
their hands and shedding tears of
joy and disbelief. They watched the
historic saga unfold on mammoth
monitors towering high above the
hundreds of thousands of people
chanting in unison "Barak....Oba-
ma, Barak....Obama".
"I can't believe we did it, we
actually did it," a man said to me
with tears in his eyes. "I am 36 years
old, man, and this is the first time
that I've ever voted. There is no
excuse now man, that's what I
believe and that's what I tell my
children when I go home. Anything
is possible now."
Walking through the crowd of
those celebrating, now forming
large groups and pep rallies, anoth-
er man extends his hand and shakes
mine, "We don't have to worry any-
more, we all have jobs now. We
don't have to worry about food
now, I ain't gonna starve. We are
finally gonna get our economy
back."
I smile and shrug my head in dis-
belief. Some people were not just
voting for Obama for president
they were actually voting for him as
the savior of not only the country
but of the modem world. Some-
how I got the impression that there
were people out there who really
believed that Obama would walk
into the White House then travel
the world on Air Force One waving
a magic wand, healing the world of
all the social and economic ills
affecting us all.
I was drawn into another large
crowd gathered under .the spotlights
of a nearby movie cinema which
dramatically lighted the passionate
victory dances of the crowd
beneath. They were chanting "Oba-
ma bomaye!" (translated Obama-
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Zimbabwe cry "Ali Bomaye"
chanted in the days leading up to
and during Mohammad Ali's his-
toric 'Rumble in the Jungle' fight
against George Foreman in 1974).
Moving further into the centre
of the crowd I came upon a white
man and a black man, both hug-
ging a life size cut out of Barak.
Obama sandwiched between them.
They were jumping up and down in
jubilation leading the crowd in
impromptu songs, stopping to give
an occasional speech or two on the
significance of the moment and
their feelings of elation. It was def-
initely a most joyous occasion.
A Jewish young man then breaks
through the crowd caped in a large
American flag, he reaches the cen-
tre of the mob and raises it high.
Everyone grabs to cling to it. With
clenched fists of red white and blue,
people of all colours, genders, ages
and ethnicities hold tightly to their
flag; the reaffirming symbol of
promise and hope. They continued
their songs of peace and of homage
to Barak Obama.
Viewing the state of mind and
the emotional extremes these peo-
ple.were experiencing in their des-
perate hope for change, I found it
. very comparable to the voodoo cer-
emony I had witnessed just hours
before in Haiti. It was'as though
they were in a trance.
They conjured up hope and
allowed it to possess them leading
. to physical catharsis, spiritual cries
and a fostering of unity that tran-
scended the self; in order for this
change to come it had to be of a
unity of one, not just of one type.
This is what I had journeyed all
this way to witness, the universal
nature of man to come together as
one, to unify in times of hardship in
order to reach a common goal for
the betterment of the collective;
the intrinsic need for man to have
something to believe in; the uni-
versal nature of man to express
himself in song and dance. We have
all seen it played out on television
screens from places all over the
world.
A true example of the universal
human experience.

More on Kishan's Universal
Human Experience can be found
at www.kishanmunroe.com


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takes and I think that's what
the issue is here. It's really
time for another generation,"
the Fox Hill MP told reporters
yesterday at what he said was
to be the last of his monthly
press briefings in the Opposi-
tion Room in the House of
Assembly.
Mr Ingraham served two
consecutive terms as the
nation's chief between 1992
and 2002. At that time he said
he only wanted to serve two
terms in office. Some critics
claimed he broke his promise
to the nation when he was re-
elected as leader of the FNM
in 2005, beating incumbent
leader Tommy Turnquest.


Mitchell calls for PM to step down at end of term


However, Mr Ingraham later
said he meant he would only
serve two consecutive terms,
and not two collectively.
When asked whether he will
seek a fourth term in office at
his second 'meet-the-press'
event earlier this month, Mr
Ingraham said he was focused
on the job at hand and directed
reporters to get back to him in
two years time.
Yesterday, FNM Chairman
Johnley Ferguson laughed off
Mr Mitchell's statements and
accused him of trying to divert
the issue of a leadership chal-
lenge from the PLP onto the
FNM. '
"It's a red-herring, Mr
Mitchell has a leader who is
older than Mr Ingraham, and
instead of putting Mr Christie
up who he wants to talk about,
he puts Mr Ingraham up.
Because if he puts Mr Christie
up, the PLP will eat him alive.
What he is saying about Mr
Ingraham is really what he
wants to tell Mr Christie."
On whether Mr Ingraham
will offer himself for another
term, the chairman said:
"We're still three and a half
years from the next election so
there's no discussion on that
at this time. And Hubert
Ingraham doesn't waste time,
he doesn't need a year to
decide whether or not he will
run again. And when we got
something we'll tell you."
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tapped deputy prime minister
Brent Symonette, National
Security Minister ,Tommy
Turnquest, Education Minis-
ter Carl Bethel, State Finance
Minister Zhirvargo Laing and
State Immigration Minister
Branville McCartney as possi-
ble successors to Mr Ingraham.
"I am certainly looking at all
of them so we can see what we
have to do to meet an organi-
sation with them at its head.
Indeed we have to also allow
for the real possibility of Mr
Ingraham staying, infected as
he is with the disease that
many leaders have (of) not
knowing when it is time to go.
This is his third time and
enough is enough. Mr Ingra-
ham needs to step down. So in
this respect Mr Christie is not
the issue. Mr Ingraham is."
Referencing the country's


deputy prime minister in par-
ticular, Mr Mitchell said race
should not be an issue to his
prospective candidacy.
"The question for example
when people look at Brent
Symonette, I see this organ-
ised campaign that's going on
and making comparisons with
the United States- to me the
wrong question is being asked
by the pundits. I would say
race is an irrelevant factor to
the choice of who leads this
country.
"The question is compe-
tence, the question is are you
relevant to the country, the
question is can you actually
lead people.
"Do you connect to people,
do you connect with their
themes? And those questions
have to be asked of every sin-
gle one of those names that I
listed.


Pastors wait in vain

FROM page one
joined pastor Alfred Stewart from Mount Zion Baptist Church
who had called on the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) at
1 pm yesterday to put back the menorah.
The symbolic candelabra was taken down after some Anglican
and Greek Orthodox Christians complained.
But the action sparked a row in the community, and a number of
Christian pastors have called for the Menorah to be put back up.
Mr Basden told The Tribune that the menorah would be rein-
stated on Bay Street on December 12, however he has not respond-
ed to calls since, and it is still absent from downtown Nassau 10 days
later.
Pastor Stewart said: "We believe the vast majority of Christians
in the Bahamas do not find the placement of the menorah deco-
ration in Rawson Square to be in any way offensive, especially in
light of the fact Christianity is rooted in the Jewish faith.
"We also believe that in a world of rising anti-Semitism, the
removal of the menorah might send the wrong message to our
local Jewish community, and to the rest of the world."
Replacing the symbol would also be better for business as Jew-
ish people who make up a large percentage of tourists, and some of
Nassau's most important business executives, would appreciate
the gesture.
BEC Chairman Fred Gottlieb was away when the menorah was
removed. In his opinion it should never have been taken down. He
also felt it should be put back right away.
However, others at BEC must agree with him before anything is
done, he said.
"1 have absolutely no objection morally, religiously or on any oth-
er grounds to the menorah being put up there, but I am not in a
position to make that decision myself," Mr Gottlieb said.
Meanwhile Christian pastors are losing patience.
Disappointed by BEC's failure to respond to his call, Pastor
Stewart said: "Monday marked the beginning of the Hanukkah fes-
tival and we felt it would be very appropriate that in recognition of
and respect for the significance of this festival.- the cleansing
and'rededication of the second Temple that the menorah be rein-
stated.
"We wish to reaffirm our solidarity with and support for Israel
and the Jewish p'eodple: Christials-ani3tfeWs worship the same
God."


FROM page one

Christmas," said Mr McCart-
ney. "We're trying to send peo-
ple home for the holidays."
Among the 66 Haitians to be
sent back, are 50 who were
picked up by the Defence Force
near Inagua yesterday.
Mr McCartney said the
planes will be sent to pick those
persons up from Inagua and fly
them directly to Haiti.
According to him, because
of the number of illegal immi-
grants who have been repatri-
ated recently, there is ample
housing in other dormitories at
the detention centre for the 21
people who were occupying the
now fire ravaged building.
Assistant Police Superinten-
dent Hulan Hanna said the dor-
mitory fire started some time
after 9.30 in the morning. There
were no reported injuries.
According to him, the illegal
immigrants being held at the

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facility had to be evacuated, but
were kept on the compound
while fire fighters worked to put
out the blaze.
"Three units responded and
they met one of the dorms fully
involved with fire," said Mr
Hanna. "The .blaze was even-
tually extinguished but the fire
left in its wake extensive dam-
age to that building."
According to Mr McCartney,
that particular dormitory fious-
es the centre's Cuban popula-
tion. However, at the time of
the fire other nationalities were
being housed there.
He said police will now con-
duct an extensive investigation
to find the suspect.
"If what we suspect is right,
we will certainly have them
prosecuted to the fullest extent
of the law," said Mr McCart-
ney.


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Friday, with some that were
due to arrive that afternoon
not landing at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
until after 2 o'clock the fol-
lowing morning.
Ticket holders complained
that the wait was made worse
because food vouchers, and
extra diapers for infants were
not readily dispersed by
Bahamasair staff, despite the
company's own policy that
provisions are made available
after four hours.
Passenger Wendy Lowe
said: "It was unacceptable.
Our flight was meant to leave
at 4pm and we didn't get any
food vouchers until 10pm.
This other guy who was
meant to be on an 11am flight
kept going up to the desk
(with his infant son) and say-
ing: 'There's only so much
this (diaper) can hold!' But
they didn't have any."
The 11am flight left Miami
at 18.52pm, the 4pm flight
departed at 1.30am and an
8pm flight shortly after that.
Yesterday Bahamasair's
general manager, Henry
Woods, called the situation
"very unusual and unfortu-
nate" but added that the.com-
pany "tried its best."
He refuted suggestions that
passengers would not have
been provided with "any
necessities."
Problems began when a
flight attendant on the 9.30am
flight from Nassau to Miami
fainted and had to be taken
to a Florida hospital.
Short of a full crew, the jet
was then stuck in Miami
unable to take off on time for
the next morning flight from
Miami to Nassau.
The first Bahamasair flight
that could have taken a
replacement attendant to
Miami, scheduled for 2pm,
failed to fly because it had
mechanical failures. That 2pm
flight was ultimately unable
to leave Nassau until 9.50pm
- after US pre-clearance had
closed at 7.30pm.
This compounded the con-
fusion, as 65 passengers and
their baggage who did not
have US visas had to be
removed from the already


Chaotic day leaves hundreds of

Bahamasair passengers stranded


boarded flight to fly the fol-
lowing morning when U.S.
pre-clearance re-opened. ,
All passengers who were
able to travel aboard that
plane then had to clear cus-
toms and immigration in the
US, further extending their
already stretched travel
schedules.
Bahamasair staff yesterday
complained that another jet
belonging to the airline that
could have been flown to
Miami to deliver the atten-
dant and pick up the stranded
passengers was sent to Fort
Lauderdale at 3.45pm instead,
allowing for a 5.25pm flight
which had Bahamasair chair-
man J.Barrie Farrington
onboard, to return on time.
"Instead of sending the oth-
er one to Miami (from Nas-
sau at 2pm) and allowing the
delayed (11am) flight to go
first they decided to keep the
Fort Lauderdale on time," an
employee claimed.
After driving in rush hour
traffic from Fort Lauderdale
to Miami, the replacement
attendant arrived for the
flight with only minutes to
spare before the entire crew
which she was to join would
have "timed out" having
over run the 14 hour flight
duty time limit, it was
claimed.
"They were potentially cre-
ating an even more huge issue
(by sending the attendant to
Fort Lauderdale). The whole
crew could've been stuck in
Miami," explained the
Bahamasair source.
But yesterday Mr Woods
and director of flight opera-
tions Paulo Cartwright,said
the flight had to go to Fort
Lauderdale as scheduled
because Bahamasair would
otherwise have been in viola-
tion of its "code share part-
nership" with US Airways.
"We have a lot of US Air-
ways traffic on that who
would connect out of Fort
Lauderdale, so it's a priority
flight for us because of all
those connecting passengers,"
said Mr Woods. "Had it not
been flying those code share
passengers we would've taken
that plane into Miami."
However, a Bahamasair


staff member said the 2pmr
flight into Miami would have
also carried such "priority"
passengers who had connec-
tions to make once in the U.S.
Denying the suggestion that
the plane was sent to Fort
Lauderdale to accommodate
Mr Farrington, Mr Woods
vehemently stated that
Bahamasair "wouldn't do
anything of the sort."
Meanwhile, Mr Cartwright
yesterday said it "just would-
n't be logical to put standby
crews everywhere we fly."
Bahamasair services four air-
ports in Florida.
"You've got to weigh the
possibility of something
occurring against the proba-
bility of something occur-
ring," he said.
Mr Woods said that those
passengers who were incon-
venienced by the delays can
contact Bahamasair about
compensation, although this
will not be in the form of a
refund.


Man is shot dead


after an argument


* FROM page one

Police say no arrest has yet been made into
this latest shooting, however investigations con-
tinue.
Police also indicate that there may be some
challenges to the investigation because resi-
dents of the predominantly Haitian communi-
ty are usually reluctant to release information.
This latest killing takes the country's mur-
der count to 73 for the year. It is the second
murder in Abaco within four weeks.


Just last month, 25-year-old Dion 'Brendon'
Strachan was gunned down by a group of. men
who had attempted to rob the M and R food-
store.
Police said that shortly before 8pm November
27, two men armed with guns entered the food-
store in Abaco. One of the men approached
Strachan who was operating the cash register,
and gun-butted him.
Police say Strachan was shot and killed as
he attempted to flee, and was later discovered
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BY DENISE MAYCOCK while on the ship Seawind on Lamont Walkes, of Murphy from the water, but when the
Tribune Freeport Reporter Friday remains missing and is Town, became angry and vessel returned to the spot, the
drmlaycock@tribLnieniedia.net presumed to have drowned, jumped from the vessel into Ihe man had disappeared.
Chief Superintendent Basil sea after being told that he Mr Rahming said crew mem-
FREEPORT The 31-year- Rahming said witnesses aboard could not smoke aboard the bers boarded a dinghy and
old man who jumped overboard the vessel report that Roger ship. searched for Walkes. but could


Walkes, who is said to have
been mentally unstable, was
travelling alone at the time. A
search was conducted on Fri-
day and Saturday with no suc-
cess.
According to reports, Sandy
Point police received informa-
tion at about 5.30pm from the
MV Seawind that a male pas-
senger had jumped overboard.
The vessel was headed Nas-
sau and was three miles off
Sandy Point, Abaco, when the
incident occurred.
The captain made u-turn in
an attempt to retrieve the man


not locate him.
Police officers boarded a pri-
vate vessel and went out to
assist crew members in their
search.
He said the search was called
off at dark on Friday evening.
The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force and United States Coast
Guards resumed the search on
Saturday morning.
"By Saturday afternoon, all
efforts to locate the missing man
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said: "When a man is out of
work his dignity and self-
worth is reduced.
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on his table his value is
reduced.
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to the government, to the
unions and to the private
sector that we need to estab-
lish in this country a redun-
dancy fund so when these
companies go 'belly up' the
little man can go there in a
orderly fashion, make an
application and get some
relief."
j- Mr Ferguson said that
under the proposal the TUC
intends to bring to the gov-
ernment, each employer will
be required to pay into the
fund an amount which will
only be used if the company
ever goes bankrupt.
"It is critically important
that as we take this country
forward to provide for those
who are less fortunate than
us.
"They (investors) come
and we negotiate heads of
agreements, but in those
S' heads of agreements I see
nothing that reflects the
S interest of the little man.
"So we have a duty when
they come we welcome
them, we facilitate them but
the working man must be
apart of any social arrange-
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Wednesday December 24th, 2008

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Thursday December 25th, 2008
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Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
' while the selec-
tion process is
J complete, the
Bahamas Asso- as
ciation of Athletic Associa-
tions is now putting the final
touches on its annual End of
the Year Awards Presenta-
tion. ...... --..... --.
This year's presentation is
scheduled to take place at the
Sandals Royal Bahamian
resort 7pm Saturday, but will "The ap]
take the form of a reception year is hav
with Sir Durward Knowles as
the patron. as oppose
"The approach this year is
have a reception as opposed and we ha
to a banquet and we have the price f
downsized the price from
$75.00-$100.00 to $35.00 $100.0C
because of the economic times because of
and most of these kids have
parents who are really strug- times and
gling," said BAAA's public
relations officer Kermit Tay- kids have
lor. are really
"That.is why we have decid-
ed to go with the reception -
this year and most of the kids
have complained that we
allow the banquet to run on
with so much tributes to the gramme a ver
old-timers and other area of with only thep
awards that when it gets to the awards to
their awards, they are either letes.
bored and ready to leave." The Royal ]
Evans said the executive Defense Forc
board has agreed to keep expected to pi
everything tight and they tainment.
intend to make the pro- For the first


to present


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e a reception
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most of these
parents who
struggling."
Kermit Taylor


y compact one
presentation of.
deserving ath-
Bahamas
e Pop Band is
provide the enter-
t time this year,


the BAAA has invited the
local journalists to cast their
votes for the Athlete of the
Year, as well as the Senior
Male and Female Athlete of
the Year, the Junior Male and
Female Athlete of the Year
and the Coach of the Year.
The nominees for those
awards are as follows:
Senior Male Athlete
of the Year
Leevan 'Superman' Sands,
the Olympic Games' triple
jump bronze medallist
Chris 'Bay' Brown, the
World Indoor Champi-
onship's gold medallist and
fourth place finisher in the
400m at the Olympics where
he also anchored the men's 4 x
400 relay team to the silver
medal
Shamar Sands lowered his
national 110m hurdle record
while making it to the semifi-
nal at the Olympics
Andretti Bain won the
NCAA Indoor and Outdoor
400m championship titles;
reached the semifinal of the
men's 400m and ran the open-
ing leg on the men's 4 x 400
silver medal relay team at the
Olympics.
Senior Female Athlete
of the Year
Debbie Ferguson-McKen-
zie was a double seventh place
finisher in the 100 and 200
final at the Olympics.
Chandra Sturrup made it


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en's 100 at the Olympics.
Christine Amertil made it
to the semis of the women's
400 at the Olympics.
Bianca Stuart just missed
making the cut for the
Olympics after she had a stel-
lar collegiate year.
Junior Male Athlete
of the Year
Aaron Wilmore set a
record in winning the gold in
the under-17 boys 110 hurdles
at the Carifta Games in St
Kitts & Nevis.
Raymond Higgs won the
men's high jump at the
National Open Track and
Field Championships after he
won the gold at the Carifta
Games in the under-20 boys
division. He went on to com-
pete at the World Junior
Championships, finishing
eighth in the final of the high
jump.
Nejmi Burnside set a
record in winning the gold in
the under-17 boys 400 hurdles
at the Carifta Games. He also
competed at the World Junior
Championships where he did-
n't advance out of the first
round of the men's 400 hur-
dles.
Junior Female Athlete
of the Year
Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson
won the bronze in the 100 and
ran the first leg on the wom-
en's 4 x 100 record setting
relay team at Carifta.
She went on to win the gold
in the 100 and the bronze in
the 200 as well as ran the first
leg on the women's 4 x 100
relay team that finished fourth
at the World Junior Champi-
onships, qualifying for the
Olympics where she ran
through to the second round
of the 200.
Nivea Smith won the gold
in the 200 and anchored the
women's record setting 4 x
100 relay team and she also
anchored the women's 4 x 400
relay team that finished fourth
at Carifta. She also ran at the
World Junior Championships,
advancing to the semifinal of
the 200 and anchoring the 4 x
1 relay team to fourth.
V'Alonee Robinson won
the gold in the under-17 girls'
long jump, the bronze in the
100 and ran the second leg on
the 4 x 1 relay team that got
the bronze at Carifta. She also
ran the lead off leg in the
semifinal of the 4 x 100 relay
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* By RENALDO DORSETT
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WITH his team attempting
to play the role of spoilers in
the AFC playoff race, Devard
Darling had a breakout perfor-
mance in a losing effort.
Darling had his best game of
the season in the Chiefs 38-31
loss to the Miami Dolphins Sun-
day afternoon at Arrowhead
Stadium.
He caught three passes for 69
yards, including a 33 yard touch-
down.
The fourth year receiver
recorded season highs in recep-
tions, yards and touchdowns.
Darling caught his first score
of the year early in the second
quarter with his team trailing
10-0.
Tyler Thigpen connected with
Darling on the 33 yard pass to
give the Chiefs their first score
of the game.
It was his first touchdown
catch of the season.
Another big play opportunity
came late in the third quarter
when Thigpen connected with
Darling for a 32 yard gain.
The Chiefs eventually capped
the drive with a score on an
eight yard scramble from Thig-
pen, giving the Chiefs a 28-24
lead.
Darling went over 30 receiv-
ing yards for the first time all
season since week one when he
caught a 68 yard pass.
Darling displayed the big play
ability the Chiefs expected
when they signed him to a
lucrative three year contract in
the offseason after a three year
stint with the Baltimore Ravens.



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KANSAS CITY Chiefs wide receiver Devard Darling (81) pulls in a pass for a touchdown under pressure from Miami Dolphins safety Renaldo Hill (24) during the first quarter of Sunday's
game in Kansas City, Mo.
(AP Photo: Charlie Riedel)


In just nine games where he
lined up exclusively at receiv-
er, Darling set career highs in
his final season with the Ravens.
He had four games of at least
45 yards receiving, including a
four catch, 107 yards, and one
touchdown performance in an


overtime win against Cincinnati.
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h s"Rondo helps Celtics tie


SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, December 23
Philadelphia at Boston (7:30
pm EST). The Celtics (26-2) can
set a team record with their 19th
straight win and an NBA mark
for best start to a season by a
team with two losses.
STARS
Sunday
LeBron James, Cavaliers,
scored 31 points as Cleveland
finished a four-game road trip
with a 102-91 win over Okla-
homa City.
Rajon Rondo, Celtics,
scored 18 of his 26 points in the
third quarter to help the Celtics
tie a franchise record with their
18th straight win, 124-105 over
New York.
EIGHfEEN AND COUNT-
ING
Boston tied a team record by
winning its 18th straight game,
124-105 over New York on Sun-
day night. The Celtics (26-2) can
break the record Tuesday night
against Philadelphia. The
defending NBA champions also
tied a league record for best
start by a team with two losses.
Coincidentally, Boston tied the
Knicks and 76ers at 26-2. New
York did it in 1969-70 and
Philadelphia in 1966-67 each
going on to win NBA titles.
DISAPPEARING ACT
For the fourth game in a row,
Washington was held under 20
points in the fourth quarter. This
time, Jason Kidd took over with
six of his 11 assists in the game's
final 6:05 to help Dallas send
Washington to its sixth straight
loss, 97-86 Sunday night.
HOME FOR THE
HOLIDAYS
Cleveland followed a loss at
Atlanta by winning the final
three games on a road trip that
matched its longest of the sea-
son. Now, the Cavs (23-4) head
home for a three-game homes-
tand:
NO MORE
Mike Bibby put an end to
Detroit's domination of the
Hawks, scoring a season-high
27 points to lead Atlanta to an
85-78 win over the Pistons on,
Sunday. The Pistons swept the
four-game series with the
Hawks last season, but each of
the games came before Atlanta
acquired Bibby from Sacra-
mento on Feb. 16. Detroit had
won 12 of the last 16 games in
the series in Atlanta.
SPEAKING
"The greatest point guard in
the world. The best who's ever
done it. He can always impact
the game even if he doesn't
score any points. He had so
many assists. In the last four
minutes of the game, he totally
controlled the game."
Dallas' Jason Terry on
Jason Kidd, who had 11 assists
in the Mavericks' 97-86 win in
Washington.


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record,

BOSTON (AP) The
Boston Celtics will only talk
about one streak they're work-
ing on and pretend not to
notice each time they extend
their win streak.
Rajon Rondo scored 18 of his
26 points in the third quarter
and the Celtics tied their fran-
chise record for consecutive
wins by beating the New York
Knicks 124-105 on Sunday for
their 18th straight victory.
"We did what?" Kevin Gar-
nett said. "We wouldn't know
because we work on our
defense every day."
The win improved Boston's
to 26-2, matching the NBA
mark for the best start by a
team with two losses. The
Celtics can break the record at
home against the Philadelphia
76ers on Tuesday night.
Coincidentally, Boston tied
both the Knicks and 76ers at
26-2. New York did it in 1969-
70 and Philadelphia in 1966-67
each going on to win NBA
titles.
After Tuesday, its out to Los
Angeles for a Christmas Day
. rematch against the Lakers,
who the Celtics beat in six
games in last season's NBA
finals.
"We'll talk about Christmas
when Christmas comes," Gar-
nett said. "One game at a time."
In the only other NBA games IN THIS May 4,
on Sunday it was: Atlanta 85, N iS Ma 4
Detroit 78; Dallas 97, Washing- ket in the secoi
ton 86; and Cleveland 102,
Oklahoma City 91.
New York entered the game
ranked next-to-last in team when Brian Sc
defense, and it showed. it 105-87 with
The Knicks trailed 69-63
before Rondo took advantage Cavaliers 10
of some poor interior defense, At Oklahon
driving past defenders most- James scored
ly Chris Duhon and Quentin Williams add
Richardson for layups and land finished
all of Boston's points in a 10-4 trip.
run that put the Celtic5 ahead James eclip
by 12. They led 98-87 after three the fourth sti
quarters, the Cavs need
Ray Allen finished with 18 deliver the k
points, Paul Pierce 17, and Gar- than in their f
nett and Kendrick Perkins each the Thunder.
had 12 for the Celtics. Cleveland
Boston's 1981-82 team also game and en
won 18 consecutive games. point rout, bu
Richardson led the Knicks n't take a doul
with 29 points and Nate Robin- the end of the
son had 23. Duhon added 20 Kevin Dur
with 10 assists. the Thunder
"He (Rondo) was more brook added
aggressive. He's not usually as matched his ca
aggressive as he was tonight," assists and Je
Richardson said. "Tonight he 16 points a
was trying to go to the rim." rebounds.
New York lost its fourth Delonte We
straight and eighth in a row to shots and fi
Boston. points against
The Celtics scored the first and Cleveland
seven points of the final quarter, time in 24 gar
turning the game into a rout best start in te


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win 18th straight


2008 file photo, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, front, is tackled by Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams on a drive to the bas-
nd half of Game 7 of an NBA first-round playoff basketball series in Boston. Williams was ejected on the play.


(AP Photo: Charles Krupa)


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ma City, LeBron
d 31 points, Mo
ed 20 and Cleve-
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psed 30 points for
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knockout punch
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dominated that
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third quarter.
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Mavericks 97, Wizards 86
At Washington, Jason Terry
scored 25 points and Dirk Now-
itzki had 23 to help Dallas send
the Washington Wizards to
their sixth straight loss.
Washington tied a 42-year-
old franchise& record for its worst
start the 1966-67 Baltimore
Bullets also started 4-21.
The win was Dallas' 13th in
17 games, even though the
Mavericks made only five of 30
3-point attempts two nights
after a 24-point loss at New Jer-


sey.
Hawks 85, Pistons 78
At Atlanta, Mike Bibby put
an end to Detroit's domination
of the Hawks with a season-
high 27 points.
Detroit trailed by 18 points
early in the second half before
launching a steady comeback
in the matchup of second-place
teams.
The Pistons cut the lead to
80-76 on a basket by Rasheed
Wallace with 2:30 remaining,
but Bibby answered with a


jumper.
The Pistons swept the four-
game series with the Hawks last
season, but each of the games
came before Atlanta acquired
Bibby from Sacramento on Feb.
16. Detroit had won 12 of the
last 16 in Atlanta.
Joe Johnson had 19 points
and seven assists. Al Horford
added. 11 points and 11
rebounds and Josh Smith also
had 11 points for Atlanta. Rod-
ney Stuckey and Wallace each
had. 20 points for Detroit.


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don Gardens, New Providence
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LOALAD NTRA TION *ALNW


Russia licenses



faith healers


MOSCOW
MIKHAIL FADKIN claims
he can cure a long list of disor-
ders pancreatitis, bronchitis,
digestive problems, even infer-
tility by using his hands to
manipulate what he describes as
a person's "bio-energy field",
according to Associated Press.
Many laugh at such ideas and
might call him a quack. But the
63-year-old healer, who practices
out of an office in a Moscow sub-
urb, holds a license from the
Russian government.
For the past two years, the
Federal Health Service has been
issuing licenses to practitioners
of what it calls "traditional med-
icine," meaning anything from
the use of herbal treatments to
the manipulation of "auras." His
claims buttressed by officialdom,
Fadkin charges patients 3,500
rubles ($150) per session.
And he says business is very
good.
"Every day I learn something
new," the smiling Muscovite
says, gesturing to what he says is
an invisible aura surrounding
him "because all the infor-
mation I need is out there, in the
vast energy field surrounding
us."
So far, 130 healers, including
Fadkin, have passed the service's
voluntary testing program, which
promoters in the government say
can determine whether someone
has the inherent ability to cure.
The program is limited to
Moscow, but a Russian lawmak-
er is pushing to extend it nation-
wide and make it mandatory.
Skeptics scoff at the notion
that such testing is meaningful
and criticize the government for
lending credibility to people who
claim paranormal powers.
"I think that this entire sys-
tem is a result of ignorance and
corruption," says Eduard
Kruglyakov, a laser physicist,
member of the Russian Acade-
my of Sciences. "Science has cer-
tain rules that must be followed,
and this system of certification
hasn't passed any serious scien-
tific tests."
He deplores the whole notion
of legitimizing folk healing
through licensing.
"This kind of healing has
S nothing to do with science or
medicine," he said.
S The program iricludes a back-
ground check, a scan of electrical
activity in the brain and a com-
mittee review of the results. The
agency charges applicants 10,000
rubles ($428) for the tests.
Andrei Karpeev, director of
the Federal Scientific Clinical
Center for Traditional Methods
of Diagnostics and Healing,
which administers the tests,
insists that folk medicine, includ-
ing psychic healing, is backed by
scientific studies. While he
acknowledges some of the crite-
ria for determining who has
healing powers are subjective,
he claims the tests are able to
wean out "charlatans." Accord-
ing to Karpeev, there araper-
haps 100,000 people in Russia
offering to use magic, psychic or
other extra-sensory methods to
cure illnesses, read minds or cast
spells.
Faith in magic and the occult
lingered for centuries in Russia,
long after the Renaissance, with
its emphasis on rationalism and
empiricism, weakened similar
beliefs in Western Europe.
Russia is among a small num-
ber of nations where traditional
healers are licensed at any level.
In Indonesia, where mysticism
is deeply rooted in traditional
culture, local governments certi-
fy those claiming to use magical
charms or psychic powers for
healing. And in India, a country
with ancient folk medicine tra-
ditions, the government licenses
healers who use yoga and home-
opathy, although not people who
claim extra-sensory powers.
Albina Domolazova, 70, paid
3,600 rubles ($156) to an unli-
censed clairvoyant to cure her
son of drug addiction. When the
woman recommended Domola-
zova toss chunks of beef to black
dogs, and then light a candle in
seven churches, she dutifully
obeyed.
After completing the ritual,
which included burying the last
chunk of meat in a graveyard,
Domolazova's son was still
addicted. The healer refused to
refund the fee which repre-
sented half of Domolazova's
monthly pension. While Domo-
lazova is now more wary, her
faith that some people have
healing powers has not been
shaken.
Every year, thousands of Rus-
sians claim to have been
defrauded by people calling
themselves clairvoyants,
occultists, and self-styled witch-
es, who advertise their services
in Russian media. In July a


Moscow court handed an 11-
year prison sentence to Grigory
Grabovoi, a cult leader who
allegedly promised to resurrect
children killed inrthe Beslan
school siege in 2004. He report-
edly charged grieving relatives
some 40,000 rublqs ($1,700).
In response o cases like


Grabovoi's, legislators in the
Duma, or lower house of parlia-
ment, have proposed a law ban-
ning traditional healers from
advertising.
But Lyudmila Stebenkova, a
deputy in the Moscow city legis-
lature, said the answer is to weed
out the false healers from the
true ones. She wants to expand
Moscow's testing and licensing
system to the rest of the country
and make it mandatory, creat-
ing a licensing system similar to
the one for physicians.
"The measures we're propos-
ing will protect Russia's popu-
lation from fraudsters,"
Stebenkova said.


THE historic Balcony House Museum held an
open house on Saturday, December 13. Bahamians
and visitors toured the historic sight. Balcony House
is about 220 years old and is the oldest existing
wooden residential building in the Bahamas. The
balcony, from which the house derives its name,
overlooks Market Street (formerly Prison Lane), is
supported by wooden knee braces a signature
architectural feature of the 18th century loyalists.
The Central Bank of the Bahamas acquired the
house in 1985, and later commenced its restoration.
In conjunction with the Department of National
Archives, the property was opened as the Balcony,
House Museum in 1994.

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By POLLY ANDERSON
Associated Press Writer
BONE-NUMBING cold
spread Monday from the Midwest
to the East, forcing millions to
bundle up and scurry from place
to place. Snowfall in northern New
England topped 40 inches in one
town, and travel remained dis-
rupted as the days ticked town
toward Christmas.
"It's so cold, it feels like nee-
dles are pricking my eyes," grum-
bled 19-year-old Ashley Sarpong
of Chicago, a fur-lined hood pulled
around her face Sunday. "This is
the coldest I've felt all year."
Temperatures in Chicago were
expected to be higher Monday -
but still only in the single digits.
S Apart from northern New Eng-
land, snowfall was relatively scant
in the Midwest and East, but ice
and high wind whipped up snow
3, along roadways and made driving
hazardous for holiday travelers.
In western New York, a 134-
mile stretch of the state Thruway
between Buffalo and Pennsylvania.
was closed for six hours overnight
because of blowing snow.


In Pittsburgh, schools were ini-
tially to open two hours late, but
were closed for the day instead
because of below-zero wind chills.
Snowfall totals in Maine, New
Hampshire and parts of Massa-
chusetts topped a foot or more as
a nor'easter moved through Sun-
day and early Monday.
The town of Eustis in western
Maine received a whopping 41.8
inches by Monday morning. Eric
SSchwibs from the National Weath-
er Service called it "the sweet spot
of the storm."
For residents, however, it wasn't
so sweet.
"It's beautiful but it's a little
crazy," said Linda Shane, who had
to call for help when the snow
jammed her car doors shut as she
tried to get out of her driveway.
Finally at her job at Camden
National Bank, she looked out the
window and said: "You can't see
the gas station across the street."
In New Hampshire, the deep
snow added to the misery for near-
ly 11,000 customers still in the dark
from an ice storm more than a
week earlier.
The system also brought snow


I TAMPA, Fla.
AUTHORITIES-say two Tampa men got into a fight- that
escalated into one going for a gun and the other grabbing a
machete, according to Associated Press.
Deputies arrested the man with the gun, 28-year-old Luis
Cruz, Sunday evening. He was charged with simple battery
and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports that Cruz
and another man got into a fight Sunday afternoon, with Cruz
punching the other man several times. The man went outside to
a shed where he found the machete, and Cruz went to his room
and got a handgun.
When the two met again, authorities say Cruz shot the man in
the leg, followed by the man slicing Cruz's left wrist with the
'rmichete.
Cruz was being held without bail set.


and cold rain to mid-Atlantic
states over the weekend, and
much of the region shivered with
freezing temperatures and strong
wind gusts that made it seem even
colder.
Kelly Dagostino of Texarkana,
Ark., was visiting New York for
the first time and bundled up
Monday so that the cold wouldn't
keep her from her plans.
"It's still cold, very cold, but I
want to see stuff so we're out and
about in it," she said as she
checked out Macy's holiday win-
dows along 34th Street.
Monday morning commuters in
Dayton, Ohio, were greeted with
zero-degree temperatures, the
National Weather Service report-
ed. It was in the single digits in
Toledo, Cincinnati and Colum-
bus.
The cold also added to power-
outage headaches in the Midwest.
Nearly 50,000 customers remain
without power across northern
Indiana because of last week's ice
storm.There were also more than
7,000 customers still out in Illinois
on Monday and about 5,000 in
northwest Ohio.
In the Seattle area, hard hit by a
rare snowstorm over the week-
end, limited service resumed Mon-
day at Sea-Tac Airport, but thou-
sands of people were stranded
because of all the flight cancella-
tions over the weekend.
Sea-Tac spokesman Perry
Cooper said Monday the airport
had been distributing water and
blankets and he hopes no one
stranded Monday will still be on
hold at Christmas.
The Portland, Ore., airport also
had many flight cancellations,
though it remained open.
"It is amazing," said Dave
Thompson, spokesman for the
Oregon Department of Trans-
portation. "You say to yourself:
'That's Portland?' The roads are
snow-packed, covertd'ith ice and


PEOPLE GATHER for the first annual Stumptown Birkebeiner, Portland's old and new nordic tradition on
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008. The Portland metropolitan area remained quiet the Sunday before Christmas as ice
and snow closed roads, stores, and churches.


it's freezing rain."
On the other side of the coun-
try, at Reagan National Airport
near Washington, D.C., Rebecca
Gray, 30, of South Berwick,
Maine, spent the night with about
250 other people including her 3-
year-old daughter and 5-year-old
son....
"There was a lot of people
sleeping on the floor," she said
Monday morning. "There were
babies last night sleeping out
there. Women and children
shouldn't have been left like that
while people said it's not our prob-
lem and went home.'"
The weather contributed to a
rash of traffic accidents. Indiana
State Police said four people were
killed Sunday when a car spun out
of control on an icy toll road near
New Carlisle and was struck by a
semitrailer.
In southwestern Michigan,
about 30 vehicles were involved
inAsgjies of pileups on a six-mile
stretch of Interstate 94. One per-
son as killed.


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A PAIR of 4,300-year-old
pharaonic tombs discovered
at Saqqara indicate that the
sprawling necropolis south of
Cairo is even larger than pre-
viously thought, Egypt's top
archaeologist said Monday,
according to Associated Press.
The rock-cut tombs were
built for high officials one
responsible for the quarries
used to build the nearby pyra-
mids and another for a woman
in charge of procuring enter-
tainers for the pharaohs.
"We announce today a
major, important discovery at
Saqqara, the discovery of two
new tombs dating back to
4.300 years ago," said Zahi
Hawass, as he showed


reporters around the site
Monday. "The discovery of
the two tombs are the begin-
ning of a big, large cemetery."
The discovery indicates that
there is even more to the vast
necropolis of Saqqara, located
12 miles south of the capital,
Cairo, he added.
In the past, excavations
have focused on just one side
of the two nearby pyramids
- the Step Pyramid of King
Djoser and that of Unas, the
last king of the 5th Dynasty.
The area where the two tombs
were found, to the southwest,
has been largely untouched.
"This means the royal
cemetery is bigger than we
thought," said Saleh Suleiman,
the archaeologist responsible.
for the excavation of the two


tombs.
Hawass, the head of Egypt's
Supreme Council of Antiqui-
ties, said excavations will con-
tinue and further finds should
shed light on the 5th and 6th
dynasties of the Old Kingdom,
which ruled over 4,000 years
ago.
One of the tombs, about a
yard wide and 2.75 .yards long,
has a description above the
entrance about the man, Yaa-
mat, for whom it was built.
The second tomb is twice the
size and includes inscriptions
and an image of a seated
woman.
Aidan Dodson, a research
fellow at the University of
Bristol's Department of
Archaeology and Anthropol-
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AN EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGIST and a labor worker at the excavation site of the two newly discovered tombs
in the Saqqara burial site of the rulers of ancient Memphis, about 12 miles, 19 kilometers south of Cairo,
Egypt Monday, Dec. 22, 2008. Egypt's top archaeologist says two pharaonic tombs discovered this year at
Saqqara indicate the sprawling necropolis south of Cairo is even larger than previously thought.


was not involved in the dig,
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aren't really efipty at all. It's Hawass said Egypt and the
just that archaeologists haven't dealer were eventually able to
got round to digging them," resolve the question of the
he said. bust's ownership out of court
Excavations have been without Egypt paying the
going on at Saqqara for about dealer any money.
150 years, uncovering a vast Egypt has been actively try-
necropolis of pyramids, tombs ing to recover artifacts stolen
and funerary complexes most- or looted over the yeats. The
ly from the Old Kingdom, but bust is one of about 5,000
including sites as recent as the pieces retrieved by Egypt
Roman era. since 2002. Hawass said he
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excavation, new finds are con- statues from Sweden in the
stantly being made. next two weeks.
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announced the discovery of a statues of Amenhotep III, the
new pyramid at Saqqara, the ninth pharaoh of the 18th
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12th to be found just in 40 years during the 14th cen-
Saqqara. tury B.C. and who is consid-
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ments have been uncovered, said Hawass.
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Yesterday's
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Chess


teenager's best finish, 14a has
sarificed two pawns, but the d7
pawn ties down the WIadc army
and cuts olfl vancluk's queen from
king defence. It took just two
moves for Carisen to force
resignation. What was Whites
knok-out pundit, and why did
BIack surrender?


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letter, and there music, be at least.
one nine-letter word. No plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 17: very good 25; excellent 33
(or more). Solution tomorrow.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
apart APARTMENT entrap
miantrap napa nape neap paean
pane pant para pare parent part
pate paten patent. pater patten
patter pattern pean pear peat
pent perm pert pram prana prat
prate ramp rampant rape rapt.
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by Steve Becker


The Philosophical Approach


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(G)
2 Unanimously
(2,1,3)
3 Cereal grain (4)
4 Originator (7)
5 Brutal prsoin 5)
6 lireclv belowv
8 Voung salmon (4)
9 Horse(3)
12 lotal (3)
13 Failiful (5)
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performance (5)
18 Abia2e'(5)
19 Animal doctor (3)
20 Doze (3)
21 Subtlacts (7)
22 Pic (3)
23 01f the sea (6)
24 Single entity (4)
25 Dig up o(6)
26 Baa(n 5)
27 Hop kilns (5)
28 Anger (3)
30 Peek (.1)


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North-South vulnerable.
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44 Pass
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V7 5
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34,
64
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guess two-way finesses for
While this is certainly a means
player's skill, an een better i
the ability to eliminate the
work altogether by substitu
entirely dits rent approach
problem.
Take this case where We;
the king of hearts against Soul


club contract. Without the heart lead,
the slam would be ice-cold even if
declarer misguessed the location of
the queen of diamonds. But with the
heart lead, South must very much
mind his p's and q's to get home
.safely.
ST Instead of torturing himself by
962 searching for clues to the location of
4 3 the missing damsel, South should
65 come at the problem from an entirely
different direction.
After winning the opening heart
lead with the ace, he should draw
two rounds of trump, cash his three
top spades, discarding a heart from
dummy, and exit with.the jack of
hearts.
West Once he does this, South can table
Pass his cards and claim six. West wins
the heart with the queen but is then at
its. the end of his rope. He must either
return a diamond, relieving South of
ark of a the guess for the queen, of return a
onrrcctly spade or a heart, allowing declare to
queens, rulf in dummy as he discards a dia-
ture of a mond from his hand.
aauge is It is true that South relinquishes
guess- all chance of making seven by adopt-
ling an ing this method of play, but the guar-
to the anteed result scoring a vulnerable
slam far outweighs the impor-
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British minister: Mugabe





will have to step aside


* LONDON
ZIMBABWEAN President
Robert Mugabe must step
down from office if a power-
sharing government is to suc-
ceed, Britain's minister for
Africa said Monday, signaling
a hardening of London's
stance on its former colony,
according to Associated Press.
Mark Malloch Brown told
BBC radio that Mugabe was
incapable of making good on
a deal to govern alongside
opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai and would likely
be forced to quit.
His comments follow
remarks made over the week-
end by the top U.S. envoy for
Africa, who said Washington
can no longer support a Zim-
babwean deal that leaves
Mugabe in office as president.
"Power-sharing isn't dead
but Mugabe has become an
absolute impossible obstacle
to achieving it," Malloch
Brown said. "He's so distrust-
ed by all sides" that I think the
Americans are absolutely


right he's going to have to
step aside."
Mugabe, 84, has ruled the
country since its 1980 inde-
pendence from Britain and
refused to leave office follow-
ing disputed elections in
March. A power-sharing
agreement with the opposi-
tion was struck in September,
but has been stalled by an
impasse over how to' divide
Cabinet posts.
Mugabe has faced renewed
criticism amid a humanitari-
an crisis that has pushed thou-
sands of Zimbabweans to the
point of starvation and left
more than 1,000 people dead
from cholera since August.
President George W. Bush,
British Prime Minister Gor-
don Brown and French Presi-
dent Nicolas Sarkozy have
called for Mugabe to step
down.
"The final death throes of
these kinds of situations seem
terribly slow and grim and
unnecessary," Malloch Brown
said.
Jendayi Frazer, the U.S.


assistant secretary of state for
African affairs, said she had
become convinced Mugabe is
incapable of sharing power. If
Mugabe's neighbors were to
unite and "go to Mugabe and
tell him to go, I do think he
would go," she said Sunday.
Malloch Brown said he
doubted that Mugabe would
willingly leave his office.
"In this era of the interna-
tional criminal court, it's very
hard for any particular coun-
try to offer that guarantee,"
he said. "I think that if Presi-
dent Mugabe was to come to
the U.K. and the U.S. or oth-
er third parties African
neighbors and say 'I'll go if
I can be offered a quiet retire-
ment,' I expect people would
look at what's possible," he
told the BBC.
Malloch Brown acknowl-
edged that Britain has been
slow to restrict the activities of
businesses linked to Mugabe's
regime that are based in
Britain.
The U.S. Office of Foreign
Assets Control last month


blacklisted 21 businesses tied
to Mugabe 18 of which are
based in Britain, or British
territories overseas but
Malloch Brown said the firms
don't yet have restrictions on
their activities in the U.K.
"Where the U.S. moves, we
try to stay as closely in line
with them as possible. Our
procedures, because they're
done through Europe, are
slower," Malloch Brown said.
"It is the case that totally
owned Zimbabwean sub-
sidiaries of companies regis-
tered here in the U.K. do still
have freedom to operate, but
we do not believe that there
are sanction-busting activities
being run out of the U.K."
ZIMBABWE President Robert
Mugabe speaks at his ZANU
PF's 10th annual Congress in
Bindura, Zimbabwe, Friday,
Dec. 19, 2008. Mugabe said
Friday that "Zimbabwe is mine"
and vowed never to surrender,
saying no African nation is
brave enough to topple him.
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Total credit growth in
the Bahamas is like-
ly to slow by one-
third to around $300
million in 2009, a commercial
bank chief executive told Tri-
bune Business yesterday, with
the likely timetable for this
nation's economic recovery
pushed back to the 2010 second
half.
Anwer Sunderji, head of
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas), told
Tribune Business that
credit/loan growth to con-
sumers, consisting chiefly of res-
idential mortgages and con-
sumer loans, was "going to
show a very sharp decline" next
year.
"If you look at the Central
Bank of the Bahamas statistics
for the consumer sector, in 2Q07
the credit growth was some-
thing like $600 million," Mr
Sunderji said.
"For 2008, it is estimated to
be $450 million, and in 2009 it is
estimated to be around $300
million, so there's going to be a
very sharp decline."
The projected total. growth
for loans made to consumers by
commercial banks in 2009 is
some 33 per cent lower than.
2008's estimated total, and 50
per cent less than 2007 figures
for combined mortgage and


* Total residential mortgage and consumer lending likely to fall from $450m in 2008 to $300m next year
* Mortgage lending drops by 1/3 to $200m in 2008, a $100m fall, while consumer loans down $50m or 25%
* Bahamian economic recovery may not happen until 2010 second half, based on US woes


consumer lending.
Mr Sunderji added: "The
growth in 2007 was roughly
$200 million in consumer cred-
it growth, and $300 million -in
residential mortgages.
'In 2008, we saw a decline,
with consumer credit growth at
roughly $150 million, $50 mil-
lion (25 per cent) off the previ'-
ous year, and residential mort-
gage loans at $200 million, one-
third off.
"We're forecasting a down-
ward trend in 2009, with credit
growth to consumers less than
$300 million. We'll have to
equip ourselves to deal with
substantially lower credit
growth."
Reduced consumer credit
growth will mean less money in
circulation in the Bahamian
economy, and reduced pur-
chasing power for consumers.
That, in turn, will manifest itself
in power sales and profits for a
host of Bahamas-based busi-,
nesses.
That will come as no surprise
to most observers, given the
contracting Bahamian econo-
my, complete with mass hotel
sector lay-offs, reduced work
hours and salary income reduc-


tions. With unemployment like-
ly to rise further in the New
Year, as some business go
under and the tourism sector's
weakness filters through into
'other industries, loan demand
is likely to be substantially
reduced.
And not just by job fears or
loss, but because increasing
numbers of borrowers will be
unable to qualify due to the
tighter criteria banks are


employing. With the percent-
age of commercial bank loans
either in arrears or non-per-
forming on the rise, 2009 will
be one of consolidation,
expense control and loan port-
folio management for Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) and its peers.
Mr Sunderji acknowledged as
much, telling Tribune Business
that Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
would "be managing our
expenses, managing our loan
book, credit quality and assist-
ing our customers to weather
the storm".
With the US remaining the
primary market for 85 per cent
of visitors to the Bahamas, and
the emerging economic news
from that nation still grim, Mr
Sunderji projected that this
nation's economy would not
start recovering until "the latter
part of 2010".
This was due to the sixth-
month time-lag between a like-
ly US rebound and a Bahamian
recovery, with the banking chief
adding: "We're totally depen-
dent on how the US economy
fares, and it's likely the US"
economy will not see a recovery
until 2010.
"I don't see a speedy recov-


ery in the US, even with zero
interest rates, because it's not
rates but the availability of cred-
it and the fear of losing job"
that had caused consumer
demand to dry up.
Many consumers had chosen
to either defer or simply not
spend, Mr Sunderji said, mean-
ing that demand for Bahamian
vacations had waned substan-
tially. The high debt levels many
were carrying meant they were
unresponsive to the Federal
Reserve's interest rate cuts,
because they were simply
'maxed out' on debt.
"US consumer demand is a
central component of our econ-
omy, and if they defer holidays
and put off spending, we will
have a very"poor tourism sector,
which is where the bulk of
employment resides," Mr Sun-
derji said.
Unless US consumers start-
ed spending, there was "not
going to be a sufficient recovery
in the US, and there will not be
a sufficient recovery in the
Bahamas".
There is some $6 billion 'in
outstanding Bahamian dollar

SEE page 4B


evidence

U By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) is
"concerned" about the position
the telecoms industry regulator
is planning to take on the evi-
dence needed to determine a
dispute between operators, and
urged it to employ a standard
greater than "on a balance of
probabilities".
Responding to the Public
Utilities Commission's (PUC)
consultation document on dis-
pute resolution procedures,
Felicity Johnson, BTC's vice.'
president of legal, regulator'
and interconnection, said: "BTC
is concerned with the PUC's
position on the Burden of Proof
to be used to determine a dis-
pute as being 'on a balance of
probabilities, but less than the
proof beyond a reasonable
doubt', which requires clarifi-
cation.
"[BTC] submits that the
intention may have been a"giai-
dard/burden that is less than
beyond reasonable doubt, bitt
more than on a balance of probr
abilities."

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Regulator approves Used car sales 'non-existent'

lo'er cellular rateS By CARA BRENNEN- used to walk in every day. There will look at buying a used one


--WBy-NEIL HAR FNEa -------B-T-C's GSM subscribers


SrUIune Du inessCa UIorU
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC)
believes its newly-approved cel-
lular prices will lower per
minute calling rates for the
higher-priced GSM post-paid /
packages, and boost consumer
choice and flexibility.
The Public Utilities Commis-
sion (PUC), in approving BTC's
application to modify its licence
to account for the new cellular
rates, said the carrier which
currently enjoys a monopoly
over the service felt the
changes would "bring about


to enjoy more post-paid
minutes for their money

improved benefits to GSM sub-
scribers in the Bahamas.
"These benefits include lower
per minute calling rates due to
the additional minutes includ-
ed in the amended post-paid
GSM packages; lower off-peak
calling rates on evenings, and
weekends for out-of-plan calls;
greater pricing flexibility for
subscribers as a result of the

.SEE page 5B


BETHEL
Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN used car deal-
erships are bracing themselves
for a tough 2009 after experi-
encing almost no sales for the
month of December to date,
Tribune Business was told yes-
terday.
One dealer, from R and B
Auto Company, described sales
this month as "non-existent",
and said that there was no com-
parison between how things
were now and how they were in
December 2007.
"I have not even seen anyone
even walking in. I may have
seen 15 people walk in this
month, where before people


is hardly anyone coming in," the
dealer said.
He added that R and B Auto
Company was bracing itself for
a tough year ahead. "I do not
see any improvements over the
next several months, based on
what has been going on, so, it's
going to be very tough," the
dealer said.
He added that the greater
challenge will be the amount of
potential customers who want
to purchase their vehicles
through in-house financing,
something many car dealers
can't do.
"We may benefit from per-
sons who would have wanted to
have purchased a new vehicle,
but since they can't afford to,


But the problem is. that even if
persons want to purchase vehi-
cles, they may-have trouble
securing loans and financing,
and so if they do not have the
cash at hand, then they will still
not be able to buy," the dealer
said.
Another dealer added that
one of the challenges he faced is
from potential customers who
try to bargain the prices down.
' "Sales are slow. Last year, we
did a few car sales around
Christmas time, but this year we
have not had a single sale yet.
People are looking, though, but
they are trying to negotiate bet-
ter prices, which would riore
or less mean that we were giving
the cars away," the dealer said.


US tax proposal could 'prevent'

captive take-off for the Bahamas

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas' efforts to re-establish itself as an international and
captive insurance jurisdiction could be "prevented or delayed" if US
Senate legislative proposals targeted at 'offshore' insurance ever
come to fruition, an industry executive told Tribune Business yes-
terday.
Guilden Gilbert, a former Bahamas Insurance Brokers Associ-
ation (BIBA) president who has been closely involved with moves
to regain this nation's standing as an international insurance juris-
diction, said that while the US
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CONSOLIDATED Water's
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ing term sheet for the purchase
of water by the BVI govern-
ment from the Bar Bay plant.
The agreement will govern
the terms of sale of water by
OC-BVI to the BVI govern-
ment until the parties execute a.
definitive contract. Consolidat-
ed Water owns a 43.5 per cent
equity interest in OC-BVI.
According to the release,
OC-BVI will deliver up to
600,000 US gallons of water per
day to the BVI government
from the Bar Bay plant. How-
ever, until completion of the


Reaches conditional agreement over BVI plant, but main dispute remains


construction of the first phase of
certain additional facilities by
OC-BVI, the BVI Government
is not obligated to purchase any
minimum volumes of water
from OC-BVI.
The first construction phase
involves the installation of
water pipes from the plant to a
BVI Government-owned reser-
voir site, and from this site to
the BVI Government's piped
water distribution system. This
phase must be completed with-
in six months of the signing of
the proposed definitive con-
tract.
After completion of this first
phase, the BVI Government
will be obligated to purchase at
least 600,000 US gallons of
water per day from the plant.
A second phase of construc-
tion requires OC-BVI to com-.
plete a storage reservoir on the
BVI government site within 12


months of the signing of the
proposed contract.
The proposed seven-year
contract is expected to include a
seven-year extension option
exercisable by the BVI Gov-
ernment.
"We are pleased to announce
that our BVI affiliate has
reached a tentative agreement
with the BVI Government for
the utilisation of its Bar Bay
plant," Rick McTaggart, presi-
dent and chief executive of
Consolidated Water Co said.
"We believe this plant will
contribute greatly to improving
the quality of life for residents


on the eastern end of Tortola,
where water has historically
been quite scarce."
The company does not
expect revenues from the Bar
Bay plant to have a material
impact on the equity results it
records from its investment in
OC-BVI until such time as the
BVI Government is purchasing
the minimum 600,000 US gal-
lons per day.
The Bar Bay plant agreement
is unrelated to the status of OC-
BVI's dispute with the BVI
Government over the owner-
ship of the Baughers Bay plant,
which remains unchanged.


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Stock Certificate as follow:
Stock Interest Rate Cert.No. Maturity Date Amount
2015-2024#2 9/32%APR 71-439 22/10/2023 .$40,000.00
The owner intends to request the registrar to issue a
replacement certificates. If this certificate is found,
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Meanwhile, those loans in
arrears, meaning they were
more than 31 days or more
overdue, had increased by
$125.6 million or 23.7 per cent
to $656 million a figure that is
equivalent to just over 10 per
cent of the some $6.434 billion
in total private sector credit out-
standing.
Confirmed
The Central Bank confirmed
that total loans in arrears had
risen to 10.82 per cent of the
banking sector's outstanding
portfolio, compared to 9.27 per
cent at year-end 2007. Loans
between 31-90 days overdue
had increased by $40.2 million
or 14.4 per cent since 2007 year-
end to $318 million as at end-


October 2008.
Mortgage
Commercial mortgage and
business sector loans is the seg-
ment that has seen the fastest
asset quality deterioration year-
to-date, the percentage in
arrears having risen to 15.73 per
cent at end-October 2008, com-
pared to 9.27 per cent at year-
end 2007.
During 2008, the value of
commercial loans in arrears has
increased by $66.9 million or
71.1 per cent. Consumer loan
and mortgage arrears increased
over. the same 10-month peri-
od by $30.9 million and $27.8
million respectively, percentage
rises of 17.9 per cent and 10.5
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PEPSI Is having
Liquidation Sale

Pepsi-Cola Bahamas an
affiliate of PepsiAmericas Inc.
will be having Liquidation
sale on all furniture and
office supplies on, Tuesday
December 23rd beginning at
9:00a. m. at the plant on Prince
Charles Drive.


FROM page 1B
credit in this nation's economy.
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas' report on monthly


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Legal Notice
NOTICE

SHELF SHIPPING LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) SHELF SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 22nd December 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Lynden
Maycock of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
Dated the 22nd day of December, 2008.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

Legal Notice

Notice

SHELF SHIPPING LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the under-
signed at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 30th day
of December, 2008. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the 22nd day of December 2008.


LYNDEN MAYCOCK
LIQUIDATOR



Legal Notice

Notice

ISLAND SHIPPING LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, Nassau, Ba-
hamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 30th day of December,
2008. In default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the 22nd day of December 2008.


LYNDEN MAYCOCK
LIQUIDATOR



Legal Notice
NOTICE

ISLAND SHIPPING LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) ISLAND SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 22nd December 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Lynden
Maycock of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
Dated the 22nd day of December, 2008.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
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Regulator approves


lower cellular rates


FROM page 1B
introduction of new Pay As
You Go pricing plans for voice
and SMS."
When it came to the lower
per minute calling rates, the
PUC said that for the Mercury-
pac post-paid GSM package,
worth $29.99 per month, sub-
scribers would receive a 60 per
cent increase in available min-
utes from 100 per month to
160. On the Venuspac package,
worth $5 .99 per month, GSN
subscribers would see their
available minutes increase from
300 per month to 375;. on the
$99.99 Moonpac package, GSM
minutes will increase from 600
to 650; and on the $139.99
Earthpac package, available
minutes will rise from 1,000 to
1,100.
In addition, the PUC said
BTC had also promoted the fact
that some services, which were
previously priced, such as fea-
ture activation, reconnection
fees and rate plan changes
would now be offered as 'free
services'.
The 100 per cent state-owned
carrier, which is currently in the
midst of being privatised, also
filed a November 28 amend-
ment to its cellular rate appli-
cation, reducing to zero month-
ly charges for basic calling fea-
tures such as voice mail, call
waiting, caller identification and
multi-party calling. This reduc-
tion, the PUC said, applied to
both pre-paid and post-paid
GSB customers.
"BTC notes the elimination
of the monthly charges for the
aforementioned calling features
is designed to avoid customers'
accounts showing a negative
monthly balance, and will pro-
vide additional benefits for
GSM subscribers," the PUC
said.
"The Commission concurs
with BTC that the modification,
as requested by BTC, will gen-
erate improved benefits for the
Bahamian public. However, the
Commission considers that the
actual level of savings and ben-
efits received by a subscriber
will ultimately de-p"e'nd on',"
among other factors['the ability


of the subscriber to select the
calling plan or package that best
suits his or her budget and com-
munications needs."
The PUC indicated that the
fact that BTC's GSM rates were
broadly in line with rates
charged in rival jurisdictions,
some of which had been liber-
alised and open to competition,
plus the fact that the rates
would be lowered, weighed
heavily in its decision.
The regulatory blessing also
corrects a previous oversight,
as BTC's original GSM pack-
ages and rates had never been
approved by the PUC, and the
carrier's licence was not modi-
fied to include them.
As the cellular monopoly in
the Bahamas, the PUC said it
would have to continue price
regulating this aspect of BTC's
operations to ensure consumers
received proper protection.
Cellular is by far BTC's most
valuable business segment, gen-
erating 65 per cent or $211.6
million of the company's total
2006 revenues, with some
291,156 subscribers at year-end.
BTC will now have six new
GSM monthly post-paid pack-
ages. They are:
* A $10 pay as you go
option
* $19.999 per month for 100
minutes, with caller ID and
Voicemail
* $29.99 per month for 160


minutes, with caller ID and
Voicemail
Those three options will have
out-of-plan rates of $0.20 per
minute for weekdays; $0.10 per
minute for evenings; and $0.10
for weekends.
The final three options are:
* $59.99 for 375 minutes,
with caller ID, call waiting and
forwarding, Voicemail, Multi-
Party Calling
* $99.99 for 650 minutes,
with caller ID, call waiting and
forwarding, Voicemail, Multi-
Party Calling and 100 text mes-
sages
* $139.99 for 1,100 minutes,
with caller ID, call waiting and
forwarding, Voicemail, Multi-
Party Calling and 300 text mes-
sages
The rates for the first two of
those options will be $0.15 per
minute on week days, $0.10 per
minute in the evenings, and
$0.10 at weekends. The latter
will be $0.20 per minute for
week days, $0.10 for evenings,
and $0.15 for weekends.
The PUC said BTC's pro-
posed GSM post-paid and pre-
paid rates, and the out-of-plan
charges, were "broadly com-
mensurate" with what was
offered in the US, UK, Canada
and other Caribbean jurisdic-
tions.


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Year/Make: 1997 International
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work closely with the local Country Manager. r
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* Have General Insurance Underwriting and Claims Experience
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The Chambers of
CEDRIC L. PARKER & CO.
Counsel & Attorneys-at-law

will be closed for the Holidays
commencing at 12:00 noon
Wednesday, the 24th December, 2008
and will re-open on
Monday, the 5th January, 2009


fHappy Holidays
to our valued clients

K.MILES PARKER ,,
Managing Partner


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At Christmas time, we gather with family and
friends to celebrate our Savior birth.


The spirit of Christmas also suggests that we
dedicate ourselves to help the needy, and to be
an instrument of peace and goodwill in the
community in which we live.


As we enjoy the events of this holiday season, let
us also be so ever grateful and thankful to all of
our fellow employees who have work hard and
contributed to the success of the company.


This Christmas, may we all give thanks for the
blessings God has bestowed on our company, our
Community and on our family. May the joy of the
holidays renew and strengthen our commitment to
work together to build on our past successes and
1to embrace the many challenges and opportuni-
ties that will face us in the future.


My family and .
Christmas and a
Year.


wish


you all a very Merry


blessed at4 .prosperous

'


New


Glenn V. Bannister


Managing Director


Notice
Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahamas Government Registered
Stock Certificate as follow:

Stock Interest Rate Cert.No. Maturity Date Amount

2007-2011 0.7500APR 47075 7/5/08 $300.00

I intend to request The Registrar to issue a replacement
certificate. If this certificate is found please write to
P0. Box N-10004, Nassau, Bahamas


Send bids to : AI.warner@pepsiamericas.com
,.No phone calls will be accepted.


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US tax proposal could 'prevent' captive take-off for Bahamas


FROM page 1B.
impact all rival jurisdictions.
The draft legislation, put for-
ward by the Senate Finance
Committee after a similar Bill
was brought to the House of
Representatives in September
2008, aims to tax related-party
transactions involving Bermu-
dan and other non-US insurers.
It would apply in cases where
a Bermuda-based insurer's US


subsidiary collects premiums in
the US on its behalf. These
companies can lower their US
tax bill by taking out reinsur-
ance with their Bermuda par-
ents taking profits outside the
US tax free something that US
insurers argue gives their off-
shore rivals a competitive
advantage.
Both large and medium-sized
captives, which insure a corpo-
rate parent or provide. insur-


ance to high risk groups such
as doctors, would potentially be
caught in the net.
Mr Gilbert said of the possi-
ble impact: "As you know, the
Bahamas is looking to re-estab-
lish itself as a captive or off-
shore insurance'domicile, and
this would prevent or delay that
from happening. If the target
market is US corporations,
those corporations will be some-
what hindered in creating cap-


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Mr Gilbert, a Bermuda native
who is a partner in Chandler
Gilbert Insurance Associates,
told Tribune Business that with-
in the last several weeks, after
the Senate Finance Commit-
tee's proposals were made pub-
lic, four Bermuda-based insur-
ers had either made provision
or requested shareholder
approval to move their corpo-
rate headquarters from Bermu-


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da to Switzerland.
While there were potentially
"sufficient markets" for an
external/international insurance
jurisdiction to tap into outside
of the US, Mr Gilbert said:
"Unfortunately, if this Bill is
successful it could also impact
the likelihood of the Bahamas
progressing swiftly with its re-
establishment.
"Personally, I think any Bill
targeted at the 'tax havens' is
nothing but short sighted. Some
members of the US Congress
are clearly not aware of the role
that the Bermuda market
played in the payment of claims
after the September 11 attacks,
Hurricane Katrina, etc.
"They are also not aware, or
choose to ignore the fact, that
the capital committed to these
entities would not necessarily
be used as insurance capital
onshore. By shutting down the
'tax havens' they will cause the
cost of insurance for the US
insurance purchasers to rise sig-
nificantly, because the cost of
capital would be that much
greater, and the available capac-
ity will shrink, which means
higher insurance premiums.
Bermuda participates in near-
ly every property programme
in the world."
And Mr Gilbert added of the
US proposals: "I think, from the
insurance side, that it would to
some extent impede the
Bahamas from becoming an off-
shore jurisdiction, because it


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would take longer to work itself
through the process.
"How will it impact the
Bahamas in trying to re-estab-
lish itself? It remains to be
seen."
Mr Gilbert had previously
told Tribune Business that
insurance "cap be the third and
strongest pillar', of the Bahami-
an economy if this nation was to
re-establish itself as a captive
insurance domicile.
Mr Gilbert said the Bahamas
should not compete directly
with his homeland for the large
corporate captive business, but
instead establish a different
niche and target market by
going after the likes of associate
captives, such as those that pro-
vided insurance coverage for
groups of doctors.
A captive, though it writes
real insurance business and
takes in premiums, often insures
the risk of its parent or owners.
But rather than go after cap-
tives that insured particular
risks for the Fortune 1000 com-
panies, as Bermuda had done,
Mr Gilbert suggested the
Bahamas go after business from
companies just below that, who
generated $100-$200 million in
revenues per year.
Those companies were look-
ing for "alternative 'ways to con-
tain premium costs", and Mr
Gilbert said: "That would be an
ideal market for the Bahamas,
as the opportunities there are
greater because they can cap-
ture a much greater percentage
of the market than just by focus-
ing on Fortune 1000 compa-
nies."
Turning to the potential eco-
nomic benefits a captive insur-
ance industry could bring to the
Bahamas, Mr Gilbert said it
would support the accounting,
hotel, legal, office space and
rental markets directly and just
about any industry in this
nation.
"The trickle down effect is
enormous," Mr Gilbert told Tri-
bune Business..
"In Carolina, they created
captive legislation six to seven
years ago, and in the first two to
three years some extra $300 mil-
lion in revenue was injected into
the local economy."
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THE TIBUN TUEDAYDECEMER 2, 208,IPGES7


BTC 'concern' on dispute evidence


FROM page 1B

Ms Johnson said the PUC
should not adopt the same pro-
cedures for resolving consumer-
related telecoms disputes as
those proposed for operator-
related ones. She urged that the
Bahamas adopt a similar mech-
anism to the UK for resolving
consumer disputes.
"BTC is of the view that the
Commission ought to consider
the adoption of a similar mech-
anism to that found in the
telecommunications sector in
the United Kingdom," Ms
Johnson said on BTC's behalf.
"The United Kingdom has
established a Telecommunica-
tions Ombudsman Service,
which handles consumer com-
plaints about its members with-
in a prescribed framework. Its
members are the licensed oper-
ators who provide statutory
telecommunications services.
"BTC suggests, and would
trust that the PUC supports the
view, that an Ombudsman ser-
vice proportionally funded by
all licensed operators, and
empowered with the ability to
make final decisions, should be
created after the passage of new
legislation, and a new telecom-
munications sector policy to
address consumer complaints


in the sector."
Ms Johnson said that, having
been embroiled in five separate
interconnection disputes with
rival operator, Systems
Resource Group (SRG), at the
same time, BTC had a "sense"
of what was needed for dispute
resolution.
"BTC believes it is fair to
state that the creation of a dis-
pute process on the spot was
not the most efficient nor satis-
factory approach," she wrote.
"BTC agrees that in-order to
ensure and to support a robust,
competitive telecommunica-
tions sector, it is essential that
disputes are resolved quickly,
efficiently and effectively. This
position supports not only oper-
ators in the sector but also the
consumer, who is the end user
of the services provided by
licensed telecommunications
operators.
"BTC also holds the view that
the Commission should be
reminded that with further lib-
eralisation of the telecommuni-
cations sector, and the enact-
ment of converged legislation,
the Commission will have to
revisit these procedures with
the intention of augmenting
them to meet the growth of the
sector and the new dynamics
presented by an increase in the


NOTICE
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, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


Legal Notice
NOTICE

RMC GROUP INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


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






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


RESOURCE HILLS INC.




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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


PORTREE S.A.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of PORTREE S.A. has been completed; a Cer-
tificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


number of licensed operators."
As revealed by Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, Paul Hutton-
Ashkenny, Systems Resource
Group's (SRG) president,
argued that the PUC did not
have "all encompassing pow-
ers" that allow it to hear every
telecommunications sector dis-
pute, with there being "no auto-
matic right" for every complaint
to be heard.
Referring to the Telecom-
munications Act, Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny argued: "It is clear
from a proper reading of the
[Act] that the PUC is not
empowered to hear complaints
as a function under the Act, but
to solely hear complaints when
carrying out one of its functions
under the Act. The distinction is
not an obtuse one.
"SRG is of theview that the


PUC does not have the power
to hear any complaint brought
before it, unless it can be shown
that the PUC must hear the
complaint in order to carry out
one of the functions that are
articulated in section 6.1 of the
Act. Under the Act, there is no
automatic right for a complaint
to be heard, and no all-encom-
passing power conferred upon
the PUC to hear complaints
whatever the situation."


Legal Notice
NOTICE


CORONATION SPRING LTD.




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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


OLEO VILLAS INC.

-/--


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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


MACA VENTURES LIMITED




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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


TOYZTIME INVESTMENTS LIMITED




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


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

HARP GROUP LIMITED
(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,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE
RMC GROUP INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


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






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


PARAMOUNT STAR LTD.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of PARAMOUNT STAR LTD. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolutidn has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


GOLD VEIN LTD.
.1



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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


MADAR SPRINGS LTD.

--..-__


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of MADAR SPRINGS LTD. has been corn
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck olff the Register.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2008, PAGE 7B


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PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


.- I"., ',' .0MEMBERS of the historic
St Matthew's Anglican
Church welcomed the
S" .Region Bells during the
Sunday services. The group
is celebrating 60 years of
singing gospel music in the
-Bahamas. Members of the
group are joined by rector
of St Matthew's Father
l James Moultrie, (in cere-
monial robe) and Governor
General Arthur Hanna,
t (sixth from left). Also on far
left is ACM president Mr
Berchnal Moss.A
Anthony Longley/St
Matthew's Communicationi
Photo
5.;


IBa oof The Bahamas
INTERNATIONAL

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD
TENDEDD SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

The Bank continues to ustain its growth momentum and build financial strength'
despite the daunting challenges facing local and international economies. In.
particular, we are pleased with the financial results of the first quarter of fiscal year
2009 as supported by positive performance indicators. The achievements noted
therein shore up. our posture and reaffirm initiatives aimed at achieving long term
profitability and consistent creation of shareholders' value. Notably, Net income
(before interest on Preference Shares) was $2.8 Million or $0.16 per common share.

Despite the continued systemic liquidity challenges, overall deposits stood at $613
Million representing an increase of 6% over the previous quarter and 20% or $112.8
Million year-over-year., Interest expense supporting the deposits grew by 13% or
approximately $0.7 Million quartet-over-quarter. Given the uncertain short-term
outlook and the potential negative implications on liquidity and cost of funds the Bank
continues to review long-term strategic alternatives to improve capital and thus reduce
interest expense. The Bank is also pleased to report that despite a significant
expansion of its operating and service delivery apparatuses operating efficiency
remained stable over the year with capacity building opportunities now being realized.
Following the recognition of B$0.6 Million in provisions for loan losses Net Income
ended the quarter with a strong performance and just shy of the record setting
performance a year ago.

The Bank continues to seek positive lending and investment opportunities. However,
given the anemic economic conditions and weak short-term outlook, credit activities
have been subdued. Nevertheless, total assets continue to grow and stood at $772
Million at the review quarter-end compared to $736 Million for the previous quarter and
$660 Million as at September 30, 2007.

With soft market indicators and further global economic challenges anticipated in
2009, management's nimble response through focused and sustained'initiatives is
_paramount to the Bank's success. We, however, maintain a positive stance and
anticipate the continued strength of our business and sustained value creation for all
stakeholders.

We recognize the importance and effectiveness of all employees and Directors and
remain grateful for the confidence and support of our growing customer and
shareholder base.






Paul J. I. McWeeney
Managing Director

BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED'BALANCE SHEET

(Expressed m Bahamian dollars)


ASSETS
Cash and due from banks
Account with The Central Bank of The Bahamas
Investments
Loans and advances to customers, net
Accrued interest receivable
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Investment property
Intangible assets, net
Fixed assets, net
Customers' liabilities under acceptance,
guarantees and letters of credit
TOTAL

LIABILITIES *
Deposits from customers and banks
Bonds payable
Mortgage backed bonds
Cheques and other items in.transit
Accounts payable and other liabilities
Deferred loan fees
Interest payable on bonds
Dividends payable preference shares
Acceptances, guarantees and letters of credit
Total liabilities
EQUITY
Share capital
Share premium
Treasury shares
Retained earnings
Total equity
TOTAL


September 30,
2008

$ 132,217,935
54,073,559
26,890,700
534,535,783
732,958
6,438,704
3,601,500
3,699,461
5,420,067

4.203,038
$ 771,813,705


. $ 613,433,168
17,000,000
20,000,000
13,178,275
3,102,344
3,563,164
599,480
281,250
4,203,038
675,360,719

30,364,990
28,587,866
(30,244)
37,530,374
96,452,986
$ 771,813,705


June 30,
2008

$ 113,865,736
53,261,653
25,323,000
522,111,807
584,095
4,527,770
3,601,500
3,720,595
5,242,957

3,905,038
$ 736,144,151


$ 580,168,906
17,000,000
20,000,000
11,564,332
4,668,359
3,642,413
729,288
562,500
3,905,038
642,240,836

30,364,990
28,587,866
(30,244)
34,980,703
93,903,315
$ 736,144,151


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM INCOME STATEMENT


For the three months ended September 30, 2008
with comparatives for the three month period ended September 30, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


2008


NET INTEREST AND OTHER INCOME:
Interest income
Interest expense
Net interest income
Less net provision for loan losses
Net interest income after net provision for loan losses
Other banking income
Net Revenue
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES


NET INCOME


EARNINGS PER SHARE CALCULATION:
NET INCOME
PREFERENCE SHARE DIVIDENDS
NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO
COMMON SHAREHOLDERS
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF
COMMON SHARES
EARNINGS PER SHARE


$ 13,645,307
6,106,114
7.539,193
596.585
6,942.608
2,714,834
9,657,442
6,826,520

$ 2,830,921


S 2.830.921
(281,250)

S 2,549.671

15,600,000
S 0.16


2007

$ 12,077,282
5,398,357
6,678,925
(41,061)
6,719,986
2,168,672
8,888,658
5,843.635

S 3,045,023


5 3.045,023
(281.250)

S 2,763.773

15,557,613
$ 0.18


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the three months ended September 30, 2008
with comparatives for the thee month.period ended September 30, 2007
(Expressed in Balamian dollars)


Balance at July 1,2007
Net income for the period
Sale of treasury shares
Dividends on preference
shares
Dividends
Balance at September 30, 2007


Balance at July. 1~ 2008
Net income
Dividends on preference
Dividends
Balance at September 30, 2008


Sharp Share Treasury Retained
Capital Premium Shares Earnings
$ 30,364,990 $ 28,587,866 $ (237,329) $ 34,060,507
3,045,023
- 207,085 -


Total
$ 92,776,034

207,085


(281.250) (281,250)

$ 30,364,990 $ 28,587,866 $ (30,244) $ 36,824,280 $ 92,701,869


$ 30,364,990 $ 28,587,866 $ (30,244) $ 34,980,703
2,830,921
(281,250)


$ 93,903,315
2,830,921
(281,250)


$ 30,364,990 $ 28,587,866 $ (30,244) 37,530,374 $ 96,452,986


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS


(Expressed in Bahamian Dollars)


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income
Adjustments for
Non Cash items

Change in operating assets and liabilities
Increase in loans and advances to customers, net
Increase in deposits from customers and banks
Net cash from operating activities

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchase of investments
Proceeds from the maturity of investments
Purchase'of fixed assets .
Net cash used in mineting activities

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Dividends on preference shares


Net cash from fminacing activities
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

Net cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


Period Ended
September 30
2008

$ 2.830.921


3,972,723


(2,422,927)
(13,020,561)
33,264,262
21,793,497


(1,567,700)

(780,442)
(2,348,142)


S(281,250)


(281,250)
19,164,105

167,127,389

186,291,494


Period Ended
September 30
2007

S$ 3,045,023

3,601,584

(1,549,908)
(6,159,310)
(5,527,236)
(9,634,870)



2,500,000
(898,689)
1,601,311


(187,500)


(187,500)
(8,221,059)

124,629,757

116,408,698


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
Selected Explanatery Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

For the period ended September 30, 2008
(Expressed in Bahamian Dollars)

1. General Information

Bank of the Bahamas Limited (the "Bank"), trading as Bank of The Bahamas
International is incorporated under the laws of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. The Bank is licensed under the provisions of the Bank and Trust
Companies Regulations Act 2000. The Bank is also licensed as an authorized
dealer pursuant to the Exchange Control Regulations Act. The Bank is holder of
a broker dealer license from the Securities Commission.

The Bank's shares are publicly traded and listed on The Bahamas International
Securities Exchange. The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and The National Insurance Board own 51% of the issued shares. The remaining
shares are owned by approximately 4,000 Bahamian shareholders. The Banks
head office is located at Claughton House, Shirley and Charlotte Streets. The
registered office is located at Sassoon House Shirley Street, Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, The Bahamas.

2. Significant Accounting Policies

The significant accounting policies and methods of computation followed in the
preparation of these interim consolidated financial statements are the same as
those followed in the preparation of the annual consolidated financial statements
of the Bank for the year ended June 30, 2008. The annual consolidated financial
statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards ("IFRS") and under the historical cost convention, as modified by the
revaluation of certain financial assets and liabilities and investment property that
are required to be remeasured at estimated fair value.


3. Cash and Cash Equivalents


2008


Cash
Due from Banks


Cash and due from Banks
Account with The Central Bank of The Bahamas


2007


$ 6,756,122 $ 6,667,999
125,461,813 107.197,737


132,217,935
54,073,559
186,291,494


113,865,736
53.261,653
167.127,389









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Tribune Features Writer

ABSTINENCE is still
the right choice for
many, said Dr Valerie
Knowles, a child and
teen psychologist, and
author of 'African Chil-
dren Cry', an explo-
ration of sexual tensions
and issues faced by
Bahamian teens.

In an interview with The Tribune,
Dr Knowles said that while abstinence
should be taught alongside safe sex and
the various methods of protection,
handing out condoms is like telling


young people that they are expected
to use them. It's a message of "sex, sex,
sex" she said.
A primary concern when teaching
about safe sex and methods of protec-
tion against sexually transmitted dis-
eases (STDs) and AIDS, is that teens
may feel they should be having sex,
when in fact they aren't mentally pre-
pared.
"I have seen first hand the damage
that is done when a teenager armed
with a condom assumes that he or she is
sufficiently ready for 'love'. Techniques
for'delay and abstinence must be taught
in a country that denies by law and cul-
ture access to contraceptives for
females under the age of 16," she said.
"This takes into account the need
for restraint, delay, commitment, matu-
rity, good decision-making and other
forms of contraceptive technology,
especially 'in cases where there is an
imbalance in the gender power dynam-
ic. Some women are reluctant to or do


not have the communication skills and
guile to negotiate condom use. In such
relationships or sexual contact, con-
doms are only used when the man
wants to use them," she said.
Dr Knowles is also concerned that
Bahamian society has given in to the
collapse of the nation's younger gener-
ation. With the heightening crime rates,
teen pregnancy and AIDS infection
rates, people may simply be submitting
to the .disarray, instead of challenging it.
"We've given up on trying to talk
about self control as a lifestyle change
in the sexual domain, giving license to
sexual child abuse, serial polygamy,
sexual harassment, socialized prostitu-
tion, and other sexual/social issues."
She compared the issue to the health
programme being put forward by the
Bahamas Medical Association, that
encourages Bahamians to consume five
fruit and vegetables per day.
Just because Bahamians usually eat
peas and rice, macaroni and cheese


with fried fish, it doesn't mean the rec-
ommended food consumption should
turn around and say eating these things
is acceptable, Dr Knowles suggested.
"Teenagers in the Bahamas are
taught via massive campaigns to control
their aggression, and to 'silence the vio-
lence'. Why should they not be taught
to also control their sexual behaviour?
Delaying sexual involvement until per-
sons are mature enough and are in cir-
cumstances that can minimize the risks
associated with sexual activity is not an
outdated message."
Dr Knowles believes that teenagers
who are legally obligated to wait and
those who choose to delay should be
given the same respect as those who
chose to become sexually active.
"Virginity is not a disease, and absti-
nence isn't necessarily a church dic-
tate," Dr Knowles pointed out. "In a
country where 70 per cent of babies
are born out of wedlock, there are few
saintly examples to follow."


Teenagers in the
Bahamas are taught
via massive cam-
paigns to control
their aggression, and
to 'silence the vio-
lence'. Why should
they not be taught to
also control their sex-
ual behaviour?



DR VALERIE KNOWLES


-, Relieve stress and get relaxed


With an 'Ah Massage'


4 N

AH MASSAGE util'ces a Specij chjir to
provide the relation anld ,jtiflac ion r if
a rijssage .,'illhtiut ihe u':,e 01 table.


By JEFFARAH GIBSON
WANT to relieve stress,
increase circulation, eliminate
toxins from the body, boost your
immune system, improve alert-
ness, and job performance? If
j so then 'Ah Massage' is for you.
Ah Massage utilizes a special
chair to provide the relaxation
and satisfaction of a massage
without the use of a table. For
those of you who may be won-
dering how a chair massage
works, Nicolette White, owner
of Ah Massage, and a massage
therapist herself, said the chair
massage is similar to a regular
table massage, but you're not
lying down, and you don't have
to take off any of your clothing.
This type of massage targets
the upper body the neck, back,
shoulders,, arms and head. The
massage is done on an ergonom-
ically designed chair. Although
the massage is short, it lasts
between five and twenty min-


utes, it has the ability to improve
the physical and mental health
of the body.
Ms White said also that the
chair massage improves relax-
ation and peacefulness, which
benefits the whole body.
"Chair massages are perfect
for those who experience ten-
sion in their muscles. Through
the chair massage therapists are
able to reach the pressure
points, they are able to detect
any tension in the neck, back,
arms, shoulders, and head. And
through a deep tissue massage
they are able to alleviate the
strain and stress."
Many people may think that
massages are only necessary if
you're feeling physical pressure
or strain on your body, but just
as a massage can help you to
recuperate, it can restore the
intimate connection between a
person's body, mind, and soul. It
can decrease depression and
anxiety, improve self esteem,


also reduce stress and fatigue.
It is amazing how well a chair
massage penetrates through a
fully clad body. Ms White said
that many clients are amazed at
how well the massage works
with clothing on. "During the
chair massage there is no need
for clients to take off their cloth-
ing. They are usually fully
clothed. There are also no oils or
creams used in the massage for
lubrication. Many times clients
are shocked when they realize
that the massage penetrated
through clothing so well."
While an effective alternate
to the more traditional massages
that have tlie individual lying
down on a table, the chair mas-
sage is also cost effective.
"Accessible, affordable, and
safe, it feels great, and does the
body good, Ms White said.
"This service is easy to use and
costs less than a haircut. One of
the main reasons for the popu-
larity and interest in the chair


massage is the ability to get a
good quality massage at an
incredible price," she said.
Ah Massage is a mobile com-
pany, and their services extend
to both house and business calls.
Included in their services are
table massages, facials, nail ser-
vices, and private spa parties.
"At Ah Massage you can expe-
rience these service in the com-
fort of your home, office, yacht.
or at an event family reunion,
staff appreciation or a church
function."
Now that the holiday is here
Ah Massage is offering weekly
pampering parties that include a
massage, mini facials, waxing,
manicures, pedicures, delicious
treats, drinks, gifts and other
exciting services.

For more information on Ah
Massage, contact 364.2012 or
436.5203 or email ah mas-
sage@hotmail.com


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Skin bits

SKIN colour is mainly
determined by the amount of
melanin present in the skin.
Constitutive skin colour
is genetically inherited with-
out any influence from sun
exposure or hormones. Fac-
ultative skin colour is the
result of influences such as
sunlight and hormones. Fac-
ultative skin colour is the
most treatable with skin care
products and professional
skin treatments.
When treating hyperpig-
mentation, SPF30 must be
worn everyday. Failure to
wear SPF everyday, even
when UV exposure is
unforeseen overcastss days,
days spent mostly inside,
etc), will counteract treat-
ment, causing hyperpigmen-
tation to remain prevalent on
skin.
Skin must be prepped
properly before treating with
actives, this means skin must
be cleansed and exfoliated to
help remove dulling surface
debris. This step will also
help lessen the appearance
of hyperpigmentation cur-
rently visible on skin's sur-
face, and allow pigmentation
fighting ingredients to enter
the skin.
Look for a complete
treatment system rather than
relying on one "miracle"
product. Relying only on one
product to treat hyperpig-
mentation will either prolong
the wait until results are visi-
ble or not deliver results at
all.

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


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sauces of traditional Christmas feasts have started their tempting
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How to keep off those


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Provided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes, Shandera
Smith and Lathera Lotmore,
nutritionists Irom the Depart-
ment of Public Health/Ministry
of Health
OH yeah, the holidays are
here again. The parties, ban-
quets. weddings, family get-
togethers hale started, and
even birthdays. And what do
all of these have in common?
Lots of food and drink.
Yes, from dinner parties to
church poilucks, the meats,
s\~eeis and sauces of tradi-
tional Christmas feasts have
started their tempting
descent upon us. So in a sea-
son of candies, fruit cake and
eggnog: how can we keep our
waistlines inlact and still have
a jolly good time?
The following are holiday
eating tips so that you can
still look good and be healthy
in January without having to
feel guilty or deprive your-
self of all the holiday treats.
HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIPS:
Exercise get your heart
rate up. at least an hour a
day. It helps to burn calories,
relieve stress, and improve
your mood. Get the whole
family involved.
Don't try to diet to lose
%%eight during the holidays.
Rather. set a goal of main-
taining weight or if you are
really\ motivated, you go right
ahead and shed those
pounds
Don't skip meals and
starve yourself especially if
vou hae an event to attend.


hunger before a function.
Feeling hungry can sabotage
even the strongest willpow-
er, so eat a small, low-fat
snack such as fruit or low-fat
cheese or a tablespoon of
peanut butter before you
head out the door. This will
help you avoid rushing to the
buffet table when you arrive.
Meet and greet. Conver-
sation is calorie-free. Get a
beverage (try sparkling water
and a lime twist rather than
alcohol) and settle into the
festivities by catching up with
old friends and making new
ones.
Eat slowly and engage in
conversation to help control
portions consumed at meals.
It takes your brain about 20
minutes to get the signal that
it's full.
Watch your portion sizes.
Just because we see food in
abundance doesn't mean we
must eat in abundance. Go
for small portions. This way
you can sample all the differ-
ent foods. Make moderation
your best friend.
Watch out for the fat, salt
and sugar. Although we need
a certain amount of these
nutrients in our diet, we must
be careful not to exceed the
amount. Some foods to
watch out for are fried foods,
cream-based soup, candied
sweet potatoes, potatoes au
gratin, cheese-filled
casseroles, pies, cheese cake,
eggnog, processed meats such
as salami and sausages, some
pastries, chips, cqokies afid
other baked goods.


Always eat a wholesome he.. ....
....avo over..fing .-. ,- __.-..to then d
Sou really want tcr eatr'and
Take the edge off your keep portions small. Often


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just a taste satisfies a food
craving or curiosity. Stand
away from the buffet table.
Fill your plate once and step
away rather than hanging
around and being tempted to
nibble.
If you are at a sit-down
dinner party, cut your first
helping in half. That way, you
can enjoy seconds (and your
host or hostess will feel good
about that) and the total
amount of food you eat will
be about the same as a nor-
mal-size portion.
Always drink plenty of
water. Having other drinks
around is no excuse not to
drink water. Especially with
all the alcoholic and caf-
feinated beverages which will
be around, if we drink these
we will need to drink a lot of
water because they dehy-
drate our bodies. Keep in
mind, there is no substitute
for pure water.
When you shop, eat
before you leave home so
you won't be tempted by all
the goodies around.
If you attend a party try
new foods rather than going
for the macaroni and cheese.
If you try new items, you
tend to eat smaller portions.
If you are having a
potluck, modify the dish/food
item to make it low-fat, low
sugar, low salt or reduced
calorie so there is at least one
item that is safe to eat.
Prepare your favourite
meals'using whole grain
products, fruits and vegeta-
bles.,
And most of all enjoy the'
season, not just the food!


UNLIKE tweez-
ing and razors
that increase
the chances of
ingrown hair,
threading does-
n't. Threading
is more pre-
cise, hair grows
back finer, and
slower, and
there is no
burning or
peeling.


Enhance your look with


eyebrow threading


History of threading
EYEBROW threading is a hair removal tech-
nique which has been traced back to India,
although it was also practiced in the Middle East.
Indians have been practicing the art of threading
on Middle Eastern clients for decades before it
became popular in international urban centres
such as New York, London, Paris and Sydney.
This ancient art of hair removal is used on the
entire face, including upper lip, chin, eyebrows,
sideburns and cheeks.
What is threading of eyebrows?
Eyebrow threading involves twisting a piece
of thread, usually 100 per cent cotton and prefer-
ably Indian cotton thread, into a double strand.
There are two methods to thread. The beauti-
cian either uses her hands and the thread, or
holds one end of the thread between her teeth for
a grip. The thread can also be anchored around
the neck of the beautician, with the other end
held firmly with the left hand. The index and the
middle fingers of the right hand then form a twist
in the centre of the thread. The thread, after it is
twisted, is rolled along the surface of the skin to
grip a line of hair which is then pulled out of the
hair follicle. Baby powder is sometimes used to
absorb any oils that may prevent hairs from slip-
ping out of the thread as it is pulled.
Threading of eyebrow compared to waxing,
tweezing and razors
Eyebrow threading is very precise and allows
the beautician to have better control of the eye-
brow shaping than waxing. The thread can be
angled in a way waxing can't, and it is very effec-
tive in removing the finest type of hair.
Waxing is a form of exfoliation, it involves heat
and chemicals that can burn and peel very sensi-
tive skin. Over a period of time, waxing can age
the skin and cause the eye area to wrinkle faster.
For some, threading is less painful than tweez-
I


ing. Instead of removing one or two strands at a
time, a whole line of hair can be removed at a sin- i
gle time. The: skin remains smooth for longer.
and hair re-growth is finer. Threading is recom- 1
mended for persons who use accutane, Retina-A.
and similar products that peel the skin.
Unlike tweezing and razors that increase the
chances of ingrown hair, threading doesn't. I
Threading is more precise, hair grows back finer,
and slower, and there is no burning or peeling.
This method is also effective for reducing the
chance of getting ingrown hairs.
Where can you get your eyebrows threaded?
Finding someone who threads is difficult, but
there is one place in Nassau that has been pro-
viding the service for almost a year now, Baha-
Retreat Spa, located in an historical building on
East Bay Street, between Lucianos and Green
Parrot Restaurant. This ancient, skilled practiced
is among many other wonderful spa treatments,
including an alternative to the botox facial,
offered by Baha-Retreat. Many clients who have
experienced the threading absolutely love it. If
you're looking for a more natural beauty regimen,
eyebrow threading is a good choice.

Kenya Mortimer-McKenzie is an Anti-Aging Skin
Care Specialist at Baha-Retreat Anti-Aging Spa, East
Bay Street, East of Lucianos. For more 'information'
call 323-6711 or 323-615 or check out www.bahare-
treat.com or email kenya@baharetreat.com


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MICHELLE BURROWS
(pictured left) along
with her daughter
Waianya "Lemon" Wil-
son collaborated to write
'Sewing at Home', a
step by step guide on
how to get started
sewing; from exact
descriptions on the
anatomy of the sewing
machine, choosing the
right type and amount
of fabric, how to prop-
efly measure a person's
body, and how to finish
the stitching process.


* By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer

BUILDING on the tradition
of the Bahamian family busi-
ness, where members of a fam-
ily contribute their time and
skill to help grow the invest-
ment for the good of all,
Waianya "Lemon" Wilson
works closely with her mother,
Michelle Burrows, owner of
Lemon and Christy's Uniform
Centre on Sapodilla Boulevard,
Pinewood Gardens.
Just 19, Lemon, as she is
affectionately called, already
knows that learning an essen-
tial trade like sewing means that
you will never be out of work.
And in her eyes, sewing is an
age-old trade that must be
brought back to the fore in
Bahamian society, especially
during these tough economic
times.
"A lot of young people don't
know how to use their hands.
We need to get back to the days
of hard work in masonry, wood-
cutting, crafts like that," she
said.
In 2001, after being laid off
from Bahamas Copiers, Mrs
Burrows successfully launched a
home-based sewing business.
Wanting to share her talent
with others, Mrs Burrows
turned her attention to writing a
how-to-guide, "Sewing at Home
with Michelle Burrows", for
would be seamstresses and fash-
ion designers. The book was an
offshoot of "Sewing at Home",
a Cable 12 television show that
featured Mrs Burrows.
The book offers step by step
instructions on how to get start-
ed; from exact descriptions on
the anatomy of the sewing
machine, choosing the right
type and amount of fabric, how
to properly measure a person's
body, and how to finish the
stitching process.
With these skills under your
belt, readers can move on to
chapters that talk about how to
sew a top, a skirt, a pair of
pants, as well as a dress.
Lemon told Tribune Woman
that she and her mother believe
that with the amount of talent in
the Bahamas, it will be easy for
anyone to learn from their
guide. "We just need to bring
back knowledge of the trade,
and in time we'll have a lot
more Bahamian designers and
the possibility of an export
trade."
The two also host summer
school classes for girls aged 11
through 17, where they make
blouses, pants and uniforms for
school.
"People should try to tap into
their hidden talents at a time
like this. Sewing enhances your
creativity and can get your mind
off other things," Lemon said.
Plus, there's the unquestion-
able advantage of designing
your own clothes, and the great
feeling you'll get every time you
enter a room wearing a unique
piece that you know absolutely
no one else will be wearing
since you designed and made
the outfit yourself.
This timely book serves
Bahamians in three ways:
it allows for distinctive
clothing in a" limited shopping
area where many end up buying
the same old things
it allows for the possibility
of an income at a time when
many are being laid off
it allows for the hope of
building an industry of Bahami-
an designed clothing for export
trade
According to Mrs Burrows,
sewing can be a hobby or can
become a career choice. "Your
success in sewing may be


achieved through practice and
. determination," she said.
"Any person who can read
can make their own garments,"
Lemon added.
Mrs Burrows encourages all
to sew she's even converted
her husband Usias Burrows
(grudgingly) into a master
"needlepointer".
"When you begin to'sew do
not be afraid to make mistakes.
The best seamstress has made
mistakes in sewing, but they did
not give up, instead, they
learned from their slip ups and
pressed on," she said, adding
"what you sew you will reap."
With the publication of her
book, Mrs Burrows now hopes
to get "Sewing at Home with
Michelle Burrows" into the
school system for home eco-
nomic students.
Available at a moderate cost,
the book may be purchased at
Bookworld and Stationers on
Mackey Street, and at Lemon
and Christy's Uniform Centre
on Sapodilla Boulevard,
Pinewood Gardens.


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Holiday Recip r PAM


A Creamy Parmesan-spinach filling
baked in tender mushroom caps Makes 12 servings


PAM *
2pkgs
1
1 pkg


Olive Oil No-Stick Cooking Spray
(16 oz ea) large mushrooms
small onion
(10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed,


.squeezed dry
1/4 cup Plain dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (1/4 cup = 1 oz)
1 tbsp Chopped pimiento
1/2 tsp Dried oregano leaves


1. Preheat oven to 4250F. Spray baking sheet with cooking
spray. Remove stems from mushrooms; set caps aside.
Finely chop stems

-2. Spray large skillet with PAM cooking spray; heat over
medium-high heat. Add mushroom stems and onions;
cook 5 minutes, or until onions are tender, stirring
frequently. Remove.from heat. Stir in spinach, bread
crumbs, cheese, pimiento and oregano.

3. Place mushroom caps, stem-sides down, on prepared baking
sheet; spray evenly with PAM cooking spray. Turn caps over;
spray with additional cooking spray. Fill with spinach mixture.

4efake 10-15 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender and filling
. is heated through.
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