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* By MEGAN
REYNOLDS
TribuneStaff
Reporter
mreynolds@
tribunemedia.net
A SAXONS Super-
stars drummer collapsed
and died while rushing
in Bay Street on Boxing
Day morning.
Adwin Moss, 39, was ,S
at the back of the group
of turn turn drummers when he
collapsed in front of First
Caribbean Bank on the corner of
Frederick Street just after 7am.
Two men in the stands jumped
over the railings to attend to the
man and performed CPR for half
an hour before the ambulance
arrived after 7.30am.
He was taken to Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and pronounced


dead on arrival.
Eyewitness Alex
Francis said: "One
minute we were dancing
and the next minute
everybody's face just
dropped. He had fallen
and hit his head, and
there was a lot of blood.
"They work so hard
and I wanted to cry. 've
never seen anybody die
just like that."
Chairman of Saxons
management committee
Peter Gilmud said paramedics on
duty were delayed getting through
the crowds.
He said Mr Moss appeared to
be in good health, and good spirits,
before the parade, adding: "He
was very animated and ready to
go."
SEE page 10


Man with

hatchet

robs store
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
POLICE are seeking a hatchet-
wielding bandit who burst into a
clothing store on Bernard Road
in broad daylight.
Around 3pm Saturday, a thug
dressed in a black tam and white
T-shirt armed with a hatchet
entered Muck-A-Mucks store on
Bernard Road demanding cash.
The robber smashed a display
case and removed an undeter-
mined amount of jewellery, ASP
Walter Evans said. The robber
then fled on foot travelling east.
In other crime news, police
report that two suspected armed
robbers were picked up on Christ-
mas Day after they allegedly
robbed two establishments hours
earlier.
ASP Evans said shortly after
5am on Christmas morning two
SEE page 10


* BY MEGAN
REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@
tribunemedia.net
VALLEY Boys were
declared overall winners of
the Junkanoo parade on
Boxing Day just nine points
ahead of their close rivals
the Shell Saxons Superstars.
Bringing 'The Magic of
Hollywood Lights! Cam-
era! Action!' to Bay Street,
the Valley Boys rolled out
the red carpet for Marilyn
Monroe as her paper and
cardboard Rolls Royce
pulled up in front of a
starstruck Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and Cab-
inet ministers Carl Bethel
and Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace in Rawson Square
while the crowd screamed
in delight.
Popcorn was thrown out
to spectators treated to a
banner paying tribute to
Bahamian Oscar winner Sid-
ney Poitier, and costumes
illustrating various Holly-
wood films from Cleopatra
to Harry Potter, The Pas-


SEE page 10


Two dead, 100


rescued from


Haitian sloop


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
A HAITIAN sloop carrying
more than 100 immigrants ran
aground near Port New Provi-
dence over the weekend leaving
at least two dead, officials said.
Police said two bodies -
believed to be Haitian nationals
aboard the capsized vessel -
washed ashore near Yamacraw
Shores on Saturday morning.
The harrowing ordeal unfold-
ed in the early hours of Friday,
when the boat capsized off east-
ern New Providencep


and two vessels from the Har-
bour Patrol Unit were dis-
patched along with a team of
marines from the Coral Har-
bour base, Sub Lt Sonia Miller
told The Tribune yesterday.
"Upon their investigations,
they were able to apprehend a
total of 119 migrants 98 males,
19 females and two children.
Three of those migrants were
taken to PMH and they
appeared to be suffering from
dehydration," she added.
The others were sent to
Carmichael Road Detention.
Centre.
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Police and RBDF officials SEEthr
were alerted shortly after lamage three

ZNS sports director

Philip Smith dies
N By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
CALLED a "national icon, a sporting legend
and a journalist par excellence," Philip 'Smoker'
Smith passed away on Sunday morning at Doctors
Hospital after an illness with kidney failure. He was -
51.
At the time .of his death, he served as sports
director for the Broadcasting Corporation of the .
Bahamas (ZNS), a position he held from 1997.
The St Augustine's College graduate went on to
attend Langston University, graduating in 1981, the
same year that he started working at ZNS as a sportscaster. For five years
from 2000-2005, he hosted the popular "Talking Sports" show on ZNS.
SEE page 10

Visitor from the Haitian man
US is killed in charged with
traffic accident
* By DENISE MAYCOCK Mud murder


Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A vacation for
a family of four ended in tragedy
when a mother from South Car-
olina was killed in a traffic acci-
dent on Saturday evening on
Grand Bahama Highway.
The death of American Ivonne
Branting, 46, of Lexington, SC,
brings the traffic fatality count to
10 for the year on Grand
Bahama.
Randy Branting, 47, and his
wife, along with their two chil-
dren, Natalia, 20, and Oliver, 16,
were on a family vacation. The
family was staying at the Xanadu
Beach Hotel.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming said
Mrs Branting sustained severe
injuries and was pronounced dead
on arrival at Rand Memorial
Hospital.
He reported that Mr Branting
and the two children, and a
SEE page 10


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A 19-year-old
Haitian man was charged with
murder at Marsh Harbour Magis-
trate Court on Wednesday,
December 24.
Jackson Joseph, of Murphy
Town, Abaco, was charged before
Magistrate Crawford McGee with
the murder of 34-year-old Vincent
Zilma of The Mud.
Joseph was also charged with
arson.
It is alleged that on December
22, at Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the
accused being concerned with
another by means of unlawful
harm intentionally and unlawfully
caused the death of Zilma.
It is also alleged that at the same
date and place the accused, being
concerned with another, inten-
tionally and unlawfully set fire to
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Bahamians

warned not to

buy Nassau

Grouper over

holiday season

* BY ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Department of Fisheries
is warning Bahamians not to
buy any Nassau Grouper during
the holiday season as the fish is
still off-limits until the end of
February.
Bahamians are known to
choose grouper dishes over
turkey during the Christmas and
New Year holidays.
However, Director of Marine
Resources Micheal Braynen
said the Department of Fish-
eries is warning the public to eat
a different type of fish this holi-
day season.
A press release issued by the
department has warned that the
taking, landing, possesessing, sell-,
ing and offering for sale of Nas-
sau Grouper will be prohibited
during the period December 1,
2008, to February 28, 2009,
throughout the Bahamas.
Mr Braynen explained that
the above measures are a part
of the efforts being made to
ensure the commercial fishery
for the Nassau Grouper in The
Bahamas will be sustained for
the benefit of present and future
generations of Bahamian fisher-
men and consumers.
"We,would like to encourage
the public to support the gov-
ernment's efforts to conserve
the Nassau grouper resources of
the Bahamas by respecting the
closed season and not purchas-
ing groupers from people who
may have them for sale," Mr
Braynen said.I
Mr Braynen said he wants to
encourage people to use other
types of fish as they are trying to
make sure that fishermen are
Sable to make a profit.
: :. "This would allow fishermen
who are unable to harvest or
sell the Nassau Grouper to find
sales .for the fish they do have,"
Mr Braynen said.,
During the closed season, all
'forms of fishing will be prohibit-
d din waters surrounding High
'Cay, off Central Andros, which
-ill bOdUsignated a proic-ci ed .
Wro. .


Tourism fears amid financial crisis


* By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE United Nations Eco-
nomic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean
(ECLAC) has projected that
the Caribbean and Central
America will be the most affect-
ed sub-regions by a standstill in
tourism caused by the financial
crisis.
Between June and August,
demand for tourism services in
the Caribbean came to a stand-
still due to the lower number
of visitors to the Bahamas, Bar-
bados, Bermuda and Puerto
Rico, four destinations visited
mainly by United States and
European travellers.
In Mexico, arrivals increased
4.8 per cent during the same
period, followed by a drop in
the flow of tourists.
Minister of Tourism, Vincent
Vanderpool Wallace, said the


UN Economic Commission for Latin America projects
impact of turmoil on Caribbean and Latin America


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ministry has no predictions for
the 2009 tourism year and plans
to meet today to discuss the sit-
uation.
"It stands to reason if our


region is more dependent on
tourism than any other region in
the world that if tourism begins
to fall off dramatically then we
will be affected by it more than
anybody else but that is a great
'if' because again there is no
evidence at all to suggest that
tourism will fall off more than
any other part of the global
economy but time will tell," Mr
Wallace said.
The World Tourism Organi-
sation (UNWTO) estimates
that in 2008, tourism will grow
between two per cent and three
per cent, very distant from the
6.6 per cent reached last year. In
2009, it is expected to expand
even less, somewhere between
zero per cent and two per cent.
Tourism began experiencing
a strong deceleration between


Two dead, 100 rescued


from Haitian sloop


June and August, 2008, due to
the increasing deterioration of
real income and consumer
expectations, the volatility of
exchange rates, and restraints
on consumer loans due to the
financial crisis.
Earlier this month, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
in the first nine months of the'
year. tourism'dropped by 6.1 per
cent compared with last year's
figures while a further drop
bringing the figure to a "pre-
dictable" eight per cent figure is
expected in the last three
months of the year.
Mr Ingraham noted that he
didn't know when the crisis was
going to end as there is no cer-
tainty.
In the first eight months of
2008, the arrival of tourists to


Central America and South
America continued rising by 9.4
per cent and 7.2 per cent,
respectively. However, in the
Caribbean it grew only three
per cent. President-elect of the
Bahamas Hotel Association,
Robert Sands, said the
Bahamas in terms of its prox-
imity to the US and the initia-
tives being done in terms of the
market place to make the prox-
imity pay in terms of travel, puts
the Bahamas in a fairly
favourable position.
"The mere fact that we are a
fairly well known destination to
North America and the differ-
ent initiatives we are putting in
place in terms of increased mar-
keting both in the private and
public sector in the market
place, will demonstrate that we
are doing all we can to ensure
travel to the this part of the
Caribbean during these difficult
.times," Mr Sands said.


SURVIVORS
huddle togeth-
er after the
Haitian sloop
rescue.


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Friday said the calls of distress chilled him to the
bone.
"I had to pray, I said 'God have mercy on them',
because I could hear (dozens) of people scream-
ing 'Oh Lord, help, help please' and some chills
went through my body," he said.
He said one immigrant confessed to him that it
was his third-time risking his life on board such a
sloop to seek refuge in another country.
A number of Haitians were found wandering
surrounding neighborhoods but most were
found clinging to the capsized vessel and had to
be brought ashore. Some were clad only in
shorts or underwear, the bystander said, and one
had to be treated by EMS for lacerations to his
leg. Around 8.30am Saturday, a passer-by stum-
bled upon the bodies near the shoreline, Asst
Supt Walter Evans said.
Police were called and said the bodies were
thought to be Haitians who had travelled with
the 119 rescued immigrants. ASP Evans said the
bodies were examined and showed no signs of '
trauma but an autopsy will be performed to con-
firm the cause of death of each man. Foul play is
hot suspected.
YYesTrdfay-ttbrLt Miller said the RBDF had
two vessels combing the area yesterday for more
survivors.


Ginn's luxury development in West End not listed as part of bankruptcy filings


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

WHILE several separate
entities owned by The Ginn
Company reportedly filed for
Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week
the company's luxury develop-
ment on Grand Bahama has for
now avoided a similar fate.
Two of the bankrupt proper-
ties in Florida Tesoro, in Port
St Lucie and Quail West near
Naples come under a $675 mil-
lion credit facility default with
Credit Suisse according to a
report on the Florida real estate
news website, gotoby.com.
The $4.9 billion Ginn Sur
Mer development in West End
and Laurelmor in North Car-
olina. also part of the credit


default were not listed as part
of the bankruptcy filings which
occurred on December 23.
Like many other companies,
Ginn had been hit hard by the
US credit crunch and global
financial crisis but recently rep-
resentatives maintained the pro-
ject would not be derailed by
the international debacle.

Speculation

Earlier this year Ginn
defaulted on payment of the
$675 million loan fuelling spec-
ulation of foreclosure on the
related Ginn properties and the
company's financial viability.
In August, chairman and
CEO Bobby Ginn vowed that
the Grand Bahama project was
not in danger of foreclosure and


sought to clear up this issue at a
media briefing in Grand
Bahama after news broke of the
default.
"First of all, there is a loan in
place, it is in default, it is not a
bank loan...it is on particular
properties only," he said, adding
that $124 million in cash was set
aside in a bankruptcy-protected
escrow account, "for the sole
purpose of finishing up devel-
opment" of the Ginn Sur Mer
project.
Attempts to reach Ginn offi-
cials for comment last night
proved fruitless.
Last month, Ginn inked an
historic $12 million contract
with the Grand Bahama Power
Company for a 22-mile 69 kv
transmission line, underscoring
its commitment to that island.
In December, 2005, The Ginn
Company bought 1,957 acres at
West End and has committed
to developing a world-class
resort community consisting of
1,400 home sites, 4,500 condo
hotel suites, two golf courses, a


grand canal with water taxis and
gondolas, a 55,000 square-foot
casino, 500-slip yacht marina,
two water theme parks, and a
private airport.


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Bahamians must tighten their belts


"THEY just don't get it!"
This was a businessman's frustrated
remark on being told that some Bahamians,
sh6rt of cash this Christmas, had gone to the
bank to borrow money for their annual
Christmas shopping spree in Miami.
And then there was Tuesday, December
23, and a Tribune headline that read: "BPSU
claims 112 IT staff have not had salary
increases since 2003."
It is true that IT personnel in the various
government ministries have been waiting for
more than five years for government to
amend their pay scales and decide who should
be promoted. Obviously the union expects
the pay scales to move in an upward direc-
tion.
It has meant much research to discover
who has what IT qualifications and into what
civil service grade they should be entered.
A task force was appointed for the job.
According to Bahamas Public Service Union
president John Pinder the task force has com-
pleted the initial stage of its research.
Mr Pinder is now accusing Minister
Zhivargo Laing, minister responsible for the
civil service, of holding up the process.
Apparently, according to Mr Pinder, Mr
Laing has sent "the report to someone else to
put in more input and remarks." Said Ms
Pinder: "They are actually retarding the
process at this time."
We have no idea who the report has been
sent to, or what "input and remarks" have
been solicited, but an educated guess, con-
sidering the economic climate in which these.
requests are being made, the minister prob-
ably wants to know whether the country can
afford any increases at this time. As we all
know the civil service is already top heavy
with staff. It would probably be far more effi-
cient and save the taxpayer millions if
there were fewer job duplications, and not so
many civil servants pushing papers that don't
need to be pushed.
The majority of Bahamians certainly
those under 50 years of age, and particularly
the present generation cannot even grasp
what hardships we now face with a faltering
economy. What one generation considered a
luxury that they went without because they
could not afford it, today's generation con-
siders a necessity. And whether they can
afford it or not, they must have it. This is a
generation of instant gratification wanting
is sufficient reason to go into debt to pos-


sess. If they don't have the cash, they always
have the plastic card that will postpone the
day of reckoning. Or they can go to the bank
and take out a loan that they will spend the
rest of their lives trying to pay back. Today's
generation has a different mentality. They
are not prepared for the shock this year has in
store for them. They are going to find it
almost impossible to lower their expecta-
tions. But, if they are to survive, they will
have to deny themselves many "necessities",
which our generation considered unneces-
sary luxuries and had no desire to possess.
In addition to what has to be borrowed,
this year government is going to have to be
far more efficient in its tax collecting to gath-
er together enough funds to start necessary
public works to create employment with-
out bankrupting the Treasury. And so we
cannot foresee salary increases for civil ser-
vants or for any one else for that matter -
in 2009 or even 2010.
A letter writer to The Tribune was
annoyed that it was even suggested that gov-
ernment would be encouraged to tamper
with the $300 Customs exemption that
Bahamians have been given to shop abroad.
The writer was annoyed that business persons
would dare suggest that Bahamians should be
denied their Christmas "pilgrimage" to Mia-
mi to support the US economy, rather than
our own. What persons, like our letter writer,
don't seem to grasp is that when they don't
support the local economy, more unemployed
persons will be beating the pavements look-
ing for jobs that no longer exist.
In actual fact by supporting their own
economy, Bahamians are securing their own
jobs. It is not just the tourist industry that is
hurting. Tourism and investments underpin
our economy. Both have been smashed.
There is not one business or institution in
this country that has not felt the effects of that
crash. Every business in this town is starting
to cut back wherever they can so that they
can save their staff. However, if they don't get
public support, they will then have to look to
laying off staff.
No one can guarantee anyone a whole
loaf of bread this year, but if we all work
together, we can all probably each get half a
loaf. And, you who are so accustomed to so
much, might not believe it, but half a loaf is
far better than no loaf at all.
We are now entering a year in which we
had all better get our priorities straight.


I felt proud to



see Menorahs in



Rawson Square


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Just one more voice to join
those that have spoken out
about the removal of the
menorahs in Rawson Square.
This is Christmas week and in
light of the true meaning of
our religious holiday and the
meaning of Chanukah we all
need to speak up.
I saw the menorahs when
they first went up and felt
proud as a Bahamian to see
that we had embraced anoth-
er religious holiday that is so
important to Jewish Bahami-
ans and certainly to the many
Jewish visitors of The
Bahamas. Rawson Square
seemed the right place also
because of its location near
the cruise ship port and on
Bay Street where the majority
of our Jewish guests would be
able to view them and feel
welcome during Chanukah.
The many Christmas deco-
rations throughout the island
leaves no doubt which holi-
day by in large is being cele-
brated in our country who
would have thought that two
menorahs would have creat-
ed such a ruckus?
Their removal did not only
fly in the face of what it means
to be Christian but. was also


such a disrespectful slap in the
face to our visitors who are
celebrating their holiday at
this time.
The true sign of disrespect,
and irony, in the removal of
the menorahs comes from
what Chanukah means and
why it is celebrated.
It is, among many other
things, a celebration of reli-
gious freedom.
Jews in one particular era
of history, while their country
was under control, were for-
bidden to study sacred texts
or celebrating their religious
holidays at penalty of death,
and temples were defiled.
A small group of faithful
Jews rose up, defeated the
invaders and reclaimed their
Temple. Within that Temple
was the Temple Menorah that
had to be lit and was supposed
to remain lighted always.
The sacred olive oil that was
used to light the menorah usu-
ally took eight days to prepare
and there was only one day's
worth of purified oil in the
temple.


They lit the flame despite
the lack of oil and miracu-
lously the oil burned continu-
ously for eight days.
The story of Chanukah is
about people, despite tough
odds, remaining true to their
faith and beliefs something
Christians have also had to do
at times throughout history.
As a Roman Catholic,
Christmas week holds extra-
ordinary religious significance.
As the eight days of
Chanukah are celebrated side
by side with Christmas this
year, this week also holds reli-'
gious significance to all Jews
around the world.
By recognizing faiths other
than our own we show reli-
gious tolerance.
By placing menorahs in
Rawson Square, we say "Wel-
come and Happy Holidays"
to our Jewish visitors and
where's harm in that? We
have bigger problems to con-
quer in our country.
Here's wishing everyone a
blessed Holiday Season and a
New Year filled with peace,
happiness and understanding.
KELLY CARTWRIGHT-
MEISTER
Nassau,
December 23, 2008.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Beautifying downtown Nassau!
Yes, planting trees, will help but with
Junkanoo "soon come", Bay Street and side
streets will once again become "trashed".
The average Bahamian could care less about
downtown and what it means to our econo-
my.
If they did, it wouldn't be in the state it is
now. I think it is foolish to beautify until you get
the crime and Jitneys off Bay!
I know of one instance where hanging bas-
kets were put out in the evening and the next.
morning they were gone.
It's unfair to keep asking the merchants to
put out their money, to no use.
The exhaust that comes out of those Jitneys
has dirtied our street and buildings.
Look at Christ Church Cathedral, who ever
said the Jitneys could use George Street as a
terminal?
I gave a good idea to a person in 'the antiq-
uities department, which was to use the entire
west side of the old Collins estate (now all
fixed up) as a East Jitney Station.
.They could enter in from Collins Avenue
and exit out on Shirley, with a functioning traf-
fic light, going immediately across the street to
School Lane, down Dowdeswell to Christie
and get to Bay from there and Western Jit-
neys to have a station on the old Bahamas
Development Board property by the BC and


yes, lazy Bahamians would have to walk to the
stations. Ladies, imagine what it would do for
your figures. So never again would you see a
dirty, loud music playing, Jitney in the City of
Nassau. This is very successful in Curacao.
Please, please, don't put those bleachers up
again for Junkanoo. (Too late, I wrote this last
Friday and this is a week later).
Junkanoo has out grown downtown and
needs to be moved to the Sports Centre, where
there is plenty of parking, lots of lights, doesn't
hinder traffic and already has bleachers! .
It's just plain stupid to ask tradesmen to
beautify downtown when you turn around and
do this, foolishness.
I don't think many tourists go to Junkanoo
because of the crime and pushing and shoving.
They stay in their respective hotels as most
hotels offer a rush out.
And please don't tell me what Junkanoo is
now is our culture.
What it was years ago was, but now you
might as well be in Trinidad.
Anyhow, yes I agree that downtown needs to
be beautified. Stop making committees and
just get on with it.
A Bahamian, with no downtown business
interest, just interest in our Bahama Land.
ELLIS SHAD
Nassau,
December, 2008.


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008, PAGE 5


0 In brief Last of 70 apprehended


Pair in police

custody after Haitians are repatriated

illegal firearm
N By CHESTER ROBARDS A 33-seat plane was used to
diSCOVeedTribune Staff Reporter fly immigrants from New Prov-
d idence to Inagua and then to
THE last of about 70 Haitians Haiti.
ap -' ...... aorehended by officials early i"We're leaving Nassau. we're


STWu people were ltaKenC
into police custody after being
stopped with an illegal firearm
in their car.
Mobile Division officers
were on routine patrol on
Baillou Hill Road, near Peter
Street, when they stopped the
driver and a passenger in a
Nissan Sentra for having two
different licence plates.
Conducting a search of the
car, police found a black 9mm
handgun and 17 live rounds of
ammunition. The 29-year-old
male driver and a 26-year-old
female passenger were taken
into custody. Both are from
Matthew Street, Nassau Vil-
lage.

Trash blamed

for Christmas

accident
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A MOTHER and her two
young children spent Christ-
mas in hospital after trash left
in the street caused her to lose
control of her SUV in eastern
New Providence, crashing into
a tree.
The woman was in critical
condition after becoming
pinned behind the steering
wheel of her extensively dam-
aged black Ford Explorer,
while her son and daughter
both suffered broken arms
and legs.
A witness passing the scene
on Yamacaw Road reported
seeing a little girl crying in the
road beside the vehicle in
which her mother had become
trapped. The accident took
place at around 9.30pm.
"There were two wooden
pallettes in the lane that she
was driving in. We do not
know how they got there but
she didn't see them. She ran
over the first one, began to
lose control, hit the second
one and lost all control, collid-
ing into a tree on the southern
side of the 'street," said Asst
Supt Rodney McKenzie, sec-
ond-in-charge of the traffic
division.
The mother suffered serious
injuries to the chest and was
forced to remain in the car for
some time before being
removed by fire service crew
using the jaws of life.
The Tribune was unable to
get further details from the
hospital up to press time last
night.


last week have been repatriated.
A group of 21 Haitians
picked up near Bimini by
Defence Force officers were
moved to Carmichael Road
Detention Centre on Tuesday,
as two groups of their compa-
triots were placed on flights
back home.
According to Minister of
Immigration Branville McCart-
ney, the 21 Haitians were
picked up early Tuesday morn-
ing. Reports showed the group
included an infant under one
year old who, despite the con-
ditions endured, seemed to be
in good health.
He said the human factor is
very important when dealing
with illegal immigrants.
The Department of Immi-
gration then repatriated 66 ille-
gal Haitians Tuesday, including


50 who were picked up near
Inagua early Monday morning.
According to Mr McCartney,
Tuesday's flights were chartered
at a cost of $30,000.


going to Inagua; from Inagua
we're going to Haiti, then we're
coming back to Nassau take
some more and follow the same
route again," said Mr McCart-
ney.
When Haitians are repatriat-
ed they are placed on a stop list
to prevent re-entry 'into the
Bahamas.
Mr McCartney thanked the
Defence Force for their role in
apprehending the groups and
said he hoped to continue the
relationship this department has
with them.
"I must applaud their efforts
and I certainly thank them for
what they have done we have
been in contact with them and
we have a very good working
relationship with the Defence
Force," he said.


Unlit streetlights a 'cause for concern'


* By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

SEVERAL unlit streetlights
along Sir Milo Butler Highway
are a cause for concern, and
continue to create a major dri-
ving hazard for some motorists.
According to the Department
of Road Traffic, more than


2,000 vehicles use Milo Butler
Highway daily, but a major sec-
tion of the thoroughfare has
remained in darkness because
of malfunctioning streetlights.
From Fire Trail Road round-
about heading north, one
motorist says for the past week
at least a quarter mile of the
highway has been a motorist's


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nightmare due to limited visi-
bility.
The driver, who asked to
remain anonymous, said: "I
nearly ran off the road, and
that's only because the road was
so dark. I know the government
just opened the new extension,
but they have to do better."
According to BEC street-
lighting manager Dillith Nairn -
who was unaware of the lighting
malfunction a crew will be sent
to the area to ensure the lights
become functional as soon as
possible.
Mr Nairn was unable to con-
firm whether the malfunction-
.ing lights were a result of pow-
er surges that have affected,
numerous traffic lights, but
apologised to motorists for any
inconvenience.
Minister of Works Neko
Grant, who was unavailable for
a response, said recently that
-frequent'power stirges'are the"
maria reiIaseO lo malfunctioning
traffic light's.


Taneka Thompson/Tribune staff Reporter

* By TANEKA THOMPSON agents were misinformed
Tribune Staff Reporter because the flight never showed
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net up. Bahamasair have the nerve
to use the same lousy airline to
"I vex because one of my do their flights and may I add, at
friends told me he was going to Bahamasair rates which is much
buy a Christmas gift for my cat higher. Why do we the con-
and passed it off as a gift for summer have to put up with this?
me. I told him I was offended "Let's demand that Bahama-
because either that means he sair resume services to Cat
cares about my cat more than Island using their own planes!
me, or he doesn't want to get It is very expensive to travel on
me a gift." both airlines, therefore if we
have options we don't have to
Vex, vex, vex, Nassau put up with bad management
and unprofessionalism."
"I vex that it's the Christmas
season and yet people will not Vex and Disappointed
let you out of a corner. I had to Bahamian.
wait ten minutes to get out of
the corner the other day while "I'm vex about the fancy new
all dese biggity, hoggish people screens at the airport that seem
rule the road. Where is the com- to serve little to no purpose oth-
mon sense this Christmas? And er than looking pretty. I don't
some people blocking up the know why we need the fancy
road and they could see ain' screens if they don't give any
nowhere to go. I mean the accurate flight information? It's
island only this big and the so confusing when you are try-
roads only so'wide, so take ya' ing to catch a plane and the
time man. schedule is wrong.
"And plus we supposed to be But when you go on the
in a recession, but people dri- Bahamasair web site you get the
ving up and down wastin' gas accurate information, so what's
to buy gifts while they acting the sense in that.
like a scrooge to other people Sometimes the screens still
on the road." have a flight as 'delayed' when it
already landed like 30 minutes
Mad Motorist ago."

"I am vex with the Christmas Frequent Flyer, Nassau.
shoppers who automatically
believe the road is theirs.
Instead of them worry about
losing a parking spot or their
chance to buy that special gift
for the season, they need to
know they could lose a lot more
if they continue to cut in front of
me on the road."

-Paul, Cable Beach.
"I am vex because I sat at the U
ai'pbrt in Cat Islnd for eight
hours with very little updates
oh flight delays or no show. The


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THE office of the Bahamian Consulate General in Miami
has been relocated, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has
advised.
Effective immediately, the office is now on a different floor
of the same building at suite 600, the Ingraham Building, on
25 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida.
Anyone wishing to contact the office can do so using the
'same phone' number as before: 305-373-6295/6/7.
* The facsimile number remains 305L-373-. 12
! On an official trip to Cuba earlier this month, Prime Min"-
ister Hubert Ingraham said that as a cost saving measure,
the government intends to soon purchase a residence for the
Consulate General in Miami, after renting a building in the
city since 1973.
"I can't give you a logical answer as to why the Bahamas
would've bought a house in Canada, in Washington and in
London, but would not have bought a house in Miami where
we are going to be forever," Mr Ingraham said.
The Bahamas recently opened a consulate office in Atlanta,
and intends to also purchase a house in that city as well.
Meanwhile, there are plans to set up an embassy in Brussels,
Belgium, next year "to take care of (the Bahamas') European
and European Union affairs," announced Mr Ingraham.
However, he added that whether or not this goes ahead, as
with other "additional expenditures" on the part of the gov-
ernment, is "dependent on what happens with the current eco-
nomic crisis."




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. nn Caribbean lessons from 2008


* By SIR RONALD
SANDERS
(Thie writer is a business
consultant aml former
Ca'rilbbean Diplomat)

IN THE week before
Christmas I mused on the
five defining moments in 2008
that would affect the Caribbean
in 2009 and beyond.
Topping my list was the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) signed between the
European Union (EU) and
individual Caribbean countries.
This agreement has, by far, the
most far-reaching and long-term
implications, establishing a legal
and institutional framework that
shapes the relationship of the
region to Europe, to the rest of
the world and to itself, into the
indefinite future.
I continue to hold the view
that the EPA will deliver few, if
any, of the promises of access to
the EU market for services that
was the argument trumpeted by
its advocates. At the same time,
I also believe that the agree-
ment will lead to the displace-
ment of Caribbean-owned com-
panies in their own domestic
market. Even the autonomy of
elected Caribbean governments
may be compromised by the
Board-room decisions of for-
eign owned entities.
The second defining event
was the election of Barack Oba-
ma to the US Presidency. My
reason for choosing this event
has little to do with policies that
an Obama administration will
pursue toward the Caribbean.
Some of these policies partic-
ularly in relation to financial
services will be harmful to the
region. I see the election of
Obama as the essential act of
acceptance by a former slave-
owning society, that the people
they enslaved on the basis of
race, are every inch their equal
in the family of humankind.
Even though the once enslaved
people of the Caribbean have
governed themselves for
decades, the fact that a man of
colour is now arguably the most
powerful leader in the world,
enriches the status of every
Caribbean person. I expect that
there will be differences and
disappointments in the


-


ins,

WORLD VIE

Caribbean's relations with the
Obama government, but these
will not diminish the sense of
validation that his election has
created.
The two events in third place
are the financial crisis that
spread across the globe like
wildfire, toppling huge financial
giants and swallowing up the
livelihoods of little people, and
the falling price of oil. The
Caribbean has, so far, experi-
enced only a very small tip of a
rather large iceberg. It is
already evident that tourism
'had been badly affected as
tourist numbers drop and hotel
resorts are compelled to lay-off
workers.
The situation will get worse.
Many of the tourists who will
come to the Caribbean in' the
early winter of 2008/2009 are
those that paid for these holi-
days as long as a year ago. Few-
er tourists will come in 2009 and
2010. The scene throughout
Europe and the United States is
bleak. Unemployment has
reached levels not witnessed in
recent decades, house prices in
which many people had some
equity are continuing to drop
leaving them with little if any
equity and much debt, mort-
gage companies are foreclosing,
and savings in banks (at 0.25
per cent in the US and 2 per
cent in the UK) are providing
no interest on which people can
.live. Holidays, therefore, are the
last thing on their minds.
The credit crunch will also
adversely affect development
projects. For, while the regula-
tory institutions throughout the
developed world and even in
China and India have mandated
huge cuts in interest rates, the
rates on borrowing have
remained prohibitively high.
Further, caught with worthless
paper for dubious lending over
the last decade, financial insti-
tutions are subjecting them-
selves to little risk and all but
the most secure loan applica-
tions are being rejected.


Linked to the financial crisis
for some countries in the
Caribbean is the falling price of
oil from US$148 a barrel to
US$40. Deeply affected by this
is the government of Hugo
Chavez in Venezuela which had
promised much to Caribbean
countries. Indeed, the
Caribbean countries to whom
the Chavez government had
actually delivered some help,
had become reliant on his assis-
tance for financing a range of
projects. With a large hole in
his own national budget, and
the price of oil unlikely to rise
to its former highs in the near
future, counting on Chavez's
help would be foolhardy.

Another two events are
in fourth place as
defining moments in 2008. They
are the 60th anniversary of the
University of the West Indies
and the collapse of Caribbean-
wide Television news coverage
by the Caribbean Media Cor-
poration (CMC).
Sixty years of UWI is a mon-
umental achievement in a
region that has not managed to
maintain and successfully devel-
op any regional institution. But,
its success shows that the coop-
eration of Caribbean countries
can produce real and beneficial
results if standards are kept
high, financing is forthcoming
and the governance structure
makes sense.
By the same token, the col-
lapse of pan-Caribbean TV
news coverage by CMC is cause
for deep lamentation.
After almost four decades of
the Caribbean Broadcasting
Union and the Caribbean News
Agency, it is a reasonable
expectation that a region that
talks of establishing a Single
Market and Economy would
have placed as' a fundamental
of that undertaking, the impor-
tance of Televised news
between the Caribbean people.
Yet, neither governments nor


* SIR Ronald Sanders


private sector institutions have
stepped-up to provide machin-
ery to sustain Caribbean Tele-
vision news.
My fifth event is linked to
two Caribbean men Shivnar-
ine Chanderpaul and Usain
Bolt. Chanderpaul has contin-
ued to give us pride in Cricket.
He has been an example of the
grit and diligence that our crick-
eters need if we are ever again
to enjoy as one Caribbean peo-
ple the pride of occupying the
game's number one spot.
The aptly named Bolt, gave
the entire region pride, joy, and
a magnificent example of what
the region'-small though it is in
every way could achieve.
He exploded at the 2008
Bejing Olympics with an
unprecedented double-triple of
world records and titles in win-
ning gold medals in the 100m,
200m and 4*100m sprint relay.
These five events, taken as a
whole, show that world events
impact the Caribbean. At the
same time, the Caribbean pos-
sesses the capacity to make its
mark on the world as well. Our
smallness is not a long-term
weakness and the Caribbean
ought not to be hesitant in tak-
ing on challenging circum-
stances..
But to do so we must over-
come our "mental slavery",
reorganise our outdated struc-
tures of regional governance to
act in our collective interest,
and face up to the world fear-
lessly.

Responses to:
ronaldsanders29@hotmail.com
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SkyBahamas Airlines introduces


flight to Marsh
SKYBAHAMAS Airlines will soon launch its
first official flight into Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
The new service will fly to and from Marsh Har-
bour twice a day.
SkyBahamas currently operates daily flights
out of Nassau to Exuma and Bimini as well as
three daily flights to Freeport, Grand Bahama
for Regional Air.
The airline got its start by operating flights to
and from Exuma and since then has been able to
expand its routes to three high demand travel
destinations, according to a company press
release.
SkyBahamas uses SAAB 340A 33 seater air-
craft and also provides full cabin service that
includes complimentary juice and or water and
special Bahamian-made treats for every customer,
the release said.


THE CLEARING BA]

ASSOCIATION

Announces

Holiday Banking H

Wednesday, December 24,:
9:30am 1:00pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
CLOSED

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26,
CLOSED

Normal Banking Hours will resum
Monday, December 29, 2008 (9:30am
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 (9:30am


Wednesday, December 31,
9:30am 1:00pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
CLOSED

Normal Banking hours will resu
Friday, January 2, 2009 (9:30am -

Bank of The Bahamas Limited
Citibank, N.A.
Commonwealth Bank Limited
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Baham
Royal Bank of Canada
Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited


Harbour, Abaco
The airline is gradually working towards adding
additional routes to ensure customers experience
travelling convenience, .great customer service,
safety, and the consistent ease and comfort which
should always be part of each passenger's flying
experience.
"We look forward to providing each customer
with a memorable experience in an environment
where 'safety is our culture and service is our
passion,"' said Jessica L. Watkins, sales and mar-
keting director.
SkyBahamas also hopes to add new routes in
and out of New Bight, Cat Island, in 2009.
Passengers will be able to book flights to and
from Marsh Harbour by visiting the SkyBahamas
Airline ticket counter at Marsh Harbour Airport
in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, or Lynden Pindling
International Airport in Nassau.

Unique Homes

Kecognises John

Christie as luxury

property specialist

ours JOHN CHRISTIE of HG
Christie real estate has been
2008 named among the top luxu-
2008 ry specialists in the country
by Unique Homes, the mag-
azine of luxury real estate.
As a recipient of this hon-
5, 2008 our, he is featured in the
'Luxury Property Specialist'
section of the December-
2008 January issue, which is
available on newsstands
now.
The Luxury Property Spe-
cialist section gives featured
e on professionals the opportuni-
- 3:00pm) ty to present information on
themselves as well as their
- 3:00pm) properties.
"John's presence in this,
directory is a reflection of
2008 his proven reputation for
excellence in the marketing
and listing of premier prop-
erties," HG Christie said in
9 2009 a statement.
Unique Homes is recog-
nised as the preeminent
publication for promoting
ime on upscale real estate, reaching
prospects that can buy and
-4:30pm) sell in 50 US states and
more than 80 countries
worldwide.
The magazine reaches an
affluent readership that cur-
rently owns more than $83
S .Limited billion in luxury real estate
and has an average total
household net worth of
more than $2,125,000.


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DURING the holiday season
Master Technicians Ltd selected
Farm Road Community Band and
Bahamas Youth Alive Band to each
receive a $500 cash donation to buy
much-needed instruments.
In return for the donations the
bands performed professionally
arranged Christmas carols in the
parking lot for customers and pass-
ing drivers in the high traffic Vil-
lage Road area.
The Bahamas Youth Alive Band
provided entertainment on Friday
December 19, 2008. The band was
formed in March, 2008, as a second
programme at Kemp Road Com-
munity Band Centre.
"Children throughout Nassau are
invited to join the band's pro-
gramme, which is open to those who
want to learn to play and read
music," said Ruby Ann Saunders,
. president and founder of the band.
"We continually ask them that they
become great musicians and uphold


our motto of 'Mov:ng chajr.ci r
shaping lives, rising to Ciod ,t..n-
dard through the world o'i music' '
Along with the band programme,
members learn to become entre-
preneurs through the sale of cookies
throughout Nassau.
On many occasions drivers are
able to buy cookies for $1 in the
Paradise Island Bridge area from
band members. Many children are
already proving themselves in the
band by diligently practising and
making the Honour Roll at their
schools.
The Farm Road Community
Band played on December 22, 2008.
The band programme was
relaunched in September when they
bought new instruments of their own
accord. There are 100 people in
Farm Road Community Band, but
the programme is in need of instru-
ments. The children and young
adults in the programme range from
six to over 20 years.


Classical pianist


to perform in


New Year concert

THE Grand Bahama Performing Arts Soci-
ety, a newly established organisation, will ring in
the New Year with its inaugural concert fea-
turing Canadian Tannis Gibson, an accom-
plished classical pianist, who will perform at
the Church of Ascension on Sunday January 4
at 4pm.
Ms Gibson holds a Master of Music from the
Julliard School in New York City, a world
renowned performing arts conservatory.
She has performed at such premier interna-
tional venues as the Kennedy Centre in Wash-
ington, DC, the Bath International Festival in
England and with the Shanghai Radio Orches-
tra in China.
Both a world class performer, and a dedicat-
ed educator, Ms Gibson currently teaches in
the School of Fine Arts at the University of
Arizona.
"I love the idea of somehow contributing to
helping fund young student performers," she
said.
Thus motivated, Ms Gibson has graciously
offered to perform for free,,..
Dalia Feldmani, who originally conceived the
idea of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts
Society, is excited and committed to providing
opportunities to deserving youngsters with tal-
ent.
"We are so pleased to have Ms Gibson per-
forming here in Grand Bahama and so appre-
ciative of her generosity in helping us to launch
our new Society," Ms Feldman said.
"We believe this is a wonderful opportunity
for people to enjoy, and to expose their children
to a world class performance without leaving


"The band members are extreme-
ly dedicated to their programme,"
said Ms Charlene Milfort, band
director. "I have found that children
are lacking attention in the home in
our society and they really enjoy
coming to the programme to receive
that much-needed attention."
The band programme has been
successful in providing Bahamian
young men with a positive outlet for
socialisation instead of staying idle
and becoming involved in negative
or illegal activities.
Along with band practice, mem-
bers must corrie to a one-hour after-
noon homework help programme
four days a week.
The center also runs Women of


Grand Bahama. By coming out to this concert,
people will be actively financing our own aspir-
ing performers on the island."
The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Soci-
ety was created to bring professional artists and
performers from around the world to audiences
in Grand Bahama. ,
Drawing from Bahamian and international
talent, a number of performances 'are being
planned for 2009. Proceeds will be used for the
advancement of Grand Bahama students of the
performing arts.
Tickets for the Tannis Gibson Concert are
$15 each, and can be reserved in advance by
contacting Dalia Feldman at 373-2580 or Gloria
McGlone at 373-2887.
The Society said it wishes to acknowledge
the generous donation by Sally Gaskins of Java
Island at Port Lucaya, who has volunteered to
provide delicacies at the reception following
Ms Gibson's performance.


Essence, a women's education pro- incorporate the Governor Gener- public for monetary support to buy
gramme and a once per month al's Youth Award as another avail- instruments. Also, they are avail-
Senior Citizens programme. In the able activity, able to play at local events and busi-
near future they are planning to Both bands are petitioning the nesses.


LUCAYA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
A0 Freeport BAHAMAS
I. I TvA VACANCY NOTICE SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Effective. August 2009
Lucaya International School is a non-profit independent organization providing high quality education to the local and international community.
The High School academic program prepares students for tertiary education through the International Baccalaureate Organization (180) Diploma
Program (DP), SAT and a broad range of subjects at Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Educatioi i (IGCSE) level. The Primary
School follows the 180 Primary Years Programme (PYP). There is a strong extra-curricular and fine arts programme available to all students
through the School.
THE POSITION The School Director serves as the educational leader of the School ensuring that the implementation of all programs and prac-
tices of faculty and support staff is consistent with the School's mission;and that all students are provided daily with an excellent education.
Duties and responsibilities include the following:
Continue the school's development as an international educational facility of excellence,
Manage the recruitment,supervision and evaluation of all personnel employed by the school,
Commit to promoting diversity among the leadership team and the faculty,
Present a sound, comprehensive annual budget to the Board of Directors,
Oversee business office operations and provide regular fiscal reports,
Lead a full range of activities involving school and non-school groups.

Required Qualifications Include:
A qualified teacher possessing an advanced degree, preferably a Master's in Education
International school administrative experience or documented outstanding educational leadership at an accredited independent school in
The Bahamas
Intimate knowledge of the programmes of the 180 and IGCSE
Full command of the accreditation practices of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and/or the New England Association of Schools and
/or Colleges (NEASC)
Knowledge and experience of strategic planning, budgeting, and finance
A proven record of recruiting and retaining high quality faculty and staff.
Preferred Qualifications include:
Successful experience as the head of a fine international school
Demonstrated success in working productively with Boards, faculty, staff, parents, students, and the.wider school community
Professionally trained in the programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization, in particular the PYP and Diploma programs
Previous experience with the CIS and/or NEASC accreditation processes
Maintaining reputable contacts with other International School heads and executives
Trained and demonstrated competence in the use of technology tools
Marketing and public relations experience.

SALARY & BENEFITS The salary and benefits package for the School Director position will be commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience

PARTICULARS OF THE SEARCH The Lucaya International School Board Of Driectors has retained CIS to serve as consultant for the search for its new School
Director. All candidate wishing to apply should visit their website at http://www.cois.org/ to submit the required documentation.

Deadline for receipt of full applications: Friday, 2 January 2009


E is for Excellence.


Perfection in Love
Text: 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 14:
Psalm 45:1: Solomon writes to the Chief Musician 'A Song of Loves,'
"My heart is overflowing with a good matter; I speak of my works to
the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." The inference is that
God uses Solomon's lips by The Holy Spirit to speak (write) Words of
Wisdom.
The Apostle Paul uses a similar phrase to introduce the Love Chapter.
Paul ends 1 Corinthians 12:31: urging readers to passionately strive
after the better gifts expressed; and adds, yet I show you a more excellent
way. He states, Love is the most important endowment of the Holy Spirit,
even greater than all the spiritual gifts. Paul provides three points on
the Excellency of Love.

The Perfection of Excellence in Love: Verses: 13:1-3: Apollos was
greatly admired at Corinth because he commanded various languages
and spoke with great eloquence; yet the Heavenly angelic language
was considered higher than the languages of men amongst the
Corinthinians. Paul contemplated these virtues resident in men, and
wrote, "If I lack Love, I have. become as sounding brass or a tinkling
cymbal.


Though I possess the highest understanding possible as it relates to Prophecies, the knowledge of future
events; Mysteries, the profound, undisclosed intentions of God; Knowledge, truths long known, but now
revealed; and Faith, the miraculous manifestation of the secret desire of God's Spirit, even of the highest
kind, with the ability to move mountains: All these giftings would have no value without the mixture of
God's Perfect Love, therefore, I consider myself nothing." He closes this section by stating, "Love is
even considered above the high merit of giving all our goods to feed the poor, and offering our bodies
to be martyred in burning flames."
The Perfection of Character through Love: Verses: 13:4-7: Paul then turned his attention to Love's
blessed influences on the Heart and Mind with the following verses: "Love for God and our neighbours
has an eternal mind, and negative impulses can never discover its end." Paul's life exemplified this
statement, in labours, stripes, prisons, stoned to death, received forty stripes minus one five times, beaten
with rods three times, shipwrecked three times, hardship and toil, and never said this cannot be endured;
rather, he declared, "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the Love of God."
"Love is pleasant and thoughtful towards everyone; and avoids causing trouble for others. Love rejoices
with the achievements, and spiritual blessings of others; does not desire the high praises of men; and is
never inflated with its own sense of importance. Love is not easily irritated, upset, nor becomes disagreeable.
Love never thinks that a good deed may have a bad intention. Love never rejoices in scandals, but rejoices
in the spread of Divine Truth: Love quietly conceals secrets, never making the flaws of anyone the subject
of discussion, but gladly receives positive information to the benefit of any person, whose character may
have suffered from embarrassment, even justly, because of misconduct; then looks forward to the
repentance and restoration of a fallen person to their place in the Church of God."
Love's Perfection by Comparison: Verses: 13:8-13: "Love is essential to prepare man's heart and soul
for eternal glory; however, the prophet's accurate contribution, and the teacher's eloquence of diverse
human languages, and sciences; will be useless in the Heavenly State." Plato reflected, "The wisest of
mortals will appear but an ape in the estimation of God."
Adam Clarke concluded, "When anything perfect is seen or enjoyed, then the imperfect is forgotten, laid
aside, or vanishes. Therefore, in the full and perfect light of day, the imperfect and feeble light of the stars
vanishes. When I was an infant, I spoke in a broken and inadequate manner, I had mediocre views of
things, I reasoned in a weak and unconvincing manner. But when I became a man, I did away with the
thoughts that were trifling."
The language is similarly used by Moses at Numbers 12:8: "My knowledge shall be clear and distinct; I
shall see the truths, not at a distance and in shadows, but in the fuller revelations, plainly and openly;"
and Paul at 1 Corinthians 2:9: "Now Faith, Hope, Love, these three remain; but the greatest of these is
Love."

God is Love, and Love produces obedience to God and usefulness towards man, thereby fulfilling the
law; but this is never said of Faith or Hope. Faith is the groundwork of the Christian life, and of good
works; Hope rears the framework; but Love finishes, completes, and crowns it in a Blessed Eternity.


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Man with hatchet robs store

FROM page one

gunmen entered Ultimate Choice Beauty Salon on Andros Avenue
and demanded cash.
An employee and several patrons were robbed of their handbags
containing cash and personal items, he said.
ASP Evans said about 15 minutes later 5.30am an employee
and a few patrons at Hair Solutions on Bahama Avenue and Mar-
ket Street were robbed by two gunmen demanding cash and their
handbags. The thieves left the area in a dark-coloured vehicle,
ASP Evans said.
Shortly after 2pm that same day, police arrested two suspects fit-
ling the description of the gunmen while in Bahama Avenue. It is
believed they are responsible for the two armed robberies.
Police also made a firearm arrest over the holiday weekend.
Mobile Division officers patrolling the Soldier Road area near
Windsor Place around 6.30 pm Friday stopped a black 2004 Titan
truck with dark tints, registration number T-33940.
Police conducted a routine search of the vehicle and allegedly
found a black pouch containing a .40 handgun and nine live rounds
of ammunition inside the truck.
One female and four male occupants were arrested.



HAPPY NEW YEAR
TO
ALL OUR CUSTOMERS & FRIENDS
FROM


PREMIER


MAY THE NEW YEAR OF 2009
BRING GOOD HEALTH,
PEACE AND PROSPERITY

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FROM page one
sion of the Christ, Spiderman and Jurassic Park.
The Valley Boys arrival in Rawson Square at
5.30am was followed over an hour later by the Shell
Saxons Superstars 'Exploring the Orient' at day-
break with a banner depicting China's Imperial
Palace, the gateway to the Orient, brought to life by
a snaking paper dragon and fully regaled Imperial
Guards. It was declared the best banner among the
A groups.
Sumo wrestlers fought in a ring in Rawson Square,
and a performer removed his Yin-Yang cape to roll
his Buddha-belly for an excited crowd, as Samurai
warriors and mythical creatures paraded through
Bay Street.
Valley Boys were declared the overall winners
of category A groups with 3,897 points, arid the
Saxons were close behind with 3,888, when the unof-
ficial results were read at 6pm on Friday at Arawak
Cay."
One Family came third overall with 3,618 points
for their performance of 'Tings Tough! What ya ga
do? Learn to earn work to win!' driving home the
message 'learning is power' and paying tribute to
small business entrepreneurs, Bahamian farmers,
florists, landscapers, firemen and the College of the
Bahamas.
Roots came fourth overall with 3,415 points after
opening the parade shortly after midnight with the
theme 'Out of Many, We Are One A Tribute to
Bahamian Cultural Diversity' showcasing 'The Rise
of Obama', 'Machel Montano the King of Carni-
val', and lead dancers with costumes depicting var-
ious national coats-of-arms and tributes to Rasta-


FROM page one
Mr Moss's mother Catherine
Gustav, also known as Nancy
Moss, of Frogman Lane, off East
Street, said her son had com-
plained of pain in his chest last
week and was taking prescribed
medication.
But up until Boxing Day the
Environmental Health refuse col-
lector and reserve police officer
who lived with girlfriend Elsa
Johnson, 24, in Augusta Street,
was helping other rushers with
their costumes, and attending
practice.
Mr Gilmud said: "He was the
kind of guy who would help other
people get their costumes ready
even if his wasn't. Everyone has
felt the loss of that gentle member
and good friend. A real hard
worker and a kind, responsible
person."
His family of four sisters, two
brothers, and 11 nieces and
nephews, remember Mr Moss as a
vibrant Junkhnoo enthusiast.


Valley Boys win
farian, Chinese, and African culture.
The Music Makers came fifth with 3,402 points for
'The New Jerusalem That City of Gold Rejoice 0
Ye People Rejoice', and Prodigal Sons were sixth
with 2,966 points overall for 'Junkanoo the greatest
show on earth let's pay tribute to our heroes'.
Valley Boys took first prize for best costumes,
best free dancers, and best music, while the Saxons
were awarded first prize for best banner, and had the
first and second prize for best costume with 'Spirits
of the Far East' and 'Mystical Beijing', as well as the
Shirley Street prize for performance. Roots took
the prize for best choreographed dancers.
The parade lasted for 15 hours as rushers made
two laps of Bay Street and Shirley Street from mid-
night until after 2pm on Friday, with 45-minute gaps
between groups.
National Junkanoo Committee chairman Philip
Cooper said stewarding of the parade was more
successful this year than in previous years as fewer
people were waiting to get to their seats, but there
was still confusion over-entrance points to bleachers.
He said: "The only problem was that people did-
n't know exactly where to go and how to get to
their seats, and that needs to be printed on the tick-
et, so we will correct most of it for the New Year
Junkanoo."
Although some men were escorted away from
the crowd by police during the parade, Mr Cooper
said he did not know of any serious violent inci-
dents.
SEE PAGE 11


Saxons man
Mrs Gustav said: "He was born
a superstar. He would get a can
and beat drum from when he was
four years old. He just loved
Junkanoo."
She was watching the parade
on television when she was called
to the hospital and saw her son
looking very peaceful.
"I still don't believe my.baby
died," she said. "I believe he's still
sleeping in the hospital with a
smile on his face and his eyes
closed."
The Saxons lost 44-year-old
drummer Christopher Moxey ear-
ly in the 2003 Boxing Day parade
when he collapsed in the same
area of Bay Street.
Although the cause of Mr
Moss's death has not yet been con-
firmed, chairman of the National
Junkanoo Committee Philip
Cooper warned rushers to be
physically prepared for Jurikanoo.


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FROM page one
During his tenure, Smith cov-
ered a number of international
sporting events, including the
Olympic Games in Sydney, Aus-
tralia, in 2000.
On December 18, 2003, he
was presented with the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the
Bahamas Associations of Ath-
letic Association for his sports
coverage.
He had a knack for putting a
personal touch to his reporting
with his famous quote "Providing
the inside track," having had a
close working relationship with
just about every athlete that he
interviewed.
Smith, a former basketball and
softball player, left behind his
dedicated wife, Blossie, two sons,
Dupree and Avent, a daughter,
Karissa, and four grandchildren..
His personal friend, Frank
Rutherford, who won the
Bahamas' first track and field
medal at the 1992 Olympic
Games in Barcelona, Spain, in
the triple jump, said he got the
shocking news about 5.45am yes-
terday.
"Anytime you get a call that
time from home, you know
something is wrong," said
Rutherford in an interview with
The Tribune from his home in
Houston, Texas.
"It was like a brother has
gone. I took it hard, but at the
same time I tried to reflect on
the precious time that we spent
together. I just talked to him
about two days ago. We talked
just about every day so it was
really hard on me."
Jerome Sawyer, news director
at ZNS, said Smith was one of
the most talented sports journal-
ists the Bahamas has ever seen.
"He had the ability to recall
facts, names and information at
the drop of a hat. I would always
marvel at how he would be able
to go on the news set or in the
radio room sometimes without
scripts and deliver a sportscast
because he knew all the infor-
mation, it was all in his head,"
Sawyer stated.
"He did not always necessari-
ly have to rely on a script and I
always admired that about him."
The five sportscasters Chris
Saunders, Charles Fisher, Mar-
cellus Hall, Julian Gibson and
Jonathan Benson who are fol-
lowing in the footsteps of Smith
share their sentiments in the
sports section of The Tribune,
along with other sporting per-
sonalities.

Man charged
FROM page one
the dwelling house of Zilma.
Joseph was not required to
enter a plea to the charges.
Magistrate McGee adjourned
the matter to April 22, 2009, for
a preliminary inquiry to deter-
mine whether there is sufficient
evidence for Joseph to stand tri-
al in the Supreme Court.
Joseph was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.
Meanwhile, detectives have
launched an intensive manhunt
in Abaco for a second suspect
involved in the incident.


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Bahamian businessman and
his family, all sustained
injuries and'were taken to
hospital for treatment.
Mr Rahming said the
Brantings were out for a tour
of the island in their rental
vehicle when the accident
occurred around 6.15pm at
the junction- of Grand
Bahama Highway and
Perimeter Parkway.
Businessman Brian Waugh,
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was driving his white 2003
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Grand Bahama Highway. His
wife, Pamela, 47, and his
daughter, Ysora, 25, were pas-
sengers in the vehicle.
According to police reports,
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the junction with Perimeter
Parkway, near the water
tanks, a silver grey 2000 Kia
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ven by Mr Branting, was trav-
elling north along the Perime-
ter Parkway and failed to stop
at a stop sign. Both vehicles
collided. Mr Waugh's vehicle
overturned on impact.
Supt Rahming said the two
vehicles were extensively
damaged.
Two ambulances were dis-
patched to the scene and
transported all seven victims
to hospital, where Mrs Brant-
ing was pronounced dead.


Christ Church Cathedral
Schedule of Christmas Services
December 21st, 2008 January 4th, 2009


















6:00 p.m. Sunday December 21st, 2008
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born, For Unto Us A Son Is
Given"
A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
By The Men and Boys Choir

The Eve of The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Wednesday December 24th, 2008

11:00 p.m. "Once Upon A Silent Night"
A Christmas Eve Concert
Presented by:
The Combined Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral

11:45 p.m. Christmas Eve Solemn Pontifical Eucharist

Christmas Day
Thursday December 25th, 2008
7:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Wednesday December 31st, 2008
The Eve of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
New Year's Eve
11:00 p.m.
This Service leads into the First Mass of
The New Year, 2009


6:00 p.m. Sunday January 4th, 2009
Service of Light
Presented by The Men & Boys Choir


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Clico Colours winners



of Junkanoo B group

0 By MEGAN REYNOLDS music categories to gain 3,749 points 3,041 points for 'Out of Egypt' and
Tribune Staff Reporter overall, while One Love Junkanfoo Foundation were seventh with 2,985
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net Group had a total of 3,465 for their pre- points for 'The Amazing Nature's King-
sentation of 'Historic Bay Street'. dom'.
CLICO Colours were declared the Fancy Dancers was awarded first prize Redland Soldiers were eighth with
'overall winners of the B category groups for the best banner showing a gardener 2,899 points for 'Arawak Zemi Festival',
rushing in Boxing Day Junkanoo with tending to flowers surrounded by tropi- and Kingdom Warriors came ninth with
[nearly 300 points above One Love cal birds to present the theme 'Explosion 2,896 points for 'The Life and Times of
,Junkanoo Group in second place. of Nature What's in your Garden' and Jesus Part I'.
Performing third in the parade after came third overall with 3,449. 'Mystical Madame Butterfly' by John
Roots and One Family, the Clico Colours Junkanoo Group came fourth Barrett was declared the best individ-
:Colours lifted the crowd with 'Nursery with 3,260 for 'Ain't Junkanoo Sweet' ual costume with 339 points, followed
'Rhymes Lighten Our Hearts' with cos- and Original Congos came fifth overall by Anthony Ettiene's 'Tribute to a Leg-
tumes of the Three Blind Mice, Little with 3,154 points for 'Back to the West end, Ronnie Butler MBE' with 305
Bo Peep, and Humpty Dumpty. Town Gone Wild', and won the best lead points, and Mario Stubbs Jr's 'One
Clico Colours came first in the chore- costume category. Bahamas, One People Celebrating 35
ographed dancers, free dancers, and best Conquerors for Christ came sixth with years' with 285 points.




A new Little Miss



Bahamas is crowned


TWENTY-FIVE primary
school beauties took the stage
by storm in the final rounds of
competition for the coveted
title of Our Little Miss
Bahamas.
The contestants danced to
the theme song of the popular
TV show High School Musical
while costumed in" cheerlead-
ing gear.
Contestants paraded in front
of the judges for scores in the
career and evening segments
which was added to their scores
already achieved during the
preliminary competition and
interview from past events.
Last year's talent winner -
Cerdia Duvalier brought the
crowd to a standing ovation
and she was followed by the
out-going queen Lashanna
Martin with a touching tribute
to all the delegates.
However, the night was
stolen by a performance from
Kemp Road Marching Band.


Trevier Rolle, an honour stu-
dent at Saint John's College,
walked away with the overall
title of Our Little Miss
Bahamas 2008-2009.
After receiving category
awards, scholastic achievement
awards and Christmas gifts,
four princesses were selected
to represent., the Bahamas
along with the newly-crowned
queen.
. They are Angel Thompson,
Darnika Johnson, Shanice Bul-
ter and Alexis Dean.
Little Miss Trevier Rolle was
the only contestant to have
placed within all the judged
categories that carried through
to the finals.
Category winners are Miss
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Raymond Higgs: Junior Athlete of The Year


Junior Athlete of The Year
Raymond Higgs
The country's rich high jump her-
itage appears to be in good hands with
recent success of the country's rising
stars.
Raymond Higgs has been named the
Tribune's Junior Athlete of the Year.
The 2008 season was a year of
"firsts" for the 17-year old high jumper,
highlighted by his triumph over the
country's foremost high jumpers., at the
Scotiabank Nationals, a new personal
record, and reaching the final at the
most prestigious track and field meet
for junior athletes.
Higgs' reached success very early in
the season when captured the gold
medal at the Carifta Games in the
under-20 boys division.
Already considered a rising star on
the junior level, The Scotiabank
Olympic Trials lifted Higgs to national


prominence. With the focus on the duel
expected between Trevor Barry and
2007 World Champion Donald
Thomas, Higgs stole the spotlight and
leapt to a personal best of 2.21 meters
or 7 feet, 3 inches to snatch the nation-
al title away from his more seasoned
rivals.
His previous personal best was a
jump of 7 feet.
Higgs continued his stellar perfor-
mance at the 12th IAAF World Junior
Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland
where he leapt 2.13m to finish 8th in
the finals.

Nemji Burnside
The talented hurdler continued to
dominate on the Carifta scene with a
gold medal and record setting perfor-
mance in the under 17 boys 400m hur-
dles.
Burnside's gold medal performance


of 52.81s set a new personal best and
Carifta record at the meet in Bas-
seterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.
He was also named to the IAAF
World Junior Championships squads in
Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he finished
seventh in the opening round heats in
a time of 55.21s.
Kerrie Cartwright
A busy year for one the nation's
brightest tennis stars saw her game rise
to new levels with international expo-
sure and achieving a top 30 regional
ranking.
In the latest Confederation of South
American Tennis (COSAT) Girls 16
and under rankings, published Decem-
ber 18th, Cartwright reached a ranking
of 28th.
The 16-year-old reached a ranking of
255 on the ITF Junior list and was the
top seeded player on the girls draw of
the ITF Bahamas Junior International


Championships.
Trevon Grant
The versatile guard led his team to a
dominant and historic season where
they doubled as GSSSA and Hugh
Campbell Champions.
In a season where the Knights dom-
inated with a winning streak which last-
ed from November of 2007 until the
GSSSA finals in March of this year,
Grant was the driving force behind
much of the team's success as one of
the most prolific scorers in high school
basketball.
He was named Hugh Campbell
MVP, leading the Knights to their first
tournament win in over a decade.
Evante Gibson
One of the top medal performers on
the Bahamas' Carifta squad which fin-
ished third in the medal count at the
23rd edition of the games in Aruba


and at the Caribbean Islands Swim-
ming Championships.
After dominating the 11-12 age
group with five gold medals the year
before, in 2008 Gibson competed at
the bottom of the 13-14 age group and
finished with a total of five medals,
four bronze medals and one silver to
help the team stockpile a total of 50
medals.
At the CISC, Gibson captured a
total of five medals, again four bronze
and one silver.
A native Grand Bahamian and
member of the YMCA Waverunners
Gibson dominated at the national lev-
el where he received the high point
trophy, claimed nine gold medals, two
silver medals, and one bronze
in his individual events and an addi-
tional three medals as a part of the
YMCA 13-14 relay team.


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"This is a very strong, very focused, very
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players.
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PHILIP 'SMOKER' SMITH




A cherished voice of Bahamian sport


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

ZNS Sports Department and
indeed the sporting community is still
trying to come to grips with the death
of long-time Sportscaster Philip
'Smoker' Smith.
The Sports Director at the Broad-
casting Corporation of the Bahamas
passed away on Sunday morning at
Doctor's Hospital after an illness with
kidney failure. He needed a trans-
plant, but was never able to receive
one.
Yesterday, the remaining Sports-
casters had nothing but fond memo-
ries of their deceased boss.
Charles Fisher, who joined ZNS in
1997, said when he first arrived, they
had their ups and downs, but Smith
just wanted the best from him.
"He wanted us to learn and to get
the best of what was out there," Fish-
er stated. "He wanted Us to get out
there and meet people, to travel.
"Most people didn't know it, but he
was hard on us. He will be missed.
We knew he was going to die, but
we didn't expect it because he came
to work even when we told him that
we had everything covered."
Marcellus Hall, who joined the
Sports team in 2002 at ZNS, said it
was a honor because he was inspired
by Smith and Kirk 'Stomper' Smith.
"Just growing up and listening to
them doing games, I tried to emulate
that when I started doing games,"
Hall pointed out. "When I did my
first couple of live games, he gave
me a lot of pointers on how to do it
and it really helped to develop me.
"I will always cherish what I learnt
from him. I will always remember his
bombing voice. Even when he was
sick, it sounded like he had an ampli-
fier. He just had a very commanding
voice and he sounded like he was in
full control."
Julian Gibson, who did a corre-
spondent job for ZNS from 1992-2002
from Eleuthera before he moved to
Nassau and became full-time, said
Smith was more a "father-figure" to
him.
"Unlike the other reporters over
here, our relationship was more like
friends and father-son because for


ten years when we had those live
remotes at softball in Eleuthera, we
socialized and hanged out with the
boys," Gibson recalled.
"Not only the guys here in ZNS
will miss him, but I remember one
day he read the news and I was walk-
ing the streets and somebody said
that guy need to reads the news and
sports because of how well he did it."
Gibson, however, said he was dis-
appointed in the way Smith was treat-
ed with his kidney problem, espe-
cially because of the commitment that
he made to the country.
"What did you do for him? What
did you do you to make it better for
him," Gibson asked.

Fraternity

Chris Saunders said he and Smith's
relationship was a little different in
that they were fraternity brothers,
they attended the same high school
and they shared the same birthday.
'I remember about four years even
before I got to ZNS, we were on the
football field and he stopped me and
say 'I think you have a knack for TV
journalist,'" Saunders said.
"I said 'Phil, I think you have the
wrong person.' He told me 'No. I
need you to think about it.' That was
four years before I got to ZNS. That
seeded that he planted blossomed."
Over the years that they worked
together, Saunders admitted that they
got into some heated clashes, but
after they finished arguing, they went
back to being good friends.
"Every athlete he spoke, every per-
son he spoke too, he knew personal
and that is something that he passed
on to us in the Sports Department, to
get to know the people we talked
too," Saunders summed up.
Rommel Knowles, the Bahamas
Olympic Association's secretary gen-
eral and president of the Bahamas
Softball Federation, said Smith was
an icon in sports reporting.
"He was one of those persons who
made an impression on your life
whether you liked him or not," he
insisted. "Over the years, he and I
became very close and when he
became ill, I would take his medicine
to the United States for him."


Knowles, however, said he and
Smith shared an even closer bond,
both expressing their desire of one
day retiring to Eleuthera where they
have their family connection.
"He was one of the persons who
became the voice of softball, but he
was also my.mentor," Smith stated.
"It's certainly a missed for the
Bahamas."
Like ZNS did for the late Rusty
Bethel, Knowles is calling for the
national radio and television station
to do the same for Smith.
"He will be sadly missed by us in
the sporting community," said
Knowles, who presented his condo-
lences on behalf of all sporting bodies
in the country. "If you were an ath-
lete and you wasn't interviewed by
Phil, you've never been interviewed."
Frank Rutherford, the first
Bahamian to win a track and field
medal at the Olympic Games in 1992
in Barcelona, Spain, said he and
Smith enjoyed so much fond memo-
ries together.
"He was more than just a journal-
ist. We began best friends over the
years. He became a part of my fami-
ly and I became a part of his family,"
Rutherford pointed out.
"The day that I won the medal, he
was on the set doing the evening
news with Evette Stuart and he broke
down and cried. He told her that it
was tears of jubilation because of
what Frank went through to get the
medal."
Olympic quarter-miler turned col-
legiate track coach Dennis Darling
said Smith became an integral part
of their family.
"With my close connection with
Frank, Phil was -just as much as a
brother and a friend to me," said
Darling, who is visiting Rutherford
in transit from one coaching job to
another.
"He always had my back and he
wanted to keep up with what I was
doing and the moves that I was mak-
Sing in the future.
"He was pretty happy that I got a
new job. I think the Bahamas has lost
a great Bahamian, who touched many
lives in the Bahamas."


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* WARREN KEVIN FORD SR


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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net


ON Tuesday, December 23, Dorcy Park or Wind-
sor Lane, suffered a major blow when Warren Kevin
Ford Sr passed away.
His funeral service has been set for Saturday at 10
a.m. at Zion South Beach Baptist Church on Zion
Boulevard.
The outstanding baseball/softball/cricketer was
57, leaving behind his son, Warren Kevin Jr; his
mother Florence, two sisters, Linda and Corolyn
and five brothers, Eddie, Wardie, Kevin, Mario and
Andy.
"We're coping. In a way we're going to miss him,
but he was suffering so much and I know he found
peace with God," said his devoted sister, Linda.
"When he was first diagnosed with the colon can-
cer, he found the Lord and he started going to the
hospital during visiting hours and witnessed to the
patients about God."

Surgery

Linda said her brother underwent surgery, but
experienced pain just about every day.
"I'm going to miss him, but I'm glad that he's out
of his suffering," Linda pointed out. "I used to take
him to the hospital every time he had to go and I
spent hours with him. I never missed a day saying
him. I used to take care of him like he was my
child."
Linda noted that Ford had a close relationship
with Andy's eight-year-old daughter Brianna, who
read the Psalms to him just about every evening
she came home from school.
"Just the Sunday before he died, he said he
dreamt about her," Linda reflected. "He said she
asked him if he was going to be here for the Christ-
mas and he told her no. 'Uncle Kevin can't be here
because god is calling me.'
"He said she asked him why and he told her that
God was tired of the pain and suffering that he was
going through. He told her to tell his mother that he


was grateful for all that she did for him and to tell
Linda that he was appreciative of what she did for
him."
At about 7:02 pm on Tuesday, he died and that
was when they all realized that his dream came true.
"I'm glad that he found God and he will be rest-
ing at peace," Linda stated. "Sometimes he would
ask me if she was tired of me, but I told him I could
never get tired of you."
Rommel Knowles, secretary general of the
Bahamas Olympic Association and president of the
Bahamas Olympic Association, said he remembered
playing with Ford as members of the Austin
Knowles Constructioners in the Eleuthera Softball
Association.
"The Ford brothers are very, very talented, but
Kevin stood out in the sense that he was probably
the best one. of them alive at the time," Knowles
reflected.
"Before the games got started, Kevin would have
a remarkable conversation with the younger players,
but during the game you would rarely hear his voice.
Even when he got struck out, he would just smile
and say 'I'm going to get him the next time.'"
Knowles said Ford would normally come up with
the big hit or the big play and after the game, he
would again.spend some time taking to the younger
players about the game.
"I remembered when he played for the Holsten
Knights, Kevin would come up with the big play, but
in his unassuming way, he just celebrated as if it
was a regular play," Knowles stated.
During his latter playing days, Knowles said he
remembered hearing about Ford getting into an
altercation when Dorcy Park played the Truckers in
softball and Knowles approached Ford and asked
him what happened.
"Kevin told me that his competitive days as a
Dorcy Park boy slipped, but he made a point to go
back and apologised to the people he offended,"
Knowles stated. "He was just a humble individual.
"He was a very talented Ford brother, but because
he was so quiet. you could easily miss him. He was
truly an athlete of the highest order and after he gave
his life to Christ, he let everybody knew that he did
and that he had changed his life.'


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Govt plans to put funds into producing 'Mondo surface' track, says Bannister


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Spoits Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
THE Bahamas Government intend
to pump some $600,000 in producing
what Ministem of Sports, Desmond
Bannister is calling the "Mondo sur-
face" track thal will be the envy of the
region in Gran i Bahama next year.
Speaking at the Bahamas Associa-
tions of Athletic Association's awards
reception for the Athletes of they Year
for 2008 on Sal urday night at Sandals
Royal Bahamian Hotel, Bannister
diverted from his address that started
out lauding patron Sir Durward 'Sea
Wolf" Knowles, when he made the
revelation.
"The lasi track we had in Grand
Bahama only h sted us six years. When
we put this onc down, we hope that it
will last for : 0 years," Bannister
charged. "So I want to encourage the
executives of thie BAAA that we edu-
cate our athletes about the use of the
track."

Jovial
He indicated that the surface should
be completed hi time for the hosting of
the Centeral American and Caribbean
Youth Championships next year and
an additional track will be put down
that will be used for practice and the
new surface will be geared primarily
for major competition.
But in his u visual jovial remarks in
response, Kno/wles said he hope that it
won't take "30 years to put it down."
And Knowles even took a shot at
Bannister, telling him that while they
are expecting .reat things from him,
if he can "only get the new national
stadium started" he can go down as
one of the greatest Ministers of Sports.
Bannister, in his comments about
Knowles, said the legendary skipper
has paved the way for the successes
that the Bahamas has enjoyed over the
years.
"Sir Durward Knowles, while a lot of


athletes try their best to make one
Olympic team, has had an Olympic
career that span some 36 years," Ban-


nister stated. "There will never be
another Sir Durward Knowles and we
are all grateful and thankful that he


has paved the way for our athletes.
"I don't know if he ever ran, but he's
certainly led the way in his achieve-


ments, not only achieving the medals,
but the dignified way he has kept him-
self. Two things we can learn from Sir
Durward one is the dignity of the
man and secondly, despite all of his
achievements, he is regarded as a per-
son you can always approach and he
always have a smile for everybody."
Bannister, the former president of
the BAAA's, said a lot of our athletes
can and should take a page out of
Knowles' lifestory and try to emulate
what he's done when he's been at the
top and how he dignified himself.

Outstanding
Before he left the podium, Bannister
also touched on the Government Sub-
ventions given to the athletes. He not-
ed that while there are some who -re
not quite satistiea with what they are
receiving, he wanted them all to know
that it is based on what the athletes do
for their country and therefore the ath-
letes need to make sure that they com-
pete at the premier events.
A former outstanding athlete at
Queen's College, who went on to excel
in sailing, Knowles said he was pleased
to have gotten the ball rolling for the
Bahamas back in 1927 at the World
Championships and going on to win
the bronze and gold medals at the
Olympics.
While he noted that our perfor-
mances have somewhat slipped in
recent times, Knowles told the audi-
ence that "we have to appreciate that.
when we do this, we are competing
against the. best in the world, but we
can't take anything away from the
Bahamas. We are a small country and
we are doing quite well."
He noted that he know why he was
being honoured by the BAAA, but he
will continue to make his contribution
to the growth and the development of
the sport. In showing their appreciation
to Knowles, BAAA's interim presi-
dent Curt Hollingworth presented him
with a plaque. His wife, Holly, received
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FROM page 15
next year is to run 43 seconds as he attempt to be
one of the "spoilers" in winning a medal in the
400 and the 4 x 4 relay at the World Champs.
It's becoming a normal thing for Ferguson-
McKenzie to take the top honors in the females,
repeating from last year after she turned in a pair
of seventh place finishes in both the women's
100 and 200 at the Olympics, a rare feat by any
standard.-
"It's a great feeling and it encourage me to
work even harder," said Ferguson-McKenzie,
who completed in her fourth and final Olympics,
but is gearing up for at least one more appearance
at the World Championships.
Having shed some pounds to become more
lighter, Ferguson-McKenzie said she's feeling fit-
ter than ever in her off-season and she's trying to
correct the mistakes she made last year as
she focus on her first meet in March in Miami,
Florida where her training base is located.

Sensational
He wasn't present to receive his award, but
Higgs had a sensational year, climbing to the top
of the ladder at Carifta with a record breaking
performance before he came home and won the
National title over his senior competitors and then
went on to compete at the IAAF World Junior
Championships.
Present was one of the three other nominees,
Nejmi Burnside, who won a a gold with a record
at the Carifta Games in the under-17 boys 400
hurdles and also went on to compete at the World
Juniors.
"It's just an honour to be considered one of the
best junior athletes in the Bahamas." Burnside
stated. "I had to do a lot of hard work to get
here. so it just shows that my hard work is paying
off."
Burnside said his goal next year is to be better
than he was this year.
Like Higgs, 'Q' Ferguson also got started win-
ning a couple medals at Carifta, but she didn't
finish until she ran out of the prelimi,';aries of


"It's just an honour to
be considered one of
the best junior athletes
in the Bahamas. I had
to do a lot of hard
work to get here, so it
just shows that my
hard work is paying
off."

Nejmi Burnside

the women's 200 at the Olympics. Ferguson's
year, however, was highlighted by her both bronze
100 and gold 200 medal performances at the
World Junior Championships.
"It felt really good because I worked extreme-
ly hard with this being my first year in college,"
said the Southwest Mississippi sophomore, who
excelled in her freshman year. "I just really want
to thank God for my performances."
Looking back at her feat on the big television
screen. Ferguson said i0 '-- ,'ht b :k "go, ;e
bumps," but at the same time, it gave her the
"inspiration" to help her as she look forward to
her indoor and outdoor season in college before
she eventually join the clilc athletes at the World
Championships. V'Alonne Robinson, one of the
four other nominees for the Junior Female Ath-
lete award, said this is motiviting her because
"my track and field career is finally getting to
the next level," said the outstanding versatile
long jumper, hurdler and sprinter.
Robinson. who also excelled at Carifta before
she went on to run on the relay team at the World
Juniors, said her passion is higher than ever and
next year she intend to go even higher as she
surpass her achievements this year.


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Saluting 'Superman' Sands




- Male Athlete of the Year


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IN lowering his national
record when he soared
to a bronze medal per-
formance in the triple
jump at the XVII Olympic
Games in Beijing, China in
August, Leevan 'Superman'
Sands was named the Bahamas
Associations of Athletic Asso-
ciation's Male and Female Ath-
lete of the Year.
The announcement came Sat-
urday night at the BAAA's
stand up reception held in hon-
or of Olympic sailing icon Sir
Durward 'Sea Wolf" Knowles
at Sandals Royal Bahamian
Hotel. The BAAA opted not
to go with the usual dressed up
and sit down dinner presenta-
tion.
Joining Sands were Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie, the
Female Athlete of the Year;
Raymond Higgs, the Junior
Male Athlete of the Year and
Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson, the
Junior Female Athlete of the
Year.
BAAA's interim president
Curt Hollingsworth said while
he was quite pleased with the
change in format, he was dis-
appointed that a lot of the ath-
letes who had requested the
change was not on hand to
enjoy the ceremony, which fea-
tured the Royal Bahamas
Defense Force Pop Band.
"It's not quite conducive for
our sponsors as you would note,
but other than that, I'm quite
pleased." said Hollingsworth,
who noted that after the vote
of no confidence in former pres-
ident Mike Sands, his new exec-
utive board had just four weeks
to pull the ceremony together.
"An event of this magnitude
need a lot more planning."
Although he wasn't there
when the presentation was
made rather early in the night,
Sands eventually showed up
and was presented with his
award by Hollingsworth.
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LEEVAN 'SUPERMAN' SANDS receives his Male Athlete of the Year Award from BAAA's interim


president Curt Hollingsworth.
this Saturday, Sands said he was
quite thrilled to have been
selected as the Male and Ath-
lete of the Year.
Satisfied
"It feel great. I think I accom-
plished a lot this year, so I'm
quite satisfied," said Sands, who
rebounded from an inactive
year in 2007 in which he was
served with a six-month sus-
pension by the International
Amateur Athletic Federation


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for inadveTtingly taking a Vick
Inhaler that was on the banned
list.
"I'm satisfied with my accom-
plishments and for being named
the Male Athlete of the Year
because I had a rough two
years. But I can't complain
about this season. I just thank
God for it. I came out with the
Olympic bronze medal and I set
a new national record, which I
haven't been close to since
2002."
Already started his training,
Sands said the goal is to go to
the IAAF World Champi-
onships in Berlin, Germany in
August and duplicate his medal
winning performance, hopeful-
ly with the gold, as he go out
there and compete like he nor-
mally do.
Also nominated for the
award were sprinter Derrick
Atkins and quarter-milers Chris
'Bay' Brown and Andretti Bain.
Bain, the NCAA Indoor and
Outdoor champion who went
on to reach the quarter-final of
the men's 400 and ran with
Brown on the men's silver
medal 4 x 400 relay team at the
Olympics, said it was his honor
just to have been nominated.
"I've been to this celebrations
so many times and this isn't the
first time that I've been nomi-
nated, but it shows that my hard
work is being noticed," he
reflected. "It caps off a great
season for me and the start of
an even better one for me."
Having graduated with his
Masters degree in Business
Administration in just three
semesters of the required two-
year term, Bain said his goal
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Collapsed broker's clients




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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

broker/dealer, which col-
lapsed after a $25-$26 million
trading hole was uncovered,
have been ordered to increase the sum
paid as security for the liquidator's costs
from two per cent to an amount equiva-
lent to 10 per cent of their assets.
The increase, ordered by Senior Jus-
tice John Lyons in a December 19, 2008,
ruling, is intended.to cover an "unex-
plained shortfall of less than $1 million"
that the liquidator, Deloitte and Touche
(Bahamas) partner Anthony Kikivarakis,
has encountered in attempting to rec-
oncile client account cash balances at


* Judge orders that security for Caledonia liquidator's costs be increased
by eight per cent to cover possible 'unexplained shortfall'
* More than $30m in positions, and $5m in cash, reconciled for broker's
$45m fund portfolio clients by December 2
* Much of year taken up in dealing with liquidator's costs, with $lim
incurred in first six months, as some investors express disquiet
* Extension required for client account reconciliation


Caledonia Corporate Management.
This latest Supreme Court ruling fol-
lows a previous October 21, 2008, order,
which required Caledonia's almost-500


clients to pay a cash sum equivalent to Mr Kikivarakis's costs.
two per cent of their assets into a secu- Keith Kelty, Caledonia's former
rity account at EFG Bank and Trust
(Bahamas). This was designed to cover SEE page 10B


Ginn project escapes bankruptcy procedure


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE $4.9 billion Ginn sur
mer project in Grand Bahama's
West End appears to have
escaped being placed into bank-
ruptcy proceedings for the time
being at least, although several
other Ginn properties that fell
under the same $675 million
loan facility have not been so
fortunate. ,
A Florida-based real estate
website, GoToby.com, report-
d uithat five of the developer's
property holding companies,
some of which fell under the
same $675 million revolving


But several US properties, some subject to same defaulted $675m credit facility, not as lucky as Bahamian counterpart


credit facility as Ginn sur mer,
had been placed in Chapter 7
bankruptcy proceedings on
December 23, 2008.
Tribune Business had report-
ed earlier this year that Ginn
initially defaulted on repaying
'the $675 million loan, put
together by a syndicate headed
by Credit Suisse, in June 2008.
.It has since been engaged in
frantic negotiations with the
lenders to restructure the terms,
but it now appears as if the
banker's patience has run out.
Among the properties includ-


ed in the Ginn bankruptcy fil-
ings are Tesoro, in Port St
Lucie, and Quail West, near
Naples in Florida. Both came
under the defaulted $675 mil-
lion credit facility, but two oth-
er properties subject to it -
Ginn sur mer in Grand
Bahama, and Laurelmor in
North Carolina do not.
GoToby.com said the fact
that the Ginn bankruptcy fil-
ings are for Chapter 7 liquida-
tion, as opposed to Chapter 1I
protection, indicates Ginn will
no longer have any role in the


assets subject to the filings.
It is unclear why Ginn sur,
mer has for the moment appar-
ently escaped the Chapter 7 fil-
ings, given that Tribune Busi-
ness reported earlier this year
that the Credit Suisse lending
syndicate was threatening to
foreclose on the credit facility
and take possession of the
Grand Bahama project.
Ryan Julison, Ginn's vice-
president of communications.
could not be reached for com-
ment before press time yester-
day. Still, Bobby Ginn, Ginn


Clubs & Resorts' principal, has
repeatedly stated that Ginn sur
mer would not be impacted by
the company's financial woes,
having recently signed a $12
million electricity supply, con-.
tract for the development with
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny.
Previously, sources close to
developments had told this
newspaper then that the syndi-
cate held a mortgage covering
half of Ginn's 2.000-acre de% el--'-
SEE page 6B


Cousins win

appeal on 830m

estate share

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE four first cousins of a
*wealthy Bahamas resident, who
died leaving a $30 million inher-
itance, have won a Privy Coun-
cil verdict that his Will
bequeathed each a five per cent
stake in the estate,
The ruling, by the highest
court in the Bahamian legal
infrastructure, overturned ear-
lier verdicts by the Supreme
Court and Court of Appeal,
which found that the four
cousins were collectively enti-
tled to 12.5 per cent or just
3.125 per .cent each,- of Ray-
mond Adams' estate.
The two lower courts had
ruled that the "natural mean-
ing" of Mr Raymond Adams'
will, drawn up on June 18,2003,
and which was entered into the
Bahamas Probate Registry on
July'27, 2004, was such that a
25 per cent stake in the estate
was to be' distributed between
the four cousins as one class,
and his ex-wife, Ruby Adams,
in another.
Both the Chief Justice, Sir
Burton Hall, and the Court of
Appeal found that because they
were to be treated as different
classes, the will intehided to'dis-
tribute the 25 per cent stake in
such a way that Ruby Adams
received 12.5 per cent, with the
four cousins Jean-Claude
Sammut, Winston Sammut,
Pamela Gleeson and Arlette
Waitzer sharing the remaining
12.5 per cent.
The Privy Council ruling is
likely to have been a major
SEE page 8B


Wall Street criticises

FNM contract policy


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas lost "impor-
tant economic growth momen-
tum" as a result of the FNM
government's decision to can-
cel the $23 million Straw Mar-
ket contract and review up to
$80-$90 million worth of pub-
lic sector construction agree-
ments, a leading Wall Street
credit rating agency has con-
cluded.
The comments, contained in
Standard & Poor's (S&P)
report on the Bahamas' sover-
eign credit rating, are likely to
re-ignite the political battle over
the Ingraham administration's
actions when it took office in
May 2007.
The report is likely to be


* S&P says $80m contract
review, Straw Market
cancellation cost economy
'growth momentum'
seized upon by the PLP as evi-
dence to support its contention
that the Government's so-called
'stop, review and cancel' policy,
a name developed by the Oppo-
sition, brought a sharp halt to
economic growth and the con-
struction industry's expansion.
Tiey will also argue that the
policy exacerbated the current
economic downturn.
S&P said: "Following real
GDP growth of 4.5 per cent in
2006, the growth momentum
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many cases, been a disappoint-
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A manager at the Sandy's
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"off and on. It does not seem
to be as busy as last year, but we
are very thankful for the sales
that we do have".
Sandra Newton, who works
at the Perfume Bar stand in The
Mall at Marathon, said that at
the moment, they were literally
surrounded by customers.
"It's down a little bit from
last year, but I do believe that
we are going to get a lot of last
minute customers [today]," she
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E By CARA BRENNEN- holiday sales performance. as last year, given what is hap- Nassau, Ms Miller said the hol-
BETHEL The malls, downtown Nassau opening in the economy with iday season shopping has been
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were packed for the final hours of financial prudence -they were pared to last year, business has
BAHAMIAN merchants of shopping in the final lead-up glad for the business coming in. been about the same.
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Wall Street criticises FNM contract policy


FROM page 1B

lhai bccn interrupted by the
clctiol an d then by the pro-
ii.nlcd period of contracts
\i ic\w by the FNM government
ili ( it cane to power.
IhIe re\ iew of $80 million
\a tl h of contracts, and eventu-
1 caliccllation of a $23 million
public conriract for the Straw


Market, negatively affected
investors' sentiments and
brought substantial disruption
to the contractors' activity. The
situation has since normalized,
but the important economic
growth momentum has been
lost."
In their defence, FNM Cabi-
net ministers have privately told
Tribune Business that they were
not comfortable in spending a


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Works intends to name the first corner
west of Bahamas Gas' corner, which
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South-West District of New Providence
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sum close to 50 per cent of that
fiscal year's capital works bud-
get on just one project the
Straw Market.
Concerns
There were also concerns
about the $23 million valuation
of that project, given that three
other leading Bahamian con-
tractors had priced the Straw
Market at between $35-$38 mil-
lion. Other questions were also
raised over the former Christie
administration's plans to place a
nightclub and viewing platform
in the Straw Market building,
two facilities many saw as
unnecessary 'luxuries' that
merely inflated the cost.
Meanwhile, S&P acknowl-
edged that the short-term out-
look for the Bahamian tourism
industry was "bleak", with the
higher-spending stopover
arrivals to this nation spending
around $1,100 per capital hav-.
ing fallen in number for every
year since 2005.
"Besides the plummeting
demand from the US, the loss
of scheduled flights to the
Bahamas during the high sea-
son of October 2008-March
2009, as well as a drastic reduc-
tion in marketing efforts from
the major hotels will impair


tourism in 2009," S&P added.
The foreign direct investment"
and domestic investment slow-
down was exacting "an equally
hard toll on the 'construction
sector, the Wall Street credit
rating agency added, with sec-
ond home construction, real
estate pre-sales and major
tourism developments all
impacted.
A reduction in foreign capital'
inflows could also impact the
Bahamas' external financing,
since it has historically relied
on a heavy capital account sur-
plus, generated by investment
and tourism inflows, to finance
its persistent current account
deficits. These are incurred as a
result of the volume of imports
brought into this nation.
Still, while foreign direct
investment had financed, on
average, 68 per cent of the
Bahamas' current account
deficit over the 2003-2007 peri-
od, S&P said the inflows would
still be enough to cover more,
than 50 per cent of the deficit
despite the current downturn.
"The projected inflow of for-
eign direct investment in 2008
reflects a decline in property
purchases by non-residents,
while tourism-related invest-
ments continue to show growth,
at 16 per cent in the first nine


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months of 2008 over the corre-
sponding period in the previ-
ous year," S&P said.
"We expect the current
account deficit to come down
to 15 per cent of GDP in 2008,
.from 18 per cent in 2007, as low-
er foreign direct investment and
slowing consumer demand,
accompanied by lower oil
prices, shrink the trade deficit.
and construction and trans-
portation-related service out-
flows."
Sector
In the banking sector, S&P
highlighted that non-resident
deposits accounted for 41 per
cent of the Bahamian commer-
cial banking sector's external
liabilities. Collectively, they
accounted for a sum that was
five times' greater than the
Bahamas' GDP per annum, and
6.9 times' the banking sector's
deposits by residents. This indi-
cates that non-resident deposits
must be around $35 billion.
However, S&P reported that
the non-resident deposit base
shrunk by 13 per cent in the


2008 first half as a result of the
global economic slowdown.
The economic turbulence,
S&P reported, was likely to pro-
duce a 0.3 per cent decline in
real gross domestic product
(GDP) per person (the value of
goods and services produced
per person in the Bahamas)
during 2008, and a further 0.4
per cent decline in 2009.
The credit rating agency said
real GDP growth for the
Bahamas was likely to slow to
1.1 per cent for 2008, and 1 per
cent in 2009, estimates many
believe are optimistic with this
nation on the verge of a reces-
sion during the 2008 second
half.
Still, S&P is predicting that
the Bahamian economy will
start to recover in 2010, with
real GDP growth for that year
forecast to be 2 per cent,
increasing to 2.5 per cent in
2011. And despite the slow-
down, GDP per capital was pro-
jected by S&P to grow from
$22,795 in 2008 to $23,498 in
2009, and to $24,338 and
$25,383 in 2010 and 2011 respec-
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BKGi410.03
ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS
GOVERNMENT TREASURY BILLS

Sealed tenders for B$71,000,000.00 of 91-Day Treasury Bills
will be received by the Banking Manager, The Central Bank
of The Bahamas, Frederick Street, Nassau up to 3:00 p.m on
Tuesday, December 30, 2008. Successful tenderers, who will be
advised should take up their bills against payment on
Friday, January 2, 2009. These bills will be in minimum
multiples of B$100.00. Tenders are to be on special forms
obtainable from the Central Bank of The Bahamas or
Commercial Banks.

Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one
cent) and should be marked "Tender". The Central Bank of the
Bahamac reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.


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* By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets

IT vas a quiet Christmas
week:n the Bahamian market,
with investorss trading in four
out cf the 25 listed securities.
Of ttese, one declined in price
andihree remained unchanged.
'Tiere were no advancers in
themarket last week.

EQUITY MARKET
A total of 39,337 shares
chlunged hands last week, rep-
resenting a decrease of 37,550
versus the previous week's trad-
ing volume of 76,887 shares.
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) led
thA volume this week with
21237 shares trading, falling by
$C02 to end the week at $5.17.
Commonwealth Bank (CBL)
traded 17,500 shares to end the
week unchanged at $7.

BOND MARKET
No notes traded in the
Bahamian market last week.

COMPANY NEWS

Private Placement Offerings:
FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
announced it will be extending
the deadline of its private place-
ment offering. The preferred
shares will be paying a dividend
rate of prime + 1.75 per cent,
payable semi-annually.

Dividcnds/AGM Notes:
ICP Utilities (ICD) has
declared a dividend of $0.30 per


The Bahamian Stock Market


FINDEX 828.59


BISX

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AML
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CIB
CWCB
DHS
FAM
FBB
FCC
FCL
FCLB
FIN
ICD
JSJ
PRE


(-12.96%) YTD


CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE


PRICE
$1.71
$0.66
$7.64
$11.80
$10.19
$3.15
$14.03
$7.00
$2.83
$10.45
$2.79
$2.55
$7.80
$2.37
$0.33
$5.17
$1.00

$11.81'
$10.01


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share, payable on December 31,
2008, to all shareholders of
record date December 22. 2008.

Commonwealth Bank (CBL)
has declared a dividend of $0.05
per share, payable on Decem-
ber 31, 2008, to all shareholders
of record date December 12,
2008.

FirstCaribbean International


International Markets

FCREX Rates


CAD$
GBP
EUR


Commodities

Crude Oil
Gold


Weekly
1.2092
1.4694
1.3973



Weekly
$37.70
$847.60


% Change
-0.92
-1.58
+0.3.7



% Change
-12.10
+1.07


International Stock Market Indexes:
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DJIA'-
&P500
NASDAQ
Nikkei


S. 'Weekly
- ..... 8,493.09--
869.60
1,526.68
8,517.10


% Change
-1.00
-2.06
-2.41
-0.83


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100
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8.51%
8.33%
-10.57Mb
-57.14%
0.19%
11.00%
-8.34%o
-15.45%
1.91o
0.00%


Bank (CIB) has declared a div-
idend of $0.20 per shard,
payable on January 9, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date
December 31; 2008.

Consolidated Water Company
(CWCB) has declared a divi-
dend of $0.013 per share,
payable on February 7, 2009, to
all shareholders of record date
January 1, 2009.


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Prices starting at S1.75 million.

Occupancy March 2009.


FROM page 1B


of some flights into the Florida
trarket.
Diana Wallace, of the Desti-
nations travel agency, told Tri-
bune Business last week that
the company had seen a decline
in' ticket sales and travel
demand from Bahamas resi-
derts in the run-up to the
Chlistmas period, but explained
that there were a number of fac-
tors at work besides the eco-
ncmic downturn.
"We can't compare it with
1?st year, because last year, for
example, Spirit, American
Eagle, Bahamasair and Conti-'
nental all flew into Fort Laud-
erdale," she explained. "Now,
it's only Spirit and Bahamasair.
Delta cancelled its Orlando
flights from Nassau, and so real-
ly we lost about six flights into
the Florida market. Bahama-
sair did try to pick up the slack,
though, and added some
flights."
In some cases, Ms Wallace
said persons who would have
never travelled on Bahamasair
were booking it, because the
alternative was to fly into Mia-
mi International Airport, or
they were going further north
in Florida.
Bahamasair also added some
additional flights for the Christ-
mas period.
The traditionally busy season
for Bahamian travel comes
against the backdrop of a 29 per
cent decline in the number of


Bahamians travelling to the US
for the first eight months. of
2008, an indication of how the
economic downturn has impact-
ed non-essential travel plans.
Ms Wallace added that last
year, the Bahamas and the rest
of the world had not even heard
the 'R' word Recession. Other
factors, she said, included the
fact that Continental's flight
prices went very high around
September.
The decrease in flights, Ms
Wallace noted, meant that
Bahamian travel agents had less
flights to sell, but those avail-
able were, for the most part,
full. "So that was good for the
airlines, if not so good for us,"
she added.
Although flights were avail-
able in the immediate lead up to
Christmas, Ms Wallace said that
they were costing upwards of
$300-$400 for Florida.
According to Rochelle Bain,
of Leisure Travel Agency, while
flight sales may have been
down, they were seeing a lot of
sales for hotel and car book-
ings.
"We did have some chal-
lenges with that, because Dol-
lar, for example, had a black-
out on vans because their new
fleet was not in, which was a
problem because Bahamians
like to rent vans."
Another travel agency said:
"The volume we had to sell was
down, so we were definitely sell-
ing fewer flights, but persons
were still travelling and most of
the flights were full."


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11 80 11.65 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 000 0.992 0.200 119 169%
958 7 64 Bank of Bahamas 7.64 7.64 0.00 0.319 0.180 23.9 2.09%
099 0 66 Benchmark 0.86 0 66 "0.00 -0.877 0 020 N/M 3.03%
3.74 3 15 Bahamas Waste 3 15 3.15 0.00 0.152 0.090 20.7 2.86%
2. 5 1.95 Fidelity Bank r 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1. 69%
14 15 12-05 Cable Bahamas 14.03 14.03 0.00 1.255 0.240 11.2 1.71%
3.15 283 Colina Holdings 2.83 2.83 0.00 0.118 0.040 24.0 1.41%
50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.00 7.00 0.00 S.000 0.446 0.310 15.7 4,43%
859 1 88 Consolidated Water BDR. 2.56 2.68 0.12 0.111 0.052 24 1 1.94%
3 00 227 Doctor' Hospital 2.55 2.5 0.00 0.240 0040 10.6 1.57%
8 10 6.02 Famguard 7.60 7.80 0.00 0.535 0280 14.6 3.59%
1301 1187 Fncd 11.87 11.87 0.00 0.665 0,520 17.8 4.38%
148 6 10 45 FlrstCaribbean Bank 10.45 10.45 000 0.682 0.450 15.3 431%
S04 5 01 Focol (S) 5.17 5.17 0.00 0.337 0.170 15.3 329%
1 00 100o Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 00o 0.000 N/M 0 00%
1 00 033 Freeport Concrete O 33 0.33 0.00 0.035 0.000 9 4 0.00%
8 20 5.50 ICD Utilities 6.13 6.13 0.00 0.407 0.300 15.1 4.89%
12 50 8.0 J S. Johnson 11 10 11.10 000 0.952 0.620 11 7 5.59%
,: ,, i :, ,,, ,- ,- -e Es e :,- ,1.:. O 03 GO C. 16 C ,. .,. 8 000-C
BIX LIUSTOD DMET OUCURITmS sEBiwrf s. 52wk-HI 52wk-Low S.curlty Symbol L-at Sale Ch.nge D.ily Vol. Interest Maturity
1000 00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 0.00 7% 19 October 2017
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000 00 1000 O0 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013
1000 00 1000 00 FIdelity Bank Note 15 (Series D0 1 FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prim.e 1.75% 29 May 2015
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52wk-HI 52wk-Low Synmbol Bid S Ask S Le-t Prlo. Weekly Vol. EPS $ Dlv S PiB Yield
14 60 14 25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.60 -0.041 0 300 N/M 2 05%
8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0 480 N/M 7 80%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.35 0.001 0 000 2566 0,00%
Coiflml Ovr-Th-Co fltr a~ rlI ' ' .-
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1 4326 1 3659 Colina Money Market Fund 1 4326 4.18 4.73 19-De0-08
3 7968 3 4931 Fidelity Baharas G 8& I Fund 3.4931 -800 -18.79 30-No-O8
12 5597 11 8789 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12 5597 5.25 5.73 30-NOV-08
100 2421 100 oo00oo CFAL Global Bond Fund 100,2421 0.24 0.24 30-Sep-08
100 9600 96 7492 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7492 -3 25 -3.25 30-Sep-08
1 0000 1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1 0000 0 00 000 31-Dec-07
10 5000 9 0775 Fidelity nte-rnational Investment Fund 9 0775 -13.55 -13.55 30-Nov-08
1 0264 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1 0284 2 684 2.64 31-Oct-08
1 0289 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0289 2.89 2.89 31-0ct-08
1 0287 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0287 2.87 2 87 31-Oct-08
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JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT


Local manufacturing company in Freeport, Grand Bahama is seeking a Junior
Accountant.

Qualifications:
* Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting is preferred with 1 to 2 years
of work experience. Candidates who have earned an Associate Degree in
Accounting will be considered if they have 3 to 5 years of work experience.
* Proficient in the use of automated accounting systems.
* Ability to solve problems and apply appropriate accounting standards as
needed.
* Proficient in the use of Microsoft Applications. Candidate must be able
to create and maintain EXCEL spreadsheets.
* Ability to communicate effectively written and oral.

Responsibilities will include:
1. Accounts Payable coding, data entry, preparing cheques, mailing
remittance advices, filing and resolving discrepancies with invoices and
vendors.
2. Monitoring and resolving outstanding or aged transactions on the A/P
Aging.
3. Assist with month-end closing procedures Posting accruals, amortizations,
performing g/1 account reconciliations.
4. Assist with year-end audits.
5. Special Projects as required by the Financial Controller or Accounting
Manager.


The company offers a competitive salary with outstanding benefits.

Please e-mail your resume to:
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PAGE B, MNDAY DECMBER29, 008USINTIEUN


Ginn project escapes bankruptcy procedure


FROM page 1B
opment site in West End, taken
out as security for the loan.
On those 2,000 acres, Ginn is
planning to develop/sell 1,400
home sites, 4,500 condo hotel
suites, two golf courses, a grand
canal with water taxis and gon-
dolas, a 55,000 square-foot casi-


ow


ATLAN
MEDIC


no, 500-slip yacht marina, two
water theme parks, and a pri-
vate airport.
Yet Ginn sur mer, in com-
mon with most Ginn develop-
ments, has been hit hard by the
global credit crunch and subse-
quent US and worldwide eco-
nomic downturn. Its real estate
buyers have been unable to


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SECURITY
&GENERAL


access mortgage financing, and
others have seen their wealth
and income either curtailed or
wiped out. In short, Ginn's buy-
er supply has dried up, in turn
cutting off its revenue flows and
cash streams, which ultimately
led to the $675 million credit
default.
In its latest report on the


COLONIAL


The Colonial Insurance Group

will be closing at 12 noon on both




Christmas Eve, Wednesday,


December 24th


and New Years Eve Wednesday,



December 3 Ist

We wo Ld llze to tate this opportivtut to wish

All OUR Valued Clients
A very Merry Christmas 4 Happy New yewar






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PEPSI


Invites the general public to bid on the following


Year/Make: 1995 International
Year/Make: 1991 International
Year/Make: 1991 International
Year/Make: 2004 International
Year/Make: 2003 Ford
Year/Make: 1990 International
Year/Make: 1990 International
Year/Make: 1997 Ford
Year/Make: 1998 Ford
Year/Make: 2000 Ford
Year/Make: 1991 Ford
Year/Make: 1997 Ford
Year/Make: 1997 Ford
Year/Make: 1997 Freightliner
Year/Make: 1997 Ford
Year/Make: 1996 Ford
Year/Make: 1997 International
Year/Make: 1997 International
Year/Make: 1999 International
Year/Make: 1997 International
Year/Make: YALE-FORKLIFT
Year/Make: YALE-FORKLIFT
Year/Make: 1970 Lubbock
Year/Make: 1994 Tomco.
Year/Make: 04'YALE-FORKLIFT
Year/Make: 04'YALE-FORKLIFT
Year/Make: 1992 International
Year/Make: 1992 International
Year/Make: 1997 Ford
Year/Make: 2002 Ford
Year/Make: 2001 Ford
Year/Make: 2000 Ford
Year/Make: 1998 Ford


Year/Make:
Year/Make:


1998 Ford
1997 Ford


Year/Make: 1996 HONDA


ipment listed:

Model: 4900 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4700 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4700.4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4300 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: Ranger
Model: 4900 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4900 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: Ranger
Model: Ranger
Model: Ranger
Model: Ranger
Model: Ranger
Model: Trailer Head
Model :Trailer Head
Model: Ranger
Model: F350 Service Truck
Model: 4900 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4900 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4700 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4700 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: GLL040AFNUAV084
Model: GLC050R-NUAE082
Model: Tank-Trailer
Model: Tank-Trailer
Model: F156009
Model: F168123
Model: 4900 4x2 Delivery Truck
Model: 4900 4x2 Delivery Truck
*Model: Ranger
Model: F350 ServiceTruck
Model: Ranger
Model: Ranger
Model: Ranger
Model: Ranger
Model: E350 Service Truck
Model: CIVIC


Send bids to : AI.warner@pepsiamericas.com

No phone calls will be accepted.


Bahamian economy, Standard
& Poor's (S&P), the Wall Street
credit rating agency, said the
Ginn sur mer project was "still
tracking favourably despite Gin-
n's credit woes".
It attributed this to the fact
that Ginn had placed some $160
million into an escrow account
to finance infrastructure works
in West End, a move designed
to, protect these funds from
creditors.
S&P added: "The main idea
behind the [Ginn] project is to
alleviate the marina congestion
in Florida by bringing yachts to
Grand Bahama (only 40 min-
utes away).
"In 2007, Ginn raised in
excess of $300 million in lot
sales, raised the land 10 feet
above sea level, dredged for the,
creation of four to five miles of
canals, staked out the golf
course and purchased Old
Bahama Bay.....
"The project is still in the
stage of infrastructural work.
Vertical buildout was not
planned in the first four to five
years. Infrastructure and the
marina are expected to be com-
pleted in the next 18 months to
three years. Construction of the
cabanas is projected to begin in
July 2009."
Tribune Business reported
previously that Ginn had pro-


posed a debt for equity swap,
which would have given Credit
Suisse and the other lenders an
equity stake in the Ginn Sur
Mer project and three other
developments covered by the
same loan.
But the lenders were trying
to drive a hard bargain and
force Lubert Adler, the real
, estate private equity firm based
in Philadelphia, which works in
partnership with Ginn typi-
cally taking an 80 per cent stake
in projects it backs and pro-
vides it with seed capital for
developments such as Ginn sur
mer, to invest more equity.
And Tribune Business
sources also suggested at the
time there is a real fear that, if
the Credit Suisse group moves
to foreclosure or takes an equi-
.ty stake, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham will move to renego-
tiate the original Heads of
Agreement obtained from the
Christie administration. He-is
thought to believe the terms are
too generous.
GoToby.com reported that a
Christmas Eve letter from
Tesoro club manager, JR Con-
gdon, said: "As of Tuesday,
December 23, four of the Ginn
Company entities filed for
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the
United States Bankruptcy
Court in West Palm Beach,


Florida. The entities that filed
for bankruptcy own all of the
unsold lots, the clubhouse, and
the golf courses at Tesoro. We
will continue to operates usu-
al until a suitable buyer pur-
chases the club.
"Drew Dillworth has been
appointed the trustee foi The
Tesoro Club entities in tank-
ruptcy. Earlier today, Mr Dill-
worth met with the employees
and management team at The
Tesoro Club. He advised tlem
of the impact of the bankruptcy,
and Of his intention to operate
the Tesoro facilities in the ordi-
nary course of business, urtil a
new owner can be found foi the
Tesoro Club and the other enti-
ties in bankruptcy. The trustee
advised that while the bank-
ruptcy cases are Chapter 7 cas-
es, they will be operated similar
to a Chapter 11 case. ,
"The continued support of
our members is critical to our
future outcome. The continued
payment of your club and prop-
erty owner association dues,
and the support of the club's
activities and amenities, will
help the trustee to maintain The
Tesoro Club's business opera-.
tions. This is vital, in order to
attract a financially secure pur-
chaser' to develop The Tesoro
Club to its intended promi-
nence."


GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.
COUNSEL & ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW NOTARIES PUBLIC

To our Valued Clients please note our

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS


Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
December 24, 25 & 26
Monday &Tuesday
- December 29'& 30
Wednesday, December 31
Thursday & Friday
January 1 & 2
Monday, January 5


Nassau Chambers
Sassoon House
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue
P.O. Box N 272
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Tel: (242) 322-4130
Fax: (242) 328-1069


Closed

Normal business hours
Closed at 1:00pm

Closed
Normal business hours


Freeport Chambers
The First Commercial Centre
3ra Floor, Suite 9
P.O. Box F- 42451
Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
Tel: (242) 351-7474
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Vacancy for an
Executive Chef
Overall Responsibilities .
Responsible for all aspects of managing the kitchen and kitchen personnel; ensures
the quality preparation of all menu items and proper handling/storage of all food
items in accordance with RC Club standards; coordinates the purchase of all food
and develops menus, maintaining approved food costs and labor costs; directs,
implements and.maintains a service and management philosophy, which serves as a
guide to respective staff; provides support, training, direction, focus, and helps staff
-members have continuous success; develops understanding of Food and Beverage,
service processes

Specific Job Summary

* Ability to maintain Club's standards, policies and procedures with all kitchen and front\
of house personnel
* Ability to prioritize, organize and delegate work assignments.
* Ability to direct performance of staff and follow up with corrections where needed.
* Ability to motivate kitchen and front of house staff and maintain a cohesive team.
* Ability to promote positive work relationships with service personnel and other
departments.
* Ability to ascertain staff training needs and provide such training.
* Ability to think clearly, analyze and resolve problems, exercising good judgment.
* Ability to perform job functions with attention to detail, speed and accuracy.
* Ability to work well under pressure of organizing and attaining production schedules
and timelines.
* Ability to transport cases of received goods to the workstations; pots and pans of food
from storage/prep areas to the serving line.
* Ability to work a ten-hour shift, five or six days per week in hot, noisy and sometimes
close conditions.
* Ability to use all senses to ensure quality standards are met.

Qualifications and Specific Candidate Profile

* Certification of culinary training or apprenticeship.
* 5 years experience in F&B leadership position at a luxury club, hotel or restaurant.
* Knowledge of food and beverage cost controls.
* Ability to plan and develop menus and recipes.
* Meet with Sous Chef and front of house supervisors to review schedules,
assignments, anticipated business levels, changes and other information pertinent to
the job performance.
* Requisition the day's F&B supplies and ensure that they are received and stored
correctly.
* Communicate needs with Purchasing and Storeroom personnel.
* Ensure quality of products received.

Please send resume to the attention of: Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Bahamas
OR
Email: humanresourcesadtheabacoclub.com

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 9, 2009


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* By MATT MOORE
and GEORGE FREY
AP Business Writers
FRANKFURT, Germany
(AP) Ten years.ago, Europe
launched its grand experiment
with a shared currency and
watched it plunge in value
before recovering.
As the anniversary approach-
es of the January 1, 1999, arrival
of the euro, economists say the
new currency is finally fulfilling
its promise as a way to lower
borrowing costs, ease trade and
tourism, boost growth and
strengthen the European com-
munity.
And doing it amid a global
financial crisis that, for the
moment, underlines the safety
in numbers that comes from
joining one, big currency.
"After 10 years it has truly
created a zone of security and
stability," French Finance Min-
ister Christine Lagarde said in
mid-December. "From all these
points of view, the euro has in
fact proven wrong the forecasts
some made against the euro 10
years ago."
When it was launched for
non-cash purposes in 1999, just
11 countries were on board -
Austria, Belgium, Finland,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Portugal and Spain. Notes and
coins were added on January 1,
2002, and the original 11 have
been joined by Cyprus, Greece,
Malta and Slovenia, with Slo-
vakia slated to join on January


1, bringing the total to 16. Now,
some people in longtime hold-
outs such as Sweden and even
strongly euro-skeptic Britain are
beginning to reconsider the
question.
Smaller countries such as Ice-
land, which has stayed out of
the EU, and EU member Hun-
gary, which hasn't yet met the
requirements to join the euro,
have seen their currencies sink
in value and been forced to ask
the International Monetary
Fund for bailouts.
Otmar Issing, a former board
member of the European Cen-
tral Bank, said the euro's appeal
has been its ability to provide a
sense of stability and shelter
from the storm of global crises.
The bank, created specifically
to oversee the euro, has taken a
strong anti-inflationary stance
that mirrors that of its chief pre-
decessor, Germany's Bundes-
bank central bank.
"The euro is a stable curren-
cy, inflation expectations were
under control right from the
start," Issing told The Associ-
ated Press.
"Not surprisingly, quite a few
observers with probably the
majority of economists to the
fore were more than skepti-
cal as to the outcome of this
experiment," he said.
The chief complaints from
governments during the euro's
first 10 years have arisen from
the bank's one-size-fits-all inter-
est rate policy which can't
give rate cuts to individual
countries if their economy dips


while others rise. But the cred-
it crisis has swept over the glob-
al economy due to heavy bank
losses on securities backed by
US mortgages to people with
shaky credit has hit everyone
at pretty much same time.
That has helped people forget
the euro's early plunge, from
around $1.18 at launch to only
82 cents by October 2000. The
European Central Bank joined
with the Federal Reserve and
other central banks in interven-
ing in currency markets to prop
it up.
Howard Archer, an econo-
mist with IHS Global Insight in
London, said "Obviously in the
early days, the euro was weaker
and there was some worry
about its values."
But since then, the euro has
soared in strength and value,
rising to as high as US$1.6038
against the dollar this year. It's
down to around $1.40, but has
risen strongly against the British
pound.
Randall Filer, a visiting pro-
fessor of economics at Charles
University in Prague and
Hunter College in New York,
said the requirement to cut gov-
ernment debt before joining
gave political leaders the back-
bone to make economic reforms
but place the blame on EU
requirements.
"It has enabled governments
to embark on the labour market
and fiscal reforms that were
absolutely necessary," said Fil-
er. The euro became "a conve-
nient scapegoat" that enabled
reforms that were needed but
Europe "did not have the polit-
ical will to do."
The euro spreadthe ECB's
tough anti-inflationary stance
to countries that didn't previ-
ously have it, said economist
Franco Bruni at Italy's Bocconi
University. "It gave us a mone-
tary policy that we wouldn't
have been capable of doing."
Bruni said, adding that when


Italy had the lira, the country
had a greater tendency toward
inflation and interests rates
were higher.
"We entered in the euro area,
we had integrated finances with
other foreign countries, which
made it easier to invest abroad,"
he said. "Italian banks can oper-
ate on a wider scale, and we
could buy shares abroad more
easily."
Some 15 million new jobs in
the last six years have been cre-
ated by making trade and trav-
el easier through a single mar-
ket. That has also invited more
foreign investment, too..With
the inclusion of Slovakia, the
euro will be used by about 330
million people with a gross
domestic product of more than
four trillion ($5.5 trillion).
Euro countries now enjoy a
bigger and more efficient bond
market with less risk of curren-
cy devaluations and inflation.
Newer EU members such as
Poland, the Czech Republic and
the Baltic countries Latvia,
Lithuania and Estonia are in
the process of meeting the con-
ditions of joining the euro zone,
but the crisis has put their hopes
off for now.
Pro-euro sentiment has risen
in euro holdout Sweden, whose
weaker krona has helped sup-
porters in their arguments, said
economist Lars Calmfors.
He also said EU-leaders'
swift response in agreeing to
pour billions of new capital and
loan guarantees in their finan-
cial systems boosted confidence
in the euro. "It demonstrates
that if you stay outside, you are
not present at the table when
the; decisions are taken," he
said.
AP Business Writers Greg
Keller and Emma Vandore in
Paris, Jane Wardell and Emily
Flynn Vencat in London,
Colleen Barry in .Milan and
Louise Nordstrom in Stockholm
contributed to this report.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LYNDA CHARLES OF P.O. BOX
SB-50700, PETER STREET, NASSAU, THE 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 29TH day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.











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COMMONWEATH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT (


2008


CLEIquill241


IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER of The Petition of
Charles Thompson

NOTICE
OF
PETITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Charles Thompson
of St. Andrews Road in the Eastern District of New
Providence, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is
applying to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas to have his title investigated
determined and declared under the Quieting Titles.
Act, 1959 (Ch. 393) in respect of the land hereafter
described, that is to say:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of
land in the Subdivision called and
known as "MALCOLM ALLOTMENT
SUBDIVISION" and being Allotment
Number Sixty-one (61) containing
Two and Four Hundred and Twenty
Thousandths (2.420) acres situate in
the Southern District of the Island of
New Providence and recorded at the
Department of Lands and Surveys as
Plan No. 2567 NP and being bounded
on the North by a Twenty (20) foot
wide road reservation and running
thereon One Hundred and Thirty-seven
and Thirty Hundredths (137.30) feet
and on the East by Allotment Number
Sixty-two (62) and running thereon
Seven Hundred Ninety-six and Forty-
six hundredths (796.46) feet and on the
South by Block Fifty-six (56) of Nassau
Village Subdivision and running thereon
One Hundred and Thirty-two (132.00)
feet and on the West by a Ten (10)
foot wide road reservation and running
thereon Seven Hundred Seventy-
five and Seventy-seven hundredths
(775.77) feet which said piece parcel or
lot of land has such position boundaries
shape marks and dimensions as are
shown on the diagram or plan attached
hereto and thereon coloured PINK."


AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the Petition
and the Plan of the said land may be inspected during
normal office hours at the following places:
Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher House, East
Street North, New Providence, The Bahamas.
Sharon Wilson & Co., Chambers, East Shirley Street,
Highland Terrace, New Providence, The Bahamas.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any
person having dower or right to dower, an adverse
claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 9th February A.D., 2009 file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petition or his
attorney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form
supported by Affidavit.


FAILURE OF ANY PERSON to file and serve
an Adverse Claim on or before 9th February A.D.,
2009 date will operate as a bar to such claim.


Dated this 5th day of December A.D., 2008


Sharon Wilson & Co.
Chambers
Delvest House
East Shirley Street, Highland Terrace
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner


COM ONWEALTH OFTHE BAHAMAS 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT NO. 1323
Equity


NOTICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOLANDA K.J. ROLLE
ATTORNEY FOR THE PETITIONER


MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008, PAGE 7B


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BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED

Unaudited Financial Statements
Nine months ended September 30, 2008
Bahamas Waste Limited
Condensed Balance Sheet (unaudited)


Assets
Current assets
Cash
Accounts receivable. net
Inventory
Prepaid expenses and other receivables
Deposits
Investment in associate (note 6)
Total current assets
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment, net
Total assets
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Liabilities
lank overdralft
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
Security deposits
Note payable (note 5)
Total liabilities
Shareholders' equity
Share capital
Contributed surplus
Retained earnings
Total shareholders' equity
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


September 30 December31
2008 2007

$ 3,261 $ 3,061
1.678.408 1,385,545
394.930 399.839
125.171 58.545
12.900 12,900
142.472 105.869
2.357,142 1,965,759

7,534.365 7,207.137
$ 9,891,507 $ 9,172.896


$ 201,059 $ 195.021
545,553 513,906
412,597 382.619
376,866
1.536,075 1,091.546

42,000 42,000
2,752,113 2,752,113
5,561,319 5.287.237
8.355,432 8,081.350
$ 9,891,507 $ 9.172,896


Se acconmiining inoltes to niiautin l condensed interim financial statements.

Bahamas Waste Limited
Condensed Statement of
Income and Retained Earnings (unaudited).
Nine months
ended September 30
2008 2007


Sales and services rendered
Cost of sales and direct expenses
Gross profit
Expenses
Operating
Interest and bank charges
Total operating expenses
Net income from operations
Retained earnings at beginning of period
Retained earnings at end of period
Earnings per share


$ 5,824,753 $ 6,034,718
4,161.811 3,683,545
1,662.942 2.351,173

1.361,565 1,463,803
27.295 5,398
1,388.860 1.469,201
274,082 881,972
5,287,237 4.614,544
$ 5,561.319 $ 5,496,516
$ .06 $ 0.21


;ee raccomparntni' note Ito una died condensed einerfinancial statements.

Bahamas Waste Limited
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)


Cash provided by (used for):
Operating activities
Net income
Adjustments for items not involving use of cash:
Depreciation
Bad debt expense

Change in non-cash working capital items
Increase in accounts receivable
Increase in inventory, receivables and other a
Increase in accounts payable and accrued liab
Increase in security deposits
Net cash flow provided by operating activities
Investing activities
Purchase of peppertypl:tph U ee4ftitmlt
Investment in associate
"'GoIlectionsoflodins *'' -
Net cash flow used in investing activities
Financing activities
Proceeds from note payable
Payment of note payable
Net cash flow from financing activities
Net increase in cash
Cash at beginning of the period
Cash at end of the period
Cash represented by:
Cash
Bank overdrafts


Nine months
ended September 30
r2008 2007

$ 274,082 $ 881,972
930,582 883,427
22,031
1.204,664 1,787,430

(292,863) (181.419)
sets (61,717) (32,628)
abilities 31,647 172,064
29,978 41.102
911.709 1,786.549

rd (257,81O) (1,864,942)
(36.603) (112,856)
S" n 2. (2,530)
(1.294,413) (1,980,328)

400,000
(23,134) .
376.866
(5,838) (193,779)
(191,960) 181,379
$ (197,798) $ i (12,400)

$ 3,261 $ 3,061
.(201,059) (15,461)
$ (197,798) $ (12,400)


See accompcnmiinig notes to unaudited condensed interim financial statements,

Bahamas Waste Limited
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Interim Financial Statements
September 30,2008


I. Corporate Information
Bahamas Waste Limited ("BWL") was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas on August 18, 1987 under the name of Bahamas Waste Systems Limited. On December
7, 1999, the Company changed its name to Bahamas Waste Limited. The latest audited accounts of
the BWL were prepared on December 31, 2007.
The quarter ends of BWL fall on March 31. June 30 and September 30, with the year end of tihe
Company being December 31.
The condensed interim financial statements for the nine months ended September 30. 2008 were
authorized for issue by the directors on October 29, 20(18.

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Preparation
These condensed interim financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 3008 have
been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial
Reporting.
The condensed interim financial statements do not include all of the information and disclosures
-requifed-inhTe annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the December
31 2007 audited financial statements.
The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed financial statements are
consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Company's annual financial statements' for
the year ended December 31, 2007, except for the adoption of new Standards and Interpretations,
noted below. Adoption of these Standards and Interpretations did not have any effect on the
financial position or perfotrnnance of the Company.
IFRIC 9 Ressessment of EmbeddledDerivatives
The Company adopted IFRIC Interpretation 9 as of January 1, 2007, which states that the
date to assess the existence of an embedded derivative is the date that an entity first becomes
party to the contract, with reassessment only if there is a change to the contract that
significantly modifies the cash flows.

IFRIC 10 Interim Financial Reporting and Impairment
The.Company adopted IFRIC Interpretation 10 as of January I, 2007, which requires that an
entity must not reverse an impairment loss recognized in a previous interim period in respect
of goodwill or aa investment in either an equity instrument or a financial asset carried at
cost.

3. Earnings Per Share
Earnings per share were calculated based on the shares outstanding at the end of the period, which
approimnated average shares outstanding during the period.


Shares outstanding at September 30


2008
4.200,000


2007
4,200.000


4. Related Party Transactions
During the quarter, BWL entered into transactions with related parties. All transactions were
conducted at arms length and significant obligations to the related parties at September 30. 2008
have been disclosed.

5. Note Payable
On June I. 2008. the Company entered in agreement to purchase property adjacent to its existing
location for $500.000. Pursuant to that agreement, the Company has paid the vendor $ 100.000 and
entered into a $400.000 promissory note agreement with Davandon Holdings Limited. The term of
the note is five years with an interest rate of 7% per annum. The principals of Davandon Holdings
Limited are also the majority shareholders of the Company.

6. Commitments and Contingencies
The Company guarantees its compactors for a 60-day period from the date of purchase. The
Company is reimbursed by the manufacturer for any claims paid under such guarantees.


Cousins win


peal


on $30m estate share


FROM page 1B


financial victory for the four
cousins, as it increases their
share of the estate from 3.125
per cent to 5 per cent. In mone-
tary terms, their value of their
estate stake rises from $937,500
to $1.5 million each an
increase of some $562,500.
By contrast, Ruby Adams'
stake declines in value from
$3.75 million to $1.5 million a
decline of more than $2 million.
In overturning the previous
verdicts, the Privy Council in
its judgment said the four
cousins had asked the courts to
decide whether the 25 per cent
stake was to be equally divided
between them and Ruby
Adams, or whether it was to be
divided into two equal portions
- one to them, and the other to
Ms Adams.
Named as respondents in the
Privy Council case were
Bahamian attorney Greg Cotiss
and Vincent Manzi Jnr, the
executors of Raymond Adams'
estate; the latter's only son,
Robert Adams; and Ms Adams.
In the lower courts, both the
Chief Justice and the Court of
Appeal had ruled that Ray-
mond Adams' will intended that
the disputed 25 per cent stake
be a "distribution per stirpes,
and not per capital .
The Court of Appeal, in its
verdict, wrote: "Upon reading
the will it seemed to us that it
was not the intention of the tes-
tator that his ex-spouse, Ruby
Adams, and his cousins listed
in clause 6 (ii) (a) should share
the 25 per cent of the estate
equally; that is to say, each to
take 5 per cent of the estate.
This was manifested by the fact
that he placed her in clause 6
(ii) (b) on her own, separately
from his cousins.


"We would also add that in
the list of names five lines from
the bottom of page 3 of the will,
Ruby Adams' name was pre-
ceded not by iand' but by
'and/or.' It seemed to us that
the above evidence operated to
tilt the scale in favour of a per
stirpes distribution as opposed
to a per capital distribution."
Council


However, the Privy Council
said it had come to a "different
conclusion" than the Bahamas-
based courts. It explained that
after reading clause 6 (ii),
through which the will
bequeathed all Mr Raymond"
Adams' real and personal prop-
erty to the cousins and Ms
Adams, the listing of their
names followed by the expres-
sion 'in equal shares' indicat-
ed "the natural meaning that
each of those five persons was
to receive an equal share".
The Privy Council added:
"The fact that the letters 'a' and
'b' had been used to distinguish
between those of the five who
were cousins and Ruby did not,
as a matter of impression, sug-
gest that the words 'in equal
shares' required the 25 per cent
share to be divided -into only
two equal parts, one to be
shared between the four cousins
and the other to go to Ruby."
With Clause 6(ii) providing
for 25 per cent of the estate to
be shared between five persons,
the Privy Council said: "This of
itself suggests that each of them
is to take a share of 5 per cent.
Had the testator wished Ruby
to take a share so much greater
than that of each of the four
cousins, the obvious way of
achieving this would have been
to bequeath her share to her by


a separate sub-clause.
"If one poses the question of
asking why Ruby was placed in
the same group as the four
,cousins, the obvious answer
would seem to be that the tes-
tator [Raymond Adams] wished
all'five in that group to be treat-
ed in the same way.
"The only other possible
explanation is that the testator
was concerned that the disposi-
tion of the whole of the 25 per
cent share should remain with-
in the group in the event that
one or more of the named ben-
eficiaries should predecease him
without issue. For reasons given
below, that explanation is
extremely unlikely."
In a separate opinion, which
backed the overall verdict, Privy
Council member, Lord Hope of
Craighead, said: "Had it not
been for the addition of the
words 'in equal shares' after all
the beneficiaries had been
named, including Ruby, there
would have been something to
be said for treating the gift in
clause 6(ii)(a) as a gift to the
cousins as a class, indicating that
the intention was to benefit that


body as a whole and not its con-
stituent members individually.
That would have resulted in the
cousins as a class taking one
equal share and Ruby taking
the other.
"However, the fact that all
the individuals are named here
tends to suggest that the gift
was to them as individuals and
not to them as members of a
class. And, in my opinion, its
interpretation as a class gift is
defeated conclusively by the
addition of the words 'in equal
shares' after the beneficiaries
have all been named, and by
the re-appearance in the final
gift over of an intention that, if
one of the named beneficiaries
predeceased the testator with-
out issue, the surviving benefi-
ciaries named in clause 6(ii)
were to share equally in the
deceased's share of this portion
of the estate-
"The fact that Ruby, if she
survived, was to share equally
with the cousins under this gift
confirms that the primary gift
was to each of the persons
named in clause 6(ii) as indi-
viduals."


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LINDSY JEAN-BAPTISTE
OF HANNA HILL, EIGHT MILE ROCK, RO. BOX F40304,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, 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
29th day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE '' hereby. give that KASHA 0LIBNRICE S f
FREETOWN LANE, BOX CR-54802, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is apply' the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citize. ...ip, for registration/naturalization
as a.citize' of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows .ny reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
29th day of DECEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JULIENNE FRANCOIS OF P.O.
BOX N-3622, #29 SUNLIGHT VILLAGE OFF EAST STREET,
NASSAU, THE 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 29TH
day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.








Nassau Airport
Development Company

T N T





C-220, Structural Steel Stage 1

Nassau Airport Development Company is pleased to
announce the C-220 Structural Steel Stage 1 Tender
associated with the expansion of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport. The C-220 Steel Stage 1 Lump Sum
Contract will include the following components:

Supply, shop drawings, fabrication, shop painting,
transport and Installation of Structural Steel Joist; and

Supply, shop drawings, fabrication, transport and
installations of steel decking.

Tender Packages can be picked up after 1:00 pm, on
Thursday, December 18th, 2008. Please contact Traci
Brisby for more information.

Tender closing is at 3:00pm, Thursday, January 22nd,
2009.

There will be a Tender Briefing, Thursday, January 8th.
Please RSVP Traci Brisby by 1pm January 7th for
briefing location details.


Contact: TRACI BRISBY
Contract & PtocureinlenI Manager
LPIA Expansion Plojlt .
Ph 1242) 702-10861 Fax (242) 3772117
PO BoxAP 59229 Nassau, Bahamas
Email tmrabntby@rasbs


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT NO. 01294
Equity



NOTICE'_


The Petition of CONVILLE DELEVEAUX
is in respect of the following parcel of land:


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


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


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


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


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


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


YOLANDA K.J. ROLLE
ATTORNEY FOR THE PETITIONER


BUSNES








rH RBN ODY EEME 9 08 AE9


IEAO NAL BUSINESS I


Axelrod: Slowing




economy won't




deter tax cuts


M By JESSE J HOLLAND
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) A
top adviser to President-elect
Barack Obama said Sunday that
the country's slowing economy
won't keep the new administra-
tion from fulfilling its plans for
a middle-class tax cut.
"We feel it's important that
middle-class people get some
relief now," Obama adviser
.1 David Axelrod said.
Middle-class tax cuts will be
part of the new administration's
stimulus plan, Axelrod said.
"This package will include a
portion of that tax cut that will
become part of the permanent
tax cut that he'll have in his
upcoming budget," Axelrod
said.
The incoming administration
is considering tax cuts of $1,000
for couples and $500 for indi-
viduals that will be delivered by
reducing the tax withheld from
paychecks. That plan has been
estimated to cost about $140
billion over 2009-2010.
The lump-sum rebates issued
earlier this year were used by
many people to pay down debt,
rather than spending the money
and boosting the economy as
c the administration had hoped.
"People need money in their
pockets to spend," Axelrod


said. "That'll get our economy
going again."
Congress should have a new
stimulus plan ready for the new
president to sign as soon as pos-
sible, Axelrod said.
He placed the cost of a
planned Obama stimulus pack-
age at "$675 billion to $775 bil-
lion" but said "those numbers
are not fixed."
"Obviously, the sooner the
better. I don't think Americans
can wait," he said. "People are
suffering, our economy is slid-
ing, and we need to act. And so
our message to Congress is, to
work on it with all deliberate
speed."
The slowing economy also
means that it's more important
than ever to eliminate President


Legal Notice
NOTICE
ESSENTIAL INVESTMENTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is 'hereby given that the above-named
'C0opany is in dissolution, which' commenced on
the 24th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7157 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE
EVERPLUS ASSETS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 24th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE
GOLDEN SOLITAIRE LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 23rd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.


George W. Bush's tax cuts,
Axelrod said. "It's something
we plainly can't afford moving
forward," he said. "Whether it
expires or we repeal it a little bit
early we'll determine later but
it's going to go. It has to go."
Eliminating Bush's tax cuts
while adding in rew middle-
class tax cuts doesn't mean that
Obama is raising taxes, Axel-
rod argued.
"It'll just restore some bal-
ance," said Axelrod, saying the
two moves will equal a "net tax
cut for the American people."
Axelrod also said Obama
wants to create as many as three
million jobs for work-starved
Americans, but wants those jobs
to be in areas that will help the
nation's economy in the future.
Obama's staff has talked about
"creating or saving" millions of
jobs with his economic pro-
gramme.
"We want to do it in a way
that leaves a lasting footprint,
by investing in energy and
health care projects and refur-
bishing the nation's classrooms
and labs and libraries so our
kids can compete, and rebuild-
ing our crumbling roads and
bridges and waterways," Axel-
rod said. "And in this way,
we're not only creating work,
but we're laying the foundation
for the future of our economy."


Axelrod refused to talk in
detail about Israel's offensive
against Islamic militant Hamas
in the Gaza strip, saying Obama
was in contact with Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice and
President George W Bush
about the crisis. Some 280
Palestinians have died in the
first 24 hours of the air cam-
paign against Gaza rocket
squads and Hamas members.
But, he said, "President Bush
speaks for the United States
until January 20 and we're
going to honour that."
Axelrod acknowledged that
the United States has had a
"special relationship" with
Israel, calling it an "important
bond, an important relation-
ship."
Obama's "going to work
closely with the Israelis. They're
a great ally of ours, the most
important ally in the region,"
Axelrod said. "And that that is
a fundamental principle from
which he'll work. But he will do
so in a way that will promote
the cause of peace, and work
closely with the Israelis and the
Palestinians on that."
Axelrod appeared Sunday on
NBC's "Meet the Press" and
CBS' "Face the Nation."
Associated Press writer
Steven R Hurst contributed to
this story.


Legal Notice *
NOTICE
FUSEKI HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice Js. hereby given, that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 24th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc:, P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,.
Bahamas.






.ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE
HERITAGE PARENTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 24th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE
KLAGEN LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


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






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

DKD LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 23rd day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE
MAPPA VALLEY CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on.
the 24th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. .0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE
IRMIN CO. LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


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






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE
LEGACY INT'L LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 23rd day of December.2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE
EAST SOMERSET INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


the 4th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


I


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008, PAGE 9B


FHE TRIBUNE









THE TRIBUNE-


PAGE 10B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2008


Dear Shareholders,
We present our audited balance sheet and statement of operations for our fiscal year ended August 31. 2008. For the
complete set of our audited financial statements please visit our website at: wv .t'cfcchahamais.iom.
The economic conditions continue to remain challenging in (irand l Bahama and as such the total sales revenues for the
12 months ended August 31, 2008 declined by 16.23% over the same period last fiscal year. Sales at the HIlome Centre
declined by 9.71% ( $10.3 million compared to SI 11.4 million) and at the concrete plant sales declined almost 32";,
($3.2 million compared to $4.7 million).

Despite the 9.71% decline in sales revenues at the Home Centre. our net loss for the 12 months was less than last year
($255k vs $393k ). Reducing our operating expenses by 18% over the previous year. as well as having an inventory
shrinkage level that is unprecedented in the Bahamas of only 0.15% of our annual sales, contributed significantly to
this. Ifwe had been able to maintain the same sales revenues as last year. then the Home Centre would have been
profitable. As I said in my last report to you on July 23. 2008 inventory is the single greatest challenge at the I-tome
Centre. We rely solely on our daily cash sales to purchase more inventory. Also as the US banks tighten up their credit
terms with our US vendors, it makes it harder for us to get additional credit from them in order to purchase more
inventory. We continue to have excellent relationships with our primary vendors which allow us to keep restocking our
inventory; however, in order to increase our sales, which will result in a better bottom line. we need to build up more
inventory in the store.
Further, because of no major construction projects going on in Grand Bahama, our concrete sales declined almost 32,',
fiom the previous year ( $3.2 million vs $4.7 million). In 2007 we supplied a significant amount of concrete for major
projects in Freeport which boosted our sales in that year to $4.7 million. As a result of the 32% decline in sales
revenues this year, the concrete division recorded a net loss of $233k for the year compared to a $472k profit in the
previous year.
However, on a brighter note with operating our concrete batch plant at our new location in 2009 we will save site lease
costs as well as trucking costs related to hauling the aggregate and sand. There are a couple of major projects planned
for 2009 in Grand Bahama that we are pursuing aggressively to supply the concrete. We are also looking to produce
concrete blocks, both for Grand Bahama and exporting to the other islands, as our concrete block watching site is now
situated at the Freeport i larbour.
Although the economic situation in Grand Bahama is stagnant at the moment we are confident that we can hold our
own in 2009 by increasing and managing our inventory levels at the Iome Centre which will result in al increase in
sales over 2008, increasing our sales at the concrete plant by producing quality concrete and blocks and by continuing
to control our operating expenses and inventor, shrinkage,

You have my commitment to work dli iiiil' on these focus areas as we continue to manage the business and the
challenges of the economy in 200)0.
On behalf of our directors. management and staff of Freeport Concrete Company Ltd. we would like to take thi';
opportunity to wish you and your families Seasons Greetings.
Ray Simpson
President and Chief Executive Officer
December 18. 2008
f-reeport concrete company LimiteaC
Statement of Operations

Year ended August 31, 2008, with .:corre.spo.no n. figures for .'L.,
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)
Note 2008 2007

Sales, net of discounts 8 B$ 13,590,472 1- ? 5:

Cost of sales 7, 9 & 17 9,873,406 11,207,385
Gross profit 3,717,066 5,016,1844

Other income:
Other income C. '.1 19,320
(Loss)/gain on disposal of property,
plant and equipment (1,731) 8,971

.... .... ? .. .... ...

Selling, general and adrmn. rst,"i;etr expenses:
Payroll related costs, including employee
benefits and commissions 8 2,095,419 2,359,924
Rent 8 & 13 442,869 540,317'
Utilities, postage and delivery 310,332 418,237
Depreciation and amorntzatior 9 263.216 296,850
Vehicle, maintenance and repairs 243,347 215,553
Other operating costs 8 168,085 181,552
Legal and professional 138,655 142,229
Business insurance 78,092 73,678
Computer and office supplies 67,192 111,216
Advertising rd 2 "0 105,843
Bank charges and exchange 42,310 105,673
Bad debts 6 & 19 38,632 123,703
Licence fees and permits 37,850 33,810
Travel, trade shows and entertainment 16,238 38,202
Donations 13,079 13,473
Security 13,058 12,575
4,026.744 4,772.835

Net (Ioss)/income from: p rat .ns (301.608) 271.640

Finance income and (expenses):
Interest on long-terrn debt
and finance charges 8 & 12 (70,602) (63,339)
Interest expense on bank overdraft 10 (116,233) (134, ..
Interest income on time deposits 5,247
(186,835) (192,853)

Net (lossKhn,= r : .. *' .:,' 4..

Basic and diluted los'..l .::'rrir s ..., ihar- 1 1 .i '3

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

Freeport Concrete Company Limited
Balance Sheet

August 31, 2008, with corresponding ':. r -. for 2007
(Expressed in Bahan-Lari dollars')


Assets

Current assets:
Cash on hand and at bank on demand 4 B$ 48,530 230,726
Time delposits 5 .- 57,837
Accounts receivable, net 6 & 8 738,182 912,128
Inventories 7 1,661,635 2 ,.'.. ,'
Inventory of spare parts and supplies 93,598 72,251
Deposits and prepaid expenses 67,142' 18,461
2.609.087 3,414,210
Property, plant and equipment 9 4.115,723 3,744,404
B$ 6,724,810 7, 158,614


Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:
Bank overdraft 8& 10 BS 1,841,481 1,648,086
Accounts I tf,;blr d-. po:,5..:-,
and accrued expenses 11 3,170,183 3,109,321
Warranty provision 5,000 5,000
Current portion of long-term debt 8 & 12 199,628 _183,-'
5,216,292 4,946.264


Long-term debt 8&12 41,264 256,653

Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 14 47.083 47.083
Contributed surplus 5.774,868 5,774.868
Revaluation surplus 9 1,433,867 1,433,867
Accumulated deficit (5.788.564i (5.300, 121)
1,467,254 1,955.697
Commitments and contingencies 13

B$ 6,724.810 7,158.614


See accompanying notes to financial statements

These financial statements were approved for issue on t:-r hai' of the Board of Directors on
December 13, 2008 by the f(li,-...*..?


Cuba growth slows to 4.3%



on food costs, storms


* By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press Writer

HAVANA (AP) Cuba is
ending one of its toughest eco-
nomic years since the collapse
of the Soviet Union, as costly
food imports and three devas-
tating hurricanes held annual
growth to 4.3 per cent, barely
half the government forecast,
top officials said Saturday.
Economy Minister Jose Luis
Rodriguez, who had predicted
.an eight per cent expansion,
vowed to cut "indiscriminate
subsidies," wage "deformities"
and other state spending, even
while forecasting six per cent
growth in 2009.
Rodriguez defended this
year's slowdown, saying a seven
per cent increase in exports and
6.6 per cent gains in state infra-
structure spending helped
growth outpace that of most
nations, even amid global finan-
cial turmoil.
Cuba's expansion "is still
highly significant in a world
where the principal capitalist
powers not only can't stop the
tremendous falls in their
economies but also have no
idea when the crisis will end,"
Rodriguez told parliament.
One of the world's five


remaining communist coun-
tries, Cuba has been relatively
isolated from the global credit
crunch: It has few international
debts, with most loans coming
from allies including China and
Russia, which allowed late pay-
ments.
What's more, the govern-
ment includes state spending
on health care, education, trans-
portation and food rations
when calculating gross domestic
product meaning the figure
reflects public spending, not just
economic activity, as it does
elsewhere in the world.

Hurricanes

Still, Hurricanes Gustav, Ike
and Paloma caused Cuba at
least $10 billion in damage this
year, leaving tens of thousands
homeless, flooding farmland,
destroying factories, and requir-
ing the government to boost
costly imports of food and fuel.
As a result, Rodriguez said,
2008 has been "without a doubt
one of the most difficult" years
since 1992, when the collapse
of the Soviet Union Cuba's
chief ally, trade partner,' and
donor isolated the island's
economy and sent it into a tail-
spin.


Aided by large loans front
China and cheap oil fron4
Venezuelan ally Hugo Chavez,
Cuba has recovered, posting 7.5
per cent growth last year and
12.5 per cent in 2006, official
data show.
But this year, soaring food
and fuel prices pushed import,
up by about 44 per cent, Fort
eign Trade Minister Raul de 1I
Nuez said this week, while
exports grew seven per cent.
Sales of Cuba's top export,
nickel, fell by $250 million in
2008, Rodriguez said, while
prices for sugar and tobacco,
two other key products, also
dropped.
China, Canada and the
Netherlands are among Cuba's
top trade partners, while a 46-
year-old embargo prevents the
United States from doing busi-
ness with the island.
The government does not
report its trade deficit. Cuba's
tourism industry, meanwhile,
recovered from a two-year
slump and was set to host a
record 2.35 million foreign vis-
itors in 2008, Tourism Minister
Manuel Marrero said. Many
tourists buy relatively cheap,
all-inclusive packages that have
continued to sell despite the
world economic slowdown.


Collapsed broker's clients ordered to pay 10% security


FROM page 1B

investments manager, who has been assisting the
liquidator, warned in a December 21, 2008, e-
mail to the company's clients and creditors that
the security for costs requirement was set to
increase.:
"It was ruled at a court hearing on Friday,
December 19, 200, that the liquidator will retain
an additional eight per cent of the 'value of your
assets as at September 30, 2008. Apparently,
there is an unexplained shortfall (less than $1
million) and the judge wants the liquidator to
retain sufficient assets until the matter can be
resolved," Mr Kelty said.
"My understanding is that the eight per cent
provision is retained pending the outcome of the
shortfall investigation."
Caledonia Corporate Management's downfall
originated on its trading side, not on the separate
investment fund aspect of its business, known as
Portfolio of Funds (POF). That operation, which
was headed by Mr Kelty, had some $45 million in
assets under management at the time the com-
pany was placed into liquidation.
Reconciling the POF accounts has proven much
easier, with Mr Kelty telling clients in an e-mail
that, after being called in by Mr Kikivarakis in
mid-November to assist with this process, he had
reconciled "over $30 million in fund positions
and nearly $5 million in cash" by December 2.
However, the global financial crisis has already
impacted Caledonia's POF clients, with one fund
they had investments in suspending redemptions
due to the excessive calls by investors for their
cash.
Mr Kelty told clients: "I have remained rela-
tively quiet throughout the liquidation process,
but since day one I have worked assiduously
behind the scenes in an effort to protect your
interests. I am so sorry that you have had to go
through this and I wish I could have done more to
help, but unfortunately I wasn't informed about
the Jitney [trading] problem until Decqmber,
2006, and there was little I could do at that point."
There is nothing to suggest Mr Kelty had any
role in Caledonia's collapse.
A series of documents, e-mails and court orders
relating to Caledonia Corporate Management's
liquidation have been obtained by Tribune Busi-
ness, detailing what has happened in the 10
months since the broker/dealer was put into vol-
untary liquidation on February 12, 2008. That
process, of course, later became a court-super-
vised one.
The documents this newspaper has obtained
indicate that much of the time since that date
has been spent working out how the liquidator's
costs would be covered, plus reconciling the assets
of Caledonia's client base.
Some former clients, though, have voiced con-
cerns about the speed with which the liquidation
is proceeding, as this will be key to recovering
their assets. With global stock markets having
hit the tank over the past few months, many Cale-
donia trading and investment fund clients are
likely to have seen their portfolios take a sizeable
hit.
One Caledonia client, voicing his impatience to
Tribune Business on condition of anonymity, said:
"Overall, we all feel pretty bad. There have been
lots of concerns. One of the problems for the
investors has been the fact that the liquidator's
taking so long."
Other clients, and their representatives, have,
though, told Tribune Business that in their view
the liquidation appears to be progressing rela-
tively quickly.
Concerns over Mr Kikivarakis's fees appear
to have been an early bone of contention. A
December 12, 2008, e-mail to clients from Mr
Kelty referred to an August 18, 2008, presentation
given by the liquidator to the firm's clients during
a meeting at the British Colonial Hilton.
Mr Kikivarakis said then that he had incurred
more than $1 million in fees during the first six
months of Caledonia's liquidation. According to
Mr Kelty's e-mail: "At the meeting, the liquidator
presented his second report, which included a
funding proposal to complete his 'forensic
accounting exercise'. This was not well received
by the clients because, up to this point, very little
information had been provided and few ques-
tions had been answered...
"One Portfolio of Funds client asked why, after


six months, the liquidator had not managed or
monitored theperformance of the POF assets
or, at least, hired a qualified investment adviser to
do the job.
"The liquidator explained that this was some-
thing he was looking into and he actually made
mention of this as one of his objectives .in his
presentation. I offered my assistance at the meet-
ing, just as I had in several unanswered e-mail
messages to him during the six months prior.
Nothing ever happened, and the POF assets have,
since continued to sitidle in the ustody accounts
without proper supervision."
Mr Kelty added; "Within-a week following' he
August 18 meeting, the liquidator's funding pro-
posal was rejected by the majority of the clients.
Nearly two months of negotiations ensued
between the client attorneys and the liquidator
(and his attorney) before an agreement was met."
That agreement resulted in Justice Lyons' Octo-
ber 21, 2008, ruling that clients pay a sum equiv-
alent to two per cent of their assets as security for
the liquidator's costs. Apart from Mr Kikivarak-
is's attorney, former attorney-general Alfred
Sears, the cast of attorneys representing various
Caledonia clients reads almost like a Who's
Who' of the Bahamian legal profession.
It includes Michael Scott and Tracy Ferguson ol
Callender's and Co; Emerick Knowles of Alexiou.
Knowles and Co; Patrick Toothe; 'Charles Mack-
ay; Paula Adderley and independent MP Keny-
atta Gibson.
The October 21 order did not end the 'admin-.
istrative' issues, though. Under its terms, Mr Kiki-
varakis had a 21-day period within which to com-
plete the cash reconciliation for accounts held
by Caledonia's indebted general fiduciary trading
clients and fiduciary Portfolio of Funds clients,
then return those assets to them within four days
of the reconciliation's completion.
This deadline was unable to be met by the liq-
uidator, who informed the three-man monitoring
committee formed to oversee his work Adrian
Crosbie-Jones, Leonard Davies and Denys
Bourbeau of this and obtained a two-week
extension to the deadline.
A November 21, 2008, e-mail to Caledonia
clients from Tiffany Russell, described as an
'agent' for Mr Kikivarakis, said: "As indicated
in prior reports, certain client accounts'have been
co-mingled and passed through a number of
omnibus accounts, which has impacted the major-
ity of clients' accounts.
"Consequently, the official liquidator advises
that a determination could not be made during
the said 21-day period regarding the allocation of
certain large cash transactions to specific client
accounts."
In reply, Mr Davies said he felt the monitoring
committee and other Caledonia clients had "no
alternative but to accept" the delay.
And, in a separate e-mail that same day, he
added: "I understood the explanations of the rea-,
sons why reconciliations of cash transfers are so
difficult. Examples of the problems were shown to
me.
"Basically, in the past, the transfer pf funds
that involved more than one client were often
recorded in Caledonia's records as one amount to
a suspense account called 'no name', as the book-
keeper did not know which clients should be deb-
ited or credited with what proportion of the total.
Many of the amounts posted to the 'no name'
account have never been allocated to any client.
The liquidator's staff are trying to correctly allo-
cate those amounts to existing clients.
"I personally believe that .it will be impossible
to correct this situation in many cases, as the
appropriate information was never recorded or,
that if it was, the documentation is not now read-
ily available."
Mr Davies added: "During both meetings with
the liquidator's staff I suggested that trying to
reconcile everything by deduction may not be
the most practical method.
"I suggested giving all clients 'summaries' of
their accounts as they are now and asking them to
confirm if they were correct or not. This was not
considered an acceptable approach by the liq-
uidator's staff at this stage.
"At the meeting I also suggested that any
clients' assets that had been reconciled be release
as soon as possible. Tony [Kikivarakis] agreed
that he would do so. Tony has subsequently
advised me that he will begin releasing the assets
of clients that have been reconciled next week."


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Apron Drive Bridges Request For Proposal associated with the expansion of
the Lynden Pindling International Airport. The scope df work includes but is
not limited to:
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requirements of Se RFP, for Stage I Construction and five (5) Apron
Drive Bridges for Stage 2 Construction, (2012);
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with the Stage I and Stage 2 Terminal Expansion Schedule;
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Request For Proposal Packages will be available for pick up after 1:00 pm, on
Thursday, December 18th, 2008.
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By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor
It's not often that I crave your indulgence for
a moment of tearful reflection. But this
week I must as I recall a rare moment of
glory in one of London's truly magnificent
banqueting houses, a place where Oscar Wilde
and Lord Alfred Douglas once supped absinthe
together, and where Winston Churchill filled the
air with the aroma of best Havanas.
On a beautiful spring day in 1975, a glittering
array of leading British journalists assembled at
The Cafe Royal in Regent Street to be honoured
at an annual ritual organised and funded by the
International Publishing Corporation, then the
biggest newspaper enterprise in the world.
Among them were Bernard Levin, the revered
columnist of The Times, John Pilger, renowned
war correspondent of the Daily Mirror, and Ian
Wooldridge, the famous Daily Mail sports writer
who had won more awards than practically any
other hired scribe in the land.
The host was none other than Hugh Cudlipp, the
pugnacious IPC chairman who by then was unchal-
lenged as the ultimate journalistic icon, a man
who had edited the Sunday Pictorial at the age of
24 and had pursued a career seemingly undimmed
by even a moment of failure for four decades.
Around these major figures were gathered top
executives from all the most prestigious newspa-
pers and agencies in Britain, editors from Reuters,
the Press Association and the Financial Times,
the Daily Express, the Daily Telegraph, The
Guardian and the Daily Mail.
And, of course, an entire table of stars from
Mirror Newspapers, IPC's flagship company of
the time, a tabloid enterprise whose publications
reached almost every British household every
S-- week of the year.
The Cafe Royal, which even then had been in
business for well over a century, was chosen for the
National Press Awards banquet because it epito-
mised metropolitan luxuriance, with its mirrored
walls, multiple chandeliers, inscribed silver cut-
lery and finest china.
No-one was allowed to forget that this was the
best place in town, and that few outside of the
great and the good were allowed to penetrate its
most hallowed suites and salons.
Into this intimidating interior strolled Yours
Truly that fresh, sunny April day to be honoured
alongside Levin, Pilger, Wooldridge and the like as
one of Britain's brightest journalistic talents.
To say I was out of place would not do justice to
my feelings of utter and abject incongruity. I was
the young hick from the sticks, the galumphing
lad'from the Shires who was there to collect the
only award made available by the judges to the
many thousands of fine journalists who toiled out-
side the capital.
In my gloriously rustic light grey off-the-peg
suit, brown shoes and bright green tie all in
distasteful contrast to the sombre Savile Row sar-
torial theme of the day I was the one writer cho-
sen from the whole range of great regional titles
like The Scotsman, The Glasgow Herald, The
Yorkshire Post, The Western Mail and the Birm-
ingham Post who had been summoned from the
boondocks to mix with British journalism's aris-
tocracy.
I was 30 at the time, a mere tyro alopgsidemy
illustrious fellow recipients, most of whom were 50
or more and in the final furlongs of their great
careers.
Photographs of all the winners had been repro-
duced in magnified form and mounted on easels,
together with our potted biographies and alleged
achievements. Mine an embarrassment at the
time, and an even bigger one today showed me
in typical Seventies attire, with wide jacket lapels,
a kipper tie, billowing sideburns and an idiotic
bang of hair cascading down one side of my head.
To make things worse, the camera flash had
reflected off my gold tooth, making me look like a
vaguely unsavoury hood from the back alleys of
Palermo.
I recall a distinct look of condescension from one
of the Telegraph's in-house patricians. It seemed to
say: "What the hell is he doing here?" I remember
thinking much the same thing myself.
To add to what could have been my misery (in
fact, I was f:,:lini- fantastically buoyant and tri-
umphant at the thii, the awards were being hand-
ed out by the Brti.li Home Secretary, a forbid-
dim,1' urbane statesmanlike figure called Roy


INSIGHT this week makes a seasonal diversion from politics, crime, the legal system
and corruption in high places to remember The Cafe Royal the sumptuous London
restaurant where Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, Graham Greene and Elizabeth
Taylor once held court as it closed its doors for the last time...


Jenkins.
'Woy', as he was known to political correspon-
dents when they wished to take the rise out of his
speech impediment, was so cultured, so scholarly
and so superior in manner that even fellow savants
were unnerved by his formidable presence and
erudition.
"Well done, young man," he said as he handed
over my prize for being voted Provincial Journal-
ist of the Year for 1974. "You deserve it."
I recall making a short speech to the unnervingly
intent throng of superhacks, sharing a cigar with
Hugh Cudlipp, who also posed for a picture with
his arm slung round my shoulder, throwing clown
a couple of sizeable cognacs, and then plunging
into sun-splashed Regent Street to do an inter-
view with Radio London.
Astonishingly, I was clutching the aforemen-
tioned gargantuan photo of myself, which I insist-
ed on taking with me as I rode the tube back to
Euston for the train journey home, and what
remained of the six-inch cigar I had been chewing.
Asking for permission to take the picture with


me was such a wonderfully provincial thing to do.
My fellow prizewinners, much too lofty for such
nonsense, thought I was crazy. But I felt like the
footman who suddenly, through some adminis-
trative mix-up, had found himself as premier guest
at a Royal feast. I was intoxicated by the sheer
absurdity of it all.
I am boring you with all this only as a way of bid-
ding a fond goodbye to The Cafe Royal, which I
haunted for many years afterwards in my black tie
and dinner jacket as a member of the London
sportswriting 'elite', the select group who trav-
elled the world covering the big fights and major
tournaments of the time.
Every month or so I would visit The Cafe Roy-
al for boxing tournaments run by the National
Sporting Club, an exclusive gathering of prosper-
ous fight fans who paid good money to watch
young hopefuls pound each other into oblivion
for scant reward.
It was here that the Finnegans, Coopers and
McGuigans of the world first traded leather. And,
if they put up a good enough show, the toffs would


to-s -nobbins' into the ring loose coinage
wrapped in banknotes to supplement their meagre
official purses.
These were great light nights redolent of an
earlier era when the Marquis of Queensberr\ -
irate lather of Lord Alfred Douglas. bete noir of
Oscar ilde and creator of the lamed Queens-
berrN Rules of bo\ng v.as the dominant figure
in the world of pugilism
It \\ai the mad Marqurs, remember, .%ho argued
with Wilde in The Cafe Ro al for seducing hi,
son. called him a "somdomite" in a mispelt note,
and was then targeted in a libel jaee which led
the great pla wright to rui and an earl' d-ath.
Last 'week alter The Cale Roal lho-,icd-J it final
banquet, the boing ling. al_,ng vith thousand. of
other artefacts of a great institution, ,\ent up for
sale.
Wilde's connections, not surprisingly, were
enthusiastically recalled as historians trawled
through The Cafe Royal's past for more tales of
intrigue and scandal.
For 143 years, from the mid-Victorian era
onwards, it had been central to London society life,
a palace of extravagance outside which hansom
cabs once drew up in convoys to off-load the
wealthy, powerful and pretentious.
To be allowed to grace its halls was an impri-
matur of social approval. To be kept out was the
ultimate indignity for those who craved accep-
tance.
Founded by a bankrupt French wine merchant
in 1865, The Cafe Royal maintained its high-flying
credentials almost to the end, though its grandeur
had faded somewhat in the last decade or so.
Winston Churchill, the great wartime prime
minister, was once a regular diner, as was Ameri-
can actress Elizabeth Taylor and the eminent Eng-
lish novelist Graham Greene, author of The Qui-
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et American, Our Man in
Havana, Brighton Rock and
many more noted books of the
20th century.
Another regular was Rudyard
Kipling, whose poetry and prose
were once considered unshake-
able buttresses of the British
Empire. The great novelist
Charles Dickens also ate there
during the last four or five years
of his life, remarking on its fine
cuisine.
It was Wilde, though, who
helped give The Cafe Royal its
special aura. In the 1890s, at the
height of his fame as author of
The Importance of Being Earnest
and Lady Windermere 's Fan, he
entertained his foppish lover
'Bosie' Douglas to dinner there.
Wilde, an absinthe drinker of
some repute, was not only the
major theatrical figure of his
time but also England's most
acclaimed wit. But his persecu-
tion by Bosie's father, and the
trial which followed, led to jail,
exile and ultimately death at the
turn of the 20th century, when
he was still only in his mid-for-
ties.
The Wilde scandal was not,
however, The Cafe.Royal's only
embarrassment. In 1894 the
night porter was found dead
with two bullets in his head. And
political and marital intrigue was
always part of Cafe Royal life
in the final years of Victoria's
reign.
For me, though, it will be
remembered as the venue for a
very special event in my life -
and, sadly, as one of the many
-important buildings (for me, that
is) which have disappeared in
my wake.
My first newspaper office, the


Chronicle and Echo's striking
art deco building on Northamp-
ton's famous market square, fell
to the wrecking ball in 1978. The
only sign that it ever existed is a
blue plaque on the side of a
department store.
The huge sandstone office
where the Nottingham Evening
Post was produced until the
1980s has now been replaced by
a shopping mall. With it went
the musty files of the Notting-
ham Weekly Guardian, in which
D H Lawrence's first published
story appeared.
Reuters in Fleet Street, where
I worked in 1969-70 as a sub-
editor on the world desk, is now
empty and covered with "To
Let" signs.
Edifice
And the great white edifice in
London where I hammered out
prose for many years as sports
editor for the Thomson newspa-
per group is now occupied by
sundry faceless businesses far
removed from the glamour of
daily journalism.
Now The Cafe Royal is to
make way for a hotel develop-
ment. A cherished slice of Lon-
don life which survived Oscar
Wilde and the Blitz is about to
succumb to the dictates of
changing'time's.
The famous 1950s boxing ring
- still bearing bloodstains from
its heyday will go up for auc-
tion in the New Year and is
expected to fetch between four
and six thousand pounds, a pal-
try sum considering its rich
provenance.
Venetian chandeliers and a
mahogany clock from the lob-
by, together with vintage wines
from its once renowned cellars,


will also go under the hammer
along with sundry lesser items.
Not for sale, however, are the
vivid memories this special place
engendered, when great sport-
ing legends were taken along as
special guests when the Nation-
al Sporting Club was staging one
of its famous boxing nights.
Neil McKenna, author of The
Secret Life of Oscar Wilde, told
Bloomberg News that Cafe Roy-
al lunches in its early days were
"long and indulgent and expen-
sive and alcoholic."
"They were on a scale of lux-
ury that is perhaps hard to com-
prehend these days," he added.
In late afternoon, the luncheon
crowd would stagger off into the
maelstrom of London life, some
of them peers of the realm just in
time to take a snooze in the
House of Lords before heading
for their gentlemen's clubs.
It was here that some of Lon-
don's most celebrated assigna-
tions took place, and where pow-
er-brokers decided the nation's
future. It was here, too, that
Brigitte Bardot and Princess
Diana sometimes dined.
For me, it will remain the
place where I savoured an all-
too-rare moment of acclamation,
and where the ghosts of Levin,
Cudlipp, Wooldridge and Jenk-
ins will forever hold forth amid
the heady whiff of cognac and
the scent of good cigars.
"Give me the luxuries and I
can dispense with the necessi-
ties," said Wilde, no doubt with
The Cafe Royal firmly in mind.
"I can resist everything except
temptation," he also said, reflect-
ing I suppose upon the multiple
delights of this uniquely irre-
sistible institution.
' Farewell, old friend. And
thanks for the good times.


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Re: Christmas Honours
Ann Coulter is brilliant and
she does not think Sarah Palin
is dumb. You should stop read-
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discover what is really going
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LP, Nassau
INSIGHTreplies: If the con-
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their saviour and regard Ann
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Hello Mr Marquis,
I just started reading your
Articles a little over a year.ago.


I find them so educational,
stimulating and written with so
much guts, b...s and integrity.
You are a literature genius. I
am fairly educated a BA, and
working on an MBA, however
I keep my dictionary at my
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your writing, and I just savour
the extremely well-written arti-
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I have collected many of
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part of trying to teach our chil-
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and wrong.
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mail or fax the articles to The
Tribune weekly? Thank you
so much for Insight.
Merry Christmas
God Bless you and your
family
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Thank you for those kind
words. During the first year of
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Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to
Sunday


Difficulty Level ***


Kakuro Puzzle


SOME TRITE
CLUCHE LIKE
FLOWERS OR
CANI'DY?


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


Yesterday's
Sudoku Answer


Yesterday's
Kakuro Answer








861 M 48697


HAGAR THE HORRIBLE


CRYPTIC PUZZLE


ACROSS
* 1 Local head a bit boozy (5)
6 It won't back you up at their' bo (5)
9 In conillct, hie gives a glovil.
having the heart of a lion (I7)
10 A horse takes some leeding,'by
the way (5)
11 She may be a hit with the FA (5)
12 Blustery fellow going round thte
West End (5)
13 Clothing that's out of service (7)
15 Even an emply one has its
occupied pa.t (3)
17 Plant consumed by buffaloes? (4)
18 Animal allied to the skunk? (6)
19 Seem happy, swimming in slime!
(5)
20 They're not far from Winchester
(6)
22 Drop off, however briefly (4)
24 Join in the game (3)
25 lHe sails misguided airmen to
Central America (7)
26 it's consumed with or without
water (5)
27 Its shade helps make a place dark
(5)
28 As opera. not grand (5)
29 Chap most recently at No. 117
(4,3)
30 A stand seat (5)
31 Tired of being cautious about
middle-men (5)


Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 3, WhIsK 8, Sarin 10, Puti-n 11. Yin 12. No mad 13,
Top-knot 15, R-OBE-S 18, L-Ol (rev) 19, Result 21 ,'-Rio us 22,
A-las(-s) 23, Stir 24, Destroy 26, Blades 29, Led 31, 10 nia 32,
Hexagon 34,Tner 35, Pad 36, Waste,37,Dog-[S 38, Orate
DOWN: 1, Mayo B 2, Wink-les 4, Hoo0t 5, Spares 6, Kudos 7,
L;bel 9, Tip 12, No-ices 14, No.-R 16,busty 17, Stork 19, Rustlerc
20, B-AM-bi 21, Sal an 23, So-D-a p-op'eras) 24, De-are r 25, R-
X 27, tocal (Hero) 28, Ditto 30, Mode;M 32. H-E-ai 33, Gag


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DOWN
2 Sell somi:ithing'withi ; brad tear lior
oner pound (6)
3 Time to raise both hands (6)
4 Caught fish at the dockside (3)
5 Watchful, warm heated fellow (5)
6 Store of fresh food (4,3)
7 Where an ff lice is concerned, one
may be in or out (4)
8 lur upi and silly tout around what
you produce (6)
32 Microbes of some danger i a
titled female (5)
13 Command to slop in, perhaps, and
put thie cat out (3,2)
14 Bill's in this as the spokesman (5)
15 In puncluatiun, does it mdake a
point twice? (5)
16 Pan for rabbit? (5)
18 Best condition lfor a pair of heels
(5)
19 It's always Sarah going round with
a group (7)
21 It's best, I see, to be in a lihome (6)
22 To eat out with a gal is heavenly
(6)
23 !t won't put Ihe wind up a
seasoned seaman (6)
25 One hears word of it (5)
26 The Ldodon thoroughfare for
shopping? (4)
28 It's echoed, at first, by terrain
lords (3)


Yesterday's easy solutions '
ACROSS: 3, Cabal 8, Rooi;.10, Day 11, Awl 12, Below 13,
Prosper 15, Niece 18. tow 19, Pisces 21, letanus 22, Poor 23,
Rate 24, Plummet 2, lHates 29, Eel 31. Dozen 32, Alleired 34,
Snaps 35, Ail 36, tasso 32, Aspic 38, Angel
DOWN 1, Hoard 2, Bolster 4, Aver 5, Adonis 6, Lewis 7, Farce
9, Two 12, Bewails 14, Pot 16, Eal 17, Essex 19, Pummels 20,
Speed 21,T opaz 23, Release 24, Pennon 25. Met 2?, Local 28,
lTessa 30, Bie 32, Apie .3, Rip


ACROSS
1 Turf out (5)
6 Astonish (5)
9 Spartan (7)
10 Twist (5)
11 Shabby (5)
12 Little (5)
13 DiscOssions
(7)
15 Males (3)
17 Yes votes (4)
18 On dry land
(6)
19 Disease (5)
20 Tool (6)
22 Valley (4)
24 Consume (3)
25 Alike (7)
26 Haughty (5)
27 Desolate (5)
28 Minimum
(5)
29 Plunders
(7)
30 Begin (5)
31 Stalk (5)



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Chess


Aexandert Khalifman v Mattheias
Wahis, Bundesiiga 1992. It's the
ge of the Ks. Every keen che.es
Ta) 3as heard of the ioiner
world champions, Garry
Kasparov aid Anatoly Karpom,
white the current title holder is
Viadimir Kramnaik. Dominance by.
KV goesBmuch further; though.
international Chess federation
(Fide) champions in recent years
have included tRustart
Kasimdzehanov and the white
grandmaster in teday's paele,
while the star teenage prospects
in 20107 are led by Ukrairfes'
Sergey Karjakin and Norway's
Magnts .Carisin, whose
surname would start with a K in
many languages. Puttht way,
sritain's Michaeu Adams and
Nigel Short never had a chance
wheti they reached tie lihaI stages
of world competitions. Hete White
(to move) is a pawn down, white
SBack's tornered king appear safe.
Hiow did Khallifranforce victfoy in
just threetrns?


DOWN
2 Jumper (6)
3 Tent cloth (6)
4, Towboat (3)
5S Articles (5)
6 Ingenuous (7)
7 Dinner (4)
8 Musical
instrument (6)
12 Capital of
South Korea (5)
13Waitz (5)
14Suit (5)
15 Mannequin
(5)
16 At no lime (5)
18 Greenfly (5)
19 Mongoose (7)
21 Village (6)
22 Assimilate (6)
23 Queasiness
(6)
25 Sweetener (5)
26 Salmon (4)
28 Boy's name
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must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 15; very good 22;
excellent 30 (or more). Solution
tomorrow.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
alga along analog clang clog
conga gala galoot gaol gloat
gnat goal goat goon lagoon
logo long octagon
OCTAGONAL tang tango
toga tong


Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


A Very Tall Tale


card table, I include herewith a hand
I myself recently played. It is pre-
sented to you in all modesty as addi-
tional proof of his and my genius,
since it is well known that bridge
genes are passed on from generation
to generation..
I was playing with my three sons
one evening and arrived at six spades
as shown. I was South, and my
youngest son age 3 led a club.
It was at once evident that this was a
singleton, but I had no doubt that 1
would eventually make the slam.
I won with the ace and cashed the
A-K-Q of spades, my pride and joy
on the left following to only the first
spade. I then led a heart to the ace
and drew my eldest son's last trump
(he is only 5 years old).
When I next cashed the king of
hearts, I discovered the hearts were
divided 4-1. This development might
have stumped a lesser player, but I
found the solution at once. I cashed
the queen of hearts, played the ten of
diamonds and finessed dummy's
jack, then led the ten of hearts and
discarded the ace of diamonds!
My son was forced to win the heart
with the jack and return a diamond,
allowing me to discard both my club
losers on the king of diamonds and
nine of hearts. Very cordially yours,
S. Munchausen.


North dealer.
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The bidding:
North East South West
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Opening lead five of clubs.
Dear Mr. Becker: My name is
Siegfried Munchausen. You will
recall I wrote you on a previous
occasion calling attention to the
bridge feats of my late and illustrious
father, Baron Munchausen. I realize
that he has, unfortunately, gone down
in literature as the greatest liar of all
time, but I can assure you that his
memoirs, duly recorded for posterity,
are accurate in every respect.
As further evidence of my
father's extraordinary skill at the


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