The Tribune
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00084249/01203
 Material Information
Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
normalized irregular
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
 Record Information
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 09994850
System ID: UF00084249:01203

Full Text


IMH.DAYS m lov win





Volume: 105 No.30




-4 Th iTribfiunesf

f*~ a a aSS~
Femal Athlete

violent I

Police called as

two men taken to

hospital unconscious

POLICE were called in
when a vicious brawl broke
out at the Customs depart-
ment's Christmas party, leav-
ing two men unconscious in
Officers had to separate
fighting guests as beer bottles
flew across the room and
tables were overturned, The
Tribune was told.
One Customs officer is now
threatening legal action
against a party guest who, it
was claimed, knocked him out
cold during the punch-up at
Customs headquarters on
John F Kennedy Drive.
The brawl happened on
Christmas Eve when two
guests, described as "jail-
birds", allegedly started to
make provocative remarks to
certain Customs staff.
"One 'jailbird' was boasting
about how he had been to
prison and no-one could push
him around," a source told
The Tribune.
"Then a Customs officer, a
big fella built like Mike Tyson,

just drew back and flattened
him with a single punch. He
was out cold."
In the melee that followed,
the jailbird's companion
knocked out another Customs
officer, Gregory Jones, who
had not been involved in the
Mr Jones, 53, was one of
two men taken to hospital by
ambulance. Both were said to
be unconscious on arrival,
with Mr Jones recovering
A woman Customs officer
was then alleged to have
thrown a beer bottle that
missed its target, provoking
another man who was
struck on the head by the bot-
tle to punch her.
"She was knocked right
down and slid up against a
wall," the source added. "It
was like the Wild West in
there. There was blood and
broken bottles everywhere.
Tables were overturned and
SEE page nine

Fire officials

tackle blaze at

BTC premises

complained yesterday that this
year's Boxing Day parade was
far too long and drawn out.
The Saxons (seen here) did
-not hit Rawson Squarefor .
their'first lap until nearly 7am.

No early releases
for any inmates to
be granted this year
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Prerogative Board of
Mercy has decided not to grant
any inmates at Her Majesty's
Prison an early release this year,
according to Under Secretary
of the Ministry of National
Security Peter Deveaux-Isaacs.
He said the board, of which
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest is Chairman,
met this month to review sev-
eral cases up for consideration.
However, none of the cases was
found deserving of clemency.
SEE page nine


ANGRY Junkanoo
fans complained yester-
da) that this year s Box-
ing Day parade was far
too long and drawn out.
The Saxons did not hit
Rawson Square for their
first lap until nearly 7am.
. The 15-hour parade,
which began around
midnight, continued
until after 2pm.
To make matters
worse, large gaps
between some groups
caused boredom to set
in and spectators began
leaving the stands before
they had seen the first
full lap.
Philip Cooper, chair-
man of the National
Junkanoo Committee,
said there should be at
least a 40-minute gap
SEE page nine

Tribune Staff Reporter
FIRE officials were called to
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company on Thompson
Boulevard yesterday afternoon
to contain a fire that started at
the lobby level of the" building
and worked its way up to the sec-
ond floor.
According to Press Liaison
Inspector Walter Evans, the fire
started in BTC's computer room
at round 6 pm yesterday with five
fire trucks on the scene to extin-
guish the blaze.
"The fire was contained and
there was smoke damage
throughout the building and in
the ground and second floor. No
one was hurt and all persons were
evacuated and accounted for,"
Mr Evans said.

According to witnesses, the fire
was blazing on the second storey
of the main office and firemen
got into the building by climbing
onto the roof of the foyer.
A BTC employee, said an
alarm went off before any smoke
was seen and many thought it was
a false alarm. However, the sec-
ond time the alarm went off
everyone got out of the building.
According to eye witnesses,
BTC employees were calling
around checking on-their co-
workers just to be certain that
everyone was safe.
Vice President of Marketing,
Sales and Business Development,
Marlon Johnson who was on the
scene, said he had no comments
on the incident nor could he sly:'if
"staff-would be able to return to
their offices for the remainder of
the year.

Minister hits out at tax hike

on UK to Caribbean travel
Tribune Staff Reporter
TOURISM Minister Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace yesterday condemned a
major tax hike set to be levied'on travel
between the United Kingdom and the
Caribbean region as "grossly unfair."
He said the doubling of the Air Passen-
ger Duty rate, set to take effect in the UK
in November, 2009, will "without ques-
tion" counter his ministry's efforts to
attract more tourists from the UK and Minister Vincent
reduce dependence on the US market. Vanderpool-Wallace
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he hopes that the Caribbean as a
whole can now be galvanised into issuing a "forceful and official"
objection to the British Government's announcement.
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, the coun-
SEE page nine

Fifty-five Haitian immigrants are
apprehended by Defence Force

Tribune Staff Reporter
FIFTY-five Haitian immi-
grants were discovered trying
to land on New Providence on
Sunday, bringing the total num-
ber of migrants picked up this
week to 174.
The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force (RBDF) found a group
of six migrants on Silver Cay,
off the northwestern tip of New
Providence, shortly after 1.30am
on Sunday.
Just a few hours later,
Defence Force officers found
49 Haitian migrants in a sloop in
waters off the southern end of

New Providence, near Marshall
The discovery of the 50 men
and five women on Sunday fol-
lows the apprehension of 119
Haitians 98 men, 19 women
and two children who were
found after their sloop capsized
off St Andrew's Beach in
Yamacraw at around lam on
. Friday.
Two of the migrants had died
and their bodies were washed
onto the beach on Friday morn-
All of the survivors are being
dealt with by the Department
of Immigration. They are cur-
SEE page nine

.. on

F'ett e dor.ItsDmino I

your savings!

WO u Ub R 4

Get wovingw bullt right kft your

mwrtgmgl writh

- 4

'S -. r

hir ~ri _ri .1.. ,~j :'...~1!..I'!fn7.i~ ?(~ ~rt'~jji~DJi~Ii ~ ~ ~ ~~'' I ~.;



UmlH, Tnm. 0r Whle .upplles ls.




- ------------ -- --~-----------~----------


r Mitchell meets

I+ j with Abaco s

; PLP leaders

C', l ivi I.AF L lldJ

n li._f1.nrt- -n* ITw i 'O-, V pi options that will
lek V. y '," ,. ,u'1ndlyv Vd liv? the lifu

"..,.'-..nt !p ."- or .'.- AdJvisory
S',i. Al n 'f. t'. i, S ai .-.,hol(i Str-viCs,

NassIu -T: 242-502-7010
Freeport T: 242-351-8928
info@cfal.com www.fal.corm

Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP MP for Fox Hill Fred
Mitchell travelled throughout
Abaco yesterday visiting with
the party's local leaders and
drawing attention to what he
claimed was government's
neglect of certain FNM strong-
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Mitchell said he
has been in Abaco since Box-
ing Day, and visited the com-
munities of Crown Haven,
Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Har-
bour and Moore's Island.
Mr Mitchell said he was most
shocked at government's neglect
of residents on Moore's Island -
who, he pointed out, voted over-
whelmingly for the opposition
PLP in the last election.
"You have a situation here,
where the Minister of Health
(Dr Hubert Minnis) has been
on television saying that he is
going to have teli-medicine from
Abaco. That you can sit in Nas-
sau and diagnose the problems
in Abaco. But the interesting
thing is, the computer doesn't
work in Moore's Island, and it
hasn't worked for a long time.
I "And they have been trying
to get the computer replaced,
the fax doesn't work, there isn't
proper air-condition in the
building to ensure that the med-
icines are protected, there isn't
any hot water heater or any
washers to do the linens. It's just
a list of very small things that
they just can't seem to get cor-
rected," Mr Mitchell said.
He said PLP leaders on the
island feel it has been neglected
because new government was
"upset" that Moore's Island did
not vote FNM.
"I think the FNM got about .a:
quarter of the votes of the 500.

"You have a situation
here, where the
Minister of Health
(Dr Hubert Minnis)
has been on television
saying that he is going
to have tell-medicine
from Abaco. That you
can sit in Nassau and
diagnose the problems
in Abaco. But the
interesting thing is, the
computer doesn't work
in Moore's Island, and it
hasn't worked for a
long time."

Fred Mitchell
votes that they have in the last
election. Therefore it is a very
strong PLP area, and you have
to ask yourself the question,
whether it is being neglected
because of that.
"And it is important for me to
make note of all of these things
and bring it back to the leader-
ship in Nassau to see whether
or not we can't put these things
front and centre so that com-
munities as remote as Moore's-
Island is, up to the central Aba-
cos can get some attention from
the central government -
regardless of their political per-
While Mr Mitchell says he vis-
ited Abaco to hear the concerns
of PLPs on the ground, political
pundits question whether this'
was his only motivation.
Over the past few weeks, it
has become clear that Mr
Mitchell would like to one day
become leader of the PLP, and
party insiders say he might ayq ,.
been in Abacq.tq meet with
,sympathetic party, delegates and:

stalwart councillors.
When asked, Mr Mitchell
laughed the suggestion off, and
quoted Shakespeare's Julius
Caesar: "Mischief, thou art
"I would say, that people can
draw whatever conclusions they
wish, I know what I'm doing.
And that's really just what I've
always done, is expressing my
concern and interest in Bahami-
ans everywhere, and it's no dif-
ferent from what I've done in
the past."
Mr Mitchell said he does not
know if he has any "detractors"
who would be out to paint him
in a negative light because they
wish to run for the leadership
position themselves.
"I think that anyorfe who
looks objectively at what I'm
doing can't see any bad or
improper motives at what I'm
doing," he said.
The PLP is currently led by
former prime minister Perry
Christie, but speculation has
been rampant over whether this
will change when the party holds
, its 2009 convention in the fall. .

Anti-Aging Spa

xfteuaee it all i a Private and Steea t vironw ment

Hair Services *Massages Facials Waxing *Eye Brow Threading
Manicures And Pedicures

le""s 1_



East Bay Street, Just East of Luciano's
Tel: (242) 323-6711 323-6715

Email Appointments/Inquiries to:
Visit our website at: www.baharetreat.com

&'iln A 41 6~^pi'' t u 0 clfVi^t h/-p^y'~

*'.- .3 -

In the Photo starting from the front Row left with lady in the cream: Ebony Dorsett (Massage
and Skin Care Specialist), Shannon Murray ( Hair Stylist), Shekera Forbes (Shampoo Assistant),
Mekeisha Fernander (Massage Therapist), Janet Joseph (Hair Stylist), Kenya Mortimer-McKenzie
(Spa Director, Massage Therapist, Skin Care Specialist).
The Row in the back starting from left with lady in black and gold: Stacy Thompson-Demeritte
(Hair Stylist), Gertrude Roberts (Nail Technician), Kedra Bell (Front Desk Manager), Tara Chipman
(Nail Technician), Hermane Thompson (Hair Stylist). Missing from the photo JeRome
Miller (Master Hairstylist)

1JB9 TU kh 0 tffllo

.~,4Z1fa~R~Ii.. - '

* ,4.
~~1. ~

- ~. .. --, )-.:.^' :~^^
"- It

* i n o'-"* '

L"*k' ^








"If -. .Ih*T, EU - AI I

--- ------- ~T-sr-a~ --








0 In brief

US man

accused of



centre fire

AN American man has
been accused of starting a fire
that engulfed a portion of a
male dormitory at Carmichael
Road Detention Centre last
Matthew Todd Davenport,
37, of North Carolina was
back in court yesterday.
Davenport was initially
arraigned on the arson charge
on Christmas Eve before
Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court One, Bank
Lane. It is' alleged that on
Monday, December 22, Dav-
enport caused a dormitory at
Carmichael Road Detention
Cenire to be set on fire.
According to the prosecu-
tion, the building sustained an
estimated $124,000 in damage,
and there was $170,000 worth
of damage to other property.
Davenport pleaded not .
guilty to the charge and was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison following his initial
arraignment, as the prosecu-
tion objected to bail.
He is expected to return to
court today, when a date for
his trial is expected to be
Davenport is represented by
attorney Willie Moss, who has
asked that Davenport be seen
by a psychiatrist.

TWO teens were
arraigned in,a Magistrate's
Court yesterday charged with
having sex with a 13-year-old
girl. The 14 and 15-year-old
boys, both of Great Harbour
Cay, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in
Court One, Bank Lane yester-
day. It is alleged they commit-
ted the offence during June,
2008, while at Bullocks Har-
arbGreat Harbour Cay.
The accused were not..
required to enter a plea. The
case was adjourned to April 8
and transferred to' the Juvenile
Both boys remain on $1,500
police bail.

A woman accused of steal-
ing from her job was arraigned
in a Magistrate's Court yester-
day. Jequel Hanna, 20, of
Opulent Drive, appeared
before.Magistrate Derrence
Rolle in Court Five, Bank
Lane charged with stealing by
reason of employment.
It is alleged that on Tues-
day, December 16, she stole
$5,000 cash from Scotia Bank
Bahamas Limited on Soldier
Road and East Street.
Hanna pleaded not guilty
and was granted bail in the
sum of $8,500.
The case has been
adjourned to February 23.

A teenager.pleaded guilty
in a Magistrate's Court yester-
day to burglary and attempted
rape charges.
It is alleged that on Decem-
ber 18 at around 2.20am, the
accused broke into the home
of Raquel Edwards with intent
to commit the offence of rape.
It is also alleged that he
attempted to rape Edwards.
The accused, who appeared
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane, pleaded guilty to
both charges.
He was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison and is expect-
ed back in court today to be

Carpet, Upholstery, Stone and Marble Cleaning
Restoration Specialist.
Prochem Cleaning Systems removes Deep & H
Soil, Bacteria. Grease,Watermarks and Stains f
Carpeting & Furniture, restoring them to like n
at a fraction of replacement cost.
Carpet, Sofa's, .oveseats, Chairs. Dining Chairs,
Boats, Grout. Tiles, Marble & Stone
Persian, Wool & Silk Carpet Cleaning Speciali
Marble Polishing, Restoration & Care
Wood Floor Restoration
Authorized StoneTech Professional Contractor
PHONE: 323-8083 or 323-1594
www.prochem.rysiemn.com www.stoi

Political battle heats

up over S&P report

Glenys Hanna Martin fires broadside

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN the wake of a gloomy eval-
uation by Wall Street of goverp-
ment's decision to "review" cer-
tain contracts when it came to
office, the PLP said yesterday that
it hopes "lessons have been
Leading credit rating agency
Standard and Poor (S&P) said in
its report on the Bahamas' sover-
eign credit rating this week that
the FNM's decision to review $80-
90 million worth of contracts
signed under the former govern-
ment "negatively affected
investor's sentiments...brought
substantial disruption to contrac-
tors' activity" and caused "sub-
stantial growth momentum (to
be) lost" in the country.
In what is likely to be the first
shot fired in a political battle over
the report, party chairwoman,
Glenys Hanna Martin said the
agency's observations "must be
viewed very seriously."
"(The comments) support the
concerns repeatedly expressed by
the Progressive Liberal Party and
observers both locally and inter-
nationally as to the highly unusu-
al and questionable stance taken
by the Free National Movement
Government in refusing to hon-
our agreements it met in place on
taking office.
a "It could be argued that inju-
dicious economic policies and a
petty, narrow political orienta-

tion have weak-
ened our coun-
try's standing
S. ( f1z and caused loss
'"--' to many small
S businesses in this
Glenys country that had
Hanna Martin linked their eco-
nomic fates to
the fulfilment of stalled and can-
celled contracts," said Mrs Hanna
In its report, S&P said: "Fol-
lowing real GDP growth of 4.5
per cent in 2006, the growth
momentum has been interrupted
by the election and then the pro-
tracted period of contracts review
by the FNM government after it
came to power."
Noting the allegedly detri-
mental impact on the confidence
of would-be investors the policy
as a whole precipitated, and
focusing on the cancellation of
the $23 million straw market con-
tract in particular as a high profile
example of this policy, S&P said
the situation "has since nor-
malised" but added that "growth,
momentum has been lost."
The PLP has emphasised on
many occasions in parliament that
had the government not sought
to "stop, review and cancel" cer-
tain projects left "in the pipeline"
by the former government when
it came to office in May 2007 the
extent 'of the economic adversity
faced by the Bahamas during the
current global economic down-
turn would not be as significant.
On his part, after campaigning

Junkanoo funeral planned by

Saxons Superstars for drummer
Tribune Staff Reporter
A JUNKANOO funeral is being planned by the Saxons Superstars
for the drummer who collapsed and died while rushing on Bay Street
on Boxing Day morning.
Adwin Moss, 39, was "a born superstar", who has been drumming
since he was four and died doing what he loved, said his mother
Catherine Gustav. Chairman of the Saxons management committee
Peter Gilmud told The Tribune that the Saxons Superstars will be
certain to give Mr Moss a fitting send-off.
The Saxons have not yet determined their route, but will rush from
as far away as Village Road to the Church of God on Deveaux Street,
off East Street, and near Mr Moss' family home in Frogman Lane for
the funeral at 1pm on January 10.
Mr Gilmud said: "This wasn't a regular brother. This was one of the
nicest guys you can find. I am proud to have been a friend of his, and
I don't say that about many people. He always helped the community,
and we are going to be sure he gets a good send-off."
Mr Moss is survived by his mother, four sisters, two brothers, five
nephews and six nieces, and his girlfriend Elsa Johnson, 24, who he lived
with on Augusta Street. His youngest sister, Michlene Gustav, 23,
said: "He was full of life, very energetic. He was outgoing, He was lov-
able, hard-working, dedicated. And he will be missed."

Police name man found dead in submerged car

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE have revealed the
identity of the man found dead
in a submerged Mercedes two
weeks ago.
Now they want the public to
help them find out how he, died.
Assistant Commissioner of
Police Hulan Hanna said the man
has been identified as Flint Fer-
guson, 53, of Dunmore Street.
His decomposing body was
pulled from Nassau Harbour
inside his heavily-tinted Mercedes
280-E on Friday, December 19..
The car, said to have been in
the water for about four days
before workers in the area noti-
fied authorities, had entered the
harbour nose first from the end of
Victoria Avenue, on the north
side of Bay Street.
Police have been informed that
Mr Ferguson was last seen in the
Bay Street area on the night of
Monday, December 15, and are
following leads in this regard.
Short of the completed autop-
sy results, expected this week,
officers are now classifying his
death as "suspicious".
But, according to chief super-
intendent in charge of crime,
Glenn Miller, police have
received little information that
could help them in their investi-
"We would like to make a pub-


,ars, C.


'neechpro.com www.iicrc.org

on the "trust agenda" platform,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
expressed a commitment in the
wake of the election to review-
ing contracts signed under PLP
so as to ensure "the interests of all
Bahamians are safeguarded" and
value for money obtained.
Hitting back at criticism of this
review policy by former prime
minister Perry Christie in October
of this year, Mr Ingraham said
his opponent, "whose govern-
ment produced little evidence of
familiarity with the requirements
of good governance namely
accountability, transparency and
efficiency ought to refrain now
from attempting to advise the
FNM Government with regard to
its obligations under existing con-
tracts and agreements."
Yesterday Mrs Hanna Martin
said the "reasoned policies" of
the PLP between 2002 and 2007
* "stimulated investor confidence,
* both local and foreign."
And in this regard, advances
which "ought to have endured to
the benefit of our people have
instead been squandered," she
said. "At this stage when already
a high price might have been paid
by our people, we can only hope
that lessons have been learned
for this and successive govern-
ments and we trust that these
questionable decisions have not
caused permanent harm to our
country," added the chairwoman.
A message for the Prime Min-
ister and FNM chairman Johnley
Ferguson, were not returned.

Established in 1956 by an old Bahamian family
Parliament Street (near Bay St.) Tel: 322-8393 or 328-7157
Fax: 326-9953
Crystal Court at Atlantis, Paradise Island Tel: 363-4161/2
S Lyford Cay (Harbour Green Shops at Lyford Cay)
Tel: 362-5235

After Christmas Sale


on ALL;
Christmas candles
Christmas ribbon

, DECEMBER 27 to JANUARY 12TH, 2009
l -

lic appeal to anyone who may T^
have seen anything suspicious in
that area involving that vehicle
to come forward," said Mr Miller.
"If he actually by accident went
over (the edge into the water), or
if somebody pushed him over, we
don't have that evidence as yet,"
he added. The police can be con-
tacted by dialing 919. The Central
Detective Unit can be contacted
on 322 2561/2/3 or 502 9991.



"Lowest Prices On The Island"

Monday Saturda

8:30 am -.5:30pm


^Donaflds furniture

And Appliance Centre




* 'i
v n
" I



TO RECEIVE a favourable rating from
either Moody's or Standard & Poor (S&P) an
organisation was considered to have reached
the gold standard.
However, since the Wall Street scandal,
which left the reputations of many once
respected institutions severely bruised, includ-
ing three of Wall Street's largest rating agen-
cies, we are no longer impressed by the pro-
nouncements of these organizations.
"The traditional function of the rating
agencies has been that of Wall Street's 'gate-
keepers' evaluating the risks involved in the
collateral backing bonds," reported the Her-
ald Tribune on November 30. "Their assign-
ment of investment-grade-ratings to securities
based on high-risk mortgages and their
subsequent mass lowering of those ratings
as default losses piled up has earned them
scorching criticism from investors, regulators
and Congress."
The Herald Tribune also reported that
"the Securities and Exchange Commission
investigated the agencies earlier this year and
found 'serious shortcomings' at Moody's,
Fitch and S&P, including lack of oversight of
conflicts of interest. Investigators also turned
up evidence that agency personnel appar-
ently knew that some of the mortgage pools
they were rating were potentially toxic."
"In one instant-,nmessage exchange,"
- reported e ra bune, "an analyst
reportedly) called a deaf ridiculous... We
should not be rating it.' A colleague respond-
ed: 'We rate every deal. It could be struc-
tured by cows and we would rate it.'"
This is not to suggest that any of this con-
demnation applies to the Bahamas or its
recent ratings by S&P, but as far as we are
concerned when once we took these ratings
without that proverbial grain of salt, in the
future we shall be reaching for the salt shak-
er before believing all they have to say.
According to S&P the FNM government's
decision to review $80-$90 million worth of
contracts signed under the PLP "negatively
affected investor's sentiments.. .brought sub-
stantial disruption to contractors' activity"
and caused "substantial growth momentum
(to be) lost."
This might or might not be true. Howev-
er, let's take Baha Mar as a case in point -
originally a $1 billion project, it grew to a
$2.4 billion investment as the project acquired
additional partners.
The Christie government had signed a
heads of agreement with the Izmirlian group,

A liyA oSa

For the best deal in town on
pre-owned cars, with warranty!



EAST SHIRLEY STREET 322-3775 325-3079
Vis.' our sho-.oorn a1 Qualry AuLo Sale (Freeport) Lid for ,.m.la. deals. Queer- I wy, 352 6122
or Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916

but failed to sign a supplemental agreement.
This was a later agreement to assure Har-
rah's and Starwood, two of the world's largest
gaming companies, that Baha Mar had gov-
ernment's backing for its proposals. This
assurance was needed before the gaming
houses would sign a joint venture agreement
with Baha Mar. A deadline was given. Appar-
ently Mr Christie gave Mr Izmirlian his "per-
sonal assurance" that he would "ensure that
government would move expeditiously to
accomplish" what his potential partners
required before the New Year of 2006. "Yet
this did not happen," said Mr Izmirlian. Nor
would the Hotel Corporation tell Mr Izmir-
lian "with appropriate candour when and,
how it" would clean up an oil spill so that
construction could start, as agreed, in the
Spring of 2006.
"I wish to be very clear, and very frank,"
wrote an obviously distraught Mr Izmirlian to
Prime Minister Christie on January 25, 2006.
"Unless Government delivers on the much
advertised partnership between the Govern-
ment and Baha Mar, I am seriously consid-
ering whether investing billions of dollars in
. this country is the right decision."
Another year of indecision and foot drag-
ging by the Christie government continued
until May 2, 2007 when it was swept from
If the Christie government had met the,'i
investors' deadlines in 2005-06, Baha Mar
would have been an almost completed devel-
opment. At the time political pundits specu-
lated that the Christie government did not
want to conclude the deal before the election
because it would have laid itself opento FNM
charges that it was giving away too much to
investors, which in fact it was.
There were other incompleted agreements
waiting to -be finalised by the Christie gov-
ernment at the time of the election. If they
had been completed in a timely fashion there
would have been no hold up of construction.
However, in the best interest of the Bahami-
an people the Ingraham government had
good reason to scrutinise these incompleted
The Christie government had boasted
about its $800 million worth of capital works
completed during its five years in govern-
ment. Tribune reporters have never been
able to account for these projects. It is now up
to the Ingraham government to tell Bahami-
ans where and how this money was spent by
the previous administration.

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

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986
Advertising Manager (242) 502-2352
Circulation Department (242) 502-2387
Nassau Fax: (242) 328-2398
Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242)-352-6608.

Rating agencies lose credibility


I of Marie avga Io

Visit www.bsmn.biz for details of January course offerings

Hotel Chief Engineer
Management Employment Opportunity

A leading hotel invites qualified persons in the above mentioned field to
apply for the position of Engineer Manager.
The successful candidate must possess the following:
A minimum of 5 years experience as a Supervisor in the Engineering
Must be proficient in Preventative Maintenance Programs
Must possess a proven record of Team Leadership skills, and able to
work with little or no supervision
Must possess strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving
and customer service skills
Must possess knowledge of Electrical & Mechanical Systems i.e.
HVAC, Plumbing & Heating
Must possess basic Administrative skills with some knowledge of
Microsoft Excel
Must be able to work long and flexible hours
Applicants with supporting documents also including a clean Police
Certificate should be sent to the address below.
Competitive salary and benefits package are commensurate with experience.
Applicants for Hotel Chief Engineering,
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

The PLP pushed down all the
native bushes, removed all the
top organic soil and destroyed
a water reservoir in times
when water is beginning to
disappear. When the FNM
came to power PM Ingraham
should have said no! Two
wrongs do not make a right.
This is why/we have no
progress in this country. Each
party is trying to outdo the
other. And so we have the
continuation of the same mis-
takes year after year, party
after party.
I must bring to your atten-
tion that this type of con-
struction even in swamp-land
is all over this island. Just look
further west from the caves to
Love Beach. My, what a love-
ly tropical beach it was. Just
look at it now! One cannot
see the beach anymore for the
excessively high walls and
towering blocks of apartments
right on the beach itself. I can-
not believe that permits were
given for this to happen. What
will the tourists see when they
ride their scooters all the way
out west and see nothing but
buildings. They can see build-
ings in the USA, but I imagine
if I came to the Bahamas I
would want to see the famous
sea and beaches.
I remember as a boy going
to Love Beach: Zion Baptist
Church's annual picnic.. I
remember how beautiful it
was with hundreds of coconut
trees. Somebody l govei'n-
naent,must, kn.op\ who,,is,
,behind all this foolish build-
ing. In my opinion, it stinks of

corruption! Caves Heights and
the destruction of Love Beach
must stop or the FNM must
be charged with environmen-
tal destruction!
Two wrongs do not make a
A warning: The water reser-
voir in Chippingham is the
remnants of a lake. In the old
days this area was a lake and
has now dried up, maybe hun-
dreds of years ago, who
knows. According to the
Astral powers it is believed
that the souls of the dead who
cannot make it across the line
into the world of the dead, live
on dried up lakes where they
create negative waves which
penetrate deep into the
ground. When the area is dis-
turbed, like what MP Shane
Gibson and the PLP did, the
souls are annoyed and nega-
tive waves are released which
bring bad luck to the people
involved. MP Gibson has
already had bad luck and in
my view he will continue to
have bad fuck. (I told him not
to touch that land) and the
PLP lost the election.
Those involved with this
land (even those involved with
the construction of houses)
are in danger of having bad
luck forever because apart
from the negative waves
released by the souls you have
disturbed the magnetic Hart-
mann lines which will enhance
the effects of the negative
Well, Bullas, I guess PM
Ingraham and the FNM are
going to have a bad time.
Ah told ya !

December 18, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I AM so glad that you print-
ed something about the
destruction of the Caves, West
Bay Street.
Sometime ago the bush was
cut down and I said then how
destructive it was: Our only
cave and a tourist sight at that.
Nothing happened, until
recently I saw the bush was
cut down again and building
had begun. Oh, how destruc-
tive! The bush itself is impor-
tant because it creates the
scene for the cave.
I have visited caves in
Jamaica. They call them Grot-
tos. One has to walk through
bushes, somewhat like an eco-
trail. They would never cut
the bushes except to maintain
the trail because it makes the
visit that much more mysteri-
ous and eventful.
I used to walk through that
cave as a young lad with my
grandfather. In those days it
was really full of bats: we used
to call them "rat-bats". They
would hang upside-down as
most people should know by
now and one could hear the
seawaves rushing in under the
boulders on which we stood
creating a mysterious sound
throughout the cave. It has the
potential to be developed into
a proper tourist experience
and could be made into a
This cave is linked to Lake
Cunningham to the southeast
and to other underground cav-
erns extending to the west past
the airport. Any serious tidal
wave could disrupt the entire
structure of the cave and any,
building onop of the, Qaye,,;
, ,uldcrash, ,o.he.,ground,,
The same is true in Chipping-
ham at the old Seafloor
Aquarium site: a cave exists
under that land which is con-
nected to the sea over the bar.
Why permits were issued
for housing to be placed there
should be investigated.
The same for this building:
investigations must be con-
ducted to establish how this
building was permitted to go
there. All activity should be
stopped immediately and per-
mits cancelled. The Minister
of Works and his staff
involved with this should be
fired and the Minister made'
to resign from Parliament.
You see, if the okay was giv-
en during the PLP's time,
when the FNM came to pow-
er PM Ingraham should have
said no! It's wrong! The same
reasoning in Chippingham.


Ar .6


For Your Convenience
Please take note of our Holiday Store Hours

9am -1 pm: Christmas Eve
9am -1 pm: New Year's Eve
CLOSED: December 28th till January 10th, 2009

9am -1 pm; Christmas Eve
9am -1 pm: New Year's Eve

PrintcenCharl esDrive e3 24 I547 I Caleeah*32- 8862 i
v iW S*-.iim

Remember, two

wrongs do not

make a right!

The well is dry, Mr Ferguson
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I honestly wonder at times if the various union leaders live in the
same world as the rest of us.
Mr. Obie Ferguson of the TUC is calling for the formation of a
"redundancy" fund to provide for individuals either laid off or
terminated the funding to be provided by, you guessed, the employ-
This is typical of union mentality, never extend a helping hand
to either employer or employee, just ply the whip a little harder to
see if you can flog an extra mile from an already dying mount.
The fact that employers today are contending with a seriously
depressed World economy, soaring rents and utility costs, business
licenses, property taxes, and if unionized, substandard employee
attitudes and production levels, means absolutely nothing to them.
Their collective failure over the years to invest in their own mem-
bership is in my view nothing short of criminal. Of all of the millions
collected from member "contributions" they have made no attempt
of their own to establish any sort of relief fund, always looking for
more handouts from the Government or private sector while some
of their executives live the high life on the backs of their members.
No, Mr. Ferguson, the well is dry and the bucket has a hole, it's
time for THE UNIONS to step up to the collection plate and
make a contribution.
By the sweat of THY brows NOT MINE, shall thou eat bread.
December 2.3, 2008






LOCAL______________________________N____EW S____ I

it's time to tighten

i our


"Stick to a
budget, instead of
just pretending to
make a budget,
and go over that
amount every

Heather Hunt

Tribune Staff Reporter

sensus around town it that the old year
brought in tough economic times and
the future is filled with uncertainty.
Many said they are getting ready to. live a "no-frills"
existence, cutting back on everything but the absolute
Heather Hunt said she began feeling the pinch around
September during the back-to school-rush. With the
economic slow-down showing no signs of relenting, Mrs
Hunt said she now realises the importance of budgeting.
For this local attorney, the way to survive is to purchase
only the essentials and to avoid impulse buying.
She said: "Stick to a budget, instead of just pretending
to make a budget, and go over that amount every
Ms Hunt said sticking to this plan is mandatory if one
wants to keep afloat in 2009.
Bernard Petit says his plan for the new year is to
diversify himself as an artist.
Mr Petit, who is also a college student, said finding a
job is a challenge for hundreds of young Bahamians.
"I'm just going to have to continue pursuing my pas-
sion for art and developing some kind of creative indus-
try for myself, however I will continue doing what I love
and hopefully get paid for it," he said.

Businessman Arnold Forbes said although 2008 was
not necessarily a bad year for him, the uncertainty of
what 2009 will hold is enough reason for concern.
Mr Forbes said his hope for the new year is for more
government programmes to assist struggling businesses.
He said: "Whether we believe it or not, small busi-
nesses drive this economy, and now is the time for the
government to do its best to keep people employed."
Mr Forbes said his approach for the new year both per-
sonally and on the job, is to operate with prudence.
Rodger Lloyd, who operates a popular downtown
hair salon said, subsidising electricity surcharges is one
way the government can ensure the survival of small
Mr Lloyd explained that electricity bills have become
a real problem for his business since the economy soured.
"The state of the economy trickled right d6wn to me.
With hotel employees being laid-off;- and with other cus-
tomers being out of work, my business was severely

affected," said Mr Lloyd.
Added ,to this, Mr Lloyd said, electricity bills have
skyrocketed, leaving him uncertain about the future of his
Mr Lloyd is optimistic about the new year, and is pre-
pared to make as many cut-backs necessary to remain in
Gyles Turnquest, who was among the many who lost
their jobs in 2008, said the experience has taught him that
he can reinvent himself.
Formerly a banker, Mr Turnquest said he has
embraced unemployment, using it as an opportunity to
become skilled in graphic design.
Mr Turnquest said his resolution for the new year is to
,,, embrace thethings he is.good at and curb his spending -
especially on the non-essentials.

0 In brief
......................... ....................................

Port St Lucie

man arrested

after officers

find drugs

Lucie man was arrested Sun-
day night after federal offi-
cers reported seizing more
than 885 pounds of marijua-
na on his boat.
According to a press
release from the US Immi-
gration and Customs
Enforcement Agency,
Vladimir Avila, 31, of Port
St Lucie, the captain of the
29-foot pleasure boat, and
two passengers, Kevin
Wright, 31, a Jamaican
national and Daniel Casares,
36, of West Palm Beach,
were arrested after agents
saw Avila's boat near
Haulover Inlet in Miami
Beach and suspected it was
smuggling drugs from the
Federal officers said the
marijuana found onboard
has a street value of about
Casares, Wright and Avila
were charged with unlawful
importation of a controlled
substance and possession
with intent to distribute. If
convicted, the defendants
face up to 40 years in prison.


Lights go out on

a Shirley Street



Tribune Staff Reporter
mas wonderland in Shirley
Street did not appear this year
as the homeowner faces med-
ical treatment and rising elec-
tricity bills.
Tanya Saunders' house on
the corner of Shirley Street
and Lake View Road has
been dripping with Christmas
lights almost every year for
the last decade.
Children visit the house to
explore the garden where
100,000 bulbs light up every
tree, an inflatable Santa is in
the yard, his luminous rein-
deer parked on the roof, and a
nativity scene is set up on the
front patio. But this year Mrs
Saunders, 59, fears she has let
the children down. She had
no time to create the grotto,
which she normally builds
over four weeks up to Thanks-
giving, because she was receiv-
ing medical treatment in the
United States in October.
Her daughter Tammy Tije-
rina, visiting from Florida with
her husband and four sons,
said her mother is as disap-
pointed as the children.
She said: "She loves the

excitement of the kids that
come by. She said she knows
she is going to disappoint so
many people, because she usu-
ally has the children come
over, and she gives them can-
dy canes. She just enjoys it -
this is her favourite holiday,
so I think she was just as dis-
appointed as the kids are not
to have. that going on. I guess
it just takes a lot of work and I
told her next year organise it
so friends and family can
come and help get it all done."
Rising electricity bills were
another reason to cut back on
decorations this year, as even
when the rates are lower,
Christmas lights add up to
$400 on to the monthly bill.
Mrs Tijerina said: "The cost
of electricity is so high right
now, and with medical bills,
it's a little tougher. She's also
been flying over to the US for
treatment every two months
for the last couple of years,
and it takes a lot out of you.
We are hoping next year the
electricity will go down and
she will be feeling much bet-
Mrs Saunders is recovering
from cancer after being diag-
nosed two years ago. She con-
tinues with regular check-ups
and is doing very well.

The new Sportage is a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that's built for the rigours of everydays life, Onsn
the road it it responsive and surprisingly agile, soaking up the potholes and bumps without any fuss,
it is available with a powerful but fuel efficient engine; the 2.0 litre petrol 4-speed automatic
,Whatever your choice of terrain, be it urban tarmac or country track, .

The Sportage has excellent credentials built to the highest standards at our state-of-the-a rtaward-
,wining European factory and backed by our 2-year manufacturer's warranty, .',r..

a I

Thoinpson Blvd. Oaks fleld
IPN ,- 242-326-6377
hax.242 326-6315



sipT Rn.. WE*****'"***T*IUTL"M*K

Share your news
The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.


. P -M, - .. ---C -1(

I -D- ---~-i- L


Move to turn

judo into a core

Bahamian sport

Bimini Bay Resort celebrates early

Christmas with the Bimini connunity

THE holidays are a
time to give back to the .
community and Bimini
Bay Resort continued -A
this tradition by kicking 4
off its sixth annual
Christmas toy give-away -
and fourth annual
turkey drive.
The staff of Bimini 7 '
Bay Resort spent two
days, from December
18-19, distributing toys "
to the local churches
and nearly 600 turkeys
to families throughout
the island of Bimini.
"For all of us at Bimi-
ni Bay Resort, nothing -
expresses the joy of the
Christmas season more : ,, ' '
than watching the faces
of families light up with V _
a smile," said Ben '-q-l
Davis, director of resort .. .__..
operations. n st of a -' '
"In the midst of an
viding toys and turkeys
to families is appreciat-
ed more than ever and
the kids always have a
great time every year." STAFF WITH
Hundreds of gifts TOYS -
were distributed to local Bm Bay
pastors and church rep- Bstam gets
resentatives who in ready to
turn will give them out .-hand out
to children. toys
The gifts include toys
skateboards, dolls, foot- -
balls, bikes and a host of
other toys. -
Staff members also .
knocked on the door of .
every island residence -----.-.-.
and surprised each fami- .
ly with a turkey to wish
them a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.
"Christmas is really a
time to be with family,
friends and neighbours.
The turkeys are just a LOADING TURKEYS -
small token of our Bimini Bay loads nearly -
appreciation to this 600 turkeys onto trucks
entire island for being to dispense throughout
such wonderful neigh- the island.
bours," Mr Davis said.

Tribune Staff Reporter
WHEN Bahamians think
about core sports in the
Bahamas, they may talk about
softball or cricket.
However, president of the
Bahamas Judo Federation, Sen-
sei D'Arcy Rahming, wants to
change that by establishing judo
as a core sport in the Bahamas.
Mr Rahming said he thinks
judo should be a core sport
because it is a sport Bahamians
can win and is generally an inex-
pensive sport of which to be a
"All you need is the building,
the mats for practice and the
uniforms. Then, of course, you
need the expertise of the teach-
ers and we have the expertise
here in terms of teachers that
practice judo.
"We have a club system
where there are sufficient
coaches to deal with the chil-
dren as well," he said.

Mr Rahming also claimed
that judo is an initiator.
"It really teaches you about
your own strength and it is a
practical art in the sense that
you have to work with another
human being in something that
is potentially dangerous but the
only way you can improve is by
co-operating with each other,"
Mr Rahming said.
If the government agreed to
judo becoming a core sport,
they would be funded by the
Ministry of Sports. However,
there are a few things needed to
become a core sport.
"One of the things needed
is that it has to be widely prac-
tised and we are in 30 different
schools which fits that criteria.
The second is' that you have to
have success on an internation-
al level and we. have won in
the past three years 27 interna-

Totally Yours,

Totally Yaris

F.Vi. -

The superbly balanced proportions of the Toyota
inherent intelligence of its design and the spacic
Features include: 1.3 litre engine, automatic tran
power steering, air conditioning, driver's side air


Backed by a 3-year/60,000 mile fa




Auto Mall, Shir
Open Mon to Fr
Sat 8am -
Tel: 397-11
E-mail: execmob
Parts and service

Available in Grand Bahama at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport) Queens Hwy, 352-6122 A

TOYOTA I moving forward.


mission, ABS brakes,
bag, and CID player.
i. ... ,.. ".'.

i Yans reflect the s Church
)us comfort that it offers.
,smission, ABS brakes,
bag, and CD player.

TA w

Story warranty

i 8am 5:30po ""
12noon ;:.i[,j

tor@i batelnet.bs 4-7 '1
ce guaranteed 1
baco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916

There goes another


sometimes shield-
ed by ignorance
and success
dressed in the wrong garment. So
is the legend of Kevin Ford.
They called him Fireballer,
Eyes, or as those who knew him
well said K-boogie.
Kevin 'Eyes' Ford died on
Tuesday, December 22, at the old
homestead on Windsor Lane.
Those who know and understand
sports in the, Bahamas know full
well that the Fords represent
Bahamian sport's royalty.
I Kevin Ford is the younger
brother of former professional
baseballer Wenty Ford who,
along with his brother Eddie
Ford, Peter Bethel, Jason Moxey,
and Anthony 'Sal Bando'
Boswick, were the foundation of
the boys from Dorsey Park.
But there-is more! More to the
death of our good friend Eyes.
Because when Eyes died, my first
thought was, There Goes Anoth-
er One.
Not another Ford, even though
Eddie, Wardie, Keith, Mario, Lin-
da, and Andy are still here. with
But there goes another great
athlete whose name and contri-
bution to sports annals will most
likely be forgotten.
As the younger athletes in this
country search for the founda-

WARREN KEVIN FORD (pictured fourth from right seated in the second row) with
members of the Holsten Knights baseball team.

tion, the history and ancient
boundaries, it has become more
and more apparent that they will
not find one.

Not because the history does
not exist, but because true honour
is only recognized in generational
wisdom, not economic policies.
If it costs too much to honour
the great ones, it will cost more to
imprison the other ones.
If I were to compare Eyes
Ford in his prime to a modern
day, conventional athlete, he

excess baggage

~ 4005 NW 28TH ST. MIAMI FL. "
TOLL FREE 1-877-8-EXCESS or call 305-871- 0571

would be C C Sabathia, a combi-
nation of arm and strength.
Please bear in mind you mod-
em day governments, Sabathia is
the highest paid pitcher in the his-
tory of Major League Baseball
($180 million over seven years).
Put that in your economic pipe
and smoke it.
But there goes another one.
another great athlete not recog-
nised, not honoured, not com-
pensated. There goes another sto-
ry that has not been told and
another athlete not invested in,
who will not be able to invest in
his own country.
Kevin Ford was a tremendous
baseball and softball player who
represented The Bahamas inter-
K-Boogie left his sweat on the
mound, and threw out his arm
with the game he loved on his
I began this piece by saying,
"Greatness is sometimes shielded
by ignorance, and success dressed
in the wrong garment."
Before Ford took ill he drove
public transportation for a living,
and truth be told, he was very
good at it.
But it is very painful to be great
at something and the people you
are driving don't even know.
Kevin 'Eyes' Ford will never
hit another home run in his life-
time, but the next generation of
ball players should he talking
about the last one he hit.
Eyes, the guys at Pabi's will'
miss you, the Alanta Braves, your
favourite team, will miss you, the
Valley Boys will miss you and Jim
Rice will miss you.
So long, Buddie, say hello to
Charles 'Wire' Smith for me.

"We have a
club system
where there
are sufficient
coaches to
deal with the
children as

Sensei D'Arcy
tional medals," Mr Rahming
Among other things the
Bahamas Judo Federation is
doing, Mr Rahming noted that
Bahamian judo teams have
competed in seven countries,
judo is a credited course at the
College of the Bahamas,
Bahamian judo has an active
participation of over 400 stu-
dents a year, has a weekly
national team training, Bahami-
an judo brings in international
experts to host seminars sever-
al times a year, and the
Bahamas Judo Federation is a
member of the Bahamas
Olympic Association.
Mr Rahming said the feder-
ation will be hosting its first
international tournament in
Nassau in February, 2009.
"Fifteen different countries
will be coming here and we
have the respect of these
nations and we are going into
overtime bringing people to the
country and affecting the econ-
"We have raised about
$60,000 in the past four months
to throw this event because the
rest of the world believes in'-us,"
Mr Rahming said.







Search suspended

for missing cruise

ship passenger
THE U.S. Coast Guard sus-
pended its search Monday for a
Florida woman who authorities
believe plunged from a cruise
ship balcony into the waters off
Mexico's coast on Christmas
night, according to Associated
A surveillance camera on the
Norwegian Pearl ship showed
someone falling overboard at 8
p.m. that night, authorities said.
About eight hours later, Ray-
mond Seitz reported his wife,
Jennifer, mis ing.
Coast Guard and Mexican
naval vessels conducted an
"exhaustive" search through the
weekend covering more 4,200
square miles off the popular
resort town of Cancun, where
the Norwegian' Pearl had just
visited. Mexican authorities said
they would continue their search
for another 48 hours.,
FBI spokesman Mike Leve-
rock says agents met !he ship at
the dock in Miami On Sunday,
collected materials aad "are still
trying to determine if a crime
Norwegian Cruise Line said
it is "cooperating fully" with the
"Our thoughts and prayers
are with the fanrily and friends
of the guest during this difficult
time," the company said in a
hews release.
Raymond Seitz has not been
charged with my crime, author-
ities said Monday.
His wife was a freelance
writer, having written articles
for The Tairpa Tribune, Florida
Today, and penned a story for
an online aite titled, "Battling
the Bulge Onboard," about how
not to gain weight while
onboard i ship. On .her Web
site, Seits described herself as
an "avid traveler and an ama-
teur chef." She was previously a
reporter for Florida Today, a
newspaper in Melbourne.
A passenger'on the ship said
Seitz ind her new husband
stood out among the vacationers
onboard with "large and raw
May of the passengers saw
them as contestants on an on-
boarid game called "The. Not-
So-Newlywed Game," modeled
after a 1960s TV quiz show. The
gane was also carried on the
ship's closed-circuit TV chanr-

Mitchell: PLP party leader

aspirations are 'moot'

Tribune Staff Reporter

WHILE saying the PLP is
focusing on party unity and
strengthening itself for the
next election, Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell also expressed
his future interest in the
PLP's leadership.
Earlier The Tribune.
reported that Mr Mitchell had
launched a soft campaign to
test his popularity among the
party's base; commentary on
the campaign was on his

Bahamian political and social
But Mr Mitchell said his
aspirations were a "moot"
point because the PLP's top
post is occupied by defeated
party leader Perry Christie.
"It's a moot point because
there is no (leadership)
vacancy in the PLP at this


"Obviously though, a coun-
try has to be interested in
who its potential leaders are
and to that extent the specu-

lation and discussion is good
and I'm interested like every-
body else to see what people
think of me, my talents and
where those talents would
lead," he said to reporters at
a recent press conference at
the House of Assembly.
Mr Mitchell who stepped
into the political arena in the
late 1970s has served as a PLP
national general council
member, branch chairman
and twice elected in the Fox
Hill constituency in 2002 and
He was also the previous
minister of foreign affairs and
a senator.

"It's been a long time and
I'm a known quantity, not an
unknown quantity. The future
would be safe in mine and a
number of others hands.
(But) until the question is
actually framed it really is a
moot point," he said.


MP for West End and
Bimini Obie Wilchcombe and
MP for Fort Charlotte Alfred
Sears are believed to be
strong contenders for the par-
ty leadership when incumbent
Perry Christie steps down.

When asked about the
future of the PLP, Mr
Mitchell said he hopes the
party can create a "stronger
and functioning shadow cab-
inet so that issues which arise
will be adequately covered
by each person who
has the shadow responsibili-
"I think the press is inter-
ested in what the PLP's per-
spective is on various matters,
there is a tendency to think
one person or the other is
overshadowing the next if
there is not a broad approach
towards this in a functioning
shadow cabinet."

(BACK ROW L-R): SATIASEEL Ramlall of Mangrove Cay High School; David Hagan of C W Saunders High School; Jacinth Taylor of COB; Dulcie Armbrister of Carlton Francis Primary School; Y
von Cherenfant of St Annes School; Janet Bodie of Bishop Eldon High School; Carol Cunningham of D W Davis Junior High School; Pamela Collins of COB; Maria Seymour, primary Spanish offi-
cer; Verona Seymour, assistant director of education; Beverley Taylor of C I Gibson Senior High School; Gregory Deane of Queens College. (front row I-r): Denise Gibson of Aquinas College;
Deseree Erskine of C H Reeves Junior High School; Christine Diment of COB; Donella Davis, senior education officer for high school modern languages; Frederica Hamilton of A F Adderley Junior
High School; Tatiana Gonzalez of Palmdale Primary School, and Dr Rhonda Chipman-Johnson of COB.

UNDER the theme 'Languages Mat-
ter', the United Nations proclaimed 2008 as
"international year of languages."
As the international year of languages
draws to an end, the modern languages
unit of the Department, of Education
recognized the achievementsof selected
modem language teachers in the Bahamas.

At a recent banquet at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort, 21 teachers were sin-
gled out for their contributions to the
development of modem language educa-
tion in the Bahamas.
Those honoured included College of the
Bahamas lecturers, two pinoriers in prima-"
ry Spanish, six private school teachers and

nine government school teachers.
The late Dale Hepburn of S C McPher-
son Junior High School was posthumously
Those in attendance gave a standing ova-
tion to those being honoured as they
entered the ballroom.
Director of Education Lionel Sands

spoke on behalf of Education Minister Carl
Bethel, and Pamela Collins of COB spoke
on behalf of those honoured, who received
plaques of appreciation.
The evening's celebrations
were enhanced by the performance qf
the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop

The Caribbean 'not prepared if

influenza breaks out in region'

Freelance Writer
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -
The Caribbean is not fully pre-
pared if the deadly influenza
virus breaks out in the region -
an occurrence that heath offi-
cials say could happen by 2010.
As a result a number of organ-
isations, including the University
of the West Indies, are working
together to host a Caribbean
Community Pandemic Influen-
za Workshop (CCPIW) in
Kingston, Jamaica, from Janu-
ary 20-22, 2009.
"The focus of the (workshop)
is to increase understanding of
gaps in pandemic influenza pre-
paredness and discuss potential
solutions among CARICOM
nations," said Dr Eric Milstrey,
public health officer with the
United States Southern Com-
He was speaking to about 150
participants at the third
Caribbean Conference on Dis-
aster Management hosted by the
Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Response Agency (CDERA) in
In attendance were govern-
ment representatives, develop-
ment researchers and represen-
tatives from civil societies from
within and outside the region.
He noted that while a pan-
demic is a global concern with
serious consequences for all
countries, the Caribbean, which
has smaller populations than
developed countries, is extreme-
ly vulnerable to the crippling
effects of pandemic influenza
due to lack of adequate facilities
and resources to prepare for and
-respond to such an emergency.
"The biggest problem the
Caribbean in relation to pan-
demic influenza is that (it) is not
an emotional problem in the
region. Because here, there
rarely is ever a heavy problem
with influenza, the governments
do not (routinely) immunise
against it and there are very few
deaths associated with influen-
za, but when it does occur, it can
be very dramatic," he said.
"Because of that lack of social
recognition of influenza as a
threat, either seasonal or as a
pandemic, there is very little ded-
ication by the medical commu-
nity to request verification if cer-
tain illnesses are influenza. The
Central Caribbean Laboratory
in Trinidad and Tobago receives
less than 50 assessments per year

for influenza in the region. This
dramatically decreases the capa-
bility of recognizing an outbreak
of influenza in the region and it
delays the region's response to
limit such outbreaks if they
should occur."
His concern is at least partial-
ly shared by the Pan American
Health Organisation (PAHO).
In 2005, PAHO developed a
Draft Regional Strategic and
Operational Plan for Responding
to Pandemic Influenza, which
supports a similar plan and pro-
gramme of the -World Health
The plan outlines activities for
preparing the world for the next
influenza pandemic as well as to
lessen and contain its impact
once it begins to spread world-'
PAHO describes influenza is a
viral disease that affects millions
of people worldwide and kills
about one million people annu-
Children, two years and
younger and adults older that 60,
are more vulnerable to contract-
ing the virus, and developing

countries such as those in the
region, with inadequate key
social services and infrastructure
such as health care systems,
water and power supply and easy
access to transportation to get
emergency medical assistance,
are also much more vulnerable
than more developed countries.
The' organisation acknowl-
edges that in general, public
health authorities in the region
recognize the risk of a pandemic
and its potential impact on the
population, but says the devel-
opment of an Influenza Pan-
demic Preparedness Plan is not
always a priority.
"Pandemic preparedness com-
petes with many other public
health issues and many countries
lack the human resources needed
to dedicate time and effort to a
potential threat that is not tangi-
ble as other pressing threats,"
PAHO noted in the online ver-
sion of the document.
PAHO says it is very difficult
to predict when the next influen-
za pandemic will occur, but notes
that based on statistics it could
occur in the next two years.



Invites The Public To Attend

The Watchnight Service

with The Celebration, of The Holy

Eucharist and Fellowship Meal

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 10 p.m.

"We are ready for miracles in 2009 -

No Recession In God"



The Methodist Church Of The Good Shepherd

Coke Memorial Methodist Church (MCCA)



with The Celebration of The Holy Eucharist and

the Blessing of Children on Lord's Day,

January 4, 2009, 10 a.m.


Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church, Montrose

Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas

Officiating clergy; Reverends Dr. Raymond R.

Neilly, Emily A. Demeritte, and

Leonard G. Roberts, Jr


A Blessed New Year!

Green Parrot

Bar & Grill

New Year's Eve Menu


New England clam chowder

Mixed green salad served with champagne
vinaigrette dressing

Whole stuffed lobster with rosette potatoes &
melody of vegetables


Slice of Black Forest Cake & Split of champagne
Great View of Fireworks
Junkanoo Rush-out at Midnight
Live Band

. ka L-%. J r%12

I I.I.- .I

Movers andL

shakers flock to

'Mix N Mingle'

DUBBED the "premier
business networking event of
the year", the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's
recent Christmas Mix N Min-
gle saw hundreds of movers
and shakers from the business
community, from leading
companies such as Kerzner
International, Royal Fidelity,
Klonaris and Co, New Orien-
tal Cleaners and the Quality
Group of Companies (QBC)
and many others, filling the
Balmoral Ballroom at Sandals
Resort on Wednesday,
December 17.
Those in attendance were
treated to fine cuisine, music
by entertainer Hot Chocolate
and raffle winners walked
away with Blackberry phones
courtesy of BTC.
Philip Simon, executive
director of the Chamber, said
the organisation was pleased
to once again put on the major
networking event as a special
thank you to its valued mem-
bers in conjunction with its
major partners, Sandals
Resort, BTC and Bacardi.
Marion Johnson, BTC's
vice-president of marketing
and sales said: "BTC has been

TRACY GLINTON and Susan Glinton are pictured with 0 Ken Aranha at the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's recent Christmas Mix N Mingle at Sandals Resort.

FROM LEFT: HOPE ShellyAnn of Cool 96 FM, Perry Wallace of BTVI and
Gloria Darville of Love 97 FM at the Chamber's Christmas Mix N Mingle.

a member of the Chamber for
many years, and in recent
years we have done some very
active partnerships with the
Chamber. So to be able to
showcase our Blackberry
products is soinething that we
are very proud of. We are
really pleased with the
response that we have gotten
and this is exactly the kind of

partnership that we want to
Andre Newbold, director
of sales at Sandals said the
event is focused on "develop-
ing a rapport as it relates to
the local business communi-
ty, and providing a setting for
businesspersons to come
together, especially in these
times when there is the uncer-
tainty in the economy, where
people can talk, be creative
and understand what's the
best way forward."
Khaalis Rolle, first vice-
president of the Chamber
said, "The Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce is the primary
advocate for the business
community and we have done
some wonderful work on
behalf of the private sector in
the country. This is one of the
major networking events
which we provide for our
members to end the year on a
high note."

l ,&

Sanpin Motors Ltd.



lk S AL Ef

PICTURED AT the Bahpmas Chamber of Commerce's recent Christmas Mix N Mingle are The Tribune's Lloyd
Allen at left and Chester Robards at right, along with Raquel Farrington at centre at Sandals Resort.




CHRISTMAS FUN Yvette Sands of Bacardi and director of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Gail
Cartwright-Arquiza of New Oriental Cleaners and Khaalis Rolle, first vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce
are all smiles at the recent Christmas Mix N Mingle at Sandals Resort.

Honda Inspires/Sabres
from $4,900.00 and Up.s
Check out our
New Inventory
Thompson Blvd.
West of the main showroom


Bring Your Old Vehicle

0 to trade so you can

-7 Upgrade!!!

Share your news
The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the '
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story. ,






brawl at



FROM page one

other guests fled for their
Trouble began brewing
from the moment the two
jailbirdss" entered the
lobby, according to Cus-
toms informants.
"They were challenging
everybody," said a source,
"They had a hood-type
mentality and some peo-
ple left right away, fearing
there would be trouble."
When fighting began,
police were alerted and
arrived on the scene with-
in minutes.
The source said: "Mr
Jones, the Customs man
who was injured, is a very
upright and decent man. I
gather he is now planning
legal action against the
person who struck him.
"It's a pity this hap-
pened, but one of the 'jail-
birds' is married to a
woman officer that's
the only reason he was
allowed in," the source
The brawl ended a bad
year for Customs, which
has been embroiled in cor-
ruption allegations in
recent weeks.
Questions are being
asked about the apparent
wealth of some officers
who earn modest salaries
from the department.
A few weeks ago, a
house owned to a woman
Customs officer, Roslyn
Ritchie, was burned down.
She claimed it was
caused by an arson attack.
Insiders alleged that two
factions within Customs
are at war because one is
preventing the other from
receiving illegal pay-offs.
Customs comptroller
Anthony Adderley was
not at the Christmas Eve
party, according to
"He is just so embar-
rassed by everything going
on here," The Tribune was
told. "He doesn't mix with
the staff. It's all too much
for him."
Chief Superintendent of
Police Hulan Hanna said
he was unaware of the
incident as it never made it
to the police crime report.
"The incident would be
in the system to say that
officers were called to the
scene and persons may
have dealt with the issue
among themselves and
because of that it never
made it to the crime
report," Mr Hanna said.

Minister hits out at tax hike

on UK to Caribbean travel

FROM page one
try's equivalent of a finance minister,
revealed in his pre-budget report in late
November that his government intends
to double the APD rate on long-haul
flights out of the UK as part of its effort
to reduce carbon emissions.
Destinations will be categorised into
four geographical bands based on the
distance from London to the capital city
of the country/territory, with different
rates applying for different classes of
Currently APD is 10 pounds sterling
for a passenger flying to Europe and 40
for those going elsewhere in the world,
including Caribbean destinations.
The APD rate rise, to be applied in
November and gradually increase on an

annual basis, will see tax on flights to
this region rise set at 50 pounds sterling,
rising to 75 within two years.
But the proposal has been met with
strong criticism by airlines, travel agents
and tourism organizations in the UK and
abroad as well as from environmen-
talists who say the British government
bowed to the aviation lobby by raising
the "passenger tax" rather than that on
airlines themselves.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said: "With-
out question it is something that we
object to. We think that on the face of it
it doesn't do what it purports to do,
because ostensibly the reason is to make
sure you begin to address some of these
environmental issues, so why penalise
the one area of the world that has been
contributing least (to global emissions)

compared to the more industrialized
nations which created the bulk of the,
Minister Vanderpool-Wallace, a for-
mer secretary-general of the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation, said the region
has been aware of the risk that the rate
rise might be implemented for "over a
"Well now it's very clear that they are
moving forward with it we may be able
to gather some momentum in terms of
objections to it more forcefully and offi-
cially," he said.
The minister described the doubling of
the APD as "a grossly unfair tax, as it
begins to tax the very part of our econo-
my on which we rely and also begins to
penalise us in an area where we have
been the least of the culprits."

He added: "The point that we've been
making all along that we have to find
ways to begin to lower the cost of access
because that is really the deterrent now
in terms of people coining, particularly in
this economic environment.
"We have been railing against the
increased cost of air tickets and were
slowly getting to a resolution on it and
this is now going to be seen to be an
increase in the cost of an air ticket and so
those destinations where you can go to
for a much lower cost, they are at a con-
siderable advantage."
It is hoped that a mid-January meeting
of the CTO Council of Ministers will be
an opportunity for the formulation of a
"much more definitive report and
response" to the issue from the region,
said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace.

No early

releases for any

inmates to be

granted this year

FROM page one

The Board meets throughout the year in closed-
door discussions to consider the fates of chosen
inmates based on certain criteria.
They arere sponsible for reviewing cases from
the trial Justice of the Supreme Court, on persons
under sentence of death along with information
derived from the record of the cases or from else-
Should the members of the board choos. to do so,
they may grant a pardon or conditional release to
convicted persons; grant a respite of reprieve, either
indefinite or for a specified period, from execution of
any punishment imposed on convicted persons; sub-
stitute a less severe form of punishment imposed by
any sentence for an offence; or remit the whole or any
part of any sentence passed for such an offence or any
It is not revealed which cases are reviewed by the,
Chairman and the members.

-a .-



&s/Uay season 2008

Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day
Friday, December 26, Boxing Day
Saturday, December 27
Sunday, December 28
Monday, December 29
Tuesday, December 30
Wednesday, December 31
Thursday, January 1, 2009


We take this opportunity to wish all our valued customers

and apwzpve4 t &&e a4.

Please remember to make electricity conservation
one of your New Year's Resolutions.

. 'Pr

I *
4' .r.
'lb S
~- ~$

. ..'

. '..

FROM page one

between groups to avoid a
conflict of music, but specta-
tors were stranded without
entertainment for up to 80
minutes at a time.
He said: "It was the'
biggest crowd I have seen
for a long time, the crowd
was huge, the only problem
was the waiting period.
"It was too long. The only
reason people stayed was to
see the Valley Boys and the
Saxons at the end."
Crowds dispersed follow-
ing the Saxons performance
at daybreak, missing the,
Music Makers' first lap
through Bay Street, and ,the
second lap of all groups that
continued around Shirley
Street and Bay Street into
the afternoon.
Spectator Cara Bethel
seated east of Rawson
Square said: "It's ridiculous
that the Saxons first came
out in broad daylight and
the first lap didn't end until
after 10am.
"I think it's a disservice
to the groups that are last
in order because there's no
one around to watch them
"Even though they put
their heart and soul into
performing, people were
either asleep or had. already
left, and they deserve to

rush before a full house."
A spectator and Valley
Boys fan seated in Rawson
Square said: "It was great
when the music was-playing,
but while we were waiting
around, the exhaustion set
"After a long Christmas
day you don't want to be
standing in Bay Street wait-
ing hour after hour for a
group to come by to give
you some energy."
Following the Roots
opening performance, a B
group scheduled to rush
next in line failed to show
And another B group,
lined up to rush after the
Valley Boys and before the
Saxons also failed to show,
leaving spectators waiting
in Rawson Square fornear-
ly 80 minutes.
Mr Cooper said the B
groups given government
funding to put together a
performance, but do not
rush, ought to be disciplined
and marshals need to move
the groups through quickly.
"We have to look into this
again to see what we can
do," he said.
"With a bunch of people
like that it's not easy, but
maybe we should let the
senior groups all come out
first because when we put
the B group in the middle
there it slows it up."

Complaints over

15-hour long

Junkanoo parade

Fifty-five Haitian

immigrants are

apprehended by

Defence Force

FROM page one
rently being detained at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre.
RBDF Senior Lieutenant Sonia Miller
said: "Normally during the months of
December and January we would have a
high influx of migrants because of the
favourable wind conditions for sailing
during this time, and they were all sailing
in sloops.
"With the conditions it takes a shorter
time span to get here, usually about seven
to 10 days if they are coming to Nassau."
Defence Force officials are also inves-
tigating a hostile incident involving two
suspected Dominican vessels in the open
seas near the Cochinos Banks on Sun-
day, December 20.
Shots were fired at a patrol vessel when
Defence Force Marines attempted to stop
the boats shortly after 4pm.
A chase followed, but the foreign boats
got away. No one was injured.

OT- Freeport BAHAMAS
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 (IBO) Diploma
Program.(DP), SAT and a broad range of subjects at Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) level. The Primary
School follows the IBO 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
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 qualfications and experience
PARTICULARS OF THE SEARCH The Lucaya International School Board Of Drieottrs 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 thie required documentation.

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





DECEMBER 30, 2008

7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30

Art Wolfe's Trav- Nova Scientific results from NASA's Wolves in Paradise (CC) Frontline Foreign policy choices
* WPBT els to the Edge twin robot explorers and the facing the next president of the Unit-
n (CC) Phoenix probe. (N) n (CC) (DVS) ed States. ,( (CC) (DVS)
The Insider (N) NCIS "Leap of Faith' The team must 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors (N) rl (CC)
0 WFOR n (CC) talk a distraught officer out of jump-
ing off a roof. n (CC)
Access Holly- Law & Order "Strike' A legal aid Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
* WTVJ wood William striker is killed outside the court- "Trials" (TV) Detectives re-examine "Confession" A leenager admits his
Shatner. (CC) house. ) (CC) a rape case. n (CC) pedophilic urge. n (CC)


Deco Drive

House "Birthmarks" House is co-
erced into attending his father's fu-
neral. A (PA) (CC)

(:01) Fringe The Cure" A woman
causes illness. (PA) (CC)

News (N) (CC)

Jeo ardy! (N) Happy New Rudolph's Shiny New Year n According to Eli Stone "Two Ministers" Eli and
WPLG (C Year, Charlie (CC)Jim "Cabin Boys" Keith defend a minister against dis-
Brown (CC) (N) (CC) crimination. (N) (CC)

:00) CSI: Miami The First 48 (CC) The First 48 "Double Time" Investi- Manhunters: Manhunters:
A&E Pirated" t (CC) gating two homicides in Miami. (CC) Fugitive Task Fugitive Task
Force (N)(CC) Force (CC)
(:00) BBC World BBC News Asia Business BBC News To Be An- News
BBCI NewsAmerica (Latenight). Report (Latenight). nounced
T 106 & Park: Top WAIST DEEP (2006, Action) Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Larenz Keyshia Cole: Keyshia Cole:
S 10 Live Tate. A man's son is inside his hijacked car. (CC) The Way It Is The Way It Is
CJeopardy! (N) ** FINDING NEMO (2003) Voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen De- CBC News: The National (N) n
(C) . Generes. Animated. A fish searches for his missing son. n (CC) (CC)
CNBC (00) CNBC Reports American Greed "Fraud in Cyber- On the Money
__ND_ _ space"
:00) Lou Dobbs Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Larry King Live (CC) Anderson Cooper,360 (CC)
CNN Tonight (CC) Bull
Scrubs J.D.'s Futurama Crew Futurama "Less- South Park South Park Gi- South Park South Park The
COM new girlfriend finds new food er of Two Evils" "Pandemic" (CC) ant guinea pigs Wendy gets in outcome of the
does not laugh. source. A (CC) n (CC) attack the city. trouble. (CC) election. (CC)
Hannah Mon- MINUTEMEN (2008, Comedy) Jason Dolley, Luke (:45) Phineas Wizards of Wa- Life With Derek
DISN tana (CC) Benward, Nicholas Braun. High-school outcasts use a and Ferb Back- very Place n "Tuesday After-
time machine to change the past. 'NR' (CC) yard circus. (CC) noon Fever"
DIY Ask This Old Cool Tools Cool Tools Cut- Man Caves Rock Solid Fire- Yard Crashers Deconstruction
House 1) (CC) ting tools: place facelift. "Granite"
DW In Focus (Ger- Journal: Tages- Berlin: Ein Metropolenmarchen ZDF Reportage Journal: Tages- Global 3000
man). them them
SThe Daily 10 (N) Party Monsters: Cabo "Carmen Rachael Ray: The E! True Holly- The Girls Next The Girls Next
E Electra" (N) wood Story Rachael Ray. (CC) Door Door
ESPN College Football College Football Pacific Lfe Holiday Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Oregon. From San Diego. (Live)
ESWorld's Beach Voleball AVP Crocs Tour -- SportsCenter- International Edi- Boxing Andy Lee vs. Brian Vera.
ESPNI Strongest Man Men's Final. (Taped) tion (Live)
T Daily Mass: Our Mother Angelica Live Classic Religious Cata- The Holy Rosary Threshold of Hope
EWTN Lady Episodes logue
S:00) Lo Max: Shimmy (CC) Shimmy (CC) Namaste Yoga Namaste Yoga Body Challenge: After Baby (CC)
FIT TV CatheFriedrich (CC) (CC)
FOX-NC Fox Report- The O'Reilly Factor (CC) Hannity & Colmes (CC) On the Record With Greta Van
F X-N Shepard Smith Susteren (CC)
FSNFL :00)College Basketball Clemson at South Carolina. College Basketball San Diego at Mississippi State. (Live)
GOLF Golf:1994 U.S. Golf 1995 U.S. Amateur Open Highlights. Tiger Woods. Golf 1996 U.S. Amateur Open High-
L Amateur Open lights. Tiger Woods.
GSN Catch 21 (CC) Who Wants to Who Wants to Family Feud Family Feud 0 Catch 21 (CC) Pramid
N ____ Be a Millionaire Be a Millionaire (CC) (CC)
4T :00) Attack of X-Play "2008: The Year in * TIMECOP (1994, Science Fiction) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia
tGTech the Show! (N) Videogames" Top videogame sto- Sara. A time-traveling police officer tackles a corrupt senator.
:00) Walker, Walker, Texas Ranger Walker aids THE CHRISTMAS CARD (2006, Romance) Ed Asner, John Newton, Alice
HALL Texas Ranger a pro wrestler whose ex-wife wit- Evans. A soldier falls for a woman who wrote a well-wishing card. (CC)
"Money Talks" nessed a brutal murder. (CC)
Property Virgins Pure Design (N) The Style Dept. Sarah's House Design Inc. Mod- Colin & Justin's Home Heist
HGTV Twin brothers I n (CC) An attic is trans- 0 (CC) ernizig of a "Retro Wreckage" (N) n (CC)
can't agree. formed. 0 (CC) kitchen. (CC) .
INSP Victory Joyce Meyer: Christians & Inspiration To- Life Today With This Is Your Day The Gospel
INSP V y Everyday Life Jews day James Robison (CC) Truth (CC)
S he Wayans My Wife and According to Family Guy Pe- Family Guy Two and a Half Two and a Half
KTLA Bros. Shawn Kids Jay vs. sis- Jim "Dana Gets ter's favorite bar Stewie's diaboli- Men "A Bag Full Men A romantic
dates a rich girl. ter-in-law. (CC) Fired"-A (CC) is razed. n cal plan. n (CC) of Jawea" date with Mia.
Still Standing Reba Secretive Rita Rocks Rita Wife Swap A woman who values or- Wife Swap A disciplinarian trades
LIFE "Still Rocking 0, Kyra's e-mail gets tries to play der swaps places with one whose with a mom who allows her children
(CC) hacked. matchmaker. ,children have free rein. 0 a lot of freedom. t (CC)
MSNBC Hardball CountdownWith Keith Olber- The Rachel Maddow Show Countdown With Keith Olber-
MSNBC C) __ mann mann
NICK Drake & Josh SpongeBob SpongeBob Home Improve- Home Improve- George Lope George Lopez
I K (CC) SquarePants SquarePants ment (CC) ment n (CC) nl (CC) (CC)
NTV * SHARK House House is coerced into at- NCIS "Leap of Faith" n (CC) News (N) News
NTV TALE (2004) tending his father's funeral. (CC) (CC)
SPEED Pass Time Livin'.the Low Livin'the Low Super Bikes! Super Bikes! Hot Import Hot Import
Life Life Nights Nights
Perfect Weight Behind the Joyce Meyer: JohnHagee To- Precious Memo- *, LEFT BEHIND II: TRIBULA-
TBN America With Scenes (CC) Enjoing Every- day (CC) ries With Bill TION FORCE (2002, Drama) Kirk
Jordan Rubin day Life(CC) Gaither. (CC) Cameron, Brad Johnson.
Seinfeld George Family Guy Lois Family Guy Family Guy Family Guy"Hell The Office "Casi- The Office
TBS tries to get out of teaches a sex-ed Chrs'favorte "Breaking ut Is Comes to ua- no Night" n Michael outs a
wedding. class. (CC) teacher quits.' Hard to o" hog" (CC). (CC) gay employee.
(:00) Dwarf: Girl Who Never Grew A 9-year-old My Shocking Story "World's Small- The Woman With Giant Legs
TLC Standing Tall girl struggles with primordial est Mom" Small woman gives birth.
(CC) dwarfism. (CC) (CC)
(:00) Law & Or- ** RUSH HOUR 2 (2001, Action) Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Leverage "The Bank Shot Job" (N)
TNT der"Shangri-La" Lone. Detectives battle a Hong Kong gangster and his henchmen. (CC) (CC)
(CC) (DVS)
TOON Chowder Misadventures Mlsadv. of Flap- Johnny Test 0 Johnny Test A The PJs "House ThePJs (CC)
of Flapjack jack (CC) (CC) Potty"
TRU Rehab: Party at Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock
RHard Rock Hotel Hotel Hotel (Season Finale) (N)
TV(:00) Mondial LE TEMPS DES PORTE-PLUMES (2006, Drame) Mal Fume Jane Birkin le voyage
d'impro Jean-Paul Rouve, Anne Brochet, Annie Girardot. d'Arabesque
TWC Abrams-Bettes Weather: Evening Edition (CC) When Weather Changed History Weather: Evening Edition (CC)
"Race to Nome"
(:00) Las Tontas Cuidado con el Angel Marichuy es Fuego en la Sangre Hermanos Aquf y Ahora
UNIV No Van al Cielo una joven criada en un hospicio. buscan venganza.
(:00) NCIS "Pro- TO LOVE & DIE (2008, Action) Shiri Appleby, Tim Matheson, Ivan Sergei. (9:55) House "Safe" A patient has a
USA bie" n (CC) Premiere. A woman learns that the father she never knew is an assassin, severe allergic reaction despite liv-
(CC) ing in a "clean" room. n
VH1 Rock of Love Charm School The final three compete. 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs
0 (CC) Songs 100-81. n Songs 80-61. (N) n
S. :00) The Con- NHL Hockey New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues. From Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Hockey Central
ts. tender n (CC) (Subject to Blackout) (Live) 0 (Live)
:0) 7th Heaven Nash Bridges A security breach in Legend of the Seeker "Destiny" WGN News at Nine (N) (CC)
WG N Hig Anxiety" the government endangers the life Using the wisdom of wizards,
C) of a federal witness. n (CC) Richard chases Fane. n (CC)
Family Guy Pe- 90210 That Which We Destroy" Privileged Megan decides it's time PIX News at Ten Tong. (N) (CC)
W PIX ter's favorite bar Harry and Debbie welcome Sean to reconnect with her estranged fa-
is razed. 0 into their home. n (CC) other. n (CC)
K Jeopardy! (N) Dr. Phil n (CC) WBZNews(N) That'70s Show Frasier Daphne Frasier A New
WSBK (CC) "Hunting" 0 breaks up with Year's Eve trip
(CC) her boyfriend. goes awry. (CC)

(6:00)* FIRE- **x THE GOLDEN COMPASS (2007, Fantasy) Nicole Kidman, Dakota Breaking the Huddle: The Integra-
H BO-E HOUSE DOG Blue Richards, Daniel Craig. A child sets out on an epic quest to save her tion of College Football n (CC)
(2007) n best friend. n 'PG-13' (CC)
(6:00) ** * SYDNEY WHITE (2007, Comedy) Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven 0
H BO-P HAPPY FEET Matt Long. A college coed finds a home with seven outcasts. 'PG-13' (CC)
(2006) 'PG' (CC) (CC)
(:00) ** 'A THE NET (1995, Suspense) Sandra Bul- * FIREHOUSE DOG (2007, Comedy) Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Green-
H BgO-W lock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller. Software makes wood, Dash Mihok. A lost canine star becomes the official mascot of a
computer nerd a target. A 'PG-13' (CC) rundown firehouse. r 'PG' (CC)
(:00) *** THE GOOD THIEF (2002, Crime Drama) ** IN THE LAND OF WOMEN (2007, Comedy-Dra- (:45) The Making|
H BO-S Nick Nolte, Tcheky Karyo. A veteran thief takes part in ma) Adam Brody. A young man moves in with his ailing Of: P.S. I Love
a plan to steal priceless art. n 'R' (CC) grandmother. 'PG-13' (CC) You (CC)
i MAX-E (:00) ** AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007, Crime Drama) Denzel Washington, Russell * X-MEN (2000, Action) Hugh
IMAX-E Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor. A chauffeur becomes Harlem's most-powerful crime boss. 'NR' Jackman. Patrick Stewart, lan McK-
(CC) ellen. n 'PG-13' (CC)
t MR. WOODCOCK (2007, Comedy) Billy Bob *t** MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007, Drama) George Clooney, Tom
MOMAX Thornton. A man lears his mother plans to marry his Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton. A fixer at a large law firm does his employer's
evil formergym teacher, 0 'PG-13' (CC) dirty work. n 'R' (CC)
(5:15) *** ~ *** LONELY HEARTS (2006, Crime Drama) John Travolta, James *'~ BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE
SHOW ZODIAC (2007) Gandolfini, Salma Hayek. iTV. Detectives pursue the Lonely Hearts (2007, Fantasy) Agnes Bruckner,
Jake Gyllenhaal. Killers. 'R' Hugh Dancy. iTV. 'PG-13'


Let C-al'Iie +lt /e
BadxLl\aniinilP:,ippet cnd

Bring1 C you,,cl ilclre to tC le
p VI a t oa

froit 3:30pin to 4:30pn c l,,'ing t+l e

noiT of Decein be' 2008.

Enjoy Great Food, Prizes and Lois of Fun.

i'm lovin' it

ovie Gift Certific

Make great gifts!


i (6:45) *** MIGHTY ** HIGH SCHOOL HIGH (1996, Comedy) Jon DELIRIOUS (2005, Comedy-Drama)
TMC APHRODITE (1995, Comedy) Lovitz, Tia Carrere. An idealistic teacher hopes to in- Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Joe
Woody Allen, Helena Bonham spire inner-city students. 'PG-13' (CC) D'Onofrio. t 'NR' (CC)

I I ~

Kelly's Home Centre continues charity support Q

KELLY'S Home Centre recently made
another series of donations to worthy chari-
Shirley Paul, Kelly's store manager said,
"This year, more than ever, the various chari-
table organizations are crying out for assis-

president of
St Vincent de
Paul is seen
accepting a
from Kelly's
staff members
Judith Adder-
ley, director of
resources, and
Sherry Carey,
bridal consul-


4 s

tance. Kelly's has responded and has donated
$500 each to 13 local organizations."
The most recent recipients were the Crisis
Centre, the St Vincent de Paul Society, the
Hopedale Centre, the Cancer Society and the
Nazareth Centre.


,l. i0

administrator at
the Elizabeth
Estates Children's
Home, is pictured
'accepting a $500-
donation from
Kelly's Home
Centre represen-
tatives Judith
Adderley, director
of human
resources, and
Sherry Carey,
bridal consultant
for Kelly's. The
home cares for
30 children rang-
ing in ages from
11-17 years.

(centre), direc-
tor of the Can-
cer Society,
and Delores
Hunter, admin-
istrator (sec-
ond left), are
shown accept-
ing a $500-
'donation from
Kelly's staff
members Bar-
bara Harvey,
senior cashier,
and Sherry
Carey, bridal

KELLY'S HOUSE and Home recently made a $500-donation to the Kids Up After School programme.
Pictured from left to right are Darnley Sealey, store manager, Lisa Ambrister of the Kids Up After
School Programme, and Susan Glintbn, Kelly's senior buyer.

0: .

'4 t~F



1 .Hundre
Eive Hundred


December 3rd, 2008

.. 50j s00


DONNA XIMINES, a teacher of 30 students at the Hopedale Centre, is seen accepting a $500- donation
from Kelly's Home Centre representatives Sherry Carey, bridal consultant and Barbara Hervey, senior
cashier at Kelly's.

KELLY'S HOME CENTRE recently made a donation of $500 to the Nazareth Centre, a home for children
from new born to 12 years of age. Pictured is Antonio Munroe (centre), a caregiver at the centre, with
Kelly's senior cashier Barbara Hervey and Sherry Carey, bridal consultant.

(centre) and
Ester Letta
Allen are seen
as they collect
a $500-dona-
tion cheque on
behalf of the
Crisis Centre
from Kelly's
senior buyer
Susan Glinton.

at the Salvation
Army, is seen
accepting a
from Kelly's
staff members,
Darnley Sealey,
store manager,
and Katrina
Humes, human

/ /~4


~ -


-- 2.5L turbo diesel
i \ with Automatic,
S., 7 passenger with
i, leather interior

If Special Cash Price


2008 4DR

2.5L turbo
diesel with

Special Cash Price


Price includes 3 year warranty a 3 year roadside assistant and 5 FREE services.

Available at

THOMPSON BOULEVARD TEL.: 356-7100 FAX: 328-6094
EMAIL: friendlymotors@hotmail.com WEBSITE: friendlymotorsbahamas.com

~ IB--

'~~~x~~~a~ ~




~T~; -


,] :" I k 0



CELTICS (1-r) Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett,
and Rajon Rondo cheer on teammates
NBA Today
agamst the Kings during the second
half of Sundav's name. The Celtics won

By The Associated Press


Tuesday, December 30

Cleveland at Miami (7:30 pm
EST). LeBron James is hoping
to celebrate his 24th birthday
with a Cavaliers' win over
Olympic teammate Dwyane
Wade and the Heat. ,


Carmelo Anthony,
Nuggets, scored 32 points after
missing three games with a
bruised right elbow, leading
Denver to a 117-110 victory over
the Knicks.
Josh Howard, Mavericks,
had 29 points, nine rebounds and
a career-best seven assists, lead-
ing Dallas to a 98-76 victory over
the Clippers
LeBron James, Cavaliers,
scored 33 points and Cleveland
remained the league's only
unbeaten team on its own floor
with a 93-86 win over the Heat.
Kevin Garnett, Celtics, had
21 points and 11 rebounds and
Boston rebounded from back-
to-back losses in emphatic fash-
ion, beating the Kings 108-63.
Kobe Bryant, Lakers,
scored 31 points and Los Ange-
les rolled for a 130-113 victory
over Golden State.

Mavericks leading scorer Dirk
Nowitzki was suspended for Dal-
las' 98-76 win over the Clippers.
He was given a one-game ban
because he received a flagrant-2
foul and an automatic ejection
in the fourth quarter of Friday
night's 97-88 loss at Utah. Now-
itzki took a backward swing at
Matt Harpring with a closed fist
and hit him in the face, after he
and the Jazz forward got tangled
up under the basket.

Olympic swimming star
Michael Phelps was given a key
to the city from mayor Kevin
Johnson and a Kings jersey from
team owner Gavin Maloof in the
first half of Sacramento's 108-63
loss to the Celtics. Phelps had a
chance to win a car for a fan by
hitinig the rim from halfcourt,
but his shot banged off the back-
board. Phelps was given another
opportunity in the second half,
but failed again, shooting an air-
ball and launching a shot over
the backboard.

Boston beat Sacramento 108-
63 for one of the most lopsided
wins in franchise history. The 45-
point margin of victory matched
the sixth biggest ever by the
Celtics, who also beat the New
York Knicks by that amount last
season. The last time Boston had
a bigger win was a 153-107 vic-
tory over the. Baltimore Bullets
in 1970.

The Kings reached lows in
their 108-63 loss to the Celtiqs.
They made just 19 field goals on
28 percent shooting, the fewest
shots made by the Kings in the
shot-clock era. And it was the
most lopsided defeat for Sacra-
mento since losing 153-91 to
Golden State on Nov. 2, 1991,
and the worst home loss in fran-
chise history.

For the second straight game,
the Cavaliers had to come back
late at Quicken Loans Arena to
extend their home winning
streak, which is now at 16
straight. Cleveland was down by
nine points going into the fourth
and trailed by eight before going
on an 18-2 run and outscoring
Miami 26-11 over the final eight
minutes for a 93-86 win Sunday

Denver's Carmelo Anthony
scored 32 points after missing'
three games with a bruised right
elbow, leading the Nuggets to a
117-110 victory over the Knicks.
It was only the third 30-point
game this season for Anthony,
who has been bothered by the
elbow since he was originally
hurt in a victory over Houston
on Nov. 30.

Danny Granger led Indiana
with 34 points in a 105-103 loss to
New Orleans. Troy Murphy had
16 points and 16 rebounds for
the Pacers, who lost their third
straight game, all after having
the lead.

"You can tell the fans are into
it. They don't want us to lose all
season. It's the third quarter and
they're getting a little antsy, we
can hear it."
Cleveland's LeBron James
after the Cavaliers rallied for a
93-86 win to remain the league's
only unbeaten team at home,
where they're 16-0

Celtics end two-game

skid with rout of Kings

0 By The Associated Press

THE Boston Celtics sent the NBA a
clear message: forget about those back-
to-back losses.
The Celtics put an emphatic end to
their first two-game skid this season,
beating the Sacramento Kings 108-63
Sunday night in one of the most lop-
sided wins in franchise history.
"That's our statement," Paul Pierce
said. "We feel like the last couple of
games we haven't been living up to
what we've been doing most of the
year. We wanted to get back to that
and establish our defense. I thought we
did that."
The Celtics started their four-game
road trip with, a franchise-record 19-
game winning streak and a 27-2 record
that was the best start in NBA history.
But the defending NBA-champions lost
a Christmas showdown against. Los
Angeles Lakers and then again the fol-
lowing night at Golden State.
After a day off to regroup, the Celtics
once again looked like the class of the
"It wasn't like we're a team that's
going to panic," Pierce said. "We just
tried to regroup. We just executed back
on the court and just did some of the
things we've been doing all year long,
trying to'get a win and play better bas-
In other NBA games, it was: Den-
ver 117, New York 110; Dallas 98, L.A.
Clippers 76; Cleveland 93, Miami 86;
New Orleans 105, Indiana 103; and L.A.
Lakers 130, Golden State 113.
The 45-point margin of victory tied
the sixth biggest by the Celtics, who
also beat the New York Knicks by that
amount last season. The last time
Boston had a bigger win was a 153-107
victory over the Baltimore Bullets on
Nov. 27, 1970.
"I don't even actually know the mar-
gin," coach Doc Rivers said. "I never
look at that honestly. I don't look at
that. I don't even know the score to be
honest. I know we won and that's all
that counts for us."
Kevin Garnett made 10 of 11 shots to
lead the Celtics with 21 points and 11
rebounds despite playing just under 23
minutes. He now has 20,894 career
points, moving past Bob Pettit into 27th
place on the career list. Ray Allen
added 19 on 7-for-8 shooting and Eddie
House had 15 off the bench.
John Salmons' 11 points led the
Kings. Francisco Garcia shot 1-for-7
before leaving in the first half with stiff-
ness in his right calf.
The Celtics held Sacramento to just
19 field goals on 28 percent shooting,
the fewest shots made by the Kings in
the shot-clock era and the second
fewest allowed by the Celtics. The
Kings lost their sixth straight since win-
ning their first under interim coach
Kenny.Natt and have dropped 16 of 18
None of the losses was quite as ugly
as this one, the most lopsided defeat
for Sacramento since losing 153-91 to
Golden State on Nov. 2, 1991, and the
worst home loss in franchise history.
The Kings fell behind 82-42 late in the
third quarter and didn't have a single

KINGS forward Mikki Moore (center) shoots over Celtics defenders Kendrick Perkins (43)
and Glen Davis (11) during the second half of Sunday's game in Sacramento, California...

player who made three field goals until things like this," Kings guard Bobby
Donte Greene's dunk in the final Jackson said. "We can't keep making
minute. excuses. That's just it. I'm embarrassed.
"This is frustrating going through I hope everybody else is embarrassed,

too. That was just ridiculous the, way
we came out and competed tonight. I
wouldn't even say competed. We didn't
even show up."

Cavaliers 93, Heat 86
At Cleveland, LeBron James scored
33 points four more than good bud-
dy Dwyane Wade, the NBA's leading
scorer and Cleveland remained the
league's only unbeaten team on its own
For the second straight game, the
Cavaliers had to come back late at
Quicken Loans Arena to extend their
home winning streak, which is now at
16 straight. Cleveland was down by nine
going into the fourth and trailed by
eight before going on an 18-2 run and
outscoring Miami 26-11 over the final
eight minutes.
Mo Williams scored 20 before fouling
out and Ben Wallace had 14 rebounds
for the Cavs (26-4), who won their sixth
straight. The Heat had their winning
streak stopped at four.

Lakers 130, Warriors 113
At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored
31 points and Derek Fisher added 19.
Sasha Vujacic had 17 points, Pau
Gasol had 13 points, nine rebounds and
seven assists, and Andrew Bynum
chipped in with 13 points and 10
Jamal Crawford returned to the War-
riors' lineup after missing two games
with a groin strain and scored 22 points.

Nuggets 117, Knicks 110
At New York, Carmelo Anthony
scored 32 points after missing three
games with a bruised right elbow.'
The Nuggets blew the double-digit
lead they seized by making 15 of 20
shots in the second quarter, but recov-
ered behind Anthony's flawless fourth
and sent the Knicks to their sixth
straight loss.
J.R. Smith added 16 points and
Chauncey Billups 14 for the Nuggets,
who shot 57 percent from the field.
Nate Robinson scored 20 points and
David Lee had 19 for the Knicks.

Mavericks 98, Clippers 76
At Los Angeles, Josh Howard had
29 points, nine rebounds and a career-
best seven assists, leading Dallas over
the Clippers while Mavericks scoring
leader Dirk Nowitzki served a one-
game suspension for a flagrant foul and
automatic ejection in the fourth quarter
of Friday night's loss at Utah.
Marcus Camby returned to the Clip-
pers' lineup after missing the previous
game due to his father's death and had
16 points and 12 rebounds. Al Thornton
also had 16 points.

Hornets 105, Pacers 103
At Indianapolis, Chris Paul scored
11 points in the final 3:36 and David
West made a 17-foot fadeaway jumper
with 2.5 seconds remaining.
Paul and James Posey scored 19
points each for the Hornets (18-9).
West added 18 points, Rasual Butler
scored 15 and Peja Stojakovic had 12.
Danny Granger led Indiana (10-20)
with 34 points.









to make



Associated Press Writer

Vegas sports books favor the
New York Giants over the 11
other teams in the NFL play-
offs to win the Super Bowl, giv-
ing 2-to-1 odds on the NFC's
No. 1 seed to repeat as champi-
The Tennessee Titans are the
favorite among AFC teams to
win a title at 4-1, closely fol-
lowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers
at 9-2.
The Giants have the easiest
road to the Super Bowl on Feb.
1, while the AFC teams are
more evenly matched, odds-
maker Mike Seba of Las Vegas
Sports Consultants said Mon-
"You want to be in the
NFC," he said. "The AFC is
closer bunched there's not a
lot of difference between your
top seed and the six seed."
The Arizona Cardinals are
the biggest longshots for the
title at 40-1; in the AFC, the
Miami Dolphins have 30-1
Before the season, the two
teams that opened with the
longest odds to win the Super
Bowl were the Dolphins (250-1)
and the Falcons (200-1). Now
they're both in the playoffs.
The two preseason favorites
- the New England Patriots
(2-1) and Dallas Cowboys (7-
1) failed to reach the play-
Each of the four road teams
- Indianapolis, Baltimore,
Atlanta and Philadelphia is
favored in this weekend's open-
ing-round matchups. The top
two seeds in each conference
earned byes.

Chargers defeat Broncos for

3rd straight division title

AP Sports Writer
comeback belongs to the San
Diego Chargers, as does the
mild, mild AFC West.
The collapse is all Denver's.
The Chargers won their
third straight division title by
finishing 8-8, becoming the
first team to go from 4-8 to
the playoffs by routing the
Denver Broncos 52-21 in the
Ed Hochuli Bowl on Sunday
"This is obviously history in
they way we trailed the divi-
sion and now won it," Rivers
said after San Diego's fourth
straight win and 14th
straight in the month of
December. "We all had the
expectations to get here. We
obviously went a different
route than we thought we
would. But we're here."
It really, truly wasn't the
way anyone thought the tal-
ented Chargers would get to
January, considering they
were a popular preseason pick
to make it to the Super Bowl.
Mission Valley turned into
Mediocre Valley as the Charg-
ers became the first team to
win a division at 8-8 since the
Cleveland Browns did it in
1985. They're the ninth team
overall to make it to the play-
offs at 8-8; only two of the pre-
vious teams to do it managed
to win a game in the playoffs.
Tomlinson, who didn't
return after straining a groin
muscle in the third quarter,
had his first three-touchdown
game of the season. Rivers
threw his 33rd and 34th touch-
down passes of the season to
break Hall of Famer Dan
Fouts' 1981 team record.
"It's a tribute to the guys
who-kept believing and kept
fighting," said Tomlinson, who
plans to have an MRI exam
on Monday. "Very prideful
-guys. in that locker room. And
at, the point we were 4-8, we
didn't know what was going
to happen with Denver, but
for us it was about how were
.we going td finish."
Said Rivers: "Chances were
slim, but we kept playing hard

CHARGERS' LaDainian Tomlinson (left) rolls into the endzone for a touchdown on a 14 yard run during the
third quarter of Sundays game in San Diego. Chargers' Vincent Jackson (center) blocks while Broncos play-
ers (not seen) Dre Bly and Vernon Fox defend: San Diego won the game 52-21...
(AP Photo: Chris Park)

and fighting just for us to sal-
vage whatever we could sal-
Denver (8-8) completed a
monumental collapse, becom-
ing the first team since divi-
sion play began in 1967 to miss.
the playoffs after having a
three-game lead with three
weeks to go. Needing just one
win to wrap up the division,
the Broncos lost at Carolina,
at home to Buffalo and then
to the Chargers.

"Obviously it's not the same
football team that started the
year," Denver coach Mike
Shanahan said of a team that
started 3-0.
"It was kind of frustrating
to see that three-game lead
come down to this and see San
Diego kind of take off on us,"
Broncos receiver Brandon
Marshall said. "But, hey, that's
"We did have to score,"
quarterback Jay Cutler said.

"They punted once, I think. It
puts a lot of pressure on us."
The Chargers were 5-1 in
the division but 3-7 outside it,
and had zero wins against
playoff teams. San Diego will
host Peyton Manning and the
Indianapolis Colts on Satur- "
day night. San Diego upset the
Colts in the playoffs last year,
but Indy won 23-20 in San
Diego on Nov. 23.
Denver won the first meet-
ing between the increasingly

bitter rivals on Sept. 14 with
some last-minute help from
referee Ed Hochuli. When the
ball slipped from Cutler's
grasp and was recovered by
Chargers inside linebacker
Tim Dobbins, Hochuli ruled
it an incomplete pass instead
of a fumble. Hochuli later
acknowledged his decision was
wrong. However, by rule, the
call could not be changed and ,
Denver kept the ball. The
Broncos scored on fourth
down, followed by the winning
2-point conversion.
On Sunday night, the.
Chargers looked like world-!
beaters and Tomlinson was fari.,
more animated than at any
point of the worst year of his-
otherwise brilliant career.
After he scored on a 14-
yard run midway through.the
third quarter, L.T. celebrated'
with his teammates and then
high-stepped across the field
to the bench.
San Diego scored twice-
18 seconds midway thrbu
the third quarter. Rivers thr,
a 13-yard touchdown pass tu
speedy Darren Sproles to
make it 31-13. Defensive end
Luis Castillo intercepted Cut-
ler's deflected pass on the first '
play of the ensuing Denver,
drive, and Tomlinson then '
scored on his 14-yard run. ,
Tomlinson wasn't sure when
he hurt his groin and said it.:
didn't bother him on his firal:
TD run.
"I don't know how bad it
is," he said. "I'm not going to
jump to conclusions or say
anything more about, it
because I really don't know at.
this point."
San Diego set a team record
with 289 rushing yards.:
"We physically beat the hell
out of them. I can't say it any.
other way," Pro Bowl left"'
guard Kris Dielman said.
Tomlinson used a nice spin
move to score on a 4-yard run;
late in the second quarter", "
adding to the 1-yard scoring '
run he had in the first period.
Sproles also scored on a 2-
yard run in the fourth quar-
ter. He finished with 115 yards
on 14 carries. Tomlinson had
96 yards on 14 carries.

Crennel, Mangini, Marinelli fired day after season

AP Sports Writer

LOFTY expectations did in
Eric Mangini and Romeo Cren-
nel, as their teams' seasons
crumbled from high hopes to
demoralizing finishes.
Little was expected of the
Detroit Lions, though nor was
the worst season in NFL history.
That cost Rod Marinelli his job,
"You. can't go 0-16 and
expect to keep your job,"
Marinelli said.
Now two interim coaches
who breathed some life into

downtrodden clubs'- the
Rams' Jim Haslett and the
Raiders' Tom Cable await
word on their fates.
Three NFL clubs fired coach-
es Monday, less than 24 hours
after the regular season ended.
Out were Marinelli, the New
York Jets' Mangini and the
Cleveland Browns' Crennel.
Only Mangini's firing came
as a bit of a surprise. The Jets
harbored Super Bowl aspira-
tions after an 8-3 start that fol-
lowed an offseason spending
spree, including the trade for
Brett Favre. But they didn't
even make the playoffs, losing

four of their last five games.
"I don't think it was one
thing," owner Woody Johnson
"We had to go in a different
direction. There's nothing spe-
cific. It's just a call we made.
Hopefully, it's correct."
The Browns' search to
replace Crennel is already off
to a disheartening start: Bill
Cowher told owner Randy
Lerner on Saturday that he
doesn't intend to coach in 2009.
Cleveland was rewarded with
five prime-time TV appearances
this season after going 10-6 in
2007 and placing six players in

the Pro Bowl. But the Browns
collapsed to 4-12 amid injuries
and didn't score an offensive
touchdown while losing their
last six games.
"Romeo was a gentleman
through and through," Lerner
said. "He was gracious to a
The Lions became the first
NFL club to go 0-16 with their
loss to. the Packers on Sunday.
Marinelli won only one of his
last 24 games.
Three coaches were fired dur-
ing the regular season: Mike
Nolan in San Francisco, Scott
Linehan in St. Louis and Lane

Kiffin in Oakland.
Mike Singletary replaced
Nolan and will be retained after
the 49ers went 5-4 in their final
nine games.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
insists Wade Phillips will return
as coach after Dallas, a presea-
son Super Bowl favorite, failed
to make the playoffs and was
eliminated in humiliating fash-
ion in Sunday's 44-6 loss to
Phillips vowed Monday to do
things differently.
"We know things must
improve. The only way is to
change things," he said. "To get

to the standard we want, I don't
see another way.'
Cable went 4-8 after taking
over the Raiders and ended th:e
season with two straight victh-
ries, knocking the Buccaneers
out of the playoffs Sunday.
Haslett went 2-10 with thA

One of the objects in thW,,
Secret Sound has ties to.Minnefoi4




Philand were very Banniste extends
'Phil and I were very close.., condolences to family

behalf of
the Ministry
of Youth, "e
Sports and
Culture and .
the entire e

Minister of
Bannister extend profound
condolences to the immedi-
ate family, colleagues and
countless young athletes and
sports fans who were fortu-
nate enough to have been
touched by the life of Kevin
'Eyes' Ford, who recently
succumbed due to critical
health challenges.
The following is the full
text of the Minister's state-
In his own typical way,
'Kevin managed to succeed
in all aspects of his life,
whether as an athlete and
player, family man or bus
-driver or as national team
player in cricket, baseball or
The gifts of his rich per-
sonality, and his quest for
excellence are some of the
special qualities that will be
forever associated with his
legacy and the entire sport-
ing community which has
certainly endured a sub-
stantial loss.
I am advise a that in spite
of his relatively youthful
age, Kevin has been able to
accomplish much in his
abbreviated sports career,
so much so that many of his
accomplishments already
possess legendary status.
When these achievements
are set against those of his
brothers and sisters, there is
every indication that Kevin
became one of a select num-
ber of Bahamians to achieve
such widespread recognition
as a result of being named to
the respective National
Teams of the Bahamas Soft-
ball .Federation, the.
B.iham~s (ijffket Associa-
tion and the Bahamas Base-
ball Association.
He played each of these
disciplines at a very high lev-
el, with an affable grace that
announced him as being
clearly marked for great-
For.example, Kevin was
one of the pivotal reasons
for the successes of the
unmatched baseball dynasty
which was the St Pauli Girl
Barons/Holstein Knights.
With a pitching arm that
was golden and a hitting
stroke thatowas sure, he dis-
patched a foe to frustration
and failure. Much the same
he did in the other disci-
plines that he played.
In such a regard, Kevin
did manage to win recogni-
tion for his outstanding ath-
letic talent but only a small
part of his story has been
Indeed, his was a unique
personality and his legacy
will inform that he was as
fine a human being off the
field as.he was a prolific ath-
lete on it.
In fact he was a perfect
manifestation of the axiom
that every sinner has a fail-
ure just as every saint has a
He managed to navigate
from one of these extremes
to the other, never compro-
mising his moral principles
which ultimately permitted
him a clear view of the larg-
er picture of life.
Much to his credit then,
Kevin led a ful and produc-
tive life, to the extent that
many are the beneficiaries
from the lessons which his
life has left with the young
players he so loved to work
with and inspire.
I therefore exhort the
immediate and extended
family of Kevin to take
exceptional pride in his life's
contributions, particularly in
the countless lives he so
richly blessed making avail-

able to them, the abundance
of natural talent and skill he
was born with
'FiThe ood that he has
done will Ion outlive the
Sleting mome its of his tem-
poral journey.
I therefore take this
opportunity to advise all
members of the Ford family
and their associates that
they should find greatest
consolation in the fact that
Kevin lived so that they
could all enjoy greater self-
fulfillment in their cause of

Senior Sports Reporter

IT was during his era as pres-
ident of the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations
that Phil 'Smoker' Smith was
honoured for his contribution
to sports journalism.
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Desmond Bannister
says a whole lot more should
be done to keep the memory of
the late sports icon alive.
Smith, the 51-year-old sports
director at the Broadcasting
Corporation of the Bahamas
(ZNS), died at Doctors Hospital
Sunday morning after gallant-
ly fighting a battle with kidney
On Sunday while visiting the
many family members and
friends at Smith's home, Ban-
nister talked about the close
knitted, relationship that he
enjoyed and no doubt will cher-
ish with the deceased sports-
"Phil and I were very close,
we grew up together and we
were products of the same
neighbourhood," Bannister
pointed out. "We had an amaz-
ing rivalry. Phil was a SAC (St
Augustine's College) boy and I
was a GHS (Government High
School) guy.
"So growing up we had this
school rivalry, but we became

ATHLETE, from page 15
Ferguson finished third in the 100m, set-
ting a new personal record of 11.38s.
She returned in the 200m and pulled off a
near upset over Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.
Despite the second place finish, her per-
sonal best time of 22.85s seconds was enough
to dip below the required Olympic A stan-
dard of 23.00s, which secured her trip to
Arguably her most significant moment of
the year came in July at the 12th IAAF
World Junioi Championships in Bydgoszcz,
Ferguson captured the bronze medal in
100m in a time of 11.52s and returned two
days later to capture gold in the 200m in
They were the first medals for the
Bahamas at the prestigious meet.
Her year concluded at the Beijing
Olympics where she advanced out of the
opening round heats with a clocking of 23.33s
and was eliminated with an eighth place fin-
ish in the quarterfinals in 23.61s.
Ferguson was recently awarded the
BAAA's Junior Female Athlete of the Year.

Another stellar year for perhaps the most
storied sprinter in the country's rich athletic
Ferguson McKenzie reached Olympic
finals in both the 100m and 200m, reached
the World Athletics Final in both events
and finished as the top ranked athlete on
the IAAF World Athletics Tour standings.
In her fourth Olympiad, she finished sev-
enth in both events finishing in 11.19s and
22.61s respectively.
Throughout the course of the season, Fer-
guson-McKenzie was a pillar of consistency
on the European circuit amassing 58 points
to finish with the top ranking ahead of
France's Muriel Hurtis-Houairi (56) and
Jamaica's Sherone Simpson (54).
Ferguson had consecutive first place fin-
ishes in Zhukovskiy and a season's best time
of 22.84 the following month in Luzern.
She finished second at Gateshead (22.73s),
and third in both Bruxelles (22.79s) and Lon-
don (22.84s).
Qualifying as one of the top sprinters in
both events for the World Athletics Final,
Ferguson-McKenzie finished eighth in the
100m in 11.25s and fourth in the 200m in
A:200m specialist, she also ranked 10th on
the final standings of the World Athletics
Tour 100m standings.
At home, she retained her national cham-
pionship in the 200m at the Scotiabank
Olympic Trials holding off the aforemen-
tioned Ferguson and high school sensation
Nivea Smith, and finished second in the
100m behind Chandra Sturrup.
Ferguson-McKenzie was recently honored
as the BAAAs Female Athlete of the Year.

A pair of Olympic qualifications, a new
national record and a successful freshman
season at Auburn University made 2008 an
outstanding year for Vanderpool-Wallace.
She became the first Bahamian female
swimmer to qualify for the Beijing Olympics
when she did so at the Missouri Grand Prix
in February.
Her time of 56.67s in the 100m freestyle
surpassed the Olympic B standard and also
set a new Bahamian national record.

very close friends. And his
whole family Blossie (wife),
Karissa (daughter), Avent and
Dupree (sons) they were all
very close and this morning
, when I got the' call, I was in a
shock for a while."
Having lost a sporting legend
like Smith, Bannister said it
leaves a void that will be hard to
fill because "he lived such a spe-
cial life" and his memory should
be kept alive.
"We forget so quickly in this
country," Bannister stated. "But
we need to do something that is
suitable so that the young peo-
ple can remember who Phil
Smith was.
"One of the things that com-

forts me is that every time that I
go into his house, I see that big
plaque that we presented to him
when we honoured him in 2003
with the Lifetime Achievement
At such an age, Bannister
said the legacy that Smith has
left behind is unheard off, hav-
ing touched just about every
sphere in the country.
"At the time, it was the right
thing to do because Phil was
sick," Bannister charged. "We
had never given that lifetime
achievement award to anyone
as young as him, or anyone who
really was never a part of the
track and field family.
"But it was unanimous in the
BAAA that Phil Smith should
be honoured for a Lifetime
Achievement Award for his
contribution to sports. Looking
back now, I think it was the
right thing to do and he appre-
ciated ;' more because he still
have it hanging on his wall at
Not only Smith, but Bannister
-said there are countless unsung
Bahamians who have made sig-
nificant contributions to the
growth and development of
sports in the country who have
been overlooked.
Going back in time, Bannister
said he clearly remembers when
Smith played basketball in the
Gambler League.
"When I come to ZNS and I

Vanderpool-Wallace also qualified for the
50m freestyle.
In Beijing, she finished 28th overall in the
100m freestyle in 55.61s, lowering her own
national record,
Her time of 25.40s in the 50m freestyle
placed her 24th overall.
Vanderpool-Wallace achieved her first
collegiate victory last month at the "Iron
Bowl of Swimming" taking the 100m
freestyle in 57.47s.

The veteran sprinter continued, to com-
pete at the highest level, qualifying for her
fourth Olympic Games and finishing sev-
enth on the IAAF World Athletics Tour
standings for the 100m.
Sturrup ran a season's best time of 11.06s
in the 100m at Luzern in July for her lone
victory on the tour.
She also finished with four second place
finishes and one third place finish on the
tour culminating with a trip to the World
Athletics Final.

call him 'Smoker' a lot of peo-
ple didn't know why, but Phil
used to keep the nets smoking
when he shot the ball," Bannis-
ter stated.
"I think we need to look at
bringing back the community
activities where communities
get together and do things as a
. community. That Gambier
League brought a lot of people
who are stars to the forefront."
As a resident of his
Carmichael constituency, Ban-
nister said he ha made a pledge
to Smith's family that he will
do all in his power to keep his
memory alive.
"I know I will get their full
cooperation on that," he insist-
ed. "I don't think they realize
how large in life he was and
how much he has done.
"I think they are just begin-
ning to see that by the hundreds
of people who came back today
and I told Blossie there's going
be hundreds more in the next
few weeks, who have been
touched by Phil in ways that
many of them don't know."
Bannister said Smith was not
just concerned about sports, but
he had an interest in helping as
many young people get off to
school as he could.
"Phil Smith is a guy who is
an example for all of us in how
to live your life and to be decent
and to care about people," Ban-
nister summed up.

Sturrup finished sixth in a time of 11.23s.
At the Beijing Olympics, Sturrup failed
to advanced to the final, eliminated with a
fifth place finish in the semifinals in 11.22s.
Sturrup retained her national title in the
100m at the Scotiabank Olympic trials beat-
ing out Ferguson-McKenzie in a time of

Dillete became the second Bahamian
female to qualify for the Beijing Olympics
and the four member team including Van-
derpool-Wallace, Jeremy Knowles and Vere-
ance Burrows made up the largest team ever
fielded by the Bahamas.
Dillete, also a member of the Auburn
University swim team, qualified for the
Olympics at the Ohio Grand Prix.
Her time of 1:03.02s in the 100m back-
stroke set a new national record and sur-
passed the Olympic standard of 1:03.86s
In Beijing, Dillete lowered her national
record and finished 32nd in the event in a
time of 1:02.56s.

members, colleagues

of the late Phil Smith

ON behalf of the Govern-
ment of the Bahamas, the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture, and the entire sport-
ing community, Minister of
Sports Desmond Bannister
extended profound condo-
lences to the family members
and colleagues of the late Phil
In an official statement,
Bannister said he joins with
countless sports enthusiasts
who came to rely so much
upon Smith's authoritative
voice for an accurate depiction
of the state of sports in the
The statement reads:
As this country's pre-emi-
nent sports journalist, Phil
Smith embodied all that is
good about Bahamian sports,
inspiring in athletes and spec-
tators alike, the notion that
they all shared an equal stake
in.the growth and develop-
ment of the Bahamas as an
international sports power.
So firmly did Phil Smith
believe in such a proposition
that many were his personal
sacrifices to connect national
federations with their best
international players so as to
ensure that the Bahamas
would field its strongest
national teams to represent
the Commonwealth of Islands
he so fervently served.
In respect of such long term
and outstanding efforts, he
became an important com-
modity, possessing a pool of
knowledge that readily made
him a Bahamian icon, well
known throughout local and
international circles.
While Phil Smith was to
become one of a select number
of Bahamians to master the art
of sports journalism, he also
managed to achieve wide-
spread recognition for the
social graces which he prac-
ticed, as a knowledgeable
expert in his field, as a fine
gentleman and an exemplary
role model for all those young
men and women smart enough
to benefit from his legacy and
to emulate his desire to be of
meaningful service to the
national sporting community
and to the Bahamas as a
My ministry is convinced
that Phil Smith has been a
shining example to the youth
of the Bahamas, as much.by
his contribution to national
development through the use
of his medium as by his steady
display of honesty, integrity
and respect for the athletes,
coaches and officials he cov-
ered for almost 30 years.
Much the same can be said
about his days as an outstand-
ing athlete at St Augustine's
College where he functioned
as an offensive cog in the Big
Red Machine's championship
basketball and softball teams.
He continued his path of
excellence as a valuable mem-
ber of the Bain Town Flyers
Basketball Club.
In such a regard, I have
requested the Sports Depart-
ment of my ministry to provide
me with a number of recom-
mendations to perpetually
commemorate the memory of
Phil Smith in such a fashion
that his life will continue to
serve as a beacon for the youth
of the Bahamas, especially
those who demonstrate an
avocation for sports journal-
To the immediate and
extended family of Phil Smith
therefore, I ask them to take
exceptional pride in his life
contributions, particularly in
the countless lives he so richly
blessed by his affinity to prac-
tice and preach honesty and
fair play.
I am confident then, that his
many good deeds will long
outlive the relatively short
period of his temporal journey
among us. Eternal rest grant to
him, O'Lord.

Davis-Thompson preparing for collegiate coaching

FROM page 15

"I can't really say that I'm
working because sometimes I'm
there from 5:30 in the morning
and I don't get off until after 9
pm. But I don't feel it. I'm hav-
ing an amazing time. It just
shows how much I love track
and field."
Davis-Thompson, the former
national 400 metre record hold-
er who was the first Bahamian

to win an individual medal on
the track at the Olympics when
she got a silver in the 200
behind drug-tainted American
Marion Jones in 2000 in Syd-
ney, Australia, said she couldn't
ask for a better job.
"I've been in the (SEC) Con-
ference having competed for
Alabama, so I know what is
expected off me and I'm very
firm with my athletes," she
insisted. "I'm very fair and they
push them.

"But they know that I let
them know that they are young
ladies first and I always expect
them to conduct themselves like
young ladies. But I'm happy to
say that I'm working with some
young, beautiful and very smart
University of Tennessee acade-
mic All-American young
On the other side of the
track, Davis-Thompson inter-
acts with Norbert Elliott, a for-
mer national triple/long jumper,

who is in his third year at Ten-
nessee as the assistant coach for
the sprints, hurdles and hori-
zontal jumps.
"Every afternoon, Norbert is
at one side of the track and I'm
at the other side. We normally
look over and hail each other
or we would see each other in
the hallway or in the cafeteria,"
she lamented.
"As a matter of fact, I grew
up with Norbert. As a young
athlete traveling with the senior

team, Norbert used to take care
of me. He used to call me
'Baby' and he still call me
'Baby.' So it's so funny to be
working across the track from
him at the same university. I'm
thoroughly enjoying it."
Through a recruiting pro-
gramme, Davis-Thompson is
hoping that she and Elliott
would eventually get a few
Bahamian athletes to join them
as Vol's at the University of



The TPi une's Female

Athlete of the Year

In a retrospective vision, 2008 can be seen
as a changing of the guard in Bahamian track
and field with a younger generation of stars
stepping to the forefront.
For a year in which her performances tran-
scended her junior status, Sheniqua 'Q' Fer-
guson has been named as The Tribune's
Female Athlete of the Year.
Ferguson experienced success at every
level representing the country at several
international meets and her Southwest Mis-
sissippi Community College Bears.
The 19-year old 100m/200m specialists'
long season of accolades included a pair of
medals at Carifta, a 100m/200m double at the

National Junior College Athletic Associa-
tion National Championships, a historic pair
of medals at the IAAF World Junior Cham-
pionships, and concluded with a qualification
to the Beijing Olympics.
At the 37th Carifta Athletics Champi-
onships in St Kitts and Nevis, Ferguson ran
11.50s in the finals of the Under 20 girls
100m to finish in third place.
She also teamed with Nivea Smith, Krys-
tal Bodie and Cache Armbrister to make up
the record setting 400m relay team which
set a new Carifta mark of 44.36s.
In May, Ferguson continued her stellar
collegiate season by helping her Bears to a
sixth place finish at the NJCAA Outdoor

Track and Field Championships.
Ferguson took the 100m final in 11.39s
and came back to take the 200m final in
- She also was also a member of the 400m
relay team, along with Bodie, that raced to a
second place finish in 45.50s.
Ferguson earned a total of 28 of her team's
42 points.
She returned home in June.for the Sco-
tiabank Olympic Trials where she set a pair
of personal bests in both her specialized
events and reach the A qualifying standard
for the 200m.

See ATHLETE, page 14

SHENIQUA FERGUSON has been named as The Tribune's Female Ath-
lete of the Year (2008)...

Davis-Thompson preparing

for collegiate coaching

Senior Sports Reporter
ALMOST a decade since she officially retired
from active competition, Pauline Davis-Thomp-
son is now preparing for the start of her collegiate
coaching experience.
The International Amateur Athletic Associa-
tion's Council Member joins Bahamian assistant
men's coach Norbert Elliott as an assistant wom-
en's coach for the Lady Volunteers at the Uni-
versity of Tennessee.
Davis-Thompson was in town over the week-
end anid she attended the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations' 2008 Awards Presentation
on Saturday night at Sandals Royal Bahamian
* While she was happy to see the "change" in the
format for the presentation, Davis-Thompson
said she thought this year's recipients for the top
awards were right on target.
"Those were my picks too," said Davis-Thomp-
son, a former multiple Female Athlete of the
Year awardee. "It was a fair system because the
athletes all did very well."
Coming off a turbulent year in which the sport
secured two medals at the Olympic Games in
Beijing, China in August, only to come home

and have president Mike Sands ousted out of
office by a vote of no confidence in October,
Davis-Thompson said they have to remember
that the athletes always come first.
"We should always do what is in the best inter-
est for our country the Bahamas and what is in the
best interest for our athletes," she stressed. "We
should put our personal differences aside and do
always what is best for the country and our ath-
"No matter what the situation, our country
should always come first and then our athletes.
We are not there for our personal agendas. We
are there for our athletesand showcase our coun-
try." "
When she returns to the University of Ten-
nessee, Davis-Thompson said her emphasis will
be geared towards getting the great Lady Vol's
athletes prepared for the upcoming season.
"'I'm actually having fun," said Davis-Thomp-
son, who starred for the University of Alabama
from 1985-1989 before she formed the PDT Inter-
national Track Club in 2002, coaching such world-
class athletes as quarter-milers Christine Amertil,
Addis Huyler and Avard Moncur, American
Monique Hennagan and Jamaican Pete-Gaye

SEE page 14

Darling gets set for assistant coach job

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net '
AFTER spending the past
two years as the head coach of
the University of Texas-Pan
American men and women
track and field and cross coun-
try programmes, Dennis Dar-
ling is now headed to the Uni-
versity of Texas at-Arlington
But on January 5 when he
reports to work in Arlington,
Texas, Darling will take up his
new position as the assistant
men's sprint coach.
"It's a lot better programme,
big programme and more mon-
ey," Darling insisted. "They've
been having a great sprint pro-
gramme for the last couple of
years and so it's a great oppor-
Not that he was looking for a
new job because Darling said
he was quite contented at the
University of Texas-Pan Amer-
ican. But when he was
approached by the University
of Texas at-Arlington, he defi-
nitely couldn't turn down the

"I'm not
the head
coach, but
I'm the
he pointed
out. "But
from one
job as a
head coach
and going DnsDr
to another
as an assis-
tant has it's advantages.
"I have the opportunity to
become a head coach again in
the future. So I think this is a
better move to a more estab-
lished programme in a better
Assistant coaches in the past
at the University of Texas at-
Arlington have gone on to
become head coaches at Texas
Tech, Arkansas and the Uni-
versity of Georgia, so Darling is
keeping his sights on any door
that open.
"I might have stepped down
from being the head coach to
become an assistant coach, but
it's a step in the right direction

to becoming a head coach again
in the future," Darling project-
At the University of Texas-
Pan American, Darling was
able to recruit quarter-miler
Jameson Strachan and he was
on the verge of getting sprinter
Tia Rolle into the programme.
But she had to go through the
junior college ranks before she
will eventually be able to fulfill
her commitments at the Uni-
versity of Texas-Pan American.
"I was trying to get some
Bahamians up there, but the
grades have always been a prob-
lem," Darling insisted. "I just
think that we need to work a
little more with the academics
of our athletes."
Once he has settled in at the
University of Texas at-Arling-
ton, Darling said he intends to
look at recruiting any Bahamian
athlete that is eligible academi-
"I will continue to look for
Bahamian talent," said Darling,
who himself had an outstand-
ing career as a quarter-miler,
having competed at the
Olympic Games.


~.2. ~







' 4, .


a *.

r ~
% ~2
V ~

.h~. -~
* *2** ~.

79 f* -

" 4K,~ 'f

-I/ .

4 .. A ^ .
* .I /



....... .....




.2 '? 2-
Vt 7!


Roam wherever

or t


is available

Coming soon to english speaking caribbean
D__._ I. B_ _I __ D at A n *lv


rremium Uoaming Ia S JppJly
$1.29 per minute (Incoming and outgoing calls) and .330 per text.

For more information: www.btcbahamas.com

CALL BTC 225-5282





*- I, -
. ,








ii li-~sil~

.- --.-,.


usTUESDAY, Diness

Freeport Concrete's $2.6m 'going concern' warning

Tribune Business Editor
Freeport Concrete's external
auditors have again warned
there is "material uncertain-
ty" about whether the BISX-
listed company can continue as a going
concern, as its current liabilities exceed-
ed assets by some $2.607 million at the
fiscal 2008 year-end.
Although KPMG did not qualify its
December 13, 2008, audit opinion, fol-
lowing Freeport Concrete's $488,443
net loss for the 12 months to August
31, 2008, the accounting firm warned

* KPMG warns on 'material uncertainty' over liability-asset deficiency and bank covenant breach

* But company prepares statements as going concerns due to bank relationship; improved 2009 forecast

* Posts $488,000 loss for fiscal 2008, as sales slide at both Home Centre and concrete plant

that the company was in "non-compli-
ance" with certain debt-related bank-
ing covenants it had agreed with its
bankers, FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (Bahamas).
Among the covenants breached were
the maintenance of key financial ratios,
while capital spending was above the
agreed limits. Freeport Concrete was

not in compliance with these condi-
tions as at the December 13, 2008,
audit sign-off date, and had a bank
overdraft and loan with FirstCaribbean
that, at August 31, 2008, stood at $2.029
As a result, KPMG told, Freeport
Concrete's shareholders: "The com-
pany has not received written confir-

mation from its bankers that they will
agree to tolerate the breaches of the
credit facility agreements, and there-
fore an uncertainty exists as to what
action the company's bankers will take,
if any.
"These conditions indicate the exis-
tence of a material uncertainty, which
may cast significant doubt on the com-

pany's ability to continue as a going
concern, and therefore it may be
unable to realise its assets and dis-
charge its liabilities in the normal
course of business."
Ray Simpson, Freeport Concrete's
chief executive, was said to be out of

SEE page 3B

Minister challenges

PLP: Show me $800n

in infrastructure spen

Tribune Business Editor
Laing, minister
of state for
finance, yester-
day "dared
someone to
show me the'
physical infra-
structure" con-
structed by $800
million worth of
capital works ZHIVARGO
spending during LAING
the five years of
the Christie administration, and
denied that the Government's
I decision to review contracts had
damaged Bahamian economic
Responding to the Standard
& Poor's (S&P) report, which
concluded that the Bahamas
lost "important economic
growth momentum" as a result
of the FNM government's deci-
sion to cancel the $23 million
Straw Market contract and
review up to $80-$90 million
worth of public sector agree-
ments, Mr Laing said the Wall
Street rating agency had agreed
it was "not uncommon" for
incoming administrations to
review contracts signed by their
- In this particular context, he
argued that the former PLP
administration had either signed
or entered into negotiations for
a wide swathe of public works
contracts in the months leading
up to the general election,
something that contrasted with
what he described as a conspic-
uous lack of activity over the
preceding five years.
Disputing assertions that the
Ingraham administration had
taken six to eight months to
complete its contract review
upon taking office, Mr Laing
said: "S&P, as any rating agency
can, can take a view on any'
"We certainly do not agree
that the review would have
been the basis of the significant
'fall-off in economic activity we
would have seen going from
2006 into 2007, especially with
regard to the fact that we would

Ginn lenders to 'joint venture' on Grand Bahama development



Minister disputes
S&P report findings

on public works

have already seen economic
indicators generally showing a
slowing Bahamian economy,
whether you want to look at
tourism numbers, the reserves
Given this situation, Mr
Laing said the PLP Opposition
"cannot attribute that [the eco-
nomic slowdown] to the review
of all those contracts, which did
not take six to eight months".
Despite "hundreds of millions
of dollars being spent on capital
works in the Bahamas" between
2002-2007, Mr Laing challenged
persons to show him any new
clinics, hospitals, government
office complexes and other pub-
lic buildings constructed under
the Christie administration.
"Almost $800 million was
spent in five years, and I dare
someone to show me the phys-
ical infrastructure that accounts
for $800 million in expendi-
ture," Mr Laing told Tribune
"Under those circumstances,
what administration would not
seek to review contracts.signed
or deemed to be signed months
The minister added that "it
is erroneous for anyone to sug-
gest" that the outgoing Christie
administration had left in place
$80-$90 million worth of com-
pleted public works contracts
for the FNM government to
inherit when it took office after
the May 2, 2007, general elec-
Mr Laing said only two com-
pleted contracts were found in
place the $23 million Straw
Market contract, and the $8 mil-
lion contract for the Heritage
School in Grand Bahama. All
the others "still had work to be
The Prime Minister, said Mr
Laing, had in June 2007 given

SEE page 4B

For Sale by Sealed Bid:
at The Abaco Club Rlita Clton on Winding Bay, Abaco, Bahamas
Stunning Prime Beachfront Estate Lot 25 at The Abaco Club Ritz Carlton on
Winding Bay,Abaco, Bahamas. Enjoy the amenities of a 5-star golf and beach resort.
This 1.73 acre beachfront lot offers privacy and seclusion. Superbly located in the
center of the beach with close proximity to the Club's amenities. This beautiful
lot has 200 feet of pink sand beach with gorgeous views of the secluded and pro-
tected Winding Bay. Closing date for sealed bids: February 16, 2009.
SIRbahamas.com Ref: No. 3585
For bid information and package, contact:
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com t 242.367.5046 or c 242.557.2929



I Member of
SIRbahamas.com I t 242.321.2305 f 242.322.2033 The Bahamas MLS

Tribune Business Editor
GINN Clubs & Resorts has
reached an agreement with its
lenders that will see the latter
become its "joint venture" part-
ner in the development of its
$4.9 billion project in Grand
Bahama's West End.
Ryan Julison, Ginn's vice-
president of communications,
confirmed to Tribune Business
that under the terms of the
restructuring of the $675 mil-
lion syndicated lending facility
led by Credit Suisse, Ginn stir
mer's future development
would be handled by a consor-

tium featuring Ginn and the
Confirming that the Bahami-
an project had not been placed
into either Chapter 7 or Chap-
ter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
in the US, a fate that had befall-
en five other Ginn proper-ty
holding companies, Mr Julison
said: "Parts of the Ginn sur mer
project were under the Credit
Suisse lending facility. That, as
you know, was in default.
"That has been restructured,
and as part of the restructuring
Ginn sur mer will be part of a
joint venture with us and the
lenders. Ginn sur mer is
absolutely not in bankruptcy."

What appears to have taken
place, as part of the $675 million
credit facility restructuring, is a
debt-for-equity swap that has
given the lending institutions an
equity stake in Ginn sur mer,
exchanging this for the, debt
they hold.
- Tribune Business revealed,
exclusively several months ago
that such a debt-for-equity swap
was on the cards, with Ginn
having proposed giving Credit
Suisse and the other lenders ain
equity stake in the; Ginn Sur.
Mer project.
At that time, ihe lenders were,
trying to drive a hard bargain
and force Lubert Adler, the real

S&P backs PLP contract stance

Business Reporter
STANDARD and Poor's
(S&P) conclusion that the
Bahamas lost "important eco-
nomic growth momentum"
after the Government reviewed
$80-$90 million worth of pub-
lic works contracts has proven
the PLP's argument that it was
detrimental to the Bahamian
economy, a prominent ,Opposi-
tion MP said yesterday.
Fred Mitchell, MP for Fox
Hill, said: "I read the report on
Sunday, and it was quite inter-
esting that Standard and Poor's
went as far as they did. It con-
firmed what we said all along."
Mr Mitchell claimed that
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham 's decision to stop and

review all the contracts the PLP
administration left in place was
"vindictive, unnecessary, and
ludicrous", and was something
the Bahamas is now paying for.
The most detrimental deci-
sion, he said, was stopping the
$23 million Straw Market con-
tract. "I predict that by the time
the Government has settled the
cost of stopping the contract,
and completed the new designs,
it will cost more than $23 mil-
lion. Mark my words," Mr
Mitchell said.
FNM Cabinet ministers have
privately told Tribune Business
that they were not comfortable
in spending a sum close to 50
per cent of that fiscal year's cap-
ital works budget on'just one
Mr Mitchell said, though, that
this has been to the country's

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 there was
a real fear that, if the Credit
Suisse group moves to foreclo-.
sure or takes an equity stake,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, will move to renegotiate
the original Heads of Agree-
ment obtained from the Christie
administration. He is thought
to believe the terms are too gen-

SEE page 5B

economic detriment. "It's
almost like we want to say we
told you so," he said of S& P's
In its report, S&P said: "Fol-
lowing real GDP growth of 4.5
per cent in 2006, the growth
momentum has been interrupt-
ed by the election and then by
the protracted period of con-
tracts review by the FNM gov-
ernment after it cane to power.
"The review of $80 million
worth of contracts, and eventu-
al cancellation of a $23 million
public contract 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

Make it a reality.

S '&

' Pension Plans

* Mutual Funds

* Stock Brokerage

* Corporate Finance

* Investment Management

" Trusts & Estate Planning

* Personal Pension Plan Accounts

* Education Investment Accounts

We can get you there!

Nassau:^ ^Sm ^ 242.36.980
Freeport: 242.351.3010
S.Mc ael 4.43.A 55M ne a Sw

0- 0eltyco

An *-Fiel 0yJo-tVe0ue oman

Money at Work

(242) 356-9801

(242) 351-3010



N obistu m ae

:' "-:*i*

< =L

Z00 C)C Cl) C
-4 -4- 3 -4'
=2 00Go -4 00
C" mCP C
co'-7 -'w o oVC
a3o o OC=Q CD)0m R, W

010 cn )-."A l) 0 o b 0
S0 0 n
M 0 ) o L a ) Co 0 C N
to 0 0m CA ; 0 0 Sw0 0 CD Cd) Z3 C 5.

J0 "01 CT r0 C4l W c6 r4 T "0 W W t (l
00 0 0 C.

cr> -^~7 po -* kc k-*-.js or -

T3 CAC 'CD d' C D- W f CO t. '0*0 CACA/>OT

co =0 t .
rt *=W W DC0 5
S* 0'C D C ) D <

'..4Q) -..7Co--JO)>Co Co ^^0-.1
-4 CY -4 M M M-c

M N 3 M C4 -
'0 CAC C) DC,2 w C4 O w0 C W
10 c 6 0 o ( 0 A ) w-W,

2- -4 -t 0

=T 00 =r C) 00 SD

S C 0 -o0 0 -
CD o C) o0
C"i"J.4-- US -1 Sr a52g

-4 -4-4 L $ -4jh--
R ) K 2 -

U) clf GIS.0 M V) C- n W
o o

coN)-4 C"OO D Ln Co 0Na Co
(IC .7-. C..)-' ciiCJ C- o ^IYCJ N) r pB -J

T\3) 0 0 CS 0 0 az OW r. C-) gC a
r" o0 "
w v i^n tb -M 21 c6 T
M^ n^ =7cioac i ^

v ss:,
+, +, l
<" "Si



33 Si "




3* CO







".. ",. _
: ; '* -










-tn .




if .


a CD

si2? gA

Q s
-xp W-:i

2 t '-:


. a! .U
.+ o -r i9

. . li ii




W 000'g

-4 CO-4 -4,
-' tD CoO r.. -0
Co o n o n
c). c) C) C c) c)

G* T
cc ~

a 33



Cl Q -.o R.r c coo 3 0 ELI LCC) C w 01CDD
= wo-o-,o, aLI'0.0R+'- -
iC'" -; 5 1 I
=r 03-cu 0 co ED
c SD w @-aca.
.0 --x -
M-o301 C

0*,_0 0- --.C+ + +
Cd) a
S cL
- 07 m "

:~: ~ NZ4 C.3C CDc.)CoCw wCo wD D4 C-
Oh m di A
CDR3 ,6 Z -Z c-- -4 w 0 ? C C C
n c n Ltca o w C-'o '0o (' i C i Bo aD od '09o 10 w mwBoM.Um'm woi-,
n- n o c C)V3 R) "R r t ntrs + It NI -o c 0 - 0-n n
Cl te=- CE F -

tSi 4. -4w -^^ a) col r ~ wm -4 cz~ w c l, "Co^ ZA^ rG cn wga] -.j3* R3M~ 4 r r L n^ * "l* 'g -*g 't* >"" n-- **u
c" c, CA
ZC4 Ln4 0 a-D
00 z ,

CC wv) A 0n n-o0 w w wC Dn O

a .- -mmallam -

C.) =*
o -

0 =
9, C.. CO

-----------------I --

.;-- '-o\~i

- Al
w IL
IL Air
m A
m a



Ex-minister confident in Ginn development

Tribune Business

OBIE Wilchombe. MP for
West End, told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday that he remains
confident in the $4.9 billion
Ginn sur mer project, despite
the fact that fivNe of the devel-
oper's companies have been
placed in Chapter 7 bankruptcy
The Grand Bahama project
is not among the affected com-
panies. Mr Wilchombe admit-
ted that while there had been
some initial concerns about the
financing, Bobby Ginn, Ginn

FROM page 1B

office for two weeks when Tri-
bune Business called for com-
ment yesterday. The company's
chairman, Hannes Babak, who
holds 43 per cent of its shares,
did not return messages left on
his cell phone.
KPMG's audit opinion is
nothing new, a similar one hav-
ing been issued with the 2007
financial statements. However,
the company's liabilities-over-
assets deficit had increased
year-over-year by 70.2 per cent
to $2.607 million, compared to
$1.532 million at year-end 2007.
Freeport Concrete's accumu-
lated deficit, which measures its
total losses over its history, now
stands at $5.788 million, indi-
cating its shareholders have
endured virtually zero return
since the firm went public in
20C'l1 and in'ttockmialkc par-
la e --b tlh ,n their
'in'.esrit y .
The situtU.io In rmS tailor-
made for an injection of equity
capital to be made into Freeport
Concrete, which would help pay
down accounts payables and
generate sufficient funds for
Home Centre inventory pur-
Several capital markets
sources have suggested that the
best way would be via rights
offering to existing sharehold-
ers, underwritten by Mr Babak
as majority shareholder. Yet,
now is not the best time for such
a venture, given the economic
However, the audited finan-'
cial statements said Freeport
Concrete's Board of Directors
and management had decided
to -prepare the fiscal 2008
accounts on a 'going concern'
basis because of projected

Clubs & Resorts' principal, had
assured the Government and
West End that the company has
the necessary funds in place to
complete the mixed-use devel-
Mr Wilchombe noted that
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette was at the project
about six weeks ago to view the
developer's progress.
Mr Wilchombe added that
in February, much-needed elec-
trical street lighting between
Eight Mile Rock and West End
will be installed in February.
Dredging is also expected to
begin shortly.
West End is already benefit-
ing from the presence of the

improvements in cash flows
during the current financial
This improvement, the finan-
cials said, would come from
"increases in budgeted sales,
improved gross margins, inven-
tory management and continu-
ing to control operating costs".
Forecasted capital expenditure
was also less in fiscal 2009 than
it had been in the past year.
Other criteria used by
Freeport Concrete to support
its position were that First-
Caribbean continued to work
with the company despite the
credit facility breaches; loan
payments had been made on
scheduled dates; and positive
cash flow to meet all its obliga-
tions had been generated
throughout 2008.
The BISX-listed entity added
that the relocation of its con-
crete plant operations to
Bahama Rock's premises, effec-
tive from June 2008,.and the
continued extension of credit
limits and terms to its Home
Centre retail store, also sup-
ported the 'going concern' posi-
For the year to August 31,
2008, Freeport Concrete's total
sales revenues declined by 16.23
per cent to $13.59 million, com-
_ pared to $16.223 million the
year before. It blamed the drop
on a combination of a depressed
Grand Bahama economy, which
was already in the doldrums
before the global downturn, and
the absence of any major con-
struction projects on the island.
The latter impacted its aggre-
gate and ready-mix concrete
business, which in fiscal 2007
had benefited from several
major projects, such as the
Associated Grocers warehouse
in the Sea/Air Business Centre.

In the absence of such devel-
opments, concrete plant sales
declined by 32 per cent, falling
from $4.755 million in 2007 to
$3.235 million in 2008.
That, in turn, saw the con-
crete plant operation plunge
from a $472,000 net profit in fis-
cal 2007 to a $233,000 loss in
Over at the H-ome Centre,
sales dropped 9.7 per cent from
$11.468 million to $10.335 mil-
lion. However, despite the fall,
the retail outlet's net loss fell
by almost 35 per cent to
$255,000, compared to a
$393,000 loss the year before.
That was achieved by a more
than $500,000 fall in the cost of
sales, coupled with a $700,000
decline in selling, general and
administrative expenses. Over-
all, the Home Centre reduced
its operating expenses by 18 per
cent, with shrinkage standingat
only 0.15 per cent of annual
sales. ,&.-1:
Mr Simpson, in his message
to shareholders, drew some
comfort from that, saying that
had it not been for the sales
decline, the Home Centre
would have been profitable.
However, he reiterated that
the Home Centre's major prob-
lem, as stated so often by Tri-
bune Business, is that it needs
more financing for inventory
purchases to ensure it is fully
stocked to meet client needs.
Currently, it is largely restrict-
ed to using cash flows.from
operations to finance inventory
purchases, and if it had more
stock, more sales would result.
Mr Simpson acknowledged,
though, that the credit crunch
had made it harder for suppliers

development, as monies placed
in a community trust by Ginn
are being used for improvement
projects such as a clean-up cam-
The development itself is pro-
ceeding, he added, with work
on the vertical construction and
golf course.
"We are optimistic that things
will be OK, because Ginn has a
good relationship with the cur-
rent administration, as it did
with tha previous administra-
tion," Mr Wilchombe said.
He also expressed hope for a
strong economic performance
between January and March,
which would provide a much-
needed boost to the economy.

to extend credit terms for pur-
chases, given that they were
being squeezed themselves by
liquidity-shorn US banks.

However, Mr Wilchcombe
did note that Grand Bahama
will be hard hit next year as it
continues to face the'economic
challenges impacting the entire
"My real concern is after Feb-
ruary and March; that is when I

think that it will really be felt
and when we will have prob-
lems," the MP said.
He added that Grand
Bahama has lost a significant
amount of airlift, and said he
was hopeful Bahamasair would
help pick up some of that slack.

Harvard Business School
Caribbean BSuine- Club
Member of StuLdent Clubs of HBS Irnc

7th Annual UG4 MBA Conference
"Linking the Caribbean through Entrepreneurship"
January 3 to 6, 2009 Atlantis, Paradise Island

>- The Rt. Hon Hubert A. Ingraham
Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
>- Senator the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
Minister of Tourism and Aviation
> Michael Mansoor .. 5
Executive Chairman, FirstCarlan44pternational Bank Limited
>- George Markantonis '
President and Managing Director, Kerzner International
>- Michael Anderson
President, Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank &Trust Limited
> Barry Malcolm
Managing Director, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited


Panel Discussions:
* Emerging Opportunities
in the Caribbean
* Accessing Capital
* Etrepreneurs iirourism
* Innovation Within
Mature Companies
* Forming New Industries
in the Caribbean

FRE.MB Inormtio Sesio

Register online at

rRsa .-
.. kerizner' oYAL FID)LI T

Nassau Airport
Development Company

Provision and Maintenance of Plants

Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. invites tenders for
provision and maintenance of plants at Lynden Pindling
International Airport

In keeping with NAD's objective to develop and maintain a
worid-class gateway to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Must be 100% Bahamian owned & operated
Must be holders of a current business license
Must demonstrate the ability to fulfill the requirements set out
in NAD's official Request for Proposal
Must show a track record of commitment to service with
Request for Proposals may be collected from NAD's
corporate office in Terminal -1 at the Lynden Pindling
Internatona! Airport between the hours of 10:00am 4:00pm
commencing January 2 6, 2009.

.~ *~~'**

A one-of-a-kind residential gem offering

' '. / ., ', l ' '
."'2 32. .0/12
Ads uI.'

Freeport Concrete's

$2.6m 'going

concern' warning


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

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

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

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

Deadline for submissions of Proposals
is January 9,2009 at 3:00pm.

Telephone (242) 702-1000/1022




\\'ha rt or ,-
Car.l''ejnr Bu ir,',.inr, ,anr, *e Cub
MeTbccr of ht-,ar tOT, Gradu~jre ::;ic


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: 1970 Lubbock
Year/Make: 1994 Tomco
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: 1998 Ford
Year/Make: 1997 Ford
Year/Make: 1996 HONDA

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: GLL040AFNUAVO84
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 : Al.warner@pepsiamericas.com

No phone calls will be accepted.

. ; , ,X

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 frontof house staff and maintain a cohesive team.
* Ability to promote positive work relationships with service personnel and other
* 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
* 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

"- OR
Email: humanresources@theabacoclub.com

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 9, 2009


FROM page 1B
"any number 'asons" why
the contract was being
done, and sa aristie gov-
ernment's fivt ar record on
public works projects contrasted
sharply with 'the frenzied signing
.activity that took place just
before it left office.
This, Mr Laing added, "calls
into question what was being
done". He pointed to the $3
million contract for a school for
40 children, in one of the south-
ern Bahamas islands, as an
example of something that was
not "cost effective".
In its report, S&P said: "Fol-
lowing real GDP growth of 4.5
per cent in 2006, the growth
momentum has been interrupt-
ed by the election and then by
the protracted period of con-
tracts review by the FNM gov-
ernment after it came to power.

"The review of $80 million
worth of contracts, and eventu-
al cancellation of a $23 million
public contract 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
Yet Tribune Business report-
ed yesterday that in their
defence, FNM Cabinet minis-
ters have privately said they
were not comfortable in spend-
ing a sum close to 50 per cent of
that fiscal year's capital works
budget on just one project the
Straw Market.
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.
Mr Laing confirmed these
concerns yesterday, and told
Tribune Business: "I think the
Straw Market contract begged
any number of questions. That
required review, the cost being
one of them, and the level of
comfort with what is being pro-
posed to be built in return for
the sum of money in the con-
The minister said it was a sim-
ilar situation with the Heritage
School contract, which was
awarded for $8 million, despite
most contractors submitting a
$13 million valuation. Another
new school contract in Grand
Bahama, subsequently award-
ed by the Ingraham govern-
ment, had been for work val-
ued at between $13-$14 million.
"Anyone observing the con-
duct of the former administra-
tion over five years, and the lack
of any significant progress being
made in awarding public works
contracts of any significant
nature, and having seen this
rush to sign contracts in the run-
up to the election, would see it
as prudent for any government
to conduct this review," Mr
Laing said.

U ..'


Located At Union :
... ... Weekly

:. ' .... "^' & Saturday
.i ' . ,'

LCL / FCL / Vehicles / Heavy Equipment
Full Container Load Pickups throughout Florida
& the U.S.
Private Terminal with Flexible Gate Hours
Centrally Located in Ft. Pierce, FL


Local Agent
ACL Bahamas Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 322-1158 Fax: (242) 326-4206


Invites the general public to bid on the following
equipment listed:


challenges PLP:

Show me $800m

in infrastructure





b adveplise in Me

TpOw the #1 newspapep
in cipcidation, just capr-

502-2371 today!

Three Convenient Delivery& Consolidation Locations to Choose From

9999 NN 89th Avenue 100 Terminal Drive WAREHOUSE
Bays 18 & 19 Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 941 S.W. 21 st Terrace
Medley, FL 33179 Tel: 772-465-7700 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
Tel: 30S-882-1088 Fax: 772-46S-7731 Tel: 954-792-3130
'Fax.- 3.01-8,42-1012, Fax: 9S4-A2-2S03

Ginn lenders

to 'joint


on Grand



FROM page 1B

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 devel-
opment site in West End, taken
out as security for the loan.
Mr Julison said that infra-
structure work at Ginn sur mer
was continuing to proceed as
normal, as was the golf course,
the developer having placed
$160 million worth of financing
into an escrow account to
ensure this was safe from cred-
"The bottom line is the infra-
structure and everything that
Bobby Ginn has discussed in
the past is continuing," he
added. "Things are moving for-
ward. The infrastructure is well
However, all real estate sales
at Ginn sur mer have been
"shut down" for the- past five
months as part of the agreement
with the lenders, following the
June 2008 default.
Mr Julison said: "Sales oper-
ations were shut down during
that negotiation, as part of the
agreement between us and the
lender. I'm not sure about that
resuming, but as part of the
restructuring all sales efforts
were shut down."
In a statement issued yester-
day, Ginn said its two borrow-
ing entities that accessed the
financing for Ginn sur mer and
the other properties Ginn-LA
CS Borrower LLC and Ginn-
LA Conduit Lender Inc had
reached agreement with the
Credit Suisse lenders over the
$525 million first lien credit
facility and the $150 million sec-
ond lien credit facility.
Apart from Ginn sur mer, the
other properties impacted were
Tesoro and Quail West in Flori-
da, and Laurelmor in North
Carolina. The former two have
been placed in Chapter 7 bank-
ruptcy as part of the restructur-
ing, with Laurelmor set to be
transferred to a new owner.
Ginn said: "Sales at the four
communities had been severely
affected by ongoing economic
pressures and the drastic down-
turn in the real estate market,
which ultimately led to a default
under the credit facilities in
June 2008.
"The parties have been
involved in extended negotia-
tions with the lenders both
before and after the default.
These efforts have culminated
in the execution of a restruc-
turing agreement that forms the
basis for the resolution of the
outstanding defaults."
"All parties worked toward

a resolution that maximised
both the value of the. proper-
ties and the homeowners' inter-
ests," said Robert Gidel, chief
executive of Ginn Development
"We believe the resolution
reflected in the master restruc-
turing agreement achieves the
best possible result for each of
the projects under the circum-
In its latest report on the
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
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 hluildout was not
planned in the firstfour 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."

4LV. H a rvard Busines Sc hn' o
\ f Cariembbeaf Studiness Club
Member of Student Clubs of HBS, Inc.

The Public is hereby advised that I, SALOME JOANNA
CARTWRIGHT of P.O. Box AB-20471, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, Bahamas, intend to change my name to SALOME
JOANNA NEILLY. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas, no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that LASCELLES FRANCIS,
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 30TH day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that PINCHINO FRANCOIS OF P.O.
BOX GT-2208, HAY ST., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 30TH day of DECEMBER, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



In VoluntaryLiquidation .

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000, SAFERTIM LTD. is in dissolution as of
December 23, 2008.

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


.. ,',. i t usness Initiative Club
.-., .1'..|I t Wharton Graduate Assoc,
.;. ;-

Harvard Business School and
The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
cordially invite you to attend their
free MBA Information Session.

Admissions Directors
and MBA .students from

1r Aschools in the world. '

The Atlantis Beach Towers
Conference Room

Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 5:30pmr
Register online at

NOTICE is hereby given that THOMAS VERNACE
of NO. 30 MARKET STREET, P.O. BOX F-41454,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and. Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of DECEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

No. 45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
Continental Liquidators Inc. is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City,
Belize. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names, addresses and par-
ticulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 24th
day of January, 2009.
I -
L.-.-- :[ .. .. .



(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of TULIP GARDEN LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The date
of completion of the dissolution was the 19th day of December,

*SThastdfihie =npoard t,ig "er u- '


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

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

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

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



Accounts Clerk urgently needed with
minimum of 3 years experience, proficient
in Microsoft applications, preferably 30
years and older-
Fax resume to 394-3885




The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps/
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in thq
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story. 1

Accountant urgently needed with minimum
of 5 years experience, preferably 35 years
and older -
Fax resume to 394-3885

Cleaning/Messenger needed, preferably
35 years or older must have valid drivers
Fax 394-3885

I V--- "tI/l l, "/ L -L I.L-d I I - -l v- ,v I t.- .. ^-












5..-',-' 1





Baha Mar chief set to address key conference

Baha Mar's chairman and
chief executive, Sarkis Izmir-
lian, will be among the featured
speakers at this year's Bahamas
Business Outlook, which will
be held on January 15, 2009 at
the Wyndham Nassau Resort.
Mr Izmirlian will be joined in
the speaker line-up by Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, the min-
ister of tourism, for a confer-
ence underlined by the theme
Effective strategies for a strong
economic rebound.
Providing a preview of his
address, Mr Vanderpool-Wal-
lace said all effective strategies
for the strongest possible eco-
nomic rebound "must focus our
energies and resources on
urgent and important matters,
instead of the true but relative-
ly trivial, as a form of national
"Much of my presentation

will address the process
involved in adopting this
approach, and suggest some of
the difficult decisions that we
might have to make in the
tourism sector. This was the
path that we took in identify-
ing the six primary tourism
strategies that we outlined in
the final quarter of 2008, so part
of the presentation will give a
progress report on the execu-
tion of those strategies."
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
added that some time will be
spent on expanding the under-
standing of tourism as our most
* important economic sector, and
the many opportunities that
have remained unexploited as
a result of that lack of under-

Meanwhile, Mr Izmirlian will
present a private investors' view
of doing business in the
Bahamas, and focus on the
dynamics of a private-public
partnership towards the suc-
cessful completion and opera-
tion of a multimillion dollar pro-
"2009 will be a challenging
year, but my belief in the future
success of Baha Mar is unwa-
vering, and Baha Mar Resorts
remains committed to the pro-
"The current global condi-
tions present a tremendous
opportunity to persevere with
our goals and aspirations,
despite the difficulties faced,
and I believe we have the right
team in place to achieve, our
goals," Mr Izmirlian said.
The Baha Mar project repre-
sents the largest single phase

hospitality investment in the
Caribbean, and will feature
hotels by St. Regis, W and
The resort will also include a
casino, meeting facilities, spas,
and a golf course designed by
Jack Nicklaus, all on 1,000 acres
of Nassau oceanfront. It will
boast a retail, dining and enter-
tainment village; and residences
available for sales.
The event is organised by The
Counsellors and sponsored by
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas, FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank, Ansbacher
Bahamas, Albany, Bacardi, Sco-
tiabank (Bahamas), British
American Financial, Bank of
the Bahamas International,
BEC, Sun Oil and Baha Mar.

Legal Notice
(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,


Legal Notice

N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows

(a) SERKENT LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act-000..

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
24th December, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

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

Dated this 30th day of December, A. D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.

Legal Notice

N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 24th December, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

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

Dated this 30th day of December, A. D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.

Legal Notice


N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
Ate 24t December, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

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

Dated this 30th day of December, A. D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 16th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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


Legal Notice

N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows

(a) BENSTEAD LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of.Sectieiat;. 7 (4)o., the Ipternational
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 23rd December 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Paul Evans
of Helvetia Court, South Esplanade, St Peter Port,

Dated this 30th day of December A. D. 2008

Mr. Paul Evans


C* lrmamn




Tribune Comics



I A6^ AM e^


2. -29 (/>A ]

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

2 13 58 4

5 7 3

3 8 5

6 29

3 692 7

1 3 2

7 1 3

6 3 4

9 3 38 6 5 7

Difficulty Level *


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

Sudoku Answer

Kakuro Answer

28;15 5 7819
1 3 1 8 9 4 8
1 2 8 j 3|1 2
13 4,1 2 82
'81 9 3 1-7 9
7 99_l] 3 9 8 9
2-7:9 8 6 59 7
1-13,4 2 8 9 7

1 Kept wondering (4,2,5)
9 Fine offer possibly
gets it (7)
10 Fur on one animal (5)
11 But they could be even for
the better (4)
12 Not men of substance,
presumably (8)
14 Take some back to
Quarters (6)
16 A driving spirit? (6)
18 Listen repeatedly for a sign
of approval (4,4)
19 Rode out to become a
man of action (4)
22 Naturally it rings the
lagoon (5)
23 Ends an interim
arrangement (7)
24 A charge made upon
income? (8,3)

2 Some under reduced
circumstances went
astray (5)
3 A row about it mounts (4)
4 Thought it will turn up in
time (6)
5 A survey not
repeated (4-4)
6 Bizarre arrangement for
keeping warm (7)
7 ,Crazy way to score a goal
at soccer (3,4,4)
8 Residential form of
transport (6,5)
13 Composer has a part
written up for a single
man (8)
15 A long time out in town
getting a dress (3,4)
17 Box adds weight to the
vehicle (6)
20 She's round and full of
energy (5)
21 A growing source of
fuel (4)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

enslda/i' tryuli "nlutioni
A ikS :. 6, S E: EWarfo iot 30 5 nc ll,[, ih
3:, GJSI t (wi :s15. Cup 17, Aloe I, toyotl I5, Smilc
Kl I' :' 'N [ix.( ,2, ic 25, Marine 2l,. Melon 27, Cedai
S. : man 3, Sl! 312 W-e ar
..! 3 Tw. e ve 4,Had;-dok) 5,.Ar-.us 6, Solt
ki I : ( 1 1j2.u Get -'.s 1,(an V 14, (Min)Voite
.:.: i: l I;i; IE, Clan S.evea; ;A N I eS1 22,;)
I' lt ,; ; t, .> 2 7.,Il, l.G. li) MaI 26al aw (loI,-dsl

SYesterday' easy soluliomn
ACRDS5. 1, ije 6, Amae 9,Austere 10. Wnng l1. ally 12
,Small 1 ,D.baies 15, Men 17Ayesi 1.Aishr 1, lS.Munrp
20. ChOiel 22.Dew 24, al 25, Simiiar 25, Proud 27, Bleak
2E, Las 29,R avag s 30, Slan 3!, Sraw "
DOWN 2, Jersey 3. Carnas 4, lug 5, em 6, Anless 7, Meal
6 ?lher 12,Scoul 13, Dance 1 Behl 15, Mdel 16,Never
2lb, Ap ,M:, Meika: 21, lia,rlt: 22, Dis;2 abeaL
S jajai 26. P arf 28, le

1 Pop music production
world (3,3,5)
9 Smugly intolerant (7)
10 Courtyard (5)
11 Grape plant (4)
12 International tennis
trophy (5,3)
14 Rank in smell (6)
16 Affectionate (6)
18 Fully stated (8)
19 Become insolvent (4)
22 Sky blue (5)
23 Meaning
conveyed (7)
24 Principal actress in
play (7,4)


Vasily ivanchuk v Peter Leko,
Morelia-Linares 2007, When)
grandmasters ge it wrong .
during a game., the explanalion
is uswtlly time shortage or an
unusually hard position. So it is
Tenmarkable that two of the
wrl i top 10 should have
misjudged this diagram during
their post-mortef, with no dock
pressure to excuse the lapse.
White (to move) has sacrificed a
bishop, and the Uk rainian and
tHungarian agreed that he an
regain the piece by leS RxeS 2
QseS+ Kg7 3 QxcS, when the
queen endgame should be a
draw, though Black must play
carefully. They both correct
observed that 1 fteW d?, trying
to keep the bishop, is in fact a
bilunde, but they wee Ws
focusedernI F:e 'f alt hey faied

2 Norwegian
dramatist (5)
3 Wan (4)
4 Ordinary (6)
5 Leaning to one
side (8)
6 Lured (7)
7 Award for runner-up
8 A fine handwriting
13 Payment to
shareholders (8)
15 Roman sea god (7)
17 Variety of apple (6)
20 Audibly (5)
21 Spoken (4)

to spot an atterative plan which
would have forced victory for
White, So today's pazoze is
twofold: ((a) him w;td White
neetI t Re8 Bd7? and (bi what was
the better whisl sequence in the
diagram which would have won
for Ivandcik?
ctess efleitio S6S;(i)te8Bi? EMadthes O
RiO+i f3I S rates e gansdecisiv rate'it,










HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 23: very good 35; excellent
46 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.
arid darn dart dawn dinar
dint dirt drain drat draw
drawn hand hard hind
inward nadir nard raid rand
rind third trad triad wadi
wand ward width wind
withdraw WITHDRAWN

already been played at the other
table, and the huge audience watch-
ing was well aware that the Austrian
East-West pair at that table had
achieved an excellent result. They
had doubled four hearts and set it a
trick for a 200-point gain.
ST The Austrian North-South pair
752 at this table could thus afford to
K duplicate that result and still win the
4 match. But a peculiar thing happened
9 7 4 on the way to the final.
The Austrians also got to four
hearts doubled after North opened
two diamonds, promising both
majors. The Polish declarer at the
first table had lost the obvious four
tricks, but here something went awry.
West East won the opening club lead,
Pass then played the ace and another
Pass spade. Instead of discarding, as he
should have. declarer ruffed with the
S. three of hearts and led the heart ten to
East's king.
of the East persevered with spades, and
I is the South this time trumped with the
was the queen and led his last heart to East's
strong ace. East's spade return then allowed
k-horse West to score the eight of hearts for
)set the down two and plus 500 for Poland.
ic quar- As a result, the Poles gained 7
IMPs on the deal to win the match by
of the four. Not only that, but the next day
players they easily defeated France in the
ustrians final to take the title.
ntema- Of such stuff are world champi-
nd had onships sometimes made!

North dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
4KQJ 93
VJ 942

+98 752

The bidding:
North East
2 Dble
3 Pass
Pass Dble


VQ 1073
*K 10
+KQJ 1086

2 NT
4 V

Opening lead five of clubs
The most dramatic deal
1984 World Team Olympiad
one shown here. The setting
semifinal match between a
Polish team and a young, dar
Austrian squad that had up
highly favored U.S. entry in th
terminals the day before.
The deal was the very last
64-board match, and as the
picked up their cards, the Au
held a narrow lead of three I
tional Match Points. The ha

Tomorrow: Performing the impossible.
I'2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.





Kakuro Puzzle


1 2 3 4 5 6

11 12

14 15 16



- E





Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Famous Hand








111-/: *Y*'- .:
S . .: '
.: "
f ,' .: '. :. ,

(J f

keep yourself
fit through
the holidays,
and if you
want to start
off in the New
Year, you
must make a
fitness reso-
lution and

..... ..... .

! I


tI.. s .

Fit for the New Year and beyond


Q. WHAT do the holiday turkey, ham, the cornbread stuffing
mix with a savory hint of crawfish, the macaroni and cheese,
and the awesome pastries that all look incredibly delicious on
the dinner table have in common.. And what about the wonder-
ful holiday drinks the eggnog, punch., chocolate milk, apple
cinnamon cider and the enjoyable cocktails and other alcoholic
based beverages, that are all so smooth and satisfying?

A. Huge amounts of calories
that cause extra poundage and
weight gain.
As the holiday season nears a
wonderful close, with New
Year's celebrations let's hear it
for the champagne filled par-
ties still to come, how do you
prepare to get back on the slim
and trim train for 2009?
Tribune Health has compiled
a list, once the fruit cake, been
cake, chocolates, and turkey
and ham have been put away,
that watchers of their weight
can look to in order to have a
healthy and prosperous New
.Yolanda Barr, assistant man-

ager at Bally's Total Fitness,
said that in order to keep your-
self fit through the holidays, and
if you want to start off in the
New Year, you must make a fit-
ness resolution and maintain it.
Set a goal and stick to it
"The key to getting fit and
staying fit is to set realistic goals
and to stick to them. You don't
want to set a goal that you know
you won't be able to accom-
plish, always be realistic.
"After you .have accom-
plished your first fitness goal,
you now would want to aim at a
larger goal, perhaps saying that
you will lose about five pounds
over a span of two months,

that's quite, reasonable and real-
istic," she told Tribune Health.
To ensure that you maintain
your weight for the New Year
you should try to stay away
from the sugars and the deep
fried fatty foods. I know these
foods are really good, but if you
want to not only keep your nice
physique, but keep your body
healthy you must cut back on
these foods.
Find a gym
"Cutting back on food, is very.
good, but you should also find a
gym to work out. By locating a
gym you would be in an envi-
ronment.that is conducive to
and implements fitness. And

you will be motivated by results
others may get," she said.
Remember, diet and exercise
go hand in hand. You can't
expect to get fit if you are not
following the proper eating pat-
terns or if you are not consis-
tently exercising. If you want to
keep a consistent workout pat-
tern, locating a gym in close
proximity to your home or in
your neighbourhood it also a
key factor. Having to drive a
very long distance to a gym can
become quite discouraging.
Find a workout buddy
While being in the proper fit-
ness environment has a posi-
tive effect on you achieving
your goal, there may be times
when the work becomes a little
tedious for you and you
become discouraged. In times
like this, the best thing to do is
get a workout partner.
"To achieve your fitness
goals you must have the will
power. But sometimes will
power is not enough since you
can get discouraged, and when
times like this arrive seek out a
fitness partner who shares the
same fitness goals as you do.

So when you feel like you can't
do it or don't want to do.it your
partner will be there to say 'hey
man, don't give up, let's do it'
as well as vice versa," Ms Barr
While exercising is vital for
keeping your body in good con-
dition, Ms Barr stressed the
importance of cutting back on
all sugary foods.
"Now I know the holidays
are here and Bahamians have
this belief that their entire plate
should be covered with food,
this is not so. You should'
always try to eat portion sized
food if you are very serious
about your fitness resolutions.
You can measure your food
like this, open up your hand
and look at your palm, that is
actually the amount of rice you
should have in your plate, and
the next thing you should do is
ball your fist which will show
you the size of meat that you
should eat," she- said.
Water, glorious water
When doing your daily work-
outs, keep your body hydrated
with water since this is of con-
siderable importance. "Persons

who engage themselves partic-
ularly in high energy exercises
must consume more. water.
Hydration is integral."
Drinking a glass of water
before a meal is also a good way
to remain steady when the
hunger bee starts to sting. This
can control your appetite and
help you eat the right portion
Eat regularly, eat breakfast
Not allowing yourself to get
hunger will decrease the
chances of you submitting to
the sugary goods. "When you
become hungry, your body
becomes more vulnerable and
loses control. You will be willing
to eat anything that comes to
hand like a chocolate bar or a
She also added that eating
breakfast is a factor, since it gets
the metabolism going.
While holiday foods may be
heavenly remember, your
health and fitness come first. So
cut back on the carbohydrates,
increase your water intake, put
on some running shoes, and
burn those calories!

STaking extra care of your eyes


,#? *"~


'" ; .. s "



FROM increased likelihood for some eye diseases in persons of African
heritage, to increased sun exposure and UV ray damage to the eyes,
Bahamians need to take extra care of this central human organ.

Tribune Features Writer

BAHAMIAN eyes seem to
be at a greater danger than oth-
er eyes around the world. From
increased likelihood for some
eye diseases in persons of
African heritage, to increased
sun exposure and UV ray dam-
age to the eyes, Bahamians
need to take extra care of this
central human organ.
Dr Sam Mikhael, an oph-
thalmologist at Eye World on
Soldier Road, said it was
important to keep your eyes
healthy with regular check ups.
As an ophthalmologist or eye
surgeon, his profession deals
with the diagnosis and treat-
ment of diseases affecting any
part of the visual pathway,
which includes the eye, brain,
eyelids and other surrounding
His top two concerns for
Bahamian patients are glauco-
ma and diabetic retinopathy
(or disease of the retina) each
with higher incidence in the
Bahamas than in the US or
Canada. he noted.

Glaucoma, the result of
increased pressure in the eye, is
described as the "second lead-
ing cause of blindness" the
world over, affecting 10 per
cent of those over eighty years
old, according to
Wikipedia.com. Significantly,
persons of African descent are
three times more likely to
develop the eye disease.
The racial make up of the
Bahamas accounts for higher
incidence (per capital) of glau-
coma in the country.
Diet accounts for the higher
incidence of diabetic retinopa-
thy though, said Dr Mikhael.
The diabetic eye disease is a
risk for both type 1 and type 2
diabetes patients.
Optometrist Dr Gregory
Lowe, at the Nassau Sight Cen-
tre on Ivanhoe Road, said his
top concern is cataracts. "We
all get cataracts if we live long
enough," said the eye specialist,
"it's a natural clouding of the
lens." Cataracts and the surgery
performed to remove them are
very common here because the
cause of the ailment are the
UV rays of the sun.,

Keratoconus is another con-
cern for the doctor, who said
the misshaping of the cornea
can lead to the need for an eye
transplant. While transplants
can be performed here, Dr
Lowe said the problem is that
there aren't any donor corneas.
"People often don't leave
organs for transplant, one rea-
son being that it's never been
encouraged in the Bahamas,"
he said. "The main problem is
that organs need to be harvest-
ed and stored."
His number one recommen-
dation is for children to come
in early for check ups, because
in a lot of young people, eye
misalignment (crossed in or
out) can be undetectable. "And
if it isn't corrected, you can
develop a lazy eye (or ambly-
opia), but if caught before age
7, we can treat it by patching
the good eye which will in turn
force the other eye to develop
properly," he said. Otherwise,
vision will never develop in the
same way for both eyes, caus-.
ing mismatched eyes and less
than desirable vision ability.
He sees between 20 and 30 cas-

es of misalignment in children
per year.
"Because of a misalignment,
the vision is suppressed and it
doesn't develop properly," said
Dr Lowe, "the nerve pathways
from the eye to the brain are
developing from birth to age
five, after which the correction
becomes more difficult to suc-
cessfully perform."
Tips to keep eyes in good
health, besides the yearly check
up with an eye specialist, are
quite simple, Dr Lowe said.
Eat lots of leafy greens
such as lettuce or broccoli
Choose multi-vitamins with
Lutien and Xanthophyll
Take fish oil and omega,3
fatty acid supplements
Sunglasses with UV pro-
tection are key, in fact cheap
or imitation sunglasses will let
in more damaging UV rays.

For more information contact
Dr Sam Mikhael, an ophthalmol-
ogist at Eye World, at 393.8222
or Dr Gregory Lowe at the Nas-
sau Sight Centre, at 393.6533



; -




Fabu ous fibre

(EDITORS NOTE: Fibre has
long been known to promote
good digestive health and regu-
larity, but those are only two of
the many benefits fibre offers. A
high fibre diet comprising daily
consumption of fruits, vegeta-
bles, nuts and grains, provides
many health benefits including
reducing blood cholesterol and
personal risk for certain types of
cancers. This article provides
helpful tips for lowering personal
health risks.)

FIBRE is undigested starch.
Studies have shown that peo-
ple who eat a high-fibre diet of
oats, barley, eggplant, okra, and
other vegetables lower their
cholesterol, improve their diges-
tive health and reduce their risk
of heart disease and diabetes,
while keeping their body weight
under control.

How much are
you getting?
Do you know how much fibre
you eat every day? If you are
like most Bahamians whose
lifestyle is heavily influenced by
the Americans, you probably
eat about 12 grams, and that is
not nearly enough.
Women should aim for 21 to
25 grams of fibre a day, and
men need 30 to 38 grams which
is about the amount of fibre in
seven bowls of bran cereal.
While that sounds like a lot, get-
ting enough fibre in your diet
is easy if you know which foods
contain the most fibre.
Foods rich in fibre tend to be
some of the healthiest and most
nutritious foods you will find,
so you eating these foods
improves the diet doubly. Eat-
ing a high-fibre diet is worth the

Easy tips on how to add
more fibre to your diet


One easy place to work more
fibre into your diet is breakfast.
Simply replace your usual
morning meal with bran cereal
or flakes (5 grams of fibre or
more) or oatmeal (4 grams) and
you are on your way. You can
also increase your fibre intake
by using crushed bran flakes or
wheat bran in recipes in place of
bread crumbs, or by adding
some when baking cakes, cook-
ies, and muffins. Sneak in even
more fibre by sprinkling it on
top of casseroles, salads, or
cooked veggies.

Raspberries top the list of
fibrous fruits, offering 8 grams
of fibre per cup. Pears come
next, with 5.1 grams per cup,
and apples rank third, with 4.4
grams. Blueberries, strawber-
ries, bananas, and oranges all
contain about 3 grams of fibre
per serving. One serving of fruit
is equal to one medium fruit or
1/4 cup of fruit juice or 1/4 cup
of dried juice.
Another reason to reach for
fruit: fruit is a great source of
both insoluble fibre, (the, type
that passes through your diges-
tive tract unchanged, making
you feel fuller and regulating
your bowels), and soluble fibre,
the type believed to help lower
high cholesterol and stabilize
blood sugar levels reducing
your risk of illnesses like heart
disease and diabetes.
Eat fruit whole, with the skin,
when you can fruit juice may
contain vitamins and minerals,
but it does not have any fibre.

Vegetables are a great source
of fibre, among their many oth-
er nutritional benefits. Arti-
chokes top the list of fibre-filled
veggies, with 10.3 grams each.
Green peas come next, with 8.8
grams of fibre per cup. Broc-
coli, turnip greens, sweet corn,
Brussels sprouts, and baked
potatoes (skin on) follow close
behind, with between 4 and 5
grams per serving each.

If you love pasta, you are in
luck. You can easily increase
your fibre intake by switching'
from your usual brand to a
whole-wheat version, adding 4
more grams of fibre per cup.
While the pasta may be
slightly darker, most people
report that they do not taste a
difference. But beware of tricky
marketing words like "multi-
grain" do not mean much. Look
for the words "100% whole
wheat" high on the list of ingre-
dients, and check that the pasta
contains at least 5 grams of fibre
per serving; to make sure you
are getting the real deal.

Split peas, lentils, and beans
of all types are some of the rich-
est fibre sources you will find,
with 15 to 16 grams per cup -
that could be more than half
your daily requirement! Baked
beans, lima beans, and kidney
beans boast between 10 and 13
grams per serving. Toss beans in
soups, salads, and casseroles, or
simply serve them in place of
rice or potatoes.
It is possible that all the fibre
in beans can lead to excess gas
during digestion. If this is a
problem for you, add them to
your diet gradually or take them
along with a gas-reducing
enzyme product to quiet down
your resultant digestive system

Believe it or not, a snack
most people know and love
(popcorn) is also a whole grain
and contains at least 1 gram of
fibre per 3-cup serving. While
that may not sound like much,
air-popped or light microwave
popcorn's low calorie count
makes it a good snacking alter-
native to potato chips and the
popular candy bars. Just
remember to go easy on the
butter and other toppings,
which can quickly turn popcorn
into an unhealthy snack!

Almonds and other nuts offer
an additional way to snack your
way to your daily fibre goal.
Almonds top the list of fibre-
rich nuts, with 3.3 grams of fibre
per ounce, followed by pista-
chios, at 2.9 grams per ounce,
and pecans, at 2.7 grams per
ounce. Sunflower seeds are
another healthy snack, with 3.6
grams of fibre per 1/4-cup serv-
ing. Just toss some nuts into
your bag and you've got fibre as
you go.
Nuts are also a good source
of monounsaturated fat (the
"heart healthy" fat), and
enhances weight loss when con-
sumed in the right amounts.
One word of caution: Nuts
aren't a low-calorie food, so lim-
it yourself to just a handful.

One ounce (about 3 table-
spoons) of flaxseed contains 7
grams of fibre. Flaxseed is also
an excellent source of omega-3
fatty acids, which has been
linked to a reduced risk of heart
disease, diabetes, and other seri-
ous illnesses. Sprinkle whole or
ground flaxseed on cereal, add
it to baked goods, and toss some
into casseroles and other dishes.
Look for the fibre-boosting
power of flaxseed in granolas,
corn chips, wraps, and breads.

A closer look at the
benefits of fibre

As fiber passes through the
stomach and intestines, it
absorbs water, adding, bulk to
the stool. This promotes regu-
larity and reduces constipation.
Fibre can be either soluble or
insoluble. Insoluble fibre, found
in wheat bran, whole grains, and
vegetables, speeds the passage
of food through the stomach
and intestines.

Fibre traps cholesterol and
drags it out of the body through
the digestive system. Soluble

fibre found in oat bran, barley,
oranges, apples, carrots, and
dried beans, turns into a gel dur-
ing the digestive process and
prevents cholesterol, fat, and
sugars from being absorbed by
the body.

When it comes to heart
health, the importance of fibre
in your diet cannot be overstat-
ed. Studies have also shown that
fibre reduces the risk of heart
disease. An article published in
the Journal of the American
College of Cardiology Founda-
tion that followed 39,876
women for six years found that
those who ingested an average
of 26.3 grams of fibre daily were
at lower risk for developing
heart disease or having a heart
attack than those who ate less.

A high-fibre diet may lower a
person's risk for diabetes. Fibre
slows the absorption of sugars,
which can reduce glucose lev-
els in the blood and prevent
blood sugar spikes. Results of a
study published in the Archives
of Internal Medicine suggest
that whole-grain fibre (the kind

found in some breakfast cereals,
breads, and crackers) may be
more beneficial in reducing
blood sugar than fruits and veg-

Fiber expands in the stomach
and intestines, which creates a
feeling of fullness. This means
that after eating a fibre-rich
meal, typically a person will feel
fuller longer and may eat less
throughout the day. In addition,
because soluble fibre turns into
a gel in the stomach, it binds to
sugars, cholesterol, and fats and
carries them, largely unab-
sorbed, through the digestive

For more information on
health snacking and overcoming
cravings in a way that is healthy
and enjoyable, contact the Nutri-
tion Unit of the Department of
Public Health or the Health Edu-
cation Division at 322.1025 or
322.1187 or the Resource Centre
of the Health Education Division
at 502.4763 or visit the centre at
the Ministry of Health headquar-
ters, Meeting and Delancy
Streets, Monday to Friday 9:30am
to 4:30pm.


ALL of us who love and care for our pets
understand that we will outlive our pets and ulti-
mately have to say good bye. But knowing that
doesn't make the reality any easier. Quality care
can prolong the lives of our pets only for so long.
As pet lovers we all feel the bond that ties us to
oUr animal family members. This human-animal
bond can be, and often is, as strong as any inter-
human bond. One of the problems with getting so
close to these relatively short lived creatures is
that we will likely have to say good bye one day.
It is incumbent upon caring owners to make the
wisest, most compassionate and certainly the
most difficult decision for our pets. The time will
come when a longer life isn't necessarily a better
life. When the joy of living is gone, when pain
replaces pleasure, and when your dog is ready to
leap forward into the next adventures beyond
your side, you can grant her the greatest gift of all,
a merciful death.
I realize the topic of pet euthanasia is a sensitive
one, and frankly it is difficult to write about
because someone somewhere is going to take
what I say and interpret it in a negative way. But
after some thought and reflection, I realize that if
a veterinarian can't openly talk about euthanasia
and possibly help someone struggling with this
issue then who can?

Some of the common questions asked with
regard to euthanasia.

How is it done?
Does it hurt the animal?
How are the animal's remains handled?

Some advice to all animal lovers that I would
offer at this time so that they can get through
this difficult period. I tell them that the one thing
that most pet owners have in common is that we
will likely outlive our pets. I am not a gambling
man, but the odds are good that we will probably,
at some time, face a decision about euthanasia for
our beloved animal friend.
As a veterinarian, I approach the task of
euthanasia very seriously. I have been a veteri-
narian since 1983 and throughout my career, I
have had to euthanize many dogs, cats and hors-

es. I must
confess that this is one of my most difficult tasks
to do as a veterinarian. For this reason, I believe
that the method we use to euthanize should be
truly humane, brief and painless. If that was not
the case, I doubt I would be able to sleep properly
at night.
The most common method of euthanasia is the
intravenous injection of a barbiturate that rapid-
ly renders the pet unconscious. Within a few sec-
onds this same medication arrests the heart. This
method assures us and the grieving pet owner
alike, that the animal feels no pain or anxiety
and simply "falls asleep". After a pet is put to rest,
arrangements must be made for his or her
remains. She can be cremated or buried at home,
or whatsoever the owner wishes.
Over the last 20 years, I have worked with and
supported many families through the pain of their
pet's euthanasia. Hugs, tears, hand shakes, and
other gestures are all part of the healing process
of the grief that is felt with the loss of a pet which
to some can be equal to that felt with the loss of
a family member.
Euthanasia is a very personal decision. I truly
feel that the pet owner should make the deci-
sion on his or her own terms.-The right time, the
right place and the right reasons for putting your
pet to sleep vary tremendously for each pet lover.
The pet owner needs to know that they need to
do what feels right for them and their pet.
Euthanasia is a caring and loving act. One must
understand that euthanasia of a terminally ill or
injured animal may be the most caring and loving
thing you will ever do for your pet.

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



Designing your best life;

If not now,

EVERY year most people put off pur-
suing and achieving the things that they
desire, inadvertently making the deci-
sion not to do it. Today, you may be
amongst those who find themselves look--
ing back at the past and wondering
whether or not there has been any
progress towards designing the life that
you desire to live.
You too may possess a long list of rea-
sons (excuses) as to why you have not
achieved your objectives. But what you
may not realize is that this list never real-
ly ends; it simply gets longer, until you
,make a new decision about what you
really want.
What plan do you wish to pursue and
when will you begin? Today? Tomor-
row? Next month? Ne'*t Year? After
you get the money? After you lose a few
pounds? After you bqy your house?
When pigs fly? Etc, etc.
Designing your best' life begins with
owning up to your long list of excuses,
acknowledging that it keeps you stuck
in the same position, year in, year out..
Take the time to look your excuses
squarely in the eye let them know that
you are making some bigger decisions
about the kind of life you desire to live.

The only thing holding you back
from designing your best life is the fact
that you haven't yet decided to do it.

The beauty about life is that it is always
moving forward, and at any point you
can decide to stop resisting and simply go
with the flow.
Designing your best life
Mapping out your journey is an
essential first step., In the story Alice in
Wonderland, Alice asks Cheshire Cat:
"Would you tell me please, which
.way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a great deal on where
you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where...," said


"Then it doesn't matter which way
you go," said the Cat.
Every planned journey has a
defined destination. The successful
pursuit and achievement of your
desire begins with knowing where you
intend to go, however, before you can
get there, it is important to first deter-
mine where you are now. It's like the
colour-coded maps in a grand mall
which tell you where every store is
located and where you are in proximi-
ty:to each store, with a big "You Are
.Here" sign.
Knowing where you are now,will
enable you to effectively advance to
.your desired destination
Unlike Alice, you must clearly artic-
ulate your objectives and determine
realistic solutions that feed your need to
succeed. Edch of these objectives will
require your dePiding power to fuel your
action. .
. You may -be surprised to learn that
there is incredible power in making the
decision; as a matter of fact that is where
the greatest power exists. This very
vibrant world that you see active all

around you today is the result of some
individual deciding to do it; dream it,
design it, create it, do it.
Final thoughts...
No matter where you are right now -
wherever you are is the perfect place to
start. Right here, right now, you can
design a new vision, create a new life -
if not now, when?
Remember, when it comes to design-
ing.your best life you are the architect
and author of your plan, and its suc-
cessful execution lies within your
You have the personal power to
make something better happen, you
need only to decide to do it.

Be sure to register for upcoming Pow-
er Goals Coaching 2009.
Send email to
Questions/Comments are welcome:
Website: www.coachmeforward.com
E-mail: coach4ward@yahoo.com
Call: 429-6770
PO Box CB- 13060
Nassau, Bahamas


* ";'?' .


K -



Integrity at v

INTEGRITY is inextricably linked
to trust and trust is the foundation that
under girds the activities of a functional,
well adjusted team. When trust is lost,
employees and inembers becodne sus-
picious and paranoid about each other.
When trust is present, employees are
open, participative and willing to try
new things and risk making a mistake:
Studies by the Center for Creative
Leadership have shown that most
employees will claim to be operating at
high levels of integrity if asked. Unfor-
tunately, their claims were found to be
untrue when the interviewers dug
beneath the surface. In fact, they found
that many of us deviate from our per-
sonal core values when it is convenient.

A lack of integrity can rear its head in
various ways at your office:

Surfing the internet for personal
reasons during office hours
Engaging in long counselling
sessions on the phone or in the restroom
Using photocopiers for personal copies
Blaming others and making excuses
Saying you will do something with no
intention of delivering on your commitment
Disrespecting others
Telling untruths
Taking supplies from your employer
Being overly political

Leaders and employees who act out-
side the boundaries of integrity some-
times build an elaborate belief system
designed to justify their behaviours.
Most employees want to see them-
selves as honest, so they explain away
their lack of integrity citing reasons that
sometimes sound like entitlement. For
example, "They don't pay me enough
for this job". Another way employees
justify their lack of integrity is when
persons caught taking things that don't
belong to them say that they are only
borrowing the items or money and they

-: ._. ; ,- ^
rork "y :i,... i

fok aire you in integrity?

your company are optimal. If your per-
S:' sonal values are not aligned with your
company's values, then consider that
you may not be working for the right
If you are a manager or supervisor,
S. allow members of your team to have a
voice. Remember, although they may
say some things that don't resonate with
you, treat them with respect. When
going through your trust building
intend to pay the company back. The process, your priority is healing, not ret-
missing link here is that they weren't ribution or blame.
given permission to borrow. Sometimes the lack of trust is obvious
Leaders who lack integrity don't stand and at other times it is latent and needs
up for what they feel is right, they don't to be exposed. When a lack of trust is
walk their talk and they hide important not immediately evident, a facade of
information from employees. Leaders harmony can exist where everyone is in
with integrity are fair, accountable and verbal agreement but not acting in con-
responsible and their actions are aligned gruence with what is being said. To
with their values. They build their teams understand what is not being said, create
based on trust, transparency and col- a "safe place" for employees to express
laboration, their concerns without fear of victim-
How you can build integrity in the We tend to look at everyone else as
workplace the culprit, but the next step is to take a
, Integrity is about grit and standing look at yourself and try to determine
up for what you believe whether or not how you are contributing to your current
you are under pressure. For instance, reality. Ask yourself whether or not
there are employees who change their your behaviours are part of the solu-
position because the boss has a different tion and if not, think about what you
opinion. While this may be viewed as a can do to modify your behaviours. If
coping skill, does it demonstrate integri- this is a blind spot for you, seek feed-
ty? back from a trusted source.
An important factor to consider when There are times when I hear man-
attepting to build integrity is that stud agers complaining about their employ-
,ies by the Center for Creative Leader- ees being lazy or not sufficiently pro-
ship revealed that training on the topic ductive. Once I take a closer look at the
of integrity will not bring about mean- situation, many times the employees are
ingful change. They found that integrity capable, but unproductive because their
is not learned in the classroom, it is managers are displaying trust compro-
learned by example. missing behaviours like being disre-
Buildingintegrity is closely related to spectful, vindictive or ineffective.
building trust and trust building requires As a leader seeking to build integrity
a great deal of consistency and focused and trust within your team, try to avoid:
effort for creation and maintenance.
The first step is to walk the values Unnecessary micro-managing
you talk. Consistent, authentic behav- Rude, disrespectful behaviour
ours that are aligned with the values of Cold, aloof behaviour that creates

an air of inapproachability
Betrayal of your employees' or
colleagues' trust
Observable skill deficiencies
Vindictive behaviour that can be
construed as victimization

Authenticity is important in estab-
lishing trust. There is the school of
thought that you can "fake it" and pre-
tend to support your company's values.
If you want to develop trust, "faking it"
is not an option because fakery comes
across as insincere and shallow and in
most cases your team members can see
through your act or they sense some-
thing incongruent they don't trust.
Keep in mind that integrity can mean
different things to different people. For
instance, there are persons whose value
systems dictate that you have to do what
you have to do to get to the top. This is
certainly another value system that exists
in the workplace so be aware that there
are value systems that may be very dif-
ferent than yours. However, keep in
mind that although a person may be
aligned with their personal value sys-
tem their value system may lack integri-
Why should you build integrity and
trust at work? Studies by the Center for
Creative Leadership show that integrity
and positive work relationships are
closely linked. To go to the next obvious
level, functional and positive work rela-
tidnships can lead to greater job satis-
faction, productivity and cohesive, high-
er performing teams in tough and good
economic times.

Yvette Bethel is the president of/Orga-
nizational Soul. She can be contacted by
telephone at 242.424.7166 or fax
242.324.1631. Write to her at PO Box N-
511, Nassau, Bahamas. Interested per-
sons can also check out her website at.'

Castro assassination
attempt subject of thriller
Associated Press Writer
"Fidel's Last Days" (Shaye
Areheart Books, 268 pages, $23),
by Roland Merullo: Fidel Castro
must die. So says a shadowy but
powerful group called the Orchid,
which has put a plan in motion
to finally do what Castro's ene-'
mies have failed to do for almost
60 years.
Key to the assassination plot
are Carolina Anzar Perez, an
Orchid operative and former CIA
agent who grew up in Miami's
expatriate community, and Carlos
Arroyo Gutierrez, Castro's disil-
lusioned personal doctor and
health minister. Both will be
asked to risk everything to end
Castro's reign.
The elephant-in-the-room
problem with this novel is that
Fidel's last day has already
passed, at least as. far as running
the country goes. The 82-year-old
Communist ceded the presidency
to his brother Raul in February
due to illness and does not appear
in public.
Castro is still in charge in this
book, so the tale is caught in a
kind of in-between zone. It's too
outdated to be ripped from the
headlines and too contemporary
to read like historical fiction.
Putting that aside, Merullo still
knows how to construct a good
Merullo portrays Castro as a
bloviating and cunning dictator
lording over a country of para-
noia, poverty and faded opulence.
And Carlos is especially interest-
ing as a once idealistic doctor
unhappy with his plum position.
Less compelling is Carolina. She
is young, brave, smart, well-off,
fit and, of course, beautiful. Ho
hum. She doesn't really come
alive as a character until the end
of the book.
Credit Merullo for ratcheting
up the suspense chapter by chap-
ter until the deadly work is
attempted. And if the method
contrived to kill Castro seems far-
fetched, a review of the real-life
plots exploding cigar, pen-
syringe, poisoned hankie, etc. -
that reportedly were considered
by Castro's enemies make it seem
more plausible.

B I SUTg O I. I i' ff ii .ia'I 'j 3Y 388 1 I i




Name that ray:



YOU may see it all the
time, but what does the UV
in UV rays stand for? It's time
to get to the bottom of the

UV stands for ultraviolet
rays or rays that are shorter
than visible light.
All ultraviolet rays gener-
ate reactive oxygen species
(ROS, also know as frde radi-
cals) and are capable of alter-
ing our DNA while lessening
the skin's ability to repair

- :.VA is the least energetic
of all UV radiation, but the
longest in the spectrum and
the one most responsible for
aging (think A for aging).
UVA rays penetrate deep-
er into skin, and are responsi-
ble for causing damage at the
cellular level. This makes
them responsible for most skin
cancers and the signs of aging,
including hyperpigmentation.
By the way, UVA penetrates
glass so don't think you're
protected by windows!

UVB rays (think B for
burning) are shorter, more
energetic than UVA rays, and
are responsible for the actual
"burn" or "tan" response in

Both UVA and UVB rays
can cause .cancer; so wearing
an SPF that shields skin
against both is critical. SPF
only refers to the ability of the
product against UVB rays.

This information was taken
from www.dermalogica.bs.
Sarah Simpson is a skin
care therapist at the Dermal Clin-
ic. Visit her and her team of skin
and body therapists at One
Sandyport Plaza (the same build-
ing as Ballys Gym). For more
information visit www.dermal-
clinic.com or call 327.6788

a ~i..


*T.I -..- no


~'~5C~i.l.s,~~~N~f~l~!%~,~p~0" '.'



Handy gardening tips

IF you plant any sweet pepper seeds
between the new year and Easter, try plant-
ing two seeds together. With the right soil
amendment and feeding, the plants will
grow as one and provide plenty of leaf
shade to protect the fruits from sunscald.
Tannic acid helps break down seed covers
so try soaking your hard seeds in a cup of
warm tea overnight. Lightly crush beet cap-
sules with a rolling pin before planting to
break the outside seed case and give the
seeds a fast start. Parsley seeds need to be
soaked in several changes of water over
two or three days to remove a growth-
inhibiting factor.
Once your sweet pepper plants have flow-
ered spray them with a solution of Epsom
salts (one tablespoon to a gallon of water)
to produce larger plants and fruits.
While on the subject of Epsom salts: If
you use a salt solution to soak your aching
feet or any other purpose pour the used
liquid around the base of your palm trees. It
will green them up very effectively.
Cherry tomato plants are almost impos-
sible to stake successfully. Support the main
growth with plastic milk crates to keep fruit
off the ground.
Most fruiting vegetables such as cucum-
bers, peppers and garden peas benefit from
being picked as soon as they are ready.
Leaving fruit on the plant will inhibit pro-
Birds are attracted to ripe red tomatoes.
Pick them short of full colouration and
allow them to ripen indoors. There will be
no difference in flavour. Never let a toma-
to see the inside of a refrigerator.
A cheap and effective insect deterrent
can be easily whipped up in a blender. Put
in a bulb of garlic, a small onion, a handful
of bird peppers or any other hot peppers,
four cups of water and blend. If you have no
hot peppers use a tablespoon of powdered
Cayenne pepper. Pour the mixture into a
bowl and add a teaspoonful of liquid soap
(not dish washing detergent). Strain through
a wire mesh sieve into your sprayer reser-
voir and cover all your vegetables. Repeat
the dosage after rain.
Rotate your crops to avoid nematode
problems. Do not plant members of the
tomato family (tomatoes, peppers, egg-
plants, potatoes) in the same area next year.
The same applies to the cabbage family
and the squash family. Have a separate area
for mixed crops like peas, beans, lettuce
and spinach and use that as the fourth ele-
ment in your rotation system. Nematodes
that attack one vegetable family are very
specific and do not attack other vegetable
family roots.
Grow celery as a herb. Celery does not do
well in our climate and will never resemble

0 four feet.a.lndfo weriowel.

the Californian giants we buy at the store.
The plants we do produce, however, have a
strong taste and the leaves are wonderful
tossed into a soup or stew to add celery
Put a bucket of dry sand in your tool
shed. Every time you finish using your trow-
els and other small, straight tools just push
them into the sand to both clean them and
store them neatly.
When you plant your corn, try planting
pole beans between the rows. The beans
will climb on the corn for support and you
will have a double crop in an area meant for

Water before you sow seeds, not after. In
general, plants are best watered in the
evening. Water the ground and avoid get-
ting water onto the leaves.
Pick off flowering stems from your basil
plants as they form. If seeds form, the life
cycle of the plant will have been completed
and it will die.
Plant parsley underneath your rose bush-
es. The parsley will deter insects that attack
rose bushes and benefit from your rich soil

* j.hardy@coralwave.com

Tribune Woman celebrates the newsmakers of 2008

an., pop
em to b'
d o'ngpa i
larly iiO thisl"';.'
sealson SLI
4s the$6'PIO,'

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

. PAM *
6 ozs
3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1.2 ozs
1 (8oz)
2 tbsp
1 tbsp
1/2 cup
1 tsp
2 cups
1 ried
1 tbsp

BUTTER. No-Stick Cooking Spray
Dry fettuccine, uncooked
Ground black pepper
Boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
Sour cream
All-purpose flour
Tomato Paste (no salt added)
Cold water
Instant beef bouillon granules,
Sliced fresh mushrooms
Onion, chopped
Chopped fresh parsley

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.Sprinkle salt and
1/4 tsp pepper evenly over steak in medium bowl; toss to coat.
Set aside. Combine sour cream, flour and tomato paste in small
bowl. Stir in water, bouillon and 1/8 tsp pepper. Set aside.

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

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

FROM page 12
Misty Cartwright offer cus-
tomized facial treatments,
Microdermabrasion (a deep
exfoliation treatment), massage
therapy, scrub and body wraps,
as well as the thermal stamp
massage to cater to the skin
needs of every Bahamian lady.
For September, Tribune
Woman's, Woman of the Month
award goes to Mrs Theresa
Moxey-Ingraham, Ms Frances
Farmer, and Ms Estena Saun-
ders, three feminists that are not
afraid of the title. Despite nega-
tive stereotypes associated with
the word "feminist", these
women pointed out that even in
2008, the law does not see
Bahamian women as being
equal to Bahamian men.
Mrs Moxey Ingraham, man-
ager of Sojourner Douglass Col-
lege and a for FNM cabinet min-
ister, said the sexist language
contained in the Bahamas' con-
stitution persists in Bahamian
Ms Farmer, a psychologist by
profession, pointed out that
young women in the Bahamas
are continually treated as sex
objects, and valued for their
looks rather than their ideas or
contributions to society. She said

further that after a divorce, it is
the women who usually ends up
with custody of the children,
resulting in a "feminization of
Ms Saunders, an attorney, also
noted that women are primarily
the partner that seeks a divorce,
in many cases because they have
been physically or emotionally
In October, Sherika Brown
organised "The Purpose & Pow-
er of Being Woman", an event
designed to help women discov-
er their purpose and specific
assignment on earth. "We want
to celebrate the uniqueness of
women and to assist women in
understanding the necessity of
femininity in their role in lead-
ership, and to impart to women
relationship building skills that
will strengthen relationships at
all levels, but more specifically
with men," she said.
November recipient is Deb-
bie Deal, a woman who stepped,
out of the "traditional job roles
for women" box. The contractor
and owner of Contemporary
Builders, has worked in the con-
struction industry for 25 years.
With a father who loved to
restore old building, Mrs Deal
made the leap into construction
with a fashion degree in hand,

and eight years modeling expe-
These days, she does every-
thing from tiling, to painting,
carpentry, renovating and also
building homes from scratch.
The plus side, she points out as a
women in the construction field,
is that women tend to pay more
attention to details, and as a
result, may qualify as better
home builders not just better
home makers!
Finally, special recognition
goes out to all women and men
who persevere in Bahamian
society with a disability, despite
the prejudice, hiring discrimina-
tion, and lack of accessibility,
especially in public buildings and
the nation's transit systems. The
recipients of Tribune Woman's,
Woman of the Month Award
for December are Ms Iris
Adderley, a consultant with the
Department of Social Services'
Disability Affairs Division, who
sustained a spinal cord injury in
a car accident and is now per-
manently paralyzed, and Ms
Samantha Bethel, a reception-
ist for Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, who has overcome
her blindness as result of a
childhood accident despite liv-
ing in a country that focuses on
sight, and those who can see.

These ladies were both born
with fully capable bodies, which,
they say, are still able in many
ways despite their use of a
wheelchair and walking cane.
"Regrettably, people see my
chair before they see my ability,"
said Ms Adderley..
The Department of Social
Services' Disability Affairs Divi-
sion recently held the 5th Annu-
al Disability Week (November
28-December 5), under the
theme "Dignity and Justice for
All of Us".
For Ms Adderley, she hopes
to increase awareness of the dis-
abled population in the
Bahamas, their needs and their
contributions to the nation. Cur-
rently there are 2,000 disabled
persons listed on the National
Registry, although Ms Adder-
ley estimates there are more like
30,000 disabled persons in the
Bahamas because global esti-
mates show that between 10 and
12 per cent of any given popula-
tion are disabled.

To vote or comment on these
or any other women of the country,
please emaillisalawlor@gmail.com
or call 502-2387. An official tally
will be kept and results announced
by the end of January, 2009.

AFRICAN tulip tIre af t o.

Holiday Recips fomPA




DECEMBER 30, 2008 '

_.... . / -., .

-. . . . . ... -- - ----- -~ ".-
-- . ....:-. --.-.S A
,'. ^ .*'. ; -^ -

:^"---: :. ". ,'.- *^ r *. ; -' % q -:"2.
. -' .-' :-.",.-a -..
F- .; ; - #"^ -:1 f---;

WSM AKE S ....... f
Z'- t

91F .4n'

' ,' ;,- ., r, '.
2 ' ', *'* ,' .-
,V ," ,' "" *
*,.* .4 *.4


-, t .d4

.2 .4 ..-.4. '
',- -.. .4wit n 2 -4 ,' ---'
v ,.ByfLISAhLaWLOR, hp.e 'u' : orgalsati.n seeMs to advance civi 'anfpoUaat- ':- .'
Tribune Featutes Writer dghts of. tmen. aswell as gender equality, -But- -
', leT-Turner aid
HIGHLIGHTING the acco.m sh-- Specific'challenge4 to the participation of women i .
ofa-,,an .. e em 20 ,. _-. ...- ..the structures of power and decision-making, educa.. ---.-:- .
SFentS afilan Wometlf 2 8 h taon, the elimination o(violenceaod the eradicatidni
^ ne Wormarian de rt 2 of poverty are the four pillars-the commissiondealt
WOmrfnt repeberiting, each month "We must adispel this belief that progress for womer -
of the year,'who stepped out of the means regression for men. Men and women bave'
Suniq u both contributed to the development of this nation and
S bQX; and create a mnique nd, WomeTshould4 therefore have a reasoonable epecta- 4.
4? spqe-for o -eiowto thorns h6ldany&jiftiaptheydesire" istfh$:tB
S.. other omen, Wh.ther in business, Jue .atatec the ,Thft e's "Fabulous at -A&v." L *:..-4..
; raising.healthy, whole chldren6 Or -.Age" beauy ctaimpajgt with three glorious women
buii n t. tn iy,;;i., .- ,'-: .' '' over 50, Sophie Cason'at 59, Victoria Sarneat68u-ad
S'- "- : " ..-' ,.,, .Y. o ung.: .-Frances Y oung Doyle at 58 eaclslrard their secrets : :
.. ,'.4 January started the year with selfrlefence, an impor- to.a long: healthy beiaty-filled life. .
", tanticourse helping wonhen.to help then.lvej. : Sophie.chobses walkixig for 30 to 45 minutes a day -
S .. .' Melanie Lobosky, a secoi'd degree d bk belt inthe with a balanced diet rich in fruits and'vegetables, Vic-
S' .,. ', aintial art of jujitsu, offered th'e.clas because. she toria attribited her beautiful look to the consumption :-:-;
said;."StatstiCs show that there is a Veiy high chance of very little meat, as well-as cooking fromscratch, plus
tHi. t isbti a 'nidbn liiiik il fl4 e Bahamas wil ,e the npo smoliig and Jight.algohol iqtakk. Fr"aaes;.dotbt-
S ',., tget frliai-ilttaicki least once myin u e.0 less the most athletic of the three in her pursuit of age-
pr Febitrnbrotrghnewvipoebt m bi- less beauty, said,:"I keep it rocking T- aim adiving'-
.' '.i nesswomei wfit the e ationofih .QmWofien iD instructor, boat captain, mechanic,,swimming istruc- -
.:-, *. -,.- business (KWIB), Founder Melissaall, an attgr- tor and a.horse riding instructor all at pio level."-
., $ to oey; sitoo anaywomenhltb'me votms of And these active, inpiring ladies earned a three
nscnipuloiusbusiness per0ss Who tak~.advantage of way tie fortitle of Thbune Woman's, oman oft&.;
.;. . then because they do not knoW:their-rights, something M'dnih fok June. -
the organisaion hbt7itO change ',"As kingdom Receiving the award for July is Police Ihipector
WO ; omIen.,we believe in enricihg ourselves to increase Sandra Miller. She educated female enlrepte-
: ourwealth," she'baid. neurs on ways to detect counterfeit credit.cards-
S.Dr Ada .Thqmpson, a philantfiropist, medical.pio- .and currency. "It's'a sad fact that crime seems
S. eer an 'community leader, is: Tribune Woman's to be ipyreasing as criminals get bolder ii
y \Vma;ofthe.Month foa March. Born in Guyana, but 'their quest to pry oq the weak," aid KWIB
S :' ctii mdicini in th':$ahamas'for-he pai t 40 fiuner,Melia i Hall.
.. ar DTompsoiihas ctrribuied.grouiidbreaking .. For August, Triba ge Woman celebrates Tribune Woman
'. .. ,., wvorki 'dialysis.treatment-forrena'fuilure. She also ,.the women of the Dermal Skin Care .i d tif
t. iaughit athe School of Nursing and was the first guest Clinic in Sandyport. In promoting .the hasdentified
speaker at a KWIB seminar, serving.asa mentor to all. easy, breeze, healthy image of island. women who stepped
,The 80th anniversary of the Inter-American Corn- life to.heir fellow Bahamian women; out of the box, and
.- mission-of WOmen (CIM), highlighted by.Minister Sarah Simpson, Nikita Lowe, and
S" of State for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turn- created a unique, and
,- er, marked the month of April for Tribune Woman. SEE page 1.1 positive space for them-
selves and other women,



Distributed by: BWA, East West Highway 394-1759



...~~* .4. ,4-
,. . . . . . . . . .

of A-= 04W S- a
W ".W'e%("fl$ W 0 SI q ^-- -^ .,&. ^.~t--^'" w.v*-cv -.;-*^k*- "V V. wM-ii


.16r 6 *


A=== A