The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 31, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Animal embryo plan

to secure food supply'

Bahamas to
use artificial
technology with
sheep and goats
Tribune Staff Reporter
A CANADIAN company has
been approved to transfer to
Bahamian farmers the technology
of artificially inseminating sheep
and goats, a procedure being
hailed as a revolutionary advance-
ment in local animal production
to secure the Bahamas' meat sup-
So far the Bahamas is one of
only 15 countries in the world to
be trained in this technology.
Caswell Sturrup, Permanent
Secretary for the Ministry of
Agriculture, said on Tuesday that
$125,000 was used to purchase
more than 250 frozen embryo's
from Ovatech Genetics, based in
Canada. With additional funds
expected to be spent on this first
artificial insemination (AI) ini-
tiative, Mr Sturrup says eventu-
ally local farmers could provide
stock sufficient for the country.
There will be a total of 127
animals in the programme 25
from the Knowles brothers',
"Rowdy Boys" farm on Long
SEE page 10

Please note that, due to
tlhe New Year holiday,
The Tribune will next he on
newsstands on Friday,
January 2nd, 2009.

NIB recommends

300 businesses

for prosecution

Tribune Staff Reporter
IN THE last 60 days more
than 300 delinquent businesses
have been recommended by the
National Insurance Board for
prosecution before the courts
and there is expected to be a
"significant increase" in busi-
nesses facing this fate in 2009,
the Director of the National
Insurance Board said yesterday.
* According to recently-
appointed NIB Directpr Alger-
non Cargill, the businesses were
behind on their contributions
to the fund for anywhere

between "sixty days to a few
This confirmation comes as a
three and a half month
"amnesty period" during which
businesses, known to be delin-
quent in their contributions,
were permitted to come in and
pay off their .arrears without
interest added, came to an end
Beginning January 1, 2009,
the unpaid contributions owed
by thousands of employers and
self-employed people across the
country will have interest added
at the prime rate plus two per
SEE page 10

Customs officer 'was not

knocked unconscious'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A CUSTOMS, officer who
was punched at the Department
of Immigration's Christmas par-
ty on Christmas Eve said that
the situation did not occur as
The Tribune reported yester-
According to Customs offi-
cer Gregory Jones, who said he
was a victim in the altercation,
he was not knocked out cold as
initially reported and was not
taken to hospital in an ambu-

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He said he was punched by a
man at the party prompting fel-
low Customs officers to come
to his aide. However, he was
able, contrary to earlier reports,
to walk himself over to CDU
to make a complaint and drive
with his daughter to the hospital
for an examination.
Mr Jones said he is now tak-
ing legal action against the man
who hit him. He said he did not
know at first who punched him,
but learned who hit him when
he reported the incident to
According to him, the man
was the nephew of a female cus-
toms officer.
A second man, who was
described as a "jailbird" and
who claimed to have been
threatened by a Customs officer
with a corkscrew, was also
involved in the brawl. This man,
according to sources, is said to
be the husband of a female Cus-
toms officer.
Mr Jones said he believed
that the three persons involved
in the fight were "extremely
"From my observation, I
would say that they would
appear to be highly, highly ine-
briated because they were using
profanity," he said.
SEE page 10

Stewart, an icon in the Bap-
tist church, died yesterday
at the Princess Margaret
Hospital, after having "gal-'
lantly battled" against kid-
ney problems for years. She
was 89.
Yesterday, Rev Dr
William Thompson
expressed his deep sympa-
thy at the death of Mrs
Stewart, who he called a
"mother of Baptists" who
served the church in every
Having served in a num-
ber of posts, from being the
president of the Women's
Convention, to an adviser to
president, to being the
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POLICE REMOVE one of four bodies found on the shores of eastern
New Providence.
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOUR bodies believed to be Haitian were found on the shores of
eastern New Providence yesterday in the area of Silver Cay.
The badly decomposed bodies of two males and two females were
found around 1.30 pm yesterday.
The gruesome discovery comes just days after the corpses of two
Haitian males were found on Yamacraw Shores.
Details were sketchy up to press time last night as police and Defence
Force officers were still investigating the scene. It was believed, but
unconfirmed, that the deceased may have been travelling with a group
SEE page 10

PLP hits out at Laing response

to Standard and Poor report

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PLP yesterday accused
State Minister for Finance
Zhivargo Laing of a "spectacular
act of disingenuousness" for his
statements questioning the eval-
uation made by an international
ratings agency that blamed gov-
ernment for slowing down the
country's economic growth.
Continuing the wrangling over

the comments made in Standard
and Poor's report on the
Bahamas' Sovereign credit rat-
ing, PLP chairwoman Glenys
Hanna Martin said she also found
it "especially puzzling" that Mr
Laing questioned the $80-90 mil-
lion value placed by the agency
on the contracts reviewed by gov-
ernment after May 2007.
"In a statement from the Chair-
man of the Free National Move-

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Tribune Staff Reporter

received by the US Embassy
in Nassau and believed to con-
tain a potentially dangerous
white powder has tested nega-
The envelope, sent to'the
high security embassy in
Queen Street on December
19, was similar to those
received by US embassies
around the world in recent
Diplomats alert to the risk
of hazardous mail sent the
envelope to the United States
for testing.
Results of the tests proved
the envelope's contents were
not dangerous, as with
envelopes sent to 19 US
embassies in Europe and
Tokyo before the package was
received in Nassau. A total of
61 US embassies worldwide
have now received suspicious
envelopes, but not all have yet
been tested.
Spokesman for the US
Embassy in Nassau Jeff Dubel
said: "All US diplomatic facili-
ties receive extensive training
in responding to these types of
"Procedures were in place
and were followed, including
contacting appropriate
Bahamian authorities."
However, the embassy
remained silent on whether
the envelope contained a cryp-
tic message found in some of
the other suspect packages.
The Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) has not
yet released details of the
messages, and maintains it is
not yet.clear.what the mes-
sages mean."'

Sandals Royal


Launches novel

New Year's


SANDALS Royal Bahamian
has found a novel way of pro-
tecting the environment and
conserving energy by introduc-
ing an award with a difference -
no one wants to win it.
( In January, the resort's envi-
ronmental team will be intro-
ducing a new scheme aimed at
cutting back on wasted energy
., which will see rewards for
departments that reduce their
energy usage.
Those departments that waste
the most energy by failing to
turn off lights, computers or air
conditioning will be shamed by
the "energy hog" award.
Sandals' environmental team
are set to conduct inspections
every day. The department
responsible for using the most
energy will be given the "energy
hog" award to publicly display
for the following month.
Michael James, Sandals Roy-
Sal Bahamian's general manager
n said, "The 'energy hog' initia-
tive is just the latest in a long
line of eco-friendly measures we
are taking at the resort to 'do
our bit' for the environment.
"Every step we take either as
individuals or as a nation can
Make a massive difference
Regardless of how small a step it
; seems. Everything helps."
In addition, each department
is asked to implement five ways
that their areas can cut down on
The best ideas will be used
throughout the resort and the
head of departments encour-
aged to discuss green initiatives
with their team every day, San-
dals said.
"Sandals Royal Bahamian has
long been committed to pre-
serving the natural beauty of its
,. surroundings and, along all of

'i Sandals and Beaches resorts,
has been awarded the much
coveted Green Globe 21 Award
1`'" for Environmental Stewardship.
Earlier this year, the resort pre-
sented mountain bikes to eco-
friendly team members," the
resort said in a press statement.


Meat supply


A CANADIAN company, Ovatech
Genetics, has been approved to
transfer to Bahamian farmers the
S* technology of artificially insemi-
nating sheep and goats, a proce-
..- --. .dure being hailed as a revolu-
.. tionary advancement in local ani-
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Business owner 'proud' to sell

VoIP devices despite warning

Tribune Staff Reporter

JUST weeks after the Public
Utilities Commission issued a
statement warning vendors and
the public that VoIP devices are
illegal, business owner Andrew
Wilson said he is proud to sell the
products and will continue to do
so for the sake of the Bahamian.
The PUC has told retailers and
users of VoIP products such as
Vonage and Magic Jack that if
caught, they could face a fine of
The commission said many
Bahamians mistakenly believe
that any VoIP (voice-over internet
protocol) telephone device sold
or used in the United States is
legal in the Bahamas.
Senior legal counsel at the PUC
Vincent Wallace-Whitfield, said:
"The VoIP telephone device
allows users to bypass licensed
Bahamian telecommunications
systems. This has far-reaching
financial implications for licensed
Bahamian telecommunications
providers and on the Bahamian
"For example, BTC has the
VIBE system, which is basically
the same as these other systems,
so (local telephone companies)
are losing because of these sys-
tems that are not approved."
However, business owner Mr
Wilson said he respectfully dis-
agrees with the PUC and their
position on the VoIP devices.

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"The idea that the PUC can
regulate the World Wide Web
first of all is ridiculous that is
something they have absolutely
no control over. No one is using
BTC's network. All we are using
are the resources of the internet
that is available to every person
on the planet earth that is acces-
sible to the internet," he said.
Mr Wilson said the technology
Magic Jack and Vonage can deliv-
er is "phenomenal" and can be
used with ease and at a low cost.
He said that what the PUC is
trying to do is the equivalent to
outlawing e-mails to protect the
postal service.
"To me it is ridiculous that an
organisation of a government that
professes a desire to take the
Bahamian people to the next lev-
el would even publicly say that
resources which are available to
people all over the world are not
available to Bahamians," Mr Wil-
son said.
He said products like Magic
Jack and Vonage will strengthen
families that have children abroad
because they will not have to,
ration phone calls.
"Preparing my family for the
future is worth more than any
$10,000 fine. I think one would
pay more if they are not prepared.
Times are tough and Magic Jack
has the potential of saving
Bahamian households and busi-
nesses thousands of dollars on
their telecommunications bill. '
"There are no monthly bills for
this product. It has the potential of

replacing BTC because there will
never be an outrageous monthly
fee for calls made out of the coun-
try," Mr Wilson said.
The PUC advised retailers and
the public in a statement that it
has not issued any approved stan-
dards under Sectioh 15 of the
Telecommunications Act for
VoIP telephone devices like Mag-
ic Jack and Vonage.
The statement explained that
unapproved VoIP telephone
devices allow users to bypass
licensed Bahamian telecommuni-
cations systems in breach of the
Telecommunications Act and Sec-
tor Policy.
Mr Whitfield said the PUC is
trying to find a way under the cur-
rent legislation to put an end to
Magic Jack and Vonage usage.
"We are looking at different
avenues to tackle this problem.
What we would do is find out that
the person has purchased it,
obtain a search warrant to find
out if they have it hooked up to
their computer or phone and legal
steps are taken from there," he
Mr Whitfield said that the PUC
is also looking at working with
the Customs Department to stop
the importation of VoIP devices.
However, the PUC has said
nothing about Skype, iChat, G-.
mail or the numerous other pro-
grammes which allow persons to
talk over the internet in some
cases even face-to-face'- free of

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

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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The endless cycle of violence in Gaza

"Behold I will deliver thine enemy into
thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it
seem good unto thee."
I Samuel 24:4
AND SO it must have seemed when the
bombers with David's star upon them came
out of the sky to smite the enemies of Israel
in the land of Gaza as trapped and con-
fined as was Saul in that cave in the wilder-
ness of Engedi. The damage was, as usual,
heavy and disproportionate. Hundreds of
Palestinians dead and wounded uniider the
bombs, while the feeble rockets fired back at
Israel caused minor damage. With Israel it is
often 10 teeth for one chipped tooth.
But wait a minute. No country should have
to stand and just take it when rockets rain
down on its border towns frorin another coun-
try. Israel is justified in taking measures to
protect its citizens. And the rocket fire from
Gaza is all the more galling in that Israel left
Gaza three years ago. The hated occupation,
ended. Jewish settlements were uprooted and
residents forced to leave. Where is the justi-
fication for continued Palestinian attack?
One doesn't know if it might have made a
difference if Gaza had been developed eco-
nomically, with aid and business start-ups,
factories and work shops to give the young
men work. Would it have made any d iffer-
ence if Gaza had not been turned into a vast,
impoverished internment camp, with only a
trickle of goods and services allowed in when
Israel deemed it fit?
But wait a minute. Didn't Gaza elect
Hamas to power, a terrorist government that
refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist? I
remember Ezer Weizman telling me, when he
was president of Israel; that it really should-
n't matter whether Israel's right to exist is
recognized or not. "We do exist," he said,
and the Palestinians who won't recognize
that fact can't change reality. Nor can Israel
erase the reality that Hamas exists.
Would it have made a difference if Israel
and the United States had come to terms
with Hamas, giving the freely elected gov-
ernment responsibility for running Gaza
rather than simply trying to choke it?
Israelis have said that the Palestinians must
recognize and admit that they are a defeated
people, that they must bend to Israel's will.
But somehow they never do. Israel's lead-
ers also feel that Israel is not feared enough in
the region. Thus the need for disproportion-
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instil fear, for collective punishment to teach
the Arabs a lesson they won't forget. .
They don't forget, but they don't learn the
intended lesson either.
It's been 30 years since I lived in .Israel,
and the yellowing clips of the articles I wrote
could be published today without much
change, such is the cycle of pain and
vengeance that the Palestinians and Israelis
have been inflicting on each other, each with
their martyrs and their heroes, long before
there was a Jewish state.
One has to wonder if reprisals will ever be
effective, especially against a society steeped
in martyrdom and revenge. Will bombing
cause Gazans to reject Hamas, or will it
increase its popularity? And if you want
Gazans to stop the rockets, does it work to
target their security apparatus? It is as if Pres-
ident Bush said to Mayor Bloomberg, there is
too much crime in New York and I am going
to bomb all the police stations until it gets bet-
So, no, there is no justification for the
Palestinians to continue their rocket attacks,
even though there are reasons. But the kind
of bombing that Israel is wont to do in Gaza,
as in Lebanon a couple of years ago, may
seem "good unto thee," but is it really going
to change behaviour? Or will it create more
martyrs, more suicide bombers, to keep the
cycle going? In the end, will Israel's brand of
disproportionate violence against Palestinians
achieve its ends? Trouble is it never has.
"As saith the proverb 'of the ancients,
wickedness proceedeth from the wicked,"
but so far no one is saying "but my hand
shall not be upon thee," as David said in
(This column was written by H.D.S. Green-
way, Boston Globe Correspondent- c. 2008
The Boston Globe).

ACCORDING to predictions 2009 is a
year that none.of us want to face. However,
with hope, faith and sensible personal deci-
sions it could be turned into a better year that
many of us expect.
At this time The Tribune family would
like to pause to thank our readers and adver-
tisers for their faithful support and wish all
Bahamians a very happy New Year -
despite the naysayers.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE silly season is upon us.
The PLP is in a quandary. Almost
every Member of Parliament "s
vying for the leadership. This will
undoubtedly wreak havoc on a
party that is reeling from a series
of disappointments in the past
two years. First was the stunning
loss at the polls, and then the
expected loss in Pinewood chal-
lenging the election results and
finally the straw that broke the
camel's back, the Marco City
These events which have taken
its toll have put them in an unen-
viable position, so much so that it
appears that no one in the PLP
trusts anyone in the PLP, "Every
man for himself and God for us
all." Their behaviour seems sav-
age like. They will devour each
other sooner than later. The par-
ty would be further weakened
after all of the dust has settled.
There is even at least one
upcoming member who seems to
have his eyes set on solidifying
his position too. This gentleman is
gaining ground, because he is
closely attached and seems to be
well like by the young to a par-
ticular in a PLP stronghold. This
could send the party into a tail-
spin as he is not from the
bootlickerss association". This
new fresh face who seems to have
"no axe to grind" will not be
deterred. PLP could be in for a
rude awakening.
Recently, the most hilarious
suggestion was that Frederick
Mitchell can be compared to the
President-elect Barack Obama,
who has literally changed th
political landscape of the United
States. This comparison is not.
only a joke but can be somewhat
insulting to Mr Obama. But for
the time being I would like to
comment on the comparison.
Now I cannot really comment
on Mr Mitchell's personal life
because he seems to be somewhat
secretive about that. How could
he, as a politician expect people
to be comfortable with him with-
out knowing exactly who he real-
ly is?
President-elect Barack Obama
on the other haAd was very open
with his personal life, he even
dared to confess that he dabble
with drugs. He threw caution to
the wind and leftit up to the pub-
lic to determine what they would
do with the information. I am
sure Mr Mitchell has more secrets
than not, but simply does no
have the courage to be open and
let the Bahamian people decide..
Mr Obama is a personable gen-
tleman who attracts people to him

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by the way he treats people. He is
not selfish and has a tremendous
record of helping people without
the camera following his every
move. Mr Mitchell on the other
hand alerts the press and then he
does things so it could be report-
ed. This causes me to question
whether he is genuine.
Mr Obama can easily commu-
nicate with people who differ
from his views and embraces con-
trasting points of view, but oh no,
Mr Mitchell takes everything per-
sonally and even promised to do
away with those who opposed
him. Mr Obama is obviously a
strong family man who loves his
wife and children and publicly
displays his affection for his fam-
ily and puts it as a priority. Mr
Mitchell on the other hand does
not necessarily subscribe to this
family life because the Bahamian
does not know what his thinking
is on this most important quality
that a leader should have.
Mr Barack Obama is a self con-
fessed Christian and had tremen-
dous attention brought on his
faith, especially with this rela-
tionship with the now infamous
Jeremiah Wright. Mr Mitchell
parades and masquerades but no
one really knows'what he is.
Some say he may have socialist
Barack Obama would-neverl
associate himself with a gutter-
website and would publicly
denounce it. How come Mr
Mitchell has never seen fit to dis-
associate himself with a site that
goes out of the way to destroy
other people's character? It is my

opinion that if he meant well he
would disassociate himself from
the filth placed on bahamasun-
Obama also appears to respect
himself and shows a great deal of
respect for others. This is a qual-
ity that escapes Mr Mitchell. His
arrogance and selfish attitude is
what turns most people away
from him. He has never spoken
well about any leader. He
despised Sir Lynden, he simply
dislikes the Rt Hon Hubert
Alexander Ingraham and he can-
not bring himself to praise Perry
Gladstone Christie.
Mr Obama unites, not divides.
Mr Obama is a warm human
being. Mr Mitchell seems heart-
less, and that's putting it mildly.
Finally Mr Obama, even when
he was attacked from the hard
right with everything but the
kitchen sink, refused to be drawn
in the gutter. Mr Mitchell would
not be able to resist to respond
and sometimes with ear popping
responses. His insensitive, callous
demeanor epitomises exactly who
he is and what to expect from
him. We all watched in horror of
examples of his temper in the
House of Assembly, even while
children watched.
Mr Obama was and is a man
of change something for the bet-
ter, but what change is Mr
Mitchell planning for? Are the
Bahamian people ready for the
kind of change he is planning?
Are we ready for his kind of .
change? We must think hard and
long about the likes of Mr
Fredrick Mitchell. We.do not
believe that he is the: best choice
for the Bahamas.
December, 2008.

It's not too late for the

govt to show leadership
Committee for Gaming Reform
P. 0. Box N-580
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242)324-6111,
Cell: (242) 535-2399
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Frustrating yes, surprising no: The fact that Vincent Vanderpool
Wallace is talking with big Casino operators about amendments to
national gaming laws (Casino Operators: Allow Foreign Residents
Room at the Gaming Table, December 22, 2008, Guardian Business
Reporter). This simply confirms that the government has no respect
for the individual rights of Bahamians.
It's not too late for the government to demonstrate leadership.
Why not open current talks to include representatives of key stake-
holders, including the Bahamas Gaming Reform Committee and
expand consideration of possible amendments to national gaming
laws? If the intent is to make changes, why not do it right and in the
process demonstrate to Bahamians that living in a democracy does
have its benefits.
Bahamas Gaming Reform,
December, 2008



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Grand Bahama

records its

12th homicide

for the year
Tribune Freeport
Bahama recorded its 12th homi-
cide for the year when a 29-
year-old shooting victim died in
hospital from his injuries.
Slyvanus Strachan, a resident
of Fawcett Lane, died around
noon on Monday at the Rand
Memorial Hospital.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said that Mr Strachan never
recovered from gunshot injuries
he suffered on December 20.
The shooting incident
occurred around 11.28pm at the
Masonic Lodge Hall, where a
number of persons attending a
dance heard a loud sound inside
the building. Witnesses reported
seeing a black man push a hand-
gun into the waistband of his
trousers. The suspect then ran
from the building toward the
highway and got into a vehicle,
which sped away from the area.
Shortly afterwards it was dis-
covered that Mr Strachan had
been shot. He was taken to hos-
pital where doctors performed
surgery. "He was detained, but
never recovered from the severe
injuries he sustained," said Mr
Police are still searching for
the suspect in this matter.
The gunman is described as
being about 5'5" tall. He was
wearing a brown sweater and a
brown hat at the time of the
shooting. Mr Rahming said
investigations are continuing
into the matter. Anyone with
information is asked to contact
the Central Detective Unit at
Officers accused
of misconduct
ALL officers at Central
Police station who had allega-
tions of misconduct made
against them have been trans-
ferred to other stations and aft
- investigation into their possible
involvement is "nearing comple-
tioni," said the commissioner of
According to Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson the officers,
who were accused of numerous
acts of corruption in August,
including allowing inmates to
have sex with women and drink
alcohol in the cells for a fee, are
now working at different sta-
tions pending the outcome of
the investigation.

Two juveniles
quizzed over

POLICE are questioning two
juveniles in connection with a
woman being held up with an
imitation shot gun and robbed.
Just after 9pm on Monday,
the victim told police that when
she pulled up to the front gate
of her home a dark coloured car
approached and the driver got
out holding a shotgun.
The gunman demanded that
the woman roll down her win-
dow, which she did. He then
robbed her of her handbag
which contained cash, a cellular
telephone and other items.
The gunman and his passen-
ger then sped off.
About an hour later, Police
Mobile Division officers were in
the St Albans Drive area when
they saw a dark coloured vehi-
cle. The officers stopped the car
and searched it.
In the vehicle, police found
an imitation shotgun and a
handbag with contents matching
those of the stolen bag.
Upon making further checks,
the officers also discovered that
the car had been reported as
stolen. Two boys, aged 16 and
17, are helping police with their

Electrical problems
may have caused
BTC HQ blaze
FIRE officials said they

expect to have a definite answer
by today as to what caused the
blaze at Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC)
headquarters on John F
Kennedy Drive.
Director of Fire Services Jef-
frey Deleveaux, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that all indica-
tions point towards electrical
problems being the cause of
Monday's fire. "The fire started
on the inside of the building
immediately behind the veran-
dah where the Christmas tree
and various decorations were
placed. By today we should
have a definite answer," Mr
Deleveaux said.

Two big industrial projects worth

$350m 'may be slowing down'

Freeport Container Port and Vopak facing business challenges, say reports

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Two major industrial
expansion projects in Freeport, together
totalling more than $350 million, may
be slowing down, according to reports.
Sources say that Freeport Container
Port has been experiencing a significant
decline in business lately. And there are
reports that Vopak has slowed work at
the former BORCO plant.
FCP is undertaking a $300-million
Phase 5 expansion project, which began:
last December. Vopak Terminal
Bahamas started its $55-million oil tank
project this year.
FCP CEO Chris Grey and Vopak
managing director T J Huizer were said

to be out of office and could not be
reached for comments on the status of
their projects.
There has been a dramatic slowdown
in container shipping globally. As a
result, the container port has suffered a
20 per cent drop in business in recent
If business does not improve at the
port, some say this could mean more job
It is believed that more than 40 work-
ers were laid off at the FCP earlier this
FCP is one of the largest employers on
the island, employing about 865 Bahami-
an workers.
The transshipment terminal the
largest in the region is operated by
Hutchison Port Holding Ltd, which is

the largest independent operator of con-
tainer terminals in the world.
The global economic crisis continues
to affect many industries. According to
experts at Drewry Shipping Consultants
of London, the outlook for container
shipping shows continued decline in
Port executives in Freeport have
remained tightlipped about the state of
their port operations, including the
Grand Bahama Airport Company, and
the Freeport Harbour Company.
The Phase 5 expansion project is
scheduled for completion in 2010. Mr
Grey has said that the most important
aspect of the expansion project is the
potential for additional employment.
. Vopak Terminal Bahamas is jointly
owned by First Reserve Corporation and

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Royal Vopak NV. The companies
acquired the BORCO plant in April of
this year.
VTB is being operated by Vopak,
*which is the world's largest provider of
conditioned storage facilities for bulk
The former BORCO plant has a cur-
rent storage capacity of 20 million bar-
rels. The $55-million Brownfield expan-
sion project is expected to increase
capacity by constructing seven new addi-
tional tanks.
In August, Mr Huizer had reported
that demand for services provided by
Vopak was high and that clients were
crying for space.
The Tribune attempted to contact Mr
Huizer and Maxwell Sweeting, however,
none of our calls was returned.

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TERNEILLE "TaDa" Burrows launched her new album with a successful
party at the Uptown club last week. Celebrating the release of her new
CD "I'm That Girl", TaDa was joined on stage by up and coming
Bahamian performers Sammi Starr, So$aman, MDeez, Deeds; NCity,
ReBirth, Overlord, Cello tha Black Pearl, Rapquelle, Shiraz, B-Marie,
Chase Fernander and Sketch.

Archbishop Drexel Gomez to

Tribune Staff Reporter

Gomez will hang up his mitre
today after serving 12 years as
diocesan leader of the local
Anglican Church.
With almost 50 years dedicat-
ed to the ministry, Archbishop
Gomez said he is anticipating a
relaxed retirement although he
will still be involved in the
church as an assistant bishop.
Speaking with The Tribune
upon his return from a farewell
weekend in the Turks and
Caicos, Archbishop Gomez
reflected on his tenure and on
his boyhood dream of entering
the priesthood.
It was at age seven he decided
on his life's path, he said.
"I always wanted to be a
priest. I never wanted to be any-
thing else. I have enjoyed my
service as bishop of the diocese
and as bishop in the church,
enjoyed working with people
and seeing various projects
engaged in and completed," said
the archbishop, who was elected
as diocesan leader of the
Bahamas and Turks and Caicos
in 1996, and as archbishop of
the West Indies in 1998.
Looking forward, Archbish-

op Gomez said a major chal-
lenge he foresees for the Angli-
can Church will be raising mon-
ey in view of the current eco-
nomic climate.
"The year 2009 will definitely
prove to be challenging from a
financial point of view and all
these situations produce a test of
faith. So my prayer is that we
will get through this period," he
said, adding that the local Angli-
can Church is entirely depen-
dent on donations.
Other challenges will be
encouraging nominal Anglicans
to practice their faith and
spurring the Anglican Church
to become more publicly

involved. In terms of p
sive strides for the local
Archbishop Gomez pr
ihte consecration of femr

ops may be on the horizon as
the issue may be voted on when
the Anglican Synod meets for
its next general meeting in 2010
or when it meets to elect a new
He expects the resolution to
pass without much resistance.
Canada, the US and New
Zealand have all consecrated
female bishops and the Church
of England recently voted in
favour of it.
Notably, the last several years
have featured contentious

hang up his n
debate for Anglicans with many
fearing a schism as a result of
differing opinions on homosex-
uality and gender roles.
In 2003, openly gay bishop
Gene Robinson was appointed
to head the New Hampshire
diocese, prompting an uproar
from conservative members.
Just last week a conservative
branch of the Anglican Church
is reported to have split from
the US Episcopal Church and
joined their own rival province
because of disagreements with
the Episcopal Church's liberal
position on homosexuality and
church governance.
S Yet Bishop Gomez remains
)rogres- optimistic tha tthe 70-million
diocese, member church will be able to
edicted work through its differences and
le hith- avoid a permanent rift. "What's

nitre today
r happening now is an interim sit-
'uation in the next two to three
years, matters would have set-
tled and we'll have a much bet-
ter picture," he said, after vari-
ous regions have the platform
to have their opinions heard.
Archbishop Gomez will demit
office today having served as
diocesan archbishop since Sep-
tember 1, 1996.
Bishop Laish Boyd will suc-
ceed him becoming the third
Bahamian diocesan archbishop.


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time in its history decided to change the purpose of its Christmas extravaganza. Instead of members giving gifts to each other,
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PERSONS present at the BAPD wheelchair presentation and commissioning
of the garden/playground on December 18 include Sir Durward Knowles,
BAPD president; Lady Holly Knowles; LetitiaArmbrister, administrator of
BAPD; Linda Smith, assistant administrator of BAPD; Dr Willard Thomp-
son, director of BAPD; Ed Fields, senior Vice-president of public relations
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THE Bahamas Association
for the Physically Disabled
received its second shipment
of wheelchairs this Near from
the Wheelchair Foundation.
Funds for the purchase of
the wheelchairs were donated
by Kerzner International and
the NMark Knowles Founda-
tion. On hand to accept the
wheelchairs were Sir Dur\ard
Knosles. president of BAPO:
Ed Fields. senior vice-presi-
dent of pubhc relations at
Kerzner International, and
tennis star Mark Knowles.
This shipment will make
1,040 wheelchairs that have
been shipped to the Bahamas
from China.
Following the wheelchair
presentation, BAPD commis-
sioned a new garden and play-
ground area for the physically
challenged children who are
enrolled at the centre.
The delay in completing the
landscaping of the area was ,
related to the burglaries and,
removal of planted trees by
thieves at the centre.
Funds earmarked for the
garden/playground were used
to install a burglary alarm sys-
tem, security lighting and a
secured perimeter fence
around the entire facility.
The garden/playground was
officially opened with a prayer
by Rev Charles New of
Ebenezer Methodist Church,
and the ribbon cutting by Lady
Adaptive recreational playL
ground equipment for the chil-
dren will be ordered in the
New Year. The playground for
the physically challenged chil-
dren will be the only one of its
kind in the Bahamas. It will
add to the ambiance for the
children at the centre as well
as provide additional stimula-
tion to help enhance their
motor skills.
Following the commission-
ing of the garden/playground,
the children at BAPD sang
Christmas carols accompanied
by the staff at centre. This wds
followed by Santa and his
helper (members of East
Rotary Club) presenting each
of the children with a special
The Board of BAPD said it
wishes to thank.those special
donors, who by their kind
donations have made available
wheelchairs for those physical-
ly challenged persons who are
unable to afford one, and a
special garden/playground for
the children at BAPD.

Rotary Club's $10,000
donation to Project Read

BRIAN Moodie, president of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, pre-
sents the Club's annual $10,000 donation to Project Read's
administrator Mrs AutherLou Ratming. Project Read is a pro-
gramme designed to assist adults with literacy challenges and
children that do not read at the level they should. The programme
is available to the general public and all interested persons can
contact the administrators at the faculty located on Village Road,
near the rear of the Blairwood Academy.






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Management at the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion said the recent street light
outages on Sir Milo Butler
Highway were caused by a car
In a statement released yes-
terday, BEC said that during
the accident, a cable and a pole
were damaged.
The cable was the main
source of supply to the street
lights and the pole provided
an alternative source of power.
A BEC statement said: "The
street light outages were in no
way connected to power
surges. Repairs to the pole
have been completed and the
streetlights returned to service.
Testing and repair of the cable
are underway."
BEC also said that power
outages and street light related
problems are often due to car
accidents and not necessarily
a result of power surges, as is
often suggested.
Addressing concerns about
traffic signals during a recent
speech, BEC chairman Fred
0Gottlieb said that some of the
hialfunctions are caused by
adequatee maintenance and
,ot power surges or power out-
i He promised that BEC will
*continue to work to reduce any
,problems with traffic lights.
a The corporation apologised
for any inconvenience caused
is a result of the street light

ued at $2,714.
It is alleged that on Thursday
December 11, five of the juve-
niles broke into the home of Sta-
cy Butler in Sir Lynden Pindling
Estates and stole a pair of
Timberland shoes valued at
All six juveniles have been
charged with breaking into the
home of Michelle Major at
Mount Tabor Estates on Tues-
day December 16, There, they
allegedly stole a PSP hand-held
game valued at $250 and a 19-
inch flat screen television valued
at $700.
It is also alleged that on
Wednesday December 17, all six
of the accused broke into the
home of Marina Moultrie-Far-
rington and stole a PSP hand-held
game valued at $250 and a 19-
inch flat screen television valued
at $700.
All six of the juveniles have
also been charged with breaking
into the home of Kielta Gibson

DVDs together valued
at $450.
Three of the juveniles have also
been charged with breaking into
the home of Shelly Butler on
Tuesday December 23.
Two of the juveniles, aged 14
and 15, have also been charged
with breaking into the home of
Dianne Moss on Tuesday Decem-
ber 23. There, they allegedly stole
a Playstation III video game and
three DVD blue ray CDs togeth-
er valued at $400.
The accused pleaded not guilty
to the charges.
All six ]uveniles have also been
charged with breaking into the
home of Edricka Ferguson on
Wednesday December 17.
There it is alleged that they
stole a Playstation video game

E Te ens in court accused

Tribune Staff Reporter
SIX teenagers accused of com-
mitting a spree of house break-ins
in the Sir Lynden Pindling Estates
subdivision were arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
The juveniles, whose' ages
range between 14 and 17,
appeared before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane, on charges of house-
breaking, stealing and receiving.
The teenagers, who according
to court dockets live in the Sir
Lynden Pindling Estates Subdi-
vision and Pinewood Gardens,
are alleged to have committed
the offences between Wednesday
December 10 and Tuesday
December 23.
Four of the juveniles have been
charged with breaking into the
home of Rudene Butler on
December 10.
There, they allegedly stole jew-
ellery and clothing together val-


When buying a home, would
you consider asking the sellers
to "hold" their home off the
market without offering to give
them a deposit? As a seller,
'would you take your home "off
ihe market" for purchasers who
were unwilling to give you a sum
of money as a deposit?
In both cases, the answer is
,probably "No!" A very impor-
:tant message is communicated
from buyer to seller by the so-
called "cash deposit." It is
understandably common for
homebuyers to want to offer as
small a deposit as possible when
signing an agreement to pur-
chase a home, and just as com-
mon for the sellers to want a 10
per cent deposit.
Here's why the amount
offered can be so important. For
.the buyers, one way to impress
the sellers with their sincerity is
by offering to pay a cash deposit
with their written offer. Their
willingness to do this is a positive
indicator that they are serious
and not "testing the water."
;, From the sellers' point of
view, a solid offer to purchase
from buyers when accompa-
nied by a 10 per cent deposit -
can quickly become an attrac-
tive offer, one Which is easier to
accept. In a nutshell, "put your
money where your mouth is"
(to use a colloquialism) and you
will be noticed far more quickly.

FRED Mitchell has called for a clarification of reports that the
police are set to investigate public figures in the new year.
Mr Mitchell said there is "a special need" for the Minister of Nation-
al Security Tommy Turnquest. who was quoted in another daily as
announcing these investigations. to "come clean'" on the matter.
"The minister must be extremely careful to make the suggestion that
public figures mae be the deliberate target of investigations and then
seek to wash his hands by saying that there is no political interference
in the work of the police." he said
Mir Nitchell that phile the Mr Turnquest is not directly quoted.
the report gioes the impression that the police ha\e'been -specifically
sanctioned b% the minister and his colleagues" to carry out these
in estigations
He said the minister then goes on to make -"what seems a specious
distinction" between political interference in police nm\ estigaions and
control and direction of the force by the government
MNr NMitchell. Fo\ Hill NIP and spokesman for the opposition PLP.
said "Mr Turnquest's comments come at a most senous time in he life
of the force when a decision must be made on who will lead the force
into the future.

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"The remarks come at a time when morale is at its lowest in the force
as a result of politically inspired divisions within the force. His remarks
are reminiscent of what appeared to be a concerted campaign of innu-
endo and libel to attack sitting members of the PLP earlier in this year,
resulting from leaks from a highly placed source in the police force.
"At the time, I expressed concern over these reports about 'a sitting
MP', which caused both the commissioner of police and the FNM
chairman to deny that there was a politically motivated witch-hunt, but
inquiring and reasonable minds can only be suspicious in light of the
minister's present comments."
Mr Mitchell's comments follow several articles in The Tribune
revealing details about an ongoing police investigation into claims of
wrong-doing against a sitting MP.
During the May 2007 general election, which the incumbent PLP lost,
the FNM promised to create transparency and investigate high level
Mr Mitchell said: "There is an innuendo that PLPs and those who
support PLPs must be on their guard. It has been part of the FNM's
political campaign in the past to smear the PLP and to seek to sully the
history-of the Progressive Liberal.Party in the country.
"Another subtext is the view espoused by FNM partisans that the
PLP somehow interfered with the police force. That is unequivocally
a lie.
"The public should know that the police are subject to the jurisdic-
tion and authority of civilian politicians.
"The police from the commissioner on down must be respectful of
and obedient to those politicians. The public is reminded that it was no
less a person than the prime minister who said that he reorganised the
force at the top and sent the two senior officers away on courses over-
"The question is whether or not the FNM is pursuing
the same bankrupt approach to governance that they pursued prior to
2002 and which other CARICOM opposition parties who have become
governments within the past year now seem to be pursuing.
"In Belize, the government has put the Leader of the Opposition
before the courts. In Jamaica, former ministers are the subject of
police investigations. Is this what Mr Turnquest now means that the
FNM will pursue?" Mr Mitchell asked.

on Friday December 19. There, it
is alleged that they stole a PC
monitor and printer.
According to court dockets,
.two juveniles aged 15 and 16
allegedly broke into the home of
Martha Saunders on Monday
December 22 and stole a PSP
hand held game valued at $250
along with a 19-inch flat screen
television valued at $700.
It is alleged that a 16-year-old
of Pinewood Gardens broke into
the home of Tyrone Sweeting on
Monday December 22 and stole
two laptops and an assortment of
gold jewellery together valued at
nearly $7,000.

A 15-year-old along with a 17-
year-old have also been charged
with breaking into the home of
Sheryl Hanna on Monday
December 22.
There, it is alleged that they
stole a digital camera and 10



along with an assortment of jew-
ellery together valued at $2,830.
One of the accused, a 15-year-
old of sir Lynden Pindling
Estates, pleaded guilty to this
He was not represented by an
One of the accused, a 15-year-
old, was represented by attorney
V Alfred Gray.
Four of the accused were rep-
resented by attorney Willie Moss.
They remain on police bail.
The matters have been trans-
ferred to the Juvenile Panel and
adjourned to April 7 to 14..
The juveniles were also placed
under a 6pm curfew-aid ordered
to report to the" South Beach
Police station every Saturday
before 5pm.

BRUSSELS The Mission of
the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas to the European com-
munities announced that on Mon-
,day, December 8,2008, Paul Far-
quharson, Bahamas High Com-
missioner to London, presented
his Letters of Credence to the
Acting President of the Council
of the European Union Jean-

Pierre Jouyet, French Minister of
State with responsibility for Euro-
pean Affairs, thus concluding the
procedure for his presentation of
credentials to the European com-
The presentation took place
during a brief ceremony at the
Headquarters of the Council of
the European Union in Brussels

at 4pm. After the event, the Act-
ing President and High Commis-
sioner Farquharson engaged in a
brief exchange, in which they both
commented on the healthy state
of relations between the Bahamas
and the European Union. Frank
Davis, First Secretary and Con-
sul, accompanied High Commis-
sioner Farquharson.

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LAVERNE Rolle enjoyed
the Boxing Day junkanoo
parade from premium Raw-
son Square seats after win-
ning the Junkanoo products
holiday prize drawing.
Ms Rolle, who entered the
drawing through purchasing
a Junkanoo all-purpose
cleaner, manufactured by
Bahamas Extruders in Sol-
dier Road Industrial Park,
won four Rawson Square
tickets for Boxing Day and
three cases of Junkanoo
products a case each of all-
purpose cleaner, bleach and
window cleaner. Simon Wal-
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Bahamians challenged

to be healthier in '09

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis yesterday chal-
. lenged members of his con-
stituency and Bahamians in gen-
eral with a list of New Years res-
olutions to choose from in an
effort to create a healthy citizens
that work for the benefit of the
entire nation.
"I challenge each Bahamian to
review their New Year's resolu-
tion. For some that may be liv-
ing a healthy lifestyle, weight
management through regular
exercise, quitting smoking or
drinking, reducing debt and stress,
developing a better relationship
with God, or spending more time
with family and friends what-
ever it may be, but I invite every
member of Killarney to become
more involved in the communi-
ty," Dr Minnis said.
Dr Minnis, who is the member
of parliament.for Killarney, said
that reflecting on the events of
2008, one has to acknowledge the

increasing levels of crime, the
reduction in tourist arrivals, the
loss of jobs and the general eco-
nomic downturn.
"It is evident that the year 2009
would be a greater year for
humanity. It is often in the face of
challenge that opportunities pre-
sent themselves for individuals,
groups, nations and communities
like ours to emerge and work
together; 2009 will be a year when
each of us must search deep with-
in ourselves to find the contribu-
tions we can make towards the
greater good of our country," Dr
Minnis said.
The health minister said each
person must become aware of
what must be done within their
community to prepare for the
Dr Minnis encouraged
Bahamians to form neighborhood
crime watch associations in their
He said statistics have shown
that crime watch associations are
one of the most effective weapons
against criminal activity.

"I wish the New Year to bring
new hope, new promises and new
opportunities and a new reason to
celebrate. In the words of Ben-
jamin Franklyn: 'Be always at war
with your vices, at peace with
your neighbors and let each New
Year make you a better person',"
Dr Minnrmis said.

Man accused of bilking
Haitian-Americans in
investment scheme
A MAN is accused of bilking
thousands of Haitian-Americans of
more than $23 million in an invest-
ment scheme where he promised
to create a "nation of Haitian mil-
lionaires", according to Associated
George Theodule used his Hait-
ian background to urge Haitian-
Americans nationwide to form
investment clubs and funnel funds
through his Lake Worth, Fla.-based
company, Creative Capital, the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commis-
sion said Tuesday.
"This alleged Ponzi scheme
preyed upon unsuspecting mem-
bers of a close-knit community,
attempting to take advantage of the
trust they had in each other," said
Linda Chatman Thomsen, the
SEC's enforcement director.
Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks
issued an emergency order Mon-
day to halt the alleged scheme and
freeze the company's assets.
An e-mail and a phone message
left for Theodule's attorney, and
messages left at phone numbers
listed for Theodule in Palm Beach
County and in Loganville, Ga.,
where he moved in September,
were not immediately returned.
Theodule held face-to-face meet-
ings where he drew his investment
plan on dry erase boards and flip
charts, and his company raised at
least $23.4 million since November
2007, regulators said.
"He pitched himself as a man of
God who was going to create a
nation of Haitian millionaires," said
Jared Levy, a West Palm Beach
attorney who filed a federal class-
action lawsuit against Theodule on
A minimum investment of $1,000
per investor was required. Theod-
ule only accepted cash, and target-
ed churches with large Haitian pop-
ulations, Levy said.
Theodule, 48, allegedly guaran-
teed a 100 percent return on all
investments within three months.
Investors were also promised that
Creative Capital's trading profits
were being used to fund startup
businesses in Haiti, Sierra Leone
and the Haitian community in the
U.S, the SEC said.
However, Theodule lost at least
$18 million trading stocks and
options over the last year and
repaid investors with money col-
lected from new investors, accord-
ing to the SEC complaint.
Theodule continued to promise
huge returns with no risk a 200
percent return after one year -
even as the global economy stag-
gered, Levy said.
Most investors gave Theodule
$5,000 to $10,000, though some
invested their life savings, Levy
"He preyed on people who did-
n't have much investment experi-
ence," Levy said. "He would tell
them they didn't have enough mon-
ey to open brokerage accounts
Theodule also mixed the
investors' money with his own and
took at least $3.8 million for per-
sonal use, including two luxury
vehicles, a down payment on a
house, credit card bills and pay-
ment for a wedding, regulators said.
"We want to recover all the mon-
ey that investors gave to this guy,"
Levy said.


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hold concert in Nassau .a.

THE Brass Choir of the Col-
lege of Saint Benedict and Saint
John's University, Minnesota,
will give a concert in Nassau on
Sunday, January 4, at 6 pm at St.
Anselm Parish, Fox Hill.
The CSB/SJU Brass Choir is
made up of 16-18 students. The
2009 tour to the Bahamas is the
first major tour outside of the
state of Minnesota for the ensem-
ble. Under the direction of Dr.
Dale White, the Choir is com-
posed of such brass instruments
as trumpets, French horns, trom-
bones, euphoniums and tuba.
Alumnae, alumni, parents, stu-
dents and friends have received
an open invitation to the concert
and reception and have been
asked to telephone 324-1325 so
the organizers will know the
numbers to expect.
Fifty-one Bahamian students
now attend CSB and SJU and
many who are now spending
Christmas holidays at home are
expected to attend the concert.
One of these students is Delthia
McKinney, a CSB senior and the
daughter of Margueritte Lewis
of Nassau.
Delthia has two majors biol-
ogy and economics which she
hopes to combine after she earns
graduate degrees in global health
Delthia's resume is impressive.
She is a student senator, the stu-
dent representative to the Col-
lege of Saint Benedict's Board
of Trustees, president of OIKOS
the honour society for eco-
nomics majors. She is also on
the student development board
and works as a teaching assistant
in the biology department.
Upon graduation, Delthia.will
have completed two internships.
Last summer she worked with a
health care consulting firm in
Washington, DC, for CSB alum-
na and trustee, Lisa Spoden. She
will also complete a research
internship at Mayo Clinic under
the supervision of management
professor Virginia Arthur.
Another Bahamian, Brian
Cooper, is an SJU student who
plays tuba with the Brass Choir.
Cooper, who spent his childhood
in the Fox Hill community, says,
"I was mostly raised by my moth-
er, Derry Ferguson, and spent a
lot of my time with my two

grandmothers, Charity Burnside
and Sybil Brown. They made me
the person I am today."
Music has always been a fasci-
nation for Brian, but his dream
was to play the piano. He attend-
ed St. Augustine's College and
by the eleventh grade, he made
up his mind to make that dream a
reality. He began taking piano
lessons from Carl Johnson, the
organist of St. Anselm's church
who later became not only a
motivator and mentor, but a dear
"After high school I enrolled at
The College of the Bahamas to
enhance my musical skills,
although this was contrary to my
original plan which was aviation,"
Brian said. At the College of The
Bahamas, he continued his piano
studies with Audrey Dean-White
and the late Pauline Glasby, who
taught theory.
He was active in the choirs
directed by Mrs Wright and per-
formed .locally and internation-
ally. He also joined the Concert
Band under the direction of Chris
"Mr. J" Justilien where he took
on the tuba as a secondary instru-
"My parish priest Msgr. Pre-
ston Moss was the first to intro-
duce me to the College of Saint
Benedict and Saint John's Uni-
versity (CSB/SJU) and its fabu-
lous music programme," Brian
recalled. "I remember browsing
through the brochures and think-
ing to myself 'this looks like
music heaven.' With its many
choirs, orchestra, wind ensemble,
as well as smaller chamber
groups, CSB/SJU seemed to be
'the musical opportunity of a life-
time.' "
"CSBSJU will always have a
special place in my heart. My
time at these colleges has not
only made me into a better musi-
cian but also into a better per-
son, spiritually and mentally."
He gives special credit to his pro-
fessors, especially Dr. Dale White
(tuba instructor) who comforted
and encouraged him when he
began to miss the sunny isles of
the Bahamas.
Another significant professor
was Father Bob Koopmann, his
piano professor, who kept push-
ing him to become a better musi-
cian and telling him he had "a

little more to give."
Brian Cooper will graduate in
May of 2009, with a Bachelor's
Degree in Music, with a triple
instrument major in piano, organ
and tuba from CSB/SJU. After
graduation he plans to delve into
the practice of piano tuning and
return home. He explained his
"Maybe I can start a business
tuning pianos being a full-time
church organist. However, I do
plan to do some teaching as well
as performing."
Brian offers the following
advice to young people .today:
"Education is really important,
and if you have an opportunity to
study abroad anywhere, do your
best to take that opportunity and
make it a reality. There is a vast
amount of knowledge out there,
but just taking a small fraction
of that knowledge can make a
huge difference in society. The
Bahamas is my home and I am
proud of where I am from, so I
am going to do my best to help
make it better."

BRASS CHOIR of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University University, Collegeville, Min-;
nesota, will give a concert at St Anselm Parish, Fox Hill, at 6pm Sunday. Seen in the back row is
Bahamian Brian Cooper of Fox Hill, who is a music major at St John's.


BRIAN COOPER of Fox Hill, who DELTHIA MCKINNEY, Biology and Economics major at the College of St Benedict, is pictured with Donald an,
graduates from St John's in May next Jan Watkins of Minnesota. Mr Watkins is a former member of the Saint Ben's Board of Trustees. Delthia, a senior
year, plays the tuba with the Brass is a student senator, the student representative to the College of Saint Benedict's Board of Trustees, president
Choir in concert at St Anselm's of QIKOS, the honour society for economics majors, a member of the student development board and a teaclt
Parish, Fox Hill on Sunday at 6 pm. ing assistant in the biology department.

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Lavania Stewart
dies age 89
FROM page one

church's representative on
international boards around
the world, Rev Thompson
said Mrs Stewart was simply
an "icon".
As the former pastor at
the New Mount Zion Bap-
tist Church, Mrs Stewart had
11 children four of whom
followed her into the Gospel
,ministry as pastors -
Alfred, Timothy, Andrew,
and Gideon Stewart.
Dr Thompson said that
although he was not a bio-
logical son of Rev Stewart,
he was considered a son to
her, having been nurtured
by her and treated as "one
of her own."
"When an icon like Rev
Stewark passes, it is not only
the church, but the country
feels a major loss. For the
church we will miss her
guiding hands. We will miss
her visionary words, and
also as she led the younger
ones to the path of the
church and the way Christ'
will have them to live, I
think the church has lost one.
of its best stalwarts to date.
in her passing the Bap-
tist church in particular, but
the church in general," he
According to Dr Thomp-
son, funeral arrangements
have not been made as yet.
Rev Stewart was born in
the small settlement of Ban-
nerman Town, Eleuthera in
1919 and attended the all-
age school there. Moving to

New Providence
teenager, she wor
served at the St Jar
tist Church where
Sthe position of press
the Missionary Cii
class leader at the c
In addition, she p
candidates for Bapt
conducted prayer m
Rev Stewart mar
late Rev Henry S
who organized Mou
Baptist Church in 1
the couple reside
Fox Hill and Ches
Road area. He died
and his wife became
in August 1970.


Animal embryo plan

'to secure food supply'

FROM page one

Island, 21 from Ron Miller's farm off
Cowpen Road and five from Levarity
Deveaux's farm also off Cowpen Road.
The remainder of the animals are from
government's Gladstone Road farm-.
Local farms in the programme have
been upgraded and farmers are being
trained for the countdown leading up to
January 20 when insemination will begin.
Mr Sturrup said: "The primary purpose
of this project is to improve local sheep
and goat stock, and to eventually elimi-
nate the imports of these meats."
According to Mr Sturrup, more than
200 embryos from the hardy strain of
South African Boer goats and Ddrper
sheep have been imported, and are intend-
ed for the artificial insemination of 125
local ewes and dams. The instructions will
provide first hand insight into the proce-

FROM page one NIB
According to the latest fig- would
'ures available for August Cha
2008 as many as 75 per cent, always
or 18,000 out of a total of 24,000 law, b
businesses and self-employed ability
people registered with NIB Cargi

dure for the farmers who are participating,
said Mr Sturrup.
Project consultant Dr Leroy Santiago
from Ovatech Genetics said that artificial
insemination breeding has been estab-
lished in only 14 other countries, with the
Bahamas being the third Caribbean coun-
try to embrace this technology.
"Jamaica and Trinidad are the only oth-
er Caribbean countries with this technol-
ogy, however the Bahamas will be the first
to have its local veterinarians trained to
perform this procedure," said Dr Santiago.
Dr Godfrey Springer, with a team of
local veterinarians, has worked with the
Ovatech specialist at the Gladstone Road
agriculture farm to observe several key
phases of the project.
According to Dr Santiago, the animals
are first dewormed, vaccinated, and are
de-stressed before being implanted.
Dr Santiago says a CIDR -controlled
internal device release introduces prog-

I recommends
fall into this category.
urging of interest has
s been allowed under the
ut there was "some flexi-
in the past," said Mr
11. "That flexibility no

Four bodies found on beach

FROM page one

e as a of 55 Haitians who were discovered trying to land in that area and hide
ked and in surrounding bushes on Sunday morning.
nes Bap- Officials are expected to question survivors detained at the
she held Carmichael Road Detention Centre for processing to determine the
sident of identity of the immigrants and which vessel they were on board.
rcle and According to earlier reports, six immigrants were picked up around
.hurch. 1.30 am Sunday on Silver Cay, off the northwestern tip of New Prov-
>repared idence. Hours later, defence force officers reportedly found 49 Haitian-
tism and immigrants on a sloop in waters off the southern end of New Provi-
g, |dence, near Marshall Road.
ieetd gs. The apprehension of the immigrants 50 men and five women -
ied the came two days after 119 Haitians 98 men, 19 females and two chil-
itewart, dren- were found after their sloop ran aground near Port New Prov-
unt Zion idence in Yamacraw on Friday.
965, and The next day, on Saturday morning, two male bodies were found
d in the near Yamacraw Shores. Police said they believe the men were part of
sapeake the vessel found in the Yamacraw area on Friday.
in 1969, Earlier this week RBDF Sub Lt Sonia Miller told The Tribune that
e pastor during the winter months officials usually see an influx in immigrants
seeking refuge in this country as windy weather provides optimum sail-
ing conditi6ts;

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esterone intra-vaginally at a controlled
rate, and within 6-10 days the animal
begins to ovulate.
The final step, is a surgical procedure
that introduces an embryo to the newly
fertile ovary.
Dr Santiago explains: "The animal first
goes under anesthesia, then the veterinar-
ians make an incision to the side of the
animal underneath its belly, and the
embryo's will be placed in its two ovaries."
Dr Santiago, who is based in Jamaica,
said this technology is the way of the
future, and has the potential to increase
meat production by as much as 100 per
cent locally.
Live births from the selected sheep and
goats are expected to occur sometime in
May, and will ultimately determine the
success of the project.
Although only achieving an 80 per cent
success rate, Dr Santiago says this is truly
a step in the right direction for the

longer exists," he added.
The NIB Director said that
while some employers took
advantage of the amnesty peri-
od to update their payments,
"many more did not," however
he could not give a figure as to
where the delinquency rate
stands today.
The organisation hopes that
by applying the interest and
pushing for prosecution of
deadbeat businesses it can both
bolster the payment compliance
rate and add a new mechanism
to shore up its funds.
A two month-old "special
compliance unit" charged sole-
ly with "correcting" the arrears
situation has already stimulated
a boost in the number of cases
going to court, said Mr Cargill.
He added that the unit will.
pursue not only those registered
with the fund who have failed to
keep up with their commit-
ments, but also those who fail to
register to begin with.
' "Apart from a fine a judge
will order them to enter an
instalment agreement with
National Insurance, or they can
be incarcerated," Mr Cargill
"Under our Act we are
allowed to prosecute through

criminal court, not civil court,
and as a result the penalty can
be incarceration, it depends on
the judge. But there have been
cases of incarceration," he said.
However, the Director said
the process of taking a business
to court over owed monies is
not an "overnight" one and
NIB "would certainly seek to
mediate before we go to the
Meanwhile, according to
President of the Chamber of
Commerce, Dionisio D'Aguilar,
the NIB needs to be "a bit more
ingenious" in the methods it
utilises to improve payment
compliance than charging inter-
est and pushing for prosecution
of defaulters.
He suggested that business-
es' compliance or non-compli-
ance with their obligations to
the fund should be linked to
their ability to procure certain
government permits and
approvals they might require,
such as business licenses, work
permits and exchange control
And he added in October
that NIB should also seek to
"make it easier" for businesses
to pay their contributions, for
example by direct debit.

The Boer goat, which was created
through selective breeding, is superior in
size and quality to other breeds, because of
its high resistance to disease as well as its
rapid growth rate.
Where a local goat can be weaned
between 25 and 35 pounds, this new breed
weans at 75 to 80 pounds.
Apart from its rapid growth rate, Dr
Santiago said the Boer can weight as much
as 320 pounds at maturity, which is one of
the main reasons for its high demand. The
Dorper sheep being similar, Dr Santiago
says can weight as much as 270 pounds at
"These animals were chosen because of
their genetic traits, characteristics, their
basic ability to quickly convert grass to
meat pound for pound, however its most
vital function is to provide adequate food
security for the Bahamas," said Dr Santi-

PLP hits out

at Laing

FROM page one

ment in May 2007, the Chairman
announced that as matter of pol-
icy the Free National Movement
Government would be 'assessing
all contracts' some of which he
outlined in his statement valued
at more than $80 million," said
Mrs Hanna Martin.
"Further in his contribution in
Parliament to the Budget Debate
in June 2007, the then Minister
of Public Works, Dr Earl
Deveaux highlighted four capital
projects valued, according to his
calculations close to $50 million,
which the Government halted as
part of some declared review
"It is ironic and indeed fasci-
nating that a senior cabinet Min-
ister in the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas would in these cir-
cumstances write to an interna-
tional agency to make such a ludi-
crous intervention," she added.
Mrs Hanna Martin,was refer-
ring to the fact that Mr Laing,
according to another local daily,
wrote to S&P asking for a list of
all of the contracts government
was purported to have reviewed
which would have had a total at
$80 million.
He told that newspaper that
S&P was unable to provide such a
Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness on Monday, the minister said
it was "erroneous for anyone to
suggest" that the outgoing
Christie administration left in
place $80 90 million worth of
completed public works contracts
for the FNM government to
inherit when it came to office
after the May 2, 2007 general
election. ,
He said only two completed
contracts were found in place.
Adding that reviews were pru-
dent in light of evidence that a
five year period in which there
was little "significant" activity by
the former government in terms
of awarding public works con-
tracts was followed by a "rush" of
signing before the general elec-
tion, Mr Laing denied that this
process "would have been the
basis of the significant fall off in
economic activity" suffered by
the Bahamas.
In her statement yesterday, the
Opposition chairwoman said that
"what is important" are the find-
ings of S&P "clearly articulated in
their report, namely that the
activities of the FNM government
in this respect (slowed) the
momentum of our economy, neg-
atively affected investor's senti-
ments and brought substantial
disruption to contractors' activi-
"The Government has claimed
that such a damaging policy was
part of some trust agenda; we
shall in the future be seeking clar-
ity on the outcome of such an
agenda," said Mrs Hanna Mar-

Customs officer

FROM page one'
The brawl reportedly
occurred in the midst of
around 200 partygoers, with-
in the foyer of the Customs
building in Oakes Field.
Mr Jones said the. earlier
reports were greatly exag-
gerated, as none of the three
tables were overturned and
as far as he can remember
no bottles were thrown.
He said the most impor-
tant thing to him in his line
of business is his integrity
and that he plans to uphold
that virtue until his last days
at Customs.

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday December 31st, 2008
The Eve of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
New Year's Eve
11:00 p.m.
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The TPriune's Male Athlete of the Year


edemption, a
new national
record and his
greatest individ-
ual triumph thus
far in his storied career made
2008 a stellar year for the
Bahamas' very own "Super-
Triple-jumper Leevan Sands
has been named The Tribune's
Male Athlete of the Year.
Sands won the country's lone
individual medal at the Beijing
Olympics when he leapt 17.59m
in the final of his signature
event to finish in third place.
The jump surpassed his pre-
vious national record of 17.50,
and made him just the second
Bahamian to reach the Olympic
medal podium in a field event,
joining Frank Rutherford's
bronze medal winning jump in
the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Sands third jump of the con-
test placed him in second posi-
tion before Portugal's Nelson
Evora grabbed first place with a
jump of 17.67.
He began the season advanc-
ing to the 12th IAAF World
Indoor Championships in
Valencia, Spain, but failed to
qualify for the final with a jump
of just 16.31m in the opening
The outdoor season feared
much better for the country's
top triple jumper.
Sands finished third on the
World Athletics Tour Stand-
ings, compiling 58 points over
eight meets.
He finished second in Doha
(16.88m), Belem (17.12m), and
Lausanne (17.13m) and third at
Rio de Janerio (17.16m),
Eugene (16.94m), and Rovere-
to (16.88m)
He ended the year with a
sixth place finish at the World
Athletics Final with a jump of
In was veteran jumper's best
season in nearly five years.
In 2002 he set the previous
national record of 17.50, and in
2003 won his last individual
medal at a major contest with
his bronze medal at the 9th
IAAF World Championships.
The 2008 season was a wel-
come comeback to his support-
ive Bahamian fanbase who wit-
'nessed Sands struggle through a
six mopith suspension in 2006
for the prohibited substance lev-
For his efforts Sands was also
named the BAAA's Male Ath-
lete of the Year.


The entire country agonized
over "Bay" Brown just missing
out the medal podium for the
men's 400m by inches, the 2008
season still proved to be suc-
cessful for the country's greatest
. Brown followed up perhaps
his most successful season in
2007 (gold medals in the 400m
and 1600m relay at the Pan
American Games) with a 2008
season which included a new
national record, his second

2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES bronze medallist, triple jumper Leevan "Superman" Sands has been named as
The Tribune's Male Athlete of the Year. He can be seen posing with his medal below inset...

World Indoor medal and his
first Olympic medal.
He culminated a successful
indoor season with a bronze
medal performance of 46.26s at
the World Indoor Champi-
onships in March.
All season long, Brown had
been consistently finishing
behind Americans Jeremy
Wariner and LaShawn Merrit
and seemed poised to reach the
medal stand at the Beijing
He finished a heartbreaking
loss at the tape at the hands of
American David Neville's ethi-
cally questionable dive at the
line to give him the third place

finish over Brown.
Brown and his teammates
returned to deliver an inspiring
performance in the 1600m
Alongside Andretti Bain,
Andrae Williams, Michael
Matthieu, Avard Moncur and
Ramon Miller, Brown anchored
the silver medal winning team
who finished in a season's best
time of 2:58.03s.
'Brown lowered his own
national record in Oslo at the
Bislett Games when he clocked
He finished third at the
World Athletics final in 45.36s.
Brown finished fourth on the

World Athletic Tour Standings
behind Wariner, Merritt and
Great Britain's Martyn Rooney.
Brown finished no worse than
third in any of his meets on the
He finished second in Oslo
and Stockholm, and third in
Carson, Berlin, Roma, Paris
Saint-Denis and in Zurich.


Bain leads the new genera-
tion of quartermilers for the
future of Bahamian track and
field, and with both collegiate
and professional success in
2008, his star seems destined to

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Senior Sports Reporter

MANY people clearly remember the
in-depth interviews that the late Phil
'Smoker' Smith had with basketball play-
ers during his broadcasting days.
But former.national bodybuilding
queen Maxine Darville and former
national 100/200m record holder Andrew
Tynes said Smith also played an impor-
tant role with regard and respect to their
"During the years that I competed in
bodybuilding, Phil has made a signifi-
cant contribution to my success," said
Darville, who competed in bodybuild-
ing from 1988-2003.
"He was a God-send based on the pro-
fessionalism that he demonstrated in
performing his duty. Whether I won or
lost a competition, Phil was able to
report on my performance in a manner
that inspired me to continue to go .on."
At times, during the interviews,
Darville said Smith would ask her when
she would be making a comeback or if
she was officially retired.
Darville, who won the national title
as a heavyweight for more than 10 years

FORMER sprinter Andrew Tynes...

and also captured the Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Bodybuilding Cham-
pionship title at least four times in addi-
tion to winning titles at the Southern
State in Florida, Atlanta, Georgia; Nor-
folk, Virginia and competed at the World
Games, said Smith really inspired her.
"Even when I wasn't competing, Phil
showed an interest in my well being. For
that, I'm grateful to have known him,"
she reflected. "My prayers and best wish-
es go out to his family in his death. I
pray that God will sustain all of you at
this time."

Said Tynes, who at one time was con-
sidered the premier sprinter in the coun-
try: "No matter where I was in the world
competing, Phil would find the hotel and
called me to check on what I was doing.
"That was encouraging because he
always had something positive to say. I
remember the last thing he said to me a
couple years ago when we won the vol-
leyball championships (for CC Sweet-
"He told me that he was glad that I
was back home, but he didn't want me to
get caught up in the mediocrity of what
everybody was doing. He just wanted
me to help out the athletes as much as I
For Tynes, Smith's death was more a
personal one as he just found out that
he's a cousin of Smith's wife, Blossie.
'"I just found that out on the morning
that he died. That was when me and
Gerry Wisdom went to the hospital to
see him," Tynes pointed out. "He was
already dead. It was hard to see him lay-
ing there on the bed.
"But I just found out that Blossie's
grandmother and my grandmother were
two sisters. So I felt it even harder,
although me and Phil had a close rela-

only shine brighter.
Bain doubled as National
Collegiate Athletic Association
indoor and outdoor champion
in the 400m and also won his

Phil and Kevin

are gone, but they

will certainly not

he forgotten...


FORMER bodybuilding queen Maxine Darville

Tynes, a former multiple Carifta
medallist who went on to compete at
the CAC Championships, Pan Ameri-
can Games, World Championships and
at both the 1996 (Atlanta, Georgia) and
2000 (Sydney, Australia) Olympic
Games, said Smith will be missed. He
offered his condolences to Smith's fam-

WHILE the emphasis was
placed on Smith because of liis
national acclaim, we want to
remember the life of \Yarren
Kevin Ford too.
Here's another young man
who experienced some adverse
conditions as he dealt with his
bout of colon cancer. But he
fought right to the end when his
time came on December 23,
The Dorcy Park or Windsor
Lane resident came from one
of the top sporting families in
the country. Just about all ol
his siblings have their iuiies

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first Olympic medal in his first AS we STUBBS
Olympic experience as a mem- bring the
ber of the 1600m relay team. curtains ,'
He set a series of personal down on
records over the course of an the year ,
arduous season, both coming in 2008, we
his championship performances. end it on a
At the NCAA Indoor Cham- sad, but
pionships in March, Bain won in exciting ItInA.
46.02s and solidified the sprint note.
double in June at the Outdoor With so
Championships finishing in many tal-
44.62s. e n t e d
Following his collegiate sea- Bahamian
son, Bain began competition on a t h I e t-e s
the international scene at the and offi- OPINION
Beijing Olympics. cials pass- O INION
In addition to the triumph of ing from
the Silver Knights, Bain reached earth to glory in recent times,
the semifinal in the men's 400m the Lord decided that he need-
but was eliminated after a sev- ed the most profound spp;ts-
enth place finish in 45.52s. caster to proclaim their :suc-
Bain also competed profes- cesses on the other side.
sionally on the World Athlet- He looked down on earthly and
ics Tour in London and in felt that he could use Phil
Monaco. 'Smoker' Smith's distinguished
2008 was a also a year of suc- voice. The sports director of
cess for Bain in the classroom as The Broadcasting Corporation
he successfully completed his of the Bahamas (ZNS) was
Masters degree in Business called home on Sund.y,
Administration at Oral Roberts December 28,2008.
University. Having a legacy that tran-
scended his vocal cords as he
JERMAINE MACKEY articulated the sporting news
on radio and television at ZNS,
"Choo-Choo" Mackey made Smith has been attributed to
local history in the ring by helping countless student-ath-
becoming the first Bahamian letes secure athletic scholarships
fighter to win a British Com- in he United States.
monwealth title since Ray And he was renowned for his
Minus Jr did so more than two personal.contact with athletes,
decades ago. especially basketball players,
After a series of unfortunate wherever they were located
events, rescheduling, and around the world.
delays, Mackey finally received When local sporting execu-
an opportunity to fight for the tives could not find or didn't
title and madethe most of it know some of the athletes,
with a 12 round unanimous Smith was sure to have the
decision over Michael "The "Inside Track" on them and
Amazing" Gbenga, of Ghana. made sure that the Bahamian
Mackey added the British public knew that they existed
Commonwealth Super Mid- through his daily reporting.:
dleweight title to his collection I think what stood out the
of World Boxing Council's most for me was how. in his lat-
CABOFE, World Boxing Asso- ter years, Smith made a com-
ciation's FEDECaribe and mitment to serve the Lord apd
Bahamas titles. he was determined and corffi-
dent that he would eventually
TAUREANO JOHNSON be blessed with a.kidney trans-
plant so that he could continue
Johnson, easily the most rec- doing what he loved.
ognizable amateur boxer in the Unfortunately, the Lord had
country, made history of his other plans and in the quiet way
own by fighting at several inter- that he endured the pain and
national events highlighted by suffering that he encountered
his run at the Beijing Olympics on a regular basis, he pastd
which captivated the entire away.
country. `- No one can argue about the
Johnson became the first tenacity that Smith endured.to
Bahamian fighter to qualify for keep "telling the story" about
the Olympics in 20 years when our athletes, as he liked to pro-
he defeated PanAm champion claim in the countless interviews
Pedro Lima to earn a berth to that were conducted on his life.
Beijing. I remembered how I stum-
At the Olympics, the welter- bled on him on a ward at Doc-
weight won his first two bouts tors Hospital earlier this year
over Rolande Moses of Grena- when I went to visit my mother,
da (18-3) and Olexandr Stret- who had also been admitted for
skyy of Ukraine (9-4). an illness.
He lost just before the medal A week later, I heard Smith
round to Hanati Silamu of Chi- on the radio anchoring a sports
na (14-4). cast. I couldn't believe this was
Johnson also qualified for the the same person who I left in
AIBA World Cup in Moscow, his hospital bed recovering.
but lost in the opening round He just had a knack for get-
to German Jack Keth-Culcay. ting the job done, no matter
what it took and how he did it.
His authoritative voice just bel-
lowed through the airwaves.
If there is a lesson that wce
i 1 h im can all learn from Smith or if
there is anything that he would
probably like us to remember
-4 him by is that it was his will
: power to defy the odds and
''make the best of whatever situ-
ation he was confronted with.
-.-' .' As he makes his exit off the
4 i scene, I leave you with another
of "., phrase he commonly coined:
"So long everybody."'




I IN THIS October 12, 2008 file photo, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looks to throw against Chicago Bears
(AP Photo: Alan Diaz) during a game in Atlanta. Ryan is more than the face of the sensational turnaround by the Atlanta Falcons. He
also is the'best member of a superb rookie crop, earning The Associated Press 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of
IN THIS October 19, 2008 file photo, Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington (left) is tackled by Baltimore the Year award Tuesday. The Falcons will play the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of NFL playoffs in Arizona
Ravens' Ray Lewis during a game in Miami. The Dolphins will face the Ravens in first round of AFC playoffs... on January 3, 2009...

Road teams favoured in playoffs

AP Football Writer

THE Indianapolis Colts ended the
regular season on a nine-game win-
ning streak, earning the .designation
as a team no one would want to meet
in the playoffs.
But they got the worst possible
break when Denver folded and San
Diego came on late to win the AFC
West. That's because over the years,
the Chargers have troubled the Colts
more than any other rival, including
New England.
Nonetheless, the Colts remain the
favourites by one point when they go
to San Diego, a reflection pf their 12-4
record to the Chargers' 8-8, San.Diego
had to win its last four to get there
and have Denver lose its last three in
the AFC West.
In fact, in an oddity reflecting the
imbalance in the divisional alignment
this year, all four road teams, the wild
cards, are favored in the first round of
the playoffs.
It may also reflect what has hap-
pened in two of the last four seasons,
when wild-card teams won the Super
Bowl: The New York Giants, the top
seed in the NFC this season, won it
last year, and Pittsburgh won as a sixth
seed after the 2005 season.
"We can'do it. New York did it last
season, so we know it can be done,"
Donovan McNabb said after Philadel-
phia had everything break right Sun-
day to make it in the hardest possible
way. Tampa Bay -and Chicago lost,
then the Eagles crushed Dallas 44-6.
Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips had
been saying the same thing about the
Cowboys since midseason, not imag-
ining they'd end up finishing out of
the playoffs after losing their last two
games to Baltimore and the Eagles.
The Giants (12-4) and Carolina (12-
4) are the top seeds in that order in
the NFC, and Tennessee (13-3) and
Pittsburgh (12-4) are at the top in the
AFC. All will be idle next weekend.

This is how the first-round games

Indianapolis (12-4) @
San Diego (8-8)
(8 pm EST Saturday)
The Colts broke a three-game losing
streak to the Chargers by winning 23-
20 in San Diego on Nov. 23 on Adam
Vinatieri's 51-yard field goal as time
expired. That was the second of three
losses in a row by the Chargers. The
kick made up for a 2.9-yard miss by
Vinatieri a year ago that cost the Colts
a game in San Diego.
That November game was decided
in part by what might decide this one:
Indy's coaching superiority with Tony
Dungy over Norv Turner.
The biggest mistake the Chargers
made may have been calling timeout
with 1:30 left before Nate Kaeding's
tying field goal. That gave Peyton
Manning time to get Indy into field
goal range, which he did with a 14-
yard pass to Marvin Harrison on
Indianapolis also should be healthi-
er after resting folks the last week. The
Chargers pulled out two key players
who were hurt during the win over
Denver, but running back LaDainian
Tomlinson and tight end Antonio
Gates say they will play against the
Colts. If Tomlinson is healthy, he and
Darren Sproles could make life diffi-
cult for the often tepid Indy run

Baltimore (11-5) at Miami (11-5)
(1 pm EST Sunday)
This matchup features two rookie
coaches who got their jobs, without
being coordinators or members of the
"hot list:" Tony Sparano of the Dol-
phins and John Harbaugh of the
Ravens. And some history:
The Ravens won in Miami 27-13 on
Oct. 19, starting a run of nine wins in
their final 11 games. They also were
the only team to lose to last season's 1-

(AP Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
IN THIS December 21, 2008 file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McN-
abb (5) is brought down by Washington Redskins' Demetric Evans (92) and Jason Tay-
lor (55) during the first quarter of a game in Landover, Md. The Eagles, who lost to the Red-
skins but beat the Dallas Cowboys the following week, face the Minnesota Vikings on Sun-
day, January 4, in the first round of the NFC playoffs...

15 Dolphins, who started 0-13, then 1-15, who could blame them?
beat the Ravens 22-16 in Miami.
Baltimore may be too physical for NFC
the Dolphins. While Ray Lewis and Atlanta (11-5) at Arizona (9-7)
Ed Reed get the notice, Haloti Ngata, (4:30 pin EST Saturday)
350 pounds of defensive tackle and The Falcons belong in the playoffs,
linebacker, can destroy offenses sin- the Cardinals-don't. They are there
gle-handedly. He could probably play only by virtue of a weak division and
safety, too. possibly because the 49ers started the
One other thing: After they beat the season with Mike Nolan as their coach
Jets to win the AFC East on Sunday, and J.T. O'Sullivan as their quarter-
the Dolphins seemed very much like, a back instead of Mike Singletary and
"just happy to be here" team. After Shaun Hill. The latter combination

went 5-4 ana might have won the divi-
sion if they'd been there all season.
Yes, it's a matchup of a rookie quar-
terback, Matt Ryan, against a two-time
MVP, Kurt Warner. But when Warn-
er and his Arizona teammates went
on the road to places like Philadelphia
and New England, they came back
beaten by scores like 48-20 and 47-7.
To put it another way, the Cardinals
were 6-0 against their division, 3-7
against everyone else.
Sure they can win because they are
home, where they were 6-2. And Ryan
might get rookie playoff jitters. But
the visitor is definitely the better team.

Philadelphia (9-6-1) at Minnesota
(10-6) (4:30 pm EST Sunday): '
The Eagles are certainly the most
enigmatic team in the playoffs. Their
rout of Dallas came a week after a 10-
3 loss in Washington in which they
played terribly and seemingly knocked
themselves out of the playoffs. They
beat the Giants on the road (dominat-
ed them, actually), but tied the Bengals
in the game in which McNabb
acknowledged he didn't know there
could be ties.
At their best, the Eagles are cer-
tainly better than the Vikings, who
needed a last-play 50-yard field goal to
beat the Giants' JV New York,
already assured of the No. 1 seed,
played much of the game with guys it
had picked up off the street.
But that game could help Minneso-
ta against the Eagles. Tarvaris Jack-
son was beleaguered by the Giants'
blitzing schemes, which are very simi-
lar to the ones Philadelphia runs. Steve
Spagnuolo. New York's defensive
coordinator, came from Philly, where
he worked for Jim Johnson, the
Eagles' coordinator. And, of course,
Vikings coach Brad Childress used to
be the Eagles' offensive coordinator, so
he knows a lot of things about Philly.
So this one will depend on whether
the Eagles choose this week to throw
in a clinker.



NBA Today Shaq still a scorer, Iverson doesn't need to be

E By The Associated


Wednesday, December 31
Denver at Toronto (7 pm
EST). The Raptors return
home from their six-game trip
to host the Nuggets, who are
playing their third of four in a
row on the road, in a matchup
of US Olympic teammates
Carmelo Anthony and Chris

Shaquille O'Neal, Suns,
had 28 points to move into
ninth place on the NBA's
career scoring list, and
grabbed 12 rebounds as
Phoenix beat the Oklahoma
City Thunder 110-102.
Derrick Rose, Bulls, had
21 points and a season-high
13 assists, helping Chicago to
a 100-87 victory over New Jer-
Al Jefferson, Timber-
wolves, scored a season-high
38 points, including nine in
overtime, and grabbed 16
rebounds to lead Minnesota
to a 108-98 victory over the
Memphis Grizzlies.
Antawn Jamison, Wiz-
ards, scored a season-high 30
points, and Washington
snapped a five-game road los-
ing streak with an 89-87 win
over the listless Houston

Clippers swingman Ricky
Davis was suspended five
games by the NBA for violat-
ing terms of the drug pro-
gramme. The league said
Davis' suspension will begin
with the next game for which
he is eligible'and physically
able to play. Davis, who hasn't
played since November 22
because of a sore left knee, is
averaging 4.3 points in 13
games in his first season with
the Clippers.

Two-time MVP Steve Nash
was limited to 9 minutes
before he was forced to leave
the Phoenix Suns' 110-102 vic-
tory at Oklahoma City with
back spasms. The point guard
wasn't sure if he could play
Tuesday against Memphis but
hoped to'return when the
Suns face the Clippers on Fri-
day. It's the second game this
season Nash has left because
of back spasms. He also exited
in the final 5 minutes of a 105-
92 loss to the Los Angeles
Lakers on November 20.

A numbers of streaks were
snapped with Washington's
surprising 89-87 victory in
Houston. Besides ending a
five-game road losing streak,
the Wizards halted a seven-
game losing streak to the
Rockets and won in Houston
for the first time since 2001.
Houston, one of the best
teams in the Western Confer-
ence, had a seven-game home
winning streak snapped by the
worst team in the Eastern

With all eyes in Minnesota
on O.J. Mayo and Kevin
Love, Al Jefferson scored a
season-high 38 points, includ-
ing nine in overtime, and
grabbed 16 rebounds to lead
the Timberwolves to a 108-98
victory over the Memphis
Grizzlies. It was the first meet-
ing since the Wolves took
Mayo with the No. 3 pick in
the draft and traded him to
the Grizzlies for the rights to
Love, taken at No. 5. So far
the deal has heavily favored
the Grizzlies, as Mayo entered
averaging more than 20 points
and Love 7.5. But Love held
his own Monday and con-
tributed down the stretch,
with his 17 points the first time
he was in double figures since
Dec. 10 against Denver. Mayo
finished with 23 points.

"I've been telling them all
year: 'When they get it to me
and let me do what I do, I can
still put up those numbers.'
Just because I'm 35, some-
times they think that he's old,
he can't do it. Guys were
looking for me, and I was just
doing what I do."

Suns star Shaquille
O'Neal, after scoring 28 points
and moving past Dominique
Wilkins into ninth place on the
NBA's career scoring list

Fr -eso -
bein th nws

red nsghto

* By The Associated

SHAQUILLE O'Neal insists
he is still a scorer. Allen Iverson
is finding he no longer needs to
Both ways worked for them
Monday night.
O'Neal had 28 points and 12
rebounds, and the Suns over-
came the loss of Steve Nash to
beat the Oklahoma City Thun-
der 110-102.
Nash played only 9 minutes
before his back spasms struck
and Amare Stoudemire was
hounded by foul trouble, so the,
Suns turned to O'Neal, who.
shot 10-for-12 and passed
Dominique Wilkins for ninth
place on the league's career
scoring list.
"I've been telling them all
year: 'When they get it to me
and let me do what I do, I can
still put up those numbers.' Just
because I'm 35, sometimes they
think that he's old, he can't do
it," O'Neal said. "Guys were
looking for me, and I was just
doing what I do."
O'Neal has 26,691 points and
will soon pass Oscar Robertson
for eighth place. Iverson is next
among active players in 17th
place with 23,494 points, but
isn't interested in individual
stats at this stage of his career.
Iverson is searching for his
first title and will sacrifice scor-
ing if it will help his Detroit
team win one. He scored 15
points Monday, fourth-best on
the team, but the Pistons
snapped Orlando's seven-game
winning streak with an 88-82
"This is a different feeling,
but I like it a lot," he said. "I've
won four scoring titles and I've
scored 23,000 points, so I've
done a lot of big things when it
comes to scoring the basketball,
but now I've got different
In other games, it was:
Atlanta 109, Denver 91; Chica-
go 100, New Jersey 87; Min-
nesota 108, Memphis 98 in
overtime; Washington 89,
Houston 87; Utah 112, Philadel-
phia 95; and Golden State 117,
Toronto 111.
At Auburn Hills, Mich.,
Detroit won its fourth in a row,
the last two without Richard
Hamilton (groin): Rodney
Stuckey led Detroit with 19
points, and Tayshaun Prince
and Rasheed Wallace each
added 16.
"I'm not used to seeing
myself with 15 points and
knowing that I had a good
game," Iverson said. "Before,
even if I only had 20 points, I
didn't think I was doing my
Rashard Lewis led the Magic
with 23 points. Dwight Howard
added 18 points and 18
At Oklahoma City, Jason
Richardson scored 20 points
and reserve Matt Barnes had
19 as Phoenix snapped a four-
game road losing streak.
Phoenix held Oklahoma City
scoreless for the first 5 minutes
of the fourth quarter and forced
eight of the Thunder's 15
turnovers in the final period to
put away the game.
O'Neal.believes the Suns
should lean on him more often,
even if Nash and Stoudemire
are in the mix.
"I've been doing that my
whole career and I think that's
how this team should play,

(AP Photo: Sue Ogrocki)
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL dunks against Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter of Monday's game in Oklahoma
City. O'Neal had 28 points and 12 rebounds as Phoenix won 110-102. O'Neal moved into ninth place on the NBA's
career scoring list...

especially the way I'm shooting
free throws now. It should be an
inside-outside game," said
O'Neal, who went 8-for-12 from
the line.
"I've been in the league 15
years and I've been in (the
finals) six times, and that's the
way .you get there. I think once
we do that and develop some
consistency and stop turning the
ball over, then we'll be all

Wizards 89, Rockets 87
Antawn Jamison scored a
season-high 30 points, Andray
Blatche added 16 points and
eight rebounds and Washing-
ton snapped a five-game road
losing streak.
Jamison also grabbed 12
rebounds and Nick Young
added 14 points as the Wizards
ended a seven-game losing
streak to the Rockets and won
in Houston for the first time
since 2001.
Ron Artest scored 20 points,
but also had six turnovers--for
the Rockets, who had a seven-
game home winning streak
snapped by the worst team in
the Eastern Conference.

Hawks 109, Nuggets 91
Joe Johnson scored 25 points
and Atlanta completed an
eight-game homestand, its
longest of the season, with a 7-
1 record, including five straight
The Hawks (20-10) reached
20 wins before New Year's Day

(AP Photo: Duane Burleson)
ALLEN IVERSON (right) works against Magic guard Jameer Nelson (14)
in the first half of Monday's game in Auburn Hills, Michigan...

for the first time since the 1987-
88 season. Atlanta plays Tues-
day at Indiana in its final game
of 2008.

Bulls 100, Nets 87
Rookie Derrick Rose had 21
points and a season-high 13
assists, Ben Gordon scored 24
.points, and Chicago snapped a
13-game losing streak in New

Andres Nocioni and Larry
Hughes each added 17 points
for the Bulls, who won for only
the fourth time in 18 road
games this season. It was
Chicago's first win in New Jer-
sey since 2001.
Vince Carter scored.31 points
and Devin Harris added 26 for
the N'ets, who fell to 5-12 at

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Winners of


home, the second-worst mark
in the Eastern Conference. The
Nets are 10-4 on the road.

Timberwolves 108,
Grizzlies 98, OT
Al Jefferson scored a season-
high 38 points, including nine
in overtime, and grabbed 16
rebounds to lead Minnesota to
the home victory.
Jefferson scored the Timber-
wolves' first seven points in
overtime, helping them over-
come the efforts of rookie scor-
ing leader O.J. Mayo who
was picked and traded by Min-
nesota on draft night.
Mayo had 23 points and Kyle
Lowry finished with a career-
high 12 assists, but Memphis
lost its second consecutive over-
time game and sixth in its last
seven overall.

Jazz 112, 76ers 95
Deron Williams scored 27
points to help short-handed
Utah win with two of its top
three scorers out with injuries
and Mehmet Okur limited with
a sore back.
Okur, who missed the last
two games with back spasms,
had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Andrei Kirilenko, filling in for
injured power forwards Carlos
Boozer and Paul Millsap, had
16 points and 13 rebounds.
Andre Iguodala and Thad-
deus Young each scored 17
points for Philadelphia, which
dropped its fourth straight and
is winless on its six-game road
trip with three remaining.

*Warriors 117, Raptors 111
Stephen Jackson scored 30
points, Marco Belinelli added
five 3-pointers and 23 points,
and the Warriors won for just
the third time in 11 games.
Golden State had just enough
fourth-quarter offense to stop
the Raptors, who finished a
tough six-game holiday road
trip with four losses.
Chris Bosh had 30 points and
14 rebounds for Toronto, hit-
ting a 3-pointer with 3:29 left
to pull the Raptors within two
points. Jose Calderon added 21
points and 16 assists, but the
Raptors missed several open 3-
pointers in the final minutes,
perhaps finally running out of
energy after 12 days on the

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Golf challenge to tee
off with veteran 'Coins'

THE third annual Nocturne
Golf Challenge, to tee off with
special honouree veteran golf
pro Harcourt "Coins" Poitier, is
* scheduled for 8am January 1 at
the Cable Beach golf course.
According to a statement,
teams will begin play at the same
time from the first to eigh-
teenth hole with a "shotgun"
"The format will be a two-
man best ball scramble. Players
get to play the best ball on each
hole, making for some very easy
scoring opportunities," said the
And the winning team will
walk away with the grand prize
of a three-day/two-night stay at a
deluxe two-bedroom golf villa
at Castle Pines, PGA Village in
Port St Lucie, Florida, along
with two round-trip tickets on
Continental Connection.
"There will be a special
putting contest after the tourna-
ment. This would, no doubt,
attract a slew of non-golfers to
the Cable Beach golf course,
drawn by the chance to win
some of the special prizes."
But perhaps the greatest win-
ner of all would be the Samari-
tan Ministries, headed by Sister.
Clare Rolle of the Benedictine
Monastery, Nassau Street.
"Proceeds of the challenge
will go to this non-denomina-
tional charity, dedicated to sup-
port persons living with HIV and
AIDS in our local community."
Early registration for the
event can be done online at:
or by e-mailing Chris Lewis,
director of golf at Cable Beach
golf course
For more information, contact
Shawn Thomas at;
or Yvonne Shaw
There will also be last-minute
registration at Cable Beach Golf
Club on the morning of the tour-

Te company that invented one of
the objects in the Secret Sound is
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Fighting Irish swimmers train in Nassau

Senior Sports Reporter

THE 24th ranked Fighting
Irish women's swimming team
traded the cold of the snow at
Notre Dame for the warmth of
the sun in the Bahamas for a
10-day training session at the
Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic
First year head coach Brian
Barnes, who came here previ-
ously as a swimmer with the
Tigers of Auburn University,
said his 23-member team could-
n't ask for a better environment
to be in.
Known for their football suc-
cess, Barnes said: "Notre Dame
is a fantastic place, one of the
best universities in the world. I
chose to go to Notre Dame
because it's full of highly moti-
vated people. It's been awe-
Coming from Auburn Uni-
versity, Barnes said he had a
chance to coach Bahamian
graduate Jeremy Knowles, who
he considers to be "one of the
best hard working swimmers"_
he knows.
"He comes from a great fam-
ily and a great club background
and just an all-around great per-
Before he left Auburn last
year as an assistant coach,
Barnes said he also got the
opportunity to work with Alana
Dillette, who he feels is another
talented individual.
"My impression is that I will
definitely recruit swimmers
from this island because of the
work ethic I've seen in the two
ofthiem," Barnes said. "They
are first rate people coming
from first rate families."
With the hot sunny weather
they are experiencing, Barnes
said they can't help but enjoy
their trip to the Bahamas.
Joel White, the assistant

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coach, said the Bahamas is liv-
ing up to its billing as a "friend-
ly" country and they are all
enjoying themselves at Paradise
"I actually didn't have a lot of
expectations, but for the most
part, it's been what I expected,"
pointed out White, who makes
up the six-member support
While swimming is their
focus, White said he would like
to take a day off to go snorkel-
ing and also take a tour of the
island and maybe even visit to
"We want to experience what
the Bahamas is all about," he

Samantha "Sam" Maxwell, a
19-year-old sophomore who
specializes in the 100 and 200
metre breaststroke, said this is
her first time out of the United
States and she has been quite
impressed with what she saw.
"It's awesome and our train-
ing has been going great,"
Maxwell said. "Everybody is
just excited to be here where it
is so warm and out of the
On a personal note, Maxwell
indicated that as a certified scu-
ba driver, she would like noth-
ing better than to do that, but
she's not sure if that will work
out. So she said she will proba-
bly just settle with sightseeing.

The Fighting Irish will be the
only school to take advantage of
the warm sunny weather over
the Christmas holidays. But
Aquatic Center's manager
Kevin Colebrooke said they are
anticipating that things will pick
up next week.
"We have two more arriving
on January 2, that's the Rising
Poly Tech out of Canada and
Queen's College out of New
York," Colebrooke pointed out.
"Also in February, we have a
Masters Group coming out of
New York and the Trojan Club
in April. The Trojans have been
here before. We had about 10
schools on line, but because of
the economic situation, a lot of

United States' Senior Moments softball team to hit the mound

Senior Sports Reporter

AS the New, Year rolls
around, the Masters Softhall-
Association will get another

opportunity to display their
skills against the visiting Senior
Moments softball team from
the United States.
The team is making their
-anufal cruise from Florida.
After stopping off in Grand

Bahama on Monday, the Senior
Moments is scheduled to travel
to New Providence to play in
two games at the Banker's
? Fieldat the Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex at 9:30 am Tues-
day. ,
Anthony 'Boots' Weech,
president of the MSA, said they
are inviting any and all players
over the age of 50 who are
interested in interacting' with
-the visitors to bome out and
"It's just a fun thing that we
accommodate every year,"
Weech stated. "Sports tourism
is something that we have been
trying to improve on and this
is a vehicle that we are using
to do that."
Senior Moments, headed by'
Shelby Simmons, is made up of
players between the ages of 60-
80 years who play more than
200 games a year.
Four of the players are back
for their third consecutive trip
to the Bahamas.
Senior Moments are the 2008
USSSA World Championships

in Panama City, Florida and
were runners-up in the USSSA
Tournament of Champions.
Each playe-ion the 'Senior
Moments' teamplay in ,the
Florida Half Century Associa-
tion in divisions of 50-60, 60-
plus, 65-plus and 70-plus. They
play an average of 3-5 games.
Senior Moments will also
showcase two women who play
on their 40-plus national team.
While the MSA doesn't play
half the amount of games that
the Senior Moments do, Weech
said he's still confident that the
Bahamas can field teams that
will be very competitive against
their visiting foes.
The MSA will use the games
to help their players shake off
the rust after eating all the ham
and turkey during the Christ-
mas break as they get ready for
the start of their league.
The MSA are slated to be
back in action at the Archdea-
con William Thompson Soft-
ball Park on the Southern
Recreation Grounds on Satur-
day, January 3.

Phil and Kevin are gone, but they

will certainly not be forgotten...

FROM page 11

inked in the sporting almanacs
for their own individual
Another quiet storm, Ford
wreaked havoc on the sporting
fields when he played, having
.contributed to the success of
many of his teams winning
championship titles in softball,
and baseball in particular. '
"Eyes" or "Kool Aid", as he
was affectionately called, had a
keen sight for right and wrong
and rarely ever did you hear his
name associated with any melee
or mischief.
He was more of a role model,
a player that any father would
probably want his son to emu-
late because of his tenacity to
perform on a daily basis.
While many would put iii a
plug for the late Wentie or play-
er-turned official Eddie, they
were perhaps the two most tal-
ented members of the Ford
clan. Kevin's credentials would
have him ranked right up there
with both of them.
He has left a legacy of his
Ford is gone, but he will cer-
tainly not be forgotten. May his
soul rest in peace.
FOR as long as I can remem-
ber, every year around this time,
The Tribune Sports has dedi-
cated the final few days to high-
lighting the achievements of our
athletes during the past year.
It's what we call The Tri-

bune's Athletes of the Year and
that's exactly what it is, the col-
lective opinion of The Tribune's
Sports Department.
While there is no national
body in place to regulate the
achievements, albeit some
sporting bodies announced their
own Athletes of the Year, the
decisions are based on what our
small team projects as the best
of the best.
In'no way are our selections
compared to what any other
media house has portrayed.
This is The Tribune's selection.
For the first time this year,
the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations engaged
the services of the members of
the media from the various
establishments to come up with
its selections for their awards
presentation that was held last
We congratulate those win-
ners and those announced prior
to that from the Bahamas
Bodybuilding and Fitness Fed-
eration. But maybe next year, a
more concerted effort can be
made to do the same for all
It would also be good at the
end of the year to see a joint
venture being put forward by
the sporting bodies and the
media to produce a year end
awards presentation banquet
where the athletes are not just
named, but are actually award-
ed for their contributions. We
look forward to more collabo-
ration in 2009. Happy New

them pulled out."
Despite the circumstances,
Colebrooke said five schools or
clubs have confirmed their visit,
but he noted that the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture is
delighted to host Notre Dame
at this particular time.
"Brian came here before with
Auburn as a swimmer. He
remembered the facilities. He
liked it and now he's back here
as a head coach," Colebrooke
"That's why it is so important
to treat your guest in a nice way
so that they can remember. A
lot of these swimmers stay in
the profession and they end up
taking'on assistant coaches or
head coaches jobs and because
of the experience they had as
swimmers, they bring their
teams here."


captain charged

in connection

with bar fight

AP Sports Writer

LONDON (AP) "- Liver-
pool captain Steven Gerrard,
one of the world's best mid-
fielders, was charged with
assault Tuesday in connection
with a bar fight. His team
expects him to remain a vital
part of the club as it bids for its
first English league title since
Gerrard was charged with
two other men after spending
24 hours in.custody following
the disturbance in the seaside
resort of Southport in Mersey-
side. The bar's 34-year-old disc
jockey, Marcus McGee, lost a
tooth and was cut on his fore-
head. He was hospitalized and
A conviction on assault and
affray carries a maximum five-
year prison sentence. The 28-
year-old player was released on
bail and is to appear in court
January 23.
On Sunday, Liverpool routed
Newcastle'5-1 behind two goals
from Gerrard and took a three-
point lead in the Premier
League. Gerrard will be avail-
able for Saturday's FA Cup
match at Preston.
"Steven has been an out-
standing servant to Liverpool
for the last 10 years and the club
will give him all the support he
needs at this time," Liverpool
said in a statement.
John Doran, 29, and Ian
Smith, 19, are from the part of
Liverpool where Gerrard grew
up and were charged with the
same offenses by Merseyside
Liverpool manager Rafa
Benitez sees Gerrard as the key
to his club's success.
"He is now one of the big
names of world football and 10
years in the same club and scor-
ing (109) goals for a midfielder
is amazing," Benitez said this
Gerrard's standing in world
soccer was reinforced in Octo-
ber when international players
named him to a team-of-the-
year lineup. Gerrard has
acknowledged that the plaudits
have intensified his scrutiny.
"Everywhere I go, whether
on holiday or around Europe
with Liverpool, everyone is talk-
ing about the games in such
detail," he has said. "The inter-
est blows me away at times. I'll
admit it is really flattering, and
I have to pinch myself and have
a good think of where I am."
Gerrard has played 70 match-
es for England and was appoint-
ed a Member of the Order of
the British Empire by Queen
Elizabeth II after leading Liv-
erpool to the Champions
League title in 2005.
"He is an example to every-
one," Benitez said. "He always
trains hard and is a good pro-
fessional. He is always commit-
ted on the pitch. It is a kind of
leadership that all captains
should aspire to."

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sent into arbitration

Tribune Business Editor
The New York Supreme
Court has denied the peti-
tion by the $867 million
South Ocean resort's main
developer, which sought an
injunction to prevent its chief financial
backer from removing it as general part-
ner, and ordered both parties to go into
arbitration over their dispute.
The action initiated by RHS Ventures,
whose principal, Roger Stein, is the man-
aging director for the New South Ocean
Development Company, was "denied" at
a December 8, 2008, hearing before US
Judge Richard Lowe.
Instead, he sent RHS Ventures and
Seaside Heights, the investment vehicle
for Connecticut-based hedge fund, Plain-
field Asset Management, into arbitra-
tion with the American Arbitration
Association to resolve their dispute over
control of the South Ocean project.
The New York court ruling.effective-
ly backed a previous one made by
Bahamian Supreme Court senior justice,
John Lyons, who had also refused to
grant an injunction to prevent Plainfield
from removing RHS Ventures as gen-

New York court follows Bahamian Supreme Court's lead in

refusing to grant developer of $867m project injunction to

stop hedge fund backer removing it as general partner

eral partner on November 19, 2008.
In its petition to the New York court,
RHS Ventures had alleged that it and
Seaside Heights, both domiciled in the
Cayman Islands, had entered into a Lim-
ited Partnership Agreement called New
South Ocean Ventures on August 6,
Under the terms of the partnership,
which was to develop the South Ocean
resort, RHS Ventures was allegedly the
general partner, and Seaside Heights
(Plainfield) a limited partner and "pas-,
sive investor" in the project to redevelop
the south-west New Providence proper-
However, RHS Ventures accused Sea-
side Heights of using its "veto. power to
block the development" of South Ocean,
something the hedge fund was able to do
because its consent was required for
"major decisions" on the project as a

result of the partnership agreement.
In the demand for arbitration, filed
with the American Arbitration Associa-
tion, Mr Stein and RHS Ventures effec-
tively alleged that Plainfield/Seaside was
attempting to force them out and take
control of the South Ocean project.
They claimed that the hedge fund "has
embarked on a course of conduct
designed to enable it to use its status as a
creditor of the [development partner-
ship] to gain leverage in order to force
RHS Ventures to surrender its authori-
ty as general partner".
The arbitration demand, a copy of
which has been obtained by Tribune
Business, alleged that Seaside Heights,
the Plainfield investment vehicle, had
breached contracts and duties related to
the redevelopment of the South Ocean
resort's 375-acre site.
In the demand, Mr Stein and RHS

alleged that Plainfield and Seaside had
"failed to respond to numerous requests
and calls for action made by RHS Ven-
tures on matters essential to the busi-
ness of the partnership decisions which
normally would be beyond the purview
of a 'limited partner', but over which
Seaside had a veto power by virtue of the
unusually broad provisions of the Part-
nership Agreement at issue here".
The arbitration demand alleged that
RHS Ventures contribution to the part-
nership was the 100 per cent equity in the
New South Ocean Development Com-
pany, the Bahamas-domiciled company
that Mr Stein used to purchase the pro-
ject's land and cover other pre-develop-
ment costs. New South Ocean Develop-
ment Company's investment was pegged
at $7.56 million.

SEE page 2B




Tribune Business
THE sales push over the final
two shopping days before
Christmas was not enough to
turn around what has otherwise
been a "dismal retail environ-
ment" for some retailers dur-
ing 2008. '
Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, Andrew Wilson,
a retail entrepreneur, who owns
John S George, QBC, the
Radio Shack franchise for the
Bahamas, and, through Quality
Apparel, 1999 Broadway, Fash-
ion Avenue, Saxs, El-squire for

SEE page 2B

Superwash sees LPG costs 'Both governments should learn'

drop $50k per month from the delayed contracts

Tribune Business Editor
REDUCED energy costs are
the "one bright spot" for
Bahamian businesses grappling
with the economic slowdown,
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president told Tribune
Business yesterday, with his
Superwash laundromat chain
having seen liquefied propane
gas (LPG) costs come down by
$50,000 per month.
Dioniso D'Aguilar said that
spot prices for LPG had hit a
yearly high of $2 per gallon in
July, having risen from $1.50
per gallon at year-end 2007.

Energy costs 'one bright
spot' for economy
already in recession

Now, though, the spot LPG
price had fallen to its current
level of $0.615 per gallon, a sav-
ing of about $50,000 per month
for Superwash.
The greatest decline in LPG
prices came in October, when
they dropped from $1.50 per
gallon to $0.95 per gallon in a
single month. And with dil
prices now hovering between
SEE page 2B

Tribune Business Editor
BOTH the current and former
PLP governments "should have
learnt" that they cannot take too
long to evaluate investment pro-
jects, the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president said yes-
terday, given what happened to
the $2.6 billion Baha Mar devel-
opment and $80-$90 million
worth of public sector contracts.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is also
Superwash's president, told Tri-
bune Business that while, with
the benefit of hindsight, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham's deci-
sion to review the numerous con-

tracts left on the-table by the
Christie administration was prob-
ably 'a mistake", his actions at
the time were perfectly uinder-
standable given how little any-
body knew about the developing
US and global economic crisis.
"Little did he know the world
was on a precipice," Mr
D'Aguilar said of the Prime Min-
ister and his government when
they took office after the May 2,
2007, general election.
He added that many in the pri-
vate sector had been expecting
Mr Ingraham to adopt the same
approach as when he first took

SEE page 10B

Business credit contracts

by 0.7 per cent in Q3

Tribune Business Editor
TOTAL credit advanced to
the Bahamian business com-
munity declined by 0.7 per cent
during the 2008 third quarter,
compared to the same period
in the previous year, with a
Central Bank of the Bahamas
report providing further evi-
dence of the slowing economy
through reduced mortgage and
consumer lending.
In its review of the 2008 third
quarter, the Central Bank iden-
tified further signs of weakness
in the business sector, as issued
commercial mortgages for new
buildings dropped 47 per cent
year-over-year to just $9.2 mil-
This contrasted with a 19.5
per cent increase in issued new-
project residential mortgages to
$96.83 million, indicating that
the Bahamian construction
industry is having to rely more
on Bahamian homeowners and
developers for its work.
"Construction activity
remained sluggish during the
third quarter, due to weakened
support from foreign invest-
ment activity notably real
estate inflows which partly off-

set a rebounded level of domes-
tic residential investments," the
Central Bank said.
Total mortgage disburse-
ments for the construction of
new buildings, and repairs to
existing ones, had increased
year-over-year by 7.7 per cent
to $105.3 million during the
2008 third quarter, recovering
from an 11.1 per cent drop in
the same period in the previous
And while the outlook for
residential-related construction
remained a relative bright spot,
the same could not be said for
future business/commercial con-
struction projects.
The Central Bank said:
"Local mortgage commitments
for new construction and repairs
- a leading indicator of future
construction activity strength-
ened in number by 54.6 per cent
to 385, and in value by 80 per
cent to $57.3 million.
"This included marked gains
in the residential segment, in
both number and value, by 59
per cent and 87 per cent to 372
and $54.7 million, respectively.
Conversely, the number of com-
mercial commitments decreased
SEE page 2B

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FROM page 1B

Men, and Just Kidding, said that
overall sales were bad.
"We picked up in the last two
days before Christmas, but com-
pared to last year we were down
across the board," Mr Wilson
He added that possibly the
one exception was John S
George, which saw slight
improvement, but this was not
sufficient to offset the overall
dismal retail environment for
2008. N -
Mr Russell, the owner of
Adam and Eve, said he was just
beginning to tally the figures to
see exactly how sales stacked
up compared to last year, but
said Christmas went pretty well.
One of his sales clerks also
told Tribune Business that they
continued to have strong con-
sumer traffic after Christmas,
saying many persons waited
until after the day to shop for
Staff at Gadgets axid Gears
told Tribune Business that they
had a lot of consumer traffic,
and were also adding up their
final tallies to see how the fig-
'ures compared to last year.

FROM page 1B

by 13.3 per cent to 13, with val-
uation marginally reduced by
0.4 per cent to $2.5 million."
Elsewhere, the Central Bank
said the rate of total credit
growth for the three months to
September 30, 2008, fell to 2.3
per cent or $175.7 million, com-
pared to the year-before peri-
od's 3 per cent or $209.7 mil-
lion growth rate.
This means that while
Bahamian borrowers were still
taking out loans, they were
doing so at a reduced rate, as
fears over job security, salaries
and income started to grow as a
result of the US economy's
Breaking down the private
sector credit components, the
Central Bank said that while
total consumer and residential
mortgage loans increased by 2.5
per cent and 2.9 per cent com-
pared to the same period in
2007, the rate of growth had
"slackened". The rate of growth
in total credit advances to the
private sector fell from 3.3 per
cent in the 2007 third quarter
to 1.8 per cent this time around.
Residential mortgage growth

for the 2008 third quarter
dropped to $71.4 million, com-
pared to $77.5 million or a 3.6
per cent growth rate in 2007. It
was much the same story for
consumer lending, which stood
at $75.5 million or a 3.8 per cent
growth rate in the 2007 third
And, indicating that increas-
ing numbers of Bahamian
households were struggling to
meet their loan repayments, the
largest component of the con-
sumer lending growth was debt
consolidation, accounting for
$32.4 million. The next largest
component was $16.8 million
for credit cards.
But while asset quality was
becoming an increasing concern
for Bahamas-based commercial
banks, their profitability was
still buoyant, at least up until
the 2008 second quarter end.
For that period, collective
commercial bank profitability
had risen by 7.3 per cent to
$78.6 million, with net interest
margins and gross earnings mar-
gins both increasing.
However, some 5.5 per cent
of all total commercial bank
loans had moved into the non-
performing category as at Sep-
tember 30, 2008.

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South Ocean dispute

sent into arbitration

FROM page 1B Seaside's initial contribution
was an alleged $2 million loan
that was converted into equity,
once the Government agreed the re-routing of south-west
Bay Street away from the development site.
The arbitration demand then claimed that Seaside was
obliged to contribute a further $47.7 million in capital, some
$3.3 million initially, and $37.4 million over time in response
to calls from RHS Ventures.
The partnership agreement allegedly stipulated that Seaside
held a 51 per cent equity share; RHS Holdings (an RHS
Ventures subsidiary), a 48 per cent share; and RHS Ven-
tures 1 per cent.
Seaside was also alleged to have made more than $57 mil-
lion in loans to the partnership controlling the South Ocean
development, compared to its $42.7 million in equity capital.
Those loans involved alleged advances of $31.1 million on
February 15, 2008; $13.095 million on the same date; and
$12.691 million on August 1, 2008.
Those loans were secured by a mortgage on the South
Ocean real estate, and a pledge to Seaside of the outstanding.
stock in RHS Development.
Seaside, though, was the second investor to hold a mortgage
on the property, with an investment vehicle owned by the
Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan
(CCWIPP) also having a $65 million interest secured on the
real estate. CCWIPP is not involved in the arbitration situa-
Mr Stein and RHS Ventures alleged that they and Plainfield
met with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on June 27,2007,
at which the hedge fund "confirmed their commitment to
the project, including providing the required financing for
the $235 million infrastructure phase of the project, as well as
substantial financing for the resort hotel and casino".
That was allegedly confirmed in an August 3, 2007, letter
from Plainfield to the Prime Minister, but the arbitration
demand alleged that it had since violated its duties to the
South Ocean project and the partnership by trying to force
RHS Ventures to "give up their equity".

Superwash sees

LPG costs drop

$50k per month

FROM page 1B

$40-$50 per barrel, Mr D'Aguilar: "This [energy costs] is the one
bright spot for businesses and the economy. We have seen a sig-
nificant reduction in the price of propane.
"That's being offset, though, by decreasing sales because eco-
nomic activity is decreasing. And all your other costs are up."
Mr D'Aguilar said there was "not doubt about it" that the
Bahamian economy was already in recession, a statement he was I
yesterday backed on by former minister of state for finance, James
Smith. T
"I think a lot of businesses would be happy to see the same '
sales they had in 2007 versus 2008, and .2008 versus 2009," the
Chamber president said.
"There's just not that much money flowing into our economy."
Mr D'Aguilar.said that the number of washing machine/dyer
tokens sold by his Superwash chain had "gone down by almost dou-
ble digits" compared to 2007, and an increase in the token price
implemented earlier this year had only partially managed to offset
As a result, Mr D'Aguilar said sales were likely to be down by
between 5-7 per cent for 2008. And although energy costs had
come down substantially from their $147 per barrel of oil high in
July, the Chamber president said that because his business had "suf-
fered such significant increases in the cost of energy between Sep-
tember 2007 and September 2008", he would only review token
prices come June 2009 in a bid to recoup some of that increased
"We're definitely in for a tough period, and there is nothing
significant that the Government can do to prevent it, because we do
not have the financial reserves," Mr D'Aguilar told Tribune Busi-
ness. "While the US may have $700 billion, we have $15 million, $20
million, $25 million maybe that we can thrown at the problem.
"Our hopes are high on Barack Obama and what he can do to
turn the US economy around, and that it filters down to us."
Regardless of whether the PLP or FNM was in power, Mr
D'Aguilar said there was little either government could do to mit-
igate the downturn in foreign direct investment and tourism, oth-
er than what the current administration was doing in relation to
public works projects.
"We can beat ourselves up endlessly over it, but there is not much
we can do about it. It is what it is. Because we rely so heavily on the
US, I think we're in for a really rough ride," Mr D'Aguilar said.
"No one is going to be making any big foreign direct invest-
ment decisions, and our economy relies on foreign direct invest-
ment. No prudent businessman out there is going to commit him-
self to any significant projects."

Business credit contracts by 0.7 per cent





Crowley expands

Bahamas cargo

carrying capability

Business Reporter
THE Crowley Maritime Cor-
poration has deployed a.new
container ship which, in addi-
tion to being faster, can accom-
modate larger 45- foot contain-
ers on the Florida to Nassau
cargo route.
"This new vessel will appeal
to a wide cross section of ship-
pers in the trade looking for
container carrying capacity for
larger units, fast transits, plenty
of reefer plugs and more space

for oversized and project car-
goes requiring flat rack equip-
ment," said Tim Quirk, Crow-
ley's general manager in Nas-
The ship will be able to
accommodate 45 foot contain-
ers, whereas the competition
can only accommodate 40 foot
ones, he added.
The ship provides service
from Jacksonville, which Mr
Quirk explained is significant
because Crowley was the only
shipping company serving the
Bahamas with facilities outside
of South Florida.

NOTICE is hereby given that DIANA ETIENNE of
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 31st day of DECEMBER 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that YVONNE PAUL of WATER
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 31st day of DECEMBER 2008
6,'flhe Minister responsible for Natidorality and Citizenship
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.'

This meant, he said, that com-
panies shipping goods into the
Bahamas can save money in
that they do not have to pay
inland cargo costd to truck the
goods into a South Florida port.
In a recent release, Crowley
announced that the new vessel,
The Stadt Hannover, has a
capacity of 373 twenty foot
equipment units or TEUs,
including stowage for 33 45-foot
(102-inch-wide) containers. It
will replace the Wesertor, which
currently serves the Nassau
The Stadt Hannover is about
a half-knot faster, which should

facilitate better schedule integri-
ty. The ship also has 40 reefer
plugs for the benefit of perish-
ables shippers.
Mr Quirk explained that the
reefer plugs are used for refrig-
erated cargo, and that the extra
plugs allow for more of that car-
go to be transported in a single
The vessel sails from Port
Everglades, Florida, every Tues-
day evening and arrives in Nas-
sau at 7am every Wednesday.
The ship from Jacksonville
departs every Friday evening
and arrives in Nassau at 6am
on Monday.

'4 *

i Office Hours During the 2008 Christmas Holiday Season:
Wednesday, 24 December (Christmas Eve) Office Closed
Thursday, 25 December (Christmas Day) Public Holiday
Friday, 26 December (Boxing Day) Public Holiday |
*, Wednesday, 31 December (New Year's Eve) Office closed at 3pm
Thursday, 1st January (New Year's Day) Public Holiday

Our office will resume normal working hours on
Friday, 2nd January 2008.

NOTICE is hereby given that VANY BRUTUS of BELFOUR
AVENUE, 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 24TH day of
December, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
nostb t l 'w d I s

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


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Training Room Market Street and Trinity
Place Entrance

WHEN: Tuesday, January 13,2009

Session One 10:00am 11:00am
Session Two 11: 30am 12:30pm


Friday January 9, 2009

The Seminar is open to the General Public including Banks,
Government Agencies and Corporations, and Private Companies. The
deadline for applications is Friday January 9,2009. Persons wishing
to participate should apply as soon as possible as space is limited.



Vacancy for an
Executive Chef
Overall Responsibilities
Responsible for all aspects of managing the kitchen and kitchen personnel; ensures
the quality preparation of all menu items and proper handling/storage of all food
items in accordance with RC Club standards; coordinates the purchase of all food
and develops menus, maintaining .approved food costs and labor costs; directs,
implements and maintains a service and management philosophy, which serves as a
guide to respective staff; provides support, training, direction, focus, and helps staff
members have continuous success; develops understanding of Food and Beverage
service processes
Specific Job Summary
* Ability to maintain Club's standards, policies and procedures with all kitchen and front
of house personnel
* Ability to prioritize, organize and delegate work assignments.
* Ability to direct performance of staff and follow up with corrections where needed.
* Ability to motivate kitchen and front of house staff and maintain a cohesive team.
* Ability to promote positive work relationships with service personnel and other
* 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
Email: humanresources(l)theabacoclub.com
Deadline for applications is Friday, January 9, 2009








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GMAC loosens credit to make.

vehicles easier to buy

AP Auto Writer
struggling financing arm of
General Motors Corp., rescued
by $5 billion in federal aid, plans
to use some of the money to
make cars and trucks more
affordable to a larger pool of

GMAC LLC on Tuesday
promised to loosen its tight
lending standards that have
made loans harder to get for
would-be buyers of GM vehi-
cles. It's the first time that a
financial institution has said it
will use money from the $700
billion bank bailout to offer

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more affordable credit to con-
As a result, Detroit-based
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low-interest financing on some
slower-selling 2008 and 2009
models as part of a year-end
sales push a move made pos-
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The government funds, on
the heels of the $17.4 billion
automaker bailout approved by
the Bush administration earli-
er this month, could provide
relief to auto dealers who had
blamed the industry's steep
drop in sales partially on a lack
of affordable credit.
Michael Martin, who owns
Chevrolet and Saturn brand
dealerships in Manassas, Va.,
said he thinks the loans will be
key to turning around the auto
industry, adding that GMAC's
lifting of credit restrictions sets
an example for banks that have
yet to use their bailout funding
to free up consumer loans,
"I think these things really
spur consumer confidence too,"
said Martin, who had already
seen customer traffic pickup at
his dealerships on Tuesday.
"People are saying it's good to
see GMAC back in the mar-
ketplace. Whether it's just a
euphoric feeling or not at least
it's a positive."
Vehicles sales have declined
sharply this year, plunging 37
per cent in November to their
worst level in more than 26
years, with every major
automaker reporting a drop of
more than 30 per cent. GM was
among those worst hit, report-
ing a 41 percent slide for the
GMAC said Tuesday that as
a result of the government aid it
will resume offering automo-
tive financing to customers with
credit scores as low as 621, elim-
inating restrictions put in place
two months ago as a result of
the tight credit, markets that
mandated a minimum score of
700, an exceptionally good
Marc Cannon, a spokesman
for AutoNation Inc., a Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.-based auto
retailer that encompasses 264
dealerships including 73 GM
franchises, noted that con-
sumers can faithfully pay their
bills for years, but if they miss
one or two payments along the
way, their credit score can drop
into the 600s.

"They're not lowering stan-
dards, they're bringing more
people into the game," Cannon
said of GMAC. "These people
are still customers and they're
still good people you want to
help get into the right vehicle."
Other dealers weren't as opti-
Joe Piane, general sales man-
ager at Ostrom Chevrolet in the
Los Angeles suburb of Monte-
bello, said his dealership's sales
had been "devastated" since
mid-October, when GMAC's
lack of money prompted it to
tighten credit.
And even if the credit crunch
eases, Piane believes consumers
will be less likely'to spend mon-
ey they don't have.
"I'm a believer that we never
had a big economic boom. We
just had a lending quagmire,"
he said. "I don't think business
is ever going to be back to usu-
Mark LaNeve, GM's vice
president for GM North Amer-
ica vehicle sales, service and
marketing, said GMAC's $5 bil-
lion in loans was crucial for the
company to afford the zero-per-
cent and low-interest financing
on some vehicles.
GM said Tuesday that it will
offer zero-percent financing for
up to 60 months on the 2008
Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC
Envoy and Saab 9-7X sport util-
ity vehicles. The Saab 9-3 and 9-
5 sedans also qualify for zero-
per cent financing.
The automaker is also offer-
ing financing between 0.9 per
cent and 5.9 per cent on more
than three dozen other 2008 and
2009 models, including many
trucks and SUVs. The deal runs
through January 5.
In addition to the $5 billion
for GMAC, the Treasury
Department also will lend up
to $1 billion to GM so that the
company can purchase addi-
tional equity that GMAC is
planning to offer as part of its
effort to raise more capital.
In exchange for the funding,
the government will receive pre-
ferred shares that pay an eight

per cent dividend and warrants
to purchase additional shares in
return for the money, the
department said.
The funding follows GMAC's'
approval as a bank holding.
company, which qualified it for.:
the government aid and is
expected to help GMAC avoid:
filing for bankruptcy protection
The Treasury did not require'
that GMAC engage in more
lending as a condition for.'
receiving the government.
investment, spokeswoman.
Brookly McLaughlin said. '-
The $6 billion in total assis-
tance means that Treasury has
now committed more than the
first $350 billion from the $700*
billion bank rescue program.
Under the law governing the
programme, the administration;
must ask Congress for the sec-
ond half of the funds and Con-
gress can Vote to block their.
A Treasury official said the
financing for GMAC comes
from the first $350 billion, since,
not all of the allocated funds
have been spent yet. For exam-
ple, only about $162 billion
from the $250 billion that was,
set aside in October for invest-
ment'jnto the banks has been
spent. .
But the official added, "it's'.
clear that Congress will need to
release the remainder of the'
TARP." ,
The $5 billion investment iri
GMAC has already been cornm-.
pleted. Treasury is seeking to"
finalize the $1 billion loan by.
January 16.
This isn't the first time that
the Bush administration has
committed more than the first
half of the bailout money.
About $4 billion of the $17.4
billion in loans the administra-
tion promised December 19 for
GM and Chrysler LLC would
have to be paid out of the sec-
ond $350 billion.
But it is far from guaranteed
that Congress will release the':
extra money. Lawmakers from
both parties have criticized the..
Treasury Department for lax>
oversight of the funds it pro-
vided to banks and for not using
some of the money to prevent
home foreclosures.
AP Auto Writer Dan
Strumpf in New York, AP Eco-
nomics Writer Christopher S.
Rugaber in Washington and
Associated Press Writer Robert
Jablon in Los Angeles con.
tribute to this report.


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". Lot No. 181, Dorsetteville Bamboo Town
SgAll that piece parcel or lot of land having an area
of 5,000 sq ft, being lot # 181, of the subdivision
-- :- "Ii i t... I known as Dorsetteville which is situated in the
S southern district of New Providence located on this
property is an approximately 25yr old single family
S. residence comprising of approximately 1,162 sq ft
& consisting of 2-bedrooms, 1 -bath, kitchen, living,
. .... dining room & carport. The land is on a grade and
|.' level; the site appears to be sufficiently elevated
to disallow the possibility of flooding during heavy
rainy periods. The grounds are fairly kept with
improvements of concrete parking area & concrete walkWays around the premises. The yard has chained linked
fencing at the sides and back.

Appraisal: $149,016.00

Traveling East Street South, turn right at porky's service station [Victoria Blvd]. Take the 4th corner on the right
(Raynell Drive) the subject property will be the 4th on the left side.Painted white trimmed light agua.

Lot No. 186, Coral Harbour Waterways, Coral Harbour

.'; : .. '' All that lot of land having an area of 12,150 sq ft, being
t -.,:,::. lot # 186, of the subdivision known as Coral Harbour
'.. -_ "w" : Waterways, situated in the western district of New
Providence. Located on this property is a single family
,, '*;;" residence comprising of approximately 2,482 sq. ft. of
.e .- enclosed living space consisting of 3-bedrooms with
""" closets, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living, dining, family &
utility rooms with office (loft), the residence is also
equipped with 2-car garage: with electronic doors the
land is on a grade and level; the site appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility
of flooding during heavy rainy periods.
Appraisal: $427,726.80
*Take coral harbour road from the round about, head straight toward the canal, take about the 3rd
right, hopkins drive, the subject property will be the 1st house on the right side painted all white.

Lot No. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single
story house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living room,
dining area, family room, kitchen, study, laundry and
an entry porch.
Appraisal: $188,406.00
Heading west along Soldier Road take main entrance
to Kennedy Subdivision on the left, then take the 1st
corner on the left then 1st right, house is second on
your rigtt with garage.


3 two bed, 1 bath fourplex 9,000 sq. ft., lot no. 18b
with an area for a small shop. Age 12 years the land
is a portion of one of the Dundas Town Crown Allotment
parcels stretching from Forest Drive to Front Street,
being just under a quarter acre in size and on the
lowside. A concrete block structure, with asphalt
shingle roof and L-shape in design with a total length
of 70x26 ft, plus 50 x 22 ft., 2,920 sq. ft., the interior
walls are concrete blocks, ceiling is sheet rock and
the floors of vinyl tiles.
Appraisal: $265,225.00


All that lot of land having an area of 7,500
sq. ft., being lot 12, of the subdivision known
and designated as Millar's Heights, situated
,, 4 ... ..A.. in the Southwestern district of New
S i"' Providence, Bahamas. This property is
comprised of a 25 yr old single family
-- ."residence consisting of approximately 2,375
,.s : sq. ft of enclosed living space with three 2-
bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living/dining rooms,
and kitchen apartment complex. The land is
on a grade and level and appear to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during
annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds are fairly kept, with improvements including parking area, walking
pathway and low shrubs. The yard is enclosed with chain linked fencing at the back and southern sides.

Appraisal: $239,500.00

Traveling west on Carmichael Road, enter West Avenue, on the South side immediately after Topps
Laundromat. Take first right which is Wimpole St., go around the curve on the left which is London Avenue,
traveling south on London Avenue the subject property is the 9thl building on the right before the T,
Junction (high street) the subject building is an L shape triplex, painted green, trimmed white.

All that piece parcel or lot of land containing 42,616 sq.
ft. and being Lot # 90-D on a survey plan situated in the
settlement of Lower Bogue on the island of Eleuthera,
this site encompasses a commercial building consisting
of a restaurant and disco that is approximately 13 yrs
old, with a total sq. ft. of approximately 4,852.12, which
includes male & female rest rooms, stage area, 2-dressing
rooms, dining room, commercial kitchen and storage
improvements also includes a 660.4 sq, ft, front veranda,
752 sq, ft, concrete walk-ways, and 192 sq, ft, back
porch. This building is central air-conditioned.
Appraisal: $490,671.00

This property is situated on the western side of the main Eleuthera Highway & approximately 2,219 ft. northerly
of Four-For-Nothing Road, in the settlement of Lower Bogue North Eleuthera. All utilities and services available.

Apartment "J" is located on lot "J". located on the subject property
is a renovated 1 -storey apartment originally about 19 yrs old. However,
the structure appears to be in good condition & well kept. The floor
area is approximately 611 sq ft of enclosed living space with 1-
bedroom 1-bathroom, living, dining rooms, kitchen, laundry room
& closet. The land is on a grade & level; however the site appears
to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during
annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The yard is landscaped with
boundary fencing on the sides & at the back. & has an iron electronic
swing gate at the front, with asfault driveway & walkway.

Maintenance fees: $100.00 per month
Potential income $1,200.00 per

Traveling west on West Bay Street, turn left onto St. Albans Drive. The subject will be door "J" of
the apartment complex located on the left side opposite Sherman drive, painted pink trimmed white.

Eleuthera Island Shores Subdivision

'M 'I's All that piece parcel or lot of land having an area of 9,644
sq. ft. being lot #1 in block 45, Section "E" in the subdivision
""p ?'" -' called and known as Eleuthera Island Shores Subdivision,
_., ,,.' ,, ; -' ,,- '. ,' ''"K. I situated in the vicinity of Hatchet Bay Harbour, on the island
"M ,'; "'-- di-; a.. :.B, -g-'** The Bahams. This site encompasses a two storey building
S" '' which is approximately 14 yrs old and is abandoned. There
is a wooden landing approximately 7'-4" wide by 20'-0" on
the upper level, approximately 1,610 sq. ft. of enclosed living space, with 3-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, front room,
dining room, den, kitchen, and utility room. The wooden porch on the upper level is approximately 148sq. ft. There
is also a water cistern under the dining room floor area. All utilities and services available.
Appraisal: $151,007.00
This property is situated in Eleuthera Island Shores.

Lot No. 3 Yamacraw, Beach Estates
All that lot of land having an area of 10,000 sq ft, being
lot no. 3 in Yamacraw Beach Estates, in the said
subdivision situated in the eastern district of New
Providence Bahamas. Located on the subject property
. .-"" is a single-storey triplex building comprising of 3 units
S. ..'..., with two 2-bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living, dining, kitchen
; apartments unit and one unit being used as a barber and
I beauty salon, the land is on a grade and level; however
-. d- .*.' f the site appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow
the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy
periods of the year.
Appraisal: $313,016.00
Traveling south on Fox Hill Road, go pass Yamacraw Hill Road and Joe Farrington Road. The subject
property is located on the left hand side of Fox Hill road painted white trimmed brown.

Dorsetteville, Bamboo Town Investment Opportunity Must Sell Lot No. 51

of the subdivision known as Dorsetteville, the said subdivision
situated in the southern district of New Providence Bahamas.
Located on the subject property is a structure comprising of an
approximately 20yr old duplex apartment comprising of
Approximately 1,641 sq. ft. of enclosed living space which includes
U E m two 2-bedrooms, 1*-bath, kitchen, living & dining rooms units. and
an approximately 9yr old one bedroom apartment building
comprising of 382 sq. ft. with bath, kitchen, living/dining room. the
land is on a grade and level; the site appears to be sufficiently
elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy
rainy periods of the year. The grounds are fairly kept with improvements
of concrete parking area & concrete walkways around the premises.
The yard is enclosed with chained linked fencing at the sides and back.
Appraisal: $202,225.40
Traveling south on East Street from Soldier Road, turn right at Porky's Service Station [Victoria Blvd]. Travel pass the third
corner on the left, the subject property will be the 9th on the left side. Painted green trim white.


All that lot. of land having an. area of 5000 sq ft,
being lot 2525/6 of the subdivision known as Sir
S. Lynden Pindling Estates, the said subdivision is
i-;. : .situated in the southeastern district of New
I: Providence Bahamas. This property is comprised
of an approximately 4 yrs old single family residence
consisting of approximately 1,220 sq. ft of
..' enclosed living space, with 3-bedrooms, 2-
bathrooms, living/dining room, kitchen and utility
..... .--: ._ *:., .._ _. -, :,!_ e ; room. the land is on a grade and level; however
the site appears to be sufficiently elevated to
disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods, the grounds are fairly kept,
with improvements including a walkway. The yard is enclosed with chain linked fencing.

Appraisal: $155,694.40
Traveling through Pinewood Gardens from East Street. go to the roundabout. heading north from
the roundabout, take the 2nd corner right heading east toward Sir Lynden Pindling Estates. After
passing the convenience store, take the 1st corner right and head toward the Charles Saunders
Highway, the property is the 5th house on the left.

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Lot No. 313, Kennedy Subdivision

..-....:* "_ ,' All that lot of land being Lot No. 313, in the
.. subdivision known as Kennedy Subdivision
P" : -'' s .'" situated in the southern district of New Providence,
Bahamas & having an area of approximately 4,158
sq. ft. located on the subject property is an
approximately 30 year old single family residence
comprising of approximately 845 sq, ft of enclosed
living space consisting of 3-bedrooms, 1-
bathroom, living, dining & kitchen. The land is on
a grade & level; however the site appears to be
sufficiently elevated to dissallow the possibility of flooding during heavy rainy periods

Appraisal: $109,398.00

All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land containing 44,714 sq. ft., and designated "E" which forms a portion of land known as "Mutton Fish Point" situated about two miles northwestward of the settlement of Gregory Town on the island of
Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and is bounded and abutting as follows:- Northwardly by the land now or formerly the property of Coridon Limited, and running thereon for a distance of 393.13 hundredth ft.;
outwardly by a 30' wide road reservation and running thereon for a distance of 402.57 hundredth ft; eastwardly by the main Queen's Highway and running thereon for a distance of 109.73 hundredth ft; westwardly by land now or formerly the
property of Caridon Limited and running thereon for a distance of 110.75 hundredth ft. this property having an area of approximately 44,714 sq. ft. this neighbourhood is zoned commercial/residential development and is quiet, peaceful and has
a topography of approximately 2 ft. with all utilities and services.available.
APPRAISAL: $51,421.00

All that parcel or lot of vacant land containing 10,000 (80'X 100') sq. ft. being Lot No. 9, Block 2, Island Harbour
Beach Subdivision situated the western most portion of the Hermitage Estate, Little Exuma Bahamas. The
property is located on an unpaved road known as Stocking Road. The property also has a commanding view
of the ocean.
Appraisal: $80,000.00

All that piece, parcel or tract of land containing 1 acre situated about two miles northwestward of the settlement
of Gregory Town on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and is
bounded and abutting as follows:- Northwestwardly by the main Queens Highway and is running thereon for a
distance of 125.462 feet northwestwardly by the land now of formerly the property of Coridon Limited, and
running thereon for a distance of 390.274 hundredth ft.; southwestwardly by a 30' wide road reservation and
running thereon for a distance of 128.128 hundredth ft; southeastwardly by the land now or formerly the property
of the Venor and running thereon for a distance of 322.955 hundredth ft. This property having an area of
approximately 44,847.76 sq. ft. This neighbourhood is zoned commercial development and is quiet and peaceful
with a topography of approximately 2 ft. with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $51,574.00
This lot is vacant land and is located in the area known as "Mutton Fish Point"

All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land containing 9,000 sq. ft., and being Lot No. 10B situated North of
Ingraham's Pond and Eastwardly of North Palmetto Point, on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and is bounded and abutting as follows:- on the north by Lot No. 3B and
running thereon for a distance of (90) ft; on the East by Lot No. 11 B and running thereon for a distance of (100)
ft; on the south by a 20' wide road reservation and running thereon (90) ft on the west by Lot No. 9B running
thereon for a distance of (100) Ft, the said Lot is overgrown with shrubs and is in close proximity of a white sandy
beach. This neighborhood is zoned residential development and is quiet and peaceful with a topography of
approximately 50ft and because of this there is no danger of flooding. The area is approximately 80% developed
with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $72,000.00

All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land and improvements containing approximately 44,587 sq. ft. and
designated "F" which forms a portion of land known as "Mutton Fish Point" situated about two miles northwestward
of the settlement of Gregory Town on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, and bounded and abutting as follows:- Northwardly by the land now or formerly-the property of
Coridon Limited, and running thereon for a distance of 383.56 hundredth ft; southwardly by land now or formerly
the property of Caridon Limited and running thereon for a distance of 393-19 hundredth ft. eastwardly by the
main Queen's Highway and running thereon for a distance of 113.40 hundredth ft. westwardly by land now or
formerly the property of Coridon Limited and running thereon for a distance of 113.40 hundredth ft. this
neighbourhood is zoned commercial/residential development and is quiet, peaceful and has a topography of
approximately 2 ft. with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $51,276.00

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Lot No. 5, Block 20 Millar's Heights

All that lot of land having an area of 7,500 sq, ft,
being Lot 5 block 20, of the subdivision known
:.-- -. as Millar's, the said subdivision situated in the
"_ '--- southwestern district of New Providence, Bahamas.
!. p Located on the subject property is an approximately
,' -, ** 19 yr old single-storey duplex apartment consisting
... of approximately 1,524 sq. ft. of enclosed living
-..:- space with two 2-bedrooms 1-bathroom, living,
S.dining rooms & kitchen. Ventilation is by wall air-
conditioning units in the bedrooms. Minor repairs
needed. The land is on a grade and level; however
the site appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy
rainyperiods of the year. The grounds are fairly kept, with improvements including parking area & walking
pathway. The yard is inclosed with chain linked fencing at the back & southern sides, with low wall in
Appraisal: $182,536.00

Traveling west on carmichael road, go pass the intersection of faith avenue heading towards Bamboo
Shack. Take the comer opposite Bamboo Shack where washhouse is located. Heading south all the way
through, the subject property will be the 3rd on the left side after passing the 3rd comer painted yellow
trimmed green.


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The property is accessed by the main Queen's Highway.

All that piece parcel or lot of land and improvements
situated in the settlement of Hamilton's in the Island
of Long Island, and comprising of approximately 13,547
sq. ft. and is elevated approximately 7-8 ft above sea
level. This site encompasses a 35yr structure. A simple
style home consisting of two bedrooms, one bathroom,
kitchen, living and dining room. the home however
is consisted of 2 separate constructions; 613.60 sq. ft
of concrete construction and 624 sq. ft of wooden
construction all amenities are to the property such as
electricity, water, cable and telephone.
Appraisal: $67,000.00.

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All that lot of land having an area of approximately 5,310 sq
ft, being Lot B-22 of the subdivision known as Rita Pugh
Estates, the said subdivision situated in the eastern district of
New Providence Bahamas. Located on the subject property
-P .: is an approximately 3yr old single story residence consisting
Teof approximately 1,200 sq ft of enclosed living space with 3-
bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, living, dining, kitchen & utility room.
The land is on a grade & level; however the site appears to
be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding.
___ The property is enclosed with chain linked fencing at the sides
& back & have an incomplete wall at the front, security bars,
a wall unit air condition & a split unit air condition system are attached to the structure.

Appraisal: $175,466.30
Traveling Fox Hill Road off Prince Charles Drive heading north, take 1st comer on the left, go all the way
pass fox dale entrance, & pass freddy munning estate. Continue all the way towards Saint Augustine, take
last corner on the right & the subject property will be the 4th house on the right hand side of the road.

and back.


All that lot of land having an area of approximately 5,638
sq. ft. being lot No. 2 of the subdivision known as
Marigold Farm Subdivision, the said subdivision situated
in the Eastern District of New Providence and located
Lumumba Lane North off Marigold Road situated on
the property is a year old single storey residence
consisting of 3 bedrooms, 2 & 1/2 bathrooms, living,
dining, kitchen and utility room. The Land is on a grade
and level and appears to be sufficiently elevated to
disallow the possibility of flooding. The property is open
from the front but has chain linked fencing at the sides

Appraisal: $197,107.60

Take Joe Farrington Road heading east, turn onto Marigold Farm Road go pass Marigold Farms, then turn right
onto Lumumba Lane, go almost to the middle of the corner and the subject property is about the eight house on
the right hand side of the road.

Alll that parcel of land having an approximate area of 9,000
*. sq ft, located on the above mentioned lot is a single family
wooden structure, 25ft by 40 ft with asphalt shingled roof.
This house is approximately 15 yr old and comprising of
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining area and kitchen.
This house is in need of some serious repairs. The future
life of this house depends on the repairs that will be carried
out. Without repairs it is not more than about 5 years. If
upgrading and maintenance is carried out it could be longer
the land rises above road level, to a height in excess of approximately 15ft above sea level, with no likelihood
of flooding in a hurricane.
Appraisal: $72,250.00
This house is located off the main Murphy Town Road about 150 ft to the Northeast of the comer and is painted blue
trimmed white.


SAll that lot of land having an area of 30,000 sq
' ft, more or less, having a 150 ft of road frontage
... r i & running back 200 ft at its most is located within
S" the Stella Maris Subdivision in North Long Island
.!'' llt one of the Island of the Commonwealth of The
S,-. Bahamas. Located on this property is a 6yr old
-- .. split level residence consiting of approximately
S a.. 3,058 sq. ft. of enclosed living space with 2-
bedrooms, 2-bathroms, living, dining &,ty rooms,
kitchen & breakfast room, also a garage which serves as a laundry room. There is also attached to the home
a 1,0,000 gallon rain water holding tank & 1,202 sq ft of tiled patio.

Appraisal: $658,000.00

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All that lot of land being Lot No. 359, in the
kpi" ... subdivision known as Elizabeth Estates situated in
;, 1- ; the eastern district of New Providence, Bahamas &
S =:z...... :- ^ having an area of alpproxitlately5;000 sq. ft. located
on the subject property is a 22 year old single family
residence comprising of approximately 871 sq, ft
S. of enclosed living space consisting of 3-bedrooms,
1-bathroom, living, dining, kitchen & laundry room.
The land is flat but appears to be sufficiently elevated to withstand the annual rain fall. The property is
landscaped & contains low shrubs, flowering & fruit trees
Appraisal: $123,425.00
Travelling east on Prince Charles Drive, turn through the main entrance into Elizabeth Estates -
Commonwealth Blvd, travel all the way to Thelma Gibson Primary School & turn right St. Vincent Ave.
the subject property will be located on the next comer on the right side of Jamaica Ave & St. Vincent
Avenue painted all white.

Lot No. 8 Block 33, Coconut Grove Subdivision

*- All that lot of land having an area of approximately 5,000,
sq ft, being Lot 8 in Block No. 33 on the plan of lots in
the subdivision known as Coconut Grove, situated in the
S- southern district of New Providence, Bahamas. Located
Eon this property is an approximately 35 yr. old 1 storey
6 ,s S building that has been converted into numerous apartments
consisting of approximately 1,650 sq. ft of enclosed living
V g.d5, .u m- space, & a 2-bedroom horse at the back consisting of
approximately 365 sq. ft of enclosed living-space. The
appraiser observed that the apartments are mostly 1-
bedrooms, 1-bathroom, kitchen & living rooms. Some are
being used for business purposes. The land is on a grade and level; however the site appears to be sufficiently
elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The grounds
are fairly kept. The yard is enclosed with a perimeter wall at the sides & back a water pump provides water
to the property.
Appraisal: $120,000.00
Traveling on East Street turn through Palm Tree Ave. (last comer right before Robinson Rd) the subject
property is the 2nd property on the right before 7th Street painted green trimmed white. ,


I All that piece parcel or lot or lot of land and improvements, in the
settlement of Lower Bogue, North Eleuthera, being No. 62,
comprising of about 34,210 sq. ft., this site encompasses a
12 year old single storney home comprising of 4 bedrooms,
: 3 bathrooms, front room, dining, breakfast room, kitchen
and laundry room, with a total living area of approximately
_____________ _.. .. 2,342.06. Property also includes a double car garage, and
front entrance with a total sq. ft. of approximately 655.75.
This home is approximately 85% completed. The property
is well landscaped with crab grass, fiascos and some fruit trees.

Appraisal: $229,426.00

This property is situated on the western side of Eleuthera Highway in the settlement of Lower Bogue.

Lot No. 4, Rocky Pine Road

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All that lot of land having an area of 6,092 sq ft, being Lot
#4 of the subdivision known as Rocky Pine Road, the said
subdivision situated in the western district of New Providence,
Bahamas. Located on the subject property is an approximately
5yr old single-storey duplex apartment consisting of
approximately 1,800 sq ft of enclosed living space with two
2-bedrooms 1-bathroom, living, dining rooms & kitchen.
The land is on a grade & level; however the site appears to
be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding
during annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The property
is no landscaped.

Appraisal: $233,070.40

Traveling west on Carmichael Road, turn through McKinney Ave & go all the way to Rocky Pine Road.
Traveling on Rocky Pine Road the subject property will be on the 3rd comer on the left painted gray trimmed

Lot No. 3, Block 8, Derby Subdivision Freeport

All that lot of land having an area of .26 acres, being Lot # 3,'Block 8, Unit 3, of the subdivision known
as Derby Subdivision, situate on the Island of Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

Appraisal: $65,000.00

This property is located on Henny Terrace & about 500 yards from Casuarina Drive & 150 yards from
the Queens Highway. All service & utilities included. The subdivision is zonned as single family residential.


All that lot of land having an area of approximately 258,064 sq. ft. This property is yet to reach its highest and best use.
It is ideally suited to single or multi-family development as is the nature of surrounding properties within the community.
The site may also serve well as a commercial site as the area remains un-zoned the property remains largely in its original
state. It is covered with low brush and broad leaf coppice vegetation intersperse with broad strands of mature Yellow
Pine indigenous to the area. The property is well drained and represents no immediate flooding danger under normal
APPRAISAL: $219,354.40
The subject property is vacant and is situated at the Southeastern entrance of the Community of Blackwood, Abaco. The
property is undivided and comprises approximately 6 acres of a larger tract of land of approximately 26 acres.

Lot B, Wilson Street, Rock Crusher 0 Casuarina Point, Abaco
All that lot of land having an area of approximately 11,900 sq. ft being Lot #23 of the subdivision known as
All that lot of land having an area of 10,498 sq ft, being lot B, between the subdivision known as Rock Casuarina Point, Great Abaco this site has only foundation footers in place for the western unit The eastern
Crusher and in the vicinity of Perpall Tract situated in the western district of New Providence, Bahamas. unit has the foundation walls built up with 8" cement blocks to a height of 3 ft above grade. The eastern unit
This property is zoned multi family/single family. Also located on this property is a structure comprising also has the front exterior wall erected & 1/3 of the floor poured with cement The site has prefabricated poured
of a duplex at foundation level under construction, and consisting of approximately 1,566 sq. ft. of enclosed cement septic tank in place on the site. However the pit needs to be re-excavated to accommodate the installation
living space with a patio consisting of 270, sq. ft. the starter bars are in place and foundation poured. of the tank. No plumbing or electrical rough-ins have been installed, there is also a workshop shed with
bathroom on site. The subject property has plans in place for the construction of fourplex residence on two
Appraisal: $97,214.00 floors with a total of 3,348 sq ft of enclosed living space. Property is zonned residential.
Traveling West on Farrington Road take a right after the P.L.P. headquarters, go about midways Appraisal: $80, 000.00
through to Wilson Street, go though the comer all the way to the dead end. The property is located The subject property is located east off the Great Abaco Highway at the tuuming for Casuarina Point & is the
behind the chain linked fence at the back of the yard.. 1st right turning after the "Different of Abaco". The subject property is located near to public beach access

Eleuthera Lot No. 15, North Palmetto Point
All that piece parcel or lot of land containing 22,316 sq. ft. being a portion of a 25.166 acre tract "A" & being
Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal lot # 15 in a development known as Suanish Main situated in the settlement of Palmetto Point on the Island
Investment Ltd., this is a single family zoning and 50 ft., above sea level. This site encompasses a foundation of Eleuthera, one of the Islands of The Bahamas. This area is complete with all utilities and services available.
with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry fill. The concrete floor has not been poured Appraisal: $65,832.00
as yet. The foundation is 2,511 sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly of the Bluff Settlement. The
said lot is vacant and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean. This property is situatedat Spanish Main just off the Bank Road North Palmetto Point South Eleuthe.ra district.

Appraisal: $41,275.00
Lot B, Marigold Farm Road Allotment 67
All that lot of vacant land having an area of 1,173 acres and being referred to as the plot. the property is lot No. B and is situated on Marigold Farm Road in the area known as Allotment 67, a subdivision situated in the south eastern district of
New Providence Bahamas. This property is zoned multi family.
Appraisal: $290,000.00
Traveling from Joe Farrington Road onto Marigold Farm Road heading south. The subject is th 2nd to last property on the left hand side of the road near the pond.


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Lot 23A, Block KN, John Wentworth Avenue, Unit
FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $718,000.00


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Located on this Multi Family lot of 23,564 square feet are two incomplete
buildings. Single story Triplex of 3,502 square feet inclLusive of Living and
dining area with full service kitchen three bedrooms inclusive of Master
bedroom and two bathrooms per unit.

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $337,000.00

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All that lot of land having .an area of 16,533 sq. ft. being lot No. 37 of the
subdivision known and designated as Bahamia Marina and Bahamia Section
4 Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Located on this property is a
structure comprising a 3 year old duplex structure which covers
approximately (3,058) square feet. Apartment consisting of two 2-bedrooms,
2-bathroom with private Jacuzzi in master bath, spacious living and dining
room, full service kitchen, a laundry and utility room, foyer/hallway with linen
and storage closet. The property is fully secured by six foot plastic coated
chain-link fence runs along the side and rear and adjoins the painted 4 foot
wall, with 5 foot pillars at front with electronic gate.


Located on the property of 1.08 acres
that has been zoned for multifamily
development are four buildings: A, B,
C and D. Houses A and B are
positioned along the road and they
face each other. Houses C and D are
located to the rear of the building and
are facing each other. The
constructions of Houses A and B are
just about completed, houses C and D
are incomplete. The lot is enclosed
with chain linked fence except along
the front where a concrete wall is
erected. A concrete driveway (also
used for parking and about the centre
of the lot) leads from the road and
runs through the middle of the yard
separating House A and B.

Each building contains a total area of
two thousand and seventy-two (2,072)
square feet. Inclusive of the entrance
porch with an area of 182 square feet.

Each house contains an entrance
porch, living and dining rooms and
kitchen, three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, a laundry area, adequate
storage and closet space.

Appraisal: $799,560.00

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Lot 12B, Block LN, Unit 2
BAMAMIA NORTH, FREEPORT Appraisal: $54,000.00
The property is located on Cadwallader' Drive and has an area of
approximately 24,001.56 square feet, It is multi-family zoned.

Lot 14,

Block 11


r Appraisal: $112,680,00
Lot 14, Block 11 Derby
Subdivision. Located on the
subject property of 11,250
square feet, is an incomplete
single storey single family
house of approximately 1,008
square feet of enclosed living
space. The space consist of
one bedroom, one bathroom,
living, dining, kitchen. There
are porches at the front and
rear entrances.

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $348,721,00

The property has four unequal
sides for a total area of
approximately .38 acres.
Located on the subject *
property is a split leveled .
structure comprising
approximately. 4,427 square
feet of enclosed living space, .-.
The space consist of .five -.
bedrooms, three bathrooms,
kitchen, living room, dining
area, two Bahama rooms, a double car

garage and laundry area.

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FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $180,300.00

Lot 13 fronts along the northern side of Henny Road at the end of the
cul-de-sac. Its configuration has four unequal sides. The rear
boundary is along the canal. The front boundary has a. curvilinear
road frontage of 45 feet. The rear boundary (canal frontage) with one
point of inflection has a total length of 165 feet. The western side
boundary has a length of 146 feet and the eastern side a length of
125 feet. These dimensions result in an area of .32 acres.

Erected on this property is an. incomplete building of a proposed
single storey house. The living space is approximately 3,228 square
feet; inclusive of foyer, living and dining rooms, kitchen, breakfast
nook; four bedrooms, three bathrooms, powder room, den, laundry
area, study and ample closet and storage space.

FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $290,000.00

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Situated on this property of 12,500 square feet is a 36-year-old
quadroplex apartment building containing two 2 bedrooms and 2
bathroom units and two 1 bedroom, one bathroom units. Each unit
contains foyer, living and dining area, laundry and kitchen.



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Appraisal: $136,000.00

Located on this 4,200 square feet
single/multi family property is a
20--year-old building of T-111 wood
with concrete floor, consisting "-
approxi-mately 2,,198 square feet : .
of enclosed space. The structure
was formerly used as a retail
store and storage facility.
Directions: From Golden Gates ..... -
Shopping Centre, Baillou Hill Road.
Take the third corner on the Right after
passing Farmer's Market. Take the

second Right then First right (Sun Close) subject is the fourth property on the
Right white trimmed black.


Appraisal: $195,000.00

The total area of the property is 6,750 sq. ft. Located on this property is
a single family residence consisting of approximately 1,338 sq. ft. of
living space inclusive of two bedrooms, one bathroom, living, dining
and kitchen.
Directions to property: Travelling west on Cowpen Road from Blue Hill Road, take
first corner left to go to T-junction, turn left then first right. Subject is second
property on the left.


Appraisal: $91,000.00

The property has a total ; -
area of approximately '
4,550 sq. ft. Located on the '
subject property are 2 .
structures;-,. Building 1 ,,
comprise an approximately
25-30 year old single family
residence consisting of
approx. 937 sq. ft. of living
space with 3 bedrooms
with closets, 1 bathroom,
living, dining, kitchen and
Building 2 comprises a single storey building of poured concrete
foundation approximately 20 years old. Floors are tiled; ceilings are sheet
rock with standard plumbing and electrical fixtures. The building appears to
be occupied as a residence having an area of approximately 283 sq. ft.
DIRECTIONS: Take Kemp Road heading north, turn left on to Cooper's
Terrace go about midway through, subject will be located on the left hand
side of the road.

Lots 26, 27, 37, Block 1

Appraisal: $638,676.00

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Executive styled house which has been converted into three units.
The first unit features an open plan in the outer area consisting of
living, dining with sunken floor, kitchen, and powder room. The inner
area consists of three bedrooms, three baths including a master
suite and master bath, consisting of a large Jacuzzi, shower and
walk-in closets. The second unit consists of two bedrooms, one
bath, living, dining, kitchen, office area. The third unit consists of an
open plan with kitchen, living, bedroom and a private bedroom.
Added features: Enclosed pool, central air condition, courtyard, and
fenced in patios
Directions to property: Take Prince Charles heading east, turn at the light
at the intersection of Seabreeze and. Prince Charles Drive. Golf Course
Boulevard, take third corner on the right, Bay Cedar Aveinue, then take
second corner on left, Darling Plum Grove, subject will be about the 5th
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Appraisal: $112,105.00
All that piece, parcel or lot of
land 2,743 feet East of the
junction of the Palmetto Point
road and main Eleuthera
Highway containing 2.45 acres.
This site encompasses a 28-
year-old single storey concrete
structure of approximately 832
square feet of enclosed floor
space inclusive of shop space
and rest room facilities.

Appraisal: $101,023.00
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Located on this property of 5,500 square feet is a 20-year-old
single family residence of approximately 1,635 square feet of
living space. Included in this home is three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, living, dining rooms and kitchen. The house is in need
of repairs.

HARBOUR ISLAND Appraisal: $286,569.00

The property has a total
area of 4,604 square feet.
The site encompasses a
structure that was
converted into a triplex

apartment and is 11 years : ---
old. Accommodations "
include: Three 1 bedroom,
1 bathroom, living, dining
and kitchen area with a :.: ...
total area of 1,950 sq. ft. in
addition to a porch of 160 sq. ft. and a basement of 90 sq. ft.


appraisal: $673,075.00

The subject property is located on Kingway Road and is
developed with an area of 20,000 square feet. Situated thereon is
a residence comprised of 3,645 square feet of living
accommodations, inclusive of 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, with laundry
and utility spaces and a two bedroom one bath guest cottage of
600 square feet. The property is fenced with white picket fencing
and has a Gazebo at the highest portion of the property.

Lots 17663, 17664, 17665
The subject property is being

Appraisal: $220,180.00

developed with a single family
split level residence of CBS
construction with 1956 square .....
feet of living space. The top .
floor comprises 1496 square "
feet and the lower floor
comprises 460 square feet. All
plumbing and electrical rough -
work has been completed. The block work is completed on the
bottom floor with a portion of the upper floor completed.

HARRY COLLIE 9 502-3034

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Located on this .35 of an
acre property is a sixteen-
year-old single family '
residence comprising four
bedrooms, two bathrooms,
living, dining, storage, utility
and laundry rooms; there is a
foyer, kitchen and den. The
total area of living space is
3,016 square feet.



praisal: $254,355.00



.Appraisal: $116,190.00

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Located on this 72x102 feet property ."is a 16 years old single
family dwelling comprising 1,490 square feet of living space: This
includes, a living, dining and laundry room, kitchen, three
bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage and entrance porch.

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $95,000.00

The property has a total area of approximately .28 acres or 100 by 125
feet. Located on the subject property is a Duplex apartment building.
Apartment 36 A contains a total of approximately 1,526 sq. ft. of living
space. The space consist of 3 bedrooms/ 2 .bathrooms, kitchen, living
room, dining area, a den and laundry area,


Lot 117 (Section 1)
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $264,300.00

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The lot is rectangular in shape at the end of a cul de sac and
measures a total area of 11,128 square feet or .25 acres. Erected on
the property is a 2,664 sq. ft. single family residence. In addition to
an entrance porch of 120 sq. ft. and cart porch of 432 sq. ft. The
living space is divided into a foyer, living, t inning, kitchen, family and
a Bahama room. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room
and laundry room,

Lot 2 Block 4

Appraisal: $243,000.00

The lot is rectangular in shape and is 120 by 118 feet or .32 acres,
Erected on this property is a triplex building of 2,598 sq. ft. This
space is divided into three apartment units with different sizes and
layouts. One 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, entrance porch, living, dining
and kitchen. Two 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, living, dining and kitchen
area with.an entrance porch.

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $96,000.00
All that piece, parcel or lot land being Block 10, Lot 11 of Derby
Subdivision, The land is vacant, rectangular in shape, on level ground
and is on a canal. Contains approximately 11,250 sq. ft. and is in a
single family residential area.


.Appraisal: $62,000.00

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The unit is a one bedroom unit consists of a'living ard dining room,
bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, There is a laundry room facility on
each floor, a common swimming pool, and .fencing with an electronic
gate securing the perimeter of the .grounds. The rear boundary of the
subject building is the Ruby Golf Course. The total living area is
approximately 897 square feet.

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Appraisal: $515,000.00

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The lot has a total area of 9,419. Situated on this property is a two-year-
old triplex apartment building of approximately 3,332 square feet of
enclosed living space.
Unit 1 comprises ground level-entry foyer with stairway alcove, living,
dining and powder room; kitchen, utility room and study. Upper level
comprises stairway alcove corridor, three bedrooms, with closets and two
Units 2 and 3 comprises living and dining areas, kitchen, two bedrooms
with closets, one bathroom and bedroom corridor.
Directions: Take Eastern Road heading east, turn High Vista Drive, turn left
at junction go around bend, turn fourth corner right, turn left, subject will be
about 7th property on the left side painted dark green trimmed white.


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'Both governments should learn' from the delayed contracts

FROM page 1B

office in 1992, which was one of moving
"full steam ahead" and taking quick
decisions because of the desperate eco-
nomic plight the Bahamas then found
itself in.
This time, though, Mr Ingraham
took office with the economy in better
shape than he found it in 1992, with
Kerzner International's Atlantis and

I6 6" I-

F te t i
behndth, nws

other Paradise Island operations fully
entrenched, and a further "$2-$3 billion
worth of investment knocking at the
As a result, Mr D'Aguilar said the
Prime Minister probably felt he had
enough room to take stock and review
the investments and public works pro-
jects left behind by the Christie admin-
istration, with no in the Bahamas let
alone the world then fully able to
grasp the fallout from the US sub-
prime lending crisis and mortgage
Mr Ingraham approved the $1.3 bil-
lion Albany project by year-end 2007,
and Baha Mar by January 31, 2008,
but "with hindsight, the world changed
enormously in those six months, and
that was a mistake" to take so long in
reviewing the public works contracts
left behind by the PLP government.
"But I can see where he was coming
from in May 2007," Mr D'Aguilar
added. "He [Mr Ingraham] felt that in

his government's quest for good gov-
ernance, those contracts should not go
forward until they were thoroughly
reviewed. With hindsight, that was a
mistake, but at the time no one knew
the world was on the verge of collapse.
"He did what he thought was in the
country's best interests. He made a
decision, although it was not the right
orie, but he had the best interests of the
country at heart, even though it slowed
everything down."
Mr D'Aguilar said similar charges
could be levied against the former
Christie administration, namely that it
took too long to review, evaluate and
approve foreign direct investment pro-
ject a constant theme of complaint
from the prospective developers.
For instance, the supplemental
Heads of Agreement that were signed
between the Government and Baha
Mar should have been completed by
March 2007 during Christie's term in
office but never were. That immedi-

ately placed Baha Mar's closing with
Harrah's in jeopardy and, ultimately,
the deal fell through.
"Both governments should learn
from this that they can't take as long as
they took to evaluate these projects,"
the Chamber president told Tribune
His views were supported by James
Smith, the former minister of state for
finance in the Christie government,
who said the issue with the public con-
tracts review was "more the timing
than. anything else".
"In all fairness to the Government,
they had no idea what was coming
down the pipeline in terms of the US
recession at that time. None of us had.
It's a judgment call really," Mr Smith
told Tribune Business.
"The Government probably had no
idea of the things that were unfolding
at that time."
When it came to the review and can-
cellation of some contracts, such as the

$23 million Straw Market contract, Mr
Smith said such decisions would
undoubtedly "have had some impact
somewhere down the line" in terms of
slowing economic and construction
industry momentum.
He pointed out that winning bidders
were likely to have started to mobilise
and organise sub-contractors, before
these processes were brought to a halt
by the contract.review.
Given that the Bahamas was esti-
mated to produce $7 billion in per
annum gross domestic product (GDP),
Mr Smith said the loss of some $80
million that would have been injected
into the economy by these contracts
was equivalent to 1 per cent of GDP.
He added that this was "quite a sub-
stantial chunk" to take out of the
Bahamian economy, especially when
the money multiplier effect was con-
sidered, at a time when consumer
spending and business investment was
on the retreat.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that.the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th 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 irvdissolution, whicicornmetcedn-o,
th&616hday 68FNrWember 2608 The Li'qiditator
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 29th 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 29th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. 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 30th 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 26th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 27th day of 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 29th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. 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 3rd 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 10th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 27th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P O0. 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 30th day of December 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,









Key Madoff

court issues

heard today

c.2008 New York Times
News Service

NEW YORK Beginning
Wednesday, the federal court
in Manhattan will be the forum
for three important issues
affecting investors caught in the
widening scandal surrounding
Bernard L. Madoff, accused of
operating a $50 billion Ponzi
Most important, Judge Louis
L. Stanton of U.S. District
Court, who is handling the civil
case against Madoff, is being
urged to consider broadening
the protections normally avail-
able to investors in failed Wall
Street firms to allow for the
"devastating" circumstances of
the Madoff scandal.
Stanton has also established
Wednesday as the deadline for
Madoff to provide federal secu-
rities regulators with a full
accounting of his and his New
York firm's assets from real
estate to art works to bank
accounts. Regulators are to
notify the judge if the report is
not filed on time.
And finally, the court has
been notified by the trustee
overseeing the liquidation of
Madoff's brokerage firm that
he will send out the first mass
notification to customers of the
firm should be mailed out by
the end of next week.
These developments in the
civil case are paralleling a fed-
eral criminal case accusing Mad-
off of securities fraud, based on
accounts that he confessed to
his sons on Dec. 10 that his
entire business was "a lie" and a
giant Ponzi scheme. According
to court filings, he himself put
the losses as high as $50 billion.
Because Madoff operated a
brokerage firm, some of his
Direct investors may be covered
uqder, ,he, Sec.qrities Investor
TProtection Corp., a federal fund
created t6 cove- fraud losses in
brokerage accounts.
But many of the victims in
the fraud scheme were not
direct customers of the Madoff
brokerage firm, Bernard L.
Madoff Investment Securities.
Instead, they had invested in
various "feeder funds," some of
them operated by well-known
Wall Street figures, which in
turn invested with Madoff.
In a letter posted in the court
docket on Monday, one of those
indirect investors Daniel R.
Goldenson of Bremen, Maine
- urged Stanton to consider
looking past those feeder funds
to the individuals ultimately
affected by Madoff's collapse.
They, not just the feeder funds,

should be considered direct cus-
tomers of Madoff's firm, Gold-
enson argued.
He acknowledged in his letter
that a strict reading of the SIPC
guidelines would not treat him
as a customer. "But in this dev-
astating case we feel it is appro-
priate to broaden investors eli-
gibility beyond direct invest-
ments," Goldenson wrote.
"Please consider broadening
access to SIPC for all individu-
als who lost so much or all of
their life savings," he concluded.
"This was an intertwined sys-
tem of deceit and theft within
our financial markets that has
left retirees like ourselves hav-
ing to sell our homes and raise
money any way we can." Stan-
ton acknowledged the letter,
but simply cited the early stages
of the case and the complex
legal issues that surround eligi-
bility for brokerage-account
protection without indicating
whether he would consider
Goldenson's request.
Stephen P. Harbeck, the pres-
ident of SIPC, said in an inter-
view that he could not predict
whether the judge would follow
Goldenson's suggestion. The
key step now, he said, is for
affected investors to submit
their claims, so that they are on
the record as- the legal issues
are worked out.
That process is ready to move
forward, as the trustee working
for SIPC has notified the court
that he is ready to send out the
first published and mailed
notices to Madoff customers by
Jan. 9, a week from Friday.
Given early accounts that the
records for Madoff's money
management clients were found
in considerable disarray, the
announcement came earlier
than many lawyers in the case
had expected and will speed up
the day when the legal issue of
.SIPC coverage can be consid-
ered in court.
That speed has come with a
price tag. The trustee, Irving H.
Picard of the Baker Hostetler
law firm, is also asking Stanton
to approve the payment of $28
million in expenses relating to
the Madoff liquidation. The
money would cover salaries and
benefits of employees continu-
ing to work at the Madoff's rev-
enue-producing trading busi-
The funds are being sought
under an agreement with the
Bank of New York Mellon,
which holds three of the five
bank accounts identified in
court papers as belonging to
Madoff or his firm. A hearing
on the request is scheduled

SEC halts 'fraud'

targeting Haitians

MIAMI (AP) Federal regulators say thousands of Haitian-
American investors lost more than $23 million through a network
of purported investment clubs.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday
regulators obtained an emergency court order to halt the alleged
Ponzi scheme and affinity fraud.
The SEC says George Theodule urged investors in the clubs to
funnel money through his company and guaranteed a 100 percent
return within 90 days.
According to the SEC, Theodule lost at least $18 million trading
stocks and options over the last year and repaid investors with
money collected from new investors. Investigators also allege
Theodule took at least $3.8 million for himself.
An e-mail and a phone message left for Theodule's attorney
were not immediately returned.

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Dear Shareholder:
We are pleased to report continued strong 'performance from our core
insurance operations. At the end of September 2008 net income before
unrealized gains and losses on equities increased by 15% to $5.96 million
compared to $5.2 million for the same period in 2007.
Continued weakness in the local equities market caused an unrealized
loss of $737k through the third quarter compared to an unrealized gain
of $1.37 million at September 30, 2007 resulting in a 12 month negative
swing of $2.14 million.
The loss in value on equities produced an overall net income to September 30,
2008 of $5.2 million compared to $6.5 million for the same period in 2007.
Spurred by strong growth in our ordinary life and group health portfolios
our premium income and deposits grew by $6.9 million or 14.5% over
prior year-to-date. Our Group Life and Health Division continues to
record the strongest gains in new business generation with sales in this
division more than three times the levels achieved during the first three
quarters of 2007.
Our death claims experience improved during the third quarter and levels
recorded since June are more in line with actuarial estimates.
We are mindful of the weakening economic conditions especially as we
enter the winter tourism season and will continue to closely monitor our
operations to ensure we continue to offer the highest levels of service and
responsiveness to all of our customers.
The Board of Directors declared a dividend of 6 cents per share which is to
be paid to shareholders on November 14, 2008 based on the performance
of the company for the nine months to September 30, 2008.

Norbert F. Boissiere

(Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas)

Bank term deposits
Financial InvestmentAssets:
Fair value through profit and loss
Total investment assets
Cash and bank balances
Receivables and other assets
Premiums receivable
Property, plant and equipment, net
Reserves for future
policyholders' benefits
Other policyholders' funds
Policy liabilities
Payables and accruals
Total liabilities
Preference shares
Ordinary shares
Share premium
Revaluation surplus
Retained earnings
Total equity


31 Decmbr

11,356,605 11,102,604

44,022,293 39,063,136
7,824,825 8,561,549
68,582,599 66,445,062
131,786,322 125,172,351
2,502,441 2,809,496
2,080,322 1,886,966
2,322,304 2,365,386
32,586,471 28,900,750
171,277,860 '161,134,949

100,202,080 94,481,860
5,170,840 5,833,961
105,372,920 100,315,821
5,319,322 6,815,612
110,692,242 107,131,433

10,000,000 10,000,000
2,000,000 2,000,000
10,801,080 10,801,080
10,874,509 7,361,959
26,910,029 23,840,477
60,585,618 54,003,516
171,277,860 161,134,949

See notes to unaudited interim consolidatedfinancial statements

SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

1. Accounting Policies
The interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in
accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial
Reporting.The accounting policies used in the preparation of the interim
consolidated financial statements are consistent with those used in the annual
consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2007.
The unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts
of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Family Guardian
Insurance Company Limited, FG General Insurance Agency Limited, FG
Financial Fund Limited SAC, FG Capital Markets and BahamaHealth
Insurance Brokers and Benefit Consultants Limited.

2. Earnings per share

Weighted average number of
ordinary shares outstanding
Consolidated net income
Earnings per share
3. Commitments

9 months to 9 months to
30 Sept 2008 30 Sept 2007

10,000,000 10,000,000
5,219,552 6,526,996
$ 0.52 $ 0.65

Outstanding commitments to extend credit under mortgage loan
agreements amounted to approximately $4,652,895 at 30 September
2008 (31 December 2007: $3,858,604).


Net premium revenue and deposits
Investment income
Changes in unrealised appreciation
on investments in equities
Realised gain (loss) from investments
in equities
Operating expenses
Depreciation and amortisation expense
Bad debt expense

" 'months to 9 months to
30 September 30 September
2008 2007
S $
54,565,224 47,721,272
7,210,586 6,596,722

(736,724) 1,367,509

636 296,410
61,039,722 55,981,913
34,407,691 28,704,307
12,679,859 11,748,545
8,229,396 8,226,752
S 784,843 560,636
(281,619) 214,677

TOTAL BENEFITS AND EXPENSES 55,820,170 49,454,917

Net Income
Earnings per share


Net premium revenue and deposits
Investment income
Changes in unrealised appreciation
on investments in equities
Realised gain (loss) from investments
in equities
Operating expenses
Depreciation and amortisation expense
Bad debt expense
'Net Income
Earnings per share

5,219,552 6,526,996
0.52 0.65

3 months to
0 September


3 months to
30 September


135 249,464
21,602,752 18,649,472
12,039,252 10,274,523
4,140,990 3,880,677
2,850,495 2,780,417
362,143 153,436
15,124 (7,366)
19,408,004 17,081,687
2,194,748 1,567,785
$ 0.22 $ 0.16

See notes to unaudited interim consolidatedfinancial statements


9 months to
30 September

Net income 5,219,552
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and amortisation 784,843

Change in appreciation on
investments in equities
Realised gain on sale of property,
plant & equipment
Loans written-off net of recoveries
Change in mortgage provision
Reserve for policyholder benefits
Interest income,
Dividend income
Operating profit before
working capital changes
(Increase) decrease in operating asset
Receivables and other assets
Premiums in arrears
(Decrease) increase in operating lit
Payables and accruals
Other policyholder funds

9 months to
30 September



736,724 (1,367,509)

912 151,787
.'if-.(281,619). 62;890,
.. 5,720;220 7,637,365,.,-
(6,705,392) (6,015,893)
(282,547) (252,325)

5,192,693 7,007,537
(209,882) (2,328,093)
43,082 '676,985
(1,496,290) 1,352,872
(663,121) (179,415)

Policy loans
Proceeds from sale of property,
plant & equipment
Proceeds from early redemption of
corporate bonds
Proceeds from maturity of
government bonds
Proceeds from sale of equities
Proceeds from partial redemption of




2,000,000 -


preferred shares 230,000 r 230,000
Purchase of fixed assets (966,160) (209,659)
Construction in progress (4,535,283)
Other loans repaid 276,668 203,694
Net mortgage loans issued (1,577,660) (3,078,973)
Purchase of Government bonds (6,663,600) (5,606,600)
Purchase of preference shares (650,000) -
Interest received 6,795,408 6,032,807
Dividends received 282,547 252,325
Net cash from investing activities (769,536) (3,396,131)
Dividends paid preference shares (350,000) (350,000)

Dividends paid ordinary shares
Net cash used in financing activities

(1,800,000) (1,800,000)
(2,150,000) (2,150,000)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents (53,054)

Cash and cash equivalents at
beginning of period
Cash and-cash equivalents at end
of period


13,912,100 13,086,976

13,859,046 14,070,731

See notes to unaudited interim consolidated financial statements


Share Capital Share Capital Share Revaluation Retained
Preference Shares Ordinary Shares Premium Surplus Earnings Total
$ $ S $ $ S
Balance as of January 1, 2007 10,000,000 2,000,000 10,801,080 5,082,619 19,578,249 47,461,948
Transfer from revaluation surplus (27,545) 27,545 -
Transfer from revaluation surplus on sale of assets (470,234) (470,234)
Adjustment to appraised value of land and buildings 2,777,119 2,777,119
Net income for the period 6,526,996 6,526,996
Prior period adjustments (408,568) (408,568)
Dividends declared and paid -
preference shares (350,000) (350,000)
ordinary shares ($0.18 per share) (1,800,000) (1,800,000)
Balance as of September 30, 2007 10,000,000 2,000,000 10,801,080 7,361,959 23,574,222 53,737,261
Balance as of January 1, 2008 10,000,000 2,000,000 10,801,080 7,361,959 23,840,477' 54,003,516
Net income for the period 5,219,552 5,219,552
Adjustment to appraised value of land and buildings 3,512,550 3,512,550
Dividends declared and paid -
preference shares (350,000) (350,000)
ordinary shares ($0.18 per share) (1,800,000) (1,800,000)
Balance as of September 30, 2008 10,000,000 2,000,000 10,801,080 10,874,509 26,910,029 60,585,618

Net cash from operating activities 2,866,482 6,529,886

I -

Fiscal prudence fails to halt Mexico's drop

c.2008 New York Times
News Service

tic last three decades, Mexico
has demonstrated that one
country's profligacy and mis-
imanagemcnt can spell econom-
ic catastrophe beyond its bor-
I n 1982. the country defaulted
on its foreign debt and set off a
Iatin American debt crisis that
led to a decade of anemic
growth h across the region. In
1I94, the peso collapsed and
halted capital flows to emerg-
in, markets around the world,
until the Clinton administration
arranged a $50 billion Mexican

But .this recession, it is the
profligate United States pulling
down fiscally disciplined Mexi-
Like a host of middle-class
countries, from South Africa to
Brazil, Mexico is credited by
economists with prudent eco-
nomic policies that reduced
debt and tamed inflation, but
that has not saved any of them
from the pain of a global reces-
sion. Billions of dollars have
been pulled from emerging
markets as investors seek the
safest haven, which is still con-
sidered to be United States
Treasury bills.
When the American econo-
my began to spiral downward,
officials here argued that Mex-
ico's hard-won macroeconomic
stability would protect it.
Nowadays, as each week
brings more bad news from the
United States, those forecasts
seem quaintly optimistic. The
North American Free Trade
Agreement, or NAFTA, which
so tightly bound Mexico and the
United States and turns 15 on
Thursday, is helping drag Mex-
ico down with the United States
just as it helped bolster it when
times were good north of the
When the American econo-
my was growing, successive gov-

b-hndth nws
red nsgh
on Mndas

ernments here counted on for-
eign investment and exports to
generate growth. Exports
account for almost a third of
Mexico's gross domestic prod-
uct. But more than 80 per cent
of them go to the United States,
and when American conftrmers
stop buying, there is no market"
for Mexican-made big-screen
televisions, auto parts or expen-
sive winter fruit.
"In the face of the most seri-
ous contraction in decades, it is
hard to imagine that Mexico
will avoid recession too," said
Gray Newman, Latin American
economist for Morgan Stanley
in New York.
The effect on Mexico is
becoming clear. Unemployment
is at its highest in eight years.
The peso has fallen 25 per cent,
leading to a spike in the price of
imports, hurting consumers and
businesses that reply on import-
ed goods. Exports, industrial
production and retail sales have
all fallen in the last few months.
Although the government has
yet to change its growth fore-
cast of 1.8 per cent for next
year, private analysts say Mex-
ico's economy will not grow at
all in 2009. In the worst case,
the economy could contract as
much as 1.7 per cent, according
to BBVA Bancomer, Mexico's
largest bank.
Bad economic news domi-
nates the media. Every morning
for the last few weeks, the influ-
ential radio journalist Carlos
Puig has invited business own-
ers to call in and describe their
troubles. "The last thing we
Mexicans lose is hope," said one
caller, Faustina Garcma, man-
ager of a small building supplies
company, Bester Mexicana,
before beginning a passionate
plea for government aid.
. After a decade of sound eco-

nomic management, Mexico's
government does have some
room to maneuver. Next year,
the government will run its first
budget deficit in five years as it
increases spending to give the
economy a push. It is also tak-
ing on new loans from the
W world Bank and the Inter-
American.Development Bank
to support social and environ-
mental projects. The central
bank has almost $85 billion in
reserves to defend the peso and
room to bring down interest
On top of that, the finance
ministry:has dealt with the econ-
omy's most glaring vulnerabili-
ty the dependence on oil
export revenue to finance
almost 40 per cent of the coun-
try's budget.
When Mexican crude was
selling at $130 a barrel last sum-
mer, officials began selling Mex-
ico's future 2009 exports at $70
a barrel, a price that seemed
wildly conservative in those
heady days. In the fall, the con-
gress estimated a $70 price for
its 2009 budget projections. The
government usually locks in the
price of its future production
by buying options to sell oil at a
certain price. When the market
price rises above the option
price, the government loses
.money. When the price falls, as
it has, the government makes a
Buying the options cost the
government $1.5 billion last
summer, but at the current
price, below $30, Mexico would
stand to earn more than $10 bil-
lion. That money would go to
job creation plans in infrastruc-
ture, tourism and small busi-
Mexico's caution is a contrast
to the policies of Latin Ameri-
ca's other main oil exporter,

Venezuela. Under President
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan
economy has become more
dependent on oil revenue to
finance his social programs.
Analysts say that the Mexi-
can government has taken the
right steps but warn that more
may be needed in the next cou-
ple of months.
"At the moment they have
done what they can do to face
the crisis," said Jorge Mattar,
the representative in Mexico for
the Economic Commission for
Latin America and the
Caribbean, or ECLAC. But the
effect of the recession in the
United States is so large that
the measures so far will only be
a palliative, he said. In essence,
there is only so much the gov-
ernment can do if exports
plunge and factories close.
There are other worries.
Even though the oil price Mex-
ico will get is locked in at $70,
the amount of crude Mexico
can pump is not. On December
22, the state oil monopoly
Pemex announced that produc-
tion had fallen 9.3 per cent for
the year though November.
Exports dropped 17.3 per cent.
If the economy contracts, tax
revenue will most likely fall.
And even though Mexico's
finances are sound enough that
it could borrow more to finance
further spending increases,
Newman of Morgan Stanley
argues there will not be many
buyers for emerging market
The government.will face
particular pressure to continue
to increase its social programs
as the recession hits the poor
hardest and midterm elec-
tions approach in July.
Over the last few years, Mex-
ico and Latin America have
finally managed to achieve

some success in reducing pover-
ty. ECLAC estimates that the
percentage of poor in the region
has dropped to 33 per cent,
from 44 per cent, since 2002.
Extreme poverty has also fallen,
to 13 per cent, from about 19
per cent.
In Mexico, a government pro-
gram that provides payments to
five million families to keep
their children in school and take
them to clinics regularly has
been responsible for much of
the improvement in extreme
Remittances from relatives
working in the United States
have also helped reduce pover-
ty in many regions, but those
have dropped nearly two per
cent this year.
"There have been substantial
gains by the main Latin Amer-
ican countries from the mid-
1990s to 2006," said Santiago
Levy, a vice president at-the
Inter-American Development
Bank in Washington, who start-
ed the Mexican program 11
years ago. "It would be very,
very sad if this was lost."
He recommends that govern-
ments shift their spending over
to infrastructure projects that
create jobs, like building much-
needed rural roads. Govern-
ments should subsidize employ-
ers not to lay off workers and
offer temporary scholarships to
poor families so that they do
not ,pull their children out of
school, he said.
But Levy warns against any
temptation to loosen the disci-
plined fiscal policies that Mexi-
co and other developing coun-
tries have kept over the last
"Those gains were very hard
to get," he said. "We know how
to preserve them. And we know
how to avoid falling back."

Legal Notice


(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),
RON OIL LIMITED is in dissolution. David J. Rounce is
the Liquidator and can be contacted at 132, Yorkshire Street,
Nassau. Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 15"'
.anuary. 2009

David J. Rounce

Legal Notice

S(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

"Notce is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 3rd day of
December, 2008.

Clifford McClelland
12-14 David Place,
St. Helier, Jersey, JE2 4TD

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Nouice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), WELLS
WAY LIMITED has been dissolved and struck off the Register
according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
(Gencial on the 9th day of December, 2008.

Mayo Secretaries Limited
Akara Guilding, 24 De Castro Street
Wickhams Cay I, Road Town
Tortola, BVI

Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138.(4) of the International .Business Companies Act,
2000, BENITA UNITED S.A. is in dissolution as of
December 29, 2008.

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


Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation.

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
OTTON CORPORATION is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 18th day of
December, 2008.

Mr. David Ralph Singleton
Sion Farm, La Rue de Samares
St. Clement, Jersey, JE2 6LZ
Channel Islands

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
DEPSAL TRADING LTD. is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 17th day of
December, 2008.'

Epsilon Management Ltd.
Suite 13, First Floor
Oliaji Trade Centre .
Francis Rachel Street, Victoria,
Mahe, Republic of Seychelles


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissoluiton, commencing on the 29th day of December,
2008. Articles of Dissolution have been duly registered by
the Registrar. The Liqidator is Mr. M. Rudolph Smith, Jr.
CPA, CISA, P.O. Box CB-11723, Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having Claims against the above-named Com-
pany are required on or before the 31st day of December
2008 to send their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
Company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from
the benefit or any distribution made before such debts are
Dated this 29th day of December, 2008.

Mr. M. Rudolph Smith, Jr. CPA, CISA

Legal Notice


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

(a) MODIRANE 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 30th December, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 31st day of December, A. D. 2008

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
TINKTON LIMITED is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 16th day of
December, 2008.

Sarnia Directors Limited
Suite V, Tower Hill House
Le Bordage, St Peter Port
Guernsey, GYl 3QT



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

1 5 9 3


6 9 2 8- .

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16 15
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Difficulty Level **


Kakuro Puzzle

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

Sudoku Answer

3 615

7 1 _3

5 814

8 9 4
2 3 6

4 519
1 718

6 81q
9 4. 7

Kakuro Answer




1 To mirror (7)
4 Surround hostilely (5)
7 Number of paying
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8 Religious choral
work (8)
10 Dawdle (5-5)
12 Absurd behaviour (6)
13 Without a like (6)
15 John Ford's classic
western (10)
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19 Prejudice (4)
20 Male singing
voice (5)
21 General pardon (7)

1 Bill goes to the north
gate (7)
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skates? (4)
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very far (5,5)
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of a meal (6)
13 Vessels which, coming
back, may be waiting for
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with important roles to
play (7,3)
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those that have paid (8)
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meaning (4)
20 Wicked impulse that
makes men do wrong (5)
21 Set down in the act, but
not immediately
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through danger (5)
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soldiers (7)
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urbanity (10)
11 In vulgar fashion,
usually (8)
12 Stopped work and went to
bed (7)
14 Revised point I'd raised
with Edward (6)
16 Observed how music is
written (5)
17 The lowest sort of people,
but always found at the
top (4)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution



Across: 1 Tin Pan Alley, 9 Insular,
10 Patio, 11 Vine, 12 Davis Cup, 14
Rancid, 16 Tender, 18 Explicit, 19
Fail, 22 Azure, 23 Purport, 24
Leading lady.
Down: 2 Ibsen, 3 Pale, 4 Normal, 5
Lopsided, 6 Enticed, 7 Silver medal,
8 Copperplate, 13 Dividend, 15
Neptune, 17 Pippin, 20 Aloud, 211


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decades ago Siort and London
grandmaster Joi1 Nuan
poplarised the tEnglish Attack,
a direct and formidable system
arising from 4 c5. Earlier still,
0Bitain's fiest grandmaster Tony
Miles was successful with the
English Defence, itiated by the
opening moves 1 e4 as 2 d4 bS.
So it was quite natural that
Sho, cading around this spring
for a wayto broaden his
repertoie, should experiment
with the move 4, ong known
as the English opening Aiter a
couple ol s0uctesses in minor
events,$the wfeitietitle '
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his new weapon against world
nosvbe fosw Mworeevih in the
fir round at Samjew.vAlas. the
interesting experiment
boiverganed as the Russian
gained contdr of key ce ttral
squares with his knights. Morn

1 Unbending (5)
2 Uselessness (8)
3 Filament (6)
4 Traffic hold-up (10)
5 Nimble (4)
6 Difficulty (7)
9 Something visually
arresting (3-7)
11 11th sign of
zodiac (8)
12 Insult (7)
14 Large tropical
lizard (6)
16 Done in a hurry (5)
17 With little or no fat (4)

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play nd his horses ran ings round
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pawnsinteased Bisck's advantage,
and in today's diaaia White is
singing on, hoping for the trap
re3 2 Rxe3ifaollowedby 3
Qxd3 and White has overcome his
difficulties. Moer hd a better plan.
flow does Black win quiddy?

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It now appears that West has two
sure trump tricks, and that all he has
to do is sit and wail lor them. Btil if
declare pays close attention to his
knitting, West winds up with only
one trump trick.
South's only hope is to arrange an
endplay in the trump suit. This can be
accomplished if West has the rilht
distribution in the three side suits.
Accordingly, South cashes the A-
K of hearts and trumps the jack: then
he cashes the king of diamonds and
trumps a diamond. Next he cashes
the A-K-Q of clubs to bring about
this position:

WQ 10964
+ Q 8 4 3 2

+,A 108


SJ 9 6
The lead is in dommy, and the
jack of clubs is played. WVhen Seout
ruffs with the jack. West has no
recourse. If he overrufilfs with the ac,
he is on lead, and heather lie reiiiturns
the eight or the ten, declarer elatkes the
last two tricks.
West is likewise clone for if he
underruffs the jack. South simply
next plays a spade toward dummy.
and West scores only the ace.
It just goes to show that, no mat-
ter how tough the going sometimes
is, you still have a chance if you
don't give up.

South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
*J6 -
4QJ 85
V8 53

*J 9642
+AK 10
The bidding:
South West North East
1 + Pass 3 4 Pass
Opening lead ten of diamonds.
Doing the impossible is sort of a
contradiction in terms, but there are
situations in bridge where what
appears to be impossible can be
accomplished nevertheless. Take this
deal where South is in six spades.
South would ordinarily have no
trouble making the contract, but in
this case he has his hands full
because West has all four missing
trumps. Suspecting nothing out of
the ordinary, South wins the diamond
lead with the ace and plays a low
spade. West follows with the seven,
dummy plays the queen, and East
shows out.

Tomorrow: Second-hand high.
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by Steve Becker

Performing the Impossible




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SET back on a quiet street,
at the top of a small rise, Sun
And...Restuarant provides
diners with a culinary retreat
of sorts. Here, they are'
removed from the hustle and
bustle of Nassau's city life -
with its fast past, 'middle of
the road', humdrum food
options and transported to
a secluded Italianesque villa
where brick-lined arches sur-
round an open air courtyard,
and a small pond helps to
create an ambiance that is
both relaxing and quaint.
Adding another dimension of time-
less elegance, the restaurant's vintage
bar area boasts a collection of original
photographs of the rich and famous dat-
ing back to the 1950s and 60s.
Known for a dining experience par
excellence, the restaurant's culinary team
presides over a fluid menu, one that
reflects both the availability of fresh pro-
duce, and new influences and flavour
trends from around the globe.
Now, while the food at Sun And is
beyond perfection, the service easily
matches the standard of excellence.
Warm, friendly, knowledgeable about
the menu items and extremely profes-
sion, the level of service by the waiters
lifts the already exceptional dining expe-
rience to another level.

A good example of the restaurant's
"culinary view" is the Goat Cheese Sal-
- ad with Roasted Beets, Apples, Wal-

nuts, Orange segments on Organic
Greens and an Olive Oil Balsamic
Dressing. ...
Perhaps one of the best: salad's I've
ever tasted part of the credit goes to an
incredible balsamic dressing and the
quality of the greens themselves, which
were locally grown and hugely flavour-
ful. The dish provides a tempting option
for even the most diehard, sworn-to-
never-let-a-vegetable-pass-my-lips meat
Added to the richness of the bed of
greens, the salad was topped with crum-
bled bits of Canadian goat cheese that
offered an interesting dynamic with its
soft, creamy texture, but strong burst of
Another area where local produce
shines is with the restaurant's seafood
dishes. Much of the seafood served at
Sun And is first found in the waters sur-
rounding the country's 700 islands, from
fresh conch, fresh lobster tails, whole
crawfish, fresh grouper, snapper, and
other local fish.
Clearly representative of their desire
to serve the best in seafood is Sun And's
Saut6ed Blue Lump Crab Cake gar-
nished with organic greens, a vinaigrette
dressing and aioli sauce. One of the few
ingredients that are imported fresh -
along with the scallops and shrimp, the
healthy chunks of deliciously flavoured
crab meat are the stars of this dish.
For the specialty entries at Sun And,
the culinary team chooses dishes that
allow them to create their own unique
twist to give diners an option from the
traditional fare available at other estab-
Among the featured items on the
menu are the Braised (meaning twice
cooked) Beef Short Ribs. The short ribs
are browned and then braised with red
wine, saut6ed vegetables and cooked in
an oven for about three hours in a very
slow oven until fork tender. The sauce is
then strained to become a red Burgun-
dian sauce.

The Steak Tartare, a classic raw dish
that features chilled chopped beef ten-
derloin blended with chopped onions,
herbs and capers in-'a lea and'perin
sauce, is common in France, Germany
and Belgium, but has found a niche in
the Bahamas among persons who have
lived in or visited Europe.
For many, the opportunity to sample a
lobster dish is not something easily
turned down, and the Fricassee of Lob-
ster Martinique underscores the point.
Suggested by my waiter, the sauteed
lobster with a roasted red pepper mush-
room Duxelle Cognac Cream and glazed
with a Crab Meat Mornay Sauce, is
worth its weight in gold. The tender
chunks of Bahamian crawfish are sweet,
succulent and oh so delicious.

While healthy portions and a number
of samplings you're sure to want to
taste some of your companion's selec-
tions are likely to leave you feeling sat-
isfied and full, this is a heads-up to leave
room for dessert.,
Known for its souffles for some 27
years, Sun And has created a flavourful
range of exquisite desserts. It's Souffl6 au
Grand Marnier, Souffl6 au chocolate,
made with Belgium bitter sweet choco-
late, and Rum Raisin Souffi6 (the raisins
are macerate for up to three months in
dark, especial Barcardi before being
added to the souffle mix), are not to be
Adding a Bahamian twist to this light
and fluffy dessert is Sun And's "Andros
grown" Guava Souffl6, which is made
using a guava puree. And of course, the
fresh guava's are brought in from

Located on Lakeview Road, East
Shirley Street (first corner left after the
light at Village Road), Sun And... is open
for both lunch Tuesday through Friday,
and dinner. For reservations call 393.1205.

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FINALLY, 2008 has corn
to an end, and you want to kic
off your shoes, loosen up an
have some fun. Interested i
finding out the best way to d
it? A New Year's Eve celebrate
tion with bottles of champagne
all you can eat buffets, fire
works, and a spectacular dance
party are among the choices f(
those who want to ring in 20C
in a spectacular fashion.
Wyndham Nassau Resort
Crystal Palace Casino
The Wyndham is hosting
spectacular New Year's Ev
fiesta. No party is a party witi
out great tasting food, and t
the delight of Bahamians ever
where, available to them ai
three dinner packages that fea
ture a different restaurant t
choose from. After diners hav
had their fill, they can mov
over to the Rain Forest Theate
for a big New Year's Eve basl
"Everyone wants to celebral
the New Year in a fantastic wa
so we have put together a gran
bash that everyone woul
enjoy," Mark Hawken, th
Wyndham's food and beverage
manager, said.
To continue the night of pa
tying, guests will travel back t
the 70s. "Studio 54 is our parl
that has the 70s theme. This
the first year that has been intr
duced to the hotel," he added
Studio 54 is a show with lii
entertainment and people ca
dress according to the theme
afros, platforms, bell bottom
pants. As you enter the sho
glasses of champagne will b
handed out.


And to bring in the final
countdown to the New Year,
ie there will be fireworks at the
-k beach.
n Sandals Royal Bahamian
1o Resort
a- Sandals is also bringing in the
e, New Year with lots of fun. They
e- are hosting a masquerade ball
;e featuring a number of party
)r favours, a live band, as well as
)9 exclusive dining that will offer a7
seafood extravaganza, a mid-
- night champagne toast at the
& Royal lounge, an open buffet
and a martini bar.
a Steve Hector, Sandals' group
ie international public relations
h- manger, said that it will be a
to night to enjoy. "Annually, we
y- commence the year with an
re exciting celebration that every-
a- one will enjoy. We assure you
to that you won't regret coming
'e out to experience the closing of
*e this year with us," he said.
er "Along with the masquerade
h. ball we will be hosting the
te 'Pucker up' dance where people
y, can dance the night away.
.d Sandals is inviting the gener-
d al public to come out and join
le the bash!"
Superclubs Breezes
r- It seems like the Cable Beach
:o strip will be alive with fireworks,
ty since Superclubs Breezes is also
is hosting their own revelry. "We
o- are having our annual New
. Year's extravaganza." raid
Ve Tiffany Scymour, Breezes food
in and beverage coordinator. "We
- are offering night passes and
m there will be dinning options
w that include fresh fruit, sea food
)e and steak," she said. After the
dining is completed they will


pop bottles of champagne and
ring in the New Year with a lit-
tle bubbly and a little laughter.
There will also be a cabaret
show featuring Funky D as well
as the Summer Breeze Band.
And if you can't wait to feel
the rush of the New Year's Day
Junkanoo parade,- partygoers
can get a little gist of the expe-
rience at Breezes. There will be
a Junkanoo rush-out right
before the clock hits 12.
"The night will be very fun
and exciting. This has been an
annual event and we have
always had a good local mar-
Aura Night Club '
Juliana Rancic of E Televi-
sion, and her husband Bill Ran-
cic, formerly of Donald Trump's
'The Apprentice' fame, will be
flying in to host a New Year's
Eve special at Aura Nightclub.
They are bringing along a guest
DJ, Mauricio, who will supply
the music for the night. The
general public is invited and are
urged to make table reserva-
Hopefully, the Bahamas will
end 2008 in good spirits, and
with all the events and festivities
going on you are sure to be
occupied on New Year's Eve!
Be safe, and have fun!

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DUBBED "The Party of
The Year", hundreds of per-
sons were in attendance at
the fourth installment of
BlackOut, held at Fort
Charlotte. KO Productions
was proud to partner with
Absolut and CoralWave to
bring you the event.
Thousands of.photos were
uploaded to
kobahamas.com and Face-
book all powered by
CoralWave. They brought
high speed internet service
live at the event, giving
patrons an opportunity to
upload photos and videos
from the event as it hap-
Six computer work sta-
tions were up and running
in the CoralWave booth
with the friendly staff on
hand to assist with connec-
tions and uploads.
The highlight of the event-
for the internet provider
was the contest; where per-
sons were challenged to see
how many photos they
could upload to koba-
hamas.com. The winner of
the photo competition was
Lashanta Smith with over
600 photos during the event.
Mr Amiel Ingraham and
the Absolut team brought a
new flare to the BlackOut
series with the induction of
the Absolut Oasis. The oasis
was an ultra exclusive VIP
section where the "who's
who". in the country were
pampered and treated like
royalty. Additionally, all
persons received free Abso-
lut drinks.
"KO production's main
goal is to offer the Bahami-
an entertainment communi-
ty a diverse list of fun
events," and that's exactly
what they did.
Special thanks go out to
the DJs that kept the event
live; Killa B, Mercenary Big
L, and of course Broke As
Hell. Acknowledgments to
NewBreed.Tv for spreading
the word topthe masses,
along with More FM crew.
Thanks to Hardcore Securi-
ty in addition to the police
force for ensuring a safe
event. Lastly, thanks go out
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Bahamian film makers thank BIFF

Tribune Features Writer
DRAWN together by their
passion for storytelling, the film
makers ordinary women and
men who were driven to create
a safe space within which to tell
their story, sometimes funny,
sometimes heartrending, filled
with action or drama credited
the 2008 Bahamas Internation-
al Film Festival (BIFF), held
earlier this month, for its ability
to bring their efforts to a unique
audience, and provide them an
opportunity to dialogue with
like-minded artists.
Michael Afendakis, director
of the World Cinema Docu-
mentary 'Delta Rising', star-
ring Morgan Freeman, was
amazed that BIFF, which at
just five-years-old is still con-
sidered a young festival, had
really taken off. "It has sky-
rocketed," he said, "which is
amazing, because this is not
Mr Afendakis also pointed
to BIFF's residency pro-
gramme that encourages and

highlights local talent. "In a lot
of places people turn their
noses up at talent that's native
to their country, but here it's
'Hush Your Mouth' writer
and director Tom Tyrwhitt told
Tribune Entertainment that
BIFF had a real sense of pur-
pose and value in connecting
the creators of the films togeth-
er, to share a common goal and
dream, and to love each oth-
ers' movies, despite the fact
they were all in competition.
Philippe Diaz, writer and
producer of 'The End of Pover-
ty?' said he was astounded
when he got the call that the
Bahamas International Film
Festival wanted to show his
documentary. In his experi-
ence, small countries like the
Bahamas are more willing to
learn about the statistics shown
in his film (for example 80 per
cent of the world's resources
are being used by only 20 per
cent of the world's population)
while larger countries usually
sweep the statistics under the
rug, not wanting to confront

Mr Diaz added that he loved
the festival because "it is clear-
ly about the movies and the
audience here".
"It's only fairy dust on top
of that to have the undivided
attention of the audience
throughout the whole film," he
Similarly, writer and direc-
tor Veronica Bollow who cre-
ated 'The Wind and The
Water', which is set in Panama
City, said that she was eager to
share her small community's
story with Bahamians. "It's
about a Caribbean communi-
ty and the collective experience
of youth there that I think
Bahamian youth would enjoy,"
she said.
The film stars an indigenous
teen who falls in love with a
girl from a wealthier family
than his own, a theme that is
pertinent to a nation like this,
Ms Bollow said. She added also
that she was delighted that
BIFF gave her the chance to
connect with another commu-
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and infrared black and white
photography continues the
trend, as she uses the photog-
raphy to reveal different
dimensions and theme varia-
tions. "I am all about varia-
tion, I tr\ to do things differ-
ently. As for my photograph\
the reason for m\ choice of
infrared black and while pho-
tography and pinhole photog-
raphy is because these tlpcs
of photograph, are not eas\
to duplicate."
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and whiJte photographs not
eas% to duplicate, but for Mor-
timer it evokes strong emo-
tions "Infrared photographs
is very valuable and it often
records the thing that cannot
be seen with the naked e\e.
It also draws out the emotions
- it is quite calming and
serene," she added.
Visual artist Jackson Burn-
side %%ill greet 2t, 0 0 continu-
ing the Bahamian ,tor.n on
canvas. "I will continue to tell
the Bahamian -torN as the
New Year arrives," he told
Tribune A.rs.
He believes that greater
focus needs to be placed on
the \isual arts in the Bahamas.
And in 2009 he %will work
towards showing the medi-
um's significance in an effort
to help Bahamians gain a
greater appreciation for the
work that artist do. --It is real-
ly our art and culture that
make us unique \\e need to
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ally are."
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create a greater lesel ot
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visuall arts for thi. '., of
the Bahamas. Bu inside is
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THE visual arts will reach
new heights in 2009, with
Bahamian artists delving
deeper into their conscious-
ness to create works the
likes of which have never
before been seen in the
Stan Burnside, a seasoned artist with
years of creative expression under his
belt, painted non-stop in 2008. Early in
2009, the fruits of his labour will be
revealed, with pieces he described as
freer, more abstract and self definitive.
"Now the colours and brushstrokes
are ends in themselves, rather than being
tools I use to create recognizable objects
with," the artist said.
Mr Burnside started painting figures in
his work, mostly the human figure and
other images that are instantly recogniz-
able. "But in 2009, I'll be moving
towards works that express my visions in
colours and shapes not before seen," he
Like the Junkanoo rushers pasting and
practicing in the shacks until the wee
hours of the morning, however, Mr
Burnside wants to keep his theme secret,
a surprise for his viewers.
"What I find so exciting right now is
that the art world of the Bahamas is so
vibrant. The venues seem to have multi-
plied over the years, we have Popop Stu-
dios, the Hub, Doongalik Studios,
Anthaya Gallery, the New Providence
Community Centre (NPCC), and the
Ladder Gallery that have all sprung up,
so quietly, so secretly."
The abundance of opportunity is evi-
dence of the abundant talent of our peo-
ple, Mr Burnside said, as well as the
country's growing appreciation for art.
"There's a larger group of collectors, a
larger group of people who love to fol-
low what the visual artists are doing, and

we're all anchored by the great work
being done at the National Art Gallery,"
he said.
With the establishment of the National
Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)
there is the possibility of reflection,
inspiring artists to recognize their own
growth, and look for clues to the way
And this is all doubtless happening as
a result of the curator at NAGB, Erica
James. "She's definitely someone I
respect tremendously," Mr Burnside
said, "and I don't always agree with any-
body, but there are certain things that
have happened because of NAGB exist-
ing. This institution has made me a much
more vibrant artist.
"The Jamaicans had a national art
gallery long before we did, and you
could see that a lot of the artist's docu-
mentation was what inspired other
young artists," Mr Burnside said. The
National Art Gallery is what will set the
pace for a younger generation of artists,
and will create the possibility of dream-
ing to be shown internationally.
"It's a very explosive thing. The dream
of so many of us to have a national art
gallery people like Vincent D'Aguilar,
Brent Malone, Gail Saunders, Dawn
Davies and others, have contributed so
much to the establishment of not just the

NAGB, but to a society that allows a
young artist who has some talent and is
gifted to really think of art as a career."
In 2009, artist Sue Williams will also
be engaging with her past, as she revisits
her works over the years in "Full Circle"
at Popop Studios in February.
"I'll be bringing back a few paintings
from years ago in retrospective, looking
at the evolution of my art from then to
now," she said.
For 10 years, Mrs Williams wasn't able
to practice her primary love, painting in
watercolours, because it was to painful to
sit for long periods, so she turned to
ceramics, and the potter's wheel. With
recent back surgery, however, she has
travelled full circle, moving from painting
to ceramics, and now back to painting.
At her upcoming show, there will be
14 watercolours following themes of
beauty, designs of flower and bright
Also in 2009, Mrs Williams will be
working on a number of large pieces to
show in NAGB's 2010 National Exhibi-
tion. "I want them to be big. They will be
installation pieces taking up the entire
wall," she said.
The logistics of hanging the large
pieces of clay onto the wall needs to be
figured out, but she has the ideas in her
head, Mrs Williams said.

Bringing the arts to the fore:
Bahamian artists explore
new themes in 2009

WITH the New Year comes new
ideas, new resolutions, new commit-
ments and new plans. For two local
artists, photographer Paulette Mor-
timer and fine artist Jackson Burnside,
the New Year will take one on a jour-
ney to explore the heart and soul of
Bahamian life, while the other looks
to develop a greater awareness of visu-
al arts in the Bahamian community.
For Mortimer, 2009 will see her ven-
turing into a world of disparity as she
explores the intriguing dynamics of art-
ful photography. "This upcoming year
I am interested in another aspect of
photography called pinhole photogra-
phy," she told Tribune Arts.
Pinhole photography, which is also
known as lens-less photography,
replaces the lens used in traditional
photography with a pinhole. "Pinhole
photography is one of the oldest forms
of photography. Many of the cameras
designed with a pinhole are made with
commonly used items, some are made
with soda tins or containers, and the
one I am using is made with an oat7
meal box," she said.
Another inicrik line' idea that Mor-
timer has for 2II,' capturing the sig-
nificance of historical sites in the
13ahamas through infrared black and
white photography. "I also want to try
and capture the beauty of the historical
sites here in the Bahamas so that peo-
ple can view the beauty of our history,"
she said.
A critical overview of Mortimer's
work reveals a hint of variation noth-
ing is quite like it seems it is the com-
mon thread throughout her work. Her
decision to use pinhole photography

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