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Volume: 105 No.248


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of four fire
victims tell ..... _- -
police of

ONE-YEAR-OLD Telair John-
son was a victim of the sus-
pected arson fire. Theresa
Brown, 51, Kayshala Bodie,
18, and Savanna Stuart, 18,
also died.
RELATIVES of the four
people killed in a house fire
on Thursday say they have
some possible suspects in
The family believes they
know who could have been
responsible for the ruthless
arson attack, and have com-
municated their views to the
While Superintendent Leon
Bethel, head of the Criminal
Detective Unit's homicide
department, said no clear sus-
pects have yet been identi-
fied, he added that all the
information offered by the
family and others will be con-
sidered seriously in the inves-
Supt Bethel added: "If that
information is circulating they
SEE page seven

A MESSAGE is circu-
lating on Facebook warn-
ing residents in the east to
be on the lookout for a
dark green Honda.
It says: "If you see it call
the police and tell them
that it's the car that has
been following women
home in the East and rob-
bing them. It they are
behind you - do not go

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM Vernice Walkine addresses members of the Rotary Club of East Nassau at the
Nassau Yacht Club yesterday.

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamian public can expect to
see physical improvements to the area
of downtown Nassau before the end of
the year, the Director General of
Tourism said yesterday.
Addressing the Rotary Club of East
Nassau at the Nassau Yacht Club, Ms
Vernice Walkine and managing director
of the Downtown Nassau Partnership
(DNP) Vaughn Roberts gave an update
on the Ministry's plans for the revitali-
sation of downtown and the need for
more private/public partnership in the
With two million cruise passengers vis-
iting the port of Nassau every year, Ms
Walkine said that downtown needs to
be made "clean and safe" to lure these
visitors off the ships.
"We have to improve the movement of
transportation through downtown. And
I know someone is going to ask me the
question so I'm going to anticipate it and
answer you now - 'Why would we not
make a decision and pedestrianize down-
"Inquiring minds want to know and I
want to know too. And I think a part of
this exercise is to determine the viability
of doing that. It is probably not viable, so
what are the options that we have? Those
are the kinds of questions that we need to

Move to attract more cruise ship

visitors to 'clean and safe' Nassau

Nassau Partnership Vaughn Roberts
addresses members of the Rotary Club of
East Nassau at the Nassau Yacht Club
ask as we go through this exercise," she
With the assumption that it probably
would not be feasible for Bay Street to be
pedestrianized, Ms Walkine reminded


We have to
improve the
movement of
through down-
Walkine 9

those Rotarians in attendance and the
media that parking is probably the single
biggest challenge that the ministry faces
"The movement of traffic through Bay
Street would not be an issue if parking
were not an issue. So that is the first
thing we need to address," she said.
This very issue was the poll question
offered by The Tribune on its website, which asked what
was the number one thing that needs to
be done to improve the Bay Street expe-
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murderer who spent
18 years in Her
Majesty's Prison was
released on two years
probation yesterday.
Trevor Nixon had
served time for his
conviction of the
1992 murder of Sher-
ry Ferguson. Prose-
cutors said that he
had beaten her to
death with a stone.
Nixon had admitted
to being "high" when
he killed her.
Nixon was sen-
tenced to death but
that sentence was lat-
er commuted to life
imprisonment. Nixon
filed a constitutional
motion, however,
claiming that his con-
stitutional rights
were being breached.
In March 2006, the
London based Privy
Council ruled that
the Bahamas'
mandatory death
penalty was "uncon-
Senior Supreme
Court Justice Jon
Isaacs yesterday re-
sentenced Nixon to
two years probation
taking into consider-
ation the fact that he
had been incarcerat-
ed for 18 years.
Nixon was ordered to
report to community
counselling for three
months during which
he will be tested for
drug use.
He is expected
back in court on Jan-
uary 28, 2010 for a
review. Nixon was
represented by
lawyer Jerone
Roberts and Bradley
The prosecutor
was Eucal Bonaby.

Wanted man
who is wanted by police for
questioning in connection
with housebreaking and
stealing has surrendered to
Carlos Nottage, 24, turned
himself in at the Central
Police Station on Thursday
He was accompanied by
his lawyer, K Brian Hanna.
Police issued an All Points
Bulletin on Nottage earlier
this week.
ASP Loretta Mackey
thanked the media and the
general public in Freeport
for their continued support.


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Crispin Seymour,
Tropical Shipping
"Why doesn't the
Bahamas government
revoke or take back the con-
tract that was given to the
GBPA? They're stifling the
growth of the Grand
Bahama because of all the
in-house feuding."
Keith Saunders,
Tropical Shipping
"Too much conflict. The
people are not getting what
they want (in Grand
Tropical Shipping
"You have to go through
them (Grand Bahama Port
Authority) to get permission
for anything.
"They should not have
such a monopoly on the
"The people are only suf-
fering. They also need to
stop that duty free bond
because the government is
getting ripped off.
"People are just bringing
things in through Freeport
and distributing it through-
out the islands.
"At the same time we
have the government crying
'bout the treasury broke."


The Tribune took to the streets
yesterday to ask which issues
concerned Bahamians the most.
Employees of Tropical Ship-
ping sounded off on the Grand
Bahama Port Authority while
others shared their iews on a
variety of topics.

Lyndon Eldon, 44,
I think we need to break
the (Hawksbill Creek)
agreement. It's not working
and doesn't have the best
interests of the Bahamian
Paul Haven, 33,
Doctors Hospital
"I'm in the Killarney con-
stituency and I live on a
road called Munnings Dri-
ve that has had some diffi-
culties. It is unpaved and
unlighted, and the govern-
ment has agreed to meet to
discuss our road. It's been a

long time coming but we are
happy that they are finally
discussing it."
Keano Cambridge,
39, Doctor's Hospital
"One of the main con-
cerns for me is the current
situation surrounding peo-
ple being let out of prison. I
feel that it's something that
needs to be addressed.
There has to be stiffer penal-
ties for murder because we
need to have more care for
life. People are being taken
out like insects and my rec-
ommendation is once a per-
son is remanded in prison
there needs to be an isolated
cay like Alcatraz, so that

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prison life is what it is -
prison life. Repeat offend-
ers should be kept away
from society."
Kweku Symonette,
27, The Sign Man
"Headlines nowadays are
depressing. Sometimes I
wonder if it was always like
this, when I was younger, or
if it's being publicised a
whole lot more now.
"It feels as if every day
there is an outrageous act of
violence or murder cover-
ing the front page. I
attribute a lot of it to social-
isation - the more money
we make, the more poverty
we create. Sometimes it
actually deters me from
watching/ reading the news.
"I don't know where our
focus is right now, besides
making money and corrup-
tion. I don't deny the need
to inform, but sometimes its
feels as though the more it's
publicised the more it hap-
pens. The crime is serious
and I feel like we're not giv-
ing the youth anything to do.
I find that, at least in my
areas of interest, there are
not a lot of positive oppor-
tunities for the youth.
"Junior camps and tour-
naments are at an all time
low right now. It's like, yeah
we're spending all this mon-
ey with tourism but if we
neglect the youth... they're
the future of this country. I
really wish they would have
more programmes for the
youth, because its so imper-
ative that they have positive
outlets and constructive
things to do."



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TPaffic violatorS CRIME: Tommy Turnquest at Rotary Club Wo

face crackdown Drugs, retaliation and conflict

THE police will move swift- 0I I
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part of its 'Crime Reduction
Strategy' which was launched
three weeks ago, Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest said on Thursday.
Mr Turnquest said mem-
bers of the public will shortly
see the police moving "more
decisively" against lawlessness
of any kind, including the run-
ning of red lights, driving
recklessly on pedestrian cross-
ings, speeding, ignoring stop
signs and other traffic viola-
"As the strategy increasing-
ly moves against traffic viola-
tors, I would advise (these
persons - particularly speed-
ers) that a heavy foot on the
gas pedal may result in a light
wallet or purse," he said.
Mr Turnquest said the
crack-down on traffic offend-
ers is one of the major compo-
nents of the Crime Reduction
Strategy as police officials
move to reduce the instances
of criminal activity in New
"The strategy and ongoing
anti-crime measures target
serious crime, but all crime is
included in its (sphere).
Together with other ongoing,
vigorous law enforcement ini-
tiatives, the strategy is bring-
ing coherence to the wide-
ranging law enforcement
efforts of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force. It is also chang-
ing the way the police force
does business," Mr Turnquest
Sending more traffic
offenders before the courts is
part of that wide-ranging law
enforcement effort.
Mr Turnquest said statistics
show that from June 1, 2009
to September 15, 2009, 454
speeding tickets were issued,
which is less than five per day,
and a figure which he said is
too low for the number of
offences being committed.
"I know from being on the
road myself that more persons
than that are breaking the
speed limit laws and so all
police officers - regardless of
their assigned division - are
expected to stop these traffic
offenders," he said.

66 per cent were 'result

of circumstances that

police could not have

prevented' - Minister

OF the 59 murders commit-
ted so far this year, 66 per cent
were the result of circumstances
that the police could not have
prevented, National Security
Minister Tommy Turnquest
Mr Turnquest said that 56
per cent of the murders result-
ed from the "triple threat" of
illicit drug trade, retaliation and
conflict. Addressing the month-
ly breakfast meeting of the
Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise
on Thursday, he said 33 of the
59 murders were a result of the
aforementioned triple threat,
as 11 of them were drug related,
10 the result of retaliation and
12 a result of conflict.
The National Security Min-
ister said domestic violence
matters accounted for six of the
murders, or 10 per cent, while
armed robbery was the motive
in eight of the murders com-
"Looking at the analysis of
the motives for the 59 murders,
we recognize that 39 of them
were as a result of circum-
stances that the police could
not have prevented," he said.
Mr Turnquest said the timing
of the murders was also impor-
tant to note, as 40 of the mur-
ders took place between the
hours of 4pm and 8am; 21
between 4pm and midnight,
and 27 were committed
between midnight and 8am.
The use of firearms also
played a key role in the number
of murders committed.
Guns were used to commit
42 murders, knives and cutlass-
es were used in 12 murders, and
"other means" were uses in the
remaining five cases.
Mr Turnquest said it was
against this backdrop that the
'Crime Reduction Strategy' was

launched in New Providence
just three weeks ago.
"The Crime Reduction Strat-
egy has a critical overarching
objective which is to enhance
public confidence in the police
and thereby to reduce not only
crime and criminality, but the
fear of crime," he said.
The National Security Min-
ister said the strategy is
designed to target serious
crime, including murder, armed
robbery, robbery, auto theft
and house-break-ins.
"It will also target prolific
offenders, particularly the
emerging and dangerous breed
of career criminals, with the
objective of disrupting their
operations and bringing them
to justice for the offences they
commit," he added. Mr Turn-
quest said the strategy will also
target problem areas, particu-
larly the so-called "hot spots."
"In these areas, uniformed
police officers will bring high
visibility to law enforcement
and place the force in a posi-
tion to rapidly respond to crim-
inal activities," he said.
Mr Turnquest said the police

has built, and will continue to
build, an effective national
database on crime and crimi-
nality. However, effective anti-
crime strategies, he said,
require much more than tough
action by the police, no matter
how efficient that action is.
"In addition to the work of
the law enforcement agencies,
effective crime-fighting strate-
gies require a country-wide
response, from individuals, civic
organizations, the church and
the community, including the
business community," Mr Turn-
quest said. "We must not turn a
blind eye to crime, whether it is
drug trafficking, illegal gun pos-
session, murder, robbery, the
encouragement of illegal immi-
gration, or general lawlessness."

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* Principal contact for Commercial controller.
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* Performs other assignments as required.
* Ability to supervise the accounting staff at local station

* High school diploma and/or minimal of 5 years applicable experience
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* Experience with a major Enterprise Reporting Package (ERP)
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* PC skills should include the basic suite of MS products, Excel, Access,
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* Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance, a related field or equivalent
Please email resume to;
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A WOMAN charged
with abetment to commit
the murder of her husband
was arraigned in Magis-
trates Court on Thursday.
Police have charged
Natasha Young, 36, with
abetting to commit the
murder of Pedro Young on
Wednesday July 8, 2009.
Earlier, a major in the
US Marines Corps was
charged with threatening to
kill Mr Young. He is on
$2,000 bail.
Young, who appeared
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez in Court
One, Bank Lane, was not
required to enter a plea to
the charge. Inspector
David Lockhart, the prose-
cutor, objected to Young
being granted bail. She was
remanded to Her Majesty's
The case has been
adjourned to September
25, and transferred to
Court 5, Bank Lane.


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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Alternate reality confronts Obama

ATLANTA - In CrazyWorld,
Barack Obama is a foreigner who has
unconstitutionally usurped the presi-
dency of the United States.
In Actual America, Hawaii-born
Obama was elected president by his fel-
low citizens.
And so it goes on both sides of the
mystic curtain.
In CrazyWorld, that recent Tea Party
rally in Washington drew two million
people and the failure of the ever-
despised mainstream media to admit as
much was one more example of their
An aerial photo, eagerly circulated
on the political right, indeed did show a
monster crowd, surely a million and
In Actual America, the photo turned
out to be of the 1997 Promise Keepers
Old hands at guesstimating crowd
sizes figure the Tea Party turnout at
about 75,000.
Most media skipped the numbers
game, put the crowd in the "tens of
thousands" and characterized it as
"impressive" or words to that effect,
hardly a negation.
In CrazyWorld, the federal govern-
ment is being insidiously infused with
"czars" and in the academies of right-
wing arcana, the movement's scholars
argue over whether there are just 32 or
maybe as many as 140-plus, a parody of
medieval monks bickering over how
many angels could dance on the head of
a pin.
In Actual America, the president has
assigned various appointees to oversee
a number of projects or programmes
- nuclear non-proliferation, the bank
bailout, faith-based activities and so on.
All modern presidents have done much
the same.
The appointees have standard-issue
bureaucratic titles. "Czar" is the inven-
tion of fairway barkers at the right-wing
carnival like Sean Hannity and Glenn
In CrazyWorld, Obama is surrender-
ing to terrorism.
In Actual America, he has sent 21,000

additional troops into Afghanistan,
home turf of terrorism and wellspring of
9/11, and seems likely to send more.
He has increased the military bud-
In CrazyWorld, Obama is bankrupt-
ing taxpayers and the nation.
In Actual America, he proposed and
Congress enacted a tax cut good for up
to $400 per person for 95 per cent of
taxpayers and a $2,500 tax credit to off-
set college tuition costs.
The Treasury calculates it will save
five million families a total of about $9
The record deficit that he's presiding
over is overwhelmingly a projection of
previously committed entitlements
(Social Security, Medicare and so on) of
leftover Bush debt and of revenue loss-
es from the recession, which recovery
will largely make up.
In CrazyWorld, Obama - when he's
not a fascist - is a communist, recent-
ly morphed from Marxist to Stalinist,
pursuing an alien agenda.
In Actual America, Obama is a mod-
erate-to-liberal Democrat carrying
through on the platform he openly
espoused to win election just 10 months
In CrazyWorld, the fact that the
House health care reform bill is 1,018
pages long somehow shows its hope-
In Actual America, the format for
congressional bills is about a third or
more white space - 25 double-spaced
lines per page, about six or seven words
per line.
President Bush's 2007 budget bill was
1,482 pages. So?
You know, we would be able to hear
one another a lot better here on Earth if
it weren't for all the static coming from
outer space.

(This article was written by Tom
Teepen - c.2009 Cox Newspapers).

Bernard Nottage -

you're at bottom of

leadership ladder

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I am presuming Bernard J
Nottage is serious with his
public statement that he will
contest the leadership posi-
tion of the PLP in the upcom-
ing convention or is it all
If I was to put a title to this
letter it would probably read
something like the following:
once in the fold, then out,
then back-in BUT aren't you
then on the bottom of the pile
of possible leadership contes-
Many will argue strongly
that the loss of the PLP in
election 2007 was directly a
result of mishandling of affairs
within the party-politic imme-
diately after the results of the
2002 election were announced
and currently the Rt Hon Per-
ry G Christie only holds the
mantle because if the Rt Hon

Hubert Ingraham runs again
Christie would have the sole
chance of beating him.
Is the candidacy of Bernard
J Nottage appropriate?
Is it liable to the obvious
- when you lost the immedi-
ate past leadership race
against Perry Christie you
turned your back on the PLP
and formed the CDR and
organised the CDR with the
intent to remove and beat the
PLP in election 1997 and only
after a sorrowful defeat in
1997 did he with tail between
his legs return it is understood
on the invitation of Perry G
Christie. Is it possible now
that like the act of Brutus in

Julius Caesar BJ is trying to
kiss and betray his friend?
Least all forget when Sir
Lynden curiously joined
Christie and Nottage as both
joint deputy leaders surely
that was to test who was the
better leader and time told as
the choice not only within the
PLP was obvious but nation-
ally with the election of Perry
Gladstone Christie as Leader
of the PLP and obviously con-
stitutionally the Prime Min-
Sorry, BJ, you had your
moment - you left - your
return put you on the bottom
rung of the leadership ladder
there are many in front of you
and the best advice is don't
September 9, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

To quote from Ancilleno 0 Davis M Sc
Letter of Tuesday, August 26, 2009.
"The facts are, casuarinas destroy marine
turtle and sea bird nesting beaches."
I agree casuarinas pop up everywhere and
should be eliminated where possible.
We are, however, talking about a small
section of beach, namely Saunders Beach,
where Bahamians have enjoyed access and
shade for family get-togethers, where drivers
and tourists have had the privilege of
panoramic sea views between well spaced
majestic tree trunks for many years.
We can't say the same for Orange Hill
where native flora has completely blocked
all sea views on the drive to Lyford Cay.
Anyway, there's no use crying over spilt
milk as my mother used to say.
Now we have created another problem.
With the absence of those terrible casuari-
nas, according to some local scientist, we

Please be advised that
there is something called a
turn signal indicator light on
cars that are properly func-
The purpose of this piece
of equipment is to indicate
your intention so that the
drivers around you can react
When in use, the turn sig-
nal indicator on the inside
is lighted, with flashing
arrows and accompanied by
a clicking sound.
On the outside, the turn
signal light on the side that
you intend to turn should be
a blinking red light and
clearly visible.

NOTICE is hereby given that CHARLES PAGE BEALL
of OLD FORT BAY, THE BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 12th day of September, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, The Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SARKIS IZMIRLIAN of
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 12th day of September, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that AUGUSTIN PHILIPPE of
EAST ST. SOUTH, THE BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 12th day of September, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, The Bahamas.

can now look forward to turtles returning to
Saunders Beach to lay their eggs. That of
course will mean the closure of the beach to
the general public during the incubating
period, no more street lights after dark and
will force the Gas Station across the street to
close at dusk to prevent mummy turtle from
being squashed as she crosses Bay Street to
investigate the source of light.
Of course this may never happen as the
public will still continue to use the beach
even after the planting of favourable native
The turtles will seek quieter beaches to lay
their eggs away from the barbeques and
music boxes.
I therefore think the removal of the
casuarinas a waste of time and money, but
it's happened, now we have to live with it.

August, 2009.

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when there are no drivers
Proper use of indicator
lights can help to avoid acci-
dents, and maybe even save

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asking for a little courtesy.

August, 2009.

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FREEPORT - Local environmentalist
Gail Woon is concerned that ground pol-
lution on Grand Bahama has affected the
health of the community - possibly adding
the prevalence of cancer on the island.
Ms Woon fears that "dangerous chemi-
cals" left behind by companies which oper-
ate or used to operate on Grand Bahama
could be behind many cases of the dis-
She gave the example of Hepburn Town
in Eight Mile Rock, where she claims "can-
cer clusters" developed after the ground
was polluted by a chemical known as diox-
"We are experiencing human effects

from ground pollution on Grand Bahama
Island," she said.
However a representative of Bahama
Cement, which is situated near Hepburn
Town, said she is unaware of any ground
contamination in the area, adding that the
company's employees live in the town and
have not complained of any illnesses.
The spokesperson noted that her com-
pany uses materials such as bauxite and
gypsum, but not dioxin. She said she has
not heard of any other company using this
substance on the island.
Ms Woon, founder of Earthcare, said
that many industries are attracted to the
Bahamas because of the lack of compre-
hensive environmental legislation.
She said the government should improve
the country's environment laws as a "mat-
ter of urgency".

"The sad thing is that in 2009 we still
do not have environmental legislation to
speak of," she said.
She noted that Grand Bahama is con-
sidered the "industrial capital" of he
Bahamas, but claims some industries have
been detrimental to the environment.
The proposed expansion of the mining
company Bahama Rock has been a con-
troversial issue, with the Grand Bahama
Committee of Concerned Residents calling
on the government to block the move.
The committee believes the project will
cause damage to the environment and
impact the quality of life in Eight Mile
Rock and Queen's Cove.
"Their expansion may impact the man-
groves and coppice habitats that are very
important on the north shore for fisheries
and wildlife," Ms Woon said.

FNM convention set to take place early November

WITH the FNM's con-
vention scheduled to take
place in the first week of
November, Deputy Prime
Minister Brent Symonette
said that he is unaware at
this time of anyone seek-
ing to challenge either his
or Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's position.
"The leader has made it
very clear that all positions
in the FNM are open for
anyone who wishes to con-
test them, including his.
"At the moment we are
unaware of anyone who is
either going to contest the
position of leader or deputy
leader. But they are always
welcome to do so," Mr
Symonette said.
However, he added that
he fully expects there to be
a serious contest for the
chairmanship and other

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Multi-Unit General Manager
Position Summary
The "Multi-Unit General Manager" function is the primary strategic business
leader of seven (7) business entities spread between two locations in Jupiter,
Florida AND Abaco, Bahamas.
Position oversees the development and implementation of club strategies
and ensures implementation of the brand service strategy and brand initiatives.
The position ensures that the clubs' operations meet the brand's target
customer needs, maximizes associate satisfaction and focuses on growing
revenues and the overall financial performance of all departments. As the
leader of both properties' Guidance Teams, M-UGM develops and implements
Club-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed
the needs and expectations of the brand's target customer and associates and
provides a return on investment to the owners and the Company.

Expected Contributions
* Energizes the Gold Standards of the Company and ensures brand
initiatives are implemented to meet or exceed member, employee and
financial expectations. Continuously challenges the team to improve
operations, and ensures compliance with brand standards to protect
brand integrity.
* Leverages synergies among both properties to maximize market
penetration, operational excellence, and overall business performance.
* Selects, develops and retains a diverse leadership team capable of
delivering the expected performance contributions and with growth
potential, and holds others accountable for doing the same. Leads the
guidance team and leverages additional corporate and regional resources
to develop and implement destination club-wide strategies that are
aligned with the company's Key Success Factors. Facilitates talent
development and leverages opportunities to share and maximize talent
among the Areas Clubs and Residences.
* Focuses the team on delivering services and products to meet or exceed
owner expectations, create owner loyalty, and grow market share. Builds
relationships with key customers.
* 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant
Management, or related major
* 15+ years of progressive experience in private club industry with
exposure to multiple disciplines
* Prior General Manager or equivalent experience in a luxury market
* Property Management certifications required by the State of Florida
* Prior multi-property oversight preferred

Skills & Knowledge
* Leadership - Visible, proactive, personally involved leader with excellent
organizational skills, capable of providing focused leadership and
contributing to establish the club and residences prominent position
within the market. A well-developed capability for strategic decision-
making and a track record of proven results in the areas of customer
satisfaction, operational excellence, employee satisfaction, revenue and
* Financial Acumen - Business savvy leader with demonstrated financial
acumen, capable of providing strong P&L results oriented financial
* Operations - Excellent sense of product and service quality, a passion
for excellence and an understanding of the sophisticated needs of the
luxury customer. Creative and innovative operations leadership, capable
of delivering products and services that will differentiate the clubs and
residences in the region's luxury residential market.
* Governance - Property Management designations or certifications
required by the State of Florida are required. Responsible for Rules
and Enforcement, Property Maintenance, Services Communications,
Finances, Administration, Asset Protection and assistance with Policy
Development all in accordance with local and state statutes.

Director of Operations
Position Summary
Functions as the strategic business leader of food and beverage/culinary
operations and acts as General Manager in his/her absence. Areas of

posts within the party.
"There may be some
contenders for that post at
convention and we will wait
and see," he said.
When asked if the over-
whelming interest shown in
recent months in the
upcoming PLP convention
was any indication of the
public's feelings towards
the Opposition, Mr Symon-
ette said that he sees the
situation as PLPs being
unhappy with the leader-
ship of that party following
the loss of the last general
"Obviously certain per-
sons are unhappy with the
leadership position of Mr
(Perry) Christie and they
have expressed it vocally.
And it is going to be an
interesting convention and
we wish those that run

Job Vacancies

responsibility include: Front Office, Business Centre, Recreation/Fitness
Department, Retail/Gift Shops, Housekeeping, Food and Beverage/Culinary
and Event Management. Position oversees the development and
implementation of departmental strategies and ensures implementation of
the brand service strategy and brand initiatives. The position ensures that
food and beverage/culinary operations meet the brand's target customer
needs, maximizes associate satisfaction, focuses on growing revenues and
the overall financial performance of the departments. As a member of the
Guidance Team, develops and implements hotel-wide strategies that deliver
products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the
brand's target customer and associates and provides a return on investment
to the owners and Ritz-Carlton.
* Demonstrating Leadership
* Achieving Goals
* Exceeding Customer Expectations
* Improving Profit
* Maintaining Balance Between Profit and Service Satisfaction
* Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
* Destination Club and Residential Management

* 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant
Management, or related major
* 5 years experience in executive management position in a five star
* Ritz-Carlton Hotel or Destination Club experience preferred
Skills & Knowledge
* Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes
for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer
needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and daily
evaluation of existing customer satisfaction measurement processes.
* Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will
be spent and available resources utilized to get the work done and daily
accounting for these expenditures.
* Analytical/Critical Thinking - The ability to gather and organize
information using a logical and systematic process; recognize patterns
and relationships in complex data; examine data to identify implications,
problems and draw appropriate conclusions; generate alternative solutions
to problems; evaluate strengths, weaknesses and consequences of
alternative solutions and approaches to solving problems.
* Applied Business Knowledge - Understanding market dynamics involved
in running a private membership club under development, enterprise
level objectives and important aspects of ultra-luxury club / resort
business to accurately diagnose strengths and weaknesses, anticipate
opportunities and risks, identify issues, and develop strategies and plans.
Aligning individual and team actions with strategies and plans to drive
business results.

Pastry Chef
Position Summary
Create and maintain a positive work environment through coaching and leading
staff while establishing creative and exciting menu products, both appetizing and
visually appealing. Work and maintain good working relationships with other
work areas. Meet with meeting planners and social catering event coordinators
to develop personalized dessert products. Direct, train and monitor performance
of Pastry staff. Maintain organization, cleanliness and sanitation of work areas
and equipment.
EssentialJob Functions
* Train, coach, lead and hold Pastry team accountable to the job functions
listed below. Meet daily to review assignments, schedules, anticipated
business levels, employee performance issues and other information
pertinent to job performance.
* Maintain and strictly abide by sanitation/health regulations and the
hotel's food safety program requirements. Ensure all Pastry employees
maintain food handlers' certification.
* Meet with Executive Chef to review assignments, anticipated business
levels, changes and other information pertinent to the job performance

good luck," he said.
Mr Symonette stopped
short of commenting on
whether he thinks Mr

Christie will be defeated at
the PLP's convention, stat-
ing: "I'm not getting into
his party's business."

Full and part time positions available - all shifts.
If you are a punctual, inspiring person with a great
voice who loves music, and enjoys interacting
with people, then this job is for you.

While not required, experience is an asset.
Competitive salary plus benefits.
Email resume (and demo) to

Only those short listed will be contacted.

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on a daily basis.
* Prepare and assign production and prep work for Pastry staff to complete;
review priorities.
* Communicate additions or changes to the assignments as they arise
throughout the shift. Identify situations, which compromise the
department's standards and delegate these tasks.
* Prepare amenity orders for room service in accordance with specified
requirements and hotel standards.
* Prepare all dishes following recipes and yield guides, according to Ritz-
Carlton standards.
* Monitor performance of Pastry staff and ensure all procedures are
completed to the department standards
* Assist Pastry staff wherever required to ensure excellent service to
* Ensure all Pastry staff assignments are completed before they leave
work area.
* Review status of work and follow-up actions required with the Executive
Chef before leaving.

Qualifiations, Skills & Knowledge
* 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.

Director of Sales
Position Summary
Designing, implementing and continuously evaluating all sales processes;
Maintaining content and direction on Training and Motivation of Sales
Leadership and Field Sales Force; Developing and maintaining visibility
over Sales Standards and Accountability Measures; Providing related sales
input to New Site Feasibility and Business Planning Processes
Essential Job Functions
* Monitor and evaluate sales processes while maintaining visibility over
daily sales progress against budgets
* Create and implement specific sales and marketing field operations
best practices, policies and guidelines
* Create and implement structured sales presentation training and sales
executive evaluation
* Develop sales management training programs as well as create system
succession strategy to identify/groom key sales professionals
* Insure performance management is implemented and maintained
consistently across the system
* Review all sales related assumptions in the feasibility process, ensuring
strategic and operational reasonableness, comparability among PEPS,
budgets, forecasts and LRP
* Provide Brand with product and business development recommendations.
Relate information regarding competitive tactics and products.
Qualfications, Skills & Knowledge
* College degree
* Minimum of ten years in the vacation ownership industry
* Minimum of five years ownership sales and sales management experience
* Strong verbal and written communications skills; ability to communicate
effectively with senior management
* Experience in designing products, processes, policies and training
* Ritz Carlton Club experience preferred
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
Deadline for applications is Friday, September 25,2009





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THE Chairman and President of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and Port Group Limited has announced the
appointment of Nicole Colebrooke as manager of the new-
ly implemented customer relations unit.
With the impending move of the Grand Bahama Power
Company, a tenant of the GBPA headquarters building, in
early 2010, the Port Group Limited has restructured itself to
form its own customer relations department.
"As servants of the people, providing quality customer ser-
vice is a priority for our group as we create a more efficient
and service-oriented organisation. As such, we are pleased
to announce the appointment of Mrs Colebrooke, who
embodies superior customer service and is well equipped to
lead this new department," said Ian Rolle, president of the
GBPA Group.

Mrs Colebrooke has been employed with the Group for
two decades, starting as a summer student and a part-time
secretary in the licensing department. She has worked her
way up through the ranks in the licensing department to
executive secretary, supervisor and licensing manager prior
to her appointment. She possesses more than 18 years expe-
rience as a business professional with various certifications
including Certified Professional Manager with James Madi-
son University, Virginia and she is presently pursuing her
Bachelor's Degree with Phoenix University.
Mrs Colebrooke in her new capacity will be responsible
for ensuring that the Group provides outstanding customer
service and offers efficient bill payment and collection ser-
vices, the company said. She will also continue to manage the
business licensing process.
"I am honoured and humbled that management has
expressed such confidence in my abilities. Service with
excellence and professionalism is my motto and because I've
lived by this rule throughout my life, I have no other alter-
native but to ensure that we deliver on our commitment to
provide outstanding customer service," said Mrs Cole-
As Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) is not an
affiliated GBPA or PGL company, once GBPC moves to
the former Gulf Union Building, power bills will not be
paid at the GBPA headquarters. All other bills will contin-
ue to be paid at the GBPA headquarters, including water
and garbage fees.

NIB repositionss' itself to

use financial institutions

Move to provide broader range of investment opportunities

THE National Insurance Board (NIB)
is currently in the process of reposition-
ing itself to use the services of financial
institutions that will provide a broader
range of local and international invest-
ment opportunities, NIB director Alger-
non Cargill said.
In 2005, NIB initiated agreements for
the management of a small percentage of
its fund with third party financial advi-
sors. The advisors managed $16 million
of NIB's $1.6 billion portfolio.
However, following a recent strategic
review of these arrangements, NIB decid-
ed to terminate the investment manage-
ment agreements with the financial advi-
sors, Mr Cargill said.
These advisors and other financial
institutions were then asked to provide
proposals for their brokerage and other
investment services.
"It is important to note that the ter-
minated investment agreements only pro-
vided for services in the local Bahamian
dollar market with many restrictions.
Our strategic review revealed that NIB
would not be disadvantaged by bringing
the related investment activities in-house
and further it would reduce the level of
overlap of effort which ultimately result-
ed in a higher cost structure," he said.
Once the chosen brokers and finan-
cial institutions propose new investment
opportunities, NIB can review them in-
house and execute them more expedi-
tiously within the framework of its invest-
ment criteria and internal guidelines.
"Repositioning does not mean reduced
opportunities or investment inefficien-
cies. Through prudent management of
the investment portfolio internally, NIB,
together with consultation from invest-

ment experts internally and externally,
will be able to ensure that risks are ade-
quately managed, and investment returns
maximised," Mr Cargill said.

"Further, NIB will be able to reduce its
expense base and simultaneously ensure
a firsthand oversight of our investment
portfolio, as a result of employing the
same process on an in-house basis."
NIB constantly dialogues with invest-
ment advisors locally and international-
ly as well as with other financial institu-
tions, the NIB director said.
"We have directly participated in sev-
eral investment opportunities with lead-
ing local and regional financial institu-
tions in recent times that yielded above

Keia Armbrister becomes 2009

recipient of Bahamian American

Association Scholarship

Bahamian-American Asso-
ciation held their annual
mixer last week at the Asto-
ria World Manor in Queens.
Each year the Association
gives out a scholarship to a
deserving young Bahamian.
This year the recipient
was Keia Armbrister, a
Bahamian student born in
Nassau and currently pursu-
ing a Bachelor engineering
degree in Naval Architec-
ture with a 3rd Mates
License at the State Univer-
sity of New York Maritime
College (SUNY).


Keia's ultimate career
goal is to become a captain,
however, pursuing a Bache-
lor in engineering will give
her the required knowledge
of a ship's engine room.
Furthermore, majoring in
Naval Architecture will

allow her to design and build
ships. As a captain, it is crit-
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best possible decision in sit-
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tures and engine room of a
ship in addition to receiving
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petitive advantage in the
maritime Industry. Receiv-
ing this scholarship will assist
her in continuing her studies
at the Maritime College.
Keia also wants to get
experience on an oil/prod-
uct Tanker, liquefied natur-
al gas carrier or container
vessel in the United States,
the Bahamas and Europe.
After acquiring experience
and sea time she hopes to
return home and encourage
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Nassau Prime returns, and returns more
favourable than our current portfolio
delivers," he said.
"Foreign investment opportunities will
always continue to be an option for NIB,
but we are also mindful that the current
heavily concentrated local portfolio ben-
efitted NIB during the recent global
financial crisis as we did not experience
significant erosion in value due to not
having more international exposure.
Moreover, we acknowledge that our
investments are concentrated in govern-
ment debt issues as well as specific build-
ing projects used by the government and
its agencies. These investments have per-
formed satisfactorily and are currently
yielding above market returns, providing
an opportunity for NIB to ensure that
all of its surplus cash is utilised efficient-
Mr Cargill said the local investment
market cannot absorb NIB's surplus cash
or consistently deliver above Nassau
Prime returns, and wider diversification
will always be sought within the con-
"NIB is cognisant that it operates in an
environment where its investment activ-
ities have major impacts on the wider
economy and is acutely aware of its fidu-
ciary obligations to its stake-holders. Our
primary focus is to ensure that the Fund's
assets are invested in a manner to achieve
the required actuarial return to fund its
benefit obligations. The recommenda-
tions from our actuarial consultant
together with our own investment intel-
ligence form the basis of our investment
strategy and over our history; our port-
folio has provided very satisfactory
returns," the NIB director said.

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'We have arson suspects in mind'

FROM page one

will definitely pay some attention to that but I
can't speak to that right now, I don't have that
"We are hopeful we will determine how the
fire was started, the circumstances of the fire,
and the persons who may have been respon-
"We want to make sure that we leave no
stones unturned and investigate it from all
angles so nothing is overlooked."
Theresa Brown, 51, her daughter Kayshala
Bodie, 18, granddaughter Telair Johnson, one,
and neighbour Savanna Stuart, 18, were asleep
at the family home in Wilson Tract when fire

ripped through the building shortly after 7am.
Police say there are signs of their attempts to
escape, and that the crime scene is consistent
with that of an arson attack.
The women's deaths have been classified
as ",iip ,pc, i ' but Supt Bethel said that could
change during the course of the investigation.
He told The Tribune: "This fire has all the
indications of arson, so we are investigating it
in that fashion right now and have brought in
the homicide section to look into it.
"Those officers are out now pursuing some
lines of inquiry and on completion of that,
and on completion of the autopsies, we may be
reclassifying the matter."
Supt Bethel said the Criminal Detective

Unit's homicide section has interviewed a num-
ber of people since joining Fire Services inves-
tigation on Thursday, and will revisit certain
areas to ensure all the necessary information is
He said police are still appealing for assis-
tance from the public to help determine the
reason for the deadly blaze.
Supt Bethel said: "We are pleading for infor-
mation from the public as we are trying to
locate persons who could tell us something
about the fire, or give us information about the
circumstances leading up to the fire.
"We believe that by doing that we will be
able to answer all the questions."
He added: "This is a tragedy and we need to

clear this up because the public needs assur-
ance that the perpetrators out there will not
stay out there to cause havoc in the commu-
Director of Fire Services Supt Jeffery Dele-
veaux said the possibility that an accident
sparked the blaze has not been ruled out.
He said: "We are not ruling anything out
at this time.
"This is not something that we can just solve
right away. There were no eyewitnesses so we
will have to methodically go along and try to
get this thing solved as soon as possible."
To assist investigations call police on 911,
919, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on
328-TIPS (8477).

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addresses members of the Rotary Club of East Nassau at the Nassau Yacht Club

FROM page one

Out of those persons who partic-
ipated in the poll, the overwhelming
opinion was that the Bay Street or
some of its side streets should in
fact be turned into pedestrian
In addition to improving the traf-
fic situation on Bay Street, the
Director General said that the min-
istry needs to have something to
market downtown as an attraction.
However, she said, the ministry cur-
rently has very little to promote.
"District buildings. They all look
different but they all sell the same
things however. What am I going to
be promoting? There is not enough
of a product there for me to active-
ly promote a downtown experience.
We need to bring entertainment
into downtown, we need to make it
vibrant, and when the waterfront
opens up with the relocation of the

container shipping we need to bring
people to downtown to live," she
With all of this said, Ms Walkine
reminded the audience that the
country essentially needs to bring
life back to the area of downtown.
"After 5pm there is no life.
Sometimes before 5pm there is not
a lot of life. We have people moving
through - the ships come in, peo-
ple get off some of them, they walk
through, they spend a few minutes
and everytime they walk by a store
they see the same things they saw in
that other store so they don't both-
er to go in," she said.
Therefore, she said, there needs
to be the inclusion of greenspaces,
visual access to the waterfront and
the opportunity for persons to live
in the area.
"The construction of the new
straw market - that is also intend-
ed to happen, because that is very

important. No matter what we say
or do the straw market still contin-
ues to be a major draw for cruise
passengers because they have an
expectation of an experience in the
straw market.
"We are not giving them the right
experience with the current straw
market. We need to restore that
experience that people remember
from some time back. And so the
construction of a new straw mar-
ket will help us do that," she said.
The Arawak Cay extension Ms
Walkine said also will be a very
important aspect to the tourism
product in the downtown area. The
painting of Bay Street, and Shirley
will also coincide she said with some
of the improvements being planned
for some of the side streets down-
"So you will see an improved
downtown before Christmas in any
event," she said.


Former leaders

claim media is

under threat in

Latin America

IAN JAMES,Associated Press Writer
CARACAS, Venezuela

Former presidents from Peru and Bolivia joined newspa-
per editors from across the Americas on Friday in condemning
what they call a series of attempts by Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez, and some of his allies, to clamp down on the
news media, according to Associated Press.
Former President Alejandro Toledo of Peru said he is con-
cerned about recent shutdowns of radio stations in Venezuela
and a proposed law in Argentina that would break up Clarin,
one of Latin America's largest newspaper and cable TV com-
Toledo likened such actions to "a virus that's expanding" in
countries including Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, and told
The Associated Press: "It must be stopped."
Ex-President Carlos Mesa of Bolivia expressed similar con-
cerns at the emergency meeting of the Inter American Press
Association in Caracas.
"Everything that restricts freedom of speech is unaccept-
able," he said.


Chavez denies his government is trying to eliminate critical
voices in the media, and has been feuding with the IAPA for
"We're never again going to accept the media dictatorship,"
Information Minister Blanca Eekhout said at a separate pro-
government forum. She accused the IAPA of "trying to hide the
truth, trying to lie."
Chavez's government forced 32 radio stations and two small
television stations off the air last month, saying some owners
had failed to renew their broadcast licenses while other licens-
es were no longer valid because they had been granted long ago
to owners who are now dead.
The government has announced plans to take 29 more radio
stations off the airwaves.
Globovision - the last opposition-aligned TV channel on the
open airwaves - is also the target of multiple investigations that
authorities say could lead to the revocation of its broadcast
In one of those cases, prosecutors said Friday they are sum-
moning opposition newspaper editor Rafael Poleo for ques-
tioning about a remark he made on Globovision that Chavez
could end up "hanging" like Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Poleo has left the country, opposition politician Henry Ramos
Allup said.
"He told me he's going to stay there as long as things aren't
clear," Ramos told Globovision. He did not say where Poleo
had traveled.

PERU'S former President Ale-
jandro Toledo speaks with
reporters during an emergency
meeting of the Inter American
Press Association in Caracas
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. Toledo
and Bolivia's former President
Carlos Mesa joined newspaper
editors from across the Ameri-
cas in condemning what they
call a series of attempts by
Venezuela's President Hugo
Chavez to clamp down on the
news media.

(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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gives Swiss

2-0 lead..
.Aee pfaie 10




TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING (third from left) was among five other persons inducted into the University of South Carolina's 2009
Athletic Hall of Fame...


Hall of


Senior Sports Reporter
Tonique Williams-Darling was among five other
persons inducted into the University of South
Carolina 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday
night in Colombia.
While Williams-Darling was inducted for her track and
field feats during her tenure at the University of South Car-
olina from 1997-1999, the others joining her were Art Swarts
(track & field), Tom Riker (men's basketball), Marty Baltze-
gar (men's soccer), Kyle Thompson (men's golf) and Harold
White (coach and administrator).
The group will also be honoured during half-time of
today's football game as the Gamcocks (1-1) begin their
75th year of competition at Williams-Brice Stadium as they
host the Owls of Florida Atlantic University.
Williams-Darling, 33, is a track & field All-American and
Olympian from the late 1990s. She is credited as one of
coach Curtis Frye's original recruits who helped build the
women's programme to a national championship level.
Williams-Darling won the SEC 400-meter title in 1997
after finishing as runner-up for three straight years. A two-
time All-American, Williams-Darling captured the gold
medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece,
SEE page 10

'Choo Choo' vs 'Superman'

Senior Sports Reporter

JERMAINE 'Choo Choo' Mack-
ey hasn't even had time to unpack
his bags after returning from training
camp in Germany. And he is going
back on the road next week.
Mackey is scheduled to depart
Tuesday for Canada where he will
square off with Canadian Adonis
'Superman' Stevenson for the vacant
World Boxing Council's Interna-
tional super middleweight champi-
onship title Friday at the Bell Center
"My bag is still in the room with
clothes in them. I'm just picking
through them as I need them," said
Mackey, who came back home from
Berlin last month.
"But I'm very excited and I quite
happy for the opportunity because
it's the right timing with me being in
shape. I had a good time training in
Germany and I never stopped train-
ing since I came home. So I'm right
under the gun and I'm ready to go."
In Stevenson, Mackey will get a
chance to face an opponent he met
while in Berlin. But the two never
got a chance to fight against each
But Mackey admitted that he
found out something quite interest-
ing about his opponent.
"He's a very biggity fellow," he
stated. "When the promoters told
him that he was going to fight me, he
said he have an easy chalk. But I
have something in store for him.
"When I came there and I saw
Mikkel (Kessler, the German world
champion whom they sparred with
in Berlin), he said he only wanted to
spar with me because the other guy
was too lazy and I was in much bet-
ter shape than him."
Stevenson, a 32-year-old Haitian
by birth, comes into the ring at 5-
foot-11 with an impressive 12-0. But
the southpaw has not fought since
January 8, 2008, when he stopped
Anthony Bonsante with a first round
knockout in their scheduled 12-
round bout.
Mackey, 29, is 6-1 with an 18-3
record. His last appearance in the

Jermaine Mackey to face

Haitian born 'rookie' for

vacant WBC International

super middleweight title

"We feel this guy is a
rookie and we will treat
him like a rookie. We
will just go there and
be confident, colourful
and aggressive and just
treat him like the
rookie that he is."

- Ray Minus Jr

ring was on May 30 when he pulled
off a third round TKO over Emil-
iano Cayetano at the Kendal Isaacs
"I'm just waiting on time," said
Mackey, who will get a chance to
fight for another title. "I'm fighting
in his hometown, so I know I have to
go in there and knock him out in
order to win."
First Class promoter Michelle
Minus who along with her husband,
Ray Minus Jr, will be traveling with
Mackey, said the show was in the
making for quite some time.
"This will give Jermaine a rating in
the top 10 in the WBC and so we
feel confident that he can defeat this
guy," said Michelle Minus. "Even
though Stevenson is a pretty good
fighter, he's up there in weight and
has to shave off a huge amount to
get down to the required weight for

this fight next Friday.
"So we feel very confident that
we can definitely get the victory at
the end of the day."
In order to get a chance to fight
for a WBC world title, a fighter has
to be rated in the top 10 and Minus
said this puts Mackey right in line
to achieve that goal.
"It would give us a good rating to
fight for a world title next year," she
said. "It's all in the plans that First
Class Promotions had mapped out
for Jermaine.
"If he is successful in winning this
title, we will have to relinquish his
British Commonwealth title and go
after a world title. But that was in the
plan and everything is working in
our favour and we're moving full
stream ahead."
Going into the fight, trainer Ray
Minus Jr said Mackey is definitely
ready for the challenge.
"I think he's at his best, no ques-
tion about it mentally and physical-
ly," he said. "He's also in good spir-
its and we have a good game plan.
So we're just going to go there and
take charge.
"We feel this guy is a rookie and
we will treat him like a rookie. We
will just go there and be confident,
colourful and aggressive and just
treat him like the rookie that he is."
On Mackey's return from Berlin,
Minus Jr said they worked exten-
sively on him moving his head a lot
and staying aggressive so he can take
the fight to his opponent and be the
aggressor. Minus Jr said he's confi-
dent that Mackey will prevail.



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Eagles QB



vs Saints

AP Sports Writer
Eagles quarterback Donovan
McNabb is doubtful for Sun-
day's game against New
Orleans because of a frac-
tured rib.
McNabb _,
sat out of
practice for
the third
straight day
Friday y .
Coach Andy
Reid refused
to rule out
McNabb and
said there
was a chance
he would MCNABB
participate in
Saturday's walkthrough.
"He felt a little bit better
today and we'll just keep
rehabbing him and see how
it goes the next couple of
days," Reid said.
Kevin Kolb took snaps with
the first team and is expected
to start if McNabb can't play.
Kolb would be making his
first career NFL start ahead of
veteran Jeff Garcia, who
signed Tuesday as an emer-
gency backup.
Garcia and Michael Vick
shared snaps running the
scout team Friday. Garcia
would be the No. 3 emer-
gency QB if McNabb could
somehow play. Vick is not eli-
gible until Week 3 against
Kansas City.
Kolb said he is preparing
like he is the starter.
"He takes charge in there
and he's done a nice job with
managing the huddle and the
plays," Reid said.
McNabb bellowed "I feel
great" and laughed as he left
the Eagles locker room.

Italian tax

police take



ROME (AP) - Italian
police didn't want the shirt
off Diego Maradona's back
-just his earrings.
Tax authorities visited the
Argentina coach at an Alpine
resort on Friday and took
away a pair of his earrings as
part payment of the former
Napoli star's
unpaid tax
The com-
mand office
of the
Tax Police
handed over
the pair of MARADONA
worth 4,000 euros ($5,900).
Tax police in the capital of
the South Tyrol, or Alto Adi-
ge region, declined to describe
the earrings taken from the
Grand Hotel Palace in Mera-
no, which boasts a beauty
farm in its grounds. Italian
television network Sky TG24
reported that they contained
Police did not say whether
Maradona was wearing them
when it was time to pay up.
Three years ago, tax police
took two Rolex watches from
him when he went to a Naples
suburb for a news conference
and benefit appearance. The
Italian news agency ANSA
said the tax bill now stands at
about 37 million euros ($54
Maradona, 48, captained
Argentina to the 1986 World
Cup title, and had some stel-
lar seasons for Napoli. He was
kicked out of the 1994 World

Cup and banned for 15
months for failing a doping
test for stimulants. He was
near death on a respirator five
years ago after a heart attack
attributed to a cocaine over-
dose. With two qualifying
games remaining next month,
Argentina is in danger of
missing its first World Cup
since 1970, and Maradona is
taking much of the blame.

After Cuba tennis camp, Roberts


and Strachan set for round robin Results

AFTER four days of
working two-a-day tennis
training session in the wilting
Cuba sun in the
ITF/COTECC Tennis Train-
ing Camp, Justin Roberts
(BAH) and Erin Strachan
(BAH) now have to put
those new skills to use.
The first four days of the
ITF/COTECC Tennis Camp
under the watchful eyes of
four Cuban coaches, all the
participants 20 in total were
focused on tennis technique,
tactics, strategy, fitness and
Now the next four days all
of the players will play in a
round robin so that the
coaches can assess how well
the players have been able
to use their new knowledge
in a match situation.
Justin Roberts, playing in
Pool 1, has to play five
matches in his group. On
Wednesday Sept. 16 he won
both singles matches by 4-0,

4-0 scores over Raul
Rodriquez (CUB) and
Javier Costillio (GUA).
Roberts also teamed up
with partner Maurico Fer-
nandez (CUB) to win both
of their doubles matches by
defeating the team of Julian
Soborio (CRC)/Raul
Rodriquez (CUB) 4-1, 4-1.
In the second doubles ,
match He and partner Mau-
rico defeated Brimaire
Pierre (HAI)/Dario Romero
(ESA) 4-1, 5-3.
Meanwhile Erin Strachan
had mixed results on the first
day of the round robin losing
1-4, 1-4 to Melanis Diaz
(CUB). However, she and
doubles partner JR (CUB)
won their first doubles
match in 3 sets by defeating
Tyler Smith (BER)/JR
(CUB) 4-0, 3-5, 10-7.
On day 2 of the round
robin, Thursday Sept. 17,
Justin continued his fine play
with a 4-0, 4-0 victory over

Osmiel Rivera (CUB). He
won by a walkover in his
second match due to an
injury to Brimaire Pierre
(HAI). His winning streak
continued in his doubles
match with a 4-0, 4-0 win
over Joel Lutchman (SUR)/
Osmiel Rivera (CUB) 4-0,
Erin had a rough second
day losing both singles and
double matches on Wednes-
day. She lost 2-4, 3-5 to Yan-
nise Machado (CUB), due
to too many unforced errors.
In the doubles match she
and partner Yannise lost in
straight to the undefeated
team of Chassidy King
(ANT)/ Yusleidy Smith
(CUB) 1-4, 2-4.
On Friday Sept. 18 Justin
was scheduled to play his
final two matches in the
round robin when he plays
Joel Lutchman (SUR) in sin-
gles the second match on
Court 5 with doubles to fol-

lowing against Juan Bisono
(DOM)/Javier Castillo in 4
match on court 3.
Erin plays against Tyler
Smith (BER) first match on
Court 2, both players will be
trying to win their first
match as they are both 0-2 in
the round robin. In doubles
she and partner will play
Tyler Smith(BER)/Amanda
Gomez (CUB) the 5 match
on Court 3.
The round robin raps up
today with all the players
playing one final match to
determine final position
when combining the round
robin pools. The Boys has
two pools of 6 players each
and the Girls have two pools
of 4 players. In the case of
the Boys they will play for
positions 1 -12, and the girls
positions 1 - 8. Currently,
Justin Roberts is 4 - 0 in his
singles matches and Erin
Strachan is 0 - 2 in her

Tonique in USC Hall of Fame

FROM page 10

becoming the first Carolina women's individual gold
medallist in any sport.
She was also the 2005 world champion in the 400-
meter dash.
Since the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall

of Fame was created in 1967, the University of South
Carolina Association of Lettermen has previously
selected 105 members.
Williams-Darling, who had the Independence High-
way renamed the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway
in her honour by the Bahamas Government in 2005,
was unavailable for comment up to press time last

Davis Cup: Federer

gives Swiss 2-0 lead

AP Sports Writer

GENOA, Italy (AP) - Roger Fed-
erer rolled to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win Friday
over Simone Bolelli to give Switzerland
a 2-0 lead against Italy in the Davis Cup
Playing four days after his five-set
loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the US
Open final, Federer shook off two
break points in the opening game and
was never in trouble against the 64th-
ranked Bolelli.

Federer, who struggled with his serve
in the US Open final, had 10 aces to
go with 35 winners.
"With the jet lag and surfaces change
and playing here in Italy away, I knew it
was always going to be a tough match,"
said Federer, who improved his Davis
Cup record to 36-11.
Stanislas Wawrinka defeated
Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in the first
match on the red clay courts at the Val-
letta Cambiaso club.
"We knew these were key matches,
and that we were able to get both gives

us a great opportunity on the week-
end," Federer said.
Federer and Wawrinka, the Olympic
champions, will face Fabio Fognini and
Potito Starace in doubles on Saturday,
with reverse singles scheduled for Sun-
Seppi and Bolelli wore black arm-
bands to mourn six Italian soldiers
killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on
The winner of the best-of-five series
will return to the World Group next

Wednesday September 16

Boys Singles
Justin Roberts (BAH) def.
Raul Rodriquez (CUB) 40,
Justin Roberts (BAH) def.
Javier Costillio (GUA) 40,
1. Justin Roberts
(BAH)/Maurico Fernandez
(CUB) def.
Julian Soborio
(CRC)/Raul Rodriquez
(CUB) 41, 41
2. Justin Roberts
(BAH)/Maurico Fernandez
(CUB) def. Brimaire Pierre
(HAI)/Dario Romero (ESA)
41, 53
Girls Singles
Erin Strachan (BAH) lost
Melanis Diaz (CUB) 14, 14

Erin Strachan
(BAH)/Yannise Machado
(CUB) def. Tyler Smith
(BER)/Amanda Gomez
(CUB) 40, 35, 10-7.
Thursday September 17

Boys Singles
Justin Roberts (BAH) def.
Osmiel Rivera (CUB) 40, 40
Justin Roberts (BAH) def.
Brimaire Pierre (HAI) w/o

Justin Roberts
(BAH)/Maurico Fernandez
(CUB) def. Joel Lutchman
(SUR)/Osmiel Rivera (CUB)
40, 40
Girls Singles
Erin Strachan (BAH) lost
Yannise Machado 24, 35
Erin Strachan(BAH)/J j
(CUB) lost Chassidy King
(ANT)/ Yusleidy Smith
(CUB) 14, 24
Friday September 18
Justin Roberts (BAH) vs
Joel Lutchman (SUR) 2nd
match Court 3
Erin Strachan (BAH) vs
Tyler Smith (BER) 1st match
Court 2

Justin Roberts
(BAH)/Maurico Fernandez
vs Juan Bisono (DOM)/
Javier Costillio (GUA) 5
match Court 4
Erin Strachan (BAH)/ J g
(CUB) vs Tyler Smith
(BER)/Amanda Gomez
(CUB) 5 match Court 3

Greece beats

Turkey 70-74

in OT to gain

Euro semis

- Greece has beaten Turkey
76-74 in overtime to advance
to the semifinals of the Euro-
pean basketball champi-
Point guard Vasileios
Spanoulis led Greece with 23
points and seven assists on
Friday. Toronto Raptors for-
ward Hedo Turkoglu scored
all 13 of his points in the
fourth quarter and overtime
to pace Turkey.
Turkey guard Ender Arslan
forced the extra period with a
left-handed scoop layup at the
buzzer in regulation. His 3-
pointer from the top of the
key at the buzzer in overtime
bounced out.
Greece will play Spain in
the semifinals on Saturday.





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OVER-LOOKING PRINCE GEORGE WHARF, the night club Bambu is definitely one of Nas-
sau's hot spots, especially on a Friday night. Bahamians and tourists alike enjoy partying at the
downtown Nassau venue. Bambu is the party spot for young cruise ship tourists that mix and min-
gle with a set of stylish Bahamians who are into house music, techno, latin, pop, hip hop and alter-
native tunes. The club usually gets crowded around midnight and that's when the party really
starts. The dance floor is always packed, the bar is busy and the crowd has blast. Nobody at
Bambu tries too hard or is there just to see and be seen. The atmosphere is all energetic fun, even
though security and the dress code are strictly enforced. Just dress in upscale club wear and you
are good to go!
When asked to describe the night club, one regular patron said, "Bambu is a clash between tech-
no and alternative with a Bahamian flare."
Bambu is also the venue for special events and parties, and was recently the set for the club scene
in the new video "Worries in the Dance" by popular Bahamian artist and producer El Padrino.

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