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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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2008
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Managers
happier with
severance pay

than employees”

released on
Tuesday

By CHESTER ROBARDS , _
Tribune Staff Reporter

LAYOFFS continued yester- ’

day at Atlantis Paradise Island

where Wednesday the Bahamas’, |

giant resort started dismissing 800
employees.

Emotions flared Tuesday as
employees, some of. whom had
worked for more than two,
decades at the property, emerged
with severance pay they consid-
ered insufficient.

However, managers who
received their walking papers yes-
terday did not share the same sen-
timent. .

« “T love it — if it was any better
I would think it was a set up,” said
George Moss about his severance
pay. Wh

Mr Moss, who was ahead chef

at Atlantis and had been an

employee for 21 years, not wanti- ,

ng to reveal the exact figure said
he received between $39,000 and
$50,000 in severance pay.

As a manager he received
almost ten times more than some

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Commonwealth Bank to extend

operating hours after Atlantis firings | |

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

IN RESPONSE to the firings

‘of hundreds of Atlantis employ-

ees over the past two days Com-
monwealth Bank is extending
operating hours into the weekend

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to accommodate unemployed per-
sons who have existing consumer

_ and mortgage loans.

The bank's Star Plaza, Wulff
Road and Golden Gates branches
will open.from 9am to 3 pm for
the next two to three Saturdays to
consult customers in financial
straits due to job losses.

"We're trying to do whatever
we can in these very hard times —
as a Bahamian bank we have a
vested interest in seeing Bahami-
ans succeed," Jan Jennings, Com-
monwealth Bank's senior vice-

president and chief financial offi-

cer, said. "We've delivered letters
to Atlantis to pass on to all affect-
ed employees, but we're also invit-

ing them to come into the branch-’

es to speak to us and we've been
proactive in trying'to reach them."

It was too soon to‘assess how ~

much the.country's unemployment
would raise loan defaults, Mr Jen-
nings said, but he does expected
some increase in delinquent loans.

"If you look at the total.employ-
ment numbers it's pretty much
close to about one per cent of the
total workforce has just been laid
off — obviously it's going to

SEE page 11

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SEVERAL initiatives
launched by tourism officials

are beginning to restore
demand for a Bahamas vaca-

tion, it was claimed yester-’.

day.
The government says

rebates, reduced flight prices —

and other initiatives are
being used to combat the
low arrival rates which have
led to mass lay-offs at hotels.

“Although no one antici-
pated the depth of the cur-
rent slowdown, the Ministry
of Tourism and our private
sector partners started some
programmes months ago
that are already beginning
to bear fruit,” said the gov-
ernment statement.

The ministry decided to
-maximise the benefits from,
the country’s “proximity
advantage” to the United
States by offering lower cost
airfares in various markets
as a test.

The test ended yesterday

SEE page eight



By MEGAN REYNOLDS

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Tribune Staff Reporter

A SHOPKEEPER was shot in
the head when two armed rob-
bers broke into his Sunlight Vil-
lage home Wednesday night. He
later died in hospital.

Fifty-seven-year-old Haitian-
Bahamian Bernard.Jean, who
lived with his wife Judy Jean, and
her two children in a clapboard
house next to the Sunlight Village
park and basketball court off East
Street, was well known in the
neighbourhood and was popular
with young people.

Mrs Jean, 39, said: her husband _|
of four years was like a father to
her 16 and Leyear eld daughter.
and son. Fy

“He was a very kind and lov-
ing person,” she said. -

. Mr Jean was well known in the
area as he sold sodas, juice and
Vitamalt from their home. She

Bernard Jean

Call for
support to
root out
violence

Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

Tim Clarke/Tribune

- A COMMUNITY rocked by
the murder of Bernard Jean
needs support from government,
churches and the corporate sector
to root out violence, maintains
Bahamas Against Crime. f
The independent not-for-prof-
it organisation works with com- :
munity groups across New Prov- ©
idence to combat crime at its core.
For several months it has been

14 per cent increase
in aaa crimes

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Tribune Staff Reporter



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speaks to the media: yestetday

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MAJOR crimes committed for the year have shown a 14 per cent»
increase compared to 2007 figures, according to police officials.

‘Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce anti-crime forum held at
police headquarters yesterday, Director of Research and Planning
for Police Chaswell Hanna highlighted numerous crime trends identi-
fied throughout the year.

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PAGE 2, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



ATLANTIS LAYOFFS: The fallout

Mortgage lenders ready to help
clients ride out financial storm



In brief

Cable Bahamas
network problems

CABLE Bahamas said yester-
day that it is still experiencing dif-
ficulties stabilising its network.

“As a result, our internet
clients may experience intermit-
tent problems accessing their e-
mail and surfing the internet.

“Much progress has been made
and (Cable Bahamas) teams are
working diligently to resolve all
issues in the shortest time frame
and will continue to send updates
as they become available. Cable
Bahamas apologises for any
inconvenience caused,” the com-
pany said yesterday in a state-
ment.

Thousands of Bahamians have
been experiencing disruptions to
their internet service over the last
few. days. Cable Bahamas’

spokesman Keith Wisdom said a
major upgrade of the internet
‘core IP system was due to be,
completed on Tuesday morning,
however, unforeseen technical
difficulties continue to affect the

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

In the wake of lay-offs for hundreds of
Atlantis employees, mortgage lenders yes-
terday said they are as yet uncertain of
how many of their clients have been
impacted, but stand by ready to help them
ride out the financial hardship that lies
ahead.

Jerome Godfrey, managing director of

the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation
(BMC) said the corporation will assess
client’s circumstances on a “case by case”
basis and is “most definitely” prepared to
offer payment moratoriums — where clients
do not have to put up any money - for
periods of up to three months.

“That’s what we can do initially. This is
something we do outside of whatever the
government may decide to do. Then we’ll

be necessary at that point,” said Mr God-
frey.

Clients who had kept up to date with
their payments in the past will get the most
preferential treatment from the bank.

“That'll be a significant factor in how

- well we can respond. An account in arrears,

its a given that that account has already
exhausted that moratorium. We will not
ignore the request but we will have to treat
(it differently),” he said.

For those clients who are already in
arrears and may now have lost their jobs,
Mr Godfrey said their unemployment may
not automatically spell disaster as govern-
ment unemployment and mortgage pay-
ment assistance initiatives could provide
a buffer.

The government has not yet announced .
however when these programmes will’

come into effect, and who will be eligible.
BMC is currently doing an assessment of

Wednesday and Thursday may have on
their books.

“We would like to encourage those
effected to contact us immediately.so we ,
’ can make appropriate arrangements to

assist them,” he said.

Mr Godfrey said that there was a “posi-
tive response” to the corporation’s efforts
earlier in the year to encourage workers
who might be impacted to come in and
work out a way of managing their financial
situation. However, the number of Joans in
arrears at the corporation still increased
from 22.43 per cent in May of this’ year to
over 26 per cent.

Tanya McCartney, managing decor of |

mortgage lender RBC FINCO said her
company was expecting people in the hotel
sector to suffer, adding that “until we see a
turnaround we’re poing to have to, work
with these people.”

She added: ““We’ll take same approach
what impact the mass lay-offs at Atlantison . that we’ve taken since earlier this year, -

since the slow down in the economy to
help those hotel workers.”
She said the strategy outlined on Mon-

_day by FINCO vice president Nathaniel

Beneby “was designed to deal with cir-
cumstances such as these.”

Even if unemployed people are not able
to pay anything for a significant amount of
time, Ms McCartney said this would “not
be the end of the world.”

However, this all depends on them hav-
ing a good debt management history.

“If they have been good faithful consis-
tent customers we value that relationship

_and we understand what they’ve been

going through and we are going to try and

- find a solution for their present circum-

stances,” she said.

As to whether the difficulties being suf-
fered by hotel-workers mean FINCO will
now be less inclined to initiate new loans
with them, Ms McCartney said that “goes

review that for whatever extensions might

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Bahamians urged to join

march against violent crime

Families of murder victims announce November 22 event



STANDING at left is Tanya Clarke, fiancee of Levanto Moneur, aunt was killed in AGaUets Hurranda Newton, moth-
er of Sheanda Newton, 18, who was murdered on Charles Saunders Highway on October 18; and Lakota Per-
centie, wife of Vincent Percentie, 40, who was killed on Wulff Road on October 24. The third woman from the
right is Prophetess Patricia Coakley Mortimer, mother. in law of Vincent Percentie. At far right is Elaine Rolle, moth-
er of Marvin Ferguson, murdered i in. oe and Sen: Smith, killed on September 20 this year, the same day as

his cousin, Levatdo Armbrister. -

FOUR families of murder vic-
tims — among them a woman who

lost two sons and a nephew in’

separate incidents — came togeth-
er yesterday to announce a march
against violent crime. .

.The meeting was very emo-
tional, with the grieving relatives
speaking about their loss.

Tanya Clarke, fiancee of
Levardo Moncur, who was killed
on August 18-in Coral Heights,

~explained how the couple were

set to marry in March of next
year, She said she has been left
devastated by his death. .
Lakota Percentie, the widow
of 40-year-old Vincent Percentie

~~ who was shot and killed on Octo-
ber 24 on Wulff Road, has been ©

crying uncontrollably ever since,
her mother said.

Also present was Elaine Rolle,
the mother of Marvin Ferguson,
who was killed in 2001. Seven
years later, on September 20 of
this year, her. other san, Sedino
Smith and her nephew Lavardo
Armbrister were killed.

Michaela Brown, her daugh-
ter, read a statement on behalf
of the group.

She said: “No one expects a
crime-free society but at the same
time no one expects to live in a
crime-ridden society, such as the



Bahamas has become over the as we march on November 22 to



“No one expects a crime-free society
but at the same time no one expects to
live in a crime-ridden society such as
the Bahamas has become over the past |
few years.”

past few years.” Criticising judges

for giving bail for persons charged
with murder. and condemning
parliamentarians for not doing
more about the situation, she said:
“We make no excuse for our posi-
tion because too many of our
beloved sons.and daughters, hus-
bands-and: wives, fathers and
mothers, nephews and nieces now
lie cold and silent forever in their

graves because of the evil mur-
derous spirit that walks boldly -
and fearlessly throughout our

islands.”
“We march in memory of the
hundreds of Bahamians who have

been murdered in recent times”

and we march to make a strong
call to our law-makers to pass

- laws immediately that would

remove all the obstacles to the
hanging of convicted murderers.

“We call on all’ Bahamians,
from every walk of life to join us

Michaela Brown

bring back hanging for all mur-
derers. We be marching to bring
back the fear of the law, which
will deter misguided persons from
carrying out senseless acts of
deadly violence.”

The march will begin at 9am
at Tom Grant Park on Grahant
Drive in Yellow Elder Subdivi-
sion, just-west of AF Adderley
High School. It will head east to
Baillou Hill Road, on to Robin-
son Road, Marathon Road, then ©
Wulff Road. It will then head
west to East Street and north to
Ross Corner, then on to Market
Street. From there, it will travel
south to Chapel Street and west

-on Chapel and Meadow Streets to

Nassau Street. The march will
then proceed south on Nassau
Street to Poinciana Drive, east to
Rupert Dean Lane, south to

' Huyler Street and east to Baillou

Hill Road, then back to Tom
Grant Park.



THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, PAGE 3





In brief

Kerzner
rejects
reports of
riotous
behaviour

KERZNER International
said Thursday it was dismayed
by some media reports that
staff affected by Wednesday’s
layoffs at the resort were
riotous and violent. It said that
the reports were completely
false.

The company also denied
the report that a man col-
lapsed and died on learning
that he had been laid off by
the company. The report
claimed that a man fainted on
receiving news of his dis-
missal, then died later that
night in hospital

It was later reported that
the person who started the
rumour of the sudden death
was playing a practical joke.

. Ed Fields, Senior Vice-
President of Public Affairs, .
referring to a news report of
riotous and violent behaviour
when dismissals were
announced on Wednesday,
said that “nothing could be
further from the truth.”

“Given the circumstances,
‘our former team members

. conducted themselves with
.dignity and graciousness.
While quite naturally some
people were emotional, there
were no acts of. violence, no
property damaged and the
whole exercise.was quite
peaceful,” he said.

“We feel that our former
‘team members have been ~
unfairly depicted by these
reports and that we.can only ~
express pride with the charac-
ter displayed by all.”

Claims that the company
was for sale to MGM and that
the reductions were related to
that were also denied. “There
is ho such deal, period,” said

Mr Fields, “any assertions to |.

the contrary are wrong.”

‘Mr Fields re- emphasised” as

that the cut backs involved no
more than 800 persons.

“We are saddened that giv-
en the seriousness of times
such as these, that’ reporting
inaccuracies does not lend to
lessening the pain that many
of our people are experienc-
ing.”

BIC, BOPOU
sign new
labour
agreement

THE Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company
announced yesterday that it
has signed a three year
labour agreement with the
company’s non-management
union, the BCPOU.

The agreement retroac-
tively spans the period of
October 2007 through to
September 2009.

“We have been involved
since late 2007 in substantive
negotiations with the
BCPOU to work toward
completion of this latest
industrial agreement. We
have been able to do so
largely in a spirit of co-oper-
ation and mutual trust and
we believe that the positive
and constructive relationship
between the BTC and the
BCPOU will remain through
the life of this contract,” said

- Kirk Griffin, acting ‘president
and CEO of the.company. -

The key provisions of the
agreement call for a four per
cent increase in salary within
the first year, the payment of
a one-time lump sum of
$5,000 to each employee in
year two, and a four per cent
increase in the final year of
-the contract.

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ATLANTIS LAYGFFS: The fallout

She has lost her.
husband and son —
and now her job



@ By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN Atlantis worker lost her

husband, her son and yesterday,
she lost her job.

Now, with her only source of
income shut off and less than $20

of savings in the bank, she stands .

to lose much more.

The widow, who wanted to be
known only as Mae, said were
her husband and son still alive,
they would have taken care of
her during this hard time.

“After my son died I was left
alone,” said Mae.

“He worked in the hotel and
had a jet-ski business — I had
income then.

“Now they took away my job,
J just don’t have anywhere to
go.”

She said her son was 23-years~
old when he died.

- Mae said she is now in danger



of being evicted from her apart-
ment. She said the Bahamas
Hotel Catering and Allied Work-
ers Union assisted her with
$1,000 to pay her rent, however,
it couldn’t assist with the three
months of back payments she
owes her landlady.

“The woman needs her money
— that’s her place,” she said.
“T’m going to be a landlady soon
and I don’t want it done to me.”

According to Mae, she is
building apartments-and her loan
for those apartments was being
deducted from her pay cheque
every month.

Now the cheques have
stopped. ,

She said her next move is to
move out of her apartment, put
her stuff in storage and live with
her mother until she can do bet-
ter. “I have to look for a storage

place now to store my furniture’

and lay low until I can go out on



my own again,” said Mae.
Mae worked as a banquet
server at Atlantis for 11 years

- and said she didn’t think she

received what she deserved when

‘ they let her go.

However, she said for now it is
a blessing.

“I’m blessed with close to
$5,000, which is not anything
much, but I was working one,
two sometimes three days,” she
said.

“If I had continued to work
those amount of days until the
end of this year I would not have
made $5,000 because right now I
was only carrying home $200 and
something dollars.”

She said she would look for
another job, but she knows there
is nothing out there because of
the state of the economy.

She is still holding onto hope
that Atlantis might still take her
and others back as “on-call”






ee

Me BLOW: Mae, who has lost Re Aone ae

servers, but she is not certain that
they will. “If managers can go
back and consider certain things
for certain people they need to
reconsider me — I need my job,”
said Mae. ~

She said she would look for

another hotel job if there were
other hotels to turn to.

She is alone and has to assist

with a grandchild.

“This is not what I deserve —

I don’t have no plans, mister,”
said Mae.

























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

~ THE potential for a further increase in

non-payment of premiums, and the threat
of-a rise in crime and fraudulent claims has
some insurance companies worried about
the burden they will have to bear.

On Wednesday, 800 Atlantis workers
-were made redundant after visitor num-
| bers dropped.

Yesterday, insurance company stake-
holders said they will have to wait a while
before they see the full extent of the fall-
out, but there is reason to be nervous.

“Without a doubt we need to be con-
cerned because some way or other you’re
going to feel the impact. If it’s not from the
standpoint of reduced clients or increased

| menting about the increased crime poten-
tial bécaiisé 'that‘will ’ impact” insurers ‘as

increased cat’ and home'"break-ins,” said’ ~
Robert Bartlett, a senior account executive
at insurance providers JS Johnson.



Retailer hopes to woo customers through creative measures

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

A MAJOR retailer is implementing a few cre-
ative measures to attract consumer spending in the
softened economy. Sandy Schaeffer, president and
founder of Robin Hood Enterprises, said he was
concerned about the spending power of Bahamians
following a series of lay-offs in the hospitality sector.

While he said it was too early-to speculate how the
lay-offs will affect'Robin Hood's revenue, the store
— which recently added groceries to its shelves — will
lower prices even more to keep shoppers coming.

Mr Schaeffer is also in negotiations with the
Department of Transport to provide free trans-
portation to and from the store's John F Kennedy

Drive location.

"This is a whole painful exercise for everybody,
what we're trying to do is we're running sales now to
even lower our prices to make things even more
affordable, we're working with the Department of
Transportation to try to set up some free service
buses (for round-trip transport to the store), I think
everybody needs to do whatever it is that we can to
try and assist people but ultimately nothing can
replace a job but a job,” he told The Tribune yes-

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Like other insurers, Mr Bartlett

explained that “right now it’s just too soon
to say” exactly how much of a blow.the

- hotel lay-offs will be.to the insurance

industry.

It depends, he said, firstly on how many
of those who were employed at Atlantis
were insured, and secondly how the risk
which they now represent is “spread
among” insurance companies.

On Wednesday, many suddenly laid-
off Atlantis employees questioned how
they would meet their financial obliga-
tions and some said they believe it will
result in a crime spike.

The insurance industry has already been
experiencing a rise in non-payment of pre-
miums and lapses in policy renewals, said
the account executive, his sentiment

‘ echoed by Jason Pinder, a corporate

administrator at Star General Insurance
brokers, and Patrick Ward, chief executive

* officer’ at Bahamas’ First General Insur-

Janice."

Mr Pinder said his’ company had already
been “affected tremendously” by the slow-
down in the economy, with this hitting

terday. "But difficult situations offer different oppor-
tunities so for those of us that will survive, for those
of us that are quick to adapt to a changing environ-
ment, it means Tecognising that it's going to forge us

_ to be creative."

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For a few weeks in September and October, ite
company placed its 140 member staff on reduced
work weeks. Presently, those schedules have
returned to normal and are expected to remain that

Mr Schaeffer added that moving forward into
next year will require sacrifices from employers as
they struggle to keep persons working.

He plans to focus on lowering overhead costs to
minimise expenditure and will only turn to lay-offs-as
a last resort, he said. "In terms of next year, we look
basically to try to stablise ourselves and to minimise
costs to try to reduce overhead without impacting
employment — in terms of energy savings and other
methods — and the measure of last resort is to fire

“Certainly peiees you get to that point you want
to try and put them on minimal work weeks but_as
employers, we all have a responsibility to bite the

“It's going to require uy perhaps to operate at a
loss for a particular time," he said.

Hotel layoffs leave insurers feeling nervous

more heavily since July. “This (the
Atlantis lay-offs) will undoubtedly make
the situation for us worse,” said Mr Pinder.

Around 30 per cent of Star General
Insurance’s business has traditionally come
from hotel employees.

He said he could not say for sure. how
many Atlantis employees, now redundant,
are insured with the company but he feels
the industry has “not yet experienced the
brunt” of the downturn in the-tourism sec-
tor in particular. ©

“Tt’s going to be a rough road ahead. It’s
already causing us to look at ways that
we’re going to have to streamline things.
It’s not been a good year,” he said.

Meanwhile, the corporate administrator
suggested Atlantis redundancies are
expected to only worsen a situation which
has already seen a rise in the non-renew-
al of motor insurance over the last two
years, leaving the Road Traffic Depart-
ment “very concerned” about the num-
ber of people driving without coverage.

As to whether the financial difficulties ;

hotel industry workers are going through

‘ may affect their eligibility for insurance

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it may mean some clients are required to
pay a greater proportion of their premium
upfront.

Sounding a positive note, chief execu-
tive officer of Bahamas First General
insurance Patrick Ward said that although
there has been a “general slow-down” for
his company already, he has an “optimistic
outlook” about the impact on the industry

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but I don’t think it will be a massive loss in
business,” he said.

“But that presupposes that the world-
wide economic situation is going to
improve in the medium to long term.”

He noted that one of the*unfortunate
by-products of an economic downturn “is
that there is a higher instance of fraudulent
claims. .

“We will have to become more vigilant
to.keep an eye out for that, but we haven’t
seen anything that would indicate there’s
been an upward trend in that regard just
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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dosyias of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt .

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972

Why we need a fully
functional public
utilities commission




Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A.,

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Rome had its own financial collapse

IT HAS been said that there is no new thing
under the sun.

If we only knew our history better, we could

. learn from the mistakes of the ancients and

possibly avoid many errors in our own times. '

‘Unfortunately, because each new generation is
ignorant of what has gone before, it starts its
own story with a clean slate, condemning history
to repeating itself-with all its tragedies.

Today our only point of reference to a simi-
lar worldwide economic downturn — the Great
Depression — started in 1929 and continued
into the thirties.

But there were many depressions before
that,:going as far back as the panic of 33 AD in

Rome, which started with a disturbance in >

Judaea and was quelled by the governor, Pon-
tius Pilate. It was at the time of Christ, and the
upheaval had its roots in his teachings.

About a year before the Judaean unrest, the
firm of Seuthes & Son of Alexandria lost three
of its richly laden spice ships in a hurricane in
the Red Sea. A little later the well known pur-
ple dye house of Malchus and Company in Tyre
— with factories at Antioch and Ephesus —
went bankrupt. It was discovered that the great
banking house of Rome had loaned heavily. to
these two important firms. The scene was now
set for collapse. This tragedy was repeated last
month on Wall Street. For our Roman story
we only have to substitute the names of Leman
Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG and
all the other banks that created our present

financial crisis with their collapse. We can also
understand the panic of the then known world
in AD 33 — 1,985 years ago. What is interesting
is that today’s solution is similar to that of 33
AD. However, instead of arguing with the US

Senate for a Treasury bailout, a fast messenger. . '

was sent post haste to Tiberius Caesar inform-
ing him of the danger of a total collapse, and
begging him to open the Treasury to prevent the
crisis.
According to historian Will Durant “the
famous ‘panic’ of AD 33 illustrates the devel-
opment and complex interdependence of banks
and commerce in the Empire. (Caesar) Augus-
tus had coined and spent money lavishly, on
the theory that its increased circulation, low
interest rates, and rising prices would stimu-

late business. » Does that theory sound familiar.”

to our readers?’

Durant continued that Augustus s theory .

did stimulate business. However, “as the process

could not go on forever, a reaction set in as

early as 10 BC when this flush minting ceased.”
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Then came along atiother Caesar, —
Tiberius— with an opposite theory. He believed
that the most economical economy is the best.
He strictly limited government expenditure,

sharply restricted new issues of currency and ©

hoarded 2,700,000,000 sesterces in the Trea-
sury. However, businessmen’s lavish trading
with the East continued. “Prices fell, interest
rates rose, creditors foreclosed on debtors,

debtors sued usurers, and money lending almost

ceased. The Senate tried to check the export of
capital by requiring a high percentage of every
senator’s fortune to be invested in Italian land;
senators thereupon called in loans and fore-
closed mortgages to raise cash, and the crisis
rose.’

When a senator notified the Balbus bank
that he had to withdraw a large sum of money to
comply with the law, the firm announced bank-
ruptcy.

The game of falling ten pins had started.
Seuthes and Son, with the loss of their three
spice ships, collapsed as did the great dyeing
concern of Malchus at Tyre.

Rumour started that the great banking house
of Rome would be broken by their excessive
loans to these two firms. Depositors started a
“run” on the bank, closing its doors. Later on
the same day. another large bank in Rome
closed. Almost simultaneously the banks of the
Empire started to collapse — Lyons, Carthage,
Corinth and Byzantium. One after the other
the banks of Rome closed. 'The world of AD 33
was in panic.

“Tiberius finally met the crisis by suspending
the land-investment act and distributing
100,000,000 sesterces to the banks, to be lent
without interest for three years on the security
of realty. Private lenders were thereby con-
strained to lower their interest rates, money
came out of hiding, and confidence slowly
returned.”

Today no one has the answer to the present
crisis, other than bailouts to save jobs, homes,
and industry i in the hope of getting the economy
moving.

Prime Minister Ingraham has been criticised
by former prime minister Christie for his
response to the resulting downturn in our econ-
omy. Commenting on the Christie statement, a

Jamaican remarked yesterday: “At least Prime

Minister Ingraham recognises there is a prob-
lem, while here in Jamaica our Prime Minister
is yet to admit there is a problem.”

The Jamaican was confident that by ‘Prime

, Minister Ingraham accepting that there is a

problem, the Bahamas is nearer to finding a
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would most appreciate the
opportunity to respond to BEC
transparency and accountabili-
ty concerns, expressed by The
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, Mr Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, as reported in an
October 22 Tribune Business
article captioned, “Transparen-
cy’ call over BEC fuel sur-
charge.’

Mr President, the solution to
your concerns and those of oth-
er thinking Bahamians, lies
within a fully functional Public
Utilities Commission (PUC).

Your reported concerns and °

many others, were shared by

myself and the other leaders of '

the Bahamas National Con-
sumers Union (BNCU), former
PLP Senator K Neville Adder-
ley, Dr Peter Maynard and
Franklyn G Ferguson, when we
first advocated for the estab-

_ lishment of a utilities commis-

sion during Prime Minister
Ingraham’s first administration.
I am writing all of this from
memory, so-I will stay away
from specific dates.

Unfortunately for The
Bahamas and its citizenry, what
we now have is a Telecommu-
nications. Commission mas-
querading as a Public Utilities
Commission.

The people advocated for,

‘and our parliament passed a

PUC Act, however both Prime
Ministers Ingraham and
Christie have not to date
gazetted those provisions of the
PUC Act, that would give the
PUC oversight of BEC and oth-
er public utilities.

As it now stands, only the
telecommunications provisions
of the PUC Act have been
gazetted, and therefore only
those provisions have become
Bahamian law.

And so President D’Aguilar,
a fully functional PUC would
go a long way in addressing not
only corporate Bahamas’ con-
cerns as they relate to BEC, but

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also those of the general public.
Perhaps the BCC can assist the

Bahamian people in this regard,

by advocating for a proper
PUC, as we obviously cannot
depend on our disinterested
Members of Parliament so to
do.

And the PUC is not’an iso-
lated incident, which begs the
question: Do our Parliamentar-
ians care whether or not legis-
lation that is duly passed on
behalf of the Bahamian people,
is gazetted and the accompany-
ing regulations, where applica-
ble, brought forth? Are they
keeping track of these things,
or do they just go to the House
or Senate with no agenda what-
soever?

Be that as it may, the envi-
ronmental stewardship of BEC
should also be.a matter of pub-
lic concern.

It is interesting to note that
whenever some concerned staff
member/s of BEC, stationed at
‘Clifton Pier especially, made
revelations to the press over the
years concerning the unmiti-
gated dumping and leaking of
waste oil into the ground by
BEC, those allegations were

always quickly and strongly ©

denied by the BEC General
Manager. Now and behold, new
BEC Chairman Mr Fred Got-
tlieb, in his first walkabout and
tour of BECs Clifton Pier facil-
ities, has confirmed observing
first hand, waste oil all over the
place at Clifton.

Is BEC’s manager more
inclined to authorise costly
repairs to generators once they
would have stopped working,
than in ensuring regularly
scheduled maintenance?

Why are Harbour Island and 5
other Out Islands still suffering’
at the hands of BEC? Should _

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we not have been exploring
alternative sources of energy
decades ago?

On a more general note, the
situation involving the PUC Act
and its ungazetted provisions,
in my opinion speaks to the
inherent conflict of interest
involved in having two best
friends and former law partners,
serving simultaneously as Prime
Minister of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, and Leader
of Her Majesty’s Loyal Oppo-
sition respectively. Bahamian
politics being what it is, how can
we ever honestly expect one to
police the other?

And now Philip ‘Brave’
Davis, the other law partner,
may want to throw his hat into
the ring: for the leadership of
the PLP.

Should we really be electing
anyone to political leadership
in this country, who sees no
shame and/or disgrace, in using
his time in Parliament, to
espouse the punishment of any
local media house that publish-
es unflattering news articles
about the PLP? Do we really
want to return to the years
when the publication of the gov-
ernment’s Official Gazette was
off limits for The Tribune?

Does.it concern anyone else
that former Prime Minister
Christie, in the midst of yet
another. potential PLP scandal,
is reported to have said that
during his time as prime minis-
ter, in dealing with the scandals
of his administration, he was
always keen to be seen to be
acne. in the best interest of his
party? —

Is that not the reason why
he is now Leader of the Oppo- -
sition, because he was keen to
always act in the best interest
of his party, and not that of his

~ country? —

LAVADE

October .26, 2008

Government should invest in the talent
of convicts when they leave prison

EDITOR, The Tribune.

AFTER seeing on television
what convicts of Her Majesty’s
can produce and the level of tal-
ent there, I write with a pro-
posal for Government.

When these convicted per-
sons are let back into society,
they have a real problem with
employers wanting to hire them.
I propose that Government
invest in these individuals, as
no one else will give them a
chance to have a productive life
after prison.

Government can allocate.a
building for these individuals to

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work in and provide the initial
materials for these talented per-
sons to produce their arts and
craft.

These Bahamian products
can then be sold at a profit to
the straw market vendors who
are only supposed to be selling
Bahamian arts and craft in the
Straw Market.

The monies obtained from
the sale of these products can go
towards repaying the Govern-
ment for the materials used in

producing the arts and craft,

and the payment of rent for the
use of the building.

Wages can also be paid to the —
_ ex-prisoners from the sale of
their products.

Government will have to
operate from the perspective

. that “nothing is free” and that

as they will be using taxpayer’s
money to fund this enterprise,
the money must be paid back

-to the Treasury.

_ After a period of time, should
this venture prove to be prof-
itable, it can then be operated
free of Government’s involve-
ment and become an enterprise
standing on its own.

This will help to keep these

‘ex-convicts from returning to a

life of crime in order to survive.

‘They: will then have an outlet

for their talents, regain their
dignity, and be. gainfully
employed.

Most likely, only. Govern-
ment can help these persons, as

_ most employers are not willing

to take a chance on them. —
This is only a proposal which
I am sure can be improved on

by the anteflec wal in Govern-

ment.

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‘ November 5, 2008 °

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, PAGE 5





custody in
connection
with drug
possession

TWO BROTHERS were tak-
en into police custody on Thurs-
day in connection with illegal drug
possession.

At around 2am, officers of the
Carmichael Road Police Station
were in the area of Pastel Gar-
dens when they stopped and
searched a beige coloured Chevro-
let Epica with two male occupants.
Police found a small amount of
marijuana inside the car. The offi-
cers arrested both men, who are
brothers aged 27 and 31.

The two men could be formal-.

ly charged in court as early as :

today.

Norman Solomon's

widow ‘touched’
by Ministry of

Tourism's decision

lm By ALEX MISSICK

NORMAN §olomon’s wid- :
ow said yesterday that she is :
touched by the Ministry of :
Tourism’s decision to-honour
her husband’s memory, and

moved by the fact that his peers,

colleagues and friends would :
want to commemorate his con- |:

tributions.

Mr Solomon is to be hon- }
oured throughout Tourism :
Week this year, as well as at the :
Cacique Awards. A bronze bust }
of Mr Solomon also will be :

placed downtown.

“When the announcement }
was made last spring that this ;
was going to happen, we both :

cried out of pride and humili-
ty. Right to the end Norman :

never believed that he did any-
thing extraordinary or that he
could have inspired and influ-
enced the numbers of Bahami-

ans that he did,” ‘Katherine :

Solomon said.

She explained that in her late /





husband’s mind, making a con- |

tribution — no matter how sm all vi



or in what manner — is Vr? a

person should do wheit they. ;
love their country and their fél- :

low human beings.



“The idea that people will bé
reminded of Norman’s charac- :

ter each and everyday is truly :

awesome, but what would be

more awesome would be for :
everyone to buy. into his vision :
of a greater Bahamas and to :





work together towards that :

end,” Mrs Solomon said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

MANY of the 800 Atlantis workers
forced into unemployment on Wednes-
day are saying the amounts issued as
redundancy packages are simply not
enough.

Former employee Joseph Martin said
he invested 40 years in the company,
starting as a bus-boy. He was a room
service captain when he lost his job.

Mr Martin said: “Of course I was upset
when I found out that I was one of the

LOCAL NEWS

employees to be terminated, but the
amount that they handed over is a slap in
the face.”

- Mr Martin said he received $7,658.30
from the company, which he claims does
not match up with the calculations out-

‘ lined in the BHCAWU handbook.

Mr Martin contends that the package
of someone in his position should not
have been two weeks pay for each year
employed, but rather four weeks salary
per year.

He also claimed that in addition to his
weekly salary of $235.75, he earned gra-

tuity, and that this should have been tak-
en into account when calculating his
package.

This would have entitled
him to receive more than $15,000, he
said.

Mr Martin says that with some man-
agers and supervisors involved in the
staff reduction exercise having received
packages worth $20,000 or more, “some-
thing is definitely wrong.”

Union Secretary General Leo Dou-
glas said that even though many of the
ex-staffers are upset about the differ-




faa be ‘not enough’

ences between their packages and those
of senior employees, there are specific
factors that determine redundancy pay-
ments. k ;

“Management salary is different from
the average waiter or bus-boy, we pay
you based on the number of years
employed and in accordance with the
law and industrial agreement.”

Mr Douglas did admit that some per-
sons received incorrect packages. He
said that those persons will have to con-
sult the union before any adjustments
are made.

New initiative is’
introduced to deal
with troubled students

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Ministry
of Education has moved
towards a more clinical and
therapeutic response to deal-
ing with troubled students in
the public school system, Edu-
cation Minister Carl Bethel
said.

Mr Bethel said that a new
initiative was implemented in
New Providence as alternative
punitive programmes.

“Last year, when we start-
ed the programme we request-
ed the names of the 10 most
disruptive students in every

‘school in New Providence for

the programme,” he said.

Mr Bethel said that the
Transitional Alternative Pro-
gramme (TAPS) is a more
clinical, psychological and

therapeutic approach as it con-

cerns troubled students.
“The programme is aimed
at finding the mental causes,

and finding solutions to help .

troubled students, bearing in

mind that every child is an

individual with an individu-

alixéd-set of needs, Tequiring
individvialised attention, and’

sometimes individualised
help,” he said.

Minister Bethel said he is
aware of the incidents of
school violence at St Georges
High School in Freeport,
where several students had to
be taken to hospital after they
were seriously injured on cam-

us.

The Tribune received
reports that several students
have been expelled and trans-
ferred to Programme ‘Sure.

Mr Bethel said his ministry
is taking the appropriate inter-
vention steps to help troubled
students.





Carl Bethel

He said that wherever there
are students who are “piainly
troubled and disruptive” there
are intervention methods in
place, such as Programme
Sure and YEAST in Andros.

“We felt this was not a suf-
ficient response in the ministry
and last year the department
devised a more therapeutic
and less punitive response, one
that involves having a greater

emphasis: on: psychological «,
counselling and background:.
information that may lead toâ„¢

violent behaviour in children,”
he said.

Mr Bethel said that they are
still awaiting results from the
TAPS programme.

He also stated that his min-
istry is looking at different
methods instead of suspend-
ing and sending students to the
programmes that penalise.

“We are Satisfied that we

’ don’t need police officers at

schools and we have taken

that policy decision. It is our’

view, supported by evidence,
that that is not appropriate,”
he said.





Italian movie premiers in Exuma

EXUMA residents turned out
in full force for the premier of
Matrimonio alle Bahamas, the
Italian comedy that was filmed
principally in Exuma and has
done much to promote the
island throughout Europe. .

Matrimonio alle Bahamas -
translated in English to
‘Bahamas Wedding’ -— was
filmed by the Italian entertain-
ment giant, Medusa.

The production company
spent four days filming in Flori-
da and 20 days in Exuma in the
summer of 2007. Bahamians
finally got the opportunity to see
the fruit of their labour as the
film was shown for the first time
in the Bahamas at the Four Sea-
sons at Emerald Bay.

The Bahamas Film Commis-
sion and the Exuma Tourist

Office gathered members of the ,

community together for the spe-
cial screening. The event was an

opportunity to see the result of

the filming, which injected
almost $1 million into the
Bahamas.

Angela Archer, manager of
the Bahamas Film Commission,
introduced the film to the audi-
ence. She said the creation of
jobs is one of the welcomed out-

comes of accepting film projects

for the Bahamas.

“This gave Bahamians, and
particularly some Exumians, the
opportunity to work in some key
positions in making this all hap-
pen,” Ms Archer said. “They
were, just short, of their million-
dollar, spend in the Bahamas.”

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money for meals, accommoda-
tions, equipment and other
items, the movie also did much
to promote the Bahamas to
Europeans, Ms Archer said.
Matrimonio alle Bahamas has
grossed $15.47 million at the box
office in Europe since it was
released in November, 2007.
Though no specific correlation
has been suggested, the
Bahamas also posted an increase
in arrivals from Europe since the
movie was released. Between
January and the end of August
of 2008, arrivals from Europe
increased by 7.7 per cent.
Exumians attending the pre-

- mier were delighted with the fin-

ished product. Beverly McPhee
said she was proud to see her
home island represented so well
on the big screen. She was sure
that the beauty of the Exuma
water and the look of the Four
Seasons Resort would entice

many Europeans to visit the

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ous. Although we were not able
to understand everything
because of the language barri-
er, it was a great movie.”

Chief counsellor Teddy
Clarke agreed.

“Even though I can’t speak
Italian, I understood the lan-
guage of body and the language
of the movements,” he said.
“The language of love is a uni-
versal language.” -

Mr Clarke was disappointed:
that there were no Exuma signs
prominently displayed in film.
The only sign identifying Exu-
ma specifically was a sticker on a

. speed boat that zoomed between

mainland Exuma on the way to
Chat ’N Chill on Stocking Island.

However, the Bahamas Film
Commission staff pointed out
that the word will get out about
Exuma and the Bahamas due to
the film. Exuma is featured in
the movie’s credits and director

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fi By JOHN ISSA

_ ALTHOUGH The
Bahamas is geographically .a
group of islands. Economical-
ly it is part.of a greater eco-
nomic continent. The often
used Phrase "the global econ-
omy" is indeed a reality. ~
We have come to realize
_the reality of the old saying
that "no man is an island"
because of the global eco-
nomic tsunami that has
arrived on our shores.
Unemployment rates in the
USA and the UK have
reached levels not seen in well
over a decade. These rates are



on an upward trend, so we can.

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ing for the present.

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Bahamas to take part
in international meeting
on climate change —

Minister of State for
the Environment
will head to Tobago

: By KATHRYN

CAMPBELL

_'MINISTER of State for the
Environment Phenton Ney-
mour will be among Common-
‘wealth ministers and parlia-
mentarians who will gather in
Tobago on November 15 and
16 to participate in an interna-
tional parliamentary meeting
on climate change and energy
access.
Minister Neymour said that

this meeting will give legisla-

tors an opportunity to speak
with experts from Africa,

Europe and the Caribbean, and_

discuss ways to.improve renew-
able energy jand alternative
sources throughout: the
Caribbean. .

“We think that it is critical

that the Bahamas plays a role ~

‘in this conference and so I will
be going to meet with fellow
ministers throughout the Com-

: monwealth to discuss avenues
i... and issues suchas financing’

and.policy implementation in
regards to renewable energy.
“We will also address the

_- various efficiency options avail-

able to us for instance wind,
solar and solar thermal which
are sources applicable for the

Bahamas. It is critical that the -
: Bahamas be a part of this .
:.. entire process. We will also

look at geo-thermal,” Mr Ney-
mour said.

According to a release issued ©

by the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment, the meeting is organ-
ised by e-Parliament, a new

global forum which engages

national legislators through
polls and-hearings, and is used
to exchange policy ideas.

Minister Neymour said that .

in light of the recent “turmoil”

Fs and price hikes in the oil indus-

try since 2007, the government
of the Bahamas took'steps to
-improve its position regarding
renewable energy and explore

: - alternative sources of energy.

“We took the position that it
was critical that we begin work
on the National Energy Policy
which is nearing completion,
and we also made the decision

to have the Bahamas Electric- \

ity. Corporation (BEC) seek
proposals on renewable energy

‘throughout the Bahamas for
i. all islands — all 29 locations

where we generate energy,” he
said.

Minister Neymour noted
that the government also took

i the initiative to be a part of the

‘Washington International
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United States President
George Bush and held in
Washington, DC, in March of
this year.

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world.and high government
officials of the United States
with a view to improving the
use of renewable energy and
alternative sources throughout
the world and setting objectives
for each country. The
Bahamas, in its National Ener-

gy Policy, will outline some of ©
those objectives,” Mr Neymour ‘

said.

The meeting is a third in a
series of international parlia-
mentary hearings on climate
change and. energy access for
the. poor in the African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)
regions. The most recent hear-
ing took place in Ghana in Sep-
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Nearly 5 percent of Bahamians
~ suffer from mental illnesses

lm By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter



CLOSE to five per cent of all
Bahamians suffer from mental ill-
nesses, with schizophrenia and
depression being the most wide-
spread disorders, a survey by the
'.; Ministry of Health revealed.

In an effort to destigmatise the
-dssue of mental illness in the
Bahamas, .officials from the

Sandilands Rehabilitation Cen- ~

., tre.and the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) teamed up
: to organise a one-day symposium

to educate the medical. commu-
~ nity and other stakeholders on
» care, prevention, and on modern
’. approaches to mental disorders.
_ Speaking during the opening
of the symposium Wednesday
morning, Dr Yitades Gebre, a
senior advisor for PAHO, said in
.. many cases physicians who oper-

./ até outside of the mental health,
~ field encounter patients affected —

“.by.mental disorders, but are
unable to identify the symptoms

or treat the conditions due to

_ their inexperience.
~,. “This. symposium focuses on

~ assisting these medical officers to _

identify symptoms, making the
. diagnosis and providing the care
needed, allowing them to assist
“in reducing the burden at the
~~ highest level,” Dr Gebre said.

“> Dr Nelson Clarke, medical
-; chief of staff at Sandilands, point-



DR. TIMOTHY BARRETT, a consultant psychiatrist, speaks to a group

of industry specialist, officials and health professionals this week.

ed out that despite many com-
mon misconceptions, anyone can
fall victim to a mental illness.
“Race, class, gender, social sta-
tus, none of these things makes

-one immune to becoming some-

one afflicted by a mental health
problem,” he said.

Ranging from mild to severe,
Dr. Clarke said mental illnesses
include schizophrenia, depression,
bipolar disorder, anxiety disor-
der, substance abuse disorders,

and the child and adolescent dis-

orders. He explained that stress,
drug use, family history and oth-
er issues related to day-to-day life
are all risk factors which can con-
tribute to mental illnesses.
“Sometimes there’s a mixture
of factors that come together at a

specific time, (when) particular
individuals who are vulnerable
are likely to become ill,” he said.
Dr Clarke said that the best
treatment for persons suffering

_ from a mental illness starts with

an early diagnosis.

He said it is also extremely
important for family members
and friends to address the prob-
lem of mental illness in their

loved*one.

“That way, the road toward a
healthy life will be much easier

to attain and maintain,” he said.

Speakers for yesterday’s event
included psychologists Dr Euge-
nia Combie, Dr Nelson Clarke, ©
Dr Timothy Barrett, Dr Michael

_ Neville, and Dr Agretta Enease-

Carey, a gerontology specialist.

Family Islands earn
Cacique Awards majority



_.. THE Family Islands stole the:

- Cacique Awards spotlight this
“year, as the majority of finalists
‘announced for tourism’s highest
. “awards come from islands other

=. than New Providence and Grand ~

» Bahama. -
‘x Dr:-Keva Bethel, who takes
., over from Dr Davidson Hepburn
~ > as chairperson of the judging Blue
- Ribbon Panel, announced finalists
“sin eight public categories. She said
that 12 of the finalists come from
-.Family Islands, while Grand
-* Bahama and New Providence
each have five nominees.
-. “JT emphasise that excellence in
“performance ‘was. evident
“throughout the islands, ” Dr
~ Bethel said.
“These awards make it clear
that although the messages of the
"Ministry of Tourism and Avia-
tion constantly remind us of the
., deficiencies in service and product
“that should be shored up, the
- Ininistry does not forget the large
- number of people and organisa-
tions that consistently deliver on
_.the promise that it is better in she
_ Bahamas.”
Decisions on finalists were so
*competitive at times that the pan-
el was forced to seek further
information and make follow-up
calls, Dr Bethel said. .

The Finalists in the eight public
-» Categories are: :

: Transportation
Reuben Rahming - Nassau
Captain Lewis Key - Abaco

+. Glender Archer-Knowles - Abaco

Human Resources Development

- Bank
Financing
> Available

Emily Rahming - South Andros
Donald Glass. - Grand Bahama
Carolyn Hanna-Major - Nassau

Sports, Leisure and Events
Ambrose Gouthro - Grand Bahama
Raphael Cartwright - Long Island
Tommy Sewell - Bimini

- Creative Arts
Clayton Curtis - Grand Bahama
Steve Dodge - Abaco ~
Sonovia Pierre - Nassau

Handicraft

Elsie Knowles = - Long Island ‘
Kim Roberts - Abaco

Eloise Smith - Nassau

Sustainable Tourism

Kingsley Holbert - Exuma

Eleanore Munnings - Grand
Bahama

Bimini Sands - Bimini -

The Minister’s Award

- Quinth Saunders - Harbour Island
Peggy Thompson- Abaco ©
Sam Williams — - Nassau

Lifetime Achievement Award
John “Billy Joe” Gilbert - Grand
Bahama

Finalists in the Hotel categories
are:

Supervisor of the Year

Darren King - Westin Our Lucaya
Resort

Kevin McKenzie - Atlantis

Sophie Saunders - Wyndham Nas-
sau.

Sales Executive .
Margo Cox - Wyndham
Brent Ingraham - Old Bahama Bay

Myron Jones - Sheraton Nassau

Beach

Manager

Raylene Gardiner - Old Bahama

Bay

Janet Rolle Stubbs - Four Seasons

Resort

Gina Maria Sweeting-Williams -

Comfort Suites

Employee
Gerard Johnson - Sandals

Shamika Rahming - One and Only

Ocean Club
“Stanley Williams -
can Bay

Chef of. the Year

Carolyn Elaine Bowe - Wyndham

Nassau Resort
Sonate-Brice - Sandals Resort
Alvin Humes - Atlantis

People’s Choice Music Awards

Finalists

Secular Music
‘Phone Card’ by KC

‘Best of My Love’ by the Xtra Band
‘Boy You Don’t Know Me Eh’ by

KB and the Sting
Gospel Music

‘My Soul has Found Rest’ by Bish-

op J Rodney Roberts.

‘Old School Medley’ by Minister

Charles Drake and CMA Ensemble

‘Lord I’m Amazed’ by Mount Tabor

Praise Team

Winners will be revealed at the —
Cacique Awards ceremony on Janu-
ary 30, 2009 at the Rainforest The-

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familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Candidates should
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familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Candidates must also have successful experience in organizing secondary school, choirs, band, music

concerts and drama performances.

Drama: Candidates should be able and willing to teach up to IB theatre arts level and possibly
coordinate musical and drama productions throughout the secondary school.

Information technology: Years pre-school to 13 responsibilities in integrated technology, promoting

the concept of "computer as tool" across all ages and curriculum areas, as well as teaching in years *
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Middle school home room and core teachers: Middle level educational qualifications, experience
working with early adolescents and a familiarity with the philosophy of middle schools are required
from applicants for these posts. Applicants may also be required to teach BGCSE courses up to year
11. ;

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in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer any combination of biology, chemistry and physics at BGCSE
level. If he/she could also. teach mathematics that would be useful.

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teaching in both areas.

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Theory of Knowledge course at IB diploma level. Another will be able to offer the teaching of
psychology at IB diploma level

Interested candidates should-apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade, by letter, email or fax
as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:

* letter of application

* a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy .

¢ a full curriculum vitae,

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THE sale and use of hallucino-
genic, illicit drugs on local school
campuses has had a detrimental
effect on the lives of numerous
Bahamian students and has
adversely impacted their scholas-
tic performance.

The drug trade in the Bahamas
has had a costly impact on society,
ranging from the negligence of
family, pauperism and homeless-
ness, urban/social decay, lack of
investor confidence and a weak-
ened economy, sexually trans-
mitted diseases, an upsurge in
health concerns/costs and a spike
in violent crime.

Tobacco, alcohol and illegal
drug use is becoming more wide-
spread among high school stu-
dents, with the usage of marijua-
na and other inhalants becoming
increasingly popular in grades
nine to 12.

In the Bahamas, the average
age for male and female students
who peddle and = smoke
weed/drugs is 13 and 14, respec-
tively. Banned drugs such as
ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, opi-
um and heroin are often used by
adolescents in their quest for oth-
erworldly bliss and some warped
form of self-transcendance, due
to peer pressure and a need to be
well-liked (group cohesion), mim-
icking celebrities and/or older sib-
lings/friends, hoping to escape
and/or solve problems or to seek
parental support and attention..

Over the years, the illicit drug
plague has ripped our social fab-
ric and will unremittingly haunt
the history of our island chain for
many years to come. Since the
boom of the drug trade, the
Bahamas slithered from a quiet
society where people could sleep
with their doors open, to a crime-
riddled, materialistic society
where brotherly love has almost
disappeared to be replaced by
greed and the preoccupation that
“we must outdo the Joneses”.

During the drug explosion of
the 1970s/1980s, the Bahamas
became the paramount staging
point for the traffic of narcotic
drugs and psychotropic sub-
stances, due to its situation
between the US (demand) and
South American drug producers.

Islands such as the Exumas, the
Berry Islands, Bimini, Abaco,
Long Island, Grand Bahama,
Inagua, San Salvador: and
Eleuthera soon lost: their ‘exotic

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glaze, becoming shadowy off-
shoots as rapacious natives were
besieged by their zeal for quick
riches.

Throughout the years, drugs
coupled with alcohol have led to a
societal meltdown, with crime,
suicides, marital breakdowns,
domestic violence, absenteeism
and unwarranted accidents all the
result of these uses. Here, a for-
merly thriving man became an
utter slob.

These days, press reports indi-
cate that the use of illicit drugs
— particularly marijuana — has
risen among schoolchildren.
Frankly, informal surveys show
that young people are heavily
engaged in the abuse and solici-
tation of banned substances.

According to Terrance Foun-
tain, deputy director designate of
the Anti-Drug Secretariat,
although teenagers use other
drugs, marijuana is the drug of

- choice among high school stu-

dents.

Furthermore, stories of chil-
dren as young as 10 purchasing
and becoming addicted to alco-
hol must not be taken flippantly.
These incidents are patent indi-
cations that a new generation of
substance abusers is on the hori-
zon, who are willingly sacrificing
books and brain cells, and the
future of our country, for a
speedy high.

In a recent news report, I was
dumbfounded when Mr Fountain
claimed that the last drug survey
among high school students was
conducted in 2002. Fountain
asserted that the survey discov-
ered that between 15 to 20 per
cent of Bahamian youngsters had
experimented with marijuana at
least once in their lifetime.
Frankly, those who conducted
that survey appear to have been
grossly deceived as a more realis-
tic impression — based on word
of mouth, eye-witness accounts
and informal surveys — far
exceed 15 to 20 per cent. .

The deputy director suggested
that young males were more sus-
ceptible to prohibited activities
(such as marijuana use), pointing
to the males to females ratio
enrolled at the College of the
Bahamas as being reflective of
this sad reality.

In that July report, Mr Foun-
tain stated that a high school sur-
vey. was being organised for.this
fall semester to determine how
many students were at risk or
already using drugs, but little has
been heard about the progress of
that proposed survey since that
time.

Indeed, sensation-seeking
teenage drug abusers face far-
reaching social implications that
go beyond high school. A student
drug user’s scholastic perfor-
mance is negatively impacted,
which could lead to them skip-
ping classes, falling behind and
failing to complete assignments,
being undisciplined, tardiness and
poor school attendance.

The Bahamas National Drug
Council claims that teenagers
using drugs exhibit symptoms
such as constant arguing; lying
and irresponsibility; isolation,
secrecy and less involvement in
family activities; new interests and
friends; bad grades; hyperactivity,
drowsiness or forgetfulness;

depression or mood swings;
change in speaking patterns;
weight gain or loss and junk food
cravings; bloodshot eyes and the
use of eye drops or incense; run-
ny nose and coughing; odd small
containers in their pockets and
purse; money problems and the
disappearance of alcohol, drugs
and other possessions from their
residences (possibly for sale).
The council also asserts that
the discoveries of drug “para-
phernalia such as pipes, papers
and razor blades, needle marks,
tremors and hallucinations or
delusions” are all indicators that a
teenager is using drugs.

Students who exhibit physical
or emotional signs such as loss of
motor controls, dizziness, unnec-
essary giggling, paranoia and
mood problems such as an
aggressive approach with
peers/teachers — in addition to
the aforementioned behaviours
— show a pattern of concern they
are most likely chemically depen-
dent, adolescent drug abusers.

While many teenage drug
users may display a penchant for
smoking “blunts” (marijuana), I
am told that others prefer cold
and cough medicines, nose candy
such as cocaine/crack, speed
uppers (amphetamines) and sniff-
ing or huffing (ie, putting an
inhalant soaked rag in the
mouth), household products such
as paint thinner, glue, spray paint,
hair spray, correction fluid (white-
out), marker fluid and so on.

The popularity of the “chronic”
(marijuana) is undoubtedly due
in part to its glorification in
movies/music and its easy acces-
sibility, particularly as it can be
grown and distributed locally.
These days, marijuana is usually
laced with more potent drugs
before being smoked.

Ecstasy, a coloured tablet, has
gained popularity among school
age adolescents, particularly those
that frequent nightspots and
drinking parties.

Just this year, I smelt the mar-
ijuana scent on the clothes of a
ninth-grade student. When asked
if he had been smoking, he vehe-
mently denied it, although his
bloodshot eyes and poor acade-
mic performance seemed to tell
another story. ;

I’ve found that students from
broken homes, or who are being
raised in ghetto/urban areas, are
more likely to use drugs although
studies show that children across
all socio-economic and cultural
groupings can be. attracted to
dope.

abuse, scores of youngsters —
school age and older — are
becoming intoxicated and fatally
struck down by accidental deaths
(ie overdoses, vehicular crashes,
etc). Because drugs and alcohol
adversely affect a person’s co-
ordination and judgment, it’s
hardly surprising that so many
youngsters are tallied among
yearly traffic fatality counts after
a night of reckless partying.

It is this disorientation and/or
impaired judgment that is the
root cause of traffic mishaps, sui-
cides, unwanted pregnancies, sex-
ual assaults, sexually transmitted
diseases and instances of high-

risk sex, many times without pro-'

tection and with multiple part-

Due to drug and alcohol

ners.

Rather than focusing on
restricting and using undemocra-
tic means to censure/restrict what
adults can watch and listen to, the
‘vocal-when-convenient’
Bahamas Christian Council
should be fostering community
cohesion, helping the sick and
impoverished, and proposing and
utilising practical ways to combat
crime and the increase in drug
usage, particularly by youngsters.
In a democracy, no entity —
including the council — has a
right to impose its views on law-
abiding adults.

I once asked: “Will lawless
youngsters soon begin to stick up
churches?” Last weekend, that
became a reality in Bimini when a
cutlass-wielding young man’
allegedly chased two teenagers
through the pews of a Bimini
church while it was in session.

. Even more, parents must seri-

_ ously take into account the mind-

altering effects of drugs and keen-
ly seek to curb adolescent drug
use or experimentation by devel-
oping sound relationships, instill-
ing positive values and high stan-
dards, fostering discipline .and
advising youngsters about the
dangers and pitfalls of drug use,
establishing open communication
channels and encouraging their
children to excel and fulfil their
ambitions. Negligent parents are
more likely to produce anti-social,
teenage miscreants.

Youngsters using drugs must
be taught that the possession, sale
and use of drugs such as marijua-
na and ecstasy is forbidden by
Bahamian law and, beyond all the
health and mental concerns, that
being arrested and convicted of
drug possession can lead to a
police record which may hinder
college entrance; cause mistrust,
limit travelling options and make
them unattractive candidates for
jobs, regardless of their qualifi-
cations/skills.

Furthermore, the law must be
enforced and it must be estab-

. lished that bartenders should

request the IDs of patrons, there-
by refusing to sell alcohol to any-
one younger than 18. The discov-
ery of any alcoholic depot not
complying should face stiff penal-

_ties.

There is no point in sugar-
coating the issues without con-
fronting the serious faults afflict-
ing the educational system!

A GREAT
REPRESENTATIVE
IN THE TOURISM
INDUSTRY!

With Atlantis laying off 800
workers and an economy that’s

-on the ropes, good customer ser-

vice in our tourist-driven econo-
my is invaluable. This weekend I
stayed at Breezes on Cable Beach
and saw first-hand the fantastic ©

-customer service rendered at this

hotel, particularly by reserva-
tions/front desk representative —
Lydia. .

She deserves much credit and
hopefully a raise. With well-
trained, courteous employees
such as this, Breezes’ owner John
Issa should be proud of his invest-
ment. Thanks to Lydia and oth-
ers, I had a great stay!

Tourism initiatives ‘restoring

demand for a Bahamas vacation’

FROM page one

“with strong and encouraging results” the ministry
said, announcing that a single airline sold 1,700

’ round trips at the reduced price.

The offer, which was made available online
only, resulted in the largest number of hits on
the airline’s website in history and some of the
demand could reportedly not be accommodat-
ed.

“For this to be achieved in a depressed market
only amplifies the strength of insisting that the
proximity of the Bahamas be reflected in the rel-
ative cost of airfare as compared to competing
destinations. We are now preparing to roll that
offer out to all carriers serving the Bahamas,”
the government said.

In addition, hotels are offering a $500 rebate

which is being promoted with Ministry of Tourism '

advertising to travellers staying for seven days
or longer in a participating hotel.

“This, too, has been well received in the mar-
ketplace. So we have two very strong offers that
prospective visitors are telling us are most attrac-
tive under current market conditions,” the state-
ment said.

It said a new TV ad campaign revisiting the
successful “it’s Better in the Bahamas” slogan
was launched in the US immediately following the
presidential elections, because hotels which began
campaigns earlier found such little interest that
those campaigns were suspended.

“We plan to create two additional commer-
cials with the same theme, but which we believe
will be more relevant to the more difficult con-
ditions that are being experienced today,” the
statement said. ;

Although projected visitor growth out of Cana-
da will have to be revised downwards, the gov-
ernment still expects to see positive growth from
all Canadian gateways, fuelled by a “very strong”
media campaign launched in October.

In Britain, a new campaign featuring Bahami-

__—~

an personalities telling their stories, with an exten-
sive online component, launched in late Octo-
ber as well.

In France, new non-stop service is scheduled to
begin on December 18, and the government said
there is a significant online and print effort sup-
porting this new service and early bookings are
very strong. Italy and Germany continue to per-

. form at “solid levels”, it added.

The Bahamas has also accelerated its campaign
to entice persons travelling to the US, and Flori-
da in particular, to add a trip to the Bahamas.

In terms of cruise visitors, the government said
industry chiefs confirm that the Bahamas is like-
ly to have much stronger demand than other des-
tinations because of current conditions.

“More cruise lines are departing from more
ports along the eastern seaboard of the United
States than ever before as cruise companies move
ships from Europe back to ports in the United
States because of weak demand. Given the recent
volatility of fuel prices, the shorter cruises to the
Bahamas are less costly and less risky for the
cruise companies,” the statement said.

The government noted the gravity of the inter-
national situation, pointing out that the global
stock market has lost almost $28 trillion in the last
two months, more than 10,000 factories will have
closed in China by the end of this of the year
and Germany, the world’s largest exporter,
announced yesterday that it is officially in a reces-
sion.

“The Bahamas is feeling the full weight on
these effects early because we benefited immense-
ly from the quick-decision vacation getaway from
our two primary US markets of New York and
South Florida, where the sub prime mortgage
meltdown has hit hardest. Many of the people still
traveling on vacation today are those who made
decisions and paid for their vacations long before
the full onset of this recession. Now every desti-
nation and every cruise line around the world is
beginning to see the effects of a global slowdown
in travel.



THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, PAGE 9

Opposition Leader
visit Govt House

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-

| ham and Opposition Leader
| Perry Christie were invited to
| lunch at Government House by
| Governor General Arthur Han-

na.

Peter Ramsay/BIS

Straw vendors voice
concerns over ministry

â„¢ By CHESTER
ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

MANY straw vendors are
concerned that they will
continue to be ignored by
the Ministry of Works,
which is responsible for
them.

_ They say the officials
_ charged with overseeing the
day-to-day running of the
market are not doing an
effective job and that gov-
ernment ministers just don’t
want to deal with them.

A third generation’ ven-
dor, who was raised in the
market by her mother and
has been very vocal on
issues affecting those who
work there, told The Tri-
bune that there i is no organ-
ised effort to deal with the

-many problems vendors

face.

Instead, one man — Walter
Rolle — is left in charge of
the well-being of almost 500
vendors on any given day
-and often is required to do
the job of the police.

In response, William
Munnings, administrator of
the market, said officials do
not neglect their duties. He
said that he is in‘the mar-
ket Monday through Friday.

“Mr Rolle one. does not
police the market, he has
assistance from Ms Johnson
and Ms Green and myself
when I go there, but
because of the administra-
tive duties that I have to do

‘here, that cannot be done
at the market, I have to be
to this side to deal with that
aspect of the job,” said Mr

Munnings. “After, I would,

go there to help run the
market and to settle cases
and we do have a lot of
that.”

According to one of the
vendors, who said she
wished to remain anony-
mous for fear of reprisals,
Mr Rolle has been at the

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.





“Tourists always ask us if

English is our second language
after they hear all the Creole
and Jamaican accents. We
want the market to be strictly
for Bahamians sain. Z





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forefront of cleahia d' up ‘thie

problem of illicit drugs

being sold within the mar-.
ket.

She said she has even
heard Mr Rolle threatened
with death. by those respon-
sible for the drug selling.
And police have not done

much to curb the activity.

“Police presence is not
felt at all,” said the vendor.

According to Mr
Munnings, the market is in
the jurisdiction of police
officers assigned through
the Ministry of Tourism.

_ Straw vendor

Nyanldors say ‘the govern-"

ment does not do all it can
to mitigate the shabby con-

_ditions.in what was sup-’

posed to be.a temporary
market — now in use the bet-
ter part'of a decade.

The vendors concede that
the environment is “differ-
ent” in the market since the
Ministry of Immigration
conducted a raid that led to
the removal of numerous
suspected illegal workers.

However, they fear ille- .

gals will trickle back in — as

has happened in the past — .

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when government ihterest
in the market wanes.
They say. the illegal

Haitians, along with a hand-~

ful of Bahamians, have tar-
nished the image of the
market. ;

“Tourists always ask us if
English is our second lan-
guage after they hear all the
Creole and Jamaican
accents,” said one of the
vendors. ““We want the mar-

ket, ,to,,be.,, strictly... for
, Bahamians again.’ { i
New policies are ‘being

drafted to help govern the
market and alleviate recur-
ting problems, according to
Mr Munnings.

He said the new rules will

“be implemented as soon as

they are approved and will
be dispersed to all regis-
tered vendors, so that they
know what they can and
cannot do.

“That’s 600 plus people in
the tent,” said Mr
Munnings. “So you know
under such conditions there
will be friction.”

St Andrew's School, The International School of The Bahamas, an authorized
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, invites applications for the
position of a Secondary teacher of Spanish, with effect from January 2009.
Candidates should possess the necessary academic qualifications, at least a
Bachelor’s degree, and experience for the position, including experience in the

BGCSE.

Information on the teaching Bet offered may be obtained from the head of the

secondary school.

Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Email: Frank.Coyle@st-andrews.com

Fax

(1 242) 324 0816

- Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade,
by following the directions on the school’s website at www.st-andrews.com.

-Mr Robert Wade
Principal
St Andrew's School
PO Box EE 17340
Nassau, Bahamas

Email BWade@st-andrews.com

Fax:

' (1 242) 364 1654

The closing date for applications is 28 November 2006. Applications from
unqualified candidates, applications arriving without the full information
requested or applications received after this date will not be considered.



Riverside Funeral Chapel

“Where the river lies still.
24 HOURS A DAY
‘Serving The Bahamas With Pride”
Frank M. Cooerr - Funeral Director.
“Professtonal People Who Care”



Market Street & Bimini Avenue
P.O, Box GT 2305
Nassau, Bahamas
‘Telephone: (242) 356-3721
Cellular: 242) 395-8931

FUNERAL SERVICES

Mr. David
Alexandera
(GHIA,
THE BREADER
LICK STICKS)
Wallace, 63

of Savannah Sound,
Eleuthera Service will be
held on Saturday 15th
November, 2008 at 11:00 am at Mother Bethel A.M.E
Church. Officiating Rev Randford Patterson, assisted
by Rev. George Clarke. Interment Savannah Sound
Public Cemetery Savannah Sound, Eleuthera.

Cockburn Town
San Salvador, Bahamas
‘Telephone:
(242) 331-2642





Left to cherish his passing is his wife, Mrs Diann
Wallace; six sons, Lawrance, David Jr., Lester, Craig,
Kasim and Wesley Wallace; 13 grand children,
Dyann, David, Alicia, Samantha, Delerice, Lester Jr.,
Laketha, Brnee, Christian, Craig Jr., Adair, Kassidy,
and Chester Wallace; two step son, John Bruno Clarke
and Roland Gustive; twelve neices, Mrs. Bulean
Petty, Mrs. Cathrine Petty, Mrs. Rosetta Carey of
Nassau, Mrs. Patricia Hepburn, Charnette Strachan,
Chanez and Chanee Gibson, Nadene, Nicole, Pam
and Alexis of Jacksonville Florida, and Tamiae Wallace;
eight nephews, Anthony Wallace Anthown and
Anthonio and Lyrone Gibson, Lanardo Nottage,
Dereck Ackins and Leon.(Bert) Nottage of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force; her one brother, Lester
Nevil Wallace of Savannah Sound; two sisters, Mrs.
Gwendolyn (Muggie) Green an Mrs. Louise Johnson
of Nassau; four sister-in-law, Mrs. Paulette Strachan |
of Savannah Sound, Mrs. Marsha Nottage of
Governors Harbour, Mrs Alfreda Gibson of Nassau,
Mrs Robin Gibson of Jacksonville Florida; three

| brothers-in-law, Tamika Wallace of Caleb Gibson

of Nassau an Charles Strachan of Water Ford;.
daughters-in-law, Tamika Wallace of Abaco, Tasha
Wallace of Freeport Grand Bahama, Gloria Humes
of Nassau, Tarrara Wallace of Nassau, Buleah Wallace
Of Savannah Sound, Lakisha Deveaux and Vanteria
Johnson. God Children: Susan Ward, Howard Clarke,
Cleaomie,.Barbara, Roscoe Higgs, Ryan Culmer,
Terall- Carey, of Jacksonville Fl; Jewel Shermanâ„¢"
Michael Petty, Allissia Hall; god sister, Mrs Annis —
Amtrobus, a host of grand and great grand neices
and nephews, Best Friends Garnet (Joe) Culmer,
Abna Pinder of Spanish Wells, Nurse Fiord Mae
Carey of Nassau, Nurse Shelia Gibson of the U.S.A,
Charles and Anthony Culmer, Jay and Lional Ferander,

_ Clifford Sands, Wake field Cooper, Elbridge Rankin,

Theresa an Russell Caroll of Mirror Mar FI, Shantel
an Rose Gustuve, Mary Deleveaux, Natelia Fillis,

_Dr. Sidney Smith; other relatives and friends

including, Emily Munnings, Tasha Johnson of
Governors Harbour, Rarma Rolle of Anddros, Andy
Deal and family Rev.Enid Cooper and family, Hon.
Philip M. Bethel and family Hon. James Oswald
Ingraham and family Camille Burnside Rolle, George
Clarke and family,Margaret Gibson and family Frank
Culmer and family, Tyrone Thompson and family,
Mrs Elma Thompson and family Thelma Bullard
Butler of Nassau Kevin Culmer and family, Mrs Olga
Bethel and family, Bridley Cooper and family, Rev.
Bosfield Bethel and family George (King) Bethel
and family, James Brown, The Staff of Windermere —
Island and The Community of Savannah family, '
Nurses and Doctors of I.C.U Male Surgical Ward
Princess Margaret Hospital.

Viewing will be held at RIVERSIDE FUNERAL
CHAPEL Market Street and Bimini Avenue on
Thursday 2pm - 7pm and at Bethel A.M.E Church
on Friday from 7pm ‘until service time on Saturday.

LEROY
CUMBERBATCH, 68

will be held at Greater Bethel Baptist Church at 11:00
am. Officiating Pastor Preston Knowles Assisted by
Pastor Nixion Simms, Pastor Anthony Williams,

Pastor Geneva Williams. Interment Moores Island
Cemetery, Hard Bargin.

Left to cherish his memories are Annamae Cornish
and family, Austin Swain and family, Steven
Cumbarbatch and family, Icelyn Hanna and family,
Neville Stuart and family, Ivan Stuart and family,
Heaman Davis and family, Etterjana Culmer and
family, Jimmy Davis and family, Emmaline Butler
and family, Isamae Dawkins and family, IIma Curry
and family, Leotha McDonald and family, Milton
Swain and family, William Swain and family Eloise
Cornish and family, Salathiel Swain and family,
Leonie Davis and family Edward Stuart and family,
Hensel Davis and family and the whole community
of Moores Island and Murphy Town and family and
a host of other relative and friends.

Viewing will be held at Riverside Funeral Chapel
Market Street Bimini Avenue on Thursday 2pm to 7
pm and at Burial Society Hall.



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Commonwealth Bank to
extend operating hours
FROM page one |

impact delinquencies to the :
extent that people can find other :
work. But with the government’s ;
different relief packages (com- }
ing on stream) it's difficult to say +
how the (firings) will affect loan :
delinquencies," he said. i
As financiers continue to
monitor the worsening econo-
my, Commonwealth Bank may
place stricter regulations on
loans for persons employed in
the hotel sector, he said. But
for now the institution was
focused on renegotiating loan
terms to ensure troubled
clients kept their loan securi-
ties. ,

_ “Obviously in an economic
downturn when credit policies .:
become more stringent you're
looking at the risks of total
indebtedness, stability of
income, etc. One of the things
that naturally reduces the abili-
ty of hotel workers in particu-
lar to gain credit in the down-
turn is where a portion of their
income is coming from tips —
because without the tourists
then the tips naturally dry up.

"Unfortunately when you -
look at the state of all the hotel
properties they're obviously all
going through a very difficult
period; we're reviewing our i
credit policies in all aspects and :
all sectors and that's why we
ask our customers to come in
and talk to us if they're having
problems," Mr Jennings told
The Tribune.

"All the clearing banks have
agreed that we would ease up
on mortgage arrears where
they're good customers — like
these Atlantic workers who've
lost their jobs — unfortunately
like all societies we have a
' group of people chronically

delinquent in their payments

and there would be various

states of foreclosures on their
properties. But for anyone who }
has had a good payment histo-

ry and is now into problems,

-we will do whatever we can to
make sure they are in their
homes," he said.

FROM page one

persons who had worked at
Atlantis for the same period of
time, but who were line staff.

He and Diane Culmer, who was
formerly a Banquet Manager,
~- hugged and slapped hands as they

greeted each other sharing the joy -

‘of receiving a‘grand sum of'mon-
ey for their time at Atlantis.

Ms Culmer said she would not
have received such a large sum of
money from Atlantis had she
resigned.

She also did not want to reveal
the amount Atlantis had given
her.

She said being laid off did not
mean that hard times are ahead
for her, as she had made plans for

‘such a time.

“Tm taking my vacation in
December and January I’ll be on
a job,” said Ms Culmer.



FROM page one

Most notably, Mr Hanna con-
firmed that incidents of armed
robbery, car theft, and murder
have all shown significant
increases.

He said that police have also
seen an increase in murders
occurring in the areas of
Pinewood Gardens, South
Beach, and Bamboo Town.

.Mr Hanna said out of the 10
homicides that occurred during
the month of September, Sat-
urday appears to be a time
when many murders occur,
which he says could be attrib-
uted to a number of factors.

The officer said that overall,

most murders occur as a result
of persons retaliating because
they want to avenge the loss of
a loved one or friend.

Out of all the murders for the
year, police said 15 have
occurred within business estab-
lishments, 39 per cent occurred
during the midnight to 8am
shifts, 24 per cent on the 8am to

Crime increase

4pm shift, and 37 per cent on
the 4pm to midnight shift.

Police found that 48 per cent
of persons committing murders
have a prior criminal record.
There are six cases where the
homicide victims had previous-
ly been charged with murder.
Some 27 per cent of persons
suspected of murder are already
on bail for previous criminal
matters, police said yesterday.

With the holiday season fast
approaching, Mr Hanna noted
that within the last three weeks,
robberies have increased, which
he said is a usual occurrence
leading up to the Christmas hol-
iday.

He said criminals are also tar-

‘ geting individuals who are arriv-

ing home late, or leaving early
in the morning.

Take-aways, small conve-
nience stores, churches, and
also phone card booths have
also been identified as target

locations for criminals.
Burglary incidents are up 32
per cent, stealing from vehicles
has increased 94 per cent, and
car theft is up 28 per cent.
With 2,200 cases of house
break-ins reported for the year,
Mr Hanna said criminals are
identifying residences with lim-
ited security, and easy access.
With numerous incidents of
armed robbery, the officer said
that mostly occurred in the cen-
tral area of New Providence,
including Paradise Island,
Arawak Cay, and Bay Street.
Other at-risk areas for incidents
of armed robbery include
Marathon and Palmdale.
Store break-ins for the year

occurred at 1,326 businesses,

214 of which are located in the
northeastern area of the island.

Police said most criminals
commit break-ins on Wednes-
days, Fridays, and Sundays dur-
ing the midnight to 8am peri-
od.

With crimes against a person
down by six per cent, murder

Tates are up by seven per cent.

Call for support to root out violence

FROM page one

next to Mr Jean’s home in Sunlight Village.

BAC executive director Rev CB Moss held a
press conference at the Sunshine Village basketball
court yesterday afternoon calling for support of
BAC and other community groups working to deter
young people from committing violent crime and
murder. :

He said: “Bernard Jean was an integral part of this
park, and he was going to be an integral part of this
jamboree.” 5

But Mr Jean fell victim to the crippling circum-
stances of inner-city Nassau unemployment, under-
employment, poor housing, poor socialising, poor
parenting and oppression that affected everyone,
Rev Moss said. .

“People feel marginalised and isolated, so they use
their own ingenuity to survive,” he said.

“These communities are not terrible places. For
the most part people are warm, friendly and really
desirous of doing good, but circumstances have left
them almost helpless. And when help is lost, and
hope is lost, problems begin.”

By working with existing groups, BAC is infil-
trating communities with a message for a better
way of life and they are calling for back-up.

He said: “Bahamas Against Crime is not proud to

&

say we have received no support from the govern-
ment, minuscule support from the Church, and no
support from the business community.

“They should be ashamed of themselves because,
when things like this happen they all pay lip service,
but you have to understand the emotional trauma
these people are going through, and the govern-
ment has not lifted a finger to help Bahamas Against
Crime.”

Rev Moss said direct involvement in projects is

needed to ensure they are sustained, as well.as help ©

supplying vital information to the island’s most vul-
nerable people to update them on issues, and teach
them how to protect themselves and their families
from the risks of illegal drug dealing, gambling and
violent crime. ;

He said: “Our approach is effective. We want to

‘reach young people with a message they will under-

stand, and we will do it through a package they
relate to. But we could be more effective with the
support of major sectors of this community.”

The “Mother Stubbs” Memorial ‘Classic Basket-
ball Jamboree organised by “Youth for God through
Christ” and Bahamas Against Crime will take place
on Saturday, December 6 at the Sunlight Village
basketball court from 9am. There will be free food
and drinks, music and entertainment from the Urban
Renewal Community Band, DJ Counsellor, Dyna-
mite Daisy and Rico the Clown.

Atlantis dismissals

“You have to understand; if
you know what’s going on and
you know you’re’ gonna get hit
you just have to make prepara-
tions for the best.”

Despite the overwhelming JOY. 35 seve: adid Mi Culnien
~ ~- Employees continued to trickle

felt by most managers, Ms Cul-
mer said there were still lots of
her colleagues who broke down
yesterday when they heard that
they had been fired.

“A lot of people were crying,”
she said.’

“Some people were ready to go
in there and slap up some of the
chefs. :
“One of the guys said ‘don’t put
me in the room where that person
is, cause ya’ll gonna call the police

for me.’ So, they had to put him in |

a more quiet area to give him his
package.”
Ms Culmer said she was still in



shock over who she saw being
fired.

She said persons she. thought
were the best in their departments
and those who at one time had
received commendations, were

being handed their pink slips.

“People who you wouldn’t
think would be in there, they were

into Atlantis throughout the day
and emerge with the manilla
envelopes which held their final
pay cheque, a letter of recom-

mendation, a voucher for turkey —

and ham and a pamphlet full of
social services information.
A.woman who was employed
as a line staff worker at the
Water’s Edge restaurant for 23
years and only received around
$2,000 could only say as she
walked back to her car: “This is

“bad - I have bills to pay - this is
-bad.’- :

Water’s Edge staff lost their
jobs because the restaurant was
closed.



Shopkeeper shot
_ dead by robbers

FROM page one

\
described how on the evening of the shooting he had come
home from Carmichael Road just after 7pm, and she went to
draw water from the communal tap in the street to run a bath.

While changing her clothes in the bedroom, Mr Jean answered
a knock at the door and two masked men burst in.

Mr Jean called for his wife, but the men pushed him into the
kitchen and argued with him before shooting him in the head.

“They think he have money,” Mrs Jean said. “He didn't both-
er anybody, he'stay by himself, people liked him.”

The masked men got away before police arrived to take Mr
Jean to the Princess Margaret Hospital. He died in hospital
later that night.

Renaldo Oscar, 16, who lives in the area, said Mr Jean was a
kind person who helped his mother when he lived in Sunshine
Park.

He said: “He didn’t bother anyone around here, he was a cool
dude.”

Mrs Jean plans to hold a service for Mr Jean at the United
Alliance Church in The Grove.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the murder and
are searching for the two suspects.

Anyone with any information should call police at 919, or call
the Central Detective Unit at 322-2561 or call Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 328-TIPS (8477).

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their semi final. match of the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup | in Shanghai, China, Thursday Nov. 13, 2008.

Davydenko won 6-3, 6-2.

Davydenko reaches
Masters Cup semifinals |

TENNIS
SHANGHAI, China
Associated Press

ANDY MURRAY will have
an avid fan when he plays
Roger Federer at the Masters
Cup on Friday.

Nikolay Davydenko faces the
winner in the semifinals, and
he’s dreading the prospect that
it could be Federer — for good

‘reason. He’s 0-12 against the

second-ranked Swiss star, and _

3-3 against Murray.

“Against Murray, I have
more chance,” Davydenko said
after beating Juan Martin del
Potro 6-3, 6-2-Thursday to reach
the semifinals.

Federer, who lost his open-
ing match to France’s Gilles
Simon, has to win to continue
pursuit of his fifth Masters Cup
title. ®

If Federer loses, Simon
advances even if he loses to
26th-ranked Radek Stepanek,
who replaced Andy Roddick
when the American pulled out
with a sprained ankle. Simon
only got into the elite field
because top-ranked Rafael
Nadal withdrew before the
tournament began. ‘

Murray is in the semis no
matter what, but vowed he
won’t try to take it easy to save

energy. He would prefer to
have Federey out of the com-

petition. After all, the Swiss star ©

lost his first match last year and
still won the season-ending
tournament, and Murray does-
n’t want to lose momentum.
Davydenko’s defense and
relentless groundstrokes were
the difference against Del
Potro, turning an expected. tight

match — the winner: was guar-:-.-
anteed to. go through — into a...

rout. He broke Del Potro’s
serve four times in eight
chances.

“Today, I played so good,”
Davydenko said. “I feel great.”

Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
of France beat Novak Djokovic
of Serbia 1-6; 7-5, 6-1. Djokovic
had already been assured of a
spot in the semis. Tsonga had
been eliminated.

Del Potro was unable to put
much pressure on his Russian
opponent in the first set, con-

, necting on only 42 percent of

his first serves.

Serving while trailing 4-3, Del
Potro double-faulted to set up
break point. Davydenko put
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short ball for the game, then
held at love for the set.

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moving slowly and never found
a rhythm.

He still was happy about his
performance this year — rising

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together.a 23-match winning =i

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and looking forward to next
week’s Davis Cup final between
Argentina and Spain.

“T’m living a dream,” said Del
Potro, whose early exit here will
give him a couple of extra days
to prepare to face a Spanish
team that will be without Nadal.

Tsonga, who lost to Djokovic
in this year’s Australian Open
final, looked listless before com-
ing alive and winning five con-
secutive games from 5-5 in the
second set to take control.

“He was better than me ‘in
the two first sets, but I take the
second one,” said Tsonga, who

‘has beaten the third-ranked

Serb the last three times they
have played. “It was a holdup.”
Tsonga was unusually sub-
dued early in the match, show-
ing only flashes of the form that
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Evander Holyfield



Holyfield to
meet Valuey

“for WBA title

@ BOXING
GENEVA
Associated Press

EVANDER HOLYFIELD
is getting another chance at a :

heavyweight title.

The 46-year-old former }
champion will challenge 7-foot :
Russian giant Nikolai Valuev :
for the WBA crown on Dec. }
20 at Hallenstadion in Zurich, :
Switzerland, arena manage- :

ment said.

Holyfield (42-9-2, 27 KOs) }
hasn’t fought since losing a :
one-sided decision to then- }
WBO champion Sultan Ibrag- }
imov more than a year ago. }
Holyfield is winless in his last :
four title fights since beating : _
John Ruiz for the vacant :

WBA belt in October 2000.

The former Olympic bronze :
medalist has insisted that he :
wants to keep fighting until he :
regains the heavyweight title, :
but he’s also been having }

financial problems.

Holyfield agreed in Octo- i
ber to give his 10-year-old son }
a $100,000 college fund while :
facing the threat of possible :
jail time and an auction on his :
home. Last summer, he failed :
to make three straight $3,000 :
monthly child-support pay- :

ments.

The 330-pound Valuev — :
once referred to as the “Beast : '
from the East” but now pre- }
ferring “The Russian Giant” :
— won a unanimous decision :
over Ruiz in August to claim :

the vacant WBA crown.

Valuev (49-1, 34 KOs) told
the Zurich tabloid Blick on }
Thursday that he was excited :

to face Holyfield.

“I’m taking this fight very :
Valuev said. i
“Holyfield is a strong oppo- ;
nent. ... Ten years ago I would :
not have dreamed of getting :
into the ring with this champi-. :

seriously,”

on Py

- the seventh round.



Marlins trade
Kevin Gregg
to Culs

@ BASEBALL
CHICAGO
Associated Press

THE CHICAGO CUBS:
acquired right-handed reliever :
Kevin Gregg from the Flori- :
da Marlins on Thursday for :
minor league pitcher Jose :

Ceda.°

Gregg was. 7-8 with 29 saves :
and a 3.41 ERA in 72 relief }
appearances for the Marlins’:
last season, holding batters to :

a .203 average.

What Gregg’s role will be :
with the Cubs is unclear. Clos- :
er Kerry Wood is a free agent, :
and Chicago already has a top :
setup reliever in Carlos Mar-

mol.

eight relief.

The right-handed Ceda, who :
is only 21, was 4-3 with nine :
saves and a 3.83 ERA last sea- :
son in minor league stints at :
Class A Daytona and Double- :

A Tennessee.

The fight will be the biggest :
in Zurich since 1971, when :
Muhammad Ah knocked out :
Juergen Blin of Germany in :

Greg joined the Marlins :
before the 2007 season in a:
trade from the Angels and had }
32 saves in 74 relief appear- :
ances that year. He has an 18- }
21 major league record with :
62 saves with a 4.00 ERA in:
271 big league games — all but :

LOS ANGELES clippers. center Marcus capitis right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller during the second half of their NBA Basketball game in Los

SPORTS

Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. The Kings won 103-98.

Udrih leads ; Kings: past Clippers

BASKETBALL
LOS ANGELES
Associated Press

WITH Kevin Martin side-
lined, Beno Udrih knew he had
to look to score more than usu-
al.

He wound up scoring more
than ever in an NBA game.

Udrih had a career-high 30
points, five rebounds and’seven
assists, and the short-handed
Sacramento Kings never trailed
in beating the Los Angeles
Clippers 103-98 on Wednesday
night for their first road victory
of the season.

‘Udrih, a point guard in his
fifth NBA season, shot 13-of-
20 and had only one turnover in
38 minutes.

. “Good for him. He deserves

‘it,” Kings coach Reggie Theus
said regarding Udrih’s career-

high point total. “Tonight, he
put it all together.”

Udrih missed most of training
camp with a strained left hip
flexor, but it’s obvious he’s
healthy now, unlike three of his
teammates.

“He may have played one or
two quarters all through train-

ing camp,” Theus said. “He’s °

played better every game.”

Udrih scored 18 points Tues-
day night in a 100-92 loss to the
Detroit Pistons, the Kings’ only
setback in their last five games.

Sacramento played its second
game without. Martin, who is
out at least a week after sprain-
ing his left ankle in a victory
over Golden State on Sunday.
Martin leads the Kings with 22.4
points per game.

The Kings also played with-
out. Quincy Douby (sore right
ankle) and Francisco Garcia
(strained right calf). Garcia,
who averaged 12.3 points in

2007-08, hasn’t played this sea-

son.
“Our first road win, it’s really
sweet,” Udrih said. “It was a lit-
tle bit scary, but we got this win.
Kevin’s out. Francisco’s out.
Somebody has to step up. I
have to be more aggressive.
“We were playing a lot of
pick and roll. I was just trying to
make the right decision.”.
Udrih certainly made the
right decision with a little over a

minute left, hitting a baseline -

jumper as the shot clock was
expiring to give the Kings a 102-
98 lead. Rookie Jason Thomp-
son’s free throw with 5.7 sec-
onds to play completed the
scoring.

“At the end, they were able
to spread the court and Beno
Udrih just hurt us with dribble
penetration and did a good job
of creating shots for them,”
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy
said. “We were trying to keep
him one way, trying to keep him
to his right hand, but we kept on
letting him get back to his left.”

Brad Miller added 16 points,
11 rebounds and eight assists,
Thompson had 16 points and
11 rebounds, and John Salmons
scored 13 points for the Kings
(4-5), who started the season
with four straight road losses
by an average of 20 points. They
followed that with three wins
in four home games before
beating the Clippers.

“It’s a win because of forti-
tude,” said Theus, pointing to
the fact that the Clippers hadn’t
played since Sunday and the
Kings played Tuesday night
before traveling to Los Ange-
les. “I thought this was just
absolutely a team victory in
every way. Twenty-five assists
and holding them to 44 percent

Kings play second ©
game without Martin

shooting is just tremendous
after what happened last night.”

Al Thornton led the Clippers
(1-7) with 20 points. Ricky
Davis scored 12 of his 16 in the
fourth quarter, Marcus Camby
added 13 points and Baron
Davis had 12 points and 11
assists, but shot 4-of-15.

Two 3-pointers by Ricky
Davis and another by rookie
Mike Taylor helped the Clip-
pers outscore Sacramento 11-
4:to start the fourth quarter,
cutting the Kings’ lead to 85-
80.

It was 89-84 when a basket
by Udrih and four straight
points by Mikki Moore gave
Sacramento an 11-point lead
with 4:48 remaining. But the
Clippers battled back again, get-
ting two 3-pointers from Ricky
Davis during a 13-4 run that

made it. 99- 97 with 1: 52 remain-
ing.
The Kings scored the first six

. points of the third quarter for a

56-45 lead, and were on top 81-
69 entering the final period,
matching their largest lead of
the game. -

“We had a good game plan
and Coach prepared us,” Ricky
Davis said. “We just didn’t go
out and do what we were sup-
posed to do. They got every-

thing that they wanted: They

got to the lane, they got open
shots, and we just never were
able to get a series of defensive

stops. That ultimately cost us

the game.”
Before the game, Dunleavy
refuted a report that he has dif-

- ferences with Baron Davis, who

signed a 5-year, $65 million con-
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e RENALDO'S RAMBLINGS _



A glimmer of hope for the Dolphins

A few random notes before this
week’s picks

-The Lakers look seary Boos. Like
2007 Patriots good.

-Kudos for whoever is responsible
for what’s going on with the surface
of the road on East St.. We were all

tired of it being a normal ride and’

thanks to you it’s now an obstacle
course. That must work wonders for
people that don’t drive Hummers.
Awesome job.

-If the Titans actually follow through © |

_and win the Super Bowl, what hap-
pens with Vince Young? Their win-
ning has completely. over ridden the
early season drama.

-When does Michael Vick get out of
prison? And who'll give him a shot?

-I’m losing too. much in Madden

now. I think I may be past my Madden’

prime, and I blame work. I spend too
much time here at the office and not
enough time learning how to defend

crossing routes. I miss Madden 2006 .

when I qualified for the Madden Chal-
lenge. I still wear my name tag with
reverence. —

Week 1:
Week 2:

" Week 10: 10-4
Season: 88-55

OAKLAND RAIDERS @
MIAMI DOLPHINS

Here are the facts: Including the
Raiders game, the Dolphins have three
left against sub .500 teams: Conven-,
tional wisdom would suggest that those
three very winnable games (Raiders,
49ers, Chiefs) would take them to eight
wins. The remaining three games are
against two teams.they've beaten
already (Bills, Pats) and the season
finale against a Jets team. which nar-

615

rowly escaped with:a six point win in*

week one. There's a chance that THIS



What's Cooking

team...that went 1-15 last season, could
win 10, maybe 11 games. Let that soak
in for a minute. That's even a bigger
turnaround than Robert Downey Jr
becoming a respectable Hollywood
leading man again.
* DOLPHINS - 27
RAIDERS - 13

CHICAGO BEARS @
GREEN BAY PACKERS

The Packers are on pace for a New

York Mets level of underachieving this

season. The Packers were projected to
be about as good as the Mets were last

‘season, only without the ridiculous

multi-million dollar payroll. No one
would guess that this team is under
.500 right now and for good reason. It
seems as if they're in every game and
the margins of their losses are so close
I could have sworn they were like 6-3
right now. The Bears may be limiting
their own greatest threat by playing
Devin Hester too much at receiver.

Hester had 11 special teams touch-

downs in his first two seasons but none
on the season thus far. I never thought
in my-career as a writer that I would
have ever had to say these words....but
the Bears need Kyle Orton to contend
for a playoff spot. Wait that didn't
make sense I have to say it one more

' time to convince myself...the Bears
need Kyle Orton to contend for a play-

off spot.
, PACKERS - 23
BEARS - 21
HOUSTON TEXANS @
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Peyton-Manning, Marvin Harrison,
Reggie Wayne....they look....normal.
I'm not used to seeing this. This is such
an awkward phase to me to go through.
Every few years a changing of the
guard happens but never before has it

_ been this sudden and this noticeable. If
: the Colts don't make the playoffs this

year does that mean the basic premise
of Madden 09 is a lie and they’re not

that good? I think I just questioned -

Madden...I apologize. That sentence
never happened.

coLts - 24

TEXANS - 23

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
If Mike Singletary pulled down his



pants in the locker room to show his
team what they played like after a
week 9 loss, and in week 10 Frank
Gore couldn’t score on the goal line
in the game's waning moments to get
the 49ers a win...what will Mike Sin-
gletary do in the locker room this
week? Shouldn't this team have it's
own reality show? I would watch that.

49ERS - 17

RAMS - 10

ARIZONA CARDINALS @ |
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS '

Wait..when did this happen? Should-.

n't the Cardinals be the bottom feéders
and the Seahawks be a million games
ahead in the standings halfway into
the season? The 2008-09 season might
give me dementia before its all said:

and done.
CARDINALS - 38
SEAHAWKS - 16

TENNESSEE TITANS @
JACKSONVILLE JAGS

I’m beginning to think it may be
impossible to lose. The Titans did
everything in their power to just hand
the game over to the Bears and the
Bears just wouldn't take it. We've
reached the point in the season where

you have to wonder if it’s divine inter- |

vention keeping the ‘winning streak
going and its just the Titans year or
are they just running into the longest
streak of teams with average quarter-
backs and no passing games in NFL

history.
TITANS - 20
JAGS - 13

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS @

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Remember when LaDanian Tom-
linson and Big Ben were really good,

top tier players at their positions? The“

Golden Age of Football, the good old
glory days way. back in 2007. We may
never see those days again.

STEELERS - 24 |

CHARGERS - 20

"DALLAS COWBOYS @

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Did you hear it? That was the col-
lective effort of the entire. state of
Texas and every Bahamian Cowboys
fan breathing a sigh of relief. Mr Jessi-

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

lead.

the fifth i inning that gave St.
Andrew’s senior boys a 7-3

But in the seventh inning, ace

ca Simpson is finally back under center
for America's team. Even the biggest
Cowboy-hater (I'm not the biggest but
I've got to at least be in the top 20)
had to cringe a little watching Brad
Johnson lob away the Cowboys hopes
of home field advantage throughout
he playoffs. At one point there was
serious consideration given to the
thought of the Cowboys starting

-Brooks Bollinger at quarterback. I

don't think you realize how serious

’ that is. If you're so bad that the team is

considering going with Brooks
Bollinger, then the playoffs may be
nothing more than wishful thinking.
As | said before though, Romo is back,
and is surrounded by top 10 talent at
every skill position, this team has no
choice but to win and to win now.
COWBOYS - 31
REDSKINS - 21

CLEVELAND BROWNS
@ BUFFALO BILLS

Add Brady Quinn to the ever
increasing list’ of quarterbacks that the
Dolphins could have and should have
had. Watching him and Matt Ryan go

‘to Pro Bowls, Super Bowls and the

Hall of Fame is going to be really
upsetting. Unless of course Ted Ginn
becomes Tim Brown and Jake Long
is the second coming of Anthony

Munoz. Is it just me or is Marshawn

Lynch the most under used top flight
talent in the world right now? He took
the title since the Cowboys got rid of

‘Julius Jones and started Marion Barber

this season and since Scarlett Johans-
son got married. .
BILLS - 27

BROWNS -.7
DENVER BRONCOS @

ATLANTA FALCONS

I think. by now. we all know better
than to go against Matt Ryan at home
and speaking strictly from a fantasy
football perspective, we know Jay Cut-
ler wont give you 30 points in consec-

utive weeks.
FALCONS - 24
BRONCOS - 23

DETROIT LIONS @

CAROLINA PANTHERS
Shouldn't the Lions have tried the
Daunte -Culpepper experiment

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BEFORE they traded away Roy

Williams?
PANTHERS - 41
LIONS - 14

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES @
CINCINNATI BENGALS

I refuse to acknowledge Bengals as a
legitimate threat until Carson Palmer

comes back.
‘ EAGLES - 36
BENGALS - 10

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

@ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I don't like how the Chiefs are slow-
ly trying to become the "trick play"
team of the league, everyone knows
that's the Dolphins' thing. We were
the first team to say in the locker room
"You know what, we're not good, let's
just do a bunch of trick plays and hope
something works." Thus Wildcat fever
was born. It's clearly our thing. The
Dolphins rode that wave until they
actually became good.
SAINTS - 27

CHIEFS - 1%

BALTIMORE RAVENS @
NEW YORK GIANTS

I can handle a world where the Pres-
ident of the United States is black, a
world where Solja Boy can sell more
records than Common, a world where
Kansas is better than Kentucky in both
basketball and football....I just don't
know if I'm ready for a world where
Eli is the belies Manning brother.

GIANTS - 34
RAVENS - 27

MINNESOTA VIKINGS @

TAMPA BAY BUCS

The good news for the Bucs, Cadillac
Williams comes back this...the bad
news for the Bucs upon hearing this
news the first thing my brother Dakarai
said was "What? Cadillac Williams is
still in the league? I thought he retired
two years ago.'

VIKINGS - 23
BUCS - 19
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
@ NEW YORK JETS
' PATS - 20

JETS - 10



THE TEAMS of St. Andrew’s Hurricanes junior boys (left) and girls (right).

Big day for Hurricanes

FROM page 14



pitcher Jarrad Higgs bowed
down and. managed to work out
of a bases loaded jam on three
. walks to seal the deal. .
' In repeating as champions,
coach Montgomery Nazon said
they. really wanted to go
through the season undefeated.
But after losing the first game in
the final, they were committed
to come back and finish off St.
Anne’s.

“It showed we’re a resilient
group.of guys and we know how
to win,” Nazon stated. “We
played our game plan, which
was to make them beat us. But
we came out on top.”

St. Andrew’s went on top in
the second when they put four
runs on the scoreboard as
Stephano Pral came through
with a two-run single.

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ST. ANDREW’S Hurricanes junior boys celebrate their victory.

Hamilton respectively in the
fifth and sixth.

Collie gave up seven hits with
four strike outs for the loss.

“I think we performed good,
but we had some errors that
caused us the game,” collie said.
“T’m not disappointed. We had a
good season. We came second.”

Coach Rico Seymour said
they believed that they had a
chance to win, but if they had
cut down on their mistakes, they
could have won.

“Hats off to St. Andrew’s..
There could only be one win-
ner tonight, but we were all win-
ners,” he said.



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14,

2008





Big day for
Hurricanes

St Andrew’s win three
more Independent
Schools softball trophies

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

REMINISCENT of last year,
the St. Andrew’s Hurricanes
added three of the four
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools’
softball titles to their trophy
case.

As destiny would have it, the
Hurricanes had a big day of cel-
ebration yesterday as the junior

boys pulled off a 12-2 decision-

over the Kingsway Academy
Saints; the senior girls blasted
the St. Augustine’s college big
Red Machines 11-6 and their
senior boys doubled up the St.
Anne’s Bluewaves 8-4.

“We had-all four teams in the

final last year and won three,
. SO we are the new kingdom of
‘the hill in softball,” said Peter
Wilson St: Andrew’s head of
the physical education depart
ment.

Wilson said their dominant
performance this year was just a

continuation of what they

achieved last year.

“It may not last for.a long |

time, but right now it’s our
day,” he insisted, giving credit
to the baseball leagues at Free-
dom Farm and their Field of
Dreams for their success.

e Here’s a look at how the
Hurricanes’ day unfolded:



Ashton Butler was stingy on
the mound, giving up just four
hits, striking out two and giv-
ing up a run in both the sec-
ond and fourth to seal the win
for St. Andrew’s junior boys.

Coach Gary Honkofsky said
they knew they had a great 1-2
pitching punch with Butler and
Justin Higgs, so he wasn’t con-
cerned at all.

“We knew that we had a very
good team and as long as they

threw the strikes, we knéw that” ~

we could win the game,” he
stated.

On his performance, Butler
said he was quite pleased, but
he credited his defence for help-

ing him to pull through with the »

win.

“We really played as a team,”
he stated. “It’s good to be the
champions.”

While he gave up two runs in
two innings, St. Andrew’s came
up with five runs in the bottom
of the first and another seven
in the fourth as they easily took
care of Kingsway Academy.

Higgs. highlighted the fourth
with a two-run in-the-park
home run and Morgan Souder
added a grand slam in-the-park-
er. Butler and Leighton Gibson

-scored a pair of runs.

Crached Laing only gave up
three hits and struck out four
in the loss.

Saints’ coach Rev. Stephen
Duncombe said it was a game
that got away from them.

“We just made too many. .

errors,” he admitted. “But we
have to give St. Andrew’s cred-
it. They were the better team
wone

While. Britney Sweeting

, secured.the win-on the mound,

St. Andrew’s senior girls offen-
sive attack was led by sisters
Rachel and Annisa Albury and
Jade Strachan.

“T think as a team, we did

very, very well. We gelled as a.

team after losing that first
night,” said Rachel Albury.
“We have about six or seven
girls leaving, but we will still
have a strong left, so we expect
to do very well again next year.’
Albury, however, said it was a
very special one for her because

‘She will be one of the seniors -

graduating on a high note.
SAC used three pitchers,
inclusive of Avoni Seymour,
Tarea Sweeting and Vanria
rose, but too no avail. They
couldn’t find the right combi-
nation to defuse St. Andrew’s.

Herman Maycock, who went
two-for-4, had a big run-pro-
ducing triple and scored a run
to spark a three-run bottom of

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Cable Bahamas last night

' pledged that its “ongoing”
Internet network upgrades
would be a “real win” for
customers by doubling
capacity and improving
resiliency, after Tribune
Business was yesterday bom-
barded by calls from irate
businesses - some who had
been without Internet and e-
mail fro three whole days. -

Keith Wisdom, Cable
Bahamas’ spokesman, said
the company “totally”
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of the business community
over the company’s Coral-
wave infrastructure upgrade,
which-was supposed to have
been completed between the
hours of 2am-6am on Tues-
day morning.

The BISX-listed company
was as of 4.30pm yesterday,
just before Tribune Busi-
ness’s press deadline closed,
“still working on it”, but one
senior financial services
executive described the loss
of online connectivity as
being the equivalent of a
“Category 4-hurricane”.

The executive, who
requested anonymity, told
Tribune Business that his
international financial insti-
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Internet and e-mail service
for three days, and had only
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but how do you explain the

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mechanisms for Bay Street’s
revival, to the Prime Ministér’s
attention for inclusion on the
Cabinet agenda “as soon as pos-

' sible”.

Mr Comito, who is also a
Board member of the Nassau
Tourism and. Development
Board (NTDB), and on the pri-
vate-public sector committee
overseeing the downtown pro-
ject, said all those involved

hoped to “move into a.very

active, action mode very quick-

eal



ly”.

Cabinet approval is now
needed for the structure of the
Business Improvement District
(BID), which will effectively be
the management authority over-
seeing downtown’s redevelop-
ment, and how it will raise rev-
enues.

It is being proposed that the
BID be given the power to raise
revenues independently from

‘the Government, and among

the options understood to be
under consideration are park-
ing fees, levying real property
taxes on downtown Nassau

Royal Bank wins appeal involving

‘surreal’ $2.25bn damages claim

@ By. NEIL HARTNELL 5
_ Tribune Business Editor

-A well-known Bahamian
accountant, who made a
“stratospheric” and “surreal”
$2.246 billion damages claim
against Royal Bank of Canada,
has seen the Court of Appeal
overturn the eventual $200,000
he was awarded for alleged ‘loss
of reputation’ in a dispute over
a loan and overdraft facilities.

Milford Lockhart, who is,also
a prominent golfer and author,
saw the Court of Appeal per-
mit the bank’s appeal and over-
turn the $100,000 in damages
he was awarded for loss of busi-
ness opportunities, and the
$200,000 reputational loss. .

Those amounts had been
awarded to him by the Supreme
Court Deputy Registrar, Ernie
Wallace, on June 13, 2007, but

“the Court of Appeal ruled that

Mr Lockhart should only
receive a paltry $1,000 for
breach of contract. The
$200,000 award was set aside in
its entirety.

The Court of Appeal judg-

ment, delivered by Appeal Jus- .

tice Blackman, said the dam-
ages stemmed from a Novern-
ber 1, 1993, legal action
launched by Royal Bank to
recover funds owed by Mr

Lockhart on a demand loan and .

overdraft facility.
The accountant filed a

defence and counterclaim to the ©

action on January 17, 1994,

alleging that he had been °
“guaranteed overdraft facilities .

of up to $50,000” by Royal
Bank to help establish his own
accounting business.

Mr Lockhart alleged that as a
result of the bank breaching its
agreement and failing to pro-
vide him with the $50,000 over-
draft facility in January 1991,
“the year he was about to
obtain his licence as a public
accountant and open up his
accounting practice, his new
business suffered”.

The Supreme Court ruling on
the matter, delivered more than
five years after the action was
filed, found for both parties.

It ruled that Royal Bank’s
claim was valid on the grounds
that Mr Lockhart had drawn on
the overdraft facilities, mean-
ing he now owed the bank mon-
ey. But equally, it found for Mr
Lockhart on his claim for loss of
business opportunities and rep-
utational loss.

Royal Bank appealed the
Deputy Registrar’s award,
which was much less than the
$2.246 billion damages claim Mr
Lockhart had submitted.

Vann Gaitor, Royal Bank’s

attorney, described Mr Lock-
hart’s alleged business oppor-
tunity losses as being “based
entirely on speculation of the

most imaginative kind”, and not ~
supported by evidence or inde- .

pendent corroboration

Mr Lockhart had alleged that
he had lost royalty rights and
other income from his 75-page
book, Yes You Can, which was
published in 2000 and dealt with
the economics of small country

economies such as_ the
Bahamas.
SEE page 8B



for a hetter life

‘Downtown set for
‘real action mode’

businesses, sharing cruise pas-
senger taxes, garbage collection
and licensing fees.

Mr Comito said the Govern-
ment had already been laying
the initial foundations for the
city’s revival through its pas-
sage of the Downtown Nassau
Revitalisation Act and amend-
ments to the Tourism.Develop-
ment Act. Both provide for
businesses and entrepreneurs
to import materials for their
properties and companies duty-
free.

Tribune Business under-
stands that the Government and
public-private sector commit-
tee are also contemplating the
creation of an Over-the-Hill
Economic Empowerment
Zone, designed to revitalise
both the economy and commu-
nities in inner-city Nassau in an
area largely bordered by Shirley
Street in the north and Wulff
Road in the south.

“It’s very transformational,”
Mr Comito said of the project.
“We’re looking at creating a liv-
ing. city that brings people back
to live in the city, and not only
transforming the city but the

SEE page 5B



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamian economy is
poised for “a severe contrac-
tion” that could possibly
result in negative growth of 3
per cent over the next 10-12
months, a former govern-
ment minister said yesterday,
with unemployment * ‘very

SEE page 4B

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. possibly” rising to 12-13 per cent of-the existing workforce.
James Smith, minister of state for finance in the former
_ Christie administration, said that as a result of the down-
turn in tourism and all other sectors of the Bahamian
economy, “we’re going to see an overall contraction in the



* Projected loss 25% up on 2007, and greater than

total advertising budget for three retail formats

* Hall of Shame, with photos of captured employees
taken away in handcuffs, proving a ‘great deterrent’

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter —

Abaco Markets has project-
ed employee theft will cost it
between $250,000-$500,000 in
2008, a figure that is 25 per
cent higher than the level

_ experienced in 2007, and sig-

nificantly higher than the
BISX-listed company’s entire
advertising budget for its three
divisions.

Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets president, said yes-
terday that given the current

SEE page 2B

Unemployment may hit 12-13%

* Sources: Atlantis looked
initially at cutting 1,500,
but pulled back after
government pressure

* Economy facing ‘severe
contraction’ that could
result in 3% negative
erowth over next 10-12
months



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Abaco Markets: Employee theft could cost us $250-$500,000

FROM page 1B

state of the economy, employee theft
is likely to increase.

He warned employers attending a
crime prevention seminar that they
must increase their vigilance to pre-
vent this from occurring.

“Workplace crime is a major cost
of business, but people think that it is
an acceptable practice because there
is this ‘Robin Hood’ mentality that
the company is making money, so
it’s okay to steal. But that is always a
cost that has to be passed on to the



“Most employers only check police records
during the initial hiring stage ...”



consumer,” Mr Watchorn said.
He added that employee theft had
become such an issue for Abaco

Markets that it had created a loss .

protection department to monitor
their three divisions: Solomon’s
SuperCentre, Cost Rite and Domi-
no’s Pizza. Mr Watchorn advised that
the majority of persons whom they

had caught stealing were younger

Cable Internet woes like ‘Gat-4 hurricane’

employees, aged between 18-30 and
often newly hired.

Mr Watchorn said Abaco Markets
had implemented a number of mea-
sures designed. to curb employee
theft - the most important, he

stressed, being employee background .

checks.
“Most employers only check police
records during the initial hiring stage,

but it’s a good idea to check the
records every few years,” he sug-
gested.

Another measure Abaco Markets
had implemented to tremendous suc-
cess was to initiate “a wall of shame”
where the photos of persons caught
stealing were prominently displayed,
with the employee taken away in
handcuffs.

He said the fear of shame had
proven to be a very good deterrent.

Mr Watchorn encouraged employ-
ers to take advantage of existing

_ technology for things such as cash

register scanning and monitoring sys-
tems. He pointed out that the loss
protection department also monitors
closely deliveries and other activi-
ties.

“We have a zero tolerance policy
when it comes to employee theft. I
think that is the only way you can
operate, otherwise what will happen
is that persons will think it is okay,”
Mr Watchorn said. ~

The seminar was co-sponsored by
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, Crime Stoppers Bahamas and
_ the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

NOTICE |

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
_ (No. 45 of 2000)




WETSELL INVESTMENTS LIMITED





_ Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, No.

. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of WETSELL INVESTMENTS

LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution

has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off





the Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was the
7th day of November, 2008.





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FROM page 1B

2 sarily. We’re pushing it, but

not going recklessly.-We
have run into some issues,
and are working to take care
of it.”

The Cable Bahamas
spokesman said the BISX-
listed company was dealing
with complex technical
issues that were difficult to
explain, “and I’m not just
being cute when I say that”.

He added: “We’re still
working on it, and some, sub-
scribers are still down.

“ The upside is that when
this is completed, we will

have a more resilient system |

and double our capacity.
“We will be doubling our
capacity.
“We will be able to deal

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with any of the new services
coming to us from the new
technology that is being |

‘developed.

“It really will be win, once
we get it functioning and
customers can tap into it.” |

Meanwhile, the financial
executive spoken to by Tri-
bune Business.called for
tougher oversight by the
Public Utilities Commission
(PUC) of the service quality
delivered by Internet Service
Providers (ISP), as his insti-
tution had been without
Internet,connectivity since
8am on Tuesday morning.

Adding that he was unable

"to quantify what the loss of.
“Internet accesshad cost his.

institution yet, the executive
told Tribune Business:
“We’re dealing with clients
in Asia. There’s a 12-hour
time difference. To sort
things out by fax and phone,

- it’s almost.impossible. |. .

Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham

“It’s really, really shock-

ing. The loss of productivity ©
‘from this in this country -

must be huge. The reputa-
tional damage is larger than

the loss of productivity, and |

the loss of business must be
huge, as we have not

_Teceived e-mails from our

clients of head office.

“It’s very dangerous. Our
whole services sector, this is
how we live [on: shesntet-
net].

“There were ‘slain: ide
problems, although different
pockets were hit and differ-
ent pockets weren’t hit.”

The executive said he and

“his institution had been in
‘contact with satellite compa--

nies and exploring other
Internet connectivity
options, but these were few -
and far between and often
expensive.

- With “no one” wanting to

switch.to Batelnet, Bahami-

PROCLAMATION

an companies had little
choice other than to use

‘Cable Bahamas, which the

executive said effectively
bestowed monopoly status
on it. .
‘Another financial industry

executive, who runs.a finan-
cial consultancy business,
told Tribune Business yes-
terday: “It’s a hell of a mess.
There’s terrible service prob-
lems.

“Two days ago, I couldn’t
get any e-mail at all.

“Yesterday, I could get my
e-mail, but my browser was
not working. Now, the
browser is sporadic. General
communications, I couldn’t

“get at all.

“The second day, I ould:
n’t get through to my on-line
broker.

“Today, I got through, but
very sporadically.

“It’s not happening very
aicty

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WHEREAS, the Council of Legal Education was established by: Treaty by members of ~

the Caribbean Community to undertake and discharge general responsiblity for the

‘practical’ professional training suited to the needs of. the Caribbean, of persons
’ seeking to become members of the legal profession;

AND WHEREAS, the Council of Legal Education is sinpowbiea to establish, equip
maintain Law Schools in such territories as Council may from time to. time determinefor. |
the purpose of providing post ered’ professional legal Haus suited to needs of the oh

Caribbean :

Sh

AND WHEREAS, in September 1998, the Council of Legal Education established the
Eugene Dupuch Law School in Nassau, Bahamas to Join the Council’s other Law Schools
in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago;

AND WHEREAS, the training scheme at the iuene pupa Law School is directed
towards the study of legal subjects having a practical content and emphasis and the
acquisition of the skills and techniques required for thr practice of law; — :

AND WHEREAS, over the past ten years, the Eugene Dupuch Law School has produced
more than two hundred graduates who are nationals of The Bahamas and other Caribbean
countries as well as North America; ~~

_ AND WHEREAS, the Eugene Dupuch Law School has Sind a reputation as a centre of
excellence for professional legal education; :

AND WHEREAS, the Eugene Dupuch Law School is celebrating its 10th Anniversary
with a series of events in recognition of the sterling contribution that it has made to legal
education in The Bahamas and Caribbean’ region:

NOW THEREFORE. I Hubert A. Ingraham: Prittie ‘Minister of the Coinmionwealth of ©
The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2008, as
“EUGENE DUPUCH LAW SCHOOL MONTH”.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF,

., I have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 24th day of
October, 2008

” HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER





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‘ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) NAVAJO OVERSEAS MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution under
‘the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

- (b) The Dissolution. of said Company commenced on November 10, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by

. (©) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace °
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@ All persons having Claims against the above-named-Company are
required on or before the 8th day of December, 2008 to send their
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from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts:are proved.

* NOVEMBER 11, 2008

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“Our primary objective is to
assess the country’s
comparative advantages and
consider its future direction
based on its strong
fundamentals and track

record.”



remains one of the pivotal

states in the Caribbean, a
region which is an important
investment destination.

“It has traditionally

enjoyed strong foreign
investment thanks to pro-
gressive policies and open-
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on its proximity to the US.
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my”

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ics, infrastructure, political |
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Unemployment may hit 12-13%

FROM page 1B

_ economy”.

The latest unemployment
rate released by the Depart-
ment of Statistics, taken from
its Labour Force Survey earlier

this year, pegged the unem-
ployment rate at 8.7 per cent,
but Mr Smith yesterday sug-

- gested it could easily rise by

between 3.3-4.3 per cent as a
result of the Atlantis lay-offs.
The redundancies continued

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IN THE ESTATE OF
ROBERT GEORGE
NISBET late of domiciled
of No.2828 W. Antioch
Lane, Citrus Country,
Florida, U:S.A., deceased

NOTICE is hereby given ‘that all persons

yesterday in middle-manage-

ment positions, as Kerzner
International shrinks the work-
force at its Paradise Island
resort: by 800 staff, reducing it
from around 9,200 to 7,800.

. Tribune Business revealed
yesterday that at one point
Atlantis management had
mulled laying-off 20 per cent or
one in every five workers (some

pulled back to between 8-10 per
cent.

community sources with con-
tacts in Kerzner management,
who told Tribune Business that
the Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club owner had initially
wanted to lay-off 1,500 staff, but
reduced this number under
: pressure from Prime Minister

Bahamas.

1,600-1,800), but eventually -

This was further corroborated. .
yesterday by other business ©

Hubert Ingraham.

Atlantis has been squeezed
on both sides - revenues and
occupancies falling at the front
end, with the need to service
the several billion dollars worth
of debt taken on when chair-
man Sol Kerzner led the 2006
buy-back that took it private,
on the other.

Documents seen by Tribune
Business from April 2006, when
Mr Kerzner and his investor
group, comprised of Wall Street
private equity and real estate
companies, put together the
buy-back proposal, show they
took on some $2.775 billion
worth of long-term debt.

The debt financing, provided
by Deutsche Bank and Gold-
man Sachs, consisted of a $2.075

billion loan and a $700 million

Legal Notice

NOTICE

VERITAS GLOBAL INC.
~ (In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 28th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P- O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
‘_ (Liquidator)

NOTICE.

IN. THE ESTATE OF

FREDA JANE WHITE,

and late of 7963 Wellington
~ Road 109 Arthur, Ontario,

Canada and of

Marsh Harbour, Abaco,

The Bahamas, deceased

revolving credit facility, with a
$400 million bridging loan also
involved.

Servicing this debt load, plus
that taken on for Phase III and
the Atlantis-The Palm expan-
sion in Dubai, has been a key
consideration for Kerzner Inter-
national, and it is understood
that at Wednesday’s briefing for
media house heads, company
executives said that unless the
downsizing took place the resort
owner could have been placed
in jeopardy of breaching its
banking covenants.

These included maintaining
a certain net debt-to-operating
income ratio, and with Atlantis
and the One & Only Ocean
Club - the key income streams
through which Kerzner Inter-
national services the debt - not
performing as expected, the lay-
offs in the Bahamas and else-

where were the only way to .

maintain the company’s status
quo. —
Ultimately, Kerzner Interna-

tional’s management and own- °

ers had no option but to do
what they did to effectively pre-
serve the company and ensure
that 9,200 persons were not ulti-
mately laid-off from the Par-
adise Island operations.

While doing its annual bud-
get, Atlantis found that the 74
to 75 per cent annual occupan-
cy target initially projected was
not realistic, so they budgeted
for 72 per cent occupancy.

Last week, that 72% occu-

‘pancy was also found to be

unrealistic, and was conse-
quently dropped to 64%.

-Atlantis is forecasting that it is

50 per cent behind on bookings
for the first three months of
2009, and this November and
December’s occupancy rates are

down 30 per cent and 14 per.

cent respectively.

Dionisio D’Aguilar, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s president, was among

~ those who yesterday ques-

tioned: “Are the ‘Atlantis cuts
complete?”

There has been constant ;
speculation that Disney and:

MGM Mirage are looking at
acquiring Kerzner Internation-
al, but the current credit crunch
and economic downturn were

likely to put paid to any such’

moves if they were in the offing,

Mr D’ Aguilar added.

It is understood that Disney
may have been interested in
using 600-room The Cove as the
hotel where its cruise passen-
gers would stay on three-night
stopovers, before continuing
with their voyage.

The Chamber president,
meanwhile, described the
Atlantis redundancies as “a big
loss for this country”, and said it
was “inevitable” that Bahamas-
based companies that supplied
food, drink and other goods and
services to Kerzner Interna-
tional and the resort industry |
would see a decline in sales.

“It’s inevitable that business
activity will go down,” the
Chamber president said.
“There’s no doubt the fact that
Atlantis has lower occupancies
is going to create less economic
activity. There’s going to be less
local market purchases.”

With Kerzner International
having laid-off at least 800 staff,
Baha Mar at least 100, another

‘70-plus due to go with the Pep-

si-Cola closure, and Bacardi
shutting down with the loss of
114, several thousand jobs are
likely to have been lost in the
Bahamas this year.

Mr Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness that with the Bahamas
being a $7 billion GDP econo-
my, a “5 per cent shrinkage” -
from a projected growth rate of
2 per cent to a 3 per cent con-

traction - would take a “size-

able” $150 million “right off the
top” of GDP.
~ With foreign direct invest-
ment down, Bahamian and
tourist consumer spending sub-
stantially reduced, retailers cut-
ting back on Christmas inven-
tory and the Government
receiving lower import duties
as a result, Mr Smith said: “This
is why we’re going to have a
contraction all around. We’re
all going to feel it, and the worst
is yet to come.’

This was because there were
time-lags in the tourism booking

. cycle. Visitors:often faced losing

non-refundable deposits if they —
pulled out of advance bookings,
and with Americans having

adjusted to the new economic

realities, it was the peak tourist

: season bookings - for January to

arch - that were now being

‘impacted.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having: any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to. the undersigned
on or before 5“ December, 2008 after which
date the Executors will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
- they shall then have notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts « on or before 5“ December,
2008:

having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same.
duly. certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 19 December, 2008 after which
7 date the Executrix will ptoceed to distribute
| the assets of the Estate having regard only
j to the claims, demands or interests. of which

| then shall then have had notice:

{

, NOTICE eS

COINSTAR LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that -liquidation of the
above company commenced on the 12th day of
November, 2008, Credit Suisse Trust of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, RO.Box
"N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO. assau,
; Liquidator of the Company.

Attorneys for the Executrix »
P.O. Box AB-20405
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas ~

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attomeys for the Executors .
P.O. Box AB-20405
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour oa
Abaco, The Bahamas Credit Suisse Trust Limited

' Liquidator



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1! NOTICE is hereby given that all persons

having any claim or demand against, or
interest in the above Estate should send same

duly certified in writing to the undersigned

on or before 5" December, 2008 after which
date the Executors will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
they shall then have notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 5“ December,

1.2704 Colina Bond Fund 7. Sais 3.86 5.33 31-Oct-08 2008
1.4258 1.3623 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 1.4258 3.69 4.66 7-Nov-08
1.4247 1.3623 Colina Money Market Fund 1.4247 3.61 4.58 17-Oct-08
3.7969 3.5562 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.5399 6.77 0.03 31-Oct-08
12.4456 11.8789 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.4456 4.29 5.78 30-Sep-08
100.2421 100.0000 GCFAL Global Bond Fund 100.2421 0.24 0.24 30-Sep-08
100.9600 96.7492 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7492 -3.25 -3.25 30-Sep-08 FREDERIK FE GOTTLIEB & CoO
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10.5000, 9.0935 Fidelity Intern rational Investment Fund 9.0935 13.40 -13.40 31-Oct-08 .
1.0216 1.0000 FG Finz Steiree 1 Income Fund 1.0216 2.16 2.16 30-Sep-08 A fi h E
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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, PAGE 58 .



ae eee ee
Downtown set for ‘real action mode’

FROM page 1B

whole harbourfront and going
on, in time, Over-the-Hill.

“I think people are anxious
at the bit to move this into real
action mode..... We feel that
once the green light is given in
that direction, we feel we can
mobilise ourselves to formalise
that in a very short period of
time.” :

Mr Comito said the invest-
ment incentives unveiled by the
Government in the Downtown
Nassau Revitalisation Act and
amendments to the Tourism
Development Act had already:
stimulated’ business and investor
interest in new business pro-
jects.

“There’s some things on the

table, and things that, at the
same time, are being explored
despite the economy,” he
added. “A lot of it was due to
government policy decisions -
the relocation of the commer-
cial shipping facilities and the
creation of investment incen-
tives for downtown.

“Despite the difficult climate,

* there are several other investors

beginning to explore options for
investing. It won’t happen
overnight, but if we continue
on the track we’re on, we’re
going to see the fulfillment of
the dreams of the likes of Nor-
man Solomon and George
Mackey.”

Among the newly-proposed
private sector projects for
downtown Nassau are the Gray-

cliff Hotel’s retail, restaurant
and commercial office complex;
a Wendy’s restaurant; a mixed-
use development and marina;
and a variety of multi-storey
parking facilities and office
blocks.

Mr Comito said the project
would “stimulate economic

activity for the next genera--.

tion”.

Since the 1990s there has
been some $130 million worth
of private sector investment
pumped into downtown Nassau
- chiefly into the British Colo-
nial Hilton, but also the Wel-
come Centre at, Prince George’s
Wharf, street lighting, side-
walks, cleaning and landscap-
ing.

Since the same date, some

$40 million in government mon-
ey has been pumped into Bay
Street, with the NTDB raising
$4 million itself for product
improvement and revitalisation.

Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, yesterday told
Tribune Business: “The Work-
ing Group has reached a very
«broad consensus on what it

wants to present to the Gov- —

ernment to go to the next step.”

Describing the importance
the Government attached to
downtown Nassau’s redevelop-
ment as “extraordinarily high”,
Dr Deveaux said the planned
new Supreme Court building
would cost $6 million. Mean-
while, the dredging of Nassau
Harbour, estimated to involve
the removal of 2.8 million cubic

yards of fill, has been estimated
at between $19 million-$25 mil-
lion.

There are more than 40 prop-

erty owners in downtown Nas- °

sau, and Dr Deveaux said:
“Conceptually, they’re all on
board. Everybody is on board
with revitalising downtown and
the enabling process.

“There’s a huge buy-in with
respect to the Government and
the two major owners at the
eastern end. They’re ready to
go.’

Mr Comito confirmed that all
key stakeholders had been
involved in the discussions, with
many involved on the private-
public steering committee for
the past seven to eight months.



“Despite the |
difficult ~
climate, there
are several
other
investors
explore
options for .
investing.”



Legal Notice

NOTICE

QUALUMINA LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named.

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GENTLE INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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CO wits GAH Uw

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PAYSON CORP. |

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

YUM SENG INVESTMENTS LTD.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

retin gansta orl

Legal Notice

NOTICE

CAREFREE WILLOWS INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance. with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the

dissolution of CAREFREE WILLOWS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

_the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

WUPATKI INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the. 28th day of October 2008. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. |

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE.

B.J.J. INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator): .

Legal Notice

NOTICE

- SARRIA S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) —

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
* (Liquidator)

Frank Comito :

Legal Notice

NOTICE

_ GAP LEMAN LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above. named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,”

Bahamas. .

ARGOSA CORP. INC. .
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

LAVINIA ALPINE CORP.

se, Gy an

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator) .

Legal Notice

NOTICE

HOPE FOUNTAIN LTD.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE.

t

EVERGREEN CONSULTANTS LTD.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





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CRYPTIC PUZZLE ~—~*!:

Across Down ;
1 Cultured and splendid in 1 Source of pointless strife in
~ crimson (7) a Shipyard? (5)
5 Slight resentment? (5) 2 They're likely to get stuck
8 Act altruistically, but lose abroad (7,6)
control (6,7) 3 Irritates by the
9 Difficulty in hearing (5) unnecessary loss of a
10 Cast in a devilish u pene)

mould (7)

11. In one way he’s not
sincere (6)

12 Wanders aimlessly in the
snow? (6)

15 Is stout perhaps, so |







5 Petal-shaped fold (5)
6. Do all card players fall for

_ Caravans en route (5)

doesn’t dance (4,3) 4
17 Surveys opinions (5) 14
19 Release after a ;
confession without a 13
charge (9,4)
20 .Seesa new way and so- 14
relaxes (5) 16
21. He was invited, we hear,
and gave an estimate (7) 18

Yesterday’s Cryptic Solution

Across: 1 Tudor, 8 Farewell, 9 Edith,
10 Bastille, 11 Prime, 12 Ash, 16

Debris, 17 Errors, 18 Sum, 23 Tiffs, 24

Thrown in, 25 Spain, 26 Engineer, 27
Helot.

Down: 2 Undersea, 3 Outsmart, 4
Casals, 5 Debts, 6 Dealt, 7 Blues, 12
Ass, 13 Hem, 14 Fruit pie, 15 Graffito,
19 United, 20 Utter, 21 Dregs, 22
Owing. :

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Lay out and consume (5)

Yesterday’s Easy Solution

Across: 1 Satin, 8 Long face, 9
Petty, 10 Open door, 11 Cagey, 12
Let, 16 Advise, 17 United, 18 Ebb,

23 Mercy, 24 On the way, 25 Wield,

26 Turn tail, 27 Verse.

Down: 2 Adelaide, 3 In the air,-4
Toupee, 5 Agony, 6 Major, 7 Weird,
12 Lee, 13 Tub, 14 Sideline, 15
Hercules, 19 Brazil, 20 Booty, 21
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5 Subject of talk (5) events (5)
8 Ofa sort (5,1,7) 2 Easy victim (7,6)
9 Foreigner (5) 3 Make preparations
10 Nateoue ora (7) . forty)
11 With uneven edge (6) se
5 Flavour (5)
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heat (8) (4,2,3,4)
15 Wander here and 7 Interest (7)
there (7) . 11 Vertical takeoff
17 General tendency (5) aircraft (4,3)
19 Trickery (7-6) 13 Result (7)
20 The whole (5) - 14 Strained (6)
21 Asupple leather (7) 16 Reside (5)

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may be used in the same block more than once. . The difficulty.
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South dealer.
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South ‘West North East
INT ‘Pass 2NT Pass
3‘NT

Opening lead — two of spades.
‘There are. exceptions to almost
every rule in bridge, and the only
way to spot them beforehand is to
evaluate each new situation as it
arises. It doesn’t-help to see the win-
ning play once the error has been

" made.

Take this case where West leads
the deuce of spades against three
notrump. Declarer plays dummy’s
eight, and it is East’s turn. If East fol-
lows the customary practice of play-
ing third-hand high by putting up the
queen, South will have no trouble
scoring nine tricks.

After taking the queen with the

king, declarer attacks clubs; conced-
ing a trick to East’s queen. Assuming .
East returns.a spade (no other return
is any more effective), the best the ©
defenders can do is to score two
spades, a club and the ace of hearts,
since dummy’s jack of spades
becomes a second.stopper in the-suit.

If East stops to consider his play
at trick one more carefully, he should
realize that the correct choice is not
the queen, but the seven (encourag-
ing a continuation). This. apparent
violation of the .“‘third-hand high”
principle leaves “declarer in a hope-
less position, No«matter how. he con-
tinues, he cannot avoid the loss of a.
club, a heart and three spades.

To find the winning defense, East
should reason that’ declarer’s hand
must include either the ace-or king of
spades. This conclusion is reached
by adding dummy’s points to his
own, which leaves just 22 points for
his partner. and South to hold. Since
South would not ‘have continued to
three notrump With only 15 points,
West cannot have the A-K of spades.

Next, since West is marked with
four spades by his opening lead,
declarer has only two spades. If
South has the K-x (or A-K), a trick
can be gained by withholding .the
queen. If declarer happens to have A-
x, East cannot prevent South from
acquiring a second spade. stopper
regardless of what he plays at trick
one.

Tomorrow: Beware of overkill.
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THE TRIBUNE



Royal Bank wins appeal involving ‘surreal’ $2.25bn damages claim

FROM page 1B

Yet Mr Gaitor, on Royal
Bank’s behalf, said there could
be no connection between the
loan/overdraft dispute, which
began in 1991, and the book,
even though Mr Lockhart and
his attorney, Alpin Russell, had

argued that the ‘reputational
damage’ he had suffered pre-
vented the book from being
used in the Bahamian educa-
tional system.

“Mr Gaitor further submit-

ted that while the respondent

[Mr Lockhart] claimed loss of

sales of 300,000 copies, no evi-

dence was led on the assessment
that he had been successful in
selling even 10 copies of his
book,” the Court of Appeal
judgment found.

“He further submitted that
the number of copies anticipat-
ed to be sold was grossly exag-
gerated, and claims for books

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two and three, which are yet
unwritten, in respect of a dis-
pute which occurred in 1991 are
too remote and speculative.”

Mr Lockhart had also alleged
that the dispute had cost him
five years’ worth of business
opportunities, including the
audit accounts for British Fideli-
ty (now CLICO Bahamas) and
the 30 gas stations that were
members of the Petroelum
Dealers Association.

Those accounts were lost, Mr
Lockhart alleged, because of
the reputational fallout from a
$50 ‘bounced’ cheque that he
drew on the Royal Bank over-
draft facility, which was made
payable to the Bahamas Golf
Federation.

Royal Bank’s attorney argued
that this was mere speculation,
and no witnesses from the
Petroelum Dealers Association
or British Fidelity turned up to
back his assertions.

Yet Mr Lockhart’s attorney
drew on the evidence of one of
the accountant’s former
employees, Herbert Scott, who
asserted that he would have
earned between $30,000-$50,000
per annum from the British
Fidelity audit, and a further
$4,000-$5,000 from auditing
each of the Association’s 30 gas
station members.

The latter would have given
Mr Lockhart $150,000, and his
attorney alleged that if his over-
draft facilities had not been
revoked, the annual income for











“We are of the opinion that the
matters in respect of which the
respondent claimed that he suffered
loss, and the amount of the claims, are
grossly speculative, too remote and not

supported by any evidence at a

his accounting business would
have been $349,140 (including a
$149,100 net profit). Over five
years, this equated to lost busi-
ness of $1.746 million.

The Court of Appeal ruled
that on a damages claim “there
should be credible and inde-
pendent evidence which sup-
ports proof of loss” on the mat-
ter before the courts.

The Deputy Registrar gave
no reasons as to how he had
come to the $100,000 amount,
and the Court of Appeal agreed
with Royal Bank and its attor-
ney that Mr Lockhart’s evi-
dence on this ground was
“insufficient and simply not
credible to merit the award
made”.

The court added: “We are of
the opinion that the matters in
respect of which the respondent
claimed that he suffered loss,
and the amount of the claims,
are grossly speculative, too
remote and not supported by
any evidence at all.”

On the reputational issue, Mr
Gaitor argued on Royal Bank’s

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produced to show Mr Lock-
hart’s integrity had been under-
mined, three witnesses telling
the courts he was held in high
regard. Royal Bank’s attorney
alleged that the only aspersions
made against Mr Lockhart
related to the $50 bounced
cheque, and that he had admit-
ted that he had made an error in
writing it because the overdraft
facility was not in place.

Mr Lockhart’s attorney
argued that whenever a cus-
tomer’s cheque was returned,
and sufficient funds were in
place to cover the amount writ-
ten at the time it was presented,
the bank. was liable to compen-
sate the customer.

While Royal Bank’s attorney
acknowledged that the innocent
party was entitled to recover
damages when a cheque was
wrongly dishonoured, he argued
that Mr Lockhart should
receive only nominal damages
because no loss had been
proven as a result - a position
agreed with by the courts.





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happier with
severance pay

than employees”

released on
Tuesday

By CHESTER ROBARDS , _
Tribune Staff Reporter

LAYOFFS continued yester- ’

day at Atlantis Paradise Island

where Wednesday the Bahamas’, |

giant resort started dismissing 800
employees.

Emotions flared Tuesday as
employees, some of. whom had
worked for more than two,
decades at the property, emerged
with severance pay they consid-
ered insufficient.

However, managers who
received their walking papers yes-
terday did not share the same sen-
timent. .

« “T love it — if it was any better
I would think it was a set up,” said
George Moss about his severance
pay. Wh

Mr Moss, who was ahead chef

at Atlantis and had been an

employee for 21 years, not wanti- ,

ng to reveal the exact figure said
he received between $39,000 and
$50,000 in severance pay.

As a manager he received
almost ten times more than some

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Commonwealth Bank to extend

operating hours after Atlantis firings | |

By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
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tribunemedia.net

IN RESPONSE to the firings

‘of hundreds of Atlantis employ-

ees over the past two days Com-
monwealth Bank is extending
operating hours into the weekend

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to accommodate unemployed per-
sons who have existing consumer

_ and mortgage loans.

The bank's Star Plaza, Wulff
Road and Golden Gates branches
will open.from 9am to 3 pm for
the next two to three Saturdays to
consult customers in financial
straits due to job losses.

"We're trying to do whatever
we can in these very hard times —
as a Bahamian bank we have a
vested interest in seeing Bahami-
ans succeed," Jan Jennings, Com-
monwealth Bank's senior vice-

president and chief financial offi-

cer, said. "We've delivered letters
to Atlantis to pass on to all affect-
ed employees, but we're also invit-

ing them to come into the branch-’

es to speak to us and we've been
proactive in trying'to reach them."

It was too soon to‘assess how ~

much the.country's unemployment
would raise loan defaults, Mr Jen-
nings said, but he does expected
some increase in delinquent loans.

"If you look at the total.employ-
ment numbers it's pretty much
close to about one per cent of the
total workforce has just been laid
off — obviously it's going to

SEE page 11

“For 50 years Coronado Paint has been the choice
of painting professionals, providing paints with
lasting performance and consistant quality.”

~ Tim Clarke/Tribune staff



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SEVERAL initiatives
launched by tourism officials

are beginning to restore
demand for a Bahamas vaca-

tion, it was claimed yester-’.

day.
The government says

rebates, reduced flight prices —

and other initiatives are
being used to combat the
low arrival rates which have
led to mass lay-offs at hotels.

“Although no one antici-
pated the depth of the cur-
rent slowdown, the Ministry
of Tourism and our private
sector partners started some
programmes months ago
that are already beginning
to bear fruit,” said the gov-
ernment statement.

The ministry decided to
-maximise the benefits from,
the country’s “proximity
advantage” to the United
States by offering lower cost
airfares in various markets
as a test.

The test ended yesterday

SEE page eight



By MEGAN REYNOLDS

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Tribune Staff Reporter

A SHOPKEEPER was shot in
the head when two armed rob-
bers broke into his Sunlight Vil-
lage home Wednesday night. He
later died in hospital.

Fifty-seven-year-old Haitian-
Bahamian Bernard.Jean, who
lived with his wife Judy Jean, and
her two children in a clapboard
house next to the Sunlight Village
park and basketball court off East
Street, was well known in the
neighbourhood and was popular
with young people.

Mrs Jean, 39, said: her husband _|
of four years was like a father to
her 16 and Leyear eld daughter.
and son. Fy

“He was a very kind and lov-
ing person,” she said. -

. Mr Jean was well known in the
area as he sold sodas, juice and
Vitamalt from their home. She

Bernard Jean

Call for
support to
root out
violence

Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

Tim Clarke/Tribune

- A COMMUNITY rocked by
the murder of Bernard Jean
needs support from government,
churches and the corporate sector
to root out violence, maintains
Bahamas Against Crime. f
The independent not-for-prof-
it organisation works with com- :
munity groups across New Prov- ©
idence to combat crime at its core.
For several months it has been

14 per cent increase
in aaa crimes

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Tribune Staff Reporter



JUDY JEAN, wife of the vietim,
speaks to the media: yestetday

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SEE page 11

MAJOR crimes committed for the year have shown a 14 per cent»
increase compared to 2007 figures, according to police officials.

‘Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce anti-crime forum held at
police headquarters yesterday, Director of Research and Planning
for Police Chaswell Hanna highlighted numerous crime trends identi-
fied throughout the year.

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PAGE 2, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



ATLANTIS LAYOFFS: The fallout

Mortgage lenders ready to help
clients ride out financial storm



In brief

Cable Bahamas
network problems

CABLE Bahamas said yester-
day that it is still experiencing dif-
ficulties stabilising its network.

“As a result, our internet
clients may experience intermit-
tent problems accessing their e-
mail and surfing the internet.

“Much progress has been made
and (Cable Bahamas) teams are
working diligently to resolve all
issues in the shortest time frame
and will continue to send updates
as they become available. Cable
Bahamas apologises for any
inconvenience caused,” the com-
pany said yesterday in a state-
ment.

Thousands of Bahamians have
been experiencing disruptions to
their internet service over the last
few. days. Cable Bahamas’

spokesman Keith Wisdom said a
major upgrade of the internet
‘core IP system was due to be,
completed on Tuesday morning,
however, unforeseen technical
difficulties continue to affect the

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

In the wake of lay-offs for hundreds of
Atlantis employees, mortgage lenders yes-
terday said they are as yet uncertain of
how many of their clients have been
impacted, but stand by ready to help them
ride out the financial hardship that lies
ahead.

Jerome Godfrey, managing director of

the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation
(BMC) said the corporation will assess
client’s circumstances on a “case by case”
basis and is “most definitely” prepared to
offer payment moratoriums — where clients
do not have to put up any money - for
periods of up to three months.

“That’s what we can do initially. This is
something we do outside of whatever the
government may decide to do. Then we’ll

be necessary at that point,” said Mr God-
frey.

Clients who had kept up to date with
their payments in the past will get the most
preferential treatment from the bank.

“That'll be a significant factor in how

- well we can respond. An account in arrears,

its a given that that account has already
exhausted that moratorium. We will not
ignore the request but we will have to treat
(it differently),” he said.

For those clients who are already in
arrears and may now have lost their jobs,
Mr Godfrey said their unemployment may
not automatically spell disaster as govern-
ment unemployment and mortgage pay-
ment assistance initiatives could provide
a buffer.

The government has not yet announced .
however when these programmes will’

come into effect, and who will be eligible.
BMC is currently doing an assessment of

Wednesday and Thursday may have on
their books.

“We would like to encourage those
effected to contact us immediately.so we ,
’ can make appropriate arrangements to

assist them,” he said.

Mr Godfrey said that there was a “posi-
tive response” to the corporation’s efforts
earlier in the year to encourage workers
who might be impacted to come in and
work out a way of managing their financial
situation. However, the number of Joans in
arrears at the corporation still increased
from 22.43 per cent in May of this’ year to
over 26 per cent.

Tanya McCartney, managing decor of |

mortgage lender RBC FINCO said her
company was expecting people in the hotel
sector to suffer, adding that “until we see a
turnaround we’re poing to have to, work
with these people.”

She added: ““We’ll take same approach
what impact the mass lay-offs at Atlantison . that we’ve taken since earlier this year, -

since the slow down in the economy to
help those hotel workers.”
She said the strategy outlined on Mon-

_day by FINCO vice president Nathaniel

Beneby “was designed to deal with cir-
cumstances such as these.”

Even if unemployed people are not able
to pay anything for a significant amount of
time, Ms McCartney said this would “not
be the end of the world.”

However, this all depends on them hav-
ing a good debt management history.

“If they have been good faithful consis-
tent customers we value that relationship

_and we understand what they’ve been

going through and we are going to try and

- find a solution for their present circum-

stances,” she said.

As to whether the difficulties being suf-
fered by hotel-workers mean FINCO will
now be less inclined to initiate new loans
with them, Ms McCartney said that “goes

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STANDING at left is Tanya Clarke, fiancee of Levanto Moneur, aunt was killed in AGaUets Hurranda Newton, moth-
er of Sheanda Newton, 18, who was murdered on Charles Saunders Highway on October 18; and Lakota Per-
centie, wife of Vincent Percentie, 40, who was killed on Wulff Road on October 24. The third woman from the
right is Prophetess Patricia Coakley Mortimer, mother. in law of Vincent Percentie. At far right is Elaine Rolle, moth-
er of Marvin Ferguson, murdered i in. oe and Sen: Smith, killed on September 20 this year, the same day as

his cousin, Levatdo Armbrister. -

FOUR families of murder vic-
tims — among them a woman who

lost two sons and a nephew in’

separate incidents — came togeth-
er yesterday to announce a march
against violent crime. .

.The meeting was very emo-
tional, with the grieving relatives
speaking about their loss.

Tanya Clarke, fiancee of
Levardo Moncur, who was killed
on August 18-in Coral Heights,

~explained how the couple were

set to marry in March of next
year, She said she has been left
devastated by his death. .
Lakota Percentie, the widow
of 40-year-old Vincent Percentie

~~ who was shot and killed on Octo-
ber 24 on Wulff Road, has been ©

crying uncontrollably ever since,
her mother said.

Also present was Elaine Rolle,
the mother of Marvin Ferguson,
who was killed in 2001. Seven
years later, on September 20 of
this year, her. other san, Sedino
Smith and her nephew Lavardo
Armbrister were killed.

Michaela Brown, her daugh-
ter, read a statement on behalf
of the group.

She said: “No one expects a
crime-free society but at the same
time no one expects to live in a
crime-ridden society, such as the



Bahamas has become over the as we march on November 22 to



“No one expects a crime-free society
but at the same time no one expects to
live in a crime-ridden society such as
the Bahamas has become over the past |
few years.”

past few years.” Criticising judges

for giving bail for persons charged
with murder. and condemning
parliamentarians for not doing
more about the situation, she said:
“We make no excuse for our posi-
tion because too many of our
beloved sons.and daughters, hus-
bands-and: wives, fathers and
mothers, nephews and nieces now
lie cold and silent forever in their

graves because of the evil mur-
derous spirit that walks boldly -
and fearlessly throughout our

islands.”
“We march in memory of the
hundreds of Bahamians who have

been murdered in recent times”

and we march to make a strong
call to our law-makers to pass

- laws immediately that would

remove all the obstacles to the
hanging of convicted murderers.

“We call on all’ Bahamians,
from every walk of life to join us

Michaela Brown

bring back hanging for all mur-
derers. We be marching to bring
back the fear of the law, which
will deter misguided persons from
carrying out senseless acts of
deadly violence.”

The march will begin at 9am
at Tom Grant Park on Grahant
Drive in Yellow Elder Subdivi-
sion, just-west of AF Adderley
High School. It will head east to
Baillou Hill Road, on to Robin-
son Road, Marathon Road, then ©
Wulff Road. It will then head
west to East Street and north to
Ross Corner, then on to Market
Street. From there, it will travel
south to Chapel Street and west

-on Chapel and Meadow Streets to

Nassau Street. The march will
then proceed south on Nassau
Street to Poinciana Drive, east to
Rupert Dean Lane, south to

' Huyler Street and east to Baillou

Hill Road, then back to Tom
Grant Park.
THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, PAGE 3





In brief

Kerzner
rejects
reports of
riotous
behaviour

KERZNER International
said Thursday it was dismayed
by some media reports that
staff affected by Wednesday’s
layoffs at the resort were
riotous and violent. It said that
the reports were completely
false.

The company also denied
the report that a man col-
lapsed and died on learning
that he had been laid off by
the company. The report
claimed that a man fainted on
receiving news of his dis-
missal, then died later that
night in hospital

It was later reported that
the person who started the
rumour of the sudden death
was playing a practical joke.

. Ed Fields, Senior Vice-
President of Public Affairs, .
referring to a news report of
riotous and violent behaviour
when dismissals were
announced on Wednesday,
said that “nothing could be
further from the truth.”

“Given the circumstances,
‘our former team members

. conducted themselves with
.dignity and graciousness.
While quite naturally some
people were emotional, there
were no acts of. violence, no
property damaged and the
whole exercise.was quite
peaceful,” he said.

“We feel that our former
‘team members have been ~
unfairly depicted by these
reports and that we.can only ~
express pride with the charac-
ter displayed by all.”

Claims that the company
was for sale to MGM and that
the reductions were related to
that were also denied. “There
is ho such deal, period,” said

Mr Fields, “any assertions to |.

the contrary are wrong.”

‘Mr Fields re- emphasised” as

that the cut backs involved no
more than 800 persons.

“We are saddened that giv-
en the seriousness of times
such as these, that’ reporting
inaccuracies does not lend to
lessening the pain that many
of our people are experienc-
ing.”

BIC, BOPOU
sign new
labour
agreement

THE Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company
announced yesterday that it
has signed a three year
labour agreement with the
company’s non-management
union, the BCPOU.

The agreement retroac-
tively spans the period of
October 2007 through to
September 2009.

“We have been involved
since late 2007 in substantive
negotiations with the
BCPOU to work toward
completion of this latest
industrial agreement. We
have been able to do so
largely in a spirit of co-oper-
ation and mutual trust and
we believe that the positive
and constructive relationship
between the BTC and the
BCPOU will remain through
the life of this contract,” said

- Kirk Griffin, acting ‘president
and CEO of the.company. -

The key provisions of the
agreement call for a four per
cent increase in salary within
the first year, the payment of
a one-time lump sum of
$5,000 to each employee in
year two, and a four per cent
increase in the final year of
-the contract.

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ATLANTIS LAYGFFS: The fallout

She has lost her.
husband and son —
and now her job



@ By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN Atlantis worker lost her

husband, her son and yesterday,
she lost her job.

Now, with her only source of
income shut off and less than $20

of savings in the bank, she stands .

to lose much more.

The widow, who wanted to be
known only as Mae, said were
her husband and son still alive,
they would have taken care of
her during this hard time.

“After my son died I was left
alone,” said Mae.

“He worked in the hotel and
had a jet-ski business — I had
income then.

“Now they took away my job,
J just don’t have anywhere to
go.”

She said her son was 23-years~
old when he died.

- Mae said she is now in danger



of being evicted from her apart-
ment. She said the Bahamas
Hotel Catering and Allied Work-
ers Union assisted her with
$1,000 to pay her rent, however,
it couldn’t assist with the three
months of back payments she
owes her landlady.

“The woman needs her money
— that’s her place,” she said.
“T’m going to be a landlady soon
and I don’t want it done to me.”

According to Mae, she is
building apartments-and her loan
for those apartments was being
deducted from her pay cheque
every month.

Now the cheques have
stopped. ,

She said her next move is to
move out of her apartment, put
her stuff in storage and live with
her mother until she can do bet-
ter. “I have to look for a storage

place now to store my furniture’

and lay low until I can go out on



my own again,” said Mae.
Mae worked as a banquet
server at Atlantis for 11 years

- and said she didn’t think she

received what she deserved when

‘ they let her go.

However, she said for now it is
a blessing.

“I’m blessed with close to
$5,000, which is not anything
much, but I was working one,
two sometimes three days,” she
said.

“If I had continued to work
those amount of days until the
end of this year I would not have
made $5,000 because right now I
was only carrying home $200 and
something dollars.”

She said she would look for
another job, but she knows there
is nothing out there because of
the state of the economy.

She is still holding onto hope
that Atlantis might still take her
and others back as “on-call”






ee

Me BLOW: Mae, who has lost Re Aone ae

servers, but she is not certain that
they will. “If managers can go
back and consider certain things
for certain people they need to
reconsider me — I need my job,”
said Mae. ~

She said she would look for

another hotel job if there were
other hotels to turn to.

She is alone and has to assist

with a grandchild.

“This is not what I deserve —

I don’t have no plans, mister,”
said Mae.

























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

~ THE potential for a further increase in

non-payment of premiums, and the threat
of-a rise in crime and fraudulent claims has
some insurance companies worried about
the burden they will have to bear.

On Wednesday, 800 Atlantis workers
-were made redundant after visitor num-
| bers dropped.

Yesterday, insurance company stake-
holders said they will have to wait a while
before they see the full extent of the fall-
out, but there is reason to be nervous.

“Without a doubt we need to be con-
cerned because some way or other you’re
going to feel the impact. If it’s not from the
standpoint of reduced clients or increased

| menting about the increased crime poten-
tial bécaiisé 'that‘will ’ impact” insurers ‘as

increased cat’ and home'"break-ins,” said’ ~
Robert Bartlett, a senior account executive
at insurance providers JS Johnson.



Retailer hopes to woo customers through creative measures

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

A MAJOR retailer is implementing a few cre-
ative measures to attract consumer spending in the
softened economy. Sandy Schaeffer, president and
founder of Robin Hood Enterprises, said he was
concerned about the spending power of Bahamians
following a series of lay-offs in the hospitality sector.

While he said it was too early-to speculate how the
lay-offs will affect'Robin Hood's revenue, the store
— which recently added groceries to its shelves — will
lower prices even more to keep shoppers coming.

Mr Schaeffer is also in negotiations with the
Department of Transport to provide free trans-
portation to and from the store's John F Kennedy

Drive location.

"This is a whole painful exercise for everybody,
what we're trying to do is we're running sales now to
even lower our prices to make things even more
affordable, we're working with the Department of
Transportation to try to set up some free service
buses (for round-trip transport to the store), I think
everybody needs to do whatever it is that we can to
try and assist people but ultimately nothing can
replace a job but a job,” he told The Tribune yes-

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Like other insurers, Mr Bartlett

explained that “right now it’s just too soon
to say” exactly how much of a blow.the

- hotel lay-offs will be.to the insurance

industry.

It depends, he said, firstly on how many
of those who were employed at Atlantis
were insured, and secondly how the risk
which they now represent is “spread
among” insurance companies.

On Wednesday, many suddenly laid-
off Atlantis employees questioned how
they would meet their financial obliga-
tions and some said they believe it will
result in a crime spike.

The insurance industry has already been
experiencing a rise in non-payment of pre-
miums and lapses in policy renewals, said
the account executive, his sentiment

‘ echoed by Jason Pinder, a corporate

administrator at Star General Insurance
brokers, and Patrick Ward, chief executive

* officer’ at Bahamas’ First General Insur-

Janice."

Mr Pinder said his’ company had already
been “affected tremendously” by the slow-
down in the economy, with this hitting

terday. "But difficult situations offer different oppor-
tunities so for those of us that will survive, for those
of us that are quick to adapt to a changing environ-
ment, it means Tecognising that it's going to forge us

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For a few weeks in September and October, ite
company placed its 140 member staff on reduced
work weeks. Presently, those schedules have
returned to normal and are expected to remain that

Mr Schaeffer added that moving forward into
next year will require sacrifices from employers as
they struggle to keep persons working.

He plans to focus on lowering overhead costs to
minimise expenditure and will only turn to lay-offs-as
a last resort, he said. "In terms of next year, we look
basically to try to stablise ourselves and to minimise
costs to try to reduce overhead without impacting
employment — in terms of energy savings and other
methods — and the measure of last resort is to fire

“Certainly peiees you get to that point you want
to try and put them on minimal work weeks but_as
employers, we all have a responsibility to bite the

“It's going to require uy perhaps to operate at a
loss for a particular time," he said.

Hotel layoffs leave insurers feeling nervous

more heavily since July. “This (the
Atlantis lay-offs) will undoubtedly make
the situation for us worse,” said Mr Pinder.

Around 30 per cent of Star General
Insurance’s business has traditionally come
from hotel employees.

He said he could not say for sure. how
many Atlantis employees, now redundant,
are insured with the company but he feels
the industry has “not yet experienced the
brunt” of the downturn in the-tourism sec-
tor in particular. ©

“Tt’s going to be a rough road ahead. It’s
already causing us to look at ways that
we’re going to have to streamline things.
It’s not been a good year,” he said.

Meanwhile, the corporate administrator
suggested Atlantis redundancies are
expected to only worsen a situation which
has already seen a rise in the non-renew-
al of motor insurance over the last two
years, leaving the Road Traffic Depart-
ment “very concerned” about the num-
ber of people driving without coverage.

As to whether the financial difficulties ;

hotel industry workers are going through

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it may mean some clients are required to
pay a greater proportion of their premium
upfront.

Sounding a positive note, chief execu-
tive officer of Bahamas First General
insurance Patrick Ward said that although
there has been a “general slow-down” for
his company already, he has an “optimistic
outlook” about the impact on the industry

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but I don’t think it will be a massive loss in
business,” he said.

“But that presupposes that the world-
wide economic situation is going to
improve in the medium to long term.”

He noted that one of the*unfortunate
by-products of an economic downturn “is
that there is a higher instance of fraudulent
claims. .

“We will have to become more vigilant
to.keep an eye out for that, but we haven’t
seen anything that would indicate there’s
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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dosyias of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt .

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972

Why we need a fully
functional public
utilities commission




Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A.,

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Rome had its own financial collapse

IT HAS been said that there is no new thing
under the sun.

If we only knew our history better, we could

. learn from the mistakes of the ancients and

possibly avoid many errors in our own times. '

‘Unfortunately, because each new generation is
ignorant of what has gone before, it starts its
own story with a clean slate, condemning history
to repeating itself-with all its tragedies.

Today our only point of reference to a simi-
lar worldwide economic downturn — the Great
Depression — started in 1929 and continued
into the thirties.

But there were many depressions before
that,:going as far back as the panic of 33 AD in

Rome, which started with a disturbance in >

Judaea and was quelled by the governor, Pon-
tius Pilate. It was at the time of Christ, and the
upheaval had its roots in his teachings.

About a year before the Judaean unrest, the
firm of Seuthes & Son of Alexandria lost three
of its richly laden spice ships in a hurricane in
the Red Sea. A little later the well known pur-
ple dye house of Malchus and Company in Tyre
— with factories at Antioch and Ephesus —
went bankrupt. It was discovered that the great
banking house of Rome had loaned heavily. to
these two important firms. The scene was now
set for collapse. This tragedy was repeated last
month on Wall Street. For our Roman story
we only have to substitute the names of Leman
Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG and
all the other banks that created our present

financial crisis with their collapse. We can also
understand the panic of the then known world
in AD 33 — 1,985 years ago. What is interesting
is that today’s solution is similar to that of 33
AD. However, instead of arguing with the US

Senate for a Treasury bailout, a fast messenger. . '

was sent post haste to Tiberius Caesar inform-
ing him of the danger of a total collapse, and
begging him to open the Treasury to prevent the
crisis.
According to historian Will Durant “the
famous ‘panic’ of AD 33 illustrates the devel-
opment and complex interdependence of banks
and commerce in the Empire. (Caesar) Augus-
tus had coined and spent money lavishly, on
the theory that its increased circulation, low
interest rates, and rising prices would stimu-

late business. » Does that theory sound familiar.”

to our readers?’

Durant continued that Augustus s theory .

did stimulate business. However, “as the process

could not go on forever, a reaction set in as

early as 10 BC when this flush minting ceased.”
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Then came along atiother Caesar, —
Tiberius— with an opposite theory. He believed
that the most economical economy is the best.
He strictly limited government expenditure,

sharply restricted new issues of currency and ©

hoarded 2,700,000,000 sesterces in the Trea-
sury. However, businessmen’s lavish trading
with the East continued. “Prices fell, interest
rates rose, creditors foreclosed on debtors,

debtors sued usurers, and money lending almost

ceased. The Senate tried to check the export of
capital by requiring a high percentage of every
senator’s fortune to be invested in Italian land;
senators thereupon called in loans and fore-
closed mortgages to raise cash, and the crisis
rose.’

When a senator notified the Balbus bank
that he had to withdraw a large sum of money to
comply with the law, the firm announced bank-
ruptcy.

The game of falling ten pins had started.
Seuthes and Son, with the loss of their three
spice ships, collapsed as did the great dyeing
concern of Malchus at Tyre.

Rumour started that the great banking house
of Rome would be broken by their excessive
loans to these two firms. Depositors started a
“run” on the bank, closing its doors. Later on
the same day. another large bank in Rome
closed. Almost simultaneously the banks of the
Empire started to collapse — Lyons, Carthage,
Corinth and Byzantium. One after the other
the banks of Rome closed. 'The world of AD 33
was in panic.

“Tiberius finally met the crisis by suspending
the land-investment act and distributing
100,000,000 sesterces to the banks, to be lent
without interest for three years on the security
of realty. Private lenders were thereby con-
strained to lower their interest rates, money
came out of hiding, and confidence slowly
returned.”

Today no one has the answer to the present
crisis, other than bailouts to save jobs, homes,
and industry i in the hope of getting the economy
moving.

Prime Minister Ingraham has been criticised
by former prime minister Christie for his
response to the resulting downturn in our econ-
omy. Commenting on the Christie statement, a

Jamaican remarked yesterday: “At least Prime

Minister Ingraham recognises there is a prob-
lem, while here in Jamaica our Prime Minister
is yet to admit there is a problem.”

The Jamaican was confident that by ‘Prime

, Minister Ingraham accepting that there is a

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would most appreciate the
opportunity to respond to BEC
transparency and accountabili-
ty concerns, expressed by The
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, Mr Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, as reported in an
October 22 Tribune Business
article captioned, “Transparen-
cy’ call over BEC fuel sur-
charge.’

Mr President, the solution to
your concerns and those of oth-
er thinking Bahamians, lies
within a fully functional Public
Utilities Commission (PUC).

Your reported concerns and °

many others, were shared by

myself and the other leaders of '

the Bahamas National Con-
sumers Union (BNCU), former
PLP Senator K Neville Adder-
ley, Dr Peter Maynard and
Franklyn G Ferguson, when we
first advocated for the estab-

_ lishment of a utilities commis-

sion during Prime Minister
Ingraham’s first administration.
I am writing all of this from
memory, so-I will stay away
from specific dates.

Unfortunately for The
Bahamas and its citizenry, what
we now have is a Telecommu-
nications. Commission mas-
querading as a Public Utilities
Commission.

The people advocated for,

‘and our parliament passed a

PUC Act, however both Prime
Ministers Ingraham and
Christie have not to date
gazetted those provisions of the
PUC Act, that would give the
PUC oversight of BEC and oth-
er public utilities.

As it now stands, only the
telecommunications provisions
of the PUC Act have been
gazetted, and therefore only
those provisions have become
Bahamian law.

And so President D’Aguilar,
a fully functional PUC would
go a long way in addressing not
only corporate Bahamas’ con-
cerns as they relate to BEC, but

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also those of the general public.
Perhaps the BCC can assist the

Bahamian people in this regard,

by advocating for a proper
PUC, as we obviously cannot
depend on our disinterested
Members of Parliament so to
do.

And the PUC is not’an iso-
lated incident, which begs the
question: Do our Parliamentar-
ians care whether or not legis-
lation that is duly passed on
behalf of the Bahamian people,
is gazetted and the accompany-
ing regulations, where applica-
ble, brought forth? Are they
keeping track of these things,
or do they just go to the House
or Senate with no agenda what-
soever?

Be that as it may, the envi-
ronmental stewardship of BEC
should also be.a matter of pub-
lic concern.

It is interesting to note that
whenever some concerned staff
member/s of BEC, stationed at
‘Clifton Pier especially, made
revelations to the press over the
years concerning the unmiti-
gated dumping and leaking of
waste oil into the ground by
BEC, those allegations were

always quickly and strongly ©

denied by the BEC General
Manager. Now and behold, new
BEC Chairman Mr Fred Got-
tlieb, in his first walkabout and
tour of BECs Clifton Pier facil-
ities, has confirmed observing
first hand, waste oil all over the
place at Clifton.

Is BEC’s manager more
inclined to authorise costly
repairs to generators once they
would have stopped working,
than in ensuring regularly
scheduled maintenance?

Why are Harbour Island and 5
other Out Islands still suffering’
at the hands of BEC? Should _

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we not have been exploring
alternative sources of energy
decades ago?

On a more general note, the
situation involving the PUC Act
and its ungazetted provisions,
in my opinion speaks to the
inherent conflict of interest
involved in having two best
friends and former law partners,
serving simultaneously as Prime
Minister of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, and Leader
of Her Majesty’s Loyal Oppo-
sition respectively. Bahamian
politics being what it is, how can
we ever honestly expect one to
police the other?

And now Philip ‘Brave’
Davis, the other law partner,
may want to throw his hat into
the ring: for the leadership of
the PLP.

Should we really be electing
anyone to political leadership
in this country, who sees no
shame and/or disgrace, in using
his time in Parliament, to
espouse the punishment of any
local media house that publish-
es unflattering news articles
about the PLP? Do we really
want to return to the years
when the publication of the gov-
ernment’s Official Gazette was
off limits for The Tribune?

Does.it concern anyone else
that former Prime Minister
Christie, in the midst of yet
another. potential PLP scandal,
is reported to have said that
during his time as prime minis-
ter, in dealing with the scandals
of his administration, he was
always keen to be seen to be
acne. in the best interest of his
party? —

Is that not the reason why
he is now Leader of the Oppo- -
sition, because he was keen to
always act in the best interest
of his party, and not that of his

~ country? —

LAVADE

October .26, 2008

Government should invest in the talent
of convicts when they leave prison

EDITOR, The Tribune.

AFTER seeing on television
what convicts of Her Majesty’s
can produce and the level of tal-
ent there, I write with a pro-
posal for Government.

When these convicted per-
sons are let back into society,
they have a real problem with
employers wanting to hire them.
I propose that Government
invest in these individuals, as
no one else will give them a
chance to have a productive life
after prison.

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work in and provide the initial
materials for these talented per-
sons to produce their arts and
craft.

These Bahamian products
can then be sold at a profit to
the straw market vendors who
are only supposed to be selling
Bahamian arts and craft in the
Straw Market.

The monies obtained from
the sale of these products can go
towards repaying the Govern-
ment for the materials used in

producing the arts and craft,

and the payment of rent for the
use of the building.

Wages can also be paid to the —
_ ex-prisoners from the sale of
their products.

Government will have to
operate from the perspective

. that “nothing is free” and that

as they will be using taxpayer’s
money to fund this enterprise,
the money must be paid back

-to the Treasury.

_ After a period of time, should
this venture prove to be prof-
itable, it can then be operated
free of Government’s involve-
ment and become an enterprise
standing on its own.

This will help to keep these

‘ex-convicts from returning to a

life of crime in order to survive.

‘They: will then have an outlet

for their talents, regain their
dignity, and be. gainfully
employed.

Most likely, only. Govern-
ment can help these persons, as

_ most employers are not willing

to take a chance on them. —
This is only a proposal which
I am sure can be improved on

by the anteflec wal in Govern-

ment.

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‘ November 5, 2008 °

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connection
with drug
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TWO BROTHERS were tak-
en into police custody on Thurs-
day in connection with illegal drug
possession.

At around 2am, officers of the
Carmichael Road Police Station
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dens when they stopped and
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today.

Norman Solomon's

widow ‘touched’
by Ministry of

Tourism's decision

lm By ALEX MISSICK

NORMAN §olomon’s wid- :
ow said yesterday that she is :
touched by the Ministry of :
Tourism’s decision to-honour
her husband’s memory, and

moved by the fact that his peers,

colleagues and friends would :
want to commemorate his con- |:

tributions.

Mr Solomon is to be hon- }
oured throughout Tourism :
Week this year, as well as at the :
Cacique Awards. A bronze bust }
of Mr Solomon also will be :

placed downtown.

“When the announcement }
was made last spring that this ;
was going to happen, we both :

cried out of pride and humili-
ty. Right to the end Norman :

never believed that he did any-
thing extraordinary or that he
could have inspired and influ-
enced the numbers of Bahami-

ans that he did,” ‘Katherine :

Solomon said.

She explained that in her late /





husband’s mind, making a con- |

tribution — no matter how sm all vi



or in what manner — is Vr? a

person should do wheit they. ;
love their country and their fél- :

low human beings.



“The idea that people will bé
reminded of Norman’s charac- :

ter each and everyday is truly :

awesome, but what would be

more awesome would be for :
everyone to buy. into his vision :
of a greater Bahamas and to :





work together towards that :

end,” Mrs Solomon said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

MANY of the 800 Atlantis workers
forced into unemployment on Wednes-
day are saying the amounts issued as
redundancy packages are simply not
enough.

Former employee Joseph Martin said
he invested 40 years in the company,
starting as a bus-boy. He was a room
service captain when he lost his job.

Mr Martin said: “Of course I was upset
when I found out that I was one of the

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employees to be terminated, but the
amount that they handed over is a slap in
the face.”

- Mr Martin said he received $7,658.30
from the company, which he claims does
not match up with the calculations out-

‘ lined in the BHCAWU handbook.

Mr Martin contends that the package
of someone in his position should not
have been two weeks pay for each year
employed, but rather four weeks salary
per year.

He also claimed that in addition to his
weekly salary of $235.75, he earned gra-

tuity, and that this should have been tak-
en into account when calculating his
package.

This would have entitled
him to receive more than $15,000, he
said.

Mr Martin says that with some man-
agers and supervisors involved in the
staff reduction exercise having received
packages worth $20,000 or more, “some-
thing is definitely wrong.”

Union Secretary General Leo Dou-
glas said that even though many of the
ex-staffers are upset about the differ-




faa be ‘not enough’

ences between their packages and those
of senior employees, there are specific
factors that determine redundancy pay-
ments. k ;

“Management salary is different from
the average waiter or bus-boy, we pay
you based on the number of years
employed and in accordance with the
law and industrial agreement.”

Mr Douglas did admit that some per-
sons received incorrect packages. He
said that those persons will have to con-
sult the union before any adjustments
are made.

New initiative is’
introduced to deal
with troubled students

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Ministry
of Education has moved
towards a more clinical and
therapeutic response to deal-
ing with troubled students in
the public school system, Edu-
cation Minister Carl Bethel
said.

Mr Bethel said that a new
initiative was implemented in
New Providence as alternative
punitive programmes.

“Last year, when we start-
ed the programme we request-
ed the names of the 10 most
disruptive students in every

‘school in New Providence for

the programme,” he said.

Mr Bethel said that the
Transitional Alternative Pro-
gramme (TAPS) is a more
clinical, psychological and

therapeutic approach as it con-

cerns troubled students.
“The programme is aimed
at finding the mental causes,

and finding solutions to help .

troubled students, bearing in

mind that every child is an

individual with an individu-

alixéd-set of needs, Tequiring
individvialised attention, and’

sometimes individualised
help,” he said.

Minister Bethel said he is
aware of the incidents of
school violence at St Georges
High School in Freeport,
where several students had to
be taken to hospital after they
were seriously injured on cam-

us.

The Tribune received
reports that several students
have been expelled and trans-
ferred to Programme ‘Sure.

Mr Bethel said his ministry
is taking the appropriate inter-
vention steps to help troubled
students.





Carl Bethel

He said that wherever there
are students who are “piainly
troubled and disruptive” there
are intervention methods in
place, such as Programme
Sure and YEAST in Andros.

“We felt this was not a suf-
ficient response in the ministry
and last year the department
devised a more therapeutic
and less punitive response, one
that involves having a greater

emphasis: on: psychological «,
counselling and background:.
information that may lead toâ„¢

violent behaviour in children,”
he said.

Mr Bethel said that they are
still awaiting results from the
TAPS programme.

He also stated that his min-
istry is looking at different
methods instead of suspend-
ing and sending students to the
programmes that penalise.

“We are Satisfied that we

’ don’t need police officers at

schools and we have taken

that policy decision. It is our’

view, supported by evidence,
that that is not appropriate,”
he said.





Italian movie premiers in Exuma

EXUMA residents turned out
in full force for the premier of
Matrimonio alle Bahamas, the
Italian comedy that was filmed
principally in Exuma and has
done much to promote the
island throughout Europe. .

Matrimonio alle Bahamas -
translated in English to
‘Bahamas Wedding’ -— was
filmed by the Italian entertain-
ment giant, Medusa.

The production company
spent four days filming in Flori-
da and 20 days in Exuma in the
summer of 2007. Bahamians
finally got the opportunity to see
the fruit of their labour as the
film was shown for the first time
in the Bahamas at the Four Sea-
sons at Emerald Bay.

The Bahamas Film Commis-
sion and the Exuma Tourist

Office gathered members of the ,

community together for the spe-
cial screening. The event was an

opportunity to see the result of

the filming, which injected
almost $1 million into the
Bahamas.

Angela Archer, manager of
the Bahamas Film Commission,
introduced the film to the audi-
ence. She said the creation of
jobs is one of the welcomed out-

comes of accepting film projects

for the Bahamas.

“This gave Bahamians, and
particularly some Exumians, the
opportunity to work in some key
positions in making this all hap-
pen,” Ms Archer said. “They
were, just short, of their million-
dollar, spend in the Bahamas.”

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tions, equipment and other
items, the movie also did much
to promote the Bahamas to
Europeans, Ms Archer said.
Matrimonio alle Bahamas has
grossed $15.47 million at the box
office in Europe since it was
released in November, 2007.
Though no specific correlation
has been suggested, the
Bahamas also posted an increase
in arrivals from Europe since the
movie was released. Between
January and the end of August
of 2008, arrivals from Europe
increased by 7.7 per cent.
Exumians attending the pre-

- mier were delighted with the fin-

ished product. Beverly McPhee
said she was proud to see her
home island represented so well
on the big screen. She was sure
that the beauty of the Exuma
water and the look of the Four
Seasons Resort would entice

many Europeans to visit the

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to understand everything
because of the language barri-
er, it was a great movie.”

Chief counsellor Teddy
Clarke agreed.

“Even though I can’t speak
Italian, I understood the lan-
guage of body and the language
of the movements,” he said.
“The language of love is a uni-
versal language.” -

Mr Clarke was disappointed:
that there were no Exuma signs
prominently displayed in film.
The only sign identifying Exu-
ma specifically was a sticker on a

. speed boat that zoomed between

mainland Exuma on the way to
Chat ’N Chill on Stocking Island.

However, the Bahamas Film
Commission staff pointed out
that the word will get out about
Exuma and the Bahamas due to
the film. Exuma is featured in
the movie’s credits and director

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fi By JOHN ISSA

_ ALTHOUGH The
Bahamas is geographically .a
group of islands. Economical-
ly it is part.of a greater eco-
nomic continent. The often
used Phrase "the global econ-
omy" is indeed a reality. ~
We have come to realize
_the reality of the old saying
that "no man is an island"
because of the global eco-
nomic tsunami that has
arrived on our shores.
Unemployment rates in the
USA and the UK have
reached levels not seen in well
over a decade. These rates are



on an upward trend, so we can.

expect them to continue ris-
ing for the present.

'. The economic miracle of
China is also feeling the effects

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of the world economic crisis.
In China newly unemployed
workers. from the industrial
areas are returning to the rur-

_al areas from which they had

come.

We should therefore not be
surprised that unemployment
will rise in The Bahamas as |
the tourism and financial sec-

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not an island?

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tors feel the negative effects of

what is happening in the wider :

world. What we need to do is
to seek ways to alleviate and

‘reverse the situation.

The Government has
announced that they are under-

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is, involved are also continuing

to invest aggressively.
-It would therefore be to the

_benefit of all, if those Bahami-.
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who are able.to not hold.

back and aggressively invest
now.
These are many. benefits that

‘an investor can derive from so —

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Firstly, contractors are.short

of work so will likely price .

more aggressively and, sec-.
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investors will bring some opti-

mism back to the economy:

Then there will be the multi-.
' plier effect.
The government may be.

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Bahamas to take part
in international meeting
on climate change —

Minister of State for
the Environment
will head to Tobago

: By KATHRYN

CAMPBELL

_'MINISTER of State for the
Environment Phenton Ney-
mour will be among Common-
‘wealth ministers and parlia-
mentarians who will gather in
Tobago on November 15 and
16 to participate in an interna-
tional parliamentary meeting
on climate change and energy
access.
Minister Neymour said that

this meeting will give legisla-

tors an opportunity to speak
with experts from Africa,

Europe and the Caribbean, and_

discuss ways to.improve renew-
able energy jand alternative
sources throughout: the
Caribbean. .

“We think that it is critical

that the Bahamas plays a role ~

‘in this conference and so I will
be going to meet with fellow
ministers throughout the Com-

: monwealth to discuss avenues
i... and issues suchas financing’

and.policy implementation in
regards to renewable energy.
“We will also address the

_- various efficiency options avail-

able to us for instance wind,
solar and solar thermal which
are sources applicable for the

Bahamas. It is critical that the -
: Bahamas be a part of this .
:.. entire process. We will also

look at geo-thermal,” Mr Ney-
mour said.

According to a release issued ©

by the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment, the meeting is organ-
ised by e-Parliament, a new

global forum which engages

national legislators through
polls and-hearings, and is used
to exchange policy ideas.

Minister Neymour said that .

in light of the recent “turmoil”

Fs and price hikes in the oil indus-

try since 2007, the government
of the Bahamas took'steps to
-improve its position regarding
renewable energy and explore

: - alternative sources of energy.

“We took the position that it
was critical that we begin work
on the National Energy Policy
which is nearing completion,
and we also made the decision

to have the Bahamas Electric- \

ity. Corporation (BEC) seek
proposals on renewable energy

‘throughout the Bahamas for
i. all islands — all 29 locations

where we generate energy,” he
said.

Minister Neymour noted
that the government also took

i the initiative to be a part of the

‘Washington International
Renewable Energy Renewable



Conference (WIREC) with
United States President
George Bush and held in
Washington, DC, in March of
this year.

“We dialogued with fellow
ministers from around the
world.and high government
officials of the United States
with a view to improving the
use of renewable energy and
alternative sources throughout
the world and setting objectives
for each country. The
Bahamas, in its National Ener-

gy Policy, will outline some of ©
those objectives,” Mr Neymour ‘

said.

The meeting is a third in a
series of international parlia-
mentary hearings on climate
change and. energy access for
the. poor in the African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)
regions. The most recent hear-
ing took place in Ghana in Sep-
tember, 2008.

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will have an opportunity to
question experts and discuss

how to most effectively meet

the growing demand for énergy -
in an age of increasing fuel.
prices, while simultaneously

- addressing the growing dangers

of climate change and ensur-

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Nearly 5 percent of Bahamians
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lm By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter



CLOSE to five per cent of all
Bahamians suffer from mental ill-
nesses, with schizophrenia and
depression being the most wide-
spread disorders, a survey by the
'.; Ministry of Health revealed.

In an effort to destigmatise the
-dssue of mental illness in the
Bahamas, .officials from the

Sandilands Rehabilitation Cen- ~

., tre.and the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) teamed up
: to organise a one-day symposium

to educate the medical. commu-
~ nity and other stakeholders on
» care, prevention, and on modern
’. approaches to mental disorders.
_ Speaking during the opening
of the symposium Wednesday
morning, Dr Yitades Gebre, a
senior advisor for PAHO, said in
.. many cases physicians who oper-

./ até outside of the mental health,
~ field encounter patients affected —

“.by.mental disorders, but are
unable to identify the symptoms

or treat the conditions due to

_ their inexperience.
~,. “This. symposium focuses on

~ assisting these medical officers to _

identify symptoms, making the
. diagnosis and providing the care
needed, allowing them to assist
“in reducing the burden at the
~~ highest level,” Dr Gebre said.

“> Dr Nelson Clarke, medical
-; chief of staff at Sandilands, point-



DR. TIMOTHY BARRETT, a consultant psychiatrist, speaks to a group

of industry specialist, officials and health professionals this week.

ed out that despite many com-
mon misconceptions, anyone can
fall victim to a mental illness.
“Race, class, gender, social sta-
tus, none of these things makes

-one immune to becoming some-

one afflicted by a mental health
problem,” he said.

Ranging from mild to severe,
Dr. Clarke said mental illnesses
include schizophrenia, depression,
bipolar disorder, anxiety disor-
der, substance abuse disorders,

and the child and adolescent dis-

orders. He explained that stress,
drug use, family history and oth-
er issues related to day-to-day life
are all risk factors which can con-
tribute to mental illnesses.
“Sometimes there’s a mixture
of factors that come together at a

specific time, (when) particular
individuals who are vulnerable
are likely to become ill,” he said.
Dr Clarke said that the best
treatment for persons suffering

_ from a mental illness starts with

an early diagnosis.

He said it is also extremely
important for family members
and friends to address the prob-
lem of mental illness in their

loved*one.

“That way, the road toward a
healthy life will be much easier

to attain and maintain,” he said.

Speakers for yesterday’s event
included psychologists Dr Euge-
nia Combie, Dr Nelson Clarke, ©
Dr Timothy Barrett, Dr Michael

_ Neville, and Dr Agretta Enease-

Carey, a gerontology specialist.

Family Islands earn
Cacique Awards majority



_.. THE Family Islands stole the:

- Cacique Awards spotlight this
“year, as the majority of finalists
‘announced for tourism’s highest
. “awards come from islands other

=. than New Providence and Grand ~

» Bahama. -
‘x Dr:-Keva Bethel, who takes
., over from Dr Davidson Hepburn
~ > as chairperson of the judging Blue
- Ribbon Panel, announced finalists
“sin eight public categories. She said
that 12 of the finalists come from
-.Family Islands, while Grand
-* Bahama and New Providence
each have five nominees.
-. “JT emphasise that excellence in
“performance ‘was. evident
“throughout the islands, ” Dr
~ Bethel said.
“These awards make it clear
that although the messages of the
"Ministry of Tourism and Avia-
tion constantly remind us of the
., deficiencies in service and product
“that should be shored up, the
- Ininistry does not forget the large
- number of people and organisa-
tions that consistently deliver on
_.the promise that it is better in she
_ Bahamas.”
Decisions on finalists were so
*competitive at times that the pan-
el was forced to seek further
information and make follow-up
calls, Dr Bethel said. .

The Finalists in the eight public
-» Categories are: :

: Transportation
Reuben Rahming - Nassau
Captain Lewis Key - Abaco

+. Glender Archer-Knowles - Abaco

Human Resources Development

- Bank
Financing
> Available

Emily Rahming - South Andros
Donald Glass. - Grand Bahama
Carolyn Hanna-Major - Nassau

Sports, Leisure and Events
Ambrose Gouthro - Grand Bahama
Raphael Cartwright - Long Island
Tommy Sewell - Bimini

- Creative Arts
Clayton Curtis - Grand Bahama
Steve Dodge - Abaco ~
Sonovia Pierre - Nassau

Handicraft

Elsie Knowles = - Long Island ‘
Kim Roberts - Abaco

Eloise Smith - Nassau

Sustainable Tourism

Kingsley Holbert - Exuma

Eleanore Munnings - Grand
Bahama

Bimini Sands - Bimini -

The Minister’s Award

- Quinth Saunders - Harbour Island
Peggy Thompson- Abaco ©
Sam Williams — - Nassau

Lifetime Achievement Award
John “Billy Joe” Gilbert - Grand
Bahama

Finalists in the Hotel categories
are:

Supervisor of the Year

Darren King - Westin Our Lucaya
Resort

Kevin McKenzie - Atlantis

Sophie Saunders - Wyndham Nas-
sau.

Sales Executive .
Margo Cox - Wyndham
Brent Ingraham - Old Bahama Bay

Myron Jones - Sheraton Nassau

Beach

Manager

Raylene Gardiner - Old Bahama

Bay

Janet Rolle Stubbs - Four Seasons

Resort

Gina Maria Sweeting-Williams -

Comfort Suites

Employee
Gerard Johnson - Sandals

Shamika Rahming - One and Only

Ocean Club
“Stanley Williams -
can Bay

Chef of. the Year

Carolyn Elaine Bowe - Wyndham

Nassau Resort
Sonate-Brice - Sandals Resort
Alvin Humes - Atlantis

People’s Choice Music Awards

Finalists

Secular Music
‘Phone Card’ by KC

‘Best of My Love’ by the Xtra Band
‘Boy You Don’t Know Me Eh’ by

KB and the Sting
Gospel Music

‘My Soul has Found Rest’ by Bish-

op J Rodney Roberts.

‘Old School Medley’ by Minister

Charles Drake and CMA Ensemble

‘Lord I’m Amazed’ by Mount Tabor

Praise Team

Winners will be revealed at the —
Cacique Awards ceremony on Janu-
ary 30, 2009 at the Rainforest The-

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Music: Candidates for this post must: be qualified to teach Music to pre-university level and be
familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Candidates must also have successful experience in organizing secondary school, choirs, band, music

concerts and drama performances.

Drama: Candidates should be able and willing to teach up to IB theatre arts level and possibly
coordinate musical and drama productions throughout the secondary school.

Information technology: Years pre-school to 13 responsibilities in integrated technology, promoting

the concept of "computer as tool" across all ages and curriculum areas, as well as teaching in years *
10 through 13: Must be experienced in teaching computer science at IB diploma level.

Middle school home room and core teachers: Middle level educational qualifications, experience
working with early adolescents and a familiarity with the philosophy of middle schools are required
from applicants for these posts. Applicants may also be required to teach BGCSE courses up to year
11. ;

At least two of the successful applicants will have documented successful experience in teaching
English in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer English and one of the following — PSE; IT & Social
Studies; art; drama — possibly to BGCSE level.

Another successful applicant will have documented successful experience in teaching general science
in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer any combination of biology, chemistry and physics at BGCSE
level. If he/she could also. teach mathematics that would be useful.

Mathematics and special needs (mart time post): Candidates must Have successful experience in ~

teaching in both areas.

NB: One successful candidate from all the posts offered will be able to offer the teaching of the
Theory of Knowledge course at IB diploma level. Another will be able to offer the teaching of
psychology at IB diploma level

Interested candidates should-apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade, by letter, email or fax
as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:

* letter of application

* a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy .

¢ a full curriculum vitae,

° either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email numbers of three people who may
be approached for confidential professional references or the name and address of the recruiting
ageney: from which the candidate's confidential dossiers may be obtained. \

Information on the teaching posts offered may be obtained from the heads of the schools by email
or fax only.

Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:

Email: Frank.Coyle@st-andrews.com
Fax (1 242) 324 0816

Allison Collie, Head of the primary school:
Email i i

Fax. (1 242) 324 0816

Bob Wade

Principal

St Andrew's School
PO Box EE 17340 -
Nassau

Bob. Wade @st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 364 1654

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2008. Applications from unqualified candidates,
applications arriving without the full information requested, applications from outside The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas or applications received after this date will not be considered.
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Bahamian students and drug use

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THE sale and use of hallucino-
genic, illicit drugs on local school
campuses has had a detrimental
effect on the lives of numerous
Bahamian students and has
adversely impacted their scholas-
tic performance.

The drug trade in the Bahamas
has had a costly impact on society,
ranging from the negligence of
family, pauperism and homeless-
ness, urban/social decay, lack of
investor confidence and a weak-
ened economy, sexually trans-
mitted diseases, an upsurge in
health concerns/costs and a spike
in violent crime.

Tobacco, alcohol and illegal
drug use is becoming more wide-
spread among high school stu-
dents, with the usage of marijua-
na and other inhalants becoming
increasingly popular in grades
nine to 12.

In the Bahamas, the average
age for male and female students
who peddle and = smoke
weed/drugs is 13 and 14, respec-
tively. Banned drugs such as
ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, opi-
um and heroin are often used by
adolescents in their quest for oth-
erworldly bliss and some warped
form of self-transcendance, due
to peer pressure and a need to be
well-liked (group cohesion), mim-
icking celebrities and/or older sib-
lings/friends, hoping to escape
and/or solve problems or to seek
parental support and attention..

Over the years, the illicit drug
plague has ripped our social fab-
ric and will unremittingly haunt
the history of our island chain for
many years to come. Since the
boom of the drug trade, the
Bahamas slithered from a quiet
society where people could sleep
with their doors open, to a crime-
riddled, materialistic society
where brotherly love has almost
disappeared to be replaced by
greed and the preoccupation that
“we must outdo the Joneses”.

During the drug explosion of
the 1970s/1980s, the Bahamas
became the paramount staging
point for the traffic of narcotic
drugs and psychotropic sub-
stances, due to its situation
between the US (demand) and
South American drug producers.

Islands such as the Exumas, the
Berry Islands, Bimini, Abaco,
Long Island, Grand Bahama,
Inagua, San Salvador: and
Eleuthera soon lost: their ‘exotic

s00pm

glaze, becoming shadowy off-
shoots as rapacious natives were
besieged by their zeal for quick
riches.

Throughout the years, drugs
coupled with alcohol have led to a
societal meltdown, with crime,
suicides, marital breakdowns,
domestic violence, absenteeism
and unwarranted accidents all the
result of these uses. Here, a for-
merly thriving man became an
utter slob.

These days, press reports indi-
cate that the use of illicit drugs
— particularly marijuana — has
risen among schoolchildren.
Frankly, informal surveys show
that young people are heavily
engaged in the abuse and solici-
tation of banned substances.

According to Terrance Foun-
tain, deputy director designate of
the Anti-Drug Secretariat,
although teenagers use other
drugs, marijuana is the drug of

- choice among high school stu-

dents.

Furthermore, stories of chil-
dren as young as 10 purchasing
and becoming addicted to alco-
hol must not be taken flippantly.
These incidents are patent indi-
cations that a new generation of
substance abusers is on the hori-
zon, who are willingly sacrificing
books and brain cells, and the
future of our country, for a
speedy high.

In a recent news report, I was
dumbfounded when Mr Fountain
claimed that the last drug survey
among high school students was
conducted in 2002. Fountain
asserted that the survey discov-
ered that between 15 to 20 per
cent of Bahamian youngsters had
experimented with marijuana at
least once in their lifetime.
Frankly, those who conducted
that survey appear to have been
grossly deceived as a more realis-
tic impression — based on word
of mouth, eye-witness accounts
and informal surveys — far
exceed 15 to 20 per cent. .

The deputy director suggested
that young males were more sus-
ceptible to prohibited activities
(such as marijuana use), pointing
to the males to females ratio
enrolled at the College of the
Bahamas as being reflective of
this sad reality.

In that July report, Mr Foun-
tain stated that a high school sur-
vey. was being organised for.this
fall semester to determine how
many students were at risk or
already using drugs, but little has
been heard about the progress of
that proposed survey since that
time.

Indeed, sensation-seeking
teenage drug abusers face far-
reaching social implications that
go beyond high school. A student
drug user’s scholastic perfor-
mance is negatively impacted,
which could lead to them skip-
ping classes, falling behind and
failing to complete assignments,
being undisciplined, tardiness and
poor school attendance.

The Bahamas National Drug
Council claims that teenagers
using drugs exhibit symptoms
such as constant arguing; lying
and irresponsibility; isolation,
secrecy and less involvement in
family activities; new interests and
friends; bad grades; hyperactivity,
drowsiness or forgetfulness;

depression or mood swings;
change in speaking patterns;
weight gain or loss and junk food
cravings; bloodshot eyes and the
use of eye drops or incense; run-
ny nose and coughing; odd small
containers in their pockets and
purse; money problems and the
disappearance of alcohol, drugs
and other possessions from their
residences (possibly for sale).
The council also asserts that
the discoveries of drug “para-
phernalia such as pipes, papers
and razor blades, needle marks,
tremors and hallucinations or
delusions” are all indicators that a
teenager is using drugs.

Students who exhibit physical
or emotional signs such as loss of
motor controls, dizziness, unnec-
essary giggling, paranoia and
mood problems such as an
aggressive approach with
peers/teachers — in addition to
the aforementioned behaviours
— show a pattern of concern they
are most likely chemically depen-
dent, adolescent drug abusers.

While many teenage drug
users may display a penchant for
smoking “blunts” (marijuana), I
am told that others prefer cold
and cough medicines, nose candy
such as cocaine/crack, speed
uppers (amphetamines) and sniff-
ing or huffing (ie, putting an
inhalant soaked rag in the
mouth), household products such
as paint thinner, glue, spray paint,
hair spray, correction fluid (white-
out), marker fluid and so on.

The popularity of the “chronic”
(marijuana) is undoubtedly due
in part to its glorification in
movies/music and its easy acces-
sibility, particularly as it can be
grown and distributed locally.
These days, marijuana is usually
laced with more potent drugs
before being smoked.

Ecstasy, a coloured tablet, has
gained popularity among school
age adolescents, particularly those
that frequent nightspots and
drinking parties.

Just this year, I smelt the mar-
ijuana scent on the clothes of a
ninth-grade student. When asked
if he had been smoking, he vehe-
mently denied it, although his
bloodshot eyes and poor acade-
mic performance seemed to tell
another story. ;

I’ve found that students from
broken homes, or who are being
raised in ghetto/urban areas, are
more likely to use drugs although
studies show that children across
all socio-economic and cultural
groupings can be. attracted to
dope.

abuse, scores of youngsters —
school age and older — are
becoming intoxicated and fatally
struck down by accidental deaths
(ie overdoses, vehicular crashes,
etc). Because drugs and alcohol
adversely affect a person’s co-
ordination and judgment, it’s
hardly surprising that so many
youngsters are tallied among
yearly traffic fatality counts after
a night of reckless partying.

It is this disorientation and/or
impaired judgment that is the
root cause of traffic mishaps, sui-
cides, unwanted pregnancies, sex-
ual assaults, sexually transmitted
diseases and instances of high-

risk sex, many times without pro-'

tection and with multiple part-

Due to drug and alcohol

ners.

Rather than focusing on
restricting and using undemocra-
tic means to censure/restrict what
adults can watch and listen to, the
‘vocal-when-convenient’
Bahamas Christian Council
should be fostering community
cohesion, helping the sick and
impoverished, and proposing and
utilising practical ways to combat
crime and the increase in drug
usage, particularly by youngsters.
In a democracy, no entity —
including the council — has a
right to impose its views on law-
abiding adults.

I once asked: “Will lawless
youngsters soon begin to stick up
churches?” Last weekend, that
became a reality in Bimini when a
cutlass-wielding young man’
allegedly chased two teenagers
through the pews of a Bimini
church while it was in session.

. Even more, parents must seri-

_ ously take into account the mind-

altering effects of drugs and keen-
ly seek to curb adolescent drug
use or experimentation by devel-
oping sound relationships, instill-
ing positive values and high stan-
dards, fostering discipline .and
advising youngsters about the
dangers and pitfalls of drug use,
establishing open communication
channels and encouraging their
children to excel and fulfil their
ambitions. Negligent parents are
more likely to produce anti-social,
teenage miscreants.

Youngsters using drugs must
be taught that the possession, sale
and use of drugs such as marijua-
na and ecstasy is forbidden by
Bahamian law and, beyond all the
health and mental concerns, that
being arrested and convicted of
drug possession can lead to a
police record which may hinder
college entrance; cause mistrust,
limit travelling options and make
them unattractive candidates for
jobs, regardless of their qualifi-
cations/skills.

Furthermore, the law must be
enforced and it must be estab-

. lished that bartenders should

request the IDs of patrons, there-
by refusing to sell alcohol to any-
one younger than 18. The discov-
ery of any alcoholic depot not
complying should face stiff penal-

_ties.

There is no point in sugar-
coating the issues without con-
fronting the serious faults afflict-
ing the educational system!

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IN THE TOURISM
INDUSTRY!

With Atlantis laying off 800
workers and an economy that’s

-on the ropes, good customer ser-

vice in our tourist-driven econo-
my is invaluable. This weekend I
stayed at Breezes on Cable Beach
and saw first-hand the fantastic ©

-customer service rendered at this

hotel, particularly by reserva-
tions/front desk representative —
Lydia. .

She deserves much credit and
hopefully a raise. With well-
trained, courteous employees
such as this, Breezes’ owner John
Issa should be proud of his invest-
ment. Thanks to Lydia and oth-
ers, I had a great stay!

Tourism initiatives ‘restoring

demand for a Bahamas vacation’

FROM page one

“with strong and encouraging results” the ministry
said, announcing that a single airline sold 1,700

’ round trips at the reduced price.

The offer, which was made available online
only, resulted in the largest number of hits on
the airline’s website in history and some of the
demand could reportedly not be accommodat-
ed.

“For this to be achieved in a depressed market
only amplifies the strength of insisting that the
proximity of the Bahamas be reflected in the rel-
ative cost of airfare as compared to competing
destinations. We are now preparing to roll that
offer out to all carriers serving the Bahamas,”
the government said.

In addition, hotels are offering a $500 rebate

which is being promoted with Ministry of Tourism '

advertising to travellers staying for seven days
or longer in a participating hotel.

“This, too, has been well received in the mar-
ketplace. So we have two very strong offers that
prospective visitors are telling us are most attrac-
tive under current market conditions,” the state-
ment said.

It said a new TV ad campaign revisiting the
successful “it’s Better in the Bahamas” slogan
was launched in the US immediately following the
presidential elections, because hotels which began
campaigns earlier found such little interest that
those campaigns were suspended.

“We plan to create two additional commer-
cials with the same theme, but which we believe
will be more relevant to the more difficult con-
ditions that are being experienced today,” the
statement said. ;

Although projected visitor growth out of Cana-
da will have to be revised downwards, the gov-
ernment still expects to see positive growth from
all Canadian gateways, fuelled by a “very strong”
media campaign launched in October.

In Britain, a new campaign featuring Bahami-

__—~

an personalities telling their stories, with an exten-
sive online component, launched in late Octo-
ber as well.

In France, new non-stop service is scheduled to
begin on December 18, and the government said
there is a significant online and print effort sup-
porting this new service and early bookings are
very strong. Italy and Germany continue to per-

. form at “solid levels”, it added.

The Bahamas has also accelerated its campaign
to entice persons travelling to the US, and Flori-
da in particular, to add a trip to the Bahamas.

In terms of cruise visitors, the government said
industry chiefs confirm that the Bahamas is like-
ly to have much stronger demand than other des-
tinations because of current conditions.

“More cruise lines are departing from more
ports along the eastern seaboard of the United
States than ever before as cruise companies move
ships from Europe back to ports in the United
States because of weak demand. Given the recent
volatility of fuel prices, the shorter cruises to the
Bahamas are less costly and less risky for the
cruise companies,” the statement said.

The government noted the gravity of the inter-
national situation, pointing out that the global
stock market has lost almost $28 trillion in the last
two months, more than 10,000 factories will have
closed in China by the end of this of the year
and Germany, the world’s largest exporter,
announced yesterday that it is officially in a reces-
sion.

“The Bahamas is feeling the full weight on
these effects early because we benefited immense-
ly from the quick-decision vacation getaway from
our two primary US markets of New York and
South Florida, where the sub prime mortgage
meltdown has hit hardest. Many of the people still
traveling on vacation today are those who made
decisions and paid for their vacations long before
the full onset of this recession. Now every desti-
nation and every cruise line around the world is
beginning to see the effects of a global slowdown
in travel.
THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, PAGE 9

Opposition Leader
visit Govt House

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-

| ham and Opposition Leader
| Perry Christie were invited to
| lunch at Government House by
| Governor General Arthur Han-

na.

Peter Ramsay/BIS

Straw vendors voice
concerns over ministry

â„¢ By CHESTER
ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

MANY straw vendors are
concerned that they will
continue to be ignored by
the Ministry of Works,
which is responsible for
them.

_ They say the officials
_ charged with overseeing the
day-to-day running of the
market are not doing an
effective job and that gov-
ernment ministers just don’t
want to deal with them.

A third generation’ ven-
dor, who was raised in the
market by her mother and
has been very vocal on
issues affecting those who
work there, told The Tri-
bune that there i is no organ-
ised effort to deal with the

-many problems vendors

face.

Instead, one man — Walter
Rolle — is left in charge of
the well-being of almost 500
vendors on any given day
-and often is required to do
the job of the police.

In response, William
Munnings, administrator of
the market, said officials do
not neglect their duties. He
said that he is in‘the mar-
ket Monday through Friday.

“Mr Rolle one. does not
police the market, he has
assistance from Ms Johnson
and Ms Green and myself
when I go there, but
because of the administra-
tive duties that I have to do

‘here, that cannot be done
at the market, I have to be
to this side to deal with that
aspect of the job,” said Mr

Munnings. “After, I would,

go there to help run the
market and to settle cases
and we do have a lot of
that.”

According to one of the
vendors, who said she
wished to remain anony-
mous for fear of reprisals,
Mr Rolle has been at the

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“Tourists always ask us if

English is our second language
after they hear all the Creole
and Jamaican accents. We
want the market to be strictly
for Bahamians sain. Z





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forefront of cleahia d' up ‘thie

problem of illicit drugs

being sold within the mar-.
ket.

She said she has even
heard Mr Rolle threatened
with death. by those respon-
sible for the drug selling.
And police have not done

much to curb the activity.

“Police presence is not
felt at all,” said the vendor.

According to Mr
Munnings, the market is in
the jurisdiction of police
officers assigned through
the Ministry of Tourism.

_ Straw vendor

Nyanldors say ‘the govern-"

ment does not do all it can
to mitigate the shabby con-

_ditions.in what was sup-’

posed to be.a temporary
market — now in use the bet-
ter part'of a decade.

The vendors concede that
the environment is “differ-
ent” in the market since the
Ministry of Immigration
conducted a raid that led to
the removal of numerous
suspected illegal workers.

However, they fear ille- .

gals will trickle back in — as

has happened in the past — .

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when government ihterest
in the market wanes.
They say. the illegal

Haitians, along with a hand-~

ful of Bahamians, have tar-
nished the image of the
market. ;

“Tourists always ask us if
English is our second lan-
guage after they hear all the
Creole and Jamaican
accents,” said one of the
vendors. ““We want the mar-

ket, ,to,,be.,, strictly... for
, Bahamians again.’ { i
New policies are ‘being

drafted to help govern the
market and alleviate recur-
ting problems, according to
Mr Munnings.

He said the new rules will

“be implemented as soon as

they are approved and will
be dispersed to all regis-
tered vendors, so that they
know what they can and
cannot do.

“That’s 600 plus people in
the tent,” said Mr
Munnings. “So you know
under such conditions there
will be friction.”

St Andrew's School, The International School of The Bahamas, an authorized
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, invites applications for the
position of a Secondary teacher of Spanish, with effect from January 2009.
Candidates should possess the necessary academic qualifications, at least a
Bachelor’s degree, and experience for the position, including experience in the

BGCSE.

Information on the teaching Bet offered may be obtained from the head of the

secondary school.

Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Email: Frank.Coyle@st-andrews.com

Fax

(1 242) 324 0816

- Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade,
by following the directions on the school’s website at www.st-andrews.com.

-Mr Robert Wade
Principal
St Andrew's School
PO Box EE 17340
Nassau, Bahamas

Email BWade@st-andrews.com

Fax:

' (1 242) 364 1654

The closing date for applications is 28 November 2006. Applications from
unqualified candidates, applications arriving without the full information
requested or applications received after this date will not be considered.



Riverside Funeral Chapel

“Where the river lies still.
24 HOURS A DAY
‘Serving The Bahamas With Pride”
Frank M. Cooerr - Funeral Director.
“Professtonal People Who Care”



Market Street & Bimini Avenue
P.O, Box GT 2305
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‘Telephone: (242) 356-3721
Cellular: 242) 395-8931

FUNERAL SERVICES

Mr. David
Alexandera
(GHIA,
THE BREADER
LICK STICKS)
Wallace, 63

of Savannah Sound,
Eleuthera Service will be
held on Saturday 15th
November, 2008 at 11:00 am at Mother Bethel A.M.E
Church. Officiating Rev Randford Patterson, assisted
by Rev. George Clarke. Interment Savannah Sound
Public Cemetery Savannah Sound, Eleuthera.

Cockburn Town
San Salvador, Bahamas
‘Telephone:
(242) 331-2642





Left to cherish his passing is his wife, Mrs Diann
Wallace; six sons, Lawrance, David Jr., Lester, Craig,
Kasim and Wesley Wallace; 13 grand children,
Dyann, David, Alicia, Samantha, Delerice, Lester Jr.,
Laketha, Brnee, Christian, Craig Jr., Adair, Kassidy,
and Chester Wallace; two step son, John Bruno Clarke
and Roland Gustive; twelve neices, Mrs. Bulean
Petty, Mrs. Cathrine Petty, Mrs. Rosetta Carey of
Nassau, Mrs. Patricia Hepburn, Charnette Strachan,
Chanez and Chanee Gibson, Nadene, Nicole, Pam
and Alexis of Jacksonville Florida, and Tamiae Wallace;
eight nephews, Anthony Wallace Anthown and
Anthonio and Lyrone Gibson, Lanardo Nottage,
Dereck Ackins and Leon.(Bert) Nottage of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force; her one brother, Lester
Nevil Wallace of Savannah Sound; two sisters, Mrs.
Gwendolyn (Muggie) Green an Mrs. Louise Johnson
of Nassau; four sister-in-law, Mrs. Paulette Strachan |
of Savannah Sound, Mrs. Marsha Nottage of
Governors Harbour, Mrs Alfreda Gibson of Nassau,
Mrs Robin Gibson of Jacksonville Florida; three

| brothers-in-law, Tamika Wallace of Caleb Gibson

of Nassau an Charles Strachan of Water Ford;.
daughters-in-law, Tamika Wallace of Abaco, Tasha
Wallace of Freeport Grand Bahama, Gloria Humes
of Nassau, Tarrara Wallace of Nassau, Buleah Wallace
Of Savannah Sound, Lakisha Deveaux and Vanteria
Johnson. God Children: Susan Ward, Howard Clarke,
Cleaomie,.Barbara, Roscoe Higgs, Ryan Culmer,
Terall- Carey, of Jacksonville Fl; Jewel Shermanâ„¢"
Michael Petty, Allissia Hall; god sister, Mrs Annis —
Amtrobus, a host of grand and great grand neices
and nephews, Best Friends Garnet (Joe) Culmer,
Abna Pinder of Spanish Wells, Nurse Fiord Mae
Carey of Nassau, Nurse Shelia Gibson of the U.S.A,
Charles and Anthony Culmer, Jay and Lional Ferander,

_ Clifford Sands, Wake field Cooper, Elbridge Rankin,

Theresa an Russell Caroll of Mirror Mar FI, Shantel
an Rose Gustuve, Mary Deleveaux, Natelia Fillis,

_Dr. Sidney Smith; other relatives and friends

including, Emily Munnings, Tasha Johnson of
Governors Harbour, Rarma Rolle of Anddros, Andy
Deal and family Rev.Enid Cooper and family, Hon.
Philip M. Bethel and family Hon. James Oswald
Ingraham and family Camille Burnside Rolle, George
Clarke and family,Margaret Gibson and family Frank
Culmer and family, Tyrone Thompson and family,
Mrs Elma Thompson and family Thelma Bullard
Butler of Nassau Kevin Culmer and family, Mrs Olga
Bethel and family, Bridley Cooper and family, Rev.
Bosfield Bethel and family George (King) Bethel
and family, James Brown, The Staff of Windermere —
Island and The Community of Savannah family, '
Nurses and Doctors of I.C.U Male Surgical Ward
Princess Margaret Hospital.

Viewing will be held at RIVERSIDE FUNERAL
CHAPEL Market Street and Bimini Avenue on
Thursday 2pm - 7pm and at Bethel A.M.E Church
on Friday from 7pm ‘until service time on Saturday.

LEROY
CUMBERBATCH, 68

will be held at Greater Bethel Baptist Church at 11:00
am. Officiating Pastor Preston Knowles Assisted by
Pastor Nixion Simms, Pastor Anthony Williams,

Pastor Geneva Williams. Interment Moores Island
Cemetery, Hard Bargin.

Left to cherish his memories are Annamae Cornish
and family, Austin Swain and family, Steven
Cumbarbatch and family, Icelyn Hanna and family,
Neville Stuart and family, Ivan Stuart and family,
Heaman Davis and family, Etterjana Culmer and
family, Jimmy Davis and family, Emmaline Butler
and family, Isamae Dawkins and family, IIma Curry
and family, Leotha McDonald and family, Milton
Swain and family, William Swain and family Eloise
Cornish and family, Salathiel Swain and family,
Leonie Davis and family Edward Stuart and family,
Hensel Davis and family and the whole community
of Moores Island and Murphy Town and family and
a host of other relative and friends.

Viewing will be held at Riverside Funeral Chapel
Market Street Bimini Avenue on Thursday 2pm to 7
pm and at Burial Society Hall.
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Commonwealth Bank to
extend operating hours
FROM page one |

impact delinquencies to the :
extent that people can find other :
work. But with the government’s ;
different relief packages (com- }
ing on stream) it's difficult to say +
how the (firings) will affect loan :
delinquencies," he said. i
As financiers continue to
monitor the worsening econo-
my, Commonwealth Bank may
place stricter regulations on
loans for persons employed in
the hotel sector, he said. But
for now the institution was
focused on renegotiating loan
terms to ensure troubled
clients kept their loan securi-
ties. ,

_ “Obviously in an economic
downturn when credit policies .:
become more stringent you're
looking at the risks of total
indebtedness, stability of
income, etc. One of the things
that naturally reduces the abili-
ty of hotel workers in particu-
lar to gain credit in the down-
turn is where a portion of their
income is coming from tips —
because without the tourists
then the tips naturally dry up.

"Unfortunately when you -
look at the state of all the hotel
properties they're obviously all
going through a very difficult
period; we're reviewing our i
credit policies in all aspects and :
all sectors and that's why we
ask our customers to come in
and talk to us if they're having
problems," Mr Jennings told
The Tribune.

"All the clearing banks have
agreed that we would ease up
on mortgage arrears where
they're good customers — like
these Atlantic workers who've
lost their jobs — unfortunately
like all societies we have a
' group of people chronically

delinquent in their payments

and there would be various

states of foreclosures on their
properties. But for anyone who }
has had a good payment histo-

ry and is now into problems,

-we will do whatever we can to
make sure they are in their
homes," he said.

FROM page one

persons who had worked at
Atlantis for the same period of
time, but who were line staff.

He and Diane Culmer, who was
formerly a Banquet Manager,
~- hugged and slapped hands as they

greeted each other sharing the joy -

‘of receiving a‘grand sum of'mon-
ey for their time at Atlantis.

Ms Culmer said she would not
have received such a large sum of
money from Atlantis had she
resigned.

She also did not want to reveal
the amount Atlantis had given
her.

She said being laid off did not
mean that hard times are ahead
for her, as she had made plans for

‘such a time.

“Tm taking my vacation in
December and January I’ll be on
a job,” said Ms Culmer.



FROM page one

Most notably, Mr Hanna con-
firmed that incidents of armed
robbery, car theft, and murder
have all shown significant
increases.

He said that police have also
seen an increase in murders
occurring in the areas of
Pinewood Gardens, South
Beach, and Bamboo Town.

.Mr Hanna said out of the 10
homicides that occurred during
the month of September, Sat-
urday appears to be a time
when many murders occur,
which he says could be attrib-
uted to a number of factors.

The officer said that overall,

most murders occur as a result
of persons retaliating because
they want to avenge the loss of
a loved one or friend.

Out of all the murders for the
year, police said 15 have
occurred within business estab-
lishments, 39 per cent occurred
during the midnight to 8am
shifts, 24 per cent on the 8am to

Crime increase

4pm shift, and 37 per cent on
the 4pm to midnight shift.

Police found that 48 per cent
of persons committing murders
have a prior criminal record.
There are six cases where the
homicide victims had previous-
ly been charged with murder.
Some 27 per cent of persons
suspected of murder are already
on bail for previous criminal
matters, police said yesterday.

With the holiday season fast
approaching, Mr Hanna noted
that within the last three weeks,
robberies have increased, which
he said is a usual occurrence
leading up to the Christmas hol-
iday.

He said criminals are also tar-

‘ geting individuals who are arriv-

ing home late, or leaving early
in the morning.

Take-aways, small conve-
nience stores, churches, and
also phone card booths have
also been identified as target

locations for criminals.
Burglary incidents are up 32
per cent, stealing from vehicles
has increased 94 per cent, and
car theft is up 28 per cent.
With 2,200 cases of house
break-ins reported for the year,
Mr Hanna said criminals are
identifying residences with lim-
ited security, and easy access.
With numerous incidents of
armed robbery, the officer said
that mostly occurred in the cen-
tral area of New Providence,
including Paradise Island,
Arawak Cay, and Bay Street.
Other at-risk areas for incidents
of armed robbery include
Marathon and Palmdale.
Store break-ins for the year

occurred at 1,326 businesses,

214 of which are located in the
northeastern area of the island.

Police said most criminals
commit break-ins on Wednes-
days, Fridays, and Sundays dur-
ing the midnight to 8am peri-
od.

With crimes against a person
down by six per cent, murder

Tates are up by seven per cent.

Call for support to root out violence

FROM page one

next to Mr Jean’s home in Sunlight Village.

BAC executive director Rev CB Moss held a
press conference at the Sunshine Village basketball
court yesterday afternoon calling for support of
BAC and other community groups working to deter
young people from committing violent crime and
murder. :

He said: “Bernard Jean was an integral part of this
park, and he was going to be an integral part of this
jamboree.” 5

But Mr Jean fell victim to the crippling circum-
stances of inner-city Nassau unemployment, under-
employment, poor housing, poor socialising, poor
parenting and oppression that affected everyone,
Rev Moss said. .

“People feel marginalised and isolated, so they use
their own ingenuity to survive,” he said.

“These communities are not terrible places. For
the most part people are warm, friendly and really
desirous of doing good, but circumstances have left
them almost helpless. And when help is lost, and
hope is lost, problems begin.”

By working with existing groups, BAC is infil-
trating communities with a message for a better
way of life and they are calling for back-up.

He said: “Bahamas Against Crime is not proud to

&

say we have received no support from the govern-
ment, minuscule support from the Church, and no
support from the business community.

“They should be ashamed of themselves because,
when things like this happen they all pay lip service,
but you have to understand the emotional trauma
these people are going through, and the govern-
ment has not lifted a finger to help Bahamas Against
Crime.”

Rev Moss said direct involvement in projects is

needed to ensure they are sustained, as well.as help ©

supplying vital information to the island’s most vul-
nerable people to update them on issues, and teach
them how to protect themselves and their families
from the risks of illegal drug dealing, gambling and
violent crime. ;

He said: “Our approach is effective. We want to

‘reach young people with a message they will under-

stand, and we will do it through a package they
relate to. But we could be more effective with the
support of major sectors of this community.”

The “Mother Stubbs” Memorial ‘Classic Basket-
ball Jamboree organised by “Youth for God through
Christ” and Bahamas Against Crime will take place
on Saturday, December 6 at the Sunlight Village
basketball court from 9am. There will be free food
and drinks, music and entertainment from the Urban
Renewal Community Band, DJ Counsellor, Dyna-
mite Daisy and Rico the Clown.

Atlantis dismissals

“You have to understand; if
you know what’s going on and
you know you’re’ gonna get hit
you just have to make prepara-
tions for the best.”

Despite the overwhelming JOY. 35 seve: adid Mi Culnien
~ ~- Employees continued to trickle

felt by most managers, Ms Cul-
mer said there were still lots of
her colleagues who broke down
yesterday when they heard that
they had been fired.

“A lot of people were crying,”
she said.’

“Some people were ready to go
in there and slap up some of the
chefs. :
“One of the guys said ‘don’t put
me in the room where that person
is, cause ya’ll gonna call the police

for me.’ So, they had to put him in |

a more quiet area to give him his
package.”
Ms Culmer said she was still in



shock over who she saw being
fired.

She said persons she. thought
were the best in their departments
and those who at one time had
received commendations, were

being handed their pink slips.

“People who you wouldn’t
think would be in there, they were

into Atlantis throughout the day
and emerge with the manilla
envelopes which held their final
pay cheque, a letter of recom-

mendation, a voucher for turkey —

and ham and a pamphlet full of
social services information.
A.woman who was employed
as a line staff worker at the
Water’s Edge restaurant for 23
years and only received around
$2,000 could only say as she
walked back to her car: “This is

“bad - I have bills to pay - this is
-bad.’- :

Water’s Edge staff lost their
jobs because the restaurant was
closed.



Shopkeeper shot
_ dead by robbers

FROM page one

\
described how on the evening of the shooting he had come
home from Carmichael Road just after 7pm, and she went to
draw water from the communal tap in the street to run a bath.

While changing her clothes in the bedroom, Mr Jean answered
a knock at the door and two masked men burst in.

Mr Jean called for his wife, but the men pushed him into the
kitchen and argued with him before shooting him in the head.

“They think he have money,” Mrs Jean said. “He didn't both-
er anybody, he'stay by himself, people liked him.”

The masked men got away before police arrived to take Mr
Jean to the Princess Margaret Hospital. He died in hospital
later that night.

Renaldo Oscar, 16, who lives in the area, said Mr Jean was a
kind person who helped his mother when he lived in Sunshine
Park.

He said: “He didn’t bother anyone around here, he was a cool
dude.”

Mrs Jean plans to hold a service for Mr Jean at the United
Alliance Church in The Grove.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the murder and
are searching for the two suspects.

Anyone with any information should call police at 919, or call
the Central Detective Unit at 322-2561 or call Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 328-TIPS (8477).

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their semi final. match of the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup | in Shanghai, China, Thursday Nov. 13, 2008.

Davydenko won 6-3, 6-2.

Davydenko reaches
Masters Cup semifinals |

TENNIS
SHANGHAI, China
Associated Press

ANDY MURRAY will have
an avid fan when he plays
Roger Federer at the Masters
Cup on Friday.

Nikolay Davydenko faces the
winner in the semifinals, and
he’s dreading the prospect that
it could be Federer — for good

‘reason. He’s 0-12 against the

second-ranked Swiss star, and _

3-3 against Murray.

“Against Murray, I have
more chance,” Davydenko said
after beating Juan Martin del
Potro 6-3, 6-2-Thursday to reach
the semifinals.

Federer, who lost his open-
ing match to France’s Gilles
Simon, has to win to continue
pursuit of his fifth Masters Cup
title. ®

If Federer loses, Simon
advances even if he loses to
26th-ranked Radek Stepanek,
who replaced Andy Roddick
when the American pulled out
with a sprained ankle. Simon
only got into the elite field
because top-ranked Rafael
Nadal withdrew before the
tournament began. ‘

Murray is in the semis no
matter what, but vowed he
won’t try to take it easy to save

energy. He would prefer to
have Federey out of the com-

petition. After all, the Swiss star ©

lost his first match last year and
still won the season-ending
tournament, and Murray does-
n’t want to lose momentum.
Davydenko’s defense and
relentless groundstrokes were
the difference against Del
Potro, turning an expected. tight

match — the winner: was guar-:-.-
anteed to. go through — into a...

rout. He broke Del Potro’s
serve four times in eight
chances.

“Today, I played so good,”
Davydenko said. “I feel great.”

Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
of France beat Novak Djokovic
of Serbia 1-6; 7-5, 6-1. Djokovic
had already been assured of a
spot in the semis. Tsonga had
been eliminated.

Del Potro was unable to put
much pressure on his Russian
opponent in the first set, con-

, necting on only 42 percent of

his first serves.

Serving while trailing 4-3, Del
Potro double-faulted to set up
break point. Davydenko put
away a forehand winner off a
short ball for the game, then
held at love for the set.

After Del Potro held to start
the second set, Davydenko won
five straight games, leaving the

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moving slowly and never found
a rhythm.

He still was happy about his
performance this year — rising

. Tapidly:to' the top 10, putting
together.a 23-match winning =i

streak and qualifying here —
and looking forward to next
week’s Davis Cup final between
Argentina and Spain.

“T’m living a dream,” said Del
Potro, whose early exit here will
give him a couple of extra days
to prepare to face a Spanish
team that will be without Nadal.

Tsonga, who lost to Djokovic
in this year’s Australian Open
final, looked listless before com-
ing alive and winning five con-
secutive games from 5-5 in the
second set to take control.

“He was better than me ‘in
the two first sets, but I take the
second one,” said Tsonga, who

‘has beaten the third-ranked

Serb the last three times they
have played. “It was a holdup.”
Tsonga was unusually sub-
dued early in the match, show-
ing only flashes of the form that
carried him to the Paris Masters
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Evander Holyfield



Holyfield to
meet Valuey

“for WBA title

@ BOXING
GENEVA
Associated Press

EVANDER HOLYFIELD
is getting another chance at a :

heavyweight title.

The 46-year-old former }
champion will challenge 7-foot :
Russian giant Nikolai Valuev :
for the WBA crown on Dec. }
20 at Hallenstadion in Zurich, :
Switzerland, arena manage- :

ment said.

Holyfield (42-9-2, 27 KOs) }
hasn’t fought since losing a :
one-sided decision to then- }
WBO champion Sultan Ibrag- }
imov more than a year ago. }
Holyfield is winless in his last :
four title fights since beating : _
John Ruiz for the vacant :

WBA belt in October 2000.

The former Olympic bronze :
medalist has insisted that he :
wants to keep fighting until he :
regains the heavyweight title, :
but he’s also been having }

financial problems.

Holyfield agreed in Octo- i
ber to give his 10-year-old son }
a $100,000 college fund while :
facing the threat of possible :
jail time and an auction on his :
home. Last summer, he failed :
to make three straight $3,000 :
monthly child-support pay- :

ments.

The 330-pound Valuev — :
once referred to as the “Beast : '
from the East” but now pre- }
ferring “The Russian Giant” :
— won a unanimous decision :
over Ruiz in August to claim :

the vacant WBA crown.

Valuev (49-1, 34 KOs) told
the Zurich tabloid Blick on }
Thursday that he was excited :

to face Holyfield.

“I’m taking this fight very :
Valuev said. i
“Holyfield is a strong oppo- ;
nent. ... Ten years ago I would :
not have dreamed of getting :
into the ring with this champi-. :

seriously,”

on Py

- the seventh round.



Marlins trade
Kevin Gregg
to Culs

@ BASEBALL
CHICAGO
Associated Press

THE CHICAGO CUBS:
acquired right-handed reliever :
Kevin Gregg from the Flori- :
da Marlins on Thursday for :
minor league pitcher Jose :

Ceda.°

Gregg was. 7-8 with 29 saves :
and a 3.41 ERA in 72 relief }
appearances for the Marlins’:
last season, holding batters to :

a .203 average.

What Gregg’s role will be :
with the Cubs is unclear. Clos- :
er Kerry Wood is a free agent, :
and Chicago already has a top :
setup reliever in Carlos Mar-

mol.

eight relief.

The right-handed Ceda, who :
is only 21, was 4-3 with nine :
saves and a 3.83 ERA last sea- :
son in minor league stints at :
Class A Daytona and Double- :

A Tennessee.

The fight will be the biggest :
in Zurich since 1971, when :
Muhammad Ah knocked out :
Juergen Blin of Germany in :

Greg joined the Marlins :
before the 2007 season in a:
trade from the Angels and had }
32 saves in 74 relief appear- :
ances that year. He has an 18- }
21 major league record with :
62 saves with a 4.00 ERA in:
271 big league games — all but :

LOS ANGELES clippers. center Marcus capitis right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller during the second half of their NBA Basketball game in Los

SPORTS

Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. The Kings won 103-98.

Udrih leads ; Kings: past Clippers

BASKETBALL
LOS ANGELES
Associated Press

WITH Kevin Martin side-
lined, Beno Udrih knew he had
to look to score more than usu-
al.

He wound up scoring more
than ever in an NBA game.

Udrih had a career-high 30
points, five rebounds and’seven
assists, and the short-handed
Sacramento Kings never trailed
in beating the Los Angeles
Clippers 103-98 on Wednesday
night for their first road victory
of the season.

‘Udrih, a point guard in his
fifth NBA season, shot 13-of-
20 and had only one turnover in
38 minutes.

. “Good for him. He deserves

‘it,” Kings coach Reggie Theus
said regarding Udrih’s career-

high point total. “Tonight, he
put it all together.”

Udrih missed most of training
camp with a strained left hip
flexor, but it’s obvious he’s
healthy now, unlike three of his
teammates.

“He may have played one or
two quarters all through train-

ing camp,” Theus said. “He’s °

played better every game.”

Udrih scored 18 points Tues-
day night in a 100-92 loss to the
Detroit Pistons, the Kings’ only
setback in their last five games.

Sacramento played its second
game without. Martin, who is
out at least a week after sprain-
ing his left ankle in a victory
over Golden State on Sunday.
Martin leads the Kings with 22.4
points per game.

The Kings also played with-
out. Quincy Douby (sore right
ankle) and Francisco Garcia
(strained right calf). Garcia,
who averaged 12.3 points in

2007-08, hasn’t played this sea-

son.
“Our first road win, it’s really
sweet,” Udrih said. “It was a lit-
tle bit scary, but we got this win.
Kevin’s out. Francisco’s out.
Somebody has to step up. I
have to be more aggressive.
“We were playing a lot of
pick and roll. I was just trying to
make the right decision.”.
Udrih certainly made the
right decision with a little over a

minute left, hitting a baseline -

jumper as the shot clock was
expiring to give the Kings a 102-
98 lead. Rookie Jason Thomp-
son’s free throw with 5.7 sec-
onds to play completed the
scoring.

“At the end, they were able
to spread the court and Beno
Udrih just hurt us with dribble
penetration and did a good job
of creating shots for them,”
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy
said. “We were trying to keep
him one way, trying to keep him
to his right hand, but we kept on
letting him get back to his left.”

Brad Miller added 16 points,
11 rebounds and eight assists,
Thompson had 16 points and
11 rebounds, and John Salmons
scored 13 points for the Kings
(4-5), who started the season
with four straight road losses
by an average of 20 points. They
followed that with three wins
in four home games before
beating the Clippers.

“It’s a win because of forti-
tude,” said Theus, pointing to
the fact that the Clippers hadn’t
played since Sunday and the
Kings played Tuesday night
before traveling to Los Ange-
les. “I thought this was just
absolutely a team victory in
every way. Twenty-five assists
and holding them to 44 percent

Kings play second ©
game without Martin

shooting is just tremendous
after what happened last night.”

Al Thornton led the Clippers
(1-7) with 20 points. Ricky
Davis scored 12 of his 16 in the
fourth quarter, Marcus Camby
added 13 points and Baron
Davis had 12 points and 11
assists, but shot 4-of-15.

Two 3-pointers by Ricky
Davis and another by rookie
Mike Taylor helped the Clip-
pers outscore Sacramento 11-
4:to start the fourth quarter,
cutting the Kings’ lead to 85-
80.

It was 89-84 when a basket
by Udrih and four straight
points by Mikki Moore gave
Sacramento an 11-point lead
with 4:48 remaining. But the
Clippers battled back again, get-
ting two 3-pointers from Ricky
Davis during a 13-4 run that

made it. 99- 97 with 1: 52 remain-
ing.
The Kings scored the first six

. points of the third quarter for a

56-45 lead, and were on top 81-
69 entering the final period,
matching their largest lead of
the game. -

“We had a good game plan
and Coach prepared us,” Ricky
Davis said. “We just didn’t go
out and do what we were sup-
posed to do. They got every-

thing that they wanted: They

got to the lane, they got open
shots, and we just never were
able to get a series of defensive

stops. That ultimately cost us

the game.”
Before the game, Dunleavy
refuted a report that he has dif-

- ferences with Baron Davis, who

signed a 5-year, $65 million con-
tract during the offseason.





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e RENALDO'S RAMBLINGS _



A glimmer of hope for the Dolphins

A few random notes before this
week’s picks

-The Lakers look seary Boos. Like
2007 Patriots good.

-Kudos for whoever is responsible
for what’s going on with the surface
of the road on East St.. We were all

tired of it being a normal ride and’

thanks to you it’s now an obstacle
course. That must work wonders for
people that don’t drive Hummers.
Awesome job.

-If the Titans actually follow through © |

_and win the Super Bowl, what hap-
pens with Vince Young? Their win-
ning has completely. over ridden the
early season drama.

-When does Michael Vick get out of
prison? And who'll give him a shot?

-I’m losing too. much in Madden

now. I think I may be past my Madden’

prime, and I blame work. I spend too
much time here at the office and not
enough time learning how to defend

crossing routes. I miss Madden 2006 .

when I qualified for the Madden Chal-
lenge. I still wear my name tag with
reverence. —

Week 1:
Week 2:

" Week 10: 10-4
Season: 88-55

OAKLAND RAIDERS @
MIAMI DOLPHINS

Here are the facts: Including the
Raiders game, the Dolphins have three
left against sub .500 teams: Conven-,
tional wisdom would suggest that those
three very winnable games (Raiders,
49ers, Chiefs) would take them to eight
wins. The remaining three games are
against two teams.they've beaten
already (Bills, Pats) and the season
finale against a Jets team. which nar-

615

rowly escaped with:a six point win in*

week one. There's a chance that THIS



What's Cooking

team...that went 1-15 last season, could
win 10, maybe 11 games. Let that soak
in for a minute. That's even a bigger
turnaround than Robert Downey Jr
becoming a respectable Hollywood
leading man again.
* DOLPHINS - 27
RAIDERS - 13

CHICAGO BEARS @
GREEN BAY PACKERS

The Packers are on pace for a New

York Mets level of underachieving this

season. The Packers were projected to
be about as good as the Mets were last

‘season, only without the ridiculous

multi-million dollar payroll. No one
would guess that this team is under
.500 right now and for good reason. It
seems as if they're in every game and
the margins of their losses are so close
I could have sworn they were like 6-3
right now. The Bears may be limiting
their own greatest threat by playing
Devin Hester too much at receiver.

Hester had 11 special teams touch-

downs in his first two seasons but none
on the season thus far. I never thought
in my-career as a writer that I would
have ever had to say these words....but
the Bears need Kyle Orton to contend
for a playoff spot. Wait that didn't
make sense I have to say it one more

' time to convince myself...the Bears
need Kyle Orton to contend for a play-

off spot.
, PACKERS - 23
BEARS - 21
HOUSTON TEXANS @
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Peyton-Manning, Marvin Harrison,
Reggie Wayne....they look....normal.
I'm not used to seeing this. This is such
an awkward phase to me to go through.
Every few years a changing of the
guard happens but never before has it

_ been this sudden and this noticeable. If
: the Colts don't make the playoffs this

year does that mean the basic premise
of Madden 09 is a lie and they’re not

that good? I think I just questioned -

Madden...I apologize. That sentence
never happened.

coLts - 24

TEXANS - 23

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers
If Mike Singletary pulled down his



pants in the locker room to show his
team what they played like after a
week 9 loss, and in week 10 Frank
Gore couldn’t score on the goal line
in the game's waning moments to get
the 49ers a win...what will Mike Sin-
gletary do in the locker room this
week? Shouldn't this team have it's
own reality show? I would watch that.

49ERS - 17

RAMS - 10

ARIZONA CARDINALS @ |
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS '

Wait..when did this happen? Should-.

n't the Cardinals be the bottom feéders
and the Seahawks be a million games
ahead in the standings halfway into
the season? The 2008-09 season might
give me dementia before its all said:

and done.
CARDINALS - 38
SEAHAWKS - 16

TENNESSEE TITANS @
JACKSONVILLE JAGS

I’m beginning to think it may be
impossible to lose. The Titans did
everything in their power to just hand
the game over to the Bears and the
Bears just wouldn't take it. We've
reached the point in the season where

you have to wonder if it’s divine inter- |

vention keeping the ‘winning streak
going and its just the Titans year or
are they just running into the longest
streak of teams with average quarter-
backs and no passing games in NFL

history.
TITANS - 20
JAGS - 13

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS @

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Remember when LaDanian Tom-
linson and Big Ben were really good,

top tier players at their positions? The“

Golden Age of Football, the good old
glory days way. back in 2007. We may
never see those days again.

STEELERS - 24 |

CHARGERS - 20

"DALLAS COWBOYS @

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Did you hear it? That was the col-
lective effort of the entire. state of
Texas and every Bahamian Cowboys
fan breathing a sigh of relief. Mr Jessi-

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

lead.

the fifth i inning that gave St.
Andrew’s senior boys a 7-3

But in the seventh inning, ace

ca Simpson is finally back under center
for America's team. Even the biggest
Cowboy-hater (I'm not the biggest but
I've got to at least be in the top 20)
had to cringe a little watching Brad
Johnson lob away the Cowboys hopes
of home field advantage throughout
he playoffs. At one point there was
serious consideration given to the
thought of the Cowboys starting

-Brooks Bollinger at quarterback. I

don't think you realize how serious

’ that is. If you're so bad that the team is

considering going with Brooks
Bollinger, then the playoffs may be
nothing more than wishful thinking.
As | said before though, Romo is back,
and is surrounded by top 10 talent at
every skill position, this team has no
choice but to win and to win now.
COWBOYS - 31
REDSKINS - 21

CLEVELAND BROWNS
@ BUFFALO BILLS

Add Brady Quinn to the ever
increasing list’ of quarterbacks that the
Dolphins could have and should have
had. Watching him and Matt Ryan go

‘to Pro Bowls, Super Bowls and the

Hall of Fame is going to be really
upsetting. Unless of course Ted Ginn
becomes Tim Brown and Jake Long
is the second coming of Anthony

Munoz. Is it just me or is Marshawn

Lynch the most under used top flight
talent in the world right now? He took
the title since the Cowboys got rid of

‘Julius Jones and started Marion Barber

this season and since Scarlett Johans-
son got married. .
BILLS - 27

BROWNS -.7
DENVER BRONCOS @

ATLANTA FALCONS

I think. by now. we all know better
than to go against Matt Ryan at home
and speaking strictly from a fantasy
football perspective, we know Jay Cut-
ler wont give you 30 points in consec-

utive weeks.
FALCONS - 24
BRONCOS - 23

DETROIT LIONS @

CAROLINA PANTHERS
Shouldn't the Lions have tried the
Daunte -Culpepper experiment

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PANTHERS - 41
LIONS - 14

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES @
CINCINNATI BENGALS

I refuse to acknowledge Bengals as a
legitimate threat until Carson Palmer

comes back.
‘ EAGLES - 36
BENGALS - 10

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

@ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I don't like how the Chiefs are slow-
ly trying to become the "trick play"
team of the league, everyone knows
that's the Dolphins' thing. We were
the first team to say in the locker room
"You know what, we're not good, let's
just do a bunch of trick plays and hope
something works." Thus Wildcat fever
was born. It's clearly our thing. The
Dolphins rode that wave until they
actually became good.
SAINTS - 27

CHIEFS - 1%

BALTIMORE RAVENS @
NEW YORK GIANTS

I can handle a world where the Pres-
ident of the United States is black, a
world where Solja Boy can sell more
records than Common, a world where
Kansas is better than Kentucky in both
basketball and football....I just don't
know if I'm ready for a world where
Eli is the belies Manning brother.

GIANTS - 34
RAVENS - 27

MINNESOTA VIKINGS @

TAMPA BAY BUCS

The good news for the Bucs, Cadillac
Williams comes back this...the bad
news for the Bucs upon hearing this
news the first thing my brother Dakarai
said was "What? Cadillac Williams is
still in the league? I thought he retired
two years ago.'

VIKINGS - 23
BUCS - 19
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
@ NEW YORK JETS
' PATS - 20

JETS - 10



THE TEAMS of St. Andrew’s Hurricanes junior boys (left) and girls (right).

Big day for Hurricanes

FROM page 14



pitcher Jarrad Higgs bowed
down and. managed to work out
of a bases loaded jam on three
. walks to seal the deal. .
' In repeating as champions,
coach Montgomery Nazon said
they. really wanted to go
through the season undefeated.
But after losing the first game in
the final, they were committed
to come back and finish off St.
Anne’s.

“It showed we’re a resilient
group.of guys and we know how
to win,” Nazon stated. “We
played our game plan, which
was to make them beat us. But
we came out on top.”

St. Andrew’s went on top in
the second when they put four
runs on the scoreboard as
Stephano Pral came through
with a two-run single.

They didn’t score again until
‘the fifth and then added their

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ST. ANDREW’S Hurricanes junior boys celebrate their victory.

Hamilton respectively in the
fifth and sixth.

Collie gave up seven hits with
four strike outs for the loss.

“I think we performed good,
but we had some errors that
caused us the game,” collie said.
“T’m not disappointed. We had a
good season. We came second.”

Coach Rico Seymour said
they believed that they had a
chance to win, but if they had
cut down on their mistakes, they
could have won.

“Hats off to St. Andrew’s..
There could only be one win-
ner tonight, but we were all win-
ners,” he said.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14,

2008





Big day for
Hurricanes

St Andrew’s win three
more Independent
Schools softball trophies

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

REMINISCENT of last year,
the St. Andrew’s Hurricanes
added three of the four
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools’
softball titles to their trophy
case.

As destiny would have it, the
Hurricanes had a big day of cel-
ebration yesterday as the junior

boys pulled off a 12-2 decision-

over the Kingsway Academy
Saints; the senior girls blasted
the St. Augustine’s college big
Red Machines 11-6 and their
senior boys doubled up the St.
Anne’s Bluewaves 8-4.

“We had-all four teams in the

final last year and won three,
. SO we are the new kingdom of
‘the hill in softball,” said Peter
Wilson St: Andrew’s head of
the physical education depart
ment.

Wilson said their dominant
performance this year was just a

continuation of what they

achieved last year.

“It may not last for.a long |

time, but right now it’s our
day,” he insisted, giving credit
to the baseball leagues at Free-
dom Farm and their Field of
Dreams for their success.

e Here’s a look at how the
Hurricanes’ day unfolded:



Ashton Butler was stingy on
the mound, giving up just four
hits, striking out two and giv-
ing up a run in both the sec-
ond and fourth to seal the win
for St. Andrew’s junior boys.

Coach Gary Honkofsky said
they knew they had a great 1-2
pitching punch with Butler and
Justin Higgs, so he wasn’t con-
cerned at all.

“We knew that we had a very
good team and as long as they

threw the strikes, we knéw that” ~

we could win the game,” he
stated.

On his performance, Butler
said he was quite pleased, but
he credited his defence for help-

ing him to pull through with the »

win.

“We really played as a team,”
he stated. “It’s good to be the
champions.”

While he gave up two runs in
two innings, St. Andrew’s came
up with five runs in the bottom
of the first and another seven
in the fourth as they easily took
care of Kingsway Academy.

Higgs. highlighted the fourth
with a two-run in-the-park
home run and Morgan Souder
added a grand slam in-the-park-
er. Butler and Leighton Gibson

-scored a pair of runs.

Crached Laing only gave up
three hits and struck out four
in the loss.

Saints’ coach Rev. Stephen
Duncombe said it was a game
that got away from them.

“We just made too many. .

errors,” he admitted. “But we
have to give St. Andrew’s cred-
it. They were the better team
wone

While. Britney Sweeting

, secured.the win-on the mound,

St. Andrew’s senior girls offen-
sive attack was led by sisters
Rachel and Annisa Albury and
Jade Strachan.

“T think as a team, we did

very, very well. We gelled as a.

team after losing that first
night,” said Rachel Albury.
“We have about six or seven
girls leaving, but we will still
have a strong left, so we expect
to do very well again next year.’
Albury, however, said it was a
very special one for her because

‘She will be one of the seniors -

graduating on a high note.
SAC used three pitchers,
inclusive of Avoni Seymour,
Tarea Sweeting and Vanria
rose, but too no avail. They
couldn’t find the right combi-
nation to defuse St. Andrew’s.

Herman Maycock, who went
two-for-4, had a big run-pro-
ducing triple and scored a run
to spark a three-run bottom of

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Internet

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Ml Business fury at
losses, reputation and
productivity impact,
but BISX-listed firm
promises long-term
‘win’ from enhanced
capacity and resilience

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Cable Bahamas last night

' pledged that its “ongoing”
Internet network upgrades
would be a “real win” for
customers by doubling
capacity and improving
resiliency, after Tribune
Business was yesterday bom-
barded by calls from irate
businesses - some who had
been without Internet and e-
mail fro three whole days. -

Keith Wisdom, Cable
Bahamas’ spokesman, said
the company “totally”
understood the frustrations
of the business community
over the company’s Coral-
wave infrastructure upgrade,
which-was supposed to have
been completed between the
hours of 2am-6am on Tues-
day morning.

The BISX-listed company
was as of 4.30pm yesterday,
just before Tribune Busi-
ness’s press deadline closed,
“still working on it”, but one
senior financial services
executive described the loss
of online connectivity as
being the equivalent of a
“Category 4-hurricane”.

The executive, who
requested anonymity, told
Tribune Business that his
international financial insti-
tution had been without
Internet and e-mail service
for three days, and had only
just come.back on half-an-
hour before he spoke to this
newspaper.

“Tt’s like we’ve been hit by
a Category 4 hurricane. ~
We’ve just been shut down,”
the senior financial executive
told Tribune Business.
“Clients can understand if
we’ve been hit by a storm,

but how do you explain the

to them.

“The whole country,
because we’re a service
economy, is all about the
Internet. I just can’t say
enough about how critical it
is for businesses to be
online.”

Mr Wisdom last night told
Tribune Business that the,
upgrades to Cable Bahamas’
core IP system were still
ongoing: He added: “We
don’t want to rush unneces-

SEE page 2B



¢

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamian private sector
is “anxious” to move downtown
Nassau’s multi-million dollar
revitalisation into “real action
mode” once it receives the Gov-
ernment “green light”, a key
executive involved with the pro-
ject said yesterday, adding that
it would “stimulate economic
activity for the next genera-
tion”.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s (BHA)
executive vice-president, said
Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, had pledged to
bring the White Paper, setting
out the enabling legislation,
structure and revenue-raising
mechanisms for Bay Street’s
revival, to the Prime Ministér’s
attention for inclusion on the
Cabinet agenda “as soon as pos-

' sible”.

Mr Comito, who is also a
Board member of the Nassau
Tourism and. Development
Board (NTDB), and on the pri-
vate-public sector committee
overseeing the downtown pro-
ject, said all those involved

hoped to “move into a.very

active, action mode very quick-

eal



ly”.

Cabinet approval is now
needed for the structure of the
Business Improvement District
(BID), which will effectively be
the management authority over-
seeing downtown’s redevelop-
ment, and how it will raise rev-
enues.

It is being proposed that the
BID be given the power to raise
revenues independently from

‘the Government, and among

the options understood to be
under consideration are park-
ing fees, levying real property
taxes on downtown Nassau

Royal Bank wins appeal involving

‘surreal’ $2.25bn damages claim

@ By. NEIL HARTNELL 5
_ Tribune Business Editor

-A well-known Bahamian
accountant, who made a
“stratospheric” and “surreal”
$2.246 billion damages claim
against Royal Bank of Canada,
has seen the Court of Appeal
overturn the eventual $200,000
he was awarded for alleged ‘loss
of reputation’ in a dispute over
a loan and overdraft facilities.

Milford Lockhart, who is,also
a prominent golfer and author,
saw the Court of Appeal per-
mit the bank’s appeal and over-
turn the $100,000 in damages
he was awarded for loss of busi-
ness opportunities, and the
$200,000 reputational loss. .

Those amounts had been
awarded to him by the Supreme
Court Deputy Registrar, Ernie
Wallace, on June 13, 2007, but

“the Court of Appeal ruled that

Mr Lockhart should only
receive a paltry $1,000 for
breach of contract. The
$200,000 award was set aside in
its entirety.

The Court of Appeal judg-

ment, delivered by Appeal Jus- .

tice Blackman, said the dam-
ages stemmed from a Novern-
ber 1, 1993, legal action
launched by Royal Bank to
recover funds owed by Mr

Lockhart on a demand loan and .

overdraft facility.
The accountant filed a

defence and counterclaim to the ©

action on January 17, 1994,

alleging that he had been °
“guaranteed overdraft facilities .

of up to $50,000” by Royal
Bank to help establish his own
accounting business.

Mr Lockhart alleged that as a
result of the bank breaching its
agreement and failing to pro-
vide him with the $50,000 over-
draft facility in January 1991,
“the year he was about to
obtain his licence as a public
accountant and open up his
accounting practice, his new
business suffered”.

The Supreme Court ruling on
the matter, delivered more than
five years after the action was
filed, found for both parties.

It ruled that Royal Bank’s
claim was valid on the grounds
that Mr Lockhart had drawn on
the overdraft facilities, mean-
ing he now owed the bank mon-
ey. But equally, it found for Mr
Lockhart on his claim for loss of
business opportunities and rep-
utational loss.

Royal Bank appealed the
Deputy Registrar’s award,
which was much less than the
$2.246 billion damages claim Mr
Lockhart had submitted.

Vann Gaitor, Royal Bank’s

attorney, described Mr Lock-
hart’s alleged business oppor-
tunity losses as being “based
entirely on speculation of the

most imaginative kind”, and not ~
supported by evidence or inde- .

pendent corroboration

Mr Lockhart had alleged that
he had lost royalty rights and
other income from his 75-page
book, Yes You Can, which was
published in 2000 and dealt with
the economics of small country

economies such as_ the
Bahamas.
SEE page 8B



for a hetter life

‘Downtown set for
‘real action mode’

businesses, sharing cruise pas-
senger taxes, garbage collection
and licensing fees.

Mr Comito said the Govern-
ment had already been laying
the initial foundations for the
city’s revival through its pas-
sage of the Downtown Nassau
Revitalisation Act and amend-
ments to the Tourism.Develop-
ment Act. Both provide for
businesses and entrepreneurs
to import materials for their
properties and companies duty-
free.

Tribune Business under-
stands that the Government and
public-private sector commit-
tee are also contemplating the
creation of an Over-the-Hill
Economic Empowerment
Zone, designed to revitalise
both the economy and commu-
nities in inner-city Nassau in an
area largely bordered by Shirley
Street in the north and Wulff
Road in the south.

“It’s very transformational,”
Mr Comito said of the project.
“We’re looking at creating a liv-
ing. city that brings people back
to live in the city, and not only
transforming the city but the

SEE page 5B



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamian economy is
poised for “a severe contrac-
tion” that could possibly
result in negative growth of 3
per cent over the next 10-12
months, a former govern-
ment minister said yesterday,
with unemployment * ‘very

SEE page 4B

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. possibly” rising to 12-13 per cent of-the existing workforce.
James Smith, minister of state for finance in the former
_ Christie administration, said that as a result of the down-
turn in tourism and all other sectors of the Bahamian
economy, “we’re going to see an overall contraction in the



* Projected loss 25% up on 2007, and greater than

total advertising budget for three retail formats

* Hall of Shame, with photos of captured employees
taken away in handcuffs, proving a ‘great deterrent’

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter —

Abaco Markets has project-
ed employee theft will cost it
between $250,000-$500,000 in
2008, a figure that is 25 per
cent higher than the level

_ experienced in 2007, and sig-

nificantly higher than the
BISX-listed company’s entire
advertising budget for its three
divisions.

Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets president, said yes-
terday that given the current

SEE page 2B

Unemployment may hit 12-13%

* Sources: Atlantis looked
initially at cutting 1,500,
but pulled back after
government pressure

* Economy facing ‘severe
contraction’ that could
result in 3% negative
erowth over next 10-12
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Abaco Markets: Employee theft could cost us $250-$500,000

FROM page 1B

state of the economy, employee theft
is likely to increase.

He warned employers attending a
crime prevention seminar that they
must increase their vigilance to pre-
vent this from occurring.

“Workplace crime is a major cost
of business, but people think that it is
an acceptable practice because there
is this ‘Robin Hood’ mentality that
the company is making money, so
it’s okay to steal. But that is always a
cost that has to be passed on to the



“Most employers only check police records
during the initial hiring stage ...”



consumer,” Mr Watchorn said.
He added that employee theft had
become such an issue for Abaco

Markets that it had created a loss .

protection department to monitor
their three divisions: Solomon’s
SuperCentre, Cost Rite and Domi-
no’s Pizza. Mr Watchorn advised that
the majority of persons whom they

had caught stealing were younger

Cable Internet woes like ‘Gat-4 hurricane’

employees, aged between 18-30 and
often newly hired.

Mr Watchorn said Abaco Markets
had implemented a number of mea-
sures designed. to curb employee
theft - the most important, he

stressed, being employee background .

checks.
“Most employers only check police
records during the initial hiring stage,

but it’s a good idea to check the
records every few years,” he sug-
gested.

Another measure Abaco Markets
had implemented to tremendous suc-
cess was to initiate “a wall of shame”
where the photos of persons caught
stealing were prominently displayed,
with the employee taken away in
handcuffs.

He said the fear of shame had
proven to be a very good deterrent.

Mr Watchorn encouraged employ-
ers to take advantage of existing

_ technology for things such as cash

register scanning and monitoring sys-
tems. He pointed out that the loss
protection department also monitors
closely deliveries and other activi-
ties.

“We have a zero tolerance policy
when it comes to employee theft. I
think that is the only way you can
operate, otherwise what will happen
is that persons will think it is okay,”
Mr Watchorn said. ~

The seminar was co-sponsored by
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, Crime Stoppers Bahamas and
_ the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
_ (No. 45 of 2000)




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_ Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, No.

. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of WETSELL INVESTMENTS

LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution

has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off





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FROM page 1B

2 sarily. We’re pushing it, but

not going recklessly.-We
have run into some issues,
and are working to take care
of it.”

The Cable Bahamas
spokesman said the BISX-
listed company was dealing
with complex technical
issues that were difficult to
explain, “and I’m not just
being cute when I say that”.

He added: “We’re still
working on it, and some, sub-
scribers are still down.

“ The upside is that when
this is completed, we will

have a more resilient system |

and double our capacity.
“We will be doubling our
capacity.
“We will be able to deal

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coming to us from the new
technology that is being |

‘developed.

“It really will be win, once
we get it functioning and
customers can tap into it.” |

Meanwhile, the financial
executive spoken to by Tri-
bune Business.called for
tougher oversight by the
Public Utilities Commission
(PUC) of the service quality
delivered by Internet Service
Providers (ISP), as his insti-
tution had been without
Internet,connectivity since
8am on Tuesday morning.

Adding that he was unable

"to quantify what the loss of.
“Internet accesshad cost his.

institution yet, the executive
told Tribune Business:
“We’re dealing with clients
in Asia. There’s a 12-hour
time difference. To sort
things out by fax and phone,

- it’s almost.impossible. |. .

Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham

“It’s really, really shock-

ing. The loss of productivity ©
‘from this in this country -

must be huge. The reputa-
tional damage is larger than

the loss of productivity, and |

the loss of business must be
huge, as we have not

_Teceived e-mails from our

clients of head office.

“It’s very dangerous. Our
whole services sector, this is
how we live [on: shesntet-
net].

“There were ‘slain: ide
problems, although different
pockets were hit and differ-
ent pockets weren’t hit.”

The executive said he and

“his institution had been in
‘contact with satellite compa--

nies and exploring other
Internet connectivity
options, but these were few -
and far between and often
expensive.

- With “no one” wanting to

switch.to Batelnet, Bahami-

PROCLAMATION

an companies had little
choice other than to use

‘Cable Bahamas, which the

executive said effectively
bestowed monopoly status
on it. .
‘Another financial industry

executive, who runs.a finan-
cial consultancy business,
told Tribune Business yes-
terday: “It’s a hell of a mess.
There’s terrible service prob-
lems.

“Two days ago, I couldn’t
get any e-mail at all.

“Yesterday, I could get my
e-mail, but my browser was
not working. Now, the
browser is sporadic. General
communications, I couldn’t

“get at all.

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broker.

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very sporadically.

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the Caribbean Community to undertake and discharge general responsiblity for the

‘practical’ professional training suited to the needs of. the Caribbean, of persons
’ seeking to become members of the legal profession;

AND WHEREAS, the Council of Legal Education is sinpowbiea to establish, equip
maintain Law Schools in such territories as Council may from time to. time determinefor. |
the purpose of providing post ered’ professional legal Haus suited to needs of the oh

Caribbean :

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AND WHEREAS, in September 1998, the Council of Legal Education established the
Eugene Dupuch Law School in Nassau, Bahamas to Join the Council’s other Law Schools
in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago;

AND WHEREAS, the training scheme at the iuene pupa Law School is directed
towards the study of legal subjects having a practical content and emphasis and the
acquisition of the skills and techniques required for thr practice of law; — :

AND WHEREAS, over the past ten years, the Eugene Dupuch Law School has produced
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AND WHEREAS, the Eugene Dupuch Law School is celebrating its 10th Anniversary
with a series of events in recognition of the sterling contribution that it has made to legal
education in The Bahamas and Caribbean’ region:

NOW THEREFORE. I Hubert A. Ingraham: Prittie ‘Minister of the Coinmionwealth of ©
The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2008, as
“EUGENE DUPUCH LAW SCHOOL MONTH”.

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and Seal this 24th day of
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to produce Bahamas report

Oxford Business Group
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- 2009, the newest edition to
its influential worldwide
country guides. —

Rated as the leading guide
for foreign Cirect investment
into the country’s economy,

- The Report will offer a com-
prehensive and detailed
assessment of the Bahamas’
opportunities for growth, the
economic challenges that lie
ahead, and the overall attrac-
tiveness of the country for
investors.

Laura. Herrero, OBG’s
country director, said: “Our
primary objective is to assess
the country’s comparative
advantages and consider its
future direction based on its
strong fundamentals and

_ track-record.

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Unemployment may hit 12-13%

FROM page 1B

_ economy”.

The latest unemployment
rate released by the Depart-
ment of Statistics, taken from
its Labour Force Survey earlier

this year, pegged the unem-
ployment rate at 8.7 per cent,
but Mr Smith yesterday sug-

- gested it could easily rise by

between 3.3-4.3 per cent as a
result of the Atlantis lay-offs.
The redundancies continued

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IN THE ESTATE OF
ROBERT GEORGE
NISBET late of domiciled
of No.2828 W. Antioch
Lane, Citrus Country,
Florida, U:S.A., deceased

NOTICE is hereby given ‘that all persons

yesterday in middle-manage-

ment positions, as Kerzner
International shrinks the work-
force at its Paradise Island
resort: by 800 staff, reducing it
from around 9,200 to 7,800.

. Tribune Business revealed
yesterday that at one point
Atlantis management had
mulled laying-off 20 per cent or
one in every five workers (some

pulled back to between 8-10 per
cent.

community sources with con-
tacts in Kerzner management,
who told Tribune Business that
the Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club owner had initially
wanted to lay-off 1,500 staff, but
reduced this number under
: pressure from Prime Minister

Bahamas.

1,600-1,800), but eventually -

This was further corroborated. .
yesterday by other business ©

Hubert Ingraham.

Atlantis has been squeezed
on both sides - revenues and
occupancies falling at the front
end, with the need to service
the several billion dollars worth
of debt taken on when chair-
man Sol Kerzner led the 2006
buy-back that took it private,
on the other.

Documents seen by Tribune
Business from April 2006, when
Mr Kerzner and his investor
group, comprised of Wall Street
private equity and real estate
companies, put together the
buy-back proposal, show they
took on some $2.775 billion
worth of long-term debt.

The debt financing, provided
by Deutsche Bank and Gold-
man Sachs, consisted of a $2.075

billion loan and a $700 million

Legal Notice

NOTICE

VERITAS GLOBAL INC.
~ (In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 28th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P- O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
‘_ (Liquidator)

NOTICE.

IN. THE ESTATE OF

FREDA JANE WHITE,

and late of 7963 Wellington
~ Road 109 Arthur, Ontario,

Canada and of

Marsh Harbour, Abaco,

The Bahamas, deceased

revolving credit facility, with a
$400 million bridging loan also
involved.

Servicing this debt load, plus
that taken on for Phase III and
the Atlantis-The Palm expan-
sion in Dubai, has been a key
consideration for Kerzner Inter-
national, and it is understood
that at Wednesday’s briefing for
media house heads, company
executives said that unless the
downsizing took place the resort
owner could have been placed
in jeopardy of breaching its
banking covenants.

These included maintaining
a certain net debt-to-operating
income ratio, and with Atlantis
and the One & Only Ocean
Club - the key income streams
through which Kerzner Inter-
national services the debt - not
performing as expected, the lay-
offs in the Bahamas and else-

where were the only way to .

maintain the company’s status
quo. —
Ultimately, Kerzner Interna-

tional’s management and own- °

ers had no option but to do
what they did to effectively pre-
serve the company and ensure
that 9,200 persons were not ulti-
mately laid-off from the Par-
adise Island operations.

While doing its annual bud-
get, Atlantis found that the 74
to 75 per cent annual occupan-
cy target initially projected was
not realistic, so they budgeted
for 72 per cent occupancy.

Last week, that 72% occu-

‘pancy was also found to be

unrealistic, and was conse-
quently dropped to 64%.

-Atlantis is forecasting that it is

50 per cent behind on bookings
for the first three months of
2009, and this November and
December’s occupancy rates are

down 30 per cent and 14 per.

cent respectively.

Dionisio D’Aguilar, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s president, was among

~ those who yesterday ques-

tioned: “Are the ‘Atlantis cuts
complete?”

There has been constant ;
speculation that Disney and:

MGM Mirage are looking at
acquiring Kerzner Internation-
al, but the current credit crunch
and economic downturn were

likely to put paid to any such’

moves if they were in the offing,

Mr D’ Aguilar added.

It is understood that Disney
may have been interested in
using 600-room The Cove as the
hotel where its cruise passen-
gers would stay on three-night
stopovers, before continuing
with their voyage.

The Chamber president,
meanwhile, described the
Atlantis redundancies as “a big
loss for this country”, and said it
was “inevitable” that Bahamas-
based companies that supplied
food, drink and other goods and
services to Kerzner Interna-
tional and the resort industry |
would see a decline in sales.

“It’s inevitable that business
activity will go down,” the
Chamber president said.
“There’s no doubt the fact that
Atlantis has lower occupancies
is going to create less economic
activity. There’s going to be less
local market purchases.”

With Kerzner International
having laid-off at least 800 staff,
Baha Mar at least 100, another

‘70-plus due to go with the Pep-

si-Cola closure, and Bacardi
shutting down with the loss of
114, several thousand jobs are
likely to have been lost in the
Bahamas this year.

Mr Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness that with the Bahamas
being a $7 billion GDP econo-
my, a “5 per cent shrinkage” -
from a projected growth rate of
2 per cent to a 3 per cent con-

traction - would take a “size-

able” $150 million “right off the
top” of GDP.
~ With foreign direct invest-
ment down, Bahamian and
tourist consumer spending sub-
stantially reduced, retailers cut-
ting back on Christmas inven-
tory and the Government
receiving lower import duties
as a result, Mr Smith said: “This
is why we’re going to have a
contraction all around. We’re
all going to feel it, and the worst
is yet to come.’

This was because there were
time-lags in the tourism booking

. cycle. Visitors:often faced losing

non-refundable deposits if they —
pulled out of advance bookings,
and with Americans having

adjusted to the new economic

realities, it was the peak tourist

: season bookings - for January to

arch - that were now being

‘impacted.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having: any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to. the undersigned
on or before 5“ December, 2008 after which
date the Executors will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
- they shall then have notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts « on or before 5“ December,
2008:

having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same.
duly. certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 19 December, 2008 after which
7 date the Executrix will ptoceed to distribute
| the assets of the Estate having regard only
j to the claims, demands or interests. of which

| then shall then have had notice:

{

, NOTICE eS

COINSTAR LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that -liquidation of the
above company commenced on the 12th day of
November, 2008, Credit Suisse Trust of Bahamas
Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, RO.Box
"N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO. assau,
; Liquidator of the Company.

Attorneys for the Executrix »
P.O. Box AB-20405
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas ~

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attomeys for the Executors .
P.O. Box AB-20405
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, PAGE 58 .



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Downtown set for ‘real action mode’

FROM page 1B

whole harbourfront and going
on, in time, Over-the-Hill.

“I think people are anxious
at the bit to move this into real
action mode..... We feel that
once the green light is given in
that direction, we feel we can
mobilise ourselves to formalise
that in a very short period of
time.” :

Mr Comito said the invest-
ment incentives unveiled by the
Government in the Downtown
Nassau Revitalisation Act and
amendments to the Tourism
Development Act had already:
stimulated’ business and investor
interest in new business pro-
jects.

“There’s some things on the

table, and things that, at the
same time, are being explored
despite the economy,” he
added. “A lot of it was due to
government policy decisions -
the relocation of the commer-
cial shipping facilities and the
creation of investment incen-
tives for downtown.

“Despite the difficult climate,

* there are several other investors

beginning to explore options for
investing. It won’t happen
overnight, but if we continue
on the track we’re on, we’re
going to see the fulfillment of
the dreams of the likes of Nor-
man Solomon and George
Mackey.”

Among the newly-proposed
private sector projects for
downtown Nassau are the Gray-

cliff Hotel’s retail, restaurant
and commercial office complex;
a Wendy’s restaurant; a mixed-
use development and marina;
and a variety of multi-storey
parking facilities and office
blocks.

Mr Comito said the project
would “stimulate economic

activity for the next genera--.

tion”.

Since the 1990s there has
been some $130 million worth
of private sector investment
pumped into downtown Nassau
- chiefly into the British Colo-
nial Hilton, but also the Wel-
come Centre at, Prince George’s
Wharf, street lighting, side-
walks, cleaning and landscap-
ing.

Since the same date, some

$40 million in government mon-
ey has been pumped into Bay
Street, with the NTDB raising
$4 million itself for product
improvement and revitalisation.

Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, yesterday told
Tribune Business: “The Work-
ing Group has reached a very
«broad consensus on what it

wants to present to the Gov- —

ernment to go to the next step.”

Describing the importance
the Government attached to
downtown Nassau’s redevelop-
ment as “extraordinarily high”,
Dr Deveaux said the planned
new Supreme Court building
would cost $6 million. Mean-
while, the dredging of Nassau
Harbour, estimated to involve
the removal of 2.8 million cubic

yards of fill, has been estimated
at between $19 million-$25 mil-
lion.

There are more than 40 prop-

erty owners in downtown Nas- °

sau, and Dr Deveaux said:
“Conceptually, they’re all on
board. Everybody is on board
with revitalising downtown and
the enabling process.

“There’s a huge buy-in with
respect to the Government and
the two major owners at the
eastern end. They’re ready to
go.’

Mr Comito confirmed that all
key stakeholders had been
involved in the discussions, with
many involved on the private-
public steering committee for
the past seven to eight months.



“Despite the |
difficult ~
climate, there
are several
other
investors
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options for .
investing.”



Legal Notice

NOTICE

QUALUMINA LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named.

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GENTLE INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PAYSON CORP. |

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

YUM SENG INVESTMENTS LTD.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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Legal Notice

NOTICE

CAREFREE WILLOWS INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance. with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the

dissolution of CAREFREE WILLOWS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

_the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

WUPATKI INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the. 28th day of October 2008. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas. |

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE.

B.J.J. INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator): .

Legal Notice

NOTICE

- SARRIA S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) —

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 11th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
* (Liquidator)

Frank Comito :

Legal Notice

NOTICE

_ GAP LEMAN LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above. named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 12th day of November 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,”

Bahamas. .

ARGOSA CORP. INC. .
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

LAVINIA ALPINE CORP.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator) .

Legal Notice

NOTICE

HOPE FOUNTAIN LTD.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE.

t

EVERGREEN CONSULTANTS LTD.

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


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~ crimson (7) a Shipyard? (5)
5 Slight resentment? (5) 2 They're likely to get stuck
8 Act altruistically, but lose abroad (7,6)
control (6,7) 3 Irritates by the
9 Difficulty in hearing (5) unnecessary loss of a
10 Cast in a devilish u pene)

mould (7)

11. In one way he’s not
sincere (6)

12 Wanders aimlessly in the
snow? (6)

15 Is stout perhaps, so |







5 Petal-shaped fold (5)
6. Do all card players fall for

_ Caravans en route (5)

doesn’t dance (4,3) 4
17 Surveys opinions (5) 14
19 Release after a ;
confession without a 13
charge (9,4)
20 .Seesa new way and so- 14
relaxes (5) 16
21. He was invited, we hear,
and gave an estimate (7) 18

Yesterday’s Cryptic Solution

Across: 1 Tudor, 8 Farewell, 9 Edith,
10 Bastille, 11 Prime, 12 Ash, 16

Debris, 17 Errors, 18 Sum, 23 Tiffs, 24

Thrown in, 25 Spain, 26 Engineer, 27
Helot.

Down: 2 Undersea, 3 Outsmart, 4
Casals, 5 Debts, 6 Dealt, 7 Blues, 12
Ass, 13 Hem, 14 Fruit pie, 15 Graffito,
19 United, 20 Utter, 21 Dregs, 22
Owing. :

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Yesterday’s Easy Solution

Across: 1 Satin, 8 Long face, 9
Petty, 10 Open door, 11 Cagey, 12
Let, 16 Advise, 17 United, 18 Ebb,

23 Mercy, 24 On the way, 25 Wield,

26 Turn tail, 27 Verse.

Down: 2 Adelaide, 3 In the air,-4
Toupee, 5 Agony, 6 Major, 7 Weird,
12 Lee, 13 Tub, 14 Sideline, 15
Hercules, 19 Brazil, 20 Booty, 21
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Across Down
1 Throw away (7) ° 1 Series of tense
5 Subject of talk (5) events (5)
8 Ofa sort (5,1,7) 2 Easy victim (7,6)
9 Foreigner (5) 3 Make preparations
10 Nateoue ora (7) . forty)
11 With uneven edge (6) se
5 Flavour (5)
He Mage nay 6 Tiresome person
heat (8) (4,2,3,4)
15 Wander here and 7 Interest (7)
there (7) . 11 Vertical takeoff
17 General tendency (5) aircraft (4,3)
19 Trickery (7-6) 13 Result (7)
20 The whole (5) - 14 Strained (6)
21 Asupple leather (7) 16 Reside (5)

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South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.

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Opening lead — two of spades.
‘There are. exceptions to almost
every rule in bridge, and the only
way to spot them beforehand is to
evaluate each new situation as it
arises. It doesn’t-help to see the win-
ning play once the error has been

" made.

Take this case where West leads
the deuce of spades against three
notrump. Declarer plays dummy’s
eight, and it is East’s turn. If East fol-
lows the customary practice of play-
ing third-hand high by putting up the
queen, South will have no trouble
scoring nine tricks.

After taking the queen with the

king, declarer attacks clubs; conced-
ing a trick to East’s queen. Assuming .
East returns.a spade (no other return
is any more effective), the best the ©
defenders can do is to score two
spades, a club and the ace of hearts,
since dummy’s jack of spades
becomes a second.stopper in the-suit.

If East stops to consider his play
at trick one more carefully, he should
realize that the correct choice is not
the queen, but the seven (encourag-
ing a continuation). This. apparent
violation of the .“‘third-hand high”
principle leaves “declarer in a hope-
less position, No«matter how. he con-
tinues, he cannot avoid the loss of a.
club, a heart and three spades.

To find the winning defense, East
should reason that’ declarer’s hand
must include either the ace-or king of
spades. This conclusion is reached
by adding dummy’s points to his
own, which leaves just 22 points for
his partner. and South to hold. Since
South would not ‘have continued to
three notrump With only 15 points,
West cannot have the A-K of spades.

Next, since West is marked with
four spades by his opening lead,
declarer has only two spades. If
South has the K-x (or A-K), a trick
can be gained by withholding .the
queen. If declarer happens to have A-
x, East cannot prevent South from
acquiring a second spade. stopper
regardless of what he plays at trick
one.

Tomorrow: Beware of overkill.
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THE TRIBUNE



Royal Bank wins appeal involving ‘surreal’ $2.25bn damages claim

FROM page 1B

Yet Mr Gaitor, on Royal
Bank’s behalf, said there could
be no connection between the
loan/overdraft dispute, which
began in 1991, and the book,
even though Mr Lockhart and
his attorney, Alpin Russell, had

argued that the ‘reputational
damage’ he had suffered pre-
vented the book from being
used in the Bahamian educa-
tional system.

“Mr Gaitor further submit-

ted that while the respondent

[Mr Lockhart] claimed loss of

sales of 300,000 copies, no evi-

dence was led on the assessment
that he had been successful in
selling even 10 copies of his
book,” the Court of Appeal
judgment found.

“He further submitted that
the number of copies anticipat-
ed to be sold was grossly exag-
gerated, and claims for books

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two and three, which are yet
unwritten, in respect of a dis-
pute which occurred in 1991 are
too remote and speculative.”

Mr Lockhart had also alleged
that the dispute had cost him
five years’ worth of business
opportunities, including the
audit accounts for British Fideli-
ty (now CLICO Bahamas) and
the 30 gas stations that were
members of the Petroelum
Dealers Association.

Those accounts were lost, Mr
Lockhart alleged, because of
the reputational fallout from a
$50 ‘bounced’ cheque that he
drew on the Royal Bank over-
draft facility, which was made
payable to the Bahamas Golf
Federation.

Royal Bank’s attorney argued
that this was mere speculation,
and no witnesses from the
Petroelum Dealers Association
or British Fidelity turned up to
back his assertions.

Yet Mr Lockhart’s attorney
drew on the evidence of one of
the accountant’s former
employees, Herbert Scott, who
asserted that he would have
earned between $30,000-$50,000
per annum from the British
Fidelity audit, and a further
$4,000-$5,000 from auditing
each of the Association’s 30 gas
station members.

The latter would have given
Mr Lockhart $150,000, and his
attorney alleged that if his over-
draft facilities had not been
revoked, the annual income for











“We are of the opinion that the
matters in respect of which the
respondent claimed that he suffered
loss, and the amount of the claims, are
grossly speculative, too remote and not

supported by any evidence at a

his accounting business would
have been $349,140 (including a
$149,100 net profit). Over five
years, this equated to lost busi-
ness of $1.746 million.

The Court of Appeal ruled
that on a damages claim “there
should be credible and inde-
pendent evidence which sup-
ports proof of loss” on the mat-
ter before the courts.

The Deputy Registrar gave
no reasons as to how he had
come to the $100,000 amount,
and the Court of Appeal agreed
with Royal Bank and its attor-
ney that Mr Lockhart’s evi-
dence on this ground was
“insufficient and simply not
credible to merit the award
made”.

The court added: “We are of
the opinion that the matters in
respect of which the respondent
claimed that he suffered loss,
and the amount of the claims,
are grossly speculative, too
remote and not supported by
any evidence at all.”

On the reputational issue, Mr
Gaitor argued on Royal Bank’s

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behalf that no evidence was
produced to show Mr Lock-
hart’s integrity had been under-
mined, three witnesses telling
the courts he was held in high
regard. Royal Bank’s attorney
alleged that the only aspersions
made against Mr Lockhart
related to the $50 bounced
cheque, and that he had admit-
ted that he had made an error in
writing it because the overdraft
facility was not in place.

Mr Lockhart’s attorney
argued that whenever a cus-
tomer’s cheque was returned,
and sufficient funds were in
place to cover the amount writ-
ten at the time it was presented,
the bank. was liable to compen-
sate the customer.

While Royal Bank’s attorney
acknowledged that the innocent
party was entitled to recover
damages when a cheque was
wrongly dishonoured, he argued
that Mr Lockhart should
receive only nominal damages
because no loss had been
proven as a result - a position
agreed with by the courts.