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

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BAHAMAS EDITION

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008

Family ‘fight

ends in death

Young man dead,
relative in custody after.
alleged altercation

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

‘Although details of the inci-

dent were sketchy up to press
time last night, Tribune sources
indicate the fight erupted over a
remote control device.
' Yesterday, CSP Miller said
police were still awaiting autopsy
results before an official cause of
death could be determined. Up
to press time, police did, not
reveal the murder weapon.

A YOUNG man is dead and a
close relative is in police custody
after an alleged fight between the
two “over a remote control”
proved fatal.

Tarmal Johnson, 25, of Wilson
Tract, reportedly got into an
“altercation” with the relative
during the late hours of Saturday,
police said. ©

Johnson’s brother is helping
police with their inquiries, Chief
Supt Glenn Miller said.

Police are continuing
shooting investigation
By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

a fight in the Cordeaux Avenue

on: Saturday.

SEE page 12

FREEPORT .- Grand Bahama police are continuing investigations
into a shooting on Friday at Garden Villas, where a 29-year-old man
was wounded. -

The victim, who has not been identified, is detained in stable con-
dition at Rand Memorial Hospital.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, assistant press liaison officer, said the inci-
dent occurred around 10.53am. A male victim was discovered near
Building 47 at Garden Villas with multiple gunshot wounds to the
body. Before the shooting, the victim was involved i in an argument with
another man.

Supt Mackey said police are following leads. Anyone with igor
mation should call 350-3107/8, 352-9774 or 911.

sale ends Bee 24th, 1008

Police first received reports of .

and Wilson Tract area after 9pm |



Ruling on Senate Mater

A BALLOON had this
youngster walking on
air on Saturday as the
St Francis Catholic
Cathedral held its
annual bazaar



‘was not a victory for PLP’

i By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

CHIEF Justice Sir Burton Hal-
l’s ruling, which found Prime Min-
‘ister Hubert Ingraham’s appoint-
ment of Anthony Musgrove to the
Senate invalid, was not a victory
for the PLP as they claim, accord-
ing to a statement released by
FNM chairman Johnley Ferguson.

‘What the ruling did, according
to the statement, was validate Mr
Ingraham’s position that he was
not beholden to appoint senators
from a pool of PLPs or from a list
of recommendations suggested by









opposition leader Perry Christie.

“Tn his judgment of November
5, 2008, the Chief Justice con-
firmed Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s position that it was his
decision as to who should be
appointed the three senators and
not that of PLP leader Perry
Christie, as was claimed on Mr
Christie’s behalf,” said the state-
ment.

“The Chief Justice, in fact,
rejected the PLP’s claim.”

Quoting parts of the ruling
handed down by the Chief Justice,

SEE page 12









BAHAMASAIR flight 322 blew.an engine Friday. afternoon short-
ly after leaving Grand Bahama International Airport for New Provi-
dence, according to a source at the airline.

The twin engine Dash 8 propeller airplane, carrying 48 passengers,
had to set a course back to Freeport, shortly after take-off, to make an
emergency landing.

According to reports, the aircraft left Freeport around 1.30pm.

A short time later, the pilot contacted Air Traffic Control and report-
ed that Engine Number 2 on the right side had failed.

Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said the pilot landed the air-
craft around 1.50pm and all passengers and crew disembarked safely.

She said the captain reported that after the Number 2 engine on the
right side failed, he decided: to return to the airport for an emergency
landing.

It is not yet known what caused the plane’ s engine to fail. |

Calls to Bahamasair officials were not answered up to pe time er

Govt ‘ S sould offer
direct subvention to

large-scale employers’





i By TANEKA salaries, and say to a large
THOMPSON outfit like Kerzner -
Tribune Staff ‘Look I'll pick up 50 per

‘Reporter cent of the costs, if you
tthompson@ “jy keep the people on
‘tribunemedia.net } because what we're going

. to end up doing is trying
GOVERNMENT to create new jobs and the.
should consider offering | quicker way of doing it is
large-scale employers a roy trying to retain the jobs

“direct subvention” to you already have.

supplement employee “So it calls for a direct

salaries and possibly pre- _ Subvention of the compa-

vent further lay-offs spurred by the

weakened economy, says former’

Céntral Bank governor James

nies t that are large employers,” Mr

Smith said, when asked what cre-
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especially with the large properties,
basically a direct subvention to

implement to stem more lay-offs.
A direct subvention is the fur-

SEE page 12

Former minister
questions unemployment
assistance programme

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

. FORMER Minister of State for Finance James Smith has ques-
tioned the sustainability of the government’s $100 million unemploy-
ment assistance programme as the country faces jobless figures that may
top 12 per cent and a widening deficit.

Figures released by the Department of Statistics taken from its
Labour Force Survey earlier this year put the nation’s unemployment
rate at 8.87 per cent, but with Atlantis laying off 800 people last week,
that figure will jump to about 12 per cent, Mr Smith said.

_ Assuming the goverment extends $200 a week, or minimum wage, to
this affected 12 per cent it would cost the country some $80 million in
one year, Mr Smith estimated.

"Our labour force is about 150,000 people, meaning that one per cent
is 1,500 people. We now have eight per cent unemployment and it's like-
ly to rise to let's say five per cent more.

“That can easily translate into about 8,000 people - 8,000 even at let's
say $200 a week (under unemployment assistance) i is going to cost (the
government) about $80 million,” he said.

SEE page 12



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FREEPORT — A $12 million

contract was signed by Ginn Sur

Mer and the Grand Bahama
Power Company on Saturday to

begin construction of a new elec- |

tricity infrastructure at West End.

‘The contract signing demon-
strates Ginn’s commitment to the
$4.9 billion West End resort
development, which is progress-
ing steadily and now requires
increased load capacity to service
the scope of work that is under-
way there.

Developer Bobby Ginn and
Power Company CEO and pres-
ident Excell O Ferrell signed the
contract around noon before a
number of invited guests at Gin-
n’s Old Bahama Bay property in
West End.

Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette, Cabinet ministers

Earl Deveaux, Kenneth Russell, .

Neko Grant, Deputy House
Speaker Kwasi Thompson, and
West End MP Obie Wilchcombe
were also present.

Ginn and the Power Company

. have agreed to spilt the cost of

the project, which includes con-
struction of a new 69kv transmis-
sion line and replacement of exist-
ing power poles with’ 70ft hurri-
cane resistant poles.

The new line will run 22 miles
from the Power Company’s plant
on Queen’s Highway to the West
End site, and is expected to be
completed in December, 2009.

Mr Ferrell said that it is the
largest transmission project
undertaken by GB Power Com-
pany.

“The engineering and con-

’ struction of this line is evidence of

the impending growth of not only
Gin Sur Mer, but also Grand

‘Bahama Island-and GB Power

Company.

“While this line is being con-
structed for the purpose of serv-
ing Ginn Sur Mer, it will benefit
all electric customers in the West
End area,” he said.

Accordng to Mr Ferrell, the
new line will be built along the
route of the existing distribution
line serving the West End com-
munity. :

He noted that the new tubular
steel-composite spun concrete
poles will be built to withstand
sustained winds of up to 150 mph,
and designed to minimise the
impact of lightning.

Infrastructure

Construction of the new infra-
structure will be carried out by a
combination of GB Power Com-
pany crews and contractors,
assisted by specialised external
contractors, he said.

US developer Bobby Ginn
described the signing as “a great
day for Ginn.” -

“We couldn’t be happier or
prouder,” he said, followed by
applause from staff members of
Ginn.

“It is an indication of our com-
mitment to the project and the
(West End) community. It has
never wavered...and the naysay-
ers are always trying to find some
way to convince people that
things aren’t going well, that the
project is stopping, and that it is
slowing down.

“This is a process...and it will
take us years to develop. It is not
something that will happen
overnight - nothing good ever
does, it takes time.

“We. are moving as fast as we
can move and we are not cutting
any corners or taking any short-
cuts. If we had the best economy

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Company sign $12m contract

right where we are today,” Ginn
said.

Mr Ginn thanked Power Com-
pany, the government and the
community of West End for their
support.

He believes that the power and
water projects at West End will
set the foundation for other
developers to come in, and make
investments and opportunities
available for people, and to grow
the Grand Bahama economy.

Mr Symonette commended
Ginn Resorts and GB Power
Company for undertaking such a
significant and ambitious project
at West End.

“Many will benefit and we
hope that in the future that West
End and all settlements up to the
harbour will not be losing power
in another hurricane. That is the
dream, I hope it becomes a reali-
ty,” he said. °

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THE 30th anniversary of .
the Jonestown Massacre has
unearthed a bizarre link
between the wife of cult
leader Jim Jones and a Nassau
.bank.

-Marceline Jones was one of
more than 900 people who.
died at.a settlement in. Guyana
in November, 1978, following
what appeared to be a mass
suicide by cyanide poisoning.

All the victims were follow-
ers of Jim Jones, whose cult
had earlier killed Congress-
man Leo Ryan when he
arrived in Guyana to investi-
gate its activities. He remains -
the only Congressman ever
killed in the line of duty in the
history of the United States.

In a note found beside her
body, Mrs Jones left all money
in her various bank accounts
to the Communist Party of the
USSR.

The accounts, she said, were
in the Bank of Nova Scotia
(now Scotiabank) in Nassau
and she asked specifically that
‘no money should go to her

adopted daughter, Suzanne
Jones Cartmell. *

“Please be sure that these
assets do get to the USSR,”
said the note, “For anyone
who finds this letter, please
honour this request as it is
most important to myself and
my husband, James W Jones.”

The Nassau link was discov-
ered by Bahamian journalist
Arthia Nixon while research-
ing the massacre, which was
the biggest loss of American
civilian life in a non-natural
disaster up until the events of
September 11, 2001, in New
York.

_ Jonestown was the informal
name for the People’s Temple
Agricultural Project in
Guyana created by Jones’ Cal-
ifornian-based cult; the Peo-
ple’s Temple.

On November 18, 1978, 909
Temple members were found
dead at the settlement, all but
two from cyanide poisoning.

Jones, who had high-level
political connections, leased
land from the Guyanese gov-
ernment in 1974 to create
what he termed a “socialist
paradise” - a commune to
combat fascism and racism.

Marcelline Jones bought
into her husband’s philosophy
totally, saying the Guyana
project was in pursuit of total
economic, racial and social
equality.

The death of Congressman
Ryan came after Jones
declared that “capitalist pigs”
were trying to destroy Jon-
estown. Convinced that

~ Ryan’s death would lead to

reprisals, the cult opted for
“revolutionary suicide”, drink-
ing poison from a giant vat.

Jones’ body was found with
a gunshot wound at the settle-
ment.



THE TRIBU!



Sol Kerzner set

for $30m Atla:



party in Dubai

SOL KERZNER is set to
splash out an estimated $30 mil-
lion this week on a magnificent
launch party for his latest
Atlantis project in Dubai.

It is being described by the
international media as the most
expensive party ever staged.

Only days after Atlantis on
‘Paradise, Island made 800 staff
redundant in a massive cost-cut-
ting exercise, the resort’s Mid-
dle East counterpart will host
the world’s biggest-ever extrav-
aganza, which is expected to be
attended by a galaxy of stars.

A firework display seven
times bigger than the ones
which opened and closed the
Beijing Olympics will be so
impressive that it will bé visi-
ble from the international space
station.

Fireworks

The Sunday Times of South
Africa said even though the
world is in the throes of an eco-
nomic meltdown, Kerzner is not
letting austerity prevent him
from blowing the Chinese
Olympics out of the water with
his fireworks display.

“This has never been done
before,” Jerzy Inzerillo, presi-
dent of Kerzner Entertainment
Group International, is quoted
as saying.

“During the opening and
closing ceremonies of the Bei-
jing Olympics, 14,000 devices
were fired. We will be blowing
up 100,000 specially designed
devices off 340 platforms
around the resort.”

Kerzner and business part-

ner, Sultan Ahmed Bin
Sulayem,.are spending what
The Sunday Times has “reliably
learnt” is £20 million ($30 mil-
tion) on a two-day celebration

on Thursday and Friday to ;
launch the man-made island

development shaped in the
form of a palm tree, The Palm

Jumeirah, and Atlantis The. -

Palm, Kerzner’s new 1,539-
room resort.




pop in
fuel prices

AT A time when con-
sumers are faced with ris-
ing prices on food, cloth-
ing and electricity,
motorists can breathe a
collective sigh of relief
when they pall wp to the
pumps.

Gasoline retailers across
the island have dropped
prices on fuel with Shell
stations pegged at $3.30 a
gallon, Esso at $3.72 and
Texaco at $4.60.

Crude oil prices have
fallen by two-thirds since
July’s record high of $147
a barrel due to fears that a
prolonged global recession
could decrease world ener-
gy demand.

Three COB
language
prolessors
honoured

THREE long-serving lan- .
guage professors at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas were
honoured during a special
awards ceremony hosted by
the Ministry of Education.

The banquet, held at the
Sheraton hotel on Cable
Beach over the weekend,
honoured COB professors
Jacinth Taylor, lecturer of
foreign languages, Irene
Moss, assistant professor of
foreign languages, and Chris-
tine Diment, chair of the
School of Communications
and Creative Arts.

The women were chosen
for their long and outstand-
ing commitment to the field

of education.

In brief

f

Sol Kerzner (AP)



The sultan is executive chair-
man of Nakheel, a land recla-
mation company responsible for
creating three islands, called
The Palm Islands, which will
increase Dubai’s shoreline by
about 520km.

According to The Sunday
Times, hordes of international
names will be among the 2,000
guests.

They are expected to include
Janet Jackson, Oprah Winfrey,
Robert de Niro, Denzel Wash-
ington, a host of Bollywood and
Middle Eastern stars, and roy-
alty from several families,
including a British royal, The
Duchess of York.

Several of Kerzner’s promi-
nent South African contacts will
also be there.

Celebrity party planner Colin
Cowie is masterminding the
event, with signature dishes pre-
pared by Michelin-starred chefs.
They include Michel Rostang,
who’s been calied one of Paris’s

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Ooty Winfrey (AP)



most creative chefs, italian
Giorgio Locatelli of BBC Food
and Japanese celebrity chef
Nobu Matsuhisa.

The night will see Australian
singer Kylie Minogue perform
for the first time in the Middle
East for a reported $3 million
fee followed by Bollywood
actress Priyanka Chopra, who
will rise from the stage as the
“goddess of Atlantis”, herald-
ing the fireworks spectacular.

Inzerillo, Kerzner’s associate
since their Sun City days 18
years ago,.said the launch par-
ties. were planned long before
the current economic climate
and reflected Kerzner’s mar-
keting. approach of creating a
worldwide event to generate
awareness.

For 10 months, a team of 50
experts. has been working
behind the scenes. These have
now been boosted by 800 staff,
including 400 technicians to
supervise the fireworks spec-

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE «









Janet Jackson (AP)

tacular.

“Our brief was to create a
big, unique event to demon-
strate that Atlantis is the flag-
ship, the first of more than 40
hotels to open there,” he
explained.

Although the new Atlantis
has already hosted the likes of
Michael Douglas and Cather-
ine Zeta-Jones, this Thursday
marks its official opening.

Unlike its Nassau counter-
part, which has suffered a major
slowdown in business, the new
Atlantis — a joint venture

between Kerzner International .

and the Dubai state-owned
company Istithmar World —
has been enjoying close to 90
per cent occupancy, higher than
Kerzner’s expectations.

Last week, Atlantis employ-
ees in Nassau expressed anger
after being laid off and fear
more redundancies will follow if
occupancy doesn’t improve in
the New Year.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE





~The iribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The }ogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisyi:r/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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The Prime Minister has it right

-FORMER prime minister Perry Christie is
disappointed that Prime Minister Ingraham
could not be more specific in his November
10th address to the nation on what direction
the Bahamas’ economy will take and what plans
he has to lead it out of its present economic
crisis.

~ “The people of the country were expecting.

specific ideas on how the mortgages will be set-
tled for those who are unemployed,” said Mr
Christie. “They expected to hear what the long
term investment prospects are for the country;
what kind of Christmas could they expect. It
was not simply good enough for the Prime Min-
ister to say that the government is going to
design a programme for the unemployed. He
ought to have said what his plan was.”

For Mr Christie to have made this statement

shows that he himself has not grasped the grav- _-

ity of the-situation. The Bahamas has a tourist,
investment and banking economy, which is com-
pletely dependent on how the world turns. At

the moment world leaders are confused. They, ©

don’t know in what direction to lead their
nations. The solution to this crisis eventually
will be found after many trials and even more
errors.

But while the world gropes in darkness, it
seems that Mr Christie expects Mr Ingraham to
be the only man with the flashlight to lead them
out of the den of confusion.

- As Abraham Lincoln said when, as US pres-
ident, he needed solutions for a country faced
with bank failures, tumbling stocks;'and shrink-
ing property values: “If we could first know
where we. are, and whither we are tending, we



could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” :

US President George Bush, Prime Minister
Gordon Brown (UK), President Nicholas
Sarkozy (France), Chancellor Angela Merkel
(Germany), President Dmitry Medvedev of
Russia, and the list goes on, could embrace Lin-
coln’s words as their own. In other words the
global financial collapse is on a scale never
before experienced, and frankly no one knows
what to do. °

On Wednesday harried US Treasury Secre-
tary Henry Paulson took to the microphones to
announce that the $700 billion government
bailout for US banks was not working as
expected. A new plan was to be implemented.

President Bush invited world leaders to
Washington this weekend for a Group of 20
summit to discuss 4 co-ordinated response to the
world’s deepening financial crisis.

And, yet, Mr Christie expects Mr Ingraham
to tell the Bahamian people what kind of a
Christmas they are to expect. If Bahamians are
aware of what is happening in their own coun-

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try, and if they are following the world news,
they have sufficient intelligence to already know
that Christmas promises no Santa Claus this
year. They need neither Mr Ingraham nor Mr
Christie to tell them.

“I think (the prime minister) has reflected
what the government’s thinking is at this time,”
State Minister for Finance Zhivargo Laing told
The Tribune over the weekend. “We don’t
know where this matter is going, so we have to
be very careful, very measured in terms of any
response we make. When you are faced with an
uncertain economic environment that could get
worse, you have to be measured in terms of
what you do, because if you extend yourself
fully now, if things get decidedly worse, what
will you do then? I think we have the right posi-
tion given the circumstances today.” '

The IMF has advised each government to
develop various plans to meet whatever might
happen. The Bahamas has plans to meet. the
crisis as it develops.

Mr Ingraham pointed out that the Bahamas
is “somewhat more fortunate than many other
countries,” which he attributed to- successive
governments for “maintaining this position of
economic and fiscal prudence.”

. He believed it would be “inappropriate to cut
recurrent government expenditures at me
time.”

“As suggested by the IMF,” he said, USO: :

ernment spending can provide an important

stimulus to the domestic economy in the face of |

shrinking economic growth.”

However, even this had to watched “if rev-
enue performance turns out to be particularly.
weak.”

His government has already ten a few cau-
tious steps forward to help those who have lost

their jobs and risk losing their homes.

Promotional television and print marketing
has been increased to take advantage of the
Bahamas’ proximity to the United States in
hopes that those who do decide to travel will
make this their preferred destination.

The UK, Canadian, and Asian and Latin
American markets are also being tapped. But, as
he says: “Even the best pump in the world is of
little value if there is no water in the well. We
must all await the return of consumer confi-
dence in the global financial system and most
especially consumer confidence in the US before
we can get our tourism sector back on track
completely.”

In the meantime those who have employ-
ment should work hard to keep their jobs.
Wastage must be reduced in.both the home
and work place, and where possible Bahamians
should shop at home.



Documents on
the Flamingo
incident should
be made public

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE 11th day of November at
the 11th hour the angry guns over

the western front of Europe final-

ly fell silent leaving hundreds of
thousands dead — injured and

families grieving — the war to

end all wars was over but.....
Just in a short number of years

Europe again fell to the aggres-

sion of Hitler and his Reich forces
and again more and more of
Europe’s finest died, were
maimed and families lost their
young ones.

Every year on the Sunday

-before the 11th day of the 11th

month in the western world. we
pause for an hour or so to
remember and give thanks to

. those who gave the ultimate.

Even in our short history we
have heroes, quite soon after

Independence, Cuban aircraft -

attacked one of our small

Defence Force craft off Ragged -






LETTERS

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Island and we lost our first nation-
al heroes in the Flamingo inci-
dent.

No one really knows why Cuba
attacked the Flamingo, there is
substantive speculation however
as yet the official documents of
the incident have never been
released.

This writer suggests it is time to
make public the currently secret
documents and reports of the
incident not simply to know what
was the reason but.to relaunch
what so unfortunately is the lack
of even knowing of the Flamingo
incident amongst our younger cit-
izens. ©

There are still some of the then
officers and marines alive who
should be given the exposure of

their bravery on that morning and
retell this infamous, but very sig-
nificant hour in Bahamian histo-
Ty. ' -
Early today over Europe in
Australia, New Zealand, Canada
and other now Commonwea!th
country’s the 90th anniversary of
the silencing of the guns was
remembered — just how chilling
was it to see the three surviving
British heroes of the first World
War now all over 100 years as
snappy as they would have done
when in their prime on parade
gave their personal salute hon-
our and remembrance to their

_ fallen comrades:so least we for-

get.

Hoping Cabinet will see the
importance of making public the
official documents of the Flamin-
go incident and that a permanent
exhibition will be put in place.

J MOORE
‘Nassau,
November 11, 2008.

Barack Obama is what the world needed

EDITOR, The Tribune.

America, where. blacks and whites can join hands

AMERICA is back! People are rejoicing. Blacks
and whites are hugging each other and crying from
Florida to New York to Philadelphia. They are cel-
ebrating in the streets. _ .

There is now talk of peace:.This is. what America
needed for a long time.

Countries now want to do business with America.

They want to embrace America. They want to

-come to America. There are smiles on the faces of

Americans.
America now has the opportunity to start afresh.

and live as one.

Where there is equal opportunity for all, no mat-

ter what race, creed or colour.
This is what America needed. ;
‘This is what the world needed. Someone who

has a positive message of hope, change and oppor-

tunity for all.

Not war and divisiveness. Another John F
Kennedy, another Martin Luther King. Senator

Barack Obama.

There is a new President-elect. Someone who talks

about peace, not war.

Someone who talks about ONE United States of

Service industry attitudes are unacceptable

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE allow me to‘refer to

‘your article in two days (Friday,

November 7th) Business section

there is notification that the air- °

port user'fee is being increased
from a $15.00 to $20 by, the first
quarter of 2009 to $25, to $32.50
to $40.00 by the end of 2012 an
overall increase of 166 per cent in
four years.

As a relatively new Bahamian
resident I’m amazed by the self
serving rhetoric issued by the gov-
ernment officials. I am referring
to the Minister of Tourism’s state-
ments of only a few weeks past

that they, the Ministry, would

boost tourism for the Bahamas
in these problematic economic
times by lowering airfares. First
this statement was totally ridicules

‘ as none of the international car-

riers would even consider any

Nassau,

thoughts of lowering fares to a

destination that is in serious dis-

repair and as one of the most —

expensive Caribbean island des-
tinations needs to get its act

together and clean up the coun- ©

try. This island is dirty, garbage
everywhere in total disrepair, bad
road, side walks that haven’t seen
maintenance since the pull out of
the British Government and now
NAD is planning to raise user air-

line fees to pay for the new ter-
minal.

Let’s start at the grass roots of
the problem: Clean up the place;
why don’t Bahamians have
respect for their land, and con-
tinue by. treating the tourist.our
main industry with some respect:
As a white resident have you tried
to walk down Bay Street without
the abuse ‘of taxi drivers and
street.vendors? I can only imag-
ine what the visitors think. As a

PAT STRACHAN

November 13, 2008.

-tesident have you attempted to
. walk from Cable Beach into Nas- is

sau?

The sidewalks are death traps.
I often wonder if this is created by
the.cab drivers so that visitors will
not dare to walk. I have worked
in most Caribbean islands. and
cannot believe that in Nassau the _
attitudes within the service indus-
try is far below acceptable. When
will people working in the ser-
vice industry learn to service the
visitor? If you think working in ‘
the service industry is servitude,
then get out. ©

So, Mr Minister of Tourism,
get your. list organised to bring
the tourists back to Nassau before
this place really goes down the
tubes once Cuba opens up.

MICHAEL PATRICK
Nassau, |
November 7, 2008.

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BIC shuts
flown TDMA
network

THE Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company Limited (BTC)
shut down its TDMA network
yesterday but warned that sub-
scribers will experience disrup-
tions in service for the rest of
November as the company con-
tinues testing the upgraded GSM
platform.

BTC said due to “the density
of the network and cellphone
traffic in Nassau” it could not run
the TDMA network and launch
the upgraded GSM network
simultaneously.

“Therefore we are only able
to begin testing the upgraded
GSM network after the TDMA
network is turned down. The new
upgraded system in New Provi-
dence will not be fully functional
until the end of the month,” said
Marlon Johnson, BTC’s vice-
president for public relations.

In early 2007, BTC began
preparing for this shutdown,
embarking on an aggressive
GSM expansion project. The goal
was to increasé the level of ser-
vices provided and at the same
time expand cellular coverage
throughout New Providence and
the Family Islands.

BTC also increased the

amount of cell sites, expanded *

existing sites and also introduced
an 850 MHZ frequency overlay
in the GSM network. The
upgrade has been largely com-
pleted in the Family Islands, with
a few additional cell sites to be
built and brought on line.

But New Providence requires
a different approach, BTC said. :

Over the final two weeks of {

. November customers in New :
Providence will experience dis-
ruptions in the GSM service as
the upgraded network is tested
and optimised. —

Mr Johnson said BTC “will do
(its) best to minimise disruption
to our customers, but unfortu-
nately this is the only way it could
be done in New Providence...by
the end of the month, customers
will begin to see substantially
improved service in New Provi-
dence and throughout the coun-
try.”

BTC is asking its customers to
get involved in telling the com-
pany where service is not “at
acceptable levels”. The compa-
ny has set up a form on its web-
site www.btcbahamas.com, where
customers can: log information
detailing where they’are having
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Bahamas over Internet breakdown

CABLE Bahamas has come under fire from
one of its own shareholders for last week’s
three-day breakdown in internet services.

Financial consultant Richard Coulson said
the company had given itself “a black eye”

_ and undermined Nassau’s reputation as a busi-

ness centre.

And he slammed the response by its
spokesman, Neville Wisdom, as “totally inad-
equate”, raising more questions than it
answered.

The attack came over the weekend in a let-
ter from Mr Coulson to Cable Bahamas pres-
ident and chief operating officer Anthony But-
ler.

He said the breakdown was particularly bad
for financial firms dependent on fast-moving
markets in this time of economic crisis.

“As one of your shareholders and a loyal
subscriber to your Cable TV and Coralwave .
Internet services, it pains me to see a fine com-
pany give itself such a black eye as the recent
collapse of your internet capabilities for as
long as three days,” Mr Coulson wrote.

“Not only does your own company's repu-
tation suffer, but even worse, Nassau's repu-
tation as a modern business and financial cen-
tre suffers.

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“The article in Friday's Tri-
bune I am sure only scratches the
surface of the frustration, incon-
venience, and even financial loss
experienced by your subscribers
from an inability to communicate
or receive vital.information. For
financial firms, dependent on fast-
moving markets in this period of
economic crisis, the probléms were
particularity intense.

“The explanations and apolo-
gies quoted in The Tribune by your
spokesman Mr Neville Wisdom
were a totally inadequate response.
In fact, they raised more questions than they
answered.

“He told us that the problems arose from an
infrastructure up-grade that was supposed:to be
completed between 2am and 6am last Thurs-
day - but that somehow went seriously wrong.
In other words, the collapse was not caused by
external factors or an unexpected Act-of-God
catastrophe, but by your own company's delib-
erate decision to make a service improvement.

“This, of course, provokes a basic query
about the competence of your technical engi-
necring staff that undertook the up-grade. It

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ARTISANS throughout The Bahamas are
hard at work preparing for the Ministry of
Tourism’s three-day 14th annual Authentical-
ly Bahamian Christmas Craft Show set for
December 5 at Wyndham Nassau Resort,

“From what I have seen so far, this year’ S
show is shaping up to be the best yet,” said
Tourism’s manager Rowena Rolle. “Already
we have almost 100 confirmed exhibits.”

The show coincides with the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s annual general meeting held

“We take the opportunity to create link-
ages with hotel properties so that our tourists
are offered authentically Bahamian-made sou-
venirs and memorabilia,” she said. “This is
especially beneficial for our Family Island

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scribers frustrated by the company’s
inability to provide Internet services
through non-Blackberry devices,
change has now come with the com-
pany officially announcing its new
Internet service initiative, according
to a company executive.

BTC vice-president for karketing
Marlon Johnson has confirmed that,
as of November 1, the company.

~ launched its ‘Internet-On The go’

project, which now allows both post-
paid and pre-paid cellular customers
to access the Internet through their
phones.

Mr Johnson explained: “What it

involves is that they would have'to”
first have a phone that is compatible,” ~*

then’ they can come in to either our
flagship or mall location where we

~ will do what is called an over-the-

air activation, send the features that
they want on the phone, work with
them to configure the features cor-
rectly, and then they.can pay as they
go.”

He said for-post-paid clients, there
is an unlimited package being

offered for $25 monthly. He said this -

will allow the user to surf the web
through their cell-phone. For pre-
paid subscribers, Mr Johnson added
that in the absence of a package,
these clients can obtain the same
service at the rate of one penny per
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puts in doubt Mr Wisdom's oft-
repeated assurance that service
will be even better in the future,
once complex technical issues
‘that were difficult to explain’ are
resolved. Will these future
improvements be handled by the
same team that was working last
Thursday?”

Mr Coulson added: “Even the
best companies inevitably face
occasional crises in their business
lives, as this is for Cable
Bahamas. The real test of good
management is how they handle
these crises. As always, prompt and full dis-
closure with acceptance of responsibility is the
best policy. Reactive answers to questions from
the press by your public relations director do
not do the job. What is needed is an official,
informative statement by yourself, together
with your chairman, that would be released
as a paid notice in the press, radio, and TV.

“Other measures could well be considered.

The most obvious is a one-month's waiver of

fees for all internet subscribers. Another is the
declaration of a special dividend, or modest
increase in your regular quarterly dividends.

Betty Taylor

e

Your reports to shareholders show that you
are in a strong financial position, so that a larg-
er dividend would not starve you of funds need-
ed for continuing capital investment. The
recent declaration of a special dividend by
Commonwealth Bank gave evidence of confi-
dence in their own company, and gives a boost
to confidence in our whole economy. Surely it
is in the best interests of Cable Bahamas also to
encourage such confidence.

“I do hope that these steps, combined with
the restoration of your normally excellent ser-
vice, will result in removing any stains on your
reputation, so that you will continue to attract
new customers and the share price will remain
strong.”

Mr Coulson’s letter echoed complaints from
othet members of the business community.

In Grand Bahama, one business source said
the loss of internet service had serious conse-
quences for those involved in the financial

‘world.

“The loss of service for three days was a
real headache,” he said, “A country that prides
itself on being a banking and financial centre
cannot afford such lapses. It is a really serious
matter for those who need instant global coni-
munication.”

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GOVERNMENT PUBLIC NOTICE

ROAD EXTINGUISHMENT AND NEW ROAD ROUTE NOTICE
Section 5(d) of the Roads Act, Chapter 201, (Amended 2001)

Pursuant to section 5(d) of the Roads Act, chapter 201 (Amended 2001) Notice is hereby given that the Minister responsible
for Public Works intends to extinguish (remove) that section of Adelaide Road shown (red on the plan) at Appendix | to
this Notice and define the new route of travel in an easterly and westerly direction as that of the newly constructed un-
named roads between South Ocean Boulevard ad Adelaide Road as hereunder described. ©

That section of road (formerly called the Rock Plant Road) intersecting Adelaide Road approximately 0.5 miles east of
the intersection of Adelaide Village/ Adelaide Road intersection and running in a northerly direction for a distance of
approximately 1.0 miles to its intersection with another “Unnamed” Road herein referenced as Road B. |

ROAD B.
That section of road running from the northern end of Road A in a Sv ESELY direction for a distance of approximately 2.8
miles to its intersection with South Ocean Boulevard.

Note that the road closure and the use of the new road Corridor simultaneously come into effect as 7: 00am, Monday
17th November 2008.

Note also that the posted speed limit for Roads A & B is 45 miles per hour excepting that section of Road B measured
from its intersection with South Ocean Boulevard for a distance of appr oximately 0.64 miles due east for which it is
. posted at 30 miles per BOUE, 2 ;

_ These: new. road, sections (Road. Aand Road B) will be the new main routes for able travel in the south- western part of
New Providence it in an ey and westerly direction. : SRR TELE’ ELS TROKR Tar eey es



Anita Bernard
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Works & Transport
P.O.Box N-8156
Nassau, Bahamas

14th November, 2008

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 7.

Executive officer for

the postal service



The Bahamas Postal Service

KENNETH MOSS, left, receiving a plaque of appreciation from Andrea Davies, human resource
manager at the Post Office, and Godfrey Clarke, postmaster general.

@ By SIMON LEWIS
‘Bahamas Information
Services

FREEPORT - Minister of
State for Culture Charles
Maynard officially opened
the Grand Bahama Artists
Association’s Thanksgiving
Art Exhibition, calling on
more Bahamians to show-
case their talents. :

The event, which displayed
the talents of 30-plus
painters, was held at the
Freeport Art Centre.

Mr Maynard said he
recently attended a confer-
ence in Colombia which *
attracted cultural ministers
from throughout the
Caribbean and Latin Ameri-
can, and that one of the
things officials sought to:do
was look at the similarities in
cultural expression.

“One of the things that I

MINISTER OF State for Culture Charles Maynard views the work of artist Alisa Streather (right).

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retires after 47 years

@ By KATHRYN
CAMPBELL
Bahamas Information
Services



KENNETH A Moss has

‘retired from the Bahamas

Postal Service after serving
some 47 years.
He began his career as a

clerk at the Bank Lane and

Parliament Street location and

quickly progressed through ~

the ranks, retiring as execu-
tive officer.

From sorting mail in the
“outward” section Mr Moss
moved on to become a‘senior



clerk in 1973.
Six years later he joined the
_Parcel Post section and
remained there until 2000
when he received a supervi-
SOry position, i

Throughout his many years
in the public service, Mr Moss
worked under the employ of
four postmasters, including
Claude Saunders, Charles
Harris, John V Saunders and
Godfrey Clarke, present post-
master.

“I have seen the Post Office
progress from a small build-
ing to one with modern equip-
ment, a larger staff and more

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mail system has improved
over the years. They now have
high speed mail and they aré
doing well,” he added. A

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was the main Post Office of
Bay Street, the Grants Towa,
Shirley Street and Fox Hill
sub-stations. They have now
expanded to include South
Beach, Elizabeth Estates;
Cable Beach, Carmichae},
Clarence Bain and the Post
Office in the (Lynden Pindling
International) airport. They
have advanced tremendous:
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equaliser. It does not matter
where you come from, it
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VACANCY NOTICE —

ASSISTANT ENGINEER- MECHANICAL NTENANCE



ENERGY SUPPLY DIVISION

Avacancy exists in the Enerey Supply Division for Assistant Engineer-Mechanical
Maintenance at the Clifton > AN

ier Power Station:

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Maintains maintenance records posta a
Plans and supervises mechanical plant repairs and route maintenance of

diesel engines and auxiliaries with the use of schematics and analysis of »

operational parameters —

Carries out monthly port inspections on all engines during engine .

shutdowns

Gives technical advice to subordinate staff.as required on mechanical
areas of plant aa nia Mit
Prepares and executes budget reports

Orders spares, material and supplies etc., through requisitions and local
purchase orders

Prepares monthly reports

Conducts regular staff meetings

Troubleshoots and repairs on various engine and auxiliary systems to
ensure engine reliability -
Carries out engine performance analysis on all engines to increase engine
reliability and availability ti ea . aa

Performs a variety of administrative functions e.g., performance |

appraisals, training, vacation, overtime assignments,' union matters etc.

Job requirements include:

Bachelor degree/HND in Mechanical Engineering or _ equivalent
qualifications ae

Sound knowledge’ of diesel engine operation. and maintenance “

procedures ;

Ability to make reasonable judgments x ;
Ability to make decisions based on information available .
Oral and written communication skills te

‘Ability to read schematics and interpret technical reports and drawings

Good time management skills _ s
Knowledge of safety procedures and basic mechanical fundamentals
Sound knowledge of project management

Encreried perce should apply by completing and returning an Application
=~ Form to:

-- | Bahamas Elect Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker Road, P. O. Box
~ fe N-7509 - Nassau» Monday, November 24, 2008.

he Manager — Human Resources & Training Department,



ahamas on. or before:



A vacancy exists in the Family Islands Division for the post of Family Island Mariager-North/ —

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_ FAMILY ISLAND MANAGER — NO NTRALANDRO

FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION

Central Andros.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:









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_ Ininimize the length of any outage to the customer.

Oversees the local operations and takes an active part in dealing with
Sea and technical problems: Reports regularly to the AGM-Northern
amas. Fi feat

. Performs administrative duties for the rotection of the corporations’ assets
‘ “such as power stations, lands and buildings etc. also administrates cdst'control

functions (local contracts), expenditure accounts, collection of accounts and’; :
banking. i her SAE CUR SRE OPT 9 othe
Installs and maintains an accurate and efficient metering system at the

customers point of service and ensures proper and timely billing of consumers _

collections and preparation of bank deposits. Ae Pee ea he
Operates and maintains generation and distribution systems in a safe, reliable

and economical manner, while maintaining, accurate and efficient protection

systems for the corporation’s generation and distribution systems that fall under
the. Operation, ie Ti, Be : ria
erates the systems in such a manner as to maximize systems availability and —

Ensures system controls for both generation and distribution system operations
to.optimize customer service and satisfaction while minimizing the cost of
operating the systems. Gia a BAS Jars Weg ok NOLS
Prepares the annual business plan and budgets for the local operations and
assists with the preparation of other long-term plans for the local operation. |
Provides itionthh , quarterly and annual reports on the activitiesand == =.
performance of the operation:so that the degree to which the operation is
achieving its objectives and adhering to corporate policies is known.
Maintains adequate area staffing through Bl-annual review of the organization
and recommends necessary recruitment. Implements Corporate and FID...
performance standards and ensures they are achieved. Recommends specific
training/development needs for staff. ; 5

Manages subordinate staff, administers discipline, conducts performance
appraisals and recommiends increments/performance incentive payments.
Responds to forced outages and corrective maintenance occurrences in such a
manner as to minimize downtime and forced outages.

Job requirements include:

Bachelor degree/HND in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
qualifications 7 years experience in generation repair and maintenance
operations and/or 7 years in distribution construction, repair and maintenance
operations ‘y

Good judgment and sound reasoning ability.

Good time management skills . : ok

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

eet to interpret technical reports and drawings

Sound knowledge of distribution and transmission systems and their planning
and operations

Sound knowledge of safety procedures

stéd“persons should apply..by completing and returning an Application Form to: The

Manager — Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation,
Blue Hill & Tucker Road, P. O. Box N-7509 - Nassau Bahamas on or before: Monday,
November 24, 2008. ae :





BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATIO



A vacancy exists at the Long Island Operations -Family Islands Division for the
post of Electrical Technician. ;

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ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN — LONG ISLAND
FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION

































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Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

‘Job requirements include:

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to:.

- The Manager — Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Blue Hill ‘& Tucker Road, P. O. Box N-7509 - Nassau Bahamas on or

‘before: Monday, November 24, 2008. oe



A vacancy exists in the Corporation for the post of Mechanical Technician (Special Projects),
Family Islands Division. ;

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Job requirements include:

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to: The Manager.
— Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill &
Tucker Road, P. O. Box N-7509 - Nassau Bahamas on or before: Monday. November 24, 2008.

“¢ Assists with preparing cost estimates for persons wishing to connect to the
Corporation’s supply and accompanying technical reports

“¢ Assists with advising local managers on various distribution matters. This
may include visiting various islands to gather information and providing
recommendations to improve operations

“+ Assists with conducting research and preparing reports for various
distribution related activities including coordination of shipping and
receiving of goods to local distribution departments

“+ Assists with the planning and execution of distribution projects and
ensures that there is uniformity in the interpretation of policies related to

- the department for local managers

¢* Assists with investigating’ and recommending customer claims for

damages






“* Successful completion. of Ordinary Technical Diploma Program .
(Electrical) or an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering
¢* A minimum 4-5 years of experience
“* A. good working knowledge of distribution system construction and
. Operations maintenance and technical knowledge of electrical schematics,
circuitry, and equipment ee me
“* The ability. to read schematic diagrams and written and. verbal
_ communication skills
“ Proficiency with specialized tools, such as meggars, digital meters and
voltage detector meters .
“¢ The ability to operate heavy-duty equipment to assist roving crews during
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- VACANCYNOTICE



MECHANICAL TECHNICIAN
FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION —



Troubleshoots and epol mechanical defects is on the power plant
-. equipment. This involves the use of schematic, and the analysis of
‘operational parameters (i.e., temperatures, pressures, etc.) ”
Performs routine maintenance and major overhauls on generator sets and
auxiliaries. This includes a range of mechanical tasks such as: qualifying
or replacing various, and equipnigat installation and assembly, which
usually requires precision alignments ©
Plans mechanical based jobs. This includes the preparation of a proposal
(including budget, funding, materials) liaison with vendors (domestic and
international) about prices, product validity and shipping arrangements,
and the co-ordination of mechanical tasks with peers/ subotdinates
Leads related staff members and contractors by giving instructions, and
reviewing and inspecting completed work to ensure adherence to
specifications and quality controls
Leads related staff in the maintenance and repair of mechanical/electrical
equipment auxiliaries and land and buildings. This involves cleaning,
overhauling, calibrating and testing tasks performed on various gas
turbines, motors, generators and other plant equipment, and station
building repairs and fuel systems. It also involves performing technical
ae some land and building duties e.g. fuel line work self/contract land
uilding
Coordinates the delivery of fuel to Family Island Stations by maintaining
fuel supply statistics and liaising with vendors to arrange shipments
Prepares technical reports with regards to the performance of plant
equipment and assignments. This includes reports such as: defects report, °
performance, and assignment progress reports

Successful completion of Ordinary Technical Diploma Program (Plant
Mechanics Fluids and Hydraulics)
A minimum 4-5 years of experience
Knowledge of electrical, schematics, circuitry and equipment to maintain |
and repair electrical and auxiliary equipment as needed’
' Ability to interpret various plant systems and equipment schematics in
terms of mechanical function ;
Knowledge of Excel and AutoCAD software for statistical reports
components and technical drawings i anh.
Proficiency with specialized tools, statistics such as: precision line
measuring devices (e.g., micrometers, dial gauge indicators, etc.),
machining tools, and equipment specific tools loses hydraulic bolt
tensioners, etc.)
Basic planning management skills

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Minister of H
contribution and importance of nurses.

@ By MATT MAURA
Bahamas Information
Services

NURSES are the backbone
of the healthcare system in The
Bahamas and without them the
system “would likely collapse,”
claims Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis.

Addressing the 32nd annual
Nurses Association of the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas
Conference. which opened
Thursday in New Providence,
Dr Minnis said nurses have
made many meaningful contri-
butions to the delivery of health-
care in The Bahamas, not only
at clinical level, but also at the
administrative level.

Dr Minnis said nurses are

unique in that they deliver

healthcare to people in all set-
tings “whether it is in homes,
hospitals, community clinics,
schools, worksites or institutions.
As a matter of fact, wherever
people are found.”

“Nurses start the delivery of
healthcare as they screen
patients, assess their conditions,
establish their vitals and begin
the process of observation and
evaluation,” Dr Minnis said.
“Physicians have come to rely
upon their accurate assessments,

- observations and nursing diag-
noses.

“T have a great deal of respect
for nurses (as they) are a
cadre of healthcare
professionals who provide
health service to patients/clients
24 hours each day,” Dr Minnis
added.

Dr-Minnis said nurses face
many challenges in “delivering
healthcare of the highest cali-
bre.”

He said these include rising
costs of healthcare, increasing
consumer expectations and
demands, ageing populations,
nursing shortages, natural and
man-made disasters, new and
re-emerging diseases, a rise in
chronic, non-communicable dis-
eases and the need to focus on
community-based care.

The minister said despite the

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Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB) Conference held last Thursday at Workers’ House. Dr
Minnis lauded nurses for their many contributions to healthcare in The Bahamas. Seated (from left) are: Perse-
phone Munnings (NACB), Stephanie Poitier (NACB), Mrs Marcel Johnson, acting director of nursing, Dr Minnis,
Prescola Rolle, president, NACB, Rosemarie Josey, president-elect, NACB, and Ms Mary Johnson, former director
of nursing. Standing (from left) are: Dominique Rox (NACB), Lisa Stovel-Rolle (NACB), Nancy Lightbourne (NACB),
Jennifer King (NACB), Millie Brooks (NACB), Andrea Nottage (NACB), Rebecca Johnson (NACB), Karol Mackey
(NACB), Sherry Pinder (NACB) and Judy Bridgewater (NACB).

challenges, nurses “have led the
way” in the Expanded Pro-
gramme on Immunisation -
which has always been managed
by nurses - and which, he said, is
the envy of “many in the
region.”

“Our immunisation coverage
has consistently ranged from 86
per cent to 99 per cent (which is)
truly a magnanimous accom-
plishment for a small country
with limited resources,” Dr Min-
nis added.

Dr Minnis said that in ““appre-
ciation” of the important role
nurses have played and continue
to play in the delivery of quality
primary healthcare, the govern-
ment provided an allocation in
the 2008/9 Budget to support
the studies of 25 new nursing
students at the College of The

Bahamas for the Fall semester.

“Additionally, we supported
the reinstatement of ten nurs-
ing students who had to with-
draw for various reasons from a
previously approved grant.”

Dr Minnis said the Cabinet
had approved the engagement

of a consultant to co-ordinate

* the Community Health Nursing

Diploma Programme at COB.

He said the government,
through its agencies — the
Department of Public Health
and the Public Hospitals
Authority — is “supporting” 18
registered nurses/midwives in
this programme.

“T am told that these nurses
are expected to graduate from
the programme next year and
will join their colleagues in pub-
lic health in New Providence,
Grand Bahama and the Family
Islands, to lead the way in deliv-
ering quality healthcare to all
citizens of The Bahamas,” Dr
Minnis said.

“Tam pleased to say that qual-
ity healthcare has been deliv-
ered to our people in The
Bahamas for decades and that,
yes, nurses have led the way and
to say that the government and
people of our country owe a
great.debt of gratitude to nurs-
es,” Dr Minnis added.

Almost 200 nurses from the
public and private healthcare

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Islands attended the one-day
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Nurses Association of the

Commonwealth of The

Bahamas president Mrs Presco-
la Rolle said thé objective of the
conference was to empower
nurses to develop effective lead-

ership skills to enable them to’

further deliver quality health-
care.

She said the conference
afforded nurses the opportunity
to identify leadership styles,
roles and qualities, recognise the
correlation betwéen effective
leadership and quality service,

outline specific activities of the:

nurse in maintaining quality in
the provision of healthcare,
explore the provision of prima-
ry healthcare in various nursing
disciplines and share best prac-
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ml By CHESTER
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Tribune Staff Reporter

-BAHAMAS Ferries broke
the traditional champagne
bottle to christen the newest
addition to their fleet, the
Bohengy II, at their main
office on Pottey’s Cay Dock.

According to Bahamas Fer-
ries’ chairman Craig Symon-
ette, with the addition of a
new state of the art vessel will
come a State of the art depar-
ture lounge.

Mr Symonette said the com-
pany is not happy with its pre-
sent facilities under the bridge.

“The most critical hold back
to our present operation
remains our Nassau Harbour
facilities. Potter’s Cay, our
present location, is severely
strained, and Bahamas Fer-
ries is certainly not proud of
our present facilities...What
we envision is a modern air-
port-style departure lounge
where passengers are ticket-

Bahamas Ferries plans
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upper level, whilst the likes of

forklifts, cars, trailers and
heavy equipment ‘take place
at the lower level,” said Mr
Symonette. “We feel that this
is a must for this harbour.”:
Speaking on behalf of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,



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Turnquest is
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Ferries chainnan
Craig Symonelte,

FROM page 10

said Mr Turnquest.

He revealed that govern-
ment is going ahead with plans
to refurbish the Eleuthera ter-.
‘minals, both on the mainland
side and at Harbour Island.

“We will make them some-
thing worthy to match
Bohengy II,” said Mr Turn-
quest.

Mr Symonette pointed out
that the government had sup-,
ported the company even
when it presented a somewhat
controversial application for
permission to allow foreign
equity owners because it did
not have the capital to begin
this type of transportation.

“Tonight, it is with a certain’
degree of pride I would like
to now inform your govern-
ment that while Bahamas Fer-
ries has never paid a dividend,
we have in fact repurchased
the overseas equity...and
tonight we represent a truly
Bahamian corporation,” said
Mr Symonette.

“At the same time we have
been able to add two addi-
tional Ropax Ferries which
are at the end of the pier, in
addition to The Bohengy I
and The Bohengy II.”

He thanked team members
for making an ‘on time’ and

‘on budget’ delivery and gave
honourable mention to Mr
Ingraham who was prime min-
ister when the company
began.

“First Mr Minister, I must
thank your administration and
particularly Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham,” said Mr
Symonette.

“It was just over ten years
ago that Mr Peter Vlasov, Mr
Tyronne Sawyer, who is here
with, us tonight, and myself
made a presentation to your
' first:administration to allow
us, Bahamas Ferries, to intro-
duce high-speed waterborne
transportation to Spanish
Wells and Harbour Island.”.

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Roles in Finance and Accounting Chief Project Engineer

Due to the changed business environment, growth in business operations as well as Reporting to the Capital Projects Manager, you are responsible for ensuring the execution of the
significant level of investment in the Company several Spparnaties exist for seasoned Capital Projects per design and meets required specifications and standards: Furthermore you sire

financial professionals. == - responsible for coordinating with contractors and others on engineering matters. This covers oth
; ; he mechanical and civil as well as E&T engineering activities. You will have a technical background,
Project Controller ' most likely with a Bachelors degree in mechanical and or electrical engineering You will fave

Reporting to the Capital Projects Manager, you would have a functional line to the Senior Controller. As more than 5 years of experience in relevant project work and are both able and comfortable dealine
Project Controller you are responsible for the financial accounting and controlling of the Capital Projects. with contractors and specialists in all areas of construction. Experience in tank constuction 0!
Managing and balancing budgets, project cash flow and the financial reporting related to the Capital — similar industry is strongly preferred. You will lead a team of Quality Control and Assurance (Q'\)
Projects. You will have a Bachelor’sdegree in Accounting or Finance with a CA or CPA certification. Engineers specialised in the various. engineering areas for the day to day QC in the field

You will have several years of experience in an accounting and controlling role. You preferably have ;

experience controlling large projects. You are pro-active, accurate and have an eye for details. You are Quality Control and Assurance Engineers

a strong communicator and are able to deal with people at different levels in different functions both Reporting to the Chief Project Engineer, as QCA Engineers you are specialised in a spevilic area
inside and outside of the Company. of mechanical, electrical or civil construction. You are responsible for the day to day monituiine 4
and supervision of constr uction activities in the field and the inspection and validation of execute! |

Roles in Project Management a Engineering : work, ensuring it meets design and specifications. You will also have a strong eye for safety stauc lat
To manage the various significant Capital Projects, Vopak Bahamas is setting up a and safety awareness demonstrated in the execution of the activities. You will have a technical |
background and will be qualified: i in one of the three engineering disciplines: mechanical, civiloy |

professional Project Management department. The department is headed by the Capital

: : 3 electri cal & instrumentation. You will have several years of experience in supervising consti
Projects Manager who also is a member of the Vopak Bahamas Management Team. i oe everaAyy P Be :

activities and performing quality inspections. i ia

Project Coordinator

Reporting to the Capital Projects Manager, you are ieponsible for planning and. coordinating all activities
related to the execution of large capital projects and coordinating and expediting all site. works carried
out by contractors. The aim is to ensure safe, timely and on budget delivery of these projects. You play _ Maintenance Manager
an important role coordinating between the project team and the rest of the organisation as well as with — Reporting to the Techincal Operations Director, you will be responsible for all technical & engineering |
contractors and sub-contractors. You will have a strong technical background, a BSc engineering degree —_ aspects of maintaining the technical integrity of existing facilities (both for land and marine aor) |
with 5 to 10 years of relevant experience, coupled with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Besides performing basic engineering tasks, this also entails developing technical scopes for proj.
You will be able to prioritize, manage multiple tasks and take decisions under pressure. You willhave — and executing these projects with outside contractors. Additionally you will assist the Maisten a
had experience negotiating with and managing contractors/vendors and monitoring the execution of large = Manager with development and implementation of long term maintendnce strategy, 1% Vieterny
capital projects. Experience within storage tank construction, marine constructions and/or the (petro) _plans ‘and maintenance budgets. You will coordinate the execution of maintenance activities \ ith

To support the refurbishment of our existing facilities and prepare for growih we are also low!
to strengthen the capabilities of our Maintenance department.

chemical industry is preferred. other departments :(commiercial and operations) fo ensure minimal disruption to ongoing operations. You

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the statement read: “Whatever polit-
ical balance means in article 40, I
am wholly unpersuaded that it is syn-
onymous with membership in a
political party as Mr (Paul) Adderley
insists. That is too narrow a view
and, in any event, following the tor-
tuous discussions that were pursued
by the framers of the constitution in
1973, the final instructions to the
draftsman was ‘political balance’ and
not ‘membership in a political party’.

“It is common ground between
parties that the effective power to
appoint the three senators under
article 39(4) lies with the prime min-
ister and that his duty to consult does
not require him to select from a list
conceived by the Leader of the
Opposition, as Mr Adderley sug-
gests.

“Accordingly, in my view, in the
context of matters presumably with-
in his own knowledge, the prime
minister was correct when his letter
of the 18th.May, 2007, to the Leader
of the Opposition he stated: Article
40 does not require the prime min-
ister to put forward the names of
persons who are members of one
particular political party.”

The opposition party was seeking
to have Mr Ingraham’s appointment
of Tanya Wright made invalid along
with Mr Musgrove.

However, the Chief Justice deter-
mined that Mrs Wright had no
strong FNM affiliation as was sug-
gested by the opposition.

Mr Musgrove, on the other hand,
was determined by the court to be a
strong supporter of the FNM and
thus did not represent political bal-
ance.

Mr Ferguson’s statement revealed

that Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie .

exchanged several letters in May
regarding the appointment of the
three remaining senators.

In a letter to Mr Ingraham dated

May 8, 2007, Mr Christie suggested
that the remaining three senators
had to be representatives of his par-
ty, nominated by himself.

In Mr Ingraham’s response dated
May 17, 2007, he rejected Mr
Christie’s claim and offered to
appoint one person of the opposi-
tion leader’s choosing, and suggested
Mr Musgrove and Mrs Wright be
considered for. the two remaining
seats.

The next day Mr Christie
responded: “Since neither Mrs
Wright nor Mr Musgrove is a mem-

' ber of the PLP... cannot possibly

agree - and do not agree - to either of
the them being appointed.”
According to the statement, Mr
Christie then suggested that Michael
Halkitis, Raynard Rigby, Fayne
‘Thompson and Ricardo Treco be
considered by Mr Ingraham as
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tions.

Mr Ingraham responded to Mr }
Christie the same day, stating that he :
would only appoint Mr Halkitis per }
Mr Christie’s proposal, but that he :
intended to uphold his appointment :
of Mrs Wright and would consult :
with Mr Christie regarding the final }

position.

Two days later Mr Christie restat- :
ed his position that Mr Ingraham :
was obligated by constitutional law :
to fill the three remaining Senate }

seats with PLPs.
Mr Ingraham fired back immedi-

ately saying he was not prepared to :
advise the Governor General to }
appoint anyone recommended by :
: measured in terms of any response
He proposed to Mr Christie that he
would appoint Leslie Miller, former :
MP for the PLP, as the third senator :
in addition to Mrs Wright and Mr :
do, because if you extend yourself

Mr Christie apart from Mr Halkitis.

Halkitis.

Mr Ingraham then gave Mr:
Christie until the following day for :
further consultation, “as parliament :
i en the circumstances today,” he told
‘The Tribune.

was soon to open.”

Following Mrs Wright’s appoint- i
ment to the Senate, Mr Christie :
brought an action in the Supreme }
Court, calling the appointment :
: ees go, citing the global financial cri-

Mr Christie then brought an :
action in the Supreme Court after }
Mr Musgrove’s appointment to the :
Senate earlier this year, again calling ; |
: putting them on a four week on,

“Whilst the FNM is disappointed
with the view of the Chief Justice as :
: from the hotel's line staff were made

unconstitutional.

it unconstitutional.

to the propriety.of the appointment

of Mr Musgrove, it is pleased with :
the Justice’s acceptance that: The :
decision as to who should be the :
three senators to be appointed to :
the Senate is that of Mr Ingraham :
and not Mr Christie; the prime min- :
ister was not obliged to appoint the ;
persons on any list prepared by Mr :
Christie and the prime minister is :
not required o appoint members of : : }
the PLP as the fe senators,” said : designed to assist the unemployed |
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: year, comes from:the National

the statement.

It is not yet known whether the :
PLP will appeal the Chief Justice’s :
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nishing of money by a government
or some other authority in aid or
support of an institution or under-
taking.

When the government was con-
sidering creative ways to help people
retain their jobs, Minister of State
for Finance Zhirvargo Laing said
that government has sufficient ini-
tiatives on stream to help Bahami-
ans weather the economic turbu-
lence, as outlined in the prime min-
ister’s televised address on the state
of the economy last week.

“T think (the prime minister) has

reflected what the government’s

thinking is at this time. We don’t
know where this matter is going, so
we have to be very careful, very

we make. When you are faced with
an uncertain economic environment

‘that could get worse, you have to

be measured in terms of what you.

fully now, if things get decidedly
worse, what will you do then? I
think we have the right position giv-

' Last week, Kerzner International,
parent company of the Atlantis
Resort and Casino, let 800 employ-

sis and low occupancy rates.

The week before, Baha Mar laid
off seven cocktail waitresses at the
Wyndham Resort and Casino,

four week off work schedule.
Recently, more than 40 employees

redundant and over 40 employees

from the Sheraton Hotel were ter-
minated.

Increased lay-offs in the hospital-
ity sector - of which more than 50
per cent of the local workforce is
employed - will lead to droughts in
the retail and wholesale areas and
lead to defaults on consumer debts,
Mr Smith said.

"It's all connected because more
than 50 per cent of our labour force
works in the tourism sector and they
in turn, when they get paid, obvi-
ously spend that in the local econo-
my, supporting retail-and wholesale
establishments so it's going to be a
lag before you feel the effect of that.
Even losing your jobs means out-
standing credit for instance, people
using credit cards, they're not going
to make those repayments and so
credit card payments will likely dry
up as well even though the credit
overhang will still be on the unem-
ployed person.

“That's-why I think digging our-
selves out of this will be more than
just a resumption of jobs, even if
there is a turnaround in the United
States, because many households
are really further in debt than we
think.

“This is a crisis unlike anything
we've seen before - downturns fol-
lowing 9/11 or in the early 1980s
were all very short-lived and we ben-
efited from events in other parts of
the world forcing Americans to trav-
el closer to home. But I think what
we are seeing, on top of the Ameri-
can crisis, is a global crisis and a lack _
of confidence on the part of all con-. ©
sumers,” he said.

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for Finance Zhivargo Laing said
the government would not imple-.
ment a scheme unless it was sus-
tainable but added that one could

. not speculate on the effectiveness

of the programme until specific
details were released by the prime
minister.

“The government would only
contemplate something that was
sustainable and that has actuarial
backing and logistics for it.
Because in all that we are con-
fronted with we cannot in any
way jeopardise the stability and
integrity of the government’s fis-
cal situation because that will only
further endanger us,” he told The
Tribune.

But Mr Smith contends the
fund will not'go far enough in
helping locals meet their: basic
needs. "The (unemployment
assistance) helps, but with the
minimum wage you're not éven -
covering mortgage payments
much less food. So we have. a
deeper problem. That's only a
small assistance. I think what we
really need to focus on is creating
jobs and retaining jobs and grow-
ing the economy,” said Mr Smith.

He added that while the gov-
ernment’s plans to tackle the eco-
nomic downturn - such as the
acceleration of capital projects
and financial assistance plans -
are “laudable” they will not be
viable in the long term.

"The government has started
to do some things which are laud-

‘able, the acceleration of capital

projects and assistance handouts,
but the point is .it's not sustain-
able. The government itself will
be running a larger deficit and
it's only so much money they can —
borrow or give out. So there
needs to be a look at other ways
of keeping the economy afloat
for at least another 18 months."

One way to create more rev-
enue for the government would
be the sale of public assets like
BTC, and the government’s stake
in Bank of the Bahamas, he
added.

Family ‘fight
FROM page one |

. When officers arrived they
found a man lying on the ground
with a stab wound on the left side
of his chest, Asst Supt Walter
Evans reported.

EMS personnel were called
and pronounced the victim dead
at the scene.

This was the 68th homicide for
the year in the Bahamas.

Police believe the victim was
involved in an altercation with a
close relative earlier that evening.

Yesterday, CSP Miller told The
Tribune that a relative of the vic-
tim was assisting police with their
investigations and could be
arraigned on formal charges as
early as tomorrow.

Police are also investigating a
double stabbing in the area of
Market and King Streets which
left a 31-year-old Woodes Alley
resident with wounds to the chest
and right side of his neck and a
28-year-old Andros Avenue resi-
dent with head wounds.

ASP Evans reported that short-
ly after 7pm on Friday, the two
men were involved “in a verbal
exchange” which resulted in both |
receiving injuries.

Just how the altercation began;
remains unclear, ASP Evans said,
but both men are detained in hos-
pital in serious condition.

ASP Evans added that the _
weapon used in the aia was
unknown.

Investigations continue.



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Africa fails Zimbabwe: Another burden for Obama





@ By Sir Ronald Sanders

A ORMER
Caribbean Head of

Government, who should know,
told me a few months ago that
the only way Robert Mugabe is
leaving Zimbabwe is “feet first.”
In other words, Mugabe will die
before relinquishing power in
Zimbabwe.

As conditions in Zimbabwe
rapidly deteriorate, I have been

reminded of that former.

Caribbean leader’s words. Zim-
babwe is already a fully failed
state; life itself has become a
daily lottery for the majority of
its people who are being starved
or brutalised. It is obvious to
all that Mugabe should hand
over power to Morgan Tsvan-
girai who, by all objective
accounts, won the March 29th
elections. Yet, Mugabe, with the
‘ help of.the leaders of his mili-
tary, holds on to power with a
vice-like grip.

Mugabe’s regime has used
the vilest tactics to punish peo-
ple, particularly women, who
have supported Tsvangari’s
Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC). AIDS-Free
World, an advocacy group
founded by Canada’s former
United Nations Ambassador,
Stephen Lewis, has ‘collected
testimony from women who
survived organised gang rapes
by members of Mugabe’s
ZANU-PF party after he lost
the March elections. The
women give horrific accounts
of multiple rapes and brutal
beating by gangs who openly
identified themselves with the
ZANU-PF. The group reports
that “many of the women still
have unhealed wounds five
months later, since Zimbabwe’s
medical system has entirely
ceased to function, and all need
HIV tests.”

It has to be recalled that
Zimbabwe was once a flourish-
ing country that not only fed
itself but exported food to many
neighbouring African states and
other commodities to the world.
* Today, 5 million of the 9 mil-
lion people who remain there
are dependent on food aid.
Almost four million Zimbab-
weans have fled into neigh-
bouring states, particularly
South Africa where they eke



Sir Ronald Sanders



out a living and where there
have been incidents of beatings
by South Africans who regard
them as a.threat to jobs.
Inflation in Zimbabwe is cur-
rently running at 230 million
per cent. It is a figure that
defies comprehension. A good
indicator of what that means is
that, if inflation in any
Caribbean country rises over 10
per cent, everyone would be
mortified about the cost of liv-
ing. In the year running up to
the March elections and since

’ then, the former President of

South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has

tried unsuccessfully to broker a,

power-sharing deal between
Mugabe and Tsvangirai. His
attempts have been a miserable
failure.

Tsvangirai’s MDC party
understood that a power-shar-
ing deal, heralded in Septem-
ber with much fanfare, meant
“striking a fair balance of pow-
er of all ministries in the unity
government and sharing diplo-
matic appointments and assign-

_Ing key government posts.”

But, Mugabe kept control over
both the military forces and the

SmartChoice

SS

police, and when a meeting of
key leaders in Southern Africa
was called in October to try to
resolve the issues, Tsvangirai
could not attend because the
Mugabe regime refused to issue
him a passport.

Emergency

As conditions worsened in
Zimbabwe, the leaders of the
Southern African Development
Committee (SADC) held an
emergency meeting on Novem-
ber 9th to address the issue.
Again, it was a spectacular fail-
ure. Only 5 of the 15 Presidents
turned-up. They listened to pre-
sentations by Mugabe, Tsvan-
girai and Arthur Mutambara,
the leader of an MDC splinter

group, and then asked them to.

recuse themselves from the
meeting. Tsvangirai and
Mutambara left, but Mugabe
flatly refused to leave the room.
He, therefore, participated in a
decisior that materially affected
him. The decision, when it
came, was a complete nonsense.
It insisted that a power-sharing
government should start to
function immediately and that
the Ministry of Home Affairs
should have two ministers, one

‘appointed by Mugabe and the

other by Tsvangirai.

So it seems the SADC
mountain went forth and pro-
duced a mouse, and it wasn’t
even a mouse that pretended to
roar. No riot act was read to
Mugabe, no threats of sanctions
were made, no declaration was
uttered that his regime would

be isolated by SADC if he did .

not comply with a. supervised
power-sharing arrangement. All
that SADC succeeded in doing
is continuing Mugabe’s misrule
and the further worsening of
life for all Zimbabweans. Natu-

rally, Tsvangirai has rejected |

the decision altogether.

So with an abdication of its
responsibility to the people of
Zimbabwe, SADC has left Zim-

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fate that can only bring more
starvation, more refugees, a
worsening of the economy and,
sadly, more brutality against the
Zimbabwean people and more
bloodshed.

Thus far, the developed
nations of the world have left
intervention in Zimbabwe to
the Southern African countries
and particularly South Africa
for fear that Mugabe would
accuse them of racism. Mugabe
has ranted and raved at the
British government in particu-
lar, and at other governments,
including the United States,
accusing them of punishing him
over seizure of lands owned by
white farmers. But, of course,
Mugabe’s reign of terror is now
directed at the black Zimbab-
wean people. What is happen-
ing there is naked abuse of pow-
er and the most awful brutali-
sation of native people.

SADC - and all of Africa —
cannot assail the world’s devel-
oped nations if their govern-
ments decide that intervention
in Zimbabwe is now essential
to stop a humanitarian crisis of
major proportions. SADC lead-
ers had a great chance to show
that Africa could manage its
own crises firmly and success-
fully. They blew. it.

Fortunately, once Barack
Obama assumes the Presidency
of the United States of Ameri-
ca, if the US government
decides to join with others,
through the UN Security Coun-
cil, to free Zimbabweans of
Mugabe’s dictatorship, the accu-
sation of racism would be a hol-
low cry.

The Caribbean should hope
that Obama will give Zimbabwe
early attention. For not only will
his attention bring relief to mil-
lions of Africans, it will also
help to ensure that a major por-
tion of aid money, which the
Caribbean would welcome,
does not have to be diverted to
rebuilding Zimbabwe after
Mugabe’s spree of destruction.

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SHANGHAI, China (AP) —
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bration turned out to be more
dangerous than his opponent.

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Russia's Nikolay Davydenko 6-
1, 7-5 in the Masters Cup final
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on his new trophy, so he had to
ask the trainer to apply a ban-
dage before the awards cere-
mony.

"You don't feel the pain in
the moments of happiness," he
said.

The victory provided
Djokovic with perfect bookends
to his year. He won the Aus-
tralian Open in January for his
first Grand Slam.

And that cut? Not serious,
and he has plenty of time to
heal before starting 2009 — and
think about how close he is to
breaking the stranglehold that
Rafael Nadal and Roger Fed-
erer have had on the top two
spots in the rankings since mid-
2005.

Federer, who says it doesn't
sound right to hear himself
introduced as No. 2 in the world
after spending a record 237 con-
secutive weeks at the top, is
intent on taking it back from
Nadal.

He better watch his back.

Djokovic's victory — his first
since the Rome Masters in May
— pulled him within 10 points
of Federer's total of 5,205, and
the Swiss star's aching back,

which caused him to pull out .

during the Paris Masters two
weeks ago and tightened up on
him here, is worrisome.

Nadal is' 1,470 points ahead
of Federer, but the sore knee
that caused him to stay away
from Shanghai also is keeping
him out of next weekend's
Davis Cup final between Spain
and Argentina.

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Djokovic, who complained
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his best victories.

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WHILE Golden Gates
clinched the co-ed pennant on
Saturday, the men and 17-and-
under divisional titles will be
decided as the Baptist Sports
Council wrap up its 2008 Rev.
Dr. William Thompson Softball
Classic's regular season this

“coming Saturday.

In a rematch of last year's

final, Golden Gates turned the ©

_ tables on defending champions

Macedonia with a 17-12 slugfest

on Saturday at the Baillou Hills”

Sporting Complex to take the
co-ed pennant after both teams
finished at 3-1.

In the men's division, Shaw
AME Zion doubled up Calvary
Deliverance 12-6 and Transfig-

~ uration posted another shutout
‘. with an 11-0 stoppage over

Faith United as both teams

_ improve their front-running

records to 7-1.

‘On Saturday, Shaw AME
completes its regular season
against Faith United and Trans-

. figuration meet Temple Fel-

lowship. Shaw AME would
have to win to avoid Transfigu-
ration winning the pennant.
The playoff picture would
also. be complete as a result of
those two games as Calvary
Deliverance have the third spot
Secured at 6-2 after they split
their double header on Satur-

day, winning 12-10 over Temple -

Fellowship in their other game.

Temple Fellowship and Faith
United are tied at 5-3 in fourth
spot, but as a result of winning
in their head-to-head match-up,
Temple Fellowship have the
advantage to get in if they both
lose.

And in the 17-and-under divi-
sion, Macedonia finished at 3-1
and will be waiting the outcome
of the final two games between
Golden Gates and Faith United
and New Bethlehem against
Temple Fellowship.

Both Faith United and Tem- |

ple Fellowship are 2-1 in sec-
ond, but only Temple Fellow-
ship have a shot at winning the
pennant, having defeated Mace-
donia in their head-to-head
meeting.

e Here’s a summary of the
games played on Saturday:

Golden Gates 17, Macedonia
12 (Co-ed): Batting around the
clock in the top of,the fourth,
Golden Gates scored nine runs
to take control of the game and
clinch the pennant.

Ramon Johnson had three
hits with a RBI, scoring twice;
Renee Davis had four hits with
two RBIs, scoring three times;
Randy Wallace had three hits,
three RBIs and scored two runs
and Joyce Minus. had two hits
and she and Nickie Major
scored two runs apiece.

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Golden Gates turn tables
on champs Macedonia

Cardinal Gilbert had three
hits amd scored fopur times for
Macedonia. Brian Capron had a
pair of triples wirth three RBIs,
scoring a run.and Ray Johnson
and Tonya Armbrister both
scored twice.

Transfiguration 11, Faith
United 0 (Men): Alexander
Bain just missed another per-
fect game, walking Weston
Saunders to lead off the top of
the third. But he finished with a
no-hitter, striking out seven,
including the side in the first
inning.

Collin ‘Troppy’ Knowles suf-
fered the loss, giving up six hits
in the first inning as Transfigu-
ration went on to score all of
their runs to secure. the abbre-
viated three inning affair via the
ten-run rule.

Batting around the clock,
Stephen ‘Slugger’ Brown was
2-for-2 with a RBI single and a
‘two-run triple, scoring both
times; Renaldo Russell had a
two-run homer; his father Eddie
Russell had a two-run double,
scoring a run and Ed Knowles
and Van Johnson both scored
twice.

Shaw AME Temple 12, Cal-
vary Deliverance 6 (Men):
Dwayne Stevens went 3-for-4
witrh four RBIS and a/run
scored; Garfield Bethel 2-for-
4; Shanta Albury had a two-run

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m@ By BRENT STUBBS ©
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Electro Telecom
Cybots sent out a clear message
Saturday night that they don’t
just want to settle for. making

the New Providence Basketball —

Association final again.

They want to win the whole
hog.

Ina rematch of last year’s
final, the Cybots stunned the
defending champions Com-
monwealth Bank 94-93 in the

' feavase contest at the Kendal

Isaacs Gymnasium as the rising

.. young stars took over to enter;
_ tain the fans after the Legend’s

.. Classic was completed.

The final score was decided
on a controversial play that put
Delvonne Duncombe at the
foul line as he completed a
three-point play on goal tending
and a foul on Jimmy Mackey.

Electro Telecom celebrated

_ after the victory as they stayed

‘you can beat them,”

undefeated at 4-0 to snatch the
top spot in the league from the
Giants, who slipped to second
with their first loss at 3-1.

“The Giants are a pretty good
team, so it’s always good when
said
Cybots’ coach Wadye Watson.
“Our guys are playing much

_ better than they did last year,

sO we envision that we will be

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right there. We had some men-
tal lapses. coming down to the

end of the third and the begin-

ning of the fourth quarter, but
we have some chemistry start-
ing to build so as the season
progresses, it’s going to be dif-
ficult to beat the Cybots.”

While Duncombe turned out
to be the Giant killer with his
game winning basket, finishing
with 22 points, Electro Telecom
got a big game on the inside
from Marvin Barr.

The lanky center was able to
produce a side high 27 points
before he fouled out with three
minutes and 12 seconds left in
the game with the Cybots hold-
ing a 82-76 lead.

“T felt I did an okay job. At
the end I fouled out and I had
to put it on the shoulders of the
other guys,”
“But they were able to pull it
out for us.”

Barr, however, is not going
to let his team-mates rest on
their laurels.

“It’s just one game. We will

probably meet them again,” he.

insisted. “So when we do, we
will have to hope that we can
come up with this same type of
energy and enthusiasm.”

The Cougars got a game high
30 points from Michael ‘Fern-
ley’ Bain with Jimmy Mackey
and Jeremy Hutchinson both
contributing 19. Creto Knowles

Barr reflected.

added 12. Coach Perry Thomp-
son said it was a keenly con-

- tested game that could have
gone either way.

“The first half we didn’t play
that well. We were a little lack-
lustes after playing a hard

. fought game against the Police
the night before,” he pointed
out.

“But the team preserved in
the second half. We came back
and we had our chances to win.
It just went the Cybots way

- tonight. They played a very
good game.’

Thompson said the Giants
will take it one game at a time
and as the season progresses
and they have everybody out,
they should still be in a position
to defend their title.

At the beginning, the Giants

didn’t look like the champions
as they found themselves trail-
ing 28-16 at the end of the first
quarter as Barr canned 12 of
the Cybots’ first 16 points and
Brian Bain hit two of their final
three-pointers.

In the second quarter, Electro
Telecom continued to build on
their lead, posting a 51-35 half-
time margin as Nelson Joseph
and Cruz Simon stepped up big
to make their contribution.

Although the Giants made a
bent under the ten-point margin
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ren Stevens was 1-for-4 with
two runs scored.

Maxwell Jenoure got the win
over Brad Wood Jr on the
mound.

Calvary Deliverance scored
all of their runs in the third, led
by Wood’s double and sparked
by Floyd McKay’s RBI double
and Clayton Rolle’s two-run
double as they all scored.

Temple Fellowship 6, Golden
Gates 5 (Men): Addie Finley
had two walks and scored two
unearned runs, the last repre-
senting the winning run in the
fourth for Temple Fellowship.
Brian Armbrister had a two-run
triple, scoring a run.

Alfred Munnings got the win
over Peter Rahming on the
mound.

Angelo Dillet and Randy
Wallace both had a RBI triple,
scoring a run and- Vince

. Williams and Preston Rahming

had a RBI single and Peter
Rahming a RBI double as
Williams and Preston Rahming
scored a run each.

Temple Fellowship 15, Gold-
en Gates 5 (17-under): Addie
Finley had a perfect 4-for-4 day,
just missing completing the
cycle with a home run, two dou-
bles and a single, driving in
three runs and scoring four
times to lead Temple Fellow-

’ Michael Bain and Jimmy Mack-*

ey went to work, they still
trailed 69-59 at the break.

It wasn’t until the final five
minute mark that the Giants
really got back into the game,
sparked by Adrian Miller’s
three-pointer and Creto
Knowles’ three-point play.

After Barr fouled out, Bain
came through with a lay-up and
Hutchinson converted a pair of
free throws for a 84-80 deficit as
a portion of the lights went out.

When power was fully

Cocktails:









Men's Division
Teams
X-Shaw AME
X-Transfiguration
X-Calvary Deliverance
Temple Fellowship
Faith United

Golden Gates

Calvary Bible
*Macedonia -

**New Bethlehem

**St. Paul's

Co-Ed Division
Y-Golden Gates
X-Macedonia
X-Temple Fellowship
X-Faith United
**Transfiguration
17-And-Under Division
X-Macedonia 3
X-Faith United 2
X-Temple Fellowship 2
X-Golden Gates 1
New Bethlehem 0

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ship.

Gerard Hepburn also had a
solo homer and Chad Burrows
had a hit and scored two runs.

Angelo Butler came in relief
of Zachary Rahming for the win
on the mound. Khayle Carey
suffered the loss.

Carey helped his own cause

with a triple, scoring a run and °

Ramon McFall had a pair of
walks, scoring twice.
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‘restored,and the game resumed,
the Cybots came out striking as ©

Joseph got a-lay-up and Bain
an offensive rebound for a put
back for an 88-83 advantage.

But that was short lived as
got a turn around jumper, hit a
free throw and Hutchinson got
a steal and scored a lay-up to
give the Giants a 90-89 lead.

Duncombe regained the lead,
91-90, for the Cybots on his lay-
up with 16 seconds left. But four
seconds later, Michael Bain’s
free throw tied it again.

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 |

at The Crown Ballroom,
Atlantis, Paradise Island

The team’s standings

Y-denotes team clinched pennant.

X-denotes teams clinch playoff spots.
*-denotes team eliminated from rest of season.
**-denotes team ousted after two defaults.

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final week of regular season
play:

Field one - 10 a.m. Temple
Fellowship vs Transfiguration
(M); 11 a.m. Calvary Deliver-
ance vs Golden Gates (M).

Field two - 10 a.m. Golden
Gates vs Faith United (17); 11
a.m. New Bethlehem vs Tem-
ple Fellowship (17); Noon Faith
United vs Shaw AME (M); 1
p.m. Faith United vs Temple
Fellowship (Co-ed).

After Mackey got a quick
jumper for a 93-91 lead, he was
charged with goal: tending and a
foul on Duncombe’s final play
of the game. Duncombe went
on to complete the three-point
play forthe win. .

NOTE: NPBA action contin-
ues on Wednesday at the DW
Davis Gymnasium with the -
Cybots taking on the Standard
Services Falcons at 7 p.m. The
Cable Bahamas Entertainers

will face the Giants in the fea-_

ture contest.








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STINGRAYS’ SHELDON LYNES tries to get around the
defence of the Kingdom Warriors.

@ by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter :

With the help of a stingy defensive unit, Porky’s.

Stingrays kept pace with the league’s top teams by
holding their opponents without an offensive score
en route to their third win of the season. ~

The Stingrays forced five turnovers in an 18-2
win. over the winless Kingdom Warriors.

- The Stingrays marched the ball downfield on the
game’s opening drive highlighted by a pass in the
flat to. Wade Johnson which he turned into a big
gain giving his team first and goal within the five
yard line.

Johnson ran the ball in on the following play for
the first score of the game, giving the Stingrays a6-
0 lead.

With the Warriors threatening in scoring with-

in the redzone, the Stingrays forced their first:

turnover of the game with an interception.

Backed up against their own endzone, the-





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FOOTBALL IN FOCUS
Porky's Stingrays keep
pace with top teams

18-2 triumph over Kingdom Warriors.

STINGRAYS receiver Wayde Higgs runs back the ball dur-
ing the win against Kingdom Warriors.

forced a safety for their only score of the game.

The Warriors had issues with their special teams
all game fumbling away three’snaps between the
punter and long snapper.

The Stingrays opened up the passing game in the
second quarter! when tight end Aaron Sargeant
caught a pass over the middle and broke a series of
tackles on his way to the endzone.

They again failed the conversion but widened
the game to a two possession margin, 12-2.

Special teams coverage was also a problem as
the Warriors gave up a punt return for a touch-
down to Wayde Higgs, which was called back due
to a block in the back. .

With starting running back Sheldon Lynes in the
lineup, the Stingrays controlled the line of scrim-

_ Image with the running game.

Lynes carved the Warriors defence for big gains
as the defence line wore down and eventually

' sealed the Stingrays win with their third touch-

down of the afternoon.

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FROM page 19

back and it was like being in the
Priory yard again,” said John-
son, of Beck’s home base. “But
we were out of sinc a little.

“Tt was all in good spirits for ©

Fred ‘Papa’ Smith and Sterling
Quant. So if we have to do it
again, I wouldn’t mind coming
out here again and put on a
show. We didn’t win it, but we
had fun.”

‘The Ministry and the NPA-
BA honored both Smith and
Quant, along with Winston
‘Tappy’ Davis, who were all
recently inducted into the
National Hall of Fame with 12
‘others in the 2008 class.

Smith, who sat on the bench
and coach, said the whole idea
is to come out and enjoy the
game.

“We’ve ‘been playing com-_

petitive ball all our lives, so at
some point, we have to be able
to come in here and have some
fun,” he insisted. .

“That’s what these games are
all about now, having fun and
enjoying the comradary with
the fellows.”

However, Smith said his
Cougars were a bit handicapped
in that they had the majority of
the older players, while the
Colonels had a lot more of their
younger players.

Quant, the first Bahamian to
be drafted to play in the NBA
although he never did, said it
was mixed emotions for him.

“It was a good feeling and it
was a horrible feeling,” he stat-
ed. “But it was good to be on
the court with my old team-

mates and the rivarly with the

\ players. When you’re not in

shape, it’s just good to be able
to walk on the court.”

Coming. off their last

encounter two years ago when .

the Colonels won, Quant said
he felt good going back up
against Peter ‘Macaroni’ Gilcud,
who tried to stick him a couple
of times when they clashed.

During the game, Quant was
a tower of strength on the inside
for Kentucky. But in the sec-
ond quarter, he made a signifi-
cant impact when he blocked
Allan Ingraham, who came in
from Grand Bahama.

At the other end of the court,

Dick Brown scored a lay-up on ~

a pass from Walkine to put the
Colonels up 12-4 and they man-
aged to take a 12-4 ata at
the half.

In the first quarter, Burke
Williams scored the first point
of the game on a free throw as
he was fouled by John Johnson
as he drove to the basket.

Stencil ‘Stoney’ Ferguson,
who at one time coached the
Cougars, tried to give head ref-
eree, 15-year-old St.
Augustine’s College 10th grad-
er Christian. Wilmore a verbal
introduction to the veterans’
game.

But Wilmore, a certified
international referee, stood his
ground as he administered the
foul on Ferguson as Burke
Williams went to the line and
hit another free throw for a 2-0
lead.

“They tried to ride me hard,
but I’m used to it. This isn’t my
first time on the court,”
Wilmore stressed. “I treated it

like any other time.

“But the hardest part for me
was io realize that these gitys
are older and they will take! au
extra few steps and they are
going to swing their hands, so I
didn’t want to be as tight on
them as I would with the
younger, more athletic ball play-
ers.”

Wilmore said it was a special
honor for him to officiate the

“game because not too many -

people give him the credit for
his size and age. :

“A lot of people don’t think I
should be officiating basketball
at all,” he said. “But to be given
this honor by my association is a
pleasure and I must thank them
for the opportunity.”

Having established who was
in contr ol, the Colonels just con-
tinued their dominance as: the

combination of Dudley Seifeit,

Burke Williams, Craig Walkine,
Sterling Quant, Keith Smith,
Chris ‘CD’ Develeaux, Dick
Brown and Bradley, Bain pre-
vailed in the end.

The Colonels also would have
won the prize for the best hair
style with Michael ‘Zack’ Hall
displaying the long curly afro.
And Quant brought an extra
treat wearing one of the
Colonels’ sweat'suit pants from
the old days.

If there was any consolation
for the Cougars, it was the fact
that they had more of the older
players like Fred ‘Slab’ Laing,
Gilcud, Ingraham_and Stoney
Ferguson to go along with the
slightiy Blocks Johnson and
michael Major.

The Cougars.never led in the
game. ;



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_ CH Reeves

Raptors and
CR Walker

- Knights

— triumphant

again!

IT was another dose of vic-
tory for the CH Reeves Rap-
tors and the CR Walker
Knights.

They repeated as the
junior and senior high divi-
sional winners at the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic —
Associations/Colony Club
National High School Cross
‘ Country Championships on
: Saturday at Fort Charlotte.

The Raptors wrapped up
the under-13 boys, under-15
‘boys and girls and under-15
! boys and girls divisions, los-
ing only the under-13 girls to
“=the Queen’s College Comets.

~~ The Knights, on the other
hand, polished off the shin-
ning trophies in the under-17
boys and girls and under-20
girls.
- However, they had to set-
e for second fiddle in the
nder-20 boys division to the
CC Sweeting Cobras.






















-© The top three finishers in
ach. division.are as follows:
Under-13 girls - Queen’s
College (79), SC McPherson
109)'and CH Reeves (154).

Under-13 boys~--CII
eeves (83), DW Davis
155) and Anathol Rodgers
(161). . : 2
» Under-15 girls - CH
“Reeves (56), SC McPherson
,(114) and Anathol Rodgers
(120). an
. Under-15 boys - CH
eeves (73), Queen’s Col-
~ lege (83) and Anathol
Rodgers (91). :
Under-17 girls - CR Walk-
er (55), Anathol Rodgers
(125) and CI gibson (127).
tees Under-17 boys - CR Walk-
er (16), CI Gibson (163) and
“CC Sweeting (170).
Under-20 girls - CR Walk-
_ er (78), RM Bailey (88) and
CI Gibson (90).
“2 Under-20 boys -. CC
Sweeting; CR Walker and
RM Bailey.



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FIRST LEGENDS BASKETBALL CLASSIC

â„¢ By BRENT STUBBS"
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE first Legends Basketball Classic
went to the Kentucky Colonels,

Displaying a good combination of the
old and not-so-old players, the Colonels
prevailed with a 34-25 decision over the
Beck’s Cougars in a rematch of the age-
old rivarly.

However, not that many fans showed

Stingrays force
SCR Ko RTT
toppling winless

Warriors




Felipé Major
/Tribune staff

KINGDOM WARRIORS Alex Jupp tries to get-

away from the defence. §
PICTURES ON PAGE 18.

34-25 victory over Beck’s Cougars

up for the joint Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture and New Providence Bas-
ketball Association’s venture to show-
case the players of yester-year.

But ask any of the players, who per-
formed Saturday night at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium and they would tell
you that it was all about having fun,






STORY AND

regardless of the final outcome.

“You know when your mind feel like
doing something and it ain’t there, that’s
how it'felt,” said Colonels’ flashy point
guard Craig ‘Magic’ Walkine, who came
off the bench and tried to dazzle the
crowd.

“But it was a pleasure to be back out

‘Saluting the Kentucky Colonels

here. Even if we had lost, I think I would
have still'enjoyed it because it was all
about having fun.”

While the game got off to a rather
slow start, it turned out to be a shoot-out
as Walkine led the way for the Colonels
and John ‘Blocks’ Johnson countered
for the Cougars.

“In the second half I got my footing

SEE page 18





PAGE 20, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008 THE TRIBUNE

LOCAL NEWS

National Tourism Week to







“Gomera Wass Sealand

‘A Bahamian Family a Tradition”





onour Norman Solomon

THE Fifth Annual National
Tourism Week and the 13th
Annual Cacique Awards will be a
special tribute to the late Nor-
man Solomon and will include
the unveiling of a bronze bust of
the tourism icon, the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation
announced.

National Tourism Week will
take place from January 25-30
under the theme, “It’s Better in
the Bahamas.” Several events,
including a town meeting and
proclamation ceremony are
planned. The week will conclude
with the staging of the 13th Annu-
al Cacique Awards ceremony on
Friday, January 30 at the Rain-
forest Theatre.

“We are delighted to dedicate
these signature events to the
memory of the late Norman

’ Solomon,” said Lorraine Arm-

brister, acting permanent secre-
tary in the Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation.

“Mr Solomon is a former Life-
time Achievement recipient of
the Cacique Awards, and what a
life he has lived. He was a politi-
cian, businessman, social activist,
and community leader. He was
the pioneer for the redevelop-
ment of Bay Street, going back
four decades.

“Mr Solomon’s life was dedi-
cated to making the Bahamas bet-
ter, and it is fitting that we dedi-
cate this ‘Better in the Bahamas’
exploration to him,” she said.

Pete Johnston, a past winner



THE NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK press conference. There will be a
special tribute to the late Norman Solomon (above right)

ative Arts, is the artist developing
the bust. It will be prominently
displayed in downtown Nassai
Ms Armbrister said.

Ms Armbrister said the Min-
istry of Tourism and Aviation
encouraged all Bahamian resi-
dents to take part.in National
Tourism Week. Participation in
the tourism conference scheduled
for Thursday, January 29, at the

Wyndham Nassau Resort is espe-
cially important, the ministry said.

“We have attempted to make
this conference even more acces-

sible and relevant to everyday cit-

izens,” she said.

“After all, this is not only a
conference for tourism adminis-
trators and presidents and direc-
tors of hotels. This is a forum for
the taxi drivers, the bus drivers,



“Mr Solomon’s
life was dedic~te
to making the
Bahamas better,
and it is fitting



that we dedicate

this ‘Better in the
Bahamas’
exploration to

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Lorraine Armbrister

housekeepers, gardeners, bell-



' men, restaurant workers, and

everyone who comes into contact
with our visitors.

“We urge all to take advantay
of this opportunity.

“We also urge you to make
your voices heard.”

Further details on National
Tourism Week will be released
to the public incrementally.

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Bahamas now
‘a must see’
~ fashion centre

m By NEIL NARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Islands
of the World
Fashion Show
will “be Placed
in the ‘must see’ [@
events in the’:
fashion industry
as we build its
brand”, the
Bahamian
banker who
otganised this
month’s event told Tribune

Owen Bethel

Business, having “established

the Bahamas as a location for
fashion” and fashion shoots.
Owen Bethel, president and
chief executive of the Nassau-
based Montaque Group, which
owns and financed the fashion
week, said that based on feed-
back he had received it had
enhanced both the prospects for

creating an indigenous Bahami-.

_ an fashion industry and the like-
lihood that major design houses
and magazines would use this
nation for shoots. °

Both elements would help.

diversify the Bahamian econo-
my and its tourism industry, and
Mr Bethel told Tribune Busi-
ness: “From the comments of
the celebrity judges, they cer-
tainly think that if we can main-

tain it [the show] at the level of .

this year and improve in certain
areas, it will definitely be a
‘must | go to’ or ‘must see’ event
on the international fashion cal-
endar.

“They. certainly felt it was

well done and that it will truly
~ SEE: page 4B



MONDAY, NOVEMBER

SECTION B ¢ busine , | |
Baha Mar’s Harrah’s ‘fra
action barred from Bahamas

‘Mi By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

judge has prevented Baha
Mar from bringing a fraud
_lawsuit in the Bahamas
against its former. equity
panther in the $2.6 billion Cable Beach
redevelopment, finding that Harrah’s
Entertainment faced the. “risk of
irreparable harm” if such an action pro-
ceeded.

Judge Charles Ramos, sitting in the
New York State Supreme Court, grant:
ed Harrah’s motion for a preliminary
injunction preventing Baha Mar from
filing a Bahamas legal action over their
partnership’s collapse on the grounds
that their agreement stipulated that New
York would be the jurisdiction for resolv-
ing all legal disputes.



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* Cable Beach developer mulling whether to seek start for

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‘fraud’

infrastructure, Commercial Village work and create 600-700 jobs
* US judge grants Harrah’s injunction preventing Baha Mar initiating Bahamas claim
“ Chinese connection on construction and financing ‘best option’ to date for project

In his September 2008 judgment,
Judge Ramos said Harrah’s and its
Bahamian subsidiary, Caesars Bahamas
Investment Corporation, had applied for
an injunction and temporary restraining
order to prevent the Baha Mar compa-
nies — Baha Mar Development Compa-
ny, Baha Mar Joint Venture Holdings
and Baha Mar JV Holding —
mencing a separate action in the
Bahamas”.

‘ In his ruling, Judge Ramos recorded:

“from com- '

“On June 13, 2008, counsel for Baha
Mar informed counsel for Caesars that it
intended to commence a separate action
for fraud against the Caesars affiliates
in either the Bahamas or in New York.

“Subsequently, plaintiffs [Harrah’s and
Caesars Bahamas] moved for a prelimi-
nary injunction, and the court granted a
temporary restraining order pending res-
olution of the application.”

Harrah’s and Caesars Bahamas had

in the agreement with Baha Mar, which
chose New York as the jurisdiction in
which all legal disputes arising from their
partnership would be heard, “prohibit-
ed” the Cable Beach resorts owner from
filing suit anywhere else.

In granting the. injunction sought,
which prevents Baha Mar “from com-
mencing an action against the Caesars
affiliates in the Bahamas”, Judge Ramos

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‘Year-end’ target
for Bahamasair caused 300 rise in
strategy opeeee

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

'

BAHAMASAIR’s Board is aiming to present ithe Goveraneat
with options on the airline’s long-term future and possible business
models “before year-end”, its chairman telling Tribune Business
that it lost “less than budgeted for” in J uly, August 2008.0

J Barrie Farrington said the short-term assumptions unde DUNE
the Board’s planned report were “changing almost daily”. as
result of the current global financial crisis and. economic Howiitlig. We
. but they were aiming to produce “a. road: map ‘to guide: us through! . v

the maze”.

“Our intention is to before

“yearend produce a programme

“fanseake ticiwe business
to gain Q4 revenue rise

M@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

SOUTH Riding Point, the

Grand Bahama-based storage
terminal facility, will receive a
2008 fourth quarter revenue
boost from the completion of
two new tanks, its revenues hav-
ing already increased by 3 per
cent or $397,000 during the first
nine months.

The Bahamian company’s
Canadian ‘parent, World Point
Terminals, said in its 2008 third
quarter results announcement
that South Riding Point’s per-
formance had been enhanced
by increased shipping activity
and the storage revenues
derived from its two new tanks
- coming into operation.
Confirming that third parties

had signed contracts to use.

South Riding Point’s new tanks,
World Point Terminals said:
“South Riding Point has expe-
rienced an increase in shipping
activity, as of late, resulting in
-revenues — which are. dependent
on throughput volumes — to
increase in late September. It

is unclear whether this trend —

will continue.
“The two new tanks at South
Riding Point are operational

from Toshiba, HP, Dell and Aer, all covered
by Micronet's superior BUpPO

and under short-term contracts.

- South Riding Point will experi-

ence an increase in storage rev-

enues in the fourth quarter as a |

result.”

South Riding Point is one’ of
the relatively few Bahamas-
based operations to buck: the
downward business trends
impacting this nation, with its
revenues increasing by 3 per
cent year- over-year for the first
nine months in 2008.

World Point Terminals said
this increase was “primarily the
result of increased marine activ-
ity revenues” during the three
months to September 30, 2008,
coupled with “storage revenues
associated with one of the new-
ly-constructed storage tanks at
South Riding Point being

. placed into service”.

The results are seemingly all
the more impressive because
South Riding Point realized a
one-off $247,000 gain from
crude oil sales in the first nine
months of 2007 that were not
repeated this year.

-The Canadian parent added |

that South Riding Point’s
marine revenues were extreme-
ly difficult to forecast, as they

SEE page 7B

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Atlantis lay-offs

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Kerzn r deni
Tribune Business Editor_ er denies 1500 inital

lay-off plan or PM pressure
KERZNER International oer :
had initially only. planned to lay-
off 500 Atlantis staff, Tribune
Business has been told, but end-
ed up increasing this number _
in, the-lead-up to last |

It is understood that a large
percentage of the redundancies
fell in the food and beverage
category, due to Kerzner Inter-
national deciding to close two.
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DHS $2.65 $-0.01 5,000 12.77%
FAM $7.80 $- 0 8.33%
FBB $2.37 $- 0 -10.57%
FCC $0.33 $- 0 -57.14%
FCL $5.20 $- 4,207 0.39%
FCLB $1.00 $- . 0 0.00%
FIN $11.89 $- 0 -8.19%
ICD $6.81 ae 0 -6.07%
JSJ $11.10 $- 172 0.91%
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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:

e FAMGUARD Corporation (FAM) has declared a quarterly
dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on November 14, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date November 7, 2008.

° Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) has declared a sémi-annual div-

idend of $0.16 per share, payable on November 25, 2008, to all

shareholders of record date November 17, 2008.

* Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared an extraordi-
nary dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on November 28,
2008, to all shareholders of record date November 20, 2008.

PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERINGS:

_ © FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced it will be extending the
deadline of its private placement offering. The preferred shares
will be paying a dividend rate of prime + 1.75 per cent, payable
semi-annually.

BUSINESS

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Markets

TRADING momentum
increased slightly last week in
the Bahamian stock market,
with investors trading in six out
of the 24 listed securities, of
which two declined and four
remained unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 44,545 shares
changed hands, representing a
volume increase of 15,487
shares or 53.3 per cent versus
last week's trading volume of
29,058 shares.

There were no advancers in
the market this week. Com-
monwealth Bank (CBL) was
volume leader, with 24,041 of
its shares trading, its stock end-
ing the week unchanged at
$7.30. Cable Bahamas (CAB)



followed with 6,125 shares trad-
ing to remain unchanged at

$14.15.

Some 5,000 shares of Doctors
Hospital Health Systems (DHS)
traded, declining by $0.01 to end
the week at $2.65.

FirstCaribbean International
Bank (Bahamas) (CIB) led the
decline on a volume of 5,000
shares, its stock dropping by
$0.10 or 0.86 per cent to close at
$11.50.

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

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases

There were no financial
results reported by any of the
24-listed companies during the
week.

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Worst lies ahead
for the economy

lf By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

THE worst is likely to come

_ for'the Bahamas and its econo-

my, two leading business fig-
ures have warned, with both
expressing concern at what lies
ahead after last week’s mass lay-
Off at Atlantis.

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of Sunshine Holdings, told per-
sons attending the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accoun-
tants (BICA) conference that
it remained to be seen what the
depth and scope of the global
economic crisis will be, but
questioned that if this was just

the beginning, what will hap--°

pen in the months to come?
“T have a friend who has said
that he has already seen inci-

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dents of price gouging with
companies his business works
with, and pilfering from
employees and consumers is a
very big problem. So what will
happen once the lay-offs occur
and all of the assistance pay-
ments have been made, and
there is no more to come?” Mr
Wilson asked.

He added that regardless of _

how bad the economic picture
may appear now, it was never
too late to make provisions for
the future, as the Bahamian
economy could possibly get
worse.

Mr Wilson, told accountants
that now, more than ever, their
clients require accurate and
timely accounts, so that they
have a clear picture. of exactly
what is happening with their
business and can make the rel-
evant decisions based on facts.

“If things are bad, they need
a very clear picture - very
clear,” Mr Wilson said.

He added that despite the
recent downturn, tourism still
remains the Bahamas’ best
avenue of development, and
high-end properties will bring
a vast amount of money into
the country. This, he said,
makes it difficult to focus on
diversification.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, president
of the Bahamas Chamber of

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

WHOLESALE suppliers to
the Bahamian hotel industry
have seen their sales impacted
as occupancies decline and
resorts need to order less for
restricted business levels.

Bahamas Food Services’s
general manager, Don Carnine,
told Tribune Business that while
the company. has seen some
order declines, they had not
been major.

“We have seen a reduction
as it relates to par levels. It has
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bers that a company operating
in a recession should theoreti-
cally employ the same measures
it takes when the economy is

*good, making it lean and mean,
with a focus on customer ser-
vice, energy saving and produc-
tivity.

' Mr D’ Aguilar said that in the
case of his business, Superwash,
which he thought was recession
proof, he is seeing revenue’
declines of at least 5 per cent,
despite several price increases
resulting primarily from the cost
of fuel.

pancy levels of the hotels,” Mr
Carnine said.

“A lot of them are ieee
spikes and valleys, particulary

-coming on Thanksgiving, and

so they are ordering things
around that.

“But no, I would not say that
it has been a major decline: It
has been steady since mid-Sép-
tember, and reflective of what
has been going on in the econ-
omy.”

Mr Carnine said many hotels
have been agressively targeting
local groups for banquets and
sit-down dinners to compen-
state for declining occupancy
levels from the core US mar-
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_. THE ‘Bahamas Auto-
mated Clearing House’s

(BACH) implementation ©

may increase opportunities
for identity theft, an Amer-
ican expert told a crime
seminar last. week.

Raymond Barry, director
of the National Association
for Information Destruc-
tion, was the final speaker
at a special crime preven-
tion seminar co-hosted by
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, Crime Stoppers
Bahamas and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

He said the implementa-
tion. of the BACH, which
is designed to facilitate
faster cheque clearance and
eventually lead to an
increased use in debit cards
and automated transac-
tions, will potentially lead
to an increased opportunity
for fraud and identity theft.

Activity

This was because, as the
BACH decreases: transac-
tion time, it also decreases
the time when fraudulent
activity can be detected.
Therefore, Mr Barry said

the Bahamas needs to.

énsure it does all it can, to

*-@ounter this, and ensure *

proactive measures are tak-
en to protect consumers.
. He said that in doing this,

. the Bahamas has the ability.
_;LO,.be,. proactive in. legisla: «:
tion and-requirementsy

whereas the: US can-only
_be reactive because it did
not take advance measures.
Mr Barry said that as the
US tightens up its own laws,
-criminals may see the

imity to the US - as a mar-

ket for identity theft activi-

ty. ea uti

He added that the
Bahamas could benefit
from some sort of credit
score rating system, which
could be used to monitor
illegal transactions,. as
breaches of identity theft

. could have a negative
impact on the country’s
tourism standing.

Mr Barry stressed the
importance of destroying
sensitive documents and
trash, such as old bills or
correspondence with valu-
able information in them,
as this can provide a wealth
of information for fraud-
sters. ©



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@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Biusiness
Reporter

FACED by a ‘triple wham-
my’ of massive hotel sector lay-
offs, price increases and a like-
ly reduction in consumer spend-
ing, mahy Bahamian merchants
have this year reduced their
product ordering for Christmas
to avoid inventory over-supply.

Claudine Russell, of Adam
and Eve, told Tribune Business
that the retailer will definitely

be reducing the amount of
stock it brings in for Christmas,
given the current economic cli-
mate.

“Of course, we are a fashion
store, so we have to ensure that
we have new items to bring in

_at good prices,” she explained.

Ms Russell predicted that
sales this Christmas season will
be slow, adding that Adam and
Eve had tried to come up with
creative measures to entice cus-
tomers into purchases.

“We are still having sales and
promotions to generate ‘busi-

ness,” she said.

John S George and Radio
Shack are also not going to pur-
chase: as much stock for the
Christmas season, anticipating a
year-over-year sales decline
from reduced consumer spend-
ing, as Bahamians have less dis-
posable income due to lay-offs
and reduced work weeks.

“We are not going to have
the type of Christmas that we
had last year, and so we are def-
initely not going to purchase
the big bulk of items as we did
last year,” a representative told

“MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 3B

Tribune Business.

The company’s spokesman
said they did expect a change in
business this year.

“T think that people will shop
and buy what they need to buy,
but that they will be very price
conscious. So where they would
have before bought something
for $100, they may only be able
to purchase something that
costs $45, and so we have
looked at bringing in more

‘items at a lower price,” the

John S George and Radio
Shack representative said.



ailers reduce stock
rders for Christmas

However, a Bahamian home
furnishings store said it will be
operating in the belief that
Bahamians will continue the
trend of redecorating at Christ-
mas.

“We have not really changed
the volume of our orders,
because I think people are still
going to be purchasing what
they need to fix up their homes.

_ | think that the only things we

have decreased.our orders on is
comforters, and that is only
because we already had a lot in

_ stock,” a spokesman said.

Baha Mar’s Harrah’s ‘fraud’ action barred from Bahamas

FROM page 1B

found: “Plaintiffs argue that if

- provisional relief is not granted,

they will suffer irreparable
harm because they will be
forced to defend litigation in
the Bahamas in violation of the
Forum Selection Clause.

“In light of Baha Mar’s rep-
resentation that it intended to
commence an action in the
Bahamas, it is evident that there
is arisk of such harm.” .

And the judge added: “Final-
ly, the harm of defending liti-
gation in the Bahamas that is
likely in violation of the Forum

Selection Clause is greater than ©

the burden faced by Baha Mar,
who is free to bring the claim in
this court.

“Therefore, this court deter-
mines that the equities favour

granting an injunction to enjoin

Baha Mar from bringing suit in
the Bahamas against the Caesar
affiliates.”

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s
senior vice-president of gov-
ernment and public affairs,
declined to comment on’ this
particular ruling or the status
of the case against Harrah’s,
other than to confirm: “We’re
still in litigation with Harrah’s,
and Wwe. have. proceedings that
are continuing in the North

American courts. We’re pursu-.

ing all options in the litigation.”

Of more meaningful signifi-
cance to. the Bahamas and its
economy, in the short and
medium-term, is that. Baha Mar
is understood to be exploring
the possibility of starting the
initial phases of its $2.6 billion
Cable Beach project without
having a Harrah’s replacement
in place.

While Mr Sands declined to
comment, sources familiar with
the situation told Tribune Busi-
ness that the developer was
mulling whether to start the
West Bay Street re-routing and
other infrastructure works, plus
construction of the Commer-
cial Village, as a way to kick-
start the redevelopment and

‘establish the initial footprint for

the expanded resort campus.

It is not known whether there

have been any communications
between the Government and

’ Baha Mar on these thoughts

yet, but sources suggested that

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’ the developers would create up

to 600-700 construction jobs and
“create some confidence the
project is still alive”.

It would also provided a
much-needed boost to the
Baharnian economy, creating
constriction contracts and soak-
ing up some. unemployed con-

struction workers, and help:

Bahamian business and con-
sumer confidence — both of
which have been badly shaken
by events at Atlantis over the
past weelk.

Tribune Business had previ-.

ously beer! told that infrastruc-
ture costs for Baha Mar’s pro-

ject had been pegged at...
between, $95 million to $110... —

million, with the commercial
village costing $15 million. The
latter figure includes the cost
for replacing: the existing police
and fire station along the Cable
Beach strip, plus ‘new offices for

* Scotiabank (13ahamas), Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) and Com-.

monwealth Bank.

Mr Sands, though, did tell
Tribune Business that Baha
Mar was pursuing tie-ups with
three Chinese state-owned insti-
tutions from “a different angle”
compared to its previous part-

‘nership with Harrah’s.

While Harraly’s would have
been.a joint venture equity part-
ner, with a-43 per cent stake in
Cable Beach’s re-development,

“Mr Sands explainted of the Chi-

na talks: “We’re Jpursuing them
from a different angle. We’re
pursuing them from the angle of
a related party construction
company and for irelated party
financing.

“We’re encouraged by the
talks, and continue to pursue
the Chinese for that reason.”

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Export-Import Bank, China
State Construction Bank and
the Bank of China, Mr Sands
describing them as “the best
option we’ve seen to date! We

continue to push them and dia-

logue with them in a meaningful
way. We talk to them on and
off on a regular basis.”

The Baha Mar executive said
company principals, Dikran and
Sarkis Izmirlian; had not
wavered in their commitment
to the $2.6 billion Cable Beach
redevelopment: “We believe,
certainly, that some aspects of
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In his ruling, Judge Ramos"

noted that Harrah’s had argued

that the Forum Selection
Clause bound all Baha Mar and
Harrah’s affiliates involved,
even those that had not signed
the agreement between the two.
In response, though, Baha
Mar had argued that the Clause
only applied to the agreement’s
signatories, and did not stop
other entities from initiating a
lawsuit outside New York. And
Baha Mar.had alleged that
applying the Clause would
“effectively prevent Baha Mar
from seeking redress” because
the New York courts did not
have jurisdiction over non-sig-
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Clause encompassed both sig-
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“By written correspondence
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untarily submit to the jurisdic-
tion of New York courts in the
event that Baha Mar is enjoined
from bringing suit in the
Bahamas,” Judge Ramos not-
ed. nh:
Harrah’s and Caesar’s
Bahamas had previously initi-
ated legal action in New York

-on March 13, 2008, in response

to what.they said was Baha
Mar’s threat to sue them over ,
the Cable Beach partnership’s
collapse.

In that action, they had asked
the New York State Supreme
Court to confirm they-had acted
correctly in their-decision to ter-
minate the Baha Mar joint ven-
ture, and that they Had no oblig-
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tions contained in that agree-
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FROM page 1B

be placed on the ‘must see’
events in the fashion industry
as we build its brand.”

He added that the Montaque
Group had itself invested “safe-

ly between” $500,000-$600,000-

in the Islands of the World
Fashion Week, with contribu-
tions from sponsors such as
American Airlines and the Min-
istry of Tourism taking total
outlay to between $1 million-
$2 million.

“As we attract more and new
sponsors, hopefully it will grow
and pay for itself,” Mr Bethel
said of the show.

“Given the current economic
climate and financial market
turmoil, there was a strong pull
to cancel or postpone the event,
but we decided against that as
we needed to take the first step
in branding the event and estab-
lishing the Bahamas as a loca-
tion for fashion...... Hopeful-
ly, it will be a bigger and better
event next year, given the right
economic climate.”

Mr Bethel added: “I’m hear-
ing feedback from places like
the Bahamas Technical and

Vocational Institute (BTVI) -,

their technicians and students
became involved backstage and
with seamstress repairs for the
designers — that they found it
an invaluable experience.

“They felt it was a very posi-
tive experience for their stu-
dents, and see it as valuable in
utilizing their training and giv-
ing students hope that there is
an industry that could be devel-
oped in and around the Fashion
week.

“It certainly had value: The
local designers have also indi-
cated that they felt it was a very
good first effort, and the pub-
licity, exposure they get from
the media'really put them in a
good light. It [the show] was
well received in terms of what it
can do for the local industry.”

On the tourism front, Mr
Bethel said: “I think, again, that
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ion destination for shoots,
enhancing the Bahamas as a
place where major magazines
want to do fashion shoots.”
Describing the Islands of the
World fashion show as a “first
step on the route” to diversii, -
ing the Bahamian tourism prod-
uct, Mr Bethel said it “will take
two to three years to develop
and solidify as a sound, diverse
product for the Bahamas”.
Given the tourism industry’s
recent trials, the Islands of the
World Fashion week was “cer-
tainly welcomed by the hotels in
terms of their occupancy rates”,
Mr Bethel explaining that the
event took up the “majority” of
rooms at the British Colonial
Hilton, which has.a significant
percentage of its inventory cur-

rently out of action due to ren-

ovation work. |
The banker added that “in
excess” of 700 persons attend: d

the last two to three nights ¢.

Islands of the World Fashion
Week, which were “full hous-
es”. He estimated that around

300 persons came in from
abroad, mainly media repre-
sentatives in the form of jcur-
nalists, photographers and ‘:am-
era crews, but also buyers from
as farafieldas Japan.

Mr Bethel said Blooming-
dale’s buying departme.nt had
previously expressed a’n inter-
est in attending, but were forced
to call off at the last minute,
due to a drop-off in sales per-
formance at home dae to the
global economy and need to
attend to inventory issues.

Among the medi: attendees
were the fashion editors from
magazines such as Vibe and
Essence, and two designers who
exhibited at Islands of the
World Fashion Week will be
featured in California Apparel
News, the second largest circu-
lation trade magazine in the
fashion industry. :

And when it came to the
Bahamian designers who
showed their wares, they won
two of ‘the five Seals of Excel-
lence handed out by the judges
to those whose “designs are
ready for commercial viability
in the international market”.
The Bahamian winners were
Harl Taylor Bags and The
House of St John.

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As to the future, Mr Bethel
said: “All indications are that
we should do it next year. We
will definitely ground it and host
it here [in Nassau] in the first
instance, and then look at the
offers that have been made
from the Cayman Islands,
Indonesia and the Channel
Islands to carry it abroad in the
future.

“We've certainly learnt quite
a bit from this experience, doing
things better and more empha-
sis on certain areas. The show
will be expanding to an addi-
tional day — I think it will go
from four days to five next year
— and we will have more cul-
ture, next generation and eco-
fashion awards judged and pre-
sented.” +. :

‘Mr Bethel added that. orga-
nizers were looking to “reduce
costs but improve execution”,
and were likely to stage the
show at just one location next
year, rather than the two venues
used at Atlantis and the British
Colonial Hilton in 2008.

“That escalated the cost to
some degree, so it’s quite likely
we’re looking at a single venue
for next year going forward. We
will be putting it out to com-
petitive tender,” Mr Bethel said.

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BAHAMIAN business own-
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safeguard their companies
through the use of surveillance
systems, electronic security and

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ARMED robberies fell 15
per cent year-over-year for 2008
to-date, the Bahamas’ moset
senior police officer said yes-
terdat, as a declining economy
and massive lay-offs at Atlantis
threaten to increase the coun-
try’s crime levels.

“Christmas is fast apeieal
ing, and over the past two
months the world, and by exten-
sion the Bahamas, has been
rocked by an economic crisis of
epic. proportions. Economic
activity is diminishing and
unemployment is rising,” the
Chamber president said.

“These types of conditions
typically result in an increase in
crimes committed against busi-
nesses. So businesses must pre-
pare to wage a war that may be
a little more fiercer this go
around. Businesses are already
reporting upward movements
in stealing by staff and cus-
tomers of cash and stock, and as
the full pressure of fulfilling
Christmas gift promises begins




limited to:

of the RFP:

access control.

Craig Cates, of Security Sys-
tems International, told a crime
prevention seminar hosted by
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and Crime Stop-

pers that companies needed to,

ensure the lay-out of their

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to bear down, this situation will
only worsen.”

Mr D’Aguilar said the
Chamber‘had focused this
year’s crime prevention semi-
nar on internal theft; which is
often more detrimental than
violent crimes against a busi-
ness.

Mr D’ Aguilar added that
business owners only have a few
hours to focus on preventing
such measures, whereas crimi-
nals spend days and weeks plot-
ting.

He also spoke to the frustra-

premises did not provide oppor-
tunities for criminals - such as
having cash in easily accessible.

areas.

He added that alarm systems
will not necessarily prevent loss,
but will definitely serve as a
deterrent, and stressed the

importance of testing them at

15%

tion of business persons that

pursuing legal recourse against
the persons committing crime
was useless.

Acting Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said that as
Christmas approaches, the force

will be out in significant num-

bers as they “seek to take the
criminal elements out of their
comfort zone”.

Mr Ferguson did warn busi-
ness owners and operators to
take all necessary steps to make
their properties safe, including
appropriate operating hours,
lighting and clear surroundings.

He also encouraged them to
conduct proper vetting on tem-
porary staff and to hire security
personnel, consider persons
from reputable firms as well as
common sense handling of
money.

“T am pleased that to date our
efforts have taken over 250 ille-
gal guns off the streets, as com-

pared to 211 for the entire 2007, .

a difference of 15.6 per cent. I
am also pleased to advise that
armed robbery is down by 15
per cent compared to last year,
this same time,” he said.



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least once a week.

Mr Cates also encouraged
companies with access codes
to monitor who knows them.
He suggested that a practical

step might be to ensure that .

each employee has his own
code, so that you can monitor
exactly who is entering where.
Where cameras are used, he
said that they should be set at
an angle which provides clear,
sharp views.

Douglas Hanna, a security

expert at Kerzner International |

(Bahamas), explained that the
Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club owner had more
than 400 security officers to cov-
er its Paradise Island resorts,






plus its 8,000 employees and
thousands of guests.

“It is a gated community
without the gates, and so there
are also the people who come
on to the property,” he said.

Mr Hanna said surveillance
was the most valuable asset the
company has, coupled with the

- physical presence of a guard in
uniform.

He said this allows a company
to see exactly what is happening
with evidence, as a way of pre-
venting crime from impacting
guests and employees.

Also addressing the seminar
was Robert Myers, of Integrat-
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of the benefits of installing a

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Via this tracking device,
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employees using them for per-
sonal travel.

’ Mr Myers pointed out that
company vehicles can be rigged
to track-restricted zones and
speed limits, so that once the
settings are violated, a siren will
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A GPS can be a valuable tool
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THESI INTERNATIONAL INC.
In Voluntary Liquidation

- Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, THESI INTERNATIONAL INC.
dissolution as of November 13,2008.

is in

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

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NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) BRIDGE CAPITAL LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

_ (b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on November 13, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by #
the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Hence
West, cenevale: Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are’
required on or before the 11th day of December, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded’
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

NOVEMBER 14, 2008
' LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco :

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estat

7000.00
1000.00
1000.00
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Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +.
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

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that will be reflective of our
Strategic Plan that takes the air-
line into the future,” Mr Far-
rington told Tribune Business.

‘What is necessary is to have
a road map, a plan to guide us
through the maze. Hopefully,
the assumptions underpinning
the plan, and the financial
assumptions of it, will be sus-
tainable.

“We’re obviously going to, at
the appropriate time, engage
government on the model that
would be best suited for
Bahamasair, the national flag
carrier. We have an interna-
tional and domestic piece, and
the social obligation in terms of
providing air services. There is a

segment that has to be better
clarified, and the expectations
and performance taken into the
proper context.”

Mr Farrington said the
national flag carrier, which has
been a perennial loss-maker
and is currently cash-strapped,
found itself in a “fluid” situa-
tion as a result of the current
downturn, forcing the Board to
develop ‘best-case’ and ‘worst-
case’ scenarios for Bahamasair
in the short-term,

Bahamasair, the chairman
said, relied heavily on Bahami-
an travellers to provide the bulk
of its passengers, but reductions
in disposable income as a result
of the economic downturn and
oil price-induced inflation were

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NOTICE

PEACE LAKE LTD.

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

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NOTICE

-EXPRESS EQUITY CORPORATION

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

Register.

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likely to impact, for instance,
travel to the Family Islands.

“Will Christmas be as strong
as in the past?” Mr Farrington
asked. “If one had to take an
intuitive guess, we’re going to
see some reduction in activity.
Whether it’s 20 per cent, 25 per
cent, it’s likely to happen.

“Was that the trend in Sep-
tember and October? It’s a bit
of a moving target, but we’re
going to manage it. We’re going
to get the best result we can by
being judicious in the way this
airline operates.”

While the Board had not
been presented with financial
reports for September and
October, the Bahamasair chair-
man added: “July ‘and August
were better than expected in
terms of revenue performance,
bottom line and margins.

“We didn’t make any mon-
ey, but the aggregate loss was
less than budgeted for, so that

" was encouraging.”

The potential “big plus” for
Bahamasair was the reduction
in global oil prices, which have
more than halved since peak-
ing at $147 per barrel in July,
and last week slid below $60 per
barrel. That, in turn, was likely
to lower the national flag carri-
er’s fuel costs, and Mr Farring-
ton said: “I think that we have

some savings there that accrue .

to us, and could affect operating
results.”

Bahamasair received a $28
million subsidy from the Gov-
ernment for its current finan-
cial year in the 2008-2009 Bud-
get, and was told at the time by
the Prime Minister that it would
receive no more funding. If
more was required, it would
have to be generated by savings
in existing areas of operation.

Whether this is achievable is
still unknown, given that some
$28.548 million was pumped
into. the airline during its finan-
cial year ended on June 30,
2006, yet it still recorded a
$19.919 million loss — a 2.8 per
cent increase on the previous
year.

Bahamasair’s accumulated
deficit — its total recurring loss-
es since it was incorporated
some 35 years ago in February
1972 — stood at just under $400
million as at June 30, 2006, hav-
ing hit $397.989 million. To cov-
er those losses, the Government
had pumped in $318.73 million
in subsidies to keep the airline
flying during that time.

Mr Farrington said Bahama-
sair’s performance in certain
areas, such as customer service
and on-time flights, had
improved “considerably”, while
“there are some areas that
cause us concern, which we are
addressing”.

Telling Tribune Business that
the Board shared his view on
this issue, Mr Farrington added:
“I’m encouraged’ by the
progress we have made, and
customer service is at. much
higher, acceptable level.

“My criteria for making that
statement is that we were.con-
stantly being maligned that
Bahamasair is disgrace to the
country, and it was a shame that
we couldn’t perform better.
There’s been an absence of
those kind of comments in the
press, and on radio and TV.

“We’re encouraged. We’re
pushing very hard to raise the
level of customer service. That’s
within our control and some-
thing we are pushing on”.

With flight on-time perfor-
mance having “improved really
considerably”, Mr Farrington
said the Board was trying to
introduce “a little bit of a cul-
ture shift” at the national flag
carrier through the incorpora-
tion of private sector techniques
into its operations.

Savings had been generated
from energy conservation, and
on overtime and scheduling in
the airline’s engineering and
maintenance departments.

“Management has been chal-
lenged in ways of reducing
costs,” Mr Farrington added.
“We’re looking at every aspect
of our business to ensure waste
is eliminated.” —

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THE BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS

Cordially invites you to attend

THE MONTHLY LUNCHEON

on
Thursday, November 20th, 2008

“PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TOWN
PLANNING ACT AND REQUIREMENTS FOR

TOWN PLANNING”

GUEST SPEAKER:
Mr. Michael Major

Director of Physical Planning
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

PLACE:
EAST VILLA RESTAURANT
East Bay Street
Time: 12:00p.m.
Tel: 364-3459

Donations: $2500 per person

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THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 7B



Business fall-off caused 300 rise in Atlantis lay-otts

FROM page 1B

workers — were sent home.

Although last week’s down- |

sizing of the Atlantis workforce
by between 8-10 per cent, and
additional cuts elsewhere in its
global operations, have aligned
Kerzner International’s costs
better with current business lev-
els, concerns remain about
more work-week cut backs and
redundancies throughout the
Bahamian tourism industry.

Although both Kerzner Inter-
national and Baha Mar, which
previously said it completed all
its planned workforce downsiz-
ing by the beginning of Novem-
ber, appear unlikely to initiate
any more large-scale lay-offs
this year, the real litmus test —
for the whole hotel sector — will
- come in the New Year.

With the Christmas/New
Year week likely to provide a
temporary spike in business, the
key will be forward bookings
for the February-April 2009
period — the peak winter sea-
son.

With forward booking win-
dows’ having narrowed to just
one week in many cases, trends
are notoriously difficult to pre-
dict, but if occupancies are well
below projections then anoth-
er round of industry redundan-
cies may be forthcoming.

Tribune Business under-
stands that Kerzner Interna-
tional has identified further
occupancy thresholds at which,
if business declines to those lev-
els, it may be forced to make
further lay-offs.

The company, though, is well
above those levels currently, the
next occupancy level at which
lay-offs may have to be con-
templated lying at around 50
per cent, it is- understood.

Meanwhile, Kerzner Interna-

i
tional has denied that it initial-
ly looked at laying-off 1,500
workers, or that it was pres-
sured to reduce lay-off numbers
by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and the Government.

J Barrie Farrington, Kerzner
International’s executive vice-
president of administration, told
Tribune Business: “The Prime
Minister didn’t put any pressure
on the company to reduce lay-
offs.

“He was obviously disap-
pointed, but understood it was a
prudent business decision. It
was a business decision taken
with great consideration.”

Mr Farrington described the
lay-offs as “all very sad”, but
added that Kerzner Interna-
tional and Atlantis would “be
stronger” for the experience
and emerge in better condition
for whenever the US economy
rebounded and wealthy Amer-
icans started travelling and
vacationing again.

Kerzner International has
been squeezed on both sides -
revenues and occupancies
falling at the front end, with the
need to service the several bil-
lion dollars worth of debt taken
on when chairman 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
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, though
still profitable, the lay-offs in
the Bahamas and elsewhere
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.

In early November, that 72
per cent occupancy was also
found to be unrealistic, and was
consequently dropped to 64 per
cent.

Atlantis is forecasting that it
is 50 per cent behind on book-
ings 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.

Before the reduction in
Atlantis’ workforce, the resort
began cost cutting across the
board, in all departments, on

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said marine activity revenues
were set to “remain strong
throughout the fourth quarter”
at South Riding Point. ~
However, on a down note,
South Riding Point was said to

be in arbitration proceedings .

with the contractor that
repaired its jetty, which was
damaged i in the 2004 hurricane
season. “The expenses of this

arbitration, principally legal
fees, will continue to impact
income from continuing oper-
ations throughout the remain-
der of 2008,” World Point Ter-
minals wrote.

Elsewhere, revenues from
Freepoint, the Freeport-based
tug boat business in which
World Point Terminals has a 50
per cent stake, increased by 6
per cent or $128,000 for the first
nine months in 2008.

The Canadian parent attrib-
uted this to “rate increases, fuel
surcharges and the strategic
bare-boat chartering of two of
its vessels”. ,

Apart from being a storage
facility, South Riding Point also
blends and transships petrole-

um and other oil and liquid-

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PROPOSALS FOR
GROUP LIFE & MEDICAL INSURANCE

The National Insurance Board invites proposals from eligible insurance
companies : and/or brokers for the coverage of its Life and Mec dical Insurance

Plan for the employees of The N

plan for our retirees.

9

National Insurance Board as wel as a separate

The new policy will be for a year commencing on January 1, 2009, spe
the selection of the successful tender.

Parties interested in submitting a proposal may collect an information package
from the Director’s Office of the National Insurance Board Headquarters,
Clifford Darling Complex, Baillou Hill Road.

All proposals should be sealed, marked “Proposals for Life and Medical

Insurance,”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, to:

The Director

and must be delivered not later than 4:30 p.m., on

THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD

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things such as lights and water
after energy costs went up last
year from $40 million to $60
million.

Before the staff reduction,
Atlantis had already saved
around $25 million

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.
This has also been denied by
Kerzner International.

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.

BIG OREGON LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 13th November, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited,

The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 17th day of November, A.D. 2008

_ Manex Limited
Liquidator



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had been around the block more,than
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on avoiding the loss of a trump trick,
and with four trumps missing, a
finesse was clearly the percentage
play. But South, likewise a veteran of
more than a few years’ service at the
table, did not accept West’s gift ticket
to the dummy with blind gratitude.

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West, who knew South could not
have more than one spade, would
have given him access to an other-
wise ‘entryless dummy. The answer
was not long in coming, If West
wanted him in dummy, there had to
be a good reason. And the only
rational explanation had to be that he
wanted South to take a trump finesse.

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the ace at trick three, and West’s king
came tumbling down to give him the
slam.

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heart or a club at trick two, South
would have won in his hand and
would have had no alternative but to
play the ace of diamonds. West did
the best he could to give him a
chance to go wrong, but South, after
carefully examining the wrapping,
retumed the gift unopened.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE o8



World leaders attend emergency summit
aimed at combating economic meltdown

WASHINGTON (AP) —
President George W Bush
underscored how dire the eco-
nomic crisis has become when
he told world leaders that he
had agreed to a $700 billion res-
cue plan for financial institu-
tions only after he'd learned
the US was at risk of sinking
into a "depression greater than
the Great Depression."

Leaders from 21 nations and
four international organisations
gathered in Washington for an
emergency summit aimed at
combating an economic melt-

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markets and rapidly spread
around the globe.

Summit participants vowed
Saturday to cooperate more
closely, keep a sharper eye out
for red-flag problems and give
bigger roles to fast-rising
nations. But they avoided many
of the hardest details, leaving
them to be worked out before
their next summit, after Bush
is gone and President-elect
Barack Obama is in the White
House. ;

At the conclusion of talks
‘that took place over two days,
they released a joint commu-
nique that was modest in scope
but high in hopes.

Perhaps as important as the
modest concrete steps they
took, the leaders of.the plan-
et's richest nations — and some
of the fastest-developing —
made clear their recognition of
the world's increasingly inter-
connected financial architec-

_ture and the responsibilities
that go along with it.

"There shall be no blind -

spots," German Chancellor
Angela Merkel declared.

"There is here a great common
will to ensure that such a crisis
is not. repeated."

Covering eight pages and 47
action items, the document’ s
overarching focus is to estab-
lish a series of new safeguards
for the fragile and opaque glob-
al financial system. Nearly all
the efforts are aimed in some

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INSIGHT articles

Re: Barack Obama - The last
best hope for US and mankind?

DEAR Mr Marquis,

It is clear that, despite your
long residence in the Bahamas,
you remain unfamiliar with the
extent of the spectrum of
Bahamians that this country
contains.

It is unfortunate that Bahami-
an politics does not allow the

. type of issue oriented selection

process that applies in the USA
and the UK. There is no short-
age of persons here with even
better credentials than Mr Oba-
ma. However, our sélection
process does not favour persons
with high principles. In my view
Obama would not have been
elected in the Bahamas where
pork barrel politics, purchasing
of the electorate, and ignorance
still dictate the selection
process. I doubt that he would
have stooped to the vote-buying
and political intimidation that
is commonplace here.

In my view there are other
reasons why he would not get
my vote to lead The Bahamas.
We need a leader who, in addi-

tion to restoring hope, has as -

his aim repositioning the coun-
try on the original track of
nationhood...moving us past
political: freedom to economic
and social freedom. But not at
the sacrifice of our Christian
values.

Obama has committed ‘him-
self to abortion, gay marriage
and stem cell research, including
creation of foetuses to be har-
vested for tissue. These are rep-
rehensible, and as such he
would not have gotten my vote.
Nor would Mr McCain. Amer-
ica has simply been reduced to

“scraping the bottom of the bar-

rel on both sides of the political
divide, due to the magnitude of
the failure of the Bush policies!

Mr Marquis, there’ are
Bahamians who stand for high-

er ideals than Mr Obama. I am |

one, and I would long have
offered to lead, except that we
are not at the stage where a
leader who spurns purchasing
votes has a reasonable chance. I
will wait until that time comes.

I offered as a candidate in
1987 for the FNM, then a party
of high ideals, who opposed the
Nation for Sale state of affairs
brought on by the corrupt PLP

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regimen. I learned a lot in that
campaign, and I will not offer
again until the political culture
changes to an issue oriented
process.

Perhaps the opportunity will
present itself with the inevitable
changes of leadership in the
main parties. Our system does
not favour third parties. There-

fore, like in the USA, there will '

only be opportunity to take
charge of our destiny through
the main party machinery.

My name is Dr Dexter John-
son, and J ama Bahamian with
high principles, far higher than
those of Mr Obama. I have
been a doctor of medicine since
1975, am Edinburgh-trained sur-
geon FRCS 1980, a law gradu-
ate with a LLB ( UWI) and an
LLM (distinction) (UKC). I am
also a Commonwealth Scholar,
and J am currently about to
retire from my post as Assis-
tant Professor of Law at the
College of the Bahamas. I gave
the first lecture in this law
degree programme almost ten
years ago, and I have been a
part of its growth since then.
This is after a complete career
as a consultant surgeon here, in
the UK, and in the Common-
wealth Caribbean. There is no
question that I am more quali-
fied than Mr Obama, and I have
contributed more in the way of
public service than he ever will.
It is high time that an end is put
to the notion that in some way

we-cannot put forward persons.

as qualified as the.sons and
daughters of other nations. You
as an influential’ journalist have

a duty not to commit psycho-.

logical abuse on Bahamians.

I started the Bahamian
National Party in 2006 to
protest against the lack of direc-
tion of both parties, and I have
persistently refused to be a part
of any ticket:..FNM or PLP, due
to the poor leadership and mis-
direction inherent in both par-
‘ties currently. Both parties are
woefully short on principles and

~need to rethink the way they

have contributed to the creation
of an ignorant electorate.

I would not normally respond
to newspaper articles. However,
I am tired of the view that out
there somewhere is the answer
to our problems, that somehow
we lack the potential to handle
our own affairs. There are many
more persons like myself capa-
ble of leading us in a manner
more appropriate to a Christ-
ian country in a secular world.
- IT would not make the con-
cessions to morality that Mr

Obama made...perhaps I will-
never lead...no problem. I will _

wait until there are enough of us
and the electorate becomes
tired of the current low-class
level of choosing its leaders. If
that time never comés...so be
it!

A country gets what it

_ deserves at the end of the day.

Just remember that no coun-
try has a monopoly of talent or
morality or high principles.
These are universal, and the
Bahamas, like every other

‘nation, does have its own.

I have admired your analyti-
cal approach to journalism, and
your ability to speak out boldly
in the media. You have consid-
erable influence here.

Do not become one of those
who undersell and underrate
the Bahamian. My thoughts
have been in the public domain
for some time:

see www.bahamianational

party.com

Thank you for your time...

— Dr Dexter Reno Johnson,

Assistant Law Professor, The
College of the Bahamas, Con-
sultant Surgeorh Leader of The
Bahamian National Party.

MBBS, (UWI), FRCS (Edin.)
LEC, LLB (UWI), LLM
(UKC)

I read with much interest
your Insight article on Barack
Obama in this morning’s news-
paper. As usual, your report
“hits the nail on the head” in
your description of this “new
breed” of politician on the
American political landscape. It
certainly is a refreshing and
much-needed change after the
antics and hands-off governance
of the George W. years.

As a relative of mine quot-
ed, if Obama is able-to accom-
plish what he intends to do, he
is deserving of having his image
on Mt Rushmore.

With respect to your com-
ments about Bahamian politi-

cians and the lack of a true

visionary to lead this country, I

agree wholeheartedly. Unfor-
tunately, to a large degree, the
voting population does not
demand this in their politi-
cians. This country over the
years has been mired deep in
the depths of mediocrity where-
by “anything goes” when it
comes to the acts and behav-

_iour of politicians — the recent

five-year stint under the PLP is
rife with examples of how politi-
cians should NOT conduct
themselves in a democratic
country. And, as usual, there
were no ramifications, legal or
otherwise, to punish the offend-
ers. Politicians and representa-
tives of government from other
countries have been forced to
resign their posts for doing far
less than politicians in this coun-'
try demonstrate on a daily basis.
In my humble opinion,
Bahamian politicians act the
way they do because the voters
do not demand accountability
or ethical behaviour of their
representatives, nor in society

_in general, which is the main

reason why the social fabric of

. this country is basically gone to

hell.

There is no longer right or’
wrong — it is more a system of
“Sf I can get away with it, then it
is okay.” We certainly cannot
look up to the leaders of this
country, both in Parliament or
in the pulpit, for any moral
compass or guidance.

Certainly most of the support
in this country for Obama was
based on his skin colour, and
not so much of his policies
towards the Bahamas. As an
offshore tax haven, the
Bahamas’ second industry is
bound to suffer severely under
President Obama — unless, of
course, PM Ingraham jumps-on
the plane after the presidential
inauguration to make a case for
saving our financial services
industry.

Mr Marquis, I do not see any-
thing changing on the Bahami-
an political landscape for many,
many years. The only hope now
for the future of this nation is
for the younger, more educated
generations to rise up out of
mediocrity and. demand
accountability from their rep-
resentatives and become more
involved in the policy-making
of this country. Nothing will
change untilthe balance of
power be returned to the people
instead of the politicians, who
have held back the progress of
this country for several gener-
ations only for some to line
their pockets and those of their
cronies at the expense of the
greater populace. God bless us

_ all!

Regards,
—J. Lundy ~

It is usually a pleasure read-
ing INSIGHT. You obviously

' have a tremendous talent for

the written word.

. We can all agree that Oba-
ma’s victory means a lot not
only for us here in. the
Bahamas but for the entire
world. It gives all of us hope
that finally men of colour can be
judged by the “content of their
character” rather than the
colour of their skin.

The “cool guy” Obama of
today would have been lynched
in the USA of the 50s and 60s in
the US. So his.success today is
as a result of the work done by
fiery men of colour such as Pin-
dling here in the Bahamas and
the Martin Luther Kings, Jesse
Jacksons, the Charles Rangells
and, yes, the Malcolm Xs an the
USA.

It is wrong for you to deni-
grate the contributions made by
men like Pindling. He was the
type of leader we needed here
in the Bahamas in the 50s and
60s and maybe he overstayed
his time and you might be right
in suggesting that our current
leaders need to adopt a differ-
ent style, and the Obama’s
“cool guy” demeanour is the
way to go today.

However, you can extol the
virtues of an Obama without
denigrating the ‘efforts of our
leaders.

We all appreciate ihe promise
of a better world with Barack
Obama as President of the most
powerful nation in the World.
Obama gives all of us HOPE
for the future of the world.

— Anthony Rolle

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to the US presidency, Barack
Obama promoted a whole-

some creed based on family

values, equal opportunities for
all, fair reward for a hard day's work,
and a true belief that anything is pos-





ut his almost flawless cam-
Na transcended age, race,
d religion to convey a

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Your recent article on Oba-

ma and the effects of his elec-
tion as President-elect of the
great USA was spot on. Not
only was it well-written, as
always, but the questions which
you posed to our home-grown
politicians and wannabes were
relevant and logical.

President-elect Obama is in
a class all to himself and it is
next to impossible to find a sin-
gle Bahamian, with the excep-
tion, perhaps, of yours truly,
who places country above self.

It would appear that the
desire on the part of most of
our political directorate and
their erstwhile cronies is to get
elected and to secure as much
lucre as possible during the five-
year cycle.

If re-elected, all well and
good. If defeated or rejected at
the polls, all one needs to do is
to slink off into semi-retirement
until the next general election.
At that time, many of the voters
can and will be bamboozled
again. Unfortunately, in The
Bahamas, this has become the
accepted norm.

Community organisation is
something of a phenomenon in
this nation as the majority of
our societal 'leaders' would not
know their arms from their pos-
teriors. Not a single one of them
with the stark exception of the
Hon Branville McCartney
(FNM-Bamboo Town), the
Minister of State for Immigra-
tion, seems to have a clue as to
how to effectively ‘organise’
his/her constituency. I want to
believe that they simply do not
care but it may well be that they
are completely out of touch.

We do not need an Obama
here in The Bahamas. What we
are in urgent need of is a few
patriotic men and women
(under 60 years of age) who are
still youthful and who may not
be suffering from the onset of
Alzheimer's disease.

They should also come pre-
pared with a national plan and,
where possible, a clear vision
for the way forward for the
nation and not just self-promo-
tion.

I, for one, will seek elective
office at the very earliest oppor-
tunity, preferably in the great
constituency of Englerston
where I have already moblised
‘The Urban Development Cor-
poration’ to clean up, beautify
and modernise the community.

This is a non-profit organisa-
tion geared to assisting all resi-
dents of Englerston to live their
lives in dignity and self-reliance.
It worked for, Obama in the



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religion to convey a message of compassion
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es a ter, Having aced his course at Harvard,
primarily by selfinterest and greed... or Martin Luther King, he could have had the pick of the top
4 —Jobn Marquis __ Let’shope that Bahamian politicians, banks, law firms and corporations in

in particular, ake note of this pursuing his legal career. Instead he

man’s vision, hi rent humility, his went off to Chicago as a community











E: undoubted abi nd the inclusive- — organiser fuelled not by self-aggran-

i class fired hope has been so widely embraced. To hopefully be felt in those black soci- ness of his disement or personal gain, but by a

ima see the Japanese chanting Obama's _ eties where post-colonial governance If he is half what he appears to be, rel desire to help those who could not

Tobe the examp! YY name so ecstatically ws uplifting for all has been far from stellar. Obama could-literally change the _ help themselves.

nial administrations were hardly exem- those who yearn for global harmony. Let’s hope he shows the same impa- world, if 6: ts perception of the Can anyone tell me, please, where] -

plary, while truly inspirational leader- _ His appeal is virtually limitless. tience with the likes of Robe abe — United States, which under George W we can find this brand of self-denying

ship that apparently offered by And his resounding victory tells us “as he does with black Ameri who Bush became virtually a pariah power — idealism in the Bahamian political

are to the point of . that the United States of America, 232 constantly fall back on excuses for their with no moral compass and the kind of class, a cadre of people who are — for

-existence in the post-war years after independence, 14 slack of progress in life. coarse, brazen hubris others found dis- the most. part — fired up only by a

hi and Kennedy aside, you after the Civil War, and four di S Let’s hope he continues his drive to tasteful. desire to get on the government payroll

have to search hard and long for politi after the Civil Rights Bill, has finally promote the family as a vital compo- Like all political leaders, Obama will ‘and ride out five years of self-preening,

inner cities of Chicago so I have
absolutely no doubt that it will
work for Ortland H Bodie Jr

over in Englerston.

If the Hon John Henry Bost-
wick, QC, was still in front-line
politics, he would have made

the ideal statesman in The .
~ Bahamas. Not only is Henry

seasoned, politically, but he
once led the opposition forces in
the nation when to 'oppose' the
then Pindling dominated Pro-
gressive Liberal Party (PLP)
was akin to political suicide.

In addition, Henry is an inde-
pendently 'wealthy' individual
who would have little if any
desire or inclination to 'get rich
quick or die trying’.

Henry may not be interested
in returning to the heat of the
political battle but, like the
ancient generals of Rome, who
would have retired but whose
return to public office was
demanded by a confused and
perplexed nation, he will have
no choice but to heed the clari-
on call of the masses.

Still a youthful 69 years of
age, he looks and carries himself

The day after his win, Obama’s first
task was to take his

school, having expressed his bound-
less love for them during his accep-
tance address. Throughout his cam-
i came evident that Obama's

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than either John F Kennedy















so admirably as editor of the Harvard

when he fazed fellow

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far better than both the Rt Hon
Prime Minister and the Rt Hon
Leader of the Opposition, with
all due respect. Both of those
men look terrible and it is obvi-
ous that they are labouring
under stress and great duress,
for whatever reasons.

A team of Bostwick and Bod-
ie would be unbeatable and/or
unstoppable. With B and B all
one would need is the Bible.
Yes, John, the three Bs may
well be just what the doctor
ordered for The Bahamas.

Until then, however, there is

no need for.an Obama in this _

country. It is time we get
‘beyond looking for a political
saviour outside of our shores.
We have ‘gold’ right here so
why travel to the USA to look

for it? To God then, in all”

things, be the glory.
— Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.

Re: How ‘Calamity Jane’
finished off John McCain

I HAVE to say that the arti-
cle on Sarah Palin was hilari-
ous, especially your reference

to “otherwise sane and rational
men howling plaintively at the
moon” over this woman’s phys-
ical attributes. You’re right,
though, had she and McCain
been elected, it would have had
grave implications for the USA
and the world because she did-
n’t appear to know anything
outside of Alaskan politics and
her conflict with big oil and
energy interests.

Watching the two campaigns
closely, I felt - as you obviously
do - that the Democrats were
just so much brighter than their
rivals, who were stooping to
really low tricks to make Oba-
ma look bad. Palin’s references
to his supposed terrorist con-
nections were very dangerous
and ought to have been checked
much earlier than they were.

As usual, Insight found the
right name to sum up the Palin
fiasco: Calamity Jane. Terrific
stuff! ,

— P Hetherington

(Expat observer)

I read your article with much
enjoyment. I thought it, though
quite humorous, very insightful
and agree with you whole-
heartedly that Sarah Palin was
indeed John McCain’s ‘Calami-
ty Jane’ and not his Annie Oak-
ley. Keep up the good work. It
is very rare that [read an article
that long in any newspaper. I
usually skim them. This one I

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 11B

read every last word.
— KL Demeritte

BOTH Insight articles this
week are awesome. The item
on Palin was another classic.
The reference to her mouth
being “as enticing as a bowlful
of sugared raspberries” was so
funny I almost choked on my
Maxwell House. Please, please,
please keep it coming.

— Rosemary Delisle

(Canada)

I AM troubled to hear that
Sarah Palin is now so deluded
by what you referred to some
weeks ago as “infantile adula-
tion” that she is seriously con-
sidering running for president
in 2012. Please, America, having
redeemed yourself with Oba-
ma, don’t fall back on this
woman (not that she would
stand any chance of election!)
That would be too much.

— A Bartholomew,

Cable Beach

Re: Movies with a message

Hey, read the article and I
wanted to comment that I sup-
ported your argument one hun-
dred per cent. My wife and I
feared that we may have been
the only people who realised
the censorship Nassau enforces.
Such ignorant censorship at
that, the Movado incident for



instance. I didn’t even know
who Movado was until last
week Monday (and I’m 20) but
I felt outraged. What kind of
country is this where the church
pretty much gets their way? I[
felt as if Branville McCartney
had might as well bend his
backside over and start speak-
ing Greek.

Galleria Cinemas is a disgrace
of a movie theatre that not only
neglects the thoughtful audi-
ence but solidifies the wasteful
youth who thrive on the violent
movies that it plays. In the
schools these students love that
kind of talk. Math homework
is on the back burner, it’s all
about some girl, concert or
movie. None of which is doing
the country any good. Guys die
over girls, at parties probably
similar to something they saw
on the television. .

As for your talk on religion,
as an atheist (raised Anglican) I
tend to have an open mind to
anything. Therefore it’s funny
to see people unite to ban a gay
movie or cruise ship and falter
on supporting the poor or ral-
lying for real change in the com-
munity. I mean, honestly, have
you seen the state Bain Town is
in? Why is the church focusing
on the wrong issues? Thanks
for the food for thought and I
hope to continue reading your
work.

— Travis

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FROM page 14B

better. With no immediate
prospects of improvement in
business, Atlantis was forced to
act.

It now seems certain that
2009 will be a virtual ‘write-off’
for tourism as hard-pressed
Americans struggle to survive
the downturn. Bahamians need
be under no illusions: if t’ings
are tough now, they ain’t seen
nothing yet. ;

The impact of rising unem-
ployment is already evident
among working and middle
class families, especially those
no longer able to service huge
home and car loans.

Lack of financial prudence in
the past will undoubtedly deep-
én the misery of many, espe-
cially young professionals, but
working class people forced to
live hand-to-mouth are going
to suffer, too. «

Take Sharlene Black, 45, who
is now trying to work out how
to keep a family of six while
earning only $30 a day.

“Business is slow at the local
takeaway | cook for and I make
$25 to $30 a day. I have six chil-
dren, three boys and three girls,
with the youngest being eight
years old. When it comes to my
pay cheque, it is not enough and
does not cover my monthly bills,

including dealing with my kids. '

“I cannot really tell them
they are going to have a good
Christmas. I let them know the
best way I can that I cannot
afford everything they want.
Maybe they will only get a good
meal this Christmas. They know
it is hard for me to do it alone.

“Their fathers are not as
active in their lives as they
should be. I thank God every
day that my children are healthy
and I do not have to be in and
out of the hospital with any of
them.

“My bills are overdue, liter-
ally past due many of them. My
light bill was unbelievable
before BEC came and gave us
poor people a break. Now it is
down to about $300 a month.
Most of my salary goes on food
because it is too expensive to
buy takeout.

“TI try to budget every penny
I have and I do not lead the
lifestyle I used to lead in buying
expensive things and eating the
best and looking the best. I gave
my children what they wanted

but now that has: ‘stopped. I try

to get only what is needed, not
what is wanted.”
Nathalie Russell, 42, is

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day. I work more than two jobs
to support my children. This is
one of the hardest things I have
to face every day.

“One of my other hardships
is working both jobs and some-
times not being able to give my
children the financial support
that is needed because all of my
income has to go on bills and
groceries and sometimes my
income isn’t enough to cover
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“A few years back my chil-
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“T was not raised in this type

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“My average income is $600
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and they try their best to help.
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daughters. - :

“Each child has a different
father so I do my best to ask all
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not much as they are ‘crying
poor mouth’ as well.

“My youngest daughter is 16
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lump in her breast. I took her to
the doctor but I need a second
opinion and if this is a serious
matter I have no idea how I am
going to pay for any type of
medical bills so right now I am
hoping for the best.”

For the working class who
are no longer in work, the eco-
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younger folk see sense.

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offered by people who have no <
ifterest in their welfare, only: yan
imaking as much money as they
can from young people who
don’t know better.”

As the economy gets tighter,
and money gets scarcer, it is
inevitable that some:women will
turn to prostitution, while men
no longer able to make ends
meet in the lawful world will
turn to crime and drugs.

The implications for the
Bahamas are severe because
neglect by generations of politi-
cians has left the country with

nowhere to turn economically.

. Since the PLP came to pow-,

- er for the first time in the 1960s,

no attempt has been made to
devise a national plan, or to
exploit the country’s agricul-

‘tural possibilities. There has

been no attempt at diversifying
an extremely narrow-based
economy.

In fact, Sir Lynden Pindling’s

‘ message to the Bahamian peo-

ple was that they did not need
to be maids and servants any-
more, even though this is a ser-
vice economy.

Tilling the land was consid-

ered labouring work - beneath

the people of this newly liber-
ated society - so the immensely
productive islands of Eleuthera
and Andros were allowed to fall
into a state of dereliction.

Andros once boasted the
world’s largest cucumber farm.
Eleuthera had a flourishing
agrarian economy based on a |
string of farms running its full
length.

Pineapples were harvested
in abundance. Tomatoes, cas-
sava, mangoes and other crops |
thrived, and Eleuthera was con-
sidered the breadbasket of the
islands.

Now abandoned grain silos
litter the landscape, stark
memorials to bad policies and a

. misguided belief that a nation

can flourish off the back of poor
work ethic and a baseless
assumption that the good times
would always roll.
Materialism became so ram-
pant between the 1960s and the
turn of the century that the

- Rolex watch really did become

a kind of national icon, the most
desired of all possessions among
those who have neither the

- brains nor the cultural sensibil-

ities to appreciate anything else.
Bahamians developed into

the kind of people who knew «

the price of everything and the
value of nothing, all attribut-
able, I’m afraid, to Lynden Pin-
dling and his gang of wide boys.

Today, the most distressing,
manifestations of their grasp-
ing philosophy are the young

7





families whose credit is maxed
out and who, finding themselves
without work, are now sitting

‘on the brink of bankruptcy.
«2» Ultimately, the entitlement

culture got such a hold that peo-
ple like the impudent waitress
and the schoolboy who consid-

-ered ten cents too little for

packing three items into a plas-
tic bag became commonplace.

The schoolboy who refused
to handle coins because any-
thing else but banknotes was
beneath him was an extreme
example of a mercenary soci-
ety which over four decades has.
become detached from reality.

When Haitians, who have
known hand-to-mouth hardship
for more than two centuries,
began turning up on Bahamian
shores, they were regarded as
a lesser breed from. a lesser
land.

When Bahamian students
went off to Cuba to study, they
were criticised for being crassly
materialistic in front of their rel-.
atively deprived hosts.

Showing off, brandishing
wads of banknotes, they ‘saw
nothing wrong in lording it over
fellow students who were con-
strained by the depredations of
a communist society.

Money - lots of it - has a tru-
ly corrosive effect on those who
possess it, and especially in their
attitudes to the less fortunate.

Now, alas, the Bahamas
could well be heading into a sit-
uation where a goodly portion
of its people will know what
poverty tastes like. ;

Eventually, hopefully, it-will
emerge from the trough of
recession now awaiting it and
find its feet again.

Meanwhile, one hopes, the
impudent waitress will learn
good manners from adversity,
and make the link between the
customer’s satisfaction and her
own professional well-being.

The. ungrateful schoolboy
bag-packer will come to the
conclusion - as customers begin
giving less in their own strug-
gle for survival - that ten cents is
actually not a bad return for
five seconds work in a food-
store. «,

While.the student whia never
handles céins will find that the
good fifeat Atlantis can no
longer be.taken for granted, and
that drug dealing often leads to
a berth in the hospital morgue.

One thing can be said for
sure about hard times. They
form character, something this
country lacks i in some quarters.
Recession is no, bad thing if it
teaches people the lessons they
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“ll By JOHN MARQUIS

'.- Managing Editor

(Additional reporting
by Alex Missick)

wo months ago,

an impudent and

ungrateful wait-

ress at a Nassau

restaurant was so

affronted at being left a tip in

_ coins instead of notes that she
returned it to the customer.

The intention, of course, was

to cause him embarrassment in

front of others. But the result of

her stupidity was a loss of busi-

ness for her employers, because

the customer — who had been

using the restaurant for nearly a









decade — vowed never to
return.

At a foodstore check-out, a
schoolboy bag-packer was. so
insulted at being given a ten
cent piece for loading three
items into a plastic bag that he
actually began making sarcastic
remarks to his colleagues..The
customer said: “If you don’t
want. it, Pll take it back” and
did precisely that, leaving the
schoolboy‘gazing into his emp-
ty palm.

At a Nassau secondary
school, a teacher was amazed
to discover that students
refused to handle coinage at all,
regarding it as beneath them.
“It’s banknotes or-nothing as
far as I’m concerned,” said one,
declaring at the same time, inci-

far worse before
it gets better

FORTY years ago, just before he left New
Providence, the then colonial Governor Sir
Ralph Grey warned Bahamians not to take

their prosperity for granted. He felt there

was a tendency for them to believe they
had divine protection. As Atlantis laid off

- 800 workers last week, and the world

~ financial crisis deepened, the Bahamas -
found itself confronted with the prospect

of real hardship for many of its people

for the first time in half a century.
INSIGHT reports...

dentally, that his greatest ambi-
tion in life was to work at
Atlantis or become a drug-deal-
er.

The incidents are trivial in
themselves, but reveal a mind-
set which has developed ‘dur-

‘ing 40 years of plenty. Many

Bahamians possess a sense of

entitlement born of a misguided -
belief that the good tinies were

open-ended, and that their
nation was blessed like no oth-

_ er. Now it’s wake-up time.

Last week’s devastating

announcement by Atlantis that
10 per cent of its staff was on .

the way.out came as little sur-

prise to those who have been |

following economic develop-
ments closely. And it will come
as no surprise, either, if the
hotel lays off more people in

_ the New Year, with the final

figure possibly as high as 1,500..

It has been clear for months
that hotel occupancy has been
way down, that restaurants
were being closed for long peri-
ods every month, and that wait-



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ers and others were having to
make do with shortened work
weeks.

Nonetheless, Atlantis’s deci-
sion certainly shocked those
who fail, for whatever reason,
to make the connection
between the quality of their
work and the stability and sus-
tainability of their position.

Not long ago, mass lay-offs
at the Paradise Island resort
were unthinkable. In the late
1990s and early 2000s, Atlantis*

was second only to Disney asa *

leading resort brand of the
Americas. Tourists were falling
over themselves to savour its
\\many attractions. :
Soon staff who once grossed

$70,000 a year for laying towels.
on 1 poolside loungers are having
to face up to the bitter truth:
that no-one gets a free ride
when things get tight.

From personal observation,
_ I know that the restaurant
~ employing the.aforementioned
impudent waitress (not an
Atlantis restaurant, incidental-
ly) has been losing business dra-
matically over the last two
years.

Caucasians, in particular,
have given up going there, part-
ly because of the openly racial
prejudice of the waitresses, but
also because their attitudes
attracted the worst elements of
Nassau street life, creating a
coarse and sometimes intimi-
dating environment.

Gradually, the shortcomings
of the staff were being reflected
in the bottom line. The dis-
graceful tip incident was sim-




ply another nail in the busi-

ness’s coffin, which is now more
or less ready for formal burial.

- Will the. staff — and espe-
cially the waitress with the off-
hand manner — ever make the
connection between the restau-
rant’s decline and their own dis-

_ graceful behaviour?

Probably, particularly if they

. find themselves in the predica-

ment now being suffered by

- thousands of Bahamian fami-

lies who face penury after

‘decades of relative financial.

security.

The fact that it was Atlantis
that delivered last week’s
bombshell was heavily symbol-
ic because the Paradise Island

‘resort has come to epitomise

the nation’s economic resur-
gence over the last 15 years.
With up to 9,000 employees,
the hotel had developed into.a
vital buttress of the national
economy, adding a first world
flourish to what had been a fair-
ly humdrum tourist product fol-
lowing the grim Pindling years.
At its height, Atlantis offered
those lucky enough to work
there the prospect of solid mid-
dle-class prosperity, with big
cars, foreign holidays and hefty
mortgages on stylish homes for

- its well-paid workers.

Eye-popping salaries backed
up by sizeable gratuities were
commonplace in the good days.
‘Many employees racked up
heavy borrowings on the expec-
tation of continuing wealth.

Employees accumulated so
much debt off the back of their
earnings that the hotel man-



agement had to'cap pay cheque
repayments to creditors, rea-
soning that they had a social
responsibility not only to their
own staff but also their fami-
lies.

Now. that business is bad,
workers who not so long ago
were on a financial high have

hit the skids, and the fall-out

will be. very unpleasant.
The first publicly expressed

: utterance signalling looming’

catastrophe came when a senior

_ construction worker om PI told

me weeks ago that Atlantis
founder Sol Kerzner had. lost
hope of running a five-star
resort on what he had to con-
cede was two-star service.

In spite of Atlantis’s intense
staff training programmes. and
its renowned management effi-

' ciency, there was only so far it

could go in delivering the prod-
uct Kerzner envisioned.

When waiters began work- '
ing one and two-day weeks,,
sometimes relying heavily on
cut-price weekend packages
from South and Central Amer-
ica, the signs were already
bleak.

The source told me: “It’s all
we talk about over here. When-
ever we get together for a beer,
everyone is wondering when
the axe is going to fall.”

As America’s sub-prime
mortgage crisis deepened, pre-
cipitating a global collapse in
the financial markets, it was evi-
dent that things were going to
get much worse before they got

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008

Family ‘fight

ends in death

Young man dead,
relative in custody after.
alleged altercation

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

‘Although details of the inci-

dent were sketchy up to press
time last night, Tribune sources
indicate the fight erupted over a
remote control device.
' Yesterday, CSP Miller said
police were still awaiting autopsy
results before an official cause of
death could be determined. Up
to press time, police did, not
reveal the murder weapon.

A YOUNG man is dead and a
close relative is in police custody
after an alleged fight between the
two “over a remote control”
proved fatal.

Tarmal Johnson, 25, of Wilson
Tract, reportedly got into an
“altercation” with the relative
during the late hours of Saturday,
police said. ©

Johnson’s brother is helping
police with their inquiries, Chief
Supt Glenn Miller said.

Police are continuing
shooting investigation
By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

a fight in the Cordeaux Avenue

on: Saturday.

SEE page 12

FREEPORT .- Grand Bahama police are continuing investigations
into a shooting on Friday at Garden Villas, where a 29-year-old man
was wounded. -

The victim, who has not been identified, is detained in stable con-
dition at Rand Memorial Hospital.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, assistant press liaison officer, said the inci-
dent occurred around 10.53am. A male victim was discovered near
Building 47 at Garden Villas with multiple gunshot wounds to the
body. Before the shooting, the victim was involved i in an argument with
another man.

Supt Mackey said police are following leads. Anyone with igor
mation should call 350-3107/8, 352-9774 or 911.

sale ends Bee 24th, 1008

Police first received reports of .

and Wilson Tract area after 9pm |



Ruling on Senate Mater

A BALLOON had this
youngster walking on
air on Saturday as the
St Francis Catholic
Cathedral held its
annual bazaar



‘was not a victory for PLP’

i By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

CHIEF Justice Sir Burton Hal-
l’s ruling, which found Prime Min-
‘ister Hubert Ingraham’s appoint-
ment of Anthony Musgrove to the
Senate invalid, was not a victory
for the PLP as they claim, accord-
ing to a statement released by
FNM chairman Johnley Ferguson.

‘What the ruling did, according
to the statement, was validate Mr
Ingraham’s position that he was
not beholden to appoint senators
from a pool of PLPs or from a list
of recommendations suggested by









opposition leader Perry Christie.

“Tn his judgment of November
5, 2008, the Chief Justice con-
firmed Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s position that it was his
decision as to who should be
appointed the three senators and
not that of PLP leader Perry
Christie, as was claimed on Mr
Christie’s behalf,” said the state-
ment.

“The Chief Justice, in fact,
rejected the PLP’s claim.”

Quoting parts of the ruling
handed down by the Chief Justice,

SEE page 12









BAHAMASAIR flight 322 blew.an engine Friday. afternoon short-
ly after leaving Grand Bahama International Airport for New Provi-
dence, according to a source at the airline.

The twin engine Dash 8 propeller airplane, carrying 48 passengers,
had to set a course back to Freeport, shortly after take-off, to make an
emergency landing.

According to reports, the aircraft left Freeport around 1.30pm.

A short time later, the pilot contacted Air Traffic Control and report-
ed that Engine Number 2 on the right side had failed.

Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said the pilot landed the air-
craft around 1.50pm and all passengers and crew disembarked safely.

She said the captain reported that after the Number 2 engine on the
right side failed, he decided: to return to the airport for an emergency
landing.

It is not yet known what caused the plane’ s engine to fail. |

Calls to Bahamasair officials were not answered up to pe time er

Govt ‘ S sould offer
direct subvention to

large-scale employers’





i By TANEKA salaries, and say to a large
THOMPSON outfit like Kerzner -
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‘Reporter cent of the costs, if you
tthompson@ “jy keep the people on
‘tribunemedia.net } because what we're going

. to end up doing is trying
GOVERNMENT to create new jobs and the.
should consider offering | quicker way of doing it is
large-scale employers a roy trying to retain the jobs

“direct subvention” to you already have.

supplement employee “So it calls for a direct

salaries and possibly pre- _ Subvention of the compa-

vent further lay-offs spurred by the

weakened economy, says former’

Céntral Bank governor James

nies t that are large employers,” Mr

Smith said, when asked what cre-
ative measures government could

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"The government might consider,
especially with the large properties,
basically a direct subvention to

implement to stem more lay-offs.
A direct subvention is the fur-

SEE page 12

Former minister
questions unemployment
assistance programme

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

. FORMER Minister of State for Finance James Smith has ques-
tioned the sustainability of the government’s $100 million unemploy-
ment assistance programme as the country faces jobless figures that may
top 12 per cent and a widening deficit.

Figures released by the Department of Statistics taken from its
Labour Force Survey earlier this year put the nation’s unemployment
rate at 8.87 per cent, but with Atlantis laying off 800 people last week,
that figure will jump to about 12 per cent, Mr Smith said.

_ Assuming the goverment extends $200 a week, or minimum wage, to
this affected 12 per cent it would cost the country some $80 million in
one year, Mr Smith estimated.

"Our labour force is about 150,000 people, meaning that one per cent
is 1,500 people. We now have eight per cent unemployment and it's like-
ly to rise to let's say five per cent more.

“That can easily translate into about 8,000 people - 8,000 even at let's
say $200 a week (under unemployment assistance) i is going to cost (the
government) about $80 million,” he said.

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FREEPORT — A $12 million

contract was signed by Ginn Sur

Mer and the Grand Bahama
Power Company on Saturday to

begin construction of a new elec- |

tricity infrastructure at West End.

‘The contract signing demon-
strates Ginn’s commitment to the
$4.9 billion West End resort
development, which is progress-
ing steadily and now requires
increased load capacity to service
the scope of work that is under-
way there.

Developer Bobby Ginn and
Power Company CEO and pres-
ident Excell O Ferrell signed the
contract around noon before a
number of invited guests at Gin-
n’s Old Bahama Bay property in
West End.

Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette, Cabinet ministers

Earl Deveaux, Kenneth Russell, .

Neko Grant, Deputy House
Speaker Kwasi Thompson, and
West End MP Obie Wilchcombe
were also present.

Ginn and the Power Company

. have agreed to spilt the cost of

the project, which includes con-
struction of a new 69kv transmis-
sion line and replacement of exist-
ing power poles with’ 70ft hurri-
cane resistant poles.

The new line will run 22 miles
from the Power Company’s plant
on Queen’s Highway to the West
End site, and is expected to be
completed in December, 2009.

Mr Ferrell said that it is the
largest transmission project
undertaken by GB Power Com-
pany.

“The engineering and con-

’ struction of this line is evidence of

the impending growth of not only
Gin Sur Mer, but also Grand

‘Bahama Island-and GB Power

Company.

“While this line is being con-
structed for the purpose of serv-
ing Ginn Sur Mer, it will benefit
all electric customers in the West
End area,” he said.

Accordng to Mr Ferrell, the
new line will be built along the
route of the existing distribution
line serving the West End com-
munity. :

He noted that the new tubular
steel-composite spun concrete
poles will be built to withstand
sustained winds of up to 150 mph,
and designed to minimise the
impact of lightning.

Infrastructure

Construction of the new infra-
structure will be carried out by a
combination of GB Power Com-
pany crews and contractors,
assisted by specialised external
contractors, he said.

US developer Bobby Ginn
described the signing as “a great
day for Ginn.” -

“We couldn’t be happier or
prouder,” he said, followed by
applause from staff members of
Ginn.

“It is an indication of our com-
mitment to the project and the
(West End) community. It has
never wavered...and the naysay-
ers are always trying to find some
way to convince people that
things aren’t going well, that the
project is stopping, and that it is
slowing down.

“This is a process...and it will
take us years to develop. It is not
something that will happen
overnight - nothing good ever
does, it takes time.

“We. are moving as fast as we
can move and we are not cutting
any corners or taking any short-
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Company sign $12m contract

right where we are today,” Ginn
said.

Mr Ginn thanked Power Com-
pany, the government and the
community of West End for their
support.

He believes that the power and
water projects at West End will
set the foundation for other
developers to come in, and make
investments and opportunities
available for people, and to grow
the Grand Bahama economy.

Mr Symonette commended
Ginn Resorts and GB Power
Company for undertaking such a
significant and ambitious project
at West End.

“Many will benefit and we
hope that in the future that West
End and all settlements up to the
harbour will not be losing power
in another hurricane. That is the
dream, I hope it becomes a reali-
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THE 30th anniversary of .
the Jonestown Massacre has
unearthed a bizarre link
between the wife of cult
leader Jim Jones and a Nassau
.bank.

-Marceline Jones was one of
more than 900 people who.
died at.a settlement in. Guyana
in November, 1978, following
what appeared to be a mass
suicide by cyanide poisoning.

All the victims were follow-
ers of Jim Jones, whose cult
had earlier killed Congress-
man Leo Ryan when he
arrived in Guyana to investi-
gate its activities. He remains -
the only Congressman ever
killed in the line of duty in the
history of the United States.

In a note found beside her
body, Mrs Jones left all money
in her various bank accounts
to the Communist Party of the
USSR.

The accounts, she said, were
in the Bank of Nova Scotia
(now Scotiabank) in Nassau
and she asked specifically that
‘no money should go to her

adopted daughter, Suzanne
Jones Cartmell. *

“Please be sure that these
assets do get to the USSR,”
said the note, “For anyone
who finds this letter, please
honour this request as it is
most important to myself and
my husband, James W Jones.”

The Nassau link was discov-
ered by Bahamian journalist
Arthia Nixon while research-
ing the massacre, which was
the biggest loss of American
civilian life in a non-natural
disaster up until the events of
September 11, 2001, in New
York.

_ Jonestown was the informal
name for the People’s Temple
Agricultural Project in
Guyana created by Jones’ Cal-
ifornian-based cult; the Peo-
ple’s Temple.

On November 18, 1978, 909
Temple members were found
dead at the settlement, all but
two from cyanide poisoning.

Jones, who had high-level
political connections, leased
land from the Guyanese gov-
ernment in 1974 to create
what he termed a “socialist
paradise” - a commune to
combat fascism and racism.

Marcelline Jones bought
into her husband’s philosophy
totally, saying the Guyana
project was in pursuit of total
economic, racial and social
equality.

The death of Congressman
Ryan came after Jones
declared that “capitalist pigs”
were trying to destroy Jon-
estown. Convinced that

~ Ryan’s death would lead to

reprisals, the cult opted for
“revolutionary suicide”, drink-
ing poison from a giant vat.

Jones’ body was found with
a gunshot wound at the settle-
ment.
THE TRIBU!



Sol Kerzner set

for $30m Atla:



party in Dubai

SOL KERZNER is set to
splash out an estimated $30 mil-
lion this week on a magnificent
launch party for his latest
Atlantis project in Dubai.

It is being described by the
international media as the most
expensive party ever staged.

Only days after Atlantis on
‘Paradise, Island made 800 staff
redundant in a massive cost-cut-
ting exercise, the resort’s Mid-
dle East counterpart will host
the world’s biggest-ever extrav-
aganza, which is expected to be
attended by a galaxy of stars.

A firework display seven
times bigger than the ones
which opened and closed the
Beijing Olympics will be so
impressive that it will bé visi-
ble from the international space
station.

Fireworks

The Sunday Times of South
Africa said even though the
world is in the throes of an eco-
nomic meltdown, Kerzner is not
letting austerity prevent him
from blowing the Chinese
Olympics out of the water with
his fireworks display.

“This has never been done
before,” Jerzy Inzerillo, presi-
dent of Kerzner Entertainment
Group International, is quoted
as saying.

“During the opening and
closing ceremonies of the Bei-
jing Olympics, 14,000 devices
were fired. We will be blowing
up 100,000 specially designed
devices off 340 platforms
around the resort.”

Kerzner and business part-

ner, Sultan Ahmed Bin
Sulayem,.are spending what
The Sunday Times has “reliably
learnt” is £20 million ($30 mil-
tion) on a two-day celebration

on Thursday and Friday to ;
launch the man-made island

development shaped in the
form of a palm tree, The Palm

Jumeirah, and Atlantis The. -

Palm, Kerzner’s new 1,539-
room resort.




pop in
fuel prices

AT A time when con-
sumers are faced with ris-
ing prices on food, cloth-
ing and electricity,
motorists can breathe a
collective sigh of relief
when they pall wp to the
pumps.

Gasoline retailers across
the island have dropped
prices on fuel with Shell
stations pegged at $3.30 a
gallon, Esso at $3.72 and
Texaco at $4.60.

Crude oil prices have
fallen by two-thirds since
July’s record high of $147
a barrel due to fears that a
prolonged global recession
could decrease world ener-
gy demand.

Three COB
language
prolessors
honoured

THREE long-serving lan- .
guage professors at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas were
honoured during a special
awards ceremony hosted by
the Ministry of Education.

The banquet, held at the
Sheraton hotel on Cable
Beach over the weekend,
honoured COB professors
Jacinth Taylor, lecturer of
foreign languages, Irene
Moss, assistant professor of
foreign languages, and Chris-
tine Diment, chair of the
School of Communications
and Creative Arts.

The women were chosen
for their long and outstand-
ing commitment to the field

of education.

In brief

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Sol Kerzner (AP)



The sultan is executive chair-
man of Nakheel, a land recla-
mation company responsible for
creating three islands, called
The Palm Islands, which will
increase Dubai’s shoreline by
about 520km.

According to The Sunday
Times, hordes of international
names will be among the 2,000
guests.

They are expected to include
Janet Jackson, Oprah Winfrey,
Robert de Niro, Denzel Wash-
ington, a host of Bollywood and
Middle Eastern stars, and roy-
alty from several families,
including a British royal, The
Duchess of York.

Several of Kerzner’s promi-
nent South African contacts will
also be there.

Celebrity party planner Colin
Cowie is masterminding the
event, with signature dishes pre-
pared by Michelin-starred chefs.
They include Michel Rostang,
who’s been calied one of Paris’s

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most creative chefs, italian
Giorgio Locatelli of BBC Food
and Japanese celebrity chef
Nobu Matsuhisa.

The night will see Australian
singer Kylie Minogue perform
for the first time in the Middle
East for a reported $3 million
fee followed by Bollywood
actress Priyanka Chopra, who
will rise from the stage as the
“goddess of Atlantis”, herald-
ing the fireworks spectacular.

Inzerillo, Kerzner’s associate
since their Sun City days 18
years ago,.said the launch par-
ties. were planned long before
the current economic climate
and reflected Kerzner’s mar-
keting. approach of creating a
worldwide event to generate
awareness.

For 10 months, a team of 50
experts. has been working
behind the scenes. These have
now been boosted by 800 staff,
including 400 technicians to
supervise the fireworks spec-

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE «









Janet Jackson (AP)

tacular.

“Our brief was to create a
big, unique event to demon-
strate that Atlantis is the flag-
ship, the first of more than 40
hotels to open there,” he
explained.

Although the new Atlantis
has already hosted the likes of
Michael Douglas and Cather-
ine Zeta-Jones, this Thursday
marks its official opening.

Unlike its Nassau counter-
part, which has suffered a major
slowdown in business, the new
Atlantis — a joint venture

between Kerzner International .

and the Dubai state-owned
company Istithmar World —
has been enjoying close to 90
per cent occupancy, higher than
Kerzner’s expectations.

Last week, Atlantis employ-
ees in Nassau expressed anger
after being laid off and fear
more redundancies will follow if
occupancy doesn’t improve in
the New Year.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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~The iribune Limited

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Being Bound to Swear to The }ogmas of No Master

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

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The Prime Minister has it right

-FORMER prime minister Perry Christie is
disappointed that Prime Minister Ingraham
could not be more specific in his November
10th address to the nation on what direction
the Bahamas’ economy will take and what plans
he has to lead it out of its present economic
crisis.

~ “The people of the country were expecting.

specific ideas on how the mortgages will be set-
tled for those who are unemployed,” said Mr
Christie. “They expected to hear what the long
term investment prospects are for the country;
what kind of Christmas could they expect. It
was not simply good enough for the Prime Min-
ister to say that the government is going to
design a programme for the unemployed. He
ought to have said what his plan was.”

For Mr Christie to have made this statement

shows that he himself has not grasped the grav- _-

ity of the-situation. The Bahamas has a tourist,
investment and banking economy, which is com-
pletely dependent on how the world turns. At

the moment world leaders are confused. They, ©

don’t know in what direction to lead their
nations. The solution to this crisis eventually
will be found after many trials and even more
errors.

But while the world gropes in darkness, it
seems that Mr Christie expects Mr Ingraham to
be the only man with the flashlight to lead them
out of the den of confusion.

- As Abraham Lincoln said when, as US pres-
ident, he needed solutions for a country faced
with bank failures, tumbling stocks;'and shrink-
ing property values: “If we could first know
where we. are, and whither we are tending, we



could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” :

US President George Bush, Prime Minister
Gordon Brown (UK), President Nicholas
Sarkozy (France), Chancellor Angela Merkel
(Germany), President Dmitry Medvedev of
Russia, and the list goes on, could embrace Lin-
coln’s words as their own. In other words the
global financial collapse is on a scale never
before experienced, and frankly no one knows
what to do. °

On Wednesday harried US Treasury Secre-
tary Henry Paulson took to the microphones to
announce that the $700 billion government
bailout for US banks was not working as
expected. A new plan was to be implemented.

President Bush invited world leaders to
Washington this weekend for a Group of 20
summit to discuss 4 co-ordinated response to the
world’s deepening financial crisis.

And, yet, Mr Christie expects Mr Ingraham
to tell the Bahamian people what kind of a
Christmas they are to expect. If Bahamians are
aware of what is happening in their own coun-

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try, and if they are following the world news,
they have sufficient intelligence to already know
that Christmas promises no Santa Claus this
year. They need neither Mr Ingraham nor Mr
Christie to tell them.

“I think (the prime minister) has reflected
what the government’s thinking is at this time,”
State Minister for Finance Zhivargo Laing told
The Tribune over the weekend. “We don’t
know where this matter is going, so we have to
be very careful, very measured in terms of any
response we make. When you are faced with an
uncertain economic environment that could get
worse, you have to be measured in terms of
what you do, because if you extend yourself
fully now, if things get decidedly worse, what
will you do then? I think we have the right posi-
tion given the circumstances today.” '

The IMF has advised each government to
develop various plans to meet whatever might
happen. The Bahamas has plans to meet. the
crisis as it develops.

Mr Ingraham pointed out that the Bahamas
is “somewhat more fortunate than many other
countries,” which he attributed to- successive
governments for “maintaining this position of
economic and fiscal prudence.”

. He believed it would be “inappropriate to cut
recurrent government expenditures at me
time.”

“As suggested by the IMF,” he said, USO: :

ernment spending can provide an important

stimulus to the domestic economy in the face of |

shrinking economic growth.”

However, even this had to watched “if rev-
enue performance turns out to be particularly.
weak.”

His government has already ten a few cau-
tious steps forward to help those who have lost

their jobs and risk losing their homes.

Promotional television and print marketing
has been increased to take advantage of the
Bahamas’ proximity to the United States in
hopes that those who do decide to travel will
make this their preferred destination.

The UK, Canadian, and Asian and Latin
American markets are also being tapped. But, as
he says: “Even the best pump in the world is of
little value if there is no water in the well. We
must all await the return of consumer confi-
dence in the global financial system and most
especially consumer confidence in the US before
we can get our tourism sector back on track
completely.”

In the meantime those who have employ-
ment should work hard to keep their jobs.
Wastage must be reduced in.both the home
and work place, and where possible Bahamians
should shop at home.



Documents on
the Flamingo
incident should
be made public

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE 11th day of November at
the 11th hour the angry guns over

the western front of Europe final-

ly fell silent leaving hundreds of
thousands dead — injured and

families grieving — the war to

end all wars was over but.....
Just in a short number of years

Europe again fell to the aggres-

sion of Hitler and his Reich forces
and again more and more of
Europe’s finest died, were
maimed and families lost their
young ones.

Every year on the Sunday

-before the 11th day of the 11th

month in the western world. we
pause for an hour or so to
remember and give thanks to

. those who gave the ultimate.

Even in our short history we
have heroes, quite soon after

Independence, Cuban aircraft -

attacked one of our small

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Island and we lost our first nation-
al heroes in the Flamingo inci-
dent.

No one really knows why Cuba
attacked the Flamingo, there is
substantive speculation however
as yet the official documents of
the incident have never been
released.

This writer suggests it is time to
make public the currently secret
documents and reports of the
incident not simply to know what
was the reason but.to relaunch
what so unfortunately is the lack
of even knowing of the Flamingo
incident amongst our younger cit-
izens. ©

There are still some of the then
officers and marines alive who
should be given the exposure of

their bravery on that morning and
retell this infamous, but very sig-
nificant hour in Bahamian histo-
Ty. ' -
Early today over Europe in
Australia, New Zealand, Canada
and other now Commonwea!th
country’s the 90th anniversary of
the silencing of the guns was
remembered — just how chilling
was it to see the three surviving
British heroes of the first World
War now all over 100 years as
snappy as they would have done
when in their prime on parade
gave their personal salute hon-
our and remembrance to their

_ fallen comrades:so least we for-

get.

Hoping Cabinet will see the
importance of making public the
official documents of the Flamin-
go incident and that a permanent
exhibition will be put in place.

J MOORE
‘Nassau,
November 11, 2008.

Barack Obama is what the world needed

EDITOR, The Tribune.

America, where. blacks and whites can join hands

AMERICA is back! People are rejoicing. Blacks
and whites are hugging each other and crying from
Florida to New York to Philadelphia. They are cel-
ebrating in the streets. _ .

There is now talk of peace:.This is. what America
needed for a long time.

Countries now want to do business with America.

They want to embrace America. They want to

-come to America. There are smiles on the faces of

Americans.
America now has the opportunity to start afresh.

and live as one.

Where there is equal opportunity for all, no mat-

ter what race, creed or colour.
This is what America needed. ;
‘This is what the world needed. Someone who

has a positive message of hope, change and oppor-

tunity for all.

Not war and divisiveness. Another John F
Kennedy, another Martin Luther King. Senator

Barack Obama.

There is a new President-elect. Someone who talks

about peace, not war.

Someone who talks about ONE United States of

Service industry attitudes are unacceptable

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE allow me to‘refer to

‘your article in two days (Friday,

November 7th) Business section

there is notification that the air- °

port user'fee is being increased
from a $15.00 to $20 by, the first
quarter of 2009 to $25, to $32.50
to $40.00 by the end of 2012 an
overall increase of 166 per cent in
four years.

As a relatively new Bahamian
resident I’m amazed by the self
serving rhetoric issued by the gov-
ernment officials. I am referring
to the Minister of Tourism’s state-
ments of only a few weeks past

that they, the Ministry, would

boost tourism for the Bahamas
in these problematic economic
times by lowering airfares. First
this statement was totally ridicules

‘ as none of the international car-

riers would even consider any

Nassau,

thoughts of lowering fares to a

destination that is in serious dis-

repair and as one of the most —

expensive Caribbean island des-
tinations needs to get its act

together and clean up the coun- ©

try. This island is dirty, garbage
everywhere in total disrepair, bad
road, side walks that haven’t seen
maintenance since the pull out of
the British Government and now
NAD is planning to raise user air-

line fees to pay for the new ter-
minal.

Let’s start at the grass roots of
the problem: Clean up the place;
why don’t Bahamians have
respect for their land, and con-
tinue by. treating the tourist.our
main industry with some respect:
As a white resident have you tried
to walk down Bay Street without
the abuse ‘of taxi drivers and
street.vendors? I can only imag-
ine what the visitors think. As a

PAT STRACHAN

November 13, 2008.

-tesident have you attempted to
. walk from Cable Beach into Nas- is

sau?

The sidewalks are death traps.
I often wonder if this is created by
the.cab drivers so that visitors will
not dare to walk. I have worked
in most Caribbean islands. and
cannot believe that in Nassau the _
attitudes within the service indus-
try is far below acceptable. When
will people working in the ser-
vice industry learn to service the
visitor? If you think working in ‘
the service industry is servitude,
then get out. ©

So, Mr Minister of Tourism,
get your. list organised to bring
the tourists back to Nassau before
this place really goes down the
tubes once Cuba opens up.

MICHAEL PATRICK
Nassau, |
November 7, 2008.

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BIC shuts
flown TDMA
network

THE Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company Limited (BTC)
shut down its TDMA network
yesterday but warned that sub-
scribers will experience disrup-
tions in service for the rest of
November as the company con-
tinues testing the upgraded GSM
platform.

BTC said due to “the density
of the network and cellphone
traffic in Nassau” it could not run
the TDMA network and launch
the upgraded GSM network
simultaneously.

“Therefore we are only able
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dence will not be fully functional
until the end of the month,” said
Marlon Johnson, BTC’s vice-
president for public relations.

In early 2007, BTC began
preparing for this shutdown,
embarking on an aggressive
GSM expansion project. The goal
was to increasé the level of ser-
vices provided and at the same
time expand cellular coverage
throughout New Providence and
the Family Islands.

BTC also increased the

amount of cell sites, expanded *

existing sites and also introduced
an 850 MHZ frequency overlay
in the GSM network. The
upgrade has been largely com-
pleted in the Family Islands, with
a few additional cell sites to be
built and brought on line.

But New Providence requires
a different approach, BTC said. :

Over the final two weeks of {

. November customers in New :
Providence will experience dis-
ruptions in the GSM service as
the upgraded network is tested
and optimised. —

Mr Johnson said BTC “will do
(its) best to minimise disruption
to our customers, but unfortu-
nately this is the only way it could
be done in New Providence...by
the end of the month, customers
will begin to see substantially
improved service in New Provi-
dence and throughout the coun-
try.”

BTC is asking its customers to
get involved in telling the com-
pany where service is not “at
acceptable levels”. The compa-
ny has set up a form on its web-
site www.btcbahamas.com, where
customers can: log information
detailing where they’are having
issues with GSM anywhere in the
country.

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Shareholder hits out at Cable
Bahamas over Internet breakdown

CABLE Bahamas has come under fire from
one of its own shareholders for last week’s
three-day breakdown in internet services.

Financial consultant Richard Coulson said
the company had given itself “a black eye”

_ and undermined Nassau’s reputation as a busi-

ness centre.

And he slammed the response by its
spokesman, Neville Wisdom, as “totally inad-
equate”, raising more questions than it
answered.

The attack came over the weekend in a let-
ter from Mr Coulson to Cable Bahamas pres-
ident and chief operating officer Anthony But-
ler.

He said the breakdown was particularly bad
for financial firms dependent on fast-moving
markets in this time of economic crisis.

“As one of your shareholders and a loyal
subscriber to your Cable TV and Coralwave .
Internet services, it pains me to see a fine com-
pany give itself such a black eye as the recent
collapse of your internet capabilities for as
long as three days,” Mr Coulson wrote.

“Not only does your own company's repu-
tation suffer, but even worse, Nassau's repu-
tation as a modern business and financial cen-
tre suffers.

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“The article in Friday's Tri-
bune I am sure only scratches the
surface of the frustration, incon-
venience, and even financial loss
experienced by your subscribers
from an inability to communicate
or receive vital.information. For
financial firms, dependent on fast-
moving markets in this period of
economic crisis, the probléms were
particularity intense.

“The explanations and apolo-
gies quoted in The Tribune by your
spokesman Mr Neville Wisdom
were a totally inadequate response.
In fact, they raised more questions than they
answered.

“He told us that the problems arose from an
infrastructure up-grade that was supposed:to be
completed between 2am and 6am last Thurs-
day - but that somehow went seriously wrong.
In other words, the collapse was not caused by
external factors or an unexpected Act-of-God
catastrophe, but by your own company's delib-
erate decision to make a service improvement.

“This, of course, provokes a basic query
about the competence of your technical engi-
necring staff that undertook the up-grade. It

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craftspersons.”

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Christmas Craft Show to
be held on December 5th

ARTISANS throughout The Bahamas are
hard at work preparing for the Ministry of
Tourism’s three-day 14th annual Authentical-
ly Bahamian Christmas Craft Show set for
December 5 at Wyndham Nassau Resort,

“From what I have seen so far, this year’ S
show is shaping up to be the best yet,” said
Tourism’s manager Rowena Rolle. “Already
we have almost 100 confirmed exhibits.”

The show coincides with the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s annual general meeting held

“We take the opportunity to create link-
ages with hotel properties so that our tourists
are offered authentically Bahamian-made sou-
venirs and memorabilia,” she said. “This is
especially beneficial for our Family Island

The show will feature Christmas ornaments
and accessories, handcrafted jewellery, Red
Bays’ indigenous straw work, scented soaps
and candles, Bahamian books, scenic paint-
ings, holiday treats, and Christmas plants
i among other attractions, she said.

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

FOR many BTC cellphone sub-
scribers frustrated by the company’s
inability to provide Internet services
through non-Blackberry devices,
change has now come with the com-
pany officially announcing its new
Internet service initiative, according
to a company executive.

BTC vice-president for karketing
Marlon Johnson has confirmed that,
as of November 1, the company.

~ launched its ‘Internet-On The go’

project, which now allows both post-
paid and pre-paid cellular customers
to access the Internet through their
phones.

Mr Johnson explained: “What it

involves is that they would have'to”
first have a phone that is compatible,” ~*

then’ they can come in to either our
flagship or mall location where we

~ will do what is called an over-the-

air activation, send the features that
they want on the phone, work with
them to configure the features cor-
rectly, and then they.can pay as they
go.”

He said for-post-paid clients, there
is an unlimited package being

offered for $25 monthly. He said this -

will allow the user to surf the web
through their cell-phone. For pre-
paid subscribers, Mr Johnson added
that in the absence of a package,
these clients can obtain the same
service at the rate of one penny per
kilobyte.

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puts in doubt Mr Wisdom's oft-
repeated assurance that service
will be even better in the future,
once complex technical issues
‘that were difficult to explain’ are
resolved. Will these future
improvements be handled by the
same team that was working last
Thursday?”

Mr Coulson added: “Even the
best companies inevitably face
occasional crises in their business
lives, as this is for Cable
Bahamas. The real test of good
management is how they handle
these crises. As always, prompt and full dis-
closure with acceptance of responsibility is the
best policy. Reactive answers to questions from
the press by your public relations director do
not do the job. What is needed is an official,
informative statement by yourself, together
with your chairman, that would be released
as a paid notice in the press, radio, and TV.

“Other measures could well be considered.

The most obvious is a one-month's waiver of

fees for all internet subscribers. Another is the
declaration of a special dividend, or modest
increase in your regular quarterly dividends.

Betty Taylor

e

Your reports to shareholders show that you
are in a strong financial position, so that a larg-
er dividend would not starve you of funds need-
ed for continuing capital investment. The
recent declaration of a special dividend by
Commonwealth Bank gave evidence of confi-
dence in their own company, and gives a boost
to confidence in our whole economy. Surely it
is in the best interests of Cable Bahamas also to
encourage such confidence.

“I do hope that these steps, combined with
the restoration of your normally excellent ser-
vice, will result in removing any stains on your
reputation, so that you will continue to attract
new customers and the share price will remain
strong.”

Mr Coulson’s letter echoed complaints from
othet members of the business community.

In Grand Bahama, one business source said
the loss of internet service had serious conse-
quences for those involved in the financial

‘world.

“The loss of service for three days was a
real headache,” he said, “A country that prides
itself on being a banking and financial centre
cannot afford such lapses. It is a really serious
matter for those who need instant global coni-
munication.”

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GOVERNMENT PUBLIC NOTICE

ROAD EXTINGUISHMENT AND NEW ROAD ROUTE NOTICE
Section 5(d) of the Roads Act, Chapter 201, (Amended 2001)

Pursuant to section 5(d) of the Roads Act, chapter 201 (Amended 2001) Notice is hereby given that the Minister responsible
for Public Works intends to extinguish (remove) that section of Adelaide Road shown (red on the plan) at Appendix | to
this Notice and define the new route of travel in an easterly and westerly direction as that of the newly constructed un-
named roads between South Ocean Boulevard ad Adelaide Road as hereunder described. ©

That section of road (formerly called the Rock Plant Road) intersecting Adelaide Road approximately 0.5 miles east of
the intersection of Adelaide Village/ Adelaide Road intersection and running in a northerly direction for a distance of
approximately 1.0 miles to its intersection with another “Unnamed” Road herein referenced as Road B. |

ROAD B.
That section of road running from the northern end of Road A in a Sv ESELY direction for a distance of approximately 2.8
miles to its intersection with South Ocean Boulevard.

Note that the road closure and the use of the new road Corridor simultaneously come into effect as 7: 00am, Monday
17th November 2008.

Note also that the posted speed limit for Roads A & B is 45 miles per hour excepting that section of Road B measured
from its intersection with South Ocean Boulevard for a distance of appr oximately 0.64 miles due east for which it is
. posted at 30 miles per BOUE, 2 ;

_ These: new. road, sections (Road. Aand Road B) will be the new main routes for able travel in the south- western part of
New Providence it in an ey and westerly direction. : SRR TELE’ ELS TROKR Tar eey es



Anita Bernard
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Works & Transport
P.O.Box N-8156
Nassau, Bahamas

14th November, 2008

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 7.

Executive officer for

the postal service



The Bahamas Postal Service

KENNETH MOSS, left, receiving a plaque of appreciation from Andrea Davies, human resource
manager at the Post Office, and Godfrey Clarke, postmaster general.

@ By SIMON LEWIS
‘Bahamas Information
Services

FREEPORT - Minister of
State for Culture Charles
Maynard officially opened
the Grand Bahama Artists
Association’s Thanksgiving
Art Exhibition, calling on
more Bahamians to show-
case their talents. :

The event, which displayed
the talents of 30-plus
painters, was held at the
Freeport Art Centre.

Mr Maynard said he
recently attended a confer-
ence in Colombia which *
attracted cultural ministers
from throughout the
Caribbean and Latin Ameri-
can, and that one of the
things officials sought to:do
was look at the similarities in
cultural expression.

“One of the things that I

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retires after 47 years

@ By KATHRYN
CAMPBELL
Bahamas Information
Services



KENNETH A Moss has

‘retired from the Bahamas

Postal Service after serving
some 47 years.
He began his career as a

clerk at the Bank Lane and

Parliament Street location and

quickly progressed through ~

the ranks, retiring as execu-
tive officer.

From sorting mail in the
“outward” section Mr Moss
moved on to become a‘senior



clerk in 1973.
Six years later he joined the
_Parcel Post section and
remained there until 2000
when he received a supervi-
SOry position, i

Throughout his many years
in the public service, Mr Moss
worked under the employ of
four postmasters, including
Claude Saunders, Charles
Harris, John V Saunders and
Godfrey Clarke, present post-
master.

“I have seen the Post Office
progress from a small build-
ing to one with modern equip-
ment, a larger staff and more

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clients,” said Mr Moss. “The
mail system has improved
over the years. They now have
high speed mail and they aré
doing well,” he added. A

“When I first joined there
was the main Post Office of
Bay Street, the Grants Towa,
Shirley Street and Fox Hill
sub-stations. They have now
expanded to include South
Beach, Elizabeth Estates;
Cable Beach, Carmichae},
Clarence Bain and the Post
Office in the (Lynden Pindling
International) airport. They
have advanced tremendous:
ly,” he said.




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VACANCY NOTICE —

ASSISTANT ENGINEER- MECHANICAL NTENANCE



ENERGY SUPPLY DIVISION

Avacancy exists in the Enerey Supply Division for Assistant Engineer-Mechanical
Maintenance at the Clifton > AN

ier Power Station:

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Maintains maintenance records posta a
Plans and supervises mechanical plant repairs and route maintenance of

diesel engines and auxiliaries with the use of schematics and analysis of »

operational parameters —

Carries out monthly port inspections on all engines during engine .

shutdowns

Gives technical advice to subordinate staff.as required on mechanical
areas of plant aa nia Mit
Prepares and executes budget reports

Orders spares, material and supplies etc., through requisitions and local
purchase orders

Prepares monthly reports

Conducts regular staff meetings

Troubleshoots and repairs on various engine and auxiliary systems to
ensure engine reliability -
Carries out engine performance analysis on all engines to increase engine
reliability and availability ti ea . aa

Performs a variety of administrative functions e.g., performance |

appraisals, training, vacation, overtime assignments,' union matters etc.

Job requirements include:

Bachelor degree/HND in Mechanical Engineering or _ equivalent
qualifications ae

Sound knowledge’ of diesel engine operation. and maintenance “

procedures ;

Ability to make reasonable judgments x ;
Ability to make decisions based on information available .
Oral and written communication skills te

‘Ability to read schematics and interpret technical reports and drawings

Good time management skills _ s
Knowledge of safety procedures and basic mechanical fundamentals
Sound knowledge of project management

Encreried perce should apply by completing and returning an Application
=~ Form to:

-- | Bahamas Elect Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker Road, P. O. Box
~ fe N-7509 - Nassau» Monday, November 24, 2008.

he Manager — Human Resources & Training Department,



ahamas on. or before:



A vacancy exists in the Family Islands Division for the post of Family Island Mariager-North/ —

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_ FAMILY ISLAND MANAGER — NO NTRALANDRO

FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION

Central Andros.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:









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_ Ininimize the length of any outage to the customer.

Oversees the local operations and takes an active part in dealing with
Sea and technical problems: Reports regularly to the AGM-Northern
amas. Fi feat

. Performs administrative duties for the rotection of the corporations’ assets
‘ “such as power stations, lands and buildings etc. also administrates cdst'control

functions (local contracts), expenditure accounts, collection of accounts and’; :
banking. i her SAE CUR SRE OPT 9 othe
Installs and maintains an accurate and efficient metering system at the

customers point of service and ensures proper and timely billing of consumers _

collections and preparation of bank deposits. Ae Pee ea he
Operates and maintains generation and distribution systems in a safe, reliable

and economical manner, while maintaining, accurate and efficient protection

systems for the corporation’s generation and distribution systems that fall under
the. Operation, ie Ti, Be : ria
erates the systems in such a manner as to maximize systems availability and —

Ensures system controls for both generation and distribution system operations
to.optimize customer service and satisfaction while minimizing the cost of
operating the systems. Gia a BAS Jars Weg ok NOLS
Prepares the annual business plan and budgets for the local operations and
assists with the preparation of other long-term plans for the local operation. |
Provides itionthh , quarterly and annual reports on the activitiesand == =.
performance of the operation:so that the degree to which the operation is
achieving its objectives and adhering to corporate policies is known.
Maintains adequate area staffing through Bl-annual review of the organization
and recommends necessary recruitment. Implements Corporate and FID...
performance standards and ensures they are achieved. Recommends specific
training/development needs for staff. ; 5

Manages subordinate staff, administers discipline, conducts performance
appraisals and recommiends increments/performance incentive payments.
Responds to forced outages and corrective maintenance occurrences in such a
manner as to minimize downtime and forced outages.

Job requirements include:

Bachelor degree/HND in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
qualifications 7 years experience in generation repair and maintenance
operations and/or 7 years in distribution construction, repair and maintenance
operations ‘y

Good judgment and sound reasoning ability.

Good time management skills . : ok

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

eet to interpret technical reports and drawings

Sound knowledge of distribution and transmission systems and their planning
and operations

Sound knowledge of safety procedures

stéd“persons should apply..by completing and returning an Application Form to: The

Manager — Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation,
Blue Hill & Tucker Road, P. O. Box N-7509 - Nassau Bahamas on or before: Monday,
November 24, 2008. ae :





BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATIO



A vacancy exists at the Long Island Operations -Family Islands Division for the
post of Electrical Technician. ;

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FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION

































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Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

‘Job requirements include:

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to:.

- The Manager — Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Blue Hill ‘& Tucker Road, P. O. Box N-7509 - Nassau Bahamas on or

‘before: Monday, November 24, 2008. oe



A vacancy exists in the Corporation for the post of Mechanical Technician (Special Projects),
Family Islands Division. ;

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Job requirements include:

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to: The Manager.
— Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill &
Tucker Road, P. O. Box N-7509 - Nassau Bahamas on or before: Monday. November 24, 2008.

“¢ Assists with preparing cost estimates for persons wishing to connect to the
Corporation’s supply and accompanying technical reports

“¢ Assists with advising local managers on various distribution matters. This
may include visiting various islands to gather information and providing
recommendations to improve operations

“+ Assists with conducting research and preparing reports for various
distribution related activities including coordination of shipping and
receiving of goods to local distribution departments

“+ Assists with the planning and execution of distribution projects and
ensures that there is uniformity in the interpretation of policies related to

- the department for local managers

¢* Assists with investigating’ and recommending customer claims for

damages






“* Successful completion. of Ordinary Technical Diploma Program .
(Electrical) or an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering
¢* A minimum 4-5 years of experience
“* A. good working knowledge of distribution system construction and
. Operations maintenance and technical knowledge of electrical schematics,
circuitry, and equipment ee me
“* The ability. to read schematic diagrams and written and. verbal
_ communication skills
“ Proficiency with specialized tools, such as meggars, digital meters and
voltage detector meters .
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MECHANICAL TECHNICIAN
FAMILY ISLANDS DIVISION —



Troubleshoots and epol mechanical defects is on the power plant
-. equipment. This involves the use of schematic, and the analysis of
‘operational parameters (i.e., temperatures, pressures, etc.) ”
Performs routine maintenance and major overhauls on generator sets and
auxiliaries. This includes a range of mechanical tasks such as: qualifying
or replacing various, and equipnigat installation and assembly, which
usually requires precision alignments ©
Plans mechanical based jobs. This includes the preparation of a proposal
(including budget, funding, materials) liaison with vendors (domestic and
international) about prices, product validity and shipping arrangements,
and the co-ordination of mechanical tasks with peers/ subotdinates
Leads related staff members and contractors by giving instructions, and
reviewing and inspecting completed work to ensure adherence to
specifications and quality controls
Leads related staff in the maintenance and repair of mechanical/electrical
equipment auxiliaries and land and buildings. This involves cleaning,
overhauling, calibrating and testing tasks performed on various gas
turbines, motors, generators and other plant equipment, and station
building repairs and fuel systems. It also involves performing technical
ae some land and building duties e.g. fuel line work self/contract land
uilding
Coordinates the delivery of fuel to Family Island Stations by maintaining
fuel supply statistics and liaising with vendors to arrange shipments
Prepares technical reports with regards to the performance of plant
equipment and assignments. This includes reports such as: defects report, °
performance, and assignment progress reports

Successful completion of Ordinary Technical Diploma Program (Plant
Mechanics Fluids and Hydraulics)
A minimum 4-5 years of experience
Knowledge of electrical, schematics, circuitry and equipment to maintain |
and repair electrical and auxiliary equipment as needed’
' Ability to interpret various plant systems and equipment schematics in
terms of mechanical function ;
Knowledge of Excel and AutoCAD software for statistical reports
components and technical drawings i anh.
Proficiency with specialized tools, statistics such as: precision line
measuring devices (e.g., micrometers, dial gauge indicators, etc.),
machining tools, and equipment specific tools loses hydraulic bolt
tensioners, etc.)
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Minister of H
contribution and importance of nurses.

@ By MATT MAURA
Bahamas Information
Services

NURSES are the backbone
of the healthcare system in The
Bahamas and without them the
system “would likely collapse,”
claims Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis.

Addressing the 32nd annual
Nurses Association of the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas
Conference. which opened
Thursday in New Providence,
Dr Minnis said nurses have
made many meaningful contri-
butions to the delivery of health-
care in The Bahamas, not only
at clinical level, but also at the
administrative level.

Dr Minnis said nurses are

unique in that they deliver

healthcare to people in all set-
tings “whether it is in homes,
hospitals, community clinics,
schools, worksites or institutions.
As a matter of fact, wherever
people are found.”

“Nurses start the delivery of
healthcare as they screen
patients, assess their conditions,
establish their vitals and begin
the process of observation and
evaluation,” Dr Minnis said.
“Physicians have come to rely
upon their accurate assessments,

- observations and nursing diag-
noses.

“T have a great deal of respect
for nurses (as they) are a
cadre of healthcare
professionals who provide
health service to patients/clients
24 hours each day,” Dr Minnis
added.

Dr-Minnis said nurses face
many challenges in “delivering
healthcare of the highest cali-
bre.”

He said these include rising
costs of healthcare, increasing
consumer expectations and
demands, ageing populations,
nursing shortages, natural and
man-made disasters, new and
re-emerging diseases, a rise in
chronic, non-communicable dis-
eases and the need to focus on
community-based care.

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Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB) Conference held last Thursday at Workers’ House. Dr
Minnis lauded nurses for their many contributions to healthcare in The Bahamas. Seated (from left) are: Perse-
phone Munnings (NACB), Stephanie Poitier (NACB), Mrs Marcel Johnson, acting director of nursing, Dr Minnis,
Prescola Rolle, president, NACB, Rosemarie Josey, president-elect, NACB, and Ms Mary Johnson, former director
of nursing. Standing (from left) are: Dominique Rox (NACB), Lisa Stovel-Rolle (NACB), Nancy Lightbourne (NACB),
Jennifer King (NACB), Millie Brooks (NACB), Andrea Nottage (NACB), Rebecca Johnson (NACB), Karol Mackey
(NACB), Sherry Pinder (NACB) and Judy Bridgewater (NACB).

challenges, nurses “have led the
way” in the Expanded Pro-
gramme on Immunisation -
which has always been managed
by nurses - and which, he said, is
the envy of “many in the
region.”

“Our immunisation coverage
has consistently ranged from 86
per cent to 99 per cent (which is)
truly a magnanimous accom-
plishment for a small country
with limited resources,” Dr Min-
nis added.

Dr Minnis said that in ““appre-
ciation” of the important role
nurses have played and continue
to play in the delivery of quality
primary healthcare, the govern-
ment provided an allocation in
the 2008/9 Budget to support
the studies of 25 new nursing
students at the College of The

Bahamas for the Fall semester.

“Additionally, we supported
the reinstatement of ten nurs-
ing students who had to with-
draw for various reasons from a
previously approved grant.”

Dr Minnis said the Cabinet
had approved the engagement

of a consultant to co-ordinate

* the Community Health Nursing

Diploma Programme at COB.

He said the government,
through its agencies — the
Department of Public Health
and the Public Hospitals
Authority — is “supporting” 18
registered nurses/midwives in
this programme.

“T am told that these nurses
are expected to graduate from
the programme next year and
will join their colleagues in pub-
lic health in New Providence,
Grand Bahama and the Family
Islands, to lead the way in deliv-
ering quality healthcare to all
citizens of The Bahamas,” Dr
Minnis said.

“Tam pleased to say that qual-
ity healthcare has been deliv-
ered to our people in The
Bahamas for decades and that,
yes, nurses have led the way and
to say that the government and
people of our country owe a
great.debt of gratitude to nurs-
es,” Dr Minnis added.

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ml By CHESTER
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-BAHAMAS Ferries broke
the traditional champagne
bottle to christen the newest
addition to their fleet, the
Bohengy II, at their main
office on Pottey’s Cay Dock.

According to Bahamas Fer-
ries’ chairman Craig Symon-
ette, with the addition of a
new state of the art vessel will
come a State of the art depar-
ture lounge.

Mr Symonette said the com-
pany is not happy with its pre-
sent facilities under the bridge.

“The most critical hold back
to our present operation
remains our Nassau Harbour
facilities. Potter’s Cay, our
present location, is severely
strained, and Bahamas Fer-
ries is certainly not proud of
our present facilities...What
we envision is a modern air-
port-style departure lounge
where passengers are ticket-

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is a must for this harbour.”:
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company for taking a risk in
their line of business and con-
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entrepreneurship,

“In transportation, as in
every sector of our economy,
the importance of small and

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late Franklyn Butler
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during the official
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for The Bohengy
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chairman Craig
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SECURITY.
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Turnquest is
given a guided
tour by Bahiajnas
Ferries chainnan
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FROM page 10

said Mr Turnquest.

He revealed that govern-
ment is going ahead with plans
to refurbish the Eleuthera ter-.
‘minals, both on the mainland
side and at Harbour Island.

“We will make them some-
thing worthy to match
Bohengy II,” said Mr Turn-
quest.

Mr Symonette pointed out
that the government had sup-,
ported the company even
when it presented a somewhat
controversial application for
permission to allow foreign
equity owners because it did
not have the capital to begin
this type of transportation.

“Tonight, it is with a certain’
degree of pride I would like
to now inform your govern-
ment that while Bahamas Fer-
ries has never paid a dividend,
we have in fact repurchased
the overseas equity...and
tonight we represent a truly
Bahamian corporation,” said
Mr Symonette.

“At the same time we have
been able to add two addi-
tional Ropax Ferries which
are at the end of the pier, in
addition to The Bohengy I
and The Bohengy II.”

He thanked team members
for making an ‘on time’ and

‘on budget’ delivery and gave
honourable mention to Mr
Ingraham who was prime min-
ister when the company
began.

“First Mr Minister, I must
thank your administration and
particularly Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham,” said Mr
Symonette.

“It was just over ten years
ago that Mr Peter Vlasov, Mr
Tyronne Sawyer, who is here
with, us tonight, and myself
made a presentation to your
' first:administration to allow
us, Bahamas Ferries, to intro-
duce high-speed waterborne
transportation to Spanish
Wells and Harbour Island.”.

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Due to the changed business environment, growth in business operations as well as Reporting to the Capital Projects Manager, you are responsible for ensuring the execution of the
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financial professionals. == - responsible for coordinating with contractors and others on engineering matters. This covers oth
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Project Controller ' most likely with a Bachelors degree in mechanical and or electrical engineering You will fave

Reporting to the Capital Projects Manager, you would have a functional line to the Senior Controller. As more than 5 years of experience in relevant project work and are both able and comfortable dealine
Project Controller you are responsible for the financial accounting and controlling of the Capital Projects. with contractors and specialists in all areas of construction. Experience in tank constuction 0!
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Projects. You will have a Bachelor’sdegree in Accounting or Finance with a CA or CPA certification. Engineers specialised in the various. engineering areas for the day to day QC in the field

You will have several years of experience in an accounting and controlling role. You preferably have ;

experience controlling large projects. You are pro-active, accurate and have an eye for details. You are Quality Control and Assurance Engineers

a strong communicator and are able to deal with people at different levels in different functions both Reporting to the Chief Project Engineer, as QCA Engineers you are specialised in a spevilic area
inside and outside of the Company. of mechanical, electrical or civil construction. You are responsible for the day to day monituiine 4
and supervision of constr uction activities in the field and the inspection and validation of execute! |

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professional Project Management department. The department is headed by the Capital

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out by contractors. The aim is to ensure safe, timely and on budget delivery of these projects. You play _ Maintenance Manager
an important role coordinating between the project team and the rest of the organisation as well as with — Reporting to the Techincal Operations Director, you will be responsible for all technical & engineering |
contractors and sub-contractors. You will have a strong technical background, a BSc engineering degree —_ aspects of maintaining the technical integrity of existing facilities (both for land and marine aor) |
with 5 to 10 years of relevant experience, coupled with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Besides performing basic engineering tasks, this also entails developing technical scopes for proj.
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had experience negotiating with and managing contractors/vendors and monitoring the execution of large = Manager with development and implementation of long term maintendnce strategy, 1% Vieterny
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of construction projects and related engineering aspects, with several years of relevant experience in
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the statement read: “Whatever polit-
ical balance means in article 40, I
am wholly unpersuaded that it is syn-
onymous with membership in a
political party as Mr (Paul) Adderley
insists. That is too narrow a view
and, in any event, following the tor-
tuous discussions that were pursued
by the framers of the constitution in
1973, the final instructions to the
draftsman was ‘political balance’ and
not ‘membership in a political party’.

“It is common ground between
parties that the effective power to
appoint the three senators under
article 39(4) lies with the prime min-
ister and that his duty to consult does
not require him to select from a list
conceived by the Leader of the
Opposition, as Mr Adderley sug-
gests.

“Accordingly, in my view, in the
context of matters presumably with-
in his own knowledge, the prime
minister was correct when his letter
of the 18th.May, 2007, to the Leader
of the Opposition he stated: Article
40 does not require the prime min-
ister to put forward the names of
persons who are members of one
particular political party.”

The opposition party was seeking
to have Mr Ingraham’s appointment
of Tanya Wright made invalid along
with Mr Musgrove.

However, the Chief Justice deter-
mined that Mrs Wright had no
strong FNM affiliation as was sug-
gested by the opposition.

Mr Musgrove, on the other hand,
was determined by the court to be a
strong supporter of the FNM and
thus did not represent political bal-
ance.

Mr Ferguson’s statement revealed

that Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie .

exchanged several letters in May
regarding the appointment of the
three remaining senators.

In a letter to Mr Ingraham dated

May 8, 2007, Mr Christie suggested
that the remaining three senators
had to be representatives of his par-
ty, nominated by himself.

In Mr Ingraham’s response dated
May 17, 2007, he rejected Mr
Christie’s claim and offered to
appoint one person of the opposi-
tion leader’s choosing, and suggested
Mr Musgrove and Mrs Wright be
considered for. the two remaining
seats.

The next day Mr Christie
responded: “Since neither Mrs
Wright nor Mr Musgrove is a mem-

' ber of the PLP... cannot possibly

agree - and do not agree - to either of
the them being appointed.”
According to the statement, Mr
Christie then suggested that Michael
Halkitis, Raynard Rigby, Fayne
‘Thompson and Ricardo Treco be
considered by Mr Ingraham as
appointees for the three Senate posi-

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tions.

Mr Ingraham responded to Mr }
Christie the same day, stating that he :
would only appoint Mr Halkitis per }
Mr Christie’s proposal, but that he :
intended to uphold his appointment :
of Mrs Wright and would consult :
with Mr Christie regarding the final }

position.

Two days later Mr Christie restat- :
ed his position that Mr Ingraham :
was obligated by constitutional law :
to fill the three remaining Senate }

seats with PLPs.
Mr Ingraham fired back immedi-

ately saying he was not prepared to :
advise the Governor General to }
appoint anyone recommended by :
: measured in terms of any response
He proposed to Mr Christie that he
would appoint Leslie Miller, former :
MP for the PLP, as the third senator :
in addition to Mrs Wright and Mr :
do, because if you extend yourself

Mr Christie apart from Mr Halkitis.

Halkitis.

Mr Ingraham then gave Mr:
Christie until the following day for :
further consultation, “as parliament :
i en the circumstances today,” he told
‘The Tribune.

was soon to open.”

Following Mrs Wright’s appoint- i
ment to the Senate, Mr Christie :
brought an action in the Supreme }
Court, calling the appointment :
: ees go, citing the global financial cri-

Mr Christie then brought an :
action in the Supreme Court after }
Mr Musgrove’s appointment to the :
Senate earlier this year, again calling ; |
: putting them on a four week on,

“Whilst the FNM is disappointed
with the view of the Chief Justice as :
: from the hotel's line staff were made

unconstitutional.

it unconstitutional.

to the propriety.of the appointment

of Mr Musgrove, it is pleased with :
the Justice’s acceptance that: The :
decision as to who should be the :
three senators to be appointed to :
the Senate is that of Mr Ingraham :
and not Mr Christie; the prime min- :
ister was not obliged to appoint the ;
persons on any list prepared by Mr :
Christie and the prime minister is :
not required o appoint members of : : }
the PLP as the fe senators,” said : designed to assist the unemployed |
: and under-employed for up to a

: year, comes from:the National

the statement.

It is not yet known whether the :
PLP will appeal the Chief Justice’s :
Tuling with regard to Mrs Wright.







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nishing of money by a government
or some other authority in aid or
support of an institution or under-
taking.

When the government was con-
sidering creative ways to help people
retain their jobs, Minister of State
for Finance Zhirvargo Laing said
that government has sufficient ini-
tiatives on stream to help Bahami-
ans weather the economic turbu-
lence, as outlined in the prime min-
ister’s televised address on the state
of the economy last week.

“T think (the prime minister) has

reflected what the government’s

thinking is at this time. We don’t
know where this matter is going, so
we have to be very careful, very

we make. When you are faced with
an uncertain economic environment

‘that could get worse, you have to

be measured in terms of what you.

fully now, if things get decidedly
worse, what will you do then? I
think we have the right position giv-

' Last week, Kerzner International,
parent company of the Atlantis
Resort and Casino, let 800 employ-

sis and low occupancy rates.

The week before, Baha Mar laid
off seven cocktail waitresses at the
Wyndham Resort and Casino,

four week off work schedule.
Recently, more than 40 employees

redundant and over 40 employees

from the Sheraton Hotel were ter-
minated.

Increased lay-offs in the hospital-
ity sector - of which more than 50
per cent of the local workforce is
employed - will lead to droughts in
the retail and wholesale areas and
lead to defaults on consumer debts,
Mr Smith said.

"It's all connected because more
than 50 per cent of our labour force
works in the tourism sector and they
in turn, when they get paid, obvi-
ously spend that in the local econo-
my, supporting retail-and wholesale
establishments so it's going to be a
lag before you feel the effect of that.
Even losing your jobs means out-
standing credit for instance, people
using credit cards, they're not going
to make those repayments and so
credit card payments will likely dry
up as well even though the credit
overhang will still be on the unem-
ployed person.

“That's-why I think digging our-
selves out of this will be more than
just a resumption of jobs, even if
there is a turnaround in the United
States, because many households
are really further in debt than we
think.

“This is a crisis unlike anything
we've seen before - downturns fol-
lowing 9/11 or in the early 1980s
were all very short-lived and we ben-
efited from events in other parts of
the world forcing Americans to trav-
el closer to home. But I think what
we are seeing, on top of the Ameri-
can crisis, is a global crisis and a lack _
of confidence on the part of all con-. ©
sumers,” he said.

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Yesterday, Minister of State ~
for Finance Zhivargo Laing said
the government would not imple-.
ment a scheme unless it was sus-
tainable but added that one could

. not speculate on the effectiveness

of the programme until specific
details were released by the prime
minister.

“The government would only
contemplate something that was
sustainable and that has actuarial
backing and logistics for it.
Because in all that we are con-
fronted with we cannot in any
way jeopardise the stability and
integrity of the government’s fis-
cal situation because that will only
further endanger us,” he told The
Tribune.

But Mr Smith contends the
fund will not'go far enough in
helping locals meet their: basic
needs. "The (unemployment
assistance) helps, but with the
minimum wage you're not éven -
covering mortgage payments
much less food. So we have. a
deeper problem. That's only a
small assistance. I think what we
really need to focus on is creating
jobs and retaining jobs and grow-
ing the economy,” said Mr Smith.

He added that while the gov-
ernment’s plans to tackle the eco-
nomic downturn - such as the
acceleration of capital projects
and financial assistance plans -
are “laudable” they will not be
viable in the long term.

"The government has started
to do some things which are laud-

‘able, the acceleration of capital

projects and assistance handouts,
but the point is .it's not sustain-
able. The government itself will
be running a larger deficit and
it's only so much money they can —
borrow or give out. So there
needs to be a look at other ways
of keeping the economy afloat
for at least another 18 months."

One way to create more rev-
enue for the government would
be the sale of public assets like
BTC, and the government’s stake
in Bank of the Bahamas, he
added.

Family ‘fight
FROM page one |

. When officers arrived they
found a man lying on the ground
with a stab wound on the left side
of his chest, Asst Supt Walter
Evans reported.

EMS personnel were called
and pronounced the victim dead
at the scene.

This was the 68th homicide for
the year in the Bahamas.

Police believe the victim was
involved in an altercation with a
close relative earlier that evening.

Yesterday, CSP Miller told The
Tribune that a relative of the vic-
tim was assisting police with their
investigations and could be
arraigned on formal charges as
early as tomorrow.

Police are also investigating a
double stabbing in the area of
Market and King Streets which
left a 31-year-old Woodes Alley
resident with wounds to the chest
and right side of his neck and a
28-year-old Andros Avenue resi-
dent with head wounds.

ASP Evans reported that short-
ly after 7pm on Friday, the two
men were involved “in a verbal
exchange” which resulted in both |
receiving injuries.

Just how the altercation began;
remains unclear, ASP Evans said,
but both men are detained in hos-
pital in serious condition.

ASP Evans added that the _
weapon used in the aia was
unknown.

Investigations continue.
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Africa fails Zimbabwe: Another burden for Obama





@ By Sir Ronald Sanders

A ORMER
Caribbean Head of

Government, who should know,
told me a few months ago that
the only way Robert Mugabe is
leaving Zimbabwe is “feet first.”
In other words, Mugabe will die
before relinquishing power in
Zimbabwe.

As conditions in Zimbabwe
rapidly deteriorate, I have been

reminded of that former.

Caribbean leader’s words. Zim-
babwe is already a fully failed
state; life itself has become a
daily lottery for the majority of
its people who are being starved
or brutalised. It is obvious to
all that Mugabe should hand
over power to Morgan Tsvan-
girai who, by all objective
accounts, won the March 29th
elections. Yet, Mugabe, with the
‘ help of.the leaders of his mili-
tary, holds on to power with a
vice-like grip.

Mugabe’s regime has used
the vilest tactics to punish peo-
ple, particularly women, who
have supported Tsvangari’s
Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC). AIDS-Free
World, an advocacy group
founded by Canada’s former
United Nations Ambassador,
Stephen Lewis, has ‘collected
testimony from women who
survived organised gang rapes
by members of Mugabe’s
ZANU-PF party after he lost
the March elections. The
women give horrific accounts
of multiple rapes and brutal
beating by gangs who openly
identified themselves with the
ZANU-PF. The group reports
that “many of the women still
have unhealed wounds five
months later, since Zimbabwe’s
medical system has entirely
ceased to function, and all need
HIV tests.”

It has to be recalled that
Zimbabwe was once a flourish-
ing country that not only fed
itself but exported food to many
neighbouring African states and
other commodities to the world.
* Today, 5 million of the 9 mil-
lion people who remain there
are dependent on food aid.
Almost four million Zimbab-
weans have fled into neigh-
bouring states, particularly
South Africa where they eke



Sir Ronald Sanders



out a living and where there
have been incidents of beatings
by South Africans who regard
them as a.threat to jobs.
Inflation in Zimbabwe is cur-
rently running at 230 million
per cent. It is a figure that
defies comprehension. A good
indicator of what that means is
that, if inflation in any
Caribbean country rises over 10
per cent, everyone would be
mortified about the cost of liv-
ing. In the year running up to
the March elections and since

’ then, the former President of

South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has

tried unsuccessfully to broker a,

power-sharing deal between
Mugabe and Tsvangirai. His
attempts have been a miserable
failure.

Tsvangirai’s MDC party
understood that a power-shar-
ing deal, heralded in Septem-
ber with much fanfare, meant
“striking a fair balance of pow-
er of all ministries in the unity
government and sharing diplo-
matic appointments and assign-

_Ing key government posts.”

But, Mugabe kept control over
both the military forces and the

SmartChoice

SS

police, and when a meeting of
key leaders in Southern Africa
was called in October to try to
resolve the issues, Tsvangirai
could not attend because the
Mugabe regime refused to issue
him a passport.

Emergency

As conditions worsened in
Zimbabwe, the leaders of the
Southern African Development
Committee (SADC) held an
emergency meeting on Novem-
ber 9th to address the issue.
Again, it was a spectacular fail-
ure. Only 5 of the 15 Presidents
turned-up. They listened to pre-
sentations by Mugabe, Tsvan-
girai and Arthur Mutambara,
the leader of an MDC splinter

group, and then asked them to.

recuse themselves from the
meeting. Tsvangirai and
Mutambara left, but Mugabe
flatly refused to leave the room.
He, therefore, participated in a
decisior that materially affected
him. The decision, when it
came, was a complete nonsense.
It insisted that a power-sharing
government should start to
function immediately and that
the Ministry of Home Affairs
should have two ministers, one

‘appointed by Mugabe and the

other by Tsvangirai.

So it seems the SADC
mountain went forth and pro-
duced a mouse, and it wasn’t
even a mouse that pretended to
roar. No riot act was read to
Mugabe, no threats of sanctions
were made, no declaration was
uttered that his regime would

be isolated by SADC if he did .

not comply with a. supervised
power-sharing arrangement. All
that SADC succeeded in doing
is continuing Mugabe’s misrule
and the further worsening of
life for all Zimbabweans. Natu-

rally, Tsvangirai has rejected |

the decision altogether.

So with an abdication of its
responsibility to the people of
Zimbabwe, SADC has left Zim-

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fate that can only bring more
starvation, more refugees, a
worsening of the economy and,
sadly, more brutality against the
Zimbabwean people and more
bloodshed.

Thus far, the developed
nations of the world have left
intervention in Zimbabwe to
the Southern African countries
and particularly South Africa
for fear that Mugabe would
accuse them of racism. Mugabe
has ranted and raved at the
British government in particu-
lar, and at other governments,
including the United States,
accusing them of punishing him
over seizure of lands owned by
white farmers. But, of course,
Mugabe’s reign of terror is now
directed at the black Zimbab-
wean people. What is happen-
ing there is naked abuse of pow-
er and the most awful brutali-
sation of native people.

SADC - and all of Africa —
cannot assail the world’s devel-
oped nations if their govern-
ments decide that intervention
in Zimbabwe is now essential
to stop a humanitarian crisis of
major proportions. SADC lead-
ers had a great chance to show
that Africa could manage its
own crises firmly and success-
fully. They blew. it.

Fortunately, once Barack
Obama assumes the Presidency
of the United States of Ameri-
ca, if the US government
decides to join with others,
through the UN Security Coun-
cil, to free Zimbabweans of
Mugabe’s dictatorship, the accu-
sation of racism would be a hol-
low cry.

The Caribbean should hope
that Obama will give Zimbabwe
early attention. For not only will
his attention bring relief to mil-
lions of Africans, it will also
help to ensure that a major por-
tion of aid money, which the
Caribbean would welcome,
does not have to be diverted to
rebuilding Zimbabwe after
Mugabe’s spree of destruction.

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@ By PAUL ALEXANDER
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SHANGHAI, China (AP) —
Novak Djokovic's victory cele-
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ous melee. It wouldn't have
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on his new trophy, so he had to
ask the trainer to apply a ban-
dage before the awards cere-
mony.

"You don't feel the pain in
the moments of happiness," he
said.

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Djokovic with perfect bookends
to his year. He won the Aus-
tralian Open in January for his
first Grand Slam.

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and he has plenty of time to
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Djokovic's victory — his first
since the Rome Masters in May
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of Federer's total of 5,205, and
the Swiss star's aching back,

which caused him to pull out .

during the Paris Masters two
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of Federer, but the sore knee
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him out of next weekend's
Davis Cup final between Spain
and Argentina.

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easy feat since Djokovic will
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WHILE Golden Gates
clinched the co-ed pennant on
Saturday, the men and 17-and-
under divisional titles will be
decided as the Baptist Sports
Council wrap up its 2008 Rev.
Dr. William Thompson Softball
Classic's regular season this

“coming Saturday.

In a rematch of last year's

final, Golden Gates turned the ©

_ tables on defending champions

Macedonia with a 17-12 slugfest

on Saturday at the Baillou Hills”

Sporting Complex to take the
co-ed pennant after both teams
finished at 3-1.

In the men's division, Shaw
AME Zion doubled up Calvary
Deliverance 12-6 and Transfig-

~ uration posted another shutout
‘. with an 11-0 stoppage over

Faith United as both teams

_ improve their front-running

records to 7-1.

‘On Saturday, Shaw AME
completes its regular season
against Faith United and Trans-

. figuration meet Temple Fel-

lowship. Shaw AME would
have to win to avoid Transfigu-
ration winning the pennant.
The playoff picture would
also. be complete as a result of
those two games as Calvary
Deliverance have the third spot
Secured at 6-2 after they split
their double header on Satur-

day, winning 12-10 over Temple -

Fellowship in their other game.

Temple Fellowship and Faith
United are tied at 5-3 in fourth
spot, but as a result of winning
in their head-to-head match-up,
Temple Fellowship have the
advantage to get in if they both
lose.

And in the 17-and-under divi-
sion, Macedonia finished at 3-1
and will be waiting the outcome
of the final two games between
Golden Gates and Faith United
and New Bethlehem against
Temple Fellowship.

Both Faith United and Tem- |

ple Fellowship are 2-1 in sec-
ond, but only Temple Fellow-
ship have a shot at winning the
pennant, having defeated Mace-
donia in their head-to-head
meeting.

e Here’s a summary of the
games played on Saturday:

Golden Gates 17, Macedonia
12 (Co-ed): Batting around the
clock in the top of,the fourth,
Golden Gates scored nine runs
to take control of the game and
clinch the pennant.

Ramon Johnson had three
hits with a RBI, scoring twice;
Renee Davis had four hits with
two RBIs, scoring three times;
Randy Wallace had three hits,
three RBIs and scored two runs
and Joyce Minus. had two hits
and she and Nickie Major
scored two runs apiece.

LOCAL SPORTS

Golden Gates turn tables
on champs Macedonia

Cardinal Gilbert had three
hits amd scored fopur times for
Macedonia. Brian Capron had a
pair of triples wirth three RBIs,
scoring a run.and Ray Johnson
and Tonya Armbrister both
scored twice.

Transfiguration 11, Faith
United 0 (Men): Alexander
Bain just missed another per-
fect game, walking Weston
Saunders to lead off the top of
the third. But he finished with a
no-hitter, striking out seven,
including the side in the first
inning.

Collin ‘Troppy’ Knowles suf-
fered the loss, giving up six hits
in the first inning as Transfigu-
ration went on to score all of
their runs to secure. the abbre-
viated three inning affair via the
ten-run rule.

Batting around the clock,
Stephen ‘Slugger’ Brown was
2-for-2 with a RBI single and a
‘two-run triple, scoring both
times; Renaldo Russell had a
two-run homer; his father Eddie
Russell had a two-run double,
scoring a run and Ed Knowles
and Van Johnson both scored
twice.

Shaw AME Temple 12, Cal-
vary Deliverance 6 (Men):
Dwayne Stevens went 3-for-4
witrh four RBIS and a/run
scored; Garfield Bethel 2-for-
4; Shanta Albury had a two-run

NEW PROVIDENCE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

BS Cybots st

m@ By BRENT STUBBS ©
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Electro Telecom
Cybots sent out a clear message
Saturday night that they don’t
just want to settle for. making

the New Providence Basketball —

Association final again.

They want to win the whole
hog.

Ina rematch of last year’s
final, the Cybots stunned the
defending champions Com-
monwealth Bank 94-93 in the

' feavase contest at the Kendal

Isaacs Gymnasium as the rising

.. young stars took over to enter;
_ tain the fans after the Legend’s

.. Classic was completed.

The final score was decided
on a controversial play that put
Delvonne Duncombe at the
foul line as he completed a
three-point play on goal tending
and a foul on Jimmy Mackey.

Electro Telecom celebrated

_ after the victory as they stayed

‘you can beat them,”

undefeated at 4-0 to snatch the
top spot in the league from the
Giants, who slipped to second
with their first loss at 3-1.

“The Giants are a pretty good
team, so it’s always good when
said
Cybots’ coach Wadye Watson.
“Our guys are playing much

_ better than they did last year,

sO we envision that we will be

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right there. We had some men-
tal lapses. coming down to the

end of the third and the begin-

ning of the fourth quarter, but
we have some chemistry start-
ing to build so as the season
progresses, it’s going to be dif-
ficult to beat the Cybots.”

While Duncombe turned out
to be the Giant killer with his
game winning basket, finishing
with 22 points, Electro Telecom
got a big game on the inside
from Marvin Barr.

The lanky center was able to
produce a side high 27 points
before he fouled out with three
minutes and 12 seconds left in
the game with the Cybots hold-
ing a 82-76 lead.

“T felt I did an okay job. At
the end I fouled out and I had
to put it on the shoulders of the
other guys,”
“But they were able to pull it
out for us.”

Barr, however, is not going
to let his team-mates rest on
their laurels.

“It’s just one game. We will

probably meet them again,” he.

insisted. “So when we do, we
will have to hope that we can
come up with this same type of
energy and enthusiasm.”

The Cougars got a game high
30 points from Michael ‘Fern-
ley’ Bain with Jimmy Mackey
and Jeremy Hutchinson both
contributing 19. Creto Knowles

Barr reflected.

added 12. Coach Perry Thomp-
son said it was a keenly con-

- tested game that could have
gone either way.

“The first half we didn’t play
that well. We were a little lack-
lustes after playing a hard

. fought game against the Police
the night before,” he pointed
out.

“But the team preserved in
the second half. We came back
and we had our chances to win.
It just went the Cybots way

- tonight. They played a very
good game.’

Thompson said the Giants
will take it one game at a time
and as the season progresses
and they have everybody out,
they should still be in a position
to defend their title.

At the beginning, the Giants

didn’t look like the champions
as they found themselves trail-
ing 28-16 at the end of the first
quarter as Barr canned 12 of
the Cybots’ first 16 points and
Brian Bain hit two of their final
three-pointers.

In the second quarter, Electro
Telecom continued to build on
their lead, posting a 51-35 half-
time margin as Nelson Joseph
and Cruz Simon stepped up big
to make their contribution.

Although the Giants made a
bent under the ten-point margin
throughout the third as the big
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triple, scoring a run and Dar-
ren Stevens was 1-for-4 with
two runs scored.

Maxwell Jenoure got the win
over Brad Wood Jr on the
mound.

Calvary Deliverance scored
all of their runs in the third, led
by Wood’s double and sparked
by Floyd McKay’s RBI double
and Clayton Rolle’s two-run
double as they all scored.

Temple Fellowship 6, Golden
Gates 5 (Men): Addie Finley
had two walks and scored two
unearned runs, the last repre-
senting the winning run in the
fourth for Temple Fellowship.
Brian Armbrister had a two-run
triple, scoring a run.

Alfred Munnings got the win
over Peter Rahming on the
mound.

Angelo Dillet and Randy
Wallace both had a RBI triple,
scoring a run and- Vince

. Williams and Preston Rahming

had a RBI single and Peter
Rahming a RBI double as
Williams and Preston Rahming
scored a run each.

Temple Fellowship 15, Gold-
en Gates 5 (17-under): Addie
Finley had a perfect 4-for-4 day,
just missing completing the
cycle with a home run, two dou-
bles and a single, driving in
three runs and scoring four
times to lead Temple Fellow-

’ Michael Bain and Jimmy Mack-*

ey went to work, they still
trailed 69-59 at the break.

It wasn’t until the final five
minute mark that the Giants
really got back into the game,
sparked by Adrian Miller’s
three-pointer and Creto
Knowles’ three-point play.

After Barr fouled out, Bain
came through with a lay-up and
Hutchinson converted a pair of
free throws for a 84-80 deficit as
a portion of the lights went out.

When power was fully

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Men's Division
Teams
X-Shaw AME
X-Transfiguration
X-Calvary Deliverance
Temple Fellowship
Faith United

Golden Gates

Calvary Bible
*Macedonia -

**New Bethlehem

**St. Paul's

Co-Ed Division
Y-Golden Gates
X-Macedonia
X-Temple Fellowship
X-Faith United
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X-Macedonia 3
X-Faith United 2
X-Temple Fellowship 2
X-Golden Gates 1
New Bethlehem 0

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Gerard Hepburn also had a
solo homer and Chad Burrows
had a hit and scored two runs.

Angelo Butler came in relief
of Zachary Rahming for the win
on the mound. Khayle Carey
suffered the loss.

Carey helped his own cause

with a triple, scoring a run and °

Ramon McFall had a pair of
walks, scoring twice.
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‘restored,and the game resumed,
the Cybots came out striking as ©

Joseph got a-lay-up and Bain
an offensive rebound for a put
back for an 88-83 advantage.

But that was short lived as
got a turn around jumper, hit a
free throw and Hutchinson got
a steal and scored a lay-up to
give the Giants a 90-89 lead.

Duncombe regained the lead,
91-90, for the Cybots on his lay-
up with 16 seconds left. But four
seconds later, Michael Bain’s
free throw tied it again.

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 |

at The Crown Ballroom,
Atlantis, Paradise Island

The team’s standings

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X-denotes teams clinch playoff spots.
*-denotes team eliminated from rest of season.
**-denotes team ousted after two defaults.

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final week of regular season
play:

Field one - 10 a.m. Temple
Fellowship vs Transfiguration
(M); 11 a.m. Calvary Deliver-
ance vs Golden Gates (M).

Field two - 10 a.m. Golden
Gates vs Faith United (17); 11
a.m. New Bethlehem vs Tem-
ple Fellowship (17); Noon Faith
United vs Shaw AME (M); 1
p.m. Faith United vs Temple
Fellowship (Co-ed).

After Mackey got a quick
jumper for a 93-91 lead, he was
charged with goal: tending and a
foul on Duncombe’s final play
of the game. Duncombe went
on to complete the three-point
play forthe win. .

NOTE: NPBA action contin-
ues on Wednesday at the DW
Davis Gymnasium with the -
Cybots taking on the Standard
Services Falcons at 7 p.m. The
Cable Bahamas Entertainers

will face the Giants in the fea-_

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STINGRAYS’ SHELDON LYNES tries to get around the
defence of the Kingdom Warriors.

@ by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter :

With the help of a stingy defensive unit, Porky’s.

Stingrays kept pace with the league’s top teams by
holding their opponents without an offensive score
en route to their third win of the season. ~

The Stingrays forced five turnovers in an 18-2
win. over the winless Kingdom Warriors.

- The Stingrays marched the ball downfield on the
game’s opening drive highlighted by a pass in the
flat to. Wade Johnson which he turned into a big
gain giving his team first and goal within the five
yard line.

Johnson ran the ball in on the following play for
the first score of the game, giving the Stingrays a6-
0 lead.

With the Warriors threatening in scoring with-

in the redzone, the Stingrays forced their first:

turnover of the game with an interception.

Backed up against their own endzone, the-





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FOOTBALL IN FOCUS
Porky's Stingrays keep
pace with top teams

18-2 triumph over Kingdom Warriors.

STINGRAYS receiver Wayde Higgs runs back the ball dur-
ing the win against Kingdom Warriors.

forced a safety for their only score of the game.

The Warriors had issues with their special teams
all game fumbling away three’snaps between the
punter and long snapper.

The Stingrays opened up the passing game in the
second quarter! when tight end Aaron Sargeant
caught a pass over the middle and broke a series of
tackles on his way to the endzone.

They again failed the conversion but widened
the game to a two possession margin, 12-2.

Special teams coverage was also a problem as
the Warriors gave up a punt return for a touch-
down to Wayde Higgs, which was called back due
to a block in the back. .

With starting running back Sheldon Lynes in the
lineup, the Stingrays controlled the line of scrim-

_ Image with the running game.

Lynes carved the Warriors defence for big gains
as the defence line wore down and eventually

' sealed the Stingrays win with their third touch-

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Kentucky Colonels victorious

FROM page 19

back and it was like being in the
Priory yard again,” said John-
son, of Beck’s home base. “But
we were out of sinc a little.

“Tt was all in good spirits for ©

Fred ‘Papa’ Smith and Sterling
Quant. So if we have to do it
again, I wouldn’t mind coming
out here again and put on a
show. We didn’t win it, but we
had fun.”

‘The Ministry and the NPA-
BA honored both Smith and
Quant, along with Winston
‘Tappy’ Davis, who were all
recently inducted into the
National Hall of Fame with 12
‘others in the 2008 class.

Smith, who sat on the bench
and coach, said the whole idea
is to come out and enjoy the
game.

“We’ve ‘been playing com-_

petitive ball all our lives, so at
some point, we have to be able
to come in here and have some
fun,” he insisted. .

“That’s what these games are
all about now, having fun and
enjoying the comradary with
the fellows.”

However, Smith said his
Cougars were a bit handicapped
in that they had the majority of
the older players, while the
Colonels had a lot more of their
younger players.

Quant, the first Bahamian to
be drafted to play in the NBA
although he never did, said it
was mixed emotions for him.

“It was a good feeling and it
was a horrible feeling,” he stat-
ed. “But it was good to be on
the court with my old team-

mates and the rivarly with the

\ players. When you’re not in

shape, it’s just good to be able
to walk on the court.”

Coming. off their last

encounter two years ago when .

the Colonels won, Quant said
he felt good going back up
against Peter ‘Macaroni’ Gilcud,
who tried to stick him a couple
of times when they clashed.

During the game, Quant was
a tower of strength on the inside
for Kentucky. But in the sec-
ond quarter, he made a signifi-
cant impact when he blocked
Allan Ingraham, who came in
from Grand Bahama.

At the other end of the court,

Dick Brown scored a lay-up on ~

a pass from Walkine to put the
Colonels up 12-4 and they man-
aged to take a 12-4 ata at
the half.

In the first quarter, Burke
Williams scored the first point
of the game on a free throw as
he was fouled by John Johnson
as he drove to the basket.

Stencil ‘Stoney’ Ferguson,
who at one time coached the
Cougars, tried to give head ref-
eree, 15-year-old St.
Augustine’s College 10th grad-
er Christian. Wilmore a verbal
introduction to the veterans’
game.

But Wilmore, a certified
international referee, stood his
ground as he administered the
foul on Ferguson as Burke
Williams went to the line and
hit another free throw for a 2-0
lead.

“They tried to ride me hard,
but I’m used to it. This isn’t my
first time on the court,”
Wilmore stressed. “I treated it

like any other time.

“But the hardest part for me
was io realize that these gitys
are older and they will take! au
extra few steps and they are
going to swing their hands, so I
didn’t want to be as tight on
them as I would with the
younger, more athletic ball play-
ers.”

Wilmore said it was a special
honor for him to officiate the

“game because not too many -

people give him the credit for
his size and age. :

“A lot of people don’t think I
should be officiating basketball
at all,” he said. “But to be given
this honor by my association is a
pleasure and I must thank them
for the opportunity.”

Having established who was
in contr ol, the Colonels just con-
tinued their dominance as: the

combination of Dudley Seifeit,

Burke Williams, Craig Walkine,
Sterling Quant, Keith Smith,
Chris ‘CD’ Develeaux, Dick
Brown and Bradley, Bain pre-
vailed in the end.

The Colonels also would have
won the prize for the best hair
style with Michael ‘Zack’ Hall
displaying the long curly afro.
And Quant brought an extra
treat wearing one of the
Colonels’ sweat'suit pants from
the old days.

If there was any consolation
for the Cougars, it was the fact
that they had more of the older
players like Fred ‘Slab’ Laing,
Gilcud, Ingraham_and Stoney
Ferguson to go along with the
slightiy Blocks Johnson and
michael Major.

The Cougars.never led in the
game. ;
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_ CH Reeves

Raptors and
CR Walker

- Knights

— triumphant

again!

IT was another dose of vic-
tory for the CH Reeves Rap-
tors and the CR Walker
Knights.

They repeated as the
junior and senior high divi-
sional winners at the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic —
Associations/Colony Club
National High School Cross
‘ Country Championships on
: Saturday at Fort Charlotte.

The Raptors wrapped up
the under-13 boys, under-15
‘boys and girls and under-15
! boys and girls divisions, los-
ing only the under-13 girls to
“=the Queen’s College Comets.

~~ The Knights, on the other
hand, polished off the shin-
ning trophies in the under-17
boys and girls and under-20
girls.
- However, they had to set-
e for second fiddle in the
nder-20 boys division to the
CC Sweeting Cobras.






















-© The top three finishers in
ach. division.are as follows:
Under-13 girls - Queen’s
College (79), SC McPherson
109)'and CH Reeves (154).

Under-13 boys~--CII
eeves (83), DW Davis
155) and Anathol Rodgers
(161). . : 2
» Under-15 girls - CH
“Reeves (56), SC McPherson
,(114) and Anathol Rodgers
(120). an
. Under-15 boys - CH
eeves (73), Queen’s Col-
~ lege (83) and Anathol
Rodgers (91). :
Under-17 girls - CR Walk-
er (55), Anathol Rodgers
(125) and CI gibson (127).
tees Under-17 boys - CR Walk-
er (16), CI Gibson (163) and
“CC Sweeting (170).
Under-20 girls - CR Walk-
_ er (78), RM Bailey (88) and
CI Gibson (90).
“2 Under-20 boys -. CC
Sweeting; CR Walker and
RM Bailey.



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FIRST LEGENDS BASKETBALL CLASSIC

â„¢ By BRENT STUBBS"
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE first Legends Basketball Classic
went to the Kentucky Colonels,

Displaying a good combination of the
old and not-so-old players, the Colonels
prevailed with a 34-25 decision over the
Beck’s Cougars in a rematch of the age-
old rivarly.

However, not that many fans showed

Stingrays force
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toppling winless

Warriors




Felipé Major
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KINGDOM WARRIORS Alex Jupp tries to get-

away from the defence. §
PICTURES ON PAGE 18.

34-25 victory over Beck’s Cougars

up for the joint Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture and New Providence Bas-
ketball Association’s venture to show-
case the players of yester-year.

But ask any of the players, who per-
formed Saturday night at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium and they would tell
you that it was all about having fun,






STORY AND

regardless of the final outcome.

“You know when your mind feel like
doing something and it ain’t there, that’s
how it'felt,” said Colonels’ flashy point
guard Craig ‘Magic’ Walkine, who came
off the bench and tried to dazzle the
crowd.

“But it was a pleasure to be back out

‘Saluting the Kentucky Colonels

here. Even if we had lost, I think I would
have still'enjoyed it because it was all
about having fun.”

While the game got off to a rather
slow start, it turned out to be a shoot-out
as Walkine led the way for the Colonels
and John ‘Blocks’ Johnson countered
for the Cougars.

“In the second half I got my footing

SEE page 18


PAGE 20, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008 THE TRIBUNE

LOCAL NEWS

National Tourism Week to







“Gomera Wass Sealand

‘A Bahamian Family a Tradition”





onour Norman Solomon

THE Fifth Annual National
Tourism Week and the 13th
Annual Cacique Awards will be a
special tribute to the late Nor-
man Solomon and will include
the unveiling of a bronze bust of
the tourism icon, the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation
announced.

National Tourism Week will
take place from January 25-30
under the theme, “It’s Better in
the Bahamas.” Several events,
including a town meeting and
proclamation ceremony are
planned. The week will conclude
with the staging of the 13th Annu-
al Cacique Awards ceremony on
Friday, January 30 at the Rain-
forest Theatre.

“We are delighted to dedicate
these signature events to the
memory of the late Norman

’ Solomon,” said Lorraine Arm-

brister, acting permanent secre-
tary in the Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation.

“Mr Solomon is a former Life-
time Achievement recipient of
the Cacique Awards, and what a
life he has lived. He was a politi-
cian, businessman, social activist,
and community leader. He was
the pioneer for the redevelop-
ment of Bay Street, going back
four decades.

“Mr Solomon’s life was dedi-
cated to making the Bahamas bet-
ter, and it is fitting that we dedi-
cate this ‘Better in the Bahamas’
exploration to him,” she said.

Pete Johnston, a past winner



THE NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK press conference. There will be a
special tribute to the late Norman Solomon (above right)

ative Arts, is the artist developing
the bust. It will be prominently
displayed in downtown Nassai
Ms Armbrister said.

Ms Armbrister said the Min-
istry of Tourism and Aviation
encouraged all Bahamian resi-
dents to take part.in National
Tourism Week. Participation in
the tourism conference scheduled
for Thursday, January 29, at the

Wyndham Nassau Resort is espe-
cially important, the ministry said.

“We have attempted to make
this conference even more acces-

sible and relevant to everyday cit-

izens,” she said.

“After all, this is not only a
conference for tourism adminis-
trators and presidents and direc-
tors of hotels. This is a forum for
the taxi drivers, the bus drivers,



“Mr Solomon’s
life was dedic~te
to making the
Bahamas better,
and it is fitting



that we dedicate

this ‘Better in the
Bahamas’
exploration to

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housekeepers, gardeners, bell-



' men, restaurant workers, and

everyone who comes into contact
with our visitors.

“We urge all to take advantay
of this opportunity.

“We also urge you to make
your voices heard.”

Further details on National
Tourism Week will be released
to the public incrementally.

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~ fashion centre

m By NEIL NARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Islands
of the World
Fashion Show
will “be Placed
in the ‘must see’ [@
events in the’:
fashion industry
as we build its
brand”, the
Bahamian
banker who
otganised this
month’s event told Tribune

Owen Bethel

Business, having “established

the Bahamas as a location for
fashion” and fashion shoots.
Owen Bethel, president and
chief executive of the Nassau-
based Montaque Group, which
owns and financed the fashion
week, said that based on feed-
back he had received it had
enhanced both the prospects for

creating an indigenous Bahami-.

_ an fashion industry and the like-
lihood that major design houses
and magazines would use this
nation for shoots. °

Both elements would help.

diversify the Bahamian econo-
my and its tourism industry, and
Mr Bethel told Tribune Busi-
ness: “From the comments of
the celebrity judges, they cer-
tainly think that if we can main-

tain it [the show] at the level of .

this year and improve in certain
areas, it will definitely be a
‘must | go to’ or ‘must see’ event
on the international fashion cal-
endar.

“They. certainly felt it was

well done and that it will truly
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER

SECTION B ¢ busine , | |
Baha Mar’s Harrah’s ‘fra
action barred from Bahamas

‘Mi By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

judge has prevented Baha
Mar from bringing a fraud
_lawsuit in the Bahamas
against its former. equity
panther in the $2.6 billion Cable Beach
redevelopment, finding that Harrah’s
Entertainment faced the. “risk of
irreparable harm” if such an action pro-
ceeded.

Judge Charles Ramos, sitting in the
New York State Supreme Court, grant:
ed Harrah’s motion for a preliminary
injunction preventing Baha Mar from
filing a Bahamas legal action over their
partnership’s collapse on the grounds
that their agreement stipulated that New
York would be the jurisdiction for resolv-
ing all legal disputes.



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infrastructure, Commercial Village work and create 600-700 jobs
* US judge grants Harrah’s injunction preventing Baha Mar initiating Bahamas claim
“ Chinese connection on construction and financing ‘best option’ to date for project

In his September 2008 judgment,
Judge Ramos said Harrah’s and its
Bahamian subsidiary, Caesars Bahamas
Investment Corporation, had applied for
an injunction and temporary restraining
order to prevent the Baha Mar compa-
nies — Baha Mar Development Compa-
ny, Baha Mar Joint Venture Holdings
and Baha Mar JV Holding —
mencing a separate action in the
Bahamas”.

‘ In his ruling, Judge Ramos recorded:

“from com- '

“On June 13, 2008, counsel for Baha
Mar informed counsel for Caesars that it
intended to commence a separate action
for fraud against the Caesars affiliates
in either the Bahamas or in New York.

“Subsequently, plaintiffs [Harrah’s and
Caesars Bahamas] moved for a prelimi-
nary injunction, and the court granted a
temporary restraining order pending res-
olution of the application.”

Harrah’s and Caesars Bahamas had

in the agreement with Baha Mar, which
chose New York as the jurisdiction in
which all legal disputes arising from their
partnership would be heard, “prohibit-
ed” the Cable Beach resorts owner from
filing suit anywhere else.

In granting the. injunction sought,
which prevents Baha Mar “from com-
mencing an action against the Caesars
affiliates in the Bahamas”, Judge Ramos

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‘Year-end’ target
for Bahamasair caused 300 rise in
strategy opeeee

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

'

BAHAMASAIR’s Board is aiming to present ithe Goveraneat
with options on the airline’s long-term future and possible business
models “before year-end”, its chairman telling Tribune Business
that it lost “less than budgeted for” in J uly, August 2008.0

J Barrie Farrington said the short-term assumptions unde DUNE
the Board’s planned report were “changing almost daily”. as
result of the current global financial crisis and. economic Howiitlig. We
. but they were aiming to produce “a. road: map ‘to guide: us through! . v

the maze”.

“Our intention is to before

“yearend produce a programme

“fanseake ticiwe business
to gain Q4 revenue rise

M@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

SOUTH Riding Point, the

Grand Bahama-based storage
terminal facility, will receive a
2008 fourth quarter revenue
boost from the completion of
two new tanks, its revenues hav-
ing already increased by 3 per
cent or $397,000 during the first
nine months.

The Bahamian company’s
Canadian ‘parent, World Point
Terminals, said in its 2008 third
quarter results announcement
that South Riding Point’s per-
formance had been enhanced
by increased shipping activity
and the storage revenues
derived from its two new tanks
- coming into operation.
Confirming that third parties

had signed contracts to use.

South Riding Point’s new tanks,
World Point Terminals said:
“South Riding Point has expe-
rienced an increase in shipping
activity, as of late, resulting in
-revenues — which are. dependent
on throughput volumes — to
increase in late September. It

is unclear whether this trend —

will continue.
“The two new tanks at South
Riding Point are operational

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by Micronet's superior BUpPO

and under short-term contracts.

- South Riding Point will experi-

ence an increase in storage rev-

enues in the fourth quarter as a |

result.”

South Riding Point is one’ of
the relatively few Bahamas-
based operations to buck: the
downward business trends
impacting this nation, with its
revenues increasing by 3 per
cent year- over-year for the first
nine months in 2008.

World Point Terminals said
this increase was “primarily the
result of increased marine activ-
ity revenues” during the three
months to September 30, 2008,
coupled with “storage revenues
associated with one of the new-
ly-constructed storage tanks at
South Riding Point being

. placed into service”.

The results are seemingly all
the more impressive because
South Riding Point realized a
one-off $247,000 gain from
crude oil sales in the first nine
months of 2007 that were not
repeated this year.

-The Canadian parent added |

that South Riding Point’s
marine revenues were extreme-
ly difficult to forecast, as they

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Atlantis lay-offs

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

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lay-off plan or PM pressure
KERZNER International oer :
had initially only. planned to lay-
off 500 Atlantis staff, Tribune
Business has been told, but end-
ed up increasing this number _
in, the-lead-up to last |

It is understood that a large
percentage of the redundancies
fell in the food and beverage
category, due to Kerzner Inter-
national deciding to close two.
Atlantis restaurants completely.
As a‘result, all staff in those:
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The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 864.37 YTD (-9.21%)

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE
AML $1.71 $- 0 3.01%
BBL $0.81 $- 0 -4.71%
BOB $7.64 $- 0 -20.50%
BPF $11.80 $- 0 0.00%
BSL $14.60 $- 0 0.00%
BWL $3.49 $- 0 -4.64%
CAB $14.15 $- 6,125 17.43%
CBL $7.30 $- 24,041 -13.40%
CHL $2.83 $- -10.16%
CIB $11.50 $-0.10 5,000 -21.23%
CWCB __ $2.09 $-0.70 0 -58.53%
DHS $2.65 $-0.01 5,000 12.77%
FAM $7.80 $- 0 8.33%
FBB $2.37 $- 0 -10.57%
FCC $0.33 $- 0 -57.14%
FCL $5.20 $- 4,207 0.39%
FCLB $1.00 $- . 0 0.00%
FIN $11.89 $- 0 -8.19%
ICD $6.81 ae 0 -6.07%
JSJ $11.10 $- 172 0.91%
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%
DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:

e FAMGUARD Corporation (FAM) has declared a quarterly
dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on November 14, 2008, to
all shareholders of record date November 7, 2008.

° Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) has declared a sémi-annual div-

idend of $0.16 per share, payable on November 25, 2008, to all

shareholders of record date November 17, 2008.

* Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared an extraordi-
nary dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on November 28,
2008, to all shareholders of record date November 20, 2008.

PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERINGS:

_ © FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced it will be extending the
deadline of its private placement offering. The preferred shares
will be paying a dividend rate of prime + 1.75 per cent, payable
semi-annually.

BUSINESS

@ By Royal Fidelity Capital
Markets

TRADING momentum
increased slightly last week in
the Bahamian stock market,
with investors trading in six out
of the 24 listed securities, of
which two declined and four
remained unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 44,545 shares
changed hands, representing a
volume increase of 15,487
shares or 53.3 per cent versus
last week's trading volume of
29,058 shares.

There were no advancers in
the market this week. Com-
monwealth Bank (CBL) was
volume leader, with 24,041 of
its shares trading, its stock end-
ing the week unchanged at
$7.30. Cable Bahamas (CAB)



followed with 6,125 shares trad-
ing to remain unchanged at

$14.15.

Some 5,000 shares of Doctors
Hospital Health Systems (DHS)
traded, declining by $0.01 to end
the week at $2.65.

FirstCaribbean International
Bank (Bahamas) (CIB) led the
decline on a volume of 5,000
shares, its stock dropping by
$0.10 or 0.86 per cent to close at
$11.50.

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

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases

There were no financial
results reported by any of the
24-listed companies during the
week.

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Worst lies ahead
for the economy

lf By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

THE worst is likely to come

_ for'the Bahamas and its econo-

my, two leading business fig-
ures have warned, with both
expressing concern at what lies
ahead after last week’s mass lay-
Off at Atlantis.

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of Sunshine Holdings, told per-
sons attending the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accoun-
tants (BICA) conference that
it remained to be seen what the
depth and scope of the global
economic crisis will be, but
questioned that if this was just

the beginning, what will hap--°

pen in the months to come?
“T have a friend who has said
that he has already seen inci-

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dents of price gouging with
companies his business works
with, and pilfering from
employees and consumers is a
very big problem. So what will
happen once the lay-offs occur
and all of the assistance pay-
ments have been made, and
there is no more to come?” Mr
Wilson asked.

He added that regardless of _

how bad the economic picture
may appear now, it was never
too late to make provisions for
the future, as the Bahamian
economy could possibly get
worse.

Mr Wilson, told accountants
that now, more than ever, their
clients require accurate and
timely accounts, so that they
have a clear picture. of exactly
what is happening with their
business and can make the rel-
evant decisions based on facts.

“If things are bad, they need
a very clear picture - very
clear,” Mr Wilson said.

He added that despite the
recent downturn, tourism still
remains the Bahamas’ best
avenue of development, and
high-end properties will bring
a vast amount of money into
the country. This, he said,
makes it difficult to focus on
diversification.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, president
of the Bahamas Chamber of

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

WHOLESALE suppliers to
the Bahamian hotel industry
have seen their sales impacted
as occupancies decline and
resorts need to order less for
restricted business levels.

Bahamas Food Services’s
general manager, Don Carnine,
told Tribune Business that while
the company. has seen some
order declines, they had not
been major.

“We have seen a reduction
as it relates to par levels. It has
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bers that a company operating
in a recession should theoreti-
cally employ the same measures
it takes when the economy is

*good, making it lean and mean,
with a focus on customer ser-
vice, energy saving and produc-
tivity.

' Mr D’ Aguilar said that in the
case of his business, Superwash,
which he thought was recession
proof, he is seeing revenue’
declines of at least 5 per cent,
despite several price increases
resulting primarily from the cost
of fuel.

pancy levels of the hotels,” Mr
Carnine said.

“A lot of them are ieee
spikes and valleys, particulary

-coming on Thanksgiving, and

so they are ordering things
around that.

“But no, I would not say that
it has been a major decline: It
has been steady since mid-Sép-
tember, and reflective of what
has been going on in the econ-
omy.”

Mr Carnine said many hotels
have been agressively targeting
local groups for banquets and
sit-down dinners to compen-
state for declining occupancy
levels from the core US mar-
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_. THE ‘Bahamas Auto-
mated Clearing House’s

(BACH) implementation ©

may increase opportunities
for identity theft, an Amer-
ican expert told a crime
seminar last. week.

Raymond Barry, director
of the National Association
for Information Destruc-
tion, was the final speaker
at a special crime preven-
tion seminar co-hosted by
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, Crime Stoppers
Bahamas and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

He said the implementa-
tion. of the BACH, which
is designed to facilitate
faster cheque clearance and
eventually lead to an
increased use in debit cards
and automated transac-
tions, will potentially lead
to an increased opportunity
for fraud and identity theft.

Activity

This was because, as the
BACH decreases: transac-
tion time, it also decreases
the time when fraudulent
activity can be detected.
Therefore, Mr Barry said

the Bahamas needs to.

énsure it does all it can, to

*-@ounter this, and ensure *

proactive measures are tak-
en to protect consumers.
. He said that in doing this,

. the Bahamas has the ability.
_;LO,.be,. proactive in. legisla: «:
tion and-requirementsy

whereas the: US can-only
_be reactive because it did
not take advance measures.
Mr Barry said that as the
US tightens up its own laws,
-criminals may see the

imity to the US - as a mar-

ket for identity theft activi-

ty. ea uti

He added that the
Bahamas could benefit
from some sort of credit
score rating system, which
could be used to monitor
illegal transactions,. as
breaches of identity theft

. could have a negative
impact on the country’s
tourism standing.

Mr Barry stressed the
importance of destroying
sensitive documents and
trash, such as old bills or
correspondence with valu-
able information in them,
as this can provide a wealth
of information for fraud-
sters. ©



COUNSEL & ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW

Business Reporter

Bahamas — given its prox- ~

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Biusiness
Reporter

FACED by a ‘triple wham-
my’ of massive hotel sector lay-
offs, price increases and a like-
ly reduction in consumer spend-
ing, mahy Bahamian merchants
have this year reduced their
product ordering for Christmas
to avoid inventory over-supply.

Claudine Russell, of Adam
and Eve, told Tribune Business
that the retailer will definitely

be reducing the amount of
stock it brings in for Christmas,
given the current economic cli-
mate.

“Of course, we are a fashion
store, so we have to ensure that
we have new items to bring in

_at good prices,” she explained.

Ms Russell predicted that
sales this Christmas season will
be slow, adding that Adam and
Eve had tried to come up with
creative measures to entice cus-
tomers into purchases.

“We are still having sales and
promotions to generate ‘busi-

ness,” she said.

John S George and Radio
Shack are also not going to pur-
chase: as much stock for the
Christmas season, anticipating a
year-over-year sales decline
from reduced consumer spend-
ing, as Bahamians have less dis-
posable income due to lay-offs
and reduced work weeks.

“We are not going to have
the type of Christmas that we
had last year, and so we are def-
initely not going to purchase
the big bulk of items as we did
last year,” a representative told

“MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 3B

Tribune Business.

The company’s spokesman
said they did expect a change in
business this year.

“T think that people will shop
and buy what they need to buy,
but that they will be very price
conscious. So where they would
have before bought something
for $100, they may only be able
to purchase something that
costs $45, and so we have
looked at bringing in more

‘items at a lower price,” the

John S George and Radio
Shack representative said.



ailers reduce stock
rders for Christmas

However, a Bahamian home
furnishings store said it will be
operating in the belief that
Bahamians will continue the
trend of redecorating at Christ-
mas.

“We have not really changed
the volume of our orders,
because I think people are still
going to be purchasing what
they need to fix up their homes.

_ | think that the only things we

have decreased.our orders on is
comforters, and that is only
because we already had a lot in

_ stock,” a spokesman said.

Baha Mar’s Harrah’s ‘fraud’ action barred from Bahamas

FROM page 1B

found: “Plaintiffs argue that if

- provisional relief is not granted,

they will suffer irreparable
harm because they will be
forced to defend litigation in
the Bahamas in violation of the
Forum Selection Clause.

“In light of Baha Mar’s rep-
resentation that it intended to
commence an action in the
Bahamas, it is evident that there
is arisk of such harm.” .

And the judge added: “Final-
ly, the harm of defending liti-
gation in the Bahamas that is
likely in violation of the Forum

Selection Clause is greater than ©

the burden faced by Baha Mar,
who is free to bring the claim in
this court.

“Therefore, this court deter-
mines that the equities favour

granting an injunction to enjoin

Baha Mar from bringing suit in
the Bahamas against the Caesar
affiliates.”

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s
senior vice-president of gov-
ernment and public affairs,
declined to comment on’ this
particular ruling or the status
of the case against Harrah’s,
other than to confirm: “We’re
still in litigation with Harrah’s,
and Wwe. have. proceedings that
are continuing in the North

American courts. We’re pursu-.

ing all options in the litigation.”

Of more meaningful signifi-
cance to. the Bahamas and its
economy, in the short and
medium-term, is that. Baha Mar
is understood to be exploring
the possibility of starting the
initial phases of its $2.6 billion
Cable Beach project without
having a Harrah’s replacement
in place.

While Mr Sands declined to
comment, sources familiar with
the situation told Tribune Busi-
ness that the developer was
mulling whether to start the
West Bay Street re-routing and
other infrastructure works, plus
construction of the Commer-
cial Village, as a way to kick-
start the redevelopment and

‘establish the initial footprint for

the expanded resort campus.

It is not known whether there

have been any communications
between the Government and

’ Baha Mar on these thoughts

yet, but sources suggested that

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to 600-700 construction jobs and
“create some confidence the
project is still alive”.

It would also provided a
much-needed boost to the
Baharnian economy, creating
constriction contracts and soak-
ing up some. unemployed con-

struction workers, and help:

Bahamian business and con-
sumer confidence — both of
which have been badly shaken
by events at Atlantis over the
past weelk.

Tribune Business had previ-.

ously beer! told that infrastruc-
ture costs for Baha Mar’s pro-

ject had been pegged at...
between, $95 million to $110... —

million, with the commercial
village costing $15 million. The
latter figure includes the cost
for replacing: the existing police
and fire station along the Cable
Beach strip, plus ‘new offices for

* Scotiabank (13ahamas), Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) and Com-.

monwealth Bank.

Mr Sands, though, did tell
Tribune Business that Baha
Mar was pursuing tie-ups with
three Chinese state-owned insti-
tutions from “a different angle”
compared to its previous part-

‘nership with Harrah’s.

While Harraly’s would have
been.a joint venture equity part-
ner, with a-43 per cent stake in
Cable Beach’s re-development,

“Mr Sands explainted of the Chi-

na talks: “We’re Jpursuing them
from a different angle. We’re
pursuing them from the angle of
a related party construction
company and for irelated party
financing.

“We’re encouraged by the
talks, and continue to pursue
the Chinese for that reason.”

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The three Chinese institu-
tions involved are the China
Export-Import Bank, China
State Construction Bank and
the Bank of China, Mr Sands
describing them as “the best
option we’ve seen to date! We

continue to push them and dia-

logue with them in a meaningful
way. We talk to them on and
off on a regular basis.”

The Baha Mar executive said
company principals, Dikran and
Sarkis Izmirlian; had not
wavered in their commitment
to the $2.6 billion Cable Beach
redevelopment: “We believe,
certainly, that some aspects of
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In his ruling, Judge Ramos"

noted that Harrah’s had argued

that the Forum Selection
Clause bound all Baha Mar and
Harrah’s affiliates involved,
even those that had not signed
the agreement between the two.
In response, though, Baha
Mar had argued that the Clause
only applied to the agreement’s
signatories, and did not stop
other entities from initiating a
lawsuit outside New York. And
Baha Mar.had alleged that
applying the Clause would
“effectively prevent Baha Mar
from seeking redress” because
the New York courts did not
have jurisdiction over non-sig-
natory Harrah’s entities.
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being “without merit”.

“By written correspondence
to this court, the Caesars affili-
ates indicated they would vol-
untarily submit to the jurisdic-
tion of New York courts in the
event that Baha Mar is enjoined
from bringing suit in the
Bahamas,” Judge Ramos not-
ed. nh:
Harrah’s and Caesar’s
Bahamas had previously initi-
ated legal action in New York

-on March 13, 2008, in response

to what.they said was Baha
Mar’s threat to sue them over ,
the Cable Beach partnership’s
collapse.

In that action, they had asked
the New York State Supreme
Court to confirm they-had acted
correctly in their-decision to ter-
minate the Baha Mar joint ven-
ture, and that they Had no oblig-
ation to complete the transac-
tions contained in that agree-
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FROM page 1B

be placed on the ‘must see’
events in the fashion industry
as we build its brand.”

He added that the Montaque
Group had itself invested “safe-

ly between” $500,000-$600,000-

in the Islands of the World
Fashion Week, with contribu-
tions from sponsors such as
American Airlines and the Min-
istry of Tourism taking total
outlay to between $1 million-
$2 million.

“As we attract more and new
sponsors, hopefully it will grow
and pay for itself,” Mr Bethel
said of the show.

“Given the current economic
climate and financial market
turmoil, there was a strong pull
to cancel or postpone the event,
but we decided against that as
we needed to take the first step
in branding the event and estab-
lishing the Bahamas as a loca-
tion for fashion...... Hopeful-
ly, it will be a bigger and better
event next year, given the right
economic climate.”

Mr Bethel added: “I’m hear-
ing feedback from places like
the Bahamas Technical and

Vocational Institute (BTVI) -,

their technicians and students
became involved backstage and
with seamstress repairs for the
designers — that they found it
an invaluable experience.

“They felt it was a very posi-
tive experience for their stu-
dents, and see it as valuable in
utilizing their training and giv-
ing students hope that there is
an industry that could be devel-
oped in and around the Fashion
week.

“It certainly had value: The
local designers have also indi-
cated that they felt it was a very
good first effort, and the pub-
licity, exposure they get from
the media'really put them in a
good light. It [the show] was
well received in terms of what it
can do for the local industry.”

On the tourism front, Mr
Bethel said: “I think, again, that
the publicity it will get through
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the Bahamas not only as a
tourist destination, but as a fash-
ion destination for shoots,
enhancing the Bahamas as a
place where major magazines
want to do fashion shoots.”
Describing the Islands of the
World fashion show as a “first
step on the route” to diversii, -
ing the Bahamian tourism prod-
uct, Mr Bethel said it “will take
two to three years to develop
and solidify as a sound, diverse
product for the Bahamas”.
Given the tourism industry’s
recent trials, the Islands of the
World Fashion week was “cer-
tainly welcomed by the hotels in
terms of their occupancy rates”,
Mr Bethel explaining that the
event took up the “majority” of
rooms at the British Colonial
Hilton, which has.a significant
percentage of its inventory cur-

rently out of action due to ren-

ovation work. |
The banker added that “in
excess” of 700 persons attend: d

the last two to three nights ¢.

Islands of the World Fashion
Week, which were “full hous-
es”. He estimated that around

300 persons came in from
abroad, mainly media repre-
sentatives in the form of jcur-
nalists, photographers and ‘:am-
era crews, but also buyers from
as farafieldas Japan.

Mr Bethel said Blooming-
dale’s buying departme.nt had
previously expressed a’n inter-
est in attending, but were forced
to call off at the last minute,
due to a drop-off in sales per-
formance at home dae to the
global economy and need to
attend to inventory issues.

Among the medi: attendees
were the fashion editors from
magazines such as Vibe and
Essence, and two designers who
exhibited at Islands of the
World Fashion Week will be
featured in California Apparel
News, the second largest circu-
lation trade magazine in the
fashion industry. :

And when it came to the
Bahamian designers who
showed their wares, they won
two of ‘the five Seals of Excel-
lence handed out by the judges
to those whose “designs are
ready for commercial viability
in the international market”.
The Bahamian winners were
Harl Taylor Bags and The
House of St John.

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As to the future, Mr Bethel
said: “All indications are that
we should do it next year. We
will definitely ground it and host
it here [in Nassau] in the first
instance, and then look at the
offers that have been made
from the Cayman Islands,
Indonesia and the Channel
Islands to carry it abroad in the
future.

“We've certainly learnt quite
a bit from this experience, doing
things better and more empha-
sis on certain areas. The show
will be expanding to an addi-
tional day — I think it will go
from four days to five next year
— and we will have more cul-
ture, next generation and eco-
fashion awards judged and pre-
sented.” +. :

‘Mr Bethel added that. orga-
nizers were looking to “reduce
costs but improve execution”,
and were likely to stage the
show at just one location next
year, rather than the two venues
used at Atlantis and the British
Colonial Hilton in 2008.

“That escalated the cost to
some degree, so it’s quite likely
we’re looking at a single venue
for next year going forward. We
will be putting it out to com-
petitive tender,” Mr Bethel said.

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Electronic devices key
to firm loss prevention

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

BAHAMIAN business own-
ers were yesterday urged to
safeguard their companies
through the use of surveillance
systems, electronic security and

Armed robberies|
decline by



lH By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

ARMED robberies fell 15
per cent year-over-year for 2008
to-date, the Bahamas’ moset
senior police officer said yes-
terdat, as a declining economy
and massive lay-offs at Atlantis
threaten to increase the coun-
try’s crime levels.

“Christmas is fast apeieal
ing, and over the past two
months the world, and by exten-
sion the Bahamas, has been
rocked by an economic crisis of
epic. proportions. Economic
activity is diminishing and
unemployment is rising,” the
Chamber president said.

“These types of conditions
typically result in an increase in
crimes committed against busi-
nesses. So businesses must pre-
pare to wage a war that may be
a little more fiercer this go
around. Businesses are already
reporting upward movements
in stealing by staff and cus-
tomers of cash and stock, and as
the full pressure of fulfilling
Christmas gift promises begins




limited to:

of the RFP:

access control.

Craig Cates, of Security Sys-
tems International, told a crime
prevention seminar hosted by
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and Crime Stop-

pers that companies needed to,

ensure the lay-out of their

REGINALD FERGUSON



to bear down, this situation will
only worsen.”

Mr D’Aguilar said the
Chamber‘had focused this
year’s crime prevention semi-
nar on internal theft; which is
often more detrimental than
violent crimes against a busi-
ness.

Mr D’ Aguilar added that
business owners only have a few
hours to focus on preventing
such measures, whereas crimi-
nals spend days and weeks plot-
ting.

He also spoke to the frustra-

premises did not provide oppor-
tunities for criminals - such as
having cash in easily accessible.

areas.

He added that alarm systems
will not necessarily prevent loss,
but will definitely serve as a
deterrent, and stressed the

importance of testing them at

15%

tion of business persons that

pursuing legal recourse against
the persons committing crime
was useless.

Acting Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said that as
Christmas approaches, the force

will be out in significant num-

bers as they “seek to take the
criminal elements out of their
comfort zone”.

Mr Ferguson did warn busi-
ness owners and operators to
take all necessary steps to make
their properties safe, including
appropriate operating hours,
lighting and clear surroundings.

He also encouraged them to
conduct proper vetting on tem-
porary staff and to hire security
personnel, consider persons
from reputable firms as well as
common sense handling of
money.

“T am pleased that to date our
efforts have taken over 250 ille-
gal guns off the streets, as com-

pared to 211 for the entire 2007, .

a difference of 15.6 per cent. I
am also pleased to advise that
armed robbery is down by 15
per cent compared to last year,
this same time,” he said.



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least once a week.

Mr Cates also encouraged
companies with access codes
to monitor who knows them.
He suggested that a practical

step might be to ensure that .

each employee has his own
code, so that you can monitor
exactly who is entering where.
Where cameras are used, he
said that they should be set at
an angle which provides clear,
sharp views.

Douglas Hanna, a security

expert at Kerzner International |

(Bahamas), explained that the
Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club owner had more
than 400 security officers to cov-
er its Paradise Island resorts,






plus its 8,000 employees and
thousands of guests.

“It is a gated community
without the gates, and so there
are also the people who come
on to the property,” he said.

Mr Hanna said surveillance
was the most valuable asset the
company has, coupled with the

- physical presence of a guard in
uniform.

He said this allows a company
to see exactly what is happening
with evidence, as a way of pre-
venting crime from impacting
guests and employees.

Also addressing the seminar
was Robert Myers, of Integrat-
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of the benefits of installing a

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Via this tracking device,
which monitors a vehicle’s posi-
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sums of money by preventing
employees using them for per-
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’ Mr Myers pointed out that
company vehicles can be rigged
to track-restricted zones and
speed limits, so that once the
settings are violated, a siren will
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A GPS can be a valuable tool
for payroll calculations, as it can
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the assumptions underpinning
the plan, and the financial
assumptions of it, will be sus-
tainable.

“We’re obviously going to, at
the appropriate time, engage
government on the model that
would be best suited for
Bahamasair, the national flag
carrier. We have an interna-
tional and domestic piece, and
the social obligation in terms of
providing air services. There is a

segment that has to be better
clarified, and the expectations
and performance taken into the
proper context.”

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national flag carrier, which has
been a perennial loss-maker
and is currently cash-strapped,
found itself in a “fluid” situa-
tion as a result of the current
downturn, forcing the Board to
develop ‘best-case’ and ‘worst-
case’ scenarios for Bahamasair
in the short-term,

Bahamasair, the chairman
said, relied heavily on Bahami-
an travellers to provide the bulk
of its passengers, but reductions
in disposable income as a result
of the economic downturn and
oil price-induced inflation were

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likely to impact, for instance,
travel to the Family Islands.

“Will Christmas be as strong
as in the past?” Mr Farrington
asked. “If one had to take an
intuitive guess, we’re going to
see some reduction in activity.
Whether it’s 20 per cent, 25 per
cent, it’s likely to happen.

“Was that the trend in Sep-
tember and October? It’s a bit
of a moving target, but we’re
going to manage it. We’re going
to get the best result we can by
being judicious in the way this
airline operates.”

While the Board had not
been presented with financial
reports for September and
October, the Bahamasair chair-
man added: “July ‘and August
were better than expected in
terms of revenue performance,
bottom line and margins.

“We didn’t make any mon-
ey, but the aggregate loss was
less than budgeted for, so that

" was encouraging.”

The potential “big plus” for
Bahamasair was the reduction
in global oil prices, which have
more than halved since peak-
ing at $147 per barrel in July,
and last week slid below $60 per
barrel. That, in turn, was likely
to lower the national flag carri-
er’s fuel costs, and Mr Farring-
ton said: “I think that we have

some savings there that accrue .

to us, and could affect operating
results.”

Bahamasair received a $28
million subsidy from the Gov-
ernment for its current finan-
cial year in the 2008-2009 Bud-
get, and was told at the time by
the Prime Minister that it would
receive no more funding. If
more was required, it would
have to be generated by savings
in existing areas of operation.

Whether this is achievable is
still unknown, given that some
$28.548 million was pumped
into. the airline during its finan-
cial year ended on June 30,
2006, yet it still recorded a
$19.919 million loss — a 2.8 per
cent increase on the previous
year.

Bahamasair’s accumulated
deficit — its total recurring loss-
es since it was incorporated
some 35 years ago in February
1972 — stood at just under $400
million as at June 30, 2006, hav-
ing hit $397.989 million. To cov-
er those losses, the Government
had pumped in $318.73 million
in subsidies to keep the airline
flying during that time.

Mr Farrington said Bahama-
sair’s performance in certain
areas, such as customer service
and on-time flights, had
improved “considerably”, while
“there are some areas that
cause us concern, which we are
addressing”.

Telling Tribune Business that
the Board shared his view on
this issue, Mr Farrington added:
“I’m encouraged’ by the
progress we have made, and
customer service is at. much
higher, acceptable level.

“My criteria for making that
statement is that we were.con-
stantly being maligned that
Bahamasair is disgrace to the
country, and it was a shame that
we couldn’t perform better.
There’s been an absence of
those kind of comments in the
press, and on radio and TV.

“We’re encouraged. We’re
pushing very hard to raise the
level of customer service. That’s
within our control and some-
thing we are pushing on”.

With flight on-time perfor-
mance having “improved really
considerably”, Mr Farrington
said the Board was trying to
introduce “a little bit of a cul-
ture shift” at the national flag
carrier through the incorpora-
tion of private sector techniques
into its operations.

Savings had been generated
from energy conservation, and
on overtime and scheduling in
the airline’s engineering and
maintenance departments.

“Management has been chal-
lenged in ways of reducing
costs,” Mr Farrington added.
“We’re looking at every aspect
of our business to ensure waste
is eliminated.” —

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BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS
NOTICE

www. bahamasengineers.org

THE BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS

Cordially invites you to attend

THE MONTHLY LUNCHEON

on
Thursday, November 20th, 2008

“PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TOWN
PLANNING ACT AND REQUIREMENTS FOR

TOWN PLANNING”

GUEST SPEAKER:
Mr. Michael Major

Director of Physical Planning
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

PLACE:
EAST VILLA RESTAURANT
East Bay Street
Time: 12:00p.m.
Tel: 364-3459

Donations: $2500 per person

If possible please confirmyour attendance by e-mail

gracesharma05@yahoo.com Orjeeliott@bahamaselectricty.com
or quentin.knowes@flameless.com


THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 7B



Business fall-off caused 300 rise in Atlantis lay-otts

FROM page 1B

workers — were sent home.

Although last week’s down- |

sizing of the Atlantis workforce
by between 8-10 per cent, and
additional cuts elsewhere in its
global operations, have aligned
Kerzner International’s costs
better with current business lev-
els, concerns remain about
more work-week cut backs and
redundancies throughout the
Bahamian tourism industry.

Although both Kerzner Inter-
national and Baha Mar, which
previously said it completed all
its planned workforce downsiz-
ing by the beginning of Novem-
ber, appear unlikely to initiate
any more large-scale lay-offs
this year, the real litmus test —
for the whole hotel sector — will
- come in the New Year.

With the Christmas/New
Year week likely to provide a
temporary spike in business, the
key will be forward bookings
for the February-April 2009
period — the peak winter sea-
son.

With forward booking win-
dows’ having narrowed to just
one week in many cases, trends
are notoriously difficult to pre-
dict, but if occupancies are well
below projections then anoth-
er round of industry redundan-
cies may be forthcoming.

Tribune Business under-
stands that Kerzner Interna-
tional has identified further
occupancy thresholds at which,
if business declines to those lev-
els, it may be forced to make
further lay-offs.

The company, though, is well
above those levels currently, the
next occupancy level at which
lay-offs may have to be con-
templated lying at around 50
per cent, it is- understood.

Meanwhile, Kerzner Interna-

i
tional has denied that it initial-
ly looked at laying-off 1,500
workers, or that it was pres-
sured to reduce lay-off numbers
by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and the Government.

J Barrie Farrington, Kerzner
International’s executive vice-
president of administration, told
Tribune Business: “The Prime
Minister didn’t put any pressure
on the company to reduce lay-
offs.

“He was obviously disap-
pointed, but understood it was a
prudent business decision. It
was a business decision taken
with great consideration.”

Mr Farrington described the
lay-offs as “all very sad”, but
added that Kerzner Interna-
tional and Atlantis would “be
stronger” for the experience
and emerge in better condition
for whenever the US economy
rebounded and wealthy Amer-
icans started travelling and
vacationing again.

Kerzner International has
been squeezed on both sides -
revenues and occupancies
falling at the front end, with the
need to service the several bil-
lion dollars worth of debt taken
on when chairman 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
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, though
still profitable, the lay-offs in
the Bahamas and elsewhere
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.

In early November, that 72
per cent occupancy was also
found to be unrealistic, and was
consequently dropped to 64 per
cent.

Atlantis is forecasting that it
is 50 per cent behind on book-
ings 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.

Before the reduction in
Atlantis’ workforce, the resort
began cost cutting across the
board, in all departments, on

Bahamas storage business to gain Q4 revenue rise

FROM page 1B

fluctuated according to business

decisions made by its customers
and general market conditions.
Still, World Point Terminals

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said marine activity revenues
were set to “remain strong
throughout the fourth quarter”
at South Riding Point. ~
However, on a down note,
South Riding Point was said to

be in arbitration proceedings .

with the contractor that
repaired its jetty, which was
damaged i in the 2004 hurricane
season. “The expenses of this

arbitration, principally legal
fees, will continue to impact
income from continuing oper-
ations throughout the remain-
der of 2008,” World Point Ter-
minals wrote.

Elsewhere, revenues from
Freepoint, the Freeport-based
tug boat business in which
World Point Terminals has a 50
per cent stake, increased by 6
per cent or $128,000 for the first
nine months in 2008.

The Canadian parent attrib-
uted this to “rate increases, fuel
surcharges and the strategic
bare-boat chartering of two of
its vessels”. ,

Apart from being a storage
facility, South Riding Point also
blends and transships petrole-

um and other oil and liquid-

related products.

PROPOSALS FOR
GROUP LIFE & MEDICAL INSURANCE

The National Insurance Board invites proposals from eligible insurance
companies : and/or brokers for the coverage of its Life and Mec dical Insurance

Plan for the employees of The N

plan for our retirees.

9

National Insurance Board as wel as a separate

The new policy will be for a year commencing on January 1, 2009, spe
the selection of the successful tender.

Parties interested in submitting a proposal may collect an information package
from the Director’s Office of the National Insurance Board Headquarters,
Clifford Darling Complex, Baillou Hill Road.

All proposals should be sealed, marked “Proposals for Life and Medical

Insurance,”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, to:

The Director

and must be delivered not later than 4:30 p.m., on

THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD

Clifford Darling Complex

Baillou Hill Road
P.O. Box N7508

Nassau, Bahamas

J



Legal Notice
NOTICE

things such as lights and water
after energy costs went up last
year from $40 million to $60
million.

Before the staff reduction,
Atlantis had already saved
around $25 million

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.
This has also been denied by
Kerzner International.

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.

BIG OREGON LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 13th November, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited,

The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 17th day of November, A.D. 2008

_ Manex Limited
Liquidator



BEST COMMISSION

Advertisement For

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERS ©

The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST)
Commission, Ministry of the Environment is seeking persons with
qualifications in Environmental Sciences or persons with relevant
technical training or experiences in Engineering, Environmental
Science, Botany, Terrestrial Ecology, Urban Planning, Marine and
Coastal Sciences and or Natural Sciences, Earth Resources to fill
vacancies for the post of Environmental Officers. Interested persons
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Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 242-322-4546 or 242-322-2576
Fax: 242-326-3509

Resumes should be submitted along with relevant documents and a
copy of the official school transcripts.

Public Utilities Commission

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s Application to
Modify Schedule 1 of its Interim License

The Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “the Commission”),
The Bahamas’ regulator of the telecommunications sector, is pleased
to invite comments on its consultation document on the captioned
application from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC).

The objectives of this public consultation are to:

a) inform the public and interested parties of BIC’ s application to
modify Schedule 1 of their Interim Licence to include rates for
various GSM Cellular Mobile Services;

b) indicate the Commission’s intention for the application received.
~ from BTC; and

c) invite comments from the public and interested parties.

The Commission is required to exercise its powers and functions in a manner
that is timely, transparent, objective, non- discriminatory and consistent with
the objectives of the Telecommunications Act, 1999, and any other relevant

documents.

The Public Consultation Document can be obtained from the Commission’s
office located at 4" Terrace East, Collins Avenue, Nassau or downloaded
from the Commission’s web site at’ www.pucbahamas.gov.bs. Written
comments should be submitted by November 28, 2008 via post, hand delivery,
facsimile or e-mail to:

Mr. Michael J. Symonette,
Executive Director
Public Utilities Commission
P.O. Box N — 4860
Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone: 242 322 4437
Fax: 242 323 7288

Email: PUC@pucbahamas.gov.bs.


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eyelash, West, a wily old-timer who
had been around the block more,than
a few times, then continued with a
second spade to dummy’s king:*

The fate of the hand now hinged
on avoiding the loss of a trump trick,
and with four trumps missing, a
finesse was clearly the percentage
play. But South, likewise a veteran of
more than a few years’ service at the
table, did not accept West’s gift ticket
to the dummy with blind gratitude.

Instead, he’ asked himself why
West, who knew South could not
have more than one spade, would
have given him access to an other-
wise ‘entryless dummy. The answer
was not long in coming, If West
wanted him in dummy, there had to
be a good reason. And the only
rational explanation had to be that he
wanted South to take a trump finesse.

Declarer therefore led a trump to
the ace at trick three, and West’s king
came tumbling down to give him the
slam.

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heart or a club at trick two, South
would have won in his hand and
would have had no alternative but to
play the ace of diamonds. West did
the best he could to give him a
chance to go wrong, but South, after
carefully examining the wrapping,
retumed the gift unopened.

Tomorrow: Bidding quiz.
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE o8



World leaders attend emergency summit
aimed at combating economic meltdown

WASHINGTON (AP) —
President George W Bush
underscored how dire the eco-
nomic crisis has become when
he told world leaders that he
had agreed to a $700 billion res-
cue plan for financial institu-
tions only after he'd learned
the US was at risk of sinking
into a "depression greater than
the Great Depression."

Leaders from 21 nations and
four international organisations
gathered in Washington for an
emergency summit aimed at
combating an economic melt-

_down that started in US credit
markets and rapidly spread
around the globe.

Summit participants vowed
Saturday to cooperate more
closely, keep a sharper eye out
for red-flag problems and give
bigger roles to fast-rising
nations. But they avoided many
of the hardest details, leaving
them to be worked out before
their next summit, after Bush
is gone and President-elect
Barack Obama is in the White
House. ;

At the conclusion of talks
‘that took place over two days,
they released a joint commu-
nique that was modest in scope
but high in hopes.

Perhaps as important as the
modest concrete steps they
took, the leaders of.the plan-
et's richest nations — and some
of the fastest-developing —
made clear their recognition of
the world's increasingly inter-
connected financial architec-

_ture and the responsibilities
that go along with it.

"There shall be no blind -

spots," German Chancellor
Angela Merkel declared.

"There is here a great common
will to ensure that such a crisis
is not. repeated."

Covering eight pages and 47
action items, the document’ s
overarching focus is to estab-
lish a series of new safeguards
for the fragile and opaque glob-
al financial system. Nearly all
the efforts are aimed in some

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front row (I-r) are Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President Bush, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Saudi King Abdullah. In the
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Re: Barack Obama - The last
best hope for US and mankind?

DEAR Mr Marquis,

It is clear that, despite your
long residence in the Bahamas,
you remain unfamiliar with the
extent of the spectrum of
Bahamians that this country
contains.

It is unfortunate that Bahami-
an politics does not allow the

. type of issue oriented selection

process that applies in the USA
and the UK. There is no short-
age of persons here with even
better credentials than Mr Oba-
ma. However, our sélection
process does not favour persons
with high principles. In my view
Obama would not have been
elected in the Bahamas where
pork barrel politics, purchasing
of the electorate, and ignorance
still dictate the selection
process. I doubt that he would
have stooped to the vote-buying
and political intimidation that
is commonplace here.

In my view there are other
reasons why he would not get
my vote to lead The Bahamas.
We need a leader who, in addi-

tion to restoring hope, has as -

his aim repositioning the coun-
try on the original track of
nationhood...moving us past
political: freedom to economic
and social freedom. But not at
the sacrifice of our Christian
values.

Obama has committed ‘him-
self to abortion, gay marriage
and stem cell research, including
creation of foetuses to be har-
vested for tissue. These are rep-
rehensible, and as such he
would not have gotten my vote.
Nor would Mr McCain. Amer-
ica has simply been reduced to

“scraping the bottom of the bar-

rel on both sides of the political
divide, due to the magnitude of
the failure of the Bush policies!

Mr Marquis, there’ are
Bahamians who stand for high-

er ideals than Mr Obama. I am |

one, and I would long have
offered to lead, except that we
are not at the stage where a
leader who spurns purchasing
votes has a reasonable chance. I
will wait until that time comes.

I offered as a candidate in
1987 for the FNM, then a party
of high ideals, who opposed the
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regimen. I learned a lot in that
campaign, and I will not offer
again until the political culture
changes to an issue oriented
process.

Perhaps the opportunity will
present itself with the inevitable
changes of leadership in the
main parties. Our system does
not favour third parties. There-

fore, like in the USA, there will '

only be opportunity to take
charge of our destiny through
the main party machinery.

My name is Dr Dexter John-
son, and J ama Bahamian with
high principles, far higher than
those of Mr Obama. I have
been a doctor of medicine since
1975, am Edinburgh-trained sur-
geon FRCS 1980, a law gradu-
ate with a LLB ( UWI) and an
LLM (distinction) (UKC). I am
also a Commonwealth Scholar,
and J am currently about to
retire from my post as Assis-
tant Professor of Law at the
College of the Bahamas. I gave
the first lecture in this law
degree programme almost ten
years ago, and I have been a
part of its growth since then.
This is after a complete career
as a consultant surgeon here, in
the UK, and in the Common-
wealth Caribbean. There is no
question that I am more quali-
fied than Mr Obama, and I have
contributed more in the way of
public service than he ever will.
It is high time that an end is put
to the notion that in some way

we-cannot put forward persons.

as qualified as the.sons and
daughters of other nations. You
as an influential’ journalist have

a duty not to commit psycho-.

logical abuse on Bahamians.

I started the Bahamian
National Party in 2006 to
protest against the lack of direc-
tion of both parties, and I have
persistently refused to be a part
of any ticket:..FNM or PLP, due
to the poor leadership and mis-
direction inherent in both par-
‘ties currently. Both parties are
woefully short on principles and

~need to rethink the way they

have contributed to the creation
of an ignorant electorate.

I would not normally respond
to newspaper articles. However,
I am tired of the view that out
there somewhere is the answer
to our problems, that somehow
we lack the potential to handle
our own affairs. There are many
more persons like myself capa-
ble of leading us in a manner
more appropriate to a Christ-
ian country in a secular world.
- IT would not make the con-
cessions to morality that Mr

Obama made...perhaps I will-
never lead...no problem. I will _

wait until there are enough of us
and the electorate becomes
tired of the current low-class
level of choosing its leaders. If
that time never comés...so be
it!

A country gets what it

_ deserves at the end of the day.

Just remember that no coun-
try has a monopoly of talent or
morality or high principles.
These are universal, and the
Bahamas, like every other

‘nation, does have its own.

I have admired your analyti-
cal approach to journalism, and
your ability to speak out boldly
in the media. You have consid-
erable influence here.

Do not become one of those
who undersell and underrate
the Bahamian. My thoughts
have been in the public domain
for some time:

see www.bahamianational

party.com

Thank you for your time...

— Dr Dexter Reno Johnson,

Assistant Law Professor, The
College of the Bahamas, Con-
sultant Surgeorh Leader of The
Bahamian National Party.

MBBS, (UWI), FRCS (Edin.)
LEC, LLB (UWI), LLM
(UKC)

I read with much interest
your Insight article on Barack
Obama in this morning’s news-
paper. As usual, your report
“hits the nail on the head” in
your description of this “new
breed” of politician on the
American political landscape. It
certainly is a refreshing and
much-needed change after the
antics and hands-off governance
of the George W. years.

As a relative of mine quot-
ed, if Obama is able-to accom-
plish what he intends to do, he
is deserving of having his image
on Mt Rushmore.

With respect to your com-
ments about Bahamian politi-

cians and the lack of a true

visionary to lead this country, I

agree wholeheartedly. Unfor-
tunately, to a large degree, the
voting population does not
demand this in their politi-
cians. This country over the
years has been mired deep in
the depths of mediocrity where-
by “anything goes” when it
comes to the acts and behav-

_iour of politicians — the recent

five-year stint under the PLP is
rife with examples of how politi-
cians should NOT conduct
themselves in a democratic
country. And, as usual, there
were no ramifications, legal or
otherwise, to punish the offend-
ers. Politicians and representa-
tives of government from other
countries have been forced to
resign their posts for doing far
less than politicians in this coun-'
try demonstrate on a daily basis.
In my humble opinion,
Bahamian politicians act the
way they do because the voters
do not demand accountability
or ethical behaviour of their
representatives, nor in society

_in general, which is the main

reason why the social fabric of

. this country is basically gone to

hell.

There is no longer right or’
wrong — it is more a system of
“Sf I can get away with it, then it
is okay.” We certainly cannot
look up to the leaders of this
country, both in Parliament or
in the pulpit, for any moral
compass or guidance.

Certainly most of the support
in this country for Obama was
based on his skin colour, and
not so much of his policies
towards the Bahamas. As an
offshore tax haven, the
Bahamas’ second industry is
bound to suffer severely under
President Obama — unless, of
course, PM Ingraham jumps-on
the plane after the presidential
inauguration to make a case for
saving our financial services
industry.

Mr Marquis, I do not see any-
thing changing on the Bahami-
an political landscape for many,
many years. The only hope now
for the future of this nation is
for the younger, more educated
generations to rise up out of
mediocrity and. demand
accountability from their rep-
resentatives and become more
involved in the policy-making
of this country. Nothing will
change untilthe balance of
power be returned to the people
instead of the politicians, who
have held back the progress of
this country for several gener-
ations only for some to line
their pockets and those of their
cronies at the expense of the
greater populace. God bless us

_ all!

Regards,
—J. Lundy ~

It is usually a pleasure read-
ing INSIGHT. You obviously

' have a tremendous talent for

the written word.

. We can all agree that Oba-
ma’s victory means a lot not
only for us here in. the
Bahamas but for the entire
world. It gives all of us hope
that finally men of colour can be
judged by the “content of their
character” rather than the
colour of their skin.

The “cool guy” Obama of
today would have been lynched
in the USA of the 50s and 60s in
the US. So his.success today is
as a result of the work done by
fiery men of colour such as Pin-
dling here in the Bahamas and
the Martin Luther Kings, Jesse
Jacksons, the Charles Rangells
and, yes, the Malcolm Xs an the
USA.

It is wrong for you to deni-
grate the contributions made by
men like Pindling. He was the
type of leader we needed here
in the Bahamas in the 50s and
60s and maybe he overstayed
his time and you might be right
in suggesting that our current
leaders need to adopt a differ-
ent style, and the Obama’s
“cool guy” demeanour is the
way to go today.

However, you can extol the
virtues of an Obama without
denigrating the ‘efforts of our
leaders.

We all appreciate ihe promise
of a better world with Barack
Obama as President of the most
powerful nation in the World.
Obama gives all of us HOPE
for the future of the world.

— Anthony Rolle

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to the US presidency, Barack
Obama promoted a whole-

some creed based on family

values, equal opportunities for
all, fair reward for a hard day's work,
and a true belief that anything is pos-





ut his almost flawless cam-
Na transcended age, race,
d religion to convey a

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Your recent article on Oba-

ma and the effects of his elec-
tion as President-elect of the
great USA was spot on. Not
only was it well-written, as
always, but the questions which
you posed to our home-grown
politicians and wannabes were
relevant and logical.

President-elect Obama is in
a class all to himself and it is
next to impossible to find a sin-
gle Bahamian, with the excep-
tion, perhaps, of yours truly,
who places country above self.

It would appear that the
desire on the part of most of
our political directorate and
their erstwhile cronies is to get
elected and to secure as much
lucre as possible during the five-
year cycle.

If re-elected, all well and
good. If defeated or rejected at
the polls, all one needs to do is
to slink off into semi-retirement
until the next general election.
At that time, many of the voters
can and will be bamboozled
again. Unfortunately, in The
Bahamas, this has become the
accepted norm.

Community organisation is
something of a phenomenon in
this nation as the majority of
our societal 'leaders' would not
know their arms from their pos-
teriors. Not a single one of them
with the stark exception of the
Hon Branville McCartney
(FNM-Bamboo Town), the
Minister of State for Immigra-
tion, seems to have a clue as to
how to effectively ‘organise’
his/her constituency. I want to
believe that they simply do not
care but it may well be that they
are completely out of touch.

We do not need an Obama
here in The Bahamas. What we
are in urgent need of is a few
patriotic men and women
(under 60 years of age) who are
still youthful and who may not
be suffering from the onset of
Alzheimer's disease.

They should also come pre-
pared with a national plan and,
where possible, a clear vision
for the way forward for the
nation and not just self-promo-
tion.

I, for one, will seek elective
office at the very earliest oppor-
tunity, preferably in the great
constituency of Englerston
where I have already moblised
‘The Urban Development Cor-
poration’ to clean up, beautify
and modernise the community.

This is a non-profit organisa-
tion geared to assisting all resi-
dents of Englerston to live their
lives in dignity and self-reliance.
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4 —Jobn Marquis __ Let’shope that Bahamian politicians, banks, law firms and corporations in

in particular, ake note of this pursuing his legal career. Instead he

man’s vision, hi rent humility, his went off to Chicago as a community











E: undoubted abi nd the inclusive- — organiser fuelled not by self-aggran-

i class fired hope has been so widely embraced. To hopefully be felt in those black soci- ness of his disement or personal gain, but by a

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Tobe the examp! YY name so ecstatically ws uplifting for all has been far from stellar. Obama could-literally change the _ help themselves.

nial administrations were hardly exem- those who yearn for global harmony. Let’s hope he shows the same impa- world, if 6: ts perception of the Can anyone tell me, please, where] -

plary, while truly inspirational leader- _ His appeal is virtually limitless. tience with the likes of Robe abe — United States, which under George W we can find this brand of self-denying

ship that apparently offered by And his resounding victory tells us “as he does with black Ameri who Bush became virtually a pariah power — idealism in the Bahamian political

are to the point of . that the United States of America, 232 constantly fall back on excuses for their with no moral compass and the kind of class, a cadre of people who are — for

-existence in the post-war years after independence, 14 slack of progress in life. coarse, brazen hubris others found dis- the most. part — fired up only by a

hi and Kennedy aside, you after the Civil War, and four di S Let’s hope he continues his drive to tasteful. desire to get on the government payroll

have to search hard and long for politi after the Civil Rights Bill, has finally promote the family as a vital compo- Like all political leaders, Obama will ‘and ride out five years of self-preening,

inner cities of Chicago so I have
absolutely no doubt that it will
work for Ortland H Bodie Jr

over in Englerston.

If the Hon John Henry Bost-
wick, QC, was still in front-line
politics, he would have made

the ideal statesman in The .
~ Bahamas. Not only is Henry

seasoned, politically, but he
once led the opposition forces in
the nation when to 'oppose' the
then Pindling dominated Pro-
gressive Liberal Party (PLP)
was akin to political suicide.

In addition, Henry is an inde-
pendently 'wealthy' individual
who would have little if any
desire or inclination to 'get rich
quick or die trying’.

Henry may not be interested
in returning to the heat of the
political battle but, like the
ancient generals of Rome, who
would have retired but whose
return to public office was
demanded by a confused and
perplexed nation, he will have
no choice but to heed the clari-
on call of the masses.

Still a youthful 69 years of
age, he looks and carries himself

The day after his win, Obama’s first
task was to take his

school, having expressed his bound-
less love for them during his accep-
tance address. Throughout his cam-
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far better than both the Rt Hon
Prime Minister and the Rt Hon
Leader of the Opposition, with
all due respect. Both of those
men look terrible and it is obvi-
ous that they are labouring
under stress and great duress,
for whatever reasons.

A team of Bostwick and Bod-
ie would be unbeatable and/or
unstoppable. With B and B all
one would need is the Bible.
Yes, John, the three Bs may
well be just what the doctor
ordered for The Bahamas.

Until then, however, there is

no need for.an Obama in this _

country. It is time we get
‘beyond looking for a political
saviour outside of our shores.
We have ‘gold’ right here so
why travel to the USA to look

for it? To God then, in all”

things, be the glory.
— Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.

Re: How ‘Calamity Jane’
finished off John McCain

I HAVE to say that the arti-
cle on Sarah Palin was hilari-
ous, especially your reference

to “otherwise sane and rational
men howling plaintively at the
moon” over this woman’s phys-
ical attributes. You’re right,
though, had she and McCain
been elected, it would have had
grave implications for the USA
and the world because she did-
n’t appear to know anything
outside of Alaskan politics and
her conflict with big oil and
energy interests.

Watching the two campaigns
closely, I felt - as you obviously
do - that the Democrats were
just so much brighter than their
rivals, who were stooping to
really low tricks to make Oba-
ma look bad. Palin’s references
to his supposed terrorist con-
nections were very dangerous
and ought to have been checked
much earlier than they were.

As usual, Insight found the
right name to sum up the Palin
fiasco: Calamity Jane. Terrific
stuff! ,

— P Hetherington

(Expat observer)

I read your article with much
enjoyment. I thought it, though
quite humorous, very insightful
and agree with you whole-
heartedly that Sarah Palin was
indeed John McCain’s ‘Calami-
ty Jane’ and not his Annie Oak-
ley. Keep up the good work. It
is very rare that [read an article
that long in any newspaper. I
usually skim them. This one I

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008, PAGE 11B

read every last word.
— KL Demeritte

BOTH Insight articles this
week are awesome. The item
on Palin was another classic.
The reference to her mouth
being “as enticing as a bowlful
of sugared raspberries” was so
funny I almost choked on my
Maxwell House. Please, please,
please keep it coming.

— Rosemary Delisle

(Canada)

I AM troubled to hear that
Sarah Palin is now so deluded
by what you referred to some
weeks ago as “infantile adula-
tion” that she is seriously con-
sidering running for president
in 2012. Please, America, having
redeemed yourself with Oba-
ma, don’t fall back on this
woman (not that she would
stand any chance of election!)
That would be too much.

— A Bartholomew,

Cable Beach

Re: Movies with a message

Hey, read the article and I
wanted to comment that I sup-
ported your argument one hun-
dred per cent. My wife and I
feared that we may have been
the only people who realised
the censorship Nassau enforces.
Such ignorant censorship at
that, the Movado incident for



instance. I didn’t even know
who Movado was until last
week Monday (and I’m 20) but
I felt outraged. What kind of
country is this where the church
pretty much gets their way? I[
felt as if Branville McCartney
had might as well bend his
backside over and start speak-
ing Greek.

Galleria Cinemas is a disgrace
of a movie theatre that not only
neglects the thoughtful audi-
ence but solidifies the wasteful
youth who thrive on the violent
movies that it plays. In the
schools these students love that
kind of talk. Math homework
is on the back burner, it’s all
about some girl, concert or
movie. None of which is doing
the country any good. Guys die
over girls, at parties probably
similar to something they saw
on the television. .

As for your talk on religion,
as an atheist (raised Anglican) I
tend to have an open mind to
anything. Therefore it’s funny
to see people unite to ban a gay
movie or cruise ship and falter
on supporting the poor or ral-
lying for real change in the com-
munity. I mean, honestly, have
you seen the state Bain Town is
in? Why is the church focusing
on the wrong issues? Thanks
for the food for thought and I
hope to continue reading your
work.

— Travis

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FROM page 14B

better. With no immediate
prospects of improvement in
business, Atlantis was forced to
act.

It now seems certain that
2009 will be a virtual ‘write-off’
for tourism as hard-pressed
Americans struggle to survive
the downturn. Bahamians need
be under no illusions: if t’ings
are tough now, they ain’t seen
nothing yet. ;

The impact of rising unem-
ployment is already evident
among working and middle
class families, especially those
no longer able to service huge
home and car loans.

Lack of financial prudence in
the past will undoubtedly deep-
én the misery of many, espe-
cially young professionals, but
working class people forced to
live hand-to-mouth are going
to suffer, too. «

Take Sharlene Black, 45, who
is now trying to work out how
to keep a family of six while
earning only $30 a day.

“Business is slow at the local
takeaway | cook for and I make
$25 to $30 a day. I have six chil-
dren, three boys and three girls,
with the youngest being eight
years old. When it comes to my
pay cheque, it is not enough and
does not cover my monthly bills,

including dealing with my kids. '

“I cannot really tell them
they are going to have a good
Christmas. I let them know the
best way I can that I cannot
afford everything they want.
Maybe they will only get a good
meal this Christmas. They know
it is hard for me to do it alone.

“Their fathers are not as
active in their lives as they
should be. I thank God every
day that my children are healthy
and I do not have to be in and
out of the hospital with any of
them.

“My bills are overdue, liter-
ally past due many of them. My
light bill was unbelievable
before BEC came and gave us
poor people a break. Now it is
down to about $300 a month.
Most of my salary goes on food
because it is too expensive to
buy takeout.

“TI try to budget every penny
I have and I do not lead the
lifestyle I used to lead in buying
expensive things and eating the
best and looking the best. I gave
my children what they wanted

but now that has: ‘stopped. I try

to get only what is needed, not
what is wanted.”
Nathalie Russell, 42, is

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day. I work more than two jobs
to support my children. This is
one of the hardest things I have
to face every day.

“One of my other hardships
is working both jobs and some-
times not being able to give my
children the financial support
that is needed because all of my
income has to go on bills and
groceries and sometimes my
income isn’t enough to cover
the basic bills.

“A few years back my chil-
dren had to carry hamburgers
for lunch every day because it
was all we had at the time for
me to fix lunch for them - they
refuse to eat hamburgers now.

“TI have five children - two
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move to Exuma to work to
assist me in taking care of her
siblings, but there is only so
much she can do. Being a single
mother in this day and age is
both scary and rewarding.

“T was not raised in this type

of world so I am very fearful at

times with all the crime and vio-
lence going on. However, there

- are opportunities out there and
I try to encourage my kids to:

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ther their education.

“My average income is $600
a month. My entire pay cheque
is devoted to my children
because I put them first. My
three boys’ fathers are support-
ive only4n their time of need
and they try their best to help.
However, my daughters’ fathers
are not as supportive and they
very seldom try and assist their
daughters. - :

“Each child has a different
father so I do my best to ask all
of them for assistance but. it is
not much as they are ‘crying
poor mouth’ as well.

“My youngest daughter is 16
and we recently discovered a
lump in her breast. I took her to
the doctor but I need a second
opinion and if this is a serious
matter I have no idea how I am
going to pay for any type of
medical bills so right now I am
hoping for the best.”

For the working class who
are no longer in work, the eco-
nomic downturn threatens des-
titutiom. i

For the middle-class who saw
heavy debt as the high road to
the good life, a time of reckon-





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“years that it make¥ no’sense to’

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bag, that there is more sense‘in
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“But though I’ve always tried
to make them spend sensibly,

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younger folk see sense.

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imaking as much money as they
can from young people who
don’t know better.”

As the economy gets tighter,
and money gets scarcer, it is
inevitable that some:women will
turn to prostitution, while men
no longer able to make ends
meet in the lawful world will
turn to crime and drugs.

The implications for the
Bahamas are severe because
neglect by generations of politi-
cians has left the country with

nowhere to turn economically.

. Since the PLP came to pow-,

- er for the first time in the 1960s,

no attempt has been made to
devise a national plan, or to
exploit the country’s agricul-

‘tural possibilities. There has

been no attempt at diversifying
an extremely narrow-based
economy.

In fact, Sir Lynden Pindling’s

‘ message to the Bahamian peo-

ple was that they did not need
to be maids and servants any-
more, even though this is a ser-
vice economy.

Tilling the land was consid-

ered labouring work - beneath

the people of this newly liber-
ated society - so the immensely
productive islands of Eleuthera
and Andros were allowed to fall
into a state of dereliction.

Andros once boasted the
world’s largest cucumber farm.
Eleuthera had a flourishing
agrarian economy based on a |
string of farms running its full
length.

Pineapples were harvested
in abundance. Tomatoes, cas-
sava, mangoes and other crops |
thrived, and Eleuthera was con-
sidered the breadbasket of the
islands.

Now abandoned grain silos
litter the landscape, stark
memorials to bad policies and a

. misguided belief that a nation

can flourish off the back of poor
work ethic and a baseless
assumption that the good times
would always roll.
Materialism became so ram-
pant between the 1960s and the
turn of the century that the

- Rolex watch really did become

a kind of national icon, the most
desired of all possessions among
those who have neither the

- brains nor the cultural sensibil-

ities to appreciate anything else.
Bahamians developed into

the kind of people who knew «

the price of everything and the
value of nothing, all attribut-
able, I’m afraid, to Lynden Pin-
dling and his gang of wide boys.

Today, the most distressing,
manifestations of their grasp-
ing philosophy are the young

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families whose credit is maxed
out and who, finding themselves
without work, are now sitting

‘on the brink of bankruptcy.
«2» Ultimately, the entitlement

culture got such a hold that peo-
ple like the impudent waitress
and the schoolboy who consid-

-ered ten cents too little for

packing three items into a plas-
tic bag became commonplace.

The schoolboy who refused
to handle coins because any-
thing else but banknotes was
beneath him was an extreme
example of a mercenary soci-
ety which over four decades has.
become detached from reality.

When Haitians, who have
known hand-to-mouth hardship
for more than two centuries,
began turning up on Bahamian
shores, they were regarded as
a lesser breed from. a lesser
land.

When Bahamian students
went off to Cuba to study, they
were criticised for being crassly
materialistic in front of their rel-.
atively deprived hosts.

Showing off, brandishing
wads of banknotes, they ‘saw
nothing wrong in lording it over
fellow students who were con-
strained by the depredations of
a communist society.

Money - lots of it - has a tru-
ly corrosive effect on those who
possess it, and especially in their
attitudes to the less fortunate.

Now, alas, the Bahamas
could well be heading into a sit-
uation where a goodly portion
of its people will know what
poverty tastes like. ;

Eventually, hopefully, it-will
emerge from the trough of
recession now awaiting it and
find its feet again.

Meanwhile, one hopes, the
impudent waitress will learn
good manners from adversity,
and make the link between the
customer’s satisfaction and her
own professional well-being.

The. ungrateful schoolboy
bag-packer will come to the
conclusion - as customers begin
giving less in their own strug-
gle for survival - that ten cents is
actually not a bad return for
five seconds work in a food-
store. «,

While.the student whia never
handles céins will find that the
good fifeat Atlantis can no
longer be.taken for granted, and
that drug dealing often leads to
a berth in the hospital morgue.

One thing can be said for
sure about hard times. They
form character, something this
country lacks i in some quarters.
Recession is no, bad thing if it
teaches people the lessons they
need to learn.

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HARD TIMES

It’s going to get

“ll By JOHN MARQUIS

'.- Managing Editor

(Additional reporting
by Alex Missick)

wo months ago,

an impudent and

ungrateful wait-

ress at a Nassau

restaurant was so

affronted at being left a tip in

_ coins instead of notes that she
returned it to the customer.

The intention, of course, was

to cause him embarrassment in

front of others. But the result of

her stupidity was a loss of busi-

ness for her employers, because

the customer — who had been

using the restaurant for nearly a









decade — vowed never to
return.

At a foodstore check-out, a
schoolboy bag-packer was. so
insulted at being given a ten
cent piece for loading three
items into a plastic bag that he
actually began making sarcastic
remarks to his colleagues..The
customer said: “If you don’t
want. it, Pll take it back” and
did precisely that, leaving the
schoolboy‘gazing into his emp-
ty palm.

At a Nassau secondary
school, a teacher was amazed
to discover that students
refused to handle coinage at all,
regarding it as beneath them.
“It’s banknotes or-nothing as
far as I’m concerned,” said one,
declaring at the same time, inci-

far worse before
it gets better

FORTY years ago, just before he left New
Providence, the then colonial Governor Sir
Ralph Grey warned Bahamians not to take

their prosperity for granted. He felt there

was a tendency for them to believe they
had divine protection. As Atlantis laid off

- 800 workers last week, and the world

~ financial crisis deepened, the Bahamas -
found itself confronted with the prospect

of real hardship for many of its people

for the first time in half a century.
INSIGHT reports...

dentally, that his greatest ambi-
tion in life was to work at
Atlantis or become a drug-deal-
er.

The incidents are trivial in
themselves, but reveal a mind-
set which has developed ‘dur-

‘ing 40 years of plenty. Many

Bahamians possess a sense of

entitlement born of a misguided -
belief that the good tinies were

open-ended, and that their
nation was blessed like no oth-

_ er. Now it’s wake-up time.

Last week’s devastating

announcement by Atlantis that
10 per cent of its staff was on .

the way.out came as little sur-

prise to those who have been |

following economic develop-
ments closely. And it will come
as no surprise, either, if the
hotel lays off more people in

_ the New Year, with the final

figure possibly as high as 1,500..

It has been clear for months
that hotel occupancy has been
way down, that restaurants
were being closed for long peri-
ods every month, and that wait-



SOME Atlantis workers can:be seen amet the resort after.last week’s layoffs...



AN ATLANTIS WORKER c
be seen when she was laid-off
after working at the resort for
a number of years...



ers and others were having to
make do with shortened work
weeks.

Nonetheless, Atlantis’s deci-
sion certainly shocked those
who fail, for whatever reason,
to make the connection
between the quality of their
work and the stability and sus-
tainability of their position.

Not long ago, mass lay-offs
at the Paradise Island resort
were unthinkable. In the late
1990s and early 2000s, Atlantis*

was second only to Disney asa *

leading resort brand of the
Americas. Tourists were falling
over themselves to savour its
\\many attractions. :
Soon staff who once grossed

$70,000 a year for laying towels.
on 1 poolside loungers are having
to face up to the bitter truth:
that no-one gets a free ride
when things get tight.

From personal observation,
_ I know that the restaurant
~ employing the.aforementioned
impudent waitress (not an
Atlantis restaurant, incidental-
ly) has been losing business dra-
matically over the last two
years.

Caucasians, in particular,
have given up going there, part-
ly because of the openly racial
prejudice of the waitresses, but
also because their attitudes
attracted the worst elements of
Nassau street life, creating a
coarse and sometimes intimi-
dating environment.

Gradually, the shortcomings
of the staff were being reflected
in the bottom line. The dis-
graceful tip incident was sim-




ply another nail in the busi-

ness’s coffin, which is now more
or less ready for formal burial.

- Will the. staff — and espe-
cially the waitress with the off-
hand manner — ever make the
connection between the restau-
rant’s decline and their own dis-

_ graceful behaviour?

Probably, particularly if they

. find themselves in the predica-

ment now being suffered by

- thousands of Bahamian fami-

lies who face penury after

‘decades of relative financial.

security.

The fact that it was Atlantis
that delivered last week’s
bombshell was heavily symbol-
ic because the Paradise Island

‘resort has come to epitomise

the nation’s economic resur-
gence over the last 15 years.
With up to 9,000 employees,
the hotel had developed into.a
vital buttress of the national
economy, adding a first world
flourish to what had been a fair-
ly humdrum tourist product fol-
lowing the grim Pindling years.
At its height, Atlantis offered
those lucky enough to work
there the prospect of solid mid-
dle-class prosperity, with big
cars, foreign holidays and hefty
mortgages on stylish homes for

- its well-paid workers.

Eye-popping salaries backed
up by sizeable gratuities were
commonplace in the good days.
‘Many employees racked up
heavy borrowings on the expec-
tation of continuing wealth.

Employees accumulated so
much debt off the back of their
earnings that the hotel man-



agement had to'cap pay cheque
repayments to creditors, rea-
soning that they had a social
responsibility not only to their
own staff but also their fami-
lies.

Now. that business is bad,
workers who not so long ago
were on a financial high have

hit the skids, and the fall-out

will be. very unpleasant.
The first publicly expressed

: utterance signalling looming’

catastrophe came when a senior

_ construction worker om PI told

me weeks ago that Atlantis
founder Sol Kerzner had. lost
hope of running a five-star
resort on what he had to con-
cede was two-star service.

In spite of Atlantis’s intense
staff training programmes. and
its renowned management effi-

' ciency, there was only so far it

could go in delivering the prod-
uct Kerzner envisioned.

When waiters began work- '
ing one and two-day weeks,,
sometimes relying heavily on
cut-price weekend packages
from South and Central Amer-
ica, the signs were already
bleak.

The source told me: “It’s all
we talk about over here. When-
ever we get together for a beer,
everyone is wondering when
the axe is going to fall.”

As America’s sub-prime
mortgage crisis deepened, pre-
cipitating a global collapse in
the financial markets, it was evi-
dent that things were going to
get much worse before they got

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amenities, generous legroom and a bigger trunk. And
the fuel-efficient 4-cylinder, 2400 cc engine gives up to
34 mpg (EPA highway rating). Available options include
\-6 engine, and right or left hand drive.

fs Eee service guaranteed

Available in Grand Bahama at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport) * Queens Hwy, 352-6122 * Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916