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

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Govt intends to
‘redouble’ low
cost housing
programme

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

OVER a thousand Bahamians
can expect to gain employment.on
the public payroll by the first quar-
ter of next year, with some jobs
available by Christmas, The Tri-
bune has learned.

According to Labour Minister, ;
Senator Dion Foulkes, the gov

ernment intends ‘to “redouble” its
low-cost housing construction pro-

gramme by early next year, adding ©

around 1,000 people to the 1,000-
plus contractors and sub-contrac-
tors who have recently signed up to
work on the programme.
: Mr Foulkes said such work, in
conjunction with “fast-tracked”
capital projects ‘which the prime
minister announced, will help
“take up some of the slack in the
construction industry.”

Another part of the economic
stimulus package which the gov-
‘ernment proposes to absorb some
of the unemployed will see a major
beautification project undertaken.

“We’re going to clean this island
and it’s going to be beautiful,” said
Mr Foulkes, adding that such pro-
jects are expected to provide work
for potentially “hundreds” of
Bahamians.

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Treasure excavation fears spark minister visit

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

FEARS that San Salvador residents are
attempting to excavate buried treasure
thought to be worth $10 billion sparked a vis- u
it by Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing |
yesterday. ee

Gold, rubies, diamonds, sapphires and
other precious stones believed by scientists
and archeologists to be buried at Fortune Hill, San
Salvador, by 17th century buccaneer Captain Kidd
have driven residents to carry out their own excava-
tions in the hope of finding the buried treasure.

Mr Laing held a meeting with the community at
Government High School last night to explain the
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Police officer
in custody

POLICE confirmed a uniformed
officer stationed in New Providence
is in custody following a drug and
illegal firearm find in South Andros
over the weekend.

According to high-ranking sources
within the RBPF, the officer in ques-
tion was arrested by Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEV) officers follow-
ing a "raid" of a home on the island.
DEU officers reportedly received

. reports of guns and drugs at the
house where they allegedly found
the officer, in the company of others.

They also found a crop of mari-

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tial plunder.

He said no one has yet been anointed by
government to excavate the site, and how the
wealth, if found, will be distributed, has yet
to be determined.

The site-is currently closed to the public
and under police surveillance.

_ Mr Laing said: “My understanding is that
San Salvadorians are among the people
doing digging down there,-and we will stress

to them that any such digging really is against the law.

“There is supposed to be an agreement between
whoever finds the treasure and the government, so
nobody should be excavating any treasure without
express agreement from government.”

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FINGER-pointing and cast-
ing blame are not going to
guide the country out of the
myriad of economic problems
that grip it, two former parlia-
mentarians said yesterday.
Instead a strong display of
solidarity from politicians, con-

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54-year-old man
is shot dead —

POLICE are favestigating
reports that a 54-year-old
Rhodes Street man may have
been the victim of a Mafia style
hit, having been shot in the
chest and head early yesterday
morning.

Charles Nottage, 54, was
found shot to death in the bath-
room of his own home shortly
after 3am. é

According to information
reaching The Tribune, Mr Not-
‘ tage went.outside of his house
to a Shell’s Breakfast and
Lunch van when an “explosive
sound” was heard.

The 54 year old was seen run-
ning inside the house being pur-
sued by a gunman with a cloth
around the lower portion of his
face.

Mr Nottage’s 47-year-old
companion, Andrea Ferguson,
also received injuries from a gun
shot wound to her left arm. She
was taken to hospital where her
condition is listed as stable.

While police do not have a
motive for this latest shooting,
which pushes the murder count
to 68 for the year, they are fol-
lowing a number of lines of
inquiry.

BahaMar denies company to meet
government over possibility of layoffs

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

BARA officials deniéa yesterday that the company is set to meet __

offs at its;Cable Beach hotels.

_ with government this week to‘discuss the possibility of further impending lay

The Tribune was informed by Labour Minister Dion Foulkes earlier yes-
terday that the Prime Minister has been “extremely active in terms of meet-
ing not only with managers but with owners of hotels to attempt to influence
them not to have any drastic lay offs.”

Asked whether any such meetings were scheduled, Mr Foulkes said that
he and Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool Wallace are to meet with “a
hotel” this week.

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Bahamian soldier dies
after being shot on duty

By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

A WARRIOR, friend, son and
good brother were words used to
describe the soldier, Adam Gold-
smith, whose story The Tribune
brought to our readers yesterday.

Goldsmith died on Wednesday, -
November 12, after being shot °

while on duty in Honduras. He
was 38.

Adam was a true patriot, a pro-

fessional and a man with a strong
sense of duty. He had overcome
racism, isolation and loneliness to
become one of the best soldiers
in his squadron.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune just weeks before his death,

. he spoke of his hope for the young

people of his beloved nation.
“Who has the courage to stand

up and say ‘I will no longer talk,

but act?’ Who has this strength?

‘Who understands self-sacrifice?

Who will stand before the crimi-
nals, the corrupt and the false
prophets?”

Adam left behind three sons
and a daughter, 15-year-old Ash-
ley.

Ashley’s mother, Delores
Hunter, Adam’s childhood sweet-
heart and friend, spoke to The Tri-
bune yesterday about the man
who she said was a soldier from
the time he was a child.

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as a ‘warrior, friend, son and good
brother’.

another man’s war, Ms Hunter
said, Adam felt he was fighting to
better the Bahamas.

“His thing was that whatever
happened to the United States
would happen to home,” she said.

When he was a member of the

_ British army he was on active

operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan
and Jraq. Adam died serving in
Honduras as part of a private secu-
rity firm.

His parents, Grand Bahamians
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PLP cautions govt
on work permits

WITH a growing number of
Bahamians losing their jobs
almost daily, the PLP is caution-
ing the government about work
permits for foreigners, calling for
a return to the Bahamianisation
policy.

Chairman Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin said the party finds it interest-
ing that the Immigration Depart-
ment is processing 500 work per-
mit applications a week — and that
a special unit has been established
to process applications on a more
efficient basis.

“In the last several weeks hun-
dreds and hundreds of Bahamian
workers have been sent home
either by way of terminations or
lay-offs as a claimed result by
employers of the dire economic
conditions presently being expe-
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approval of work permit applica-
tions. The government must
immediately review its policies,
procedures and practices as it
relates to the grant of work per-
mits.

@
Policy
“Today more than ever it is of
critical importance that it seeks

to.reinstate with uncompromis-
ing vigour the policy of Bahami-

‘ anisation, bending over back-

wards to ensure that no job
vacancy in this country will be

filled by an expatriate when there

is a Bahamian whois able to com-
petently fill that post,” she said.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said that at
the Grand Bahama Shipyard, out
of a workforce of 900, 600 are
non-Bahamians, mostly welders.



“It is reported that Bahamians
in large numbers are often lined
up outside that facility in search of
work. Further it is said that at
Harcourt Development a signifi-
cant number of the workforce is
made up of Latin Americans who
are working as tile layers. This so
at the worst economic times in
the history of Grand Bahama
where unemployment is at an all
time high and when Bahamians
are suffering significant hardship.

“The government must imme-
diately review the status of these
and all work permits with a view
to ensuring that Bahamians are

._ not beggars in their own land.

While it is understood that multi-
national corporations will wish to
engage key personnel who may
not be of Bahamian origin, the
Bahamas government cannot be
seen to be giving permission to
these corporations to the disad-
vantage of Bahamian workers in
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Plans for more pro-hanging mareass

MORE pro-hanging marches are to be held in
Nassau following Saturday’s successful demonstra-

tion, when hundreds turned out to call for killers to_

be executed.

Organiser Rodney Moncur, whose Workers Par-
ty backed a murder victims group in staging the
march, said response had been very encouraging.

“So much so that we shall be staging other march-
es this year,” he told The Tribune, “It is important
that we continue to get the message out.”

Bahamas’ 66th murder for 2008 occurred within 36

-hours.of the protest.

The mandatory death penalty for murderers was
made discretionary after a Privy Council ruling in
2006. But the government maintains that it is com-
mitted to enforcing the death penalty.

However, the last person to die on the gallows
in Nassau was Haitian-Bahamian David Mitchell,
who was executed at Fox Hill Prison i in January,
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 3



In brief

Police quiz
three men
after finding
firearms

THREE men in their 20s
are being questioned by -
police after a high-speed
chase led to the discovery of
two firearms.

Around 1.30pm yesterday,
a mobile patrol unit was in
southern New Providence
when the officers noticed the
occupants of a Honda Leg-
end acting in a suspicious
manner.

When the patrol car
approached, the Honda sped
off and the officers gave
chase on to Malcolm Road.

The Honda then struck a
Ministry of Health truck and
collided with two residential
fences before coming to a
stop.

Two of the occupants ran .
from the scene and the offi-
cers gave chase.

_ Asa result of the incident,
a 22-year-old man from Step
Street, a 28-year-old man

. from Sandilands Village and
another young man from
Golden Gates were taken
into custody for questioning.

The officers confiscated a
.357 revolver with six live ,
rounds of ammunition and a
Tech-9 pistol with 15 live
rounds of 9mm ammunition.

GB Police detain
pair over US
counterfeit
notes discovery

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



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

The Department of Social Ser-
vices has put in place extra mea-
sures to reduce the incidence of
fraudulent claims, Minister of
Labour and Social Development
Dion Foulkes said yesterday.

This comes as police are inves-
tigating the activities of a group of
people who were found to be
undertaking a campaign to scam
social services in October.

According to Mr Foulkes, the
“three to four” people involved
were “going round in a very short
period of time to all the (social
services) centres and accessing
the same benefit based on the
same set of circumstances.”

THE Progressive Liberal Party
criticised Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday, claiming he
is trying to.engage in “one-
upmanship” by insinuating that
the Bahamas is better off now
than it would have been under
his predecessor Perry Christie.

In a release issued late yester-
day, party chairman Glenys Han-
na-Martin said that she was dis-
appointed in Mr Ingraham’s com-
ments, especially coming at such a
time when “serious maturity and
sober reflection” is required.

“The prime minister seems to
suggest that he is ‘simply the best’

prime minister Perry Christie.
Better his FNM than the PLP,”
she said.

“Let me say at the outset we
all._pray that the prime minister
successfully charts our country
out of this dark and scary period
in our nation’s history. The last
time our country experienced a
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30- -year-old Hawksbill man was
- taken in for questioning on 'Fri-
day in relation to an ongoing ~~
investigation.

Following this, the officers
discovered $1,000.i in US purren-
cy.

Ms Hickey repotiedy that the ©
bills, which all had the.same ser-,
ial number — FK659364918 — are
suspected of being counterfeit.

She said‘further investigations
were: conducted anda second _
person —a 27-year- -old Mammy
Corner man — was taken in for
questioning. aR wk

More US currency: bearing
the same serial number: was,
then djseovered, she said.



'{990s) when the Bahamas was

icked, capitulated and arguably
set back the andesiey for all time,”
she said.

“He refused to. consult with sig-
nificant stakeholders, some he
-called crooks and today we see
the same stubborn approach to

lm By NATARIO McKENZIE

A MAN accused of murder

was discharged yesterday after a

- Magistrate ruled that the prose-

cution had offered no evidence
to implicate him in the offence.

.* Charles Lightbourne, 36, of

Black Village appeared before
Firearm arrest



Magistrate Guillimina Archer at
‘Court 101 in Neal Street yester-
N day:



ghibourne v was charged in the
December 2006 shooting death
|. of Brian. Roberts. He was also



tioned.in' aed rs bea ‘the!
discoyery of agin at an apatt-

ment in Freeport. ‘firearm with the intent to endan-

outranking in ability the former —

well-being, was during the finan-,
cial, services. crisis, (in the mid- ,

blacklisted and Mr Ingraham pan-

‘charged with possession of a.

Dion Foulkes



Over a three day period the
group reportedly martaged to
obtain a number of $100 emer-
gency food stamps from all four
of the Department’s New Provi-
dence locations.



things, refusing to engage in
bipartisan discussions contrary to
what is happening in countries all
over the world, including the
United States and Europe.

“So while we listen carefully to
the prime minister as he boasts

as'to how lucky we are to have.

him and while we trust that our
country will not falter under his

. watch, we are praying that we see

a better exercise of judgment than

his previous tecord seems to sug-

gest. - !
“Perry Christie has indicated

, that, by now he would have set

up a task force and would have
been working with the tourism
industry and other thinkers of this

country to agree strategies to pro-. -

tect this country and pursue a
bipartisan approach.

“We are now in the midst of
the crisis, perhaps the. prime min-
ister should wait until we have
weathered it before he grades
himself. But he should also be

Murder accused discharged after
‘prosecution ‘offers no evidence’

one “scintilla” of evidence impli-
cating the defendant in relation to
the charges.

She noted that although seven
witnesses had been called during
the preliminary inquiry, the vir-
tual complainant in the second
charge was never called as‘a'wit-
ness.

Supt Mackey said police exe-
cuted a search warrant on Satur-
day, November, 22, at about
10pm at an apartment on Peri-
dot Place in the Coral Gardens.

During a search, a black Lla-
ma MAXI-1 .45 Pistol along
with one magazine and six live

rounds of'.45 ammunition were *

discovered by an officer.

The two men, both 25, are _
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ger the life of Sean Brown.
Roberts, 31, a resident of
Andros Avenue, was shot multi-
ple times on December 26, 2006,
near his home.
According to reports, a man

looking for him and was told that
he was not at home. ,

Minutes later, the victim was
seen running towards his house
followed by another man armed
with a gun. Several shots were
reportedly fired and Roberts was
found near a wall with multiple
gunshot wounds.

A preliminary inquiry was held
at:Court 10 in Nassau Street:and
yesterday Magistrate Archer
ruled that Lightbourne be dis-
charged.

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Social services
fraud uncovered

Extra measures put in place, says Minister

“We now have a mechanism in
place where all of the centres
know each day who the appli-
cants are,” said Mr Foulkes,
adding: “I want to advise people
that this is for those in need.
Please don’t take advantage of
the programme.”

The government budgeted .an
extra $6 million this year for
social assistance programmes,
bringing the total money at its
disposal to $13 million.

Mr Foulkes said: “That $6 mil-
lion came in at the right time,
because we really didn’t antici-
pate that we’d have these things,
this downturn in the economy. It

just so happens that we have suf-,
ficient funds for all of our pro- °

grammes because of that $6 mil-
lion.”

Opposition accuses the
PM of ‘one-upmanship’

reminded this dilemma is not.a

‘sporting game but rather affects
’ the lives of the Bahamian people

and the life of the country in gen-

-eral. In the end-result the

Bahamian people will be the
judges,” she said.




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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Unbelievable PLP statements in House

IN THE House of Assembly, on Thursday

more than one PLP MP expressed the wish that
during this time of economic crisis Perry Christie
and not Hubert Ingraham were prime minister.

After five years of chronic indecision and
missed opportunities during the Christie years we
couldn’t believe our ears.

Silently we offered a prayer of thanksgiving
that amidst the present chaos Ingraham and not
Christie holds the tiller.

What the Christie team refuses to acknowl-
edge is that if Mr Christie had been more deci-
sive in processing the billion dollar projects
which he often boasted his government had

attracted to the Bahamas, most of these devel- -

opments would have by now been completed.

For example in December 2003, a little over
a year. after winning the government then prime
minister Christie announced that negotiations
were underway for a billion dollar tourist invest-
ment at Cable Beach.

It was an open secret at the time that the bil-
lion dollar BahaMar was considered by Mr
Christie as his legacy to offset the Atlantis devel-

opment, which was considered Prime. Minister

Ingraham’s legacy.

The fact that BahaMar failed is symbolic of
the Christie administration.

It is true that Philip Ruffin delayed negotia-
tions as-he hummed and hawed over the sale of

his Wyndham hotel as part of the deal. Eventu- °

ally Ruffin sold.

However, by 2004 it was reported that Dirkran
Izmirlian, the Swiss-Armenian billionaire, the
prime mover behind BahaMar, was threaten-
ing to pull out of Cable Beach and concentrate
on other ventures.

Persons close to the Izmirlians at the time
said that the property investor had become
increasingly frustrated by the Christie govern-
ment’s “footdragging” over signing the heads
of agreement for the project.

By 2005 the headlines were taken over by the
“secret clauses”, which the FNM claimed had
been found in the BahaMar deal, agreed by the
Christie government, but not disclosed to the
Bahamian people.

The Izmirlians were pressing for a supple-
mental Heads of Agreement contract with the
Christie government before the “critical bench-
mark date” of March 1, 2007 to “allow the com-
pany to comfortably conclude its joint venture
agreement with Harrah’s by the mid-March clos-
ing date.”

Two months later the Christie government

was. defeated at the polls.
By January 31, 2008 — 33 months after the
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former prime minister Christie - the Ingraham
government signed the long overdue supple-
mental heads of agreement with BahaMar and its
joint venture partner Harrah’s for a $2.6 billion
investment.

However, the following month Harrah’s
announced that it had pulled out of the Cable
Beach venture, citing comments in the
House of Assembly questioning its ability to
proceed.

In a letter written to Mr Izmirlian, the invest-
ment company that bought Harrah’ Entertain-
ment said that the “Jong delays in reaching agree-
ment” with the Christie government and the
acquiring of the relevant land rights, contributed

to “considerable doubt about whether the pro- ~

ject can be financed at all given the continuous-
ly deteriorating debt markets.”

Also, said the letter, Prime Minister Thera:
ham’s remarks in the House made the company

believe that the “land will not be delivered to the

joint venture as planned.”

Mr Ingraham had made his comments based
on confidential e-mails he had received several
days before that Harrah’s was not fully com-
mitted to the project.

Turn to today’s Business section and read.

about BahaMar-Harrah’s case before the
Supreme Court of New York, which confirms Mr
Ingraham’s information that the agreement
between Harrah’s and BahamaMar had expires.
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two days before defeat in the May 2007 general
elections.

If the agreement had been signed sooner, the.

development would possibly have been com-
pleted, instead it now dangles in limbo with two
partners locked in disagreement.

One of the partners, Plainfield Asset Man-
agement, a $5 billion hedge fund, which, accord-
ing to a recent Wall Street Journal report, was
down 8 per cent through October, and had told
investors “that in just the past few weeks it

received withdrawal requests amounting to as

much as one-third of its assets.”

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nal under the heading, “More Hedge Funds
Expected to Succumb”, it is reported that “Plain-
field Asset Management, are placing invest-
ments into separate funds, sometimes called
‘special purpose vehicles’ that will sell the assets
over time, to avoid dumping securities in a rough
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

RIDING along Blue Hill
Road not many days ago, a sub-
ject close to my heart caught
my eye.

‘A beautiful and fluffy-looking
coal-black puppy, just a ’v
weeks old, was standing 0” >
edge of the sidewalk.

His head was mechanically
rotating from shoulder to sh’ il-
der as its babyish and soft
brown eyes scanned the heayly
trafficked street to find that 1ive-
dle-eye of opportunity to make
a break for the other side of the
street.

I was frightened out of.my
wits. My pulse picked up-pace
as my heart began beating wild-

ly. I saw someone standing in

the front yard, merely a stone’s
throw away from the pup.
Before I could bellow out a
word of warning, it was like
“man over board.” The puppy
had plunged into the street. I
watched In the rear-view mirror
as he made good a narrow
escape; then I asked a question
to which only the good Lord
knew the answer: How many

_more times before his luck runs

out?
The number of stray dogs
roaming our streets is rising at

- an insidious and alarming rate.

The thing, however, that is
equally unsettling is the man-
ner in which these animals are
needling through traffic-unim-
peded, as they navigate their
way all over New Providence
at peak traffic hours and
beyond. These dogs are so at

home on our streets that some ©

of them literally stand on the
side of the street and wait u
the light changes to make tl
this, I have watched in
thorough amazement on
numerous occasions. I think it is
one of the wonders of Bahami-
an roads.

Several months ago I was in
the Farrington road area, in an
exit way waiting to ease onto
the main street.

Suddenly out of nowhere a
young dog, probably less than
eight months old, got wind of a
food trail, and with his nose
glued to the asphalt, headed out
into the middle of the street.

At my right I.saw what I
could only call an incredibly
reckless driver doing roughly
double the speed limit in that
peak traffic area.

In hopes: of averting 1-
impending disaster, I lay on.
horn to alert the driver to the

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thing that should have been
clearly in his purview, if he was
awake. But I may as well had
been ‘whistling Dixie’.

The car plowed thunderously
through the dog, thrusting it
about twenty feet ahead.

The driver seemingly woke
up and slammed brakes and
came within inches of his own
life.

Two seconds more and the
carnage of twisted metal and
sparkling, shattered glass would
either have included the unlov-
ing embrace of a huge cedar
tree or an engagement with the
car waiting in line before him
— or perhaps both.

Shockingly, (it must have
been an adrenal in rush) the dis-
orientated dog sprang out of his
mangled form and headed for
the rashes howling, as if mourn-
ing his own death.

I seriously doubt that he out-
lasted the night. Clearly, there is
a lot of blame to go around.

However, flogging a dead
horse is just as futile as shutting
the barn door once the horse
has already got out. The abuse
of animals in this country has
reached insane proportions.
Could you imagine how many
dogs die on our streets annual-
ly? I can, in recent times, recall
seeing three dead dogs on the

_ Street in one day.

That saddened me terribly. It
is an undeniable fact that many
animal owners are falling down
in. their responsibility and
neglecting their animals that
subsequently become menaces
to other people and their prop-
erty. Inspector Grant, with his
more than twenty years of expe-
rience at the Humane Society,
had a mouthful to say on this
subject — a mouthful that
should not be kept secret: “Peo-
ple fail to spay and neuter their
animals and fence their yards
and equip them with gates.
Proper types of confines for
these animals are absolutely
essential.

Sometimes people tie these

animals on short chains with-
out shelter and available food
and water. They take them to
the beach without any fresh
water for the dogs to drink,
without the conscious realisa-
tion that dogs don’t drink salt
water. It’s not so much a dog

problem as it is a people prob- .

lem — were they more respon-

sible we wouldn’t have a prob- -

lem.” Inspector Grant contin-
ued: “You know, already for
the day we’ve had two dogs
struck by traffic. Subsequently,
we had to send out our ambu-
lance and put them to sleep; one
had a broken back.” I can think
of several ways to approach this
poorly monitoted problem, but

for the sake of time and space I
_ am offering two suggestions.

‘Firstly, we must think along
the lines of short and long term
planning. In the short term, with
a sustained and heavily con-
certed effort, we can easily and
effectively clear our streets of
strays to a noticeable degree in
a few short months.

Long term, newspapers and
radio stations should carry
announcements that caring
owners (who allow their dogs
to go out to exercise) have a
week to secure their dogs and
after that week everything
roaming our street would be
fair-game for the Canine Unit.

Other branches of Govern-
ment that deal with dogs can be
brought in to assist the Canine
Unit. Fencing, collar and licens-
ing laws for dogs should be
made an enforceable reality by
this Government.

Where are the authorities?
Sometimes, I wonder if the
authorities responsible for trap-
ping these animals drive the
same streets and shop at the
same stores as do the rest of the
populace.

Or has bureaucracy and red
tape so tied their feet that they
throw up their arms in disgust,
because nobody wants to make
the really tough decisions.

I was told by a source close to

» the Canine Unit that the chal-'

lenges facing them are multi-
faceted: firstly, they don’t work

shifts, and work hours are from
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

They are closed on Saturdays
and Sundays, and they only pick
up dogs from Monday to Thurs-
day. '

Work on Fridays is generally
restricted to the compound.

As of the first week in Octo-
ber, only one van in an embar-
rassingly small fleet was work-
ing.

Now for my analogy that may
be considered a little strong and
in some quarters I may be mea-
sured “out of my skull.” If
Police. officers were mandated
to stop working shifts and
worked only Mondays to Thurs-
days from 8am to 4pm to ser-
vice the public, and work on
Fridays were restricted to in-
house police business and if
their offices were closed on Sat-
urdays and Sundays, the first
outcry from the public would
likely be: “They ain’ serious
*bout crime.”

Another individual speaking
under conditions of anonymity
said: “No Government has ever
taken the problem of stray dogs
seriously.”

I, however, won’t be so hasty
to paint. so broad a stroke with
my brush until we’ve given a bit
of time, because sometimes
people genuinely don't know —
what is happening beneath their
noses. However, time will be a
fittingly appropriate judge...and
if nothing changes in the next
couple months, then it would
be most fitting to borrow and
apply a vernacular that’s been
made popular in the world of
football: “It is what it is.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not
saying that the stray dog dilem-.
ma is a Government problem, |
what I am-saying, however, is. .

that they can do more than any- **

one else; by way of overdue leg-
islation, awareness (print and
electronic media) and issuance
of penalties to the transgressors.
The biggest eye-opener for

, me in relation to this subject is
‘how the Canine Unit would set
traps for the stray dogs and peo-
ple would sometime release the
dogs from the traps and others
would steal the traps and use
them to catch fish and sell crabs.
-It appears, Inspector Grant
may have hit the nail on the
head, when he said: “It’s not so
much a dog problem as it is a
people problem — were they
more responsible we won’t have
a problem.” I was informed that
the Unit has lost close to one
hundred such traps (ballpark
figure) in the past five years due
to theft. It’s like making two
steps forward and being pushed
five steps backward. Is motiva-
tion the problem? Yes, that’s it.
Good old-fashioned motivation.
Is that what we’re waiting
for? For a pack of mutts to
chase school children into

streets to dart their way through . -

oncoming traffic?

’ Or are we waiting for them
to bite another tourist, before
leaping-into action in full
regalia? Then we have all the
cameras and microphones show
up, just to tell the world about
our polished plan for never
allowing it to happen, ever
again.

. Then they come up with a
few hundred thousand dollars
for “mop-up” duty and “dam-
age control.” Don’t tell me that
I’m being melodramatic,

_ because, if there’s one lesson to

be learnt from history it is that
she has a stammering tongue,
that is to say she repeats her-
self. These indicators are not
characteristic of a proactive
society; rather it's the indige-
nous and decrepit belongings
of a reactive one.

If we don't deal with this sit-
uation now, and do soina
direct; coordinated and delib-
erate way, it will come: back to
bite us, no pun-‘intended.

I’m reminded of the words of
one writer who said: “No clever
alignment of rotten eggs can
give you a good omelet.” There
are some things that just don’t
mix, and dogs and traffic just
happen to be on that list. The
end result will usually be some-
one getting hurt, maimed or
killed. More often than not,
though not always, it will be
man’s best friend.

CLINT SEYMOUR
Nassau,
November, 2008.

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ind In brief New France-Nassau | Haitian migrants



Man fined for
indecent assault
on boy, 14 |

A Puerto Rican man accused
of indecently assaulting a 14-
year-old boy was fined $2,500
by a local Magistrate yesterday
after pleading. guilty to the
charge. It had been alleged that
Luis Munoz-Torres indecently
assaulted the boy on ve
November 21.

Munoz-Torres was arraigned
on the charge before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester at Court 11 in
Nassau Street. If he fails to pay
the fine he will have to serve a
six month prison term.

Religious leaders
urged to take part
in conference

AS the world faces terrible eco-
nomic woes, a battering on Chris-
tian principles, and an uncertain

. future, Evangelist Charmaine
Josey is calling on religious lead-
ers to take part in the’ upcoming
'No Flesh' Conference.

The event, to be held Novem-
ber 25 and 26 at Worker's House
on Tonique Williams‘Darling
Highway at 7pm, is open to the
public, as Evangelist Josey wishes
to reach out to Christian leaders,
individuals at the forefront of
ministry, and potential ministry
leaders. She said: "The 'No Flesh'
Conference is for persons who
are between a ‘rock and a hard
place', persons who are feeling
the pressure of the economy and
who are unsure where to turn for
help, and persons who are being
faced with:compromising their
bodies in the hopes of financial
gain. Anyone who feels as though
they need guidance at this junc-
ture of their lives should come
out and be blessed of the Lord.”

The opening session of the con-
ference will feature Pastor Beth
Munroe from Temple Fellowship
Ministries: On Wednesday Pas-
tor Terry Strapp-from Temple

‘Fellowship and Prophet’ Thomas
Maxwell will address the gather-
ing. "The seminar'speaks to living
holy at this time and no one is
exempted from this call, and from
this seminar,” said Evangelist
Josey. "This conference will have
a significant impact on the body
of Christ and,the country at large
as it speaks 1 to leaders first.” .”

Hokeiméin photos: :

to be exhibited

UP to 100 pictures by Nassau
photographer Richard Hoke-
meir will be exhibited at Poop
Deck West on Saturday,
December 13.

Hokemeir, an American who
has lived in the Bahamas for
more than 40 years, said all the
work on show was taken locally,
most of it offering unusual inter-
pretations of Cveryelay subjects.

The 67-year-old, who worked
for Dupuch Publications for 44
years, is now Officially retired,
but he launched Your Photogra-
pher Ltd when he grew tired of
the domestic routine.

On his wife’s advice, he began
taking pictures again, and now
exhibits four or five times a year
at various venues around Nas- -
sau. Néxt month’s one-day show
opens at noon and will continue
until 9pm.

flight expected to
give tourism a lift

Officials hail Excel service as ‘good news’

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

Bahamian tourism numbers ©

are anticipated to get a much-
needed boost from a new
direct ‘service from France to
Nassau set to take off in
December.

Tourism officials are herald-
ing the Excel airlines service,
which will fly from Paris, as
“sood news” for the industry
at a time when the stream of
visitors from the United States
is thinning out.

Tyrone Sawyer, director of
airlift at the Ministry of
Tourism said: “It’s significant.
Whenever you have new ser-
vice that’s something that
you’d want to trumpet and
make a big deal of . . . partic-
ularly when you have service
from Europe which diversifies
the base of our tourism origi-
nating markets.” - .

The first few weekly flights
the 360-seater Airbus 330
plane will make to the

Bahamas, starting December |

18, are showing “very strong”

advanced bookings, said Mr

’ Sawyer.
The route comes on stream .

during the winter season, a
traditionally. peak time for
travel to the Bahamas.

European visitors have gen-

erally been seen as more like-
ly to visit the Family Islands
over New Providence resorts



than their North American
counterparts.

Mr Sawyer said Excel in
negotiating with Bahamasair
at the moment to ensure con-
necting flights to Grand
Bahama and other Out Island

_ destinations are available:

“T know there are some con-
versations going on between
them in order to facilitate peo-
ple going not only to Nassau
and Paradise Island but to the
Family Islands,” he said.

Several tour operators are
promoting ‘the flights in
France at present.

The service will be seasonal,
running throughout the win-
ter season and stopping in the
spring. “They would be watch-
ing it and if any opportunities
arise to extend that we will
certainly try to secure that
opportunity,” said Mr Sawyer.

Expanding airlift to the
Bahamas was identified by
Minister of Tourism Vincent

- Vanderpool-Wallace as a

major pillar*of the ministry’s
plan to bolster the flagging
industry.

Christian Council hopes seminars

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS unemployment figures

. throughout the country contin-

ue to grow, and with many
Bahamians falling behind on

_| theif mortgage'and utility pay:
_ ments; the: Bahamas Christian -
Council is-responding with séev-

_ eral community projects target-

ing persons in need of financial
and spiritual guidance.
Christian Council President
Rev Patrick Paul said that
although it is important for
church communities to encour-
age those affected by the cur-

" rent economic tsunami, he adds

that it is also vital to provide
“tangible” assistance where it
is available.

With the first of a series of
financial seminars beginning
this evening at 7pm, Rev Paul
said that the council expects
hundreds to turn out in search
of counselling and for financial
and budgeting tips.

For persons living in the
northwestern New Providence,
the venue is Calvary Baptist
Youth Centre on Baillou Hill
Road, where speakers will
include entrepreneur Deborah

Zonicle, Pastor Jeff Wood,
Jerome Neily and Rev Philip
McPhee.

‘In the northeastern district,
there will also be a similar held
at Bahamas Academy where Dr
Timothy Barrett will provide

“stress reduction tips, and RBC ..-
tegional manager Nathaniel -
Beneby will be, providing finan- :

cial advice.
Financial counsellor Rev

Alfred Stewart, and family .

counsellor Antonio Beckford
will be speaking at the south-
western district meeting, which
is scheduled. to be held at the
Anatole Rodgers School.
There will also be a meeting
held at E P Roberts school for
persons living in the Robinson
Road and East Street central

areas. Local Psychiatrist Dr Nel- |

son Clarke will be joined there
by Gregory Bethel, who is gen-

eral manager of Fidelity Bank. .

Rev Paul said that although

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KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

DEATH NOTICE
Mrs. Elsie

Brown





of Port New Providence,
New Providence, The
Bahamas died at her home
on 23rd November, 2008.









A Funeral Service will be |
held at Sacred Heart!
Roman Catholic Church,

Shirley Street, Nassau, The Bahamas on Saturday,
29th November, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.







- Mrs. Brown was predeceased by het husband, Mr:
Sidney Brown and is survived by her children, Claire
Brown, Robert Brown, Julia Motti, Johnny Brown
and Joie Lamare and many other relatives and
friends.






In liewof flowers donations may be made to the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas, PO.Box SS 6539,
Nassau or the Charity of your choice, in memory
of Mrs. Elsie Brown.








Arrangements by Kemp’s Funeral Home Limited,
22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas.




ACTOR Ving Rhames
took time away from a
busy film schedule this
month to do a bit of fish-

‘ing in Grand Bahama.

The star of Pulp Fiction
and Mission Impossible I
and // is the celebrity
guest of FishTV -—a
Canadian fishing show
that not only focuses on
the thrill of fishing, but

“also showcases destina-

tions.

' Mr Rhames said he has
been enjoying the local
food and got a great taste
of it-at a reception held in
his honour at Joe's Bar
and Grill at Taino Beach
on November 19.

. The Grand Bahama
Ministry of Tourism \
sponsored the event, and
Mr Rhames and his wife
Deborah enjoyed
Bahamian music by Just
Friends while they and.
the Fish TV team sipped
on Bahama mamas and ~
gullywash served in
coconuts.

They devoured the
conch fritters, which were

a huge hit with everyone,

in particular Mr Rhames. —
They also tasted Bahami-
an lobster cooked‘on
skewers between roasted
vegetables.

Impressed

The group said they
were so: impressed with
the Bahamian hospitality
at the event, they

returned to Joe's Bar and
Grill the following

. evening after a busy day

of filming and touring the

~ island.

The Rhames couple
and the Fish TV crew
went sightseeing, boating, :
fishing, and visited-the
fish fry at Smith's Point,

- the'Port Lucaya Market-

place, the Pelican Bay
Hotel and Kayak Nature
Tours — much of which
was.captured on video

_and ‘will air-on Fish TV

and other sport and fish-
ing channels. .
A short video interview

‘produced by Mackey-

Media can be seen on

-The Bahamas Weekly

website featuring,Mr.
Rhames; the Fish:TV
hosts; Ambrose Morris,
manager communications —
at the Bahamas Tourism ~. -
Office in Mississauga,
Ontario; and Betty

Bethel, general manager -
of business development
for the Grand Bahama
Ministry of Tourism.

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

THE Prime Minister needs to further clar-
ify exactly what relief the Government will
give to mortgage-holders who are now

‘unable to meet their payrrents, MP for North
Andros, Vincent Peet sad Friday.

Prime Minister Hubat Ingraham said on
‘Thursday that goversment’s intention in
announcing that it woild offer relief to peo-
ple who find themseles unable to meet their
mortgage obligations because of unemploy-
ment was never to ise public money to pay
those people’s motgages.

He urged peopl to speak with their banks
to see if they caz come to an arrangement
over how they cin handle their debt, adding
however that “tose who are unable to make
those arrangements will be able to benefit
from a goversment programme.”

Mr Peet said that until Mr Ingraham
details howard when people are to benefit

from such assistance, those who are being.

turned away by their banks at present when
they.seeka special repayment arrangement

“aredeft in the same position they were in

before.”
“Therefore there’s no hope and no relief.
That’s what I was concerned about. There
- should be some certainty,” said Mr Peet:
Mr Ingraham announced the mortgage

assistance programme during a visit to Wash-

‘ington, DC, in early October. He said it may

be implemented as early as this month.
Meanwhile, several banks, including the
Mortgage Corporation and the Royal Bank
of Canada, have indicated a commitment to
assisting those clients who have good debt
management histories but are now strug-
gling to meet their mortgage payments.

Banks

Mr Peet added: “I believe that those per-
sons with mortgages would certainly appre-
ciate the Prime Minister speaking to the

- banks and I hope and trust the banks would

be prepared to assist but you know it is a lit-
tle bit more when the Prime Minister-meets
and makes a commitment to say that indi-
viduals will be assisted to avoid them going
under and ‘there’s some guarantee, some
certainty, as opposed to leaving it to the dis-
cretion of banks and I think that is the con-
cern folks will have.”

He suggested that Government encour-.

age banks to assist mortgage holders, by

deferring principal payments for a specific

period of time, for example, if it were to

guarantee certain loans. '

MP for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell said that he

believes Government should follow the |

example of Jamaica in 1997, when that
island’s Government created a company that

took over the assets of certain financial insti-
tution, in a fashion similar to that which was
originally to form the basis of the financial
bail-out in the US in September.

That take over massively increased
Jamaica’s national debt, but was credited by
some for averting an economic collapse.

Mr Mitchell said: “I have a constituency
where part of it, maybe 80 per cent of the
people in that constituency, are in the
tourism sector and this includes former
employees of Atlantis. And the question is
what happens to the mortgages on these
places that they’ve bought. All of these hous-
es were built and bought in the last six years,
the mortgages were new. People have not
only borrowed the principal but also the
downpayment. This is a serious matter that
they now have no income.”

“T think...that for certain classes of mort-
gages the government ought to be the lender

_ of last resort and when the market recovers,

the mortgages can be turned back over to the

” private sector. So (the Government) acts as

a banker, the payments will be cut, so to

that ex’ent they’ll be subsidised by the pub-

lic sector for a certain class of mortgages
until we’re over this period.” ©

Asked on Wednesday if Government
would be willing to buy up bad debts, Mr
Ingraham said “that is a resort to which we

could refer if the circumstance arises. That .

circumstance has not ee arisen.”

BIFF announces JetBlue as official airline sponsor

THE Bahamas Jatérnational
Film Festival has.announced that
New York-based JetBlue Air-

ways has come on board to spon- .

sor the festival and will lend its
name to support the New Vision
-Film section.

The announcement was made
by BIFF fsvintwter'and executive
director ‘Leslie Vanderpool.

Under terms of the agreement,
JetBlue has become the official
airline sponsor of BIFF and the
exclusive airline partner for festi-
val travel between the.United

* States and the Bahamas. .

Ms Vanderpool said: “We at:
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the leading value airlines in the

industry

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Securing JetBlue as the exclusive
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we provide unique opportunities

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Alan Sweeting, regional man-
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‘paired with our friendly, award-

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“We remain committed to the
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FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

HAZEL
ROLLE, 49

of Robinson Road and
fomerly of Black Point,
Exuma will be held at Zion
Yamacraw Baptist Church on
Wednesday, November 26th
2008 at 11:00 A.M:
Officiating will be Bishop
Samuel Greene. Interment
will follow in The Southern
Cemetery.















She is survived by 3 Daughters, Krishan, Crystal and
Chrissie Rolle; 1 Son, Algernon Rolle; 1 Granddaughter,
Algernique Rolle; 5 Sisters, Gladys and Muriel Rolle, Agnis

‘Ferguson, Bloneva Forbes and Ruthmae Higgs; 7 Brothers,
Burkie, Lawrence, Bernard, Elvis, Claudius, Timothy and
Biosey Rolle; 4 Sisters-in-law, Thelma, Corene, Lavell and
Vivian Rolle; 3 Brothers-in-law, Van Ferguson, Lenroy
Forbes and Martin Higgs; 27 Neices, Kershea, Shannon,,.
Shavette, Shanra, Shonette, Paulette, Bernadette and Bernell
Rolle, Frederica, Aretha, Nikesha, Themera, Princess,
Caroline, Dorcas, Elaine, Pauline, Gaylene, Nadine, Orien,
Mavis, Cheryl, Sherene, Tracy, Dian, Joan, Maryann, Laverne
and Beatrice Rolle; 22 Nephews, Donnie, Kriston, Stafford,
Stanley, Charlston, Larry, Darrell, Benard Jr., Mark J r.,
Clement, Roscoe, Harrison, Andrew, Harold, Davinci,.
Deangelo, Arison, Raymond, Earlln, Marlin, Shelton, Brian,
Carlos and Burkley Rolle; 2 Aunts, Rosalie Wright and
Adline Larrimore; 3 Uncles, Richard, Alphaeus and Amos
Wright; Special Friend, Wellington Smith; Numerous
Relatives And Friends Including, Samuel Smith and family,
Hiram Rolle and family, Walter Robinson, Mildred Robinson
and family, Loretta Miller and family, Curlene Rolle and
family, Valarie Taylor and family, Pearline Brown and family,
Neta and Lorana Rahming and family, Basil Rolle and family,
Alpheaus Rolle and family, Octavis Brown and family,
Lawrence Adderley and family, Leviticus Patton and family,
Hartman Rolle and family, Roy Rolle and family, Maurice
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Eleanor Rolle and family, Loope and family, The Community
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Short Films
Directed - Haik Katsikian .
Aris returns home after

12 yrs to attend his
mother's funeral.

Dec 6-Galleria. 1:30am
Dec 1]1-NPAC 4:30om

Farnily Filrrs

Directed - Chris Mcinroy.
Date: Christmas Eve...
Location:My House.
Missian: Capture

Sante Claus.
Rec.6-NPAC. 10:30am
Dec 7-NPAC 4:30pm
Dec 10-Galleria 430m



Shart Filrns:
Directed - Xiao Xiao.
Jong lives-with his grandpa
and grandma because. his
parents are working in a
different city.
Dec 5-Galleria 3pm
Dec 8-Galleria 2:30pm

Spirit of Freedarn BDomentary
Dirrecied - C, Karim Chrobeq
Early 1980's, at the age-of

brutal civil war, becoming
one of 10,000 child soldier
Dec 4-Galleria 3am

Dec 11-Gailéria 1:30em



f Z F
Yousse SOU N’ dour

Wert i Cinema 4 O
Directed - Chai Yoscrhetyi
Senegalese pap sensation
Youssou Ndour has spent
the last 20 yrs in the spotlignt
ds a renowned musician /
“yoice of Africa,”

Dec & Galleria 9am —

Dec BNPAC 8prni



§ people who ral live in the
same neighbourhoad at
Majorstua in Osia,

Dec 7-NPAC 2pm

Dec ?-Galleria 6:30om



New Visions
Director -
Francis Xavier Pasion: —
day;a gay schoolfeacher::
is brutally rnurdered in
an apparent sexcrnime.

' Dec 6&NPAC 7omi ,
Dec 9-Galleria 3:30pm

Carinbean Spotlight

Director- Brooke Burnside
A young. man's journey
to find the remote cantrol
that can fix his television,
Deo §-Galleria 1:30pm

. Dec 9-NPAC 7pm ;



Short Films

Director - Anya Baelkina

A story of o lacherous bath
house worker Nosuh, who
overcomes his carnal
desires when hit by a
spitiual revelation.

Deo 5-NPAC 8:30pm

Dec 10-Galleria 12pm

Word Cinema

Director - Mark Farstmann
A grou; © of five friends, in
seorch of the world’s rarest
tree, descend into the
rovines and canyons of
the Blue Mountains.

Dec 7-Galieria 4:306m
Dec 10-Galleria 5pm



World Cinema

Director - Stephen Higgins
The epic tale of David
Fandila's quest to become
the warld’s top

ranked bullfighter,

Dee 6- Galleria 7pm
Rec 10-Gallaria 8pm

World Cinema

Director - Jeffrey Goodman
The Last Lullaby is a story
about Price, a former
hitmrnary, struggling fo

cope wiih the slow

poce of retirement

Dec 7-Galleria Yom

Dec &-Galleria 7:30om.

7, Jolwas swept into Sudan's -

New Visions
Directed™ John Stewart Muller’

This sexy,-energetic.and
provocative lwist on the
classic love story: honesty,

Jjeglousy, commitmert,

maturity, understanding &
aur capacity fortove.
Dec 5-NPAC 3:30om

Dec 8-Galleria Bom

Spirit of Freedom Narrative
Directed - Veronica Bollow,
The Igar Yala Collective -
A yourlg indigenous feen
seeking his fortune in:
Panama City sirugglies.to
acclimate to chaotic
urdan life.

Dec 6-Gdlleria:8: 300mm

Dec 1 -Galleta 4pm:









Appasionata

agneGhaniscri
A WWII German Soldier
awaifing his deom,
Dee 6-Galleria 1:30pm
Dec 1J-NPAC 4:30pm

World Cinema

‘Director ~ Jaffar Mahmood
‘American-born Ray Rehman
comes home one night to
find his Pakistani father on
his doorstep.

Dec 5-Galleria éprn

Dec 7-NPAC 9:30pm

World Cinema
Director - Jim Donovan
Five destinies converge,

not only in blood and

suffering, Qut also in
hope, love and rebirth,
Dec 8-Galleria 5:3056m
Dec 10-Galleria 126m —

World Cinema

Director -Terinyson Bardwell
After the mysterious death
of his Aunt, a confirmed
skeptic lawyer, Bryan -
Beckel, dismisses reports
that her house is haunted
and moves in,

Dec 5-Galleria 8om

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Spirit of Reeder Domentary
Directed -
Faramarg K,. Rahber
Donkey in'Lahore tells the
‘real life-fale-of Bridn. a |”
puppeteer takes him on a
. Journey thattranscends: —
orders, religion and love.
‘Dec Galleria 4om
Dec:8-NPAC 5:30om

Short Films.
Directed - Nicolas Daenens’
Money is what Mario, Tom,
Jimmy & Emin want. They
need euros for different
reasons. & find different
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‘teenager whase. family
‘struggles daily fo
accommadate bath their
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‘alongside contemporary
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New Visions

Director - Maria Govan’
Stary of o spirited young
Bahamian girl who leaves
a-simole life on rural Ragged

island forthe big city of Nassau,

Dec 4-NPAC 8pm
Dec 10-Galleria Sem

Warld Cinema

Director ~ David Connolly
& Hannah Davis
Terminally Unemployed
actress rooming with an
equally unsuccessful
screenwriter, Sarfras.
Det 7-Galleria 6:30pm
Dec 8-Galleria 2:30pm

Short Films

Director -

Debs Gardner - Paterson
Three years have passed
since the genocide, and
Rwanda is looking to

the future.

Dec 7-Galleria 12:30pm
Dec 8-NPAC 2:30pm —

Short Films

"Directed - Andrew Gallery

This powerful mock-news
broadcast follows the lives
of four teenagers oyer the
course. of Their high schoal
graduation day.

Dec 6-Galleria 99m

Dec 11-NPAC lpm

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Caribbean Spollight
Directed - Karen Arthur
-& Thomas Neuwirth
A documentary film
that explores the lives
and artistic works of
eleven of the seminal
visual artists of the Baharnas.
Dec $- Galleria 1:30pm
Dece9sNPAC 7pm —



fed - Ausiim Crick
Meet Tom Sterling, CEO
of Landshark, a
revolutionary new
dotcom company that’s
going to make hima
millionaire many fimesover.
Dec 6-NPAC 4:30pm

Dec 8-Galleria 7pm

Short Films

. Director - Paul Brady”
Story of avyoung five year

‘aid girl in 1940's Dubai.

Dec 6-Galleria 99m

Dec 11-NPAC lpm

Family Films

Directer - Owen Thomas
Karma, condensed.

A group of people help
karma along, passing
through many hands.
Dec 7-Galleria 3:309m
Dec 10-Galleria 4:30ermn

‘Warld Cinema

Director - Til Schweiger
Whatwould reporter, Ludo,
do without women? He
needs the famous ones for
his dirt-digging stories, &
fhe less famous ones for his

‘legendary one-night stands.

Dec 7-Galleria 6:30pm

Dec 8-Galleria 5pm

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- $hort Films :

Directed - Cayman Grant
1950, a young Boy struggling.
against poverty'n a small :
town, & how his nnocence &
‘optimism. in the gmnplest of
ways. fouch those argnnct hint.
Dec 5-Galleria: 3pm
Ded 6-NPAC 1:30prn
Dec 10-Galleria 7:30pm

Short Films

Directed - i aA
Giovanna Federico

A 1S yr olc-aspiring
writerstrives for her

‘Mothers attention,

Dec 5-Galleria 3pm

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THE TRIBUI.—



‘Full speed ahead’

i By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

are being offered by the government, and
that the increasing cost of material and
property will eventually lead to a collapse
of the sector.

Contractor Floyd Pratt said that consid-
ering the economic outlook, the $60 per
square footage being offered by govern-
ment to contractors is “way below” what is
needed.

Mr Pratt said he feels government should
do its best to make homes more afford-

FROM page one

BahaMar spokesman Robert
Sands later said that “is not the pur-
pose of the meeting”, stating rather
that it is simply an opportunity to
“update” Government on the hotel’s
situation.

DESPITE growing concerns of a possi-
ble melt-down of the housing market, the
Minister for Housing says its “full speed
ahead” with the construction of nearly 250
homes in New Providence, Grand Bahama
and Abaco.

However, some contractors are con-
cerned that less than desirable contracts

1,000 new jobs on the horizon

FROM page one

“I think people will be pleased there will be jobs for Christmas and
I think, generally speaking, not only in New Providence but in Grand
Bahama also, people will be happy,” said Mr Foulkes.

According to the senator, the government is also working on addi-
tional means of creating new employment opportunities. However,
he said he was not in a position to announce those at present.

Mr Foulkes said: “We will announce very shortly exactly what
the projects are. There are going to be several projects. What we don’t

want to do is create a welfare state, we want persons to work for any
stipend or assistance that the govérnment will give to them. We
want to have people gainfully employed.”

: Meanwhile, the minister added, government is “actively working”
on hammering out details of its proposed unemployment assistance
programme, which will allow certain individuals to tap into Nation-
al Insurance Board funds to help tide them over while they look for
a job.

He suggested that when it is “announced very shortly” it will be sim-

_ilar to the relief available to unemployed people in the United States.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had an unemployment benefit scheme

‘in the Bahamas. As you know in the United States, if you lost your job

today, you can go to the labour department and get assistance for up

to six months. That six months gives you time to find another job and

pay your bills and that’s what we intend to do here, but the details
have not been worked out,” said Mr Foulkes.

. and the Sheraton Nassau Resorts.
The company laid-off 80 workers in

FROM page one

Laing said.

the ground.

_ FROM page one

sultation with Bahamian and inter-
national think-tanks and a creative
solution to the tourism downturn
are needed if the country can stay
afloat in this economic climate.

"Attributing blame, pointing
fingers and saying-I can do a bet-
ter job' is unfortunate. We're
about to face an economic situa-
tion in the Bahamas that rivals the
terrible state we were.in the in

* 1940s and 1950s when Bahamians
had to leave the country in search
of employment outside the
Bahamas for contract work.

"T don't think now is the time to
do any back-patting. The prob-
lems are far too immense for any-
body to go around talking about 'I
can do it better than you'. Collec-
tively and with a tremendous dis-
play of solidarity at the very top,

. maybe that could trickle down to
the Bahamian population where
we learn to be more co-operative,"
said representative for the. Exu-

. ma constituency George Smith,
who responded to published com-
ments made by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham when he told

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The Annual General Meeting of
St Andrew’s School Limited :
wilt take place in the school’s Library on

Wednesday, 10 December, 2008
. At 7:00 p.m.

Financial statements and proxy forms may be obtained
from the Business Office at St Andrew’s School.



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According to Mr Pratt, the cost of one
cement block delivered to a construction
site has increased from $1 to $2.10 over
the past year, and contractors have also
been forced to deal with more expensive
plywood, nails and steel.

Mr Pratt said that if materials were either
subsidised or made more affordable, home
ownership could become a reality for many
more Bahamians. Franon Wilson, presi-

: BahaMar operates the Wyndham ~

The Nassau Guardian that the,
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dent of Arawak Homes, said that over the :
past 10 years, the average cost of buying a :
home has increased at an annual rate of :
around $7,000 to $8,000. i

Mr Wilson said: “About 10 years ago, a :

BahaMar

total from both properties in the last
two months.

Secretary-General of the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied
Workers Union, Leo Douglas, yes-
terday expressed his disbelief that
there may be further lay offs at
BahaMar, noting that he has heard
no such thing.

Treasure excavation fears

A share agreement must be made between the Ministry of Finance and
relevant parties before found treasure can be removed or divided, Mr

Police are keeping watch of the site and Assistant Commissioner
Hulan Hanna said: “As people believe there may be some items buried
there it can trigger people to act in very strange and unusual ways, and
I think there is a need for us to be protective so we will keep our ear to

“However we have not heard any recent reports of excavations at the
site.and do not think there is any reason to be alarmed .at this time.”

A plan for fair distribution of the wealth was drawn up by San Salvador
resident Roberto Savio and put to residents in September.

Casting blame

mer prime minister Perry Christie
been in office at this time.

"Nobody likes to be in office
during the vad times," Mr Ingra-
ham was quoted as saying. "In my
case, it is better for the Bahamas
that I'm in office than for the PLP
to have been in office at this time.
I've got the experience. I've got
the support."

Mr Smith reasoned that an
holistic approach involving advice
from politicians across the aisle,
church, civic leaders and the busi-
ness community are vital in saving

the,economy and’ the. haemor-

thaging hotel sector.
"(The country needs).a.confer-

ence where we call on the very

best in the government, the

‘thinkers in the official opposition,

the thinkers in the other political
parties, visionary leaders in the

‘church and business community, _ : i
: knew and respected getting

intelligent young people who have
just graduated and our foreign
friends. I would bring them all
together and say I don't have all
the answers but together we can

, come up with some answers," he. 3
" said, ff
Pierre Dupuck, former minis-

i ter of agriculture, told: The Tri-
bune. that "this business about
pointing fingers simply shows one
thing — people have.no vision and
they don't know what to do".

He argued that the economic
situation is prime time for the lead-
ers of the country to focus on pro-
ducing local goods and food for
consumption instead of relying on
tourism as the nation's bread and
butter. a

"This thing could be a blessing
in disguise, this can make us look
in rather than out, maybe we
should be looking around to see
what do we have and how we can
utilise it. If we did that we could
probably weather the storm."

Mr Dupuch said he has been
advocating over 20 years for

intense concentration on produc- °
: world know that one man from a
: small country was doing his part

ing and manufacturing goods for
visitor gift shops and local foods
for restaurants to keep more mon-

_ ey at home to bolster the econo-

my.

lot 100 x 100 on the Sea Breeze Canal :
would have cost roughly $40,000. At that :
time people said it was too much to pay :
for that property.

“Today, a property of the same size :
could cost as much as $160,000.”

with construction of new homes. Police officer in custody
FROM page one |

} juana plants and a stash of illegal firearms.

: The officer is currently being questioned in

: connection with the drug and firearm seizures.
While police remain tight-lipped, the source

acknowledged that the matter is still under

: active investigation. If charged and found

: guilty of possession or conspiracy to possess

FROM page one

America to collect their son’s
: body.

Adam was a doting father

who had high expectations for

his children.
“Just as he was strict with his
recruits he was with his daugh-

ter, but he was still a gentle and

loving father to his kids. They

i were very close,” Ms Hunter

said.
When The Tribune inter-
viewed Adam, ever concerned

with the welfare of his family,
: he took pains to ensure that

there was no mention of his loca-
tion or that any information

regarding his last job was.

released. ;

Ms Hunter said that the level
of danger his assignments
brought him was a constant con-

?_ cern for his family.

“One assignment that he had,
it was so dangerous he literally

| wiped himself off of the Internet.

He said that those people were

so dangerous they wouldn’t
: come after (Adam) they would
? come after (us),”

she said.
His decision to enter the pri-

: vate security industry came as

no surprise to Ms Hunter, who
said that Adam was nearly a

: fearless man.

“When he was here someone

: dared him’ to jump off of the
i Paradise Island Bridge and
: before the Jeep had stopped he
: was already off the bridge. He
: had me bungee jumping, sky-

diving and doing all sorts of

things and knowing his spirit,
: leaving the military full-time
: would have been hard for him,”

she said.
But like any man Adam was

not unaffected by his time in the

armed service.
“He confided in me that he
got tired.of seeing people he

killed and he was just tired of

the fighting and killing,” Ms
: Hunter said.

After coming to the end of

:. his military service last year,.
_iEcAdam asked to presentâ„¢a__
=e Bahamian flag that he had car-.

ried from country to country to

: the Bahamas High Commission.

at the Bahamas’ Independence

Day- Celebration in London.

“This is the same flag that as a

Bahamian IJ treasured and kept
: safe, and proudly displayed all

over the world. It represented

: to me the very ideals of a small
? country in the Atlantic that has a
? long and rich beautiful history
: which is filled with a race of
i beautiful strong people who

‘have endured over hundreds of

years, foreign rule, hurricanes,

racism, recession and yet some-
: how has stayed strong in char-
: acter. That flag kept me strong,

focused, it helped me and gave
me strength,” he said.

“It is this which made me fly
the Bahamian flag, to let the

and representing it the best that

he could.”

: drugs and illegal firearms, the officer could
i : face imprisonment.

Bahamian
soldier dies
after being
shot on duty

Sadly, the request to present it
to the High Commissioner was
denied, as it was thought that
such a presentation would be
“unsuitable” on that 'ocoasion
and would not “fit into the cele-
brations.”

Almost more than anything,
this: rejection and insult to:every-
thing he felt the Bahamian flag
stood for really shook Adam’s
faith in society and in those
placed above. him to govern:

“I cannot explain.my shock,
my anger, my shame of'this
rejection. Being a soldier I
should be accustomed to:being
shunned by many, but from my
own country?” -

On a visit to the Bahamas lat-
er that year, Adam presented
the flag at the Coral Harbour
base in a meeting with officers of
the RBDF, without pomp and
ceremony. Tt was well received
by. a “fellow soldier” ;someone
who Adam said “understood the
meaning of pride, honour,’ and
self-sacrifice.”

“Not once throughout my .
career did any government offi- °

cial in the Bahamas acknowl-
edge the fact that I had served in
Iraq or any other country,.and

never dishonoured my country, . .

the Bahamas. Ihave not always _
followed the right path in my |
- life, and I have done t

gs of
which I am ashamed, but dur-
ing my time of service I never
disgraced my country or what it
really stood for,” he said.

Ms Hunter said that while
Adam was not a man who want-
ed a “ticker-tape parade” ‘she
felt that after all he had been
through and after all Hehad .

“done, government should have
‘given him-:some acknowledg- :

ment.

However, Ms Hunter finds
solace in'the fact that Adam has
left his children a wonderful
legacy and enduring life lesson.

“No matter what you're going
through still smile. No matter
what he went through he had
this million dollar light :up'the
room smile. If you looked at his
photo at his graduation you
would have thought he had Inst
won the lottery,” she said. »

Son born to Dr Laura Dupuch

A SON was born early yes-
terday evening to Dr Laura ©
Dupuch, wife of Dr Leon
Dupuch, at Doctor’s Hospital.

This is the couple’s third son
and the fourth grandson for Mr
and Mrs Pierre Dupuch of
Camperdown.

The baby, weighing Tbs 2
ozs; joins brothers, Xavier and
Oliver.

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Jets make a statement by

toppling unbeaten Titans

@ By The Associated Press

BRETT Favre and the New
York Jets made their statement
to the league by toppling the
NFL's last undefeated team.

Now that they've knocked off

Tennessee — something no one |

else this year has managed to
do — what other AFC titans
might they be ready to slay?

If the Jets can hang on to
their division lead, they might
just find out — especially with
more games like they had Sun-
day. Favre threw two touch-
down passes, Leon Washington
ran for two scores and the New
York Jets routed the Titans 34-
13.

"It felt like we were on the
sideline forever just watching
Brett Favre play," Titans full-
back Ahmard Hall said. "The
defense, I felt bad that we on
offense couldn't get anything
going and keep them off the
field."

One perfect team does
remain in the NFL, though: The
Detroit Lions came close to
ending their unbroken run of
losses to start the season by tak-
ing an early 17-point lead, but
they managed to lose to Tampa
Bay 38-20.

In Sunday's other NFL

‘ games, it was: Indianapolis 23,
San Diego 20; New England 48,
Miami 28; Dallas 35, San Fran-,
cisco 22; Baltimore 36, Philadel-
phia 7; Buffalo 54, Kansas City
31; Minnesota 30, Jacksonville
12; Houston 16, Cleveland 6;
Chicago 27, St. Louis 3; the
New York Giants 37, Arizona
29; Oakland 31, Denver 10;
Atlanta 45, Carolina 28; Wash-
ington 20, Seattle 17.

In Nashville, Tenn., the Jets

(8-3) came in atop the AFC
‘East after a victory over New
England at Foxborough. They
hdve won five straight for the
first time since October 2004
and seven of their last eight.
The win also got them within
two of Tennessee (10-1) with

five to play in the race for ©

home-field advantage through

Features Include:

the playoffs.

"Now people are going to
start looking at us and say,
‘They are a team you have to
reckon with,'" Jets linebacker
Bryan Thomas said.

The Titans had won 13
straight regular-season games
dating to Dec. 16, 2007, becom-
ing only the 11th team since
1970 to win its first 10 games.

"It was a great run, and we've
got to win our next game,"
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

That shouldn't be too hard:
The Lions are up next for Ten-
nessee,

Favre threw fast and often,
and the Jets wore the Titans'
defense down by keeping it on
the field for more than 40 min-
utes. New York overcame two
turnovers and two sacks in the
first half by outgaining Ten-
nessee 409-281.

It was a comprehensive vic-
tory, but it was still just one.

"I'm not going to sit here and

say we've established ourselves ~

as the best team in football,"

Favre said. "All it says is I think ©

we beat the best team in foot-
ball today, definitely if you go

by record and the way that’

they've played. They have been
the best team in football."

Colts 23, Chargers 20
At San Diego, Adam
Vinatieri made a 51-yard field

goal as time expired to lift Pey-

ton Manning and the Colts toa
heart-stopping win over the
Chargers.

Manning threw two touch-

.down passes for the Colts (7-

4), who won their fourth
straight.

San Diego (4-7) has lost four
of five and remains two games
behind division leader Denver.

Buccaneers 38, Lions 20. .

At Detroit, Tampa Bay fell
behind the winless Lions by 17
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Patriots 48, Dolphins 28

At Miami, Matt Cassel threw
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downs of 25, 8 and 2 vande to
Moss.

Goonies 35, 49ers 22
At Irving, Texas, Terrell

‘Owens broke out with seven

catches for 213 yards, helping
Dallas to consecutive victories
for the. first time since a 3-0

- start,

-

Owens' total was the second-
highest of his career — he had
283 yards and caught an NFL-
record 20 passes against the
49ers in 2000 — and tied for
fourth-best in Cowboys histo-

ry.

Tony Romo was 23-of-39 for
341 yards and three touchdowns
for the Cowboys (7-4), playing
his second game with a splint
covering the broken pinkie on
his passing hand.

Shaun Hill was 21-of-33 for
303. yards for the 49ers (3- 8),
but was sacked four times. —

Ravens 36, Eagles 7

At Baltimore, Donovan
McNabb watched from the
sideline as Baltimore gave first-

year coach John Harbaugh a

lopsided victory over the team
he served as an assistant for 10
years.

Ed Reed picked off McNab-
b's replacement, Kevin Kolb,
and returned the interception
an NFL-record 108 yards for a
touchdown to give Baltimore
(7-4) a 22-point cushion with
7:24 left.

McNabb was 8-for-18 for 59
yards with two interceptions
and a fumble in the first half —
a miserable 13.2 quarterback
rating.

Kolb failed to cure the ailing
Eagles offense, going 10-for-23
for 73 yards and two intercep-
tions. The Eagles' only TD
came on a 100-yard kickoff
return by Quintin Demps.

Bills 54, Chiefs 31

At Kansas City, Mo., Trent
Edwards threw for two touch-
downs, ran for two others and
Buffalo rang up more points
than had: ever been scored
against Kansas City. °

Rian Lindell kicked four field
goals and Leodis McKelvin
returned an interception 64

_-yards for a score for the Bills.

The Chiefs (1-10) lost three
fumbles and Tyler Thigpen
threw two interceptions in
Kansas City's 19th loss in 20
games.

Vikings 30, Jaguars 12 ©

At Jacksonville, Fla., Adrian
Peterson ran for 80 yards and a
touchdown, and the Vikings
used two scores in the first 1:41
to beat Jacksonville.

With its sécond road win of

the season, Minnesota (6-5)'

kept pace with Chicago in the
NEC North. The Jaguars (4-7)
fell to 1-5 at home, and faded
further back in the AFC playoff
race.

Jacksonville had _ five
turnovers, none more costly
than two fumbles to open the
game.

Texans 16, Browns 6

At Cleveland, Sage Rosen-
fels passed for 275 yards and a
touchdown, and Kris Brown
kicked three field goals as
Houston snapped:an eight-
game losing streak outside
Texas.

The Texans (4-7) had lost five
straight road games this season
and hadn't won away from
home since Nov. 4, 2007, at
Oakland.

A disastrous season got even
worse for the Browns (4-7),
who lost their third straight at
home and watched their fans



leave by the thousands in the

‘final minutes. Quarterback

Brady Quinn was replaced in
the second half of his third start
after throwing two intercep-
tions. ,

Bears 27, Rams 3

At St. Louis, rookie Matt
Forte had a season-high 132
yards rushing and scored on
two long runs, and Marc Bulger
lasted only five plays before sus-
taining a concussion against a
defense that-had three of a sea-
son-best five sacks by the break.

Kyle Orton set a franchise

record by throwing 185 consec- -

utive passes without an inter-
ception for the Bears (6-5), who
led by 21 at halftime.

The Rams (2-9) have lost five
straight.

Giants 37, Cardinals 29

At Glendale, Ariz., Eli Man-
ning threw for three TDs i in his
return to the scene of his Super
Bow! MVP performance, and
the Giants snapped the Cardi-
nals' seven-game home winning
streak.

With starting running back
Brandon Jacobs out with a knee
injury, the Giants (10-1) took
to the air to win their sixth in a
row. Manning completed 26 of
33 passes for 240 yards without
an interception.

Kurt Warner was 32-for-52
for 351 yards anda touchdown
for Arizona (7-4). He was inter-
cepted once ‘and fumbled once,
both leading to Giants touch-
Gowns,

Raiders 31, Broncos 10

At Denver, Ashley Lelie,
who forced a trade out of Den-
ver in 2006 after a bitter hold-

out, returned to Invesco Field’

and helped lead Oakland to a
stunning win over the Broncos

by catching a touchdown pass ~

and setting up another with a
spectacular 51-yard reception.

Darren McFadden ran for
two touchdowns and the
Raiders (3-8) snapped a four-
game losing streak and avenged

their 41-14 thrashing at the '

hands of the Broncos (6-5) in
the opener.

Falcons 45, Panthers 28

At’ Atlanta, Michael Turner

scored four touchdowns and
rookie Harry Douglas scored
his first career TD on a 7-yard
end-around, caught a 69-yard
pass that set up a TD, then fin-
ished off the Panthers with a
61-yard punt return. ©.

Atlanta (7-4) closed within'a
game of the division lead, set-
ting a season high for points.

Jake Delhomme was 21-of-
35 for 295 yards for the Pan-
thers (8-3), hooking up with
Steve Smith on eight passes for
168 yards. .

Redskins 20, Seahawks 17
At Seattle, Clinton Portis

darted and pounded for 143 °

yards on 29 carries, including
key runs late that helped pre-
serve the Redskins' first victory
in almost a month.

Portis was questionable after
missing most of practice this
week because of his sprained
knee. Then, the NFL's leader
in yards from scrimmage
injured a muscle near his hip
late in the first half, when he
rushed for 69 of his yards.

He kept running, finishing
with his first 100-yard day since
the Redskins' last win, on Oct.
26 at Detroit, and helping end a
two-game losing streak for
Washington (7-4).

Seattle (2-9) lost its fourth
straight at home and is off to
its worst start since 1992.

‘starter
‘Philadelphia to four straight

Dolphins’

Camarillo

out with
knee. injury

DAVIE, Florida (AP) —
Miami Dolphins wide
receiver Greg Camarillo is
out for the season witha
knee injury.

Camarilio left Miami's 48-
28 loss to New England in .
the second half Sunday and
did not return.

The injury ends Camaril-
lo's breakout year with the
Dolphins. He leads the Dol-
phins with 55 receptions for
613 yards and two touch-
downs after catching a total
of eight passes in his first
two NFL seasons.

Camarillo signed a $6 mil-
lion, three-year extension
this year that will keep him
under contract through 2011..
A telephone message left
with his agent was not
immediately returned.

McNabb

ei h as

again for
Eagles

@ By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP)
— Donovan McNabb will
start when the Philadelphia.
Eagles host the Arizona
Cardinals on Thursday night.

The five-time Pro Bowl
quarterback was benched for
the first time in his career at
halftime of Philadelphia's
36:7 loss at Baltimore on >
Sunday. Second-year pro
Kevin Kolb played poorly
against the Ravens, and
Eagles:coach Andy Reid
said Monday he's going back

|-to McNabb.

"Sometimes you have to
step back to step forward in
a positive way and Donovan
will do that," Reid said.
"This has nothing to do with
Kolb's performance or
Donovan's performance."

The Eagles (5-5-1) are on
the verge of missing the
playoffs for the third time in
four years since losing the
2005 Super Bowl. No mat-
ter how they finish, this

‘could be McNabb's last sea- |

son in Philadelphia. a
McNabb, who turns 32 on
Tuesday, is signed through
2013, but there's no chance
the Eagles will pay him $9.2
million next year to be a
backup. He's 22-21-1 as a
since leading.

NFC championship games
from 2001-04.

"As I sit here right now,
he's my starting quarter-
back," Reid said. "I need to
coach better. Donovan
needs to play better and the
guys around Donovan need
to play better."

McNabb was 8-for-18 for
59 yards with two intercep-

_ tions and a fumble in the

first half against Baltimore.
But the Eagles only trailed
10-7 when Reid’ decided to
have quarterbacks coach Pat
Shurmur tell the veteran
he'd be replaced.

Last week, McNabb threw
three interceptions and lost a
fumble in an overtime tie
with Cincinnati. Overall, he's
completed 58.8 per cent of
his passes for 2,770 yards, 14
touchdowns, 10 intercep-
tions and a passer rating of
81.1

"I think I know Donovan
McNabb better than any-
body in this room," Reid
said. "I know (seven)
turnovers, that's not him.
That's no part of his game.
You back up an inch and
you evaluate it and you
should be able to step for-
ward a mile after that."

Kolb, a second-round pick
in 2007, had thrown only
nine career passes before
entering a game that was
critical to Philadelphia's slim
playoff hopes. He was 10-
for-23 for 73 yards and two
interceptions, including one
returned an NFL-record 108
yards for a touchdown by Ed
Reed.

The Eagles were down 22-
7 and had a second down
inside ihe 1 with just under 8
minutes left when Kolb

| threw the costly pick to

Reed.





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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 285, 2008, PAGE 13



Another win for Billups,
another loss for Pistons

@ By The Associated Press

THE Detroit Pistons could have
used Chauncey Billups — or any
guard who could shoot’straight.

While Billups was helping Den-
- ver win again, his old team turned
in a miserable performance Sun-
day in a 106-80 home loss to the
Minnesota Timberwolves.

Allen Iverson, traded to the Pis-
tons in the deal that sent Billups to
the Nuggets, was 3-of-11 for nine
points. Richard Hamilton was 2-
for-11 and scored seven. Top
backcourt reserve Rodney Stuck-
ey missed all five of his shots and
finished with four points.

"My top three guards were 5-
for-27, but they've played enough
basketball that they know they
can't get frustrated," Detroit
coach Michael Curry said. "Add
in Rasheed Wallace, and it is 8-
. for-37. You aren't going to win
many games like that."

Billups had 21 points and eight
assists in the Nuggets’ 114-101
home victory over Chicago. Den-
ver closed the game on an 18-2
run and improved.to 8-2 since the
Nov. 3 trade.

"T guess we're learning how to |

win in the fourth quarter,"
Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin
said. "Probably last year and a
couple of years ago, we would've
let this one slip away probably,
because we hadn't focused on
defense and different things like
that. We're growing as a team.
This is a testament to the guys in
this locker room."

In other NBA games Sunday,
it was: Boston 118, Toronto 103;
Philadelphia 89, Golden State 81;
and the Los Angeles Lakers 118,
Sacramento 108.

In Denver, Martin scored a sea-’

son-high 26 points for the
Nuggets, while Carmelo Antho-
ny had 21 points, 13 rebounds and
a season-high eight assists. Nene
also scored 21 points in Denver's
fifth straight home victory.

Ben Gordon scored 28 points
for the Bulls, hitting 5-of-7 3-
pointers, and was 9-for-9 on free
throws. Drew. Gooden finished
with 21 points-as the Bulls-lost for
the ninth time in 10 visits to’ the
Mile High City.

In Auburn Hills, Mich., the Pis-
tons lost their third in four games
and fell to 4-5 since Iverson joined
them. Tayshaun Prince Jed the Pis-
tons with 20 points, but Jason
Maxiell was the only other player
to reach double figures with 12.

"I stunk up the gym tonight,"
Iverson said. "I couldn't do any-
thing right on the offensive end. It
was one of the nights you wish
you never have, but they happen.

"It will be tough to sleep
tonight."

While Detroit's All-Stars strug-
gled, the best guard in the arena
was Randy Foye, who had 23
points and a career-high 14 assists

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‘in Minnesota's first road victory of

the season.
"Tonight showed what kind of
player Randy can be," Minnesota
coach Randy Wittman said.
"We've been talking to him for
the last two days, telling him that
he needed to be more aggressive. "
Ryan Gomes scored 20 points,
Al Jefferson had 19 and reserve
Craig Smith 16 for the Wolves.

Lakers 118, Kings 108

At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant
scored 24 points, Andrew Bynum
had 15 points and 10 rebounds,
and the Lakers improved the

KOBE BRYANT shoots the ball over Sacramento Kings’ Brad Miller (left)
during the second half...

¢

NBA's best record to 11-1. :

All five Lakers starters
reached double figures by
the third quarter, and eight
players finished with 10 or
more points as the defend-
ing Western Conference
champions won for the
fourth straight time since
losing to Detroit at home.

John Salmons led Sacra-
mento with 24 points and
reserve Bobby Brown
added 21. ©

Kevin Martin was side-
lined for the eighth consec-
utive game with a sprained
left ankle and Mikki Moore

‘missed his fourth straight

because of a sprained right
ankle.

Celtics 118, Raptors 103

At-Toronto, Ray Allen
scored 21 points and Boston
led from the start in win-
ning its fifth straight.

Kevin Garnett, Rajon
Rondo and Tony Allen
each scored 15 points for
the Celtics, who have won
11 of 12 since a Nov. 1 loss
to Indiana.

Kendrick Perkins had 12
points and Paul Pierce and
Eddie House each scored
11 in helping Boston score a
season high. Its previous
best was 110 points in a
Nov. 18 victory over New
York.

Chris Bosh led Toronto
with 24 points and Jose
Calderon had 14 points and
nine assists. Andrea
Bargnani and Anthony
Parker had 14 apiece for the
Raptors, who are 2-4 at
home.

76ers 89, Warriors 81

At Philadelphia, Elton
Brand had 23 points and 12
rebounds, Andre Iguodala
added 15. points and
Philadelphia moved above
.500 for the first time this
season.

Thaddeus Young con-

tributed 12 points and

Samuel Dalembert had 16
rebounds for the Sixers,
who improved to 7-6 and
snapped a five-game losing
streak to the Warriors.

Kelenna Azubuike scored
16 while C.J. Watson and
Stephen Jackson had 12
apiece for Golden State,
which dropped its second i in
a row.

The high-flying Warriors
were held well below their
NBA-leading 105.4 scoring
average coming in.

DETROIT PISTONS forward Jason
Maxiell (right) dunks in front of
Minnesota Timberwolves forward
Kevin mo (42) during un fourth ‘
quarter... Es

“(AP Photo: Carlos Osoric)









NBA Today

@ By The Associated Press



SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, November 25

Cleveland at New York (7:30 pm EST). LeBron
James comes to New York, days after the Knicks made
two trades that freed up salary cap space for a poten-
tial run at him in the summer of 2010. The players
the Knicks acquired, Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley
and Tim Thomas, are expected to play for the first
time.

STARS

Sunday

— Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 24 points and tied a
season high with six assists as Los Angeles improved
the NBA's best record to 11-1 with a 118-109 victory
over Sacramento.

— Elton Brand, 76ers, had 23 points and 12
rebounds as Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first
time this season with an 89-81 victory over Golden
State.

— Randy Foye, Timberwolves, had 23 points and a
career-high 14 assists to lead Minnesota over the
Detroit Pistons, 106-80, for its first road victory of the
season.

— Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets.
Martin scored a season-high 26 points, making all 10
shots from the field, and Anthony had 21 points, 13
rebounds and a season-high eight assists in Denver's

114-101 victory over Chicago.

SURGING |

The Boston Celtics have won five straight and 11 of
their last 12 after beating the Toronto Raptors 118-103
on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth
in a row since their only loss with a 118-108 victory over
Sacramento. The Denver Nuggets' 114-101 victory
over Chicago was their fifth consecutive home victory.

SLUMPING
‘ Detroit's starting guards were a combined 5-for-22
from the field in a 106-80 loss to Minnesota. Allen
Iverson was 3-for-11 for nine points and Richard
Hamilton was 2-of-11 for seven points. Top reserve
Rodney Stuckey missed all five of his shots.

STICKING AROUND

Antonio McDyess is coming back to play for Detroit.
"After long deliberation Antonio has decided that he
will return to the Pistons," Andy Miller, McDyess'
agent, informed The Associated Press via text message
Sunday night. Detroit dealt McDyess, Chauncey
Billups and project Cheikh Samb to Denver for Allen
Iverson on Nov. 3. The cost-cutting Nuggets waived
McDyess a week later and he has to wait until 30 days
have passed since the trade to rejoin the Pistons.

SPEAKING

"T stunk up the gym ee I couldn't do anything
right on the offensive end. It was one of the nights
you wish you never have, but they happen It will be
tough to sleep tonight."

— Allen Iverson, after scoring nine points on 3-of-11
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1 By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
hstub

NORMALLY, the Father
Marcian Peters Invitational
Basketball Tournament is held
the week before the schools
break for the Christmas holi-
days.

But Martin Lundy, the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture’s director of sports and
tournament director said they
have decided to change the
dates for the 24th version of the
Yuletide basketball classic.

This year’s classic will run
from Friday, November 28 to

Saturday, December 6 at the.

Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The
format will remain double elim-
ination up to the semifinals

‘where it will come down to a

single elimination.
Competition as usual will
take place in the six categories —
Primary boys and girls, Junior
boys and girls, Intermediate

- boys and Senior girls divisions.

“We’re looking at an overall
total of 42 schools and 72
teams,” said Lundy, noting that
he figures are right around
those that the ministry hosted
last year. “That’s our projec-
tion.”

With the change in dates,
Lundy said they are hoping that
the classic will have a positive

effect, considering the fact that

many of the schools complained
about the tournament being
staged right around the same
time as their final examinations.

“We are trying to get it done
before the examinations start,”

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on December 8 for the public
schools, so we will be finished
by then.”

All of the champions are
expected to return to defend
their titles, according to Lundy.

Last year, St Bede’s Crush-
ers won the primary boys over
the St Thomas More Sparks. It
was revenge for the Crushers
as they lost the Catholic Dioce-
san title to the Sparks.

The Sparks are defending
their Catholic. league title
against the Crushers this week
at the Loyola Hall, Gladstone
Road.

The Temple Christian Suns
are the defending primary girls
champions, having won their
title last year over the meine
Harbour Island.

The DW Davis Pitbulls won
the junior boys title over the



“VOLLEYBALL

HO Nash Lions, but the Lions
repeated as the junior girls
champions over the visiting
Bishop Michael Eldon from
Grand Bahama.

The CI Gibson Rattlers are
the defending intermediate
boys champions with Westmin-
ister Diplomats as the runners-
up. And the CR Walker
Knights are the defending
senior girls champions, having
polished off CI Gibson.

The tournament is being
organised and sponsored once
again by the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture as they con-
tinue to honour the efforts of
the late Father Marcian Peters,
affectionately known as “the
Sporting Priest.”

“This year’s invitational clas-
sic is a continuation of my Min-
istry’s objective to respond to

change for:Fr Marcian classic

the need for additional oppor-
tunities of organised competi-
tion for primary and junior lev-
el boys teams and for greater
exposure of junior and senior
level girls teams,” said Minis-
ter of Sports, Desmond Ban-
nister.

“All groups traditionally
receive less public notoriety
than senior boys teams. In this
regard, and as has been the
practice of the previous 23
years, senior boys teams will
not participate in the invita-
tional as an abundance of tour-
naments are already in place to
assist in their development.”

Schools from throughout the
country are expected to partic-
ipate in the tourney. Although
it starts on Friday, the Family
Island teams are not scheduled
to arrive in New Providence





. ST Thomas More Sparks’ pa Adderley dribbles to the basket against

the. St Bede’ 's Crushers...



Two sean crowned
in schools sports finals

The Knights and Lions capture titles

a by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter

Two new champions were
crowned in the Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Associa-
tion Volleyball finals, with one
series being extended to a third
and final game.

CR WALKER KNIGHTS over
CC SWEETING COBRAS |

The Knights captured what
the team called a “long await-
ed” championship after elimi-
nating the Cobras in two games.

The Knights clinched the title
with a 25-18 , 25-19 straight set
win over the Cobras.

Knights Head Coach Floyd
Armbrister said his team. was
able to turn the season around
by buying into the true concept
of teamwork.

“Teamwork got this champi-

onship for these girls. We really.

came together as a team,” he
said, “CC Sweeting beat us
twice in the regular season and
won the pennant but the pen-
nant didn’t mean anything to
us. These ladies really deserve it
and all of them came together
for one cause.”

In the opening set, the
Knights got out to an early 7-2
lead, however the Cobras would
rally to tie the game at nine.

Both traded scores, tied at 13
before the Knights separated
themselves with a 5-1 run.

An 18-14 lead extended to a
23-16 advantage and the
Knights took the first set after a
faulty serve by the Cobras.

The second set was a near
mirror of the first, closely con-
tested until the Knights pulled
away late.

With a slim 14-13 lead, the
Knights went on a 6-1 run to
take a 20-14 lead.

They withstood a late charge
to hold on, prevent a third set,
and. clinch the 2008 Champi-
onship.

Knights’ setter Clishea Saun-



“Teamwork got

this championship

for these girls. We
really came
together as a
team.”



Floyd Armbrister

ders echoed Armbrister’s senti-
ments about her team’s timely
championship performance.

“We weren’t playing that well
early in the season but like
coach said we peaked at the
right time and this is long over-
due,” she said, “I thank my
team so much for this champi-
onship.”

HO NASH LIONS over
TA THOMPSON SCORPIONS

Pattie Johnson and her Lions
continued their unquestioned
dominance over the junior girls
division by capturing yet anoth-
er championship title.

The Lions rallied for a
thrilling come from behind vic-
tory in the second set to take
the game and the champi-
onship, 25-16, 26-24.

After breezing through the
opening set relatively unchal-
lenged, the Lions found them-
selves trailing early in the sec-
ond set, 9-3.

The Scorpions extended their
advantage to as much as eight,
22-14 and seemed poised to
force a third set.

The Lions mounted an
incredible comeback effort and
played nearly flawless volley-
ball to tie the game at 22.

HO Nash took their first lead
of the set on the ensuing point,
only to have the Scorpions tied
again at 23. The teams tied
again at 24 before the Lions
capped off the comeback with
two consecutive scores and the
championship win.

CC SWEETING COBRAS over
CR WALKER KNIGHTS

A controversial end to game
two of the senior boys series
sets the stage for a decisive third
game of the' championship
series.

Trailing 22-13 in the second
set, disgruntled with officiating,
Knights coached Trevor Grant
pulled his team from the field of .
play, however, the outcome of
the game was clearly no longer
in jeopardy.

The Cobras overcame an ear-
ly deficit to take the first set 25-
20.

The Knights led 10-5 early
on, before the Cobras rallied to
tie the score at 14.

They took their first fea of
the set on the next possession.
on a spike by striker Gabi Lau-’

rent.

Laurent and Kenvardo

- Brown dominated the Knights

frontline en route to the first
set victory.

The momentum carried over
to the second set, which the
CObras led from start to finish.

Setter Fresnell Vassor was
instrumental in placing Brown
and Laurent in the right spots as
the Cobras, inspired by a spirit-
ed supporting crowd led by as
much as eight in the all impor-
tant second set.

Cobras Head Coach Andrew
Tynes said his team’s gameplan
for game three will be similar
to their game two effort and
chided Grant’s actions in man-
ner of the loss.

“We know if we play CC Vol-
leyball we can beat this team
and send it to a third game.

“T think we’ll to go back to
the drawing board and come
out in the next game, do some
of the same things that we did
today,” he said, “It’s an intense:
game and people have a high
level of emotions back and forth
but there’s no place for that.”



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

he pennant winning St Bede’s Crush-
ers powered past the defending
champions St Thomas More Sparks
39-33 to snatch a 1-0 lead in the
Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools’
best-of-three championship series yesterday.

Guard Kyle ‘Flash’ Turnquest had to work
through a tough defense to score a game high 15
points. But it was Adrian Mackey who made the
big difference, adding 10 points. Donzel Huyler
chipped in with seven and Dwight Wheatley had
four.

Daejour Adderley paced the defending cham-
pions Sparks with 10, Joel Morris had seven’and
Seville Sands and Ashton Munroe both con-
tributed four.

While St Bede’s remained undefeated in their
quest to avenge their championship loss last year,
St Thomas More find themselves with their backs
against the wall going into game two on Wednes-
day at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road at 3:15

m.
E “We knew it was going to be a dog fight, but it
ain’t over yet. We only won one game,” said St

Bede’s coach Donnie Culmer, who was assisted by

Ricardo Freemantle. “We just need that next one.”

Sparks’ coach Nkomo Ferguson, who had pre-
dicted that they will sweep the Crushers to repeat
as champions, will have to do it in the next two
games.

“T told you that we have to come out gunning.
We contained ‘Flash’, but he got away,” said Fer-
guson, who played Morris, his biggest player on
Turnquest, one of the smallest but quickest play-
ers from St Bede’s.

When asked if St Thomas More can come back,
Ferguson said: “Come back? I have to come back.”

The game was a comeback for both teams as
they trailed each other at various intervals and
they turned it into quite an exciting match-up.

_ The first comeback came in the first quarter
‘when the Sparks took a 6-4 lead, but Wheatley

grabbed a defensive rebound and drove to the “

basket at the other end, scoring a buzzer beating
lay-up to tie the score at 6-6 at the end of the
period.

In the second quarter, St Thomas More got the
better of the deal when Morris got a steal and a
lay-up for a 10-8 lead and Adderley hit a jumper to
extend their margin to 13-10 at the half.

.. However, in the third, Mackey’s jumper cut the
deficit to 14-13, the closest the Crushers came in
the period. ae

From there, it was all St Thomas More as Mor-
ris provided the spark with a jumper and a free
throw in a spurt that pushed their lead to 18-14.

- With about 10 seconds left, Turnquest hit a big

‘ jumper that pulled them within two, 21-19. But at
the other end, Adderley’s leaning jumper over
Turnquest gave the Sparks a 23-19 lead at the
buzzer.

St Thomas More had opened a quick 25-19
advantage to start the fourth quarter on Sands’
jumper. ‘

But Turnquest got a steal and hit a jumper, then.

he came through with another and passed the ball
off to Mackey, whe scored on a lay-up to give St
Bede’s a 27-25 lead.

St Thomas More got a°31-31 tie with Sands’
second basket.

But St Bede’s went on a 5-0 run as Turnquest
took over, hitting a free throw, got a steal and a
lay-up and added a pair of free throws on another
foul to extend their lead to 36-31 that they never
relinquished.

Wheatley said they wanted the game a lot more
than the Sparks and behind their fans chanting
loudly, “Crushers,” they went on to pull off the win
for St Bede’s. <

As they look ahead to game two, Wheatley said
if they play like they did yesterday, they can
become the new champions on Wednesday.

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ON Saturday night, the
Road Runners Track and
Field Club is expected to
honour its most outstanding
athletes for the 2008 track
and field season.

The club, headed by Dex-
‘ter Cambridge, is scheduled
to host the gala awards ban-
quet at the Wyndham Nas-
“sau Resort and Crystal
Palace, starting at 7:30 pm.

The banquet will be held

‘under the theme: “Climb

Till Your Dream Come
True” and the honourees for
this year will be Grand
Bahamian business duo
Basil and Paula Neymour.

The guest speaker will be
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Desmond Ban-
nister. The master of cere-
monies will be David Wal-
lace, of Grand Bahama.

Also expected to be in
attendance are former Min-
ister of Sports, Bryan Wood-

side, the Minister of State
for Land & Local Govern-
‘ment; Phenton Neymour,
the Minister of Environ-
ment and Olympian Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie.

Some of the awards to be
given out during the night
are:

The Dominique Higgins
Awards; the Shawn Lock-



| hart Award: Athlete of the

Year; Most Outstanding
Athlete; Most Improved
Athlete and the Academ-:
ic/Honour Roll Award.

Awards will be presented
to the male and female ath-
letes.

For the past few years,
Bodie said the club has
decided to show their grati-
tude to their athletes for
their outstanding perfor-
mances during the season.

He said that there are
many athletes in their club
who have excelled but have

“not gotten the recognition
they so rightfully deserve.

Bodie said the awards
banquet will serve in that
capacity as the club singles

‘out the athletes who per-
formed, not just athletically,
but academically.

This year, Bodie said they
have decided to honour the
Neymours because they
have played a vital role in
the sponsorship of their club
over the years.

The night, according to
Bodie, will be a spectacular
one as usual, as the athletes
will get an opportunity to

dress to impress. There will
be an award as usual for the
best dressed male and
female athletes.





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Baha Mar joint venture was
directly linked to the takeover
of Harrah’s by two:US private
equity giants, Apollo Manage-

ment and Texas Pacific, who .

urchased the gaming giant for
27.8 billion, and assumed $10.7
billion in debt, on January 28,
2008.
That was some three days
before the supplemental Heads

of Agreement was s:zned

between Baha Mar and the

, Government, to which Caesars

Bahamas gave its consent, and
the same day on which the
developers are alleging that
Harrah’s began discussing from
the Cable Beach redevelop-
ment.

As a result, Baha. Mar is
alleging that Harrah’s and its
new owners decided to with-
draw from the project to aid the
former’s balance sheet position,
but instead of notifying it
looked for an excuse to with-
draw.

_ In its amended action, Baha
Mar alleged that by consenting

.to the supplemental Heads of

Agreement on January 31, 2008,

Harrah’s and Caesars Bahamas ..

“agreed to a greatly expanded
project” that was announced via
press release.

Charles Atwood, Harrah’s
chief financial officer and exec-
utive vice-president, signed the

supplemental Heads of Agree-.

ment on Harrah’s behalf, saying

that the gaming giant had.

“reviewed and approved the
terms”.

Baha Mar further alleged that -

Mr Atwood sent a confirmation

letter to the Government on.
that same date, saying Harrah’s.

was committed to proceeding
and would contribute some 43
per cent or $212 million of the
$493 million in equity being put
up for the project.

Mr Atwood also personally
called Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham to offer his congratu-
lations and reaffirm Harrah’s
commitment at Cable Beach on
January 31, 2008, it was alleged.

See DEAL, page 5B

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government received
an economic boost - at least in
the short-term - after a Wall
Street credit rating agency yes-
terday reaffirmed the ‘A-grade’
rating on this nation’ sovereign

-debt, even though ‘the analyst
the
_ Bahamas’ economic structure
“really exacerbates” the US
_recession’s impact.
Olga Kalinina, the lead S&P

responsible warned

analyst for the Bahamas, told

Tribune Business that while the |

Bahamas’ economic fundamen-

. tals remained largely sound, and

all debt ratios were in line with
its ‘A-rated’ peers, the Wall
Street agency might be forced

‘to downgrade this nation if a

longer and deeper US recession
pushed these out of line and
there was “substantially lower
growth”.

She explained: “If we believe
the pace of this [economic]
deterioration is accelerating,

and our forecast is no longer.

consistent, and the fundamen-

‘Many’ hotel owners subsidising losses

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

‘Tribune‘Business Editer--—~.

“MOST” Bahamas-based hotel own-

Mr Sands [| .
novos added: that even” (gee
in “normal cir-
cumstances”

_* Recent redundancies reduce losses, but don’t sliminae e
them, returning many resorts to ‘normal’ red ink levels

ers.are currently having to subsidise their
properties out of their own pockets to
cover operating losses, a senior indus-
try executive told Tribune Business yes-
terday, with the recent wave of losses at
many resorts having reduced - but not
eliminated - the red ink.
” Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-
president for government and public
affairs, said: “The reality is that most or
many owners are subsidising their oper-
ations, and the exercise many proper-
ties are going through at the moment is
intended to reduce losses. .

“We would like to get to the point

where we eliminate losses, but this exer- -

cise is all about reducing them.”

Real estate deposit
recalls grow by 50%

lm By CARA BRENNEN- -

‘based resort own-

‘properties, espe-

many Bahamas-

ers would have to
subsidise their |

cially during the
slowest parts of.
the tourism sea- |
son, “but this year
the losses have been evaasesicd [by the
global economic woes] and we don’t see
any improvement taking place for some
time”. ; ,
Faced with such a situation, a num-
ber of resorts had seen no option but to
reduce staff headcount and payroll costs,
firstly via reduced work weeks and work-

Peasant



* Hotels relying on five profitable months

ing hours but, ultimately, through redun-
dancy-in a number of cases:

And even after these lay-offs, many
resorts are still got profitable, Mr Sands
explaining that the action taken had
returned them to normal financial loss
levels for this time of year - not elimi-
nated it.

“In most instances, it’s getting us back
to where we were, but in no way does it
reduce the amount of money owners
have to put into their operations,” Mr
Sands said. He added that he was only
referring to owners subsidising opera-

How do you attract and retain

tional expenses, and not including other
costs such as finance charges.
The Baha Mar executive said the gen-

eral rule for Bahamas-based hotels was -

that they generated profits for five
months of every year, with the remaining
seven either “break even” or loss-mak-
ing.

The five generally profitable months

‘for Bahamian hotels were February,

March and April, which comprise. the
peak winter season, plus July and

See LOSSES, page 4B

tals are changing, in this sce-
nario there will be a down-
grade.”

That scenario is not here yet,
and the ‘A~-’ and ‘A-2’ ratings
on the Bahamas’ sovereign debt
mean that the Government will
still be able to tap international
capital markets for debt financ-
ing, via the likes of bond issues,
should it need to without incur-
ring too high an interest rate.

. That, in turn, will minimise debt

servicing costs.

Also, Standard & Poor’s
(S&P) decision to reduce the
Bahamas’ outlook from ‘stable’
to ‘negative’ will not come as a

surprise to many, given this

nation’s heavy reliance on the
US and its openness, which
exposes it even more to the
worst effects of the global
downturn.

Still, Ms Kalinina said S&P

“had revised upwards the pro-
jected fiscal deficit for the

Bahamas from 2.2 per cent to 3
per cent (2.3 per cent on a cen-
tral government level) of GDP

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i LAST week, Central Bank
overnor Wendy Craigg was
uoted‘in the newspapers issu-

ing a:;warning about the

ahamian economy. She
portedly indicated that it
ould. take the US economy
me two years before it recov-
rs and;‘in light of this, she
rged; Bahamians to restrain
eir Spending in these chal-
lenging economic times.
; Two. weeks ago, our compa-
hosted a series of informa-
on meetings for our clients in
the Cayman Islands. The focus
of these meetings was the US
économy, and-we invited an
conomist from Vanguard, one
of our investment partners, to
pare the views of that firm
with our audience.

} Basic Outlook
_Variguard’s basic outlook
as. that the financial strains
e US:is currently facing will
persist well into 2009, and the
‘ecession is likely to last at least
18 months - until about the
urth: quarter of next year. A
recession i is'defined as two con-
secutive quarters of negative



onomic growth or contrac- |

tion. It should be noted that
recessions are normal parts of
the business cycle that occur

| RISKS, from 1B

s

in the 2008-2009 Budget year, a
figure that was set to be repeat-
éd,in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
| The upward revision was

quired, she told Tribune. Busi-
ness, because revenues ‘were
jerforming below expectations,
ie government spending on
social assistance programmes,
inemployment benefits and
capital works initiatives was
ikely to increase.

: In turn, S&P is projecting that
the Government’s debt will
increase to 38 per cent of GDP

ly 2009, compared to 36 per

‘entin 2007.

' Ms Kalinina said: “In my
ew, the Bahamas’ inherently
eak economic structure really

exacerbates all this. It’s a per- |

fect transmission [mechanism]
for all the weaknesses coming

it of the US. Once all the risks
from the US are,in-and present

ig the economy, ‘the effects-are”

immediate.”
| She added: “What we are
projecting for now, in our sce-
nario, is that the fiscal deficit at
{

from time to time.

Whether it is 18 months or
two years is neither here nor
there. Even at 18 months, it is
still expected to be the longest
recession since the 1960s. Since

1960, there have been seven.

recessions, with the longest
being 16 months, the shortest

. six months, and the average

being about 12 months long,
according to data published by
the National Bureau of Eco-
nomic Research.

Why this recession

may last longer

The US, along with most of
the world’s major economies,
is currently caught in a long-
term vicious cycle.

The sub-prime crisis, coupled
with the collapse in the housing
market, has led to unprece-
dented solvency problems for
traditional banks, investment
banks and other financial insti-
tutions. Threatened with bank-
ruptcy and financial system
implosion, governments felt
compelled to.respond with the
biggest bailout programme ‘in
history.

Fear, uncertainty and credit

concerns led to a global credit:

crunch. Banks (and other finan-

cial institutions) with liquidity

the central government level
will be.around 3 per cent this
year and next, simply because
we don’t see any improvement
in the fiscal situation next year,
based on our economic analysis.

“Tf you look at the fiscal pro-
jections for the first two months,
it’s clear revenues are under-
performing, and there will be
more pressure to continue cap-
ital spending.”

S&P yesterday projected that
the Bahamas’ external reserves
would decline from the $650
million level seen in September
2008 to $500 million by year-
end 2009, due to the decline in
foreign direct investment.

The Government’s planned

fiscal stimulus, through capital

‘works projects, meant that the

external current account deficit
would hover at. about 15 per
cent of GDP for 2008 and 2009,
down from 18 per cent in 2007.

~Ehe external financing gap,
defined as Current accounts pay-
ments plus short and long-term
debt payments and their amor-
tisation, was forecast to “remain
high” at about 150 per cent of

\ Financial

Focus ©



are no longer prepared to lend
funds on a short-term basis to
other banks ‘where, rumors of
problems persists. Strong insti-
tutions stop lending, while the
weak get weaker or even col-
lapse. Funding (both long and
short-term) to business tight-
ens.

Tight money feeds reces-
sionary pressures. Businesses
cut back and/or close their
doors. The economy moves
into recession.

- This then leads to more fore-
closures, more problems with
sub-prime loans..: and the cycle
continues with each cycle pro-

gressively becoming more
_severe.

Housing Market
This.is the problem in the US
housing market. The long-term

' average number of ‘inventory

units’ has-averaged around 2.25
million: Currently, inventory is
around four million units. Nor-
mal conditions are unukely to

current account receipts and
useable reserves.

S&P. revised its economic
growth projections for the
Bahamas to 1.1 per cent for
2008, and 1 per cent of GDP in
2009, down from 3 per cent and

4 per cent respectively, and in.

line with the Government’s own
projections.

While non-performing iearis
as a percentage of total out-
standing loans in the Bahamian

banking sector was still under,

control, the Wall Street credit
rating agency added that this
could “increase substantially as
the tourism sector, major pri-
vate sector employers, and the
construction industry are under-
going drastic contractions”. -

"We revised the outlook to
reflect our concerns over the
rapidly slowing economic
growth in The Bahamas and its
impact on the sovereign's fiscal
and the country's external
accounts," explained Ms Kalin-
ina.

"More importantly, the coun-
try's inherently weak economic
structure exacerbates the cur+

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return until excess inventory is
worked off. Clearly, it is not an
overnight fix, and the adjust-
ment process will take time.
We probably have not seen

. the bottom of the housing crisis

yet. In the short-term there are
likely to be more foreclosures
as the economy weakens and
more people lose their jobs. As
foreclosures increase, there will
be more losses and write-downs
of ‘sub-prime based’ assets, and
potentially the need for more
bailout money from Uncle
Sam.

Conclusion

Going back to Governor
Craigg’s call for financial
restraint, what should individ-
uals do?

This is no time for ‘business.

as usual’, and all of us should
strive to tighten our belts until
the .economic situation
improves. Here are some tips
to ease the pain of these chal-
lenging times: ;

* List ways your household
can cut costs or manage your
limited resources better. Make
a plan and review it regularly.

* Cut out wasteful spending.
Bahamians have great difficul-

. ty separating ‘true needs’ from

rent downturn and puts more
; pressure on the

policy
response.”

This was because tourism
accounts for more: than 60 ‘per
cent of GDP and employs over
50 per cent of the labour force,
with US tourists accounting for
87 per cent of total visitors.

"If these negative trends were
to accelerate, significantly rais-

ing the contingent liability from.

the financial system and struc-
turally impairing the public
finances, we will likely lower
the ratings," Ms Kalinina added.
"Similarly, if the. Govern-
ment's countercyclical response
will lead to a sharp increase in
debt, the ratings will come
under negative pressures.
“Conversely, if the economic

‘slowdown is mild, helped by the

Government's fiscal efforts and
continuing investment, the
resulting stabilisation of fiscal
and external accounts will sup-
port the revision of the outlook
back to stable."

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 3B

hat you can do to withstand downturn

wants. ; 4

* Delay any major capital
expenditure that can be
delayed, such as new automo-
biles, construction, etc.;

* If, you can,*try to reduce
your debt load (all sources from
credit cards to consumer loans).

* Cut out unnecessary dri-
ving. Plan your trips more effi-
ciently and coordinate activi-
ties better. 8

* Turn off lights in rooms not
being used. It is not uncommon
to see every room lit up in
every house as you drive
through our neighbourhoods at
night. Also, invest in a timer
for your water heater. ©

* Carry your lunch from
home instead of buying lunch
each day. Most workplaces
have kitchens with refrigera-
tors and microwaves. Invest in

some sealable plastic containers

and save money.

* Entertain yourself at home
with wholesome ‘family-friend-
ly’ activities, instead of always
going out.

* Get financial counselling.
Financial counsellors/advisors
help you get control of your
finances. If you are drowning
in debt, reach out to your bank,

credit union and credit card
issuers for help.





* Build up as ck savings as

-you can.

Finally, this is absolutely the ;
wrong time to be out of work.
For those fortunate enough to
have a job, make sure you
adopt the right attitude at work
each day and that you give a ©
full day’s labour. Take stock of
your situation, think of ways to
improve your marketable skills
(that can help you to earn
more).

Until next week..."

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst, is
vice-president - pensions, Colo-
nial Pensions Services

(Bahamas), a wholly-owned

subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.

e The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group Internation-
al or any of its subsidiary

‘and/or affiliated companies.

Please direct any questions or
comments © to
tlgibson@atlantichouse.com.bs

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Obama wants economic rescue approved ‘right away”

@ By BETH FOUHY .
Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (AP) _ With the econo-
my in crisis, President-elect Barack
Obama urged the new Congress to pass
» a quick economic stimulus bill, pledged
help for the troubled auto industry and
blessed the Bush administration's
bailout of the financial industry.

Even so, he conceded, "The economy
is likely to get worse before it gets bet-
ter," a downbeat forecast, delivered 57
days before he takes the oath of office
and as Americans headed into the year-
end holiday season.

Barring swift action, "most experts
now believe that we could lose millions

newly elected Congress to act quickly
on his plans after opening its session
on Jan. 6.

At a news conference, Obama was
critical of the Big Three automakers,
saying he was surprised they did not
have a better-thought-out plan for their
future before asking Congress to
approve $25 billion in emergency loans.

He said once he sees a plan, he
expects " we 're going to be able to shape
a rescue.’

Obama declined to say how large a
stimulus package he wants from Con-
gress. Democratic lawmakers speculat-
ed over the weekend that the price tag
could reach $700 billion over two years
as the nation struggles to emerge from

crunch. "It's going to be costly," the.
president-elect said.

The stock market had been climbing
before Obama spoke but then slipped
during his news conference, reducing
its gain from 300 points to 200. It rose
higher again later. Analysts said
investors were looking for more
specifics of an economic stimulus plan,
and also wanted Obama to state that

he would set asidé a plan to raise taxes

on the richest Americans.

Obama made his comments as he -

unveiled the top members of his eco-
nomic team, beginning with New York
Federal Reserve President Timothy
Geithner to be his treasury secretary.
Geithner, 47; is a veteran of financial

worked closely with the Bush adminis-
tration in recent months.

Obama chose Lawrence Summers as
director of his National Economic
Council. Summers was treasury secre-
tary under former President Bill Clin-
ton.

Obama said his newly minted eco-
nomic team offered "sound judgment
and fresh thinking" at a time of eco-
nomic peril.

He expressed confidence the'nation
would weather the crisis:"because we've
done it before." :

Obama also announced two other
members of his economic team in the
making. He named Christina Romer as
chair of his Council of Economic Advis-

his White House Domestic Boley
Council.

Obama's principal theme was
urgency.

"We do not have a minute to waste,"
he said, citing the turmoil in the finan-
cial markets as well as the deteriora;
tion of the broader economy. d

He also said he would "honor the
commitments made by the current
administration" to deal with the prob;
lems, signaling approval of the Bush
administration's latest effort to rescue
Citigroup as well as the broader $700
billion bailout designed to shore up the
financial markets. 1

e Associated Press writer Jim Kuhn-
henn contributed to this story from

of jobs next year,"

LOSSES, from 1B

August, which coincide with the
school holidays.

While there were small pock-
ets of profitability in Novem-
ber and December, due to the
Thanksgiving and Christmas
weeks, other seven months
were generally break-even at
best, Mr Sands said, describing
hotels’ financial years as “bits
and pieces”:

The ‘bottom line’ is just that
for the Bahamian hotel indus-
try, which will simply be unable
to survive if it is not profitable.
The country is faced with a sit-
uation where the industry that is
its largest private employer is
in danger of becoming a ‘wel-
. fare sector’, kept alive only by
the generosity of its owners and
employers.

Two other hotel executives
backed up Mr Sands’ comments
in the wake of Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham disclosing last
week that Hong Kong-based
Hutchison Whampoa is subsi-
dising the Our Lucaya resort to
the tune of $3 million per
month, or $36 million per year.

The subsidy was intended to
keep the resort’s 1,000 staff

he said, urging the

employed, Our Lucaya having
generated $1.4 million in rev-
enues for October - barely
enough to cover its $1.3 million
wage bill.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s (BHA)
executive vice-president, told
Tribune Business that without
the extensive investment incen-
tives the Government granted
to resort developers - such as

the customs and Stamp Duty:

breaks under the Hotels
Encouragement Act, and real
property tax exemptions -
tourism-related projects would
not be seen in this nation.
Emphasising that he did not
want to scare away incoming
resort developers, Mr Comito
said: “Given our high-cost of

Start-up, construction and oper-

ations compared to other areas,

without the investment incen- .

tives, it would be virtually
impossible to see tourism-relat-
ed development taking. place in
the Bahamas.

“Even with the investment
incentives in place, our high
operating costs, high labour
costs and high energy costs
make it difficult to generate the
kind of profits international
companies expect.” ‘

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a recession compounded by a credit |

These issues were exposed by
the Tourism Taskforce on
Trade Liberalisation’s 2003
report, which some five years
ago compared a Nassau resort
with rivals in the Caribbean and
US that had similar sizes, occu-
pancies and average daily room

’ rates.

What was described as the
“real shocker” was that the Nas-
sau hotel’s gross operating prof-
it was just 9 per cent,-compared
to 22 per cent and 35 per cent
for the Caribbean and US resort

- respectively.. This meant that

the Nassau’s hotel’s gross oper-

- ating profits were 59 per cent
and 74 per cent respectively

below that of the Caribbean and
US resort.

And in virtually every cost
category, the Nassau hotel was
far ahead of its counterparts.
Room payroll was 40 per cent
and 17 per cent. above its
Caribbean and US counterparts
respectively, while for food’and

beverage payroll it was 25 per ©

cent and 17 per cent more
expensive.

More alarmingly, the Nassau
resort’s food and beverage

"expenses were 183 per cent ©

higher than those for its US
counterpart, with utility and
power costs 114 per cent greater
- and this before BEC’s soar-
ing bills as a result of higher
global oil prices.
Russell Miller, the BHA’s

president, pointed to the Asso-
ciation’s September survey,

‘which revealed that 71 per cent

crises at home and overseas and has

of resort properties surveyed
did not expect to make a 2008
profit, to highlight the indus-
try’s vulnerability.

“About seven out of 10 hotels.

were projected not to produce a
profit, which makes it extreme-
ly difficult for companies to do
business without looking at
potentially reducing salaries,”
Mr Miller said.

“The single largest expense
we have is payroll. It’s not ever
an easy task for operators to
reduce work weeks, reduce the

- hours worked, or even get to

lay-off and termination situa-
tions, but.as a means of survival
it’s one of the available options
people have to consider, and in
a lot of instances take. It’s that
bad.”
Describing the tourism and
hotel industry as the Bahamas’
“means or survival” and
“lifeblood”, Mr Miller called for
a National ‘Approach or strate-

gy to be developed for the sec-.-

tor.

All Bahamians and residents
had to understand that this
nation was tourism-dependent,
and every dction by themselves
and Bahamian businesses could
impact the sector.

Calling for “bold measures
and bold steps” to be taken, Mr
Miller said the Bahamas needed
to take a different approach -to
the growth and development of

its tourism industry, since it was —

clear that current methods were
not achieving the desired result.
“Tt’s really survival of the

Legal Notice
NOTICE

HANG SENG BANK TRUSTEE (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that the winding up and dissolution of

Hang Seng Bank Trustee (Bahamas) Limited has been

completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution and

that the Company has been struck from the Register of

Companies on the 1* Day of November, 2008.

Maria M. Férére

Liquidator

Nassau Airport
Development Company

‘

AD PEO!

It is with great pleasure that we showcase our
Employee of the Month for October 2008.

Eduardo Nottage is one of the bright stars of the
Customer Experience Department. He joined
Nassau Airport Development Company in April °
2007 in the capacity of Operations Controller,
where he was given a panoramic view of the
world of Airport Operations. He then transferred
to the Customer Experience Department as a

concierge.

Eduardo's initiative and leadership spirit serve
asa great example for peers to emulate. He
has great focus, thinks outside of the box and
is always able to get the job done. In fact, his
creative ideas have enabled NAD to reduce
the overall operating costs for the department.
Eduardo graduated from S.C. McPherson High
School (June 1992) and. later trained at the
Industrial Training Centre now known as BTVI.
He is an active member of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Reserves posted at the Central
Detective Unit and attached to homicide; he is
also a member of the Royal Ambassadors Brass
Band and enjoys boating, flying and travelling.

Congratulations Eduardo!



ers, and Melody Barnes as director of

fittest, but that’s how bad and
how desperate this situation is,”
Mr Miller said. “We’ve got to
get the creative juices flowing,
shake this thing up and look at
it differently.”

On the question of hotel own-
er subsidies, he added: “It’s
somewhat fortunate that there
are operators and owners that
have that kind of resources and
can continue to find operations
that are not profitable.

“The reality is that’ there
aren’t that many out there, and
there are not many that can
afford to do this for much
longer.”

Calling for the Government
to assist the industry with get-
ting the cost of doing business in
the Bahamas downto a level
where it made sense, Mr Miller
said payroll and electricity costs
were “killing us” in the hotel
industry.

A reduction in electricity
costs, for example, might enable
the hotel industry to avoid at
least some lay-offs and redun-
dancies. “We’ve already seen
one wave of terminations and
lay-offs, and more is in the
pipeline,” Mr Miller added.

Mr Comito said the hotel
industry had been “knocking
on the door with a number of
these things” identified by the
Taskforce report and “trying to
deal with them”.

“In the past two years, busi-
nesses in the hotel sector have
invested incredible amounts of
money in becoming energy effi-
cient,” Mr Comito said.

He added that while progress
had been made in that area, aid-
ed ue the 2008-2009 Budget

Washington.

7

duty reductions on solar power
components, there was more
that could be done in that area
and the sector had presented .
an “extensive list of laundry
items” they were seeking tax
reduction on in a bid to aid sus:
tainable energy development‘!
The BHA, Mr Comito said?
had also “stepped up consider? |
ably” its efforts in working with
Bahamian schools and its train
ing programmes. " f@)
“We are taking a.very aggres-
sive and in-depth look at edu-
cation, and how we collectively, |
as a community and govern-
ment, can be more progressive
‘in building a world-class edu: .
cation system,” Mr Comito said:
“That would go a long way
over time to making us a more
productive and competitive .
country.”
Mr Sands said: “The hotels

‘ are doing their darndest to seé

how we can turn this situation -
around in a’very volatile and

‘worrisome global economy. '/!

“The situation is what it-is,

_ and our energy is really focused .

on what we can do to improve
our current situation and move
forward.”
He added: “Hotels are =
extremely sensitive to the
impact [lay-offs] have on our
tourism assets, the people who
make the companies work......
“We have to do what is nec-
essary to make operations
viable, so. that we can continue :
to employ a large number of:
people, and hope the initiatives
were are working on with the
Ministry of Tourism and our-;
Selves will get business back to
the level we see normally.” “

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VILDO FRANCOIS of |’

PINEWOOD GARDENS,

ELIZABETTE | CORNER

NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible;.;
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization ,=)|
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who;:]
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should:
not be granted, should send:a written and signed statement ;:

of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. ¢

NOTICE

NOTICE

is hereby given that CHERLINE ATILUS”

of SHADY TREE LANE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is
. applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and.

Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen,

of The Bahamas, and that any person. who knows any’.
reason’ why registration/ naturalization should not be;,
granted, should send a written and signed statement. of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of, ;
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality. ; ;

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

Q
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NOTICE

“NOTICE. is hereby given that MAGDALA MARC of

BAHAMA

AVENUE, P.O.

BOX N-3331, NASSAU,

BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization |
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who.
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should,
not be granted, should send a written and'signed statement;
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of,
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality,
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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By CARA BRENNEN-
2 BETHEL
Business Reporter

-. THE Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) and the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
Merce yesterday Signed a
$225,000 partnership for the
establishment of a Small to
Medium Enterprise Support
Unit, which will provide tech-
ftical support for private sector

Participation in international
“ fyade negotiations.’

‘The Unit will be responsible

for data -collection, dissemina-
tion of information and con-
ducting research and analysis
of issues affecting small and
medium-sized businesses, which
comprise about 90 per cent of
tegistered businesses in the
Bahamas.
x, At yesterday’s signing, Cham-
ber president Dionisio
D’ Aguilar said: “This morning’s
signing is an acknowledgment
on our part that business as usu-
al is no longer an acceptable
posture for my board, nor for
our membership.”
-e He added that small busi-
nesses faced new challenges
locally, regionally and globally.
-o In particular, the Chamber
president said the Bahamas had
a.tendency to lag behind when
it came to trade negotiations,
as evidenced in the recent sign-
ing of the Economic Partner-
ship Agreement (EPA).

“We always seem to be the
dast at the table or have to
gush,” he said. “Our recent
@xperience leading up to the
signing of the Economic Part-
nership Agreement has made
2i

>» DEAL, from 1B

“if ' However, Baha Mar is alleg-
dng that Mr Loveman’s deposi-
tion revealed that three days

_garlier, before the supplemental ~

eads of Agreement was

ed, confirmation letters and
a8, one calls made, and press
geleases issued, there was a

aq

sheeting between Harrah’s and -

_$ new private equity owners.
9} “Loveman tesiified that ‘pri-
or to the meeting on the 28th, it
was our intention, as Harrah’s,
to plan to fund the equity in this
ogramme if the conditions
antecedent were met’, but that
‘the meeting on the 28th
changed that’,” the lawsuit
alleged.
“Loveman testified, for exam-
ple, that the January 31, 2008,
confirmatory letter sent ‘mixed
signals’ in that ‘the signal sent
by this letter is that we remain
interested in pursuing’,” Baha
Mar alleged.
“With regard to the January
31, 2008, press release, when
ked if Harrah’s ‘told people
here you were looking forward
working with your partners
to complete the project, even
though privately you were talk-
ing to the private equity guys,
among other things, about
pulling out of the project’, Love-
man testified that ‘the literal
statement you made is correct;



















299

things at the same time’.

Then, when asked why he
sent Baha Mar’s chief execu-
tive, Sarkis Izmirlian,.a con-
gratulatory e-mail on January

over Harrah’s participation,
“Loveman testified that he
believed it would be better not
to address the matter in an e-
mail”.

ESTATE, from 1B

arly severe because many per-
ppns who were lined up to pur-
[1 chase homes were former hotel
workers, who had either been
| ferminated or placed on
zeduced work days. Others
were younger persons unable
to afford a mortgage right now
because of the rise in the cost of
living.
; “So.they have had to ask for
the deposit back,” she said.
Despite this, Ms Rahming
added that what realtors and
developers are also seeing is a
ee serious, opportunistic buy-

|
i
[
i
i
lle
ii

_ have savings and are coming in,
| ‘and they are more serious. They
are able to take advantage of
what is going on in the mar-
'ket,” she added.

Ms Rahming explained that
ithese buyers were able to ben-
j ‘efit from better prices, as per-

' sons try to offload their prop-
| erties, because they have sav-
j i they can use for financing.
f



seer



“So ee are getting great



mes or vacant lots. They are
‘Pfaking advantage of what is
im@Vvailable,” she said.

we were doing both of these ©

1, 2008, despite the doubts.

ti "ewe have those persons who



OSCAR SPENCER (left), IDB country representative, and Dionisio D’ Aguilar, president of Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, chat during yesterday's signing...

us painfully aware of the need
to reorganise ourselves to
address the needs of our mem-
bership.”

Mr D’Aguilar said the IDB -

arrangement will ensure that
the private sector, particularly
small and medium-sized busi-

‘nesses, are fully prepared and

briefed for upcoming trade
agreements the country is like-
ly to face, including the trade
agreement between CARI-
COM and Canada that is cur-
rently being negotiated in
Trinidad.

While some regional govern-
ments have already completed
the process of preparing sector
and national positions for this,
the Bahamas has just started
the process, and Bahamian
firms have not yet been con-
sulted and “are not yet at the
table”, he said

Baha Mar alleged the Har-
rah’s- executive said: “ ‘Well, I
say with just a small does of
irony that I’ve learned that
putting a lot of content in e-
mails is not always in my inter-
est, so I sent him a nice, gra-
cious response and left it at
that’.”

Baha Mar alleged that Har-
rah’s executives continued to
“proceed with business as usu-
al” in their dealings with the
Cable Beach operator right up
until it terminated the agree-
ment, despite the backstage

' Manoeveres.

And the lawsuit alleged that
when it came to the press
release issue regarding the joint
venture, Mr lLoveman’s
response to questioning was: “I
would not view that as an espe-
cially big deal. We put out a lot
of press releases.”

And as for the supplemental
Heads of Agreement, Mr Love-

2 .
man’s alleged response to ques-

tioning: “We didn’t sign an
agreement - well, perhaps we
did sign an agreement with the
Government. We sign agree-
ments with governments with
some frequency.”

Urging the New York court

to order that Harrah’s and Cae-.

sars Bahamas complete the
joint venture transaction and
contribute the $212 million in
capital, Baha Mar alleged: “The
Harrah’s defendants concealed
their true state of mind, so that.
the Baha Mar parties and the
joint venture company would
continue to pursue the project,
expend resources and. publicly

announce to the Government '

and people of the Bahamas that
the project was proceeding
ahead. -

“The Harrah’s defendants
knew that it would severely
damage the business reputation,
credibility and standing of the
Baha Mar parties and put their

entire investment of almost

$300 million at risk should the



a

“Undoubtedly, we need gov-
ernment’s support, but as a pri-
vate sector, we cannot sit and
wait for the Government to do
our job and assume that they
are aware of the myriad of
issues facing the private sector.
Today we recognise our respon-
sibility, and have taken concrete
steps to address this deficien-
cy,” the Chamber president
said.

Mr D’ Aguilar urged business
persons to familarise themselves
with the trade agreements.
“Become involved. Do not wait
until'a month before we are due
to initial or sign this or another
agreement to complain that you
didn’t know or that no one told
you. Solutions will not be found
in Rawson Square but rather
through preparation and
engagement.”

He said the Unit will be

joint venture not proceed on

(Photo: Craig Lenihan)

‘doing the necessary research

and analysis to determine the
impact of these agreements on
the Bahamas and small busi-
nesses, and said it was impor-
tant that the private sector was
fully aware of the liberalisation
schedyles and what was at
stake, because it was businesses
that trade, not governments.

Oscar Spencer the IDB’s rep-
resentative for the Bahamas,
acknowledged that the Cham-
ber was a strategic partner.

“This issue is so important,
critical and topical, and often
small businesses have. limited
capacity to deal with trade
units,” he said. .

“Providing support for pri-
vate sector development is an
important plank of our country
strategy for the Bahamas, and
our participation in this project
gives us the opportunity to help



the announced schedule.”

’ Legal Notice

NOTICE

~ INVESTMENTS SOLUTIONS FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 INVESTMENTS
SOLUTIONS FUND LTD. is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was

21st November |

2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building 2 ;
Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of INVESTMENTS
SOLUTIONS FUND LTD. All persons having claims against the

above-named company are required

to send their address and particu-

lars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 21st December 2008.

the very important small and
medium-sized businesses in
their preparations for the intro-
duction of new international
trading agreements. Based on
our due diligence work, we are
also satisfied that there is a gen-

uine need for this support pro-
gramme and that the Chamber
has the capacity to manage the
project successfully.”

The Unit will be located at
and managed by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INVESTMENT SOLUTIONS MANAGEMENT LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 INVESTMENT
SOLUTIONS MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 21st November
2008. David Thain of Amer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building 2
Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of INVESTMENT
SOLUTIONS MANAGEMENT LTD. Al! persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their address
and particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 21st Decem-

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Combinations and Percentages

You are declarer in each of the
following four situations:
1. You have the A-K-10-2 of a

percent chance for four tricks. Cash-
ing the king first and then finessing

‘the jack will give you only a 61 per-
cent chance for four tricks. A first-
round finesse of the nine is, therefore

.15 A vote having gone to the Accepts another contract: suit, and dummy has the Q-3. You ~ the better play. aN and
~other side (6) and quits (7) lead dummy’s queen and then the If you needed only three tricks in
17 Overtures returned with 11 Set free and handed three, both opponents following low. the suit, the best method of play
interest? (8) over (9) Should you play the ace or the ten to would be the king followed by a
| 18. Four main points:of 43. It shows the way to finish give yourself the best chance for four nese of the jack, which vo
information (4) letters (8) Acrose Down tricks? yield three tricks 94 percent of the
Informe Lu 2. You have the A-J-4-3-2, and time.
21 It preserves timber and 14 Quite out of order (7) | 1 Give false alarm (3,4) 1. Recurrent series of dummy has the K-9. How would you 3. If you. finesse the jack, you
ropes for the sailor (3) 16 Man has a way of N 5 Hidden stock (5) events (5) play this combination to give,your- have a 37 percent chance of scoring
22 Agreed ona fresh kind of — acquiring esteem (6) =. 8 Bruise (9) 2 Intense desire (3) self the best chance for four tricks? _—_ seven tricks. If you cash the A-K,
drink (9) 49 Exhausted writer found in Oo. Sega see 3 Responsibility (4) 3. You have the A-K-J-10-9-4-3, hoping to catch the queen, you have
pa | Agta ae ecwoalt ke the street (5) : old at fixed level (3) 4 Wellwisher (6) and dummy has the singleton OPE only a 33 percent chance of success.
; > 10 Large water jug (4) ! If you need seven tricks in the suit,s The finesse is therefore the better
officer (5) 20 Eager to go up aftera ” ; : 5 Central American should you cash the A-K or finesse play.
25. Pet takes the wrong turn- key (4) ‘ing at a medium pace (7) 23 Dry manner (3) Lu 14 Money order on - 6 Something ‘4. You have the A-10-3-2 facing hand opponent follows low, finesse
Sah bank (6) attached (9) the ce in Suny How aud dun 8 a BSN that the
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Nestotesy £ eryric Bolution’ ° wvesterday's:Easy Solution He: FSR AG) f POruS (7) best chance for thes tricks? plan to cash the ‘king vient and then F
Across: 1 Gainsaid, 5 Chum, 9 . Across: 1 Michigan, 5 Tsar, 9 17 In concert (8) 11 Vigorous (9) a the ace. This will give you about a 75
Ridge, 10 Singles, 11 Money-spinner, Scrap, 10 Towards, 11 Inconsolable, 48. Division of school 13 Become more 1. If you finesse the ten, you have percent chance of making three
13 Pisces, 14 Acumen, 17:Cost of liv- 13 Urchin, 14 Strict, 17 Carte numerous (8) a 50 percent chance of success. If tricks (assuming the opponents
ing, 20 Relayed, 21 Ruche, 22 Sane, blanche, 20 Debacle, 21 Gorge, 22 veer (4) 14 Cry of disapproval (7) you cash the A-K instead, hoping to ’ always choose their best method of
23 Vendetta. + Lull, 23 Teetotal. 21 Take effect (3) 46° Bégin‘a journey (3.8) drop the missing jack, you have only —_ defense). :
Down: 1 Girl, 2 Indoors, 3 Sees eye Down: 1 Mask, 2 Chronic, 3 22 In the public eye (9) = , yy a 36 percent chance of making four The suggested line of play is
to eye, 4 Insist, 6 Helen, 7 Misprint, 8 Improvidence, 4 Attest, 6 Scrub, 7 a 19 Bishop's tricks in the suit. The finesse is there- slightly better than cashing the A-K
Undiscovered, 12 Epicures, 15 Manx — Respects, 8 Twelfth night, 12 24 Fortunate (5) headdress (5) ‘fore the better. play. in the hope of catching a singleton or
cat, 16 Pledge, 18 Salon, 19 Vera. Suicidal, 15 Inherit, 16 Fleece, 18 25 One soldier’s 20 Hoodoo (4) _ 2, Lead the deuce and finesse doubleton honor, which, added toa
Rebel, 19 Feel. entrenchment (7) 23 Self-esteem (3) dummy’s nine. This gives you a 68 3-3 division of the opposing cards,

offers about a 70 percent chance of
success,

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health



il@ By LISA LAWLOR
. Tribune Features Writer

MAN'S best friend, the old saying
goes, is his dog. But when you have
a disability, a pooch can turn into
your everything - your lifesaver that.
you cherish, love and depend on

‘night and day.

For Davis Hawn, his dog

Booster, ‘a stocky, golden
Labrador who has been trained
as a service dog, is the perfect
assistant that.allows him greater
independence and the ability to
get through his day to day tasks
with an injured leg. As a result
of the remarkable freedom that
Booster has given him, Mr
Hawn, who was visiting the
Bahamas from Florida last
week, is offering one lucky
Bahamian the chance to take a
course in training service dogs.

It is his hope that the individual

will return to the Bahamas with
this invaluable knowledge to
share with others.

Mr Hawn says Booster has
helped him through life like no
pill ever could. The Labrador
has brought him out of isola-
tion and back. to being the
social, keen human being that
he once was. Booster brought

. him from such.a depressed state
that he now voluntarily travels
the world, sharing his message.

While in the Bahamas Mr
‘Hawn visited the Stapledon
School for the Mentally Chal-
lenged, where some of the stu-
dents are in wheelchairs, and
others need the. assistan¢
walker to get around. Mr Hawn
taught the children about how
much help a service dog could
‘be in their lives.
| The most common type of
service dog is the guide dog for
‘blind persons. Those dogs
‘expertly lead their owners
‘through crowds, across streets,
and up stairs with no run-ins.
‘There are also service dogs for
deaf persons who specialize in
reacting to alarm systems for
ifire or burglary, and who nudge
‘the person awake to alert them



245,

to the problem. The latest
development in-service dogs is
_the canine for those with dia-
betes. These dogs are being
trained to detect lowering blood
sugar levels and to alert the per-
son before their insulin machine
is able to.

Finally, service dogs can be
attained for psychiatric patients,
a common occurrence now in
the US when three out of 10
soldiers coming back from the
war in Iraq are affected by men-
tal health disorders like post-
traumatic stress syndrome.

These dogs all come at quite
a hefty price, Mr Hawn said.
Though guide dogs are readily
available at a moderate rate,
other service dogs can cost

. between $25,000 to $35,000.
"And because of the great
reception I've had in the
Bahamas, I-want to give a schol-

- arship to one Bahamian who

can then go on the six week
course in‘California that I.did
last summer. He or she can then
return with this knowledge to
teach others, and hopefully start
a trend in service dogs here."
Inspectors Percy Grant and
Steven Turnquest of the

“-FJumane Society said they will

be the guiding force behind that
one lucky Bahamian student,
and will help him or her in
arranging classes and other
teaching opportunities. The stu-
dent will also be able to use the
Society's facility to train dogs
and teach other possible. train-
ers.
"We've never had this sort of
opportunity,” Inspector Grant
said, "and we are just so grateful

to Mr Hawn for his belief in the

Bahamian people."
Mrs Wilson, an administra-



Any Way You
Need It...

tor at the Stapledon School, was

also happy for the opportunity -

to improve the future for all
Bahamians who have a disabil-
ity. "I wish we had these sorts of
dogs right now" she said,
"These dogs are such a good
form of therapy, they serve in
calming and encouraging the
child, also giving them some
company at lonely times."

The dogs are also good sen-
sory stimuli for the kids who
"will be talking about this
demonstration for the rest of
the day", Mrs Wilson said.

As part of his demonstration,
Mr Hawn came out with Boost-
er and showed the dog’s talents
from running to the refrigerator
for water, turning on and off
light switches, opening doors
with a metal lever, pulling
wheelchairs, supporting the

~ owner's weight if one leg is a

little weaker than the other,
pulling socks off the owner's
feet, bringing their shoes, and
even jumping up to take a hat
off the owner's head.
* Mr Hawn closed the demon-
stration taking questions from
the audience, and telling every-
body that love is the conqueror
and proof of a real man, rather
. than abusing and showing, pow-
er through rough handling,
"Violence never settles any-

- thing," he said, quoting from

Ghengis Khan. He added fur-
ther that love for a fellow being
in this world, such as a dog, is
what defines our existence.
Davis Hawn's relationship
with Booster has changed his
life irreversibly, showing him
true happiness. They've trav-
elled the world together (Boost-
er even has his own air. miles

card) and he loves. the récep- °

tion that he and his best friend
get in the Bahamas.

e For more information about
Mr Hawn’s scholarship for
Bahamians, and the opportunity
to train service dogs, contact the
Bahamas Humane Society at
323.5138, or 323.6742. And to°

‘learn more about California's
training school, Bergin University
of Canine Studies, visit
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APPEARING on a vacation
yacht in the 20s looking bronzed

_ and no doubt fashionable, Coco

Chanel set forth a movement
that made the darkening - or

‘ tanning - of skin a sign of health

and affluente. From that

‘moment on, women of the 20s

had to add tanning to their
demanding “beautification” reg-
imen that already included bob-
bing of hair, binding of breasts
and sliming of the waistline.

Thanks in part to the aware-.
ness that UV light leads to
advanced aging and skin can-
cer, tanning is falling out of
favour as a sign.of health. Con-
sumers worldwide are more and
more interested in obtaining
lighter, brighter skin. The main.
reason why may stem from mar-
ket research studies that indi-
cate an uneven skin tone is per-
ceived as older or aging skin
while a more even skin coloura-
tion is judged to be healthier
and younger-looking.

As populations mature glob-
ally, pigmentation issues
become more prevalent, and.
the demand for skin brightening .
products has surged. Unfortu-
nately, those looking to bright-
en skin often run.into two dif-
ferent and disappointing sce-
narios: the products don't deliv-
er results as promised or even
worse, skin health suffers at the
hands of brightening ingredi-
ents.

Treating hyperpigmentation
without regard to skin health
can lead to sensitivity, irritation,
photo damage, exposure to
potentially dangerous agents
and premature aging.

When looking for ingredients
that can help treat hyperpig-
mentation and maintain skin
health, speak with your skin
therapist. He or she should rec-
ommend products containing
the following:



e Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid,
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phos-
phate, Tetrahexydecl Ascorbate
or Ascorbyl Glucoside): helps
brighten surface spots, helps
control oxidation. ;

e Camellia Sinensis (White
Tea) Extract: an antioxidant

_ that helps control oxidation. It

helps accelerate skin brighten-
ing and strengthens skin's
defences against future dis-

colouration on a cellular level. -

e Ferula Foetida (Giant Fen-
nel) Root Extract: slows
enzyme activity, inhibits
melanin formation, and helps
brighten skin.

e Glycyrrhiza Glabra
(Licorice) Root
Extract/Dipotassium Gly-

‘ cyrrizhate: an antioxidant, it

helps scavenge free radicals and
fight melanin formation.

e Lactic Acid: exfoliates to
help lift dulling, discoloured
skin cells to improve surface







THANKS | in part to the awareness
that UV light leads to advanced’
aging and skin cancer, tanning is
falling out of favour as a sign- of

health.

clarity. At high eancehtrain’
inhibits formation of tyrosinase
enzyme. :

e Lactobacillius/Citrus Med-
ica Limonun Peel Ferment:
helps exfoliate surface cells to
smooth skin, enhance skin tone
and elimination dark spots.

e Phytic Acid (Rice Extract):
chelates copper, inhibiting step
two of melanogenesis.

e ChromaWhite TRx: a new
era in brightening from the skin
health experts at Dermalogica.

This information was taken
from www. dermalogica. bs -

e .
debe eecepeecenuncpeeeenegbenseneencsaseesoosenee rrerererrrere

Sarah Simpson is a skin care
therapist at the Dermal Clinic.
Visit her, and her team of skin
and body therapists, at One
Sandyport Plaza (the same build-
ing as Ballys Gym). For more’
‘information about their Septem-
ber Face Treatment special for all
new clients visit www.dermal-
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 9B



Heart healthy holiday













































Come join the alliance
for a falter generation

THE holiday season is typically the
season we indulge in foods that are not
heart healthy, pressure ourselves about
travel or gifts and exercise less. These
bad habits can lead to heart disease and
heart conditions. ,

This Christmas change your regular
pattern and take care of you and your
future. Shrink your stress by focusing
on what you can do: ‘f you can't afford it,
let it go. Exercise regularly and eat heart
healthy foods. Take your medications

and vitamins. Abstain from overeating —

and-drinking too much alcohol.

Each year many Bahamians suffer and
die from heart disease. Heart disease
does not discriminate based on age, gen-

der, religion, race, or colour. When it .

affects one person in‘a family, it indi-
rectly affects all. Sadly, many people can
not afford the health care they need
when they discover that they have heart

disease or a condition such as heart -

attack, stroke or heart failure.

The Heart Ball Committee wishes to
encourage the Bahamian public to take
preventative measures this holiday sea-
son to ensure they are heart healthy and
help a child to become heart healthy.

The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation was established in
1961 by Lady Evelyn Sassoon in memo-
ry of her late husband, Sir Victor Sas-
soon. The Foundation's main goal is to
assist children with the treatment of
heart disease and to educate and inform
Bahamians about heart care.

The Foundation runs primarily on a
voluntary and contributory basis. As

such, 98 per cent of the funds received go

directly to the treatment of heart dis-
ease in children and the remaining 2 per
cent covers administrative costs. To this
end the Heart Foundation has two major



PICTURED are members of the Heart Ball Committee. Back row from left are Linda Lafleur, Alexandria Newbold, Claire Howorth, Char- :
maine Miller, Marilyn Cambridge, Inez Johnson; Coretta Owen, and Portia Nottage, co-chair. Front row from left are Michelangiolo Bacelli,:
Lady Sheila Butler, co-chair; Ingrid Sears, Maria Symonette, Barbara Sayer, Zelia Bethel and Rose Thompson. Missing are Thorson Rock-:

well, Rochele Sealy, Nadia Campbell, co- -chair; Sue Riding, Clover Bonamy and Natasha Lightbourne.

arms: the Bahamas Heart Association
and the Heart Ball Committee.

.’ The Bahamas Heart Association is the

educational arm of the Foundation. The
Bahamas Heart Association is. focused
on living a healthy heart lifestyle:.The

‘association advises the public through

all available media on aspects of heart
disease, risk factors and preventive care.
The Heart Association provides speakers

and educational materials for schools,

-youth groups, service. clubs, churches,

and other public meetings.

The Heart Ball Committee is the fund
raising arm of the Foundation. Each year

the Heart Ball Committee hosts two”

major fundraising events:
e The Heart Ball

¢ The Annual Tea Party/Fashion Show

Other fundraising activities include
yard sales and the ‘giving of heart
bracelets in exchange for a donation..
These events generate funds that aid in.
the repair of hearts of children.

In addition, the Foundation accepts
donations, memorial donations and tax-
deductible donations. No amount is too
small. Being a non-profit organisation,
the Foundation relies heavily on the gen-
erosity of others to meet their goals:

Choosing the right

dog in the Bahamas

HOW amazing it is when
you ask people how and why
they chose a particular dog or
breed of dog, most people con-
fess that it was usually a ran-
dom choice. Maybe their kids
had been pestering them for a
dog, or maybe they saw a dog
on the street with puppies, or
maybe they saw an ad in the
local newspaper or they saw a
cute puppy in a pet store and
they decided to get one.
Although these can all be ways
to bring a wonderful dog into
our lives, they can also be
recipes for disaster.

Dogs are exceptional com-
panions. They are truly man’s
best friend. They provide
unconditional love and they
don’t nag. They are fun and
friendly and they love atten-
tion. But dogs are also com-
pletely dependent upon the
care of their owners and care-
takers for everything from food

and water to exercise and train-.

ing.

How often do we see in our
small archipelago nation, peo-
ple who suddenly give up their
dog because they don’t fully
understand all the care require-
ments necessary to maintain a
healthy, well behaved dog. We
know from experience that the
removal of a dog from the
home can be very traumatic to
children who have come to
love her and so we have decid-
ed today to help that person
who is thinking about choos-
ing the right dog for them and
their family.

Before you get a dog there
are certain questions that you

need to ask yourself before |

proceeding with the purchase.

e What kind of life do you
lead?

© Do you travel a lot?

e Are you single or married
with a family?

e Are you young or about to
retire?

e Are you on a tight budget
or you have disposable income.

¢ Do you want an active dog,
a small or large dog, or a hairy
dog?

¢ How much room do you
have in your home? Do you
’ live in a condo, or an apart-
ment or with family? Is your
yard fenced in, or do you have
a yard?

¢ How much time do you
have for the new dog? _~

_® Do you want a puppy or

an adult?

¢ Do you like to entertain
friends at your home?

One must always remember
that a dog is not an accessory.
He is an animal with a mind
and a personality all of his own,
and having one is like having
another person in the home.

A question most people
don’t stop to think about is



whether they should get-a pup- ~

py or an adult. Having a puppy
is like having a toddler in the
home. Puppies want to get in
everything and they use their
mouths to explore. They need
to chew and if you don’t supply
a variety of toys they will chew

what is available. Older dogs |

are generally calmer and they
are usually house-trained, how-
ever they are more set in their
ways.

Should you get a purebred
or a mixed breed? Purebred
dogs are those dog: that have
been bred pure over. several
generations. They have certain
traits that are desirable and
undesirable. However, mixed
breeds such as potcakes, may
not be the most beautiful dog
that you have ever seen, and
you may not be sure where
their instincts or traits come
from a Labrador or a Pit Bull,
but like their purebred cousins,
mixed breeds can make excel-
lent pets. ;

I have five potcakes in my
home along with five purebred
dogs. At the end of the day nei-
ther a purebred nor a mixed
breed is going to be a better
dog than the other. Both are
just dogs. You have to realisti-
cally assess the amount of time
and energy you have to take
care of your dog the way she
deserves and needs to be taken
care of. |

Where do you get this dog
that you want? You can get a
dog from a reliable, responsible
breeder, a pet store or from a
shelter such as the Bahamas
Humane Society.

Breeders usually want their
puppies or older dogs to find
homes in which they will be
loved and cared for as real fam-
ily members. A responsible
breeder will tell you all about
the history of the breed and
show you the parents and what
traits to look for.

Buying a dog from a pet
store used to be a common
experience. The decline in pet
shop sales has to do with the
way they operate. Pet shops
know that puppies are most
appealing when they are
six to eight weeks old.
That means they are usu-
ally separated from their
mother at a young age
and therefore these pups
miss out on the critical
developmental benefits of
staying in their first fami-
ly as long as they should
and their new families pay
the price in health and
behaviour problems later in

life.

Does this mean good dogs }

don’t come from pet shops?
No, some people who have

bought their dog at a pet store }
have perfectly fine pets. When :

purchasing a pet from a pet
store, you need to ask a lot of
questions. Where did the pup-
pies come from? Did they have
all of their shots and do you

have a record from the veteri- :

narian of those shots?

Today in Nassau too many }
lay persons are immunizing and :
playing doctor. The public is :
taking a chance if they buy a }
dog that has not been seen by a ;-
veterinarian and given aclean :
bill of health. There are many :
reasons to be wary of purchas- :
ing any animal from a pet shop, :
and health is at the top of the :
list. This does not mean that :
all pet stores sell dogs that are :
not healthy and the owners :
may know of certain health :
problems, but you want to be :
sure that you do not bring }
home a sick puppy or dog who :
will steal your heart and then ;
break your bank book with :
health and behavioural prob- ?-

lems.

As a veterinarian I have seen
my share of puppies that were :
purchased and said to be one ;:
particular breed when they :'
were something else and were :
very sick. So demand answers -:
and be wise before making a :
: SCOLIOSIS is more common in women than in men. The most important time to watch for a developing sco-

: liosis is between ages 10 - 18, especially in girls. g

decision to buy a pet from a
pet store.

¢ Dr Basil Sands is a veteri-

narian at the Central Animal Hos- :
pital. Questions or comments
should be directed to pot-
cake59@hotinail.com: Dr Sands
can also be contacted at 325-
1288











: ml By Susan Donald DC

EVERYONE'S spine has

? natural curves. These curves
: round our shoulders and make .
: our lower back curve slightly
: inward. But some people have
i spines that also curve from side
? to side. Unlike poor posture,
: these curves can't be corrected
: by learning to stand up straight.

This condition of side to side

i spinal curves is called scoliosis.

A bit of a side to side curve isn't

: much to worry about; it's when
: the curve gets too large there
: could be a problem. A big curve
: can be visible and cause dis-
: comfort and in severe cases a
; large curve can even cause
problems with breathing and
: circulation.

On an x-ray, the spine of a

i person with scoliosis looks more
; like an “S” or a “C” than a
: straight line. Some of the bones
: in a scoliotic spine also may
: have rotated slightly, making
: the person's waist or shoulders
i appear uneven.

' No one really knows what

: causes scoliosis. Possible causes
: can be from a trauma such as a
: bad fall or-car accident, a birth
: deformity, a short leg, or some
: type of neuromuscular disease.
: The most common scoliosis is
: called idiopathic (unknown)




scoliosis. What is known is that
this type of scoliosis runs in fam-
ilies. \

Scoliosis is more common in
women than in men. The most
important fime to watch for a
developing scoliosis is between
ages 10 - 18, especially in girls.
As they go the through hormone

‘change, it is the most important

time to have them checked reg-
ularly for early signs of scolio-
sis. It is possible for a normal
spine to change very rapidly dur-
ing this time, especially if there is
a family history of scoliosis.
The medical approach to sco-
liosis may include the use of a
brace of some type that goes
around the torso. However this
type of treatment is usually not
long lasting. Is the most severe
cases, surgery may be done
which usually involves a metal
rod being grafted to the patient's

spine in hope of stabilizing the »

spine. Before a drastic measure
like surgery is taken I recom-
mend that you get a number of

second opinions, which include .
* keep the, patient symptom free

that of a chiropractor.
As a chiropractor, my first

- goal is to determine the cause

of the scoliosis. This is done
through a case history, exam,
and the appropriate x-rays.
Many cases of scoliosis can be
helped and improvement can be



made. The earlier we start the
patient, the better the results will
be.

Some cases of scoliosis: may
never be straightened out, how-

‘ever that is not always the goal.

Some people would be worse if
we tried to “straighten their
spine.” It is very important to.
understand that.each case is indi-
vidual and must be treated as
such.

The actual treatment of scol-
losis consists of regular chiro-
practic adjustments, which repo-
sition the vertebrae toward bet-
ter alignment. The use of phys-
iotherapy, massage, and exercise

is very important.

It is important to keep in mind
that our goal is not to always
“cure” or “straighten out” the
scoliosis, because in a number
of cases that may not be possible,
rather our goal is to “manage”
the case. By regular adjustment
we can keep the spine working
at its optimum with a minimum
amount of pressure on the ner-
vous. system. This will usually

and able to lead a normal life.

e Susan Donald is a doctor of
chiropractic at the Life Chiropractic
Centre. For more information
please call 393-2774



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Shitt happens

There are many employees who get
lulled into thinking they are in a per-
manent safety zone so they allow

behaviours like entitlement and an.

unwillingness to lend’a hand or to go
the extra mile get in the way.

During good times, employees can
get away with undesirable behaviours
because employers are making a prof-
it despite individual employee atti-
tudes. However, when economic trends
embark on a downward course, the
signs are sometimes there,.but employ-
ees who are behaviourally, challenged
often end up wrapped in their protec-
tive bubbles that blind them to obvious
indicators.

All businesses experiencé cycles,
times of record setting profit growth

and times of record setting lows. Cycles -

and change are inevitable and as an
employee you needa strategy for
branding yourself in a way that you
provide noticeable value to the com-
pany. Visibility Plays an important part










in branding yourself because if no-one

knows the value you are contributing,

because you choose to keep a low pro-
file, you could also be putting yourself
at risk when difficult times arrive.
Shifts in the socio-economic, politi-
cal, technological and competitive land-
scapes are inevitable, some shifts are
subtle like China is slowly becoming
the number one English speaking
country in the world and others are
obvious like the fallout from the Amer-
ican sub-prime mortgage crisis.
Companies need to be versatile



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wheri external changes impact the way
they can do business. Therefore, com-
panies will put their trust in versatile
employees who build their capacity for
taking on additional work, demonstrate
a willingness to go the extra mile know-
ing that the company may not always
be able to reward you for your hard
work,

For employees who have to face the
unpleasant experience of being laid
off, the first thing on most of your
minds is how am I going to pay my
mortgage, my utilities and my car pay-
ments? Initiate conversations with your
banker. They may be able to help you

relieve some of your financial stress.

temporarily. Don't wait until they
come after you - you may be. in a dif-
ferent bargaining position then.

If you were laid-off, you need to start
working on a plan of action, you can
take some time to do some reflection,
but it is imperative that you stay in the
realm of action. If you decide that you



made some mistakes you would. like
to correct on your next job, determine
how you can create and sustain a new
image. In reality, sometimes employees
are among the first to be laid off
because of their perceived attitudes
and sometimes they are laid off for
non-performance related reasons. As
an employee, you can control how you
perform, but you can't control the cri-
teria used to lay employees off, so do
what you can. ,

As an employee, you should always
keep in mind that shift happens so,
here are a few ideas you can use to
protect yourself right now, if you are
still working and in the future if,you are
looking for a new job:

¢ DON'T WAIT until your employer trains
you, have a vision for your life and
career, set goals and do what you can to
achieve them.

¢ DON'T WAIT for your employer to final-
ly figure out how valuable you are. Learn
to perceive your own value.

¢ DEMONSTRATE A CONSISTENT, POSI-
TIVE ATTITUDE and a willingness to
learn and help others.

¢ CONSTANTLY UPGRADE your know!-
edge.



¢' WATCH FOR INDICATORS OF
CHANGE, they are sometimes obvious.

¢ BREAK OLD HABITS that make you less
competitive than you ought to be.

¢ DEFINE AND MAINTAIN your own stan-
dard of accountability.

¢ ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOUR
OPTIONS ARE. Don't wait until you are

- faced with bad news to start this

process.

; AND FINALLY, FIND AND DO what you
ove.

Always keep in mind that shift or change
is inevitable. The positive, prepared, ver-
satile employees who focus on opportu-
nities will make ends meet no matter
what happens. Remember, what you feel
or choose to see is what you get!

° Yvette Bethel is the president of
Organisational Soul. She can be contact-
ed by telephone at 242.424.7166 or fax -
242.324.1631 or write to her at PO Box -
N-511, Nassau, Bahamas. Interested per-
sons can also check out her website at:
www.orgsoul.com.







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WHILE there may be many
who have decided to go along

with the purported depressed

economy mantra, which is tout-

ed as highly . contagious, I:
encourage you to stay connect-.

ed'to the prosperity side rather

: than the scarcity side of life.

_Whether you are experienc-
ing challenges or not, you do
not need to have an ‘economic
crisis' to decide to adopt new
habits or make better decisions
for your life. To effectively
manage unforeseen challenges,
you must be focused on the
future, not the past. And you
can elect to make improved
changes miles ahead of the
game.

Think about it, not more than
ten months ago you were prob-
ably amongst the many that

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‘made some kind of resolution
to improve yourself in some
way, Shape or. form. Ten
months later, are you any clos-
er to achieving that goal?

If you were.in the minority |

who did not just go along with -

- the.'resolution fad', but really

have achieved what you wanted
to or you are at least pretty
close.
' This is where the rubber
meets the road because
whether you believe it or not,
no matter how much you talk
* about the changes you want to
experience until you make the
decision and actually decide to
do it, it will never get done.
There is incredible power in
making the decision, as a mat-
ter of fact that is where the
greatest power exists. This
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ine ret of individuals decid-

to do it - dreaming it,
believing it, designing it, doing
it.

How do you decide?

There is a strong possibility
that whatever you may be fac-
ing right now may require you
to make some new decisions,
-but you may’be uncertain as to
how. to even begin to decide.

Rest ‘assured that decision’

making is not for the light-

hearted, it requires ‘a distinct |
degree of courage and unwa-
vering faith.

You must also be prepared
to accept that often times the
decisions that you do make, no.
matter how well thought out,.
may turn out to be the least
effective. Nonetheless, you.
must still decide if you are to
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you will find great value in the
gift of personal coaching, rec-
ognizing that you cannot see
your picture if you are in the

. frame.

Having a coach to bounce
ideas off or to:garner more
clarity, is one of the greatest

gifts you can give yourself, par-~

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Final thoughts...

No matter what you are fac-
ing right now, whether it is
career transition, buying a new
home, starting your own busi-
ness, quitting an unhealthy
habit, reaching your desired
weight or adjusting your spend-
ing, deciding to doit will prob-
ably be the hardest part, but
nothing will happen until you
decide.



While this may séem a daunt-
ing task, your‘life is the sum of
all of the decisions that you
make, coupled with the ones
that you fail to make - not

_ deciding is a decision.

The bottom line is everything
that you say and do is, in the
end, your decision to do so. The
question you must ask yourself
is will you embrace the power in
making the decision and make
them consciously or uncon-
sciously?

Remember - change begins

- when you decide, and as always,
' the power is in your hands and

you can decide right now to
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FROM page 12

cases alcohol and drugs are
involved. Whenever our pulse
rate increases 10 per cent above

normal, our higher brain doesn’t .
function well and as a result our

IQ drops about 30 points.

"The fact is this, when we are
in rage we are acting in a sub-
normal or stupid fashion. Men
have difficulty self‘soothing and
in order to calm down they usu-

ally take a drink of strong alco- .

hol or smoke a joint of marijua-
na. This is terrible because the
alcohol or marijuana decreases
our inhibitions, hence, with a sit-

-uation of a decreased IQ and

the loss of inhibitions we can

_ become extremely aggressive by ©
choking, stabbing or shooting

our lover,” he said.
Like many women, it would

* take Sandraa long time, almost

two decades, before she made
the decision to leave the abuse
behind. “I stuck with my hus-
band for 14 years, enduring his

behaviour. Sometimes I would .

be.so scared and at that time my
two children were very young.
Sometimes he would lash out
and I would be so humiliated
and shame of what the neigh-
bours would think.

"I would always contemplate
leaving him, but so many rea-
sons not to leave surrounded my
thoughts. I would think about
the kids and what my family
would think if I got ‘a. divorce,
or I would think about my
‘finances. So there was so much
things that stopped me from
leaving back then.”

Sandra said also that after her
husband's outbursts he would
pretend as though nothing hap-
pened or try to compensate with
gifts and flowers. This part of
the abuse cycle is often referred
to as the honeymoon period,
where the man does everything
in his power for the women to
feel loved and very secure.
Often, the man will make
promises to change his behav-
iour, only to break them in the
future.

After this short time of relative
peace and showing.of affection,
Sandra said that her husband
would do just that - he would
regress and mistreat her all over
again, but this time the abuse
would often be much worse than

- before.

After finally realising that the
abuse would never end and that
her very life was at stake, Sandra
made the decision to leave. “At
that point I didn’t care anymore.
It didn’t matter to me what peo-
ple thought, I saw that my life

Pack your bags and leave!

and my children’s lives were in

danger and all I wanted after-

wards was.to be free.”
According to Mr Cargill,

‘women are typically the. ones:

who fall victim to domestic vio-
lence. “For one, men are a lot
physically stronger than women
and they tend to handle anger a
lot differently. Secondly, the way
these men were reared could
possibly have an impact on
them. They. may have seen
women abused and they think
this is the right way. to treat a
women.”

For Dr Allen, domestic vio-
lence begins because men see
women as less them, and as.
objects to own and control.

"Males in the Bahamas have a
low view of women. When a man
spends money, time, or is.

. involved sexually with a woman

he thinks he is entitled to own-
ership. This dynamic may be
associated with a strong spiritual
influence in our country where
certain scriptures are misinter-
preted to imply that women
should be submissive to men”,

_ he told Tribune Woman. '

Dr Allen explained that
because some men have difficul-
ty expressing their feelings, this
internal struggle often emerges as
anger or rage. “Women cry eas-
ier and are able to share their

- feelings of rejection and sadness.

Men on the other hand tend to
be more repressed keeping their
hurt or feelings of rejection hid-
den deep in their hearts. Because
men cannot express their feel-
ings they act them out in vio-
lence. In a relationship, when a
man feels. abandoned, rejected
or ashamed he fights back by
being destructive,” he said.

Mr Cargill noted also that men
often try to be domineering and
use fear, shame, guilt, and intim-
idation to gain complete control
over their partners.

And, unfortunately, this tactic
often works - with women in fear
of those taunting words, ‘If you
try to leave I will kill you’. It's
time for these women to realise,
he said, that they face a far
greater risk continuing with the
relationship than making an
effort to pack their bags and
leave.

ok Names have been changed

e /f you or someone you know
is in an abusive relationship, there
is help. Contact the Crisis Centre,
Knowles House at 328.0922 or
322.4999 or email bahamascrisis-
centre@yahoo.com. You can also
call the Department of Health and
Social Services @ 356.3350.



THE TRIBUNE | | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 11B

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The House ot St John |

Bahamian designer Jeff St John creates an artful
fusion of African and Bahamiasn inspired designs

@ By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer



BAHAMIAN designer Jeff
St John revealed some of his
most artful designs on the
runway to date - using yibrant
colours, ethnic-inspired styles
and an array of fabrics, tex-
tures and accessories - during
his House of St John showing
at the Islands of the World
Fashion Week held earlier
this month.

Blending his flare for
- Bahainian elegance with
African inspired earthiness °
and raw beauty, St John cap-
tured perfectly this fusion of
old world sensuality and mod-
ern styling in a fantastically
large, inverse-cone hat that he
says was inspired by the
African drums, another ele-
ment intrinsic to the Bahami-
an culture in the tradition of
Junkanoo.

"We're so attached to
Africa, the dialect we speak,
the music we listen to and the.



SOME of Jeff St Johns pieces
included an African drum inspired
fashion hat, top and skirt in
bright, tie dye colours (bottom
left). and:a classy teal dons this

way be behave, why not the — executive beauty with lace details.

clothes we wear," he told 7ri- on the'cuff (top middle). Below

bune Woman. designer. lett St John with his
Along with the halo of glory two ern Daautes



that emerged first on the run-
way, St John also offered up a
more subdued, more intrinsic
island’style with loose wraps
and colourful gowns that fea-
tured a straw trim accent.

Using the winter season's
colours, deep purples, shades
of berry and dark teals, St
John's designs featured an
especially attractive combina-
tion with the forest green with
a dark purple, leaving pastels
and light colours of the sum-
mer months behind.

Another component of the
upcoming season is the return
of lace, popular in different
lengths, lining the bottom of
skirts and blouses alike.

Always in season, he said,
are the tropical prints native
to our islands, and of course
black, which can never.go,out 3).
of fashion in any time zone.
The sleek, lustrous fabrics in
dark blacks will be "in" espe-
cially at the beginning of 2009
and for two to three years
after that, he predicted.

Winner of the Seal of.
Excellence Award for Fashion
during the fashion week, and
boasting 40 plus years in the
fashion industry, Mr St John
first learned the basics of
design from his mother who
was a dress maker.

St John established himself
in 1971 when, at the age of 21,
he designed a black, velvet
gown that Bahamian born
model agent Princess Hanna
wore.

Weaving back and forth
between New York, the fash-
ion capital of the world, and
the Bahamas, he finally
moved back to Nassau for
good 20 years ago and estab-
lished the House of St John, a
freelance fashion house.

"I just kept coming back to
my roots, and finding so much
‘inspiration in the natural
beauty that surrounds us
everyday," St John said.

"T love the Caribbean, but
being abroad teaches you a
lot, and in this fashion week
I've learnt what extreme tal-
ents lie in our islands."

Calling the Islands of the »
World Fashion Week an
event that was long in coming,
St John said he brings fabrics
and materials from New York
to the Bahamas to construct
clothing that has curves in all
the right places, suited exactly
to the body type of many
Bahamian women.

"As a people we're some of
the most polished on the plan-
et. The Bahamas is one of the
most beautiful places in the
world and I get my excite-
ment, my vision from the peo-
ple who are some of the best
dressed and best mannered
people in the world," he said.

He also believes that the
Bahamian fashion industry is
growing, "it's about time we
show the talent we have."

Mr St John was particularly
pleased that a lot of aspiring
designers have decided to
really make a go of it, and
that the Bahamas should soon
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women | UESDAY, NOVEMBER 25,

: Body and mind






Government
tightens child
protection
legislation

@ By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer

DOMESTIC violence does not discriminate against
educational status, social class, income level or race.

PARENTS who fail to
spend child support funds
appropriately or as mandated
by a custodial agreement, can
now be brought before
Bahamian courts on charges
of neglect and face a jail sen-
tence of up to two years anda
fine of $5,000, according to
the new Child Protection Act
(CPA). The legislation also
allows for the courts to con-
sider whether the parent
should have their custody
revoked.

The Bahamas Government
recently updated the Child
Protection Act in light of ris-

-ing rates of child abuse -
beginning January to August
2008, a total of 581 cases of
abuse have been recorded.
That number already exceeds
the 545 cases reported in

- 2007. .

The new Act, which is yet
to be enacted, seeks a greater
level of protection for the
nation's children, and pro-
vides for the most appropri-
ate parent to retain custody
of a child. In existing practice,



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: : workers at the Willie Mae
may be in serious danger due to PieGeaae fr Gc

their partner's violent, unpredictable Simpson Penn Cente f6Â¥

and uncontrollable behaviour. Boys, said the increasing

; But who are these women who endure the ee one made pneyi

: hurt, pain, and shame of this kind of abuse? ,- the nee Pa Ul as t a
What are their personalities like? Widely held Bee TN) Ce ee
societal viéws would have us believe that renee a Lopes ue
domestic violence only happens to women October 30, Dole

who are not well educated or who are solely impetus for the new Act.

of wedlock always parents the
. rans ' child, under the new CPA
DESPITE the terror faced on a dai- | however, if the mother is
ly basis, and the availability of | judged to be unfit by the
resources that offer protection and . bee father may apply
Mec ge Sy OW! PRUs Gace Ge | for custody.
vt pport, the ae ey 1 FeMmains that Kayla Greene Smith, senior
there are many Bahamian women - counsel, Attorney General's
who are continuing in an abusive | Office, addressing a staff
relationship - even though their lives | workshop held for social








































weet eae ae Y dependent on their male partner - whether | _ "We sought to make the
When domestic violence occurs run, boyfriend, husband or lover - for security. But ee ne oa
"4 lo i , this is a preposterous fallacy. Domestic vio- i : !
don't look back, get help and survive. lence does not discriminate against educa- | in the UN Convention with
: ; natal tional status, social class, income level or race. the passing of the CPA in
Leonard Cargill, chief officer, Department | both the House of Assembly
of Health and Social Services, told Tribune | and the Senate. We're just
Woman that even highly educated, confident | waiting for an appointed date
women who seem to possess a healthy sense of | when the minister will put it
self, who have great jobs with substantial © ; into force. :
incomes can find themselves livinginanabu- ~ | The Act, passed in 2007,
- sive relationship, where they are being physi- will emphasize the funda-.
cally, mentally and emotionally tortured. | mental human rights of chil-
. Speaking on condition of anonymity, San- * | dren. It will also look at relat-
dra*, a victim of domestic violence, told Tri-- » ed issues such as: _ :
bune Woman that she literally lived in "hell" e Maintenance: Consistent
with her husband of 14 years, and suffered child support continues to be
through a vicious cycle of abuse. “I was a vic- | a huge problem in the
tim of domestic violence. My husband would Bahamas. Under the new
abuse me emotionally and mentally, but not so Act, the police may serve a.
much physically. Although he made threats, he ; summons on non-paying par-
never would inflict it. What I do believe is if I ; ents. —
had stayed in the relationship long enough he ° Minor's advocate: Under
would have probably killed me. One time my | section IV of the new Act, a
husband threaten to throw me down the stairs | mjnor's advocate must be
and break my arms." | appointed. This person must
Sandra said what she believes influenced _ | be an attorney and will act on
her husband's bad temper in the early part of the child's behalf in a court of
the mornings was his drug habit. “My hus- law. If the advocate believes
bands was usually subdued when he was not | the child's rights have been
using. He drank alcohol excessively and used violated, the attorney can
marijuana at times and when he did this he bring a case of fundamental
would be in a rage and would find anything to human rights contravention.
argue about,” she said. | ° The new Act also pro- ~
Dr Allen, a psychiatrist with the Renascence | vides for greater supervision
Institute Int'l, showed the connection between and care orders that will pro-
alcohol and drug:abuse, and domestic violence. tect children and put more
“In 60 to 80 per cent of domestic violence duties and work on the
| Department of Social Ser-
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Govt intends to
‘redouble’ low
cost housing
programme

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

OVER a thousand Bahamians
can expect to gain employment.on
the public payroll by the first quar-
ter of next year, with some jobs
available by Christmas, The Tri-
bune has learned.

According to Labour Minister, ;
Senator Dion Foulkes, the gov

ernment intends ‘to “redouble” its
low-cost housing construction pro-

gramme by early next year, adding ©

around 1,000 people to the 1,000-
plus contractors and sub-contrac-
tors who have recently signed up to
work on the programme.
: Mr Foulkes said such work, in
conjunction with “fast-tracked”
capital projects ‘which the prime
minister announced, will help
“take up some of the slack in the
construction industry.”

Another part of the economic
stimulus package which the gov-
‘ernment proposes to absorb some
of the unemployed will see a major
beautification project undertaken.

“We’re going to clean this island
and it’s going to be beautiful,” said
Mr Foulkes, adding that such pro-
jects are expected to provide work
for potentially “hundreds” of
Bahamians.

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Treasure excavation fears spark minister visit

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

FEARS that San Salvador residents are
attempting to excavate buried treasure
thought to be worth $10 billion sparked a vis- u
it by Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing |
yesterday. ee

Gold, rubies, diamonds, sapphires and
other precious stones believed by scientists
and archeologists to be buried at Fortune Hill, San
Salvador, by 17th century buccaneer Captain Kidd
have driven residents to carry out their own excava-
tions in the hope of finding the buried treasure.

Mr Laing held a meeting with the community at
Government High School last night to explain the
procedure for unearthing and distributing the poten-

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Police officer
in custody

POLICE confirmed a uniformed
officer stationed in New Providence
is in custody following a drug and
illegal firearm find in South Andros
over the weekend.

According to high-ranking sources
within the RBPF, the officer in ques-
tion was arrested by Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEV) officers follow-
ing a "raid" of a home on the island.
DEU officers reportedly received

. reports of guns and drugs at the
house where they allegedly found
the officer, in the company of others.

They also found a crop of mari-

SEE page 10

tial plunder.

He said no one has yet been anointed by
government to excavate the site, and how the
wealth, if found, will be distributed, has yet
to be determined.

The site-is currently closed to the public
and under police surveillance.

_ Mr Laing said: “My understanding is that
San Salvadorians are among the people
doing digging down there,-and we will stress

to them that any such digging really is against the law.

“There is supposed to be an agreement between
whoever finds the treasure and the government, so
nobody should be excavating any treasure without
express agreement from government.”

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FINGER-pointing and cast-
ing blame are not going to
guide the country out of the
myriad of economic problems
that grip it, two former parlia-
mentarians said yesterday.
Instead a strong display of
solidarity from politicians, con-

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54-year-old man
is shot dead —

POLICE are favestigating
reports that a 54-year-old
Rhodes Street man may have
been the victim of a Mafia style
hit, having been shot in the
chest and head early yesterday
morning.

Charles Nottage, 54, was
found shot to death in the bath-
room of his own home shortly
after 3am. é

According to information
reaching The Tribune, Mr Not-
‘ tage went.outside of his house
to a Shell’s Breakfast and
Lunch van when an “explosive
sound” was heard.

The 54 year old was seen run-
ning inside the house being pur-
sued by a gunman with a cloth
around the lower portion of his
face.

Mr Nottage’s 47-year-old
companion, Andrea Ferguson,
also received injuries from a gun
shot wound to her left arm. She
was taken to hospital where her
condition is listed as stable.

While police do not have a
motive for this latest shooting,
which pushes the murder count
to 68 for the year, they are fol-
lowing a number of lines of
inquiry.

BahaMar denies company to meet
government over possibility of layoffs

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

BARA officials deniéa yesterday that the company is set to meet __

offs at its;Cable Beach hotels.

_ with government this week to‘discuss the possibility of further impending lay

The Tribune was informed by Labour Minister Dion Foulkes earlier yes-
terday that the Prime Minister has been “extremely active in terms of meet-
ing not only with managers but with owners of hotels to attempt to influence
them not to have any drastic lay offs.”

Asked whether any such meetings were scheduled, Mr Foulkes said that
he and Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool Wallace are to meet with “a
hotel” this week.

Asked whether this is because the property, the name of which he declined
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Bahamian soldier dies
after being shot on duty

By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

A WARRIOR, friend, son and
good brother were words used to
describe the soldier, Adam Gold-
smith, whose story The Tribune
brought to our readers yesterday.

Goldsmith died on Wednesday, -
November 12, after being shot °

while on duty in Honduras. He
was 38.

Adam was a true patriot, a pro-

fessional and a man with a strong
sense of duty. He had overcome
racism, isolation and loneliness to
become one of the best soldiers
in his squadron.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune just weeks before his death,

. he spoke of his hope for the young

people of his beloved nation.
“Who has the courage to stand

up and say ‘I will no longer talk,

but act?’ Who has this strength?

‘Who understands self-sacrifice?

Who will stand before the crimi-
nals, the corrupt and the false
prophets?”

Adam left behind three sons
and a daughter, 15-year-old Ash-
ley.

Ashley’s mother, Delores
Hunter, Adam’s childhood sweet-
heart and friend, spoke to The Tri-
bune yesterday about the man
who she said was a soldier from
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another man’s war, Ms Hunter
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better the Bahamas.

“His thing was that whatever
happened to the United States
would happen to home,” she said.

When he was a member of the

_ British army he was on active

operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan
and Jraq. Adam died serving in
Honduras as part of a private secu-
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His parents, Grand Bahamians
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PLP cautions govt
on work permits

WITH a growing number of
Bahamians losing their jobs
almost daily, the PLP is caution-
ing the government about work
permits for foreigners, calling for
a return to the Bahamianisation
policy.

Chairman Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin said the party finds it interest-
ing that the Immigration Depart-
ment is processing 500 work per-
mit applications a week — and that
a special unit has been established
to process applications on a more
efficient basis.

“In the last several weeks hun-
dreds and hundreds of Bahamian
workers have been sent home
either by way of terminations or
lay-offs as a claimed result by
employers of the dire economic
conditions presently being expe-
rienced in this country. The num-
bers of the unemployed are
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the government must be very cau-
tious in its approach to the
approval of work permit applica-
tions. The government must
immediately review its policies,
procedures and practices as it
relates to the grant of work per-
mits.

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Policy
“Today more than ever it is of
critical importance that it seeks

to.reinstate with uncompromis-
ing vigour the policy of Bahami-

‘ anisation, bending over back-

wards to ensure that no job
vacancy in this country will be

filled by an expatriate when there

is a Bahamian whois able to com-
petently fill that post,” she said.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said that at
the Grand Bahama Shipyard, out
of a workforce of 900, 600 are
non-Bahamians, mostly welders.



“It is reported that Bahamians
in large numbers are often lined
up outside that facility in search of
work. Further it is said that at
Harcourt Development a signifi-
cant number of the workforce is
made up of Latin Americans who
are working as tile layers. This so
at the worst economic times in
the history of Grand Bahama
where unemployment is at an all
time high and when Bahamians
are suffering significant hardship.

“The government must imme-
diately review the status of these
and all work permits with a view
to ensuring that Bahamians are

._ not beggars in their own land.

While it is understood that multi-
national corporations will wish to
engage key personnel who may
not be of Bahamian origin, the
Bahamas government cannot be
seen to be giving permission to
these corporations to the disad-
vantage of Bahamian workers in
the land of their birth,” she said.

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Plans for more pro-hanging mareass

MORE pro-hanging marches are to be held in
Nassau following Saturday’s successful demonstra-

tion, when hundreds turned out to call for killers to_

be executed.

Organiser Rodney Moncur, whose Workers Par-
ty backed a murder victims group in staging the
march, said response had been very encouraging.

“So much so that we shall be staging other march-
es this year,” he told The Tribune, “It is important
that we continue to get the message out.”

Bahamas’ 66th murder for 2008 occurred within 36

-hours.of the protest.

The mandatory death penalty for murderers was
made discretionary after a Privy Council ruling in
2006. But the government maintains that it is com-
mitted to enforcing the death penalty.

However, the last person to die on the gallows
in Nassau was Haitian-Bahamian David Mitchell,
who was executed at Fox Hill Prison i in January,
2000.

He said it was necessary for the pro-hanging lob-
by to keep up the pressure, especially as the

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LOCAL NEWS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 3



In brief

Police quiz
three men
after finding
firearms

THREE men in their 20s
are being questioned by -
police after a high-speed
chase led to the discovery of
two firearms.

Around 1.30pm yesterday,
a mobile patrol unit was in
southern New Providence
when the officers noticed the
occupants of a Honda Leg-
end acting in a suspicious
manner.

When the patrol car
approached, the Honda sped
off and the officers gave
chase on to Malcolm Road.

The Honda then struck a
Ministry of Health truck and
collided with two residential
fences before coming to a
stop.

Two of the occupants ran .
from the scene and the offi-
cers gave chase.

_ Asa result of the incident,
a 22-year-old man from Step
Street, a 28-year-old man

. from Sandilands Village and
another young man from
Golden Gates were taken
into custody for questioning.

The officers confiscated a
.357 revolver with six live ,
rounds of ammunition and a
Tech-9 pistol with 15 live
rounds of 9mm ammunition.

GB Police detain
pair over US
counterfeit
notes discovery

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



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

The Department of Social Ser-
vices has put in place extra mea-
sures to reduce the incidence of
fraudulent claims, Minister of
Labour and Social Development
Dion Foulkes said yesterday.

This comes as police are inves-
tigating the activities of a group of
people who were found to be
undertaking a campaign to scam
social services in October.

According to Mr Foulkes, the
“three to four” people involved
were “going round in a very short
period of time to all the (social
services) centres and accessing
the same benefit based on the
same set of circumstances.”

THE Progressive Liberal Party
criticised Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday, claiming he
is trying to.engage in “one-
upmanship” by insinuating that
the Bahamas is better off now
than it would have been under
his predecessor Perry Christie.

In a release issued late yester-
day, party chairman Glenys Han-
na-Martin said that she was dis-
appointed in Mr Ingraham’s com-
ments, especially coming at such a
time when “serious maturity and
sober reflection” is required.

“The prime minister seems to
suggest that he is ‘simply the best’

prime minister Perry Christie.
Better his FNM than the PLP,”
she said.

“Let me say at the outset we
all._pray that the prime minister
successfully charts our country
out of this dark and scary period
in our nation’s history. The last
time our country experienced a
Significant, threat.to its economic

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‘ Bahama Police detained two po
mer#in connection with:the’ diss. *
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Assistd t Superintendent,
Loretta Mackey reported that a
30- -year-old Hawksbill man was
- taken in for questioning on 'Fri-
day in relation to an ongoing ~~
investigation.

Following this, the officers
discovered $1,000.i in US purren-
cy.

Ms Hickey repotiedy that the ©
bills, which all had the.same ser-,
ial number — FK659364918 — are
suspected of being counterfeit.

She said‘further investigations
were: conducted anda second _
person —a 27-year- -old Mammy
Corner man — was taken in for
questioning. aR wk

More US currency: bearing
the same serial number: was,
then djseovered, she said.



'{990s) when the Bahamas was

icked, capitulated and arguably
set back the andesiey for all time,”
she said.

“He refused to. consult with sig-
nificant stakeholders, some he
-called crooks and today we see
the same stubborn approach to

lm By NATARIO McKENZIE

A MAN accused of murder

was discharged yesterday after a

- Magistrate ruled that the prose-

cution had offered no evidence
to implicate him in the offence.

.* Charles Lightbourne, 36, of

Black Village appeared before
Firearm arrest



Magistrate Guillimina Archer at
‘Court 101 in Neal Street yester-
N day:



ghibourne v was charged in the
December 2006 shooting death
|. of Brian. Roberts. He was also



tioned.in' aed rs bea ‘the!
discoyery of agin at an apatt-

ment in Freeport. ‘firearm with the intent to endan-

outranking in ability the former —

well-being, was during the finan-,
cial, services. crisis, (in the mid- ,

blacklisted and Mr Ingraham pan-

‘charged with possession of a.

Dion Foulkes



Over a three day period the
group reportedly martaged to
obtain a number of $100 emer-
gency food stamps from all four
of the Department’s New Provi-
dence locations.



things, refusing to engage in
bipartisan discussions contrary to
what is happening in countries all
over the world, including the
United States and Europe.

“So while we listen carefully to
the prime minister as he boasts

as'to how lucky we are to have.

him and while we trust that our
country will not falter under his

. watch, we are praying that we see

a better exercise of judgment than

his previous tecord seems to sug-

gest. - !
“Perry Christie has indicated

, that, by now he would have set

up a task force and would have
been working with the tourism
industry and other thinkers of this

country to agree strategies to pro-. -

tect this country and pursue a
bipartisan approach.

“We are now in the midst of
the crisis, perhaps the. prime min-
ister should wait until we have
weathered it before he grades
himself. But he should also be

Murder accused discharged after
‘prosecution ‘offers no evidence’

one “scintilla” of evidence impli-
cating the defendant in relation to
the charges.

She noted that although seven
witnesses had been called during
the preliminary inquiry, the vir-
tual complainant in the second
charge was never called as‘a'wit-
ness.

Supt Mackey said police exe-
cuted a search warrant on Satur-
day, November, 22, at about
10pm at an apartment on Peri-
dot Place in the Coral Gardens.

During a search, a black Lla-
ma MAXI-1 .45 Pistol along
with one magazine and six live

rounds of'.45 ammunition were *

discovered by an officer.

The two men, both 25, are _
reportedly in police custody and
helping with the investigation.

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ger the life of Sean Brown.
Roberts, 31, a resident of
Andros Avenue, was shot multi-
ple times on December 26, 2006,
near his home.
According to reports, a man

looking for him and was told that
he was not at home. ,

Minutes later, the victim was
seen running towards his house
followed by another man armed
with a gun. Several shots were
reportedly fired and Roberts was
found near a wall with multiple
gunshot wounds.

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adding: “I want to advise people
that this is for those in need.
Please don’t take advantage of
the programme.”

The government budgeted .an
extra $6 million this year for
social assistance programmes,
bringing the total money at its
disposal to $13 million.

Mr Foulkes said: “That $6 mil-
lion came in at the right time,
because we really didn’t antici-
pate that we’d have these things,
this downturn in the economy. It

just so happens that we have suf-,
ficient funds for all of our pro- °

grammes because of that $6 mil-
lion.”

Opposition accuses the
PM of ‘one-upmanship’

reminded this dilemma is not.a

‘sporting game but rather affects
’ the lives of the Bahamian people

and the life of the country in gen-

-eral. In the end-result the

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Unbelievable PLP statements in House

IN THE House of Assembly, on Thursday

more than one PLP MP expressed the wish that
during this time of economic crisis Perry Christie
and not Hubert Ingraham were prime minister.

After five years of chronic indecision and
missed opportunities during the Christie years we
couldn’t believe our ears.

Silently we offered a prayer of thanksgiving
that amidst the present chaos Ingraham and not
Christie holds the tiller.

What the Christie team refuses to acknowl-
edge is that if Mr Christie had been more deci-
sive in processing the billion dollar projects
which he often boasted his government had

attracted to the Bahamas, most of these devel- -

opments would have by now been completed.

For example in December 2003, a little over
a year. after winning the government then prime
minister Christie announced that negotiations
were underway for a billion dollar tourist invest-
ment at Cable Beach.

It was an open secret at the time that the bil-
lion dollar BahaMar was considered by Mr
Christie as his legacy to offset the Atlantis devel-

opment, which was considered Prime. Minister

Ingraham’s legacy.

The fact that BahaMar failed is symbolic of
the Christie administration.

It is true that Philip Ruffin delayed negotia-
tions as-he hummed and hawed over the sale of

his Wyndham hotel as part of the deal. Eventu- °

ally Ruffin sold.

However, by 2004 it was reported that Dirkran
Izmirlian, the Swiss-Armenian billionaire, the
prime mover behind BahaMar, was threaten-
ing to pull out of Cable Beach and concentrate
on other ventures.

Persons close to the Izmirlians at the time
said that the property investor had become
increasingly frustrated by the Christie govern-
ment’s “footdragging” over signing the heads
of agreement for the project.

By 2005 the headlines were taken over by the
“secret clauses”, which the FNM claimed had
been found in the BahaMar deal, agreed by the
Christie government, but not disclosed to the
Bahamian people.

The Izmirlians were pressing for a supple-
mental Heads of Agreement contract with the
Christie government before the “critical bench-
mark date” of March 1, 2007 to “allow the com-
pany to comfortably conclude its joint venture
agreement with Harrah’s by the mid-March clos-
ing date.”

Two months later the Christie government

was. defeated at the polls.
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government signed the long overdue supple-
mental heads of agreement with BahaMar and its
joint venture partner Harrah’s for a $2.6 billion
investment.

However, the following month Harrah’s
announced that it had pulled out of the Cable
Beach venture, citing comments in the
House of Assembly questioning its ability to
proceed.

In a letter written to Mr Izmirlian, the invest-
ment company that bought Harrah’ Entertain-
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ment” with the Christie government and the
acquiring of the relevant land rights, contributed

to “considerable doubt about whether the pro- ~

ject can be financed at all given the continuous-
ly deteriorating debt markets.”

Also, said the letter, Prime Minister Thera:
ham’s remarks in the House made the company

believe that the “land will not be delivered to the

joint venture as planned.”

Mr Ingraham had made his comments based
on confidential e-mails he had received several
days before that Harrah’s was not fully com-
mitted to the project.

Turn to today’s Business section and read.

about BahaMar-Harrah’s case before the
Supreme Court of New York, which confirms Mr
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two days before defeat in the May 2007 general
elections.

If the agreement had been signed sooner, the.

development would possibly have been com-
pleted, instead it now dangles in limbo with two
partners locked in disagreement.

One of the partners, Plainfield Asset Man-
agement, a $5 billion hedge fund, which, accord-
ing to a recent Wall Street Journal report, was
down 8 per cent through October, and had told
investors “that in just the past few weeks it

received withdrawal requests amounting to as

much as one-third of its assets.”

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nal under the heading, “More Hedge Funds
Expected to Succumb”, it is reported that “Plain-
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ments into separate funds, sometimes called
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

RIDING along Blue Hill
Road not many days ago, a sub-
ject close to my heart caught
my eye.

‘A beautiful and fluffy-looking
coal-black puppy, just a ’v
weeks old, was standing 0” >
edge of the sidewalk.

His head was mechanically
rotating from shoulder to sh’ il-
der as its babyish and soft
brown eyes scanned the heayly
trafficked street to find that 1ive-
dle-eye of opportunity to make
a break for the other side of the
street.

I was frightened out of.my
wits. My pulse picked up-pace
as my heart began beating wild-

ly. I saw someone standing in

the front yard, merely a stone’s
throw away from the pup.
Before I could bellow out a
word of warning, it was like
“man over board.” The puppy
had plunged into the street. I
watched In the rear-view mirror
as he made good a narrow
escape; then I asked a question
to which only the good Lord
knew the answer: How many

_more times before his luck runs

out?
The number of stray dogs
roaming our streets is rising at

- an insidious and alarming rate.

The thing, however, that is
equally unsettling is the man-
ner in which these animals are
needling through traffic-unim-
peded, as they navigate their
way all over New Providence
at peak traffic hours and
beyond. These dogs are so at

home on our streets that some ©

of them literally stand on the
side of the street and wait u
the light changes to make tl
this, I have watched in
thorough amazement on
numerous occasions. I think it is
one of the wonders of Bahami-
an roads.

Several months ago I was in
the Farrington road area, in an
exit way waiting to ease onto
the main street.

Suddenly out of nowhere a
young dog, probably less than
eight months old, got wind of a
food trail, and with his nose
glued to the asphalt, headed out
into the middle of the street.

At my right I.saw what I
could only call an incredibly
reckless driver doing roughly
double the speed limit in that
peak traffic area.

In hopes: of averting 1-
impending disaster, I lay on.
horn to alert the driver to the

plight of the dog in the midd’*:

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thing that should have been
clearly in his purview, if he was
awake. But I may as well had
been ‘whistling Dixie’.

The car plowed thunderously
through the dog, thrusting it
about twenty feet ahead.

The driver seemingly woke
up and slammed brakes and
came within inches of his own
life.

Two seconds more and the
carnage of twisted metal and
sparkling, shattered glass would
either have included the unlov-
ing embrace of a huge cedar
tree or an engagement with the
car waiting in line before him
— or perhaps both.

Shockingly, (it must have
been an adrenal in rush) the dis-
orientated dog sprang out of his
mangled form and headed for
the rashes howling, as if mourn-
ing his own death.

I seriously doubt that he out-
lasted the night. Clearly, there is
a lot of blame to go around.

However, flogging a dead
horse is just as futile as shutting
the barn door once the horse
has already got out. The abuse
of animals in this country has
reached insane proportions.
Could you imagine how many
dogs die on our streets annual-
ly? I can, in recent times, recall
seeing three dead dogs on the

_ Street in one day.

That saddened me terribly. It
is an undeniable fact that many
animal owners are falling down
in. their responsibility and
neglecting their animals that
subsequently become menaces
to other people and their prop-
erty. Inspector Grant, with his
more than twenty years of expe-
rience at the Humane Society,
had a mouthful to say on this
subject — a mouthful that
should not be kept secret: “Peo-
ple fail to spay and neuter their
animals and fence their yards
and equip them with gates.
Proper types of confines for
these animals are absolutely
essential.

Sometimes people tie these

animals on short chains with-
out shelter and available food
and water. They take them to
the beach without any fresh
water for the dogs to drink,
without the conscious realisa-
tion that dogs don’t drink salt
water. It’s not so much a dog

problem as it is a people prob- .

lem — were they more respon-

sible we wouldn’t have a prob- -

lem.” Inspector Grant contin-
ued: “You know, already for
the day we’ve had two dogs
struck by traffic. Subsequently,
we had to send out our ambu-
lance and put them to sleep; one
had a broken back.” I can think
of several ways to approach this
poorly monitoted problem, but

for the sake of time and space I
_ am offering two suggestions.

‘Firstly, we must think along
the lines of short and long term
planning. In the short term, with
a sustained and heavily con-
certed effort, we can easily and
effectively clear our streets of
strays to a noticeable degree in
a few short months.

Long term, newspapers and
radio stations should carry
announcements that caring
owners (who allow their dogs
to go out to exercise) have a
week to secure their dogs and
after that week everything
roaming our street would be
fair-game for the Canine Unit.

Other branches of Govern-
ment that deal with dogs can be
brought in to assist the Canine
Unit. Fencing, collar and licens-
ing laws for dogs should be
made an enforceable reality by
this Government.

Where are the authorities?
Sometimes, I wonder if the
authorities responsible for trap-
ping these animals drive the
same streets and shop at the
same stores as do the rest of the
populace.

Or has bureaucracy and red
tape so tied their feet that they
throw up their arms in disgust,
because nobody wants to make
the really tough decisions.

I was told by a source close to

» the Canine Unit that the chal-'

lenges facing them are multi-
faceted: firstly, they don’t work

shifts, and work hours are from
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

They are closed on Saturdays
and Sundays, and they only pick
up dogs from Monday to Thurs-
day. '

Work on Fridays is generally
restricted to the compound.

As of the first week in Octo-
ber, only one van in an embar-
rassingly small fleet was work-
ing.

Now for my analogy that may
be considered a little strong and
in some quarters I may be mea-
sured “out of my skull.” If
Police. officers were mandated
to stop working shifts and
worked only Mondays to Thurs-
days from 8am to 4pm to ser-
vice the public, and work on
Fridays were restricted to in-
house police business and if
their offices were closed on Sat-
urdays and Sundays, the first
outcry from the public would
likely be: “They ain’ serious
*bout crime.”

Another individual speaking
under conditions of anonymity
said: “No Government has ever
taken the problem of stray dogs
seriously.”

I, however, won’t be so hasty
to paint. so broad a stroke with
my brush until we’ve given a bit
of time, because sometimes
people genuinely don't know —
what is happening beneath their
noses. However, time will be a
fittingly appropriate judge...and
if nothing changes in the next
couple months, then it would
be most fitting to borrow and
apply a vernacular that’s been
made popular in the world of
football: “It is what it is.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not
saying that the stray dog dilem-.
ma is a Government problem, |
what I am-saying, however, is. .

that they can do more than any- **

one else; by way of overdue leg-
islation, awareness (print and
electronic media) and issuance
of penalties to the transgressors.
The biggest eye-opener for

, me in relation to this subject is
‘how the Canine Unit would set
traps for the stray dogs and peo-
ple would sometime release the
dogs from the traps and others
would steal the traps and use
them to catch fish and sell crabs.
-It appears, Inspector Grant
may have hit the nail on the
head, when he said: “It’s not so
much a dog problem as it is a
people problem — were they
more responsible we won’t have
a problem.” I was informed that
the Unit has lost close to one
hundred such traps (ballpark
figure) in the past five years due
to theft. It’s like making two
steps forward and being pushed
five steps backward. Is motiva-
tion the problem? Yes, that’s it.
Good old-fashioned motivation.
Is that what we’re waiting
for? For a pack of mutts to
chase school children into

streets to dart their way through . -

oncoming traffic?

’ Or are we waiting for them
to bite another tourist, before
leaping-into action in full
regalia? Then we have all the
cameras and microphones show
up, just to tell the world about
our polished plan for never
allowing it to happen, ever
again.

. Then they come up with a
few hundred thousand dollars
for “mop-up” duty and “dam-
age control.” Don’t tell me that
I’m being melodramatic,

_ because, if there’s one lesson to

be learnt from history it is that
she has a stammering tongue,
that is to say she repeats her-
self. These indicators are not
characteristic of a proactive
society; rather it's the indige-
nous and decrepit belongings
of a reactive one.

If we don't deal with this sit-
uation now, and do soina
direct; coordinated and delib-
erate way, it will come: back to
bite us, no pun-‘intended.

I’m reminded of the words of
one writer who said: “No clever
alignment of rotten eggs can
give you a good omelet.” There
are some things that just don’t
mix, and dogs and traffic just
happen to be on that list. The
end result will usually be some-
one getting hurt, maimed or
killed. More often than not,
though not always, it will be
man’s best friend.

CLINT SEYMOUR
Nassau,
November, 2008.

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on boy, 14 |

A Puerto Rican man accused
of indecently assaulting a 14-
year-old boy was fined $2,500
by a local Magistrate yesterday
after pleading. guilty to the
charge. It had been alleged that
Luis Munoz-Torres indecently
assaulted the boy on ve
November 21.

Munoz-Torres was arraigned
on the charge before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester at Court 11 in
Nassau Street. If he fails to pay
the fine he will have to serve a
six month prison term.

Religious leaders
urged to take part
in conference

AS the world faces terrible eco-
nomic woes, a battering on Chris-
tian principles, and an uncertain

. future, Evangelist Charmaine
Josey is calling on religious lead-
ers to take part in the’ upcoming
'No Flesh' Conference.

The event, to be held Novem-
ber 25 and 26 at Worker's House
on Tonique Williams‘Darling
Highway at 7pm, is open to the
public, as Evangelist Josey wishes
to reach out to Christian leaders,
individuals at the forefront of
ministry, and potential ministry
leaders. She said: "The 'No Flesh'
Conference is for persons who
are between a ‘rock and a hard
place', persons who are feeling
the pressure of the economy and
who are unsure where to turn for
help, and persons who are being
faced with:compromising their
bodies in the hopes of financial
gain. Anyone who feels as though
they need guidance at this junc-
ture of their lives should come
out and be blessed of the Lord.”

The opening session of the con-
ference will feature Pastor Beth
Munroe from Temple Fellowship
Ministries: On Wednesday Pas-
tor Terry Strapp-from Temple

‘Fellowship and Prophet’ Thomas
Maxwell will address the gather-
ing. "The seminar'speaks to living
holy at this time and no one is
exempted from this call, and from
this seminar,” said Evangelist
Josey. "This conference will have
a significant impact on the body
of Christ and,the country at large
as it speaks 1 to leaders first.” .”

Hokeiméin photos: :

to be exhibited

UP to 100 pictures by Nassau
photographer Richard Hoke-
meir will be exhibited at Poop
Deck West on Saturday,
December 13.

Hokemeir, an American who
has lived in the Bahamas for
more than 40 years, said all the
work on show was taken locally,
most of it offering unusual inter-
pretations of Cveryelay subjects.

The 67-year-old, who worked
for Dupuch Publications for 44
years, is now Officially retired,
but he launched Your Photogra-
pher Ltd when he grew tired of
the domestic routine.

On his wife’s advice, he began
taking pictures again, and now
exhibits four or five times a year
at various venues around Nas- -
sau. Néxt month’s one-day show
opens at noon and will continue
until 9pm.

flight expected to
give tourism a lift

Officials hail Excel service as ‘good news’

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

Bahamian tourism numbers ©

are anticipated to get a much-
needed boost from a new
direct ‘service from France to
Nassau set to take off in
December.

Tourism officials are herald-
ing the Excel airlines service,
which will fly from Paris, as
“sood news” for the industry
at a time when the stream of
visitors from the United States
is thinning out.

Tyrone Sawyer, director of
airlift at the Ministry of
Tourism said: “It’s significant.
Whenever you have new ser-
vice that’s something that
you’d want to trumpet and
make a big deal of . . . partic-
ularly when you have service
from Europe which diversifies
the base of our tourism origi-
nating markets.” - .

The first few weekly flights
the 360-seater Airbus 330
plane will make to the

Bahamas, starting December |

18, are showing “very strong”

advanced bookings, said Mr

’ Sawyer.
The route comes on stream .

during the winter season, a
traditionally. peak time for
travel to the Bahamas.

European visitors have gen-

erally been seen as more like-
ly to visit the Family Islands
over New Providence resorts



than their North American
counterparts.

Mr Sawyer said Excel in
negotiating with Bahamasair
at the moment to ensure con-
necting flights to Grand
Bahama and other Out Island

_ destinations are available:

“T know there are some con-
versations going on between
them in order to facilitate peo-
ple going not only to Nassau
and Paradise Island but to the
Family Islands,” he said.

Several tour operators are
promoting ‘the flights in
France at present.

The service will be seasonal,
running throughout the win-
ter season and stopping in the
spring. “They would be watch-
ing it and if any opportunities
arise to extend that we will
certainly try to secure that
opportunity,” said Mr Sawyer.

Expanding airlift to the
Bahamas was identified by
Minister of Tourism Vincent

- Vanderpool-Wallace as a

major pillar*of the ministry’s
plan to bolster the flagging
industry.

Christian Council hopes seminars

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS unemployment figures

. throughout the country contin-

ue to grow, and with many
Bahamians falling behind on

_| theif mortgage'and utility pay:
_ ments; the: Bahamas Christian -
Council is-responding with séev-

_ eral community projects target-

ing persons in need of financial
and spiritual guidance.
Christian Council President
Rev Patrick Paul said that
although it is important for
church communities to encour-
age those affected by the cur-

" rent economic tsunami, he adds

that it is also vital to provide
“tangible” assistance where it
is available.

With the first of a series of
financial seminars beginning
this evening at 7pm, Rev Paul
said that the council expects
hundreds to turn out in search
of counselling and for financial
and budgeting tips.

For persons living in the
northwestern New Providence,
the venue is Calvary Baptist
Youth Centre on Baillou Hill
Road, where speakers will
include entrepreneur Deborah

Zonicle, Pastor Jeff Wood,
Jerome Neily and Rev Philip
McPhee.

‘In the northeastern district,
there will also be a similar held
at Bahamas Academy where Dr
Timothy Barrett will provide

“stress reduction tips, and RBC ..-
tegional manager Nathaniel -
Beneby will be, providing finan- :

cial advice.
Financial counsellor Rev

Alfred Stewart, and family .

counsellor Antonio Beckford
will be speaking at the south-
western district meeting, which
is scheduled. to be held at the
Anatole Rodgers School.
There will also be a meeting
held at E P Roberts school for
persons living in the Robinson
Road and East Street central

areas. Local Psychiatrist Dr Nel- |

son Clarke will be joined there
by Gregory Bethel, who is gen-

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A total of 95 Haitians are being held at the: Carmichael
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While on routine patrol at 3.45pm on Saturday afternoon,
the crew of the Defence Force vessel HMBS Nassau spotted
a 30-foot Haitian sailing sloop about three- -quarter miles north
of Seal Cay in the Ragged Island chain.

After further investigations, the suspected illegal i immi-
grants —66 men, 18 women and 11 children— were discovered
onboard the sloop.

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the Defence Force vessel, and the migrants were brought
aboard HMBS Nassau.

All migrants were safe and in good health, the Defence
Force said.

HMBS Nassau anrned in the capital shortly after 8am yes-
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THE TRIBUNE



Actor Ving Rhames
visits Grand Bahama

Island with Fish TV

Lyndah Wells

VING RHAMES and his wife Debioraf with the Fox Sati and staff: Lett t to right: Mrs. Rhames, Nelda Fox, Tisa
Fox, chef Yvonne, chef Delores, Ving Rhames, Joe Fox and Charles ‘Spider’ Fox.

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Mrs. Elsie

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of Port New Providence,
New Providence, The
Bahamas died at her home
on 23rd November, 2008.









A Funeral Service will be |
held at Sacred Heart!
Roman Catholic Church,

Shirley Street, Nassau, The Bahamas on Saturday,
29th November, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.







- Mrs. Brown was predeceased by het husband, Mr:
Sidney Brown and is survived by her children, Claire
Brown, Robert Brown, Julia Motti, Johnny Brown
and Joie Lamare and many other relatives and
friends.






In liewof flowers donations may be made to the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas, PO.Box SS 6539,
Nassau or the Charity of your choice, in memory
of Mrs. Elsie Brown.








Arrangements by Kemp’s Funeral Home Limited,
22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas.




ACTOR Ving Rhames
took time away from a
busy film schedule this
month to do a bit of fish-

‘ing in Grand Bahama.

The star of Pulp Fiction
and Mission Impossible I
and // is the celebrity
guest of FishTV -—a
Canadian fishing show
that not only focuses on
the thrill of fishing, but

“also showcases destina-

tions.

' Mr Rhames said he has
been enjoying the local
food and got a great taste
of it-at a reception held in
his honour at Joe's Bar
and Grill at Taino Beach
on November 19.

. The Grand Bahama
Ministry of Tourism \
sponsored the event, and
Mr Rhames and his wife
Deborah enjoyed
Bahamian music by Just
Friends while they and.
the Fish TV team sipped
on Bahama mamas and ~
gullywash served in
coconuts.

They devoured the
conch fritters, which were

a huge hit with everyone,

in particular Mr Rhames. —
They also tasted Bahami-
an lobster cooked‘on
skewers between roasted
vegetables.

Impressed

The group said they
were so: impressed with
the Bahamian hospitality
at the event, they

returned to Joe's Bar and
Grill the following

. evening after a busy day

of filming and touring the

~ island.

The Rhames couple
and the Fish TV crew
went sightseeing, boating, :
fishing, and visited-the
fish fry at Smith's Point,

- the'Port Lucaya Market-

place, the Pelican Bay
Hotel and Kayak Nature
Tours — much of which
was.captured on video

_and ‘will air-on Fish TV

and other sport and fish-
ing channels. .
A short video interview

‘produced by Mackey-

Media can be seen on

-The Bahamas Weekly

website featuring,Mr.
Rhames; the Fish:TV
hosts; Ambrose Morris,
manager communications —
at the Bahamas Tourism ~. -
Office in Mississauga,
Ontario; and Betty

Bethel, general manager -
of business development
for the Grand Bahama
Ministry of Tourism.

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THE Prime Minister needs to further clar-
ify exactly what relief the Government will
give to mortgage-holders who are now

‘unable to meet their payrrents, MP for North
Andros, Vincent Peet sad Friday.

Prime Minister Hubat Ingraham said on
‘Thursday that goversment’s intention in
announcing that it woild offer relief to peo-
ple who find themseles unable to meet their
mortgage obligations because of unemploy-
ment was never to ise public money to pay
those people’s motgages.

He urged peopl to speak with their banks
to see if they caz come to an arrangement
over how they cin handle their debt, adding
however that “tose who are unable to make
those arrangements will be able to benefit
from a goversment programme.”

Mr Peet said that until Mr Ingraham
details howard when people are to benefit

from such assistance, those who are being.

turned away by their banks at present when
they.seeka special repayment arrangement

“aredeft in the same position they were in

before.”
“Therefore there’s no hope and no relief.
That’s what I was concerned about. There
- should be some certainty,” said Mr Peet:
Mr Ingraham announced the mortgage

assistance programme during a visit to Wash-

‘ington, DC, in early October. He said it may

be implemented as early as this month.
Meanwhile, several banks, including the
Mortgage Corporation and the Royal Bank
of Canada, have indicated a commitment to
assisting those clients who have good debt
management histories but are now strug-
gling to meet their mortgage payments.

Banks

Mr Peet added: “I believe that those per-
sons with mortgages would certainly appre-
ciate the Prime Minister speaking to the

- banks and I hope and trust the banks would

be prepared to assist but you know it is a lit-
tle bit more when the Prime Minister-meets
and makes a commitment to say that indi-
viduals will be assisted to avoid them going
under and ‘there’s some guarantee, some
certainty, as opposed to leaving it to the dis-
cretion of banks and I think that is the con-
cern folks will have.”

He suggested that Government encour-.

age banks to assist mortgage holders, by

deferring principal payments for a specific

period of time, for example, if it were to

guarantee certain loans. '

MP for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell said that he

believes Government should follow the |

example of Jamaica in 1997, when that
island’s Government created a company that

took over the assets of certain financial insti-
tution, in a fashion similar to that which was
originally to form the basis of the financial
bail-out in the US in September.

That take over massively increased
Jamaica’s national debt, but was credited by
some for averting an economic collapse.

Mr Mitchell said: “I have a constituency
where part of it, maybe 80 per cent of the
people in that constituency, are in the
tourism sector and this includes former
employees of Atlantis. And the question is
what happens to the mortgages on these
places that they’ve bought. All of these hous-
es were built and bought in the last six years,
the mortgages were new. People have not
only borrowed the principal but also the
downpayment. This is a serious matter that
they now have no income.”

“T think...that for certain classes of mort-
gages the government ought to be the lender

_ of last resort and when the market recovers,

the mortgages can be turned back over to the

” private sector. So (the Government) acts as

a banker, the payments will be cut, so to

that ex’ent they’ll be subsidised by the pub-

lic sector for a certain class of mortgages
until we’re over this period.” ©

Asked on Wednesday if Government
would be willing to buy up bad debts, Mr
Ingraham said “that is a resort to which we

could refer if the circumstance arises. That .

circumstance has not ee arisen.”

BIFF announces JetBlue as official airline sponsor

THE Bahamas Jatérnational
Film Festival has.announced that
New York-based JetBlue Air-

ways has come on board to spon- .

sor the festival and will lend its
name to support the New Vision
-Film section.

The announcement was made
by BIFF fsvintwter'and executive
director ‘Leslie Vanderpool.

Under terms of the agreement,
JetBlue has become the official
airline sponsor of BIFF and the
exclusive airline partner for festi-
val travel between the.United

* States and the Bahamas. .

Ms Vanderpool said: “We at:
BIFF ar2 extremely excited tobe >

partnering with JetBlue, one of

the leading value airlines in the

industry

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martini, an example of a sponsor

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themselves through .a great cul-
tural and international event.
Securing JetBlue as the exclusive
airline partner | demonstrates that
we provide unique opportunities

- to our participants.”

Alan Sweeting, regional man-
ager of JetBlue Airways
Bahamas, said: “JetBlue is proud
to be the official airline sponsor of

‘paired with our friendly, award-

the festival, presenting the Jet-
Blue experience to customers,
filmmakers and celebrities from
around the world.

“We remain committed to the
community, continuing expansion
of our high quality. service to
more destinations from the
Bahamas, including our new non-
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now open. Tickets can be booked

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HAZEL
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of Robinson Road and
fomerly of Black Point,
Exuma will be held at Zion
Yamacraw Baptist Church on
Wednesday, November 26th
2008 at 11:00 A.M:
Officiating will be Bishop
Samuel Greene. Interment
will follow in The Southern
Cemetery.















She is survived by 3 Daughters, Krishan, Crystal and
Chrissie Rolle; 1 Son, Algernon Rolle; 1 Granddaughter,
Algernique Rolle; 5 Sisters, Gladys and Muriel Rolle, Agnis

‘Ferguson, Bloneva Forbes and Ruthmae Higgs; 7 Brothers,
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Biosey Rolle; 4 Sisters-in-law, Thelma, Corene, Lavell and
Vivian Rolle; 3 Brothers-in-law, Van Ferguson, Lenroy
Forbes and Martin Higgs; 27 Neices, Kershea, Shannon,,.
Shavette, Shanra, Shonette, Paulette, Bernadette and Bernell
Rolle, Frederica, Aretha, Nikesha, Themera, Princess,
Caroline, Dorcas, Elaine, Pauline, Gaylene, Nadine, Orien,
Mavis, Cheryl, Sherene, Tracy, Dian, Joan, Maryann, Laverne
and Beatrice Rolle; 22 Nephews, Donnie, Kriston, Stafford,
Stanley, Charlston, Larry, Darrell, Benard Jr., Mark J r.,
Clement, Roscoe, Harrison, Andrew, Harold, Davinci,.
Deangelo, Arison, Raymond, Earlln, Marlin, Shelton, Brian,
Carlos and Burkley Rolle; 2 Aunts, Rosalie Wright and
Adline Larrimore; 3 Uncles, Richard, Alphaeus and Amos
Wright; Special Friend, Wellington Smith; Numerous
Relatives And Friends Including, Samuel Smith and family,
Hiram Rolle and family, Walter Robinson, Mildred Robinson
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Short Films
Directed - Haik Katsikian .
Aris returns home after

12 yrs to attend his
mother's funeral.

Dec 6-Galleria. 1:30am
Dec 1]1-NPAC 4:30om

Farnily Filrrs

Directed - Chris Mcinroy.
Date: Christmas Eve...
Location:My House.
Missian: Capture

Sante Claus.
Rec.6-NPAC. 10:30am
Dec 7-NPAC 4:30pm
Dec 10-Galleria 430m



Shart Filrns:
Directed - Xiao Xiao.
Jong lives-with his grandpa
and grandma because. his
parents are working in a
different city.
Dec 5-Galleria 3pm
Dec 8-Galleria 2:30pm

Spirit of Freedarn BDomentary
Dirrecied - C, Karim Chrobeq
Early 1980's, at the age-of

brutal civil war, becoming
one of 10,000 child soldier
Dec 4-Galleria 3am

Dec 11-Gailéria 1:30em



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Yousse SOU N’ dour

Wert i Cinema 4 O
Directed - Chai Yoscrhetyi
Senegalese pap sensation
Youssou Ndour has spent
the last 20 yrs in the spotlignt
ds a renowned musician /
“yoice of Africa,”

Dec & Galleria 9am —

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§ people who ral live in the
same neighbourhoad at
Majorstua in Osia,

Dec 7-NPAC 2pm

Dec ?-Galleria 6:30om



New Visions
Director -
Francis Xavier Pasion: —
day;a gay schoolfeacher::
is brutally rnurdered in
an apparent sexcrnime.

' Dec 6&NPAC 7omi ,
Dec 9-Galleria 3:30pm

Carinbean Spotlight

Director- Brooke Burnside
A young. man's journey
to find the remote cantrol
that can fix his television,
Deo §-Galleria 1:30pm

. Dec 9-NPAC 7pm ;



Short Films

Director - Anya Baelkina

A story of o lacherous bath
house worker Nosuh, who
overcomes his carnal
desires when hit by a
spitiual revelation.

Deo 5-NPAC 8:30pm

Dec 10-Galleria 12pm

Word Cinema

Director - Mark Farstmann
A grou; © of five friends, in
seorch of the world’s rarest
tree, descend into the
rovines and canyons of
the Blue Mountains.

Dec 7-Galieria 4:306m
Dec 10-Galleria 5pm



World Cinema

Director - Stephen Higgins
The epic tale of David
Fandila's quest to become
the warld’s top

ranked bullfighter,

Dee 6- Galleria 7pm
Rec 10-Gallaria 8pm

World Cinema

Director - Jeffrey Goodman
The Last Lullaby is a story
about Price, a former
hitmrnary, struggling fo

cope wiih the slow

poce of retirement

Dec 7-Galleria Yom

Dec &-Galleria 7:30om.

7, Jolwas swept into Sudan's -

New Visions
Directed™ John Stewart Muller’

This sexy,-energetic.and
provocative lwist on the
classic love story: honesty,

Jjeglousy, commitmert,

maturity, understanding &
aur capacity fortove.
Dec 5-NPAC 3:30om

Dec 8-Galleria Bom

Spirit of Freedom Narrative
Directed - Veronica Bollow,
The Igar Yala Collective -
A yourlg indigenous feen
seeking his fortune in:
Panama City sirugglies.to
acclimate to chaotic
urdan life.

Dec 6-Gdlleria:8: 300mm

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Appasionata

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A WWII German Soldier
awaifing his deom,
Dee 6-Galleria 1:30pm
Dec 1J-NPAC 4:30pm

World Cinema

‘Director ~ Jaffar Mahmood
‘American-born Ray Rehman
comes home one night to
find his Pakistani father on
his doorstep.

Dec 5-Galleria éprn

Dec 7-NPAC 9:30pm

World Cinema
Director - Jim Donovan
Five destinies converge,

not only in blood and

suffering, Qut also in
hope, love and rebirth,
Dec 8-Galleria 5:3056m
Dec 10-Galleria 126m —

World Cinema

Director -Terinyson Bardwell
After the mysterious death
of his Aunt, a confirmed
skeptic lawyer, Bryan -
Beckel, dismisses reports
that her house is haunted
and moves in,

Dec 5-Galleria 8om

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PAGE 1U, |'UESUAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008

THE TRIBUI.—



‘Full speed ahead’

i By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

are being offered by the government, and
that the increasing cost of material and
property will eventually lead to a collapse
of the sector.

Contractor Floyd Pratt said that consid-
ering the economic outlook, the $60 per
square footage being offered by govern-
ment to contractors is “way below” what is
needed.

Mr Pratt said he feels government should
do its best to make homes more afford-

FROM page one

BahaMar spokesman Robert
Sands later said that “is not the pur-
pose of the meeting”, stating rather
that it is simply an opportunity to
“update” Government on the hotel’s
situation.

DESPITE growing concerns of a possi-
ble melt-down of the housing market, the
Minister for Housing says its “full speed
ahead” with the construction of nearly 250
homes in New Providence, Grand Bahama
and Abaco.

However, some contractors are con-
cerned that less than desirable contracts

1,000 new jobs on the horizon

FROM page one

“I think people will be pleased there will be jobs for Christmas and
I think, generally speaking, not only in New Providence but in Grand
Bahama also, people will be happy,” said Mr Foulkes.

According to the senator, the government is also working on addi-
tional means of creating new employment opportunities. However,
he said he was not in a position to announce those at present.

Mr Foulkes said: “We will announce very shortly exactly what
the projects are. There are going to be several projects. What we don’t

want to do is create a welfare state, we want persons to work for any
stipend or assistance that the govérnment will give to them. We
want to have people gainfully employed.”

: Meanwhile, the minister added, government is “actively working”
on hammering out details of its proposed unemployment assistance
programme, which will allow certain individuals to tap into Nation-
al Insurance Board funds to help tide them over while they look for
a job.

He suggested that when it is “announced very shortly” it will be sim-

_ilar to the relief available to unemployed people in the United States.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had an unemployment benefit scheme

‘in the Bahamas. As you know in the United States, if you lost your job

today, you can go to the labour department and get assistance for up

to six months. That six months gives you time to find another job and

pay your bills and that’s what we intend to do here, but the details
have not been worked out,” said Mr Foulkes.

. and the Sheraton Nassau Resorts.
The company laid-off 80 workers in

FROM page one

Laing said.

the ground.

_ FROM page one

sultation with Bahamian and inter-
national think-tanks and a creative
solution to the tourism downturn
are needed if the country can stay
afloat in this economic climate.

"Attributing blame, pointing
fingers and saying-I can do a bet-
ter job' is unfortunate. We're
about to face an economic situa-
tion in the Bahamas that rivals the
terrible state we were.in the in

* 1940s and 1950s when Bahamians
had to leave the country in search
of employment outside the
Bahamas for contract work.

"T don't think now is the time to
do any back-patting. The prob-
lems are far too immense for any-
body to go around talking about 'I
can do it better than you'. Collec-
tively and with a tremendous dis-
play of solidarity at the very top,

. maybe that could trickle down to
the Bahamian population where
we learn to be more co-operative,"
said representative for the. Exu-

. ma constituency George Smith,
who responded to published com-
ments made by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham when he told

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St Andrew’s School Limited :
wilt take place in the school’s Library on

Wednesday, 10 December, 2008
. At 7:00 p.m.

Financial statements and proxy forms may be obtained
from the Business Office at St Andrew’s School.



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able for Bahamians.

According to Mr Pratt, the cost of one
cement block delivered to a construction
site has increased from $1 to $2.10 over
the past year, and contractors have also
been forced to deal with more expensive
plywood, nails and steel.

Mr Pratt said that if materials were either
subsidised or made more affordable, home
ownership could become a reality for many
more Bahamians. Franon Wilson, presi-

: BahaMar operates the Wyndham ~

The Nassau Guardian that the,
Bahamas. would have-.been in.a-

dent of Arawak Homes, said that over the :
past 10 years, the average cost of buying a :
home has increased at an annual rate of :
around $7,000 to $8,000. i

Mr Wilson said: “About 10 years ago, a :

BahaMar

total from both properties in the last
two months.

Secretary-General of the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied
Workers Union, Leo Douglas, yes-
terday expressed his disbelief that
there may be further lay offs at
BahaMar, noting that he has heard
no such thing.

Treasure excavation fears

A share agreement must be made between the Ministry of Finance and
relevant parties before found treasure can be removed or divided, Mr

Police are keeping watch of the site and Assistant Commissioner
Hulan Hanna said: “As people believe there may be some items buried
there it can trigger people to act in very strange and unusual ways, and
I think there is a need for us to be protective so we will keep our ear to

“However we have not heard any recent reports of excavations at the
site.and do not think there is any reason to be alarmed .at this time.”

A plan for fair distribution of the wealth was drawn up by San Salvador
resident Roberto Savio and put to residents in September.

Casting blame

mer prime minister Perry Christie
been in office at this time.

"Nobody likes to be in office
during the vad times," Mr Ingra-
ham was quoted as saying. "In my
case, it is better for the Bahamas
that I'm in office than for the PLP
to have been in office at this time.
I've got the experience. I've got
the support."

Mr Smith reasoned that an
holistic approach involving advice
from politicians across the aisle,
church, civic leaders and the busi-
ness community are vital in saving

the,economy and’ the. haemor-

thaging hotel sector.
"(The country needs).a.confer-

ence where we call on the very

best in the government, the

‘thinkers in the official opposition,

the thinkers in the other political
parties, visionary leaders in the

‘church and business community, _ : i
: knew and respected getting

intelligent young people who have
just graduated and our foreign
friends. I would bring them all
together and say I don't have all
the answers but together we can

, come up with some answers," he. 3
" said, ff
Pierre Dupuck, former minis-

i ter of agriculture, told: The Tri-
bune. that "this business about
pointing fingers simply shows one
thing — people have.no vision and
they don't know what to do".

He argued that the economic
situation is prime time for the lead-
ers of the country to focus on pro-
ducing local goods and food for
consumption instead of relying on
tourism as the nation's bread and
butter. a

"This thing could be a blessing
in disguise, this can make us look
in rather than out, maybe we
should be looking around to see
what do we have and how we can
utilise it. If we did that we could
probably weather the storm."

Mr Dupuch said he has been
advocating over 20 years for

intense concentration on produc- °
: world know that one man from a
: small country was doing his part

ing and manufacturing goods for
visitor gift shops and local foods
for restaurants to keep more mon-

_ ey at home to bolster the econo-

my.

lot 100 x 100 on the Sea Breeze Canal :
would have cost roughly $40,000. At that :
time people said it was too much to pay :
for that property.

“Today, a property of the same size :
could cost as much as $160,000.”

with construction of new homes. Police officer in custody
FROM page one |

} juana plants and a stash of illegal firearms.

: The officer is currently being questioned in

: connection with the drug and firearm seizures.
While police remain tight-lipped, the source

acknowledged that the matter is still under

: active investigation. If charged and found

: guilty of possession or conspiracy to possess

FROM page one

America to collect their son’s
: body.

Adam was a doting father

who had high expectations for

his children.
“Just as he was strict with his
recruits he was with his daugh-

ter, but he was still a gentle and

loving father to his kids. They

i were very close,” Ms Hunter

said.
When The Tribune inter-
viewed Adam, ever concerned

with the welfare of his family,
: he took pains to ensure that

there was no mention of his loca-
tion or that any information

regarding his last job was.

released. ;

Ms Hunter said that the level
of danger his assignments
brought him was a constant con-

?_ cern for his family.

“One assignment that he had,
it was so dangerous he literally

| wiped himself off of the Internet.

He said that those people were

so dangerous they wouldn’t
: come after (Adam) they would
? come after (us),”

she said.
His decision to enter the pri-

: vate security industry came as

no surprise to Ms Hunter, who
said that Adam was nearly a

: fearless man.

“When he was here someone

: dared him’ to jump off of the
i Paradise Island Bridge and
: before the Jeep had stopped he
: was already off the bridge. He
: had me bungee jumping, sky-

diving and doing all sorts of

things and knowing his spirit,
: leaving the military full-time
: would have been hard for him,”

she said.
But like any man Adam was

not unaffected by his time in the

armed service.
“He confided in me that he
got tired.of seeing people he

killed and he was just tired of

the fighting and killing,” Ms
: Hunter said.

After coming to the end of

:. his military service last year,.
_iEcAdam asked to presentâ„¢a__
=e Bahamian flag that he had car-.

ried from country to country to

: the Bahamas High Commission.

at the Bahamas’ Independence

Day- Celebration in London.

“This is the same flag that as a

Bahamian IJ treasured and kept
: safe, and proudly displayed all

over the world. It represented

: to me the very ideals of a small
? country in the Atlantic that has a
? long and rich beautiful history
: which is filled with a race of
i beautiful strong people who

‘have endured over hundreds of

years, foreign rule, hurricanes,

racism, recession and yet some-
: how has stayed strong in char-
: acter. That flag kept me strong,

focused, it helped me and gave
me strength,” he said.

“It is this which made me fly
the Bahamian flag, to let the

and representing it the best that

he could.”

: drugs and illegal firearms, the officer could
i : face imprisonment.

Bahamian
soldier dies
after being
shot on duty

Sadly, the request to present it
to the High Commissioner was
denied, as it was thought that
such a presentation would be
“unsuitable” on that 'ocoasion
and would not “fit into the cele-
brations.”

Almost more than anything,
this: rejection and insult to:every-
thing he felt the Bahamian flag
stood for really shook Adam’s
faith in society and in those
placed above. him to govern:

“I cannot explain.my shock,
my anger, my shame of'this
rejection. Being a soldier I
should be accustomed to:being
shunned by many, but from my
own country?” -

On a visit to the Bahamas lat-
er that year, Adam presented
the flag at the Coral Harbour
base in a meeting with officers of
the RBDF, without pomp and
ceremony. Tt was well received
by. a “fellow soldier” ;someone
who Adam said “understood the
meaning of pride, honour,’ and
self-sacrifice.”

“Not once throughout my .
career did any government offi- °

cial in the Bahamas acknowl-
edge the fact that I had served in
Iraq or any other country,.and

never dishonoured my country, . .

the Bahamas. Ihave not always _
followed the right path in my |
- life, and I have done t

gs of
which I am ashamed, but dur-
ing my time of service I never
disgraced my country or what it
really stood for,” he said.

Ms Hunter said that while
Adam was not a man who want-
ed a “ticker-tape parade” ‘she
felt that after all he had been
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Jets make a statement by

toppling unbeaten Titans

@ By The Associated Press

BRETT Favre and the New
York Jets made their statement
to the league by toppling the
NFL's last undefeated team.

Now that they've knocked off

Tennessee — something no one |

else this year has managed to
do — what other AFC titans
might they be ready to slay?

If the Jets can hang on to
their division lead, they might
just find out — especially with
more games like they had Sun-
day. Favre threw two touch-
down passes, Leon Washington
ran for two scores and the New
York Jets routed the Titans 34-
13.

"It felt like we were on the
sideline forever just watching
Brett Favre play," Titans full-
back Ahmard Hall said. "The
defense, I felt bad that we on
offense couldn't get anything
going and keep them off the
field."

One perfect team does
remain in the NFL, though: The
Detroit Lions came close to
ending their unbroken run of
losses to start the season by tak-
ing an early 17-point lead, but
they managed to lose to Tampa
Bay 38-20.

In Sunday's other NFL

‘ games, it was: Indianapolis 23,
San Diego 20; New England 48,
Miami 28; Dallas 35, San Fran-,
cisco 22; Baltimore 36, Philadel-
phia 7; Buffalo 54, Kansas City
31; Minnesota 30, Jacksonville
12; Houston 16, Cleveland 6;
Chicago 27, St. Louis 3; the
New York Giants 37, Arizona
29; Oakland 31, Denver 10;
Atlanta 45, Carolina 28; Wash-
ington 20, Seattle 17.

In Nashville, Tenn., the Jets

(8-3) came in atop the AFC
‘East after a victory over New
England at Foxborough. They
hdve won five straight for the
first time since October 2004
and seven of their last eight.
The win also got them within
two of Tennessee (10-1) with

five to play in the race for ©

home-field advantage through

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the playoffs.

"Now people are going to
start looking at us and say,
‘They are a team you have to
reckon with,'" Jets linebacker
Bryan Thomas said.

The Titans had won 13
straight regular-season games
dating to Dec. 16, 2007, becom-
ing only the 11th team since
1970 to win its first 10 games.

"It was a great run, and we've
got to win our next game,"
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

That shouldn't be too hard:
The Lions are up next for Ten-
nessee,

Favre threw fast and often,
and the Jets wore the Titans'
defense down by keeping it on
the field for more than 40 min-
utes. New York overcame two
turnovers and two sacks in the
first half by outgaining Ten-
nessee 409-281.

It was a comprehensive vic-
tory, but it was still just one.

"I'm not going to sit here and

say we've established ourselves ~

as the best team in football,"

Favre said. "All it says is I think ©

we beat the best team in foot-
ball today, definitely if you go

by record and the way that’

they've played. They have been
the best team in football."

Colts 23, Chargers 20
At San Diego, Adam
Vinatieri made a 51-yard field

goal as time expired to lift Pey-

ton Manning and the Colts toa
heart-stopping win over the
Chargers.

Manning threw two touch-

.down passes for the Colts (7-

4), who won their fourth
straight.

San Diego (4-7) has lost four
of five and remains two games
behind division leader Denver.

Buccaneers 38, Lions 20. .

At Detroit, Tampa Bay fell
behind the winless Lions by 17
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Detroit (0-11) moved a step
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Patriots 48, Dolphins 28

At Miami, Matt Cassel threw
for 415 yards, Randy Moss
caught three touchdown passes
and the resilient Patriots avoid-
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series by a division opponent
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The loss snapped a four-game
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Moss.

Goonies 35, 49ers 22
At Irving, Texas, Terrell

‘Owens broke out with seven

catches for 213 yards, helping
Dallas to consecutive victories
for the. first time since a 3-0

- start,

-

Owens' total was the second-
highest of his career — he had
283 yards and caught an NFL-
record 20 passes against the
49ers in 2000 — and tied for
fourth-best in Cowboys histo-

ry.

Tony Romo was 23-of-39 for
341 yards and three touchdowns
for the Cowboys (7-4), playing
his second game with a splint
covering the broken pinkie on
his passing hand.

Shaun Hill was 21-of-33 for
303. yards for the 49ers (3- 8),
but was sacked four times. —

Ravens 36, Eagles 7

At Baltimore, Donovan
McNabb watched from the
sideline as Baltimore gave first-

year coach John Harbaugh a

lopsided victory over the team
he served as an assistant for 10
years.

Ed Reed picked off McNab-
b's replacement, Kevin Kolb,
and returned the interception
an NFL-record 108 yards for a
touchdown to give Baltimore
(7-4) a 22-point cushion with
7:24 left.

McNabb was 8-for-18 for 59
yards with two interceptions
and a fumble in the first half —
a miserable 13.2 quarterback
rating.

Kolb failed to cure the ailing
Eagles offense, going 10-for-23
for 73 yards and two intercep-
tions. The Eagles' only TD
came on a 100-yard kickoff
return by Quintin Demps.

Bills 54, Chiefs 31

At Kansas City, Mo., Trent
Edwards threw for two touch-
downs, ran for two others and
Buffalo rang up more points
than had: ever been scored
against Kansas City. °

Rian Lindell kicked four field
goals and Leodis McKelvin
returned an interception 64

_-yards for a score for the Bills.

The Chiefs (1-10) lost three
fumbles and Tyler Thigpen
threw two interceptions in
Kansas City's 19th loss in 20
games.

Vikings 30, Jaguars 12 ©

At Jacksonville, Fla., Adrian
Peterson ran for 80 yards and a
touchdown, and the Vikings
used two scores in the first 1:41
to beat Jacksonville.

With its sécond road win of

the season, Minnesota (6-5)'

kept pace with Chicago in the
NEC North. The Jaguars (4-7)
fell to 1-5 at home, and faded
further back in the AFC playoff
race.

Jacksonville had _ five
turnovers, none more costly
than two fumbles to open the
game.

Texans 16, Browns 6

At Cleveland, Sage Rosen-
fels passed for 275 yards and a
touchdown, and Kris Brown
kicked three field goals as
Houston snapped:an eight-
game losing streak outside
Texas.

The Texans (4-7) had lost five
straight road games this season
and hadn't won away from
home since Nov. 4, 2007, at
Oakland.

A disastrous season got even
worse for the Browns (4-7),
who lost their third straight at
home and watched their fans



leave by the thousands in the

‘final minutes. Quarterback

Brady Quinn was replaced in
the second half of his third start
after throwing two intercep-
tions. ,

Bears 27, Rams 3

At St. Louis, rookie Matt
Forte had a season-high 132
yards rushing and scored on
two long runs, and Marc Bulger
lasted only five plays before sus-
taining a concussion against a
defense that-had three of a sea-
son-best five sacks by the break.

Kyle Orton set a franchise

record by throwing 185 consec- -

utive passes without an inter-
ception for the Bears (6-5), who
led by 21 at halftime.

The Rams (2-9) have lost five
straight.

Giants 37, Cardinals 29

At Glendale, Ariz., Eli Man-
ning threw for three TDs i in his
return to the scene of his Super
Bow! MVP performance, and
the Giants snapped the Cardi-
nals' seven-game home winning
streak.

With starting running back
Brandon Jacobs out with a knee
injury, the Giants (10-1) took
to the air to win their sixth in a
row. Manning completed 26 of
33 passes for 240 yards without
an interception.

Kurt Warner was 32-for-52
for 351 yards anda touchdown
for Arizona (7-4). He was inter-
cepted once ‘and fumbled once,
both leading to Giants touch-
Gowns,

Raiders 31, Broncos 10

At Denver, Ashley Lelie,
who forced a trade out of Den-
ver in 2006 after a bitter hold-

out, returned to Invesco Field’

and helped lead Oakland to a
stunning win over the Broncos

by catching a touchdown pass ~

and setting up another with a
spectacular 51-yard reception.

Darren McFadden ran for
two touchdowns and the
Raiders (3-8) snapped a four-
game losing streak and avenged

their 41-14 thrashing at the '

hands of the Broncos (6-5) in
the opener.

Falcons 45, Panthers 28

At’ Atlanta, Michael Turner

scored four touchdowns and
rookie Harry Douglas scored
his first career TD on a 7-yard
end-around, caught a 69-yard
pass that set up a TD, then fin-
ished off the Panthers with a
61-yard punt return. ©.

Atlanta (7-4) closed within'a
game of the division lead, set-
ting a season high for points.

Jake Delhomme was 21-of-
35 for 295 yards for the Pan-
thers (8-3), hooking up with
Steve Smith on eight passes for
168 yards. .

Redskins 20, Seahawks 17
At Seattle, Clinton Portis

darted and pounded for 143 °

yards on 29 carries, including
key runs late that helped pre-
serve the Redskins' first victory
in almost a month.

Portis was questionable after
missing most of practice this
week because of his sprained
knee. Then, the NFL's leader
in yards from scrimmage
injured a muscle near his hip
late in the first half, when he
rushed for 69 of his yards.

He kept running, finishing
with his first 100-yard day since
the Redskins' last win, on Oct.
26 at Detroit, and helping end a
two-game losing streak for
Washington (7-4).

Seattle (2-9) lost its fourth
straight at home and is off to
its worst start since 1992.

‘starter
‘Philadelphia to four straight

Dolphins’

Camarillo

out with
knee. injury

DAVIE, Florida (AP) —
Miami Dolphins wide
receiver Greg Camarillo is
out for the season witha
knee injury.

Camarilio left Miami's 48-
28 loss to New England in .
the second half Sunday and
did not return.

The injury ends Camaril-
lo's breakout year with the
Dolphins. He leads the Dol-
phins with 55 receptions for
613 yards and two touch-
downs after catching a total
of eight passes in his first
two NFL seasons.

Camarillo signed a $6 mil-
lion, three-year extension
this year that will keep him
under contract through 2011..
A telephone message left
with his agent was not
immediately returned.

McNabb

ei h as

again for
Eagles

@ By ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP)
— Donovan McNabb will
start when the Philadelphia.
Eagles host the Arizona
Cardinals on Thursday night.

The five-time Pro Bowl
quarterback was benched for
the first time in his career at
halftime of Philadelphia's
36:7 loss at Baltimore on >
Sunday. Second-year pro
Kevin Kolb played poorly
against the Ravens, and
Eagles:coach Andy Reid
said Monday he's going back

|-to McNabb.

"Sometimes you have to
step back to step forward in
a positive way and Donovan
will do that," Reid said.
"This has nothing to do with
Kolb's performance or
Donovan's performance."

The Eagles (5-5-1) are on
the verge of missing the
playoffs for the third time in
four years since losing the
2005 Super Bowl. No mat-
ter how they finish, this

‘could be McNabb's last sea- |

son in Philadelphia. a
McNabb, who turns 32 on
Tuesday, is signed through
2013, but there's no chance
the Eagles will pay him $9.2
million next year to be a
backup. He's 22-21-1 as a
since leading.

NFC championship games
from 2001-04.

"As I sit here right now,
he's my starting quarter-
back," Reid said. "I need to
coach better. Donovan
needs to play better and the
guys around Donovan need
to play better."

McNabb was 8-for-18 for
59 yards with two intercep-

_ tions and a fumble in the

first half against Baltimore.
But the Eagles only trailed
10-7 when Reid’ decided to
have quarterbacks coach Pat
Shurmur tell the veteran
he'd be replaced.

Last week, McNabb threw
three interceptions and lost a
fumble in an overtime tie
with Cincinnati. Overall, he's
completed 58.8 per cent of
his passes for 2,770 yards, 14
touchdowns, 10 intercep-
tions and a passer rating of
81.1

"I think I know Donovan
McNabb better than any-
body in this room," Reid
said. "I know (seven)
turnovers, that's not him.
That's no part of his game.
You back up an inch and
you evaluate it and you
should be able to step for-
ward a mile after that."

Kolb, a second-round pick
in 2007, had thrown only
nine career passes before
entering a game that was
critical to Philadelphia's slim
playoff hopes. He was 10-
for-23 for 73 yards and two
interceptions, including one
returned an NFL-record 108
yards for a touchdown by Ed
Reed.

The Eagles were down 22-
7 and had a second down
inside ihe 1 with just under 8
minutes left when Kolb

| threw the costly pick to

Reed.


TRIBUNE SPORTS

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 285, 2008, PAGE 13



Another win for Billups,
another loss for Pistons

@ By The Associated Press

THE Detroit Pistons could have
used Chauncey Billups — or any
guard who could shoot’straight.

While Billups was helping Den-
- ver win again, his old team turned
in a miserable performance Sun-
day in a 106-80 home loss to the
Minnesota Timberwolves.

Allen Iverson, traded to the Pis-
tons in the deal that sent Billups to
the Nuggets, was 3-of-11 for nine
points. Richard Hamilton was 2-
for-11 and scored seven. Top
backcourt reserve Rodney Stuck-
ey missed all five of his shots and
finished with four points.

"My top three guards were 5-
for-27, but they've played enough
basketball that they know they
can't get frustrated," Detroit
coach Michael Curry said. "Add
in Rasheed Wallace, and it is 8-
. for-37. You aren't going to win
many games like that."

Billups had 21 points and eight
assists in the Nuggets’ 114-101
home victory over Chicago. Den-
ver closed the game on an 18-2
run and improved.to 8-2 since the
Nov. 3 trade.

"T guess we're learning how to |

win in the fourth quarter,"
Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin
said. "Probably last year and a
couple of years ago, we would've
let this one slip away probably,
because we hadn't focused on
defense and different things like
that. We're growing as a team.
This is a testament to the guys in
this locker room."

In other NBA games Sunday,
it was: Boston 118, Toronto 103;
Philadelphia 89, Golden State 81;
and the Los Angeles Lakers 118,
Sacramento 108.

In Denver, Martin scored a sea-’

son-high 26 points for the
Nuggets, while Carmelo Antho-
ny had 21 points, 13 rebounds and
a season-high eight assists. Nene
also scored 21 points in Denver's
fifth straight home victory.

Ben Gordon scored 28 points
for the Bulls, hitting 5-of-7 3-
pointers, and was 9-for-9 on free
throws. Drew. Gooden finished
with 21 points-as the Bulls-lost for
the ninth time in 10 visits to’ the
Mile High City.

In Auburn Hills, Mich., the Pis-
tons lost their third in four games
and fell to 4-5 since Iverson joined
them. Tayshaun Prince Jed the Pis-
tons with 20 points, but Jason
Maxiell was the only other player
to reach double figures with 12.

"I stunk up the gym tonight,"
Iverson said. "I couldn't do any-
thing right on the offensive end. It
was one of the nights you wish
you never have, but they happen.

"It will be tough to sleep
tonight."

While Detroit's All-Stars strug-
gled, the best guard in the arena
was Randy Foye, who had 23
points and a career-high 14 assists

Ali RN



‘in Minnesota's first road victory of

the season.
"Tonight showed what kind of
player Randy can be," Minnesota
coach Randy Wittman said.
"We've been talking to him for
the last two days, telling him that
he needed to be more aggressive. "
Ryan Gomes scored 20 points,
Al Jefferson had 19 and reserve
Craig Smith 16 for the Wolves.

Lakers 118, Kings 108

At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant
scored 24 points, Andrew Bynum
had 15 points and 10 rebounds,
and the Lakers improved the

KOBE BRYANT shoots the ball over Sacramento Kings’ Brad Miller (left)
during the second half...

¢

NBA's best record to 11-1. :

All five Lakers starters
reached double figures by
the third quarter, and eight
players finished with 10 or
more points as the defend-
ing Western Conference
champions won for the
fourth straight time since
losing to Detroit at home.

John Salmons led Sacra-
mento with 24 points and
reserve Bobby Brown
added 21. ©

Kevin Martin was side-
lined for the eighth consec-
utive game with a sprained
left ankle and Mikki Moore

‘missed his fourth straight

because of a sprained right
ankle.

Celtics 118, Raptors 103

At-Toronto, Ray Allen
scored 21 points and Boston
led from the start in win-
ning its fifth straight.

Kevin Garnett, Rajon
Rondo and Tony Allen
each scored 15 points for
the Celtics, who have won
11 of 12 since a Nov. 1 loss
to Indiana.

Kendrick Perkins had 12
points and Paul Pierce and
Eddie House each scored
11 in helping Boston score a
season high. Its previous
best was 110 points in a
Nov. 18 victory over New
York.

Chris Bosh led Toronto
with 24 points and Jose
Calderon had 14 points and
nine assists. Andrea
Bargnani and Anthony
Parker had 14 apiece for the
Raptors, who are 2-4 at
home.

76ers 89, Warriors 81

At Philadelphia, Elton
Brand had 23 points and 12
rebounds, Andre Iguodala
added 15. points and
Philadelphia moved above
.500 for the first time this
season.

Thaddeus Young con-

tributed 12 points and

Samuel Dalembert had 16
rebounds for the Sixers,
who improved to 7-6 and
snapped a five-game losing
streak to the Warriors.

Kelenna Azubuike scored
16 while C.J. Watson and
Stephen Jackson had 12
apiece for Golden State,
which dropped its second i in
a row.

The high-flying Warriors
were held well below their
NBA-leading 105.4 scoring
average coming in.

DETROIT PISTONS forward Jason
Maxiell (right) dunks in front of
Minnesota Timberwolves forward
Kevin mo (42) during un fourth ‘
quarter... Es

“(AP Photo: Carlos Osoric)









NBA Today

@ By The Associated Press



SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, November 25

Cleveland at New York (7:30 pm EST). LeBron
James comes to New York, days after the Knicks made
two trades that freed up salary cap space for a poten-
tial run at him in the summer of 2010. The players
the Knicks acquired, Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley
and Tim Thomas, are expected to play for the first
time.

STARS

Sunday

— Kobe Bryant, Lakers, scored 24 points and tied a
season high with six assists as Los Angeles improved
the NBA's best record to 11-1 with a 118-109 victory
over Sacramento.

— Elton Brand, 76ers, had 23 points and 12
rebounds as Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first
time this season with an 89-81 victory over Golden
State.

— Randy Foye, Timberwolves, had 23 points and a
career-high 14 assists to lead Minnesota over the
Detroit Pistons, 106-80, for its first road victory of the
season.

— Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets.
Martin scored a season-high 26 points, making all 10
shots from the field, and Anthony had 21 points, 13
rebounds and a season-high eight assists in Denver's

114-101 victory over Chicago.

SURGING |

The Boston Celtics have won five straight and 11 of
their last 12 after beating the Toronto Raptors 118-103
on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth
in a row since their only loss with a 118-108 victory over
Sacramento. The Denver Nuggets' 114-101 victory
over Chicago was their fifth consecutive home victory.

SLUMPING
‘ Detroit's starting guards were a combined 5-for-22
from the field in a 106-80 loss to Minnesota. Allen
Iverson was 3-for-11 for nine points and Richard
Hamilton was 2-of-11 for seven points. Top reserve
Rodney Stuckey missed all five of his shots.

STICKING AROUND

Antonio McDyess is coming back to play for Detroit.
"After long deliberation Antonio has decided that he
will return to the Pistons," Andy Miller, McDyess'
agent, informed The Associated Press via text message
Sunday night. Detroit dealt McDyess, Chauncey
Billups and project Cheikh Samb to Denver for Allen
Iverson on Nov. 3. The cost-cutting Nuggets waived
McDyess a week later and he has to wait until 30 days
have passed since the trade to rejoin the Pistons.

SPEAKING

"T stunk up the gym ee I couldn't do anything
right on the offensive end. It was one of the nights
you wish you never have, but they happen It will be
tough to sleep tonight."

— Allen Iverson, after scoring nine points on 3-of-11
shooting in Detroit's 106-80 home loss to Minnesota.on
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LOCAL SPORTS

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1 By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
hstub

NORMALLY, the Father
Marcian Peters Invitational
Basketball Tournament is held
the week before the schools
break for the Christmas holi-
days.

But Martin Lundy, the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture’s director of sports and
tournament director said they
have decided to change the
dates for the 24th version of the
Yuletide basketball classic.

This year’s classic will run
from Friday, November 28 to

Saturday, December 6 at the.

Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The
format will remain double elim-
ination up to the semifinals

‘where it will come down to a

single elimination.
Competition as usual will
take place in the six categories —
Primary boys and girls, Junior
boys and girls, Intermediate

- boys and Senior girls divisions.

“We’re looking at an overall
total of 42 schools and 72
teams,” said Lundy, noting that
he figures are right around
those that the ministry hosted
last year. “That’s our projec-
tion.”

With the change in dates,
Lundy said they are hoping that
the classic will have a positive

effect, considering the fact that

many of the schools complained
about the tournament being
staged right around the same
time as their final examinations.

“We are trying to get it done
before the examinations start,”

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on December 8 for the public
schools, so we will be finished
by then.”

All of the champions are
expected to return to defend
their titles, according to Lundy.

Last year, St Bede’s Crush-
ers won the primary boys over
the St Thomas More Sparks. It
was revenge for the Crushers
as they lost the Catholic Dioce-
san title to the Sparks.

The Sparks are defending
their Catholic. league title
against the Crushers this week
at the Loyola Hall, Gladstone
Road.

The Temple Christian Suns
are the defending primary girls
champions, having won their
title last year over the meine
Harbour Island.

The DW Davis Pitbulls won
the junior boys title over the



“VOLLEYBALL

HO Nash Lions, but the Lions
repeated as the junior girls
champions over the visiting
Bishop Michael Eldon from
Grand Bahama.

The CI Gibson Rattlers are
the defending intermediate
boys champions with Westmin-
ister Diplomats as the runners-
up. And the CR Walker
Knights are the defending
senior girls champions, having
polished off CI Gibson.

The tournament is being
organised and sponsored once
again by the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture as they con-
tinue to honour the efforts of
the late Father Marcian Peters,
affectionately known as “the
Sporting Priest.”

“This year’s invitational clas-
sic is a continuation of my Min-
istry’s objective to respond to

change for:Fr Marcian classic

the need for additional oppor-
tunities of organised competi-
tion for primary and junior lev-
el boys teams and for greater
exposure of junior and senior
level girls teams,” said Minis-
ter of Sports, Desmond Ban-
nister.

“All groups traditionally
receive less public notoriety
than senior boys teams. In this
regard, and as has been the
practice of the previous 23
years, senior boys teams will
not participate in the invita-
tional as an abundance of tour-
naments are already in place to
assist in their development.”

Schools from throughout the
country are expected to partic-
ipate in the tourney. Although
it starts on Friday, the Family
Island teams are not scheduled
to arrive in New Providence





. ST Thomas More Sparks’ pa Adderley dribbles to the basket against

the. St Bede’ 's Crushers...



Two sean crowned
in schools sports finals

The Knights and Lions capture titles

a by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter

Two new champions were
crowned in the Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Associa-
tion Volleyball finals, with one
series being extended to a third
and final game.

CR WALKER KNIGHTS over
CC SWEETING COBRAS |

The Knights captured what
the team called a “long await-
ed” championship after elimi-
nating the Cobras in two games.

The Knights clinched the title
with a 25-18 , 25-19 straight set
win over the Cobras.

Knights Head Coach Floyd
Armbrister said his team. was
able to turn the season around
by buying into the true concept
of teamwork.

“Teamwork got this champi-

onship for these girls. We really.

came together as a team,” he
said, “CC Sweeting beat us
twice in the regular season and
won the pennant but the pen-
nant didn’t mean anything to
us. These ladies really deserve it
and all of them came together
for one cause.”

In the opening set, the
Knights got out to an early 7-2
lead, however the Cobras would
rally to tie the game at nine.

Both traded scores, tied at 13
before the Knights separated
themselves with a 5-1 run.

An 18-14 lead extended to a
23-16 advantage and the
Knights took the first set after a
faulty serve by the Cobras.

The second set was a near
mirror of the first, closely con-
tested until the Knights pulled
away late.

With a slim 14-13 lead, the
Knights went on a 6-1 run to
take a 20-14 lead.

They withstood a late charge
to hold on, prevent a third set,
and. clinch the 2008 Champi-
onship.

Knights’ setter Clishea Saun-



“Teamwork got

this championship

for these girls. We
really came
together as a
team.”



Floyd Armbrister

ders echoed Armbrister’s senti-
ments about her team’s timely
championship performance.

“We weren’t playing that well
early in the season but like
coach said we peaked at the
right time and this is long over-
due,” she said, “I thank my
team so much for this champi-
onship.”

HO NASH LIONS over
TA THOMPSON SCORPIONS

Pattie Johnson and her Lions
continued their unquestioned
dominance over the junior girls
division by capturing yet anoth-
er championship title.

The Lions rallied for a
thrilling come from behind vic-
tory in the second set to take
the game and the champi-
onship, 25-16, 26-24.

After breezing through the
opening set relatively unchal-
lenged, the Lions found them-
selves trailing early in the sec-
ond set, 9-3.

The Scorpions extended their
advantage to as much as eight,
22-14 and seemed poised to
force a third set.

The Lions mounted an
incredible comeback effort and
played nearly flawless volley-
ball to tie the game at 22.

HO Nash took their first lead
of the set on the ensuing point,
only to have the Scorpions tied
again at 23. The teams tied
again at 24 before the Lions
capped off the comeback with
two consecutive scores and the
championship win.

CC SWEETING COBRAS over
CR WALKER KNIGHTS

A controversial end to game
two of the senior boys series
sets the stage for a decisive third
game of the' championship
series.

Trailing 22-13 in the second
set, disgruntled with officiating,
Knights coached Trevor Grant
pulled his team from the field of .
play, however, the outcome of
the game was clearly no longer
in jeopardy.

The Cobras overcame an ear-
ly deficit to take the first set 25-
20.

The Knights led 10-5 early
on, before the Cobras rallied to
tie the score at 14.

They took their first fea of
the set on the next possession.
on a spike by striker Gabi Lau-’

rent.

Laurent and Kenvardo

- Brown dominated the Knights

frontline en route to the first
set victory.

The momentum carried over
to the second set, which the
CObras led from start to finish.

Setter Fresnell Vassor was
instrumental in placing Brown
and Laurent in the right spots as
the Cobras, inspired by a spirit-
ed supporting crowd led by as
much as eight in the all impor-
tant second set.

Cobras Head Coach Andrew
Tynes said his team’s gameplan
for game three will be similar
to their game two effort and
chided Grant’s actions in man-
ner of the loss.

“We know if we play CC Vol-
leyball we can beat this team
and send it to a third game.

“T think we’ll to go back to
the drawing board and come
out in the next game, do some
of the same things that we did
today,” he said, “It’s an intense:
game and people have a high
level of emotions back and forth
but there’s no place for that.”
@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

he pennant winning St Bede’s Crush-
ers powered past the defending
champions St Thomas More Sparks
39-33 to snatch a 1-0 lead in the
Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools’
best-of-three championship series yesterday.

Guard Kyle ‘Flash’ Turnquest had to work
through a tough defense to score a game high 15
points. But it was Adrian Mackey who made the
big difference, adding 10 points. Donzel Huyler
chipped in with seven and Dwight Wheatley had
four.

Daejour Adderley paced the defending cham-
pions Sparks with 10, Joel Morris had seven’and
Seville Sands and Ashton Munroe both con-
tributed four.

While St Bede’s remained undefeated in their
quest to avenge their championship loss last year,
St Thomas More find themselves with their backs
against the wall going into game two on Wednes-
day at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road at 3:15

m.
E “We knew it was going to be a dog fight, but it
ain’t over yet. We only won one game,” said St

Bede’s coach Donnie Culmer, who was assisted by

Ricardo Freemantle. “We just need that next one.”

Sparks’ coach Nkomo Ferguson, who had pre-
dicted that they will sweep the Crushers to repeat
as champions, will have to do it in the next two
games.

“T told you that we have to come out gunning.
We contained ‘Flash’, but he got away,” said Fer-
guson, who played Morris, his biggest player on
Turnquest, one of the smallest but quickest play-
ers from St Bede’s.

When asked if St Thomas More can come back,
Ferguson said: “Come back? I have to come back.”

The game was a comeback for both teams as
they trailed each other at various intervals and
they turned it into quite an exciting match-up.

_ The first comeback came in the first quarter
‘when the Sparks took a 6-4 lead, but Wheatley

grabbed a defensive rebound and drove to the “

basket at the other end, scoring a buzzer beating
lay-up to tie the score at 6-6 at the end of the
period.

In the second quarter, St Thomas More got the
better of the deal when Morris got a steal and a
lay-up for a 10-8 lead and Adderley hit a jumper to
extend their margin to 13-10 at the half.

.. However, in the third, Mackey’s jumper cut the
deficit to 14-13, the closest the Crushers came in
the period. ae

From there, it was all St Thomas More as Mor-
ris provided the spark with a jumper and a free
throw in a spurt that pushed their lead to 18-14.

- With about 10 seconds left, Turnquest hit a big

‘ jumper that pulled them within two, 21-19. But at
the other end, Adderley’s leaning jumper over
Turnquest gave the Sparks a 23-19 lead at the
buzzer.

St Thomas More had opened a quick 25-19
advantage to start the fourth quarter on Sands’
jumper. ‘

But Turnquest got a steal and hit a jumper, then.

he came through with another and passed the ball
off to Mackey, whe scored on a lay-up to give St
Bede’s a 27-25 lead.

St Thomas More got a°31-31 tie with Sands’
second basket.

But St Bede’s went on a 5-0 run as Turnquest
took over, hitting a free throw, got a steal and a
lay-up and added a pair of free throws on another
foul to extend their lead to 36-31 that they never
relinquished.

Wheatley said they wanted the game a lot more
than the Sparks and behind their fans chanting
loudly, “Crushers,” they went on to pull off the win
for St Bede’s. <

As they look ahead to game two, Wheatley said
if they play like they did yesterday, they can
become the new champions on Wednesday.

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ON Saturday night, the
Road Runners Track and
Field Club is expected to
honour its most outstanding
athletes for the 2008 track
and field season.

The club, headed by Dex-
‘ter Cambridge, is scheduled
to host the gala awards ban-
quet at the Wyndham Nas-
“sau Resort and Crystal
Palace, starting at 7:30 pm.

The banquet will be held

‘under the theme: “Climb

Till Your Dream Come
True” and the honourees for
this year will be Grand
Bahamian business duo
Basil and Paula Neymour.

The guest speaker will be
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Desmond Ban-
nister. The master of cere-
monies will be David Wal-
lace, of Grand Bahama.

Also expected to be in
attendance are former Min-
ister of Sports, Bryan Wood-

side, the Minister of State
for Land & Local Govern-
‘ment; Phenton Neymour,
the Minister of Environ-
ment and Olympian Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie.

Some of the awards to be
given out during the night
are:

The Dominique Higgins
Awards; the Shawn Lock-



| hart Award: Athlete of the

Year; Most Outstanding
Athlete; Most Improved
Athlete and the Academ-:
ic/Honour Roll Award.

Awards will be presented
to the male and female ath-
letes.

For the past few years,
Bodie said the club has
decided to show their grati-
tude to their athletes for
their outstanding perfor-
mances during the season.

He said that there are
many athletes in their club
who have excelled but have

“not gotten the recognition
they so rightfully deserve.

Bodie said the awards
banquet will serve in that
capacity as the club singles

‘out the athletes who per-
formed, not just athletically,
but academically.

This year, Bodie said they
have decided to honour the
Neymours because they
have played a vital role in
the sponsorship of their club
over the years.

The night, according to
Bodie, will be a spectacular
one as usual, as the athletes
will get an opportunity to

dress to impress. There will
be an award as usual for the
best dressed male and
female athletes.


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he former gaming

-and 43 per cent equi-

ty partner in the $2.6

billion Cable Beach
redevelopment has “admitted”
that it and its new private equi-
ty owners were “plotting to
delay.or pull out of the project”
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committing to proceeding with
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The resort developer, in an
amended counterclaim and
third party complaint against
gaming giant Harrah’s Enter-
tainment, and its Caesars
Bahamas Investment Corpora-
tion affiliate, said it was now
making a “fraud claim” after
uncovering new evidence and
testimony in the case, which is
taking place in the Supreme
Court of New York state.

The counterclaim, which has

been seen by Tribune Business, .

alleged: “Early discovery uncov-
ered compelling evidence
against, and admissions by Cae-
sars Bahamas and its corporate
parent, Harrah’s, establishing
that they fraudulently misrep-
resented and concealed their

$2. 6bn Cable Beach developer claims discovery evidence from gaming
giant executive's testimony shows partner eyed withdrawal before Heads
of Agreement signing, confirmation letter and phone calls to PM

true intentions as to the Baha
Mar project.

“The Harrah’s defendants
have now admitted that three
days before publicly affirming
their commitment to the pro-
ject to the Bahamian govern-
ment and Baha Mar parties and
the joint venture company, the
Harrah’s defendants were
secretly and improperly plot-
ting to delay or pull out of the
project and to avoid contribut-
ing their $212 million share of
equity.”

Baha Mar is basing its alle-
gations on deposition testimony
given by Gary Loveman, Har-
rah’s chief executive and presi-
dent, who is also president of
Caesars Bahamas.

It is also alleging that the
move to withdraw from the
Baha Mar joint venture was
directly linked to the takeover
of Harrah’s by two:US private
equity giants, Apollo Manage-

ment and Texas Pacific, who .

urchased the gaming giant for
27.8 billion, and assumed $10.7
billion in debt, on January 28,
2008.
That was some three days
before the supplemental Heads

of Agreement was s:zned

between Baha Mar and the

, Government, to which Caesars

Bahamas gave its consent, and
the same day on which the
developers are alleging that
Harrah’s began discussing from
the Cable Beach redevelop-
ment.

As a result, Baha. Mar is
alleging that Harrah’s and its
new owners decided to with-
draw from the project to aid the
former’s balance sheet position,
but instead of notifying it
looked for an excuse to with-
draw.

_ In its amended action, Baha
Mar alleged that by consenting

.to the supplemental Heads of

Agreement on January 31, 2008,

Harrah’s and Caesars Bahamas ..

“agreed to a greatly expanded
project” that was announced via
press release.

Charles Atwood, Harrah’s
chief financial officer and exec-
utive vice-president, signed the

supplemental Heads of Agree-.

ment on Harrah’s behalf, saying

that the gaming giant had.

“reviewed and approved the
terms”.

Baha Mar further alleged that -

Mr Atwood sent a confirmation

letter to the Government on.
that same date, saying Harrah’s.

was committed to proceeding
and would contribute some 43
per cent or $212 million of the
$493 million in equity being put
up for the project.

Mr Atwood also personally
called Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham to offer his congratu-
lations and reaffirm Harrah’s
commitment at Cable Beach on
January 31, 2008, it was alleged.

See DEAL, page 5B

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government received
an economic boost - at least in
the short-term - after a Wall
Street credit rating agency yes-
terday reaffirmed the ‘A-grade’
rating on this nation’ sovereign

-debt, even though ‘the analyst
the
_ Bahamas’ economic structure
“really exacerbates” the US
_recession’s impact.
Olga Kalinina, the lead S&P

responsible warned

analyst for the Bahamas, told

Tribune Business that while the |

Bahamas’ economic fundamen-

. tals remained largely sound, and

all debt ratios were in line with
its ‘A-rated’ peers, the Wall
Street agency might be forced

‘to downgrade this nation if a

longer and deeper US recession
pushed these out of line and
there was “substantially lower
growth”.

She explained: “If we believe
the pace of this [economic]
deterioration is accelerating,

and our forecast is no longer.

consistent, and the fundamen-

‘Many’ hotel owners subsidising losses

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

‘Tribune‘Business Editer--—~.

“MOST” Bahamas-based hotel own-

Mr Sands [| .
novos added: that even” (gee
in “normal cir-
cumstances”

_* Recent redundancies reduce losses, but don’t sliminae e
them, returning many resorts to ‘normal’ red ink levels

ers.are currently having to subsidise their
properties out of their own pockets to
cover operating losses, a senior indus-
try executive told Tribune Business yes-
terday, with the recent wave of losses at
many resorts having reduced - but not
eliminated - the red ink.
” Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-
president for government and public
affairs, said: “The reality is that most or
many owners are subsidising their oper-
ations, and the exercise many proper-
ties are going through at the moment is
intended to reduce losses. .

“We would like to get to the point

where we eliminate losses, but this exer- -

cise is all about reducing them.”

Real estate deposit
recalls grow by 50%

lm By CARA BRENNEN- -

‘based resort own-

‘properties, espe-

many Bahamas-

ers would have to
subsidise their |

cially during the
slowest parts of.
the tourism sea- |
son, “but this year
the losses have been evaasesicd [by the
global economic woes] and we don’t see
any improvement taking place for some
time”. ; ,
Faced with such a situation, a num-
ber of resorts had seen no option but to
reduce staff headcount and payroll costs,
firstly via reduced work weeks and work-

Peasant



* Hotels relying on five profitable months

ing hours but, ultimately, through redun-
dancy-in a number of cases:

And even after these lay-offs, many
resorts are still got profitable, Mr Sands
explaining that the action taken had
returned them to normal financial loss
levels for this time of year - not elimi-
nated it.

“In most instances, it’s getting us back
to where we were, but in no way does it
reduce the amount of money owners
have to put into their operations,” Mr
Sands said. He added that he was only
referring to owners subsidising opera-

How do you attract and retain

tional expenses, and not including other
costs such as finance charges.
The Baha Mar executive said the gen-

eral rule for Bahamas-based hotels was -

that they generated profits for five
months of every year, with the remaining
seven either “break even” or loss-mak-
ing.

The five generally profitable months

‘for Bahamian hotels were February,

March and April, which comprise. the
peak winter season, plus July and

See LOSSES, page 4B

tals are changing, in this sce-
nario there will be a down-
grade.”

That scenario is not here yet,
and the ‘A~-’ and ‘A-2’ ratings
on the Bahamas’ sovereign debt
mean that the Government will
still be able to tap international
capital markets for debt financ-
ing, via the likes of bond issues,
should it need to without incur-
ring too high an interest rate.

. That, in turn, will minimise debt

servicing costs.

Also, Standard & Poor’s
(S&P) decision to reduce the
Bahamas’ outlook from ‘stable’
to ‘negative’ will not come as a

surprise to many, given this

nation’s heavy reliance on the
US and its openness, which
exposes it even more to the
worst effects of the global
downturn.

Still, Ms Kalinina said S&P

“had revised upwards the pro-
jected fiscal deficit for the

Bahamas from 2.2 per cent to 3
per cent (2.3 per cent on a cen-
tral government level) of GDP

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i LAST week, Central Bank
overnor Wendy Craigg was
uoted‘in the newspapers issu-

ing a:;warning about the

ahamian economy. She
portedly indicated that it
ould. take the US economy
me two years before it recov-
rs and;‘in light of this, she
rged; Bahamians to restrain
eir Spending in these chal-
lenging economic times.
; Two. weeks ago, our compa-
hosted a series of informa-
on meetings for our clients in
the Cayman Islands. The focus
of these meetings was the US
économy, and-we invited an
conomist from Vanguard, one
of our investment partners, to
pare the views of that firm
with our audience.

} Basic Outlook
_Variguard’s basic outlook
as. that the financial strains
e US:is currently facing will
persist well into 2009, and the
‘ecession is likely to last at least
18 months - until about the
urth: quarter of next year. A
recession i is'defined as two con-
secutive quarters of negative



onomic growth or contrac- |

tion. It should be noted that
recessions are normal parts of
the business cycle that occur

| RISKS, from 1B

s

in the 2008-2009 Budget year, a
figure that was set to be repeat-
éd,in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
| The upward revision was

quired, she told Tribune. Busi-
ness, because revenues ‘were
jerforming below expectations,
ie government spending on
social assistance programmes,
inemployment benefits and
capital works initiatives was
ikely to increase.

: In turn, S&P is projecting that
the Government’s debt will
increase to 38 per cent of GDP

ly 2009, compared to 36 per

‘entin 2007.

' Ms Kalinina said: “In my
ew, the Bahamas’ inherently
eak economic structure really

exacerbates all this. It’s a per- |

fect transmission [mechanism]
for all the weaknesses coming

it of the US. Once all the risks
from the US are,in-and present

ig the economy, ‘the effects-are”

immediate.”
| She added: “What we are
projecting for now, in our sce-
nario, is that the fiscal deficit at
{

from time to time.

Whether it is 18 months or
two years is neither here nor
there. Even at 18 months, it is
still expected to be the longest
recession since the 1960s. Since

1960, there have been seven.

recessions, with the longest
being 16 months, the shortest

. six months, and the average

being about 12 months long,
according to data published by
the National Bureau of Eco-
nomic Research.

Why this recession

may last longer

The US, along with most of
the world’s major economies,
is currently caught in a long-
term vicious cycle.

The sub-prime crisis, coupled
with the collapse in the housing
market, has led to unprece-
dented solvency problems for
traditional banks, investment
banks and other financial insti-
tutions. Threatened with bank-
ruptcy and financial system
implosion, governments felt
compelled to.respond with the
biggest bailout programme ‘in
history.

Fear, uncertainty and credit

concerns led to a global credit:

crunch. Banks (and other finan-

cial institutions) with liquidity

the central government level
will be.around 3 per cent this
year and next, simply because
we don’t see any improvement
in the fiscal situation next year,
based on our economic analysis.

“Tf you look at the fiscal pro-
jections for the first two months,
it’s clear revenues are under-
performing, and there will be
more pressure to continue cap-
ital spending.”

S&P yesterday projected that
the Bahamas’ external reserves
would decline from the $650
million level seen in September
2008 to $500 million by year-
end 2009, due to the decline in
foreign direct investment.

The Government’s planned

fiscal stimulus, through capital

‘works projects, meant that the

external current account deficit
would hover at. about 15 per
cent of GDP for 2008 and 2009,
down from 18 per cent in 2007.

~Ehe external financing gap,
defined as Current accounts pay-
ments plus short and long-term
debt payments and their amor-
tisation, was forecast to “remain
high” at about 150 per cent of

\ Financial

Focus ©



are no longer prepared to lend
funds on a short-term basis to
other banks ‘where, rumors of
problems persists. Strong insti-
tutions stop lending, while the
weak get weaker or even col-
lapse. Funding (both long and
short-term) to business tight-
ens.

Tight money feeds reces-
sionary pressures. Businesses
cut back and/or close their
doors. The economy moves
into recession.

- This then leads to more fore-
closures, more problems with
sub-prime loans..: and the cycle
continues with each cycle pro-

gressively becoming more
_severe.

Housing Market
This.is the problem in the US
housing market. The long-term

' average number of ‘inventory

units’ has-averaged around 2.25
million: Currently, inventory is
around four million units. Nor-
mal conditions are unukely to

current account receipts and
useable reserves.

S&P. revised its economic
growth projections for the
Bahamas to 1.1 per cent for
2008, and 1 per cent of GDP in
2009, down from 3 per cent and

4 per cent respectively, and in.

line with the Government’s own
projections.

While non-performing iearis
as a percentage of total out-
standing loans in the Bahamian

banking sector was still under,

control, the Wall Street credit
rating agency added that this
could “increase substantially as
the tourism sector, major pri-
vate sector employers, and the
construction industry are under-
going drastic contractions”. -

"We revised the outlook to
reflect our concerns over the
rapidly slowing economic
growth in The Bahamas and its
impact on the sovereign's fiscal
and the country's external
accounts," explained Ms Kalin-
ina.

"More importantly, the coun-
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return until excess inventory is
worked off. Clearly, it is not an
overnight fix, and the adjust-
ment process will take time.
We probably have not seen

. the bottom of the housing crisis

yet. In the short-term there are
likely to be more foreclosures
as the economy weakens and
more people lose their jobs. As
foreclosures increase, there will
be more losses and write-downs
of ‘sub-prime based’ assets, and
potentially the need for more
bailout money from Uncle
Sam.

Conclusion

Going back to Governor
Craigg’s call for financial
restraint, what should individ-
uals do?

This is no time for ‘business.

as usual’, and all of us should
strive to tighten our belts until
the .economic situation
improves. Here are some tips
to ease the pain of these chal-
lenging times: ;

* List ways your household
can cut costs or manage your
limited resources better. Make
a plan and review it regularly.

* Cut out wasteful spending.
Bahamians have great difficul-

. ty separating ‘true needs’ from

rent downturn and puts more
; pressure on the

policy
response.”

This was because tourism
accounts for more: than 60 ‘per
cent of GDP and employs over
50 per cent of the labour force,
with US tourists accounting for
87 per cent of total visitors.

"If these negative trends were
to accelerate, significantly rais-

ing the contingent liability from.

the financial system and struc-
turally impairing the public
finances, we will likely lower
the ratings," Ms Kalinina added.
"Similarly, if the. Govern-
ment's countercyclical response
will lead to a sharp increase in
debt, the ratings will come
under negative pressures.
“Conversely, if the economic

‘slowdown is mild, helped by the

Government's fiscal efforts and
continuing investment, the
resulting stabilisation of fiscal
and external accounts will sup-
port the revision of the outlook
back to stable."

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008, PAGE 3B

hat you can do to withstand downturn

wants. ; 4

* Delay any major capital
expenditure that can be
delayed, such as new automo-
biles, construction, etc.;

* If, you can,*try to reduce
your debt load (all sources from
credit cards to consumer loans).

* Cut out unnecessary dri-
ving. Plan your trips more effi-
ciently and coordinate activi-
ties better. 8

* Turn off lights in rooms not
being used. It is not uncommon
to see every room lit up in
every house as you drive
through our neighbourhoods at
night. Also, invest in a timer
for your water heater. ©

* Carry your lunch from
home instead of buying lunch
each day. Most workplaces
have kitchens with refrigera-
tors and microwaves. Invest in

some sealable plastic containers

and save money.

* Entertain yourself at home
with wholesome ‘family-friend-
ly’ activities, instead of always
going out.

* Get financial counselling.
Financial counsellors/advisors
help you get control of your
finances. If you are drowning
in debt, reach out to your bank,

credit union and credit card
issuers for help.





* Build up as ck savings as

-you can.

Finally, this is absolutely the ;
wrong time to be out of work.
For those fortunate enough to
have a job, make sure you
adopt the right attitude at work
each day and that you give a ©
full day’s labour. Take stock of
your situation, think of ways to
improve your marketable skills
(that can help you to earn
more).

Until next week..."

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst, is
vice-president - pensions, Colo-
nial Pensions Services

(Bahamas), a wholly-owned

subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.

e The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group Internation-
al or any of its subsidiary

‘and/or affiliated companies.

Please direct any questions or
comments © to
tlgibson@atlantichouse.com.bs

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Obama wants economic rescue approved ‘right away”

@ By BETH FOUHY .
Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (AP) _ With the econo-
my in crisis, President-elect Barack
Obama urged the new Congress to pass
» a quick economic stimulus bill, pledged
help for the troubled auto industry and
blessed the Bush administration's
bailout of the financial industry.

Even so, he conceded, "The economy
is likely to get worse before it gets bet-
ter," a downbeat forecast, delivered 57
days before he takes the oath of office
and as Americans headed into the year-
end holiday season.

Barring swift action, "most experts
now believe that we could lose millions

newly elected Congress to act quickly
on his plans after opening its session
on Jan. 6.

At a news conference, Obama was
critical of the Big Three automakers,
saying he was surprised they did not
have a better-thought-out plan for their
future before asking Congress to
approve $25 billion in emergency loans.

He said once he sees a plan, he
expects " we 're going to be able to shape
a rescue.’

Obama declined to say how large a
stimulus package he wants from Con-
gress. Democratic lawmakers speculat-
ed over the weekend that the price tag
could reach $700 billion over two years
as the nation struggles to emerge from

crunch. "It's going to be costly," the.
president-elect said.

The stock market had been climbing
before Obama spoke but then slipped
during his news conference, reducing
its gain from 300 points to 200. It rose
higher again later. Analysts said
investors were looking for more
specifics of an economic stimulus plan,
and also wanted Obama to state that

he would set asidé a plan to raise taxes

on the richest Americans.

Obama made his comments as he -

unveiled the top members of his eco-
nomic team, beginning with New York
Federal Reserve President Timothy
Geithner to be his treasury secretary.
Geithner, 47; is a veteran of financial

worked closely with the Bush adminis-
tration in recent months.

Obama chose Lawrence Summers as
director of his National Economic
Council. Summers was treasury secre-
tary under former President Bill Clin-
ton.

Obama said his newly minted eco-
nomic team offered "sound judgment
and fresh thinking" at a time of eco-
nomic peril.

He expressed confidence the'nation
would weather the crisis:"because we've
done it before." :

Obama also announced two other
members of his economic team in the
making. He named Christina Romer as
chair of his Council of Economic Advis-

his White House Domestic Boley
Council.

Obama's principal theme was
urgency.

"We do not have a minute to waste,"
he said, citing the turmoil in the finan-
cial markets as well as the deteriora;
tion of the broader economy. d

He also said he would "honor the
commitments made by the current
administration" to deal with the prob;
lems, signaling approval of the Bush
administration's latest effort to rescue
Citigroup as well as the broader $700
billion bailout designed to shore up the
financial markets. 1

e Associated Press writer Jim Kuhn-
henn contributed to this story from

of jobs next year,"

LOSSES, from 1B

August, which coincide with the
school holidays.

While there were small pock-
ets of profitability in Novem-
ber and December, due to the
Thanksgiving and Christmas
weeks, other seven months
were generally break-even at
best, Mr Sands said, describing
hotels’ financial years as “bits
and pieces”:

The ‘bottom line’ is just that
for the Bahamian hotel indus-
try, which will simply be unable
to survive if it is not profitable.
The country is faced with a sit-
uation where the industry that is
its largest private employer is
in danger of becoming a ‘wel-
. fare sector’, kept alive only by
the generosity of its owners and
employers.

Two other hotel executives
backed up Mr Sands’ comments
in the wake of Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham disclosing last
week that Hong Kong-based
Hutchison Whampoa is subsi-
dising the Our Lucaya resort to
the tune of $3 million per
month, or $36 million per year.

The subsidy was intended to
keep the resort’s 1,000 staff

he said, urging the

employed, Our Lucaya having
generated $1.4 million in rev-
enues for October - barely
enough to cover its $1.3 million
wage bill.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s (BHA)
executive vice-president, told
Tribune Business that without
the extensive investment incen-
tives the Government granted
to resort developers - such as

the customs and Stamp Duty:

breaks under the Hotels
Encouragement Act, and real
property tax exemptions -
tourism-related projects would
not be seen in this nation.
Emphasising that he did not
want to scare away incoming
resort developers, Mr Comito
said: “Given our high-cost of

Start-up, construction and oper-

ations compared to other areas,

without the investment incen- .

tives, it would be virtually
impossible to see tourism-relat-
ed development taking. place in
the Bahamas.

“Even with the investment
incentives in place, our high
operating costs, high labour
costs and high energy costs
make it difficult to generate the
kind of profits international
companies expect.” ‘

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137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DWBH Ventures Ltd. has been

completed: a Certificate of Dissolution has been: issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

@

William Closs -_
' Liquidator

The Anglican Central Education Authority

invites applications from qualified Teachers
for positions available.

Two (2) MUSIC TEACHERS

Only qualified Teachers, with Bachelor or
Master Degrees from an accredited University
or College and Teaching Certificate need apply.

For further details and application form, please
contact the Anglican Central Education
Authority on Sands Road at telephone (242)

322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application and/or completed
application forms with copies of required
documents must be sent by Friday, December
Sth, 2008 to the Anglican Education
Department addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O. Box N-656
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a recession compounded by a credit |

These issues were exposed by
the Tourism Taskforce on
Trade Liberalisation’s 2003
report, which some five years
ago compared a Nassau resort
with rivals in the Caribbean and
US that had similar sizes, occu-
pancies and average daily room

’ rates.

What was described as the
“real shocker” was that the Nas-
sau hotel’s gross operating prof-
it was just 9 per cent,-compared
to 22 per cent and 35 per cent
for the Caribbean and US resort

- respectively.. This meant that

the Nassau’s hotel’s gross oper-

- ating profits were 59 per cent
and 74 per cent respectively

below that of the Caribbean and
US resort.

And in virtually every cost
category, the Nassau hotel was
far ahead of its counterparts.
Room payroll was 40 per cent
and 17 per cent. above its
Caribbean and US counterparts
respectively, while for food’and

beverage payroll it was 25 per ©

cent and 17 per cent more
expensive.

More alarmingly, the Nassau
resort’s food and beverage

"expenses were 183 per cent ©

higher than those for its US
counterpart, with utility and
power costs 114 per cent greater
- and this before BEC’s soar-
ing bills as a result of higher
global oil prices.
Russell Miller, the BHA’s

president, pointed to the Asso-
ciation’s September survey,

‘which revealed that 71 per cent

crises at home and overseas and has

of resort properties surveyed
did not expect to make a 2008
profit, to highlight the indus-
try’s vulnerability.

“About seven out of 10 hotels.

were projected not to produce a
profit, which makes it extreme-
ly difficult for companies to do
business without looking at
potentially reducing salaries,”
Mr Miller said.

“The single largest expense
we have is payroll. It’s not ever
an easy task for operators to
reduce work weeks, reduce the

- hours worked, or even get to

lay-off and termination situa-
tions, but.as a means of survival
it’s one of the available options
people have to consider, and in
a lot of instances take. It’s that
bad.”
Describing the tourism and
hotel industry as the Bahamas’
“means or survival” and
“lifeblood”, Mr Miller called for
a National ‘Approach or strate-

gy to be developed for the sec-.-

tor.

All Bahamians and residents
had to understand that this
nation was tourism-dependent,
and every dction by themselves
and Bahamian businesses could
impact the sector.

Calling for “bold measures
and bold steps” to be taken, Mr
Miller said the Bahamas needed
to take a different approach -to
the growth and development of

its tourism industry, since it was —

clear that current methods were
not achieving the desired result.
“Tt’s really survival of the

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NOTICE

HANG SENG BANK TRUSTEE (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that the winding up and dissolution of

Hang Seng Bank Trustee (Bahamas) Limited has been

completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution and

that the Company has been struck from the Register of

Companies on the 1* Day of November, 2008.

Maria M. Férére

Liquidator

Nassau Airport
Development Company

‘

AD PEO!

It is with great pleasure that we showcase our
Employee of the Month for October 2008.

Eduardo Nottage is one of the bright stars of the
Customer Experience Department. He joined
Nassau Airport Development Company in April °
2007 in the capacity of Operations Controller,
where he was given a panoramic view of the
world of Airport Operations. He then transferred
to the Customer Experience Department as a

concierge.

Eduardo's initiative and leadership spirit serve
asa great example for peers to emulate. He
has great focus, thinks outside of the box and
is always able to get the job done. In fact, his
creative ideas have enabled NAD to reduce
the overall operating costs for the department.
Eduardo graduated from S.C. McPherson High
School (June 1992) and. later trained at the
Industrial Training Centre now known as BTVI.
He is an active member of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Reserves posted at the Central
Detective Unit and attached to homicide; he is
also a member of the Royal Ambassadors Brass
Band and enjoys boating, flying and travelling.

Congratulations Eduardo!



ers, and Melody Barnes as director of

fittest, but that’s how bad and
how desperate this situation is,”
Mr Miller said. “We’ve got to
get the creative juices flowing,
shake this thing up and look at
it differently.”

On the question of hotel own-
er subsidies, he added: “It’s
somewhat fortunate that there
are operators and owners that
have that kind of resources and
can continue to find operations
that are not profitable.

“The reality is that’ there
aren’t that many out there, and
there are not many that can
afford to do this for much
longer.”

Calling for the Government
to assist the industry with get-
ting the cost of doing business in
the Bahamas downto a level
where it made sense, Mr Miller
said payroll and electricity costs
were “killing us” in the hotel
industry.

A reduction in electricity
costs, for example, might enable
the hotel industry to avoid at
least some lay-offs and redun-
dancies. “We’ve already seen
one wave of terminations and
lay-offs, and more is in the
pipeline,” Mr Miller added.

Mr Comito said the hotel
industry had been “knocking
on the door with a number of
these things” identified by the
Taskforce report and “trying to
deal with them”.

“In the past two years, busi-
nesses in the hotel sector have
invested incredible amounts of
money in becoming energy effi-
cient,” Mr Comito said.

He added that while progress
had been made in that area, aid-
ed ue the 2008-2009 Budget

Washington.

7

duty reductions on solar power
components, there was more
that could be done in that area
and the sector had presented .
an “extensive list of laundry
items” they were seeking tax
reduction on in a bid to aid sus:
tainable energy development‘!
The BHA, Mr Comito said?
had also “stepped up consider? |
ably” its efforts in working with
Bahamian schools and its train
ing programmes. " f@)
“We are taking a.very aggres-
sive and in-depth look at edu-
cation, and how we collectively, |
as a community and govern-
ment, can be more progressive
‘in building a world-class edu: .
cation system,” Mr Comito said:
“That would go a long way
over time to making us a more
productive and competitive .
country.”
Mr Sands said: “The hotels

‘ are doing their darndest to seé

how we can turn this situation -
around in a’very volatile and

‘worrisome global economy. '/!

“The situation is what it-is,

_ and our energy is really focused .

on what we can do to improve
our current situation and move
forward.”
He added: “Hotels are =
extremely sensitive to the
impact [lay-offs] have on our
tourism assets, the people who
make the companies work......
“We have to do what is nec-
essary to make operations
viable, so. that we can continue :
to employ a large number of:
people, and hope the initiatives
were are working on with the
Ministry of Tourism and our-;
Selves will get business back to
the level we see normally.” “

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VILDO FRANCOIS of |’

PINEWOOD GARDENS,

ELIZABETTE | CORNER

NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible;.;
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization ,=)|
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who;:]
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should:
not be granted, should send:a written and signed statement ;:

of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. ¢

NOTICE

NOTICE

is hereby given that CHERLINE ATILUS”

of SHADY TREE LANE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is
. applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and.

Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen,

of The Bahamas, and that any person. who knows any’.
reason’ why registration/ naturalization should not be;,
granted, should send a written and signed statement. of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of, ;
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality. ; ;

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

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“NOTICE. is hereby given that MAGDALA MARC of

BAHAMA

AVENUE, P.O.

BOX N-3331, NASSAU,

BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization |
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who.
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should,
not be granted, should send a written and'signed statement;
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of,
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality,
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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By CARA BRENNEN-
2 BETHEL
Business Reporter

-. THE Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) and the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
Merce yesterday Signed a
$225,000 partnership for the
establishment of a Small to
Medium Enterprise Support
Unit, which will provide tech-
ftical support for private sector

Participation in international
“ fyade negotiations.’

‘The Unit will be responsible

for data -collection, dissemina-
tion of information and con-
ducting research and analysis
of issues affecting small and
medium-sized businesses, which
comprise about 90 per cent of
tegistered businesses in the
Bahamas.
x, At yesterday’s signing, Cham-
ber president Dionisio
D’ Aguilar said: “This morning’s
signing is an acknowledgment
on our part that business as usu-
al is no longer an acceptable
posture for my board, nor for
our membership.”
-e He added that small busi-
nesses faced new challenges
locally, regionally and globally.
-o In particular, the Chamber
president said the Bahamas had
a.tendency to lag behind when
it came to trade negotiations,
as evidenced in the recent sign-
ing of the Economic Partner-
ship Agreement (EPA).

“We always seem to be the
dast at the table or have to
gush,” he said. “Our recent
@xperience leading up to the
signing of the Economic Part-
nership Agreement has made
2i

>» DEAL, from 1B

“if ' However, Baha Mar is alleg-
dng that Mr Loveman’s deposi-
tion revealed that three days

_garlier, before the supplemental ~

eads of Agreement was

ed, confirmation letters and
a8, one calls made, and press
geleases issued, there was a

aq

sheeting between Harrah’s and -

_$ new private equity owners.
9} “Loveman tesiified that ‘pri-
or to the meeting on the 28th, it
was our intention, as Harrah’s,
to plan to fund the equity in this
ogramme if the conditions
antecedent were met’, but that
‘the meeting on the 28th
changed that’,” the lawsuit
alleged.
“Loveman testified, for exam-
ple, that the January 31, 2008,
confirmatory letter sent ‘mixed
signals’ in that ‘the signal sent
by this letter is that we remain
interested in pursuing’,” Baha
Mar alleged.
“With regard to the January
31, 2008, press release, when
ked if Harrah’s ‘told people
here you were looking forward
working with your partners
to complete the project, even
though privately you were talk-
ing to the private equity guys,
among other things, about
pulling out of the project’, Love-
man testified that ‘the literal
statement you made is correct;



















299

things at the same time’.

Then, when asked why he
sent Baha Mar’s chief execu-
tive, Sarkis Izmirlian,.a con-
gratulatory e-mail on January

over Harrah’s participation,
“Loveman testified that he
believed it would be better not
to address the matter in an e-
mail”.

ESTATE, from 1B

arly severe because many per-
ppns who were lined up to pur-
[1 chase homes were former hotel
workers, who had either been
| ferminated or placed on
zeduced work days. Others
were younger persons unable
to afford a mortgage right now
because of the rise in the cost of
living.
; “So.they have had to ask for
the deposit back,” she said.
Despite this, Ms Rahming
added that what realtors and
developers are also seeing is a
ee serious, opportunistic buy-

|
i
[
i
i
lle
ii

_ have savings and are coming in,
| ‘and they are more serious. They
are able to take advantage of
what is going on in the mar-
'ket,” she added.

Ms Rahming explained that
ithese buyers were able to ben-
j ‘efit from better prices, as per-

' sons try to offload their prop-
| erties, because they have sav-
j i they can use for financing.
f



seer



“So ee are getting great



mes or vacant lots. They are
‘Pfaking advantage of what is
im@Vvailable,” she said.

we were doing both of these ©

1, 2008, despite the doubts.

ti "ewe have those persons who



OSCAR SPENCER (left), IDB country representative, and Dionisio D’ Aguilar, president of Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, chat during yesterday's signing...

us painfully aware of the need
to reorganise ourselves to
address the needs of our mem-
bership.”

Mr D’Aguilar said the IDB -

arrangement will ensure that
the private sector, particularly
small and medium-sized busi-

‘nesses, are fully prepared and

briefed for upcoming trade
agreements the country is like-
ly to face, including the trade
agreement between CARI-
COM and Canada that is cur-
rently being negotiated in
Trinidad.

While some regional govern-
ments have already completed
the process of preparing sector
and national positions for this,
the Bahamas has just started
the process, and Bahamian
firms have not yet been con-
sulted and “are not yet at the
table”, he said

Baha Mar alleged the Har-
rah’s- executive said: “ ‘Well, I
say with just a small does of
irony that I’ve learned that
putting a lot of content in e-
mails is not always in my inter-
est, so I sent him a nice, gra-
cious response and left it at
that’.”

Baha Mar alleged that Har-
rah’s executives continued to
“proceed with business as usu-
al” in their dealings with the
Cable Beach operator right up
until it terminated the agree-
ment, despite the backstage

' Manoeveres.

And the lawsuit alleged that
when it came to the press
release issue regarding the joint
venture, Mr lLoveman’s
response to questioning was: “I
would not view that as an espe-
cially big deal. We put out a lot
of press releases.”

And as for the supplemental
Heads of Agreement, Mr Love-

2 .
man’s alleged response to ques-

tioning: “We didn’t sign an
agreement - well, perhaps we
did sign an agreement with the
Government. We sign agree-
ments with governments with
some frequency.”

Urging the New York court

to order that Harrah’s and Cae-.

sars Bahamas complete the
joint venture transaction and
contribute the $212 million in
capital, Baha Mar alleged: “The
Harrah’s defendants concealed
their true state of mind, so that.
the Baha Mar parties and the
joint venture company would
continue to pursue the project,
expend resources and. publicly

announce to the Government '

and people of the Bahamas that
the project was proceeding
ahead. -

“The Harrah’s defendants
knew that it would severely
damage the business reputation,
credibility and standing of the
Baha Mar parties and put their

entire investment of almost

$300 million at risk should the



a

“Undoubtedly, we need gov-
ernment’s support, but as a pri-
vate sector, we cannot sit and
wait for the Government to do
our job and assume that they
are aware of the myriad of
issues facing the private sector.
Today we recognise our respon-
sibility, and have taken concrete
steps to address this deficien-
cy,” the Chamber president
said.

Mr D’ Aguilar urged business
persons to familarise themselves
with the trade agreements.
“Become involved. Do not wait
until'a month before we are due
to initial or sign this or another
agreement to complain that you
didn’t know or that no one told
you. Solutions will not be found
in Rawson Square but rather
through preparation and
engagement.”

He said the Unit will be

joint venture not proceed on

(Photo: Craig Lenihan)

‘doing the necessary research

and analysis to determine the
impact of these agreements on
the Bahamas and small busi-
nesses, and said it was impor-
tant that the private sector was
fully aware of the liberalisation
schedyles and what was at
stake, because it was businesses
that trade, not governments.

Oscar Spencer the IDB’s rep-
resentative for the Bahamas,
acknowledged that the Cham-
ber was a strategic partner.

“This issue is so important,
critical and topical, and often
small businesses have. limited
capacity to deal with trade
units,” he said. .

“Providing support for pri-
vate sector development is an
important plank of our country
strategy for the Bahamas, and
our participation in this project
gives us the opportunity to help



the announced schedule.”

’ Legal Notice

NOTICE

~ INVESTMENTS SOLUTIONS FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 INVESTMENTS
SOLUTIONS FUND LTD. is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was

21st November |

2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building 2 ;
Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of INVESTMENTS
SOLUTIONS FUND LTD. All persons having claims against the

above-named company are required

to send their address and particu-

lars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 21st December 2008.

the very important small and
medium-sized businesses in
their preparations for the intro-
duction of new international
trading agreements. Based on
our due diligence work, we are
also satisfied that there is a gen-

uine need for this support pro-
gramme and that the Chamber
has the capacity to manage the
project successfully.”

The Unit will be located at
and managed by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INVESTMENT SOLUTIONS MANAGEMENT LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 INVESTMENT
SOLUTIONS MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 21st November
2008. David Thain of Amer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building 2
Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of INVESTMENT
SOLUTIONS MANAGEMENT LTD. Al! persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their address
and particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 21st Decem-

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Combinations and Percentages

You are declarer in each of the
following four situations:
1. You have the A-K-10-2 of a

percent chance for four tricks. Cash-
ing the king first and then finessing

‘the jack will give you only a 61 per-
cent chance for four tricks. A first-
round finesse of the nine is, therefore

.15 A vote having gone to the Accepts another contract: suit, and dummy has the Q-3. You ~ the better play. aN and
~other side (6) and quits (7) lead dummy’s queen and then the If you needed only three tricks in
17 Overtures returned with 11 Set free and handed three, both opponents following low. the suit, the best method of play
interest? (8) over (9) Should you play the ace or the ten to would be the king followed by a
| 18. Four main points:of 43. It shows the way to finish give yourself the best chance for four nese of the jack, which vo
information (4) letters (8) Acrose Down tricks? yield three tricks 94 percent of the
Informe Lu 2. You have the A-J-4-3-2, and time.
21 It preserves timber and 14 Quite out of order (7) | 1 Give false alarm (3,4) 1. Recurrent series of dummy has the K-9. How would you 3. If you. finesse the jack, you
ropes for the sailor (3) 16 Man has a way of N 5 Hidden stock (5) events (5) play this combination to give,your- have a 37 percent chance of scoring
22 Agreed ona fresh kind of — acquiring esteem (6) =. 8 Bruise (9) 2 Intense desire (3) self the best chance for four tricks? _—_ seven tricks. If you cash the A-K,
drink (9) 49 Exhausted writer found in Oo. Sega see 3 Responsibility (4) 3. You have the A-K-J-10-9-4-3, hoping to catch the queen, you have
pa | Agta ae ecwoalt ke the street (5) : old at fixed level (3) 4 Wellwisher (6) and dummy has the singleton OPE only a 33 percent chance of success.
; > 10 Large water jug (4) ! If you need seven tricks in the suit,s The finesse is therefore the better
officer (5) 20 Eager to go up aftera ” ; : 5 Central American should you cash the A-K or finesse play.
25. Pet takes the wrong turn- key (4) ‘ing at a medium pace (7) 23 Dry manner (3) Lu 14 Money order on - 6 Something ‘4. You have the A-10-3-2 facing hand opponent follows low, finesse
Sah bank (6) attached (9) the ce in Suny How aud dun 8 a BSN that the
’ ; ’ : a ou play the suit to give yourself the nine loses to the jack or queen, you
Nestotesy £ eryric Bolution’ ° wvesterday's:Easy Solution He: FSR AG) f POruS (7) best chance for thes tricks? plan to cash the ‘king vient and then F
Across: 1 Gainsaid, 5 Chum, 9 . Across: 1 Michigan, 5 Tsar, 9 17 In concert (8) 11 Vigorous (9) a the ace. This will give you about a 75
Ridge, 10 Singles, 11 Money-spinner, Scrap, 10 Towards, 11 Inconsolable, 48. Division of school 13 Become more 1. If you finesse the ten, you have percent chance of making three
13 Pisces, 14 Acumen, 17:Cost of liv- 13 Urchin, 14 Strict, 17 Carte numerous (8) a 50 percent chance of success. If tricks (assuming the opponents
ing, 20 Relayed, 21 Ruche, 22 Sane, blanche, 20 Debacle, 21 Gorge, 22 veer (4) 14 Cry of disapproval (7) you cash the A-K instead, hoping to ’ always choose their best method of
23 Vendetta. + Lull, 23 Teetotal. 21 Take effect (3) 46° Bégin‘a journey (3.8) drop the missing jack, you have only —_ defense). :
Down: 1 Girl, 2 Indoors, 3 Sees eye Down: 1 Mask, 2 Chronic, 3 22 In the public eye (9) = , yy a 36 percent chance of making four The suggested line of play is
to eye, 4 Insist, 6 Helen, 7 Misprint, 8 Improvidence, 4 Attest, 6 Scrub, 7 a 19 Bishop's tricks in the suit. The finesse is there- slightly better than cashing the A-K
Undiscovered, 12 Epicures, 15 Manx — Respects, 8 Twelfth night, 12 24 Fortunate (5) headdress (5) ‘fore the better. play. in the hope of catching a singleton or
cat, 16 Pledge, 18 Salon, 19 Vera. Suicidal, 15 Inherit, 16 Fleece, 18 25 One soldier’s 20 Hoodoo (4) _ 2, Lead the deuce and finesse doubleton honor, which, added toa
Rebel, 19 Feel. entrenchment (7) 23 Self-esteem (3) dummy’s nine. This gives you a 68 3-3 division of the opposing cards,

offers about a 70 percent chance of
success,

Tomorrow: Hook, line and sinker.
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il@ By LISA LAWLOR
. Tribune Features Writer

MAN'S best friend, the old saying
goes, is his dog. But when you have
a disability, a pooch can turn into
your everything - your lifesaver that.
you cherish, love and depend on

‘night and day.

For Davis Hawn, his dog

Booster, ‘a stocky, golden
Labrador who has been trained
as a service dog, is the perfect
assistant that.allows him greater
independence and the ability to
get through his day to day tasks
with an injured leg. As a result
of the remarkable freedom that
Booster has given him, Mr
Hawn, who was visiting the
Bahamas from Florida last
week, is offering one lucky
Bahamian the chance to take a
course in training service dogs.

It is his hope that the individual

will return to the Bahamas with
this invaluable knowledge to
share with others.

Mr Hawn says Booster has
helped him through life like no
pill ever could. The Labrador
has brought him out of isola-
tion and back. to being the
social, keen human being that
he once was. Booster brought

. him from such.a depressed state
that he now voluntarily travels
the world, sharing his message.

While in the Bahamas Mr
‘Hawn visited the Stapledon
School for the Mentally Chal-
lenged, where some of the stu-
dents are in wheelchairs, and
others need the. assistan¢
walker to get around. Mr Hawn
taught the children about how
much help a service dog could
‘be in their lives.
| The most common type of
service dog is the guide dog for
‘blind persons. Those dogs
‘expertly lead their owners
‘through crowds, across streets,
and up stairs with no run-ins.
‘There are also service dogs for
deaf persons who specialize in
reacting to alarm systems for
ifire or burglary, and who nudge
‘the person awake to alert them



245,

to the problem. The latest
development in-service dogs is
_the canine for those with dia-
betes. These dogs are being
trained to detect lowering blood
sugar levels and to alert the per-
son before their insulin machine
is able to.

Finally, service dogs can be
attained for psychiatric patients,
a common occurrence now in
the US when three out of 10
soldiers coming back from the
war in Iraq are affected by men-
tal health disorders like post-
traumatic stress syndrome.

These dogs all come at quite
a hefty price, Mr Hawn said.
Though guide dogs are readily
available at a moderate rate,
other service dogs can cost

. between $25,000 to $35,000.
"And because of the great
reception I've had in the
Bahamas, I-want to give a schol-

- arship to one Bahamian who

can then go on the six week
course in‘California that I.did
last summer. He or she can then
return with this knowledge to
teach others, and hopefully start
a trend in service dogs here."
Inspectors Percy Grant and
Steven Turnquest of the

“-FJumane Society said they will

be the guiding force behind that
one lucky Bahamian student,
and will help him or her in
arranging classes and other
teaching opportunities. The stu-
dent will also be able to use the
Society's facility to train dogs
and teach other possible. train-
ers.
"We've never had this sort of
opportunity,” Inspector Grant
said, "and we are just so grateful

to Mr Hawn for his belief in the

Bahamian people."
Mrs Wilson, an administra-



Any Way You
Need It...

tor at the Stapledon School, was

also happy for the opportunity -

to improve the future for all
Bahamians who have a disabil-
ity. "I wish we had these sorts of
dogs right now" she said,
"These dogs are such a good
form of therapy, they serve in
calming and encouraging the
child, also giving them some
company at lonely times."

The dogs are also good sen-
sory stimuli for the kids who
"will be talking about this
demonstration for the rest of
the day", Mrs Wilson said.

As part of his demonstration,
Mr Hawn came out with Boost-
er and showed the dog’s talents
from running to the refrigerator
for water, turning on and off
light switches, opening doors
with a metal lever, pulling
wheelchairs, supporting the

~ owner's weight if one leg is a

little weaker than the other,
pulling socks off the owner's
feet, bringing their shoes, and
even jumping up to take a hat
off the owner's head.
* Mr Hawn closed the demon-
stration taking questions from
the audience, and telling every-
body that love is the conqueror
and proof of a real man, rather
. than abusing and showing, pow-
er through rough handling,
"Violence never settles any-

- thing," he said, quoting from

Ghengis Khan. He added fur-
ther that love for a fellow being
in this world, such as a dog, is
what defines our existence.
Davis Hawn's relationship
with Booster has changed his
life irreversibly, showing him
true happiness. They've trav-
elled the world together (Boost-
er even has his own air. miles

card) and he loves. the récep- °

tion that he and his best friend
get in the Bahamas.

e For more information about
Mr Hawn’s scholarship for
Bahamians, and the opportunity
to train service dogs, contact the
Bahamas Humane Society at
323.5138, or 323.6742. And to°

‘learn more about California's
training school, Bergin University
of Canine Studies, visit
‘www.assistancedog.org



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APPEARING on a vacation
yacht in the 20s looking bronzed

_ and no doubt fashionable, Coco

Chanel set forth a movement
that made the darkening - or

‘ tanning - of skin a sign of health

and affluente. From that

‘moment on, women of the 20s

had to add tanning to their
demanding “beautification” reg-
imen that already included bob-
bing of hair, binding of breasts
and sliming of the waistline.

Thanks in part to the aware-.
ness that UV light leads to
advanced aging and skin can-
cer, tanning is falling out of
favour as a sign.of health. Con-
sumers worldwide are more and
more interested in obtaining
lighter, brighter skin. The main.
reason why may stem from mar-
ket research studies that indi-
cate an uneven skin tone is per-
ceived as older or aging skin
while a more even skin coloura-
tion is judged to be healthier
and younger-looking.

As populations mature glob-
ally, pigmentation issues
become more prevalent, and.
the demand for skin brightening .
products has surged. Unfortu-
nately, those looking to bright-
en skin often run.into two dif-
ferent and disappointing sce-
narios: the products don't deliv-
er results as promised or even
worse, skin health suffers at the
hands of brightening ingredi-
ents.

Treating hyperpigmentation
without regard to skin health
can lead to sensitivity, irritation,
photo damage, exposure to
potentially dangerous agents
and premature aging.

When looking for ingredients
that can help treat hyperpig-
mentation and maintain skin
health, speak with your skin
therapist. He or she should rec-
ommend products containing
the following:



e Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid,
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phos-
phate, Tetrahexydecl Ascorbate
or Ascorbyl Glucoside): helps
brighten surface spots, helps
control oxidation. ;

e Camellia Sinensis (White
Tea) Extract: an antioxidant

_ that helps control oxidation. It

helps accelerate skin brighten-
ing and strengthens skin's
defences against future dis-

colouration on a cellular level. -

e Ferula Foetida (Giant Fen-
nel) Root Extract: slows
enzyme activity, inhibits
melanin formation, and helps
brighten skin.

e Glycyrrhiza Glabra
(Licorice) Root
Extract/Dipotassium Gly-

‘ cyrrizhate: an antioxidant, it

helps scavenge free radicals and
fight melanin formation.

e Lactic Acid: exfoliates to
help lift dulling, discoloured
skin cells to improve surface







THANKS | in part to the awareness
that UV light leads to advanced’
aging and skin cancer, tanning is
falling out of favour as a sign- of

health.

clarity. At high eancehtrain’
inhibits formation of tyrosinase
enzyme. :

e Lactobacillius/Citrus Med-
ica Limonun Peel Ferment:
helps exfoliate surface cells to
smooth skin, enhance skin tone
and elimination dark spots.

e Phytic Acid (Rice Extract):
chelates copper, inhibiting step
two of melanogenesis.

e ChromaWhite TRx: a new
era in brightening from the skin
health experts at Dermalogica.

This information was taken
from www. dermalogica. bs -

e .
debe eecepeecenuncpeeeenegbenseneencsaseesoosenee rrerererrrere

Sarah Simpson is a skin care
therapist at the Dermal Clinic.
Visit her, and her team of skin
and body therapists, at One
Sandyport Plaza (the same build-
ing as Ballys Gym). For more’
‘information about their Septem-
ber Face Treatment special for all
new clients visit www.dermal-
clinic.com or call 327.6788
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THE holiday season is typically the
season we indulge in foods that are not
heart healthy, pressure ourselves about
travel or gifts and exercise less. These
bad habits can lead to heart disease and
heart conditions. ,

This Christmas change your regular
pattern and take care of you and your
future. Shrink your stress by focusing
on what you can do: ‘f you can't afford it,
let it go. Exercise regularly and eat heart
healthy foods. Take your medications

and vitamins. Abstain from overeating —

and-drinking too much alcohol.

Each year many Bahamians suffer and
die from heart disease. Heart disease
does not discriminate based on age, gen-

der, religion, race, or colour. When it .

affects one person in‘a family, it indi-
rectly affects all. Sadly, many people can
not afford the health care they need
when they discover that they have heart

disease or a condition such as heart -

attack, stroke or heart failure.

The Heart Ball Committee wishes to
encourage the Bahamian public to take
preventative measures this holiday sea-
son to ensure they are heart healthy and
help a child to become heart healthy.

The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation was established in
1961 by Lady Evelyn Sassoon in memo-
ry of her late husband, Sir Victor Sas-
soon. The Foundation's main goal is to
assist children with the treatment of
heart disease and to educate and inform
Bahamians about heart care.

The Foundation runs primarily on a
voluntary and contributory basis. As

such, 98 per cent of the funds received go

directly to the treatment of heart dis-
ease in children and the remaining 2 per
cent covers administrative costs. To this
end the Heart Foundation has two major



PICTURED are members of the Heart Ball Committee. Back row from left are Linda Lafleur, Alexandria Newbold, Claire Howorth, Char- :
maine Miller, Marilyn Cambridge, Inez Johnson; Coretta Owen, and Portia Nottage, co-chair. Front row from left are Michelangiolo Bacelli,:
Lady Sheila Butler, co-chair; Ingrid Sears, Maria Symonette, Barbara Sayer, Zelia Bethel and Rose Thompson. Missing are Thorson Rock-:

well, Rochele Sealy, Nadia Campbell, co- -chair; Sue Riding, Clover Bonamy and Natasha Lightbourne.

arms: the Bahamas Heart Association
and the Heart Ball Committee.

.’ The Bahamas Heart Association is the

educational arm of the Foundation. The
Bahamas Heart Association is. focused
on living a healthy heart lifestyle:.The

‘association advises the public through

all available media on aspects of heart
disease, risk factors and preventive care.
The Heart Association provides speakers

and educational materials for schools,

-youth groups, service. clubs, churches,

and other public meetings.

The Heart Ball Committee is the fund
raising arm of the Foundation. Each year

the Heart Ball Committee hosts two”

major fundraising events:
e The Heart Ball

¢ The Annual Tea Party/Fashion Show

Other fundraising activities include
yard sales and the ‘giving of heart
bracelets in exchange for a donation..
These events generate funds that aid in.
the repair of hearts of children.

In addition, the Foundation accepts
donations, memorial donations and tax-
deductible donations. No amount is too
small. Being a non-profit organisation,
the Foundation relies heavily on the gen-
erosity of others to meet their goals:

Choosing the right

dog in the Bahamas

HOW amazing it is when
you ask people how and why
they chose a particular dog or
breed of dog, most people con-
fess that it was usually a ran-
dom choice. Maybe their kids
had been pestering them for a
dog, or maybe they saw a dog
on the street with puppies, or
maybe they saw an ad in the
local newspaper or they saw a
cute puppy in a pet store and
they decided to get one.
Although these can all be ways
to bring a wonderful dog into
our lives, they can also be
recipes for disaster.

Dogs are exceptional com-
panions. They are truly man’s
best friend. They provide
unconditional love and they
don’t nag. They are fun and
friendly and they love atten-
tion. But dogs are also com-
pletely dependent upon the
care of their owners and care-
takers for everything from food

and water to exercise and train-.

ing.

How often do we see in our
small archipelago nation, peo-
ple who suddenly give up their
dog because they don’t fully
understand all the care require-
ments necessary to maintain a
healthy, well behaved dog. We
know from experience that the
removal of a dog from the
home can be very traumatic to
children who have come to
love her and so we have decid-
ed today to help that person
who is thinking about choos-
ing the right dog for them and
their family.

Before you get a dog there
are certain questions that you

need to ask yourself before |

proceeding with the purchase.

e What kind of life do you
lead?

© Do you travel a lot?

e Are you single or married
with a family?

e Are you young or about to
retire?

e Are you on a tight budget
or you have disposable income.

¢ Do you want an active dog,
a small or large dog, or a hairy
dog?

¢ How much room do you
have in your home? Do you
’ live in a condo, or an apart-
ment or with family? Is your
yard fenced in, or do you have
a yard?

¢ How much time do you
have for the new dog? _~

_® Do you want a puppy or

an adult?

¢ Do you like to entertain
friends at your home?

One must always remember
that a dog is not an accessory.
He is an animal with a mind
and a personality all of his own,
and having one is like having
another person in the home.

A question most people
don’t stop to think about is



whether they should get-a pup- ~

py or an adult. Having a puppy
is like having a toddler in the
home. Puppies want to get in
everything and they use their
mouths to explore. They need
to chew and if you don’t supply
a variety of toys they will chew

what is available. Older dogs |

are generally calmer and they
are usually house-trained, how-
ever they are more set in their
ways.

Should you get a purebred
or a mixed breed? Purebred
dogs are those dog: that have
been bred pure over. several
generations. They have certain
traits that are desirable and
undesirable. However, mixed
breeds such as potcakes, may
not be the most beautiful dog
that you have ever seen, and
you may not be sure where
their instincts or traits come
from a Labrador or a Pit Bull,
but like their purebred cousins,
mixed breeds can make excel-
lent pets. ;

I have five potcakes in my
home along with five purebred
dogs. At the end of the day nei-
ther a purebred nor a mixed
breed is going to be a better
dog than the other. Both are
just dogs. You have to realisti-
cally assess the amount of time
and energy you have to take
care of your dog the way she
deserves and needs to be taken
care of. |

Where do you get this dog
that you want? You can get a
dog from a reliable, responsible
breeder, a pet store or from a
shelter such as the Bahamas
Humane Society.

Breeders usually want their
puppies or older dogs to find
homes in which they will be
loved and cared for as real fam-
ily members. A responsible
breeder will tell you all about
the history of the breed and
show you the parents and what
traits to look for.

Buying a dog from a pet
store used to be a common
experience. The decline in pet
shop sales has to do with the
way they operate. Pet shops
know that puppies are most
appealing when they are
six to eight weeks old.
That means they are usu-
ally separated from their
mother at a young age
and therefore these pups
miss out on the critical
developmental benefits of
staying in their first fami-
ly as long as they should
and their new families pay
the price in health and
behaviour problems later in

life.

Does this mean good dogs }

don’t come from pet shops?
No, some people who have

bought their dog at a pet store }
have perfectly fine pets. When :

purchasing a pet from a pet
store, you need to ask a lot of
questions. Where did the pup-
pies come from? Did they have
all of their shots and do you

have a record from the veteri- :

narian of those shots?

Today in Nassau too many }
lay persons are immunizing and :
playing doctor. The public is :
taking a chance if they buy a }
dog that has not been seen by a ;-
veterinarian and given aclean :
bill of health. There are many :
reasons to be wary of purchas- :
ing any animal from a pet shop, :
and health is at the top of the :
list. This does not mean that :
all pet stores sell dogs that are :
not healthy and the owners :
may know of certain health :
problems, but you want to be :
sure that you do not bring }
home a sick puppy or dog who :
will steal your heart and then ;
break your bank book with :
health and behavioural prob- ?-

lems.

As a veterinarian I have seen
my share of puppies that were :
purchased and said to be one ;:
particular breed when they :'
were something else and were :
very sick. So demand answers -:
and be wise before making a :
: SCOLIOSIS is more common in women than in men. The most important time to watch for a developing sco-

: liosis is between ages 10 - 18, especially in girls. g

decision to buy a pet from a
pet store.

¢ Dr Basil Sands is a veteri-

narian at the Central Animal Hos- :
pital. Questions or comments
should be directed to pot-
cake59@hotinail.com: Dr Sands
can also be contacted at 325-
1288











: ml By Susan Donald DC

EVERYONE'S spine has

? natural curves. These curves
: round our shoulders and make .
: our lower back curve slightly
: inward. But some people have
i spines that also curve from side
? to side. Unlike poor posture,
: these curves can't be corrected
: by learning to stand up straight.

This condition of side to side

i spinal curves is called scoliosis.

A bit of a side to side curve isn't

: much to worry about; it's when
: the curve gets too large there
: could be a problem. A big curve
: can be visible and cause dis-
: comfort and in severe cases a
; large curve can even cause
problems with breathing and
: circulation.

On an x-ray, the spine of a

i person with scoliosis looks more
; like an “S” or a “C” than a
: straight line. Some of the bones
: in a scoliotic spine also may
: have rotated slightly, making
: the person's waist or shoulders
i appear uneven.

' No one really knows what

: causes scoliosis. Possible causes
: can be from a trauma such as a
: bad fall or-car accident, a birth
: deformity, a short leg, or some
: type of neuromuscular disease.
: The most common scoliosis is
: called idiopathic (unknown)




scoliosis. What is known is that
this type of scoliosis runs in fam-
ilies. \

Scoliosis is more common in
women than in men. The most
important fime to watch for a
developing scoliosis is between
ages 10 - 18, especially in girls.
As they go the through hormone

‘change, it is the most important

time to have them checked reg-
ularly for early signs of scolio-
sis. It is possible for a normal
spine to change very rapidly dur-
ing this time, especially if there is
a family history of scoliosis.
The medical approach to sco-
liosis may include the use of a
brace of some type that goes
around the torso. However this
type of treatment is usually not
long lasting. Is the most severe
cases, surgery may be done
which usually involves a metal
rod being grafted to the patient's

spine in hope of stabilizing the »

spine. Before a drastic measure
like surgery is taken I recom-
mend that you get a number of

second opinions, which include .
* keep the, patient symptom free

that of a chiropractor.
As a chiropractor, my first

- goal is to determine the cause

of the scoliosis. This is done
through a case history, exam,
and the appropriate x-rays.
Many cases of scoliosis can be
helped and improvement can be



made. The earlier we start the
patient, the better the results will
be.

Some cases of scoliosis: may
never be straightened out, how-

‘ever that is not always the goal.

Some people would be worse if
we tried to “straighten their
spine.” It is very important to.
understand that.each case is indi-
vidual and must be treated as
such.

The actual treatment of scol-
losis consists of regular chiro-
practic adjustments, which repo-
sition the vertebrae toward bet-
ter alignment. The use of phys-
iotherapy, massage, and exercise

is very important.

It is important to keep in mind
that our goal is not to always
“cure” or “straighten out” the
scoliosis, because in a number
of cases that may not be possible,
rather our goal is to “manage”
the case. By regular adjustment
we can keep the spine working
at its optimum with a minimum
amount of pressure on the ner-
vous. system. This will usually

and able to lead a normal life.

e Susan Donald is a doctor of
chiropractic at the Life Chiropractic
Centre. For more information
please call 393-2774
PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2008

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Shitt happens

There are many employees who get
lulled into thinking they are in a per-
manent safety zone so they allow

behaviours like entitlement and an.

unwillingness to lend’a hand or to go
the extra mile get in the way.

During good times, employees can
get away with undesirable behaviours
because employers are making a prof-
it despite individual employee atti-
tudes. However, when economic trends
embark on a downward course, the
signs are sometimes there,.but employ-
ees who are behaviourally, challenged
often end up wrapped in their protec-
tive bubbles that blind them to obvious
indicators.

All businesses experiencé cycles,
times of record setting profit growth

and times of record setting lows. Cycles -

and change are inevitable and as an
employee you needa strategy for
branding yourself in a way that you
provide noticeable value to the com-
pany. Visibility Plays an important part










in branding yourself because if no-one

knows the value you are contributing,

because you choose to keep a low pro-
file, you could also be putting yourself
at risk when difficult times arrive.
Shifts in the socio-economic, politi-
cal, technological and competitive land-
scapes are inevitable, some shifts are
subtle like China is slowly becoming
the number one English speaking
country in the world and others are
obvious like the fallout from the Amer-
ican sub-prime mortgage crisis.
Companies need to be versatile



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wheri external changes impact the way
they can do business. Therefore, com-
panies will put their trust in versatile
employees who build their capacity for
taking on additional work, demonstrate
a willingness to go the extra mile know-
ing that the company may not always
be able to reward you for your hard
work,

For employees who have to face the
unpleasant experience of being laid
off, the first thing on most of your
minds is how am I going to pay my
mortgage, my utilities and my car pay-
ments? Initiate conversations with your
banker. They may be able to help you

relieve some of your financial stress.

temporarily. Don't wait until they
come after you - you may be. in a dif-
ferent bargaining position then.

If you were laid-off, you need to start
working on a plan of action, you can
take some time to do some reflection,
but it is imperative that you stay in the
realm of action. If you decide that you



made some mistakes you would. like
to correct on your next job, determine
how you can create and sustain a new
image. In reality, sometimes employees
are among the first to be laid off
because of their perceived attitudes
and sometimes they are laid off for
non-performance related reasons. As
an employee, you can control how you
perform, but you can't control the cri-
teria used to lay employees off, so do
what you can. ,

As an employee, you should always
keep in mind that shift happens so,
here are a few ideas you can use to
protect yourself right now, if you are
still working and in the future if,you are
looking for a new job:

¢ DON'T WAIT until your employer trains
you, have a vision for your life and
career, set goals and do what you can to
achieve them.

¢ DON'T WAIT for your employer to final-
ly figure out how valuable you are. Learn
to perceive your own value.

¢ DEMONSTRATE A CONSISTENT, POSI-
TIVE ATTITUDE and a willingness to
learn and help others.

¢ CONSTANTLY UPGRADE your know!-
edge.



¢' WATCH FOR INDICATORS OF
CHANGE, they are sometimes obvious.

¢ BREAK OLD HABITS that make you less
competitive than you ought to be.

¢ DEFINE AND MAINTAIN your own stan-
dard of accountability.

¢ ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOUR
OPTIONS ARE. Don't wait until you are

- faced with bad news to start this

process.

; AND FINALLY, FIND AND DO what you
ove.

Always keep in mind that shift or change
is inevitable. The positive, prepared, ver-
satile employees who focus on opportu-
nities will make ends meet no matter
what happens. Remember, what you feel
or choose to see is what you get!

° Yvette Bethel is the president of
Organisational Soul. She can be contact-
ed by telephone at 242.424.7166 or fax -
242.324.1631 or write to her at PO Box -
N-511, Nassau, Bahamas. Interested per-
sons can also check out her website at:
www.orgsoul.com.







“The power is in making the (lecision



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Nothing gets done until you
decide to doit...
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WHILE there may be many
who have decided to go along

with the purported depressed

economy mantra, which is tout-

ed as highly . contagious, I:
encourage you to stay connect-.

ed'to the prosperity side rather

: than the scarcity side of life.

_Whether you are experienc-
ing challenges or not, you do
not need to have an ‘economic
crisis' to decide to adopt new
habits or make better decisions
for your life. To effectively
manage unforeseen challenges,
you must be focused on the
future, not the past. And you
can elect to make improved
changes miles ahead of the
game.

Think about it, not more than
ten months ago you were prob-
ably amongst the many that

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‘made some kind of resolution
to improve yourself in some
way, Shape or. form. Ten
months later, are you any clos-
er to achieving that goal?

If you were.in the minority |

who did not just go along with -

- the.'resolution fad', but really

have achieved what you wanted
to or you are at least pretty
close.
' This is where the rubber
meets the road because
whether you believe it or not,
no matter how much you talk
* about the changes you want to
experience until you make the
decision and actually decide to
do it, it will never get done.
There is incredible power in
making the decision, as a mat-
ter of fact that is where the
greatest power exists. This
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made a conscious decision:
about the changes that you. -
wanted, then I am sure you-

privileged to live today, with
all of its gizmos and gadgets, is
ine ret of individuals decid-

to do it - dreaming it,
believing it, designing it, doing
it.

How do you decide?

There is a strong possibility
that whatever you may be fac-
ing right now may require you
to make some new decisions,
-but you may’be uncertain as to
how. to even begin to decide.

Rest ‘assured that decision’

making is not for the light-

hearted, it requires ‘a distinct |
degree of courage and unwa-
vering faith.

You must also be prepared
to accept that often times the
decisions that you do make, no.
matter how well thought out,.
may turn out to be the least
effective. Nonetheless, you.
must still decide if you are to
move towards the next point
on your journey: |

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Take what I call the thirty
thousand feet view, and try to
encompass a bigger picture. It
is at such cross-roads where
you will find great value in the
gift of personal coaching, rec-
ognizing that you cannot see
your picture if you are in the

. frame.

Having a coach to bounce
ideas off or to:garner more
clarity, is one of the greatest

gifts you can give yourself, par-~

ticularly when facing life-
changing challenges and mak-
ing big decisions about how
you want to move your life for-

_ ward.

Final thoughts...

No matter what you are fac-
ing right now, whether it is
career transition, buying a new
home, starting your own busi-
ness, quitting an unhealthy
habit, reaching your desired
weight or adjusting your spend-
ing, deciding to doit will prob-
ably be the hardest part, but
nothing will happen until you
decide.



While this may séem a daunt-
ing task, your‘life is the sum of
all of the decisions that you
make, coupled with the ones
that you fail to make - not

_ deciding is a decision.

The bottom line is everything
that you say and do is, in the
end, your decision to do so. The
question you must ask yourself
is will you embrace the power in
making the decision and make
them consciously or uncon-
sciously?

Remember - change begins

- when you decide, and as always,
' the power is in your hands and

you can decide right now to
make something better happen.

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FROM page 12

cases alcohol and drugs are
involved. Whenever our pulse
rate increases 10 per cent above

normal, our higher brain doesn’t .
function well and as a result our

IQ drops about 30 points.

"The fact is this, when we are
in rage we are acting in a sub-
normal or stupid fashion. Men
have difficulty self‘soothing and
in order to calm down they usu-

ally take a drink of strong alco- .

hol or smoke a joint of marijua-
na. This is terrible because the
alcohol or marijuana decreases
our inhibitions, hence, with a sit-

-uation of a decreased IQ and

the loss of inhibitions we can

_ become extremely aggressive by ©
choking, stabbing or shooting

our lover,” he said.
Like many women, it would

* take Sandraa long time, almost

two decades, before she made
the decision to leave the abuse
behind. “I stuck with my hus-
band for 14 years, enduring his

behaviour. Sometimes I would .

be.so scared and at that time my
two children were very young.
Sometimes he would lash out
and I would be so humiliated
and shame of what the neigh-
bours would think.

"I would always contemplate
leaving him, but so many rea-
sons not to leave surrounded my
thoughts. I would think about
the kids and what my family
would think if I got ‘a. divorce,
or I would think about my
‘finances. So there was so much
things that stopped me from
leaving back then.”

Sandra said also that after her
husband's outbursts he would
pretend as though nothing hap-
pened or try to compensate with
gifts and flowers. This part of
the abuse cycle is often referred
to as the honeymoon period,
where the man does everything
in his power for the women to
feel loved and very secure.
Often, the man will make
promises to change his behav-
iour, only to break them in the
future.

After this short time of relative
peace and showing.of affection,
Sandra said that her husband
would do just that - he would
regress and mistreat her all over
again, but this time the abuse
would often be much worse than

- before.

After finally realising that the
abuse would never end and that
her very life was at stake, Sandra
made the decision to leave. “At
that point I didn’t care anymore.
It didn’t matter to me what peo-
ple thought, I saw that my life

Pack your bags and leave!

and my children’s lives were in

danger and all I wanted after-

wards was.to be free.”
According to Mr Cargill,

‘women are typically the. ones:

who fall victim to domestic vio-
lence. “For one, men are a lot
physically stronger than women
and they tend to handle anger a
lot differently. Secondly, the way
these men were reared could
possibly have an impact on
them. They. may have seen
women abused and they think
this is the right way. to treat a
women.”

For Dr Allen, domestic vio-
lence begins because men see
women as less them, and as.
objects to own and control.

"Males in the Bahamas have a
low view of women. When a man
spends money, time, or is.

. involved sexually with a woman

he thinks he is entitled to own-
ership. This dynamic may be
associated with a strong spiritual
influence in our country where
certain scriptures are misinter-
preted to imply that women
should be submissive to men”,

_ he told Tribune Woman. '

Dr Allen explained that
because some men have difficul-
ty expressing their feelings, this
internal struggle often emerges as
anger or rage. “Women cry eas-
ier and are able to share their

- feelings of rejection and sadness.

Men on the other hand tend to
be more repressed keeping their
hurt or feelings of rejection hid-
den deep in their hearts. Because
men cannot express their feel-
ings they act them out in vio-
lence. In a relationship, when a
man feels. abandoned, rejected
or ashamed he fights back by
being destructive,” he said.

Mr Cargill noted also that men
often try to be domineering and
use fear, shame, guilt, and intim-
idation to gain complete control
over their partners.

And, unfortunately, this tactic
often works - with women in fear
of those taunting words, ‘If you
try to leave I will kill you’. It's
time for these women to realise,
he said, that they face a far
greater risk continuing with the
relationship than making an
effort to pack their bags and
leave.

ok Names have been changed

e /f you or someone you know
is in an abusive relationship, there
is help. Contact the Crisis Centre,
Knowles House at 328.0922 or
322.4999 or email bahamascrisis-
centre@yahoo.com. You can also
call the Department of Health and
Social Services @ 356.3350.
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The House ot St John |

Bahamian designer Jeff St John creates an artful
fusion of African and Bahamiasn inspired designs

@ By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer



BAHAMIAN designer Jeff
St John revealed some of his
most artful designs on the
runway to date - using yibrant
colours, ethnic-inspired styles
and an array of fabrics, tex-
tures and accessories - during
his House of St John showing
at the Islands of the World
Fashion Week held earlier
this month.

Blending his flare for
- Bahainian elegance with
African inspired earthiness °
and raw beauty, St John cap-
tured perfectly this fusion of
old world sensuality and mod-
ern styling in a fantastically
large, inverse-cone hat that he
says was inspired by the
African drums, another ele-
ment intrinsic to the Bahami-
an culture in the tradition of
Junkanoo.

"We're so attached to
Africa, the dialect we speak,
the music we listen to and the.



SOME of Jeff St Johns pieces
included an African drum inspired
fashion hat, top and skirt in
bright, tie dye colours (bottom
left). and:a classy teal dons this

way be behave, why not the — executive beauty with lace details.

clothes we wear," he told 7ri- on the'cuff (top middle). Below

bune Woman. designer. lett St John with his
Along with the halo of glory two ern Daautes



that emerged first on the run-
way, St John also offered up a
more subdued, more intrinsic
island’style with loose wraps
and colourful gowns that fea-
tured a straw trim accent.

Using the winter season's
colours, deep purples, shades
of berry and dark teals, St
John's designs featured an
especially attractive combina-
tion with the forest green with
a dark purple, leaving pastels
and light colours of the sum-
mer months behind.

Another component of the
upcoming season is the return
of lace, popular in different
lengths, lining the bottom of
skirts and blouses alike.

Always in season, he said,
are the tropical prints native
to our islands, and of course
black, which can never.go,out 3).
of fashion in any time zone.
The sleek, lustrous fabrics in
dark blacks will be "in" espe-
cially at the beginning of 2009
and for two to three years
after that, he predicted.

Winner of the Seal of.
Excellence Award for Fashion
during the fashion week, and
boasting 40 plus years in the
fashion industry, Mr St John
first learned the basics of
design from his mother who
was a dress maker.

St John established himself
in 1971 when, at the age of 21,
he designed a black, velvet
gown that Bahamian born
model agent Princess Hanna
wore.

Weaving back and forth
between New York, the fash-
ion capital of the world, and
the Bahamas, he finally
moved back to Nassau for
good 20 years ago and estab-
lished the House of St John, a
freelance fashion house.

"I just kept coming back to
my roots, and finding so much
‘inspiration in the natural
beauty that surrounds us
everyday," St John said.

"T love the Caribbean, but
being abroad teaches you a
lot, and in this fashion week
I've learnt what extreme tal-
ents lie in our islands."

Calling the Islands of the »
World Fashion Week an
event that was long in coming,
St John said he brings fabrics
and materials from New York
to the Bahamas to construct
clothing that has curves in all
the right places, suited exactly
to the body type of many
Bahamian women.

"As a people we're some of
the most polished on the plan-
et. The Bahamas is one of the
most beautiful places in the
world and I get my excite-
ment, my vision from the peo-
ple who are some of the best
dressed and best mannered
people in the world," he said.

He also believes that the
Bahamian fashion industry is
growing, "it's about time we
show the talent we have."

Mr St John was particularly
pleased that a lot of aspiring
designers have decided to
really make a go of it, and
that the Bahamas should soon
have another industry that's
more than conventional sun,
sand and sea.





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THE TRIBUN









women | UESDAY, NOVEMBER 25,

: Body and mind






Government
tightens child
protection
legislation

@ By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Features Writer

DOMESTIC violence does not discriminate against
educational status, social class, income level or race.

PARENTS who fail to
spend child support funds
appropriately or as mandated
by a custodial agreement, can
now be brought before
Bahamian courts on charges
of neglect and face a jail sen-
tence of up to two years anda
fine of $5,000, according to
the new Child Protection Act
(CPA). The legislation also
allows for the courts to con-
sider whether the parent
should have their custody
revoked.

The Bahamas Government
recently updated the Child
Protection Act in light of ris-

-ing rates of child abuse -
beginning January to August
2008, a total of 581 cases of
abuse have been recorded.
That number already exceeds
the 545 cases reported in

- 2007. .

The new Act, which is yet
to be enacted, seeks a greater
level of protection for the
nation's children, and pro-
vides for the most appropri-
ate parent to retain custody
of a child. In existing practice,



~ [By JEFFARAH GIBSON

: : workers at the Willie Mae
may be in serious danger due to PieGeaae fr Gc

their partner's violent, unpredictable Simpson Penn Cente f6Â¥

and uncontrollable behaviour. Boys, said the increasing

; But who are these women who endure the ee one made pneyi

: hurt, pain, and shame of this kind of abuse? ,- the nee Pa Ul as t a
What are their personalities like? Widely held Bee TN) Ce ee
societal viéws would have us believe that renee a Lopes ue
domestic violence only happens to women October 30, Dole

who are not well educated or who are solely impetus for the new Act.

of wedlock always parents the
. rans ' child, under the new CPA
DESPITE the terror faced on a dai- | however, if the mother is
ly basis, and the availability of | judged to be unfit by the
resources that offer protection and . bee father may apply
Mec ge Sy OW! PRUs Gace Ge | for custody.
vt pport, the ae ey 1 FeMmains that Kayla Greene Smith, senior
there are many Bahamian women - counsel, Attorney General's
who are continuing in an abusive | Office, addressing a staff
relationship - even though their lives | workshop held for social








































weet eae ae Y dependent on their male partner - whether | _ "We sought to make the
When domestic violence occurs run, boyfriend, husband or lover - for security. But ee ne oa
"4 lo i , this is a preposterous fallacy. Domestic vio- i : !
don't look back, get help and survive. lence does not discriminate against educa- | in the UN Convention with
: ; natal tional status, social class, income level or race. the passing of the CPA in
Leonard Cargill, chief officer, Department | both the House of Assembly
of Health and Social Services, told Tribune | and the Senate. We're just
Woman that even highly educated, confident | waiting for an appointed date
women who seem to possess a healthy sense of | when the minister will put it
self, who have great jobs with substantial © ; into force. :
incomes can find themselves livinginanabu- ~ | The Act, passed in 2007,
- sive relationship, where they are being physi- will emphasize the funda-.
cally, mentally and emotionally tortured. | mental human rights of chil-
. Speaking on condition of anonymity, San- * | dren. It will also look at relat-
dra*, a victim of domestic violence, told Tri-- » ed issues such as: _ :
bune Woman that she literally lived in "hell" e Maintenance: Consistent
with her husband of 14 years, and suffered child support continues to be
through a vicious cycle of abuse. “I was a vic- | a huge problem in the
tim of domestic violence. My husband would Bahamas. Under the new
abuse me emotionally and mentally, but not so Act, the police may serve a.
much physically. Although he made threats, he ; summons on non-paying par-
never would inflict it. What I do believe is if I ; ents. —
had stayed in the relationship long enough he ° Minor's advocate: Under
would have probably killed me. One time my | section IV of the new Act, a
husband threaten to throw me down the stairs | mjnor's advocate must be
and break my arms." | appointed. This person must
Sandra said what she believes influenced _ | be an attorney and will act on
her husband's bad temper in the early part of the child's behalf in a court of
the mornings was his drug habit. “My hus- law. If the advocate believes
bands was usually subdued when he was not | the child's rights have been
using. He drank alcohol excessively and used violated, the attorney can
marijuana at times and when he did this he bring a case of fundamental
would be in a rage and would find anything to human rights contravention.
argue about,” she said. | ° The new Act also pro- ~
Dr Allen, a psychiatrist with the Renascence | vides for greater supervision
Institute Int'l, showed the connection between and care orders that will pro-
alcohol and drug:abuse, and domestic violence. tect children and put more
“In 60 to 80 per cent of domestic violence duties and work on the
| Department of Social Ser-
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