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The Tribune

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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title:
Nassau tribune
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas
Publisher:
Tribune
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Copyright Date:
2008
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Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
Language:
English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )
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Bahamas

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Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008

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Sources allege top
level changes
could take place

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

STATE Minister for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing did
not confirm or deny yesterday
claims that government is
seeking to restructure senior
management at the Depart-
ment of Customs.

The question was put to him
after a series of Tribune arti-
cles revealed allegations of
rampant corruption, alleged
bribery and claims of wide-
spread nepotism which
allegedly give certain high-
ranking officers protection
from punishment, and the
exorbitant overtime pay. cer-
tain officers collect.

Yesterday, sources close to
Customs claimed that a shake-
up could soon take place at
the top levels of the depart-
ment as a result of the growing
concerns about the conduct of
some Officers.

Over the last few months
Customs, which provides
around 60 per cent of govern-
ment's total revenue, has come

under fire for these claims '

with several calls for an exter-
nal investigation into the alle-

ls

gations. ©

.When asked what steps
government is taking for Cus-
toms reform, Mr Laing said
government's focus lies not
specifically on claims of cor-
ruption, but on making certain
the public sector remains
"competitive" and "effective."

Said Mr Laing: "We are
very serious about public sec-
tor reform and (that) is about
doing the right set of things
and doing those things right.
So without having an emphasis
necessarily on issues of cor-

“ruption that people tend to

talk about, the idea is there
has to be a way, that we can
do the things that we are now
doing better so that we put our
public sector and our country
in a much more competitive
situation than we have today.
That is our focus.

"That reform means look-
ing at your systems, it means
looking at your resources, it

-means looking at your per-

sonnel. And so all of that is in
the pot and we are doing that
department by department,
with the view to trying'to
ensure that the public is served

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@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

ALTHOUGH BTC priva-
tization officials remained
tight-lipped about the rejec-
tion of former bidder Blue-
water, they were optimistic
that the final phase of the pri-
vatization process could take
place within the next three to
four months.

Privatization committee
chairman T B Donaldson said



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during a presentation at the
Hilton Hotel yesterday that
phase one of the advisory pri-

vatization process is “sub-
stantially complete.” He
added that the next step,
expected to take place within
days, is a buyer attracting doc-
ument.

Described as a “teaser,” Mr
Donaldson said it will help
narrow the search for a

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System for complaints
against lawyers is
‘inadequate’ says Bar
Association president

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

THE system for dealing with
complaints against lawyers is
currently inadequate and there
is a backlog of cases waiting to
be heard by the Disciplinary
Tribunal of the Bahamas Bar
Association, its president said
yesterday.

Wayne Munroe, of the law
firm of Lockhart and Munroe,
said the Bar Association is
“concerned” that the process of
dispatching clients’ complaints
against lawyers is “taking too
long.”

This leaves unscrupulous
lawyers at liberty to continue
to con new clients and allows
for the reputations of those who

have not committed the wrong
to be unfairly diminished.

However, Mr Munroe hopes
this may soon change, as the
Bar Council is presently review-:
ing draft legislation to'amend
the laws relating to the. discipli-
nary, process — something he
says it has been pushing Gov-
ernment to introduce for eight
years.

“We don’t think it’s right for
a lawyer’s reputation to be
questioned for longer than six
months; either he did it and he
should be disciplined, or he did-
n't do it and somebody should
not be able to maintain a scur-
rilous accusation against him.
We’re concerned that the Gov-
ernment has not yet seen fit to

SEE page nine

Just two of 112 complaints against
lawyers have been resolved

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

IN THE year leading up to June 2008 the Bahamas Bar’s
ethics committee received 112 official complaints against
Bahamian lawyers. Of that number two of the cases have been

resolved.

Fifteen of the complaints were considered substantial enough
by the ethics committee to warrant referral to the disciplinary
tribunal to determine if the lawyers involved deserved sanc-

tioning.

A further 18 complaints were expected to be forwarded to the

. tribunal “but await further documentation or information from
the complainant to go forward.”

Meanwhile, an additional 20 matters were sent on to the
legal adjudicators based on complaints from earlier years that .

SEE page eight

Govt aims for system to eradicate
‘abuse’ of overtime in Customs

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

GOVERNMENT is [§
"making headway" in }
its implementation of f
a shift system in the
public service that
would eradicate the
gross "abuse" of overtime pay
by the Department of Customs,
said State Minister for Finance
Zhirvargo Laing.

His comments came a.day
after The Tribune broke a story
regarding "Weaknesses" in Cus-
toms that allowed some officers
to receive overtime three to four
times their annual salary; verify
their own overtime billings in
numerous cases; receive over-



Zhivargo Laing

time pay while on
vacation or sick leave;
logged overlapping
overtime hours that
were subsequently
paid; and were paid
overtime without
supervisory approval
prior to payment.

The 12-page letter
also noted that there
were staff members
whose overtime pay
was three to four times higher
than their annual salaries.

These flaws were outlined in a
2006 auditor-general letter to
the former comptroller of cus-
toms.

Yesterday Mr Laing could not
say specifically if the auditor-
general's recommendations had
been implemented, but admit-

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Questions raised over ‘fast-tracked’
investigation into customs officer

FACTIONS within the Customs Depart-

ment are asking why an internal investigation

into the conduct of a senior officer was “fast
tracked” when allegations against other officers
have been hanging over their heads for years.

A source told The Tribune yesterday that
while this latest investigation was concluded
in a few months, a number of officers at the
department have been reassigned to lesser
duties for long stretches as a result of claims of
misconduct.

“Their careers are in limbo,” one source said.
“And there has been no evidence presented
against them.”

Cleared

Earlier this week, Acting Comptroller of
Customs Anthony Adderley announced that a
high-ranking customs officer has been cleared
of all allegations of attempting to evade paying
customs duties.

Mr Adderley said that on completion of the
internal review, which started in September, it
was determined that the officer in question

"never intended in any way” to defraud the /

Customs Department.

Said Mr Adderley: “Some folks sent some
documents to us and we had a chance to take a
look at those documents; we had a chance to
conduct an investigation. What we (had) was a

‘

case of a document which was produced by an
importer who tried to operate as a freight for-
warder, or cargo carrier, who had no authority
to act as such. That same operator who may
have provided the information, when we
received the written statement under oath,
admitted that the officer asked him to have
the goods declared on another document. That
clearly states that the officer never intended in
any way to defraud (Customs);" the acting
comptroller told reporters at a press confer-
ence.,

Mr Adderley also said that the officer “may
have done his job,” suggesting that the claims
might have been an attempt by certain mem-
bers of the public to sully the officer's reputa-
tion.

Mr Adderley added that the department is
open to complaints about customs officers and
encouraged the public to come forward with
information. ‘

During the press conference, Mr Adderley
said that six officers are currently under inter-
nal investigation.

‘The customs officer, whose identity was with-
held, came under fire in September after it
was alleged by sources that he "abused" his
authority by demanding a shipping agent to
remove his name off a cargo manifest, alleged-
ly to avoid paying customs on goods shipped to
Nassau in his name.

MUSIC AND DANCES were performed for teachers and guests



Ceremony honours Cuban
teachers in the Bahamas









li By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

CUBAN teachers working in the
Bahamas were honoured with a cer-
emony at Stapledon School yester-
day to mark the fifth anniversary of
the Bahamas-Cuba Education Agree-
ment.

Students from the special needs
school in Dolphin Drive, Nassau,
were joined by students from the Sal-
vation Army School for the Blind
and the Red Cross Centre for the
deaf, to perform music and dances
for teachers and ‘guests, including
Cuban. Ambassador Jose Louis
Ponce, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel, and former prime minister
Perry Christie. sete

The ambassador described how
Cuba’s government has made edu-

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nated illiteracy among children and
adults alike by making education
available to all with free public school

compulsory up to grade nine, and »

many students staying until grade 12.

Special education is another pri-
ority for 400 special schools across
Cuba. A total of 19 special education

teachers from the republic have -

worked in the Bahamas since the
2003 agreement was signed, and
many have been asked to stay beyond
their tenure.

PLP leader Perry Christie has an
interest in developing special needs
education as father of an autistic child
and oversaw the initial partnership.

He said: “For me, coming here
today was a renewal of the support
that is necessary, and to remind those
of us in leadership how important it
really is to continue to remember
every Bahamian child, no matter
what their level of disability, has a
right to share in the resources of this

‘ country, and a right to expect the
’ government to ensure they are as

much a priority for the country as
any other priority.”

In addition to special education
classes, Spanish, sciences, and tech-
nical and vocational studies are also
taught by Cuban teachers working at
schools in 11 islands across the
Bahamas.

Ambassador Ponce said: “The
agreement has been highly benefi-
cial for both countries. They are
recognised for their discipline and
total dedication, even with the diffi-
culties which come with teaching in a
second language. And they have per-
fected their English language in the
Bahamas.”

Education Minister Bethel said the
country is privileged to have Cuban
teachers for valuable cultural
exchange, and for support particu-
larly in special needs education.

He said: “We have been so greatly

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Sources allege top
level changes
could take place

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

STATE Minister for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing did
not confirm or deny yesterday
claims that government is
seeking to restructure senior
management at the Depart-
ment of Customs.

The question was put to him
after a series of Tribune arti-
cles revealed allegations of
rampant corruption, alleged
bribery and claims of wide-
spread nepotism which
allegedly give certain high-
ranking officers. protection
from punishment, and the
exorbitant overtime pay. cer-
tain officers collect.

Yesterday, sources close to
Customs claimed that a shake-
up could soon take place at
the top levels of the depart-
ment as a result of the growing
concerns about the conduct of
some Officers.

Over the last few months
Customs, which provides

around 60 per cent of govern-
ment's total revenue, has come
under fire for these claims '
with several calls for an exter-
nal investigation into the alle-

gations. °

.When asked what steps
government is taking for Cus-
toms reform, Mr Laing said
government's focus lies not
specifically on claims of cor-
ruption, but on making certain
the public sector remains
"competitive" and "effective."

Said Mr Laing: "We are
very serious about public sec-
tor reform and (that) is about
doing the right set of things
and doing those things right.
So without having an emphasis
necessarily on issues of cor-

‘ruption that people tend to

talk about, the idea is there
has to be a way. that we can
do the things that we are now
doing better so that we put our
public sector and our country
in a much more competitive
situation than we have today.
That is our focus.

"That reform means look-
ing at your systems, it means
looking at your resources, it

-means looking at your per-

sonnel. And so all of that is in
the pot and we are doing that
department by department,
with the view to trying'to
ensure that the public is served

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@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter








during a presentation at the
Hilton Hotel yesterday that
phase one of the advisory pri-
vatization process is “sub-
stantially complete.” He
added that the next step,
expected to take place within
days, is a buyer attracting doc-
ument.

Described as a “teaser,” Mr
Donaldson said it will help
narrow the search for a

SEE page nine












ALTHOUGH BTC priva-
tization officials remained
tight-lipped about the rejec-
tion of former bidder Blue-
water, they were optimistic
that the final phase of the pri-
vatization process could take
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Privatization committee
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System for complaints
against lawyers is
‘inadequate’ says Bar
Association president

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

THE system for dealing with
complaints against lawyers is
currently inadequate and there
is a backlog of cases waiting to
be heard by the Disciplinary
Tribunal of the Bahamas Bar
Association, its president said
yesterday. ;

Wayne Munroe, of the law
firm of Lockhart and Munroe,
said the Bar Association is
“concerned” that the process of
dispatching clients’ complaints
against lawyers is “taking too
long.”

This leaves unscrupulous
lawyers at liberty to continue
to con new clients and allows
for the reputations of those who

hae not committed the wrong
to be unfairly diminished.

However, Mr Munroe hopes
this may soon change, as the
Bar Council is presently review-:
ing draft legislation to’amend
the laws relating to the discipli-
nary process — something he
says it has been pushing Gov-
ernment to introduce for eight
years.

“We don’t think it’s right for
a lawyer’s reputation to be
questioned for longer than six
months; either he did it and he
should be disciplined, or he did-
n’t do it and somebody should;
not be able to maintain a scur-
rilous accusation against him.
We’re concerned that the Gov-
ernment has not yet seen fit to

SEE page nine

Just two of 112 complaints against
lawyers have been resolved

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

IN THE year leading up to June 2008 the Bahamas Bar’s
ethics committee received 112 official complaints against
Bahamian lawyers. Of that number two of the cases have been

resolved.

Fifteen of the complaints were considered substantial enough
by the ethics committee to warrant referral to the disciplinary
tribunal to determine if the lawyers involved deserved sanc-

tioning.

A further 18 complaints were expected to be forwarded to the

. tribunal “but await further documentation or oe from

the complainant to go forward.”
Meanwhile, an additional 20 matters were sent on to the
legal adjudicators based on complaints from earlier years that |

SEE page eight

Govt aims for system to eradicate
‘abuse’ of overtime in Customs

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

GOVERNMENT is
“making headway" in
its implementation of
a shift system in the
public service that
would eradicate the
gross "abuse" of overtime pay
by the Department of Customs,
said State Minister for Finance
Zhirvargo Laing.

His comments came a.day
after The Tribune broke a story
regarding "weaknesses" in Cus-
toms that allowed some officers
to receive overtime three to four
times their annual salary; verify
their own overtime billings in
numerous cases; receive over-

Zhivargo Laing



time pay while on
vacation or sick leave;
logged overlapping
overtime hours that
were subsequently
paid; and were paid
overtime without
supervisory approval
prior to payment.

The 12-page letter
also noted that there
were staff members
whose overtime pay
was three to four times higher
than their annual salaries.

These flaws were outlined in a
2006 auditor-general letter to
the former comptroller of cus-
toms.

Yesterday Mr Laing could not
say specifically if the auditor-
general's recommendations had
been implemented, but admit-

SEE page eight



PAGE 2, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



CE a
Questions raised over ‘fast-tracked’

investigation into customs officer

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Colina General
Insurance Agency

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FACTIONS within the Customs Depart-
ment are asking why an internal investigation
into the conduct of a senior officer was “fast
tracked” when allegations against other officers
have been hanging over their heads for years.

A source told The Tribune yesterday that
while this latest investigation was concluded
in a few months, a number of officers at the
department have been reassigned to lesser
duties for long stretches as a result of claims of
misconduct.

“Their careers are in limbo,” one source said.
“And there has been no evidence presented
against them.”

Cleared

Earlier this week, Acting Comptroller of
Customs Anthony Adderley announced that a
high-ranking customs officer has been cleared
of all allegations of attempting to evade paying
customs duties.

Mr Adderley said that on completion of the
internal review, which started in September, it
was determined that the officer in question

"never intended in any way” to defraud the ,

Customs Department.

Said Mr Adderley: “Some folks sent some
documents to us and we had a chance to take a
look at those documents; we had a chance to
conduct an investigation. What we (had) was a

case of a document which was produced by an
importer who tried to operate as a freight for-
warder, or cargo carrier, who had no authority
to act as such. That same operator who may
have provided the information, when we
received the written statement under oath,
admitted that the officer asked him to have
the goods declared on another document. That
clearly states that the officer never intended in
any way to defraud (Customs);" the acting
comptroller told reporters at a press confer-
ence.

Mr Adderley also said that the officer “may
have done his job,” suggesting that the claims
might have been an attempt by certain mem-
bers of the public to sully the officer's reputa-
tion.

Mr Adderley added that the department is
open to complaints about customs officers and
encouraged the public to come forward with
information. .

During the press conference, Mr Adderley
said that six officers are currently under inter-
nal investigation.

-The customs officer, whose identity was with-
held, came under fire in September after it
was alleged by sources that he "abused" his
authority by demanding a shipping agent to
remove his name off a cargo manifest, alleged-
ly to avoid paying customs on goods shipped to
Nassau in his name.



7s orem honours Cuban
teachers in the Bahamas

. = @ By MEGAN REYNOLDS

cation a priority, and virtually elimi-



The University of the West Indies

Faculty of Law

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success in nthel careers,

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The Corporate and Commercial Law Programme was established in response to the call for advanced training |

from lawyers practising in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law; and for the benefit of non-lawyers working
‘in the insurance industry and in the financial services sector of the Region. The inauguration of the Caribbean
Single Market and the Caribbean Court of Justice, in addition to the growing volume of international commercial
transactions in the Region, has further underscored the critical need for advanced a in i enieaie 8 and
Commercial Law. -

The Public Law Programme, developed as a complement to. ihe Legislative Drafting Programme, is also a critical:

response to the changing dispensation in the Region, wrought by the inauguration of the Caribbean Single Market
and the Caribbean Court of Justice. There is now the urgent need for advanced training for lawyers in the area of

Public Law, who would seek audience before the Caribbean Court of Justice, particularly in its appellate jurisdic-
tion. But there is also the growing need of CARICOM Governments for training of senior managers in\the Public
Service in the area of Public Law, given that their work has become increasingly complex, often entailing decision
making that assumes an executive, legislative and, sometimes, an adjudicatory cast, iN

The Legislative Drafting Programme is a fully residential programme, and has existed since the 1980s. The
Programme is directly linked to good governance, hence the requirement that, in addition to the core Legislative

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Tribune Staff Reporter

CUBAN teachers working in the
Bahamas were honoured with a cer-
emony at Stapledon School yester-
day to mark the fifth anniversary of
the Bahamas-Cuba Education Agree-
ment.

Students from the special needs
school in Dolphin Drive, Nassau,
were joined by students from the Sal-
vation Army School for the Blind
and the Red Cross Centre for the
deaf, to perform music and dances
for teachers and ‘guests, including
Cuban. Ambassador Jose Louis
Ponce, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel, and former prime minister
Perry Christie.

The ambassador described how
Cuba’s government has made edu-

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nated illiteracy among children and
adults alike by making education
available to all with free public school
compulsory up to grade nine, and
many students staying until grade 12.

Special education is another pri-
ority for 400 special schools across
Cuba. A total of 19 special education

teachers from the republic have .

worked in the Bahamas since the
2003 agreement was signed, and
many have been asked to stay beyond
their tenure.

PLP leader Perry Christie has an
interest in developing special needs
education as father of an autistic child
and oversaw the initial partnership.

He said: “For me, coming here
today was a renewal of the support
that is necessary, and to remind those
of us in leadership how important it
really is to continue to remember
every Bahamian child, no matter
what their level of disability, has a
right to share in the resources of this

‘country, and a right to expect the
‘ government to ensure they are as

much a priority for the country as
any other priority.”

In addition to special education
classes, Spanish, sciences, and tech-
nical and vocational studies are also
taught by Cuban teachers working at
schools in 11 islands across the
Bahamas.

Ambassador Ponce said: “The
agreement has been highly benefi-
cial for both countries. They are
recognised for their discipline and
total dedication, even with the diffi-
culties which come with teaching in a
second language. And they have per-
fected their English language in the
Bahamas.”

Education Minister Bethel said the
country is privileged to have Cuban
teachers for valuable cultural
exchange, and for support particu-
larly in special needs education.

He said: “We have been so greatly
assisted by the Cuban government
and all of the wonderful teachers.”



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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER §, 2008, PAGE 3



Police say no

fight between

schoolhoys

@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Tribune received
reports last night that a fight

between two schoolboys may }

- have resulted in a fatal stab-
bing.

However, police denied a
murder had occurred. Police
press liaison officer Walter
Evans only confirmed there

had been a fight between two

school boys after 3pm on
Monday. ~

He said one boy was
stabbed in the lower back

during the altercation, which i

took place near the junction

of Wulff Road and Marathon

Road. The boy was not in
critical condition, Mr Evans
said.

Reports received by The
Tribune claim the fight was
gang-related, and took place
between two 12th grade
boys.

merchants in bid to
attract shoppers

By DENISE MAYCOCK

International Bazaar

Tribune Freeport Reporter
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FREEPORT - With devel- ;
opment plans on hold at the :
Royal Oasis Resort, discouraged :
merchants at the International :
Bazaar are hoping for a much }
needed boost in sales this ;

Christmas.

Over the next two weeks, }
merchants at the Bazaar are :
offering sales, short layaway :
incentives and special giveaways :
to attract shoppers in an effort :

to keep:their businesses open.

Since 2004, sales and store ;
tenancy-,has-dwindled signifi- ;
cantly at the Bazaar. Only 30 of ;
70 shop Owners have.remained :
in business following the closure :

of the resort.

_ Azlong-time shop owner ‘is B
hoping: ‘that there will be.robust ¢..

Christmas sales this year.

“We are remaining hopeful
but we understand that things :
are very difficult for residents :

here,”
Island Galleria.

said Della Thomas of :

“We are trying to soothe the :
pockets of the people and we :
are doing our best in these very :
difficult times to offer good sales }

to customers,” she said.

Ms Thomas, who is one of the
30 merchants in the Bazaar, said :
storeowners there are hanging :

on by a “thin thread.”

“We are encouraging people ;
to come browse and compare. :
We have counted on the resi- :
dents to support us and we hope :
we will have their continued :
support during these difficult :

times,” she said.

The merchants at the Bazaar }
said they were disappointed — ;
but not surprised — that the Har- :

court Group has put its plans
on hold for Royal Oasis.
Harcourt, the Ireland-based
developer, purchased the dis-
tressed resort in October 2006
for $33 million. More than 1,000
Bahamians were laid off when

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the hotel closed following hur-

ricane damage in 2004.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra- :
ham announced this week that :
the developers have now put }
their plans to develop and open
the resort on hold due to the :

global financial downturn.

“I’m discouraged, we can’t }
live on hopes and expectations :

forever,” said Ms Thomas.

Mr Chris Payne, an executive :
member of the International :
Bazaar Owners Association, :
said he was not at all surprised :
by the decision taken by. Har- :

court.

“The global financial crisis is

affecting everyone and Harcourt :
were looking to borrow money :
for the development of the :
resort. They have given the :
impression that they want to do :
the project; when it is going to :
happen we just don’t know,” he }

said.

The International Bazaar was }

once a premier tourist attrac- :
tion and bustling shopping mec- }

ca in Freeport.
_ Mr Payne said that the asso-
ciation will have to look at re-
inventing the area and putting
new incentives in place to get
people to reopen businesses at
the Bazaar in the New Year.
“The Bazaar has been surviv-
ing for four years. It is still oper-
ating and we hope that things
will get better,” he said.

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Anger as Jewish symbols erected
part of Christmas decorations

CHRISTIANS were left fuming yes-
terday when workmen erected Jewish
symbols as part ‘of Bay Street’s festive
decorations.

Nine-pronged menorah candles were
stuck on posts across the road from the
House of Assembly.

The Jewish candelabra were displayed
alongside angels and other Christian
symbols as part of Nassau’s Christmas
trimmings.

“This is a Christian nation,” said busi-
nessman John Skandaliaris, “I am not
anti-Semitic but the menorah is not
appropriate when we are supposed to
be celebrating Christmas.

“The festive season is about the birth
of Christ, but Jews don’t believe in the
birth of Christ,” he added.

The blue and silver menorah caused
outrage among Christian shoppers who
felt offended that an important Jewish
symbol should appear in such a promi-
nent position.

Mr Skandaliaris, a Greek Orthodox
Christian, said: “I am sure my Jewish

friends will agree that this isn’t right.
The workmen have obviously put them
up because they think they look nice.
They don’t appreciate the significance of
them.”

Deacon Neil Nairn of St Agnes.

Anglican Parish said he felt it was an
insult to erect such symbols in such a
prominent area on Bay Street.

“J think that it is an insult as a Chris-
tian nation for those persons to put those
Jewish decorations up in Rawson square.
Not many of them really understand the
meaning of Christmas. We are trying to
take Jesus out of Christmas and he is
the meaning of the season,” Deacon
Nairn said.

He said there would be a Nativity
Scene displayed i in the downtown area,
especially in these times of crisis.

“T do not think those persons who put
those decorations up really know what
they were putting up or if they just saw
them as Christmas ornaments rather
than knowing the real meaning behind
them.

“T think those decorations should be
used to send a message to our people
and to our nation, because we need
prayers. We need to really acknowledge
the coming of Christ in this season of
Advent and we need to really get back

on our knees as a nation.

“This whole recession is really to
wake up the entire world to let people
know that God is in charge. We need
to stop trying to commercialise Christ-
mas and get back to its true meaning —
don’t make it about anybody else, make
it about Jesus,” Deacon Nairn said.

The menorah comes in two forms —
the seven-pronged Temple version and
the nine-pronged type used for the Jew-
ish festival of Hanukkah.

Also known as the Festival of Lights,
Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday com-
memorating the rededication of the sec-
ond temple in Jerusalem.

Up to press time last night the

Bahamas Electricity Corporation and
the Ministry of Works could not be
reached for comment.



TWO men are being questioned by police
after officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit
(DEU) found illegal drugs inside of a fast
food drinking cup and a fast food box.

While on patrol on Matthew Street, Nas-
sau Village, shortly before Spm on Wednes-
day, DEU officers saw two men, believed to
be in their 20s, who were “acting in a suspi-
cious manner.”

Press liaison officer Assistant Supt
Walter Evans said that as the police offi-
cers approached the two men, they discov-
ered a container with 17 packets of mari-
juana and a cup with 14 packets of mari-
juana.

Both men are being questioned in con-
nection with this incident.

@ OFFICERS of the Drug Enforcement
Unit (DEV) were in the Strachan's Alley
area off Kemp Road sometime before
12noon on Wednesday when they saw a
number of persons walking up to a man and
giving him money in exchange for “small
shiny objects,” police reported.

As the officers advanced to the area
where the man receiving the objects was
standing, they found a clear plastic bag con-
taining 41 packets of marijuana.

The man, aged 19 of Williams Lane, was
taken into police custody.

‘Harsh rules forced the closure’ of video arcade

Company president claims mall regulations put dent in profits

@ By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff reporter

THE imposition of harsh rules
forced the closing of Zortech’s Lair,
a popular video arcade in the

Towne Centre Mall, the president

of the company claimed.

The arcade, frequented by stu-
dents and adults alike, closed its
doors indefinitely on Wednesday
because the business has not turned
a profit over the past few years.

According to president and
director of Zortech’s Lair, Kelton
Humes, rules imposed by the mall’s

‘ management prohibiting school

children from entering the mall
without a guardian, put a great dent
in his profits.

He said he spoke with the mall’s
general manager Frank McGwier
several times over the years, in an
effort to find an alternative arrange-
ment, because children were his
primary clientele.

Now, his business has been shut
down and he contends it was

‘because of Mr McGwier’s decision

not to allow Zortech’s.to be

exempted from the regulations. §,

-. “The way he did it-was.by.deny-

ing the children access to the arcade
and that was done over a period of
years,” said Mr Humes.

Mr McGwier, in a letter to Mr
Humes, suggested that he consider

‘giving arcade access to the top 250

students in schools in the sur-
rounding area, or to issue passes or
IDs to “the good kids for any day,
any time access.”

Mr Humes said he objected to
the tone of the letter — each sug-
gestion was followed by the phrase:
“Or not:”

The letter ended by reminding
Mr Humes: “Regardless of if you
can’t be bothered or are not inter-
ested, rent must be paid.”

Mr McGwier told The Tribune
yesterday that offering access to
the mall and Zortech’s Lair to

“good” children could entice trou-

ble makers to want to do better and
thus receive the same reward.

Mr Humes said he assured the
general manager that he dealt with
problem children whenever he
encountered them, barring them
from the arcade.

“Once I saw them and they were.

a problem, I wauid not allow,them ,,)
ing” he:said.“But-they used theny

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(problem students) to paint the
brush on everybody.”

Mr Humes said that when the
new restrictions were imposed, the
students who frequented the arcade
were “the best students” he had
ever encountered from a public
school.

“They would come and talk
about their day to me. You would
become friends with them, and then
(the new rules) just killed it and
they would come to me and say
‘why ... we're not doing anything.’

“And after a while I couldn’t do
anything for them and they turned
on me too, and I had to accept
that,” he said.

Mr Humes said he went so far
as to contact Deputy Prime Minis-
ter Brent Symonette — who is listed
as secretary and director of
Zortech’s Lair and part owner of
the Towne Centre Mall — to see if
he could assist with the restrictions
crippling his business.

He said he received no help from
Mr Symonette.

When The Tribune spoke to Mr
Symonette about the matter, he
suggested that his brother Craig
Symonette be contacted, as he is

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Obama’s foreign policy team

NEW YORK — Watching the rollout of
President-elect Barack Obama’s foreign-
policy team brought to mind a variation on
the well-worn Tip O’Neill theme that “all
politics is local”: In this case, all foreign
policy is domestic policy.

No two Cabinet picks exemplify this
better than those of Hillary Clinton for
secretary of state and Bob Gates to remain
as secretary of defence.

Interestingly, these are precisely the two
personnel decisions that have drawn Oba-
ma the most fire from his liberal base,
which just goes to show that the Democ-
ratic grass roots might be able to learn a
thing or two about politics by watching
their party’s new standard-bearer.

If one considers some of the most promi-
nent elements of foreign policy on which
Obama campaigned — a timeline for with-
drawal from Iraq, making Israeli-Pales-
tinian negotiations a priority, conducting
diplomacy with Iran — his choices for the
people he will get to implement these poli-
cies starts to seem downright canny.

Let’s start with Secretary of State-des-

ignate Clinton.
’ When she was running against Obama
for the Democratic nomination, she called
his plan to meet with leaders of nations
such as Iran “irresponsible and frankly
naive.”

In the Senate, she voted for the 2003
Iraq invasion and for designating Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist orga-
nization.

She has said that the United States could
“totally obliterate” Iran if Iran used
nuclear weapons against Israel — a nation -
in which she is probably the most popular
American politician.

Both talks with Iran ‘and the kind of
evenhanded negotiations that will no
doubt be necessary, if Obama hopes to
advance the Israeli-Palestinian issue could
well draw criticism from Israel, its backers
in the U.S. and those who are generally
hawkish on Middle East policy.

Obama won the election, but for cred- -

ibility abroad and inoculation against crit-
icism at home, one could see why some
might call Clinton the better person to be
out front in the handling of these issues.

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This, apparently, is how Obama sees it,
too — and so he’s put a new spin on the
“two for the price of one” adage. Though
some may still call his policies “naive” or
worse, he can now be sure that Hillary
Clinton won’t be the one saying these
things — and certainly not from her seat
on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Instead, she will play the designated
“Nixon” to Iran’s “China.”

As for present and future Defence Sec-
retary Gates, the president he now serves
will leave behind a mammoth challenge
in the form of Iraq.

The American public has shown a
marked preference for withdrawing our
troops, but the road back home is fraught
with not only humanitarian and strategic
danger but political peril as well.

Many observers have characterized
Bush’s second-term approach to Iraq as
“running out the clock” — to hand the
problem of getting out and the blame for
any unhappy consequences to his succes-
sor. ;

It seems that one of the ways that Oba-
ma has decided to address the political
aspects of the Iraq dilemma is by essen-
tially putting — through his retention of
President Bush’s choice to head the Pen-
tagon — the Bush brand on the with-
drawal. ;

Again, this will not render Obama
immune from criticism, but it will make it
harder for Republicans to paint Obama
as pursuing a policy of “defeat” in Iraq, as
his GOP rival Sen. John McCain did dur-
ing the campaign. .

There are sound, substantive policy rea-
sons for Obama’s picks for State and
Defence.

But it is in contrasting the policies Oba-
ma has said he wants to pursue with the
people he has chosen to implement them
that one gets a sense that the president-
elect fully understands that politics doesn’t
stop at the water’s edge.

_ (This article was written by Dan Rather
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Parents, do you
know what your

children are doing?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Some facts for parents to
soberly consider:

e 15,000 children in gangs-
(The Nassau Guardian, June 17,
2008) Most parents are unaware
that their children are in gangs.

e There are approximately 46
known gangs in the Bahamas,
according to Corporal Davey
Pratt, a gang expert with the
Community Relations Unit of
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force.

e More than one-third of 2008
school leavers are illiterate,
according to the Coalition of
Education Reform.

° 80 per cent of graduating
seniors read below grade level,
according to the Coalition’s
report, 2006 (The Tribune,
December 22, 2006).

© 82 per cent of graduating
seniors (public school) are
mathematically illiterate accord-
ing to a study by Massey of the

- Coalition, that assessed the

BGCSE results-2007 (The Tri-
bune, March 25, 2008).

e There is higher male truan-
cy in the public school system
and some of these boys “have
been found to be involved in
housebreaking incidents,”
according to a public school
attendance officer. (The Tri-
bune, Bahamian Woman, Octo-

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indicated that of the 23,063
BGCSE exams that were writ-
ten, only 39 per cent of this total
were written by male graduat-
ing seniors — 2006. Males also
earned lower grades. (The Tri-
,bune, March 25, 2008).

e Bahamian tax payers are
paying through their noses for
public education. According to
an official of the Ministry of
Education’s Planning Division,
it costs a whopping $4,700 per
student per year. That’s about
$1,566 per student per term.
(2006 figures).

e Vernice Walkine, Tourism
Director Géneral, believes that
the industry should “find for-
eign workers if locals lack
skills.” She further indicated
that the country’s tourism prod-

uct is‘sub-standard and gave ita |

4.5 on a 1-10 scale. (The Nassau
Guardian, October 22, 2008).

e According to David Armor,
professor at the School of Pub-
lic Policy at George Mason Uni-
versity, “Parents have more
impact on their child’s IQ than
any other person or institution,
including schools. The impact
is greatest in infancy and early

i5

nancy to watching TV shows i

with sexual content, according
to Anita Chandra, behavioural
scientist. (Headline News,
November 3, 2008)

e Some neglected children .

struggle with depression and

others are filled with resent- «

ment and bitterness towards
their parents. :
e Sadly, some parents mourn

their offspring’s early demise ©

because of poor decisions.

The troubled teens are cry-
ing out for their parents’ atten-
tion. They want to be affirmed ;°

and loved. Consider this urgent

plea from a British teenager, .;
Ben Kinsella who after writing a_ ,
heart-wrenching letter to British |;

Prime Minister Gordon Brown,

was stabbed to death by sick, !
misguided peers. His letter |

called for parents to mend rela-
tionships with their children in

parenting classes and for the ©
fighting among the young peo- .

ple in gangs to stop. He charged

that the government did noth- ,
ing while teens were being mur- ;

dered. He made practical. sug-

gestions to curb the violence, ,
but did not live to see them car- <

ried out. What a tragedy

wo

indeed! (The Tribune-July 14, |

2008).

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ber 9, 2007). childhood.”

e The Coalition report also

e Study connects teen preg-

Nassau,
November 30, 2008.

Opportunistic parasites will be judges harshly :

EDITOR, The Tribune.

It is sad when in our country, there are a few
whose lot in life seems to be on a daily basis to
regurgitate political swill.

They habitually complain and/or criticise
everything seen and unseen. However, they have
no sensible idea as to the solution to what they
criticise. For example, the US Congress made
700 billion dollars available to hopefully stop the
free-fall of their financial markets, yet the bleed-
ing Continues, as Citi Group slashes another 53
plus thousand jobs. Yet according to these Uni-
versity of Wulff Road economists, our present
administration should have seen the world finan-
cial problem coming and protect The Bahamas
accordingly. Hence no jobs should be lost in The
Bahamas, because apparently we are not part of
this world.

If all these people in America and elsewhere
are losing jobs, will this not affect travel to The
Bahamas and jobs? To put it in some context
how serious the Americans believe their problems
are, in terms of the 700 billion dollars, this sum
could finance The Bahamas’ National Budget
for 300 plus years. This problem is serious and big-
ger than any one country. Therefore, the political
stupidity of playing with people’s emotions must
stop, because if it gets out of hand where does it
stop?

We need not to knock over straw men, whose
party is bankrupt.

‘As their plans are hollow and they seek to jus-
tify the greedy few.

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e The Bleacher Blunderer.

e The would be Admiral of the Korean fleet.

e The Closet Banker.

e The Home Invader.

e The Fast Tracker, etc.

With the economy melt-down, the opportunity
of doing some good, had the dunderheads been
disposed to it; instead of which, some immediately
began sowing seeds of a new set of lies, as if they
are afraid to see Bahamians.come to understand
and accept the realities of the time and deal with
itin acalm, and orderly manner. __

It is unfortunate that there are people in our
country who make their living by war of words

and continued agitation of the people to keep »

them separated and indeed frustrated.

It is as shocking as it is true, but when those
who are part of the Parliament of a country, make
it their duty to sow seeds to discord and promote
the ungodly act of mistrust among its people they
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 5



High-powered —
GSM bandwith
for cell phones’

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter




BTC executives claim that
dropped cell phone calls due to
low signal strength are now a
thing of the past.





This has been made possible, :
they say, by the introduction of :
the company’s new high-pow-
ered GSM bandwidth. i

BTC president Kirk Douglas
explained that on Sunday, the
company established a 850
megahertz GSM overlay band-
width which offers better call
quality, better coverage and
fewer dropped calls through-
out the network.

Mr Douglas said that com-
bined with the old cellular ser-
vice system, the new bandwidth :
will reduce the likelihood of :
customers seeing low bars on
their phones.

“We are optimising the over-
lay system, we are making
adjustments to the antennas,
and we are looking at parame-
ters, and by the end of Decem-
ber we would have completed
our optimisation,” he said.

Mr Douglas also indicated :
that the service expansion :
stretches throughout the :
Bahamas and that subscribers :
in all of the islands — including :
Freeport, San Salvador and ;
Exuma — should experience
increased reliability. :

He said that on Long Island, :
where there were only three :
signal towers prior to the
expansion project, there are
now nine sites. ;

BTC’s marketing vice presi- :
dent Marlon Johnson added :
that in keeping with the com- :
pany’s mission to provide mod- :
ernised and reliable services, a }
special online promotion now
offers various giveaways and :
allows customers to register :
both complaints and?
suggestions on the BTC web-
site.

He said that customers who
take part in the exercise will be
given the change to win phones,
free services and minutes on
their pay-as-you-go cell phones.. :

Mr Johnson said that both :
the bandwidth expansion and :
the online promotion are part
of ongoing upgrades at the
company.



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ONE OF the Bahamas Nationa
New Providence.

Inquest finds student’s 2005

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NS BE SSS

Trust’s national parks in western

Bs

traffic death was accidental

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE -
Tribune Staff Reporter

A CORONER’S inquest into the 2005 traffic
death of 18-year-old College of the Bahamas law
student Crystal Cassar concluded yesterday with a
jury finding that her death was accidental.

The jury of five women and two men returned
with the unanimous verdict following 30 minutes of
deliberations.

Coroner William Campbell told the jury that
based on the evidence “death by accident” was the
only verdict he could leave open to them.:

The inquest into Ms Cassar’s death began on
October 2 in Court 7, Victoria Gardens.

Sergeant Herbert Duncombe was the prosecutor.
Five witnesses were called to give evidence at the
inquest.

Ms Cassar, the daughter of local attorney Gavin
Cassar, was killed on the morning of Sunday, July 31,



Semi-automatic
rifle is found
hy police

POLICE on Wednesday
found a semi-automatic rifle
in an abandoned building.

Acting on a tip from a
member of the public, offi-
cers of the Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEU) discov-
ered an AR-15 rifle with
two live rounds of ammuni-
tion in a two-storey concrete
building on Wednesday at
4pm. The weapon was con-
cealed in a pillow case.
Investigations into the dis-
covety of the illegal firearm
continue.

DEU officers find
small amount
of marijuana

DRUG Enforcement Unit
officers discovered a small
amount of marijuana in Fox
Hill on Wednesday.

Police were on patrol in
the Grant Street area when
they found a joint com-
pound bucket with three
plastic bags containing a
small amount of marijuana.
No arrests were made in
connection with this discov-
ery.









2005. The accident occurred at the juncture of Prince
Charles Drive and Trinidad Avenue at around
4.46am. ,

Ms Cassar was the country’s 36th traffic fatality
victim in 2005. She was travelling west on Prince
Charles Drive in a 2001 Ford Ranger, accompanied
by her friend Sherrie Higgs.

The two had reportedly just left a party.

Ms Cassar’s pick-up truck reportedly veered of the
road, overturned and slammed into a utility pole. The
18-year-old, who was severely injured in the crash,
died at the scene. Her friend Ms Higgs escaped with
serious injuries.

Superintendent Elbert Ferguson, a police toxi-

‘cologist, told the Coroner’s Court yesterday that

the victim’s blood alcohol level was 136 milligrams
per 100 milliliters of-blood. He said that 80 mil-
ligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood is the
legal limit. He said that Ms Cassar was likely to
have been intoxicated.



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@ By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

OVER the last decade, the

Bahamas National Trust’s
fundraising efforts have
come up short by almost
$100 million in funds neces-
sary to carry out its mandate,
Trust executives said yester-
day.
- The BNT yesterday
announced its new five-year
strategic plan to promote
long-term conservation and
sustainable use of natural
resources.

The BNT was established
in 1959 and today it manages
25 national parks through-
out the country, covering
700,000 acres of land and sea
areas.

Deputy executive director
of the BNT Lynn Gape told
the media yesterday that the
strategic plan seeks to
respond to the social, eco-
nemic and_ ecological
changes that are occurring
within the Bahamas.

The plan, she added, will
be reviewed periodically to
address ongoing develop-
ments.

“One of the very interest-
ing things is that this nation-
al park system was nearly
doubled in 2002. With one
stroke of a pen the govern-
ment of the Bahamas basi-
cally doubled the amount of
protected areas in the coun-
try and created literally five
national parks on the island
of Andros in the central area
and made the entire island
of little Inagua protected,”
Ms Gape said.

She said that the BNT will
pursue their strategic objec-
tives through the implemen-
tation of six inter-related
programmes.



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NT fundraising comes up
$100m short in past decade






organisation’s strategic five-year plan.

The core programmes will
include public education,
national park management
and environmental advoca-
cy: The three other support
programmes include institu-
tional development, financial
development and member-
ship growth and fundraising.

“To maintain support,
both financial and otherwise,
our national parks must
become more relevant and

accessible to the Bahamian ©

people - a part of their daily
lives. The Trust must contin-
ue to play a leadership role

“in public education and

ecosystem management to
address these critical issues.
However, the Trust’s ability
to do so is constrained by
limited resources,” she said.

Ms Gape said that the
expansion of the BNT’s
responsibilities over the past
50 years has not been accom-
panied by a similar growth
in financial resources. '

“We have had to look at
gaps in being. able to finance
and manage national parks.

We underwent a total assess-
ment and if we look at the
financial gap for a 10-year
time period for the protected
area system of the Bahamas,
we have a gap of $93 million.
We have to somehow be able
to work and be able to find
the funding to put in the pro-
gramme of work, not just for
the Bahamas, but also that
will fulfill international oblig-
ations under the convention
of biodiversity for our pro-
tected area system,” she said.
Ms Gape said that with the
support of many interna-
tional funding organisations
and international and local
non-governmental organisa-
tions, the Trust has been able
to do a lot of work and come
out as a much stronger, more
accountable organisation.

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Florida justices
rule in favour of —
indigent prisoners

MTALLAHASSEE, Fla.

THE Florida Supreme
Court says indigent inmates
don't have to pay filing fees
for appeals affecting how
much time they can get off
their sentences for good
behavior, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The Department of Cor-
rections argued that waiving
the fees would “open the
flood gates” for such
appeals.

The justices Thursday
rejected that and other state
claims in a 6-0 opinion. The
high court cited a law that-
lifts indigent prisoners’ filing
fees for “collateral criminal
proceedings.”

The ruling came in the
case of Leo J. Cox, also
known as Leonard J. Cook,
who was convicted of com-
mitting second-degree mur-
der in 1995 in Alachua
County. He wants to chal-
lenge a law that limits time
off to no more than 15 per-
cent of a sentence.

The filing fee for an
appeal in Florida is $300.

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Health Minister urges Bahamians to

become involved in fight against HIV

m@ By MATT MAURA

THE Bahamas still faces “signifi-
cant challenges” with respect to HIV
despite all of the successes achieved
in the prevention and treatment of
the virus, Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis said.

Dr Minnis said there are still “key
elements” of Bahamian society that
do not understand “the critical mes-
sage” of HIV prevention.

“That message is simple: HIV is
spread by sexual contact,” Dr Minnis
said. “If you are not sexually active
then you should continue to abstain
from sexual activity and wait until
you are in a committed, faithful rela-
tionship with one person to have sex.

“Tf you are sexually active, then
you should use a condom every time
you have sex because condoms — used
properly — can greatly reduce one’s
chances of contracting HIV,” he said.

Dr Minnis said Bahamians from all
walks of life need to play a vital role
in “championing the cause” of HIV
prevention in their homes, on the job
and among friends and loved ones,

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HIV/AIDS and taking
that enlightened message
to those sectors.

“To do this, Bahamians
must become involved.
All Bahamians must
become leaders support-
ing the National AIDS
Programme with dona-
tions, with volunteerism
and with a strong person-
al investment in speaking
out on the facts about
HIV/AIDS to ‘everyone
in our own spheres of
influence,” Dr Minnis
said.

He said that since the
mid-1980s, the government has
invested the financial, human and
infrastructural resources in creating
the National HIV/AIDS Programme
and the National HIV/AIDS Centre
to spearhead the nation’s response
to HIV/AIDS.

He said successive governments
have never wavered in their “the

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deal with HIV/AIDS and
provide the political will
necessary for all Bahami-
ans to make HIV/AIDS
a priority.

“Our national pro-
gramme emphasises pre-
vention of HIV, treat-
ment for persons testing
positive for HIV or
AIDS, care and support
for those affected by
HIV/AIDS and research
and training that has
made the Bahamas a
regional leader in the
response to HIV/AIDS.”

Dr Minnis said the
Bahamas, like other soci-
eties around the world, continues to
struggle with discrimination against
persons who are HIV positive.

He said too many who should be
tested for HIV are not coming for-
ward, “because they fear how their
friends, family, co-workers and their
society might stigmatise and discrim-
inate against them.”

“Knowledge is the best antidote to
fear and with strong voices helping to
educate Bahamians, we can work
together to end the stigma HIV pos-
itive persons face in our islands.

“HIV positive Bahamians work in
every industry and trade, they attend
services with us in our houses of wor-
ship; they are our neighbours and our
friends.

“When any Bahamian is rejected

‘because of HIV, all Bahamians suf-

fer,” Dr Minnis said.

The Health Minister said the
Bahamas “stands ready” to continue
its role as a regional leader on the
issue of AIDS in the Caribbean. He
said the country, like many other
nations of the world, re-affirmed its
commitment to “stop AIDS” at the
International AIDS Conference in
Mexico City, Mexico.

‘“The Bahamas will continue its
remarkable work on the issue of
HIV/AIDS and with the help of the
citizens, our nation will one day soon
keep its promise to stop AIDS both
here at home and across our region,”
Dr Minnis said.

Midshipman Jataro McDonald

9 S

MIDSHIPMAN : Jataro
McDonald and Sidney Whyms
II were recently welcomed into
the officers’ corps following
their successful completion of
the Royal Naval Young Offi-
cers’ Course. —

The eight-month intense
training, which is designed to
prepare naval cadets for careers
‘as military administrators, was

conducted at Britannia Royal
Naval College (BRNC), Dart-
mouth, England, from Febru-
ary 25, 2008 to October 23,
2008.

Midshipmen McDonald and
Whyms, who both joined the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
as marine recruits in February
2005, underwent general naval
instructions in areas such as mil-
itarisation; academic; sea train-
ing, and maritime leadership.
In the militarisation phase, the
cadets were tested on their
physical endurance, which cli-
maxed with an exercise called
Assessed Basic Leadership
Exercise (ABLE).

They later underwent
general naval instructions in
professional subjects such as
seamanship, navigation
(celestial and coastal), and rules
of the road, prior to spending
six weeks onboard a
British warships for initial sea
training.

Mr McDonald was stationed
aboard the HMS Ark Royal,
an aircraft carrier.

The craft made ports of call
to Scotland, Ireland, the bor-
ders of the United Kingdom,
and the US Naval Base in Nor-
folk, Virginia.



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Officers complete
BRNC training -

- Mr Whyms was stationed
onboard the HMS Bulwark, a
landing platform dock.

The ship travelled across the
Mediterranean and made ports
of visits to Gibraltar, Germany,
Spain and France.

This phase ended with a Mar-
itime Leadership (MARL)
exercise, where each cadet
assumes command of a small
craft and is tested on naviga-
tional and leadership skills.

This training concentrated
heavily upon academics and the
sciences, which included the
study of disciplines like marine
engineering, oceanography,

meteorology and weapons engi-

neering.

Both Midshipmen McDon-
ald and Whyms scored the
highest mark in both the ABLE
and the MARL phases while
in their respective platoons. Mr
McDonald also captured the
‘best cadet award’ while on the
initial sea training phase.

Mr Whyms was the first
international student to be cho-
sen as “Colour Officer” at the
passing-out parade.

A graduate of the C V Bethel
Senior High School, Midship-
man Whyms was a scholarship
recipient of the Technical Cadet
Core Program (TCCP).

_ He was attached the engi-
neering department prior to his
selection for the officers’ quali-
fying course.

Midshipman McDonald
graduated from St Augustine’s
College in 2002, and had served
in the accounts department pri-
or to be selected for the offi-
cers’ qualifying course.















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Oxford Business Group to release
report on the Bahamas economy

THE economy of the
Bahamas will be the subject of
the 2009 publication by the world
renowned Oxford Business
Group (OBG).

“The Report: The Bahamas
2009” will have a worldwide dis-
tribution ‘of 41,000 based on
OBG’s existing subscriber base,
and will be the most compre-
hensive economic, political and
business review of the Bahamas
ever to be compiled, according to
OBG’s website.

The report will explain in-
depth the don.estic and foreign
political scene, macroeconomic
policy and sectoral develop-
ments, and include unique sta-
tistical forecasting.

Insight

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette recently met with
OBG representatives for “The
Report: Bahamas 2009” to give
an insight into the Bahamian
economy in the face of a-global
recession:

“The Bahamian economy has
felt the effects of the global
financial crisis, with tourism and
revenues from excise duties
decreasing in recent months,” he
said.

In an interview in “The
Report: Bahamas 2009”, Mr

Symonette said there have been
many lay-offs across the tourism
industry and that government
services will be impacted by the
reduced revenues collected from
excise taxes.

Despite the downturn, he
described economic indicators as
stable and told OBG that for-
eign reserves are high. Addi-
tionally, he said in the 2009 fiscal
year, the government has plans
for projects in Grand Bahama
and in Nassau, among other
major capital investments.

Mr Symonette also told OBG
that the Bahamas hopes to better
its relations with the People’s
Republic of China, particularly
with regard to improving trade
relations, investment and tourism
links.

“Our largest investors in the
Bahamas have a Chinese base
and our relations with China are
very important. It is certainly a
growing power in the world so
we need to position Grand
Bahama as an international ship-
ping port, a transhipment facility,
and promote our financial ser-
vices to China.”

Twenty-six per cent of OBG’s
subscribers are in Europe, 24 per
cent in Asia, 21 per cent in the
Middle East and GCC countries,
19 per cent in North America,
and six per cent in Africa. Twen-
ty-seven per cent are financial
institutions, 22 per cent in indus-

try, 17 per cent in IT and
tclecommunications, 15 per cent
in energy, and 15 per cent in real
estate and construction.

The 180-page publication will
contain the most extensive, inde-
pendent and accurate intelli-
gence available, and is produced
by a team of OBG analysts based
in Nassau for six months, who
will conduct some 100 interviews
with leading political and eco-
nomic figures.

Interviews

With sector overviews and
analyses supported by a series of
exclusive interviews with impor-
tant political and business fig-
ures, it will provide an indepen-
dent and authoritative look at
the Bahamas economy.

OBG is a global publishing,
research and consultancy firm,
which publishes economic and
political intelligence on the mar-
kets of the Caribbean, Asia,
Eastern Europe, the Middle
East, North and South Africa.
Through its range of print and
online products, OBG offers
comprehensive and accurate
analysis of political, macroeco-
nomic and sectoral develop-
ments, including banking, capital
markets, energy, infrastructure,
industry and insurance.

Written by a team of seasoned



analysts, based on the ground for
six months, the critically
acclaimed series of economic,
political and business reports
have become the leading source

of intelligence on the rapidly

developing countries in the
regions they cover. OBG’s online
economic briefings provide up-
to-date in-depth analysis on the

_issues that matter for thousands

of subscribers worldwide. OBG’s

consultancy arm offers tailor-

made market intelligence and
advice to firms currently oper-
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New accounting software installed
at the Post Office Department

@ By KATHRYN CAMPBELL

SEVENTEEN employees of the Post
Office Department are receiving training
in the Thalia-Poste System, a cost account-
ing software package being installed at

the Post Office this week.

According to a release from the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport, under
whose purview the Post Office Depart-
ment falls, the automated Thalia-Poste
System is used to measure profitability of
products, productivity of responsibility
centre, and the degree to which these cen-
tres contribute to the profit margin:

“The system’can also*be used to erable" baddsand Belize, the release said.

the introduction of a management con-
trol system to assist in decision making
- and calculating the cost for terminal dues.
Earlier this year, the Universal Postal ’
‘Union (UPU), La Poste (France) and the
Caribbean Postal Union (CPU) signed an
‘ agreement for the introduction of cost
accounting, inclusive of a cost accounting
software package (Thalia-Poste) in
Caribbean postal administrations.
During 2008, the UPU provided the
software for post offices throughout the
Caribbean region including the Bahamas
at no cost. The other post offices are:
Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, Bar-

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The Bahamas receives revenue in the
form of terminal dues from certain coun-.
tries of origin of international letter mail
and non-parcel mail items. Terminal dues
are payments received by countries for
handling incoming international mail and
non-parcel mail items from other coun-
tries. The Post Office Department present-
ly utilises a manual system for the collec-
tion of these costs.

According to the release, terminal dues
were introduced to the UPU in 1969 to
reduce the “imbalance” among countries
relative to the volume and processing costs
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will feature the
Bahamas’ economy
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have been resolved

ed in documentation about
the disciplinary process for
members of the legal profes-
sion forwarded to The Tribune
by Bar Association President
Wayne Munroe.

The data also revealed that
of the 112 complaints made in
the year leading up to June
2008, a total of 88 case
remained unresolved or unde-
termined for a variety of rea-
sons.

Emphasising that the ethics
committee and tribunal are
separate to the Bar Council,
Mr Munroe said he personal-
ly takes lawyers’ unethical
behaviour very seriously.

“J don’t need any dishonest
people in my profession
because what is happening
now will happen...people will

look at one dishonest person

and say a thousand of you are
dishonest. So it’s in the inter-
est of the 999 to get rid of the

one. And that is what we are
seeking to do, as quickly as
we possibly can.”

A June 2008 letter from
ethics committee secretary
Thelma Deal to disciplinary
tribunal chairman, Supreme
Court Justice Jon Isaacs,
shows a number of lawyers are
to be subject to the scrutiny
of the tribunal for more than
one complaint lodged against
them in the previous year.

One lawyer has had five
complaints against him, which
are considered appropriate for
forwarding to the tribunal, two
others have three complaints
and several others, two.

Matters:are forwarded to

the disciplinary tribunal if

lawyers fail to reply to a letter
from the ethics committee
asking them to respond to

complaints against them; if

they admit the complainant is
correct in their assertion that

members —

the code of ethics. was
breached; or if they fail to sub-
stantiate their denial of wrong-
doing.

The disciplinary tribunal has
the power to disbar, suspend,
fine or exonerate lawyers,
depending on the severity of
their infringement of the Bar’s
code of ethics.

Mr Munroe said yesterday
that the Bar Council is of the
view that the disciplinary sys-
tem could be improved so
complaints can be dealt with
more swiftly (see story on
page one).

A backlog of cases has built
up, and in some cases years
pass before complaints are
brought before the tribunal
for adjudication.

Mr Munroe noted that the
ethics committee has been the
same size — consisting of five
since the
Bahamas Bar had only about

100 lawyers. Now there are
almost 1,000 lawyers at the
Bar.

Despite his doubts about
the disciplinary system as
presently legislated, Mr
Munroe said the make up of

‘the tribunal ensures it is able

to deal with the complaints it
hears fairly and without
favour.

“The disciplinary tribunal is
chaired by a sitting Supreme
Court judge. And you have
on each tribunal a member
who is not a lawyer,” he said.

He pointed to the fact that .
the Bar Council has appealed
the last two rulings of the tri-
bunal — including that of now
disbarred lawyer Andrew
Thompson — on the basis that
the tribunal was too lenient.
This, he said, was evidence
that members of the profes-
sion are serious about keep-
ing their colleagues in check.

Govt aims for system to eradicate

Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Road.

He is survived by (1) son, Earnest Gibson; (4)
daughters, Enae, Evann, Ebony and Crystal
Gibson; (2) brothers, Rodulph and Glenroy
Gibson; (3) three sisters, Varnetta Barr,
Beverley Bethel and Paulett'Lunn; Numerous
Nieces and Nephews, cousins and other
relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respect

at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey Street on

Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00p.m. and again

at the church on eatunay on 9: wk a.m. ee
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‘abuse’ of overtime in Customs

FROM page one

ted that overtime pay was a substantial
problem for government.

For the past six months, he said, govern-
ment has been working "intensely" with
the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU)
to work out logistics of a shift system that
would negate gross overtime. The need for
additional staff.once the shift system
becomes widespread is also being consid-
ered, he said.

According to Mr Laing, new employees
at the departments of Customs and Immi-
gration were hired on a shift basis, but he
could not say when the system will spread to
remaining workers.

When asked specifically if lax overtime
billing procedures were still practised at

Customs, allowing officers to sign off on
their own overtime, Mr Laing said while
there has been tightening in that area "over-
time remains a substantial issue for, us and
we are very eager to rid ourselves of that
issue.

"Now I couldn't say expressly that there

is not now officers verifying their own over-
time, but I know that efforts were being
made to ensure that there was a reduction
in the abuse of overtime that was seen in
times past."

As outlined in the auditor-general's 2006
letter, about a dozen officers claimed to
have worked continuous hours in excess of
24 hours, with some officers claiming to
have worked as many as 51 continuous
hours.

When asked how officers could log aich
extensive overtime hours, Mr Laing said

this could occur with some officers who
work on the family islands with "no relief"
or are on airport duty after hours.

"Overtime can be legitimate, but one has
to determine if that has been the case. But
clearly the idea is, because this overtime is
also very costly for the operators of our
airports and ports because they have to
fund it. I just think the overall thrust is this
—we want to be a cost effective jurisdiction
that does the right set of things in the ways
of public expenditure.

"It seems to be a way forward in terms of
organising those who work in the Customs
and Immigration Departments to help us
achieve that end.

“Other jurisdictions do it and certainly

“the Bahamas can do it. And that really is

the overall objective of trying to establish a
workable shift-system."

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GARY ANTHONY WALLACE, 72

of Roberts Blvd., Coral
Harbour Road will be held
on Friday December Sth
at 11:00 a.m. at St.
Matthews Anglican
{} Church, Shirley Street.
Rev'd. Dr. James Moultrie
assisted by Archde.acon
James Palacio us, Fr.
Kingsley Knowles, Fr.
Don Haynes and Fr.
Kirkland Russell will
officiate. Interment will
follow in Ebenezer Geinerery: Shirley Street.

He is survived by his mother, Oralee Adamson; children,
Alan and Jill Wallace, June and James Dawkins, Eartha
and Timothy Granderson; sister, Gloria Seymour;
grandchildren, Alicia and Alan Wallace, Junise, Joelle,
Jamell, Jazmyn, Sasha, Phillicia and Phillip Dawkins
Jr.; nieces, Neysa Miller, Nicole Seymour, Denise Carew
and Linda Dames; nephews, Noel (Bran) Seymour;
sister-in-law, Grace Wallace; cousins, Sidney and Susan
Wallace and family, Louise Thompson and family and
Paula Williams; adopted sisters, Thelma Knowles and
family, Jennifer and Wesley Ingraham and family,
Stephanie Lahne and family, Sandra and Sidney Deveaux
and family, Eileen Smith and family; adopted brothers,
Cecil and Jan Smith and family, Andy and Marion Smith
and family; godmother, Jane Bethel; special friend,
Maria McKenzie; other relatives and friends including,
the Peterson family, the Wallace-Whitfield family, Jackie
Wallace and family, Richard Sands and family, Heather
Thompson, Diana Akoi, Sylvia Forbes Evans and family,
the Thompson family in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, the
Mingo family in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, Oswald and
Yvonne Isaacs, the McKenzie family, Arabella
Turnquest, Sharon Lockhart, the Seymour family, Enola
Burke, Dorothy Davis, the Thompson family in Nassau,
the Williams family, Eastern Senior Class of *49, St.
Matthew Church family, St. George’s Church family,
and others too numerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at the church from
10:00 a.m. until service time.

Department
shake-up
claim

FROM page one

effectively by ourselves and
their monies are put to good
use."

When asked if there will be.
any restructuring at the top
level of Customs, Minister
Laing did not confirm or deny
this, but said government is
"looking at all the systems of
our departments in seeking to
make sure we do things that
enable us to do the right set
of things."

Earlier this week, a source
close to the matter said the
claims of corruption at Cus-
toms prompted Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham to request
dozens of records of customs
staff, suggesting some sort of
clean-out exercise of the
department might be on the
horizon.

When questioned by a Tri-
bune reporter why certain
employee files were request-
ed, Mr Ingraham answered
vaguely: "Tam the prime min- ,
ister of the Bahamas. The peo-
ple of the Bahamas may have
an interest in knowing what
files I see. I-see many files."

When asked if he was per-
sonally looking into the files
regarding claims of corruption
and if he was concerned about
allegations of corruption in
Customs, Mr Ingraham said:
"I look at many files every-
day— I am concerned about
corruption wherever it exists."

Yesterday Deputy Comp-
troller Berchernal Bethel said
he had no knowledge of the
prime minister making such a
request.

Last month, Acting Comp-
troller of Customs Anthony
Adderley said he was not
aware of any incidents of cor-
ruption or nepotism in his
department.

He was unavailable for com-
ment yesterday. His office said
he was in Freeport.



THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 9







TEACHER NIGEL LO HON and Abaco Central High School, GIS Day Competition

winner.

BNGIS holds a successful
second conference in Abaco

COORDINATED efforts between
all sectors of government for data col-
lection and maintenance “need to be
dramatically improved,” the Bahamas
National Geographic Information Sys-
tems (BNGIS) Centre’s 2nd GIS User
Conference was told.

Held from November 19-21, in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the theme
was “Advancing GIS technology one
island at a time.”

The Centre’s director Carolann
Albury delivered the keynote address.

More than 164 persons attended the
conference from throughout the Aba-
cos, including Local Government offi-
cials, administrators, public and pri-
vate sector representatives and various
schools.

Ms Albury noted that many deci-
sions taken by governmental authori-
ties have a “geographic dimension”
that affects all Bahamians.

“As such we must equip our experts
with the best technology for improved
stewardship of our country’s natural
resource,” she said.

GIS technology, she added, allows

for the storage and manipulation of
information using geography, and the
analysis of patterns, relationships, and
trends in that information to help pol-
icy makers make better decisions. .

The new Ministry of the Environ-
ment, said Ms Albury, is one of the
most important ministries.

“All agencies under that ministry’s
portfolio have the ultimate responsi-
bility for enhancing the quality of life
for all Bahamians and GIS offers the
best solution to do just that,” she said.

“In other parts of the world GIS
and geospatial data are considered a
part of nations’ critical infrastructure.
Governments use these tools to
improve services to citizens and to
analyse, develop, and implement pub-
lic policy related to public health,
home-land security, transportation,

land use, and many other business
needs.”

The winner of the GIS Day Com-
petition was Abaco Central High
School. Moore’s Island All Age
School was second and S C Bootle
High School, third.

“The research and analysis carried
out by these competing schools was
impressive,” said Ms Albury.

“They mapped features using GPS
and used GIS to plot maps of potential
sites for a community entertainment
centre.

“They also identified land use issues
that may be of interest to the Min-
istry of the Environment, particularly
as we strive to maintain clean,
green and pristine environments for
all.

“What is most impressive is that our
students are engaged in spatial think-
ing, learning about their environment
and working together as a team.”

Presentations were provided by
Future-net, the College of the
Bahamas, Antiquities Monuments and
Museums Corporation, the Profes-
sional Alliance for GIS and Geo-
Sciences, and GISP Certification.

“We are excited by the enthusiasm
shown by our newly converted GIS
education champion and we certainly
look forward to supporting mea
Schools,” Ms Albury said.



System for complaints

against lawyers is
‘inadequate’ says Bar
Association president

FROM page one

give us the amendment,” said Mr Munroe.

A draft of the proposed amendments, which will allow the
membership of the ethics committee of the Bahamas Bar to be
increased and for the disciplinary tribunal, which adjudicates on
complaints against lawyers, to sit more regularly, was forward-
ed to the Bar Council this week, said Mr Munroe.

He expects it will be sent back with the council’s recommen-
dations within the next two weeks, leaving the ball in the Gov-
ernment’s court.

Mr Munroe said he is aware of cases that have been referred
from the ethics committee to the disciplinary tribunal not to have
been heard for up to three years.

It is hoped new amendments, which he called a “no brainer”,
will allow for matters to be adjudicated by the disciplinary tri-
bunal in six months or less.

However, he added that “it will still require the client to be
vigilant and complain and it will still require the client, having
complained, to follow it through to the end.”

He said it is of no cost to a client to do so, and the failure of

people in this regard is one of the “main impediments” to |

lawyers not being held accountable, or ultimately having their
names cleared. :

“We've been finding recently that when matters come up in
the disciplinary tribunal that we take as very grave, we have a
difficulty with the complainant who initiated the process com-
ing through and following up,” he said.

Presently, if a lawyer’s client alleges to the committee that they
have been aggrieved in their dealings with the lawyer, a letter
will be sent by the five-member ethics committee to the lawyer
asking him or her to respond to the complaint.

If the lawyer does not respond within 14 days, admit or deny
the transgression, and does not provide adequate proof of his
position, the matter will be forwarded to the disciplinary tribunal

- for its members to determine whether disciplinary action should
be taken. /

Disbarment is the most serious action the tribunal can order,
although Mr Munroe said that probably only around one per
cent or less of lawyers will find themselves at this “very rough
end of discipline.”

“But that is one per cent too high,” he said.



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Final phase of BTC
privatisation ‘could be
within four months’

‘FROM page one

prospective buyer for the com-
pany by providing information
regarding key features and per-
formance indicators.

Mr Donaldson explained
that interested buyers will be
required to provide proof of
communications operational
experience, and will be asked
to provide a substantial deposit
which, he indicated, will
“discourage frivolous solicita-
tions.”

For parties qualifying up to
that point, Mr Donaldson said,
in-depth insight will be provid-
ed regarding performance, a
five-year business plan, current
initiatives, and future develop-
ment proposals regarding

’ BTC.

Mr Donaldson said that
prospective buyers will also be
privy to vendor due diligence
documents provided by the
accounting firm of KPMG.

Though Mr Donaldson did
not go into detail about the
separation of former prospec-
tive buyer Bluewater, he indi-
cated that the new buyer will

be subjected to a final screen- -

ing by government.

The final stage of the process
will involve recommendations
from the privatization commit-
tee to government, which will
make the final decision, focus-
ing on the selected buyer’s
vision for BTC and the bidding

rice.

Mr Donaldson noted that the
privatization committee, with
key public entities, is working
to revolutionize legislation and




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change in the areas of cable
companies providing phone
services and vice-versa, as well
as addressing the surge in mod-
ern services similar to Vonage
and Skype, which are quickly
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With the new buyer expected
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a converged regulator, which
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 11



eu LOCAL NEWS



Courtesy call on Minister Cartwright:

GUILIA Borghese, the new resident Ambas-
sador of the Republic of San Marino, paid a
courtesy call on Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Larry Cartwright on Mon-

day.

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One of the European microstates, San Mari-
no has the smallest population of all the mem-
bers of the Council of Europe and one of the

highest GDP per capita in the world.

Pictured above is Minister Cartwright as he
welcomes Ambassador Borghese.

Cable Bahamas to

launch innovative ©

online email service

CABLE: Bahamas has
announced the imminent
launch of a new CoralWave
e-mail system, “CoralWave
Pronto.”

Universal
Children's Day
ASC

AMIDST melodic
choirs, dramatic recita-
tions, energetic dances,
lively bands, and solemn
prayers, Universal Chil-
dren’s Day was celebrat-
ed. The theme, “Children
of the Bahamas - rise up
and give thanks” was a
suitable one, according to
Health Minister Hubert
Minnis, who spoke on
behalf of Education Min- -
ister Carl Bethel.

The theme, he said
should remind Bahamian
children of how fortunate °
they are to enjoy a way of
life that some other chil-
dren only dream about.
Addressing children all
over the Bahamas, Dr
Minnis said. that world-
wide over 10 million pri-
mary school age children
are not enrolled in a
school; approximately
two million children have
been killed in armed con-
flicts during the past
decade; an estimated 250
million children aged five
to 14 are labourers, and
that approximately two
million children in devel-
oping countries die every
year from a lack of
access to safe drinking
water, and adequate
hygiene and sanitation
facilities.

The minister reminded
the students of the many
opportunities that the
Ministry of Education is
making available to them
for further education, and
urged them to take
advantage of the various ,
scholarships and educa-
tion loans.

Speaking to the parents
also, Dr Minnis asked
them to honour their chil-
dren, be positive role
models to them, and to
limit the television, inter-
net, radio, and cellular
phone time that they are
allowed.

In closing, Dr Minnis
thanked the Primary Prin-
cipals Association, the
teachers and stakeholders
for their unwavering sup-
port of the Ministry of
Education, and of the
children of the Bahamas.



“This is one of the most
dynamic online platforms
we’ve seen for e-mail and
online living,” said David Bur-
rows, director of marketing at
Cable Bahamas.

“Imagineva world where all
the functions you need for

online living comes in one
seamless, integrated interface.

Imagine a world where, when
you log in to check your e-
mail, you gain automatic
access to your photographs,
your contacts, your calendar,
your music, your video email,
and your instant messages
while you drag and drop your
photographs into your own
personal webspace and blog
about your day; all while lis-
tening to your music. This is
what our customers will have
access to with CoralWave
Pronto. We are very excited
to bring this innovation to our
subscribers.”

Music

Features_of the new e-mail
system include dynamic cal-
endar functionality, instant
messaging systems, video e-
mail, storage and playback
functionality for music, pho-
tos and movies. Future
enhancements will include the
ability to create your own
website and blogs.

In addition, each Coral-
Wave customer will receive a
minimum of 10 gigabytes of
storage space to go with this
expanded platform of online
services.

“CoralWave Pronto is one
of the most powerful unified
communications interfaces in
the world offering unparal-
leled email stability and secu-
rity, to this market,” said
Sophia Walker, director of
information technology at
Cable Bahamas.

“At Cable Bahamas, we

recognise that e-mail is the

number one usage activity
conducted online as such we
want to ensure that the expe-






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interacting with their e-mail
is second to none,” she said.
With this soon to be
released upgrade, all Coral-
Wave subscribers will auto-
matically get email, online
contacts, photographs, calen-

..dak,,. Musicy,instant. messages
and video é¢-mail in a single ~

integrated unified communi-
cations package offered as a
“Software as a Service”
(SaaS). The upgrade comes at
no additional charge to inter-
net subscribers.

Partnership

The new e-mail system is
made possible by the partner-
ship between Cable Bahamas
and CommuniGate Systems,
the leader in carrier-class
mobile unified communica-
tions.

CommuniGate Systems’
goal is to consolidate all forms
of internet communications
into one address space, mak-
ing the single address for e-
mail, instant messaging, and
video calling more productive,
portable, and accessible to
multiple media types through
one account, providing true
portability of an “address” no
matter where a person access-
es the internet.

“We are excited to see
Cable Bahamas’ integrated
unified communications offer-
ing as SaaS going live. Cable
Bahamas understands the
importance of. delivering
today’s market demands for
value added services and how
to increase subscriber loyalty
by delivering more and better

‘services for tomorrow’s com-

munications. CoralWave pow-
ered by CommuniGate Pro
and Pronto will generate the
‘wow’ applications impact
Cable Bahamas wanted for
their existing subscribers while
attracting new subscribers,”
said Joe Pestana, vice-presi-
dent of Sales Americas, Com-
muniGate Systems.

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TRIBUNE SPORTS



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Being a Star is |
risky business |

FROM page 14

They opened with Alex
Smith, went to J.T O'Sulli-
van, and now start Shaun
Hill. Couldn't make this up
if I tried. If they start Biff
Tanner before the season
ends I don’t know if I'll be
_able to handle it. As much
as any Dolphin fan may root }
against it, there’s no way :
Brett Favre is having two
games in a row playing the
way he did (Here’s hoping
reverse psychology works).
TS - 27
49ERS - 14

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
@ SEATTLE SEANAWKS

e Here’s what’s awesome.
The Patriots get the Sea-
hawks when they’re some- , }
what healthy and a week i
after they were embarrassed
on the national stage by the
Cowboys. If that doesn’t
motivate you then you must
be a 2-10 team. Nevermind,
Pats run away with it.

PATRIOTS - 33
SEAHAWKS - 6.

SY. LOUIS RAMS @
ARIZONA CARDINALS

e The Cardinals could have :
made a bold statement by :
beating the Eagles to
announce to their arrival to
the upper echelon of teams.
They failed miserably at that
on the national stage but
luckily for them, they play in
the NFC West.

CARDINALS - 41
RAMS - 14

WASHINGTON REDSKINS
@ BALTIMORE RAVENS

e The Ravens have to feel
somewhat jaded by the suc-
cess of the Titans winning
formula this season. Eight
years ago they rode the
wave of the "Excellent
defense + Effective running
game + Adequate quarter-
back play = Winning" for-
mula all the way to a Super
Bowl. If a team can win a
Super Bowl with Trent Dil-
fer at quarterback, they lay :
claim to the formula forever. :

RAVENS - 20:
REDSKINS - 17

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS :
@ CARGLINA PANTHERS :
e With my fantasy foot-
ball season coming to a i
heartbreakingly disappoint- :
ing end last week, and with }
three Panthers on my roster :
I have no choice but to
become completely indif-
ferent towards this game.
As a matter of fact, out of
spite for them not posting
better numbers I’m going
with the Bucs with a com-
plete biased skewed
towards Alex Smith.
BUCS - 24
PANTHERS - 21

Chargers OVER Raiders

_ FREEPORT,
BAHAMA: The Legacy Base-
ball/Softball Association
announces plans for the Lega-
cy/BTC Junior Girls College
Softball Showcase is set for Jan-
uary 23-25, 2009 in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.

The event will also feature the
3rd Annual Junior Girls Softball
Camp for players and coaches
with college coaches and play-
ers from Indian River Commu-
nity College in Florida together
with former Bahamas National
Team players.

An invitation is extended to
softball players throughout The
Bahamas in Grades 10-12 and
between the ages of 14-18 with
better than average softball skills,
and interested in furthering their
fundamentals and techniques in
softball, to consider registering
and participating in the week-
end.

Coaches from the high schools
and night leagues are also invited
and welcomed to register

Girls will be showcasing their
talents for college softball coach-
es, while improving their softball

skills.

The Showcase/Camp/Clinic
format will lead to a written eval-
uation of each players based on
skills and efforts, and will pro-
vide players interested in college
with a need-to-improve-list of

GRAND.

things to work on if they are to
gain coaches’ confidence.

To allow coaches to see the
players under game conditions,
two games will be scheduled for
Saturday night and will involve
all players registered.

The Registration Fee of
$30.00 per participant will assist
the Coordinators with providing
ground transportation between
the point of arrival and depar-
ture (Freeport), and between the
park and the host hotel, and to
provide each registrant with a
Showcase shirt. Seas

The deadline for the payment
of the Fee is January 15, 2009.
Thereafter a Late Fee of $10.00
will be charged. Players register-
ing by December 31 will receive

“a $5.00 Discount. Payment

should be made to the Legacy
Baseball/Softball Association.

Coaches accompanying three
(3) or more Players will get com-
plimentary registration.

Each player will be required
to get to the location of the event
at her own expense and shall
cover her own accommodations
arrangements.

The Legacy/BTC partnership
has allowed this 3rd Clinic/Camp
and now College Showcase to
take place and we offer our sin-
cerest appreciation to the com-
pany for its annual support of
Junior Girls Softball.

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a lot of contacts here in the local leagues

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_ Minister of
youth, Sports

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_ Desmond Ban-
nister (left) and
Kimberley Rolle

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From her first few days in office, Bas- .
tian said Rolle has asserted herself very
well, so he’s confident that in the next ©
three years, COB’s Athletic Depart-

~ “With the skills she have, I think we
do very well in the future with her as.





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the Legacy Baseball Softball Association, Yvonne Lockhart. The softball segment of Legacy, co-spon-
sored by Bahamas Telecommunications Co., has sponsored several camps/clinics in Grand Bahama fea-
turing Bahamas National Team players and coaches/players from Indian Riber Community College over
the past 3 years. Pictured froin left to right are Orquia Saint, Asst. Secretary - Softball; Steve Burrows,
President of Legacy, and Yvonne Lockhart.



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Butler.

Another problem that hurt
COB is the fact that a lot of
their opponents are attracting
some of the best players who
are opting not to go to the divi-
sion one schools so that they
can get better grades and more
playing time.

“It’s been rough man trying
to compete,” Bastian stressed.
“But as we move forward in this
programme, we are going to get
better. My system is improving
and I think he guys who have
been around now understand
what they need to do to play at
this level.”

The Lady Caribs, featuring
six freshwomen, are finding it
even rougher than their men.
Coach Davis said they are deti-
nitely in a rebuilding stage.

While the strength is on
seniors guard Christine Sinclair
at 5-4 and swingwoman Alyse
Dean at 5-6, the Lady Caribs
doesn’t have a player over 6-
feet.

And their biggest player is
forward Ashley Moss, a 5-10
freshman from Faith Temple
Christian Academy.

“It’s always very difficult
when you're dealing with a

some licking like they say,”
Davis said. “But I think we have
a good group of youngsters that
we can set a good foundation
with,

“We have been focussing pri-
marily on the pre-season, now
it’s the beginning of our season.
We did travel last week, but we
are really trying to get them to
work in an organised and disci-
plined environment, focussing
on fundamentals and executions
in a coordinated team fashion.”

As the season progresses,
Davis said she expects the team
to gell, but it will take a lot of
patience for them to be suc-
cessful in securing their first
win.

“We are hoping that the
home court environment will
bring us the kind of stability
that we need,” she projected.

COB’s newly appointed Ath-
letic Director Kimberley Rolle
said they are encouraging local
coaches and high school and
college-bound players to come
out and view the games.

She promised that the Caribs
would be out to ensure that
they made a good showing
against the Bees as they host a
collegiate treat before the
Christmas break.



TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 13

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NEL players union
seeks to block
suspensions



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NFL/AP. Photo

NEW ORLEANS Saints football players from left; Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith and
from the Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. The NFL players union is suing to block
the suspensions of five players for violating the league's anti-doping policy. The suit is on behalf of
Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and New Orleans Saints Charles pian Deuce
McAllister and Will Smith.

4
: BH FOOTBALL alleges both the NFL-appointed = meet that duty.”
: MINNEAPOLIS doctor and the NFL lawyer who An accompanying legal
i Associated Press administer the league’s steroids memo says the suspensions
; ———_________—~ __ policy knew the supplement could prevent the Vikings aid
i THE NFL Players Associa- contained the banned drug but’ —_ Saints from making the playof!s. :
: tion filed a lawsuit Thursday to never advised the players. It It notes that Kevin Williams and

block five of the six player sus- alleges they breached their duty Pat Williams have been the cen-
pensions for violating the to the players and endangered _ terpieces of the Vikings’ defen-

1. MANCHESTER CITY'S i Jeasue’s anti-doping policy. their physical well-being. sive line. The Vikings are in first
Stephen Ireland, top and RBS SAORI Done “It's j , Be ten
5 : i The suit filed in federal court t’s just common sense that place in the NFC North; the.

Mitel NOT UNE Pu : here is on behalf of Kevin Someone shouldn’t be punished _ Saints are last in the NFC South_
left, tackle Paris Saint-Ger- : Williams and Pat Williams of in those circumstances,” David _ and are a longer shot, two games |
NATIONALE LACeLE : the Minnesota Vikings, and Feher, a. lawyer for the union, _ out of the wild card spot with;
during their UEFA Cup : Charles Grant, Deuce McAllis- told The Associated Press. four games to go.
group A soccer match. ? ter and Will Smith of the New The union has asked for a “Not only these players, but |

? Orleans Saints. hearing Friday fora preliminary _ their teammates and fans will
PANN SSS ae a) : The five players were sus- injunction so the five players _ suffer irreparable harm if the
Daniel Sturridge, left, vies : pended for four games for test- ©an play this weekend. Feher wrongful suspensions are not
with Paris Saint-Germain’s : ing positive in training camp in said the hearing hadn’t been enjoined,” the memo says.
Sammy Traore... : July and August for the banned scheduled as of Thursday morn- Absent the day before after

: diuretic bumetanide, which can ‘ing, and that it wasn’t immedi- the suspensions were handed
Re Se eae : be used as a masking agent for ately clear which judge would — down, the Williamses returned
Mwaruwari Benjani, right, i steroids. The drug was ina handle it. ; to practice Thursday. Neither
RN EaSe nee Cie : dietary supplement, StarCaps, “We are taking these steps player made themselves avail-.
main's Jeremy Clement... : that did not list the diuretic as an today in hopes of keeping'these able for comment in the locker

: ingredient: The suit does not players on the playing field,” room while it was open ‘to
MH SRA aS : include Houston Texans long Richard Berthelsen, acting exec- reporters. The lawsuit and

snapper Bryan Pittman. David utive director of the NFLPA, memo stress the union’s view
Cornwell, Pittman’s lawyer, told said in a statement..*We strong- that the NFL had a duty to tell
the AP that his client isn’t ly believe that the doctors and __ the players and the union that

Alea laen sensu ;
Paris Saint-Germain's

ay Se RTL included because his circum- the NFL should have told us it had known since at least
UT eT OTC : stances “differ substantially from and the players what they knew 2006 that StarCaps contained
Soleo MUU SUR CLNe)F the men who used StarCaps.” about StarCaps, but for some _ the banned drug, but failed to

Manchester Stadium,
Manchester, England,
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008.

In the lawsuit, the NFLPA unknown reason they failed to do so.



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— Here’s the thing about the Plaxico
Burress incident.

Yes it was a bonehead move of epic
proportions. Sure he put his career in
jeopardy and added just another Pac
Man Jones moment to his resume
which was stacking up quite a few
PJMs recently. I even agree he should
be prosecuted to the fullest extent of
the law should he be found guilty of
“any wrongdoing ... but I understand.

I don’t understand why he had to
fumble with tie gun and wound up
accidentally shooting himself, but I
understand why he felt the need to car-
ry a gun in the first place. In the last
two years, two NFL players (Shaun
Taylor and Darrent Williams) were
fatally shot, one barely survived his
shooting incident but was left as an
amputee paralyzed from the waist

down (Richard Collier) and several,

others have been targeted because of
their high profile status. In fact, just
days before Burress’ incident, his
Giants teammate Steve Smith was also
robbed at gunpoint. You have to con-
sider these circumstances and assume
Burress did as well when making a
decision to carry a loaded gun into a
club.

So this week I’m not going to make
any Cheddar Bob jokes. I’m not going
to label him as another spoiled athlete
with too much money and not enough
responsibility. ’m not even saying hé
was right for what happened, I’m just
saying .. I understand.

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WEEK 10: 10 4

WEEK 11: . 12 3 1
WEEK 12: 9 7

WEEK 13: 11 5
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Sa EAGLES
NEW YORK GIANTS

e First and foremost, this game will
be nothing like the first meeting. This
is just great. This whole Plaxico inci-
dent gave the Giants exactly what
they wanted and what the remainder
of the NFL could ill-afford to have ...
another reason for New York to play
the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card. In the last, decade of sports
there has been nothing more influen-
tial on the outcome of a season than
the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card, It's almost unbeatable. They
rode it last year all the way to the
most improbablé Super Bowl win in
NFL History...and that was when it

‘ was actually true. I know what you're
thinking the Giants won because of
the emergence of Eli Manning, the
dynamic performance by the defen-
sive line, the David Tyree miracle
catch ... and you’d be wrong. It was -
all the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card. Until this happened I was posi-
tive there would be a new Super
Bowl Champion this year ... now
there's nothing, absolutely nothing
stopping the Giants from repeating.
There’s no possible way any team
can beat the Burress debacle for the
the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card play, but it should be entertain-
ing watching someone try. Which
brings me to the next game ...

GIANTS - 27
EAGLES - 17

DALLAS COWBOYS @
_ _ PAYSBURGH STEELERS
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laxico Burress thing, Eli, the Giants
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has to be the most upset has got to be
T.O right? His position as the
league's most talked about enigmatic
receiver has been completely
usurped by a younger generation of
receivers. It feels as if the whole
order of the NFL is completely off
tilt. The Dolphins are good, Peyton
Manning isn't throwing touchdowns,
no T.O controversy ... what are we
supposed to pay attention to, the
actual games? This year alone look at
the receivers that have out played
T.O off the field: Chad Johnson
legally changed his name to Ocho
Cinco, Steve Smith beat up a team-
mate and was suspended two games,
Plax had a game winning Super Bowl
catch AND shot himself. It's a sad
day when we only get to critique T.O
based on receptions, yards and
touchdowns. He's not even the most
controversial figure on his own team

anymore.
COWBOYS - 28
STEELERS - 16

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

@ CHICAGO BEARS

e The Love affair with Kyle Orton
and his flirtation with becoming a
solid reliable quarterback....is over.
Orton shied away from the spotlight
and an opportunity to grab an AFC
North lead faster than John McCain
retreated to the wilderness on
November Sth (Seriously, someone
should go check on that guy). Orton
threw three interceptions in a seven
pass span last week against the
Vikings

BEARS -23
JAGS -7
MINNESOTA VIKINGS

@ DETROIT LIONS

e For too long NFL teams have
operated under the guise that win-
ning was the main purpose of playing
every week. The Miami Dolphins
tried their best to usurp. this archaic
notion last season but were tripped
up along the way by the Ravens.
Where the Dolphins fell, the Lions
have picked up the mantle and are
taking losing to the next level. God
speed you putrid, hapless group of
supposed football players (except
Calvin Johnson), we all believe in
you. Detroit really is falling, in every

aspect.
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HOUSTON TEXANS @

GREEN BAY PACKERS

e I’m watching it happen and [ still
can’t believe these two teams have
the same record ... and no the Texans
aren’t having a remarkable breakout
season, the Packers are just that bad.
Then again, they do play in the NFC
North and even with a below .500
record this late in the season, you’re
never out of the race for the division

title.
PACKERS - 24
TEXANS - 21 .

CLEVELAND BROWNS
@ TENNESSEE TITANS

° Here’s a great indication of how
the Brown’s season is going ... even
their players and management are
more concerned about whether
Lebron stays in Cleveland after 2010
than this week’s game against the

Titans.
: TITANS - 31
BROWNS - 17

CINCINNATI BENGALS
@ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

e In 2005 this game would have
been an old fashioned AFL shoot-
out, high scoring affair as both teams
raked up touchdown after touch-
down through the air, on the ground ,
and fantasy points were aplenty for
all involved. In 2008, that’s all sort of

. well, not true at all. The division
title is a game away from being out of
reach of the Colts and the Bengals
are a game away from being the
Lions. Last week the Colts failed to
score an offensive touchdown against
one of the league's worst defences.
How many times have you seen that
happen in the Peyton Manning era?

For me it was a first, hopefully a last.

COLTS - 17

BENGALS - 6
ATLANTA FALCONS @
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

¢ Michael Vick goes to jail, the
franchise goes to shreds, the shiny
new "fresh from the NCAAs to the
NFL" coach quits on the team mid-
season and everyone in Atlanta
hopes beyond hope that the Falcons
become legit and they have an enter-
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everything goes right. Matt Ryan was
the perfect pick, Michael Turner was
the perfect free-agent signing and
Roddy White emerged at the perfect
time. The only thing not perfect for
the Falcons ... at 8-4 they're still only »
third in the division.

Remember when Reggie Bush was
the second pick in the draft, and
everyone questioned the Mario
Williams pick? Do you know who
leads the Saints in rushing? Pierre

Thomas.
FALCONS -26
. SAINTS - 24
KANSAS CIVY CHILES

@ DENVER BRONCOS
¢ God bless the nearly perfect right
arm of Jay Cutler. Sure he didn't lead
‘my team to fantasy football playoff
glory, but what Cutler did last week
to beat the Jets and keep the Dol-.
phins within arms length of the divi-
sion title was ... who am I kidding,
this doesn’t make up for me not mak-
ing the playoffs in fantasy football.
BRONCOS - 34
CHIEFS - 13

MUA DOLPHINS
@ BUFFALO BILLS

e How many ways can you find to
almost lose a game? I think the Dol-
phins have almost exhausted them
all. You know what, I won't even jinx
it by suggesting something else within
the realm of possibility. With the Fins
barely beating the sub.500 teams, this
game against an actual .500 team is
absolutely terrifying. Wait ... J.P Los-
man is starting at quarterback, Ok
we're good then.

DOLPHINS - 20
BILLS - 10 »

NEW YORK JETS @
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
e Frank Gore, this is it. You're

from Miami. You went to the U. No
doubt you grew up as. a Dolphins fan
so you know what this is like. This
game has to have your thumbprint all
over it. I expect no less than 175 and

three touchdowns (two rushing). The »

Niners quarterback situation has to
be the most "Teenage TV Drama"
ish of any other team in the NFL.

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PAIGE 15

“FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5,

INSIDE ¢ International sports news.

2008

THE COB Caribs men’s basketball team is pictured above. The Caribs will be hosting the visiting Savannah Col-
lege of Arts & Designs on Saturday, December 13 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.



PICTURED above are the Savannah sallede of Arts & Designs B Bees’ ladies basketball team that will be coming
to town Saturday, December 13 to play the COB Lady’ Caribs at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

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

THERE’S expected to be a
lot of buzz at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium on Saturday,
December 13 when the College
of the Bahamas Caribs play host
to the Savannah College Arts:
& Designs Bees.

The Caribs could use some
home cooking to redeem them-
selves after travelling on the
road to play all of their games
so far this season in the Nation-
al Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics (NAIA).

The Lady Caribs, coached by
Dr. Linda Davis and Charlene
‘Swish’ Smith, are coming home
with a 0-3 winless record as they
face at the Bees in the opener at
2 p.m.

The Caribs’ men, coached by
Sean ‘Bass’ Bastian, are 1-7
going into the feature game
against the Bees at 4 p.m. But
he’s hoping that they can take
the sting out of the Bees, who
are at the other end of the spec-





Mey

trum, having only lost o one game
so far.

“My expectations are very
high playing at home. We want
to give a good showing to our

families and friends,” Bastian

said. “I did some research,
called around and spoke to a
few coaches and they say those
guys are good.

“I’m just going to stress a lot
of defence. Hopefully if we can
play defence, we can see how

~ well we can hold up against
them. I saw them last year in
Florida when they played in the
playoffs, but they’ve gotten bet-
ter with a few freshmen they
picked up.”.

The Caribs will close out their
season against the Bees, but
with the College of the
Bahamas now in a position to

offer athletic scholarships, Bas-
tian said during the off-season
they will go through a vigorous
recruitment for big men.

“Size is killing me right now.
The tallest guy on the team is
about 6-5 or 6-4 and when you
look at the past seven teams we

played, everybody had a seven-
footer,” Bastian pointed out. .

“One team we played had
three seven-footers, one one
which was 7-4. So that was a
learning, experience for me at
the collegiate level.”

Savannah College with a cen-
ter, sophomore Christian
Moore, standing at 6-9 and
another sophomore,
forward/center Rashad Parker
at 6-8. They also have a swing-
man in senior Nick Maloy at 6-
7 and sophomore swingman
Jamall Hinds at 6-6.

COB will counter with their
tallest players - four at 6-3 - in
centers Dominic Sweeting and
Philip Colebrooke and forwards
Rashad McKenzie and Theron

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THE IRAQ CONFLICT

Two US soldiers die in wave of suicide attacks —

Karim Kadim/AP Photo

A WOUNDED Iraqi policeman is brought to a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. The man was among two Enc wounded when
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BAGHDAD

Suicide bombers killed 17 peo-
ple — including two American
soldiers — and wounded more
than. 100 in a string of blasts in
two Iraqi cities Thursday as a
timetable for withdrawing all U.S.
troops won final government
approval, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.

The brazen attacks in areas
where the U.S. military has strug-
gled for years to maintain order
raised questions about Iraq's abil-
ity to ensure its own security as
the U.S. scales down its own com-
bat role under the newly ratified
U.S.-Iraqi security pact, which
calls for an American withdrawal
within three years.

Iraq's three-member presiden-
tial council signed off on the pact
Thursday, removing the last legal
barrier so that the agreement can
take effect Jan. 1.

But the latest bombings under-

score the fragility of Iraq's recent’

security gains, adding new
urgency to U.S. efforts to train
and equip an Iraqi security force
capable of maintaining order after
American troops have gone

‘home.

The two Americans were killed

‘when a suicide driver detonated

an explosive-laden car near an
Iraqi checkpoint in the northern
city of Mosul, military spokesman
Lt. Col. Dave Doherty said. Iraqi
police said eight people were
wounded, most of them civilians.

But the deadliest attacks
occurred in Fallujah, the coun-
try's most heavily guarded city
and once the symbol of Sunni
Arab resistance to the U.S. occu-
pation. Truck bombers struck
within minutes of each other out-
side the concrete barriers sur-
rounding two police stations in
different parts of the city, killing
15 people, wounding more than
100 and shattering nearby build-
ings, police and hospital officials
said. An al-Qaida front group,
the Islamic State of Iraq, pur-
portedly claimed responsibility
for the attack in a statement post-
ed on a militant Web site.

The thunderous blasts could be
heard across the city of about
400,000 and sent giant plumes of
black smoke rising over the dust-
brown buildings. -

"I was drinking tea in my house
when a big explosion took place.
It was like an earthquake," said
Saad Ibrahim, a 34-year-old
mechanic who lives near one of
the police stations. "I could hear
the cry of a child trapped in a
house. ... We tried to help him,
but the police and firefighters
arrived and asked us to leave the
area."

Local authorities announced a
curfew and closed all exits and
entrances to the city. Police said
the blasts were so huge that inves-
tigators could not find the chassis
or the engines of the two: trucks
used in the attacks.

"It looks like the trucks evapo-
rated," a senior police official told
The Associated Press.

All the police and hospital offi-
cials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they weren't
authorized to release the infor-
mation. Northeast of Baghdad, a
bomb left on a parked motorcycle
exploded near a restaurant in
Baqouba, another one-time Sun-
ni militant stronghold, killing
three people and wounding 10,
according to police at the securi-
ty headquarters for the sur-

rounding Diyala province. US.
commanders say attacks are down
80 percent nationwide since last
March but that al-Qaida and oth-
er militants remain capable of
staging limited but high-profile
attacks.

The bombings in Fallujah, 40
miles west of Baghdad in Anbar
province, were significant because
they show the resilience of an
insurgency that has suffered
severe setbacks over the past two
years as many Sunnis turned
against al-Qaida and other reli-
gious extremists.

Fallujah was effectively the

‘headquarters of the Sunni insur-

gency until U.S. troops seized
control of the city in November
2004 after the fiercest fighting of
the Iraq war.

In the aftermath, U.S. and Iraqi
authorities imposed stringent
security measures, sealing off the
city with checkpoints, restricting
vehicle movements and requiring
residents to enter and leave only
after submitting to strict searches.

However, security responsibil-
ity in Anbar province was turned
over to the Iraqis last September.
Since then, residents said restric-
tions had been relaxed and peo-
ple were allowed to enter the-city
without showing special resident
identification cards.

Decisions on easing security
are going to be left increasingly to
the Iraqis under the security
agreement that replaces a U.N.
mandate giving the U.S.-led coali-
tion sweeping powers to conduct
military operations. The agree+
ment gives Iraqis greater over-
sight of U.S. military operations.

It also requires American sol-
diers to leave the cities by the end
of June and depart the country
by the end of 2011.

Approval by the presidential
council came one week after par-
liament signed off on the agree-

ment, which was hammered out

during months of tough negotia-
tions that at times seemed on the
point of collapse.

The agreement is still subject to
approval by Iraqi voters in a ref-
erendum by the end of July. If
voters reject the deal, Iraqi will
ask the U.S. for a new round of
talks.

The efevsnaeen’ was a conces-
sion to Sunni demands and has
been endorsed by the country's
leading Shiite cleric, Grand Aya-
tollah Ali al-Sistani. His endorse-
ment means it would be political-
ly untenable for the Shiite-led
government to cancel the refer-
endum. Under the agreement,
Iraq will gain strict oversight over
the nearly 150,000 American
troops now on the ground, repre-
senting a step toward full sover-
eignty for Iraq and a shift from
the sense of frustration and
humiliation that many Iraqis feel
at the presence of American,
troops on their soil for so many

' years. President Jalal Talabani, a

Kurd, and his two deputies Tariq
al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab, and
Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a Shiite,
signed the accord at their head-
quarters in Baghdad, council
spokesman Nasser al-Ani told
The Associated Press.

In Washington, the White
House welcomed Thursday's
decision.

White House press secretary
Dana Perino said the Iraqi presi-
dential council's approval sets a
path for American troops to
come home and called the agree-
ment a "remarkable achievement
for both of our countries."

Brain-injured troops face
unclear long-term risks

@ By LAURAN NEERGAARD
WASHINGTON







Many of the thousands of troops who suffered traumatic brain
injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan are at risk of long-term health
problems including depression and Alzheimer's-like dementia, but
it's impossible to predict how high those risks are, researchers say,
according to the Associated Press.

About 22 pele of wounded HOODS pays a brain injury, con-
cluded the pres
steps for studying how these patients fare years later so ohancesé to
help aren't missed.

The Veterans Affairs Department, which requested the report,
and the Pentagon already are taking some of the recommended
steps. But a report out Thursday highlights the urgency.

"I don't think we really knew how big a hole i in scientific knowl-
edge there is about blast-induced brain injuries, "said Dr. George
Rutherford of the University of California, San Francisco, the
report's lead researcher.

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a signature injury of the Iraq
war. Most do not involve penetrating head wounds but damage
hidden inside the skull caused by an explosion's pressure wave. It can

range from a mild concussion to severe injury. And because symp-
toms may not be immediately apparent, troops may not seek care.

"If you have a gunshot wound to some specific part of your brain,
Ican tell you the consequences," Rutherford said. But with blast con-
cussions, it's not even possible to say "if you have six of these, are you
six times more likely to have something bad happen to you than if
you've had one?"
~ Returning soldiers have reported headaches, dizziness, memory
loss, confusion, irritability, insomnia and depression. The military has
said most of the TBI- injured troops recover with treatment.

"There's clearly a whole bunch of people who have mild TBI who
have no negative outcomes," Rutherford agreed.

But his committee examined decades of studies into mostly civil-
ian injuries and found:

— Moderate-to-severe TBI is linked with later-in-life risks includ-
ing’Alzheimer's-like dementia, Parkinson's-like symptoms, seizures,
problems with social functioning and unemployment.

—TBI in general is linked to depression, aggressive behavior
and post-concussion symptoms such as dizziness and amnesia.

—If mild TBI caused loss of consciousness, a risk of later memo-
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‘Devastating’ effect
_of marina closure

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The decision to close the Four
Seasons Emerald Bay Resort’s
marina and give boat owners just
three days to remove their ves-
sels before they are locked in will

have a “devastating” impact on‘

investor confidence in the
Bahamas, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, with developers
and boat owners likely to shy
away from this nation.

John Beasley, a wealthy Amer-
ican investor who owns three vil-
las at Emerald Bay, plus a dock-
ing slip in the marina, told this
newspaper he was part of a group
looking to take legal action to
block the decision by the Exuma-
based resort’s receivers to close
the marina with effect from Sun-
day, December 7.

_ Questioning whether the mari-

na could legally be closed, as its
seabed land was leased from the
Crown, Mr Beasley said of the
closure’s effect: “It’s going to be
devastating when it gets out.

“The marina, along with the

Fiscal deficit
target range
is called for



* ¢150m revenue
shortfall likely to
double GES deficit
to 4%, compared to
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Government should set a
“target range” for the fiscal
deficit and monitor it very close-
ly, a former finance minister
urged yesterday, warning that
the Bahamas must be careful
not to dig itself into a public
debt “hole it is difficult to get
out of”.

James Smith, minister of state
for finance in the former
Christie government, said that
while the $150 million revenue
shortfall projected by the Prime
Minister for the 2008-2009 Bud-
get year was equivalent to
roughly 2 per cent of gross
domestic product (GDP), the
Government had little alterna-
tive but to expand its fiscal
deficit piven the likely recession
facing this nation,

Mr Smith said: “One hundred
and fifty million dollars is a lit.
tle over 2 per cent of pross
domestic product, so it’s likely
to inerense the projections for
the GFS fiscal deficit from 2.1
per cent of GDP and probably

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marina closure

ge Investor warns legal action may be taken to block Emerald Bay

Wl Says impact will deter other developers, boat owners, from com-
ing to Bahamas as investors will ‘not feel secure’

resort

BB $:13-$:15m in dock slip sales funds held in escrow by Exuma

[Fears island's anchor property may be shut by receivers in New
Year, jeopardising 500 jobs and numerous spin-off businesses

one at Chub Cay, is the finest
yacht marina in the Bahamas.
When other developers find out,
they will not build marinas in the
Bahamas, and boat owners will
not be prepared to pay $1 mil-
lion per boat slip.” ‘

Mr Beasley confirmed that he,
and other members of a group of
homeowners, dock slip owners
and investors at Emerald Bay,
plus nearby resort properties such
as Grand Isle Villas, “don’t think

they [Emerald Bay and its
receivers] have any right to do
that” in closing the marina “from
a legal viewpoint”.

Adding that he and others
might take legal action to prevent
the marina’s closure, Mr Beasley
said: “I’m flying down in the
morning [today] to Nassau to
meet with counsel and determine
the options we have.

“Tama small fish in a big pond,
but ’'m not going to watch this

Politicians complete
Associated Grocers
warehouse lease

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

TWO leading PLP politicians
yesterday signed an agreement
to lease the Grand Bahama-
based warehouse owned and
constructed by Florida-based
Associated Grocers, Tribune

‘Business confirmed.

Obie Wilchcombe, the for-
mer minister of tourism, in a
brief telephone conversation
with Tribune Business, said:
“Yes, it was. We just completed.
It [the lease] was signed today
[Fhursday].”

Mr Wilchcombe, MP for
West End and Bimini, and
Pleasant Bridgewater, ex-Marco
City MP, Mr Wilchcombe, MP
for West End and Bimini, and
Ms Bridgewater are hoping to
create desperately-needed jobs
for their constituents and the
rest of the island, and revive
Grand Bahama’s economy by
duplicating the distribution
business model that Associat-
ed Grocers had for its still-
unused 86,000 square foot ware-
house.

When contacted previously
by Tribune Business after this
newspaper was tipped-off about
the proposed, Mr Wilchcombe
had said: “We’re trying to finda
way for Bahamians to get jobs.

“It’s a building that’s sitting
there, with enormous potential
to serve a whole range of local
suppliers with food, toys and
appliances. We sought a meet-
ing with the owners to see if it
was possible to acquire it, and
play a role in reinvigorating the
Grand Bahama economy.

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m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A deal to acquire bottled
water manufacturer/distribu-
tor Chelsea’s Choice has col-
lapsed in acrimony, Tribune
Business can reveal, with the
former purchaser threatening

‘litigation but the seller claim-
ing he defaulted “three or four
times” on closing the deal.

Paul Moss, who is also seek-

ing the PLP nomination for’

the St Cecilia seat at the next
general election, confirming
‘that his proposed “$5 million”
purchase of Chelsea’s Choice
had “fallen through”, said yes-
terday he was consulting his
attorneys over filing a lawsuit
for alleged breach of contract.

Mr Moss said he wanted the

return of the deposit he paid,
but Tina Knowles, Chelsea’s
Choice’s majority shareholder
and operational head,
described his claims as

with any level of confidence.”
Tribune Business understands

SEE page 7B ©

“absolute nonsense” and
alleged that the deal had col-
lapsed because he had

* “defaulted” on three or four

intended closing dates.

“The deal has fallen
through,” Mr Moss told Tri-
bune Business, “and I am in
the process of consulting with
our attorneys. We expect a
writ to be filed before the hol-
idays, and we will be suing for
breach of contract.

“Tm fighting process. A
substantial deposit, of several
hundred thousand dollars, was
paid, and the other side
expects to walk away with it.
That’s unacceptable.”

Describing himself as “very
disappointed” that the
Chelsea’s Choice purchase,
which both sides had been
negotiating on from early
2008, had collapsed, Mr Moss -

SEE page 6B





m@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



The long-anticipated privatisation of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC) will be completed by the 2008-
2009 fiscal year-end, and possibly by the 2009 first quarter’s
end, the chairman of the committee supervising the process
said. :

T. B. Donaldson, who is also Commonwealth Bank’s chair-
man, said following a luncheon for Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce members that “a number of reputable” companies

stake in BTC, and the Government-appointed privatisation
committee was confident a sale can be completed soon.
However, Mr Donaldson did not indicate whether those
interested companies had submitted firm bids or proposals. He
would also not indicate the status of negotiations with Blue-
water Communications Holdings - the investor group once con-
sidered the forerunner to acquire BTC - saying he wanted to

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Further testing and optimisa-

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BTC’s senior manager for
project management, Nigel
Smith, said: “While the initial
installation of the 850 MHz net-
work was completed on

Fiscal

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FROM page 1B

take it well above 3 per cent
and close to 4 per cent - some-
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“This is something someone
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or a compression of revenues
with.no real cause.”

In this particular case, the fal-
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“We have received many
positive responses and a lot of
constructive feedback from
our customers. This has
helped us tremendously in
identifying areas where we
need to do additional work.”



November 30, work is still ongo-
ing that will put the network in
the final configuration that
addresses issues related to cov-
erage and dropped calls. The
overall completion of the entire
GSM expansion project is
scheduled for the end of the
first quarter of 2009.”

BTC began the GSM expan-
sion project in early 2007,
investing some $44 million to
ensure its Service is-on-par.with
international standards.

“What we have done over the
last two years is a testament to
our mission and vision,” Mr
Griffin said.

“In 2007, BTC placed GSM

Kirk Griffin

. services in all additional Family

Islands. We reduced the rate
for SIM cards to $15 from $50.
We introduced the $49.99
phone sale, which included a
phone, SIM on and a phone
card.

“In 2008, we had our ‘Mad-
Minutes’ campaign where cus-
tomers received more than their
regular bucket of minutes for
the same price. We launched
pre-paid roaming, and our cus-
tomers can now use their
phones in South Florida. We
also reduced the rate for text
messaging to $0.05 per text, and
introduced international text
messaging at $0.15 per text.

deficit target
is called for



“I expect the.
Government
will have to -
increase the
deficit in a
recession to
avoid further
slippage in the
economy.”

James Smith

welfare/social assistance pro-
grammes.

Using the 2008-2009. Budget
estimates, Tribune Business has
calculated that the likely $150
million slippage in revenue fore-

- casts will result in a $145 million
recurrent deficit, meaning recur-
rent spending will exceed rev-
enues by this amount.

In turn, the Government’s
total deficit, which embraces
both its recurrent and capital
accounts, will rise from a pro-
jected $235 million to $185 mil-
lion.

Using the GFS deficit mea-
surement, which strips out some
$70. million worth of debt
redemption costs, and the GFS
fiscal deficit for 2008-2009 will
likely increase to $315 million, a
figure equivalent to-a'fiscal
deficit worth 4 per cent of GDP.

Still, Mr Smith said: “I expect
the Government will have to

increase the deficit in a reces- ~

sion to avoid further slippage
in the economy. It’s a figure that
will have to be monitored very
closely, as a failure to limit how
far it goes before feeds back on
itself will give alarm to the cred-
it rating agencies.”

If the Bahamas’ fiscal deficit
and national debt increased to
unsustainable levels, this nation
would likely be downgraded by
the likes of Moody’s and Stan-
dard & Poor’s (S&P), impacting
its ability to secure debt financ-
ing - and favourable interest
rates - on the international cap-
ital markets.

Mr Smith said an additional
1-2 per cent expansion of the
GFS fiscal deficit beyond pro-
jections, as would happen in the
current Bahamas’ scenario,

_ “doesn’t put us in alarm terri-

tory”.

He added that “the really key
variable” for the Bahamas was
its relatively low level of for-
eign currency government debt,
around $300 million, and its
ratio to GDP. This, Mr Smith
said, was a feature that meant
this nation had relatively little
exposure to the demands of
international institutions and

. investors, and would enable it to

tap global markets if it needed.
With most of the national
debt held domestically by the
likes of the National Insurance
Board (NIB) and banking insti-
tutions, Mr Smith said: “If you
have to pay for that deficit, and
have to, do it through foreign
funding, its impact will be
favourable on the external
reserves and it doesn’t impact
on the local market.
“Generally speaking, we
ought to be able to access on
fairly good terms external fund-
ing.” However, with the global
credit and financial markets in
continuing disarray, Mr Smith

_ said many borrowers faced hav-

ing to pay “an arm and a leg” in
interest payments.

However, he warned that
while running a fiscal deficit
equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP
was “OK” in the short-term, it
would become a concern if the
Bahamas was forced to run
these funding gaps year after
year. The Government, he said,
needed to monitor the fiscal
deficit to ensure it did not affect
this nation’s credit ratings or it
“goes into a hole that it is diffi-
cult to get out of”.

“It will be in our favour to
monitor that in advance,” Mr
Smith said, urging the Govern-
ment to set a target range for
the fiscal deficit that could be
adjusted according to the pre-
vailing economic variables and
circumstances. Yet all the while
maintaining a prudent stance.

With the Government’s fixed
costs accounting for about 80
per cent of the Budget, Mr
Smith added: “The Govern-
ment doesn’t have very much
wiggle room, and on top of that
it’s going to introduce new pro-
grammes, so over the next year
we're going to see that deficit
widen a bit: I would certainly
suggest that we need to be
aware of growth and limit
growth in that deficit.”

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m@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



The Government and its privatisation
committee is in the process of revising
the “plethora” of legislation that will
be needed to facilitate the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company’s (BTC)
privatisation, it was revealed yesterday.

TB Donaldson, chairman of the eight-
member BTC privatisation committee,
speaking to members of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce, said the privati-
sation committee and relevant govern-
ment entities was working to revise and
restructure the enabling legislation and
telecoms regulatory regime, to ensure the
new rules were modern, transparent and
robust.

He said that early next week, the regu-
latory recommendations of the committee
will be presented ina public consultation
paper inviting comments from interested
parties. »

The major initiatives, he said will
include:

* A new converged Communications
Act, including broadcasting and telecom-
munications

* A converged regulator - the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC) regulating
all communications, including broad-
casting,

* A restricted PUC to ensure greater
independence autonomy and efficiency

* A new telecommunications sector
policy, which will set out the policy of
the Government for communications
over the next five years.

-* The liberalisation of fixed-voice ser-
vices

* The award of a minimum of two cel-
lular mobile licenses on the first anniver-
sary of the BTC privatisation, with
licensees expected to begin operation on
the second anniversary.

* New universal service obligations will

be imposed on dominant operators in.

certain sectors, to ensure that all com-
munities of-10 or more households will
have communication services at the same
price as New Providence.

Framework

Mr Donaldson said the. Government
has recognised that a new framework



must be progressive and flexible enough
to address the rapidly evolving and con-
verging telecoms technology.

Cable

He said this included cable television
being able to provide telephone service,
and telephone companies being able to
provide cable services, as well as address-
ing the reality that traditional long-dis-
tance telephone service is rapidly becom-
ing a thing of the past.

Mr Donaldson said that when the sale
of 51 per cent to the strategic partner

was completed, and a modern regulatory »

framework enacted, the final step will be
the full liberalisation-of the marketplace,
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represents only
the next step ina
larger policy
effort to
create a dynamic
and modern
telecommunica-
tions sector. The
ultime goal is to
create an efficient
and competitive
market for
communica-
tions.”



T B Donaldson

spectrum of communications activities.

He said that at this juncture, business-
es and consumers will see the final devel-
opment of this exercise as more choices,
better prices, more responsive customer
service and faster deployment of new
technologies.

“Moreover, if the experience of other
jurisdictions is any indication, the econo-
my will benefit from more business
opportunities for small and big business-
es alike, leading to job growth and greater
entrepreneurial prospects in the sector.

“The sale of BTC represents only the
next step in a larger policy effort to create
a dynamic and modern telecommunica-
tions sector.

“The ultimate goal is to create an effi-
cient and’ competitive market for com-
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bune Business.

Sources close to the situation
had told Tribune Business that
Associated Grocers had been
seeking $12 million for an out-
right’ purchase of its Grand
Bahama warehouse, which cost
some $8 million to construct.

If Mr Wilchcombe and Ms

Bridgewater are to succeed,

they will have to develop a
strong retail/wholesale customer
base and secure supply chain,
One way of doing the latter
would be to.act as a distribu-
tor/wholesaler for Associated

Grocers, and source product’

exclusively through it.

It is critical that the Associ-
ated Grocers warehouse, which
was owned by its International
Distributors of Grand Bahama
subsidiary, succeeds because it
was the first venture to take
physical form in the Sea/Air
Business Centre.

And, furthermore, it was very
much the prototype model for
the logistics/transshipment/dis-
tribution hub that Freeport
seems ideally suited for. Fail-
ure would send a bad message
to international investors and
businesses, with the Bahamas
losing the opportunity cost — the
‘what might have been’ —-
through Associated Grocers’
decision to exit.

That came as little surprise,
given that Calvin Miller, Asso-
ciated Grocers’ president and
chief executive, had said earlier

this year that the company was

placing the Grand Bahama
warehouse and business plan
‘on hold temporarily’. The sale
move comes almost one year
after the warehouse was offi-
cially opened, with Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham in atten-
dance.

It is highly likely that the

“We will
probably
employ about
400 to 500
persons when
we are all done
with the three
phases of



_construction.”



Roy Deffler

company lost patience with the
long wait for the Government
and Port Authority to amend
its licence, and let the Freeport
warehouse sell directly to major
Bahamas-based wholesalers and
food store chains. '
The licence change was key
because the rationale for the
Freeport warehouse business
model had disappeared. It had
originally been ‘designed as a

distribution/transshipment hub |

that would allow Associated
Grocers to supply customers in
46 Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ican countries with product that
do not have to go through the
US, thus eliminating US
import/export taxes and addi-
tional supply chain costs from

the loading/unoloading of con--

tainers. However, Associated
Grocers has since developed its
own bonded warehouse in Fort
Lauderdale, next to the major
ports and shipping companies,
which allows it to avoid those
taxes any way. It then sought
to supply the domestic Bahami-
an market from the Freeport
facility, believing that it had a

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in food prices and general cost
of living.

Mr Roy Deffler, head of
Interational Distributors of
Grand Bahama, had previous-
ly told The Tribune that the
restriction preventing it from

‘selling any goods in the

Bahamas through Freeport
meant “the real positive impact
will sadly be missed” in Grand
Bahama, New Providence and
other Bahamian islands.

Speaking at the warehouse
opening, which took place just.
over one year ago today, Mr
Deffler had said: “Eventually,
our goal is to have about 1.5
million square feet of. ware-
house space and we could very
well become one of the eco-
nomic engines for Grand
Bahama.”

He added: “We will proba-
bly employ about 400 to 500

_ persons when we are all done

with the three phases of con-
struction.”

He had previously told The
Tribune that a major invest-
ment by the Chinese electron-
ics/industrial conglomerate,
CITIC, which had signed an
agreement with International
Distributors in June 2007, could
transform Grand Bahama into a
free trade zone rivalling the
Free Trade Zone in Panama.

CITIC had been planning to
construct warehouse and show-
room facilities at the Sea Air
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Bahama, the same site where
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located, turning the area into a
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The Road Traffic Department hereby give
notice of its intention to introduce to its
Public Bus Route Inventory six (6)
modified bus routes and nine (9) new bus
routes.

Further, the Controller in accordance with
Section 85 Sub Section 1 of Chapter 220
of the Road Traffic Act, wishes to invite
franchise holders interested in operating
the modified and new routes to submit an
application through the Franchise Unit of
the Road Traffic Department ~ Thompson
Blvd., before 5:00 pm on December 12,

2008.

MODIFIED ROUTES

1; Route 2a (Together with 2C,
provides a new east-west route to
Blair Estate and Dunmore Avenue
areas)

George St., Duke St., Marlborough St.,
West Bay St., Chippingham Rd., Dunmore
‘Ave., Boyd Rd., Nassau St., Poinciana
Ave., Wulff Rd., East St., Gibbs Cr., Sixth
Terr., Madeira St., Mackey St., Pyfrom
_ Rd., Kemp Rd., Wulff Rd., Village Rd., St
Andrews Dr., Commonwealth St., Newgate
_ Rd., Eastern Rd., Shirley St., Princess ots;
Duke St., Cumberland St, Navy Lion Rd.,
Bay St. (Downtown), George St.

des Route 4 (New East-west route via
’ Wulff Road, provides service to
previously un-serviced McKinney

Ave, and Marlin Dr. areas)

-. Fox Hill Round-a-bout, Bernard Rd., Wulff
Rd., Poinciana Dr., Thompson Blvd.,
Bethel Ave., McKinney Ave., JFK Dr.,
Prospect Rd., Sandford Dr., Marlin Dr.,
Sea View Dr., West Bay St., Marlborough
St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St. (Downtown)
, Elizabeth Ave. Elizabeth Ave., Shirley
St., East St., Princess St., Duke St.,
Cumberland St., Marlborough St., West
Bay St., Sea View Dr., Marlin Dr., Sandford
Dr., Prospect Rd., JFK Dr. ; McKinney
Ave., Bethel Ave., Thompson Blvd.,
Poinciana Dr., Wulff Rd., Bernard Rd.,
Fox Hill Round- -a-bout.

3: Route 12 (Feeder Route to provide
service to Blake Road, new housing
at Windsor Field, Mt Pleasant
Village, Southwest Road and north-
south link at the western end of New
Providence. Interchanges to high

frequency services to Downtown at |
Sandy Port (Route 10B) and Bacardi |

Road (Route 16)

Sandy Port, West Bay St., Blake Rd., JFK
Dr., Windsor Field Rd., (Lyford Cay
Entrance),Western Rd., Mount Pleasant
Village, Southwest Rd., Adelaide Village
Rd., Adelaide Rd., Coral Height Ave.,
Coral Harbour Rd. Carmichael Rd.,
Bacardi Rd., (Return) Bacardi Rd.,
Carmichael Rd. , Coral Harbour Rd., Coral
Height Ave., Adelaide Rd., Adelaide
Village, Adelaide Rd., South West Rd.,
Mount Pleasant Village, Western Rd.,
(Lyford Cay Entrance), Windsor Field Rd.,
JFK Dr., Blake Rd., West Bay St., Sandy
Port

4. Route 20 (New route to provide
service to new housing estate)



EHIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2UU8, KAGE 2b



Ministry of Works & Transport
Road Traffic Department —

NOTICE

Spine Rd. of Lynden Pindling Estates,
Pigeon Plum St., Windsor Place Rd.,
Abundant Life Rd., East-West Highway.,
Marathon Rd., Marathon Mall, Robinson
Rd., Minnie St., Wulff Rd., Collins Ave.,
Shirley St., Princess St., Duke St.,
Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown) (Return) Bay St.
(Downtown), Christie St., Shirley St.,
Collins Ave., Wulff Rd., Minnie St.,
Robinson Rd., Marathon Mall, Marathon
Rd., East-West Highway, Abundant Life
Rd., Windsor Place Rd., Pigeon Plum St.,
Spine Road of Lynden Pindling Estates

5: Route 22 (Provides service to New
Subdivision and New School)

Bay St. (Downtown), Elizabeth Ave., Sands
Rd., East Hill St., Market St., Wulff. Rd.,
Poinciana Dr., Thompson Blvd., Bethel
Ave., McKinney Ave., Christie Ave.,
Tonique William-Darling Hwy. (Harold
Road), Summerwinds Plaza, Sir Milo
Butler Hwy., Carmichael Rd., Faith Ave.
South (to include the new High School)
Marshall Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., Cowpen
Rd., Faith Ave., Carmichael Rd., Sir Milo
Butler Hwy., Tonique William-Darling
Hwy. (Harold Road), Summerwinds Plaza,
Christie Ave., McKinney Ave., Bethel Ave.,
Thompson Blvd., Poinciana Dr., Baillou
Hill Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Road,
Bay St. (Downtown), Elizabeth Ave.

GO. Route 22A (Provides anti-clockwise
service from new high school on Faith Ave
South along un-serviced areas of Cowpen
Road) r

South West High School, Faith Ave.,
Cowpen Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., Cumberland

| St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St. (Downtown),

Elizabeth Ave., Sands Rd., East Hill St.,
Market St., Robinson Rd., Baillou Hill
Rd., South Beach Rd., Marshall Rd.,
Southwest new high school Faith Ave.
South

@

NEW ROUTES

i Route 2C (Together with 2A to
provide a new east-west route to
Blair Estates and Dunmore Avenue
areas)

George St., Cumberland St., Navy Lion
Rd., Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St.,
Eastern Rd., Newgate Rd., Commonwealth
St., St. Andrews Dr., Village Rd., Wulff
Rd., Kemp Rd., Pyfrom Rd., Mackey St.,
Madeira St., Sixth Ter., Gibbs Corner.,

| East St., Wulff Rd., Poinciana Ave., Nassau

St., Boyd Rd., Dunmore Ave.,

Chippingham Rd., West Bay St.,

Marlborough St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown), George St.

2. Route 5C (As an initial route,
clockwise via Kemp Rd.)

‘Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St., Village

Rd., Wulff Rd., Marathon Rd., Marathon
Mall ., Robinson Rd., Prince Charles Dr.,
Soldier Rd., Taylor St., Alexandria Blvd.,
Breadfruit St., Sapodilla Blvd., Willow
Tree Ave., Gilbert St., Kennedy Sub Rd.,
Malcolm Rd., Baillou Hill Rd.,
Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown).

a Route 10D (To provide service near
Paradise Island Bridge and to other
tourist attractions near Downtown)

West Bay St., (Radisson Hotel),
Marlborough St., Bay St., (Downtown),
East Bay St., Village Rd., Shirley St.,
Princess St., Duke St., Cumberland St.,
Marlborough St., West Bay St., (Radisson
Hotel)

4. Route 13 (Feeder route to provide
service to Tropical Gardens Rd.
Interchange to high frequency
services to Downtown available at
Sandy Port)

Sandyport, West Bay St., Fernander Rd.,
Curtis Rd., Douglass Rd., Tropical
Gardens., Windsor Field Rd., JFK Dr.,
Blake Rd., West Bay St., Sandy Port

>. Route 21B (To provide anti-
clockwise service to New School
via Baillou Hill Rd. and East St.)

_South West High School, Marshall Rd.,

South Beach Rd., summer Haven, East St.,
Sands Rd., Shirley St. Princess St., Market .
St., Robinson Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., South
Beach Rd., Marshall Rd., South West High ,
School .

6. Route 21C (To provide clockwise
service to New Subdivision and
New School)

Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St.,
Elizabeth Ave., Sands Rd., East St.,
Summer Haven, South Beach Rd.,
Marshall Rd., (South Western High School,
Faith Ave., St. Vincent Rd., Baillou Hill
Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay
St., (Downtown)

a Route 21D (To provide direct
service to South Beach along East
Street)

East Hill St., East St., Zion Blvd., Jordan
Prince William School, South Beach Rd.,
East St., East Hill St., ,

8. Route 24 (Flamingo Gardens, to
provide service to St. Vincent Road
and link from Carmichael to
Eastwest)

Flamingo Gardens Primary School,
(Montgomery Ave), Carmichael Rd., Faith
Ave., St. Vincent Rd., Blue Hill Rd., St.
Vincent Rd., Faith Ave., Carmichael Rd.,
Montgomery Ave., Flamingo Gardens
Primary School

9. Route 25 (Provides service near to
Paradise Island (Western) Bridge
and links East Street and Soldier
Road with Golden Gates Shopping
Centre.)

Golden Gates Shopping Centre, Baillou
Hill Rd., Soldier Rd., East St., Wulff Rd.,
Village Rd., Shirley St., Church St.
(Paradise Island Western Bridge), Mackey
St., Wulff Rd., East St., Soldier Rd., Baillou
hill Rd., Golden Gates Shopping Centre

All applications submitted will be heard
by the New Providence Road Traffic
Authority.

CONTROLLER
ROAD TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT



PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



ee
-Chelsea’s Choice deal collapses amid acrimony

FROM page 1B

said he and his “financial
backers” had “acted in good
faith towards the company”.

He added that he had been
prepared to pay $5 million to
acquire Chelsea’s Choice,
which is based on leased land
at the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation’s
(BAIC) Soldier Road Indus-
trial Park, and employs about
35 persons.

Had he been successful, Mr
Moss said he would have tak-
en Chelsea’s Choice to “a new
level”, adding: “We had talked

to many of our contacts world-
wide with respect to distribu-
tion in the beverage industry,
and the distribution potential
was unlimited.

“We could have done so
many things with beverages
from all different pers of the

world.”
Yet totally refuting Mr
Moss’s allegations and

describing them as “strange”
and “absolute nonsense”, Ms
Knowles told Tribune Busi-
ness that the purchase col-
lapsed because Mr Moss and
his financiers missed “three or

- four” closing dates, when the

balance of the purchase price

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his backers had possessed the
necessary financing in the first
place, Ms Knowles said:
“They defaulted. I believe it
was about four times. The
paperwork and everything was
clean.

“There is such a thing as a
timescale, so if you miss clos-
ing three or four times, what
happens? It falls through.”

The first closing date was in
May 30, Tribune Business
understands, with another
deadline in August also com-
ing and going. Chelsea’s
Choice is understood to be

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taking the position that
because the deadline had
passed for Mr Moss to reclaim
his deposit, it had become
‘hard’ and passed on to the
company.

Ms Knowles added. “I guess
the people financing him are
putting pressure on him. I
can’t allow a sale to continue
indefinitely. I’m sorry he feels
that way. That sales process
took a lot longer than antici-
pated without end, and I’m

not prepared to go through

that process any time in the
future. We consulted so many
times, and gave them so many
options.”

Confirming that Chelsea’s
Choice had been pulled off
the market and was now not

for sale, Ms Knowles added
that a protracted sales process
involving any company would
impact it negatively, with staff
fearing for their jobs and any
capital investment projects
shelved.

As a result, its financial per-
formance would drop.

Ms Knowles implied that
Chelsea’s Choice had out-
sourced distribution of its
products to its existing drivers
and their fleet, and would now
focus on manufacturing under
her stewardship.

A minority shareholder in
Chelsea’s Choice is Ms
Knowles’s ex-husband and
current Bahamas Real Estate

‘Association (BREA) presi-

dent, William Wong.

Paul Moss



BIC sale by fiscal year-end

FROM page 1B

discuss the future and.not the
past.

Still, this indicates that the
Government and its privati-
sation committee are now
poised - and may even have
begun - with the help of advi-
sors Citibank to open up the
BTC bidding process to other
potential suitors via a ‘beauty
contest’, where all offers can
be matched against each other
to see which is best.

And Mr Donaldson’s com-
ments also indicate that the
Government and its privati-
sation committee are viewing
Bluewater effectively as ‘yes-
terday’s men’ after terminat-
ing the group’s exclusivity
period, a move that has
brought the two sides to the
brink of UK-based arbitration
proceedings.

Philip Davis, of Davis & Co,
attorneys for Bluewater, told

Tribune Business earlier this°
week: “We served notice of

the arbitration,” he told Tri-
bune Business. ‘We just need
to decide whether we file it
and when we file it,

“We are just asserting our
rights, and if the Government
is willing to entertain our
arrangement, we are willing
to entertain them.

“We are putting together a
team to review the pros and
cons by way of proceeding
with the arbitration process,
but we are still willing to sit
with the Government and
implement our deal.

“It may have to be tweaked
after we go back into BTC to
conduct further due diligence,
and.we see what impact gov-
ernment changes may or may
not have on our numbers.”





“We are just
asserting our
rights, and if the
Government is
willing to
entertain our
arrangement,
we are willing
to entertain

-them.”



Philip Davis

It is unclear whether the
instigation of arbitration pro-
ceedings, if the dispute
between Bluewater and the

Government/privatisation

committee reaches that stage,
will delay or have-any impact
on continuing efforts to pri-
vatise BTC.

Mr Donaldson said in his
presentation yesterday that
the BTC privatisation com-

mittee in. its recommendations:
to.the Government was ever:

mindful of the state of the
global economy and “the
whole issue of the timing of
the sale, so as to ensure that a
depressed world market does
not undermine the fair mar-
ket value of the company or
dissuade promising prospects
from participating in the
process.

“On this I want to be clear,”
he said. “ I am not in any way
suggesting that the privatisa-
tion committee or the Gov-
ernment have made, or will
make, a determination to push
back or postpone the process.
No such determination has
been made. No such recom-
mendation has been made.
Nonetheless, I do feel that it is
important that all stakeholders
recognise that this very extra-
ordinary set of international
economic circumstances in
which we all find ourselves,
must factor into how we pro-
ceed in the immediate future:”

Mr Donaldson said KPMG
Corporate Finance had com-
pleted its valuation of BTC,
which he said has “a lot of val-
ue.” :

“T have been privy to the
analysis on BTC performed ©
by independent parties as part
of the privatisation exercise,”
Mr Donaldson said.

“Even with its.shortcom-
ings, impartial assessments
demonstrate that the company
has tremendous value. Its
investment in technology and
plant on recent years has posi-
tioned the company to leap’:
forward and complete suc-
cessfully in a privatised envi-
ronment, and notwithstanding
this time of economic turbu-
lence, there is a clear evidence
that many persons remain
extremely interested in
becoming part of the owner-
ship of BTC. Not ReyEryOne is
broke.”

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‘Devastating’ effect of marina closure

FROM page one

that some 47 dock slips, about
half of those available in the
Emerald Bay marina, have been
sold, netting $18 million that was
deposited into an escrow account,

Some $13-$15 million is still in
that account, as some deposits
were withdrawn when the marina
build-out, featuring amenities
such as shops, restaurants and a
clubhouse, were not completed.

Tribune Business revealed yes-
terday how 12-20 persons had
been laid-off as a result of the
’ Emerald Bay marina’s closure,
which was revealed in a Decem-
ber 3, 2008, letter to investors
from Emerald Bay Resort Hold-
ings director of operations,
Thomas Wuebben.

He wrote that the “downturn in
recent trade and rising attendant
losses” at the marina had caused
the closure, adding: “We had
hoped that business would pick
up and that we could keep the
‘marina open during season.
Unfortunately, we have come to
the conclusion that it is not finan-
cially feasible to do so.”

Mr Wuebben said the marina
was closing with effect from Sun-
day, December 7, 2008.

Mr Beasley questioned how
other dock slip owners with ves-
sels moored in the Emerald Bay
marina would be able to fly to
Exuma, move their vessels and
find alternative accommodation
within three days.

He added that the marina clo-
sure and the way it was being
handled would negatively impact
investor confidence in the securi-
ty oftheir Bahamas-based invest-
ments.

Fearing that the marina clo-
sure, coupled with the Pinnacle
Entertainment casino shutting its
doors on January 3, 2009, meant
the Four Seasons Emerald Bay
resort was itself “on the slippery
slope to closing the entire devel-
opment”, Mr Beasley said: “If this
thing goes down, there’s not going
to be any more investment in the
Family Islands any time soon.

“Emerald Bay was supposed
to be the Atlantis of the Family
Islands. If Emerald Bay goes
down, it’s going to affect every-
thing in the Family Islands. I tru-
ly believe the hotel will close in
the next six months.

“Everybody knows how far-
reaching this development was,
from Crab Cay to Roker’s Point.

If Emerald Bay goes down, we :

are,the anchor down there, and it

just won't happen.”
Emerald Bay’s receiver, Lon-

‘don-based PricewaterhouseC-

oopers accountant Russell
Downs, previously told Tribune
Business that the Emerald Bay
resort was being taken off the
market after several potential
deals fell through to allow it to
prepare for the winter season.

Come the New Year, the
search for a buyer will resume,
but there are now genuine fears
that the financial giant in control
of the resort, the London-based
office of Mitsui, the insurer that
insured the original Emerald Bay
development loan, will look to
close the property to save money.

That would send Exuma’s
economy into a tailspin, with 500
employees losing their jobs.

A closed Emerald Bay resort
would also likely suffer vandal-
ism and natural depreciation, fur-
ther impacting its value to any
buyer as Mitsui desperately looks
for a buyer able to pay.the $125
million asking price.

Shutdown

Pleading to “do everything in
my power” to prevent the resort’s
closure, Mr Beasley said he was

- making “one last ditch effort” and

hoped the Government and the
Prime Minister would intervene
to rescind the marina’s shutdown.

“If it goes down, there will be
dire consequences for a long
time,” he added. The fallout from
the Emerald Bay resort’s closure
would be felt by grocery stores,
taxi drivers, contractors, charter
operators, beach attraction
providers and a whole range of
Exuma-based businesses.

Mr Beasley said there were
other options for the Emerald
Bay marina besides closing it,
telling Tribune Business: ““There’s
been discussions about the Grand
Isle Villas folks taking over the
marina in conjunction with the
neighbouring Roker’s Point.

“We’re hoping those two
groups will go down to the mari-
na and buy it, and if not at least

- take it over and get the big boats

to come back in there.”

Mega yacht clientele were
among the biggest spenders, Mr
Beasley told Tribune Business,
and their return would be key to
revitalising the resort through
guest spend.

Mr Beasley earned his wealth
by selling his group of food com-
panies, Overton Distributors, to
Sysco, a major US food distribu-

tor. He also owned a manufac-
turing company he then sold,
Taylor Farms of California, and is
now a real estate investor and
venture capitalist.

One source said of the pro-
posed marina closure: “The
potential negative fallout from
this could be greater than any-
thing the Bahamas has experi-
enced in a long time.

“It opens the door for investors
in the Bahamas not being safe.”

Investment

The $320 million Emerald Bay
resort has acted as Exuma’s main
economic engine, attracting addi-
tional foreign direct investment
to the island. It employs almost
500 staff, and features an 18-hole
Greg Norman Golf Course, two
restaurants, three pools, spa, six
meeting rooms and 450-person
capacity ballroom.

Other investment projects pre-
viously attracted to the Emerald
Bay vicinity include the resort’s
Pinnacle Entertainment-managed
$5 million casino, plus the $110
million Grand Isle Villas devel-
opment.

A shopping complex has also
opened at Emerald Bay, the
anchor retailer being the Emerald
Isle supermarket. The complex
also includes businesses such as
Scotiabank and Mail Boxes Etc.

David Johnson, deputy direc-

tor-general in the Ministry of

Tourism with responsibility for
planning, investment and busi-
ness development, warned last
year that the Four Seasons need-
ed to become a sustainable, prof-
itable resort, and the Bahamas
could not afford for it to fail.

He said then that factors such
as building costs being about 40
per cent higher per square foot
than they are in Nassau, had
retarded Emerald Bay’s growth
and kept it from reaching the
development its owners had pre-
viously predicted.

Mr Johnson said of Emerald
Bay: “The property was con-
ceived to be a mixed-use project,
with 185 keys under the Four Sea-
sons brand.

“The vast majority of the prop-
erty was to be for mixed-use, con-
dos and hundreds of lots sold for
significant family homes.

“After four years of operation,
they have developed very little
of the sold inventory.

“There’s been a lot of trading
of the land by the owners, but the
cost of building is prohibitive.

be profitable if it has a much larg-

“The buildings costs, the num-
bers suggest, are in excess of 40
per cent higher per square foot
to build.”

Costs to construct such prop-
erties in Nassau were $500 per
square foot, while in Exuma the
price was $800 per square foot.

Mr Johnson also underlined
the impact the relatively high
building costs on Exuma, com-
pared to Nassau, were having on
Emerald Bay’s margins.

He pointed out that concrete
there cost $200 per yard, whereas
in Nassau it cost $125 per yard:

“The hotel, with a golf course
and spa, as a 185-room resort of
Four Seasons’ calibre, can only

er customer base outside those
rooms,” Mr Johnson said.

He added that the resort need-
ed to build out to 700-800 units to ©
get close to profitability, whereas
it was currently closer to 300-400
units.



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 7B

. Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 4th December, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registe red by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr.
Michael Low of 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore

(139393

Dated this 05th day of December, A.D. 2008

| Mr. Michael Low
Liquidator



BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK |

PROPERTIES & ASSETS FOR SALE

PROPERTIES

New Providence
f. Lot #39 (25'x 100°) wehse 1,104sq. ft,

hse #64-Lincoin Blvd (Appraised Value

$57,786.00)

2, Lot #1246 (5,000sq. ft.) wehse 2,257sq. ft.-
Golden Way Dr, Golden Gates # D (Appraised
Value $244,845.00)

3. Lot #6 (7,000sq. ft.) w/duplex (2,032sq. f.)-
Kool Acres Sub (Appraised Value
$265,000.00)

4. Lat (80's 100°) webuilding (1,912sq. ft.

Bik #35

)-

23.

24.

25,

26,

27.

Vacant lot #21, Blk #3 (14, 161sq. f.j-Waterfall
Dr Seahorse Village Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $40,000.00)

Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit #3 (90'x125'}-Derby Sub
Grand Bahama (Appraised Value $23,000.00}
Vacant lot #25, Bik #15 (17,866sq. f.}-Cutwater -
Ln Shannon Country Club Sub Grand Baliama
(Appraised Value $38,000.00)

Vacant lot #110 Sec #1 (12.500sq. fi.}-Bonefish
St & Polaris Dr, Carvel Beach Grand Bahama
{Appraised Value $40,000.00)

Lot #59 (17,276sq. fL.) Section #1 w/incompleie

Deveaux St (Appraised Value $189,000.00)

§, Lat #16 (60'x107') whouse-Smith Ave College
Gardens Sub

6. Lots #29 & #30, (50'x 100’), Blk 47 w/building
(1. 140sy. tt.)-Matthew St, Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $145,000.00)

7. Vaeant lot (18.644sq. ft.)-Carmichael Rd
{Appraised Value $95,000.00)

8. Lots #5 & $6 (150'x 100) wehse-Silver Palm .
Ln Imperial Park (Appraised Value

fourplex-Amberjack St & Polaris Dr Carvel

Beach Grand Bahama (Appraised Value
$74,970, po)

Lot #2 (2 20 ,O00sq. fi.) wibutlding complex &

com Laundromat-Queens Highway Holmes

Rock Commonage Grand Bahama (Appraised

Value $178,606.08)

28.

Abaco

$313,650.00)
9 Lot 8 £35 (50'x90') wehse (Cf 342sq. ft.

j-

29.

Lot #54 E (6,500sq. ft.) w/triplex foundation
(2.788sq. ft}-Murphy Town Abace (Appraised

Sunflower (south) Sunshine Park Sub Hse #8

Value $24,896.00)

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people to join our team.

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10,

(Appraised Value $139,000.00)

Lot #18, BIK #16 (80'x 100°) wehse (1, E53sq.
f.)-Talbot St (east) Shirley Heights Sub
(Appraised Value $130,000.00)

. Lot #01 (OFX 100) wehse (2.026sq. ft.)-Sunset

Ridge Dr, Sunset Ridge Sub Hse #28
(Appraised Valuc $206,000.00)

. Lot #23, Bik #1 (17,1 80sq. AL) wesplit level

hse-Captain Ra, Coral Heights Est. (Appraised
Value $480,000.00)

. Lots #3 & #4, Bik #47 (S0'x 100°) widupltex

(1,532sq, tt.)-Forbes St Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $120,000.00)

. Lot 98'x128' wehse 2.340sq. ft.-Mollie St

Englerston Sub (Appraised Value
$239,460.00)

Andros

15.

16.

Lot #119 (22, S00sq. ft.) weeomplex (3.440sq.
ft.)-Sir Henry Morgan Dr Andros Beach Colony
Sub Nicholl's Town Andras {Appraised Value
$322,908.00)

Beach front let (9,000sq. 8.) webuilding

(2, 100sq. ft.} - Pinders Mangrove Cay Andros
(Appraised Value $200,000.00)

. Lot (4.344sq. fh.) widuplex building (11 74sq.

ft.)}-Fresh Creek Andros (Appraised Value
$94,640.00) :

Grand Bahama

18.

19,

nie)

. Vacant lot #13. Blk $59, Unit #3 (22,752

Vacant Lot #8 Blk #12 Unit #3 C11 250sq. 2.)-
Henny Ave Derby Sub Grand Bahama
{Appraised Value $65,000.00)

Lot #43 B €100'x 1505 wehse & Duplex-Nelson
Rd. Poinciana Gardens Grand Bahama

‘(Appraised Value $96,000.00)
. Lat £37 (80's 1505 wesixplex 2-storey apartment

building & Laundromat (5,400sq. f)}-Martin
Town, Kings Sub Eight Mile Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised Value $211,200.00)

. Let witen (10) unit Hatel (S,000sq. ft.) on 4.99

acres of beach front-High Rock Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $1,100,000.00)

Sq.
ft.) 45' on canal front-Dagenham Circle &
Ingrave Dr Emerald Bay Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $110,000.00)



ASSETS

Vessels

45" (1992) Defender Vessel (Limnos)

48' (1989) Norih Carolina Hall

52° (1979) Haters Vessel (MV Buddy)

51 (1981) Defender Vessel CEquility)

80" Custom Steel Hull Vessel (Lady Kristy)

94' Steel Hull Gulf Coast Shrimp Trawler Vessel

(1980) with (2) Volvo Diesel engine (Sweet Charlotte)
122' Single Screw Steel Huff (1960) MW Lisa Jah

30.

34,

36,

Lot #6 Vacant 2 acres-Fox Town Abaco
{Appraised Value $50,000.00}

. Lot #51 (15,000sq. ft.) wrbuilding-Murphy

Town Abaco (Appraised Value $102,420.00)

2. Portion of lot #69 (15,000sq. f.)-Front St

Murphy Town Abaco (Appraised Value
$29,250.00)

. Lat 9,300sq. fh wi /bonefish lodge 4.300sq. fi.-

Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised ¥alue
$523,000.00)
Lat #55 (6,900sq. ft.) w/building-Murphy Town
Abaco (Appraised Value $82,075.00)
358. Lat $45 (60's 160°} with 14 room motel
(3,900sq. #.)-Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised
Value $485,700.00)
Lot 87,120sq. ft. wifour cotlages and one sforige
building totaling (4,186sq. ft.)-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco (Appraised Value
$880,308.00)

Eleuthera

37,

38.

Property 31'x E11’ wehouse Lord St Taprum
Bay Eleuthera. (Appraised Vatee $40,000.00)
Vacant portion of lot #7 (S0'x1 10)-West James
Cistern Eleuthera (Appraised Value
$18,000.00)

Cat Island

39,

Property w/twelve room motel 1.39 acres-
Arthur's Town Cat Island (Appraised Value
$630,000.00)

Exuma
40, Lot #8 vacant (65,200sq, ft.)-Mass Town

Exuma (Appraised Value $110,188.00)

41. Lot (30.400sq. 8.) with small hotel totaling
(4,520sq. Mand exclusive beach-Forbes Hill
Exuma (Appraised Value $.1,400,000.00)

. Vacant lot #1281 (6,600sq. A-Oceanie Rd

Bahama Sound Section 43 Exuma (Appraised
Value $18.150.00)

. Vacant lot 895 (80'x (22") Cammadare Rd

Elizabeth Harbour Est. Exuma (Appraised
Valine $45,000.00)

TS

vessel has a new engine requiring installation. And
Trailer can be view at Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama

19' (1989) Fiberglass Sports Vessel (Hull Only)

Vehicles

(1) 03 Dodge Caravan

(1) 96 Ford Explorer

(1) 97 Dodge Stratus

(1) OL Hyundai H-1 Van

(1) OL Kia Bus 12 Seater

(1) 78 L800 Ford Boom Track

(1) 02 Hyundai H-1 Van SVX

(1) 06 Hyundai H-1 Van SVX (Silver)
(1) OL Kitchen Tandem Cherokee

Steel Building 70'x50' Six (6) Windows, ‘Two (2) Entry Doors, Two (2) 5'x10' Rollup Doors White
trimmed Blue Approved plans and engineering drawings are available $50,000.00

The public is invited to submit Sealed bids marked "Tender" to Bahamas Development Bank, P.O. Box
N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas attention Financial Controller, faxed bids will not be accepted or telephone
327-5780 for additional information, Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets
should be received by or on December 8, 2008, The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to
reject any or all offers. All assets are sold as is.



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Bernanke: more action

needed to cut foreclosures

Legal Notice

NOTICE |

TRINIILENE LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator):



Legal Notice

NOTICE

PRICE HOLDINGS LIMITED

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

GN-793

Ministry

RIL VEY seal ore ay? ln 4%,

men

This position provides an excellent opportunity for an individual
seeking a meaningful employment with the Financial Intelligence
Unit.

The successful candidate would be the Chief Executive Officer
of the Financial Intelligence Unit.

POSITION: DIRECTOR

RESPONSIBLE TO: THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant must:
¢ Possess a ‘College Degree
¢ Hold no other office or
employment, whether remunerated
or not, without the prior approval of
the Minister
Not be a Public Officer
Not be a director, officer or servant
of, or have a controlling interest in,
- any financial institution
¢ Not be bankrupt
¢ Bea fit and proper person

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

° Charge of the day-to-day management and operation of
the Financial Intelligence Unit;

¢ Liaise between the Financial Intelligence Unit and the
Minister responsible for the FIU regarding matters of policy
having to do with the functions of FIU;

Advise the Minister on the work of the Financial
Intelligence Unit and in particular on matters that could
affect public policy;

Prepare the Annual Reports of the FIU and submit to the

. Minister before June 30th in every year;

» Ensure that an Annual Budget is prepared for the FIU and
submitted to the Minister at least two months prior to the
commencement of the financial year; and
Ensure that the accounts of the FIU are audited annually
and a copy of the audit report is submitted to the Minister.

j---

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

The successful candidate is expected to:
1. Be knowledgeable about the financial services sector and
the Laws governing the financial services industry;
2. Be experienced in financial investigations;
3. Have strong data gathering, analytical and report writing
skills; and
4. Have strong leadership skills

REMUNERATION PACKAGE

¢ Competitive salary commensurate with experience
* Three (3) year contract; renewal
° 15% gratuity upon successful completion of contract.

Interested persons should submit their application and resume
in writing along with the relevant certificates no later than Friday,
12th December, 2008 to:

The Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance

3rd Floor, Cecil Wallace: Whitfield Building
Cable Beach

Nassau, The Bahamas

m@ By JEANNINE AVERSA
WASHINGTON

Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke called on the gov-
ernment Thursday to ramp up
efforts to stem soaring home fore-
closures, which are feeding into
the country's deep economic trou-

bles. Although a flurry of actions
have been taken to ease the hous-
ing crisis, foreclosures still remain

"too high" with adverse conse-
quences for struggling homeown-
ers, squeezed lenders and the
broader economy, Bernanke said
in remarks to a Fed conference
here on housing finance, accord-

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‘COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS ~~ IN
THE ‘SUPREME! GOURT. 2008/QUI/equ/00097

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land

comprising 290 acres more or less situate south of the

Township of RockSound in the Island of Eleuthera one

of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of CARMEN J.

KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for Reginald Knowles

Sr.

NOTICE

@ The Petition of CARMEN J.KNOWLES by Power of
Attorney for Reginald Knowles Sr. of the Township of
Rock Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 290
acres more or less situate south of the Township of Rock
Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel
or lot of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or plan filed
herein and is delineated on that part which is coloured
PINK of the said diagram or plan and being the land which
is the subject of the Petition filed herein.

CARMEN J. KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for

Reginald Knowles Sr., claims to be the beneficial owner

in fee simple in possession of the parcel of land

hereinbefore described and such ownership arises by virtue
_ of possession of the said land.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at:-

The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas;

The Chambers of Johnson & Co., # 1 New Bond Street,
Governors Harbour, Eleuthera

The Office of the Administrator, Rock Sound, Eleuthera,
Bahamas

Notice is given that any person having dower or right of
dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 27th day of December
A.D.,2008 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of such claim
‘in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure by any person to file and serve a
statement of such claim on or before the 27th day of
December A.D.,2008 will operate as a bar to such claim.

JOHNSON & CO.
Chambers
# 1 New Bond Street
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner



ing to the Associated Press.

"More needs to be done," he
declared.

Lenders appear to be on track
to initiate 2.25 million foreclo-
sures this year, up from an aver-
age annual pace of less than |
million during the pre-crisis peri-
od, he said.

To provide additional ‘relief,
Bernanke outlined a number of
what he called "promising

‘options" to reduce preventable

foreclosures.

Under one plan, Bernanke
called on Congress to ease the
terms of a government program
called "Hope for Homeowners,"

which lets distressed homeown- , |
ers refinance into more afford- '

able, federally insured mortgages
if the lender writes down the
amount owed on the mortgage
and pays an upfront insurance
premium.

Bernanke suggested Congress
lower lender's upfront insurance
premium as well as reducing the
interest rate borrowers pay, which
presently is quite high, roughly 8
percent. To bring down this inter-
est rate, Treasury could buy Gin-
nie Mae securities, which fund
the mortgage program, or Con-
gress could decide to subsidize
the rate.

Another option would ease the
terms of a loan-modification plan
put forward by the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. that
seeks to make monthly mortgage
payments more affordable. The
FDIC put this plan into effect at
IndyMac Bank, a large savings
and loan that failed earlier this
year, and has used it to modify
mortgages at other financial insti-
tutions.

Under the so-called IndyMac
plan, struggling home borrowers
pay interest rates of about 3 per-
cent for five years.

Rates are reduced so that bor-
rowers aren't paying more than
38 percent of their pretax income
on housing.

Bernanke suggested this
threshold could be lowered to
perhaps 31 percent of income,

with the government sharing |

some of the cost.

Yet another option would have
the government purchase delin-
quent or at-risk mortgages in bulk
and then refinance them into the
"Hope for Homeowners" or
another government program
that insures home mortgages. : -

Other options include a broad-
er push for lenders to forgive a
portion of the home loan for cer-
tain borrowers, and other perma-
nent modifications over the
longer term so that people don't
fall back into distress again.

The housing crisis has driven
up foreclosures and forced finan-
cial companies to take massive
losses on soured mortgage invest-
ments.

The housing debacle touched
off the worst financial crisis since
the 1930s that Bernanke and
Treasury Secretary Henry Paul-
son have been desperately trying
to bring under control.

All the fallout has plunged the
country into a painful recession.

Bernanke stressed the impor-
tance of curbing the foreclosure
mess because it is so inter-linked
with the economy's health.

“Weakness in the housing mar-
ket has proved a Serious drag on
overall economic activity," he
said.

"Steps that stabilize the hous-

ing market will help stabilize the

economy as well."



(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN
Ben Bernanke speaks on housing
and housing finance, Thursday,
Dec. 4, 2008, at the Federal
Reserve in Washington.

Fielding questions after his
speech, Bernanke didn't foresee
government intervention specifi-

. cally aimed at boosting, sagging

home prices.

"I don't think we would be
either willing or able to target
house prices. I think that would
probably be an impossible thing
to do given the size of the nation-
al housing market, " Bernanke
said.

Instead, the government can
take steps to improve the func-
tioning of the mortgage market,
which would allow more people
to secure home loans and help
stabilize the housing market, he
said.

The Fed chief's remarks come
as the Treasury Department
weighs new plans to revive the
moribund housing market.

Under one plan, Treasury
would seek to lower the rate on a
30-year mortgages to 4.5 percent
by purchasing mortgage-backed
securities from Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, according to finan-
cial industry officials.

It's unclear exactly how much
the plan would cost.

It is possible that Paulson will
ask Congress for the second $350
billion installment of the $700 bil-
lion financial bailout package to
bankroll the effort.

Paulson and his colleagues
within the Bush administration
have come under fire by Democ- ,
rats and some Republicans for
not doing enough to help Amer-
icans at risk of losing their homes.

President-elect Barack Obama
signaled a desire Wednesday to
use a significant portion of the
$700 billion pot to stanch fore-
closures.

"The deteriorating assets in the
financial markets are rooted in
the deterioration of people being
able to pay their mortgages and
stay in their homes," he said.

Paulson has been opposed to
tapping the bailout pool to fund a
mortgage-relief program cham-
pioned by FDIC chief Sheila Bair.
The $24 billion FDIC plan would
use some of the rescue money to
help back refinanced mortgages
that would lower monthly pay-

‘ments.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELMITA CAMELUS of
210 SW APT #3, 2ND COURT, POMPANO BEACH, FT.
LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, 33060-4045, 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 28TH day of NOVEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PASCOLEVALE INVESTMENTS PTE. LTD.

“eenesenegeneiete 5 tepreenrerenente:

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

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)





THE TRIBUNE

+

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 9B



AT&T to cut

AP Photo/AT & T Inc., Jim R. Bounds, file



IN THIS SEPT. 30, 2008 file photo provided by AT&T Inc., Randall
Stephenson, president, chief executive officer and chairman of AT&T
Inc., speaks to employees at AT&T's new broadband technical support
call center in Goldsboro, N.C. AT&T said Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, it is



= By BARBARA ORTUTAY
NEW YORK

Pressured by the economic
turmoil and the mounting loss
of traditional phone customers,
AT&T Ince. is cutting 12,000
jobs, about 4 percent of its work
force, according to the Associ-
ated Press.

The Dallas-based telecom-
munications company, the
nation's largest, said the job cuts
will begin this month and run
throughout 2009. The compa-
ny also plans to lower its capital
spending next year, and one
analyst estimates that reduction
could be as much as $2 billion.

The 300,000-person compa-
ny has announced layoffs sev-
eral times over the past few
years, including in April, when
it said it would eliminate 4,600
jobs, but it has been hiring at
the same time. This is the first
time since the company bought
BellSouth Corp. in 2006 that it
said overall staffing would
decline.

The new cuts were part of a
parade of layoffs tied to the
recession. In addition Thursday,
chemicals company DuPont
announced plans to lose 2,500
jobs, Credit Suisse Group
slashed 5,300 and media con-
glomerate Viacom Inc. jetti-
soned 850. Yet AT&T, which
provides local phone coverage
in California, Texas and 20 oth-
er States, is also being pulled by
another current: the long-term
trend of people defecting from
landline phones to wireless ser-
vices or phone service from the
cable company.

In the last quarter, AT&T's
basic voice lines in service
dropped 11 percent. Its wireless
customer base, meanwhile, grew
14 percent.

Reflecting that "changing
business mix," the company said

it still plans some hiring in 2009 °

in parts of the business that
offer cell phone service and
broadband Internet access.
The shift away from landlines
has accelerated because of the
economic turmoil, said Christo-
pher King, an analyst with Stifel

Nicolaus. Fewer homes bought /

means fewer landlines getting
installed or transferred. And
more are getting disconnected
as people look to save money
and rely only on their cell
phones.

AT&T spokesman Walt
Sharp said the layoffs will be
“across the company and across
the country," but would not
specify what departments and
cities would be most affected.

King expects most of the lost
jobs to come from the compa-
ny's landline business.

But he said some might also
come from the unit of the com-
pany that serves large business-
es and accounts for about 30
percent of AT&T's sales.

Companies have been cutting
back spending because of the
recession, and this, King said,
will "certainly pinch" AT&T's
revenue growth.

AT&T, whose shares are
down about 30 percent this year
— while the Dow Jones indus-
trial average is off 35 percent
— remains profitable, and ben-
efits from being the sole U.S.
wireless carrier for Apple Inc.'s
popular iPhone.

This is in sharp contrast to
rival Sprint Nextel Corp., which
has been hemorrhaging wire-
less subscribers and has seen its
shares lose 80 percent of their
value this year. Last month,
Sprint said it is offering volun-
tary buyout packages to an

unspecified number of its 57,000
workers. °

Verizon Communications.
Inc., the nation's second-largest
phone company, has fared bet-
ter than AT&T so far. Its land-
line business is concentrated in
the Northeast, which hasn't
been as battered by the housing
crisis as some of the markets
AT&T serves, like Florida and
California. However, Verizon
figures to be more affected by a
slowdown in business spending
and the fallout from the finan-
cial sector's crisis.

AT&T plans to take a charge
of about $600 million in the

fourth quarter to pay for sev- .

erance costs. The company is
still finishing its capital spending
plans for next year, and said it
will give more specifics on the

12,000 jobs, 4 percent of staff

planned reductions when it ,
posts fourth-quarter earnings in
January.

UBS analyst John Hodulik
estimates the layoffs will save
the company about $720 mil-
lion, or 8 cents ner share, annu-
ally. He also expects AT&T's
reduction in capital spending to
amount to about 10 percent of
the $20 billion being spent in
2008.

AT&T noted that many of its
non-management employees
have guaranteed jobs because
of union contracts. All affected
workers will receive severance
"in accordance with manage-
ment policies or union agree-
ments," the company said.

AT&T's shares fell 67 cents,
or 2.3 percent, to $28.41 in after-
noon trading.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

DALYAN IN VESTMENT LIMITED

—_

cutting 12,000 jobs, or about 4 percent of its work force, because of

the economic downturn. (

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MONDEO MANAGEMENT LIMITED

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

STILL CRAZY
HOLDINGS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE °

MT. HOLLY PLAINES LTD.
A

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

FUN CREATION LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ENTERPRISE GROUP LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

the 21st day of November 2008. The Liquidator

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BANDEIA ATKINS CORPORATION

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

‘Legal Notice |

NOTICE

DELLWAY MANAGEMENT INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice. is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 27th day of November 2008. The Liquidator

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE —

MAELCHAN ONE LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the

dissolution of MAELCHAN ONE LTD. has been com-

pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

x

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

KINETIC TRADING LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





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Retailers see sales drop in dreary November

@ By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
NEW YORK

Retailers who suffered through
a miserable November — despite
a surge in sales the day after
Thanksgiving — are worried that
the usual lull between the holi-
day weekend and the final days
before Christmas could be dan-
gerously quiet this year, according

to the Associated Press.
With financially squeezed

shoppers holding out*for even.

better deals or are simply already
done, retailers who are already
offering deep discounts will like-
ly be forced to be even more
ageressive as they lurch through,a
season looking to be the weakest
in at least 30 years.

Worries about the holiday sea-

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
IBC N° 135,104 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, MUREX INTERNATIONAL

LIMITED is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

\

is required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their name,
address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company,
or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution

made before such claim is approved.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.

son increased Thursday after
many retailers — with Wal-Mart
the notable exception — yeported
November sales so dismal it was
the industry's worst month since
at least 1969. The malaise cut
across all sectors as shoppers wor-
ried about layoffs and shrinking
retirement funds and focused on
necessities.

"It's an awful beginning to the
holiday season," said Michael P.
Niemira, chief economist at the
International Council of Shop-
ping Centers. "This is going to be
a difficult holiday season for most
retailers. There are going to be
more bankruptcies." He predict-
ed that the retrenchment in

spending will linger for at least '

another six months.

Based on conversations with
stores, this week's sales have been
slower than expected, said Janet
Hoffman, managing partner of
the North American retail prac-
tice of Accenture. And with five
fewer days between Thanksgiv-
ing and Christmas this year, retail-
ers are under more pressure to
make every day count.

Karen MacDonald, a spokes-
woman at mall operator Taub-
man Centers Inc., said that stores
are being more aggressive with
discounting for this coming week-
end compared with a year ago.

In recent years, shoppers have
been increasingly delaying their
holiday shopping to the final days



IN THIS NOV. 28, 2008 file photo, Paul Pari, of Lynn, Mass., carries
shopping bags through the North Shore Mall in. Peabody, Mass.,
shortly after the Mall opened it's doors at 5 a.m. Retailers _ with Wal-

Mart the notable exception _

limped through a miserable November

that even a surge of shopping after Thanksgiving couldn't save, mark-
ing the weakest month since at least. 1969 and deepening fears that the
critical holiday period could be the most dismal in decades.

gains, but analysts say they
believe this year people just can't
afford to spend more. C. Britt
Beemer, chairman of America's
Research Group, notes a higher
percentage of shoppers he's sur-
veyed had completed their holi-
day buying on Friday compared
with a year ago.

"If retailers are not super
aggressive with discounts, stores
will be retail museums," said
Beemer, who expects the lull will
be more pronounced this year.

Worries about the economy

reported a 3.4 percent gain in
same-store sales, surpassing the
2.1 percent increase that analysts
surveyed by Thomson Reuters
expected. The results excluded
sales from fuel.

Wal-Mart added that business
is starting to benefit from falling
gas prices, noting that shopping
trips increased and "customers
had more discretionary income
to spend." It expects same-store
sales growth for December to be
at the high end of its range of | to
3 percent.

Corp., usually a strong performer, |
reported a bigger-than expected 5|
percent drop in same-store s+ 5 i|
Target Corp., which has been|
stumbling as its merchandise
focuses more on nonessentials:
like trendy clothes, reported ai
10.4 percent drop. And most}
mall-based chains and depart-
ment stores fared even worse 4
with Abercrombie & Fitch Co., |
Nordstrom Inc., and Kohl's Corp.
reporting percentage declines |
exceeding 15 percent.
Same-store sales are sales at
stores open at least a year and’
are considered a key indicator of}
a retailer's health.
According to the Goldman |
Sachs-International Council of |
Shopping Centers index, same- j
store sales dropped 2.7 percent |
for November, making it the
worst month since at least 1969
when the index began. Novem-
ber's results were even more mis-
erable than the 1 percent drop |
that Niemira anticipated. Exclud- } i
ing Wal-Mart, the index declined
7.7 percent, indicating a widen-
ing gap between the world's}
largest retailer and the rest of the
merchants. Niemira is slashing his
holiday same-store sales forecast
for the combined November and
December periods to be down as
much as | percent. The only hol-
iday period that was almost as
weak was 2002, which posted a_
meager 0.5 percent same-store 4

before Christmas for better bar- have helped Wal-Mart, which However, Costco Wholesale — gales gain.



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000) .

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

NETSTAR INCORPORATED
IBC N° 129,971 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIMITED
IBC N° 137,603 B
(In Voluntary. Liquidation)
NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, NETSTAR INCORPORATED
is in Dissolution.

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Inter-
national Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, EMIRATES ARCHITEC-
TURAL LIMITED is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the NETSTAR INCORPORATED is
required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their name, ad-
dress and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

Any person having a Claim against the EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIM-
ITED is required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made before such claim is approved.

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SOUTH OCEAN ESTATES |
‘PROPERTY OWNERS
ASSOCIATION LTD.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank

- ;
HEBCOBN: CONSULTANTS LIMITED. of Suite 205 Satiey, Squats), Banik Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of NETSTAR INCORPORATED.

Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIM-

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual
General Meeting of the above-named Company will
be held in Salon 4 of the Wyndham Nassau Resort
& Crystal Palace Casino, West Bay Street, Nassau,
The Bahamas on the 11th day of December, 2008 at
6:30pm for the transaction of the following:

Fonsullants Limiled











beeen ttre ner nae es Nie teneeeneter eee




Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)











1. To elect Directors-and Officers for the ensuing
year.






(a) HOLE-IN-ONE MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC
IBC N° 129,671 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



To waive the presentation of a Statement of
Income and Expenditure and Balance Sheet.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 4, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registtar General.



NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna- Any other business
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC

is in Dissolution.








(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated the 20th day of November, 2008









Any person having a Claim against the WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC is BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
required on or before the 28th day of February. 2009 to send their name, ad-
dress and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution

made before such claim is approved.





(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 8th day of January, 2009 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.




Hartis E. Pinder
SECRETARY











REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC.

A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting
is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote
instead of hinv/her. A proxy need not be a member
of the Company.



DECEMBER §, 2008



LAKEISHA COLLIE





LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY





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performed in the

theatre (5)

Breed that may be rare (4)

1 Clothes of matching 2

colours with various

decorations (2-9)

‘The origin of an

Erin lad (7)

Extremist talk (5)

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watercolour? (8)

Famous Hand

eliminate passion (4) : , f hie
Baltic country resort one West dealer. trian North cucbid hearts to indicate



Submitted to the Spanish is at (7) ] North-South vulnerable. a strong hand.

d (8 hs NORTH Given his partner's pre-emptive
guard (8) Late tenders? (5,6) 4 hl Peete lena I AQ952 opening bid, East realized that
Quietly yearn for table Put in a word for the ¥ 10 North-South bad a certain game and
nen wong dase (1) | es el ee ees
It's sound in diplomacy (6) One who talks one round Ph salt © AP ie Up lc gle WEST EAST the works by jumping to five clubs!

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Political favours? (8) to composing.some i ¥KQ6542 VA9873 to five hearts, but the Austrians then
i music (8 | Across Down #652 93 procecded to reach their laydown
Ruler of star potential (4) | 493 3 i eas
He's found among fuel erusual' stamp on:a:letter NI 1 Cupane eheoae SOUTH es ‘Allhough, Busi knew that seven
merchants (5) is entrusted to him (7) N performance (4,2,5) instrument (5) @KI743 hearts would probably be a profitable
: ‘ : — | vj sacrifice against six spades, he was
Wine forced on militant ssruler wideprpaUng Ou Straggler (7) Actual (4) #QI8 afraid the opponents might be able to
: ‘ support (6) Do without (5 Suffer (6 #KQ85 make seven spades. He therefore
republicans (7) Piioaa ceuindaad > a without (5) uiigh AS} The bidding: elected to pass, and Austria scored
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Drover, 10 Starling, 12 Sets, 13 Shell,
14 Shoe, 17 Reservations, 20
Asseveration, 23 Ante, 24 Witch, 25

Halo, 29 Aurora borealis, 30 Elephant,
31 Mousse.

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Lief, 5 Intelligence, 6 Tort, 7 Knight, 8
Nugget, 11 Cheap edition, 15 Brass,
16 Knead, 18 Picadors, 19 Annotate,

21 Marble, 22 Starve, 26 Rash, 27

Ludo.

Enrich, 10 Meteoric, 12 Peal, 13

Cover, 14 Pull, 17 Second nature,
20 Fourth estate, 23 Thaw, 24 Stout,

Operatic song (4) success (5,6)

Mental picture (5) Magnificence (8)

25 Feud, 28 Pinpoint, 29 Heroic, 30

Demolish, 31 Grudge.

Down: 1 Trespass, 2 Parlance, 3
_ Face, 5 Eleventh hour, 6 Teem, 7

Virtue, 8 Recall, 11 Cornerstones,
15 Enjoy, 16 Brisk, 18 Make good,
19 Headache, 21 Stupid, 22
Magnum, 26 Toil, 27 Bear.

Biographical
sketch (7)

Lower back pain (7)
Unpretentious (6)
Rule as monarch (5)

Throw lightly (4)

Destination (8,3)



when they have very good hands,
and when they have very bad hands.

Consider this deal from the
Austria-United States quarterfinal
match at the 1984 World Olympiad.
The Austrians won by seven Interna-
tional Match Points over the favored
U.S team, and this deal was largely
responsible for their victory.

At one table, the bidding went as
shown. Afier the U.S. West opened
with a weak two-heart bid, the Aus-

Here the Austrians also threw up
a smoke screen, albcit ina different
form. Despite that, the Americans
reached their optimum spot, but East
then decided to carry on to seven
hearts. This was doubled and went
down. five 900) pots in those
days — but the sacrilice proved well
worthwhile, yielding a 530-point
gain (UE IMPs) for Austria, Shortly
thereafter, the Americans found
themselves sitting on the sidelines.

Tomorrow: It pays to go with the odds.
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Sources allege top
level changes
could take place

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

STATE Minister for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing did
not confirm or deny yesterday
claims that government is
seeking to restructure senior
management at the Depart-
ment of Customs.

The question was put to him
after a series of Tribune arti-
cles revealed allegations of
rampant corruption, alleged
bribery and claims of wide-
spread nepotism which
allegedly give certain high-
ranking officers protection
from punishment, and the
exorbitant overtime pay. cer-
tain officers collect.

Yesterday, sources close to
Customs claimed that a shake-
up could soon take place at
the top levels of the depart-
ment as a result of the growing
concerns about the conduct of
some Officers.

Over the last few months
Customs, which provides
around 60 per cent of govern-
ment's total revenue, has come

under fire for these claims '

with several calls for an exter-
nal investigation into the alle-

ls

gations. ©

.When asked what steps
government is taking for Cus-
toms reform, Mr Laing said
government's focus lies not
specifically on claims of cor-
ruption, but on making certain
the public sector remains
"competitive" and "effective."

Said Mr Laing: "We are
very serious about public sec-
tor reform and (that) is about
doing the right set of things
and doing those things right.
So without having an emphasis
necessarily on issues of cor-

“ruption that people tend to

talk about, the idea is there
has to be a way, that we can
do the things that we are now
doing better so that we put our
public sector and our country
in a much more competitive
situation than we have today.
That is our focus.

"That reform means look-
ing at your systems, it means
looking at your resources, it

-means looking at your per-

sonnel. And so all of that is in
the pot and we are doing that
department by department,
with the view to trying'to
ensure that the public is served

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SOME CHRISTIANS in Nassau were angry yesterday after Menorah
candles, a symbol of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, were includ-
ed in the Bay Street Christmas decorations.





@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

ALTHOUGH BTC priva-
tization officials remained
tight-lipped about the rejec-
tion of former bidder Blue-
water, they were optimistic
that the final phase of the pri-
vatization process could take
place within the next three to
four months.

Privatization committee
chairman T B Donaldson said



Final phase of BTC privatisation
‘could be within four months’

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during a presentation at the
Hilton Hotel yesterday that
phase one of the advisory pri-

vatization process is “sub-
stantially complete.” He
added that the next step,
expected to take place within
days, is a buyer attracting doc-
ument.

Described as a “teaser,” Mr
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against lawyers is
‘inadequate’ says Bar
Association president

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

THE system for dealing with
complaints against lawyers is
currently inadequate and there
is a backlog of cases waiting to
be heard by the Disciplinary
Tribunal of the Bahamas Bar
Association, its president said
yesterday.

Wayne Munroe, of the law
firm of Lockhart and Munroe,
said the Bar Association is
“concerned” that the process of
dispatching clients’ complaints
against lawyers is “taking too
long.”

This leaves unscrupulous
lawyers at liberty to continue
to con new clients and allows
for the reputations of those who

have not committed the wrong
to be unfairly diminished.

However, Mr Munroe hopes
this may soon change, as the
Bar Council is presently review-:
ing draft legislation to'amend
the laws relating to the. discipli-
nary, process — something he
says it has been pushing Gov-
ernment to introduce for eight
years.

“We don’t think it’s right for
a lawyer’s reputation to be
questioned for longer than six
months; either he did it and he
should be disciplined, or he did-
n't do it and somebody should
not be able to maintain a scur-
rilous accusation against him.
We’re concerned that the Gov-
ernment has not yet seen fit to

SEE page nine

Just two of 112 complaints against
lawyers have been resolved

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

IN THE year leading up to June 2008 the Bahamas Bar’s
ethics committee received 112 official complaints against
Bahamian lawyers. Of that number two of the cases have been

resolved.

Fifteen of the complaints were considered substantial enough
by the ethics committee to warrant referral to the disciplinary
tribunal to determine if the lawyers involved deserved sanc-

tioning.

A further 18 complaints were expected to be forwarded to the

. tribunal “but await further documentation or information from
the complainant to go forward.”

Meanwhile, an additional 20 matters were sent on to the
legal adjudicators based on complaints from earlier years that .

SEE page eight

Govt aims for system to eradicate
‘abuse’ of overtime in Customs

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

GOVERNMENT is [§
"making headway" in }
its implementation of f
a shift system in the
public service that
would eradicate the
gross "abuse" of overtime pay
by the Department of Customs,
said State Minister for Finance
Zhirvargo Laing.

His comments came a.day
after The Tribune broke a story
regarding "Weaknesses" in Cus-
toms that allowed some officers
to receive overtime three to four
times their annual salary; verify
their own overtime billings in
numerous cases; receive over-



Zhivargo Laing

time pay while on
vacation or sick leave;
logged overlapping
overtime hours that
were subsequently
paid; and were paid
overtime without
supervisory approval
prior to payment.

The 12-page letter
also noted that there
were staff members
whose overtime pay
was three to four times higher
than their annual salaries.

These flaws were outlined in a
2006 auditor-general letter to
the former comptroller of cus-
toms.

Yesterday Mr Laing could not
say specifically if the auditor-
general's recommendations had
been implemented, but admit-

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Questions raised over ‘fast-tracked’
investigation into customs officer

FACTIONS within the Customs Depart-

ment are asking why an internal investigation

into the conduct of a senior officer was “fast
tracked” when allegations against other officers
have been hanging over their heads for years.

A source told The Tribune yesterday that
while this latest investigation was concluded
in a few months, a number of officers at the
department have been reassigned to lesser
duties for long stretches as a result of claims of
misconduct.

“Their careers are in limbo,” one source said.
“And there has been no evidence presented
against them.”

Cleared

Earlier this week, Acting Comptroller of
Customs Anthony Adderley announced that a
high-ranking customs officer has been cleared
of all allegations of attempting to evade paying
customs duties.

Mr Adderley said that on completion of the
internal review, which started in September, it
was determined that the officer in question

"never intended in any way” to defraud the /

Customs Department.

Said Mr Adderley: “Some folks sent some
documents to us and we had a chance to take a
look at those documents; we had a chance to
conduct an investigation. What we (had) was a

‘

case of a document which was produced by an
importer who tried to operate as a freight for-
warder, or cargo carrier, who had no authority
to act as such. That same operator who may
have provided the information, when we
received the written statement under oath,
admitted that the officer asked him to have
the goods declared on another document. That
clearly states that the officer never intended in
any way to defraud (Customs);" the acting
comptroller told reporters at a press confer-
ence.,

Mr Adderley also said that the officer “may
have done his job,” suggesting that the claims
might have been an attempt by certain mem-
bers of the public to sully the officer's reputa-
tion.

Mr Adderley added that the department is
open to complaints about customs officers and
encouraged the public to come forward with
information. ‘

During the press conference, Mr Adderley
said that six officers are currently under inter-
nal investigation.

‘The customs officer, whose identity was with-
held, came under fire in September after it
was alleged by sources that he "abused" his
authority by demanding a shipping agent to
remove his name off a cargo manifest, alleged-
ly to avoid paying customs on goods shipped to
Nassau in his name.

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Ceremony honours Cuban
teachers in the Bahamas









li By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

CUBAN teachers working in the
Bahamas were honoured with a cer-
emony at Stapledon School yester-
day to mark the fifth anniversary of
the Bahamas-Cuba Education Agree-
ment.

Students from the special needs
school in Dolphin Drive, Nassau,
were joined by students from the Sal-
vation Army School for the Blind
and the Red Cross Centre for the
deaf, to perform music and dances
for teachers and ‘guests, including
Cuban. Ambassador Jose Louis
Ponce, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel, and former prime minister
Perry Christie. sete

The ambassador described how
Cuba’s government has made edu-

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nated illiteracy among children and
adults alike by making education
available to all with free public school

compulsory up to grade nine, and »

many students staying until grade 12.

Special education is another pri-
ority for 400 special schools across
Cuba. A total of 19 special education

teachers from the republic have -

worked in the Bahamas since the
2003 agreement was signed, and
many have been asked to stay beyond
their tenure.

PLP leader Perry Christie has an
interest in developing special needs
education as father of an autistic child
and oversaw the initial partnership.

He said: “For me, coming here
today was a renewal of the support
that is necessary, and to remind those
of us in leadership how important it
really is to continue to remember
every Bahamian child, no matter
what their level of disability, has a
right to share in the resources of this

‘ country, and a right to expect the
’ government to ensure they are as

much a priority for the country as
any other priority.”

In addition to special education
classes, Spanish, sciences, and tech-
nical and vocational studies are also
taught by Cuban teachers working at
schools in 11 islands across the
Bahamas.

Ambassador Ponce said: “The
agreement has been highly benefi-
cial for both countries. They are
recognised for their discipline and
total dedication, even with the diffi-
culties which come with teaching in a
second language. And they have per-
fected their English language in the
Bahamas.”

Education Minister Bethel said the
country is privileged to have Cuban
teachers for valuable cultural
exchange, and for support particu-
larly in special needs education.

He said: “We have been so greatly

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Sources allege top
level changes
could take place

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

STATE Minister for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing did
not confirm or deny yesterday
claims that government is
seeking to restructure senior
management at the Depart-
ment of Customs.

The question was put to him
after a series of Tribune arti-
cles revealed allegations of
rampant corruption, alleged
bribery and claims of wide-
spread nepotism which
allegedly give certain high-
ranking officers. protection
from punishment, and the
exorbitant overtime pay. cer-
tain officers collect.

Yesterday, sources close to
Customs claimed that a shake-
up could soon take place at
the top levels of the depart-
ment as a result of the growing
concerns about the conduct of
some Officers.

Over the last few months
Customs, which provides

around 60 per cent of govern-
ment's total revenue, has come
under fire for these claims '
with several calls for an exter-
nal investigation into the alle-

gations. °

.When asked what steps
government is taking for Cus-
toms reform, Mr Laing said
government's focus lies not
specifically on claims of cor-
ruption, but on making certain
the public sector remains
"competitive" and "effective."

Said Mr Laing: "We are
very serious about public sec-
tor reform and (that) is about
doing the right set of things
and doing those things right.
So without having an emphasis
necessarily on issues of cor-

‘ruption that people tend to

talk about, the idea is there
has to be a way. that we can
do the things that we are now
doing better so that we put our
public sector and our country
in a much more competitive
situation than we have today.
That is our focus.

"That reform means look-
ing at your systems, it means
looking at your resources, it

-means looking at your per-

sonnel. And so all of that is in
the pot and we are doing that
department by department,
with the view to trying'to
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System for complaints
against lawyers is
‘inadequate’ says Bar
Association president

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

THE system for dealing with
complaints against lawyers is
currently inadequate and there
is a backlog of cases waiting to
be heard by the Disciplinary
Tribunal of the Bahamas Bar
Association, its president said
yesterday. ;

Wayne Munroe, of the law
firm of Lockhart and Munroe,
said the Bar Association is
“concerned” that the process of
dispatching clients’ complaints
against lawyers is “taking too
long.”

This leaves unscrupulous
lawyers at liberty to continue
to con new clients and allows
for the reputations of those who

hae not committed the wrong
to be unfairly diminished.

However, Mr Munroe hopes
this may soon change, as the
Bar Council is presently review-:
ing draft legislation to’amend
the laws relating to the discipli-
nary process — something he
says it has been pushing Gov-
ernment to introduce for eight
years.

“We don’t think it’s right for
a lawyer’s reputation to be
questioned for longer than six
months; either he did it and he
should be disciplined, or he did-
n’t do it and somebody should;
not be able to maintain a scur-
rilous accusation against him.
We’re concerned that the Gov-
ernment has not yet seen fit to

SEE page nine

Just two of 112 complaints against
lawyers have been resolved

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

IN THE year leading up to June 2008 the Bahamas Bar’s
ethics committee received 112 official complaints against
Bahamian lawyers. Of that number two of the cases have been

resolved.

Fifteen of the complaints were considered substantial enough
by the ethics committee to warrant referral to the disciplinary
tribunal to determine if the lawyers involved deserved sanc-

tioning.

A further 18 complaints were expected to be forwarded to the

. tribunal “but await further documentation or oe from

the complainant to go forward.”
Meanwhile, an additional 20 matters were sent on to the
legal adjudicators based on complaints from earlier years that |

SEE page eight

Govt aims for system to eradicate
‘abuse’ of overtime in Customs

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

GOVERNMENT is
“making headway" in
its implementation of
a shift system in the
public service that
would eradicate the
gross "abuse" of overtime pay
by the Department of Customs,
said State Minister for Finance
Zhirvargo Laing.

His comments came a.day
after The Tribune broke a story
regarding "weaknesses" in Cus-
toms that allowed some officers
to receive overtime three to four
times their annual salary; verify
their own overtime billings in
numerous cases; receive over-

Zhivargo Laing



time pay while on
vacation or sick leave;
logged overlapping
overtime hours that
were subsequently
paid; and were paid
overtime without
supervisory approval
prior to payment.

The 12-page letter
also noted that there
were staff members
whose overtime pay
was three to four times higher
than their annual salaries.

These flaws were outlined in a
2006 auditor-general letter to
the former comptroller of cus-
toms.

Yesterday Mr Laing could not
say specifically if the auditor-
general's recommendations had
been implemented, but admit-

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FACTIONS within the Customs Depart-
ment are asking why an internal investigation
into the conduct of a senior officer was “fast
tracked” when allegations against other officers
have been hanging over their heads for years.

A source told The Tribune yesterday that
while this latest investigation was concluded
in a few months, a number of officers at the
department have been reassigned to lesser
duties for long stretches as a result of claims of
misconduct.

“Their careers are in limbo,” one source said.
“And there has been no evidence presented
against them.”

Cleared

Earlier this week, Acting Comptroller of
Customs Anthony Adderley announced that a
high-ranking customs officer has been cleared
of all allegations of attempting to evade paying
customs duties.

Mr Adderley said that on completion of the
internal review, which started in September, it
was determined that the officer in question

"never intended in any way” to defraud the ,

Customs Department.

Said Mr Adderley: “Some folks sent some
documents to us and we had a chance to take a
look at those documents; we had a chance to
conduct an investigation. What we (had) was a

case of a document which was produced by an
importer who tried to operate as a freight for-
warder, or cargo carrier, who had no authority
to act as such. That same operator who may
have provided the information, when we
received the written statement under oath,
admitted that the officer asked him to have
the goods declared on another document. That
clearly states that the officer never intended in
any way to defraud (Customs);" the acting
comptroller told reporters at a press confer-
ence.

Mr Adderley also said that the officer “may
have done his job,” suggesting that the claims
might have been an attempt by certain mem-
bers of the public to sully the officer's reputa-
tion.

Mr Adderley added that the department is
open to complaints about customs officers and
encouraged the public to come forward with
information. .

During the press conference, Mr Adderley
said that six officers are currently under inter-
nal investigation.

-The customs officer, whose identity was with-
held, came under fire in September after it
was alleged by sources that he "abused" his
authority by demanding a shipping agent to
remove his name off a cargo manifest, alleged-
ly to avoid paying customs on goods shipped to
Nassau in his name.



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teachers in the Bahamas

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Single Market and the Caribbean Court of Justice, in addition to the growing volume of international commercial
transactions in the Region, has further underscored the critical need for advanced a in i enieaie 8 and
Commercial Law. -

The Public Law Programme, developed as a complement to. ihe Legislative Drafting Programme, is also a critical:

response to the changing dispensation in the Region, wrought by the inauguration of the Caribbean Single Market
and the Caribbean Court of Justice. There is now the urgent need for advanced training for lawyers in the area of

Public Law, who would seek audience before the Caribbean Court of Justice, particularly in its appellate jurisdic-
tion. But there is also the growing need of CARICOM Governments for training of senior managers in\the Public
Service in the area of Public Law, given that their work has become increasingly complex, often entailing decision
making that assumes an executive, legislative and, sometimes, an adjudicatory cast, iN

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Tribune Staff Reporter

CUBAN teachers working in the
Bahamas were honoured with a cer-
emony at Stapledon School yester-
day to mark the fifth anniversary of
the Bahamas-Cuba Education Agree-
ment.

Students from the special needs
school in Dolphin Drive, Nassau,
were joined by students from the Sal-
vation Army School for the Blind
and the Red Cross Centre for the
deaf, to perform music and dances
for teachers and ‘guests, including
Cuban. Ambassador Jose Louis
Ponce, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel, and former prime minister
Perry Christie.

The ambassador described how
Cuba’s government has made edu-

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nated illiteracy among children and
adults alike by making education
available to all with free public school
compulsory up to grade nine, and
many students staying until grade 12.

Special education is another pri-
ority for 400 special schools across
Cuba. A total of 19 special education

teachers from the republic have .

worked in the Bahamas since the
2003 agreement was signed, and
many have been asked to stay beyond
their tenure.

PLP leader Perry Christie has an
interest in developing special needs
education as father of an autistic child
and oversaw the initial partnership.

He said: “For me, coming here
today was a renewal of the support
that is necessary, and to remind those
of us in leadership how important it
really is to continue to remember
every Bahamian child, no matter
what their level of disability, has a
right to share in the resources of this

‘country, and a right to expect the
‘ government to ensure they are as

much a priority for the country as
any other priority.”

In addition to special education
classes, Spanish, sciences, and tech-
nical and vocational studies are also
taught by Cuban teachers working at
schools in 11 islands across the
Bahamas.

Ambassador Ponce said: “The
agreement has been highly benefi-
cial for both countries. They are
recognised for their discipline and
total dedication, even with the diffi-
culties which come with teaching in a
second language. And they have per-
fected their English language in the
Bahamas.”

Education Minister Bethel said the
country is privileged to have Cuban
teachers for valuable cultural
exchange, and for support particu-
larly in special needs education.

He said: “We have been so greatly
assisted by the Cuban government
and all of the wonderful teachers.”



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Police say no

fight between

schoolhoys

@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Tribune received
reports last night that a fight

between two schoolboys may }

- have resulted in a fatal stab-
bing.

However, police denied a
murder had occurred. Police
press liaison officer Walter
Evans only confirmed there

had been a fight between two

school boys after 3pm on
Monday. ~

He said one boy was
stabbed in the lower back

during the altercation, which i

took place near the junction

of Wulff Road and Marathon

Road. The boy was not in
critical condition, Mr Evans
said.

Reports received by The
Tribune claim the fight was
gang-related, and took place
between two 12th grade
boys.

merchants in bid to
attract shoppers

By DENISE MAYCOCK

International Bazaar

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net_ :

FREEPORT - With devel- ;
opment plans on hold at the :
Royal Oasis Resort, discouraged :
merchants at the International :
Bazaar are hoping for a much }
needed boost in sales this ;

Christmas.

Over the next two weeks, }
merchants at the Bazaar are :
offering sales, short layaway :
incentives and special giveaways :
to attract shoppers in an effort :

to keep:their businesses open.

Since 2004, sales and store ;
tenancy-,has-dwindled signifi- ;
cantly at the Bazaar. Only 30 of ;
70 shop Owners have.remained :
in business following the closure :

of the resort.

_ Azlong-time shop owner ‘is B
hoping: ‘that there will be.robust ¢..

Christmas sales this year.

“We are remaining hopeful
but we understand that things :
are very difficult for residents :

here,”
Island Galleria.

said Della Thomas of :

“We are trying to soothe the :
pockets of the people and we :
are doing our best in these very :
difficult times to offer good sales }

to customers,” she said.

Ms Thomas, who is one of the
30 merchants in the Bazaar, said :
storeowners there are hanging :

on by a “thin thread.”

“We are encouraging people ;
to come browse and compare. :
We have counted on the resi- :
dents to support us and we hope :
we will have their continued :
support during these difficult :

times,” she said.

The merchants at the Bazaar }
said they were disappointed — ;
but not surprised — that the Har- :

court Group has put its plans
on hold for Royal Oasis.
Harcourt, the Ireland-based
developer, purchased the dis-
tressed resort in October 2006
for $33 million. More than 1,000
Bahamians were laid off when

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the hotel closed following hur-

ricane damage in 2004.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra- :
ham announced this week that :
the developers have now put }
their plans to develop and open
the resort on hold due to the :

global financial downturn.

“I’m discouraged, we can’t }
live on hopes and expectations :

forever,” said Ms Thomas.

Mr Chris Payne, an executive :
member of the International :
Bazaar Owners Association, :
said he was not at all surprised :
by the decision taken by. Har- :

court.

“The global financial crisis is

affecting everyone and Harcourt :
were looking to borrow money :
for the development of the :
resort. They have given the :
impression that they want to do :
the project; when it is going to :
happen we just don’t know,” he }

said.

The International Bazaar was }

once a premier tourist attrac- :
tion and bustling shopping mec- }

ca in Freeport.
_ Mr Payne said that the asso-
ciation will have to look at re-
inventing the area and putting
new incentives in place to get
people to reopen businesses at
the Bazaar in the New Year.
“The Bazaar has been surviv-
ing for four years. It is still oper-
ating and we hope that things
will get better,” he said.

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Anger as Jewish symbols erected
part of Christmas decorations

CHRISTIANS were left fuming yes-
terday when workmen erected Jewish
symbols as part ‘of Bay Street’s festive
decorations.

Nine-pronged menorah candles were
stuck on posts across the road from the
House of Assembly.

The Jewish candelabra were displayed
alongside angels and other Christian
symbols as part of Nassau’s Christmas
trimmings.

“This is a Christian nation,” said busi-
nessman John Skandaliaris, “I am not
anti-Semitic but the menorah is not
appropriate when we are supposed to
be celebrating Christmas.

“The festive season is about the birth
of Christ, but Jews don’t believe in the
birth of Christ,” he added.

The blue and silver menorah caused
outrage among Christian shoppers who
felt offended that an important Jewish
symbol should appear in such a promi-
nent position.

Mr Skandaliaris, a Greek Orthodox
Christian, said: “I am sure my Jewish

friends will agree that this isn’t right.
The workmen have obviously put them
up because they think they look nice.
They don’t appreciate the significance of
them.”

Deacon Neil Nairn of St Agnes.

Anglican Parish said he felt it was an
insult to erect such symbols in such a
prominent area on Bay Street.

“J think that it is an insult as a Chris-
tian nation for those persons to put those
Jewish decorations up in Rawson square.
Not many of them really understand the
meaning of Christmas. We are trying to
take Jesus out of Christmas and he is
the meaning of the season,” Deacon
Nairn said.

He said there would be a Nativity
Scene displayed i in the downtown area,
especially in these times of crisis.

“T do not think those persons who put
those decorations up really know what
they were putting up or if they just saw
them as Christmas ornaments rather
than knowing the real meaning behind
them.

“T think those decorations should be
used to send a message to our people
and to our nation, because we need
prayers. We need to really acknowledge
the coming of Christ in this season of
Advent and we need to really get back

on our knees as a nation.

“This whole recession is really to
wake up the entire world to let people
know that God is in charge. We need
to stop trying to commercialise Christ-
mas and get back to its true meaning —
don’t make it about anybody else, make
it about Jesus,” Deacon Nairn said.

The menorah comes in two forms —
the seven-pronged Temple version and
the nine-pronged type used for the Jew-
ish festival of Hanukkah.

Also known as the Festival of Lights,
Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday com-
memorating the rededication of the sec-
ond temple in Jerusalem.

Up to press time last night the

Bahamas Electricity Corporation and
the Ministry of Works could not be
reached for comment.



TWO men are being questioned by police
after officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit
(DEU) found illegal drugs inside of a fast
food drinking cup and a fast food box.

While on patrol on Matthew Street, Nas-
sau Village, shortly before Spm on Wednes-
day, DEU officers saw two men, believed to
be in their 20s, who were “acting in a suspi-
cious manner.”

Press liaison officer Assistant Supt
Walter Evans said that as the police offi-
cers approached the two men, they discov-
ered a container with 17 packets of mari-
juana and a cup with 14 packets of mari-
juana.

Both men are being questioned in con-
nection with this incident.

@ OFFICERS of the Drug Enforcement
Unit (DEV) were in the Strachan's Alley
area off Kemp Road sometime before
12noon on Wednesday when they saw a
number of persons walking up to a man and
giving him money in exchange for “small
shiny objects,” police reported.

As the officers advanced to the area
where the man receiving the objects was
standing, they found a clear plastic bag con-
taining 41 packets of marijuana.

The man, aged 19 of Williams Lane, was
taken into police custody.

‘Harsh rules forced the closure’ of video arcade

Company president claims mall regulations put dent in profits

@ By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff reporter

THE imposition of harsh rules
forced the closing of Zortech’s Lair,
a popular video arcade in the

Towne Centre Mall, the president

of the company claimed.

The arcade, frequented by stu-
dents and adults alike, closed its
doors indefinitely on Wednesday
because the business has not turned
a profit over the past few years.

According to president and
director of Zortech’s Lair, Kelton
Humes, rules imposed by the mall’s

‘ management prohibiting school

children from entering the mall
without a guardian, put a great dent
in his profits.

He said he spoke with the mall’s
general manager Frank McGwier
several times over the years, in an
effort to find an alternative arrange-
ment, because children were his
primary clientele.

Now, his business has been shut
down and he contends it was

‘because of Mr McGwier’s decision

not to allow Zortech’s.to be

exempted from the regulations. §,

-. “The way he did it-was.by.deny-

ing the children access to the arcade
and that was done over a period of
years,” said Mr Humes.

Mr McGwier, in a letter to Mr
Humes, suggested that he consider

‘giving arcade access to the top 250

students in schools in the sur-
rounding area, or to issue passes or
IDs to “the good kids for any day,
any time access.”

Mr Humes said he objected to
the tone of the letter — each sug-
gestion was followed by the phrase:
“Or not:”

The letter ended by reminding
Mr Humes: “Regardless of if you
can’t be bothered or are not inter-
ested, rent must be paid.”

Mr McGwier told The Tribune
yesterday that offering access to
the mall and Zortech’s Lair to

“good” children could entice trou-

ble makers to want to do better and
thus receive the same reward.

Mr Humes said he assured the
general manager that he dealt with
problem children whenever he
encountered them, barring them
from the arcade.

“Once I saw them and they were.

a problem, I wauid not allow,them ,,)
ing” he:said.“But-they used theny

We're celebrating

(problem students) to paint the
brush on everybody.”

Mr Humes said that when the
new restrictions were imposed, the
students who frequented the arcade
were “the best students” he had
ever encountered from a public
school.

“They would come and talk
about their day to me. You would
become friends with them, and then
(the new rules) just killed it and
they would come to me and say
‘why ... we're not doing anything.’

“And after a while I couldn’t do
anything for them and they turned
on me too, and I had to accept
that,” he said.

Mr Humes said he went so far
as to contact Deputy Prime Minis-
ter Brent Symonette — who is listed
as secretary and director of
Zortech’s Lair and part owner of
the Towne Centre Mall — to see if
he could assist with the restrictions
crippling his business.

He said he received no help from
Mr Symonette.

When The Tribune spoke to Mr
Symonette about the matter, he
suggested that his brother Craig
Symonette be contacted, as he is

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ZORTECH’S LAIR closed its doors indefinitely this week.

dealing with the matter.

Mr Humes said he had only one
meeting with Craig Symonette dur-
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Zortech’s' Lair.

Mr McGwier said malls often
deny entry to school children
dressed in uniform unless they are
accompanied by an adult. He said

‘ this is‘also-the-Mall-at- Marathon’ s

policy. : As

“That’s my avlerstanding froin
talking to Mall at Marathon securi-
ty officers and so that’s what we
instituted moving into this school
year,” said Mr McGwier.



He said Zortech’s Lair was
allowed to let students in through
the back door, as a compromise
with the new policy.

However, Mr Humes insisted
that security officers policing his
back entrance discouraged the chil-
dren from entering at all.

- He said he simply wanted to pro-

vide’children with a safe place,
where ‘they can enjoy themselves.

A man who frequents video
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Obama’s foreign policy team

NEW YORK — Watching the rollout of
President-elect Barack Obama’s foreign-
policy team brought to mind a variation on
the well-worn Tip O’Neill theme that “all
politics is local”: In this case, all foreign
policy is domestic policy.

No two Cabinet picks exemplify this
better than those of Hillary Clinton for
secretary of state and Bob Gates to remain
as secretary of defence.

Interestingly, these are precisely the two
personnel decisions that have drawn Oba-
ma the most fire from his liberal base,
which just goes to show that the Democ-
ratic grass roots might be able to learn a
thing or two about politics by watching
their party’s new standard-bearer.

If one considers some of the most promi-
nent elements of foreign policy on which
Obama campaigned — a timeline for with-
drawal from Iraq, making Israeli-Pales-
tinian negotiations a priority, conducting
diplomacy with Iran — his choices for the
people he will get to implement these poli-
cies starts to seem downright canny.

Let’s start with Secretary of State-des-

ignate Clinton.
’ When she was running against Obama
for the Democratic nomination, she called
his plan to meet with leaders of nations
such as Iran “irresponsible and frankly
naive.”

In the Senate, she voted for the 2003
Iraq invasion and for designating Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist orga-
nization.

She has said that the United States could
“totally obliterate” Iran if Iran used
nuclear weapons against Israel — a nation -
in which she is probably the most popular
American politician.

Both talks with Iran ‘and the kind of
evenhanded negotiations that will no
doubt be necessary, if Obama hopes to
advance the Israeli-Palestinian issue could
well draw criticism from Israel, its backers
in the U.S. and those who are generally
hawkish on Middle East policy.

Obama won the election, but for cred- -

ibility abroad and inoculation against crit-
icism at home, one could see why some
might call Clinton the better person to be
out front in the handling of these issues.

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This, apparently, is how Obama sees it,
too — and so he’s put a new spin on the
“two for the price of one” adage. Though
some may still call his policies “naive” or
worse, he can now be sure that Hillary
Clinton won’t be the one saying these
things — and certainly not from her seat
on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Instead, she will play the designated
“Nixon” to Iran’s “China.”

As for present and future Defence Sec-
retary Gates, the president he now serves
will leave behind a mammoth challenge
in the form of Iraq.

The American public has shown a
marked preference for withdrawing our
troops, but the road back home is fraught
with not only humanitarian and strategic
danger but political peril as well.

Many observers have characterized
Bush’s second-term approach to Iraq as
“running out the clock” — to hand the
problem of getting out and the blame for
any unhappy consequences to his succes-
sor. ;

It seems that one of the ways that Oba-
ma has decided to address the political
aspects of the Iraq dilemma is by essen-
tially putting — through his retention of
President Bush’s choice to head the Pen-
tagon — the Bush brand on the with-
drawal. ;

Again, this will not render Obama
immune from criticism, but it will make it
harder for Republicans to paint Obama
as pursuing a policy of “defeat” in Iraq, as
his GOP rival Sen. John McCain did dur-
ing the campaign. .

There are sound, substantive policy rea-
sons for Obama’s picks for State and
Defence.

But it is in contrasting the policies Oba-
ma has said he wants to pursue with the
people he has chosen to implement them
that one gets a sense that the president-
elect fully understands that politics doesn’t
stop at the water’s edge.

_ (This article was written by Dan Rather
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Parents, do you
know what your

children are doing?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Some facts for parents to
soberly consider:

e 15,000 children in gangs-
(The Nassau Guardian, June 17,
2008) Most parents are unaware
that their children are in gangs.

e There are approximately 46
known gangs in the Bahamas,
according to Corporal Davey
Pratt, a gang expert with the
Community Relations Unit of
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force.

e More than one-third of 2008
school leavers are illiterate,
according to the Coalition of
Education Reform.

° 80 per cent of graduating
seniors read below grade level,
according to the Coalition’s
report, 2006 (The Tribune,
December 22, 2006).

© 82 per cent of graduating
seniors (public school) are
mathematically illiterate accord-
ing to a study by Massey of the

- Coalition, that assessed the

BGCSE results-2007 (The Tri-
bune, March 25, 2008).

e There is higher male truan-
cy in the public school system
and some of these boys “have
been found to be involved in
housebreaking incidents,”
according to a public school
attendance officer. (The Tri-
bune, Bahamian Woman, Octo-

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indicated that of the 23,063
BGCSE exams that were writ-
ten, only 39 per cent of this total
were written by male graduat-
ing seniors — 2006. Males also
earned lower grades. (The Tri-
,bune, March 25, 2008).

e Bahamian tax payers are
paying through their noses for
public education. According to
an official of the Ministry of
Education’s Planning Division,
it costs a whopping $4,700 per
student per year. That’s about
$1,566 per student per term.
(2006 figures).

e Vernice Walkine, Tourism
Director Géneral, believes that
the industry should “find for-
eign workers if locals lack
skills.” She further indicated
that the country’s tourism prod-

uct is‘sub-standard and gave ita |

4.5 on a 1-10 scale. (The Nassau
Guardian, October 22, 2008).

e According to David Armor,
professor at the School of Pub-
lic Policy at George Mason Uni-
versity, “Parents have more
impact on their child’s IQ than
any other person or institution,
including schools. The impact
is greatest in infancy and early

i5

nancy to watching TV shows i

with sexual content, according
to Anita Chandra, behavioural
scientist. (Headline News,
November 3, 2008)

e Some neglected children .

struggle with depression and

others are filled with resent- «

ment and bitterness towards
their parents. :
e Sadly, some parents mourn

their offspring’s early demise ©

because of poor decisions.

The troubled teens are cry-
ing out for their parents’ atten-
tion. They want to be affirmed ;°

and loved. Consider this urgent

plea from a British teenager, .;
Ben Kinsella who after writing a_ ,
heart-wrenching letter to British |;

Prime Minister Gordon Brown,

was stabbed to death by sick, !
misguided peers. His letter |

called for parents to mend rela-
tionships with their children in

parenting classes and for the ©
fighting among the young peo- .

ple in gangs to stop. He charged

that the government did noth- ,
ing while teens were being mur- ;

dered. He made practical. sug-

gestions to curb the violence, ,
but did not live to see them car- <

ried out. What a tragedy

wo

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2008).

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e The Coalition report also

e Study connects teen preg-

Nassau,
November 30, 2008.

Opportunistic parasites will be judges harshly :

EDITOR, The Tribune.

It is sad when in our country, there are a few
whose lot in life seems to be on a daily basis to
regurgitate political swill.

They habitually complain and/or criticise
everything seen and unseen. However, they have
no sensible idea as to the solution to what they
criticise. For example, the US Congress made
700 billion dollars available to hopefully stop the
free-fall of their financial markets, yet the bleed-
ing Continues, as Citi Group slashes another 53
plus thousand jobs. Yet according to these Uni-
versity of Wulff Road economists, our present
administration should have seen the world finan-
cial problem coming and protect The Bahamas
accordingly. Hence no jobs should be lost in The
Bahamas, because apparently we are not part of
this world.

If all these people in America and elsewhere
are losing jobs, will this not affect travel to The
Bahamas and jobs? To put it in some context
how serious the Americans believe their problems
are, in terms of the 700 billion dollars, this sum
could finance The Bahamas’ National Budget
for 300 plus years. This problem is serious and big-
ger than any one country. Therefore, the political
stupidity of playing with people’s emotions must
stop, because if it gets out of hand where does it
stop?

We need not to knock over straw men, whose
party is bankrupt.

‘As their plans are hollow and they seek to jus-
tify the greedy few.

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e The Bleacher Blunderer.

e The would be Admiral of the Korean fleet.

e The Closet Banker.

e The Home Invader.

e The Fast Tracker, etc.

With the economy melt-down, the opportunity
of doing some good, had the dunderheads been
disposed to it; instead of which, some immediately
began sowing seeds of a new set of lies, as if they
are afraid to see Bahamians.come to understand
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itin acalm, and orderly manner. __

It is unfortunate that there are people in our
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and continued agitation of the people to keep »

them separated and indeed frustrated.

It is as shocking as it is true, but when those
who are part of the Parliament of a country, make
it their duty to sow seeds to discord and promote
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High-powered —
GSM bandwith
for cell phones’

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter




BTC executives claim that
dropped cell phone calls due to
low signal strength are now a
thing of the past.





This has been made possible, :
they say, by the introduction of :
the company’s new high-pow-
ered GSM bandwidth. i

BTC president Kirk Douglas
explained that on Sunday, the
company established a 850
megahertz GSM overlay band-
width which offers better call
quality, better coverage and
fewer dropped calls through-
out the network.

Mr Douglas said that com-
bined with the old cellular ser-
vice system, the new bandwidth :
will reduce the likelihood of :
customers seeing low bars on
their phones.

“We are optimising the over-
lay system, we are making
adjustments to the antennas,
and we are looking at parame-
ters, and by the end of Decem-
ber we would have completed
our optimisation,” he said.

Mr Douglas also indicated :
that the service expansion :
stretches throughout the :
Bahamas and that subscribers :
in all of the islands — including :
Freeport, San Salvador and ;
Exuma — should experience
increased reliability. :

He said that on Long Island, :
where there were only three :
signal towers prior to the
expansion project, there are
now nine sites. ;

BTC’s marketing vice presi- :
dent Marlon Johnson added :
that in keeping with the com- :
pany’s mission to provide mod- :
ernised and reliable services, a }
special online promotion now
offers various giveaways and :
allows customers to register :
both complaints and?
suggestions on the BTC web-
site.

He said that customers who
take part in the exercise will be
given the change to win phones,
free services and minutes on
their pay-as-you-go cell phones.. :

Mr Johnson said that both :
the bandwidth expansion and :
the online promotion are part
of ongoing upgrades at the
company.



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ONE OF the Bahamas Nationa
New Providence.

Inquest finds student’s 2005

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff



NS BE SSS

Trust’s national parks in western

Bs

traffic death was accidental

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE -
Tribune Staff Reporter

A CORONER’S inquest into the 2005 traffic
death of 18-year-old College of the Bahamas law
student Crystal Cassar concluded yesterday with a
jury finding that her death was accidental.

The jury of five women and two men returned
with the unanimous verdict following 30 minutes of
deliberations.

Coroner William Campbell told the jury that
based on the evidence “death by accident” was the
only verdict he could leave open to them.:

The inquest into Ms Cassar’s death began on
October 2 in Court 7, Victoria Gardens.

Sergeant Herbert Duncombe was the prosecutor.
Five witnesses were called to give evidence at the
inquest.

Ms Cassar, the daughter of local attorney Gavin
Cassar, was killed on the morning of Sunday, July 31,



Semi-automatic
rifle is found
hy police

POLICE on Wednesday
found a semi-automatic rifle
in an abandoned building.

Acting on a tip from a
member of the public, offi-
cers of the Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEU) discov-
ered an AR-15 rifle with
two live rounds of ammuni-
tion in a two-storey concrete
building on Wednesday at
4pm. The weapon was con-
cealed in a pillow case.
Investigations into the dis-
covety of the illegal firearm
continue.

DEU officers find
small amount
of marijuana

DRUG Enforcement Unit
officers discovered a small
amount of marijuana in Fox
Hill on Wednesday.

Police were on patrol in
the Grant Street area when
they found a joint com-
pound bucket with three
plastic bags containing a
small amount of marijuana.
No arrests were made in
connection with this discov-
ery.









2005. The accident occurred at the juncture of Prince
Charles Drive and Trinidad Avenue at around
4.46am. ,

Ms Cassar was the country’s 36th traffic fatality
victim in 2005. She was travelling west on Prince
Charles Drive in a 2001 Ford Ranger, accompanied
by her friend Sherrie Higgs.

The two had reportedly just left a party.

Ms Cassar’s pick-up truck reportedly veered of the
road, overturned and slammed into a utility pole. The
18-year-old, who was severely injured in the crash,
died at the scene. Her friend Ms Higgs escaped with
serious injuries.

Superintendent Elbert Ferguson, a police toxi-

‘cologist, told the Coroner’s Court yesterday that

the victim’s blood alcohol level was 136 milligrams
per 100 milliliters of-blood. He said that 80 mil-
ligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood is the
legal limit. He said that Ms Cassar was likely to
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@ By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

OVER the last decade, the

Bahamas National Trust’s
fundraising efforts have
come up short by almost
$100 million in funds neces-
sary to carry out its mandate,
Trust executives said yester-
day.
- The BNT yesterday
announced its new five-year
strategic plan to promote
long-term conservation and
sustainable use of natural
resources.

The BNT was established
in 1959 and today it manages
25 national parks through-
out the country, covering
700,000 acres of land and sea
areas.

Deputy executive director
of the BNT Lynn Gape told
the media yesterday that the
strategic plan seeks to
respond to the social, eco-
nemic and_ ecological
changes that are occurring
within the Bahamas.

The plan, she added, will
be reviewed periodically to
address ongoing develop-
ments.

“One of the very interest-
ing things is that this nation-
al park system was nearly
doubled in 2002. With one
stroke of a pen the govern-
ment of the Bahamas basi-
cally doubled the amount of
protected areas in the coun-
try and created literally five
national parks on the island
of Andros in the central area
and made the entire island
of little Inagua protected,”
Ms Gape said.

She said that the BNT will
pursue their strategic objec-
tives through the implemen-
tation of six inter-related
programmes.



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NT fundraising comes up
$100m short in past decade






organisation’s strategic five-year plan.

The core programmes will
include public education,
national park management
and environmental advoca-
cy: The three other support
programmes include institu-
tional development, financial
development and member-
ship growth and fundraising.

“To maintain support,
both financial and otherwise,
our national parks must
become more relevant and

accessible to the Bahamian ©

people - a part of their daily
lives. The Trust must contin-
ue to play a leadership role

“in public education and

ecosystem management to
address these critical issues.
However, the Trust’s ability
to do so is constrained by
limited resources,” she said.

Ms Gape said that the
expansion of the BNT’s
responsibilities over the past
50 years has not been accom-
panied by a similar growth
in financial resources. '

“We have had to look at
gaps in being. able to finance
and manage national parks.

We underwent a total assess-
ment and if we look at the
financial gap for a 10-year
time period for the protected
area system of the Bahamas,
we have a gap of $93 million.
We have to somehow be able
to work and be able to find
the funding to put in the pro-
gramme of work, not just for
the Bahamas, but also that
will fulfill international oblig-
ations under the convention
of biodiversity for our pro-
tected area system,” she said.
Ms Gape said that with the
support of many interna-
tional funding organisations
and international and local
non-governmental organisa-
tions, the Trust has been able
to do a lot of work and come
out as a much stronger, more
accountable organisation.

TROPICAL
US

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PHONE: 322-2157







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Florida justices
rule in favour of —
indigent prisoners

MTALLAHASSEE, Fla.

THE Florida Supreme
Court says indigent inmates
don't have to pay filing fees
for appeals affecting how
much time they can get off
their sentences for good
behavior, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The Department of Cor-
rections argued that waiving
the fees would “open the
flood gates” for such
appeals.

The justices Thursday
rejected that and other state
claims in a 6-0 opinion. The
high court cited a law that-
lifts indigent prisoners’ filing
fees for “collateral criminal
proceedings.”

The ruling came in the
case of Leo J. Cox, also
known as Leonard J. Cook,
who was convicted of com-
mitting second-degree mur-
der in 1995 in Alachua
County. He wants to chal-
lenge a law that limits time
off to no more than 15 per-
cent of a sentence.

The filing fee for an
appeal in Florida is $300.

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Health Minister urges Bahamians to

become involved in fight against HIV

m@ By MATT MAURA

THE Bahamas still faces “signifi-
cant challenges” with respect to HIV
despite all of the successes achieved
in the prevention and treatment of
the virus, Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis said.

Dr Minnis said there are still “key
elements” of Bahamian society that
do not understand “the critical mes-
sage” of HIV prevention.

“That message is simple: HIV is
spread by sexual contact,” Dr Minnis
said. “If you are not sexually active
then you should continue to abstain
from sexual activity and wait until
you are in a committed, faithful rela-
tionship with one person to have sex.

“Tf you are sexually active, then
you should use a condom every time
you have sex because condoms — used
properly — can greatly reduce one’s
chances of contracting HIV,” he said.

Dr Minnis said Bahamians from all
walks of life need to play a vital role
in “championing the cause” of HIV
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“To do this, Bahamians
must become involved.
All Bahamians must
become leaders support-
ing the National AIDS
Programme with dona-
tions, with volunteerism
and with a strong person-
al investment in speaking
out on the facts about
HIV/AIDS to ‘everyone
in our own spheres of
influence,” Dr Minnis
said.

He said that since the
mid-1980s, the government has
invested the financial, human and
infrastructural resources in creating
the National HIV/AIDS Programme
and the National HIV/AIDS Centre
to spearhead the nation’s response
to HIV/AIDS.

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provide the political will
necessary for all Bahami-
ans to make HIV/AIDS
a priority.

“Our national pro-
gramme emphasises pre-
vention of HIV, treat-
ment for persons testing
positive for HIV or
AIDS, care and support
for those affected by
HIV/AIDS and research
and training that has
made the Bahamas a
regional leader in the
response to HIV/AIDS.”

Dr Minnis said the
Bahamas, like other soci-
eties around the world, continues to
struggle with discrimination against
persons who are HIV positive.

He said too many who should be
tested for HIV are not coming for-
ward, “because they fear how their
friends, family, co-workers and their
society might stigmatise and discrim-
inate against them.”

“Knowledge is the best antidote to
fear and with strong voices helping to
educate Bahamians, we can work
together to end the stigma HIV pos-
itive persons face in our islands.

“HIV positive Bahamians work in
every industry and trade, they attend
services with us in our houses of wor-
ship; they are our neighbours and our
friends.

“When any Bahamian is rejected

‘because of HIV, all Bahamians suf-

fer,” Dr Minnis said.

The Health Minister said the
Bahamas “stands ready” to continue
its role as a regional leader on the
issue of AIDS in the Caribbean. He
said the country, like many other
nations of the world, re-affirmed its
commitment to “stop AIDS” at the
International AIDS Conference in
Mexico City, Mexico.

‘“The Bahamas will continue its
remarkable work on the issue of
HIV/AIDS and with the help of the
citizens, our nation will one day soon
keep its promise to stop AIDS both
here at home and across our region,”
Dr Minnis said.

Midshipman Jataro McDonald

9 S

MIDSHIPMAN : Jataro
McDonald and Sidney Whyms
II were recently welcomed into
the officers’ corps following
their successful completion of
the Royal Naval Young Offi-
cers’ Course. —

The eight-month intense
training, which is designed to
prepare naval cadets for careers
‘as military administrators, was

conducted at Britannia Royal
Naval College (BRNC), Dart-
mouth, England, from Febru-
ary 25, 2008 to October 23,
2008.

Midshipmen McDonald and
Whyms, who both joined the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
as marine recruits in February
2005, underwent general naval
instructions in areas such as mil-
itarisation; academic; sea train-
ing, and maritime leadership.
In the militarisation phase, the
cadets were tested on their
physical endurance, which cli-
maxed with an exercise called
Assessed Basic Leadership
Exercise (ABLE).

They later underwent
general naval instructions in
professional subjects such as
seamanship, navigation
(celestial and coastal), and rules
of the road, prior to spending
six weeks onboard a
British warships for initial sea
training.

Mr McDonald was stationed
aboard the HMS Ark Royal,
an aircraft carrier.

The craft made ports of call
to Scotland, Ireland, the bor-
ders of the United Kingdom,
and the US Naval Base in Nor-
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- Mr Whyms was stationed
onboard the HMS Bulwark, a
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The ship travelled across the
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and the MARL phases while
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initial sea training phase.

Mr Whyms was the first
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passing-out parade.

A graduate of the C V Bethel
Senior High School, Midship-
man Whyms was a scholarship
recipient of the Technical Cadet
Core Program (TCCP).

_ He was attached the engi-
neering department prior to his
selection for the officers’ quali-
fying course.

Midshipman McDonald
graduated from St Augustine’s
College in 2002, and had served
in the accounts department pri-
or to be selected for the offi-
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THE economy of the
Bahamas will be the subject of
the 2009 publication by the world
renowned Oxford Business
Group (OBG).

“The Report: The Bahamas
2009” will have a worldwide dis-
tribution ‘of 41,000 based on
OBG’s existing subscriber base,
and will be the most compre-
hensive economic, political and
business review of the Bahamas
ever to be compiled, according to
OBG’s website.

The report will explain in-
depth the don.estic and foreign
political scene, macroeconomic
policy and sectoral develop-
ments, and include unique sta-
tistical forecasting.

Insight

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette recently met with
OBG representatives for “The
Report: Bahamas 2009” to give
an insight into the Bahamian
economy in the face of a-global
recession:

“The Bahamian economy has
felt the effects of the global
financial crisis, with tourism and
revenues from excise duties
decreasing in recent months,” he
said.

In an interview in “The
Report: Bahamas 2009”, Mr

Symonette said there have been
many lay-offs across the tourism
industry and that government
services will be impacted by the
reduced revenues collected from
excise taxes.

Despite the downturn, he
described economic indicators as
stable and told OBG that for-
eign reserves are high. Addi-
tionally, he said in the 2009 fiscal
year, the government has plans
for projects in Grand Bahama
and in Nassau, among other
major capital investments.

Mr Symonette also told OBG
that the Bahamas hopes to better
its relations with the People’s
Republic of China, particularly
with regard to improving trade
relations, investment and tourism
links.

“Our largest investors in the
Bahamas have a Chinese base
and our relations with China are
very important. It is certainly a
growing power in the world so
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try, 17 per cent in IT and
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SEVENTEEN employees of the Post
Office Department are receiving training
in the Thalia-Poste System, a cost account-
ing software package being installed at

the Post Office this week.

According to a release from the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport, under
whose purview the Post Office Depart-
ment falls, the automated Thalia-Poste
System is used to measure profitability of
products, productivity of responsibility
centre, and the degree to which these cen-
tres contribute to the profit margin:

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- and calculating the cost for terminal dues.
Earlier this year, the Universal Postal ’
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Caribbean Postal Union (CPU) signed an
‘ agreement for the introduction of cost
accounting, inclusive of a cost accounting
software package (Thalia-Poste) in
Caribbean postal administrations.
During 2008, the UPU provided the
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non-parcel mail items from other coun-
tries. The Post Office Department present-
ly utilises a manual system for the collec-
tion of these costs.

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were introduced to the UPU in 1969 to
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of the committee’s last report.
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be held on Saturday at
St. Bede's Catholic
Church, Sutton Street at
10:00 a.m. Officiating
will be Father Alain
Laverne, M.DIV
assisted by other
ministers. Interment will
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have been resolved

ed in documentation about
the disciplinary process for
members of the legal profes-
sion forwarded to The Tribune
by Bar Association President
Wayne Munroe.

The data also revealed that
of the 112 complaints made in
the year leading up to June
2008, a total of 88 case
remained unresolved or unde-
termined for a variety of rea-
sons.

Emphasising that the ethics
committee and tribunal are
separate to the Bar Council,
Mr Munroe said he personal-
ly takes lawyers’ unethical
behaviour very seriously.

“J don’t need any dishonest
people in my profession
because what is happening
now will happen...people will

look at one dishonest person

and say a thousand of you are
dishonest. So it’s in the inter-
est of the 999 to get rid of the

one. And that is what we are
seeking to do, as quickly as
we possibly can.”

A June 2008 letter from
ethics committee secretary
Thelma Deal to disciplinary
tribunal chairman, Supreme
Court Justice Jon Isaacs,
shows a number of lawyers are
to be subject to the scrutiny
of the tribunal for more than
one complaint lodged against
them in the previous year.

One lawyer has had five
complaints against him, which
are considered appropriate for
forwarding to the tribunal, two
others have three complaints
and several others, two.

Matters:are forwarded to

the disciplinary tribunal if

lawyers fail to reply to a letter
from the ethics committee
asking them to respond to

complaints against them; if

they admit the complainant is
correct in their assertion that

members —

the code of ethics. was
breached; or if they fail to sub-
stantiate their denial of wrong-
doing.

The disciplinary tribunal has
the power to disbar, suspend,
fine or exonerate lawyers,
depending on the severity of
their infringement of the Bar’s
code of ethics.

Mr Munroe said yesterday
that the Bar Council is of the
view that the disciplinary sys-
tem could be improved so
complaints can be dealt with
more swiftly (see story on
page one).

A backlog of cases has built
up, and in some cases years
pass before complaints are
brought before the tribunal
for adjudication.

Mr Munroe noted that the
ethics committee has been the
same size — consisting of five
since the
Bahamas Bar had only about

100 lawyers. Now there are
almost 1,000 lawyers at the
Bar.

Despite his doubts about
the disciplinary system as
presently legislated, Mr
Munroe said the make up of

‘the tribunal ensures it is able

to deal with the complaints it
hears fairly and without
favour.

“The disciplinary tribunal is
chaired by a sitting Supreme
Court judge. And you have
on each tribunal a member
who is not a lawyer,” he said.

He pointed to the fact that .
the Bar Council has appealed
the last two rulings of the tri-
bunal — including that of now
disbarred lawyer Andrew
Thompson — on the basis that
the tribunal was too lenient.
This, he said, was evidence
that members of the profes-
sion are serious about keep-
ing their colleagues in check.

Govt aims for system to eradicate

Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Road.

He is survived by (1) son, Earnest Gibson; (4)
daughters, Enae, Evann, Ebony and Crystal
Gibson; (2) brothers, Rodulph and Glenroy
Gibson; (3) three sisters, Varnetta Barr,
Beverley Bethel and Paulett'Lunn; Numerous
Nieces and Nephews, cousins and other
relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respect

at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey Street on

Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00p.m. and again

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‘abuse’ of overtime in Customs

FROM page one

ted that overtime pay was a substantial
problem for government.

For the past six months, he said, govern-
ment has been working "intensely" with
the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU)
to work out logistics of a shift system that
would negate gross overtime. The need for
additional staff.once the shift system
becomes widespread is also being consid-
ered, he said.

According to Mr Laing, new employees
at the departments of Customs and Immi-
gration were hired on a shift basis, but he
could not say when the system will spread to
remaining workers.

When asked specifically if lax overtime
billing procedures were still practised at

Customs, allowing officers to sign off on
their own overtime, Mr Laing said while
there has been tightening in that area "over-
time remains a substantial issue for, us and
we are very eager to rid ourselves of that
issue.

"Now I couldn't say expressly that there

is not now officers verifying their own over-
time, but I know that efforts were being
made to ensure that there was a reduction
in the abuse of overtime that was seen in
times past."

As outlined in the auditor-general's 2006
letter, about a dozen officers claimed to
have worked continuous hours in excess of
24 hours, with some officers claiming to
have worked as many as 51 continuous
hours.

When asked how officers could log aich
extensive overtime hours, Mr Laing said

this could occur with some officers who
work on the family islands with "no relief"
or are on airport duty after hours.

"Overtime can be legitimate, but one has
to determine if that has been the case. But
clearly the idea is, because this overtime is
also very costly for the operators of our
airports and ports because they have to
fund it. I just think the overall thrust is this
—we want to be a cost effective jurisdiction
that does the right set of things in the ways
of public expenditure.

"It seems to be a way forward in terms of
organising those who work in the Customs
and Immigration Departments to help us
achieve that end.

“Other jurisdictions do it and certainly

“the Bahamas can do it. And that really is

the overall objective of trying to establish a
workable shift-system."

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GARY ANTHONY WALLACE, 72

of Roberts Blvd., Coral
Harbour Road will be held
on Friday December Sth
at 11:00 a.m. at St.
Matthews Anglican
{} Church, Shirley Street.
Rev'd. Dr. James Moultrie
assisted by Archde.acon
James Palacio us, Fr.
Kingsley Knowles, Fr.
Don Haynes and Fr.
Kirkland Russell will
officiate. Interment will
follow in Ebenezer Geinerery: Shirley Street.

He is survived by his mother, Oralee Adamson; children,
Alan and Jill Wallace, June and James Dawkins, Eartha
and Timothy Granderson; sister, Gloria Seymour;
grandchildren, Alicia and Alan Wallace, Junise, Joelle,
Jamell, Jazmyn, Sasha, Phillicia and Phillip Dawkins
Jr.; nieces, Neysa Miller, Nicole Seymour, Denise Carew
and Linda Dames; nephews, Noel (Bran) Seymour;
sister-in-law, Grace Wallace; cousins, Sidney and Susan
Wallace and family, Louise Thompson and family and
Paula Williams; adopted sisters, Thelma Knowles and
family, Jennifer and Wesley Ingraham and family,
Stephanie Lahne and family, Sandra and Sidney Deveaux
and family, Eileen Smith and family; adopted brothers,
Cecil and Jan Smith and family, Andy and Marion Smith
and family; godmother, Jane Bethel; special friend,
Maria McKenzie; other relatives and friends including,
the Peterson family, the Wallace-Whitfield family, Jackie
Wallace and family, Richard Sands and family, Heather
Thompson, Diana Akoi, Sylvia Forbes Evans and family,
the Thompson family in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, the
Mingo family in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, Oswald and
Yvonne Isaacs, the McKenzie family, Arabella
Turnquest, Sharon Lockhart, the Seymour family, Enola
Burke, Dorothy Davis, the Thompson family in Nassau,
the Williams family, Eastern Senior Class of *49, St.
Matthew Church family, St. George’s Church family,
and others too numerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at the church from
10:00 a.m. until service time.

Department
shake-up
claim

FROM page one

effectively by ourselves and
their monies are put to good
use."

When asked if there will be.
any restructuring at the top
level of Customs, Minister
Laing did not confirm or deny
this, but said government is
"looking at all the systems of
our departments in seeking to
make sure we do things that
enable us to do the right set
of things."

Earlier this week, a source
close to the matter said the
claims of corruption at Cus-
toms prompted Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham to request
dozens of records of customs
staff, suggesting some sort of
clean-out exercise of the
department might be on the
horizon.

When questioned by a Tri-
bune reporter why certain
employee files were request-
ed, Mr Ingraham answered
vaguely: "Tam the prime min- ,
ister of the Bahamas. The peo-
ple of the Bahamas may have
an interest in knowing what
files I see. I-see many files."

When asked if he was per-
sonally looking into the files
regarding claims of corruption
and if he was concerned about
allegations of corruption in
Customs, Mr Ingraham said:
"I look at many files every-
day— I am concerned about
corruption wherever it exists."

Yesterday Deputy Comp-
troller Berchernal Bethel said
he had no knowledge of the
prime minister making such a
request.

Last month, Acting Comp-
troller of Customs Anthony
Adderley said he was not
aware of any incidents of cor-
ruption or nepotism in his
department.

He was unavailable for com-
ment yesterday. His office said
he was in Freeport.
THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 9







TEACHER NIGEL LO HON and Abaco Central High School, GIS Day Competition

winner.

BNGIS holds a successful
second conference in Abaco

COORDINATED efforts between
all sectors of government for data col-
lection and maintenance “need to be
dramatically improved,” the Bahamas
National Geographic Information Sys-
tems (BNGIS) Centre’s 2nd GIS User
Conference was told.

Held from November 19-21, in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the theme
was “Advancing GIS technology one
island at a time.”

The Centre’s director Carolann
Albury delivered the keynote address.

More than 164 persons attended the
conference from throughout the Aba-
cos, including Local Government offi-
cials, administrators, public and pri-
vate sector representatives and various
schools.

Ms Albury noted that many deci-
sions taken by governmental authori-
ties have a “geographic dimension”
that affects all Bahamians.

“As such we must equip our experts
with the best technology for improved
stewardship of our country’s natural
resource,” she said.

GIS technology, she added, allows

for the storage and manipulation of
information using geography, and the
analysis of patterns, relationships, and
trends in that information to help pol-
icy makers make better decisions. .

The new Ministry of the Environ-
ment, said Ms Albury, is one of the
most important ministries.

“All agencies under that ministry’s
portfolio have the ultimate responsi-
bility for enhancing the quality of life
for all Bahamians and GIS offers the
best solution to do just that,” she said.

“In other parts of the world GIS
and geospatial data are considered a
part of nations’ critical infrastructure.
Governments use these tools to
improve services to citizens and to
analyse, develop, and implement pub-
lic policy related to public health,
home-land security, transportation,

land use, and many other business
needs.”

The winner of the GIS Day Com-
petition was Abaco Central High
School. Moore’s Island All Age
School was second and S C Bootle
High School, third.

“The research and analysis carried
out by these competing schools was
impressive,” said Ms Albury.

“They mapped features using GPS
and used GIS to plot maps of potential
sites for a community entertainment
centre.

“They also identified land use issues
that may be of interest to the Min-
istry of the Environment, particularly
as we strive to maintain clean,
green and pristine environments for
all.

“What is most impressive is that our
students are engaged in spatial think-
ing, learning about their environment
and working together as a team.”

Presentations were provided by
Future-net, the College of the
Bahamas, Antiquities Monuments and
Museums Corporation, the Profes-
sional Alliance for GIS and Geo-
Sciences, and GISP Certification.

“We are excited by the enthusiasm
shown by our newly converted GIS
education champion and we certainly
look forward to supporting mea
Schools,” Ms Albury said.



System for complaints

against lawyers is
‘inadequate’ says Bar
Association president

FROM page one

give us the amendment,” said Mr Munroe.

A draft of the proposed amendments, which will allow the
membership of the ethics committee of the Bahamas Bar to be
increased and for the disciplinary tribunal, which adjudicates on
complaints against lawyers, to sit more regularly, was forward-
ed to the Bar Council this week, said Mr Munroe.

He expects it will be sent back with the council’s recommen-
dations within the next two weeks, leaving the ball in the Gov-
ernment’s court.

Mr Munroe said he is aware of cases that have been referred
from the ethics committee to the disciplinary tribunal not to have
been heard for up to three years.

It is hoped new amendments, which he called a “no brainer”,
will allow for matters to be adjudicated by the disciplinary tri-
bunal in six months or less.

However, he added that “it will still require the client to be
vigilant and complain and it will still require the client, having
complained, to follow it through to the end.”

He said it is of no cost to a client to do so, and the failure of

people in this regard is one of the “main impediments” to |

lawyers not being held accountable, or ultimately having their
names cleared. :

“We've been finding recently that when matters come up in
the disciplinary tribunal that we take as very grave, we have a
difficulty with the complainant who initiated the process com-
ing through and following up,” he said.

Presently, if a lawyer’s client alleges to the committee that they
have been aggrieved in their dealings with the lawyer, a letter
will be sent by the five-member ethics committee to the lawyer
asking him or her to respond to the complaint.

If the lawyer does not respond within 14 days, admit or deny
the transgression, and does not provide adequate proof of his
position, the matter will be forwarded to the disciplinary tribunal

- for its members to determine whether disciplinary action should
be taken. /

Disbarment is the most serious action the tribunal can order,
although Mr Munroe said that probably only around one per
cent or less of lawyers will find themselves at this “very rough
end of discipline.”

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Final phase of BTC
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within four months’

‘FROM page one

prospective buyer for the com-
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regarding key features and per-
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Mr Donaldson explained
that interested buyers will be
required to provide proof of
communications operational
experience, and will be asked
to provide a substantial deposit
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tive buyer Bluewater, he indi-
cated that the new buyer will

be subjected to a final screen- -

ing by government.

The final stage of the process
will involve recommendations
from the privatization commit-
tee to government, which will
make the final decision, focus-
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vision for BTC and the bidding

rice.

Mr Donaldson noted that the
privatization committee, with
key public entities, is working
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eu LOCAL NEWS



Courtesy call on Minister Cartwright:

GUILIA Borghese, the new resident Ambas-
sador of the Republic of San Marino, paid a
courtesy call on Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Larry Cartwright on Mon-

day.

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One of the European microstates, San Mari-
no has the smallest population of all the mem-
bers of the Council of Europe and one of the

highest GDP per capita in the world.

Pictured above is Minister Cartwright as he
welcomes Ambassador Borghese.

Cable Bahamas to

launch innovative ©

online email service

CABLE: Bahamas has
announced the imminent
launch of a new CoralWave
e-mail system, “CoralWave
Pronto.”

Universal
Children's Day
ASC

AMIDST melodic
choirs, dramatic recita-
tions, energetic dances,
lively bands, and solemn
prayers, Universal Chil-
dren’s Day was celebrat-
ed. The theme, “Children
of the Bahamas - rise up
and give thanks” was a
suitable one, according to
Health Minister Hubert
Minnis, who spoke on
behalf of Education Min- -
ister Carl Bethel.

The theme, he said
should remind Bahamian
children of how fortunate °
they are to enjoy a way of
life that some other chil-
dren only dream about.
Addressing children all
over the Bahamas, Dr
Minnis said. that world-
wide over 10 million pri-
mary school age children
are not enrolled in a
school; approximately
two million children have
been killed in armed con-
flicts during the past
decade; an estimated 250
million children aged five
to 14 are labourers, and
that approximately two
million children in devel-
oping countries die every
year from a lack of
access to safe drinking
water, and adequate
hygiene and sanitation
facilities.

The minister reminded
the students of the many
opportunities that the
Ministry of Education is
making available to them
for further education, and
urged them to take
advantage of the various ,
scholarships and educa-
tion loans.

Speaking to the parents
also, Dr Minnis asked
them to honour their chil-
dren, be positive role
models to them, and to
limit the television, inter-
net, radio, and cellular
phone time that they are
allowed.

In closing, Dr Minnis
thanked the Primary Prin-
cipals Association, the
teachers and stakeholders
for their unwavering sup-
port of the Ministry of
Education, and of the
children of the Bahamas.



“This is one of the most
dynamic online platforms
we’ve seen for e-mail and
online living,” said David Bur-
rows, director of marketing at
Cable Bahamas.

“Imagineva world where all
the functions you need for

online living comes in one
seamless, integrated interface.

Imagine a world where, when
you log in to check your e-
mail, you gain automatic
access to your photographs,
your contacts, your calendar,
your music, your video email,
and your instant messages
while you drag and drop your
photographs into your own
personal webspace and blog
about your day; all while lis-
tening to your music. This is
what our customers will have
access to with CoralWave
Pronto. We are very excited
to bring this innovation to our
subscribers.”

Music

Features_of the new e-mail
system include dynamic cal-
endar functionality, instant
messaging systems, video e-
mail, storage and playback
functionality for music, pho-
tos and movies. Future
enhancements will include the
ability to create your own
website and blogs.

In addition, each Coral-
Wave customer will receive a
minimum of 10 gigabytes of
storage space to go with this
expanded platform of online
services.

“CoralWave Pronto is one
of the most powerful unified
communications interfaces in
the world offering unparal-
leled email stability and secu-
rity, to this market,” said
Sophia Walker, director of
information technology at
Cable Bahamas.

“At Cable Bahamas, we

recognise that e-mail is the

number one usage activity
conducted online as such we
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rience our subscribers have. in
interacting with their e-mail
is second to none,” she said.
With this soon to be
released upgrade, all Coral-
Wave subscribers will auto-
matically get email, online
contacts, photographs, calen-

..dak,,. Musicy,instant. messages
and video é¢-mail in a single ~

integrated unified communi-
cations package offered as a
“Software as a Service”
(SaaS). The upgrade comes at
no additional charge to inter-
net subscribers.

Partnership

The new e-mail system is
made possible by the partner-
ship between Cable Bahamas
and CommuniGate Systems,
the leader in carrier-class
mobile unified communica-
tions.

CommuniGate Systems’
goal is to consolidate all forms
of internet communications
into one address space, mak-
ing the single address for e-
mail, instant messaging, and
video calling more productive,
portable, and accessible to
multiple media types through
one account, providing true
portability of an “address” no
matter where a person access-
es the internet.

“We are excited to see
Cable Bahamas’ integrated
unified communications offer-
ing as SaaS going live. Cable
Bahamas understands the
importance of. delivering
today’s market demands for
value added services and how
to increase subscriber loyalty
by delivering more and better

‘services for tomorrow’s com-

munications. CoralWave pow-
ered by CommuniGate Pro
and Pronto will generate the
‘wow’ applications impact
Cable Bahamas wanted for
their existing subscribers while
attracting new subscribers,”
said Joe Pestana, vice-presi-
dent of Sales Americas, Com-
muniGate Systems.

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Being a Star is |
risky business |

FROM page 14

They opened with Alex
Smith, went to J.T O'Sulli-
van, and now start Shaun
Hill. Couldn't make this up
if I tried. If they start Biff
Tanner before the season
ends I don’t know if I'll be
_able to handle it. As much
as any Dolphin fan may root }
against it, there’s no way :
Brett Favre is having two
games in a row playing the
way he did (Here’s hoping
reverse psychology works).
TS - 27
49ERS - 14

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
@ SEATTLE SEANAWKS

e Here’s what’s awesome.
The Patriots get the Sea-
hawks when they’re some- , }
what healthy and a week i
after they were embarrassed
on the national stage by the
Cowboys. If that doesn’t
motivate you then you must
be a 2-10 team. Nevermind,
Pats run away with it.

PATRIOTS - 33
SEAHAWKS - 6.

SY. LOUIS RAMS @
ARIZONA CARDINALS

e The Cardinals could have :
made a bold statement by :
beating the Eagles to
announce to their arrival to
the upper echelon of teams.
They failed miserably at that
on the national stage but
luckily for them, they play in
the NFC West.

CARDINALS - 41
RAMS - 14

WASHINGTON REDSKINS
@ BALTIMORE RAVENS

e The Ravens have to feel
somewhat jaded by the suc-
cess of the Titans winning
formula this season. Eight
years ago they rode the
wave of the "Excellent
defense + Effective running
game + Adequate quarter-
back play = Winning" for-
mula all the way to a Super
Bowl. If a team can win a
Super Bowl with Trent Dil-
fer at quarterback, they lay :
claim to the formula forever. :

RAVENS - 20:
REDSKINS - 17

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS :
@ CARGLINA PANTHERS :
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ball season coming to a i
heartbreakingly disappoint- :
ing end last week, and with }
three Panthers on my roster :
I have no choice but to
become completely indif-
ferent towards this game.
As a matter of fact, out of
spite for them not posting
better numbers I’m going
with the Bucs with a com-
plete biased skewed
towards Alex Smith.
BUCS - 24
PANTHERS - 21

Chargers OVER Raiders

_ FREEPORT,
BAHAMA: The Legacy Base-
ball/Softball Association
announces plans for the Lega-
cy/BTC Junior Girls College
Softball Showcase is set for Jan-
uary 23-25, 2009 in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.

The event will also feature the
3rd Annual Junior Girls Softball
Camp for players and coaches
with college coaches and play-
ers from Indian River Commu-
nity College in Florida together
with former Bahamas National
Team players.

An invitation is extended to
softball players throughout The
Bahamas in Grades 10-12 and
between the ages of 14-18 with
better than average softball skills,
and interested in furthering their
fundamentals and techniques in
softball, to consider registering
and participating in the week-
end.

Coaches from the high schools
and night leagues are also invited
and welcomed to register

Girls will be showcasing their
talents for college softball coach-
es, while improving their softball

skills.

The Showcase/Camp/Clinic
format will lead to a written eval-
uation of each players based on
skills and efforts, and will pro-
vide players interested in college
with a need-to-improve-list of

GRAND.

things to work on if they are to
gain coaches’ confidence.

To allow coaches to see the
players under game conditions,
two games will be scheduled for
Saturday night and will involve
all players registered.

The Registration Fee of
$30.00 per participant will assist
the Coordinators with providing
ground transportation between
the point of arrival and depar-
ture (Freeport), and between the
park and the host hotel, and to
provide each registrant with a
Showcase shirt. Seas

The deadline for the payment
of the Fee is January 15, 2009.
Thereafter a Late Fee of $10.00
will be charged. Players register-
ing by December 31 will receive

“a $5.00 Discount. Payment

should be made to the Legacy
Baseball/Softball Association.

Coaches accompanying three
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to get to the location of the event
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arrangements.

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turing Bahamas National Team players and coaches/players from Indian Riber Community College over
the past 3 years. Pictured froin left to right are Orquia Saint, Asst. Secretary - Softball; Steve Burrows,
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Another problem that hurt
COB is the fact that a lot of
their opponents are attracting
some of the best players who
are opting not to go to the divi-
sion one schools so that they
can get better grades and more
playing time.

“It’s been rough man trying
to compete,” Bastian stressed.
“But as we move forward in this
programme, we are going to get
better. My system is improving
and I think he guys who have
been around now understand
what they need to do to play at
this level.”

The Lady Caribs, featuring
six freshwomen, are finding it
even rougher than their men.
Coach Davis said they are deti-
nitely in a rebuilding stage.

While the strength is on
seniors guard Christine Sinclair
at 5-4 and swingwoman Alyse
Dean at 5-6, the Lady Caribs
doesn’t have a player over 6-
feet.

And their biggest player is
forward Ashley Moss, a 5-10
freshman from Faith Temple
Christian Academy.

“It’s always very difficult
when you're dealing with a

some licking like they say,”
Davis said. “But I think we have
a good group of youngsters that
we can set a good foundation
with,

“We have been focussing pri-
marily on the pre-season, now
it’s the beginning of our season.
We did travel last week, but we
are really trying to get them to
work in an organised and disci-
plined environment, focussing
on fundamentals and executions
in a coordinated team fashion.”

As the season progresses,
Davis said she expects the team
to gell, but it will take a lot of
patience for them to be suc-
cessful in securing their first
win.

“We are hoping that the
home court environment will
bring us the kind of stability
that we need,” she projected.

COB’s newly appointed Ath-
letic Director Kimberley Rolle
said they are encouraging local
coaches and high school and
college-bound players to come
out and view the games.

She promised that the Caribs
would be out to ensure that
they made a good showing
against the Bees as they host a
collegiate treat before the
Christmas break.
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from the Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. The NFL players union is suing to block
the suspensions of five players for violating the league's anti-doping policy. The suit is on behalf of
Minnesota Vikings Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and New Orleans Saints Charles pian Deuce
McAllister and Will Smith.

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block five of the six player sus- alleges they breached their duty Pat Williams have been the cen-
pensions for violating the to the players and endangered _ terpieces of the Vikings’ defen-

1. MANCHESTER CITY'S i Jeasue’s anti-doping policy. their physical well-being. sive line. The Vikings are in first
Stephen Ireland, top and RBS SAORI Done “It's j , Be ten
5 : i The suit filed in federal court t’s just common sense that place in the NFC North; the.

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left, tackle Paris Saint-Ger- : Williams and Pat Williams of in those circumstances,” David _ and are a longer shot, two games |
NATIONALE LACeLE : the Minnesota Vikings, and Feher, a. lawyer for the union, _ out of the wild card spot with;
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Daniel Sturridge, left, vies : pended for four games for test- ©an play this weekend. Feher wrongful suspensions are not
with Paris Saint-Germain’s : ing positive in training camp in said the hearing hadn’t been enjoined,” the memo says.
Sammy Traore... : July and August for the banned scheduled as of Thursday morn- Absent the day before after

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snapper Bryan Pittman. David utive director of the NFLPA, memo stress the union’s view
Cornwell, Pittman’s lawyer, told said in a statement..*We strong- that the NFL had a duty to tell
the AP that his client isn’t ly believe that the doctors and __ the players and the union that

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Plaxico Burress



— Here’s the thing about the Plaxico
Burress incident.

Yes it was a bonehead move of epic
proportions. Sure he put his career in
jeopardy and added just another Pac
Man Jones moment to his resume
which was stacking up quite a few
PJMs recently. I even agree he should
be prosecuted to the fullest extent of
the law should he be found guilty of
“any wrongdoing ... but I understand.

I don’t understand why he had to
fumble with tie gun and wound up
accidentally shooting himself, but I
understand why he felt the need to car-
ry a gun in the first place. In the last
two years, two NFL players (Shaun
Taylor and Darrent Williams) were
fatally shot, one barely survived his
shooting incident but was left as an
amputee paralyzed from the waist

down (Richard Collier) and several,

others have been targeted because of
their high profile status. In fact, just
days before Burress’ incident, his
Giants teammate Steve Smith was also
robbed at gunpoint. You have to con-
sider these circumstances and assume
Burress did as well when making a
decision to carry a loaded gun into a
club.

So this week I’m not going to make
any Cheddar Bob jokes. I’m not going
to label him as another spoiled athlete
with too much money and not enough
responsibility. ’m not even saying hé
was right for what happened, I’m just
saying .. I understand.

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WEEK 10: 10 4

WEEK 11: . 12 3 1
WEEK 12: 9 7

WEEK 13: 11 5
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Sa EAGLES
NEW YORK GIANTS

e First and foremost, this game will
be nothing like the first meeting. This
is just great. This whole Plaxico inci-
dent gave the Giants exactly what
they wanted and what the remainder
of the NFL could ill-afford to have ...
another reason for New York to play
the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card. In the last, decade of sports
there has been nothing more influen-
tial on the outcome of a season than
the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card, It's almost unbeatable. They
rode it last year all the way to the
most improbablé Super Bowl win in
NFL History...and that was when it

‘ was actually true. I know what you're
thinking the Giants won because of
the emergence of Eli Manning, the
dynamic performance by the defen-
sive line, the David Tyree miracle
catch ... and you’d be wrong. It was -
all the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card. Until this happened I was posi-
tive there would be a new Super
Bowl Champion this year ... now
there's nothing, absolutely nothing
stopping the Giants from repeating.
There’s no possible way any team
can beat the Burress debacle for the
the "Us against the world, we're
playing with a chip on our shoulder"
card play, but it should be entertain-
ing watching someone try. Which
brings me to the next game ...

GIANTS - 27
EAGLES - 17

DALLAS COWBOYS @
_ _ PAYSBURGH STEELERS
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laxico Burress thing, Eli, the Giants
Int office, Plax's leg .. . the one who




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has to be the most upset has got to be
T.O right? His position as the
league's most talked about enigmatic
receiver has been completely
usurped by a younger generation of
receivers. It feels as if the whole
order of the NFL is completely off
tilt. The Dolphins are good, Peyton
Manning isn't throwing touchdowns,
no T.O controversy ... what are we
supposed to pay attention to, the
actual games? This year alone look at
the receivers that have out played
T.O off the field: Chad Johnson
legally changed his name to Ocho
Cinco, Steve Smith beat up a team-
mate and was suspended two games,
Plax had a game winning Super Bowl
catch AND shot himself. It's a sad
day when we only get to critique T.O
based on receptions, yards and
touchdowns. He's not even the most
controversial figure on his own team

anymore.
COWBOYS - 28
STEELERS - 16

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

@ CHICAGO BEARS

e The Love affair with Kyle Orton
and his flirtation with becoming a
solid reliable quarterback....is over.
Orton shied away from the spotlight
and an opportunity to grab an AFC
North lead faster than John McCain
retreated to the wilderness on
November Sth (Seriously, someone
should go check on that guy). Orton
threw three interceptions in a seven
pass span last week against the
Vikings

BEARS -23
JAGS -7
MINNESOTA VIKINGS

@ DETROIT LIONS

e For too long NFL teams have
operated under the guise that win-
ning was the main purpose of playing
every week. The Miami Dolphins
tried their best to usurp. this archaic
notion last season but were tripped
up along the way by the Ravens.
Where the Dolphins fell, the Lions
have picked up the mantle and are
taking losing to the next level. God
speed you putrid, hapless group of
supposed football players (except
Calvin Johnson), we all believe in
you. Detroit really is falling, in every

aspect.
VIKINGS - 28

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HOUSTON TEXANS @

GREEN BAY PACKERS

e I’m watching it happen and [ still
can’t believe these two teams have
the same record ... and no the Texans
aren’t having a remarkable breakout
season, the Packers are just that bad.
Then again, they do play in the NFC
North and even with a below .500
record this late in the season, you’re
never out of the race for the division

title.
PACKERS - 24
TEXANS - 21 .

CLEVELAND BROWNS
@ TENNESSEE TITANS

° Here’s a great indication of how
the Brown’s season is going ... even
their players and management are
more concerned about whether
Lebron stays in Cleveland after 2010
than this week’s game against the

Titans.
: TITANS - 31
BROWNS - 17

CINCINNATI BENGALS
@ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

e In 2005 this game would have
been an old fashioned AFL shoot-
out, high scoring affair as both teams
raked up touchdown after touch-
down through the air, on the ground ,
and fantasy points were aplenty for
all involved. In 2008, that’s all sort of

. well, not true at all. The division
title is a game away from being out of
reach of the Colts and the Bengals
are a game away from being the
Lions. Last week the Colts failed to
score an offensive touchdown against
one of the league's worst defences.
How many times have you seen that
happen in the Peyton Manning era?

For me it was a first, hopefully a last.

COLTS - 17

BENGALS - 6
ATLANTA FALCONS @
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

¢ Michael Vick goes to jail, the
franchise goes to shreds, the shiny
new "fresh from the NCAAs to the
NFL" coach quits on the team mid-
season and everyone in Atlanta
hopes beyond hope that the Falcons
become legit and they have an enter-
tainment release other than snap
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everything goes right. Matt Ryan was
the perfect pick, Michael Turner was
the perfect free-agent signing and
Roddy White emerged at the perfect
time. The only thing not perfect for
the Falcons ... at 8-4 they're still only »
third in the division.

Remember when Reggie Bush was
the second pick in the draft, and
everyone questioned the Mario
Williams pick? Do you know who
leads the Saints in rushing? Pierre

Thomas.
FALCONS -26
. SAINTS - 24
KANSAS CIVY CHILES

@ DENVER BRONCOS
¢ God bless the nearly perfect right
arm of Jay Cutler. Sure he didn't lead
‘my team to fantasy football playoff
glory, but what Cutler did last week
to beat the Jets and keep the Dol-.
phins within arms length of the divi-
sion title was ... who am I kidding,
this doesn’t make up for me not mak-
ing the playoffs in fantasy football.
BRONCOS - 34
CHIEFS - 13

MUA DOLPHINS
@ BUFFALO BILLS

e How many ways can you find to
almost lose a game? I think the Dol-
phins have almost exhausted them
all. You know what, I won't even jinx
it by suggesting something else within
the realm of possibility. With the Fins
barely beating the sub.500 teams, this
game against an actual .500 team is
absolutely terrifying. Wait ... J.P Los-
man is starting at quarterback, Ok
we're good then.

DOLPHINS - 20
BILLS - 10 »

NEW YORK JETS @
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
e Frank Gore, this is it. You're

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game has to have your thumbprint all
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Niners quarterback situation has to
be the most "Teenage TV Drama"
ish of any other team in the NFL.

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2008

THE COB Caribs men’s basketball team is pictured above. The Caribs will be hosting the visiting Savannah Col-
lege of Arts & Designs on Saturday, December 13 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.



PICTURED above are the Savannah sallede of Arts & Designs B Bees’ ladies basketball team that will be coming
to town Saturday, December 13 to play the COB Lady’ Caribs at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

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

THERE’S expected to be a
lot of buzz at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium on Saturday,
December 13 when the College
of the Bahamas Caribs play host
to the Savannah College Arts:
& Designs Bees.

The Caribs could use some
home cooking to redeem them-
selves after travelling on the
road to play all of their games
so far this season in the Nation-
al Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics (NAIA).

The Lady Caribs, coached by
Dr. Linda Davis and Charlene
‘Swish’ Smith, are coming home
with a 0-3 winless record as they
face at the Bees in the opener at
2 p.m.

The Caribs’ men, coached by
Sean ‘Bass’ Bastian, are 1-7
going into the feature game
against the Bees at 4 p.m. But
he’s hoping that they can take
the sting out of the Bees, who
are at the other end of the spec-





Mey

trum, having only lost o one game
so far.

“My expectations are very
high playing at home. We want
to give a good showing to our

families and friends,” Bastian

said. “I did some research,
called around and spoke to a
few coaches and they say those
guys are good.

“I’m just going to stress a lot
of defence. Hopefully if we can
play defence, we can see how

~ well we can hold up against
them. I saw them last year in
Florida when they played in the
playoffs, but they’ve gotten bet-
ter with a few freshmen they
picked up.”.

The Caribs will close out their
season against the Bees, but
with the College of the
Bahamas now in a position to

offer athletic scholarships, Bas-
tian said during the off-season
they will go through a vigorous
recruitment for big men.

“Size is killing me right now.
The tallest guy on the team is
about 6-5 or 6-4 and when you
look at the past seven teams we

played, everybody had a seven-
footer,” Bastian pointed out. .

“One team we played had
three seven-footers, one one
which was 7-4. So that was a
learning, experience for me at
the collegiate level.”

Savannah College with a cen-
ter, sophomore Christian
Moore, standing at 6-9 and
another sophomore,
forward/center Rashad Parker
at 6-8. They also have a swing-
man in senior Nick Maloy at 6-
7 and sophomore swingman
Jamall Hinds at 6-6.

COB will counter with their
tallest players - four at 6-3 - in
centers Dominic Sweeting and
Philip Colebrooke and forwards
Rashad McKenzie and Theron

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and equip an Iraqi security force
capable of maintaining order after
American troops have gone

‘home.

The two Americans were killed

‘when a suicide driver detonated

an explosive-laden car near an
Iraqi checkpoint in the northern
city of Mosul, military spokesman
Lt. Col. Dave Doherty said. Iraqi
police said eight people were
wounded, most of them civilians.

But the deadliest attacks
occurred in Fallujah, the coun-
try's most heavily guarded city
and once the symbol of Sunni
Arab resistance to the U.S. occu-
pation. Truck bombers struck
within minutes of each other out-
side the concrete barriers sur-
rounding two police stations in
different parts of the city, killing
15 people, wounding more than
100 and shattering nearby build-
ings, police and hospital officials
said. An al-Qaida front group,
the Islamic State of Iraq, pur-
portedly claimed responsibility
for the attack in a statement post-
ed on a militant Web site.

The thunderous blasts could be
heard across the city of about
400,000 and sent giant plumes of
black smoke rising over the dust-
brown buildings. -

"I was drinking tea in my house
when a big explosion took place.
It was like an earthquake," said
Saad Ibrahim, a 34-year-old
mechanic who lives near one of
the police stations. "I could hear
the cry of a child trapped in a
house. ... We tried to help him,
but the police and firefighters
arrived and asked us to leave the
area."

Local authorities announced a
curfew and closed all exits and
entrances to the city. Police said
the blasts were so huge that inves-
tigators could not find the chassis
or the engines of the two: trucks
used in the attacks.

"It looks like the trucks evapo-
rated," a senior police official told
The Associated Press.

All the police and hospital offi-
cials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they weren't
authorized to release the infor-
mation. Northeast of Baghdad, a
bomb left on a parked motorcycle
exploded near a restaurant in
Baqouba, another one-time Sun-
ni militant stronghold, killing
three people and wounding 10,
according to police at the securi-
ty headquarters for the sur-

rounding Diyala province. US.
commanders say attacks are down
80 percent nationwide since last
March but that al-Qaida and oth-
er militants remain capable of
staging limited but high-profile
attacks.

The bombings in Fallujah, 40
miles west of Baghdad in Anbar
province, were significant because
they show the resilience of an
insurgency that has suffered
severe setbacks over the past two
years as many Sunnis turned
against al-Qaida and other reli-
gious extremists.

Fallujah was effectively the

‘headquarters of the Sunni insur-

gency until U.S. troops seized
control of the city in November
2004 after the fiercest fighting of
the Iraq war.

In the aftermath, U.S. and Iraqi
authorities imposed stringent
security measures, sealing off the
city with checkpoints, restricting
vehicle movements and requiring
residents to enter and leave only
after submitting to strict searches.

However, security responsibil-
ity in Anbar province was turned
over to the Iraqis last September.
Since then, residents said restric-
tions had been relaxed and peo-
ple were allowed to enter the-city
without showing special resident
identification cards.

Decisions on easing security
are going to be left increasingly to
the Iraqis under the security
agreement that replaces a U.N.
mandate giving the U.S.-led coali-
tion sweeping powers to conduct
military operations. The agree+
ment gives Iraqis greater over-
sight of U.S. military operations.

It also requires American sol-
diers to leave the cities by the end
of June and depart the country
by the end of 2011.

Approval by the presidential
council came one week after par-
liament signed off on the agree-

ment, which was hammered out

during months of tough negotia-
tions that at times seemed on the
point of collapse.

The agreement is still subject to
approval by Iraqi voters in a ref-
erendum by the end of July. If
voters reject the deal, Iraqi will
ask the U.S. for a new round of
talks.

The efevsnaeen’ was a conces-
sion to Sunni demands and has
been endorsed by the country's
leading Shiite cleric, Grand Aya-
tollah Ali al-Sistani. His endorse-
ment means it would be political-
ly untenable for the Shiite-led
government to cancel the refer-
endum. Under the agreement,
Iraq will gain strict oversight over
the nearly 150,000 American
troops now on the ground, repre-
senting a step toward full sover-
eignty for Iraq and a shift from
the sense of frustration and
humiliation that many Iraqis feel
at the presence of American,
troops on their soil for so many

' years. President Jalal Talabani, a

Kurd, and his two deputies Tariq
al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab, and
Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a Shiite,
signed the accord at their head-
quarters in Baghdad, council
spokesman Nasser al-Ani told
The Associated Press.

In Washington, the White
House welcomed Thursday's
decision.

White House press secretary
Dana Perino said the Iraqi presi-
dential council's approval sets a
path for American troops to
come home and called the agree-
ment a "remarkable achievement
for both of our countries."

Brain-injured troops face
unclear long-term risks

@ By LAURAN NEERGAARD
WASHINGTON







Many of the thousands of troops who suffered traumatic brain
injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan are at risk of long-term health
problems including depression and Alzheimer's-like dementia, but
it's impossible to predict how high those risks are, researchers say,
according to the Associated Press.

About 22 pele of wounded HOODS pays a brain injury, con-
cluded the pres
steps for studying how these patients fare years later so ohancesé to
help aren't missed.

The Veterans Affairs Department, which requested the report,
and the Pentagon already are taking some of the recommended
steps. But a report out Thursday highlights the urgency.

"I don't think we really knew how big a hole i in scientific knowl-
edge there is about blast-induced brain injuries, "said Dr. George
Rutherford of the University of California, San Francisco, the
report's lead researcher.

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a signature injury of the Iraq
war. Most do not involve penetrating head wounds but damage
hidden inside the skull caused by an explosion's pressure wave. It can

range from a mild concussion to severe injury. And because symp-
toms may not be immediately apparent, troops may not seek care.

"If you have a gunshot wound to some specific part of your brain,
Ican tell you the consequences," Rutherford said. But with blast con-
cussions, it's not even possible to say "if you have six of these, are you
six times more likely to have something bad happen to you than if
you've had one?"
~ Returning soldiers have reported headaches, dizziness, memory
loss, confusion, irritability, insomnia and depression. The military has
said most of the TBI- injured troops recover with treatment.

"There's clearly a whole bunch of people who have mild TBI who
have no negative outcomes," Rutherford agreed.

But his committee examined decades of studies into mostly civil-
ian injuries and found:

— Moderate-to-severe TBI is linked with later-in-life risks includ-
ing’Alzheimer's-like dementia, Parkinson's-like symptoms, seizures,
problems with social functioning and unemployment.

—TBI in general is linked to depression, aggressive behavior
and post-concussion symptoms such as dizziness and amnesia.

—If mild TBI caused loss of consciousness, a risk of later memo-
ry, movement and seizure problems cannot be ruled out.








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‘Devastating’ effect
_of marina closure

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The decision to close the Four
Seasons Emerald Bay Resort’s
marina and give boat owners just
three days to remove their ves-
sels before they are locked in will

have a “devastating” impact on‘

investor confidence in the
Bahamas, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, with developers
and boat owners likely to shy
away from this nation.

John Beasley, a wealthy Amer-
ican investor who owns three vil-
las at Emerald Bay, plus a dock-
ing slip in the marina, told this
newspaper he was part of a group
looking to take legal action to
block the decision by the Exuma-
based resort’s receivers to close
the marina with effect from Sun-
day, December 7.

_ Questioning whether the mari-

na could legally be closed, as its
seabed land was leased from the
Crown, Mr Beasley said of the
closure’s effect: “It’s going to be
devastating when it gets out.

“The marina, along with the

Fiscal deficit
target range
is called for



* ¢150m revenue
shortfall likely to
double GES deficit
to 4%, compared to
2.1% predicted

* Ex-minister warns
Bahamas needs to
be careful on credit
ratings and not get
itself in public debt
‘hole it is difficult to
get out of



APT eae LU

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Government should set a
“target range” for the fiscal
deficit and monitor it very close-
ly, a former finance minister
urged yesterday, warning that
the Bahamas must be careful
not to dig itself into a public
debt “hole it is difficult to get
out of”.

James Smith, minister of state
for finance in the former
Christie government, said that
while the $150 million revenue
shortfall projected by the Prime
Minister for the 2008-2009 Bud-
get year was equivalent to
roughly 2 per cent of gross
domestic product (GDP), the
Government had little alterna-
tive but to expand its fiscal
deficit piven the likely recession
facing this nation,

Mr Smith said: “One hundred
and fifty million dollars is a lit.
tle over 2 per cent of pross
domestic product, so it’s likely
to inerense the projections for
the GFS fiscal deficit from 2.1
per cent of GDP and probably

SEE page 2B

marina closure

ge Investor warns legal action may be taken to block Emerald Bay

Wl Says impact will deter other developers, boat owners, from com-
ing to Bahamas as investors will ‘not feel secure’

resort

BB $:13-$:15m in dock slip sales funds held in escrow by Exuma

[Fears island's anchor property may be shut by receivers in New
Year, jeopardising 500 jobs and numerous spin-off businesses

one at Chub Cay, is the finest
yacht marina in the Bahamas.
When other developers find out,
they will not build marinas in the
Bahamas, and boat owners will
not be prepared to pay $1 mil-
lion per boat slip.” ‘

Mr Beasley confirmed that he,
and other members of a group of
homeowners, dock slip owners
and investors at Emerald Bay,
plus nearby resort properties such
as Grand Isle Villas, “don’t think

they [Emerald Bay and its
receivers] have any right to do
that” in closing the marina “from
a legal viewpoint”.

Adding that he and others
might take legal action to prevent
the marina’s closure, Mr Beasley
said: “I’m flying down in the
morning [today] to Nassau to
meet with counsel and determine
the options we have.

“Tama small fish in a big pond,
but ’'m not going to watch this

Politicians complete
Associated Grocers
warehouse lease

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

TWO leading PLP politicians
yesterday signed an agreement
to lease the Grand Bahama-
based warehouse owned and
constructed by Florida-based
Associated Grocers, Tribune

‘Business confirmed.

Obie Wilchcombe, the for-
mer minister of tourism, in a
brief telephone conversation
with Tribune Business, said:
“Yes, it was. We just completed.
It [the lease] was signed today
[Fhursday].”

Mr Wilchcombe, MP for
West End and Bimini, and
Pleasant Bridgewater, ex-Marco
City MP, Mr Wilchcombe, MP
for West End and Bimini, and
Ms Bridgewater are hoping to
create desperately-needed jobs
for their constituents and the
rest of the island, and revive
Grand Bahama’s economy by
duplicating the distribution
business model that Associat-
ed Grocers had for its still-
unused 86,000 square foot ware-
house.

When contacted previously
by Tribune Business after this
newspaper was tipped-off about
the proposed, Mr Wilchcombe
had said: “We’re trying to finda
way for Bahamians to get jobs.

“It’s a building that’s sitting
there, with enormous potential
to serve a whole range of local
suppliers with food, toys and
appliances. We sought a meet-
ing with the owners to see if it
was possible to acquire it, and
play a role in reinvigorating the
Grand Bahama economy.

SEE page 4B



















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resort go down the tubes and
want to protect my investment. I
own three villas and a slip, and
we have lost complete faith in the
development. The value of my
properties has fallen by a half,
and I don’t know of anyone who
will go into that market and build



m@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A deal to acquire bottled
water manufacturer/distribu-
tor Chelsea’s Choice has col-
lapsed in acrimony, Tribune
Business can reveal, with the
former purchaser threatening

‘litigation but the seller claim-
ing he defaulted “three or four
times” on closing the deal.

Paul Moss, who is also seek-

ing the PLP nomination for’

the St Cecilia seat at the next
general election, confirming
‘that his proposed “$5 million”
purchase of Chelsea’s Choice
had “fallen through”, said yes-
terday he was consulting his
attorneys over filing a lawsuit
for alleged breach of contract.

Mr Moss said he wanted the

return of the deposit he paid,
but Tina Knowles, Chelsea’s
Choice’s majority shareholder
and operational head,
described his claims as

with any level of confidence.”
Tribune Business understands

SEE page 7B ©

“absolute nonsense” and
alleged that the deal had col-
lapsed because he had

* “defaulted” on three or four

intended closing dates.

“The deal has fallen
through,” Mr Moss told Tri-
bune Business, “and I am in
the process of consulting with
our attorneys. We expect a
writ to be filed before the hol-
idays, and we will be suing for
breach of contract.

“Tm fighting process. A
substantial deposit, of several
hundred thousand dollars, was
paid, and the other side
expects to walk away with it.
That’s unacceptable.”

Describing himself as “very
disappointed” that the
Chelsea’s Choice purchase,
which both sides had been
negotiating on from early
2008, had collapsed, Mr Moss -

SEE page 6B





m@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



The long-anticipated privatisation of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC) will be completed by the 2008-
2009 fiscal year-end, and possibly by the 2009 first quarter’s
end, the chairman of the committee supervising the process
said. :

T. B. Donaldson, who is also Commonwealth Bank’s chair-
man, said following a luncheon for Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce members that “a number of reputable” companies

stake in BTC, and the Government-appointed privatisation
committee was confident a sale can be completed soon.
However, Mr Donaldson did not indicate whether those
interested companies had submitted firm bids or proposals. He
would also not indicate the status of negotiations with Blue-
water Communications Holdings - the investor group once con-
sidered the forerunner to acquire BTC - saying he wanted to

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BIC seeks feedback on cellular upgrade

The Bahamas Telecommuni-
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it where cellular phone service
levels need improving, as it
moves to complete the GSM
network’s expansion.

“We have received many pos-

itive responses and a lot of con-
structive feedback from our cus-
tomers. This has helped us
tremendously in identifying

. areas where we need to do addi-

tional work,” said Kirk Griffin,
BTC’s acting president and
chief executive.

The web-form can be found

on the homepage of BTC’s cor-
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can log information detailing
where they are having issues
with GSM anywhere in the
country.

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“Beginning this past Sunday,
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Kirk Griffin, BTC’s acting pres-
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“But I want to point out as
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“But even now, as customers
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“They should see greater sig-
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phones, meaning a better qual-
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Over the last two weeks, BT'C
continued its GSM expansion
project by completing the instal-
lation of the new 850 MHz
overlay in New Providence.
Further testing and optimisa-

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BTC’s senior manager for
project management, Nigel
Smith, said: “While the initial
installation of the 850 MHz net-
work was completed on

Fiscal

range

FROM page 1B

take it well above 3 per cent
and close to 4 per cent - some-
where between 3-4 per cent of
GDP.

“This is something someone
would have to worry about if
there was excessive spending,
or a compression of revenues
with.no real cause.”

In this particular case, the fal-
tering Bahamian and global
economies have had a direct
negative impact on the Gov-
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“We have received many
positive responses and a lot of
constructive feedback from
our customers. This has
helped us tremendously in
identifying areas where we
need to do additional work.”



November 30, work is still ongo-
ing that will put the network in
the final configuration that
addresses issues related to cov-
erage and dropped calls. The
overall completion of the entire
GSM expansion project is
scheduled for the end of the
first quarter of 2009.”

BTC began the GSM expan-
sion project in early 2007,
investing some $44 million to
ensure its Service is-on-par.with
international standards.

“What we have done over the
last two years is a testament to
our mission and vision,” Mr
Griffin said.

“In 2007, BTC placed GSM

Kirk Griffin

. services in all additional Family

Islands. We reduced the rate
for SIM cards to $15 from $50.
We introduced the $49.99
phone sale, which included a
phone, SIM on and a phone
card.

“In 2008, we had our ‘Mad-
Minutes’ campaign where cus-
tomers received more than their
regular bucket of minutes for
the same price. We launched
pre-paid roaming, and our cus-
tomers can now use their
phones in South Florida. We
also reduced the rate for text
messaging to $0.05 per text, and
introduced international text
messaging at $0.15 per text.

deficit target
is called for



“I expect the.
Government
will have to -
increase the
deficit in a
recession to
avoid further
slippage in the
economy.”

James Smith

welfare/social assistance pro-
grammes.

Using the 2008-2009. Budget
estimates, Tribune Business has
calculated that the likely $150
million slippage in revenue fore-

- casts will result in a $145 million
recurrent deficit, meaning recur-
rent spending will exceed rev-
enues by this amount.

In turn, the Government’s
total deficit, which embraces
both its recurrent and capital
accounts, will rise from a pro-
jected $235 million to $185 mil-
lion.

Using the GFS deficit mea-
surement, which strips out some
$70. million worth of debt
redemption costs, and the GFS
fiscal deficit for 2008-2009 will
likely increase to $315 million, a
figure equivalent to-a'fiscal
deficit worth 4 per cent of GDP.

Still, Mr Smith said: “I expect
the Government will have to

increase the deficit in a reces- ~

sion to avoid further slippage
in the economy. It’s a figure that
will have to be monitored very
closely, as a failure to limit how
far it goes before feeds back on
itself will give alarm to the cred-
it rating agencies.”

If the Bahamas’ fiscal deficit
and national debt increased to
unsustainable levels, this nation
would likely be downgraded by
the likes of Moody’s and Stan-
dard & Poor’s (S&P), impacting
its ability to secure debt financ-
ing - and favourable interest
rates - on the international cap-
ital markets.

Mr Smith said an additional
1-2 per cent expansion of the
GFS fiscal deficit beyond pro-
jections, as would happen in the
current Bahamas’ scenario,

_ “doesn’t put us in alarm terri-

tory”.

He added that “the really key
variable” for the Bahamas was
its relatively low level of for-
eign currency government debt,
around $300 million, and its
ratio to GDP. This, Mr Smith
said, was a feature that meant
this nation had relatively little
exposure to the demands of
international institutions and

. investors, and would enable it to

tap global markets if it needed.
With most of the national
debt held domestically by the
likes of the National Insurance
Board (NIB) and banking insti-
tutions, Mr Smith said: “If you
have to pay for that deficit, and
have to, do it through foreign
funding, its impact will be
favourable on the external
reserves and it doesn’t impact
on the local market.
“Generally speaking, we
ought to be able to access on
fairly good terms external fund-
ing.” However, with the global
credit and financial markets in
continuing disarray, Mr Smith

_ said many borrowers faced hav-

ing to pay “an arm and a leg” in
interest payments.

However, he warned that
while running a fiscal deficit
equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP
was “OK” in the short-term, it
would become a concern if the
Bahamas was forced to run
these funding gaps year after
year. The Government, he said,
needed to monitor the fiscal
deficit to ensure it did not affect
this nation’s credit ratings or it
“goes into a hole that it is diffi-
cult to get out of”.

“It will be in our favour to
monitor that in advance,” Mr
Smith said, urging the Govern-
ment to set a target range for
the fiscal deficit that could be
adjusted according to the pre-
vailing economic variables and
circumstances. Yet all the while
maintaining a prudent stance.

With the Government’s fixed
costs accounting for about 80
per cent of the Budget, Mr
Smith added: “The Govern-
ment doesn’t have very much
wiggle room, and on top of that
it’s going to introduce new pro-
grammes, so over the next year
we're going to see that deficit
widen a bit: I would certainly
suggest that we need to be
aware of growth and limit
growth in that deficit.”

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m@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



The Government and its privatisation
committee is in the process of revising
the “plethora” of legislation that will
be needed to facilitate the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company’s (BTC)
privatisation, it was revealed yesterday.

TB Donaldson, chairman of the eight-
member BTC privatisation committee,
speaking to members of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce, said the privati-
sation committee and relevant govern-
ment entities was working to revise and
restructure the enabling legislation and
telecoms regulatory regime, to ensure the
new rules were modern, transparent and
robust.

He said that early next week, the regu-
latory recommendations of the committee
will be presented ina public consultation
paper inviting comments from interested
parties. »

The major initiatives, he said will
include:

* A new converged Communications
Act, including broadcasting and telecom-
munications

* A converged regulator - the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC) regulating
all communications, including broad-
casting,

* A restricted PUC to ensure greater
independence autonomy and efficiency

* A new telecommunications sector
policy, which will set out the policy of
the Government for communications
over the next five years.

-* The liberalisation of fixed-voice ser-
vices

* The award of a minimum of two cel-
lular mobile licenses on the first anniver-
sary of the BTC privatisation, with
licensees expected to begin operation on
the second anniversary.

* New universal service obligations will

be imposed on dominant operators in.

certain sectors, to ensure that all com-
munities of-10 or more households will
have communication services at the same
price as New Providence.

Framework

Mr Donaldson said the. Government
has recognised that a new framework



must be progressive and flexible enough
to address the rapidly evolving and con-
verging telecoms technology.

Cable

He said this included cable television
being able to provide telephone service,
and telephone companies being able to
provide cable services, as well as address-
ing the reality that traditional long-dis-
tance telephone service is rapidly becom-
ing a thing of the past.

Mr Donaldson said that when the sale
of 51 per cent to the strategic partner

was completed, and a modern regulatory »

framework enacted, the final step will be
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represents only
the next step ina
larger policy
effort to
create a dynamic
and modern
telecommunica-
tions sector. The
ultime goal is to
create an efficient
and competitive
market for
communica-
tions.”



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spectrum of communications activities.

He said that at this juncture, business-
es and consumers will see the final devel-
opment of this exercise as more choices,
better prices, more responsive customer
service and faster deployment of new
technologies.

“Moreover, if the experience of other
jurisdictions is any indication, the econo-
my will benefit from more business
opportunities for small and big business-
es alike, leading to job growth and greater
entrepreneurial prospects in the sector.

“The sale of BTC represents only the
next step in a larger policy effort to create
a dynamic and modern telecommunica-
tions sector.

“The ultimate goal is to create an effi-
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ple,” Mr Wilchcombe told Tri-
bune Business.

Sources close to the situation
had told Tribune Business that
Associated Grocers had been
seeking $12 million for an out-
right’ purchase of its Grand
Bahama warehouse, which cost
some $8 million to construct.

If Mr Wilchcombe and Ms

Bridgewater are to succeed,

they will have to develop a
strong retail/wholesale customer
base and secure supply chain,
One way of doing the latter
would be to.act as a distribu-
tor/wholesaler for Associated

Grocers, and source product’

exclusively through it.

It is critical that the Associ-
ated Grocers warehouse, which
was owned by its International
Distributors of Grand Bahama
subsidiary, succeeds because it
was the first venture to take
physical form in the Sea/Air
Business Centre.

And, furthermore, it was very
much the prototype model for
the logistics/transshipment/dis-
tribution hub that Freeport
seems ideally suited for. Fail-
ure would send a bad message
to international investors and
businesses, with the Bahamas
losing the opportunity cost — the
‘what might have been’ —-
through Associated Grocers’
decision to exit.

That came as little surprise,
given that Calvin Miller, Asso-
ciated Grocers’ president and
chief executive, had said earlier

this year that the company was

placing the Grand Bahama
warehouse and business plan
‘on hold temporarily’. The sale
move comes almost one year
after the warehouse was offi-
cially opened, with Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham in atten-
dance.

It is highly likely that the

“We will
probably
employ about
400 to 500
persons when
we are all done
with the three
phases of



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Roy Deffler

company lost patience with the
long wait for the Government
and Port Authority to amend
its licence, and let the Freeport
warehouse sell directly to major
Bahamas-based wholesalers and
food store chains. '
The licence change was key
because the rationale for the
Freeport warehouse business
model had disappeared. It had
originally been ‘designed as a

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that would allow Associated
Grocers to supply customers in
46 Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ican countries with product that
do not have to go through the
US, thus eliminating US
import/export taxes and addi-
tional supply chain costs from

the loading/unoloading of con--

tainers. However, Associated
Grocers has since developed its
own bonded warehouse in Fort
Lauderdale, next to the major
ports and shipping companies,
which allows it to avoid those
taxes any way. It then sought
to supply the domestic Bahami-
an market from the Freeport
facility, believing that it had a

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strong argument, given the rise
in food prices and general cost
of living.

Mr Roy Deffler, head of
Interational Distributors of
Grand Bahama, had previous-
ly told The Tribune that the
restriction preventing it from

‘selling any goods in the

Bahamas through Freeport
meant “the real positive impact
will sadly be missed” in Grand
Bahama, New Providence and
other Bahamian islands.

Speaking at the warehouse
opening, which took place just.
over one year ago today, Mr
Deffler had said: “Eventually,
our goal is to have about 1.5
million square feet of. ware-
house space and we could very
well become one of the eco-
nomic engines for Grand
Bahama.”

He added: “We will proba-
bly employ about 400 to 500

_ persons when we are all done

with the three phases of con-
struction.”

He had previously told The
Tribune that a major invest-
ment by the Chinese electron-
ics/industrial conglomerate,
CITIC, which had signed an
agreement with International
Distributors in June 2007, could
transform Grand Bahama into a
free trade zone rivalling the
Free Trade Zone in Panama.

CITIC had been planning to
construct warehouse and show-
room facilities at the Sea Air
Business Centre on Grand
Bahama, the same site where
International Distributors is
located, turning the area into a
‘buyers emporium’. Potential
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be attracted from across the
Western Hemisphere to come
to Grand Bahama, where they
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The Road Traffic Department hereby give
notice of its intention to introduce to its
Public Bus Route Inventory six (6)
modified bus routes and nine (9) new bus
routes.

Further, the Controller in accordance with
Section 85 Sub Section 1 of Chapter 220
of the Road Traffic Act, wishes to invite
franchise holders interested in operating
the modified and new routes to submit an
application through the Franchise Unit of
the Road Traffic Department ~ Thompson
Blvd., before 5:00 pm on December 12,

2008.

MODIFIED ROUTES

1; Route 2a (Together with 2C,
provides a new east-west route to
Blair Estate and Dunmore Avenue
areas)

George St., Duke St., Marlborough St.,
West Bay St., Chippingham Rd., Dunmore
‘Ave., Boyd Rd., Nassau St., Poinciana
Ave., Wulff Rd., East St., Gibbs Cr., Sixth
Terr., Madeira St., Mackey St., Pyfrom
_ Rd., Kemp Rd., Wulff Rd., Village Rd., St
Andrews Dr., Commonwealth St., Newgate
_ Rd., Eastern Rd., Shirley St., Princess ots;
Duke St., Cumberland St, Navy Lion Rd.,
Bay St. (Downtown), George St.

des Route 4 (New East-west route via
’ Wulff Road, provides service to
previously un-serviced McKinney

Ave, and Marlin Dr. areas)

-. Fox Hill Round-a-bout, Bernard Rd., Wulff
Rd., Poinciana Dr., Thompson Blvd.,
Bethel Ave., McKinney Ave., JFK Dr.,
Prospect Rd., Sandford Dr., Marlin Dr.,
Sea View Dr., West Bay St., Marlborough
St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St. (Downtown)
, Elizabeth Ave. Elizabeth Ave., Shirley
St., East St., Princess St., Duke St.,
Cumberland St., Marlborough St., West
Bay St., Sea View Dr., Marlin Dr., Sandford
Dr., Prospect Rd., JFK Dr. ; McKinney
Ave., Bethel Ave., Thompson Blvd.,
Poinciana Dr., Wulff Rd., Bernard Rd.,
Fox Hill Round- -a-bout.

3: Route 12 (Feeder Route to provide
service to Blake Road, new housing
at Windsor Field, Mt Pleasant
Village, Southwest Road and north-
south link at the western end of New
Providence. Interchanges to high

frequency services to Downtown at |
Sandy Port (Route 10B) and Bacardi |

Road (Route 16)

Sandy Port, West Bay St., Blake Rd., JFK
Dr., Windsor Field Rd., (Lyford Cay
Entrance),Western Rd., Mount Pleasant
Village, Southwest Rd., Adelaide Village
Rd., Adelaide Rd., Coral Height Ave.,
Coral Harbour Rd. Carmichael Rd.,
Bacardi Rd., (Return) Bacardi Rd.,
Carmichael Rd. , Coral Harbour Rd., Coral
Height Ave., Adelaide Rd., Adelaide
Village, Adelaide Rd., South West Rd.,
Mount Pleasant Village, Western Rd.,
(Lyford Cay Entrance), Windsor Field Rd.,
JFK Dr., Blake Rd., West Bay St., Sandy
Port

4. Route 20 (New route to provide
service to new housing estate)



EHIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2UU8, KAGE 2b



Ministry of Works & Transport
Road Traffic Department —

NOTICE

Spine Rd. of Lynden Pindling Estates,
Pigeon Plum St., Windsor Place Rd.,
Abundant Life Rd., East-West Highway.,
Marathon Rd., Marathon Mall, Robinson
Rd., Minnie St., Wulff Rd., Collins Ave.,
Shirley St., Princess St., Duke St.,
Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown) (Return) Bay St.
(Downtown), Christie St., Shirley St.,
Collins Ave., Wulff Rd., Minnie St.,
Robinson Rd., Marathon Mall, Marathon
Rd., East-West Highway, Abundant Life
Rd., Windsor Place Rd., Pigeon Plum St.,
Spine Road of Lynden Pindling Estates

5: Route 22 (Provides service to New
Subdivision and New School)

Bay St. (Downtown), Elizabeth Ave., Sands
Rd., East Hill St., Market St., Wulff. Rd.,
Poinciana Dr., Thompson Blvd., Bethel
Ave., McKinney Ave., Christie Ave.,
Tonique William-Darling Hwy. (Harold
Road), Summerwinds Plaza, Sir Milo
Butler Hwy., Carmichael Rd., Faith Ave.
South (to include the new High School)
Marshall Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., Cowpen
Rd., Faith Ave., Carmichael Rd., Sir Milo
Butler Hwy., Tonique William-Darling
Hwy. (Harold Road), Summerwinds Plaza,
Christie Ave., McKinney Ave., Bethel Ave.,
Thompson Blvd., Poinciana Dr., Baillou
Hill Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Road,
Bay St. (Downtown), Elizabeth Ave.

GO. Route 22A (Provides anti-clockwise
service from new high school on Faith Ave
South along un-serviced areas of Cowpen
Road) r

South West High School, Faith Ave.,
Cowpen Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., Cumberland

| St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St. (Downtown),

Elizabeth Ave., Sands Rd., East Hill St.,
Market St., Robinson Rd., Baillou Hill
Rd., South Beach Rd., Marshall Rd.,
Southwest new high school Faith Ave.
South

@

NEW ROUTES

i Route 2C (Together with 2A to
provide a new east-west route to
Blair Estates and Dunmore Avenue
areas)

George St., Cumberland St., Navy Lion
Rd., Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St.,
Eastern Rd., Newgate Rd., Commonwealth
St., St. Andrews Dr., Village Rd., Wulff
Rd., Kemp Rd., Pyfrom Rd., Mackey St.,
Madeira St., Sixth Ter., Gibbs Corner.,

| East St., Wulff Rd., Poinciana Ave., Nassau

St., Boyd Rd., Dunmore Ave.,

Chippingham Rd., West Bay St.,

Marlborough St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown), George St.

2. Route 5C (As an initial route,
clockwise via Kemp Rd.)

‘Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St., Village

Rd., Wulff Rd., Marathon Rd., Marathon
Mall ., Robinson Rd., Prince Charles Dr.,
Soldier Rd., Taylor St., Alexandria Blvd.,
Breadfruit St., Sapodilla Blvd., Willow
Tree Ave., Gilbert St., Kennedy Sub Rd.,
Malcolm Rd., Baillou Hill Rd.,
Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay St.
(Downtown).

a Route 10D (To provide service near
Paradise Island Bridge and to other
tourist attractions near Downtown)

West Bay St., (Radisson Hotel),
Marlborough St., Bay St., (Downtown),
East Bay St., Village Rd., Shirley St.,
Princess St., Duke St., Cumberland St.,
Marlborough St., West Bay St., (Radisson
Hotel)

4. Route 13 (Feeder route to provide
service to Tropical Gardens Rd.
Interchange to high frequency
services to Downtown available at
Sandy Port)

Sandyport, West Bay St., Fernander Rd.,
Curtis Rd., Douglass Rd., Tropical
Gardens., Windsor Field Rd., JFK Dr.,
Blake Rd., West Bay St., Sandy Port

>. Route 21B (To provide anti-
clockwise service to New School
via Baillou Hill Rd. and East St.)

_South West High School, Marshall Rd.,

South Beach Rd., summer Haven, East St.,
Sands Rd., Shirley St. Princess St., Market .
St., Robinson Rd., Baillou Hill Rd., South
Beach Rd., Marshall Rd., South West High ,
School .

6. Route 21C (To provide clockwise
service to New Subdivision and
New School)

Bay St. (Downtown), East Bay St.,
Elizabeth Ave., Sands Rd., East St.,
Summer Haven, South Beach Rd.,
Marshall Rd., (South Western High School,
Faith Ave., St. Vincent Rd., Baillou Hill
Rd., Cumberland St., Navy Lion Rd., Bay
St., (Downtown)

a Route 21D (To provide direct
service to South Beach along East
Street)

East Hill St., East St., Zion Blvd., Jordan
Prince William School, South Beach Rd.,
East St., East Hill St., ,

8. Route 24 (Flamingo Gardens, to
provide service to St. Vincent Road
and link from Carmichael to
Eastwest)

Flamingo Gardens Primary School,
(Montgomery Ave), Carmichael Rd., Faith
Ave., St. Vincent Rd., Blue Hill Rd., St.
Vincent Rd., Faith Ave., Carmichael Rd.,
Montgomery Ave., Flamingo Gardens
Primary School

9. Route 25 (Provides service near to
Paradise Island (Western) Bridge
and links East Street and Soldier
Road with Golden Gates Shopping
Centre.)

Golden Gates Shopping Centre, Baillou
Hill Rd., Soldier Rd., East St., Wulff Rd.,
Village Rd., Shirley St., Church St.
(Paradise Island Western Bridge), Mackey
St., Wulff Rd., East St., Soldier Rd., Baillou
hill Rd., Golden Gates Shopping Centre

All applications submitted will be heard
by the New Providence Road Traffic
Authority.

CONTROLLER
ROAD TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT
PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008

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ee
-Chelsea’s Choice deal collapses amid acrimony

FROM page 1B

said he and his “financial
backers” had “acted in good
faith towards the company”.

He added that he had been
prepared to pay $5 million to
acquire Chelsea’s Choice,
which is based on leased land
at the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation’s
(BAIC) Soldier Road Indus-
trial Park, and employs about
35 persons.

Had he been successful, Mr
Moss said he would have tak-
en Chelsea’s Choice to “a new
level”, adding: “We had talked

to many of our contacts world-
wide with respect to distribu-
tion in the beverage industry,
and the distribution potential
was unlimited.

“We could have done so
many things with beverages
from all different pers of the

world.”
Yet totally refuting Mr
Moss’s allegations and

describing them as “strange”
and “absolute nonsense”, Ms
Knowles told Tribune Busi-
ness that the purchase col-
lapsed because Mr Moss and
his financiers missed “three or

- four” closing dates, when the

balance of the purchase price

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“They defaulted. I believe it
was about four times. The
paperwork and everything was
clean.

“There is such a thing as a
timescale, so if you miss clos-
ing three or four times, what
happens? It falls through.”

The first closing date was in
May 30, Tribune Business
understands, with another
deadline in August also com-
ing and going. Chelsea’s
Choice is understood to be

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taking the position that
because the deadline had
passed for Mr Moss to reclaim
his deposit, it had become
‘hard’ and passed on to the
company.

Ms Knowles added. “I guess
the people financing him are
putting pressure on him. I
can’t allow a sale to continue
indefinitely. I’m sorry he feels
that way. That sales process
took a lot longer than antici-
pated without end, and I’m

not prepared to go through

that process any time in the
future. We consulted so many
times, and gave them so many
options.”

Confirming that Chelsea’s
Choice had been pulled off
the market and was now not

for sale, Ms Knowles added
that a protracted sales process
involving any company would
impact it negatively, with staff
fearing for their jobs and any
capital investment projects
shelved.

As a result, its financial per-
formance would drop.

Ms Knowles implied that
Chelsea’s Choice had out-
sourced distribution of its
products to its existing drivers
and their fleet, and would now
focus on manufacturing under
her stewardship.

A minority shareholder in
Chelsea’s Choice is Ms
Knowles’s ex-husband and
current Bahamas Real Estate

‘Association (BREA) presi-

dent, William Wong.

Paul Moss



BIC sale by fiscal year-end

FROM page 1B

discuss the future and.not the
past.

Still, this indicates that the
Government and its privati-
sation committee are now
poised - and may even have
begun - with the help of advi-
sors Citibank to open up the
BTC bidding process to other
potential suitors via a ‘beauty
contest’, where all offers can
be matched against each other
to see which is best.

And Mr Donaldson’s com-
ments also indicate that the
Government and its privati-
sation committee are viewing
Bluewater effectively as ‘yes-
terday’s men’ after terminat-
ing the group’s exclusivity
period, a move that has
brought the two sides to the
brink of UK-based arbitration
proceedings.

Philip Davis, of Davis & Co,
attorneys for Bluewater, told

Tribune Business earlier this°
week: “We served notice of

the arbitration,” he told Tri-
bune Business. ‘We just need
to decide whether we file it
and when we file it,

“We are just asserting our
rights, and if the Government
is willing to entertain our
arrangement, we are willing
to entertain them.

“We are putting together a
team to review the pros and
cons by way of proceeding
with the arbitration process,
but we are still willing to sit
with the Government and
implement our deal.

“It may have to be tweaked
after we go back into BTC to
conduct further due diligence,
and.we see what impact gov-
ernment changes may or may
not have on our numbers.”





“We are just
asserting our
rights, and if the
Government is
willing to
entertain our
arrangement,
we are willing
to entertain

-them.”



Philip Davis

It is unclear whether the
instigation of arbitration pro-
ceedings, if the dispute
between Bluewater and the

Government/privatisation

committee reaches that stage,
will delay or have-any impact
on continuing efforts to pri-
vatise BTC.

Mr Donaldson said in his
presentation yesterday that
the BTC privatisation com-

mittee in. its recommendations:
to.the Government was ever:

mindful of the state of the
global economy and “the
whole issue of the timing of
the sale, so as to ensure that a
depressed world market does
not undermine the fair mar-
ket value of the company or
dissuade promising prospects
from participating in the
process.

“On this I want to be clear,”
he said. “ I am not in any way
suggesting that the privatisa-
tion committee or the Gov-
ernment have made, or will
make, a determination to push
back or postpone the process.
No such determination has
been made. No such recom-
mendation has been made.
Nonetheless, I do feel that it is
important that all stakeholders
recognise that this very extra-
ordinary set of international
economic circumstances in
which we all find ourselves,
must factor into how we pro-
ceed in the immediate future:”

Mr Donaldson said KPMG
Corporate Finance had com-
pleted its valuation of BTC,
which he said has “a lot of val-
ue.” :

“T have been privy to the
analysis on BTC performed ©
by independent parties as part
of the privatisation exercise,”
Mr Donaldson said.

“Even with its.shortcom-
ings, impartial assessments
demonstrate that the company
has tremendous value. Its
investment in technology and
plant on recent years has posi-
tioned the company to leap’:
forward and complete suc-
cessfully in a privatised envi-
ronment, and notwithstanding
this time of economic turbu-
lence, there is a clear evidence
that many persons remain
extremely interested in
becoming part of the owner-
ship of BTC. Not ReyEryOne is
broke.”

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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 28TH day of
NOVEMBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality .
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas:

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‘Devastating’ effect of marina closure

FROM page one

that some 47 dock slips, about
half of those available in the
Emerald Bay marina, have been
sold, netting $18 million that was
deposited into an escrow account,

Some $13-$15 million is still in
that account, as some deposits
were withdrawn when the marina
build-out, featuring amenities
such as shops, restaurants and a
clubhouse, were not completed.

Tribune Business revealed yes-
terday how 12-20 persons had
been laid-off as a result of the
’ Emerald Bay marina’s closure,
which was revealed in a Decem-
ber 3, 2008, letter to investors
from Emerald Bay Resort Hold-
ings director of operations,
Thomas Wuebben.

He wrote that the “downturn in
recent trade and rising attendant
losses” at the marina had caused
the closure, adding: “We had
hoped that business would pick
up and that we could keep the
‘marina open during season.
Unfortunately, we have come to
the conclusion that it is not finan-
cially feasible to do so.”

Mr Wuebben said the marina
was closing with effect from Sun-
day, December 7, 2008.

Mr Beasley questioned how
other dock slip owners with ves-
sels moored in the Emerald Bay
marina would be able to fly to
Exuma, move their vessels and
find alternative accommodation
within three days.

He added that the marina clo-
sure and the way it was being
handled would negatively impact
investor confidence in the securi-
ty oftheir Bahamas-based invest-
ments.

Fearing that the marina clo-
sure, coupled with the Pinnacle
Entertainment casino shutting its
doors on January 3, 2009, meant
the Four Seasons Emerald Bay
resort was itself “on the slippery
slope to closing the entire devel-
opment”, Mr Beasley said: “If this
thing goes down, there’s not going
to be any more investment in the
Family Islands any time soon.

“Emerald Bay was supposed
to be the Atlantis of the Family
Islands. If Emerald Bay goes
down, it’s going to affect every-
thing in the Family Islands. I tru-
ly believe the hotel will close in
the next six months.

“Everybody knows how far-
reaching this development was,
from Crab Cay to Roker’s Point.

If Emerald Bay goes down, we :

are,the anchor down there, and it

just won't happen.”
Emerald Bay’s receiver, Lon-

‘don-based PricewaterhouseC-

oopers accountant Russell
Downs, previously told Tribune
Business that the Emerald Bay
resort was being taken off the
market after several potential
deals fell through to allow it to
prepare for the winter season.

Come the New Year, the
search for a buyer will resume,
but there are now genuine fears
that the financial giant in control
of the resort, the London-based
office of Mitsui, the insurer that
insured the original Emerald Bay
development loan, will look to
close the property to save money.

That would send Exuma’s
economy into a tailspin, with 500
employees losing their jobs.

A closed Emerald Bay resort
would also likely suffer vandal-
ism and natural depreciation, fur-
ther impacting its value to any
buyer as Mitsui desperately looks
for a buyer able to pay.the $125
million asking price.

Shutdown

Pleading to “do everything in
my power” to prevent the resort’s
closure, Mr Beasley said he was

- making “one last ditch effort” and

hoped the Government and the
Prime Minister would intervene
to rescind the marina’s shutdown.

“If it goes down, there will be
dire consequences for a long
time,” he added. The fallout from
the Emerald Bay resort’s closure
would be felt by grocery stores,
taxi drivers, contractors, charter
operators, beach attraction
providers and a whole range of
Exuma-based businesses.

Mr Beasley said there were
other options for the Emerald
Bay marina besides closing it,
telling Tribune Business: ““There’s
been discussions about the Grand
Isle Villas folks taking over the
marina in conjunction with the
neighbouring Roker’s Point.

“We’re hoping those two
groups will go down to the mari-
na and buy it, and if not at least

- take it over and get the big boats

to come back in there.”

Mega yacht clientele were
among the biggest spenders, Mr
Beasley told Tribune Business,
and their return would be key to
revitalising the resort through
guest spend.

Mr Beasley earned his wealth
by selling his group of food com-
panies, Overton Distributors, to
Sysco, a major US food distribu-

tor. He also owned a manufac-
turing company he then sold,
Taylor Farms of California, and is
now a real estate investor and
venture capitalist.

One source said of the pro-
posed marina closure: “The
potential negative fallout from
this could be greater than any-
thing the Bahamas has experi-
enced in a long time.

“It opens the door for investors
in the Bahamas not being safe.”

Investment

The $320 million Emerald Bay
resort has acted as Exuma’s main
economic engine, attracting addi-
tional foreign direct investment
to the island. It employs almost
500 staff, and features an 18-hole
Greg Norman Golf Course, two
restaurants, three pools, spa, six
meeting rooms and 450-person
capacity ballroom.

Other investment projects pre-
viously attracted to the Emerald
Bay vicinity include the resort’s
Pinnacle Entertainment-managed
$5 million casino, plus the $110
million Grand Isle Villas devel-
opment.

A shopping complex has also
opened at Emerald Bay, the
anchor retailer being the Emerald
Isle supermarket. The complex
also includes businesses such as
Scotiabank and Mail Boxes Etc.

David Johnson, deputy direc-

tor-general in the Ministry of

Tourism with responsibility for
planning, investment and busi-
ness development, warned last
year that the Four Seasons need-
ed to become a sustainable, prof-
itable resort, and the Bahamas
could not afford for it to fail.

He said then that factors such
as building costs being about 40
per cent higher per square foot
than they are in Nassau, had
retarded Emerald Bay’s growth
and kept it from reaching the
development its owners had pre-
viously predicted.

Mr Johnson said of Emerald
Bay: “The property was con-
ceived to be a mixed-use project,
with 185 keys under the Four Sea-
sons brand.

“The vast majority of the prop-
erty was to be for mixed-use, con-
dos and hundreds of lots sold for
significant family homes.

“After four years of operation,
they have developed very little
of the sold inventory.

“There’s been a lot of trading
of the land by the owners, but the
cost of building is prohibitive.

be profitable if it has a much larg-

“The buildings costs, the num-
bers suggest, are in excess of 40
per cent higher per square foot
to build.”

Costs to construct such prop-
erties in Nassau were $500 per
square foot, while in Exuma the
price was $800 per square foot.

Mr Johnson also underlined
the impact the relatively high
building costs on Exuma, com-
pared to Nassau, were having on
Emerald Bay’s margins.

He pointed out that concrete
there cost $200 per yard, whereas
in Nassau it cost $125 per yard:

“The hotel, with a golf course
and spa, as a 185-room resort of
Four Seasons’ calibre, can only

er customer base outside those
rooms,” Mr Johnson said.

He added that the resort need-
ed to build out to 700-800 units to ©
get close to profitability, whereas
it was currently closer to 300-400
units.



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 7B

. Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 4th December, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registe red by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr.
Michael Low of 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore

(139393

Dated this 05th day of December, A.D. 2008

| Mr. Michael Low
Liquidator



BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK |

PROPERTIES & ASSETS FOR SALE

PROPERTIES

New Providence
f. Lot #39 (25'x 100°) wehse 1,104sq. ft,

hse #64-Lincoin Blvd (Appraised Value

$57,786.00)

2, Lot #1246 (5,000sq. ft.) wehse 2,257sq. ft.-
Golden Way Dr, Golden Gates # D (Appraised
Value $244,845.00)

3. Lot #6 (7,000sq. ft.) w/duplex (2,032sq. f.)-
Kool Acres Sub (Appraised Value
$265,000.00)

4. Lat (80's 100°) webuilding (1,912sq. ft.

Bik #35

)-

23.

24.

25,

26,

27.

Vacant lot #21, Blk #3 (14, 161sq. f.j-Waterfall
Dr Seahorse Village Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $40,000.00)

Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit #3 (90'x125'}-Derby Sub
Grand Bahama (Appraised Value $23,000.00}
Vacant lot #25, Bik #15 (17,866sq. f.}-Cutwater -
Ln Shannon Country Club Sub Grand Baliama
(Appraised Value $38,000.00)

Vacant lot #110 Sec #1 (12.500sq. fi.}-Bonefish
St & Polaris Dr, Carvel Beach Grand Bahama
{Appraised Value $40,000.00)

Lot #59 (17,276sq. fL.) Section #1 w/incompleie

Deveaux St (Appraised Value $189,000.00)

§, Lat #16 (60'x107') whouse-Smith Ave College
Gardens Sub

6. Lots #29 & #30, (50'x 100’), Blk 47 w/building
(1. 140sy. tt.)-Matthew St, Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $145,000.00)

7. Vaeant lot (18.644sq. ft.)-Carmichael Rd
{Appraised Value $95,000.00)

8. Lots #5 & $6 (150'x 100) wehse-Silver Palm .
Ln Imperial Park (Appraised Value

fourplex-Amberjack St & Polaris Dr Carvel

Beach Grand Bahama (Appraised Value
$74,970, po)

Lot #2 (2 20 ,O00sq. fi.) wibutlding complex &

com Laundromat-Queens Highway Holmes

Rock Commonage Grand Bahama (Appraised

Value $178,606.08)

28.

Abaco

$313,650.00)
9 Lot 8 £35 (50'x90') wehse (Cf 342sq. ft.

j-

29.

Lot #54 E (6,500sq. ft.) w/triplex foundation
(2.788sq. ft}-Murphy Town Abace (Appraised

Sunflower (south) Sunshine Park Sub Hse #8

Value $24,896.00)

We’re looking for a few good
people to join our team.

DO YOU HAVE
WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply for the position of

Sales Executive

6 “Must have prior sales experience
* Must have transportation —
© Must have great « communication skills :
° Must be able to work flexible hours —
-e Must be computer literate
Must be able to manage client
-accounts/collections and receivables



Please drop off resumes to

The Tribune
My Vewe. My Vlewoqper!

Shirley & Deveaux Streets
or email: tribune@tribunemedia.net
c/o Sales Manager

10,

(Appraised Value $139,000.00)

Lot #18, BIK #16 (80'x 100°) wehse (1, E53sq.
f.)-Talbot St (east) Shirley Heights Sub
(Appraised Value $130,000.00)

. Lot #01 (OFX 100) wehse (2.026sq. ft.)-Sunset

Ridge Dr, Sunset Ridge Sub Hse #28
(Appraised Valuc $206,000.00)

. Lot #23, Bik #1 (17,1 80sq. AL) wesplit level

hse-Captain Ra, Coral Heights Est. (Appraised
Value $480,000.00)

. Lots #3 & #4, Bik #47 (S0'x 100°) widupltex

(1,532sq, tt.)-Forbes St Nassau Village
(Appraised Value $120,000.00)

. Lot 98'x128' wehse 2.340sq. ft.-Mollie St

Englerston Sub (Appraised Value
$239,460.00)

Andros

15.

16.

Lot #119 (22, S00sq. ft.) weeomplex (3.440sq.
ft.)-Sir Henry Morgan Dr Andros Beach Colony
Sub Nicholl's Town Andras {Appraised Value
$322,908.00)

Beach front let (9,000sq. 8.) webuilding

(2, 100sq. ft.} - Pinders Mangrove Cay Andros
(Appraised Value $200,000.00)

. Lot (4.344sq. fh.) widuplex building (11 74sq.

ft.)}-Fresh Creek Andros (Appraised Value
$94,640.00) :

Grand Bahama

18.

19,

nie)

. Vacant lot #13. Blk $59, Unit #3 (22,752

Vacant Lot #8 Blk #12 Unit #3 C11 250sq. 2.)-
Henny Ave Derby Sub Grand Bahama
{Appraised Value $65,000.00)

Lot #43 B €100'x 1505 wehse & Duplex-Nelson
Rd. Poinciana Gardens Grand Bahama

‘(Appraised Value $96,000.00)
. Lat £37 (80's 1505 wesixplex 2-storey apartment

building & Laundromat (5,400sq. f)}-Martin
Town, Kings Sub Eight Mile Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised Value $211,200.00)

. Let witen (10) unit Hatel (S,000sq. ft.) on 4.99

acres of beach front-High Rock Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $1,100,000.00)

Sq.
ft.) 45' on canal front-Dagenham Circle &
Ingrave Dr Emerald Bay Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value $110,000.00)



ASSETS

Vessels

45" (1992) Defender Vessel (Limnos)

48' (1989) Norih Carolina Hall

52° (1979) Haters Vessel (MV Buddy)

51 (1981) Defender Vessel CEquility)

80" Custom Steel Hull Vessel (Lady Kristy)

94' Steel Hull Gulf Coast Shrimp Trawler Vessel

(1980) with (2) Volvo Diesel engine (Sweet Charlotte)
122' Single Screw Steel Huff (1960) MW Lisa Jah

30.

34,

36,

Lot #6 Vacant 2 acres-Fox Town Abaco
{Appraised Value $50,000.00}

. Lot #51 (15,000sq. ft.) wrbuilding-Murphy

Town Abaco (Appraised Value $102,420.00)

2. Portion of lot #69 (15,000sq. f.)-Front St

Murphy Town Abaco (Appraised Value
$29,250.00)

. Lat 9,300sq. fh wi /bonefish lodge 4.300sq. fi.-

Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised ¥alue
$523,000.00)
Lat #55 (6,900sq. ft.) w/building-Murphy Town
Abaco (Appraised Value $82,075.00)
358. Lat $45 (60's 160°} with 14 room motel
(3,900sq. #.)-Sandy Point Abaco (Appraised
Value $485,700.00)
Lot 87,120sq. ft. wifour cotlages and one sforige
building totaling (4,186sq. ft.)-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco (Appraised Value
$880,308.00)

Eleuthera

37,

38.

Property 31'x E11’ wehouse Lord St Taprum
Bay Eleuthera. (Appraised Vatee $40,000.00)
Vacant portion of lot #7 (S0'x1 10)-West James
Cistern Eleuthera (Appraised Value
$18,000.00)

Cat Island

39,

Property w/twelve room motel 1.39 acres-
Arthur's Town Cat Island (Appraised Value
$630,000.00)

Exuma
40, Lot #8 vacant (65,200sq, ft.)-Mass Town

Exuma (Appraised Value $110,188.00)

41. Lot (30.400sq. 8.) with small hotel totaling
(4,520sq. Mand exclusive beach-Forbes Hill
Exuma (Appraised Value $.1,400,000.00)

. Vacant lot #1281 (6,600sq. A-Oceanie Rd

Bahama Sound Section 43 Exuma (Appraised
Value $18.150.00)

. Vacant lot 895 (80'x (22") Cammadare Rd

Elizabeth Harbour Est. Exuma (Appraised
Valine $45,000.00)

TS

vessel has a new engine requiring installation. And
Trailer can be view at Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama

19' (1989) Fiberglass Sports Vessel (Hull Only)

Vehicles

(1) 03 Dodge Caravan

(1) 96 Ford Explorer

(1) 97 Dodge Stratus

(1) OL Hyundai H-1 Van

(1) OL Kia Bus 12 Seater

(1) 78 L800 Ford Boom Track

(1) 02 Hyundai H-1 Van SVX

(1) 06 Hyundai H-1 Van SVX (Silver)
(1) OL Kitchen Tandem Cherokee

Steel Building 70'x50' Six (6) Windows, ‘Two (2) Entry Doors, Two (2) 5'x10' Rollup Doors White
trimmed Blue Approved plans and engineering drawings are available $50,000.00

The public is invited to submit Sealed bids marked "Tender" to Bahamas Development Bank, P.O. Box
N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas attention Financial Controller, faxed bids will not be accepted or telephone
327-5780 for additional information, Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets
should be received by or on December 8, 2008, The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to
reject any or all offers. All assets are sold as is.
PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



Bernanke: more action

needed to cut foreclosures

Legal Notice

NOTICE |

TRINIILENE LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator):



Legal Notice

NOTICE

PRICE HOLDINGS LIMITED

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

GN-793

Ministry

RIL VEY seal ore ay? ln 4%,

men

This position provides an excellent opportunity for an individual
seeking a meaningful employment with the Financial Intelligence
Unit.

The successful candidate would be the Chief Executive Officer
of the Financial Intelligence Unit.

POSITION: DIRECTOR

RESPONSIBLE TO: THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant must:
¢ Possess a ‘College Degree
¢ Hold no other office or
employment, whether remunerated
or not, without the prior approval of
the Minister
Not be a Public Officer
Not be a director, officer or servant
of, or have a controlling interest in,
- any financial institution
¢ Not be bankrupt
¢ Bea fit and proper person

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

° Charge of the day-to-day management and operation of
the Financial Intelligence Unit;

¢ Liaise between the Financial Intelligence Unit and the
Minister responsible for the FIU regarding matters of policy
having to do with the functions of FIU;

Advise the Minister on the work of the Financial
Intelligence Unit and in particular on matters that could
affect public policy;

Prepare the Annual Reports of the FIU and submit to the

. Minister before June 30th in every year;

» Ensure that an Annual Budget is prepared for the FIU and
submitted to the Minister at least two months prior to the
commencement of the financial year; and
Ensure that the accounts of the FIU are audited annually
and a copy of the audit report is submitted to the Minister.

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

The successful candidate is expected to:
1. Be knowledgeable about the financial services sector and
the Laws governing the financial services industry;
2. Be experienced in financial investigations;
3. Have strong data gathering, analytical and report writing
skills; and
4. Have strong leadership skills

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* Three (3) year contract; renewal
° 15% gratuity upon successful completion of contract.

Interested persons should submit their application and resume
in writing along with the relevant certificates no later than Friday,
12th December, 2008 to:

The Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance

3rd Floor, Cecil Wallace: Whitfield Building
Cable Beach

Nassau, The Bahamas

m@ By JEANNINE AVERSA
WASHINGTON

Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke called on the gov-
ernment Thursday to ramp up
efforts to stem soaring home fore-
closures, which are feeding into
the country's deep economic trou-

bles. Although a flurry of actions
have been taken to ease the hous-
ing crisis, foreclosures still remain

"too high" with adverse conse-
quences for struggling homeown-
ers, squeezed lenders and the
broader economy, Bernanke said
in remarks to a Fed conference
here on housing finance, accord-

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‘COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS ~~ IN
THE ‘SUPREME! GOURT. 2008/QUI/equ/00097

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land

comprising 290 acres more or less situate south of the

Township of RockSound in the Island of Eleuthera one

of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of CARMEN J.

KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for Reginald Knowles

Sr.

NOTICE

@ The Petition of CARMEN J.KNOWLES by Power of
Attorney for Reginald Knowles Sr. of the Township of
Rock Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 290
acres more or less situate south of the Township of Rock
Sound in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel
or lot of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or plan filed
herein and is delineated on that part which is coloured
PINK of the said diagram or plan and being the land which
is the subject of the Petition filed herein.

CARMEN J. KNOWLES by Power of Attorney for

Reginald Knowles Sr., claims to be the beneficial owner

in fee simple in possession of the parcel of land

hereinbefore described and such ownership arises by virtue
_ of possession of the said land.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during normal
office hours at:-

The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas;

The Chambers of Johnson & Co., # 1 New Bond Street,
Governors Harbour, Eleuthera

The Office of the Administrator, Rock Sound, Eleuthera,
Bahamas

Notice is given that any person having dower or right of
dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 27th day of December
A.D.,2008 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of such claim
‘in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure by any person to file and serve a
statement of such claim on or before the 27th day of
December A.D.,2008 will operate as a bar to such claim.

JOHNSON & CO.
Chambers
# 1 New Bond Street
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner



ing to the Associated Press.

"More needs to be done," he
declared.

Lenders appear to be on track
to initiate 2.25 million foreclo-
sures this year, up from an aver-
age annual pace of less than |
million during the pre-crisis peri-
od, he said.

To provide additional ‘relief,
Bernanke outlined a number of
what he called "promising

‘options" to reduce preventable

foreclosures.

Under one plan, Bernanke
called on Congress to ease the
terms of a government program
called "Hope for Homeowners,"

which lets distressed homeown- , |
ers refinance into more afford- '

able, federally insured mortgages
if the lender writes down the
amount owed on the mortgage
and pays an upfront insurance
premium.

Bernanke suggested Congress
lower lender's upfront insurance
premium as well as reducing the
interest rate borrowers pay, which
presently is quite high, roughly 8
percent. To bring down this inter-
est rate, Treasury could buy Gin-
nie Mae securities, which fund
the mortgage program, or Con-
gress could decide to subsidize
the rate.

Another option would ease the
terms of a loan-modification plan
put forward by the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. that
seeks to make monthly mortgage
payments more affordable. The
FDIC put this plan into effect at
IndyMac Bank, a large savings
and loan that failed earlier this
year, and has used it to modify
mortgages at other financial insti-
tutions.

Under the so-called IndyMac
plan, struggling home borrowers
pay interest rates of about 3 per-
cent for five years.

Rates are reduced so that bor-
rowers aren't paying more than
38 percent of their pretax income
on housing.

Bernanke suggested this
threshold could be lowered to
perhaps 31 percent of income,

with the government sharing |

some of the cost.

Yet another option would have
the government purchase delin-
quent or at-risk mortgages in bulk
and then refinance them into the
"Hope for Homeowners" or
another government program
that insures home mortgages. : -

Other options include a broad-
er push for lenders to forgive a
portion of the home loan for cer-
tain borrowers, and other perma-
nent modifications over the
longer term so that people don't
fall back into distress again.

The housing crisis has driven
up foreclosures and forced finan-
cial companies to take massive
losses on soured mortgage invest-
ments.

The housing debacle touched
off the worst financial crisis since
the 1930s that Bernanke and
Treasury Secretary Henry Paul-
son have been desperately trying
to bring under control.

All the fallout has plunged the
country into a painful recession.

Bernanke stressed the impor-
tance of curbing the foreclosure
mess because it is so inter-linked
with the economy's health.

“Weakness in the housing mar-
ket has proved a Serious drag on
overall economic activity," he
said.

"Steps that stabilize the hous-

ing market will help stabilize the

economy as well."



(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN
Ben Bernanke speaks on housing
and housing finance, Thursday,
Dec. 4, 2008, at the Federal
Reserve in Washington.

Fielding questions after his
speech, Bernanke didn't foresee
government intervention specifi-

. cally aimed at boosting, sagging

home prices.

"I don't think we would be
either willing or able to target
house prices. I think that would
probably be an impossible thing
to do given the size of the nation-
al housing market, " Bernanke
said.

Instead, the government can
take steps to improve the func-
tioning of the mortgage market,
which would allow more people
to secure home loans and help
stabilize the housing market, he
said.

The Fed chief's remarks come
as the Treasury Department
weighs new plans to revive the
moribund housing market.

Under one plan, Treasury
would seek to lower the rate on a
30-year mortgages to 4.5 percent
by purchasing mortgage-backed
securities from Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, according to finan-
cial industry officials.

It's unclear exactly how much
the plan would cost.

It is possible that Paulson will
ask Congress for the second $350
billion installment of the $700 bil-
lion financial bailout package to
bankroll the effort.

Paulson and his colleagues
within the Bush administration
have come under fire by Democ- ,
rats and some Republicans for
not doing enough to help Amer-
icans at risk of losing their homes.

President-elect Barack Obama
signaled a desire Wednesday to
use a significant portion of the
$700 billion pot to stanch fore-
closures.

"The deteriorating assets in the
financial markets are rooted in
the deterioration of people being
able to pay their mortgages and
stay in their homes," he said.

Paulson has been opposed to
tapping the bailout pool to fund a
mortgage-relief program cham-
pioned by FDIC chief Sheila Bair.
The $24 billion FDIC plan would
use some of the rescue money to
help back refinanced mortgages
that would lower monthly pay-

‘ments.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELMITA CAMELUS of
210 SW APT #3, 2ND COURT, POMPANO BEACH, FT.
LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, 33060-4045, 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 28TH day of NOVEMBER
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PASCOLEVALE INVESTMENTS PTE. LTD.

“eenesenegeneiete 5 tepreenrerenente:

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

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)


THE TRIBUNE

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008, PAGE 9B



AT&T to cut

AP Photo/AT & T Inc., Jim R. Bounds, file



IN THIS SEPT. 30, 2008 file photo provided by AT&T Inc., Randall
Stephenson, president, chief executive officer and chairman of AT&T
Inc., speaks to employees at AT&T's new broadband technical support
call center in Goldsboro, N.C. AT&T said Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, it is



= By BARBARA ORTUTAY
NEW YORK

Pressured by the economic
turmoil and the mounting loss
of traditional phone customers,
AT&T Ince. is cutting 12,000
jobs, about 4 percent of its work
force, according to the Associ-
ated Press.

The Dallas-based telecom-
munications company, the
nation's largest, said the job cuts
will begin this month and run
throughout 2009. The compa-
ny also plans to lower its capital
spending next year, and one
analyst estimates that reduction
could be as much as $2 billion.

The 300,000-person compa-
ny has announced layoffs sev-
eral times over the past few
years, including in April, when
it said it would eliminate 4,600
jobs, but it has been hiring at
the same time. This is the first
time since the company bought
BellSouth Corp. in 2006 that it
said overall staffing would
decline.

The new cuts were part of a
parade of layoffs tied to the
recession. In addition Thursday,
chemicals company DuPont
announced plans to lose 2,500
jobs, Credit Suisse Group
slashed 5,300 and media con-
glomerate Viacom Inc. jetti-
soned 850. Yet AT&T, which
provides local phone coverage
in California, Texas and 20 oth-
er States, is also being pulled by
another current: the long-term
trend of people defecting from
landline phones to wireless ser-
vices or phone service from the
cable company.

In the last quarter, AT&T's
basic voice lines in service
dropped 11 percent. Its wireless
customer base, meanwhile, grew
14 percent.

Reflecting that "changing
business mix," the company said

it still plans some hiring in 2009 °

in parts of the business that
offer cell phone service and
broadband Internet access.
The shift away from landlines
has accelerated because of the
economic turmoil, said Christo-
pher King, an analyst with Stifel

Nicolaus. Fewer homes bought /

means fewer landlines getting
installed or transferred. And
more are getting disconnected
as people look to save money
and rely only on their cell
phones.

AT&T spokesman Walt
Sharp said the layoffs will be
“across the company and across
the country," but would not
specify what departments and
cities would be most affected.

King expects most of the lost
jobs to come from the compa-
ny's landline business.

But he said some might also
come from the unit of the com-
pany that serves large business-
es and accounts for about 30
percent of AT&T's sales.

Companies have been cutting
back spending because of the
recession, and this, King said,
will "certainly pinch" AT&T's
revenue growth.

AT&T, whose shares are
down about 30 percent this year
— while the Dow Jones indus-
trial average is off 35 percent
— remains profitable, and ben-
efits from being the sole U.S.
wireless carrier for Apple Inc.'s
popular iPhone.

This is in sharp contrast to
rival Sprint Nextel Corp., which
has been hemorrhaging wire-
less subscribers and has seen its
shares lose 80 percent of their
value this year. Last month,
Sprint said it is offering volun-
tary buyout packages to an

unspecified number of its 57,000
workers. °

Verizon Communications.
Inc., the nation's second-largest
phone company, has fared bet-
ter than AT&T so far. Its land-
line business is concentrated in
the Northeast, which hasn't
been as battered by the housing
crisis as some of the markets
AT&T serves, like Florida and
California. However, Verizon
figures to be more affected by a
slowdown in business spending
and the fallout from the finan-
cial sector's crisis.

AT&T plans to take a charge
of about $600 million in the

fourth quarter to pay for sev- .

erance costs. The company is
still finishing its capital spending
plans for next year, and said it
will give more specifics on the

12,000 jobs, 4 percent of staff

planned reductions when it ,
posts fourth-quarter earnings in
January.

UBS analyst John Hodulik
estimates the layoffs will save
the company about $720 mil-
lion, or 8 cents ner share, annu-
ally. He also expects AT&T's
reduction in capital spending to
amount to about 10 percent of
the $20 billion being spent in
2008.

AT&T noted that many of its
non-management employees
have guaranteed jobs because
of union contracts. All affected
workers will receive severance
"in accordance with manage-
ment policies or union agree-
ments," the company said.

AT&T's shares fell 67 cents,
or 2.3 percent, to $28.41 in after-
noon trading.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

DALYAN IN VESTMENT LIMITED

—_

cutting 12,000 jobs, or about 4 percent of its work force, because of

the economic downturn. (

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MONDEO MANAGEMENT LIMITED

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

STILL CRAZY
HOLDINGS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE °

MT. HOLLY PLAINES LTD.
A

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

FUN CREATION LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ENTERPRISE GROUP LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

the 21st day of November 2008. The Liquidator

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BANDEIA ATKINS CORPORATION

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

‘Legal Notice |

NOTICE

DELLWAY MANAGEMENT INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice. is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 27th day of November 2008. The Liquidator

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

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE —

MAELCHAN ONE LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the

dissolution of MAELCHAN ONE LTD. has been com-

pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

x

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

KINETIC TRADING LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


PAGE 10B, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



Retailers see sales drop in dreary November

@ By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
NEW YORK

Retailers who suffered through
a miserable November — despite
a surge in sales the day after
Thanksgiving — are worried that
the usual lull between the holi-
day weekend and the final days
before Christmas could be dan-
gerously quiet this year, according

to the Associated Press.
With financially squeezed

shoppers holding out*for even.

better deals or are simply already
done, retailers who are already
offering deep discounts will like-
ly be forced to be even more
ageressive as they lurch through,a
season looking to be the weakest
in at least 30 years.

Worries about the holiday sea-

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
IBC N° 135,104 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, MUREX INTERNATIONAL

LIMITED is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

\

is required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their name,
address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company,
or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution

made before such claim is approved.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of MUREX INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.

son increased Thursday after
many retailers — with Wal-Mart
the notable exception — yeported
November sales so dismal it was
the industry's worst month since
at least 1969. The malaise cut
across all sectors as shoppers wor-
ried about layoffs and shrinking
retirement funds and focused on
necessities.

"It's an awful beginning to the
holiday season," said Michael P.
Niemira, chief economist at the
International Council of Shop-
ping Centers. "This is going to be
a difficult holiday season for most
retailers. There are going to be
more bankruptcies." He predict-
ed that the retrenchment in

spending will linger for at least '

another six months.

Based on conversations with
stores, this week's sales have been
slower than expected, said Janet
Hoffman, managing partner of
the North American retail prac-
tice of Accenture. And with five
fewer days between Thanksgiv-
ing and Christmas this year, retail-
ers are under more pressure to
make every day count.

Karen MacDonald, a spokes-
woman at mall operator Taub-
man Centers Inc., said that stores
are being more aggressive with
discounting for this coming week-
end compared with a year ago.

In recent years, shoppers have
been increasingly delaying their
holiday shopping to the final days



IN THIS NOV. 28, 2008 file photo, Paul Pari, of Lynn, Mass., carries
shopping bags through the North Shore Mall in. Peabody, Mass.,
shortly after the Mall opened it's doors at 5 a.m. Retailers _ with Wal-

Mart the notable exception _

limped through a miserable November

that even a surge of shopping after Thanksgiving couldn't save, mark-
ing the weakest month since at least. 1969 and deepening fears that the
critical holiday period could be the most dismal in decades.

gains, but analysts say they
believe this year people just can't
afford to spend more. C. Britt
Beemer, chairman of America's
Research Group, notes a higher
percentage of shoppers he's sur-
veyed had completed their holi-
day buying on Friday compared
with a year ago.

"If retailers are not super
aggressive with discounts, stores
will be retail museums," said
Beemer, who expects the lull will
be more pronounced this year.

Worries about the economy

reported a 3.4 percent gain in
same-store sales, surpassing the
2.1 percent increase that analysts
surveyed by Thomson Reuters
expected. The results excluded
sales from fuel.

Wal-Mart added that business
is starting to benefit from falling
gas prices, noting that shopping
trips increased and "customers
had more discretionary income
to spend." It expects same-store
sales growth for December to be
at the high end of its range of | to
3 percent.

Corp., usually a strong performer, |
reported a bigger-than expected 5|
percent drop in same-store s+ 5 i|
Target Corp., which has been|
stumbling as its merchandise
focuses more on nonessentials:
like trendy clothes, reported ai
10.4 percent drop. And most}
mall-based chains and depart-
ment stores fared even worse 4
with Abercrombie & Fitch Co., |
Nordstrom Inc., and Kohl's Corp.
reporting percentage declines |
exceeding 15 percent.
Same-store sales are sales at
stores open at least a year and’
are considered a key indicator of}
a retailer's health.
According to the Goldman |
Sachs-International Council of |
Shopping Centers index, same- j
store sales dropped 2.7 percent |
for November, making it the
worst month since at least 1969
when the index began. Novem-
ber's results were even more mis-
erable than the 1 percent drop |
that Niemira anticipated. Exclud- } i
ing Wal-Mart, the index declined
7.7 percent, indicating a widen-
ing gap between the world's}
largest retailer and the rest of the
merchants. Niemira is slashing his
holiday same-store sales forecast
for the combined November and
December periods to be down as
much as | percent. The only hol-
iday period that was almost as
weak was 2002, which posted a_
meager 0.5 percent same-store 4

before Christmas for better bar- have helped Wal-Mart, which However, Costco Wholesale — gales gain.



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000) .

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

NETSTAR INCORPORATED
IBC N° 129,971 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIMITED
IBC N° 137,603 B
(In Voluntary. Liquidation)
NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, NETSTAR INCORPORATED
is in Dissolution.

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Inter-
national Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, EMIRATES ARCHITEC-
TURAL LIMITED is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the NETSTAR INCORPORATED is
required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their name, ad-
dress and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

Any person having a Claim against the EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIM-
ITED is required on or before the 28th day of February 2009 to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made before such claim is approved.

bi

SOUTH OCEAN ESTATES |
‘PROPERTY OWNERS
ASSOCIATION LTD.

REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank

- ;
HEBCOBN: CONSULTANTS LIMITED. of Suite 205 Satiey, Squats), Banik Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of NETSTAR INCORPORATED.

Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of EMIRATES ARCHITECTURAL LIM-

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual
General Meeting of the above-named Company will
be held in Salon 4 of the Wyndham Nassau Resort
& Crystal Palace Casino, West Bay Street, Nassau,
The Bahamas on the 11th day of December, 2008 at
6:30pm for the transaction of the following:

Fonsullants Limiled











beeen ttre ner nae es Nie teneeeneter eee




Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)











1. To elect Directors-and Officers for the ensuing
year.






(a) HOLE-IN-ONE MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC
IBC N° 129,671 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



To waive the presentation of a Statement of
Income and Expenditure and Balance Sheet.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 4, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registtar General.



NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna- Any other business
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC

is in Dissolution.








(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated the 20th day of November, 2008









Any person having a Claim against the WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC is BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
required on or before the 28th day of February. 2009 to send their name, ad-
dress and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution

made before such claim is approved.





(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 8th day of January, 2009 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.




Hartis E. Pinder
SECRETARY











REDCORN CONSULTANTS LIMITED of Suite 205, Saffrey Square, Bank
Lane & Bay Street is the Liquidator of WESTEK HOLDINGS LLC.

A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting
is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote
instead of hinv/her. A proxy need not be a member
of the Company.



DECEMBER §, 2008



LAKEISHA COLLIE





LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY





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COMIC PAGE

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is a pawn down but has a large
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performed in the

theatre (5)

Breed that may be rare (4)

1 Clothes of matching 2

colours with various

decorations (2-9)

‘The origin of an

Erin lad (7)

Extremist talk (5)

Its purpose in sport is to

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action (6)
Etching — ora
watercolour? (8)

Famous Hand

eliminate passion (4) : , f hie
Baltic country resort one West dealer. trian North cucbid hearts to indicate



Submitted to the Spanish is at (7) ] North-South vulnerable. a strong hand.

d (8 hs NORTH Given his partner's pre-emptive
guard (8) Late tenders? (5,6) 4 hl Peete lena I AQ952 opening bid, East realized that
Quietly yearn for table Put in a word for the ¥ 10 North-South bad a certain game and
nen wong dase (1) | es el ee ees
It's sound in diplomacy (6) One who talks one round Ph salt © AP ie Up lc gle WEST EAST the works by jumping to five clubs!

‘i : #108 a6 After South doubled, East retreated
Political favours? (8) to composing.some i ¥KQ6542 VA9873 to five hearts, but the Austrians then
i music (8 | Across Down #652 93 procecded to reach their laydown
Ruler of star potential (4) | 493 3 i eas
He's found among fuel erusual' stamp on:a:letter NI 1 Cupane eheoae SOUTH es ‘Allhough, Busi knew that seven
merchants (5) is entrusted to him (7) N performance (4,2,5) instrument (5) @KI743 hearts would probably be a profitable
: ‘ : — | vj sacrifice against six spades, he was
Wine forced on militant ssruler wideprpaUng Ou Straggler (7) Actual (4) #QI8 afraid the opponents might be able to
: ‘ support (6) Do without (5 Suffer (6 #KQ85 make seven spades. He therefore
republicans (7) Piioaa ceuindaad > a without (5) uiigh AS} The bidding: elected to pass, and Austria scored
Where to find aces well ” Region (4) Authoritative (8) West North East South 1,430 points for making the slam,
(elt looked (5) Ooked after (2,4,5) 21 Notion not quite perfect (4) LLJ Small part (8) Borne (7) ae rs 5¢ 54 trian pale now East-West, the bidding
Charm (6) Explore new ass : ; went: d A
: i i : Opening lead — king of hearts. West North East South
Yesterday’s Cryptic Solution Yesterday’s Easy Solution Short of money (4,2) - areas (5,1,5) 24 Dble 4NT — Dble
: i j ‘ There are two kinds of situations 6% Pass Pass 6%
Re ee SoS: LUD Cn Ene! Impractical (8) On the way to where expert players bid like crazy: — Pass Pass 79% Dble

Drover, 10 Starling, 12 Sets, 13 Shell,
14 Shoe, 17 Reservations, 20
Asseveration, 23 Ante, 24 Witch, 25

Halo, 29 Aurora borealis, 30 Elephant,
31 Mousse.

Down: 1 Made sure, 2 Scottish, 3

Lief, 5 Intelligence, 6 Tort, 7 Knight, 8
Nugget, 11 Cheap edition, 15 Brass,
16 Knead, 18 Picadors, 19 Annotate,

21 Marble, 22 Starve, 26 Rash, 27

Ludo.

Enrich, 10 Meteoric, 12 Peal, 13

Cover, 14 Pull, 17 Second nature,
20 Fourth estate, 23 Thaw, 24 Stout,

Operatic song (4) success (5,6)

Mental picture (5) Magnificence (8)

25 Feud, 28 Pinpoint, 29 Heroic, 30

Demolish, 31 Grudge.

Down: 1 Trespass, 2 Parlance, 3
_ Face, 5 Eleventh hour, 6 Teem, 7

Virtue, 8 Recall, 11 Cornerstones,
15 Enjoy, 16 Brisk, 18 Make good,
19 Headache, 21 Stupid, 22
Magnum, 26 Toil, 27 Bear.

Biographical
sketch (7)

Lower back pain (7)
Unpretentious (6)
Rule as monarch (5)

Throw lightly (4)

Destination (8,3)



when they have very good hands,
and when they have very bad hands.

Consider this deal from the
Austria-United States quarterfinal
match at the 1984 World Olympiad.
The Austrians won by seven Interna-
tional Match Points over the favored
U.S team, and this deal was largely
responsible for their victory.

At one table, the bidding went as
shown. Afier the U.S. West opened
with a weak two-heart bid, the Aus-

Here the Austrians also threw up
a smoke screen, albcit ina different
form. Despite that, the Americans
reached their optimum spot, but East
then decided to carry on to seven
hearts. This was doubled and went
down. five 900) pots in those
days — but the sacrilice proved well
worthwhile, yielding a 530-point
gain (UE IMPs) for Austria, Shortly
thereafter, the Americans found
themselves sitting on the sidelines.

Tomorrow: It pays to go with the odds.
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Atlanta 50/10 32/0 pe 5412 34/1 pe i : 5 19/-7 “pe
‘Atlantic City 40/4 20/-6 pc 40/4 25/-3 s Las Vegas “62/16 388 pe 66/18 42/5 5s
Baltimore ‘40/4 23/-5 pe 38/3 28/-2 pce. _Little Rock’ AAG ST AS23210 Spek
Boston 36/2 28/-2 pe ~-.38/3 30/-1 s Los Angeles 70/21 S21 72/22 52/11 pe
Buffalo = ~—«- 32/0 -21/-6 sn 30/-1 22/-5 sn Louisville ~ 25/-3 po 41/5. 26/-3. co
Charleston, SC 56/13 37/2 sh 59/15 38/3 pc- Memphis — 44/6 29/-1 pe 52/11 33/0 pe
Chicago ~ 23/-5 22/-5 pe 25/-3 16/-8 sn = Miami = 78/25 63/17 “pe ~ 80/26 61/16 Cleveland 26/-3 20/-6 sf 34/1 24/-4 sn Minneapolis 26/-3 14/-10 19/-7 5/-15 sn
Dallas 49/9 34 pe 626 38/3 -s- Nashville 42/5. 23/-6 ~pe 50/10" 28/-2 pe.
Denver 40/4 24/-4 pe 53/11 29/-1 pe New Orleans 99/12 41/5 pe 60/15 43/6 s
Detroit =. ——- 28/-2. 20/-6 ~sf* 29/-1 21/-6 sn New York — 37/2 29/-1 pe» 40/4 -29/-1 ss»
Honolulu 81/27 69/20 s 81/27 68/20 s Oklahoma City 46/7 30/-1 s 52/11 31/0 s
Houston “53/11 36/2 pe 65/18 42/5 ~s Orlando © 76/24 54/12 po.» 72/22 52/11 pe:

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Ta ahassee 64/17 41/5 ‘pC
Tampa 74/23 57/3 “pe 72/22" 55/12 pe
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Low: 66° F/19°C

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. Low: 70° F/21°

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Amsterdam 43/6 37/2 c
‘Ankara, Turkey 2 B4A2~ 37/2 ¢
Athens _ 66/18 54/12 c
Auckland = 70/21 57/13 po
Bangkok 87/30 68/20 pc
Barbados i titi‘ S29 7/24
_ Barcelona 65/18 45/7 pc
Baling a © 2-2 10/-12 s
Beirut 74/23 65/18 pc
Belgrade fiikene DOAD 2 45/723
Berlin ' 42/5 35/1 c
Bermuda’ 68/20 64/17 s
Bogota 67/19 44/6 r
Brussels 48/6 36/2) 46
‘Budapest 467 39/3 r
Buenos Aires 82/27 68/20's
Cairo 84/28 60/15 -c
Calcutta 84/28 66/18 s
Calgary 42/5 22/-5 c
Cancun 82/27 61/16 s-
Caracas 90/32 70/21 s
Casablanca 637° 50/10 s
_ Copenhagen _ 43/6 38/3 sh
Dublin i VEE ABT =39/3 pc
Frankfurt ANS 87/2
Geneva ; 4A 37/206
Halifax 42/5 20/-6 pc
Havana ss 79/2 459/15 pe
Helsinki * 37/2 32/0 c
Hong Kong ~ 70/21 59/15 pe
Islamabad 85/29 48/8 pc
Istanbul 5: 64/17 50/10 c
Jerusalem 73/22 48/8 c
Johannesburg = (sss 82/27 1/16 t
Kingston 86/30 .76/24 sh
Lima es 73/22 66/18 pc.
London 45/7 37/2 sh
Madrid 65/12 45/7 pe
Manila 81/27 72/22 c
Mexico City = = ——- 72/22, 4145 s~
Monterrey _ - 59/15 47/8 pe
Montreal ~ 23/-5 16/-8- pc”
Moscow 45/77 39/3 r
Munich = 4H 3G/2 Sh
Nairobi 81/27 57/13 pe
New Delhi: 8227 57A3 s_
Oslo 28/-2 25/-3 sn
Rais eee AAIG SS 99/3 TE
Prague 42/5 33/0 r
Rio de Janeiro == 8/22 G/B pc
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Warsaw 48/6 86/2
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F/C F/C Saturday: NE at 10-20 Knots 4-7 Feet 10-20 Miles 3: EF
87/30 72/22 S FREEPORT Today: NE at 10-20 Knots 5-7 Feet 3-5 Miles 78° F
45/7 38/3 pe Saturday: SE at 8-16 Knots 3-6 Feet 10-20 Miles 78° F
57/13 37/2 ¢ = ABACO _Today: NE at 10-20 Knots 6-8 Feet 3-5 Miles 78° F
64/17 58/14 ¢ Saturday: ENE at 8-16 Knots 5-8 Feet 10-20 Miles 78° F

70/21 58/14 pe
87/30 67/19 pc

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59/15 45/7 c

> 34 16/-8 s
75/23 67/19 pe
59/15 38/3 +
37/2 32/0 r

70/21 66/18 s
66/18 45/7 +
45/7 36/2 +
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86/30 70/21 t “ wl ix ss
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42/5 38/3 c
45/7 39/3 pe
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388 - 34/1 sn

37/2 26/-3 pc
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74/23 60/15 t

84/28 77/25 sh
81/27 60/15 pc
43/6 36/2 pc
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79/26 70/21 sh
75/23 40/4 pe
73/22 55/12 s
So 5 220-287 pe.
43/6 39/3 sh
38/3 32/0 sn
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77/25 59/15 pe
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