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The Tribune
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@ By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

RESIDENTS of an inner-city
community fear that they are
now being targeted by police
after recently going public in
The Tribune with allegations of
‘police brutality.

Last week, several residents
of the Bain Town community

. told The Tribune of the “unpro-
voked brutality” of a police offi-
cer who was reportedly
responding to noise complaints
from a woman living in the area.
Residents claimed that they
watched in shock as the police
officer; shouting expletives,
slapped a man across the face,
threatened him with a gun, and
later arrested his girlfriend.

A resident told The Tribune
yesterday: “Four days after the
story ran, which was Friday, the
police came back and they
knocked on the door of the
same guy that got slapped. They
were like ‘come open this moth-
erf****door before we kick it
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and they locked him up for
obstruction. Keep in mind that
this is after the incident was
published, this was-around 9 pm
and they said the Superinten-
dent wanted to see him. Me, the
guy’s girlfriend and a neighbour
who lives in the front of me
went to the station and they told
us ‘y’all get from around here,
we don’t need to see y’all,’” the
resident said. |

The resident said: “My thing
is if something was to happen to
us we can’t go to the Nassau
Street Police Station because
those are the same officers that
are giving us attitude and trying

‘to lock all of us up.”

The man’s girlfriend, who
also chose anonymity, said:
“When I went to the station
they told me he was charged
with obstruction. That was that

night, the next day they said he -

got bail. When we went to sign
the bail ‘they had him charged
with assaulting a police officer,
obscene language, disorderly
behaviour and resisting arrest.

“When I went to the station
the officer didn’t want to give
me any information. He run me
out the station telling’ me ‘he

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THREE NEIGHBOURING homes in the Pride Estates Subdivision suffered
simultaneous floor damage nearly two weeks ago. One resident, whose
home was damaged, told the Tribune yesterday: “On Christmas Eve the
houses got damaged around the same time. It’s like the floor in the houses
dropped and the tiles just lifted up off the ground,” she said.
- eSEE PAGE TWO

Christie: FNM will attempt

to destroy PLP this year

OPPOSITION leader Perry
Christie warned his parlia-
mentarian team over the
weekend that' the FNM gov-
ernment will attempt to
destroy the PLP this year by
using any and all of the “agen-
cies of the state” against the
party.

Highlighting this concern in
his address to the youth wing
of the PLP, yesterday Fox Hill
MP Fred Mitchell said that he





‘even believed that this effort

may include the Royal
Bahamas. Police Force.

These remarks from Mr.

Mitchell echo the concerns he
raised when he questioned the
Minister of National Security,
Tommy Turnquest, who
recently advised that with the
return of assistant Ccommis-
sioners Elliston Greenslade

SEE page nine

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Autopsy on
son of John

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

FREEPORT - An

year-old Jett Travolta will

Rand Memorial Hospital,
where security measures
have been beefed up at the
morgue in Freeport.

Health Minister “Dr
Hubert Minnis told The Assoeuee Press that two oeatholoalete
will be used to ensure a “careful autopsy.”

A United States-certified clinical.and forensic pathologist from
Nassau will fly into Grand Bahama today to ‘help perform the
autopsy, Dr Minnis said. A possible cause of death will be likely
known by the end of the day, he added. °

According to reports, security officials have taken possession of
all keys to the morgue to ensure that the body remains undis-
turbed and that the Travoltas’ privacy is respected.

Actor John Travolta and his wife, Kelly, and their children —
eight-year-old Ella, and Jett — arrived by private plane at West
End, Grand Bahama, on December 30.

They were staying at their private residence at the Old Bahama
Bay Resort when their son suffered a seizure and died. .

Jett was last seen on January 1 when he went to use the bathroom
at the family’s residence. He was later discovered dead in the
bathroom around 10am on Friday, January 2.

The Travoltas are devastated:by. the tragedy. The family’s attor-
ney Michael Ossi said they were great parents to Jett, who has had

SEE page nine



The Bahamas
economy ‘won't

show recovery
signs until 2010’

THE Bahamas’ economy
will not show signs of recovery
until 2010 and the local con-
struction industry should
brace for a turn for the worst,
local economists and busi-
nesspersons advised yester-
day.

Chamber of Commerce
President Dionisio D’Aguilar
yesterday said that in his view
the situation. of the country’s
construction industry is going
to get “decidedly worse” in
the near future.

Speaking as a guest on
IslandFM’s talk show “Parlia-
ment Street”, Mr D’Aguilar
said that while it is correct that -
a number of construction pro-
jects are currently underway
— including development of
Cave’s Point, Albany, Old

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Dion Dawkins

Search for man
missing at sea

AN ACTIVE search is
continuing for*48-year-old
Dion Dawkins who went
missing at sea around 4pm
Friday.

According to information

_received by The Tribune, Mr
Dawkins was engaged by Mr
Reginald Sands, the husband’
of former Senator Gladys
Sands, to assist two of his
employees who had run out

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FROM LEFT: PLP leader Perry Christie, chairman Glenys Hanna-
Martin and Leader of the Opposition business in the House of
Assembly Dr Bernard Nottage.

PLP members attend
cathering at party leader
Perry Christie’s house

THE shortcomings of certain PLP Members of Parliament and
future party nominations were reportedly discussed at a special
gathering at the home of former prime minister Perry Christie
this weekend. :

According to party insiders, a group of about 100 invited
members of the PLP met for dinner Saturday night at the Cable
Beach residence to discuss pertinent issues, including the future

- leadership of the party, the PLP’s current position and the out-
come of the election court cases.

Certain sitting MPs were reportedly called to task by party
executives for neglecting their respective constituencies and
were told that they needed to step up to the plate.

Others were allegedly told that they will not be receiving a par-
ty nomination for the 2012 general election, party sources
claimed.

During the dinner, which lasted from 8pm to midnight, Mr
Christie, Dr Bernard Nottage, leader for Opposition business in
the House of Assembly, and party chairman Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin addressed their fellow PLPs.

Yamacraw MP Melanie Griffin served as master of cere-
monies.

At the gathering, lawyer Philip “Brave” Davis, MP for Cat
Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, was thanked by Mr Christie
for his work on the Marco City election court case.

PLPs at the dinner. were informed that Mr Davis never asked
for any financial compensation for his work on the case.



FROM LEFT: BRADLEY Roberts, former Minister of Works and
coordinator of the PLP; Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell; Fort Charlotte MP
Alfred Sears; Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip
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@ By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

BRENSIL Rolle, parliamentary
secretary in the Ministry of Hous-
ing, said yesterday he wants to find
out what causéd simultaneous floor
damage to three neighbouring
homes in the Pride Estates Subdi-

‘vision nearly two weeks ago. .

A Pride Estates resident, whose
home was damaged, told the Tri-
bune yesterday: “On Christmas
Eve the houses got damaged
around the same time.

““Tt’s like the floor in the houses
dropped and the tiles just lifted up
off the ground,” she said.

“I don’t know what took place
but it came. straight down the line.
My tiles are hollow but they didn’t
crack open.

“T have a big China closet, the
closet jumped up into the air,
dropped back down and broke up
all of my crystals on my stand,” the
woman said.

Another resident, whose floor
was also damaged, said: “We had
some tiles lifted up, but Mr Rolle
was here and he told us what to
do. ;

“Mr Rolle came here on Christ-
mas day and did what he was sup-

Felipé Majge/T ribune staff

posed to do and I was impressed
with what he did. He told us to
contact our insurance, let them do
what they have to do first and then
they will continue from there,” the
resident said.

Speaking with the Tribune yes-
terday Mr Rolle said he had visited
the residents to assess the situa-
tion. :

“‘What we asked them to do is to
report the matter to their insur-
ance company so that they can take
a look at the damage.

“We don’t.want to speculate as
to what happened. —

“Tt all happened on the same day

and only that row of houses was
affected and so rather than me
speculate I wanted them to report
to their insurance carriers first.

“We are also interested in find-
ing out what happened,” Mr Rolle
said.

“We proposed to send a struc-
tural engineer to see if there .was
any structural damage apart from
what we could see with the naked
eye. 4
“The insurance companies will
take a look at the damage and we
will coordinate with them to see
what was the real cause behind the
lifting of the tiles,” Mr Rolle said.

John Travolta says he is"
heartbroken at son’s death

@ FREEPORT, Bahamas

JOHN TRAVOLTA said Sat-
urday he and his wife Kelly Pre-
ston are “heartbroken” over the

? death of their chronically ill 16-

? year-old son, who collapsed at

?. the family’s vacation home on
Grand Bahama, according to
Associated Press. «
’ Police Superintendent Basil
Rahming has said a caretaker
found Jett Travolta unconscious
in a bathroom late Friday morn-
ing and he was later pronounced
dead at a Freeport hospital. The
youth was last seen entering the
bathroom on Thursday, accord-
ing to Rahming’s police state-
ment.

“We are heartbroken that our
time with him was so brief. We
will cherish the time we had with
him for the rest of our lives,”
Travolta and Preston said in
their first public statement since
Jett’s death.

“Jett was the most wonderful

son that two parents could ever

- ask for and lit up the lives of

everyone he encountered,” said

a statement posted Sunday on
Travolta’s Web site.

“We have received many mes-

sages of condolence from around

everyone for their prayers and
support. It has meant so much to
us. It is a beautiful reminder of
the inherent goodness in the
human spirit that gives us hope
for a brighter future.”

Preston and Travolta have
said that Jett became very sick
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ter, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has said
that a second, U.S.-certified
pathologist will fly in at dawn
Monday to assist with the
teenager’s autopsy.

“I have spoken to (Travolta)
and informed him that the gov-
ernment is doing everything it
can,” Dr Minnis said Sunday,
adding he could not disclose fur-
ther specifics about the autop-
sy.

About a dozen security guards
and Bahamian police officers
patrolled Sunday around the lux-
ury Old Bahama Bay resort
community where Travolta and

Preston remained inside their

home. The white-sand beach in

front of the suites was closed.
The couple also have an 8-

- year-old daughter; Ella Bleu.
Travolta, 54, is trying to finish
funeral arrangements and hopes
to fly his son’s body to Florida

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inflamed blood vessels in young
children. Preston blamed house-
hold cleaners and fertilizers, and
said that a detoxification pro-
gramme based on teachings
from the Church of Scientology
helped improve his health,
according to People magazine.
Others said Jett was prone to
seizures.

Michael McDermott, an attor-
ney for the actor, said Sunday
that although Jett was last seen
Thursday and found the follow-
ing day, he doesn’t believe that
the teen was in the bathroom for
a substantial amount of time.

“The police left the impres-
sion that the boy was unsuper-
vised. No. There were two nan-
nies with him for the entire
evening,” McDermott told The
Associated Press. “They made
it seem like he was sent to the
condo and nobody checked in
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supervised,” said McDermott,
who said he has not had,the
chance to talk to' the two nan-
nies himself,

McDermott said he had no >
knowledge of Jett’s medical his-
tory but “understood he had a
history of seizures.” It is unclear
whether Jett was taking medica-
tion for that.

by midweek, McDermott said.
Travolta and Preston, 46, have a
house in Ocala, Florida. |

The Church of Scientology,
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Coast Guard call off search for
cruise ship employee who
reportedly fell overboard

@ MIAMI

The Coast Guard called off the search Friday night for a
cruise ship employee who reportedly fell overboard about
20 miles east of Vero Beach on New Year’s day. The ship
was returning from a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. The
man's name was not released.

The Coast Guard says the man's co-workers on the Car-
nival Sensation reported him falling overboard around 1
am Thursday.

Carnival said in a statement that the man, a member of
the entertainment staff, was not on duty at the time and
that six other crew members saw him fall.

Eyewitnesses reported it was clearly am accident.

“We searched an area of about 2,000 square miles off
Vero Beach and northwards,” said Petty Officer James
Harless, who is based in Miami.

“The number of hours we have spent looking jee him and
the assets we used, including planes and helic ‘opters, lead
us to believe that we will not be able to find him.”

' The Cruise ship initially helped with the search, but had
to return to port.

Passengers said the young man was a singer with a band
that had performed on the top deck of the Carnival Sensa-
tion. He was trying to take a photograph when he fell.

A group of off-duty crew members had been dancing
with passengers, ringing in the New Year, said a passenger
from upstate New York.

“They were having fun. It was very sad.”

Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise operator, is
based in Miami.

This was the second fall from a cruise ship within a
week. Jennifer Ellis-Seitz, 36, fell over board on Christmas
day from the Norwegian Pearl near Cancun, Mexico.
According to family members she had emotional problems
and may have committed suicide.






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Sacrifices are needed, says Fox Hill MP

Mitchell challenges PLP’s youtl

arm to help him change party

FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell
challenged the Progressive

Young Liberals yesterday. to |

join him in making the sacri-
fices needed to bring about
change in the PLP at the Party's
next convention,

Admitting that. he.has: already
started the process of meeting .
face to face with delegates and

stalwart councillors, Mr Mitchell
warned the young ‘PLP’s that
“no one is going to voluntarily
give up power,” -

“If you want power, you must
seize it. The party’s convention
is coming up. The changes in
the party’s agenda and focus
can begin there, but it must first
start in the branches. You know
where branches are. You know
who the branch officers are.
Have you joined a branch?
Have you become.an officer in
a branch? Will you become a
delegate at the next conven-
tion? What will your agenda be
at that convention?

“Many argue that the deck is
stacked against you because
there are some 1,000 Stalwart
Councillors who have the right
to, vote at the convention and
in the council as opposed to
some 500 people who are regu-
lar delegates and officers with
the right to vote at convention.
That should not stop you.

“The math is quite simple.
The late Cecil Wallace Whit-
field used to repeat all the time:
You need 50 per cent plus one
to win. So you can have your
candidates of choice for all
offices. You can have your
issues that need to be adopted;
the changes to the constitution
that need to be made. The only
question is whether you:have
the discipline to go after it; form
the alliances, and work the vot-
ers in order to win,” he said.

Outlining his goals and vision
for the Bahamas, which include
increasing the literacy rate,
decreasing the birth and death
rate, and implementing, a

gramme, Mr Mitchell said thy

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Four arrested
after estimated
$400,000
marijuana



seizure

FOUR people are in police
custody following the seizure
of an estimated $400,000
worth of marijuana from a
home in Flamingo Gardens on
Saturday.

Police. are now searching

for a fifth person who is want-

ed for questioning in connect
with the drug seizure.

According to reports, offi-
cers from the police Drug
Enforcement Unit executed a -
search warrant on a home at
Turks Close, Flamingo Gar-
dens around 7 am on Satur-
day. There, police discovered
eight crocus sacks containing
marijuana in addition to four
taped packages of marijuana.
The drugs weighed 361
pounds.

Four persons, including
three Jamaican women and a
30-year-old Bahamian man
were taken into police custody
and are assisting police in
their investigations. Police are
in search of a fifth person,
Prescott Roxbury, who is also
wanted for questioning in the
matter.

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“In seeking to get my mes-

. sage out, I have used the inter-

net. This is a tool that I have
used to great effect since 1998
when the Nassau Guardian’s
then editor Oswald Brown, an
FNM ideologue, decided that

nothing I said was worthy of

being published. We now see
who has the last laugh.

“Yet, I believe that even with -

the podcasts that I do twice per
month, the postings on the PLP



“If you want power, you must

seize it.



website, the postings to baham-
suncensored.com or myplp.com,
it is still not yet to the point
where we can rival the influ-
ence of The Tribune, Guardian,
The Punch, the Bahama Journal
and the radio and television sta-
tions,” he said.

Having attempted to boycott
the mainstream media and only
utilizing the internet for a few
months, the MP soon returned,
and has since called and held
more press briefings than any
other MP on either side of the
political divide. Despite his con-
tinual use of the internet to dis-
seminate information on behalf
of himself or the PLP, Mr
Mitchell said that the party as a
whole is too “deliberative”

Fred Mitchell

when it comes to the dissemi- '

nation of information. “We are
too deliberative. Too ponder-
ous and by the time many of us
react, time has passed us by.
You are then being challenged
and enlisted in the fight of your
life.

“In Hubert Ingraham, we’

have a wily and devious oppo-
nent but he can be defeated. He
was defeated before. He can be
defeated again. Since he came
back to office his government
has broken the conventions of
the constitution with regard to
consultation and the extent to
which the Leader of the Oppo-
sition’s views are to be taken
into account in national deci-
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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

_ LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

; Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Bahamian banks in sound position

OVER THE weekend a visiting. manag-
ing director of a Wall Street bank comment-
ed that in the short time that he has been
here he has the impression that Bahamian
banks are in a far sounder position than most
banks globally.

They certainly seem to have performed
better than US banks, he said.

“Obviously,” he observed, “they have

‘ maintained their credit standards through-

out the credit bubble, which is what got the
American banks in trouble.”

_ Sir William Allen, a former finance minis-

ter of the Bahamas, agrees that there is no

question that Bahamian banks are ina

stronger position than their global counter-

parts. He also agrees that they have been

“vigorously regulated.”

Bahamians over the years have com-
plained at the rigid controls local banks exact
when they go to get a loan for the purchase of
a home, a car or to start a business.

Not only do they have to.make a down-
payment on the loan, but, in many cases, they
have to get a letter from their employer con-
firming their salary and the prospects of con-
tinued employment so that a bank loan offi-
cer can judge whether they are a good cred-
it risk,

If they are borrowing on land, they have to’
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leave their land deeds with
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‘Not so in the US. Banks were faking 100

_ per cent loans without background checks,

and, of course, no downpayments. The
Bahamas did not fall into that trap.

In the US there was too much credit in the
system. As a result borrowing was encour-
aged, leaving many Americans financially
over extended when the crash finally came —
mortgages could not be paid off, nor could
any other type of loan be serviced.

This not only hurt persons in debt, but it

also curtailed the activities of those citizens
who had always met their obligations.

It crippled the banks, which could no
longer lend money for once growing busi-
nesses. Everyone suffered.

The economy declined into a recession
with millions of jobless:citizens filling out
application forms as they searched for new
employment.

Sir William admits that the Bahamas’ rel- ,

ative good fortune could be-reversed if the
present economic deterioration continues for

a long period of time and unemployment

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increases. Rising unemployment could put
pressure on the banks’ assets as their clients
start to default on their loans. At present the
real estate market has not depreciated to any
great extent, the. banks are adequately capi-
talised, the financial system is liquid and the
country’s international reserves have record-

ed an increase over last year, Sir William

reports.

The Bahamas’ debt is about 40 per cent
of its gross domestic product (GDP) — in
other words less than half of its GDP, where-

as the United States’ total debt is a multiple _

of 3.5 per cent over its GDP. That means
that America’s $51 trillion total debt is
financed by a GDP of $13.3 trillion.

It’s a scary position for any country to be
in— particularly one that leads the world
and on whose stability so many other coun-
tries depend.

Over the years there have been many com-
plaints about the Bahamas’ Exchange Con-
trol. However, when it was announced in
October that Iceland had gone bankrupt,
many Bahamians appreciated how they had
been protected by Exchange Control.

In the-US many who had invested in the
foreign markets had their fortunes wiped out
overnight. Bahamians, who.are not allowed to
play the international markets, suffered no
such fate.

Recently Exchange Control rules on capi-
tal accounts were relaxed. Local brokers are
now allowed to invest up to $25 million in for-
eign securities — but, again, not without
Exchange Control permission.

A commentator saw the Icelandic crisis
as an example of a defaulting country getting
in too deep and now having to pay the price
for there not being a global financial regula-
tor and a global central bank.

Iceland can no longer repay its external
debts, its currency is valueless, which means
it can no longer pay for imports.

The Bahamas would have been finished if
Bahamians had been allowed to invest in the
markets.

“The country’s assets would have dimin-
ished,” said Sir William, “if its citizens had
been caught in the meltdown.”

They would probably today be more than
diminished, they would have been wiped out
and Bahamians without foreign exchange,
and without enough local produce to be self-
sufficient, would have starved.

S&P slams FNM
- government's
economic policy

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I note the latest credit rating
and economic outlook by the
international credit ratings
agency Standard and Poor’s
(S&P) on December 17, 2008.
In its analysis, S&P downgrades
the country’s economic outlook
from stable to negative and
attributes this to not only exter-
nal economic forces, but on the
economic policies of the FNM
government.

The report indicates that fol-
lowing real GDP growth of 4.5
per cent in 2006, the growth
momentum has been interrupt-
ed “by the protracted period of
contracts review by the FNM
government after it came to
power. ,

The review of $80 million
worth of contracts and the even-
tual cancellation of a $23 million
public contract for a straw mar-
ket negatively. affected
investors’ sentiments and
brought substantial disruption
to the contractors’ activity”.

The report went on to state
that because of this policy, “the




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important economic growth
momentum has been lost”.

This analysis by this imterna- .

tionally respected organisation
with no political axe to grind is
both a vindication of the PLP

and a major repudiation and:

condemnation of the now infa-
mous, ill-advised, and failed
“Stop, Review, Cancel” eco-
nomic policy of the FNM gov-
ernment.

The PLP is on. record repeat-
edly warning the FNM govern-
ment that it “caanot turn the
economy off and on like a
faucet” and that its policy deci-
sions will shake: investor confi-
dence and cause me country
great harm.

The FNM is yet to admit to
its policy blunder.

As for accountability and
transparency, the general public
does not know to this date what

was reviewed, the criteria for
the review, the findings of the
review, and the public venefits
of the review and cance'lations.
I remind the FNM government
of their proclaimed “mandate

_ of increased transparency, with

the party’s (so-called) Trust
Agenda focusing on the
accountability and transparency
issues, strengthening institu-
tional framework, and promot-
ing better governance,” accord-
ing to the S&P report.

To date, there is no evidence
that the actions of the govern-
ment demonstrated account-
ability or transparency. Further,
the consequences of the gov-
ernment’s policies suggest a
weakening of the public insti-
tutional framework and the
delivery of poor governance as
literally tens of thousands of
Bahamians were adversely
affected by this ill-advised pub-
lic policy.

ELCOTT COLEBY
Nassau,
December 31, 2008.

My Christmas peace was shattered!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I could not help but write to
express my outrage on when my
peaceful Christmas holiday was
marred by an inconsiderate
business owner.

My property is 700 feet to
the south of Blue Hill Road
south on the western side of
Marshall Road. At 11am own-
ers of a.bar and club on Blue
Hill Road south decided they
would set up three large speak-
ers outside their establishment
for all and sundry to hear. I
could not hear my TV with the
windows closed therefore mak-
ing me extremely angry and
upset. I got into my vehicle and
drove to the club which had one
patron on the inside and two
Jamaican DJ’s on the outside
who turned the music down for
approximately one hour after I
asked them quite angrily to do
so.

For seven hours straight the
reggae music wafted over the

-casuarina trees and four other

homes into my living room until
I decided to call the Police. My
husband in his infinite wisdom

‘felt I should not have

approached the noise makers
as I could have placed my life in
danger and that is when I
realised that we as Bahamian

people have lost our rights to

stand up for what is right and
decent in our own country!

inform a group of individuals
who are an obvious nuisance to

cease and desist? Why should .

I take this lying down and not
demand that noise pollution in
areas that border residential
areas not be dealt with expedi-
tiously by the department that
grants dancing and liquor licens-
es? Why should a non-Bahami-
an mock me for my desire to
have a peaceful dinner with my
family in my home on a day
designated for peace on earth
and good will? Why should we

have to sit in homes which car-

ry 250 thousand plus mortgages
and not have peace no matter
what subdivision we live in. I
implore the Bahamian disc

jockeys to form a coalition
against unlawful noise which
has become a stable attraction
for clubs and bars who continue
to set up loud speakers outside
their clubs to attract sales. We
need to take a stand for decen- |
cy and order and stop allowing
negative foreign influences to
take root in our.country like the
99 cent environmentally unac-
ceptable food stands which have
no licenses and are not subject
to the stringent inspections of
licensed restaurants. Just anoth-
er of my pet peeves!

T BURROWS
Nassau,
December, 2008.

Time for civil disobedience

EDITOR, The Tribune.




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There are times when civil disobedience is required. I have dis-
cussed with several authorities,.including Ministers responsible the
need to elimiriate the requirement for Bahamians to complete an
immigration form when returning to the Bahamas, their home.

It is impossible for me to "immigrate" to the Bahamas. Enough is
enough. We are mired in unnecessary process without any thought
being given to enhancing efficiencies.

The next time I return to the Bahamas I will refuse to complete
and submit an immigration form. I will present my passport only and
suffer any an all consequences. What's the worst case scenario,
deportation to the Bahamas. I encourage all fellow citizens.to do the
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Taxi drivers angry after access

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Green Parrot
employee is
robbed at

gunpoint

AN EMPLOYEE of Green }
Parrot Bar and Grill, East Bay :
Street was robbed at gunpoint :

on Saturday.

According to the police
report around noon on Satur-
day, the employee

long trousers. On his head he ;
wore a dark.blue cap. Police are :
“investigating. :

Women's

boxing champ

captured by Defence Force

is PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad

oalandy dies
in car crash

TRINIDADIAN boxing cham- :
pion Jisselle Salandy, one of the ;
sport's rising young stars, died Sun- :
day from injuries sustained in a car :
crash on the outskirts of the :
Caribbean country's capital, :
according to Associated Press. She :

was 21.

Salandy died at Port-of-Spain : ,
General Hospital shortly after the :
dawn crash, according to Informa- :
tion Minister Neil Parsanlal. He :
said Salandy's car ran off a highway :
and smashed into a concrete col- :
umn after she had brought a friend :

to Piarco International Airport.

Known for her quick feet and :
fast hands, Salandy had easily :
defended her WBC, WBA and :
WIBA belts against the Domini- :
can Republic's Yahaira Hernan- :
dez on Dec. 26, which pushed :
Salandy's professional record to ;

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@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

MORE than 100 taxi drivers were
outraged when they were denied
access to cruise passengers at Prince
George Wharf on Friday.

Port officials said a 2004 security
requirement set in place after the Sep-
tember 11 attacks, réquires all service
personnel to present two forms of
identification before they are given
access to passengers. ;

The first being a public service
license, and the other, an all access
pass to Festival Place.

With many of the taxi drivers claim-
ing they did not know their public ser-

Officials say security requirement
requires two forms of identification

vice licenses had expired on December
31, they were offered an additional
grace period by the port authority to
renew their licenses.

Mark Sawyer, chairman of the
Prince George Wharf committee, said
the requirement is unfair to taxi dri-
vers, adding that’a government issued
public service license should be
enough.

Mr Sawyer said: “The requirements
that the port needs to get their ‘taxi

drivers’ badges, are the same as the
government’s requirement for public
service licenses.”

Mr Sawyer said taxi drivers pay as
much as $60 annually for the Festival,
Place access passes. He maintains that
the additional port issued badge is not
necessary. ,

Many of the drivers became more
angry when several vehicles from
major tour companies and hotels were
given access to the cruise passengers.

to cruise passengers denied

One driver said: “Atlantis employees
are getting privileges, Bahamas expe-
rience are getting privileges, their
badges are not valid; but they have
been given access to pick up their peo-
ple from the dock.” .

Port: Controller Captain Anthony
Allen said, although the security
requirement was never imposed, the
grace period offered has since passed.

“The reality is that everyone who
accesses the port area, myself included,
must provide certain things in order.
to be here,” said. Capt Allen:

He says many. people were denied
access after background checks were
conducted, and feels that many of the
taxi drivers might have the same fear.

"The sport ‘fraternity has suf- :
fered a tremendous loss and :
Trinidad and Tobago has lost an }
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Sloop with 75 Haitians is

*LESS than 24 hours after
a large group of illegal Hait-
ian immigrants was picked
up on Ragged Island on Fri-
day, Defence Force officers
captured another Haitian
sloop off the coast of Long
Island. On board were 75
Haitians.

While on routine patrol
on Saturday, the Defence
Force patrol craft HMBS
Inagua, under the command

of Senior Lieutenant Ren- .

hault Darville, came upon a
40-foot Haitian sloop
approximately 42 miles
southwest off the southern
tip of Long Island.

The search uncovered 75
Haitian migrants— 63 men
and 12 women- who did not
have legal documents to
enter the country.

They were taken from
their overcrowded vessel

Incident takes place less
than a day after 156
illegal immigrants picked
up on Ragged Island

and transferred to the
Defence Force vessel. The
Haitian immigrants were
then taken to Clarence
Town, Long Island. They

are being held at the Com-

munity Centre in Long
Island.

With this latest arrest of
Haitian migrants, a total of
231 have been taken into
custody so far for trying to

land illegally in the New

Year. ; 4
On Friday, a group of 156



illegal Haitians was appre-
hended by Defence Force
officers as they. strolled
around Ragged Island after
landing onshore.

Speaking with The Tri-
bune on Friday, State Min-
ister for Immigration,
Branville McCartney, said
that a reason for the mass
exodus of Haitians from

their country might be due
to indications of. apolitical ...-
‘unrest. | i PHISN Hoa ly

He also cited favourable



wind conditions during this
time of year and the
constant desire of Haitians
to emigrate, as possible
reasons for the large num-
bers seen in the past few
weeks.

Mr McCartney. said the’
Immigration Department
will remain vigilant and con-
tinue to repatriate as quick-
ly as possible.

“We have indicated to the
Defence Force officers to be
very.much on guard and to
be alert in light of these fac-
tors and they have done an
excellent job,” he said.

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Officials:
Hispanic —
hnmigrants

PM announces the successor to
Cabinet Secretary Wendell Major



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' POLICE in the Tampa
Bay area say that His-
yanic immigrants are
increasingly the targets
of robberies, according
to’ Associated Press.
» The St. Petersburg
Times reports that in
2008 alone, 55 robberies
in Clearwater involved
Hispanic men; similar
robberies have been ;
reported throughout the =:
region. | Ht
Across the nation, the
trend has earned its
unfortunate victims a
nickname: walking
ATMs. ie
. Experts point to two
main factors that make
Hispanic_men vulnera- — :
ble — cash and legal sta-. :
tus. As restaurant work- |}
ers or laborers, the
immigrants are some-
times paid in cash.

And immigrants with, ae

tenuous legal status
can’t get a driver’s
license and often walk
-or ride bikes late at
night. 2 = i
These immigrants are
less likely to seek help —

from police because. ....... i.

they are afraid of being

deported, experts say.

MRS, Anita Bernard, a
retired public servant who
was called back into service
last year, will replace Cabi-
net Secretary Wendell
Major who has retired after
38 years of public service.

Mr Major was honoured
at a special banquet Friday
evening on the occasion of

his retirement. The banquet -

was held at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino.

Speaking at the banquet,
Prime ‘Minister Hubert

i . Ingraham said most persons

who know Mr Major would

‘describe him as an “intro-

vert, competent, a logical
thinker and an excellent
writer.”

Mr. Ingraham also

_ announced Mrs Bernard as
? Mr Major’s successor, say-
: ing she will be the second

woman to hold this top posi-
tion in the public service.
Outlining Mr Major’s

‘time in government, Mr

Ingraham said that the Cab-
inet Secretary joined the

: public service in 1970 in a

pre-Independence Bahamas
and was early on identified

as “a high flyer.”
..- “Within eight years he

had reached the rank of
+. Deputy Permanent Secre-
i. tary and eight years later, in

1985 at the age of 38, he was

appointed Permanent Sec- .
; . retary. .

“He has had broad and

varied experience in the
public service having served
in the Ministry of Finance,
the Department of Public
Service and the Cabinet
Office before his appoint-
ment as Permanent Secre-
tary. in the Ministry of
National Security and Immi-
gration,” Mr Ingraham said.

In the following years, Mr
Ingraham said that Mr
Major served as Permanent
Secretary in the Ministries
of Transport, Health, Edu-
cation and Public Works.

Mr Major also acted as
Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and in the Office of the
Attorney General, the prime
minister'said.

Retired public servant
Anita Bernard to take over —

“Mr Major is most knowl-
edgeable about the public
service. He has been
involved in the crafting, evo-
lution.and development of
public service policies, in
one form or the other, for
over 30 years. As Secretary
to the Cabinet he was able
to influence the appoint-
ment of Heads of Depart-
ment, Permanent Secretaries
and other senior officers in
the Public Service,” he said.

“Wendell, I thank you for
your loyal service, for your
dedication to the Service
and to our country and I
wish you Godspeed in the
years ahead. It now gives
me great pleasure to present
you with tokens of our

appreciation,’ Mr Ingraham
said.

Mrs Berdard, who suc-
ceeds Mr Major, is a sea-
soned, experienced officer,
single-minded in her dedi-
cation to provide quality
service to the public, Mr
Ingraham said.

Mrs Bernard began her

~ career in the Public Service
’ in Education as a teacher.

Subsequently having quali-
fied, she rose to the post of
principal and later moved
into the administrative ranks
of the service.

Slie has experience in the
Department of Public Ser-
vice and in Housing and
National Insurance and
sérved as Permanent Secre-
tary in a wide range of Min-
istries ‘of Housing and
National Insurance,
Tourism, Public Service and
Training, Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture, and
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ALICE MARIE

of Taylor Street will be held
on Thursday, January ‘8th,
10am at.Wesley Methodist

Edward Sykes will officiate.
Interment will follow in-the

Streeti-o

, ‘/ the hospital on Christmas
ees isle Day, where her Pastor Rev.
‘: Edward Sykes visited her the next day and prayed for her. She’
“was faken away by ‘her angéls. a few hours. later.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Joycelyn -

“Rahming and Noretta Davis; son, Millard Rahming; adopted
‘son, Kyday Johnson; brother, Harcourt "Cordy". Bastian;
_ sisters-in-law, Joyce and Beryl Bastian; daughter-in-law,

Margaret Rahming; nineteen grandchildren, Darren Bastian, -
Leslia and Jaydian Miller, Demetrius Ferguson and Devaughn. |:

’ Fawkes, Philip Rahming Jr., Zabdiel, Darius, Endierque and
Demario Rahming, Laterio, Lakiesha, Sanchez and Loreal

Delancy; Nickeva and Narissa Eve, Justin Davis, Brittany
Roker; eight great-grandchildren, Drew. and Izaak Bastian, .

Quaid-Leslie Robinson, Devaughn Fawkes Jr., Zabriel Rahming,

Rache Pantry and Shantara Delancy; ten nieces, Cheri Weech, |.

‘Donna, Kaye, Tanya, Tracy and Deidre Bastian, Glenda Lyles

of Tennessee, Donna Wood, Vinnah Adderley and Ursula Smith;

~ seven nephews; Larry, Anthony, Rickie, Loran, Keven, Terrance

‘and-Quintin Bastian; other close relatives and friends include, -
Rev. Dr. Cannon Nelson Pinder and Rev. Johnny Pinder of Fla., .
George Whitfield of Eleuthera, Thelma Symonette, Dave and: |
Noel "Toy" Bastian, Leslie Miller, Rochelle Bastian, Edwin

-Bastian, Hon. Kendal Wright, Anthony "Boots". Weech, Ricardo
Lyles, Vincent and Lennie Fountain, Margo Albury, Sam:Smith;

_ Walter Ferguson, Sybil Rolle and family, Maude Miller and.

family, Nita Johnson and family, Diana Hepburn and family,
‘Andrea Johnson and family; Donald Wilson and family, Brenda

-Cleare and family, Avis Sands and family, Geraldine Davis and -

family, Edith Robinson and family, Shirley Goodman and
‘family, Carmetta Walkes and family, Laurette Pierre and family,
‘Taylor Street Community, One Family Junkanoo and
-,Community Organization and a host of other relatives and
friends too numerous to mention.

Special thanks to Rev. Edward Sykes, Dr. Greta Eneas Carey
“and staff, Nurses of the Private Medical Ward of the Princess
Margaret Hospital, members of the Salem Baptist Church,
members of Wesley Methodist Church MCCA, Florence and
Summer Billy Cooper and the staff of Bethel Brothers

;Morticians. .

“Priends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Mortticians, .

“#44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10am to 6pm and at the
church on Thursday. from 9am until service time.

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in criminality continue to evolve, Acting
Commissioner of Police Reginald Fergu-
son said yesterday.

As the special guest on the radio pro-
gramme “Policing Today”, hosted by acting
assistant commissioner Hulan Hanna, Mr
Ferguson said he truly believes that the
Bahamian public is interested in assisting
the police combat crime.

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play in helping to beat back such criminal
elements in their neighbourhood,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said that even amongst
police officers, it is sometimes difficult to

sell them on the effect of intelligence-led

policing, as some are unaware of the effec-

~ tiveness of it.

However, the evidence is there for all to

see, Mr Ferguson said, as they have foiled a -

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from neighbourhoods about criminals and
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you to strike. And when you do,-it sends a
shock-wave down the criminal communi-
ty.
“They stop and try to figure out what is it
they did wrong, and maybe who’s squealing
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ONCE you decide to list your
home for sale, how long will it
take to sell? How long should you
give the BREA agent to success-
fully market your home? —

The best answer is to be rea-
sonable. But what’s reasonable?
30 days? What about 300 days?
Of course, there is no standard
response.

Let’s look at how to determine
the right amount of time in your

» situation. With each real estate
market being different, it takes
longer to sell a home in some
areas than others. A home that
may sell in 15 days in one island
may take 87 days in another, or
even six to nine months in yet
another. This would also be true
for different sections of New

Providence.

Actually, the time needed to
attract a buyer can be made
longer or shorter by offering a
higher or lower price, and better
or less desirable:terms and ameni-
ties.

Ask your BREA agent to pro-
vide information relative to cur-
rent selling times for properly
priced properties. Discuss the fac-
tors that may help or hinder the
sale of your home, and ask for
your agent's best estimate of sell-
ing time for your home. Then,
allow the appropriate amount of
time to properly market your
home.

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Overcoming smal

improving lot of the Caribbean people

m@ By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a business
consultant and former
Caribbean diplomat)

S THE countries

of the Caribbean
Community and Common
Market (CARICOM) enter
a New Year, their greatest
challenge is overcoming
smallness. This observation
applies as much to Jamaica
and Trinidad and Tobago
with their respective popu-
lations of 2.8 million and
1.04 million as it does to St
Kitts-Nevis and Antigua
and Barbuda with popula-
tions of 50,000 and 80,000.
“Smallness” is not just'a
matter of physical size, it is
also psychological. There
are countries in the world
whose physical size is much
‘smaller than many
Caribbean countries, yet
they are more prosperous
economically. The obvious
examples are Singapore
and Malta; the latter now
a member of the European
Union (EU). Some CARI-
COM countries such as

Guyana and Belize are also’

physically large — it is often
forgotten that Guyana with
214,970 square kilometres
(83,000 square miles) is
larger than England whose
size is 130,410 square kilo-
metres (about 49,000
square miles). .

The psychological impact
of smallness shows itself in
two ‘ways in = most

“Caribbean Community
countries.

The first, and most debil-
itating, is the fear of each
other — a fear manifested

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THE self-described master-
mind of the Sept. 11 attacks
goes on trial in absentia in
France on Monday for alleged-
ly ordering a deadly Tunisian
synagogue bombing less than a
year after the assault on New
York and Washington, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

The proceedings in Paris are
expected.to highlight the reach
and complexity of al-Qaida-
linked networks in North
Africa, although they are
unlikely to directly affect the
fate of Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, who is being held
by the U.S. at Guantanamo
Bay.

Also on trial in France are
Christian Ganczarski; a Ger-
man who converted to Islam,
and Walid Naouar, the brother
of the suicide bomber who -
drove a propane-laden truck
into an ancient synagogue on
the island of Djerba on April:
11, 2002, killing 21 people.

Ganczarski and Walid
Naouar are charged with com-
plicity in the murders and com-
plicity in attempted murder in
the synagogue attack and face
life sentences if convicted in
the Paris trial, which is‘expect-
ed to last until Feb. 6.

French investigators say
bomber Nizar Naouar,,. 24,
called Mohammed by satellite
telephone in Pakistan and
received the order to attack on
the day of the bombing.

The prosecution claims that
Nizar Naouar also called
Ganczarski, and phone taps by
German police show that the
suicide bomber sought his
blessing for the attack. Nizar
Naouar’s’ body was never
found.

Prosecutors also say
Ganczarski was in contact with
top al-Qaida officials, including
Osama bin Laden, during trips
to Afghanistan and worked
with the network as a comput-
er expert.

Prosecutors say they suspect
‘that Walid Naouar knew an
attack was planned and bought
the satellite telephone that was
found in his brother’s home
and used for the calls to Pak-
istan and Germany.

The synagogue attack killed
14 German tourists, five
Tunisians and two French,
prompting French judicial

officials to open an investiga-
tion.





in diverse ways, but most
particularly in the move-
ment of people amongst
themselves. But, there is
also a fear of investment by
nationals of one CARI-
COM country in the econ-
omy of another. So,
throughout several coun-
tries there is a secretive dis-
course within their societies
about being “swamped” by
an inflow of both people
and investment. Paradoxi-



“If Caribbean
countries can
overcome the fear
of each other and
combine their
resources — |
human, natural,
and physical— »
they need not
so readily
capitulate to those
countries more
economically
powerful than
they are

individually.”



cally, large swathes of
prime property are being
purchased in almost every
Caribbean country by
European and North
American nationals who
are also investing in the
commanding heights of the
economy suchas financial
services, oil, gold mining,
gas bauxite, and forestry.
And, there is nary a word

_of protest or a ripple of

concern about this alien-
ation of property into non-
Caribbean hands.

I fully recognise the

absolute need for foreign

investment in the
Caribbean on fair and equi-
table terms with all the
rights and obligations that
should be firmly linked to
such investment. The point
I make here is that while
non-Caricom investment
should be encouraged and
promoted, CARICOM
investment should .be
accorded similar if not bet-
ter treatment.

Indeed, I go further to
say that the Caribbean
Community is moving far
too slowly to complete the
arrangements for a Single
Market and Economy and
that the underlying reason
for this inordinate delay is
the irrational fear that each
has — at the level of gov-
ernments, some businesses
and sections of the popula-
tion — that they will be
overrun by other CARI-



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COM governments, busi-

nesses and people..

On the investment side,
there is the unspoken fear
that investors from
Trinidad and Tobago and,
to a lesser extent, Jamaica
will exercise undue influ-
ence on the economies of
smaller countries. And,
while this fear either delays
or stops investment from
these CARICOM partners,
Eastern Caribbean govern-
ments are cutting each oth-
er’s throats to lure non-
CARICOM investors —
nowhere more telling than
in the Cruise ship industry.
I suspect in the coming
months this fierce rivalry
will extend to the airline
industry as governments
compete to offer airlines
subsidies to favour their
island over another in
order to sustain their
national tourist industry.

In the course of all this
both the individual coun-
tries and the entire region
lose their autonomy and
make themselves poorer.

The second fear mani-
fested by smallness relates
to CARICOM countries’
perception of themselves in
relation to larger countries,
particularly those in
Europe and North Ameri-
ca. There appears to be an
inbuilt notion that
Caribbean countries cannot
stand-up to these countries
because they are too small
and any daring that they
display would be met by
swift victimisation.

giteris

he most glaring
example of this is
the capitulation to
the EU by the Caribbean
countries over the contro-
versial Economic Partner-
ship Agreement (EPA)
which was signed last year.
Confronted with a gun at
their heads and the demand
that they either sign the full
EPA or see high tariffs
placed on their crucial
exports, every single
Caribbean country caved-
in; they did not consider for
a moment joining together
to stand-up to the EU. The
prevailing refrain. was that
they each had no choice.
And,
them did have no choice —
the onés without choice
were those that, over the
years of the evolution of
CARICOM, failed to inte-
grate their industries and
production into pan-
Caribbean entities and,
instead, maintained mar-
ginal local enterprises high-
ly dependent on the EU
market. They created the
conditions under which the
EU could threaten them
and they had no choice but

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to succumb.

One would have thought
that out of that bitter expe-
rience would have come the
recognition and the resolve
not to so expose themselves
again and instead to inte-

. grate their enterprises and

their resources in’such a
way that they could turn
elsewhere if threatened by
an external country or
group of countries. Instead,
it has been business as. usu-
al, and it has been business
as usual because of fear
number one — the fear of
each other. -

If Caribbean countries
can overcome the fear of
each other and combine
their resources — human,
natural, and physical — they
need not so readily capitu-
late to those countries
more economically power-
ful than they are individu-
ally. The region is well
endowed: oil, gas, bauxite,
gold, diamonds, forestry,
abundant agriculture,
tourism, international
financial services. Addi-
tionally, it has a fairly well-
educated population and a

sound intellectual pool hav-

ing produced four Nobel

- Prize winners, Secretaries-

indeed, some of

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wealth, the African-

_Caribbean-Pacific Group,

and the Association of
Caribbean States, Deputy
Secretaries-General of the
UN, UNCTAD and UNDP.

The conjoining of these
resources will give the
CARICOM area the confi-
dence to face the world
fearlessly and the capacity
to negotiate better than
they do, but first the region
must overcome the irra-
tional fear of itself that is
an unfounded product of
smallness.

The first step is to com-
plete the Single Market and
Economy and establish effi-
cient machinery for its gov-
ernance.as a priority of
action for the Caribbean
people.

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MICHELLE OBAMA and
er two daughters arrived Sat-
urday in Washington, ahead of
President-elect Barack Obama
who was expected to make the
trip the next day, according to
Associated Press.

The Obamas arrived at their
temporary home at the Hay-
Adams Hotel, near the White
House, on Saturday evening.
Aides confirmed their arrival
only after the Obamas checked
into the hotel and declined to
release any details.‘They had
no public schedule.

The Obamas moved early so
their daughters — 7-year-old
Sasha and 10-year-old Malia —
could start classes on Monday
at the private Sidwell Friends
School, an aide said.

Other children of well-known
politicians to attend the school
include Al Gore III and
Chelsea Clinton.

The Obamas are staying at
the storied Hay-Adams because
Blair House, the government’s
official guest residence, was
booked solidly through Jan. 15,
the Bush administration said.
Blair House is located across
Pennsylvania Avenue from the
White House and has previ-
ously housed presidents-elect
before taking the oath of office.
The Obamas will relocate there
on Jan. 15 and stay until the
inauguration on Jan. 20.

The Obamas returned to
Chicago early Friday morning
after a 12-day family vacation at

a $9 million rental home in his |
native Hawail. A day later,

Michelle Obama and her |}.

daughters flew into the Wash-
ington area to take over their |"
suite at the historic Hay-'|'
Adams. an
The scene outside the hotel
was quiet Saturday night,
except for two news vans with; |.
accompanying crews hoping to ||‘
get a shot of Michelle Obama |.
and her daughters going in and |
out. f
Security will intensify for
Barack Obama’s arrival on’ |
Sunday. The district’s govern- °
ment is shutting down several
streets near the hotel to traffic
and there will be no street park-
ing nearby from 1 a.m. Sunday
morning until midnight on Jan.
15, according to its Web site.
Opened in 1928, the hotel sits
across Lafayette Square fromâ„¢
the White House, Obama’s
eventual work place and home.
Its name comes from two his-
torical figures who lived on the
site: John Hay, the private assis-
tant to President Abraham Lin-
coln and later’secretary of state,
and Henry Adams, an author
and descendant of Presidents
John Adams and John Quincy
Adams.
The Hay-Adams has 145 |
rooms and suites, featuring
marble bathrooms, intricately
carved plaster ceilings and
ornamental fireplaces and bal-

‘conies — with views of the

White House, Lafayette Square
and St. John’s Church — in cer-
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

THE TRIBUNE



Israeli troops and tanks
slice deep into Gaza

ll GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

THOUSANDS of Israeli
troops backed by tanks and heli-
copter gunships surrounded
Gaza’s largest city and fought
militants at close range Sunday,
the first full day of an over-
whelming ground offensive in
the coastal territory, according
to Associated Press.

Israel said it has inflicted a
heavy blow against Hamas as it
expands a weeklong offensive
meant to stop rocket fire on
southern Israel. But spiraling
civilian casualties among Pales-
tinians fueled an international
outcry, even as the U.S. blocked
approval of a U.N. Security
Council statement Saturday
night calling for an immediate
cease-fire.

Israel’s ground forces moved
in after nightfall Saturday fol-
lowing hours of intense, fiery
artillery shelling to clear the way,
and Hamas warned that its fight-
ers would turn Gaza into an
Israeli “graveyard.”

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers
fought primarily in open areas

in the launching zones used by.

Gaza’s militants to send rockets
raining down on Israeli cities.
As the troops in three-brigade-
size formations moved in, resi-
dents of those Israeli cities began
cautiously emerging from bomb
shelters in hopes that the rocket
fire would taper off.

Backing up the troops; mobile
artillery units fired shells that



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exploded in veils of white smoke
over Gaza’s urban skyline.
Tanks pushed south of Gaza
City as deep as the abandoned
settlement of Netzarim, which
Israel left along with other com-
munities when it pulled out of
Gaza in 2005.

That effectively cut off Gaza
City, the territory’s largest pop-
ulation center with some 400,000

_ residents, from the rest of Gaza

to the south.

Fighters

Israel’s military chief said
Hamas fighters were trying to
draw soldiers deeper into Gaza-
’s sprawling, densely packed
urban areas, where the military
said militants were shielding
themselves behind civilians.

“You entered like rats,”
Hamas spokesman Ismail Rad-
wan told Israeli soldiers in a
statement on Hamas’ Al Aqsa
TV. “Gaza, will be a graveyard
for you, God willing,” he said.

Israeli forces have not yet
entered urban areas, said Brig.
Gen. Avi Benayahu, the chief
army spokesman. He warned,
however, that the operation was
not a “school trip” and would
be long and demanding.

The ground invasion risks

turning into intense urban com-

bat, with house-to-house fight-

- ing, sniper fire and booby-traps.

Hamas is believed to have some
20,000 gunmen and has had time

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to prepare.

To guard against hidden
explosives, Israel’s ground forces
moved through fields and
orchards with bomb-sniffing
dogs.

Since the ground assault
began, 64 Palestinian civilians
have been killed, said Dr.
Moaiya Hassanain, a Health
Ministry official. The new deaths
brought the death toll in the
Gaza Strip to more than 512
since Dec. 27. The tally is based
on figures from the U.N. and
Palestinian health officials as
well as a count by The Associat-
ed Press.

Five Israelis have been killed
since the offensive began. One
soldier has been killed in the
ground operation and about 40
were wounded, some of them in
heavy exchanges of fire near the
militant stronghold of Jebaliya, a
town on Gaza City’s northern
outskirts, the army said. Heavy
Israeli casualties could under-
mine what has so far.been over-
whelming public support for the
operation.

At one hospital in the north-
ern village of Beit Lahiya,
medics carrying three injured
children in their arms rushed
them to treatment. One of the
children had a blood-soaked
bandage wrapped around his
head and covering his eyes.

An Israeli shell also struck an
ambulance in the town, killing
a paramedic, said Marwan Abu
Ras, a hospital administrator.

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production (that is, pre-production, production and post-production) and video production

software.

The ideal candidates will be able to develop and teach courses leading to a baccalaureate
degree in journalism; will have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate students;
evidence of excellence in teaching and creative/innovative pedagogies; knowledge of current
trends in the field of journalism; and a commitment to research.

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Applicants should possess an earned PhD in Journalism or a related field.

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January, 2009.

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Bahamas since the achievement of majority rule on January 10, 1967.

° “Athletics and Education” by Mr. Myron Rolle,
° “Education and Culture” by Dr. Christian Campbell and
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January 9, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
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EXPLOSIONS FROM Israeli fire are seen over the northern Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israel side of the bor-
der, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships pushed

deeper into Gaza Sunday, fighting militants at close range and surrounding the coastal tenntehy s largest city
in the first full day of an overwhelming ground offensive.

The relief organization Oxfam,
which said the ambulance
belonged to a partner organiza-
tion, al-Awda Hospital, con-
firmed the shelling.
Airstrike

An airstrike hit another ambu-
lance belonging to the Hamas-
run Health Ministry in Gaza
City, killing three other para-
medics, said medic Jamal Hawa-
jiri. That ambulance crew was
driving to a Hamas training site
where there were reports of
wounded.

An Israeli army spokesman
said he had no information on
the incidents.

The Israeli army said it had
killed dozens of armed Hamas
gunmen, but Gaza officials could

confirm only a handful of dead
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zones.

Condemnation of Israel’s
ground operation poured in
from the Middle East and
Europe.

“The violence has to stop,”
said EU External Relations
Commissioner Benita Ferrero-
Waldner.

US. officials maintained their
firm support for Israel and
squarely blamed Hamas.

Vice President Dick Cheney
said Israel “didn’t seek clearance
or approval from us”. before
pushing into Gaza.

Sens. Harry Reid and Dick
Durbin — the top two Democ-
rats in the chamber — and Sen-
ate Republican leader Mitch
McConnell all described Israel’s
actions as understandable.

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pointless without a halt to
Hamas rocket fire.

“Well, clearly, if there is some-
body (who) can stop terror with
a different strategy, we shall
accept it,” he said on ABC’s
“This Week.” |

“We shall not accept the idea
that Hamas will continue to fire
and we shall declare a cease-fire.
It does not make any sense.”

Palestinians said the Israeli
military broke into broadcasts
on the Hamas TV channel, Al
Aqsa, appealing to Palestinians
not.to agree to serve as human
shields for the militants. The
message read, “Israel is acting
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LOCAL NEWS



Christie: FNM will -
attempt to destroy |

PLP this year
FROM page one

and Marvin Dames to the
police force, there will be
“increased investigations”
into public figures.

“Mr Turnquest’s com-
ments come at a most seri-
ous time in the life of the
Force when a decision must
be made on who will lead
the Force into the future,”
Mr Mitchell began. “The
remarks come at a time
when morale is at its low-
est in the Force as a result
of politically inspired divi-
sions within the Force. His
remarks are reminiscent of
what appeared to be a con-
certed campaign of innuen-
do and libel to attack sit-
ting members of the PLP
earlier in this year, result-
ing from leaks from a high-
ly placed source in the
police force.

“At the time, I expressed
concern over these reports
about ‘a sitting MP’, which
caused both the Commis-
sioner of Police and the
FNM Chairman to deny
that there was a politically
motivated witch-hunt, but
inquiring and reasonable
minds can only be suspi-
cious in light of the Minis-
ter’s present comments,” he
said. |

It is with this in mind that
Mr Mitchell cautioned the
Progressive Young Liber-
als to be “heightened alert”.

“You should not under-
estimate the difficulties. But
I firmly believe and.accept
what Michael Manley of
Jamaica told me in 1981 in
the face of overwhelming
defeat by Edward Seaga
and the JLP: We routed
them before we can rout
them again.

“I ask you then to sign on
to this agenda for change.
Theré is no other way but

straight ahead. Let there be —

no fear. We must use all
legitimate means to defeat
(Prime Minister Hubert)
Ingraham and the FNM,”
he said.

of John Travolta |
to be held today



The Bahamas economy ‘won't
show recovery signs until 2010’

FROM page one

Fort Bay, government complexes and
road improvement works — there is

nothing on the horizon beyond the

end of 2009.

“I spoke to an owner of a major con-
struction company. He said, ‘I’m busy
for the next 12 months, but the scary

thing is I’m not bidding on any new

projects. When I finish the projects
over the next 12 months, I just don’t
see what’s going to happen’ — so he
starts to develop this mentality of con-
traction,” Mr D’ Aguilar said.

This uncertainty about the future,
the Chamber president said, means
that companies cannot make any plans
to expand as it would be too risky in
the current economic climate.

“Yes, the prime minister is right that
stuff is in motion, but for how long,
and is there anything over the hori-
zon. Will we at the end of 2009, if noth-
ing major happens, will we be far
worse off,” he said.

Joining Mr D’ Aguilar as guest on
the radio talk show was local econo-

_ mist Rupert Pinder, who warned that

Bahamians should not expect to see

any signs of the economy recovering
for the next 12 to 18 months.

However, he added that when the
recovery begins it could take place a
lot faster than people are anticipating.

Mr Pinder indicated that the Chi-
nese may in fact have a hand in helping
the Bahamas’ economy recover.

The economist explained that by
keeping its currency artificially weak,
China has accumulated a large amount
of US dollar reserves.

China, he said, will be looking for
somewhere to invest those reserves,
and the Bahamas could be the place

Lyford Cay.

Mr Dawkins was reportedly

for foreign direct investment from Chi-
na.
“We should not discount the Chi-
nese influence going forward,” he said.
Mr D’Aguilar added that he had
heard reports that Baha Mar was in
fact in negotiations with Chinese busi-

“nesspersons.

Chairman and CEO of Baha Mar
Resorts Sarkis Izmirlian will be one
of the speakers at Bahamas Business
Outlook on January 15, and Mr
D’ Aguilar said he understands that an
announcement regarding the future of

-Baha Mar will be made then.

FROM page one — [Missing at Sea

of gas in one of his vessels off

Audrey Bonamy, the investi-
gating officer from the Arawak
Cay police station, Mr

paid $100 and set out from
Arawak Cay in his vessel, the
‘Big H’, on which he is also
reported to have lived.
However, Mr Dawkins nev-
er arrived at the scene of the
stranded vessel’ and has not

Dawkins’ vessel was discovered
capsized in the area of Love
Beach. The 23-foot vessel with
its 250 horse power engine has
been towed back to the
Defence Force’s harbour patrol
station on Bay Street:

FROM page one

a history of seizures in the past.

According to reports reaching
The Tribune, Mr Travolta was
terribly upset and emotional
and stayed with his son’s body
for hours in the morgue as his
lawyers dealt with the paper-
work.

According to reports on
CNN, Mr Travolta’s son suf-
fered from Kawasaki Syn-
drome, which mostly affects
children under the age of five.
There had been past reports
that Jett was autistic, but his
father has denied that claim.

Kawasaki Syndrome, also

known as lymph node syn-

drome, affects many organs,
including the skin and mucous
membranes, lymph nodes,
blood vessel walls, and the
heart. It can also lead to heart
disease.

The Travoltas are frequent
visitors to The Bahamas. They
purchased property at West
End about six years ago at Old
Bahama Bay, which is owned

. by the Ginn Corporation.

Mr Ossi commended Ginn
officials for their efforts to
revive Jett and for their support
of the Travolta family during
the tragedy.

Robert Gidel, president of
Ginn Resorts, issued a state-

ment by Ginn sur Mer on the

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passing of Jett Travolta on Sat-
urday. :

"Our thoughts and prayers
go out to John Travolta, Kelly
Preston and their family on the
tragic death of their son Jett.
The Travolta family has become
like family to us at Old Bahama
Bay and we extend our deep-
est sympathies to them,” he
said.

John Travolta is famous for

roles on television and in films
such as Grease, Pulp Fiction
(1994) and True Colours (1991).
He received Academy Award
nominations for the gritty disco
epic Saturday Night
Fever (1977) and grittier Pulp
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been heard from since.

; Investigations continue into
According to Sergeant,

the matter.

Fears that police are ‘targeting’ Bain Town
FROM page one

ain’ supposed to get no f***** bail, he supposed to be here until
Monday,’ he was so rude,” the woman said.

“It’s hard for me to go to sleep at night because I don’t know if
they going to come here, kick in the door and throw something
else on us,” the woman told The Tribune. “I feel like they trying
to put all kind of things on him since the story came out. They said
he was charged with obstruction, he was under the impression that
he was going to speak with the Superintendent to clear up the sit-
uation,” she said. :

“They only trying to get back at them because of the story,”
another resident told The Tribune yesterday. “Every time we
call the Nassau Street Police Station with a complaint nobody
comes. That is wrong, if I have a legitimate complaint and I go up
there that means I’m not going to get service, wrong is wrong,” the
resident said.

Police press liaison officer Walter Evans told The Tribune yes-
terday that he could not comment on the matter, but said he
would make the necessary inquiries into the matter today.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Female bomber
at Shiite shrine in
Baghdad kills 38

= BAGHDAD

A-WOMAN hiding among
Iranian pilgrims with a bomb
strapped under her black robe
killed more than three dozen peo-
ple Sunday outside a Baghdad
mosque during ceremonies com-
memorating the death of one of
Shiite Islam’s most revered saints,
according to Associated Press.

The suicide attack, the most
recent in a series that has killed
more than 60 people in less that a
week, was the latest to mar the
transfer of many security respon-
sibilities from the U.S. military to
Iraqi forces.

Iraqi security forces have
deployed thousands of troops in
Baghdad and in the Shiite holy city
of Karbala, just south of the capi-
tal, to safeguard against attacks
during the ceremonies. Attacks by
al-Qaida in Iraq, Sunni insurgents
and even a Shiite cult have killed
hundreds of people in recent years.

The attack in Baghdad’s north-
ern Shiite neighborhood of Kaz-
imiyah, which wounded at least 72
people, comes two days after a sui-
cide bomber slipped into a lun-
cheon at a tribal leader’s home
south of Baghdad and killed at
least 23 people. More than a dozen
other people have died in other
attacks since New Year’s Day.

The Iraqi military held parades

to mark the anniversary of its.

founding 88 years ago and to cele-
brate a security agreement with
the United States that went into
effect on Jan. 1. The agreement
replaced a U.N. mandate that
allowed the U.S. and other foreign
troops to operate in Iraq.

Under the new agreement, U.S.
troops will no longer conduct uni-
lateral operations and will act only
in concert with Iraqi forces. The
must also leave major Iraqi cities
by June and withdraw all.troops
by the end of 2011.

In another sign of the transition
in authority, the U.S. military on
Sunday handed over. control in
Diyala Province to about 9,000
Sons of Iraq, a predominantly Sun-
ni group-of former insurgents and
tribesmen whose revolt against al-
Qaida in Iraq gave a significant
boost to security in the turbulent
province and helped turned the
tide in the war against the terror
group.

The United States paid the
group’s estimated 90,000 members
countrywide about $300 a month.
Eventually; the members are to be
either integrated into the Iraqi mil-
itary and police, or provided civil-
ian jobs and vocational training.

Under the phased handover,
which began last year in Baghdad,
Iraqi authorities will continue that
pay and education strategy.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
told Iraqi army troops during a
parade marking Army Day that
“the Iraqi army has gained the
trust of government and Iraqi peo-
ple as the army of all Iraqis.” The
military parade, which included
recently purchased U.S. military
equipment and armored vehicles,
was the first since the U.S.-Iraq
agreement went into effect on Jan.
1.

Just as the parade took place
around noon, hundreds of wor-
shippers had gathered in Kaz-
imiyah just a few miles to the
north, home to the shrine of Imam
Mousa al-Kazim, one of the holiest
men in Shiite Islam.

The suicide bomber was among:
a group of Iranian pilgrims and she
blew herself up just outside’ the
gates of the mosque, a large build-
ing graced by four minarets. The
office of Iraqi army spokesman
Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi
confirmed a woman wearing an
explosives vest was responsible.

Iraqi army and police put the
death toll at 38, although the Prime
Minister’s National Operations
Center said it was 36.

Conflicting reports on the num-

ber of dead and wounded are com-~

mon in Iraq in the chaotic after-
math of attacks. oes

At least one report from the
Health Ministry said the dead
included 17 Iranian pilgrims, seven
of them women.

There were also seven Iraqi
women killed by the blast, which
sent shrapnel hurtling across the
crowded square.

“I saw many dead pilgrims on
the ground after the explosion all
covered in blood, some of them
Iranians,” one unidentified witness
told Associated Press Television
News.

Thousands of pilgrims from pre-
dominantly Shiite Iran visit dur-
ing Ashura, celebrated on Jan. 7
this year. The evening before the
explosion, thousands of men
marched through the streets of
Kazimiyah rhythmically beating
their chests with bare hands and
slashing their shoulders with iron
chains, part of ceremonies leading
up to the anniversary of 7th-cen-
tury death of Prophet Muham-
mad’s grandson Hussein.

He was killed in a battle on the
plains of Karbala near the
Euphrates River.

The battle, which was part of
the dispute over the religion’s lead-
ership that began after Muham-
mad’s death, was a key event in
Islam’s split into the majority

Sunni and minority Shiite branch- «/

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HOUSES/APARTMENTS/COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

(401) Lots #17 & #18 Crown Allot-
ments, Love Hill Settlement, An-
dros, Containing a two storey resi-
dence. Appraised value: $100,000

(808) Lots#] & #2, Block 3 with a
parcel situated between Lot #1,
Block 3, containing a 4 bedroom
condominium ~ Sunset View Vil-
las, West Bay Street.

Appraised value: $750,000

(400} Property situated in Cala-
bash Bay on the island of Andros.
75' x 150’ and containing thereon a
small grocery store 480 sq ft and gn
incomplete 3 bed 2 bath house 900
sqft Appraised value: $65,000 °

(702} Lot #20 with residential prop-
erty located Skyline Heights. AB:
praised value: $280,000

(406) Lot #14 situated in the settle-
ment of Love Hill on the Island of
Andros totalling 20,000 sq ft Prop-
erty contains a two storey 5 bed-
room, 3 bathroom residence.
Appraised value: $185,000

(902) Lot containing commercial
building housing a sports bar, res-
taurant and a two storey commer-
cial building on Queens Highway,
‘Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera.

Value: $180,000

(810} Lot #60 Skyline Lakes Subdi-
vision approximately 13,000 sq ft
containing a split level residence
about 10 years old. Living. space
is approx 2,633 sq ft, with covered
patios approx 480 sq ft, walkways &
driveways approx 102 sq ft Located
on the ground floor is the garage,
foyer, powder room, 2 bedrooms
with closets, 1 complete bath-
room, sunken living room, dining
room, kitchen, play room & utility
room. Located on the upper floor’
is the master bedroom & bathroom,
walk-in closets & tiled balcony.
Appraised valute: $453,000

(806) Lot #13, Block 4 of Coral
Section One, Coral
Harbour, New Providence with
twa houses and a swimming
pool, #312 N.P bounded North-
wardly by a canal or waterway of
the said Subdivision known as

‘Flamingo waterway and running

102.004 ft. Eastwardly by lot #14
and 146.145 ft. Southwardly by a
reservation for a private road.
Appraised Value: $530,000

(304) Lot #2 in block #8, Steward
Road, Coral Heights East Subdivi-

(902) 0.281 acre of vacant land off
Queen's Highway in the settlement
of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera.
Appraised value $31,320

(701) Undeveloped lot #149. Sea-
fan Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivi-
sion. Grand Bahama, 18,750 sq ft.
Appraised value: TBA

(402) Lot 89, Block 7 Aberdeen |
Drive, Bahamia West Replat Sub-
division, Freeport, Grand Bahama,
consistin: ng of 12,100 square feet.
Appraise: value $51,000

(723) Vacantlot #20 comprising a
portion of the Murphy Town
Crown Allotment #72 situated in-
Murphy Town, Abaco, Bahamas.
Appraised value: $18,000

(902) Vacant lot of land situated
in South Palmetto Point, Eleuthera
measuring 97 x 127.x 82x 121.
Appraised v value: $38,000

(908). Vacant residential Lot#30
comprising of 1.02 acre located
Dundas Town, Abaco.

Appraised value: $20,000

{108} Vacant canal lot #71 Silver |
Cove Court, Silver Cove Subdivi-
sion..Zoned: Tourist Commercial:
Approximately 0.4 acre.

Appraised value $175,000

(108} Vacant Single Family Lot #5
Block f Bahamia South Sub.
Appraised value $35,700



COMMERCIAL BANKING
CENTRE

‘Tel: 242-356-8568

(800) Mrs. Monique Crawford
(801) Mr. Jerome Pinder

(802) Mr. Brian Knowles

(805) Mrs. Tiffany Simms O’Brien

(806) Mrs Lois Hollis
(807) Mr. Lester Cox

(808) Mrs. DaShann Clare-Paui

(810) Miss. LaPaige Gardiner
PALMDALE SHOPPING CEN-
TRE BRANCH

Tel: 242-322-4426/9 .

or 242-302-3800

(201) Ms. Nicola Walker

(202) Mr. Robert Pantry

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sion situated in Western District of
New Providence, approx. size 8,800
sq ft with a splitlevel containing two
bed, two bath, living, dining & fam-
ily rooms, kitchen and. utility roam
~ approx. size of building : 2 658 sq ht
Appraised value: $322,752

(433) Lot #27 of Village Alisttiont
#14 in the Eastern District, con-
taining residence situated on
Denver Street off Parkgate
Road in the Ann's Town Con-
stituency, New Providence.
Property size 2,500 sq ft Build-
ing size 990 sq ft Appraised value:
$40,000

4902) Lot of land 04 x 94 x 150
x 156 on Queens Highway. just
south of Palmetto Point with a two
storey stone building containing
two. apartments. Each unit has
3 bed/2 1/2 bath, kitchen, living
room and 3 linen closets.

Appraised value: $287,209

{105} Lot containing two storey
bldg. with 3 bed, 2 and a half bath
residence, and 30° x 8b’ situated

| Bailey Town, North Bimini.

Appraised value: $235,000

(902) Lat#31 situated at the inter-
section of Albert & Victoria Streets
in Hatchet Bay cantaining a 2 sto-
rey concrete building with an in-
camplete 2 bed/l bath apt and

store downstairs. Property approx’

2,250 sq it
Appraised value: $65,000

(908) Lot# 23 located in the Subdivi-
sion of Spring City, Abaco. Contain-
ing a 1 storey house with 2 bed/1
Wooden Structure.
Appraised value: $60,000

{601} Lot
lotment
$500,000

#17 located Village Al-
with fourplex. Value:

(701) Lotofland having the number
16 in Block number 16 in Section
Three of the Subdivision called
and known as Sea Breeze Estates
situated in the Eastern District af
New Providence. Property contains
a3 bed, 2 bath residence,

Appraised value: $277,000

(565) Lot #1018 in Golden Gates
Estates #2 Subdivision situate: in
the South Western District of the is-
land of New Providence Containing
a single storey private residence 3
bedroom 2 bath. Property approx.
size 6,000 sq ft Building approx.
size 2,400 sq ft Appraised value:
$173,176

(702) Undeveloped lots #4A, 16,
17, 18 and 19 located Chapman
Estates, West Bay.

Appraised value $348,000

(565) Vacant lot #5 located Eleuthera
Island Shores, Seaside Drive Section
B, Block #15, Eleuthera, 9,691 sqft.
Appraised value: $27,620

(800) Vacant property located
Bahamia South. Block 16 lot 9A,
Freeport, Grand Bahama consist-
ing of 24,829.20 sq.ft.

Appraised value $52,000

(565) Vacant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sq
ft} sHtuated in Mango Lane Section
“B” Block #15, Eleuthera Island
Shores on the Island of Eleuthera.
Appraised value: $50,189

(909) Vacant residential Lot# 63
(7800 sq ft) Crown Allotments
located Murphy Town, Abaco.
Appraised value: $18,000

(108) Vacant Single Family Lot #5
Block #5 Unit 41 "Dev onshire.
Appraised value $30,000

{802} Vacant Commercial Lot
No: 3A, Block 60 Bahamia Subdi-
vision Vi containing 3 acres located
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Appraised Value $750,000

') (724) Vacant land at Love Beach,

Western District of New Provi-

dence comprising a portion of

“Love Estate” containing | acre.
Appraised value $225,000

NASSAU INT’L AIRPORT
Tel 242-377-7179

(433) Mrs. Suzette Hall-Moss
GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR,
ELEUTHERA

Tel: 242-332 -2856/8

(902) Ms Nicole Evans
HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH
Tel: 242-333-2230

(901) Ms. Velderine Laroda
ANDROS TOWN

Tel: 242-368-2071

(400) Mrs. Rose Bethel
NASSAU MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-8700

(701) Mr. James Strachan
(702) Mr. Antonio Eyma









(808) Lot #3 Block 24 in the Cen-
treville Subdivision. Building #109/
Eastern side of Collins Avenue.

Comprising commercial 2,800 sq
ft commercial building. Appraised
value: $582,000.00

(701) Lot of land being lot number
11 in Block 410 on a plan of allot-
ments laid out by Village Estates
Limited and filed in the Dept. of
Land & Surveys as €142, NLP and
situated in the Eastern District of
New Providence. Property contains
3 bed/2 bath residence. Appraised
value: $165,000

(909) Lot #22 with (5,000 sq fp
Crown Allotments located Dun-
das Town, Abaco. Containing a one
storey house with 3 bed/1 bath ~
Wooden Structure.

Appraised value: $50,000

(108) Lot #1 Block #6 Winten
Heights Subdivision Easter District,
NLP The property is approximately
14,834 square feet in total. Property
contains a house of 2,963 sq ft Ap-
praised value: $433,000

(902) Lot¥30 situated in Love Hill

Estates just north of Governor's:

Harbour containing a 3 bed/2 bath
residence.
Appraised value $245,154

(Q1-N). Single Family Residence
810sq. ft, 2 bed, bath. Lot #3 Block
‘#1 Eastvile Subdivision Eastern
District, New Providence. Appraised
Value:$65,000

(802) Lot #17 Block 7 in section “A”
of Eleuthera Island Shores Subdivi-
sion Northwest of Hatchet Bay con-
taining a3 bed/2 bath house.
Appraised value: $99,000°

(205) Lot B - 50 ft x 115.73 ft situ-
ated on thé north side of Shell Fish
Road, being the third lot west of Fire
Trail Road and east of Hamster Road
with a one half duplex residential
premises. Appraised value TBA

(901) Lot #32 containing 4 bed-
roam/2 bath concrete structure
located Triana Shores Harbour Is-
land, Eleuthera. Property size 80°
x 120° x 80°x120. Appraised value:
$332,735

(908) Lot# 52 Crown Allotments lo-
cated Murphy Town, Abaco. Con-
taining a one storey house with 3
bed/2 bath -
ture. Appraised value: $206,000

VACANT PROPERTIES

(S69) Vacant property located in
Subdivision called “Culmerville”
being a portion of Lot #47 anda
pertion of Lot #57. —

Appraised value $24,000

(569) All that piece parcel ar lot
of land being Lot No. 102 in the
Subdivision known as “EXUMA
HARBOUR?” in the Island of Great
Exuma measuring 10,000 sq it,
Appraised value $20,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot
of land situate in the settlement
of James Cistern on the Island of
Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
measuring approx 10,000 sq-ft.
Appraised value TBA

(202) Vacant lot of land-contain-
‘ing 1,786 acre; situated east of
Knowles Dr, approximately 1,420
ft. southward of Harrold Read in
the western district af New Provi-
dence. Appraised value $170,000

(202) Vacant lot ofland containing
41,164 sq ft, being Lot #8 in Love

Estate, Phase 1, situated 2,300 ft,

south of West Bay Street in the

Western District of New Provi-

dence, Bahamas.

Appraised value $165,000

6501 Tenacres ofland situatedan
Woods Cay, known as Little Abaca,
between Cooper's Town and Cedar
Harbour in Abaco, Bahamas. The
property fs undeveloped but have

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(501) Mr. Keith Lloyd

(505) Ms. Patricia Russell
CABLE BEACH

Tek: 242-327-6077 |

(466) Mrs. Winnitred Roberts
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
Tel? 242-367-2420

(908) Mrs Joyce Riviere

(909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
(910) Cyprianna Williams

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(902) Parcel of land located on
the south side of Dry Hill Road in
Palmetto Point containing 1.087
acres with partially started struc-
ture. Appraised value $38,600

(902) Lot of land containing 3 bed/
2 bath residence m North Palmetto
Point as $129,000

(910) Lot #12 Madleria Park, a small
subdivision on the outskirts of
Treasure Cay, Abaco having. an.
area of 9,444 sqft. residence
containing a conerete _bleck

| structure with asphalt shingle

roof comprises of 3 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms, family room, living
room, dining room, and kitchen.
Appraised value: $147,000

(501) All that piece, parcel or lot
of land situated on Cowpen Road
(1000 ft east of the Faith Avenue
junction) in the Southern District
of New Providence, Bahamas con-
taining a duplex apartment com-
prising of two - 2-bedroom/1-bath-
room apartments. Appraised value



Concrete Block Stric-_

$150,000

(501) Property situated on Wil-
liams Lane off Kemp Road, New
Providence, Bahamas containing a
two-storey house and an apartment
building consisting of 1800 sq ft Ap-
praised value $100,000

(501) All that piece ofland being Par-
cel #3 and Parcel #4 situated on the
South side of Prince Charles Drive,
New Providence, Bahamas contain-
ing a commercial building housing

tivo shop space on the ground floor.

and three shop space on the second
floor with a large storage area in the
rear. Total area 8400 sq ft. Appraised
value $366,550

(501) All that piece, parcel or land
having an approximate area of 2106
sqft situated on the Western side of
Blue Hill Road about 70 ft Nerth of
Peter Street and about 115 ft south
of Laird Street in the Southern Dis-
trict of New Providence, Bahamas
containing a commercial building
housing a two bed/one bath unit on
the top floor and a store on the first
floor. Appraised Value $154,060

(501) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #39 in the Highbury
Park Subdivision in the Eastern Dis-
trict of New Providence, Bahamas
containing a 3-bedroom/2-bath-
room house.

Appraised Va aie $131,000



a view of the sea from both the
North and South side. Appraised
Value $1,078,750

(501) Vacant property consisting
of Lot #894 situated in the Freep-
ort Ridge Subdivision, Section #1,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Baha-
mas. Appraised value : TBA

(569) All that piece parcel or lot
of land being Lot No. 205 in the
Subdivision known as “Darsettville
Section 3” situated in the South-
ern District of the Island of New
Providence. Measuring approx
5,833 sq.ft.

Appraised value TBA.

(201) Lat No. 11698 Bahama
Sound Subd. Number 11 West,
Great Exumia. Size: approx. 10,000
sqit:

Appraised value TBA.

(008) All that piece parcel of lot
and land on the Island of Great

Islands and situate about ten and
one-half (10 1/2} miles Northwest-
wardly of George Town. which
said piece parcel ar lot of lang i is
munoer’ 10750 Bahama Sound
O.A.E. 10,900 Square feet.
Appraised: value $65,000.08
(008) All that piece pares or lot
land being Lot Number 12032 in
the Bahama Sound of Exuma Sub-

in the Island of Great Exuma one of



BIMINI BRANCH

Tel: 242-347-3031. .

(105) Miss Ganiatu Tinubu
GRAY’S, LONG ISLAND

Tel: 242-337-0101

(100) Mrs Lucy Wells

EXUMA BRANCH

Tel: 242-336-3251.

(008) Ms. Jocyelyn Mackey
LOAN COLLECTION CENTRE
Tel: 242-502-5170/242-502-5180
(716) Mrs. Ingrid Simon

(717) Mrs. Nancy Swaby

(723) Ms. Deidre King

(724) Mrs. Faye Higgs

(725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson
(565) Mrs. Catherine Davis
(569) Mrs. Vanessa Scott

Exuma one of the said Bahama -

(801) Lot-#18 in Sandilands Allot-
ment on the western side of Cross-
wind Road between Seabreeze Lane
and Pineyard Read in the Eastern
Distract of The Island of New Prov-
idence-The Bahamas.,containing
single storey private residence com-
prising the following: covered entry.
porch, living room, dining room, |
kitchen, laundry room, family room,
sitting area, 4. bedrooms, 2 bath-
room and patio. The total area of
land is approximately 7,641 square
feet. Appraised value $289,426.00

(8013 Two parcels offand containing
21,120 sq ft situated on the southern
side of E@bt Shirley Street and 100
feet west of its junction with “Shirlea”
in the Eastern District of the Island:
of New Providence — The Bahamas
Situated thereon is a.Gas Station and:
Auto Repair Shop. Appraised value °
$798, a

{802} ibewaopea Lot #416B (2.039
acres), Britannia Boulevard, Free-
port, Grand Bahama. containing
a 34,500 square foot commercial
building. Building features a bowling
alley, pool/game room, gym, restau-
rant & bar and manager's office. Ap-
praised Value $3,637,800.

(201) Lot of land situated on Fire
Trail Road being a partition of Glad-
ston Alfot #41 Providence, Ba-
hamas containing townhouse apart-
ment unit and. two proposed units
(completed asis}.. - Appraisedvalue
$237,713.60 - mea

(903) Lot “K” Barrack St., Harbour
Island containing a 2 storey building
with 4 bed 4 bath residence concrete
structure.

Appraised value TBA.

{802} Developed Lot #48 O37 :
acres),Block 15 Bahamia South Sec-
dion IX, Freeport, Grand Bahama -
qpntaining a4 bed 3 bath home with
aswimming pool and a 2-car garage.
Appraised value $450,000 00

on Lot # 57, Block 33. Aiant
Shores, Harbour Island, containing
3 bed 2 bath Woaden structure. Ap-
praised value TBA.

{800} All that parcel or lot of land
heing Lots #10 and it in Block 29
of Cocenut Grove Subdivision, con-
taining a shopping plaza. The lot is
trapezium in shape, 8,383 sqft.
Appraised value $500,000



the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.
Appraised value $224,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot
of land being Lot No..977 in the
Subdivision called and known as
“PINEWOOD GARDENS” | situ-
ated in the Southern District of |
the fsland New Providence.
Appraised value TBA.

(201) Lot No. 11703 Bahama
Sound Subdivision. #11 West,
mas Exuma. Size: approx. 10,000
sq.ft
Appraised value TBA.

{261) Lot No. 10 Southeast Cor-’

ner of Mandarin Drive, Sugar
Apple Road, Sans Souci Sudv. Size:

14,368 sqft.

Appraised value TBA.,

(808} Allthat piece parcel Jato:
land designated as Lat Number Ft a
on a plan of a Subdivision called
or known as Bahama Highlands
#4.11,223.41 sqit.

Appraised value $87,000

{008) A parcel ofland situate about
the eastern portion of The Forest
Estate in the vicinity of the settle-
mens of Southside, and The For-
est being Lot # 4803 in Bahama
Sound of Exuma 6, Exuma The
Bahamas. ©

Appraised value $25,000

division Number 11 West situated:

MACKEY STREET

Tel: 242-393-3097

(601) Ms. herte Martinbor-
ough

FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-352-6631 /2

(101-F) Ms. Garnell Frith
(102) Ms. Elaine Collie

(103) Mrs. Damita Cartwright
(108) Ms. Sylvie Carey
LYFORD CAY BRANCH

Tel: 242-362-4540/4037
(101-N) Mrs. Lindsey Peterson

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the biggest upset in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday. In
another surprise, Southend played to a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, scor-
ing the tying goal during injury time.

Premier League leader Liverpool won 2-0 at Preston, with Albert
Riera scoring in the first half and captain Steven Gerrard setting up
the second goal by substitute Fernando Torres in injury time. Ger-
rard has been charged with assault in a nightclub brawl and is to
appearincourtJan.23.

Nathan Tyson and Rob Earnshaw had first-half goals for Forest,
which plays in the League Championship. Joe Garner scored in the
75th minute to complete an embarrassing result for Manchester
City, which is also struggling in the Premier League despite being
bought by a wealthy Abu Dhabi business group three months ago.

“I know exactly what is needed here,” Manchester City manag-
er Mark Hughes said. “The work we do on a day-to-day basis
makes players better. They have to be brave enough to perform in
matches. Today some were guilty of not doing that.”

Peter Clarke scored during injury time’on his 27th birthday for
Southend, a modest League One club. Salomon Kalou gave Chelsea
the lead inthe 31st minute.

Stoke tumbled 2-0 at League One Hartlepool, which got second-
half goals from Michael Nelson and David Foley. League One
Peterborough drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, which is last in
the Premier League, and defending champion Portsmouth also
faces a replay after being held to a scoreless tie at home by Cham-
pionship club Bristol City.

Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory at second tier
Southampton in the FA Cup on Sunday and will host Tottenham
in the fourth round. Teenager Danny. Welbeck headed the Red

Devils in front after 20 minutes against the Saints at St. Mary’s,’

where Southampton midfielder Matt Paterson was ejected for an
ugly foul on Nemanja Vidic in the 36th.

Facing a 10-man team that is struggling in the League Champi-
onship, United created many more chances but appeared lucky to
its second goal. Nani scored from the penalty spot in the 48th
minute for a handball against Southampton’s David McGoldrick.
Darron Gibson added the third in the 81st after a strong run by
Wayne Rooney. :

United has won soccer’s oldest domestic competition a record 11
times. It also faced Tottenham, an eight-time winner, in the fourth
round last season, winning 3-1.

“In the third round any year you’re always hoping you’re not
shocked,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “We always keep
saying that to the players, don’t shock us, let us get into the next
round.”

Two goals by James Milner on his 23rd birthday gave Aston
Villa a 2-1 victory at League One Gillingham.

The victories made. sure United and Villa did not join Man-
chester City and Stoke among teams upset by lower division
squads. Man City tumbled 3-0.at home to-League Championship
Nottingham Forest on Saturday and Stoke went down 2-0 at
League One Hartlepool.

The draw for the fourth round was made on Sunday and the high-
lights were Man United-Tottenham and Liverpool-Everton.

Arsenal goes'to Championship club Cardiff, while Chelsea,
which drew 1-1 at home against League One Southend, will have to
win the replay at Roots Hall before it can host Ipswich in the next
round. ae

There were only three matchups of Premier League teams. Sun-
.derland edged Bolton 2-1 and Hull and Newcastle will need a
replay after a 0-0 draw. On Friday, Tottenham downed Wigan 3-1.



ARSENAL’S Carlos Vela, top, vies for the ball with Plymouth Argyle’s goalkeeper
Romain Larrieu, bottom, during their English FA Cup third round soccer match at
the Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Arsenal won the match

3-1.





Martin Rickett/AP Photo/PA



NOTTINGHAM FOREST’S Nathan Tyson, right, scores during the English FA Cup third round soccer match against Manchester City atthe City Of
Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, on Saturday. Nottingham Forest won the match 3-0. :

@ MADRID, Spain (AP) — Arjen Robben fired Real Madrid to a 1-0 vic-
tory over Villarreal to maintain the defending champion’s improvement
under new coach Juande Ramos.

New signees Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Lassana Diarra made their debuts
for Madrid. But it was Robben who scored the winner in the 32nd minute,
cutting in from the wing and evading three defenders before scoring from
the edge of the area. Madrid has won three of its four games in all compe- .
titions since Ramos replaced the fired Bernd Schuster. The team remains 12
points behind leader Barcelona, which beat Mallorca 3-1 on Saturday to total
44 points from 17 games.



Nick Potts/AP Photo/PA

MANCHESTER UNITED’S Nani scores his sides second
goal of the game from the penalty spot during the FA Cup
third round soccer match at St Mary’s Stadium, Southamp-
ton, England, Sunday January 4, 2009.

i ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Luciano Galletti scored on a first-half penal-
ty kick to give Olympiakos Piraeus a 1-0 win at Asteras, extending its lead
in the Greek league. Olympiakos has 39 points from 16 games. That’s nine
more than PAOK Thessaloniki, which hosts OFI Crete Sunday. Panathi-
naikos Athens is third with 29 points and is home against crosstown rival
AEK on Sunday.



li GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Two late goals from Kris Boyd paced
Rangers to a 3-0 victory at last-place Inverness that trimmed Celtic’s lead to
five points in the Scottish Premier League.

Pedro Mendes fired Rangers ahead in the 46th minute and Boyd scored
in the 81st and 87th, giving Walters Smith’s team its 14th victory 46 points.
Leader and defending champion Celtic has 51 but squandered a chance to
stay seven clear of its Glasgow rival when it wasted a (wo-goal lead in a 2-
2 draw with Dundee United on Saturday.

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Rebecca Naden/AP Photo/PA.



Alastair Grant/AP Photo ~
Paul Thomas/AP Photo



LIVERPOOL’S Fernando Torres, right, scores a goal during their
third round English FA Cup soccer match against Preston North End
at Deepdale Stadium, Preston, England, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Liv-
erpool won 2-0.

ASTON VILLA’S James Milner celebrates with Craig Gardner,
top, after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot dur-
ing the FA Cup third round match at the Priestfield Stadium,
Gillingham, England, Sunday Jan. 4, 2009.



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itty



Women’s boxing
champ Salandy
ilies in car crash

@ By TONY FRASER

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad

Trinidadian boxing champion
Jisselle Salandy, one of the
spoit’s r sing young stars, died
Sunday from injuries sustained
in a car crash on the outskirts of
the Caribbean country’s capital,
reports the Associated Press. She
was 21. Salandy died at Port-of-
Spain General Hospital shortly
after the dawn crash, according
to Information Minister Neil
Parsanlal. He said Salandy’s car
ran off a highway and smashed
into a concrete column after she
had brovght a friend to Piarco
International Airport.

Known for her quick feet and
fast hands, Salandy had easily
defended her WBC, WBA and

-- WIBA belts against the *
Dominican Republic’s Yahaira
Hernandez on Dec. 26, which
pushed Salandy’s professional
record to 17-0.

“The sport fraternity has suf-

_ fered a tremendous loss and

Trinidad and Tobago has lost an

icon,” Sports Minister Gary

Hunt said. “Jisselle was a role

model for young people, espe
cially females.”

Traveling in the car ith
Salandy was national soccer
player Tamer Watson. She was
listed in critical condition Sun-
day at the Port-of-Spain hospi-
tal, Hunt said.

Salandy, who began boxing at
age 11, earned a welterweight
title in 2002 when she was just
16 by outpointing 23-year-old
Colombian Paula Rojas in
Curacao. That stirred contro-
versy in Salandy’s native

Trinidad because at 16, she was ©

still two years younger than the
minimum age for professional
fights in her homeland.

“T cannot express in words
the enormity of the loss for this
country,” said Brian Lewis, the
chairman of the Trinidad and
Tobago Boxing Board, at a
news conference Sunday.

There were no announce-
ments about funeral arrange-
ments.

Francis, Miles
hope to help
Grizzlies soon

@ MEMPHIS, Tennessee

Steve Francis and Darius’
Miles, both obtained by Mem-
phis last month, finally gave a
veteran look to the young Griz-
zlies bef. re Sunday’s game,
against Dallas, according to the
Associated Press. Miles was on
the active roster, but Francis,
who didn’t arrive in Memphis
until Saturday and only went
through a short practice, was on
the inactive list.

Miles, who was drafted third
overall out of high school by the
Los Angeles Clippers in 2000, is
returning from a two-year layoff
because of microfracture knee
surgery. Francis has not played
since Dec, 15, 2007, and under-
went right knee surgery last
February. Memphis coach Marc
Iavaroni said before Sunday’s
game that he is unsure what the
two will bring to his team, espe-
cially in the short term.

“It’s definitely something that
has to be addressed,” Javaroni
said. “Darius has made
progress, but extended periods
of time, full court basketball, I
don’t think he’s there yet.

“I haven’t seen Steve practice

(much). We had a little practice -

(Saturday). He participated
more on what Dallas does
offensively. We havetosee
what he does in full court scrim-
maging. He’s very motivated.
We just have to see if he’s
(game) ready.”

Francis, a 6-foot-3 guard in

his 10th season out of Maryland, .

was the No. 2 overall pick in
1999 and eventually became a
three-time All-Star.

Some missed flights and faci
ly matters delayed his arrival
until Saturday. He was not
immediately available for com-
ment before Sunday’s game.

Miles, signed as a free agent
on Dec. 13, has been practicing
with the team while serving a
10-game suspension for viola-

‘tion of the league’s drug policy.
The 6-foot-9 forward went
through preseason training
camp with the Boston Celtics

’ but was cut before the start of
the season. He said his suspen-
sion was frustrating, but it gave
him an opportunity to learn
more about his new teammates.
Miles thinks one of his roles will
be to bring experience to a lock-
er room where eight of the 14
players are 23 years old or
younger, including leading scor-
ers O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.




Eagles fly

ast Vikings
with 26-14
playoff win

@ By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS

All but forgotten as a postsea-
son contender just one month
earlier, Andy Reid, Donovan
McNabb and the Philadelphia
Eagles have a playoff win.

Next up: the Super Bowl cham-
pions. Brian Westbrook caught a
short pass out of the backfield
and zigzagged through the Min-
nesota defense for a devastating
71-yard touchdown midway.
through the fourth quarter, and
the Eagles spoiled the Vikings’
first home playoff game in eight
years with a 26-14 victory Sun-
day.

Asante Samuel’s 44-yard inter-
ception return of Tarvaris Jack-
son’s errant pass in the second
quarter set a tone for the kind of
game most Vikings fans feared
from the unpolished quarterback.

Reid improved his playoff
coaching record to 9-6, including
at least one win each time the
Eagles have qualified in his 10
years. He bested his buddy and
former offensive coordinator
Brad Childress in this one, and
they spoke for several moments
on the field after the game.

Philadelphia will play next Sun-



MINNESOTA VIKINGS linebacker

Chad Greenway, left, gives chase as
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent
Celek pulls in a pass from Donovan
McNabb.

day in New Jersey against the top-
seeded Giants, sending Arizona

‘to play Carolina in the other NFC

semifinal on Saturday.

Jackson, who lost his job in
September but got it back when
Gus Frerotte was hurt, went 15-
for-35 for 164 yards. Adrian
Peterson’s two touchdown runs
weren’t nearly. enough for NFC
North champion Minnesota,
which will héad to yet another
offseason with burning questions
about the quarterbacks.

Westbrook couldn’t find any
room to run, even with two
starters (Ray Edwards and Pat

2

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NFL football playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Suga: Jan. 4, 2009.

Williams) missing on Minneso-
ta’s offensive line. But McNabb,
who went 23-for-34 for 300 yards,
kept the offense from derailing.
He tossed a ball toward his
always-reliable running back at
just the right time with the Eagles
clinging to a two-point lead after
a scoreless third quarter.

Westbrook received a slew. of -

strong blocks as he slalomed
dowrifield for the clinching TD.

Stability at quarterback almost
certainly would have given the
Vikings another win or two, and
perhaps a first-round bye. And
despite a drastically better
December, Jackson showed he’s
still quite raw and in need of a
lot more experience.

His one big mistake really hurt, .

an underthrown out route to Sid-
ney Rice that Samuel read per-
fectly and picked off for a 44-yard
return and a 16-7 lead.

McNabb wasn’t perfect. He lost -

a fumble in the third quarter and
took an 8-yard sack to push the
Eagles out of David Akers’ field
goal range.

But the Vikings didn’t capital-
ize on the turnover and left plen-
ty of receivers open in the middle
of the field — particularly Jason

Avant and tight end Brent Celek _

— for McNabb to target.



PHILADELPHIA EAGLES running back Brian Westbrook gains short

Jim Mone/AP: Photo

yardage as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber defends during the
first quarter of an NFL football playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, in

Minneapolis.

Playoff exit exposes Colts’ season-long flaws

@ By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS

Indianapolis’ season ended the
same way it started.

The defense couldn’t get off
the field, the offense couldn’t run
the ball and there were too many
penalties.

It wasn’t the closing chapter
Tony Dungy or Peyton Manning
scripted after what may have
been their most rewarding NFL
regular season together. Instead,

Dungy, Manning and the rest of ;

the Colts are going home empty-
handed again after an overtime
loss in San Diego. °

“I didn’t expect to be having
this press conference today, and I
didn’t expect to. be going through
this process just yet,” Dungy said
Sunday after players cleared out

their lockers.

The truth is, it shouldn’t have
been a complete surprise.

While the Colts were the
league’s hottest team during the
past two months, the problems
that emerged in September were
never completely repaired.

Indy’s running game ‘averaged
a meager 3.4 yards per carry in
the regular season and repeated-
ly demonstrated its inability to
convert on third-and-short — a
flaw that bit them hard in Satur-
day’s 23-17 loss. Twice late in the
fourth quarter, the Colts needed 2
yards or fewer on third down to
keep the ball and run the clock.
They failed both times.

Even Manning, the newly mint-

ed three-time MVP, couldn’t save ~

the Colts on Saturday.

The run defense,
improved dramatically after the
first month, still had trouble
against small, quick backs. Mau-
rice Jones-Drew helped Jack-
sonville play keepaway in a mid-
December game with the Colts,
and Darren Sproles did, virtually
the same thing in overtime Sat-
urday.

Worse yet, the Colts (12-5),

looked sloppy in San Diego. They
drew seven penalties in the fourth
quarter or overtime, dropped
passes, left Chargers defenders
unblocked and missed tackles,
including a couple on Sproles’
decisive 22-yard touchdown run.

Dungy, the only black head
coach to hoist the Lombardi Tro-
phy, told his team Friday night
that would be a recipe for disas-
ter.

It.was.

“In the playoffs, you have to
make plays in the fourth quarter
andiovertime. We didn’t do it,
and they did,” Dungy said. “That

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was the difference.”

How the Colts move beyond a
second straight postseason loss to
the Chargers is nearly as uncer-
tain as Dungy’s future.

Dungy reiterated Sunday he
plans to take about a week to
decide whether he’ll return to the
sideline next season, though he
could certainly take more time
since Indy has a succession plan in
place. Associate head coach Jim
Caldwell will take over whenever
Dungy decides to retire.

But the lingering questions
don’t stop at Dungy’s office.

After losing their first playoff
game for the fourth time in

Dungy’s seven seasons, some,

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people think you need to blow
things up. That’s not our style,”
Dungy said. “We’ve got to get
more consistent on defense. We

played the run well, at times, but ,

when we started the season, we
didn’t play it well.”

For team president Bill Polian
and owner Jim Irsay, there are
more pressing decisions.

They must decide whether to
re-sign 33-year-old center Jeff
Saturday, a three-time Pro
Bowler, who’s scheduled to
become an unrestricted free
agent. Starting cornerback Kelvin
Hayden, whose interception
return for.a touchdown against

Chicago sealed the Colts’ Super

INDOOR.

Bowl victory also may hit the free

‘market.

And there is a possibility Indy
could release record-setting
receiver Marvin Harrison, who
turns 37 in August. He’s coming
off the least productive non-
injury-plagued season of his
career. Cutting him could save
the Colts about $6 million in
salary cap room next season, and
Harrison has three years remain-
ing on his contract. “That’s some-
thing we’ll discuss in the next two
months, and Bill usually finds a
way to get that done,” Dungy
said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Yet the biggest flaws were
exposed by the Chargers.

Sproles racked up nearly 330
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Bowlen’s quest
takes him from
New York
to Boston

@ By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado

Pat Bowlen wants to get back to the
Super Bowl after a decade’s drought, and
he thinks last year’s participants might
just hold the key.

A day after interviewing Giants defen-
sive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in New
York, the owner of the Denver Broncos
met. Sunday with New England Patriots
offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in
the Boston area. es

Bowlen is searching for a replacement
for Mike Shanahan, whom he fired last
week after 14 seasons. Shanahan won
back-to-back Super Bowls in the late
1990s, but just one playoff game in the 10
years since John Elway retired.

McDaniels is a 32-year-old rising star
who worked his way up from graduate
assistant to offensive coordinator for Bill
Belichick. Under his tutelage, Tom Brady
threw for a record 50 touchdowns last sea-
son and the Patriots came within a whisker
of the first 19-0 season in NFL history.

McDaniels’ reputation grew ever larger
this year when Brady was lost with a knee
injury in the opener and Matt Cassel, who
hadn’t started a game since high school,
led the Patriots to an 11-5 record.

Spagnuolo, 49, who spurned the Wash-
ington Redskins last year, is the architect
of the pass rush that stymied Brady in last
season’s Super Bowl stunner. His creden-
tials also were burnished this season when
the Giants earned the No. 1 seed in the
NFC playoffs despite the retirement of
seven-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan
and the loss of fellow Pro Bowl defensive
end Osi Umenyiora to a knee injury in
the preseason.

The Broncos’ brain trust of Bowlen,
chief operating officer Joe Ellis and per-:

sonnel chief Jim Goodman will-take a*} [

breather Monday before interviewing
three more head coaching candidates at
team headquarters: Dallas’s Jason Gar-
rett, Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris and
Denver’s Rick Dennison. 38
Garrett comes in Tuesday. He spurned
offers from Baltimore and Atlanta last
offseason after Cowboys owner Jerry
Jones upped his salary to about $3 mil-
lion and pledged to make him head coach
Wade Phillips’ eventual successor.
Morris and Dennison both will inter-
esday. Morris, 32, recently
‘ segndary coach to
departure of
bn Lane at Ten-
nessee. pe AN
Dennison, 50,:who played linebacker
for the Broncos from 1982-90, joined
Shanahan’s staff in 1995 and coached spe-

cial teams and the offensive line before -

being elevated to.offensive coordinator
three years ago. =.

McDaniels also interviewed for the
Cleveland Browns’ coaching vacancy on
Friday.

Bowlen met Saturday night with Spag-
nuolo, who is also coveted by the Browns,
Lions and Jets.

The Broncos need lots of help on
defense, where they ranked 30th in points
allowed this season, went through six free
safeties and a half-dozen linebackers, and
couldn’t stop the run under Bob Slowik,
their thitd defensive coordinator in three
seasons.

Although the Broncos haven’t reached
the playoffs since losing to the Pittsburgh
Steelers in the AFC title game in 2005,
it’s hardly been the offense’s fault. Behind
Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Tony Schef-
fler, Ryan Clady and Eddie Royal,.the.
Broncos ranked second in the league in
yards this season, but were done in by a
dreadful defense that ranked 29th.

When Bowlen fired Shanahan last week

with:three years and more than $20 million .

left on his contract, he said he wanted a
replacement who would immediately put
the Broncos back among the league’s elite.

The Broncos also put out féelers to
gauge the interest of University of Okla-
homa head coach Bob Stoops, who is
preparing for his fourth shot at a national
championship when the Sooners face
Florida in the BCS title game Thursday
night.

Bowlen is an Oklahoma graduate.

On Saturday, however, Stoops dismissed
the notion he was ready to leave the col-
lege ranks for Denver: “There’s no sto-
ry,” Stoops said. “I’m not a candidate.”

Bowlen doesn’t want his new coach to
have full control of the team as Shanahan
did, so after he hires a coach, he’ll set out
to hire a general rhanager. One intrigu-
ing possibility is Scott Pioli, the Patriots’
vice president of football operations.

The Broncos are 24-24 in the last three
seasons and are mired in a three-year post-
season drought for the first time since
1982. They led the AFC West by three
games with three weeks to go, then
became the first team in league history to
blow such a lead when they were trounced
52-21 by San Diego last week to finish 8-8.

Shanahan, 146-91 in 14 seasons in Den-
ver, was fired 48 hours later.

It appears Shanahan will sit out the 2009
season and look to land a prime NFL
coaching job in 2010, when fellow free
agents Bill Cowher and Mike Holmgren
might also be rejoining the coaching ranks.

Shanahan told the NFL Network in an
interview that aired Sunday that if he does
take a year off from coaching, he’ll take
computer courses and spend some time
learning how to send e-mails‘and text mes-
sages. He’ll be sticking around Denver,
where crews are putting the finishes touch-
es on his 35,000-square foot mansion and
where he recently broke ground on a
steakhouse. He’ll also get an up-close view
of the rebuilding job his successor tackles
with the Broncos.



THE PLAYOFFS
Five takeaways help Ravens
beat Miami Dolphins 27-9



BALTIMORE RAVENS quarterback Joe Flacco (5)
ing their Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, NFL playoff football game in Miami. The Ravens won 27-9.

@ By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI

The Baltimore Ravens had Chad
Penningtoii‘spinning, ducking, on his
heels and on-his back. When he did
manage'td'vet a pass away, they were
often there to snatch it.

The Ravens came up with four
interceptions, including one returned
64 yards for a touchdown by Ed Reed,
and won 27-9 Sunday to spoil the Mia-
mi Dolphins’ first playoff game in sev-

en seasons.

Baltimore stuffed Miamii’s ground
attack and negated the Wildcat, but
most of all the Ravens harried Pen-
nington into uncharacteristic mistakes.
After throwing only seven intercep-
tions during the regular season, he

‘had four during a 22-minute flurry

midway through the game.

“We heard all week that they don’t
turn the ball over,” linebacker Ray
Lewis said. “But we force turnovers.”

With a rookie coach in John Har-
baugh and a rookie quarterback in
Joe Flacco, wild-card entrant Balti-
more (12-5) won for the 10th time in
12 games and will play Saturday at
AFC South champion Tennessee.

“We're going to Tennessee,” Reed
said. “Be there.”

The playoff victory was the first for
the Ravens‘since they beat Miami ina
first-round game in January 2002. The
result put the brakes on this season’s
remarkable resurgence by the Dol-
phins (11-6), who won the AFC East
after going 1-15 in 2007. ~

“It has been a special year; that’s
why it hurts so much,” Pennington
said. “You want to keep it going and
see how far you can take it.”

A soft schedule contributed to
Miami’s turnaround, and, there was
nothing soft about the Ravens. They
forced repeated mistakes by a team
that tied an NFL record with only 13
turnovers during the regular season.

Reed had two interceptions, and
Jim Leonhard and Fabian Washing-
ton made one apiece. Terrell Suggs
recovered a fumble by Patrick Cobbs
early in the second half at the Miami
19, and four plays later Le’Ron
McClain scored on an 8-yard run for
a 20-3 lead.

Pennington, playing his first game

MIAMI DOLPHINS running back Ronnie Brown (23)
down in the fourth quarter during an AFC wild-card playoff NFL football game against
the Baltimore Ravens at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. At right is
Dolphins fullback Lousaka Polite. The Ravens won 27-9.

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BALTIMORE RAVENS Jim Leonard (36) runs the balt backwhile dodging Miami Dol-

scores a second-half touchdown after Miami Dolphins defensive end Vonnie Holliday, lower right, missed the tackle dur-



J. Pat CarterAP Photo

phins player Patrick Cobbs (partially obscured) after intercepting a pass during first-
half NFL football game action in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.



“It felt like the ‘200 in track. I don’t
think I caught my breath until the

third quarter.”

since being chosen the NFL Come-
back Player of the Year, was sacked
three times and faced constant pres-
sure.
“It always starts up front,” Ravens
defensive tackle Trevor Pryce said.
“We had some favorable matchups,
and we took advantage of them. It’s
quite simple.” *

Baltimore’s secondary also had

Miami overmatched. Pennington, who-

finished 25-for-38 for 252 yards, said
the Ravens made good plays on three
of the interceptions, and he regret-
ted throwing only one. .

“J just couldn’t get them to go my
way,” Pennington said.

Baltimore allowed just 52 yards



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throws the ball after scoring a touch-

Ed Reed

rushing, and the Dolphins were limit-
ed to 7 yards on two plays from the
Wildcat, the innovative formation that
helped jump-start their revival. ;

Field position hurt the Dolphins,
who started consecutive possessions at
their 20, 6, 20, 20, 20 and 2.. But the
biggest problem was Baltimore’s ball-
hawking defense, which led the NFL
during the regular season with 26
interceptions, including a league-high
nine by Reed.

On the game’s pivotal play in the
second period, he made an over-the-
shoulder catch of Pennihgton’s deep
throw after intended receiver Ted
Ginn Jr., fell.

“Like playing center field,” Reed



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said. He headed toward the left side-
line, eluded a tackler, reversed his
field and sprinted for the right cor-
ner of the end zone, scoring after Sug-
gs leveled Pennington at the 5-yard

*jine.

That put Baltimore ahead to stay,
10-3. he eit

“It felt like the 200 in track,” Reed
said. “I don’t think I caught my breath
until the third quarter.”

Flacco was only 9-for-23 for 135
yards, but he committed.no turnovers.
and let the Ravens’ defenders :con-
trolthe game. — ue ee

“They’ve been doing it all year,”
the rookie-said. “You’re sitting on
the sidelines, and that’s what you
expect. You get used to it, and you’re
asking for it every play. Today, they
did it on every play.”

Trailing 20-3, the Dolphins tried to
rally with a 58-yard drive to the 13
before Reed again intercepted Pen-
nington late in the third quarter.

“No one is surprised at the way Ed
Reed plays,” Harbaugh said. “He may
be the best player in the game.”

The Ravens’ defensive performance
was reminiscent of their 27-13 victory
at Miami in October. The Dolphins
won nine of 10 after that defeat to
earn an improbable playoff berth.

“It hasn’t been a good day, but it
has been a great year,” said Miami
owner Wayne Huizenga, who is soon
expected to complete his sale of the
franchise.

His surprising team finally ran out
of surprises. After Ronnie Brown
made a one-handed catch for a 2-yard
score to make it 20-9, Willis McGahee
ran 48 yards to set up the Ravens’
final touchdown with 3:53 left.

Baltimore offensive coordinator

_ Cam Cameron’s unit didn’t have to do

much else. But with the result,
Cameron won more games at Dol-
phin Stadium this season than in 2007
as Miami’s head coach.

Notes: Pennington’s four intercep-
tions were a Miami postseason record.
... Flacco completed two passes for 14
yards in the second half. ... Miami went
2-for-11 converting third- and fourth-
down situations. ... Baltimore had the
ball for less than 27 minutes after lead-
ing the NFL in time of possession dur-
ing the regular season.






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against the Miami Dolphins during an AFC wild-card playoff NFL football
game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, on Sunday, January. 4, 2009. The Ravens

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South Beach Baptist Church
on Zion Boulevard before his
body was interned in Wood-
lawn Gardens.

’- Among the list of dignitaries
who attended. the funeral was
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Desmond Bannister
and former Prime Minister
Perry G. Christie.

Also present was Leader of
the Opposition in the House
of Assembly, Dr. Bernard
Nottage; Member of Parlia-

ROM one feat to another, Leevan

‘Superman’ Sands is enjoying it all. Last

year, as he celebrated the birth of his

first child, Sands made a gallant come-
back from a six-month suspension by the Interna-
tional Amateur Athletic Federation, to snatch the
bronze medal in the men’s triple jump at the Olympic
Games in Beijing, China in August.

On Saturday, Sands accomplished another major
feat when he got married to his long-time girlfriend,
Danielle, at Evangelistic Temple. A number of their
high school students from Temple Christian and
close friends stood as Bridesmaid-and Groomsmen.

ment for Engleston Glennis = ‘Among the dignitaries present were Commission-
Hanna-Martin and members § er of Police, Reginald Fergson and Assistant Com-
‘of the Bahamas Softball Fed- # = missioner of Police, Hulan Hanna.
eration, inclusive of president = = “It was nice. I can’t complain. It was a big cele-
Rommel Knowles, first vice | bration. I really enjoyed myself,” said Sands, who
president Burkett Dorsett and | # along with his wife, was greeted by a junkanoo group
treasurer Ali Culmer. as they entered the reception at Atlantis on Par-
Ford, 51, was a former adise Island.
national team softball/base- “Tt was just different. I felt like a celebrity working
ball/cricket player. The ‘Dorcy in.”
Park’ or Windsor Lane resi- With all of the celebrations behind him, Sands
dent was also a member of the . said the focus is now on getting ready for the upcom-
Valley Boys junkanoo group. ing season as he makes the long trek towards to the
Among those speaking at IAAF’s World Championships in Berlin, Germany in
the service for the sporting August.
legend was the Rev. Dr. “I’m just-going to take it one step at a time like I
William Thompson, president did last year,” Sands stated. “I just want to stay focus
of the Bahamas National Bap- and make sure that I maintain my consistency.
tist Missionary and Education- “T really don’t want to put any pressure on myself.
al Convention. If it doesn’t happen (the big jump), it doesn’t happen.

iia tah ua MIN I just want to go from meet to meet and do my best.”
S . Pa a As a result of winning the bronze medal while

lowering his national record at the Olympics, Sands
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was named the Bahamas Associations of Athletic
Association’s Male and Athlete of the Year.

He was also named The Tribune’s Male Athlete of
the Year.

While he will remain in the Bahamas for the next
week so that he can attend the funeral service of ©
the late ZNS veteran Sportscaster Phil ‘Smoker’
Smith on Saturday, Sands said he will return to his
training base at Auburn University next week to get
ready for the upcoming season.

He’s looking forward to competing in a couple of
indoor meets starting in February before he switch his
concentration to the hectic outdoors.

“T’m really going to just use those meets as practice
because I’m really not a big indoor jumper,” Sands
pointed out. “I want to see where I’m at in training
and hopefully make some money. I now have a fam-
ily to support.”

But at the same time, Sands said his ultimate goal
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BBOSA
election
today

THE Bahamas Boat Own-
ers and Sailors Association
will hold its election of officers
today at the Ministry of |
Youth, Sports and Culture.

The election will take place
between the hours of 9 am to
5 pm. Only members who are
financial, will be allowed to
vote.

Incumbent Commodore, the
Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee will
be challenged by Sidney
Forbes for the top spot.

by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

The NCAA basketball season contin-
ues to progress successfully for several of
the Bahamas’ top collegiate athletes on
the hardwood.

Dwight Miller and his Pittsburgh Pan-
thers continue to nip at the heels of the
top ranked North Carolina Tar Heels
and Connecticut Huskies.

The undefeated Panthers are ranked.

number three in both the Associated
Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today
Coaches Poll behind both aforemen-
tioned teams.

‘The Panthers began Big 12 Confer- ’

ence play last weekend with their initial
win coming against Rutgers University
and their first test of the season against
the eighth ranked Georgetown Hoyas.
Billed as an early test of conference

supremacy, the Panthers went on the
road and easily bested the Hoyas 70-54,
Saturday night.

The 16 point win gave the Panthers a
14-0 win-loss record, 2-0 in conference
play.

Miller, a true-freshman has failed to
play in any of the Panthers contests thus
far after seeing limited action during the
preseason.

Of the Panthers five members of the
2008 Freshman class, Miller is the lone
player yet to see playing time.

With Pittsburgh contending for a
national title and with a logjam at the
forward position with Dejuan Blair, Sam
Young, Tyrell Biggs, and Gilbert Brown
jostling for time in the frontcourt, Miller
continues to struggle for playing time.

His school teammate at St. Pius X in
Houston, Texas, Probese Leo has fared
slightly better statistically in his fresh-
man season at Bucknell University.

Leo has appeared in six of the Bison’s
first 13 games as they have struggled on
their way to a 3-10 record.

Leo’s best game came in a loss against

Wake Forest University when he logged .

eleven minutes and totaled three
rebounds.

He has not played in either of the
Bisons’ three wins this season and is
averaging 3.8 minutes, 0.3 points, and
0.8 rebounds, per game on the year.

Grand Bahamian native Garvin Hunt
also in his freshman season with the
Pennsylvania Quakers of the Ivy League
has experienced similar struggles of a
first year player.

Hunt has appeared in just three of the
Quakers 10 contests and has struggled to
stay on the court averaging just 1.7 min-
utes per game.

The Quakers at 2-7 are just seventh in
the Ivy League out of eight teams.

In NCAA division II play, Clemente

Martin continues to be a bright spot for
the Newberry College Indians.

Martin, another Grand Bahama native
continues to lead the Indians toward a
Conference title as they now boast a 10-
2 win loss record overall, second in the
SAC Conference behind Catawba Uni-
versity.

Martin leads the team in scoring and
steals with 19.5 points and 2.4 steals per
game respectively.

The versatile wing player also aver-
ages 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists’ per
game.

Martin shoots 73 percent from the free
throw line and 38 percent from the field.

His best outing came in the opening.
game of the season against St. Andrew’s:
Presbyterian when he scored 27 and
pulled down nine rebounds, leading his
team to a 75-58 win.

The Indians will next game will be on
the road against Mars Hill, January 7th.



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ahamian hotels
have never
before seen the
“sustained” drop-
off in occupancies

that occiirred for three-and-a- °

half months in late 2008, a
senior executive acknowledg-
ing they had _ all “been caught
unawares by this avalanche”
that resulted in year-over-year
September revenues dropping
37.7 per cent.

And Robert Sands, the
Bahamas Hotel Association’s
(BHA) president, warned that if
the first four months of 2009
did “not go according to plan”
in terms of industry perfor-
mance, “sacrifices” from all
stakeholders - hotel owners and
operators, developers, manage-
ment teams and line staff —
might be necessary to keep their
businesses “financially viable”.

Mtr Sands, who is also Baha
Mar’s senior vice-president of

administration and governmen-’
tal affairs,.told Tribune Busi- .

ness that while he did not want








ROBERT SANDS, president of the Bahamas Hotel Association...

to pre-judge the 2009 first quar-

ter performance. and any reac- .

tion by the industry, this period
would be “pivotal” for the
entire industry.

The BHA president was |

speaking after the Central Bank

Abaco Club lays off 5% of staff

B By.CARA BRENNEN-
- BETHEL
Business Reporter

RESORT industry lay-offs

have spread to the Family
Islands, with the Ritz-Carlton
managed Abaco Club on Wind-
ing Bay forced to make 12
‘employees, some 5 per cent of
"its workforce, redundant.

Scott Bragg, the property’s
managing director, confirmed
to Tribune Business that the

_resort has. let go four managers
and eight line staff - some five
“per.cent of its PO plus work-
force.

“The decision is basically due
to the decline in tourism, which
has affected the entire world,”
Mr Peete paid, “We sincerely

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Resort lay-offs spread to

”. Family Islands as 12 made

redundant due to, 20%

business decline

regret having to. terminate the
employees.”
He added that the peapenty

has, as a result, seen a 20 per .

cent decline in arrivals up to the

-end of the year. This decline

has affected the hotel’s ability to
budget.

“Where we would normally
have around 250 guests over the
Christmas to New Year’s week,
this year we had 180 people, so
it is what is,” Mr Bragg said.

He said the hotel was hopeful

SEE page 3B

‘Steel wall of secrecy’ now
undermining resort projects

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE “steel yall of. secrecy” that successive governments have

erected around : many Family Island investment projects has “pitted
community against developer” and undermined the pace of eco-
nomic growth i in these locations, a leading attorney has told Tribune



Business. .



for the ‘group

Fred Smith, partner with Callender’s & Co, who is the attorney

osing the Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club, said

P
there were many parallels between the Guana Cay project and the
Bimini Bay Resort, especially when it came to aoe trans-
parency on: both projects.
Mr. Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness. that the Government was

SEE { page 4B .



of the Bahamas, in its report on
monthly economic develop-
ments for November 2008,
revealed the extent of the
“more recent slump” in
Bahamian hotel industry per-
formance.

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Electricity

-Corporation’s (BEC) fuel sur-

charge has fallen to $0.135 per
kilowatt hour for January 2009,
a 45 per cent decline on last

. August’s almost-$0.25 high, but

a - government | initiative
designed to assist low income
Bahamians with energy costs
has not had the success hoped
for.

Kevin Basden, BEC’s gener-
al manager, said that only 50-
60 per cent of the 5,000 resi-
dential consumers who had seen
their electricity turned off
because their payments were in
arrears had come in to work out
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Total room revenues for Sep-

_ tember 2008 declined year-over-

year by 37.7 per cent, stemming
from a drop in occupied hotel
room nights. Average nightly
room rates also fell by 6.3 per
cent.

While September has tradi-
tionally been the slowest month
in the Bahamian tourism calen-

dar, due to factors such as US .

schoolchildren starting the new

school year and the onset of

peak tourism season, it also last
year coincided with the collapse
of investment bank Lehman
Brothers and start of the stock
market crash.
Up until then, the Central

Bank’s statistics showed the’
Bahamian hotel industry had’

* Bahamian ae caught unawares by ae sharp nature of downturn
as hotel room revenues fall 37.7 per cent in September 2008: ;

* Drop-off sparked by 1/3 decline in occupied room nights, impacting ~
year-to-date performance, as financial collapse started to bite

says such a sustained decline in 2008 Q4 not seen before

1 and April be ‘pivotal’ to sector and staffing going forward

been enjoying a reasonable
year, with hotel room revenues
up:5.8 per cent for the first nine

months of 2008 despite the Sep- .

tember nightmare.

_ Over the same period, aver-
age room rates were up 9.4 per

cent over 2007 comparatives,

but initial softening in demand

for Bahamian resort vacations

was already evident from a 3.3
per.cent contraction in room
night sales for the first nine
months in 2008.

The Central Bank described
the September slowdown as
“broad-based”, with no island
immune from the tourism slow-
down. It said: “New Providence

SEE page 6B

| BEC fuel surcharge down 45% from peak 1]

Only 50-60% of 5,000’ disconnected customers exploit |
reconnection offer, leading: some to be switched off again

ration. As a result, some among
that-5,000 had been. disconnect-
ed again... . sw.

“It was just. over 50-60 per

cent,” he confirmed. “Not all.
customers came in. From our

perspective, the Government
offered consumers an ideal
opportunity to come in, pay 25
per cent of the arrears as a
down payment, and pay the bal-
ance off over two years.

“That was a very good pro-
posal coming from the. Govern-
ment, and it was unfortunate
that more people did not come

forward to take advantage of it.

Some of'them have subse-
quently been disconnected.”

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The figures imply that out of
5,000 residential. consumers who--

had their BEC supply discon-
nected, in most cases their

accounts being in arrears by

$1,000 or less, some 2;000-2,500

did not exploit the Govern-
ment’s relief package. ;
Under the terms outlined by
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham last year, not only were

those customers to be recon-

nected for free, but they could
enter into agreements with
BEC by October 10, 2008, that
would allow them to pay 25 per

cent of the outstanding arrears ..

SEE page 4B






















‘Pizza chain i
closes location
at PI Bridge

*Move to eliminate.
Domino’s sales
territory overlaps.
~ causes ‘small* number
of job losses
* Outlet’s sales
performance had
dropped off for
some months |
* Abaco Markets
‘pleased’ with
Christmas sales

B@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

DOMINO’S Pizza has closed
its outlet at the foot of Paradise
Island (PI) bridge with effect

from New. Year’s Eve, a move

that has resulted in a “small”
number of job losses as the fast--

. food chain moves to eliminate
. Sales territory overlaps.

Gavin Watchorn, president
of Abaco Markets, the BISX-
listed company that holds the
Bahamas franchise for .Domi-
no’s Pizza, told Tribune Busi-

SEE page 6B



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2009

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@ By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets

DESPITE the short trading
week, there was much activity in
the Bahamian market last week.
Investors traded in five out of
the 25 listed securities, of which
three declined in value and two
remained unchanged. There
were no advancers in the mar-
ket this week.

EQUITY MARKET
A total of 88,448 shares

changed hands, representing a
significant increase of 49,111
shares or 1.25 per cent versus
the previous week's trading vol-
ume of 39,337 shares.

.Focol Class 'B' Perpetual
Preference shares led the vol-
ume last week. A total of 78,000
shares changed hands at the par
value price of $1.

Commonwealth Bank (CBL)
saw 6,448 shares trade to end

the week unchanged at $7.
Bahamas Property Fund
(BPF) led the decline last week,

International Markets

. FOREX Rates















Weekly % Change






CAD$ * 12143 +0.17
GBP 1.4532. -1.10
EUR 1.3892 -0.58






Commodities —





Weekly ‘% Change
Crude Oil $46.25 +22.68
Gold $877.70 +3.55








International Stock Market Indexes:







Weekly
DJIA 9,034.69 +6.38
S'& P 500 931.80 +7.15
NASDAQ 1,632.21 +6.91
Nikkei 8,859.56






























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plummeting by $0.80 to $1, a
new 52-week low, on a volume
of 1,000 shares traded. J.S.
Johnson (JSJ) saw 2,000 shares
trade, falling by $0.60 to end
the week at $10.50.

Freeport Concrete Company
(FCC) saw 1,000 of its shares
trade, decreasing by $0.03 to
end the week at $0.30. '

BOND MARKET

No notes traded in the
Bahamian market last week.

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases:

FamGuard Corporation

(FAM) reported unaudited net

income of $5.2 million for the
nine months ended September

30, 2008. Net income fell sharply -

by $1.3 million or 20 per cent
in comparison to $6.5 million
for the same period in the prior
year.

FAM reported total income
of $61 million, and total benefits
and expenses of $55.8 million,
both higher than the previous
year amounts by $5.1 million
and $6.4 million respectively.

For the most recent quarter,
FAM reported unaudited net
income of $2.2 million, an
increase of $627,000 or 40 per
cent in comparison to the 2007

- third quarter.

Net premium revenues and
deposits of $19.2 million
increased by $3.3 million or

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21% .quarter-over-quarter,
while $12 million in benefits SYMBOL PRICE
paid increased by $1.8 million AML $1.71 =
or 17% per cent. Management BBL $0.66 -
attributes the positive results | BOB $7.64 -
primarily to strong growth inits | BPF $11.80 -0.80
group health and ordinary life | BSL $9.88). = $-0.31
portfolios in the quarter. BWL $315 CR ge

_ Earnings per share for the
quarter of $0.22 increased by |
$0.06 or 38 per cent in compar-
ison to the 2007 third quarter.
Total assets and liabilities
stood at $171 million and $111
million respectively, versus $161

The Bahamian Stock Market

(-12.96%) YTD
CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE

million and $107 million at year-
end 2007.

Bank of the Bahamas (BOB)
released its unaudited financial
results for the three-month peri-
od ended September 30, 2008.
BOB reported a net income
decrease of 7.3 per cent to $2.8



million, compared to $3 million . °

at the end ofthe 2007 third
quarter. |

Net interest income stood at
$7.5 million, up 13 per cent from
$6.7 million for the same nine-
month period in 2007. Provision
for loan losses of $596,000 for
the quarter increased by
$638,000 or 107 per cent quar-
ter-over-quarter, while non-
interest expense of $6.8 million
also increased by $982,000 or
17 per cent.

Earnings per share declined

by 11 per cent to $0.16, com- .

pared to $0.18 in 2007.

Bank of the Bahamas’ total
assets rose by $35 million or 4.8
per cent to $771 million, com-
pared to $736 million at year-
end, while total liabilities were
up $33 million or 5.15 per cent

to $675 million, as opposed to '

$642 million.

BOB's customer deposits of
$613 million increased by $33.2
million, while cash due from
banks, and loans and customer.



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advances of $132 million and
$535 million, were up by $18.3
million and $12.4 million respec-
tively.

Colina Holdings Bahamas
(CHL) released its unaudited
consolidated financial state-
ments for the nine month peri-
od ended September 30, 2008.

-CHL reported net income of
$3.5 million, compared to a loss

of $1.8 million in the prior peri-

od. For the period, net benefits
paid of $69.1 million decreased
by $8.1 million or 10.4 per cent,
while premium revenues of
$98.7 million decreased by $3.3
million or 3:2 percent. ©
CHL also recorded .a

. decrease of $2.8 million or 23

per cent in its provision for
future policy benefits of $9.6
million.

For the most recent quarter,
CHL reported net income of
$1.1 million, compared to a $2.8

‘million loss in the 2007 third

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lion. ;

Both premium revenues and
policyholder benefits of $34 mil-
lion. and $24 million, ‘respec-
tively, were consistent with
amounts reported in the prior
year.

However, the company expe-
rienced a significant decline in
its provision for future policy

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parison to its 2007 third quarter,
to total $3.5 million for the

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CHL's basic earnings per

ordinary share were $0.03, in

comparison to a loss of $0. 12in
2007.

Total assets and liabilities
stood at $462 million and $378
million respectively.

Private Placement Offerings:

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

Dividends/AGM Notes:

FirstCaribbean Bank Interna-
tional (CIB) has declared a div-
idend of. $0.02 per share,
payable on January 1, 2009, to
all shareholders of record date
December 31, 2008.

- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

“ (CWCB) has declared a divi-

dend of $0.013 per share,

. payable on February 7, 2009, to

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BUSINESS

MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009, PAGE 3B





consumer loan arrears

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE more than two percent-
age-point November increase
in Bahamian consumer loan
arrears, which rose from 9.5 per
cent to 11.71 per cent month-
over-month, was likely caused
by seasonal trends as well as the
economic downturn, a com-
mercial bank head told Tribune
Business.

Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-
tive, said that-while the nega-
tive cousumer loan trend may
highlight the slumping econo-
my and difficulties many
Bahamian borrowers were hav-
ing in making loan repayments,
a rise in consumer loan arrears
was not unusual in the run-up to
Christmas.

“You have to separate the
seasonal from the trends in the
economy,” Mr Sunderji told
Tribune Business..“From a sea-
sonal point of view, total con-
sumer credit always worsens for
this month, and for the period
from

November through to Janu-
ary. You have to separate the
seasonal trends from the dete-
riorating economy.” . .

He pointed out that the two
percentage point increase for
consumer loans only referred
to those that were in arrears,
meaning they were only 31 days

or more past due. The data,
produce by the Central Bank,
did not break the figure down
to show those consumer loans
that had moved into the non-
performing category, meaning
they were 90 days or more east
due.

This is the more serious cate-
gory as far as Bahamian com-
mercial banks are concerned,
because non-performing loans
stop accruing interest and could,
ultimately result in banks hav-
ing to make provisions for them
or write them off.

“Anything over 31 days due is
in a very broad, catch-all seg-
ment, because a lot of people
pay late but are not delin-
quent,” Mr Sundeyji said.

“There’s a big chunk who pay
between 31-60 days past due.
Thirty-one days is the trend line.
Ninety days plus is a much more
important statistic.”

Not surprisingly, the Central

Bank data released in its,

monthly economic and finan-
cial updates for November
showed a continued deteriora-
tion in the quality of assets
owned by Bahamian commer-
cial banks, with non-perform-
ing loans increasing by $49.9
million or 14.8 per cent to strike
$387 million.

Loans in arrears, meaning
they were between 31-90 days
past due, increased by $43.1 mil-
lion or 13.5 per cent to $361 mil-

Anwer Sunderji



lion. Total loans in arrears,
meaning those both non-per-
forming and in arrears,
increased by $93 million — a 14.2
per cent growth — to $749 mil-

_ lion, accounting for 12.25 per

cent of total outstanding loans.
That compared to 9.27 per cent
as at end-December 2007.

Total consumer loans in
arrears increased by 27.9 per
cent in November.

The percentage of loans in
arrears, standing at 11.71 per
cent, compared to just 8.32 per
cent at year-end 2007.

The Central Bank added:
“The value of residential mort-
gages encountering arrears also
rose by 12.3 per cent, increasing
the arrears rate to 11.98 per cent

from 10.74 per cent in October
and 10.44 per cent in Decem-
ber 2007.

“Although the value of com-
mercial loans in arrears fell mar-
ginally in November, owing to a
larger net repayment in the total
portfolio, the arrears rate still
advanced to 15.9 per cent from
15.73 per cent and remained sig-
nificantly above the 9.26 per
cent at end-2007.

“Although banks continued.

to increase their provisions for
bad loans, the faster pace of
arrears growth placed the ratio
of provisions to total arrears
lower at 21.87 per cent, from
24.41 per cent in October and
22.77 per cent at December
2007.”

When it came to banking
loan quality, Mr Sunderji said:

“It will likely get worse before it ’

gets better, and we will not see
an improvement in the numbers
until later in the year, if that.”

A further sign of the strain
imposed on Bahamian borrow-
ers is the fact that consumer
lending-was dominated by debt
consolidation during the first 10
months of 2008,this category
more than doubling to $79.5
million.

And credit growth rates in
the private sector declined by
22 per cent to $357.4 million for
the first 11 months in 2008, with
consumer loans growth and
mortgage loan growth declin-

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ing by 33.8 per cent and 26.7
per cent respectively, to $122
million and $196 million.

The Central Bank of the
Bahamas also adjusted its eco-

. nomic outlook, saying the’

Bahamian economy was likely
to “remain weak in 2009 and
possibly a portion of 2010”. It
noted that foreign currency
reserves ended 2008 at $563 mil-
lion, and although inflows of
foreign capital were likely to
dry up, the impact on the
reserves was set to be balanced
by decreased currency outflows
and support from the Govern-
ment’s external borrowings for
capital works projects.
Meanwhile, inflation firmed
by 1.9 per cent in the 12 months
to November 2008, rising to 4.4
per cent as a result of “the
lagged effect of earlier price

increases-on finished goods and «

transportation costs”.

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FROM page 1B

that things will begin to pick up
in 2009, so that the property can
rehire its laid-off staff members
as soon as possible.

The Abaco Club redundan-
cies again show that nowhere
in the Bahamas is immune from
the impact of the economic

‘slowdown, especially in the

hotel and tourism industry.

It also indicates that, while
the 800 lay-offs at Atlantis and
others at Sandals, Harborside,
Baha Mar and the British Colo-
nial Hilton, have made the
headlines — involving around
1,200 workers — have made the
headlines, Bahamians at both a
managerial and line staff level
are being laid-off throughout
this nation across all sectors.

In many cases, episodes
where firms lay-off workers in
their ones, twos, fives and tens
often escape attention, but the
cumulative effect is enough to
indicate that the Bahamian
economy may have-shed sever:
al thousand jobs last year. And
this year is expected to be -no
better.

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effectively ‘shooting itself in the

foot’ when it failed to include.

local Family Island communi-

ties in the consultative and plan-

ning process for major resort

projects that would directly

impact them, because the result-

ing information vacuum “cre-
4%

ates unnecessary friction”
between developer and locals.

The end-result was that a
major investment project suf-
fered from local ill-will that was
frequently the product of a lack
of government transparency.
Mr Smith indicated that if the
former PLP adininistration had
involved his client, the, Save

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Guana Cay Reef Association,
in the consultation process on
Baker’s Bay before it was
approved, the lengthy Judicial
Review proceedings that are
still before the courts may nev-
er have arisen because “the
antagonism” would not have
been there.”

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mental Protection Act, setting
out how the whole Environ-
mental Impact Assessment
(EIA) and Environmental Man-
agement Plan (EMP) process
worked for both developers and
all interested parties.

“The continuing heavy, secre-

tive, arbitrary hand of central ©

government on Family Island
development bodes ill for the
growth of Family communities,”

Mr Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness. “It creates a steel wall of
secrecy between developers and
the local community. It should
be the opposite.

“It pits communities against

‘developers, and creates unnec-

essary friction through lack of
participation and transparency.

That is everything that the Save
Guana Cay Reef Association
has been complaining about. It

is so important to begin the -

process in a community-friend-
ly way, so that there can be a
union between the locals and
the developers.”

Mr Smith added that local
communities and their mem-
bers, such as the Association,
were not objecting to develop-
ment per se”, and only wanted
an opportunity to participate
and make their views known.
They chiefly wanted to know

BEC fuel surcharge down 45

‘FROM page 1B

as a downpayment, then pay the
rest of the balance:over two
years. «

Meanwhile, Mr Basden.con-
firmed that further relief was
on the way for BEC’s residen-
tial and business customers
through a further drop in the
fuel surcharge, which this
month has fallen to $0.135 per
KwH. That compares to around
$0.17 per KwH for December,
and is a direct result of the
decline in global oil prices from
last July’s $147 per barrel high
to $40-$50 now.

While he had not assessed

February’s projections, Mr Bas-
den said Bahamian consumers
could “expect continued reduc-
tions according to the price of
oil” and when BEC used up its

-, previous inventories.

‘Steel wall of secrecy’ now undermining resort projects

would impact their communi-
ties, environment and |way of
life.

The report on the Bimini Bay
Resort by the Bahamas Envi-
ronment, Science and Technol-
ogy (BEST) Commissibn’s con-
sultants, Black & Veatch, found
there was “universal agree-
ment” that a lack of trans-
parency from government had
hindered understanding of the
project.

It reported that in its inter-
views with the island adminis-
trator, developer RAV
Bahamas, non-governmental
organisations and Bimini resi-
dents, there was “universal
agreement” that the lack of

how major resort se

_ transparency and communica-

tion from the Government had
“hindered any informed aware-
ness or real understanding of

the extent of the land granted to -

RAV Bahamas for develop-
ment of the Bimini Bay Pro-

-ject”.

Mr Smith argued that a simi-
lar lack, of transparency ‘was

/ prevalent in how the Govern-

ment handled the Baker’s Bay
project. He pointed to the Asso-
ciation’s legal filings in the case,
which drew on alleged docu-
ments stating that the develop-
ers, Discovery Land Company,

“Tf the current prices remain
steady for.a significant. period
of tame, naturally there will be a

lower cost of electricity,” Mr.

Basden said.
Customers

Howser he urged business-
es and residential customers to

follow BEC’s lead and not

become “complacent” over
electricity costs as a result of
the oil price drops on the world
market. ;

Mr Basden said BEC was
committed to continuing with
its renewable energy search, not
only in the interest of lower
electricity costs, but also from
an environmental and energy
security standpoint.

He called on’consumers to

. continue with energy-saving
measures, including the instal- -



had been told not to consult
with the local community on
their plans until the project was

‘approved by then-Prime Min-

ister Perry Christie’s office.
Describing this as “ass. back-
wards” and “putting the cart
before the horse”, Mr Smith
said: “We don’t need a.Free-
dom of Information Act for this ~
[investments approval] process.
We just need the process to
work properly.”
If all parties involved were
“more deliberate, took a step
backwards and did not rush”
the process, ensuring all rele-
vant stakeholders were con-
sulted and had an opportunity
to make their views known, “we
would not have court cases,
because the opportunity for
Judicial Review may not arise.
The antagonism may not arise”
Mr Smith also urged the Gov-.
ernment to pass an Environ-
mental Protection Act “that
spells out the process” devel- -

' opers had to follow in obtaining

all environmental-related per- -
mits, and with respect to EIAs
and EMPs. This, the attorney
added, would provide certainty

-and.enable.“people to know

where they stand”, ensuring the
process was “transparent and —
democratic, not arbitrary, secre-
tive or imposed”.

% from peak

lation of energy-efficient light- °
bulbs and timers for water
heaters.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank (IDB)
has approved an $875,000 pro-
ject to strengthen, the Bahamian
energy sector. The project will
be financed by $700,000 from
the IDB, with the. remaining
$175,000 coming from the
Bahamian government.

The project will involve the

"hiring of a technical consultant

to help BEC achieve opera-
tional and financial sustainabil-
ity. The consultancy will also
explore renewable energy
forms; analyse the Bahamian
energy regulations, with a view
to embracing renewable ener-
gy; and strengthen Bahamian
institutions in the areas of ener-
gy efficiency and waste-to-ener-

8y-

vidt

A 2009 NEW YEAR’S DAY MESSAGE

J BARRIE FARRINGTON, CBE PRESIDENT
BAHAMAS HOTEL EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATION

On behalf of the Bahamas Hotel Employers’ Association | wish you a Happy

and Healthy New Year.

2008 has been a hard year for our industry as the Bahamas has been clearly
affected by the financial crisis of the United States and the world. We are
once more painfully reminded that we live in an increasingly inter-dependent
_ global society. And while we are blessed with incredible natural beauty, a rich
culture, and an abundance of friendly, warm and capable people, for us to
_ successfully compete in Global Tourism we simply must do better in making
every visitor experience memorable.

Unfortunately as we look into 2009, there is no indication of a change for
the better. However, it is the responsibility of all of us to remember our rich
tourism past, and all the positive things it has done for our country

Regrettably, a number of our colleagues have been affected by the downturn
in tourism activity. We hope that this set back is short-lived and we can
get our people back to work. In the meantime, let us prepare ourselves for
recovery and a better future.

The responsibility rests with each and every one of us to ensure that it is
‘better in The Bahamas’ for our visitors and for one another,

May God Bless you all.





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Hoyer:
Stimulus
unlikely

before

inauguration
of Obama

@ By JESSE J HOLLAND
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Congressional Democrats said
Sunday that President-elect
Barack Obama probably will
have to wait until next month
before getting the chance to sign
an economic aid bill his team
once hoped would be on his
desk by his swearing-in Janu-

ary 20.

"It's going to be very difficult
to get the package put together
that early," House Majority
Leader Steny Hoyer of Mary-
land said. "But we certainly
want to see this package passed
through the House of Repre-
sentatives no later than the end
of this month, get it over to the
Senate, and have it to the pres-
ident before we break" in mid-
February.

Obama planned to meet with
Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid, D-Nev., and House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,
on Monday to talk about enact-
ing a massive spending plan.
The president-elect also sched-
uled a, separate meeting with
the entire Democratic and
Republican leadership teams.

Reid said they will do their
"very very best" to get a pack-
age finished as soon as possi-
ble, but he was unwilling to set
an artificial deadline for com-
pletion.

"We're going to-get it done as
quickly as we can," Reid said.

Added Hoyer: "We're going
to move as quickly as possible,
given our responsibilities to
make sure that we're passing a
package that will work."

_ Obama said Congress should
pass a plan designed to create
three million jobs. The Democ-
ratic president-elect hasn't

announced a final price for it,
_but aides said the cost could be

as high as $775 billion.
Congressional aides briefed

. on the measure say it probably

would blend tax cuts of $500 to
$1,000 for middle-class individ-
uals and couples with about
$200 billion to help revenue-

. starved states with their Medic- -

aid programmes and other
operating costs. A large portion

. of the measure will go toward

public works projects and

include new programmes such

as research and development
on energy efficiency and an

~ expensive rebuilding of the

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for health care.

Senate Republican leader
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
warned Democrats against try-
ing to move quickly without the
GOP's input.

"This is an enormous bill. It
could be close to a $1 trillion
spending bill," McConnell said.
"Do we want to do it with
essentially no hearings, no
input, for example, in the Sen-
ate from Republican senators
who represent half of the Amer-
ican population? I don't think
that's a good idea."

Democrats understand that
the GOP has to be involved in
anything they do, said Sen. Dick
Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's
No. 2 Democrat.

"Mitch McConnell.and Harry
Reid both know that we can't
pass the economic recovery
plan that this nation desperate-
ly needs without bipartisan
cooperation," Durbin said.
"We've got to put aside a lot of
the squabbling that in the past
and come together under this
new administration and new

‘ leadership, to get the American _

economy back. on line."

Hoyer said they have only

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as possible, but do it right. I
think that time frame is hope-
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month."

Hoyer spoke on "Fox News
Sunday," Reid appeared on
NBC's "Meet the Press," while
Durbin and McConnell were on
"This Week" on ABC.

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properties experienced a 36.9 per cent
reduction in September revenues, cut-
ting into a 10.6 per cent cumulative
gain for the first nine months of the
year,

“In Grand Bahama, where Septem-
ber losses were estimated at 37.1 per
cent, room revenues declined on a
year-to-date basis by 18.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Family Island sur-

veyed properties experienced a nearly.

50 per cent contraction in revenue dur-
ing September and 6.8 per cent reduc-
tion for the year-to-date.

“While reduced room sales featured
all of the trends, September pricing
discounts were estimated at 4.5 per
cent for New Providence, 3.5 per cent
for Grand Bahama, and 34.7 per cent
for the Family Islands.”

Mr Sands told Tribune Business that
carly September was impacted by the
presence of Hurricane Ike and other
storms, which deterred travel to the
-Bahamas. But the last two weeks of
that month was when the hotel indus-
iry, this nation’s largest private sector
employer, bore the brunt of the US
financial meltdown, which resulted in a
massive erosion of consumer confi-
dence as Americans started to fear for
their jobs, income and wealth held in
stock market investments and retire-
ment plans.

~There’s absolutely no question that
ihe impact of September and October

Pizza chain closes location at PI Bridge

FROM page 1B

ness that the PI bridge loca-
tion’s closing had been eyed for
a while with the opening of the
Harbour Bay and Seagrapes
Shopping Centre outlets. Its
sales performance had also
dipped in recent months.



Mr Watchorn explained that
the Harbour Bay outlet could
serve the territory covered by
the PI Bridge location, which
was chiefly Paradise Island and
the Shirley Street area, just as
well, thereby effectively mak-
ing the latter redundant.

And while Harbour Bay
would take over the PI Bridge

PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009

has been pivotal in the level of decline
that took place in occupancies and rev-
enues during the fourth quarter of last
year,” Mr Sands told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“I think it’s fair to say that hotels
felt some softening, but no one antici-
pated this avalanche that just took
place. It was a hurricane of different
proportions, quite frankly, to use a
metaphor.”

While Bahamian resorts had experi-
enced similar occupancy and revenues
drops as occurred in September 2008 in
the aftermath of major hurricanes, Mr
Sands said they have never experi-
enced the kind of long-lasting drop off
experienced late last year.

Hurricane-related declines usually
lasted for two.to three weeks at most,
but the BHA president explained:
“The difference this year is that there’s
been a sustained low level of occupan-
cy for weeks, months” lasting all the
way through September, October,
November into early December.

While the sharp and protracted
downturn in business “may have taken
us all unawares”, Mr Sands said the
Bahamian industry had reacted to it

‘by assessing every aspect of their oper-

ations and cutting costs where they
could.

That strategy ultimately led to mass
lay-offs in the sector, with different
resort properties adjusting staffing lev-
els to reflect 2009 budget targets in
anticipation of reduced business. The
Bahamian hotel industry has also had

outlet’s territory, the newly-
opened Seagrapes stores had
taken over areas previously
served by Harbour Bay.

In effect the transfer of sales
territories between different
Domino’s Pizza outlets, and the
addition of new locations, has
resulted in the franchise having
too many stores chasing too lit-
tle business. As a result, and to

BUSINESS

to cope with the uncertainty caused by
booking windows shortening, in some
cases to as little as a week, which has
made it impossible to predict future
trends several months out.

Some resort-specific issues were also
mixed in with the factors that caused
the likes of Atlantis to lay-off 800 staff;
Harborside to downsize by 140; San-
dals to lay-off 150; Baha Mar to lay-off

100; and the British Colonial Hilton ~

to lower staff numbers by 18.

Going forward, much will depend
on the first four months of 2009 —
which contain the peak winter season —
as to whether there will be further lay-
offs and downsizing in the Bahamian

“resort industry.

“T believe the first quarter is going to
be pivotal for all hotel properties. Cer-

tainly, the first quarter and up until .

mid-April will give us some indication
as to what the rest of the year is going

to look like,” Mr Sands said.
’ “Tf the first quarter‘is not what we -.

need — hopefully it will be — it would
require further review of our opera-
tions and certain actions to be taken.

As a hotel, you terid to make the.

majority of your money at the begin-
ning of the year, with a little extra to
carry you through the rest of the year.
It is how companies are able to cash
flow those four months that deter-
mines, even with average occupancies
for the rest of the year, whether further

_ action will be required.”

Yet Mr Sands said all Bahamian
hotels were working to preserve

occupancy drop never seen by hotels before

employment going forward, even |

though it might require all stakeholders
to make sacrifices to ensure the prop-
erties remained financially viable.

“Whatever action there is will be
taken after careful review of our busi-
ness to ensure we survive 2009,” he
added.

Aside from the doom and gloom,
Mr Sands said there were some posi-
tive signs for the hotel industry and
tourism in general, with the sector hay-
ing experienced “some positive book-
ings” for the Christmas and New Year
period.

While the BHA was assessing
whether some properties had to reduce
room rates to attract business, Mr

Sands said that for Baha Mar’s two

properties, the Sheraton Cable Beach

“ran close to full occupancies for the’:

entire Christmas-New Year period,
which was excellent.

“The Wyndham ran fairly good
occupancies through the Christmas and
New Year period, and may have been
full for two to three days through that
period.” .

Mr Sands said he understood
Atlantis had also enjoyed strong
Christmas and New Year’s occupancy
levels, adding: “There has certainly
been a ray of hope. There was. some,
not very significant, packaging to
attract business.

I believe the average yield (average
daily room rate) was not significantly
eroded.”

The reduction in global oil prices to

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$40-$50 per barrel, and pass through
effect into energy costs, was also like-
ly to give the Bahamian hotel industry
“significant” help in the form of
reduced electricity bills.

Resorts are major energy consumers
with Atlantis, for example, having seen
its electricity bill increase from $40 mil-
lion to $60 million in recent times.

The cold weather in the Bahamas’
major US markets was also helping to
reignite demand, although not to levels
previously seen, Mr Sands added.

“The one good thing, I believe, is
that the hotels are not sitting back twid- .
dling their fingers,” the BHA presi-
dent said.

“There is aggressive marketing tak-
ing place. The Bahamas is very visi-
ble, not only in a national sense, but
from individual properties, in both the
print and electronic media. We have
aggressive pricing in the market...

We’ve seen a general improvement
in the attitude of hotel workers, and the
cleanliness of Bahamian properties.”

The Ministry of Tourism and pri-
vate sector were also working to “par-
lay” the Bahamas’ proximity to the US
into reduced airline prices and
increased airlift. .

“We’re doing all the right things,
and the things we can control,” Mr
Sands said. “I believe that at the end of
this crisis we will have a better tourism
product for it, and can then capitalise
on what tourism successes accrue. We
are doing the best we can in a very dif-
ficult situation.”





its Seagrapes Shopping Centre
outlet, Mr Watchorn said, due
to the need to then re-organise
sales territories and enhance
customer service. He added that
the closure “probably happened
sooner rather than later”, indi-:
- cating it took place more quick-
ly than originally thought.
“When we put in Harbour

ness.

have been hit hard by the down-
turn, especially with the mass
lay-offs at Atlantis, something
that could have been responsi-
ble for the recent sales weak-

In addition, both Harbour
Bay and Seagrapes are superior
locations, possessing the ample
customer parking that the PI
Bridge location never had. Nor

Road and Seagrapes Centre
outlets, plus the reduction in
consumer spending and dispos-
able incomes.

* Abaco Markets had expected

‘the two new stores would cause

a “little bit of cannibalisation”
with the existing outlets by
encroaching on to their market
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prevent them from ‘cannibalis-
ing’ each other’s sales, the PI
Bridge location was selected as
the one to go.

Mr Watchorn said the PI
Bridge location closing “went

Bay, we felt there would be effi-
ciencies that could be gained by
restructuring and transferring,”
Mr Watchorn added.

“It’s something we decided
to do sooner rather than later.”

The Abaco Markets presi-
dent said Domino’s Pizza trans-

:ter equipped to serve those pop-

»» The PI Bridge location’s clos-

according to schedule. The sales
have not been what we expect-
ed over the last recent while,
but when we put in Harbour
Bay and Seagrapes Shopping
Centre, we felt those were bet-

ferred “as many people as we
could” to the chain’s other out-
lets. While an unspecified num-
ber of redundancies had result-
ed from the PI Bridge location’s
closing, the number was “not
large”.
The PI Bridge location’s main
customer base had been the
- businesses and workers on Par-
adise Island. Both segments

ulation areas”.

ing had been “something we
had in the back of our minds”
when Domino’s Pizza opened

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do the other two outlets have
to cope with its traffic conges-
tion.

Mr Watchorn said there we
no plans to close any more
Domino’s Pizza outlets. “All the
other locations are doing OK
given the circumstances,” he
added. “It’s really going’ to be
January, February before we
see the real effects, if any, of
the economic downturn.”

In its recent fiscal 2009 third
quarter results announcement,
Abaco Markets acknowledged
that there had been a slight
decline in customer traffic visit-
ing its Domino’s Pizza stores,
once the new locations were
stripped out.

The Domino’s Pizza franchise
had also seen a reduction in
same store sales, which Mr
Watchorn then attributed to the
opening of the Carmichael

levels improved.

Yet, with the Bahamian econ-
omy contracting - and possibly
tipping into recession during the
2009 second half - Mr Watchorn
said that when it came to choos-
ing between cooking a meal at
home, and ordering a pizza or:
eating out, the former option
was likely to be selected more
often.

Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn
said Abaco Markets was’
“pleased with our Christmas
sales all around”, having seen
a rebound in sales of high-mar-
gin, high-priced items that had
previously been struggling.

“It came late,ebut we were
pleased,” Mr Watchorn said of
the group’s Christmas sales per-
formance. ““We were up across
the board, and certain cate-
gories that had been lagging a
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CHICAGO (AP) — Presi-
dent-elect Barack Obama urged

congressional leaders Saturday ,

to move quickly on an econom-
ic recovery plan, even as some
Republicans are saying they
want more time to review the
details.

Obama said Congress should
pass an American Recovery
and Reinvestment Plan
designed to create three million
jobs. The Democratic president-
elect hasn't announced a final
price tag on it, but aides said
the cost could be as high as $775
billion.

"For too many families, this
new year brings new unease and
uncertainty as bills pile up,
debts continue to mount and
parents worry that their chil-
dren won't have the same
opportunities they had," Oba-
ma said in an address taped Fri-
day and distributed on radio
and posted on YouTube Satur-
day morning.

The nation's economy

\

remains the top challenge facing
Obama when he takes office on’
January 20. The Federal
Reserve estimated that lenders
were on track to initiate 2.25
million foreclosures this year,
more than doubling the annual
pace before the crisis set in. One
in 10 US homeowners is delin-
quent on mortgage payments
or in foreclosure.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
D-Calif., and Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are.
to receive details on Monday.

‘Obama plans meetings next

week with other congressional
leaders — including Republi-
can members whose support he
will need —— and made an effort
not to blame his predecessor,
the unpopular President George
W Bush.

"However we got here, the

problems we face today are not
Democratic : problems’ or
Republican problems," Obama
said. "The dreams.of putting a
child through college, or staying
in your home, or retiring with
dignity and security know no
boundaries of party or ideology.

. | am optimistic that if we

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of theirs."

Obama aides had hoped to
have an economic plan
approved by the House and
Senate before Obama takes

expensive rebuilding of the
information technology system _
for health care.

"Economists from across the
political spectrum agree that if
we don't act swiftly and boldly,
we could see a much deeper
economic downturn that could
lead to double-digit unemploy-
ment and the American dream.
slipping further and further out
of reach," Obama said. -

e Andrew Taylor reported
from Washington

appears unlikely as time is run-
ning out and Republicans have

plans. Sen. Mitch McConnell,
the Republicans' top official,
said the plan needs time so that
"every dollar needs to be spent
wisely and not wasted in the
rush to get it spent."
Congressional aides briefed
‘on the measure say it's likely to -
blend tax cuts of $500 to $1,000
for middle-class individuals and
couples with about $200 billion
to help revenue-starved states
with their Medicaid pro-
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costs. i ,
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people, perhaps (9)
Regards unrefined mineral
as a blot on the
landscape (7)

Exploded with fury when

pay (9)
Unnatural-red stain

Held place in the rush (7)
A wool-gatherer

perhaps (6)

[t may be held up or
down (5)

Grumpy speculator? (4) |
An expression of

disgust (3)

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up, 10 Rivulet, 11 Intemperance, 13
Thesis, 14 Assail, 17 Go by the
board, 20 Abscond, 21 Truth, 22
Toll, 23 Trinidad.
Down: 1 Awry, 2 Penance, 3
Appreciation, 4 Script, 6 All in, 7

’ Fatherly, 8 Every so often, 12
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Ocean bird (9)

The Lion (3)

To cure (4)
Absolute ruler (8)
Response (6)

To goad (6)
Askew (8)
Profound (4)
Period of history (3)
Shapeless (9)

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leads the king of hearts. How would
you play the hand? (Assume the
trumps are divided no worse than 3-

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«run the risk of North winning with
the ace and putting South on lead
with a heart to make the killing club
retum.

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Test Your Play

Assuming South follows low, which
is highly likely, discard your single-
ton heart on the spade queen. This
play costs you nothing, as it merely
substitutes a spade loser for a heart
loser.

North wins the trick but now. can’t
put his partner on lead with a heart,
so you get home safe and sound.
North’s hand probably looks some-
thing like: \
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in which case the play of the A-Q of
spades is the only way to get home
safely.

2. By far the best method of play
is to attempt a dummy reversal,
which, if successful, will make it
unnecessary for you to rely on a
spade finesse.

Ruff the. first heart with the jack,
lead the five of trumps to the seven,
ruff the six of hearts with the queen,
lead the eight of trumps to the nine,
then ruff the seven of hearts with the
king. Next lead a low club ‘to the
king, followed by the ten of hearts,
ruffed with your last trump, the ace.

A low spade to the ace allows you
to cash dummy’s ten of diamonds, on
which you discard the jack of spades.
The last four tricks are then taken by
you with the king of spades and A-Q-
J of clubs. The 13 tricks you score
consist of two spades, four clubs and
seven — count them —- trump tricks.

0 break a general rule.

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Amid

MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009, PAGE 9B

bean slump,







Curacao tourism booms

@ By BEN FOX
Associated Press Writer

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao
(AP) — In a grim season for
Caribbean tourism, an island
just north of Venezuela stands
out: Hotel rooms are scarce arid
discounts unavailable.

That's largely because Cura-
cao is crowded with Venezue-
lans,. many fleeing their coun-
try's spiraling inflation and cur-
rency controls for a Dutch
Caribbean island best known
for its diving opportunities and
historic city center, a UN World
Heritage site. ,

While other destinations are
slashing prices and laying off
resort workers, officials in Cura-
cao have been trying to find pri-
vate apartments for surplus vis-
itors.

"We're doing very, very
well," Billy Jonckheer, vice
president of the Curacao Hos-
pitality and Tourism Associa-

* tion, said Tuesday. "Right now,

you won't find a room on the
island."
Curacao officials project 2008
visitor growth of 30 per cent to
about 390,000 people. The latest
statistics from the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation show that
rate would be the highest in the
region at a time when the glob-
al economic crisis and airline
flight cutbacks are eroding the,
key industry.

Cuba is also one of the
region's bright spots, with the
country predicting a record 2.34
million visitors, largely because
the global financial woes have
been softer on Canada, its top
source of visitors.

But others are struggling.

Puerto Rico, for example, ,
expects a decline of at least
three per cent in the number of
its visitors, said Clarisa Jimenez,
president of the island's Hotel
and Tourism Association. The
Dominican Republic and the
Bahamas have also recently
reported decreases in tourists.

The Netherlands is the largest

source of tourists for Curacao.
. But Venezuela is second and

rising fast, expected to double ,

from last. year and reach
100,000, Jonckheer said. The

_ US is third.

Curacao is a magnet for
Venezuelans because it's close
— only about 40 miles — and
its shops are filled with duty-
free merchandise that is much
more expensive at home. Flights
are plentiful to Caracas and oth-
er cities, cut they are almost all
packed these days..- ‘

Inflation’ in ‘Caracas is run-
ning at more than 32 per cent
and currency controls imposed
by President Hugo Chavez in
2003, aimed at-stemming capital
flight, require Venezuelans to
obtain dollars through a gov-
ernment agency for purposes
including travel abroad.

Venezuelans are allowed up
to $5,000 a year on their credit
cards and $600 cash for travel.
Travelers get the money at the
official rate of 2.15 strong boli-
vars to the dollar. But on the
black market in Venezuela, US
dollars have been selling for
more than twice that. (Curacao
uses guilders, the Dutch cur-
rency, but US dollars are wide-
ly circulated and acceptable
everywhere.)

Jonckheer and others say
some Venezuelans buy mer-
chandise in Curacao, where dol-
lars are used widely, to sell or
exchange back home on the
black market. But he doubts it
is the primary attraction for the
visitors.

' "Of course, they come for
cash. I'm not going to deny it.
But they come here to do a lot
of shopping and other stuff. If it
does happen, it's not the norm,"
he said. ,

Tourist Ruben Sermin denied
cash is the attraction.

"This place is the best. It has
lots of culture, lots of beaches,"
said Sermin, a 28-year-old
accountant, as he and his girl-
friend waited to board a half-
hour flight back to Caracas after
a four-day trip. "It's a small
island, but there is a lot here."

The two countries have long
had close links. Venezuelan
tourism spiked to Curacao-in
the 1980s, then fell when the
South American country's cur-
rency collapsed. And Venezue-
la's state-owned oil company
runs Curacao's Isla oil refinery,
the largest employer in Cura-
cao.

The U.S. also has ties to the
island of 140,000. For nearly 10
years, the US has stationed mil-
itary planes at the Willemstad
airport for multinational



CRUISE SHIPS are docked in
the historic old harbour, in.
“Willemstad; Curacao. Ina
grim season for Caribbean
tourism, Curacao, an island
just north of Venezuela,
stands out: Hotel rooms are
scarce and discounts unavail-
able. That's largely because
Curacao is crowded with
Venezuelans, many fleeing
their country's spiraling infla-
tion and currency controls for
a Dutch Caribbean island best
known for its diving oppor-
tunities and historic city cen-
ter, a UN World Heritage site.

(AP Photo: B Linsley)

counter-drug missions in the

Caribbean. American officials :

say the operation contributes
about $25 million to the local
economy.

Nelson Pierre, a member of

the 21-member governing coun-
cil, thinks the US military
should no longer be allowed to
use the airport to ensure good
relations with Chavez, but he
says only one other council
member shares his opinion and
the lease is likely to be extend-
ed when it éxpires in 2011.
Curacao is expected to dou-
‘ble the number of hotel rooms
to 8,000 over the next two years
and local officials say they are
poised for more growth. But
they also know they must mar-
ket to other countries.
"Venezuela is a market that
can fall at any time," Jonckheer
said

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Re: Insight Christmas

Honours List

I JUST loved your Christmas Hon-
ours List. It made me laugh so much.

Please tell Mr (Fred) Mitchell to just
shut up at least until the year 2051.

.Tell him to just chill. We have had

enough. We can’t take him and the
recession at the same time.

— You Know Who This Is

(voicemail message)

HAVING now reduced the ridicu-
lous Mr Fred Mitchell to rubble over
the last few years, should you not now
take the Christian view, especially in

- the season of goodwill, and cut him
some slack?

We know he will never become

prime minister, for all the reasons we -

know too well, so please allow him his

fantasies. The PLP is a lazy, stupid, par- ..
ty in so many ways, but give them some :

credit, please.
— AL, Grand Bahama

I BELIEVE Mitchell is going to be
-Joker of the Year forever because he
never seems to learn from his own stu-
pidity.

— Bain Town Boy

HOPE you've had a joyous holiday
season and are now ready to resume
your noble task, which is so much
needed here in The Bahamas. No-one
does it half as good as you. I wish we
had at least ten more good journalists



would be even better if we had some to
sit in our Honourable House of Assem-
bly formulating public policies for the
overall good for the people.

We have uneducated masses with
very low IQs. Sad to say these masses
of ignorants have been purposefully
manufactured by Lynden Pindling and
his PLP for his own selfish benefit, and
the benefit*#f a select few of his
favourites, blacks and whites. As you
brought out in one of your well-written
articles, Pindling did not really care
too much for*blacks. He simply used
them as tools for his personal advance-

_ment. The condition of the so-called

masses is exhibit A of building the case
to chart a new way forward.

A new Barak Obama-type leader
for the Baharhas is the antidote for our
nation. Obafna' s ability to motivate,
inspire, and {instil hope is what pro-
pelled him to‘where he is now, and I
believe he ‘will do a remarkable
job. We need.someone who can build
bridges and uitite pore together for a
common cause. The politics of the past
has run its'course. The UBP is



fering is still alive. However, white
supremacy is a sin problem that can
only be- rectified through a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ. The
suffering of black Bahamians is not
due to white supremacy in The
Bahamas now, but more so to the cut-
throat selfish motives of black politi-

cians who govern to the detriment of

the masses.

The American founding father
Thomas Jefferson said "a people get
the kind of government they deserve."
Far too long the Bahamian people

have allowed politics of division to |

reign. The politicians divide us, and
then reap the benefits for them and
their select friends. This must
stop! Fred Mitchell offering for leader
of the PLP must be a joke, as he refus-
es to relinquish his dubious title
of JOKER OF THE YEAR. Imagine
this guy as Prime Minister of The
Bahamas! | dread such a thought!

In conclusion, I believe the Obama-
type leader exists among the political
rubble of the post-independence-Pin-
dling rule of disaster. He must be
encouraged to come forth amid the

apparent cloud of the oligarchy Ping-
domites and Ingrahamites resistance
to change. Like Obama, he must make
the Bahamian masses believe "YES,
WE CAN!"
Have a Happy New Year
—‘VELLY ~

I FIND it hard to believe someone
like you would watch Rev Neil Ellis
on television, even though your
descriptions of same are very,amus-
ing. Tell me it isn’t true.

— JL Robinson

INSIGHT replies: It is true, though
I’m trying to break the habit.

Re: Farewell to an old friend

(The Cafe Royal)

MY friends (all educated, profes-
sional people) were talking’ about your
article over New Years and reading
parts of it aloud because they thought
it one of the best Insights you have
ever written. The use of English was of
such high standard that they pro-
nounced it one of your classics.

— Insight supporter

Mr Marquis, words almost fail me. I
think Oscar Wilde himself would have

_approved of your essay on The Cafe

Royal, which was one of the finest
pieces of newspaper writing I can
remember reading anywhere.




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with testicular fortitude like you: It

HANGING, from 12

they are no more taxing to the
average brain than the weekly
shopping list.

So why has the abolitionist
cause become an article of faith
among the so-called thinking
classes? Why does western
Europe, in particular, reject
death as a punishment, even
when the alternative has
wreaked such havoc in Soplely
over so many years?

It would need a team of emi-
nent psychologists to work that
one out, but in the Bahamas - a



fundamentally conservative
country in which crinte is emerg-
ing as a major economic threat -
the considerations are different,
and very much more compelling.
For me, the case for the death
penalty is so overwhelming that

~ all abolitionist arguments pale

alongside it as idealistic hogwash

“founded on an extremely spuri-

ous moral stance.
Let’s take the major aboli-
tionist arguments one at a time.

The death penalty is not a

deterrent: Sorry, but this claim is
=simply unproveable: ‘No statis-

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dead! White supremacy and black suf-

— Alan Leyton (UK visitor)



tics can ever reveal how many
people are deterred from mur-
dering someone else by the fear
of execution.

It’s true that murders contin-
ue, even in countries which

‘implement the death penalty,

but that only suggests that the
killers concerned might not be
deterred by anything, even the
prospect of having their eyes
plucked out in small pieces and
fed to the cats.

All my instincts tell me that
the genuine prospect of execu-
tion does deter certain would-
be killers. However, the main
arguments in favour of the death
penalty don’t address the deter-
rence factor, which is actually a
secondary consideration. They
are all about protecting society.

There’s always a chance that
the wrong person will be
hanged: True, but the prospect
of that happening is infinitesi-
mal compared to the very real
possibility of a murderer killing
again on release. In my lifetime,
I can think of only two alleged

killers who hanged-in spite of «

what is now thought to be their
innocence. Yet the number of
released killers who have
offended again runs certainly
into scores and probably into
hundreds.

The main flaw in this argu-
ment, though, is that it has
absolutely nothing to do with
the hanging debate.

If society pays the legal pro-
fession high salaries to produce
the right result, then it must be
assumed that whatever verdict is
reached is the correct one, so
long as all the processes of law
have been exhausted.

I acknowledge that such a

posture is undermined to some

extent by the current parlous

state of the Bahamas legal pro- -
fession, but to argue otherwise is ©

like Boeing refusing to fly a
brand new Jumbo jet because
they can’t be quite sure that
their highly specialised engineers
have got all the rivets in place.
The argument is irrelevant to
the main thrust of the hanging
debate because we have to
assume the courts get things
right.

. t ‘ . .
Prison is a more humanitarian

course than execution: This’

again is simply not true, espe-
cially in the Bahamas. To spend
20 years in Fox Hill Prison, a
filthy institution in which

‘unimaginable brutality takes

place, must be the most degrad-
ing experience any man can
undergo in what is supposedly
a civilised society.

How anyone can advocate
prolonged incarceration in that
hell-hole over the brisk and
painless act of execution is
beyond me.

Society cannot justify killing a
man if killing is against the law:
Nor, then, can society justify
imprisoning a man, for holding a
man against his will is also
against the law. Nor can it justi-
fy fining anyone, for extorting

money is also against the law. .

Unless you take the view that
no-one should ever be punished,
whatever the crime, society is
obliged to take measures against
criminals that would be consid-
ered criminal if meted out to the
innocent in lay society.

The death penalty is merely
an act of revenge and retribu-
tion: All punishment is, by defi-
nition, an act of revenge and ret-
ribution. Society, in my view,
has a right to express its revul-
sion against those who would
wish to put our lives in peril and
destroy our peace of mind. It
also has a right to remove that
risk in the interests of the law-
abiding. To argue otherwise is

to surrender our society to those
who can’t be entrusted with its
future.

Punishment ought to be about
rehabilitation: Most sensible
people are in favour of restora-

tive justice, a process by which.

bad people can be made good.
But this does not apply, in my
opinion, to those who are guilty
of capital crimes like murder in
pursuit of a criminal act, mur-
der of law enforcement officers,
and all forms of calculated, pre-
meditated murder, including acts
of terrorism.

Abolitionists appear to take
the view that rehabilitation of
killers has priority over protec-
tion of innocents. I thoroughly
disagree with that notion.

The kind of person who cal-
lously kills a security guard while
robbing a bank is not a candi-
date for rehabilitation. He is a
candidate for elimination.

When criminals are put to
death, society is diminished: This

final specious abolitionist argu- ~~
“tificate when you’re never oblig- “

ment is exactly at odds with the
reality.

Society is diminished when
killers are allowed to roam the
streets, as hundreds of families
in Nassau can testify. ~

An insane situation exists here
at present where dozens of sus-
pected killers are out on bail.
They are terrorising families of
victims; bumping off potential
witnesses,.and in some cases act-
ing with such reckless bravado
that it’s clear they have absolute-
ly no respect for what tiny bit
of law we have in this country.

While I believe the Privy
Council is overall a good thing
for the Bahamas, mainly
because the local courts are so
susceptible to corruption and
the economy is so dependent on
inward investment, I reject its
strictures on capital punishment.

Britain, whichslast hanged a
killer in 1964, is incomparably
more dangerous today than it
was then, with knife crime ram-

- pant in the inner cities, and most

urban areas “no go” zones after
dark.

Worse still, guns have prolif-
erated among the criminal class-
es, and drive-by shootings have
become commonplace in the
urban ghettoes. Only last month,
a teenage thug was jailed for
using a young boy for target
practice, leaving another inno-
cent family bereft.

Many decent British folk are
terrorised daily by armed street
gangs who commandeer entire
neighbourhoods. Worse still is
that the UK is now seen as a
prime spawning ground for Mus-
lim bombers. The country’s lib-

eral approach to crime and pun- :



ishment has been an unmitigat-"

ed disaster.

Last month, a vicious thug °

called Joseph Thomas was jailed
for ten years in South Wales for
kicking a first-aider to death
while he was trying to help a
drunken youth.

Thomas told.the man, Nick
Baty, to leave the drunk alone.
When he continued trying to
help him, Thomas lost his tem-
per and stamped on his head so
hard that he fell into .a coma,
dying a month later when his
life-support machine was turned
off.

Afterwards, Thomas, who had

been involved in street violence;

before, bragged to his friends
about what he had done.

Britain’s streets, and there is lit-

tle doubt that he will kill again. -

However, the abolitionists
who bleat on behalf of people
like ‘Thomas. will not be found
bleating on behalf of his victims.
In their peculiarly calibrated
minds, the cause of victims is
not a priority.

That’s because the Joseph
Thomases of the world don’t live
in Islington, Highgate or Hamp-
stead. They don’t terrorise Lon-
don’s intellectual and political
elite.

They live in the old coal towns
of South Wales, in the industrial
north of England, and in the

more deprived boroughs of.

South London, the Home Coun-
ties and the Midlands. Their vic-
tims are ordinary people trying
to live ordinary lives on the
frontline of a fast deteriorating
society.

High-minded middle- class

abolitionists are rarely called

upon to see a victim’s brains
lying on the sidewalk. They

~don’t meet the families laid

asté by killers. It’s easy to pon-

ed to square up to the truth.

But ask any ordinary Eng-
lishman how killers should be
treated, and he would have them
all swinging from gibbets in
every public square.

Nassau

In Nassau, there are so many
equivalents of Joseph Thomas
that it would be difficult to put
an actual number on them.
However, they are so brazen
that they pick off potential wit-
nesses at will} even going on
from the scene of one murder a
few weeks. ago to rape the wife
of their victim. And they use
bail-time to commit more
offences so they can pay off their
lawyers.

Last week, a Nassau busi-
nessman who has been involved
with social activism for many
years, said there were at least
200 thugs in Nassau who would
kill anyone for $10,000 or less.

“They just don’t care,” he told
INSIGHT, “they would collect
the money, shoot their victim
and then go on playing domi-
noes with their friends. That’s
how little it means to them, and
how little respect they have for
the law.”

Nassau’s crime situation is
now so serious that drastic mea-
sures are required to tackle the
root cause of the problem — the
social conditions that spawn
criminals — and remove the
crooks and killers from the
streets. With a deteriorating
economy, the Bahamas faces a
major crisis if it can’t get its vio-
lent criminals in check.

One move that is already
available is regular enforcement
of the death penalty. As my
business informant told me,

even if hardened. killers aren’t
deterred by the prospect of the
‘scaffold, younger thugs who
hero-worship them will probably

conclude that a corpse on a rope

- 1s unworthy of emulation.

Baty, 48, left behind a wife °
and teenage daughter, both now '

shattered and helpless and suf-
fering the added indignity of
Thomas’s light sentence.

With a ten-year jail term,
Thomas can look forward to
release within five years. By the
year 2013, he will be free to kick
and beat other innocents on

At the moment, an estimated
30 killers sit on Fox Hill’s death
row, occupying space in a con-
gested jail, eating food at the
taxpapers’ expense, and hoping
to serve time beyond the five-
year threshold which-ensures
they cannot face the hangman.

If that figure is wrong it’s
because The Tribune, after
repeated inquiries to the prison
and Ministry of National Secu-
rity, was refused the details,
even though every Bahamian is
entitled to this kind of informa-
‘tion.

It’s no surprise that the gov-
ernment is so unwilling to dis-
close the reality, because thg

whole reality is so frightening ~

that it’s a continuing embarrass-



ment for those in power who
have the means to eliminate
killers but decline to use them.

Yet the very presence of these
convicted murderers on death
row waiting for implementation
of the penalties meted out by
the courts is itself an affront to
the laws of this country.

‘They are there contrary to the
requirements of Bahamian law
— and certainly against the will
of the Bahamian people. There
is no reasonable legal obstacle to
them being asked to make that
final walk, but the issue of their
fate is allowed to gather dust in
the pending tray.

Those who have exhausted
the appeals procedure now need
to be given dates and times
when they will be taken from
their cells to a place of execu-
tion. Then the state needs to car-
ry out the sentences its people
approve and expect for their

-own protection.

There need be no more

dithering on this point. This is

jot-a moral issué..because the
moral arguments diave all been

‘exposed for what they ares:

It is a practical issue — the
removal of people who~do: not
déserve to live, and who pose a
major hazard for the rest of us.

As INSIGHT has said before,
you do not round up an army of
invading termites, keep them in
detention for a specified time
and then offer them a release
date. You. dispose of them
because, if. you don’t, they will

_go on chewing until you have

nothing left to protect.

This view will, of course, be
regarded with the same lordly
hauteur that abolitionists always
reserve for those of us who don’t
share their warped philosophy.

Local Amnesty International
representatives will already be
dusting off their list of stock
responses - prepared for them
by their global HQ - in another
vain attempt to counter argu-
ments that can’t be countered.

The fact is that western gov-
ernments are severely at odds’

’ with their own people when it

comes to the death penalty.
With almost palpable disdain,
they disregard the views of those

- who elected them to pursue a

“We know best” strategy which
has cost many, many thousands
of innocent lives.

In Nassau, the wreckage left
behind by this policy is more
evident than elsewhere because
there is a dangerous streak of
viciousness running through
every over-the-hill neighbour-
hood, a reckless contempt for
human life which is exacting a
terrible toll. — .

There are scores of thugs in
the shanty communities who
would literally. become hired
guns for modest financial gain
because they have been encour
aged to believe that this is a city

,Where accountability doesn’t

exist.

The families of murder vic-
tims who have twice this year
staged mass marches in Nassau
in support of the death penalty
know. what it means to lose
loved ones to killers.

They know the frustration and
exasperation that grips them
when they see thugs and mur-
derers on the streets, mocking
them as they continue to go
about their vile business.

They know better than any-
one how calculating killers
should be treated. The only rea-
son capital punishment has been
put on hold is that politicians
lack the stomach to do what the
law decrees and what the public
demands.

Let’s stop the procrastination.
Oil the trapdoor, order the
hemp and get the job done.

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ernment has failed to exercise its option of hanging |
callous murderers. Not since the execution of David |
Mitchell in January, 2000 - exactly nine years ago - has :
a killer gone to the gallows at Fox Hill Prison. INSIGHT |
offers the case for capital punishment, and suggests |
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Fears that police are
targeting’ Bain TowM crea as

Community voices
concerns after going
public with brutality

allegations

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

RESIDENTS of an inner-city
community fear that they are
now being targeted by police
after recently going public in
The Tribune with allegations of
‘police brutality.

Last week, several residents
of the Bain Town community

. told The Tribune of the “unpro-
voked brutality” of a police offi-
cer who was reportedly
responding to noise complaints
from a woman living in the area.
Residents claimed that they
watched in shock as the police
officer; shouting expletives,
slapped a man across the face,
threatened him with a gun, and
later arrested his girlfriend.

A resident told The Tribune
yesterday: “Four days after the
story ran, which was Friday, the
police came back and they
knocked on the door of the
same guy that got slapped. They
were like ‘come open this moth-
erf****door before we kick it
down,’ because he asked them

where their warrant was: They

say, ‘we ain’ need no warrant,
the Superintendent need to see
you, he say come to the station
now.”
“When he opened the door





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they said'‘lét’s go’ and he went
and they locked him up for
obstruction. Keep in mind that
this is after the incident was
published, this was-around 9 pm
and they said the Superinten-
dent wanted to see him. Me, the
guy’s girlfriend and a neighbour
who lives in the front of me
went to the station and they told
us ‘y’all get from around here,
we don’t need to see y’all,’” the
resident said. |

The resident said: “My thing
is if something was to happen to
us we can’t go to the Nassau
Street Police Station because
those are the same officers that
are giving us attitude and trying

‘to lock all of us up.”

The man’s girlfriend, who
also chose anonymity, said:
“When I went to the station
they told me he was charged
with obstruction. That was that

night, the next day they said he -

got bail. When we went to sign
the bail ‘they had him charged
with assaulting a police officer,
obscene language, disorderly
behaviour and resisting arrest.

“When I went to the station
the officer didn’t want to give
me any information. He run me
out the station telling’ me ‘he

SEE page nine














ling Major/T ribune staff



THREE NEIGHBOURING homes in the Pride Estates Subdivision suffered
simultaneous floor damage nearly two weeks ago. One resident, whose
home was damaged, told the Tribune yesterday: “On Christmas Eve the
houses got damaged around the same time. It’s like the floor in the houses
dropped and the tiles just lifted up off the ground,” she said.
- eSEE PAGE TWO

Christie: FNM will attempt

to destroy PLP this year

OPPOSITION leader Perry
Christie warned his parlia-
mentarian team over the
weekend that' the FNM gov-
ernment will attempt to
destroy the PLP this year by
using any and all of the “agen-
cies of the state” against the
party.

Highlighting this concern in
his address to the youth wing
of the PLP, yesterday Fox Hill
MP Fred Mitchell said that he





‘even believed that this effort

may include the Royal
Bahamas. Police Force.

These remarks from Mr.

Mitchell echo the concerns he
raised when he questioned the
Minister of National Security,
Tommy Turnquest, who
recently advised that with the
return of assistant Ccommis-
sioners Elliston Greenslade

SEE page nine

‘autopsy on the body of 16-

‘be performed today at



Autopsy on
son of John

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

FREEPORT - An

year-old Jett Travolta will

Rand Memorial Hospital,
where security measures
have been beefed up at the
morgue in Freeport.

Health Minister “Dr
Hubert Minnis told The Assoeuee Press that two oeatholoalete
will be used to ensure a “careful autopsy.”

A United States-certified clinical.and forensic pathologist from
Nassau will fly into Grand Bahama today to ‘help perform the
autopsy, Dr Minnis said. A possible cause of death will be likely
known by the end of the day, he added. °

According to reports, security officials have taken possession of
all keys to the morgue to ensure that the body remains undis-
turbed and that the Travoltas’ privacy is respected.

Actor John Travolta and his wife, Kelly, and their children —
eight-year-old Ella, and Jett — arrived by private plane at West
End, Grand Bahama, on December 30.

They were staying at their private residence at the Old Bahama
Bay Resort when their son suffered a seizure and died. .

Jett was last seen on January 1 when he went to use the bathroom
at the family’s residence. He was later discovered dead in the
bathroom around 10am on Friday, January 2.

The Travoltas are devastated:by. the tragedy. The family’s attor-
ney Michael Ossi said they were great parents to Jett, who has had

SEE page nine



The Bahamas
economy ‘won't

show recovery
signs until 2010’

THE Bahamas’ economy
will not show signs of recovery
until 2010 and the local con-
struction industry should
brace for a turn for the worst,
local economists and busi-
nesspersons advised yester-
day.

Chamber of Commerce
President Dionisio D’Aguilar
yesterday said that in his view
the situation. of the country’s
construction industry is going
to get “decidedly worse” in
the near future.

Speaking as a guest on
IslandFM’s talk show “Parlia-
ment Street”, Mr D’Aguilar
said that while it is correct that -
a number of construction pro-
jects are currently underway
— including development of
Cave’s Point, Albany, Old

SEE page nine

Dion Dawkins

Search for man
missing at sea

AN ACTIVE search is
continuing for*48-year-old
Dion Dawkins who went
missing at sea around 4pm
Friday.

According to information

_received by The Tribune, Mr
Dawkins was engaged by Mr
Reginald Sands, the husband’
of former Senator Gladys
Sands, to assist two of his
employees who had run out

SEE page nine

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FROM LEFT: PLP leader Perry Christie, chairman Glenys Hanna-
Martin and Leader of the Opposition business in the House of
Assembly Dr Bernard Nottage.

PLP members attend
cathering at party leader
Perry Christie’s house

THE shortcomings of certain PLP Members of Parliament and
future party nominations were reportedly discussed at a special
gathering at the home of former prime minister Perry Christie
this weekend. :

According to party insiders, a group of about 100 invited
members of the PLP met for dinner Saturday night at the Cable
Beach residence to discuss pertinent issues, including the future

- leadership of the party, the PLP’s current position and the out-
come of the election court cases.

Certain sitting MPs were reportedly called to task by party
executives for neglecting their respective constituencies and
were told that they needed to step up to the plate.

Others were allegedly told that they will not be receiving a par-
ty nomination for the 2012 general election, party sources
claimed.

During the dinner, which lasted from 8pm to midnight, Mr
Christie, Dr Bernard Nottage, leader for Opposition business in
the House of Assembly, and party chairman Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin addressed their fellow PLPs.

Yamacraw MP Melanie Griffin served as master of cere-
monies.

At the gathering, lawyer Philip “Brave” Davis, MP for Cat
Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, was thanked by Mr Christie
for his work on the Marco City election court case.

PLPs at the dinner. were informed that Mr Davis never asked
for any financial compensation for his work on the case.



FROM LEFT: BRADLEY Roberts, former Minister of Works and
coordinator of the PLP; Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell; Fort Charlotte MP
Alfred Sears; Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip
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simultaneous floor damage



@ By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

BRENSIL Rolle, parliamentary
secretary in the Ministry of Hous-
ing, said yesterday he wants to find
out what causéd simultaneous floor
damage to three neighbouring
homes in the Pride Estates Subdi-

‘vision nearly two weeks ago. .

A Pride Estates resident, whose
home was damaged, told the Tri-
bune yesterday: “On Christmas
Eve the houses got damaged
around the same time.

““Tt’s like the floor in the houses
dropped and the tiles just lifted up
off the ground,” she said.

“I don’t know what took place
but it came. straight down the line.
My tiles are hollow but they didn’t
crack open.

“T have a big China closet, the
closet jumped up into the air,
dropped back down and broke up
all of my crystals on my stand,” the
woman said.

Another resident, whose floor
was also damaged, said: “We had
some tiles lifted up, but Mr Rolle
was here and he told us what to
do. ;

“Mr Rolle came here on Christ-
mas day and did what he was sup-

Felipé Majge/T ribune staff

posed to do and I was impressed
with what he did. He told us to
contact our insurance, let them do
what they have to do first and then
they will continue from there,” the
resident said.

Speaking with the Tribune yes-
terday Mr Rolle said he had visited
the residents to assess the situa-
tion. :

“‘What we asked them to do is to
report the matter to their insur-
ance company so that they can take
a look at the damage.

“We don’t.want to speculate as
to what happened. —

“Tt all happened on the same day

and only that row of houses was
affected and so rather than me
speculate I wanted them to report
to their insurance carriers first.

“We are also interested in find-
ing out what happened,” Mr Rolle
said.

“We proposed to send a struc-
tural engineer to see if there .was
any structural damage apart from
what we could see with the naked
eye. 4
“The insurance companies will
take a look at the damage and we
will coordinate with them to see
what was the real cause behind the
lifting of the tiles,” Mr Rolle said.

John Travolta says he is"
heartbroken at son’s death

@ FREEPORT, Bahamas

JOHN TRAVOLTA said Sat-
urday he and his wife Kelly Pre-
ston are “heartbroken” over the

? death of their chronically ill 16-

? year-old son, who collapsed at

?. the family’s vacation home on
Grand Bahama, according to
Associated Press. «
’ Police Superintendent Basil
Rahming has said a caretaker
found Jett Travolta unconscious
in a bathroom late Friday morn-
ing and he was later pronounced
dead at a Freeport hospital. The
youth was last seen entering the
bathroom on Thursday, accord-
ing to Rahming’s police state-
ment.

“We are heartbroken that our
time with him was so brief. We
will cherish the time we had with
him for the rest of our lives,”
Travolta and Preston said in
their first public statement since
Jett’s death.

“Jett was the most wonderful

son that two parents could ever

- ask for and lit up the lives of

everyone he encountered,” said

a statement posted Sunday on
Travolta’s Web site.

“We have received many mes-

sages of condolence from around

everyone for their prayers and
support. It has meant so much to
us. It is a beautiful reminder of
the inherent goodness in the
human spirit that gives us hope
for a brighter future.”

Preston and Travolta have
said that Jett became very sick
when he was 2 years old and was

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ter, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has said
that a second, U.S.-certified
pathologist will fly in at dawn
Monday to assist with the
teenager’s autopsy.

“I have spoken to (Travolta)
and informed him that the gov-
ernment is doing everything it
can,” Dr Minnis said Sunday,
adding he could not disclose fur-
ther specifics about the autop-
sy.

About a dozen security guards
and Bahamian police officers
patrolled Sunday around the lux-
ury Old Bahama Bay resort
community where Travolta and

Preston remained inside their

home. The white-sand beach in

front of the suites was closed.
The couple also have an 8-

- year-old daughter; Ella Bleu.
Travolta, 54, is trying to finish
funeral arrangements and hopes
to fly his son’s body to Florida

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diagnosed with Kawasaki Syn-

‘drome, an illness that leads to

inflamed blood vessels in young
children. Preston blamed house-
hold cleaners and fertilizers, and
said that a detoxification pro-
gramme based on teachings
from the Church of Scientology
helped improve his health,
according to People magazine.
Others said Jett was prone to
seizures.

Michael McDermott, an attor-
ney for the actor, said Sunday
that although Jett was last seen
Thursday and found the follow-
ing day, he doesn’t believe that
the teen was in the bathroom for
a substantial amount of time.

“The police left the impres-
sion that the boy was unsuper-
vised. No. There were two nan-
nies with him for the entire
evening,” McDermott told The
Associated Press. “They made
it seem like he was sent to the
condo and nobody checked in
on him until the next morning.”

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supervised,” said McDermott,
who said he has not had,the
chance to talk to' the two nan-
nies himself,

McDermott said he had no >
knowledge of Jett’s medical his-
tory but “understood he had a
history of seizures.” It is unclear
whether Jett was taking medica-
tion for that.

by midweek, McDermott said.
Travolta and Preston, 46, have a
house in Ocala, Florida. |

The Church of Scientology,
established in 1945 by science
fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard,
has attracted numerous celebri-
ty followers, and among its more
famed members is Travolta, who
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Coast Guard call off search for
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@ MIAMI

The Coast Guard called off the search Friday night for a
cruise ship employee who reportedly fell overboard about
20 miles east of Vero Beach on New Year’s day. The ship
was returning from a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. The
man's name was not released.

The Coast Guard says the man's co-workers on the Car-
nival Sensation reported him falling overboard around 1
am Thursday.

Carnival said in a statement that the man, a member of
the entertainment staff, was not on duty at the time and
that six other crew members saw him fall.

Eyewitnesses reported it was clearly am accident.

“We searched an area of about 2,000 square miles off
Vero Beach and northwards,” said Petty Officer James
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“The number of hours we have spent looking jee him and
the assets we used, including planes and helic ‘opters, lead
us to believe that we will not be able to find him.”

' The Cruise ship initially helped with the search, but had
to return to port.

Passengers said the young man was a singer with a band
that had performed on the top deck of the Carnival Sensa-
tion. He was trying to take a photograph when he fell.

A group of off-duty crew members had been dancing
with passengers, ringing in the New Year, said a passenger
from upstate New York.

“They were having fun. It was very sad.”

Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise operator, is
based in Miami.

This was the second fall from a cruise ship within a
week. Jennifer Ellis-Seitz, 36, fell over board on Christmas
day from the Norwegian Pearl near Cancun, Mexico.
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Mitchell challenges PLP’s youtl

arm to help him change party

FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell
challenged the Progressive

Young Liberals yesterday. to |

join him in making the sacri-
fices needed to bring about
change in the PLP at the Party's
next convention,

Admitting that. he.has: already
started the process of meeting .
face to face with delegates and

stalwart councillors, Mr Mitchell
warned the young ‘PLP’s that
“no one is going to voluntarily
give up power,” -

“If you want power, you must
seize it. The party’s convention
is coming up. The changes in
the party’s agenda and focus
can begin there, but it must first
start in the branches. You know
where branches are. You know
who the branch officers are.
Have you joined a branch?
Have you become.an officer in
a branch? Will you become a
delegate at the next conven-
tion? What will your agenda be
at that convention?

“Many argue that the deck is
stacked against you because
there are some 1,000 Stalwart
Councillors who have the right
to, vote at the convention and
in the council as opposed to
some 500 people who are regu-
lar delegates and officers with
the right to vote at convention.
That should not stop you.

“The math is quite simple.
The late Cecil Wallace Whit-
field used to repeat all the time:
You need 50 per cent plus one
to win. So you can have your
candidates of choice for all
offices. You can have your
issues that need to be adopted;
the changes to the constitution
that need to be made. The only
question is whether you:have
the discipline to go after it; form
the alliances, and work the vot-
ers in order to win,” he said.

Outlining his goals and vision
for the Bahamas, which include
increasing the literacy rate,
decreasing the birth and death
rate, and implementing, a

gramme, Mr Mitchell said thy

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FOUR people are in police
custody following the seizure
of an estimated $400,000
worth of marijuana from a
home in Flamingo Gardens on
Saturday.

Police. are now searching

for a fifth person who is want-

ed for questioning in connect
with the drug seizure.

According to reports, offi-
cers from the police Drug
Enforcement Unit executed a -
search warrant on a home at
Turks Close, Flamingo Gar-
dens around 7 am on Satur-
day. There, police discovered
eight crocus sacks containing
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. sage out, I have used the inter-

net. This is a tool that I have
used to great effect since 1998
when the Nassau Guardian’s
then editor Oswald Brown, an
FNM ideologue, decided that

nothing I said was worthy of

being published. We now see
who has the last laugh.

“Yet, I believe that even with -

the podcasts that I do twice per
month, the postings on the PLP



“If you want power, you must

seize it.



website, the postings to baham-
suncensored.com or myplp.com,
it is still not yet to the point
where we can rival the influ-
ence of The Tribune, Guardian,
The Punch, the Bahama Journal
and the radio and television sta-
tions,” he said.

Having attempted to boycott
the mainstream media and only
utilizing the internet for a few
months, the MP soon returned,
and has since called and held
more press briefings than any
other MP on either side of the
political divide. Despite his con-
tinual use of the internet to dis-
seminate information on behalf
of himself or the PLP, Mr
Mitchell said that the party as a
whole is too “deliberative”

Fred Mitchell

when it comes to the dissemi- '

nation of information. “We are
too deliberative. Too ponder-
ous and by the time many of us
react, time has passed us by.
You are then being challenged
and enlisted in the fight of your
life.

“In Hubert Ingraham, we’

have a wily and devious oppo-
nent but he can be defeated. He
was defeated before. He can be
defeated again. Since he came
back to office his government
has broken the conventions of
the constitution with regard to
consultation and the extent to
which the Leader of the Oppo-
sition’s views are to be taken
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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_ LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Bahamian banks in sound position

OVER THE weekend a visiting. manag-
ing director of a Wall Street bank comment-
ed that in the short time that he has been
here he has the impression that Bahamian
banks are in a far sounder position than most
banks globally.

They certainly seem to have performed
better than US banks, he said.

“Obviously,” he observed, “they have

‘ maintained their credit standards through-

out the credit bubble, which is what got the
American banks in trouble.”

_ Sir William Allen, a former finance minis-

ter of the Bahamas, agrees that there is no

question that Bahamian banks are ina

stronger position than their global counter-

parts. He also agrees that they have been

“vigorously regulated.”

Bahamians over the years have com-
plained at the rigid controls local banks exact
when they go to get a loan for the purchase of
a home, a car or to start a business.

Not only do they have to.make a down-
payment on the loan, but, in many cases, they
have to get a letter from their employer con-
firming their salary and the prospects of con-
tinued employment so that a bank loan offi-
cer can judge whether they are a good cred-
it risk,

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‘Not so in the US. Banks were faking 100

_ per cent loans without background checks,

and, of course, no downpayments. The
Bahamas did not fall into that trap.

In the US there was too much credit in the
system. As a result borrowing was encour-
aged, leaving many Americans financially
over extended when the crash finally came —
mortgages could not be paid off, nor could
any other type of loan be serviced.

This not only hurt persons in debt, but it

also curtailed the activities of those citizens
who had always met their obligations.

It crippled the banks, which could no
longer lend money for once growing busi-
nesses. Everyone suffered.

The economy declined into a recession
with millions of jobless:citizens filling out
application forms as they searched for new
employment.

Sir William admits that the Bahamas’ rel- ,

ative good fortune could be-reversed if the
present economic deterioration continues for

a long period of time and unemployment

4

increases. Rising unemployment could put
pressure on the banks’ assets as their clients
start to default on their loans. At present the
real estate market has not depreciated to any
great extent, the. banks are adequately capi-
talised, the financial system is liquid and the
country’s international reserves have record-

ed an increase over last year, Sir William

reports.

The Bahamas’ debt is about 40 per cent
of its gross domestic product (GDP) — in
other words less than half of its GDP, where-

as the United States’ total debt is a multiple _

of 3.5 per cent over its GDP. That means
that America’s $51 trillion total debt is
financed by a GDP of $13.3 trillion.

It’s a scary position for any country to be
in— particularly one that leads the world
and on whose stability so many other coun-
tries depend.

Over the years there have been many com-
plaints about the Bahamas’ Exchange Con-
trol. However, when it was announced in
October that Iceland had gone bankrupt,
many Bahamians appreciated how they had
been protected by Exchange Control.

In the-US many who had invested in the
foreign markets had their fortunes wiped out
overnight. Bahamians, who.are not allowed to
play the international markets, suffered no
such fate.

Recently Exchange Control rules on capi-
tal accounts were relaxed. Local brokers are
now allowed to invest up to $25 million in for-
eign securities — but, again, not without
Exchange Control permission.

A commentator saw the Icelandic crisis
as an example of a defaulting country getting
in too deep and now having to pay the price
for there not being a global financial regula-
tor and a global central bank.

Iceland can no longer repay its external
debts, its currency is valueless, which means
it can no longer pay for imports.

The Bahamas would have been finished if
Bahamians had been allowed to invest in the
markets.

“The country’s assets would have dimin-
ished,” said Sir William, “if its citizens had
been caught in the meltdown.”

They would probably today be more than
diminished, they would have been wiped out
and Bahamians without foreign exchange,
and without enough local produce to be self-
sufficient, would have starved.

S&P slams FNM
- government's
economic policy

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I note the latest credit rating
and economic outlook by the
international credit ratings
agency Standard and Poor’s
(S&P) on December 17, 2008.
In its analysis, S&P downgrades
the country’s economic outlook
from stable to negative and
attributes this to not only exter-
nal economic forces, but on the
economic policies of the FNM
government.

The report indicates that fol-
lowing real GDP growth of 4.5
per cent in 2006, the growth
momentum has been interrupt-
ed “by the protracted period of
contracts review by the FNM
government after it came to
power. ,

The review of $80 million
worth of contracts and the even-
tual cancellation of a $23 million
public contract for a straw mar-
ket negatively. affected
investors’ sentiments and
brought substantial disruption
to the contractors’ activity”.

The report went on to state
that because of this policy, “the




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important economic growth
momentum has been lost”.

This analysis by this imterna- .

tionally respected organisation
with no political axe to grind is
both a vindication of the PLP

and a major repudiation and:

condemnation of the now infa-
mous, ill-advised, and failed
“Stop, Review, Cancel” eco-
nomic policy of the FNM gov-
ernment.

The PLP is on. record repeat-
edly warning the FNM govern-
ment that it “caanot turn the
economy off and on like a
faucet” and that its policy deci-
sions will shake: investor confi-
dence and cause me country
great harm.

The FNM is yet to admit to
its policy blunder.

As for accountability and
transparency, the general public
does not know to this date what

was reviewed, the criteria for
the review, the findings of the
review, and the public venefits
of the review and cance'lations.
I remind the FNM government
of their proclaimed “mandate

_ of increased transparency, with

the party’s (so-called) Trust
Agenda focusing on the
accountability and transparency
issues, strengthening institu-
tional framework, and promot-
ing better governance,” accord-
ing to the S&P report.

To date, there is no evidence
that the actions of the govern-
ment demonstrated account-
ability or transparency. Further,
the consequences of the gov-
ernment’s policies suggest a
weakening of the public insti-
tutional framework and the
delivery of poor governance as
literally tens of thousands of
Bahamians were adversely
affected by this ill-advised pub-
lic policy.

ELCOTT COLEBY
Nassau,
December 31, 2008.

My Christmas peace was shattered!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I could not help but write to
express my outrage on when my
peaceful Christmas holiday was
marred by an inconsiderate
business owner.

My property is 700 feet to
the south of Blue Hill Road
south on the western side of
Marshall Road. At 11am own-
ers of a.bar and club on Blue
Hill Road south decided they
would set up three large speak-
ers outside their establishment
for all and sundry to hear. I
could not hear my TV with the
windows closed therefore mak-
ing me extremely angry and
upset. I got into my vehicle and
drove to the club which had one
patron on the inside and two
Jamaican DJ’s on the outside
who turned the music down for
approximately one hour after I
asked them quite angrily to do
so.

For seven hours straight the
reggae music wafted over the

-casuarina trees and four other

homes into my living room until
I decided to call the Police. My
husband in his infinite wisdom

‘felt I should not have

approached the noise makers
as I could have placed my life in
danger and that is when I
realised that we as Bahamian

people have lost our rights to

stand up for what is right and
decent in our own country!

inform a group of individuals
who are an obvious nuisance to

cease and desist? Why should .

I take this lying down and not
demand that noise pollution in
areas that border residential
areas not be dealt with expedi-
tiously by the department that
grants dancing and liquor licens-
es? Why should a non-Bahami-
an mock me for my desire to
have a peaceful dinner with my
family in my home on a day
designated for peace on earth
and good will? Why should we

have to sit in homes which car-

ry 250 thousand plus mortgages
and not have peace no matter
what subdivision we live in. I
implore the Bahamian disc

jockeys to form a coalition
against unlawful noise which
has become a stable attraction
for clubs and bars who continue
to set up loud speakers outside
their clubs to attract sales. We
need to take a stand for decen- |
cy and order and stop allowing
negative foreign influences to
take root in our.country like the
99 cent environmentally unac-
ceptable food stands which have
no licenses and are not subject
to the stringent inspections of
licensed restaurants. Just anoth-
er of my pet peeves!

T BURROWS
Nassau,
December, 2008.

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need to elimiriate the requirement for Bahamians to complete an
immigration form when returning to the Bahamas, their home.

It is impossible for me to "immigrate" to the Bahamas. Enough is
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Taxi drivers angry after access

In brief





Green Parrot
employee is
robbed at

gunpoint

AN EMPLOYEE of Green }
Parrot Bar and Grill, East Bay :
Street was robbed at gunpoint :

on Saturday.

According to the police
report around noon on Satur-
day, the employee

long trousers. On his head he ;
wore a dark.blue cap. Police are :
“investigating. :

Women's

boxing champ

captured by Defence Force

is PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad

oalandy dies
in car crash

TRINIDADIAN boxing cham- :
pion Jisselle Salandy, one of the ;
sport's rising young stars, died Sun- :
day from injuries sustained in a car :
crash on the outskirts of the :
Caribbean country's capital, :
according to Associated Press. She :

was 21.

Salandy died at Port-of-Spain : ,
General Hospital shortly after the :
dawn crash, according to Informa- :
tion Minister Neil Parsanlal. He :
said Salandy's car ran off a highway :
and smashed into a concrete col- :
umn after she had brought a friend :

to Piarco International Airport.

Known for her quick feet and :
fast hands, Salandy had easily :
defended her WBC, WBA and :
WIBA belts against the Domini- :
can Republic's Yahaira Hernan- :
dez on Dec. 26, which pushed :
Salandy's professional record to ;

17-0. '

said.

1 Colors:
Silver
Gold
Black

Mustard
Bone.

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was
approached by a gunman as he :
walked with a deposit bag to a :
GMC Envoy SUV registration }
.No.197414. The
demanded the deposit bag, :
which contained cash, and the :
keys for the SUV..When he got :
the deposit bag and the car keys, :
he escaped in the SUV. He is :
reported to have been dressed }
ina light blue jacket and, white :

gunman :

@ By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

MORE than 100 taxi drivers were
outraged when they were denied
access to cruise passengers at Prince
George Wharf on Friday.

Port officials said a 2004 security
requirement set in place after the Sep-
tember 11 attacks, réquires all service
personnel to present two forms of
identification before they are given
access to passengers. ;

The first being a public service
license, and the other, an all access
pass to Festival Place.

With many of the taxi drivers claim-
ing they did not know their public ser-

Officials say security requirement
requires two forms of identification

vice licenses had expired on December
31, they were offered an additional
grace period by the port authority to
renew their licenses.

Mark Sawyer, chairman of the
Prince George Wharf committee, said
the requirement is unfair to taxi dri-
vers, adding that’a government issued
public service license should be
enough.

Mr Sawyer said: “The requirements
that the port needs to get their ‘taxi

drivers’ badges, are the same as the
government’s requirement for public
service licenses.”

Mr Sawyer said taxi drivers pay as
much as $60 annually for the Festival,
Place access passes. He maintains that
the additional port issued badge is not
necessary. ,

Many of the drivers became more
angry when several vehicles from
major tour companies and hotels were
given access to the cruise passengers.

to cruise passengers denied

One driver said: “Atlantis employees
are getting privileges, Bahamas expe-
rience are getting privileges, their
badges are not valid; but they have
been given access to pick up their peo-
ple from the dock.” .

Port: Controller Captain Anthony
Allen said, although the security
requirement was never imposed, the
grace period offered has since passed.

“The reality is that everyone who
accesses the port area, myself included,
must provide certain things in order.
to be here,” said. Capt Allen:

He says many. people were denied
access after background checks were
conducted, and feels that many of the
taxi drivers might have the same fear.

"The sport ‘fraternity has suf- :
fered a tremendous loss and :
Trinidad and Tobago has lost an }
icon," Sports Minister Gary Hunt }



Sloop with 75 Haitians is

*LESS than 24 hours after
a large group of illegal Hait-
ian immigrants was picked
up on Ragged Island on Fri-
day, Defence Force officers
captured another Haitian
sloop off the coast of Long
Island. On board were 75
Haitians.

While on routine patrol
on Saturday, the Defence
Force patrol craft HMBS
Inagua, under the command

of Senior Lieutenant Ren- .

hault Darville, came upon a
40-foot Haitian sloop
approximately 42 miles
southwest off the southern
tip of Long Island.

The search uncovered 75
Haitian migrants— 63 men
and 12 women- who did not
have legal documents to
enter the country.

They were taken from
their overcrowded vessel

Incident takes place less
than a day after 156
illegal immigrants picked
up on Ragged Island

and transferred to the
Defence Force vessel. The
Haitian immigrants were
then taken to Clarence
Town, Long Island. They

are being held at the Com-

munity Centre in Long
Island.

With this latest arrest of
Haitian migrants, a total of
231 have been taken into
custody so far for trying to

land illegally in the New

Year. ; 4
On Friday, a group of 156



illegal Haitians was appre-
hended by Defence Force
officers as they. strolled
around Ragged Island after
landing onshore.

Speaking with The Tri-
bune on Friday, State Min-
ister for Immigration,
Branville McCartney, said
that a reason for the mass
exodus of Haitians from

their country might be due
to indications of. apolitical ...-
‘unrest. | i PHISN Hoa ly

He also cited favourable



wind conditions during this
time of year and the
constant desire of Haitians
to emigrate, as possible
reasons for the large num-
bers seen in the past few
weeks.

Mr McCartney. said the’
Immigration Department
will remain vigilant and con-
tinue to repatriate as quick-
ly as possible.

“We have indicated to the
Defence Force officers to be
very.much on guard and to
be alert in light of these fac-
tors and they have done an
excellent job,” he said.

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Officials:
Hispanic —
hnmigrants

PM announces the successor to
Cabinet Secretary Wendell Major



Ppobbery
targets

@ CLEARWATER, Fia. .

' POLICE in the Tampa
Bay area say that His-
yanic immigrants are
increasingly the targets
of robberies, according
to’ Associated Press.
» The St. Petersburg
Times reports that in
2008 alone, 55 robberies
in Clearwater involved
Hispanic men; similar
robberies have been ;
reported throughout the =:
region. | Ht
Across the nation, the
trend has earned its
unfortunate victims a
nickname: walking
ATMs. ie
. Experts point to two
main factors that make
Hispanic_men vulnera- — :
ble — cash and legal sta-. :
tus. As restaurant work- |}
ers or laborers, the
immigrants are some-
times paid in cash.

And immigrants with, ae

tenuous legal status
can’t get a driver’s
license and often walk
-or ride bikes late at
night. 2 = i
These immigrants are
less likely to seek help —

from police because. ....... i.

they are afraid of being

deported, experts say.

MRS, Anita Bernard, a
retired public servant who
was called back into service
last year, will replace Cabi-
net Secretary Wendell
Major who has retired after
38 years of public service.

Mr Major was honoured
at a special banquet Friday
evening on the occasion of

his retirement. The banquet -

was held at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino.

Speaking at the banquet,
Prime ‘Minister Hubert

i . Ingraham said most persons

who know Mr Major would

‘describe him as an “intro-

vert, competent, a logical
thinker and an excellent
writer.”

Mr. Ingraham also

_ announced Mrs Bernard as
? Mr Major’s successor, say-
: ing she will be the second

woman to hold this top posi-
tion in the public service.
Outlining Mr Major’s

‘time in government, Mr

Ingraham said that the Cab-
inet Secretary joined the

: public service in 1970 in a

pre-Independence Bahamas
and was early on identified

as “a high flyer.”
..- “Within eight years he

had reached the rank of
+. Deputy Permanent Secre-
i. tary and eight years later, in

1985 at the age of 38, he was

appointed Permanent Sec- .
; . retary. .

“He has had broad and

varied experience in the
public service having served
in the Ministry of Finance,
the Department of Public
Service and the Cabinet
Office before his appoint-
ment as Permanent Secre-
tary. in the Ministry of
National Security and Immi-
gration,” Mr Ingraham said.

In the following years, Mr
Ingraham said that Mr
Major served as Permanent
Secretary in the Ministries
of Transport, Health, Edu-
cation and Public Works.

Mr Major also acted as
Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and in the Office of the
Attorney General, the prime
minister'said.

Retired public servant
Anita Bernard to take over —

“Mr Major is most knowl-
edgeable about the public
service. He has been
involved in the crafting, evo-
lution.and development of
public service policies, in
one form or the other, for
over 30 years. As Secretary
to the Cabinet he was able
to influence the appoint-
ment of Heads of Depart-
ment, Permanent Secretaries
and other senior officers in
the Public Service,” he said.

“Wendell, I thank you for
your loyal service, for your
dedication to the Service
and to our country and I
wish you Godspeed in the
years ahead. It now gives
me great pleasure to present
you with tokens of our

appreciation,’ Mr Ingraham
said.

Mrs Berdard, who suc-
ceeds Mr Major, is a sea-
soned, experienced officer,
single-minded in her dedi-
cation to provide quality
service to the public, Mr
Ingraham said.

Mrs Bernard began her

~ career in the Public Service
’ in Education as a teacher.

Subsequently having quali-
fied, she rose to the post of
principal and later moved
into the administrative ranks
of the service.

Slie has experience in the
Department of Public Ser-
vice and in Housing and
National Insurance and
sérved as Permanent Secre-
tary in a wide range of Min-
istries ‘of Housing and
National Insurance,
Tourism, Public Service and
Training, Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture, and
Public Works. = s



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of Taylor Street will be held
on Thursday, January ‘8th,
10am at.Wesley Methodist

Edward Sykes will officiate.
Interment will follow in-the

Streeti-o

, ‘/ the hospital on Christmas
ees isle Day, where her Pastor Rev.
‘: Edward Sykes visited her the next day and prayed for her. She’
“was faken away by ‘her angéls. a few hours. later.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Joycelyn -

“Rahming and Noretta Davis; son, Millard Rahming; adopted
‘son, Kyday Johnson; brother, Harcourt "Cordy". Bastian;
_ sisters-in-law, Joyce and Beryl Bastian; daughter-in-law,

Margaret Rahming; nineteen grandchildren, Darren Bastian, -
Leslia and Jaydian Miller, Demetrius Ferguson and Devaughn. |:

’ Fawkes, Philip Rahming Jr., Zabdiel, Darius, Endierque and
Demario Rahming, Laterio, Lakiesha, Sanchez and Loreal

Delancy; Nickeva and Narissa Eve, Justin Davis, Brittany
Roker; eight great-grandchildren, Drew. and Izaak Bastian, .

Quaid-Leslie Robinson, Devaughn Fawkes Jr., Zabriel Rahming,

Rache Pantry and Shantara Delancy; ten nieces, Cheri Weech, |.

‘Donna, Kaye, Tanya, Tracy and Deidre Bastian, Glenda Lyles

of Tennessee, Donna Wood, Vinnah Adderley and Ursula Smith;

~ seven nephews; Larry, Anthony, Rickie, Loran, Keven, Terrance

‘and-Quintin Bastian; other close relatives and friends include, -
Rev. Dr. Cannon Nelson Pinder and Rev. Johnny Pinder of Fla., .
George Whitfield of Eleuthera, Thelma Symonette, Dave and: |
Noel "Toy" Bastian, Leslie Miller, Rochelle Bastian, Edwin

-Bastian, Hon. Kendal Wright, Anthony "Boots". Weech, Ricardo
Lyles, Vincent and Lennie Fountain, Margo Albury, Sam:Smith;

_ Walter Ferguson, Sybil Rolle and family, Maude Miller and.

family, Nita Johnson and family, Diana Hepburn and family,
‘Andrea Johnson and family; Donald Wilson and family, Brenda

-Cleare and family, Avis Sands and family, Geraldine Davis and -

family, Edith Robinson and family, Shirley Goodman and
‘family, Carmetta Walkes and family, Laurette Pierre and family,
‘Taylor Street Community, One Family Junkanoo and
-,Community Organization and a host of other relatives and
friends too numerous to mention.

Special thanks to Rev. Edward Sykes, Dr. Greta Eneas Carey
“and staff, Nurses of the Private Medical Ward of the Princess
Margaret Hospital, members of the Salem Baptist Church,
members of Wesley Methodist Church MCCA, Florence and
Summer Billy Cooper and the staff of Bethel Brothers

;Morticians. .

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Ferguson said he truly believes that the
Bahamian public is interested in assisting
the police combat crime.

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we find what might be termed a non-inter-
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because we had the necessary intelligence.

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you to strike. And when you do,-it sends a
shock-wave down the criminal communi-
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ONCE you decide to list your
home for sale, how long will it
take to sell? How long should you
give the BREA agent to success-
fully market your home? —

The best answer is to be rea-
sonable. But what’s reasonable?
30 days? What about 300 days?
Of course, there is no standard
response.

Let’s look at how to determine
the right amount of time in your

» situation. With each real estate
market being different, it takes
longer to sell a home in some
areas than others. A home that
may sell in 15 days in one island
may take 87 days in another, or
even six to nine months in yet
another. This would also be true
for different sections of New

Providence.

Actually, the time needed to
attract a buyer can be made
longer or shorter by offering a
higher or lower price, and better
or less desirable:terms and ameni-
ties.

Ask your BREA agent to pro-
vide information relative to cur-
rent selling times for properly
priced properties. Discuss the fac-
tors that may help or hinder the
sale of your home, and ask for
your agent's best estimate of sell-
ing time for your home. Then,
allow the appropriate amount of
time to properly market your
home.

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of time in which to perform, you
Will have the complete determi-
nation of your agent, and will no
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Overcoming smal

improving lot of the Caribbean people

m@ By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a business
consultant and former
Caribbean diplomat)

S THE countries

of the Caribbean
Community and Common
Market (CARICOM) enter
a New Year, their greatest
challenge is overcoming
smallness. This observation
applies as much to Jamaica
and Trinidad and Tobago
with their respective popu-
lations of 2.8 million and
1.04 million as it does to St
Kitts-Nevis and Antigua
and Barbuda with popula-
tions of 50,000 and 80,000.
“Smallness” is not just'a
matter of physical size, it is
also psychological. There
are countries in the world
whose physical size is much
‘smaller than many
Caribbean countries, yet
they are more prosperous
economically. The obvious
examples are Singapore
and Malta; the latter now
a member of the European
Union (EU). Some CARI-
COM countries such as

Guyana and Belize are also’

physically large — it is often
forgotten that Guyana with
214,970 square kilometres
(83,000 square miles) is
larger than England whose
size is 130,410 square kilo-
metres (about 49,000
square miles). .

The psychological impact
of smallness shows itself in
two ‘ways in = most

“Caribbean Community
countries.

The first, and most debil-
itating, is the fear of each
other — a fear manifested

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THE self-described master-
mind of the Sept. 11 attacks
goes on trial in absentia in
France on Monday for alleged-
ly ordering a deadly Tunisian
synagogue bombing less than a
year after the assault on New
York and Washington, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

The proceedings in Paris are
expected.to highlight the reach
and complexity of al-Qaida-
linked networks in North
Africa, although they are
unlikely to directly affect the
fate of Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, who is being held
by the U.S. at Guantanamo
Bay.

Also on trial in France are
Christian Ganczarski; a Ger-
man who converted to Islam,
and Walid Naouar, the brother
of the suicide bomber who -
drove a propane-laden truck
into an ancient synagogue on
the island of Djerba on April:
11, 2002, killing 21 people.

Ganczarski and Walid
Naouar are charged with com-
plicity in the murders and com-
plicity in attempted murder in
the synagogue attack and face
life sentences if convicted in
the Paris trial, which is‘expect-
ed to last until Feb. 6.

French investigators say
bomber Nizar Naouar,,. 24,
called Mohammed by satellite
telephone in Pakistan and
received the order to attack on
the day of the bombing.

The prosecution claims that
Nizar Naouar also called
Ganczarski, and phone taps by
German police show that the
suicide bomber sought his
blessing for the attack. Nizar
Naouar’s’ body was never
found.

Prosecutors also say
Ganczarski was in contact with
top al-Qaida officials, including
Osama bin Laden, during trips
to Afghanistan and worked
with the network as a comput-
er expert.

Prosecutors say they suspect
‘that Walid Naouar knew an
attack was planned and bought
the satellite telephone that was
found in his brother’s home
and used for the calls to Pak-
istan and Germany.

The synagogue attack killed
14 German tourists, five
Tunisians and two French,
prompting French judicial

officials to open an investiga-
tion.





in diverse ways, but most
particularly in the move-
ment of people amongst
themselves. But, there is
also a fear of investment by
nationals of one CARI-
COM country in the econ-
omy of another. So,
throughout several coun-
tries there is a secretive dis-
course within their societies
about being “swamped” by
an inflow of both people
and investment. Paradoxi-



“If Caribbean
countries can
overcome the fear
of each other and
combine their
resources — |
human, natural,
and physical— »
they need not
so readily
capitulate to those
countries more
economically
powerful than
they are

individually.”



cally, large swathes of
prime property are being
purchased in almost every
Caribbean country by
European and North
American nationals who
are also investing in the
commanding heights of the
economy suchas financial
services, oil, gold mining,
gas bauxite, and forestry.
And, there is nary a word

_of protest or a ripple of

concern about this alien-
ation of property into non-
Caribbean hands.

I fully recognise the

absolute need for foreign

investment in the
Caribbean on fair and equi-
table terms with all the
rights and obligations that
should be firmly linked to
such investment. The point
I make here is that while
non-Caricom investment
should be encouraged and
promoted, CARICOM
investment should .be
accorded similar if not bet-
ter treatment.

Indeed, I go further to
say that the Caribbean
Community is moving far
too slowly to complete the
arrangements for a Single
Market and Economy and
that the underlying reason
for this inordinate delay is
the irrational fear that each
has — at the level of gov-
ernments, some businesses
and sections of the popula-
tion — that they will be
overrun by other CARI-



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service to you again in 2009.



COM governments, busi-

nesses and people..

On the investment side,
there is the unspoken fear
that investors from
Trinidad and Tobago and,
to a lesser extent, Jamaica
will exercise undue influ-
ence on the economies of
smaller countries. And,
while this fear either delays
or stops investment from
these CARICOM partners,
Eastern Caribbean govern-
ments are cutting each oth-
er’s throats to lure non-
CARICOM investors —
nowhere more telling than
in the Cruise ship industry.
I suspect in the coming
months this fierce rivalry
will extend to the airline
industry as governments
compete to offer airlines
subsidies to favour their
island over another in
order to sustain their
national tourist industry.

In the course of all this
both the individual coun-
tries and the entire region
lose their autonomy and
make themselves poorer.

The second fear mani-
fested by smallness relates
to CARICOM countries’
perception of themselves in
relation to larger countries,
particularly those in
Europe and North Ameri-
ca. There appears to be an
inbuilt notion that
Caribbean countries cannot
stand-up to these countries
because they are too small
and any daring that they
display would be met by
swift victimisation.

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he most glaring
example of this is
the capitulation to
the EU by the Caribbean
countries over the contro-
versial Economic Partner-
ship Agreement (EPA)
which was signed last year.
Confronted with a gun at
their heads and the demand
that they either sign the full
EPA or see high tariffs
placed on their crucial
exports, every single
Caribbean country caved-
in; they did not consider for
a moment joining together
to stand-up to the EU. The
prevailing refrain. was that
they each had no choice.
And,
them did have no choice —
the onés without choice
were those that, over the
years of the evolution of
CARICOM, failed to inte-
grate their industries and
production into pan-
Caribbean entities and,
instead, maintained mar-
ginal local enterprises high-
ly dependent on the EU
market. They created the
conditions under which the
EU could threaten them
and they had no choice but

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to succumb.

One would have thought
that out of that bitter expe-
rience would have come the
recognition and the resolve
not to so expose themselves
again and instead to inte-

. grate their enterprises and

their resources in’such a
way that they could turn
elsewhere if threatened by
an external country or
group of countries. Instead,
it has been business as. usu-
al, and it has been business
as usual because of fear
number one — the fear of
each other. -

If Caribbean countries
can overcome the fear of
each other and combine
their resources — human,
natural, and physical — they
need not so readily capitu-
late to those countries
more economically power-
ful than they are individu-
ally. The region is well
endowed: oil, gas, bauxite,
gold, diamonds, forestry,
abundant agriculture,
tourism, international
financial services. Addi-
tionally, it has a fairly well-
educated population and a

sound intellectual pool hav-

ing produced four Nobel

- Prize winners, Secretaries-

indeed, some of

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resources will give the
CARICOM area the confi-
dence to face the world
fearlessly and the capacity
to negotiate better than
they do, but first the region
must overcome the irra-
tional fear of itself that is
an unfounded product of
smallness.

The first step is to com-
plete the Single Market and
Economy and establish effi-
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urday in Washington, ahead of
President-elect Barack Obama
who was expected to make the
trip the next day, according to
Associated Press.

The Obamas arrived at their
temporary home at the Hay-
Adams Hotel, near the White
House, on Saturday evening.
Aides confirmed their arrival
only after the Obamas checked
into the hotel and declined to
release any details.‘They had
no public schedule.

The Obamas moved early so
their daughters — 7-year-old
Sasha and 10-year-old Malia —
could start classes on Monday
at the private Sidwell Friends
School, an aide said.

Other children of well-known
politicians to attend the school
include Al Gore III and
Chelsea Clinton.

The Obamas are staying at
the storied Hay-Adams because
Blair House, the government’s
official guest residence, was
booked solidly through Jan. 15,
the Bush administration said.
Blair House is located across
Pennsylvania Avenue from the
White House and has previ-
ously housed presidents-elect
before taking the oath of office.
The Obamas will relocate there
on Jan. 15 and stay until the
inauguration on Jan. 20.

The Obamas returned to
Chicago early Friday morning
after a 12-day family vacation at

a $9 million rental home in his |
native Hawail. A day later,

Michelle Obama and her |}.

daughters flew into the Wash-
ington area to take over their |"
suite at the historic Hay-'|'
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was quiet Saturday night,
except for two news vans with; |.
accompanying crews hoping to ||‘
get a shot of Michelle Obama |.
and her daughters going in and |
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Security will intensify for
Barack Obama’s arrival on’ |
Sunday. The district’s govern- °
ment is shutting down several
streets near the hotel to traffic
and there will be no street park-
ing nearby from 1 a.m. Sunday
morning until midnight on Jan.
15, according to its Web site.
Opened in 1928, the hotel sits
across Lafayette Square fromâ„¢
the White House, Obama’s
eventual work place and home.
Its name comes from two his-
torical figures who lived on the
site: John Hay, the private assis-
tant to President Abraham Lin-
coln and later’secretary of state,
and Henry Adams, an author
and descendant of Presidents
John Adams and John Quincy
Adams.
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marble bathrooms, intricately
carved plaster ceilings and
ornamental fireplaces and bal-

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Israeli troops and tanks
slice deep into Gaza

ll GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip

THOUSANDS of Israeli
troops backed by tanks and heli-
copter gunships surrounded
Gaza’s largest city and fought
militants at close range Sunday,
the first full day of an over-
whelming ground offensive in
the coastal territory, according
to Associated Press.

Israel said it has inflicted a
heavy blow against Hamas as it
expands a weeklong offensive
meant to stop rocket fire on
southern Israel. But spiraling
civilian casualties among Pales-
tinians fueled an international
outcry, even as the U.S. blocked
approval of a U.N. Security
Council statement Saturday
night calling for an immediate
cease-fire.

Israel’s ground forces moved
in after nightfall Saturday fol-
lowing hours of intense, fiery
artillery shelling to clear the way,
and Hamas warned that its fight-
ers would turn Gaza into an
Israeli “graveyard.”

On Sunday, Israeli soldiers
fought primarily in open areas

in the launching zones used by.

Gaza’s militants to send rockets
raining down on Israeli cities.
As the troops in three-brigade-
size formations moved in, resi-
dents of those Israeli cities began
cautiously emerging from bomb
shelters in hopes that the rocket
fire would taper off.

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exploded in veils of white smoke
over Gaza’s urban skyline.
Tanks pushed south of Gaza
City as deep as the abandoned
settlement of Netzarim, which
Israel left along with other com-
munities when it pulled out of
Gaza in 2005.

That effectively cut off Gaza
City, the territory’s largest pop-
ulation center with some 400,000

_ residents, from the rest of Gaza

to the south.

Fighters

Israel’s military chief said
Hamas fighters were trying to
draw soldiers deeper into Gaza-
’s sprawling, densely packed
urban areas, where the military
said militants were shielding
themselves behind civilians.

“You entered like rats,”
Hamas spokesman Ismail Rad-
wan told Israeli soldiers in a
statement on Hamas’ Al Aqsa
TV. “Gaza, will be a graveyard
for you, God willing,” he said.

Israeli forces have not yet
entered urban areas, said Brig.
Gen. Avi Benayahu, the chief
army spokesman. He warned,
however, that the operation was
not a “school trip” and would
be long and demanding.

The ground invasion risks

turning into intense urban com-

bat, with house-to-house fight-

- ing, sniper fire and booby-traps.

Hamas is believed to have some
20,000 gunmen and has had time

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to prepare.

To guard against hidden
explosives, Israel’s ground forces
moved through fields and
orchards with bomb-sniffing
dogs.

Since the ground assault
began, 64 Palestinian civilians
have been killed, said Dr.
Moaiya Hassanain, a Health
Ministry official. The new deaths
brought the death toll in the
Gaza Strip to more than 512
since Dec. 27. The tally is based
on figures from the U.N. and
Palestinian health officials as
well as a count by The Associat-
ed Press.

Five Israelis have been killed
since the offensive began. One
soldier has been killed in the
ground operation and about 40
were wounded, some of them in
heavy exchanges of fire near the
militant stronghold of Jebaliya, a
town on Gaza City’s northern
outskirts, the army said. Heavy
Israeli casualties could under-
mine what has so far.been over-
whelming public support for the
operation.

At one hospital in the north-
ern village of Beit Lahiya,
medics carrying three injured
children in their arms rushed
them to treatment. One of the
children had a blood-soaked
bandage wrapped around his
head and covering his eyes.

An Israeli shell also struck an
ambulance in the town, killing
a paramedic, said Marwan Abu
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software.

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January, 2009.

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wants to implement the following Allied Health programmes:

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2009 should apply no later than February 6, 2009.

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Bahamas since the achievement of majority rule on January 10, 1967.

° “Athletics and Education” by Mr. Myron Rolle,
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EXPLOSIONS FROM Israeli fire are seen over the northern Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israel side of the bor-
der, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships pushed

deeper into Gaza Sunday, fighting militants at close range and surrounding the coastal tenntehy s largest city
in the first full day of an overwhelming ground offensive.

The relief organization Oxfam,
which said the ambulance
belonged to a partner organiza-
tion, al-Awda Hospital, con-
firmed the shelling.
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An airstrike hit another ambu-
lance belonging to the Hamas-
run Health Ministry in Gaza
City, killing three other para-
medics, said medic Jamal Hawa-
jiri. That ambulance crew was
driving to a Hamas training site
where there were reports of
wounded.

An Israeli army spokesman
said he had no information on
the incidents.

The Israeli army said it had
killed dozens of armed Hamas
gunmen, but Gaza officials could

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Condemnation of Israel’s
ground operation poured in
from the Middle East and
Europe.

“The violence has to stop,”
said EU External Relations
Commissioner Benita Ferrero-
Waldner.

US. officials maintained their
firm support for Israel and
squarely blamed Hamas.

Vice President Dick Cheney
said Israel “didn’t seek clearance
or approval from us”. before
pushing into Gaza.

Sens. Harry Reid and Dick
Durbin — the top two Democ-
rats in the chamber — and Sen-
ate Republican leader Mitch
McConnell all described Israel’s
actions as understandable.

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pointless without a halt to
Hamas rocket fire.

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body (who) can stop terror with
a different strategy, we shall
accept it,” he said on ABC’s
“This Week.” |

“We shall not accept the idea
that Hamas will continue to fire
and we shall declare a cease-fire.
It does not make any sense.”

Palestinians said the Israeli
military broke into broadcasts
on the Hamas TV channel, Al
Aqsa, appealing to Palestinians
not.to agree to serve as human
shields for the militants. The
message read, “Israel is acting
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LOCAL NEWS



Christie: FNM will -
attempt to destroy |

PLP this year
FROM page one

and Marvin Dames to the
police force, there will be
“increased investigations”
into public figures.

“Mr Turnquest’s com-
ments come at a most seri-
ous time in the life of the
Force when a decision must
be made on who will lead
the Force into the future,”
Mr Mitchell began. “The
remarks come at a time
when morale is at its low-
est in the Force as a result
of politically inspired divi-
sions within the Force. His
remarks are reminiscent of
what appeared to be a con-
certed campaign of innuen-
do and libel to attack sit-
ting members of the PLP
earlier in this year, result-
ing from leaks from a high-
ly placed source in the
police force.

“At the time, I expressed
concern over these reports
about ‘a sitting MP’, which
caused both the Commis-
sioner of Police and the
FNM Chairman to deny
that there was a politically
motivated witch-hunt, but
inquiring and reasonable
minds can only be suspi-
cious in light of the Minis-
ter’s present comments,” he
said. |

It is with this in mind that
Mr Mitchell cautioned the
Progressive Young Liber-
als to be “heightened alert”.

“You should not under-
estimate the difficulties. But
I firmly believe and.accept
what Michael Manley of
Jamaica told me in 1981 in
the face of overwhelming
defeat by Edward Seaga
and the JLP: We routed
them before we can rout
them again.

“I ask you then to sign on
to this agenda for change.
Theré is no other way but

straight ahead. Let there be —

no fear. We must use all
legitimate means to defeat
(Prime Minister Hubert)
Ingraham and the FNM,”
he said.

of John Travolta |
to be held today



The Bahamas economy ‘won't
show recovery signs until 2010’

FROM page one

Fort Bay, government complexes and
road improvement works — there is

nothing on the horizon beyond the

end of 2009.

“I spoke to an owner of a major con-
struction company. He said, ‘I’m busy
for the next 12 months, but the scary

thing is I’m not bidding on any new

projects. When I finish the projects
over the next 12 months, I just don’t
see what’s going to happen’ — so he
starts to develop this mentality of con-
traction,” Mr D’ Aguilar said.

This uncertainty about the future,
the Chamber president said, means
that companies cannot make any plans
to expand as it would be too risky in
the current economic climate.

“Yes, the prime minister is right that
stuff is in motion, but for how long,
and is there anything over the hori-
zon. Will we at the end of 2009, if noth-
ing major happens, will we be far
worse off,” he said.

Joining Mr D’ Aguilar as guest on
the radio talk show was local econo-

_ mist Rupert Pinder, who warned that

Bahamians should not expect to see

any signs of the economy recovering
for the next 12 to 18 months.

However, he added that when the
recovery begins it could take place a
lot faster than people are anticipating.

Mr Pinder indicated that the Chi-
nese may in fact have a hand in helping
the Bahamas’ economy recover.

The economist explained that by
keeping its currency artificially weak,
China has accumulated a large amount
of US dollar reserves.

China, he said, will be looking for
somewhere to invest those reserves,
and the Bahamas could be the place

Lyford Cay.

Mr Dawkins was reportedly

for foreign direct investment from Chi-
na.
“We should not discount the Chi-
nese influence going forward,” he said.
Mr D’Aguilar added that he had
heard reports that Baha Mar was in
fact in negotiations with Chinese busi-

“nesspersons.

Chairman and CEO of Baha Mar
Resorts Sarkis Izmirlian will be one
of the speakers at Bahamas Business
Outlook on January 15, and Mr
D’ Aguilar said he understands that an
announcement regarding the future of

-Baha Mar will be made then.

FROM page one — [Missing at Sea

of gas in one of his vessels off

Audrey Bonamy, the investi-
gating officer from the Arawak
Cay police station, Mr

paid $100 and set out from
Arawak Cay in his vessel, the
‘Big H’, on which he is also
reported to have lived.
However, Mr Dawkins nev-
er arrived at the scene of the
stranded vessel’ and has not

Dawkins’ vessel was discovered
capsized in the area of Love
Beach. The 23-foot vessel with
its 250 horse power engine has
been towed back to the
Defence Force’s harbour patrol
station on Bay Street:

FROM page one

a history of seizures in the past.

According to reports reaching
The Tribune, Mr Travolta was
terribly upset and emotional
and stayed with his son’s body
for hours in the morgue as his
lawyers dealt with the paper-
work.

According to reports on
CNN, Mr Travolta’s son suf-
fered from Kawasaki Syn-
drome, which mostly affects
children under the age of five.
There had been past reports
that Jett was autistic, but his
father has denied that claim.

Kawasaki Syndrome, also

known as lymph node syn-

drome, affects many organs,
including the skin and mucous
membranes, lymph nodes,
blood vessel walls, and the
heart. It can also lead to heart
disease.

The Travoltas are frequent
visitors to The Bahamas. They
purchased property at West
End about six years ago at Old
Bahama Bay, which is owned

. by the Ginn Corporation.

Mr Ossi commended Ginn
officials for their efforts to
revive Jett and for their support
of the Travolta family during
the tragedy.

Robert Gidel, president of
Ginn Resorts, issued a state-

ment by Ginn sur Mer on the

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passing of Jett Travolta on Sat-
urday. :

"Our thoughts and prayers
go out to John Travolta, Kelly
Preston and their family on the
tragic death of their son Jett.
The Travolta family has become
like family to us at Old Bahama
Bay and we extend our deep-
est sympathies to them,” he
said.

John Travolta is famous for

roles on television and in films
such as Grease, Pulp Fiction
(1994) and True Colours (1991).
He received Academy Award
nominations for the gritty disco
epic Saturday Night
Fever (1977) and grittier Pulp
Fiction.



been heard from since.

; Investigations continue into
According to Sergeant,

the matter.

Fears that police are ‘targeting’ Bain Town
FROM page one

ain’ supposed to get no f***** bail, he supposed to be here until
Monday,’ he was so rude,” the woman said.

“It’s hard for me to go to sleep at night because I don’t know if
they going to come here, kick in the door and throw something
else on us,” the woman told The Tribune. “I feel like they trying
to put all kind of things on him since the story came out. They said
he was charged with obstruction, he was under the impression that
he was going to speak with the Superintendent to clear up the sit-
uation,” she said. :

“They only trying to get back at them because of the story,”
another resident told The Tribune yesterday. “Every time we
call the Nassau Street Police Station with a complaint nobody
comes. That is wrong, if I have a legitimate complaint and I go up
there that means I’m not going to get service, wrong is wrong,” the
resident said.

Police press liaison officer Walter Evans told The Tribune yes-
terday that he could not comment on the matter, but said he
would make the necessary inquiries into the matter today.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009, PAGE 11



INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Female bomber
at Shiite shrine in
Baghdad kills 38

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A-WOMAN hiding among
Iranian pilgrims with a bomb
strapped under her black robe
killed more than three dozen peo-
ple Sunday outside a Baghdad
mosque during ceremonies com-
memorating the death of one of
Shiite Islam’s most revered saints,
according to Associated Press.

The suicide attack, the most
recent in a series that has killed
more than 60 people in less that a
week, was the latest to mar the
transfer of many security respon-
sibilities from the U.S. military to
Iraqi forces.

Iraqi security forces have
deployed thousands of troops in
Baghdad and in the Shiite holy city
of Karbala, just south of the capi-
tal, to safeguard against attacks
during the ceremonies. Attacks by
al-Qaida in Iraq, Sunni insurgents
and even a Shiite cult have killed
hundreds of people in recent years.

The attack in Baghdad’s north-
ern Shiite neighborhood of Kaz-
imiyah, which wounded at least 72
people, comes two days after a sui-
cide bomber slipped into a lun-
cheon at a tribal leader’s home
south of Baghdad and killed at
least 23 people. More than a dozen
other people have died in other
attacks since New Year’s Day.

The Iraqi military held parades

to mark the anniversary of its.

founding 88 years ago and to cele-
brate a security agreement with
the United States that went into
effect on Jan. 1. The agreement
replaced a U.N. mandate that
allowed the U.S. and other foreign
troops to operate in Iraq.

Under the new agreement, U.S.
troops will no longer conduct uni-
lateral operations and will act only
in concert with Iraqi forces. The
must also leave major Iraqi cities
by June and withdraw all.troops
by the end of 2011.

In another sign of the transition
in authority, the U.S. military on
Sunday handed over. control in
Diyala Province to about 9,000
Sons of Iraq, a predominantly Sun-
ni group-of former insurgents and
tribesmen whose revolt against al-
Qaida in Iraq gave a significant
boost to security in the turbulent
province and helped turned the
tide in the war against the terror
group.

The United States paid the
group’s estimated 90,000 members
countrywide about $300 a month.
Eventually; the members are to be
either integrated into the Iraqi mil-
itary and police, or provided civil-
ian jobs and vocational training.

Under the phased handover,
which began last year in Baghdad,
Iraqi authorities will continue that
pay and education strategy.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
told Iraqi army troops during a
parade marking Army Day that
“the Iraqi army has gained the
trust of government and Iraqi peo-
ple as the army of all Iraqis.” The
military parade, which included
recently purchased U.S. military
equipment and armored vehicles,
was the first since the U.S.-Iraq
agreement went into effect on Jan.
1.

Just as the parade took place
around noon, hundreds of wor-
shippers had gathered in Kaz-
imiyah just a few miles to the
north, home to the shrine of Imam
Mousa al-Kazim, one of the holiest
men in Shiite Islam.

The suicide bomber was among:
a group of Iranian pilgrims and she
blew herself up just outside’ the
gates of the mosque, a large build-
ing graced by four minarets. The
office of Iraqi army spokesman
Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi
confirmed a woman wearing an
explosives vest was responsible.

Iraqi army and police put the
death toll at 38, although the Prime
Minister’s National Operations
Center said it was 36.

Conflicting reports on the num-

ber of dead and wounded are com-~

mon in Iraq in the chaotic after-
math of attacks. oes

At least one report from the
Health Ministry said the dead
included 17 Iranian pilgrims, seven
of them women.

There were also seven Iraqi
women killed by the blast, which
sent shrapnel hurtling across the
crowded square.

“I saw many dead pilgrims on
the ground after the explosion all
covered in blood, some of them
Iranians,” one unidentified witness
told Associated Press Television
News.

Thousands of pilgrims from pre-
dominantly Shiite Iran visit dur-
ing Ashura, celebrated on Jan. 7
this year. The evening before the
explosion, thousands of men
marched through the streets of
Kazimiyah rhythmically beating
their chests with bare hands and
slashing their shoulders with iron
chains, part of ceremonies leading
up to the anniversary of 7th-cen-
tury death of Prophet Muham-
mad’s grandson Hussein.

He was killed in a battle on the
plains of Karbala near the
Euphrates River.

The battle, which was part of
the dispute over the religion’s lead-
ership that began after Muham-
mad’s death, was a key event in
Islam’s split into the majority

Sunni and minority Shiite branch- «/

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(401) Lots #17 & #18 Crown Allot-
ments, Love Hill Settlement, An-
dros, Containing a two storey resi-
dence. Appraised value: $100,000

(808) Lots#] & #2, Block 3 with a
parcel situated between Lot #1,
Block 3, containing a 4 bedroom
condominium ~ Sunset View Vil-
las, West Bay Street.

Appraised value: $750,000

(400} Property situated in Cala-
bash Bay on the island of Andros.
75' x 150’ and containing thereon a
small grocery store 480 sq ft and gn
incomplete 3 bed 2 bath house 900
sqft Appraised value: $65,000 °

(702} Lot #20 with residential prop-
erty located Skyline Heights. AB:
praised value: $280,000

(406) Lot #14 situated in the settle-
ment of Love Hill on the Island of
Andros totalling 20,000 sq ft Prop-
erty contains a two storey 5 bed-
room, 3 bathroom residence.
Appraised value: $185,000

(902) Lot containing commercial
building housing a sports bar, res-
taurant and a two storey commer-
cial building on Queens Highway,
‘Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera.

Value: $180,000

(810} Lot #60 Skyline Lakes Subdi-
vision approximately 13,000 sq ft
containing a split level residence
about 10 years old. Living. space
is approx 2,633 sq ft, with covered
patios approx 480 sq ft, walkways &
driveways approx 102 sq ft Located
on the ground floor is the garage,
foyer, powder room, 2 bedrooms
with closets, 1 complete bath-
room, sunken living room, dining
room, kitchen, play room & utility
room. Located on the upper floor’
is the master bedroom & bathroom,
walk-in closets & tiled balcony.
Appraised valute: $453,000

(806) Lot #13, Block 4 of Coral
Section One, Coral
Harbour, New Providence with
twa houses and a swimming
pool, #312 N.P bounded North-
wardly by a canal or waterway of
the said Subdivision known as

‘Flamingo waterway and running

102.004 ft. Eastwardly by lot #14
and 146.145 ft. Southwardly by a
reservation for a private road.
Appraised Value: $530,000

(304) Lot #2 in block #8, Steward
Road, Coral Heights East Subdivi-

(902) 0.281 acre of vacant land off
Queen's Highway in the settlement
of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera.
Appraised value $31,320

(701) Undeveloped lot #149. Sea-
fan Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivi-
sion. Grand Bahama, 18,750 sq ft.
Appraised value: TBA

(402) Lot 89, Block 7 Aberdeen |
Drive, Bahamia West Replat Sub-
division, Freeport, Grand Bahama,
consistin: ng of 12,100 square feet.
Appraise: value $51,000

(723) Vacantlot #20 comprising a
portion of the Murphy Town
Crown Allotment #72 situated in-
Murphy Town, Abaco, Bahamas.
Appraised value: $18,000

(902) Vacant lot of land situated
in South Palmetto Point, Eleuthera
measuring 97 x 127.x 82x 121.
Appraised v value: $38,000

(908). Vacant residential Lot#30
comprising of 1.02 acre located
Dundas Town, Abaco.

Appraised value: $20,000

{108} Vacant canal lot #71 Silver |
Cove Court, Silver Cove Subdivi-
sion..Zoned: Tourist Commercial:
Approximately 0.4 acre.

Appraised value $175,000

(108} Vacant Single Family Lot #5
Block f Bahamia South Sub.
Appraised value $35,700



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(800) Mrs. Monique Crawford
(801) Mr. Jerome Pinder

(802) Mr. Brian Knowles

(805) Mrs. Tiffany Simms O’Brien

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New Providence, approx. size 8,800
sq ft with a splitlevel containing two
bed, two bath, living, dining & fam-
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Appraised value: $322,752

(433) Lot #27 of Village Alisttiont
#14 in the Eastern District, con-
taining residence situated on
Denver Street off Parkgate
Road in the Ann's Town Con-
stituency, New Providence.
Property size 2,500 sq ft Build-
ing size 990 sq ft Appraised value:
$40,000

4902) Lot of land 04 x 94 x 150
x 156 on Queens Highway. just
south of Palmetto Point with a two
storey stone building containing
two. apartments. Each unit has
3 bed/2 1/2 bath, kitchen, living
room and 3 linen closets.

Appraised value: $287,209

{105} Lot containing two storey
bldg. with 3 bed, 2 and a half bath
residence, and 30° x 8b’ situated

| Bailey Town, North Bimini.

Appraised value: $235,000

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section of Albert & Victoria Streets
in Hatchet Bay cantaining a 2 sto-
rey concrete building with an in-
camplete 2 bed/l bath apt and

store downstairs. Property approx’

2,250 sq it
Appraised value: $65,000

(908) Lot# 23 located in the Subdivi-
sion of Spring City, Abaco. Contain-
ing a 1 storey house with 2 bed/1
Wooden Structure.
Appraised value: $60,000

{601} Lot
lotment
$500,000

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with fourplex. Value:

(701) Lotofland having the number
16 in Block number 16 in Section
Three of the Subdivision called
and known as Sea Breeze Estates
situated in the Eastern District af
New Providence. Property contains
a3 bed, 2 bath residence,

Appraised value: $277,000

(565) Lot #1018 in Golden Gates
Estates #2 Subdivision situate: in
the South Western District of the is-
land of New Providence Containing
a single storey private residence 3
bedroom 2 bath. Property approx.
size 6,000 sq ft Building approx.
size 2,400 sq ft Appraised value:
$173,176

(702) Undeveloped lots #4A, 16,
17, 18 and 19 located Chapman
Estates, West Bay.

Appraised value $348,000

(565) Vacant lot #5 located Eleuthera
Island Shores, Seaside Drive Section
B, Block #15, Eleuthera, 9,691 sqft.
Appraised value: $27,620

(800) Vacant property located
Bahamia South. Block 16 lot 9A,
Freeport, Grand Bahama consist-
ing of 24,829.20 sq.ft.

Appraised value $52,000

(565) Vacant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sq
ft} sHtuated in Mango Lane Section
“B” Block #15, Eleuthera Island
Shores on the Island of Eleuthera.
Appraised value: $50,189

(909) Vacant residential Lot# 63
(7800 sq ft) Crown Allotments
located Murphy Town, Abaco.
Appraised value: $18,000

(108) Vacant Single Family Lot #5
Block #5 Unit 41 "Dev onshire.
Appraised value $30,000

{802} Vacant Commercial Lot
No: 3A, Block 60 Bahamia Subdi-
vision Vi containing 3 acres located
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Appraised Value $750,000

') (724) Vacant land at Love Beach,

Western District of New Provi-

dence comprising a portion of

“Love Estate” containing | acre.
Appraised value $225,000

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(433) Mrs. Suzette Hall-Moss
GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR,
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Tel: 242-332 -2856/8

(902) Ms Nicole Evans
HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH
Tel: 242-333-2230

(901) Ms. Velderine Laroda
ANDROS TOWN

Tel: 242-368-2071

(400) Mrs. Rose Bethel
NASSAU MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-8700

(701) Mr. James Strachan
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(808) Lot #3 Block 24 in the Cen-
treville Subdivision. Building #109/
Eastern side of Collins Avenue.

Comprising commercial 2,800 sq
ft commercial building. Appraised
value: $582,000.00

(701) Lot of land being lot number
11 in Block 410 on a plan of allot-
ments laid out by Village Estates
Limited and filed in the Dept. of
Land & Surveys as €142, NLP and
situated in the Eastern District of
New Providence. Property contains
3 bed/2 bath residence. Appraised
value: $165,000

(909) Lot #22 with (5,000 sq fp
Crown Allotments located Dun-
das Town, Abaco. Containing a one
storey house with 3 bed/1 bath ~
Wooden Structure.

Appraised value: $50,000

(108) Lot #1 Block #6 Winten
Heights Subdivision Easter District,
NLP The property is approximately
14,834 square feet in total. Property
contains a house of 2,963 sq ft Ap-
praised value: $433,000

(902) Lot¥30 situated in Love Hill

Estates just north of Governor's:

Harbour containing a 3 bed/2 bath
residence.
Appraised value $245,154

(Q1-N). Single Family Residence
810sq. ft, 2 bed, bath. Lot #3 Block
‘#1 Eastvile Subdivision Eastern
District, New Providence. Appraised
Value:$65,000

(802) Lot #17 Block 7 in section “A”
of Eleuthera Island Shores Subdivi-
sion Northwest of Hatchet Bay con-
taining a3 bed/2 bath house.
Appraised value: $99,000°

(205) Lot B - 50 ft x 115.73 ft situ-
ated on thé north side of Shell Fish
Road, being the third lot west of Fire
Trail Road and east of Hamster Road
with a one half duplex residential
premises. Appraised value TBA

(901) Lot #32 containing 4 bed-
roam/2 bath concrete structure
located Triana Shores Harbour Is-
land, Eleuthera. Property size 80°
x 120° x 80°x120. Appraised value:
$332,735

(908) Lot# 52 Crown Allotments lo-
cated Murphy Town, Abaco. Con-
taining a one storey house with 3
bed/2 bath -
ture. Appraised value: $206,000

VACANT PROPERTIES

(S69) Vacant property located in
Subdivision called “Culmerville”
being a portion of Lot #47 anda
pertion of Lot #57. —

Appraised value $24,000

(569) All that piece parcel ar lot
of land being Lot No. 102 in the
Subdivision known as “EXUMA
HARBOUR?” in the Island of Great
Exuma measuring 10,000 sq it,
Appraised value $20,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot
of land situate in the settlement
of James Cistern on the Island of
Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
measuring approx 10,000 sq-ft.
Appraised value TBA

(202) Vacant lot of land-contain-
‘ing 1,786 acre; situated east of
Knowles Dr, approximately 1,420
ft. southward of Harrold Read in
the western district af New Provi-
dence. Appraised value $170,000

(202) Vacant lot ofland containing
41,164 sq ft, being Lot #8 in Love

Estate, Phase 1, situated 2,300 ft,

south of West Bay Street in the

Western District of New Provi-

dence, Bahamas.

Appraised value $165,000

6501 Tenacres ofland situatedan
Woods Cay, known as Little Abaca,
between Cooper's Town and Cedar
Harbour in Abaco, Bahamas. The
property fs undeveloped but have

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(902) Parcel of land located on
the south side of Dry Hill Road in
Palmetto Point containing 1.087
acres with partially started struc-
ture. Appraised value $38,600

(902) Lot of land containing 3 bed/
2 bath residence m North Palmetto
Point as $129,000

(910) Lot #12 Madleria Park, a small
subdivision on the outskirts of
Treasure Cay, Abaco having. an.
area of 9,444 sqft. residence
containing a conerete _bleck

| structure with asphalt shingle

roof comprises of 3 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms, family room, living
room, dining room, and kitchen.
Appraised value: $147,000

(501) All that piece, parcel or lot
of land situated on Cowpen Road
(1000 ft east of the Faith Avenue
junction) in the Southern District
of New Providence, Bahamas con-
taining a duplex apartment com-
prising of two - 2-bedroom/1-bath-
room apartments. Appraised value



Concrete Block Stric-_

$150,000

(501) Property situated on Wil-
liams Lane off Kemp Road, New
Providence, Bahamas containing a
two-storey house and an apartment
building consisting of 1800 sq ft Ap-
praised value $100,000

(501) All that piece ofland being Par-
cel #3 and Parcel #4 situated on the
South side of Prince Charles Drive,
New Providence, Bahamas contain-
ing a commercial building housing

tivo shop space on the ground floor.

and three shop space on the second
floor with a large storage area in the
rear. Total area 8400 sq ft. Appraised
value $366,550

(501) All that piece, parcel or land
having an approximate area of 2106
sqft situated on the Western side of
Blue Hill Road about 70 ft Nerth of
Peter Street and about 115 ft south
of Laird Street in the Southern Dis-
trict of New Providence, Bahamas
containing a commercial building
housing a two bed/one bath unit on
the top floor and a store on the first
floor. Appraised Value $154,060

(501) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #39 in the Highbury
Park Subdivision in the Eastern Dis-
trict of New Providence, Bahamas
containing a 3-bedroom/2-bath-
room house.

Appraised Va aie $131,000



a view of the sea from both the
North and South side. Appraised
Value $1,078,750

(501) Vacant property consisting
of Lot #894 situated in the Freep-
ort Ridge Subdivision, Section #1,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Baha-
mas. Appraised value : TBA

(569) All that piece parcel or lot
of land being Lot No. 205 in the
Subdivision known as “Darsettville
Section 3” situated in the South-
ern District of the Island of New
Providence. Measuring approx
5,833 sq.ft.

Appraised value TBA.

(201) Lat No. 11698 Bahama
Sound Subd. Number 11 West,
Great Exumia. Size: approx. 10,000
sqit:

Appraised value TBA.

(008) All that piece parcel of lot
and land on the Island of Great

Islands and situate about ten and
one-half (10 1/2} miles Northwest-
wardly of George Town. which
said piece parcel ar lot of lang i is
munoer’ 10750 Bahama Sound
O.A.E. 10,900 Square feet.
Appraised: value $65,000.08
(008) All that piece pares or lot
land being Lot Number 12032 in
the Bahama Sound of Exuma Sub-

in the Island of Great Exuma one of



BIMINI BRANCH

Tel: 242-347-3031. .

(105) Miss Ganiatu Tinubu
GRAY’S, LONG ISLAND

Tel: 242-337-0101

(100) Mrs Lucy Wells

EXUMA BRANCH

Tel: 242-336-3251.

(008) Ms. Jocyelyn Mackey
LOAN COLLECTION CENTRE
Tel: 242-502-5170/242-502-5180
(716) Mrs. Ingrid Simon

(717) Mrs. Nancy Swaby

(723) Ms. Deidre King

(724) Mrs. Faye Higgs

(725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson
(565) Mrs. Catherine Davis
(569) Mrs. Vanessa Scott

Exuma one of the said Bahama -

(801) Lot-#18 in Sandilands Allot-
ment on the western side of Cross-
wind Road between Seabreeze Lane
and Pineyard Read in the Eastern
Distract of The Island of New Prov-
idence-The Bahamas.,containing
single storey private residence com-
prising the following: covered entry.
porch, living room, dining room, |
kitchen, laundry room, family room,
sitting area, 4. bedrooms, 2 bath-
room and patio. The total area of
land is approximately 7,641 square
feet. Appraised value $289,426.00

(8013 Two parcels offand containing
21,120 sq ft situated on the southern
side of E@bt Shirley Street and 100
feet west of its junction with “Shirlea”
in the Eastern District of the Island:
of New Providence — The Bahamas
Situated thereon is a.Gas Station and:
Auto Repair Shop. Appraised value °
$798, a

{802} ibewaopea Lot #416B (2.039
acres), Britannia Boulevard, Free-
port, Grand Bahama. containing
a 34,500 square foot commercial
building. Building features a bowling
alley, pool/game room, gym, restau-
rant & bar and manager's office. Ap-
praised Value $3,637,800.

(201) Lot of land situated on Fire
Trail Road being a partition of Glad-
ston Alfot #41 Providence, Ba-
hamas containing townhouse apart-
ment unit and. two proposed units
(completed asis}.. - Appraisedvalue
$237,713.60 - mea

(903) Lot “K” Barrack St., Harbour
Island containing a 2 storey building
with 4 bed 4 bath residence concrete
structure.

Appraised value TBA.

{802} Developed Lot #48 O37 :
acres),Block 15 Bahamia South Sec-
dion IX, Freeport, Grand Bahama -
qpntaining a4 bed 3 bath home with
aswimming pool and a 2-car garage.
Appraised value $450,000 00

on Lot # 57, Block 33. Aiant
Shores, Harbour Island, containing
3 bed 2 bath Woaden structure. Ap-
praised value TBA.

{800} All that parcel or lot of land
heing Lots #10 and it in Block 29
of Cocenut Grove Subdivision, con-
taining a shopping plaza. The lot is
trapezium in shape, 8,383 sqft.
Appraised value $500,000



the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.
Appraised value $224,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot
of land being Lot No..977 in the
Subdivision called and known as
“PINEWOOD GARDENS” | situ-
ated in the Southern District of |
the fsland New Providence.
Appraised value TBA.

(201) Lot No. 11703 Bahama
Sound Subdivision. #11 West,
mas Exuma. Size: approx. 10,000
sq.ft
Appraised value TBA.

{261) Lot No. 10 Southeast Cor-’

ner of Mandarin Drive, Sugar
Apple Road, Sans Souci Sudv. Size:

14,368 sqft.

Appraised value TBA.,

(808} Allthat piece parcel Jato:
land designated as Lat Number Ft a
on a plan of a Subdivision called
or known as Bahama Highlands
#4.11,223.41 sqit.

Appraised value $87,000

{008) A parcel ofland situate about
the eastern portion of The Forest
Estate in the vicinity of the settle-
mens of Southside, and The For-
est being Lot # 4803 in Bahama
Sound of Exuma 6, Exuma The
Bahamas. ©

Appraised value $25,000

division Number 11 West situated:

MACKEY STREET

Tel: 242-393-3097

(601) Ms. herte Martinbor-
ough

FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-352-6631 /2

(101-F) Ms. Garnell Frith
(102) Ms. Elaine Collie

(103) Mrs. Damita Cartwright
(108) Ms. Sylvie Carey
LYFORD CAY BRANCH

Tel: 242-362-4540/4037
(101-N) Mrs. Lindsey Peterson

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Andy Murray

PHOTOS: Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo

BRITAIN’S ANDY MURRAY returns the ball to Rafael Nadal from Spain dur-
ing the final match of Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

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BRITAIN’S ANDY MURRAY holds the trophy after defeating Spain’s
Rafael Nadal during the final match of the Capitala World Tennis Cham-
pionship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

RAFAEL NADAL from Spain returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray
during their final match at the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

A Cup





M@ Southend hold Chelsea 1-1 BH Stoke tumble to Hartlepool

@ By ROBERT MILLWARD
AP Soccer Writer
LONDON

Nottingham Forest won 3-0 at high-spending Manchester City for
the biggest upset in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday. In
another surprise, Southend played to a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, scor-
ing the tying goal during injury time.

Premier League leader Liverpool won 2-0 at Preston, with Albert
Riera scoring in the first half and captain Steven Gerrard setting up
the second goal by substitute Fernando Torres in injury time. Ger-
rard has been charged with assault in a nightclub brawl and is to
appearincourtJan.23.

Nathan Tyson and Rob Earnshaw had first-half goals for Forest,
which plays in the League Championship. Joe Garner scored in the
75th minute to complete an embarrassing result for Manchester
City, which is also struggling in the Premier League despite being
bought by a wealthy Abu Dhabi business group three months ago.

“I know exactly what is needed here,” Manchester City manag-
er Mark Hughes said. “The work we do on a day-to-day basis
makes players better. They have to be brave enough to perform in
matches. Today some were guilty of not doing that.”

Peter Clarke scored during injury time’on his 27th birthday for
Southend, a modest League One club. Salomon Kalou gave Chelsea
the lead inthe 31st minute.

Stoke tumbled 2-0 at League One Hartlepool, which got second-
half goals from Michael Nelson and David Foley. League One
Peterborough drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, which is last in
the Premier League, and defending champion Portsmouth also
faces a replay after being held to a scoreless tie at home by Cham-
pionship club Bristol City.

Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory at second tier
Southampton in the FA Cup on Sunday and will host Tottenham
in the fourth round. Teenager Danny. Welbeck headed the Red

Devils in front after 20 minutes against the Saints at St. Mary’s,’

where Southampton midfielder Matt Paterson was ejected for an
ugly foul on Nemanja Vidic in the 36th.

Facing a 10-man team that is struggling in the League Champi-
onship, United created many more chances but appeared lucky to
its second goal. Nani scored from the penalty spot in the 48th
minute for a handball against Southampton’s David McGoldrick.
Darron Gibson added the third in the 81st after a strong run by
Wayne Rooney. :

United has won soccer’s oldest domestic competition a record 11
times. It also faced Tottenham, an eight-time winner, in the fourth
round last season, winning 3-1.

“In the third round any year you’re always hoping you’re not
shocked,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “We always keep
saying that to the players, don’t shock us, let us get into the next
round.”

Two goals by James Milner on his 23rd birthday gave Aston
Villa a 2-1 victory at League One Gillingham.

The victories made. sure United and Villa did not join Man-
chester City and Stoke among teams upset by lower division
squads. Man City tumbled 3-0.at home to-League Championship
Nottingham Forest on Saturday and Stoke went down 2-0 at
League One Hartlepool.

The draw for the fourth round was made on Sunday and the high-
lights were Man United-Tottenham and Liverpool-Everton.

Arsenal goes'to Championship club Cardiff, while Chelsea,
which drew 1-1 at home against League One Southend, will have to
win the replay at Roots Hall before it can host Ipswich in the next
round. ae

There were only three matchups of Premier League teams. Sun-
.derland edged Bolton 2-1 and Hull and Newcastle will need a
replay after a 0-0 draw. On Friday, Tottenham downed Wigan 3-1.



ARSENAL’S Carlos Vela, top, vies for the ball with Plymouth Argyle’s goalkeeper
Romain Larrieu, bottom, during their English FA Cup third round soccer match at
the Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Arsenal won the match

3-1.





Martin Rickett/AP Photo/PA



NOTTINGHAM FOREST’S Nathan Tyson, right, scores during the English FA Cup third round soccer match against Manchester City atthe City Of
Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, on Saturday. Nottingham Forest won the match 3-0. :

@ MADRID, Spain (AP) — Arjen Robben fired Real Madrid to a 1-0 vic-
tory over Villarreal to maintain the defending champion’s improvement
under new coach Juande Ramos.

New signees Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Lassana Diarra made their debuts
for Madrid. But it was Robben who scored the winner in the 32nd minute,
cutting in from the wing and evading three defenders before scoring from
the edge of the area. Madrid has won three of its four games in all compe- .
titions since Ramos replaced the fired Bernd Schuster. The team remains 12
points behind leader Barcelona, which beat Mallorca 3-1 on Saturday to total
44 points from 17 games.



Nick Potts/AP Photo/PA

MANCHESTER UNITED’S Nani scores his sides second
goal of the game from the penalty spot during the FA Cup
third round soccer match at St Mary’s Stadium, Southamp-
ton, England, Sunday January 4, 2009.

i ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Luciano Galletti scored on a first-half penal-
ty kick to give Olympiakos Piraeus a 1-0 win at Asteras, extending its lead
in the Greek league. Olympiakos has 39 points from 16 games. That’s nine
more than PAOK Thessaloniki, which hosts OFI Crete Sunday. Panathi-
naikos Athens is third with 29 points and is home against crosstown rival
AEK on Sunday.



li GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Two late goals from Kris Boyd paced
Rangers to a 3-0 victory at last-place Inverness that trimmed Celtic’s lead to
five points in the Scottish Premier League.

Pedro Mendes fired Rangers ahead in the 46th minute and Boyd scored
in the 81st and 87th, giving Walters Smith’s team its 14th victory 46 points.
Leader and defending champion Celtic has 51 but squandered a chance to
stay seven clear of its Glasgow rival when it wasted a (wo-goal lead in a 2-
2 draw with Dundee United on Saturday.

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Rebecca Naden/AP Photo/PA.



Alastair Grant/AP Photo ~
Paul Thomas/AP Photo



LIVERPOOL’S Fernando Torres, right, scores a goal during their
third round English FA Cup soccer match against Preston North End
at Deepdale Stadium, Preston, England, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009. Liv-
erpool won 2-0.

ASTON VILLA’S James Milner celebrates with Craig Gardner,
top, after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot dur-
ing the FA Cup third round match at the Priestfield Stadium,
Gillingham, England, Sunday Jan. 4, 2009.
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Women’s boxing
champ Salandy
ilies in car crash

@ By TONY FRASER

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad

Trinidadian boxing champion
Jisselle Salandy, one of the
spoit’s r sing young stars, died
Sunday from injuries sustained
in a car crash on the outskirts of
the Caribbean country’s capital,
reports the Associated Press. She
was 21. Salandy died at Port-of-
Spain General Hospital shortly
after the dawn crash, according
to Information Minister Neil
Parsanlal. He said Salandy’s car
ran off a highway and smashed
into a concrete column after she
had brovght a friend to Piarco
International Airport.

Known for her quick feet and
fast hands, Salandy had easily
defended her WBC, WBA and

-- WIBA belts against the *
Dominican Republic’s Yahaira
Hernandez on Dec. 26, which
pushed Salandy’s professional
record to 17-0.

“The sport fraternity has suf-

_ fered a tremendous loss and

Trinidad and Tobago has lost an

icon,” Sports Minister Gary

Hunt said. “Jisselle was a role

model for young people, espe
cially females.”

Traveling in the car ith
Salandy was national soccer
player Tamer Watson. She was
listed in critical condition Sun-
day at the Port-of-Spain hospi-
tal, Hunt said.

Salandy, who began boxing at
age 11, earned a welterweight
title in 2002 when she was just
16 by outpointing 23-year-old
Colombian Paula Rojas in
Curacao. That stirred contro-
versy in Salandy’s native

Trinidad because at 16, she was ©

still two years younger than the
minimum age for professional
fights in her homeland.

“T cannot express in words
the enormity of the loss for this
country,” said Brian Lewis, the
chairman of the Trinidad and
Tobago Boxing Board, at a
news conference Sunday.

There were no announce-
ments about funeral arrange-
ments.

Francis, Miles
hope to help
Grizzlies soon

@ MEMPHIS, Tennessee

Steve Francis and Darius’
Miles, both obtained by Mem-
phis last month, finally gave a
veteran look to the young Griz-
zlies bef. re Sunday’s game,
against Dallas, according to the
Associated Press. Miles was on
the active roster, but Francis,
who didn’t arrive in Memphis
until Saturday and only went
through a short practice, was on
the inactive list.

Miles, who was drafted third
overall out of high school by the
Los Angeles Clippers in 2000, is
returning from a two-year layoff
because of microfracture knee
surgery. Francis has not played
since Dec, 15, 2007, and under-
went right knee surgery last
February. Memphis coach Marc
Iavaroni said before Sunday’s
game that he is unsure what the
two will bring to his team, espe-
cially in the short term.

“It’s definitely something that
has to be addressed,” Javaroni
said. “Darius has made
progress, but extended periods
of time, full court basketball, I
don’t think he’s there yet.

“I haven’t seen Steve practice

(much). We had a little practice -

(Saturday). He participated
more on what Dallas does
offensively. We havetosee
what he does in full court scrim-
maging. He’s very motivated.
We just have to see if he’s
(game) ready.”

Francis, a 6-foot-3 guard in

his 10th season out of Maryland, .

was the No. 2 overall pick in
1999 and eventually became a
three-time All-Star.

Some missed flights and faci
ly matters delayed his arrival
until Saturday. He was not
immediately available for com-
ment before Sunday’s game.

Miles, signed as a free agent
on Dec. 13, has been practicing
with the team while serving a
10-game suspension for viola-

‘tion of the league’s drug policy.
The 6-foot-9 forward went
through preseason training
camp with the Boston Celtics

’ but was cut before the start of
the season. He said his suspen-
sion was frustrating, but it gave
him an opportunity to learn
more about his new teammates.
Miles thinks one of his roles will
be to bring experience to a lock-
er room where eight of the 14
players are 23 years old or
younger, including leading scor-
ers O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.




Eagles fly

ast Vikings
with 26-14
playoff win

@ By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS

All but forgotten as a postsea-
son contender just one month
earlier, Andy Reid, Donovan
McNabb and the Philadelphia
Eagles have a playoff win.

Next up: the Super Bowl cham-
pions. Brian Westbrook caught a
short pass out of the backfield
and zigzagged through the Min-
nesota defense for a devastating
71-yard touchdown midway.
through the fourth quarter, and
the Eagles spoiled the Vikings’
first home playoff game in eight
years with a 26-14 victory Sun-
day.

Asante Samuel’s 44-yard inter-
ception return of Tarvaris Jack-
son’s errant pass in the second
quarter set a tone for the kind of
game most Vikings fans feared
from the unpolished quarterback.

Reid improved his playoff
coaching record to 9-6, including
at least one win each time the
Eagles have qualified in his 10
years. He bested his buddy and
former offensive coordinator
Brad Childress in this one, and
they spoke for several moments
on the field after the game.

Philadelphia will play next Sun-



MINNESOTA VIKINGS linebacker

Chad Greenway, left, gives chase as
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent
Celek pulls in a pass from Donovan
McNabb.

day in New Jersey against the top-
seeded Giants, sending Arizona

‘to play Carolina in the other NFC

semifinal on Saturday.

Jackson, who lost his job in
September but got it back when
Gus Frerotte was hurt, went 15-
for-35 for 164 yards. Adrian
Peterson’s two touchdown runs
weren’t nearly. enough for NFC
North champion Minnesota,
which will héad to yet another
offseason with burning questions
about the quarterbacks.

Westbrook couldn’t find any
room to run, even with two
starters (Ray Edwards and Pat

2

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Williams) missing on Minneso-
ta’s offensive line. But McNabb,
who went 23-for-34 for 300 yards,
kept the offense from derailing.
He tossed a ball toward his
always-reliable running back at
just the right time with the Eagles
clinging to a two-point lead after
a scoreless third quarter.

Westbrook received a slew. of -

strong blocks as he slalomed
dowrifield for the clinching TD.

Stability at quarterback almost
certainly would have given the
Vikings another win or two, and
perhaps a first-round bye. And
despite a drastically better
December, Jackson showed he’s
still quite raw and in need of a
lot more experience.

His one big mistake really hurt, .

an underthrown out route to Sid-
ney Rice that Samuel read per-
fectly and picked off for a 44-yard
return and a 16-7 lead.

McNabb wasn’t perfect. He lost -

a fumble in the third quarter and
took an 8-yard sack to push the
Eagles out of David Akers’ field
goal range.

But the Vikings didn’t capital-
ize on the turnover and left plen-
ty of receivers open in the middle
of the field — particularly Jason

Avant and tight end Brent Celek _

— for McNabb to target.



PHILADELPHIA EAGLES running back Brian Westbrook gains short

Jim Mone/AP: Photo

yardage as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber defends during the
first quarter of an NFL football playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, in

Minneapolis.

Playoff exit exposes Colts’ season-long flaws

@ By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS

Indianapolis’ season ended the
same way it started.

The defense couldn’t get off
the field, the offense couldn’t run
the ball and there were too many
penalties.

It wasn’t the closing chapter
Tony Dungy or Peyton Manning
scripted after what may have
been their most rewarding NFL
regular season together. Instead,

Dungy, Manning and the rest of ;

the Colts are going home empty-
handed again after an overtime
loss in San Diego. °

“I didn’t expect to be having
this press conference today, and I
didn’t expect to. be going through
this process just yet,” Dungy said
Sunday after players cleared out

their lockers.

The truth is, it shouldn’t have
been a complete surprise.

While the Colts were the
league’s hottest team during the
past two months, the problems
that emerged in September were
never completely repaired.

Indy’s running game ‘averaged
a meager 3.4 yards per carry in
the regular season and repeated-
ly demonstrated its inability to
convert on third-and-short — a
flaw that bit them hard in Satur-
day’s 23-17 loss. Twice late in the
fourth quarter, the Colts needed 2
yards or fewer on third down to
keep the ball and run the clock.
They failed both times.

Even Manning, the newly mint-

ed three-time MVP, couldn’t save ~

the Colts on Saturday.

The run defense,
improved dramatically after the
first month, still had trouble
against small, quick backs. Mau-
rice Jones-Drew helped Jack-
sonville play keepaway in a mid-
December game with the Colts,
and Darren Sproles did, virtually
the same thing in overtime Sat-
urday.

Worse yet, the Colts (12-5),

looked sloppy in San Diego. They
drew seven penalties in the fourth
quarter or overtime, dropped
passes, left Chargers defenders
unblocked and missed tackles,
including a couple on Sproles’
decisive 22-yard touchdown run.

Dungy, the only black head
coach to hoist the Lombardi Tro-
phy, told his team Friday night
that would be a recipe for disas-
ter.

It.was.

“In the playoffs, you have to
make plays in the fourth quarter
andiovertime. We didn’t do it,
and they did,” Dungy said. “That

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was the difference.”

How the Colts move beyond a
second straight postseason loss to
the Chargers is nearly as uncer-
tain as Dungy’s future.

Dungy reiterated Sunday he
plans to take about a week to
decide whether he’ll return to the
sideline next season, though he
could certainly take more time
since Indy has a succession plan in
place. Associate head coach Jim
Caldwell will take over whenever
Dungy decides to retire.

But the lingering questions
don’t stop at Dungy’s office.

After losing their first playoff
game for the fourth time in

Dungy’s seven seasons, some,

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things up. That’s not our style,”
Dungy said. “We’ve got to get
more consistent on defense. We

played the run well, at times, but ,

when we started the season, we
didn’t play it well.”

For team president Bill Polian
and owner Jim Irsay, there are
more pressing decisions.

They must decide whether to
re-sign 33-year-old center Jeff
Saturday, a three-time Pro
Bowler, who’s scheduled to
become an unrestricted free
agent. Starting cornerback Kelvin
Hayden, whose interception
return for.a touchdown against

Chicago sealed the Colts’ Super

INDOOR.

Bowl victory also may hit the free

‘market.

And there is a possibility Indy
could release record-setting
receiver Marvin Harrison, who
turns 37 in August. He’s coming
off the least productive non-
injury-plagued season of his
career. Cutting him could save
the Colts about $6 million in
salary cap room next season, and
Harrison has three years remain-
ing on his contract. “That’s some-
thing we’ll discuss in the next two
months, and Bill usually finds a
way to get that done,” Dungy
said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Yet the biggest flaws were
exposed by the Chargers.

Sproles racked up nearly 330
total yards by poking holes in the

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Bowlen’s quest
takes him from
New York
to Boston

@ By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado

Pat Bowlen wants to get back to the
Super Bowl after a decade’s drought, and
he thinks last year’s participants might
just hold the key.

A day after interviewing Giants defen-
sive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in New
York, the owner of the Denver Broncos
met. Sunday with New England Patriots
offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in
the Boston area. es

Bowlen is searching for a replacement
for Mike Shanahan, whom he fired last
week after 14 seasons. Shanahan won
back-to-back Super Bowls in the late
1990s, but just one playoff game in the 10
years since John Elway retired.

McDaniels is a 32-year-old rising star
who worked his way up from graduate
assistant to offensive coordinator for Bill
Belichick. Under his tutelage, Tom Brady
threw for a record 50 touchdowns last sea-
son and the Patriots came within a whisker
of the first 19-0 season in NFL history.

McDaniels’ reputation grew ever larger
this year when Brady was lost with a knee
injury in the opener and Matt Cassel, who
hadn’t started a game since high school,
led the Patriots to an 11-5 record.

Spagnuolo, 49, who spurned the Wash-
ington Redskins last year, is the architect
of the pass rush that stymied Brady in last
season’s Super Bowl stunner. His creden-
tials also were burnished this season when
the Giants earned the No. 1 seed in the
NFC playoffs despite the retirement of
seven-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan
and the loss of fellow Pro Bowl defensive
end Osi Umenyiora to a knee injury in
the preseason.

The Broncos’ brain trust of Bowlen,
chief operating officer Joe Ellis and per-:

sonnel chief Jim Goodman will-take a*} [

breather Monday before interviewing
three more head coaching candidates at
team headquarters: Dallas’s Jason Gar-
rett, Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris and
Denver’s Rick Dennison. 38
Garrett comes in Tuesday. He spurned
offers from Baltimore and Atlanta last
offseason after Cowboys owner Jerry
Jones upped his salary to about $3 mil-
lion and pledged to make him head coach
Wade Phillips’ eventual successor.
Morris and Dennison both will inter-
esday. Morris, 32, recently
‘ segndary coach to
departure of
bn Lane at Ten-
nessee. pe AN
Dennison, 50,:who played linebacker
for the Broncos from 1982-90, joined
Shanahan’s staff in 1995 and coached spe-

cial teams and the offensive line before -

being elevated to.offensive coordinator
three years ago. =.

McDaniels also interviewed for the
Cleveland Browns’ coaching vacancy on
Friday.

Bowlen met Saturday night with Spag-
nuolo, who is also coveted by the Browns,
Lions and Jets.

The Broncos need lots of help on
defense, where they ranked 30th in points
allowed this season, went through six free
safeties and a half-dozen linebackers, and
couldn’t stop the run under Bob Slowik,
their thitd defensive coordinator in three
seasons.

Although the Broncos haven’t reached
the playoffs since losing to the Pittsburgh
Steelers in the AFC title game in 2005,
it’s hardly been the offense’s fault. Behind
Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Tony Schef-
fler, Ryan Clady and Eddie Royal,.the.
Broncos ranked second in the league in
yards this season, but were done in by a
dreadful defense that ranked 29th.

When Bowlen fired Shanahan last week

with:three years and more than $20 million .

left on his contract, he said he wanted a
replacement who would immediately put
the Broncos back among the league’s elite.

The Broncos also put out féelers to
gauge the interest of University of Okla-
homa head coach Bob Stoops, who is
preparing for his fourth shot at a national
championship when the Sooners face
Florida in the BCS title game Thursday
night.

Bowlen is an Oklahoma graduate.

On Saturday, however, Stoops dismissed
the notion he was ready to leave the col-
lege ranks for Denver: “There’s no sto-
ry,” Stoops said. “I’m not a candidate.”

Bowlen doesn’t want his new coach to
have full control of the team as Shanahan
did, so after he hires a coach, he’ll set out
to hire a general rhanager. One intrigu-
ing possibility is Scott Pioli, the Patriots’
vice president of football operations.

The Broncos are 24-24 in the last three
seasons and are mired in a three-year post-
season drought for the first time since
1982. They led the AFC West by three
games with three weeks to go, then
became the first team in league history to
blow such a lead when they were trounced
52-21 by San Diego last week to finish 8-8.

Shanahan, 146-91 in 14 seasons in Den-
ver, was fired 48 hours later.

It appears Shanahan will sit out the 2009
season and look to land a prime NFL
coaching job in 2010, when fellow free
agents Bill Cowher and Mike Holmgren
might also be rejoining the coaching ranks.

Shanahan told the NFL Network in an
interview that aired Sunday that if he does
take a year off from coaching, he’ll take
computer courses and spend some time
learning how to send e-mails‘and text mes-
sages. He’ll be sticking around Denver,
where crews are putting the finishes touch-
es on his 35,000-square foot mansion and
where he recently broke ground on a
steakhouse. He’ll also get an up-close view
of the rebuilding job his successor tackles
with the Broncos.



THE PLAYOFFS
Five takeaways help Ravens
beat Miami Dolphins 27-9



BALTIMORE RAVENS quarterback Joe Flacco (5)
ing their Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, NFL playoff football game in Miami. The Ravens won 27-9.

@ By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI

The Baltimore Ravens had Chad
Penningtoii‘spinning, ducking, on his
heels and on-his back. When he did
manage'td'vet a pass away, they were
often there to snatch it.

The Ravens came up with four
interceptions, including one returned
64 yards for a touchdown by Ed Reed,
and won 27-9 Sunday to spoil the Mia-
mi Dolphins’ first playoff game in sev-

en seasons.

Baltimore stuffed Miamii’s ground
attack and negated the Wildcat, but
most of all the Ravens harried Pen-
nington into uncharacteristic mistakes.
After throwing only seven intercep-
tions during the regular season, he

‘had four during a 22-minute flurry

midway through the game.

“We heard all week that they don’t
turn the ball over,” linebacker Ray
Lewis said. “But we force turnovers.”

With a rookie coach in John Har-
baugh and a rookie quarterback in
Joe Flacco, wild-card entrant Balti-
more (12-5) won for the 10th time in
12 games and will play Saturday at
AFC South champion Tennessee.

“We're going to Tennessee,” Reed
said. “Be there.”

The playoff victory was the first for
the Ravens‘since they beat Miami ina
first-round game in January 2002. The
result put the brakes on this season’s
remarkable resurgence by the Dol-
phins (11-6), who won the AFC East
after going 1-15 in 2007. ~

“It has been a special year; that’s
why it hurts so much,” Pennington
said. “You want to keep it going and
see how far you can take it.”

A soft schedule contributed to
Miami’s turnaround, and, there was
nothing soft about the Ravens. They
forced repeated mistakes by a team
that tied an NFL record with only 13
turnovers during the regular season.

Reed had two interceptions, and
Jim Leonhard and Fabian Washing-
ton made one apiece. Terrell Suggs
recovered a fumble by Patrick Cobbs
early in the second half at the Miami
19, and four plays later Le’Ron
McClain scored on an 8-yard run for
a 20-3 lead.

Pennington, playing his first game

MIAMI DOLPHINS running back Ronnie Brown (23)
down in the fourth quarter during an AFC wild-card playoff NFL football game against
the Baltimore Ravens at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. At right is
Dolphins fullback Lousaka Polite. The Ravens won 27-9.

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BALTIMORE RAVENS Jim Leonard (36) runs the balt backwhile dodging Miami Dol-

scores a second-half touchdown after Miami Dolphins defensive end Vonnie Holliday, lower right, missed the tackle dur-



J. Pat CarterAP Photo

phins player Patrick Cobbs (partially obscured) after intercepting a pass during first-
half NFL football game action in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.



“It felt like the ‘200 in track. I don’t
think I caught my breath until the

third quarter.”

since being chosen the NFL Come-
back Player of the Year, was sacked
three times and faced constant pres-
sure.
“It always starts up front,” Ravens
defensive tackle Trevor Pryce said.
“We had some favorable matchups,
and we took advantage of them. It’s
quite simple.” *

Baltimore’s secondary also had

Miami overmatched. Pennington, who-

finished 25-for-38 for 252 yards, said
the Ravens made good plays on three
of the interceptions, and he regret-
ted throwing only one. .

“J just couldn’t get them to go my
way,” Pennington said.

Baltimore allowed just 52 yards



Jeffrey M. Boan/AP Photo

throws the ball after scoring a touch-

Ed Reed

rushing, and the Dolphins were limit-
ed to 7 yards on two plays from the
Wildcat, the innovative formation that
helped jump-start their revival. ;

Field position hurt the Dolphins,
who started consecutive possessions at
their 20, 6, 20, 20, 20 and 2.. But the
biggest problem was Baltimore’s ball-
hawking defense, which led the NFL
during the regular season with 26
interceptions, including a league-high
nine by Reed.

On the game’s pivotal play in the
second period, he made an over-the-
shoulder catch of Pennihgton’s deep
throw after intended receiver Ted
Ginn Jr., fell.

“Like playing center field,” Reed



J. Pat CarterAP Photo

said. He headed toward the left side-
line, eluded a tackler, reversed his
field and sprinted for the right cor-
ner of the end zone, scoring after Sug-
gs leveled Pennington at the 5-yard

*jine.

That put Baltimore ahead to stay,
10-3. he eit

“It felt like the 200 in track,” Reed
said. “I don’t think I caught my breath
until the third quarter.”

Flacco was only 9-for-23 for 135
yards, but he committed.no turnovers.
and let the Ravens’ defenders :con-
trolthe game. — ue ee

“They’ve been doing it all year,”
the rookie-said. “You’re sitting on
the sidelines, and that’s what you
expect. You get used to it, and you’re
asking for it every play. Today, they
did it on every play.”

Trailing 20-3, the Dolphins tried to
rally with a 58-yard drive to the 13
before Reed again intercepted Pen-
nington late in the third quarter.

“No one is surprised at the way Ed
Reed plays,” Harbaugh said. “He may
be the best player in the game.”

The Ravens’ defensive performance
was reminiscent of their 27-13 victory
at Miami in October. The Dolphins
won nine of 10 after that defeat to
earn an improbable playoff berth.

“It hasn’t been a good day, but it
has been a great year,” said Miami
owner Wayne Huizenga, who is soon
expected to complete his sale of the
franchise.

His surprising team finally ran out
of surprises. After Ronnie Brown
made a one-handed catch for a 2-yard
score to make it 20-9, Willis McGahee
ran 48 yards to set up the Ravens’
final touchdown with 3:53 left.

Baltimore offensive coordinator

_ Cam Cameron’s unit didn’t have to do

much else. But with the result,
Cameron won more games at Dol-
phin Stadium this season than in 2007
as Miami’s head coach.

Notes: Pennington’s four intercep-
tions were a Miami postseason record.
... Flacco completed two passes for 14
yards in the second half. ... Miami went
2-for-11 converting third- and fourth-
down situations. ... Baltimore had the
ball for less than 27 minutes after lead-
ing the NFL in time of possession dur-
ing the regular season.






BALTIMORE RAVENS safety Ed Reed celebrates at the end of the game








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Jeffrey M. Boan/AP Photo

against the Miami Dolphins during an AFC wild-card playoff NFL football
game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, on Sunday, January. 4, 2009. The Ravens

won 27-9
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body was interned in Wood-
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who attended. the funeral was
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Desmond Bannister
and former Prime Minister
Perry G. Christie.

Also present was Leader of
the Opposition in the House
of Assembly, Dr. Bernard
Nottage; Member of Parlia-

ROM one feat to another, Leevan

‘Superman’ Sands is enjoying it all. Last

year, as he celebrated the birth of his

first child, Sands made a gallant come-
back from a six-month suspension by the Interna-
tional Amateur Athletic Federation, to snatch the
bronze medal in the men’s triple jump at the Olympic
Games in Beijing, China in August.

On Saturday, Sands accomplished another major
feat when he got married to his long-time girlfriend,
Danielle, at Evangelistic Temple. A number of their
high school students from Temple Christian and
close friends stood as Bridesmaid-and Groomsmen.

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Rommel Knowles, first vice | bration. I really enjoyed myself,” said Sands, who
president Burkett Dorsett and | # along with his wife, was greeted by a junkanoo group
treasurer Ali Culmer. as they entered the reception at Atlantis on Par-
Ford, 51, was a former adise Island.
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dent was also a member of the . said the focus is now on getting ready for the upcom-
Valley Boys junkanoo group. ing season as he makes the long trek towards to the
Among those speaking at IAAF’s World Championships in Berlin, Germany in
the service for the sporting August.
legend was the Rev. Dr. “I’m just-going to take it one step at a time like I
William Thompson, president did last year,” Sands stated. “I just want to stay focus
of the Bahamas National Bap- and make sure that I maintain my consistency.
tist Missionary and Education- “T really don’t want to put any pressure on myself.
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Association’s Male and Athlete of the Year.

He was also named The Tribune’s Male Athlete of
the Year.

While he will remain in the Bahamas for the next
week so that he can attend the funeral service of ©
the late ZNS veteran Sportscaster Phil ‘Smoker’
Smith on Saturday, Sands said he will return to his
training base at Auburn University next week to get
ready for the upcoming season.

He’s looking forward to competing in a couple of
indoor meets starting in February before he switch his
concentration to the hectic outdoors.

“T’m really going to just use those meets as practice
because I’m really not a big indoor jumper,” Sands
pointed out. “I want to see where I’m at in training
and hopefully make some money. I now have a fam-
ily to support.”

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BBOSA
election
today

THE Bahamas Boat Own-
ers and Sailors Association
will hold its election of officers
today at the Ministry of |
Youth, Sports and Culture.

The election will take place
between the hours of 9 am to
5 pm. Only members who are
financial, will be allowed to
vote.

Incumbent Commodore, the
Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee will
be challenged by Sidney
Forbes for the top spot.

by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

The NCAA basketball season contin-
ues to progress successfully for several of
the Bahamas’ top collegiate athletes on
the hardwood.

Dwight Miller and his Pittsburgh Pan-
thers continue to nip at the heels of the
top ranked North Carolina Tar Heels
and Connecticut Huskies.

The undefeated Panthers are ranked.

number three in both the Associated
Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today
Coaches Poll behind both aforemen-
tioned teams.

‘The Panthers began Big 12 Confer- ’

ence play last weekend with their initial
win coming against Rutgers University
and their first test of the season against
the eighth ranked Georgetown Hoyas.
Billed as an early test of conference

supremacy, the Panthers went on the
road and easily bested the Hoyas 70-54,
Saturday night.

The 16 point win gave the Panthers a
14-0 win-loss record, 2-0 in conference
play.

Miller, a true-freshman has failed to
play in any of the Panthers contests thus
far after seeing limited action during the
preseason.

Of the Panthers five members of the
2008 Freshman class, Miller is the lone
player yet to see playing time.

With Pittsburgh contending for a
national title and with a logjam at the
forward position with Dejuan Blair, Sam
Young, Tyrell Biggs, and Gilbert Brown
jostling for time in the frontcourt, Miller
continues to struggle for playing time.

His school teammate at St. Pius X in
Houston, Texas, Probese Leo has fared
slightly better statistically in his fresh-
man season at Bucknell University.

Leo has appeared in six of the Bison’s
first 13 games as they have struggled on
their way to a 3-10 record.

Leo’s best game came in a loss against

Wake Forest University when he logged .

eleven minutes and totaled three
rebounds.

He has not played in either of the
Bisons’ three wins this season and is
averaging 3.8 minutes, 0.3 points, and
0.8 rebounds, per game on the year.

Grand Bahamian native Garvin Hunt
also in his freshman season with the
Pennsylvania Quakers of the Ivy League
has experienced similar struggles of a
first year player.

Hunt has appeared in just three of the
Quakers 10 contests and has struggled to
stay on the court averaging just 1.7 min-
utes per game.

The Quakers at 2-7 are just seventh in
the Ivy League out of eight teams.

In NCAA division II play, Clemente

Martin continues to be a bright spot for
the Newberry College Indians.

Martin, another Grand Bahama native
continues to lead the Indians toward a
Conference title as they now boast a 10-
2 win loss record overall, second in the
SAC Conference behind Catawba Uni-
versity.

Martin leads the team in scoring and
steals with 19.5 points and 2.4 steals per
game respectively.

The versatile wing player also aver-
ages 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists’ per
game.

Martin shoots 73 percent from the free
throw line and 38 percent from the field.

His best outing came in the opening.
game of the season against St. Andrew’s:
Presbyterian when he scored 27 and
pulled down nine rebounds, leading his
team to a 75-58 win.

The Indians will next game will be on
the road against Mars Hill, January 7th.
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half months in late 2008, a
senior executive acknowledg-
ing they had _ all “been caught
unawares by this avalanche”
that resulted in year-over-year
September revenues dropping
37.7 per cent.

And Robert Sands, the
Bahamas Hotel Association’s
(BHA) president, warned that if
the first four months of 2009
did “not go according to plan”
in terms of industry perfor-
mance, “sacrifices” from all
stakeholders - hotel owners and
operators, developers, manage-
ment teams and line staff —
might be necessary to keep their
businesses “financially viable”.

Mtr Sands, who is also Baha
Mar’s senior vice-president of

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would be “pivotal” for the
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Abaco Club lays off 5% of staff

B By.CARA BRENNEN-
- BETHEL
Business Reporter

RESORT industry lay-offs

have spread to the Family
Islands, with the Ritz-Carlton
managed Abaco Club on Wind-
ing Bay forced to make 12
‘employees, some 5 per cent of
"its workforce, redundant.

Scott Bragg, the property’s
managing director, confirmed
to Tribune Business that the

_resort has. let go four managers
and eight line staff - some five
“per.cent of its PO plus work-
force.

“The decision is basically due
to the decline in tourism, which
has affected the entire world,”
Mr Peete paid, “We sincerely

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Resort lay-offs spread to

”. Family Islands as 12 made

redundant due to, 20%

business decline

regret having to. terminate the
employees.”
He added that the peapenty

has, as a result, seen a 20 per .

cent decline in arrivals up to the

-end of the year. This decline

has affected the hotel’s ability to
budget.

“Where we would normally
have around 250 guests over the
Christmas to New Year’s week,
this year we had 180 people, so
it is what is,” Mr Bragg said.

He said the hotel was hopeful

SEE page 3B

‘Steel wall of secrecy’ now
undermining resort projects

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE “steel yall of. secrecy” that successive governments have

erected around : many Family Island investment projects has “pitted
community against developer” and undermined the pace of eco-
nomic growth i in these locations, a leading attorney has told Tribune



Business. .



for the ‘group

Fred Smith, partner with Callender’s & Co, who is the attorney

osing the Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club, said

P
there were many parallels between the Guana Cay project and the
Bimini Bay Resort, especially when it came to aoe trans-
parency on: both projects.
Mr. Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness. that the Government was

SEE { page 4B .



of the Bahamas, in its report on
monthly economic develop-
ments for November 2008,
revealed the extent of the
“more recent slump” in
Bahamian hotel industry per-
formance.

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Electricity

-Corporation’s (BEC) fuel sur-

charge has fallen to $0.135 per
kilowatt hour for January 2009,
a 45 per cent decline on last

. August’s almost-$0.25 high, but

a - government | initiative
designed to assist low income
Bahamians with energy costs
has not had the success hoped
for.

Kevin Basden, BEC’s gener-
al manager, said that only 50-
60 per cent of the 5,000 resi-
dential consumers who had seen
their electricity turned off
because their payments were in
arrears had come in to work out
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Total room revenues for Sep-

_ tember 2008 declined year-over-

year by 37.7 per cent, stemming
from a drop in occupied hotel
room nights. Average nightly
room rates also fell by 6.3 per
cent.

While September has tradi-
tionally been the slowest month
in the Bahamian tourism calen-

dar, due to factors such as US .

schoolchildren starting the new

school year and the onset of

peak tourism season, it also last
year coincided with the collapse
of investment bank Lehman
Brothers and start of the stock
market crash.
Up until then, the Central

Bank’s statistics showed the’
Bahamian hotel industry had’

* Bahamian ae caught unawares by ae sharp nature of downturn
as hotel room revenues fall 37.7 per cent in September 2008: ;

* Drop-off sparked by 1/3 decline in occupied room nights, impacting ~
year-to-date performance, as financial collapse started to bite

says such a sustained decline in 2008 Q4 not seen before

1 and April be ‘pivotal’ to sector and staffing going forward

been enjoying a reasonable
year, with hotel room revenues
up:5.8 per cent for the first nine

months of 2008 despite the Sep- .

tember nightmare.

_ Over the same period, aver-
age room rates were up 9.4 per

cent over 2007 comparatives,

but initial softening in demand

for Bahamian resort vacations

was already evident from a 3.3
per.cent contraction in room
night sales for the first nine
months in 2008.

The Central Bank described
the September slowdown as
“broad-based”, with no island
immune from the tourism slow-
down. It said: “New Providence

SEE page 6B

| BEC fuel surcharge down 45% from peak 1]

Only 50-60% of 5,000’ disconnected customers exploit |
reconnection offer, leading: some to be switched off again

ration. As a result, some among
that-5,000 had been. disconnect-
ed again... . sw.

“It was just. over 50-60 per

cent,” he confirmed. “Not all.
customers came in. From our

perspective, the Government
offered consumers an ideal
opportunity to come in, pay 25
per cent of the arrears as a
down payment, and pay the bal-
ance off over two years.

“That was a very good pro-
posal coming from the. Govern-
ment, and it was unfortunate
that more people did not come

forward to take advantage of it.

Some of'them have subse-
quently been disconnected.”

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The figures imply that out of
5,000 residential. consumers who--

had their BEC supply discon-
nected, in most cases their

accounts being in arrears by

$1,000 or less, some 2;000-2,500

did not exploit the Govern-
ment’s relief package. ;
Under the terms outlined by
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham last year, not only were

those customers to be recon-

nected for free, but they could
enter into agreements with
BEC by October 10, 2008, that
would allow them to pay 25 per

cent of the outstanding arrears ..

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‘Pizza chain i
closes location
at PI Bridge

*Move to eliminate.
Domino’s sales
territory overlaps.
~ causes ‘small* number
of job losses
* Outlet’s sales
performance had
dropped off for
some months |
* Abaco Markets
‘pleased’ with
Christmas sales

B@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

DOMINO’S Pizza has closed
its outlet at the foot of Paradise
Island (PI) bridge with effect

from New. Year’s Eve, a move

that has resulted in a “small”
number of job losses as the fast--

. food chain moves to eliminate
. Sales territory overlaps.

Gavin Watchorn, president
of Abaco Markets, the BISX-
listed company that holds the
Bahamas franchise for .Domi-
no’s Pizza, told Tribune Busi-

SEE page 6B
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2009

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@ By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets

DESPITE the short trading
week, there was much activity in
the Bahamian market last week.
Investors traded in five out of
the 25 listed securities, of which
three declined in value and two
remained unchanged. There
were no advancers in the mar-
ket this week.

EQUITY MARKET
A total of 88,448 shares

changed hands, representing a
significant increase of 49,111
shares or 1.25 per cent versus
the previous week's trading vol-
ume of 39,337 shares.

.Focol Class 'B' Perpetual
Preference shares led the vol-
ume last week. A total of 78,000
shares changed hands at the par
value price of $1.

Commonwealth Bank (CBL)
saw 6,448 shares trade to end

the week unchanged at $7.
Bahamas Property Fund
(BPF) led the decline last week,

International Markets

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plummeting by $0.80 to $1, a
new 52-week low, on a volume
of 1,000 shares traded. J.S.
Johnson (JSJ) saw 2,000 shares
trade, falling by $0.60 to end
the week at $10.50.

Freeport Concrete Company
(FCC) saw 1,000 of its shares
trade, decreasing by $0.03 to
end the week at $0.30. '

BOND MARKET

No notes traded in the
Bahamian market last week.

COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases:

FamGuard Corporation

(FAM) reported unaudited net

income of $5.2 million for the
nine months ended September

30, 2008. Net income fell sharply -

by $1.3 million or 20 per cent
in comparison to $6.5 million
for the same period in the prior
year.

FAM reported total income
of $61 million, and total benefits
and expenses of $55.8 million,
both higher than the previous
year amounts by $5.1 million
and $6.4 million respectively.

For the most recent quarter,
FAM reported unaudited net
income of $2.2 million, an
increase of $627,000 or 40 per
cent in comparison to the 2007

- third quarter.

Net premium revenues and
deposits of $19.2 million
increased by $3.3 million or

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21% .quarter-over-quarter,
while $12 million in benefits SYMBOL PRICE
paid increased by $1.8 million AML $1.71 =
or 17% per cent. Management BBL $0.66 -
attributes the positive results | BOB $7.64 -
primarily to strong growth inits | BPF $11.80 -0.80
group health and ordinary life | BSL $9.88). = $-0.31
portfolios in the quarter. BWL $315 CR ge

_ Earnings per share for the
quarter of $0.22 increased by |
$0.06 or 38 per cent in compar-
ison to the 2007 third quarter.
Total assets and liabilities
stood at $171 million and $111
million respectively, versus $161

The Bahamian Stock Market

(-12.96%) YTD
CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE

million and $107 million at year-
end 2007.

Bank of the Bahamas (BOB)
released its unaudited financial
results for the three-month peri-
od ended September 30, 2008.
BOB reported a net income
decrease of 7.3 per cent to $2.8



million, compared to $3 million . °

at the end ofthe 2007 third
quarter. |

Net interest income stood at
$7.5 million, up 13 per cent from
$6.7 million for the same nine-
month period in 2007. Provision
for loan losses of $596,000 for
the quarter increased by
$638,000 or 107 per cent quar-
ter-over-quarter, while non-
interest expense of $6.8 million
also increased by $982,000 or
17 per cent.

Earnings per share declined

by 11 per cent to $0.16, com- .

pared to $0.18 in 2007.

Bank of the Bahamas’ total
assets rose by $35 million or 4.8
per cent to $771 million, com-
pared to $736 million at year-
end, while total liabilities were
up $33 million or 5.15 per cent

to $675 million, as opposed to '

$642 million.

BOB's customer deposits of
$613 million increased by $33.2
million, while cash due from
banks, and loans and customer.



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advances of $132 million and
$535 million, were up by $18.3
million and $12.4 million respec-
tively.

Colina Holdings Bahamas
(CHL) released its unaudited
consolidated financial state-
ments for the nine month peri-
od ended September 30, 2008.

-CHL reported net income of
$3.5 million, compared to a loss

of $1.8 million in the prior peri-

od. For the period, net benefits
paid of $69.1 million decreased
by $8.1 million or 10.4 per cent,
while premium revenues of
$98.7 million decreased by $3.3
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. decrease of $2.8 million or 23

per cent in its provision for
future policy benefits of $9.6
million.

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lion. ;

Both premium revenues and
policyholder benefits of $34 mil-
lion. and $24 million, ‘respec-
tively, were consistent with
amounts reported in the prior
year.

However, the company expe-
rienced a significant decline in
its provision for future policy

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million or 43 per cent in com-
parison to its 2007 third quarter,
to total $3.5 million for the

- quarter.

CHL's basic earnings per

ordinary share were $0.03, in

comparison to a loss of $0. 12in
2007.

Total assets and liabilities
stood at $462 million and $378
million respectively.

Private Placement Offerings:

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

Dividends/AGM Notes:

FirstCaribbean Bank Interna-
tional (CIB) has declared a div-
idend of. $0.02 per share,
payable on January 1, 2009, to
all shareholders of record date
December 31, 2008.

- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

“ (CWCB) has declared a divi-

dend of $0.013 per share,

. payable on February 7, 2009, to

all shareholders of record date
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consumer loan arrears

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE more than two percent-
age-point November increase
in Bahamian consumer loan
arrears, which rose from 9.5 per
cent to 11.71 per cent month-
over-month, was likely caused
by seasonal trends as well as the
economic downturn, a com-
mercial bank head told Tribune
Business.

Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-
tive, said that-while the nega-
tive cousumer loan trend may
highlight the slumping econo-
my and difficulties many
Bahamian borrowers were hav-
ing in making loan repayments,
a rise in consumer loan arrears
was not unusual in the run-up to
Christmas.

“You have to separate the
seasonal from the trends in the
economy,” Mr Sunderji told
Tribune Business..“From a sea-
sonal point of view, total con-
sumer credit always worsens for
this month, and for the period
from

November through to Janu-
ary. You have to separate the
seasonal trends from the dete-
riorating economy.” . .

He pointed out that the two
percentage point increase for
consumer loans only referred
to those that were in arrears,
meaning they were only 31 days

or more past due. The data,
produce by the Central Bank,
did not break the figure down
to show those consumer loans
that had moved into the non-
performing category, meaning
they were 90 days or more east
due.

This is the more serious cate-
gory as far as Bahamian com-
mercial banks are concerned,
because non-performing loans
stop accruing interest and could,
ultimately result in banks hav-
ing to make provisions for them
or write them off.

“Anything over 31 days due is
in a very broad, catch-all seg-
ment, because a lot of people
pay late but are not delin-
quent,” Mr Sundeyji said.

“There’s a big chunk who pay
between 31-60 days past due.
Thirty-one days is the trend line.
Ninety days plus is a much more
important statistic.”

Not surprisingly, the Central

Bank data released in its,

monthly economic and finan-
cial updates for November
showed a continued deteriora-
tion in the quality of assets
owned by Bahamian commer-
cial banks, with non-perform-
ing loans increasing by $49.9
million or 14.8 per cent to strike
$387 million.

Loans in arrears, meaning
they were between 31-90 days
past due, increased by $43.1 mil-
lion or 13.5 per cent to $361 mil-

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lion. Total loans in arrears,
meaning those both non-per-
forming and in arrears,
increased by $93 million — a 14.2
per cent growth — to $749 mil-

_ lion, accounting for 12.25 per

cent of total outstanding loans.
That compared to 9.27 per cent
as at end-December 2007.

Total consumer loans in
arrears increased by 27.9 per
cent in November.

The percentage of loans in
arrears, standing at 11.71 per
cent, compared to just 8.32 per
cent at year-end 2007.

The Central Bank added:
“The value of residential mort-
gages encountering arrears also
rose by 12.3 per cent, increasing
the arrears rate to 11.98 per cent

from 10.74 per cent in October
and 10.44 per cent in Decem-
ber 2007.

“Although the value of com-
mercial loans in arrears fell mar-
ginally in November, owing to a
larger net repayment in the total
portfolio, the arrears rate still
advanced to 15.9 per cent from
15.73 per cent and remained sig-
nificantly above the 9.26 per
cent at end-2007.

“Although banks continued.

to increase their provisions for
bad loans, the faster pace of
arrears growth placed the ratio
of provisions to total arrears
lower at 21.87 per cent, from
24.41 per cent in October and
22.77 per cent at December
2007.”

When it came to banking
loan quality, Mr Sunderji said:

“It will likely get worse before it ’

gets better, and we will not see
an improvement in the numbers
until later in the year, if that.”

A further sign of the strain
imposed on Bahamian borrow-
ers is the fact that consumer
lending-was dominated by debt
consolidation during the first 10
months of 2008,this category
more than doubling to $79.5
million.

And credit growth rates in
the private sector declined by
22 per cent to $357.4 million for
the first 11 months in 2008, with
consumer loans growth and
mortgage loan growth declin-

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ing by 33.8 per cent and 26.7
per cent respectively, to $122
million and $196 million.

The Central Bank of the
Bahamas also adjusted its eco-

. nomic outlook, saying the’

Bahamian economy was likely
to “remain weak in 2009 and
possibly a portion of 2010”. It
noted that foreign currency
reserves ended 2008 at $563 mil-
lion, and although inflows of
foreign capital were likely to
dry up, the impact on the
reserves was set to be balanced
by decreased currency outflows
and support from the Govern-
ment’s external borrowings for
capital works projects.
Meanwhile, inflation firmed
by 1.9 per cent in the 12 months
to November 2008, rising to 4.4
per cent as a result of “the
lagged effect of earlier price

increases-on finished goods and «

transportation costs”.

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Abaco Club
lays off 5%
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FROM page 1B

that things will begin to pick up
in 2009, so that the property can
rehire its laid-off staff members
as soon as possible.

The Abaco Club redundan-
cies again show that nowhere
in the Bahamas is immune from
the impact of the economic

‘slowdown, especially in the

hotel and tourism industry.

It also indicates that, while
the 800 lay-offs at Atlantis and
others at Sandals, Harborside,
Baha Mar and the British Colo-
nial Hilton, have made the
headlines — involving around
1,200 workers — have made the
headlines, Bahamians at both a
managerial and line staff level
are being laid-off throughout
this nation across all sectors.

In many cases, episodes
where firms lay-off workers in
their ones, twos, fives and tens
often escape attention, but the
cumulative effect is enough to
indicate that the Bahamian
economy may have-shed sever:
al thousand jobs last year. And
this year is expected to be -no
better.

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Winding Bay is more a private
members’ club than a pure
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effectively ‘shooting itself in the

foot’ when it failed to include.

local Family Island communi-

ties in the consultative and plan-

ning process for major resort

projects that would directly

impact them, because the result-

ing information vacuum “cre-
4%

ates unnecessary friction”
between developer and locals.

The end-result was that a
major investment project suf-
fered from local ill-will that was
frequently the product of a lack
of government transparency.
Mr Smith indicated that if the
former PLP adininistration had
involved his client, the, Save

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in the consultation process on
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approved, the lengthy Judicial
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still before the courts may nev-
er have arisen because “the
antagonism” would not have
been there.”

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ernment to pass an Environ-
mental Protection Act, setting
out how the whole Environ-
mental Impact Assessment
(EIA) and Environmental Man-
agement Plan (EMP) process
worked for both developers and
all interested parties.

“The continuing heavy, secre-

tive, arbitrary hand of central ©

government on Family Island
development bodes ill for the
growth of Family communities,”

Mr Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness. “It creates a steel wall of
secrecy between developers and
the local community. It should
be the opposite.

“It pits communities against

‘developers, and creates unnec-

essary friction through lack of
participation and transparency.

That is everything that the Save
Guana Cay Reef Association
has been complaining about. It

is so important to begin the -

process in a community-friend-
ly way, so that there can be a
union between the locals and
the developers.”

Mr Smith added that local
communities and their mem-
bers, such as the Association,
were not objecting to develop-
ment per se”, and only wanted
an opportunity to participate
and make their views known.
They chiefly wanted to know

BEC fuel surcharge down 45

‘FROM page 1B

as a downpayment, then pay the
rest of the balance:over two
years. «

Meanwhile, Mr Basden.con-
firmed that further relief was
on the way for BEC’s residen-
tial and business customers
through a further drop in the
fuel surcharge, which this
month has fallen to $0.135 per
KwH. That compares to around
$0.17 per KwH for December,
and is a direct result of the
decline in global oil prices from
last July’s $147 per barrel high
to $40-$50 now.

While he had not assessed

February’s projections, Mr Bas-
den said Bahamian consumers
could “expect continued reduc-
tions according to the price of
oil” and when BEC used up its

-, previous inventories.

‘Steel wall of secrecy’ now undermining resort projects

would impact their communi-
ties, environment and |way of
life.

The report on the Bimini Bay
Resort by the Bahamas Envi-
ronment, Science and Technol-
ogy (BEST) Commissibn’s con-
sultants, Black & Veatch, found
there was “universal agree-
ment” that a lack of trans-
parency from government had
hindered understanding of the
project.

It reported that in its inter-
views with the island adminis-
trator, developer RAV
Bahamas, non-governmental
organisations and Bimini resi-
dents, there was “universal
agreement” that the lack of

how major resort se

_ transparency and communica-

tion from the Government had
“hindered any informed aware-
ness or real understanding of

the extent of the land granted to -

RAV Bahamas for develop-
ment of the Bimini Bay Pro-

-ject”.

Mr Smith argued that a simi-
lar lack, of transparency ‘was

/ prevalent in how the Govern-

ment handled the Baker’s Bay
project. He pointed to the Asso-
ciation’s legal filings in the case,
which drew on alleged docu-
ments stating that the develop-
ers, Discovery Land Company,

“Tf the current prices remain
steady for.a significant. period
of tame, naturally there will be a

lower cost of electricity,” Mr.

Basden said.
Customers

Howser he urged business-
es and residential customers to

follow BEC’s lead and not

become “complacent” over
electricity costs as a result of
the oil price drops on the world
market. ;

Mr Basden said BEC was
committed to continuing with
its renewable energy search, not
only in the interest of lower
electricity costs, but also from
an environmental and energy
security standpoint.

He called on’consumers to

. continue with energy-saving
measures, including the instal- -



had been told not to consult
with the local community on
their plans until the project was

‘approved by then-Prime Min-

ister Perry Christie’s office.
Describing this as “ass. back-
wards” and “putting the cart
before the horse”, Mr Smith
said: “We don’t need a.Free-
dom of Information Act for this ~
[investments approval] process.
We just need the process to
work properly.”
If all parties involved were
“more deliberate, took a step
backwards and did not rush”
the process, ensuring all rele-
vant stakeholders were con-
sulted and had an opportunity
to make their views known, “we
would not have court cases,
because the opportunity for
Judicial Review may not arise.
The antagonism may not arise”
Mr Smith also urged the Gov-.
ernment to pass an Environ-
mental Protection Act “that
spells out the process” devel- -

' opers had to follow in obtaining

all environmental-related per- -
mits, and with respect to EIAs
and EMPs. This, the attorney
added, would provide certainty

-and.enable.“people to know

where they stand”, ensuring the
process was “transparent and —
democratic, not arbitrary, secre-
tive or imposed”.

% from peak

lation of energy-efficient light- °
bulbs and timers for water
heaters.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank (IDB)
has approved an $875,000 pro-
ject to strengthen, the Bahamian
energy sector. The project will
be financed by $700,000 from
the IDB, with the. remaining
$175,000 coming from the
Bahamian government.

The project will involve the

"hiring of a technical consultant

to help BEC achieve opera-
tional and financial sustainabil-
ity. The consultancy will also
explore renewable energy
forms; analyse the Bahamian
energy regulations, with a view
to embracing renewable ener-
gy; and strengthen Bahamian
institutions in the areas of ener-
gy efficiency and waste-to-ener-

8y-

vidt

A 2009 NEW YEAR’S DAY MESSAGE

J BARRIE FARRINGTON, CBE PRESIDENT
BAHAMAS HOTEL EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATION

On behalf of the Bahamas Hotel Employers’ Association | wish you a Happy

and Healthy New Year.

2008 has been a hard year for our industry as the Bahamas has been clearly
affected by the financial crisis of the United States and the world. We are
once more painfully reminded that we live in an increasingly inter-dependent
_ global society. And while we are blessed with incredible natural beauty, a rich
culture, and an abundance of friendly, warm and capable people, for us to
_ successfully compete in Global Tourism we simply must do better in making
every visitor experience memorable.

Unfortunately as we look into 2009, there is no indication of a change for
the better. However, it is the responsibility of all of us to remember our rich
tourism past, and all the positive things it has done for our country

Regrettably, a number of our colleagues have been affected by the downturn
in tourism activity. We hope that this set back is short-lived and we can
get our people back to work. In the meantime, let us prepare ourselves for
recovery and a better future.

The responsibility rests with each and every one of us to ensure that it is
‘better in The Bahamas’ for our visitors and for one another,

May God Bless you all.


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unlikely

before

inauguration
of Obama

@ By JESSE J HOLLAND
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Congressional Democrats said
Sunday that President-elect
Barack Obama probably will
have to wait until next month
before getting the chance to sign
an economic aid bill his team
once hoped would be on his
desk by his swearing-in Janu-

ary 20.

"It's going to be very difficult
to get the package put together
that early," House Majority
Leader Steny Hoyer of Mary-
land said. "But we certainly
want to see this package passed
through the House of Repre-
sentatives no later than the end
of this month, get it over to the
Senate, and have it to the pres-
ident before we break" in mid-
February.

Obama planned to meet with
Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid, D-Nev., and House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,
on Monday to talk about enact-
ing a massive spending plan.
The president-elect also sched-
uled a, separate meeting with
the entire Democratic and
Republican leadership teams.

Reid said they will do their
"very very best" to get a pack-
age finished as soon as possi-
ble, but he was unwilling to set
an artificial deadline for com-
pletion.

"We're going to-get it done as
quickly as we can," Reid said.

Added Hoyer: "We're going
to move as quickly as possible,
given our responsibilities to
make sure that we're passing a
package that will work."

_ Obama said Congress should
pass a plan designed to create
three million jobs. The Democ-
ratic president-elect hasn't

announced a final price for it,
_but aides said the cost could be

as high as $775 billion.
Congressional aides briefed

. on the measure say it probably

would blend tax cuts of $500 to
$1,000 for middle-class individ-
uals and couples with about
$200 billion to help revenue-

. starved states with their Medic- -

aid programmes and other
operating costs. A large portion

. of the measure will go toward

public works projects and

include new programmes such

as research and development
on energy efficiency and an

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properties experienced a 36.9 per cent
reduction in September revenues, cut-
ting into a 10.6 per cent cumulative
gain for the first nine months of the
year,

“In Grand Bahama, where Septem-
ber losses were estimated at 37.1 per
cent, room revenues declined on a
year-to-date basis by 18.7 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Family Island sur-

veyed properties experienced a nearly.

50 per cent contraction in revenue dur-
ing September and 6.8 per cent reduc-
tion for the year-to-date.

“While reduced room sales featured
all of the trends, September pricing
discounts were estimated at 4.5 per
cent for New Providence, 3.5 per cent
for Grand Bahama, and 34.7 per cent
for the Family Islands.”

Mr Sands told Tribune Business that
carly September was impacted by the
presence of Hurricane Ike and other
storms, which deterred travel to the
-Bahamas. But the last two weeks of
that month was when the hotel indus-
iry, this nation’s largest private sector
employer, bore the brunt of the US
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massive erosion of consumer confi-
dence as Americans started to fear for
their jobs, income and wealth held in
stock market investments and retire-
ment plans.

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Pizza chain closes location at PI Bridge

FROM page 1B

ness that the PI bridge loca-
tion’s closing had been eyed for
a while with the opening of the
Harbour Bay and Seagrapes
Shopping Centre outlets. Its
sales performance had also
dipped in recent months.



Mr Watchorn explained that
the Harbour Bay outlet could
serve the territory covered by
the PI Bridge location, which
was chiefly Paradise Island and
the Shirley Street area, just as
well, thereby effectively mak-
ing the latter redundant.

And while Harbour Bay
would take over the PI Bridge

PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009

has been pivotal in the level of decline
that took place in occupancies and rev-
enues during the fourth quarter of last
year,” Mr Sands told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“I think it’s fair to say that hotels
felt some softening, but no one antici-
pated this avalanche that just took
place. It was a hurricane of different
proportions, quite frankly, to use a
metaphor.”

While Bahamian resorts had experi-
enced similar occupancy and revenues
drops as occurred in September 2008 in
the aftermath of major hurricanes, Mr
Sands said they have never experi-
enced the kind of long-lasting drop off
experienced late last year.

Hurricane-related declines usually
lasted for two.to three weeks at most,
but the BHA president explained:
“The difference this year is that there’s
been a sustained low level of occupan-
cy for weeks, months” lasting all the
way through September, October,
November into early December.

While the sharp and protracted
downturn in business “may have taken
us all unawares”, Mr Sands said the
Bahamian industry had reacted to it

‘by assessing every aspect of their oper-

ations and cutting costs where they
could.

That strategy ultimately led to mass
lay-offs in the sector, with different
resort properties adjusting staffing lev-
els to reflect 2009 budget targets in
anticipation of reduced business. The
Bahamian hotel industry has also had

outlet’s territory, the newly-
opened Seagrapes stores had
taken over areas previously
served by Harbour Bay.

In effect the transfer of sales
territories between different
Domino’s Pizza outlets, and the
addition of new locations, has
resulted in the franchise having
too many stores chasing too lit-
tle business. As a result, and to

BUSINESS

to cope with the uncertainty caused by
booking windows shortening, in some
cases to as little as a week, which has
made it impossible to predict future
trends several months out.

Some resort-specific issues were also
mixed in with the factors that caused
the likes of Atlantis to lay-off 800 staff;
Harborside to downsize by 140; San-
dals to lay-off 150; Baha Mar to lay-off

100; and the British Colonial Hilton ~

to lower staff numbers by 18.

Going forward, much will depend
on the first four months of 2009 —
which contain the peak winter season —
as to whether there will be further lay-
offs and downsizing in the Bahamian

“resort industry.

“T believe the first quarter is going to
be pivotal for all hotel properties. Cer-

tainly, the first quarter and up until .

mid-April will give us some indication
as to what the rest of the year is going

to look like,” Mr Sands said.
’ “Tf the first quarter‘is not what we -.

need — hopefully it will be — it would
require further review of our opera-
tions and certain actions to be taken.

As a hotel, you terid to make the.

majority of your money at the begin-
ning of the year, with a little extra to
carry you through the rest of the year.
It is how companies are able to cash
flow those four months that deter-
mines, even with average occupancies
for the rest of the year, whether further

_ action will be required.”

Yet Mr Sands said all Bahamian
hotels were working to preserve

occupancy drop never seen by hotels before

employment going forward, even |

though it might require all stakeholders
to make sacrifices to ensure the prop-
erties remained financially viable.

“Whatever action there is will be
taken after careful review of our busi-
ness to ensure we survive 2009,” he
added.

Aside from the doom and gloom,
Mr Sands said there were some posi-
tive signs for the hotel industry and
tourism in general, with the sector hay-
ing experienced “some positive book-
ings” for the Christmas and New Year
period.

While the BHA was assessing
whether some properties had to reduce
room rates to attract business, Mr

Sands said that for Baha Mar’s two

properties, the Sheraton Cable Beach

“ran close to full occupancies for the’:

entire Christmas-New Year period,
which was excellent.

“The Wyndham ran fairly good
occupancies through the Christmas and
New Year period, and may have been
full for two to three days through that
period.” .

Mr Sands said he understood
Atlantis had also enjoyed strong
Christmas and New Year’s occupancy
levels, adding: “There has certainly
been a ray of hope. There was. some,
not very significant, packaging to
attract business.

I believe the average yield (average
daily room rate) was not significantly
eroded.”

The reduction in global oil prices to

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$40-$50 per barrel, and pass through
effect into energy costs, was also like-
ly to give the Bahamian hotel industry
“significant” help in the form of
reduced electricity bills.

Resorts are major energy consumers
with Atlantis, for example, having seen
its electricity bill increase from $40 mil-
lion to $60 million in recent times.

The cold weather in the Bahamas’
major US markets was also helping to
reignite demand, although not to levels
previously seen, Mr Sands added.

“The one good thing, I believe, is
that the hotels are not sitting back twid- .
dling their fingers,” the BHA presi-
dent said.

“There is aggressive marketing tak-
ing place. The Bahamas is very visi-
ble, not only in a national sense, but
from individual properties, in both the
print and electronic media. We have
aggressive pricing in the market...

We’ve seen a general improvement
in the attitude of hotel workers, and the
cleanliness of Bahamian properties.”

The Ministry of Tourism and pri-
vate sector were also working to “par-
lay” the Bahamas’ proximity to the US
into reduced airline prices and
increased airlift. .

“We’re doing all the right things,
and the things we can control,” Mr
Sands said. “I believe that at the end of
this crisis we will have a better tourism
product for it, and can then capitalise
on what tourism successes accrue. We
are doing the best we can in a very dif-
ficult situation.”





its Seagrapes Shopping Centre
outlet, Mr Watchorn said, due
to the need to then re-organise
sales territories and enhance
customer service. He added that
the closure “probably happened
sooner rather than later”, indi-:
- cating it took place more quick-
ly than originally thought.
“When we put in Harbour

ness.

have been hit hard by the down-
turn, especially with the mass
lay-offs at Atlantis, something
that could have been responsi-
ble for the recent sales weak-

In addition, both Harbour
Bay and Seagrapes are superior
locations, possessing the ample
customer parking that the PI
Bridge location never had. Nor

Road and Seagrapes Centre
outlets, plus the reduction in
consumer spending and dispos-
able incomes.

* Abaco Markets had expected

‘the two new stores would cause

a “little bit of cannibalisation”
with the existing outlets by
encroaching on to their market
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prevent them from ‘cannibalis-
ing’ each other’s sales, the PI
Bridge location was selected as
the one to go.

Mr Watchorn said the PI
Bridge location closing “went

Bay, we felt there would be effi-
ciencies that could be gained by
restructuring and transferring,”
Mr Watchorn added.

“It’s something we decided
to do sooner rather than later.”

The Abaco Markets presi-
dent said Domino’s Pizza trans-

:ter equipped to serve those pop-

»» The PI Bridge location’s clos-

according to schedule. The sales
have not been what we expect-
ed over the last recent while,
but when we put in Harbour
Bay and Seagrapes Shopping
Centre, we felt those were bet-

ferred “as many people as we
could” to the chain’s other out-
lets. While an unspecified num-
ber of redundancies had result-
ed from the PI Bridge location’s
closing, the number was “not
large”.
The PI Bridge location’s main
customer base had been the
- businesses and workers on Par-
adise Island. Both segments

ulation areas”.

ing had been “something we
had in the back of our minds”
when Domino’s Pizza opened

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do the other two outlets have
to cope with its traffic conges-
tion.

Mr Watchorn said there we
no plans to close any more
Domino’s Pizza outlets. “All the
other locations are doing OK
given the circumstances,” he
added. “It’s really going’ to be
January, February before we
see the real effects, if any, of
the economic downturn.”

In its recent fiscal 2009 third
quarter results announcement,
Abaco Markets acknowledged
that there had been a slight
decline in customer traffic visit-
ing its Domino’s Pizza stores,
once the new locations were
stripped out.

The Domino’s Pizza franchise
had also seen a reduction in
same store sales, which Mr
Watchorn then attributed to the
opening of the Carmichael

levels improved.

Yet, with the Bahamian econ-
omy contracting - and possibly
tipping into recession during the
2009 second half - Mr Watchorn
said that when it came to choos-
ing between cooking a meal at
home, and ordering a pizza or:
eating out, the former option
was likely to be selected more
often.

Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn
said Abaco Markets was’
“pleased with our Christmas
sales all around”, having seen
a rebound in sales of high-mar-
gin, high-priced items that had
previously been struggling.

“It came late,ebut we were
pleased,” Mr Watchorn said of
the group’s Christmas sales per-
formance. ““We were up across
the board, and certain cate-
gories that had been lagging a
bit were up as well.” :

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CHICAGO (AP) — Presi-
dent-elect Barack Obama urged

congressional leaders Saturday ,

to move quickly on an econom-
ic recovery plan, even as some
Republicans are saying they
want more time to review the
details.

Obama said Congress should
pass an American Recovery
and Reinvestment Plan
designed to create three million
jobs. The Democratic president-
elect hasn't announced a final
price tag on it, but aides said
the cost could be as high as $775
billion.

"For too many families, this
new year brings new unease and
uncertainty as bills pile up,
debts continue to mount and
parents worry that their chil-
dren won't have the same
opportunities they had," Oba-
ma said in an address taped Fri-
day and distributed on radio
and posted on YouTube Satur-
day morning.

The nation's economy

\

remains the top challenge facing
Obama when he takes office on’
January 20. The Federal
Reserve estimated that lenders
were on track to initiate 2.25
million foreclosures this year,
more than doubling the annual
pace before the crisis set in. One
in 10 US homeowners is delin-
quent on mortgage payments
or in foreclosure.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
D-Calif., and Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are.
to receive details on Monday.

‘Obama plans meetings next

week with other congressional
leaders — including Republi-
can members whose support he
will need —— and made an effort
not to blame his predecessor,
the unpopular President George
W Bush.

"However we got here, the

problems we face today are not
Democratic : problems’ or
Republican problems," Obama
said. "The dreams.of putting a
child through college, or staying
in your home, or retiring with
dignity and security know no
boundaries of party or ideology.

. | am optimistic that if we

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14.15 12.05 Cable Bahamas

3.15 2.83 Colina Holdings

8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (81)
6.59 1.88 Consolidated Water BDORs
3.00 2:27 Doctor's Hospital

8.10 6.02 Famguard

13.01 11.87 Finco

14.66 10.45 FirstCaribbéan Bank

6.04 5.01 Focol (S)

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52wk-HI - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's wolghted price for dally volume
Today's Close - Current day's wolghted price for dally volume
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of theirs."

Obama aides had hoped to
have an economic plan
approved by the House and
Senate before Obama takes

expensive rebuilding of the
information technology system _
for health care.

"Economists from across the
political spectrum agree that if
we don't act swiftly and boldly,
we could see a much deeper
economic downturn that could
lead to double-digit unemploy-
ment and the American dream.
slipping further and further out
of reach," Obama said. -

e Andrew Taylor reported
from Washington

appears unlikely as time is run-
ning out and Republicans have

plans. Sen. Mitch McConnell,
the Republicans' top official,
said the plan needs time so that
"every dollar needs to be spent
wisely and not wasted in the
rush to get it spent."
Congressional aides briefed
‘on the measure say it's likely to -
blend tax cuts of $500 to $1,000
for middle-class individuals and
couples with about $200 billion
to help revenue-starved states
with their Medicaid pro-
grammes and other operating
costs. i ,
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Last Price
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distress (4)

12 Jumper having a pocket in

‘front (8)
14 Rods, poles or perches
maybe (6)
15 Sergeant comes in before nt
the repeat performance (6)
17 Hold back an expression
of disapproval in 13
play (4-1-3)
18 Land in the river (4) 14
21 Eat out in the afternoon (3) | 16
22 Form empty when
filled up, (3,6) 19
24 Fear father will come
‘ round again? (5) 20.
25 Héart so affected, sounds 23

can be heard within it (7) .

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| CRYPTIC PUZZLE —

Cheese that’s made the

‘Clannish? (6)

Across Down
1 Decline scented 1
make-up (7) ; 2
5 Run away to join
up perhaps (5) 3
. 8 Grenadine can be so
« sweetly attractive (9): 4
9 Service charge (3) 5
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as:

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ME IN FINIGHING

"'d set out food courses (5)
Not happy with some
people’s advice (3)

wrong way (4) °

Fighting and winning (8)

A collection of service
people, perhaps (9)
Regards unrefined mineral
as a blot on the
landscape (7)

Exploded with fury when

pay (9)
Unnatural-red stain

Held place in the rush (7)
A wool-gatherer

perhaps (6)

[t may be held up or
down (5)

Grumpy speculator? (4) |
An expression of

disgust (3)

EASY PUZZLE

Yesterday’s Easy Solution

Across: 1 Applause, 5 Half, 9 Run
up, 10 Rivulet, 11 Intemperance, 13
Thesis, 14 Assail, 17 Go by the
board, 20 Abscond, 21 Truth, 22
Toll, 23 Trinidad.
Down: 1 Awry, 2 Penance, 3
Appreciation, 4 Script, 6 All in, 7

’ Fatherly, 8 Every so often, 12
Stagnant, 15 Aground, 16 Vendor,
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12
14
15
17
18
21
22

24

25

Matter-of-fact (7)
Place visited by
devotees (5):
Large Southern

Ocean bird (9)

The Lion (3)

To cure (4)
Absolute ruler (8)
Response (6)

To goad (6)
Askew (8)
Profound (4)
Period of history (3)
Shapeless (9)

To handle (5)
Sailor (7)



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out a top grandmaster when
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‘gpening, {n today’s puzzle

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pawn with his black knight. The
Hungarian number three
calculated ¥ Bxe? Nxc3 2 bxc3.
Rx? or f Nxed Bxed 2 Bxed (if 2

* Bxe? Ree?) Bxg5 when Black
~ remains a pawn up and has also

exchanged several pleces.
Svidier ranks in the warld top
six, but Almasi reckoned that
the Russian had made a simple
oversight and would have te

fight for a draw with material
. down. Unfortunately far Black,

his analysis had misseda
hidden crusher which forced



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13
14
16

19
20
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Sphere (3)

Prefix for. against (4)
Flowering bulbous —
plant (6)

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designation (8)
English Romantic
poet (9)

Champion of.a
cause (7)

Connect in one’s
mind (9)

Pertinent (8) |

Very old (7)

Change for the
better (6)

Baffling question (5)
Stimulus (4)
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hand at Five Diamonds doubled.

West East
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How would you play the hand?
2. You are declarer with the West
“hand at Seven Diamonds, and North
leads the king of hearts. How would
you play the hand? (Assume the
trumps are divided no worse than 3-

1.)

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that North has the ace of diamonds,
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of a singleton. If you were to start

_ drawing trumps at trick two, you'd

«run the risk of North winning with
the ace and putting South on lead
with a heart to make the killing club
retum.

To try to prevent this from happen-
ing, lead the ace of spades at trick
two and continue with the queen!

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Test Your Play

Assuming South follows low, which
is highly likely, discard your single-
ton heart on the spade queen. This
play costs you nothing, as it merely
substitutes a spade loser for a heart
loser.

North wins the trick but now. can’t
put his partner on lead with a heart,
so you get home safe and sound.
North’s hand probably looks some-
thing like: \
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VÂ¥AK8432
@A3
&9
in which case the play of the A-Q of
spades is the only way to get home
safely.

2. By far the best method of play
is to attempt a dummy reversal,
which, if successful, will make it
unnecessary for you to rely on a
spade finesse.

Ruff the. first heart with the jack,
lead the five of trumps to the seven,
ruff the six of hearts with the queen,
lead the eight of trumps to the nine,
then ruff the seven of hearts with the
king. Next lead a low club ‘to the
king, followed by the ten of hearts,
ruffed with your last trump, the ace.

A low spade to the ace allows you
to cash dummy’s ten of diamonds, on
which you discard the jack of spades.
The last four tricks are then taken by
you with the king of spades and A-Q-
J of clubs. The 13 tricks you score
consist of two spades, four clubs and
seven — count them —- trump tricks.

0 break a general rule.

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Amid

MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009, PAGE 9B

bean slump,







Curacao tourism booms

@ By BEN FOX
Associated Press Writer

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao
(AP) — In a grim season for
Caribbean tourism, an island
just north of Venezuela stands
out: Hotel rooms are scarce arid
discounts unavailable.

That's largely because Cura-
cao is crowded with Venezue-
lans,. many fleeing their coun-
try's spiraling inflation and cur-
rency controls for a Dutch
Caribbean island best known
for its diving opportunities and
historic city center, a UN World
Heritage site. ,

While other destinations are
slashing prices and laying off
resort workers, officials in Cura-
cao have been trying to find pri-
vate apartments for surplus vis-
itors.

"We're doing very, very
well," Billy Jonckheer, vice
president of the Curacao Hos-
pitality and Tourism Associa-

* tion, said Tuesday. "Right now,

you won't find a room on the
island."
Curacao officials project 2008
visitor growth of 30 per cent to
about 390,000 people. The latest
statistics from the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation show that
rate would be the highest in the
region at a time when the glob-
al economic crisis and airline
flight cutbacks are eroding the,
key industry.

Cuba is also one of the
region's bright spots, with the
country predicting a record 2.34
million visitors, largely because
the global financial woes have
been softer on Canada, its top
source of visitors.

But others are struggling.

Puerto Rico, for example, ,
expects a decline of at least
three per cent in the number of
its visitors, said Clarisa Jimenez,
president of the island's Hotel
and Tourism Association. The
Dominican Republic and the
Bahamas have also recently
reported decreases in tourists.

The Netherlands is the largest

source of tourists for Curacao.
. But Venezuela is second and

rising fast, expected to double ,

from last. year and reach
100,000, Jonckheer said. The

_ US is third.

Curacao is a magnet for
Venezuelans because it's close
— only about 40 miles — and
its shops are filled with duty-
free merchandise that is much
more expensive at home. Flights
are plentiful to Caracas and oth-
er cities, cut they are almost all
packed these days..- ‘

Inflation’ in ‘Caracas is run-
ning at more than 32 per cent
and currency controls imposed
by President Hugo Chavez in
2003, aimed at-stemming capital
flight, require Venezuelans to
obtain dollars through a gov-
ernment agency for purposes
including travel abroad.

Venezuelans are allowed up
to $5,000 a year on their credit
cards and $600 cash for travel.
Travelers get the money at the
official rate of 2.15 strong boli-
vars to the dollar. But on the
black market in Venezuela, US
dollars have been selling for
more than twice that. (Curacao
uses guilders, the Dutch cur-
rency, but US dollars are wide-
ly circulated and acceptable
everywhere.)

Jonckheer and others say
some Venezuelans buy mer-
chandise in Curacao, where dol-
lars are used widely, to sell or
exchange back home on the
black market. But he doubts it
is the primary attraction for the
visitors.

' "Of course, they come for
cash. I'm not going to deny it.
But they come here to do a lot
of shopping and other stuff. If it
does happen, it's not the norm,"
he said. ,

Tourist Ruben Sermin denied
cash is the attraction.

"This place is the best. It has
lots of culture, lots of beaches,"
said Sermin, a 28-year-old
accountant, as he and his girl-
friend waited to board a half-
hour flight back to Caracas after
a four-day trip. "It's a small
island, but there is a lot here."

The two countries have long
had close links. Venezuelan
tourism spiked to Curacao-in
the 1980s, then fell when the
South American country's cur-
rency collapsed. And Venezue-
la's state-owned oil company
runs Curacao's Isla oil refinery,
the largest employer in Cura-
cao.

The U.S. also has ties to the
island of 140,000. For nearly 10
years, the US has stationed mil-
itary planes at the Willemstad
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their country's spiraling infla-
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about $25 million to the local
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says only one other council
member shares his opinion and
the lease is likely to be extend-
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to 8,000 over the next two years
and local officials say they are
poised for more growth. But
they also know they must mar-
ket to other countries.
"Venezuela is a market that
can fall at any time," Jonckheer
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Re: Insight Christmas

Honours List

I JUST loved your Christmas Hon-
ours List. It made me laugh so much.

Please tell Mr (Fred) Mitchell to just
shut up at least until the year 2051.

.Tell him to just chill. We have had

enough. We can’t take him and the
recession at the same time.

— You Know Who This Is

(voicemail message)

HAVING now reduced the ridicu-
lous Mr Fred Mitchell to rubble over
the last few years, should you not now
take the Christian view, especially in

- the season of goodwill, and cut him
some slack?

We know he will never become

prime minister, for all the reasons we -

know too well, so please allow him his

fantasies. The PLP is a lazy, stupid, par- ..
ty in so many ways, but give them some :

credit, please.
— AL, Grand Bahama

I BELIEVE Mitchell is going to be
-Joker of the Year forever because he
never seems to learn from his own stu-
pidity.

— Bain Town Boy

HOPE you've had a joyous holiday
season and are now ready to resume
your noble task, which is so much
needed here in The Bahamas. No-one
does it half as good as you. I wish we
had at least ten more good journalists



would be even better if we had some to
sit in our Honourable House of Assem-
bly formulating public policies for the
overall good for the people.

We have uneducated masses with
very low IQs. Sad to say these masses
of ignorants have been purposefully
manufactured by Lynden Pindling and
his PLP for his own selfish benefit, and
the benefit*#f a select few of his
favourites, blacks and whites. As you
brought out in one of your well-written
articles, Pindling did not really care
too much for*blacks. He simply used
them as tools for his personal advance-

_ment. The condition of the so-called

masses is exhibit A of building the case
to chart a new way forward.

A new Barak Obama-type leader
for the Baharhas is the antidote for our
nation. Obafna' s ability to motivate,
inspire, and {instil hope is what pro-
pelled him to‘where he is now, and I
believe he ‘will do a remarkable
job. We need.someone who can build
bridges and uitite pore together for a
common cause. The politics of the past
has run its'course. The UBP is



fering is still alive. However, white
supremacy is a sin problem that can
only be- rectified through a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ. The
suffering of black Bahamians is not
due to white supremacy in The
Bahamas now, but more so to the cut-
throat selfish motives of black politi-

cians who govern to the detriment of

the masses.

The American founding father
Thomas Jefferson said "a people get
the kind of government they deserve."
Far too long the Bahamian people

have allowed politics of division to |

reign. The politicians divide us, and
then reap the benefits for them and
their select friends. This must
stop! Fred Mitchell offering for leader
of the PLP must be a joke, as he refus-
es to relinquish his dubious title
of JOKER OF THE YEAR. Imagine
this guy as Prime Minister of The
Bahamas! | dread such a thought!

In conclusion, I believe the Obama-
type leader exists among the political
rubble of the post-independence-Pin-
dling rule of disaster. He must be
encouraged to come forth amid the

apparent cloud of the oligarchy Ping-
domites and Ingrahamites resistance
to change. Like Obama, he must make
the Bahamian masses believe "YES,
WE CAN!"
Have a Happy New Year
—‘VELLY ~

I FIND it hard to believe someone
like you would watch Rev Neil Ellis
on television, even though your
descriptions of same are very,amus-
ing. Tell me it isn’t true.

— JL Robinson

INSIGHT replies: It is true, though
I’m trying to break the habit.

Re: Farewell to an old friend

(The Cafe Royal)

MY friends (all educated, profes-
sional people) were talking’ about your
article over New Years and reading
parts of it aloud because they thought
it one of the best Insights you have
ever written. The use of English was of
such high standard that they pro-
nounced it one of your classics.

— Insight supporter

Mr Marquis, words almost fail me. I
think Oscar Wilde himself would have

_approved of your essay on The Cafe

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HANGING, from 12

they are no more taxing to the
average brain than the weekly
shopping list.

So why has the abolitionist
cause become an article of faith
among the so-called thinking
classes? Why does western
Europe, in particular, reject
death as a punishment, even
when the alternative has
wreaked such havoc in Soplely
over so many years?

It would need a team of emi-
nent psychologists to work that
one out, but in the Bahamas - a



fundamentally conservative
country in which crinte is emerg-
ing as a major economic threat -
the considerations are different,
and very much more compelling.
For me, the case for the death
penalty is so overwhelming that

~ all abolitionist arguments pale

alongside it as idealistic hogwash

“founded on an extremely spuri-

ous moral stance.
Let’s take the major aboli-
tionist arguments one at a time.

The death penalty is not a

deterrent: Sorry, but this claim is
=simply unproveable: ‘No statis-

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dead! White supremacy and black suf-

— Alan Leyton (UK visitor)



tics can ever reveal how many
people are deterred from mur-
dering someone else by the fear
of execution.

It’s true that murders contin-
ue, even in countries which

‘implement the death penalty,

but that only suggests that the
killers concerned might not be
deterred by anything, even the
prospect of having their eyes
plucked out in small pieces and
fed to the cats.

All my instincts tell me that
the genuine prospect of execu-
tion does deter certain would-
be killers. However, the main
arguments in favour of the death
penalty don’t address the deter-
rence factor, which is actually a
secondary consideration. They
are all about protecting society.

There’s always a chance that
the wrong person will be
hanged: True, but the prospect
of that happening is infinitesi-
mal compared to the very real
possibility of a murderer killing
again on release. In my lifetime,
I can think of only two alleged

killers who hanged-in spite of «

what is now thought to be their
innocence. Yet the number of
released killers who have
offended again runs certainly
into scores and probably into
hundreds.

The main flaw in this argu-
ment, though, is that it has
absolutely nothing to do with
the hanging debate.

If society pays the legal pro-
fession high salaries to produce
the right result, then it must be
assumed that whatever verdict is
reached is the correct one, so
long as all the processes of law
have been exhausted.

I acknowledge that such a

posture is undermined to some

extent by the current parlous

state of the Bahamas legal pro- -
fession, but to argue otherwise is ©

like Boeing refusing to fly a
brand new Jumbo jet because
they can’t be quite sure that
their highly specialised engineers
have got all the rivets in place.
The argument is irrelevant to
the main thrust of the hanging
debate because we have to
assume the courts get things
right.

. t ‘ . .
Prison is a more humanitarian

course than execution: This’

again is simply not true, espe-
cially in the Bahamas. To spend
20 years in Fox Hill Prison, a
filthy institution in which

‘unimaginable brutality takes

place, must be the most degrad-
ing experience any man can
undergo in what is supposedly
a civilised society.

How anyone can advocate
prolonged incarceration in that
hell-hole over the brisk and
painless act of execution is
beyond me.

Society cannot justify killing a
man if killing is against the law:
Nor, then, can society justify
imprisoning a man, for holding a
man against his will is also
against the law. Nor can it justi-
fy fining anyone, for extorting

money is also against the law. .

Unless you take the view that
no-one should ever be punished,
whatever the crime, society is
obliged to take measures against
criminals that would be consid-
ered criminal if meted out to the
innocent in lay society.

The death penalty is merely
an act of revenge and retribu-
tion: All punishment is, by defi-
nition, an act of revenge and ret-
ribution. Society, in my view,
has a right to express its revul-
sion against those who would
wish to put our lives in peril and
destroy our peace of mind. It
also has a right to remove that
risk in the interests of the law-
abiding. To argue otherwise is

to surrender our society to those
who can’t be entrusted with its
future.

Punishment ought to be about
rehabilitation: Most sensible
people are in favour of restora-

tive justice, a process by which.

bad people can be made good.
But this does not apply, in my
opinion, to those who are guilty
of capital crimes like murder in
pursuit of a criminal act, mur-
der of law enforcement officers,
and all forms of calculated, pre-
meditated murder, including acts
of terrorism.

Abolitionists appear to take
the view that rehabilitation of
killers has priority over protec-
tion of innocents. I thoroughly
disagree with that notion.

The kind of person who cal-
lously kills a security guard while
robbing a bank is not a candi-
date for rehabilitation. He is a
candidate for elimination.

When criminals are put to
death, society is diminished: This

final specious abolitionist argu- ~~
“tificate when you’re never oblig- “

ment is exactly at odds with the
reality.

Society is diminished when
killers are allowed to roam the
streets, as hundreds of families
in Nassau can testify. ~

An insane situation exists here
at present where dozens of sus-
pected killers are out on bail.
They are terrorising families of
victims; bumping off potential
witnesses,.and in some cases act-
ing with such reckless bravado
that it’s clear they have absolute-
ly no respect for what tiny bit
of law we have in this country.

While I believe the Privy
Council is overall a good thing
for the Bahamas, mainly
because the local courts are so
susceptible to corruption and
the economy is so dependent on
inward investment, I reject its
strictures on capital punishment.

Britain, whichslast hanged a
killer in 1964, is incomparably
more dangerous today than it
was then, with knife crime ram-

- pant in the inner cities, and most

urban areas “no go” zones after
dark.

Worse still, guns have prolif-
erated among the criminal class-
es, and drive-by shootings have
become commonplace in the
urban ghettoes. Only last month,
a teenage thug was jailed for
using a young boy for target
practice, leaving another inno-
cent family bereft.

Many decent British folk are
terrorised daily by armed street
gangs who commandeer entire
neighbourhoods. Worse still is
that the UK is now seen as a
prime spawning ground for Mus-
lim bombers. The country’s lib-

eral approach to crime and pun- :



ishment has been an unmitigat-"

ed disaster.

Last month, a vicious thug °

called Joseph Thomas was jailed
for ten years in South Wales for
kicking a first-aider to death
while he was trying to help a
drunken youth.

Thomas told.the man, Nick
Baty, to leave the drunk alone.
When he continued trying to
help him, Thomas lost his tem-
per and stamped on his head so
hard that he fell into .a coma,
dying a month later when his
life-support machine was turned
off.

Afterwards, Thomas, who had

been involved in street violence;

before, bragged to his friends
about what he had done.

Britain’s streets, and there is lit-

tle doubt that he will kill again. -

However, the abolitionists
who bleat on behalf of people
like ‘Thomas. will not be found
bleating on behalf of his victims.
In their peculiarly calibrated
minds, the cause of victims is
not a priority.

That’s because the Joseph
Thomases of the world don’t live
in Islington, Highgate or Hamp-
stead. They don’t terrorise Lon-
don’s intellectual and political
elite.

They live in the old coal towns
of South Wales, in the industrial
north of England, and in the

more deprived boroughs of.

South London, the Home Coun-
ties and the Midlands. Their vic-
tims are ordinary people trying
to live ordinary lives on the
frontline of a fast deteriorating
society.

High-minded middle- class

abolitionists are rarely called

upon to see a victim’s brains
lying on the sidewalk. They

~don’t meet the families laid

asté by killers. It’s easy to pon-

ed to square up to the truth.

But ask any ordinary Eng-
lishman how killers should be
treated, and he would have them
all swinging from gibbets in
every public square.

Nassau

In Nassau, there are so many
equivalents of Joseph Thomas
that it would be difficult to put
an actual number on them.
However, they are so brazen
that they pick off potential wit-
nesses at will} even going on
from the scene of one murder a
few weeks. ago to rape the wife
of their victim. And they use
bail-time to commit more
offences so they can pay off their
lawyers.

Last week, a Nassau busi-
nessman who has been involved
with social activism for many
years, said there were at least
200 thugs in Nassau who would
kill anyone for $10,000 or less.

“They just don’t care,” he told
INSIGHT, “they would collect
the money, shoot their victim
and then go on playing domi-
noes with their friends. That’s
how little it means to them, and
how little respect they have for
the law.”

Nassau’s crime situation is
now so serious that drastic mea-
sures are required to tackle the
root cause of the problem — the
social conditions that spawn
criminals — and remove the
crooks and killers from the
streets. With a deteriorating
economy, the Bahamas faces a
major crisis if it can’t get its vio-
lent criminals in check.

One move that is already
available is regular enforcement
of the death penalty. As my
business informant told me,

even if hardened. killers aren’t
deterred by the prospect of the
‘scaffold, younger thugs who
hero-worship them will probably

conclude that a corpse on a rope

- 1s unworthy of emulation.

Baty, 48, left behind a wife °
and teenage daughter, both now '

shattered and helpless and suf-
fering the added indignity of
Thomas’s light sentence.

With a ten-year jail term,
Thomas can look forward to
release within five years. By the
year 2013, he will be free to kick
and beat other innocents on

At the moment, an estimated
30 killers sit on Fox Hill’s death
row, occupying space in a con-
gested jail, eating food at the
taxpapers’ expense, and hoping
to serve time beyond the five-
year threshold which-ensures
they cannot face the hangman.

If that figure is wrong it’s
because The Tribune, after
repeated inquiries to the prison
and Ministry of National Secu-
rity, was refused the details,
even though every Bahamian is
entitled to this kind of informa-
‘tion.

It’s no surprise that the gov-
ernment is so unwilling to dis-
close the reality, because thg

whole reality is so frightening ~

that it’s a continuing embarrass-



ment for those in power who
have the means to eliminate
killers but decline to use them.

Yet the very presence of these
convicted murderers on death
row waiting for implementation
of the penalties meted out by
the courts is itself an affront to
the laws of this country.

‘They are there contrary to the
requirements of Bahamian law
— and certainly against the will
of the Bahamian people. There
is no reasonable legal obstacle to
them being asked to make that
final walk, but the issue of their
fate is allowed to gather dust in
the pending tray.

Those who have exhausted
the appeals procedure now need
to be given dates and times
when they will be taken from
their cells to a place of execu-
tion. Then the state needs to car-
ry out the sentences its people
approve and expect for their

-own protection.

There need be no more

dithering on this point. This is

jot-a moral issué..because the
moral arguments diave all been

‘exposed for what they ares:

It is a practical issue — the
removal of people who~do: not
déserve to live, and who pose a
major hazard for the rest of us.

As INSIGHT has said before,
you do not round up an army of
invading termites, keep them in
detention for a specified time
and then offer them a release
date. You. dispose of them
because, if. you don’t, they will

_go on chewing until you have

nothing left to protect.

This view will, of course, be
regarded with the same lordly
hauteur that abolitionists always
reserve for those of us who don’t
share their warped philosophy.

Local Amnesty International
representatives will already be
dusting off their list of stock
responses - prepared for them
by their global HQ - in another
vain attempt to counter argu-
ments that can’t be countered.

The fact is that western gov-
ernments are severely at odds’

’ with their own people when it

comes to the death penalty.
With almost palpable disdain,
they disregard the views of those

- who elected them to pursue a

“We know best” strategy which
has cost many, many thousands
of innocent lives.

In Nassau, the wreckage left
behind by this policy is more
evident than elsewhere because
there is a dangerous streak of
viciousness running through
every over-the-hill neighbour-
hood, a reckless contempt for
human life which is exacting a
terrible toll. — .

There are scores of thugs in
the shanty communities who
would literally. become hired
guns for modest financial gain
because they have been encour
aged to believe that this is a city

,Where accountability doesn’t

exist.

The families of murder vic-
tims who have twice this year
staged mass marches in Nassau
in support of the death penalty
know. what it means to lose
loved ones to killers.

They know the frustration and
exasperation that grips them
when they see thugs and mur-
derers on the streets, mocking
them as they continue to go
about their vile business.

They know better than any-
one how calculating killers
should be treated. The only rea-
son capital punishment has been
put on hold is that politicians
lack the stomach to do what the
law decrees and what the public
demands.

Let’s stop the procrastination.
Oil the trapdoor, order the
hemp and get the job done.

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appalling rise in violent crime over the last 15 years.
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all-time record - it’s clear that Killing is now seen by |
the criminal fraternity as a ready and convenient |
solution to their various conflicts. Yet still the gov- |
ernment has failed to exercise its option of hanging |
callous murderers. Not since the execution of David |
Mitchell in January, 2000 - exactly nine years ago - has :
a killer gone to the gallows at Fox Hill Prison. INSIGHT |
offers the case for capital punishment, and suggests |
that no cogent argument has ever been PR nee
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tedly highly emotive issue, [have never once heard a con-
vincing argument against the death penalty.

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