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Publication Date: 08-07-2009
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Tribune Staff Reporter
HUNDREDS of college
hopefuls planning to attend
university have had their
dreams shattered by the Gov-
ernment's decision to scrap
student loans this year.
Critics have slammed Edu-
cation Minister Carl Bethel
for telling promising students
just weeks before they
planned to go off to college
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announcement on Wednes-
And the crisis of their situ-
ation has been compounded
by the recession that has left
thousands of Bahamians out
of work.
A 24-year-old legal secre-
tary who planned to study law
in Newcastle, in the United
Kingdom, in September was
relying on the Government
loan in order to attend.
She had already booked
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Chamber of Commerce committee
to examine the education system
Tribune Staff Reporter
BECAUSE of its ",m. i i i ' concerns about the state of edu-
cation in the country, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce has
put together a high level committee to examine how the edu-
cation system and particularly vocational training opportunities
can be developed.
Charging that the decline in the BGCSE and BJC grade
averages released on Tuesday are "disappointing but not sur-
prising" BCC President Khaalis Rolle said that improving the
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MISS UNIVERSE 2009 contestants are treated to a tour of Government House yesterday led
by renowned local historian Dr Gail Saunders. See pages two and five inside and check out tomor-
row's Tribune for a special Miss Universe supplement.

Attorneys file summons
over ousted Hotel
Union president ruling
Tribune Staff Reporter
ATTORNEYS for ousted Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers Union Presi-
dent Nicole Martin have filed a summons
seeking to have Supreme Court Justice Jon
Isaacs reconsider his recent ruling on the hotel
union elections and for a stay in the proceed-
ings pending that reconsideration or appeal,
lawyer Damian Gomez said yesterday.
Attorneys and hotel union officials involved
in the continuing legal saga over the Bahamas
Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) elections met for about two
hours in a closed hearing before Justice Isaacs
yesterday morning. Following the hearing,
attorney Keod Smith, who is representing
Kirk Wilson, First Vice President of the union,
told reporters that the hearing of the applica-
tion had been adjourned to Tuesday at 1 pm.
"At that time the court will hear full argu-
ments and make a decision on that date or
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Former PLP chairman
calls for consultation on
chief justice appointment
Tribune Staff Reporter
IN ORDER to advance
democracy in the
Bahamas, former PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby
called on Prime Minister '
Hubert Ingraham and
PLP Leader Perry
Christie to allow for a
wider base of consultation
when it comes to the
appointment of a chief
justice to the judiciary.
Noting that the current
system allows for the
appointment of a chief justice based solely on
the discretion of the Prime Minister after con-
sultation with the leader of the Opposition,
Mr Rigby said that he thought that in the year
2009, our political leaders would show some
"degree of maturity" and allow a broad base
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an hour.
Pair trapped
in water as
men threaten
to kill them
Tribune Staff
at the beach turned
into an hour of terror
for two Bahamian
women when a group
of men threatened to
kill them.
The victims, aged 22
and 32, were trapped in
the water for around an
hour as a gang of
around 12 men sur-
rounded them on the
sand, the rocks, and in
the water at a secluded
beach on the south side
of New Providence,
they said.
They had been alone
on the beach off Hanna
Road, near the junction
with Fox Hill Road,
when the men arrived
in a car at around
1.30pm on Monday.
A group of five
pulled up in a car and
heckled them, then two
approached them in
the water.
The women, who did
not want to be named,
said they were verbally
abused and as they
walked further down
the beach, picking up a
conch shell for protec-
tion, another two
"They said they
would wait for us in the
bushes. When we
asked them to leave us
alone they just swore
at us," said one of the
"Then I looked up
and there were around
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Tribune Features Editor

FROM cigar rolling to tea with
Governor-General Arthur Han-
na, yesterday was packed with
activities for the contestants par-
ticipating in the 2009 Miss Universe beauty
After touring the country's premiere art
gallery, the National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas, the contestants were whisked away
to the historic Graycliff restaurant and hotel
where they were treated to a special lunch of
sweet potato soup, fresh beet with goat
cheese, figs, homemade vinaigrette dressing
and salmon with Mediterranean sauce. The
contestants declared the meal "delicious."
Following lunch, the girls were given a tour
of the world famous cigar factory at the resort
and were treated to a hands-on seminar on
how cigars are rolled.
Graycliff owner Enrico Garzaroli told The
Tribune it was a pleasure to host the ladies.
He said his restaurant has served presi-
dents, royalty and dignitaries from all over the
world so it was only fitting that it cater to
the 55 beauty queens - whom he said were
"more nice looking than the Queen of Eng-
Mr Garzaroli added that the cigar rolling
was a huge hit with the ladies, and that many
of them took a special cigar with them as a
souvenir. Then it was off to Government
House, where the red carpet was rolled out
for the contestants, beginning with an infor-
mative tour of the property.
Governor General Arthur Hanna, Social
Services Minister Loretta Butler-Turner, oth-
er parliamentarians and their spouses and
Dame Marguerite Pindling joined the con-
testants in the ballroom of Government
House for a tea party.
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Uni-
verse Organisation, noted how exciting it was
for pageant organizers and contestants to be
hosted so graciously at the home of some-
one who can truly be called "one of the
founding fathers of his country" and

MISS COSTA RICA Jessica Umana and Tri-
bune Business Reporter Chester Robards.
expressed appreciation for the warm wel-
come offered by the Bahamian people.
The governor general joked that it was
every man's desire and delight to be sur-
rounded by beautiful women. He said he was
indeed a lucky man yesterday.
He described the lunch as a once-in-a-life-
time opportunity and said it was an "intoxi-
cating and delightful experience."
"On behalf of Bahamians everywhere, I
thank you for choosing the Bahamas. By your
choice of venue, you are affording us the
opportunity to showcase our nation to mil-
lions around the world. The Bahamas will
indeed gain incalculable exposure as it is
prominently featured during the month."
He also wished Dayana Mendoza, the out-
going Miss Universe, the very best in the
future. The afternoon included entertainment
by the National Children's Choir and the
Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band.



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Original intent of education plan is unclear

By Ralph J Massey
Economist and Consultant

AFTER a careful read-
ing, it is not clear
exactly what was the original
intent of the 65-page 10-year
Education plan presented to
the 2009 Education summit on
July 6th.
It was 13 months in the mak-
ing; but it was marked DRAFT;
and according to the text it was
a listing of Ministerial
"hopes...a document for use by
the general public" and not a
"technical document."
One can only conclude that
this makes it either a very
expensive Public Relations
release or an array of 309 objec-
tives that are the intended start-
ing points in negotiations for
The document tried to put
the Ministry into a positive his-
torical perspective. It referred
to the Government's 1972
White Paper on Education that
stated the country's objective:
"An education...which is of the
right kind and sufficient both
in quantity and quality to meet
the intellectual, moral, emo-
tional and physical need of all."
As noted by the Prime Min-
ister in his closing comments,

the country achieved the quan-
tity objective but this has been
a hollow achievement. In fact,
when it comes to education
"quality", the Public School sys-
tem "failed to educate"; far too
many students failed; and as job
candidates too many were not
qualified for the job openings
created by the Government's
development policies.
According to the joint Euro-
pean Union/Bahamian Gov-
ernment Plan of December
2008, business has had to fill
new positions at all levels in the
economy with imported labour.
This is the "Skills Gap."
What went wrong?
The DRAFT Plan proudly
recounts its achievements:
"From Slate to Interactive
Whiteboard"; from the mini
chalk boards used in the typical
primary school of the 1950s to
the whiteboards of today.
There was -
* The primary and secondary
school building of the 1960s and

* The College of the
* The Bahamas Hotel Train-
ing College,
* The Bahamas Vocational
Training Institute,
* The South Andros Training
* The Bahamas General Cer-
tificate of Education (BGCSE),
* The Rigby Reads diagnos-
tic testing,
* The School for the Men-
tally Retarded,
* The Centre for the Deaf,
* The PACE programme for
teen mothers,
* The summer Extended
Learning Programme,
* Programme SURE,
* The Autistic Unit, etc.
Despite such efforts, why do
the Public School leavers score
so poorly on their BGCSE
exams and fail to receive diplo-
mas on such a large scale? Why
do only 18 per cent of public
school leavers pass the BGCSE

mathematics exam? Why is
there a Skills Gap?
The answer is complex as
pointed out in "The Learning
Crisis Essay" that is now in its
second printing.
In short, it is a failure in par-
enting that is so important in
the first four years of life, a cul-
ture that does not prize disci-
pline, learning and hard work,
and a hidden critical skills
shortage in the public teaching
corps of the country.
The Department of Educa-
tion is trying to do all the tasks
that Public Education tries to
do everywhere in the "socially
progressive world" without the
necessary talent and determi-
nation to do them well.
The chief defect in the 10-
Year 2009 Education Plan of
July 6, 2009 is that it does not
analyze the Learning Crisis,
identify the fundamentals, set
its priorities and address them
with concrete starting points.
Such an approach would be
the start of a slow and agoniz-
ing process that could take up
to two decades to finish.
To start such an effort is
absolutely necessary even in the
present financial crisis; the
country must demonstrate to
itself and the world that it can
do the basics well.

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and his wife Delores left Nas-
sau on August 6 for their annual holiday. They are to return on
August 18. They were seen off on Wednesday afternoon by Cabinet
Secretary Anita Bernard and Police Commissioner Reginald Fergu-
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham left Nassau on
Wednesday for two weeks vacation leave. He will return on
August 19.
During the Prime Minister's absence Education Minister
Carl Bethel will act as Prime Minister from August 5 to
August 9, and Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette
will act from August 10 to August 18.
Minister of State Zhivargo Laing will act as Minister of
Finance from August 5 to August 18.

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Social commentary in Bahamian movie

THE premiere of the all-Bahamian
movie "Fresh" is set to prick at the social
conscience when it premiers at the Dundas
Centre tonight.
The movie is a first for writer and direc-
tor Clarence Rolle, who has been on the
theatre scene for several years. Most recent-
ly he wrote and directed the stage plays
"The Web Shop Horror" and "The Ral-
"I was very enthusiastic about doing a
movie," Mr Rolle said.
"Film is enduring and it is gratifying to
know that you played a major part in cre-
ating something that will live on for ages,
exactly as you made it."
"Fresh" follows a contemporary
Bahamian family during challenging eco-
nomic and social times. Solomon, the
father of the family, returns from prison
as a better man. When he finds his wife
struggling financially and his son running on
the wrong side of the law, he works to put
his family back on track.
"There is so much packed into this

movie," Mr Rolle said. "We deal with
themes of material greed, financial respon-
sibility, guidance of younger generations
and more. We really wanted to do some-
thing that was relevant for our times, when
many people have been put out of work
or are facing that possibility. So, in an enter-
taining way, the movie even slips in helpful
hints for how we can stay afloat during
tough financial times."

Mr Rolle said "Fresh" features superb
acting from an ensemble cast. Leading the
way are Gene Cage and D'Adra Smith-
Owen, as the heads of the family. Their
son, Ram, is played by Terran Brown,
whose sister Renell, recently starred in the
Maria Govan movie "Rain".
The movie also features an original score
by noted Bahamian musician and compos-
er Christian Justilien. An original rap was
also done by lead actor Gene Cage, who

performs under the moniker LC. Craig
Lenihan of Vision Pictures worked on the
movie as director of photography.
"Audiences should be really pleased
with what we were able to do as a group of
first time Bahamian movie makers. The
movie suits its title and definitely has a
'fresh' look and feel to it," Mr Lenihan
"With a very small budget we were able
to give it a polished and professional
appearance working with a limited amount
of equipment. It's easy to get caught up in
the story and lose yourself in the world of
the characters for those 40 minutes. The
premiere will definitely be special. It's a
must attend event," he said.
The showing of the movie will be fol-
lowed by a discussion with the audience
on the film's themes. Community leaders
such as law enforcement officials, financial
experts, youth leaders and the cast of
"Fresh" will lead the talks. "Fresh" is rated
A, which means it is suitable for all ages.
The movie starts at 7pm.

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Bahamians speak out on

BGCSE grades, student loans


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MINISTER of Education
Carl Bethel this week
announced the results of the
BGCSE examinations, and
unfortunately the national
grade average has dropped
from last year's 'D+' to a 'D'.
However, the bad news does
not end there, the minister also
announced that due to nearly
$70 million in defaulted stu-
dent loans, government's Edu-
cational Guaranteed Loan Pro-
gramme has been suspended.
The Tribune hit the streets yes-
terday to get the views and
opinions of the Bahamian
people on these matters.
Butch Bain
"They need to come up with
a mechanism whereby (gov-
ernment) get their money
back, now it's up to them to
figure that out. One idea could
be if funds were automatically
taken from a person's pay
cheque, as long as the person-
's employer agrees to doing so.
"As far as grade level situa-
tion, there are a lot of things
involved in that, family life, the
environment the kid grows up
in. They need a good social
programme like a 'big brother,
big sister' programme, that's
what they need over here..
That would slash this problem
in half. They need a pro-
gramme to steer poor kids
from broken families down the
right path."
Leonard Kelly
"I think that anyone who

takes money (from the gov-
ernment) and doesn't pay it
back shouldn't get any money
given to them. In any institu-
tion, whether it's a personal
business or not, if they lend
you money and you don't pay
it back then you should know
better than to go back and ask
for money. The fact that no
one is paying back the loans
also discourages someone from
lending anyone else money.
"With the national average
issue, I remember when I was
in school you had to be rec-
ommended to take certain sub-
jects, nowadays everybody
takes it automatically. You
have children taking the
BGCSE whose average is 0.00
and they are still taking (the
exams), so what do you expect
the GPA to be? I think that
kids should be recommended
for certain subjects, but if you
are automatically allowed to
take it, it hurts the system."
Patrick Brennen
"You have to look at it two
ways, if the government sus-
pends the Educational Guar-
anteed Loan Programme I
think it would be narrow-
minded, because if someone
fails it, doesn't mean that
someone else will. You have
to give everyone a fair chance.
Now if you raise the level, then
if you don't make the grade
you don't go, but you don't just
suspend it. But I also think that
if you go off to school and gov-
ernment is paying your way, I

think that it is only right that
you come back and do about
five or six years here. And I
think they (should) make it
mandatory, so if you sign the
contract that it's an obligation
that you come back in the
country and give the govern-
ment back their dues. Money
and loans are supposed to be
paid back, either physically or
Eudie Rolle
"Whoever is dealing with

the money they are doing a
bad job managing it, that's all.
"I feel bad about it, I think
they should expand it, not sus-
pend it.
"As far as the children go,
the children aren't learning
anything because they are
allowed to have phones in
school, and instead of tending
to their lesson they tend to the
"And they have less respect
for the teacher."

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SStubbs, 75

of Bamboo Town formerly of
Green Castle, Eleuthera will
be held at Zion South Beach
Baptist Church on Saturday
August 8th at 2pm. Officiating will be Bishop B. Wennith Davis
and interment will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Left to cherish her memories are her : 3 sons: Sherwin, Sammy
& Kevin; 2 daughters: Carolyn Robinson & Karen Ferguson;
grandchildren, Allison, Cheran, Anya, Jamaal, Stafford, Khambral,
Tica, Raylee, Lisa, Samantha, Anthony A.J., Eric, Sammy Jr.,
Joshua, Devente, Lamar And Omar; greatgrandchildren, Theo,
Marvin, Jayden, Tashae, Machaai, Dre, Kevendra, Kevisha
And Kellisha; sisters, Viola Rolle, Estermae Butler, Beverly
Nairn, Edna Davis and Aladice Richards; sons-in-law, Anthony
& Junior; daughters-in-law, Lorese, Marina & Erica; nephews,
Charles, Basil, Darren, Ivan, Detective Corporal 1232 Carlton
Butler; Pheron, lan, Don, Jeffrey, Steven and Dion; neices,
Erma, Willimae, Jennifer, Sheila, Myrtle, Brenda, Sandra,
Monique, Dwan, Anishka, Carla, Carmen, Keva, Kendra, Sylvia,
Dorothy, Princess and Terry; brothers-in-law, Cardinal Stubbs,
Prince Davis, Delroy Richards, and Garnet Nairn; sisters-in-
law, Annette Butler, Naomi, Patricia And Leannah Stubbs And
Marilyn Johnson. Numerous Relatives And Friends Including:
Agnes Moxey Elizabeth Strachan, Violet Brown, Agnes Mackey
Roland Ferguson & Family, Regi Knowles & Family, Inez Sands,
Mildred Bethel And Family, Joey Burrows & Family, The Entire
Richards, Rolle, Whylly, Miller, Butler & Sands Families of Green
Castle Eleuthera, The Sweeting Family of Deep Creek Eleuthera,
Helen Fritz, Mary Rolle, The Miller, Hepburn, Nairn, Johnson, and
Warren Families of Raynel Drive, Bamboo Town, Nurse Helen
Adderley, Nurse Rolle and The Community Nursing Team, From
South Beach Clinic, Sister Marilyn Rolle and Team from Zion
South Beach Baptist Church. May She Rest In Peach

Friends may pay their last respect at the Funeral Home on Friday
from 10 am to 6pm and on Saturday at the Funeral Home from
10am to 12pm and at the church until service time.


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Retired Police Constable 943
Thaddeus Rolle, 56

a resident of Louis and
Comfort Street and
formerly of Kemps Bay
- mSouth Andros will be held
on Sunday August 9th,
2009, 2pm at the Grant's
Town Seventh Day
Adventist Church,
Wellington Street.
Officiating will be Pastor
Danny Clarke assisted by
other ministers of The
Gospel and interment will
follow in the Southern Cemetery Cowpen and Spikenard
Roads. Services intrusted to Gateway Memorial Funeral
Chapel Mount Royal Avenue and Kenwood Streets.

Left to cherish his memories are his daughter, Thadia
Rolle; mother, Lucille Rolle; five brothers, Reuben,
Eldridge, Kenneth, Roscoe, and Eric Rolle; 9 aunts,
Ruth Smith, Mary, Marcelena, and Edna Rolle, Eulease,
Colette, Francita and Sybil Forbes also Gertrude
Rodgers; 1 uncle, Bursil Rolle; nine nephews, Reuben
Jr., Ronald, Theo, Eli, David, Mon, Danny, Shamarc,
Nathan, Derron and Elvis Rolle; 12 nieces, Tara Davis,
Sophia, Shanta, Denise, Rubyann, Janet, Bridgette,
Rose, Joyce, Joanne, Regina, and Kathy Rolle, cousins
including, Monalee and Johnny, Etienne, Ellen and
George Rodgers, Admiral Sydney, Rodman, David,
Randy, Dale and Terry Forbes, Joyce Moxey, Dillis
and Louise Forbes, Nelson, Edward and Myrtle Rolle,
Lucy Taylor, Edith Evans, Roland, John, William and
Betramn Smith, Gary, Jeffery and Leslie Rolle, Jennifer,
Sherry and Vernita, Emmerson Adderley, Eleanor and
Darlene Greene, Betty Rolle, Yvonne Armbrister, Petrol,
and Coralee Munroe, Alexander, Patrick and Edith
Forbes, Hazel Johnson, Amos Rahming, James Bodie,
Leroy Stubbs, Flordell Pratt, Florimae, Etheral, Donna
Humes and Eula Rahming, Relcina, Rosetta and Ethel
Forbes, Haywood and Ben, Welton Forbes, Norwood
Rahming Hazel Cleare, Charles Miller, Mina and Jane
of New York and a host of other relatives and friends
including Inspector Floyd Bastian of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, Officer in Charge of The Grand
Bahama Fire Department, Lorraine and Norman Bastian,
Eleanor Moss and family, Stafford Armbrister, P. J.
Adderley, Francina Saunders and family, Mr. Jeffery
Deleveaux, Superintendent and Director of the Fire
Services of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Former
Commissioner of Police Mr. Paul Farquharson,
Superintendent Alexander Roberts in charge of West
End, Grand Bahama, Retired Superintendent Robert
Pinder, Retired Corporal 1119 Ingraham, Inspector
Knowles of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, also ASP
Evans and Inspector Hanna, Constable 320 Pratt, 922
Hanna, 1096 Smith and the Entire Fire Services. Also
Members of the maintenance staff at the Police
Headquarters, the entire community of Sunlight village
including; Gilbert, Pierre and Geneva Dorsette, the
entrie community of Smith's Hill and Kemp's Bay
South Andros.

Friends may pay their last respects at the funeral home
on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from
9:30am to 12 noon and from 12:30 to service time at
the church.

Quincy Cartwright, 30

a resident of Malcolm
Road East will be held on
Saturday August 8th 2009
11am at the World
Outreach Christian Center,
Charles Saunders
Highway. Officiating will
be Apostle David S. Butler
assisted by other ministers
of The Gospel and

Cowpen and Spikenard
Roads. Services intrusted to Gateway Memorial Funeral
Chapel Mount Royal Avenue and Kenwood Streets.

Treasured and will linger in the hearts of his mother,
Renee Lindo of Dania Florida; father, Herbert
Cartwright; stepfather, Norman Lindo of Dania Florida,
stepmother, Corene Cartwright; grandparents, Lennox
and Bessie Cartwright; sister and brother Esther, and
Owen Cartwright; aunts, Kelsene Johnson, Maria
Wilson, Dianne Munrow, Helena, Shelia, Mikayla,
Susan and Andrea Cartwright and Therisa Higgs; uncles,
Anthony Wilson, Roy Munrow, Frank, Maxwell,
Leviticus, Kenneth, Robert, Albert, Clifford and Preston
Cartwright, Cousins Stanton and Patrice Richie, Racquel
Major, Acquilla Rolle, Natoria, Rio, Breon and Deneco
Wilson, numerous relatives and friends including
special friend Delecia Rolle and family, Dremeico
Culmer, Emily Smith and family, Denise Rolle and
family, Daisy Sears and family, Naomi Johnson and
family, Charlott Mclntosh and family, Godfather Murray
Bain, Godmother Jennifer Ward and family Elizabeth
Stubbs and family, Neil Hamilton and family, Staff of
East Villa Restaurant and Temple Christian High School.

Friends may pay their last respects at the funeral home

on Friday from 12 noon to 6pm and on Saturday from
9:30am to service time at the church.


11A East Coral Road, Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
P.O. Box F-42312
Telephone: (242) 373-1115 / (242 373-1471
Pager (242) 340-8043* Fax: (242) 373-3005

Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.R, Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 394-8043/ (242)394-8047
Pager (242) 340043 * Fax: (242) 340-8034


rof Lincoln Boulevard and
formerly of Staniard
-. .. Creek, Andros will be
S'held on Saturday, August
8th, 2009 at 2:00pm at
Saint Barnabas Anglican
Church Balliou Hill
" i.. - Road. Officiating will be
- Father Michael Maragh,
S.. assisted by other ministers
of the clergy. Interment
will follow in Saint
Barnabas Cemetery,
Moore Avenue.

Left to cherish this gem's memories are her children,
Christopher, Alphonso, Rev Burton Sr, Shedrach and
Gary Johnson, Margaret 'China' Ferguson, Gloria
Gibson, Gladys Maudina (deceased) and Lillian
Lightbourn; one brother, Ellis Whyms of Staniard
Creek, Andros; two sisters-in-law, Naomi Whyms
of Staniard Creek, Andros and Ida Johnson; two
sons-in-law, Andrew Ferguson and Fredrick
Lightbourn; five daughters-in-law, Edna, Patsy,
Sharon and Tomasena Johnson; grandchildren,
Lyndon (Rochelle), Ricardo (Michelle), Kirklyn,
Chadrick (Elisha), Garfield, Dwayne (Glenda),
Sigmond, Francisco, Darron, Burton Jr. (Tavia),
Shakeno (Darline), Shantano, De' Angelo, Michael,
Joseph, and Marcellas Johnson, Seabury and Seron
Ferguson, Shelly Jackson, Shamica (Delvon)
Dumcombe, Shadina Bastian (Derick), Tonia and
Tenielle Lightbourn, Latina (Raymond) Rolle,
Shenika, Shonnel, Barbara, Roberta, Jasmine,
Sheddina, Trace'e and Stacey Johnson, Sophia and
Sonia Gibson, Altamese Bain; great grandchildren,
Tanaz, Nishkah, Jahlil, Amber, Asher, Cadesha,
Aaliyah, Deion, Alicia, David, Alliare, Prince,
Domichio, Shonae, Dario, Derrinique, Shaniah,
Jarius, Tyla, Joshua, De' Antae, Raphae-enne, Catrel,
Seabury Jr., Janeel, Tenaj, Trey, Chynia, Cerria,
Travis and Roman. nephews & nieces, Leo Sr.,
Dwight and Carl Watkins Jr., Dodrick Bain, Leo,
Rudy, Lyndon, Garland and Darren Whyms, Ivan,
Thomas, Leslie, Paul, David and Blaze Johnson,
Stafford and Bismack Coaldey,Linda Evans, Carmetta
and Carlotta Watkins, Jacqueline Johnson, Valeria
Rolle, Princess Hanfield, Minlee Williams, Princess
Farrington, Helena Cooper, Sharlene and Judy
Whyms, Michelle Stubbs and Stephanile Hepburn,
Sybil Strachan, Flora Hanna, Agnes Burnside, Judy
Chase, Urshula and Cathrine Coakley, Verna Elcock,
Mary Brown, Antoinette Cooke, Jackie Silva, Pauline
Outten, Shirley Gay, Ruth Johnson, Doris Adderley,
Lenamae Adams, Beryl Love and Anna Edgar; a
host of other relatives and friends including: Nurse
Glendina Minus, Nurse Phillipa Farquharson, Mrs.
Garnell Gray and Bethel Baptist Church Family, Dr.
Greta Eneas Carey, Dr. Loxley Munroe, Basil
Johnson, Renae Symonette, Ludell 'Tiny' Ferguson,
Ronnie Griffin, Lucile Williams, Ophelia Munnings
and Family, Sheila Wilson, Karen Cox, Hosea and
Freddie Deveaux of Fort Lauderdale, Martha Walker
of Dania Beach Florida, Palma White, The
communities of Staniard Creek, Fresh Creek and
Lincoln Boulevard, the priests and members of St.
Barnabas Church, Pastor and members of Who So
Ever Will Church of God and many others too
numerous to mention.

Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview
Memorial Mortuary Robinson and Soldier Roads
on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday
from 10:00am to 12 noon at the church from 12:30pm
to service time.


Ivy Veronica Turnquest, 64

of #27 Gulf Course
Boulevard Sea Breeze
Estates died at her
residence on Wednesday
August 5th 2009.

I qus ;Left to cherish her fond
I C r An memories are her Loving
ots D. and devoted husband,
Sa r . l RH J Bernard Turnquest; sons,
Russel Brian and Mark
CTurnquest; grand
daughter, Kathryn
Turnquest; sisters; Adina Gallagher, Ethlyn Stuart,
Ingrid Culmer, Ann Culmer and Mavis Forbes;
brothers, Dr. Leslie Culmer, Dr. Kirkland Culmer,
Sanford Lowell, RH Jr, Stuart, Addison Culmer,
Russell Franks; numerous nieces and nephews and
close friends including, the entire management and
staff of Restview Memorial Mortuary and
Crematorium Ltd. Both Nassau , Bahamas and
Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Funeral Announcement will be announced at a

later date.

- Z

THE WOMEN were on the beach off Hanna Road, near the junction
with Fox Hill Road.

Gang of 12 puts women

through hour of terror

FROM page one

12 of them running in the water in their jeans and shoes,
screaming 'We are going to get you, we are coming for you'
and I just got so scared."
The 32-year-old took her cell phone from the bag she was
carrying and threatened to call the police.
But the gang of thugs were undeterred.
One asked the women for a cigarette, which she gave him,
and when the group still did not back off, the 32-year-old said
she was going to take a picture of them with her camera
She said: "We begged them to leave us alone six or seven
times. We were so traumatised and scared.
"They said they were going to kill us. They said they were
going to carry us in the bush.
"I thought we were going to be raped and killed.
"One of them said he was in a gang with the Haitians and
he was going to kill us, because that's what they do, is kill peo-
"And they were surrounding us, on the rocks, on the beach,
in the water. It was just scary."
The women said they were trapped for around an hour
before the men left. They then waited in the sea for another
45 minutes before they felt safe enough to go back to their car
and drive home.
They had enjoyed a day at the beach near the Blue Water
Cays development the previous weekend when they had
mingled with a friendly group having a cook-out.
But now they want to warn others visiting the isolated
spot to be vigilant.
The 32-year-old said: "I didn't report it to the police after
it happened because I just wanted to go home and recover, I
was so traumatised, and I didn't think they would be able to
do anything about it.
"But I want other people to be aware of it so it doesn't hap-
pen to anybody else because I have never been so scared in
my life."

Former PLP chairman

calls for consultation on

chief justice appointment

FROM page one
consultation by members in
civil society - at the very
minimum by members of the
Bar Association
"For too long we have had
judges come sit on our bench
without any input from our
Bar, without any input from
lawyers, and even without any
input from the wider Bahami-
an community. That certainly
is wrong and does not serve
our democracy well, particu-
larly in light of the fact that
the judiciary is one of the
most important pillars in our
constitutional democracy," he
Asked whether or not the
Bahamas should adopt some
form of public fettering
process as seen in the case of
Justice Sonia Sotomayor in
the United States, Mr Rigby
said that there is clearly some
value in the Bahamas embrac-
ing a similar system.
"Clearly there is value in
that kind of process where
either the nominee comes
before, whether it is the
House of Assembly, or a com-
mittee of the House of
Assembly or whether it is a
committee of the Senate or a
committee of both the Sen-
ate and the House of Assem-
bly. There is certainly a merit
in that kind of process.
"But the point is this, in
order to advance a democracy
one can be a strict constitu-
tionalist and say that because
the power is solely vested in
the PM that he ought to make
the appointment. I am sug-
gesting that mature leader-
ship, recognizing the impor-
tance of the further develop-
ment and the evolution of
ones democracy requires
leaders to sometimes recog-
nize that the power is truly
invested in the hands of the
"And in this regard if we
say that the court system is at
the centre of the strength of
our democracy, then clearly
by now we ought to come to a
position where there is at least
some broad based consulta-
tion on the potential appoint-
ments rather than a judge
being appointed at midnight
and then showing up on the
court and nobody knows it
until you appear before the
court. That is wrong," he said.

As a wider issue, Mr Rigby
said that under today's sys-
tem of selection the public
essentially does not get an
opportunity to know anything
about a judge's temperament,
their intellect, or what their
private bar experience is. In
contrast, he said, the uproar
that was expressed over the
appointment of Rubie Not-
tage to the bench should be
used as an example where at
the very minimum the Bar
Association should be
allowed to make some obser-
vations as to the suitability of
a nominee.
Also, with what is expected
to be two additional appoint-
ments to the judiciary, Mr
Rigby said one has to won-
der how persons are even ele-
vated to the degree that they
are first considered then cho-
sen for appointment.
"We know the purpose of
the judicial and legal service
commission, but when one
looks at what has been hap-
pening post 2007 with the new
appointment of judges on the
supreme court and the court
of appeal, it gives an obvious
impression that there is an
attempt to allow for the politi-
cization of the court system.
"And that is a dangerous,
dangerous, dangerous road
that we are travelling on. We
ought to be looking for those
Bahamians, or if we say for-
eigners, who are qualified
who bring a degree of com-
petence and intellect to the
bench; who understand the
customs of our society and
therefore who brings that
knowledge and their experi-
ence to the bench so that jus-
tice can be seen to be done.
"And I am not satisfied giv-
en almost 15 years that I have
been at the Bar that we are at
the state where we can truly
say that we have a bench
which truly reflects the norms,
the standards, and the values
of our country. And I would
think, that given the critical
crisis that we are in, that we
can't seem to get those who
are accused of serious crimes
to have their matters heard
and determined in a reason-
able period that we ought to
at least as a country be very
concerned about the manner
in which judges are being
appointed to our court sys-
tem," he said.

PAG E 12, F R IDAY, AU G UST 7, 2009


Men's national volleyball team switches two players

By BRENT STUBBS .- � -_. . .
Senior Sports Reporter . .,. .. - . *" ' . L ,

THE Bahamas Volleyball Fed-
eration has switched two veteran
players with two younger ones on
the men's national team heading to
the NORCECA 2010 World Qual-
ifying Tournament.
The team will be heading to
Havana, Cuba on Tuesday and will
be playing out of Pool H against
Cuba, Canada and Surname
through August 16.
The team, managed by Jermaine
Adderley, earned the rights to trav-
el to Cuba after they finished as
runners-up in the second round in
Santo Domingo in June.
Making up the team heading to
Cuba are Glen Rolle, Renaldo
Knowles, Arison Wilson, Muller
Petit, Tony Simon, Prince Wilson,
Jamaal Ferguson, Byron Ferguson,
Ian Pinder, Javari Southard, Romel
Lightbourne and Shedrick Forbes.
Southard replaces setter Audril
Farquharson and Arison Wilson will
be travelling in place of Maurice
'Cheeks' Smith.
"I think it's a very strong team
and I feel they have the capability of
making the next round, which is in
Italy next year," Adderley said. "It's
just up to them to go out there and
Adderley said it's going to be a
challenge for the team.
"It's going to be very high," he
said. "But I really think that with
the team that we have, we should be
able to perform very well. I'm real-
ly excited about the team and the
opportunity that they have to com-
pete at this level."
Pinder, one of the players looking
to make an impact on the team, said
they have just implemented some
new strategies to use and they hope
to have them down to perfection
before they leave.
"It's a little difficult now, but we
re starting to see what the coach is
trying to tell us and we're trying to
get it down pat," Pinder said.
"It gives us plenty options where

Team gets set to head to

NORCECA World Qualifiers

the only player who probably won't
be attacking will be the libero. But
it's a nice solid offence."

If they can execute the plan, Pin-
der said he's confident that the team
can enjoy the same type of success

as they did in Santo Domingo, even
though the competition will be a lot
"We can't go there and fold up
because the players are taller and
hitting harder than we are," Pinder
said. "We have to swing back and
be ready to play."
Without sufficient time to exper-
iment when the tournament starts,
Pinder said it was going to be vital
for whoever steps on the court to

get into the flow of things right
"We just can't wait for one person
to get going," he said. "We have a
bench full of potential players, so
we just have to utilise everybody
and hope that they are all ready
whenever they are called upon."
The Bahamas will open play
against Canada on August 14, fol-
lowed by Cuba on August 15 and
Suriname on August 16.

Jr Boys still winless at Caribbean Junior Volleyball Championships

Senior Sports Reporter

WHILE the girls have a
chance to play in the playoffs,
the boys have virtually been
eliminated from the postsea-
son play in the Seventh
Caribbean Junior Volleyball
On Wednesday at Baie-
Mahault in Guatemala, the
girls dropped their first game
in three straight sets to
Trinidad & Tobago, 25-19,
25-23 and 25-13.
They were 2-1 going into
their last game in the round
robin against Guadeloupe

yesterday in a match that will
determine whether or not
they play in the gold medal
game or the bronze medal
Meanwhile, the boys' team
is still winless, having lost
their third straight game to
Trinidad & Tobgo, 25-19, 25-
22 and 26-24.
But despite going into their
final game against Barbados
today with a 0-3 record, head
coach DeVince Smith said
the players were starting to
come around.
"I think our lack of play
and the fact that this is the
first time these guys are play-
ing at the international level

has contributed to their per-
formance," Smith said.
"I don't have any player
returning from the last team.
So it's an entirely new team.
But every game they played,
they got better and better. So
I think they still put up a
good show, but they just fell
Smith, who is assisted by
Oswald Moore, said the level
of competition was extreme-
ly high and it was obvious
that the teams had been bet-
ter prepared for the tourna-
ment in that they had either
participated in other tourna-
ments prior to going to
Guateloupe or they had their

players in volleyball training
"We just had too many
mental lapses. In our first
game, we didn't get a chance
to padss the ball eventually
to get into our game," said
Smith of their opening 25-13,
25-13, 25-18 loss to French
"We had a lot of service
errors, but the other teams
were a lot more consistent.
Plus, they were bigger than
our guys. So they played a lot
better than we did."
The boys lost their second
game to Barbados 25-18, 25-
23 and 25-22.
Making up the boys' team

are Garry Greenslade (cap-
tain), Joshua Bodie, Loren-
zo Williams, Rhandi Elliott,
Chanucey Cooper, D'Andre
Forbes, Matthew Wert, Kris-
ton Moore, Jon Isaacs, Philip
Sturrup, Dorlan Curtis and
William Mckinney.
The manager is Helena
The girls' team, managed
by Veronica Moore and
coached by Jason Saunders
and Margaret Ablury, com-
prised of the following:
Avoni Seymour (captain),
Q'Jannis Wison, Terae
Sweeting, Janae Saunders,
Kendra Dawkins, Alicia Mus-
grove, Irina Key, Deandrea

Outten, Liyah Davis, Sydline
Justilien, Leandra Armbris-
ter and Jessica Francis.
After beating Barbados
(25-20, 25-20 and 25-23) in
their opener and Martinique
(25-23, 25-19 and 25-20) in
their second game, the girls
lost their third game to
Trinidad & Tobago (25-19,
25-23 and 25-13).
"I think they have a very
good chance of medaling,"
said DeVince in assessing the
play of the girls. "I think all of
the teams are on the same
level of play.
"So once they come out
and play, I think they should
be fine."

Browns' Stallworth

'I am truly sorry'

Associated Press

SUSPENDED Browns wide receiver Donte
Stallworth feels he has done "irreparable
harm" to the family of the man he killed while
driving drunk and said he is ready to accept
whatever ruling NFL commissioner Roger
Goodell makes on his future.
Stallworth, suspended indefinitely by the
league for killing Mario Reyes while driving
drunk in Miami, met with Goodell in New
York on Wednesday about a possible rein-
Stallworth was recently released from jail
after serving 24 days for the DUI conviction.
In a public statement released Thursday,
Stallworth apologized for his actions and
vowed to conduct himself "in a manner that
more accurately reflects who I am and meets
the high standard expected of all NFL play-
"I recognize that there is a difference
between the legal standard in my criminal
case and the standard to which NFL players
are held," Stallworth said. "It is clear that I
exercised poor judgment and caused irrepara-
ble harm to Mario Reyes, his family, the NFL,
its owners, coaches, employees and to my fel-
low players."
Stallworth thanked Goodell for the oppor-
tunity to express his remorse and said he will
accept whatever punishment Goodell hands
"Whatever he ultimately decides is the
appropriate discipline, I will accept knowing
that I have profoundly affected the NFL and
its relationship with the fans of our game,"

THIS is a Jule 16, 2009, file photo showing
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stall-
worth in a Miami-Dade County courtroom, in
Miami, Fla.

Stallworth said. "I jeopardized the honor and
privilege that I have been given to be an NFL
player and to play for our fans. I am truly
The league has given no indication when
Goodell will rule on Stallworth, who struck
and killed Reyes on March 14, just a few hours
after drinking at a Miami Beach club.
Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126,
above Florida's .08 legal limit.

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Camp draws to a close
FROM page 15
Today, as the camp come to a
close, they will compete in karate
and judo as well as a talent segment.
In keeping with the national
colours, the campers were grouped
into houses that were either gold,
aqua, white or black. Competition
was staged based on their houses.
Wood said the Ministry was quite
pleased with the support they got
from all of the national federations
and associations, as well as both the
men and women national volleyball
teams, who helped out significantly
with the smooth operation of the
Pattianna Evans, one of the
youngsters who participated in track
and field yesterday, said the camp
had been very good and she enjoyed
"The camp is nice. I like it. I liked
all of the activities," said nine-year-
old Evans, who will be entering
grade six at Albury Sayle. "I came
first three times when I ran today. I
wished I could run again."
Wood, a Senior Sports Officer
and former multiple national team
member, said the camp was benefi-
cial in that it provided an opportu-
nity to look at some of the raw tal-
ent available in the country.
She said the only thing left now
was for the school physical educa-
tion teachers, many of whom were a
part of the camp, to enhance on
their skills when schools open in

'Choo Choo' heads

to Denmark

FROM page 15
try behind you, the only thing you
can do is succeed," Mackey said.
Michelle Minus, promoter of
First Class Promotions, said since
Mackey was preparing to defend
his Commonwealth title against
African Charles Aduma, they
wanted to make sure that he is ful-
ly prepared for the task ahead of
"We know that Charles is a little
above the level of Michael Gben-
ga," said Minus of the African,
whom Mackey defeated on points
to win the title on July 19, 2008 at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
"So these are the things as time
goes on that you will be seeing as
we try to lift his career and to get
him ready for hopefully a world
title shot. We just want to make
sure that he's prepared for what's
ahead of him."
Eventually if Mackey wants to
establish himself as a world con-
tender, he will have to face a cali-
bre of fighter like Kessler, so
Minus said it was important for
him to get used to sparring against
that type of competition now.
While his coach Ray Minus Jr.
will be making the trek with him
for the first week, Dundee Jr. is
scheduled to join Mackey in the
last part of the trip.
"I know I'm going to miss the
wife and school is going to be
opening up, so I won't be here to
see the kids off for the first day of
school," said Mackey, of his wife,
Shetara and his children Jermaine
Jr. and Gemaine.

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Offseason highlights

Sports Reporter

When I was a kid, summer was always a bittersweet time for me.
Sure there was the list of standard givens that made it great - no
school, no home-work, nothing more to worry about than hanging
out, Playstation, getting into manageable amounts of trouble.

But the summer also comes along with a
huge void of all the sports that meant some-
thing to a young rambler. There was no
NBA, no NFL, no NCAA Basketball or
Football, and other than a once a month
wrestling or boxing pay-per-view, Sportscen-
ter was bombarded with constant baseball
No disrespect to the game, but there's only
so many replays I can watch of Jim Edmonds
making a diving catch in the outfield, a rou-
tine double play, or someone hitting a home-
run into rows of empty seats.
It's just not that entertaining.
What I know now and what I didn't know
then, was that the those months were the
catalyst for the watershed moments that
took place during winter fall and spring.
What I didn't know was that the off season
was the place where championships were
wn Ic.cccies renewed and faith restored.
\\ iii I 1 return of the Ramblings after an
. \ ns il I I three month hiatus, I get to be total-
lI 11t1ub|.c.iile and relive the greatest off seasons
SsIh !,p.i,,i few years.

/I ."\.ry
(1i.M g up watching college hoops I
ihii. ii Kentucky basketball was the best
I ih- ,iii there that didn't involve a trans-
it I mII- .*bot or special counter-terrorist task
I .i,. Al Ii r beginning his career with a nation-
. i ih.limiip. nship, Tubby Smith, received pres-
i ii Ii. ,m many UK fans, who believed that his
iii.ill1.11 II reach a Final Four appearance in
I,111 .ii uine seasons was well below UK stan-
,I., 1, , 1! h longest drought is the longest of any
o . i.,h in I iK history.
()n 22, 2007, Smith resigned his posi-
i, - i lI i l Head Coach to accept the head
Co . ..I!i p 1i.ion at the University of Minnesota.
1 i. i li!ly Gillispie era began the very next
,s. .1 i.u lu Gillispie's first season as coach, the
\\si !.CI wivent 18-13.
In l~i, ,.cond, Gillispie went 19-12 with an
N-s ( 'ini . ience record. UK missed the NCAA
liii ns. ii. l for the first time in 18 years and
pl,!. , s in i he NIT.
F., I I1K to play in the NIT is unbelievable,
ii I iik.. Barack Obama moving to the
I ;. h.. ii.I.., running for some union president
,poi ii , l i. sing.
I11 I.1 lie breaking point for the entire Big
I nI.I . 11.11i r .

Shel moment:
()n i.ich 31, 2009, former UMass, New
k ,Is .\ N,.is and Memphis head coach John
( .ilip.ii became the next head coach at the
I 1'K i Ii .n eight-year deal worth $31.65 mil-
,iin ( .ihip.iri didn't come to Lexington alone,
li. bi. I - i.ii the Calvary with him
HLI iL. i' Ic list of Kentucky's 2009 recruiting
SI. 'i \\ ill, point guard, No. 1 overall

2 I ). MN i cus Cousins, power forward, No. 2
SLi. .dii pi spect
SI ).iiii I )rton, center, No. 22 overall

4 Ei C I k dsoe, point guard, No. 23 overall

5. Jon Hood, shooting guard, No. 40 overall,
"Nh Basketball" from Kentucky
. I )arnell Dodson, small forward, transfer
I I Ii Miami Dade Community College

-Ann: Apw-

in'. L , iw.n than not, you never fully realize its
._c..ii, '.- in the moment. It's like the perfect
i. 1,n I . tween a good rack of lamb, college
. iu MI 1. iii jouvert. Then again what fun would
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In a word...Jailblazers. Cellphones were
stolen, people were fighting, getting arrested,
smoking, dogfighting, you name it and the
Blazers were doing it.
It started well before but I remember think-
ing that the bottom fell out when Mike Dun-
leavy was fired, and replaced with Maurice
Steve Smith was traded to the Spurs for
Derek Anderson and for some inexplicable
reason, Bob Whitsitt, one of the worst GM's in
NBA history signed Ruben Patterson. Bear in
mind, at the time this was the same guy who
had previously pled no contest to a felony sex-
ual assault charge, and was required to register
as a sex offender. Yes, that's right. We signed a
registered sex offender. How could anyone
think that was a good idea! It was too much for
Sabonis, he just left the team and retired after
being disrespected by Rasheed Wallace
It got worse. Wallace, Damon Stoudamire,
and Qyntel Woods, were arrested for marijua-
na possession.
Woods pleaded guilty to first-degree animal
abuse for staging dog fights in his house. Wal-
lace was suspended for seven games for threat-
ening a referee. Zach Randolph and Patter-
son got in a fight during practice. Police found
marijuana in Stoudamire's home in an illegal
search, and Bonzi Wells said to Sports Illus-
trated "they [fans] really don't matter to us.
They can boo us every day, but they're still
going to ask for our autographs if they see us on
the street."
Finally, in 2004, the Blazers missed the Play-
offs, ending a streak of 21 straight appearances.

The Moment
Draft night, 2006. The Blazers worked hard-
er than a freshman trying to unhook a bra for
the first time. They made seven draft day
trades, two of which changed the fate of the
Brandon Roy was selected by the Minneso-
ta Timberwolves as the sixth overall pick, but
then traded to the for the draft rights of Randy
Foye. I still can't say it without smiling....then I
remember we picked Greg Oden over Kevin
Durant and the smiling stops...immediately.
LaMarcus Aldridge was drafted second over-
all by the Bulls, only to have his draft rights
traded to the Blazers for Tyrus Thomas and
Viktor Khryapa. Right now the starting five
in Portland could be Andre Miller, Randy
Foye, Martell Webster, Tyrus Thomas and
Greg Oden. The ceiling for that team is about
35-40 wins. Roy went on to win Rookie of the
Year, two All-star selections, All-NBA Sec-
ond Team, while Aldridge averages 18 and
seven. Great job front office, we had one good
draft after a franchise long history of colossal
blunders, but if Roy and Aldridge deliver a
championship to the Rose Garden, all may
be forgiven.

Trent Green, Cleo Lemon, John Beck.
That's not a list of boy band members. Those
were the starting quarterbacks for the Dol-
phins in 2007. The Fins were so terrible they
were exiled out of the country to play the
Giants in London's Wembley Stadium. The
losses kept piling up, and the Dolphins finally
ended a 16 game losing streak when they beat
the Ravens at home and finished 1-15.

The Moment
Late in the 2007 season, Bill Parcells was
named Executive Vice President of the Dol-
phins football operations. Faith was immedi-
ately restored. About two minutes after the
season ended, Parcells fired general manager
Randy Mueller, and shortly thereafter Cam
Cameron was fired along with almost all of
his staff.
Tony Sparano was hired as the new head
coach, who was previously an assistant under
Parcells during his days as the head coach of
the Dallas Cowboys and the front office moves
They took Jake Long with the first pick of
the 200R draft and drafted quarterback Chad
H, n i. ith their second round pick for a sec-
,inl o ,iecutive year.
Al is. ihe New York Jets traded for Brett
F.ii .ind released quarterback Chad Pen-
miir-i[i ihe same day, the Dolphins signed
IPL n i in-i on, who was a former Parcells draft
pI)iCk . ,I gave the Dolphins two Chad's on the
i . Li .1 foolproof strategy.
A \. .ii after going 1-15, the Dolphins com-
pIk isl . 10 game turnaround a rookie coach,
"i isi .1 i w quarterback and new offence. They
K C.,L - only the second team (1999 Indi-
.,.,.'p ih Colts) to make such a leap.
M .11111. five straight games and nine of their
l.ii I .,inid returned to the playoffs for the
11 Mi I!ns. in seven seasons.
11 ".., the Dolphins' first AFC East title
iic.. 2, n 0. And that is what you call a nearly
p!. i I..I .>ff season...If we ignore the 2008
( ,,. ii,"

I Iii. iI ings me full circle to this off-season,
p.1u I cul.ily in the NBA. Artest to the Lakers,
Mi.n! i, ihe Cavs, Vince Carter to the Magic
.n id I li. 2010 off season with LeBron, D-Wade,
( lii i I ,sh and Amare as free agents for next
,L.i,,, ihe landscape of the NBA for next
S1 L \ .11 .s could be changed. It extends much
lul uhi I h ian sports. A great off season can
CI.inic anythingg. After the Jon Kerry lost in
2, 11.4 I li. Democrats had the greatest political
"I ! ,.i,' n ever when they discovered the
p. 1l i.1.i of a young Senator from Illinois. We
.i l L, hi w that worked out. The FNM had an
*II! '.is in 2002 when they lost the general
I'. ,i ,i with Tommy Turnquest at the helm.
In 111 h. , l season Hubert Ingraham came back
.'i i'. .ii l and the FNM rolled back into pow-
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'Choo Choo' heads to Denmark

Senior Sports Reporter

WITH a world ranking in hand, Jermaine 'Choo
Choo' Mackey is now packing his bags and heading
to Denmark to train for his British Commonwealth
title defence.
Mackey, who was recently awarded the 24th spot
on the World Boxing Council's super middleweight
divisional rankings, has until August 17 to report to
Denmark for a three-week training session with
WBA world champion Mikkel Kessler that will end
on September 5.

"I'm excited, can't wait because it's a world of
knowledge that I will be getting from this training
session with this top ranked competitor, who is one
of the top fighters in the world," Mackey said.
"I'm pretty excited and just waiting to go there
and do my part. I have a chance to spar with one of
the best in the world. So I know it's going to be
The trip has been arranged through Mackey's
management team that includes First Class Promo-
tions, headed by Ray and Michelle Minus and Ange-
lo Dundee Jr. out of Florida.
Coming from such a small island with a ranking in
the WBC, Mackey said the trip will definitely boost
his confidence as he prepare for his Commonwealth

title defence on Saturday, October 31.
"I've been in Berlin, Germany before, but I've
never been as far as Denmark," Mackey pointed out.
"This is something that I couldn't planned or some-
thing that I could foresee.
"So hats off to my management team, the Minus-
es and Angelo Dundee, I think it's a great dynamic
team," said Mackey, who also thanked his spon-
sors, V8 Splash, Nautilus Water, Prime Bahamas
and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
"I want to thank everybody because I know I
have the country backing me up and with the coun-

SEE page 14

Right: Camp
Director Oria 'Big
O' Wood (middle)
enjoy the action as
the Ministry
of Youth, Sports
and Culture
campers compete
in track and
field yesterday.

BELOW: A com-
petitor crosses the
finish line at the
Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Cul-
ture's track and
field meet yester-
day at the Thomas
A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium.


lined up by
instructors as
they get set to
compete in relay
events at the Min-
istry of Youth,
Sports and Cul-
ture's Summer
Youth Camp yes-
terday at the
Thomas A. Robin-
son Track and
Field Stadium.

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AFTER more than a month of
hosting hundreds of youngsters, the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture's annual Summer Youth Camp
will come to a close today at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Camp director Oria 'Big O' Wood
said since they got started last month
at the various venues at the Queen
Elizabeth Sports Centre, they had an
enjoyable time teaching the future
stars about the basics of the sport-
ing disciplines on a daily basics.
"We had a few problems with
administration, but after we were
able to work them out, the Ministry
tried to hire as many instructors this
year as they could with the funds we
had," she said.
"I think we did a good job because
everybody was able to make some
money. It might not have been what
they had expected, but the money
was spread out across the board very
After starting out with more than
400 instructors, Wood said they even-
tually reduced the list to just over
200, which was able to cater to the
1,500-plus campers.
"We had a very good camp. We
had over 200 kids alone in the kiddies
corner, which ranged from 3-7 years
old," Wood said. "They were taught
by the professional physical educa-
tion teachers, who took them through
daily exercises and their routines for
the various sports."
As for the regular campers, they
were engaged in swimming, basket-
ball, volleyball, softball, baseball and
Yesterday, the campers paertici-
pated in track and field golf.

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Business Reporter
GALLERIA Cinemas is to spend
almost millionn upgrading seating,
and introducing digital film and 3-D
digital technology, the company's CEO
has announced.
The move comes as the economic

U Digital film, 3-D digital
technology to be introduced

downturn has left movie house absorb-
ing supply side costs.
Chris Mortimer said business has
remained relatively flat since the onset
of the global financial crisis, which he
also attributes to the blend of prof-
itable and non-profitable film.
According to him, some movies
missed by this country because of strict
regulations by Bahamas Plays and

Films Control Board marginally
impacted recent movie goer numbers
this year.
"The economic environment isn't
one that allows it to be a great year, but
it hasn't been a bad year," he said.
"What we've done more of is absorb-
ing more supply based in creases to
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Business Reporter
THE OWNER of Gray-
cliff resort, restaurant and
humidor said yesterday the
public relations his proper-
ty received from the visit
of Miss Universe contes-
tants greatly outweighed
the costs associated with it.
Enrico Garzaroli told
Tribune Business that the
exposure from internation-
al and local media meant
more for the Graycliff than
the expenses of preparing
the three-course lunch
menu of sweet potato
soup, fresh beet with goat
cheese and figs and salmon
trout with Mediterranean
According to him, Gray-
cliff might make a return
form the beauty contes-
tant's visit - though he's
not too concerned.
"It's nothing to talk
about," he said.
"At the end of the day
we might even break even.
We saw that as technically
only the restaurant.
"We wanted to do some-
thing different not really
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Business Reporter
Nassau Harbour could
commence next week,
according to a chief engi-
neer at the Ministry of
The announcement
comes as more and more -.
questions arise concern-
ing the project which calls "
for the extension of
Arawak Cay, and prompt-
ed a town hall meeting
hosted by the Ministry of - s
Works yesterday.
Robert Garaway told
Tribune Business that the
actual dredging work will
tentatively begin August
13 after preparation
works, which include the installation of pipelines to
carry dredged fill to Arawak Cay, a retention pond
and the Environmental Management Plan (EMP)
have been fully completed.
The dredging company has begun staging of the
pipelines that will move the unearthed material to
the holding pond on Arawak Cay.
Mr Garaway said recently the start of the dredg-
ing is not being delayed because the almost 1,000
page document is being reviewed as was previous-
ly thought.
According to him, strict final approval has not
been given to the EMP as yet because the document
will change throughout the course of the project.
As dredging commences, the company will have
to ensure that an acceptable amount of turbidity is
maintained in the harbour.
Turbidity control measures have already been
put in place for other aspects of the two-sided pro-
ject which also includes the Arawak Cay extension.
Concern has been mounting over the transfer of
the Downtown container port to Arawak Cay due
to the Government's lack of transparency on the
public/private deal.
Opposition Senator Jerome Fitzgerald has been at
the forefront of the information gathering, calling
for the Government to release all details on the
port relocation.
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FROM page 1B
ensure that it remains an inexpensive
option for people to come out and so
that's been able to help us drive con-
sistent business throughout the down-
turn. "
Mr Mortimer said the company's e-
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"We had to stop the e-card growing
too fast because controls were not in
place to deal with it," he said.
With the planned upgrades will come

more peripherals to accommodate the
growing e-card subscriptions and incen-
tives for the programme such as online
ticket purchases, movie listings and
"This gives us an opportunity to deal
with them on a more one-to-one fash-
ion," said Mr Mortimer.
"Not just their ability to get tickets
but free events and see it first events.
"We want to focus on our loyalty
He added that investment in infra-
structure will not mean erection of new
According to him, horizontal growth
within New Providence could mean
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FROM page 1B


ter had "changed the rules of the game" regarding the
Arawak Cay port's financing, that it might withdraw its
support for the project if further details appeared in the
With the relocation will come the revitalization of the
city centre, which has been said will be expedited by the
removal of container traffic from that area.
However, questions remain as to what will happen to the
properties vacated by the shipping companies which will
seemingly be extended by the Government's plan to create
a pedestrian vista of Nassau Harbour along the waterfront.
Mr Fitzgerald contends that the shipping companies will
not lose as much as they will gain with the movement to the
new port.
According to him, the Prime Minister's assertion of a
huge loss to the companies shows "naivety."
"He must understand that the people are paying for the
extension while they are giving the land (on Arawak Cay)
free of charge," he said. "This is best the deal ever. It
couldn't be any better."

And he lamented that the cost of
building is substantial.
However, Mr Mortimer said the
movie house could add new screens in
the future.
Galleria has taken advantage of the
burgeoning Bahamian film market by
often showcasing local films at special
days and times and has partnered with
the Bahamas International Film Festi-
val (BIFF) to feature independent
"BIFF does weekly programme art
type films," said Mr Mortimer.
"We want to get art film goers
engaged and our thing is we partnered
with them because there are a num-
ber of people who said 'why don't you
guys bring in art films'."

Pageant contestants

visit Graycliff resort,

restaurant and humidor
FROM page 1B
meant to make money, but to have the girls enjoy them-
Mr Garzaroli said for him, the public relations side of
the visit was the most important.
This is in-keeping with the sentiment of the hospitality
industry and the tourism's big picture. They both believe
the Miss Universe competition provides an priceless por-
tal for exposure of the Islands of the Bahamas.
The contestants recently visited the Compass Point resort
for lunch and have scheduled visits to Grand Bahama, Bimi-
ni and Harbour Island.
Miss Universe contestants raved about the Graycliff prop-
erty and food as they toured the outer grounds and humidor.
"Everybody enjoy everything and laughed a little, taking
pictures of everything pictures by the pool," said Mr
"It was a little bit like a day of getting the mood of the
"Maybe they will feature some stuff and they will remem-
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As jobless claims slide,

layoffs may slow further

AP Economics Writer

In a positive sign for the
economy, companies are laying
off fewer workers as they pre-
pare to ramp up production to
replenish their depleted stock-
piles of goods.
Many analysts pointed to
Thursday's drop in jobless
claims as evidence of a trend
signaling fewer job losses in
coming months, particularly
compared with the flood of lay-
offs earlier this year.
Still, job openings remain
scarce. And most economists
expect the unemployment rate
to keep rising to 10 percent or
higher by the end of this year.
On Friday, the government will
report the July unemployment
First-time claims for jobless
benefits dropped to a seasonal-
ly adjusted 550,000 last week,
down from 588,000 in the pre-
vious week, the Labor Depart-
ment said Thursday. The four-
week average of claims, which
smooths out fluctuations,
dropped to 555,250, its lowest
point since late January.
"The lower claims figures are
an important economic devel-
opment and confirmation that
the economy is turning the cor-
ner," Joseph LaVorgna, chief
U.S. economist at Deutsche
Bank, wrote in a note to clients.
Fewer layoffs could help
boost consumer sentiment.
That's because those who are
spending less now for fear of
losing their jobs could grow
more confident. If they start
borrowing and spending more,
it would help invigorate the
economy. Many economists say
an improved job market could
be evident in the unemploy-
ment report to be issued Fri-
day. LaVorgna, for example,
has cut his projection of job
losses for July to 150,000 from
325,000. That would be the
fewest since last July.
Overall, analysts expect the
report will show the unem-
ployment rate rose to a 26-year
high of 9.6 percent last month,
up from 9.5 percent in June,
according to survey by Thom-
son Reuters. Employers are
forecast to have cut 320,000
jobs in July, the survey found,
down from 467,000 in June and
from an average of 645,000 in
the six months from November
to April. But many economists
think the July job losses will be
smaller. Dean Maki, chief U.S.
economist at Barclays Capital,
expects Friday's report to show
a 275,000 drop in payrolls.
Analysts generally expect
production to ramp up in the
July-September period as man-
ufacturers restock shelves and
Layoffs in the construction
industry should also decline,
Maki said, because home build-
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consulting firm that helps find
jobs for laid-off professionals.
In many cases, these companies
have managed to boost the pro-
ductivity of their diminished
staff. "You can only maintain
that level of productivity for so
long before you wear out your
work force," Saam said.
Other figures out Thursday
indicated that jobs are still
scarce. The number of people
who are continuing to claim
unemployment benefits rose by
69,000 to 6.3 million, after hav-
ing dropped for three straight
weeks - evidence that the
unemployed are having diffi-
culty finding new work.
The figures for continuing
jobless claims lag behind those
for initial claims by a week.
When emergency extensions
of unemployment are includ-
ed, the total jobless benefit rolls
climbed to a record 9.35 mil-
lion for the week ending July
18, the most recent period for
which figures are available.
Congress has added up to 53
extra weeks of benefits on top
of the 26 typically provided by
the states.
Despite the decline in new
jobless claims, they remain far

"The lower
claims figures are
an important
development and
confirmation that
the economy is
turning the

Joseph LaVorgna
lows. Spending on residential
construction rose in June for
the first time in more than three
years, the Commerce Depart-
ment said Monday.
"We think the trend is
toward smaller and smaller job
cuts" until the last three months
of the year, Maki said, when
employers may actually add
jobs -which hasn't happened
since December 2007.
Many companies have cut as
many workers as they possibly
can while still maintaining an
adequate output of goods, said
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30, 2009 photo,
a job seeker
enters a job fair
in San Jose,
Calif., Tuesday,
June 30, 2009.
The government
says the number
of newly laid-off
workers filing ini-
tial claims for
jobless benefits
fell sharply last
week, largely due
to changes in the
timing of auto
industry layoffs.

above the 300,000 to 350,000
that analysts say is consistent
with a healthy economy. New
claims last fell below 300,000
in early 2007. Separately, many
retail chains reported sluggish
July sales Thursday as con-
sumers proved reluctant to
spend. Mall-based chains, such
as Macy's Inc. and teen retailers
Abercrombie & Fitch, were the
hardest hit as shoppers focused
on necessities. Financial mar-
kets fell in afternoon trading.
The Dow Jones industrial aver-
age dropped 24 points, or 0.27
percent, while broader stock
averages also declined.
The recession, which began
in December 2007 and is the
longest since World War II, has
eliminated a net total of 6.5 mil-
lion jobs. More job cuts were
announced this week. The pub-
lisher of the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel said it would slash 92
jobs as the current advertising
slump continues to ravage the
newspaper business. Elsewhere,
about 6,000 General Motors
Co. blue-collar workers have
taken the latest round of early
retirement and buyout offers.
But GM wants to cut about
13,500 workers, setting the
stage for more layoffs.

WHAT HAPPENED: The government said Thursday
that initial jobless claims fell to 550,000 last week
from 588,000 the previous week. While still high,
new claims have dropped by about 50,000 in the
past month.
WHAT'S IT MEAN?: Initial jobless claims track
layoffs, so many economists see the drop as evi-
dence that companies are cutting fewer jobs. Many
businesses have cut inventories so low that they're
expected to ramp up production to restock their
Not yet. Economists expect the jobless rate will rise
to 9.6 percent when the government issues its July
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320,000 jobs in July, economists say, down from
467,000 in June and an average of nearly 700,000
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Collecting Social

AP Personal Finance Writer

Many Americans are
living on the edge
these days, and that means
more are opting to take Social
Security early. The potential
consequences for them down
the road are troublesome.
Applying for benefits as soon
as eligibility begins at age 62
obviously brings an immediate
payoff in the form of monthly
checks that won't stop until you
do. Who knows if you will live
long enough to come out ahead
if you delay? The downside is
locking in smaller amounts for
life at a time when people are
living longer and retirement can
last for decades. For that rea-
son, it's best to make deliberate
calculations and give careful
consideration to waiting until
you can collect as much as 75 or

RETIREES RICK CORLEY, left, and his w
front of their home in Moore, Okla., Wed
their retirement savings badly depleted b
the Corleys both applied for Social Securit

80 percent more per check.
Still, a move that should

Legal Notice


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

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 6, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 4th day of September, 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

August 7, 2009




domiciled and late of Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, The Bahamas. deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having

any claim or demand against or interest in the above

Estate should send same duly certified in writing to

the undersigned on or before 11th September, 2009

after which date the Executor having regard only to

the claims, demands or interests of which he shall

then have had notice AND all persons indebted to

the above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or

before 11th September, 2009.

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

for r
in th
up 2
of w

Security early i

tion's chief actuary, says appli-
cations are still running about 7
S.@ ', percent above expectations
because of the economy.
The average age when peo-
*a ple start collecting Social Secu-
rity is 63.6, based on the most
recent calculation. That is like-
ly to drop after this year's bar-
rage of claims is factored in.
Financial planners report
- fielding many more calls from
- clients who are rethinking their
Social Security plans.
Joshua Kadish, wealth man-
. ager at Retirement Planning
Group in Riverwoods, Ill., often
CL has advised clients to delay
- claiming benefits until 70 if
ife Jean pose for a photo in they're in a position to wait that
onesday, Aug. 5,2009. With long. But they're less likely to
because of the stock market, heed that now; he's seeing more
iy benefits when they turned of them put in their claims.
"They've been laid off from
their job and are 62 or older
n be held off as long as pos- and eligible to start drawing it,"
has become a routine step he said. "They see that the
many during the recession. probability of them finding a
he evidence: a big spike in decent-paying job any time
y retirement claims for soon in this environment are
al Security. Through last slim, so they're starting to
k, applications for benefits draw."
e current fiscal year were That was the situation for 64-
3 percent over a year ago. year-old Rick Corley of Moore,
art of the increase is attrib- Okla., who's now living through
le to aging baby boomers his second recession in retire-
the increasing percentage ment and feeling the financial
omen reaching retirement fallout.
after only joining the work Corley didn't agonize over
e en masse a few decades whether to take Social Security
But Stephen Goss, the early or wait a few years so his
al Security Administra- monthly checks would be big-

Legal Notice


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

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 6, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 4th day of September, 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

August 7, 2009



Legal Notice


(a) SUPRA INTERNATIONAL LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 6, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 4th day of September, 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

August 7, 2009



comes at

ger. With his and his wife's
retirement savings depleted
badly because of the stock mar-
ket, he simply opted for the first
day he was eligible - his 62nd
birthday. Jean, who like her
husband had retired early in
2000 before the tech bubble
burst, did the same when she
turned 62 a year later.
"We didn't have to make a
decision because I felt we were
forced to take it," said Corley, a
retired pharmaceutical sales-
man. They get $1,100 a month
from Rick's company pension
but could no longer justify reg-
ularly tapping his 401(k), which
has shrunk from close to
$600,000 when he retired to
$135,000 today due to the dot-
com fiasco and more recent
market turmoil.
That left them heavily in
need of Social Security, from
which they receive a combined
$2,300 a month. But their annu-
al income is now more or less
fixed at barely two-thirds of the
roughly $60,000 they had count-
ed on living on.
If they could have waited to
start drawing benefits, the long-
term squeeze would be less-
Social Security checks are
about 25 percent less for each
year you retire before full
retirement age, which is 66 for

a price

those born from 1943-54. After
full retirement age, the month-
ly benefit will increase by 8 per-
cent for each year you delay.
So the Corleys' $28,000
income from Social Security
could have been bumped up to
roughly $35,000 if they'd
delayed taking it until 66, or
more than $46,000 at 70.
The couple, who paid off
their three-bedroom house
before they retired, have had
to reduce spending everywhere,
including downsizing from an
SUV to a small car. They decid-
ed they couldn't even afford
their $750-a-month health
insurance, so they pay as they
go and hope to avoid crises
until Medicare kicks in at 65.
While they are happy and
insist they have no regrets, it's a
preview of the cutbacks and
strained budgets that millions
of other Americans may be
committing themselves to in the
years ahead by taking Social
Security early.
Rick admits he gave no
thought to the size of the
monthly benefit check until it
was too late to do anything
about it.
"We were set for retirement
- or so we thought," he said.

SEE page 5B


ACT 1959

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of JACKSON
McINTOSH of Coopers Town of the Island of
Abaco one of the Island of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.


ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate at Fire
Road on the Island of Abaco one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and designated
as Lot No.9 and being bounded EASTWARDLY by
Lot No.10 now or formerly owned by one Samuel
and Clifford McIntosh SOUTHWARDLY by the sea
at high-water mark WESTAWRDLY by Lot No.8
now or formerly owned by one Thomas and Ezekiel
McIntosh NORTHWARDLY by the sea at high-water
mark which said parcel or lot of land is shown on the
diagram or plan filed herewith and is thereon colored
RED. And ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate
at Fire Road on the Island of Abaco one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and designated
as Lot 14 and being bounded EASTWARDLY by Lot
No.15 now or formerly owned by one Willis McIntosh
and Mable Burrows, SOUTHWARDLY by the sea at
high-water mark WESTWARDLY by Lot No.13 now
or formerly owned by one Henry David and Thomas
McIntosh; NORTHWARDLY by the sea at high-water
mark which said lot of land is shown on the diagram
or plan filed herewith and is thereon colored YELLOW.
And ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate at
Fire Road on the Island of Abaco one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and designated as
Lot 21 and bounded EASTWARDLY by Lot No.22 now
or formerly owned by Andrew, Eulin and Bartholomew
McIntosh. SOUTHWARDLY by the sea at high-water
mark WESTWARDLY by Lot No. 20 now or formerly
owned by Samuel Sr. Samuel Jr. and Clifford
McIntosh; NORTHWARDLY by the sea at high-
water mark which said lot of land is shown on the
diagram or plan filed herewith and is thereon colored
2. JACKSON McINTOSH claims to be the owner
in fee simple in possession of the said land by virtue of
a conveyance form one Ezekiel McIntosh dated the 31'
day of March A.D. 2008 and has made application of the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Under Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act, 1959 to have his
tile to the said land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted by the Court in accordance with the provision
of the said Act. A plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal working hours at the following places.

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Freeport,
Grand Bahama Commonwealth of The Bahamas;
(b) The Chambers of V. Alfred Gray & Company,
Marsh Harbour, Abaco;
(c) The Administrator's Office Coopers Town, Abaco,
The Bahamas.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person or persons
having dower or right of dower or an Adverse Claim or Claim
or recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 6th day of
September A.D. 2009 file in the Supreme Court in the City of
Freeportaforesaid and serve onthe Petitioner orthe undersigned
a Statement or her claim aforesaid on or before the 6th day of
September, A.D. 2009 or it will operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this 22nd day of July A.D. 2009.

#21 Kipling Blvd.
Freeport, Grand Bahama

Attorney for the Petitioner


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52wk-H, 52wk-Low Secunt y Prevous Close Today's Close Change Da,Ily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Y,eld
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11 80 1000 Bahamas Property Fund 11 00 11 00 000 0992 0200 11 1 1 82%
930 6 94 Bank of Bahamas 6 94 6 94 000 0 244 0 260 28 4 3 75%
089 063 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 0 00 -0 877 0 000 N/M 0 00%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0078 0090 404 286%
237 214 Fdelity Bank 237 237 000 0055 0040 43 1 1 69%
1420 1018 Cable Bahamas 11 39 11 35 -004 2,400 1 406 0250 81 220%
288 2 74 Colna Holdings 2 74 2 74 000 0 249 0 040 110 1 46%
7 50 5 50 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 571 5 60 -011 0419 0 360 134 6 43%
478 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 351 3 47 -0 04 0111 0 052 31 3 1 50%
285 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 1 82 1 82 000 0 240 0 080 76 4 40%
820 6 60 Famguard 6 60 6 60 000 0 420 0 240 157 3 64%
1250 10 00 Fnco 10 79 10 63 -0 16 3,650 0 322 0 520 33 0 4 89%
1 71 10 30 FirstCarbbean Bank 10 34 10 30 -0 04 3,655 0 794 0 350 130 3 40%
553 495 Focol (S) 513 513 000 0332 0150 155 292%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 000 0000 0 000 N/M 0 00%
0 45 0 30 Freeport Concrete 0 30 0 30 000 0 035 0 000 86 0 00%
902 550 ICD UtIIties 549 549 000 0407 0500 135 911%
1200 1039 J S Johnson 1039 1039 000 0952 0640 109 616%

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Secu nty Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol Interest Maturity
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 10000 0 00 7% 19 October 2017
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100 00 0 00 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100 00 0 00 7% 30 May 2013

1460 1425 Bahamas Supermarkets 7 92 8 42 1460 -0 041 0 300 N/M 2 05%
8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 4 00 6 25 600 0000 0 480 N/M 7 80%

055 040 RND Holdings 0 45 0 55 0 55 0 002 0 000 261 90 000%
1 3860 1 3231 CFAL Bond Fund 1 3860 240 475 30-Ju-09
3 0350 2 8952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 29047 -1 20 -366 31-Jul-09
1 4817 1 4059 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 4817 3 35 5 38 31-Jul-09
36090 3 1031 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3 1031 -8 35 -13 82 30-Jun-09
12 9801 12 3289 Fidelty Pnme Income Fund 12 9801 2 87 579 31-May-09
101 6693 100 0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 101 6693 1 10 1 67 30 u "n 09
100 9600 931992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96 7398 0 35 -4 18 30-Jun-09
1 0000 1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1 0000 000 000 31 -Dec-07
94733 9 0775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9 2765 2 00 -2 98 30-Jun-09
1 0622 1 0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1 0622 2 56 6 22 30-Jun-09
1 0364 1 0000 FG Fnanclal Growth Fund 1 0243 -084 243 30-Jun-09
1 0585 1 0000 FG Fnanclal D-versfied Fund 1 0585 2 04 5 85 30-Jun-09
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000 00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing pnce
52wk-HI Highest closing pne In last 52 weeks BId $ Buying pne of ColIna and Fidelt
52wk Low Lowest closing pnce In last 52 weeks Ak $ Seling pnce of ColIna and fidelity
Previous Close Previous days weighted pnce for da-ly volu- e Last Price Last traded over-the-counter pnce
Today e o -Cuent days weighted pnce for daIly volume Weekly Vol Trading volume of the pnor week
Change - Change in closing pnce from day to day EPS $ -A company reported eangs per share for the last 12 mths
DaIly Vol Nuber of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 onths N/M Not Meaningful
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(Sl) 3-or-1 Stock Split - Effecve Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 1 RO-YAIFIPDEIITY 242-356-7764 I FO CAPITAkL MARKETS 242-396-4000 1 COLONIAL 242-502-7525

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Hackers attack Twitter while

Facebook also slows down

AP Technology Writer
A hacker attack Thursday
shut down the fast-growing
messaging service Twitter for
hours, while Facebook experi-
enced intermittent access prob-
Twitter said it suffered a
denial-of-service attack, in
which hackers command scores
of computers to a single site at
the same time, preventing legit-
imate traffic from getting
The fact that a relatively
common attack could disable
such a well-known Web site
shows just how young and vul-
nerable Twitter still is, even as
it quickly becomes a household
name used by celebrities, large
corporations, small businesses
and even protesters in Iran.
"Clearly they need a stronger
infrastructure to be able to fight
this kind of attack," said Gra-
ham Cluley, senior technology
consultant at computer security
firm Sophos. Twitter's tech sup-
port teams, he added, "must be
frankly out of breath" trying to
keep up with the site's enor-
mous growth. According to
comScore, Twitter had 20.1 mil-
lion unique visitors in the Unit-
ed States in June, some 34 times
the 593,000 a year earlier.
For Twitter users, the outage
meant no tweeting about lunch
plans, the weather or the fact
that Twitter is down.
"I had to Google search
Twitter to find out what was
going on, when normally my
Twitter feed gives me all the
breaking news I need," said
Alison Koski, a New York pub-
lic-relations manager. She
added she felt "completely lost"
without Twitter.
The Twitter outage began at
about 9 a.m. EDT and lasted a

(AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)
IN THIS PHOTO TAKEN JUNE 28, 2009, Stephanie Waugh, right, watches as her husband Jeremy
Waugh text message a friend, who said he'd meet them at church during Sunday's service at Journey
Church in Orange Park, Fla. The congregation at Journey Church were asked to turn off the ringers on their
phones, but were encouraged to send text messages, or to send status updates on Twitter and Facebook
to encourage friends to join the service online.

few hours. Facebook, whose
users encountered intermittent
problems Thursday morning,
was also the subject of a denial-
of-service attack, though it was
not known whether the same
hackers were involved. Unlike
Twitter, Facebook never
became completely inaccessi-
ble. Facebook said no user
information was at risk.
LiveJournal, a 10-year-old
online diary and blogging site
that has waned in popularity in
recent years, was also the sub-
ject of a denial-of-service attack
that lasted about an hour
Thursday morning, the compa-
ny said.
By early afternoon both
Twitter and Facebook seemed
to be functioning, giving cubi-
cle-bound social media addicts
a collective sigh of relief. Twit-

ter warned, though, that as it
recovers, "users will experience
some longer load times and
Technology business analyst
Shelly Palmer told AP Radio
that denial-of-service attacks
are a reality of the information
age. "People tend to want to
take sites that are very public
and go after them," said
Palmer, managing director of
Advanced Media Ventures
Group. "In fact you'd be sur-
prised how many sites for major
companies are really attacked
on a daily basis. This is a crime,
it's a real crime and it should be
treated that way."
Earlier this week, Gawker
Media, which owns the epony-
mous media commentary blog
and other sites, was also
attacked. In a blog post, Gawk-

er said Tuesday it was attacked
by "dastardly hackers," leading
to server problems that caused
network-wide outages Sunday
and Monday. It was not imme-
diately clear whether those
attacks were related to Twit-
ter's. Thursday's was not the
first - and likely not the last -
outage for Twitter.
Besides planned mainte-
nance outages, overcapacity can
cripple Web sites, especially
such fast-growing ones as Twit-
ter and Facebook.
In fact, service outages on
Twitter once were so common
that management began posting
a "Fail Whale" logo on the
Web site to signal when the ser-
vice was down. The logo fea-
tured a whale being hoisted
above the water by a flock of

Collecting Social Security early comes at a price

FROM page 4B

"I had about $550,000 in my
401(k), the S&P 500 had aver-
aged 13.5 percent for 25 years,
and I was going to take out 8.5
percent a year and live on that
for the rest of my life - and
even have something left over
for the grandkids."
All of this isn't to say that
taking Social Security early is
automatically a bad decision.
Sometimes it's necessary
because of a layoff or other set-
back; other times it may make
sense due to failing health or
limited life expectancy. But it
needs to be thought through
Sue Stevens, a financial plan-
ner who heads Stevens Wealth
Management in Deerfield, Ill.,
says she would ask her clients a
lot of questions before simply
advising them to delay as long
as they can.
"The decision is a little more

complicated than they're prob-
ably aware of," she said. "Do
you have a job? Do you have a
pension? Are you in a pickle
with your assets? Are there two
people involved?"
A good place to start is the
Social Security Administra-
tion's Web site, which has a dis-
cussion on when to start receiv-
ing benefits as well as a retire-
ment calculator (www.socialse- If you
don't have your annual state-
ment from Social Security, you
can find the amount of your
estimated benefit there.
It's important to factor in
how long you might live.
The average life expectancy
of a 62-year-old today is about
86.5 for a woman and 84 for a
man. Those who delay Social
Security until 70 begin to sur-
pass early filers in total lifetime
benefits roughly about the time
they pass 80, according to the
American Academy of Actu-

NOTICE is hereby given that MARJORIE JOSEPH of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 31s day of July, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that MANIO JULES of PRINCE
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 7th day of
August, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, DORINDA SCAVELLA
of Highway Park, off Soldier Road, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change the name to DORINDA
FARQUHARSON. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

If you decide to take Social
Security early but ultimately go
back to work, be aware there's
a penalty if you make too
much. In 2009, half of every
dollar you earn above $14,160 is
deducted from benefit pay-
It's also critical to consider a
spouse's situation and survivor
benefits. Many planners rec-
ommend that the higher earner
of a couple delay taking bene-
fits until 70 while the lower
earner should take them at 62.
The lower earner thus would

enable the couple to start
receiving some early benefits,
and eventually would get the
higher level as survivor benefits.
Many people worry that
Social Security will dry up and
go away before they get what
they're entitled to. Government
officials say that's extremely
unlikely. Indeed, your biggest
risk may be running short on
financial resources in the future.
That's when you want the
biggest Social Security check

NOTICE is hereby given that NEVILLE HIGGINS of
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 311 day of
July, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Mr. Elliot B. Lockhart


Mr. Norwood A. Rolle

are pleased to announce the

opening of their Chambers

No. 35 at Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

Effective Monday the 10th day

of August, A.D., 2009.

Telephone: (242) 322-1282/4
Fax: (242) 356-3371
P.O. Box N-8615
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

- en June 28, 2009,
.Eric Jaffe, pastor of
Journey Church,
sends updates and
Greetings to about a
o dozen people online
During the early por-
Stion of Sunday's ser-
Svice in Orange Park,

SAP Photo/The Florida
- Times-Union, Bruce




TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Directors of
resolved to amend the record date of the declared
Dividend for all shareholders of record as of the close
of business from 31st day of July, 2009 to 14th day of
August, 2009, the same to be payable as of the 14th
day of August, 2009.

RE: Tarpum Bay Commonage Committee.
To all Commoners of the community of
Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, Bahamas whowere granted lots in
Phases 10 - 24 and have not commenced building as yet,
you are asked to contact the officers of the Commonage
Committee as soon as possible in relation to the status
of your grant.

President - Shaun Ingraham - 242-334-4578
Secretary - Deborah Moxey - 242-334-4183
Treasurer - Eugene Carey - 242-334-4180 or


IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
S. G. B. Company Ltd.


IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcels or tract
of land 260 acres more or less situate in the
Settlement of The Bight Long Island one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during
normal working hours at:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Second
Floor, Ansbacher House, East Street, Nassau,
The Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Hanna & Co., Second
Floor, Pond Plaza, East Bay and Ernest
Streets, Nassau N.P., The Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that any person having
dower or right to dower or any adverse claims not
recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 18th
day of September, A.D., 2009, file in the Registry of the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of such claim in the
prescribed form and verified by an affidavit to be
filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file
and serve a statement of such claim on or before the
aforementioned date will operate as a bar to such claim.

3rd Floor, Columbus House,

East & Shirley Streets,
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner




Senate readies fill-up

for 'cash for clunkers'

AP Special Correspondent

Acting with unusual haste,
the Senate readied a $2 bil-
lion fill-up Thursday for "cash
for clunkers," an economy-
boosting program that sent
car buyers storming into for-
merly deserted auto show-
rooms at a pace that quickly
exhausted its $1 billion fund-
The House approved the $2
billion replenishment last
week for the program, which
gives consumers up to $4,500
in federal subsidies for trading
in their cars for new, more
energy-efficient models. A
final Senate vote would send
the bill to the White House,
where President Barack Oba-
ma's signature was assured.
Officials said the additional
money would help consumers
purchase 500,000 more new-
model cars.
The Senate's action capped
an unusually swift response
by lawmakers, who were
informed scarcely a week ago
that the program was quickly
running short of money.
In advance of a final vote,
the bill's supporters worked
to defeat numerous proposed
modifications to the program.
"We all know that if we
change the bill, it will die,"
Senate Majority Leader Har-
ry Reid, D-Nev., told
reporters a few hours before
debate began. "We are going
to do everything we can to
stop that."
Among the proposed
changes was one to place the
car-buying subsidies off-limits
to the wealthy.
As the program stands,
Microsoft founder Bill Gates
can get $4,500 to buy a new
car, said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-
Iowa. "You have to ask, is this
a wise way to spend limited
amounts of money?"
Republicans readied
amendments to terminate the
Troubled Assets Relief Pro-
gram that has spent billions
bailing out banks and other
financial institutions, and to
require the government to sell
its stake in General Motors
Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.
The program began 10 days
ago with $1 billion, designed
to help automobile makers
and consumers while con-
tributing to a cleaner envi-
ronment. The government
said Wednesday that more
than $775 million of the orig-
inal funds has been spent,
accounting for the sale of
nearly 185,000 new vehicles.
Administration officials esti-
mate the extra funding will
last into Labor Day.
Under the program, pas-
senger car owners are eligi-
ble for a voucher worth $3,500
if they trade in a vehicle get-
ting 18 miles per gallon or less
for a new car getting at least
22 mpg. Vouchers of $4,500
are available for owners who
trade in a passenger car get-
ting 18 mpg or less for a mod-
el that gets at least 28 mpg.
There are similar guidelines
for SUVs and pickup trucks.

MARK HENDERSON puts a 1988 Lincoln Town Car, a car from traded in as part of the federal government's "cash for clunkers" program, into
the crusher at Pearl Road Auto Parts Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, in Cleveland. Pressing colleagues to replenish the program, Senate Majori-
ty Leader Harry Reid warned lawmakers they might miss their August vacation takeoff plans Friday if they don't quickly pass the $2 billion mea-

A 1988 LINCOLN TOWN CAR, a car from traded in as part of the federal government's "cash for clunkers" program, is crushed at Pearl Road
Auto Parts Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, in Cleveland.

Dealers are barred from
reselling the old models, and
are charged with assuring
their destruction.
Jeremy Anwyl, CEO of the
auto Web site,
said the unintended result is
that vehicle prices are climb-
ing. "What we've created now
is a shortage for key models,"
he said. "Prices are going up
Hyundai Motor Co. has
added a day of production at
its Montgomery, Ala., factory,
while Ford Motor Co. and
GM are considering follow-
ing suit.
Tom Stephens, vice chair-
man of product development
at GM, said in an interview
that the company has had
spot shortages of compact and
midsize cars, which have been
popular with consumers jet-
tisoning their clunkers. The
company also reported an
increase in sales of the
Chevrolet HHR small sport
utility. "Consumer confidence


is really what you need here,"
Stephens said. "It's hard for
them if they don't know if
they have a job or a for-sure
paycheck to go out and make
a major purchase, so I think
this is kind of jump-starting
some things."
The longer-term impact is
uncertain, but so far, GM's
share of cars sold under the
program is largest, account-

ing for 18.7 percent of new
sales. Toyota Motor Corp. fol-
lowed with 17.9 percent, while
Ford had 16 percent. Detroit
automakers represented 45.3
percent of the total sales while
Toyota, Honda Motor Co.
and Nissan Motor Co., all
Japanese firms, totaled 36.5
Toyota also has the best-
selling new model for traders

IN THIS MARCH 12, 2009 file
photo, Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood testifies on Capitol
Hill in Washington. The Obama
administration is refusing to
release government records on
its "cash-for-clunkers" rebate pro-
gram that would substantiate _
or undercut_ White House
claims of the program's success,
even as the president presses
the Senate for a quick vote for $2
billion to boost car sales.

(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, file)

of clunkers, the Corolla. The
Ford Focus, Honda Civic,
Toyota Prius and the Toyota
Camry are also favorites.
There is one SUV on the list,
the Ford Escape, which also
comes in a hybrid model that
can get up to 32 mpg. Six of
the top-10 selling vehicles are
built by foreign manufactur-
ers, but most are built in
North America.

Petitions for US worker green cards down sharply

The number of petitions from employ-
ers trying to bring foreigners to work
permanently in the U.S. has declined
dramatically over the last two years, an
Associated Press review of government
data has found.
With the nation facing a deep reces-
sion and high unemployment, the gov-
ernment has received about half the
number of employer-sponsored appli-
cations for work-based green cards in
fiscal years 2008 and 2009 than it did in
each of the previous years. There were

almost 235,000 applications submitted
in fiscal 2007, almost 104,000 the fol-
lowing year, and fewer than 36,000
through the first eight months of fiscal
2009, according to data obtained by the
AP. In addition to the weak job mar-
ket, long application processing times,
deep job cuts in sectors that have tradi-
tionally lured large numbers of appli-
cants and more competition from Amer-
ican job seekers have led to the sharp
decline, experts say.
"It mirrors the recession. Employers
aren't hiring as much," said Kristi Bar-
rows, deputy director of the Texas Ser-

vice Center. At the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services' Texas Service
Center in Dallas, would-be immigrant
workers once waited a year or longer
for a decision. Now, with the drop in
applications and addition of staff, the
Texas center has trimmed the average
wait for those petitions and the others it
processes to about five months, a
marked improvement that's still a month
shy of the agency's target timeframe.
The Texas processing center and one
in Lincoln, Neb., handle the nation's
foreign worker applications for perma-
nent residence, known as green cards.

To bring in a foreign worker, employ-
ers must prove that they couldn't find a
staffer in the U.S. who met the mini-
mum requirements for the job, that
they're financially healthy and that they
will pay the prevailing wage. The poten-
tial worker must have specialized skills,
be able to fill a job Americans aren't or
have extraordinary abilities, such as
those of musicians or pro athletes.
In fiscal year 2007, the latest year for
which the statistics were available, most
applicants came from India, Mexico, the
Philippines, China and Korea, according
to the Department of Labor.

0 In brief

Spring and





released by Sprint-Nextel, the
Samsung Reclaim is shown.
Technology Writer

Sprint Nextel Corp. and
Samsung Electronics Co. said
Thursday they will sell a
$49.99 "eco-conscious" phone
with a casing of biodegradable
plastic made partly from corn.
Several manufacturers have
made "green" phones, but
they have generally been
bare-bones devices, like
Motorola Inc.'s Renew, car-
ried by T-Mobile USA. Nokia
Corp.'s Evolve is also a sim-
ple, low-end phone and lacks
the backing of a U.S. carrier.
The new Samsung Reclaim
is a more fully featured
phone, sporting a slide-out
alphabetic keyboard, e-mail
and Web access, a camera and
GPS navigation. The phone
goes on sale Aug. 16.
The plastic of the casing is
40 percent corn-based. The
phone's charger lights up
when the phone is fully
charged, to remind the owner
to unplug it to save electricity.
David Owens, Sprint Nex-
tel Corp.'s director of product
marketing, said the company
is paying more than the usual
amount of subsidies to Sam-
sung to bring the price down
to $49.99 for customers sign-
ing two-year contracts.
"We took a big step to put
it under the $50 price because
that's where we know there's
a lot of volume," he said.
The price applies after a
$50 mail-in rebate.

UAL moving


United Airlines said on
Thursday it plans to move its
operations center from subur-
ban Chicago to the downtown
building that until recently
was known as the Sears Tow-
er. The move will bring 2,800
jobs into the city from Elk
Grove Township, near
O'Hare Airport. The day-to-
day running of the airline hap-
pens at the operations center,
including plane dispatching
and employee scheduling.
The earliest United will
make the move is late next
year. United already moved
its headquarters from the
same area to downtown two
years ago. United now
employs some 16,000 people
within the city limits, Chair-
man and CEO Glenn Tilton
said. United said it is not
using one-third of the space in
Elk Grove Township, and that
updating the 50-year-old facil-
ity might cost as much as $90

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