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Volume: 103 No.16FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2006 PIE-5



NHIi Pensioners could pay
Rim0St as much as those
earnit $1200 er month
Tribune Staff Reporter
PENSIONERS could pay almost as
much as someone with a monthly salary
of $1,200 under the proposed National
Health Insurance play, according to a gov-
ernment brochure.
In its 'Frequently Asked Questions'
information pamphlet on NHI; the gov-
ernment states that "it is proposed that
pensioners contribute $1 per day."
The proposed sttm of $1 would litean
that pensioners could pay up to $31 a
month and more than $360 a year
Employees earmng $1,200 a month wit
be asked to pay $32 into the NHI plan on a
monthly basis just a dollar more than
Persons with an income of $800 will be
asked to pay $21 a month almost $10 less

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Tribune Staff Reporter
BA'HAMIANS who are in
favour of the National Health
Insurance plan, but not at this
time, bre only acting in their own
selfish interests, Prime Minister
Perry Christie said in closing the
debate on NHI in the House of
Asserabil icise rd. \ o.:nine
14 the BIII los an .\ct W estab-
lish the NHI plan was passed in
parliament last night, Mr Christie
charged that "anyone who has
health insurance and thinks that it
is too explosive for lbose who do
not have it to get it, they don't
care about the poor."
"When they say that they sup-
port NHI but not at this time,
they only care about themselves.
We should niake this thing called
National Health Insurance a real-
ity. We.can inake it work, we
must make it work," he said.
The prime minister last night
also sought to disprove what he
described as misconceptions
about the proposed NHI plan.
In many cases, he stiid, misin-
formation about the scheme
"seems to have been introduced
to scare and frighten the Bahami-
an public."
"We shall not allow Bahami-
ans to be misled and bullied into
objecting to something that is
bemg advanced on their behalf
and in everyone's best interest,"
he said.
Responding to the criticism
health insurance systems," Mr
Christie said that this perception
"seems to be partiall\ butil on
falsehoods and misunderstand-

ings and only partially on reason-
able concerns."
He pointed out that the Inter-
national Labour Organisation
(ILO) in its review of the pro-
posal for NHI, stated that the
"continued viability of the pro-
posed NHI scheme after being
inaugurated will depend on man-
agement which must be uncom-
promising as regard< mours such
as compliance alth memberghip
obligations and insistence on pay-
rne nt for medical services inNHI
factinnes by those who fail to join
and contribute;"
Mr Christie said that this need
for "tight management" was also
something that was outlined in
the Blue Ribbon Commission
Report, adding that experts
believe that NHI will bring about
an increase in efficiency of gov-
ernment employees.
"We acknowledge that the cur-
rent National Insurance Board
has room to grow in improving
the efficiency of its operations.
"Additionally, experts are of
the view that NHI has the capac-
ity to be a powerful agent of
change in raising the level of effi-
ciencl and effecut e operations
at the Nanonal Insurance Board
to an even higher plateau," he
Regarding the criticism that the
nationalisation of health insur-
ance has failed m other countries,
Mr Christie cited a long list of
countries, including Argentina,
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cay-
me s anq Frdan ,a na
New Zealand, South Korea,
SEE page 11


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Police called to Bradley Roberts

Govt High School hits out at FNM

TURMOIL continues to cloud Govern-
ment High School as police had to be called to
the scene again after students allegedly
became unruly yesterday, only days after a 14-
lear-old girFwais viciously attacked on cam-
According to reports from Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Reginald Ferguson, police
responded to a disturbance call yesterday
morning. --but what we were made to believe
ivas happening there wasn't actually hap-
pening." he said. However, he did not dis-
close what police were led to believe.
He said only: 'Police were called, I don't
know by who, and responding to some alleged
incident or a disturbance of some kind."
However, one student claimed that a "riot"
erupted yesterday after classes were again
cancelled. "Students were throwing bottles
and fighting and carrying on bad," the student
,According to him, classes ivere cancelled
SEE page 11

THE FNM has rejected initiatives designed
to help impoverished Bahamians for decades,
according to Bain and Grimts Town MP
Bradley Roberts.
He said that despite opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham's decision to lend the par-
ty's support to the National Health Insur-
ance Scheme on Wednesday, even now, the
FNM has not changed.
"The official opposition's position is to and
fro and then backward and forward, sway-
ing like a reed m any direction that the wind
Is blowing.First they said they were against it,
Then they said they were for it, with more
information provided. And then yesterday,
their dysfunctional leader told this parlia-
ment all of the things that could be wrong
about it, but gave no alternative plan --and
then supported it anyway!" Mr Roberts
"What has been so sinister that has caused
the FNM from its inception to preach doom

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MEMBERS of the organisa-
tion Bahamians for National
Health Insurance praised the
opposition and government for
agreeing to pass the "single
greatest social initiative in the
last 30 years''.
Referring to former prime
minister Hubert Ingraham's
decision to support the start
being made to establish a
National Health Insurance plan
for the country, BNHI said that
Mr Ingraham should be praised.
"Today is a red letter day
when we have parliament oper-
ating as it should where the offi-
cial opposition and the govern-
ment agree on the single great-
est social initiative in the last
30 years NHI," co-chairman
Paul Moss said in a statement
released yesterday.
The group also asked for
those in the Coalition for
National Health Care Reform
to join the government in ensur-
ing this plan does not fail.
"This country belongs to all
of us and we must work for the
greater good. We take this time
to thank the former PM and the
FNM for its maturity on this
matter as we believe it is for the
greater good of our country,"
Mr Moss said.
During the parliamentary
debate on the National Health
Insurance Bill on Wednesday,
Mr Ingraham said that the
opposition party believes, along
with "most enlightened people
in today's world" that health
care is a fundamental human
"We also believe that access
to health care ought not to be
determined private wealth
or ability to pay," Mr Ingraham
He said that the FNM will
commit to convening a meeting
with all stakeholders Athe pri-
vatel sured, the uninsured,


and the private and public med-
ical sectors so as to achieve a
consensus on the best and most
effective means of providing
health insurance for all.
The group also thanked the

prime minister for delivering
the NHI plan.
"Even though in our view this
plan is late it is never too late to
do the right thing," Mr Moss



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Man faces


A MAN appeared in Magis-
trate's Court accused of sending
death threats to his police offi-
cer ex-girlfriend as well as post-
ing explicit pictures of her on
the Internet.
Trevor Allen Rose was
arraigned before Magistrate
Renee Mckay at Court six on
Parliament Street yesterday.
It was alleged that on
Wednesday, November 29 Rose
intentionally and unlawfully
threatened to kill a woman.
Rose was also arraigned on
the charge of criminal public
IT was alleged that between
Friday, November 24 and
Wednesday, November 29 Rose
intentionally published images
of the woman via Internet e-
mail without her consent to
"cause damage to her charac-
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Tribune Staff Reporter
Shane Gibson has challenged
anyone who objects to Nation-
al Health Insurance to disclose
their personal wealth.
Mr Gibson claimed this dis-
closure would help advocates
of the plan to better understand
the position of their opponents.
"It would be interesting to
have those persons objecting
to National Health Insurance
being implemented, disclose
their net worth, if they have
health insurance, their hlouse-
hold monthly income and their
place of residence," Mr Gib-
son said.
During his speech to the
House of Assembly yesterday,
Mr Gibson told MPs that the
country is experiencing an
"unprecedented level" of pros-
perity, and that the PLP admin-
istration had brought "hope
and happiness to all" during
their time in office.
The minister told the House
it cannot afford to delay when

it comes to an issue like nation-
al insurance.
In any event, Mr Gibson
said: "It should not be forgot-
ten that the implementation
date is not January 1, 2007. The
passing of this bill provides
framework for ongoing devel-
opment of the process."
The minister said monies col-
lected for the proposed health
plan would not be placed with
the Consolidated Fund, but col-
lected by the National Insur-
ance Board and administered
by the National Health Insur-
ance Commission.
"The commission is vested
by Clause Five (of the Nation-
al Health Insurance Bill) with
several responsibilities includ-
ing the administration of NHI
and to advise the minister
responsible for the scheme.
"Clause Six also mandates
NIB to keep the contributions
collected by it for the NHI sep-
arate and apart from its monies,
and empowers the commission
to exercise similar powers of
investments of its funds as are
statutorily given to NIB."

Mr Gibson stated that NHI
has no "fine print" that will pre-
vent Bahamians from collect-
ing all their benefits.
"Thousands of Bahamians
ran into a brick wall of silence
and.indifference set up by pri-
vate insurers after their homes
and dreams had been demol-
ished in those hurricanes. We
must not allow this to continue
to happen with the health care
needs of our people."
The minister said he did not
question the sincerity of those
persons in the medical profes-
sion who have criticized NHI,
adding however that "it is a fact
of life that there are doctors
out there who refuse to treat
Bahamiaps who cannot afford
to pay."
Mr Gibson suggested that
members of the house should
take pride in the "historic piece
of legislation."
"I feel sure in my heart that
100 years from now, history will
count us worthy of this great
and glorious responsibility that
we now have of passing this
National Insurance Bill."

Tribune Staff Reporter
TRADE unions are now
supporting the proposed
National Health Insurance
Plan, Shane Gibson told
However according one
union boss, that support is
not without reservations.
Yesterday, Mr Gibson
claimed in the House of
Assembly that recently
deceased union leader Pat
Bain had fought for the
same benefits now envi-
sioned under the plan.
He said Mr Bain recog-
nised that not all workers
are fortunate enough to
work for a company which
woidd provide health msur-
ance for them.
Mr Gibson claimed that
most union leaders, includ-
ing himself, have always agi-
tated for "portable health
msurance for members.
The minister explained

th tpspn t r oebrss tru
fear leaving because they
'-;he pp urtan
employers would be imme-
diately discontmued.
Mr Gibson told parliament
that he has spoken with exec-
utive officers in the National
Congress of Trade Unions
(NCTU) and the Trade
Union Congress (TUC), and
that both umbrella trade
unions are now "in full sup.
port" of the national health
insurance plan.

However, when The Tri-
bune questioned John Pinder,
president of NCTU, outside
the House of Assembly yes-
terday about the minister's
claim, he said: "that's not
entirely true." ,
According to Mr Pinder: "We
have told the government that
we agree with the health plan in
principle, but we still need more
consultation to fron out some
The NCTU is apart of the
,National Coalition for Health .
Care Reform, a grouff'bf
employer associations and trade
unions that has criticised ill

government for its lack of con- .
siltation on the plan.
Mr Pinder told The Tribune
that the NCTU would be hold-
ing a meeting next week Tues-
day to decide whether or not
they are going to put their full
support behind the scheme.
Minister Gibson told the
house that he totally silpports
the national health insurance
plan and that "now was the time
to make real the promises of
The Tribune-was unable to a
reach the Trade Union Con-
gress for a response to the min-
ister's claim.

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Gibson: reveal your wealth

Trade unions 'supporting NHI plan'

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htur llda ng is the letter that
Mr Galanis correctly says was
not published when he sent it
EDITOR, The Tribune.
On Monday, November 13th,
The Tribune's journalists have
done their very best once more
to mislead and musinform the
Bahamian. public. In a front
page story headlined "Interna-
tional media portrays Anna
Nicole as 'political blow' to PLP
government The Tribune
News Editor tells how "more
than 130 news organizations
around the world" are reportmg
that Ms. Smith has become a
handicap" and "an election-
season liability for the govern-
ing party.
What that writer is present-
ing to the public is a picture of
many foreign reporters writing
negatively about this situation
here m The Bahamas, in effect
warning Bahamians that the
world is watching and 3.udgmg
us badly.
The truth is, if this reporter
were to be honest, that these
stories he refers to are actually
written by local reporters who
are "stringers" for these news
orgamzations, like Reuters and
the Associated Press. These
local residents, many of whom
are Bahamian-born, are paid by
these news services to report on
local events. Their stories are
then circulated to newspapers
and the broadcast media, and
thanks to the Internet, mstantly
to the world. When these stories
are used, the local writer is cred-
ited by name, so it is obvious
to one and all who has written
them. However, sometimes
these global media use the sto-
ries, br quotes from these sto-
ries, without crediting the
writer, so the reader or viewer
would believe the stories were
written by reporters from those
many different media outlets.
The fact that the story is run-
ning in, as the article says,
Canada, Europe, Austraha,

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I am appalled but not sur-
prised at how well the vitriolic,
illogical Letter to the Editor
that appeared in The Tribune
wagMondsa riD emb ribe
News Editor Paco Nunez, clear-
ly illustrates my contention that
The Tribune can be an unfair,
unbalanced, journalistically dis-
honest newspaper. Where else
would an Editor, who suppos-
edly has very important thmgs
to do, take up valuable space
to attack a letter I wrote to the
Press that The Tribune has ney-
er printed so that readers could
actually read my letter, see what
he was talking about and Judge
for themselves?
And as if this vvasn't ridicu-
lous enough, Mr. Nunez's let-
ter actually spends more time
criticizing alleged mistakes in
grammar and syntax than he
does pomtmg out flaws in my
premise. Or, perhaps, there
were no flaws m my prenuse.
If this is the kmd of training
that John giving
young, gifted Bahamian jour-
nalists, perhaps he not as mter-
ested m producing this cadre of
well-trained professional jour-
nalists as we are being led to
December 6, 2006
Following is Mr Galanis'
November 15 letter that he
complains was not published in
The Tribune. It is true that Mr
Galanis' letter of November 15
was not published. It was writ-
ten in the Editor on November
150%e same day that Prime
Minister Christie opened debate
in th@ House of Assembly on
the National Health Insurance
Although Mr Galanis' letter
was in the queue.for public.
tion, all letters discussing the
national health insurance
scheme were considered far
more important than the Gala-
nis letter and, therefore, they
kept jumping the queue pushing
Mr Galanis' letter further down
the line into future publication.
Mr Nunez saw the letter -
the same one that was awaitmg
publication in The Tribune's
system on a PLP web site
and responded to the letter he
saw there, not the one awastmg
publication in The Tribune's let-
ter queue. We think when our
readers go through Mr Galams'
letter below they will agree with
our decision to hold it for a

China and the U.S.", does not
mean that there are Canadian,
European, Australian, Chinese
and American journalists
camped.out here, each writing
stories that reflect negatively

ent Qui hae o rra ,vi 1
for the most part, members of
our own community who are
writing these negative stories
that are doing, as the article
would have us believe, great
harm in the eyes of the world.
Which brmgs me, yet agam,
to ask how can a Tribune
reporter, supposedly part of the
cadre of journalists that are
being so well-trained by the
eminent Mr. Marquis, attempt
to mislead his readers so bla-
tantly by headlining a story
international media"? Clearly,-
as a member of the small
Bahamian journalistic commu-
mty, he knows who has written
these stories he refers to and
quotes from throughout his
piece. What motive does he
have to spread this kind of
deceptive information and
make the Bahamian public
believe it is outsiders who are
writmg like this about our coun-,
try mstead of Bahamians and
those who live among us?
Contrary to what The Tri-
bune would have us believe, this
issue is not about outsiders
putting negative spms on what is
happening here; the issue is why
are our own people bent on pre-
sentmg a negative view of The
Bahamas to the world? Why
are these stringers or
reporters in the employ of for-
eign news agencies so deter-
mined to undermine the place
they call home and attempt to
destroy what so many have
worked so hard to build up? If
The Tribune had the journalistic
integrity they profess to pos-
sess, that is the question that
should have been asked. But,
unfortunately, because I believe
The Tribune, like these
stringers, does not put a high
priority on the best interests of
the Bahamian people, I don't
think we will see them tackle
that question any time soon.
November 15 2006

TWO LETTERS from Senator Philip Gala-
nis are published in the Letters column on this
e today
pagIn them Senator Galanis shows just how
incredibly dumb he is about the profession of
journalism. He is so innocent about his lack of
knowledge on the subject that he has the nerve
to complain that The Tribune has taken too
long to share his ignorance with our readers.
And so today we give him full vent. He is wel-
come to pontificate on a subject that he obvi-
ously knows nothing about and from a plat-
form that he has no business to be on. The true
journalists among us will enjoy a good laugh.
However, what is of concern about Mr
Galanis' statement is the innuendo heard
from too many politicians of like mind that
a Bahamian reporter is unpatriotic if he objec-
tively reports a story that reflects badly on the
Bahamas. To logically follow this line of rea-
soning a Bahamian reporter must degrade his
profession, compromise his objectivity and lie
-if only to save the reputation of his country.
In other words the onus of protecting the rep-
utation of one's country falls not on the person
whose obnoxious behaviour is dragging it
down, but on the reporter who dares to report
to the world that person's antics.
"Contrary to what The Tribune would have
us believe," writes Mr Galanis in an incredible
statement that insults all honest journalists,
"this issue is not about outsiders putting neg-
ative spins on what is happening here; the
issue is why are out own people bent on pre-
senting a negative view of The Bahamas to
the world? Why are these 'stringers' or
reporters in the employ of foreign new agen-
cies so determined to undermine the place
they call home and attempt to destroy what so
many have worked so hard to build up? If The
7 rd.undhad the journalistic integrity they pro-
feks td possess, that is the tpiestiori that should
have been asked "
The story that upset Mr Galanis was a sto-
by filed from the Bahamas by a Bahamian
reporter about a large bosomed blonde bomb-
shell who was fast-tracked into permanent res-
idency on questionable credentials, while hun-
dreds of more deserving spouses of long-suf-
fering Bahamians have waited for years to
have their status regularized by government.
Journalists did not bring Anna Nicole
Smith, a so-called "celebrity", to the Bahamas.
Journalists did not allow her to sign an affidavit
swearing that she had a clean police record
when there are documents that suggest other-
wise. Journalists did not force a member of
the Bahamas cabinet to brag of her as a close
friend whose permit he would have delivered
in a day if he could have. However, journalists
did pursue an unusual story that exposed much
that was questionable that led to "more than
130 news organizations arolind the world"
reporting that the dizzy blonde had become a
"handicap" and "an election-season liability for
the governing party." The Anna Nicole Smith,

story is far from over. If there is even an iota of
truth to the sip-sip now circulating on the
streets which is yet to be published then
we would conclude that whoever this
"stringer" was who filed the report his/her sto
ry was not far from the mark. The reporter's
job is to objectively report. It is not a reporter's
job to cover up the undesirable,
Mr Galanis believes that the fact that the
Anna Nicole story was written by a Bahamian
somehow diminished the content of that story.
According to him, The Tribune lacked pro-
fessional integrity to report that 130 news
Organizations around the world published the
story. This, he said, gave the impression that
130 reporters of different nationalities from
around the world each filed a story reporting
that Anna Nicole was a "political blow to the
PLP government." Mr Galanis might believe
that, but we credit Mr John Q Public with
more sense.
The PLP government might not be embar_
raised by the Anna Nicole fiasco. However, we
are embarrassed for them and for but country,
but this does not mean that it is the duty of any
reporter to cover up an embarrassing situa-
And now for Mr Galanis' enlightenment.
Most news organizations try to hire natives of
a cotintry as stringersrs" These "stringers", or
reporters, are valuable because they know
their country well, they know all the nuances of
their politics and they can write with authori-
ty on the local scene. They would not be hired
if for one moment senior editors of AP,
Reuters or other news agencies thought they
would compromise the integrity of a report
by twisting the truth as Mr Galanis seems to
imply they should. His argument suggests that
to be true patriots they have a duty to gloss
over the truth for country's sake.
What people like Mr Galanis do not under
stand is that true journalists have no country,
no friends, no family when it comes to objec-
tively reporting the news. TI day that jour
nalists compromise that objectivity is the day
they are shunned by the profession.
And, another bit of information for Mr
Galanis: It didn't take the arrival of veteran
journalist John Marqixis, The Tribune's man-
aging editor, to teach our reporters not only to
be objective, but.also fearless in reporting the
news. That lesson was laid down by Leon Hart-
man Dupuch whe11he founded The Tribune in
1903. It has been a lessdn that has been passed
down the line through three generations. These
journalistic genes grow stronger with each gen-
eration. So if Mr Galanis wants' a whipping
boy for today's news reports, look to Leon
Hartman, not to John Marquis.
And Mr Galanis, if you are so concerned
about the reputation of this country, then we
would suggest you have a quiet word in the ear
of some of your wayward colleagues. If they
didn't make the news, we wouldn't write or
print it.

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE Government has told
lis that the much-vaunted
National Health Insurance
Scheme will do away with the
need for fund raising events
such as cookout, etc, to pay
for treatments, equipment,
etc, as the new "contribu-
tions" will do away with the
necessity for these.
I recently watched the
British movie "Calendar
Girls" whereby a group of
elderly English ladies pub-
lished a calendar in Northerb

England in which they posed
partially clad, for the specific
purpose of raising substantial
funds over a million dollars -
to purchase new and modern
medical equipment for their
local National Health Author-
ity which that organisation
could not otherwise do.
Does this mean that the
same will now be applicable
here and for "Cookouts" sun-
ply substitute "Calendars"?
November 28 2006

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Mr Thompson said Bahamas
police continued to get excel-
lent results in tackling serious
crime, with high detection rates.


Overall crime decreased by
17 per cent during 2005, but
there was an merease in stolen
vehicles, with 900 taken so far
this year, he said.
Housebreaking has risen
from 1,799 in 2005 to 2,264 in
2006 to date. Shopbreakings are
up from 1,100 in 2005 to 1,250
so far this year, he added.
"It should be noted that in
those areas of New Providence
where there are effective neigh-
bourhood watch programmes

crime has decreased immense-
ly," said Mr Thompson.
"Its purpose is to create an
awareness of crimmal activities
in the area, and to encourage
all residents within the area tar-
geted become more
He has also cautioned busi-
nesses about their means of
depositing cash at the bank.
Companies should impose
rules governing the movement
of money and access to it. And
tills should be left empty
overnight, with takings placed m
mght deposit boxes.
Any employee depositing
money at the bank should be
driven to the front door, cut-
ting the robbery risk, he

POLICE expect crimes
against property to soar in the
run-up to Christmas, it was
revealed yesterday.
Householders are therefore
being encouraged to take all
necessary precautions in an
effort to keep the villains at bay.
Crime consultant Paul
Thompson believes neighbour-
hood watch schemes are effec-
tive in controlling crime.
And he has urged property
owners to take "commonsense"
meastires during the Yuletide
season to make life harder for
His suggestions include:
Keeping large quantities of
cash in the bank instead of at
Removing the means of

committing crimes ladders,
open windows, unlocked doors
Using credit cards instead of
Keeping gifts and valuables
in the car trunk instead of on
Trimming shrubbery round
houses to give intruders
nowhere to hide
Installing outside lights and
alarms to frighten off crooks
Fitting cameras and elec
ironic equipment to monitor
comings and goings.
"The police expect property
crimes to increase during the
Yuletide season," said Mr
Thompson, "residents would do
very well to unite in their areas
and take commonsense precau-

*In brief

St Matthew's

ST Matthey's Anglican
Church has announced the
schedule for its Yuletide ser-
Sunday, December 24
(Christmas Eve) there will
be carol singing, the blessing
of the crib, a procession and
First Mass of Christmas,
beginning at 10pm.
Monday, December 25
(Christmas Day) there will
be a mass for children and a
blessing of Christmas gifts
and toys
Sunday, December 31
(New Year's Eve) carol
singing, the mass of the Holy
Name Jesus and the sermon,
beginning at 10pm-
All are invited to attend.

Satellite to
be launched

fdou French
A SATELLITE to provide
broadband Internet services
to rural America and another
to offer TV programming to
viewers in part of the West-
ern Hemisphere will be the
last spacecraft launched from
French Guiana this year, offi-
cials said Wednesday, accord.
ing to Associated Press.
Wild Blue Communica-
tions' WildBlue-1 and SES
Americoni s Americom-18
will be shuttled into space
Friday night *at 7:08 p.m.
(10:08 GMT) by an Ariane-5
launcher, according to Ari
anespace, the commercial
arm of the 13-country Euro-
pean Space Agency.
"Our spacecraft has been
fully loaded ... and is ready
to go," said Monica Morgan
OS Amer Ind .okd
teant has been there over the>
last several weeks, putting the
spacecraft through its final
tests "
TI e launch has been given
the "go-ahead" following
Wednesday's launch readi-
ness review, Arianespace said
in a statement.
It will be the fifth takeoff
from the Kourou launch pad .
this year in the French South
American department, and
its 174th launch since the
European space consortium
was created in 1980. Other
launches this year have
included those of Australian,
French, Japanese, Mexican,
Thai and Ameripati satellites.


MPAUL Thompson

tions to avoid being victims of

Pinewood's concerns with
respect crime issues," Wood-
side said. "Crime affects every-
one We are either affected as
victims of crime or we know
persorts who are perpetrators
of crime. Our position m the .
association is to be a part of the
solution and not a part of the
According to Mr Hanna, a
commumty should make an
effort to rehabilitate and
redeem those who have fallen
through the cracks.
This, he said, can be achieved
by educating the boys while still
celebrating the achievements of
young women, who contmue to
excel by comparison.
Mr Hanna encouraged the
; residents to form partnerships
with schools, churches, civic
groups and the police, as well
as creatmg a crune watch m the
coH h u ge that
someone from withm thyFNM
Pinewood Association should
be selected to liaise with police
on a weekly basis to follow-up
oxi the policing plan for the
Mr Woodside commented:
"I am a keen supporter of
'people power' and creating
partnerships with the police.
Pmewood has had its share of
criminal activities that made
"Iain concerned about the
young people in Pinewood and
I want to send them a message
that the police are hot their ene-
my. The police is their friend is
there to help and assist them,
but more importantly, to pro-
tect them," he said.
"I want to send a message to
the Pinewood people at large
that we are in the business of
looking for solutions, not seek-
ing to enhance the problem. We
do support what Superinten-
dent Hanna has recommended,
whereby the community can
takea stand, and in doitig that,
seek to find ways to combat
crime for the betterment of
their own safety, their own chil-
dren and their own communi-
ty," he said.

MEMBERS of the public
were challenged to hold the
police accountable for the man-
agement of crime not only
their community, but across the
entire country.
This, according to Chief
Superintendent of Police Hulan
Hanna, would be indicative of a
community- that truly exempli-
fies "people power".. .
He was speaking at a crime
prevention forum organized by
the FNM Pinewood Con-
stituency Association to inform,
educate and protect it against
this common scourge.
Within the past year the com-
munity of Pinewood has been
beset by three murders and a
spate of serious crimes.
Mr Hanna challenged
ple power in the fight against
crime while partnering with the
Ro lal haadmdedP mFo e
for the establishment of activi-
ties to engender good charac-
ter in young persons who hve
in the area.
MR Hanna also recommend-
ed the launch of youth groups
such as youth bands, summer
youth programmes and partici-
pation in structured after-school
programmes such as the Boys
and Girls Brigades.
He further advised more
usage of public parks for recre-
ational activities, suggesting that
they seek persons who are will-
ing to work as part-time volun-
teers with the Pinewood youth,
The forum was hosted by the
FNM's prospective candidate for
that constituency, Bryan Wood-
side. Also in attendance was
Branville McCartney, the FNM's
prospective candidate for the
Bamboo Town Constituency.
McCartney also serves as
chairman of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce Crime
"Crime is an issue for the
Bahamas in general-and more
. specifically, the Pinewood com-
munity. The FNM Pinewood
Constituency Association,
thought it fitting to hold a meet-
ing to address residents of

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Probably made ih 1940, the
inscription appears to refer to
the difficulties faced by the
Duke and Duchess of Windsor
m 1940, when they were forced
to flee France after the German
Edward abdicated in Decem-
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"WE" fetched 36,000, also
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A CARTIER bracelet given
by the Duke of Windsor to Wal-
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gave up the British throne for
love, fetched 81,600 at auction
on Thursday -- over three tunes
its pre-sale estimate.
The bangle, inscribed with
the words "For a Happier New
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a gift to Simpson from her hus-
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Bahamas
has commissioned a new $14
enign GSM cellphone network
The announcement was made
during the opening of BTC's
Abaco Cyber World facility at
Marsh Harbour.
Minister of Works and Utili-
ties Bradley Roberts said that,
19 new GSM sites have been
built on Abaco, providing cel-
lular services for the first time to
a number of communities.
The launch brings the cellular
system on Abaco on par with
services offered in Grand
Bahama and New Providence.
BTC has also introduced its
new product services, stich as
Blackberry, EZ Pay, I-Connect
and VIBE to Abaco residents.
"I am pleased to announce
that wherever GSM service is
offered in Abaco, your Black-
berry will also work. It there-
fore means that the residents of
Abaco now have the same cel-
lular facilities as those in New
Providence and Grand
Bahama," Mr Roberts said.
He further announced that
plans are underway to launch
new system networks on Abaco
that will allow roaming services
for international visitors to the
island. .
Mr Roberts said BTC invest-
ed $14.1 million to build 39
GSM sites in Abaco. The GSM
network, he saidoutshines the
older TDMA system.
--1 met only 11 TDMA sites in
service in Abaco .when I
became minister responsible for
BaTelCo. Iain told that this
launch will make cellular ser-
vices available for the'first time
in Disney, Bahania Palm, Big
Bird, Blackwood, the Bridge,
Bostic Bay, Butler Building,
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Sands Cove, Schooner Bay,
Spring City, Thurston Bay,
Winding Bay, Wood Cay."
Mr Roberts said government
is committed to bringing tele-
phone services to all areas of
the Bahhmbs.
The minister said the post-
paid GSM service will work
seamlessly on 81 networks in 56
countries, including the US,
Canada, all the English speak-
ing Caribbean, the Dominican
Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Chi-
na, Russia, India, Hong Kong,
and Singapore,
Additionally, he announced
that government ivillbe offi-
cially commissioning the $60
million Bahamas Domestic Sub-
marine Network International
(BDSNi) project that now con-
nects 15 of the major islands of
the Bahamas in a "self-healing"
ring network.
He said Abaco is connected
to this network from Sandy
Point, to Fresh Creek in
Andros, and from Sandy Point
to Arthur's Town in Cat Island.
Abaco is also connected from
Coopers Town to McClean's
Town in Grand Bahama via
Eight Mile Rock, and from
Grand Bahama back to Nassau.
"Abaco is now one of the
most secured islands in the
Bahamas for international fiber
optic connectivity," Mr Roberts

He said the new products
offered by BTC, such as I-Con-
nect and VIBE, mean reduced
costs in terms of long distant
calls -- in some cases as low of
four cents a minute.
Mr Roberts.revealed that
BTG in Abaco:isocurrently
building CDMA cellular sys-
tem, which will allow visitors
who use Sprint and Verizon
Technology to roam the net-
work by early 2007. He noted
that voice-mail for fixed home
telephones will be offered dur-
ing the first quarter of2007.
"I am also pleased to
announce that the faulty tower
at Guana Cay replaced
with a fiber optic cable which
will be laid between Merse Har-
bour and Guana Cay," th e nin-
ister added.
He also reported that Bick
engineers are working to tax
telephones on.the cays (Hope
Town, Guana Cay, Greeli Tur-
t1e Cay and Man-O-War Cay)
that are suffering from chronic
Mr Roberts thanked the BTC
staff, the board of directors
headed by Gregory Bethel, and
the executive management
team headed by acting presi-
dent Leon Williams for their
hard work on these projects.
He gave particular thanks to
the staff in Abaco, for keeping
their fellow Abaconians on the
cutting and edge of technology.

financed by the Bank of the
Bahamas, and Ms Miller said
that the project is expected to
cost around $9 million.
Marketing director Yasmin
Miller, who noted that the cen-
tre will be named in honour of
her deceased brother Mario,
explained that a ground-break-
ing ceremony will be held some
time in mid-January.
"We're really excited about. I
think it's good for the schools,
for the kids, and for basic enter-
tainment in the Bahamas. We
really need that as much as pos-
"It's a good place for fami-
lies to get together. And I'm
especially excited because this is
something that Mario really
wanted and it's finally coming
into being. I knew this is some-
thing that he dreamed of," she
The centre, which is expected
to be named "Mario's Place",
is being built by Cavalier Con-

begin on Harrold Road for a
much anticipated bowling alley
and entertainment complex -
to be completed by August of
Engineers plan to explode
dynamite today at the future
site of the 60,000 square foot
building to remove a layer of
flint that is hindering d velop-
Leslia Miller, the financing
officer for the project, said that
when it is completed the bowl-
ing alley will encompass 40
lanes, a skating rink, pool tables
and a host of other amenities.
"The bowling alley will be a
family oriented activity centre
really. It is going to be an enter-
tainment centre, where we will
have a gaming room for the
kids, a meeting room for people
hold events, Christmas parties,
wedding receptions, et center,"
she said.
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"It's almost impossible to
rent even an outhouse for ,
Christmas," a Marsh Har-
bour source said yesterday.
"The place going to be
pa codu airly quiet now
Abaco expects the rush to '
begin when American and
Canadian schools close for
the holiday.
"Thanksgiving is a big
time of the year for us," said
the source, "but Christmas
promises to be even bigger.
The place is booming."
Abaco's surging economy
is dependent to a great
extent on second-home own-
ers from North America.
That is why islanders are
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A VETERAN National
Weather Service forecaster
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the National Hurricane Cen-
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Bill Proenza, who is direc-
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Service's hurricane-vulnera-
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Gutierrez announced at the
National Press Club in Wash-
"There is no greater gov-
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the protection of its people,"
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Proenza takes over Jan. 3,
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He will oversee a staff of
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many coastal U.S. states and
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A POLICE chief exposed a
teenage crime ring after seeing
a radio-controlled toy car run
across the road in front of his
patrol vehicle.
Calling for reinforcements,
the officer tracked down four
youths, who then led him and
his colleagues to a cache of
stolen toys at The Mud settle-
ment in Marsh Harbour, Aba-
The radio-controlled car was
part of a haul taken from the
Corner Value store in Marsh
Harbour during a break-in two
weeks ago.
The old-established store,
which sells clothing, houseware,
toys and gift items, lost $6,000
worth of merchandise in the
Radio-driven toy cars and
aeroplanes were among goods
And it was when one of these
ran across the road in front of
ASP Wayne Miller's patrol
vehicle that the teenage crime
ring was exposed.
The teenagers all aged
between 13 and 15 had dug a
hole in the ground at the Hait-
ian settlement, covered it with
branches, and hidden the toys

Now ASP Miller is to hold a
series of meetings with the
town's Haitian community in
an effort to get to grips not only
with rising crime, but also the
immigrant community's feelings
about life on the island.
A source told The Tribune:
"There is discontent among
Haitians because of the slow-
ness in processing applications
for immigration papers.
"It is said that about 35,000
such papers are outstanding at
the moment. They are actually
bemg processed m Nassau.
"The problem is that the
Haitians can't get loans or make
any progress while these appli- o
nations are outstanding."
Also up for discussion are
proposed low-cost housing sub-
divisions to help alleviate pres-
sure on The Mud and Pigeon
Pea, the tvio shanty communi-
ties in Marsh Harbour.
Two sites have beeh pro-
posed one south of Spring
City, the other near the BEC
generating plant.
Local government is now .
awaiting a reply to its recom-
mendations from central gov-

ernment in Nassau.
For Bahamians, however, the
surging crime rate is causing
most concern. And much of it is
being laid at the Haitialis' door.
Petty theft is the main prob-
lem. But break-ins are also on
the increase and the Corner
Value raid was one of the worst
cases in recent months.
"The police chief was driving
along Don MacKay Boulevard
when the radio-controlled toy
car ran across the road," said a
"He realized immediately
that it was obviously one of the
stolen toys and took immediate
action. It didn't take long for
the police to locate the culprits.
"The officers were led to a
hidden cache of stolen mer-
chandise at The Mud settle-
mentgRising crime is, in fact,
the biggest concern among
Four juveniles are to appear
in court to face theft charges.

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ly 2002 works out to another
$9.7 million more per year since
then. This adds up to $22.7 mil-
lion that the Bahamian people
are now 'taxed' each year," he
This means, Mr Miller point-
ed out, that over the past four
years, Bahamian drivers have
paid an extra $91 million to oil
companies all because of the
actions of Mr Laing.
"I want to remind Mr Laing
that this is what a tax does to
the people of a country -- collect
$91 million dollars in four years,
without giving back. Now that I
have explained the meaning of
tax, I hope that my Bahamian
people reahse that with NHI
they are not being taxed as
claimed by many detractors.
"Instead they are setting
aside funds during their days of
plenty, in the event that they or
another family member gets
sick and cannot afford the high
medical bills that we are often
faced with today," he said.

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LESLIE Miller, the minister
of Agriculture and Marine
Resources, hit out yesterday at
Zhivargo Laing, a former cabi-
net minister in the FNM admin-
istration, for his criticism of the
National H 11th Insurance Plan.
He also criticized Mr Laing's
comments on gasoline prices
during Mr Miller's tenure as
minister of Trade and Industry.
Mr Miller said that Mr Lamg
should be the last person label-
ing NHI as a "tax". He said it
was on Mr Laing's watch that
wholesalers and retailers in the
fuel industry were given increas-
es in their margins of 35 cents,
to reach the 77 cents they now
collect on every gallon of gaso-
line purchased.
"Compare that to the 12 cents
approved by the former PLP
administration in 17 years and
zero by this new PLP adminis-
tration. I also want the Bahami-
an people to be aware that
there was not even one request
for an increase during our term
in office not one," he said.
Mr Miller, whose strong
stance on fuel prices is well
known, said that if it were up
to him, he would have revoked
the 35-cent increases granted
under Mrtaing.
"While it is all well and good
to talk about these numbers in
cents per gallon, I want to-let
the Bahamian people know
how these cents impacted their
pocket books. The four cents in
1992 means that we are paying
approximately $2.6 million
more per year since then. The
six cents granted in 1993 means
that we are paying another $3.9
million more per year since
"The 10 cents granted in 1994
means we are paying another
$6.5 million per year since then.
And the 15 cents granted in ear-


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St Andrew's School, The International School
of The Bahamas, an authorized International
Baccalaureate (IB) World School, invites applications
for the position of teacher of Mathematics, with effect
from January 2007. Candidates should possess the
necessary academic qualifications and experience
for the position, including a full teaching qualification
and at least a bachelor's degree, Candidates for this
post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level
and be familiar with the demands of the IB Diploma
programme. Preference will be given to candidates
who have experience in teaching Mathematics
to IB Diploma level. Successful BGCSE/IGCSE
experience is also important.
Interested candidates should apply to the school's
on the school's website at

Mi Robert Wade
St Andrew's School
PO Box EE 17340
Nassau, Bahamas

holiday hours
Friday, December 8 Closed at il:30am
Monday, December 11 Normal business hours

Friday, December 3 Closed
Monday, DPoember 11 Normal business hours

,- Friday, December 15 Closed at11:30am
Monday, December 18 Normal business hours

Friday, December 15 Closed
Monday, December 18 Normal business hours

Ag Friday, December 22 Closed at 1:00pm

Monday & Tuesday
December 25 & 26
December 27
Friday. December 29
Monday, January 1
Tuesday, January 2

Normal business hours resume
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AL FILM FESTIVAL got underway last .o
night and [be annual celebration of films, .:
e61 nts and panels will continue until

N tonal su anc B ar 1(NIBt) 6tpaini

The Rotary Club of West Nassau holds its
weekly meeting, every Thursday at Choices
Restaurant on the campus of the College of

ielB e iF 1 wshri starts at -30pm,


Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group; Rosetta Street: Friday 6pm
to 7pm & 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart
Church: Friday 6pm to 7pm. New Providence
Community Centre: Friday 7pm to 8pm.

TM Club 9477 meets Friday,7pm @ Bahainas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every sec-
ond Friday of each month, 7:30pm at the
Emmaus Centre at St Augtxstine's Monastery.
For more info call325.1947 after 4pm.

AMISTAD is a club which promotes the
Spanish language and culture in the commti-
nity. Residents of the Bahamas who speak
Spanish or are learning Spanish are invited to
attend meetings on the third Friday of the
month during the academic year at 7pm in
room 13 of COB's Tourism Training Centre.
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday
mornings lOam to 11am.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and
December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Saturday of the month
- from 9am-1pm..Contact a Doctors Hospital
' Community Training Representative at
302.4732 for more information and learn to
save a Ffe today.

JAR CYCLING: The Owners of JAR Cycling
arc pleased to offer a cycling clinic for juniors
between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be
held every Saturday in an effort to encourage
kids to cycle. Parents interested in registering
their children should contact organizers at


Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street,
features special entertainment Gernie,
Tabitha and the Caribbean Express very
Sunday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Send all your civic and social events (attach
pictures if possible) to The Tribune via fax:
328.2398 or e-mail: ybdeleveaux@tribuneme- Out there in the subject hne.





Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Ceptre: Mondays -

mptm7pm. The Kirk: Mondays -7:30pm to
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic sup-
port group meets the first Monday of each
month at 6:30pm at New Providence Com-
mumty Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is pro
vided and free blood sugar, blood pressure
and cholesterol testmg is available. For more
info call 702.4646 or 327.2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
third Monday of every month at 6pm @ Doc-
tors Hospital conference room.


Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton. Monday's at 7pm Club
612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach Club 3596meets at
the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at 7pm.

The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the
month in the Board Room of the British Colo
nial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.


Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to mform the
public of its meetmg times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm
to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month
at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Cen-
treville. Call 323.4482 for more Info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being
held 6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics
Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr)-
Doctor approval is required. Call 364.84?3 to
register for more info.


The Kiwanis Club of New Providence meets
every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Holy Cross
Community Centre; Highbury Park.

The Luncheon Pilot Club of Nassau meets
every third Tuesday at SuperClubs Breezes,
Cable Beach at 12:30pm. We invite all com-
munity minded persons to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7:30pm @ CC Sweeting Senior School's Dm-
ing Room, College Avenue off Moss Road. *
Club Cousteau 7343 meets Tuesdays at
7:30pm in the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh
Creek, Central Andros Club 7178 meets
each Tuesday at $pm at the Cances Society of
the Bahamas, 3rd Terrace, Centreville.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6:30pm
@ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nas.
sau Resort, Cable Beach Kappa Alpha-Psi
Fraternity meets every second Tuesday,
6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th
floor meeting room Alpha Phi Alpha Fra-
ternity meets every first Tuesday, 6:30pm at
the British Colonial Hilton. Please call
502.4842/377.4589 for more info.

The Downtown Pilot Club of Nassau meets
every third Tueiday of the month at 6pm at
the JP Whitney Building, First Terrace,
Collins Avenue.

School and Community Nature Walk and Pet-
ting Zob Free Every Wednesday from lOam
to 2:30pm at Earth Village Ranch, St Albans
Drive and Columbus Avenue (Chippingham).
Call (242) 356.2274 now to make reservations.
Open to all ages and groups Monday-Sunday
from 9am to 6pm. Inquire about additional
activities and programmes.

TM Club 2437 meets each Wednesday on the
4th floor of the Ministry of Health, Meeting
Street, at 6pm.


Shadowhand Entertainment presents an all
Bahamian Talent Explosion this and every
Thursday night at the Patio Bar & Grill on
Carmichael Road. This event features upcom-
ing Bahamian artist who arp ready to show-
will also be a freestyle competition every week
which is open to the public at large. Doors
open at 8:30pm. Ladies free until 11pm Gen-
tlemen small door charge. See u there.

Free public health lectures featuring distin-
guished physicians are held at Doctors Hos-
pital every third Thursday of the month at
6pm in the Doctors Hospital Conference
Room. Free screenings between Spm & 6pm.
For more information call 302.4603.

Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thurs-
days 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
Pre & Post Natid Fitness Classes are being
held 6:3015m Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics
Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr).
Doctor approval is required. Call 364.8423 to
register for more info.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism
and Related Challenges meets from 7pm -
9pm the second Thursday of each month in
the.cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill

The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise has a
breakfast meeting every Thursday morning
at 7am at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel
(Fellowship begins at 6:45am).
The Kiwanis Club of Over-the-Hill meets
every Thursday at 8pm at the Holy Cross
Activity Centre, Soldier Road. Guests are

Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first>
second and third Thursday at the Ministry of
Health & Environment builditig on Meeting
Street commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is
wekome to attend TM Club 1600 meets
Thursday, 8:30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes.

International Association of Administrative
Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ SuperClubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

The recently established National Insurance
Board Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets
et er\ fourth Thursday in the month, in the




Express Yourself: Poets, vocalists, musicians,
visual artists, story tellers, dancers, talented
people are invited to an Open Mic Night @
Da Island Club on West Bay Street (inside the
Nassau Beach Hotel) the place where "the
grown folks hang out". The evening starts
every Wednesday night at 8pin. This is the
Bahamian cultural expression that your ears
have been craving for in a cool, comfortable
and safe environment. Express Yourself is
the brain child of the talented spoken word
artist Mrs. Nadine Thomas Brown. The ses-
sions have developed to showcase Bahami-
an singers, musicians, dancers, movie mak-
ers, storytellers, sculptors and visual artists.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters
Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free
appetizers and numerous drmk specials.
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Wednesday -
7pm to 8pm. The Nassau Group: Rosetta
Street, Wednesday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to
FREE Health and Wellness Lectures are held
the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm
at New Providence Community Center Blake
Road. For more information call 327.1660 or
327.2878. FREE Blood Pressure, Blood Sug-
at and Cholesterol Screening.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas Support
Group meets every Wednesday from 5:30pm
to 7pm at Cancer Headquarters, two doors
south of ZNS. Cancer patients, survivors, their
family members and friends are invited to
attend. Phone 323.4482


The Rotary Club of SouthEast Nassau meets
every Wednesday from 1pm 2pm at East
Villa Restaurant, East Bay Street. Always an
interesting speaker and great fellowship. If
you would like to attend our meetings please
send an e-mail to bruno.pletscher@gottar- or

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
meets 6:30pm every third Wednesday at the
Bahamas National Pride Building.

International Training in Communication,
Essence Club #3173 holds it's bi-monthly.
meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
each month at Doctor's Hospital Coilference

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus
meets the second and fourth Wednesday of
the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monastery.

The Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach invites the
public to its regular weekly meeting held
every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the British
Colonial Hilton. Kiwanis is a worldwide ser-
vice organisation dedicated to changing the
world One Child, One Community at a time."

,berts hits out at FNMl~



FROM page one

than pensioners.
The brochure, which was giv-
en oist at seminars for stake-
holders, does not specify which
pensioners will have to pay, but
simply lists them as one of the
three groups which will be con-
tributing to the NHI plan with
workers, employers, self-
employed and the government
making up the other tw.o
However, Minister of Health
Dr Bernard Nbttage in his
address to the nation on NHI
two weeks ago assured the pub-
lic that only "pensioners who
have a substantial income will
be asked to pay 2.65 per cent"
of their monthly incomes.
Dr Nottage did not define
what constitutes a "substantive
income" under the NHI's
requirements, but said that
those of low income will defi-
nitely be taken care of by the
"Those pensioners, with low
income, who cannot afford it,
will be covered by a-contribu-
tion from the government. They
will not have to pay a copper.
"Let me repeat, with NHI,
persons who reach retirement
age or have to retire early for
other reasons and who now
experience difficulties in getting
or meeting premium obligations
for private health insurance will
not have to worry," he said.
Dr Nottage emphasized that
with NHI pensioners with low
incomes will still be protected.
"It is this lifelong protection,
offered by NHI, from the cradle
to the grave that will provide a
significant measure of reassur-
ance that one will not be mar-
ginalised or pauperised by
health bills during the long
years of retirement," he said. .
The debate on the Bill to
establish the NHI continued
yesterday in parliament, with
the opposition continuing to
-agree in principle with the
establishment of a health insur-
ance plan, but objecting to the
scheme in its present form.



result students were out of
classes and congregating
around the room where the
meeting was taking place."
Describing it as a "minor
complaint," Mr Ferguson said
he was not aware if anything
further took place.
The student said the riot,
which took place before the
meeting even began, started
at about 9.30 am.
On Monday, during lunch
break, a 14-year-old girl was
attacked by an unidentified
male who was allowed onto
the campus after he claimed
he a rentto Geoffrey
McPhee, principal of GHS,
students and teachers were
unsettled following the attack
on Monday and studentswere
released early the following
day after classes were can-
celled for most of the day.
School resumed on
Wednesday, however one stu-
dent claimed that studelits
feared that the school had
become "unsafe".
The victim, who is in the
tenth grade, was taken to hos-
pital following an asthma
attack. Her present condition
is unknown.

FROM page one


Bradley R
must undergo a radical revolu-
FROM page one tion of values. We must rapidly
begin the shift from a thing-ori-
and gloom over any initiative that ented society to a person-orient-
is brought forward to help the ed society. When machines and
underprivileged and poor, those computers, profit motives and
who make up the masses?" he property rights are considered
asked. more important than people, the
He concluded that it was the giant twins of selfishness, and
FNM's financial supporters who materialism, are incapable of
determine what the party should being conquered," Mr Roberts
support. "Many of those persons said. .
put more value in what is in their Claiming that "history is
pockets as opposed to the value repeating itself," Mr Roberts
of human life." recalled when the PLP govern-
"I am convinced that if we in ment under the leadership of the
our Bahamaland are to get on the late Prime Minister Lynden Pin-
right side of the progressive dling was attempting to introduce
world's revolution, we as a nation National Insurance in 1972.
The records show, he said, that
all members of the opposition
voted for the bB in 1972 which
P011ce called provided the framework for NI
just as Mr Ingraham said he and
his members will vote for the
10 GOVel'llIllent NHI scheme.
"However, in 1974 when the
Hi School National Insurance Regulations
was debated in this place they.
were finally passed on a vote 19
FROM page one to 5. Two years later the Opposi-
tion had a change of heart, they
recoiled from their position of
because teachers staged a 'sit- supporting the introduction of
ore security sr nset.or Na oen ss t e "ile support-
Classes did not resume until ing the principle of the National
about2pinthestudentreport" Insurance scheme, opposed its
ed, and even when they planned introduction on the basis
made us come to class we did of its cost to businesses and work-
nothing," he said. ers in poor economic circum-
When police arrived on the stances. That year the FNM said
scene, Assistant Commission- the NI scheme could precipitate
er Ferguson said, teachers an economic crisis if implemented
were in a meeting and as a in its present form and was just a

"pretty" form of taxation, Mr
Roberts recalled.
The FNM demonstrated out-
side the House of Assembly with
placards declaring: "Death is the
benefit", and "national insurance
today, no jobs tomorrow."
According to Minister Roberts,
"Each and every prediction by
the FNM in 1974 were proven to
be baseless, fruitless and without
foundation. The PLP did not
. introduce income tax. National
insurance was a resounding suc-
"They were all a pack of lies
'with clear intent in mind which
was to put fear in the hearts and
minds of the Bahamian people to
discredit the PLP government of
its march to uplift the masses of
the people."
Minister Roberts likened the
NHI scheme to National Insur-
ance, Independence, and creation
of the College of the Bahamas,
Development Bank, Defence
Force, Urban Renewal Pro-
gramme "they were all
opposed by the Free National
Movement," he said.
"I behave the present FNM
members are following the same
road and script as their former
fmemhbee a oa 11 nvdo
vote against the regulations when
presented. Any suggestion that
the FNM will be the Government
to introduce the regulations can
only be a figment of their imagi-
nation or as a dear friend would
say a bad dream, another would
say they are jonsing for power,"
he concluded.

I also "remove economic stifling
I factors such as 'job-lock'."
"This is a phenomenon that
currently exists in our country
because employees do not leave
their jobs due to fear regatdmg
the loss of health benefits," he
Mr Christie also responded to
claims that no Bahamian is dying
59 now from lack of access to
"While I wish that this were
the case, it is s ly not true and
unfounded. Some of the persons
f that are speaking out against the
plan do not have any idea of
what the average working
INISTER Bahamian is faced with on a dai-
hristie ly basis," he said.
The prime minister said that
according to the Livmg Conditions Survey of
2001 only "8 per cent of low income residents
were able to access a doctor's visit in the pre-

ce nf ur weeks vs 20 per cent of high income
And so the question of private doctors will
lose money, Mr Christie said that such claims
constitute "another unfounded criticism of the
d NHI sch "
pr Tnscee more, I wei s ate that the NHI system
as proposed has the potential to be an out-
standing example of a public-private partnership
in health care," he said.

Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania'
de ame i i i
health insurance schemes in
Many countries, thlehworld
over, have a universe ea th
care programme, similar to the
proposed National Health Insur-
ance Plan," he said.
He emphasized that "none of .
these systems are without their
challenges, but none, not a single
one, has sought to abandon their
plan because of these chal-
- "This speaks to the fact that 5 PRIME
the benefits greatly outweigh Perry C
any potential downside," he said.
As it concerns claims made by those objecting
to NHI-in its present form, that the scheme
will lead to economic devastation, Mr
Christie described such reports as,"misinfor-
I must point out the sheer fallacy of this
claim. Of the world's top 20 economically devel-
oped countries, in terms of per capital nominal
GDP as listed by the.International Monetary
Fund, or IMF, nineteen of them, yes sir, 19 of 20
of them have some form of universal nation_
allied health plan,'' he said.
Prime Minister Christie said that NHI wiU




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development and marketing

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CV BETHEL Senior High
School took the top prize at the
Battle of the Bands competi-
tion held during the ninth annu-
al BahamaArts Festival.
The school received the gift
of a tenor saxophone for its
efforts at the festival, held Octo-
ber 27 to 29 at Arawak Cay.
The winner was announced
at a special prize giving cere-
mony held at the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC) on Tuesday,
December 5.
Government High School
and CR Walker Senior High
School placed second and third
respectively. The second place
winner received an alto saxo-
phone and the third place win-
ner accepted a trombone.
"I think this is an excellent,
opliortlinity for BAIC to assist
in having the young people dis-
play their talents," BAIC chair-
man and parliamentary secre-
tary in the Ministry of Finance
"et's'"LH 0 etso thue
"It's an excellent opportunity
for BAIC to assist in further-
.1h u uaeann mpr?
very happy to do that here
todahpee persons also walked
awayew thlprizes for displays at
First place winner, Sharon
Ferguson, won two nights at
Bustwick Bight.Resort in Aba-
co; second place winners
Margarita Ferguson and
DaShawn Ferguson received
two nights at Pineville Motel in
Andros; and third place winner
Monique Whymms got two
nights at Comfort Suites on Par-
adise Island.

"Every year, the BahamaArts
Festival gets bigger and bigger,"
Mr Halkitis said, "and we see
more and more interest from
persons who want to display as
well as more interest from the
Bahamian public.
This year was extremely suc-
cessful and we are looking for-
ward to a more successful pro-
gramme next year.
tre'We BAls2can bandit was a
take credit for that. But, we
want to say to those of you who
participated and those of you
who especially took the time to
enter our booths competition,
it was because of you and the
young persons who participated
in the Battle of the Bands that
we can say we had such a suc-
cessful BahamaArts Festival."
Senior manager of the hand-
icraft development and mar-
keting department Donnalee
fliiCi h ewFuet abhoao2
an n dn pr sduct s Foute n of

se ry year the festival adds
new events to get the public
Interested in attending and
viewing the masterpieces on dis-
This year, besides the Battle
of the Bandsthere was a
Junkanoo rush-out, a concert
and a tea party held under the
patronage of Deputy Governor
General Lady Marguerite Pin-
dlin g.


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Last Known Address

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Adderley, Brenda
Clarke, Esthermae
Dods, Alastair
Dorsette, Wellington
Fawkes, Stephen
Gaitor, Wilfred
Grant, Rodney R.
Hamilton, Stephan
Hamilton, Steven
Miller, Stafford
Missick, Judith
Palhamus, Feleshia
Sears, Reuben
Sweeping, Percival
Whyte, Philip M.
Williams, Cyril

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Governor General

praises PMH staff
W RIGHT: Governor General Arthur D. Hanna said, during his
annual visit to Princess Margaret Hospital, that it is the finest
institution in this region. He urged staff at the hospital to stay
committed to excellent quality care of their patients.
M BELOW RIGHT: Governor General Arthur D. Hanna looks
ous National RN of the year Lisa Stovell presents Minister of
Health Dr. Bernard J. Nottage with a picture of the hospital.
(Photos.* Tim Clarke)

Wendy's is now recruiting

Crew Members,

Cashier s &

Maintenance Staff

for all locations.

Interested persons should apply in person
at Any Wendy's Locations from
December 11-15, 2006
Between 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Must be able to work shifts & weekends.
No phone calls please.

Do what tastes right- 1.rnaries

244 Market Street P.O. Box EE-16634
Tel: 322-2070 or 322-2072


of White Lane of Wulff Road
will be held on Saturday,
December 9th, 2006 at 11:00a.m.
at Fellowship Church of God In
Christ. Comfort Street.
Officiating will be Rev. Samuel
Duvalier assisted by Bishop
Garnet Gibson and other
ministers. Interment will follow
L e too memory will forever
linger in the heart of his devoted Mother: Deborah Cash-
Brown; Stepfather: Samuel Brown; (5) Brothers: Howard,
Hansel, Owen, Antonio, Jason & Desmond; (7) Sisters:
Shanell, Lakera, Shantell, Gahne & Kaline Stubbs Denise
& Yvonne Fox; (2) Nieces: Devenique Forbes & Yasmin
Knowles, Howard Smith Jr. & Shamario Forbes;
Grandparents: Rev. Cedric & Martha Duvalier; (6) Uncles:
Huey, Cedric & Terrance Duvalier, Clifford, lan & Dereck
e hAm s}aTce aeFl-oqbes n PfenDsuSva ,
(4) Grand Uncles: Pastor Arlington Burrows, Rev. James
Pratt, Bishop Garnet Gibson & John Kelly; (4) Grand Aunts:
Mildred Burrows, Sylvia Duvalier, Rev. Shirley Gibson &
Victoria Strachan; Numerous Cousins including: Violet,
Philippa, Rubins, Donell, Cassandra, Shanea, Dashanna,
allTD oann RCo y re 1 TL CT n schea
& Lavardo, Almina Ferguson, Manderine & Remilda
McKenzie, Pandora St. Fleur, Evang. Cinderetta Johnson,
Wilfred, Frisco, Chester & Robert McKenzie, Harold &
Samuel Lynes, Betty Sawyer, Laverne, John Jr. & Edison
Kelly, Barbara Gibson-Price, Garnet Jr., Elton, Raymond,
Ramond & Howard Gibson, Pastor Roy Burrows, Rev.
Samuel Duvalier, Marva, Michael, Jeffery, Louise, Samuel
Jr. & Arnold Duvalier, Pauline PrattJohnson, Sonia Pratt-
Rolle, Jethro, Ezekiel & MerlynPratt, Yvette Strachan, Rev.
Alfreda McPhee, Deaconess Barbara Smith, Lilith & Derek
Burrows, Cheryl King,.Deaconess Marva Davis, Momque
Melittosh, Rochelle Murphy, Paulette Darville, Freda McPhee,
Sheryl Burrows, Elder Garth Fynes, Doraline Johnson, Janet
Forbes, Zelrona Outten, Louise, Nadine & Andrea Duvalier;
Other relatives and friends including: Minister Karen Burrows,
Sis. Patrice Duvalier, Helen Roxbury, Lorine Pinder, Shirley
Strachan of Freeport Grand Bahama, Ruth Bobb of Miami
Fla, Perez & Arlington Storr, Charles, Samuel Rodgers,
Inspector Strachan, Errol Farquharson, Collen Taylor, Amanda
Bain, Neymour and the entire Fellowship Church Of God
In Christ Family and the entire Airport Authority Staff.
Viewing will be held at Clarke's Funeral #244 Market Street
on Friday, December 8th from 10:00am to 6:00pm and on
Saturday, December 9th from 10:00am at the church until
service time.

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'Rev' Rudolph
Pinder, 54

old will be held on
Saturday, December 9th
2006. at Church of God
Fowler Street East.
Officiating will be Bishop
? I Godfrey Clarke assisted
by other ministers of the
gospel. Interment will follow in the Church
Cemetery, o er treet. .
- -
Left to chensh his themory are his three children,
Anqumque Pinder-Simms, Valdez and Vanassicca
Pinder; five grandchildren, Rashad Pinder,
Andrew, Tamiko and Adrewnique Simms and
Hilghshan Perpall; two son-in-law, Andrew
Simrns and Hughes Perpall; four sisters, Merl
Pinder, Berthamae White, Diana Russell and
Sandra Clarke; three brothers, Cecil Pinder,
Bishop liubert Pinder and Samuel Pinder; sister-
in-law, Barbara, Cathy, Eloise and Paulette Pinder;
brother-in-law, Gregory Clarke; two aunts,
numerous nieces and nephews another relatives
and friends including, Carolyn Bowe and family,
Celina Lockhart, Nicola Jones, Clara Brown,
Carolyn Rolle, Mancia Barr, Gregory and Evadne
Bascom, Durant and Keva Smith, Stephen and
Calae Smith and family, Shekena Pinder, Karen
and Jennifer McKinney, Leonardo Bain and
famil the staff of Wh ndarn Nassau Resort
Stewarding Department, Bulk Kitchen and Pastry
Shop, Goombay Mama, neighbors and friends
of Guinep Street, Pinewood Gardens and Kemp
Rbad, Ministry of Works Carpenter Shop
D artment, Nurses.of Male Surgical I, Princess
9 .
Margaret Hospital and Pastor Godfrey Clarke
and the members of Church of God Fowler Street.

Friends may pay their last respect at Riverside
Funeral Chapel, Market Street and Bimini A
venue on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
and at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service

talent r

4 world school

St Andrew's School, The International
School of The Bahamas, an authorized
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School,
invites applications for the position pfa
part-time Primary teacher of Spanish, with
effect from January 2007. Candidates should
possess the necessary academic qualifications
and experience for the position, including a full
teaching qualification and at least a bachelor's

Interested candidates should apply to the
school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade, by following
the directions on the school's-website at www st-

Mr Robert Wade
St Andrew's Sch oI
PO Box EE 17340
Nassau, Bahamas

The closing date for applications is 22
December 2006. Applications from unqualified
candidates, applications arriving without the full
information requested or applications received
after this date will not be considered.

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Consumer Protection

Act puts happy back

into holiday shopping



you've taken them home, even
though they were fine during
testing, simply return to seller
(with your receipt as valid proof
to a refund.
Fourth Tip Goods on sale
Your rights apply equally to
goods bought on sale. Often-
times, goods are reduced
because of slight defects, so
check merchandise carefully.
The seller is not obliged to give
you your money back if you are
complaunng about faults point-
ed out prior to purchase, for
example, on signs or labels or if
the fault should have been obvi-
ous to you. On the other hand,
if a damaged good is sold to
you, and the damage is not your
fault, return the good to the sell-
er. He will be entitled to fully
repair or replace the good, or
provide you with a substitute of
comparative value until your
actual initial good is repaired
or replaced and returned.

This is the frst ofa two-part
series by the law frm of Hals-
bury Chambers with offices in
Nassau, Exuma and London.
Attorney Desmar Henfield
explains how to use the new
Consumer Protection Act which
became lay in May of this year
as a guide during the hectic hol-
iday shopping season.
8 By Desmar HenfIeld
BEFORE statutory law, con-
sumers had no warranties on
the quality of goods they pur-
chased. We were advised to be
cautious when making purchas-
es as we would be unable to
recover from a seller for defects
in our purchased goods, hence
the saying "Let the buyer
Now, with the introduction
of the Consumer Protection
Act, which came into force in
May, those of us shopping in
the Bahamas who take just a
few moments to learn the major
points of the Act will be better
protected than ever.
First Tip buying presents

sH 0 anb tu n sae at ,e ib
from the seller, as receipts ate
adequate proof of your pur-
chases, but also sectire all
receipts, cancelled cheques,
warranties, estimates, contracts,
and instructions just in case
there is a problem with your
not o-gtood- ys and they need
There is no legal right to a
refund or replacement of your
item if it's an unwanted present,
or if it's returned in a condition
worse than when purchased.
Be sure to understand the
store's return or exchange poli-
cy (which is usually written ort
your receipt another good rea-
son to hold onto it). It is also a
good idea to check whether the
stores have any 'goodwill poli-
cies' ie in-store credits before
you buy your gift especially
smee yrou will be purchasmg

Second Tip Sale
of Goods Act
The Sale of Goods Act stipu-
lates the ways in which you may
be entitled to a full refund or
some compensation when your
purchases are faulty. The Act
states that goods must be:
"Of satisfactory quality" -
which means "standards that a
reasonable person would see as
acceptable or good value for
"Fit for their purpose" -
which means any particular pur-
ose mentioned to you by the
"As described" which
means t ey must appear as on

the package, display or as
described by the seller
Examine goods carefully
before you buy. Make sure they
fit the above conditions and
there are no faults or defects
present at the time of your pur-
If there are, take your pur-
chase back to the seller within a
reasonable time along with your
receipt (sales receipt, credit card
slip/receipt, cheque stub etc) as
proof of purchase.
Remember, while you are
entitled to the same rights even
if you lose the receipt, it is eva-
dence of where and when you
bought the goods. Once proof is
provided, the seller ought to
immediately offer you a refund.
Third Tip Electrical goods
When purchasing anything
electrical, especially Christmas
lights, ensure you get an oppor-
tunity to test them before taking
them home. If they appear
faulty or refuse to operate once

DESMAR Henfield

Fifth Tip Second-hand goods

If you are purchasing sec-
ond hand goods or gifts, your
rights do not differ; flowever
you must bear in mind that
second-haind goods will not be
of the same quality as brand
new goods. You can still claim
your money back or the cost
of repairs if the goods are
faulty, unless the faults are the

result of wear and tear lior-
mally expected with second-
hand goods and were pointed
out to you or. were obvious
when you agreed to buy the
goods; just the same as sale
items. .
Sixth Tip Faulty and falsely-
described goods

If upon inspection of your

purchases, you find ?hey are
not of satisfactory quality, fit
for their purpose or as
described; you have a right to
return them along with your
receipt and get your money
back, provided you catised no
further damage to rhe item
and provided you inform the
shop you want to return the
goods within a reasonable





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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Arialysis, Wall Street

I I -- I - ' I I

- .: ditor
THE Bahamas Film Studios is "likely" to
host its next film or television production m
the 2007 first quarter, The Tribune has been
told. Leith the Grand Bahama-based pro-
ject negotiating with almost a dozen differ-
ent production firms about using its facili-
Diana McGonigal, the film's studios oper-
al ions manager, said: "We have received a
great deal of interest from various produc-
tion companies. The next production is like-
ly in the (Irst quarterof2007.
"There are nearly a dozen prospective
production companies negotiating with us at
this time. We are working with a major
mini-series production out of -Asia, two
mega-budgeted feature films, several inde-
pendent film producers and an American
television series. We are also working to
begin production on oul own Bahamian-
produced television series for international

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Visitor arrivals down by 4%

Tribune Business Reporter
TOTAL visitor arrivals to the Bahamas for the 10 months to
.October 2006 were down by 4 }$er cent, Ministry of Tourism sta-
tistics have revealed, with visitors to NassaulParadise Island off 5
per cent. Grand Bahama was down by 1 per cent, and the Family
Islands by 2 per cent.
Although.the Family Islands posted an increase in visitor arrivals
of 5 per cent for September, overall arrivals for the entire country
dropped 7 per cent, with Nassau/Paradise Island down 7 per cent
and Grand Bahama seeing a drastic decrease of 31 per cent in
Air arrivals for the Bahamas overall were down by 5 per cent in
San Salvador saw a massive drop in visitors of 99 per cent, a sta-
tistic that could cinly be explained by a closure of Club Med, that
island's premiere resort.
Long Island, which had experienced a devastating blow to its
economy following the closure of the Stella Maris Airport, is con-
tinuing to experience a decrease in air arrivals, in September post-
ing a decline of 57 per cent.
, Cat Island, Grand Bahama and Cat Cay also saw air arrival
decreases of 40 per cent, 24 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.
NassaulParadise Island saw a marginal decrease of 2 per cent.
As far as cruise arrivals went, the Family Islands saw an increase
of 4 per cent for first port of entry arrivals in September.
However, overall arrivals decreased by 9 per cent, with Nas-
saulParadise Island seeing a decrease of 11 per cent and Grand
Bahama decreasing by 37 per cent.
This decrease on Grand Bahama is not reflected in the year-to-
date cruise arrivals figures, where the island improved by 7 per cent.
October saw drastic increases in air arrivals, with Eleuthera up by
61 per cent, Andros 51 per cent, Cat Cay 43 per cent, Exuma 42 per
cent, the Berry Islands 34 per cent, Bimini 33 per cent and both
Abaco and Cat Island 10 per ceilt.
Despite the strong Family
Island performance, air arrivals
on the two major islands of Nas- SEE page 3B


Insurance & Investments

tni itssbien hf I -
ning stages."
The issue is a private place-
ment, not a public offermg, and
therefore members of the public
should not attempt to apply for
the bonds. The Bank of the
Bahamas Internationalissile will
be targeted at specific institu-
tions and high net worth indi-
viduals, regarded as sophisticat-
ed investors.
The bank's mortgage-backed
bond issue is what is commonly
financial institution issues secu-
its mortgage loans, which form
the collateral. '
Securitisation is a common
ploy in the world's major finan-
cial markets and, although rare,
it has been done in the Bahamas
occasionally. British American

B a n k
had also
issued a
bac k ed
bond previ-
ously. 4
M r
McWeeney 8 McWEENEY
pointed out
that the
Bahamian capital markets were
adding: "There's never been a
need [before] to look at this
form of liquidity, raising fund-
ing. There are more conditions
supporting this type of transac-
tion than a fixed deposit."
That is likely to have been a
reference to the tightening in
excess liquidits in the Bahamian

5 TibNu BAs ns ditor

International is
Bank of the Bahamas
"within about a
week" planning to
launch a private $20 million
mortgage-backed bond issue,
The Tribune was told yesterday,
a move designed to generate liq.
vidity and enhance its balance
sheet management.
Paul Mc\Veeney, Bank of the
Bahamas International's man-
aging director, yesterday
described the issue's launch as
"imminent", and awaiting the
I "final sign off"from capital mar-
kets regulator, the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas..
"We have been talking to
some of the capital rnarkets peo-
ple,.developing an interest in it,"
Mr McWeeney told The Tri-

The $20 million raised would
also remain within the Bahami-
an commercial banking system.
Mr McWeeney said the issue
would enable the bank to "bet-
ter manage" matching its assets
to liabilities. Its focus on com-
mercial/industrial lending and
mortgages meant its loans, or
assets, were largely long-ternt,
yer deposits or liabilities were
generally short-term.
"We don"t intend to go out
there and start aggressively lend-
ing [the bpnd issue proceeds],"
Mr McWeeney said. "It's a way
of uranagmg the balance sheet."

commercial banking system,
which stood at just over $55 mil-
lion in October. The Central
Bank of the Bahallias acknowl-
edged that this would slow the
rate of credit g rowth, as there
were fewer excess assets Avail-
able for lending purposes.
gage-backed security, effective-
ly allows the iisuer (0 generate
liquidity from less hquid assets.
In the case of the planned
Bank of the Bahainas Interna-
tional bond issue, instead of pay-
ing investors fixed interest and
principal, they will receive these
monies from the cash flows gen-

mortgages. All principal and
interest payments, less a servic-
ing fee, from the pool of mort-
gages are passed directly to
investors each month,
Adding that the bank was now
pursumg" optiozis such as secu-
ritisation, Mr McWeeney said:
"A least from Bank of the
Bahamas International, you'll
start to see a lot inore creative
ways of raising funding and pro-
viding support for the balance
He added that the mortgage-
backed bonds were a way to
maximize the bank's use of fund-

release." --w.
Gold Rock Creek Enterprises, the com-
pany that owns the 3,500-acre Bahamas
Fam Studios, where the two Pirates of the
Caribbean films were shot, is currently the
subject of two "eight figure" offers, accord-
ing to its ultimate parent, Bermuda-listed
Ashby Corporation.
The two bids have been described as
--capital investment offers", and Ashby Cor-
poration is currently deciding which is in its
and the Bahamas Film Studios' best inter-
ests. A decision:on which one to accept will
be taken "within the week".
The.Tribune can confirm that one of the
offers under consideration has comefroma
group featuring new investors in the
Bahamas Film Studios and'existing ones,

brought together by Bahamian banker
Owen Bethel, president of the Nassau-
based Montaque Group.
This newspaper on'Wednesday report-
ed that it was unclear whether the offers
were to inject fresh capital into the Bahamas
Film Studios, or a buyout of Ross Fuller,
Gold Rock Creek Enterprises' chairman,
Mr Fuller did not fully clarify what his
role would be going forward, and whether
he will still be involved as an investor on the
Board, if a deal was concluded, in e-mailed
replies to The Tribune's questions.
Emphasising that current management


Tribune-Business Editor
SIR Jack Hayward and
Edward St George were equal
50 per cent beneficial owners
of theCyrand Bahama Port
Authority) (GBPA) companies
up to 1990, the group's former
financial controller has alleged,
the pair havitig=signed a docu-
ment in 1983 to reflect the own-
ership split. ,
In an affidavit filed with the
ald de la Rue alleged that based
or this, Sir Jack'.s claim on
October 23 that he owned.75
per cent'of the GBPA and its
affiliate, Port Group Ltd, was
"not correct", although he could
not say anything about the
transactions that might have
occurred between him and the
late Mr St George post-1990.
The St George estate has ini-
tiated legal action disputing Sir
tlsa rs pT
split 50/50 between themselves

and him:
The Tribuneunderstandsthat
as of last night, the court order
appointing father-and-son
accounting duo, Clifford and
Myles Culmer, as receivers for
the GBPAandPort GroxipLtd,
remained in place. The natter is
due back in court today.
It is also understood that the
parties to the dispute were
locked in a late afternoon meet-
ing at the offices of the Lennox
Paron law firm, whose head of
litigation. Brian Simms, is the
attorney for the receivers.
Among those present was
said by solirces to be the for-
mer attorney general Paul
Adderley, representing the
Government, a further sign that
Prime Minister Perry Christie's
administration is willing to
increasingly intervene in an
ownership dispute embroiling
a quasi-governmental authority,
with responsibilities for

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Ownership of

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Film Stridios to host next project during early 2007

DevelOpment talking to 'almost' a dozen production

Buil ing sales via te itect ap roac

In The Estate of Ann Evangeline Franks a.k.a.
Evangeline Franks, late of Sutton Street'
Nassau, Bahamas Deceased

NOTICE is hereby diven that all
persons having any claim or demand against
or any interest in the above Estate should
send the same duly certified in writing to the
undersigned on or before 12fh January, 2007
2006 after which date the Administrator will
proceed to distribute the assets of the
Estate having regard only to claims, demandS
or interests of which he shall have notice.

Attorney for Administrator
P.- O. Bot N-9578
Bacardi Road
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 362-1021



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the dissolution of the
above-named Company commenced on the 29th
day of November, 2006. The Liquidator is
John M. Lawrence of RO. Box CR-56766,
Suite 1000, Nassau, Bahamas.


Deloitte & Touche wishedo employ


Candidates should have at least five (5)
years of practical audit experience, and
must be a member of an accounting body
recognized by The Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Applicants should apply in writing no later
than Friday, December 22, 2006 to: .

Human Resources IVIanager,
Deloitte & Touch
* P.O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas

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Fund Limited

Bahamas Property Fund Limited hereby
notifies all its shareholders that the Board of
Directors has declared a dividend of twenty
cents (200) per Class A Ordinary Share to be

paid December 20, 2006 to all shareholders
of record as of December 13, 2006.

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an ethical bribe, such as pack-
aging two products for a dra-
matically lower price, or
adding in things for free.
4. It must reduce the risk to
the reader of purchasing your
product. Back your promise
with a risk-free warranty or
money back guarantee. Jay
Abrahams suggests two ways
of conveying your confidence
in your product and transfer-
ring the risk from the buyer
back to you, the seller.
First, give a guarantee way
beyond what is normal m your
industry. By giving a 90-day
guarantee, instead of a 30-day
guarantee, you are telling the
customer that you are placing
the risk squarely on your
Second, give a better than
risk-free guarantee, so that if
they ask for their money back,
they get to keep something for
5. It must make a call to
action. Tell your reader, view-
er, or listener exactly what
action to take. Tell them how
to find your business, who to
call, what to ask for, how to
order, how to respond, or
whom to write to.

Tip 2: Get your style right -
Make your copy sound as if
you were talking to someone
across the table.

Tip 3: Spell out your motives
- Always tell your prospect
w Houe wdh fga is h
you this offer", "This is why I
am writing to you", or "This

DIRECT response advertis-
mg is one of the most effective
tools you can use to build sales
for your business. It's differ-
ent from traditional advertis-
ing, which is there to build
your image and inform the cus-
tomer of your brand. Direct
Response is about getting
sales, and thus very important
for smaller businesses.
A direct response mecha-

nism can be used to get an
immediate response or action
from a reader or viewer to
either request more informa-
tion, visit your shop, mail in a
coupon, or purchase. They can
be encouraged to do this by
either replying by post, e-mail,
or telephone, or in person,
Direct response mechanisms
are currently used across many
different media, such as TV

commercials, TV infomercials,
direct mail, advertorials, radio
or telemarketing. Direct
Response has the following
It is measurable You can
track a response and evaluate
how effective it has been,
something you can't do with
traditional advertising.
It is cost effective If done
properly, it can be an inexpen-
sive way to generate new busi-
ness compared to traditional
It is productive It is a
productive way to communi-
cate with your audience, par-
ticularly those outside your
local business area. .
It can stimulate business
activity By communicating a
sale, or special offer, or
upselling your other products,
you can generate income in
slack periods

Jay Abraham defines
Direct Response as "sales-
manship in print or over the
air". ,He suggests direct
response advertising should be
in the format of a sales letter,
making a complete case for
four product, creating a strong
appeal or desire for it, and
explaimng how your product
can meet those desires. Here,
then, are'some tips for per-
fecting your direct response

sales pitch or sales letter:

Tip 1: Get Your Copy Right
- Here are some additional
suggestions over and above
those covered in my previous
column, Writing Great Copy.
1. It must command atten-
tion Joe Korvo, in his book
The Lazy Man's Way To Rich-
es, recommends that you bram-
storm all the benefits of your
product, write them down and
pick out the most powerful one
and use it for your headline.
2. It must show the reader
the advantages and benefits of
using your product and why it
is superior. Joe Korvo sug-
gests you focus on .the prob-
lems your product solves. For
example, you should empha-
sise that your dishwasher is
there to save you time, rather
than simply help you wash
Find out what your product
does cheaper and better than
everyone else and write your
copy to that end. Make sure
you anticipate sales objections
and give answers to all the
major questions.
3. It must create a sense of
urgency. Give an inducement
to purchase by linking pur-
chase now with a reduced
price, free shipping, COD or
some other kind of offer. Jay
Abrahams suggests building in

is why I am giving you a free
gift". The public are skeptical
of advertising, but if you let
them understand your motives ,
they will be more inclined to
accept your offer.
Tip 4: Validate your claims-
Use facts to explained back
up your proposition
Tip 5: The maybe-maybe not .
approach- Jay Abrahams sug-
gests you tell your readers that
the product may not work for
them, and suggests to them:
"Why not try it risk free, as it
won't cost you anything to find

Tip 6: Validate yogr cus-
tomer Acknowledge them as
being special, and that you are ,
doing this mailing just for t

. Tip 7: Ask they remain a
customer Let them know
that if they are not interested
in this offer, you are still at
their service.
Don't be an antipreneur and
make the following mistakes:
Forget a direct response
mechanism in your advertising
and sales material
Write poor copy
Marketing your business is
an important area and will
require constant effort. So, in
order to avoid the trap of
tipre urs i1pe mak i
response as it could pay large
dividends for your future busi-
ness success.
NB: Adapted from his

MRI'kh s on 0 ears of top
COmmHRicatiODS experie 6 in
London and the Bahamas. He
is chief operating officer of
lives in Nassau, and can be
contacted at mark alex-
@ Mark Palmer. All rights



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General
meetingg of the Shareholders of CALTEX INTERNATIONAL
SERVICES LIMITED is hereby called to be held at Chevron House,
Church Street, Hamilton, Bermuda on the Twelfth day of January, 2007
at 10:00 o'clock in the forenoon. The object and purpose of said meeting
is to have laid before the shareholders of the Company the accounts of
the Liquidator, GARY R PITMAN, showing the manner in.which the
winding up of the Company has been conducted, the property of the
Company distributed and the debts and obligations of the Company
discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be given by siad
Dated the Seventh day of December, 2006.



The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE 87
gasoline sold by FOCOL will become effecdve on Friday, December 8, 2006;
LEAD FREE 93 and DIESEL OL will become effective on Monday, December
II, 2006 respectively.

s s s
COMPANY LEAD FREE(87) 128 3.28 3.72
LIMITED LEAD FREE(93) 3.47 3.47 3.91
DIESEL OIL 2.86 2.86


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned clo P.O. Box SS-19084, Nassau, Bahamas
on or before the Third day of January, 2007.In default
thereof they will be excluded from the beneKt of aily I
distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the Seventh day of December, 2006.

Florlda Stock Readder Immediate Shipment

Call Now Ask for Ana, Dan, or Humberto .

cab consultants limited


Responsibilities include:
1. The drafting and creation of construction documents.
2. Assisting Engineers on site with supervision and management duties.

Candidates should be hard working and be able to handle a number of
projects simultaneously. csb consultants limited is a team orientated
company, and potential employees should be capable of adapting to this
All interested candidates should email there resumes to:
OR fax to: (242) 325-7209 ATTN: Mr. Mark Williams

development of the Guidelines to the HU no later
than 31st January, 2007

Copies of the draft proposed Guidelines
may be obtained from the HU, Third Floor,
NOffOlk House, Frederick Street, P.O.Box SB-50086,
Nassau, BahamasTelephone Numbers: 356-6327;
356-9808; or 326-3814.


Financial Intelligence Unit

P.O.Box SB-50086

Nassau, Bahamas




numbers of vendors expected
to sell wares from road side
stalls, the spokesperson added.
The spokeswomen for the
Mall at Marathon, Theresa
Roberts, was unable to com-
ment on the impact roadside
vendors might have on sales.
Nevertheless, she said the
mall expects to be very busy.
'We kicked off the holiday
period with our Christmas
Parade last month, and we will
have our in-house Santa Claus
available to take photos," she
Ms Roberts said the Mall was
certam that security will not be
a concern for their patrons.
"In addition to the police sta-
tion located at the mall, we have

our own in-house security. We
also have ample lighting and
extended parkmg outside," she
The Mall at Marathon has
also extended holiday hours
opening an hour longer, and the
Saturday before Christmas,
shoppers will have until 11pm.
On Christmas Eve, which is a
Sunday, the stores will remain
open from 1pm to7pm.

receipt at the customer service
On Saturday, December 23,
mail officials will then draw a
name and the lucky customer
will be invited to come in Janu-
ary and have a shopping spree
worth $5,000.
In addition, Town Centre
Mall will launch extended holi-
day hours to maximize shop-
ping. Starting on December 18,
the mall will remain open from
10am-10pm up to the last Sat-
urday before Christmas, when it
will be opened from 10am -
11pm. On Christmas Eve, the
mall will be open from 1pm-7
Town Centre Mall stores are
not concerned about the large

Tribune Business
NASSAU'S two largest malls
are expecting large crowds and
strong sales heading into the
busy Christmas season.
A spokesperson for the Town
Centre Mall said all indicators
pointed to a very profitable hol-
iday season. "We are about to
kick-off our sniart shopper pro-
motion which starts tomorrow
[today]," they said.
The promotion, designed to
entice shoppers? will allow cus-
tomers who make a minimum
purchase of $20 to enter the
mall's drawing by leaving their

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for the island were up slightly
and sea landed visitors were up.
Major cruise lines like Car-
nival Cruises, Discovery Cruis-
es, and Norwegian Cruises
brought in more passengers to
Grand Bahama (as a first port

of entry) than during the same
period of2005.
The Family Islands were up
primarily because more cruise
lines were using their private
islands as a first port of entry,
the ministry added.

sau/Paradise Island and Grand
Bahama were down, the former
by 1 per cent and Grand
Bahama 23 per cent.
Long Island continued to be
challenged that month, posting
a decrease of 35 per cent as did
San Salvador a 99 per cent
Grand Bahama and the Fam-
ily Islands were able to post a
slight increase in cruise arrivals
for October 4 per cent for the
Out Islands although overall
cruise arrivals were down by 19
per cent, with Nassau/ Paradise
Island down by 34 er cent
For the first ten months of
2006, Grand Bahama improved
by 6 per cent for cruise arrivals.
However, overall cruise
arrivals declined by 6 per cent,
with NassaulParadise Island
down by 11 per cent and the
Family Isloyds islands down by
7 pef cent. ,
- The ministry attributed the
figures to the fact that major
cruise lines brought in fewer
passengers to Nassau/Paradise
Island as a first port of entry
than they did in 2005.
The ministry said that sea
arrivals to Grand Bahama for
October (first port of entry)
were up because cruise arrivals

of TheFinancial


~to Scin

Intelligence Unit Act, 2000, the Public is hereby
notified that the FIU intends to issue its Revised

Suspicious 'lkansaction Guidelines Relating to
the Prevention of Money Laundering and the
Financing of Terrorism.



industry organizations, that

Presently considering applications for


Looking for candidates with:

1. Some experience with drafting and the creation of
2. Working knowledge of the AutoCAD software.
3. Autodesk Land Desktop experience is a plus.

are representative of those financial institutions .and

course of t~he

interest mn being consulted in the


Malls fearin u f or

V1sitOf afflVRIS down by 4%


Tribune Business
GINN Clubs & Resorts' deci-
sion to sponsor the Boxing Day

REQUIREMENTS In many instances this individual
is the first contact with clients. Therefore, the successful
individual must truly enjoy dealing with people, be
very professional, want to exceed clients' expectations,
and be an excellent team player. The successful
candidate must have the confidence and experience to
deal with people face to face and possess excellent
telephone etiquette. An individual with a few years'
experience in the hospitality industry would be ideally
suited for this challenging position. An individual with
multiple language capabilities or the willingness to
learn more languages would be a definite asset;
however, the successful candidate will need to have a
sufficient command of spoken Spanish in order to
properly handle telephone calls in that language.
BGCSE Math & English or equivalent; keyboard and
word processing skills; and knowledge of switchboard
operation are also required.
DUTIES Bank Receptionist (receive and greet
customers and other visitors to the organization);
Telephone Operator (operate switchboard; handle
incoming/outgoing telephone calls; deal with customer
inquiries and re-direct calls to appropriate staff); Mail
and Courier Packages (prepare mail & courier packages
for dispatch; sort & distribute incoming mail); collect
and distribute incoming faxes; order office supplies;
provide support with routine office and clerical activities
(light typing, etc.)

Compensation will be commensurate with
experience. Interested applicants must submit
applications by December 19, 2006 to:
Human Resources Manager
(Re: Receptionist)
P. O. Box SS-6289
Nassau, Bahamas

TT .
1 1



Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 07th day of December,
2006 and that Credit Suisse Trust Limited of
Bahamas Finacial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets
Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of
the Company,

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator .

International Offshore Bank is seeking an
Familiar with general office duties, loan ,
documentation, filing. Applicant must be
fluent in SPANISH, written and spoken.
Proven knowledge of MS Office products.

Please submit your resume to
HR Manager
P.O. Box N-4444 Nassau, NP.

The descendants of The Late Sarah

COoper Nee Clarke and The Late
Christopher Clarke both formerly of
Townhead, Great Exuma,
Island are asked to please contact
attorney Camille Cleare of Harry B.
Sands, Lobosky &. Company, at
322-2670 on or before the close of
business Friday 8th December 2006.

11 .I 1./JL Advvy I

The Board of Directors of Benchmark
(Bahamas) Ltd. at its Board Meeting 1st
December declared a special dividend of
one cent per share based on the continued
pOSitive performance of the
COmpany year to date.

Payment of the special dividend will be made
On 15th December 2006 to shareholders of
reCOrd 11th December 2006

With responsibility of direct ng
(Hardware/Software) Support and
Network Administration

* Minimum of five years IT experience
* Bachelor Degree in Computer Science/
|nfOrmation Systems
* Demonstrated Prof iciency in Microsoft
Of f ice Products, Microsoft Server 2003,
Exchange 2003, Linuz, and ACCPAC
* Analytical possessing strong leadership
* Excellent communication and
organizational skills

To apply for this position please e-mail'
your resume' to:

A global leader in audit, tax and advisory services

We are currently seeking two qualified Managers to join our Audit practice.


Successful candidates for the Manager position must have at least six years professional public accounting
experience, two of which shodid be at a supervisory level. Experience as an Assistant manager would be a plus.
Applicants must hold a CPA, CA, or other professional designatiork recognized by the Bahamas institute of
Chartered Accountants.

Excellent opportunities exist in our Nassau office to broaden your professional experience in a varied practice that
offers competitive compensation and benefits packages.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a copy of their professional certification to: KPlVIG, Human Resources
Manager, P.O. Box N123, NassauBahamas or aca h or ag. n be.

"fo rG a mi np no p, and a member finn of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG international, a

Pricing Information As Of: * ^
Thursday, 7 December 200 6
1[ri / CHG 02.08 / %CHG 00.12 / YTD 321.80 / YTD % 23.62
52 52 Low Security Prevrous Close Toda,"s Close Change Daily \ol EPS 5. Did 5 P.E Dead .
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 0.65 0 1.5 0 00 -0 109 O 000 N.Pal 0 00
12.05 10.25 Bahamati Property Fund 11.00 11.00 0.00 1,000 1.689 0.380 6.5 3.45%
8.00 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.796 0.260 10.1 3.25%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.265 0.020 2.6 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.65 1.72 0.07 1,402 0.168 0.060 10.2 3.49%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.170 0.570 7.6 4.75%
9.99 9.05 Cable Bahamas 9.90 9.99 0.09 5,360 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.40%
2.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 0.078 0.000 24.4 0.00%
12.40 9.00 Commonwealth Bank 12.34 12.40 0.06 1,500 0.943 O.660 12.4 5.32 /o
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.10 5.05 -0.05 1,805 0.134 0.045 38.3 0.88%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.295 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 5.54 Famguard 5.79 5.79 0.00 2,300 0.552 0.240 10.5 4.15%
12.00 10.60 FInco 12.00 12.OO 0.00 250 0.779 0.560 15.4 4.67%
5 1 05 FirstCaribbean 5 25 0 00 735 2::il !: 28 1
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete O.50 0.55 0.05 1,000 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.20 ICD Utilities 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.532 0.270 13.5 3.75%
9.10 8.52 J.S.Johnson 8.60 8.60 0.00 0.582 0.560 14.8 6.51%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.269 O.195 7.9 1.95%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid 5 Ask $ La .1 P..ce Weeki, a 01 EPS $ De 4, PE V.eles
14.30 12.?5 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.923 1.320 8.1 9.04 /;
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85
km Thd) 5tinter SectinO.OO 0.021 0.000 26.2 0.00%
.ii ABDAB s Supenarkets 8 .88 8 9 or:
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
*:::1 -m-- ease Fun
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD Last 12 FL1.-;r.Ihs Die 5 Y.eld .
1.3172 1.2637 Colina Money Market Fund 1 317175
3.0017 2.5864 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.00 a 7"*
2.4829 2.2754 Colina MSI Pasferred Fund 2.482863"
1 2037 1.1406 Colina Bond Fund 1.203719-"" . _
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = I.000 00 MARKET TERF.1= "iELD last 12 .v.; ..=:.136.3 t.. .uz zing r. 1:@ PM
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 62 weeks BId $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest dealing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 1 December 2006
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price ..
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 October 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS 5 A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths *" 6
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 31 October 200
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 rnonths NIM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 "" 31 October 2006

* I 1




DECEMBER 8, 2006

Bahamians remain home dur-,
ing the holidays.
"Traditionallysome persons
would have travelled to Nassau
to participate in the Boxing Day
parade, but this year the West
End parade, coupled with the
cultural concert being planned
for Christmas Night, will bring
new life to the holiday season
on the island," said Mr Adder-
He said Ginn's sponsorship
of the parade spoke to a grow-
ing trend of corporate entities
contributing to the country's
major cultural experience.
"More and more, it is clear
that foreign investors who want
to touch the lives of Bahami-
ans are using Junkanoo, which
tBoauhcah an s. nsk otn a
sends status and gender, and

by sponsoring a group you
touch every aspect of the
Bahamian make-up," Mr
Adderley said.
He noted that Junkanoo has
become more than just an evept
held for a few hours each year,
but is an .integral part of
Bahamian life that foreign
investors see as vital .fo
Mr Adderley said corporate
sponsorship in recent months
included the Albany sponso.r-
ship of One Family, along with
donations from John Bull;
Dockendale's sponsorship of
the Fox Hill Congos; and Baba
Mar's ongoing five-year part-
nership with the Valley Boyst
It was this spirit which led
ama s h h eFa o a
major impact on the economy.

Parade in West End, Grand
Bahama, will have a major
impact on the island's econo-
my, the organizer of the Feel the
Rush Parade told The Tribune.
Peter Adderley, president of
public relations firm Creative

Works, said Ginn's decision to
return the parade to the area
after a nine-year hiatus will
bring new life to West End and,
by extension, the entire island of
Grand Bahama.
Mr Adderley said: "This will
be a boost to the economy when
you consider the increase in
room occupancy by persons
who want to view the parade,
the ground transportation
required to get them to West
End, the profits for the vendors
who sell food and other items at

the parade, as well as the actual
cost of putting on the parade
and the purchase of the tricks
and materials for the costumes."
Another factor to take into
consideration, he said, was the
prize money the winning groups
will receive.
Mr Adderley added that
beauty salons, barber shops and
clothing stores will also get a
boost in sales by persons want-
ing to look good for the holi
day period. He said the parade
will ensure that more Grand



Ginn's West End 'rush' to bolster island's economy

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 8TH day of DECEMBER, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



(a) Energy West Group Ltd. is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the7th day
of November, A.D., 2006, when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidation of the said company is Robert Batong-Hor
of the CityofAccra, Ghana.

Dated this 7th day of November, A.D., 2006.

-****** ***** ****



(a) Deepwater Resources Lim is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 1 7(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the7th day
of November, A.D., 2006, when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidation of the said company is Robert Batong-Hor
of the City ofAccra, Ghana.

Dated this7th day of November, A.D., 2006.


Tribune Business Editor
THE Government was given a
'7.5 per cent stake in the Grand
' Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) as a trade-off for agree-
ing to the listing of its parent
' company on the New York
Stock Exchange, with the
GBPA's former financial con.
troller stating he was "prepared
to give a recollection" of what he
believed had happened to those
shares. '
Donald de la Rue, the former
- financial controller for the
Wallace Groves, Freeport's
founder and architect of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
developed a strategy to list the
GBPA due to concerns that Sir
Lynden Pindling's PLP admin-
istration, which came to power
in 1967, "would take steps to
nationalist or somehow acquire
the GBPA"
The fate of the Government's
7.5 per cent stake in the GBPA,
something Sir Jack Hayward and
'restrained' chairman Hannes

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pany called Inter continental
Diversified Corporation (ICD),
which would act as the listed
holding company for the Port.
Mr de la Rue said the strategy
took a number of years to
implement", due to the Securi-.
ties and Exchange Commission's
(SEC) suspicions over transac-
tions involving Bahamian com-
panies and the Bahamian gov-
He added: "Eventually, the
requisite approval was obtained
from the SEC, and the Bahami-
an government consented to the
restructuring on the basis that it
obtained 7.5 per cent of the
shares in the GBPA."
Mr de la Rue recalled that it
had been the influence of Sir
Jack Hayward"s father, Sir
Charles, the other main GBPA
shareholder alongside Mr
Groves and the Allens, who had
ensured Edward St George was
appomted to the GBPA Board,
an appointment that "had been
controversial" with Mr Groves.
The Grand Bahama Develop-
ment Company (Deveo) had
also been set up at this time,

owned 50/50 between the GBPA
and Flonda real estate develop-
er, Louis Chesler. The latter's
financial difficulties and falling
out with Mr Groves saw him sell
his stake to the GBPA m 1966.
Mr de la Rue alleged that
after the New York listing, ICD
undertook a reverse stock split
in the early 1970s, providing
each shareholder with one share
in exchange for four old ones,
removing a number of small
investors and strengthening the
Groves, Hayward and Allen
In addition, Benguet share-
holders had been given the
option of taking Benguet shares
or ICD shares as payment for
the latter's spin-off and separate
listing. The Allens took Benguet
shares, thus exiting from the
Mr de la Rue then described
"a major blow up in the man-
agement" of the GBPA in 1976,
after it was discovered that Jer-
ry Goldsmith a Groves
appointee and supporter "had
apparently nusappropnated sev-
eral million dollars from the
GBPA over some time".
Mr Goldsmith allegedly
defended his actions by saying
the money had been used to
'facilitate the company's inter-
ests with the government', but
the affair left Wallace Groves
"in a vulnerable position".
Mr St George acting on Sir
Jack Hayward's behalf, alleged-
ly forced Mr Groves to place his
ICD shares in a voting trust
alongside Sir Jack's. Sir Jack
controlled their vote for the next
five years and, in 1982, exercised
rp on neg d yG v5
One of the attorneys involved
in that transaction was Norman
Solovay, who now acts for Mary
St George, Mr St George's for-
mer second wife, in her dispute
with the estate.
At that time, Mr de la Rue
alleged that Mr St George
acquired a small portion of Mr
Groves' shares, an amount "weH
below 10 per cent of the overall
shareholding of ICD".
After this, Sir Jack bought out
the minority shareholders in
ICD by late 1982, delisting it
from the New York exchange
and, in return for Mr St George
reet to run the o ration
full-time, allegedly give him 50
per cent of ICD.

Babak believe it holds judging
from their court affidavits, and
whether it still holds this, has
become a subject of increasing
Both Prime Minister Perry
Christie's government and the
FNM opposition are currently
understood to be on a hunt to
locate this.
In a statement made on Sep-
tember 19, 2006, and filed with
the Supreme Court, Mr de la
Rue said Mr Groves decided on
the New York listing because a
company in which there were
numerous shareholders would
be more difficult for the PLP
government to nationalist. Mr
Groves also wanted to release
cash from his investment.
The Allen family, a fellow
GBPA shareholder, held an
interest in Benguet, a New York
listed company, which Mr
Groves saw as providing a 'back-
door' route for listing the
The strategy, Mr de la Rue
alleged, was for Benguet to
acquire the GBPA, and then
spin it off into a separate com-

'Government's Port stake was listing 'trade-off'

Fil Stdo ohs etpojc uigery20

Legal Notice

/ -

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


Equity Side

parcel or lot of land situate in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas being Lot Number 2 Block
Number 2 of the Subdivision called and
New Providence, Bahamas


IN THE MKETER OF Quieting Title Act Chapter

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of ANDREW


of the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, The Bahamas, claims to be the owner
of the unencumbered fee simple estate in possession
of ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate
in the Western District of .the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas being Lot
Number 2 Block Number 2 of the Subdivision called
and known as "CORAL HEIGHTS EAST", New
Providence, Bahamas and has made application to
the Supreme Court.of The Commonwealth of the
Bahamas undel Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 to have his title 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 provisions of the said

AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the
Petition and Plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office in the following places:

1. Registry of the Supreme Court, 2nd
Floor Anasbacher House, East Street
North, Nassau, Bahamas.

2. Thechambers of Mackay & Moxey
situate in Shirlaw House, Shirley
Street, Nassau; Bahamas.

any person having dower or a right to dower or an
adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the 30th day after the
last day on which this notice shall be advertised
in the newspaper file in the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned an
Adverse Claim in the prescribed form verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any
person to file and serve an Adverse Claim on or
before the said date will operate as a bar to such a claim

Dated this 31st day of October, A.D.,2006

Shirlaw House
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 5th day of December 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.


. Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the alpove-named
Company is in dissolution hich commenced
on the 27th day of Octo The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

(Li dator) '



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a Meeting of the
Shareholder of the above-named Company duly convened
and held on the 13th day of Noveinber 2006 the following
resohxtions were passed:

wound up voluntarily.

SERVICES INC. be appointed the Liquidator for the
purpose of winding up.

Dated the 13th day of November 2006.

Registered Office
For the above-named Company

Legal Notice


Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), Notice is hereby
given that Interflight Aviation Services Ltd. is in dissolution
and the date of commencement of the dissolution is
22 November 2006

Blue Seas Administration Limited
Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas

NELSON, RUM CAY, 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 1ST day of
DECEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of 2000,
MELVIN ASSETS S.A. has been dissolved and struck off the
Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 1st day of December, 2006.

Arango-Orillac Building,
East 54 Street, Panama,
Republic of Panama




Bahamas Film Studios and exit
his investment in the project, or
alternatively attract new
investors and capital with the
ability to take the development
Mr Fuller said in a statement
earlier this week: "This capital
investment will allow the Stu-
dio to move forward with its-
plans to complete the additions
necessary to make our Studio
a fully-functioning, full-service
facility, and assist us in promot-
ing the Bahamas as a destina-
tion for the film and television
industry, the music recording
industry and, of course, as a
tourist destmation.
"We, are fully committed to
adding a film school, a Bahami-
an Cultural and Historical.Vil-
lage, and to completing the
work necessary for the Studio.
These portions of the project
will all assist us in becoming a
viable, competitive and highly
successful Studio."
The Bahamas Film Studios,
which are seen as having
tremendous potential for Grand
Bahama's economy and the
wider Bahamas, due to the
tourism-related spin-offs and
ecoilomic diversification they
provide, have undergone a
number of recent changes.
Their president, Paul Quigley,
the last of the three founding

partners who negotiated the
Heads of Agreement for the
$76 million project with the
Government, was "relieved of
all duties" and his Board seat
in September/October 2006.
His two fellow founders,
Hans Schutte and Michael Col-
lyer, had both tragically passed
away, and Mr Quigley had
come under increasing pressure
from the project's financial
backers to produce profits and a
return on their investment.
It was thought that the
investors were not as 'emotion-
ally attached' to the project as
the three founders, and were
keener on seeing a return on
their money.
The Bahamas Film Studios
had previously obtained a $10
million loan from First-
Caribbean International Bank
to excavate the water tank
where the two Pirates of the
Caribbean movies were filmed.
The project, whicli was the
figst to obtain a Heads of
Agreement from the current
administration back in 2002,
leases the entire 3,500-acre site
from the Government.
Mr Quigley is now working
on an independent project, ad
action adventure television
show that will be an all-Bahami-
an production, based on the
exploits of BASRA.

Custom Computers Ltd., a leading Bahamian
technology provider since 1987, is looking for a

This is an exceptional career opportunity to join a .
dynamic team of highly skilled professionals and
participate in the company's long term development.
The successful candidate will display outstanding
personal qualities, have an impressive professional
track record and be a team player. Naturally,
proficiency in computers is essential.
Custom Computers offers a comprehensive benefits
package and the salary wilibe based on qualWications
and ex enence. .,

offers: "This does not affect our
daily operation other than we
will have the capital needed to
move forward."
He declined to name the indi-
viduals or groups involved in
the offers, although The Tri-
bune put Mr Bethel's name to

Mr Fuller, though, did con-
firm that the Government had
been informed about develop-
ments concerning the Bahamas
Film Studios, and he was "in
ongoing meetings and discus-
sions with the appropriate offi-
The initial communications
are understood to have involved
discussions with the Ministry of
Tourism, including minister
Obie Wilchcombe, and the
Bahamas Film Commission,

headed by Craig Woods. Other
ministries in the loop are likely
to be the Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments, and
the Office of the Prime Minis-
However, The Tribune under-
stands that any deal is likely to
involve a buyout of Mr Fuller's
shareholding in the Bahamas
Film Studios, along with a clean
up of any debts the project owes
and other liabilities. Such moves
are common in mergers and
. Tribune Business earlier this
year revealed that Mr Fuller
was looking to either sell the

FROM page 1B



Atlantic Medical .

Clinical Administrator

Atlantic Medical Insurance (AMI), a subsidiary of Colonial Group
International Limited (CGI) headquartered in Bermuda, is seeking a
Clinical Administrator.
CGI, with offices in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and
the British Virgin Islands, offers a complete range of premier financial
and insurance services to both local and international clients. This is
an opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing innovative company,
focusing on providing clients with first class service and access to
competitive products.
Reporting to the Operations Manager Designate, the position of
Clinical Administrator will be responsible for a variety of medicallY
related issues such as reviewing local and foreign medical claims, pre-
certifying patients for off-island air evacuations and hospitalization
and maximizing medical claims efficiency in a demanding and rapidly
expanding environment. Other duties will include blit not be limited
Periodic review of medical enrollment forms for eligibility
Reporting to re-insurers regarding large and potentially large claim
losses and coordinating reserves
Lial i wit doc or socialdw kers, medical facilities (local and
Dealing with walk-in and telephone queries, assisting enrollees and
their families with medical and claims related queries
Reviewing in-patient/out-patient authorization and following up as
it is essential that applicants possess the following qualifications'
experience and attributes:
Registered Nurse currently registered with the Bahamas Nursing
nsingfRnstration Au ity arid on tPhee r"Active" Nurses List
Knowledge of CPT ICD-9CM, HCPCS coding
Strong customer service skills including confidence in dealing with
clients in a professional manner to assist them with their:enquiries
Proven communication (verbal and written).and organizational skills
Superior proficiency in MS Word; knowledge of email and electronic
calendar software; accurate typing at 45 wpm
Experience in creating reports and as well as composing
Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and meet deadlines

Compensation for the successful candidate will be attractive and
linked to performance. AMI offers ah attractive benefits package that
includes comprehensive medical insurance, contributory pension plan,
life and long term disability coverage.

If you have a keen commitment to quality results and want to
contribute your talents to a dynamic company, contact us about this
opportunity Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence
an should e made in writing to:
Attra Human Resources
2nd 79FraC9, COllins Avenue
P.O.Box SS 5915
Nassau, Bahamas
Closing Date for applications is December 21, 2006

Operational Risk Management
A reputable financial institution headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in
The. Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands. Guemsey, Switzerland and the
United Kingdom, Butterfield Bank offers a wide rar\ge of services to local and
nternauenal client

An exciting opportunity current y exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Operational Risk
Team. The successful candidate will report directly to the Assistant Manager,
Opadianal RFR Management,

Core Responsibilities
= Assist with the development and implementation of the Risk
Management Framework within the bank and to deputies for the
Assistant Manager, Operational Risk Management in her absence.
* Assist with the monitoring of the company's adheretice to the group s
ORM policies and procedures by providing service and support to all
business lines,
* Assist with identification of risk and completion of risk rating analysis
within the unit.
* Assist in the creation of the bank s risk database using Methodware
Manage the timely recording and review of incident reports and ensuring
timely resolutlan and reporting.
Assist in the preparation of training sessions and briefings relating to any
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Desired Qualifications
* Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline from a
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= A minimum of five years experience in the Finandal Services Industry.
* The ability to learn new software programs speedily.
M. Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word & Power Point)
. The ability to work with minimal supervision and to work accurately and
effectively under pressure.
a Excellent interpersonal, communication, time management and problem
solving skills.

Closing Date: December 10, 2006



Commercial Division

(U.S.) INC. (a Minnesota Corporation) ("Mosaic")


Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000 Edition ("the Act")

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Petition for
the winding-lip of the above named Company was on 17th
day of March 1006 presented to the said Court by Olympus
Univest Ltd. (in liquidation) c(o BDO Mann Judd, Third
Hoor, Ansbacher House, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas

AND that the said Petition is directed to be heard
before the Honourable Madame Justice Cheryl Albury in
Court at Law Courts, the Harrison Building, Marlborough
Street, Nassau on Thursday, the 14th day of December,
2006 at 11:00 o'clock in, the forenoon and any Creditoi or
contributory of the said Companydesirous to support or oppose
the making of an Order on the said Petition niay appear at the
time of the hearingin person or by his Counsel for that purpose;
and a copy of the Petition will be furnished by the undersigned
to any Creditor or Contributory of the said Company requiring
such copy on payment of the prescribed charges for the same.

DATED the 6th day of December, A.D. 2006

One Millars Court,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTE: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing
of the said Petition must serve on or send by post to the
above-named, notice in writing of his intention to do so.
The Notice must state the name and address of the person,
or, if a firm, the name and address of the firm and must
signed by the person or firm or his or their attorney if any,
and .must be served or if posted, must be sent by post in
sufficient time to reach the above-named liot later than 4:00
o'clock in the afternoon of the 13th day of Decemeber, 2006.

Trust & Corporate Services

A reputable inandal n-allullen headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in
The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guemsey, Switzerland and the
lJnited Kingdom, Butterfield Bank offers a wide range of services to local and
international clients.

An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Trust & Corporate
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Relationship Manager.

COre Responsibilities
* Manage a large portfolio of complex accounts including trust, estates
and agencies.
* PfOvide financial information to clients as requested.
* Acton clients'behalf in matters dealing with lawyers, beneficiaries, etc.
* Extensive experience with all aspects of trust administration.

Desired Qualifications

a Bachelor's Degree in Business or related discipline from a well recognized
* A minimum of five years progressive Fiduciary experience in the Financial
Services Industry.
* STEP training or other suitable qualifications will be advantageous.
* Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products.
. Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project
management and customer sentice skills.

C OSing Date: December 10, 2006

Human Resources
Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242
Nassau, Bahamas

Information Technology
A reputable financial Institution headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in
The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guemsey, Switzerland and the
United Kingdom Butterfield Bank offers a wide range of services to local and
An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Information
Technology team. The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of
information Technology.

Core Responsibilities
* Develop, maintain, support and optimize the organization 5 network
infrastructure, server infrastructure, data communications, and
telecommunications systems
* Ensure hardware and software is maintained and data is secured through
proper back-ups and staff training.
* Prepare and maintain technical specifications and related documentation
to secure procedures and prevent system failure. This includes IT Disaster
Recovery / Business Continuity planning.
* Provide management and direction for end-user support funcuon in
support of business operations, inclusive of management of the HelP-
Desk function-
* Manage and direct software, hardware, network, telecommunications
and web providers to enhance operational efficiencies and ROibased a
the bank's business objectives.

Desired Qualifications
* Bachelor's Degree in Computing or related discipline from a well .
recognized university.
. A minimum of five years progressive professional IT experience preferably
In the Financial Services industry.
. IT based training or qualifications (MCSE, CISSP and CCNA) from
accredited Institutions WIII be advantageotis.
* Proficient in computer systems and network management, LANs, WANs;
telecommunications, Web-based applications, client-server applications,
and PC-based software applications.
a Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows Servers, Microsoft Windows
XP, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Exchange
Server systems'
* Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project
management and customer service skills.
Closing Date: December 10, 2006

Human Resources
ButterfleId Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242
Nassau, Bahamas
Fait (242) 393 3772

: I I I


George as they had been quite
casual, informal and trusting
with each other as to their equal
50 per cent ownership in the
GBPA Group of Companies
through ICD. They did not have
a shareholders agreement or
any other document other than
the one I prepared to reflect the
share ownership relationship

be reenltheRm.e said he wanted
to have a written record to show
that the ICD shares issued to
FMS were not owned by the
company, but being held in trust
for Mr St George's benefit..
I am also able to confirm
that, throughout my tenure as
financial controller of the
GBPA Group of Companies,
their subsidiaries, FMS and

ICDt ndivid nd sor c ita s
divided e ually between Sir
Jack and Mr St George through
whatever trust or corporate
structures they may each have

tt r tn as ma
Rue alleged.
He recalled that ICD Panama
was eventually re-domiciled to
the Cayman Islands, and that
since Mr St George and Sir Jack
each owned 50 per cent of the
Panamanian entity, their shares
were transferred directly to the
new Cayman company.
The Panamanian firm was
wound up, and ICD Cayman
took over as the holding com
pany owned 50/50 by the pair
- that now owns the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd.
Mr de la Rue alleged: "Thus,
effectively, the 50 per cent equal
ownership by Sir Jack Hayward
and Mr St George in ICD Pana-
ma was translated into their
equal 50 per cent ownership
through their various corpora-
tions and or trusts into ICD
"I am also able to say that
not only was I the financial con-
troller for the Group of Com-
panies, but I was also responsi-
ble for ensuring the division of
profits and or dividends
between Sir Jack Hayward and
Mr St George, and if there had
been any arraligeinents
between them other than their
equal sharing of the profits, div-
idends and or capital distribu-
tion of the GBPA Group of
Companies, I am sure that one
or the other of them would havb
shared this with me.

"It is a surprise to me that Sir

75 per cent of the GBPA Group

FROM page 1B

Freeport's governance and
Others present at the meeting
included the St George estate's
attorneys, Harvey Tynes, QC,
Fred Smith and Damien
Gomez, and Greg Moss, who
represents Sir Jack and the
GBPA's embattled chairman,

Harmh Ibdaa it, Mr de la Rue
"ref er red to a document he
signed on March 14, 1983, which
he initialled. It stated that Mr St
George beneficially owned
1,635,143 shares in Interconti-
nental Diversified Corporation
(Panama), called ICD.
The document was attached
to 17 copies of share certificates
issued to Fiduciary Manage-

ma dSoe sd e t he Ca
as an investment vehicle for the
St George and Hayward fami-
lies, and is at the centre of the
current dispute.

caSeomwe le0 0
each, and the other for 35,143
shares, giving Mr St George the
Mr de la Rue alleged that the
,share certificates were signed
by hunself and Michael Boyce,
IGD's secretary and in-house
counsel to the company and the
Mr de la Rue alleged: "I ini-
tialled this note and attached it
to the share certificates for the
purpose of ensuring there was a
written record that although the
1,635,143 shares were issued to
FMS, they were actually bene-
ficially owned by FMS for and
on behalf of Mr St George.
"I am also able to say that I
requested and caused Mr St
George and Sir Jack Hayward
sometime in or about 1983 to
sign a document between them
which reflected that they were
equal 50 per cent owners of
"When I resigned in March
1990 from acting as financial
controller for the GBPA Group
of Companies, I recall leaving
,sucha document in the compa-
ny illes a nd records at the
GBPA office, where they
should still be.
"I had considered that it was
prudent as between Sir Jack
Hayward and Mr St George,
and to protect myself, to have
such a document signed by Sir
Jack Hayward and Mr St




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Most experts would probably
open his hand as dealer with four
spades, which offers many advan-
tages. But in the actual case, Slaven-
burg chose to pass. After East also
passed, South, obviously a member .
of the same school Slavenburg had
graduated from, decided to open the
bidding with one spade!
West doubled, and Slavenburg,
holding modest trump support, raised
his partner to six. West fearlessly
doubled again, and this naturally
ca tetdhlSs1 thr stand
.the heat anymore and ran to seven
diamonds, his real suit. This didn't
sit well with Slavenburg, who
retreated to seven spades again
doubled by West.
West had no clear-cut opening
lead, and unfortunately (for him)
selected the ace of clubs as his open-
og voe egxp ly 0 6 nd
Declare ruffed the club and led the -
nine of diamonds. When West fol-
lowed low, South discarded
dummy's singleton heart, and the
nine won the trick.
Next came a heart ruff in dummy
followed by another club ruff, estab-
lishing the J-10-9 as tricks. It was
then a simple matter to trump a red
card in dummy and cash the A-Q-J of
trumps to bring home the grand

North dealer. .
East-West vulnerable.
4 A QJ 8 7 6 5
V 6
4 -
+ J 10 9 6 4
4 K + 10 3 2
VA QJ 7 V K 10 9 4
+ A 3 4 8 7 6 2
6A 8 7 5 3 2 +K Q .
9 8 4 3 2
K QJ 10 9 5 4
The bidding:
North East South West
Pass Pass 1 + Dble
6 4 Pass Pass Dble
Redble Pass 7 & Dble
7 4 Pass Pass Dble
Opening lead ace of clubs.
There is an old bridge adage that
says if you bid like a hippopotamus
and play the hand like a duck-billed
platypus, you will still do well if
your opponents defend just as badly
as you bid or play.
Consider this deal from a high-
stake rubber bridge game played in
Holland. North was Bob Slavenburg,
gifted Dutch expert whose hair-
raising adventures have been
recounted in this column before.

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world blitz championship,
Rishon Le Zion 2006. Norway's
Ca risen, who turns 16 at the end
of this month, has become the
da of thepches public due
matched only by the legends
Bobby Fischer and Garry
Kasparov at his age. Here as
White (to move) with five
minutes for the entire game,
(ggigan looks in some trouble
against Polgar, the all-time
number one woman. Although
Black is bishop for pawn down,
her queen and rook seriously
menace the white king, while it
seems White is a few turns short
of making his own attack
decisive. I was watching this
game and saw Carisen flash out

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his next move instantly. It gives
White a dedsive advantage. What
did the prodigy play?

Yesterday's cryptic soluuom
ACROSS:1, Fun-Gus7, Cam-isol-e 8, Oslo10, Fa-uc-el li,
Cut-ler 14, So-t 16, Rusty 17, Sten 19, Wa-ken 21, Waned
22, Fit In 23, Rock 26, Strut 28, Cor 29, Thomy 30, HEAart
31, 1-dol 32, Cruisers 33, T-issue
DOWN:1, Fluff-s 2, Gas-con 3, Scot 4, Figured 5, Souis 6,
Terry 8, Guse 9, Let 12, Tu-n 13, Eth-i-C15, Pani-C 18,
T-Ruth 19, Wat 20, Ken 21, Witness 22, Fur 23, R-obots
24, Oral 25, Ke-tt-le 26, Stock 27, Rog-U-e 28,
COD 30, Hist

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS:1, Forced ?, Escapade 8, Rope lo, Chaser 11,
Parade 14, Gen 16, Motor 17, Seen 19, Dated 21, Model
22, Mania 23, Drew 26, Defer 28, Leo29, Ironic 30
Weasel 31, Idle 32, Grenades 33, Enand
DOWN: 1, Fracas 2, Chosen 3, Deer 4, Caramel 5, Carat
6, Sewer 8, Rage 9, Pen 12, Rod 13, Douse 15,
Radio 18, Ember 19, Don 20,Wea 21, Marital 22, Men 23,
Dealer 24, Rose 25, Walked 26, Dirge 27, Foyer 28, Led
30, Win

Chesssoludon8258-1g6Ihxg6 (iffxg672Qf8+
mates) 2 Rhl with the devastating threat 3 RhB mate.
Polgar gave to when her rook and queen checks ran
Mensa quir 49.5mph
bane, band, bond, fond, POND

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Now the BSC will
switch its attention on
presenting the various
winners of all of its sports
played this year, including
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at its gala awards banquet
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Senior Sports Reporter
THE 22nd Father Marcian
Peters Invitational Basketball
Tournament got underway
yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium with St' Bede's,
CW Sawyer, Galilee and Mt.
Carmel all pulling off early
In the two opening games
of the week-long double elim-
ination tourney, St. Bede's
knocked off King's. College
18-14 and CW Sawyer got by
St. Francis/Joseph 22-8.
Immediately after that,
Galilee College routed CW
Saund6rs 33-7 and Mt. Carmel
stopped St. Cecilia's B team
For St. Bede's, Theron Tay-
lor scored a side high eight,
but coach Donnie Culmer
admitted that they could have
played much better than they
"We haven't practised in a
while, so they forgot some of
LP the things that we were sup-
posed to do," said Culmer,
who coached the Crushers to a
third place finish in the regular
season of the Catholic Dioce_
san Primar1 School League.
"But we played a good
team. They had a boy who
was almost sir feet.'But we
managed to pull it offi' .
Not wanting to rest Sh their
laurels, Culmer said he's not
looking too far ahead in the
tournament because there's
stillplentymore basketball to
"We have Mt. Carmel next
, and they have a good ball han-
dler," he stated. "It will be
hard, but vie will try. We're a
little bit small, but
In the loss for King's Col-
lege, M. Isaacs led the way
with p game high l0.
Mt. Carmel, producing one
of the biggest teams m the pri-
mary division, usediust about
everybody as they took apart
St. Cecilia's.
Samrick Major led the bal-
anced scoringattack with a
game high nine arid Alcott
Fox added six.
However, coach Ray Evans
said the difficulty for him is
ensuring that everybody gets

r ST.~ CECILIA'!S guard Marcellus Wilkrinson drives past a`

some playing time.
"First one was okay .
--We got the W. which was
expected." he stated.
--But we were a linle sloppy.
Trying fo get 15 guis to play
three minutes is hard espe-
ci all\ \\he n you're trying to
win a game.
"But we got the W. That is
the most important thing. Our
goal is to win. We camerkise
three lears ago, but ciur goals
to win the first championship
forMt. Carmel iri the Far her
St. Cecilia's, who are hbp-
ing that their A team will be a
force tokeckon with, got three
points apiece from Glen Josey
and Payton Rahming in their
B team loss.
Galifee College produced a
solid squad as the\ ran away
from CW Sawyer.
Barry Ferguson led the way
with 10, Demetrius Forbes
had seven and Edron Rolle
and Darren Isaacs both con-

tributed six.
Coach Pedro Valdez said
it's just the start of things to
"We could have done a little
better,"he charged:
"They were a httle slow at
the beeinning, but we picked it
up later on.
If they plAy up to their
potential. Valdez said he pay
no reason why they can't win
it all.
For C'W San i-e r, D.
McKenzie scored three, but
coach Nigel ingraham saidhe
buJ a problem with the size
of the players they played
He questioned whether or
not therb is in age limit for
played participating in the pri-
mary division.
Tournament assistant direc-
tor Oria Wood said they have
noticed the size in the play-
ers, but they will take a closer
look at the situation if a
protest arises.

Senior Sports Reporter -
SINCE its inception 22 years ago, the Father
Marcian Peters Invitational Basketball Tour-
nament continues to grow.
This year, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Housing has decided to*add the primary girls
division to the primary boys, junior boys and
junior girls and senior girls.
"We have four teams (entered in the prima-
ry girls division), which is a developmental
programme for us," said Oria Wood, who is
assisting Martin Lundy in the organisation of
the tournament.
"We also have 18 teams in the senior girls
division, which is drastic. We haven't had that
many senior girls teams iIi a very long time.
And out of that, we normally have four female
teams come out of Grand Bahama."
However, Wood said the biggest draw con-
tinues to be the junior boys, which has attract-
ed some 27 teams. She said one of the reasons
for that is the senior high schools are allowed
to bring in players who are of the junior boys
age. .
"Overall, the tournament is looking good,"

she added. "I'ni amazed at the size of the-play-
ers in the primary division."
Next week, the Family Island teams will be
coming to town to play. Wood said they are
looking forward to the talent that they nor-
mally bring.
"We have teams from Long Island, Grand
Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco and Exuala," she
stated. "So we are just waiting for them to
come in. But we know that they will add to
the excitement in the tournament."
Gladstone 'Moon' McPhee, who is in charge
of the officiating of the tournament, said they
are pleased to get the games started on time,
but he admits that, as they progress, they-will
need more assistance.
"The show is going to still go on, even
though we expected some more officials to be
here and they are not here yet," he pointed
out. "We have to get the show on and it's going
on well so far."
As a former men's national coach, McPhee
said he's eager to see the talent that will be on
"I see a lot of talent in the primary boys
division. It means that some coaching has been
done," McPhee said.




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