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Publication Date: December 11, 2006
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HIcost cool rise


Minister admits National

Health Insurance may

exceed projected $235m


*By ALEXANDRIO
MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE cost of the new National
health Insurance plan could be'
more than the government's pro-
)ected figure of $235 million, it
was admitted yesterday.
Health Minister Dr Bernard
Nonttage conceded that the sum
was "not perfect" but added that
itas "cenriainl within the ball-
park."
SAnd he acknowledged that ris-
ing drug costs and salaries, among
other factors, could force up the
NHI bill.
Dr Nottage's comments came
.on a radio talk show, when he
said it was likely generic drugs
would be used in an effort to keep
costs down.
He was appearing with Dr
Stanley Lalta, the NHI pro-
gramme director, who also said
inflation would have pushed up
the 2007 figure, and that contri-
butions would increase with time.
Their remarks followed claims
by opponents of the plan that the
government's estimates of NHI
costs were far too low. Some
medical sources have even sug-
gested that the real costs could
be three or four times higher.
Dr Nottage said health care
providers would have to meet cer-
tain standards to be eligible to
participate in the National Health
.Insurance plan.
SHe said the plan was not only
focused on providing access to
health care, but it also aimed to
provide "quality health care" to
all Bahamians.
Whed asked about the project-
ed $235 million cost of the health
plan, the minister said the forecast
cost was not perfect, but added:
"It's certainly\ within the ball
park." ,


Dr Nottage said it was possi-
ble for costs to increase due to
"new drugs on the market,
improving technology, and
increases in salaries paid to work-
ers,"
And, according to Dr Lalta, "in
2007 aind 2008 it will not be $235
million, because it should hae
gone up by the general rate of
inflation, and the contribution
payouts will also be changing over
lime."
Dr NottaL -.jid geinciic drugs
were going to be made available
through the health plan to keep
costs down.
"Yes, generic medication will
have to be used, especially where
the brand of medication is expen-
sive, and with the national health
plan we will be able to increase
our purchasing power when buy-
ing generic drugs."
The minister said it was possi-
ble for regulations of the nation-
al health scheme to be complet-
ed in a three-month period, and
that the entire scheme could pos-
sibly be implemented three
months after that.
However. Dr Nottage said:
""We have to get our IT systems
installed, so that the plan is online
wiLth the hospital systems.
"We also have to establish con-
tracts with our providers because
we want to hold our providers to
certain standards, and they will
have to agree to those standards
before they can become providers
to the plan."
Opponents of NHI have criti-
cised the government for its lack
of consultation on the plan, and
one high profile attorney has even
claimed that the National Health
Insurance Act is "unconstitution-
al."
Debate on the national health
plan is expected to continue into
the new' year.


FNM: the govt has betrayed'
trust of Bahamian people


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie's "Rip Van
Winkle" goq ernnic nt has betrayed the trust of the
Bahamian people through a "lethal combination"
of sleaze, indecision and incompetence, the FNM
charged yesterday.
The official opposition stated that the PLP had
been operating in "crisis management" mode since
attaining office in 2002, drifting from missed oppor-
tunities to "self-inflicted wounds to missed dead-
f lines, to wrong turns".
The FNM's most recent commentary on their
website went further, claiming that the PLP has
been cruising on "autopilot", relying on a series of
public relations and "propaganda initiatives" to
give the illusion of action.
"Emboldened by a smug belief that this land is
their (PLP) land, and that it's not also made for you
SEE page 11


Miller hits back at

environmentalist's

claims over LNG
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Leslie Miller said that it's beyond time
that the local environmental group ReEarth, and
its president Sam Duncombe, stop misleading
the Bahamian public with "untruths" on the LNG
industry.
Mr Miller, who retains responsibility for LNG
along with Minister of Energy and the Environ-
ment Dr Marcus Bethel, said that the 100-ton
gas spill in China was not from an LNG facility.
On Tuesday, the spill, which occurred in a
north-eastern Chinese city, caused the evacuation
of 15 factories and two primary schools after a
poisonous cloud of white fumes formed in the air
SEE page 11


Passing of

NHI Bill 'is

not signal of

defeat for

opponents'
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE passing of the National
Health Insurance (NHI) Bill in
parliament does not signal defeat
for the opponents of the pro-
pose ch'.nime. the National
( .ildan t>i HealtheareReformn
said yesterday.
"We absolutely do not see this
as a defeat. We always consid-
ered this bill simply as a frame-
work," consultant to the Coali-
tion and past president of the
Bahaimus Chamber of Com-
merce \\'inston Rolle told The
Tribune esterdaN.
Mr Rolle said that although
the bill was passed, the Coali-
tion still considered the health
care scheme a work in progress.
He said the Coalition would
continue to pose its questions
and provide the government
with its input.
Mr Rolle said he is confident
that in the year it will take to
SEE page 11


Man lost at

sea rescued
by 'good

Samaritan'
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A "GOOD SAMARITAN" is
being praised for rescuing a 32-
year-old man who-had been lost
at sea since Thursday off the Cay
Sal Bank.
The US Coast Guard had
stopped searching for Eddie Her-
nandez, 32, after a Miami man
found the boater some seven
miles off the coast of Miami
Beach, Florida.
Hernandez departed Crandon
Park Marina in Key Biscayne,
Florida, around 4pm on Thurs-
day. He was some 100 miles south
of Miami when he phoned the
US Coast Guard via a satellite
phone complaining that his Glob-
al Positioning System (GPS) was
not working correctly, and that
his boat had been disabled.
SEE page 11


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Britain's FCO appoints


former Caribbean diplomat


Sanders to advisory board


LONDON, England: Former
Caribbean diplomat, Sir Ronald
Sanders, has been appointed by
the British government's For-
eign and Commonwealth Office
to its Caribbean Board.
Sir Ronald is a business exec-
utive, sitting on the Board of
Directors of telecommunica-
tions companies based in the
US. He also writes an insightful
and thought-provoking weekly
column on international events
impacting the region. This col-
umn appears every Monday in
The Tribune. Over the last two
years, he has been invited to
participate in international sem-
inars focusing on the problems
of small states.
The Caribbean Board's
terms of reference include:
helping to promote and
enhance the commercial and
business links between the UK


and the Caribbean; providing
the UK government with a
source of constructive, inde-
pendent advice which enables
ways to consolidate and build
on the existing relationship
between the UK and the
Caribbean; and advising the
British government on oppor-
tunities for the establishment
of linkages in the areas of
education, social and cultural
affairs, media, sport, enter-
tainment and Information
technology.
Sir Ronald, brings a wealth
of varied experience to the
Board. In media, he has been
a member of the Executive
Board of UNESCO, President
of the Caribbean Broadcast-
ing Union and member of the
Board of Directors of the
Caribbean News Agency.
In business, he has served
on the board of directors of
banking institutions and


telecommunications compa-
nies. As a diplomat he was
Antigua and Barbuda's High
Commissioner to London and
Ambassador to the World
Trade Organization.
Sir Ronald has also served
as an adviser to a joint Com-
monwealth-World Bank Task
Force on small states and has
published widely on the
Caribbean in the internation-
al community. His last book,
"Crumbled Small" was pub-
lished in London last year.
The Caribbean Board has
been in existence for four
years and its members are
mostly eminent persons of
Caribbean background, whose
work involves them closely
with Caribbean affairs.
Sir Ronald's column com-
menting on how the weak US
dollar benefits the Caribbean
appears on page eight in
today's Tribune.


* SIR Ronald Sanders


Miller: I have proof a]


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WAR of words continued
yesterday between the former
FNM minister Zhivargo Laing
and the Minister of Agriculture
and Marine Resources Leslie
Miller.
Mr Laing was blamed for the
most recent 35 per cent increase
in gasoline taxes from 1992 to
2002 by MNr Miller in the House
of Assembly last week. He
charged that it was under Mr
Laing's watch that the three local
oil companies Shell (now
FOCOL), Esso, and Texaco
were given the increases that
have resulted in $91 million for
the three companies respectively.
Since then. Mr Laing has
challenged Mr Miller to show
proof'of his assertions.


To this, Mr Miller respond-
ed that the recent Fuel Usage
Committee, which was used to
review among other things the
Venezuelan Petrocaribe initia-
tive, has such proof in their final
report which he said will be
released "very shortly".
Mr Miller said that the mar-
gins granted under Mr Laing's
watch could never be obtained
by him saying that the local
companies "knew better" than
to come to him for raises.
"The increases that he
(Laing) gave I have in my pos-
session. And that's public
knowledge because they had to
be Gazetted. Because he want-
ed to play with the big boys at
the expense of the small
Bahamians. That's why he did it
- in my opinion," MN Miller said.
As the former Minister for


bout Laing
Trade, Mr Miller said that in -
his opinion, Mr Laing did not
know the inner workings of the'.,
fuel industry thus his affinity
for granting increases.
"If he had the facts he would '
not have given those increases
because he would have seen'' *
there was no justification for it.
"That is why I put that high ;
powered committee together of
persons who have been
involved in the industry over '
the past 40 years, who know'%#
how to decipher the informa-
tion, and who would give you' .,
proper advice to go on.
"Because it was wrong what
he put on us. Ninety one mil-
lion dollars as of today. The guy
Should really shiow some shame.
And he calls himself an econo- '
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'In brief

Nicolas Cage
to cut back
on films for
other projects

After more than 55 films,
Oscar-winning Nicolas Cage
plans to cut back on acting to
pursue other interests, such as
helping develop independent
cinema in his new home of the
Bahamas.
"I'n thinking about taking
more time in between movies,"
Cage told Associated Press
backstage at the third annual
Bahamas International Film
Festival. "I feel I've made a lot
of movies already and I want
to start exploring other oppor-
tunities that I can apply myself
to, whether it's writing or other
interests that I may develop."
Cage, Who won a best-actor
Oscar for 1995's Leaving Las
Vegas, was in Nassau late Friday
to receive the Chopard Award
for career achievement. Fellow
actor Sean Connery, Cage's co-
star in the 1996 thriller The
. Rock, presented'the' award at
the Atlaritis Theater in Paradise
Island. .
"NiC is a professional and
brings to the table all the stuff
that makes it a real joy," Con-
nery said.
Cage, who owns a house in
Paradise Island and bought an
undeveloped private island in
the Exuma Cays earlier this
year, said he wants to give back
to his new home.
Some 50 narrative, documen-
tary and short films from
around the world are being
showcased during the four-day
festival, which began Thursday.

Two men in

hospital

after violent

attacks
POLICE report they attend-
ed two violent incidents over
the weeiend,A ,stabbing and
shooting. .. ; .
Police said that around '
1.20am on Saturday, Thomas
Cooper, of Taylor Street,
claimed he responded to a
knock on the door and was
shot.
Mr Cooper was taken to hos-
pital and remains in stable con-
dition.
Around 10.54pm on Saturday
Angelo Carey was attending a
party in the Sunset Park area
where he was confronted by
two men.
He was stabbed in the upper-
back and taken to hospital,
where he remains in stable con-
dition.




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Coalition to meet




Nottage over NHI


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE COALITION for
Health Care Reform
announced that "some time
this week" they will be meeting
with Minister of Health, Dr
Bernard Nottage, to discuss
several issues and concerns
they have with regard to the
National Health Insurance
scheme.
In a statement released yes-
terday, the Coalition said that
Dr Nottage had agreed to
meet with them in "meaningful
consultation" to allow them
the opportunity for input to
possibly enhance the NHI pro-
posal.
"The Coalition contends
that NHI must not only be
affordable on implementation,
but also efficient, financially
sustainable and ensure the
right of choice of one's insur-
ance provider," the group said.
"The minister has commit-
ted to provide the Coalition
with all relevant information
used by the government in
developing the plans for the
executive summary which has


* BERNARD Nottage

been circulated in the country.
"The Coalition chairman, Dr
Robin Roberts, and vice-chair-
man, J Barrie Farrington, met
with the. minister and his team
and reached an agreement on
the way forward."
According to the coalition,
the first matter to be addressed
is the recently passed NHI Bill
in the House of Assembly,
which has yet to be debated in
the Senate.
A meeting with the legal
review commission will take
place this week to discuss the
Coalition's comments on the
bill as outlined in their letter to


Dr Nottage two weeks ago.
"The minister indicated that
there is still an opportunity to
make amendments to the bill
while before the Senate, or
thereafter. Subsequent to the
legal review, members of the
Coalition will be meeting regu-
larly with ministry officials and at
different stages of the discus-
sions, the minister will be per-
sonally involved," the group said.
The Coalition maintained
that, from the outset, they have
been committed to the idea of
a national health plan that will
benefit Bahamians from all
walks of life.
"It is clear from the many
Bahamians who have support-
ed the Coalition's initiatives
and its ideals, that a national
plan and its implications are a
concern of all Bahamians," the
release read.
According to Dr Roberts,
the coalition will remain stead-
fast in their quest.
"It is our intention to have
frank and open discussions
with the ministry on the plan
while sharing whatever infor-
mation, knowledge or experi-
ence we have at our disposal."


Workers in anger over Christmas bonus


* By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
'Tribune Staff Reporter
BAKER CONSTRUCTION
workers claim they are being
"cheated" out of their Christ-
mas bonus.
The workers, who spoke on
the condition of anonymity,
told The Tribune that it is a
normal practice in the con-
struction industry for employ-
ees to receive a year-end
bonus calculated on four per
cent of their yearly earnings.
But the workers claim the
company has changed the
method of calculation this year.
The workers explained: "In
all previous years our four per
centF was calkilated on'a year-
ly basis. dn our yearly ean'-
Sings;' but now this y6ar itW'
something entirely different.
"Now they want to pay us
based on a 40-hour work peri-
od, and we don't work a 40-
hour period."
The men claimed their
contracts of employment
stated that employees had to
work 10 hours per day and


more if needed.
However, they said: "We
work nothing less than 10
hours per day, and furthermore
we work up to 14-15 hours per
day, so it would be unfair to
calculate our bonus on a 40-
hour work period."
The workers said the
alleged change in the calcula-
tion of the four per cent bonus
meant that their "much need-
ed" Christmas bonus was now
"cut in half."
The workers alleged that
even though they had always
received the four per cent
bonus based on their yearly
earnings in past years, the
company did not notify them
h' bout'th ch'ilge. '' 'riU
"; "\\e're gelling L\'I. clifferP.'
Sent sets of infoinmiionii fromn'
two different labour officers.
The one that we spoke with
told us that it's the yearly
earnings which the four per
cent is calculated by, and now
Burrows, who the company
brought to the site, tells us that
the four per cent can be cal-
culated on our 40-hour work


period," said the workers.
Norman Paradis, Baker Con-
struction's field superintendent
on the project, did not deny the
workers' allegations but claimed
to know "nothing about the
law" i respect of the bonus.
The construction workers
pleaded: "We just want some-
one to tell us what our rights are.
We don't blame Mr Sol Kerzner
for Baker's actions, but he is the
one that pays these contractors.
"We want him to step in and
sort out this dispute between
the workers and employers on
the Phase Ill project before the
situation explodeC-."


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Secrecy shrouding National Health?


IN AN article published on page 10 today,
Rick Lowe, a member of the National Coalition
for Health Care Reform, has made a troubling
statement.
Said Mr Lowe: "I for one am proud of what
the Coalition has accomplished to date. At least
now the government has promised to share the
information they have, but only if they, Coali-
tion, takes the debate out of the court of public
opinion. While I am personally uncomfortable
with this approach because of past experiences
with this government and its predecessor, I sin-
cerely hope that Dr Nottage will live up to this
new promise."
If Mr Lowe finds such a truce "troubling," we
find it preposterous. What is government hid-
ing? What part of this national health insur-
ance proposal does the Christie government
.think the Bahamian people are too immature to
handle?
How can one group to this partnership agree
to keep the majority to the partnership -those
who will in the end have to pay for NHI insur-
ance out of the decision making?
So far other than much emotion, pious hot
air and, at times, sheer verbal rubbish one
only hears a lot of fuzzy promises about a "cra-
dle to the grave" plan. However, no one yet
knows what that cradle, which is to carry all of
us to the inevitable grave, is made of whether
we'll be comfortable in it or worse off for it.
Coalition members might agree to go under-
cover, but The Tribune will not.
This piece of legislation is nothing more than
an election gimmick typical PLP promises
before an election. That's why the unholy rush.
Already government has prepared the people
for slow delivery if delivery at all. According
to Education Minister Alfred Sears it will be at
least a year before anything can be imple-
mented. Bahamians would be advised to know
all the details, and demand all the answers
before they go to the polls and make a decision
influenced by so-called "free" health. If they
can't get the answers before then, they should
assess the Christie government and vote on its
four-year performance, and leave the judgment
of national health insurance for another election.
We are surprised that the doctors would
enter into such an agreement. They know per-
fectly well that their behind-the-scenes pleas
got them nowhere. It was only when they went
public that government looked their way.
We understand that there is a lot of pressure
behind the scenes to take this debate out of the
public forum.. It's now up to Bahamians, in their
own best interests, to keep the debate going.
Imagine Coalition members being told that they
will only get information on government's
health plan which should have been laid on
the table of the House for all to see if they
would stop all public debate. We understand
that certain doctors were to go on a ZNS talk-


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show at the end of last week, but it was can-
celled on the government station because of
the "shut-mouth" truce. Really the public should
feel insulted.
Why haven't the actuarial studies or the Inter-
national Labour Organization's report, which
Mr Christie has talked so much about, been
made available? We are now beginning to won-
der if such reports even exist. If they do: Show
us.
We hope Coalition members will not permit
themselves to be hoodwinked. But as it now
stands, it appears that we are about to witness a
re-enactment of the spider and the fly story. It
was by flattery and empty promises that the
spider ensnared the foolish fly into its web of
intrigue. Needless to say, out of public sight,
the fly perished.
Government has complained that no one has
been able to present an alternative plan for
NHI. Alternative to what? Unless others know
what "The Plan" is, how can an alternative be
proposed?
If accountants have gone over this so-called
plan as carefully as government would like us to
believe, how can they have made such a foolish
error where pensioners are paying more than, or
as much as, persons earning $800 or $1,200
monthly?,
You see, whoever was designing the spin on
the NHI insurance scheme, to make pension-
ers, whose pension benefits are between $205
and $230, believe they were getting a real cheap
deal was too clever for his/her own good. In a
pamphlet produced by the PLP government, it
was announced that pensioners would con-
tribute only $1 a day. All other contributions
were computed monthly. For example persons
earning $800 a month would be taxed $23 a
month.
But whoever the clever spin doctor was, if he
had cast half an eye on his calendar he would
have seen that there are 31 days in seven months
of the year, and four months with 30 days. Even
February's 28 days 29 days every four years
- doesn't bring the scale of the poor pension-
er below that of the $800 a month salaried work-
er. And so the pensioner will pay $31($30, $28)
a month to the salaried workers $23.
No wonder government doesn't want the
public to have too close a look at Their Plan -
for at this point that is all it is the PLP's plan
for our health care.
No peeping over their shoulders unless we are
prepared to button our lips.
And this from a government that promised if
elected it would conduct itself "according to a
rigid, uncompromising code of compete honesty,
integrity and transparency.".
Instead we're being treated to a comic opera.
And so we advise Bahamians to ignore promis-
es. Judge both sides PLP and FNM -on.
their accomplishments.


Pallet Racking Lockers


Reticent to believe



health deal that



promises all things;



can be delivered


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AM having a moment of
d6jA-vu, I seem to recall a dif-
ferent administration attempt-.
ing to force the electorate to
accept.a major change without
extensive discourse with the
people who elevated them to
public service. I also remember
who spoke through the election
about how we felt about being
in this position.
You see, we have grown. We,
the people. We, the people, are
still disappointed that 30 days
have past long ago and the oth-
er white elephant has still not
been addressed. Or the coin-
mittee chosen to deal with this
matter has not spoken to us or
with us about it. We are there-
fore reticent to believe that this
new health deal that promises
all things can be delivered.
We are in a precarious place.
We are only teenagers, in the
global scheme of things. Born
only in 1973, we are still stretch-
ing our limbs. You see, we are
still fighting a post colonial
mindset in a now global world.
We have learned not to look to
our parents for everything as
we looked to stepmother Eng-
land. And though we may have
need to hang around our Moth-
er Bahamas' neck for a while, it
was time to learn to crawl, walk
then run. No longer do we want
to be tethered to our mother's
skirt tails for all things. We have
grown a lot since then.
Enough of parodies. It is
arrogant of our government to
be treating us with the same
contempt. By proposing this bill
they are placing themselves
again in an elevated position
with us in embarrassing depen-
dency. This was supposed to be
the NEW PLP, yet they offer
only 1965 solutions to 21st cen-
tury problems. Universal
healthcare does not work in
Canada nor Europe. My sister
was sent home in a taxi after a
difficult childbirth in. a Canadi-
an hospital because they needed
her bed. Yes, the service she
received was free. Countless
other Canadians have to go to
the US and pay for life saving
treatment offered free in Cana-
da. Because, although the
healthcare is free, the lists are
long and you die waiting for the
free service. I wonder how
many of our government have
lived in a country that has a free
health care policy in place. I
have, and want nothing of it.
Besides I don't want my
Bahamian brothers and sisters
in the insurance industry to be
legislated out of a job.


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Under our present almost
free government clinic service, a
southern district clinic in the
South Beach area is notorious
for deciding to only see a small
number of ill people on a given
day. Any more and they think
they have worked too hard. My
father, uninsurable cancer sur-
vivor living in the US, decided
to travel home to the Bahamas
with a painful hernia for treat-
ment at the PMH. He was told
to come back in a few days.
Then he was told to come back
in a few weeks. Then a month.
After six weeks he returned to
the US with his hernia because
he needed to go back to work.
If we cannot make our present
system work how can we look
for more?
Has the government looked
at the price of fruit and vegeta-
bles? These tools of health. Per-
haps that should be addressed.
Maybe the government should
ask itself why one's monthly


electrical bill is the same or
higher than one's monthly car
payment and this, for a ser-,
vice irregular at best. If the gov-
ernment cannot manage afford-,
able baseline necessities, how.
can it possibly administer a free
health care system?
Let me paint a picture. We.,
the struggling poor and middle
classes, will lose the two per-
cent from our salaries formerly
reserved to pay our overpriced.
electrical and food bills for this. '
universal health care. We will
then have to find the money to,
still pay the monthly private,
insurance premiums because we
dare not go to the poorly run
government hospital and clin-
ics to receive care from govern-
ment workers who know they
can never be fired and there-
fore do not have to work.
If this is what.is promised and
being forced down my throat I
will have only to wait until next
year to speak where my voice
will be certainly heard The
Ballot Box.
MURRAY SWEETING
Nassau,
November 27, 2006.


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Explanation on

BEC fuel surcharge;i
EDITOR, The Tribune.
NOTWITHSTANDING a fairly substantial decrease in crude4
oil prices over the past several months and despite prognostications'
by certain individuals that a significant reduction in the BEC fuel sur-,
charge (including its likely elimination) was imminent, the surcharge;
continued to rise through No% ember. *
Notwithstanding the fact that fuel surcharge movements reflectr
price changes of new fuel deliveries into BEC's storage tanks and*
despite the fact that the November surcharge increased indicating that
a new delivery had taken place, another 'expert' recently opined'that.
the surcharge had likely not fallen because of old inventory.
The absence of a significant surcharge reduction has angered.
some BEC customers.
The 'experts' seem unable to provide a satisfactory explanation fot
this apparent conundrum.
Yet, the answer appears to be quite elementary 'my dear Watson',*i
Like gasoline, the price of diesel fuel (automotive diesel oil/#2
oil/heating oil), which BEC burns, tends to move cyclically. The<
price of heavy fuel oil (#6 oil/bunker 'C') which BEC also burns,4
moves similarly, although variations tend not to be as pronounced.6
Movements in the price of automotive diesel oil (ADO) ancT
bunker 'C' tend to be in tandem but antipodal to gasoline price.
movements.
Market forces (supply vs demand) drive up gasoline prices in th
summer months due to heavy.demand by the North American and
European motoring public.
Likewise, heavy North American and European demand for heat-,*
ing oil (and heavy fuel) in the winter months drive up prices for these~i
products during the colder months.
Refineries typically regulate production from their fractional dis*
tillation columns to maximise gasoline yields in the summer. ConN
versely, in the winter months, diesel yields are maximised.
Falling crude prices are indeed tending to force heating oil anc
heavy fuel oil prices down.
Unfortunately, heavy demand for heating oil is coincidentallyY
tending to drive prices up.
For the time being, product price increases is winning out over
falling crude prices.
Provided the cost of crude remains fairly stable (around the pre-2
sent price tag of $60 per barrel), BEC's customers may be fortunate
to experience a small decrease in the fuel surcharge. However, all'
things remaining equal, no appreciable downward movement is*,
likely until next spring.
MICHAEL R MOSS
Freeport,
Bahamas,
December 1,2006.


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006, PAGE 5


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0 In brief

CARICOM
wants to
work with US
on free trade
* GUYANA
Georgetown
THE Caribbean Community
wants to work with the United
States to create a new econom-
ic pact to shore up trade rela-
tions after the current deal
expires in 2008, according to the
head of the regional group,
according to Associated Press.
The current agreement, the
1980s Caribbean Basin Initia-
tive, is a preferential trade deal
for more than 15 countries in
the region that must be renewed
every year by unanimous deci-
sion of the 148-nation World
Trade Organization. It allows
many duty-free imports into the
United States.
The 15-member group,
known as Caricom, has com-
plained in recent years that the
CBI is precarious since it
depends on an unanimous vote
from WTO members. They
want more stability and are con-
sidering asking the United
States for a free trade agree-
ment.
"We are sailing without legal
coverage. Trading relations with
the US are uncertain territory,"
Edwin Carrington, Caricom sec-
retary general, said Friday in
his end of the year address.


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Junkanoo group appeals to


Con


A JUNKANOO group
which took part in the James
Bond movie Thunderball in
the 1960s is hoping Sir Sean
Connery and others will come
to its aid for this year's
parade.
The Music Makers need
$60,000 in sponsorship to ful-
fil their hopes of notching up
their first Junkanoo win since
1982. And they hope Sir Sean
will step in for old time's sake
to help them achieve their
dreams.
The Music Makers claim to
be the oldest surviving,
Junkanoo group in Nassau,
though under-funding forced
them out of the parade for
nine years until the mid-
1990s. Dating back to the
mid-1950s, they were part of
the parade which featured in
Thunderball, with Sir Sean
dashing through the crowds
on Bay Street as agent 007.
Now they claim to be the
best music-makers in the
parade, with a victory record
second only to The Valley
Boys and Saxons.
However, the group's pub-
lic relations man, Alphonso
'Chicken' Albury, says spon-
sorship is vital if the group is
to relive its glory days.
And he believes $60,000 is
needed to give The Music
Makers a fighting chance in
this year's parades. On Box-
ing Day, the 500-strong group
will use local politics as the
theme. On New Year's Day,
they will pay tribute to well-
known Bahamian musicians.
"At the moment, we're like
a half-finished house," said
Mr Albury, "We need money
to put the finishing touches
to what we're doing."
Like all groups, The Music
Makers have $8,000 in seed
funding from the government.
But materials alone are cost-
ing $15,000, and they believe
the extra cash is needed to
Sget back in the winning
groove. .
"We have some awesome


nery for financial aid


"M SIR Sean Connery


costumes on modem politicians,
but it's nothing like the finished
product. To achieve victory, we


need to finish it off properly,"
he said.
He hoped Sir Sean would
help because of the group's
involvement in the 1965 Thun-
derball parade and its intention
this year to pay gratitude to
founder Winston Churchill
Rolle.
"I hope Sir Sean hears our
cry," said Mr Albury, who paid
$3,000 out of his own pocket
last year to fund his group's par-
ticipation.
Until 1976, The Music Mak-
ers were known by whatever
name their sponsors specified.
Then they settled on a name of
their own and have developed
into a group of between 500 and
600.
"We have been funding our-
selves out of our own pockets,


but we feel we are not playing
on a level playing field. The cost
of materials is very high and we
would like someone to come to
the rescue."
, The Music Makers compete
in the A category, in which their
rivals are generally well-fund-
ed. "We are the oldest group
on Bay Street, .going back to the
mid-1950s, and we badly want
t3 win this parade," said Mr
Albury.
"That's why we need a spon-
sor to regain the dominance
we once had. The last time we
won was in 1982 and we are
thirsting for victory."
Mr Albury said the group
"definitely has the micleaus in
place" for a win because of their
superior musical skills. But-he
said funds were needed to put


the finishing touches to their
presentation.
"We are in the process of
contacting Sir Sean directly
because were were in Thunder-
ball, one of his early movies.
We want to win this parade for
him. I know he has a good heart
and he is my favourite actor."
The Music Makers, from
Grants Town, are noted for
their rhythm. "We bring the
best music to the parade," said
Mr Albury, "There is no ques-
tion about that. No-one in the
whole world can play music like
us."
Anyone able to help the
group can contact Mr Albury at
325-0585/6 or group chairman
Gary Russell at 341-6332 or 556-
0903.


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ONJAMES
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VV 1IYMS, 77
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!ou, I ,ndformerly of
ii ny id Creek, Andros will
b 1Jd on Wednesday at
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Sliciuel. Interment will be
n ;.: itn St. Agnes Cemetery, "
Ntissai Street.


l. oni James Whyms "Uncle Lee" age 77 of Kings
Sccl/airrington Road is survived by, 5 children, Barbara
(Gi ui, Derek, Gloria, Adrian and Lawrence Whyms; 2 brothers,
MV a. Urown and Lcroy Whyms; 2 sisters, Aldamae Lloyd and
!iis Smiith; special friend, Carolyn Bethell; 1 sister-in-law,
/ 'hla Williams; 3 grand children, Chinaki Whyms-Nottage,
U! _jk iid Deshay Whyms; 1 grand son-in-law, Adrian Nottage;
o gi it grand children, Chavanna and Cienna Nottage, and a
Io st of other relatives and friends, Paul and Gwen King, Velma
I l' ards, Jacquelyn, Andrea, Latherio Jenoure, Deborah Jenoure-
/idderly, Chantel and Xavier Wildgoose, Claudine and Brian
Butlcr, Channell and Sean Brennen, Shonnelly and Derek
Johiison, Leoneisa, Shanee, Nickara, Akeem, D' A vante, Jael,
13B ia, Neisa, Eva McKenzie and Family, Brenda Henfield, Paula
Russell, Sonia Pratt, Anya Stewart, Gina Beneby, Dwayne and
T1ron Cartwright, Danny, Dawn, Quincy, O'Neil and Marco
MVickeiizie, Channan, Rena and Tabitha, Hon. Frank Watson,
1-. Greg Carey, Fred Murray and family, Bertie Murray and
famiily, L. (Crab) Brown, Philip Smith and family, Dorothy
arshliall and family, Ron and Isabelle Overend, Al Johnson,
Vin Humenics, Leon Strachan, Joseph Ferguson, Courtney Forbes,
Bosefield Butler, Eardley Strachan, Alexander Harris, Desi
NWilliams, Al Brice, Earl Farrington, Manfred Strachan, Lavemrn
Bain, Gerald Bullard, Charlie Taylor; Cleveland Hepburn, Ethel
C laridge, Y vonne Roberts, Sandra Bastian, Winifred Armbrister,
B. 11 and Paula Roberts, Andray Charlow, Sylvia Roberts, Roy
Oilahinder, George Hall, Al Collie, Washington Collie, Tony
F shier, Sydney Rodgers, Sydney Rolle and Gleason Rolle and
She staff of the (formnner) Balmoral, Montague and Flagler Inn
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* DARRON Bastian, one of the leaders of the One Family
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picking the number three for both upcoming parades



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In brief


Gore Vidal

riticises

embargo

during trip

0 CUBA
Havana
CELEBRATED American
writer Gore Vidal slammed the
four-decade-long US trade
embargo against Cuba on Sun-
day, saying during a visit to the
island that he hopes recent
changes in US politics will help
end the sanctions, according to
Associated Press.
"I've never been here before
and it's a fascinating country,"
Vidal said, touring Old Havana.
He arrived late Sunday and is
scheduled to return to the Unit-
ed States on Thursday.
"The United States is under-
going tremendous political
change," added Gore, referring
to growing opposition to the
war in Iraq and the Democratic
Party's return to control of both
houses of Congress in Novem-
ber midterm elections.
"After more than 40 years, the.
embargo is ridiculous," said
Vidal, who himself ran for Con-
gress and who regularly raises
funds for Democratic candidates.
Vidal is to visit museums, a
ballet school and other cultural
centers during his stay. He will
also meet with Culture Minister
Abel Prieto and Foreign Minis-
ter Felipe Perez Roque.


Democrats

observe

treatment

of Haitians

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
San Pedro de Marcoris

SIX US lawmakers visited
two. Dominican villages and a
sugar refinery on Saturday to
observe the treatment of Hait-
ian migrants who seek better-
paying jobs in the Caribbean
nation but often face discrimi-
nation.
Haiti and the Dominican
Republic share the island of
Hispaniola, and while Haiti has
been plagued by poverty, vio-
lence and political instability,
the Dominican Republic
emerged from early struggles
to be seen as a comparative
land of opportunity by Haitians.
The delegation planned to
focus on trade issues, port secu-
rity and human rights. They
were also expected to discuss
with Dominican leaders a U.S.-
sponsored regional free trade
agreement and visit a port
before leaving for Haiti on Sun-
day.


Ambassador John Rood leaving



the Bahamas with lasting legacy


* By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE primary duty of an
ambassador is to represent the
interests of their country, and
US Ambassador John Rood is
no exception in that regard.
Since John Rood was
appointed ambassador to the
Bahamas in September, 2004,
he has had to deal with pro-
viding assistance to persons
affected by a devastating hur-
ricane, Cuban exiles demand-
ing entrance to the US, and the
lasting impression left by his
predecessor, who some persons
accused of being too involved
"in our business."
But there are also some who
may believe that John Rood
has gone beyond the bound-
aries of the usual duties of an
ambassador, and one veteran
Family Island civil servant even
went so far as to suggest that
John Rood deserves a mention
in the history of the Bahamas,
because he "is the best US


ambassor that we've ever had."
To give our readers an
opportunity to view the ambas-
sador outside of his usual
diplomatic persona, The Tri-
bune accompanied him on a
two-day trip to five primary
schools throughout the Family
Islands and questioned him on
his literacy programme and
relationship with the Bahamas.
The ambassdaor said he got
the idea for his literacy pro-
gramme on a trip to Woodcock
Primary School.
"Actually, it started on Mar-
tin Luther King's birthday
about two years ago when I
went to Woodcock Primary
School, and I was just talking
about Martin Luther King's
birthday.
They were so enthusiastic
that I promised them that I
would continue to cope back
and read to them every week."
The ambassador said that
everyone at the embassy has
embraced the progamme, and
that about 15 embassy volun-


teers go to the schools every
Wednesday, and he goes at
least once a month.
He said: "What we would
like to do with the programme
is to encourage businesses and
civic groups to go out and
adopt a school or come out and
support schools. To come in
and develop a relationship to
support literacy in all schools."
Mr Rood said he wanted to
give the students positivee feed-
back" and congratulate the
teachers for the great work that
they were doing.
"It's just good sometimes to
say thank you and keep up the
good work and that's what I
want to do," said the diplomat.
Mr Rood said he also want-
ed to "define what the'embassy
is all about."
"We get defined by long
lines for visas, or the country
that changes the passport reg-
ulations etc. This allows us to,
define ourselves and this is
something that the president
and the first lady feel very


* US ambassador John Rood

strongly about."
Ambassador Rood said he
knew that reading one book to
students at a primary school
was not going to change their


lives, but he said: "If only one
kid gets inspired to read just
one more book a year then
that's something that we can be
proud of."


Consumer offices to be set up on Family Islands


CONSUMER officers will
be placed for the first time in
major Family Islands to pro-
tect less fortunate citizens,
Minister of Local Govern-
ment and Consumer Affairs
Alfred Gray has announced.
The minister said that New
Providence and Grand
Bahama will also get addi-
tional consumer officers.
"Over the past several
years, the staff complement
in the Consumer Unit has
been severely affected due to
retirement, resignations or
transfers of personnel," Mr
Gray said at a press confer-
ence at the Ministry of Local
Government and Consumer
Affairs.
"These occurrences have
presented serious challenges
for the few remaining officers
to effectively perform and car-
ry out the mandate of provid-
ing protection for Bahamian
consumers.
"The Consumer Protection


Unit of my ministry is the
agency of the government
which is mandated to ensure
that Bahamian consumers
receive value for monies
spent, whether it relates to the
buying of goods from a store
shelf or that of buying services
from service providers, what-
ever the area of business, or
that landlords never collect a
higher rent than they should
for properties falling under
the Rent Control Act," Mr
Gray added.
During the last six weeks
the staff complement in the
Nassau office was boosted
from four to 10 and the Grand
Bahama staff was increased
from two to seven over the
last eight weeks, he noted.
Other Family Islands get-
ting consumer officers are
Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat
Island, Acklins, Crooked
Island and Long Island.
"I serve notice on unscrupu-
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mine which stage they are at
and it will be ongoing, it will
never stop," Mr Gray said.


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the decline in the exchange rate
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the same time, the fixed rate
of exchange with the US dollar
neutralises the effect on
tourism to the Caribbean from
the US.
With the exchange rate
reaching US$1.94 to the British
pound, and expected to slip
closer to a rate of $2, and the
Euro (though not quite as
strong as the pound) less than 3
per cent away from the record
high that it hit at the end of
2004, tourists from Britain and
other European Union (EU)
countries can look favourably
at Caribbean holidays.
In this context, Caribbean
governments should consider
putting the windfall foreign
exchange earnings from a weak
US dollar into a Stabilization
Fund to be drawn in needy
times.

The tourism industry,
especially the hotels,
also ought to set aside part of
the earnings that will accrue
from a weak dollar for financing
expansion or rehabilitation in
the event of a destructive hur-
ricane, or to carry them over
difficult periods in the future.
Both governments and hotel
resorts should have established
such funding mechanisms at
least three years ago when
Caribbean tourism was the ben-
eficiary of calamities in other
parts of the world starting with
'9/11", the SAR's scare that
drove tourists away from the
Far East and Canada, the ter-
rorist bombings of hotels in
Kenya and Bali, and then the
Asian Tsunami in December
2004.
Provided that Caribbean
tourist boards are moving
immediately to spread the word
throughout European countries
,that their money is now worth
much more in the region, Euro-
pean tourism to the region
should surge far beyond the
months in which the World Cup
Cricket competition is being
played in several Caribbean
countries.
There will be other benefits


for tourism and the wider econ-
omy.
Since the value of the US dol-
lar will not change in the major-
ity of Caribbean tourist coun-
tries such as the Bahamas,
Antigua and Barbuda, and the

Caribbean
governments
should consider
putting the
windfall foreign
exchange
earnings from a
weak US dollar
into a
Stabilization
Fund to be
drawn in needy
times.

British Virgin Islands, there is
unlikely to be any drop in the'
number of US tourists to the
region. Equally, since most of
the hotel needs, including food,
are imported from the US,
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Most of the Caribbean's visi-
ble imports comes from the
US. Thus, the region's import
bill will be largely unaffected.
Exports to the EU especially
sugar and rum will do even bet-
ter as the prices are in euros but
the factor costs are in US dol-
lars, so profits will be up.
Capital investment in resi-
dential real estate, which is
dominated by the European
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Caribbean countries, particu-
larly Barbados, and profits have
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peans in the Caribbean proper-
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profits for the private sector and
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ments.
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their revenues after the US dol-
lar hit a 20-month low against
both the euro and the
pound. But, while the price of
oil will rise as a result of the
reduction in production, the
Caribbean will not face the
additional exchange rate costs
since oil prices are set in US
dollars.

One of the glaring real-
ities of Caribbean
tourism that has been exposed
by the effect of the weak US
dollar is that the Caribbean
tourism product is overpriced.
Caribbean tourism became
competitive when the US dollar
fell in value by some 20 per cent
against the British pound in ear-
ly 2005. This suggests that cur-
rent prices for tourism into the
region cannot be sustained once
measures are taken to strength-
en the US dollar.
Another reality is that the
boost that Caribbean economies
are enjoying is not due to any
structural changes or to any
strategies for diversification.
The boost has come from the'
good fortune of fixing the rate
of exchange with the US dol-
lar.
This suggests that a '\ eak US
dollar is in the C.i ibbean'
interest, as it may b., or .1 um:,n
in the interest of the US giving
that country a chance to
improve its huge balance of
trade deficit.


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But, the dollar will not
remain weak forever. The US
current balance of payments
deficit, is running at some 7 per
cent of gross domestic, product,
a figure that the IMF would
frown on severely in other
countries, But, the US is the
world's biggest, strongest econ-
omy, and the dollar is welcomed


One of the
glaring realities
of Caribbean
tourism that has
been exposed
by the effect of
the weak US
dollar is that
the Caribbean
tourism product
is overpriced.


all over the world. The dollar
will strengthen and when it
does, Caribbean currencies will
once again rise against the
pound and the eur6 causing
tourism to the Caribbean and
Caribbean exports to Europe
and elsewhere to become
uncompetitive.

A lso, the people who
least want a weakOUS
dollar are the manufacturers
and other exporters in Europe,
Japan, Canada and China. The
prices of their exports in the US
market have become too high,
and US imports to their mar-
ket too cheap. We can bet that
they will be doing their best to
ensure that their governments,
central banks and others do
everything possible to bolster
the dollar.
The window of opportunity-
is therefore very small for
Caribbean governments and the
hotel industry to create Stabi-
lization Funds from the wind-
fall they are earning from a ,
weak US dollar. Such Funds
% ill become an important
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more difficult economic times
arise.
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Central Andros on Saturday. Mr Peet pledged that the same enhancements at North Andros High
School, such as the new three-classroom block, the technical workshop building and the
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A lack of common sense, common




honesty and common decency?


Rick Lowe, a member of the National Coalition

for Health Care Reform, reacts after the National

Health Insurance Bill was passed last week


N the run up to passing the
National Health Insurance
Act in Parliament last week
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made, both in and out of Parlia-


Ugltbo


ment, all touting the importance
of implementing the NHI.
Of course, there has also been
a lot of energy expended by the
designers of this "perfect plan"
that the PLP government is


pushing. The only difficulty is,
the details of the NHI are kept
locked up from public scrutiny
for reasons known only to the
Prime Minister and his cohorts.
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t's approach to this major deci-
sion, numerous groups came
together and formed the Nation-
al Coalition for Health Care
Reform (the Coalition). In the
interest of transparency, I rep-
resent The Bahamas Motor
Dealers Association and The
Nassau Institute on the Coali-
tion. These many disparate
groups have mounted an impres-
sive campaign to obtain infor-
mation from the government on
what the plan entails, but to date
very little has been forthcoming.
, No one, outside a small circle of
politico's and bureaucrats, has
seen the much ballyhooed actu-
arial study or the reports from
the vaunted International
Labour Organization or any oth-
er consultants for that matter.
It is also important to note that
the Coalition has stated that they
support the idea of an NHI plan
but they have numerous con-
cerns that they would like
answered before the government
proceeds.
With this in mind, it is inter-
esting to read a brief list of
excerpts from "Our Plan", the
PLP's election platform, and sev-
eral speeches as carried by the
newspapers and elsewhere.
In "Our Plan" in 2002, when
campaigning to win the govern-
ment, Mr. Perry Christie
promised:
"In the process of ushering in
a new sense of national pride,
we will lead by example. The
Government that I shall lead, if I
am given the honour on May 2nd
to become your Prime Minister,
will conduct itself according to
a rigid, uncompromising code of
complete honesty, integrity and
transparency."
He goes on to say: "A new
millennium demands a new sort
of leadership and government -
one that listens as well as speaks.
It must know where it wants to
go but takes the people there by
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23, 2006, Dr. Bernard Nottage,
Minister of Health is quoted as
saying that the practices of some
private insurers are "discrimina-
tory, unfair, and ungodly".
In The Tribune of November
29, Mr Paul Moss, an attorney
and member of the newly
formed group, Bahamians for
National Health Insurance, echo-
ing the government line, said:
"It's all about money for the
opponents, not the interests of
the country or people. I find it
perplexing that those who took a
vow to fight for patients in need
are seemingly fighting for profit."
At the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs web site, Mr Fred
Mitchell, Minister of Foreign
Affairs, speaking about the
Coalition said:
"Their objections have been
put in a slick advertising cam-
paign that is disingenuous at best
and quite frankly dishonest."
In the Bahama Journal, Prime
Minister Perry Christie had this
to say about people who are not
prepared to support the NHI at
this time:
"They are only expressing that
they.care only .about rhemsehes."

Think you get the drift?
When in opposition the
PLP were quite happy to sell the
country a bill of goods that they
would conduct themselves
"according to a rigid, uncompro-
mising code of complete honesty,
integrity and transparency."
Now that they are the govern-
ment, and citizens have legiti-
mate concerns and are prepared
to voice them, they (the PLP)
have left the "high road" to
demonize all and sundry with a
baseless and immature strategy.
I for one am proud of what
the Coalition has accomplished
to date. At least now the gov-
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opinion. While I am personally
uncomfortable with this
approach because of past expe-
riences with this government and
its predecessor, I sincerely hope
that Dr Nottage will live up to
this new promise.
However, I am confused as to
why the details of this great NHI
scheme, that will be funded by
the public, has to be cloaked in
secrecy.
At the end of the day, the
Coalition wants what is best for
all concerned and to be demo-
nized by the very government
that will need their services to
the country in one way or anoth-
er is extremely disconcerting.
What makes this all so sad is
that virtually every government
VMP got up to pat themselves on
the back and hail this great pro-
gramme by the PLP and not one
shred of documentation was
placed on the table in support of
their perfect plan. No actuarial
review. No minutes of the "con-
sultations" with the "stakehold-
ers". No reports from interna-
tional consultants or bodies.
Absolutely nothing but repeti-
tious bellicosity and insults! In
fact, the so-called parliamentary
debate was quite immature for
the nation's leaders. I have seen
high school students better pre-
pared for a mock UN debate!
So much for "a new sort of
leadership and government -
one that listens as well as
speaks". And a government that
knows "where it wants to go but
takes the people there by per-
suasion rather than force."
As HL Menken said: "Every
decent man is ashamed of the
government he lives under". We
should at least be ashamed of
the comments made by this one,
if nothing else.
Menken also said that: "It is
inaccurate to say that I hate
everything. I am strongly in
favour of common sense, com-
mon honesty, and common
decency. This makes me forever
ineligible for public office."
I feel a very close kinship to
Menken for some reason. Do
you?
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Ingraham: proposed

NHI scheme is

doomed to failure
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham has reaf-
firmed his party's support for
national health insurance in the
Bahamas, but he believes the
planned NHI scheme proposed
by the PLP government is
flawed and doomed to failure.
Lack of attention to detail
and proper calculations in the
scheme, he said, proved that
the government was never real-
ly serious about NHI, and only
interested in selling the
promise of it to the electorate.
"Their plan has been
exposed. They never intended
for this bill to be passed into
law and to enter into effect pri-
or to the elections," Mr Ingra-
ham said at a mass FNM rally
in Freeport on Friday.
"Notwithstanding their cam-
paign promise to introduce a
National Health Insurance
scheme, it has taken them
nearly five years to bring a bill
to parliament, not a national
health plan, just a bill," he said.
Mr Ingraham noted that
even though the PLP had had
the report of their own Blue
Ribbon Commission for almost
three years now, the bill was
brought to parliament at a late
date and without the necessary
regulations.
He said the government had
not even prepared a prelimi-
nary draft form for informa-
tion, and none is in circulation.
"The National Health Insur-
ance scheme can't come into
effect without regulations, and
Alfred Sears let the cat out of
the bag in Parliament.
"He said that the National
Health Insurance scheme, the
scheme that the prime minister
says is urgent because
'Bahamians are dying', that
scheme won't be ready to come
into effect for another year -
read after the elections!"
Mr Ingraham recalled that
when Perry Christie was Min-
ister of Health for five years in
a previous government, he nev-
er spoke of the need for
national health insurance.
"I was minister for only-
three months in that same gov-
ernment when I first said that
the government had to embark
upon -a path leading to
national health insurance for
all."


Passing of Bill

FROM page one
implement the NHI plan, the Coalition
would be able to have all their concerns
addressed.
At the end of this process, he said, he
expects a scheme to be launched that is more
or less satisfactory to all.
Members of the Coalition are expected
to meet with Minister of Health Dr Bernard
Nottage in the coming days to address details
of the NHI plan.
The bill to establish an NHI plan was
passed unanimously in the House of Assem-
bly on Thursday night.
Closing the debate on the bill which has
been touted as one the most important
pieces of legislation in the history of the
Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie
sought to set the record straight on all the
"misinformation" circulating about the NHI
scheme.
In an emotionally charged contribution,
Mr Christie attempted to answer the most
widespread criticisms of the NHI plan.
Meanwhile, the Coalition who agree
with the need for a health care scheme which
awards all Bahamians access to medical
treatment continues to collect signatures
and comments from Bahamians with con-
cerns about the NHI plan.
The Coalition is recommending that gov-
ernment should make the upgrading of pre-
sent healthcare infrastructure its number
one priority.
The group is also calling on government to
implement the NHI plan in a 'phase-in'
approach and to allow the public to retain
the right to choose their insurance and
healthcare providers.
At last count, the Coalition, with its online
petition alone, had collected more than 3,500
signatures of Bahamians urging government
to "slow-down" and re-think some the cur-
rent components of the NHI plan.

FROM page one


and me, others took to looking after their private


Leslie Miller hits back Man lost at sea rescued


FROM page one
near the facility.
While the news agencies report that industrial accidents
are commonplace in China, due to their generally lax reg-
ulations, Mrs Duncombe maintains that LNG is an unsafe
industry for the Bahamas to pursue.
Speaking with The Tribune from Miami, Florida, Mr
Miller said the facility was a natural gas plant, a complete-
ly different entity from an LNG facility.
In fact, he said, Mrs Duncombe should know full well that
the accident, which did not cause any loss of life, was not
associated with LNG at all, and that she was using the inci-
dent to further her own objectives.
"There was no loss of life, no-one got injured, there was
1o explosion, and nothing blew up," Mr Miller said.
"These untruths must cease and desist. It was not an
LNG explosion. It was a natural gas accident and she knows
it. Initially, it came out it said so and the next day it was cor-
rected by all the international press."
However, Mrs Duncombe claims that it is Mr Miller who
is being disingenuous with the Bahamian public by attempt-
ing to misinterpret her concerns. She said that she never was
speaking of LNG, but reminded Mr Miller that, when LNG
cools, it returns to its natural gas state the same gas that
caused the incident in China last week.
"He's the one being disingenuous. I never said that LNG
was explosive. I said that natural gas was explosive. I have
said that when natural gas is exposed to air it is explosive if
it comes into contact with an ignition source like a match or
a lighter or an engine," she said.
Mrs Duncombe reminded Mr Miller, and Dr Bethel, that
under the PLP's "Our Plan", the government campaigned
on being "consultative".
"Now if this government chooses to ignore the promises
that it made to the people then there is nothing that we can
do about that. The point is that 5,000 voting people have
signed our petition. So, basically, what the government is
saying is that 5,000 people do not count in this country and
their voice is being ignored," she said.
Ms Duncombe said that no-one she has talked to has
walked away without signing her "Say No to LNG peti-
tion".
However, Mr Miller said that he and Dr Bethel will con-
tinue to bring "the facts" to the Bahamian people on LNG,
instead of speaking from emotions, and encouraged Mrs
Duncombe to do the same.



busi- FNM0on govt


ness interests and building their personal fortunes for-
getting that they had been engaged to look after the "Belatedly, with the need to show some accom-
people's business. plishment and prepare for upcoming elections, a burnt-
"Bahamians quickly learned that this PLP/Rip Van out PLP government grabbed on to projects the FNM
Winkle Government could not deliver the basic ser- initially proposed, including a new athletic complex at
vices of government in a timely and efficient manner: Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
opening schools on time, keeping cemeteries, roads and "Incapable of managing their public portfolios, a
other public spaces clean, appointing ambassadors to number of ministers decided to build up their own
foreign countries, sending the honours list to Buck- private financial portfolios. Rather than tend to the
ingham Palace on time, etc.," the FNM said. public good, many simply attended to their private
In fact, the party asserted that the current PLP gov- needs," the party claimed.
emrnment is so overwhelmed and unprepared to govern The FNM said that, as the government realizes
that it is incapable of carrying out plans left in place by more and more that the Bahamian people are losmg
the former administration (FNM), such as the repair of confidence in the PLP, they are forced to utilise "every
docks, roads, schools and sea walls. means they can" to downplay mishaps "while sugar-
"It was clear early on that a sleepy PLP would nev- coating the little they have done".
er match the FNM's first term record of vastly expand- "So they have resorted to rushed legislation, tricks
ing the critical infrastructure needed for national devel- and gimmunicks, press conferences and releases, unre-
opment. alistic promises, photo ops, ZNS propaganda, person-
"The Christie administration even proved incapable al and false attacks on the FNM, half-baked statistics
of maintaining much of the physical-infrastructure the on unemployment, endless heads of agreement, pre-
FNM left in place. Bahamians quickly learned that tend numbers on foreign investments and Junkanoo
Perry Chxistie,and his, leagues .are.talkers..not doers.., shuffles."


by 'good samaritan'

FROM page one

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upon Hernandez and informed the Coast Guard of his exact
location.
A crew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach and a crew from
Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene to assess his
condition. Hernandez was brought to Station Miami Beach where he
was reported to be in stable condition.
Coast Guard crews on an HC-130 Hercules aircraft,
an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, an HU-25 Falcon jet, Cutter
Shamal, and Station Miami Beach were all involved in the search
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M HAVANA
DOZENS of government
supporters broke up a silent
march by a small group of dis-'
uidents marking International
Human Rights Day on Sunday,
roughing up participants and
accusing them of being merce-
naries of the US government,
according to Associated Press.
A second opposition march
by wives of political prisoners
took place without incident.
The first demonstration,
involving fewer than a dozen
people in a public park in


Havana's Vedado neighbor-
hood, was interrupted as soon
as it began by burly men who
surrounded and pushed pro-
testers.
The activists led by physician
Darcy Ferrer tried to keep
walking around the park, but
they were eventually forced out
of the park and they fled in
taxis.
"Long live Fidel and Raul!"
the government loyalists chant-
ed, referring to ailing leader
Fidel Castro and his brother.
"Down with the worms!"
"They are mercenaries!"


some of the loyalists shouted of
the dissidents.
The government supporters
were waiting for the activists at
the park before the march start-
ed.
Residents near the park came
out of their homes to witness
the confrontation, which spilled
into the street and disrupted
traffic. Some expressed con-
tempt for the dissidents, who
they said are being manipulated
by Cuba's enemies and trying
to destroy the island's socialist
revolution.
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Gutierrez, a 68-year-old
mechanic who sat across the
street from the park. "If you
start receiving money from out-
side, you are no longer a patri-
ot."
The Cuban government fre-
quently accuses dissidents of
working with US officials to
undermine the island's system.
That charge denied by the dis-
sidents and Washington was
used against 75 activists round-
ed up in the spring of 2003 and
sentenced to prison terms rang-
ing from six to 28 years.
Sixteen of those prisoners
have since been released for
health reasons, but more than
300 human rights activists, inde-
pendent journalists and mem-
bers of outlawed political par-
ties remain behind bars, accord-
ing to rights groups.
Wives of political prisoners,
who formed a group known as
the Ladies in White, issued a
statement in honor of Human
Rights Day after their weekly
march' following Roman
Catholic Mass to demand the
release of their husbands.
"In Cuba, lamentably, the
totalitarian government has
kept its people submerged in'
repression and fear for 48 years
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of all political prisoners..
The women marched peace-
fully Sunday, with no counter-
protests. The weekly march has
been held regularly for several
years, though it was broken up
once last year by a group of


mostly women screaming pro-
government slogans.
Miriam Leiva, one of the
Ladies in White, expressed dis-
may at the harassment of the
dissidents in the earlier march.
"They should have the right
to protest, just like anywhere
else in the world," Leiva said.
"It's pitiful that this happened
on Human Rights Day."


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signs of cancer. saying he felt "physically


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until December 20, two cents
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be donated to junior junkanoo
programme.
The company is the primary
sponsor of the Junior Junkanoo
parade which will be held this
' year on December 14. Repre-
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Congresswoman calls video


- calling for Castro killing a


fake; filmmaker adamant


N MIAMI
A CONGRESSWOMAN
who appears in a video clip call-
ing for Fidel Castro's assassina-
tion says the footage is fake,
though she adds she would her-
ald the Cuban leader's death,
according to Associated Press.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of
Miami, who was recently tapped
to become the top Republican
.on the House Intiernational
SRelations Committee, appears
in the 28-second clip being cir-
culated on the Internet by the
makers of a new British docu-
mentary, "638 Ways to Kill Cas-
tro." In it, she says: "I welcome
the opportunity of having any-
one assassinate Fidel Castro and
any leader who is oppressing the
people."
But the Havana-born law-
maker claims the filmmakers
spliced clips together to get the
* soundbite.
"It's twisted in a way that
gives the viewer a totally wrong
impre-ssion," Ros-Lehtinen told
The Nliani Herald. "I've said
the comimunity has moved on,
that those strategies are not
being used today, but appar-
ently the filmmakers think
We're still in a '60s mentality."
Dolan Cannell, the film's
director, stood by the authen-
ticity of the footage.
"'I can assure you categori-
calu and completel that there
has been no distortion of %hati


she said," Cannell told The
Associated Press on Sunday,
The filmmaker said Ros-
Lehtinen was interviewed in
February at her Washington
office by the producer of "638
Ways to Kill Castro" and said
he would allow anyone inter-
ested in examining the tape to
visit his London office.
"You'll find it's exactly as we
described," Cannell said.
"There has been no tampering
with it whatsoever."
A spokesman for Ros-Lehti-
nen said the congresswoman
has never called for anyone's
assassination, though the politi-
cian herself said she can't rule
out that she ever mentioned
Castro and a potential assassi-
nation.
"If someone were to do it, I
wouldn't be crying," she said.
Ros-Lehtinen said she has
seen the documentary and the
clip did not make it into the
final cut. But a link to it is pro-
vided on the front page of the
film's site and is available
through YouTube.
The congresswoman said
she's not shy about saN ing.phe
wants Castro dead.
"No one advocates assassnma-
tion," she said. "Wliai e aie
'advocating for is free elections,
freedom for political prisoners,
free expression of ideas and
respect for human rights. That's
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* KABUL, Afghanistan
WITH his lips quivering and
voice breaking, a tearful President
Hamid Karzai on Sunday lamented
that Afghan children are being
killed by NATO and U.S. bombs
and by terrorists from Pakistan -
a portrait of helplessness in the face
of spiraling chaos, according to
Associated Press.


In a heartfelt speech that
brought audience members to
tears, Karzai said the cruelty
imposed on his 'people "is too
much" and that Afghanistan can-
not stop "the coalition from killing
our children."
"We can't prevent the terrorists
from coming from Pakistan, arid
we can't prevent the coalition from
bombing the terrorists, and our


children are dying because of this,"
he said.
The president, who turned tear-
ful after relating stories of children
maimed by bombings, took long
pauses between sentences and at
one point covered both eyes with a
white handkerchief.
A single tear rolled down his
right cheek and bounced off his
suit lapel.


"Cruelty at the highest level,"
he said, his lower lip quivering.
"The cruelty is too much."
The taped speech was shown lat-
er on state TV, though that broad-
cast and other news shows did not
show Karzai crying.
Karzai's spokesman, Khaleeq
Ahmed, said the president was sad-
dened over the deaths of a 2-year-
old child and two Afghan teachers


on Saturday "and it really got to
him." Ahmed said Karzai was not
trying to send any larger message to
NATO or the United States about
their presence here.
"I think what he was trying to
say is that our country 30 years
of war has made us so weak that we
don't have the institutions to con-
trol these types of things," Ahmed
said.


Afghanistan has seen more than
100 suicide attacks this year, a
record number, and close to 4,000
people have died in insurgency-
related violence.
On Sunday, insurgents,
ambushed NATO troops in south-'
ern Zabul province with a road-
side bomb and gunfire, wounding
two soldiers, said Capt. Andre Sal-
loum, a spokesman for NATO's
troops in the south.
A day earlier, a roadside bomb
exploded next to an Afghan army
vehicle in eastern Paktia province,
killing all six soldiers on board,
police said Sunday.
NATO, meanwhile, sharply
reduced the number of Taliban mil-
itants it said were killed in fight-
ui.. on Dec' 2 in ih. Nlusa Qlj dis-
trict of southern Helmand
province. NATO officials originil-
h, s 1id about 70-80-militants were
1i I d, but revised the figure to
about seven or eight, saying there
could have been an internal report-
ing error.
Speaking on the 58th anniver- .
sary of the U.N.'s universal decla-
ration on human rights, Karzai said,
Afghanistan has a decades-long
history of limited rights, from the
time of the Soviet invasion to civil
war and the Taliban's rule. Thou-
sands of Afghans fled the country
as refugees, and women were
"humiliated" by the Taliban, he
said.
The ultraconservative Taliban
regime during its rule from 1996-
2001 banned girls from schools and'"
did not allow women to leave the.'
house without a male escort or
without wearing an all-covering
burqa.
The president also announced a -
reconciliation plan that could be a
first step toward bringing the per-
petrators of human rights viola-*
tions during Afghanistan's past
wars to account, a measure hailed
by the United Nations.
Karzai turned emotional about
1,0 minutes into the speech, after
talking about an Afghan boy left:
paralyzed by a NATO airstrike in.
the Panjwayi district of Kandahar -
province.
A spokesman for NATO's Inter-
national Security Assistance Force
declined immediate comment.
"Every day our children are
dying," Karzai said, noting that two
children were killed in Musa Qala
recently. He said girls are afraid to
go to school arid that NATO
bombs have killed entire families.
He noted that two teachers were
killed by Taliban militants in the-
eastern province of Kunar on Sat-
urday.
"Our life is living with suffer- .
ing," he said.
Karzai composed himself a bit
by the end of the 15-minute speech,
thanking the international -
community for coming to.".
Afghanistan and asking for-'.
Afghans to unite.
Tom Koenigs, the U.N.'s special
representative to Afghanistan, said
the newly launched Action Plan
on Peace, Reconciliation and Jus-
tice was a first step in coming to
terms with decades of human rights
violations.
U.N. spokesman Aleem Sid- .
dique said that countries in post- *
conflict situations need to docu-
ment the past "and acknowledge
the suffering of people."
"It's just looking back at who -
did what and holding people
accountable and giving the people
of past abuses the recognition they
deserve," he said.
Siddique said that perpetrators
of abuses would "eventually be
held to account," though he said it
was too early to say how that would
play out and he didn't know if it
would involve charging people
in court with crimes against human-
ity.


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Hamas government promises to dress




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BETHLEHEM, West Bank
ISLAMIC militants may be
in charge, but that doesn't mean
there won't be Christmas this
year, according to Associated
Press.
The cash-strapped Hamas
government is promising
50,000 to dress up Jesus' tradi-
Stional birthplace for the holi-
.'-'-.'day, more than twice the
-.;amount spent in previous years.
Yet even the extra cash if
Hamas pays up -may not be
'enough to bring Christmas
cheer to Bethlehem, hit hard by
the last six years of Israeli-Pales-
tinian fighting. The biblical
town is now walled in by Israel's
West Bank separation barrier,
poverty is deepening and Chris-
tians are leaving Bethlehem in
droves.
Palestinian Tourism Minister
Joudeh Morkos has modest
'. 'expectations.
*'. Last year, only about 2,500
foreign visitors came on Christ-
mas, but he's counting on the
usual busloads of Christians
from Arab towns in Israel to
* .' -boost turnout. Before the out-
break of the Palestinian uprising
in 2000, Bethlehem drew more
than 90,000 pilgrims a month.
With just two weeks until
Christmas, Bethlehem is only
sparsely decorated.
Bethlehem Mayor Victor
Batarseh, a churchgoing
Catholic from a leftist party,
said Saturday he will not start
decorating until he has the mon-
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The only decoration on the
Lutheran Christmas Church in a
busy market area is spray-paint-


ed graffiti below the pointed
steeple that reads "Islamic
Jihad" a Muslim militant
group.
In Manger Square, next to
the Church of the Nativity built
over Jesus' traditional birth-
place, only two of six souvenir
shops and a small cafe were
open on a recent afternoon.
Many other nearby shops were
closed as well. A few tourists
who sat outside a cafe, braving
the dreary weather, were
thronged by peddlers trying to
sell olive wood crucifixes.-- _
Abir Karrami. l lh sells tra-
doninAl hand-L nmbroidewred
Palestinian dresses, can no


longer afford to pay the $115
monthly rent for her workshop.
Two years ago, she had 30
women working part time for
her, designing and embroidering
gowns using ancient patterns.
Now she has no workers.
Karram and other merchants
say six years of economic hard-
ship during the violence, includ-
ing Israeli travel bans, have
been compounded by an inter-
national economic boycott of
the government imposed 10
months ago when Hamas came
to power. The militant group
has struggled-to pay salaries to
165,000 public servants, who are
the backbone of the economy.


"The wall stopped tourists
and Arabs from Israel," she
said, referring to the separation
barrier, which is meant to stop
Palestinian suicide bombings,
but also cuts across Bethlehem's
main trade artery:.
"Now people here have no
salaries. Its.like a well that fin-
ished drawing water," Karram
said.
The economic squeeze has
driven away growing numbers
of Christians, already a minori-
ty of 35 percent in this town of
30,000.
Mike Salman, a Bethlehem
resident and amateur chroni-
cler of Christian affairs, said


about 20 percent of the town's
1,000 Catholic families have left
in the past six years. Salman
said he's seen a similar rate of
emigration from other Christ-
ian denominations.
A 2004 U.N. report estimated
about 10 percent of Christians
had left.
Amal Bandak, 39, a Christ-
ian. said her family of five wants
to return to Chile, their home
until two years ago. The Ban-
daks had come back to Bethle-
hem because her husband need-
ed a back operation, more
affordable in the West Bank.
Amal's daughters, 13 and 17,
will have what should be a sto-
rybook Christmas. marching in
the traditional Girl Scouts
parade and attending services
at the Church of the Nativity.
Yet they enjoyed the holiday
more in Chile, she said.
"I used to tell the children of
all the wonderful things that
happen here at Christmas, how
everybody comes to town, the
family visits. But last Christmas,
they went to. sleep weeping.
They said it was the saddest
'Christmas they ever had. It
broke my heart," she said.
Hamas' generous promise of
funding has drawn mixed reac-
tions among local Christians.
Some said they suspect the
Islamic militants hoped to score
a few points with the interna-
tional community.,
Salman, a Palestinian
Catholic, said Hamas should
have given the money to the
poor, butity was a sign of good-
will.
"I appreciate it, because
Bethlehem is the symbol of
peace," he said.
The acting finance minister,
Samir Abu Eisha, said he will
write the $50,000 check in the
coming days.
Last year, the outgoing gov-
ernment run by Hamas' archri-
val Fatah, did not give Bethle-
hem any money and the town
had to rely mostly on interna-
tional donations. The year
before, it received $20,000 from
the government.


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Nobel Peace Prize winner hopes that




award will inspire fight against poverty


STOCKHOLM, Sweden
BANGLADESHI economist
Muhammad Yunus accepted
the Nobel Peace Prize on Sun-
day, saying he hoped the award
would inspire "bold initiatives"
to fight poverty and eradicate
Sthe root causes of terrorism,
According to Associated Press.
S- Yunus, 66, shared the award
'with his Grameen Bank for
.'.helping people rise above
-poverty by giving them micro-
credit small, usually unse-
cured loans.
"I firmly believe that we can
create a poverty free world if
we collectively believe in it,"
Yunus said after accepting the
prize at City Hall in Oslo, Nor-
way. "The only place you would
be able to see poverty is in a
poverty museum."
The Nobel Prizes, announced
S in October, are always present-
S ed in Oslo and Stockholm, Swe-
den, on Dec. 10 to mark the
anniversary of the 1896 death
of their creator, Alfred Nobel, a
Swedish industrialist who
* invented dynamite and stipu-
lated the dual ceremonies in his
will.
The winners for literature,
medicine, physics and econom-
ics will receive their awards lat-
er Sunday at a royal ceremony
in Stockholm's blue-hued con-
cert hall. Each award carries a
purse of $1.4 million, a diplo"'
ma and a gold medah The first
prizes were handed out in 1901.
This year's laureates include a
novelist who explored Turkey's
clash of cultures and American
scientists who helped cement
the big-bang theory of the uni-
verse and broke newground in
genetic research.
Yunus said ending poverty
was the best way to fight ter-
rorism.
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causes of terrorism to end it for
all time.;" he said. "I believe
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Bangladeshis who did not qual-
ify for loans from conventional
banks. No collateral is needed,
-and repayment is based on-an
honor ssStem, with a nearly 100
percent repaymentrate.


Yunus said the idea has ditional dress in red with a port for the-Muslim country of
spread around the world, with green shawl, accepted the other Bangladesh, and for the Mus-
similar programs in almost half of the award on behalf of lim environments in the world
every country. Grameen bank, saying she ded- that are working for dialogue
Clad in a, traditional icated it to all Bangladeshis. and collaboration," Mjoes said
Bangladeshi sleeveless jacket, Mjoes said the award was an Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk
Yunus accepted his half of the outstretched hand to the Islam- won the literature prize for a
$1.4 million prize from awards ic world in an era where Mus- body of work that illustrates the
committee chairman Ole Dan- lims are often demonized struggle to find- a balance
bolt Mjoes. because of terrorism. betwccn Ea.st and West.
Board member MosAnmat "The peace prize to Yunus U.S re.earchers have long.
Taslima Begumn, ecarmnn a tra- and Grameen Bank is also sup- dominated the science awards,


and swept them all this year foi,
the first time since 1983.
The Nobel Prize in medicine
went to Andrew Z. Fire and
Craig C. Mello for discovering a
powerful way to turn off the
effect of specific genes. John C:
Mather and George F. Smoot
won the physics prize for work
that helped cement the big-bang
theory of how the universe was
created.
Roger D. Kornberg won the
prize in chemistry for his studies
of how cells take information
from genes to produce proteins,
a process that could provide
insight into defeating cancer
and advancing stem celi
research.
Economics winner Edmund
S. Phelps was cited for research
into the relationship between
inflation and unemployment,
giving governments better tools
to formulate economic policy.
The economics award is not an
original Nobel Prize, but was
created by the Bank of Sweden
in 1968.
Pamuk, whose trial last year
for "insulting Turkishness"
made headlines worldwide, was
honored for exploring "new
symbols for the clash and inter-
lacing of cultures." His novels
include "Snow" and "My Name
Is Red." The charges against
Pamuk were eventually
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Arab states on Persian Gulf commission stu




for possible shared nuclear programme


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

THE oil-rich Arab states
on the Persian Gulf
announced Sunday that
they are considering a
shared nuclear program
for peaceful purposes,
according to Associated
Press.
The statement at the end
of a meeting of the six-
nation Gulf Cooperation
Council was likely to
rachet up concerns about
the danger of nuclear
weapons spreading in the
Middle East.
Iran is now the only
Muslim country in the
region with a nuclear pro-
gram, and the U.S. and
allies suspect it is secretly
developing atomic
weapons in violation of
treaty commitments. Israel
also has long been thought
to have nuclear bombs, a
situation confirmed last
week by incoming U.S.
Defense Secretary Robert
Gates.
In an October warning
about the threat of nuclear
arms proliferation, a U.N.
watchdog body, the Inter-
national Atomic Energy
Agency, said the Arab
states of Egypt, Jordan
and Yemen were among
nations around the world
considering developing
atomic power programs in
the near future.

Oil
The Arab states around
S the Persian Gulf have not
previously pursued nuclear
power because they pos-
S sess substantial oil
S resources and have lacked
- the scientific know-how,
but their statement said
they will look into the uses
of atomic energy.
"The (leaders) commis-
sioned a study by members
of the Gulf Cooperation
Council to set up a com-
mon program in the area
of nuclear energy for
peaceful purposes, accord-
ing to international stan-
dards and systems," said
the final statement of the
two-day summit in the
Saudi capital.
The statement read by
Abdul Rahman al-Attiyah,
secretary general of the
political and economic
alliance, did not elaborate
on the plan by the group
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,
United Arab Emirates,
Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.


Peaceful


"We hope that our state-
ments will not be misun-
derstood," Saudi Arabia's
foreign minister, Prince
Saud al-Faisal, told
reporters. "This is not a
secret and we are doing
this out in the open. Our
aim is to obtain the tech-
nology for peaceful pur-
poses, no more no less."
Gulf countries have
expressed worry over
Iran's disputed nuclear
program, which has lead to
a standoff with the West
over Tehran's refusal to
suspend uranium enrich-
ment. Iran insists its pro-
gram is solely for generat-
ing electricity with nuclear
reactors.
The Persian nation's tirst
reactor being built in
Bushchr just across the
gulf from Kuwait and the
eastern coast of Saudi
Arabia is projected to
begin operating in late
2007.
Officials in the GCC
states have publicly
focused on safety issues
involving Iran's program,
but they also fear a mili-
tary clash between Tehran
and United States and its
ally Israel. Gulf nations
with U.S. military bases -
Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar
Sfear Iran could retaliate
against them.
On Sunday, the group's
leaders reiterated their
position that the standoff
with Iran should be
"resolved peacefully."


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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
ASTRONAUTS aboard the
space shuttle Discovery woke
up to The Beatles on Sunday,
their first morning in space,
where the first drder of business
will be to make sure their ship
wasn't damaged during launch,
according to Associated Press.
The crew lit up the sky late
Saturday with a fiery ascent that
practically turned night into day
in the first nighttime launch in
four years. Then it was on to the
international space station to
rewire the orbital outpost.
The astronauts began their
day to the mellow tunes of
"Here Comes the Sun."
"Good morning, Discovery.
We especially want to thank you
for the burst of sunshine you
brought into our lives last night.
It was an awesome launch,"
Shannon Lucid from Mission
- Control radioed up to the crew.
"It was pretty great for all of
us, too," Commander Mark
Polansky responded.


Astronauts will spend the day
inspecting the shuttle for poten-
tially critical heat shield dam-
age from debris falling off the
external tank during lift off, the
problem that doomed the shut-
tle Columbia in 2003.
Nicholas Patrick, one of the
five astronauts experiencing
zero gravity for the first time,
will use the shuttle's 50-foot
robotic arm and similarly long
boom with sensors and a camera
to inspect the ship. The survey
was to start at 3:12 p.m.
Discovery is to dock with the
space station Monday to begin
the intricate work. Three com-
plicated spacewalks are planned
to rewire the space station from
a temporary to a permanent
power source. ,
NASA had to beat the odds
to get off the launch pad Satur-
day. After only a 30 percent
chance of good weather earlier
in the day and a two-hour delay
in fueling, Discovery streaked
through a moonless sky at 8:47
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The mood was also upbeat
aboard Discovery.
"I think we have five people
who just haven't stopped smiling
yet," Polansky said after the
shuttle reached space.
During its 12-day mission,
Discovery's crew will also deliv-
er an $11 million addition to the
space lab and bring home one
of the space station's three crew
members, German astronaut
Thomas Reiter of the European
Space Agency. American astro-
naut Sunita "Suni" Williams will
replace him, staying for six
months.
The two veterans aboard the
shuttle are Polansky and Robert
Curbeam, who will spacewalk
three times. The others are pilot
William Oefelein, and mission
specialists Patrick, Williams,
Joan Higginbotham and the
European Space Agency's
Christer Fuglesaing, who was the
first Swede in space.
Fuglesang carried some
unusual food into orbit: several
cans of moose sausage and
moose pate.
The mission is one leg of a
three-year race to finish con-
struction on the space station
before shuttles are retired in
2010.
After Discovery's mission, 13
more shuttle flights are needed
to complete the lab.
The launch was the first at
night since Endeavour's flight
in, November 2002 and only the
29th in darkness of NASA's 117
total shuttle launches.
"What you've seen tonight is
the successful accomplishment
of the most challenging,
demanding, technically state-of-
the-art, difficult thing that this
nation or any nation can do,"
NASA Administrator Michael
Griffin said.
' Mission Control in Houston
told Discovery's crew that there
were no initial reports of any
serious problems and that the
shuttle was "in great shape,"
NASA had required daylight
launches for three flights after
the Columbia accident so that
clear images could be taken of
the external fuel tank.
Foam broke off Columbia's
tank at liftoff and struck the
spacecraft's wing, leading to the
disaster that killed seven astro-
nauts.
Saturday's launch was only
the .fourth since the Columbia
disaster in 2003 and the third of
the year. It also was the last
scheduled liftoff from pad 39B,
which will be modified for new
rockets that will take astronauts
back to the moon in 2020.
"It's kind of the end of an
era," Leinbach said.
Waiting at the space station
for his visitors to arrive Mon-
day, U.S. astronaut Michael
Lopez-Alegria played celebra-
tory music for Discovery, "Song
2" by Blur, highlighting the
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Pope urges international communi


seek solution to problems in Middle East


N VATICAN CITY
POPE Benedict XVI said
Sunday he was greatly wor-
ried by recent developments
in the Middle East, and urged
the international community
to commit to seeking "urgent
solutions" to the burgeoning
crisis in Lebanon, according
to Associated Press.
"I am following with great
worry what is happening in
the Middle East, where glim-
mers of a solution to the
crises that plague the region
are alternated to tensions and
difficulties that make us fear
new violence," Benedict said
in an address from his win-
dow overlooking St. Peter's
square following his tradi-
tional blessing.
"Lebanon merits a special
mention. Today, like yester-
day, people of different cul-
tures and religions are called
to live there to build a nation
of dialogue and cohabitation
and to achieve the common
good," the pontiff said.

Crisis
The political crisis in
Lebanon has taken danger-
ous sectarian lines, with most
Sunni Muslims supporting
the Sunni prime minister and
Shiites backing Hezbollah.
Christian factions are split
between the two camps.
On Sunday, hundreds of
thousands of Hezbollah-led
protesters swarmed down-
town Beirut, demanding
Prime Minister Fuad Saniora
cede some power to the
opposition or step down.
The demonstration could
mark a tipping point in
Lebanon's growing political
crisis. 10 dals after a coali-


tion of largely pro-Syrian
opposition groups launched
a series of rallies against San-
iora's anti-Syrian, U.S.-
backed government.
Saniora has refused to
resign.

Commitment
Benedict pleaded with the
Lebanese and their political
leaders "to have to heart
exclusively the best for their
country and harmony
between its communities,
inspiring their commitment
to that unity that is every-
one's responsibility and asks
of each of us patience and
perseverance, along with per-
manent and trusting dia-
logue."
Earlier Sunday, the pontiff
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Rome's middle-class Torrino
neighborhood as part of a
series of parish visits.
Clad in gold vestments, the
pope celebrated Mass and
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incense.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006, PAGE 29


Russian investigators to travel to London





for inquiry into ex-Soviet spy's death


*LONDON
RUSSIAN dissidents close to
Alexander Litvinenko said Sat-
* urday they were worried about
coming face-to-face with
Moscow investigators who plan
to visit London over the ex-
Soviet spy's death from radia-
tion poisoning, according to
Associated Press.
Litvinenko, 43, issued a
deathbed statement blaming
Russian President Vladimir
Putin for his death, a charge
the Kremlin has vehemently
denied.
In her first public comments
since his death, Litvinenko's
widow was quoted by the Mail
on Sunday newspaper as say-
ing she did not believe Putin
was personally responsible for
the poisoning of her husband,
who had become a British citi-
zen this year.
"Obviously it was not Putin
himself, of course not," Marina
Litvinenka said. "But what
Putin does around him in Rus-
sia makes it possible to kill a
British person on British soil. I
believe that it could have been
the Russian authorities."
Police in Germany, mean-
while, said traces of radiation
were found at two Hamburg-
area homes linked to a contact
of the former ex-KGB officer,
while police combed a London
hotel at the center of the inves-
tigation into his death.
A spokeswoman for Russia's
Prosecutor General's office told
S The Associated Press about the
plans to send Russian investi-
gators to London, but said
there was no concrete date., She
said she was not authorized to
give her name to media outlets.
Some emigres were con-
cerned that the Kremlin would
use its inquiries as a "pretext
to harass exiles in London,"
said Andrei Nekrasov, a friend
of Litvinenko.
He said former Russian secu-
rntI oficef MikhailTicpai;[hkin,
n ho is serving a four-year
prison sentence after being con-
victed of divulging state secrets,
had said a Kremlin agent pre-
viously ordered to monitor
Litvinenko was among those
appointed to investigate the
killing.
British police said they had
no details of the visit by Russ-
ian investigators, and it was not
immediately clear whether they


Traces of radiation found


in homes in Germany


would be given access to exiles
granted political asylum by the
British government.
Alex Goldfarb, a family
friend, said he and Litvinenko's
widow were prepared to meet
with Russian officials, but on
the condition British police first
test the investigators for traces
of polonium, the deadly isotope
found in Litvinenko's body.
But The Mail on Sunday
quoted Marina Litvinenko as
saying she did not want to help
Russian authorities with their
investigation.
"I can't believe that they will
tell the truth," she told the
newspaper. "I can't believe if
they ask about evidence they
will use it in he proper way."
German police said Saturday
they found traces of radiation
at two Hamburg area homes
linked to Dmitry Kovtun,, a
Russian businessman who was
at a London hotel gathering
that included Litvinenko.
Traces were found at the Ham-
burg apartment of Kovtun's ex-
wife, and an initial scan yielded
contamination at his former
mother-in-law's home in Hase-
lau, west of the port city.
Investigations in Britain have
focused on the Pine Bar at Lon-
don's Millennium Hotel in
Mayfair, where Litvinenko held
a morning meeting over tea and
gin with three fellow Russians
on Nov. 1 the day he fell ill.
Britain's Daily Telegraph
newspaper said police were
testing a teacup and dishwash-
er at the hotel for signs of radi-
ation.
SLitvinenko met with Andrei
Lugovoi, also an ex-Soviet
agent, Kovtun and V\t .ichiesLiv
Sokolenko, head of a private
Russian security firm, in the
hotel's intimate, blond oak-pan-
eled bar. All three men have
denied involvement in the ex-
spy's death.
Litvinenko. later met with
Mario Scaramella, an Italian
security expert, at a Piccadilly
sushi bar.
By evening,.Litvinenko was
in a London hospital with stom-


ach pains and nausea. He died
22 days later from radiation
poisoning that caused his hair
to fall out and organs to fail.
All- seven employees work-
ing at the bar Nov. 1 showed
evidence of exposure to polo-


nium-210, Britain's Health Pro-
tection Agencyosaid. Kovtun
and Scaramella both have fall-
en ill since the meeting.
Dr. Michael Clark of the
Health Protection Agency said
it was likely the poisoning *


occurred at the hotel bar. He
said food, drinks and cigarettes
all could have been used to
hide the poison.
Polonium is so dangerous
that a lethal dose would occupy
a space just 100 micrometers
across slightly larger than
the point of a pin. Though polo-
nium-210 is available by mail,
one vendor in New Mexico,
Bob Lazar, said it is sold in
such minuscule amounts that
15,000 orders would be need-
ed to potentially harm some-
one.


Scaramella was hospitalized
last week in London. He said
doctors told him he had
received five times the lethal
dose of polonium-210, although
he showed no symptoms. He
left the hospital Wednesday.
In Moscow, Kovtun has
"developed an illness also con-
nected with the radioactive
nuclide (substance)," Russian
prosecutors said. Lugovoi was
tested for radiation poisoning
in a hospital, and Russia's
Interfax news agency said he
showed signs of contamination.


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MANILA, Philippines
TENS of thousands of people in an area devastated by a powerful
typhoon last week in the eastern Philippines were told to evacuate
after another storm slammed into the central part of the country,
killing at three people, officials said Sunday, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Typhoon Utor, packing sustained winds of 75 mph, made land-
fall in the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province at noon Sat-
urday.
A fallen tree killed a child in central Tacloban, Office of Civil
S Defense regional director Adriano Puego said. In central Capiz
province, a 1-year-old girl was pinned to death when a tree fell on
her house, officials said. Three other people feared to have drowned
in floods remain missing in the province. A boat operator from the
central island Boracay was killed after his vessel capsized.
On Sunday morning, the eye of the storm was located 30 miles
east of Occidental Mindoro province's San Jose town, about 155
miles south of Manila, the weather bureau said. Utor is expected to
leave the Philippines and be over the South China Sea by Tuesday.
The new typhoon's path was just south of the eastern Bicol
region where more than 1,000 people were killed or left missing
after Typhoon Durian struck last week.
Some 59,000 people in the worst-hit eastern Albay province
S and another 7,750 people from the central provinces of Cebu,
Leyte and Southern Leyte had to flee to evacuation centers ahead
of Utor, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported.
The Bicol region, still reeling from the devastation caused by
Durian, is on the periphery of Utor's path. But disaster relief offi-
cials ordered the evacuation of residents in Albay's villages earli-
er wiped out by mudslides from the Mayon volcano for fear of more
landslides and flashfloods. There were no immediate reports of fur-
ther destruction in that area.
Utor caused power outrages in many areas in the central Philip-
pines including Cebu, Leyte and the popular island resort of Bora-
cay, officials said.
Utor also prompted the postponement of next week's Associa-
tion of Southeast Asian Nations and the East Asia summits in
central Cebu city and nearby Mactan island, Philippine organizers
said.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council in Manila said
more than 100,000 people already were at evacuation centers fol-
S lowing last week's typhoon.
Durian unleashed tons of rocks and other volcanic debris from
the slopes of the Mayon volcano, sending walls of mud and boulders
on helpless villages.
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debris have returned to salvage personal belongings, sometimes
sleeping in makeshift tents or huts.
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9 Go on getting one back into
shape (8)
10 A firmNothlng to ir? Well, well(3)
11 Clasped again In the old embrace,
conceded (6)
12 Run a seriesofdasses(6)
13 In some bars, abstain (7)
14 A box for an Item of jewellery (4)
15 Undergarments-heaps of them: the
basics (5,5)
17 Dignlfied when someone's painting a
portrait of me (8)
18 Back again in Paris, wandering in the
war museum (7)
19 Buzzofforbequiet,ducksl(4)
21 Such a job as got the burgled house
inmate jailed? (6)
24 Not protesting but swalowing the
medicine In bed? (6,2,5,4)
27 'bu can't shut it up in cagel (6)
29 Tired, dropped Ted over at
the dub (4)
30 Its relaxing? Find it's beyond one,
myself (7)
33 Criticism of a very nice person by the
club (8)
35 Fated to become a famous
hypochaondriac? (3-7)
36 Shakethe heads in turn (4)
37 Hides on a bunk in the
basement? (4,3)
38 As an expert, am not to blame for
what amateurs do (6)
40 A boring cocktail? (6)
41 That's one very heartless woman (3)
42 Hurtles recklddessly to the bend,
unfeeling (8)


YESTERDAY'S CRwTC soumwuNS
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Dignity 10, On-on 11, R-each 12,
Deg.-AS 13,For-ever 15,E ei 17, E&r
I-d 18, Agenda 19, Joyce 20, Eleven
22, Bore 24, Rat 25, Cowered 26,
Cedar 27,Scrub 28, B-og-us 29, Tear-
0-OM 30, Cr-eil .31, Peter
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Tin 5, A-NG-ER 6, Strange 7, A-yes
8, Duck-Ed 12, De-V-on 13, Fever 14,
Rivet 15, Endor 16, Rated 18, Actor
19, Jezebel 21, La-scar 22, Become
23, Refuse 25, C-ar-ry 26, Cut-e 28,
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are wet (6-4)
2 Awaken In prison (4)
3 Member of the family you can
possibly set store by (8)
4 He was dropped off here, you find,
when you go back again (7)
5 The whole article? By no means
(3,1,3,2,2) 1
6 Mechanism that provides the chief
source of water (10)
7 Gives support to couples (6)
8 Meant to endorse the document
brought round (8)
10 They have links with strikes (5)
16 Bill is a very persevering person (7)
20 Gradcious me, what's this? BlastlI A
hotel (5)
22 A tot-the one making grunting
noises (7)
23 A drink during the flight and
it's cold (3,2,3,3)
25 Is it something other than savoir-faire
he's famous for? (10)
26 Very many are not identifiable as
players (10)
28 Where one gives one's opinion of the
journey, having landed? (8)
31 As before, I spot going
in for a cure (8)
32 Looks crossly at the people dearly
feeling pride (7)
34 After a century and a half, to the east
appears a light (6)
35 A popular songwithwhich
carpenters are familiar (5)
39 Eat and run (4)


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10, Infer 11, Trend 12, Belie 13,
Jackdaw 15, War 17, Ales 18, Entice
19, Faint 20, Lethal 22, Fell 24, SAS
25, Boredom 26, Shoal 27, Hippo 28,
Abate 29, imperil 30, Grins 31, Deeds
DOWN: 2, Rental 3, Specks 4, Tor 5,
Strew 6, Patient 7, Lyre 8, Maniac 12,
Banal 13, Jails 14, Cents 15, Wired
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East.
If West were now to play his low-
est heart, the five, he would be ask-
ing his partner to shift to the lower-
ranking side suit in this case, dia-
monds. (A club shift is obviously out
of the question.) If West were instead
to play his highest heart, the nine, he
would be asking his partner to shift
to the higher-ranking side suit in
this case, spades.
Note that without a suit-
preference signal to guide him, East
would probably choose the safer-
looking diamond return at trick four,
allowing declarer to escape witli nine
tricks.
But with West signaling for a
spade return by playing the nine of.
hearts on the jack. it become, easy
for East to iuft to a spdi& and so
defeat the contract two tricks.


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or strong (8)
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36 Untidy state (4)
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DECEMBER 11


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is not a healthy way to live, Aries.
Rethink your personal goals and
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TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
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SIT began with a bang. The filming of
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map when it comes to the world's top movie
locations, especially for waterborne shoots.
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Bahamas Film Studios resemble more of a
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movie or TV production crews would want


to use the Film Studios as a location given
the financial and ownership uncertainty.
They also take some of the gloss off from
the Bahamas International Film Festival's
(BIFF) work to promote this nation to the
global industry, and recent comments by
actor Nicholas Cage about helping to devel-
op a Bahamian film industry, something
that garnered headlines around the world
this weekend.
Yet the plot surrounding the Bahamas

SEE page 7B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A 'white knight' investor,
who claims he signed an agree-
ment to take over the Bahamas
Film Studios and rescue it from
insolvency, has alleged its prin-
cipals ieneged on the deal and
instead used his money to res-
cue the project.
The Grand Bahamris-b.iied
film studios, which are in the
process of being sold to one of
two outside investor 2'riups, ie
entangled in a lawsuit filed by
Bjorn Monteine, controlling
shareholder of Mediator Under-
writing Ltd and its successor,
Bahamas Film Studios Inc.
Mr Monteine, a Monaco res-
ident, alleged in a lawsuit filed
with the court for the 11th Judi-
cial Circuit in Miami-Dade
County, that he was approached
in mid-2005 about "investing in
the project and being its 'white
knight"'.
The lawsuit details an alleged
'soap opera' that has played out
behind the scenes at the loca-
tion where large portions of the
Pirates of the Caribbean II and
III films were shot.
Mr Monteine alleges that the
plot began when a Bermuda-
based company, Ashby Corpo-
ration, acquired 1100pei cent of
the shares in Bahamas-regis-
tered Gold Rock,Creek Enter-
prises, the immediate owner of
the Bjhaniis' Fihb Sitdios pro-
Ject:


Allegations denied
by developer seeking
to sell $76m Grand
Bahama project


SAhb\ receited the shares on
June -1. 21.i.i13. itrom the late Hans
Schuite, a Dutch lawyer and
one of thie project's three found-
ing partners, alongside the late
Mlichael Coller and Paul
Quigley the one surviving part-
ner.
Then, Mr Monteine .alleges,
the Gold Rock Creek shares
held by Ashby were assigned to
the man who has become the
current chairman of both enti-
ties, Ross Fuller, described in
the lawsuit as "an investment
banker from Nashville, Ten-
nessee, who specialises in plac-
ing companies in the penny
stock market also known as the
'Pink Sheets'.
As a result, Mr Fuller
acquired the rights to develop
the Bahamas Film Studios, a
$76 million project in eastern
Grand Bahama that was the
first in estmncnt deal for which a
HeadJ-. of Agreement w as
Lnend by the current adminis-
tration back in 2002.
The plan was for the _4

SEE page 11B


Private health insurance

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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN life and
health insurance carriers have
not yet devised the supple-
mental health policies the Gov-
ernment sees as complement-
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businesses grappling with
uncertainty over its true
impacts and costs, a former
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president told The Tri-
bune.
Winston Rolle, who is a con-


sig ns Nationai Heaili Insur-
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'Close to' 200 Port licencees

show interest in Association


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
"CLOSE to" 200 Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) licencees have shown
interest in joining the newly-
formed Licensees and Proper-
ty Owners Association, whose
Articles and Memorandum of
Association were ratified on


Thursday night, with the orga-
nization seeking to establish
itself as the previously "missing
entity" to the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement.
Chris Lowe, the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce's president, said the

SEE page 8B


C|Aarification

IN the leadstory in Tribune Business on Friday, December 8, The
Tribune reported that Bank of the Bahamas International's $20 mil-
lion mortgage-backed bond issue was "a private placement, not a
public offering, and therefore members of the public should not
attempt to apply for the bonds. The Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national issue will be targeted at specific institutions and high net
worth individuals, regarded as sophisticated investors".
The bank has asked The Tribune to point out that while it is a pri-
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purchase the bonds through the two brokers, Fidelity Capital Mar-
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IT was a busy trading week
in the Bahamian market, as
over 76,000 shares changed
hands. The market saw 13 out
of its 19 listed stocks trade, of
which eight advanced, two
declined and three remained
unchanged.
Volume leader for the week
was the Bahamas Property
Fund (BPF), with 17,900 shares
changing hands and account-
ing for 23.47 per cent of the
total shares traded.
The big advancer for the
week was Consolidated Water
Company's BDR (CWCB), up
$0.30 or 6.32. per cent to end
the week at $5.05. Also
advancing handsomely this
week was FOCOL (FCL),
gaining $0.60 to close the week
at a new 52-week high of
$12.25. On the down side, Doc-
tors Hospital Health Systems
(DHS) dropped $0.05 or 1.89
per cent to close at $2.60
The FINDEX gained 4.29
points for the week to close at
732.68.

COMPANY NEWS

Colina holdings (Bahamas)
(CHL)
FOR the 2006 third quarter,
CHL posted net income attrib-
utable to ordinary shareholders
of $1.2 million, which repre-
sents an increase of $637,000
or 116 per cent versus net
income of $551,000 for the
same period last year.
Total revenues grew by $1.6
million or 4.11 per cent to total
$40.3 million, while benefits
and expenses increased by
$951,000 or 2.49 per cent to
total $39.1 million.
As at September 30, 2006,
CHL had total assets of $451
million, representing an
increase of 7.5 per cent over
fiscal 2005. Invested assets total
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The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 732.68 YTD 32.77%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


AML
BAB
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
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FOCOL has declared a special dividend of $0.06 per
share, payable on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of
record date November 30, 2006.
FINCO has declared dividends of $0.13 per share, payable
on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of record date
December 5, 2006.
FINCO has declared a special dividend of $0.05 per share,
payable on December 12, 2006, to all shareholders of record
date December 5, 2006.
BBL has declared dividends of $0.01 per share payable on
December 15,2006, to all shareholders of record date Decem-
ber 11,2006.
BPF has declared dividends of $0.20 per share payable on
December 20,2006, to all shareholders of record date Decem-
ber 13,2006.
CHL has declared dividends of $0.04 per share payable
within 10 business days after the record date to all share-
holders of record date December 13, 2006.
CBL has declared dividends of $0.12 per share payable on
December 29,2006, to all shareholders of record date Decem-
ber 15,2006.
CWCO has declared dividends of $0.012 per BDR,
payable on February 7,2007, to all shareholders of record date
December 31, 2006.
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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
TWO owners of a former
Bahamas-based financial ser-
vices company have appealed
judgements against them worth
$10.4 million, and are also fight-
ing an involuntary bankruptcy
lawsuit brought against them by
the bankruptcy trustee for a
mutual fund that collapsed own-
ing investors $214 million.
Jon Huggins and Anthony
Knight, owners of Bahamas-
based International Portfolio
Analytics (IPA), are "defend-
ing themselves
vigorously"against the involun-
tary bankruptcy cases brought
by Evergreen Security trustee,
Bill Cuthill.
In his latest update to Ever-
green investors, Mr Cuthill said
the case brought against the duo
and their US-based company,
Atlantic Portfolio Analytics
Management (APAM) would
next be heard in the US courts
this month.
Mr Cuthill added that he was
also "working diligently" to col-
lect the $7.9 million judgement
awarded against Mr Huggins,
Mr Knight and their Bahamian
International Business Compa-
ny (IBC), Mataeka Ltd, by a
US court over a civil action he
brought relating to Evergreen


Security's collapse. A further
$2.5 million judgement was
awarded against APAM.
Separately, after a first trial
failed to reach a verdict, a sec-
ond trial in a criminal case
brought by the Manhattan Dis-
trict Attorney saw Mr Knight
eventually plead guilty to grand
larceny in relation to Evergreen
Security, while Mr Huggins
pleaded guilty to possessing
stolen property in the same
case.
Although neither is serving
jail time, they are now serving
probation and were fined.
Mr Cuthill's lawsuit against
the pair alleged: "On or about
December 31, 1995, Evergreen
transferred at least $2 million
to or for the 'benefit of APAM."
It further alleges: "On or
about 11 December, 1997, Ever-
green transferred approximate-
ly $6.5 million to or for the ben-
efit of Mataeka.......
"At least $2.5 million of the
$6.5 million were transferred to
or for the benefit of Knight and
Huggins. Knight and Huggins
then made a loan to APAM in
the amount of $2.5 million. At
the time, Huggins was a director
and president of APAM, and
Knight was a director and vice-
president of APAM."
Another lawsuit filed with the
Orlando Bankruptcy court


alleged that $5.1 million of the
$6.5 million Mataeka received
from Evergreen Security was
transferred to Surety Bank &
Trust, a now-liquidated
Bahamian bank that had oper-
ated on Paradise Island.
The lawsuit alleged that on
or about December 18, 1997,
some $3.6 million of the
"Mataeka Transfer" was trans-
ferred to Surety Bank & Trust.
Another $1.5 million was then
allegedly deposited on or about
December 24,1997.
The. lawsuit alleged:
"Through a series of transac-
tions, the funds deposited in
Surety Bank were denoted as
follows: 1) a deposit account in
the name of Castro in the
amount of $1.5 million; 2) a
deposit account in the name of
Boyd in the amount of $1.8 mil-
lion; and 3) a deposit account
in the name of Thomas S.
Spencer in the amount of $1.8
million."
The lawsuit further alleged:
"[These] accounts represent
funds that were directly
removed from Evergreen with-
out authorisation or return val-
ue."
Evergreen Security collapsed
in early 2001 amid allegations
that it was nothing more than a
giant 'Ponzi' scheme that
defrauded investors out of $214


million.
Mr Cuthill has estimated that
investors will recover about 15
per cent of the funds they
invested. He has already made
two distributions to investors,
in October 2004 and March
2005, totaling about 9.2 per cent
of funds they had invested.
Mr Cuthill has estimated that
he will recover at least a fur-
ther 5.8 per cent of investor
claims he has approved. Some
1900 investor claims, for more
than $185 million, have been
approved, and some $27.289
million recovered.
The judgements and volun-
tary bankruptcy cases against
Mr Huggins, Mr Knight and
their companies are one of the
final recovery sources Mr
Cuthill is targeting.


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The Annual General Meeting of the

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT 2006/CLE/QUI
EQUITY SIDE No. 00662

IN THE MATTER of all those pieces parcels or lots
of land being Lot Numbers 584 and 585 situate in
Golden Gates Estates Section II Subdivision in the.
Western District of the Island of New Providence,
The Bahamas.

AND

IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
(Chapter 393 statute law of the Bahamas revised
edition 2001)

AND

IN THE MATTER of The Petition of
RICHARDSON HARVEY THURSTON

NOTICE

RICHARDS HARVEY THURSTON, The Petitioner
claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession of
the pieces parcels or lots of land hereinbefore described
and have made application to the Supreme Court of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act to have the title to the said
pieces parcels or lots of 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 Act.

Copies of a diagram or plan showing the position :
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of the said
pieces parcels or lots of land may be inspected during
normal working hours at the following places:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court Bitco
Building, East Street in the City of Nassau,
New Providence, The Bahamas.

(b) The Chambers of Messrs. Davis & Co.,
British Colonial Hilton, Centre of Commerce,
4th Floor Suite 400, #1 Bay Street, Nassau,
New Providence, The Bahamas, Attorneys
for the Petitioner

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having a right of Dower or an adverse claim or any
claim not recognized in the Petition shall within thirty
(30) days after the appearance of the Notice herein
file in the Registry of the Supreme Court in the City
of Nassau aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed
form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.


Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement
of claim within thirty (30) days of the date herein will
operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this 16th day of November, A.D. 2006

DAVIS & CO.
Chambers
British Colonial Hilton
Centre of Commerce
4th Floor Suite 400
#1 Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
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per cent of total assets as at
September 30, 2006. For the
week, 13,065 shares of CHL
changed hands, declining by
$0.02 to close at $1.88.
In related .news, CHL's
Board of Directors has
declared dividends of $0.04 per
share payable within 10 busi-
ness days after the record date
for all shareholders of record
date December 13, 2006.
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2nd Terrace, Collins Avenue
P.O.Box SS 5915
Nassau, Bahamas
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share in an underwritten public
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$34.9 million.
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month period ended June 30, 2006 a dividend of
$0.02 per ordinary share has been declared to be paid
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006, PAGE 5B


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products via deal


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

STAR GENERAL Insurance
Agents and Brokers has been
appointed as the Bahamian
managing general agent for
International Medical Group
(IMG), an Indiana-based com-
pany, in a move that aims to pro-
vide Bahamian clients with a
wider variety of health and med-
ical insurance products.
The companies officially
launched the new services at a
reception at Star General last
)veek. Herbert Thompson, Star
General's president, said the
partnership will ensure there is a
larger array of "attractive and
affordable policies for Bahami-
ans".
'This will also allow us to tai-
lor our policies for groups and
individuals with a company that
hias an excellent reputation for
turnaround of prompt claim pay-
ments," he told The Tribune.
Star General, through the
agreement, will be able to offer
its clients broader coverage and
a wider network, particularly
when they are in the US.
Mr Thompson said the. addi-
tion of IMG's products to its
existing portfolio of medical
insurance providers would allow
Star General to provide the
Bahamian market with awide
r'pnge of medical products that
were both attractive and afford-
able, and tailored to meet all
medical insurance needs..
"The addition of another
international entity of the calibre
and size of IMG will help level
)- the playing field for Star Gener-
al, and allows us to level the
playing field for Bahamians with
a full array of life and health
products, which are both attrac-
tive and tailored to met all med-
ical needs.," Mr Thompson said.
Dianne Russell, manager of
the health and life division at
the company, said: "We are
pleased and proud to offer such
unique and affordable plans to
the Bahamian community, with
options like extended lifetime
coverage and benefits to $5 mil-
lion...
"We have total confidence in
IMG as a carrier of choice for
our agency, and we are grateful
to our principals and the Regis-
trar of Insurance, who have


worked diligently with us to this
end. We welcome IMG into our
family."
Al Wallace, vice-president of
IMG, said the opportunity to
serve the Bahamian people with
"quality insurance plans" was
extremely gratifying.
He explained that the com-
pany had offices in England and
Asia, and he was hopeful that
an office could eventually open
in the Bahamas.
"We provide coverage for
people in over 150 countries
around the world, and we have
the opportunity to work with
many organizations including
Fortune 500 companies, the
Peace Corps and mission-send-
inig organizations," Mr Wallace
said.
"We have the opportunity to
design and develop products for
individuals or groups very quick-
ly."
Mr Wallace said that with 227
employees in the US office and 9
in the UK, IMG was small
enough to provide personalised
service, but large enough to
meet its clients needs.
"We are happy to work with
Star General, which we consider
to be the premier insurance
company in the Bahamas," he
added.
Mr Wallace said one of the
company's most beneficial ser-
vices was 'My IMG', a service
which allows its clients to go
online and obtain the status of a
claim at all times.
"It is easy to collect premi-
ums, but everyone wants to
know how their claims are being
paid. We want individuals from
around the world to have the
opportunity to go online and
check extacly where their claim
is. We pride ourselves on being
able to pay claims adequatelyy"


said Mr Wallace.
With annual premiums writ-
ten by its agents approaching
$30 million, Star General is
presently one of the largest gen-
eral insurance agencies in the
Bahamas.
The company's diversified
portfolios of insurance products
are structured for both individ-
uals and companies, including
homeowners, fire and peril, com-
merical property, motor, marine
and aviation liability contrac-
tors all risk professional indemi-
ty and commerical bonds.
The company provides life
and health insurance plans on
both a group and individual
basis.


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

PAYROLL taxes in the
Bahamas will increase to 14.1


per cent when the Govern-
ment's proposed National
Health Insurance (NHI) plan is
implemented alongside
National Insurance (NIB) con-


tributions, the Bahamas
Employers Confederation
(BECon) has warned, adding.
"a new level of complexity" to
company payroll systems.


In a note on how NHI is.
likely to operate, BECon said
that the 5.3 per cent contribu-
tion rate, split 50/50 between
employee and employer, when
taken with the 8.8 per cent
NIB contribution rate, would
generate a cumulative payroll
tax of 14.1 per cent.
"Speaking of taxes, let's call
a spade a spade. Government-
imposed mandatory deduc-
tions from employees and con-
tributions by employers based
on pay are a tax, a payroll tax
to be precise," BECon said.
"We already have a payroll tax
for National Insurance, and
NHI will be another payroll
tax."
BECon said that with the
first actuarial review of NHI
scheduled to take place for
December 31, 2008, and then
every three years thereafter,
"the mechanism is being put
in place to increase the 5.3 per
cent contribution rate for NHI
as early as 2009".
The employers' organisa-
tion identified a number of
unanswered questions over
NHI, including whether NIB
numbers would also be used
for the scheme. All Bahami-
ans and legal residents are sup-





IN SIGH

Forthe stre
behndth nws


posed to register with the
Commission established to
administer NHI, in order to
receive healthcare coverage.
Yet it is unclear whether
individuals will receive the
same number as NIB under
the scheme, if a new number to
be used by both NIB and NHI
will be issued, or whether the
NIB number remains the same
and a new one is issued for
NHI.
"NHI will add a new level
of complexity to an employ-
er's payroll system regardless
of whether their payroll sys-
tem is manual or comput-
erised," BECon said. "Many
computerised payroll systems
will need to be modified to
include in its programming the
extra fields for NHI employ-
ee deductions and employer
contributions utilising the cor-
rect percentages and ceiling for
NHI contributions, and possi-
bly a new or separate NHI
identification number."
BECon added that while
NIB was intended to collect
NHI contributions, it was again
unknown whether one form -
such as the modified NI C-10
form would be needed to
report contributions to both
schemes, or whether both
needed different forms.
"However, there will need
to be two cheques, one made
out to the National Insurance
Board, and the other to the
NHI Commission, so that the
funds are not commingled,"
BECon said.
It urged the Government to
ensure that the fees charged to
non-compliant persons not
covered by NHI, to enable


them to access healthcare ser-
vices, be based on "true costs"
that included depreciation and
maintenance expenses. I
The Government is expect--
ing to earn $18 million from 1.
these charges, but BECon-."
warned that if they were not-'
based on true costs, "our tax''
dollars will subsidise the
healthcare costs of these indi-
viduals".
BECon pointed out that-J,
healthcare services in the pri-1'0
vate sector would always costf
more than in the public sector;,
as private providers included'
capital depreciation and main-,"
tenance in calculating prices to'
ensure they made a profit.
As a result, NHI would only
fully cover "the bare bone
necessities" of public sector
medical services. Bahamians
and residents would have to
pay the difference between pri-
vate and public sector prices if
they sought private treatments,
as NHI's costs are based on.-
public sector prices. And
patients seeking'a private room .
in a government hospital,,
would have to pay for the priv-. r
ilege.
BECon said it appeared that'. ,
going directly to a specialist,,n
rather than a general practi-'o
tioner (GP), would result in',
patients paying the differences'
between the rates the two'-:
charged under NHI. It could 'i
even result in the denial of
NHI payments, with BECon'-
adding that referrals by GPs'-I
to specialists and other:
providers would have to be inu"-
accordance with NHI rules for 'I
the patient to receive full cov-2
erage under the scheme.


THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot Number (7) Block 16 situate in Vista
Marina Subdivision situate in the Western District in the Island of New Providence.
Situate upon the subject property is a four bedroom two bathroom single storey dwelling
containing 4,970 sq.ft.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Colina Insurance Limited) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 30th July, 2003.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Unit No. 508 Lucayan Towers North
Condominium in the Island of Grand Bahama. The Studio Apartment comprises of a
foyer, bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen. The total living area is 696 sq.ft.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 17th November, 2000 and recorded in
volume 8279 at pages 153:to 165.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, PO. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


I I
THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of.

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot Number(18) Block 1 situate in Sea
Beach Addition in the island of New Providence. Situate upon the subject property is a
two storey condominium building with a single storey apartment attached. Units 1 and 3
are for sale and the total living area is 1200 sq. ft. for unit 1 and 600 sq.ft. for unit 3.

Colinalminperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 31st March, 1992 and recorded in
. volume 5834 at pages 550 to 576..

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Unit 12-W in the Victoria Court
Condominiums situate on Victoria Avenue in the city of Nassau in the said Island of New
Providence. The unit is a e subject property is a two bedroom, one bathroom
condominium containing 1, 224 sq.ft.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 2nd March, 2005 and recorded in
volume 9278 at pages 362 to 382..

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE ELTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot N ..-nber (17) of Tusculum Subdivision
situate in the Western District of the Island of New providence. Situate upon the subject
property is a four bedroom, three and a half bathroom two storey single family dwelling
containing 3, 332 sq.ft.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 30th July, 1998 and recorded in
volume 7355 at pages 446 to 459..

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMASto be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


I


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006, PAGE 7B


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FROM page 1B



Film Studios raises a number of
interesting questions. Given that
the Ministry of Financial Ser-
Svices and Investments has
recently set up a unit to monitor
whether investors are living up
to their commitments, and that
any changes in ownership are
supposed to be government-
approved, the episode raises
questions about whether the
administration took its eyes off
the ball in this particular case.
Ownership of the Bahamas
Film Studios allegedly changed
hands in 2003, when current
chairman Ross Fuller took over
from the late Hans Schutte, one
of the signatories to the Heads
of Agreement with the Bahami-
an government. Was this
change in ownership ever
approved by the Cabinet,
National Economic Council
(NEC) and Investments Board,
along with Central Bank
exchange control approval.
This may highlight a weak-
ness of the Government's
approval process, especially
when it comes to dealing with
investors who have set up com-
plex corporate ownership struc-
tures to repatriate profits. Ash-
by the company at the centre
of the Fuller/Schutte transac-
tions is a Bermuda corpora-
tion, thus lying, outside Bahami-
an regulatory approval.
Still, one would have thought
alarm bells would have sounded
in government back in Septem-
ber, when the last of the
Bahamas Film Studios' three
founders, Paul Quigley was
ousted from the Board of Direc-


tors. Surely this would have
encouraged the Government to
look more close at the goings
on in western Grand Bahama,
as it owns the real estate upon
which the project sits.
The Tribune understands that
currently the Bahamas Film
Studios site is almost deserted,
with a skeleton staff and secu-
rity at the site, a far cry from
the world of movie block-
busters. FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank is understood to
have become especially twitchy
about the $9.95 million con-
struction loan for the Studios'
water tank, having transferred
its administration to Nassau
from Freeport, after learning it
was guaranteed by.a St Kitts
and Nevis insurance company
currently facing a winding-up
petition.
Actors

Yet all is not lost, especially if
the two actors seeking to
acquire the rights to develop
the Film Studios can come to
the stage with the capital, busi-
ness plan, film and TV indus-
try contacts and wherewithal to
take the project forward and
realise the vision of its founders.
And they may yet be need-
ed. It is understood that the
Heads of Agreement stipulates
that the rights in the documents
can only be assigned to some-
one else of the two parties gov-
ernment and founders are in
agreement. Given that Mr
Schutte has passed away, the
only surviving signatory is Mr
Quigley, so his consent may be
needed if an imminent sale to
one of two rival groups is to be
achieved. Irony indeed.


BEST OUTCOME
AT PRESENT
The two-month ceasefire
negotiated between Sir Jack
Hayward and the late Edward
St George's estate is probably
about the best outcome that
could have come from last
week's court hearings.
The two sides now have until
February 7, 2007, to see if they
can resolve their differences via
negotiation.mediation. Given
that the breakdown in relations
seems to have gone too far, the
only real solution short of
going to court is for one side to
either raise the capital them-
selves or find a third party to
buy the other side out. Ladies
and gentlemen, start fund rais-
ing please!
On a more serious note, it
would seem as if the St George
estate got most of what they
wanted. Hannes Babak is still
enjoined from acting as.chair-
man, and being involved in the
management or executive oper-
ations of Port Group Ltd and
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, removing one of the
two issues dividing the parties.
While Clifford Culmer is now
referred to as independent man-
agement consultant, something
of a sop to Sir Jack probably,
he still retains many of the pow-
ers of a receiver in all but name.
The Board of Directors has
been suspended, and a 50/50
balance returned, with Mr Cul-
mer exercising its powers with
the consent of Sir Jack and
Lady Henrietta "from time to
time". Failure to resolve their
differences will see the receiver-
ship reimposed after February
7.
In addition, documents are to


THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:
All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot Number (3) Block 1 of Nassau East
Subdivision situate in the Eastern District in the Island of New Providence. Situate upon
the subject property is two Apartment buildings
(i) Building No. 1 containing seven condominium units for sale
(nos. 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,)
(11) Building No.2 containing 11 units.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 18th March, 2004 and recorded in
volume 8921 at pages 137 to 150..

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
lose of business on December 20, 2006



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THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot Number(4) and a portion of Lot number
(5) in Block (17) of Vista Marina Subdivision of The Grove Estate situate in the Western
District of the Island of New providence. Situate upon the subject property is a three
bedroom, three bathroom single family dwelling containing 2,751.00 sq.ft.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 20th February, 1991 and recorded in
volume 6858 at pages 306 to 323..

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 006


be provided between the two
parties to aid the negotia-
tion/mediation discussions.
But while the ceasefire is a
start, there is still a long way to
go. From a wider perspective,


Freeport badly needs an eco-
nomic/investment boost, and it
is unlikely that things will ever
be the same at the Port Author-
ity, with more executive depar-
tures possible.


Perhaps the most encourag-
ing sign is that the licencees now
seem to have the courage to
grasp their rights through the
newly-formed Licencees Asso-
ciation.


THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot Number (345) of Hudson Estates
situate in the Island of Grand Bahama. Situate upon the subject property is a three
bedroom, two bathroom singlE family dwelling containing 1,113 sq.ft.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 23RD MAY, 1991 and recorded in
volume 6054 at pages 67 to 81.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O.. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


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THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot Number (56) East Beach Drive
Caravel Beach Subdivision Section 1 in the city of Freeport, Grand Bahama. Situate
thereon is a single storey residence consisting of three (3) bedrooms,two bathrooms
family room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room and car port. The total living area is
1,564 sq.ft.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 2nd October, 1987 and recorded in
volume 4932 at pages 83 to 98.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


THE COLINA IMPERIAL INSURANCE LTD. invites tenders for the purchase of:

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Lot Number (10) Block 69 of Englerston
Subdivision situate in the Southern District in the Island of New Providence. Situate upon
the subject property is a two storey commercial building containing a restaurant/bar on
the ground floor and eleven guest rooms on the second floor.

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgages
under power of sale contained in mortgages dated 18th March, 2004 and recorded in
volume 8921 at pages 137 to 150..

Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. Reserves the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers to THE MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATION
MANAGER, P.O. BOX N-3734, NASSAU BAHAMAS to be received no later than the
close of business on December 20, 2006


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IN THE ESTATE OF ISMAE MERRILYN LOUISE FERGUSON
late of Isabella Boulevard, Marathon Estates in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estates are required, to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the same certified in
writing to the undersigned on or before the 30th day of
December, A.D.,2006 and if required, to prove such debts
or claims, or default be excluded from any distribution;
after the above date the assets will be distributed having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the
Executor shall have had notice.
And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to
the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the 14th December, A.D.,2006

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249 Baillou Hill Road
P.O.Box EE-15075
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Memorandum of Association
and Articles of Association
were ratified by a meeting of
the Association on Thursday
night. The Association's first
Board of Trustees, headed by
attorney Rawle Maynard was
appointed, and it is now wait-
ing to be formally ratified as a
private, non-profit organiza-
tion by the Attorney General.
"We had about 60 licencees
represented there, and it was a
different 60 from the ones seen
at the prior meetings. I'd say
we've got to be close to 200


licencees expressing interest,"
Mr Lowe told The Tribune.
He explained that the Asso-
ciation's title had been care-
fully chosen, so any person or
business holding a licence from
the Port Authority, such as a
realtor, developer or condo
association could join.
The Licensees Association
would have "a very strong
emphasis on education to get
everyone on the same page"
with regard to the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement and the
licencees' role in it, Mr Lowe
said, "as there are as many
opinions as there are
licencees". -
Its next goal, he added, was
"to present ourselves to both
government and the Port


NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.46 of2000)
BENTLEY LIMITED
IBC No 105,342 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
NOTICE is hereby given in accordance with Section 131 (2)(a) of
the International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, Bentley
Limited is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the above-named Company is
required on or before the 26th January 2007 to send their name,
address and particulars of their debt or claim to the Liquidator of
the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

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Friday, 8 December 200 6
BISFa8LlctmD &.TRADED IEtURITIES VISIT WWW.yISXBAHAMAS.COM POIR DATA G&RIFRf IAT10N *
3ISA ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1 .7 3 ,9-/ CHG 01 28 I %CHG 00.OB /i Yto t.a'j YTD ..92 % .
...i .i-i. ^.- i -Securai 1.z...E.... ..- 1.-..-.P ..- changee Daily Vol EPS $ Div S PiE Yield
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 0.65 0.65 0.00 -0.109 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 10.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.00 11.00 0.00 15,450 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 1.72 1.72 0.00 0.168 0.060 10.2 3.49%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.30 1.30 Q.00 0.170 0.570 7.6 4.75%
9.99 9.05 Cable Bahamas 9.99 9.99 0.00 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.40%
2.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.91 0.01 18,065 0.078 0.000 24.1 0.00%
12.40 9.00 Commonwealth Bank 12.40 12.40 0.00 0.943 0.660 12.4 5.32%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.05 4.96 -0.09 195 0.134 0.045 37.6 0.89%
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 0.552 0.240 10.5 4.15%
12.00 10.60 Finco 12.00 12.00 0.00 0.779 0.560 15.4 4.67%
14.15 10.05 FirstCaribbean 14.15 14.15 0.00 0.927 0.550 15.3 3.89%
12.25 10.00 Focol 12.25 12.25 0.00 0.885 0.500 13.8 4.08%
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete 0.55 0.55 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.20 ICD Utilities 7.20 7.20. 0.00 0.532 0.135 13.5 1.88%
9.10 8.52 J.S.Johnson 8.60 8.60 0.00 0.582 0.560 14.8 6.51%
1000 1000 Premier Real Eslale 1C'000 10 00cu 0.00 1269 0 19E 79 1 95,
:./. i:'* ;Fidelity Over-The.Counter Securities :
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid S iK $ Lasi Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Dl S E Yield
14.30 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1 923 1 320 9 C'0'
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 : 7.85%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings n4A. 055 000 0.021 0.000 26.2 0.00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0,000 19.4 0.006/O
14.50 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.580 1.320 8.9 9.42%
060 0 35 RND Holdings 0-45 0c55 045 -0070 0000 N/M 0.00%
0 so a 'o ,, .a as -BISX Listed uitual Funds I
. Al. H 5:' .Lon-. Fund Name N 4 TD LasI2I Mlonlhs Div $ uir
1.31?2 1.2637 Colina Money Markt Fucnd 1.317175*
3.0017 2.5864 Fidelity Baliamas (G & I F mill 3.00 17"'
2.4723 2.2982 Colina MSI Preleirred Fund 2.472341*"
1.2074 1.1442 Colina Bond Fund 1.207411** **
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NA KEY
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 1 December 2006
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily 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 -30 November 2006
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 31 October 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994= 100 30 November 2006


Authority as the missing entity.
Those who have been absent
or sidelined, and to move for-
ward with both entities for the
betterment of Freeport and the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement".
Mr Lowe called for more
open dialogue with the Port
Authority and government on
how to take Freeport forward,
arguing that both had to act as
facilitators of business and
investment, rather than seek-
ing to control it.
Based on the fact that his
journey to work now took 20
minutes, compared to 15 min-
utes and 10 minutes five and
10 years ago respectively, Mr
Lowe said: "There's no doubt
Grand Bahama is growing, but
we just have to have more
open facilitation with busi-
nesses, both local and interna-
tional.
"There has to be a little less
interference by both govern-
ment and the Port Authority.
They should both be fulfilling a
facilitation role, not a role as
master of all."
As for the ongoing dispute
between Sir Jack Hayward and
the estate of the late Edward


St George, relating to the Port
Authority's ownership, Mr
Lowe suggested that the two01
feuding shareholders needed 1
to work with the licencees and,
shareholders to help resolve iI+
On the dispute's impact on,
Freeport's business and invest,- .,
ment climate1 Mr Lowe said:
"Gas station attendants still,
have to pump; bank clerks still _
have to go to work; businesses
still have to open.
"The economy is bearing up
well under the circumstances,,
but it's not something that can r
continue long-term. It's notg
going to encourage investors
to jump in with both feet.
We've done a phenomenal job,
really, [to keep the economy
going]. I don't think it will ever
be the same [at the Portlr
Authority], and for the out-,,
come that's up to all of us, with-,
government playing a bacI
seat role."
Mr Lowe added that the-
Chamber of Commerce would'
seek to work with the,
Licencees Association wher-,,,
ever possible, seeking to better ,,
the conditions for business in
Freeport.


Pensioners of THE BAHAMAS HOTEL
INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT PENSION
FUND are asked to call (322-8381/4) or visit D
the Fund's Office in the SG Hambros
Building, West Bay Street to obtain an end of
year voucher and to update their pension fund
records.
Please call or visit the Funds Office by
Friday 22nd December 2006.
The Trustees for the Fund wish all hotel
pensioners a safe and joyous holiday season.
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Date: Monday December 4th, 2006




COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2006

IN THE SUPREME COURT COM/bnk/00015

Commercial Division


IN THE MATTER OF MOSAIC COMPOSITE
LIMITED now MOSAIC COMPOSITE LIMITED
(U.S.) INC. (a Minnesota Corporation) ("Mosaic")

AND

In THE MATTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, Chapter 309
Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000 Edition ("the Act")

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Petition for
the winding-up of the above named Company was on 17th
day of March 2006 presented to the said Court by Olympus
Univest Ltd. (in liquidation) c/o BDO Mann Judd, Third
Floor, 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 Creditor or
contributory of the said Companydesirous to support or oppose
the making of an Order on the said Petition may 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. 4

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

CALLENDERS & CO
Chambers,
One Millars Court,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner
'1
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.
fhe 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 irm or his or their attorney if any, j
and must be served or if posted, must be sent by post in 4
sufficient time to reach te above-named not later than 4:00
o'clock in the afternoon of the 13th day of Decemeber, 2006.
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future


may await Florida


0 By BILL KACZOR
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
Imagine a Florida with
twice as many people, double
the congestion and another
seven million acres of farms,
forests and other rural lands
paved over or converted into
sprawling towns and suburbs.
That's the "frightening"
future Florida will face by 2060
-just 53 years away unless
the state makes dramatic
changes soon in its approach
to growth management, lead-
ers of the environmental group
1000 Friends of Florida said
Wednesday as they released a
pair of studies on the issue.
Existing
Existing requirements for
lo'al 10-year comprehensive
plans are ina(. uate to deal
with the long-term statewide
implications of rampant
growth, said 1000 Friends vice
president Tim Jackson.
"The governor and Legisla-
ture should say 'Here's where
we're really trying to go in 100
years,"' Jackson said.
"'What are the lands we
ought to protect? What's the
form and character of commu-
nities that we ought to protect
and preserve, and what form
arid where do we want new
growth to happen?"'
The studies were commis-
sioned in partnership with The
St Joe Co., Florida's largest
private land owner and one of
tht state's biggest developers;
A, Duda and Sons, a major
agribusiness, and The Nature
Cbnservancy, another envi-
ronmental group.
."The 1000 Friends of Florida
2060 population scenario is a
Useful look into what the
future could be if we don't take


planning and plan implemen-
tation seriously," said state
Department of Community
Affairs spokeswoman Alexis
Antonacci.
But she added: "There are
many factors working to
change those trends."
Florida House Environment
and Natural Resources Coun-
cil Chairman Stan Mayfield,
R-Vero Beach, said he had
some qualms about proposals
that might affect property
rights but commended 1000
Friends for taking the lead on
the growth management issue.
"Overall, it's good that we're
talking about it," Mayfield
said. "We're going to have to
be much more creative."
The first study by the Uni-
versity of Florida's GeoPlan
Center forecasts the state's.
population will double to 36
million by 2060 and chew up
2.7 million acres each of agri-
cultural land and natural habi-
tat.
Only the Panhandle and
adjacent Big Bend area would
retain significant open space
and then just if current growth
and development patterns con-
tinue.
Southeast Florida would be
almost one solid urban area
with a band of development'
extending across the peninsula
to Fort Myers on the south-
west coast, where a three coun-
ty area would be built out.
Central Florida would be
another massive urban sector
extending from Ocala to
Sebring and St. Petersburg to
Daytona Beach.
Built
Duval County would be built
out in northeast Florida with
growth spilling into adjacent
communities.
Neither the threat of hurri-


canes nor soaring insurance
rates and property values are
expected to dampen Florida's
growth, Jackson said.
"The sun's going to keep
shining in Florida," he said.
"People are going to retire and
they're going to want to move
somewhere it doesn't snow."
State
The state already has begun
meeting the challenge with
passage of a new growth man-
agement law in 2005, Antonac-
ci said.
It included about $1.5 billion
for new highways, classrooms
and water facilities, but that
should be considered just a
first step, said 1000 Friends
president Lester Abberger.
"We're going to need a lot
more big steps to avoid the
frightening scenario that you
see on the 2060 chart,"
Abberger said while standing
near a state map covered with
red dots showing where growth
is expected.
A second study by Georgia
Tech's Center for Quality
Growth and Regional Devel-
opment recommends ways to
avoid the scariest parts of the
forecast.
It proposes a new policy for
converting rural lands to urban
use that would thwart sprawl
by setting aside small sectors
for high-density development
while preserving most vacant
property for agriculture, open
space and nature.
Antonacci said her agency
already is developing such poli-
cies.
Other recommendations are
to expand and continue the
state's Florida Forever pro-
gram that obtains endangered
lands, create a 100-year legacy
plan and find leaders to sup-
port the proposals.


Financial institutions, industry organizations,


Copies


of the draft proposed


may be obtained from


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THE TRIBUNE


Nassau sliding on visitor experience


FROM page 1B

Don Robinson, head of the
$2 billion Cable Beach Resorts
developer, told the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA)
annual Christmas Apprecia-


tion lunch that according to a
report on the visitor experi-
ence by the Ministry of
Tourism, year-to-date figures
show 67 per cent of stopovers
leaving Nassau were likely to
recommend the Bahamas.
This compared to 85 per


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Head Equipment Technician/Mechanic required to work on
a full time basis for a golf company. The ideal candidate would
possess the following attributes:

SUMMARY

Responsible for all equipment maintenance and repairs of all
golf course and all non-guest carrying vehicles. Responsible
for making major and minor repairs on a variety of gasoline,
diesel and electric powered equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Coordinate and schedule all equipment for repairs and/or
maintenance.

Inspect, diagnose and repair mechanical defects in golf
course maintenance and construction equipment. Grind,
backlap, set and adjust mowers.

Overhaul and repair automotive and other powered
equipment including engines, brakes, transmissions,
differentials, springs, and mufflers; secure and replace
tools and parts.

Assist Superintendent by making recommendations for
capital equipment purchase.

Maintain shop in orderly condition, cleaning working
areas after repairs are completed.

Education and/or Experience:

High school degree or equivalent required. Minimum two
years experience as head mechanic or shop manager of golf
course operation. Additional two years minimum for general
maintenance equipment, engines, diesel and gas cycle engines.
General understanding of golf course maintenance operation.
Working knowledge of general operation of gasoline, diesel
and electric equipment; knowledge of proper methods of
servicing golf course equipment; knowledge of the repair and
adjustment of power mowing equipment. Computer and office
administrative duties, must have valid driver's license.
Candidate must also have excellent oral and written
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Please send Resume to: Fax 326-2767 / P.O. Box N-8191 /
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cent for the Abaco Cays and
Eleuthera, which got the best
ratings, and to 51 per cent for
Freeport, which received the
worst rating.
"Depending on your per-
spective and where these num-
bers have been in the past, the
Nassau figures can be encour-
aging or disheartening," Mr
Robinson said.
He explained that the rea-
sons for the statistics varied,
including expensive products
and services, early store clo-
sures and lack of cleanliness.
Mr Robinson warned
Bahamian hoteliers that they
cannot become complacent.
He then showed the audience
a tape of a 'focus group',
organised by Baha Mar during
its branding research.
In the video, the moderator
asks travellers who have visited
the Bahamas to rate whether
their experiences were
favourable or unfavourable.
Although there were per-
sons who had positive com-
ments, the overall tone of the
video was extremely negative.
In fact, most of the people
claimed it was only the prox-
imity of the country to the US
and its natural resources, such
as the sea, which would moti-
vate them to return to the
Bahamas.
One person who said their
experience was unfavorable
described Nassau as a place


"of abject poverty".
" I wouldn't want to return to a
place where the people were
so poor and suffering. It is
depressing to see people living
like that" she said.
Several persons spoke about
the "terrible" conditions of
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport and the overall
dirtiness of the Bahamas.
There were also several
comments about the alleged
rudeness of Bahamians.
"The taxi drivers are so rude
and seem not to like Ameri-
cans, unlike in places like
Jamaica, where they are very
pleasant. Really, I would go to
other islands like St John's or
St Bart's, where they are
appreciative of you," one per-
son interviewed said.
She added that the taxi dri-
vers took advantage of pas-
sengers by taking them on
roundabout routes, so the fare
to a destination was never the
same as the return.
Another person said that
while the Bahamas' landscape
was attractive, when a person
travels to other islands "you
realise it's not that great".
One lady said that when she
and her family attended a fes-
tival in Nassau, they feared for
their lives and had to huddle
together because they felt they
would become the victims of
violent crime.
Other dislikes included the


nuisance of harassment from
vendors, and the fact that tours
and excursions were constant-
ly booked.
Mr Robinson said: "Today,
investors are committing bil-
lions of dollars to Bahamas
tourism, including staggering
amounts on advertising to
encourage many visitors to
come here.

Ministry

"The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism has aligned itself with
these budgets to help create a
brand that positions the
Bahamas as a safe, attractive
convenient, welcoming world-
class vacation adventure...
They've created high expecta-
tions in the minds of millions
of potential guests expecta-
tions that can be difficult to
meet without impressive ser-
vice standards in place and
enforced."
However, he added that it
was not possible to legislate
quality, service sustainability
or growth.
"The only solution is to
select the right people and edu-
cate them," he added.
Mr Robinson said the edu-
cation should not be limited to
service providers such as hotel
waiters, shop assistants or hair
braiders, but to management
as well.
"Hair braiders aren't respon-


sible for the conditions at the
airport; shop assistants don't
dictate what time the shops
close their owners do. Some-
times, management feels that
service does not apply to them,
so they overlook guest requests
for later operating hours and
for more activities and
nightlife," he added.
According to Mr Robinson,
overlooking guest concerns is
the greatest act of sabotage
that can ever be wrought on a
tourism industry.
"The day-to-day delivery of
service should never be taken
for granted, and should always
be assumed to be at to at risk,"
he said.
Mr Robinson said that
according to the Ministry's
2005 and year-to-date figures
on Nassau/Paradise Island vis-
itor experiences, visitors said
their experiences could be
enhanced if there were more
activities and more nightlife.
He said that at present,
guests only have a few items
to experience during a
Bahamian vacation: beach and
water activities, gambling,
sightseeing and night clubbing.
"There is a lot of competi-
tion for vacation dollars, espe-
cially in the Caribbean, and the
Bahamas needs to icalise that
simply changing a few things
can make the country an even
more, forceful powerhouse in
the region," Mr Robinson said.


CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING CLERK


The ideal candidate will report directly to the Office Manager and provides administrative support
to one or more members of the Project Team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Assist the Accountant/Controller in all aspects of accounting
* Job Costing, monthly Invoice reconciliation, bank reconciliation, payroll
* AP/AR and Payroll
* Purchase order preparation and tracking
* Contract and Change Order preparation and control
* Prepare and maintain spreadsheets
* Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting
with expert knowledge of MS office. 2/5 years in Construction Accounting. Experience in
accounting programs such as ACCPAC and SAGE/Timberline software is an asset. Self
motivated with strong management, leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to
communicate both verbally and in writing. Physical Demands and Work Environment to be
reviewed.

Please respond by email to: jobs@marmatglobal.com
Fax 242-363-1279

Mad: MARMAT
Attn: Office Manager
P.O. Box CR 56766
Nassau, Bahamas


PROJECT MANAGER


This ideal candidate will report directly to the Construction Manager. Plan, coordinate, direct and
supervise personnel, subcontractors and vendors engaged on projects ensuring that they
complete the work on time, within budget and to the quality specified. Will be responsible to
protect and promote the interest of the company in all matters.
Duties and Responsibilities:

* Establish & maintain Master Progress Schedule
* Maintain Owner, Architect, Subcontractor & Vendor relations
* Prepare Budget and Financial Reporting
* Maintain General Contract and Subcontract Documents
* Maintain Quality Assurance and Control
Establish & monitor administrative procedures for the project
Organize work & train staff organization on projects
Keep informed on requirements for insurance, Safety, Labor Relations, Employee Relations,
maintain EEO compliances, etc.
Assure applications for payment and collection are properly disbursed
Keep management informed on progress of project and budget
Perform other duties and take on other responsibilitie-. as required

Qualifications: Formal engineering or architectural training with 8/10 years In building
construction means and methods. 10/15 years in Project Management, ICI & Residential; large
project experience is essential. Thorough knowledge of construction cost, scheduling, line and
grade (survey), estimating and engineering principals and techniques, as well as accounting
principles. Familiar with various construction methods and materials, their characteristics,
installation procedures and tolerances. Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office
suite of programs. Knowledge of SAGE/Timberline Software, Prolog Manager and Primavera
scheduling desirable. Strong management, leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to
communicate both verbally and in writing. Physical Demands and Work Environment to be
reviewed.


Please respond by email to:
Fax,


jobs@marmatglobal.com
242-363-1279


Mall: MARMAT
Attn: Office Manager
P.O. Box CR 56766
Nassau, Bahamas


BUSINESS


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THE TRIBUNE


MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006, PAGE 11B


Investor: I was 'used' to rescue insolvent Studios


FROM page 1B

Bahamas Film Studios to pos-
sess the world's largest water
tank, some 60 million gallons in
size; movie theme park; resort
hotel; and film, television and
movie recording studios.
The site of the project is the
3,500 acre former US missile
base, leased from the Govern-
ment for 50 years, a deal that
is renewable for a further 49
years.
But Mr Monteine's lawsuit
alleged: "Despite the studio's
potential, shortly after Fuller's
acquisition, Gold Rock Creek
Studios encountered severe
financial difficulties and was
faced with insolvency.
"The project was undercapi-
talised, and there was signifi-
cant debts owed to various
investors and institutions. Upon
information and belief, Gold
Rock had borrowed money
from multiple financial institu-
tions for the ambitious project,
including EUR $3.6 million
from AIG Private Bank
(through sums lent to Hans
Schutte for the benefit of Gold
Rock) and $9.95 million from
FirstCaribbean International
Bank.
"Fuller was not only unable
to make the payments on the
AIG Private Bank and First-
Caribbean Bank loans, but also
lacked the finances to pay reg-
ular studio expenses which ran
approximately $100,000 per
week (referred to by the par-
ties as the 'Burn Rate').
"Nor was Fuller able to raise
the capital to fund the $30 mil-
lion necessary for the comple-
tion of the project as represent-
ed to the Bahamian govern-
ment. The Gold Rock Creek
Studios was threatened with its
demise."
Mr Fuller has previously


described Mr Monteine's alle-
gations as "totally bogus", deny-
ing that the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios were undercapitalised,
threatened with insolvency or
fallen behind on lease payments
to the Bahamian government.
Meanwhile, Mr Monteine
alleged that in mid-2005, the
late Mr Schutte and a Jonas
Pettersson revealed their con-
cerns about "the viability and
solvency of the Bahamas Film
Studios" to AIG Private Bank.
It was then that AIG
approached him about rescuing
the Bahamas Film Studios.
Mr Monteine alleged that dis-
cussions between himself and
Mr Fuller resulted in an agree-
ment made on July 30, 2005,
which stated that it was best for
Gold Rock Creek to be reverse
merged into a US public com-
pany. When this happened, Mr
Fuller was to sell his interest to
Mr Monteine, and then the lat-
ter promote it for a full IPO.
Mr Monteine alleged that the
agreement with Mr Fuller stip-
ulated that he would buy 100
per cent of the shares in Ashby
Bahamas, the new holding com-
pany for Gold Rock Creek.
After that, he would transfer a
16 per cent interest to Mr Fuller
and entities he controlled.
In addition, Mr Monteine
alleged that he:
Agreed to assume respon-
sibility for the $9.95 million con-
struction loan from First-
Caribbean
Agreed to repay the $3.6
million owed to AIG
Committed to finding a
financial backer to pay the $30
million for the development of
Phase II at the Bahamas Film
Studios
Assumed the operational
and financial needs of the
Bahamas Film Studios, includ-
ing the $100,000 per week oper-


ating expenses.

Mr Monteine alleged that Mr
Fuller failed to disclose that
Gold Rock Creek owed $1 mil-
lion '"in immediate urgent
debts" when the agreement was
made.
He claimed that he fully com-
plied with the July agreement,
but the Ashby Bahamas shares
were never transferred to an
escrow account.
Between July 29, 2005, and
December 31, 2005, Mr Mon-
teine alleged that he arranged
for $2 million to be transferred
and spent to benefit the
Bahamas Film Studios but, dur-
ing this time, Mr Fuller
"removed all of the financial
and corporate records from
Gold Rock's Freeport office"
and took them to his Nashville
office. They were retained there
until February 2006, allegedly
delaying the public listing.
Mr Monteine ultimately
alleged that Mr Fuller never
intended to transfer Ashby
Bahamas share capital to him,
instead planning "to design a
contract" where he "would
clean up millions of dollars of
Gold Rock's debts...... and pro-
vide working capital so that
Gold Rock could comply with
its agreement to serve as the
film studio for Disney for the
Pirates of the Caribbean pro-
duction from September 2005
to February 2006".
He also claimed that the
scheme was designed to ensure
he repair Mr Fuller's debts to
AIG.
These allegations have been
denied by Mr Fuller, who is try-
ing to strike the Monteine law-
suit out on jurisdictional
grounds.
In turn, he is alleging that Mr
Monteine failed to perform to
the terms of the agreement, and


did not assume responsibility
for the bank loans; find a $30
million investor; and pay oper-
ating expenses.
In a motion for a temporary
injunction, Mri- Monteine alleged
that settlement discussions with
Mr Fuller between August
2005-2006 had proved "fruit-


less"'.
He also alleged that he would
be "irreparably harmed" if Ash-
by Bahamas sold its shares to
Bahamas Filmlnvest Interna
tional, one of the groups seek-
ing to purchase the rights to the
Bahamas Film Studios. That
group includes Bahamian


banker Owen Bethel, president
of the Montaque Group.
Mr Monteine is seeking an
injunction to prevent Ashby
Bahamas selling its stock to Mr
Bethel's group or any othL
investor, and that a construc-
tive trust be imposed on thl
company.


PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT


This ideal candidate will report to the Construction Manger and!or Project Manager. Supervises
the field construction, assists in the organization, planning ai J scheduling of the works staying
withiin budget. on schedule and to the quality specified.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan and review the project work with the Senior Superintendent
Supervise the construction in accordance with the plans and specifications
Coordinate, schedule, monitor anrid direct the activities of tihe subcontractors and suppliers
Review and implement changes
Monitor cost control and job costing, assist in review of monthly estimates
Management of safety program, quality control, quantity reporting, forecasting and
productivity
* Quantity surveying, filing, site inspections, document control arid payroll
* Keep CM/PM informed as to field changes
* Job site logistic, expedite material deliveries, site coordination
* Experience required in the areas ot; road's & site services, R/IO plant & sewerage treatment,
water park, hard arid soft landscaping, structures and interior finishes, mechanical and
electrical
* Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Formal engineering or architectural training an asset with 5/10 years in building
construction means and methods, scheduling, change order, cost control, general contracts
general conditions, subcontract documents, drawing and specifications, ICl, multi residential and
custom homes. Strong management, leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to
communicate both verbally and in writing. tKnowledge of piuga, a required, accountiniig, MS
Office, cost control procedures, SAGE, Suretrack, Primiavera Physical Demands and Woik
Environment to be reviewed


Please respond by e-mail to:
Fax:


jobs@marmatgiobal.com
242-363-1279

MARMAT
Attn: Office Manager
P.O. Box CR 56766
Nassau. Bahamas


CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT


The ideal candidate will report directly to the Office Manager and provides administrative support-,
to one or more members of the Project Team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Sending/receiving/distributing documents, faxes and alike
* Performing all word processing, including letters, memos, minutes of meetings, reports and
documents as required
* Arranging meetings, travel, copying, maintaining file system, file retrieval, office supplies
* Create and maintain spreadsheets
* Attend meetings and prepare minutes
* Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in office administration or
relevant discipline, expert knowledge of MS office. 2/5 years in Construction Administration. Self
motivated with strong management, leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to
communicate both verbally and in writing. Physical Demands and Work Environment to be
reviewed.

Please respond by email to: jobs@marmatglobal.com
Fax: 242-363-1279

Mail: MARMAT
Attn: Office Manager
P.O. Box CR 56766
Nassau, Bahamas





SCHEDULER

The ideal candidate will report directly to the General Manager and/or Construction Manager,
prepares and maintains schedules, develops and reviews project baselines, monitors and tracks
progress. Supports Business Development and Marketing activities as it relates to proposed
project scheduling. Support project in claim situations. Responsible for the protection and
promotion of the interest of the company In all matters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepares summary and detail level schedules for a variety of project sizes
Develop full CPM logic generated baseline schedules for large and small projects
Perform monthly progress updates and create target comparison and periodic look-ahead
schedules. Monitor and track progress at detailed and summary level as necessary
Develop and update periodically cost loaded schedules when required
Participate in all project schedule review as required
Support Business Development and business unit marketing activities in the development
and preparation proposal presentations. This includes developing preliminary bar chart
schedules and staff charts
Schedule reviews and analysis as required
Perform other duties as requested

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in
engineering. 5/10 years in Scheduling on building projects, large project experience is essential.
Additional experience in SAGE/Timberline Software, project engineering, field supervision or
purchasing is desirable. Knowledge of building construction, materials, systems, market
conditions and trade practices is a must. Conceptual ability to work with minimum information.
Expert knowledge of MS Office, Primavera, P3 and Project. Excellent oral and written skills
required. Self motivated with strong management, leadership and interpersonal skills with the
ability to communicate both verbaly and In writing. Physical Demands and Work Environment to
be reviewed.


Pease respond by malA to:
Fax:
Mall:


jobeMmimalgobal.com
242-363-1279

MARMAT
Atn: Office Manager
P.O. Box CR 56766
Nassau, Bahamas


ESTIMATOR


This ideal candidate will report directly to the General Manager. This position requires the
preparation of estimates based on 0/A design intent, construction drawings and documentation
and local conditions. Experienced in lump sum or construction management of commercial and
residential projects

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Perform quantity take-off for all items incorporated in the project
* Prepares level 1 to 5 estimates, participates in value engineering
* Estimate and track labour, material and equipment costs
* Tendering, contract negotiations and scope of work preparation
* Support field staff in cost control and change order evaluation
* Develops and.maintains unit costs, prepare unit cost estimates
* Assist in project planning and scheduling
* Provide support to the project team in all areas of cost control and estimating
* Interact/liaise with subcontractors and suppliers
* Prepare general conditions estimate
* Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in
engineering, estimating or construction management with field experience in general
construction, purchasing and accounting with expert knowledge of MS office. 5/10 years in
Construction Estimating in ICI and Residential sectors. Self motivated with strong management,
leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
Physical Demands and Work Environment to be reviewed.

Please respond by email to: jobs@marmatglobal.com
Fax: 242-363-1279

Mail: MARMAT
Attn: Office Manager
P.O. Box CR 56766
Nassau, Bahamas





SURVEYOR


The ideal candidate will report directly to the General Manager, preparing and maintaining plans
and records, conduct legal surveys to determine property boundaries and maintain controls of
lines and levels as stipulated in construction documentation for all structures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Planning, directing and conducting surveys to establish and mark property boundaries
Working with computers and electronic equipment to determine precise locations
Advising on matters related to legal surveys
Use techniques such as Cost Planning, Estimating, Cost Analysis, Cost-in-use Studies and
Value Management to establish a project budget.
Must have an orderly analytical mind and be prepared to work to very rigid time schedules.
Must be accurate in all aspects of work.

Qualifications: The candidate will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in geomatics or
survey engineering. 10/15 years in Construction Surveying in ICI, Residential Sectors & Marine.
Proficiency in MS Office with above average measuring, mapping and mathematical skills.
Experience in using mapping and drawing software such as AutoCad and survey software. Self
motivated with strong management, leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to
communicate both verbally and in writing. Physical Demands and Work Envuionment to be
reviewed.


Please respond by email to:
Fax:


jobs@marmatglobal.com
242-363-1279

MARMAT
Attn: Office Manager
P.O. Box CR 56766
Nassau, Bahamas


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SUPREME COURT



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00506

Whereas DAVID CUNNINGHAM, of 830 N.W. 110th
Avenue, Plantation, Florida, United States of America,
ANTIONETTE CUNNINGHAM of 1340 N.W. 196th
Terrace, Miami, Florida, United States of America,
FREDERICKA CUNNINGHAM, of 2901 S.W. 67th Lane,
Miramar, Florida, United States of America and DAHLIA
CUNNINGHAM, of 1340 S.W. 196th Terrace, Miami,
Florida, United States of America, have made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
STANLEY CUNNINGHAM late of 2901 .S.W. 67th Lane,
Miramar, Florida, United States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/0000672

In the Estate of NANCY S. WARD, late of 29 Farrington
Avenue n ne City Goucester in the COu:- y of Essex
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United
States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Division by EARL A. CASH of Marlin Drive in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate of Will without
Sureties in the above estate granted to DOUGLAS H.
WARD, Executor, by the Trial Court, The Probate and
Family Court Department in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, on the 11th day of February 2003.
Signed
*N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
PRO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/0000683

In the Estate of KATHLEEN MARIE REGES, late of 698
Moulton Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90031, U.S.A.,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Division by C. YVETTE McCARTNEY-
PEDROCHE of Skyline Drive on the Western District on
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Testamentary in the above
estate granted to LEONARD PATE, Sole Executrix and
Trustee, by the Superior Court of the State of California,
United States of America on the 2nd day of August 2006.
Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
PO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/0000698


In the Estate of ELIZABETH M. DOLLERY, late of 430
Hackett Boulevard, City of Albany, County of Albany,
State of New York, U.S.A.,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in its Probate
Division by MARVIN B. PINDER of Madeira Street, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Testamentary granted to JAMES V. DOLLERY,
Executor, by the Surrogate's Court in and for the County
of Albany in the City of Albany New York, United States
of America, on the 18th day of February, 2003.


Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
PRO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/00701

In the Estate of MARY ALTAMORE, late of the City of
Fort Lauderdale, in the State of Florida, one of the States
of the United States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in its Probate
Division by STEPHEN B. WILCHCOMBE of 429 Grenada
Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law,
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration (single
personal representative) in the above estate granted to
ANNETTE ALTAMORE DAVILA, the Personal
Representative, by the Circuit Court for Broward County,
Florida Probate Division, on the 11th day of October,
2005.
Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O.BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006


Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/00702

In the Estate of GRETA MARGARETA WALTERS, late
of Third & Parnassus, 670 8th Avenue, San Francisco,
California, one of the States of the United States of
America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in its Probate
Division by PETER D. MAYNARD of Windsor Avenue in
the Eastern District on the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Order Appointing Administrator
in the above estate granted to MARGARETA
ENGSTROM, the Administratrjx, by the Superior Court
of the State of California for theaity and County of San
Francisco,' on the 9th day, of January, 1975.
tiqrr
Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00703

Whereas PENELOPE ANNE WINNER, of Las Cabrillas,
West Bay Street, in the Western District on the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate of ALLAN JAMES WINNER
late of Las Cabrillas, West Bay Street, in the Western
District on the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
STHE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00704

Whereas AGNES ROSE SWEETING, of Governor's
Harbour, Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of DAVID
BRADLEY SWEETING late of Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/00705

In the Estate of JOHN ZIKAKIS, late of 3430 Galt Ocean
Drive, No. 1402 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, one of
the States of the United States of America,
deceased.


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Division by PAMELA L. KLONARIS of Edgewater
Drive in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, and MtKE A. KLONARIS
of Sunnyside Estate in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, are
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Resealed Letters of Administration (single personal
representative) in the above estate granted to ANGELIKI
ZIKAKIS, the Personal Representative, by the Circuit
Court for Broward County, Florida, Probate Division, on
the 13th day of March, 2006.

Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00707

Whereas HARRY NAPOLEAN CARROLL and ENID
ELIZABETH CARROLL, of Leeward Road, Imperial Park,
in the Eastern District of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, have
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of YVONNE CARROLL CARTWRIGHT late of
Leeward Road, Imperial Park, in the Eastern District of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00709

Whereas NADIA A. WRIGHT, of Sunset Drive in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed of the
Reali. ad Personal. ,Estate of DONALD KENNETH
DELAHEY late of Ridgeway Drive in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00711

Whereas NEVILLE BERNARD WILCHCOMBE II, of
Chancery House, the Mall, in the City of Freeport on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration with the Will Annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of PAUL EUGENE RUESS late of the
Municipality of Au, in the Canton of St. Gallen in the
Confederation of Switzerland, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00712

Whereas MARLENE THOMPSON BARTON, of 32
Grosham Close, Turtle Drive, Bel Air Estates, in the
Western District of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of HENDRICK SHANE FRANCES ANTHONY BARTON
late of 32 Grosham Close, Turtle Drive, Bel Air Estates,
in the Western District of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.


Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by.the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar



Dec. 11th 13th, '06


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006, PAGE 13B


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS


FamGuard profits





increase 17.7%


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FamGuard Corporation, the
PISX-listed parent of Family
Guardian Insurance Compa-
ny, said net income for the nine
tnonths to September 30,2006,
had risen by 17.7 per cent or
$694,000 to $4.6 million, dri-
ven by a 12.2 per cent rise in
life and health insurance pre-
niums.
SIn a message to the compa-
ny's shareholders, FamGuard
chairman Norbert Boissiere
said that despite its issued
hare capital increasing by
1.375 million shares, as a result


of the deal that saw Barbados
insurer, Sagicor, take a 20 per
cent stake in the company,
earnings per share (EPS) for
the first nine months rose by
$0.45 to $0.46.
Effectively, the net income
increase has been enough to
overcome the dilutive effect of
the increase in share supply as
a result of the Sagicor deal.
Mr Boissiere said that Fam-
Guard's health insurance poli-
cy claims experience had
improved in the 2006 third
quarter, the growth rate stand-
ing at 10.9 per cent compared
to the year-before period. This,
though, was an improvement


over the 16.7 per cent increase
in health insurance claims that
FamGuard saw in the 2006 sec-
ond quarter.
FamGuard's solvency ratio,
or Minimum Continuing Cap-
ital and Surplus Requirement
(MCCSR) was 213 per cent at
September 30, 2006, higher
than the regulatory minimum
of 150 per cent.
The company, which said
that while the rate of growth in
annuity deposits continued to
rise in the third quarter, but
was $400,000 below the previ-
ous year, declared an already-
paid $0.06 per share dividend
that was paid on November 17.


IN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW SIDE

BKFTWIFIN
SCOTIABANK (BAHAMAS) LIMITED
Plaintiff
AND
BERNARD SAUNDERS
First Defendant
AND
BERNARD'S CARPENTRY & CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED
Second Defendant

AFFIDAVIT

I, CAROL MOXEY, of the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands
of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Banker, make oath and say as follows:-
1. That I am the Assistant Manager of the Plaintiff's Commercial Credit Workout Unit and I am
duly authorized to make this Affidavit on its behalf.
2, The Defendants are indebted to the Plaintiff in respect of a Demand Loan made on the 20th
March A.D., 2000. As at the 25th October, 2005 the Defendants were indebted to the Plaintiff in
the principal sum of $35,876.00 together with accrued interest thereon in the sum of $21,742.00
and continuing to accrue at the rate of $9.34 per diem.
3. I make this Affidavit partly from the books and records of the Plaintiff which are maintained by
the Plaintiff in usual course of its business and partly from facts within my own knowledge as
such Manager verily believing the same to be corrected and true.
4. I verily believe there is no Defence to this Action.
5. 1 make this Affidavit in support of the Plaintiff's application for leave to enter judgment against
the Defendant for the principal and interest due under the said Demand and Loan.
SWORN TO at Nassau, Bahamas this )
)
21st day of November, A.D. 2005 )

ELIZABETH THE SECOND by the Grace of God, Queen of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and of
her other realms and territories, Head of the Commonwealth.


TO: Bernard Saunders
No. 21 Highland Terrace
Nassau, Bahamas


Bernard's Carpentry & Construction Company Limited
C/o Unwala Co., Chambers
Unwala House
East Street
Nassau, Bahamas


FROM page 1B

gultant to the National Coali-
tion for Healthcare Reform,
said the proposed NHI
Scheme's costs went "a lot fur-
ther" than the 5.3 per cent con-
tributions, to be split 50/50
between employer and
employee, as there were "sev-
eral factors to give considera-
,ion to".
i Clause 14 in the NHI Bill,
the one that has caused most
controversy where employers
are concerned, as currently
written seems to allow employ-
ers who private private group
health insurance policies for
their staff to amend them, so
there is no overlap between
the benefits these plans offer
and those of NHI.
' However; to prevent com-
panies from completely drop-
ping their private group health
plans when NHI comes in, and
leaving their staff relatively less
'vell off, the Bill requires com-
panies to keep some form of
private health insurance to
supplement the mandatory
government scheme.
! Mr Rolle said: "The insur-
ance companies don't have the
sort of policies in place that
are needed, and so businesses
Are not sure what the costs will
lpe. These are all things that
have to be devised, and the
6ost of it will fall out in the
next couple of months."
James Smith, minister of
state for finance, said the Gov-
ernment had not done any
analysis of the potential rev-
enue impact from a loss of
insurance premium tax rev-
enue, caused by companies
dropping or amending their


group health policies.
Mr Smith said he "didn't see
it adversely impacting the tax
revenue base", adding: "Clause
14 basically gives some insur-
ance against the employer
removing an existing policy,
and replacing it with a govern-
ment one. That could have cre-
ated that kind of impact. On
the surface, existing policies
will stay in place, and there will
be additional premiums to pay
for government coverage."
The Tribune understands
that Supreme Court justice,
Ricardo Marques, headed the
committee appointed by the
Government to draft the NHI
Bill. Mr Rolle declined to com-
ment on this, but it is under-
stood that the Coalition has
been promised that it will be
able to discuss the Bill with
Justice Marques.

Minister

Dr Bernard Nottage, minis-
ter of health and national
insurance, is also understood
to have promised again at a
recent meeting with the Coali-
tion to hand over informa-
tion it has been seeking to help
it analyse the plan, such as
actuarial studies, income pro-
jections and economic impact
studies.
Mr Rolle said the business
community and Coalition were
"trying to get clarification" on
Clause 14 and what it meant
for the business community.
Until the real details, which
are likely to be contained in
the NHI regulations, are
known, the private sector did
not know whether it would
have to spend tax dollars on
NHI and purchase supple-


mental group health insurance
for its staff, to ensure they
remained on the same bene-
fits as previously.
"There are a lot of uncer-
tainties which still have to be
worked out," Mr Rolle said.
"Businesses will need time to
make any necessary adjust-
ments, so the implementation
date is very important."
The Government ,has
promised that when the' NHI
Bill is'passed, it will then take
time to consult with the med-
ical community, private sector
and all interested parties in
devising the regulations and
fine details of how the scheme
will work.
Mr Rolle said companies
would have to take into NHI
into consideration when mak-
ing salary adjustments and
assessing pay rises, bonuses
and increments for staff, as the
scheme would add a further
overhead in what is already a
high-cost economy.
Companies will also have to
modify their payroll systems
to account for NHI contribu-
tions they make on behalf of
their staff.
"There are a number of
Bahamian payroll systems in
use, and it depends on what
these persons charge to make
the necessary adjustments and
what these necessary adjust-
ments will be,"said Mr Rolle.
"When giving consideration
to these things, small business-
es will be affected more than
large businesses. Small busi-
nesses have limited resources.
Depending on the nature and
profitability of the business,
2.65 per cent can be significant
for the bottom line in some
instances."


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WE COMMAND YOU That within 14 days after service of this writ on you inclusive of the
day of such service you do cause an appearance to be entered for you in an action at suit of:
Scotiabank(Bahamas) Limited
Cable Beach Branch
Nassau, Bahamas
And take notice that in default of your so doing the Plaintiff may proceed therein and Judgement may be
given in your absence.
WITNESS the Honourable Burton Hall, Our Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas 18th day
of July in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Five.
REGISTRAR
N.B.:- This Writ is to be served within twelve calendar months from the date hereof, or if renewed within six
calendar months from the date of the last renewal, including the day of such date, and not afterwards.
The defendants may enter an appearance personally or by attorney either by handing in the appropriate
forms, duly completed, at the Registry of the Supreme Court, Public Square, in the City of Nassau in the
Island of New Providence, or by sending them to that office by post.
If the defendants enter an appearance he must also deliver a defense to the attorney for the plaintiff within
fourteen days from the last day of the time.limited for )ppe-i.iance. unless such time is extended by the Court;
or a Judge, otherwise judgement may be enteredagain't him %%iihout notice. unless; he ha. in the meantime
been served with a summons for .
judgement.


STATEMENT OF CLATM
1. The Plaintiff is a bank carrying on business at diverse branches and in particular at
its Branch in Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas and elsewhere in The Bahamas.
2. By a written guarantee dated the 20th March 2000 the First Defendant guaranteed
payment to the Plaintiff of up to $65,000.00 of all present or future debts and
iabilities owed by the Second Defendant to the Plaintiff.
3. As at.the 9th May 2005 the Defendant are indebted to the Plaintiff under the loan
in the principal sun of $35,876.24 and accrued interest thereon in the sum of $20,163.45.
Interest will continue to accrue at the rate of $9.34 per diem until payment in full.

PARTICULARS PURSUANT TO ORDER 73 RULE 2
OF THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT, 1978:-
(a) The loan was granted on the 20th March 2000;
(b) The sum of $65,000.00 was lent by the Plaintiff to the Second Defendant:
(c) The rate of interest charged is $9.34 per diem;
(d) The contract for repayment was made on the 20th March 2000;
(e) The sum of $30,000.00 has been repaid;
(f) The amount of principal due but unpaid is $35, 876.34;
(g) The date of default was 30th November 2001;
(h) The Amount of interest due as at the 9th May 2005 is $20, 163.45;

4. By letters dated the 4th April 2002, 12th April 2002 and the 19th March 2004 the Plaintiff
through its' attorneys demanded of the Defendants payment of all outstanding principal
and interest due under the loan. The Defendants have failed or refused to pay the
principal and demand or any part thereof.
AND THE PLAINTIFFS CLAIMS AGAINST THE DEFENDANTS
i) Under the loan the principal sum of $35,876.34;
ii) Interest on the principal sum due under the loan to the 9th May 2005 in the amount
of $20, 163.45 and continuing at the rate of $9.34 per diem until payment in full;
iii) Costs.
Dated the 15th day of July A.D., 2005

GRAHAM, THOMPSON
Chambers
Sassoon House
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Plaintiff
SUMMONS
LET ALL PARTIES concerned attend before the Registrar in Chambers, Supreme Court Registry, in the
Ansbadher Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas on Thursday the 16th day of March A.D., 2006 at 10:00
o'clock in the fore noon on the hearing of an application on the part of the Pl aintiff for leave to enter
Judgement in Default of Appearance against the Defendant in the sum of $35, 876.00 principal and interest
in the amount of $21,742.00 as at 25th October, 2005 and continuing to accrue at the rate if $9.34 per diem
until payment in full and cost to be taxed if not agreed.
4
Dated 11th day of January A.D., 2006

REGISITRAR

This Summons was taken out by Graham, Thompson & Co.,Sassoon House, Shirley Street &
Victoria Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas, the Attorneys for the Plaintiff. To the Defendant Arrie
Percentie.


THE TRIBUNE







PAGE14BMONDY, DCEMBR 11 200 TRIUNEOPORT





Vixens overcome scare




to defeat the Defenders


F VOLLEYBALL
By KELSiE JOHNSON
J.jnior Sports
Reporter
THE number one team in
the New Providence Volley-


Pennant winners keep winning streak going


ball Association (NPVA),
the Scottsdale Vixens, were
given their biggest scare


since this season at the
weekend.
The Vixens, the women's


'Best mee


pennant winners, stepped
into the playoffs with a flaw-
less win-loss record, but the


for


baseball federation


0 BASEBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Baseball Federation host-
ed a successful annual general meeting on
Saturday at the Holy Cross Parish Center.
According to president Greg Burrows,
the 22 persons in attendance left more com-
mitted and dedicated to raising the level of
the game in their affiliated associations and
leagues.
"We made some amendments to the new
business," Burrows stressed. "We opened
our age group for the nationals from 16-20
years to 16-25.
"We thought that we should open it up
because it would give us the opportunity
to see the talent that we have in selecting
our national teams when we go away."
Burrows, who is also the founder and
president of the Freedom Farm League,


said that everybody was also in agreement
with the players from 13 years and older
using the wooden bats as opposed to the
aluminium bats from 2008.

Nationals
"We thought we would go with that for
the nationals because it would give our
players the opportunity to get ready for
tournament play because when we go away,
all of the teams are using the wooden bats,"
he stressed.
"So we have agreed to allow our players
to go with the wooden bat right away."
All of the leagues and associations are
expected to be up and running with their
regular season. By June, Burrows said they
intend to hold the national championships.
There are also plans for an invitational
tournament to be staged in Grand Bahama,


while in July, the Caribbean Championships
for senior players will also be held.
While they had representation from Bimi-
ni, Spanish Wells, Grand Bahama, Long
Island and New Providence, Burrows said
the Exuma Baseball Association made their
debut.
And he said they invited Eleuthera's pres-
ident mike Dorsett to be a special guest,
but before the meeting was finished, he had
agreed to come on board as the newest
member.
"Everybody was represented," said Bur-
rows, of the federation that boasts of the
biggest membership in the country, but still
lacks the international sanctioning, which
is held by the Bahamas Baseball Associa-
tion.
"That's the best meeting we've had," he
pointed out.
"But we've been getting better and better
every meeting."


Scotia Bank Defenders
came prepared to end the
team's winning streak.
Although the Defenders
would come out strong in
the first set, the team fal-
tered in the end, allowing
the Vixens to come back
and win the game with
scores of 21-25, 25-18, 19-25
and 15-6.
Leading the attacking side
for the Vixens were Krystel
Rolle and veteran Jackie
Conyers. Rolle was also the
best scorer for her team,
winning 19 points. On th
attacking end, Rolle had 13
kills, along with five blocks.
She said: "We will always
get a good game from the
Defenders, their team might
not be as strong as ours, but
they have some good players
who can lead their.team.
"I am pleased. that we
were able to pull off the win
over them, even though we
didn't have all our players
out tonight. I am sure they
will come out with fire in the
next game.
"The Defenders, they
realized that we didn't have
all of our players out so
their intensity level in the
first set was very high, they
took advantage of the mis-
takes we made and won.
"I am not too worried


about the next game, as long
as we play together as a
team we would win and
move onto the champi-
onships. The next game
should be very interesting."
The Defenders setter,
Shevaughn Woodside, is
confident that her team will
bounce back and force a
third and decisive game.
According to Woodside,
the young team has experi-
enced some mental lapses
and is unable to take advan-
tage of a team when they've
cracked from the pressure.
Woodside, who didn't
want to reveal the secret to
the team's strategy for the
win, said the improvement
will be made.
She said: "We really don't
have anything to lose when
we step on the court on
Monday, the Vixens are the
number one team, they have
all the pressure on them.
Me and my teammates can
come out and play a smart
game and hopefully that will
give us the win."
The second game in the
playoff series will be played
tonight at the DW Davis
gym, immediately following
this game will be the men's
second playoff series game
between the Twin Brother
Technicians and Da Base-
ment.
The Twin Brother Tech-
nicians currently lead the
series by a game.


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* AMERICAN FOOTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
RUNNING back Charlie
Edwards had a field day in the
second half as the Orry J. Pros
rebounded from 14-0 to pull off
a 20-14 overtime victory over the
Jets on Sunday as the Common-
wealth American Football
,League officially kicked off its
new season.
The speedy Edwards came up
with three touchdowns, includ-
ing the game winner in overtime
as the Pros made the necessary
adjustments bringing in veteran
quarterback Michael Foster off
the bench.
"It was really the blocking. I
just followed my linemen," said
Edwards, in trying to explain
how he scored a touchdown in
both the third and fourth for the
tie before he came up with the
clincher in the extra five min-
utes.
"They set the tone and I fol-
lowed behind them."
Edwards, however, admitted
that he was a little down when
they couldn't get on the score-
board in the first half. But he
said his team-mates encouraged
him to "hang in there" because
the game wasn't over just yet.
"I always like the way the-
team looks. Win, lose or draw,
this my team," he insisted. "I will
go to battle with them any day of
the week. The fact that we win,
it's wonderful. The Pros are
back. No one is going to take us
down."
With Foster suiting up at the
half to replace starter Alec Rolle,
the first few plays were designed
to get Edwards in the flow of
things.
The Pros, however, didn't
score on that sequence. But just
before the break, Foster went
back to Edwards and this time
he came through with their first
touchdown.
Edwards then scored on the
two-point conversion, cutting the
Jets' deficit to 14-8.
While the Pros tightened up
on their defence, shutting down
the Jets offence. Edwards scoot-
ed across the line from one-yard
out to tie the score at 14-14.
The Pros had a chance to win
it, but they .ere stopped in the
extra point conversion attempt.
Just before the end of regula-
tion, the Pros had another gold-
en opportunity to score when
Foster connected on one of his
rookie tight ends.
Running ahead of the pack
with the ball held low in one
hand, the tight end was caught
and knocked down as the ball
was stripped and the Jets
retrieved it.
But, once again, the Pros
stopped them from scoring as
time expired, forcing the over-
time.
"We just have some things to
work out, especially with the
offensive line because they were
not blocking out at the begin-
ning of the game," said Pros'
head coach Sherwin Bain.
"The defence wasn't playing
the ball they are capable of play-
ing, but we got the job done."
Bain said they decided to bring
in Foster in the third because


they needed a spark.
"With the veterans coming
back in the third quarter, we
were able to pull that one out,"
Bain proclaimed. "As the sea-
son progresses, we will get bet-
ter."
The Jets, who got the ball first
in overtime, but couldn't score
as time expired, actually drew
first blood in the game as Deme-
tirus Bastian returned a 30-yard
fumble for their first touchdown
in the first quarter.
Tight end Osboumrne Lockhart
converted the extra two points
for an 8-0 lead.
In the third, the Jets surged
ahead 14-0 as wide receiver Ish-
mael Sutherland recovered a
fumble, scoring from the 30-yard
line. But they couldn't convert
the extra two points.
Jet's head coach Jim LaRoda
said it was one of those games
that they should have won.
"The team performed okay,
but offensively we were a little
shaky," he stressed. "Like I
always tell the guys, you win a
football game on the practice
field. You don't win it out here.
"I think we got too relaxed in
practice. We just have to step it
up in practice. If we can do that,
I think we will be able to take
better care of the ball when we
come to play."







THE National Football
League (NFL) season is com-
ing to a close for some teams,
but members of the Miami
Dolphins football club have
extended their year.
No, the Dolphins haven't
clinched the wild card spot in
the AFC division, instead they
are taken full advantage of
the assets the Bahamas has to
offer.
The ball is in motion for the
much anticipated Dol-Fan
Fest, which % ill be hosted on
Grand Bahama. next month.
The event will include select-
ed Miami Dolphin players.
cheerleaders anid fans togeth-
er for the weekend, for the
ultimate tail-gating party.
The weekend fiesta will
also include clinics which will
be open to the all interested
parties.
The Dol-Fan Fest, is spon-
sored by the Ministry of
Tourism, as a part of their
increasing effort to promote
sporting-tourism.
Since the Bahamas is the
preferred destination for the
Dolphins, images, messages
and other advertisements will
be displayed at the Dolphin
Stadium during the home
games, as well as on Internet
banners and the Dolphins
official magazine.
The island of Bimini will
also be the picturesque site
for the Dolphins cheerlead-
ers annual calendar shoot, and
the Bimini Bash, a fishing
tournament.


* ORRY J. Pros' running back Charlie Edwards breaks through the defence of the Jets in their 20-14 victory on Sunday at the
DW Davis field. Edwards scored all three touchdowns for the Pros, including the winning touchdown in overtime.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


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