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M By NATARIO McKENZIE
*THE country's murder count
continues to rise in a week marred
with tragedy as poke were called to
the scenes of let two more brutal
slayings Wednesdal night
With the number of homicides
abas sear ahead\ exceeding that of
this time last year because of two
Aparate Wednesday night slayihgs,
police have appealed to the public
to partner with themin their efforts
to eradicate violence.
With less than three weeks left in
the year, the number of homicides
committed this year novYstands at
54, with four murders committed
within three days of each other this
a week. In 2005 there were 52 mur-
ders in All.
According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans, sometime
after 9 pm Wednesday police
received initial reports of a struc-
turid fire. However when fire fight-
ers arrived at the scene at the reitr of
Suntee on East Shirley Street near
the Assemblies of God church,
instead of finding a structural fire
they discovered a Dodge Caravan
engulfed in flames.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006


DESPERATE victims of the
Sea Hauler tragedy have been
receiving death threats since call-
ihg on the government to live up
to its responsibilities and grant
compensation.
Several injun 1 ussengers have
been surned to #al on the case
or face the consequences.
Some have beerk told bluntly
by anonymous callers-allspeak-
ing in whispers that they will
die if they carry on with their cani-
paign to get justice,
Last night, Lincoln Bain, a
okesman for the 25 people
whose lives were wrecked by the
tragedy, said he and the victims
would fight on
--There is no way I am going to
be denied free speech in my own
country," he said. "We refuse to
be intimidated."
Mr Bain has himself been
threatened in calls to his cell-
phone-oncewhilehewasatthe
police detection unit making.a
slaHeem (dto une: "The
i'"Anna ,usesd
efforts willbe made to trace these
calls. We know that one was made
from a call-box in Afackel Streer
And we think we know where
others are coming from."
The threats began earlier this
week after victims of the Sea
Hauler collision three lear-, ago
began calling on government to
pal compensorton due to them.
The\ say Prime lthnister Perry
Chrone has failed to ble up to
tus promise which v.as that com-
pensurion would be forthcoming
hm a lear


Instead, the victims some
crippled by a crane which crashed
on to the deck of the mail boat -
have suffered untold hardship,
one father-of-six now reduced to
begging in the streets to keep bn
famill.aluat
Air Bain sold- -'The thr2tiare
now going through to people 5
houses They are being told to
keep quier about the matter. But
we are not keeping quiet. In fact,
we are going to push this thing to
the limit."
The Wreck Commission inquiry
into the collision, when the sea
Hauler was struck by the Unued
Star on its way to the Cat Island
regarta. said negligence was to
blame for the incident.
Although lawyers were briefed
at the time, no court aqcrion is
underway on the victims behalf.
Insteadthey feel they hate been
thwarted in their chiims b\ n arn-
ings that the matter was sub
juice, and therefore not open to
dis ss Bain and fellow social

t CkTbD n mb ew to
tims' behalf, sa\ rhe matter is not
before the courts, so they are free
to sa\ what thes IIke.
Mr Bain said:"These poor peo-
ple are being rold to lease the case
alone. They are being warned and
put in fear of their lites.
-The callershaveeventoldme
that they are going to kill my wife,
et en though I am liot married-
All the calls are in whispers to dis-
guise the voice
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obscured by bleachers
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WBy KRYST flOIJ.E
BAY Street store own-
ers were shocked yesterday
when, without prior warn-
Ing, they were told to close
their doors and clear t>ut in
the middle of the day
because of the Junior
Junkanoo parade.
orie angrystoremanager
called the situation "ludi-
crous" pointing out that
each shopping day in
December is vital to the
downtown merchants.
"BA fore they onl\ said
that traffic and the road
would be closed to cars, but
they did not gile an\ indi-
cation that the stores them-
selves would have to be
closed. That was never our
understanding," he.said.
The owner said that as a
result,. his store could
potentially lose about half
its revenue on at en Impor-
tant day of the ) ear.
The managers of several
stores said there Was no pri-
or warning of any kind
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W By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT- Ginn develop-
er Bobby Ginn made a $3-mil-
lion contribution on Wednesday
to the.West End Foundation for
development of the West End
community and its residents.
The $3 million contribution is
the first made by the Ginn
Resorts towards a $20-million
foundation to lielp rebuild West
End.
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe, MP for West End,
thanked Mr Ginn for his gener-
ous contribution and promised
that the money will be used to
ensure that the people of West
End benefit from it.
The presentation was made
during a media luncheon held at
Old Bahama Bay, which was
recently acquired by Ginn
Resorts. Prime Minister Perry
Christie was also present,
The Ginn Group hosted both
national and local media repre-
sentatives to a tour of the con-
struction site of its massive project
underway at West Grand
Bahama.

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illness in 40 drildren
A By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
SOUTH Andros MP Whitney
Bastian was.disappointed about
the lack of communication that left
Prime MillisterPerry Christie and
Health Minister Dr Bernard Not-
tage unaware that 40 children in
his constituency had taken illmys-
teriously.
Fromlastweek Thursday 40 stu-
dents.at the Deep Creek Primary
School had been suffermg vomit-
ing, diarrhea, nausea and stomach
cramps, Mr Bastian said yester-
day.
The issue was first brought to
public notice when Mr Bastian, in
the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, said that chemicals
used to fumigate a primary school
in his constituency had made 40
students ill, .
Mr Bastian told The Tribune
yesterday that when he and Prime
Minister Perry Christie walked out
of the House on Wednesday Mr
Christie asked Dr Nottage to check
intoit.
The MP believes that the source
of the illness was pesticides used
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A By PAUL TURNGUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
US Ambassador John Rood
said that his experience as
Ambassador to the Bahamas
has been the most significant
and rewarding thing he has
done in his life.
In an exclusive interview with
The Tribune yesterday Ambas-
sador Rood said that despite
the demands and the ups and
downs that follow such a pres-
tigious posting, his time in the
Bahamas will be one that he
will never forget. .
"It's going to be hard to
replace this. But like in every-
thing you kind of have to look
at your gut and know when it's
time to move on. When I told
Tom Shannon, who is the assis-
tant secretary, that I was leav-
ing, he said 'Well I'm disap-
pointed. But knowing when to
leave is a science'.
"You kind to have to know it.
You have to do it when no one
wants you to leave because if
you wait when people want you
to leave then you've missed the
opportunity and it's too late. I
know that when I signed my let-
ter to the President I gave it to
my assistant and she started to
walk away and I grabbed it
back. She said: 'Now make up
your mind!'" he laughed.
Ambassador Rood, along
with the Embassy's political
officer Greg Floyd, fielded
questions on the Ambassador's
tenure in the Bahamas and
some of the goals he wished to
accomplish before his departure
in March of 2007.
He spoke candidly on 4 num-
ber of issues ranging from his
successful school reading cam-
paign to his disappointment at
the silence of officials during
the extradition of drug accused
Samuel "Ninety" Knowles.


Yesterday The Tribune exclusively interviewed the outgoing

ambassador on a number of topics. Today we publish the first in

a series of articles about his impressions and experiences here


Rood: I'll miss Bahamas


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PAGE 2, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006


THE TRIBUNE


WJOHN Pood at Lower Headman's Cay Primary School in


These, along with a host of
other hard-hitting issue The
Tribune will publish in a series
of articles next week.

PfOperty
.
Turning from political or
diplomatic issues, Ambassador
Rood stated that he will be
returning to the Bahamas often.
He revealed that he will be pur-
chasing property to enjoy much
of the Bahamas that he has had
a chance to see, but often not
enough time to enjoy.
"For example my time on
Long Island, Crooked Island,
and Acklins, I saw some beau-
tiful country, some of the
Bahamas like I remember when
I was a kid. So I'm looking for-
ward to going back to that area.
"I'm just looking to spending
more time in a lot of the
Bahamas that I haven't had a
chance to experience to the
degree that I'd like to experi-
ence it," he said.
Ambassador Rood said he
has learned a lot more about
life, and how to enjoy it, thanks
to his time in the Bahamas.
"Bahamians kind of have it
figured out how to enjoy life.
They don't take life quite as
seriously. They have a great
faith. I found a wonderful, won-
derful church here, that I enjoy
going to tremendously, and I
will be coming back to see my
friends in the church. So, I will
be back."


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a 1..OS ANGEELEnSissue a writ-

ten ruling on a request by an
-toyfriend of Anna Nicole
path to order the former Play-
boy Playmate and her infant
daughter to come to California
for paternity testing of the child,
lawyers on both sides said after
a closed hearmg Wednesday in
family law court, according to
Associated Press-
Debra Opri,. attorney for
Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry
Birkhead, said outside court
that based on her understanding
of what happened in court she
expects Superior Court Judge
Robert A. Sclinider to rule in
her client's favor.
Smith's attorney, Ron Rale,
refused to comment on what
happened in court but con-
firmed that the judge is expect-
ed to issue a written ruling.
Smith, who has been living in
the Bahamas, was not present.
The lawsuit demands that
Smith and the baby come to
Califorma for genetic testmg-
Opri said shei told the judge
that if the test is ordered, a tray-
eling lab was willing to go to
the Bahamas to take a saliva
swab so as to not inconvenience
Smith.
Scott Altman, a University of
Southern California professor
who specializes in family law,
said m an mterview he suspects
the judge will order DNA tests.
But he said that issumg an
order and having it enforced m
another country are "two very
different things.

BlOOd drive.
scheduled for
Saturday at Mall
at Marathon

MEMBERS of the public are
invited to come out and sup
port Saturday's national blood
drive at The Mall at Marathon.
threO of dth st e


earlier thi week.
The blood drive scheduled
? r 1 sma o tmeon Dbcewm n
the Rotar Club of the
Bahamas and Ministry of
Health and Natioital Insurance
to increase the Bahamas' blood
su pO r tional supplies are
extremely low and your dona-
t wro Id be g etat a preci-
"In the event of a catastro
phe our country has no nation-
al reserves of blood and there
would not be a sufficient blood
supply to treat the population.
"The Rotary Club of the
Bahamas, co-ordinated by the;
Rolary Club of West Nassau, is
pleased to announce that it has
partnered with the Ministry of
Health and National Insurance
in its effort to increase the coun-
try's supply of blood," the state-
ment said.

Workers at.
striking Haiti
hospital display
child corpses
A HAITI
Port-au-Prince
STRIKING workers removed
the corpses of 11 infants from
the morgue of Haiti's largest
public hospital and laid them
out in a courtyard on Thursday
ma macabre protest aimed at
pressuring ,the government for
b kdwa according to Asso-
The workers placed the bod-
ies on a table in view of several
schoolchildren at the General
Hospital's compound in down-
town Port-au-Prmee.
It was unknown when or how
the babies died, though Haiti
has one of the highest infant
mortality rates in the Western


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poverty.
The striking employees, most-
ly janitors and morgue work-
ers, also blocked the main
entrance to the hospital and
prevented anyone front enter-
Ang.
We're calling on the gov-
ernment to solve the problems
here at the hospital," said Jean
Pascal, a Janitor. "Until then we
must show the people what
needs to be done here."
Pascal said the workers had
not been paid in six months.


THE TRIBUNE


whether the investigation had
been re-opened.
"The only thing I have to
say is that the matter of the
investigation is not complete,
she repeated.
However, checking with Mr
Ferguson as to whether the sta-
tus of the investigation had
indeed-changed, his response
was that everything was "as it
had been before" that the
police investigation is complete
and handed over to the attor-
ney general's office. .
"Up to now we have not had
any additional information,"
said Mr Ferguson. "Since we
forwardedthefile(totheAG's
office) we have not done any-
thing else to that, nothing has
been re-opened."
It was reported in the US
press last month that Bahami-
an police had been ordered to
re-interview Mr Howard Stern,
Ms Smith's lawyer-boyfriend,
who claims to be the father of


her new daughter, and who was,
revealed to be the third person
in the room when Daniel Smith
died from the effects of a "lethal
cocktail" of drugs on September
20.
However, Mr Ferguson
responded to the claims, saymg
that he had not "heard of any
such thing."
In October, a leading
Bahamian jurist pointed out
that an inquest would usually
be a "legal mevitability" in all
cases of sudden, unnatural
death in which no one is crimi-
nally charged.




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a By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE question of whether
an inquest will go ahead into
the sudden, drug-induced
death of 20-year-old Daniel
Smith, son of Anna Nicole
Smith, remains up in the air -
as contradictory statements
have been issued by govern-
ment and the police.
Attorney General Allyson
Maynard-Gibson who Assis
tant Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson and Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez both
identified as the final judge of
whether an inquest is neces-
sary told The Tribune on
Tuesday that everything
"remains as previously stated."
On November 14, Mrs May-
nard Gibson said she was
"waiting for advice" before
making a decision, adding that
the matter was with "some-
body else at the moment."


: / 1
W DANIEL Smith
However, on Tuesday she
turned out to be referring to a
statementshemadelastweek
- that "the matter of the inves-
tigation is not complete."
Having been previously
informed by the police that
their investigation was
wrapped-up and that the
report had been forwarded to
the AG's office, The Tribune
asked the attorney general


5 By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Circumcising adult men
could potentially lower the
risk of them catching the
deadly virus that causes AIDS,
the National Institute of
Health revealed yesterday.
Following two clinical trials
in Africa, with7,784 men ages
18 to 49, half of whom volun-
teered to be circumcised, it
was found that fewer of the
circumcised men became
infected with the virus.
According to a report, the
tests were stopped because it
was determined that the treat-
ment was so effective it would
have been unethical to con-


tinue.
These results are only
applicable to heterosexual
transmission, the principal
method of transfer of the dis-
ease in that continent and
in the Bahamas.
About 25 million people in
Africa are currently infected
with the AIDS virus, while,
according to Dr Perry Gomez,
director of the local
HIV/AIDS prograrmne, about
6,000 Bahamians are affected.
Officials have yet to address
the question of ethics follow-
ing these findings, but scien-
tists say the value of the results
are so great that they cannot
be disregarded.


Nearly 40 million persons
worldwide are infected with
HIV/AIDS and, according to
statistics from the United
Nations, the HIV infection
rate is steadily rising.
However, last week Dr
Gomez announced that the
number of infected persons m
the Bahamas was decreasing.
The 2006 AIDS Epidemic
Update estimated that one
person is infected with the
virus every eight seconds
worldwide.
Dr Gomez could not be
reached to comment on the
findings and suggest how
Bahamians can benefit from
them.


SundPyt, D~ec.~ cth, 2006 6:3 pm


M By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
A PUBLIC servant injured
on the job says that before the
government embarks on its
new health insurance scheme,
it should educate the public
about the National Insurance
plan that already exists.
Listen King, plumber
employed at the Ministry of
Health, claimed he was injured
on the job last year while sta-
tioned at a chruc m Aridros -
but has been unable to claim
benefits from the National
InsuranceBoard.
He said: "I was changing the
balance beam of a ceiling light
when Ifellfrommyladder and
hit my lower back on the edge
of the table and damaged my
knee on the tiled floor.
Mr King said he immediate-
ly went to the clinic and was
seen by a nurse who prescribed
him painkillers.
"From that day to now, I've


been experiencing major pains
in my leg and back," he said.
Mr King explained that
despite his "nagging pain" he
contmued to work, but m May
of this year he was forced to
visit a doctor in Nassau after
being bed-ridden for two
weeks.
"The doctor told me I need-
ed an MRI done, so I had to
go to Commonwealth Bank
and get a loan to pay for the
MRI which was about $1,100."
He said the test revealed a
slipped disc in his back, so he
immediately applied to the
National Insurance Board to
have his injury classified as an
industrial accident.
I took everything to
National Insurance but they
said my claim was too late,
because apparently claims
have to be made withm six
months after the accident," he
claimed.
Mr King said he appealed
the decision and explamed to


NIB that a doctor was not sta-
tioned in Andros at the time of
his injury, so he was unable to
get a proper diagnosis, but his
appeals were ignored.
What they need to do is
educate the people more con-
cerningtheirrights.Becausel
didn't know and am sure that
there are thousands that don't
know the amount of time they
havetoputinclaimsforindus-
trial accident," Mr King said.
"I got hurt on a government
job and they should have taken
that into consideration,
because I've been paying
nationalmsuranceforover20
years.
A manager at the NIB
Occupational Health Safety
Unit told The Tribune that
employees are required to
claim for the industrial m3ury
benefits within six months of
an accident.
"But if the claim is late the
claimant can submit an appeal
to the Late Committee and


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to give statutory effect to the
plan so that the meat can be
put on the bones. The scheme
will not come into force or be
implemented with the passage
of the legislation later this
year. The meat on the bones
which will come in the form
of the necessary National
Health Insurance Regulations
will come later. So where is
the rush.
It is the same deliberate
course and process the PLP
took with the landmark
National Insurance Scheme.
The enabling legislation was
passed in 1972 and the same
fear and ignorance was spread
tairm8, eus m to
the bones National Insurance
Regulations were not brought
into force until September 11,
1974 against the backdrop of
the same hysteria and dooms-
day predictions that we are
reading today.
I have not heard any mem-
ber of the government say
with any certainty when the
National Health Insurance
scheme will be brought into
force. I doubt that a timeline
has been agreed as yet.It cer-
tainly will not happen with
the passage of the bill cur-
rently before parliament so
how is it being rushed? I am
of the view that it should not
snt rn tlhoe Natsio ao
Health Insurance Regulations
into force having regard to
the level of research, deliber-
ation and consultation that
have occurred and the fact
that a new bureaucracy will
not have to be established as
the NIB will administer the
collection of contributions for
the scheme. The FNM knows
this yet they prefer to pervade
the society with fear and hys-
teria. I can vividly recall the
headlines in one of the dailies
in September 1974 which
read: National Insurance
could cause Economic Crisis
warns FNM.
Why then would members
of the FNM in its many and
varied faces choose such a


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THE TRIBUNE


M~i:


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WANT to include my
voice among those Bahami-
ans who fully support the pro-
posed National Health Insur-
ance Plan. I do so after care-
fully reviewing the proposed
Plan. The naysayers, I am cer-
t ain, haven't done s o.
Instead they decided to run a
Campaign of scare and duplic-
ity.
The main criticism that I
could figure is that the plan
is being rushed. Let us look
at the facts. The PLP cam-
paigned in 2001 and 2002 that
once elected the introduction
of national health insurance
will be the highest priority.
The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion was appointed in August
2002 and a copy of the Com-
mission's report was complet-
OandTphub sotmi1sjMnay
Report was then widely.cir-
culated. How many of the
naysayers bothered to look at
the report which laid out for
all who were interested to see
the principles that should gov-
ern a national Health insur-
ance plan.
The recommendations
included:
that NHI should be uni-
versal
that appropriate legisla-
tion should be enacted mak-
ing the scheme mandatory
that NHI should be
administered by the Nation-
al Insurance Board
NHI should offer a Com-
pr hNNI ni ti n schkoauld
be set at an affordable rate
There was much more. The
Commission's report built on
stuqifes that had been under-
taken since 1984 so there is
not much that is entirely new-
How many of the FNM par-
liamentarians took the time
out to review the recommen-
dations themselves and then
with their constituents? How
many of the meinbers of the
Coalition for Health Care
Reform read the contents of
the Commission's report that
\vas readily available to them
for almost two years? No! the
naysayers were too busy swal-
lowing the FNM propaganda
that the PLP was a do nothing
government. They never
believed it would come to
this,
Well it has now come to
this! The draft bill introduced
in the House is the enabling
legislative framework needed


divisive path. I have listened
Ier rdamhblings ve tear
opposition in words such as
we support the principle of
National Health Care
but...What they mean is that
we don't want nor trust the
PLP to deliver such an impor-
tant social programme. I hope
they have the courage of their
conviction and vote against
the half-baked (their words
not mine) National Health
Insurance Bill. But I can tell
you right now not a one of
them will vote against the bill.
They do not want to be on the
wrong side of history again. I
hope the government calls for
a head count when it is time
to vote on the bill and put the
spineless cowards on the
records of history. Either they
vote against the Bill or they
Idlm el h pli takes
It is ironic and revealing
that the Prime Minister who
was jeered by many of-these
same naysayers for appoint-
ing so many commissions and
committees to consult the
public is now being accused
for moymg precipitously on
the National Insurance
Scheme.
That the man who found it
so hard to make decisions is
now being warned to put the
brakes on NHI. In an article
writtenby Rupert Missick on
April 8, 2006 Perry Christie
announced that the introdluac-
tion of a national healthlp n
is the number one socia tprin
to ty ost rtpy yPof winew
.PLP administration a blue
ribbon commission will.abe
appointed,
I am satisfied that the Gov-
ernment has done everything
to protect the economy of the
Bahamas while introducing a
revolutionary social policy
that will in the long run
improve the health of the
nation. I see nothing to
Impede the introduction so on
your marks, get.ready let's go
with the National Health
Insurance Plan.

CHARLES DAVID
ROLLE
Nassau,
December, 2006.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands Par-
liament defused a 24-hour constitu-
tional crisis Thursday by halting the
deportation of rejected asylum seekers
and stripping the hard-line immigra-
tion minister of responsibility for most
immigration policy.
Dutch politics had faced chaos
Wednesday after the newly elected
parhament censured Immigration Min-
ister Rita Verdonk nicknamed "Iron
Rita" for her tough anti-immigration
measures after she refused to halt
the expulsion of asylum seekers under
a policy the government calls "Project
Return Home." .
A censure motion normally would
require a minister to quit, but other
ministers from Verdonk's Liberal Par-
ty, known as the VVD, threatened to
walk out of the Cabinet if she were
forced to resign.
That would have brought down the
caretaker government, a situation ney-
er anticipated by the framers of the
Netherlands':constitution.
After nearly 1'1 hours of emergency
talks, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balke-
nende's caretaker Cabinet grudgingly
agreed to remove Verdonk from con-
trol of most immigration issues in the
transition government.
Her new official title is minister
for integration and child
protection.
The confrontation between parlia-
ment and the Cabinet came three
weeks after national elections shifted
the balance of power in the legislature
from right-leaning parties to a group of
six left and centre-left parties.
Verdonk said her party backed off
. .
its threat to quit "in the interests o
ruling the country.
But she added: "It was a bizarre,
black day yesterday."
She made international headlines
last month on the eva of national elec-
tions by threatening to ban the Muslim
burqa.
But she became a political lame duck


after her party was drubbed in the
vote.
When the new parliament convened,
leftist parties held a slim majority and
voted an amnesty for 26,000 illegal
immigrants who have been in the coun-
try longer than five years.
After a grueling debate, Verdonk
told parliament on Wednesday she
would not honour the vote.
. She said she would uphold the immi-
gration law and resume deportations,
refusing to agree to even a 24-hour
freeze.
Parliament then passed a motion
censuring her tantamount to dis-
missal but Verdonk did not resign.
"It's unbelievable, isn't it, that par-
liament would dismiss a minister and
she would think she can stay in
office?" said Wouter Bos, leader of
the opposition Labour Party.
Verdonk, 51, a former prison war-
den, became the voice of many anti-
immigrant Dutch in 2004, after film-
maker Theo van Gogh was. murdered
by an Islamic radical of Moroccan
ancestry.
Verdonk passed a raft of laws hiking
visa fees, mandating citizenship class-
es for immigrants, and jailing asylum
seekers declared illegal ahead of their
deportation.
New arrivals have fallen by half since
she took office in 2003.
Balkenende is expected to retain his
post in the next government because
he leads the party with the most law-
makers.
But this week's debate was a clear
signal that he will have to moderate
his administration's tough stand on
im ga cred to form a coalition
P
with Labour and another left-leaning
party, the Christian Union, both of
which have called for a softer immi-
gration policy.
.
(This article was written by Mike
Corner of the Associated Press).


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GUNMEN abducted 10 chil-
dren after hijackin a school bus

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toHA ociatepd Prceesspokesman
Frantz Lerebours confirmed
that several students were kid
napped, but said he did h
k n taTean Policowwema arch-
ingH ithe ptaonahe sa adio
Kiskeya reported at least six
students were riding to school in
a private bus w eTtC v h -
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ordered the driver to speed off
to an unknown location.
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armed men stopped a red Isuzu
Trooper carrying four children
and two adults, Kiskeya said.
The gunmen forced the adults
out of the car and fled with the
children.
Both kidnapping happened
in La Plaine, a northern suburb
of Port-au-Prince that has
become a base for armed gangs
blamed for a wave of kidnap-
pings. It was unclear if the two
incidents were related.
beKMna emt pfonantomhave
in the impoverished Caribbean
nation of 8 million, with chil-
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position on Haiti


debt cancellation'


a BrbALEeXANaDR pMoOdRbEY diate cancelll io of $7.2 mil-
Haiti has pledged to use
THE Bahamas has no "spe- funds freed as a result to
cific position" on the issue of >> reduce poverty in accordance

t e as f Irdn hAhedcohr to o eH ti
Affairs. -, owes more than one billion
This comes after US Con- dollars.
gresswomdanhMaxine Waters muMuch ofut d towa a
aen ru ethe president of the & rule of the Duvalier regime,
World Bank and the managing A FRED Mitchell last month which did not use the money for
director of the International told a conference that more the benefit of the Haitian people.
Monetary Fund (IMF), urging should be done to aid Haiti A Bahamas government
them to support cancellation of spokesman told The Tribune
Ha ge sl raal a ers' let- a uo plu tnc t n nt s hh 2 it\
ter was signed by 11members of Haiti's multilateral debts." position the matter, "the gov-
of the US Congress who are The Paris Clixb of sovereign ernment generally supports
original co-sponsors of a bipar- creditors has also agreed to a debt relief for Haiti.
tisan resolution introduced by restructuring of Haiti's debt Last month, Foreign Affairs
Waters to urge the IMF, the under an mitiative designed to Minister Fred Mitchell told a
World Bank and other multi- help the world's poorest coun- donors' conference in Spain
lateral financial institutions to tries, that "more can be done by the
provide debt cancellation. The Paris Club is an infor- international community" to
This resolution has 65 co- mal group of creditor countries aid Haiti's economic develop
sponsors in the US House of that convenes each month m ment.
Representatives. Paris with debtor countries to The minister said: "Haiti
The letter reads: "We are discuss restructuring of obliga- continues to need our help. All
concerned that the limited debt tions. who can help should help, each
relief available for countries The club said the agreement to his own measure. It is
that reach the decision point covered $69 million in debt important that we remember
will not be sufficient to address and interest payments. the commitment that we all
Haiti's needs. Therefore, we "This will lead to the imme- have to Haiti and her people."

Senator challenges FNM on NHI


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accused the government of
"rushing" the healthylan with-
out proper consultation from
the private sector, employer
associations and trade unions.
The PLP senator claimed
that FNM members were
"gagged.and muzzled" and not
permitted to speak on the bill
in parliament.
"If the bill is so flawed show
the courage of your convic-
tions and vote against it," chal-
lenged Senator Turnquest.
Debate on the National
Health Insurance Bill in the
Senate is expected to continue
into the new year.


5 By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP SENATOR Yvette
Turn quest challenged the
FNM to vote against the
National Health Insurance Bill
if they believe it to be "so
flawed".
Senator Turnquest told mem-
bers of the senate yesterday that
the FNM does not want to be
on the "wrong side of history
again."
Since the- debate on the
proposed National Health
Thsurance plan began last
nionth, the government has


accused the opposition of
being historically opposed to
social initiatives, including the
National Insurance Act.
At an FNM rally last month,
opposition leader Hubert
Ingraham said that the opposi-
tiod was supporting the bill,
but that the party still had
reservations about the plan's
implementation.
"We still do not know their
true position on the National
Health Insurance scheme. It
seems they have one position
at rallies and a different posi-
tion in parliament." ]
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NATIONAL Health Insur-
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a matter on which the govern-
ment and the oppositioffought to
be divided, Minister of Health
Dr Bernard Nottage said.
Dr Nottage was speakirig at
the introduction of the bill to
create a National Health Insur-
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During the speech, the minis-
ter sought to allay fears and dis-
miss criticisms of the scheme -
which have become particularly
loud in the period since the bill
was introduced to the House of
Assembly.
He hit out at critics who,
according to Dr Nottage, claim
that the government and the
Boahamian6p plea 'enot up
The fact that the Bahamas has
the highest per capital income in
the region except for the USA
and Canada is no accident but
evidence of the inherent excel-
lence of Bahamians, he said.
"This is why I have confidence
that we do have the skills to
manage the challenges that face
the health of our people.''
The 30-year-old Teacher's and
Salaried Workers Credit Union's
assels of around $100 million
'#ere further pointed to as evi-
dence that the pooling of
resources has been successful in
e pp cand to the benefit of
To those who claim that NHI
willieduce people's choice, Not-
tage said that it must be under-
stood that "choice" only really
slfoir a small section of the
thlV h6e9rpier co teo skeein
utilise3p3ripatr ttorofn aindclee
income and 9 per cent of lower
income individuals do so, he said.
Dr Nottage claimed that under
the NHI scheme, the private sec-
tor will receive a boost as more
lower income people will be able
to access it.
Government will pay some of
the cost, while the recipient will
only have to pay the difference
between what the treatment
or at re t
private sector treatment," he
said.
In response to those who say
that there has not been enough
consultation, Dr Nottage said
that his ministry is willing to
meet with "any grouping (wish .
.ing) to share their views." .
"We are prepared to meet you
at a mutually convenient time,"
he said.
Speaking of the detail of the
scheme when ib practice, the


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ealg nm i tth npq
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THE developers of the $700
million Royal Island resort and
residential project will refurbish
the Bluff public dock and
reclaim 2.5 acres of land from
the sea, Prime Minister Perry
Christie said yesterday.
He said Staubach Retail, a
Dallas real estate developer,
and its affiliate, Cypress Equi-
ties, had shown great willing-
ness to assist Eleuthera's devel-
opment.
Mr Christie outlined a num-
ber of initiatives and agree-
ments made by Staubach Retail
to the residents gathered on the
waterfront in the Bluff, over-
looking Royal Island, for the
contract signmg.
The Prime Minister said that
among their obligations was an
uncompromising approach to
the environment.
They must have a total com-
mitment to ensuring that there
is an environmental manage-
ment plan. The Government
I ras d p, et
independent team for the Gov-
ernment when it deems neces-
sary, to audit what they have
done," Mr Christie said.
This environmental plan must
apply to the surrounding area,
the Prime Minister said.
He added that Staubach
Retail had agreed to a "very
dynamic intervention" in assist-
ing and training young
Eleutherans, and assisting to
both the Hotel Training Col-
lege and the Bahamas Techni-
cal and Vocational School
(BTVI).
"That is money that they are
investing that is not to do direct-
ly with the island, but it is an
investment that they are leaving
behind," the Prime Minister
added.
Mr Christie said that in addi-
tion to these points, the devel-
opers are also to make substan-
tial improvements to the public
infrastructure of North
Eleuthera, especially the refur-
bishment of the public dock at


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5 CHRIS Maguire (left), president and chief executive officer of
Staubach Retail and Cypress Equities, speaks with Prime
Minister Perry Christie about the $700 million project yesterday.
(Photo: Fellpi Major/Tribune staff)


North Eleathera to the Bluff
dock.
"Once their clientele land at
the airport, the experience must
be consistent to what they find
over there," the Prime Mims-
ter added.
Mr Christie promised that the
developers and the Govern-
ment were to review the facili-
ties at North Eleuthera's air-
port as time progress.
"There are developers and
there are developers, and what
you will find outstanding about
this group of developers is that
they have agreed beyond the
legality of their agreements to
engage in community building
and community involvement,"
the Prime Minister said,
Therefore, the developers
have agreed to meet the initial
and ongoing costs. of office
accommodations, housing,
salaries, transportation and oth-
er expenses associated with gov-
erninent officials being posted
at North Eleuthera as a result of
the investment.


the Bluff, which will serve as
the hub to transport guests to
Royal Island.

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"This means dredging and
reclamationof anadditional2.5
acres of land. This acreage will
provide a welcome centre and
staging area to be leased to the
developer," the Prime Minister
said.
This dock is to include 20
public slips and a dredged
launch area for local boaters,
Mr Christie said. "Their com-
mitment includes upgrading and
beautifying the straw market
and the dock, the toilet facili-
ties and landscaping, arid they
have agreed to be responsible
for their maintenance."
Forty public parking spaces
at the dock are also to be pro-
vided by the developers.
Mr Christie said the develop-
ers will be responsible for the
maintenance of the verges from


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VETERAN human resources
professional Karen Carey has
been presented with the pres-
tigious HR Champion Award
by the Human Resource Man-
agement Association of Barba-
dos.
The award was in recognition
of her outstanding contributions
in the field of human resources
In the Bahamas and the
Caribbean region.


Carey, Kerzner Internation-
al's senior vice president of
human resources and president
of the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion of Human Resources Pro-
fessionals, was recognized at
HRMAB's 10th annual confer-
ence and exhibition held in Bar-
bados.
"I am really honoured that I
was considered and actually
won the HR Champion Award
for the region. Alot of the cred-
it can be attributed to the fine
HR team with whom I work
everyday and other profession-
als who support the HR ideals,"
said Carey.
Carey stated that she consid-
ers it a privilege to be with a
company such as Kerzner Inter-
national-- which, she noted, has


contributed significantly to her
growth and development over
the years-
"So I am equally as pleased
and I feel indebted to assist in
the development of other aspir-
ing professionals while advanc-
ing HR initiatives . in not
only the organisation, but in the
country."
J Barrie Farrington, Kerzner
International senior vice pres.
ident of administration and
president of the Bahamas Hotel
Employers Association
(BHEA) said, "Karen Carey
has developed into the con-
summate human resources pro-
fessional as a resillt of working
for many years in this very spe-
cialised area. She has demon-
strated a very high level of com-


potency and has successfully
managed all segments of human
resources programmes
"The directors of Kerzner in
recognition of her many attrib-
utes elevated her to her current
senior position within the com-
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faced in an ever expanding com-
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on attaining the results that are
in keeping with the standards,
values and principles adopted
by the company. She is a great
team player, which adds even
more to her value to the com-
pany and to the country."
Carey is a member of the
International Women's Forum,
she also serves on the advisory
of the Salvation Army. She is a


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PRIME Minister Perry
Christie has praised Seventh-
day Adventists for their contri-
bution to Bahamian society.
Mr Christie said that although
the Adventist church is a rela-
tively new in the Bahamas, hav-
ing been established in 1912, it
has nevertheless left its mark.
"Anyone knowing anything of
the Adventist faith and canons
of beliefs know that this religious
group stands firmly on the prin-
ciples of clean and healthy liv-
ing, high moral conduct and an
unshakable faith in the inerrant
word of God," he said.
The prime minister was
speaking during an opening cer-
emony for the new early learn-
ing centre at the Bahamas
Academy of the Seventh-day
Adventist on Monday. The cen-
tre will cater to 110 children two
to five years of age.
"The official opening of the
early learning centre is timely
in that it focuses attention on
the intervention of this religious
denomination in the all impor-
tant field of education in the
Bahamas. But equally as impor-
tant, it is an opportunity for the
spotlight to shine on the valu-
able work this Christian denom-
ination is making in a very sub-
stantial way in the development
of our community and indeed
the nation."
Mr Christie encouraged lead-
ers of the Adventist church to


W PRIME Minister Perry Christie participates in the
ribbon-cutting at the Early Learning Centre of the Bahamas
Academy of the Seventh-Day Adventist, held on Monday.
Pictured at the Old Trail Road campus are Dr Leonard Johnson,
president, Bahamas Conference of SDA; Mr Christie; Dr Cheryl
Rolle, education director, Bahamas Conference of SDA.
(BIS photo: Peter Ramsay)


keep up the good work and
continue its "unrelenting task"
of providing spiritual and social
upliftment to the community.
"Your role in education has
been exemplary," the prime min-
ister said. "You can now boast of
providing the best quality of edu-
cation from the pre-primary or
early education levels straight on
to university education."
The government, he said, is
committed to building a proto-
type pre-school or early learn-


ing centre to serve as a model
for other such institutions.
Since coming to office in
2002, the government has devel-
oped 28 pre-schools and early
learning centres at a number of
primary schools in New Provi-
dence and Andros. And,
through a programme being
funded by the Inter-American
Development Bank, plans are
underway to build more
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THE Bahamas will assist in
restoring and institutionalizing
security in Haiti through the
training of Haitian police
cadets, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell
announced.
The training, he said, will be
carried out by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
There will also be "serious
exploration of economic invest-
ment gains in Haiti" in several
sectors including agriculture,
trade and construction, Mr
Mitchell said.
He was speaking at a lun-
cheon held in his honour by the
Honorary Considar Corps at
Gray cliff Restaurant on
Wednesday, December 13.
Mr Mitchell also spoke of the
Bahamas' relationship with
another Caribbean neighbour,
Cuba.
He rioted that the Bahamas
joined nine other member states
of the CARICOM in opening
an embassy in Havana in July of
this year.
"Its presence has been a boon
to Bahamians visiting Cuba, stu-
dents and patients of the Mira-
cle Plan Medical Programme
for corrective ophthalmology,"
he said.
THE Bahamas continues to


of the Mega Ports Initiative
which, Mr Mitchell said, screens
cargo for radioactive material
leaving the Freeport Contain-
er Port for US ports.
The US has confirmed its
commitment to the Passenger
US Customs and Immigration
facility.at Freeport despite the
downturn in Grand Bahama's
tourism, Mr Mitchell added.
He explained that 2006 has
been a busy year for the
Bahamas on the diplomatic
front in general.
Since January, the minister
said, the government has
extended formal international
contacts by establishing diplo-
matic relations with Botswana
and Sierra Leone.
Shortly, he added, "formal
diplomatic matters" will be con-
cluded with Ireland and New
Zealand.
The Foreign Trade Division
headed by Ambassador A
Leonard Archer, came within
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
in February.
It is a working division and
is being "restructured and
strengthened in order to admin-
ister effectively the work which
relevant overseas missions will
be called upon to undertake,"
Mr Mitchell said.


M PICTURED, from left, are deputy dean of the Diplomatic
Corp John Rood United States Ambassador; dean of the Diplo-
matic Corp, Louis Harold Joseph, Haitian Ambassador; dean of
the Honorary Council Corp Anders Wiberg, Consul General for
Sweden; Dr Patricia Rodgers permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs and Mr Mitchell.


5 MR Mitchell spoke at the annual luncheon given in his honour
by the Honorary Consular Corps on Wednesday, December 13
at Graycliff Restaurant


Photos: BIS/Raymond A Bethel)
element of reciprocity which
will allow Bahamian Customs
officials to inspect containers
leaving the US for the
Bahamas.
"It is hoped through this mea-
sure both the United States and
the Bahamas will share the ben-
efits of enhanced security while
closing one more door of oppor-
tunity for would-be terrorists,"
he said.
The Bahamas s also a part


maintain good relations with
the United States, despite
reports in the media, Mitchell
added. He did not, however,
elaborate on the point.
The minister pointed out that
on August 4, the US and the
Bahamas signed the Container
Security Initiative (CSI) which
was designed to pre-screen car-
go destined for the United
States.
He noted that the CSI has an


MR Mitchell greets Felix


Cuba.


registry is
expected to
become more

competitive.
THE Bahamas has been tak-
ing a very active interest in mar-
itime affairs over the past sev-
eral months, Foreign Affairs
Minister Fred Mitchell said.
He explained that this is an
important area for the country,
as the Bahamas is the third
largest flag registry m the world.
"We submitted a paper to the
International Maritime Organi-
sation on reform of its council,
addressing, in particular, the lack
of equitablegeographicaldistrib-
ution within the council," he said.
Mr Mitchell added that the
Bahamas is in the process of
acceding to the New York Con-
vention 1958 on International
Arbitration and the Interna-
tional Labour Organisation Sea-
farer's Convention.
This is expected to enhance
the competitiveness of the
Bahamas as a ship registry, he
explained.
MrMitchellsaidhehastriedto
integrate his numstry's work with
the Ministry of Transport in inter-
national maritime matters, "as
part of the mission to promote
Bahamian trade abroad.
In that connection, he paid
an official vihit to Turkey to
launch a ship that is in the
Bahamian registry and held talk
withhisTurkishcounterpart.
Mr Mitchell added that his
ministry is also seeing a "glim-
mer of light at the end of the
tun 1" as it wor cr an n
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is destroying the very fabric of
Cuban society and hurting the
very people that the US clans
it wants to help? I .asked
Ambassador Rood this ques-
tion, supporting it by pointing
out that medicine, food aid, etc.,
were all being restricted. He
suggested that Cuba can attain
medicine from Europe, howev-
er I queried him as to whether
he thought such a stance would
be fair, especially considering
the costliness of these long jour-
neys, the fact that America has
state-of-the-art medicines and
medical instruments, and so on.
The blockade has denied the
Cuban people access to their
nearest and cheapest market for
food and medicines, causing
Cuba to turn to other, more dis-.
tant, countries for these needs at
greater expense, or to go with-
out. The US embargo against
Cuba has had a profound
impact on the everyday lives of
Cubans, and it violates interna-
tional laws and conventions,
particularly the principle of non-
interferenceintheaffairsofoth-
er countries,

uban foreign minister
Felipe Perez Roque
has estimated that the embargo
has caused Cuba USS $86 bil-
lion since it began. Cuban
Ambassador Felix Wilson Her-
nandez has also asserted that
Cuba has beeh denied access to
US based international finan-
cial institutions, such as the
International Development
Bank arid the World Bank. This
is utterly wrong!
Why is it acceptable for
George Bush to hold the hands
of Saudi Arabian dictator King
Abdullah whilst tightening the
embargo against Cuba under
the guise of promoting democ-
racy? Isn't Saudi Arabia a coun-
try where women are not per-
mitted to ride in the frobt seat
of vehicles? Isn't this thq place
where most of the oil wealth
goes into the coffers of the roy-
al family; the place where
ivomen can hardly go anywhere
without a male chaperone?
Would President'Bush have
been holding Fidel Castro's
hand if Cuba had vast oil
reserves?
As it relates to the embargo,
the US must consider the effect
on the Cuban populace-even
the Ambassador might concede
that the best way to influence
Cubans would be to flood their
society with US goods.
-I think it's fair to say that
maybe the embargo goes far
beyond any attempts at regime
change, and instead serves more
likely as an ongoing effort to
secure the support of the Cuban
lobby and its votes.
ajbahama@hotmail.com


ECENTLY, the Unit.
R ed Nations General
Assembly overwhelmingly vot-
ed against the Utiited States'
45-year trade embargo against
our neighbour to the south,
Cuba. For the 15th straight
year, the UN-inclusive of the
Bahamas' vote- supported a
resolution calling for the cessa-
tion of the economic and com-
mercial embargo against Cuba.
For far too many years, the
US has maintained a ruthless
and unjust blockade against
Cuba that has failed to accom-
plish its original goals, and has
mstead placed a stranglehold
on the Cuban economy, and in
turn, contributed to some of the
economic hardships facing the
Cuban people. .
Subsequent to the Fidel Cas-
tro-led revolution of 1959, arid
the defeat of the CIA-backed
assault at the Bay of Pigs in
1961, the US imposed sanctions
against the Cuban regime. Since
2000, the Bush administration
has strengthened sanctions
against Cuba by denying the
transfer of certain sums of mon-
ey to the country and by impos-
ing undemocratic travel restric-
tions on travelling Americans.
According to the Bush
administration, recent policies
enforced against the Cuban
government viere put in place to
ensure a peaceful transition to
democracy. Is it reasonable that
Cuban-Americans and others
violating the embargo and fre-
quently travelling to Cuba must
face fines of up to $1 million or
45 years in prison? Is that
democratic?
is it right for the US to estab-
lish a transition committee for
another country in bhssful antic.
ation of its leader's demise?
hat if we in the Bahamas set
up a transition committee for
the US, especially after George
Bush's disastrous presidency?
Nearly 50 years have passed
since the Cuban embargo was
first implemented, yet there has
been no regime change. Only
now, due to Castro's illnesses,
does Cuba's governmental
structure appear to be transi-
tioning from one leader to
another
On October 27, 2006, I was
invited to US ambassador John
Rood's residence for an autumn
reception. At the reception, the
ambassador and I, along with a
few aides and embassy employ-
ees, had a most vibrant and
enlightening chat on Cuba.
During the discussion, I told
the ambassador that the United
States' embargo was ineffectual
as it failed to result in the col
lapse of Fidel Castro's regime
and had instead had cruelly
affected the Cuban people. Fur-
ther I queried why the US had
not adhered to 14 previous UN
resolutions condemning the
embargo and asked why the.US
maintains a double standard as
it treats Castro's regime one
way, but its president holds the
hands of the Saudi prince (now
king) and views Communist
China as its leading trading
partner.
The Ambassador was very
open, even conceding at one
point that the embargo may not
have accomplished its intended
goal since Castro remains in
power after 47 years-for that
admission, I give him credit.
However, he and his aides did
maintain that the US employs
different strategies for dealing
with different countries, espe-
cially those that show some
signs of moving forward with
democratization.
To cut a long story short, we
agreed to disagree on most
issues with the Ambassador
extending an invite for me to
visit Havana as a guest of the
US embassy. I fully intend to
take him up on his offer.


Now that 183 countries
have voted against the
US embargo in the 15th straight
year, how is it that the US
would not heed to resolutions
when it expects other countries
to do so, particularly those that
the US may move a resolution
against? This stance is simply
unjust and hypocritical!
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Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the prib-
lic of iti meeting times and places: The Nassau
Group, Rosetta Street: Friday 6pm to 7pm &
8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart Church: Friday
6pm to 7pm. New Providence Community Centre:
Friday 7pm to 8pm.

5 CIVIC CLUBS
TM Club 9477.meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Bap-
tist Community College Rm A19, Jeatr St.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Fri-
day of each month, 7:30pm at the Emmaus Centre
at St Augustine's Monastery. For more info call
325.1947 after 4pm.
AMISTAD is a club which promotes the Spanish
lairguage and culture in the community. Residents
of the Bahamas who speak Spanish or are learmng
Spanish are invited to attend meetings on the third
Friday of the month during the academic year at
7pm in room 13 of COB's Tourism Tranung Centre.
MA SATURDAY M

A HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to mform the pub-
lic of its meetmg times and places: The Nassau
Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings lOam
to 11am.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Street.
,
Doctors Hospitak- CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from
9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community
Training Representative at 302.4732 for more infor-
mation and learn to save a life today.

5 CIVIC CLUBS
JAR CYCLING: The Owners of JAR Cycling arc
pleased to offer :. cycling clinic for rumors between
10 and 17. The free clinic will be held every Satur-
day m an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents
interested in registering their children should con-
tact organizers at jarcycling@gmail.com.

5 ENTERTAINMENT
Reggae Christmas: Tuff Gong "Free the people
with Music" Productions, m association with Bac-
ardi, presents the Annual Reggae Christmas Feat
December 16 at Arawak Cay. Artists scheduled
to appear include Barrington Levy, Landlord, Mi
Vegas, Marlon Asher, Turbulence, Natural Black
and QQ. Tickets can be purchased at the Marley
Boutique, West Bay Street and the JukeBox, Mall
at Marathon.

Jingle Ball 2006: In celebration of its 10th anniver-
sary, MORE 94FM will be hosting one of the
largest hip-hop events to hit the Bahamas on Sat-
urday, December 23. Among the acts featured will
NassM sd es nde oe reggaeC in
Smith. Local cultural sensation KB will also be on
hand. Also confirmed on the ticket.are Columbia
Records recording artist Collie Budz, mix master
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Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street, fea-
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the Caribbean Express very Sunday from 6:30pm
to 9:30pm.

M HEALTH
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I f its meeting times and places: The Nisssau
co Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm /
roupto 9:30pm
Opm .


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M HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the pub-
lic of its meeting times and places: New Providence
Community Centre: Mondays 6pm to 7pm. The
Kirk: Mondays 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group
meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at
New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road.
Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood
pressure and cholesterol testing is available. For
more info call 702.4646 or 327.2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third
Monday of every month at 6pm @ Doctors Hospi-
tal conference room.

5 ENTERTAINMENT
CHRISTMAS DAY: The INC Christmas Party:
. Volume Two, will be held at the Revolution Night-
club, Elizabeth Avenue, Monday, December 25..
The "flyest" girl in the building will be named Ms
INC and receive a free model shoot, a full
makeover, gifts and cash prizes. Ladies free before
11pm. Music will be provided by CRX, King C-
Note, DJ Pressure, DJ Blaze, DY Stylez, Big L
aka Tryxx & DJ Bimps.

W CIVIC r v.UBS
oast::.. Club at the British Cole-
nial Hilton Monday's at 7pm Club 612315 meets
Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable
Beach Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial
Hilton Mondays at 7pm. -

The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the month in
the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel, Bay St.
TUESD.4 Y :iMMMEAllB

5 HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the pub-
lic of its meeting times and places: The Nassau
Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to 7pm /
8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at
their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323.4482 for more info. .

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics Seagrapes
location (off Prince Charles.Dr). Doctor approval
is required. Call 364.8423 tokegister for more info.

W CIVIC CLUBS

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

The Luncheon Pilot Club of Nassau meets every
third Tuesday at Super Clubs Breezes, Cable Beach
at 12:30pm. We invite all community minded per-
sons to attend.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm
@ CC Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room,
College Avenue off Moss Road. Club Cousteau
7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the Chickcharney
Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros Cliib 7178
meets elich Tuesday at 6pm at the Cancer Society
of the Bahamas, 3rd Terrace, Centreville.

Alpha Kalipa Alpha Sorofity Eta Psi Omega chap-
ter meets every second Triesday, 6:10pm @ the
Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets
every second Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House,
IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 6:30pm
at the British Colonial Hilton. Please call
502.4842/377.4589 for more info.

The Downtown Pilot Club of Nassau meets every
third Tuesday of the month at 6pm at the JP Whit-
ney Building, First Terrace, Collins Avenue.
M ENTERTAINMENT

"Judge Daisy" Dynamite Daisy will be featured in
a Holiday Comedy Show Tuesday, December 26 at
the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The
matinee show willbe at4pm and the evening show
will be at 8pm. Tickets are available at 100% Bible
Bookstores, the Christian Bookshop, Golden Gates
World Outreach Miaistries and Trinity Assem-
bly.


.
at Earth Village Ranch, St Albans Drive and
Columbus Avenue (Chippingham). Call (242)
356.2274 now to make reservations. Open to all
ages and groups Monday-Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
Inquire about additional activities and programmes.
sicians, visu-
d people are TM Club 2437 meets each Wednesday on the 4th
land Club on floor of the Ministry of Health, Meeting Street, at
each Hotel) 6pm.
ng out". The
at 8pm. This :. THURSDAY RM
hat your ears
portable and 5 ENTERTAINMENT
is the brain Shadowhand Entertainment presents an all
artist Mrs. Birmsman Talent Explosion this and every Thurs-
s have devel- dafnight at the Patio Bar & Grill on Carmichael
s, musicians, Road. This event features upcoming Bahamian
sculptors and artist who are ready to showcase their original
niaterial to the world. There will also be a freestyle
competition every week which is open to the pub-
lic at large. Doors open at 8:30pm. Ladies free
until 11pm Gentlemen small door charge. See u
rs Sports Bar there.
petizers and
M HEALTH
Free public health lectures featuring distinguished
physicians are held at Doctors Hospital every third
orm the pub- Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Doctors Hos-
w Providence pital Conference Room. Free screenings between
to 8pm. The 5pm & 6pm. For more information call 302.4603.
esday 6pm to
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the pub-
lic its meetilig times and places: The Nassau Group,
are held the Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to
30pm at New 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
e Road. For
.2878. FREE Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
Cholesterol 6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Seagrapes
location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval
is required. Call 364:8423 to register for.more info.
support Group
m to 7pm at REACH Resources & Education for Autism and
uth of ZNS.. Related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the sec.
ily members .ond Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of
one 323.4482 the BEC building, Bhte Hill Road.
M CIVIC CLUBS
u meets every The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise has a breakfast
Villa Restau- meeting every Thursday morning at 7am at the
testing speak- British Colonial Hilton Hotel (Fellowship begins at
like to attend 6:45am).
e-mail to
or T r iwanib uab the Ho Ict v tetsC e
Soldier Road. Guests are welcome.
pter of Delta
meets 6:30pm Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, second
mas National and third Thursday at the Ministry of Health &
Eilvironment building on Meeting Street com-
mencing at 7:30pin. Everyone is welcome to attend
tion, Essence TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8:30pm @ Super-
ngs on the lst Clubs Breezes.
at Doctor's p
International Association of Administrative ro-
fessionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thurs-
umbus meets day of every month @ SuperClubs Breezes, Cable
f the month, Beach, 6pm.
The recently established National Insurance at
vites the pub- Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets every fourth
g held every Thursday in the month, in the National Insurance
ish Colonial Board's (NIB) training room, Wulf Road office
e ...p.m.. 9.. n complex, at 6pm. All retirees are welcome.
e < Inla, one
The Rotary Club of West Nassau holds its weekly
meetmg, every Thursday at Choices Restaurant
k and Petting on the campus of the College of the Bahamas. Fel-
am to 2:30pm lowship starts at 12:30pm, with the meeting held


MF WEDNESDAY

5 ENTERTAINMENT
Express Yourself: Poets, vocalists, mu
al artists, story tellers, dancers, talented
invited to am Opeir Mic Night @ Da Is
West Bay Street (inside the Nassau B
the place where "the grown folks ha
evening starts every Wednesday hight
is the Bahamian cultural expression t
have been craving for in a cool, com
safe environment. Express Yourself
child of the talented spoken word
.Napline Thomas Brown. The session
oped to showcase Bahamian singer
dancers, movie makers, storytellers, s
visual artists,

M PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotte
every -Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free ap
numerous drink specials.

5 HEALTH .
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inf
lic of its meeting times and places: Ne
Community Centre: Wednesday 7pm
Nassau Group: Rosetta Street, Wedn
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
FREE Health and Wellness Lectures
first Wednesday of every month at 6:
Providence Community Center Blak
more information call 327.1660 or 327
,Blodd Pressure, Blood Sugar and
Screening,

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas S
meets every Wednesday from 5:30p
Cancer Headquarters, two doors so
Cancer patients, survivors, their fam
and friends are mvited to attend. Ph

5 CIVIC CLUBS
The Rotary Club of SouthEast Nassa
Wednesday from 1pm 2pm at East
fant, East Bay Street. Always an inter
er and gfeat fellowship. If you would
our- meetings please send an
uhno 1 scher@ ottardo.com

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae cha
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
every third Wednesday at the Baha
Pride Building.

International Training in Communica
Club 04-3 holds it's bi-monthly meeti
and 3rd Wednesday of each month
Hospital Conference Room.
Nassau Counci110415 Knights of Col
the second and fourth H J.In, -wly o
8pm @ St Augustine's Monastery'
The Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach in
lic to its regular weekly meetin
Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Brit
Hilton. Kiwanis is a worldwide service
dedicated to changing the world On
Community at a time."

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MP disappointed
qualified, but don't just pick up any Tom, Dick and
Harry and give them a job. They are picking people
who are not qualified so that they can work against rite
in South Andros hoping that they will use the money
to campaign with," Mr Bastian said.
However, South Andros administrator Gary
Knowles said that officials on the island have not pin-
pointed what the problem is as yet.
"The Department of Environmental Health have
taken some samples of the water and the other issues
that have been presented to them and they will make
a determination as to what the problem is.
"Nothing has been ruled out as yet. They are look-
ing at the water. They are looking at the spraying
that was done two months ago. In the meantime the
Ministry of Education is taking some corrective mea-
sures where the holes which were drilled to do the
spraying, they were corked with wood and th are
goidg back to make sure the children did not pull any
of the corks out," Mr Knowles said.


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After extinguishing the blaze,
firefighters discovered the
"severely burnt" remains of a
Fman in the driver's seat of the
vehicle. According to Inspector
Evans the man's body was over 85
per cent charred. Police are ,
reportedly following leads into ,
this discovery. Eyewitnesses
.'claimed that they heard two gun
shotss and saw the white Dodge
%Caravan go up in smoke. Neigh-
bours reportedly called for fire :2.
services, which came about half
an hour later. Two persons, one W THE
with a mask on his face, were East Shirl
reportedly seen runnmg across
.Shirley Street and into William's
Street.
bodOno ndayathep iallybg FROM p
of Prince Charles Drive was
found on a dirt road near Cox about the 3pm f
Way. Police are still investigating spokesperson fo
that homicide and Reginald Fer- the first they h
guson, Assistant Commissioner 10am.yesterday
of Police with responsibility for This, store o
crime, said yesterday that at this only added to th
point there is no indication that fact that day
s
her murder and this incident are Junkanoo was sc
related. bleachers ov
Sometime after 11 pm Wednes-' blocked the ent
day police received reports of shops on Bay St
gunshots being fired in the Mar- government's
ket Street area near the One Fam- they will be m
ly junkanoo group rehearsal in year.
he old City Market food store Every year a
parking lot. Upon arrival at the usually the bigg
cene police found the lifeless son of the year,
ody of 27-year-old Kevin Dean Bay Street com
I Quakoo Street lying on the off entrances
ground. According to Mr Evans, parking spaces,
it was reported that Dean, who overall situation
had been watching the rehearsal, for business."
was walking with another indi- "This has bee
idual when he was shot in the many years no
ack. He died at the scene.Police beyond angry it
ave also launched a fullinvesti- ludicrous. Yo
ation into this matter. head up and la

FROM page one

uring the recent fumigation of the school.
"I am surprised that as prime minister he was
aware of it. And such a great problem where all 85
students had to be relocated and half of the students
ad to be sent to the clinic and sent home.
"Dr Nottage was not even aware of it. I don't know
hat kind of communication or why the nurses in
outh Andros did not contact them to let them to
ow what was going on," Mr Bastian said.
The MP said that he spoke with the district educa-
tion officer who is awaiting results of test on the water
used at the school. But the MP maintains that the
vater is not the problem. He places the blame square-
y on the use of pesticides at the school and the lack of
qualifications of the persons who were responsible
dor using them.
"The government does nbt care anymore how they
pend the people's money. All they want to do is give
heir croniebrholley to campaign on? "
'Td6n't tilitid them grung people money wh6 are


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orced closure. A
r John Bull said
eard of it was at
.
wners said, has
eir disgust at the
before Junior
scheduled to begin,
er six-feet tall
races to several
reet despite the
assurances that
ore efficient this
round this time,
est shopping sea-
store owners on
plain of blocked
and insufficient
which make the
downtown "bad
n going on for so
w that people are
's just absolutely
u just hold your
ugh hysterically


Bay Street
because there is nothing else you
can really do," one store owner
said.
"The overall effect of having
bleachers in the middle of
December during the prime retail
shopping time is probably in the
amount of like 33 to 50 per cent
of what we could probably do,"
he estimated.
"The government every year
say they're going to listen and do
things differently and every year
it's the same old thing."
The owner said he does not
believe that the government
should even host Junior
Junkanoo on Bay Street. Alter-
native locations such as Arawak
Cay or Fort Charlotte were two
of his ideas.
"I understand completely that
big junkanoo should be on Bay
Street. Honestly believe that as a
Bahamian but does Tunior
Junkanoo need to be oh Bay
Street? I don't think so," he said.


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Ruth Carey, 89
of Mason Addition and -
formerly of Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera, will be held on
Tuesday, December 19th
at 10:00 a.m. at Grants
Town Wesley Methodist
Church, Baillou Hill Rd.
Rev'd Carla
ouimerassisted by Rev'd
Dr. Colin Archer will
officiate. Interment will be
in Lakeview Gardens,
John F. Kennedy Drive. c.
She survived by her .
children Faye Carey-
Smith, Dr. Baldwm and 5 DR Elwood Donaldson, f
Annette Carey, Allen (deceased) and Cora Carey, Philip and the first PLP government, i
Ingrid Carey, Linda and Alfred Jarrett, Crystal Carey, Terrance Bahamas Handbook
and Gayle Carey; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Dr.
Sarah, Giovanni, Julia and Alyse Pajero, Simon, Marsha,
Simone and Andrew Smith, Charlotte Smith, Dr. Gregory,
Karen and Gabrielle Carey, Soilja and Raymond Gibson, Bahamas
Nicole Carey, Keith (deceased), Michelle, Keishel, Keva and
Kira Carey, William, Marco and Michael Carey, Blair Carey,
Phillipa (deceased) Vaughn, Phillipa, Krista, Christina and Depo
Shanave Carey, Dr. Marco and Marcie Jarrett, Mario (deceased)
and Lamont Jarrett, Racquel and Francis Bowe and Wayne ill
Munnings, Martine and Garrett Carey; sisters, Jane and -
Bernard Miller and Mary and Elsworth Darling and families;
numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends
including, The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Perry G. Christie and
Mrs. Christie, The Christie, McCartney, Bethel, Allen, Carey,
Cartwright, Bullard and Pennerman families, Paulette Gunnis,
Juanita Carey, Percival Paul, Vanessa Small, Eloise Saunders
and family, Gertrude Burnside and family, Doris Mortimer
and family, Elaine Pinder and family, Louise Gibson and
family, Rev. Carl Campbell and family, Rev. Colin Archer
and family, Rev. Frederick Kelly and family, Jane Adderley
and family, Gertrude Gibson, Gladys Johnson and family,
Paulette Walker and family, Pat Archer and family, Ashward
Ferguson and family, Thelma Thompson and family, Tezel
Anderson and family, Willamae Albury and family, Scott
Godet and family, Hon. Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Nottage, Dr.
Duane Sands, Dr.'Conville Brown, Dr. Barrette McCartney,
Dr. Aretha Eneas-Carey, Dr. Sheen Antonio-Collie, Dr.
James Iferenta, Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church family,
Lady Jacqueline Fawkes and The YWCA family, The Saxons
Junkanoo Group, Masons Addition family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians #44 Nassau Street on Monday froin 11:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. to
service time.
In Lie of flowers donations may be sent to Grants Town
Wesley Methodist Church, Blue Hill Road, in memory of
Mrs. Ruth Carey.





Public Utilities Commission


PUBLIC CONSULTATION
Telecommunications Market Information and Data Collection

The Public Utilities Commission hereby invites comimehts from
licensees and othbr interested parties on its consultation document
on Telecommunications Market Information and Data Collection.

The goals of this consultation are to:
a) inforril licensees and other stakeholders of the PUC's
intention to regularly collect information from the
telecommunications sector;
b) indicate how the PUC intends to use and analyze the
information arid data collected; and
c) invite comments from licensees and other stakeholders.

Section 6(4) of theTelecommunications Act, 1999 sequiles the PUC
to act in W tiMely, transparent, objective aild .non-discriminatos y
manner and consistent with the objectives of the Act. While section
6(5) of the Act requires the Commission to publish its proposals on
any general instruction intended to be issued under any part of the
Act.

Copies of this document can be obtained from the PUC's 016
located in the Agape House at 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue or
downloaded from the PUC's website at www.puchahamas.gov.bs.
Written comments should be submitted by February 2, 2007 via
post, hand delivery, facsimile or e-mail to:
Mr. Barrett Russell
Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission
P. 0. Box 84860, Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas
Fax: (242)323-7288
Email: Info@pochahamas.gov.bs


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W LEONARD Thompson,
one of the four brothers from
Abaco who enlisted to fight in
World War H

THE 2007 Bahamas Hand-
book, published by Etienne
Dupuch Jr Publications, is
fresh off the press and is now in
stores.
At 656 pages, the handbook
is filled with features on the
Bahamas, colour photographs
and illustrations that bring the
stories to life.
How did EP Taylor, brew-
ing giant and Canadian busi-
ness legend, decide to build
Lyford Cay? What is the trend
for the Bahamian economy for
the rest of the decade? What
prompted four brothers from
Abaco to enlist and fight the
King's enemies in World War
II? Why did future British
Prime Minister Neville Cham-
berlain fail as a sisal farmer in
the.Babamas? Which of the
Bahamas' many wonderful
attractions are considered the
best in the world by interna-
tional travel writers?
The answers to these ques-
tions are found in this year's
Handbook.
As always, the Handbook is
a versatile.reference source,
and aTvell researched guide to
living, investing and doing busi-
ness in the Bahamas.

Definitive

For 47 years, Etienne
Dupuch Jr Publications has
-aroduced the volume, which
haPhaeome the definitive
guide to threahamas.
Other stories to be found in
the 2007 Handbook include:
Movie star Richard Hatris
could live anywhere it the
world, but Nassau and Paradise
Island was where he found
tranquility and joy.
Today's tourists find a new
Nassau which.is far different
from the Golden Years in the
1940s, 50s and 60s. It was an
era of nightclubs, horse racing,
lavish parties, high-speed car
racing alid more.
With63 airports to choose
from, pilots have long Toved
the blue skies of The Bahamas
for their monthly fly-in get-
togethers.
Pineapples, the laterna-
tional symbol of hospitality,
flourish in the Bahamas in spir-
it as well as on the dinner table.
They haven't always been here.
In fact how they got to the
archipelago is an intriguing
tale.
She's been the grandWame
of Bahainian tourism for more
than a century and in her time,
the British Colonial Hilton has
seek a lot of history and inade
a bit of it too.
Bahamian banking prac-
tices have certainly changed
with the dawning of the new
century and local blinking
experts are preparing for more
changes in the coming years.
China's on our mind and
the country has been creating
the framework for a new rela-
tionship between the two coun-
tries. Now it's time to build on
that foundation.
The 2007 Bahamas Hand-
book also includes sections on
the history of the Bahamas, the
Family Islands, business and
real estate, and Grand
Bahama
A "Year in Review" section
looks back over the stories that
made headlines in 2005-2006.
The blue pages and an exten-
sive government section round
out the book.


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Sea Hauler
"then that is the road we are going
to be taking."
He expressed disgust at the
MPs who had failed their con-
stituents in the Sea Hauler case.
They had "dropped the ball", he
said not just government MPs,
but opposition members, too.
"I don't know if this is indica.
tive of the way we are headed as a
country, but these people are trau-
matised. If we can have a fast
tracking system for Anna Nicole
Smith's residency, we need one
for justice for these people."
The threats, he said, did not
surprise him. "This entire thing is
about corruption and deception.
But in the new Bahamas people
are going to stand up and fight
because there is no room in our
society for this kind of callous-
ness and carelessness."
It was not a party matter, he
stressed. He would be taking the
same attitude "irrespective of who
is in office."
"Someone has to stand up and
taketheconsequences.Personal-
ly, I have had no death threats
but if that's the way it is, bring it
on
;'This is not about Clever Dun-
combe and Lincoln Bain. We are
fully aware of the magnitude of
this, including the intimidation
and harassment.
"But our constitution is sup
posed to protect us from this type
of situation. We need to do battle
no matter what."
oWe are not here fighting the
government for something that is
not just owed to us, we are fight
ing for our survival...for our
rights," said Sophia Antonio, one
of the victims.
In what the group view as evi
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Ginn sur Mer, the $4.9 billion resort community being devel-
oped by Ginn Resorts, is beginning to take shape at West End,
where extensive ground excavation for a mega-yacht marina and a
grand canal are underway.
The project is the largest of its kind ever to be undertaken in thb
Bahamas.
Mr Ginn flew in on his private jet at the West End airport, which
has been already re-stripped, and shortened by 1,000 feet from th6
east.
The private airport, which comprises a 6,000ft runway, will play
a key role in bringing guests in to the resort.
Gin sur Mer will serve as Ginn Resort's flag ship development,
which "promises to offer a recreational lifestyle unparalleled by any
Other resort in the.Caribbean and beyond."
The resort will include 4,400 condominium and hotel units, 1,800
single family residential home sites, two championship golf course)
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"Yetd u oang j ethem os e
his wife and his leg m the tragic
collision was picked up by
Imnugration on Tuesday.
When at the detention centre,
both his sister and another
detainee showed their permit
receipts as evidence that they
were up to date, however, while
the other woman was let free, Mr
Lesley's sister was further
detained.
According to Mr Bain, who
went with Mr Lesley to the deten-
tion centre, immigration officers
told his sister, "your brother is
embarrassing this government."
They told Mr Lesley the same,
adding that "the government owes
you nothing." Finally his sister
was released, but, says Mr Bain
"obviously she was straight or
else she would not have been let
go no matter what I say up there.
So it is clear harassment."
Another victim alleged that he
had in the last week received a
letter from government stating
that "if he doesn't pay up" for a
charity he runs, that government
will "take it away," claimed Mr
Bain.
The group last night lambast-
ed the government-run ZNS
channel for refusing to give their
protests coverage. "ZNS is never
available for the Sea Hauler vic-
tims," said one.
"Why when the people of the
Bahamas have a situation can't
we go to ZNS and get coverage?
This is the worst tragedy in
Bahamian history and ZNS refuse
to jgive coverage. They only.show
what they want the public to see."
At a press conference last night,
Mr Omar Smith, deputy leader of
the Bahamas Democratic Party
called on Mr Christie to live up to
his promises he made to the group
in 2003.


lowM r h andah oh ek ph!
cause in order to help the group
avoid accusations of a political
agenda, or victimization, but said
the situation has now become
"ridiculous."
"This is a national shame. This
incident is the largest maritime
disaster in our history, and it's one
of the biggest shames in our coun-
try."
"What is it going to take for the
prime minister to come? he
asked. "It shouldn't be me who's
here, it should be the leadership."
Four people died and 25 were
injured, some very seriously, when
the crash occurred. One man lost
a leg, another's spine was severed.
Many have suffered hardship
because their injuries meant they
couldn't work.


"We feel they don't want the
case exposed and they don't want
the people compensated. This is
clear victimisation and I am not
going to tolerate it. We live in a
fr country.
Marvin Dames is taking this
very seriously and we are able to
trace the calls. I don't know
whether it is the same voice all
the time'
However, they are not going
to stop us. We are going to fight.
Every time they threaten us, we
will get stronger.
Mr Duncombe called on Attor-
ney General Allyson Maynard-
Gibson to resign after he claimed
she misled the victims on their
rights.
He said she had indicated that
their case was before the courts'
knowing that they were not legal-
ly restrained from speakmg their
minds. .
He also called on Deputy Pnme
Mimster Cynthia Pratt and Social
Services Mimster Melanie Grif-

finhto intercede on the victims'
a '
I think the Attorney General
should go into the House of
Assembly and apologize" for the
misinformation, said Mr Dun-
combe.
This is not a court matter," he
said. He felt the attorney general
by saying that it was was trying
to get them to back down. "If it is
a court matter, you cap't discuss it
publicly, but it's not the case in
this stancee" he said.
In his opinion it was "very hyp-
ocritical of the AG to be talking
so loosely She needs to resign
forthwith.
Mr Duncombe said the threats
did not bother him. If death was
the price they had to pay to
achieve justice for these people,


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"completely
new industry"
would be creat-
ed in the north-
ern Bahamas if
this nation exploited Freeport's
extensive infrastructure and
commercial activities to estab-
Ush the city as -the commercial
dispute resolution centre for the
Caribbean", a prominent anor -
ney told The Tribune yesterday.
Fred Smith, an attorriey and
partner with Callenders & Co,
said Frieport was an obvious
choice Ma regional dispute res-
olutios/hrbitration centre for
commbicial disputes, given that
the necessary public infrastruc-
ture, such as airports, roads and
hotels, was already in place.
in addition, Mr Smith pointed
out that Freeport had a rela-
tively modern court buildmg.
its hotel rates were relatively
low in Comparison to Nassau.
it was a well-known maritime.


8 By NEll.. HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE posed amendments
to the S curities Industry Act
make t Securities Commis-
sion accountable to a Parlia-
ment subcommittee rather than
a government minister, The Tn-
bune was told yesterday, as the
BahamAs moves to ensure this
legislation meets international
princei les' .
Hill@y Deveaux, the Securi-
tjies Commission's executive
ree or, said the planned
changes sought to make the
Bahamian capital markets and
investment funds regulator
independent of the Govern-
fe ng abolished
"The current gislation talks
about the mister [responsible
for the Securities Commission]
being able to do this and do
that," Mr Deveaux said.
"What we really want is to
mund nld rn 9
detee comes responsibility and
accountability. Who do you
account to? A sub-committee
of Parliament.
"That is tirhat's going to be
provided for in the legislation.
The GovernMent has the right
to retain this thing, but that is
the way, the future for regula-
tory regimes in all jurisdictions."
Financial services regulators
across the globe were increas-
ingly statutory bodies indepen.
dent of government. Mr
Deveaux explained. but
remained accountable for their
actions.
He added that the proposed


sultative Forum submitted a
report on the arbitration cen-
tre proposal, although it is
unclear how far the idea has
been advanced by the Govern-
ment. It is understood that the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments is still assessing
the idea's feasibility.
Brian Moree, the Fortim's
chairman, said back in 2004 that
Freeport would be preferable
to Nassau as a location for axi
international arbitration centre
due to its better infrastructure.
The Supreme Court had also
promulgated ruled requiring
that at certain stages in a case,
the parties go through a media-
tion process to see if the issues

SEE page 2B


shipping and industrial hub, and
also had a strong second home,
condominium and marina com-
ponent. .
--This is why this is the ideal
place to locate the commercial
courts of the Ba ha mas," Mr
Smith said. "This would pro-
mote a completely new industry
for the northern region, if set
up and promoted as the dispute
resolution centre for the
Caribbean.
"Ifwe're promoting financial
services, investments and have
an industrial and maritime cen-
tre here already, you have the
ideal place to set up and run
this kind of business."
Mr Smith said such an aibi-
tration/dispute resolution centre
would ann to negotiate amica-
ble resolutions to a variety of


commercial disputes, providing
a number of mediators and
facilitator to make this happen.
He added that UK common
law was regarded by many
multinational and large compa-
nies as the law of choice when it
came to choosing a location
where disputes could be
resolved, which was why Lon-
don had developed into a major
international arbitration centre.
Bahamian law is based on
English common law.
Bahamian attorneys and
financial services executives
have long mulled attempting to
establish the Bahamas as a
regional arbitration centre for
the Americas region, given its
location and New York time-
zone.
The Financial Services Con-


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(FILE photo)

amendments to the Securities
Commission's independence
would bring the Bahamas into
e i e renicn n 2"!
securities regulator,
"What we're lookirig for is
for the legislation itselfto meet
IOSCO principles," Mr
Deveaux said.
The Securities Commission
head said the proposed amend-
ments were "stillin the hand '
ofa Canadianconsultantwhose
first draft had been reviewed
by Babamian regulator and sent
back so changes could be made-
Once those amendments
were completed, Mr Deveaux
said the draft would be sent

SEE page 5B


5 By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday
signed a $700 million Heads of Agreement
with Dallas-based Stauchach Retail and
Cypre Equities for the creation of a mixed
use retort on Royal Island, a development
that will generate both 15KK) full-IIme and
construction jobs.
At the contract signing held in (be Bluff,
Eleuthera, Mr Christie stressed that the
resort was expected to provide a tremen-
dous boost to Eleuthera's economy and
employment when completed.
It as expected to provide more than


1,000 jobs at the peak of construction, and
the same amount of direct and spin-off per-
manent jobs.
The Prime Minister said the project
would provide a lasting enhancement and
unprecedented growth to the entire island.
-'Truly, we are launching today what can
be described as a unique and major devel-
opment of which this country can be justly
proud an upscale world class resort. We
are confident that the $700 million spent
wdi create a precious jewel for Eleuthera,"
the Prime Minister said.
Mr Christie assured the developers that in
moymg forward, the Government will con-
tinue to work with them in facilitating the


process of applications for the development
in a timely fashion.
He said the Government was looking for-
ward to a strong partnership, ensuring the
venture was prosperous for both the devel-
opers and the Bahamas.
Mr Christie added that the development
will bring excellent employment and entre-
preneurial joint venture opportunities to
Eleuthera.
He noted that in their negotiations, the
Governmenthadplacedtremendousimpor-
tance on the-creation of new economic

SEE page 4B


M By NEIL HARTNELL, .
Tribune Business Editor
THE condrict of business in
Freeport and across the north-
ern Bahamas is being "severely
challenged" because theijustice
system in Grand Bahama "does
not exist" due to a lack of
judges and court officials, a
prominent attorney told The
Tribune yesterday.
Stating that he was speaking
as a businessman and Grand
Bahama Port Authority
licensee, Fred Smith, a partner
in the Callenders & Co law
firm, said the "lack of judges" in
Freeport had left the city with-
out a mechanism for resolving
commercial disputes without
having to go to trial. *
He pointed out that commer-
cial dispute resolution could not
happeri in Freeport, simply
becausethere were not enough
judges to deal with them. A dif-
ferent judge and officials had
to deal witlLdi ute resolution
from the one preparmg to hear
the trial, Mr Smith said, and he
pointed out that ilo judge was
currently sitting in Freeport's
second city.
He added that Acting Justice
Norris Carroll was away on
leave, while Justice John Lyons,
who has recused hunself from
hearing ch s sdin his srec
in Nassau.
Mr Smith pointed out that the
an ah reamt
sharply w th the image the
Bahamas was trjring to present


to the world, in a bid to attract
investors and their capital.
It, also contradicted
Freeliort's image as a "world-
class maritime centre, with a
container port to rival those in
southern Florida", Mr Smith
said, nod the millions of dollars
invested in the city by major
multinational compares.
"How is it we have no mech-
anism for dispute resolution at
all?" he asked. "Because of a
lack of judges in Freeport, the
lawyers have to go to Nassau
to find a judge."
Even this was fraught with
difficulty, he pointed out,
because the law said that mat-
ters arising in the northern
Bahamas Grand Bahama,
Bimini, Abaco and the Berry
Islands had to be heard there,
in Freeport, rather than in Nas-
sau.
Mr Smith said of the state of
the Freeport justice system: "It
severely challenges the civil con-
duct of business, because people
have no way of resolving their
commercial disputes. They then
have less respect for the law
and some take matters into
their own hands.
"Commerce requires access
to the courts. A first world
country needs to have a system
for dispute resolution, other-
wise the w le commercial sys-
"How can you promote busi-
ness without dispute resolution?
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promote

stores, as they out at trade shows, product ably unlikely that they wi
rising spend launches, fashion shows, and send them back utiless they are
ss. even TV programmes such as not fit for the purpose. Free
mpanies have Oprah. Hand out, or send free trials are often used to sell
lty scheme to samples, of your product to intellectual property online
for their reg- consumers. You can even put such as eBooks and softwath.
Some allow them into goody bags. Try
that you can sending samples with press Don't be an antigireneur and
ods, of in the releases to journalists, so they ignore the many avenues avail-


-
Sense

.

OPEN HOUSE An effec-
tive way to showcase your
products could be by way of
an open day m-house, where
you mvite potential customers
to view what you have. Make
sure you offer them an enjoy-
able experience with events,
refreshments, demonstrations,
workshops. This will take a lot
of preparation to get right, so
make sure you have the
resources to pull this off.

COMPETITIONS These
can be a very effective way to
drive traffic to yo#r store,
stimd or concession. Make sure
you have a prize that will
attract people. Take the oppor-
tumty to collect a database of
potential existomers. A com-
man way is to get people to
pur their business cards into a
hat for a prize draw.

LOYALTY SCHEMES -
Are very effective for building
loyalty and repeat purchases.
Loyalty schemes are generally
used by larger businesses such


case of airlines, free air miles
that you can exchange for
flights and/or holidays.
By doubling the points or air
miles, loyalty schemes are used
to drive business at sloiv peri-
ods during the year. Loyalty
cards are useful in that they
allow you to build up a profile
and purchasing history of your
customers, so you can target
them with relevant promo-
tions.

COUPONS Coupons or
stampsarecommonwithlarg-
er businesses such as super-
markets. You get stamps or
coupons at the checkoutiwhich
you collect and exchange for
money or goods. Coupons are
also useful to drive traffic at
slow times. Supermarket$often
give double stamps at slow
periods. .
SAMPLING An it creas-
ingly popular way to build
awareness of your products.
Free samples are often given


as national chain
need a large adve
to boost awarene
Most large co
some sort of loya
provide rewards
ular customers.
you to get points
then spend on go


SALES promotion can be
an excellent way to launch a
new product, btiild awareness,
increase market share, or
counter a competitor's active
ties. There are many ways to
promote sales. Most wdl take
time and effort to organize, yet
can often be cheaper to imple-
ment than advertising. How-
ever, it's harder to make an
impact with sales promotion
these days, due to its increased
use. People are saturated with
promotions on a daily basis
and have become a bit blas6.
Trade customers are also cyn-
ical when it comes to promo-
tions.
Whichever technique you
wish to use, make sure, you
direct it at whomever you need
to influence, be it your cus-
tomers, businesses, suppliers
or intermediaries, such as
wholesalers and retailers. Let's
review some sales promotion
techniques:

SALES AND DISCOUNTS
ING Traditionally used by
retailers to shift their stock in
slow periods, to get rid of old,
perishable stock, or to increase
volume of sales.
The trend towards more and
more sales over longer periods
has, however, devalued the
concept of sales and created


resistance to paying regular
pnces. Offermg permanent dis-
counts to old age pensioners,
or students, is a popular tech-
mque.
Some retailers also offer loss
leaders, which are goods
offered below cost, to drive
people into the, stores to buy
other products.

EVENTS Businesses with
larger budgets often create
events, or participate in events
to showcase their goods. Motor
shows, boat shows or home
shows are great opportunities
for you to promote your prod-
ucts. However, they are very
time consuming to organise
and promote. In the same way
you outsource your wedding
activities, get others with expe-
rience to organise your event
foryou.
DEMONSTRATIONS A
very popular way of promoting
your products. You can
demonstrate your products at
shows, events or in-store.
Whichever way you proceed,
make sure you train your
employees well, that they
understand the product, are
able to answer questions, and
can demonstrate your product
effectively to your prospective
customers.


can promote your products in
themedia.

FREE GIFTS Free gifts
are an effective tool to induce
people to purchase, submit
information, or visit your store.
Milke sure the gift is something
that your audience would
want, that it is durable, and is
likelytobeusedoverandover
again. Find a gift that some-
how complements or promotes
your product.
FREETRIALS-Theseare
commonly used in mail order,
TV infomercials and advertis-
ing to get people to try out the
product at their leisure, risk
free. As with sales promotions
generally, free trials are
becoming devalued, and to be
competitive yoil will need to
lengthen the free trial period.
As the irisk is now trans-
ferred away from the cris-
tomer, make sure they are
going to keep your product. If
you are selling beds, it's prob-


able to you. Try to combine
salespromotionwithadvertis-
ing, PR, and direct marketing,
as the combination will often
have much more impact than if
used individually.
Marketing your business is
an important area, and will
require constant effort. So, in
order to avoid the trap of
antipreneurship, make sure
you include sales promotion in
your marketing mix, as it could
bring in extra sales for your
business.

NB: Adapted from his
upcoming bookAntiprenear-
ship And How to Avoid It,
Mark draws on 20 yearsoftop
level business, marketing and
communicationsexperiencein
London and the Bahamas.He
is chief operating officer of
www.ezpzemail.com,4qrrently
lives in Nassau, and can be
contacted at markalex-
palmer@mac.com
@ Mark Palmer. All rights
reserved


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to save costs. Even so, in all cases they
will have to employ Bahamian inttor-
neys to file documents and deal\with
any interlocutor matters prior to trbi-
tration.
"Work would also be created for
Bahamian accounting firms to provide
expertise on the ground, again reducing
arbitration costs."
Financial sources have previously
told The Tribuite that among the phr-
ties inched in arbitration were Gov7
ernments, companies, banks and mdi-
vidudls. Bahamian lawyers and tech-
nicalexperts could also be employed as
potential arbitrators.


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ever arbitration awards were relative-
ly e(sy to enforce in nations that had
signed the New York Convention.
Describing an international arbitra-
tion.centre as providing "substantial"
benefits for the Bahamian economy,
Mr Simms said they had generated
work for attorneys in areas where they
had been established, while overseas
lawyers and arbiters who came to use
the centre would need to stay in
Bahamian borels. thus poliding a
boost for the tourism sector.
He told The Tribune: "The parties to
the arbitration may choose to use
Bahqmian law firms to argue the case


Latin America had not been particu-
larly effective.
He added that the increase in cross-
border investments and agreements,
and the fact that many commercial
agreements now included arbitration
clauses, had created the necessary
demand for a regional arbitration and
mediation centre that the Bahamas
could tap into.
Arbitration was becoming an
increasingly.importantemean agely-
ing cross-border and com cial dis-
putes, Mr Simms said, due to the diffi-
culty national courts had in enforcing
judgements in other jurisdictiths. How-


Brian Simms, senior partner in
charge of litigation for the Bahamian
law.firm, Lennox Paton, had previous-
ly told The Tribune that non-US neu-
tral arbitration forums mainly existed
in Europe, in countries such as the UK
and Switzerland, but it was not neces-
sarily "convenient and cost effective"
for parties based in the Americas to
use them, meaning the Bahamas could
offer itself as a much more convenient
and cheaper.location.
Desenbing the Bahamas as "a nat-
ural choice" for an arbitration centre,
Mr Simms said Canada lacked any such
facility, while one previously set up in


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Freeport backed for Caribbean 'commercial dispute resolution'


FROM page 1B


could be resolved without going to tri-
al, providing an alternative dispute res-
olution mechanism. .
Among the advantages the Bahamas
has if it chooses to establish itself as an
international private arbitration cen-
tre for fl144W9 940pre the costs
involved in usmg Europe as a neutral
arbitration venue, and the fact non-
American parties prefer to settle dis-
putes outside the US.








FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006, PAGE 3B


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Financial Analyst: This Candidate will assist the board of directors and CFO of the company in analyzing complex business development & operational financial projects. In this role the candidate
will be responsible for financial modeling, reporting, budgeting and forecasting. Analysis of promotional performance and forecast. Provide qualitative analysis of both monthly and quarterly
operational and financial tracking. This position is designed for the candidate to provide external auditors with information and assistance as required, to design and implement automated processes
for accurate and timely reportmg & analysts.

Qualifications: A minimal of 1-3 years experience preferably in a fast moving telecom or wireless environment and a BA/BS in finance and accounting. Stroixg organizational skills, proven ability
to analyze, and interpret numerical data, excellent communication skills both verbal & written. A high degree of technical or system aptitude including Microsoft excel, access add Data Warehousing.
HR Manager: This Candidate is required to provide support and leadership for all matters pertaining to all employees of the company. This includes staff recruitment, development, management
relations, training, compensation, benefits, labor relations, safety, policy adherence and compliance. This candidate must work with leadership within the organization to improve employee morale
and career development. The HR manager is required to miinage all employee issues with extreme sensitivity and confidentiality.

Qualifications: A minimal of p 5 years of related HR Generalists experience if required with a strong background in employee relations. Proven experience in employee development plans and
curriculum development is desired. Knowledge of computer systems is a must in order to manage employee databases and develop tracking spreadsheets. A very strong understanding of B.V.I
employment requirements, labor and immigration poholes and PHR/SPHR certification is also desired.
Marketing Manager: This candidate mxist be qualified in Managing and directing resources to achieve sa,1es and profit goals. Be able to Develop and implement sales plans and strategies.
Recommends, develop and manages marketing plans, programs, and short and long-term strategies. Recommends product or service enhancements to improve customer satisfaction and profit potential.
Develop and manage marketmg, sales poholes, objectives, and witiatives.

Qualifications: A minimum of 5 years ex erience in retail wireless communications and at least I gear of managing a sales force or marketing team along with the following skills: Product marketing
with experience iti technology products, ast-moving consumer product companies, and mass retail, wireless experience. Extensive network of contacts and experience working simultaneously wit
one or more of the following medias: Print, Web, Radio, and Television. Experience in wireless networks and managing products and services. Ability to track and report on measurable activity
directly connected twritarketmg promotions. The ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal skills are required. Strong Excel, Power Point and MS Office skills are a must.
Sr. RF Engineer: This candidate will lead technical resource for the design and performance of the Radio Network including TDMA, GSM, CDMA and oint-to-point microwave. The engineer
should be able to apply engineermg principles to design and optimize network coverage performance and capacity. The engmeer will be responsible to man tor key performance; indications on the
network such as dropped calls, band off failure, blockmg etc. and create network improvement plans.

Qualifications: This position requires a BSEE or equivalent with 6-8 yrs of wireless Network design and engineering along with strong knowledge of TDMA, GSM, CDMA and microwave radio
networks. Previous experience training and managing others is a plus. The candidate must have excellent troubleshootmg skills and be well versed m RF engineering practices and principles. They
must demonstrate an advanced understanding of RF propagation prmciples, cellular theory, RF engineering tools and antenna theory. Must show experience with venous drive test and real time data
collection tools and must have strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Switch Technician I: This candidate is responsible for the advanced installation, operation, and maintenance of switchilig, data communications, and eripheral eg ment associated with the Mobile
Telephone Switching Office (MTSO). This candidate must collect switch statistics and prepare utilization/capacity reports, perform routine testing andpmamtenanceu ough the network's maintenance
window. Perform schedule and unscheduled maintenance on switch and adjustment platforms.

Qualifications: An Associates Degree and a minimum of 2 years experience with telecommunications switching systems. Demonstrate knowledge and experience of voice switch infrastructure
digital communications. DS1, DS3, Fiber, ISDN, power experience including DC distribution systems, troubleshooting, and telecom experience TI, DACS, OMP. In addition, thecandidate must pose
a general knowledge in the use of electronic test equipment,.experience and knowledge of transmission facilities (OC3, T3; TI, and DSO), and strong programming and computer skills.

Sales Manager: This candidate must be responsible and customer friendly in handling research, initiating sales opportunities and securing new customers. He/ She must meet or exceed area sales
objectives by coaching, develd g, motivating and encouraging the sales team. The candidate would be required to develop new market segments/ opportunities and take advanta e of new revenue
opportunity es by technology moment. Develop a business chent base and provide store and business performance feed back. So ort the outside sales process and provide employees with
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sales and marketing presentations and have te abili t roug u1d erstan mg of the wireless industry is required. A successful candidate will demonstrate experience driving and creating successful
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RE: Closing Date: December 31, 2006
Salary would be commensurate with qualifications and extierie E
nee. excellent employment benefits await; these include full health coverage, free local mobile service and paid vacation days
Applications should be sent in writing to:
Derecia Scatliffe-Thomas;
Office Manager,
CCT Global Communications,
P.O. Box 267, Road Town,
Tortola, British Virgin Islands,

Or emailed to: dthomas@cetwireless.com.


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may have in place regarding
the provision of group health
insurance for his workers with
a trade union representing
them, or in their contracts of
employment, "every employ-
er is entitled to modify..... the
rate of contributions payable"
under this scheme, to elimi-
nate any duplication and
"overlap" of benefits with the
proposed NHI scheme.
Apart from the fact that this
seems to allow employers to
arbitrarily tear up any con-
tracts and agreements made
over the provision of private
health insurance for their staff,


the following clause, 14 (2), of
the Bill stipulates that "no
employer shall make any mod-
ification [to their private group
coverage] without obtalmng
the prior written approval of
the Mimster To obtam this
approval, all relevant informa-
tion and matenals, meludmg a
copy of the group health plan,
has to be sent to the Mmister.
Businesses fear Clause 14
could even be interpreted as
preventing companies from
dropping pnvate group health
insurance for their employees
once NHI comes in,
Winston Rolle, a Coalition


consultant, said previously that
although this clause appeared
to be in the Bill to deal with
any trade union or industrial
relations, it was "unnecessary
because any changes to
employee packages and bene-
fits were covered by the labour
laws.
The Employment Act pro-
vides for more favourable
terms of employment, and the
busmess community as under-
stood to be arguing that Clause
14 effectively requires employ-
ers and employees to pay for
the same thing twice NHI and
private health msurance.


ment to engage the Bahamian
people in dialogue, not push
something down our throats
simply to meet a political
objective. Our health care sys-
tem should mean more than
that. We are simply asking for
the people in health care in the
Bahamas and the stakeholders
to have real input into making
a better plan for us all."
Meanwhile, The Tribune
understands that the Coalition
was yesterday told it had "mis-
iliterpreted" Clause 14 in the
Government's NHI Bill when
it met with Justice Ricardo
Marques, the man who headed
the comittittee that drafted the
legislation.
Clause 14 has, for the busi-
ness community and private
sector, caused the most con-
cern in relation to the NHI
Bill.
Both the Coalition and pri-
vate sector are understood to
be calling for the removal of
Clause 14 of the NHI Bill in
its entirety, one source saying it
was viewed as taking away the
constitutional rights of employ-
ers and employees "to negoti-
ate the terms and conditions
of their employment".
The business community
believes that is simply not nec-
essary for Bahamian compa-
nies to obtain the Govern-
ment"s permission to amend
their private group health
plans for staff, to ensure there
is no overlap with the benefits
package offered by NHI.
Clause 14 (1) of the NHI Bill
says that despite any agree-
ment a Bahamian employer


ch th s stem is
in approahelso d.eWe believe
nh toav11eo7us s uld contribute
to improvements in the public
system and ensure that care is
made available to all.
"The Coalition agrees with
you that something must be
done urgently to improve the
health care system of the coun-
try, but we recognize that to
do so the very first pnority
must be to upgrade and
expand the public health care
facilities of the country."
The Coalition drew on
Canada's experience with its
own national health system,
upon which the Governmen-
t's proposed NHI scheme is
modelled.
It said that it took almost 25
weeks in Canada for a patient
to get an appointment with an
ophthalmologist. For
orthopaedic care, the waiting
time was 21 weeks; it took
some 18 weeks for a gynaeco-
logical exam; and took 16
weeks to see a neurosurgeon.
"During the 1980s, real pub-
lic health costs came close to
tripling, and bureaucrats have
sought to ration supply by
shutting hospitals, reducing
medical payments and limiting
.the hours doctors can spend in
surgery," the Coalition said.
"Sooner or later, Canada is
going to be forced to reform
its 'free' care-for-all national
health system, many observers
predict. Citizens critically in
need of care have died while
waiting for surgery or to see a
doctor, critics report.
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sed National
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Health nsluraultin average
sc aiti times of one
ao h just five months after
the scheme is implemented,
based on the Government's
own eut mates, the National
Coalition for Healthcare
Reform has warned.
In a reply to an e-mail from
a Bahamian who said his
father, a former public school
headmaster, died three years
ago as a result of being unable
to afford private health insur-
ance, the Coalition said its
objection to the Government's
plan was "based on the fear
that more will die under the
proposed plan since govern-
ment health care facilities are
insufficient to provide the lev-
el of care needed by all
Bahamians".
The Coalition, whose mem-
bers include trade unioris,
employer organizations and
the medical profession, said
that with the public health care
facilities currently operating at
full capacity, the 20 per cent
increase in use predicted by
the Government when NHI
comes in will "result in one day
of delay every five days".
"This means that five
months after implementation
of NHI the average wait time
will be one month," the Coali-
tion warned.
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opportunities.
"We have msisted that these opportunities be
created for as many Bahamians as possible. Our
agreement with the developers of Royal Island is
intended to broaden and empower the widest
possible cross-section of the people of Eleuthera
to provide services, goods, and expertise for this
enormous project," the Prime Minister said.
Chris Maguire, president and chief executive of
Cypress Equities, Staubach's real estate devel-
opment arm, said Royal Island marks the com-
pany's first investment outside the US.
The first stage of the development is to include
a preview village and infrastructure improve-
ments, and is expected to be completed by spring
2007, Mr Maguire said.
He added that the resort will make Royal
Island "the most unique destination in the
Bahamas".
Kimpton Hotels, a leading US operator, has
been named as the manager of the boutique


resort hotel to be built on the 440-acre private
ist ,i ichiss ustofft Eleeutheradinaidnl
habited, crowned by 30-foot high cliffs near Span-
ish Wells, and possessing what Cypress Equities
says is the largest natural, protected deep water
harbour in the Bahamas at its centre.
Once developed, Royal Island will offer single
family estate sites nestled within private enclaves
- most with ocean views.
In addition, plans include a luxury boutique
resort with deluxe spa, and both fine casual
restaurants and a deep water marina capable of
docking yachts ranging from20 to over 200 feet in
length,
The marina is expected to have 250-300 slips
and will be surrounded by a village centre of
retail shops and amenities.
' The island, accessible by helicopter or boat, is
to include a Jack Nicklaus golf course and club-
house one of only 25 clubs in the world which
will be selected by Mr Nicklaus personally and
given this designation.


industrial tribunal and four
magistrates' courts, Mr Smith
said that in Freeport, some peo-
ple had been waiting for two to
three years to receive awards
hom tl e tribunal.the Grand
Bahama Port Authority and the
major political parties to ensure
the Freeport courts were prop-
erly staffed, Mr Smith said: "In
a commercial centre, a centre
of commerce, we need to have
quick resolution of disputes. We
don't have two judges, so
nobody is able to resolve cone
tract disputes, building disputes,
maritime cases, employment
disputes, conveyancing disputes.
"Justice delayed is justice
denied. There's no sense in pro-
moting [the Bahamas as a place
to do business] if you can't have
diipure resolution."
Air Smith said it was current-


lytakingfourtofivemonthsto
obtain a date for a hearmg on
just interlocutor matters,
adding that he had a list of 900
matters he was trymg to get to
tri bA rt fromhthe Gre
brought a case to trial for three
years.
"The administration of jus-
tice is itself an industry. It is a
big part of the economy," Mr
Smith pointed out. Apart from
attorneys, their associates and
other staff at law firms, the
courts employed officials such
as clerks, bailiffs and stenogra-
phers.
Yet his firm, Callexiders &
Co, had reduced its staffing let -
els frorn 57 to just 21 in recent
years, as the state of the judicial
sy stem.in Freeport had forced
cut backs due to a lack of trial
and dispute resolution work.


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informed investor is one of the
biggest deterrents to fraud.
Minority shareholder protec-
tion has been a major concert
in the Bahamian capital mar-
kets, given that most BISX-list-
ed companies are controlled by
either one majority shareholder
or a group of close-knit share-
holders.
One issue to rear its head
recently has been the issue of
whether minority investors
should be offered the same
terms as the majority share-
holder, when the latter sells its
stake to another party.
This happened when Winn-
Dixie sold its 78 per cent stake
in Bahamas Supermarkets to
BSL Holdings for $54 nulhon,
and will happen again when
Migrant disposes of its 55 per
cent stake in Grand Bahama
Power Company.
Another deal involving a
majority stake was when the
then-Colina Insurance Coinpa-
ny purchased the 51 per cent
controlling interest in Global
Bahamas in 2002.
In the UK, there is a takeover
panel that regulates these
events, and a Code governing
.public codipany acquisitions.
Que rule is that when one
investor acquires 30 per cent of
a public company, he is com-
pelled to make an offer for the
remainder of the firm to all oth-
er shareholders.
In the Bahamas, a separate
issue was also raised by CIBC's
2002 rights offering to acquire
Barclays and create First-
Caribbean (Bahamas). The
$6.10 rights offer price almost
halved the value of investor
holdings, being well below the
then market price, although the
stock has since recovered.


for finance, had previously
described the existing Securi-
ties Industry Act as "woefully
inadequate" to The Tribune.
Mr Deveaux said of the
amendments' importance: "It's
extremely important if you want
to have transparent, efficient
markets. That's what we're try-
mg to look at, not only in the
primary market but the sec-
ondary market,
"It is extremely important to
ensure there is no erosion of
investor confidence in the mar-
ket. What we want-to do in this
legislation is to be able to give
the Commission teeth to
enforce the provisions in the
law."
Mr Deveaux said investor
confidence in the Bahamian
capital markets' integrity could
be shaken any time a bonafide
company, as well as an unregis-
tered entity, did anything
wrong.
"We have to be operating as
most Securities Commission's
do, in a position where we can
protect the interests of the
investing public. If we don't, we
won't have a capital markets,"
Mr Deveaux added.
The Securities Commission
head said the Act amendments
would also focus on educating
the investing public, recalling
an incident where Bahamians
had queued up to buy shares in
an unregistered public offering
simply because they were priced
cheaply.
It's really the ignorance of
the investing public, and one of
thethingswe'regoingtoensure
in this legislation is that one of
the functions of the Commis-
sion is to provide education,"
Mr Deveaux said.
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FROM page 1B

back to the Securities Commis-
sion. Once its Board of Direc-
tors approved the amendments,
the draft legislation would be
circulated to the capital mar-
kets industry for consultation,
before being presented to the
Government.
"The consultant, she'll be
coming to Nassau in the third
week of January, and we'll sit
down and discuss in great detail
what needs to be done after
that," Mr Deveaux said.
"Hopefully, we'll get the draft
legislation out for public con-
sultation in-very short order."
He added of the amend-
ments: "It's really comprehen-
sive review of the 1999 legisla-
tion. It deals with prospectus-
es. It deals with minority share-
holder interests, in particular,
somesortof mergersandacqui-
sitions takeover code, and deals
with minor deficiencies in the
legislation."
Capital markets participants
have long called for the Securi-
ties Industry Act to be
reformed, arguing that it 'lacks
teeth' in terms of the enforce-
ment and regulatory powers
provided to the Securities Com-
mission,
The industryalso believes the
existing Act has failed to pro-
vide adequate protection and
safeguards for minority share-
holder rights, and is not tough
enough to compel Bahamian
publicly-listed companies to
make timely disclosures on
material events or changes., Cor-
porate governance is another
area frequently cited as a weak-
ness.
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Board of Directors. The Senior Accountant will report to the Vice President of
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* Assist in managing the financial affairs of the company
* Supervise key components of the accounting department and accounting
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reporting in accordance with international Financial Reporting Standards
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* Leadership, management and direct supervision experience is
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to the high cost of low cost housing. For instance, a home costs 100,000
dollars to build 60 percent labour, 40 percent material: the material
costs will have one third duties attached.
Therefore 14,000 dollars of the total cost will go to the government and
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interest or 14 percent of the cost of the home will be government
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Notice is hereby given that on November 13, 2006, by an Order
of the Supreme Court of the Commonweal& of The Bahamas,
Suisse Security Bank & Trust Limited went into liquidation and
Mr. Raymond Winder of Deloitte & Touche, 2nd Terrace West,
Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas was appointed Liquidator.

Signed
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Official Liquidator
P. O.BoxN-7526
Nassau, Bahamas



INTERNATIONALBUSINESSCOMPANIESACT
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In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 of the
International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, CARGO
AIRCRAFT SERVICES LTD is in dissolution. Alerna Moxey
is in the Liquidator and can be contacted at Winterbotham Place,
Marlborough & Queens Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons
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in the Liquidator and can be contacted at Winterbotham Place,
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Jution of Interflight Aviation Services Ltd., has been completed in
accordance with the Articles of Association.
Dated this 13th Day of Decemeber, 2006.


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


As part of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on
our project we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply
for the position of:

Spa and Fitness Activities
Coordinator

Must have 8 10 years expericiace a Spa and
Fitness Activities Coordinator with a proven track
st ave a Bachelors Degree in related field
Must be Computer Literate
Must be willing to live on an out island
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2. A minimum of 3 years experience
3. Persons of integrity
4. Self-starters with drive and
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A major international financial institution is seeking the
services of a Finance Manager. The successful candidate
must possess:

A professional accounting qualification (CPA, CA, ACA) and at
least five (5) years post qualification work experience in an
accountingfinn or financial institution with at least three (3) years
in a managerial or supervisory role.
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Completion of regulatory and Group financial returns
Implementing new accounting standards and regulatory
requirements
Daily Monitoring of Branch and Subsidiaries Balance Sheets and
review daily exception reports to ensure corrective action taken as
necessary
Daily monitoring of Credit and Market Risk
Preparation of annual financial plans and budgets

Candidate should also:

Posses good Technology Skills MS Office (WORD, EXCEL, etc.)
Have the ability to work with minimum supervision
Be able to coordinate small teams to achieve reporting results within
tight deadlines.
Possess good interpersonal and communication skills
Have the ability to foster a team environment.

This position reports to the Financial Controller

Applications, from qualified persons only, should be addressed
and submitted to:

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P.O. Box N-4917
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax:502-2566/2577

Application Deadline: Monday, 18 December 2006


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Fabricator Welder
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Description

The fabrication and welding of equipment ensuring policies and
procedures are stringently adhered with to prevent HSSE issues.

Duties:

* Repair/refurbishment of existing fuel pipelines and storage tanks in
accordance with API Standards
Fabricate and install new fuel/gas pipelines in accordance with API
Standards
General repairs to fueling equipment

Experience required:
Must be an experienced Fabricator Welder with 5 to 10 years experience
in the oil and gas construction environment.

Essential Qualifications:

Graduate from a accredited technical institute
Certified by an accredited welding institute to perform all variations
of welding including the use of electric, TIG, oxygen/acetyine and
cutting procedures
Working knowledge of welding high pressure gas line
Working knowledge of welding and fabrication mechanics in order
to prevent distortion, meet critical dimensions, tolerance and
provide strength
Read and follow blue prints, sketches, procedures and specifications
Able to weld in the vertical, horizontal and overhead positions
Must be a team player
Must be a able to travel

Interested persons must submit a current resume and cover letter to:

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CROOKED ISLAND TREET, P.O. BOX SS-19656, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 8TH day of DECEMBER, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice
NOTICE

LES ARPENTINS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.



Legal Notice
NOTICE
SANDYVIEW T.IMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) SANDYVIEWLIMITEDisinvoluntarydissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on theil3th December, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town,
Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 15th day of December, A.D.. 2006

VerduredAssociated Ltd.





ESTATE OF NANCY OAKES FREIFRAU VON
HOYNINGEN-HUENE of Queen's Street Nassau, The
Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their names,
addressesandparticularsofthedebtsorclaimscertifiedinwritingto
the under signed on or before the 15th January 2007, and if required,
to prove sue debts or claims, or in default be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made
xeo such debts of claims are proved after th sabove date the
distribute the Estate assets having regard only to the proved debts
or claims of which they 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 15th Janu-
pry 2007.

John Fritzgerald Wilson
McKinney Bancroft & Hughes
Attorneys for the Executors
MateVa House, 4 George Street
P.O. BoxN-3937
NRSSRU, BallainaS .


Legal Notice


BLACK CHERRY CORPORATION
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which com-
menced on the 7th day of December 2006. The
Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box
N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


GN 448



Ministry of Finance


NOTICE

THE BANK AND TRUST COMPANIES
REGULATION ACT,2000

Notice is hereby given that the Governor,
pursuant to Section 18(1)(a) (iii) of the Banks
and Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000, has
revoked by Order dated the 6th December,
2006, the banking licence granted to Bank Leu
International, Limited (now called "Leu Trust
(Bahamas) Limited" on 21st February, 1973 on the
grounds that the company has been voluntarily liquidated.


Wendy Craigg

TG e tral Bank of The Bahamas


Legal Notice
NOTICE

CHIFLEY SQUARE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation) -

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidaty


Legal Notice


DJERMA HOLDINGS INC. .
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 12th day of December 2006. The Liq-
uidatorisArgosaCorp.Inc.,P.O.BoxN-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA ORP. INC.


Pricing Information As Of: ,
Thursd 14 December 200 6

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Secunt y Previous Close Toaay's Close Cnange Daily Vol EPS 5 Du\, S P/E Vield
1.85 0.59 ,ADaco Markets 0 65 0.65 0 00 -0 109 O 000 NIM
12.05 10.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.00 11.00 0.00 1.689 0.400 6.5 3.24%
8.03 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 8.03 8.03 0.00 400 0.796 0.260 10.1 2.86%
85 t26 ah mma Waste t72 t75 00 1,500 . 1 4
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.25 1.25 0.00 0.170 0.0 1 .0 2.40%
9.99 9.05 Cable Bahamas 9.99 9.99 0.00 0.715 0.2 24.4 2.11%
2.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 1.91 1.90 -0.01 1,500 0.078 0.040 12.5 5.28%
1 Sl !00 CommonwealWaBenBDRs 1 51 1 51 0 00 500 3855 0
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.60 2.50 -0.10 16,000 0 0 10.5 4.15%
2 150540 Famguard 1 15 0.2 0
14 6 1 05 FirstCaribbean 12 5 5 O 1.476 0.500 8.5 3.98%
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete 0.55 0.55 0.00 1 50 O 5 I M O
10 0 8 5 D. sson 0 5 5 00 0.588 0.560 14.6 6.51%


14.30 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 O 0 NM ass
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 .00%
4 00 2 OO BBhDaABas Supermarkets 4 60 45 0 4 00 1.580 1.320 8.9

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div S
1.3172 1.2637 Colina Money Market Fund 1.317175'
3.0017 2.5864 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9449**
2.4723 2.2982 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.472341"
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52Wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 1 December 2008
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask S Selling price of Colina and fidel*
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 November 2000
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Voll. Trading volume of the prior week last 12 mths
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS 5 A company's reported earnings per share for the ** 30 November 2006
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Not Asset Value
E n a mb ea or hmea isagr, I DE t rees i r, B&.amas stock Inder Janue--; 1 lead 100 "" 30 November 2006
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West dealer-
Both sides vulnerable.
NORTH
4 K 10 5
V K 8 6 4 3
+ A 9 6
& J 3
WEST EAST
4 9 4 4 A J 7 6 3
V 10 V 9
4 K 10 2 + QJ 8 5 4
+K Q 10 8 7 6 4 45 2
SOUTH
6 Q 8 2
VA QJ 7 5 2
+ 7 3
4A 9
The bidding:
West North East South
3 + Pass Pass 3 V
Pass 4 V
Opening lead king of clubs.
In the absence of pertinent clues,
a finesse is essentially a 50-50 propo-
sition. But this figure can change
dramatically as a result of informa-
tion declared gains during the bid-
ding or play. For example, an open-
mg bidder would be far more likely
than his silent partner to hold a miss-
ing king, queen or ace.
Consider this deal where a
shrewd declared, playing in four
hearts, found a way to avoid taking a
finesse that was likely to fail. He
won the club lead with the ace and


could see three certain losers a
club, a diamond and the ace of
spades plus a potential fourth
loser to the jack of spades.
South knew that the normal way
to atinck spades was to lead low
toward dummy at a suitable point in
the play and finesse the ten, hoping
West had the jack. However, South
was unwilling to put all his eggs in
this one basket before he learned
Thore about the opposing hands,
At trick two, he cashed the ace of
hearts, then played the ace and an-
other diamond. East won with the
jack and led a club to West's queen,
West then returned the diamond
king, ruffed by declared.
By now, South knew that West had
started with one heart, at least three.
diamonds and presumably seven
clubs for his three-club bid. West
therefore had at most two spades,
which in tum meant that East had at
least five. East was therefore much
more likely to hold the jack than
West.
Accordingly, instead of leading a
spade to the ten, South led a spade to
dummy's king. East took the ace (it
would not have helped him to play
low) and was then forcedto yield the.
contract. If he returned a low spade,
dummy's ten would win the trick; if
he returned a diamond instead, South
would ruff in one hand and discard
his spade loser from the other.


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4 Tmucle collecting rents aller
mid-January (6)
7 Anything beside his is haraly worth
mentioning (3,5)
8 Agreement to try oul a new blend
of tea le)
10 A delivery ther? (5)
13 11 ICOks pretty bad out East (4)
14 Champion with a somewhat recealng
forehead (4)
15 A Intle boy has a right to mila
expietivel (4)
16 Does a present gloom
power? (3)
17 Wilh a queue we hear, for land,
one musI De palient (4)
19 She gives an anomey
carections (4)
21 Doesn1pass up a good
way to win (5,4)
23 When tnere sa Dribe.
can prevent a leak (4)
24 A masterly double, but not for dad (4)
26 Toothy girl? (3)
27 Apply pressure from a
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29 It can scare cals milessi (4)
32 International flier? (4)
33 Follow a companion to sea.
perhaps (5)
34 Give back a ticket (6)
35 Meant lor damage (8)
36 To line leg? (6)


DOWN
1 Pnvate store of new nets nail of us
nave (5)
2 Cnarlie rode mealy around to find a
colour scheme (5)
3 A dnnk at uncle s? (4)
4 say what may no true snout cents
nearing (5)
5 Regretted being rumbled as
heaniess (4)
6 Heavenly day on a vessel (6)
9 Rushed to do a lot wnhout
premeditation (6)
H Listening figure? (3)
12 A kee to make war on? (5)
13 Player oiten on Strike (7)
15 Played the part of Cananda (3)
16 Confess tono irregulamy aboui
whiskey (3)
18 In his spon, he rriust pl me line of
approachnght (6)
20 11can get you thoroughly well (5)
21 Aless than huge show
oi affection? (3)
22 He's into judo and Karale (3)
23 Happened to be on a mountain (6)
25 Talk a lot in a gasping lone? (3)
28 He coula make you a millionaireI IS)
30 Two letters very sweeI (5).
31 is hable to firusn up in tempeduous
extremes I53
32 Exotic form of address for "aunt"? (4)
33 He may work wonders witn some
spinach. effectively (4)


10ek van Wely v Lucas Brunner,
eN d
"I0ng Loek", a reference not only
to his fine play but to his height
of over two metres. FOr some
reason Dutch GMs have often
been tall. When their team led
by ex-world champion MaK
Euwe visited London for an
England v Holland match, you
had the impression you were
fadng a squad of high jumpers.
Both Euwe and his successor Jan
Timman reached the
international super-elite, so van
Wely naturally has the same
ambition, but so far the top
30-40 GMs has been his IImit.
Here material is level with
queens, rooks and bishops on an
open board. It took just one turn
for King Loek to force
resignation. What happened?


DOWFNann (SI
D c.Iom (5)
2 G% e (4)
4 Ano bl
6 e r ()6)
9 Cantornia resort (6)
n Fnena (3)
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15 Coach (31
16 Female
: deer (3)
| 18 Availante (2.4)
20 Ascend 15)
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23 Sullen (6)
25 Botrer (3)
28 Easy (5)
30 Conceming
31 AnaesineInc (5)
32 Formerly (4)
33 Pain (4)


ACROSS
4 Surgeons stitch(6)
7 Most spacious (8)
8 Come ouI (6)

14 Lolly (4)
15 Pacuidon nam MI
16 Racket (3)
17 Hooligan (4)
19 Religious
21 El 191
23 Insect (4)
24 Small case 14)
26 Very warm (3)
27 Un.1 of land ll
a Madamur ed (4 I
32 Burden 141
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ACROSS: 1. Sainis7, Part-time 8, L-ale 10. Storey (story)
11, Impede 14, Ale 16. Panel 17, Tan-y 19. Max+r 21,
Luc-rd Al-me-d 23, Rest 26. Trust 28, Dam 29,
Hypnen 30. Doole 31. Unit 32, Queraned 33,
S-un-set 2, N-eany 3, Spey 4. Stu-MP-ed 5,
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Pierce 14. Ore 16 Named 17. Rags 19. Later 21, Roger
22. Catan 23 Acer 26, Serum 28 Ego 29,
Prepay 30, Oregon 31, Pans 32. Renance 33,
1. Dosser 2, Swears 3, Date 4, Manner 5.5torm 6,
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5 By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter
IT'S every distance run-
ner's ambition to run a
marathon.
Philip Moss is getting
set to walk one.
On Sunday, Moss wiH
join a small group of
Bahamians who will tray-
el to Florida to compete
m the Jacksonville Bank
Jacksonville Marathon &
Half Marathon.
The event will be held
on the Bolles Campus,
starting at 7am.
Moss, considered the
Bahamas' top walk racer,
is expected to travel with
James Bodie, George
Smith and Gary Brath-
waite to Jacksonville
today.
While Bodie, Smith and
Brathwaite have compet-
ed in marathons before '
.sMo ethhoe r e
dent that he can walk
with the runners and be
competitive.
"This is my first one
and I hope I will get
recognized for doing this
nee said Mos who has .
Bahamas Government to
assist him in getting
entered in some of the
walk races.
Even though the race is
principally for runners'
who are out to either
complete the 26 mile full
marathon or the 13.5 mile
half marathon, Moss said
this will be a good oppor-
tunity for him to prove
his skills. '
"I train with the run-
ners and#-still4-eme .e. e
bcad-to- d withtheinl
a( the fi "
pain ted 6"ff
like I don I know w
Em going up against.
I train with a distance
runner andido the dis-
tance. So Im just going to
go out there and try and
do my best."
Moss, who has been
undefeated on the local
scene over the past few
years, said his goals to
complete the course in
under four hours.
"I want to do it in about
th th untan b 02
less," Moss projected. "I
know they say it's nor-
mally cold over there, but
I don't mind the cold..
"But if it rains, if I start
and it rains,.I could con-
tinue. But if it starts run-
trs u ebT fficult.
Whatever the conditions,
I'm just looking forward
to doing e:ry well."
At age 51, Moss said he

see.-.-eson
got started walking at the
age of 31 and he's just
getting better and better
every year.


5 By JOHN MARQUIS
BOXING fans around the
world were this week remem-
bering a significant date in their
sport's history and it happened
right here in Nassau.
Exactly 25 years ago, on
December 12, 1981, the leg-
endary Muhammad Ah, voted
the greatest athlete of the 20th
century, ended his career at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
tre against the Canadian-
Jamaican Trevor Berbick.
In fact, recollections of this
lacklustre but historically impor-
tant contest hit the press in
October when Berbick was
murdered in Jamaica.
Boxing pundits recalled it as a
meaningless contest between a
washed-up former champion -
Ali lost the year before to his
former sparring partner Larry
Holmes in his final world title
contest and a much younger
and stronger contender.
Ali was nearly 40 at the time
and already experiencing the
early symptoms of Parkinson's
DiMew c=a
full of vigour and eager for suc-
.
cess. His unammous pomts win
over the old champ was to
prove the high point of his up-
and-down career.

MECStO110
This week, however, the pun-
dits could not resist recording
an anniversary which, though
essentially sad because of Ali's
diminished state, must go down
in the annals of pugilism as a
major milestone in a fantasti-
cally colorful life.
Ali is now a shambling and
barely coherent 64-year-old, but
the impression he made on
world sport can never be over-
estunated. He was as he read-
ily proclaimed to all who would
listen r the greatest, fighter of
alitime.
Outrageous though this claim
appeared to be wifezf he faced
the ferocious Sonny Liston as
a wide-eyed youngster way back
in the early 1960s, Sports Illus-
trated was eager to concur in
the year 2000 when the famous
magazine picked Ali as the
greatest athlete of the previous
100 years.
When you think of all the
wonderful sports stars of that
era Pele the.soccer player,
Babe Ruth the baseball star,
cricketers like Sobers and Brad-
man, Lester Piggott the jockey,
Jack Nicklaus the golfer among

m n3unm wmao a t be no
our this was. d
In his own sport, he eclipse
the likes of Joe Louis, Rocky
Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson,
Jack Johnson and worthy con-
temporaries like Joe Frazier and
George Foreman,
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No longer floating like a but-
teffly, and only occasionally
stingiirg like a bee, Ali became
arraref6asingly'ffoliderous tar-
get for a succession of high-
powered hard men.
After ten rounds with
Berbick, a man several leagues
below Ali in class, but strong
enough to make an impression,
the aging warrior was done for.
All the deft touches and danc-
ing skills had gone. The jabs had
lost their snap, and the right
crosses were no longer the
demoralising weapons they
once were.
As fight fans reflect back over
a quarter of a century to that

sad tgh em Na sa s best o
departure.
"I'm real pretty," he used to
say when he was at his best,:"{
ain't no pug with a flat nose.'?
He was right, of course, and that
.makes his present pitiable state
even harder for his admirers to
bear.


ducked no-one, won the world
hesiuseight 1;it e three times
and g:we sport a dimension of
genuine celebrity it had never
known before.
For several years in the 1970s
he was, quite literally, the best-
known man on earth, outstrip-
ping presidents, prime ministers
and potentates with what the
world's people saw as an irre-
sistible combination enormous
prowess in his calling and a per-
sonal charisma unmatched by
any mdividual before or since.
As this week's anniversary
passed, boxing writers once
agam penned eulogies to a man
who elevated "the noble art" to

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tic, dominating prime-time tele-
vision and gracing some of the
world's greatest stadia.
For the world's poor people
iri particular, Ali became iconic
- a black man from humble
beginnings who charmed all
creeds, all races and all levels


of sqci ty.
"It'shardtobehumblewhen
3ou re as great as I am," he said
often.Rhis was not a boast. It
was a mischievous and utterly
beguiling statement of an obvi-
ous truth. And he was always
snubng when he said it.
This week, the Daily Tele-
graph.of London recalled the
Nassau swansong of a great
champion with a tribute, but
also disturbing memories of his
pre-fight demeanour.
In the dressing room, it says'
Ali looked listless, "lacking his
trademark witticisms and sharp
tongue." He was talking as if
he had cotton wool in his

meo sa tpoth igh
told reporters: "Father Time
has finally caught up with me
and.I'm gonna retire. And I
don't think Em going to wake
up next week and change my
mind. I came out all right for
an old man. We all lose some_
times. We all grow old."


What he didn't tell anyone at
the time, outside of his own
tight entourage, was that he had
already beensufferingfromtin-
gling in his hands early signs of
a disabling condition.
Nor did he mention a Mayo
Clinic test which showed dis-
tinct slurring of speech.


In fact, b the time he
stepped into the ring at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
tre, Ali was already on his way
to be a de erately sick man
Fo he la six years of his
career from the day he and
e w nr r i' I n ea 5
- Ali took more punishment
than was good for him.
Against Leon Spinks, Ken
Norton, Earme Shavers, Larry
Holmes and finally Trevor
Berbick his head was hit too
hard too often for it to emerge
undamaged.


them in the championships, so we

up against oh er oo hard in every game
"In last year's championships they

itle clash ::b o utbewd
them the next three. This time
u dw eaarre moirne p p In
members
The team, that was once called the aTI e championship se es for thd
'Old Girls,' has added a few younger women will get und ay on Sun-
players. Joining the ruix are Edricka day.
McPhee and Melindh; Bastian. On the men's epd the Twin Broth-
The pair have madEtheir presence ers Technicianthave secured their
felt on the team, McFhee is current- spot in the championships, having
ly leading the NPV in blocks while swept the Da Basement men's teaq
Bastian is ranked athong the top ten on Monday night.
in attacks. But the defending champions will
Even though D basement has have to wait a few more days to see
added McPhee all Bastian, Rolle who they will have to play as the
said her teant isa'4 least bit wor" Scglia Bank Defenders ward off
ried about theii 4-of tribution, stat- eliinination.
ing that the Vixens have a more con The Defenders got past the Sbar
sistent squad. ros Intruders in five sets 25-19, 25-22
Rolle added: '4 played Da Base- 22-25, 25-22 and 15-11.
melithist year ix8the championship, The third and decisive match will
so we aren't intimidated by them in be played at the DW Davis gym on
this series. We know that they would Friday night. The game is expected
not fust come in aqd let us sweep to begin at 8pm.


5 VBOLKLEELYSBEAJOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
DA BASEMENT women's vol-
leyball team is on a mission: to
1::171-s'"::" "taid n hVol
pionship title.
After losing their title to the
Scottsdale V1xens last year, mem-
bers of Da Basement team declared
that they will not rest until they
reclaim it.
On Wednesday night Da Base-
ment sealed their championship spot
by sweeping the First Caribbean
Bank Diggers in three sets, 25-21'
25-21 and 25-19.
The three set victory lined Da
Basement up to play the reigning
champions, the Scottsdale Vixens.
Vixens, who advanced to the
championships on Monday past, said
they are prepared to do battle with
Da Basement and are inviting the
team to bring their A-game.
According to team co-captain
Krystel Rolle, a rematch against Da
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Da Basement is a tough team
because they have a mixture of expe-
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but we don't feel threatened.
"We knew we were going to be
the team to beat again this year and
that everyone wanted to hand us a
loss. So we made up our minds, as a
team at the start of the league, that
we were going to have a flawless
record. So far we haven't been beat-
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W TENNIS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
JYLES Turnquest, Jamal
Adderley and Matthew
Sands are the top seeds
respectively in the three
pools for the Bahamas Lawn
Tennis Association's pre-tri-
als for the Davis Cup team
trials this weekend.
Featuring 12 of the top
players in the country, the
trials ivill get underway today
and run through Sunday at
the National Tenms Centre.
The winners of the three
pools will advance to the
main draw trials next week.
Playing out of the Red
Group are Turnquest, Paul
Arahna, Robert Smith and
Kweku Symonette; the Blue
Group comprises of Adder-
ley, Jacob Fountain, Larry
Rolle and Koeche Smith and
the Green Group consists of
Sands, Jonathan Hanna,
Cerone Rolle and Jason
Rolle.
Tournament director
Bradley Bain said the pre-
trials should be an interesting
one because it will pit a ntun-
ber of players coming home
from college against locally
based players.

Excited

. "I'm really excited about
it beca use Tor a long time,
we've only had the Mark
Knowles, Roger Smith and
Mark Merklein. Where were
the other players?" asked
Bain, a BLTA coach and I
executive.
n
"Luckily now we have
Devin (Mullings) and the 2
others like Marvin .(Rolle).
But for a long time, we had a
huge gap. Now we're in zone
three fighting our way back a
up, so it's good to see that
we have a good crop of
young players fighting for
one of those spots on the
,,
team.
Larry Rolle, back on the e
local circuit after he missed a
couple of years, is the oldest s
player trying out for the
team. But after winning the s
national title, he said he
deems it an honour to have
been invited to try out.
"I'm just glad to be here," c
said Rolle, age 53. "This is
fantastic because it measures
a
the young guys' talent and
1
to see where they are and t
where they have to go.
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HERE'S a look at the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Asso-
ciation's schedule for this
weekend's pre-trials at the
National Tennis Centre:
M TODAY
10 a.m.
Red Group Kweku
Symonette vs Robert Smith.
Blue Group Larry Rolle

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Red Group Jyles Turn-
quest vs Paul Arahna.
Blue Group Jacob Foun-
tain vs Jamal Adderley.
Green Group Matthew
Sands vs Jason Rolle.
8 SATURDAY
10 a.m.
Red Group Jyles Turn-
quest vs Kweku Symonette.
Blue Group Koeche Smith
vs Larry Rolle.
Green Group Jason Rolle
vs Cerone Rolle.
11:30 a.m.
Red Group Jyles Turn-
quest vs Paul Arahna.
Blue Group Larry Rolle
vs Jacob Fountain,
Green Group Matthew
Sands vs Jonathan Hanna.
8 SUNDAY
10 a.m.
Red Group Paul Arahna
vs Kweku Symonette.
Blue Group Jacob foun-
tain vs Koeche Smith.
Green Group Matthew
Sands vs Cerone Rolle.
11:30 a.m.
Red Group Jyles Turn-
quest vs Robert Smith-
Blue Group Larry Rolle
vs Jamal Adderley. .
Green Group Jason Rolle
vs Jonathan Hanna.

W TRACK
TRACK AND FIELD
MEET
The Bahamas Scholarship
foundation for Student Ath-
leter pre-season Track and
Field Meet that was scheduled
for Saturday at the Thomas
A. Robinson Track and Field
Stadium bas been cancelled,
According to reports reach.
ing The Tribune, the meet was
not sanctioned by the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations. Efforts to
contactmembersof theorgan-
ising committee and the
BAAA were not successful at
press time-
5 FOOTBALL
CAFL SCHEDULE
The Commonwealth Amer~
icanFootballLeaguewillcon
tmue its regular season action
on Sunday at the DW Davis
playing field with the Sun-
burners taking on the
Stingrays in the lone game at
1pm.
M RUGBY
. HIGH SCHOOL
TOURNEY -
The Bahamas Rugby Union
will host a High School Seven-
A-Side Tournament on Sat-
urday at the Winton Rugby
Pitch, starting at noon. The
tournament is expected to
showcase the high school play
ers who are currently on the
various teams m the league.


one of the top three seek in
the BLTA's Davis Cu trials
this weekend at the National
Tennis Centre, is seen in
action during practice yes-
terday.


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gkmo I rendered battlest
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"The Legend of Zelda: Twi-
light Princess" The possibil-
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remote begin to be realized in
the long-awaited signature title
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intimidating system hog and
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