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NEW priSOn officer graduates

urged not to join those or sa e
R By KARIN HERIG.
Tribune Staff Reporter .
NEW officers at Her Majesty's Prison were yesterday urged not to
join those members of prison staff whose services and loyalty are for
sale
The largest recruitment squad in the history of Her iviajesty's Prison
were graduated yesterday with75 new officers joining the ranks of secu-
rity staff at the prison.
Addressing the graduates yesterday morning, Superintendent of
Prisons Dr Elliston Rahming said: "See yourselves as agents of change
sent here not to join the small band of officers who would sell their souls
for a dollar. Instead, join hands with the majority of officers who love
this job; who see this as a noble profession, who deem it an honour to
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Reports of both Mr Smith and
Mr Gibson being frozen out for
the next election began shortly
after the much-publicised Cabi-
netOfficebrawlearlierthisyear.
Meanwhile, recently-appoint-
ed Minister of Health Dr Bernard
Nottage is being touted as the
best candidate to replace Mr Gib-
son in Kennedy, ironically the
seat Dr Nottage contested in the
2002 election.
However, it is still unknown
who the PLP will run in the vari-
ous other constituencies at this
time.
These reports come at a critical
time when it is understood that
two new electoral seats are
expected to be created.in the
southern part of New Providence.
This move, it was alleged, will
increase the number of potential
seats from 40 to 42 before the
election next year.
The constituency of St Mar-
garet will be removed from elec-
toralgrids, allowing the fluctua-

SEE page 11
Po ce urge awareness
during holiday season
ALTHOUGH there have been a
string of violent crimes in the first
weeksofthiswidelycelebratedhol-
iday month, Chief Police Superin-
tendentHulanHannasays Bahami-
ans should not be immobilized by
fear.
Mr Hanna suggested that instead
of fearfutavoidance, Bahamians
should develop an acute awareness
of the environment around them
during the holiday season.
"Businesses should mind what
and who are in their environment
and know how to take evasive
action," he said. "Good old crime
SEE page 10


5 By PAUL TURNOUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
SIDNEY Stubbs. Kenyatta
Gibson and Keod Smith, the
respective AlPs for Holy Cross,
Kennedy and Mtfunt Moriah, will
not receive PLPhominations for
the general election, The Tribune
has learned.
Agatha Margelle, parliamen-
tary secretary iis the Ministry of
Tourism, will abt seek a second
term as MP for South Beach and
will voluntarily vacate her seat,
it is reported.
When contacted by The Tri-
bune, Mr Smith referred the
inquiry to theichairman of the
PLP or Prime Minister Perry
Christie. Calls to Mr Gibson and
Mr Stubbs went unanswered.
PLP chairman Mr Raynard
Rigby said the work of the nomi-
nation committee is still ongoing
and the list of candidates will not
be announced until they are
r8ady.
Beyond that, Mr Rigby would
not comment.

Anniversary of
Chalks crash
TODAY marks the first anniver-
sary of the! Chalks Airways crash
which-claimed the lives of 11
. Biminites.9
Family embers and friends are
expected tp gather in Bimini today .
to commemorate this tragic event.
The cr sh of Chalks Airways
Flight101occurredjustaftertake-
off from lorida on December 19,
2005, when the right wing of the
58-year- Id Grumman seaplane
separate from the fuselage.
Amon the victims of the crash
were 11 iminites, three toddlers
Bacardi eir SergioDanguillecourt
SEE page 10


JUDICIAL history was
made when the London-
based Judicial Committee
of the Privy Council, the
it!'sfoun q, ar;?
for the first itme yesterday.
The occasion also marked
a first for.Her Majesty's
Pri Council. which in its
more than 170-year history
has clever held its delibera-
tions outside the United
Kingdom. It customarily sits
in the Privy Council Cham-
berinDowning StreetLon-
don. The Judicial Commit-
tee of the Privy Council is
the highest court of appeal
for some mdepbndent Com-
monwealth countries, the
UK overseas territories, and
the British Crown territo-
neiame Joan Sawyer is the
on b raohf hnh udiciaa
committee of the Privy
Council and the political
body of the Council that
ad ses th u n.PB
Christie and Opposition
Leader Hubert Ingraham
are Privy Councillors on the
political side.
The judicial committee
comprised of Lord Bingham
of Cornhill, the Lord Scott
of Foscote, Baroness Hale,
Lord Carswell and Lord
Brown will sit this week and
hear two criminal matters,
two civil matters and one
day of petitions. Yesterday
SEE page 10


woutids about his body. Nor was
. t any reason to suspect foul
However, he said: ''The matter
will be properly investigated to
determine what the actual cause of
deaths and that has not idtbeen
determined because abe end result
of that is an autopsy that has not
yet beeri done."
"Looking at the body as it is, we
don't see ans thing to help us make
a determination there are no
stab wounds or gunshot wounds or
anyothertypeofinjurythatisvis-
ible to the eye and so we.need an
autopsy to help us determine what
may be the cause of death," he
SEE page10


M By KRYSTEL ROLLE
a wrorw will be per-
onned on the bod1 of Jay Dami-
a no<. w ho wasf oun d ly in g face
down on the ground near the Noble
House condo block on Paradise
island early Sunday morning
According to initial reports, he
reportedly "fell" from the third
tloor of an apartment building and
died at the scene
Assistant Commissioner Regi-
nald Ferguson said there was noth-
ing in his reports to confirm any
suggestion that a scuffle occurred.
He said it was too early to tell
whether the death was suspicious.
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Campaigner for
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fearing for lus hfe

forO Sa oa la 7get ps ch
has made his home intoa "fortress
since receiving death threats.
Cameras have been installed out-
side the building along with an
alarm system
The campaigner. Lincoln Bain,
is also takmg special care with his
food, claiminghe fears bemg pot-
soned as his bid for justice gains
momentum.
Mr Bain and fathers' rights cru-
saderCleverDuncombehavetaken
up the cause of the 25 people
injured m theSea Hauler tragedy
three years ago.
SEE page 11
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Family's plea
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W By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A FAMILY has made a des-
id irI eep
ressive mission since the end
of 0 ceemmeror the safety of Bernis
" Jake Ranger, a 36-year-old
father of two boys who lived in an
apartmentoffShirleyStreetwere
heightened after his landlord dis-
covered the door to his apartment
unlocked early in December.
Having unsuccessfully tried to
SEE page 11


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served for only two years as
prime minister,
He once said: "Life at any
time can become difficult; life at
any time can become easy. It

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t ere are ear y
bloomers and
late bloomers,
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bloom and
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leadership iS
110% 11CCESSRfily
about physical
JE' 9 .7FOWESs youth
Or age but about
What One has in
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One's heart

as they gave the UWP 11of the
17 House of Assembly seats.
They were worried about enme
and unemployment while Dr
Anthony and his party were
accused of competence, arro-
gance, making unrealistic
promises, vilifymg opponents
and rushmg legislation to catch
votes.


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Christie succeeded him in 2002
at the age of 59. Mr Christie
was born in August, 1943. If his
party wms the next election Mr
Ingraham will be the first for-
mer Bahamian prime minister
to return to office-
Sir John Compton has
returned to the top post m St
Lucia for the secolid time. He
became chief minister in 1964
at the age of 39, then premier
and prune nunister. He served
for 15 years until 1979 but
returned to office in 1982 for
another 14 years.
He resigned in 1996 and
handed over the United Work-
ers Party government to Vaugh-
all Lewis, but Mr Lewis lost to
Dr Kenny Anthony and his St
Lucia Labour Party in 1997 and
again in 2001. It was "at the
behest of the people", said Sir
John, that he came back to
remove the SLP from power-
It appears that Sir John read
the people of St Lucia correctly


Quayle responded to the nag-
ging question about his readi-
ness to be president in the event
of the death of the president.
His response was: "I have
more experience than many
others that sought the office of
vice-president of this country.
I have as much experience in
the Congress as Jack Kennedy
did when he sought the presi-
dency."
It was a fatal mistake for *
Quayle, who was sadly lacking
in charisma and who came to
be regarded as rather shallow,
to compare himself with the late
President Kennedy who was not
only charismatic but highly
intelligent, articulate and witty.
Mr Bentsen pounced: "Sena-
tor, I served with Jack Kennedy;
I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack
Kennedy was a friend of mine.
Senator, you are no Jack
Kennedy."
Although Mr Quayle served
as vice-president to George H
W Bush, his dreams of becom-
Ing a presidential candidate
ended and he became the butt
of many jokes because of his
apparent intellectual vacancy.

ost US presidents in
recent times took
office in their 50s and 60s with
Ronald Reagan being the oldest
at 69. Bill Clinton was relative-
ly young 4t 46.
Morarji Desai was at the far
end of the age range in 1977
when he became prime minister
of the world's most populous
democracy at the age of 81. He
is said to be the oldest person
ever to become prime m1mster
of any country for the first time,
Mr Desai had fought in the
non-violent struggle for the
independence of India from
imperial Britain and had
become familiar with the mside
of more than.one British jail.
Unlike left-leaning Prime Min-
ister Jawaharlal Nehru, Mr
Desai was a conservative and


n his column in The
Tribune yesterday,
Caribbean expert Sir Ronald
Sanders commented on the
effect Sir John'sreturn is likely
to have on regional issues
including the Ediso> Caribe oil
deal, CSME and the Economic
Partnership Agredment bbing
negotiated between Caricom
and the European Chion.
Sir Ronald diso mentioned
that two Caribbeark prime min-
isters had gone tre(St Lucia to
campaign for Dr Anthony. It is
going to be intesestingwhen Sir
John confrontstilbehe:two at the
next Caricom meeting and lec-
tures them aboastlinterfering in
the political athiirsiof a sister
Caribbean state.
But back to he question of
old age and poliffical!leadership.
This is what Sir fohn told the
Caribbean l91edia Corporation:
"Age is not a thetor here; I
am not here running for the
Olympics. Age fis:really in the
state of mind. I saint giving my
experience and my intelligence
that God gave to pre I am not
going for a marathon; I am not
going for the Olympics."
There is somethingin that for
other politicians; to bear in
mind, especially drose who like,
to impress the voterawith their
physical vitality. great US
World War II leader, Franklyn
D Roosevelt, spent, the most
challenging years of his presi-
dency in a wheelchair, not
because of old agebitt because
of the effects of a crippling dis-
ease.
So political leadership is not
necessarily abotat physical
prowess, youth or age but about
what one has in one s head and
one's heart, and all out compe-
tence, good jud ent and
integrity.
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IR John Compton was
S sworn m as prune muns
ter of St Lucia last week at the
age'of 81. He had come out of
10 years of retirement to con-
front the incumbent, 56-year-
old Dr Kenny Anthony.
His triumphant return gener-
ated speculation in the
Caribbean about his intentions
as ivell as a lively discussion on
the relevance of age in the polit-
ical arena.
In politics, as in other fields,
there are early bloomers and
late bloomers, some who never
bloom and some, like Sir John,
who seem to bloom for a life-
time.
Among the spectacular early
bloomers in America in the last
century was the charismatic but
ill-fated John F Kennedy, who
reached the very top in 1960
when at 43 he became the
youngest person to be elected
president.
Theodore Roosevelt was only
42 when he became president
in 1901, but as vice-president
he was sworn in to complete the
term of President William
McKinley,.who had been assas
sinated.
Both of these relatively
youthful leaders left indelible
marks on the US and the world.
President Kennedy had a shaky
startwhen he approved the
1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of
Cuba planned during the
administration of his predeces-
sor, Dwight D Eisenhower.
That adventure failed but Mr
Kennedy redeemed himselfbril-
liantly in 1962 when he con-
fronted the Soviet Union's Niki-
ta Khrushchev in the Cuban
missile crisis. The two leaders
talked and agreed to pull back
from the brink of nuclear war.
It was later reported that
before his assassination Presi-
dent Kennedy had initiated
backdoor diplomatic feelers to
normalize US relations with
Cuba. Might the world have


all depends upon how one
adjusts oneself to life." Morarli
Desai obviously adjusted weH
to the triumphs and defeats of a
turbulent life and died m 1995
at the npe old age of 99.

he history of cabinet
government in The
Bahamas is very short, havmg
started in l964, when the colony
got its first written constitution
and first Bahamian head of gov-
ernment, Sir Roland Symon-
ette. Born in December 1898,
he became premier at 65. .
Sir Roland was succeeded m
1967 by Sir Lynden Pindling,
who was not quite 37 when he
became premier in January,
1967. Sir Lynden was born in
March, 1930. He served as head
of government for 25years and
was the first to be styled prime
master,
Hubert Ingraham, born in
August, 1947, became the third
Bahamian head of government
m 1992 at the age of 45. Perry


ARTHUR
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mmes vemmem

been a different .and better
place had he lived?

heodore Roosevelt
became famous for his
"speak softly arid carry a big
stick" dictum. He poisoned the
fresh streAm of self-determina-
tion by asserting US hegemo-
ny over Latin America, a policy
that yielded bloody conse-
quences for many years and
plagties nations between
North and ottth up to this day.
But there were also positive
aspects of his presidency.
. Another relatively young
American politician who
aspired to the top spot eventu-
ally became a rather ridiculous
footnote to history after a
famous encounter with an older
politician
It was in the 1988 debate
between vice-presidential can-
didates Dan Quayle and Lloyd
Bentsen that the 41-year-old Mr


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*In brief

Two women


sobba adtin
incidents


as
er late Sunday night emp-
tied the wallets of two
females
An employee of Elite's
Beauty and Barber Salon on
Wulff Road was about to
open the shop around 7am
when an armed robber
approached her and demand-
ed cash.
According to Inspector
Walter Evan, he stole her
handbag and an undeter-
mined amount of cash and
fled on foot.
The other incident occur-
ring late that night around 11
pm involved two armed rob-
bers.
A female was at her home
at Hill Side Estates when she
was approached by someone
she knew accompanied by
another male armed with a
handgun. According to the
woman she was robbed of
$1,000.
Police are investigating
both matters.

UN 8 98 IS
for $98m
10 provide
a id to Ha iti
5 GENEVA
THE United Nations
appealed Monday for contri-
butions of US$98 million to
help stabilize Haiti, where
gang violence has forced hun-
dreds to flee their homes in
recent months, according to
Associated Press.
The UN said it needs mon-
ey for programs aimed at
boosting Haiti's economic
recovery and to help provide
people with basic services.
Haiti is the poorest country
in the Western Hemisphere
and most of its 8 million peo-
ple live on less than US$2 per
day.Adore-thair4per cent of
Haitians are infected with
HIV, and Haiti's maternal
mortality rate is one of the
world's highest.
The appeal also is aimed at
"ensuring that authorities are,
better prepared in the event
of natural disasters," said Joel
Boutroue of the UN stabili-
sation mission in Haiti.
The global body maintains
an 8,800-strong peacekeeping
force in the Caribbean coun-
try, sent to restore order after
a bloody February 2004 revolt
toppled former President
Jean-Bertrahd Aristide.
Aristide lives in exile in
South Africa. .


A By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
HER Majesty's Prison has
fulfilled over 80 per cent of the
security-orientated goals it set
itself at the beginning of the
year.
Speaking at the .graduation
ceremony of 75 new prison offi-
cers yesterday morning, Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt
said that government's focused
attention on the prison has
borne fruit in 2006.
Earlier this year, following
the escape of four prison
inmates which resulted m the
death of prison officer Corporal
Deon Bowles, Mrs Pratt
pledged her government's sup-
port to transform Fox Hill
Prison into a rehabilitative insti-
tution and enhance security at
the facility significantly.
Yesterday, Mrs Pratt said
that of the 15 security-oriented
goals established in January -
all intended to keep escapes,
fights and disorder to a mini-
mum 13 or 86 per cent of the
goals have been accomplished.
Among these goals, Mrs
Pratt said, was the installation of
scanners at the prison's main
gate; the installation of jammmg
devices for cellular phones; the
use of clearly marked uniforms
for inmates; the improvement
of lighting on the compound;
the increase of the strength of
the tactical unit and the inclu-
sion of women officers.
An increase of scanning and
surveillance equipment, as well
as an increase of staff within the
maximum security block, were
also carried out, she said.
The prison further imple-


MDEPOTY Prime Minister and Minister of National Security


melted tactical courses for staff,
appointed a security auditor to
monitor bolts, bars and logs,
andintroducedtherequirement
that all staff, visitors, and
inmates wear official lD badges.
Mrs Pratt further announced
that, of"the 10 personnel goals
set for 2006, seven have been
completed or are near comple-
tion.
"In January we pledged to
recruit and train 75 officers.
Your presence here today is
proof of the accomplishment of
that goal," she said.
Mrs Pratt added that the
training programme for recruits
was significantly upgraded.
"We also began a-minimum
of 40 hours annual training, and
offered tactical and defence
training for all staff. Staff mem-


bers have been exposed to best
practices in corrections at insti-
tutions in the United States of
America, Canada and the
Caribbean.
"And this year, for the first
time, we honoured officers for
going beyond the normal call
of duty," she said.


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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I COULDN'T help but note ih passing that one or more of
our aspiring young artists have painted the National Word, the
F word, on the cannons of the Fort Charlotte lower Battery on
West Bay Street.
This situation has existed for some weeks now and I am
amazed that nothing has been done to correct this considering
the number of our prominent citizens and leaders,
including the Prime Minister, who drive past them on a daily
basis.
I shudder to think what our many visitors to the area must
think about our literary skills and stewardship of our historical
sites and trust that someone m authority will have them repaint-
ed expeditiously.
While we're on the subject of cannons, would the same
Authority please direct that the rotten and broken carriage of
"The Leaning Cannon of Government Hill" which stands below
Columbus Monument be replaced before it finally collapses and
damages the cannon or, Heaven forbid, senously m]ures one of
the many tourists who use this area for photo opportunities. In
its present state it is an absolute disgrace.
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that we do not tender our con-
tracts and there is a standard
fixed price for each unit.
Now we have an internal
communication prepared by the
Chief Housing Officer which is
being trsed to show that there is
a $5,000 difference between the
contract prime information
which I supplied to the Minister
rd t dorwm tb ew cth I
House of Assembly.
I invited The Tribune
reporter to view an actual con-
tract document so that it could
be seen what amount was actu-
ally paid. I also explained the
error of the internal document.
Hoping that this would now
satisfy their thirst for truth, I
was most disappointed to see
the campaign continues.
Now I can begin to under-
stand why some politicians
referred to the press as having
terrorist attitudes.
When you can just throw a
bomb into the crowd and not
ca wah itnnoc t liv are
sunk to a new low


Anyone who knows anything
about our houses would know
that these contracts are very
tight. The contractors probably
do not make $5,000 in profit
from these units. How could
they pay someone $5,000?
Dr Bernard Nottage and I are
married to two sister.s. I found
that FNM politicians conclud-
ed because of this relationship
that I was a PLP then later on
the FNM and PLP concluded
the I was CDR.
What I have told all of them
is that I am a professional and
perfob tmy jobttto theh ts
ting in the chair.
Why would politicians or the
press think that we follow blind-
ly and are not capable of dis-
cerning the truth, justice, right
or wrong?
I am thankful for family and
friends that show that blood and
friendship is thicker than poli-
tics.
Be careful that you are not
offending the same people you
hope to win.
GORDON C
MAJOR, BSc IBA
Director of
TNedmical Services
November 21, 2006.


imports from 3 million carats in 2003 to
300,000 carats in 2005.
, The United States is the largest consumer
of diamond jewellery in the world.
But it doesn't produce any diamonds; its
exports consist of rough diamonds the
nation imports, then prepares for use in
jewellery before exporting.
It's unclear whether that 300,000-carat
surplus includes illicit diamonds, according
to the GAO report.
But "illicit trading of rough diamonds
still exists and could potentially finance civ-
il conflicts as well as criminal and terrorist
activities," according to U.N. data.
Then there's the human toll.
A CNN reporter recently visited the
Democratic Republic of Congo, the world's
fourth-largest diamond producer. He spoke
to a man named Jean Pierre Mbenga, who
has milled diamonds for more than 20 years.
One morning at daybreak, the reporter
describes, Mbenga arrives at the mine with
his team. They have no shoes, gloves, hard
hats or flashlights, only a need to feed
mouths back home.
Once, Mbenga says, he dugup a 1-carat
stone and sold it for $500. After paying his
Teammates and the landowner, he came
out with less than $50.
- This, after dropping down into cold, dark,
unsecured shafts that have taken manylives
over the years.
On this particular day, Mbenga finds
nothing and buys only a loaf of bread for his
family.
These stories make me think about the
wedding ring I wear on my left hand. Where
did it come from? Who is the miner who
risked life and limb to dig it out of the
earth? Is that miner still alive?
Obviously, I'llnever know the answer to
these questions. But Ishould still ask thent
SoshouldU.S.agenciesandotherl(PCS
signatories. The answer isn't to stop dia-
mond mining. Too many people depend
on it for a living. But better tracking has to
be implemented.
Lives literally depend on it.

(This article was written by
Rebeca Chapa c.2006
San Antonio Express-News).


THE holiday season is the busiest time of
year for most retailers, and jewellery stores
are no exception.
The proposals are everywhere: A dia-
mond is forever. It is the quintessential
expression of love. A girl's best friend.
There are now "right-hand" diamonds
for single women, three-stone rings to cel-
ebrate a couple's past, present and future,
even a four-stone "journey" ring with small-
to-large stones representing growing com-
mitment.
The profound superficiality of such ploys
aside, there is another, much darker facet of
the story. In some countries, diamonds have
long been the currency of war.
During the 1990s, Sxerra Leone was
engaged in a bloody civil war over dia-
mond-infested lands. Thousands were killed
and mutilated in a conflict financed largely
by diamonds.
The journey of "conflict diamonds," in
United Nations parlance, is the subject of
the newly released movie "Blood Dia-
mond."
Set during the Sierra Leone conflict, the
film tackles the matter to mixed reviews. If
nothing else, it exposes theatregoers to a dif-
ferent view of diamonds.
. The Sierra Leone conflict offici;dly.end- .
ed in 2002 and the country legitimized its
trade, but lack of regulations worldwide
still makes it difficult to determine the path
of conflict diamonds.
The trade in illicit diamonds has been
curtailed dramatically in the past few years.
Four years ago, inore than three dozen
countries and regional communities signed
onto a phin called the Kimberly Process
Certification Scheme, or KPCS, designed to
catalogue and track diamonds from origin
to destination.
By comparing import data in one country
with data from the exporting country, the
volume and source of diamonds can be bet-
ter identified.
A September report by the U.S. Gov-
ernment Accountability Office found that in
the United States, the Clean Diamond
Trade Act of 2003 has produced positive
results. By improving the accuracy of its
data, the United States has reduced the gap
between its diamond exports and diamond


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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I HAVE tried to stay out of
the current campaign launched
against the Ministry of Hous-
ing because the more I read, the
more it becomes apparent that
there is no real search for truth,
but some other agenda.
For the purpose of the
reporter and The Tribune, I
wish to give some background
information about myself.
I grew up in a house with my
mother Nurse Rosetta Major,
one of the first Registered Nurs-
es on New Providence.
ha rd ifd a
born on this island. She was a
woman of truth (God rest her
soul) you stood a better chance
telling the truth about a wrong,
than being found out in a lie.
I grew up with a framed
quote on our living room wall,
"He who steals my gold steals
trash, but he who tarnishes my
good name enriches himself not,
but makes me poor indeed."
I have never forgotten those
words and l am always nundful
that what I say or repeat is bed-
ded in truth,
Also in my household was my
oldest sister, Brenda Barry, the
rs s esesnB ahrao of ha
when people wanted to know
who I was, I would proudly
declare the brother of the first
Miss Bahamas.
My second sister is Linda
Gayle a Legal Secretary who
has been a rock for me to dis-
cuss anything that troubles me.
My eldest brother, Wendell
Major, has gone on to be Sec-
retary to the Cabinet. I have
never seen a more devoted per-
sortarth a sense of purpose I
believed he could be anything
has his nund to.
11 second brother \\as Paul
Major how deceased who
worked with a printing compa-
ny.
I went through this to give an
idea relative to whence Icyme.
start detnh y aT1k anleouTcons
tractors receiving 30-40-60 con-
tracts while others were left out.
In the 17 years that I have
been at the Department of
Housing, there have been only
two contractors that received
20 houses. This happened only
once.
Then there was the sugges-
tioh that some contractors are
paid one amount for the.award
ofa contractor while others are
liaid a different amount for the
award relative to the same mod-
el.
Obviously they did not know


truth'


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stop. So the timing of this campaign
is both welcome and critical."
Mr Thompson said that the
aim of the combined campaign
was to "calm the charged
atmosphere behind the wheel
and create an individual aware-
ness of responsibility".
"As of this date last year, we
had 62 fatalities throughout the
Bahamas and 68 for the whole
year. That number today is down
to48. Twenty seven of those were
in New Providence, nine in
Grand Bahama, three in Abaco,
three in Andros, three in Long
Island and one in Eleuthera. That
is still too many, but we are mov-
ing in the right direction and we
are committed to reducing that
number further next year and are
grateful to City Market for par-
ticipatingwithusinthisimportant
campaign."
The Minister of Transport
Glenys Hanna-Martin said at
the launch: "We are pleased to
announce this campaign that
officially gets underway today,
with a two-pronged approach to
improving road safety, stepped-
up enforcement and a wide-
spread message focusing on say-
ing lives by the way we drive."


M PUERTO RICO
Loiza
WINDING through a for-
est of palm trees, the Rio
Grande de Loiza could be an
image from a tropical post-
card if not for the rusted
cars, dismembered appli-
ances and at least one dead
horse lying along its banks,
according to Associated Press.
The trash-strewn river is a
sign of the garbage crunch in
this US island territory,
where regulators are moving
to shut down five overflow-
ing, outdated dumps they say
are contaminating soil and
groundwater,
"Puerto Rico is in a state
of environmental crisis," said
Alan Steinberg, regional
administrator for the US
Environmental Protection
Agency.
The Caribbean territory
ranks among the wealthiest
places in Latin America, and
it produces more garbage per
person than nearly any coun-
try except the United States
-1,420 pounds a year. Much
of that ends up clogging
rivers, rainforest gullies and
other secluded corners of the
islanndly about 10 per cent of

te gsotveer1nsm ol di
-
35 per cent set in the early
1990s.
Activists are using public
forums, school recycling pro-
grams and volunteer clean-
up drives trying to change
attitudes of the island's near-
ly 4 million people.


H By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Transport
has teamed up with a super-
market chain to launch a joint
road safety campaign.
Bahamas Supermarkets has
printed 100,000 plastic bags car-
rying the message "We're Fami-
ly Show Love Drive Carefully!!"
In addition, posters carrying
the message will be posted in
all l2 City Market stores in Nas-
sau and Grand Bahama.
Speaking at the campaign's
launch at the ministry yesterday,
CEO Ken Burns said: "We hope
that these actions will deliver
and reinforce the message about
the importance of slowing down
and driving carefully."
"Everyday, we watch as small
childrendartacrossstreetsand
hug the side of the road walking
to school as speeding vehicles
narrowly miss them and we
hold our breath. We watch as
jitneys use roads and parking
lots as speedways; we witness
too many close calls on this
island and we at Bahamas
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Mr Thompson said that
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THE PLAN for unification
of the bus system is still moving
ahead despite people being
critical of the "slow process",
says Road Traffic Controller
Jack Thompson.
The unified bus system, which
has been discussed for several
years, is a plan to bring all bus
operators under one entity in a
bid to end the lawlessness and
disregard for safety that has
plagued the industry.
Bahamians blamed the prob-
lem on bus drivers having to
compete aggressively against
each other for fared becarish
they are not paid a steady salary.
The bus unification issue
made headline news in March
this year when primary school
student Faith Mackey died after
being hit by a bus.
But problems with reckless
bus drivers and the public per-
sisted throughout the year.
In August, a young disabled
man, Wentworth Sears, de-
manded justice after claiming
he was thrown out of a bus,
and in October the Road Traf-
fic Department launched an
investigation into claims that a
group of bus drivers were
endangering children by drink-
ing heavily before doing school
pick-up runssevery afternoon.
Mr Thompson yesterday,
said: "We have completed the
draft legislation and the busi-
ness plan is currently under
review, and next year we hope


to take both the business plan
and the draft legislation to the
stakeholders, the owners and
operators of the jitneys.
In the past the Public Trans-
port Association Bahamas
(PTAB) had described the pro-
posed bus unification plan as
"flawed". A report on a model
unit to unify New Providence's


public transport system suggest"
ed that while the government.be
given a free stake in the compa-
ny, it should hold a different
class of shares from franchise
holders and jitney operators.
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the bus associations for com-
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yesterday, Supt Hulan Hanna
said police are taking this inci-
dent in Exuma very seriously.
He said they have since
expanded all available man-
power and have questioned sev-
eral persons, but so far there
have been no arrests.
He also said they are not rul-
ing out the possibility that there
might have been participants
from Nassau involved.
"It shows that our islands are
changing and that crime has no
boundaries," Mr Hanna said.
"This is a clear signal to us
(police) to change what we do
on the islands, which are devel-
oping at a rapid pace."


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9:30 Up On The House Top
10:00 The Fun Farm
11:00 Yogi's First Christmas
noon ZNS News Update
12:05 Yogi's First Christmas (Cont'd)
1:00 Island Life Destinations
1:30 The Puzzle Club Xmas Mystery
2:00 AChristmasCarol
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5 By CHESTER ROBARDS
ARMED men brandishing
weapons escaped with $125,000
worth of Rolex watches from
John Bull's Emei;ald Bay, Exu-
ma, store at the weekend.
At around 7.40pm on Friday
tw&masked men barged into
the four Seasons branch with
guns drawn and broke only into
the Rolex display case, fleeing
with 17 men's and worixen's
watches.
A spokeswoman said security
guards posted at the casino at
Emerald Bay, next to John Bull,
noticed the two men entering
the store and immediately
secured their own establishment
before notifying police.
"It felt like it took a year,"
she said. "But it was only a few
minutes. I'm still a little pan-
icky. It'll take a while."
The manager, who was
approached by one of the mn
during the robbery, said this
type of incident was the first of
its kind in her three years at
that location.
Being on an island, she didn't
think she would have to worry
about this kind of thing.
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whole island, and business
places," she explained. "As of
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mternational human rights stan-
dards and recommendations
have fallen on deaf ears in
respect of the present PLP
administration.
In May this year, the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Asso-
ciation accused the government
of "inhumari and degrading"
treatment and abuse of Haitian
immigrants in the country.
The group condemned the
government for the manner in
which 200 legal and illegal
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Authorities were only able
to detain one migrant, a man
whose nationality was not dis-
closed-
Dominicans frequently
migrate to Puerto Rico in
search of better economic
prospects, but those caught
entering illegally are typically
returned to their native coun-
try.
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boatload of illegal migrants
comes a do after dozens of
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detention on Mona Island, an
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W By ALEXANDRid MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE United Nations com-
memorated International
Migrants Day yesterday to pro-
mote the rights of some 200 mil-
lion people who live and work
outside their own countries.
On December 4, 2000, the
General Assembly, taking into
account the large and increasing
number of migrants in the
world, proclaimed December
18 International Migrants Day.
On that day, in 1990, the
Assembly adopted the Interna-
tional Convention on the Pro-
tection of the Rights of All
Migrant Workers and Members
of Their Families.
Along with other rights, the
convention provides that
migrants have the right not only
to protection, but also to equal
treatment and non-discrimina-
tion, to access to proper infor-
mation so that migration will
be the result of an informed
choice,.and to be integrated in
receivingcountries as opposed
to excluded.
At the moment, only 34
countries have ratified the con-
vention and Belize is the only
Caricom nation to do so in 2001.
Last week, United Nations
HighCommissionerforHuman
Rights Louise Arbour called for
increased protection for
migrants and greater ratifica-
tion of the Treaty on Migrant
Workers' Rights.
Ms Arbour said: "On Inter-
national Migrants Day we
remember the contribution
migrants make to the advance-
ment of societies around the
world. Migrants form an essen-
tial part of the labour force of
the countries that receive them,
doing work others often disdain
and demonstrating great initia-
tive and spurring growth,
"They also enrich their host
i socuku a ,ws enisngna
worlds and serving as bridges
between peoples in an increas-
ingly globahsed world."
The UN commissioner stat-
ed that the reality.for many


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exclusion, discrimination, abuse
and violence amounting to wide-
spread human rights violations,
and that immigrants frequently
found themselves accepting dan-
gerous or unhealthy employment
with few avenues to seek redress
when abuses occur.
According to her "These
objectives represent a challenge
for many societies, but much df
our future in this increasingly
interconnected planet depends
on achieving them. And it is
more than a matter.of choice.
We have built the international
legal framework to protect the
human rights of migrants as a
matter of duty, of justice and of
dignity.
In 2002 Amnesty Interna-
tional.visited the Carmichael
Immigration Detention Centre,
where most asylum-seekers and
immigrants are detamed pend-
ing determination of their
clans, and spoke with staff and
detainees there.
And then, in 2003, the human
rights group recommended that
the government codify interna-
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ic of the Cold War".
Bush administration officials
have rejected both of Raul Cas-
tro's offers to talk since the
elder Castro fell ill, saying that
the country must first hold free
and competitive elections and
release all political prisoners.
The US lawmakers in
Havana said issues of 'human
rights and economic freedom
are important to them too, but
that it is time for the two coun-
tries to find creative ways to
solve their differences. In a joint
statement released Sunday they
suggested some specific issues
to negotiate, such as migration,
drug trafficking and the envi-
ronmental impact of Cuban oil
explorations in the Gulf of Mex-
ico.
"I think this is the golden
opportunity (for talks) ... espe-
cially as we make a transition
in Washington," said Gregory
Meeks, a New York Democrat,
referring to his party's upcom-
ing takeover of Congress.
But the US representatives
from Kansas, Texas, California,
Tennessee, Arizona, New York
and Massachusetts also said
they were surprised at what
they called the rigidity of some
Cuban officials, who said they
have no plans to make changes
in the island's political or eco-
nomic system in the future.
"Basically we're being told
it's the same menu, different
waiter," said Jim McGovern of
Massachusetts.







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A HAVANA
FIDEL Castro does not have
cancer or a terminal illness and
will eventually return to public
life, Cuban officials told visit-
ing US lawmakers in the com-
munist government's most com-
prehensive denial of rumors
about the ailing leader's health.
US Rep Jeff Flake, an Ari-
zona Republican, said all the
Cuban officials they spoke to
during the three-day trip that
ended Sunday told them the 80-
year-old leader's "illness is not
cancer, nor is it terminal, and
he will be back."
Acting President Raul Cas-
tro did not meet with the 10-
member US delegation and law-
makers said his absence was evi-
dence of the political uncer-
tainty created by Cuba's insis-
tence that Fidel Castro will
return to power.
"The party line is that Fidel is
coming back, which... creates
a sort of vacuum," said Rep.
Jane Harman of California.
US officials have said they
believe Fidel Castro suffers
from some kind of inoperable
cancer and will not live through
the end of 2007.
Castro has not been seen
since July 26, five days before
he temporarily ceded power to
his younger brother to recover
from surgery from intestinal
bleeding. His failure to show up
at his own delayed birthday cel-
ebrations earlier this month
sparked rumours that he was
on his deathbed.
That absence, plus pho-
tographs released by the gov-
ernment showing a gaunt and
frail Castro, indicate the leader
probably won't resume full
power, Harmon told CNN on
Monday, addilig that it seems
"we should assume... that the
transition has begun."
Vice President Carlos Lage
has previously shot down
reports that the leader was suf-
fering from stomach cancer, but
officials had not publicly denied
rumors that he could have
another type of cancer or some
other terminal illness.
Some US doctors have spec-
ulated that Castro could have
diverticular disease, which can
provoke bleeding in the lower
intestine, especially in people
over 60.
The condition involves weak-
enedspotsintheintestinallining
that form pouches, which can
become inflamed and lead to


bleeding. In severe cases, emer-
gency surgery many be required
for reasons including continued
bleeding, a large abscess, perfo-
ration or peritonitis.
Such emergency surgery usu-
ally involves two operations.
The first surgery will clear the
infected abdominal cavity and
remove part of the colon and
involve a teinporary colostomy
to allow normal eating and bow-
el movements. In a second
operation, the ends of the colon
are rejoined,



On Friday, the Communist
Party daily newspaper report-
ed that Castro telephoned a
meeting of provincial legislative
leaders and talked to Venezue-
lan President Hugo Chatez, the
first news in 11 days about the
convalescmg leader.
The 75-year-old Raul Castro
has appeared increasingly con-
fident in his new role since July.
The younger Castro has called
on two occasions for normalized
relations and improved dialogue
with the United States. The vis-
it by the US lawmakers was a
response to that call, said
William Delahunt, a Massachu-
setts Democrat.
"It's incumbent on us, repre-
senting the first branch of our
democracy, to come here and
to state that we are willing to
engage ma sincere and open
dialogue, and that everything is
on the table," he said.
The trip "underscores the
desire for a change in policy
that we believe is embraced by
most Americans," he said.
US State Department
spokesman Sean McCormack
said Friday the lawmakers' trip
would have no effect on official
US policy toward tubt
"This divide over whether or
not to have an embargo offCul%
or to lift it, it's a debate that?
been going on for some time.
We understand that there are
some in Congress who have a
very different view. As a matter
of policy, we of course have an
opposite view from the folks that
are down there today," he said.
The United States has main-
tained a trade and travel embar-
go against Cuba for more than
four decades. The representa-
tives were united m their call
for that embargo to be lifted,
calling US policy toward Cuba
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ing people not to give animals
asp s eCh atmats1at while
many believe they are doing the
right thing by surprising a child
with a puppy or kitten, animals
are a big responsibility. .
"The BHS shelter has
become a place to deposit
unwanted animals," said the
society's executive director,
Kevin Degenhard,
"It is a good thing that we
don't turn needy animals away
but it makes it all too easy for
some people to take advantage
of us, and we will be expecting
the usual unwanted Christmas
gift pets to be taken to our shel-
ter as soon as January or Feb-
ruary, when the novelty has
worn off."
Some animal welfare organi-
sations have animals dumped
at their gates as early as Boxing
Day.
Mr Degenhard said: "This is
an appalling attitude, thinking
animals may have temporary
amusement value then they get
discarded with the Christmas
wrappings."


Indeed, this is the only week
of the year that the BHS will
not be adopting out any ani-
mals. .
However, they are encourag-
ing anyone who really wants an
animal to call in before Christ-
mas and pick up a 'Gift Certifi-
cate' which will allow them to
adopt an animal after Christ-
mas. n
The BHS advice is for peo-
ple to ask themselves if they are
ready for a 16-year commitment
to cat and dog ownership.
The basic needs of a puppy
in the first year, for example,
include ensuring your yard is
fenced; getting the animal
spayed or neutered to stop
adding to the growing dog pop-
ulation on the streets; buying a
collar, leash and identity tag;
and paying for the three vacci-
nations which are necessary to
protect your pet from killer dog
diseases; a long walk on a leash


every day; resolving most of the
common training problems; and
heartworm and tick treatment
to prevent more killer diseases
which your dog can catch, as
well as regular flea treatment.
. The bill for the first year, says
the society, is something in the
region of $25() before one con-
siders the price of food and bed-
ding
Mr Degenhard said: "The
message is simple. It is really
easy to accept the animal but it
takes real commitment to
accept the responsibility which
comes along with it. Please go
to any humane organisation
after Christmas when you have
decided to be a responsible pet
owner and give a dog which tru-
ly needs a home, a long healthy
life. Now that really is the spir-
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Anniversary
FROM page one
and an American missionary, who
had lived in Biminifor many years.
Last month a monumental set-
tlement of $50 million was awarded
the families of the victims. Three
Biminite families will share more
than $9 millions
Prime' Minister Perry Christie
and Tourism Munster Obie Wilch-
combe were expected to meet with
the families of the victims to choose
a suitable site for a memorial for all
the Bahamian victims. This memo-
rial will be funded by families from
around the world who have also
suffered the loss of loved ones in
airplane crashes.


render national service in this way."
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National
Security Cynthia Pratt speaking at the graduation
ceremony called this event a clear indicator that
the prison is in the transitory phase of becoming a
rehabilitative institution.
With the 75 new graduates, the prison now has a
contingent of 480 officers. At the same time it has
fulfilled the majority of the goals that it set itself at
the beginning of the year in terms of improving
conditions at the institute.
Mrs Pratt said that in time the number of prison
officers is expected to increase even further to 600.
"As the march to transform Her Majesty's Prison
from a strictly punishment-oriented institution to a
correctional facility, with an emphasis on rehabili-
tation and re-integration, you graduates will fea-
ture prominently in this process," she said.
Dr Rahming said that the new graduates undbr-
went 400 hours of training, toured first-world facil-
ities in Orange County, Broward and Dade Coun-
ties, and spent a "grueling" week at the Defence
Force, where they took part in early morning drilling
and late night cramming.


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enable them to choose another
P COUllCE body. Lord Binghani said that the
Law Lords cherish their roles and
She also said that it was hoped will not abandon their duties
that.this would not be the Privy which are to interpret and apply
Council's only visit to the the constitution. In March of this
Bah year, Lord Bingham delivered the
Famrm r Governor General Sir Privy Council's judgment on the
cTuren out st also xt nsd d as e IBowtheeanbdoD visowhi h
behalf of the Inner Bar as did mandatory death penalty in the
President of the Bahamas Bar Bahamas.
As oci ion neBMrunroeon tingD e itnh e hd a t
Lord Bingham thanked those Law Lords yesterday heard the
present for the "warm welcome." 'appeal of Marco Oliver vs the
He also noted that the Privy Queen. James Bigmans, QC, led
Councilinitsmorethanj70-year the team appearing for the
history had never sat outside-of Crown. He was accompanied by
the UK. "We are privileged to Director of Phblic Prosecutions
to e ind ed n Rn ,e tus t
that the Privy Council's visit this Grant Bethel and Chief Counsel
weekiame-about as a result of Galin Gaskin.
an invitation by the Bahamas gov- Oliver was sentenced to 42
er nment and judiciary and sec- years in jail in 2001 by Justice
ondly the approval of Her Stanley Moore in Freeport, The
Majesty the Queen who had Court of Appeal later added 13
accepted the imitation with pride was onto that sentence. Oliver
and slekistire. Lord Bingham said was convicted of 18 offences,
that if the Bahamian people feel including rape and armed rob-
they could be better served bery. James Guthrie, QC, was
through another body,.they have lead counsel for the itppellant.
that right as an independent state : The I Kw Lords haveteserved
to utilise the constitution to their Judgment in this matter.


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...an te 1st cla o ristmas


FROM page one

explained.
Jay Damianos, the 22-year-old
son of Bahamian reactor George
Damianos Sr, reportedly went miss-
ing Saturday night after he sepa-
rated from his friends in a parking
garage on Paradise Island.
Earlier that evening, it was
reported that he was dancing with
friends at Dragons nightclub at
Atlantis. When he and his friends
left the nightclub, he was supposed
to meet them at another location.
When he failed to show up his
friends became concerned.
Unfortunately, their worst fears
were realized when his body was
found later that morning.
Friends of the family described


Jay DamianOS
him as a "straight guy". Left to
cherish his memory are his father,
George Damianos, president of ,
Sotheby's International Realty,
mother Jill Damianos, and brother
Nick Damianos.
Mr (Jay) Damianos, a recent col-
lege graduate, was helping his
father with his business and was
building an apartment near his par-
ents' house in Lyford Cay.
A close friend of the family
described her shock upon hearing
the tragic news. "I couldn't believe
it," she said. "He was the sweetest
guy and was always my favourite.
The world will never see another
guy like Jay. I will surely miss him."


. [GB Of


Prison officers Awareness urged.


FROM page one

protection comes down to common sense."
Mr Hanna added that while the police force is out
there with increased visibility, people should also mind
their businesses by buying into reputable private security.
The Chief Superintendent said "the public must know
that no officer can be privately engaged while on duty."
Off duty police officers make extra money for the
holiday season at private engagements, he said.
According to Mr Hanna this 2006 Christmas season
has been no different from previous years.
"We've been able to hold the lid down on the prolif-
eration of the robbing of establishments."
. "Of course there are several more days left, so it is too
soon to rest."
He says that in the final shopping days, citizens should
take extra precautions to secure themselves and their
property, as those who would commit crimes in the days
before Christmas would be desperate to He suggested that persons securely lock their doors
when absent; draw curtains to avoid unnecessary atten-
tion and have adequate lighting.
He also recommends that persons who come home
late at night have someone on the inside alerted to their
arrival.


FROM page one


FROM page one
morning at the juncture of Shirley
and Charlotte Streets before pro-
ceedmg to the Court of Appeal
there was an inspection of the
Guard of Honour by Lord Bing-
Ramirlinior Law d ofCAg al
lor. Prominent members.of the
13aliamian judiciary were present
arrividieni'"sefi'?tmonyforthe
"The Privy Council's role as
the Bahamas' final appellate
court has an immeasurable posi-
tive impact on our judicial sys-
tem," Attorney GeneralAllyson
Mayifard Gibson said yesterday
" ""oh r nwksPa the en
first wo? ng asset "The tole of
the rivy Council, an nsti t on
cont n gy m ex fide ce
the 18th century m the strength of
our political democracy and in
the acknowledgment and accep-
tance of the rule of law it; vefy
significant," she said. "The result-
ing certainty and stability brought
to our judicial system by the Privy
Council are acknowledged with
thanks and are deeply appreciat-
ed," the Attorney General said.











MISSing 111RD
has seen him since his return.
Speaking on behalf of his moth-
er, Lynnette, who lives m Miami, a
family friend, Mrs Holly Dean, said
it was very unlike Mr Ranger to
go for long periods without con-
tacting his mother, or any other
relative.
"He would call her they would
always be in contact with each oth-
er," said Mrs Dean.
Mr Ranger is said to be in good
physical health, but to have suf-
fered from a long-term depression
problem.
In a handwritten note shown
to The Tribune, his family have
pleaded to him to return home.
"Jake if you are OK please call
us, we miss you. Call your Uncle
Stan or Aunt Sue or your mommy.
Please Jake, we love you, and want
you here with us. Everything is
OK, son, please contact us."
The family have filed a missing
person's report with New Provi-
dence police.
Mr Ranger is said to be 5ft 7ins


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in, andawe dhtsoaro ndhils615owbsr
jaw, and a bald patch on the back
of his head.
Anyone with any information
on his whereabouts has been asked
to contact his aunt or uncle at 557-
8463, or his mother at 954-709-
9494.




FROM page one

tion of the constituency borders
to justify the electoral count of
two new constituencies, it was
claimed.
As many political observers
would agree, the next three
months could prove to be the
most tumultuous for the PLP.
This information comes at a
troubling time for staunch PLP
supporters, as political sources
allege that the FNM, as they now
stand, are capable of winning 15
seats in the next general election.


FROM page one

contact Mr Ranger, he changed
the locks, anticipating that Mr
Ranger would call him seeking to
gain entry to the house but he
has not seen or heard from his ten-
ant since.
The last known sighting of the
missing man was in Eleuthera, at
the end of November, where he
had travelled on the Sea wind boat
to visit relatives.
According to his family there,
he was known to have left to return
to Nassau shortly afterwards. How-
ever, reports indicate that no-one
1
Sea Hau er
FROM one
9
The victims, who were left badly
injured when a crane fell on to the
sailboat's deck after being struck
by another vessel, say the govern-
ment should compensate for hard-
ship caused by the incident.
They say the government is to
blame for failing to properly regu-
late the two vessels involved. They
are also raising concerns that the
Sea Hauler was never licensed to
carry passengers.
Over the last few days Mr Bain
and some victims have received
phone threats telling them to "lay
off" their attempts to prompt gov-
ernment action. .
They are taking the threats so
seriously that the matter has been
reported to the CDU, whose boss,
Marvin Dames, has begun inquiries.
"We understand drug elements
could be involved here," said one
source. "We are not taking this
lightly. These warnings are coming
in whispers, but they sound deadly
serious."
An official inquiry into the inci-
dent has already blamed negligence
for the tragedy and victims are using
that as the basis for their claims.
Mr Duncombe has already
accused the government of protect-
ing certain influential PLP mem-
bers, claiming it is trying to avoid a
settlement. *
But last week, he and fellow cam-
paigners threatened to camp out-
side Prime Minister Perry Christie's
Cable Beach home over Christmas
if satisfaction is not forthcoming.
"As far as I understand, no per-
son was ever supposed to travel on
that boat," said Mr Duncombe.
As of last night, Mr Duncombe
said he had received no official
response from Mr Christie or any
other government official to last
week's protests.
Hesaid he was beginning to think
that silence was a deliberate ploy
by Mr Christie, who appeared to
think all issues would blow over
eventually.


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ALTHOUGH it has only
been in existence sinceiSep-
tediber, the International Lan-
guages and Cultures Institute
at the College of The Bahamas
has already produced a varied
series of events.
After its colorful and lively
opening ceremony at the end
of September came the very
popular Oktoberfest when the
spirit of the Bavarian festival
was transplanted to Oakes Field
complete with Oompah Band,
palka dancing and German
sausages.
Then came an evening of pre-
sentations on the European
Union followed by a Halloween
special, focusing on Mexico and
the tradition of El Dia de los
Muertos (the Day of the Dead.)
Among this diverse assort-
ment of cultural offerings were
sprinkled two French language
films, La Veuve de St Pierre
and L'Histoire d'Adele H, both
true stories set in the nineteenth
century.
On Tuesday December.14, as
part of COB's seasonal festivi
ties, project co-ordinatc)r Dr
Irene Moss put together an
evening of Christmas music
from around the world, a erry
Multi-Cultural Christmas, which
fkuured presentations 19 stu.
dents .and faculty at the Inst,.
tute sand .uh4 C Ikge grson.
nd. There w as also a guest
apped...nce by Ernst Rumer;
the 1 un ian Consul so the
Bahamas.
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explain Austrian Christmas cus-
toms and stage managing-the
whole event.
However, the highlight of
the evening was an original
song written by Frenand Leg-
er, a teacher of Haitian Cre-
ole, performed by Leger and
students from the Haitian Cre-
ole class.
The International Languages
and Cultures InsIntute's mission
is to promote intercultural com-
munication and awareness in
the Bahamian community and
proude a means for local peo-
ple to gain more knowledge of
cuditoms and practices around
Use wooild


Chipmail-Johnson, got the
evening underway by reflecting
on the first three months of the
fledgling institute and looking
aheadto expansion in 2007 with
the introduction of Mandarin
Chinese and English as a For-
eign Language classes to aug-
ment those already going on in
Spanish, German and Haitian
Creole.
She anticipated a similar slew
of events during the first four
months ofnext year.
Dr Moss then took over,
accompanying French and
Spailsh tersions of Christmas
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NOVember 11, 1961 December 13, 2006

Berlin Wong born in Nassau, The Bahamas on
November 11, 1961 to the late Fun and Beck Li
Won He was the sixth child of seven born to this
union. He attended Queen's College, Nassau and
later Miami High, Miami, Florida. He was one of
the proprietors of Double Dragon, Charlotte Street,
Nassau until his death on December 13, 2006.

A memorial service for family and friends of Berlin
Wong, will be held at the Chapel of Love, Kemp's
Funeral Home Limited, Palmdale Avenue and
Bradley Street, Nassau, The Bahamas on Thursday,
December 21, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Allan R.
Lee will officiate and burial will be in North
Lauderdale, Florida.

Berlin Wong is predeceased by his parents, Chick
Sheu Fun Wong and Beck Li Wong and is survived
by his brothers, George of Maryville, Tennesse,
Eugene of Nassau and Rondal Wong of Boca Raton,
Florida; sisters, Yvotme Wong-Cai of Maryville,
Tennesse and Mary Wong of Tamarac, Florida;
brother-in-law, Yichao Cai; sisters-in-law, Kati and
Terri Wong; nephews, Michael, Matthew, Caivin,
Calbert and Maximillion; nieces, Mattie and Caitlin
and many other relatives and friends.
.
The fanuly requests that instead of flowers please
send donations to a charity of your choice in
memory of Berlin Wong.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited.


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row from right to left are Albury Sayle teachers Clarice Forbes and Alichelene Belizaire:
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DR. RICHARD MARLIN
CRAWFORD, 61
of Nassau East will be held on Wednesday 20 December, 2006
at. 10:00 a.m. at St. Barnabas Anglican Church. Wrilffand Baillou
Hill Roads. Officiating will be Archbishop Dttix61 W. Gomez,
Rt. Rev'd. Gilbert A. Thompson, Canon Basil In Tynes,
Archdeacon James E. Palacious and other members of the clergy.
Interment will follow in St. lklatthew's Church Cemetery,
Dowdeswell Street.
He is survived by his wife: Gloria Crawford; Children: Dr.
Ricardo and Monique Crawford, Justin Crawford and Ms. Kenya
Darrell, Trevor and Ernestine Lloyd; Grandchildren: Jamie and Blair Crawford, Aaron and Anyell
Iloyd, Kayle Darrell, Ashley, Cymone and Alexis Hamilton and Nathan Major; Siblings: Paula
Crawford Brown and Joseph Brown, Mavis Brice, Inez Crawford Antonio, Lorraine Crawford
Richards; Aunts; Mrs. Olga Burrows, Mrs. Allerdyce Strachan, Mrs. Edna Minnis and Mrs. Floris
Thompson; In-laws: Joan Lady Foulkes and Sir Arthur Foulkes, Christopher and Noel Richardson,
John Richardson, Mrs. Patricia Coakley, Fr. Rudy Cleare, Mrs. Eugenia McKenzie; Nieces and
Nephews: Joanne and Lavelle Hamilton, Charmame and Alexander Major, Vanessa Brice, Ms.
Thereze McKenzie, Mrs. Joan Neely, Dianne Jones, Hilary Jones, Jacklyn Jones, Celestine Adderley,
Charlene Adderley, Marsha Curry, Gemma Antonio, Katheleen Farrington, Diane Fernander,
Margaret Gibson, Elaine Thompson and Sonia Thompson, Lawrence Antoino, Gregory Jones,
Lesley Farrington, Kenneth and Tyrone Farrington, Don Hamilton and Tyrone Thompson, Iris,
John Jr. and Juliette Richardson, Sherilyn, Yvette, Cheril, Stanley, Roger, Bradley and Christopher
Strachan, Miriam and Edwin Manniqualt, Veronica, Byron, Connie and Steve Deveauz, Angela
Strachan, Damian and Robert Coakley, Roshar and Dr. Rashida Brown, Mr. Bennet and Mrs.
Virginia Minnis; A host of other relatives and friends including: Ms. Juliette Barrette and
Felicity Humblestone, Archbishop Drexel Gomez and Mrs. Carol Gomez, Rt. Rev'd. Gilbert and
Mrs. Thompson, Archdeacon James and Rev'd Angela Palacious, Rev'd Dr. and Mrs. James
Moultrie, Rev'd Don Haynes, Rev'd Shazz Turnquest, Rev'd and Mrs Colin Saunders, Rev'd and
Mrs. Joseph Mycklewhyte, Rev'd and Mrs. Samuel Sturrup, Monsignor Preston Moss, Rev'd
Harry Ward, Rev'd Dr. Kirkley Sands, Canon and Mrs. Basil Tynes, Canon Neil and Mrs. Roach,
members of the Anglican Clergy, Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Davis, Dr. and Mrs. Marcel Diennet, Mr.
Franklin and President of the Senate, Mrs. Sharon Wilson, Mr. Valentine and Thelma Grimes,
Mr. Henry Givens of Miami, Florida, Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sharon Brown, Mr. Samuel Bookie and
Mrs. Inez Johnson, Mr. Stan Davis, Mrs. Patricia Mortimer, Mrs. Donna Smith, Mr. Andy and
Mrs. Cheryl Gomez, Hon Bradley and Mrs. Hartlyn Roberts, Mr. Garret and Mrs. Rowena Finlayson,
Mr. Roy and Mrs. Vivian Dean, Mrs. Mae Morton Curry, Mr. Paul and Mrs. Jan Major, Dr.
Timothy and Mrs. Samantha Barrette, Mr. Lowell Mortimer, Drs. Conville and Corrine Brown,
Dr. and Mrs. Ronnie Knowles, Mrs. Barbara Ferguson, Ms. Meryl Wood and family, Mr. Alexander
and Mrs. Jackie Reckley, Mr. and Mrs. Cyprian Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Gregg White and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey Simmons and family, the Picnic group, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Darville,
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Williams and family, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Anthony Wilson and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Warren Rolle and family, Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Knowles and family, Mr. Cecil Dorsette,
Mr. Joseph Dorsette and family, Mr. Frank Lightboure, Mr. Milton Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Cox and family Mr. Chris Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Barrett Russell and family, Mrs. Vernice Cooper,
Mr. and Mrs Hubert Dean, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hamilton, Mrs. Madge Rahming, Mrs. Katrina
Cartwright, Mr. and Mrs. Selwyn Estwick, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Major, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander
Major, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Thompson, Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Ingrid Tynes, The Parish family
of St. Matthew's, St. Barnabas and St. Ambrose and others too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held at the Chapel of Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest & York
Streets on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. And at the church on Wednesday from 9:00
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NORTH Andros High
School Seminoles Junkanoo
Group returned to Junior
Junkanoo after a three-year hia-
tus thanks to Scotiabank.
The school's Junkanoo co-
ordinator, Ann Rolle explained:
"The last time the school par-
ticipated was in 2003 and we've
had to take a break due to
financial reasons."
In Scotiabank's search to pro-
vide support to Junior
Junkanoo in 2006, they were
informed of North Andros High
School's need, and the rest is
history.
After a financial donation to
the group, about 90 students,
including 10 students from Cen
tral High School, the boys and
girls crossed the Junior
Junkanoo stage carrying a Sco-
tiabank banner.
The bank's senior manager,
marketing and public relations,
Debra Wood said: "There were
many requests for assistance in
Junior Junkanoo. However, we
felt that assistmg a school from
the Family Islands, particularly
North Andros High School,
would really make a difference
in their ability to be here in Nas-
sau to show off their skills on a
na 2 1 aid: "We are very
grateful for Scotiabank's sup-
port because without this dona-
tion I doubt that we would have
been able to participate this
year. Scotiabank made it pos-
sible."


5 ANDROS
branch manager,
Bridget Newman-
Bowe (right)
presenting the
much-needed
funds to Mrs
Rolle. To Mrs
Newman-Bowe's
right is
Scotiabank's
Nina Evans.
The trio is
pictured with
some of the
students from
the Seminoles,
poisedwiththeir
instruments and
ready to compete.


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nation that has taken place on
the basis of common spiritual
patrimony."
"It is this rich heritage of faith
which enables our communities
not only to enter into dialogue,
but also to be partners in work-
ing together for the good of
. the human family," Benedict
said.
Benedict has been leading a
campaign for better relations
among Christians, Muslims and
Jews, and emphasizing that var-
ious faiths can work together
on such issues as fighting abor-
tion.


a VATICAN CITY
POPE Benedict XVI on
Monday called for dialogue and
gestures of reconciliation among
Jews, Muslims and Christians
* as a way to help the cause of
1 peace in the Middle East,
according to Associated Press.
"I reiterate my unfailing hope
* and prayer for peace in the
1 Holy Land," the pope told a
. delegation from the Jewish
organization B'nai B'rith Inter-
national during an audience at
the Vatican.
"Peace can only come about


if it is the concern of Jews,
Christians and Muslims alike,
expressed in genuine interreli-
glous dialogue and concrete ges-
tures of reconciliation, the
pontiff said. .
"All believers are challenged
to show that it is not hatred and
violence but understanding and
peaceful cooperation which
open the door to that future of
justiceandpeacewhichisGod's
promise and gift."
He praised progress in Jew-
ish-Catholic relations, saying:
"We must be grateful to God
for this remarkable transfor-


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5 POPE Benedict XVI greets the faithful from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's
square during the Angelus prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006.
(AP Photo/Plinto Lepri)


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opium-producing province replaced


another's aid anywhere in Afghanistan in emergencies.
But key alliance nations including France, Germany,
Italy and Spain have refused to send troops regularly
td. oc n henB UshdmadhD ee
gent Taliban in the south and east.
French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie -
on her ninth trip to Afghanistan said that "our
forces in Kabul \will be able to go to other regions at
the request of our allies to help in a situation that
necessitates it."
She made her comments a day after announcing
that France would withdraw its 200-strong special
forces from the eastern city of Jalalabad.
East of Kandahar city on Monday, a suicide bomber
rammed his vehicle into aU.S.-led coalition convoy
east of Kandahar city on Monday, wounding two sol-
diers, a statement said. Two vehicles also were dam-
aged.
On Sunday, coalition troops called for airstrikes
after clashing with suspected militants in Kandahar's
Sperwan Ghar district. The fighting left four insurgents
dead and three soldiers wouilded, the military said.
The military did not disclose the nationalities of
the wounded soldiers, but most troops serving with the
coalition are American.
While NATO took over command of some 32,800
personnel earlier this yea r, about 8.000 ILS. troops
continue to work andependends on and- or oper-
ationsthroiighout the country.


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to Associated Press.
Helmand Gov. Mohammad Daud, who has led the
province that grows more than a third of the world's
opium, was replaced over the weekend.
Opium production in Afghanistan this year rose
49 percent to 6,700 tons enough to make about; 670
tons of heroin. Helmand which makes up 42 percent
of Afghanistan's poppy crop, according to U.N. figures.
Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said
the appointment of Asadullah Wafa would help
increase security in Helmand, but insisted the increase
in poppy cultivation had nothing to do with the change.
A Western official in Kabul said Daud, who had
been governor for about a year, was a "high-integrity
guy" and said media reports claiming the United
States wanted him rephiced were false. The official
asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the
subject.
Wafa has previously served as the governor of Pak-
tia and Kunar provinces, Bashary said.
The French defense minister, meanwhile, said
France is willing to send its troops to Af anistan's vio-
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39B prior to launching
aboard the space shuttle 4
cover to the International
Space Station, Saturday,
Dec.9,2006,inCape.
CanAveral, Fla. On Monday,
Dec.18, Curbeam is poised
to set a new record for the
most spacewalks completed
on a mission by a single
remember. It was to be
the fourth specs 0...11. of this
nowl3-daymission.NASA
added it to the schedule on
Saturday after several
attempts to fully fold the
solar array were success
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W HOUSTON -
THE space shuttle Discov-
ery crew was awakened by the
Beach Boys hit "Good Vibra-
tions" on Monday to get them
ready for a day of work trying
to shake loose a jammed solar
energy array, according to
Associated Press.
Two spacewalking astro-
nauts were scheduled to work
on the stuck solar wing, with
instructions from their coun-
ter arts inside the interna-
t sn nC station and in
It was to be the fourth
spacewalks of this now 13-day
mission. NASA added it to the
schedule on Saturday after
several attempts to fully fold
the solar array were unsuc-
cessful.
U.S. astronaut Robert
Curbeam was poised to set a

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being his fourth. Swedish
astronaut Christer Fuglesang,
who paired up with Curbeam
on two earlier spacewalks, will
assist as Curbeam attempts to
loosen stuck grommets on the
115-foot array.
The planned activity
inspired the "Good Vibra-
tions" wake-up music.
"Good morning, Discov-
ery," Mission Control astro-
naut Shannon Lucid radioed
up; "We sort of thought that
the wakeup music this morn-
ing summed up our hopes for
the day.
NASA began retracting the
accordion-like structure on
Wednesday to make room for
some new solar arrays that
must rotate to face the sun in
order to generate electricity.
The new arrays would kick in
after astronauts rewired the
station over two spacewalks.
Reconfiguring the orbitmg
space lab's interim power sys-
tem to a permanent electricity
grid was a primary goal of the
Discovery mission. But the old
array, part of the interim sys-
tem, retracted only halfway
before stalling. That was
enough to allow the new
arrays to rotate but NASA
needs it to fold fully mto a box
so it can be moved to a per-
manent position on a later
shuttle flight.
Onthelastscheduledspace-
walkwhichtookplace Satur-
day, Curbeam and Sunita
Wilhams went to the array
after completing their main
tasks, and spent about two
hours shaking the array, try-
ing to coax apart the problem
grommets. They partially suc-
ceeded and other Astronauts
were able to command the
arraytoretractseveraldegrees
more. But more grommets got
stuck and the spacewalking
duo's time was up-
Asked by a reporter how
important is it to get the arrays
retracted, crew member Joan
Higginbotham, who will be


operating a crane-like robolic
arm during the space walk;
offered this assessment: --It's
very important from a person-
al standpoint," she said. "I
think we're all very Type A
personalities I tbilik my
crew would agree n it h me
there ---- so we always like to
accomplish the task that we
are given."
The array could safely:be
left in its current configura-
tion for a couple;of months.
but NASA managers decided
to take advantage of the extra
hands on deck and the flexi-
bilityin their time schedule to
try and resolve the problem
now.
"Of course it's little more
challenging because we
haven't done the training on
the ground for it, but we did
have a lot of generic training
for solar array wing deploy
and retract," Curbeam said in
an interview Sunday el ening.
."I have a pretty good feeling


that we've got a good chance
for success."
The robotic arm will take
Curbeam to the trouble spots
on the array, and he'll have a
sariety of lools wnh Much to
pry the grammets anda
guide wire that runs through
them.- free.
Chabcan said he II heat the
space walk like any other, but
added, --Plobabl\ the most
important thing is for us to
keep in mind thu since It's.my
fourth .and tou tend to get
more and more comfortable
as you go along ---- just to
make sure we Jon I make any
mistakes."
Discovery is set to land on
Friday, having left the space .
station with a 2-ton, $11 mil-
lion addition installed and.a
new power system. They'lL
leave Williams on thespace
itation as its newest resident
and bring back her predeces-
sor, German astronaut
Thomas Reiter.


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W By NEIL HARTNELL ? :
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas International Securities
Exchange (BISX) and the Central Bank
"have basically agreed thb structure" for
creating a formalpublicsector debt market,
The Tribune was told yesterday, paying the
way for the listing and trading of govern-
ment debt in what wouldbe "a watershed
event" for the exchange.,
Keith Davies, BISX's.,chief executive,
yesterday said the Centrid Bank now pos-
sessedthefinaldocumentonhowthemar-
ket for trading and listing government debt
securities, such as government-registered
stock and Treasury Bills oriBISX, would be
structured,
The next steps, he e lined, were to
present the structure to James Smith, min-
ister of state for finance, for his and the
Government's approval, and to show the
mechanism to all market participants.
"Right now, the Cent al Bank has it,"
Mr Davies said. The preparations are
underway to brief the thinister, and give
him the ability for the Government side to


W By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
(JNITED States fishermen
are calling for a boycottof 1;hy
Bahantas if the Government
goes ahead with its plans to
reduce the catch limits for spor ts
fishing vessels, but the minister
of agnculture and fisheries les-
terday said the administration
would be sticking to its pokey.
According to an online web
forum at a popular fishing web
site Outdoorsbest, US sports
and recreational fishernien are
angry that the new catch limits
will not justify the thousands of
dollars they spend on their fish-
ing trips to the Bahamas.
However, despite the threats.
Leslie Miller lesterday said the
Government will stand firm on
implementing the new catch
limits, which will take effect on
January 1, 2007.
"First and foremost, the
Bahamas is for Bahamians, and
we must do our part to protect
what we have, not only for our-
selves but for those generations
not yet born," the minister
added.
Mr Miller said the Govern-
ment cannot sit idly by and let
foreign fisherman come and
deplete Bahamian fish
resources, even if it means that
the country may lose some rev-
enue from angry fishermen.
In fact, Mr Miller said the cur-


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5 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government and
Bahamian hotel industry are
negotiating over the adams-
tration's plans to levy the 6 per
cent room tax on complunen-
tary rooms, the sector fearing
that imposing this would be
"counterproductive" as no
Caribbean rival has this policy.
In.its annual report, the
BHA said the Hotel Licensing
Department had been instruct-
ed by the Ministry of Finance
to collect taxes on complimen-

SEE page 4B


5 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
he Government
has approached
Harcourt Devel-
opments, the
D ub lin based
property developer, to see if it
reams interested in acquirmg
the stricken Royal Oasis resort,
The Tribune was told yesterday!
as doubts persist ovtr whether
the current group will be abli
to seal a deal.
Sources close to the situation
in Grand Bahama said the Got-
ernment had renewed talks with
Harcourt two to three weeks
ago, as part of contingency plaris
in case the Florida-based group,
World Investments Holdings,
failed to complete its purchase
of the resort that has be;en
closed for more than two yeats.


Developer eyeing 'other major investment opportunities in Grand Bahama'


by more than $22 million in
unpaid debts.
However, it has felt the Roy-
al Qasis is only worth $25 md-
lion at most, given its history as
a troubled property and the ren-
ovation work that will need to
be carried out following the hur-
ricanes and two-year closure.
That valuation does not
match the price Lehman Broth-
ers' private equity arm, which
as mortgagee owns the Royal
Oasis by virtue of the mortgage
loan Driftwood (Freeport) took
-out to acquire it, is seekmg.
Lehman Brothers is seeking
to recoup as much of its mitial,

SEE page 5B


been discussing other potential
investments by the Irish compa-
ny in Grand Bahama.
"We always.11new Harcourt
had an interest, and it has other
interests in Grand Bahama......
"It [the Royal Oasis] was never
really taken off the table," Mr
Wilchcombe said.
He added that the Govern-
ment and Harcourt, which
already has a presence on the
island through its Suffolk Court
development, had been talking
about "other major investment
opportunities in Grand Bahaina,
beyond the hotel and casino".
"I think discussions are still
active on those points," Mr
Wilchcombe said.
The minister agreed that Har-


court would probably be an
"ideal" buyer for the Royal
Oasis and Grand Bahama in
general; He said: "They bring a
brand, they bring experience.
They've done wonderful things
in Ireland. They're a very broad
group and bring so much to the
table."
Harcourt's Grand Bahama-
based attorney, Kirk Antoni of
Cafferata & Co, was yesterday
said to be off the island and did
not return The Tribune's call
seeking comillent.
Harcourt has long held an
interest in purchasing the Royal
Oasis ever since it closed fol-
lowing Hurricane Frances in
September 2004, its operator,
Driftwood (Freeport), burdened


Harcourt was said to still be
keen on acquiring the Royal
Oasis as part of its wider invest-
ment plans on Grand Bahama.
Obie Wilchcombe, minister
of tourism, told The Tribune
yesterday that he had yet tp
receive a briefing on the status
of the Royal Oasis negotiations
as he had been in Exuma for the
day.
When asked about the Gov-
ernment approaching Harcourt
again as a fall-back option, Mr
Wilchcombe said: "I wouldn't
put it quite like that."
He added that the issue of
purchasing the Royal Oasis had
never been dropped in talks
between the Government and
Harcourt, as the two parties had


make preparations,
and get an idea of
the cost and start
date."
Once the Govern-
ment was on board,
Mr Davies said the
debt market struc-
ture would be
shown to market
participants so they
could see how the
operational proce- 5 DAVIg
dures worked.
These market par
ticipants, such as the brokers, would be
involved in activities such as opening
accounts, trading and clearing and settle-
ment.
"As far as I'm concerned, this is a process
moving along as planned?' Mr Davies said.
"This everitual listing and trading of gov-
ernment paper is vital to our capital mar-
kets. It's the cornerstone.
"One of the things glaring tome [when I
started at BISXJ was how disjomted our
market was. There was a glaring hole with


debt, period."
Getting government paper IIsted and
traded on BISX. Mr Davies added, would
"signal what I consider to be a watershed
event in our capital markets. A formalisa-
tion of our debt and equity markets.
"You get _\our house in order before you
mvite people to come in. It sends a clear sig-
nal to the world that we've got our act
together, know what we're doing and are
open for business.
BISX's electronic platform, apart frolfi
performing liamg and trading functions for
government-registeredstockandTreasury
Bill issues, would also provide clearing and
settlement functions.
By transferring the Government d bt
market on to the exchange, it is hoped that
cost savings will accrue to both the admin-
istration and Bahamian taxpayers. It will
also involve multiple sectors of the Bahami-
an fmancial services industry.
Outstanding issues of government-regis-
tered stock number more than 100, and

SEE page 2B


rent reduction was only a step-
ping stone, addint that those
bmits could be reduced further
in the liext 12 months.
Mr lthiler said the only reason
ibe US fishermen should object
was if the\ were coming into the
country to fish commercially,
which is agains(the law.
Otherwise, he said the new
limits should not be a problem
for true sportsmen who practice
catch and release, and ate not
trying to return to the US with
freezers full of fish
--We cannot go into the Unit-
ed States and do whatever we
want, so all we are asking is that
then they come into our coun-
try, they abide by our rules,"
Mr Miller said.
In an article by Michelle Shel-
done of Scripps news service,
Adam Witner claimed that:
"There's got to be some lunacy,
some strangeness going on over
there."
Palm Beach Gardens mort-
gage broker John Slattery, of
Jupiter, said in the same article:
"When you go over there and
you spend a couple thousand
dollars and you can only bring
back six lobsters and 20 pounds
of fish, it just doesn't make
sense to go there any more."
On the online forum Out-
doorsbest, Florida fishermen are
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Bahamas-bised brokeddealers
were likely to "take more
advantage df the ability given
to them by the Central Bank m
respect to pDRs. The mecha-
msm is m p14ce to handle that".
The exchange control amend-
ments allows broker/dealers to
.create Bahamian Depository
Receipt (BDR) mutual funds
to enable bokh Bahamian insti-
tutional and(retail investors to
invest in stocks listed overseas.
However, the combined value
of these funds cannot exceed
$25 million abually.
"We expect next year to be a
very active ear m terms of
developers t, assuming the
economy stays the same and
continues to row," Mr Davies
said. "We e pect at BISX a
potentially ve interesting year
for product development and
listiligs. We ae putting in place
the things we aid we would.


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g government


information is critical for the
public to understand the true
sustymability of the proposed
plan. In other countries where
such plans have been imple-
mented costs through the
. years have spiralled out of con-
trol. ,
could find ourselves in
the ame kind of situation.
Then it will be determined that
the 4.3 per cent tax is insuffi-
clen) and the tax will be
increased or services to the
pubhp willneed to be curtailed.
Our country cannot afford
such a anscalculation.
"The National Coalition for
He Care Reform reiterates
its u animous support for
heal h care reform. Every
Baha an should be provided
with access to quality health
care tand none amongst us
should suffer undue hardship
beca se they cannot afford it,
We ve a responsibility to
assist who genuinely can-
not h lp themselves.
"This is not a partisan or rich
versus poor issue, as has been
characterized by some. Our
Coalition partners represent
hundreds of employers and
tens of thousands of union
members and insured employ-
eeswhphaveraisedlegitimate
question s about their right of
choice d the sustainability
of the proposed programme.
We fidd such divisiveness
counter oductive."


THE ability of private health
insurers to provide policies that
supplementNhae G
pnsupance (NHI) scheme will
be critical in determining the
lan's implementation date, a
former Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce resident said yes-
terday
Winston Rolle told The Tri-
bune that art from creating a
to notchTechnolo stem
to erate and adm is r the
NHIp plan, the availability of
su elemental private health
an rance coverage would
weigh heavily in determining
the implementation date.
This was due to the way the
NHI Bill was written, in par-
ticular Clause 14, which the
Government said is designed
to ensure that employees cur-
rentl covered by their
employer's group health insur-
ance lan are no worse off


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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 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.obtaining
the prior written approval of
the Minister".
Meanwhile, Mr Rolle said
the Government was "going to
require some significant tech-
nology investment to start the
plan".
"People will have to have
the swipe card, and there will
have to be medical records
throughout the system," Mr
Rolle said.
"That's quite an undertak-
ing, so all that will have an
effect on the implementation
date for the NHI plan."
Mr Rolle said that despite
repeated promises, the Gov-
ernment had failed to deliver


to the National Coalition for
Healthcare Reform the
grouping of private sector,
trade unions and medical asso-
ciations any of the documents
it had requested to enable it
to analyse the NHI plan and
Its impact,
The Coalition is due to meet
with the Government on NHI
tomorrow, and Mr Rolle said it
had again been promised the
documents it had requested.
"Those documents are going
to be paramount to our next
steps," Mr Rolle said. We
need to understand what is
being proposed, so we can sub-
jectively give input."
The Coalition previously
said that among the mforma-
tion essential for it to evaluate
the plan, and which it had not
received, were actuarial studies
on NHI; income and cost pro-
jections for the 10, 15 and 20-
year periods after implemen-
tation; a study on the econom-
ic impact NHI would have; and
"a complete report on the
components, cost and financing
of NHI".
Other information yet to be
receivedwasananalysisofthe
National Insurance Board's
(NIB) ability tq administer the
NHI scheme, an update on
improvements made to NIB,
and plans to enhance health
system infrastructure and
administration.
The Coalition said: "That


once they are switched to the
Governnient's mandatory NHI
plan.
Effectively,.after NHI is
implemented, if its health ben-
efits package is less than what
an employee was previously
offered by his private group
health plan, the employer has
to purchase supplemental pri-
vate msurance.
Mr Rolle told The Tribune:
"The whole supplemental
insurance aspect is a key ele-
ment, as employers who offer
private group health insurance
take a look at the net effect
NHI will have.
"What are the benefits of
NHI? What is not covered, and
what coverage will I have to
find elsewhere, and who will
offer the supplemental insur-
ance I need togpt?"


Monty Braithwaite, Coli-
nalmperial Insurance Compa-
ny's president, said in yester-
day's Tribune that global expe-
rience showed it took five to
seven years for insurers to
develop supplemental private
insurance coverage to supple-
ment government-sponsored
schemes such as NHI.
"A lot of the data suggests
insurance comes back in varied
formats, but it takes five to sev-
en years. What do insurance
companies do in that interven-
mg period?" Mr Braithwaite
said.
"How much coverage can
we provide? What happens to
our infrastructure staff, sys-
tems?"
Clause 14 (1) of the NHI Bill
says that despite any agree-
ment a Bahamian employer


vacuum... All of us in this rdom are partners. .
"I want to challenge eackof us to take our
partnership to a higher level. Our industry faces
many challenges and presents many opportu-
nities for the young, up-com hospitality pro-
fessionals who are out there
"As partners we've worked well together, but
my two years as president tells me that there is
room for improvement Wet have got to stop
getting bogged down. Our ppitnership needs to
be stronger. We could go so much further if we,
as partners, trusted one another more and real-
isied that we are in the same boat."
Mr Bethel also said: "We've\done great things
together."However, ising our potential and we ma#t for the sake of
our industry and our nation thke our partner-
ships to a much greater levet'f
The Tribune apologises Ed any confusion
which might have occurred.


IN an article appearing in the Tribune Bust-
ness section on December 12, 2006, Earle
Bethell, current president of the Bahamas Hotel
Association, was quoted telling hoteliers at their
annual Christmas luncheon "not to get bogged
down by competitiveness, but to trust each oth-
er more"
The article thrther quoted Mr Bethel as say-
ing: "We need to be stronger and realize that we
are all in the same boat", adding that despite the
many advances the industry has made, there
was still room for improvement. "I challenge
you to create new opportunities for the hospi-
tality industry."
Mr BethelPs message was not intended for
BHA association members, but was intended
to be a challenge for its partners.
According to a printed text of his remarks, Mr
Bethel said: "What1 want to emphasis in that we
don't and cannot do what we do alone in a


ments of a full listing, but still
wanted to abide by a set of rules
and market disclosure require-
ments.
By virtue of the government
debt market, Mr Davies said
both current and potential mar-
ket participants would see the
development of new trading,
clearing and settlement plat-
forms.
"Rather than rush ahead",
Mr Davies said BISX was focus-
ing on one growth project at a
time, avoiding the pitfalls of try-
ing to do too much, too quickly,
and ramping up its business m
the hope -rather than the
knowledge that thmgs would
take off.
Once the government debt
market was behind it, BISX
would look "to turn on other
product streams", Mr Davies
s aid.
He added that in 2007,


have a total value of more than
$1.6 billion,
Mr Davies indicated previ-
ously that the listing and trading
of this on BISX, in addition to
Treasury bills and other gov-
ernment paper, would more
than double the exchange's $2.7
billion market capitalization and
ive it critical mass
8.It would increase investment
options for Bahamians, deepen
capital markets liquidity, and
improve transparency associat-
ed with public sector debt
issues.
Mr Davies said yesterday that
getting the government debt
market fully functioning would
aid other initiatives to broaden
the capital markets, such as
BISX's plan for an incubator
listing tier.
This would attract smaller
Bahamian comp anies who did
not want to meet the require-


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lars. Yet to be realistic, he
explained that the country
dnt lyc o ei a tru d
above the amount that would
have happened naturally.
These credits could then be
sold to developed nations, in
lieu of reducing their own car-
bon emissions, and the
Bahamas would benefit from
improved infrastructure.
Mr Knaus added that if the
f mh sn td sPbneeg
lobbying now to be approved
as a Clean Development
Mechanism (CDM) approved
sink, and suggested that it be
would be more viable if it part-
nered with many counties to
receive the designation.
Mr Knaus said the Bahamas
needs to enhance its carbon
sink potential, adding that
there are a number of possi-
ble ways to do this after con-
ductmg thorough research.
His suggestions melude.
Increasing coral reefs, as
they are composed of carbon-
ate and capture carbon direct-
ly.
Widening the mangrove
fringe on the west side of
Andros, north side of Grand
Bahama and other areas,
which would build up a signif-
icant layer of carbonate sedi-
ment, while at the same time
provide additional storm pro-
tection.
Increasing sand deposition
over the interior of the banks
arid moving sand to deeper
water.
Find ways to make more
environmentally-friendly
cement, as cement is the
tairbgest mdusCr a21 process n-
"Clearly, if these ideas are
practical, they would bring real
benefits to the Bahamian ecol-
ogy and eeenomy, and would
; help preserve the islands for
future generanons," Mr Knaus
sa@fore this happens, howev-
er, he said there would have
to be scientific research.
He added that the "ordi-
nary" Bahamian would be able
to benefit from the creation of
jobs for building and main-
taining carbonate deposit
enhancements by divers, boat
captains, equipment operators
and lab technicians, which
might be more appealing than
the tourism sector.


a By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Banks could
serve as the gateway to devel-
oping an entirely new Indus-
try in the Bahamas, trapping
carbon dioxide emissions and
reducing global warming in the
process.
Bob Knaus, in an article for
the Nassau Institute, explained
ai a hs gacBr si
an area that increases its
uptake of carbon dioxide in
response to higher atmospher-
ic carbon dioxide levels.
These sinks play a major role
in reducing the amount of car-
bon dioxide that is released
into the atmosphere each year.
Due to such sinks, only 3.2GtC
( one billion metric tones of
Carbon) from the 8.5GTC
released annually accumulates
in the atmosphere.
According to Mr Knaus, the
sinks are therefore thought to
be natural biologic and geo-
logic processes that help keep
the earth's carbon budget in
balance.


He pointed out that the
Bahama Banks cover 131,900
sq2 re il ete nti
banks. He said this is ybout 3
pex cent of the annual carbon
dioxide human emissions.
Mr Knaus said the potential
carbon sinks could be worth
"an enormous sum, although
getting an exact answer is
tricky".
"Various technical methods
muenn roTe t doPcva
ture carbon emissions and bury
them underground or deep in
the ocean. The US Depart-
ment of Energy estimates these
technologies to cost in the
range of $100 to $300 per
tonne of carbon, and has a pro-
ject underway which hopes to
reduce this cost to $15 per
tonne by 2015. The US forest
Service points out that growing
more trees might capture car-
bon at a cost of $30-$90 per
tonne," he added.
Therefore, Mr Knaus said
that if the carbon currently
captured in the Bahamas
Banks could be marketed, it
would be worth billions of dol-


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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div S P/E Yield
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 0.65 0.65 0.00 -0.293 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 10.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.00 11.00 0.00 1.889 0.400 6.5 3.64%
8.03 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 8.03 8.03 0.00 0.796 0.260 10.1 3.24%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.76 0.76 0.00 0.265 0.020 2.9 2.63%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.75 1.75 0.00 0.168 0.060 10.4 3.43%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.25 1.25 0.00 0.170 0.050 7.4 4.00%
9.99 9.05 Cable Bahamas 9.99 9.99 0.00 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.40%
2.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 0.078 0.040 24.4 2.11%
12.51 9.00 Commonwealth Bank 12.51 12.51 0.00 0.943 0.680 12.5 5.28%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.94 4.84 -0.10 0.134 0.045 36.8 0.91%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.295 0.000 8.5 0.00%
6.21 5.54 Famguard 5.79 5.79 0.00 0.552 0.240 10.5 4.15%
12.02 10.70 Finco 12.02 12.02 0.00 0.779 0.570 15.4 4.74%
14.15 10.05 FirstCaribbean 14.15 14.15 0.00 0.927 0.550 15.3 3.89%
12.55 10.00 Focol 12.55 12.55 0.00 1.476 0.500 8.5 3.98%
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete 0.55 0.55 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.15 ICD Utilities 7.15 7.15 0.00 0.532 0.135 13.4 1.89%
9.10 8.52 J. S. Johnson 8.60 8.60 0.00 0.588 0.560 14.6 6.51%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.269 0.195 7.9 1.95%
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10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.20 0.021 0.000 26.2 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
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?.4723 2.2982 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.472341**
1.2074 1.1442 Colina Bond Fund 1.207411""
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PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2006


telling The Tribune: "The
BHA has been trying to get
that off the table completely.
The room is complimentary as
well as the tax. Taxes should
not be charged for compli-
mentary rooms, is what they're
saying. The matter has not
been resolved yet. It's in nego-
tiations."
Meanwhile, BHA hotel
members have, since October
31, 2006, been advised to dif-
ferentiate between the gov-
ernment room tax, resort levy,
and other gratuities and fees
their individual property
charges on all guest forms.
This move, apart from
addressing the Hotel Licens-
ing Department's requirement
that room tax be noted sepa-
rately, "was issued to prevent
misrepresentation by some
hotels in the posting of taxes,
levies and fees".
The BHA added: "In fact, a
survey of hotels found that a
number of properties who
were not members of the BHA
or a Promotion Board were
collecting the equivalent of
promotion board levies under
the guise of it being a govern-
ment tax."
One source told The Tri-
bune: "In the Out Islands, it
was occurring frequently."


public and private sectors and
for providing complimentary
rooms for charitable purposes
and other goodwill," the BHA
said in its annual report.
"The industry further argues
that focus should be placed on
enforcement efforts directed


at those properties which may
be abusing the system, rather
than discouraging those oper-
ators who are committed to
revenue-producing activities."
Complimentary, or free,
rooms are given by hotels to
the likes of visiting journalists
and travel writers, boosting the
Bahamian tourism industry's
public relations and marketing
activities.
The practice also boosts
charity and community good-
will, and a BHA survey of 16
other Caribbean countries
showed that none imposes
room taxes on complimentary
rooms. Rather, they are grant-
ed tax exemptions, due to the
economic and social benefits
they provide by linkmg busi-
ness with the community.
Frank Comito,. the BHA's
executive vice-president, yes-
terday confirmed that the col-
lection .of taxes on compli-
mentary rooms had been
placed on hold until the issue
was resolved in talks between
the Government and hotel
industry.
"I believe they're reviewing
the situation, so our request
has been adhered to that way,"
Mr Comitossaid.
Obie Wilchcombe, minister
of tourism, confirmed this,


concerns that some hotel prop-
erties are underreporting room
taxes, and avoiding collection.
However, it has renewed its
efforts to impose the room tax
on complimentary rooms from
this summer onwards, a previ-
ous effort in March 2004 hav-


ing been halted by hotel indus-
try lobbying.
"BHA has argued against
the inherent unfairness of
penalizing hotels for con-
tributing to marketing and pro-
motional efforts, which gener-
ate additional revenue for the


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experience in developing office,
industrial, retail, leisure and res-
idential projects in Ireland, the
UK and other countries,
Prime Minister Perry Christie
last week indicated World
Investments Holdings' bid to
purchase the Royal Oasis had
run into trouble, with the group
restructuring into a mix of old
and new investors,
It now has to satisfy Lehman
Brothers and the Government
that it has the financial muscle
and wherewithal to complete
the purchase, and can bring in
world-class hotel and casino
operators.
Jethro Miller, the attorney for
World Investment Holdings,
told The Tribune on Sunday the
negotiations were continuing.
He said the talks are still
favourable.
"There are some details that
both parties need from each
other, and hopefully this will be
done, if not on the weekend,
certainly on Monday. But it is a
question of ability and cost on
one side, and timing from the
other. The seller wants the
provability, and the restructure
group wants some assurance as
to what time they will be able to
take control," he said.
News that the World Invest-


ments Holdings bid had run into
trouble came as little surprise
to a number of people, not least
the residents of Freeport and
Grand Bahama who have
expressed skepticism about the
group's ability to pull it off.
Mr Wilchcombe had previ-
ously indicated to The Tribune
that the Government was keep-
ing all options open in case
World Investments Holdings
failed to complete the purchase.

Saga
The ongoing saga involving
the Royal Oasis, which closed in
September 2004 after it was
severely damaged by Hurricane
Frances, has seriously affected
Grand Bahama's economy,
resulting in the displacement of
more than 1,200 workers
employed at the resort.
The effects of the closure
have been felt throughout
Grand Bahama, particularly in
business closures in the Inter-
national Bazaar.
When the Royal Oasis closed
in September 2004, its opera-
tor, Driftwood (Freeport), had
left liabilities of at least $22 mil-
lion. Much of that money, some
$16 million, was owed in casino
taxes.


However, the resort also
owed the hotel pension funds
$4.1 million as of January 2005.
Other creditors included the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
Group of Companies, Grand
Bahama Power, the National
Insurance Board (NIB), and
private companies on Grand
Bahama.
Apart from Seyed Moghani,
the original mvestors m World
Investment Holdings include its
chief executive Keith St Clair,
who is also chief executive of
Coral Gables-based Internet
travel agency, TraveLeaders, a
father-and-son duo who are
both called Fernando Alvarez,
and Idalberto Rodriguez.
World Investment Holdings'
Bahamian partner is Lawrence
Chisholm & Associates, an
architectural and planning firm
based on Elizabeth Avenue in
Nassau. The company will be
the lead architect and planner in
the investors' bid to revive the
Royal Oasis, once the deal is
closed. .
The resort's attraction to
investors has been reduced
because it is not located on the
beach, and it will need massive
redevelopment and investment
to upgrade the properties
before they can be opened.


because the place is like a dump. Now, with
the fishing limits, forget it. The Keys will
gladly take my money. I spend over $4,000
every time I go to the islands."
"I will no longer be going on week trips to
Foxtown, Walkers, Rosies, etc..., yet alone
making a longer trip to Chub, Cat, etc.:.
Too much money to catch one fish, and
Public sells Kaliks. After all the rebuilding
they've had to do, they are really going to
be hurting after everyone stops going over
there," said Redbone.
"I can only imagine how much this will
hurt the Island of Grand Cay (my choice of
the Bahamas to visit). The place is already
struggling enough with the loss of Walkers
Cay, now they will lose all their summer


weekend warriors. That's like an easy 10
grand a week income to a small island that
can use a boost to their economy in any
way. At least it will stay remote, I guess,"
said Grin in the same forum.
The proposed limits are as follows:
Reduce the bag limit for pelagic fish, such
astypicallyreleasedsharksbullishandbar-
racuda, from six per person to six per boat.
Pelagic fish also melude tuna, wahoo,
dolphin and kingfish that anglers keep.
Anglers are to be restricted to 20 pounds
of grouper and snapper per boat.
And, all fish must be kept "with head
and tail intact while aboard a vessel or trans-
ported by air." Also, there is to be no har-
vesting of conch at all.


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1993 C&F 585Q
2000 C&F 8250
1995 C&F 2900
1996 C&F 3150
1996 C&F 3600
1997 C&F4350
1997 C&F 4200
1993 C&F 5500
1993 C&F 5500
1996 C&F 6850
1996 C&F5250
1997 C&F 8350
1997 C&F 8350
1995 C&F 4150
1996 C&F 2900
1998 C&F 8550
1998 C&F 8950
1997 C&F 9300
1999 C&F 3450
1997 C&F 3200
1997 C&F 3150
1999 C&F 4800
1999 C&F 4550
1999 C&F 4550
1997 C&F3450
1997 C&F 4200
1998 C&F 3850
1997 C&F 4400
1997 C&F 4250
1997 C&F 4400
1997 C&F 4000
1997 C&F 4150


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66011 Toyota Corolla
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65882 Toyota Corona
65836 Toyota Corona
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66168 Toyota Windom
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66044 Toyota Windom
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66167 Toyota Windom
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65884 Toyota Carib
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65328 Toyota RAV4
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1995 C&F 3100
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1997 C&F 4450
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1997 C&F 4600
1993 C&F 5500
1993 C&F 5100
1996 C&F 6400
1997 C&F 3450
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1998 C&F4100
1999 C&F 4200
1995 C&F 3250
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1997 C&F 3250
1997 C&F 4000
1997 C&F 3750
1999 C&F 4750


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investment in the resort as pos.
sible, and therefore will want
to maximize the sales price.
That was why, at a New York
auction, the private equity firm
went with the World Invest-
ments Holdings bid of $40 mil-
lion. The World Investments
Holdings group were latecom-
ers to the bidding process, but
managed to squeeze out both
Harcourt and the Canada-head-
quartered Barlow Group, which
had also offered $40 million.
So while the Government and
Grand Bahama Port Authority
might want Harcourt to acquire
the Royal Oasis, their wishes
might not coincide with those
of Lehman Brothers, which
holds the trump card.
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That is likely to prove an
obstacle to closing any deal, as
is Lehman Brothers' demand
that any buyer serious about
negotiating with it pay a $1 mil-
lion non-refundable deposit.
Harcourt owns the boutique
Carlisle Bay resort in Antigua,
and has more than 40 years'


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urging their peers to call or e-mail the
Department of Fisheries and boycott the
Bahamas.
"What was Minister Leslie Miller think-
ing when they passed these new regula-
tions? I say it's time for Florida's 'Sport
Fishermen' to just say NO and stop going
over. Let's spend our money in places
where it is appreciated. Then maybe in six
months or so into 2007, these guys will
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and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 19th day of December, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


13\liAMAS WASTE LIMITED


LONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (unaudited)
Seprentirer30 December31
2006 2005


Amounts icceivable, net 1,224,723 1,181,584
Imentory and other 425,105 301.373
Loans 27,288 4,561
Total current assets 2,030,185 1,500,418
Non-current assets
phant and equipment, net (notes 5 and 8)

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities
uoite ble and accrued liabilities 407,545 3 ,
Security deposits 309,348 286,458
Told liabilities 716,893 654.206
Shareholders' equity

Slithorized 10,u000,00i0s ,0 reach 42,000 42,000
Contributed surplus 2,752,113 2,752,113
Retained eamings 4,536,597 3,845,483
Total shareholders' equity 7,330,710 6,639,596
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 8,047,603 $ 7,293,802
See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed interim financial statements.
BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED


Nine months ended September30
2006 2005
Sales and senices rendered $ 5,089,036 $ 4,015,055
Cost of saWs and dilect expenses 3,204,184 2,621,864
Gross prolir 1,884,852 1,393,191

Operating 1,186,327 1,068,149
Interest and bank charges 7,411 7,153
Total operating expenses 1,193,738 1,075,302
Net income from operations 691,114 317,889
Retained earnings at beginning of period 3,845,483 3,635,169
4,536,597 3,953,058
Dividends (252,000)
Retainedehruingsatendof period $ 4,536,597 $ 3,701,058
Earnings per share (note3) $ 0.16 $ 0.08

See accompanying notes to unaudited co(rdensed interim financial statements
BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS unauditedd)
Nine months ended September
2006 2005
Cash and cash equivalents provided by (used for):


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INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that 1, TERECITA COX of #6
East Beach Dr, P.O.Box F-40993, Freeport, Bahamas, intend
to change my child's name from DONALD SCOTT MILFORT
to DONALD SCOTT COX. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Deputy Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box F-43536, Grand
Bahama, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.






NOTICE is hereby given that ALIOS PIERRF OF 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




N OTIC E

NOTICE is hereby given that PATRICIA L. ROLLE OF
P. O. BOX EE-17331, 12 CHESAPEAKE ROAD,.NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
aS 8 Citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reasoli why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days frorn the 19th day of
December, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.






NOTICE is hereby given that LIVITA JEAN SIMON OF #44
FOURTH STREET, THE GROVE, 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.12TH day of DECEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


N OTIC E

NOTICE is hereby given that GUMMYSON AUGUSTIN OF
MOUNT ROYAL AVENUE, 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 19th day of December, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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NOTICE is hereby givers that ODALAINE ADOLPH OF 75
EAST BEACH DRIVE, 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2000 to the Minister

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Seeaccompanyingnotestounauditedcondensediaterimfinancialstatements
BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
September30,2006
1. CORPORATE INFORMATION
Bahamas Waste Limited ("BWL") was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas on August 18, 1987 under the name of Bahlimas Waste Systems Limited. On December
""' 'he Company changed its nameto Bahamas Waste Limited. The latest audited accounts of
the HWL .vete prepared on December 31, 2005.
The quarter ends of BWL fall on March 31, June 30 and September 30, with the year end of the
Company being December 31.

2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
These condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International
Accounting Standard 34, Interim Financial Reporting, using the same accounting policies applied in
theDecember31,2005auditedfinancialstatements.

3. EARNINGSPERSHARE -
I unungs pa share were calculated based on the shares outstanding at the end of the period, which
appeninued oveingeshares outstanding during the period.
2006 2005


BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
September 30, 2006
4. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONs
The following table provides the total amount of transactions which have been entered into with
related parties during the nine months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005.


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The Compquy guarantees its compactors for a 60-day period frorn the date of purchase The
Company is reimbursed by the manufacturer for any claims paid under such guarantees.
UNAUDITEDFINANCIALSTATEMENTS
BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED .
SEPTEMBER 30, 2006


IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
situate on the northern and southern side of S.C. Bootle highway,
approximately two (2) miles east of Wood Cay settlement on the
northern coast of Little Abaco Island, one of the islands in the
n the Ccunmanw thtof IThelBabamas and comprising of

AND

IN THE MATTER of a Quieting Titles
Act 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
Arthur H. Lowe


NOTICE


NOtice is hereby given that Arthur Havelock
Lowe Jr. is applying to the Supreme Court of the
COH11T1011WORith Of The Bahamas to have his title
to the following investigated under Section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act 1959 and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
Of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act. A plan of the
Said land may be inspected during normal working
hours at the following places:



L "ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of
land situate on the northern and
SOuthernsideofS.C.Bootle
highWay, appTOXimately two (2)
.
miles east of Wood Cay settlement
011 the northern coast of Little
Abaco Island, one of the .
. ,
islands in the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas and comprising of
two-hundred and eighteen (218)
&CreS of land"


Copies of the same may be inspected during
IlOrmal office hours at the following places:


a) The Registry of the Supreme Court of Nassau '
Bahamas


b) The Chambers of Andrew C. Allen Law
Chambers, 204 Lagoon Court, Olde Towne,
Sandyport, Nassau, The Bahamas.

- c) The Administrator's Office Cooper's Town
Abaco. The Bahamas.


Any person who objects to the granting
of the said Certificate of Title is required to file
in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitionet
Or their attorney a Statement of undersigned a
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Statement of his, her or its Claim in the prescribed
FOrm verified by an Affidavit served-< crewith
by failure of any such person to file and serve a
Statement of his, her or its Claim aforesaid non
COmpliance with this Notice will erate as a bar to
such claim.



Andrew C Allen Chambers
204 Lagoon Court
Olde Townes, Sandyport
NRSSau, The Bahmas


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FUNCOLTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given in pursuance of Section 226 of The Companies Act,
1992 (as amended) that the Directors of the above-named company by
Resolution passed on the 4th day of November 2006 resolved that the
companybe wound up voluntarily forthwith and that the Liquidator is
Mr Bennet R. Atkinson of Ronald Atkinson & Co., Chartered Accountants,
Marron House, Virgina and Augusta Streets, EO. Box N-8326,
Nassau, Bahamas.
All persons having claims against the above-named company are requested
to submit particulars of such claims and proofs thereof in writing to the
Liquidator, Mr Bennet R. Atkinson, Marron House, Virgina and Augusta
Streets, EO. Box N-8326, Nassau, Bahamas no later than the 18th day of
March 2007, after which date the books will be closed and the assets of the
companydistributed.
Dated the 18th day of December 2006.

Bennet R. Atkinson
Liquidator


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Mr. WillianfB. Sands, Jr., President & CEO of Commonwealth Bank is
pleased to announce the following appointment:


Our client, a leading Bahamian company, is seeking applications for
the position of Financial Controller.

The Financial Controller will be located in New Providence. The
successful candidate should possess:

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

* A Bachelor's degreein Accounting or related field. Professional
accounting designation CA or CPA.

* At least five (5) years of experience in accounting, finance and
budgeting. Leadership, management and direct supervision
experience. Previous direct experience in planning and executing
all aspects of financial accounting and budgetary functions.

RESPONSIBILITIES

* Manage the financial affairs of the company
* Provide proactive advice and information to the Managing
* Director and other executives
* Supervise the accounting department
* Ensure accurate and timely interim and annual financial
reporting
* Lead annual budget exercise
* COordinate annual audit process
* Manage cashflow and treasury functions
* Manage investor/Board of Director relations
* Participate in the development of the strategic plan
* Any other related duties, as necessary

The successful candidate will be offered a very attractive base
Salary alOng with performance-based bonuses.

Qualified individuals should submit, by post or email, complete
resumes, including salary requirements and references before
December 29, 2006 to:
Mark E. Munnings
Partner
Deloitte & Touche
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
or
Email: mmunnings@deloitte.com.bs


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Mr.William B.5ands, Jr., President and CEO, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Mrs. Monique Mason as
Manager; Credit Card Centre effeelive November 27
200'


An employee of the bank for almost 20 years, Ivirs. Mason
has moved up the ranks of the bank in various positions
including Assistant Manager and Manager Corpolate
Accounts. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern
University obtaining both her Bachelors of Scrence and
Masters degrees in Business Administration. Over the
yea 5 Mrs. Mason ha proven to be an exemplary employee. She is self motivated and hard
war ing, and has. demonstrated the technical and human skills required to be all effective
manager of the Credit Card Centre
Her previous experience, educational background and dedication to the bank will allow for a
smooth transition in he new role. We are confident that Mrs. Mason will provide stron,
leader ship to stimulate and motivate her team to achieve the goals and objectives of the Bank
and eve wish her every success as she takes. on this new challenge


William Syds,
President 8f CEO


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BAHAMAS NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO
INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR

UNESCO YOUNG
PROFESSIONALS
PROGRAMME 2007

The Objectives of the Programme are:
* To improve the geographical distribution in the Secretariat
* To contribute to the rejuvenation of staff and to increase the representation
of women
* To ensure continuity and efficiency in the administrative services of the
secretariat

Requirements:
1. Nationals of non-represented or under-represented Member States of
UNESCO
2. Under thirty years of age as of 1st May 2006 .
3. A university degree in one of the following fields:
1. Education (Higher Education, Promotion of Public Education,
Educational Planning)
2. Water Sciences (Water Management)
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3. Social and Human Sciences (Philosophy; Ethics of Science &
Technology
4. Culture (Promotion and Protection of Cultural Diversity)
5. Management Information Systems (SAP)
6. Financial Administration (Accounting, Financial Analysis, Budget)
4. Excellent Knowledge of English or French, Knowledge of both working
languages.are an asset.
Recruitment:
The selected candidates will be recruited with a one year contract at P-1 level.
Upon satisfactory completion of the contract, the candidate would be offered a
post on UNESCO's permanent staff. The deadline for submission of
applications is 27th December 2006.
For Applications, Please contact:
www.unesco.org/ or Bahamas National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology, Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, Bahamas,
P.O.Box N 3913/4, Tel:(242) 502-8215/8204


The College of The Bahamas
Registration for Spring Semester 012007
.
Registration for Spring Semester 012007 for
New Students (January 3 4) and
Late Registration/add/drop (January 8 9)
will take place at the campus locations listed below.
School/ Location New Student
Academic Unit Registration Only

Business B26
Continuing Education Records
& Extension Services
Culinary Hospitality BTTC7
Management Institute
Education E12
Nursing Allied & Health GCC120 T25
Professions
Sciences & Technology T25
Social Sciences Al3
English Studies
Communication &
Creative Arts
1. During New Student Registration, School Meetings/Advisement/Registration
and Payment will be held between the hours 2:00pm 6:00pm January 3, 2007
and 9:00am 6:00pm January 4, 2007.
2. Late registration will be held January 9 10, 2007 between the hours 9:00am
6:00pm.
For further information, contact the Records Department, Portia Smith Student
Services Centre, Tel: 302-4312/4522.

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.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOW$'


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Cu h d ank balances $ 162 443
Receivables, net of provisions 326 673
Merchandise inventories, net of provisions 5,593 5,667
Other current assets 1,069 800
Insurance proceeds receivable 85
Properties identified for sale 8,898 12,491
Net assets of discontinuing operations 472 2,886
16,520 23,045
Capital Assets
P rtye and buildings
Leasehold improvements 2,042 2,157
7,794 8,030
Investments 2,500 -
Goodwill 4,110 4,110
$ 30,924 3'. 180
Uabilities arid Shareholders' Equity .
Current liabilities
Bank overdraft $ 1,672 587
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 6,674 6,740
Current portion of bank loans 2,688 2,604
Current portion of preference shares 2,000 2,000
13,034 11,931
Long-term liabilities
Bank loans 4,595 7,142
Preference shares 5,900 5,900
10,495 13,042
Shareholders' equity
Ordlylary shares 7,946 7,946
Capital paid in excess of par 2,908 2,908
Property revaluation surplus 697 697
Accumulated deficit (4 1 3

$ 30,924 35,185
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS


ross rofit 10,514 9,63
Selling, general and administration (10,471) (10,112)
Other income 123 118
Net operating profit / (loss) 167 (363)
Interest e ense (299) (512)
Dividends on preference shares (401) (401)
Insurance proceeds 3,036
Net (loss) profit from continuing operations (533) 1,760
Net loss from discontinuing operations (784) (925)
Restructuring charge on (1,500) (625)
Net (loss) / profit for the per d 5 2,817) 210
(Loss) / Eamings per share ( 0.177) $0.013

CONSOLED AT ED STATEMENT
OF SHAREHOLDER S' EQ UITY

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No.ot (Accumulated bhare Contributed Revaluation lotal
shares canon capital sualus surplus
(restate*
January31,2006 15,892 $ (1;339) 7,946 2,908 697 10,212
Net loss for period (2,817) - (2,817)
July 31, 2006 15,892 (4,156) 7,946 2,908 697 7,395
January 31, 2005 15,892 7,946 2,908 660 11,514
Net profit for period 210 - 210
July31,2005 15,892 $ 210 7,946 2,908 660 11,724


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Operating cash flow before changes in working capital 352 3,855

Working capital source/(use)
Merchandising inventories 1,731 327
Accounts receivable 194 298
Other current assets (738) (296)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (1,064) 703
Net cash provided by operating activities 475 4,887
Investing activities source/(use)
Additions to capital assets (797) (910)
Investments - e ; (2,500)
Proceeds from sale of assets 67
Proceeds from disposals of capital assets 3,999
Net cash provided by / (used in) investing activities 702 (843)
Financing adMtles source/(use)
Repayment of bank loans (4,963) (1,403)
Proceeds from bank loans 2,500
Dividends paid on preference shares (356) (356)
N91CSSh used in financing activities (2,819) (1,759)
(Decrease)/increase in cash $ (1,642) 2,285
Cash, beginning of period 153 (374)
CRSh, end of period (1,489) 1,911
Change fQf p600d $ (1,642) 2,285
CaSh and cash equivalents comprise cash less bank overdrafts.


The table below summarises business segment information for the six months ended July 31, 2006 with comparative months ended July 31, 2005.
Food Distribution Food Franchise Real Estate/Corporate Consolidated
2006 2005 2006 2005 2006 2005 2006 2005
Sales 30,800 27,887 4,996 4,780 - 35,796 32,667
Gross profit 7,301 6,549 3,214 3,082 - 10,515. 9,631
Gross profit% 23.7 23.5 64.3 64.5 - 29.4 29.5
0 reatin necnome 278 17 833 607 (944) (987) 196
Dividends on preference shares (401) (401)
Net loss on continuing operaUons (533J (1,276)
Insurance proceeds, net of related expenses 3,036
Restructuring charge (1,500) (625)
Loss on discontinuing operations (784) (925)
Net (loss) / profit (2,817) 210
Segment assets 9,646 11,222 1,435 1,906 19,371 22,024 30,452 35,152
Segment liabilities (5,469) (4,212) (478) (567) (17,582) (21,686) (23,529) (26,465)
Net operating assets 4,177 7,010 95/ 1,339 1,789 338 6,923 8,687
Net assets oh discontinuing operations 472 3,037
Consolidated shareholders' equity 7,395 11,724


Gross profit 4,982 4,85p
Selling, general and administration (5,368) (5,290)
Other income 58 59
Net operating loss (328) (381)
Interest expense (116) (263)
Dividends on preference shares (200) (200)
insurance proceeds 2,523
Net (loss) / profit from continuing operations (644) 1,67g
Net loss from discontinuing operations (330) (433)
Restructuring charge - (625)

Net (loss) / profit for the period $ (974) 621
(Loss) / Earnings per share ($0.061) $0.039


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3 months ended


(Expressed in Baham~ilan $000) (unaudited)


July 31,


January 31,


Cash flows from operations
Net (loss)/profit for the period $ (2,(117)
Adjust ts for:and amortization of franchise fees 1,424
Dividends on preference shares 401
Decrease in insurance proceeds receivable 85
Restructuring and im;iairment reserve 1,500
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1. ACCOUN11NG POUCHES
These Interim finandal statements have been prepared In accor-
dance with Intemational Financial Reporting Standards using the
sa accountinNgm id me f n
Report.
g a hI
United, Cost Right Limited, Thompson Wholesale IJmited and
Caribbean Franchise Holdings Umited.
2.DISCONTINUING OPERAnONS
On May 6, 2006, the Board of Directors resolved to divest the Abaco
a oT m WAccor M eFrani
assets/ilabilities are chssified as discontinuing operations in these
interim financial statements.
On June 30, 2006, the sale of Solomon's Abaco for $3.75m plus
inventory was completed. $3.5m of net proceeds received were
used to repay bank debt. On July 31, 2006, the sale of Solomon's
Treasure Cay for $323k was completed,
3. RESTRUCTURING CHARGE
The restructuring charge represents an estimate of the costs Incurred
In disposal of the assets identified in Note 2. The costs include stamp
tax and other soling fees, provision for redundancies and provbIon
for capital losses.
4.PRIOR YEAR ADJUSTMENT
During the current quarter, the Compgny identified an accounting
error in its 2005 financial statements from an understatement of
accounts payable in Its Nassau operations. A review was performed
which resulted in the restatement of the not loss for the year ended
January31,2006fromthepreviouslyreported$302,000to$1.3m.


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The Company's Q2 results were delayed after an extension@Its granted ID 800w the
completion of intemal and extemal reviews of an accounting error in lis 2005 flohncial
statements. We identified an understatement of accounts payable in the Company's
Nassau operations which resulted in an understatement of the nelloes recorded for the
year ended January 31, 2006 now restated at $1.3m compalso to thopteviously reported
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error which has resulted in a significant restatement. It la our responsibility to identify any
such errors, carefully investigate them and address the issues to prevent thent from
happening again all of which we have done. It is now our responsibility to move ahead
and focus on resuming our Company to profitabillly which we know is what you, out
shareholders, the pubile and our team are lookingfor and what we are working hard to do-
Steady progress that is what we are seeing and what we are focused on for the
remainder of the.year building sales, reducing shrink, loss and damage and completing the
divestment process. There is obviously atSI work to be done in addressing-the group'S
challenges and we WIN continue to face hurdles through this process. HOWever, We femalit
confident as a result of the measures we are taking and the improved results in our .
continuing operallons. We thank you.for your continued supportin M process. .

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As you will note from the fmancials enclosed, we are both seeing steady progress and
expenencing challenges in 2006 as we reposthon our Company based on our core market
strategy.
Sales improved steadily in Q2 up 5% over the previous period. We recorded an
operational loss continuing operations of $328k compared to a reported loss of $381k for
the same panod of the previous year. The not loss for the period is $974k compared to a
net profit of $621k reported for the same period last year which had included 52.5m of
Insurance recoveries (02, 2005). Expenses remain well managed despite continued
pressurteolom the competitive marketN m theminflationary effect of the cost on on
during the past year. MargIns have been negatively impacted by the increase in cost of
goods and loss & damage issues.
As reported earlier, the divestment process continued to impact second quarter results -
which reflect a $502k loss. The losses recorded for the company's discontinuing opera-
tions, speciReally Solomon's Abaco and Cost Right Turks, continued to negatively Impact
02 results. We are pleased to report that these losses. have been significantly reduced with
the sale of Solomon's Abaco and wRI be further reduced as we proceed in our divestment.
This is all a part of our arrategy togrisw in what we consider to be our core markets -
focusing on the basics to improve the customerstexpedence, reduce shrink and loss and
damage and increase same store sales. As a leault. our divestment plan of "shrinking to
grow' wit position the Company so that we can begin the process of growth after a number
of years of shrinking sales.






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5 TENNIS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
HAVING helped the Ohio
State Buckeyes turn in a great
first half on the collegiate cir-
cuit, Devin Mullings is looking
forward to competing for a
spot on the Bahamas Lawn
Tenms Association's Davis
Cup team this week.
The Grand Bahamiazi
senior, studying communica-
trons at Ohio State, will 30m
seven other players at the tri-
als that, will start today
through Thursday at the
National Tennis Centre as
they attempt to get out of the
American Zone III t1e next
year.
As the top seed in the trials,
Mullings said his performance
for the Buckeyes has certainly
inspired him to play even bet-
ter here at home before he
returns to com lete the mis-
sion for Ohio State in Janu-
ary .
"I think we have a legati-
mate chance to will the
NCAA Championship title
this year," predicted Mullings,
who rotates between the top
three spots in singles and is
tops in doubles. .
"I think it will be a good
year. So I've been practising
hard trying to get myself teady
and domg my school work.
The actual rankings won't
be released until January just
before the season restimes.
While he anticipates that the
Buckeyes will be among the
top five as a team, he feels
confident that he should crack
the top 40 individual rankings.
During the summer,
Mulling earned three com-
puter points from playing in
a series of satellite tourna-
ments along with fellow Davis
Cuppers Marvin Rolle,
H'Cone Thompson and Bjorn
Munroe, all of whom will be
playing in the trials this week.
Out of the field of players
vymgfor five s ots the others
being Chris Eldon, Jyles Turn-
quest, Jacob Fountain and
Matthew Sands Mullings has


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the best credentials, but he's
not going to let it go to his
head.
He knows that based on
what happened during the
pre-trials this weekend, when
Turnquest, Fountain and
Sands all advanced out of a
field of 12 players, he has to be
on top of his game.
I always come to win and
to dol well," Mullings stressed.
"I haven't lost a trials match
since I've been playing at the.
age of 16. So I don't expect
anything less than for me to
come and win all of my match-
es.
"I expect the same crew to
be playing on the team. I .
expect to see Marvin. We
probably will see some new
faces standmg out (in the tri-
als), but I expect that the same
crew will eventually survive."
At age 21, Mullings said he
just want to make his contri-
bution to the team's success.
a
This is good because you
have something to look for-
ward to. You can come out
here and play some quality
matches. At the same time,
you get a chance to do some-
thmg for your country.
But he admits that, based
on where the Bahamas is, it's
going to be 4 difficult task to
get out of Zone III.
"The number one thing for
us is to get the exposure
because we are a young
team," Mullings remmded the
Bahamian public. "We play
against a lot of top players, so
we should only get stronger
mentally, realism that we can
play with them. :
But we also have to work
on our physical fitness and
play a lot more quality match-
es because we need to learn
how to win. We can only come
to that by playing agamst the
best and understanding what
you have to do.
Once the trials are over,
Mulling said the BITA
should have a good medication
of what talent is available and
then they can start the process
of getting the team to start
gelling as a unit.


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WHILE the William
Construction Jets suf-
fered their first loss in
the Masters Softball
League over the week-
end at the Archdeacon
William Thompson
ourtball Park, the Dog-
house Rangers picked
upDt W f e he of
the league for players
50 years and older, the
Miller Panthers
improved to 2-1 as they
out-slugged the Jets 15-
12, handing them their
first loss in three
mes
pAlso over the week-
end, the Rangers
climbed to 1-2 with a 7-
2 thrashing of the DHL
Lions, who slipped to 1-
2 and the Joshua
Knights (2-1) nipped
the Miller.Lite Royals
(2-1) 9-8
The games brought
the first half of the sea-
son to a close.
Here's a summary
of the games played:
5 Panthers 15, Jets
12: Spurgeon Johnson
went 3-for-4 with a run
batted in, scoring three
rAsn a 2-for-3
with an RBI and two
runs and foster Dorsett
went 2-for-5 with an
RBI and two runs to
lead the Miller Pan-
thers
Roger Demeritte and
Clifford Jones both
went 2-for-4 witli two
RBIs, scoring a run
each in the loss for
Williams' Construction.
Robert Gilbert
picked up the win on
the mound for the ?an-
thers and Mike Dillette
got the loss for the Jets.
5 Rangers 7, Lions 2:
Joey Demeritte was 3-
for-4 with four RBIs '
scoring a run and
Anthony Bowe was 3-
for-3 with two RBIs
and two runs for the
Rangers.
Adrian Sawyer went
1-for-3 with an RBI and
runosh doiDeH s
the winning pitcher for
the Rangers and Mike
Isaacs.got the loss for
the Lions.
A Knights 9, Royals
8: Anthony Robinson
went 3-for-4 with two
RBIs, scoring three .
runs; Sammy Adderley
was 1-fof-1 with two
LRe eanDde owrun2-and
4 with three RBIs for
Joshua.
Joe Jones went 2-for-
4 with two RBIs and a
run scored and Hillary
Deveaux was 1-for-4
with two RBIs and two
runs for Miller Lite.

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Knights and Harold
'Banker' Fritzgerald
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Christmas holiday. The
league will resume
.
action over the week-
end of January 6-7.

Here's a look at the
standings going into the
Chnstmas break:
W L Pct. GB
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a TENNIS .
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
H'CONE Thompson is delighted that he's been invited
to come back and try out for the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association's Davis Cup team.
This is the fourth year that he's been invited and .
Thompson is hoping that he will be on the team again p q pg q
when they travel next year to play m the American Zone
III tx pe to do well. My goal is to make the team," said .

Thompson, who is based in Washington. "I'm going to
come out and play hard and do my best every match.
In town in time to watch some of the pre-trials over the
weekend at the National Tenms Centre, Thompson said
it's a good thing that the BLTA has extended the list of
players invited to try-out.
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will spark more competition among the guys.
"But at the same time, I think it will be good for the
Bahamas because it means that there are a lot more play-
ers to watch. Obviously, only five cagplay on the team,
but it's good that we have a lot moreplayers to choose
from."
At age 25, Thompson said he enjoyed himself so much
the previous three trips that he made that he would like
nothing better than to be able to go back for another trip
next year.
He will have to go through a list of 11 other players,
inclusive of Devin Mullings, Marvin Rolle, Chris Eldon,
Bjorn Munroe and qualifiers Jyles Turnquest, Jacob Foun-
tain and Matthew Sands.
While he's not quite familiar with all of the players,
Thompson said he's been touring with players such as
Mulling, Rolle and Munroe, so he knows what to expect
from the trials.
"It won't be easy because everybody's playing very
well," he reflected.
In preparation for the trials, Thompson has been play-
ing in a number of Futures Tournaments from September
through October, but he hasn't been able to accumulate
-
any computer points.
"My game has improved. It's just a matter of time
before I make it," he said. "Pve been working hard trying
to get ready. I've been pleased with the way I've been
able to progress."
Thompson said he just hopes that he can put it all
together when he steps out on the court this week.





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for the Technicians. The team feH to the hands
of the ScotiaBank Defenders three sels to one.
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By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter
MAURICE 'Cheeks'
Smith showed up in the nick
of time for his team the Sco-
tia Bank Defenders, pulling
out the big guns to take the
first game in the best of five
New Providence Volleyball
Association (NPVA) cham-
pionship series.
Maurice Smith became
the delivery man in the sec-
and and third sets.
His aggressive play lifted
the Defenders to a 3-1 set
victory match over the
tough Twin Brother Tech-
nicians, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21
and 25-22.
The Defenders were hop-
ing to shut-out the Techni-
cians, but the resthent team
closed out the opening set
after the Defenders setter
Device Smith was called
on a net violation.
The call didn't damper
the team's spirits however,
and only served to spur
them on.
The team jumped to an
early 10-5 lead in the sec-
ond set, taking advantage of
the mis-match Maurice
Smith had with Technicians'
setter Elvis Reckley.
.
Choice
The much taller Maurice
Smith signaled to his setter
to push the ball on t-he
antenna, giving the choice
to pound the ball down the
line or hard across court.
With so many hitting
options, and an open back-
court for him to drill the
ball down, his first selection
was the down line shot.
Even though the thunder-
ous spike by Maurice Smith
slammed Peter Ferguson in
the chest, Reckley was able
to get his hands on it, and
wasted no time pushing it
to his big hitter Renaldo
Knowles.
Knowles, who was having
a rough time in the second
set, slapped the ball into the
net.
The attacking error by
Knowles forced the Techni-
cians to call a time-out, but
the break didn't stop Mau-
rice Smith.
Maurice Smith ended the
game with 18 spikes, 10 of
which came in the second
set, and three aces. Chip-
ping in for the Defenders


was Mueller Petite with 11
spikes, three blocks and
three aces.
Even though the Defend-
ers have taken a one game
lead over the Technicians,
the team will be forced to
play the remainder of the
series without key players
Maurice Smith and lan
'Wire' Pinder.
They will rely heavily on
Petite and Ronald Dun-
combe to pull them through.
According to Devince
Smith, the team's morale
and the first victory over the
Technicians has inspired
both Petite and Duncombe
and the players are ready to
accept the challenge.

TOugh
Device Smith said: "One
thing I am certain about is
.
the Technicians team ivill
not give us this champi-
onship. They are a tough
team that will go down
figh .1vant from the guys
is to bring their A game,
that is all I can ask for.
Tough service will also help
us. We know the road ahead
of us will be tough, sinch we
won't have Cheeks and
Wire. That will be a tough
loss for us, but it doesn't
mean that the team isn't
capable of pulling off cru-
cial wins.
"This is our first time in
the league and we've
shocked many teams, we
realize what we need to do
and it will be done."
But Knowles and team-
mates will step onto the
court today with vengeance.
The team will cou t on
lionald Knowles arid Byron
Ferguson to give them the
extra edge they need.
Knowles, who had scored
the game high with 23
points, erided the game with
19 kills and three aces. He
was assisted in a losing
effort by Ferguson with 11
kills and two blocks.
The second game will be
played today at the DW
Davis gym.

M RONALD
DEMERITTE (#1) and
Byron Ferguson (#13)
reach over on the block in
game one of the NPVA
mens championship series.
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