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Alleged Defence force attack
in hands of AG's ofBee
a By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS TENSION continues to rise in Inagua over the alleged attack on a civil-
ian by a group of Defence Force officers, it has been revealed that the case
file is now in the harids of the Attorney General's Office.
Meanwhile, the police have yet to release the investigative report on the
Inagua matter, and it is still unknown whether anyone will be officially
charged with an offence.
Last month, sources told The Tribune that Dexter Wilson, a 27-year old
Morton Salt marine worker was beaten "almost to death" by about 15
Defence Force Officers and had to be airlifted to Nassau to receive treatment.
The beating was said to have taken place after an officer was offended that


5 THREE crewmen watch as police
search a Haitian sloop yesterday.
(Photo: Felipd Major/Tribune staff)
M By CHESTER ROBARDS
POLICE are becoming increasingly concerned about drug
traffickmg and illegal migration as two Haittan sloops laden
with hidden packages of cocaine and marijuana were found off
th Qteendo wnPs tdh o ad1aarnas Defence and
SEE page 11


PRIME Minister Perry Christie
was last night accused of protecting
leading PLP "generals" in the Sea
Haulerscandal.
He was challenged by a heart-
broken mother to "come clean" on
reasons for the government's
sH et the government needs to
pay in full hig-time," said Judy
Johnson, whose 14-year-old son
It n wa killed on board the
And she added: "I feel the prime ( _
minister has not respected us 5 14-YE
enough to live up to his word. Lynden w
"He said the matter would be board th
settled at the end of the lear when
the tragedy happened. But I feel he is ust work-
ing for the dodgers."
Ms Johnson spoke emotionally of her only
child --a lot ing, cheerful, articulate, affectionate
osna a ay traan dhe n htCh s


Island regatta.
Lynden, who had been taken to
the regatta et ery year since he was
six \*ears old, was with several
members of his family when the
Sea Houler was struck by another
lessel the Qued Star
die tr m pa i J s h
rusting crane.fell on to the deck
where he and relatives were sleep-
in n inquiry subsequently found
the government and boat owners
AR-OLD guilty of negligence, but no coni
s killed on pensation has been forthcoming
maithoaf. for the traumatized famshes
Now campaigners hale lowed to
"fight to the limit" for justice saying they are
evenprepared todigfor the cause.
Ms Johnson, 37, said: "This was my only child.
Pm not sure I can have another child. My mmd is
SEE page three


H By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE wife of one of five
Nassau Flight Services' bag-
gage handlers, who was arrest-
u trtji s o n ge Tof
bunethatsheisreachingoutto
the families of the other
a
it en er e set up" by the com-
pal' s fa as we re concerned
wd 1 f the he a n
8
leaving on a traming course to
return on Tuesdal, the afe
said during an emollonal intel -
view yesterday .
dropAp wh ourstdji t


got a text while I Avas driving
m f Pg H 1sister sa
husband, and [ go t scared
cause I thought maybe the
flight crashed or something
Wappeded. So I asked if some-
thing happened to my hus-
band.
"She said, (name omitted)
called home and said that she
is hearing talks around the air-
port iha: my husband got


arrested. So Isaid 'Arrested'?
Nnodw1Ie s t y nS
ing about it," she claims.
Stating that her husband had
already had his case seen in
the US lesterday at 2pm, the
wife continued her assault on
NFS, compInining that neither
shenorhermother-in-lawhas
been contacted by the compa-
SEE page 13


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POI ICE with -tracker dogs
pursized a gunman responsible
for the country's most recent
murder into a mangrove swamp
yesterday after a shooting in
Black Village which left a young
man dead.
The officers were combing
wetlands at Big Pond, where a
Black Village man in his thir-
ties was thought to be hiding
following what neighbours
described as a "revenge" shoot-
mg
The victim, a inan named Bri-
an Roberts, age 31, who lives
in the Andros Avenue area, was
earlier carried away by an
ambulance crew. with blood
gushing from his mouth.
Witnesses said he was hit
about the body and arm with


two shotgun blasts.
"I think the gunman was
using a 12-gauge firearm," said
one neighbour. "The injuries
looked life-threatening."
On Wednesday, the gunman
was at the scene of a traffic acci-
dent in Market Street when he
was attacked by a group of
young men.
This, said a source, was the
third time he had been targeted
by the group.
When they came looking for
. .
him agam m Black Village yes-
terday morning, the man is said
to have confronted them on
Heritage Road, produced the
shotgun and fired, striking one
of them twice.

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Owners of govt homes
receive electricity
after four-week wait

8 By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NUMBER of owners of
low-cost government homes in
Dignity Gardens estate have
only received electricity this
week after four weeks of going
without because the Housing
Ministry did not pay for BEC to
install enough utility poles, one
irate homeowner alleged yes-
terday.
Despite being handed the
keys to her new house at the
beginning of November and
being required to start her mort-
SEE page 15


PatentS of baby
Wil0 allegedly had
to have fingers
amputated are bailed
5 By NATARIO McKENZIE
THE parents of an eight-
month-old baby girl, who,
according to prosecutors, had
to have several fingers on her
left hand amputated after suf-
fering severe burtis, were grant-
ed bail yesterday.
Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez said it was unfortunate
that the child had to have her
fingers amputated. He said that
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d in 29-year-old man stabbed to
ay in death outside a liquor store over
of a the weekend.
The one-legged Ian Jason
Ferguson, alias Ian Flowers, of
Roosevelt Avenue made his
way to court on crutches and
under police escort to be
charged with the murder of Jer-
maine Pindern



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M By DENISE MAYCOOK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A Grand
Bahama evangelist whose son
was brutally murdered earlier
this year is calling on the gov-
ernment to urgently consider
implementing a national youth
service in the Bahamas.
Rev Glenroy Bethel sa d that
too many young people par-
ticularly young men have no
regard for the law and are com-
mitting serious crimes.
Rev Bethel said the young
man whose charred remains
were found in a burnt out vehi~
cle over the weekend has a
friend of his dead 16-year-old
son, Rishawn Bethel.
Rishawn, who was reported
missing by his father, wasifound
dead in bushes in Lincolnshire
Subdivision in February. Sev-
eral young men have:been
charged in connection with his
murder.
On Friday, Grand B4hama
Police discovered the body of
19-year-old Philip Carrington


20 young men have been arrest-
ed and charged for armed rob-
bery this year on Grand
Bahama.
"The Bahamas is becoming a
lawless society..We have kid-
nappings, murders, and rob-
beries being committed by so
many young men," he said.
"That is why Iain calling
upon the government to see the
urgency to unplement a nation-
al youth service in the Bahamas
- to correct, discipline, and save
Our future generation."
Earlier this year, Rev Bethel
launched a petition calling on
the government to change a law
that prohibits parents from
using force to disciplme chil-
dren who are 16 years of age.
"We are still trying to get the
attention of the government to
take note of this law and to
change it. I spoke with Minister
of Social Services Melanie Grif-
fin some time ago at a town
meeting in Grand Bahama and
she was surprised that such a
law exists, and has promised to
look into.it," he said.


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calling for the government to
implement a national youth
service.
(Photo: Denise Maycodc)
Gaitor Jr one week after he
was reported missing to police.
Four men, aged 18 to 20 years,
have been charged with
Gaitor's kidnapping and mur-
der.
Rev Bethel pointed out that


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According to court dockets,
Pinder was murdered on Fri-
day, December 15.
The accused, who is 21-years-
old, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez. He
was represented by attorney
Gregory Hilton.
Pinder was not required to
enter a plea to the murder
ch pHilton requested a toxi-
cology report on the deceased
to determine his state at the
time of his death,
7: DFerguson was remanded into
mortittody and the matter was
adjourned to January 9. 2007.


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Bereaved

mother of

Sea Hauler

Victims

speaks out

FROM page one
not free. He was my pride and
joy. He was the love of my life.
If they made some settlement, it
would give me some comfort
emotionally. But I can't have
complete closure.'
Lincoln Bain, spokesman for
the 25 injured passengers on the
boat, said: "The next move is
that this campaign is going
international. We are going to
seriously escalate this thing.
The prime monster himself is
now bemg targeted by victims'
fanulies. He is bemg accused of
failing to keep promises.and
showing a lack of concern for
them.
Ms Johnson said: "I was 100
per cent a PLP supporter. Most
.of the victims were PLP. We
feel betrayed. The government,
if they can't get it together,
shol dCs te saidshould
appear on television in the run-
up to Christmas and say some-
thing that would make the vic-
tims happy.
"This is a question of what is
right. He should do something
to put smiles on their faces,
Sometimes I feel my world has
shut down and I can't see a way
out."
Describing her son as "price-
less", Ms Johnson said: "I feel I
have nothing to live for. The
pain just can't go away.
Because I am black and poor, I
have been discriminated against
by my own government."
Mr Bain said he was doing "a
lot of counselling" with victims,
including a woman who was
going to kill herself because her
.injuries had caused such hard-
ship.
"The bill collectors keep
beating on her door," he said.
"These people can't take it any-
more."

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rug and this was a hush-hush
thing. They did not have a
memorial service for the vic-
tims. They are sweeping it
under the carpet.
"We are poor and black and
they think we don't know what
is going on. They are trymg to
protect someone."
Ms Smith's sisters, Bernell
Smith Leslie and Brenda Smith
Ellis, were killed when a crane
fell on the Sea Hauler's deck.
An account has been set up
for the Sea Hauler victims at
Fidelity Bank, Wulff Road and
Blue Hill Road. The account
nuniber is 1102-03423.


THE childless sister of two
women killed on the Sea
Hauler broke down last night as
she told how she had become
"mother" to four orphans cre-
ated by the tragedy.
Sylvia Smith, 47, tills the
land on her Cat Island small-
holding to grow food for the
children of the sisters she lost
on that fateful night.
But she admitted that life
was hard and that the gov-
ernment's paltry $60 a month
food voucher did not go far in
feeding her new family.
A tearful Ms Smith dabbed
her eyes as she told The Tri-
bune of the dramatic change
in life brought about by the col-


vision which claimed four lives.
"Iworkonmyfarmtogrow
cabbages, tomatoes, sweet pep-
pers and other produce to raise
money to keep the children.
"In the afternoon, after
working on the farm, I prepare
their supper for when they get
back from school. Some of the
children are okay, but the 13-
year-old is suffering. I have to
keep her close to me."
Ms Smith said National
Insurance provided the food
coupon "but that is not very
much for everybody."
With her ailing 80-year-old
mother to support as well, Ms
Smith admitted life was diffi-
cult. "I am doing all this on my


own. I think the government
should step forward because
whatever happened they are
responsible fpr it," she said.
"As far as I am concerned,
we are not begging them. They
owe us we don't owe them."
Ms Smith said she was dis-
appointed in the government's
response. "Mr Christie made
a promise and he has let us
down. I am in poverty because
of this. But I will continue to
fight for as long as I am here."
Ms Smith said she had felt
from the start that the govern-
ment didn't want full details,
of the Sea Hauler tragedy "to
come out in the public eye."
"Mr Christie put it under the


B By CHESTER ROBARDS
DEPUTY Prime Minister
Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt told
the Tribune yesterday that
the Sea Hauler Victims' case
has nothing to do with her
ministry National Security
- but that she is doing what
she can for them.
She also said that she ney-
er spoke to spokesperson for
the victims Lincoln Bain
before he was jailed Tues-
day afternoon.
However, Mr Bain main-
tained that he and Mrs Pratt
exchanged calls a few times
due to repeated disconnec-
tion before his phone was
confiscated by police.
"I didn't call them Tues-
day to schedule a meeting
with the prime minister,
because Tuesday they went
eTh gmn et r
before the horse," said lurs
Pratt
She said that she did bow- ,
ever speak to Sam Williams .
from the Bahamas Loving
geev^$"inasoknedM
to.give her some time to
arrange a meeting with the
prime minister.
"The next thing I knew,
Tuesday morning on my
way to Bimini, the commis-
sioner calls me to say they
down by the prime m1ms-
ter's house," Mrs Pratt said.
"If the man don't meet
with them . he has every
right not to if they are going
ddeod.things like this," she
Mrs Pratt said that while
she is trying to help the
crash survivors, "there is a
right way and a wrong way -
and the thing is don't try to
pull me mto it because this
has nothing to do with
National Security."
"But I entered in the pic-
ture because I met them
outside of parliament and I
assured them I would help
them with anything that's
humanly possible, and I did,
in terms of what Social Ser-
vice can assist with. I did
what I told them what I
would do."
In a statement issued by
Mr Bain late yesterday


evening, the victims sent spe-
cial thanks to Ms Pratt, herald-
ing her as the only member of
parliament that has corre-
sponded with them and is show-
ing them respect.
. They said that the break in
the protests is a reciprocation
of the respect that she has
shown to them.
Ms Pratt said she is trying to
organise a meeting between the
victims, the Ministry of Trans-
port and the Attorney Gener-
al's Office in order to come to
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do handle matters like these "in a
rage". Going back to my original
thesis, two wrongs do not make a
la oedrenadcountry rules,
respect. If a person is offended
by an arm of government, there
are opportunities for redress in a
court of law. We do not, as
Bahamians, take the law into our
own hands. This is not Haiti and
that is precisely the reason many


Haitians ran from that country.
That final statement of Haitians
being "in a rage" brought back
vivid memories of the Nassau Vil-
lage riot. And it is my hope that
we do not express our rage
against agencies of government
in that manner ever agam. Surely
then, we would have lost what it
nea be Bdah an.thAnd that
try. Where would we run to?

LORNA
LONGLEY-ROLLE
Nassau,
December 15, 2006.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WISH to make a few com-
ments in response to your front
page headhnes for Wednesday,
December 13, 2006: "Officers
swoop on mourners".
There is an old adage in this
country that goes like this: "Two
"'ronefsndo noa makle aeng .h
country that I love so dearly to
hear first that we would make use
of a gathering of mourners to
effect a raid on illegal unnugrants.
Now don't get me wrong. By no
means am I discounting the right
to thte c t3
comes to ensuring that the nation-
al security interests of The
Bahamas are protected. And we
must always be mindful that ille-
gal migration runs contrary to
national security mterests. But m
he it ,pnvate cit
decently for the sake of peace,
order and good governance.
This brings me to my second
point. A "Haitian woman" inter-
viewed by The Tribune stated "if
they think they are getting the
Haitian vote, they must be crazy.
They shouldn't treat people like
that. We are in a rage." Whereas
the actions of the "officers" con-
cerned ine, I was deeply troubled
by h e on ecofdhbe aitTan
bune. My hope is that this view is
not a general one among the
Haitian residents. I think that all
foreign nationals in any country
shoilld be mindful that while you
are in a foreign country, you do
not have an absolute right to
rema ere.bThcu e ulanTtet
offe nJ 1 our host. There is
Malutels no status given to an
immigrant that cannot be subse-
queixtly revoked. Bearing this in
mind, it is absolutely disgusting
to see foreign nationals threaten-
ing the government of the very
country that sees fit to host them
as A ts ere is no such thing as
the "Haitian vote". Haitians can-
not vote in The Bahamas! Only
Bahamians have that right. If a
Haitian national is granted citi-
zenship, he/she is no longer a
Haitian, but a Bahamian. So the
interviewee is either:
(1) a Haitian with no right to
vote, or
(2) a Bahamian of Haitian ori-
in wr 81 a en htt df e
would do well to note that she is
no longer Haitian and her oath
of allegiance is to this country
ONLY! Such a person would do
well to act like a patriotic
Bahamian and not refer publicly
to themselves as "Haitian .
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Wall- and it, too, can be seen from space-
The redirection of the river is said to
have displaced a dozen cities and consid-
erably more than 1,000 villages, but once
it's completed, it will stop dangerous floods
and is expected to generate a large chunk
of the nation's power. It also changed the
balp's habitat.
By 1997, there were only 13 baiji around.
The goddess of the Yangtze was pretty
much given up for lost.
This isn't just a sad story worthy of an
animated feature film to make youth aware
of the critters with whom we share the
Earth. The tale of the Chinese river dol-
phins isn't any more tragic than anecdotal
evidence of polar bears drowning on their
way to the next iceberg, but there's a dif-
ference.
Before we compare stories of woolly
mammoths starving to death and T-Rex
watchmg its kmd disappear, let's accept
that it wasn't just arguable climate change
and acts of a higher power that led to the
disappearance of the baiji it was pollu-
tion, propellers and people.
This didn't happen in the land before
time it happened as Patrick Swayze was
teaching Baby "the lift" and youth were
stiffening their hair with egg whites to look
more MTV.
Maybe it's naive to think so, but a few
years ago the baiji still hilda sliver of a
chance. This comes at a time when we've
been'warned tuna sandwiches could
become a thmg of the past.
If we can make an IPod Shuffle smaller
than a bottle cap, why can't we turn the tide
for the future of clean water? Haven't we
figured put we're going to need it?
The baiji is a moot point now. Last week,
a team from baiji.org Foundation declared
the baiji which hadn't been seen since
2004 functionally extinct. After a six_
week recon mission, the team failed to spot
a single baiji. Somewhere m the wetlands of
America, a blind salamander shakes his
head in disgust and thinks, There, but for
the grace of conservatiomsts ....
(This article was written
by Maria Anglinof the
San Antonio Express-News c.2006).


SAN ANTONIO Sometimes one can
see bad things coming a mile away, with the
help of a nearly blind dolphin.
Researchers first noticed something was
up when the baiji, freshwater dolphins
native to China's Yangtze river,.started to
vanish. Increased traffic along the world's
third largest river messed with the mammals'
sonar and led to increased accidental
deaths, along with overfishing and general
human carelessness.
It's been reported that thousands of bai-
ji existed in the 1950s, but that didn't last,
People love dolphins.
They; look like they're smiling; they're
sleek, swift and spirited, intelligent ani-
mals that seem to respond to humans with
little squeals, clicks and whistles. It's easy to
attach human qualities to these guys, which
makes us like them all the more.
Add to-this fossilized evidence that the
baiji was swimming around 20 million years
ago and that they're nicknamed "The god-
dess of the Yangtze," and you don't need to
be Jaques Cousteau to cast the baiji as a
perfect candidate for conservation efforts.
So, according to Wikipedia, China
declared the baiji an endangered species in
1979, pushed environmental laws and a
conservation aquarium.
Al Gore didn't come up with it; aware-
ness and education are the ecosystem's
lifejacket, no?
Perhaps, but in this case, nature needed
a little more than a lifejacket. According to
the baiji.org Foundation, a group of scien-
tists dedicated to freshwater conservation
efforts along the Yangtze, there were only
a few hundred baiji left by the mid-'80s.
At that point, baiji.org says, efforts were
redirected at capturing renaming baiji and
relocating them to areas where they could
be protected. But catching baiji was a chal-
lenge; experts were able to catch only one
injured baiji, who was kept in captivity for
22 years, but that was it,
Then, as if the balp population wasn't
already gaspmg for dear life, construction
of China's Three Gorges Dam began on
the Yangtze in 1994.
Called a symbol of modern China's
might, this gigantic dam is that nation's
biggest construction project since the Great


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Tri ute to C 's Fhg t 101
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Ae a what amragtDc scene
Our spirits died and we all cried
About the crash of Chalks seaplane
A tragedy it was so truly
Sorrow and sadness filled the air
The deaths of 11 Biminites
Was felt both far and near
Who were these people one would ask
All pillars of our community
I thought someone should have to explain,
Someone must be brought to task.
Sadder and senseless still is the fact
Of how and why they died
The wing of the Grumman weakened by cracks
In what was their final plane ride.
Oh what agony, mourning, and despair
Although called home to glory
Absent from the body and present with the Lord.
But all the loved ones still left here.
Don Smith the barber,
And 30-year Dock Master true
He had with him grandson Donaldo
Who wouldn't see the age of two.
The Straw market lost Jackie
r e edhEam law valedictorian
Just about to start her adult life.
Barto, Sabrina and Sabrea
An entire family almost wiped out
Sophia and Beihs left Damian and Kendrae
Behind to tough it out.
Mrs Genevieve and Mrs Salome in life
Their ties did not break or-bend
I heard they found them hands held fast
True sisters to the end.
Mrs Caroline Burke was a Biminite too
Although not born or raised
God sent her here as an Art teacher
To live her final days.
We felt the sorrows, pains and heartaches
Now we wait to see what follows
After the storm breaks then we remember
God only gives what he kilows we can take.
The time has come to those left behind
All family and friends too
Weeping may have endured a night
But joy comes as we begm the day anew.
Be encouraged, do not fret be glad you are alive
We promise never to forget
Mark forever in our hearts
The crash of Chalk's Flight 101, December 19th 2005.
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diving destination worldwide, rat-
ed the top location for divers to
see large animals underwater.
islAn7To thteo ah mt
been a recipient of this coveted
award before. One diving offi-
cial said the presence of large
animals in the Bahamian waters
is perhaps "one of our greatest
strengths."
Neal Watson, Bahamas Div-
ing Association president, was
quoted in the article as saying,
"Our 36 niembers take this
award very seriously and appre-
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world where divers can get close
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according to Associated Press.
Mountain Harman National
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the proposed site of a Four Sea-
sons hotel, is home to 40 Grena-
da doves about a fifth of the
birds' global population, accord-
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UK-based alliance of conserva-
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identified by Birdlife Interna-
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11 other species found only on
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2006, PAGE 5


THE TRIBUNE


FRIDAY,
DECEMBER 22nd
6:30am Bahamas @ Sunrise
7:30 0 Christmas Tree
8:00 Nestor The Long Eared
Christmas Donkey
8:30 Leprechaun's Xmas Gold
9:00 The Night The Animals
Talked
9:30 Stable Boy's Christmas
10:00 The Fun Farm

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1:00 A Special Report
1:30 Red Boots For Xmas
2:00 The Stingiest Man In Town
3:00 International Fellowship of
Christian & Jews
3:30 Ed Young
4:00 Mat: In The Nick of Time
5:00 ZNS News Update
6:00 Home Improvement: Twas
The Night Before Xmas
6:30 News Night 13
7:00 The Bahamas Tonight
8:00 Movie:AChristmastarol
10:00 Caribbean Newsline
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11:30 Movie: National Lampoons
1:30 ty in540 am
SATURDAY, DEC. 23rd
6:30am Community Page 1540AM
9:00 Bahamas @ Sunrise
10:00 T'was The Night Before
Xmas
10:30 Bugs Bunny Looney
Xmas
11:00 Sylvester & Tweety
11:30 Jolly Old St. Nick
noon A Mirthworm Masquerade


5 By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

ofTHCTsahans hs amodn"
for armed robberies, a senior
police officer has warned.
Police say they dealt with
two more robberies on
Wednesday alone bringmg
the total number of robberies
reported by police since the
beginning of December to 10.
In November, only four such
incidents were brought to the
attention of The Tribune.
The brazenness of criminals
also appears to be increasing as
the month passes.
While at the beginning of
the month, most reported inci-
dents were muggings, an
increasing number of stores
and restaurants are being tar-
geted as Christmas approach-
es.
In the most serious incident,
$124,000 worth of Rolex
watches was stolen from the
John Bull store at the Four
Seasons Resort in Exuma on


in connection with these
crimes, Mr Evans said.
Police have advised the pub-
lic to do their best to ensure
they do not fall prey to a
"crime of opportunity" during
the holiday season, by being
particularly careful when mak-
ing ATM withdrawals, or
when carrying large amounts
of cash.
"This is Christmas time;
everybody needs cash. Rob-
bers realize that quite a bit of
cash is going to be m circula-
tion because everybody's pur-
chasing gifts," said Evans -
adding that he believes this is
the only connection between
the recent spate of armed rob-
beries.


Monday.
On Wednesday, a 34-year-
old man was targeted as he
exited the Scotia Bank build-
ing on Wulff road, after having
made a cash withdrawal.
Two men in a silver Nissan
pulled up and threatened him
with a gun before forcing him
to hand over $900 in cash,
according to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans.
The second incident 9f the
day occurred around 7.30pm
at Winton Supervalue super-
market.
Two masked men entered
the store wielding handguns,
before fleeing on foot with an
undetermined amount of cash.
Arrests have yet to be made


tors even declared that their
intention was to demolish all
existing South Ocean build-
ings."
Mr Menoud, who is Swiss,
said residents are already suf-
fering noise from heavy equip-
ment seven days a week.
They also had to contend
with damaged roads,
destroyed traffic lighb. and
nearls -erected fences keeping
locals off the ( qches, he
added.
Beach access, he said, was
not only their right but the
main reason they bought their
properties.
"For years," said Mr
Menoud, "successive owners
of the resort appeared to be
obsessed by the necessity of
excluding us, residents, from
'their' shores.
"Two other wealthy own-
ers east of the resort found a
solution in order to stop walk-
ers passing in front of their
property.
"They built two docks and
used huge blocks and heavy
crossed beams to fill the space


under them. They completed
the job with signs saymg 'high
voltage, danger, private prop-
erty etc'."
Mr Menoud hoped the gov-
ernment would take note of
their plight and act accordingly-
Another home-owner, who
did not wish to be named, said
he was tired of the uncertainty.
"Although the golf course
looks set, everything else seems
up in the air," he said.
"We are all wondering what
this is going to mean for us."


HOME-OWNERS at
South Ocean Beach are
alarmed at proposals to "sand-
wich" them between two mas-
sive resort developments.
They claim their interests
are being overlooked as heavy
equipment wreaks havoc with
roads and surroundings.
And they claim they are
even being barred from local
beaches..
torator & .75 billicm has
been earmarked for the
Albany and South Ocean
Resort projects in an effort to
revitalize the area.
But those behind the
schemes appear to have for-
gotten about residents who
have lived in the area for
many years.
Georges Menoud, 81, a
retired permanent resident
who has been in the Bahamas
for 43 years, said: "Nothing
has been said to and about the
private residents and owners
of properties which will appar-
ently be squeezed between
these two mammoth projects.
"One of the project direc-


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bought land and went on to
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PAGE 6, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2006


"'Lo seYourselfI Sl"


DAVID MELVILLE is a
revered name in Rum Cay,
the remote, sparsely-popu-
lated island in the central
Bahamas. And no wonder...
This warm-hearted man
not only introduced solar
panels, stoves, bridges and
other appliances to the
island some 40 years ago,
he also funded the educa-
tion of some of its bright-
est pupils.
Now Rum Cay folk want
to record for posterity their
gratitude to Mr Melville, a
retired American shoe man-
ufacturer now in his eight-
16S.
"When he came there
were only two kerosene
fridges and a few oil-stoves
on the island," said bar-
owner Mrs Delores Wilson.

Buildings
"People used to cook on
wood in small wooden
buildings. We had no elec-
L'richyhtu tHn netod ystha
1
so alN w our people had
lights in their homes. Some
bought small refrigerators."
But it was his passion for
education which left the
deepest impression on Rum
Cay. For his generosity
changed the lives of some
youngsters forever,
Mr Melville financed
schooling in Long Island,
New York, for Natasha
Pratt and Ann Strachan,
both of whom went on to
qualify as teachers.
Ms Pratt became princi-
pal of Rum Cay All-Age
School. Ms Strachan found
dork at another Family
. Islands school.
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Melville is getting on in age
now and I would like to put
all this down on paper as a
sign of our affection and
appreciation."
In hissyounger days, Mr
Melville having fallen in


home each week. We would
like to express our appreci-
ation to Mr Melville for
everything he has done for
us. His faith and love will
stay with us forever."
Earlier this year, Mr
Melville left Rum Cay for
the US, where he was deal-
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We miss him very
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5 B DENI re dCRO rter

FREEPORT Bahama
Rock is expected to begin repair
work to damaged homes at
Eight Mile Rock in short order,
it has been announced.
The repairs are to be carried
out on homes that may have
been affected bathe many's
Energy and Environment
Minister Dr Marcus Bethel is
said to be very pleased with the
company's decision to repair
hom ugust, the government
launched an investigation to
determine tthheeime tb r g
EMR settlement, particularly
in the Harbor West Subdivision.
The rock mining facility,
located on Queen's Highway,
manufactures aggregates for
export.
ci The companalts bdlas er
numerous complaints by resi-
dents, who alleged that the
vibrations from blasts shook
their homes.
The Ministry of Energy and
Environment issued a cease and
desist order on Bahama Rock


MDR Marcus Bethel


while government launched its
investigation.
Following this, the company
held an open house for the tes-
idents to explain the scope and
methods used in the project.
The government also held
town meetings rhmesid t o
progress of their investigations.
The ministry also conducted
an audit of the homes in the
affected area to ascertain if and
to what extent the damage may
have been caused by the blast-
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Two persons an adult and a
baby boy died last mght m
separate road accidents in New
Providence, according police.
The first of the day's casual-
ties was the adult man, believed
to be an Adelaide resident,
whose lifeless body was found
in bushes at around 9pm by a
relative.
Police press liaison officer
Inspector Walter Evans said
that while riding a black and sil-
ver Suzuki750 motorbike down
T Adelaide road at some point
earlier in the afternoon, the
man appears to have lost con-


trol of the vehicle and collided
with a utility post.
Mr Evans said this resulted
in his being thrown some dis-
tance into the undergrowth.
. Around 11pm another dead-
ly collision took place on Mar-
ket street, between the drivers
of a Nissan Altima vehicle tray-
elling south and a tan coloured
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Ip CHRISTMAS came a little
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thanks to the work of the Santa
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stituency MP Vincent Peet.
Hundreds of presents fund-
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the Santa Claus Committee -
had been loaded into a twin
engine Piper-Aztec's cargo
hold, which flew first to Great
Harbour Cay in the Berry
Islands and then to Stafford
Creek in North Andros to pre-
sent its cargo to excited chil-
dren.
Children were thrilled as they
received finger-painting kits,
plastic guitar, volleyball, or Nin-
ja Turtle motorcycles.
The event was just one of sev-
eral made possible by the com-
mittee, which also arranged par-
ties in North Andros, the Berry
Islands, Crooked Island, Ack-
lins, Inagua, and Fox Hilland St
Cecilia in New Providence.
The Tribune's Santa Claus
Committee was founded by the
late Sir Etienne Dupuch as a
way of providmg some Christ-
mas cheer to Bahamian chil-
dren who would otherwise have
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bauxite
mining
W JAMAICA
Kingston
JAMAICA has postponed
plans to allow bauxite mining
in the undeveloped Cockpit
Country after activists said dam-
age to the environment would
be irreparable, according to
Associated Press.
Agriculture Minister Roger
Clarke said he withdrew a license
for US-based aluminum produc-
er Alcoa Inc. and state-owned
Clarendon Alumina Production
Ltd. to begin mining in the large-
ly uninhabited region of the
island's north following threats
of protests by conservationists.
"We met with the environ-
mentalists and we have agreed
to meet again in January to
review their presentation
against the scientific data,"
Clarke said.
A judgment on whether a
mining licence will be granted
will likely be made next month,
he said.
Cockpit Country, which has
an unusual terrain of rocky cliffs
and limestone formations, is
one of the island's best-known
natural areas. It's home to
about 80 bird species and is a
critical aquifer to five of
Jamaica's largest rivers, accord-
ing to the Jamaica Environ-
mental Trust.
Jamaica is the world's fifth
largest producer of bauxite, the
principal ore used in aluminum.
It's the country's second largest
earner of foreign income after
tourism.

Rum brands
to boost
advertising
in States
M US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Charlotte Amalie
THE maker of Cruzan and
Conch Republic brand rums
will boost advertising in the US
mainland under an agreement
requiring the US Virgin Islands'
government to share tax rev-
-enuefrom any increase in sales,
according to Associated Press.
St Croix-based Virgin Islands
Rum Industries Ltd. must invest
more than US$61 million in
marketing as part of the five-
year deal approved Monday by
Governor Charles Turnbull.
The Caribbean territory's
government collects US$13.25
from a federal excise tax levied
on each proof gallon of Virgin
Islands rum. A proof gallon is
equivalent to a gallon contain-
ing 50 per cent alcohol.
Under the agreement, the
rum manufacturer will receive
35 percent of that revenue on
sales exceeding US$77 million.
The company currently has
roughly US$75 million in annu-
al sales on the mainland.
The government, which col-
lects more than US$70 million
from the excise tax each year,
uses the money to support
bonds and finance infrastruc-
ture improvements.


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Tager funeral one Greatorium
Queen'sHighway
RO. Box F-40288, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Tel: 352-8118 Paging: 352-6222 #1724
Fax: 351-3301





REV. ISRAEL ELISHA LAING, 54

a resident of #5A Ellis Lightford,
Freeport, Bahamas and formerly of
Pelican Point, Bahamas, will be held on
Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 10:00
a.m. at First Baptist Church, ColumbuS
Drive. Officiating will be Rev. Dr.
George L. Cumberbatch, assisted by
Rev. Derick Russell and interment will
be made in the Pelican Point Public
Cemetery.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving
devoted wife of 35 years Laura Laing;
at -
.< two sons, Durell and Devaugh Lamg;
one adopted son Kyle Morris; two
daughters, Deborah Basden and Diandra
Laing; six grandchildren, D'Kara, Dariel,
Kaylesa and Kevin Cruz Basden, Durell
Jr., and Tierra Laing; mother-in-laW,
Hazel Pinder; one son-in-law, Kevin Basden; one daughter-in-law, Brikell
Laing; three brothers, Rev. Lawrence, Deacon Leon and Theodore Laing;
two sisters, Deaconess Mavis Leathen and Golden Kemp; one uncle,
Solomon Heild; nine aunts, Matilda Andrews, Cecelia and Irene Cooper,
Mary Laing, Geraldine Albury, Ida Williams, Nathalie Thomas, Darhng
Pinder and Veronica Russell; one great grand-aunt, Ferstina Baillou; five
brothers-in-law, Rev. Jimniy Leathen, Frank Bassett, Verdant Scott,
Raymond and Godfrey Pinder; 11 sisters-in-law, Deaconess Curlene, lanthe
and Anecka Laing, Lillian Bassett, Alean Scott, Ingrid, Ethel, Roslyn,
Shirley and Merrissa Pinder; four uncles-in-law, Elder Genius Cooper, .
Elder Teston Laing, Elder Vitie Thomas and Alfred Johnson; four auntS-
in-law, Eudine Hield, Dorcas Pinder, Iva Johnson and Zellerese Bartlette;
14 nephews, Ricardo, Steve, Harvey, Troy, Shawn, Keith, Quinton, Teddy,
Davon and Marcus Laing, Nick and Deon Leathen and Thorne Kemp; 24
nieces, Barbara, Taniska, Nadia, Varnette, Sonia, Tammika, Latisha, Anishka
and Megal Laing, Linda Russell, Evangelist Ann CareyTracey Colebrooke,
Jackie, Dale and Dolly Leathan, Evangelist Marilyn Smith, Michelle
Saunders, Lydia Sutherland, Sharon Cooper, Gwendolyn Hield, Glenda
and Delleresse Kem ,. Sharon Cooper and Ronnie Kelly; godmother,
Deaconess LuberthaPC6^dpf, did'k'HoiP6f bthbr'relatives and friends
including Rev. Dr. George and First Lady, Cumberbatch, Pastor Freddie
Laing J.P., Rev, Ivan Laing, Benjamin Laing, James Edgecombe, Fletcher
McIntosh, Derick Russell, L8uish Giggs, Kevin Bonsigore, Mell Carter,
Rev. Al Depotout, Mark O'Tharrell, Deangelo Gomes, Pastor Wilbor
Outten, Rev. Evans and Rosa Burrows, Eddie Williams, Fred Basden,
Chestor Ferguson, Phil D'Hecus, Kendall Duncombe, Rudolph Laing,
Doctors and Nurses of Tampa General Hospital, staff and students of
Trinity College of New Port Richey, the entire community of East Grand
Bahama; family and friends of Pelican Point, Grand Bahama and the family
and friends and Deacon Board of First Baptist Church, Freeport, Grand
Bahama.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Yager Funeral Home and .
Crematorium on Friday, December 22, 2006 from 12:00 noon until 6:00
p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.


Left to cherish her memory are four sons,
Dave Laroda, Kimeo, Michael and Marlin
Colebrooke; two.daughters, Crystal Lean
Bodie Colebrooke and Kendra
Butterfield; two stepsons, Julian George
and Charles; adopted parents, Nelson
and Loretta Jones; four brothers, Nolan
and Vernal "Papa" McKenzie, Elvis
Colebrooke Sr. and Kermit Munroe; four sisters, Dina McKenzie Nielsen,
Susan McKenzie, Charmine Hanna and Elva Strachan; three uncles, Wensel
Mckinney, Kenneth Stubbs and Alsred Johnson;, three aunts, Pearl and
Esther McKinney and Pearl McKinney-Stubbs; 12 grandchildren, Brittney,
Keeijah, Kenreya, Kaylia, Makijah, Michael Tray Jr., Davriel, Desmond,
Perinae, Edlida, Maleah and Makayla; four nephews, Nolan McKenzie
Jr., Floyd "Sammy" Russell, Jahnek Roop, Hendrick Cockman and Samuel
"Kobe" Antwi; three nieces, Kate Lockhart, Crystal Sweeting and Tiffany
Johnson; four grand-nephews, Kashad, Tayjore, Todd "Legend: and Kyron;
two grand-nieces, Jewel and Yasmen; mother-in-law, Corene Russell; one
son-in-law, Elvis Colebrooke Jr.; two daughters-in-law, Patrice Smith and
Neland Johnson; numerous cousins and a host of other relatives and friends
including Angie, Lee, Shantell, Kenneth Jr., Shawn, Anthony, Kensly,
Kendi, Kaynelle, Burstl, Brenda, Sharon, Gwen, Rickie, Ricquel McKenzie,
Kayla Carroll, Stephen Clarke, Michael Colebrooke Sr., Arabella Bodie,
Laudy and Kay-Kay Moore, Mrs. Dauline Bowen-forbes, Mrs. Vanda
Capron, Genevieve Butterfield, Sylvia Hanna, Kenya Adderley, Major and
Gibson families; Officer Chris Barr and theentire Urban Renewal Team.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Yager Funeral Home and
Crematorium, Queen's Highway on Friday, December 22, 2006 from 12:00
noon until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from.9:30 a.m. until
service time.


you have dilly-dallied around tl
issues for far too long now, s

haNu shut
THESUDDENDEATHOF
MY COUSIN ,

his week, my cousin
ter of ASphlaoToaaSn i
smith, tragically and suddeni
passed away. Sharmila. a bu
andl rietd2 ydear- wa
opportunities ahead of her.
Although we had briefly lost
wouceh for ac o flaean
Sharmila, I can remember her
lighthearted outlook on life, her
aerf slal nh e can her we
up
aboumour mesdrteod
down-to-earth and intelligent
young lady who never failed t
tell you what she genuinely
thou wing her passing
Sharmila's distraught father sad-
relayoedh dmedhe Inr hmt
she had come home from work
complained of pain and went
lie down in his room. He said
that as he and her mother pre-
pared to take her to a doctor,
she began exhibiting signs of
impenmim sdea hmS hmg 1
nurse at PMH's theatre) did
everything to resuscitate her,
however, she unfortunately was
hI eer rtg tdthe
of helplessly watching hi
youngest child take her las
eatdo oug dan auS s
la may have succumbed to A
blood clot.
symp i p mo[ e
Willamae, and to Sharmila's sis-
ter, Sheree.
peaC mayw uarl soul restdin
special place in my heart.
MerryChristmasBahamas!
ajbahama@hotmail.com ,


GIBSON

that they were taken care of and
would make certain that they
received "help and hope". Thus
aaro rseemsotoManc lsnii
"hot air episodes" as, so far, it
would appear that all the talk
anddiTom th th o mee
of a fresh wind that never came.
Jusltia k es psed ey are
Since the wreck commission
also found the government
li le-as it had failed to ensu
insured before granting
licences-the survivors have
been seeking compensation or
some form of quantifiable assis-
tance for years. The inquiry also
found that both captains were
negligible-so why isn't anyone
bem he d accountable in a civ-
And, since the Ministry of
Transport dropped the ball here,
w an meassuoes been almn
any regulatory failures?

hile]'mnot support-
ive of the idea of
waylaying the PM's home, it
ahpepiessphaattithese p peefeln
that it was their last resort. To
the protesters' credit, they did
warn last w k ot esuretso
idence-so why weren't they
taken seriously by the PM or his
secunhtils tth quest of the vic
tims is worthy and seemingly
necessary, it worries me this
elel tionls eor netnoss
slithering to the forefront of
their struggle in what I feel may
be political grandstandmg and
ed plb fTrteh
rMe -
Mf Chrisfie; it appears that


D IA .


-

IT is a crying shame that
victims of the Bahamas'
"pstxtseea tora Sc2 tio to
selves to the gate of Prime Min
ister Perry Christie's residence
to gain hitseattaent or ceived sev-
eral phone calls stating that pro-
te had am s d tsh M's
his gate and were chanting for
their "servant" to face the music
and adndree their concermdl was
Bahamians had finally had
enough of Mr Christie's show-
boating and apparent inertia.
In August 2003, the Bahamas
recorded its worst maritime
mishap when two vessels-the
Sea Hauler and the United
as ollid bn thehnuddle
result of the collision was grue-
some, as a crand and other
uipdm tdhaa faH apan anld
and left 25 others with life alter-
ing injuries and lost limbs. Even
c ns col R
out their sole breadwinner.
For the past three years, the
survive smolf thep aT rhan
ernment assistance, only inten-
sifying their quest for immedi-
ate a n de pa t sich
claims to be "caring and consul-
tative", has yet to address the
cearnls of etse desperate isch
in a state of abject poverty while
our promising Prime Minister
and his hods l about their


t was this same Mr
believe h w
plight, who had earlier pledged
tSithem that be would sed tb if


of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock and
formerly of Kemp's Andros will be held
on Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 11:00
a.m. at Grace Church of the Nazarene,
Eight Mile
Rock, Grand Bahama. Officiating will
be Pastor Kirk Curry and interment will
follow in the Harbour West Public
Cemetery.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2006, PAGE 11


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a By MARK HUMES
GRAND Bahama drug
enforcement officers seized $5.7
million worth of cocaine from a
vessel docked at the Freeport
Container Port.
Around 9.55 am yesterday,
officers from Grand Bahama
DEU division, acting on infor-
mation, began a search of con-
tainers that had arrived at the
port aboard the vessel MSC
Parana on Wednesday.


While searching a particular
40-foot metal container on the
storage bay, the officers
retrieved three large bags,
which, when opened, con-
tained 190 kilos of the illegal
narcotic.
According to police, the three
bags, which were hidden under-
neath a shipment of frozen
squid, were flown late yester-
day afternoon into the capital
aboard an OPBAT (Operation
Bahamas, Turks and Caicos)


helicopter.
While police officials in
Grand Bahama say that no
arrests were made following the
discovery and seizure, they
acknowledge that a joint inter-
national investigation aimed at
identifying and apprehending
the perpetrators has been
launched.
The vessel Parana, which
arrived in Grand Bahamas from
Piata, Peru was intransit to
Vigo, Spain.


voUR CONNECTIOfif0 THE WORED


Haitian

FROM page one cocaine, conceal
way as the first
Police Forces seized a Haitian Four Haitia
vessel off Porgy Rocks around found on board
8'30 yesterday morning and sel and turned o
towed it to Prince George dock. Immigration a
After a routine search agents also assisting in
found 110 packages of marijua-
na and one kilogram of cocaine Tre
hidden in the walls of the hull of
the vessel. The five Haitian
niales, who were found on the According t
stoop that carried the illicit Officer Ralph
drugs, were turned over to is the third t
police for questioning. weeks that illi
' At 2.30, only hours after the been found ab
discovery of the first vessel, a sloop.
40-foot Haitian vessel called He said that
"DaDa" was also found off sloops did not
Porgy Rocks and 'towed to when they were
P mee George dock for inspect "Right now t
tson, ting down; if it
IA search of this vessel they would be m
r@eded 118 packages of mari- being arrested
jtana and two packages of drugs," said M


led in the same
vessel.
n males were
the second ves-
ver tophlice.
nd Customs are
investigations.
nd
o Chief Petty
McKinney this
ime in three
cit drugs have
oard a Haitian
the crew of the
resist officers
apprehended.
hey arejust sit-
was anyone elsg
uch afraid after
with all these
r McKinney.


They are being very subtle
about it."
"We always have to remem-
ber we have a language barri-
er situation, as always,
Haitians, they say very little
in English."
Representatives of the police
force said yesterday that no one
agency can combat the illicit
drug problem alone and that
they are doing the best that they
can.
A representative of the
Defence Force said that this
type of activity is not unusual
for this time of year, especially
the proliferation of illegal immi-
grants coming in the country.
"Winds are very good for
them to sail.up this time of
year," he said, led
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Chief Reporter
THE Free National Move-
ment is calling.on govern-
ment to give a full account
of its knowledge and involve-
ment in the operation that
resulted in the arrest of
employees of Nassau Flight
Services in Florida.
The FNM referred to the
company as an entity "owned
by the Bahamas govern-
ment" and said that the
employees were allowed to
travel "under the pretence of
training but with the intent
of their arrest and prosecu-
tion in a foreign jurisdiction."
The opposition was
responding to reports that
government may have
approved a "sting" operation
which resulted in the arrest
on drug charges of five.
employees of Nassau Flight
Services in Florida.
Five Bahamian baggage
handlers from Nassau Flight
Services are behind bars in .
the United States charged
with smuggling illicit drugs onto
local and international airlines
through the Lynden Pindling
International Airport..
The group, accused of
exploiting a number of weak-
nesses.in the airport's security,
were reportedly caught by
Bahantian and US forces.
Under the guise of a "training
programme" the five, along
with others, were sent to the
US where officers from the
Department of Homeland Secu-
rity and the Drug Enforcement
Agency made the arrests on
Monday.
The five men ivill face feder-
"al charg s and if found guilty
they could each get prison sen-
tences of five to 10 years,
depending on their level of co-
operation. It is believed that the


release any substantial infor-
mation on the incident as the
joint US-Bahamas investiga-
tion is continuing.
Agencies involved were
the US Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA), the
Royal Bahamas Police Force,
the US Attorney's office, the
Bahamas Attorney General's
office, the US Department of
Homeland Security, and the
Customs and Border Protec-
tion Agency.
The FNM said that while
it fully supports the coopera-
tion of the Bahamas m joint
anti-drug trafficking initia-
tives internationally with the
United States and/or with
other regional governments
it does not agree that
Bahamian citizens suspected
of involvement with drug or
other crime in The Bahamas
. ought to be enticed to travel
abroad to facilitate their
arrest and prosecution in a
foreign country for crimes
allegedly committed in the
Bahamas.
"Sources advise the FNM
that the Nassau Flight Services
employees were required, as a
condition of their continued
employment with the Bahamas
government owned agency, to
travel to the United States to
participate in what was
described to them as a manda-
tory training exercise," the
opposition said.
The party further alleged that
the arrested individuals were
held incommunicado for some
period of time creating anxiety
among their colleagues and
family members.
"The FNM believe that
Bahamian citizens suspected of
criminal activity, including illic-
it drug crime, ought to be arrest-
ed and prosecuted to the full
extent of the law in the
Bahamas," the party said.


M HUBERT Ingraham


group might have been involved
mainly in the transshipment of
cocaine and other illegal sub-
stances.

Arrests

It is expected that additional
arrests will be made in the near
future as additional persons are
identified ill what sources are
calling a "drug trafficking ring."
It is believed that at the heart
of the "training programme"
was a conscious effort to ensure
that the five men were on US
soil before they.were arrested.
This, it was claiined, was done
to avoid a repeat of the lengthy
extradition hearings of Samuel
"Ninety" Knowles.
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heart of the "training pro-
gramme" was a conscious
effort to ensure that the men
were on US soil before being
were arrested.
This, it was claimed, was
done to avoid a repeat of the
lengthy extradition hearings.0f
Samuel"Ninety"Knowles.
' The wife said that she is now
attempting to get in contact
with other families to file a
complaint against NFS, as s;he
feels that they took the law


I would have felt
IllOre COmfortable
if the police had
gOttell illy
husband from
here and arrested
him. My husband
and I would have
known what we
were up against


into their own hands.
"I would have felt more
co hu btahnedpf hd
and arrested him. My husband
and I would have known what
we were up against. But for
them to send them over say-
ing it was a training, and know-
ing it wasn't a training, that's
what really get me.
"I feel it would have hurt
everyone yes that he got
locked up, but to do it that way
would have been better. That's
what really get me. That's what
really bothered me right now,"
she said,
In fact the wife claims that if
it wasn't for her sister in the


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THE TRIBUNE


a By PAUL TURNOUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO workers from Nassau
Flight Services (NFS) were
arrested on Wednesday night
in New Providence and charged
with trafficking cocaine on local
and international airlines
through the Lynden Pindling
International Airport.
This follows the arrest of five
other employees of the compa-
ny in Miami on similar charges
on Monday. These men are stE
being held in the US.
The seven, who are accused
c exploiting a number of weak-
nesses in the airport's security,
were reportedly being investi-
gated for over a year by US and
Bahamian authorities,


Agencies involved in the
operation are said to include
the US Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA), the Depart-
ment of Homeland Security,
Customs and Border Protection
Agency, the US Attorney's
office, the Bahamas' Attorney
General's office, and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
The five in custody in the US
are expected to face both fed-
eral, as well as criminal charges.
The trio men arrested m the
Bahamas are expected to only
face charges on crimes commit-
ted in this country, assistant
commissioner of police Regi-
nald Ferguson told The Tri-
bune.
"These are persons that
throughout our investigation we


were able to put together evi-
dence that implicated them in
matters around and at the air-
port," Mr Ferguson said.
If found guilty, the men could
face five to 10 years behind


bars.
Reportedly, the five men who
were initially arrested while
travelling to attend a TSA
"training seminar" in Fort
Lauderdale.


, '


MAIRPORT employees have been charged with trafficking


Kenrad Bain


and all the guys had already


law working at the airport she
wouldn't know that anything
had happened to her husband.
She said that she would have
been under the illusion that
her husband had simply opted
to stay in Fort Lauderdale for
an extra day.
"As far as I'm concerned I
think the rest. of the families
know that it was a set up,
because it was on the news this
morning. I was really shocked.
I said 'the news got it but they
(NFS) ain't call me yet?'" she
said Wednesday.
Thewifealsoclaimsthather
husband had opted not to go
on an earher "traimng" pro-
gramme as "persons" who had
been on the trip and returned
claimed that it had to be a "set
up".
-':Sources said -that that had
to.be a set.ap because TSA
paid for the hotel fee, they
gave them $110 to spend, and
they paid for their ticket. And
the training was a 20 minute
training! Sources came back
an'% n2ntot t .uld not
understand was all of these
names. Certain names were
picked out to go to TSA. And
if TSA wanted to have training
for flight services guys they
ag td rvjcsees10trh aie tire
not pick out a few names to
send," she said.
The wife stated that there is
one flight services supervisor
who 'old her husband to
resign, and that there was one
employee who did not comply
with the NFS training push and
was suspended.
"So they are saying, I'm not
going to call any names, but
my husband said to a particular
guy, 'You think they are going
to send me over there, 'cause
you know I have my family, to
set me up?' So my husband


on comme.: non To me so c.


SPair charged with drug trafficking


Angry wife of Nassau Flight


FROM e one
ny as yet to tell them what had
happened to her husband.
She stated that if NFS felt
that her husband had done
something illegal, they should
have had the officials in the
US contact the Bahamian
authorities through the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs to have
him arrested, instead of the
training ruse. However she
maintained that she had no
idea if her husband was
involved in anything illegal.
"My main concern, and I
have told everyone I really
want to go on talking because
like I told his mommy them, if
he did, tell me why it is my
bills are backed up? You
understand me? If you are
going to do foolishness you
shouldhaveyourbillsstraight.
"And if he was doing it,
what was he doing it for? You
understand me? So that is why
it is so hard to understand. I
- am a home mom, and he takes
ate oasnorTthh en hustb 0
doesn't give me. But there are
times when we are backed up
in bills, like now. But if you
were doing importing or
export for people then what
where ou getting out of it?"
A copy of an NFS memo
obtained by The Tribune lists
20 employees approved.to
attend a TSA training event in
Fort Lauderdale.
The letter, dated December
7, 2006 reads as follows: "I am
pleased to inform that you
have been selected to attend a
TSA Training in Fort Laud-
erdale on the 11th December,
2006. As an employee of Nas-
sau Flight Service, you must
adhere to all company policies
while on training."
It is believed that, at the


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welcome to attend TM Club 1600 meets
Thursday, 8:30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes.
International Association of Administrative
Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ SuperClubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
The recently established National Insurance
Board Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets
every fourth Thursday in the month, m the
National Insurance Board's (NIB) training
room, Wulf Road office complex, at 6pm. All
retirees are welcome.
The Rotary Club of West Nassau holds its
weekly meetmg, every Thursday at Choices
Restaurant on the campus of the College of
the Bahamas. Fellowship starts at 12:30pm,
with the meeting held from 1pm to 2pm.
M FRIDAY
M HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Friday 6pm to
7pm & 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart
Church: Friday 6pm to 7pm. New Providence
Community Centre: Friday 7pm to 8pm.
n CIVIC CLUBS
TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second
Friday of each month, 7:30pm at the Emmaus
Centre at St Augustine's Monastery. For more
info call 325.1947 after 4pnL
AMISTAkis a chib which promotes the
n Spanish language and culture in the commu-
nity. Residents of the Bahamas who speak
Spanish or are learning Spanish are invited
to attend meetings on the third Friday of the
month during the academic year at 7pm in
room 13 of COB's Tourism Training Centre.
WilMIMMRM SATURDAY .. "WilMA
5 HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday morn-
ings lOam to 11am.
Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and
December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital
Community Training Representative at
302.4732 for more information and learn to
save a life today.

M CIVIC CLUBS
JAR CYCLING: The Owners of JAR Cycling
arc pleased to offer a cycling clinic for juniors
between 10 and 17. The free chmc will be held
every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids
to cycle. Parelits interested in registermg their
children should contact orgamsers at ]arcy-
cling@gmail.com.

IMHillllIMMIE SUNDAY Sam
W PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS
Traveller% Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street,
features special entertainment Gernie,
Tabitha and the Caribbean Express very
Sunday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
A HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm
to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.


Send all our civic and social events (attach
pictures if possible) to The Tribune via fax:
928.2398 orpe-mail: ybdeleveaux@tribuneme-
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WHA 'S N I AN AR UND NASSAU


M CIVIC CLUBS
The Rotary Club of SouthEast Nassau meets
every Wednesday from 1pm 2pm at East
Villa Restaurant, East Bay Street. Always an
interesting speaker and great fellowship. If
you would like to attend our meetings please
send an e-mail to bruno.pletscher@gottar-
do.com or kathyvsmith@hotmail.com.
The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
meets 6:30pm every third Wednesday at the
Bahamas National Pride Building.
International Training in Communication,
Essence Club #3173 holds it's bi-monthly
meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
each month at Doctor's Hospital Conference
Room.
Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus
meets the second and fourth Wednesday of
the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monastery.
The Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach invites the
public to its regular weekly meeting held every
Wednesday at 7:30pm at the British Colonial
Hilton. Kiwanis is a worldwide service organ-
isation dedicated to changing the world One
Child, One Community at a time."
School and Community Nature Walk and Pet-
ting Zoo Free Every Wednesday from lOam
to 2:30pm at Earth Village Ranch, St Albans
Drive and Columbus Avenue (Chippingham).
Call (242) 356.2274 now to make reservations.
Open to all ages and groups Monday-Sunday
from 9am to 6pm. Inquire about additional
activities ad programmes.
TM ilubi2437 meets each Wednesday on the
4th floors the Ministry of Health, Meeting
Street, at 6pm.

2 THURSDAY AM
8 ENTERTAINMENT
. Shadowhand Entertainment presents an all
Bahamian Talent Explosion this and every
Thursday night.at the Patio Bar & Grill on
Carmichael Road. This event features upcom-
ing Bahamian artist who are ready to showcase
their original material to the world. There will
also be a freestyle competition every week
which is open to the publicat large. Doors
open at 8:30pm. Ladies free until 11pm Gen-
tlemen small door charge. See u there.
5 HEALTH
Free public health lectures featuring distin-
guished physicians are held at Doctors Hos-
pital every third Thursday of the month at
6pm in the Doctors Hospital Conference
Room. Free screenings between 5pm & 6pm.
For more information call 302.4603.
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays
- 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being
held 6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNas-
tics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles
Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call
364.8423 to register.for more info.
REACH Resources & Education for Autism
and Related Challenges meets from 7pm -
9pm the second Thursday of each month in
the cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill
Road.
M CIVIC CLUBS
The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise has a
breakfast meeting every Thursday mormng at
7am at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel (Fel-
lowship begins at 6:45am).
The Kiwanis Club of Over-the-Hill meets
every Thursday at 8pm at the Holy Cross
Activity Centre, Soldier Road. Guests are wel-
come.
Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, sec-
ond and third Thursday at the Mamstry of
Health & Environment building on Meetmg
Street commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is


MIIIIIIIIE MONDAY gm
A HEALTH
Alcoholics Arionymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Mondays -
6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays 7:30pm to
8:30pm
Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at
6:30pm at New Providence Community Cen-
tre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free
blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol
testing is available. For more info call 702.4646
or 327.2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
third Monday of every month at 6pm @ Doc-
tors Hospital conference room.
H ENTERTAINMENT
CHRISTMAS DAY: The INC Christmas Par-
ty: Volume Two, will be held at the Revolution
Nightclub, Elizabeth Avenue, Monday,
December 25. The "flyest" girlin the building
will be named Ms INC and receive a free mod-
el shoot, a full makeover, gifts and cash prizes.
Ladies free before 11pm. Music will be pro-
vided by CRX, King C-Note, DJ Pressure, DJ
Blaze, DY Stylez, Big L aka Tryxx &.DJ
Bimps.
M CIVIC CLUBS
Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton Monday's at 7pm Club
612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach Club 3596 meets at
the British Colonial Hilton Mondy sta7

Thefassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council,
(NPIIC) meets every third Moopipympfythe
month in the Board Room of the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.
me.. TUESDAY IMIMMMMI

8 HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each knonth
at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Cen-
treville. Call 323.4482 for more info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being
held 6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics
Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles Dr).
Doctor approval is required. Call 364.8423 to
register for more info.

5 CIVIC CLUBS
The Kiwanis Club of New Providence meets
every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Holy Cross
Community Centre; Highbury Park.
The Luncheon Pilot Club of Nassau meets
every third Tuesday at SuperClubs Breezes
Cable Beach at 12:30pm. We invite all com-
munity minded persons to attend.
Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7:30pm @ CC Sweeting Senior School's Din,
ing Room, College Avenue off Moss Road. *
Club Cousteau 7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm
in the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Cen-
tral Andros Club 7178 meets each Tuesday
at 6pm at the Cancer Society of the Bahama.s,
3rd Terrace, Centreville.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6:30pm
@ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity meets every second Tuesday,
6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th
floor meeting room Alpha Phi Alpha Fra-
ternity meets every first Tuesday, 6:30pm at
the British Colonial Hilton..Please call
502.4842/377.4589 for morejnfo.
The Downtown Pilot Club of Nassau meets
every third Tuesday of the month at 6pm at
the JP Whitney Building, First Terrace,
Collins Avenue.


. 8 ENTERTAINMENT ...ne....
- Judge paiq Dynamite Daisy will be fea
tured in a Holiday Comedy Show Tuesday,
December 26 at the National Centre for the
Performing Arts. The matinee show will be
at 4pm and the evening show willbe at 8pm.
Tickets are available at 100% Bible Book-
stores, the Christian Bookshop, Golden Gates
World Outreach Ministries and Trinity Assem-
bly. .

Milig WEDNESDAY

M ENTERTAINMENT
Express Yourself: Poets, vocalists, musicians,
visual artists, story tellers, dancers, talented
people are invited to an Open Mic Night @
Da Island Club on West Bay Street (inside
the Nassau Beach Hotel) the place where
"the grown folks hang out". The evening starts
every Wednesday night at 8pm. This is the
Bahamian cultural expression that your ears
have been craving for in a cool, comfortable
and safe environment. Express Yourself is the
brain child of the talented spoken word artist
Mrs. Nadine Thomas Brown-
The sessions have developed to showcase
Bahamian singers, musicians, dancers, movie
makers, storytellers, sculptors and visual
artists. .
M PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports
Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appe-
tizers and numerous drink specials.
. 5 HEALTH
Alcoholics Anonymous wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Wednesday -
7pm to 8pm. The Nassau Group: Rosetta
Street, Wednesday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to
9:30pm.
FREE Health and Wellness Lectures are held
the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm
at New Providence Community Center Blake
Road. For more information call 327.1660 or
327.2878. FREE Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar
and Cholesterol Screening.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas Support
Group meets every Wednesday from 5;30pm
to 7pm at Cancer Headquarters, two doors
south of ZNS. Cancer patients, survivors, their
family members and friends are invited to
attend. Phone 323.4482


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FROM page one
Mr Wilson was having a conversa-
tion with a female Defence Force
officer.
According to unofficial reports,
Mr Wilson was outside Supers night-
club in Mathew Town when the inci-
dent took place. One Defence Force
Officer had to be treated after being
stabbed in the back. Mr Wilson
received wounds to his head, but has
since been released from the hospi-
tal.
Since then a senior police officer
.tol Theo7hbune t t Inagud nwere
Justice is not served in the case.
Another senior officer, Assistant
Commissioner of Police Reginald
Ferguson, told reporters a few weeks
ago that the investigation into the
alleged beating was soon to come to
an end, and promised that the report
would be made public as soon as
po b tribune contacted the assis-


?Jhao h en eor w adw arth,
OMM instant Commissioner Fergu-
son said "Youdgu nke to call the
Immediately after the alleged
beating, an investigative team from
both the Royal Bahamas Police

d
FROM page one
Police were on the scene
quickly, pursuing the gun-
man into the Big Pond sub-
division, where he entered
the water.
"It iselieved he may
have fired shots at the
police," said the source.
"Officers with dogs
searched the area and two
officers were in the water
pursuing him."


Owners of govt homes
receive electricity
after four-week wait
FROM page one
gage phapn Im honwant;
anonymous said she was
unable to move from her rented
accommodation to the new
house because of the lack of
essential utilities.
This meant that last month
the young woman was put
under severe finandal strain -
having to pay her rent, at $55(),
and her mortgage, at $820.
The woman claims she was
promised by chief housing offi-
cer, Mr Litfield Rolle, at the
end of November that she
would receive some "financial
relief" from the ministry, but
has since heard nothing.
While the ministry sought to
place the blame on BEC for not
having installed enough utility
poles, said the resident, when
she personally contacted that
company she was told that as
many utility poles as the min-
istry had paid for had been
installed, and as such any short-
fall was due to underfunding on
their part.
The Tribune was unsuccess-
ful in seeking comments from
Chief housing officer, Mr Lit-
field Rolle, or permanent sec-
retary, Mrs Leila Greene, as Mr
Rolle said he was unqualified
to respond and Ms Greene was
out of office.


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Force and the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force travelled to the island
to investigate the claim and returned
to Nassau to complete the report.
However, according to Assistant
Commissioner Ferguson: "The
AG's office has everything on it."
The failure of the police to pub-
licly release the report comes on the
heels of complaints b3i police sources
that the Attornery General's Office
has been recently asking for files to
an extent never known before.
"There is no question the Inagua
Defence Force officers should have
been charged by now," a senior
police source told INSIGHT last
. The Tribune contacted Attorney
General Allyson Maynard-Gibson
to request the police report. She told
us that the Director of Public Prese-
cutions would be able to comment


on the matter.
Attempts were made throughout
the day to contact the director, but
up to press time there was no
response from his office.

ae
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REPORTS came in last night
that a man in his late 20s had
ed after beP c rbed once in
Village around 7.30pm.
. According to police, three
.
people were seen m the area
before the mcident took place.


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FROM page one
these, under the Bail Act it had to. The magistrate also told the par-
ents that the Department of Social Services would investigate the
conditions of their home as the court's "primary interest is the
we taarce o d Geno Taylor, 35, both of Cuttingham Close,
were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Gomez last week accused
of causing grievous harm to their daughter. It is alleged that on
ursday, November 23, the two caused grievous harm to Felecia
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Althea Porter, there has
been no indication as yet from the Attorney General's office as to
whether that charge willbe upgraded. The prosecutor said she had
had the opportunity to visit the hospital where she was informed
that the child had to have four fingers amputated.
Koed Smith, attorney for the father, also noted that what had
happened to the child was unfortunate. He urged the magistrate yes-
terday to considerbhit Cash who told the court that she had hadu
a one chdd taken away already and Taylor d hdtdid theeourt thathe
also had a son were both granted bail in the sum of $10,000 with one
surety. The case was adjourned to March 9, 2007 and both accused
were ordered to report to a police station near them every Wednes-
day and Saturday.


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the Salvation Army, Commis-
sioner Raymond Houghton,
who at the meeting gave a brief
history of the Salvation Army
and explamed its mission. "The
Salvation Army has a strong
social arm that focuses on what-
ever presenting need is in the
. community," he said. -


tor to the Salvation Army and
we deeply appreciate the work
that they have done," said divi-
sional commander Major Lester
Ferguson. "Not a year goes by
that they have not contributed a
great deal to our efforts."
On hand for the presentation
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The Salvation Army present-
ed the RotaryClub of Nassau,
the oldest Rotary Club in the
country, with an award for more
than 37 years of service to the
Salvation Army in the Bahamas,
The Rotary Club of Nassau,
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PICTURED are Ursula Rolle, Fidelity Financial Centre manager and Shavonne Hall, the
first winner of the $100 weekly drawing receiving her prize.


Fideli branches


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FIDELITY celebrated
the opening of its remod-
eled Frederick Street loca-
tion ivith weekly giveaways
of $100 and a $1,()00.jack-
pot.
Clients who opened sat-
ing, chequing, loan or
investment accounts were
eligible to enter the draw-
ing.
In addition to cash
prizes, Fidelity also offered
an additional 1 per cent
interest on all CD accounts
of $1,000 or more
opened during the promo-
tion. .


"Our CD rates are
already competitive with
some packages offering as
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2006, PAGE 19


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ah PASTOR Clifford Green, John Carey and Pastor Eva Green


Meltiber of parliament for
Carmichael Mr John Carey
visited with Pastors Clifford
and Eva Green at the People
of Destiny World Outreach
Ministries on Blue Hill Road


as they celebrated their
Church's 1st Anniversary.
Carey encouraged the
church to continue to work
toward uplifting the commu-
nity.


"This ministry specifically
assists persons in the Bel-Air
area in the Carmichael Con-
stituency. I thank you for your
support and continued work
in our area," said MP Carey.


M THE Rev Dr Philip Rahming and friends paid a courtesy call on Governor-General Arthur D
Hanna at Government House, on Tuesday December 5. From left are Frank Carey, Cecil Wal-
lace, Isadora Thompson, Rev Prince Hepburn, Dolores Robertson, Benjamin Robertson, Gov-
ernor-General Hanna, Rev Dr Philip Rahaming, Janet Shearer, JAiries Sheaker, Teuton Stubbs
and Donnie Storr.
(BISPhoto:RaymondA Bethel)


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Bahamas
Defense
Force

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Christmas

goodwill-
MEMBERS of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Entry
brought smiles to the faces of
the elderly at the Unity House
viith a donation of various
Christmas gifts.
The Entry also celebrated
with the residents last month
by hosting.a Thanksgiving lun-
cheon.
These are just of few of the
initiatives that were undertaken
by the Entry this year at the
home.
Members said they also
intend to make their presence
felt during the coming year by
assisting in whatever way they
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5 MR PEET addressed students of the North Andros High
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STHE North Andros High Drum Line performed during ~Thanksgiving ceremony at the North


A BAHAMAS Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute (BTVI) facility is set for the campus of the
North Andros High School, Financial Servil es
and Investments Minister Vincent Peet con-
firmed. .
Addressing the students during Thanksgiving
ceremonies last month, Mr Peet, the member of
parliament for North Andros and the Berry
Islands said three new classrooms and a cafeteria
will open for North Andros High early next year.


(BIS Photo by Tim Aylen)
"This school will make history by becoming
the first to have on its campus its own BTVI facil-
ity for a high school," said Mr Peet.
The BTVI technical workshop is under
construction and will be staffed by trade
teachers.
''By the time those of you who are so inclined
would have finished grade 12," he said, "you
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DEFENCE Secretary Robert Gates talked with
Iraqi officials on Thursday about possible additional
military assistance for the embattled government and
assured them of continued U.S. support, according to
Associated Press.
Briefing reporters after his session with Iraqi leaders,
Gates said the focus of the discussions was "mainly
on the overall approach, including the possibility of
some additional assistance." But he was vague about
the type of assistance discussed, and said no specific
numbers of extra troops were discussed.
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The new defence chief is visiting Iraq with a high-ley-
el entourage in his first week in office to assess waytib
calm growing violence in the country. President BIBh
is considering sending thousands more U.S. troops,
and is expected to unveil his new policy next month.
"The Iraqi government is determined to improve
the security of the people here in Iraq, and above all
here in Baghdad," said Gates, after meeting with Iraqi
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Defence Minister
Abdul Qadir and members of the Iraqi Security Coung
cil.
"Our discussions today were focused on how the
United States can be helpful in the Iraqi government's;
efforts to accomplish that goal," Gates said.


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National Institute of
Advanced Industrial Science,
are used for therapy in Japan-
ese nursing homes and by
autistic and handicapped chil-
dren, according to the award's
Web site.
Another winning robot at
the lavish Tokyo ceremony
was a mammoth, automated
vacuum cleasier that uses ele-
vators to travel between
floors. The wheeled robot,
designed by Fuji Heavy Indus-
tries, already cleans floors at
several skyscrapers in central
Tokyo, the Web site said.
Robots are seen in Japan as
a way to deal with a rapidly
aging population and combat
an impending labor shortage,
The country's population of
127 million is expected to
shrink by 30 percent by 2055,
with those aged 65 or older
making up 40 percent of that
figure, according to govern-
ment forecasts released earli-
er this week.
The Robot Award was set
up earlier this year by the
Japanese government to pro-
mote research and develop-
ment in the robotics industry.
Ten robots won prizes out of a
total of 152 entries from across
Japan.


A FEEDING machine and
a furry, therapeutic seal -
both designed to make life
easier for older people -
ere among robots honored
hurs ay at a government-
sponsoked award ceremony,
according to Associated Press.
The My Spoon feeding
robot, hich won a prize in
the service category at Robot
Award 12006, helps elderly or
disabled people eat with a joy-
stick-cobtrolled swiveling arm.
My Spoon, which is already
sold in Japan and Europe,
doesn'tforcefeed:thespoon-
fitted aim stops at a prepro-
grammid position in front of
the mo th so users can bite
and swallow at their leisure,
according to developer Sec-
om Co. y sells for as much as
408,100 yen ($3,454).
Another robot receivmg an
award i( the service category
was Paro, a furry seal fitted
with sensors beneath its fur
and whiskers. It responds to
petting b opening and closing
its eyes hitd moving its flip-
pers.
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


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MBy NEIL HARTNELL


5 By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN poultry farmers are in talks
with the Ministry of Agriculture to determine
the best way to reduce chicken imports into
the Bahamas, which they claim they cannot
compete with and are driving them out of
busmess.
Ron Jones, general manager of Baharrias
Poultry on Grand Bab:ima, said the problem
of US impoux J challen can.nag~ilito Nassau
had long been a challenge for Bahamian farm-
ers. ,
He explained that the US was a chicken
breast market, meaning that consumers con-
sume more white meat than dark.
"This is primarily because of the vast fast
food industry, which utilizes breast meat for
nuggets; chicken strips, salad and sandwiches
more than they use other parts," Mr Jones
said.
fle added that it was because of this
demand that US poultry farmers were able
to sell chicken breast at around $3 per pound,
whereas the lack of demaiad for other parts
means they can sell their by-products such as
chicken leg quarters for around 25-50 cents
per pound.
US producers have it surplus of the product,


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M By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Bhairtess Reporter
GRAND Bahama seems set to receive a tourism boost due to the
arrival ofa new airline, which is I 1 -miin; to offer twice weekly service
fronrFlorida to Freeport.
Baer Air, a mostly charter .... . business based at Melbourne
International Airport, has announced it will begin scheduled service
between Melbourne an.1 1 s....p .,i n unc on Jailuary 5;2007.
The one hour lbghts rs. L -.p .1 s.......I ,a.out $400 per round-trip.
The llights w ill s.*perate e *..rt i ll.Int .,tol NI* nd.st scheduled so as to
prolsJe passengers the opnon ..In week ..r ...cekend stay.
Lon Booker.spokeswoman Mr Aklbourne Internationalsaid "It's
a great we to start the holiday weekend. We're especially pleased that
it is a local company that's showing its unlid.ne.c in Melbourne as a
growing airport for the region."
Baer is the second airline to offer a Bahamas service but of Mel-
bourne.
.Another company, Vintage Props and Jets, provides service between
Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay in Abaco twice a day.
Baer's flight schedule leas es Melbourne at 11 am, arriving in Freeport
at 12.10 pm. It departs freeport at 2pm, arriving in Melbourne at 3.15
pm.
Yesterday Tryone Sawyer, the director of airlift at the Ministry of
Tourism, said he was not fully aware of all the details of the new ser-
vice, arid preferred to wait until he had a full understanding of its
implications before he spoke on the Ministry's behalf.


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a @,,""@APNs ditor
he Government
"will watch with
interest" how the
Central Bank of the
Bahamas responds
to the commercial banking sec-
tor's liquidity crunch, the minister
of state for finance said yester-
day, with the demand for credits
imposing pressure on this nation's
foreign reserves and US$
exchange rate.
James Smith told The Tribune
that the Central Bank had almost
complete autonomy when it came
to the Bahamas' monetary policy,
and "any action taken will be
entirely up to them".
However, he added that he had
regularly discussed the liquidity
situation with the Central Bank's
governor, Wendy Craigg, over the
past two weeks, the pair speaking
at regular intervals every two
days.


.to bundle the GBPA and Port
Group together. The latter is
where the real value lies, as it is
the holding company for the pro-
ductive assets, such as 50 per cent
stakes in Freeport Harbour Com-
pany and the Grand Bahama
Development Company (Devco).
The split between the Hayward
and St George families, which
now seems irreversible, occurred
when Sir Jack Hayward claimed
on October 23 that he owned 75
per cent of the GBPA and its
affiliate, Port Group Ltd.
The St George estate has initi-
ated legal action disputing Sir
.Jack's ownership claim, arguing
that the true ownership is split
50/50 between themselves and
him.
It is unclear what price would
be required to buy out one of the
existing shareholding families,
Collectively, they own 92.5 per
cent of the GBPA, and 100 per
cent of Port Group Ltd, through
Cayman-based Intercontinental
Di CD up c nt
owned by Seashells, a company
wholly beneficially owned by Sir
Jack, and Fiduciary Management
Services (FMS), a firm owned
jointly between Sir Jack and the
late Edward St George. FMS is at
the centre of the legal dispute
between the two families,
An idea of the sum that would
be required, though, can be
gleaned from the fact that Sir
Jack was prepared to accept $55
million for his stake in IDCwhen
he was approached in
March/April 2006 with an offer
from the GBPA's currently
restrained chairman, Hannes
Babak.
It is unclear whether thill price,
which has been confirmed to The
Tribune by multiple sources, was
based on a 50 per cefit or 75 per
cent stake, but if it was the for-
mer, this would value the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd at $110 mil-
lion,
In addition, The Tribune has
also fearnt that when the St
George estate was in probate, its


paying regulations had given the
Central Bank "almost unfettered
authority for the conduct of mon-
etary policy".
"Having said that, the Govern-
ment would watch with interest
the [Central] Bank's response to
the possible liquidity problem,"
Mr Smith said.
"In a nutshell, credit is growing
faster than deposits, and despite
the inflows from foreign direct
investment, the capital outflow is
accuniIrlating at a faster rate.
"It could be a tion of the
increasing economic activTyl
increasing incomes of Bahami-
ans, but it's putting pressure on
the external reserves."
Excess liquidity in the Bahami-
an commercial banking system
stood at just $55.21 million at the


end of October 2006, the Central BOTH the Hayward and St
Bank confirming then that this George families "seem to be
tightening would slow down the looking for financing to buy the
rapid pace of credit growth wit- other out" as a way to end their
messed earlier in'the year. dispute over the ownership of the
Excess liquid assets had Grand Bahama Port Authority
declined by $107.39 million in the (GBPA) aird its Port Group Ltd
year to October, a pace more affiliate, sources have confirmed
than double that of the $46.76 to The Tribune.
million decrease witnessed dur- In doing so, there is understood
ing the same month in 2005. to be some interest from the St
Back then, excess liquidity in George estate side in broadening
the commercial banking system the GBPA and Port Group's
had stood at a healthy $219.55 ownership base, possibly via a
million. For the first 10 months public offering, and inviting eqixi-
of 2005, surplus liquid assets only ty participation in the companies
declined by $4.89 million, but for and their assets by the likes of
the same period this year they the GBPA's licensees and land-
have fallen by $57.24-million.as a holders within the 230 square
anleTreeport area.
In addition to seeking the
SEE page 4B involvement of licensees and
landholders in the GBPA's
future, the estate is also under-
stood to be reaching out to insti-
to compete' wing'2',os'te:Fdd h Nj
sau, to see if they are interested in
participating.
e," Mr Jones said. This is being viewed by
problem facing the industry was observers as a move to ease away
ng cost of cereal and gain, which is from a "cult of personality" at
ken feed. the GBPA helm, ensuring the
g to a spokesman from Rainbow Government is no longer behold-
rice of grain was a big problem. It en to one shareholder or group
bated because there was a large of shareholders for the running
of ethanol, of which corn is a major of a quasi-governmental authori-
ty and Freeport's governance and
his was a factor affecting all live- development.
y all depend on grain as a source Obtaining the participation of
outside investors wAuld dilitte the
esman said the price of eggs was existing ownership concentration,
it has been in 20 years. give Bahamians a stake in
g to the Worldpoultry.net web- Freeport's future success while
ee factors affecting the Bahamian keeping the Government on the
: outside, and allow the mailage-
ment of Port Group's various sub-
oultry parts flooding the market. sidiary companies to get on with
verninent'sdecrease of the duty running their respective opera-
n 2001 from70 per cent to 35 per tions.
the article said allowed open. A public offering would also
imports, undermining Bahamian vest GBPA and Port Group's
operations with enhanced trans-
rs are utilizing tactics to control parency and accountability, but
Bahamian egg producers are cur- several observers spoken to by
ying the diarket at 95-96 per cent The Tribune believe that a public
ncy. Importers are destabilizing offering is likely to be some way
y using specialty egg product at a off.
mport foreign eggs. Any such offerikig would have


M JAMES SMITH


Mr Smith said the 2002 amend-


which is why they are able to export vast .
amounts to Caribbean countries.
On the other hand, Mr Jones said Bahami-
an farmers, who do not have a vast chicken
breast market to sustain them, have to price .
their leg quarters around $1.29-$1.50 per
pound,
We are not in a position to compete," he
explamed.
Egg producers, he added, were in a similar
situation because of egg imports. .
Mr Jones explained that the 2004 hurricane
season crippled the industry. As a result, the
Government allowed the importation of-more ,
eggs to ensure there was enough supply to
meet the demand. However, the eggs are still
coming in despite the fact that Bahamian egg
producers have rebounded.
Mr Jones said it was because of-this that the
two Bahamas-based egg producers were faced
with the dilemma of whether to expand
Instead, he said the potiltry farmers were
supplementing the egg producers by supplying
them-with eggs in a contractual agreement.
Mr Jones said Agriculture Minister Leslie
Miller had promised them his ministry was
looking into the matter.
"The egg industry illone is about a $3 mil-
lion a-year-industry when you consider that
about 1500 cases of eggs are produced a week


at $42 a cas
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This despite $111m decline
in year to October 2006

$476 million had been driven
largely by the higher cost of oil
imports.
The Wall Street rating agency
noted that the Government gen-
erated a small fiscal surplus of $5
million for the first three months
of its 2006-2007 fiscal year, having
finished the previous year with a
$188 million fiscal deficit, equiv-
alent to 2.3 per cent of gross

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MIllinSter SayS eCOnOmic outlook still positive, even though credit rising


Bahamas poultry farmers: '~We are unaable


SEE page 9B


Moodly': ]Bah~Pama reserves


A By NEll.. HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
MOODY'S, the international
credit rating agency, yesterday
said the Bahamas' foreign
exchange reserves "remain ample
relative to debt service require-
ments" despite declining by $111
million in the 10 months to Octo-
ber 2006. .
In its latest credit opinion on
the Bahamas' sovereign credit
rating, which stands at A3 for for-
eign currency bond and bank
deposits, and Al for the Govern-
ment's Bahamian dollar obliga-
tions, Moody's said the foreign
exchange reserves'.decline to















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sumer electronics, appliances
and furniture, which it sells pri-
marily on credit, was sold to
Cobalt Holdings, a subsidiary
of a Central American retailing
group in the same line of busi-
ness. Courts had no operations
in the Bahamas, though.
Simon Townend, who is
based in KPMG Corporate
Finance's Nassau office and led
the buy-out team, said in a
statement: "This transaction is
a landmark transaction in many
ways, not just due to the sig-
nificant price tag by regional
standards, but also due to its
complexity.
"The deal covers 12 coun-
tries and 93 retail stores, and
was financed in seven local cur-
rencies in order to provide
some.currency risk protection
to the buyer. The capital struc-
ture of the acquisition vehicle
has five layers of capital. Two
of the country operations are
housed in listed companies
(Barbados and Jamaica), and
public tenders were required
under takeover rules, which we
closed successfully two days
ago with close to 100 per cent
take up "
The public tenders were
based on takeover rules relat-
ing to the acquisition of major-
ity stakes in public companies
that exist in Barbados and
Jamaica, yet these rules do not
exist in the Bahamas
Mr Townend said: "On the
Barbados and Jamaica
exchanges, there are rules that
essentially protect minority
rights in a takeover situation
Once you lock up a certain per.
centage of the shares you are
required to make the same or
betterfffer to all of the share-
holders via a public tender.
"We worked with local bro-


kers and legal counseling those
jurisdictions to manage the ten-
der offer process. We also met
with the directors of Courts in
Barbados and Jamaica with our
client to present the offer, and
based on their analysis and a
fairness opinion from an mde-
pendent firm, they approved
the offer and recommended it
to shareholders.
"This is a very important
process, as minority share-
holders are given the opportu-
nity to sell at a fair price before
the new owners come in and
make changes to the company.
The rules are under discussion
in the Bahamas as we speak."
The proposed amendments
to the Securities Industry Act
include. the protection of
minority shareholder interests,
and a mergers and acquisitions
takeover code.
Minority shareholder pro-
tection has been a major con-
cern in the 'Bahamian capital
markets, given that most BISX-
listedcompianiesarecontrolled
by either one majority share-
holder or a group of close-knit
shareholders. -
One issue to rear its head
recently has been the issue of
whether minority investors
should be offered the same
terms as the majority share-
holder, when the latter sells its
stake to another party. ,
This happened when Winn-
Dixie sold its 78 per cent stake
in Bahamas Supermarkets to
BSL Holdings for $54 million,
and will happen again when
Migrant disposes of its 55 per
cent stake in Grand Bahama
Power Company.
Another deal involving a
majority stake was when the
then-Colina Insurance Com--
pany purchased the 51 percent
controlling interest in Global


Bahamas in 2002.
The competitive bidding
process for Courts started last
year, and Cobalt Holdings' par-
ent company has retail opera-
trons in the US, Dominican
Republic and Central America.
The group is owned by the
Siman family of El Salvador
along with a partner, Actis, for-
merly CDC.
Frederick Morris, a director
of KPMG Corporate Finance,
added: "Structuring the financ-
ing for this transaction took an
enormous effort. The semor
debt was co-arranged by Scotia
Capital and RBTT out of
Trinidad. A second lien tier of
debt, and a PIK note, is being
financed by Citigroup. The
security package spans all 12
countries. *
"You also have to consider
that each of these countries,
while similar, have different
laws and processes, with their
own unique economic and
political climate we worked
withtwosetsoflawyersineach
jurisdiction, counsel for the
banks, counsel for our client,
and in some cases, counsel for
the sellers, which created a
huge project management
exercise of coordinating the
activities of almost 50 lawyers
in the region."
Courts in the Caribbean is
being sold by Courts Plc and
various related companies.
Courts Plc owned operations
in Asia, Pacific, the UK and
the Caribbean, and when the
UK parent failed in late 2004,
the company was placed in
Administration.
However, the Caribbean
assets continued to be prof-
itable, and the sale of these
assets will provide a major
recovery, to hank creditors in
the UK.


5 FRONT Row from L to R: ASP C. Rahming, director of the Tourism Police Unit, RBPF; Suzanne
Pattusch-Smith, Nassau Tourism and Development Board; Peter Webster, general manager, British Colo-
nial Hilton; Angela Cleare, senior director of product development, Ministry of Tourism. Back Row from
L to R: Inspector Kemp, deputy director in charge of the Tourism Police Unit; Sergeant Percentie 1417,
Corporal Bullard 1770, Woman Local Constable (WLC) Bain 5023, WLC Rolle 5006, LC Newman 5032,
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utilities, such as phone and fax
hnes for their communication
centre.
"The British Colonial Hilton
is proud to sponsor and support
the Bahamas Royal Police
Tourism Unit. They create an
extremely positive impression to
all our visitors and guests" said
Mr Webster'
"They give directions, offer
advice on places to visit and
dine, as well as having their pho-
tograph taken m their uniforms.
We are delighted with their
efforts m promotmg a safe and
welcoming environment for vis-
Itors as well as locals.
"The Tourism Police Substa-
tion has played a key role in
reducmg crime m the area" said
Suzanne Pattusch-Smith, of the
*Nassau Tourism and Develop-
ment Board. "Not only are the
police a deterrent to would-be
criminal actl"vity, they are also
highly proactive. We have
received reports of crkninals
being apprehended and caught
withm moments of perpetrating
a crime."


.
THE Royal Bahamas Pohce
Force's Tourism Unit has arrest-
ed and charged several hundred
persons for offences committed
in the downtown Nassau and
Paradise Island area since it was
established m October 2oo5, it
was announced yesterday.
Both areas are key hubs for
the Bahamian tourism Industry,
and the Tourism Unit has dealt
with individuals for offences
ranging from the unlawful car-
rying of arms, kmves and short
cutlasses, to possession of dan-
gerous drugs, hawkmg, disor-
derly behaviour and vagrancy.
The Tourism Police Unit also
assisted other Police Divisions
by arresting persons wanted for
questioning in reference to
armed robbery, rape, indecent
assault, outstanding warrants
and other serious offences.
The unit's creation was spear-
headed by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force, the Ministry of
Tourism and the private sector
m late 2005, through an imtia-
tive called the Bahamas Viptor
Safety and Security Botud.
The Board's mandate is to
address visitor crime Andaiafety


issues, which include everything
from harassment to crimes of a
more serious nature.
During a Christmas luncheon
held by the RBPF, Peter Web-
ster, the British Colonial Hilton's
general manager, announced
that the resort would contmue
to sponsor the rent for the
. Tourism Police Substation locat-
ed on Bay Street, in between
Elizabeth and Victoria Avenue.
In addition,; the British Colo-
mal Hilton was be prepared to
assist the police with potential
expansion into the adjacent
space, which would become
available m January 2007.
The Tourism Pohce Substa-
tion currently works with the
Tourism Police. The Bay Street
Substation's scope of influence
includes Bay Street, East of East
Street to Mackey Street, side
streets and Dowdswell Street,
which has in the past been a
point of infiltration for criminals
accessing downtown's main
street. ,
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11as El offered to assist with'
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At Christmas time, we gather with family and friends
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to celebrate our Savior birth,

The spirit of Christmas also suggests that we
dedicate ourselves to help the needy, and to be an
111Strument of peace and goodwill in the community
.
ill Which we live.

.
As we enjoy the events of this holiday season, let
US also be so ever grateful and thankful to all of
Our fellow employees who have work hard and
COntributed to the success of the company.

This Christmas, may we all give thanks for the
blessings God has bestowed on our company, our
.
COmmunity and on our family. May the joy of the
holidays renew and strengthen our commitment to
.
WOrk together to build on our past successes and to
embrace the many challenges and opportunities that
will face us in the future.

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My family and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas
and a blessed and prosperous New Year.



Glenn V. Bannister
Managing Director
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A By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE impact the US Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative (WHTI) could have on the
Bahamian hotel industry might be less than inis
tially feared, two Bahamian hoteliers told The
Tribune yesterday, although one acknowledged
it could reduce US arrivals by 5 per cent.
The initiative will require US residents to
possess passports to allow them to re-enter the
US f lowi visits to t2he 2B0ahamas and wider
Robert Sands, executive vice-president of
administration and public affairs at Baha Mar
Resorts, said the hotels have been working with
the Nassau Tourism Development Board and
the Ministry of Tourism to ensure there was as
little negative impact as possible.
He admitted that the initial fall out was esti-
mated to be about 5 per cent of visitor arrivals,
but added that the effects were less likely to be
felt during the peak the winter months. The
summer was likely to be impacted more, he
added, as persons are more likely to plan
impromptu vacations to the Bahamas then.
So we are going to hope for the best," Mr
Sands said.
Alex Dawyes, director of operations at the
British Colonial Hilton, said the resort was not
anticipating any major problems because of its
strong US client base.
"Most of our clients are here for business,
and so the vast majority of them would already
have their passports. We don't expect a big fall-
out," he said.
Mr Dawyes added that the approaching hol-
iday period of Christmas and New's Years is
"looking fantastic. We are a lot busier than we
were last year, and we are lookmg to be fully
booked for Christmas and expect to be the same
for New Year's."
The US State Department is continuing to
encourage its citizens to get passports ahead of
the January 23 deadline.
In an effort to minimize fallout, some Bahami-
an hotels have been offering special incentives
to encourage persons to get their passports
ahead of visits. .
They include Club Peace and Plenty on Exu-
ma, which is to reimburse the cost of obtaining
a passport foi- ap to two childied idid two adults


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Preferred Shares to all shareholders of record at
December 15, 2006 as follows:
Preferred Shares 7.25% per annum (payment

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in each booking party. The offer is valid for
persons getting passports for the first time who
make bookings now through June 2007.
The Westerb and Sheraton hotels at Our
Lucaya are offering a $100 resort credit to
guests who obtain a passport before December
31,2006 for travel through June 2007.
Super Clubs Breezes will pick up the cost of
new passports or renewed older ones for tray-
elers who stay at their property.
Tourism Director General, Vernice Walkine
said earlier this month that there had been a
jump in the number of passport applications in
the last six weeks, which indicated that the
"potential fallout" from the new passport regu-
lations might be mitigated.
When they were first announced, Caribbean
officials launched a massive campaign fearing
that the initiative would have the effect of a
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Temton!

plete mergers and acquisitions
and raise capital to fuel further
growth, is another factor behind
the liquidity tightening.
One senior Bahamian banking
industry source told The Tribune
that he did not expect the same
level of domestic credit grow th
in 2007 as witnessed this year,
with the onus falling on foreign
direct investment projects to drit
ve the economy.
He added that there would be
"a price to pay" in 2007 for the
"overlending" by commercial
banks this year. .x
"We won't see the level oO
credit in 2007 that we saw in 2006,
so that's going to curtain
demand," the source said. I see it
as a much slower year, unless weg
see some of these projects coming,
through. ,.
"Liquidity is a big thing. We've,
seen overlending by some finan-
cialinstitutions. There's be a price
to pay in 2006 for the excesses qf
2007. I think we might have tg.
rebalance." 7
Other concerns relate to the
potential impact the slowing US
economy, and particularly that
nation's housing market, will have
on American disposable incomes.
In addition to reducing the
demand for Bahamas bohdays'
and possibly the spending oP
those visitors who come here, a"
slowing real estate market could
also impact the demand for
Bahamian land, lots and property
second home and timeshare
This could have senous conse
quenches for those investment pro-
jects that are relying on land pre-
sales to finance the development
Yet Mr Smith said he was not
that t-oncerned about the impact
on such projects, as they were tart
geted at high net worth individu-
als and families who had dispos-
able incomes that insulated them
from the effects of any downturm-


FROM page 1B

result of the boom in mortgage
and consumer lending.
Mr Smith pointed out that
because the Bahamas imported
about 85 per cent of all the goods
it consumed, this meant that cred-
it growth was not reflected in
higher consumer prices or domes-
tic inflation, but in the level of
foreign reserves and the nation's
one-to-one peg with the US$.
"In the Bahamas, because we
import everything, an increase in
credit growth is reflected in
increased imports, so it puts pres-
sure on the external reserves and
the exchange rate."
The minister acknowledged
that while credit growth imposed
pressures on monetary policy, it


boosted the Government's fiscal
policy by leading to more imports,
generating additional customs
revenue and reducing the Gov-
ernment's fiscal deficit and debt.
Yet "if it goes too far, too fast,
it creates pressure on the
exchange rate because ybu are
losing reserves", Mr Smith said.
He pointed out, though, that
the Bahamian commercial bank-
ing system had some "automatic
stabilizers" to deal with a situation
such as this. The commercial
banks had to hold an open posi-
tion, and if they could not lend
inore money for instance, if
doing so could break statutory
requirements they would incur
"some severe penalties" if they
did so.
Mr Smith said that as part of
their liquid reserve requirements,
commercial banks had to keep
$0.05 o every $1 deposited with
them in their liquid reserves. Fail-
ure to adhere to such ratios would
see them penalized by a penalty
rate higher than what they earned
on consumer loans.
Such measures meant the pace
of credit expansion would be
slowed down, with the banks only
able to lend money from sums
previously repaid. The Central
Bank also had moral suasion
available toit.
"I saw it coming," Mr Smith
said of the liquidity tightening. "
The difficulty with it is when it
surfaces, the horse is out of the
d ,da otu ep ea ngwithloans
"It's really a question of man-
aging this process in 2007. Bar-
ring any unforeseen incidents, I
would expect the flow from for-
eign direct investment associat-
ed yith the anchor projects to
expand the depot base quicker
than the loan base."
Mr Smith said this should result
in increased salaries for Bahami-
ans and the national income.


"There are so mahy [anchor
projects] in the pipeline that if
only 50 per cent come through,
there is no way in a calendar year
we could purchase the same
amount of imports," he added.
"The outlook is still extremely
bright, because this is an early
Indicator that the economy is
growing fast. This is reflected in
the big credit expansion, mean-
ing Bahamians are confident to
go to the bank and borrow for
imports."
Liquidity refers to the surplus
assets and cash within the com-
mercial banking system that
Bahamians banks look to rede-
ploy as loans, usually through
mortgages or consumer lending,
to generate a higher rate of
return.
Excess
When there is excess liquidity
in the system, this often means
that the commercial banks are
holding too much cash, depress-
ing borrowing rates and profits.
However, when liquidity tight-
ens, as in the current situation, it
means that Bahamian commer-
cial banks have relatively less sur-
plus assets available for lendmg,
somethingthattendstodrivebor-
rowing rates higher as potential
borrowers compete for scarcer
resources.
The liquidity tightening has
been caused by a combination of
ctorsmeluddinhethepst ed-
tive season. Consumers have
withdrawn cash and taken out
loans to finance the purchase of
Christmas presents, including for-
eign exchange for overseas trips,
while businesses ordered extra
inventory in preparation for a sea-
son in which demand was tradi-
tionally higher.
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)
SELBOURNE ASSOCIATES LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of 2000,
SELBOURNE ASSOCIATES LIMITED is in Dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution is 29th day of Novemeber, 2006.

MARK JAMES
Vannin, Fairy Cottage,
Laxey, Isle of Man,
IM47JB
Liquidator


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Pricing Information As Of:
Tnursaw 21 Dec.=,rr.c .r 200 1
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES -VtSR M. q E DATA & INFORMATION .
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSF 1,676 / 7 325.92 / YTD % 24.15
52ws-HI 51.Lk-LCust 8 m:ural PrediOUSCIG5e TOday5Close Change Dany oI EPSI Du$ PrE Yuela
1 as 4: 59 LE, ..:c. F.1 .rF I 0.61 0 61 0 00 -0 293 O 000 NeM 0 00
12 OS 10 25 e -.r.5m as P Open, i-urna 11 00 11 OO 0.00 1 689 O 400 6 5 3 6-to
8.03 6.90 Bank or Bahamas 8.03 8.03 0.00 0 796 O 260 10 1 3 2.1
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 0.199 0.060 8.8 3.43%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.25 1.25 0.00 2,000 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 6,320 0.078 0.040 24.4 2.11%
12.54 9 OO Commonwealth Bank 12.51 12.54 0.03 1,100 0.943 0.680 12.6 5.42%
6.26 4.12 C.;rsco.a .1+.1 L'. ater BDRs 4.87 4.9) 0.06 561 0.134 0.045 36.3 0.92%
2.88 2.10 E*::Mr [5-4 sc..r .1 2.80 iS() 0.00 0.295 0.000 8.5 0.00%
6.21 .5.4 Fa.cr.guara 5 79 @.79 0.00 0.552 0.240 10.5 4.15
12.02 10.70 Fir,:,a 12 02 12.02 0 0.00 V 0.779 0.570 15.4 4.74
14.15 10.50 Firer Eibt,- -.n 14.15 14.15 000 0.927 0.550 15.3 3.89
12.55 10.OO F.:<.:. 12.55 12.55 O OO 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 r:.0 10 00 Premier Re .1 Clare 10 00 10 00 0 00 1 269 O 255 7 9 2 55 :
Es2AF,-1-li 5 s*.K-LC,;. SmDeal Bid $ Ask S Last Price Weekly Vol EPS 5 Div 5 PIE Y.eld
14.30 12.25 Barsam..-, Eupermarkets 14.60 15 60 14 00 1 923 1.080 8 1 7 40
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0 54 O 20 AND I-1.11.1.r.. O 45, O 55 O 20 O 021 0 000 26 2 O OO .r
43.00 28.00 ,-,BDAE 41.00 -33 OO 41 00 2 220 0 000 19 4 0 00
14.50 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.580 1.320 8.9 9.42%
0.60 0 35 RND Holdings 0 AS O 55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
5. 0A-H: 52.114 -L.:..s Fur.o N-.me. NA \ YTDL, Last 12 Months Div $ Yed
I 3193 1 2678 Golore. F.1:ne, F.1.rkel Fur.*3 1 319263"
3.0017 2.5864 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9449***
2.4723 2.2982 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.472341**
1 207d 1 1442 Colina Bond Fund 1.207411****
INDEX: CLOSE 735.20 / YTD 6540
Gui> LE.E:-a..I=Euraces 19C.::...1= 1......:..... Fi I"RETTERF1 VIELCs lastl2moninal11aermandi.ideat..:Inse gors:e
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 15 December 2006
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price ,- Last traded over-the-counter price
Today Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior wdek 30 November 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Numberzof total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value ** 30 November 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PE Ci:. :. at : as la .3 0 If =-1 I; ,- ,:c.... ..c.g: INDEX Tr.e Fideiir, Bar.amr.s Stock 1 .dea Janus 1 1950 = 100 *** 30 November 2006
TO TRADE CALL* COLINA 42-502-7010 / FIDELITY 242,-SSti-77t$47


T E PROGRAM


ROLE STATEMENT:
Responsible for the execution of special projects or assignments in different Business areas in order
to obtain Training and exposure to our company's processes and values for a period of 12 months,
having the possibility at the end of the program of becoming part of the organizatioIL


POSSIBLE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Monitor and perform business data analysis
A Short term assignments in Operations, Staff Functions, sales orCdnvenience Retail
Develop projects, business plans, results and strategies
& Assist with logistics and implementation of category programs


NECESSARY SKILLS:
w Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Mad W 3-4 Years of experience in areas of study
& Great Interpersonal Effectiveness & Communication Skills
& Strong Decision Making, Problem Solving Computer & Analyti ills
A Has Commitment to High standards
With Drive, Perseverance & Initiating Action


If you are interested in participating in this pmgram, please send your resume by email to:
recruitmentbahamas@yahoo.com


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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

International Business Companies Act
(No. 46 of 2000)

CITY OF LONDON FIDUCIARIES*LTD.
IBC No. 21,696 B
In Voluntary Liquid tign ,
NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 (2) of the
International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, CITY OF
LONDON FIDUCIARIES LTD. is in Dissolution.
Any person having a claim against the City of London Fiduciaries Ltd.
is required on or before the 14th Decemeber 2006 to send their name,
address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidators of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such claim is approved.
Mark Ashley BRUCE-SMITH, of 9 Pargas Street, Nicosia, Cyprus is the
Liquidator of CITY OF LONDON FIDUCIARIES LTD..


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NOTICE is hereby given that KHAMENAUTH SEERAM OF
#58 WISTERIA DRIVE, P.O.BOX F-44579, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, 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 22ND day of
December, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


LEGAL NOTICE

International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

CAREX INTERNATIONAL LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International liiiEikss Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000), CAREX INTERNATIONAL LTD.
is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 20th day
of October, 2006.

EPSILON MANAGEMENT Ltd.
2 Commercial Centre Square
Alofi Nine
Liquidator

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 20"

POINSETTIA PREMIER INVESTMENTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY given as follows:
(a) THE ABOVE COMPANY is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions Section 137(4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 19th day of
December, 2006 when its Articles of Dissohttion were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Ms. Alyson I. Yule of Bds
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street, P.O. Box
N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated this 20th day of December, A.D., 2006
Alyson I. Yule
Liquidator


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACI'
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
.
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
CHELSEA LOFT HOLDINGS (BAHAMAS) LIMITED is in
dissolution. Alerna Moxey is in the Liquidator and can be contacted
at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough
& Queens Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their names
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the liquidator
before December 29, 2006.


ERMAMOXEY
LIQUIDATOR


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NOTICE is hereby given that SUMINTRA JANETTE SEERAM
OF #58 WISTERIA DRIVE, P.O.BOX F-44579, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, 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 22ND day of
December, 2006 to the ,Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACI'
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
REGIS ASSETS MANAGEMENT LIMITED is in
dissolution. Alerna Moxey is in the Liquidator and can be contacted
at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough
& Queens Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their names
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the liquidator
before December 28, 2006.


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Legal Notice
NOTICE

INVESTCON LTD*
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act.
No. 45 of 2000 INVESTCON LTD., is in dissolution,
as of December 20, 2006.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is
the Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR


Legal Notice
NOTICE
CD-I TRAINING LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) CD-I TRAINING LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section
137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 21st December, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit
Suisse Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne
17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 22 day of December, A.D. 2006

Credit Suisse 'I)rust Limited
Liquidator .


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AB KRONOS ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD.
IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 AB KRONOS ASSET
MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution
The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 20th
December 2006. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, P. O. Box N 3917 is the Liquidator of
AB KRONOS ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD. All persons having
claims against the above-named company are required to send their
address and particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the
22ND January 2007.


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THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
CHAPTER 339
THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)
(AMENDMENT) ( ) REGULATIONS, 2002


The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE
Gasoline and DIESEL OL sold by ESSO will become effective on Friday, 22
December, 2006. LEAD FREE sold by TEXACO will become effective on
Wednesday, December 27"' 2006 and DIESEL OIL sold by TEXACO will become
effective on December 20** 2006 respectively.

GASOLINE SCHEDULE
MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING MAXIMUM
PRICF PER U.S. GALLON RETAIL
SELLING PRICE
PLACE ARTICLE S LIE DISTRIB RS' GE
PRICE PRICE

INCLUDING SEA FREIG H T
PROVIDENCE
ESSO STANDARD LEAD FREE 3.51 3.51 3.95
OR DIESEL OIL 3.04 3.04 3.23
TEXACO LEAD FREE 3.40 3.40 3.84
DIESEL OIL 3.04 3.04 3.23
PART C
GRANDBAHAMA INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
(NOT FREEPORT)
ESSO STANDARD LEAD FREE 3.41 3.59 4.01
OR DIESEL OIL 2.92 3.08 3.27
TEXACO LEAD FREE 3.30 3.48 3.90
DIESEL OIL 2.92 3.08 3.27
PART D
ABACOANDROS NOT INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
ELEUTHERA
ESSO STANDARD LEAD FREE 3.51 3.74 4.13
OR DIESEL OR 3.05 3.21 3.40
TEXACO LEAD FREE 3.40 3.63 4.02
DIESEL OR 3.05 3.21 3.40
-PART E
ALL OTHER NOT INCLUDING SEA FREIG H T
FAMILY
ISLANDS
ESSO STANDARD LEAD FREE 3.52 3.76 4.16
OR DIESEL OIL 3.06 3.21 3.41
TEXACO LEAD FREE 3.41 3.65 4.05
DIESEL OR 3.06 3.21 3.41



HARRISON THOMPSON
PERMANENT SECRETARY


BS P'
BSI OVERSEAS (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established
international private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, iS
presently accepting applications for.

PRIVATE BANKING RELATIONS H IP OF FICER

Applicants for the position of PB Relationship Officer must have
banking or financial degree and at least 5 years experience in the
offshore banking sector, fluency in Italian & French, have knowledge
of international investment instruments & money markets, ability to
partner with team members, must be confident regarding customer
relations, investments & portfolio management and have thorough
knowledge of local legislation, regulatory & statutory matters as well as
international banking practices.

Personal qualities :-

*Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills
*Goal-oriented, self-motivated, positive attitude and outlook
*Commitment to quality and service excellence
*Able to work with minimal supervision
*Financial and analytical background
*Flexibilty in office hours and hands-on approach when necessary

Responsibilities :-

*Service & advise customers
.
*Maintain & follow up account relationshipS
*Liaise directly with customers or their investments advisors or agents
*Monitor, analyze positions and evaluate reportS
*Foster and maintain communication with internallexternal banking
professionals
*Meet deadlines on timely basis

Resumes should be faxed to #702 1253 or mailed or delivered to the offices
of BSI, addressed to :-

Personnel Officer
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, W. Bay St. & Blake Road
P.O. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas
(ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE)
Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.


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government bond default".
ne strength of the Bahamian
economy. it added, came from
its proximity and integration
with the US. competitive posi-
lion in tourism and Emancial ser-
vices, and "track record" of pru-
dent economic management.
While the impact of Septem-
ber 11. 2001. terror attacks on
the Bahamian economy "seem
to have bottomed out".
Moody's said that favourable
fiscal trends had yet to be
restored.
"The underlying strengths of
the Bahamas and the preserva-
tion of a relatively strong exter-
nal position support a stable
outlook, although the economy
faces risks posed by the effects
on the tourism sector from
geopoliticaberrorism," Moody's
added.
"The Government faces the
task of reining in its budget
deficit and strengthening key
fiscal ratios back to where they
were before the shock of Sep-
tember 11, and more in line with


rating peers. A challenge facing
the country will be its ability to
manage economic liberalisation
as its seeks World Tracde
Organisation (WTO) member-
ship."
To improve its credit rating.
Moody's said the Bahamas had
to reduce its fiscal deficit and
national debt. The tourism
industry.which generated about
70 per cent of the nation's for-
eign exchange earnings, need-
ed to show it could withstand
external shocks.
And Moody's added: "The
rating could come under pres-
sure from a loss of competitive-
ness in the tourism industry, or
from additional external shocks
that lead to fiscal slippageor a
build-up in government debt
that the narrow revenue base
could not sustain.
"Deterioration in the regula-
tory environment of the finan-
cial services industry, which
accounts for 15 per cent of
GDP, would be viewed as a
negative development."


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cent of Grand Bahama Power Company.
Based on ICD Utilities' $7.15 per share closing
price on the Bahamas International Securities
Exchange (BISX), Lady Henrietta's stake would
be worth Just over $36 milhon. This means that the
St George family's total collective assets are worth
far more than the $23 million tied up in the estate.
It is understood that a new valuation is being
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domestic product (GDP).
Moody's said. "Official for-
eign exchange reserves in the
first ten months of 2006 fell $111
milbon to 5476 million. Largely
because of higher osI imports,
but remain emple relative to
debt service requirements.
"The Budget was in a small
(855 million) surplus in the first
three months of the 2006-2007
fiscal year, owing to continued
buoyant revenue growth cou-
pled with expenditure restraint.
--Prot isionally, the 20050-
2006 fiscal year deficit was
B5188 milbon, or 2 3 per cent
of GDP. Visitor arrivals in the
first 10 months of 2006 fell 4.7
per cent. year-on-year."
Moods's added that the
Babamas' strong credit ratings
were based on its prediction of
"a very low nsk of a payments
moratorIum so the event of a


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assets were valued at just below $23 million.
However, this did not include assets that are ben-
eficially owned by individual members of the St
George family. Among the assets excluded from
this calculation are Lady Henrietta's 50 per cent
stake in ICD Utilities, which translates into 25 per





NOTICE

TERRA INCOGNITA CORE
(In Voluntary Liquidalion)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 21st day of December 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP. INC
(Liquidator)

NOTICE

CELO S.A.

Notice is hereby given in accordance
with Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of CELO S.A.
has been completed; a Certificatgof Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC
(Liquidator)


NOTICE

POMFRET INC.
Notice is hereby given in accordance
with Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution ofPOMFRET
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.






ARGOSA CORP. INC
(Liquidator)


NOTICE

M & M MM H CORPORATION

Notice is hereby given in accordance
with Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of M & M
MM II CORPORATION has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register,





ARGOSA CORP. INC
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

SING FOR ME
INVESTMENTS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP.1NC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE

Y ALU INC.
Notice is hereby given in accordance
with Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of
YALU INC. has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.






ARGOSA CORP. INC
(Liquidator)


NOTICE

VAILUMIEINVESTMENTSINC.
Notice is hereby given in accordance
with Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of
VALLUMIE INVESTMENTS INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC
(Liquidator)


NOTICE

WAIKATO INVESTMENTS



Notice is hereby given in accordance
with Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of WAIKATO
INVESTMENTS LIMITED has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.



ARGOSA CORP. INC
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

SINO GLOBAL CAPITAL
INVESTMENTS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 21st day of December 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

LES ARPENTINS LTD.
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LES ARPENTINS LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE

ISTRINOS INC.
Notice is hereby given in accordance
with Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of
ISTRINOS INC.has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.






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(Liquidator)


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Dividends
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salancestocestzoos


BalancentOctober31,2oos
more
income for the period

zzgeevaluationgains/(iosses)
Transfer to Statutory Reserve Fund Turks & Caicos islands
Transfer to Statutory Loan Reserve
Balance at Oct 31, 2006


41,364


110,728


525,092


FirstCaribbeau International Bank (Bahamas) Limited1


(Restated)


Unaudited
Quarter Ended
October 31, 2006 October 31. 2005

69,311 50,675
(29,027) (15,982)
40,284 34,693
6,184 7,ot4
46,468 41,707
15,514 15,596
3,909 (281)
19,423 15,315
27,o4s 26,342


Total interest income
Total idlearst expenses
Net interest income
Non-interest income

Non-interestexpenses
Provision for credit losses

Net income


239,740


188,119


Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding for the period
Bamings per share (in cents)

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
BS'000




Net cash used in operating activities

Net cash from (used in) financing activities

Net cash from (used in) investing activities
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


120,216,204


120,216.204
81.6


(Restated)
Audited
Year Ended
October 31, 2005

(63,906)

(45.682)


92.1



Audited
Year Ended
October31.2006

(253,390)

214,573


(Rectober 1 20


Audited


Assets

Cash and balances with banks
Securities
Loans
Goodwill
Fixed assets
Other assets


367,400
1,524,879
2,444,830
187,747
29,209
137,409
4,691,474


3,503,903
582,165
. 4,086,068



435,556
169,850
605,406
4,691,474


791,661
468,811
1,972,392
187,747
31,764
57,767
3,510,142


2,856,737
92,166
2,948,903



417.28 I
143,958
561,239
3.510.142


Total assets


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Notes to Consolidated Interim Financial Statements
Year Ended
October 31, 2006
1. Accounting Policies
These consolidated interim financial statements are prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting policies used in the
preparation of these consolidated interim financial statements are consistent with those used in the annual financial statements for the year ended October
31, 2005.
The consolidated interim financial statements include the accounts of the following wholly owned subsidiaries:
FirstCarrbbean international Finance Corporation (Bahamas) Limited
FirstCaribbean International (Bahamas) Nominees Company Limited
Firs(Caribbean international Land Holdings (TCI) Limited

2. Comparatives
Where necessary, comparative figures have been adjusted to comply with changes in presentation in the current pedod.

3. Prior Period Adjustment
In accordance with IAS 18 Revenue, loan origination fees, which have a high probability of being drawn down, are to be deferred (together with related
direct costs) and recognized as an adjustment to the effective interest yield on the loan.
The recording of this impact has been apphed retrospectively, and the comparative statements for 2005 have been restated. The effect is that non-interest
income for 2005 has been reduced by 51,447 and opening retained eamings for 2004 has been reduced by SI7,034, which is the amount of the adjustment
relating to periods prior to 2004.


Deposits


Shareholders' Equity


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


Director


Director


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2006, PAGE 11B


THE TRIBUNE


< FIRSTCARIBBEAN
INTERNATIONAL BANK


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Chairman's Review
Of the Results
FOr the year ended October 31,2006



The consolidated net income of FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited for the
fiscal year ended October 31, 2006 was $110.7 million after the IAS required loan fee adjustment
described below. Earnings per share for the year amounted to 92.1 cents, an increase of 10.5
cents over last year.

The Bank's net interest income for'the year rose by $22 million or 17% over last year's net
interest income to $148 million. Interest income increased by $52 millions withe $39 million
attributed to loans asloan balances;increased,24?/o driven by the strong grow th in business 10.1flS
and residential mortgages. Additionally, higher.interest of $11 million was earned o the
securities portfolios as additional funds were invested and the .US fed rate fose'by 1 50, smee
last year end. The net interest margin for the year remained at 3.8%.

Operating expenses for tl4is year were $66 million, $4 million higher than last year however the
ratio of expenses to revenue improved by 2% to 36%. a

The total assets of the Bank at October 31, 2006 grew by 34% or $1.181 million to $4,691 million
as total loans grew by $473 million to $ 2,445 million at year end. The average return on
tangible equity remained at 28% for this fiscal year and the return on assets for this year was
2.8%.

In accordance with IAS 18 Revenue, fees, such as loan origination and commitment fees that are
considered to be an integral art of the effective rate of a financial instrument, are required to be
P
deferred, along with the related direct costs. In previous years, this accounting treatment was
not followed as the effect was considered immaterial in any one year. In 2006, this accounting
treatment was introduced and resulted in a restatement of the prior year's opening retained
earnings of $17 million and a reduction in the prior year's net income of $1.4 million.

The Directors have declared a final dividend of 25cents per share for a total dividend of 50cents
for the year, which reflects the good performance of the bank. This dividend will be paid On
January 5, 2007 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 29, 2006.

We are pleased with the financial performance of the Bank for the year, which ref14cts the
competence and commitment of our employees. We thank our customers and shareholders foi
their continuing loyalty and patronage during this past year and look forward to another
SUCCESSful year.



MichaelK Mansoor .
Chairman



FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet









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South took the ace and, proceeding
according to plan, played a heart to
the ace and ruffed a heart. If he had
ruffed a diamond first, or taken a sec-
ond club finesse after crossing to the
ace of hearts, he would have been
defeated.
When the hearts turned out to be
divided 3-3, South ruffed a diamond
in dummy. At this point, dummy had
two good hearts, two trumps and the
J-3 of spades, while East had the K-9
of clubs and four spades.
South still had to take a club
finesse to pick up East's K-9 but
couldn't afford to lead one of
dummy's trumps to do so. Instead, he
led one of dummy's hearts, which
amounted to taking a trump finesse if
East chose to rufE
East was now faced with a Hob-
son'schoice.Ifheruffedtheheart,
declare' would overruff, draw
another round of trumps, then ruff a
diamond and discard his other dia-
mond on the last heart.
If East didn't ruff the heart,
South would discard a diamond and
lead another heart. Whether East
ruffed at this point would again make
no difference. East's king of clubs
was bound to be trapped either on
this trick or the next one.
So South made the slam as a
result of his thoughtful play. By
establishing dummy's hearts, he was
able to finesse, in trumps without
actually leading them.


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& K 10 9 5 2
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QA QJ 10 4 2
The bidding:
North East South West
1 V 1 + 2 + 2 4
3 & 3 4 5 + 5 +
Pass 5 4 6 &
Openinglead-fourofspades,
Maintaining control over trumps
is vital in the play of many suit con-
tracts. This hand required delicate
treatment by declared to bring home
his slam.
West led a spade, taken by
dummy's ace. Declarer then played a
club to the queen, on which West
showed out. South realized from the
bidding that he would be unable to
ruff his diamonds successfully in
dummy, To he led a heart and
finessed the queen, hoping to estab-
lish that suit in order to dispose of his
diamondlosers.
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contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one nine-
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Across
4 A convenience, perhaps, to the
spyrnasters?(6)
7 measurtransearyour
notice(3.5)
8 rfs nol apparent that Henry I dined
oul (6)
10 Foodanadrinkintheoutskirtsof
Southwark (5)
13 Began town where a FreDch
Fntleman ps started (4)

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16 Kind of wood in short supply (3)
17 Legal nght to have a rest an
me way (4)
19 Swora involved in entering the
peerage (4)
21 A mealat some hotel, perhapethe
Red Inn (3.6)
23 For whose eake one may be crying
out loud? (4)
24 Handy thing in a road race (4)
26 Bad actor, meaty part (3)
27 In Rugby, an apportunityto play
rough? (4)
29 Traditionally sandy river? (4)
32 Inlection justifying some danger

33 Thafs my boyf (5)
34 A tired outburst? (6)
35 Bordenng on being a nasty &
with the nead (8)
SS Nearly the lines city on the Nile (6)


nowN
1 The sound in fashion? (5)
2 It'shardiobeasaintanda
swanine(6)
3 ForuplIIIasailor(4)
4 One Thomas, a musketeer (5)
5 The objectives of extremists? (4)
8 Oneofthreeinthecholr?(6)
9 Bent on weaving a loIof nelling (6)
11 Terry's'phone? (3)
12 Share out a toll? (5)
13 At least il's a bli of skirt to keep

15 Pound notes went first (3)
18 By coming to an improper
conclusion (3)
18 Listed for me in a special diet (6)
20 LIke certain oficers'favourite bit of
duty? (5)
21 An edgy IIttle cough (3)
22 There's nothing in raising a blind (3)
8 in Paris, happily, it's parochial (6)
5 Ina north-easlem job-centre, ifs
modem (3)
28 Departments with a reason for not
getting on? (5)
30 Nominally, ErnIe would fit here; but
you need a winI (5)
31 The difficulties when a social leader
talks too much (5)
32 Ature to make you brag? (4)
33 When the breath is tested, this
naturally comes to ight (4)


Alexander Shabalov v Elizabeth
Paehtz, Monarch Assurance Isle
of Man Open 2006. The contest
between a former United States
champion and Germany's
number one woman proved
hard fought, and an upset result
seemed Ilkely in the diagram.
Paehtz is two pawns up,
threatens Qxc6, and has visions
of a snap checkmate at f2 or h2.
So Shabalov, with the
advantage of moving first,
needs a precise sequence. HOW
d White force resignation in a


ACRO endly (6)

8 onunting-% (6)
10 Hidden store (5)
13 Ship's company (4)
14 Large shrub (4)
15 Ale (4)
16 Information (3)
Horse )(4)
21 Abundant (9)
23 liansgressions (4)
24 Routine (4)
e (4)
29 Put down (4)
32 Vegetables (4)
33 Stage whisper (5)
34 Wanderers (6)
35 Most taut (8)
36 SIgn of a cold (6)


DOWN
1 Decree (5)
2 Ceasefire (5)
3 Otherwise (4)
4 Look fixedly (5)
5 Talon (4)
6 Perception (6)
9 Deprived (6)
1H ad bird (5)
13 Middles (7)
15 Prohibit (3)
18 Set (3)
M (5)q
21 Section (3)
22 Charged
1
(6)
25 Orier (3)
28 Hurry (5)
31 MsIants (5)
32 Hollows (5)
33 SMd4)


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LEONARtD BARDEN


Yesterday's cryptic solunons
ACROSS:1, Tiller 7, Alifor it 8, So-a-p 10, Trille 11, Bigwig
14, RAF 16, Cadre 17, Rash l9, Re-C-ap 21, BA's-in 22,
Fined 23. MI-EN 26, Ge-t it 28, Bin 29, Aberts 30,
Marked 31, Eras 32, Be-stride 33, The lot
DOWN: 1, Tol-to-r 2. L-oof-ah3, Rape 4, African 5, C-row-
D 6, Stage 8, Sirs 9, Alf 12, Gap 13, bretel5, MS-el lS,
An-gel 19, Ran 20, CID 21, B4t-tem22, FIr 28,
Mi-rage 24, Inks 25, Nu-Di-sI26, Garbo27, Tense28,
Bar 30, Meet (meal)


Yesterday's easy solunans
ACROSS:1, Copied 7, Advanced 8, Stem 10, Alcove 11'
Facade 14, One 16, Gaped 17, Date 19, Caper 21, Honed
22, Habit 23, Meat 26, Coven 28, Pod 29, Amends
30, Pirate 31, Atom 32, Saucepan 33, Emerge
DOWN:1, Coward 2, intone 3, Dame 4, Savaged 5, Scrap
6, Added 6, Scot 9, Eve 12, Car 13, Delta 15, Manic
18, Axiom19, Cob 20, Pet 21, Handles 22,
Hen 23, Morose 24, Edam 25, Twelve 26, Cause 27,
Venus 28, Pit 30, Pane


Chess solution 8269*1QdB+ Kb7 (If Kxc6 2 Qe8+
and 3 Qxe4) 2 Qd7+ Ka6 (if Ka8 3 Qxc8 mate) 3 Nb8+
Ka54 b4+ wins the queen.
Mensa quir Vivid, snif, avid, in and if.
One possible word ladder solution is* HILL, glI, gall,
gale, game, dame, DALE.


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FRIDAY,
DECEMBER 22
ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
It's time to finally make a decision
on that proposal, Aries. These stall
tactics are doing nothing but hurting
your reputation. Make a choice,
regardless of the consequences.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Dream big, Taurus, because if you
put your mind to it, you can certainly
accomplish anything. There will be
doubters, but you wE prove thent
wrong in your endeavors.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
You can't always be in control,
Gemini, so relinquish the reigns
to someone dear to you, whom
you trust. Giving up a little power
will teach you humility.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
You're losing touch with someone
who was close to you, Cancer. It hurts
that the friendship is fading. Do your
part to rekindle this relationship the
extfa effort is worth it.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Hold your temper, Leo, even when
soineone purposefully pushes your
buttons. Anger and harsh words will
not remedy the situation, so be the
bigger person in all of this.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You will feel the need to help out
someone at work this week, Virgo.
Resist the temptation to do so
because it may put your job in jeop-
ardy if you interfere.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Take a moment to plot out your
immediate future, Libra. Considering
you haven't been as happy as you'd
like to be with your career path -

SCO PIOP-n .t 24/Nov 22
There will never be the perfect time
to make a drastic career change, so
stop complaining about your current
situation, and do something about it.
Just realize the pluses and minuses.
SAGflTARIUS No 23/Dec 21
You've recently made it through a
rough patch, Sagittarius, and have
come through no worse for the
wear. File this experience away and
move on to more positive thmgs.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
A person's good humor can only be
pushed so far. Think before you speak
when confronted with the individual
you1 eobeen cteas ,e Capricorn. It
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Having taken financial investments
mto your own hands, Aquarius, you
may have found you're more m the
red than in the black. Consult with
an expert to turn things around.
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PAGE 14B, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2006


M TENNIS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
BAHAMAS Lawn Tennis
Association's president Geor-
gio Baldacci said the Bahamas
has an excellent crop of young
players heading to the Amer-
ican Zone III tie next year.
The Bahamas will be the
top seeds in the field of eight
countries, inclusive of Barba-
dos, Bolivia, Costa Rica,
Guatemala, Haiti, Panama
and Puerto Rico.
The round robin tie will be
played in Guatemala City,
G na temala commencing April
16. The eight teams will be
placed in two pools of four,
with the first two teams in
each pool advancing to anoth-
cr playoff.
From the second playoff,
the top two teams will be pro-
moted to Americas Zone II
in 2008. The third and fourth
teams in each pool also
advance to another round-
robin pool. The teams finish-
ing in third and fourth in this
subsequent pool are relegat-
ed to Americas Zone Group
IV in 2008.
Baldacci, who was on hand
to view the trials held this
week at the National Tennis
Centre, said the team has a
solid squad in Devin Mullings,
Bjorn Munroe, Marvin Rolle
and H'Cone Thompson to
work with as the nucleus.
"With the team we have, we
should be able to advance out
of Zone III next year," Bal-
dacci projected. "The prob-
lem is, we are on the road and
it's so difficult to play in South
America. But I think we can
do very well."
Fien thought it's akyqimg
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iple y, ad
--'.ilings t -21,
..:1Jacci said he's still confi-
dent that the team could finish
in the top two to move on
"Right now we have a good
team and I think they are
ready to take the next step,"
Badlacci projected. "But we
are expecting Timothy Neely
to come from the United
States and play with us soon.
"I think that is what we
need a young player of*his
calibre to help us to get over
the hump. It would have been
nice to have Ryan Sweeting,
but he's committed to the
United States. So if Neely
comes, we will be even better
Utan we are now."
On the team expected to
travel, Mullings stated: "We
basically have the same team,
except that we have BJ back
after he hasn't played in two
y ears. We have H'Cone
(Thompson) and Chris
(Eldon). They just need to put
in some more work.
"I know Marvin (Smith)
wasn't too pleased with his
performance here. But I'm
hoping to see him do some big
things when we travel. I know


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he will be ready. So we're
exciteditbouttrawlitigP
Munroe, on the othedand,
said-he was delighted Wilh his
performance especially con-
sidering the fact that he's back
after a two-year hiatus on the
team.
"The last time I played we
.were in Zone II and now we
are in Zone III," he said. "But
in singles and doubles, I know
I can contribute, so I feel we
can get out of Zone III.
"I think we are pretty
strong. The team last year fin-
-ished third. They needed to
finish top two to advance. But
I think doubles is a big part *
of it and I'm doing very well in
doubles with my ranking at
850. So I think that will be the
difference."
Munroe, who played at the
tail end of the Davis Cup
career of Mark Knowles and
Mark Merklein, said this is
definitely the strongest team
that the Bahamas could put
together, so there's no reason
why they shouldn't advance
to Zone II.
"Not putting any pressure
on ourselves, but they came
third last year without me,"
he stated. "So I think with me
there next year, we should do
very well."


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Here's a took at the results of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association's Davis Cup trials that wrapped up yesterday at the
National Tennis Centre
FINAL
Devin Mullings def. Bjorn Munroe 6-2, 6-2.
SEMI-FINAL
Devin Mullings def. H'Cone 6-0, 6-0.
Bjorn Munroe def. Marvin Rolle 6-4, 6-2.
ROUND ROBIN PLAY
Group A
Marvin Rolle def. Jyles Turnquest 6-0, 6-2.
H'Cone Thompson def. Matthew Sands.............. 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Marvin Rolle def. H'Cone Thompson 6-2, 6-3.
Matthew Sands def. Jyles Turnquest.................... 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Marvin Rolle def. Matthew Sands 6-4, 6-3.
H'Cone Thompson def. Jyles Turnquest 6-1, 6-1.
Standings
Marvin Rolle 3-0
H'Cone Thompson 2-1
Matthew Sands 1-2
Jyles Turnquest 0-3
Group B
Chris Eldon def. Jacob Fountain 6-2, 7-5.
Devin Mullings delBjorn Munroe 6-2, 6-3.
Devin Mullings def. Chris Eldon 6-0, 6-1.
Bjorn Munroe def. Jacob Fountain 6-0, 6-1.
Devin Mullings def. Jacob Fountain 6-1, 6-1.
Bjorn Munroe def. Chris Eldon 6-1, 6-3.
Standings
Devon Mullings 3-0
Bjorn Munroe 2-1
Chris Eldon 1-2
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best right now in the Bahamas, Munroe, 27, said his confi- ward to playing Marvin again. Munroe said he will have to
hands down. dence boosted after he reversed "In that match, I hit the ball play at least 25 tournament
"I was playing great coming a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Rolle a month well and that gave me the con- Last year he only participated
into this. I had a great week. I ago in a pro event in Mexico. fidence for this match. I was in about 17.
za, gq.ing to do things a little "I didn't ]hlay that well, but confident coming into this But he thanked Minister
different, but I wasn't as aggres- after that, I really werit and match (against Mullings), but Neville Wisdom and the Min
sive as I would have liked at took the bull by the horns," Devinstillwonthematch.That istry of Youth, Sports an),
the net, but he doesn't allow Munroe revealed. "I improved just showed how much better Housing for including
you to do it. I give him credit. On my physical fitness and so he'p playing." him on the government sulfd
He was the better man today." coming here I was looking for- To help him improve, mention.


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8 VOLLEYBALL
2nt.E LSS IE NpSoO r

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volleyball club after clinching their
s nd consecutive championship
The team became the first ever
ladies squad in the history of the
New Providence Volleyball Asso-
ciation (NPVA) to end the season
with a flawless wm-loss record.
Although the defending cham-
pions came under pressure several
times in the season, they managed
to pull off what their head coach
Joseph Smith calls "body aching"
victories.
Smith said the games won by the
team, especially when they were
being challenged, left him not only
himself holding his head but mem-
bers of the squad as well.
Admitting that their team went
through some changes this year,
Smith said he-is grateful for the
players' commitment and the killer
attitude they displayed on the
court.
According to Smith, before the
team served their first ball in the
regular season, plans were in action
to end the season with a perfect
record, hopefully continuing the
trend into the championships.
Smith said: "This was an excel-
lent season, I mean words can't
express how I feel as head coach.
Besides Jackie I don't think the
other girls know what they've done.
This is a magnificent feat, one they
can go and boast about.
"No team was going to let its
come in there and win, the last
game in the championship series
was so competitive, it was volleyball
at its highest so far in the season.
"The Da Basement team they
came out on fire, at one pomt in
time in the game I thought we were
going to lose the game. I mean that
team was picking up every ball. The
level the former national members
played at last night reminded me
when they were in their prime.
They really outplayed our team."
Smith, who admitted that the
team had some shaky points, knew
that the other squads were gomg
to attack them, but it was a com-
bined effort by t he Vixens, with
veteran Jackie Conyers holding on
strong in the regular season to lead
the team to the pennant title.
Although she didia't hit the

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Sands and K1zzie Grey to do It,
Conyers still had several tricks up
her sleeve.
And she worked her magic in the
championship series against the Da
Basement women's squad.
With hersmart plays and power-
ful hitting by teammates Rolle,
Grey and Tamasiane Poitier,
sweeping their championship oppo-
nents was easy.
"This was a combined effort by
all the players on this team," said
Smith.
"Some nights we didn't have
Jackie, but that didn't mean the


exceptional year.
"I mean Laval has prevailed,
even though she didn't play tip to
the standard I wanted her to, she
made some crucial plays that saved
the day for us.
"When Jackie was out of her hit-
ting game, we turned to Tammy or
Kizzy. A team with that much tal-
ent I knew they were capable of
pulling of such a feat, but I am glad
to know that they believed in them-
selves too."


M TENNIS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
DEVIN Mullings emerged as
the top player from the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Associ-
ation's Davis Cup trials yester-
day, beating fellow Grand
Bahamian Bjorn Munroe in an
exciting 6-2, 6-2 victory.
The final between the cur-
rent and former Ohio State
University Buckeyes players
was made possible after
Mulling blanked H'Cone
Thompson 6-0, 6-0 and Munroe
knocked off Marvm Rolle 6-4,
6-2.
All four players have earned
their berth on the team that will
travel to play on the American
Zone III tie next April in
Guatemala City, Guatemala.
But the final was to determine
who will secure the top spot on
the team..
.In a rematch oftheir opener
in the round robin play in
Group B on Tuesday, Munroe
played much better than he did
then when he lost 6-2, 6-3
But Midlings, who has isot
lost a.match in Davis Cup trials
suice he was 16, made sure that
Munroe wouldn't ruin his
impeccable record.
"BJ kept more balls on the
court. He kept chippmg and
d inma opme I
said Munroe, the shorter of the
two players.
"I needed to hit the liall off
his chip and come in more. But
I allowed him to keep chipping
and chipping the ball. Eventu-
ally, I did and that was what
helped me to win it."
Mullingswhohadproblems
at times when he served and
volleyed and couldn't get back
at the baseline in time to
retrieve some of Munroe's pass-
ing shots, went up two breaks at
5-2 in the first set before he
held for the win.
In the second set, Munroe
fo ve 08 a e9d9-
However, in one of the
longest games played in the
match, Munroe broke when he
returned as big volley down
the baseline at deuce and he
madq an error on advantage.
But Munroe regained com-.
posure when he broke at 5-2
and held, picking up his game
another level attacking the net
a little more for winners.
"It feels good to come home
and.get some quality matches.
It builds up your confidence,"
admitted Munroe, who will be
returning to Ohio State to finish



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going to come and make it a
good effort. So it's always good
to come home and get in some
match play."
Munroe, who graduated from
Ohio State in 2002, said he was
determined to play much better
than he did on Tuesday.
"Wehadalotoflonggamess
a lot of big points," he stressed.
"I give credit to Devin. He's
playing unreal. He's playing the




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