The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Tribune Staff Reporters
BAY STREET was in turmoil
yesterday, with tourists and
Bahamians fleeing for their lives,
after a 12th grade student was
gunned down in broad daylight
during a drive-by shooting.
DeAngelo 'Patches' Cargill, 18,
a senior at C R Walker, was
standing near the Perfume Bar
on Bay Street when he was hit by
at least one of four bullets fired
from a Green Honda Accord
around 3.30pm while the area was
Th eegun n o lice report
were shooting at three other men
who police now have in custody
for questioning. A motive for the
a oepwed kill ng f the men is
Alarmed tourists and locals saw
a scene straight out of a Holly-
wood movie a car speeding
along the country's tourist life-
line opening fire,as pedestrians
and shoppers ran and ducked for
Three men, the supposed tar-
gets of the gunmen, ran for cover,
and got into a jitney on Fredrick
Street which pulled off, with the
Honda Accord giving chase.
However, young DeAngelo lay -
on the ground, shot in the chest.
With onlookers crowding
around, police had their hands

MRICOlm Adderley

appOinted chairman
Of the Gaming Board
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemed ia.net
IN A controversial move, the
FNM government has re-appointed
Elizabeth MP Malcolm Adderley
as chairman of the Gaming Board.
Effective from January 1, 2008,
Mr Adderley will serve as Gam-
ing Board chairman for two years,
Tourism Minister Neko Grant told
The Tihbune yesterday.
This contract renewal came as a
Y ~surprise to senior members of the
PLP yesterday and once again
raised questions about Mr Adder-
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TWO thousand three hundred
live rounds of ammunition, hid-
den in a shipment of children's
juice boxes and believed destined
for Bahamian streetswere seized
by law enforcement agents yes-
terday at the Betty K shipping
warehouse downtown.
A 38-year-old man and a 27-
year-old woman, believed to be
in a relationship, are now being
held for police questioning in
connection with the find. Sever-
al other individuals, who are
believed by police to have a
"material connection" to the inci-
dent, are wanted,
A total of 41 boxes of ammu-
nition, including some of the .440,
.356 and ;380 variety, primarily
for use in 9mm weapons, and one
clip, for use in an automatic
weapon, were seized in the joint
operation between officers from
the police's drug enforcement
unit, mobile unit and Customs
On the scene one of two
major incidents involving a heavy
police presence on Bay Street
that day, following the shooting
of a schoolboy on Frederick
Street earlier in the afternoon --
psst Supt Hulan Hanna

described the haul as "by any
stretch of the imagination
ceptina h v ng grea simnf
"When you look at the prolif-
eration of firearms (in the
Bahamas), clearly there is no
doubt that they were destined
for the streets of the Bahamas
and by us taking these items off
from here before they hit the
streets we might have saved any
number of lives," said Mr Hanna.
The 9mm handgun is current-
ly the "weaponrof choice" among
criminals in the Bahamas, he
The haul comes as the senior
oflicer suggested that the trade in
arms in the Bahamas has taken
on a new dimension, with "all
the~connotations of drug traf-
"In the same ~way that you
have drug smugglers in the
Bahamas you have firearm
smugglers and traffickers as
well," he said.
Asked whether the size of yes-
terday's haul would suggest a
particularly large demand on the
street for such ammunition, Asst
Supt Hanna agreed that this is
certainly the case.
He said that historically, any
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full trying to keep people off the
crime scene while also quelling
the anger of C R Walker students
who criticised tourism police for
not pursuing the assailants.
DeAngelo was listed in "critical
condition" when he arrived at
Princess Margaret Hospital.
According to Thelma Rolle, of
the public relations department>
DeAngelo was rushed into the
operating room.

Tribune Staff Reporter

some money as they are in dire
need, but added that they dispute
the governent's claim. of having
no legal liability.
"We feel that the wreck com-
mission made it clear in black and
white not to be interpreted:
clear -- that the port authority
failed therefore the government
along with both ships have some
liability here," he said.
Mr Bain added that the group
has not yet been directly contacted
by governent about the payment,
and added that efforts to speak
with government yesterday about
the matter led to a l'run around."
Ultimately, he wras informed by
the Prime Minister's officer that a
formal letter "requesting permis-
sion" to meet would have to be
Mr Bain urged government to..
now "just reach out to" the vic-
tims, rather than requiring a formal
request. He claimed that the vic-
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SEA Hauler victims called a
press conference yesterday in
which they expressed "cautious"
satisfaction at the news that gov-
ernment will offer them an "ex-
gratia" or "out of Icindness" -
On Sunday, the cabinet office
issued a statement to the press stat-
ing that it could not agree to paying
a'F~~c8~the amount they had demanded
$34 million, later reduced to $12
million -or on the conditions pro-
posed by the Sea Hauler, but
added that it was ready to "assist
further with an ex gratia payment."
According to the statement, the
government's position was that
"nothing any of its agencies did,
or failed to do, contributed in any
way to the cause of the accident."
that it is "awesome" that the group
are' apparently set to be offered

Bahamas has increased from 7.6
per cent in 2006 to 7.9 per cent
in 2007, the government has
The statistics, which were
released yesterday, reveal that
the unemployment rate in New
Providence rose from 6.7 per

cent to 8 per cent over the peri-
od, while in Grand Bahama, the
rate rose from 8.3 per cent to
8.8 per cent.
Some 5,850 people were
added to the labour force in
2007 3,545 men and 2,305

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We would like to invite you to celebrate Wavell's life and honour his memory on
Wednesday, January 09, 2008, 4:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas. Dr. Reginald W. Eldon, one of his best friends, and
Rev. Carlos Thompson, one of his nephews, will officiate at this service.

Many people will remember him fondly; chief among them will be his sisters, Zelia
B rtell and Elsie Chandler; sister-in-; a~~lawachMela homson brother-in-law, Marvin
V. ethell; niece, Erin Bethell; nephews g-~ev. Carlos, Ricardo and Vallance Thompson
Jr~ictor, leffrey, Kellman and Verndo ~handle i"

Other relatives Dawn Marshall, Jeannie Thompson, Sherry Minnis, Heather and
Ellison (Tommy) Thompson, Bishop Brice Thompson, Linda Bartlett, Sandia Lloyd'
Norma McCartney, Andr~a Smith, Dudley, Gerald and Ossie Sawyer, Tyrone Sawyer,
Charles (Chuck) Mackey and Wilma Marshall.

Close friends Dr. Reginald W. Eldon, Bennet Atkinson, Jill Thompson, Gen and
Samantha Rycroft (U.K.), The Sisters of the St. Martin Convent, Renee Roth, Arthur
Gibson, Violet Weech, Barbara Niko and Rev. Carrington and Sabrina Pinder, Dr.
Duane Sands, Dr. Johnny Lunn, Dr. Adrian Sawyer, Dr. Barry McCartney.

There are many more persons who loved him and for whom he was a caring doctor,
trustworthy friend and encoura er, both in the medical and pharmaceutical fields and
Bahamian life in general. These persons number too many to list here but we appreciate
the many ways in which you showered your 'DOC' with affection and care.

Donations in Dr. Thompson's memory may be made to The Bahamas Heart Association,
P.O. Box N-8189, Nassau, Bahamas.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pinder's Funeral Home.



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THE government is committed to ensur-
ing that communities throughout the
Bahamas are safer, according to Minister of
National Security Tommy Turnquest,
He said government will do this by pro-
viding members of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force with the resources they need
to perform their jobs effectively.
Among other things, the government
has pledged to increase insurance ~coverage
for officers. Mr Turnquest said police offi-
cers, as well as reservists, will receive cov-
erage for injuries suffered in the line of
duty as of this month.
Addressing officers at the police force's
annual church service held at Evangelistic

Temple, Mr Turnqluest said that govern-
ment and a number of its agencies will
implement several measures that will assist
in the fight against crime in the Bahamas.
Those measures include the implemen-
tation of effective street lighting on an
ongoing basis and the numbering of all
buildings in the country.
He added that law enforcement officials
will also do what is necessary to ensure
the number of police officers assigned to
each community meets that area's needs,
and emphasised the importance of recog-
nising the many exemplary accomplish-
ments of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
"I commend the force for the continua-

tion and expansion of the Community
Policing Programme; the launching of the
Victims Support Unit and the training of
Reserve Police Officers for the Family
Islands on which they serve," Mr Turn-
quest said.
"The police force is also to be com~
mended for giving renewed impetus to
police/community partnerships mn the fight
against crune. It is noteworthy that training,
re-training and the expansion of the force
continues to be a priority."
The National Security Minister admon-
ished the men aild women of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force to recommit them-
selves to higher standards, respect for the

civilian population and the rule of law, and
encouraged officers and the community to
work together to reverse the rising crime
"We must be inspired by the message
of hope, of the good news in God's word
that we can prevent and reverse those neg-
ative crime trends and set our country back
on track in 2008.
"As we heard at the National Assem-
bly on Crime, now is not the time to wage
a war, but we must prosecute the peace. In
fact, each of us as Bahamians ought to
adopt the slogan 'peace begins with me,'"
Mir Turnquest said.


commented. She told The Tri-
bune that as a teenager, she
began work as a housekeeper
and babysitter for wealthy white
Amenican families during an era
when racism and discrimination
was prevalent.
Mrs Johnson-Bethel recalled
an incident which took place
when she lived with a white
family in Miami as a house-
keeper in the 1950s for six years.
She said that she saw noth-
ing to suggest that the family
was involved in anything under-
handed, until she discovered a
uniform indicating membership
to the Klu Klux Klan.
inaseJohnslon-Buetrhelesaid she
the white robe and pointed
mask in a closet which was "off
limits" to hired help.
Unfazed, she took the robe
and made it into pillow covers.
The family never mentioned the
incident, she said.
"My life was full of working
hard. My husband died in 1971
and I been living by myself ever
since," she said during an inter-

view at her grandniece's home
in Elizabeth Estates yesterday.
Her good health and sharp
mind are credited by relatives to
her regular consumption of aloe
vera and the "'bush medicine
She told The Tribune she
keeps busy attending church
and selling conch fritters at a
dollar a pop to neighbourhood
children on the weekends.
When asked what she
, thought of the younger genera-
tion, Mrs Bethel replied: "The
young people have too much
swing. Their parents do not take
care of the children like they
she ledntenarian was born on
November 20, 1907, in James
Cistern, Eleuthera, to Thomas
and Roseline Johnson.
Mrs Bethel left' the island set-
tlement at age 14, travelling on
the vessel Iris I to Miami. Since
then she has lived in many US
states, including New York,
Kentucky and North Carolina.
She outlived her husband, her
two sons and nine siblings.

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The family and close friends of


are sad to inform the Bahamian people and friends
of The Bahamas of the death of this well loved
Bahamian Medical Doctor, Mentor, Friend and
Healer. Dr. Wavell Thompson died at his home
on East Bay Street on Saturday, January 05, 2008
after a short illness.

changes in

the Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
AS the crime problem con-
tinues to grow in the capital,
nime when vilce das crtala
ly nonexistent in the Bahamas.
Lively and full of wit at age
100, Bahamian-born Rebecca
Johnson-Bethel lives in Miami,
Florida, where she celebrated
century ofalife at aW al avn
Methodist Church.
D~i~i~ig her third visit to the
Bahamas since she left for the
United States more than 80
bears tgo she reg ledfrThe hni-
lengthy life and commented on
how much the country has
changed since the early 20th
century. .
"It's a big change in the

yu p opl taig ove whe
the old folks going to the great
beyond. I never heard of mur-
der, or police carrying a gun -
only thing they used to carry
was a stick she said. "And it
wasn't so much robbery and
killing like they do in the States,
and the same thing they're
doing here in Nassau.
"What puzzles me .. Nas-
sau is an island, and yet they do
(the crime) and the police can't
find 'um," Mrs Johnson-Bethel

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"cWe clinn't come on vacahon
for tills. I (lOn't know Kf tink s
nOrmlBR in the Rahamas, but we
dOn't feel Saf~e 99

An American tourist speaks yesterday

Tribune Staff Reporter

POLICE are assessing their
2007 crime-fighting initiatives
to see how best to tackle the
crime problem, a senior officer
said yesterday.
And their aim is to improve
on everyy area" of their per- "
formance over the next 12 *
"On behalf of the commis-
sioner, (I want to say that) all (
of the initiatives that the police
implemented in their crime-
fighting arsenal in 2007 will be
continued, notwithstanding
that it is incumbent upon any
force to review its past perfor-
mances and that is what we
are in the process of doing,"
Chief Supt Hulan Hanna said.
"The public is assured we want to repeat the
success of 2007 and improve on every area of
our performance in 20083. That's the commit-
ment of the RBPF to the Bahamian public," he
told The Tribune.
He also said that while police have no sus-
pects in custody in relation to the first mur-

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possession of cocaine.
According to court
dockets, it was alleged
that Thomas Raymond
Dawkins of Foxdale
Subdivision was found
in possession of a quan-
tity of cocaine on Fri-
day, January 4, which
authorities believed he
intended to supply to
It was alleged that
Dawkins was found in
possession of five grams
of cocaine.
Dawkins, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at

Ln ple de nd~o guilty
to the charge and was
granted bail in the sum
of $7,500.
The case had been
adjourned to July

*A 22-year-old man
has been sentenced to
serve one year in
prison on weapons
Tiamaco Rhodriguez
was arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at court eight in
Bank Lane yesterday, -
charged with possession
of an unlicensed firearm
and possession of
According to court
dockets, on Sunday,
December 6 Rhodriguez
was found in possession
of a .380 pistol as well
as four rounds of live
Rhodriguez, who
pleaded guilty to the
charges, was sentenced
to serve one year in
prison on each count.
The sentences are to run

oHA 24R eam- Bail-
sentenced to serve three
years in prison on fraud
Jason Greene was
arral ned before Magis-
trate Janet Bullard on
Monday, charged with
multiple counts of
possession of a forged
document, uttering a
forged document
and fraud by false pre.
According to court
dockets, between
November 23 and 27 of
last year, Greene, being
concerned with another,
was in possession of a
forged First Caribbean
Bank cheque in the sum
of $341.
Court dockets also
stated that Greene,
being concerned with
another, uttered the
false document and
obtained cash and goods
from City Market on
Village Road.
It was further alleged
that between those
dates, Greene uttered a
fake First Caribbean
bank cheque in~the
amount of $341 and
obtained cash and goods
from the City Market
foodstore on Tonique
Williams Darling High-
way and the City Mar-
ket foodstore on Prince
Charles Drive.
Greene was sentenced

to serve three years in
prison on each of the 12
counts on which he was
arraigned. The sen-
tences are to run con-


"We didn't come on vacation
frd nhso"he sald dn'tk
but teod en Aexi the owner

eU Liuid et sai he ea -c
el advisory for the Bahamas mn
the wake of this shooting in the
heart of a tourist zone.
"I would imagine we are on
the verge of the Americans issu-
ing a travel advisory," he said.
"I'd imagine that they will issue
a travel advisory as a result."
Such an act by the American
government, Mr Alexiou added,
would "(kill our tourism."
Mr Alexiou also expressed
shock that people would be so.
bold in the Bahamas to commit
such an offence in daylight ._
"I mean that they ~are so.
brazen to come downtown and- ; -
commit a murder right on the (: -r
main Bay Street in the middle -'' :~
of a cowdmof people multiple
it is shocking," he said.
Another employee from a "
nearby store lamented: "It can't
get no worse than this,
"This is bad for the whole.
country." j

New Arrivals in
for thel ;:

cruise ships.
dren tthh tourss vw htohde ch l

'>ointn gtowar th rire shaid
"At I astri0 tt 0 dteorists were

back to the ship."
"They was scared," she added.
Another Frederick Street
store merchant told The Tribune
that he saw tourists streaming
down towards the cruise ships
as he came towards Bay Street
to find out what was happening.
"T~hey were scared. They
wanted to know if this happened
here everyday," the shop owner
said. "As they were.asking the
police officer what happened,
they were saying, 'let's go back
to the ship, let's go back to the
ship,"' he said.
One tourist The Tribune
spoke with on Bay Street said
that he "would come back" to
the Bahamas despite the via-
stowever, another American
tourist said that she and her fam-
ily were going back to their ship
when they were informed about
the incident, just mn front of the
yellowecrime scene tape on Fred-
erick Street.


SCRES of touists ran for
eheir Annasyes erday onaBa
man's gun struck a CR Walker
student in broad daylight.
DeAngelo "Patches' Cargill, a
12th grade student, was shot in
the chest at around 3.30pm in
front of The Perfume Bar as he
and friends were walking down-
town. The gunmen were trying
to kill three other men in the
area, but missed, instead hitting
young Cargill in the chest. The
student was in critical con iion
up to press time last night'
Scores of tourists, walking the
streets, and making purchases in
nearby shops, grabbed family
and friends and ran for their

ships to avoid the violence of
downtown Nassau.
An employee from a nearby
store, which was filled with
tourists yesterday afternoon, told
The Tribune that their shop
"'cleared out" once the shooting
"'Thes% tourists grabbed their
children and ran out of here, and
went straight on the ship," she

A scared tourist, the store
clerk said, screamed to his fam-
ily, "We have to get out of here,
this place is crazy," before run-
ning out of the store towards the
cruise ships.
A hairbraider, .working at
Prince George Wharf ran
towards Bay Street when she
heard the shots. She said she saw
30 to 40 tourists "running for
their lives" for the safety of the

der of the year, investigators
are "following reasonably good
leads in connection with that
According to reports, Avery
Humes, 34, of Joan's Heights
was shot multiple times by an
individual described as "short"
and "dark" while visiting fam-
ily over the weekend.
Police received reports of
gunshots fired in the College
r Gardens area, behind Ken
Perigord Service Station on
Prince Charles Drive. Officers
foun thevictm lyng o th
r ground with multiple gunshot
wounds about the body.
Humes was pronounced
41 'fldead at the scene.
In view of the country's
unprecedented inurder count
of 79 last year and the appar-
ent spike in the number of
armed robberies, stabbings and shootings in
recent times, many people have concluded that
the nation is in the grip of a crime crisis.
At a crime prevention seminar in November,
2007, top police officials maintained that the
country was not mna crisis and that the RBPF
had a handle on crime.

GRAND Bahama pqlice are
again renewing their appeal to
members of the public who may
have information concerning the
whereabouts of a man wanted for
questioning in connection with a
murder mn Freeport.
Assistant Superintendent
Loretta Mackey said the police
are in search of David St Remy,
who is wanted for questioning
into the murder of Ryan Wood,
the 13th homicide victim on
Grand Bahama for 2007.
Marvin Fredrick, a Haitian-
Bahamian, has already been
charged with conspiracy to com-
mit murder in connection with
the matter.
St Remy, a 32-year-old man of
Haitian-Bahamian descent, is
about six feet, four inches tall and
of medium built.
He weighs about 185 pounds
and has dark brown complexion
and dark brown eyes.
St Remy speaks with an Amer-
ican accent and has no fixed place
of address according to police.
He is construction worker by
Ms Mackey said St Remy
should be considered armed and
extremely dangerous and should
be approached with caution,
Anyone with information con-
cerning St Remy is urged to con-
tact the police in Grand Bahama
at 350-3106, 352-9774/5, 911, or

Crime Tipsters at 352-1919.
Ms Mackey said the police are
also urging persons who may
have information concerning two
outstanding murder cases on
Grand Bahama to call the police.
Police still have no suspects in
the murder of Desmond Butler
and Vincent Pedican, Grand
Bahama's second and 12th homi-
cides respectively for 2007.
"We renew our appeal to the
public and urge them to contact
the police with any information
that would bring closure to these
matters or any other matters that
are under investigation by the
Police," said Asst Supt Mackey.

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18 CsOHH0Ctl0H With murder


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the way he treats people
reflects a "true Christian" in
every way, talking "God" all
dian, esoing to church a few
One day he talked about the
Bible and God for an hour
with a friend in front of his
TV, which showed extreme
viol nce, gns rni o f, e-
-oehnges blown '

that situation, talking God
When scenes come w th rapes
or other extreme violence, he
just stops and gazes intently
never mentioned a word, nev
er when someone talks about
saving the planet earth, say-
in the pollution, etc! It's a
fr n y
It isindeed the supporting
of such violence on TV that
causes reality violence, it espe-
cially affects the behaviour of
youth in a society, you watch
these programmes, you sup-
port violence automatically,
no smart talk can take that
Then when there is bad
news about violence, he would
react: "People ain't into God,
people don't go to church,
what you expect?"
Well he goes to church him-
self and he supports violence,
he indirectly causes violence,
he is so much into God and
he virtually allows scenes of
violence and corruption
played on his TV!
The fact is, a real Christian,

or a person who has no reli-
gious belief, but has only
human conscience and human
integrity, will never allow such
programmes to be played on
hs/e TVa f and hat is it,
Troubles in our religions, I
ask why do we have such
decent persons who so reli-
giously attend a huge, famous
church and learn from church
of these ways of foolhardi-
Our religious teaching in
this country is at a complete
Nassau is a unique Christ-
ian place, most "decent peo-
ple" go to churches, or at least
talk about God on every occa-
sion possible.
I have a better idea. I now
seriously invite everyone to
let's stop going to churches
temporarily, let's stop all of
those religious talks for now,
stop praying, but try to do life
ieal for one day, maybe this
same one day will cause you
to fall in love with doing the
right things righteously! If you
ever do, you can now go back
to churches and continue to
Churches are one thing, but
it isn't where you go that
makes you who you- are, it is
wh~~akydo that smake pgm

ly Graham always said: "If you
are in a garage, that does not
make you a cir!" Le~t's respect
December 2007.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My condolences to the fam-
ily members of the police offi-
cer who got shot to death in a
v ous inmTh Tr itbun n sd
paper that this young 26-year-
old policeman, shot to death,
and after a few shots caught
him in his chest, even after he
ran behind an object to dodge
bullets, shots continued to be
These real scenes, unfortu-
nately, are direct violence
scenes on screens these days,
which were scenes that we
never had 30 years ago on
TV's and movies!
What for? The policeman
was already heavily shot, why
still aim at him with more bul-
lets? Nothing to it, fun, it is
like a fun thing to do because
TV shows us that, the theatres
show us that!
So our youngsters go behind
and act out the same in real
life, real time.
But what do we expect? Do
we expect to support these
screen scenes and expect it
won't happen in real life?
We want too many mira-
I push to stop instilling into
the heads of our youth this
extreme violence! .
I blame us th~e so-called
'.decenti people"' who support
these violent screen scenes;
you won't have to do much to
support that, but if you watch
them, you are supporting the
brewing of violence already!
There is a totally religious
person, for example, truly a
"God's man", the way he talks

WEST PALM BEACI-, Fla. -- Presi- .
dent Bush's Iraq surge succeeded as welas
it could reasonably have been expected to.
That is a distinctly minority viewpoin~t.'
Democrats are inclined to call the surge a
failure, ignoring the patent fact that mote
troops resulted mn fewer casualties among
troops and the civilians. That's what more
troops could have been expected to do.
But Democrats now pretend to think tihat
the surge was expected to bring peakesiand
democracy to Iraq. ::
White House briefers, who nised toirtalk
about the surge bringing peace and'democ- '
racy to Iraq, now like to say that it o6too dth .
United States 12 years to get from thb f)66- ;
laration of Independence to the;.Cor~~lisj~ti- :
tion, so what's the rush? . .. I
Republican candidates w'affle'ori iib`
the surge, except for Sen. John: MchCpiri ,
who says it's better late than nkjetet, des
the candidate named for baseball para- :
phernalia (Mitt) who has taken to bf id
President Bush for everything that is wrong
with this country.
The record shows, nonetheless, that~the
death rate slowed when the surge hped
the number of troops to 160,000. Ttw
rect Democratic response to that Should
~be not that the surge is a failure btyt wilyain i
heck weren't there enough troops therb: t) ~
get that effect four years ago? We know.t ~
answer. It's because the presiddat put lus ''
faith in ludicrous strategies in thie first
place. Democrats can't say that if~ they~also .
want to say that more troops are ineffective
in the second place. Republicans can't say
it atall if they want White House supporting .
the fall,

not going to make peace between Supnis
and Shiites who hate each other. Our pres-
ence simply gave them us to blairke' for
their own failure to create politics.
Another thing more troops in Iraq were
never going to do is bring down al-Qaida.
Bush's Iraq adventure has dragged op
longer than World War II. Hitler was pq-
tected by military forces that were~w611l-
trained and equipped by the standards ~f
the day. It didn't take as long to get him ia's

it is taking to get Osama bin Laden. Hitler
might have done better if he had run the
Third Reich from a cave in the Alps. but
probably it seems that way only due to a
difference in U.S. leadership. We didn't
use Pearl Harbour as an excuse to invade
The trouble with candidates who can't
speak clearly about what's happening is
that t en they can't speak clearly about
what they hope to make happen. Nearly all
the Democrats and Repubhican Rep. Ron
Paul talk about brmngmg the troops home as
if they would come on a magic carpet
instead of rental Boeings. Who, for exam-
ple, would protect the last group to leave?
Details, details? No, seriously: If Mr. Bush
,-messed up getting us mn, there are any num-
Sber of ways his successor can mess up get~
..ting us out. Not thinking about it in
advance is a guarantee that the successor
will choose one of them.
Most of the Republicans talk about not
abandoning freedom-lovers among the
Iraqis, whoever and wherever they are.
That sounds a lot like standing down when
the Iraqis stand up. How they can do that
cWidtih its leaders warning that the Army will
reach its breaking point next yeqar is some-
~,thing best left to someone else s imagmna-
The test for the Republican winner will
. Come at his convention. Gen. Colin Powell
warned in advance that invading Iraq was
accepting what he called "'Pottery Barn
rules you break it, you own it." The
president's pals dismissed that warning as
"details, details" when he made it. Next
summer, watch how much prominence he
het ate -GOt cnentd an. It wl ha
learned the lesson.
Powell's warning may have been the last
time a U.S. official got an Iraq prediction
right. Maybe that's because he wasn't run-
ning for anything. Anyway, more troops
on the street, like more cops on the beat,
made the bad guys keep their heads down.
~,That's all the surge did. It's all it ever could
have done.
(This article was written by Tomt Black-
burn for Cox News Service).

EDITOR, The Tribune.

LAST evening I attend ed
the junior junkanoo parade
on Bay Street in which my
godchild was participating for
Jack Hayward High School.

Walter Parker Primary
School won the primary divi-
sion hands down.
Congratulations to the
teachers and students.
I am a fair-minded person,
but I was shocked to hear on
Friday that C R Walker High
School had won the high
school division.
Something is not right with
that judging. I have never
been an official judge "beat-
ing"' the streets, but as a lay-
man, I do know a little some-
thing about junkanoo and
what is expected.
Jack Hayward High School
won the senior parade with-
ouat ou e find it difficult
to have two family island
schools sweep the parade?
That's what it looks like to
me. Man, let's be fair to all. If
this had happened to one of
the adult junkanoo groups
they would definitely protest
those results.
Here are some things that
caused me to give Jackr H~y-
ward High School the upper
1) The banner. One baunner
was completed the'other was
not which was visible to all
with 20/20). Jack Hayward
High definitely had the best

onlyo seton w icntag o
your costumes canl he made
out of fabric and that you
should be costumed from the
front line to the back line.
Something went seriously
wrong with thle judging of this
category. Thiis one was bla-
.3) Performance. Energy.
4) Theme C'R Walker's
theme was weak, very weak.
Yes, C R Walker had a
large contingent compared to
the family island schools. as is
expected, but I don't think

that points are given for num-
If we want our Family
Island schools to continue to
participate in this national
competition, we must be fair
to all and encourage their par-
'ticipation because as you can
see, not too many schools in
Nassau are supporting this
event. (I am not saying to give
it to them. It must be rightful-
ly earned). I could not believe
it when I was informed that
the viewing on television did
not include Harbour Island
All-Age School and Jack Hay-
ward High School. When my
friends telephoned ZNS to
hned whs ired tha tther r
would not be a re-broadcast
of the full parade. That she
would have to buy a tape.
That's ridiculous!!
Mr. Minister of State for
Culture, Hon Charles May-
nard, please give the family
members, friends, teachers
and students of the schools in
Free~port and Harbour Island
the opportunity to view the
parade on national television.
And here's a suggestion for
Junior Junkanoo 2008. Non-
competing groups should
automatically be placed at the
end of the parade.
The C V Bethel/S C
ffth rss aru provided
enjoyed their performance,
but they took too long.
There are people all over
this country who stayed glued
to televisions to see Harbour
Island All-Age and Jack Hay-
ward High and never got the
opportunity but viewed two
no~n-competing groups. (The
other was a GGYA group).
Something ain't right with
that. And that's my five cents.
December 14, 2007.

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Jamaica plans to strength-
en its anti-doping legislation
ahead of the Beijing
Olympics in August, accordl-
ing to Associated Press.
The legislation "is a very
comprehensive one and we
hope to get it through (par-
liament) before the end of
March," government med-
icail officer Dr. Herbert
Elliott said Sunday in a state-
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Puerto Rico

A POPULAR cave park in
Puerto Rico is considering
mandatory safety helmets for
visitors after a California
oomn Ia 181 do i aS faln
day, according to Associated
Socorro Elaine Smith, 45,
of Los Angeles, was struck on
the head by a 25-pound (11-
kilogram) rock Saturday while
waiting to board a trolley in
the Camuy Cave Park.
It was the first such fatality
at the park, Camuy Mayor
Edwin Garcia said. He could
not say when a decision about
safety helmets would be
The popular caves in north-
western Puerto Rico will
remain closed for two weeks
while geologistsrevaluat the
dislodged. .
About 150,000 people visit
the park each year in the U.S.
Caribbean territory.

"It is my real hope that true healing comes out of
this town meeting," said Bishop Ellis.
"The people of Bimini are experiencing true pain
at this time, and through this town meeting they
can express their grievances, purge themselves and
go back to living in peace as they always' have.
"By the Grace of God, I am looking for nothing
else, but this to be achieved.
"With all the other ills we are presently experi-
encing in our Bahamas, we cannot accept such a
serene and beautiful place as Bimimi to fall through
Sthe cracks as well.
"Those with knowledge of mischief making must
come forward and report their findings to the author-
ities to make sure that law and order are intact on
that island."
The victim of the alleged police shooting, Ascol
Deno Rolle, died on December 22.
Bishop Ellis, who is from the tiny island, said he
immediately became irwolved in the wake of the
incident, working with Bummn officials to bring calm
aind peace to the island.
The town meeting takes place tomorrow.

BISHOP Neil Ellis said he is "officially throwing
his weight" behind Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's statement that last month's riot in Bimini
must not go unaddressed,
Bishop Ellis, head of the Full Gospel Baptist
Church in the Bahamas, called on those who can
identify the "mischief makers" behind the riot to
come forward and report to the authorities.
The bishop said he also supports the PM's decision
to hold a town meeting on Bimini in an effort to
restore calm and get to the bottom of what
sparked the unprecedented vandalism on that
A group of Bimini residents attacked police vehi-
cles and public property following the alleged shoot-
ing of a a man by a police officer stationed there.
Among the casualties of the riot was the police
barracks, which was completely gutted by fire.
Bishop Ellis said he is aware of the fact that there
is a deep need for healing on the island .of Bimini,
and added that he is of the opinion that the prime
minister's proposed town meeting comes at an
opportune tune.

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Victory Boys were eighth,
The Arawak Invaders won the
top three positions in the Best Off
the Shoulder Dancer category. The
group also won Best Choreo-
graphed Dancers award, and tied
for first with the Superstar Rock-
ers in the category of Best Execu-
tion of Theme.
Mr Higgs felt that the group's
third place standing in the Best Cos-
tume as a Group category was
"'How can we come third with
Best Costume As a Group when
we came first in the Best Execution
of Theme category? It does not add
up because it means that we pre-
sented our theme with our costumes
- we are not accepting that," he
Mr Higgs said he also opposes
the 200 penalty points that were
imposed on the group.
He claimed that the official who
issued the penalty points~is the
leader of the Majestic Crusaders
and should not have been judging
the parade.
The Majestic Crusaders were
unable to participate in this year's
parade because of insufficient funds.
"He is not supposed to be judging
any parade. Furthermore, they did
not tell us what the penalty was for.
I am not saying we were perfect,
but we want the penalty that (the
official) gave us removed,"' he said.
The group is also questioning the
results in the category of Best Per-
formance on Gloucester Row,

which was won by the Superstar
Rockers. The Arawak Invaders
took second place in'that category.
"The Superstar Rockers never
made a second lap on Gloucester
Row and so they should not have
won an that category," said Mr Hig-
The Arawak Invaders, which has
about 100 members, is a relatively
young group having participated in
the parade for only the last six years.
Co-leader Sonny Jones said that
the group used personal funds and
had to compete without the help of
major sponsors.
"I am disappointed in the overall
results we received, especially since
we won mn several categories. We
requested a copy of the penalty but
we have not yet gotten a copy," he
Mr Higgs said that he and other
members of the group tried to make
contact with Grand Bahama
Junkanoo Committee officials yes-
terday, but were unsuccessful.

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Invaders are contesting the official
junkanoo results and the group's
overall fourth place standing mn the
New Year's Day Junk~anoo Parade
on Grand Bahama.
Several group members assem-
bled at the Grand Bahama
Junkanoo Committee Headquar-
ters in the Regent Centre yester-
day around 10am where they
expressed their "disappointment"
to the media.
Group leader Melvin Higgs is
claiming certain discrepancies in the
results. He also said that the group
does not accept its overall fourth
place standing -or the penalty point
imposed on the group in this year's
"We believe that our overall
placement should have been no less
than second place," he said.
According to official results
released by the Grand Bahama
Junkanoo Committee on Sunday,
the Arawak Invaders received an
overall score of 1,654 points for
fourth place.
The Classic Dancers won the
parade with an overall score of 1,767
points. The Swingers were second.
with 1,751 points; and the Super-
star Rockers were third. with 1,721
points. The Rotary Club was fifth,
the Harbour Boys were sixth, Bush-
whackers were seventh, and the

FREEPORT Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee chairman
Derick King is standing firm behind the official results of the New
Year's Day Junkanoo Parade, despite one group's public objection on
Mr King explained that a penalty committee assesses penalty points
on any group that fails to abide by the rules and regulations that gov-
ern junkanoo parades in the Bahamas.
"The rules are clear and have been in existence for years we don't
change the rules and when groups break those rules they are penalised,"
The eArawak Invaders object to their overall fourth place standing in
this year's parade. They claim that 200 penalty points were unfairly
assessed on the group by the leader of another group.
According to Mr King, the Arawak Invaders were considered to have
committed two major infractions, which resulted in the group being
bumped down a notch to fourth place after the penalties were applied
to their score. The group received an overall score of 1,654 points.
Mr King stated that the penalty committee is comprised of two
members from each junkanoo group and a Junkanoo Committee offi-
He said the Arawak Invaders did not send any representatives from
their group to be on the committee.
"We request months in advance that the names of two members from
each group to be on the penalty committee," he noted.
According to Mr King, all the groups that competed this year fea-
tured too many members wearing cloth.
"The rules clearly state that only six members should be wearing
cloth during the parade. Any persons above that number are each
assessed a five point penalty," he said.
In addition to this, Mr King said the Arawak Invaders violated a rule
governing the lead costume.
"The rules clearly state that the lead costume should only be carried
by one person, and the penalty committee found that the Arawak
Invaders had a lead costume that was being carried by more than one
person," he explained.
That violation alone, he said, carries a 100 point penalty.
"If you know the rules, and it states that lead costumes are only to
be carried by one person and you allow two or three persons knowing
that your group is going to be assessed a 100 point penalty, why would
you do that?" asked Mr King.
"These guys understand the rules. The penalty committee members
work in collaboration together and would go around andi look for
infractions and at the end of the evening they sign the sheet. So what-
ever penalty was assessed is signed by all members of the penalty
committee for that par~ade," he said.
The Arawak Invaders have also objected to the results of the Best
Gloucester Row category, which was won by the Superstar Rockers.
They claim that the Superstar Rockers never completed the second lap
on Gloucester Row.
However Mr King said the parade route begins at Scorpio Restau-
rant on Explorer's Way and ends at the Liquor Store on Gloucester
"No group can exit once they start dile parade .. there is no way to
get off the route once you start," he said.
The Classic Dancers were the winners of the 2008 Junkanoo Parade.


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women an increase of 3.2 per cent from 2006.
Of the 4,9)85 new employees in 2007, 3,640 were men and 1,345
Add i ioual y, in 2007 the number of private households in the coun-
try increased by 3.1 per cent to 103,495 from the 100,365 that were
recorded in 2006. The data indicates that 60 per cent of these house-
holds are headed by men and the remaining 40 per cent by women.
The average household income was estimated at $45,252 mn the
report. This is $1,832 higher that the 2006 figure of $43,420.
Further details on the 2007 survey will be available by mid-February
when the final report is released.

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amount of ammunition in their
possession will either have it to sell
or to stockpile for their own use.
However, a more worrying
trend that of individuals "rent-
ing" out weapons along with pro-
visions of ammunition is also
known to exist. These people may
ask for a "share of the loot" in
return for the rental, Mr Hanna
The discovery of the weaponry
occurred at around 3.25pm yester-
day, according to the officer, 25.
minutes after officers received
"information" and arrived on the
A warehouse source claimed
that shortly before the arrival of
the officers two individuals turned
up at the warehouse to collect the
Police and customs officers were
seen searching the warehouse for
additional contraband for over an
hour after the initial discovery with
the and of what appeared to be a
metal detector. However, accord-
ing to Mr Hanna, no further
weaponry was uncovered.
Asst Supt Hanna, branding the
seizure a "very, very good take
down for law enforcement
agencies," praised officers
"It sends a strong signal that per-
sons who are going to involve
themselves in the nefarious trade
of ammunition firearms and other
contraband will be discovered by
the police," he said, adding: "So I
want this message to rmng loudly
far and wide, that firearms are a
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Minister Grant said yester-
day that the renewal of the con-
tract makes it obvious that gov-
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Mr Adderley's performance as
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However, he could not com-
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political consequences that may
accom any the decision.
Concerns about Mr Adder-
ley's 10 alty to the PLP first
arose when the Elizabeth MP
decided to stay on as Gaming
Board chairman under the new
Ingraham administration,
According to sources within
the PLP party, former Prime
Minister Perry Christie was
reportedly furious with Mr
Adderley's decision to stay on
in the position after numerous
other PLPs were stripped of
their posts following the May 2
general elections.
In July of last year, the FNM
announced that Mr Adderley,
would continue on as chairman
of the Gaming Board.
His contract officially expired
on December 31, 2007, and per-
sons on both sides of the politi-

cal divide have been anxiously
awaiting Mr Adderley's next
Yesterday, senior members
of the PLP said that Mr Adder- .
ley's reappointment puts the
opposition party in an awkward
position. PLP members said
that this means that they will
be not be able to publicly criti-
cise any actions of the FNM-
governed Gaming Board, as it
would amount to criticising one
of their own.
It has been speculated that a
renewal of Mr Adderley's con-
tract with the Gaming Board
could mean that the MP is
switching sides and will join the
ranks of the FNM.
Observers have noted that if
Mr Adderley decides to join the
FNM, it would ensure that the
party retains the majority of
seats in the House of Assembly
and therefore stays in power,
regardless of the outcome of the
election court cases.
Mr Adderley so far has
remained silent on his political
future. Calls to the MP by The
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COLLESE OF The Banamas President Janyne 110acer (centre) poses,
on January 5 with faculty members and two students recently awarded
$10,000 scholarships by the Canadian Government. Pictured, from left,
are COB Vice President of Research, Graduate Programmes and Inter-
national Relations Dr Linda Davis; COB student Bianca Dean; Mrs Hod-
der; COB student Dennise Newton and COB International Relations Liai-
son Valdez K Russell.

way they are giving Bahamian stu-
dents something we cannot give,"
Mrs Hodder said.
She added that such interactions

would automatically cause COB
to be constantly building an inter-
national standard, which is an
important part of the institution's

aw rd bunain fof ahort-tr
According to a COB press
releaseinMisss Delan, a union ostudy
spend the spring semester at St
Fromeis Xvie University, Nova
St Francis has been ranked as
"the number one primarily under-
graduate institution in Canada" by
Mala'Ag, mazie or fve con-
Miss Newton, senior in tourism
and hospitality management, will
complete her degree at Holland
College, located in Charlottetown,
Prince Edward Island, the release
stated. Holland College, the release
continued, is an international
leader in "hands on, skill based
Both students were selected

The release said the candidates
demonstrated a "commitment of
academic excellence during their
individual interviews and expressed
a willingness to serve as ambas-
sadors of the College of the
Bahamas and the nation."
M s eD e a n sa id es ele t aut nedou a

she is excited about the new oppor-
tunity that she is receiving the sec-
ond time around.

tun"tyandx he am uieal seso h
less," she said. "This is my old alma
mater and to see them doing these
wonderful, exciting things for stu-
dents, it's really an encourage-
"When I first found out, I was
shocked," said Ms Newton. "I
asked Mr Russell if he was serious
it was me. I'm still just taking it all
in. I haven't stopped smiling since I
found out the news. I am really
excited and very happy that I was
chosen to get this scholarship."
Thle scholarships will cover trav-
el, living and other related expens-
es. Thosec receiving them will leave
Nassau on January 11 and return in


FROM page one


Sea Hauler tragedy victims

express 'cautious satisfaction

with government's offer
FROM palge one

tims have, furthermore, already sent two letters asking for a meeting.
Questioned yesterday as to how the claimanlts had originally come to
their original and later. rejected $34 million figure, Mr Bain said that it was
produced following individual meetings between the victims and their
lawyers, in which bills relating to their trauma, and likely future costs, were
However, victim Sofia Antonio said that "depending on how low they
go" the victims would be willing to accept a lower cash payment, as they
need the money.
Mr Bain said that none of the individuals are "lazy people" looking for
"hand outs." Most are currently working, although for some this is
against doctor's orders. However there are others who cannot work.
"There are some who are on National Insurance disability. But if you
are on disability (payments) you cannot work, but at the same tune, dis-
ability is not enough," he said:
Rejecting government's position that making the payment could set an
"'unsustainable precedent," Mr Bain said that government's offer of
financial help to the family of Desmond Key, the victim of police brutality'
and the Royal Oasis workers had already set a precedent that government
will provide financially for matters for which it is not directly liable'
Present at the conference were victim Cedric Hart, who walks on
crutches after suffering a spinal cord injury during the collision that
severely curtailed his capacity to work, Sofia Antonio who requires fur-
ther surgery for her injuries, and Lashandelle Smith, who now takes
care of nine children beloilging to her mother and aunt who were
killed in the collision.
Ms Smith now receives $70 a month in food stamps from Social Services
towards the care of the children.
Mr Hart, his face streaming with tears, called his injuries a "burden that
he wouldn't wish on anybody", and called on government to make good
on its offer and ensure that the victims get "'closure." He is particularly dis-
traught about being unable to raise the necessary funds to care for his sick
infant. .
The victims still have a legal case pending against all of those involved
in the collision.



FROM page one

Up to press time last night
an update on his condition was
n~t ailable
Onoev bystander expressed
f'rustration at growing violence
in' the country spilling over
into the main tourist hub of
Bay~ Street.
"We gat to start hanging in
this country. You ga' tell me
that big broad daylight, 3.30
in the afternoon on Bay Street
where tourist is, you pa' have a
schoolboy getting shoot? Man,'
this ridiculous man,
-'What we put these people
in power to do? Control crime.
Crime is a big concern in this
country, and if they don't hur-
ry up and do something about
it we ain't ga have no tourist
comin' here. Understand?
And tourism is our number
one industry.
"Come on man," he
Tourism Minister Neko
Grant said yesterday that it is
difficult at this time to deter-
mine the possible fall-out of
the event.
However, he assured
the public and tourists
alike that his ministry will be
monitoring the situation close-

_ ______


* Rose Curtis Nassau
* Henry Sands Eleuthera
* Lermon "Dr Libation" Rolle -

* Chauncey Tynes Sandals Royal
* Florence Wright Atlantis (The
SHeerbert Kemp British Colonial

* Tamara Sweeting Atlantis
* Cyprianna Major Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort
* Sonya E A Thompson Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort

* Craig Andrew Deveaux Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort
* Phyllis Smith Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort

* Desiree R Moxey Wyndham
Nassau Resort
* Molly McIntosh Green Turtle
.Jermaine Wright British Colo-
m nal Hilton

* Chef Tiffany Barton Wyndham
Nassau Resort
* Chef Ain;:- B astian The
Westin & Sheraton Grand Bahama
* Chef Quinton Scott Four Sea-
sons Great Exuma

* Emanuel Alexiou Abaco Beach
Resort and Marmna
* Michael Hartman Tiamo

THE Ministry of Tourism yes-
terday announced finalists for the
12th annual Cacique Awards to
be held February 1 at the Rain
forest Theatre.
A distinguished panel of judges
examined dozens of nominations
from across the nation in eight
categories. After hours of deliber-
ation, the piles of nominations
were whittled down to a select
gr p rs ill announced at
an awards ceremony which will be
the culmination of National
Tourism Week.
This year features finalists from
nine islands: New Providence,
Grand Bahama, Exuma, Bimini,
Abaco, Long Island, Eleuthera,
Andros and the Berry Islands.
"This is clearly our most diverse
group of finalists to date," said
Janet Johnson, director of prod-
uct and events strategy in the
Ministry of Tourism and co-chair-
person for the Cacique Awards.
"We received nominations from
so many of our major islands.
"The Cacique Awards uncovers
our most hard-working and tal-
ented Bahamians, and the level of
competition really highlights how
deserving the winners are."
On February 1, Cacique
Awards will be given to the best
performers in the categories of:
Transportation, Human
Resources Development, Handi-
craft, Sustainable Tourism, Cre-
ative Arts, the Minister's Award
for Hospitality, Lifetime Achieve-
ment and Sports, Leisure and
In addition, awards will be giv-
en to the best performers in the
hotel sector as determined by a
panel of the Bahamas Hotel
The hotel categories are:
Employee of the Year, Chef of .
the Year, Manager of the Year,
Supervisgt Year, Sales
ExecutijZie Year nd Hote-
lier ofth ~ <

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TRANSPORTATION: Andra "Andy" Charles Smith -
* Rosemarie Wildgoose Grand Andros SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Bahama Craig Miller Nassau Kingsley Holbert Exuma

* Glender Knowles Abaco
* Jerry Knowles Long island
* Pamela Rahming Nassau
* Jomas Sutton Exuma
* Biidgette DonaldsonI Grand

* Noel & Ivy Roberts Abaco
* Bill &~ Nowlda Keefe Bimini

Barrie Farrington Nassau

* Wendy Cartwright Exuma
* Nick A~ustin (The Cooper Kiing)
* Celestine Albury Nassau
* Kimberly Roberts Abaco

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NINE Bimini families expe-
rienced the winter wonderland
of the world's largest Christ-
mas theme park last week
courtesy of Bimini Bay Resort
and Marina.
The resort provided round
trip air transportation between
Bimini and Miami, as well as
admission to Santa's Enchant-
ed Forest for the more than
40 people including children
and their parents. In addition,
the resort provided ground
transportation and hotel
accommodations for the fam-
ilies while in Miami.
Open from November to
mid-January, Santa's Enchant-
ed Forest is a top attraction
in Florida with more than 100

rides, shows and games. The
theme park also features hol-
iday displays, pony rides, a
petting zoo and more than
three million lights to dazzle
families during the holiday

"We wanted to honour
those families who represent
the best Bimini has to offer in
character and graciousness,"
said Gerardo Capo, developer
of Bimini Bay Resort.
"We co-ordinated efforts
with pastors and reverends at
the island's churches to help
select families who were most
deserving of this fun family

"It's just a way for Bimini
Bay Resort to honour these
nine great families and extend
their holiday season by a few
extra days."
Bimini Bay said the excur-
sion capped of~f its season of
giving, which began last
month with the resort's fifth
annual toy giveaway for Bimi-
ni sch ool ch i l ren.
The toy giveaway was f~ol-
lowed by the resort's third
annual turkey giveaway.
T'he resort sa~id employees
knocked on the doors olrcvery
island home the weekend
before Christmas and deliv-
cred more than .560( turkeys
for holiday dmnners.


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try's only morning show. The Cartwrights
were re-wed by Archdeacon E Etienne Bow-
leg, rector of Church of the Most Holy Trin-
ity, where they are members.
COrmonique Rolle-Joffre and Kendal
Major served as the Matron of Honour and
Best Man.
Bahamas@Sunrise is produced by The
Counsellors Ltd and airs live on ZNS TV 13
every Monday and Friday at 6:30am. The

show is replayed on Wednesdays at 8am and
Saturday at 9am-
The wedding show also featured`Pastor
Lyle Bethel with tips on keeping a marriage
healthy and wedding planner Sandra
Bullard, sister of the bride, who enlightened
the viewing audience about how to plan a
wedding from start to finish.
The production took place at The Coun-
sellors Ltd on 1st Terrace, Centreville.

The bride's attire was designed and made
by Judy Deleveaux, her shoes designed by
Indulgence Boutique, her haiir by Unique's
IHair and Nail Salon and her makeup by
Santina Smith. The groom's attire was.from
Buttons Formal Wear.
The bride and groom were originally mar-
ried at St Matthew's Anglican Church in
1997 on the bride's birthday, December 12.

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boundary as Bahamias@Sun-
nise presented the first ever
live televised Bahamnian wedding.
At 6.30am, Ronald and Tanya Cartwright
celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary,
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VI~SI Ottr website at www.cob.edc


"SUMMARY: The Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Fund has two primary responsibilities: to
d;ievelop The College of The Bahamas Alumni Relations Programme and to plan and deliver a successful
Annual Fund fundraising program. The incumbent will have direct responsibility for creating The College
~of The Bahamas' Annual Fund Programme. The Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund will
.inplement preliminary plans for The College's Annual Fund and will have direct responsibility for
soliciting leadership level Annual Fund gifts. The successful candidate will be someone with strong
interpersonal, communication (both orally and written) and organisational skills who enjoys the challenge
oaf engaging people on a one to one level. Reporting to Mather Leigh Inc., strategic counsel to The

;wil n:5 : w rk' g it h ot es ohul a ne n umn i e lai n a0 n d De oo m n D par m a t 1 n
College/Unliversity of The Bahamas.


Annual Fund
'1. Establish The College of The Bahamas~ Annuall F~und through the implementation of the
preliminary strategic plan for the COB Annual Funld.
1. Crae tche Anua Id ali itationt p g cain Ian gif okncok e geent Ind mtrs.
4.Creates the Annual Fund donor stewardship programme and materials.
5. In advance of alumni database utilisation, develops an electronic system for tracking annual fund
solicitations, solicitation responses and donations.
3.Segments Annual Fund prospects to determine leadership level donors and general Annual Fund
'7. Face to face, telephone and email solicitations of leadership level Annual Fund gifts.
8. Engages and supports the COB Alumni Association s participation with leadership level gift
9. Maintains electronic/database records of alumni solicitations and contact (email, face to face,
telephone, etc).
10. Designs and implement the Staff & Faculty Fund as part of the Annual Fund Programme.

Alumni RelationS
1. Participates in the development of short anld long range strategic planning activities to realize
2. umnlop san omese te in lo e taii I of the College/University Alumni Relations Programme
including alumni events, alumni publications, alumni communications, alumni events calendar,
3 m ni spec a p oje ts ancd the annual fu tn h C lrs o sn u h

Relations Programme.
4. Oversees the successfull execution of key alumni events, receptions, homecoming. and reunion class
programs which builds loyalty and promotes the College in the lives of its graduates. Logistical
support for events is provided through the Office of Communication.
5. Engages senior management in furthering the advancement of alumni relations goals and assists
in educating faculty and staff in respect of the roles they can play supporting alumni and development
6. Maintains a lost alumni~ tracking programmle to re-engage alumni with The College.
7. Develops and keep current the College's web presence and web, print and email communications
to alumni.
8. Provides a face and contact point for College/University alumni.
9. Works in collaboration with the Communications Department provide content for and co-produ e

10. thek Alnm 11 abrat~t~.t; e 8 ent .nd the senior team to plan and deliver high quality and
strategic alumni everits w if h serve to strengthen funudraisinlg efforts, alunmi engagement, Umiversity.
transition and The College's profile within key conlstituencries,

*Ability to plan and execute a rarige of strategic eve~nts.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic leadership, faculty,
prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
Ability to exercise good judgment and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects,
volunteers, and others.
Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other complex activities
in support of College/University objectives.
Willingness and availability to travel and to work extended hours as necessary.

*Bachelor's de ree
* Excellent inte personal and communication (written and verbal) skills
* Demonstrated ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
* Exceptional analytical skills and experience in managing a program requiring analysis and strategic
* Demonstrated ability to organize work and to manage competing priorities and deadlines
* Demonstrated proactive work ethic and ability innovate, set and meet goals
* Proven accuracy and attention to detail
*Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, Access
Database maintenance and data entry experience
Prior event planning experience a must
Demonstrated tact, diplomacy and discretion
Excellent computer skills expected
*Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
* Willingness to work extended hours and on weekends and holidays if required
*A team player and overall pleasant disposition
* Commitment to confidentiality

* Demonstrated ability to network in a professional or personal setting
* Be a self-starter and able to work independently
*Previous experience in fund raising, sales or marketing
*Exceptional IT skills and a proficiency with databases
* Good knowledge of The College


The Director of the College of The Bahamas' Per-forming Arts Centre (PAC) is responsible for the overall
planning, marketing, scheduling, supervision, and operation of the PAC. The PAC is a modern fully
equipped 400 seat performing arts centre capable of supporting live stage productions, lectures,
symposiums, art exhibitions, movies, and concerts. T'he PAC features computer controlled lighting and
sound systems. It has both male and female dressing r-ooms, a modern concession stand and computer
based ticketing and reservation system.

The Director will have the following Primary Responsibilities:
* Marketing the PAC to internal and external users
* Develop policy and procedures for the operation of the PAC
*Scheduling the use of the PAC by college and external users
* Coordinating support for PAC users in support of scheduled events including (but not limited to):
set design, sound and lighting system prog~ramming and design, provisions for ticketing and cash
collection, providing PAC support staff for events including security and traffic/parking control.
* Operation of the PAC concession stand
*Maintenalnce of' the PAC
* Coordinating the use of the gallery space fo~r art exhibits
* Maintenance of records and files perta~ininlg to the operation of the PAC
* Budgeting f'or operations of the PAC and accounting for revenue and expense ICW the Controller
* Supervision of assigned and contracted support staff'l
*Accountability for PAC equipment and furniture inventory

* Purchasing to support the operation of` the P'AC andl maintaining expendable supplies to support
the operation of the PAC within allocatedi budlget

Qualifications :
*Master~s degree in Fine Arts withl 5 years of. experience in the management and operation of a
Performing Arts Centre is preferred.
* Masters degree with 8-10 years direct exper-ience in the management and operation of a Performing
Arts Centre is acceptable.
* Exceptional inter-personal relationship skills ar~e required

* Innovative problem solving and management skills are expected
* Supervisory experience in demanding assignments
The Director of the Performing Arts Centre will report directly to the Dean, Faculty Liberal and Fine

The Director PAC is a full time permanent position with standard College benefits and a probationary
period of one year.
Salary Range: $ 39,746 $58,599

(Oakes Field and Northern Bahamas Campus)


organizations; co-curricular activities which enhance students' practical and community-service experience;
activities which develop students' awareness and appreciation of multi-cultural social conditions; activities
which develop students' leadership skills; and activities which support students' physical fitness and
recreational needs.

The ADCL is required to have extensive cooperative and collaborative relationships with faculty, students,
staff, the general public and with professionals in peer organizations. The ADCL is expected to represent
the College/University in a positive manner and to collaborate with academic and student services
departments to contribute to retention of students.

Assist with coordination of the student development course and first year experience program.
Be responsible for developing student development activities to engage students at all levels of
their academic studies
Assist with supervising the College of Bahamas Student Union and completing an ongoing needs
assessment to determine if new clubs and organizations are needed and which are not functioning
and need to be dropped or revitalized.*
Assist in planning and managing budget for student clubs and organizations
Assist in identifying survey instruments used in the field of higher education~ that help in monitoring
and evaluating the status of student satisfaction; determining student expectations; student experience
and other such instruments
To assist in the establishment and articulation of and monitoring of standards of practice of
Fraternities and Sororities on College Campus

Co di ace liaio sw in thae c 1 se/ pierst ad internal community service activities (I.e.
Outreach to adult learners etc.)
De elo ph competence o se temprolgram plann mcaim o the Log Fra e, and co duct
a\nd evaluation Campus Life initiatives

Qualifications & Experience
A Postgrarduate degree in College Student Personnel, Higher education, or Student Development with
at least 2 years experience in the field of College Student Personnel/Higher Education/Student development/
and also Dorm administration in a University/College environment.

Salary Scale: $28,107 $42,771


The Campus Life Officer (CLO) is primarily responsible for assisting the Director of Campus Life.
(DCL) anld Assistant Director of Campus Life (ADCL) in planning and executing programs and projects
related to Campuls life and its related initiatives. The CLO serves as an advocate for students and other
stakeholders in the community, and will help to facilitate inirdltis that the community needs in order
to facilitate growth and development of all campus stakeholders Although, the student population will
be the first and foremost focus of attention, the CLO is expected to operate using and ecological perspective
that acknowledges that quality of life of the students is dependent on the quality of life of faculty, staff,
and administrators alike.


1) Assist the'Director of Campus Life (DCL) in completing needs assessments of the community of
students on all campuses of the College/University of the Bahamas
2) Help to foster, monitor and evaluate strong student clubs/organization/ government;
3) Help to monitor and evaluate the student experience and quality of life through periodically updating
student experience and quality of life indicators;
4) Assist with publishing a campus life monthly new letter
5) Advocate for students with special needs;
6) Assist with managing an e-counselling/online counselling program.
7) Engage students through assisting in coordinating orientation, workshops, debates, campus worship.
as well as recreation activities in partnership with the wellness centre, and the honours program.
8) Help to facilitate campus life support groups and personal growth groups etc.
9) Help coordinate life skills training workshops and seminars

A Masters degree is preferred in Higher Education/Education/Social Science related field. However, a
BA/BS degree will be considered with related experience. Applicants should have experience working
with young people (or late adolescents and should be a self starter and have the ability to plan and
network. Applicant must be articulate and able to conduct presentations and workshops. Experience
working with Greek organizations would be a plus. Word processing skills and the ability to produce
power point presentations will be necessary. Ability to communicate (i.e. orally, and written) in another
language will also be an asset.
Salary Scale: $24,580 $37,180


Campus L~ife Assistant (CLA) will assist all staff of the Campus Life department in carrying out the
initiatives of' the Campus Life Department.

Primary Tesponsibilities:
(1) To assist the CLO in facilitating activities
(2) To help to plan campus life initiatives
(3) To wor~k on campus and community meetings to plan events
(4) To attend m~etinlgs related to campus life
(5) To help to facilitaite campus life related support groups

The Caumpus Life aIssistalnt should have an associate degree in Higher education/Education/ Psychology/l
Sociology or rinc~tedl fields. Candidates should
have basic word processing skills and should be articulate and able to substitute for the campus life
officer in presentations to thle community as it relates to marketing the department and making preseltationls
on student aleadeship and life skills. The ability to coordinate events, and facilitate activities such as
movie nights, dralma presentations, debates, and other related initiatives is necessary.
Salary Scale: $18,100 $F27,100
Please visit our. website at for more information about The College and to access The Colle~ge's
Employmecnt Application Form.
Interested candidates should submit a College/Ulniversity of The Bahamas Employment Application,
a Comprrehrensive Resu~me anrd ucp-to-date transcripts, along with three work references no, later thanr
Janurary 25, 2008 to:
The Director, Human Resources
Thte College of The Bahamras
Z! O. Box N-4912
Nassau, N. ,
Thcl ohamas






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VENEZUELA'S PRESIDENT Hugo Chavez speaks to the media pri-
or to a meeting with' relatives of the Colombian hostages at
Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, yesterday.

Chavez to slow drive for

TCVOlutionary change

SCARACAS, Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez is putting the brakes on his drive for
revolutionary change in Venezuela, shifting away from radical
socialist reforms in favour of a pragmatic focus on everyday
problems from soaring crime to trash-strewn streets, according
to the Associated Press.
Th'e turn egmes one month after voters rejected reforms
that would have greatly expanded his power and enshrined
socialist principles in the constitution.
"I'm. forced to reduce the speed of the march," Chavez said
Sunday, telling new inembersof his Cabinet to."accept reality"
and ''put their feet on the grotmnd."
"'This will be the year of the three R's: Revision, rectification
and ret~aunching," he said.
A4 close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Cha~ez spent
much of 2007 promoting his idyllic vision of a new Venezuela
transformed through "21st-century socialism," and he began,by -
nationalizing the country's electricity, telecommunications, nat-
ural gas and oil industries.
But Venezuelans tugged on the reins in Dlecember, narrow-
ly voting down his thr-reaching constitutional chan es -- and
forcing the former paratroop commander to rethink h strategy
for remaking this oil-rich, yet poverty-stricken South Anterm~an;;
'"The problem is not an abstract ideology, li~s putting it to
work," said Steve Ellner, a political science professor at
Venezuela's University of the Eaist. "The ideologues have to
demonstrate the ideology can work."
Ellner expects Chavez to shelve "ambitious schemes ~th
may be criticized as impractical," such ais buiklidi offshore
cities similar in design to oil platforms in the Caribbean Sea.
Instead, the government is turning its attention to entrenched
problems such as high erime and rampant corruption --which
some say Chavez bas failed to correct nine years after he was
first elected.
Polls show that rising crime rates -among the highest In the
Western Hemisphere -are a leading concern for Venezurelans,
Th Justice Ministry reported 9,402 homicides in the country of
23 million in 2005 but has yet to reveal complete figures for 2006
or 2007.
"Insecurity and corruption, they are inherited evils that we
must stop cold and not allow to continue expanding. If we
don't stop them, they become the biggest enemy of our revo-
lution," Chaveamspad S asyusing his weekly radio and TV
show. "I call fd?"us to bore successfully against these
scourges.") aI'C

Kenya's president yesterday
invited his chief rival to his offi-
cial residence to discuss how to
end the country's election stand-
off, just hours after the opposi-
tion called off nationwide ral-
lies amid fears of new blood-
shed, according to the Associat-
ed Press.
The signs of softening by both
takwth the ro USeeil sm (
for Africa. The African Union
president, whose trip to Kenya
had been delayed repeatedly as
the government rejected outside
mediation in the disputed vote,
was to begin talks in the capital
as early as Wednesday.
The U.S. envoy, Jendayi Fraz-
er, said the vote count was
rigged, but declined to blame
either President Mwai Kibaki
or Raila Odinga, the opposition
leader. ,
"Yes, there was rigging'
Frazer told The Associated
Press. "I mean there were prob-
lems with the vote counting
process ... both the parties could
have rigged.
Kibaki, who was re-elected
i vited eOiuaetdo th tat
House for a meeting Friday to
discuss how to end the political
an eith ic turmoi51dhat has
acc ardi to Taesaeme pte le'
the president's press service-
A particularly troubling
hsape ef th nxitca vit en
some a es into riotulibs k ti
Kik Iong dminant in
Ken a's olitics and econo y
R port of ethnic killing mco -
tinued to stream in from the
countryside, with an official in
neighboring Uganda confirm-
in 30 Ken an refu ees were
tnh own into the bord r river by
attackers, and were presumed
Two Ugandan truck drivers
carryn the group said they
were stpped on Saturday at a
roadblock mounted by militia-
men who identified the refugees
as members of Kibaki's Kikuyu
tribe and threw them into' the

LUCY WANJIRU MBURU; 36, the wife of Pastor Stephen Mburu of the Assemblies of God Church which
was set on fire killing over 30 people last week, returns to the scene of the massacre to salvage what belong-
ings are left in Eldoret,;Kenya yesterday.

The sharp rhetoric could
make com promise difficult, but
Frazer had won an offer from
Kibaki to form a unity goern.
ment over the weekend. Oig
then said he was willing to rp
demands that Kibaki resign and,
was willing to discuss s ring
power, but only through a medi-
ator empowered to negotiate an
agreement that the internation.
community would guarantee.
The opposition also has pro- -
posed an interim government
be set up to hold new pre~siden-
tial elections. But KIbaki has
said only a court could order
fresh elections --- an unlikely
event since he has packed the
judiciary with his alhtes.
It would be nearly impossible
for K~ibaki to govern without
opposition support.
In parliamentary elections
held the same day as the presi-
dential vote, Odinga's party won
95 of 210 legislative seats, and
half of Kibaki's Cabinet lost
their seats.
Nearly 1,000 Luos were
chased Sunday from their homes
in one small town, Limurn, 30
mile's west of Nairobi, the capi-
tal. George Otieno, 30, said
'about 100 men armed with
machetes, hammers and sticks
attacked his home and smashed
his head with a hammer.

deep, swift-flowing Kipkaren
River, said Himbaza Hashaka, a
Ugandan border official.
The drivers said none sur-
vived, Hashaka said.
A statement ~yesterday from
the Ministry of Special Progras
put the death toll at 486 with
some 255,000 peoplqg~splaced
from their homes. T~he toll,
which did not include the
drownings, was compiled by a
committee of humanitarian sler-
vices set up by the government
which toured areas most affect-
ed by riots and protests.
SAmong those killed was
Lucas Sang, an Olympic runner
who made the quarter fmnals of
the men's 400-meter race in
1988 and the same year ran in
the finals as a member of the
4x400m relay. Sang, a medniber
of the Kalenjin tribe that has
clashed with Kikuyu, was found
in western Kenya New Year's
Eve with a deep gash to the
back of his head and his body
badly burned, said Moses Tanus,
a former world 10,000-meter
champion who was a close
friend. Sang was in his 50s.
Odinga called off protests
after meeting with Frazer and
after Kibaki's government said
the proposed T~uesday demon-
strations were illegal and could
provoke violence. The combi-

nation of diplomacy and plain
speaking may be particularly
effective coming from the Unit-
ed States, one of Kenya's major
donors, wit overall aid amount-
ing to about a billion dollars
annually, according to U.S.
Embassy spokesman T.J. Dowl-
mng. Remittances and bilateral
private trade between the coun-
tries accounts for another bil-
lion dollars, he said.
Kenya, strategically located
in the Horn of Africa and neigh-
bouring hotspots Sudan and
Som~alia, has turned over dozens
of suspected terrorists to the
United States. The East African
nation allows U.S. forces to
operate from Kenyan bases and
a small team of U.S. military
officers train the Kenyan army
on counterterrorism and coastal
Odinga told Sky News televi-
sion that Kibaki's "rigging" him-
self back into power caused the
violence across the country and
therefore "Mr. Mwai Kilbaki
must bear responsibility ... for
the deaths we are seeing in our
country today."
But Alfred Mutua, a govern-
ment spokesman, said officials
were investigating "premeditat-
ed murder" of people warned
beforehand that they would pay
if they voted for Kibaki.






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Pr oject regulations give BEC basic
e tar cut

Tribune Business Editor

The company behind a proposed
natural gas (LNG) terminal for
the Bahamas yesterday
expressed frustration that the Governmen-
t's consultants were taking so long to draft
regulations governing its operations, with
deadlines for their promised completion
having been missed.
Aaron Samson, project director for the
AES Ocean Express development, said the
US-headquartered company was ''fairly

Conullnission (BEST) having given its bless-
inig back then.
Mr Samson said AES had invested $65-
$(,6 mlillion in the project t to date, but it
wa~s "`just sitting there".
H-e added that thle 25-year lifetime of the
drlaft Helcads of Agreement envisaged "close

See aePROJECT pg 6B

optim~istic" that the FNM government
would be able to accomplish what the fo-
meri C'hristic administration failed to do in
five years and move the project forward.
H-e added thiat AES had endlurel a
"painful" period over the last three-anl-a-
half years, with the former PLP govern-
ment not taking a final decision on whether
to alPprove the project, despite the Bahamas
Environmental Science and Technology

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approves second
TCVifW Of report

Tribune Business
THE Government will re-

Bahamas Electricity Corpora-

the minister of state for public

utitsstae yN r .ressively
looking at ways to reduce the
economic burden produced by
ever-increasing oil prices, Phen-
Ston Neymour said the Govers-
ment would also look to devel-
op a National Ethergy Policy.
"We're progressing on the
National Energy Policy and we
will soon be able to confirm the
persons who will be on the team
working on the policy," Mr
Neymour told Tribune Businqss
He said the establishment of
Such a policy was essential, giv-
en the econonuc burden being
placed on the Bahamian con-
sumer through the price of oil
hovering near $100 per barrel.
Mr Neymour-said --Bahamians
must begin to change their
nundset when it comes to ener-
gy consumption.
"They must change the way
they hive apd put more effort
into conserving fuel," the min-
ister said.
He added that the Govern-
ment was working to get a
National Energy Policy establ-
lished so that it can provide
assistance to Bahamians seeking
lower and reasonable utility

SAccounting system transition delayS
2007 year-end accounts over si
ITOnths past period's close
* Results likely to be down

On previous year

Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMAS Supermarkets.
parent company of the 12-
oreeive an erte, sihan has
regulators for he filn of/ it
audited accounts were delaved
by the transition to a new
accounting system.
It is now more than six
months since B~ahamlas Sulper-
mar~kets' \.earl-enl d on Junelr 30,
200)7, with the company now
over half-w'ay into its III1
financial year. Shareholders
have been eagerly awaiting
publication of the year-end
financial, fearing they may
contain had ne~s.
Hillar\ Devenuxtis the Secu-

director, confirmed that
Bahamas Supermnarkets, which
is not listed on the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (B3ISX), had been
granted an extension to the
time to file its audited year-
end financial statements.
He confirmed: "Tlhey actu-
ally came to the Conunission
and they advised that they
would not be able to file their
audit in the required~ time."
Azaletat ishmad~-Ncwry:, a
Bahamas Supermarkets mar-
keting executive, told The Tri-

Tribune Business Editor

sector creditors
of the Royal
Oasis will have
to pursue the
resort's former
owners and
f 1nanciers
although the
mnumster of state
for finance told
The Tribunle yesterday that the
Government would not forget
the issue m ~discussions on other
Bahamas-bas sortT~`br p~rojects.
Zhivargo L~aing confirmed
that he had met pre-Christmas
with representatives of the two
hotel industry pension funds,
which are still owed between
$4.5-$4.7 million by Driftwood
(FreeporEt) and its financial
backer, Lehman Brothers' pri-
vate equity arm. .
He said the discussions relat-
ed more to the status of the $33
million transaction involving
Lehman Brothers selling the
Royal Oasis to Irish-headquar-
tered property developer, Har-
court Development Company,
which already has substantial
interests in Grand Bahama
through the Suffolk Court and
Bahamia subdivision.
Mr Laing said that while sym-

Government will

not forget issue in
discussions with
Lehman Brobthers

pathetic to the plight of private
sector creditors such as the two
pension funds, the Government
i'has not done anything mn rela-
tion to the matter The only
action it has taken is to pay $4
million to complete the sever-
ance pay the Government
undertook to provide to the fo~r
mer Royal Oasis employees.
The minister added that the
Government would "certainly
encourage" Lehman Brother~s,
which financed Driftwood s
purchase and upgrade of the
Royal Oasis, to sit down and
come to a settlement for 'x cents
on the dollar' with t'he remain-
ing creditors.
"But that is very much as it
stands to date. Other than that'
nothing has been initiated with
respect to that," Mr Laing said
of the private sector creditors.
When asked whether the
Government's position was that
those creditors should use every
available avenue and recourse

See OASIS, page 4B1

tion said: "I think there were
some transition-related issues
the company is working
extremely hard to overcome."
The Tribune understands
that the 2007 year-end finan-
cial results will be down on the
prior year's comparatives, a
performance largely attributed
to the ownership change, with
the BSL Holdings consortium
having purchased Winn-Dix-
ie's majority 78 per cent stake i
inl thc comnpany for $54 mil-
lion around the 2006 year-end.
With Winn-Dixie leaving lit-
tle infrastructure behind for
the new owners, Bahamas
Supermarkets made numerous
capital investments in comp-
puterr systems, information
te chnolop,~! point of sale scan-
ne~rs, price checkers and new
oftloading equipment, coupled
with store renovations and
new uniforms for employees.
The company also incurred

bune vester-
day: '` The
auditors are :
still here.
They haven't -
finished the ..
It is under-
stood that
is hoping to
have the audit completedt h1
the endi of this mcinth. w\irlh its
directors likely to, glimpllse preL-
liminary financial figures at a
Board meeting to be held in
the coming wefeks.
The delay, and protracted
audit. are understood to have
been caused hv the transition
from the acetiunting system
that Bahamias Supermlarires
used under Winn-D~ixie's own-
ership to a newv one.
TIhe changeover~ is unlde1-
stood to have` taken places h~alf -
way through the 10 icl
year last January, and one
source familiar with the situa-

See MARKETS, 4B See BECpg 6B

Tribune Business Editor

SEVERAL nominations to
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional's Board have raised con-
cerns that some directors may
be placed in a potential conflict
of interest position, but a gov-
ernment minister yesterday said
the administration did not
believe this "warrants the with-
dr~awal" of those nominees.
Zhivargo Laing said the Gov-
ernment had heard the concerns
expressed over the nominations
of Patricia Hermanns, Family
Guardian's president and chief
executive, and MacGregor
Robertson, a former Deloitte
& Touche partner and accoun-
tant, but did not believe these
were strong enough to change
their nominations.
Both are highly regarded in
the Bahamian business com-
munity, are viewed as persons
with the utmost integrity, and
there is nothing to suaggest they
would do anything wrong.
Yet several private sector
sources expressed concerns to
The Tribune that Ms Her-
manns, in her role at Family
Guardian, and Mr Robertson,
as~a director of Colina Hold-
ings (Bahamas), the BISX-listed
entity that acts as the holding
vehicle for C.olinalmperial
Insurance C~ompany, were being
placed in a potential conflict of

interest situation.
This was because both sat on
the Boards of companies that
competed directly with Bank of
the Bahamas International in
the mortgage business.
Mr Laing, though, respond-
ed: "At this point, certainly they
have not raised concerns to the
level where we feel we have to
withdraw them as nominees.
"The reality is that they will
be on a Board with a group of
people to make decisions with
regard to policy issues facing
the banks We have heard some
of these same concerns too, but
don't believe that would war-
rant their withdrawal as nomi-
nees for the Board."
Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment and the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB), which
together own 51 per cent of
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional's issued ordinary shares,
liad full confidence in Ms H~er-
manns and Mr Robertson, and
their fellow nominees, to make
"sound and objective judgments
on issues that come before the
The minister added that one
challenge when it came to mak-
ing Board appointments and
nominations in the Bahamas
was the country's relatively
small size, which meant selec-



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to the progressive movement.
There, primary elections are
conducted by the government
on behalf of the parties. Else-
where in the world, the nomi-
nation of candidates is usually
the responsibility of the politi-
cal party organizations them-
selves and does not use the
public apparatus."
Primaries and Caucuses
Primary election rules vary
from state to state. For the pur-
pose of today's column, I will
focus only on the most com-
mon closed and open pri-
maries and caucuses.
A primary is more like a
general election. Voters (or
party delegates) go to the polls
to cast votes that ultimately
lead to the selection of a par-
ty's presidential nominee. A
primary is the main way voters
choose a nominee.
A closed primary election is
restricted to registered mem-
bers of the party. For instance,
only a registered Republican
can vote in the Republican Pri-
mary in, say, California. The
same rules would apply to reg-
istered Democrats who would
vote in the Democratic Party's
primary election. Almost one-
half of the 50 US states, includ-
mng California, Florida and
New York, hold closed prima-
ry elections.
In contrast, an open primary
election allows a registered
voter to vote in any party pri-
mary regardless of his or her
own party affiliation. When
voters do not pre-register with
a party before the primary, it is
called a pick-a-party primary
because the voter can select
which party's primary he or
she wishes to vote in on elec-
tion day. Notwithstanding the
openness of this system, a vot-
et can only vote once in a pri-
mary election. States using

open primary election proce-
dares include Georgia, Michi-
gan and Minnesota.
At a caucus, only local party
delegates gather to nominate a
candidate. Caucuses are typi-
cally lively events at which par-
ty members' and activists
debate issues and consider can-
didates. The rules governing
caucus procedures vary by par-
ty and by state.
Other states using the sys-
tem of caucuses include Col-
orado, Nevada and Wyoming.

Super Tuesday
On Tuesday, February 5,
2008, 24 states will hold their
caucuses or primary election
contests. On this single day
more than 40 per cent of the
Republican and Democratic
party's convention delegates
will be determined,
HIistorically, this is a 'make
or break' day for the ultimate
presidential nominee.
National Conventions
Whether through primaries
or caucuses, the various can-.
didates amass delegates to
their party's National Con.
vention, where the presiden-
tial and vice-presidential can-
didates are finally settled. The
Democratic Party will have its
Convention on August 25-28,
2008, in Denver, Colorado,
while the Republican Party will
hold its Convention from Sep-
tember I- 4, 2008, mn St. Paul'
A total of 2,025 delegates
are needed to secure the
Democratic nomination, while
1,191 delegates will be required
to secure the Republican nom-
ination. (The reason why the
required number of delegates
differs for each party is
because the process of deter-
mining delegates is not the

While many mayt argue that
the US system is perhaps very
expensive for both phe taxpayt
ers and candidates:, and is time
consuming, it is nonetheless
transparent and very open.
The process has fundamental
implications for thd' preserva-
tion of democracy, 4rnd is one
of elimination and Htithdrawal.
Some of the principtdl reasons
why candidates dropout of the
'race for nomination' are often
due to a lack of:\funding;
organisation: attractive plat-
form; personal apperil; popu-
lar support or a costabination
of such factors.
However, notwitliptanding
the above, the respective party
conventions will still jbe char-
acterised by a large degree of
intrigue, compromise and
accommodation...the very
essence of national politics.
Finally, while the US system
is a 'Feder~al system', which is
distinctly different froyn our
'Westminster system', some
elements of the selection
process practiced by our neigh-
bours could well improve our
selection of candidates and
party leaders. Until inext
NB: Lary II Gibson,r aChr-

Pensions Services (Bahamars),

which owns Atlantic Medical
Insumaee rad is a major share-
holder of Security &t Gendral
lasarance Company inl the
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessary represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of Its su~bskidiry andlor
affillated companies. Please
direct any questions or comr-
ments to'tigibsoneailantic-

I WISH to offer my best
wishes for a productive and
successful New Year to my
Since last Friday, beginning
with the Iowa Caucuses, the
American press has been riv-
eted by the US presidential pri-
maries, part of the process to
formally elect the presidential
candidate of the Republican
and Democratic parties. Lat-
er tonight the results of the
New Hampshire primary elec-
tion will be known.
However, it became obvious
to me that many Bahamians
do not clearly understand how
the US nomination process

works. Today, I will attempt
to clarify the process for the
benefit of readers.

How the United States elects
its presidential candidates
Unlike our political system,
where a political party elects
its leader at a convention with
only party delegates voting, the
American system is somewhat
similar but far more involved.
Before a candidate is elected
leader of a major party (the
party's candidate), they must
participate in a series of pri-
mary nominatingn) elections.
According to Wikipedia, the
online encyclopedia, "A pri-

mary election nominatingg pi-
mary) is an election in which
voters in a jurisdiction select
candidates for a subsequent
election. In other words, pri-
mary elections are the method
by which a political party
nominates candidates for the
following general election.'Pri-
maries' are common in the US,
where their origins are traced

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cial Operating Model. You
must know how revenue (100
per cent), cost (40 per cent),
gross profit (60 per cent),
expenses (50 per center) and
net profit (10 per cent) are
This is imperative, because
poor purchasing methods auto-
matically reduce gross profit,.
and resource mismanagement
directly decreases your bottom
All small business owners
need to be familiar with their
business daily breakeven
analyses, so that they are
knowledgeable about how
much sales are required to cov-

er variable costs and fixed
The above are practical
strategies that have successful-
ly turnaround many small busi-
nesses mn the Bahamas.
Please bear in mind that one
reason for the 40-50 per cent
default rate is due to poor busi-
ness ethics (just not wanting
to pay), which is simply unac-
NB: Mark A Turnquest is
president of the Small Business
Resource Centre of the
Bahamas. He is a business
training and development con-

L I i-r I! h~irc peop"lel who have
un the lic/ht skills and motivation
i n I !i:li :indc are cupuble of per-
ji no rlrinlg other1I dluties (in case of
on al emrgenlciecs). Constantly train

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The Problem
It is astounding that govern-
ment lending institutions such
as the Bahamas Devlelopment
Bank and Bahamas Entrepre-
neurial Venture Fund experi-
enced a 40 -50 per cent delin-
quency rate in loan repayments
during 2007. This ratio might
be even higher in the private
sector, among commercial
banks and credit unions. This
startling statistic indicates that
for every $1 million in loans
that were disbursed,
$400,000-$500,000 was not
repaid when due.
Small business owners must
understand that when they
default on loan repayments,
they are making it extremely
difficult for financial lending
institutions (public and pri-
vate) to give new entrepre-
neurs (who have viable busi-
ness ventures) an opportuLnity
to access adequate start-up
funds. As a result. e~ntrepr-
neurial ventures are not fund-
ed and products/services that
could be of national value to.
the Bahamian economy will
These small business own
ers who are not honouring
their commitment must be

mannerlI. 5, so ;1 tha no\\ enuli ren:

the developments ofl (1ut cou~n
try. B~ahaminill smac~l businesses
owners should emurlate t heir

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BAY Street merchants said
'total Christmas sales were
slightly less than expected, a
result of Bahamians being
more cautious in their spend-
ing, the Junkanoo bleachers
Situation and the overall effects
of the US economy.
Anthony Smith, marketing
manager at Diamonds Inter-
national, said that while this
Christmas was not the worst
in recent history, it did not
meet expectations generally.
Mr Smith said that as is usu-
ally thencaseb terfatshat the
being installed throughout
Much of the holiday shopping
pte od did impact sales in some
"I think that the bleachers

opinion "a "/ nly one f"I
tor. The larger part is what is
happening in the United States
With the softening of the UIS
economy and the US mortgage
melt down, which set off the

chain of evernts how i." he~ a.li!
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the hotels olffer ,I 1El ofI Ihe
amenities whiichi Ha~\ Strea 1
the. to thlae the I1,waI~I s .s

there: is notl thati k~in~ ~.:

pared to the pastl.
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spent suffliciently- 10>:;.:lc and 11
possibly less impulsile in their
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they may not have been paid
on behalf of Royal Oasis
employees, the trustees for
both pension funds had taken
the decision to pay benefits to
those eligible for them even
though the hotel had been
closed from September 2004 to
the present.
The Bahamas Hotel Indus-
try Management Pension Fund
initially secured judgments
totalling $1.826 million against
the five Royal Oasis compa-
nies that existed when Drift-
wood (Freeport) closed the
resort owing more than $22
million in total debts.
The five companies were
Caribbean Utility Company,
Sunrise Property Ltd, which
traded as Crowne Plaza at Roy-
al Oasis, DVI Colintry Club,
trading as Vacation Club at
Bahamia, Holiday Inn Sun-
spree at Bahamia, and
Bahamia Casino Ltd.
When Driftwood (Freeport)
and the Royal Oasis failed to .
pay the sums ordered by the
judgments, the pension funds
served writs on them via the
Provost Marshall of Freeport's
Supreme Court, even pho-
tographing the sign that was
attached to the building
announcing the seizure of
goods and property to make
good the debts.

Lehman Brothers' private
equity arm became the Royal
Oasis's de facto owner by virtue
of the $59 million floating
debenture mortgage it held on
the property after Driftwood
(Freeport) defaulted on its debt
and closed the resort in Sep-
tember 2004 in the aftermath
of Hurricanes Frances and
That debenture also posi-
tioned Lehman Brothers as the
preferred creditor, meaning it
had first call on any assets the
insurance and' sales proceeds.
This was used to settle the $59
million mortgage debt, and the
hotel pension funds and other
creditors have since been trying
- as yet unsuccessfully to
determine whether there are
any assets left for them to claim
Don Saunders, an attorney
with Halsbury Chambers, who is
representing the Bahamas
Hotel Industry Management
Pension Fund in its bid to
recover unpaid pension contri-
butions by the former Royal
Oasis owners, previously told
The Tribune his client was still
attempting to discover whether
there were any surplus assets
that could be used to settle the
He added that Lehman
Brothers had not disclosed how

much it had received from the
resort's $33 million sale to Har-
court Development Company
and the recovery of insurance
proceeds related to Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne in Sep-
tember 2004.
Among Driftwood
Freeport's liabilities were
unpaid pension contributions
to both the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Pension Fund
and Bahamas Hotel Industry
Management Pension Fund,
the debt now understood to
have reached between $4.5-$4.7
million as a result of interest
and costs stemming from
Supreme Court judgments in
their favour.
The judgments secured by
the hotel industry pension
funds could yet be significant,
though, since as they estab-
lished a lien over the property,
they could effectively prohibit
Harcourt from taking posses.
sion of the resort properties.
The judgments require that
all outstanding contributions
to the two pension funds, which
provide retirement benefits for
all hotel industry employees,
plus interest and costs, be paid
to them,
Sources told The Tribune
that the owed pension contri-
butions were vital to both
funds, because even though

The Government still has
some leverage that it can exert
to bring resolution to the situa-
tion, given that Lehman Broth-
ers Holdings is involved in
financing other resort develop-
ments in the Bahamas.
The supplemental Heads of
Agreement for the project
showed it is involved as an equi-

ty partner/financier in the Rose
Island Ritz-Carlton resort pro-
ject, and Lehman Brothers is
also understood to be supply-
ing financing for the I-Group's
Mayaguana 50/50 joint venture
with the Government. It is also
said to be keen on the Bond
Cay development proposed by
Colombian singer Shakira.


are said to be unaffected. This is
goods news for BSL Holdings,
which is reliant on dividend pay-
ments from Bahamas Super-
markets to finance the debt it
took on for the $54 million
Bahamas Supermarkets is
understood t~omh ve e ough mn
dividend payments even if the
results are not good.

Dixie private labels, all acted
as a drag on the 2007 results, it
is understood.
The performance over the
first two quarters in 2008 is
understood to have improved,
with Bahamas Supermarkets
said to have enjoyed strong
sales ovr the December Christ-

The company's regular divi-
dend payments to shareholders


Creditors urged to pursue Royal Oasis owners themselves

OASIS, from 1B

to pursue Lehman Brothers and
Driftwood, Mr Laing said:
"That essentially is where it
rests at the moment. That is not
to suggest that in discussions.
with Lehman going forward the
issue will not be raised."

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City Markets owner gets filing extension

MARKETS, from 1B

numerous one-off costs, such as
the Transition Services Agree-
ment with Winn-Dixie, and the
5 per cent mark-up on all goods
purchased from the former
This, coupled with the need
to replace some 2,000 Winn-

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Ss ca edE res~sVW iter
dent Bush said Monday that
economic indicators are
"increasingly mixed," causing
anxiety for many Americans.
But he said the economy is
resilient and the United States
has dealt with anxiety before.
Bush said it was important,
in a time of economic uncer-
tainty, to send a signal that tax-
es will remain low.
"A lot of Americans are anx-
ious about the economy," the
president told business leaders
in Chicago. "This frankly is not
unprecedented," he said, point-
ing to the recession in the early
months of his administration,
terrorist attacks, corporate scan-
dals, wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan and natural disas-

says predicting economy's course isn't easy

Chicago, a private club in the
heart of the city's financial dis-
His newly sober commentary
on the economy reflected a con-
sensus among advisers that
Bush needed to acknowledge
the economy's shaky perfor-
Ir ance of late, rather than only
tout its strengths, in order to
inspire confidence in both his
administration and the econo-
my's resilience.
"Recent economic indications
have become increasingly
mixed," he said.
He argued that this bolsters
the need to make all the tax cuts
passed during his presidency

"A mixed report only rein-
forces the need for sound poli-
cies in Washington, which do
not create more regulation and
more lawsuits," Bush said. "We
don't need more uncertainty in
an uncertain market."
He made no mention of the
fact that he and his advisers
have been discussing whether a
short-term stimulus package
may be necessary.
White House spokesman
Tony Fratto said Bush wants
more time and more informa-
tion before making a final deci-
sion about what, if anything to
'do. But Fratto said Bush

regards his State of the Union
address to Congress at the end
of the month and the release of
his new budget proposal short-
ly after as a sort of deadline for
making that call.
"He wants to look at the data.
He hasn't made a final deci-
sion," Fratto said. He wouldn't
comment on the White House
view of any. of the stimulus ideas
that have been floating around,
nor would he say with whom
the White House is consulting
as it examines the situation.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats
signaled they are leaning toward
developing a legislative pack-
age aimed at stimulating the

economy. House Speaker Nan-
cy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked
senior lawmakers, including top
tax writer Rep. Charles Rangel,
D-N.Y., to examine options.
"We will propose pro-mid-
dle-class, pro-growth, and pro-
job creation initiatives that
ensure our economy works for
all Americans, not just the priv-
ileged few," PeloSi said in a
Aides cautioned no firm deci-
sion has been made to go for-
ward. For starters, any decision
to use deficit-financed tax cuts
to stimulate the economy would
run into opposition from deficit
hawks in the party.

"'In seven years we've had
experience in dealing with anx-
iety," Bush said.
Bush scheduled the speech to
try to calm fears that his admin-
istration would stand by and let
the economy slip downward or
that a recession is inevitable.
"We've had experience in
dealing with anxiety. Every
time, our economy has
absorbed those shocks" and
dealt with them, he said to a
gathering organized by the Illi-
nois Chamber of Commerce.
The president spoke after
having lunch with Chicago busi-
ness leaders at the stately, art-
filled Union League Club of

Government and NIB hold the
majority stake.
Only two directors, Ruth Mil-
lar, the Government's financial
secretary, and Robert Sands,
the Baha 19ar executive, are
standing for nomination agamn
from the Board that was in
place for 2007. Paul McWeeney,
the bank's managing director,
also remains.
Out go chairman Maitland
Cates, his deputy Lourey Smith,
Allan Benjamin, Lennox
McCartney, accountant William
Wallace, Dr Barry Russell, and
Raymond Jones, chief operating
officer at Freeport Container
Apart from Ms Hermanns
and Mr Robertson, other first
time nominees are J S Johnson
managing director Marvin
Bethell; Bahamas First presi-
dent and chief executive,
Patrick Ward; the Stbtsway fr-an-
chise owner, Wesley Bastian;
attorney Ruth Bowe-Darville;
ex-FINCO and Fidelity Bank
banker, now retired, Peter
Thompson; Hartis Pinder; and
Pandora Johnson from College
of the Bahamas (COB).
It is understood that Bank of
the Bahamas International had
to successfully seek an exten-
sion from the Securities Com-
mission and BISX for the hold-
ing of its AGM, because the
Government was late in nomi-
nating the directors.

Economy resilient, Bush sa s

United States President

Government refutes

bank Board nominee

'conflict' concerns

BOARD, from 1B
tions had to be made from a
small talent pool.
"But here again, the appear-
ance of something being a chal-
lenge does not mean it is one,"
Mr Laing said.
"The reality is that one has
to have a certain regard for per-
sons who have established
themselves over the years," he
added in reference to Mis Her-
manns and Mr Robertson.
"I believe they are able to dis-
charge their functions and
duties to the Board with clarity
and objectivity. If that were not
the case, I imagine they would
not have accepted."
One private sector source
also described the concerns as
"overblown", with the Govern-
ment~ Seking to a .4 ~~
BoaM d~tt'iifZ~ heplf ~ l~
mantgGF';idge in;~Fi net
income and its loan portfolio
witnessed over recent years.
Further safeguards were pro-
vided by the Central Bank of
the Bahamas' strict corporate
governance guidelines, and the
annual Board certification that
was required.
All the director nominations
have to be approved by Bank of
the Bahamas International
shareholders at the annual gen-
eral meeting (AGM) later this
month. This is likely to be a
mere formality, given that the


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had to receive the draft regula-
tions and review them. Then,
once these were approved, the
Cabinet had to review the AES
project as a whole.
"There are a number of ini-
tiatives taken under the previ-
ous administration that were
not in the best interests of the
environment, with regard to
investments," Mr Neymour
"That's why the G~overnlment
has taken the position of
reviewing some of these deci-
sions they've made and ensure
they are in the best interests of
the Bahamian people."
Mr Samson said "the period
where it's painful" financially
for AES had been the last
three-and-a-half years follow-
ing the BEST Comnmission
"That's the period that's dif-
ficult to understand," Mr Sam-
son said. "It's fairly mannageabic
at this point, but it's a big invest-
ment to date and is just sitting
AES is proposing to construct
an LNG regasification terminal
on Ocean Cay, a matn-mnade
island off Bimini. The terminal
would convert LNG brought m
by ship in liquid form to gas,
which would then be taken by
pipeline to Florida, where it

Mus ha


to $1 billion in revenue" bene-
fits for the Bahamas, which
would largely flow to the Public
Treasury from business licence
fees, seabed and land leases,
and an LNG throughout fee
linked to the Henry Hub index
and LNG prices on world mar-
. "Last we were told, they were
promised by year-end by the
consultantss" Mr Samson told
The Tribune of the LNG regu-
lations. 'They'd been delayed
with the consultants for some
"We're trying to find out
where the project stands now,
with the holidays over, and get
this moving forward."
He added: "I think we're fair-
ly optimistic that the Ingraham
administration can deal with
this, and we're not particularly
happy that the consultants can't
seem to get the job done.
"Hopefully, it will go forward

and there's not a lot to be done,
as our understanding was that
the regulations were to be mod-
elled on US LNG and environ-
mental regulations."
Mr Samson said he under-
stood that the Government's
consultants, Washington-based
ICF Consulting, had pledged in
mid-December 2007 that the
draft regulations would be with
the Government by year-end.
Phenton Neymour, minister
of state for public utilities, con-
firmed to The Tribune that
when he checked last week, the
regulations had yet to arrive at
the Ministry of Works.
"They're late," he said. "Any
day now they should be here.
They should be here already."
Mr Neymour said it was
"very difficult to give a time-
line" for when the Government
might take a decision on
whether to finally approve the
AES project, as Cabinet first

would drive power stations andi
meet the state's growing energy
Mr Samson said Florida's
demand for LNG and powe9
was increasing, the state having
dropped some coal-fired power .
station projects in favour of this
form of energy.
"I don't think we've lost hp
or lost patience with this admi~n;
istration," Mr Samson said
"T'hey seem to be trying to g
these regulations and moveth
thing forward. It's time to g
the job done and move thepr
ject on.
"TIhe life of the Headso
Agreement is for 25 years", and
it could generate "close to $Fi
billion in revenues for the.
"It starts around the $20 mil-
hion a year range and escalates.
It has a component to it that iS
tied to energy prices, so the
higher the prices go, the more)
revenue accrues to thel
Baha~mas," Mr Samson said.7h 11vou oermn

was concerned about whether
the Bahamas had the staffan
expertise to monitor the AES
project from a regulatory and,
environmental viewpoint, and
whether such a development fit-
ted with the Bahamas' tourisal~
image. '?

basic electricity rate reduced
the corporation's revenues by
$17 million in the first year
Each year since, he said, rev-
enues had decreased, and rev-
enue losses for the past year
were estimated to be $20 mil-
lion, and some $55 million over
a three-year period.
As a result, BEC sustained a
$1.9 million loss in its last finan-
cial year, Mr Neymour said at
the time, with this projected to
increase to $38 million mn the
2008-2009 fiscal year.
However, in response, former
works and utilities minister
Bradley Roberts stressed that
the decision on BEC's tariff
reduction did not come from
himself or the PLP government,
,but BEC's management and the
Board, whicT; submitted the
proposal in a presentation to

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Colina Holdings
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Consolidated Water BDRa
Doctor's Hospital
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
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740 0.157
75 1.3
1,900 0.426
1,000 0.713

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10.2 3.86%
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9.61 9.61
3.69 3.66
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3.15 3 .15
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4.87 6.01
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PROJECT, from page 1B

BEC basic rate cut

BEC, from 1B

Mr Neymour said the Gov-
ernment was reviewing the
basic electricity rate cut
approved by the former admin-
istration, adding that it has ini-
tiated a second review of the
report forwarded to Cabinet on
the issue.
He said that once the review
was done, Cabinet can deter-
mine whether BEC's rates will
be increased to where they were
before the reduction.
Mr Neymour pointed out that
BEC has lost money over the
past two years, primarily
because of the basic rate reduc-
tion that was approved by the
former administration, and to
the high cost of oil that drives its
power-generating turbines.
Last summer, Mr Neymour
told Parliament that the "'hap-
hazard" reduction in BEC's

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South dealer.
East-West vulnerable.~ s
+ A 6
V K J 54
+ 10 5 3
+ J6 5 2
4 J 10 9 7 5 K 4 3
V 10 83 9 Q9 62
SK 6 4 4 Q98 7 2
+K 7 +10
4 Q8 2
VA 7
+A Q 9 8 4' 3
'lle bidding:
South West North East
1 + Pass 1 V Pass
2 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead jack of spades.
There are hands where you are
sure to make the contract regardless
of how you proceed, and there are
others that are equally assured but
only if you play correctly. Here is a
hand of the latter type.
West led the jack of spades
against three notrump. Declarer
played low from dummy, and East
won with the king. East saw no

future in a spade continuation, since
declarer now almost surely had two
spade stoppers, so he shifted to the
seven of diamonds.
This proved to be the killing blow.
South's jack lost to the king, and
West's diamond return forced out the
ace. When West later gained the lead
with the king of clubs, he led another
diamond, and South went down two.
This was one of those cases where
declarer could not be beaten unless
he beat himself. South succumbed to
the temptation of ducking the open..
ing spade lead and thereby helped
dig his own grave.
Hard he put up dummy's ace of
spades at trick one as he should
have nothing could have stopped
him. At trick two, he leads the jack of
clubs, planning to finesse (the jack is
led in case East holds the K-10-7). If
the fmnesse loses, West is on lead and
cannot stop South from scoring nine
It Is true that in most deals .
declarer would play low from,
dummy with the A-x in dummy fac.
izig Q-x-x. But in this deal, where
ducking the lead jeopardizes the con-
tract while rising with the acc
ensures it, South has no choice
except to go up.
a ,, rl or edt .


A new, more adventurous phase is act
to begin this week you've been a
bit too reticent recently. Go ahead,
take the plunge. Just make sure
you're domg it for the night reasons.
,PISCES Feb 19/March 20
'At some point this week, you'll have
to decide whether or not to forgive .
someone close for letting you down.
The choice is yours, so take your
"time..but don't wait too long.
ARIES March 21/April 20
Be careful whom you antagonize
this week, Aries. No matter who
many foes you've conqured in the
past, the only way you will win this
week's battle la if you get along
with everyone.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Try to cut back on your workload
this week, Taurus. As strong as you
are, now's the time to pay attention
to your physical, mental, and emo-
tional health.
GEMINI- May 22/June 21
It's important-to focus only on
things that mean something to you.
Ignore the'fights and feuds that are
going on in the background,
Gemini. It's all about you this wpek).
CANCER -June22/July 22

ti elek shol b o ueid ls
friends and loved ones that you
care. And don't just say it, show it.
LEO July 23/August 23
Believe it or not, Leo, there is a
way out of your dilemma, this
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have to put your ego aside and ask
someone for help.
VIRG;O Aug 24/Sept 22
This week you should be able to
keep the momentum going, Virgo.
However, you're not made of
Inoney; you should curtail your
~spending habits.
'LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Be patient is little.longer, Libra.
What is meant to happen will hap.
pen when the time is right. It's going
to take a while to get over recent
events. Don't push yourself too hard.
SCORPIO Oct 316/Nov 22
Seize the day, Scorpiot Yant
~actions this week at home and at
work are will determine how suc-
cessful the next year will be for
Syou. Don't hold back.
You may be willfully independent,
.but even a headstrong Sagittariran
'needs a little help sometimes. This
week's stars will make it easier than
ever to get what you need. All you
have to do is ask.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Imporant people will be watching this
'week, Capricom. No matter how hard
you've situggled to get through the corpo-
rate jungle, you loustn't give up. Thing
are going to pick up for you soon.



HOW many words of th lette s
or more can you make from the
wordeschd ltoe b ue oane
only. Each must contain the centre
letter and there must be at least
one ieltr word. No plurals.
Good 13; very good 20; excellent 27
(or more). solution tomorrow.

3 Powerful unionssaid to be
obstructive? (5)
8 Ease the fearsofsome angenital
layabout (5)
10 Golfdub minus itshead, say (5)
11 One for the high jump, but possibly
deared? (3)
12 too astonished atthe newrates (5)
13 Dance with cunning fellow, a
Communist (7)
15 Fruit coming with chronological
regularityl (5)
18 Henry'sin good health always (3)
19 Close to a50 majority (6)
21 Figure fit to befound defensive ()
22 Time, at the centre court, to tart
home (4)
23 Properly,it's ffty quid for half a week

24 Waterfowlor plake coked certain
way (7)
26 Complained of Inner torment? (6)
29 In excruciating agony, itstops you
crythg out (3)
31 A really attractive purse, perhaps (5)
32 Highchair?(7I)
34 A mysterious thing that keeps you in
the dark (5)
35 She's in the habitef being good (3)
36 Stories repeatedly retumed (5)
37 Aresuch offkrerspaid such cash (5)
38 Geographkally, could be partot

1 A joint in the bowel, possibly (5)
2 No short cutfor dad, we hear (7)
4 Thefrenchrace,yettatvianl(4)
5 liecome sour when led astayby a
rotter (6)
6 Not all samovars contain some tea,
butit can be hot (5)
7 Old people, me boyl(5)
9 Lacksbeing sound, Is thus slipshod

12 War Aer sold out, but mmfortted (7)
14 Organized radly? (3)
16 It's significantto know (5)
ri A stand et (5)
19 It's OK for a girl to turn up in a new
hat (7)
20 Out-of-ate politicians (5)
21 Put up about 1 for a fower (5)
23 Carter killed inthe war?(7)
24 Deteriorate as an exotic charmer, on
the quiet (6)
25 Fast modelin acrack-up?(3)
27 In the country right over the river (5)
28 Write to a capinprison (5)
30 Short men? (5)
32 So carelessly shut (4)
33 An eccentric understood to be
cracked (3)

Sergey Fedorchuk v Marcos Vega,
Spain 2007. Grandmasters agree:
one weakness in a defensive
position can usually be protected,
but two or more are often fatal.
Think of it like the end of the
Second World War when the second.
front in France finished off
Germany. Here White's obvious play
is on the open d file, with queen,

in fra rakr tro gh atd7
Black is alive to the danger and has
his own queen, rooks ad bishop
fortifying the potential invasion
square. So how about a second
front? Cue the black king which is
really only guided by its g6 pawn,
due to the rest of Vega's army being
busy elsewhere. So Fedorchuk
(White, to play) needed just one

3 Naive (5)
8 Asian county (5)
to Turni machine (5)
12 Old coin (5)
13 Furniture item (7)
15 Claw ()
18 Gratuity ()
19 Cross out (6)
21 Arthurian knight (l)
22Wcked ( )
24 Plug (7)
26 Play sectiontl6
29 Cha ge article (3)
32 Lured (7)
34 Creature(5)
35 Metal fastener (3)
36 Shelter (5)
37 Kingdom (5)
38 Minimum (5)

1 Of the nose (5)
2 Money (7)
4 De ge~d) (6)
6 Of birth (5)
7 Fire (5)
9 Bar (3)
12 Leaves (7)
14 Zero (3)
16 Prise (5)
17Brds h mes (5)
20 Animal (5)
21 Donated (5)
23 Inhabitant (7)
25 Kitty (3)
27 Tree(5)
28 Prize (5)
30 Answer (5)
32 Finishes (4)

turn to ensure the cottapse of Black's
position. What was White's winning


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Comfortable 6, Riendship 7, Sign on 8, Releases O,

3P1, Colander 32, Ransaek 34, Answer 35, Brine 39,

ChOess: 8515: 1 Bc41 xc4 2 Rdxg6+ Kf8 3 Qh6+ Ke8 4
Rg8+1 Bxg8 5 RxgaI Kfl 6 Qg6 mate. If 1...f4 2 Rxg~s
Kxg6 3 Rxe6+ wins.






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S ~are First~aribbean 's 2007 ;kbsung Heroes

Growing up in a single parent In 2000, the couple dug deep into
risyrhousehold on Belize City's south their savings to finance the
side, the teenaged Lyndon Bailey rcamn fln 1mlsfo
pledged to help young people like Belize City. They secured a loan of .'I
himself who lacked financial and BZD$250,000 to erect buildings
i I;rsocial resources to achieve at least and start the Tubal Trade and
a basic education and job training Vocational Institute. The school
skills. caters primarily to disadvantaged,
I disillusioned youth,' providing a
.For more than 20 years, Lyndon caring and nurturing environment
mentored the youth in his church where they can grow and leam.:
and his neighbourhood of Belize Since the-opening of the school,:-1
''iityr. Then, in 2001, Lyndon put a more: than 500 children have
~sti~ccessful career as~a building. .- graduated and are now either.
Contractor on holdl to work with managing their own businesses or.`.
the youth of Belize City full time. employed in a variety of profession s
Lyndon S ~ac' 1aver Hy Belize (2007 Unsung Heroes) Likewise, his wife Lavemn Bailey and vocations ranging from
elinquished the running of the .teaching to auto mechanics: . -
farnily's hardware store in Ladyville
and dedicated herself full time as a We congratulate Lyndon & aiiP~m~
t:each~er; caretaker, counsellor and Bailey friends of disadvantaged
Emiidistriator. Neither of then youthl
kn ''iew at the time how they vSould
support thibir family of six.

A dedicated and empathetic participants in the National-
spirit, Rosemary Compton Senior Gainres.
continues to touch the lives of .
i s15 several families in St. L~ucia's As an active member of the
capital city Castries and its "Friends tif Golden Hope" the
Setwiions. She works with youth island's mrental- hospital,
fro~in ages 3-1 4 years through Rosemary visits the mren tal ly
The God$ News Club, a : impaired on a weekly basis.-;
community youth group she
founded.in the community of Rosemary~'s passion for
Carietie. This voluntary I volunteerism atlso- extends to the
organisation encourages sphirituii1 seeds .atOthyb;lind through_ her
'. I growth-in children,iugd . work within theft; eu~iacglind , I:~
First~aribtfahr's 207 IfnHe7o mbry Compton administers programmes to Welfare Associatioh, where she: ~
(fourth frm right) luftiesdth those she hdips at Golden Hope. mentor these children. provides moral support and
Mental Health Holipitill. -- -- -1 assists in f undraising..

~elderly, responding to their .This "angel without wings" as
..T: ''esse ntial needs such as physical she has been aptly called by

those whose lives she has
touched deems her life's calIling,
to be "service to the less
privileged and the vulnerable" '


activity spiritual stimulation and
emotional connectivity. She
organises sporting activities and
assists with their participation -
whether as spectators or

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Yolande Stewart, or "Miss Landa"
as she is known by the people of
Union Island, is Trinidadian by
birth. It was on Union Island that
she met and married her late
husband and together raised their
four children. She has made .
St. Vincent &T the Grenadines her

Having missed the opportunity to
enter secondary school, she
enrolled in a Beginners Sewing
Course with the Singer Sewing
Company while attending night
classes at the Tranqluility
Intermediate School in Port of

In 1961, she purchased her first
sewing machine and proceeded
to make her living as a seamstress.

Yolande also found the time to
pass on her sewing skills as well
as her sense of community -~
spirit to the women of Union
Island. She was at the helm of
the Union Island Women's
League for over 40 years.

The community of Union
Island, and the country of St.
Vincent and the Grenadines as
a whole, has been positively
impacted by the marvellous
work of this passionate woman,
who has said, "I wasn't looking
for reward. I just wanted to do
something. I don't know where
it came from, or how I got the
strength, but I just had a
passion for helping people."

The women of Union Island continue to be the beneficiaries of her
expertise and~ knowledge. Ms. "Landa" is seen at work among her
charges imparting.life skills and her love of sewing,


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