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Title: The Tribune
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 28, 2008
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condition after

weekend of violence

* Rv Al ISON I OWE two men in their twenties out-


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Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
FOUR people lost their lives
this weekend and two others
remain in hospital in critical
condition as the country record-
ed its 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th mur-
ders of the year in the space of
20 hours including the brutal
double murder of a man and a
woman in their bedroom.
The sustained bout of vio-
lence began at around 3am on
Saturday with the shooting of


side two Nassau clubs. Peter
Andrew Collie was shot in the
head as he stood in a club car
park with friends, while anoth-
er victim 20-year-old Regi-
nald Rolle is in critical con-
dition after being shot in the leg
shortly afterwards outside Club
Crystal on Nassau Street "by
someone he knew," according
to police.
Mr Collie was taken to hos-
pital for treatment, but died
SEE page 13


PLP slams govt over

stamp-tax exemption
* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE PLP has charged that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his
FNM government have misled the public and could have easily extend-
ed the stamp-tax exemption for first-time homeowners if they so
desired.
The opposition party criticised the government in a hard-hitting
press release yesterday, in which it was claimed that the FNM gov-
ernment mismanaged the economy in "an irresponsible and reckless
manner."
SEE page 10


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FROM LEFT: President of the Red Cross Gerald Sawyer, outgoing director-general of the Red Cross
Marina Glinton, Lady Edith Turnquest and Rowena Lady Finlayson, Ball Chairperson. Mrs Glinton is
pictured thanking those present for honouring her at the ball. SEE PAGE TWO


N By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A concerned
group known as Families for
Justice is hitting out again at
the justice system over the
granting of bail to accused
killers who have been remand-
ed at Fox Hill Prison.
Rev Glenroy Bethel, a group
spokesperson, was very con-
cerned about the recent release
of four men on Grand Bahama
who were charged with the
murder of Philip Gaitor Jr in
December, 2006.
"We believe that these men
should have been denied bail,'
Rev Bethel told a press confer-
ence at Central Zion Baptist
Church. Also present were Rev
Bethel's wife, Monique,
Chavonne Mlunnings, Myrna
SEE page 10


GB Port Authority legal battle
'causing psychological
damage to Grand Bahama'
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* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
.dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT The ongoing
legal battle at the Grand Bahama
Port Authority is causing great
"psychological damage" to Grand
Bahama, according to Minister of
State for Finance Zhivargo Laing.
Mr Laing, MP for Marco City,
said there is growing frustration
and fatigue among Grand Bahami-
ans to have the feud come to an
end.
"I want to tell you that I am
utterly concerned about this
enduring fight between the princi-
pals of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority," he said on Friday
while on Grand Bahama.
"And I truly urge the parties to
dig deep in their hearts and accept
that this has to end and end soon
in the interest of the people of this
island."
The ongoing bitter ownership
dispute between the St Georges
and the Haywards continues to
create uncertainty in Freeport
among investors, licensees of the
Port, and residents on the island.


Mr Laing said: "It is hard to
measure what this has cost us but
anyone sensing the psychology of
this place knows that this is a
damper on the psychology of doing
business in Grand Bahama.
"One cannot imagine any sig-
nificant player existing in Grand
Bahama, and those wanting to
come in Grand Bahama, who does
not stop and think how do you do
SEE page 10


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE traditional formal presen-
tation of the previous year's crime
statistics by police will no longer
occur, but the police commission-
er still pledges to make the infor-
mation public.
Early in January, it was custom-
ary for the commissioner and oth-
er senior officers to present statis-
tics to the media at police head-
quarters.
In this ceremony, the statistics
would be presented to the public,
along with analysis of the numbers
and police strategies for combating
certain trends that emerged dur-
ing the previous year. The last time
this ceremony occurred was in ear-
ly January last year, led by then
Commissioner Paul Farquharson.
Thus far this year, no such pre-
sentation has been made.
Reginald Ferguson, acting com-
missioner, told The Tribune yes-
terday after inquiries about the
release of the statistics that the
Force's Research and Planning
SEE page 11






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MINISTER OF STATE FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS Byran Woodside (right) presents a $50,000 cheque
to chairman of the All For One Championship Regatta Eric Gibson. The cheque will fund the regat-
ta, to be held this weekend on Montagu Bay, making it the first of the season.


Tributes paid to departing



Red Cross director-general


* By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
IT was an evening filled with
elegance as patrons of the 36th
annual Red Cross Ball danced
the night away and honoured
the organisation's director-gen-
eral Marina Glinton, whose
term of office ended on Decem-
ber 31, 2007.
The ball, which, combined
with the annual fair, is one of
the primary fund-raisers for the
year, netted $40,000 in addi-
tional donations as Corporate
Bahamas rose to the challenge
and made on-the-spot dona-
tions.
The FML group of compa-
nies pledged $10,000, Burns
House donated, $15,000, Scotia
Bank promised $10,000 and
Coral Dream Development also
vowed to contribute $5,000.
But the highlights of the
evening were tributes paid to
departing director-general
Marina Glinton, whose associa-
tion with the Red Cross began
in 1970 when she first registered
as a volunteer.
In May, 1973, she was
employed by the Red Cross as
an administrative secretary. This
marked the beginning of a long
distinguished career in several
areas of the society, including
director of training, Disaster
and Emergency Relief Services,
co-ordinator of services and
director general since 1984.
During her long association
with the Red Cross, Mrs Glin-
ton described as the highlight
of her career an occasion in Jan-
uary, 1995, when she gave the
keynote speech at the 15th Inter
American Conference held in


Marina Glinton honoured

during Saturday night ball


Caracas, Venezuela. There were
570 delegates and 75 observers
from 40 national societies.
It was at that time, she told
ball patrons, that she knew the
little girl from bash Bay,
Andros, had maoe it.
Additionally, Ms Glinton
served as a member of the
International Disaster Relief
Commission and as a member
of the International Youth
Commission 1993-1997 in
Geneva, Switzerland.
During a video tribute,
Dame Marguerite Pindling,
Lady Edith Turnquest and
Lady Ingrid Darling all spoke
of Mrs Glinton's unwavering


dedication, tireless service and
kind heart.
The lady of the hour said she
was deeply moved by the trib-
utes, but said that, despite a full
heart, she was determined not
to cry.
The ball patrons danced till
the wee hours to the music of
the Lou Adams Orchestra, the
Visage Band and the featured
artist was The Ice Man Jerry
Butler.
The 36th annual Red Cross
Ball was held in the Crystal
Ballroom of the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort and Crystal Palace
Casino on Saturday evening.


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PAGE 2, MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008









THE TIBUN MONDY, JNUARY28, 008, AGE


FAMILIES OF MISSING MEN CALL FOR INVESTIGATIONS TO CONTINUE




Police urged to re-open 'cold cases'


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT The families
of two Haitian-Bahamian men
who mysteriously disappeared
several years ago on Grand
Bahama want police to re-open
investigations.
The cases of Adderley
Alphonse, 19, and Donald Pit-
tiy, 19, which dates back to,1999
and 2002, respectively, have
grown cold and police have
received no further leads over
the years into their disappear-
ances.
Jetta Baptiste, president of
the Haitian-Bahamian Society,
is urging anyone who knows
what happened or has informa-
tion concerning these missing
young men to contact police, or
the Haitian Bahamian organi-
sation at 352-2384.
Adderley Alphonse, 19, went
missing during a fishing trip
along with another man,
Bahamian Harry Pinder, in
October. 2007. The men were
crew members on board the
fishing vessel, the MV Kostakis.
They were employed by
Lightbourne Seafood, which
owned and operated the vessel
at the time.
Ms Baptiste said that
Alphonse's mother, Rosie
Lubin, is frustrated because
police have not provided any
information about investiga-
tions into her son's case after
nine years.
In December, 2006, Ms Bap-
tiste and Ms Lubin met with
ACP Ellison Greenslade, officer
in charge of Grand Bahama at
the time, for an update. She said
they were assured that Alphon-
se's case would be given "spe-
cial attention."
However, Ms Baptiste claims
that they have only received
excuses from the senior police
officer responsible for the case.
"He (Mr Greenslade) con-
tacted the officer in the pres-
ence of Ms Lubin and myself
and stated that the officer will
contact police officers in Abaco
and get the files and investigate
the matter further. However,
from that time to this, nothing
has happened.
"We don't know where the
files are and we don't know the
progress of the investigations
and we are not getting any
answers," she said.
The family of 19-year-old
Donald Pittiy, who went missing
in 2002, believes he may have
been murdered,
Ronald Osis said he last saw
his brother getting into a truck
with another man. He said he
never returned home.
Osis, 16 at the time, said his
brother was the family's
provider and would never pick
up and leave or not contact
them unless he was dead.
"I miss my brother. I think
there are persons who know
what happened to him, but ain't
nobody checking. I think they
kill him.
"I just wish we could find his
body and put him to rest we
don't know if he living or dead
and it hurting us," he said.
Osis said Donald's disap-
pearance is still hard to accept
even after six years, especially
for his mother who has taken
ill. His brother would have been
24 years old last August, he
said.
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brother's disappearance was ini-
tially questioned by police and
later released.
"We have not seen that guy
(here in Freeport) anymore for
the past year and a half now. 1
know he knows what happened
to my brother because he was
the last person 1 saw my broth-
er with the day he disappeared,"
he said.
"We want the police to con-
tinue to investigate because it
ain't right that my brother just
disappear and ain't accounted
for it ain't right," he said.
Ms Baptiste said the Haitian-
Bahamian Society is calling on
the government of the Bahamas
to investigate these unresolved
cases.
"We want the police to inves-
tigate these matters and close
these cases. We want for a coro-
ner's inquest to be held. If any-
one is responsible for their dis-
appearance, then we want the
legal system to deal with these
cases immediately," she said.
"I would hate to think that
these matters were pushed aside
because of the young men's
national origin. We know that
there is a prejudice and institu-
tionalised bias towards the Hait-
ian-Bahamian community, but


we are calling on the govern-
ment to protect the rights of
every citizen and resident liv-
ing in our beloved Common-
wealth of the Bahamas.
"We are calling on Prime
Minster Hubert Ingraham,
whom we know to be a fair and
decent man, and the Minister
of National Security Tommy
Turnquest to do something
about these men who have dis-


appeared. The families are in
need of some answers and they
are tired of waiting on the no
response they have received
from the police to date," said
Ms Baptiste.
"We are demanding answers
and we need them now because
the families have been waiting
for over nine years to know
what happened to their loved
ones," she said.


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THE FALL-OUT from the May 2,2007 gen-
eral election is just what we expected and in
fact predicted.
On March 19 last year seven weeks before
last year's election which saw the defeat of the
Christie government Mr Christie was just
going to the House that morning to present and
open the debate on the Boundaries Commission
report.
Still no one knew where the new boundaries
had been drawn, nor did Bahamians know when
the election yould be called except that Mr
Christie had predicted that it would be by May
2. All that was known was that Montagu MP
Brent Symonette, who represented the Oppo-
sition on the Commission, did not sign the
report.
On February 7, Mr Symonette told The Tri-
bune that there were only several weeks
between then and when an election had to be
constitutionally called.
However, the boundaries commission had
not yet decided on the boundaries for the 2007
constituencies.
This was a period of much foot-dragging and
cancelled meetings by the Boundaries Com-
mission.
Mr Symonette might as well have not attend-
ed because his suggestions were ignored. What
had been agreed among all members, Mr
Symonette included, as the final draft went back
to the Commission's PLP members for further
consideration. When it was returned all F IN
recommendations, which had been earlier
agreed, had been deleted. That is obviously
why Mr Symonette refused to put his name to a
. document that he must have known would be
.open to future dispute.
Under the constitution, Mr Christie had until
May 22 to call the election. If he had failed to do
so, parliament would have dissolved itself.
There was growing concern among politi-
cians from both sides as time was running out.
By now an anxious public was pushing Mr
Christie to make a decision.
On March 19,2007 this column was headed:
"An election of chaos expected."
And on that date we wrote:
"By Mr Christie's failure to close the old reg-
ister sooner, he has thrust an almost impossible
job on the parliamentary registrar's staff.
"Within the next eight weeks that staff will
have to write out by hand new voters cards with
their counterfoils for the dramatic changes in the
newly created constituencies, in addition to the
boundary changes in the remaining constituen-
cies.
"It has been estimated that by the time the
two cards and counterfoils for edch voter have
been written out, the department will have had


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to make 360,000 changes by hand before the
cards can be put in the computer and distributed
to voters.
The parliamentary registrar has two weeks in
which to certify the register; the ballots then
have to be printed and the voters register has to
be published. The election will then have to be
called within four weeks with the police having
to vote a week before the public goes to the
polls.
"As Mr Christie has planned this election,
there will be voters still running around on elec-
tion day when the polls are closing trying to
find their polling division.
"One has to wonder whether this chaos has
been created by design, or by sheer incompe-
tence.
"Whatever it is, this election promises to go
down in history as an election of colossal mis-
management almost fit for the Guinness
Book of Records."
As so it will.
Mr Christie, looking for a scapegoat as usu-
al, blamed slow voter registration for his inde-
cision about closing the register, knowing that
Bahamian voters don't rush to register until a
date is fixed for an election.
His failure to close the register and set an
election date had nothing to do with the inaction
of the Boundaries Commission or the govern-
ment, Mr Christie told the House on March 19.
"Instead," he said, "the delay, regrettable as it
wi~s ivias the direct result of the very slow
process of Bahamians registering to vote."
At the time we pointed out that if Mr Christie
had shown any foresight the Boundaries Com-
mission could have reported on time in
November, 2006.
But here we were in March, 2007 still huffing
and puffing about something that should have
been completed four months earlier.
In this column on March 22, 2007 we con-
cluded: "In our opinion this whole breakdown,
and last minute rush, and extra work load on the
registrar's department is due to Prime Minister
Christie's lack of forward planning."
Now after all the political chickens have
come home to roost, we have election court
justices blaming the parliamentary commis-
sioner for not ensuring the integrity of the elec-
tion process. How, in Hades could he, when
Mr Christie did not make it humanly possible
for him to do so?
In our opinion this would be a complete mis-
carriage of justice if this is allowed to blot Mr
Errol Bethel's so far unblemished civil service
record.
And anyone to allow this man to take the
blame for something that was beyond his control
is a coward.


The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTUSJURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
ALMOST two years to the
month, January 31, 2006 Sir
Artliur Foulkes in his weekly
column in The Tribune wrote
under the caption, "How the
Bahamas benefited from 1967's
historic change". Here is what
he said in the opening para-
graphs:
"All of Bahamian society
benefited in one way or anoth-
er from the historic event that
took place on January 10 1967,
a day that now wears the rather
in elegant appellation of major-
ity rule day.
"Popular movements for free-
dom and justice can be sup-
pressed and sometimes even
crushed but more often than
not attempts at suppression lead
only to more radical and
sometimes violent resurgence".
After reading Sir Arthur's
column I wanted to respond but
could not at the time because I
was fully engaged with the
Christie government over the
heads of agreement on the
gFround transportation business
for taxi drivers.
Editor, as we approach
another anniversary of Majori-
ty Rule please allow me some
space in your valuable column
to respond to Sir Arthur's arti-
cle of January 31, 2006. As I do
so I shall attempt to put Sir
Arthur's comments in context
as it relates to the fiftieth (50)
anniversary of the great event of
1958. It is my considered opin-
ion that the historic event of
1967 would.not have happened
had there not been the great
event of 1958. For the enlight-
enment of those Bahamians
who are under (40) and for the
benefit of all those who might
be of the opinion that the his-
toric change of 1967 just hap-
pened, let me explain. The great
event of 1958 referred to above
is the general strike of 1958.
In my opinion no other single
event in our young nation's exis-
tence can lay claim to changing
the life of a people. I have had
occasion to say it before and I
wish to repeat it here again;
the general strike of 1958 was
the one single time in our
nation's development that the
majority were united. For one
brief shinning moment we were
one Bahamas.
It was the general strike of
1958 then that served as the
basis for the 1967 historic
change. Three significant
changes took place in the
colony's political life as a result
of the strike.


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1) The strike bro
to the plural vote.
2) Women wer
right to vote.
3) The strike
beginning of the
nial rule in our cou
To bring more c
historic event of 19(
Sir Arthur's article
context of that pe
country's develop
mention one unapp
inconvenient fact.
strike of 1958 was o
financed by taxi d
vendors and ordin
in our country. t
these gallant men
made a conscious
take a stand for ri
and justice. They
hope that it would 1
ter way of life for
and their children.
Fifty years ago to
men and women w
no formal educati
decision to rise up
oppression of the o
in so doing challenge
of the British Emp
In his article Sir.
tioned that the mo
benefit to black
from the 1967 hisi
was a psychological
lions of black pe
deceived into bel
they were a people
history and many


change

washed into thinking they were
an inferior race. All this was
done to justify slavery and later
on segregation and discrimina-
tion. Even after slavery was
abolished these powerfully neg-
ative influences did not end but
)ught an end had to be exorcised step by
painful step in the face of deter-
e given the mined resistance at every step.
The description given by Sir
marked the Arthur above was the political
end to colo- environment in which the gen-
intry. eral strike took place in 1958.
clarityy to the Before I close I would like to
67 and to put make one more direct quote
, more in the from Sir Arthur Foulkes' article,
period of our which I found most profound...
ment, I must "So the first and decidedly
,reciated and most important benefit to black
The general Bahatnians was psychological.
irganised and They would no longer have to
rivers, straw bear the shame and embarrass-
iary workers ment of having to live each day
At the time with the alleged proof of the
and women false assumption of inferiority.
decision to "Some people still do not
ghteousness understand the full import of
iid so in the this and seem to think that this
lead to a bet- powerful psychological element
Themselves in Bahamians politics can be
obliterated with a few strokes
o the month, of the pen. It cannot. It will
with little or remain a consideration until it is
on made the fully examined and forthrightly
Against the dealt with. Then and only then
Id guard and will it be laid to rest".
,ed the might As we commemorate the
)ire. 50th anniversary of the great
Arthur men- event the 1958 general strike
st important my prayer for the nation is
Bahamians that we recapture the spirit of
toric change 1958 and begin the healing
benefit. Mil- process.
people were
living that RICHARD JOHNSON
le without a Nassau,
were brain January 3, 2008.


Paco Nunez was spot on
EDITOR, The Tribune.
With reference to the article in today's edition 'The Tribune news
editor responds to statement by the PM,' I could not have put it better
than Paco Nunez.
The Tribune does not make the news. It simply reports it. And any
attempt to downplay the horrific crime problem would be irresponsible
on the part of a free press and lead to an acceptance of the single
biggest problem facing this island.
You cannot sweep this problem under the carpet. You cannot bury
your head in the sand like an ostrich. It does not matter whether or not
the violence is random and many of the people involved are criminals
themselves. The fact is our children are being attacked and murdered,
parents are being murdered in front of their children and the violence has
spilled onto Bay Street.
The fact is those citizens who can afford to, live behind bars like crim-
inals. The fact is that on an island "paradise," we are afraid to watch a
sunset or stroll on the beach at night.
The fact is that our roads are dangerous because there is no consistent
law enforcement. We are not a civil society.
Our crime rate on a per capital basis is way out of proportion compared
to civil societies.
Both political parties failed to offer a comprehensive plan to deal with
crime in the run-up to the general election.
People elect governments to run their country in the best possible
manner and to come up with solutions to problems not make excuses.


ATHENA DAMIANOS
Former news editor,
The Tribune.
Nassau,
January 25, 2008


" VEIsitLYo u rjNigh b o rh oo d


How the 1958




general strike




brought about


historic


The blame is all Christie's


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MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008, PAGE 5


THE TRIBUNE


0 In brief Relatives of missing Cubans


Bahamiansi believe they are beins 'secretly -


facing drug

charges in

Florida
* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

TWO Bahamians are
facing the possibility of life
imprisonment if convicted
of drug charges brought
against them in a Florida
court last week.
Thomas Cash and
Valdez Edgecombe were
arrested after the US
Coast Guard intercepted
and boarded their 1982 31-
foot Tiara vessel Black
Widow about two miles
off the coast of Port Ever-
glades, Florida, on January
18.
On board, Coast Guard
officers discovered "sever-
al large bundles and pack-
ages" containing marijua-
na and cocaine about
2,000 pounds and nine
kilograms of the sub-
stances, respectively.

Arrest

Following their arrest,
the two men were taken to
a nearby Coast Guard
base.
They appeared before
US magistrate Judge
Robin S Rosenbaum on
January 22.
Edgecombe and Cash
are charged with conspira-
cy to possess with intent to
distribute cocaine and
marijuana, conspiracy to
import into the United
States coLaine and mari-
juana, possession with
intent to distribute cocaine
and marijuana, and impor-
tation of cocaine and mari-
juana into the United
States, according to a
statement from R Alexan-
der Acosta, US attorney
for tle Southern District
of Florida.


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detained' in the Bahamas


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
RELATIVES of 40 missing
Cuban migrants have told the
Miami Herald that they believe
their relatives are being "secret-
ly detained" in the Bahamas.
The group disappeared in the
Florida Straits about two months
ago en route to the US.
"We have no concrete evi-
dence right now, but we hope to
in the next few days," a relative
of some of those missing, Mario
Galban, told the newspaper in
an article published last Thurs-
day.
"We know they have a deten-
tion centre there where they
hide Cuban migrants and we


have reports they might be
there," he alleged. Mr Galban's
brother, wife and two children
are among those missing,
according to the newspaper.
The 40 Cubans left the Man-
tanzas province of Cuba on
November 23 in a 32-foot Well-
craft vessel.

Vessel
According to the Herald, rel-
atives of some of the migrants
received word from their family
members on board the vessel at
around 11am. In a phone call,
the migrants told them they
were near Cay Sal, off the south-
ernmost tip of The Bahamas.
Several weeks ago relatives of


the missing Cubans visited
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre, hoping to find their
loved ones.
However, their trip turned up
nothing, with officers telling
them they had no such persons
detained.
Optimism that the migrants
will be found alive has been bol-
stered among family members
in Miami by the fact that no
trace of the Wellcraft or the 21
life-jackets and cooler on board
have turned up in searches of
the area.
"Something would have been
found floating by now if their
boat had capsized," LAzaro Mar-
tinez, whose wife and young chil-
dren are missing, told the news-
paper.


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

A 65-YEAR-OLD
Bahamian woman drowned
off Lyford Cay yesterday
after the boat she and her
son were in capsized, The
Tribune has learned.
Sub-Lieutenant Sonia
Miller of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force said the wom-
an's body was found in the
hours after the RBDF inter-
cepted a call on VHF Chan-
nel 16, the "international dis-
tress frequency", at around
9.30am reporting that a boat
had capsized off New Provi-
dence near Lyford Cay Mari-
na.
It is believed the mother
and son may have been on a
fishing trip.
"Immediately P41 (a


defence force vessel) was dis-
patched to the area to ren-
der assistance. They began
to conduct search-and-rescue
efforts to see if they could
locate the missing lady," said
Ms Miller, who was unable
to confirm the identity of the
victim.
It was not until 11.30am
that the mother's body was
located and retrieved from
the water by civilians and
Defence Force personnel,
after first being spotted by
US Coast Guard officers,
said Ms Miller, emphasising
that the rescue effort was a
"joint" one.
Meanwhile, the victim's
son was found still alive,
"clinging" to the boat.
He was rescued by mem-
bers of the public, the offi-
cer added.


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FREEPORT Grand Bahama police are
trying to locate a taxi-van taken by three men
during an armed robbery on January 4.
Taxi-cab driver Tyrone Watkins was
robbed of his 1996 white and gold GMC
Safari van licensed plate Taxi #171.
According to reports, Watkins collected


three men from downtown Freeport who
asked to be taken to the Lucaya area.
Mr Watkins was directed to the rear of the
Sea Horse Shopping Plaza, where the men
robbed him of cash, a cellular phone and oth-
er items along with his taxi.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police are
requesting the assistance of the public in
locating the van.
Anyone with information is asked to call
350-3107/8, 3503138 or 911.


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THE TRIBUNE


radical reforms needed after election debacle


Y ADRIAN GIBSON
il lt haina@hotmail.com

II recent election
court verdict reveals
il ll Iea lihamas' electoral
( L'-s and the parliamentary
*1 ;ilionl procedures are seri-
i I lin\vie and are in desper-
in,,' ol' a complete over-
I he I'l.P's failure to ensure a
*cl th election has created a
S of stupefaction and has
Sthle country in a precarious
litn, where politicians/citi-
continue to bicker about
a; election outcome almost a
Sii later, with little fulfilment
Sheiir legislative agenda.
i- ;.t Monday, the Supreme
Surl ruled that Byran Wood-
su i (FNM) was the duly elect-


ADRIAN

ed MP for Pinewood, having
defeated former MP Allyson
Maynard-Gibson on May 2 and
again following a recount of the
ballots.
Subsequent to the court's
decision to conduct a recount
and to disqualify 110 votes, Mrs
Gibson, who was Attorney
General at the time of the elec-
tion, cheekily and disingenu-
ously claimed that "the system
was corrupted" and that she was
"hoping that we all as Bahami-
ans move quickly to address this


GIB S N

issue as quickly as possible, so
that we can see the integrity of
the system restored." Mrs Gib-
son must be suffering from
amnesia, since it was her gov-
ernment that called the elec-
tion!
In the words of Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, there was
a "reckless disregard for our
parliament democracy" as 100
Bahamians were disenfran-
chised and utterly confused
because of the ineptitude,
incompetence and the late


TIME FOR HEALING: Byran Woodside after the election
court ruling which declared him the winner in the Pinewood
constituency by 49 votes.


boundary changes of the hap-
less cabal that formerly gov-
erned the country.
Following the outcome of
last Monday's recount, former
Prime Minister Perry Christie
stated that the failures and defi-
ciencies of the electoral process
revealed a threat to the nation
and clearly undermines the gov-
ernment. However, Mr Christie
must be mindful that he was PM
at the time.
It was Mr Christie and his
party who set the election date,
dissolved parliament and estab-
lished the boundary lines.
Indeed, it was Mr Christie's
dithering that is partially to
blame for the bedlam and
polarised political atmosphere
that has engulfed our society
since May 2, 2007.
Under Mr Christie, the elec-
tion was poorly executed and
Bahamians were hurried to the
polls. In referring to Mr
Christie, PM Ingraham
explained:
"Under his watch, the con-
stituencies order was not made
until March 26, 2007. The
polling divisions order was
made the following day, and he
dissolved the House of Assem-
bly eight days later on 4th April,
2007."
The former government
effectively gave the Parliamen-
tary Commissioner and his staff
eight days between the chang-
ing of boundaries and the dis-
solution of the House to pre-
pare for the election. Frankly,
the former government's sloth-
ful and tardy decisions left the
Parliamentary Registrar in a
mad dash to adjust the bound-
aries, distribute 150,000 voters'
cards and place voters in the
revised constituencies.
The politically-motivated
gerrymandering before the last
election seems to have been
intended to create confusion,
much like the strategy used by
the late Sir Lynden Pindling in
making the boundary cuts for
the 1987 general election. The
present DPM, Brent Symon-
ette, who sat on the Boundaries
Commission, refused to sign off
on the boundary changes which
appeared to be littered with
irregularities, inconsistencies
and did not adhere to the con-
stitutional timeline as it was too
late.
In discussing the election,
Ivoine Ingraham said: "The
PLP brought confusion, trying
to repeat what happened in
1987. They were trying neu-
tralise the Ingraham momen-
tum, as they spoilt boundaries in
Fox Hill, Yamacraw and Eliza-
beth. They also added a piece of
Nassau Village onto Pinewood,
effectively sacrificing Hope
Strachan by interfering with the
boundaries to save Allyson.
They didn't bag on the people
voting FNM. If it hadn't been
for those changes, Hope would
have won her seat and Allyson
would have had a greater loss."


Continuing on, Mr Ingraham
said: "Unless the PLP are suck-
ers for punishment, they would
see the precedent set by the
Pinewood case and see that the
result of Marco City won't alter
anything. I can't see why they
should continue. It their goal
was to prove inconsistencies in
the election, they have proven
that Marco City would only
confirm that, nothing more!"
Ivoine Ingraham, who was
the FNM's regional co-ordina-
tor for the east during the gen-
eral election, further questioned
the boundary cuts in that dis-
trict, stating:
"The PLP seems to have
grabbed out their stiletto and
started carving to come up with
these cuts. There are question-
able circumstances about Fox




"It is time
that our politi-

cally polarised
country heals
and gets out of
election
mode."



Hill as the late Thaddeus
McDonald, who was allegedly
handpicked by the incumbent
MP to be the returning officer,
oversaw over 200 names that
showed up and were challenged
during the voting. Fox Hill, Eliz-
abeth and MICAL could all
have been challenged in court,
but Mr Ingraham was a good
sport and decided that he would
accept the results and move
on."
Bribery seems to have been a
notable feature in the lead up to
the election, as voters' cards
were doled out to foreigners
such as Manani Taylor, who
allegedly paid a crooked offi-
cial $1,000 and was issued a card
without presenting identifica-
tion or documents. The avail-
ability of voters' cards to for-
eigners is a reflection on our
society, which is pervaded by a
tip (money) culture and a trea-
sonous but insatiable drive for
materialism.
It is not feasible for the par-
liamentary register to be open
to voter registration a year and
a half in advance as it increases
the chances of fraudulent activ-
ity since persons can register
under deceased or fictitious
names and/or people may relo-
cate.
What happened to the 41,000
fake ballots that were allegedly
printed before the election? Is it
possible that the apparent ger-


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rymandering and lateness of the
register, combined with allega-
tions of fake ballots being used,
were indicative of an overall
plan to steal the election? Were
the alleged 41,000 fake ballots
an intentional and illegal ploy to
increase the vote share of cer-
tain candidates and rig the elec-
toral process?
According to the Wikipedia
encyclopedia, "election fraud is
probably as old as elections
themselves. The first suspicion
'dates back to 471 BC in- the
Athenian democracy. Archae-
ologists found 190 pieces of bro-
ken pottery used there as ballots
with only 14 different hand-
writings. Essentially, in nation-
al elections, successful election
fraud can have the effect of a
coup de'tat or corruption of
democracy."
The Bahamas electoral
process operates under the
premise that voters' choices are
confidential, made on a secret
ballot. However, while voting
alone in a booth is more social-
ly accepted than voice-voting,
the ballots used locally are not
quite secret, as it is possible to
link the ballot paper to a voter.
The Bahamas' electoral
process is almost identical to
that of the UK, in that, as
Wikipedia states, "each ballot
paper is individually numbered
and each elector has a number.
When an elector is given a bal-
lot paper, their number is noted
down on the counterfoil of the
ballot paper (which also carries
the ballot paper number)."
In 2002, Supreme Court
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall
ruled that the attachment of a
voter's card number to a voter's
ballot was undemocratic and
violated a voter's right to pri-
vacy as is mandated by the con-
stitution. Sadly, the ruling was
overturned in the Court of
Appeal by Dame Joan Sawyer.
By contrast, in the US the bal-
lots are truly anonymous.
In the aftermath of the chaos
of the 2007 general election, do
we need to bring in interna-
tional observers?
Furthermore, I watched the
celebratory gathering of jubi-
lant FNMs at the R M Bailey
park subsequent to last Mon-
day's recount in favour of the
FNM. Quite honestly, I was
most disappointed with the cha-
rade at the park as speaker after
speaker gloated and only sought
to berate the former PM, with-
out stating much of the new
government's plans or articu-
lating a vision for the country.
For me, it amounted to noth-
ing more than a gloat fest!
The election debacle should
also teach future candidates the
value of effective neighbour-
hood canvassing. Moving for-
ward, radical reforms must be
made to the electoral process.
For example, an accurate regis-
ter should be produced through
groundwork in the communi-
ties, setting new and precise
guidelines for determining
someone's eligibility to vote,
implementing new ballot sys-
tems or electronic voting, organ-
ising alternative means to count
votes, proposing fixed bound-
aries and holding a referendum
to change the constitution to
stipulate a fixed election date.
The PLP must accept its
defeat at the polls. It is time
that our politically polarised
country heals and gets out of
election mode. The government
must get on with the people's
work of ensuring that the coun-
try sustains a viable economy
and in tackling the pressing
social ills that are plaguing our
nation.


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Commissioning of Defence Force





boats 'first step' in govt strategy


* By MATT MAURA
Bahamas Information
Services

MATHEW TOWN, Inagua
- The commissioning of two
27-foot Vigilant Patrol craft at
Mathew Town is the first step
in a series of "deliberate
actions" by the government to
improve Defence Force inter-
ception activities.
The boats will allow the
force to more vigorously par-
ticipate in prevention of illegal
migrant, gun and drug smug-
gling and any other maritime
threats in the southern
Bahamas, Minister of Nation-
al Security Tommy Turnquest
said Friday.
Mr Turnquest said commis-
sioning of the vessels is the
beginning of the government's
implementation of a long-term
strategy to properly outfit
HMBS Mathew Town so that
Defence Force officers and
marines stationed there will be
able to more effectively dis-
charge their mandate of
enforcing maritime law in the
southern Bahamas, while pro-
viding better protection for the
country's porous border.
That long-term strategy will
also include "significant" infra-
structural enhancements to the
base and will further involve
improvements to the dock and
ramp to facilitate the two, 27-
foot craft and other larger craft
expected to come on stream,
as well as the construction of
additional facilities to accom-
modate officers and marines
and the eventual dredging of
the harbour to accommodate
even larger vessels.
The infrastructural improve-
ments will coincide with a fur-
ther expansion of the force's
sea and air assets later this
year and construction of a
detention facility which Mr
Turnquest said would facili-
tate the processing of illegal
immigrants in Inagua.
This, he noted, would obvi-
ate the need to transfer immi-
grants all the way to Nassau
for processing. The construc-
tion of the detention facility is
also expected to "greatly
reduce" processing costs.
"We have long concluded
that to effectively improve our
national security, a base in
Inagua was critical," Mr Turn-
quest said.
"In fact, over 10 years ago, a
Defence Force base was estab-
lished here in Inagua, but no
boats were assigned here to
make it effective.
"Today represents a posi-
tive and tangible step in this
direction. The two, 27-foot
boats (P38 and P39) will allow
the Defence Force to estab-
lish and maintain a visible
presence in the southern
Bahamas and deter criminal
intent in the area and be able
to respond in a timely and effi-
cient manner to maritime
threats."
Mr Turnquest said the
upgrades to HMBS Matthew
Town are part of the Defence
Force's overall plan to take
deliberate steps to have fully
functional and operational
bases in several sectors of The
Bahamas. Bases will also be
established in the northern and
central Bahamas.
He said The Bahamas has
had tremendous challenges
over the years in dealing with
trafficking and smuggling of
illegal drugs, firearms and
migrants.
"This has been because of
our porous borders and the
difficulty in policing the
100,000 square miles within
our archipelago. We recognize
the vulnerability to these secu-
rity threats, particularly in
stemming the flow of firearms
and drugs and their relevance
to our crime situation," he
added.
Citing crime-related statis-
tics for 2007, Mr Turnquest
said more than half of the mur-
ders committed last year were
done so with the use of a
firearm, while 40 per cent of
them were drug-related or


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revenge killings. Firearms also
figured prominently in more
than 500 armed robberies
committed last year.
Most of those guns, he said,
were brought into the country
illegally through the firearms
and/or drug trade.
"For a country that does not
manufacture firearms, has
strict gun laws and is not a
major producer or consumer
of illicit drugs, we must
improve on protecting and
securing our borders and stop
the drugs and firearms from
coming into our country," Mr
Turnquest said.
"It is also disconcerting that
we continue to hear that illegal
immigrants could move up our
chain of islands undetected.
We have had cases where
boatloads of illegal immigrants
have made it into Nassau Har-
bour. This is unacceptable and
must be stopped."
Mr Turnquest said the gov-
ernment will provide the
Defence Force with the nec-
essary and adequate resources
to stem the tide of illegal activ-
ity in The Bahamas. The
force's fleet is expected to fur-
ther expand during 2008 with
the arrival of 10 vessels.
These include the first two
of four 40-foot Interceptor
patrol boats donated by the
United States of America
under the banner of "Opera-
tion Enduring Friendship"
which are expected to arrive
in The Bahamas by mid-
March; the arrival of two 40-
foot Dauntless vessels in April
and the arrival of two, 48-foot
Dauntless vessels in June.
Plans for the purchase of
two 60-foot mid-range patrol
craft are currently being
finalised and it is expected that
the order should be placed
before the end of March.
Mr Turnquest said in addi-
tion to "this unprecedented
acquisition of sea-going ves-
sels", the government has
funded the purchase of two
aircraft, a Vulcan Air and a
Cessna Caravan. The air assets
are expected to be delivered
later this year.
"Taken together, the
Defence Force will be in a
greatly enhanced position to
stop drug and firearms traf-
fickers, stop migrant smugglers
and protect our marine
resources from poachers," he
added.


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LOCAB AB


FROM page one

The exemption, which expired
on January 1 this year, was for
properties valued at up to
$250,000. The stamp-tax is cur-
rently eight per cent for proper-
ties valued between $1)00,000 and
$250,000.(
"The prime minister has...mis-
led the public about his govern-
ment's failure to extend the tax
exemption for first-time home-
owners. He is attempting to shift
the blame to the PLP by trying
to say he is bound by the law,
when under section two of the
Stamp Amendment Act 2002, it


PLP slams
clearly states: 'This Act shall
come into operation on the Isl
day of Januarv, 2003, and shall
expire on the Ist day of J.1anuary,
2008, or such later date as the
Minister may appoint by Notice
published in the Gazette,'" said
the PLP.
The PLP statement continued:
"Clearly as Minister of Finance
Hubert Ingraham had the discre-
tion to extend the exemption by
simply publishing a notice. Fur-
ther, the PLP had made it quite
clear that not only did they intend


to extend the exemption for
another live years, but that Ihey
had managed the economy with
such professionalism thaI we
intended to increase the exemp-
lion lor 'irst-lilme homelowners to
$40(),0())."
Minister o1 Slite for Iinance
Zhivargo laing last week
responded' tto lhese criticisms of
the FNM, pointing out that the
previous PLP government, which
is now criticising the government,
themselves did not extend the
provision.
"Those who framed it deter-
mined it would expire in five
years, so therefore they did not
build in automatic renewal," said


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on the Gems radio station.
"There was reason for that, and
that's because you want to assess
your economic and fiscal envi-
ronment to see whether or not
you can afford to carry it for-
ward," he said.
Mr Laing explained that while
successive governments have
been reluctant to increase taxes, a
sustained and even somewhat
widening deficit situation is
emerging that requires action.
Mr Laing added that he was
"shocked" to see the results of a
report he had asked his revenue
department to prepare, detailing
the total cost of all exemptions
that are available on the public
purse.
The PLP has not accepted this
explanation, and has further
charged that "Hubert Ingraham's
failure to extend the exemption
again shows how uncaring and
insensitive he and his FNM gov-
ernment are toward ordinary
Bahamians struggling to own
their own home."
"Stories are now being heard
everywhere about individuals
who have had to postpone the
dream of owning their first
home," said the PLP. "Is this the
type of proven leadership the
Bahamian people voted for in
May, 2007?"
The PLP said that, despite the
suggestion by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) that taxes
be raised in 2002, they did not.
And through "prudent,
focused and deliberate legislation
and policies the PLP was able to
effectively increase and sustain
government revenue to its highest
level ever."
"Indeed the IMF and other
rating agencies were so impressed
that they gave the PLP an 'A' for
their handling of the economy
and projected a sustained growth
rate of 4.5 per cent of the
Bahamian economy in 2007," said
the PLP statement.
"Hubert Ingraham and the
FNM through their ruinous poli-
cy of stop review and cancel took
$90 million away from Bahamian
contractors thereby directly con-
tributing to the reduction in the
growth rate for 2007 from 4.5 per
cent to three per cent, which
resulted in taking $100 million
out of the Bahamian economy
and the hands of Bahamians,"
alleged the opposition party.
"In doing so, the FNM dashed
the hopes of many Bahamian
entrepreneurs, straw vendors and
now first-time homeowners."
The PLP ended their state-
ment by again asking the govern-
ment to reconsider its decision,
and extend the tax break to first-
time homeowners.


FROM page one

Gaitor, Amasalie Vardoulis and
Gloria Vardoulis.
"We have an official report from
the Attorney General's Office as
to why the Supreme Court granted
bail to the four men and we want
the Bahamian public to know the
reasons given for their release," he
said.
The four men charged with
Gaitor's murder are Renaldo Bona-
by, 19, Alphege Turnquest, 18,
Kevin Harvey, 20, and Renaldo
Armbrister, 20.
According to the Attorney Gen-
eral's report, Mr Bethel said that
one of the accused men was
released on bail within four months
because of an ear infection.
The second was released on bail
shortly after complaining of hav-
ing asthma attacks, and no reasons
were listed in the report for the
release of the other two accused
men, he said.
The bail issue has always been
a major concern to Families for Jus-
tice on Grand Bahama. The group
was initially formed last October
when several families of murder
victims held a protest at the Attor-
ney General's Office in Freeport.
Rev Bethel, whose son was mur-
dered two years ago in Freeport,
believes there is no valid reason
why persons accused of murder
should be released on bail.
"No-one has the right to take the
life of any person...and it should
be a crime to have persons who are


Group hits out
accused of committing serious
crimes out of prison because of any
flimsy excuse we believe it is
wrong," he said.
Rev Bethel is blaming the judi-
cial system for the country's high
crime rate.
"We believe that the Chief Jus-
tice of the Supreme Court must
take some responsibility for the
action or decision of the judges who
grant bail to these persons who con-
tinue to commit crimes when they
are released back into society," he
said.
Rev Bethel took strong excep-
tion to remarks made by Dame
Joan Sawyer, the President of the
Appeals Court in the Bahamas.
"She said it is stupid of the
Bahamian public to believe that
the court is responsible for the
crimes committed by persons
released on bail. But I want to say
that the Bahamian people are not
stupid and we (Families for Jus-
tice) intend to lobby for a change in
the Bail Act," he said.
"This country has to do better.
The justice system has to do better
because we have family members
here who are still awaiting trial
after three years, and some still
waiting after seven years while the
accused killers are on bail," he said.
After much persistence, Rev
Bethel said that a trial date has
finally been set down for Februaiy
11 into the murder of his 16-year-
old son, Rishawn Bethel.


GB Port Authority

FROM page one

business in an environment where you have an enormous struggle between
the two major principals of a major authority in a major city in the
Bahamas. And so the biggest cost is the psychological damage it is doing."
In December, Freeport Container Port CEO Chris Gray urged the
feuding partners to quickly resolve and settle their differences for the
sake of the future development and success of Freeport.
Mr Gray, speaking at the ground-breaking of the $250 million Phase V
expansion project, said the company is concerned about the dispute, and
its main objective was to protect its interest and significant investments on
the island.
He also stated that the Hutchison Group was prepared to invest signif-
icant funds into the economy but had decided to hold off due to the dispute.
Mr Gray said the dispute is "distasteful, disruptive and destructive."
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Bishop Simeon Hall, chairman of
the National Advisory Committee on Crime, also expressed concern and
urged the parties to end their feud.
Mr Laing feels that the partners should try to reach a compromise and
put an end to the feud.
"I truly urge the principals of the Port to come to a place of humility on
this issue and accept that this fight is entirely hurting Grand Bahamians, and
is absolutely no help to the foreign progress of this island. And to regard
Grand Bahama a little bit more and their own stakes a little bit less
because no matter how this ends they will come out of that with a lot more
than any Grand Bahamian.
"I really seek for the damage to stop and end. And the power exists in
the St Georges and the Haywards no-one else can end this for us," Mr
Laing said.


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prayers at this time," said MNr May-
nard, who added that several faniily
members have accompanied his
father to Florida.
Sir Clement, a major figure in llhe
PLP, is widely regarded as mone ol
the "Fathers" of the mode 'ii
Bahamas.
He served in Sir Ly'nden P'in-
dling's first majority rule Cabinet as
minister without portfolio and gov-
ernment Senate leader.
During his long career in politics,
which ended in 1997, he also served
as Minister of Tourism from 1969
to 1979 and again from 1984 to 1990.
and is largely credited for significant
modernisation during this period.
Sir Clement was named deputy
prime minister after the resignation
of Arthur Hanna from the Pindling


r iS Clment FRM page one


cabinet in 1984, a post he held until
tilt dleeat of the PLP in 1992. Sir
('lencelt was also representative of
thel ( ambier and Yellow Elder con-
stituencies during his political career,
and it is said lie wIas responsible for
colsltruclioii ol Giambier House, tlhe
I'l''s headquarters.
Sir Clement, whose wife is Lady
Zoc Maynard, released his much
acclaimed memoir, "Piut on More
Sp'cil" last year, which chronicled
his life in politics, and .changes in the
Bahamas through Majority Rule
and Independence.
In 2003, Sir Clement suffered
serious illness when he was rushed
to Doctors Hospital in December
of that year to undergo successful
abdominal surgery.


Division is still preparing the final
report for 2007.
"We still compile our stats, and
our press people will he releasing
them whenever it's ready. Our
research and planning people are
still working on putting together
our year's end report," said Mr
Ferguson, who was unable yester-
day to specifically state when the
numbers will be released.
Mr Ferguson branded the for-
mer process, which could last for
hours, as "counter-productive" and
he rejected the suggestion that
police are attempting to hide the
figures, since the former presen-
tation process has now been
changed.
"We are not engaged in any
activity to hide (any) figures,"


Police force
Cemphasised Mr Ferguson. "I'll nev-
er he engaged in that kind of busi-
ness.
The last crime statistics made


public were Irom the beginning of
January, 2007, through to the end
of September last year.
These numbers revealed that
violent crime was up 30 per cent
over that period compared to the
same time in 2006.
Most Bahamians are aware of


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BENNETT'S HARBOUR,
Cat Island Like a huge lamp in
the sky it rose over a silhouetted,
meandering skyline, drenching
the verdant backdrop in splashes
of silver almost as bright as day..
S Gentle zephyrs, redolent with
night jasmine wafted through the
sighing casuarinas, sea grapes,
madeiras, guamalamees and
palms. The balmy surf caressed
my feet as it whooshed along the
powdery shore which stretched
into infinity.
"Ah." I slither into the com-
fort of an easy chair beneath a
native thatch umbrella. "This is
the life."
It was so surreal. So close a
mere 30 minutes or so flight but
yet light years away from the wild,
wild west of The Bahamas Nas-
sau. What a relief. A deep, peace-
ful, easy feeling swept over me.
Ordinarily, taking a weekend
break meant getting as far away
from home as I possibly can.
Except that my son had dared me
to 'eat my own dog food'.
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The Bahamas," he challenged.
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corn to sell to get a fix.
He was found the following
morning walking 'round and
round in the field, unable to find
his way out.
I have long heard of this mys-
terious Cat Island, home to the
haunting rake and scrape music,
the traditional quadrille dance,
its many miles of pink and white
sand beaches where feet rarely
touch, multi-hued sea gardens,
and literally, bottomless blue
holes. Folks swear by it.
Cat Island is also home to the
highest point in The Bahamas -
the 206-foot Como Hill in the
capital New Bight, atop which is
situated the Hermitage of Mon-
signor John Hawes, known
throughout the islands as Father
Jerome.
"And make sure talk to Eris
Moncur," my son said, "he will
tell you that Cat Island used to
be called San Salvador. And the
island now called San Salvador
used to be called Watling Island.
"He will explain to you how


Cat Islanders, then San Salvado-
rians, had their land and money
stolen in that big name change
rip-off."
So there I was at Sammy T's
in idyllic Bennett's
Harbour...slipping into darkness.
The next morning over break-
fast of stewed fish, potato bread
and a big pot of brazaletta tea, I
enquired about the obeah that
Tony McKay sang about. They
said it was all folklore. And the
fellow who couldn't find his way
out of the field? They all burst
out laughing.
But what was real was the
incredible rush I felt when, after
going through all 14 of Fr
Jerome's arduous Stations of the
Cross, I conquered the steep side
of Como Hill, and stood atop
Bahamaland.
Interestingly, Fr Jerome came
to The Bahamas as an architect
Anglican priest to repair Anglican
churches on Long Island.
He converted to Roman
Catholicism, was ordained a
priest, and moved to Cat Island.
Two of Fr Jerome's master-
pieces in Clarence Town, Long
Island are St Paul Anglican
Church and the twin-towered St
Peter and St Paul's Catholic
Church.
Fortified with three packages
of delicious native flour cakes, I
headed south towards Old Bight,
Zonicle Hill and Port Howe.
The sixth largest island in The
Bahamas, Cat Island used to be a
leading centre of trade and com-
merce before the pied piper of
tourism lured the population to
Nassau and Freeport.
Vine-covered, semi-ruined
mansions and stone walls, crum-
bling remnants of African slave
villages, and artifacts in Arawak
caves all paint a picture of Cat
Island's exciting past.
When cotton finally failed,
plantation owners moved on. But
descendants of the original
African slave settlers remained
in the towns of their ancestors.
Much of the Bahamas' indige-
nous music, folklore and myth
can be traced to Cat Island.
It is the birthplace of Academy
Award-winning actor Sir Sidney
Poitier, recording artists Phil
Stubbs, the Lassie Doe Singers,
Ancient Man, Rev J.J Stubbs, and
Tony McKay.
Historian Eris Moncur of
Knowles refers to Cat Island as
"God's good land," keeper of
"the .cultural motherlode of The
Bahamas. When you think of his-
tory and culture, you think of Cat
Island.
"We have maintained our her-
itage, our connection with our
African past.
"When the rest of The
Bahamas is ready to discover who
they are, that road will lead


through Cat Island."
Cat Island is an archaeologist's
dream come true. From Henry
Hawkins Armbrister's 1755 man-
sion in New Bight touted as the
second oldest structure in The
Bahamas to Colonel Andrew
Deveaux's castle in Port Howe
to the slave village at Bourbon to
the slave church, St Mary, the
Virgin in Old Bight. Did you
know that Cat Island had a rail
service?
With no competition, native
flora take advantage of the rich
soil, and flourish against a lush
setting, exploding in myriad
colours, shapes and forms.
Doris Johnson-Farah of Gram-
ma Farah's Restaurant in Pigeon
Bay epitomises the hospitality for
which Cat Islanders are
renowned. For me, she laid out a
feast befitting royalty.
"We love when our own people
visit with us," she said, a broad
smile gracing her matronly face.
"Not just for regatta or the festi-
val, come for a weekend get-
away."
Cat Island boasts virtually
crime free communities. Locks
and keys have apparently become
obsolete. Everybody knows
everybody else. The children are
very mannerly.
"Cat Islanders and their
descendants need to come back
home," implored Mrs Farah. "We
need development to revitalise
our communities. Our people
could provide this. I know
because they are doing it in Nas-
sau and Freeport. Come home."
Native writer and historian
Sylvia Laramore-Crawford not-
ed that Bahamians do not take
advantage of Cat Island's offer-
ings as the tourists do.
"Tourists go kayaking,
snorkelling, fishing, biking,
exploring the ruins or simply lying
out on the beach all day," she
said. "And they come back time
and time again just for that. There
is plenty to do on Cat Island."
As the shadows grew long my
attention was drawn to Regatta
Beach, New Bight's equivalent to
Nassau's Fish Fry.
The aroma wafting from kiosks
with enticing names like Seafood
Haven, Heavenly Delight, Native
Temptation, and Lula's sent my
palate into a tizzy. I ordered plen-
ty of everything.
There I met Wallace 'Bumpy'
Forbes. Originally from Kemp's
Bay, Andros, he came to Cat
Island, ostensibly for one week
to do construction work. That was
more than 20 years ago.
"Only heaven is better than life
here," he said. "Check it out for
yourself. Where in Nassau could
you feel so at peace? Nobody
bothers you here. We just lay
back and drink jelly coconut all
day."
As the setting sun splattered
Regatta Beach in gold, I headed
for Sammy T's clutching a large
bottle of the potent 'twenty-one
gun salute'.
Boasting such prominent fam-
ily names as Seymour. Thurston,
Larimore, Hepburn, King, Stubbs
and Moncur. from Orange Creek
in the north to Devil's Point in
the south. Cat Island is a nation-
al jewel. It should be required vis-
iting for all Bahamians.
And Sammy T has stepped in
to make it more attractive for
Bahamians to enjoy their her-
itage.
"Bahamians complain that it is
too expensive to travel the
islands." he observed. "Well. I
make it better for them. I offer
special rates and incentives to
encourage Bahamians to come to
Cat Island.
"Up to 40 per cent of my busi-
ness last season was from the Nas-
sau-Grand Bahama area. We
hosted several seminars, retreats,
vacations. We encourage that.
And it has taken off very well.
"I received all good comments
from Bahamians who vacationed
here. Some of them said they
wished they had started looking
at the islands earlier. They now
know that instead of travelling to
the US all the time they can come
to the islands and have a good
vacation that is just as affordable.
"And here we are crime-free.
That is what we sell. l tell the
people in the settlements that is
what we have to maintain. So far,
so good."


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hours later. Chief Supt Hulan
Hanna said it has not yet been
ascertained whether the two
incidents are connected, but
police have yet to rule this out
as a possibility.
At 11am police attended the
scene of the double murder of a
man and woman, identified by
police as 43-year-old Jenny
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The pair were found dead in
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the woman was shot in the
head. There were signs of a
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police arc unsure exactly how
long the two had been dead
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Later, hours after Bishop
Simeon Hall, chair of the
Bahamas Crime Council and
another clergyman had toured
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around llpm, shortly after a
house party had wrapped up in
the locality, a man emerged
from a house on Melbourne
Street and fired at the victim -
Damian Bastian, believed to be
28-years-old leaving his
upper body riddled with bullets.
Mr Bastian's murder was wit-
nessed by several people, said
police.
Another party went on to cul-
minate in bloodshed on Stra-
chan's Corner off East Street at
around lam when an unidenti-
fied 37-year-old man was shot in
the neck as a result of an argu-
ment with an acquaintance.
Police yesterday said they are
looking for a 26-year-old man,
Kelly Mitchell, of Apple Street,
for questioning about the shoot-


ing death of Mr Collie.
Mr Mitchell was described by
police as of medium brown
complexion, 51'1 9ins tall and
weighing around 150 pounds.
He is considered armed and
dangerous. Anyone with infor-
mation on his whereabouts is
asked to call 919 or 911, the
police control room at 322-3333.
the Central Detective Unit at
502-9930, or Crimestoppers at
328-TIPS.
These latest additions to the
crime statistics bring the total
number of murders for 2008 to
eight, and come shortly after
comments made by Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham last week
in which he accused The Tri-
bune of blowing the crime situ-
ation out of proportion, claim-
ing that it was a shame that for


this reason, hotels allegedly feel
unable to sell local newspapers
to their visitors.
Quoted in a Bahaan .Iournal
article, Mr Ingraham went on
to say that despite last year's
spike in murders, the violence is
not "random", adding that
many of the victims have been
involved in criminality them-
selves.
He said: "We are going to do
our utimoa to try and reduce
(the spike), but crime is not only
murder. C-lime is the extent to
which a woman feels-safe on the
streets, in hei. home, in the
office or the extent to which a
business feels safe. and so while
murder is clearly out of act,
crime pe, se is not #s terrible
as The Tribune news stories
make them out to be."-


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ham's remarks, staling 1hal /1;
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But they aren't allowed to
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the first serious, national-level
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forms of government, known as
"use and customs," which were
given full legal status in Mexico
six years ago in response to
Indian rights movements
sweeping across Latin America.
"For me, it's more like 'abuse
and customs,"' Cruz said as she
submitted her complaint in
December to the National
Human Rights Commission. "I
am demanding that we, the
women of the mountains, have
the right to decide our lives, to
vote and run for office, because
the constitution says we have
these rights."
Lopez acknowledged that
votes for Cruz were nullified,
but claims they added up to
only 8 ballots of about 100 cast
in this largely unpaved village of
about 1,500 people.
Cruz says she was winning -
and wants the election to be
annulled and held again, this
time with women voting. But
the male leaders are refusing to
budge. "We live differently
here, senor, than people in the


ciLty. Here, womenU are uuedicat-
ed to their homes, and men
work the fields," Apolonio
Mendoza, the secretary of the
all-male town council, told a
visiting reporter.
Cruz has received some sup-
port from older men, who by
village law lose their political
rights when they turn 60. Some
younger men also say the sys-
tem must change and give
women more rights.
At a recent meeting of sever-
al dozen Cruz supporters, most
of them voteless, women in tra-
ditional gray shawls recalled
being turned down for govern-
ment aid programs because
they weren't accompanied by a
man. Martina Cruz Moreno, 19,
said that when her widowed
mother sought government-pro-
vided building materials to
improve her dirt-floor, tin-
roofed wooden home, village
authorities told her, "Go get
yourself a husband."
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day, and then tell me that's not
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appropriate time as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has dedicated this
decade for bone and joint surgery. Dr. Bowe would like to thank: Dr. Colleen Fitzcharles
(wife), Doreen Seymour-Marche (mother), Kevin Marche (step father), Kenneth D. Bowe
(father), Darron A. Bowe ( twin brother), Flossie 'Tiny' Seymour (grandmother), Barry
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country's first husband and wife surgeons at P.M.H. Congratulations to this son of the
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Chavez urges Latin American allies to move reserves out of US


VENEZUELA'S President Hugo
Chavez, right, talks with Cuba's
Vice President Carlos Lage before
the official photograph of the ALBA
Summit in Caracas, on Saturday.


* CARACAS, Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez urged his Latin Ameri-
can allies on Saturday to begin
withdrawing billions of dollars
in international reserves from
U.S. banks, warning of a loom-
ing U.S. economic crisis, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Chavez made the suggestion
as he hosted a summit aimed at
boosting Latin American inte-
gration and countering U.S.
influence.
"We should start to bring our
reserves here," Chavez said.
"Why does that money have to
be in the north? ... You can't
put all your eggs in one basket."
To help pool resources with-
in the region, Chavez and other
leaders launched a new devel-
opment bank at the summit of


the Bolivarian Alternative for
the Nations of Our America, or
ALBA. The left-leaning region-
al trade alliance supported by
Chavez is intended to offer an
alternative, socialist path to
integration while snubbing U.S.-
backed free-trade deals.
Chavez noted that Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice vis-
ited Colombia in recent days,
saying "that has to do with this
summit."
"The empire doesn't accept
alternatives," Chavez told the
gathering, attended by the pres-
idents of Bolivia and Nicaragua,
Cuban Vice President Carlos
Lage, and other leaders.
Chavez warned that U.S.
"imperialism is entering into a
crisis that can affect all of us"
and said Latin America "will
save itself alone."


Rice left Colombia on Friday
after a trip aimed at reviving a
free trade deal that has stalled
in the U.S. Congress. She side-
stepped an opportunity to con-


front Chavez, who accused
Colombia and the United States
of plotting "military aggression"
against Venezuela. Chavez took
up the issue again on Saturday,


saying, "I warn the world of the
following: The U.S. empire is
creating the conditions to gen-
erate an armed conflict between
Colombia and Venezuela."


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1. CARMICHAEL ROAD
DESCRIPTION: Single Family Residence
3 bed/ 2 bath
PROPERTY SIZE: 11,988 sq. ft.
FLOOR AREA: 1,710 sq. ft.
LOCATION: East on Carmichael Road from
Bacardi Road take the 1st asphalt paved
easement on the right. Property is 150 ft.
south of Carmichael Road
APPRAISED VALUE: $232,000


2. GAMBLE HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION
DESCRIPTION: Split Level Triplex
(incomplete)
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,141 sq. ft.
FLOOR AREA: 2,444 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Heading South on Blue Hill
Road from Faith United Way, take 1st comer
on left (Sunrise Road) Heading south on
Sunrise Road take the 5th comer on left then
first comer on right. Property is 7th lot on
the right
APPRAISED VALUE: $200,000

3..~ ... TA.ESTATES..ASTEBpJ.ICT
LOT NO. 54
DESCRIPTION: Multi-Family Duplex
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling East along Prince
Charles Drive take the 1st comer on the right
past Sea Grape Shopping Plaza. Heading
S/ South on Jupiter Way take the 1st right then
the 2nd left to Venus Avenue. The property is
the 2nd building on the left
APPRAISED VALUE: $348,000


LOT NO. 17D
DESCRIPTION: Multi-Family Triplex
Apartment
PROPERTY SIZE: 10,000 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling West on Marshall Road
from South Beach Road, take the first corner
on the right (Tiao End) the subject property
is the 4th building on left painted green with
white trim
APPRAISED VALUE: $288,000
5. ROCKY PINE ROAD
LOT NO. A
DESCRIPTION: Multi-Family Duplex
Apartment
PROPERTY SIZE: 7,288 sq. ft
LOCATION: Travel West on Rocky Pine Road
property is midway on the 3rd comer on left
APPRAISED VALUE: $275,000

S6. OLENISTON GARDENS SUBDIVISION
LOT NO.0 Block 7
S DESCRIPTION: Single Storey Residence
PROPERTY SIZE: 10,875 sq. ft.
LOCATION: East Side of Jean Street off
Prince Charles Drive
APPRAISED VAIUE: $210,000

7. POLHEMUS GARDENS
S LOT NO. 17
* DESCRIPTION: Single Family Residence
PROPERTY SIZE 7,700 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling East on Boyd Road
from Providence Avenue take the 3rd comer
on the left. The property is the 3rd lot on the
left
APPRAISED VALUE: $169,000


1. CORAL HARBOUR SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 13
DESCRIPTION: Single Family
Residential Lot
PROPERTY SIZE: 12,113 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Hopkins Drive
APPRAISED VALUE $121,000


2. CHARLOTTEVILLE SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 82
DESCRIPTION: Single Family
Residential Lot
PROPERTY SIZE: 8;667 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Northem side of the south-west
section of the area perimeter road the fifth lot
west of the area main access road from John
F Kennedy Drive
APPRAISED VALUE: $104,000


8, SOLDIER ROAD
DESCRIPTION: Two Storey Commercial
Building
PROPERTY SIZE 4,750 sq. ft.
FLOOR AREA: 3,960 Sq. Ft.
LOCATION: Corner East of Strachan's
Auto Repairs
APPRAISED VALUE: $312,000

9. ENGLERSTON ADDITION
LOT NO. 22 Block 84
DESCRIPTION: 3 Small Single Storey
Houses
PROPERTY SIZE: 5,925 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling south on East Street
from Wulff Road turn onto Palmetto Avenue,
the houses are located on the comer of
Palmetto Avenue and East Street.
APPRAISED VALUE: $348,000

10. KEMP ROAD
DESCRIPTION: Split Level Residential
Building
PROPERTY SIZE: 19,960 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Western Side of John Evans
Road south of Shirley Street
APPRAISED VALUE: $155,000

11. FAITH AVENUE
LOT NO. Portion of Crown Grant A6
DESCRIPTION: Duplex Apartment
PROPERTY SIZE 5,500 sq. ft.
LOCATION: From Charmichael Rd. onto
Faith Ave., take the 5th comer on the right
then 1st comer on the left; property is 2nd
duplex on the left painted dark pink
APPRAISED VALUE $240,000

12. BEL-AIR ESTATES
LOT NO. 374
DESCRIPTION: Single Storey Residence
PROPERTY SIZE 4,603 sq. ft.
LOCATION: East on Charmichael Rd. from
Faith Ave., take the 4th comer on the right
(Turtle Drive) then 5th corner on the left (River
Circle) property is 9th house on the left.
APPRAISED VALUE: $185,000

13. BEL-AIR ESTATES
LOT NO. 259
DESCRIPTION: Single Storey Residence
PROPERTY SIZE 6,000 sq: ft.
LOCATION: East on Charmichael Rd. from
Faith Ave., take the 4th comer on the right
(Turtle Drive) property is 4th lot on the right
APPRAISED VALUE: $186,000

14. CHIPPINGHAM
LOT NO. 17
DESCRIPTION: Single Storey Residence,
2 bed/1 bath
PROPERTY SIZE: 5,832 sq. ft.
LOCATION: North side of Quarry Mission
Rd. 700ft. West of Nassau St.
APPRAISED VALUE: $125,000


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3. HIGHLAND ESTATES SUBDIVISION
LOT NO. 6
DESCRIPTION: Single Family Lot
PROPERTY SIZE: 9,761 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Traveling west along West Bay
Street turn on to Grove Avenue. Head south
on Grove Avenue turn right to Sanford Drive,
head west on Sanford Drive take first right
to second T-junction, tum left take first
right; property is fourth lot on left
APPRAISED VALUE: $117,000

4. EAST SHIRLEY STREET
LOT NO. Parcel of Land
DESCRIPTION: Commercial Land
PROPERTY SIZE 4,650 sq. ft.
LOCATION: Southern side of Shiriey
street and West of Margaret Street
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Death toll from Kenya violence nearly 800


* NAIVASHA, Kenya
Gangs of youths armed with
machetes and clubs fought run-
ning battles with police on Sun-
day and burned tribal rivals alive
in their homes in western Kenya,
pushing the death toll from a
month of escalating ethnic vio-
lence to nearly 8(X), according to
Associated Press.
Sunday marked exactly one
month since the Dec. 27 disput-
ed president election which
sparked the violence that has
transformed this once-stable
African country, pitting long-
time neighbors against each oth-
er and turning towns where
tourists used to gather for luxu-
ry holidays into no-go zones.
It also complicated the task of


former U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan, the latest interna-
tional mediator trying to pro-
mote talks between President
Mwai Kibaki and his chief rival,
opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The two met Thursday for the
first time since the election.
Kibaki and Odinga remain far
apart on how to resolve the cri-
sis, the worst the country has
seen since its,1963 independence
from Britain. Kibaki has said he
is open to direct talks with Odin-
ga, but that his position as pres-
ident is not negotiable. Odinga
says Kibaki must step down and
new elections are the only alter-
native. The clashes have mainly
pitted other ethnic groups, which
support the opposition because
they feel marginalized, against


Kibaki's Kikuyu people.
Kikuyus were the main victims
in the initial eruption of violence,
with hundreds killed and more
than half of those driven from
their homes belonging to Kibak-
i's tribe. Now, however, it
appears the Kikuyus are look-
ing for revenge.
"We have moved out to
avenge the deaths of our broth-
ers and sisters who have been
killed, and nothing will stop us,"
said Anthony Mwangi, hefting
a club in the western town of
Naivasha. "For every one
Kikuyu killed, we shall avenge
their killing with three."
The fighting spread yesterday
to Naivasha, 55 miles northwest
of Nairobi, a previously quiet
tourist town with a stunning


freshwater lake. At least 22 peo-
ple were killed in the town over
the weekend, said district com-
missioner Katee Mwanza. At
least live of them were burned to
death in their homes, said Willy
Lugusa, a police official. Others
were hacked to death with
machetes, a local reporter told
The Associated Press.
Kikuyus torched the homes of
Luo rivals in the center of
Navaisha. Police, apparently
overwhelmed, did not intervene.
Gunshots rang out into the
evening.
Looters used iron bars to
,smash the windows of.shops
belonging to non-Kikuyu busi-
nesspeople, and made off with
television sets, groceries and
clothing. One woman came


screaming down the road from a
blazing house.
"They set it on fire, they are
killing my brother and sister,"
Alice Okoth said.
Mike Aringo, a 27-year-old
resident, said hundreds of men
swarmed the area yesterday
morning.
"They told us if you are a Luo,
you will be killed today," Aringo
said. Odinga is a Luo.
Soldiers and police reinforce-
ments arrived late Sunday after-
noon, firing tear gas and live bul-
lets. Downtown Naivasha quick-
ly became deserted, but on the
outskirts, gangs of youths armed
with machetes and clubs
engaged in running battles with
police who chased them down
alleyways.


A YOUNG man wounded dur-
ing clashes recovers in the
hospital in Nakuru, Kenya, on
Sunday.


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1. On January 17th 2008, Com-
missioner of Police Paul H. Far-
quharson QPM was honoured at a
banquet in the Crown Ball Room
of Atlantis resort, Paradise
Island. Shown in photograph
from left are Deputy Commis-
sioner of Police Christopher
McCoy, Assistant Superintendant
of Police Ismelda Davis, Commis-
sioner of Police Paul H. Far-
quharson, Acting Commissioner '
of Police Reginald Ferguson.
2. (From left) Former Bahami-
an Ambassador to the United
States Mr. Joshua Sears and his
daughter, Kirsti Sears.
3. (From left) Class of 1984 23
years ago these three men was
found themselves in the political
wilderness. They now hold the
highest positions in the country
shown enjoying themselves at the
retirement party of Commission-
er of Police Paul H. Farquharson.
Perry Christie and Hubert Ingra-
ham were fired by Sir Lynden
Pindling, and Arthur Hanna
resigned as Deputy Prime Minis-
ter and Minister of Finance.
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Assistant Special Agent in
Charge DEA, Miami, Jerome
Hutchinson, DEA Special Agent,
Mr. Tom Hill, former DEA
Attache, US Embassy, Mr. Jerry
Forrester, Retired FBI Liaison.
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Police Paul H. Farquharson, and
his secretary, Rita Higgs.
6. Junior Officers (From left)
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PC 314 Anderson, Insp. Jeffrey
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7. (From left) Commissioner of
Police Paul H. Farquharson, his
wife, Mrs. Sharon Farquharson,
Acting Commissioner of Police Jd
Reginald Ferguson, his wife, Mrs.
Ferguson.
8. (From left) International
guests attending retirement ball:
Mr. Samuel Bryant, Jr. Legal
Attache, FBI, Mr. Thomas V.
Fuentes, Assistant Director, FBI,
Mr. Charlie Tiger, Chief of
Police, Seminole County, Florida,
Mr. Ned Seigal, US Ambassador
to the Bahamas, Mr. Paul H. Far-
quharson, QPM, Retired Com-
missioner of Police, Mrs. Sharon
Farquharson, Mr. Louis Harold
Joseph, Haitian Ambassador,
Mr. D. C. (David) Beer, Chief "j
Superintendent, Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP), Inter- .,
national Policing, Mr. Daniel
Rosenblatt, Executive Director,
IACP, Mr. Brian Moreau, RCMP,
Liaison Officer.
9. Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham chats with Mrs. Beryl Han-
na. Mrs Hanna was the Chairper-
son of the Bahamas Committee
for the release of Nelson Man-
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resort devel-
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Tribune that
the project's
progress has been "severely
impeded" by a series of "scur-
rilous attacks" mounted
against it, plus the "confusion"
caused by a rival hotel devel-
opment with a similar name
that appears to be claiming
land it already owns.
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* Further 'confusion' caused by existence of unapproved rival project, that claims same land and shares similar name
* Montana executive warns Rum Cay situation could cost Bahamas
* Former BEC general manager, NHI consultant and Bahamian businessman allegedly connected to rival resort development


ating officer for Montana
Holdings, developer of the
Rum Cay Resort Marina, said
the net effect of these chal-
lenges had been to deter
potential investors in both the
company itself and the resi-


dential, real estate component
of the development.
Claims that Montana Hold-
ings did not have good title to
the 897 acres it owns for the
project had been disseminat-
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cation forms, Mr Farrant said,
in addition to even wilder alle-
gations.
Dismissing all the allegations
as totally untrue, Mr Farrant
said they were part of a con-


certed campaign to undermine
Montana Holdings' investment
in the Bahamas, and if possi-
ble, drive it off Rum Cay.
He said a prime example of
what Montana Holdings was
having to endure was a lawsuit


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for Dade County, Florida, in
November 2007. That lawsuit,
*which has never been served

,SEE page 8B


'Devastating' impact from $250m project's standstill


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
DEVELOPERS behind the $250
million Chub Cay resort development
are still seeking refinancing to restart
the project, the area's MP telling The
Tribune that the current standstill had
had a "devastating" impact on the north
Andros economy and employment
there.
Vincent Peet, former minister of
financial services and investments in
the Christie administration, said: "I met
with the developers a few days ago,
and know they are seeking refinanc-
ing. They are presently engaged in
meetings with prospective financiers
to, as it were, kickstart the project.
"I've been in contact with them con-


* ,nub Cay resort developers
still seeking refinancing amid
global credit crunch challenge
* MP says problems having
'severe effect' on North Andros
economy, with many unemployed
* Contractors chief says situation
strengthens case for developers
to post performance bonds

stantly as it concerns expansion pnd
the need to get more economic activi-
ties going in Chub Cay. They've assured
me they're in meetings with prospective
financiers, and we'll have to see what


develops from that."
Mr Peet, though, acknowledged that
the global financial system's liquidi-
ty/credit crunch, resulting from the US
sub-prime mortgage fiasco, meant it
was "a challenging time" for major
resort projects such as Chub Cay to
find new debt financing lines.
The Tribune revealed on September
12 and 13, 2007, that construction work
on the Chub Cay development had
slowed to a crawl because the devel-
opers needed to access additional
financing to complete the full build-
out.
,a Walt McCrory, one of the three main
shareholders in the project, along with

SEE page 2B


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nightmare' for business


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THE Bahamian court sys-
tem is a "nightmare" and
"major, major, major disaster"
for the business community,
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president told
The Tribune, a survey of its
members having concluded
that it was "'now near impossi-
ble" to obtain legal redress for
a crime. committed against
their company. .
Dionisio D'Aguilar, com-
menting on the Chamber's
Chronicle of Vexing Business
Issues in dealing with govern-


* 'Waste of time' bringing case
to magistrates' court, while
'perennial problem' in getting
Supreme Court dates
* Chamber report says 'now near
impossible' for businesses to
get redress for crime
* Police failures allow 'rampant
culture of stealing' to develop,
costing economy millions
ment agencies, a copy of which
was delivered to Prime Minis-

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Call to abolish price controls


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
INEFFICIENCIES encoun-
tered in dealing with public
sector agencies cost Bahami-
an businesses and the economy
"millions and millions" of dol-
lars per year, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent said, his organisation hav-
ing submitted a report to
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham recommending that the
Government abolish price con-
trols.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, com-
menting on the Chamber's
Chronicle of Vexing Business
Issues in dealing with govern-
ment agencies, said of price


controls: "They're not very
effective, people flout them
endlessly. It's impossible to
enforce, so get rid of it."
Price controls were intro-
duced by the Government in a
bid to ensure that staple food
items and other key consumer
products remained affordable
for low-income Bahamians.
Yet the private sector argued
in the Chamber report that
price controls were outdated,
administered by a department
- now under the Ministry of
Lands and Local Government
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fellow south Floridians Kaye
Pearson and construction mag-
nate Bob Moss, said that after
pumping $16 million into the
island's infrastructure, they had
been relying on cash flow gen-
erated from real estate and lot
sales to finance the remaining
build-out.
However, real estate sales
had been negatively impacted
by the downturn in the Florida
and wider US real estate mar-
kets, Mr McCrory said, and
there was a limit to what the
investors themselves could
"pay out of pocket" for with-
out these revenue streams.
The Tribune has also learnt
that the Chub Cay developers
have made little progress in
paying Bahamian contractors
money they are owed for work
done on the development.
One contractor, speaking to
this newspaper on condition of
anonymity, said his company
was "still owed substantial
sums of money. Every con-
tractor who worked on the
project is still owed money. A
lot of Bahamian contractors
are owed".
The contractor said a group
of Bahamian companies who
were owed money by the Chub
Cay developers was attempt-
ing to "put a petition to the
Prime Minister" over the sit-
uation and lack of payment.
Stephen Wrinkle, the
Bahamian Contractors Asso-
ciation's (BCA) president, said
that while he knew nothing
about a petition, the Chub Cay
episode had strengthened the
association and industry's call
for developers to be mandated
to post performance bonds.
Mt Wrinkle said the BCA
had urged Prima Minister
Hubert Ingraham to mandate
that developers put up a per-


formance bond that was equiv-
alent in value to 10 per cent of
the construction work. If devel-
opers defaulted on due pay-
ments, Bahamian contractors
would then have some
recourse by claiming against
the bond.
"Because the Government
has not mandated performance
bonds for foreign developers,
we have little recourse, if any,
to recover this money. Hope-
fully, this strengthens the case
for a performance bond," Mr
Wrinkle said of Chub Cay.
Describing 10 per cent as
"nominal", he added that "it
guarantees Bahamian contrac-
tors will be paid".
The BCA president said
such a clause on performance
bonds could be inserted into
Heads of Agreements between
the Government and develop-
ers, but to date this had not
been done.
Mr Wrinkle said the BCA
had brought the issue of Chub
Cay, and the fact that its mem-
bers were owed several hun-
dred thousand dollars possi-
bly as much as $400,000 by
the developers, to the Prime
Minister's attention when they
met with him several months
ago.
"He said he hai,i;enues and
recourses available to him, and
his office could bring pressure
to bear on Chub Cay. We've
heard nothing to date," Mr
Wrinkle said.
Yet the main issue was like-
ly to be that Chub Cay simply
had no financing. "It's not for
lack of trying on his part, but
you can't get blood from a
stone," Mr Wrinkle said. "He's
made a good effort."
Meanwhile, the other con-
tractor told The Tribune that
purchasers of lots and real
estate at Chub Cay had "taken
matters into their own hands"
and themselves hired contrac-


tors to start constructing their
homes and residences. This
was instead of letting the
developers handle the process.
Mr Peet confirmed this was
the case, and said the develop-
ers had told him they had no
intention of walking away from
the project.
"The interest is still strong
from the investors," he said.
"A lot of money has been put
into Phases I and II. The mari-
na has been completed and is
open, hosting a number of boat
shows.
"The investment has been
substantial to this point, and
they've assured me they cer-
tainly want to protect it and
expand it. They've assured me
they're making every effort to
raise financing."
Mr Peet added: "A year ago,
there were over 400 persons
employed on Chub Cay, and
now there's less than 50 out-
side of the clubhouse. We're
talking about a smaller number
than before, so it's devastating
for the economy."
The MP added that many of
the construction workers for-
merly employed on Chub Cay
had come from North Andros,
and the slowdown had left
many of those without jobs.
"Many of them are now out
of work, and it's causing a
severe impact on the North
Andros economy, which is very
bad now," Mr Peet said. "I am
more than anxious to see how
they can get going."
Messrs Pearson, McCrory
and Moss did not return The
Tribune's calls seeking com-
ment on Friday, despite
detailed phone messages being
left.
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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
LOW-LEV-
EL corruption
in many gov-
ernment agen- .
cies has
b e c o m e
"almost a cul-
tural thing",
the Bahamas
Chamber of
Commerce's .
president told i'
The Tribune,
making it very
hard to find
and "stamp out".
Dionisio D'Aguilar said the
desperation that compelled
some businessmen to offer
financial inducements, other-
wise known as bribes or kick-
backs, to government officials
in order to obtain the necessary
permits and approvals, added
to the cost of doing business in


the Bahamas either way.
It cost businesses to pay the
financial inducements, the
Chamber president explained,
and potentially cost them even
more if they did not pay, and
were then forced to wait for an
undetermined amount of time
to obtain the necessary permits.
With time being money for
businessmen, such a wait could
cost them six even seven-figure
- sums.
"Clearly, it's a cost," Mr
D'Aguilar said. "You either
wait or you pay. You either pay
to get it done quickly, or wait
and wait and wait. In that case,
the money you've invested in
your project can't come to
fruition as quickly as you want,
and the invested money is not
producing a return for you in
the desired time period.
"I have heard of a number of
occasions where people have
had to oil the decision-making
wheels in order to get things


done, more out of a sense of
frustration."
He added: "I don't know how
widespread it is, but I'm sure it
goes on, and in many govern-
ment agencies. It's very hard to
stamp out. It's almost a cultural
thing."
One problem the Bahamas
faced in tackling low-level cor-
ruption in the public sector, Mr
D'Aguilar said, was the fact this
nation, and especially Nassau,
was "a small community where
everyone knows everyone else".
As a result, almost all
Bahamians either "know some-
one who can get things done",
had relatives in the public ser-
vice, or had relatives and friends
who knew the right people.
"The only way to combat it is
to come down hard on it when
you find it," Mr D'Aguilar said.
"But it's so hard to find, and I
don't think there's a will to
combat it."
Apart from throwing money
and resources at the issue, Mr
D'Aguilar said the other solu-
tion the Government should
employ is to set deadlines when
it came to response and turn-
around times on all permit and
approval applications.
With systems in the public
sector not flowing properly, and
many people not wanting to
face dealing with the bureau-
cracy, Mr D'Aguilar said this
also left itself open to financial
inducements.
The Chamber president was
speaking after a Chamber
report presented to Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham found
that paying 'bribes' to facilitate
planning applications and per-
mit approvals to the Ministry
of Works is the only way many
Bahamian businessmen feel
they can "achieve business
objectives in a timely manner".
The Chamber report said:
"The well-documented and
often-discussed bottlenecks
within the Ministry of Works
have invariably led to the'pub-
lic's perception of enhanced


power in the hands of a few piv-
otal public servants, matched
with a great susceptibility to cor-
ruption or, at a minimum, open-
ness to inducements.
"While participants in the
Roundtable did not acknowl-
edge personal involvement in
offering inducement to a per-
son, they all believed that pay-
ing someone to move a project
forward was the only realistic
way of achieving business objec-
tives in a timely manner."
In addition, the Chamber
report also found that the
Department of Public Works
often made "add-ons" long
after a planning application had
been submitted and in the
pipeline for a long period of
time.
"For example, once an appli-
cation has been submitted, the
Town Planning Committee
might grant approval for the
project with the proviso that the
approval is subject to approval
by the Antiquities, Monuments
and Museums Commission,
results of a traffic study, or
approval by another govern-
ment agency," the Chamber
report said.
"The most immediate impli-
cations of this are the further
delay and the additional
unplanned costs. Businesses
prefer a process where all of the
requirements necessary to
ensure project approval and
their related costs are known
at the outset so that they can
be factored into the operational
planning and profitability pro-
jections for the full project.
"The Chamber recommends
a full revision of the primary
application processes of the
Department of Public Works,
with particular focus on the
Town Planning Committee. The
objective of this revision would
be to devise a standard set of
application requirements based
Son the nature-aud.scope of the
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ter Hubert Ingraham on Fri-
day, said: "The whole issue of
the courts: that's a major night-
mare.
"The court system is a disas-
ter. It is a major, major, major
problem."
The Chamber report, docu-
menting the findings received
from roundtable sessions with
private sector businessmen and


its members, described the
problems faced in bringing cas-
es before the magistrates'
courts.
It said: "Every business own-
er lamented that bringing a
matter to court was a complete
waste of time, a process that
is so inefficient and time con-
suming that seeking restitution
for a crime committed against
one's business was now near
impossible in the Bahamas.
"One business owner
described how they brought an


employee to court for stealing
$5,000. They described how all
cases for the day were told to
be at court at 10am, and their
case may be called at any time
between 10am and 4pm.
"So, they waited under the
tree until 2pm when their case
was called. The employee pled
not guilty and the matter was
adjourned to another date. At
that time, the business owner
determined that, based upon
time alone, it was not worth
pursuing the matter."


As a result, the Chamber
report concluded that "busi-
nesses rarely recover losses via
the courts, and are forced to
suffer the loss in full without
any restitution".
To cure the situation, it sug-
gested that a court be estab-
lished and staffed exclusively
by two commercial judges to
hear all cases involving crimes
against Bahamian businesses.
The Chamber added that times
needed to be set when cases
were heard, so to minimise


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business owner.
As for the Supreme Court,
the Chamber report found that
there was "a perennial prob-
lem with getting court dates.
Sometimes it takes eight to 12
months to get a date. Often-
times, members' attorneys are
told there are not enough jus-
tices available...so no dates are
set".
Among the general themes
and concerns cited about the
Bahamian court system were
that "slackness is permitted",
with overseas businessmen and
clients flying into Nassau for a
court case only to see the mat-
ter delayed "for no apparent
justifiable reason".
Other problems cited by the
report were that "judges take
an inordinately long time to
provide opinions", while "lost
files, due to inadequate securi-
ty, is a major problem".
The Chamber report con-
cluded: "Put together, these


problems build cynicism and
lack of respect for the Bahami-
an judicial system, by locals
and persons invited here to do
business.......
"Sadly, may of the necessary
changes seem self evident. The
often repeated question was
whether government had the
WILL to make the kinds of
sweeping changes (in the col-
lective) that are required to
make a meaningful difference.
Chamber members expressed
incredulity on this question."
As for law enforcement, the
Chamber report said that when
it came to crimes committed
against Bahamian businesses,
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force was perceived as viewing
non-violent crimes, such as
theft, as not important enough
to need their attention.
As a result, both numerous
employees and customers of

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one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased

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any claim or demand against or interest in the
above Estate should send same duly certified in
writing to the undersigned on or before 18th
February, 2008 after which date the Executrix
will proceed to distribute the assets of the Estate
having regard only to the claims, demands or
interests of which she shall then have had notice
AND all persons indebted to the above Estate
are asked to settle such debts on or before 18th
February, 2008.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS ACT
The Ministry of Public Work & Transport advises
that the term of office of the first professional Engineers
Board expired on the 26th August, 2006. After the
resolution of legal issues, the constitution of a new
Board will be announced an gazetted in the Official
Gazette.
Members of the Engineering l Pmfession and the general
public are urged to ignore all communication from
any person or persons purporting to represent the
Professional Engineers Board, requesting the
submission of registration forms and the payment of
related fees.

Persons who may have registered and paid the related
fees to the Professional Engineers Board susequent
to the 26th August, 2006, should submit a copy of
their receipt to:
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Public Works & Transport, J.F. K
Drive
Nassau, Bahamas

Colin Higgs
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Public Works & Transport
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BUSINESS


THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4B, MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008









THE TIBUNEMONDY, JAUARY 8, 208,IPGES5


nightmare' for business


FROM page 4

Bahamian businesses went
unpunished for stealing in all
its forms, something that has
"allowed a culture of rampant
stealing against businesses to
develop, and this causes busi-
nesses millions and millions of
dollars each and every year".
The Chamber report said:
"There was an overwhelming
consensus that the RBPF sim-
ply does not regard non-vio-
lent crimes committed against
businesses, such as theft, as
important enough to warrant
their attention.
"Many business owners
lamented about the numerous


crimes being committed
against their businesses by
employees and customers, and
the inability of that business
to get any results from the
police even when the employ-
ee or customer was caught
'red-handed'. Getting the
police just to show up was a
challenge.
"Persons that commit crimes
against businesses that are
non-violent, such as theft, often
go unpunished, allowing that
employee to steal again and
sending a message to all
remaining staff members that
stealing will probably only
result in your termination but
certainly no jail time. This mes-
sage has allowed a culture of


rampant stealing against busi-
nesses to develop, and this
causes businesses millions and
millions of dollars each and
every year."
To solve this problem, the
Chamber report recommend-
ed: "Given the enormous level
of employee theft and other
non-violent crimes committed
against businesses, the RBPF
should ensure that this seg-
ment of the economy receives
its urgent and sustained atten-
tion, with an efficient reaction
and follow-up policy.
"In addition, when a crime is
committed against businesses
and it is reported, then that
business owner should receive
a receipt from the police force


that they have reported a
crime. That receipt should
illustrate the date, the time,
the police station, a case num-
ber, the name of the investi-
gating officer, his/her cellular
number, the name of the supe-
rior officer, and his/her cellular
number.
"With this receipt, a busi-
ness owner can intelligently
and efficiently follow up on the
case by contacting the right
police officers and not waste
time trying to track them down
or speaking to persons who are
not familiar with the case.
"This receipt would also go a
long way to measuring the pro-
ductivity of police officers are
they making any progress on a


particular matter, which, unfor-
Stunately, is not something that


can be easily
time."


done at this


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE


LAUREL INVESTMENTS
(BAHAMAS)LIMITED
(In Volmtary Liquidation)
Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named Company
are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at Ocean
Centre, Montagu F share, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau,
Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the llth day of February,
2008. In default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the 25th day of January, 2008.


LYNDEN MAYCOCK
Liquidatr






NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 45 of 2000)

THE COASTAL PARTNERS ENERGY
OPPORTUNITY FUND, LTD
LIQUIDATOR'S NOTICE

PURSUANT TO SECTION 138 OF
THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

We, Redcorn Consultants Limited, Liquidator of The Coastal
Partners Energy Opportunity Fund, Ltd hereby certify that the
winding up and dissolutioon of The Coastal Partners Energy
Opportunity Fund, Ltd has been complete in accordance with
the Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 8th day of November A.D., 2006.



Lquidator



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 45 of 2000)

UGG CAPITAL CORPORATION
LIQUIDATOR'S NOTICE

PURSUANT TO SECTION 138 OF
THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

I, Barranett Bascom, Liquidator of UGG Capital Corporation
hereby certify that the winding up and dissolution of UGO
Capital Corporation has been completed in accordance with
the Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 31st day of December, A.D., 2007





liquidator



NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

ROSEWOOD ESTATES INC
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby gien that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, ROSEWOOD ESTATES INC
Is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the ROSEWOOD ESTATES INC Is
required on or before the 21st day of February 2008 to send their name,
address and particulars of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the Company,
or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribu-
tion made before such claim is approved.

We, Redcorn Consultants Limited, of 2nd Floor, Ansbacher House, Shirley
and East Streets North. is the Uauidator of ROSEWOOD ESTATES INC.


Lkquiloir


NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 45 of 2000)

XEON TRADING INCORPORATED
LIQUIDATOR'S NOTICE

PURSUANT TO SECTION 138 OF
THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

We, Redcom Consultants Ltd, Liquidator of Xeon Trading
Incorporated hereby certify that the winding up and dissolu-
tion of Xeon Trading Incorporated has been completed in
accordance with the Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 31st day of December, A.D., 2007





Liqukiator



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 45 of 2000)

GUTMANN CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
(CEE) EQUITIES FUND, LTD
LIQUIDATOR'S NOTICE

PURSUANT TO SECTION 138 OF
THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT -

We, Redcorl Consultants Limited, Liquidator of Gutmann
Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) Equities Fund, Ltd hereby
certify that the winding up and dissolutioon of Gutmann
Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) Equities Fund, Ltd has been
completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 19th day of November A.D., 2007



Liquidator


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE

LAUREL INVESTMENTS
(BAHAMAS) LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) LAUREL INVESTMENTS (BAHAMAS) LIMITED is in
dissolution under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 25th day
of January 2008 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr Lynden Maycock of
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, Nassau,
Bahamas, as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 25th day of January 2008.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY
HOLDINGS COMPANY LTD
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
NOTICE Is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY
HOLDINGS LTD is In Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY COM-
PANY LTD is required on or before the 21st day of February 2008 to send
their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the liquidator of
the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such claim is approved.

We, Redcorn Consultants Limited, of 2nd Floor, Ansbacher House, Shirley
and East Streets North, is the Liquidator of MIDDLE EAST PROPERTY
HOLDINGS LTD.

uia ........
Liquidator


NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 45 of 2000)

THE COASTAL PARTNERS EMERGING
GROWTH FUND, LTD
LIQUIDATOR'S NOTICE

PURSUANT TO SECTION 138 OF
THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

We, Redcom Consultants Limited, Liquidator of The Coastal
Partners Emerging Growth Fund, Ltd hereby certify that the
winding up and dissolution of The Coastal Partners Emerging
Growth Fund, Ltd has been complete in accordance with the
Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 31st day of December A.D., 2007



tiquidator


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MINISTRY OF FINANCE

NOTICE OF SALE BY AUCnON

It is hereby notified that the Government of
The Bahamas has in its possession a number
of vehicles that will be sold by auction. These
vehicles are located at the rear section of the
Ministry of Works Complex, John F.
Kennedy Drive.

The auction will be conducted at the grounds
of the Ministry of Works Complex, John F.
Kennedy Drive on Thursday, January 31st,
2008 beginning at 10am. Members of the
Public wishing to bid on a vehicle are
requested to be present at the Ministry of
Works Complex prior to 10am on Thursday,
31st January, 2008.

All items are being sold as is, where is, with
no warranty to be implied or inferred. The
successful bidder will be responsible for
making payment for the item(s) purchased
on the day of the auction and will be
responsible for its removal within three (3)
working days.

Ruth Millar (Mrs)
FINANCIAL SECRETARY


MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008, PAGE 5B


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THE TRIBUNE







PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Side


2007/CLE/qui/1764


IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER of ALL THOSE tracts
of land situated approximately at the Western
End of the Settlement of James Cistern
and Known as "Lavender Point" on the
Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas comprising
106.32 acres
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
RUPERT ALVIN BETHEL

NOTICE

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court herein
filed on the 2nd day of January, A.D., 2008.
The Petition of RUPERT ALVIN BETHEL of the
Township of James Cistern in the Island of Eleuthera
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas (hereinafter called the Petitioner) is
applying to The Supreme Court to have its
title to the land hereinafter described investigated
under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act, and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in
a Certificate of Title to be granted by the said Court
in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

IN THE MATTER of ALL THOSE tracts
of land situated approximately at the Western
End of the Settlement of James Cistern
and Known as "Lavender Point" on the
Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas comprising
106.32 acres:-
Tract A bounded on the EAST by land the
property of John Petty and also ungranted
Crown Land and running thereon 2798.95
feet bounded on the NORTH by the sea and
running thereon 1502.98 feet and the WEST
by land described as now or formerly the
property of Fred Pinder and running thereon
2580.03 feet and on the SOUTH by the Public
Road and running thereon 2017.56 feet
Tract B bounded on the NORTH by a public
road and running thereon 2025.29 feet on the
EAST by land belonging to John Petty and
running thereon 127.50 feet on the SOUTH
by the sea and running thereon 2066.80 feet
and on the WEST by land now or formerly the
property of Fred Pinder and running thereon
131.00 feet.

The Petitioner claims to be the owner in fee simple
by virtue of long undisturbed possession.
Copies of the said plan may be inspected during
normal office hours at the following places:-
The Registry of The Supreme Court, Public Square
in the City of Nassau;The Chambers of C.F. Butler
& Associates, No.7 Dennings Manor, Alice Street,
Nassau, Bahamas;The Commissioner's Office in
James Cistern and Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
Any person who objects to the granting of the said
Certificate of Title requested by the Petitioner is
required before the 28th day of February, A.D.,
2008 to file with the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or its Attorneys, the undersigned, a
Statement of his/her claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed herewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve
Statement of his/her claim on/before the 28th
day of February, A.D., 2008 will operate as a bar
to such claim.

C.F. BUTLER & ASSOCIATES
Attorneys for the Petitioner
No.7 Dennings Manor
Alice Street
Nassau, The Bahamas


Call to abolish price


FROM page 1B


energy price increases, and left
companies selling many items
at a loss. It has, as The Tribune
has constantly repeated, stifled
competition.
The Chamber report said:
"Price Control is so unfairly
applied that, in many instances,
businesses are forced to sell
items below their actual costs.
"There are numerous prod-


ucts sold in the Bahamas that
are subject to some form of
price control. This annoyingly
outdated policy is administered
by a department of the gov-
ernment that is slow and
unmotivated to react to ever-
changing prices.
"In the current environment
of frequent price increases due
to substantial increases in ener-
gy costs, the Price Control
Department operates with the
belief that businesses can
afford to sell breadbasket items


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at a loss, and is not interested
in reacting with the speed
required to allow businesses to
sell at the price that they need
to make a profit.
"This causes widespread dis-
regard of the Price Control
regulations and almost forces
businesses, in many instances,
to break the law to remain
profitable."
The report added: "Due to
the inefficiencies of the Price
Control Department, Bahami-
an businesses are forced to sell
items at a loss and incur sub-
stantial losses. In addition,
those that choose to break the
law to charge what they need
to charge not to make a loss,
are regarded as criminals and
unscrupulous business persons.
"Price Control should be
abandoned. Let the market
determine what the price
should be. It works in all other
areas of retail and wholesale
and, if a particular
retailer/wholesaler seemingly
charges too much, the con-
suming public will take their
business elsewhere, forcing
that business person to adjust
their prices.
"If the Government feels
compelled to retain Price Con-
trol (for political reasons), then
devise a system that allow
retailers to adjust their prices
by simply filing the necessary
request with the Price Control
Department.
"In this way, the business


person would not have to
endure the long wait typical of
a response from Price Control
saying 'yea or nay'. The mere
filing of a request for a change
in the price would be consid-
ered 'approval in principle',
putting the onus on Price Con-
trol to react quickly if they did
not want the price changed."
Other reforms recommend-
ed by the Chamber report,
drawn up after consultation
with its members in roundtable
sessions, involved how busi-
ness licence fees wqre calcu-
lated and administered.
Mr D'Aguilar told The Tri-
bune: "The way they calculate
the business licence fee is
based on gross sales, not on
gross profit. It should be on
gross profit."
He gave as an example the
fact that a food store chain,
which did $100 million in gross
sales per annum but only made
$2 million in gross profits, paid
a higher business licence fee
than a law firm with $10 mil-
lion in gross annual sales, but
$7 million in annual gross prof-
its.
"That's not fair," Mr
D'Aguilar said. "That can be
easily corrected."
Warning that the current
business licence fee calculation
method actually increased the
costs of doing business, the

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NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF BERTRAM
EARDLEY MILLS a.k.a.
BERTRAM MILLS late of and
domiciled at Dundas Town, Abaco,
The Bahamas, deceased ,

NOTICE is hereby given that all person
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 18th February, 2008 after which
date the Executor will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
he shall then have had notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 18th February,
2008.

V. M. LIGHTBOURN & CO.
Attorneys for the Executor
P.O. Box AB-20365
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas







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NOTICE


SAPTIME MANAGEMENT INC.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, SAPTIME MANAGEMENT INC. is in
dissolution as of January 25, 2008.

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T R ED J R 8 G


controls


FROM page 6


Chamber report found: "Busi-
nesses with large gross sales
but razor thin margins end up
paying a disproportionately
large amount of tax given their
comparatively low profits (i.e.
food stores).
"Conversely, businesses with
comparatively low sales and
high gross profits end up pay-
ing a disproportionately low
amount of tax given their large
profits (accounting/law firms).
Additionally, the taxes paid
are not allowed as a deduction
in the calculation of the next
period's tax.....
"By basing the business
license tax on gross sales it
does not attempt to tax those
who make the large profits and
unfairly penalizes those com-
panies with large sales but low
profits. This method naturally
increases the costs of doing
business. Similarly, the effect
of not allowing a deduction of
the tax itself causes businesses
to literally pay taxes on tax-
es."
The Chamber report con-
cluded: "Chamber members
believe that the tax should be


based on profits or, at a mini-
mum, on gross margin (sales
minus cost of goods sold) as is
the case with realtors.
"In this way, the companies
with the larger profits would
pay the most tax, as opposed to
the companies with the most
sales that presently and unfair-
ly pay the most tax.
"The Chamber recognizes
that if the tax were to be based
on gross margin, a higher rate
would be necessary to ensure
similar amounts of business
license fees were collected. The
business license tax paid
should be an allowable deduc-
tion in calculating the next
period's tax."
The Chamber report added
that the granting of business
licences should be automatic
once the fee was paid, and
National Insurance contribu-
tion and company registration
fees up to date.
It added that business
licences should not be frus-
trated by businesses waiting on
other government agencies to
approve some aspect of their
operation. The Government
was also urged to press on with
its commitment to introduce
an Omnibus Business Licence
Act.


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SUPREME

COURT



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00011

Whereas JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of
Shirley Street in the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of JOSEPH HARRY BLACK late of 58
Grandview Avenue, Nanuet in the State of New
York, one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

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

Nicoya Nelfly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00015

Whereas ANTIONETTE RUSSELL of South
Ocean in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of ERRINGTON
RUSSELL late of South Ocean in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00016

Whereas HARTIS EUGENE PINDER of
Mareva House, 4 George Street in the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of THELMA
MARGARET CULMER late of Murphyville
in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00017

Whereas SIMONE MORGAN-GOMEZ of
Mareva House, 4 George Street in the Island of


New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of RONALD
EUGENE CAREY late of Tarpum Bay in the
Island of Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00018

Whereas CRAIG TREVOR ADDERLEY of
Yonder Road in the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Eastate of HEATHER
BIANCA ADDERLEY late of Yoder Road in
the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00020

Whereas WILLFA~AE BURROWS and
KENNICE MARIA BURROWS both of
Eastwood Estates in the Eastern District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas have made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of YVETTE
BURROWS late of Bethell's Terrace, Simone
Drive off Carmichael Road in the Western District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

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


Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
31ST JANUARY; 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00022

In the Estate of ROBERT ARTHUR CLARKE
GILFILLAN late of the Township of Lower
Merion in the County of Montgomery in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania one of the States
of the United States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas on its Probate Division by EARL A.
CASH, of Marlin Drive, Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of ihe
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-A-
Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamnas
for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters
Testamentary in the above Estate granted to
ANNE CHAMBERLAIN DOYLE, the
Succeeding Executrix, by the Montgomery
County Register of Wills Ex-Officio Orphans
Court in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
one of the States of the United States of America,
on the 29th day of December, 2006

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


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THE TRIBUNE








PAGE 8B, MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


$700m developer:


We will


FROM page 1B

on Montana or any of its exec-
utives, was purportedly filed
on behalf of Island Premier
Resorts.
The lawsuit levied a number
of serious accusations against
Montana Holdings. Yet Island
Premier Resorts, a Bahamian
company, has since filed a law-
suit of its own in the same
court against Joel Williams, a


Pricing Information As Of:


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0.85
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10.00
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former partner in the compa-
ny, who it is accusing of initi-
ating the action against Mon-
tana Holdings in its name, and
without any authority.
The December 5, 2007,
action against Williams alleged
that the action he caused to be
filed in Island Premier Resorts'
name contained "numerous
false representations against,
among others, Montana Hold-
ings, which is in fact a potential
business partner of Island Pre-


mier Resorts."
Mr Farrant told The Tribune
that copies of this lawsuit had
been circulated the instant it
was filed to potential investors
in Montana Holdings and the
company's real estate clients.
He explained that both
Montana Holdings and Island
Premier Resorts felt they had
an option on some 300 acres
of land on Rum Cay, lying
adjacent to the western bound-
ary of Montana Holdings'
existing project.
The estate of Trevor
Dorsett, a former Rum Cay
resident, is presently attempt-
ing to acquire that land, but
rather than engage in a legal
battle over it, Montana Hold-


ings and Island Premier
Resorts had been attempting
to reach a partnership agree-
ment where they could work
together. As a result, the pur-
ported 'Island Premier
Resorts' lawsuit came 'out of
the blue'.
Mr Farrant told The Tri-
bune: "The scurrilous attacks
on Montana, Montana's title
to its land, on John Mittens
[Montana's chairman] person-
ally, and the Bahamas as a
jurisdiction, have severely hin-
dered the speed with which we
have got to where we are.
Montana has had to spend a
great deal of time fighting
these claims against us that are
false."


Legal Notice



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

SUZANOPAR INVESTIMENTOS LTD.
In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
SUZANOPAR INVESTIMENTOS LTD. has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 14th day of December, 2007.

LUIS PINEYRf(A PITTALUGA
Juncal 1305, 21st Floor,
Montevideo,
Republic Oriental del Uruguay
Liquidator


C F A L'"


Abaco Markets 1.69 1.70 0.01 3.666 0.157 0.000 10.8 0.00%
Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%
Bank of Bahamas 9.68 9.68 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.8 2.69%
Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.5 3.53%
Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090' 12.7 2.46%
Fidelity Bank 2.65 2.65 0.00 0.058 0.040 45.7 1.51%
Cable Bahamas 12.50 12.50 0.00 600 1.030 0.240 12.1 1.92%
Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 1.27%
Commonwealth Bank (S1) 8.05 7.92 -0.13 1,200 0.426 0.260 18.6 3.28%
Consolidated Water BDRs 5.27 5.16 -0.11 281 0.129 0.052 40.8 0.99%
Doctor's Hospital 2.30 2.30 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.3 0.87%
Famguard 7.40 7.40 0.00 0.713 0.280 10.4 3.78%
Finco 13.01 13.01 0.00 1,550 0.829 0.570 15.7 4.38%
FlrstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00 0.914 0.470 16.0' 3.22%
Focol (S) 5.18 5.14 -0.04 21,100 0.363 0.140 14.2 2.72%
Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.017 0.000 45.3 0.00%
ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.3 5.08%
Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield


14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 1.185 13.4 8.12%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
*... ... :... ..!,,; .. o(,Oy^Th ? 41 00 41 00 ABDAB 41 t- 43 (it I .1 0 0 4 50 2 7 iO 90 .1 70".
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0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.46 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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52'*1 .HI .2I -LC, Fund Nearae INA 'TD: Last 12 1 r.nll,-. Di. b YIi, -
1.3773 1.2647 Collna Money Market Fund 1.376507'
3.7969 3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.7969*
3.0008 2.4723 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 3.00076**
1.2920 1.2037 Collna Bond Fund 1.291985**
11.8192 11.3545 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192"*
5- .c .-.. ,,,E t,,,. .E-. M3..a.i.....T TERM:ThJ. I
S2wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collno and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity 10 Jonutry 2009
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-tho-countor price 31 December 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of tho prior week "" 31 October 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mthe
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Not Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Spilit Effoctlv Date 818/2007
(Si) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007


Pledging that Montana
Holdings would "aggressively
fight" any further attacks
launched on its name or the
project, he added: "Montana
will fight in any country,
through its legal system, scur-
rilous attacks against its repu-
tation and project.
"Montana will proceed with
its project. We're here to stay.
We will beat this. We will do
this development and fight this.
"If you're an investor,
whether it be an investor in a
corporation or an investor in
purchasing land, and see a rep-
utable company have scur-
rilous attacks mounted against
it, then it is far easier to choose
a competing jurisdiction for
their investment. It's going to
take investors years to return
to an environment where they
see investors being attacked.
The Bahamas loses out."
Montana Holdings has land-
ed in the proverbial 'hornet's
nest', for ever since Rum Cay
was opened up to the outside


world through the landing strip
extension at the airport, the
island has become a magnet
attracting numerous foreign"'
real estate speculators.
A number of them have'q
been clearing land in prepara-
tioi for its resale to foreign!0
home buyers seeking second-'
homes in the Bahamas. Yetfn
questions have been asked asH
to whether many of these spec-"'
ulators have clean title to theJ"
land they are offering for sale,i
especially that which has its')
roots in the estate of the late
Florida attorney Effie1;
Knowles. 'A
As a result, there is a riskfJ
that foreign purchasers may"'
end up with land that does notti;
have good title, something that '
could seriously injure theD
Bahamas' reputation as ai'
tourism and investment desti-H
nation, and place to do busi-;
ness. There are numerousi2

SEE next page Is


LEGAL NOTICE


ENERGY WEST

GROUP LTD.

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (8) of The International Business Com-
panies Act, 2000, the dissolution of Energy West
Group Ltd. has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck of the Register.




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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007/CLE/qui/01040
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING
TITLES ACT, 1959

AND

In the Matter of ALL THAT tract of land
comprising of 238.49 acres being a portion of
the Archibold Taylor Estate (Grant bk D pg 33)
situate first southwardly of Clarence Town on
Long Island one of the islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.

AND

ALL THAT tract of land comprising of 400.60
acres being a portion of the ArchiboldTaylor Estate
Grant bk at 4 situated about 5,000 feet
due southwardly from Clarence Town Settlement
on Long Island one of the islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION of KCT
HOLDINGS COMPANY LTD.

NOTICE

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court
herein filed on the 2nd day of January, A.D., 2008.

The Petition of KCT HOLDINGS COMPANY
LTD., a Company incorporated under the laws of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas whose Registered
Office is situate in the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas (hereinafter called
the Petitioner) is applying to The Supreme Court to
have its title to the land hereinafter described
investigated under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles
Act, and the nature and extent thereof determined
and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
by the said Court in accordance with the provisions
ofthe said Act.


ALL THAT tract of land comprising of 238.49
acres being a portion of the Archibold Taylor Estate
(Grant bk D pg 33) situate first southwardly of
Clarence Town on Long Island one of the islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

AND

ALL THAT tract of land comprising of 400.60 acres
being a portion of the Archibold Taylor Estate Grant
bk 4 situated about 5,000 feet due southwardly from
Clarence Town Settlement on Long Island one of the
islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Petitioner claims to be the owner in fee simple
by virtue of long undisturbed possession.

Copies of the said plan may be inspected during
normal office hours at the following places:-


The Registry of The Supreme Court, Public Square in
the City of Nassau;The Chambers of C.F. Butler
& Associates, No.7 Dennings Manor, Alice Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas;The Commissioner's Office in
Deadman's Cay and Clarence Town, Long Island

Any person who objects to the granting of the
said Certificate of Title requested by the Petitioner is
required before the 28th day of February, A.D., 2008
to file with the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or its Attorneys, the undersigned, a
Statement of his/her claim in the prescribed form
verified by an Affidavit to be filed herewith. Failure
of any such person to file and serve Statement of
his/her claim on/before the 28th day of February,
A.D., 2008 will operate as a bar to such claim.



C.F. BUTLER & ASSOCIATES
Attorneys for the Petitioner
No.7 Dennings Manor
Alice Street
Nassau, The Bahamas


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THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2008, PAGE 9E3


not be beaten


FROM page 8


actions in the Supreme Court
at present relating to land dis-
putes on Rum Cay.
Given the general situation
on Rum Cay, it is not incon-
ceivable that the attacks being
mounted against Montana
Holdings' project have their
roots in the land speculation
rush, and a desire to obtain the
site the company is working
on.
Meanwhile, Mr Farrant said
another element impacting
Montana Holdings' project was
the "confusion" caused by a
rival project that has yet to be
approved by the government.
That development, Rum Cay
Club, Marina and Spa, had a
similar name to Montana
Holdings' project, Mr Farrant
said, and according to its web-
site was purporting to be locat-
ed on a site that was not only
next to his company's land, but
also incorporated the property
on which Montana's marina
resided.
"It's confusing to investors,"
Mr Farrant told The Tribune,
"especially in this economic cli-
mate. All they need is a small
reason to delay."
He added that Montana
Holdings' project had a signed
Heads of Agreement with the
Bahamian government, and
the title to its land derived
from a certificate of title
obtained by the Heyser family
- had been confirmed as hav-
ing good roots by both the
Supreme Court and its attor-
neys, Alexiou, Knowles and
Co.


In addition, Montana Hold-
ings had received the neces-
sary sub-division approvals
from the Ministry of Works,
and Bahamas Environment,
Science and Technology
(BEST) approval on the mari-
na flushing.
The 2,250 acres on which the
rival Rum Cay resort project
will be located is purportedly
owned by a company called
Newport Harbour Ltd. This
firm is beneficially owned by
Billy Wayne Davis, a former
US senator who has been
among the speculators to make
their way to Rum Cay.
The Tribune has seen court
documents that confirm that
Sat least some of the land Mr
Davis and Newport Harbour
purport to own is in dispute.
Yet this has not stopped him
linking up with Fred Bernstein,
a US real estate developer, to
* create the Rum Cay Resort,
Marina and Spa.
In addition, Newport Har-
bour and Mr Davis also appear
to have partnered with a
Bahamian company and sev-
eral Bahamians for their Rum
Cay venture. The website of
Prospero Minerals Corpora-
tion, seemingly a company list-
ed on the US over-the-counter
bulletin board, announced on
December 12, 2007, that it had
entered into an agreement
through its major shareholder,
Cavitation Concepts, to part-
ner with Mr Davis and Mr
Bernstein on the project.
Prospero Minerals' website
lists as the company's chief
executive and secretary, Etoile
Pinder, who worked as a
health financing specialist on
the former PLP government's


National Health Insurance
(NHI) project.
Also named as a Prospero
Minerals director by the com-
pany's website is former
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC) general manager,
Bradley Roberts.
Finally, Prospero Minerals'
chief financial officer is named
as businessman Hubert Pinder,
brother of former PLP MP,
Philip Pinder. Mr Pinder and
Cavitation Concepts came to
The Tribune's attention in
2003, when they attempted to
raise $2 million from Bahami-
an investors via a private place-
ment.
This effort was abandoned
after the. Securities Commis-
sion intervened and forced Mr
Pinder to pull his plans on the
grounds that he had made a
private placement public by
promoting it through the
media.
The Prospero Minerals web-
site touted big numbers for the
Rum Cay resort project, talk-
ing of a total $300 million
investment, with an initial out-
lay of $100 million that was
backed by Cavitation Con-
cepts' assets.
In addition, Cavitation Con-
cepts on the same date also
acquired an entity called the
Bahamas Development Com-
pany for just over $48 million,
a deal financed by Prospero
Minerals shares.
Bahamas Development
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acres at Buccaneer Bay in Cat
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FROM page 12

More likely, they say, is that
Christie will try to enlist Not-
tage as deputy in place of Cyn-
thia 'Mother' Pratt, thus
cementing his own position and
weakening that of Wilchcombe,
who is increasingly being cited
as the true force in the anti-
Christie camp.
Either way, former contender
Allyson Maynard-Gibson is
now emphatically out, having
suffered a second ego-busting
defeat-in Pinewood, while
Mitchell remains a leadership
hopeful only in his own fitful
and fanciful dreams.
A media observer told
INSIGHT: "In its heart, the
PLP knows that a change of
leader is inevitable. At the
moment, though, there is no
obvious sign of Nottage mak-
ing a move, while Wilchcombe
retains a loyal front, choosing
not to reveal his hand.
"Until now, it has always
been assumed that Christie,
whatever his weaknesses, is the
only man able to command a
majority within the party. It's
for this reason that the PLP was
so ready to go along with the
election court nonsense in
Pinewood.
"Now that Pinewood has
gone, and with Kenyatta Gib-
son quitting the PLP parlia-
mentary caucus, there is no way
forward for the Christie camp.
They, as well as everybody else,
know he has no chance of win-
ning the next election, so the
party must do something to pre-
pare itself."
The PLP's difficulty, howev-
er, is that firm action has never
been its strong suit. While in
government, the party was not-
.edforodithering indecision and a
ifeadency to leave everything to
,.thalastminute.
Short-sightedness and all-
round incompetence were so


much part of the Christie
administration that sympathis-
ers wonder whether the PLP
has what it takes to make the
big decisions in securing its own
credibility as a major political
force.
Wiser heads in the ranks
believe that, five years down
the line, the FNM may have
leadership troubles of its own,
with Hubert Ingraham proba-
bly having had enough after 15
years as prime minister. Unless
the FNM can fashion new lead-
ership for itself over the next
50 months or so, it may become
vulnerable to whatever the
opposition can throw at it,
observers claim.
"By 2012, both Ingraham and
Christie are going to be elderly
men with health issues," said
one political source, "Both par-
ties are going to have to restruc-
ture themselves under new
leadership, and public support
might well go to those who
make the better job of it.
"At the moment, though, the
PLP is seen as a very poor
choice for the future based on
its performance in government.
I have been told by foreign
investors that the PLP was com-
pletely clueless when it came to
discussi'- contractual and
financial. ues.
"It was equally weak when it
came to making the really big
decisions of vital national inter-
est. Everything was decided on
political grounds, on whether
certain factions within the party,
or parts of its support system,
would be in agreement.
"I cannot recall a single occa-
sion when the PLP made a deci-
sion with the nation's interests
at heart. The party is not world-
ly enough for government. It
doesn't have the brainpower
and, what's worse, it doesn't
have the reasoned judgment
necessary for negotiations at the
highest level."


Given the sour reality of
defeat, punched home even
more resoundingly by a second
setback in Pinewood, Christie
cannot be a happy man at this
time.
Being forced to take counsel
from the motley band who now
cling to him for survival will not
improve his sense of well-being.
Having deluded himself over
the last seven months about the
possibility of a comeback, the
ex-premier now has to take a
long, hard look at the facts and
brace himself for a new kind of
life outside politics. It won't be
easy for a man who has been a
political creature for so long,
but the long-term welfare of his
party may depend on it.
At next month's PLP con-
vention, whether there is a
direct challenge or not, dele-
gates will be able to test the
strength of anti-Christie feeling
and begin assembling a leader-
ship package that will excite the
electorate and offer something
substantially better four years
on than the horrors of 2002-
2007.
In the process, they need to
acknowledge, without equivo-
cation, that the PLP's govern-
mental record over three
decades has been atrocious, and
that determined efforts must
now be made to show that the
party is worthy of its supporters.
Meanwhile, Christie, Mitchell
et al will be left with little but
the haunting words of John
Lennon, the harmonising vocals
of Paul McCartney, spirited
lead guitar riffs courtesy of
George Harrison and the lead-
en drumbeat of Ringo Starr.
All are now nowhere men
who just see what they want to
see, know not where they're
going to, making all their
nowhere plans for nobody. .
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ALLYSON MAYNARD-GIBSON: defeat brings home the bitter truth



Christie and company


left adrift by Pinewood


election court debacle


* By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor

R member that
hr, '"g lyric of
40-o .i summers
ago? 'He's a
real nowhere
man, sitting in his nowhere land,
making all his nowhere plans
for nobody..."
And that follow-up verse
about "He's as blind as can be,
just sees what he wants to see..."
Then the real killer line: "Does-
n't have a point of view, knows
not where he's going to..."
As a member of The Beat-


les' generation, Mr Christie will
recall words all too easily.
They \ woven into the fabric
of out youth like The Twist,
The Locomotion and Hippy
Hippy Shake. The tune was one
of those which caught the spirit
of the time. It sounds just as
fresh today as it did then,
As of last Monday night,
when the PLP's forlorn dreams
of an election court victory lay
in ruins, the Fab Four's haunt-
ing melody must have wafted
round the Christies' Cable
Beach compound like a
requiem.
For the one thing Mr Christie


knows for sure as the PLP
begins to erupt around him is
that when the election year of
2012 dawns, he will not be at
the party's helm, and his asso-
ciates will almost certainly have
been swept away by the back-
wash of failure. Suddenly, and
cruelly, Christie and his cohorts
have become the Nowhere Men
of Bahamianrpolitics.
As if defeat itself were not
bad enough, Christie now has
to withstand the excoriating
comments of his arch-tormen-
tor, Hubert Ingraham, who said
the electoral chaos which led to
the Pinewood challenge lay
firmly at the ex-premier's own
door.
If last-minute boundary
changes had not,led to arbitrary
dismemberment of many con-
stituencies, voters would not
have been left in such a
quandary on polling day, he
said.
As far as Mr Ingraham is con-
cerned, the botched election
was just another example of
Christie's prime ministerial
incompetence, a by-product of
PLP slackness which, over five
long years, became its hallmark.
Late for everything, unable
to make up his mind, intimidat-
ed by recalcitrant underlings,
and impotent when confronted
by the outrageous actions of
delinquent figures in his own
ranks, Christie under-achieved
spectacularly when he finally


got the job of his dreams in the
summer of 2'111,2.
Like so many of his party col-
leagues over the years, he loved
the trappings of Cabinet status
without ever having the quali-
ties required to do the job.
As a Tribune reader so mem-
orably wrote a couple of weeks
back, a big limo and police out-
riders are all very well, but it's
performance that counts, and
Christie's performance nestled
somewhere between abject and
abysmal, with few if any
redeeming features.
Those with his best interests
at heart believe the opposition
leader ought now to do the wise
and decent thing and quit. By so
doing, he will clear the way for
new leadership and the possi-
bility of others rebuilding the
party for its bid for power in
2012, giving himself the
prospect of a healthy retirement
into the bargain. It's hard to
believe that the strains of recent
months have been good for him
in light of his illness three years
ago.
Whether Christie jumps or is
pushed, those alongside him in
the bunker will also need to face
up to the truth, which is that
they are now drifting into polit-
ical history with no means of
countering the currents running
against them.
Surely this will mean a final
farewell from the former Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs, Fred


Mitchell, who has been an irri-
tating excrescence on the rump
of Bahamian political life for
the best part of two decades.
Rejected as a nuisance by
Hubert Ingraham years ago,
exposed as a cowardly menace
many times since then, and now
more or less confirmed as the
pariah figure of modern poli-
tics. Mitchell really needs to
take the hint and go.
In all the nine years I have
been obliged to follow the utter-
ances of this man. 1 have yet to
hear him make a single sensi-
ble remark. Though he poses
as a luminary, he emerges from
every debate, every exchange,
as an embarrassment of quite
extraordinary dimensions.
In all my years covering poli-
tics at all levels, 1 don't ever
recall anyone whose almost
obsessive self-adoration is so
much at odds with the reality,
which is the kind of ineptitude
that makes the clueless comic
Stan Laurel look like Leonardo
da Vinci.
Please, please Mr Mitchell,
spare your homeland further
blushes and take your bow
from public life.
On the way out, kindly leave
the door ajar for Vincent 'Cash
in the Closet' Peet, Shane 'Bed-
side Manner' Gibson and
Alfred 'The Deacon' Gray. all
men whose presence will prove
to be a continuing embarrass-
ment for the so-called part\ of


the people if they are allowed to
keep their seats.
And if the PLP really needs a
website, please bequeath it to
someone who can actually
write, is capable of formulating
mature ideas, and will use it to
project an image more con-
ducive to the party's desire to
be seen as an alternative gov-
ernment instead of a rag-bag of
half-wits, ruffians and hood-
lums.
For all its faults, the PLP still
commands a solid bedrock of
support, but it desperately
needs to find ways of building
on that if it is to have a future in
the forefront of Bahamian pol-
itics.
Consequently, there are now
loud rumblings in the ranks
about the next four years and
whether there is time enough
left to rebuild the organisation
around a new strategy, a new
ethos and, of course, a leader
in whom the membership can
have faith.
As mentioned two weeks ago,
former tourism minister Obie
Wilchcombe and former health
minister Dr Bernard Nottage
are the two names at the nub
of all current leadership
debates, though some insiders
challenge the notion that they
are somehow working in uni-
son.


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