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Publication Date: February 5, 2008
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Violent crime


on the rise


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE END of Year police
Crime statistics reveal that
there was a 108 per cent
increase in the number of
reported rapes in New Provi-
dence last year as compared
to the year 2006, with violent
crime in general increasing by
38 per cent across the entire
country.
The sharp spike in reported
rapes and sex crimes in 2007
are a part of a wider trend in
which the frequency of all vio-
lent crimes increased in the
Bahamas. Rape, most notably,
increased by 86 per cent across
the Bahamas.


The data reveals that
nationally unlawful sexual
intercourse increased by 15
per cent; attempted rape by
52 per cent; armed robbery by
49 per cent; and robbery by 3
per cent from the totals in
2006.
In 2006 there were no
reported cases of attempted
murder, however, last year
there were seven. Four
manslaughter cases were
reported in 2007, as compared
to one in 2006; and attempted
robbery cases rose to 19 from
12 over the same period.
In the property crime cate-
gory, burglary recorded the
most notable change from
SEE page six


| CRIME STATISTICS -
CRIME AGAINST PERSON 2007 2006 % Change
Murder .............................79 .............660............... 32
Attempted Murder ..........................7 ... .....7....................0 ......... 0 .
Manslaughter............... ...... ...............1....................300
Rape ........................................ ........134............72.................86
Attempted Rape .....................................35 ..............2 ..............52
Unlawful Sexual Intercourse...............240 ............208.:..............15
Armed Robbery....................................817............548................49
R obbery .................................................194 ............188 ...................3
Attempted Robbery ..............................19 .............12................58
Subtotal................................................1529 ..........1112.................38
CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY 2007 2006 %Change
B urglary .................................................336 ............235................. 43
Housebreaking....................................2510 ..........2628..................-4 MINISTER
Shopbreaking ......................................150 ..........1377...................9 about an up
Stealing.................................................1307 ..........1281...................2 ence centre
Stealing from Vehicle...........................769............599.................28 their opinion
Stolen V vehicle .....................................1165 ..........1059.................10
Subtotal ....................................... ..........7179........ ...........6
TOTAL CRIME.................................912 ..........8291.................10 S ta


OF National Security Tommy Turnquest speaks at a press conference yesterday at the ministry
coming anti-crime and non-violence forum. The event, which will take place at the new confer-
Sat Police Headquarters on East Street on Friday, will give Bahamian youth an opportunity to have
Ins on crime prevention heard. SEE PAGE TWO

Itistics show mixed record


in solving violent crime


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE 2007 crime statistics
showed a mixed record for
police in solving violent crime.
Despite a 72 per cent detec-
tion rate for the crime of miur-
der, police report an 11 per
cent rate of detection for
armed robberies, and a 31 per
cent detection rate for the
crime of rape.
The data reveals that all sev-
en attempted murders were


solved in 2007, along with the
four manslaughter cases
reported.
Of the 35 attempted rapes,
police report that culprits were
detected in only four of these
matters.
The detection rate for other
violent crime was as follows:
unlawful sexual intercourse.
27 per cent; robbery 9 per
cent; and attempted robbery, 5
per cent.
Overall, in 2007, police
report a low 19 per cent detec-
tion rate for violent crime,


which overall, skyrocketed by
38 per cent last year in the
Bahamas.
The detection rates for
property crimes were lower
than those for violent crime.
Overall, the property crime
detection rate was merely 7
per cent last year.
The breakdown for the
detection rate for these crimes
is as follows: burglary, 10 per
cent: housebreaking 6 per
cent; shopbreaking, 8 per cent;
SEE page six


Mental

patient

allegedly
shot by

the police
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
A MENTAL patient was
reportedly shot in the head by
police after he attacked offi-
cers with rocks in front of St
'Barnabas church.
Raynard Hepburn, who'
receives treatment from the
Rehabilitation Centre Sandi-
lands, is recovering in hospital
after sustaining a gun shot
wound to the back of his head.
Mr Hepburn's family mem-
bers are now seeking answers
from police as to why the offi-
cers in this case chose to use
what they consider to be
excessive force.
According to reports from
eye-witnesses, the incident
occurred after Mr Hepburn
carried a toy gun into the
church at the 7am mass on
SEE page six

Magazine lists
Bahamas as 'far
more dangerous'
than Guyana
By PAUL G TURN-
QUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
AFTER painting an
abysmal picture of the violent
crime in Guyana, the Econo-
mist, a weekly publication
reaching over 62 million read-
ers a year, has listed the
Bahamas as being "far more
dangerous" than this impov-
erished nation in its Caribbean
analysis, entitled "Sun, sea,
and murder."
The article, posted on Janu-
ary 31, reported that in
Guyana last weekend, 11 peo-
ple, including five children,
were shot dead by unidenti-
fied gunmen on a rampage.
"A couple clung to their 11-
year-old granddaughter as bul-
lets were pumped into them; a
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POLITICS: FNM deputy chairman appointed to last vacant Senate seat


Anthony Musgrove sworn in as Senator
THE FNM's deputy chairman PLP continues to challenge the Senate was unlawful as it is not in
Anthony Musgrove was yesterday accordance with Article 40 of the
appointed to the last vacant Sen- _, .- . c w !iv T. 1 Bahamas' Constitution.


ate seat.
Mr Musgrove was sworn in as a
senator at Government House yes-
terday evening.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
announced a few weeks ago that
he has given opposition Leader
Perry Christie and the PLP enough
time "to get their act together" and
that he will be appointing a senator
to fill the final seat in the upper


appointment of Tanya Wright


chamber. This comes as the PLP is
still challenging the appointment
of former Chamber of Commerce
president Tanya Wright to the Sen-
ate.
However, at this time the chal-
lenge to the Senate appointment
has been delayed with no new date


set for its continuation. Lawyer for
the Progressive Liberal Party, Paul
Adderley, who represents the par-
ty in the Senate challenge, con-
firmed that the matter has been put
off yet again.
The PLP maintains that the
appointment of Ms Wright to the


The party is of the opinion that
an opposition member should have
been appointed to the vacant seat
in order for the Senate to reflect
the balance of the House of Assem-
bly. The FNM, however, contends,
that under the constitution, the
prime minister has the authority to
make three appointments with or
without the consent of the opposi-
tion leader.


TENDER NO. 652/08

Tender for the Provision of:

A Fire Detection and Fire Alarm
System at Station 'A' of the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation's
Clifton Pier Power Station

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) invites
proposals from suitably qualified Companies for the
installation of a Fire Detection / Fire Alarm System
at Station 'A' of its Clifton Pier Power Station.

Bid packages may be collected from Mrs.
Delmeta Seymour, Administration Office, Blue Hill
& Tucker Roads.

Proposals are to be delivered to the BEC Executive
Offices on or before 22nd February 2008 arid
addresad to: "s


Kevin Basden
General Manager
Executive Offices
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
P O Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas

BEC reserves the right to accept or reject any
or all proposals

For all inquiries regarding this tender,
contact Mr. Brent Williamson at
bewilliamson@bahamaselectricity.com

Site visit 8th February 2008 -10:00 am
BEC Clifton Pier Power Station


Reaching out to'at



risk' Bahamian youth


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
IN RESPONSE to the
increase in the number vio-
lent crimes committed by
young persons, three events
are being held this week to
reach out to "at risk" Bahami-
an youth.
The events are being organ-
ised by the College of the
Bahamas Union of Students
(COBUS) and the college's
Campus Life Department.
This Thursday, a conference
for youth leaders will begin at
6.30pmr at the College Band
Shell and will continue at the
Campus Life Department on
Saturday.
On Friday, an anti-crime
and non-violence forum will
be held from 9am to 3.30pm at
the new conference centre at
Police Headquarters on East
Street.
Operating under the theme
"Stop the Wibing", the forum
will give Bahamian youth,
who may otherwise be
ignored, an opportunity to
havee their opinions on crime
prevention heard.
Anastarcia Huyler, COBUS
president and a member of the
National Advisory on.Crime,
said the purpose of the forum
is to stimulate young leaders
and "at risk" youth to think
of feasible ways to combat
crime.
"We will have young peo-
ple talking about their involve-
ment in crime, young people
talking about being victims of
crime and then young people
hearing from older persons
who have had to deal with
(what) is happening now and
who have also experienced a
more peaceful society."
"From the forum we hope
to get a few recommendations
that we hope to submit to
(Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest) and also


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those recommendations will
be brought to the advisory
crime council," Ms Huyler
said.
Recent statistics showing
that a high number of persons
arraigned for violent crimes
are young Bahamians spurred
organizers of the forum to tar-
get at risk youth. They hope to
spark a mindset change.
The forum's target group is
youths between 15 to 24 years
old. Students from juvenile
detention facilities such as the
Simpson Penn Centre for
Boys, the Willamae Pratt Cen-
tre for Girls and SURE
Bahamas are slated to attend.
The forum is just one of the
recommendations made by
the National Assembly on
Crime which took place in
September 2007, Minister of
National Security Tommy


"Given the
recent crime
wave, we
decided as
youth that it
would be a
great idea to
hold this
forum this
year."

Bernard Petit
Turnquest said yesterday dur-
ing a press conference at his
ministry.
The events will culminate
on Saturday with a Youth
Against Violence march from
Clifford Park to Rawson
Square. The march begins at
1pm and all interested persons
are invited to join.
Bernard Petit, media rela-
tions and production officer
-for the programme, explained
the goals for the three-day
event: "Given the recent
crime wave, we decided as
youth that it would be a great
idea to hold this forum this
year. Some of our goals are to
sensitise the Bahamian popu-
lace to various aspects of
crime and to make the youth
aware of the detrimental
effects that crime has on soci-
ety."


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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2008, PAGE 3


0 In brief

Man charged
with possession
of marijuana with
intent to supply
A 27-YEAR-OLD man
appeared in Magistrate's
Court yesterday, charged
with possession of marijua-
na with intent to supply.
It is alleged that on Sun-
day, February 3, Jamil
Higgs was found in posses-
sion of 14 grams of mari-
juana with intent to supply
to another.
Higgs, who appeared
before Magistrate Guilli-
mena Archer at court 10 in
Nassau Street, pleaded not
guilty to the charge and
was granted bail in the
sum of $6,000.
The case was adjourned
to April 28.

Meeting at the

Bahamas YWCA
A MEETING of the-
Bahamas Young Women's
Christian Association will take
place this weekend, it was
announced yesterday.
The public is invited to
attend the event, which will be
held at the association's head-
quarters on Dolphin Drive on
Saturday, February 9, a4 5pm.
The guest speaker will be
attorney Nadia Wright, a part-
ner at Chancellor's Chambers
on Village Road.
Mrs Wright Will speak on
various aspects of the law per-
taining to women, with partic-
ular emphasis on the Dower,
the 2002 Inheritance Act and
the Married Women's Proper-
ty Act.
Astronauts back in
Florida for new launch
attempt Thursday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
SEVEN astronauts
returned to NASA's launch
site Monday to take a new
shot at flying space shuttle
Atlantis to the international
space station, according to
Associated Press.
Liftoff is set for Thursday
afternoon, with NASA wrap-
ping up a last repair Sunday
night involving a radiator
hose. The mission was waylaid
in December by a different
problem, erratic fuel gauges.
Atlantis will carry the Euro-
pean Space Agency's science
lab, Columbus, to the orbiting
outpost. That will be the sec-
ond science lab the United
States operates one there
already. The largest lab of all,
Japan's Kibo, or Hope, will be
carried up in sections begin-
ning next month.
Atlantis' mission, fraught
for weeks with mechanical
problems, now faces only
weather concerns, NASA offi-
cials said.



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Rose Island 'will not be as




freely accessible as before'


PM responds to


Rose Island concerns


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
WHILE the public will have
some access to Rose Island after
the Ritz Carlton development
gets underway, the island will
not be as freely accessible as
before, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said.
Speaking at his first meeting
with the press this year at the
British Colonial Hilton, the
nation's chief was responding
to the concerns of boaters who
frequent Rose Island and are
afraid that their access to the
island's beaches will be restrict-
ed once the $900 million devel-
opment begins.
When asked by The Tribune
whether boaters would be able
to anchor off Rose Island as
they have in the past, Mr Ingra-
ham replied: "I assume that if
(the developers) bought this
parcel of land, you're not going


to be able to go on their land as
you did when it was vacant and
nobody occupied it."
He added, however, that "the
public will still have access to
the beach up to high-water
mark, that's definite.
"They're going to have a
marina there, I think, (that will)
not be an exclusive private
marina; it will be open to the
public subject to whatever their
rules are about access."
The prime minister also
explained that due to the num-
ber of concessions the develop-
ers received from the govern-
ment, the public will have a
right to use the hotel's restau-
rants, bars and public facilities
once the project is completed.
Construction is scheduled to
begin shortly on the luxury
resort as developers project a
completion date of 2010.
In 2006, the former govern-
ment announced plans for the
resort that had an initial com-


pletion date of 2009.
The 230-acre resort will con-
sist of 275 rooms and suites, a
marina, estate homes, condos
and town houses.
Russell Miller has been
appointed the general manag-
er for the hotel, whichwill be
located four miles from Nassau
and accessible only by boat or
helicopter.


court accused ot




Fox Hill break-ins -


THREE young men accused of committing a string of break-ins
in the Fox Hill area were arraigned in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Police charged Renaldo Kemp, 21, of Yamacraw Road; Devan
Ferguson, 18, of Yamacraw Hill Road and a 16-year-old boy with
housebreaking, stealing and receiving.
Kemp and Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the charges and were
each granted bail in the sum of $7,500 with one surety. The juvenile,
who also pleaded not guilty, was remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison.
The accused were arraigned before Magistrate Susan Sylvester at
court 11 in Nassau Street.
According to court dockets, it is alleged that on Tuesday, Janu-
ary 15, the accused attempted to break into the home of Michelle
Smith with intent to commit a felony.
Court dockets also allege that on the same day, while at Hanna
Road in Fox Hill, they broke into the home of Portia Cash. They are
accused of stealing shoes and jewellery with a total value of $419.
It is also alleged that on the same day, the three men, being
concerned together, broke into the home of Clarissa Knowles.
There, it is alleged, they stole a computer system and two hand-
held video games together valued at $1,200.
Court dockets also allege that on Tuesday, January 15, while at
Hanna Road, Fox Hill, the three accused broke into the home of
Rose Whylly. There, it is alleged, they stole an assortment of cloth-
ing, two pairs of shoes, a video game and a television set, together
valued at $1,975.
It was further alleged that on Tuesday, January 22, while at Sea
Breeze Boulevard, the accused broke into the home of Alfred
Baabs. There, it is alleged, they stole electronics altogether valued
at $2,409.
It is also alleged that on Wednesday, January 23, the 16-year-old
accused broke into the home of Vernita Ellen and stole electron-
ics and an assortment of jewellery together valued at $1,700.
The case has been adjourned to June 16.


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maintain and develop the Lynden Pindling
International Airport, the fourth busiest airport
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passengers.

With the design of the Phase II airport
expansion planned to commence in February
2008, NAD is seeking a qualified local survey
firm experienced in construction surveying
and who is able to commit to an "as & when
required contract" for the duration of the
Project. The availability of Global Positioning
Satellites (GPS) equipment will be helpful.
Interested firms are requested to submit their
Expression of Interest (EOI) with resumes of
the personnel proposed for the work, previous
work experience, liability insurance coverage
carried bythe firm andthe equipment available.
Selected firms will be requested to submit
their hourly rates for 2008 during the second
Request for Proposal (RFP) submission.

This "as and when required" surveying work
will be contracted with NAD. The successful
firm will be required to report to the Project
Manager for the duration of the LPIA Expansion
Project.


Generally, the work will include the
following:

1. Establishing and maintaining the primary
survey control that will be used for the
project.

2. Providing detailed survey information to the
design team.

3. Providing quality assurance and monitoring
surveys.

4. Providing general site survey services.



Interested Bahamian survey firms are to submit
their qualifications, contact person and e-mall
address by 3 pm, EST, February 15,2008
to the e-inal address below:

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Company Limited
P.O.Box AP-59229,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Mr.VerneJanzanPEng.
Project Director '
E-mail:VerneJanzen@nas.bs
Please limit submissions to a maximum of:
5 pages. Credentials are to be submitted
electronically. All costs involved with the
preparation and submission of information are
1o be borne by firms submitting their credentials,
and any or all submissions may be rejected
without providing reasons.


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EIOIAULETT S T HEEITOR


THERE'S A tipping point in politics, when
victory starts to feel inevitable.
Barack Obama is moving toward it. But
Hillary Clinton isn't about to get out of his
way.
Moment, momentum, and money are crest-
ing almost perfectly for the senator from Illi-
nois, after a remarkable week in presidential
politics.
Obama celebrated a huge primary victory
in South Carolina. Afterward, he basked in a
Camelot glow, winning prized endorsements
From Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward
M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Obama's campaign swelled with energy
and optimism. Clinton's campaign felt small
and defensive, deflated by the husband who
was supposed to be the candidate's best advo-
cate.
Then came their high-stakes Hollywood
debate. Clinton didn't win, but she did well
enough to slow down the Obama wave.
Clinton's best debate moments came on
healthcare and immigration, where she
backed up formidable knowledge about pol-
icy with passion and commitment. Obama
looked weak on healthcare. He's afraid to
get behind a personal mandate for health
insurance, a strange position for a candidate
who is running with Ted Kennedy's bless-
iig. Massachusetts adopted such a mandate,
with strong backing from its senior senator,
who played a major role in winning approval
for healthcare reform in this state.
On immigration, Obama sounded disin-
genuous when he dodged a question about
whether any jobs are lost to illegal immi-
grants. Clinton was straightforward in rebut-
tal: "I believe that in many parts of our coun-
try, because of employers who exploit undoc-
umented workers and drive down wages,
there are job losses. And I think we should be
honest about that, she said.
Clinton's worst moments came on two eter-
nally sore points Bill Clinton and the Iraq
war. On both, she missed a chance to connect
with voters on the human level that is so
essential in politics.
Asked how she would be able to control
her husband in the White House if she can't
control him on the campaign trail, Clinton
missed an opportunity to convince voters she
recognized his mistakes and wouldn't let him
repeat them. On Iraq, she also missed a
chance to tell voters she recognized her own
mistake in voting to essentially authorize


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BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 5TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
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President Bush to invade that country or
that she learned from that mistake. "I think I
made a reasoned judgment," she said, an
answer that ducks the terrible consequences
of that judgment.
Afterward, voters were still left weighing
the merits of two smart Democrats whose
positions are very similar, even regarding
Iraq. Although Obama gave a speech against
the war as a state senator, his voting record as
a US senator is the same as Clinton's on war-
related amendments.
So, what's the tipping point going to be
today when Democrats in 22 states go to the
polls?
Is it about making history by voting for a
woman for president or making history by
voting for an African-American man?
Is it about resurrecting the Kennedy lega-
cy or reviving the Clinton legacy?
Is it about the power of uplifting speech?
Or, is it about the power that comes from
knowledge of.the White House and all its
pressures?
During the debate, Clinton did have a good
response to the dynasty issue. "As you know,
it did take a Clinton to clean up after the
first Bush and I think it might take another
one to clean up after the second Bush," she
.said.
Still, after the dreariness of the past eight
years, a switch to a new generation of lead-
ership is tempting. Obama's timing is per-
fect; is it perfect enough to overcome the
original script?
Hillary Clinton was supposed to be
inevitable. The success of that story line relies
on women and the implicit understanding
that if Clinton fails, the chance for making
that kind of history goes down with her. It
requires voters to decide that Clinton is the
Democrat with the best chance to beat the
Republican nominee in November, and, once
elected, would be the best at advancing her
agenda.
It also hinges on the hope that voters may
yet resist the charisma and poetry of a can-
didate they are just getting to know, in favour
of a well-known, if not well-loved, rival.
Can the thrill of insurgency overtake the
comfort of the familiar? For Obama, that's
the tipping point.
(This article was written by Joan Vennochi
of the Boston Globe staff- c. 2007 The Boston
Globe)


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EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish this open letter
to:
Mrs Janyne Hodder
President of the College
Council
The College of the Bahamas,
January 22, 2008.
"We shall have no better con-
ditions in the future if we are
satisfied with all those which
we have at present". (Thomas
Edison)
In September 1975, the gov-
ernment of The Bahamas cre-
ated an educational institution
that was envisioned to be a
source of academic and intel-
lectual leadership in the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas.
This purpose of self-fulfilment,
productive work and national
building orchestrated in 1975
has transcended into the 21st
century and has significantly
bolstered the College of The
Bahamas transition into becom-
ing a university.
Over the years this institution
has cultivated and produced
many notable leaders within
each decade,.Ellis, McSweeney,
Laing, Pintard and Rigby to
name a few.
However, within the last 10
years along this historical jour-
ney, we developed the scholas-
tic abilities of many individu-
als, but regrettably, no concert-
ed effort was made to cultivate
a culture that embraces,
advances or continues our lead-
ership heritage.
The COBUS governments of
yesteryear were mindful of their
common bond as seekers of
understanding, knowledge and
wisdom without inhibition and
were dedicated to the cause of
making this college the great
institution it was destined to
become through effectual lead-
ership.
Unfortunately today, the
complacence of The Office of
Student Affairs to proficiently
perform its statutory obligations
towards not only the improve-
ment and enrichment of stu-
dents scholastic and social life,
but towards the College of The
Bahamas Union of Students,
have allowed many persons to
act in direct contravention of
the values established and artic-
ulated in COBUS's constitution
and to undermine the very
essence that allows for a con-


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stitutional system of checks and
balances, accountability, trans-
parency and integrity.
Thus, this (othellian) office
has contributed significantly to
the precipitous fall of COBUS
from being reputable, efficient,
effective and disciplined, to an
organisation that is vexingly
engulfed in continuous conflict,
controversy and incompetence.
In its aegis role, the Office of
Student Affairs in the last three
years has become an othellian
department who coherently and
advertently engaged in, or per-
mitted, COBUS to fall into an
abyss of complacency and
despair, where the eradication
of our sacred Constitution, the
violation of the rule of law, and
the absence of accountability is
prevalent.
This is most disingenuous,
appalling and contemptuous of
COB's commitment to the pro-
tection of the rights and free-
doms of students and to foster-
ing an institution predicated on
the axiom, knowledge, truth
and integrity.
In retrospect, an objective
person can agree that in the
recent years, some of the prob-
lems never countenanced
before in COBUS history
became apparent and unprece-
dented.
Therefore, it can not be
ignored nor negated that the
controversies surrounding stu-
dent government from 2004 to
present have not only resulted
in a negative public image for
The College of The Bahamas
and questions its ability to effec-
tively and legally execute its
functions as a result of
1) Malignant practice of elec-
tion irregularity in all elections
from 2004 to present;
2) Condoning low academic
standing by consenting to selec-
tive presidents remaining in
office after not maintaining tra-
ditionally established GPA.
This afforded an ill-equipped
president the opportunity to
cast a negative spotlight on this
vital institution when he headed
a reckless protest against the
College Council hiring of Mrs
Janyne Hodder as president.
3) The regression of student
government to a club due to a
self-indulgent mentality of its
appointees who favoured sched-
uling "a dance to shake their
money makers" over address-
ing the academic concerns of
students by hosting an acade-
mic clinic;
4) The release of COBUS
funds without adhering to the
legal requirements for the
releasing of such. Scrutiny of all
COBUS financial transactions
from September 2007 to pre-
sent will verify that they cir-
cumvented COB internal finan-
cial requirements. The findings
would substantiate
(a) COBUS treasurer's sig-
nature was absent,
(b) Financial transactions
over the amount of $100 was
never submitted to the Senate
or approved by the same.
5) Nonfunctional senate that
has not met since their inaugu-
ration into office in 2007. Their
first meeting scheduled for Jan-


uary 22,2008. Consequently, all
functions and events executed
by this government were
unsanctioned by the legislative
branch as a separate entity. This
can be authenticated by a scruti-
ny of the minutes of COBUS
general meeting held Tuesday,
January 15, 2008 in which the
President agitated by the Vice
President for her continued
actions finally acquiesced and
instructed the Senate to meet;
6) The capitulation of
COBUS responsibility to the
clubs, no club liaisons were
appointed or efforts made to
provide oversight to the clubs;
and
7) The divisive feuding in the
student government caused by
double standards, failures of its
Presidents to adhere to consti-
tutional provisions and lack of
direct involvement and guid-
ance by objective advisors,
including the Vice President of
Student Affairs after the instal-
lation of the government.
Consequently, COBUS has
bound itself to the perpetual
servitude to the minions of
Campus Life.
This has lead COBUS to the
brink of futility, to constructing
a dichotomy of misrepresenta-
tion and misperception as to its
purpose and functions, contrary
to its constitutional mandate.
Moreover, this lago division
publicly continued its contemp-
tuous act of eroding the power
and authority of COBUS,which
was blatantly demonstrated in
the advertisement placed in The
Nassau Guardian dated Janu-
ary 14, 2008.
Nonetheless, COBUS 2006/7,
as Malcolm X advised, I will not
condemn you because you don't
do what I do nor think as I or as
fast, rather I admonish you as
did Dr King.
One of the great liabilities of
history is that all too many peo-
ple fail to remain awake
through great periods of social
change.
Every society has its protec-
tors of status quo and its frater-
nities of the indifferent who are
notorious for sleeping through
revolutions.
Today, our very survival
depends on our ability to stay
awake, to adjust to new ideas, to
remain vigilant and to face the
challenge of change Rev Dr
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Madam President, I kindly
ask you not to allow this vicious
and destructive cycle to contin-
ue but permit the COBUS
2008/9 government to start
anew without being overshad-
owed by the recent failings.
In this, breathe the intentions
of the current COBUS as stated
in the January 15th, 2008 meet-
ing, to extend their term to June
30th, 2008 without justification
should be discouraged, as it
would serve only to perpetrate a
greater wrong.
This action should only be
taken in extreme circumstances
as articulated by all democrati-
cally derived constitutions.
Madam President I do so sin-
cerely thank you for your time
and your objectivity in this mat-
ter.
ADA KENRIVA BETHEL
Vice President, COBUS


Nassau.
January 22. 2008.


How BaTelCo could save money

EDITOR, The Tribune.
EVERY year I pick-up the new phone book for that year and I
think of what a waste of money and materials it is to print so many
books of the yellow pages.
I have four phones in my home, so I pick-up four phone book
packages (white pages book and yellow pages book). I put one of
the white pages book by each phone, and one yellow pages book by
the main phone in the house and the other three yellow pages
books ends up in the garbage without ever being used once.
BaTelCo can cut the cost of the phone production yearly if they
reduced the amount of yellow pages books, and when they are
ready to be delivered to the public they don't package the two
books together but separately so that when the public go to pick-
up the new phone books they can pick-up the number of books they
need, and BaTelCo could save a lot of money and pass on some of
the savings to the general public.
JUST A THOUGHT
Nassau,
January 21, 2008.


An open letter





to president




of the College





Council of COB


Super Tuesday's tipping point









THETRBUE UESAYCFBRAR 5,208,PAEI


0 In brief


FBI uncovers

drug money

for aircraft

laundering

scheme
* MIAMI
THE FBI has uncovered a
scheme in which drug profits
were allegedly funneled from
South American traffickers
through Mexican money
exchanges to a Miami bank,
then used to buy airplanes
intended to ferry more cocaine
shipments around the world,
according to Associated Press.
A Venezuelan man is jailed
in Miami on money launder-
ing charges and more arrests
are possible, with a confiden-
tial witness providing the FBI
with a treasure trove of infor-
mation about the international
arrangement, according to U.S.
court documents.
Mexico's currency exchange
organizations, or casa de cam-
bios in Spanish, have emerged
as a favored way for drug
smugglers to launder their ill-
gotten gains. But it's unusual
for traffickers to buy airplanes
on the legitimate U.S. market
and then convert them into
cocaine flights.'
"On a large scale, it hasn't
happened before," Steve
Robertson, a spokesman at the
U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration in Washington,
said Monday. "They're doing it
to further their business, which
is pretty darn clever. But we're
pretty clever, too."
According to an FBI affi-
davit filed in federal court, the
scheme worked like this:
Drug traffickers deliver bulk
cash to currency exchanges in
Mexico City where there were
"trusted contacts." For a fee,
the exchanges wire transfer
money to "buffer" bank
accounts in the United States
overseen by people who were
also paid a fee. Then that mon-
ey is used to buy airplanes for
the cocaine trade.
"The principal reason for
the buffer accounts was to dis-
guise the true source of the
monies," said FBI agent
Michael Hoenigman in thi'e
affidavit.
Charged in the Miami case is
48-year-old Pedro Benavides
Natera, a Venezuelan national
accused of money laundering
violations by setting up an
account at Comnierce Bank
for drug profits and brokering
deals for the aircraft.
Benavides pleaded not
guilty Jan. 11 to money laun-
dering charges and is being
held without bail; his Miami
attorney did not return a tele-
phone call Monday seeking
comment.
Despite his not guilty plea,
the FBI affidavit says that
Benavides admitted working
for an unidentified drug traf-
ficking organization based in
Venezuela to purchase aircraft.
In September 2006, a twin-
engine King Air E90 was pur-
chased as part of the alleged
scheme because it is "a favorite
platform to transport cocaine
from Venezuela to Guatemala
or the Dominican Republic,"
the FBI affidavit says. That
plane was bought legally from
a Miami company and sent to
Venezuela.
The traffickers also sought
to purchase a twin-engine
Cessna Conquest II using drug
profits circulated through the
Miami bank. These aircraft are
used to fly cocaine from
Venezuela to Africa, accord-
ing to court documents.
The Benavides account at
Commerce Bank was mostly
inactive between January 2005
and May 2006, with an aver-
age balance of about $1,500.
But suddenly its deposits
from Mexican money
exchanges shot up by more
than $430,000 over the next
several months and the money
was tracked to the King Air
purchase.
Charles Intriago, a former
federal prosecutor who tracks
money laundering issues as
publisher of Moneylaunder-
ing.com, said traffickers would
consider it "smart business" to
use their profits most of it
from American drug users -
to reinvest in the business by
purchasing new drug-carrying
aircraft.


"The drug traffickers are not
dumb people," Intriago said.
"They want to get the mon-
ey out of the country and inject
that cash into more welcom-
ing institutions.
"Then they bring it back by
wire and put it into invest-
ments, into real estate, even
into insurance."



TROPICAL


Govt denies political motivation




in the departure of broadcaster


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE government has
denied that there was any
political motivation on its
part regarding the departure
of veteran broadcaster
Yvette Stuart from an execu-
tive post at the Broadcasting
Corporation of the Bahamas.
Senator Kay Forbes-Smith,
parliamentary secretary in
the office of the prime minis-
ter with responsibility for
broadcasting, responded to
the charges of victimisation
surrounding Ms Stuart's
departure, in an interview
with The Tribune yesterday.
Mrs Forbes-Smith said she
did not wish to discuss the
details surrounding Ms Stu-
art's move, as she said this
would be inappropriate.
However, the senator told
The Tribune that the future
of ZNS "has nothing to do
with who is PLP and who is
FNM."
"The future of ZNS is
where the future of broad-
casting has to go in this coun-
try," she said. "And we have
to make decisions as it relates
to the future of ZNS and its
staff, that is in the best inter-
est of ZNS and its staff."
Mrs Forbes-Smith said that
it is not the policy of the gov-
ernment to ask the political
affiliation of those who work
at the BCB. And she added
that there must be a stop to
the cry of victimisation every
time management attempts
to make a decision at the
BCB that is in the interest of
the organisation.
"Every time the corpora-
tion has to make a manage-
ment decision in the best
interest of the future of the
corporation or its staff, we
scream victimisation, and it
is ridiculous," she said. "We


"The future of ZNS is where
the future of broadcasting
has to go in this country. And
we have to make decisions as
it relates to the future of ZNS
and its staff, that is in the
best interest of ZNS and its
staff."


Senator Kay Forbes-Smith


have to be given an oppor-
tunity to manage, and to
exercise our right to manage.
And in making management
decisions, sometimes you do
review senior management
people. You do review your
equipment. You do review
what's going on globally, as it
relates to broadcasting and
whether or not the corpora-
tion is where it ought to be."
Mrs Forbes-Smith said the
outgoing chairman of the
BCB Barry Malcolm, had
meetings with Ms Stuart to
discuss other opportunities
which he would have been
happy to help her with.
"Obviously, they may not
of reached any agreement on
those," said the senator. "So
the company, you know the
board, made its decision."
Ms Stuart left the BCB last
week, in a move one insider
called "complete vicitimisa-
tion".
Her contract was either
bought out, or she was made
redundant.
"Her professional record
stands," said the source at the
BCB who did not wish to be
named. "She is one of the
best researchers there is and


Western Air to


make findings


about emergency


landing public

* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WESTERN Air's Director of Operations, Wolf Feyfert, con-
firmed yesterday that the airline will make public sometime
today their findings into what exactly caused their 19-seater air-
craft to make an emergency landing at Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport Saturday afternoon.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Mr Feyfert stressed that
the flight, which was returning from Mangrove Cay, did not
crash, but rather made a "precautionary landing" utilizing only
two of the three landing gears.
"Flight 515 departed Mangrove Cay at 4pm, and on its way
back to Nassau, approaching landing, the pilots extended the
landing gear and they noticed that one of the landing gears
didn't extend (the right landing gear). Upon following our pub-
lished procedures in our manuals they could not get the landing
gear to extend so they contacted the Air Traffic Control unit and
declared an emergency," Mr Feyfert said.
Air Traffic, at this point, contacted Western Air's officials on
the ground who went through some additional "alternative
procedures." Once these had.been exhausted, Mr Feyfert said,
the airline opted to attempt the precautionary landing with the
two remaining landing gears extended.
"They landed on runway nine, and made a very successful
landing," he said.
A few passengers were taken to hospital because of shock, and
one woman had to be kept overnight for observation. Beyond
this, there were no serious injuries to report from the incident.
"Once the airspeed let off, the wing where the landing gear
was still retraced, the wing settled on the ground, and then
that caused the aircraft to spin around and it came to rest on the
side of the runway.
"They evacuated the aircraft very quickly according to pro-
cedure and that was very successful no one got hurt in the
evacuation. At that point the rescue teams were in place, and the
fire engines had doused the area so as to prevent any fuel leak-
age. They also helped to look after the people once they had
been evacuated from the aircraft," he said.


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a serious asset to ZNS, but
they made her redundant."
Ms Stuart, who has a PhD
in communications, is a vet-
eran broadcaster and former
ZNS TV anchor. She was the
former senior deputy general
manager at the BCB, before
the most recent round of
shuffling in the leadership at
the BCB.
After the addition to ZNS
of Jerome Sawyer, vice-pres-
ident of news and current
affairs, Jessica Robertson,
news director, and Kayleaser
Moss, executive vice-presi-
dent, Ms Stuart was reas-
signed from the senior
deputy GM post, to the less-
er status of vice-president,
under Ms Moss.
In a press statement
released on Sunday, new
chairman of the BCB,
Michael Moss noted that the
BCB is overstaffed.
"Several reports, dating
back more than a decade to
as recently as 2006. have crit-
ically referred to the serious
overstaffing at ZNS," he said.
"At the same time, absence
of talent in a number of cru-
cial areas has been noted.
And the Corporation's


to the problem of over-
staffing by adding another 80
employees between 2002 and
x:", ('.: ~ _2007.
S"The board is seeking to
bring staffing levels more in
S. . line with the requirements of
S" a modern broadcasting oper-
ation, primarily through a
S process of attrition," said Mr
Moss. "Individuals are being
Required to retire when they
reach the normal retirement
S't "age. Exceptions are those
who possess some unique
specialist skill, which will add
f value to the corporation.
S"Also, over a period of
.time there may be a need to
sever from the corporation's
employ, a handful of individ-
uals who are unable or
unwilling to fit into the
organisation's new mandate,"
he said.
"At the same time new
talent may have to be
\added."
Ms Stuart has not made
accounts have not been any public comments on her
audited since the 2002 finan- departure from the BCB.
cial year, a major deficiency Anthony Foster has retired
which the present board is as general manager at the
working hard to correct." BCB, but he has agreed to
He charged that the previ- stay on in the post until a
ous PLP government added replacement is found.


Bay County man 'confesses to

killing parents with hunting rifle'
* FOUNTAIN, Fla.
AUTHORITIES say a Florida Panhandle man confessed to
killing his parents with a hunting rifle, according to Associated
Press.
Ricky Morris is being held on two murder charges at the Bay
County jail. Authorities say the 25-year-old from the town of
Fountain called 911 Sunday night. He told the dispatcher he shot his
parents and was waiting for a deputy to come arrest him.
Morris also told authorities he suffered from schizophrenia and
wanted to kill his brother, who was not home at the time. He said
his father had abused another family member.
Morris was living with his father as a condition of his probation
on a firearms"large. Court-xecords show he had been arrested sev-
eral times on felony charges.
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Magazine lists
Bahamas as 'far
more dangerous'

than Guyana
FROM page one

little boy clutched his
mother's night-dress as she
tried to crawl under her
bed. Furious villagers later
set up barricades, demand-
ing protection and justice.
"Many of Guyana's
neighbours suffer even
worse violence. Indeed,
the Caribbean, better
known for its blue skies,
cricket and rum punch, is
the world leader in vio-
lent crime. According to a
joint UN-World Bank
study last year, it has a
murder rate of 30 per
100,000 inhabitants -
four times the North
American figure and 15
times the West/Central
European average," the
article said.
However, National
Security Minister Tommy
Turnquest said he does
not think that the Econo-
mist's report was an accu-
rate assessment about the
nation's crime problem.
"Anytime there is a
negative story it will have
a detrimental effect (on
the Bahamas' reputation)
and we have to be very
conscious of it. Obviously
with the unprecedented
amount of violent crime
that we have recorded
(last year) it's a concern
and we have to continue
to deal with that other-
wise you get those types
of statements just thrown
into articles."
When asked if he thinks
that his ministry has suffi-
cient strategies in place to
prevent the Bahamas
becoming as violent as
Guyana or Jamaica,'Mr
Turnquest said he was
"optimistic" that his min-
istry has sufficient strate-
gies in place to deal
with and reduce the
levels of crime in the
country.


Statistics reveal rape




rate has doubled


FROM page one

2006, as there was a 43 per
cent increase in the frequency
of this crime.
Vehicle theft also shot up
10 per cent last year, as did
stealing from vehicles, which
increased by 28 per cent.
Shopbreaking and stealing
showed only single digit
increases of 9 and 2 per cent
respectively.
The only category in the
major crime statistics that


decreased was housebreaking,
where a modest 4 per cent
drop was recorded.
In New Providence, rape
was the crime that showed the
largest (108 per cent) notable
increase. While in Grand
Bahama unlawful intercourse,
which rose by 62 per cent,
showed the biggest increase
on the island.
On the other Family
Islands collectively, stealing
showed'the biggest increase
(22 per cent) among crimes


that recorded statistically sig-
nificant frequencies.
Police customarily release
the end of year crime statistics
in a press event with the com-
missioner and assistant com-
missioners presenting the
numbers, and discussing
strategies to combat adverse
trends.
Newly appointed Police
Commissioner Reginald Fer-
guson has discontinued this
practice. However, he has
continued the tradition of


making the data public.
Since the FNM came to
power last year, the entire
leadership team at the Royal
Bahamas Police Force has
been changed. Commission-
er Paul Farquharson, Deputy
Commissioner John Rolle and
Senior Assistant Commis-
sioner Ruben Smith all "left"
office during this period.
And recently, both Senior
Assistant Commissioner Elli-
son Greenslade and Assistant
Commissioner Marvin Dames
have been sent to Canada by
the prime minister for "more
training."
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest said
again yesterday at a news con-
ference at the Ministry of
National Security that the lev-
el of crime in the country is at
an "unacceptable rate". How-
ever, he praised police for
their crime fighting efforts.
"What I think is remark-
able from the police's point
of view, is the efforts they
have been able to put in solv-
ing the majority of the
crimes," he said. "The diffi-
culty is the police can't be
everywhere. But they are a
lot of places now. And most


persons have confirmed to
me, that they have begun to
feel and sense the increased
police presence."
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham has acknowledged
that the prevalence of crime is
the biggest concern facing the
Bahamas this year. At his
"meet the press" media event
at the Hilton on Sunday, on
the issue of crime, Mr Ingra-
ham said:
"There are many things that
we have to do (to fight crime)
including more policemen,
strengthening the legal and
judicial services of The
Bahamas, more interventions
at an earlier stage in the
development of young peo-
ple, more community based
activities, greater partnerships
with churches. Greater
involvement with children by
their parent, etc. It's a multi-
faceted sort of thing that one
has to deal with' in terms of
crime.
"The murders that people
are concerned about are relat-
ed to specific sets of events
and it was our expectation
that that's a spike, and that
spike will not last for an indef-
inite period."


Statistics show mixed record


in solving violent crime

FROM page one
stealing, 9 per cent; stealing from vehicle, 5 per cent; and stolen
vehicles, 4 per cent.
The overall detection rate by police fell last year
from 2006. There was a 19 per cent detection rate for
violent crime in 2007, whereas the figure stood at 23 per cent in
2006.
In property crime the detection rate fell from 8 per cent in
2006, to 7 per cent in 2007.


FROM page one

Sunday.
Rev Basil Tynes of St Barnabas Church on
Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads told The Tribune
yesterday that parishioners sitting in a pew
behind Mr Hepburn spotted the toy gun and
feared that it was "the real thing."
One of the churchgoers, Rev Tynes
explained, requested the assistance of an off-
duty police officer who was playing the trumpet
in the church orchestra that morning.
The off-duty officer reportedly called for
back-up from a nearby police station.
Rev Tynes said that police officers then
removed Mr Hepburn from the church build-
ing.
"I understand that he was misbehaving, and
throwing rocks at the officers." Rev Tynes said.
According to Mr Hepburn's aunt. Adina
Hepburn-Fox, her nephew left the toy gun in
the church pew,,when he left the building.
Mrs Hepbut4Fox said that although the
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police told her that her nephew
had been attacking them with rocks, she did
not think they should have shot him in the
head.
The police, she said, told her that there are
always two sides to every story.
However, Mrs Hepburn-Fox said she would
like to know what the "other side" of the story
is when police officers shoot a mentally unsta-
ble person in the back of the head.
Rev Tynes yesterday said that Mr Hepburn,
who lives in the Big Pond area, is known in the
community and has had several run-ins with
residents.
He explained that his church traditionally
hands out meals to "mentally unstable" people
in the neighbourhood.
"There is sometimes a risk. One time we
had a mental patient threaten one of the parish-
ioners at knife point. It's just one of those risks
you take when ministering to the mentally
unstable in the ghettos," Rev Tynes said.
Calls to police officials were not returned
up to press time.


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proposals from suitably qualified Companies to
provide monitoring services at three Ambient Air
Monitoring Stations which comprise a network
covering its Blue Hills Power Station, Clifton Pier
Power Station and a facility at Lyford Cay.

Bid packages may be collected from Mrs. Delmeta
Seymour, Administration Office, Blue Hill & Tucker
Roads.
Proposals are to be delivered tothe BEC Executive
Offices on or before 22nd February 2008 and
addressed to:


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General Manager
Executive Offices
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
P O Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas

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PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham said his government plans
to make improvements to the Magistrates Court and Supreme
Court buildings in New Providence.
Speaking at his quarterly media forum held at the British
Colonial Hilton on Sunday, Mr Ingraham said the buildings
have fallen into a state of disrepair and have become. "an eye-
sore".
"We accept that the
.. judicial system is work-
ing under less than ade-
quate or acceptable con-
ditions and we can and
must do better," Mr
"" > ; Ingraham said.
SThere has been talk
about upgrading the
courts for almost 20
years, but Mr Ingraham
S" said the makeover is a
priority on the govern-
ment's to-do list.
"He said that before
Sthe FNM's-defeat in
S'2002, his party had
"acquired the land and
'. \ caused the plans to be
drawn for the construc-
tion of a new Magis-
.. ,, trates Court to be locat-
ed on Nassau Street."
The PLP government
,. ' then took over the con-
. struction of the new
court building but the
S work was.stopped pre-
'. maturely, Mr Ingraham
said.
The prime minister
said the unfinished sec-
ond storey of this building may now have to be demolished
and that the government will be requesting bids "shortly" and
will award a contract to complete the job.
Mr Ingraham went on to say that the Supreme Court buildings
are also "getting deficient."
The former FNM government had made plans to build a
new complex in their last term in office but were ousted before
these plans could be brought to fruition.
The PLP government did not attempt to build the complex
during their one term in office.
I "We expect to be able to move forward and award a contract
for a new Supreme Court premises before the end of this year,
2008. And.we expect to deal with the Magistrate's Court much
earlier than the end of the year," Mr Ingraham said.


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DAMIEN Forsythe was flip-
ping through a copy of Time
magazine when an ad in the
back caught his eye. It was the
unlikely mix of words that
grabbed him: Harvard, open
enrolment.
The prestigious university -
the mere mention of which con-
jures up images of Kennedys
and the trappings of an Ivy
League life was advertising
open enrolment for summer
courses with reasonable fees
and transferable credits. The ad
made it look like the Harvard
culture could be yours just for
the applying.
That was more than two
years ago. Last summer Damien
did go to Harvard and last week
he shared his experience along
with tips on how Bahamians of
any age or financial status could
take advantage of the Harvard
experience through a summer
programme, online courses or
other non-traditional enrolment
options.
"I always had a desire to go
to an Ivy League school," said
Mr Forsythe, addressing the
Rotaract Club of Southeast
Nassau at the Nassau Yacht
Club.
Like most students, he said,
he assumed that Harvard was
out of his reach. A former
Lyford Cay Foundation scholar
with a degree in business
administration from the Uni-
versity of New Brunswick. he
worked at Bahamas Realty for
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one month in the summer, you
can attend classes and board in
the Harvard dormitories for a
total cost of $4,500. Or you can
do correspondence courses for a


minimum of $650. There are
thousands of students from 11th
and 12th graders to senior citi-
zens," said Mr Forsythe, who
returned from his Harvard
experience and is now a sales


executive at the Residences of
Atlantis for 'urnberry/Kerzn-
er International
He implored young Rotari-
ans-to-be to recognize that
when it comes to Harvard, if
there's a will, there's a way to
get in.
"Classes in the Harvard Busi-
ness School are taught on the
"case method" model of teach-
ing," he noted.
"Students pay more than
$50,000 a year in tuition to
attend the business school but
anyone can buy these case stud-
ies online for $7 to $10 and
study them for themselves."
Harvard, second only to the
Catholic Church in endowments
amongnon-private institutions,
is not only rich as an institution
- its resources, halls, library
facilities, professors are among
the best in the world and offer
incomparable value for anyone
who seriously wants to take
advantage of their offerings.
"Class was not about content
only,' said the scholar.
"It was about being there,
engulfing yourself in the Har-
vard culture, eating in the dining
hall feeling a little bit like you
are in Harry Potter."
No' Bahamian who is inter-
ested in attending Harvard
should feel intimidated.
"It is open to everyone, even
if that means doing a case study,
correspondence course or send-
ing your grandmother there,"
Forsythe said.
"Face your fears and follow
your dreams," he said. "If Har-
vard is within reach, imagine
what else is."


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1 12th ANNUAL CACIQUE AWARDS


The 12th Annual


Cacique Awards


honouring Tourism's movers and

shakers was held at the Rain Forest The-

atre, Wyndham Cable Beach Resort on

Friday.


Phylls Smihwit h a


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Robinson Road and First Street P.O.Box N-603 Nassau, N.P, Bahamas
Telephone: 1-242-325-5168/328-1944/393-1352



Retired Leading
Seaman
WELLINGTON
JOSEPH SMITH, 49
of Victoria Boulevard, South
Beach Estates, will be held on
Wednesday, February 6th,
2008 at 10:00am at South Side
Christian Ministries
International, Carmichael
Road. Officiating will be Apostle C. Clifford Smith III.
Interment will be made in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
Road.
Left with cherish memories are his wife, Tassie Smith;
five daughters, Welisha, Ashley, Meyhan, Stacy and Tia
Smith; four grandchildren, Kareen Strachan Jr., Dareka,
Darnish and Daronique Smith; numerous brothers and
sisters including, Sharman McKenzie, Jenny and Tisha
Smith; five brothers-in-law, Bradley Smith, Marvin Major,
Anthony Lewis, Garland Cooper, Drexel Neymour; six
sisters-in-law, Indira Smith, Julie Ann Major, Anita Lewis,
Yvette Cooper, Cheryl Miller and Tanya Benjamin;
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins including, Mr and
Mrs Ross Seymour and family, Arizona Rolle and family,
Sheila, Brenda, Aniska and Karen Mackey, Charles Mackey,
Theodore McDonald Mackey and family, Lovetta, Lisa,
Novelette; numerous nieces and nephews including,
Deangelo Benjamin, Jamaal, Valentino, Reynaldo, Mikhail,
Charles Smith Jr., Brando, Wesley and Bradrico Smith,
Camille, Jesika, Vandia, Nikita, Volanda, Tanika, Tanisha,
Virginia, Lavretta, Treasure and Syke Smith, Denise,
Darelle and Daronique Williams; three godchildren,
Bradrico Smith, Larry Miller Jr and Daniel Miller and
other relatives including Mr and Mrs Haden Seymour,
Larry Miller and family, Joseph King, "The Boys"
organization, The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, The
Royal Bahamas Police Force, Lyford Cay, Atlantis Cove,
and Gunite Pools and others too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest
Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Tuesday
from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m., and at the church on
Wednesday from 9:00a.m., until service time.


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the Year award at the 12th Annual Cacique Awards honouring Tourism's finest.


I i pmroring


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Archaeological evidence shows that the Lucayan Taino settled
Dean's Long Island as they did throughout the Bahamas chain of

Long island factands.
AfteOriginally called by the Arawak name "Yuma," Long Island
was re-christened 'Feandina' by Christophere was no large, permanent his
first voyage to the New World in 1492.
Archaeological evidence shows that the Lucayan Taino settled
on Long Island as they did throughout the Bahamas chain of
islands.
After the demise of the Lucayans, who were carried off as
slaves to Hispaniola and Cuba, there was no large, permanent
settlement until the arrival of the Loyalists.
Numerous Loyalist families settled on Long Island, some
setting up cotton plantations and others raising cattle and sheep.
The plantations flourished for only a few years and, by the
time of the abolition of slavery in 1834, most of them had col-
lapsed and been abandoned.
Many ruins from that era can still be found on the island
today, the majority of which are overgrown by bush. There
are also remains of some of the houses built after slavery, which
are usually small and built of stone. Originally they had thatched
roofs.
Long Island's population is about 3,000.
It is the leading stock-rearing island in the Bahamas and its
farmers also raise corn, peas, bananas, pineapples and other
crops.

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Bored? What to do

Bored out of your mind with the typical Nassau entertainment
scene? Well, it may be time to get in on some Family Island fun with
the following upcoming Long Island activities:

High School Basketball Jamboree, scheduled for February 21
- 23. High school students from New Providence and various
islands come to compete during their mid-term breaks.

Annual Long Island Confest, scheduled for March 27 30.
This event focuses on the fishing, boat building, livestock rearing,
strawcraft industries on Long Island. During this time there is an
agriculture and fisheries seminar at the regatta site in Salt Pond.
"It's really about industry. We're trying to promote the industry
and to encourage the young people on the island to get involved in
some of these industries rather than everybody wanting to leave to
go to school and become a doctor or lawyer.
"We want some of them to stay home and become farmers and
fishermen because there is money in these industries," said Mrs
Salena Burrows, tourism representative for Long Island.

Annual Long Island Regatta, scheduled for June 5 -7 (Labour
Day Weekend) will be in Salt Pond overlooking the harbour.
Sailors from New Providence and the Family Islands race their
sloops to compete for prizes. Also, it is a weekend for lots of par-
tying. This regatta is Long Island's most popular event of the year.

Gilbey's Fishing Tournament, scheduled for May 15 17, will
be held in Clarence Town at the Flying Fish Marina. Participants
from the Bahamas and international fishermen compete to see
who can catch the biggest fish. There is also a competition for the
biggest catch. Each catch is weighed and prizes are given.
"It is always very exciting. After the catch is weighed, they share
up all of the fish with everyone who is there. So everyone gets fresh
fish at the end of it," Mrs Burrows said with a laugh.


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LONG ISLAND is known for its straw bags which feature refined plait and unique shapes. Mrs Knowles arranges some of the bags in her
store for a photo opportunity.


Vision








of straw



A look at Long Island's

strawcraft industry




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a By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

THE designer straw
handbags that hang
from many a
Bahamian woman's
shoulder or that they clutch on
the inside of their elbow were
born in Long Island. Even if the
bags themselves were not made
there, chances are the plait used
in the construction of the bag was
imported from this island, where
both men and women make no
meager living from these cre-
ations.
Donnalee Bowe, manager of
the Handicraft Development
Department at the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC), said Long
Island is "definitely a major play-
er" in the straw industry in the
Bahamas. Long Island is most
noted for the unique way in which
the top is cured and plaited.
"It goes back to Ivy Simms who
helped to develop the industry
there. Some persons who learnt
from her continued that industry.
Long Island is actually the main
island for plaiting and you will
find that most of the designs are
created there.
"And I understand that they
ship out about $5,000 worth per
week throughout Nassau and var-
ious islands to persons who pro-
duce straw bags. These come in
from the mail boat every week
and it's popular because they are
the ones who make the more
refined plaits. And they are also
known for the more expensive
plaits," Ms Bowe added.
One of the most expensive,


World Fair, sells for $10 a yard. It
is a combination of many plaits
that are plaited a second time. It
sounds similar to the Pineapple
plait, but Ms Bowe said that
World Fair is newer.
While on the island, my quest
to find these famous artisans led
to O'Neils (or Scrub Hill depend-
ing on who you ask). This quiet
area is home to a concentration of
straw designers, each of whom
has a tiny shop on their property
where the straw bags/hats/fans
are showcased. They tell me that
while straw is common through-
out Long Island, O'Neils is the
place to find the best straw.
Pearline Cartwright's home
was the first stop, but I was
informed that Elsie Knowles, just
up the street from her, was the
person to speak to about the
straw industry on the island.
When BAIC began scouting
the Family Islands for craftsmen
to train islanders in the dynamics
of the straw trade, they came
upon Elsie Knowles, a native of
Long Island who has been plait-
ing top and crafting bags since
she was five. Today, she is almost
63 years old, operating a lucra-
tive straw business and maintain-
ing a reputation as one of Long
Island's most innovative artisans.
Noted for having either created
or revised more than 250 different
plait patterns many of which are
hung throughout her straw work-
shop, Mrs Knowles was also the
Bahamas Technical & Vocation-
al Institute's (BTVI) first straw
work instructor in the 1980's. And
as a credit to her artistry, she rep-
resented the Bahamas at the
Smithsonian Festival in the 90s.
Mrs Knowles, who recalled the
old days when she and her friends


MRS PAULINE CARTWRIGHT, Mrs Knowles neighbour in O'Neils,
also creates straw bags. She's been plaiting and creating straw bags
since she was a child. She poses in front of some of her unique bags.


would go to Ivy Simms shop after
school to watch her work, has a
passion for plaiting. She told Tri-
bune Travel that the refined
nature of Long Island plait is
what keeps customers coming
back for more. The peel string
plait, for example, is created from
peeling the straw one by one to
separate the shiny top layer from
the matte bottom layer. It is a
meticulous process, but when
only the top layer is used, the plait
is more durable and aesthetically
pleasing. She let me tug on a
piece of peel top to prove this
process. It wouldn't break.
Though by all appearances the
straw industry is booming in Long
Island, Mrs Knowles told Tribune
Travel that it is a "dying art" since
young Bahamians don't want to
plait straw anymore.
"It's a lot of work and they
don't want to do it. But I remem-
ber growing up we had to plait.
My mother would take one end
and my brother would take the
other end and plait so it would
go easier. But the young people
today don't want to plait, but it's
a good business to get into
because plait is so expensive.
"You have plaits going for $2 a
yard and $5 a yard these days,
and it keeps getting more expen-
sive. When I was younger, you
could buy plait for just cents. So
they can make a lot of money
from it, a lot of money," she
added.
Creative plait designs like fish-
pot, lace and the pineapple plait
that Long Island is famous for,
were passed down from genera-
tion to generation, which proba-
bly explains why the industry is so
entrenched on that island. Not
just known for the production of


this raw material, however, Long
Island has also cornered the mar-
ket on constructing the bags
themselves.
"In Long Island we are also
known for how we construct our
bags too. We have a way of lay-
ering where we don't sew on
cardboard. We layer the special
design plaits on top of a plain,
broad, 15-string plait instead of
the cardboard that a lot of people
sew on. So our bags are always
going to be durable and last a
long time instead of the thread
eventually cutting through the
cardboard over time," Mrs
Knowles explained. (This unique
technique is one of the reasons
why bags from Long Island may
cost more than your typical straw
bag.)
Those of us who've had a straw
bag or two can testify to how limp
the bags become once the thread
has worked its way through the
cardboard canvas. Mrs Knowles
noted that she gets frustrated
when she observes the shortcuts
in construction that some local
designers make. She believes that
to take the beautiful plaits from
Long Island without taking the
durable technique as well, is
essentially robbing the public.
"I get upset when I see some of
these so called designer bags.
They get the plait from Long
Island and they try to cheat the
public by using the cardboard
instead of stitching on the plait.
So all the customer ends up get-
ting is a bag that is beautiful on
the outside but soon it's going to
tear away. And that's wrong. You
can't try to use Long Island plait
for that foolishness," she told Tri-
bune Travel.


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MRS KNOWLES shop is packed with rolls upon rolls of plait which she
uses to create her gorgeous deisgner straw bags. Mrs Knowles is not-
ed for either creating or revising 250 different patterns


* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net
AT 80 miles long, Long Island is teeming
with natural resources much like its neigh-
bouring Family Islands. And as the Bahamas
Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
seeks to promote local small business oppor-
tunities throughout the Bahamas, it has taken
notice of what each of these islands has to
offer.
Donnalee Bowe, manager of the handicraft
development department at BAIC, told Tri-
bune Travel that the Bahamian craft industry
is now booming because of the corporation's
concentration on handicraft development.
"This has been a focus of BAIC for the
past five years. Before that, a tremendous
number of years were dedicated to developing
the studies and to look at all of the natural
resources that are available throughout the
Family Islands. The handicraft development
department doesn't look only at straw though.
We are training people in shell and coconut
crafts as well.
"We're looking at everything from the tops
that are used to create the straw, to the hard-


wood, sand and stones, to seashells and fish
scales and animal hides. There are so many
more natural resources that are being devel-
oped so that we can change the import picture
in the Bahamas. More items can be made
locally," she said.
BAIC has taken up a mandate to move
throughout the Family Islands to hold various
training workshops. This initiative has been
carried out in all islands. Last year BAIC
trained 700 persons and the year before 500
persons were trained. Many of the students in
these two-week training courses which range
from straw, coconut, and seashell craft, went
on to open their own business upon gradua-
tion. They also received a certificate from
BAIC, acknowledging their completion of the
course.
The courses are so popular that people have
to be turned away for lack of space. For exam-
ple, a straw course, which started last week at
Centreville Primary School, was over sub-
scribed and many people will have to wait for
the next session in April. There are 62 pro-
grammes scheduled nationwide for 2008
though. And if an organisation wants to spon-
sor a course outside of that schedule they can
also do that, Ms Bowe noted.
The training that BAIC has contracted Ms


Knowles to do in Long Island is the prototype
to this nationwide initiative that has been
launched as a means to re-invent how resi-
dents of our Family Islands make their liv-
ing. The ultimate goal is to show people how
to take what's around them and use it for
entrepreneurship.
"What we're doing in these islands is impor-
tant because it promotes small business devel-
opment. And that is the key to any emerging
nation. You need a certain amount of people
in small business who can create their own
form of income and employment because the
government cannot employ everybody," said
Ms Bowe. "These small businesses are the
foundation of any economy, and the success of
that economy," she added.
When it comes to the straw industry, and
the recent surge in the popularity of straw
bags, Ms Bowe believes that it is not a mere
phase that the Bahamian public is going
through. It is however, an indication that there
is a real market for authentically made
Bahamian crafts not only in foreign countries,
but in the Bahamas as well.
"I think that because these bags are made so
well and because they are fashion statements
for many Bahamian women, they are going to
remain for a long time."


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SPECTACULAR RESORT: Up the boardwalk from the bungalows and seemingly miles away from everything else, are the beachfront villas, a new phase of development for Cape Santa Maria-
a place to get away from it all.






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MRS SALENA BURROWS, Ministry
of Tourism representative on Long
Island, sits at her desk in the new
tourism office in Deals, Long
Island.

* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net
TOURISM representative for
Long Island, Salena Burrows,
highlighted some of the devel-
opments that the Government
of the Bahamas and the people
of Long Island hope will serve
as a catalyst for an economic
boost for the area.
Beginning with Port St
George, the exciting project will
consist of a multi-complex 240-
room resort, an 18-hole signa-
ture golf course and a 300-slip
marina in Stella Maris, based
on plans that Mrs Burrows and
fellow Long Islanders viewed
during a recent town meeting.
According to Mrs Burrows,
the project has been partially
approved. They are just wait-
ing on clearance from the
Bahamas Environment Science
and Technology Commission
(BEST) since the dredging nec-
essary for a marina and the dig-
ging required for building a golf
course, present some concerns.
Not withstanding any sign~fi-
cant delays however, construc-
tion should begin between
March arid September df this
year, Mrs Burrows noted.
Long Island Breeze Resort
has recently completed its first
phase. The company plans to
construct a 50-room boutique-
style hotel, investment rental
cottages, a restaurant and bar,
dockage, pool and shops in Salt
Pond next to the Regatta Vil-
lage.
In Clarence Town, which is
in the southern part of the
island, the Winter Haven
Resort was recently opened.
This eight-room resort with
pool, restaurant and bar, is also
doing its part to boost the Long
Island economy.
Located at the northern tip.
of the island, Cape Santa Maria
Resort is currently on its sec-
ond phase of construction which
includes' a series of villas to add
to its current bungalow-style
accommodations. The compa-
ny plans to construct a total of
80 villas. There will be ten
buildings which consist of four
villas each. Once that project is
near completion, they plan to
construct a 150-slip state-of-the-
art marina.
"We're looking forward to
that because it will definitely
enhance the economy in the
northern part of the island,"
Mrs Burrows told Tribune Trav-
el.
While these developments
are all exciting, Mrs Burrows
noted that there are environ-
mental concerns that the gov-
ernment will be looking into on
all levels of construction.
She further noted that resi-
dents have also expressed con-
cern regarding the Port St
George project as the develop-
ers seek to create a marina in an
area which is noted for its bone-
fish flats. That area is also pop-
ular among bird watchers.
Residents also question
whether such a large-scale
development can even occur in
Long Island in the time frame
that developers project.
"Because of the magnitude
of this project, some persons
feel as if it will not really hap-
pen. Or if it does happen, then a
small portion will start and it
will be a long while before it's
finished," she added.
At the town meeting where
the developers, and Ministry of
Works personnel addressed the
concerns of Long Islanders, it
was revealed that the entire pro-
ject will be completed in eight
to ten years.
"Once they get started this
year they will have everything
finished by 2015 or 2017. But
people feel that this time frame
is unrealistic for the size of this
project," Mrs Burrows said.


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* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

CAPE Santa Maria
Beach Resort is no
stranger to interna-
tional recognition.
A few years ago, Continental
Airlines rp-cgnized the resort's
white, sf each as a major
attraction. Now, TripAdvisor,
an online travel engine, has
dubbed Cape Santa Maria the
number one resort in the
Bahamas.
An overwhelming recognition
for an island resort, it is obvious
that Cape Santa Maria is proud
of its international reputa-
tion...and the bragging rights
that come with it. Guests can't
miss the framed computer print-
out from TripAdvisor.com
which highlights the resort's
accomplishment. The print-out
sits handsomely on the front
desk and shares the spotlight-
with a team of courteous front
desk clerks who seem to always
have the guests' "interests at
heart.
Wendy Berke, manager of
the resort, said that what makes
this recent recognition all the
more fulfilling is the fact that it
was given by the guests them-
selves. This, she noted, is not
only a reflection on the resort,
but also a testament to the
resort's great staff. TripAdvi-
sor.com is considered the largest


online travel community in the
world, with nearly 25 million
visitors a month, five million
registered members and 10 mil-
lion reviews and opinions. The
website features real advice
from real travelers.
"It really feels good because
it tells a lot about the staff that
we have here, they're always
smiling and willing to help. And
it's good when people can come
to the resort and feel comfort-
able and at home," Mrs Berke
told Tribune Travel.
When Cape Santa Maria's
website described its property
as a "tropical oasis" nestled on
Long Island, I thought that
exaggeration was at work. How-
ever, as it turns out, the resort
proves itself to be just that.
In all honesty. Cape Santa
Maria is not the place for those
who desire a vacation full of
entertainment and fast-paced
activity. There is snorkeling and
water sports for those who want
it, but the guests at the resort
seem to be more focused on
unwinding and taking in nature
without the aid of such appara-
tus.
During my stay there were
far more guests lounging on the


screened patios of their bunga-
lows reading a book, lazing
about under cabanas that over-
look the beach, or scrolling
hand in hand down the pale,
white sand, than there were
guests in the actual water engag-
ing in sports.
Mrs Berke is not surprised
that guests spend so much time
on the beach though. Quick
access to the beach, she noted,
is what sets Cape Santa Maria
apart from other resorts on
Long Island. There is the Stella
Maris Resort nearby, but they
are on the Atlantic side where
the water isn't as crystalline and
calm.
Depending on one's vacation
outlook, Cape Santa Maria
offers two kinds of accommo-
dations. Spacious beachfront
bungalows offer ideal accom-
modation for families on vaca-
tion. The bungalows are avail-
able with either two queen beds
or one king bed. The Cape also
offers larger bungalows with
two queen beds and a side room
with two twin beds.
Each bungalow is steps away
from the water and is fitted with
Italian tile floors, air condition-
ing, a coffee maker and hair


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choice


dryer, ceiling fans, a mini-refrig-
erator and a personal safe.
What you won't find howev-
er, are television sets, tele-
phones or Internet access. I was
told by Breanda, one of the
front desk clerks, that the sound
of the waves outside was ample
entertainment. (Really now).
But she was right. When
night fell and the tranquil sur-
roundings became even more
still, I would sink into one of
my cushioned patio chairs, put
my feet up, and simply listen as
the waves rolled gently over.
Needless to say, it allowed great
moments of reflection and med-
itation. I also didn't feel oblig-
ated to carry my laptop to the
main lobby where wireless
access is available.
Up the boardwalk from the
bungalows and seemingly miles
away from everything else, are
the beachfront villas, a new
phase of development for Cape
Santa Maria. These villas are
privately owned and are placed
into the resort's management
(rental) programme when the
owners are not using them.
They feature high-end ameni-
ties, including jetted tubs, full
kitchens, entertainment centtes
and high-speed Internet.
With a desire to contribute
to sustainable employment
opportunities on the island and
with an awareness of the envi-
ronment, the principals involved
have decided to continue con-
struction on these villas over a
period of time rather than build-


EACH BUNGALOW is steps away from the water and is fitted with Italian tile floors, air conditioning, a coffee maker and hair dryer, ceiling fans, a mini-
refrigerator and a personal safe.


ing all of them at once. Frank
Berke, Wendy's husband, man-
ages the villas.
Mrs Berke, a Canadian, told
Tribune Travel that because
Cape Santa Maria is part of the
Long Island family, the resort
owners feel that it is their duty
to provide opportunities for
Long Islanders first whether
it is in construction work build-
ing the villas, as local chefs who
prepare savory dishes at the
resort's restaurant, or in the ser-
vice arena.
Even as Long Island becomes
more developed with the com-
ing of large-scale hotel proper-
ties, like the $110-million resort
and residential community
development of Port St George
in Stella Maris, Mrs Berke said
that Cape Santa Maria is in no
way threatened. In fact, she is
pleased to welcome any new
development since collectively;
each resort on the island will
help to boost the economy fur-
ther.
"I don't look at it as compe-
tition. The way I see it, any
development that comes to the
island is good because it is
bringing more jobs to the island
and building the economy. The
way I see it, if they [Port St
George] build a golf course,
then our guests have a golf
course to use. And their guests
have our beach," Mrs Berke
explained.
"One thing Cape Santa Maria
will always have is the beach,"
she added.


"The way I see
it, any develop-
ment that comes
to the island is
good because it
is bringing
more jobs to the
island."


Wendy Berke


Touring Long Island's caves


* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Travel Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

M R Leonard Cartwright, operator
of Cave Tours took me on an
adventure that turned out to be the high-
light of my trip to Long Island.
Touring the Deadman's Cay Cave, while
a fascinating historic adventure, was also an
eerie experience since the cave was used by
many settlers in the Bahamas for so many
different reasons. Mr Cartwright said that
the Arawaks lived, ate and slept in the cave
system, slaves once occupied the space,
and the Loyalists used it as a hurricane
shelter. We were also told that pirates of
the 17th century used the caves as a base
and hiding place for their booty.
These days however, Deadman's Cay
Cave is home to five species of bats. More-
over, this cave system serves as one of Long
Island's most fascinating tourist attractions.
Just south of Deadman's Cay, the cave is a
wonder of nature with complex system of
stalactites and stalagmites that give the
cave its dimension.
The cave tours took us through large,
spacious caverns where sunlight beamed
through narrow passageways above our
heads. But it felt more like a true adventure
when we had to crawl through tight pas-
sageways to reach caverns where the ceiling
seemed to get lower and lower and where
it required fancy footwork to keep from
sliding down. Despite the many occasions I
lost my footing on these slippery slopes,
and regardless of how uncomfortable I felt


THE CAVE'S rich red soil and its never ending
source of bat dung is idealfor farming on the
island. So it's no surprise that Mr Cartwright
would be capitalizing on this. However, he
gets much more than he bargained for as
he collects the soil. Here, Mr Cartwright
shows off a tin of bones and pieces of pottery
that he has found.

around the cave's critters, it was a sobering
experience to walk where our ancestors
once did.


MR CARTWRIGHT, my expert tour guide, knows this cave like the back of his hand-since the
Cartwright family has owned the cave for as long as he can remember. He and his siblings
- and other Long Island children grew up exploring the cave system. Mr Cartwright said that
he can walk me through the cave in the dark. However, I'd prefer to continue using our flash-
lights, especially after we spot a large crab tip toeing along side us, what looks like flying
roaches playing above my head, and bats lots of them! He assures me though, that I have
nothing to worry about. Pictured on the right are one of the rock formations.


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Tribune Feature Writer o greatest asset
pburrows@tribunemedia.net ... our gre. et


F the name didn't already give it away,
Long Island is long. Just over 80 miles
of contrasting coastlines gives Long
Island its name and distinct landscape.
It is very narrow; at no more than four miles at
its widest point. Tranquil beaches greet you
on the west coast, while rocky cliffs protrude
over the east coast.
This diversity has Long Island marked as
the most picturesque of all Bahama Islands.
But with ongoing development and more on the
way, Long Island will also soon be known for its
diverse economy. And it is this economic mag-
net that is pulling Long Islanders back home to
get a piece of the pie.
These days, Long Island is making ready for
domestic tourism of a permanent kind. And
the fact that Long Island now has an on-island
tourism representative may be a testament to
this. Salena Burrows, the tourism executive for
Long Island, was appointed just four months
ago after the Ministry of Tourism saw the need
to set up an office in Deals, North Long Island.
(Previously, Mrs Burrows worked part-time
' mn home.)
Because of all the new developments that
coming on stream and the upgrading of
ttc Stella Maris Airport, our main port of entry
here on the island, the Ministry of Tourism
saw the need to have an office in place because
we have quite a bit of inquiries from guests
wanting to come' down to the island.
"We have phone calls and emails before they
come as they are looking for things to do and
places to live, so definitely that could not have
been facilitated from a part-time perspective,"
she noted. The office, right on the main road, is
accessible and outfitted with brochures about


JusI over 0u miles OT contr
name and distinct landscape.


here on Long Island
is our warm and
friendly people."

the island as well. Speaking of the develop-
ments on the island
("Building the Economy of Long Island"),
Mrs Burrows noted that many jobs are coming
on stream for Long Islanders from construc-
tion jobs to waitressing, to service personnel.
Moreover, these large projects will present an
opportunity for small business development
on the island.
"I am sure that the developers will not be
able to open all of the restaurants and bars
and other businesses needed to service the
guests' needs, so that is where the local people
come in. And that ends up being an economic
boost for Long Islanders and the economy as a
whole," she said.
Mrs Burrows predicts that many Long
Islanders who migrated to other islands for job
opportunities will be returning home as a result
of this economic boom. She said that when the
Emerald Bay project opened in Exuma, many
Long Islanders left to seek job opportunities
there. Many of them also moved to Grand
Bahama and New Providence because "things
were slow" on Long Island.
"But I know they would like to be home
because many of them already have proper-
ties here and a lot of them have started building
their homes. So I see them returning to Long
Island once there is employment, money is
coming in and they can complete the homes
they've started," Mrs Burrows told Tribune
Travel.


opportunities
"Absolutely, they'll be returning," she added.
And when those Long Islanders do return,
the island will be a new adventure for them.
Mrs Burrows said that when these residents
left Long Island years ago, the island's infra-
structure, unlike today, remained underdevel-
oped.
"As you might notice, we have one continu-
ous road throughout the entire island and back
then the roads weren't very good. They weren't
paved. So, someone who lived in the south as
far as Dunmore and Gordons never came north
because of the condition of the roads. They
would probably go only as far as the regatta site
(central Long Island). And vice versa, people
who lived in the north never went south," she
explained.
Nowadays, however, Long Island has pass-
able roads (though pot holes greet you now
and again), plus all of the basic necessities of
life. "So when you come home now all of the
infrastructure is here. We have the roads, BEC,
BaTelCo, Internet services, ATMs, banks -
everything is here. So now it's no reason to
want to leave because you can't drive from
north to south. It's no reason to leave because
you can't do your banking. Everything is here,"
she said.
For Mrs Burrows, the appeal of Long Island
continues to be its diversity. One can stay in the
north and get acquainted with "that real island
flavour" through fishing or relaxing on the
beach. Or go to the south where there is more
development and it is reminiscent of city life.
"But our greatest asset here on Long Island
is our warm and friendly people. They make
sure that you enjoy Long Island. They are hap-
py to share with you the rich culture and her-
itage we have here," Mrs Burrows shared.
"So in addition to the sun, sand and sea and
the warm and friendly people, the rich culture,
beautiful waters, our cleanliness, great fishing,
there is always an attraction for both our
domestic and international visitors."


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BECon chief says
issue a problem at
Department of Labour,
not Industrial Tribunal

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
DEPARTMENT of Labour
officials appointed to mediate
in industrial disputes can pro-
vide different.interpretations
of the labour laws, the
Bahamas Employers Confed-
eration's (BECon) president
told The Tribune, something
businesses feel "increases
uncertainty" when it comes to
employment disputes and
potential financial liabilities.
Brian Nutt said that while
he knew of different Depart-
ment of Labour conciliation
officers, who are appointed to
mediate in industrial disputes
between companies and their
current/former employees,
providing different interpreta-
tions of the relevant laws, this
was not the case with the
Industrial Tribunal.
The BECon president was
responding after the Chamber
of Commerce's report on Vex-
ing Business Issues, submitted
to Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and his fellow Cabi-
net ministers, identified "a
lack of consistency" when it
came to interpreting the
labour laws by both the
Labour Board and the Indus-
trial Tribunal.
Mr Nutt said: "I do know
that different conciliation offi-
cers have different ideas as to'
what the law says, and their
views on the law.may not be
in accordance with what is fol-
lowed by the Industrial Tri-
bunal, if I went to the Tri-
bunal.
"I don't see the Tribunal
itself having conflicting rul-
ings, because if you have a
lawyer, they should be able to
go back to precedent and
point out that this ruling does
not comply with previous rul-
ings of the Tribunal.
"I know that when dealing
with the Labour Board you
may have different interpreta-
tions of what the law is, but I
don't know of that happening
at the Tribunal."
The Chamber report,
though, said: "Members
expressed consternation at the
lack of consistency in the
interpretation of the laws at
the level of the Labour Board
and Industrial Tribunal. Expe-
rience has shown that for the
same or very similar set of
facts, members can expect dif-
fering views from the judges.
"The lack of uniformity in
opinions/decisions from the
Labour Board and the Indus-
trial Tribunal increases the
uncertainty in decision-making
and financial planning.
"The laws should be amend-
ed to ensure clear and specific
guidelines on what the process
should be, to determine the
exact amount that is due an
employee upon his or her ter-
mination."


Fleming: St Georges show



'signs they want to sell'


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunmedia.net ,
FREEPORT Fleming Family & Partners said
they have detected signs that the late Edward St
George's estate may be willing to sell their 50 per
cent stake in the Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA), even though negotiations have so far pro-
gressed slowly.
Speaking with Tribune Business at the weekend,
Fleming representatives said negotiations with the St
Georges had started and were "slowly" proceed-
ing.
A UK-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
executive, Clive Mclntosh, who is one member of the
three-man group selected to negotiate on Fleming's
behalf, confirmed: "We are making slow progress
and I am confident we will be able to make further
progress quite quickly.
"At the moment, they are saying they are not
interested, but all signs are that they would like to
sell and I think they can see the benefits that Flem-
ing can bring to the island."
If successful in its bid to purchase the GBPA and
its Port Group Ltd affiliate, Fleming's principal said
the institution's impeccable international reputa-
tion and investment experience could bring a very
bright future to Freeport.
Roddie Fleming, who was in Grand Bahama on
Sunday, said there was enormous potential to devel-
op Grand Bahama, but a lot needed to be done.
"There needs to be change, and I think every-
one realises that. Some might realise it more than
others, but there needs to be change," he told Tri-
bune Business in an exclusive interview.
Mr Fleming and GciollrLc Richards. who is also
with the Fleming Group, were among a number of
prominent persons invited to an informal luncheon
at Rick Hayward's estate at Spanish Main Drive.
Fleming is interested in buying out both the prin-


cipal GBPA shareholders, and is understood to
have reached an agreement in principle to acquire
the 50 per cent stake held by the Hayward family's
trust for $100 million.
The St George estate and the H.\,aJid family
are curi ni1\ embroiled in a bitter ownership battle
over the GBPA. which has created an air of uncer-
SEE page four


'Ideal time' for


the Bahamas to


target captives

Proposed US tax changes could
drive business from Vermont,
South Carolina to this nation if it
gets regulation, infrastructure ready

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas has an "ideal" opportunity to re-establish itself in
the captive insurance business due to the uncertainty created by pro-
posed US tax changes, a leading insurance broker said yesterday,
with the potential economic benefits set to flow from such a move
described as "phenomenal".
Guilden Gilbert, of Andeaus Insurance, said that if the Bahamas
was to exploit a potential move by captives away from the US,
both the Government and financial industry needed to clearly
state that this nation wanted and welcomed the business, in addition
to beefing up the industry regulator and other supporting infra-
structure.
Vermont and other US states, such as South Carolina, have
rapidly built up burgeoning fledgling captive insurance industries,
but these could be threatened by an Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) proposal to eliminate captives' ability to claim tax deductions
for money set aside in reserves to pay for future claims and losses.
SThe IRS is proposing that these deductions would only be allowed
at the time the actual claims are paid out, potentially leading to mil-
lions of dollars in taxes being collected up front.
In response, Mr Gilbert said: "Now is the ideal time for the
Bahamas to take advantage of it.
"Anything that does this will be beneficial to the Bahamas, if the
Bahamas can move forward and do what it needs to do. If the
Bahamas can get in there and push for something like that it will be
good for the Bahamas long-term, especially with the Bahamas try-

SEE page five


Contractor's Cable break disrupts many companies

* By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune that a contractor work- Bahamas and international des- erage Corporation, decided to especially those companies
Tribune Business Editor ing for the Water & Sewerage tinations up one side of the ring dig a hole through the BICS, reliant on e-mail communica-


HUNDREDS of Bahamian
businesses saw vital Internet
and e-mail communications dis-
rupted yesterday after Cable
Bahamas' Coralwave Internet
service suffered major inter-
ruptions when a contractor cut
clean through the main fibre
optic cable.
Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas' president, told The


Corporation had cut clean
through the Bahamas Interna-
tional Cable System (BICS),
which carries Internet and e-
mail traffic between this nation
and the US, at a point one mile
away from Treasure Cay in the
Abacos.
The BICS undersea fibre
optic telecommunications sys-
tem, which is owned by Cable
Bahamas 100 per cent-owned
subsidiary. Caribbean Cross-
in-'p. has been designed as a self-
healing ring.
This means that the company
will be able to route all telecom-
munications traffic between the


should there be a break in the
cable on the other side.
However, Mr Butler said that
there had been "high volumes
of traffic" that the BICS system
was asked to carry yesterday
morning. The fibre optic break
in Abaco meant that all this
traffic had to be routed up the
other side of the network from
New Providence to Grand
Bahama, which took time to
accomplish.
The Cable Bahamas presi-
dent told The Tribune: "We
actually had a physical fibre cut.
A contractor in Marsh Harbour,
working for the Water & Sew-


our fibre-optic cable. They cut
right through it at about 11am
this morning. They severed the
whole thing.
"There were high volumes of
traffic this morning, and we did
some re-routing to accommo-
date the traffic flows. That
should have started by 2pm.
"We had to route stuff away
from it, and route it from New
Providence and out. We had to
put on extra capacity."
Several Bahamian business-
es called The Tribune yester-
day to complain that their oper-
ations had been disrupted by
the Coralwave interruption,


tions and the Internet as a mar-
keting/selling tool.
Mr Butler, though, said com-
panies should have noticed a
marked improvement by about
2pm yesterday afternoon, with
Cable Bahamas expecting to
"get the network back to full
operation by tonight. Opera-
tionally for us, we'll be back to
normal this evening".
When asked how much it
would cost Cable Bahamas to
repair the Abaco cable break,
Mr Butler replied: "It's not
major. We're set up for it."
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* NEW YORK
Associated Press
WALL STREET retrenched Monday, closing sharply lower
as investors showed their cautious side and cashed in profits from
the market's best week in nearly five years. The Dow Jones
industrial average fell more than 100 points.
Given the scope of last week's gains, a pullback Monday
wasn't unexpected and perhaps reflected the normal ebb-and-
flow of trading.
"It's not like all of our problems went away because the mar-
ket was up a couple of days last week. There are still some
problems hanging over," said Tom Higgins, chief economist at
Payden & Rygel Investment Management in Los Angeles. He
said investors chiefly remained concerned about the labor mar-
ket given the huge effect of consumer spending on the econ-
omy and on the feasibility of efforts to aid struggling bond
insurers.
The session's move lower continued even after a Commerce
Department report showed that orders at U.S. factories rose by
2.3 percent in December the biggest increase since July.
Analysts had been expecting a 2 percent increase after a 1.7 per-
cent gain in November..
While stocks showed little reaction to the factory orders
report, Wall Street remains eager for any clues about the
nation's economic health. It continued to watch earnings reports
trickle in; the readings could help indicate whether Wall Street
last week carved the beginnings of a sustainable recovery. Last
week, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 4.39 percent, the
Standard & Poor's 500' index gained 3.75 percent, and the Nas-
daq composite index advanced 4.87 percent.
Downgrades of credit card companies American Express
Co. and Capital One Financial Corp. also weighed on stocks
Monday.
The Dow fell 108.03, or 0.85 percent, to 12,635.16.
Broader stock indicators also lost ground. The S&P 500 index
fell 14.60, or 1.05 percent, to 1,380.82, and the Nasdaq fell
30.51, or 1.26 percent, to 2,382.85.
The Dow is 10.8 percent below its record close of 14,164.53
from Oct. 9, but is up 8.6 percent from the 15-month lows it hit
in January. The Federal Reserve's second interest-rate cut in
about a week helped boost stocks last week.
Bond prices fell. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury
note, which' moves opposite its price, rose to 3.64 percent from
3.60 percent late Friday.
The dollar slipped against most other major currencies, and
gold prices also fell.
Light, sweet crude oil rose rose $1.06 to settle at $90.02 a bar-
rel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
In corporate news, Google Inc. said Sunday that Microsoft
Corp.'s $42 billion bid for Yahoo Inc., announced Friday,
amounts to an attempt to gain illegal control over the Internet.
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Monday the pro-
posed deal would leave the software maker as a "strong No. 2
competitor" against Google.
Google, whose stock is down about one-third from its high of
$741.79 on Nov. 6, fell $20.47, or 4 percent, to $495.43, Dow com-
ponent Microsoft dipped 26 cents to $30.19, and Yahoo rose 95
cents, or 3.4 percent, to $29.33.
Financial stocks, which helped drive last week's gains, fell after
the Financial Times reported that major private equity firms
aren't likely to take part in efforts to shore up the finances of
troubled bond insurers Ambac Financial Group Inc. and MBIA
Inc.


The Baha Mar deal





is finally sealed


LATE last week the
Government finally
signed a supplemental Heads
of Agreement with Baha
Mar, which presumably
removes the final barriers to
the start of a $2.6 billion
investment and redevelop-
ment of the Cable Beach
area.
In announcing'the signing
of the supplemental agree-
ment, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham stated that it will
be tabled in the House of
Assembly shortly, as some of
the contemplated land trans-
fers will require parliamen-
tary approval.
While we will not know
the Baha Mar deal's costs in
terms of investment incen-
tives and the magnitude of
required spending by central


Financial


Focus


LByLarry Gibson


makes good sense for the
Bahamian people. However,
without access to pertinent
data it is impossible to ren-
der an independent opinion
at this stage.
POTENTIAL
IMPACT OF BAHA MAR
The size of the Bahamas
economy, as measured by


the risk to the Bahamian
economy is that if the mobil-
isation takes an inordinate
amount of time, (which is
only a timing issue), the
economy could get worse
before it begins to get bet-
ter.
It is not certain exactly
how much of the preparatory
work relating to the project
has already been completed.
Has the master plan been
finalised? Have architectural
drawings been completed for
the major buildings? Have
civil engineering plans been
completed for the new road
network, sewerage plant and
electrical plant? A review of
Baha Mar's website shows a
truly impressive rendering of
what the resort is expected
to look like. However, a des-
tination of the proposed
magnitude requires massive
planning.
Don Robinson, Baha Mar
Resorts president, was quot-
ed as saying on the supple-


recession now. This has enor-
mous implications for our
economy because of our
heavy reliance on our neigh-
bours to the north. Second, I
maintain that the full impact
of crude oil at $100 per bar-
rel is not fully priced into our
economy. The price of oil
directly impacts the cost of
utilities, the cost of inward
shipping, and the overall lev-
el of prices generally.
Third, Florida's possible
moves to impose a 6 per cent
sales tax on exports could
ultimately add as much as 8-
9 per cent on the cost of
imports purchased in Florida.
Finally, our tourism sector
has been challenged in
recent times and could soften
further.
CONCLUSION
While the Baha Mar agree-
ment is good news, we need
to move swiftly to ensure it
commences as soon as possi-
ble and without delay. I am
told that while the large pro-
posed hotel will use large
amounts of imported labour,
Bahamian contractors will be
used extensively for the con-
struction of the commercial
centre and most of the road
works.
To the extent that we can
have a significant Bahamian
construction content, the
greater the benefit this pro-
ject will yield. It is fair for
an analysis of this type to
raise the question as to


"Very few countries in the.
world have the opportunity to
have such a single investment
in 'bricks and mortar' made
into their economy over a
relatively short period of
time."


mental agreement: "We ar
pleased that the way is clea
to move forward on this pro
ject, as we finalise project
documentation and proceed
with initial development
activity." This suggests tha
much preparatory work i
still pending.
CONCERNS
What could contribute t(
a weakening of the Bahami
an economy in the interim
There are four principle fac
tors working against th
economy in the short-term.
First, the US economy i
slowing and the jury is ou
as to whether it is actually ii


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whether the domestic labour
pool, particularly in con-
struction, is poised to take
full advantage of such a
mega projects? The policy
implication is: Do we contin-
ue the cycle of importing
Indians, Filipinos, Mexicans,
Brazilians and others to
build our major infrastruc-
ture, or do we do address our
technical training pro-
grammes? This is food for
thought.
Until next week...


Gross Domestic Product
(GDP), is about $6.3 billion.
The GDP of a country is
defined as the total market
value of all final goods and
services produced within a
country annually.
The widely-touted invest-
ment of $2.6 billion is equiv-
alent to a staggering 41 per
cent of GDP. Very few
countries in the world have
the opportunity to have such
a single investment in 'bricks
and mortar' made into their
economy over a relatively
short period of time. Accord-
ing to Baha Mar's website as
of last night, the resort is
scheduled to open in 2011, a
mere three years from now,
which seems extremely ambi-
tious. If Baha Mar is able to
deliver all that is promised,
this project will have a trans-
formative impact on the
Bahamas for many years to
come.
The most critical element
is whether all the funding is
in place to allow the project
to proceed without delay.
For a project of this magni-
tude, there will be a period
of mobilisation before we
can 'see and feel' the impact
from the foreign currency
inflows into the economy.
QUESTION
The real question is: How
long will the mobilisation
process take? Is it three
months, six months, one year
or more? In the short-term,


government and public utili-
ties on infrastructure until
the Heads of Agreement
details are made public, this
project offers prospects of a
positive and much-needed
economic stimulus for the
Bahamas.
There must be a presump-
tion that the Government
has done a thorough
cost/benefit analysis on the
incentives granted and the
corresponding national ben-
efit. Further, there must be
the presumption that it all


POST SCRIPT
s Today is 'Super Tuesday'
at in the US, a day where 24
n states will hold their caucus-
es or primary election con-
tests. Historically, this is a
'make or break' day for the
ultimate presidential nomi-
nees. On the Republican side
the process has been whit-
tled down to John McCain,
Mitt Romney and Mike
Huckabee. Similarly, the
Democratic race is now
clearly between Hillary Clin-
ton and Barack Obama.
Either of the Democratic
candidates will make histo-
ry upon receiving their par-
ty's nomination.
A total of 2,025 delegates
are needed to secure the
Democratic nomination,
while 1,191 delegates will be
required to secure the
Republican nomination.
Until next week...
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder
of Security & General Insur-
ance Company in the
Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do
not necessarily represent
those of Colonial Group
International or any of its
subsidiary and/or affiliated
companies. Please direct any
questions or comments to
rlgibson@atlantichouse.com.bs


a a
ea e


"There must be a presumption
that the Government has done a
thorough cost/benefit analysis on
the incentives granted and the
corresponding national benefit."


PROCLAMATION


Hubert A. Ingraham
Prime Minister

WHEREAS, Junior Achievement Bahamas, an after-school
programme, is designed to prepare young people to participate in the
economic development of The Bahamas, offering education and training
in business-related activities;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and
Culture in partnership with the business community has provided
opportunities for the development of young people through scholarships,
career guidance and entrepreneurial exposure;

AND WHEREAS, Junior Achievement provides young people with
the hands on experience in the basic principles and practical training
in the operations of small businesses;

AND WHEREAS, Junior Achievement, over the past twenty-nine
years, has provided to the youth throughout The Bahamas a positive,
exciting leading curriculum and, environment with numerous employment
opportunities;

AND WHEREAS, Junior Achievement Bahamas will be celebrating
with a month of activities under the theme "Passion for Achievement",
demonstrating the valuable contributions made by corporate sponsors,
boards of directors, adult advisors, centre managers, volunteers and
former Junior Achievers over the years;

NOW THEREFORE, I Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the month of
February 2008 as "JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT MONTH".

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
Hereunto set my Hand and Seal
this 31st day of January, 2008.






HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER


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Private sector 'encouraged'


by FNM health reform


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE spokesman for the coalition of pri-
vate sector and trade union groups that
united to oppose the previous PLP admin-
istration's National Health Insurance
(NHI) plan yesterday said they were
"encouraged" by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's approach to healthcare reform,
which was markedly similar to their pro-
posals.
Winston Rolle, the former Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce president, said
that he could not speak for the Bahamas
Coalition for Healthcare Reform, but
added that the Prime Minister's
announced intention to upgrade the exist-
ing healthcare infrastructure and facili-
ties, then implement phased reforms, tal-
lied with their own suggestions.
"Obviously the approach the Prime
Minister suggested is kind of what we were
suggesting in terms of taking a phased
approach to the implementation of an
NHI plan," Mr Rolle told The Tribune.
"It also ensures that the benefits offered
will be sustainable and sensible, as
opposed to a comprehensive, all-encom-
passing package."
Mr Ingraham said on Sunday that before
a comprehensive NHI programme can be
effectively introduced in the Bahamas, the
Government must first improve the
existing public health facilities, notably
the deteriorating Princess Margaret Hos-
pital.
Criticising the PLP plan, the Prime Min-
ister said: "We need to expand upon and
improve what we have we need more
money we need better facilities and the
rest of it and the money can only come
from us in a paying in kind of fashion. It is
easy for me to say I'm gonna give you
National Health (insurance) and don't
produce. Where is the National Health
(insurance) going to come from?
"The same PMH is going to be there,
the same clinics are going to be there, so I
pay my money in this scheme and what are
you going to give me? The same thing I
had last week?"
In response, Mr Rolle said that "believe
it or not", the suggestion that the
Bahamas' existing healthcare infrastruc-


ture be updated was the first of the Coali-
tion's 'seven guiding principles' outlined in
2006.
"Before we can even begin to discuss
the delivery of new services or extra fund-
ing for extra services, those existing facil-
ities need to be upgraded to world-class
facilities, so they can handle the anticipat-
ed extra volume of patients." Mr Rolle
said.
He added that the Coalition had had
no contact with the Government since it
first met Dr Hubert Minnis, the minister of
health, after the Ingraham administration
took office.
"We are in the process of pursuing that
again, especially with the National Phar-
maceutical/Drug Plan being discussed in a
public fashion," Mr Rolle said.
Adding that the Coalition was encour-
aged by the Government's approach to
healthcare reform. Mr Rolle said: "The
only thing we'd like to see that would
encourage us more is more consultation.


but it's a matter of timing, and I'm sure
that when the minister gets his feet settled
and finds out where everything is, he will
want to start the consultation process
again.
"If you take a look at what is going to be
proposed with the Drug Plan, it appears to
be focused on chronic illnesses, and pack-
aged with an element of preventative
care."
Combining preventative care with mak-
ing drugs needed to fight chronic illnesses
affordable for all Bahamians, Mr Rolle
said, would lessen demand for the services
provided by an NHI scheme by reducing
the level of illness among the population.
The former PLP government passed the
National Health Insurance Act, the legis-
lation to enable it to bring in such a
scheme, during its final months in office.
The timing of its introduction to Parlia-
ment and its passing appeared designed to
boost the PLP's electoral chances. Had it
been re-elected, the Christie government
was likely to have moved on with drafting
the regulations to govern the NHI scheme,
seeking to have these concluded before
year-end 2007 so that the plan would now
have been in effect.
While the intervention of Bahamian vot-
ers prevented such a scenario from hap-
pening, Mr Rolle previously pointed out
that the NHI Act was still on the statute
books.
This meant that any government, be it
the current administration or any of its
successors, especially a PLP government,
would merely have to pick up where the
Christie administration left off, draft and
then pass the necessary regulations to
bring the NHI scheme into effect.
The Coalition, and its private sector and
trade union members, resolutely opposed
the NHI scheme as proposed, fearing it
would serve as a drag on the Bahamian
economy, its financial needs would be
unsustainable, it would reduce business
profits and individual disposable incomes,
and be an ever-increasing burden that the
public and taxpayer would have to
bear.
Mr Rolle yesterday said "the devil is in
the detail" of any Bill, and in the NHI
Act's case, this would be in the regula-
tions that have yet to be drafted.


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IN THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED JOHNSON
late of "Sunnyside" East Bay Street 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 all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 7th March, 2008, after
which date the Executor will proceed to
distribute the assets having regard only to
the claims of which he shall then had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that
all persons indebted to the said Estate are
requested to make full settlement on or
before the date hereinbefore mentioned.

HIGGS & JOHNSON
Chambers
Ocean Centre
Montagu Forshore
East Bay Street
P.O.Box N-3247
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Executor


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THE TRIBUNE


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)


SUNLIGHT ASSETS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
the Dissolution of SUNLIGHT ASSETS LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The date of
completion of the dissolution was the 28th Day of January, 2008.







LIQUIDATOR




LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

LAPPELTON LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000), the
Dissolution of LAPPELTON LIMITED has been completed,
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register. The date of comple-
tion of the dissolution was the 28th Day of January, 2008.






UIMODAliY
.IQUIDTroR


Fleming: St Georges show





'signs they want to sell'


FROM page one

tainty in Freeport among the
Port's licensees, investors and res-
idents.
The Government is also con-
cerned about the situation, which
is paralysing investment in
Freeport at a time when the econ-
omy is still struggling to recover
from the 2004 hurricane season.
The Fleming Group has a very
strong financial services back-
ground, and plans to develop the
sector on Grand Bahama.
"I think there is potential for all
sorts of different industrial sec-
tors, but as we come from a finan-
cial services background it is easy
to talk about that," said Roddie
Fleming.
"I looked at Grand Bahama in
1993 to set up an offshore finan-
cial services business with the late
Edward St George and Sir Jack.
Unfortunately, nothing came
about.
"So I was delighted when Sir
Jack approached me and asked
if would I be interested in buy-
ing into his business, which was
the future of the island. And, of


course, I see huge potential here
for an offshore financial services
centre, which is actually the
biggest value-added for the local
economy.
"We get very excited about it
because there is a global contrac-
tion in offshore financial services
sectors. And a new one with a
clean start, I think, would be very
appealing. Our job is to make
sure we have the highest quality
of financial services company set-
ting up here."
Mr Fleming said an obvious
area to start in building the indus-
try was in trust services, which
administer the ownership of fam-
ily assets, and double taxation
agreements.
Mr Fleming said the feud
between the GBPA partners was
irrelevant to the Fleming Group.
"I would hope to be able to
buy them both out, and really to
start afresh and bring in very
strong partners of worldwide
fame... to the business sectors we
see and believe can be developed
here, to the advantage of the
economy as a whole," Mr Flem-
ing said.
"There needs to be change...


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and what we have is a very good
international reputation. We have
a global brand name, and there
are not many global brand names
left in the financial services are-
na."
Mr Fleming noted that in Flem-
ing's previous business, which
they sold for $9 billion to Chase
Manhattan in 2000, it was very
successful in Asia, which was an
emerging economy like Grand
Bahama, the company setting up
partnerships to develop a much
stronger and deeper economy.
"Our history really is being the
first foreign investor in many
emerging markets, in countries
such as Japan, China all the way
down the Asian archipelago," Mr
Fleming said.
"And many things, such as for-
eign ownership restriction, sensi-
tivity to local feelings, and immi-
gration etc are very much the
same as here.
"We have a very good track
record, and we believe in part-
nership. We like to make money
with others, and we have tradi-
tionally made lots of people mon-
ey," said Mr Fleming.
He hoped that his meeting with
Grand Bahama businesspersons
was a positive one.
"I hope they will see and buy
into my vision of what we can do
here. There is a lot that needs to
be done here. I think we can do it.
But it is not a complex issue. We


have done it before and I think
we can do it again," he added.
"We just arrived here and there
are not enough people coming to
the island.
"It's fantastic, and it should be
the easiest thing in the world to
start foreign businesses, individ-
uals and families, and I think we
need to do just do that."
Mr Fleming dispelled any
notions about the Haywards or
ousted GBPA chairman Hannes
Babak having an interest or stake
in Fleming's bid to purchase the
GBPA.
"Rick and Sir Jack are just very
good friends of mine and
have been for a long time," he
said.
The minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, minis-
ter of housing and national insur-
ance, Kenneth Russell, and min-
ister of tourism, Neko Grant,
were present at the luncheon.
Also present were Sir Orville
Turnquest, attorney for the
GBPA's immediate holding com-
pany, Intercontinental Diversi-
fied Corporation (IDC); ex-
GBPA executive Barry Malcolm,
who is now understood to be
advising Fleming; former PLP
cabinet minister and now Fidu-
ciary Management Services
(FMS) attorney, Alfred Sears,
Senator Kay Smith, and a number
of prominent investors and
licensees on Grand Bahama.


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Legal Notice
NOTICE

VIKA SHIPPING LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) VIKA SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution under
the provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 29th January, 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Iit. David
McLeman of St. George's Court, Upper Church
Street, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 EE as sole Liquidator.

Dated the 29th day of January, 2008.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companics Act. (No.45 of 2000).
TARROT HOLDINGS LIMITED is in dissolution.
Mrs. Alrena Moxey is the liquidator and cma be
contacted at Winterbotham Place. Narlborotigh &
Queen Streets, Nassau, Balhuuas. .ll persons having
claims against tie above-nauned company are required
to send their names, addresses and pMaticulars of Ihcir
debts or claims to the Liquidator before larch 4. 2008.




ui OMunTO


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LOUIZENOR PIERRE of ROCKY
PINE RD., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen'of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 29TH day of January,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Pricing Information As Of: C F A L
Monday, 4 February 2008
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES VISIT WWW BISXBAHAMAS COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX- CLOSE 2,048.93 / CHG -0.47 / %CHO -0 02 / YTD -17 82 / YTD % -0.86
52wvK.H 52w.-Lo Secunrl y, Previous Close Today's Close -Cnange Dail, c1' EPS i. D. S P'E Yield
1.71 0.75 Abaco Markets 1 7 I 1 7 i I:10 O 157 000 ? 10 0 00.
11.80 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%
9.68 8.03 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.7 2.71%
0.85 0.80 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.5 3.53%
3.74 1.85 Bahamas Waste 9 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
2.70 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.65 2.60 -0.05 1.000 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%
12.64 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.64 12.64 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.3 1.90%
3.15 2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 1.27%
8.50 4.42 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.82 7.82 0.00 0.428 0.260 18.3 3.32%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.71 4.97 0.26 0.129 0.052 36.5 1.10%
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.45 2.45 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.8 0.82%
7.45 5.70 Famguard 7.45 7.45 0.00 0.713 0.280 10.4 3.76%
13.01 12.30 Finco 13.00 13.00 0.00 400 0.829 0.570 15.7 4.38%
14.75 14.25 FirstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00 0.914 0.470 16.0 3.22%
6.10 5.12 Focol (S) 5.12 5.12 0.00 0.363 0.140 14.1 2.73%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.017 0.000 45.3 0.00%
8.00 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.50 12.50 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.8 4.88%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0600 86 600%
Fidelity Over-Tne-Counler Securllies
52 ,.II 52s-2.k-Lo.'. S,mbol Bio i LL.: IFr...- '.' c. .,. I EPS DI. .1 F tE Yield
14 6r 11J 25 Bahamas S.pernrr arkels l 1 3 6i.,. i. .., 1 l 1 185 1 3 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 0.35 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
Colina Over-The-Counlar Securillls
rl 01 1 rj00 BD"B .11 ::, 3 ::, .l 1 I, Jl.. 2 7' ~ 910 6 70 '
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Lslaed Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months C) I Yi.'.i
1.2920 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.291985**
3.0008 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 3.00076**
1.3773 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.376507'
3.7969 3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.7969** 27.72% 27 72%
11.9333 11.3545 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.9333"* 5.53% 5.53%'
FINDEX CLOSE 945.61 / YTD -0.67% / 2007 34.47%
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2008, PAGE 5B


FROM page one

ing to re-establish itself.
"The initial step could be as"
simple as the minister making a
statement in Business Insurance
saying the doors for captive
business in the Bahamas are
open. I think the Government
needs to show they are absolute-
ly serious, so captive managers
start-up captive operations to
support any business that comes
in."
Yet much work needs to be
done if the Bahamas is to re-
establish itself as a serious play-
er in the captive insurance busi-
ness, in which it was once the
world leader.
Not least is to bring to Par-
liament and pass the potential
new External Insurance Act,
long talked about, and a Bill
upon which much work has
been done.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune last year that the Govern-
ment was "moving aggressively
to get it [the Act] passed", and
had hired an external consul-
tant to finish work on the Bill.
"From what I'm hearing, I
believe the current government
is fully committed to re-estab-
lishing the Bahamas as a cap-
tive domicile and a jurisdiction
for the larger global insurers,"
Mr Gilbert said yesterday.
"It really comes down to the
Government taking a very pub-
lic and international position
that the Bahamas' doors are
now open and ready for busi-
ness. The possibility is there that
captive managers elsewhere may
look at running books of busi-
ness through the Bahamas,
because of the costs of doing
business here."
Mr Gilbert pointed out that
salary and living costs were low-
er in the Bahamas than in both
Bermuda, the acknowledged
world-leader for large captives,
and the Cayman Islands, anoth-
er competitor.
This made the Bahamas
potentially a very attractive
jurisdiction for any exodus of


captives from the US, Mr
Gilbert adding that rental costs
and construction costs in this
nation were also "significantly
lower" than in Bermuda.
Captive fees in the Bahamas
are currently $2,500 per annum,
much lower than the $7,000
charged in the Cayman Islands.
A BFSB study in 2004 projected
that if the Bahamas could cap-
ture 600 captives, the size of
Cayman's industry, some $1.5
million in fees would be gener-
ated for the Registrar of Insur-
ance's Office.
To match its marketing and
natural advantages, Mr Gilbert
said the Bahamas needed to
strengthen the Registrar of
Insurance's Office and over-
come a "catch 22" situation.
On the latter, he explained
that there was a relative dearth
of Bahamas-based captive man-
agers,'the exceptions being
Atlas Insurance, an affiliate of
the Britannia Consulting Group/
Cotswold, and the Winterboth-
am Trust Company.
Mr Gilbert: "It's a difficult
situation, because I don't think
anyone will put money into
developing captive business if
they don't see efforts by the
Government to promote the
Bahamas as a captive domicile,
and the Government is reluc-
tant to push the Bahamas as a.
captive domicile because we
don't have any captive man-
agers. It's a catch-22, and it will
be interesting to see how it plays
out."
Mr Gilbert said Atlas Insur-
ance, which is run by Martin
Eveleigh, had re-domiciled to


the Cayman Islands because "he
could generate some captive
business there as the market
allows for it.
"The regulator understands
it, and the regulations are not
onerous for new captives being
set up."
But in the Bahamas, with "no
disrespect to the Registrar of
Insurance's Office, I don't think
the expertise or experience
resides in that office".
Mr Gilbert said that to attract
and build a captive insurance
industry, the Bahamas needed
a regulator who understood the
industry and how the business
worked.
Captives, which in their sim-
plest form insure their parent
companies as a means of self-
insurance, were not "paper com-
panies", Mr Gilbert said, but
firms that did real business, with
proper capitalisation that under-
wrote the risks of their parent.
With relatively few captive
managers currently domiciled in
the Bahamas, Mr Gilbert added
that any initial inquiries on the
industry would most likely have
to be handled by the Registrar
of Insurance. As a result, the
regulator would have to know
where in advance to direct any
captive insurance business.
If the Bahamas succeeded in
enticing small and medium-sized
captives back to this nation, Mr
Gilbert said the economic ben-
efits could "be phenomenal".
"The attorneys will automat-
ically get work, the accounting
firms will get the work because
of the audits, and even invest-
ment management companies


and the banks will benefit,
because the captives will need
to run bank accounts," Mr
Gilbert said.
Other benefits would be spin-
offs for the hotel industry from
increased room bookings and
occupancies, increased demand
for office space, increased car
sales and property sales, plus
increased demand for telecoms
services.
On the latter, Mr Gilbert said:
"BTC's platform needs to be
improved. A lot of business is
done over the cell phone, and
there are a lot of dropped calls
in this market."
South Carolina has also
shown the potential benefits the
Bahamas could earn from cap-
tive insurance, having increased
the number of captives domi-
ciled there from two in 2000 to
85 in 2003, and 114 in 2004.
Some $4 million in revenues
were generated for the state,
with its captives holding $61 mil-
lion in cash and $66 million in
managed investments.
There are 4,000 captives
around the world, with more
than $250 billion in assets, gen-
erating collective premium vol-
ume of more than $50 billion
per annum.
Yet as Simon Townend, who
heads the KPMG Corporate
Finance operation in 'the
Caribbean, pointed out at the
Bahamas Business Outlook
Conference, while most captives
were domiciled in jurisdictions
such as Bermuda, the Cayman
Islands. British Virgin Islands
and Vermont, the Bahamas had
only one registered captive.


Contractor's Cable break disrupts many companies


FROM page one

He added that this was the second time Cable
Bahamas had suffered a break in its BICS cable
system on land, the previous one having occurred
at Sandy Point, in southern Abaco, some three to
four years ago. ;
That was again caused by a contractor cutting


through the main fibre optic cable.
The only undersea cable break sustained by
Caribbean Crossings' fibre-optic cable system
came from alleged dumping by the Bahamas Oil
Refining Company (BORCO) off the Grand
Bahama coast.
That case has since ended up in court, with
Caribbean Crossings seeking $1 million in dam-
ages for the alleged 'dumping'.


LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)


WELLER MANAGEMENT LTD.


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of WELLER MANAGEMENT LTD. has
been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was the 29th of
January, 2008.



PANAMRICANMAAGEMENT
SERVICE (BAHAMAS) LTD.
Liquidator



Legal Notice
NOTICE


LOMAX INVESTMENT LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, LOMAX INVESTMENT LIMITED is in
dissolution as of December 21, 2007.

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


LIQUIDATOR


FREEPORT CONTAINER PORT LIMITED
Is pleased to offer a CAREER OPPORTUNITY to a qualified candidate
In the position of:
CIVIL ENGINEER

Candidate must possess the following minimum qualifications and experience
and perform the essential functions of the job-including but not limited to:

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a minimum of Five
(5) years' experience in civil and marine engineering.


RESPONSIBILITIES:
Freeport Container Port Limited
* Supervision of All Civil Engineering projects including: Phase V
development, Phase 1 repairs, establishment of additional Stacking Area,
construction of an Amenities Building, preparation for additional Reefer
Capacity and all property maintenance an repairs for Freeport Container
Port.


Freeport Harbour Company Limited
* Supervision of repairs to quay walls; entrance and breakwaters,
consultation on new Cruise Facility, Bahama Rock Mining Program and
all property maintenance and repairs for Freeport Harbour Company.


Grand Bahama Airport Company include:
* Construction of a new Fuel Farm, construction of an extension to the
Domestic terminal and all property maintenance and repairs for Grand
Bahama Airport Company

Eighteen months on the job training will be provided before assuming full
responsibility for the position.


Candidates are required to forward Resume to:


The Human Resource Director

Freeport Container Port Limited

P.O.Box F-42465

Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Our dedicated and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with
comprehensive solutions in individual investment counseling and professional
portfolio management. Our total commitment is always to our clients and we
focus without compromise on their financial well-being and their personal values.

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum
requirements:

Qualifications:
At least Five (5) years experience in installation, configuration
and troubleshooting in a banking environment-
Superior knowledge of GLOBUS/T24 Banking Application in
both support and development roles
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Knowledge of AIX 5.1 5.3, UNIVERSE/JBASE, PL/SQL
Experience in working with Globus/T24 related migration or
implementation projects.

Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Good. technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and willingness to work flexible hours as
overtime
Previous experience of working in a production support role in maintaining
Globus/T24 system is a plus.

Other Duties:
Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)
Provide UNIVERSE & GLOBUS training to IT Staff
Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives
Ensure that "Business Contingency Planning" requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and performance bonus
Pension Plan
Health and Life Insurance
Ongoing internal and external career development/training
program

APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN WRITING. Persons not meeting the
minimum requirements need not apply.
Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas

DEADLINE: 15h FEBRUARY. 2008


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THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00678

In the Estate of ALLEN C. SHERMAN, JR. late of 730
N.E. 20th Lane in the City of Boynton Beach in the County
of Palm Beach in the State of Florida one of 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 in the Probate Division
by EARL A. CASH, of the Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Successor Letter of Administration in the above estate
granted to BRIAN M. O'CONNELL the Personal
Representative of the Estate, by the Probate Division in the
Circuit Court for Palm Beach County Florida, on the 25th
day of January, 2007.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00027

Whereas PERRY ARBACES PINDER of Spanish Wells
on St. George's Cay, one of the Cays of the Eleuthera Island
range of Cays in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration with the will annexed of the
Real and Personal Estate of ARBACES PINDER late of
Spanish Wells on'St George's Cay, one of the Cays of the
Eleuthera Island range of'Cays in the Counofiwealth 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
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00028

Whereas PERRY ARBACES PINDER of Spanish Wells
on St George's Cay, one of the Cays of the Eleuthera Island
range of Cays in 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 LILAH GERALDINE PINDER late.of Spanish Wells
on St George's Cay, one of the Cays of the Eleuthera Island
range of Cays in the Commonwealth of The Bahama,
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
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00029

IN THE ESTATE OF FRANK GEORGE ALSTER, late
of 262 Wearimus Road,, Ho-Ho-Kus in the State of New
Jersey, 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 in the Probate Division
by MELISSA L. SELVER of Western District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Letters
Testamentary in the above estate granted to MARY WAIT
and BARBARA WENDT, the Executrixes of the Estate,
by the State of New Jersey, Bergen County Surrogate's
Court, on the 27th day of September, 2004.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00032

Whereas CLEVELAND LEROY HANNA of Peach 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 JAMES
RANDOLF HANNA (a.k.a.) JAMES R. HANNA late of
Spring Point on the Island of Acklins, 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
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00033

Whereas DEBORAH SANDS of Vesey 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 ALLAN SANDS late of Vesey
Street in 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
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00034

Whereas EARLA ROSNEL RUSSELL of Arawak Avenue
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 GEORGE
ELONE HIGGS (a.k.a.) SAMUEL GEORGE ELONE
HIGGS late of Eight Mile Rock in the Island of Grand
Bahama, 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
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00038

Whereas E. TERRY NORTH of Winton Highway 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 EDWARD
JOSEPH BENSON (a.k.a.) EDWARD J. BENSON late
of 9449 Abbott Avenue, Surfside, Dade County in the State
of Florida, 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 Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00039

Whereas JENNIFER STUBBS of 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 VERNAL
F. RUTHERFORD late of Hawthorne 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
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00040

IN THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM LESLIE JONES, late
of 2005 Lawrence Avenue West in the Town of Oakville
in the Regional Municipality of Halton in the Province of


Ontario in the Dominion of Canada, 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 in the Probate Division
by EARL A. CASH of Marlin Drive, Western District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Certificate of Appointing of Estate Trustee With a Will in
the above estate granted to THE CANADA TRUST
COMPANY and BRIAN WILLIAMS JONES, the
Executors and Trustees of the Estate, by the Superior Court
of Justice at 491 Steeles Avenue West, Milton in Ontario,
L9T 1YZ on the 8th day of June, 2005.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00043

Whereas LORI ELIZABETH LOWE, of the Eastern
District, New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas Attorney by Deed of
Power of Attorney for Lazelle A. Grothe, The Personal
Representative, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for letters of administration with the will
annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of HOWARD L.
GROTHE, late of 4932 Silverthorne Court, Oldsmar,
Pinellas County in the state of Florida 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.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar




COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00044

IN THE ESTATE OF JON RICHARD BROCKETT, late
of 1017 Port of Call Villas in the City of Freeport in the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, 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 in the Probate Division
by W. CHRISTOPHER GOUTHRO of Freeport, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The.Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate in the above estate
granted to DAVID HENRY NEVILLE the Executor of
the Estate, by the District Probate Registry at Winchester,
Birmingham on the 6th day of December 2004.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00046

IN THE ESTATE OF JACQUELINE J.M. DAUCHY,
late the County of New York in the state of New York, 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 in the Probate Division
by DR. DEBRA ROSE MUNNINGS of the Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Certificate of Letters of Administration in the
above estate granted to WILLIAM A. SIMON the
Administrator of the Estate, by the Surrogate's Court of
the County of New York, on the 27th day of March, 2007

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00047

IN THE ESTATE OF JERRY A. DORMINY, late of 4053
Indian Trail in the City of Destin in the County of Okaloosa
in the State of Florida 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 in the Probate Division
by STEPHEN J. MELVIN of the Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters
of Administration in the above estate granted to SHERRY
W. DORMINY the Personal Representative of the Estate,
by the Probate Division in the Circuit Court for Okaloosa
County, Florida of the 9th day of October, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00048

IN THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH STOKES DOYLE, late of 2800 North Ocean
Drive, Apartment Number 23 in the City of Singer Island in the County of Palm Beach
in the State of Florida, one of the States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that the expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by EARL A. CASH of the Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed of Letters of Administration in the above estate
granted to ANNE C. DOYLE the Personal Representative of the Estate, by the Probate
Division in the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, Florida, on the 17th day of
December, 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00049

IN THE ESTATE OF IRIS ELIZABETH WIDINCAMP (a.k.a IRIS ELIABETH
GAYLORD), late of 18218 Foxtrace Court, Lutz in the County of Hillsborough in the
State of Florida, one 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 in the Probate Division
by MICHELLE Y. CAMPBELL of the Eastern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Order of Summary Administration
in the above estate grantedto SHARON W. ROYAL the Administratrix of the Estate,
by the Probate Division in the Circuit Court of the 13 Judicial Circuit in and for
Hillsborough County, in the Florida, on the 22nd day of March, 2007.
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00050

IN THE ESTATE OF MARGARET V.L. HISCANO (a.k.a MARGARET VON
LENGERKE HISCANO, MARGARET VON L. HISCANO) late of the Township
of Millburn in the County of Essex in the State of New Jersey one 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 Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the Probate
Division by LORI E. LOWE of the Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of Certified Letters Testamentary in the above
estate granted to MARGARET H. McDERMOTT the Executrix of the Estate, by the
Chancery Division in Probate Part, Surrogate's Court of Essex County, Newark, New
Jersey on the 4th day of December, 2006.

Desire Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00051

Whereas ALLAN DELENORE GIBSON of No. 14 Aloe Road, Winton Meadows,
Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the lawful widower has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of LORRAINE
GIBSON late of No. 14 Aloe Road,,Winton Meadows, Eastern District, 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.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
7TH FEBRUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00053

Whereas JUDY MAE RODGERS of No. 4, Robert Maynard Drive, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Lawful Widow
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of SAMUEL GREGORY RODGERS a.k.a.
GREGORY RODGERS late of No. 4, Robert Maynard Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama,
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.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


* By JESSE J. HOLLAND
AP Labor Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -
For a bipartisan majority of
senators, providing three
months or six months of extra
unemployment checks to more
than 1 million jobless people
is a better way to dig the econ-
omy out of a recession than just
printing tax rebate checks.
Some economists agree, and
undoubtedly, so do the nearly
1.3 million unemployed work-
ers who face losing an average
$282 a week in benefits before
June.
But there is strong opposi-
tion leading up to a Senate vote
in the week ahead on whether
to add an extension of jobless.
benefits to a $161 billion
House-passed combination of
tax rebates and business tax
cuts.
Consider Deborah El, a 64-
year-old diabetic who lives in
Pittsburgh. She will exhaust her
26 weeks of regular benefits
this month after being laid off
from her job as a program
coordinator at a nonprofit lit-
eracy agency.
El is taking care of her 26-
year-old disabled daughter,
Orissa, while also looking for a
job and trying to find a new


* By MICHAEL
FELBERBAUM
Associated Press Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -
A hedge fund seeking board
seats at The New York Times
Co. and Media General Inc. has
a history of using its stake in
companies to pressure for
changes to improve profitabili-
ty.
Harbinger Capital Partners
has had mixed results with com-
panies ranging from steel
processors to computers and is
turning to media companies,
hoping to rehabilitate a strug-
gling industry.
Late last month, the New
York hedge fund disclosed
plans to nominate three direc-
tors to the board of Richmond's
Media General, a publisher and
operator of newspapers and
television stations primarily in
the Southeast. It also joined
investment firm Firebrand Part-
ners in notifying the Times of a
joint effort to name four direc-
tors to its board.
The investors said they were
not looking to change the com-
panies' dual-class structure,
which allows founding families
to control a majority of the
board.
Harbinger is Media Gener-
al's second-largest shareholder,
with 18.4 percent of the com-
pany's Class A shares. Harbin-
ger, together with Firebrand,
have 4.9 percent of the Times'
shares.
On its Web site, Harbinger
states its "objective is to achieve
superior absolute returns by
participating primarily in invest-
ments involving distressed/high
yield debt securities, special sit-
uation equities and private
loans and notes."
Harbinger did not return a
phone message Friday seeking
comment.
Moves like those being made
by Harbinger and Firebrand are
becoming more common, said
Charles Elson, director of the
Weinberg Center for Corporate
Governance at the University
of Delaware.
"Anytime you see a company
with what the investors view as
poor performance with gover-
nance lapses ... they invite those
sorts of challenges," Elson said.
"Activist investing has done
very well for these funds."
Elson said that typically com-
panies will compromise and
give the investors board seats.
And, he said, if they get repre-


place to live.
"I don't know what I'm
going to do. I'm really scared,"
she said. "I've never been like
this before. I've always been
employed, I've always worked.
I went back to school a few
years ago and got a master's
degree, but it doesn't'mean
anything."
As the economy has slowed,
more people have signed up
for jobless benefits. The situa-
tion can only get worse given
the report last week that
employers payrolls by 17,000
in January a job loss not
seen since the tail of the last
recession in 2003.
The unemployment rate also
is on a generally upward trend.
It jumped to 5 percent in
December, the highest since
right after the Sept. 11 attacks
in 2001, then dipped to 4.9 per-
cent in January.
Last week, the number of
laid off workers filing applica-
tions for unemployment bene-
fits soared by 69,000 to 375,000.
It was the most new claims in
one week since October 2005,
when Hurricane' Katrina and
the other Gulf Coast storms
disrupted the economy.
The National Employment
Law Project estimates that 1.28
million people now collecting


sentatives on the board and
company strategy changes a bit,
they do pretty well.
Last year Harbinger engaged
in a proxy battle with Chicago
steel processor Ryerson Inc.,
nominating board members to
improve the company's perfor-
mance. Harbinger also was dis-
appointed with Ryerson's pro-
posed $1.06 billion takeover by
California-based Platinum
Equity.
After Ryerson shareholders
rejected Harbinger's nominees,
the hedge fund sold off its stake
in the company and Ryerson
was acquired.
Harbinger teamed with Fire-
brand at least once before, in
2006, to seek seats on the board
of computer manufacturer
Gateway Inc., which ended with
Gateway putting Firebrand
founder Scott Galloway on its
board. Gateway was bought by
Taiwanese computer maker
Acer Inc. in October.
Harbinger's portfolio includes
Salton Inc., which sells George
Foreman grills and Farberware
appliances; and wireless com-
munications companies Leap
Wireless International Inc. and
TerreStar Corp.
In October, Harbinger also
invested about $234 million to
help Bally Total Fitness emerge
from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
and go private.
While the Times has publicly
said little of the move, Media
General has fought back, calling
Harbinger's action "hostile" and
"ill-advised" and recommend-
ing it abandon its endeavor.
Media General also touted
strategic operational and finan-
cial steps it has taken in
*response to the challenges fac-
ing the newspaper and broad-
cast industries.
"For our company, and for
the entire industry, it was one of
the most difficult in recent
memory, perhaps in history,"
Marshall N. Morton, Media
General's president and chief
executive said of 2007 in a con-
ference call with analysts and
investors on Thursday.
Newspaper publishers have
struggled as advertisers shift
spending online, following read-
ers who get their news from
Internet sites.
Slower employment growth
and the housing market melt-
down have also curbed spend-
ing on classified and real estate
ads.
Automotive ads have been
down for several years.


unemployment checks will be
unable to find a job in the next
six months and thus lose that
help.
The plan before the 100-
member Senate will need 60
votes to prevail. It would cost
$14 billion and extend unem-
ployment payments for 13
weeks nationwide to people
whose 26 weeks of regular ben-
efits have run out.
People without jobs in states
where the unemployment rate
has averaged 6.5 percent or
more for three months could
qualify for an additional 13
weeks of benefits, or 52 weeks
altogether. Only Michigan
would qualify for the extra 13-
week extended benefits now;
more states could join it if the
job market continues to wors-
en.
"Every economist will tell
you that stimulus spending will
get into the economy much
quicker than a tax rebate," says
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Mark Zandi, chief economist
at Moody's Economy, esti-
mates that every dollar spent
on extending jobless benefits
will generate $1.64 in new eco-
nomic activity. Income tax
rebates, he said, generate $1.26
of economic activity for every
dollar they cost the Treasury.
"It is hard to think of a group
of Americans who are more
likely to spend the marginal
dollar than families that have
been forced by job loss to scale
back their normal standards of
living," said Alan S. Blinder, a
Princeton University econom-
ics and public affairs professor.
Zandi'said rebates have the
-,added advantage of helping
fight off a loss in consumer
confidence.
"Nothing is more psycholog-
ically debilitating, even to those
still employed, than watching
unemployed friends and rela-
tives lose benefits," Zandi said.
House Democrats, in their
negotiations with Republicans
and the White House, sacri-
'ficed extended unemployment
benefits in a deal to let millions
of people who do not pay
income taxes but earn at least
$3,000 a year share in the
rebates.
Many conservatives and
Republicans view jobless ben-
efits as a drain on the economy
rather than a potential boost
to it. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.,
said extending jobless benefits
may keep people from work-
ing.
"Most people find a job in
the last two weeks of their
unemployment," Gregg said.
"That's human nature. They
stay on unemployment almost
until the end and then they find
a job. If you extend it another
year, those folks who could be
productive, producing a job,
creating economic activity by
having a job will stay on unem-
ployment even though there
may be a job out there that
they could take." Unemploy-
ment insurance is a joint pro-
gram between states and the
federal government that is
almost completely funded by
employer taxes, either state or
federal. Only three states -
Alaska, New Jersey and Penn-
sylvania collect taxes from
workers for their unemploy-
ment benefit programs.
Currently, people who are
out of work generally through
no fault of their own can collect
up to 26 weeks of state aid in
most states, with an additional
13 weeks available in states
that have high unemployment
rates.
The Labor Department esti-
mates that 7.5 million people
got about $32.2 billion in
unemployment benefits
between October 2006 and
September 2007.
The average weekly benefit
is $282; Hawaii has the highest
state average, $384.16, and Mis-
sissippi the lowest, $176.05,
according to the most recent
Labor Department data.
Congress has extended the
benefits before during periods
that turned out to be reces-
sions: twice in the 1970s, again
in the early 1980s and 1990s
and most recently from March
2002 through December 2003.


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THE TRIBUNE


i By JIM THARPE
Cox News Service

ATI'L.ANTA It could be a
case of now or never as
Atlanta-based )elta Air Lines
pushes toward a decision on
\\lethcr to attempt a merger
\\ith \with Miinnesota-based
Northwest Airlines, forming
the biggest airline in the world.
Some people familiar with
the talks believe a deal will be
struck soon possibly within
tw\o weeks or Delta will walk
awav and concentrate on the
statndalone plan the carrier
devised to emerge from bank-
ruptcy last year.
Delta and Northwest officials
have declined to comment pub-
licly on the merger talks or a
possible timetable 'for an
announcement. Stock prices for
both airlines advanced late last
week Delta was up 10 per-
cent Friday despite a dearth
of news about the potential
union.
"I think this thing will be
resolved one way or another
by Feb. 15." Minneapolis-based
airline consultant Terry Trip-
pler said. "I think that by then
they would even say, 'Hey, we
tried, and it did not work.' "
If a deal is struck, Trippler
said, the carrierswant to get
the proposal to the U.S.
Department of Justice as
quickly as possible.
Any merger would have to
wade through a storm of polit-
ical posturing, but the final say
about whether it flies would
come from the Justice Depart-
ment. Some analysts believe
the carriers want to get an
agreement soon so the deal will
be considered by business-
friendly. Bush-appointed reg-
ulators.
"There may be a finite win-
dow where they get to a point
and find out it's not going to
happen the way they wantit to
happen," Colorado-based air-
lines analyst Mike Boyd said.
"The longer it goes on, the
greater the indications are that
this ain't no slam dunk."
Boyd said he doesn't believe
the carriers are bound by a
timetable. And he said both
carriers could face increasing
problems with labor, politicians
and economic realities as talks


advance.
"There's this fantasy that if
you mate two plow horses
you'll end up with a thorough-
bred," Boyd said. "They might
come to the realization that
might not happen."
Robert Mann, an airline ana-
lyst from New York state, said
he thinks economic pressures
soaring fuel costs and a soft-
ening business climate rather
than any strategy about Justice
Department approval will drive
the timing of a merger attempt.
"There's a lot of pressure to
make this happen," Mann said,
"There's pressure from
investors. There's pressure to
do it first. There's pressure
from the people who gave
them bridge loans out of
restructuring."
Both Delta and Northwest
emerged from Chapter 11
restructuring last year.
Mann has declined to specu-
late on the possible timing of a
merger.
"The longer it goes, the less
likely it is to get done," Mann
said. "You strike while the iron
is hot, or you end up without
an iron in the fire."
Delta CEO Richard Ander-
son has assured Georgia politi-
cians he would only seek,a
merger in which Delta is the
surviving entity and remains
headquartered in Atlanta,
according to U.S. Sen. Johnny
Isakson (R-Ga.).
Delta believes it can com-
bine its extensive domestic
presence with Northwest's mas-
sive route system in Asia and
Europe to create a global car-
rier with its main hub at Harts-
field-Jackson International Air-
port, the world's busiest air-
port. The merger would give
Delta hubs in Amsterdam and
Tokyo and push Delta's Asia
expansion plans ahead by
decades.
"This would truly be a world-
class global airline," Trippler
said.
Trippler also believes a
Delta-Northwest deal will trig-
ger a wave of consolidation in
the airline industry.
"If Delta and Northwest
announce by Feb. 15, we'll hear
another one by March 1," he
said. "I think the second one
is right behind the first one."


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* By ANTHONY
McCARTNEY
Associated Press Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -
Martha Rodriguez's four-bed-
room, 1,500 square foot house
has plenty of space, but lately
it's left her feeling a bit
trapped.
For more than a year,
Rodriguez and her husband
have been seeking a buyer for
the south Tampa home they
bought in 1978 and where they
raised three children. For more
than a year through open
houses and price drops -
they've waited.
Now Rodriguez, 56, hopes
that last week's passage of
Amendment 1, which is sup-
posed to reduce property tax-
es, will lead a buyer to her
doorstep. So are plenty of oth-
er Floridians, many of whom
have been stuck in a real estate
market that went from
unprecedented to pedestrian
nearly two years ago.
Amendment 1 and the Fed-
eral Reserve's lowering of
interest rates has sellers and
real estate agents wondering
- is the market ready to
rebound?
SHome'prices have been
declining in many parts of the
country for two years, and
Tampa and Miami have been
among the metro areas to see
the steepest drop.

Decline

In September, Tampa had
the nation's steepest drop in
home values. Miami took over
the top spot a month later.
Data for the end of the year
wasn't any better prices in
Miami dropped 15.1 percent
in November from a year ear-
lier, according to Standard &
Poor's/Case-Shiller home price
index. Tampa saw a 12.6 per-
cent decline from November
2006.
Voters in both areas strong-
ly supported Amendment 1 -


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a property tax cut measure
approved by voters on Tues-
day. Hillsborough County vot-
ers went 3 to 2 for approval
while 71 percent of Miami-
Dade County voted for the
proposal. It offers average
reductions of $240 on tax bills
for a homeowner's primary
residence and allows them to
keep lower rates when they
move.
That's precisely what the
Rodriguezes want. They plan
to buy another, smaller house
and live closer to their daugh-
ters and grandchildren in west
Tampa. When they move,
they'll take with them a $1,500
annual property tax bill one
that is already far lower than
many of their neighbors. If
Amendment 1 had failed, their
tax bill would have been based
on the price of their new home
and could have doubled.
Portability is a big reason
Elizabeth Abernathy also sup-
ported Amendment 1.
At 79, Abernathy doesn't
want to move from the home
that she and her husband built
in 1954 on Davis Islands, a
community near downtown
Tampa. But now widowed and-
her halting footsteps aided by a
cane, Abernathy knows the
day will come when she has to
downsize.
She would like her children
to take over her house, but the
property tax hike they would
incur makes that difficult. With
portability, though, Abernathy
said she feels better about her
options.
Realtors, who also heavily
backed Amendment 1, expect
it will jump-start the market.
They say for months they've
encountered skittish buyers
reluctant to purchase homes
or condos.
"I see a lot of buyers sitting
on the fence," said Kimberly
Kirschner, chairwoman of the
Realtor Association of Greater
Miami and the Beaches.
Jordan Booth, a 21-year-old
superintendent for a commer-
cial contractor, has spent the


last year living in a rented con-
do, saving money and watching
home prices drop.
He was recently approved
for a 30-year, 5 percent fixed
mortgage, and plans to buy his
first home in Lutz, a mostly
rural community north of
Tampa.
He voted for Amendment 1,
partly because he's sure it will
help him in coming years.
Experts foresee improve-
ments, but also believe it will
be the result of interest rate
cuts.
"I don't see any dramatic
effect to the real estate mar-
ket out of Amendment 1," said
Dean H. Gatzlaff, chair of
Florida State University's real
estate department.

Inventory

Lower interest rates, how-
ever, may help clear the inven-
tory of homes that have been
for sale for some time, he said.
Tampa Bay area real estate
agents are hoping that recent
sales data shows the market is
rebounding.
Home sales numbers in
December ticked up slightly,
and agents are reporting more
interest from buyers, said Deb-
orah Farmer, president of the
Greater Tampa Association of
Realtors. "Prices will rise
again," she predict. '
She is encouraged by the
recent sales data and reports
from the association's mem-
bership that suggest more are
imminent.
Miami, however, still has a
glut of homes and condos on
the market that still need to
change hands, Kirschner said.
More condos are under con-
struction and about to open
and even Kirschner, a success-
ful real estate agent for 20
years, can't predict'how many
of those will sell.
"We know we're going to
get buyers," she said.
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Amendment 1 a 10 percent
annual cap on tax assessments
on non-homestead property -
will spur more purchases.
Kirschner predicted some
properties will likely be bought
by Canadians and foreigners
whose currency is stronger
than the dollar.
Meanwhile, sellers who are
skeptical, or unaware, of gov-
ernment efforts are taking
matters into their own hands.
Kyle Nemet, a Tampa car
dealer who's now making ends
meet by selling big rig trucks to
foreign markets, is offering a
luxury car to anyone who buys
his house.
In 1999, Nemet built a five-
bedroom, four-bathroom home
in a gated community north-
west of Tampa. Last year, he
was offered $635,000 for the
home, but decided not to sell.
"I'm regretting that decision
big time," he said. "I haven't
had an offer on that house in
seven months."
Now, if he gets back the
roughly $500,000 he owes, he
said he'll be happy.
He'll even hand over the
keys to a 2004 Lexus LS430 to
the buyer.
Nemet didn't vote for
Amendment 1 he hadn't
heard anything about it until
after Tuesday's election. But
he scoffed at the idea that the
savings or even the ability to
move homestead exemptions
would help much.
"This $200 nonsense is not
going to cure anything,"
Nemet said. He's competing
against many of his neighbors
who are trying to sell, without
success.
Rodriguez's block doesn't
pose the same competition.
Yet despite numerous selling
points her home is within
walking distance of several
shops and restaurants, and
access.to some of Tampa's best
public schools she and her
husband continue to wait for
a buyer.
"I wanted to move a long
time ago," Rodriguez said.


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