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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: February 7, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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MBy PAUL G TURNGUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
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gr eD Pe Liera I ty tC nt
Pratt has opted to continue her
convalescence at home and
avoid the House of Assembly
when it next sits in order to
properly recoup from a bout of
tendomitis to her upper left hip.
Speaking with The Tribune
exclusively yesterday, Mrs Pratt,
the Member of Parliament for
St Cecilia, thanked the many,
many persons who visited her.
sent cards and flowers of well
wishes during her time in the
hospital and at home.
Mrs Pratt also said that at this
time, she will not be making any
decisions as to her political

SEE: page 13

'Difference of

Opinion' between
doctors who
attended Esfakis
II By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
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JURORS in the Coroner's
Court yesterday heard about a
"difference of opinion" between
two doctors attending burns
patient Christopher Esfakis
over whether or not he should
be subject to a particular med-
ical procedure a day before he
died at Doctor's Hospital in
April 2002.
Testifying inl court. Dr Regi-
nald Neymour admitted that he
was "frustrated" when the
patient's "primary care physi-
cian" Dr James Iferenta dis-
agreed with his early aIssessmlent
that an immediate precaution-
ary step should be taken to
ensure that Mr Esfakis' alirway
would not close off should the
internal inhalation injury he also
appeared to have suffered wors-
en.
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Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
GOLDEN Gates MP Shane
Gibson yesterday alleged that
there are several reports of
improprieties on the part of
Western Air that are of "major
concern" to the airline's pas-
sengers.
lia ent r ~rnnd tahe mo-igs
sion yesterday, said that reports
have come to him that indicate
that the airline has been adjust-
ing its records "'to manipulate
the system" and has been mak-
ing its pilots fly longer hours
than is recommended.
The PLP MP said that his
cousin, Philip Hanna, a West-
ern Air pilot, complained to him
that he was flying such long
hours that he is often extreme-
ly fatigued when he operates
the aircraft
During one landing, Mr


Gibson said ljis cousin told that
him that he ~as on the verge of
''blacking wit'. from exhaustion,
Reports li ke these and last
week's emergency landing of a
SIEE page 10


II By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
OPPOSITION leader Perry
Christie has expressed satisfac-
tion that the government has
finally signed-off on a supple-
mental heads of agreement for
development of the Cable
Beach resorts.
"I thiink it's just going to be a
wonderful thing and hopefully
one day Mr Ingrahiam will sa~y,
'Thank you Mr ( 11lu one', said
thte opposition leader YesterldIY
outside the House of Assem-
bly.
Last week, Prime M~inister
Hubert Ingraham, and senior
representatives of Baha Mar
and uarah's sigi ed a $2. Thi;


develop the Cable Beach
Resorts, some 33 months after
the Christie administration
signed the first $1.2 billion deal
ivith the developers.
An impasse emerged in the
negotiations, however, between
the then government and the
Baha Mar led group, as the
developers desired increased
concessions, after increasing


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Shane Gibson allegeS

reports of improprieties

at Western Air


Minister claims former govt's
'failure' prevented Ba~hamianS
moving into affordable homes
THE failure of the former administration to convey land to the Min-
istry of Housing has prevented many Bahamians from moving into
aforari e ees mn a sdterSs ddis fion M ister of State for Legal
uThe minster pointed out that houses in this subdivision remain
His comments came as debate continued on resolutions vesting land
in the Perpall Tract Subdivision and Pride Estates to the Minister of
Housing
Minister Bannister explained that thie purpose of the resolutions is to
convey land to the Minister of Housing who cito then convey lots to
homeowners so that they can acquire title for these ~properties.
This is required, he noted, because under the previous administration,
SEE, pe 10


MiniSter questions
PLP government'S
tranSfer of land
to Arawak IHomes
II By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig~tribunemedia.net '
MINISTER of State for Pub-
lic Utilities Phenton Neymour
yesterday raised the question
of why the former PLP admin1-
istration was able to give
Arawak Hlomes title to a prop-
erty in Perpall Tract at a time
when the system was reported-
ly too backed up to give "hur~d-
working" Bahamians titles to
their government-built homes
in the same area.
Making his contribution to
the resolution before the House
to convey 11.8 acres of landl in
Perpall Tract to the Minister of
Housing, Minister Neymour
yesterday told parliament that
he found it very interesting that
the Christie administration

SEE page 10














~ti~y~'.Housing Minister accused of



trying to mislead parliament
LC~C/C~ By PAUL G TURNQUEST
T'"'nun Stiaf bRe nret Russell under fire from Shane


SBy TANEK Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
ALTHOUGH the future of
the PLP's Senate challenge
remains up in the air, former
Prime Minister Perry Christie
said yesterday that his position
on the issue has not changed.
Mr Christie still regards the
FNM's Senate appointment of
Tanya Wright as "unconstitu-
tional."
"Well, I obviously believe
that the Senate appointment is
unconstitutional. That has been
my position, I maintain that
position and I respect the fact .
that the matter is before the
courts."
Mr Christie also said the
prime minister should have
waited on the decision of the
Supreme Court before appoint-
ing: Anthony Musgrove to the
last vacant Senate seat on Mon-
day.


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THE TRIBUNE


Gibson in homes controversy


FORMER Minister of Hous-
ing Shane Gibson yesterday
accused current minister Ken-
neth Russell of intentionally try-
ing to mislead parliament by
claiming the last government
built 23 homes in Pride Estates
for which residents could not
get mortgages.
Speaking in the House of
Assembly yesterday, Mr Gib-
son, MP for Golden Gates, said
that not even one house was
-built on the land in question.
He claimed this misrepresenta-
tion of the facts was intentional.
"I think the member of High
Rock (Mr Russell) intentional-
ly tried to mislead the entire
country by telling us that: there
were houses built on this land in
Pride Estates when he knew
that wasn't the case. Not one
single house on that land, Mr
Speaker.
"I believe he deliberately did


- there are houses on other
land, but not that land."
Mr Gibson said he was not
surprised, claiming that Mr Rus-
sell is "obviously in over his
head and confused."
Holding up a copy of The
Nassau Guardian, Mr Gibson
showed an article where Mr .
Russell is quoted as stating that
the Bahamas Mortgage Corpo-
ration was $300 million in debt.
Mr Gibson said the state-
ment is "completely false."
"And then, the next day he
sought to come back and said
that he didn't say t u
recorders don't lie," he said.u
The MP said that despite
making the debt claim in
August of last year, Mr Russell
has not come to parliament "to
get a single penny to try an cor-
rect it."


that. That was deliberate.
Because I could go there right
now in my car and find out, so
all the member had to do was
drive out there and he would
find out, too. "Not on that land


Mr Musgrove, the FNM's
deputy chairman, was appoint-
ed Monday following Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham's
announcement a few weeks ago
that he had given Mr Christie
and the PLP enough time "to
get their act together."
"I would have thought that
the matter, th'e appointment,
would have awaited the court
decision but the prime minister
under the constitution must
consult with the leader of the
opposition before making the
appointment," said Mr Christie
outside the House of Assembly
yesterday.
''The consultation took place,
the respected differences were
emphasised on this matter ird
he then went on to advise for
the appointment and the
appointment was made.
"And so, therefore, my posi-
tion remains the same in oppo-
sition to those appointments
that he has made under the
appropriate section of the con-


stitution. We will have to await
the determination of the court."
Yesterday Paul Adderley,
counsel for the opposition,
could not conclusively state the
status of the party's Senate chal-
lenge.
"I don't know yet. I don't
know how we'll deal with Mr
Ingraham. You'll know in due
course," he told The Tribune.
The PLP maintains the
appointment of Ms Wright to
the Senate was unlawful
because it is not in accordance
with Article 40 of The
Bahamas' constitution.
The opposition also contends
that a member of their party
should have been appointed to
the vacant seat to reflect the
balance of the House.
The FNM argues that under
the constitution, the prime min-
ister is authorised to make three
Senate appointments with or
without the consent of the
leader of the opposition.


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ele tin c rtM oae to get
underway in just under two
weeks, attorneys f or FNM
MP Zhivargo Lamng have
mounted yet another chal-
lenge against Pleasant
Bre a r'spbead It rney
for Mr Laing, indicated to
Justices Anita Allen and Jon
Isaacs yesterday that a
notice, of motion was filed
on behalf of Mr Laing on
Monday.
That application, accord-
ing to Mr Smith, seeks to
have the court strike out the
petitioner's list of particu-
lars, either as a whole or in
part, on the grounds that the
list seeks to increase the
number of challenged voters
from at least 100 to 136.

Smith aa 00nt to aMr
amendment of the petition.
Wayne Munroe, an attor-
ney for Ms Bridgewater,
told the court that he was
not prepared to make sub-
missions on the matter.
Mr Munroe said the notice
of motion had only been
brought to the attention of
Philip 'Brave' Davis lead
counsel for Ms Bridgewater
- on Tuesday evening and
was just brought to his
attention yesterday mnorn-

The matter has been
adjourned to February 14 at
10am.
The Marco City case is set
to begin on February 18 in
Nassau, meaning that people
whose vo es are being chal-

brought ro New Providence.
Mr Lain~g, of the Free
National Movement, won
his seat by 47 votes, accord-
ing to results of' the May 2
general election.
Ms Bridgewater -- who
was the incumbent is
challenging the votes of 100O
persons on the grounds that
they were allegedly either
not ordinarily resident in
Marco City or not Bahamian
citizens at the time of the
election.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008, PAGE 3


THE TRIBUNE


Tribune Freeport Reporter
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FRE EPO RT'- Tra~nsshipment
containers from South America
are now being heavily scruti-
nised as they arrive at Freeport
Container Port where many
large drug seizures have
occurred over the past two
years.
On Tuesday, Grand Bahama
police and Container:Rort
security found 216 kilos of
cocaine valued at $6.5 million
hidden in a container from
Colombia.
Investigations into the seizure
are underway and are being con
ducted in conjunction with inter-
national law enforcement agen-
cies.
Police say containers arriving
at FCP are subjected to either
X-ray scanning by customs offi-
cials or inspection by security
officers. wIho w~ork closely w~ith
DEU officials.
The latest drug seizure: is the
first for 2008.
According to Police Superin-
tendent Basil Rahming. a joint
drug interdiction team procee~d-
ed to the Freeport Container
Port at around 3.30pm on Tues-
day.
D~EU officers were directed
to a storage buy, where they
searched a 20 foot metal con
tla 1 r co Seven large black duffle bags
were seized, which were found
to contain the dr~ugs.
Mr RahmingS said the conltain-
er came in board the MSC
SUKAINA, from Medellin'
Colombia at around 1lam on
Tuesday.
The container was in transit
to Montreal, Canada.
The narcotics were flown to
New Providence on Tuesday
evening onboard an O)PB Ai'


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THE severe weather that
spawned deadly tornadoes
throughout the South threat-
ened to delay Thursday's
planned launch of shuttle
Atlantis, already two months
late in getting to the space st?-
tion with a new lab, arccordling
to Associated Press.
Rain, clouds and possibly
even a fierce thunderstorm
were expected right around 2:45
p.m., launch time, prompting
forecasters to reduce the odds
of an on-time liftoff to a mere
30 percent. .
It's "kind of like our sum-
mertime day," shuttle weather
officer Kathy Winters said
Wednesday.
NASA managers said they
would not consider canceling
the launch for weather reasons
until early Thursday, if at all-
Although the weather should
improve Friday, it's not expect-
ed to get significantly better
until e~arlyl next week, Winters
said.
Atlantis has been sitting on
the launch pad, with the Euro-
pean Space Agency's Colum-
bus lab tucked mn its payload
bay, since late last year. Two
back-to-back launch; attempts
fizzled in December because of
feldgauge falbl es, tt same
bedeviled the shuttle program
for more than two years.
Atlantis' seven astronauts -
five Americans, one German
and one Frenchman will
install the $2 billion Columnbus
l at the international space
station, already home to the
U.S. lab Destiny. The Japanese
Space Agency's lab Kibo, or
Hope, will'follow Columbus to
the space station in pieces on
three separate shuttle flights.


helicopter.
No arrests have been made in
connection with the seizure.
According to reports, most of
the drugs that are found in con-
tainers at FCP arrive from
Colombia and Ecuador.

Shi ment
The largest drug seizure at
FCP occurred in 2003 when $70
mlillionl worth of' illegal drugs
were discovered in a~ shipment
of coffee bearns that arrived from
Bueno Ventura, Colombia on
board the MSC' Jasmine.
'The seizure netted 507 kilos
of cocaine. Two'days later,
another 115 pounds of cocaine
wlas discovered.
In August, 2006, 319 kilos of
cocaine with an estimated street
value of $6i million was discov-
ered in seven large duffle bags
hidden among a shipment of
cardboard boxes.
The container had arrived
aboard the MSC Yokohama
which wras inbound from
G~uayaqulil, Ecuador, and in tran-


sit to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.
In December, 2006, $5.7 mil-
lion worth of drugs was discov-
ered in a container among a
shipment of frozen squid.
The container arrived on
board the MSC Parana from Pai-
ta, Peru, and was in transit to
Vigo, Spain.
In September, 2007, 120 kilos
of drugs valued at around $3 mil-
lion was discovered in a 40 foot
container the arrived on board
MSC Manaus from Guayaquil,
Ecuador.
The drugs was found among
a shipment of evaporated milk.
The container port was
equipped with a new state-of-
the-art mobile X-ray scanner
device in January 2007.
The device was stationed at
the port as part of a US Mega-
ports Initiative. The container
security initiative (CSI) provides
benefits to both the US and the
Bahamas.
Officials say CSI makes FCP
one of the most secure and effi-
cient ports in the world for trans-
shipment of containers to the
US.


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Weather outlook being scrutinised in Freeport



Iaunhof pace(011Wing drug seizures

Shuttle worsens By DENISE IVAYCOCK *~T~.:~:\L ~ AQ~ II


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I am not necessarily talking
about academic achievement,
although that may play a part.
I overheard a chance greeting
in Chapter One today and
spoke very briefly to a young
woman who had just returned
from living in China for a year
or so-
I don't know how or why
she had this opportunity per-
haps a sten ex change pro-
gramme another valuable
part of education I do
know she seemed assured and
mature. I know there are oth-
er students who are travelling
or studying abroad in places
other than the US or Canada
and I think it would be quite
incredible and illuminating to
Irave them describe their expe-
riences and what they feel
they learned from them-
Perhaps too, radio and TV
could start a weekly forum
hosted by young people for
young people where they
could discuss their own issues
and their suggested solutions,


with opportunities for 'phone
in questions and discussion.
There are leaders amongst
these young people, we only
have to identify them, encour-
age them and empower them
in helping to craft their own
destiny and create a society in
which they and their children
could flourish.
Exposure to things positive
rather than negative can only
be beneficial and from my
experience children of all ages
like to feel a solidarity and to
"fit in" with their peers.
Better it be ins rational,
demonstrating an alternate
direction for moving forward,
for those of their peers lack-
ing some of the rudimentary
life skills and sense of purpose;
better that they are "educat-
ed" to understand the part
they play in determining the
course of their own lives and
the consequences of their
actions for good or bad.
Let's give these young peo-
ple an opportunity to place
their footprints in the sand so
that others may follow.
VICTORIA SARNE
Nassau,
February 4, 2008.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

1 AM, like almost everyone
else, dismayed by the contin-
uing escalation of a variety of
crimes and the reckless disreg-
gardd for law and order dis-
played by many of the young
people in the country. As a
statement of the obvious, it
seems that the country is slip-
ping into chaos and with this
deeply pervasive, and multi-
layered. multi-faceted prob-
lem it will require solutions
on many levels some of which
I would like to suggest the var-
ious forms of media could ini-
.tiate
TI is may sound simplistic
but I don't believe it is. As a
mother and a grandmother I
have learned that sometimes
there are some simple answers
and that often even the most
obvious or small efforts, if
consistently applied, can end
up having a disproportionate-
ly, large and beneficial effect.
As a leader in the media. I
would like to suggest that The
Tribune start to run regular.
weeckly profiles on all, those,
so far, unremarked and unno-
ticed students in this country
who are doing extraordinary
things in many different ways.


COMMISSIONER Reginald Ferguson
recognizes that today's crime problem is
the result of society's diverse social ills,
which have developed over many years,
and consequently will not disappear
overnight.
He describes the wave as a moving tide
that has gathered momentum over the
years and now, in its fullness, cannot be
held back by any one segment of the com-
munity working alone.
The solution lies in total community
involvement. The police, despite their many
strategies, can only do so much. They need
the help of all concerned residents.
Bahamians, even in the commission of
crimes, were not considered a vicious peo-
ple.
Suddenly we are~ faced with a new type of
Bahamian -one who is bold, vicious, and
fearless.
Drive-by-shootings, shootings in daylight
hours on busy Bay Street are reminiscent of
the notorious Jamaican Posse, which is
known for its gun battles with the police
and drive-by shootings in disputes with
rival gangs over their drug turf. .
"As a part of their code," said one US
report on the Posse, which is a now major
criminal scourge in the US, extreme e ilo-
lence is directed at anyone they feel ha j~ -
respected them or is in their way."
Police believe that the fearlessness of
the Jamaican Posse has infiltrated our envi-
ronment.
Certainly there are Bahamians who have
been caught up-in their net of criminal
activities,
Several years ago the US started deport-
ing back home Bahamians who had served
their sentences in US prisons.
By the time they had gone through the
US criminal system these men were hard-
ened criminals with sophisticated ways of
committing crime.
Police are satisfied that their presence
back in the community has affected the
attitude of the criminal element in the
Bahamas.
Most of these deportees have estab-
lished themselves in New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Abaco, where many of


them have allegedly set up their drug net-
works. .
Police have major problems on their
hands when drug dealers fall out over mon-
ey or the theft of their drugs. The dispute
usually ends in murder. .
Another growing concern for the police
is the increasing appearance of young
Haitians in local crime-- guns and drug
trafficking.
A whole network, we are told, is emerg-
ing, which is exacting its own justice. We
see their names almost daily in our enime
reports.
They are Haitians, born in Nassau, prob-
ably without status and certainly without
any loyalty to a country that refuses to own
them.
However, with partially anglicised names,
they know no other country, and consider
the Bahamas home. Many a~re stateless.
If investigated it would probably be
found that they cannot be legally employed
without those precious "'papers" and so
have been sucked into crime's black hole.
This is a social problem that only go~-
ernment can solve.
It is only government that can decide
Wfo qualifies for citizenship and who
should not be here at all. If it is found that
shie of Haiti's criminal element has infil-
trated our society among the flow of
immigrants, then they should be weeded
out and deported.
This is one of society's social problems
that the police have to deal with when one
of its number appears on their crime blot-
ter. But the police have no strategy to re~m-
edy this social problem. The most they can
do is arrest the transgressors, bring then,
before the courts and hope, if convicted,
the magistrate will not release them back
onto the streets to rejoin the criminal gangs.
Although it is not true that the Bahamas
is far more dangerous than crime-ridd~n
Guyana, as claimed by the Economist of
London, there are certainly elements devel-
oping here that if Bahamians don't wake up
to the seriousness of our situation, and
help to remedy it, this country could justi-
fiably earn the "'most dangerous"' classifi-
cation in the not too distant future.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE Standard and Poor's
dowingrading of the projected
GDP for 2008)-09' is certainly
conservative and I have to
suggest still could be over esti-
mated and too posit ve.
S&~P analysts might not
know what we see who live
here.
Those who since May 2007
found themselves unemployed
and the sharp downturn in
economic activity which even
the Primd Minister is finally
accepting has negatively
affected the resilient econo-
my at May 2007 and seriously


impacted treasury revenue
although he has yet to accept
the total responsibility for the
downturn those persons will
simply become employed pro-
ductive: workers with the final-
ly coming online of Baha Mar
and Albany so there will basi-
cally be an equahising of ben-
ef'its.
Nassau Beach Hotel rooms
are gone and will not be
replaced for probably 24-36
months so just how will
tourism come close to or
break-even with the immedi-
ate past annual results?
The secret is not lowering
prices which certain officials
are suggesting as the hotel
association are already con-
finued that 60 per cent of their
members properties are not
making money anyway. I


notice that the Wyndham is
offering an extra-low special
for residents right now so that
has to confirm the truth not
all is well in the industry that
supports our economy.
A six-nmne per cent mecrease
on everything purchased mn
Flonida is not going to posi-
tively improve our cost bf
domng business or cost of living
which is already highly mnflat-
ed. Anyone who visits our
food stores sees week by week
or even daily mecreases which
have to be questioned when
you compare prices of Flonida
and add-mn shipping, insurance
and duty paid there is no
letting up.
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Nassau,
February. 2008.


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In attempting to highlight to
strength of the PLP, in the wake
of the rift between he and his
party chairman, Mr Christie
said: "... individuals really pale
in significance to the process
that must go on. You know,
there is nothing 1 really can say
about that and I would be dis-
appointed if Mr Rigby is unable
to give us the assistance that he
has so ably provided to this
point. But if he feels that under
circumstances, that unbridge-
able differences have arisen,
then as leader I will respect that





no comment on the issue. He
confirmed, however, that he has
"stepped down" as convention
chairman.
A PLP source, who wished
to remain anonymous told The
Tribune yesterday that Mr Rig-
by's decision shows a "clear
divide" between he and Mr
Christie.
Attempting to demonstrate
party unity, Mr Christie said
that both he and Mr Rigby have
the best interest of the PLP at
heart.
"What I can say to you is that
the life of the party will go on
regardless to what has hap-
pened. We're going to have a
convention, we're going to have
an excellent convention, we
hope to demonstrate to the
Bahamian people during our
convention that we are fit and
ready to represent them as we
should, and that our democracy
is vibrant and thriving as a result
of how we present ourselves as
the alternative to the present
government,"' he said.
A new PLP chairman will be
elected at the next PLP con-
vention, as Mr Rigby has
announced that he will not seek


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Tr b~uRe NSaE R~eporter
PLP LEADER Perry
Christie expressed disappomnt-
ment yesterday at party chair-
man Raynard Rigby's decision
not to participate mn orgamismg
the PLP's upcoming conven-
tion.
On Wednesday, Mr Rigby
was quoted mn the press as say-
ing he was no longer active in
planning the event.
He said that all questions
about the event should be
directed to the Mr Christie as
party leader.
if hewul attnh cno~ns nd
tion, Mr Rigby said: "I don't
know."
"If hre has said that, he must
know why," said Mr Christie
yesterday outside of the House
of Assembly, while addressing
the media on the Mr Rigby's
decision.
When asked if there is some
disagreement between himself
and the PLP's chairman, Mr
Christie referred reporters to
Mr Rigby.
"You know you would have
to ask him. And I'm prepared
to abide by what he says. You'd
have to ask him," said Mr
Christie.
The PLP leader said that he
had not yet seen the report
about Mr Rigby's decision, but
added that he has "great respect
for the chairman as a young
man."
He continued: "You know, if
he feels in all of the circum-
stances as a result of the process
that we're involved in, he
should remove himself, I'm sure
he would advise me during the
course of the day.
"'We had an initial discussion
where I thought something like
that ought hot to take place, but
you know in this business things
happen and there is certainly
no personal animosity no dif-
ferences that I would be con-
cerned about between the
chairman and myself."
When contacted by ThJe Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Rigby had


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SIR Clement Maynard is
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improve to allow the former
deputy prime minister to
undergo rehabilitative thera-
PY .
Opposition leader Perry
Christie made this statement
yesterday as he expressed
sympathy over the "grave"
condition of Sir Clement.
"Obviously our sympathy
goes out to Sir Clement and
his family.
"When I spoke with his
daughter (Allyson Maynard-
Gibson), she had indicated
tohus Ive ctleannede i
terms of his current condi-
tion," Mr Christie told The
Tribune after yesterday's
morning session of the House
of Assembly.
"They were very optimistic
that he was going to move
from stabilisation to some
form of rehabilitative work,
towards trying to bring some
degree of improvement to his
situation, but he is gravely ill,
as I'm advised."
Three days before Sir May-
nard took ill, he took part in
Majority Rule discussions in
Freeport with his one-time
adversary, former Chief Jus-
tice Sir Cyril Fountain, Mr
Christie said.
Sir Clement suffered a
stroke on January 26 and was
airlifted to Miami for treat-
ment.
Last week, his son Clement
Maynard HII said his father
wv is `r _sting and is very
alert".
During his extensive polit-
ical c-?reer, Sir Clenient
served as minister of tourism
from 1969 to 1979 and again
from 1984 to 1990, and was
named deputy prime minjs-
ter after the resignation of
Arthur Hanna from the Pin-
6_,lg Cabinet in 1984.
He held this post until the
PLP's defeat in 1992.
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THE multi-million dollar machine read-
able passport system is "working fairly well"
with over 550 e-passports issued since the
official launch in December 2007, Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs said this week.
As of January 15, 2008, the Passport
Office in New Providence has issued a total
of 557 passports: 415 regular passports, 120
children's passports, 15 frequent flyer pass-
ports, and seven diplomatic passports.
"That system is up and running in New
Providence and seems to be working fairly
well," said Mr Symonette, who has over-
sight for the Passport Office. "It takes about
two weeks to get the new e-passport; but
that time frame is expected to be reduced as
the system progresses.
"We anticipate thirt both the passports
and visa issuance systems will be fully oper-
ational by mid-2008."
The system is up and running in New
Providence: Family Island residents can
have their passports extended until further
notice.
The Bahamas officially launched the
machine readable passport or e-Passport
system on December 5, 2007, a move
intended to increase protection against iden-
tity theft, heighten aviation security and
combat illegal immigration.
The International Civil Aviation Organ-
isation (ICAO). of which the Bahamas is a
member. has mandated that all countries
must begin issuing machine readable pass
ports by 2010.
The passport is being upgraded from a


vide four systems to initiate the project.
Those systems are: an e-Passport issuance
system, a machine readable visa system, an
e-Identification issuance system (smart
cards for holders of work permits, spousal
permits, home owners residence permits,
permanent residence), and a border control
management system.
"The Bahamas' e-Passport, visa, e-Iden-
tification and border control initiative is of
significant national and international impor-
tance. It will enhance the security of our
state and it is anticipated that, over time, it
will ease the passage of our citizens through-
out the world," Mr Symonette said.
It also calls for a supporting key man-
agement system for the generation and
management of digital security keys, to pro-
tect and access the data stored mn the pass-
ports and cards.
This is an integrated project involving
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Depart-
ment of Immigration and the Data Pr-o-
cessing Unit of the Ministry of Finance.
The project involves four phases of unple-
mentation, which commenced in mid-Jan-
uary and will progress through the end of
July 2008.
After New Providence, the system will
be unplemented mn Grand Bahama, at Fami-
ily Island Administrator's offices and at
overseas missions.
Foreign nationals also will be able to
apply for and be issued machine-readable
visas in New Providence and at overseas
missions.
However, passport holders are being
advised to continue to travel on their exist-
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one with biometric features including
details of facial characteristics and finger-
prmnts.
Each passport holder is required to have
a National Insurance number.
In 1994, the government began exploring
the process of upgrading passports and oth-
er travel documents.
On December 22, 2006, the government
signed a contract with Indusa Global, a
Greenville, South Carolina-based informa-
tion technology development and consulting
firm, for an estimated $12.7 million to pro_


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maintain and develop the Lynden Pindling
Intemational Airport, the fourth busiest airport
in the Caribbean, serving over 3 million
passengers.

With the~ design of the Phase 11 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 (E01) with~ resumes of
the personnel proposed for the work, previous
work experience, liability insurance coverage
carried by the firm and the 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
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Minister McCartney Speaks
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Protection
THE~ practice of unscrupu-
lous building contractors prey-
ing on unsuspecting single
mothers must stop, Minister
of State for Tourism and Avi-
ation Branville McCartney
said in the House of Assembly
yesterday.
"We have a duty in this
place to ensure that it stops. I
have been informed that the
Bahamas Contractors Associ-
ation (BCA) has drafted pro-
posals for legislation in this
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resolution to convey land to
the minister of housing for
government housing. This con-
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to deal with:
issuance of licences
revocation of licences
insurance
ipisonment
"This is a step in the right
direction and I anticipate that
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said Mr McCartney.
He said the problem is a
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shraled nrt aismned onl at goe'-
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"Education must
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Carl Bethel
in schools has increased dra-
matically.
On the question of overhaul-
ing the education system, the
minister quoted Jackson L
Burnside: "We must reahise
then, that the student is at a dis-
ad unsaghowh one h cun iu m
toward the solution of the basic
social pr-oblems .. In any civi-
lized democratic country, it is
the obligation of the state to
prescribe a programme of train-
ing that actually aims at pro-
ducing the ideal citizen in the
community."
He said that because educa-
tion systems have failed to deal
directly with the social devel-
opment of the child. the
Caribbean region is experienc-


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A COMPLETE overhaul of
the education system is needed
to tackle the problem of school
violence, Minister of Education
Carl Bethel said.
He cited a recent edition of
Th~e Econonlist magazine, which
said that thie Caribbean region is
thl world leader in violent
Mr Bethel said the problems
of school violence in the
Bahamas "has the real poten-
tial for both social arnd eco-
nomic disruption if ignored."
"Education must be suffi-
ciently adaptable to changing
circumstances," he said.
Mr Bethel was speaking yes-
terday at the official opening of
the OAS/UNESCO regional
workshop on the reduction of
school violence, being held at
the Breezes Resort on Cable
Beach.
"An important objective of
this workshop is to build the
capacity of participants in the
design and implementation of
policy, programmes and strate-
gies aimed at reducing violence
in the schools," he said.
"While we in this qpuntry are
pleased with our successes in
education to date, we are also
are also aware that there is still
much work to be done."
Mr Bethel commented on
how imel ths aaa gho w

Augustine s College student the
Hle went on to speak of
regional similarities. noting that
in the past few\ years, thec rate of
violence in countries already
pre-disposed to high levels of
violence had escalated beyond
control.
Mr Bethel added that in
countries that previously had a
long history of relative peace,
violence especially violence


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ing the backlash which has
manifested itself as violence in
schools.
Mr Bethel said stakeholders
must commit to understanding
the problem, working collec-
tively to develop solutions, mar-
shalling resources to implement
programmes and monitoring
and evaluating the impact of
these initiatives.
He also spoke of the impor-
tance of proper home rearing'
saying that parents should
become more involved with
their children and take a more
active interest in their school-
work and activities, ensuring
that the latter promote
"growth" rather than degener-
at behad le to see the estab-
lishment of a National Parent-
ing Initiative. This will provide
parents with much needed par-
enting skills," he said.
Mr Bethel also spoke of the
benefits of peer mentoring pro-
grammes and school and com-
munity relations units.
He said that student govern-
ment should be re-established
to give students a voice and a
sense of pride and ownership
in their school.


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Arawak Homes.
Mr Neymour said that
appraisals, memoranda of
understanding and payments
were made for the property
that went to Arawak Homes,
"and yet hard-wor king (peo-


ple) could not get title to land,
but Arawak Homes could."
"This is hypocrisy," the min-
ister of state said.
Chairman of Arawak
Homes Franklyn Wilson yes-
terday called Mr Neymour's
comments "reckless, irrespon-
sible and unfortunate."
Mr Wilson said the state
minister "should be ashamed
of himself" for making such
statements, but would not
comment any further on the
matter.
Mr Neymour yesterday reit-
erated a statement he made
during this year's budget
debate, in which he accused
the PLP of a "'gross abuse of
power."
quoting from his budget
contribution, the state minister
said that he discovered that
the previous Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley


Roberts had approved the
swap of 8.63 acres of
reclaimed swamp land, located
in the vicinity of one of the
runways at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport,
for 10 acres of prime land in
the Perpall Tract area, which
was owned by the Water and
Sewerage Corporation (WSC).
"Who was this deal made
with none other than
Arawak Homes," Mr Ney-
mour said.
The state minister said that
the WSC had no need for the
reclaimed swamp land other
than to ensure that it would
not be developed and would
not impact the well fields adja-
cent to the airport. The land in
question, he said, was also des-
ignated by Civil Aviation not
to be used because it is needed
for run-off and drainage of the
runway.


"So why is land that is des-
ignated 'not to be used' being
given to WSC while prime
land that can be used for
financial gain is taken away
from WSC. Only one group is
set to gain Arawak Homes,"
he said.
Last week, Minister of
Housing Kenneth Russell told
parliament that the previous
government had built numer-
ous subdivisions, including
Perpall Tract, but failed to vest
clear ownership of the land in
the Minister of Housing to
enable him to transfer
ownership to persons pur-
chasing homes in the subdivi-
sion.
Due to this lapse in proper
procedure, he said, people
who purchased homes in the
Perpall Tract subdivision were
not given clear ownership
titles for their properties.


tionary landing" in Nassau after it had left Man-
grove Cay, Andros.
The airline's director of operations, Wolf
Seifert, explained that approaching Nassau, the
pilots noticed that one of the aircraft's landing
gears did not extend.
the l nisn e Irs toet aild, th r lotts oo
'ed to attempt a precautionary landing.
"They landed on runway nine and made a very
successful landing," Mr Seifert 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 inci-
dent.
Calls to Western Air's vice-president and COO
Shandrice Woodside-Rolle were not returned up
until press time. .
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es are empty and we have
brought the resolutions to Par-
liament so we can put roofs over
people's heads:
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Minister Bannister said that
by failing to convey the land to
the Minister of Housing "the
former administration has
caused problems for everyone
involved."
He emphasized that Members
of Parliament owe it to the peo-
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in having the houses occupied.
"Secondly, the Minister of
Housing cannot convey the land
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reobulutz butehe cannot put the
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bringing the resolution to Par-
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"That is regrettable because
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whatever the situation is that we
met, we have to fix it," said the
Minister.
Hw haeda mora ee sposbl
fr Ba aians ad, endhin g
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that we comply with the law.
"These resolutions ensure that
as we comply with our moral
responsibility we are also living
up to our legal responsibility.
When I speak about 'we', I
speak about this Parliament.
This is a Parliament of The
Bahamas and whatever we do
here today will go down in his-
tory as an act of this Parlia-
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transfer of land to Arawak Homes


FROM page one
could not transfer ownership
to families who bought homes
in that subdivision, but was
able to transfer 10 acres of
land in the same area to


Shane Gibson alleges reports


Of improprieties at Western Air


FROM page one

Western Air plane at'the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport (LPIA) have raised some serious
concerns about the company's operations, the
"isGibson said that flying on a Western Air
flight to Grand Bahama recently, he personally
experienced a curious incident.
He explained that the aircraft had already tax-
ied out onto the runway when it suddenly turned
back to the terminal.
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pulled up to fuel the aeroplane. Mr Gibson said
he does not know if this refueling was ordered
because the aircraft was carrying insufficient fuel
for the trip to Grand Bahama. The passengers
were not given an explanation, he added.
Mr Gibson said he reported this incident, along
with complaints of his cousin, to Western Air.
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should have done." He said the
FNM was intent on resolving
the issue upon entering office,
but me1Ct anI oultlanldish demand
for a multi-million dollar settle-
ment.
"When we came to office I
came with the clear intention
of seeking to resolve the issue
and offering some compensa-
tion to victims of the Sea Hauler
tragedy.
"Regrettably, I wasn't in
office f'or vecry long when they
wrote to me through their
lawyer and said they demanded
$12 million andi they would set-
tle for $12 miillion.
"B~ut that was a number that
was so outrageous and so out
of the ball park that we never
got focused again."
ploweverr Mr Ingraham said
his government has asked for
dtrla sof te in uries and other
tims. in hope of bringing the
matter to a close.
In 2003). the Sea Hauler mail-
boat and thle UIted1CC Star cargo
v escl c< lid, killing lsr peo-
pl Jnt ililn 2 te
I'he issue' has been highly
politicised and was a hot topic
during the 20)07 election season.


aBy TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthampson@tribunemedia.net
THE government has made
another promise to the victims
of the Sea Hauler tragedy -say-
ing it will soon provide mone-
tary compensation to some of
the affected persons.
During a media forum earlier
in the week, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said he was
not convinced government has
any legal obligation to the vic-
tims.
However, Mr Ingraham said
'he would soon make assess.
ments to determine the amount
of additional compensation to
be awarded.
"We've had some communi-
cation with some of the victims
end mndu course awe will be in
a judgment as to what we ought
to offer," he said.
According to Mr Ingraham
the government has paid out
more than $100,000 in assis-
tance to the victims.
He said there will be further
"cash offers" to some of the vic-
tims, but "not because we are
convinced that we have any
legal obligation or any legal
responsibility."
inMr Ingrahamtrehfutedn cain"
the PdLP blameworthy for the
ag en er said that they were
culpable; I said they had the
responsibility. I accept that the
government has no legal oblig-
ation to the persons involved
but just as I accepted that when
there wasna fi in eth strawl

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Perry Christie pleased with
government's signing agreement
for Cable Beach development

FROM page one

their investment to more thanl $2 billionl.
No agreement was reached betlween the groulp and thle Christie
administrationI before the PLP w~as votedt out of offlice.
"I am happy that the government has in fact consummated,
finalised the transaction," said Mvr Christie. "Most certainly when
I was a part of the negotiations for the first agreement, and the
negotiations for the supplemental agreement that he signed, there
was never. any doubt in mind as to the legitimacy of the transaction
and as to its meaning to the overall economy of The Bahamas."
Though Mr Ingrahamn has pledged to make public full details of
the new deal last week, thus far this has not been done, and it is
unclear what concessions were granted to Baha Mar in the new
deal.
Previous to the signing of the deal, Mr Christie called on gov-
ernment to move quickly to approve all the projects negotiated
under his government, including that with Baha Mar.
He said at the time that this was especially important in the
context of the slowing US economy, which some commentators
already believe is in recession.
Mr Christie said yesterday that the importance of the Baha Mar
deal can be seen in the context of the Kerzner development on Par-
adise Island, which has resulted in large capital flows into the
country.
"Baha Mar would have a similar, if not a more meaningful
impact, in terms of capital inflows and growth to the economy, and
i~so really we were demanding for some time now that the prime min-
ister move to finish that deal so that the Bahamas could benefit from
it," he said,
"Ilt has been done?, obviously we do not know the details of the
supplemental agreement, and I'm sure when he lays the docu-
ments in Parliament we will be privy to whatever changes he has
made to the arrangements," said Mr Christie.
"'I have view, a very strong view, on his approach to this matter
and any changes that may have resulted in that. But obviously, out
of respect to the process, I shall await his release of the information
as to whatever changes he has made,"' he said.


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relative, he reviewed hospital records out-
lining the treatment given to Mr Esfakis at
Doctor's Hospital. He suggested that Mr
Esfakis' death was attributable to a failure
on the part of medical staff to check if
the patient was suffering from an inhala-
tion injury and to act on that informa-
tion.
Yesterday, Dr Neymour admitted that,
according to international studies, a
patient with burns such as those that Mr
Esfakis was admitted to the hospital with
on April 20 of that year would normally
.have had a survival rate of over 95 per
cent.
However, both he and Dr Iferenta told
the court that they did in fact carry out
some checks to determine whether the
patient had suffered an inhalation injury
- including finding that his nasal hairs
were "singed". While Dr Neymour said
that he felt that the medical staff should
have "erred on the side of caution" and
carried out the intubation procedure on
the basis of these findings, Dr Iferenta
said that based on his knowledge and
experience he felt that such a step was
not necessary in Mr Esfakis' case.
He testified that while a check of the
upper airway did reveal redness in Mr
Esfakis' case on the day of his admission,
other indicators of inhalation injury -
difficulty breathing or hoarseness in the
voice were not evident.
Dr Neymour testified that Dr Iferenta
disagreed with his assessment that Mr
Esfakis should have been transferred from
the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) to
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the day
of his admission, hours before his condi-


tion deteriorated from stable to critical,
for closer monitoring.
Despite these differences, both doctors
stated in their respective testimonies that
they had experience of similar treatment
programmnes being administered to other
burns patients as that given to Mr Esfakis
with "unremarkable" consequences.
However, when coroner William Camp-
bell asked Dr Iferenta why he again made
the decision not to have Mr Esfakis' intu-
bated even when, at a later point on the
day of his admission, Mr Esfakis exhibit-
ed "further signs" that he was suffering.
from an inhalation injury which could
have "potentially catastrophic conse-
quences" the doctor said that he had
"asked himself (that question) over and
over again in the last five years."
"My gut feeling told me...and whatever
other factors my treatment of other
inhalation injury patients that this was
Going to be a patient we would not have to
Sintubate. Obviously that is not how it
worked out," he stated.
The court also heard how Mr Esfakis
was administered over 25 litres of fluid in
the first 24 hours of his hospital stay in
order to combat the fluid loss from his
burn injuries.
This was contrary to the recommenda-
tion made by Dr Neymour that he intake
between six and nine litres.
Mr Esfakis, 42, was admitted to hospi-
tal in the early hours of April 20, 2002
suffering from 25 per cent burns after his
shirt caught fire at a party. He died two
days later, his body "oozing" with fluid
and "swollen beyond recognition,"
according to his sister.


PLPs and FNMs. So that is what
living the life you sing about is,"
Mrs Pratt said.
Speaking about her attempt.
yesterday to visit the House of
Assembly, Mrs Pratt said that
she was seeking simply to show
her face and let the public know
that she is getting better. While
there, however, a continual
'sharp pain from the tendonitis
had forced her to return home.
and miss the afternoon session
of Parliament.
"'I'm not where I want to be
yet, but I'mn better than I was. I
don't know if I will go in next
week, but maybe the following
week hopefully I will be in top
shape to get back to the helm,"
she said.
Mrs Pratt said she will not be
Inaking any judgments about
her political future at this time,
nor will she allow this bout of
tendonitis prevent her from rep-
resenting her constituents to the
best of her ability.
"I'm going to still serve my
people. I gave them my word
and I will serve them, and I am
going to do that. The term, as I
said, I will discuss my future at
the convention when I make my
speech to the nation. But in the
terms of serving, I will serve my
people. I have given my word,
an I hve to live by my word,"

Until she has fully recuperat-
ed, Mrs Pratt has pledged that
she will "take it easy" as best
she can despite the fact that
she enjoy n rio s schedule


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FROM page one

of the burns. When you have burns to the
upper airway though the patient can look
stable at the time they can deteriorate
hours later...my opinion was that we
should have put the tube in," said Dr Ney-
mour, referring to his discussion with Dr
Iferenta in the hours after Mr Esfakis was
admitted to hospital over whether the
patient should have been subjected to the
procedure known as intubationn", in
which a tube is put down a patient's throat
to ensure continued oxygenation in case
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He said that because he was not the
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.gestions" to Dr Iferenta, but this was not
binding.
Dr Neymour became quite agitated
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the patient undergo this procedure at the
early stage of his treatment.
He pointed out that he had made his
feelings on the matter well known to oth-
er doctors at the time and had "sworn to
tell the truth" to the court.
Forensic pathologist Dr Govinda Raju,
who performed the autopsy on Mr
Esfakis, previously told the court that his
cause of death was listed as "cardio res-
piratory arrest, acute pulmonary conges-
tion due to an airway obstruction as a
result of an inhalation injury."
In a previous session, a US burns expert
Dr Arnold Luterman testified as to how
he felt "chills" when, at the request of a


FROM page one

futuree as the deputy leader of
::the PLP, other than what she
will be making during her
National address at the party's
convention this month.
Mrs Pratt said she never knew
she was so richly loved in this
country by both the black,
.,white, nich and the poor, until
she was struck with this medical
challenge.
Mrs Pratt thanked her well-
wishers, including the churches,
friends, supporters, students,
and youngsters throughout th

prime minister commented on
a special group of young men
who she coached at the College
of the Bahamas many years ago
who had also visited her to wish
her well.
"They all came to see me.
Some of them are now engi
neers, croupiers, specialists -
Sthey have made me so proud.
They all got together and came
iito see me to let me know how
They have progressed over the
years. And that really made me
feel so good," she said.
Mrs Pratt said that she had
other friends, beyond the polit-
ical sphere, in the fields of nurs-
i anhd e hing olsitbheroto
to the Bahamas. .
"I thank God for it. I thank
God for it. I never realized how
.muc hp>pl~e cred for me until

I.hady jstP rturn tpo ae h
Silence recently from Andros
Sand actually found it difficult to
bring all the boxes of fish, conch,
:,and lobster that caring residents
Shad bestowed upon her.
In some instances Mrs Pratt
said, she had to ask persons to
"hold" items for her until she
had an opportunity to return as
she had no more room to store
them.
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FREEPORT -The Bahami-
an Brewery Company is plan-
ning to start public tours of its
brewery facility here on Grand
Bahama.
The company is expected to
begin tours for customers in late
May, and to have the facility
recognized as a sight-seeing des-
tination for tourists.
The $5 million brewery was
officially opened in December
2007 with the launch of its first
beer Sands.
Brewery owner James "Jim-
my" Sands plans to produce a


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expected to begmn tours for

CUStomers in late May


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second beer. "Our first beer,
Sands, has been an immediate
success but now we need to
make sure that everyone gives
us a try," said Mr Sands, who is
no stranger in the beverage
business.
On Tuesday, he hosted a
t dueps aiale p ost sbaard
bar and restaurant owners to a
tour and a night of fun at the
Mr reS nds said the night
afforded the guests the oppor-
tunity to view the facility and
be taken on tours by Lorenzo
Johnson, the assistant brew
master, who showed them the
whole process from creation to
bottling.
Francais Plakaris, advertising


and sales manager at the brew-
ery, said: "we can make all the
beer we want, package it up,
and promote it, but it's our
guests that will make a great
contribution to our success.
And their overwhelming sup-
port has been tremendous."
Ms Plakaris said they plan to
host more events at the facility,
which could serve as a venue
for events at some point.
"We feel we created a great
beer which the Bahamian beer
market was ready for," she said.
The 20 acre brewery is locat-
ed at the intersection of
Queen's Highway and Grand :
Bahama Way. It is 100 per cent
Bahamian owned and employs
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Monsignor Moss said that:
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through the Ten Command-
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civil society."
"The virtues of life which
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our everyday living."
Attendees were advised that
they can bring the whole family,
as there will be a fully super-
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THE Catholic Archdiocese
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24th annual City Wide Lenten
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The theme will be: "Take
these words to heart the Ten
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As in past years, the Mission
will take two approaches: one
oun anuosnath e yut tnd
adult audience.
In the youth and young adults
forum, the mission theme is:
"Ask, seek, and knock .. King-
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These sessions will be pre-
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ordained priest of New York.
Ft Stan is known in theologi-
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Being a musician and a pro-
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a preaching style that is geared
towards reaching the youth and
young adults through hip-hop,
rap, and "bust rhymes" tied into
the spiritual messages of Jesus
Christ. His songs deal with top-
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abortion, sacrifice and the
Eucharist, to name a few.
The adult mission will be
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older persons who have had
to deal with the crime that is
happening now and who have
also experienced a more
peaceful society," she added.
The forum, which will be
held at the Police Conference
Centre on East Street, wds~
one of the recommendations
made by the National Assem-
bly on Crime in September of
2007, and has the full support
of the Ministry of National
Security. It will be held Fri-
day, February 8 beginning at
9am.
Minister Turnquest said,
"This forum is entirely in the
hands of the young people. I
just wish to say how pleased I
am with the level of organisa-
tion and commitment that
they have made towards
organising this forum and
organising the presenters at
than times we hear about
all the negative things that
young people are doing. This

doing that we are providing
our full support on," he added.
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forum will allow government
officials to hear first-hand
what the nation's youth thinks
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MINISTER of National
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has been praised for making
sure that the youth takes part
in the discussion on the fight

dent of "e Coleeof the
Bahamas Union of Students
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that will address the crime
problem among the youth.
"At the end of it all, it is
anticipated that we will be
able to promote a peaceful co-
existence among all of the
young people in this country,"
Mr Petit said. "While crime
impacts everyone, it appears
that both the victims and the
perpetrators of crime are peo-
ple within our generation and
so we felt that we needed to
come up with resolute recom-
mendations that we can pre-
sent to the government and
the wider community as to
what we drn is t bl ti wa

ofcr n euinlour lit up .
anticipates that the govern-
tuent will "take seriously" the
young people's stance on
crimc.
"We hope that they will
take our recommendations
and work towards imple-
menting them so that we can
begin to see some change,"
she said.


FROM previous page
tim~is to the minister,.
..So often. w'e talk; to young
pe~ople." Mr Turnquest said.
"T'his is an opportunity f~or the
young peo'ple to talk to us and
for. us to listen. You will notice
thait there are no politicians
on this programme and that
this' lorulm was organised by
the young people.
''l think it is absolutely
iml ortant that we listen to the
young people because when
vlot' look at the perpetrators
of the majority of crimes,
whe~n you look at the victims
nr' o of thse s rou cro
youdng people." Mr Turnquest
Bernard Petit, head of
media relations for the forum,
said one goal of the organizers
is to sensitise young people to
th~e various dimensions of
cri~ine, particularly violent
crime. in addition'to drawing
mb~ie attention to the detri-
mtphtal effects' crime has on
thet society.


Other goals, he said, include
contributing to the unity of
the Bahamas by encouraging
young Bahamia~ns to become
anti-crime and violence
activists and to take owner-
ship of initiatives for the
development of community


We are at a key time in the development of
the Bahamian Famjly Islands," said Jack Ken-
worthy. president and CEO of Cape Systems.
"We have an opportunity to make Eleuthera
the standard of sustainable development not
Only for the Bahamas. but for other coastal
communities around the world.
"By working together with government, sci-
entists, businesses, and NGOs. we can design a
plan that will empower Eleuthera to obtain
self-sufficiency in energy and fuel production,
food production, water resource management,
waste management, and materials manage-
ment over the next 20 years.
The environment is a tremendous resource
for this country and we must examine alterna-
tives that will improve the well-being of its
people and protect the states of all ecosys-
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The event will begin at the Cape Eleuthera
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and wI~ill include remarks by distinguished
guests anld roundtable discussions.


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~Jrticipants will include Minister of Agri-
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Cirtwright. Minister of State for Public Utilities
Plienton Neymour, vice president of the Senate
Johnley Ferguson, Ministry of Tourism direc-
toP~for sustainable development Earlston
MEdPhee. Inter-American Development Bank
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/01438
Common Law and Equity Division
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Tides Act, 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land
comprising 250 acres forming a portion of the Henry Armbrister
Grant E.79A situate approximately 2 miles Northwest of the
Arthur's Town Airport on the Island of Cat Island one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
CAMPERDOWN HOLDINGS LIMITED
NOTICE
THE PETITION OF CAMPERDOWN HOLDINGS LIMITED in
respect of:
"ALL THAT pieces parcel or tract of land located
approximately two (2) miles Northwest of Arthur's Town
Airport on the Island of Cat Isla'nd in the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas in the vicinity of that tract of land known
as Camperdown and more fully described as follows:
Commencing at a point at the High Water Mark thence
SOUTHWARDLY to Dickies Road and land originally granted
to Robert Stubbs (recorded in Book E at page 255) and running
thereon Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-seven and Twenty-
one Hundredths (1,937.21) feet and SOUTHEASTWARDLY
by land originally granted to Emma Culmer, Thomas Butler,
James Thurston, John Strachan and Charles Hepburn
and running thereon a total distance of Forty Six Hundred
and Nineteen and Ninety-six Hundredths (4,619.96) feet
and SOUTHWESTWARDLY by land originally granted
to the aforesaid Charles Hepburn and George Dean and
running thereon a total distance of Twenty Three Hundred
and Nine and Eighty-nine Hundredths (2,309.89) feet and
SOUTHEASTWARDLY by land originally granted to Jupiter
and Jacob Thurston and running thereon Ten Hundred and
Ninety-eight and Thirty Hundredths (1,098.30) feet and
NORTHEASTWARDLY by a tract of land originally known as
"Camperdown" and originally granted to Henry Armbrister and
running thereon Thirty Eight Hundred and Sixty-two and Sixty-
five Hundredths (3,862.65) feet NORTHWESTWARDLY by the
High Whater Mark and running thereon a total distance of Seventy
Three Hundred and Twenty-five and Eighty-five Hundredths
(7,325.85) feet back to the point of commencement."
Camperdown Holdings Limited claim to be the owner of the
unincumbered fee simple estate in possession of the said
land and has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of
the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have its title to the said land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be
inspected during normal office hours in the following places:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in the
City of Nassau, Bahamas;
2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen Retiro
SRoad, off Shiriey Street, Nassau, Bahamas; and
3. The Commissioner's/ Administrator's Office at New Bight
and Arthur's 'Town, Cat Island, Bahamnas.


NOTICE is hereby given that any person having
dower or right to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim
not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
e~xpiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents, file in the Supremne Cour-t and serve on
the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his claim inl
th~e presenbo~d for m verlifled by an affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure ot any such person to file and serve a Statement of his;
C laim7 onl or before the ex pit ation of Th iry (30) days after the final
publication of these presents wlill operate as bar to such claim.

LOCKHART & MUNROE
Chambe
#35 Buen Retiro Roa

Nsons o, h~atmeas
A attorneys for the Petitioner`


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Cacique winners and nominees
FROM page 18
given that kind of recog~nitionl is
beyond words, I could not
begin to describe it," said Mr
Farrington. "'I just know that I qaaAI ~ ~ 3
feel proud, honoured, and hum- ~,1 II~~~ls
bled."
Reflecting on his life in -~ .a F A ~ "~I~iBB
tourism, he said, "I remember
how I began my life and I will
never forget that, because its P I
does not matter how far you
think you go up the ladder of j
success, you have to always
remember your beginnings
because that is what keeps you KERZNER INTERNATIONAL'S president and managing director, George Markantonis Is pictured (first from
grounded." left) with wife Sarah Markantonis; (second left) along with Paul O'Nell, Kerzner International's chief exec- FLORENCE WRIGHT, a guest services manager at The Reef Atlantis
''Also recognized was Atlantis' utive officer with his wife Judy O'Neil. was declared the Cadique's Employee of the Year.
Florence Wright, a guest ser-
vices manager at the Reef
Atlantis, who received the FUEL SURCHARGE 200E 2008
Cacique's coveted Employee |7
of the Year Award. "I feel so .f
d\weTome It is a wonderful feel- 16.4e I I
ing," said Ms Wright, while 16
clutching her Duho Award, the
Cacique's symbol of excellence.~paigaotwa rvs 1
her, Ms Wright attributed her
success to her love for people. 14.945e
"I love to be able to be that one 14 mvu
to make the very first impres- 13.3985e
sion, a lasting one for every per-
son that I meet." 1 I::
Atlantis' Tamara Sweeting 1245 12.19709
was nominated as one of the 2716C
Caciques' Managers of the 12 -- ])S
Year. Ms Sweeting was Kerzn- .11.2 iA
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the Year for 2006-2007. Kerzn- 2 11.8995e 1 ;yI
er International's senior vice
president of human resources 11.1341 1.98 1.27
Khren Carey commented, "The 1i0 -,
distinguishing characteristics n,9.6735e 10.6769
that define these outstanding a 9.91400
lndil ldualj maike us proud to 9.70739
have them on our team. On Y OledriC~ bRi is made
behalf of the entire team at ,basicule,wid~is
A~tlantis, we applaud them and .11I111I 1IIII o~tn n a o
offer them ottr heartfelt con- COtnadhsno
gratulations." c"aRshce october SillS
J Barrie Farrington entered 7 ~~es~rrewd
the tourism industry in 1954,
when he began his career as an is ~sed on the price of
accounts clerk for Nassau 61IIIIII rIIIIIptiu intetmakn
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on as vice president, treasurer
and director.
In7 Decemnber, 1971, Farring-
ton joined Paradise Island Ltd,
owner of Paradise Island Casino
and in March, 1973, he was
appointed vice president and
treasurer.
Resorts International


(Bahamas) Ltd, was formed in
1980, and he was promote01d to
senior vice president. The com-
pany was acquired by Sun Inter-
national Hotels Ltd, in May,
199(4.
Florence Wright began her
employment at Atlantis in May,
2004 as a guest services repre-


sentative.
She moved to concierge ser-
vices at the Cove Atlantis in
May, 2007 and excelled in her
position. She is Kerzner Inter-
national's Employee of the
Year for 2006-2007. She is also
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West African gangs sending more drugs from South
SCOTONOU, Benin fold, reaching a record 5.7 met- policed shores. Light aircraft nou from neighboring Nigeria's into Spa
Associated Press ric tons in the first nine months from South America are known main city of Lagos four years lished re
of last year, according to the to have landed cocaine cargoes ago as drug raids intensified in ficking -
In one of this city's relatively United Nations Office of Drugs in Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone Nigeria. In Benin, he teamed up quantity
posh neighborhoods, there is and Crime, or UNODC. and Mauritania. with other traffickers operating commer
a compound full of specialists. Virtually all the drugs seized To see how it works, look at out of the compound, pean citi
Some who work within the in Africa in the first nine months Frank, a thickset, middle-aged Many confessed traffickers Nigeri
high-walled enclosure are of 2007 came from West Africa, Nigerian who cruises the streets interviewed by The Associated air route
experts in crushing cocaine bars according to a UN report on of Cotonou, capital of Benin, in Press said tightening security in to the I
and tying the powder into water- drug trafficking. They include a silver-colored Mercedes-Benz Nigeria led them to move to couriers
proof pellets for couriers to 2.4 metric tons seized in Senegal jeep. Other countries in the region Americ
swallow. Others are adept at dis- in June, 1.5 metric tons taken in Frank went to Brazil more where law enforcement is lax such as t
mantling suitcases or electronic Mauritania between May and than a decade ago to study, and and officials more pliable. girls re
gadgets to hide cocaine. August, and smaller quantities ended up dealing drugs. He Favorite West African destina- Ghana o
The compound is part of a in Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, landed in a Brazilian jail, where tions for Nigerian drug gangs to Londe
drug trafficking problem that is Benin and Guinea. he met Gilberto, a Brazilian include Gambia, Guinea Bissau, in comply
rapidly spreading from Nigeria Shipments come by sea and doing time for fraud. The part- Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, The m
to the west coast of Africa, lead- air, mainly front Brazil and nership is now paying off for Benin and Ivory Coast. tions are
ing to a new surge of drugs flow- Venezuela. Shipments by sea Frank, who refused to give his Once in West Africa, cocaine and Brit
ing into Europe. Since 2004, are usually transferred into last name or that of his Brazilian takes one of two main routes. Londe
seizures of Europe-bound smaller vessels and fast boats connection. It is either smuggled north favored
cocaine in Africa have risen five- and moved inland from poorly Frank said he moved to Coto- through Morocco by fast boats price fe


to Europe
where a pound of cocaine is said
to be worth about $14,500.
Law enforcement data shows
Nigerian passport-holders
account for more than 44 per-
cent of all West African drug
traffickers arrested in Europe,
followed by those from Cape
Verde at 25 percent and Ghana-
ians at 8 percent. In one dra-
matic instance two Decembers
ago, 32 drug couriers who had
left Guinea Bissau and transited
through Morocco were arrest-
ed on a single flight upon arrival
at Amsterdam's Schipol airport.
Of these, 28 were Nigerians,
according to UNODC.
"West Africa is under attack
from drug traffickers," said Bag-
mar Thomas, head of the
UNODC in Nigeria.


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AN AFGHAN police officer is seen destroying the opium poppies on the field during a poppy eradication cam-
paign in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, April. 2, 2007. Afghanistan is the top
producer of heroin in the world.


SBy CARLOTTA GALL
c.2008 New York Times
News Service


expected to help the harvest
in 2008, and no efforts at
eradication were observed
by mid-January, the report
said.
The survey found that pop-
py cultivation was increasing
in six provinces in southern
and western Afghanistan.
One of those provinces, Nim-
ruz, was showing a sharp
increase. Five provinces were
expected to show no change,
including Helmand, which
produced 53 percent of
Afghanistan's opium last
year, and where Taliban
insurgents control much of
the countryside.
Ten provinces are expect-
ed to show a decrease in cul-
tivation. and 12 are likely to
remain poppy free.
These figures will depend
on how effectively the
Afghan authorities wage pre-
vention and eradication cam-
paigns, the report said. Nan-
garhar province is expected
to show a sharp drop because
of agreements made with dis-
trict leaders, it said. -
'The Afghan government
has opposed an aerial herbi-
cide spraying program, advo-
cated by the White House,
fearing a potential backlash


if people and food crops are
harmed. However. a ground
spraying program was being
considered.
There is some evidence
that agricultural assistance
can persuade farmers not to
grow poppies, the report
said. Of the 469 villages vis-
ited by the U.N. teams over a
month in December and Jan-
uary, a third had received
assistance in the form of
seeds, fertilizer and irriga-
tion. A majority 67 per-
cent of those that received
assistance did not grow pop-
pies, the report said.
The United Nations also
said there was a strong link
between instability and opi-
um production. In the south
and west, where security is
worst, 100 percent of stud-
ied villages' that had poor
security cultivated poppies,
the report said.
At the same time, poppy
cultivation is decreasing in
places that have good secu-
rity, it said.
Most poppy farmers in the
south and west of the coun-
try said they paid a tax; to
mullahs, th~e Taliban or
local officials, the report
said.


ISLAMABAD. Pakistan
~ :- Afghanistan will produce
."another enormous opium
poppy crop this year, close
and Europe and other
Regions should brace them-
selves for the expected influx
- .of heroin, the United
S; Nations warned in its annual
;'~,wintee r survey of poppy
planting patterns.
Cultivation is still increas-
ing in the insurgency-hit
south and west of the coun-
!:.try, the report said, and tax-
es on the crop have become
a major source- of revenue
'i'!' for the Taliban insurgency.
"This is a windfall for anti-
~~~~igovernment forces, further
:: "'evidence of the dangerous
~-link between opium and
~~;insurgency," Antonio Maria
:-.e Costa, the executive director
of the U.N. Office on Drugs
i and Crime, wrote in the
report's preface.
The report will be released
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Crime on Wednesday at an
international donors confer-
~j:: ence in Tokryo. An advance
~ _?~ copy was shown to The New
~ _York Times.
"Cultivation levels will be
broahdtlysimilar tt, a hap
year's record harvest T'osta
said. There is some evidence
: 'that the sharp increases of
,~, recent years are leveling off,
which is encouraging, he
said, but the ";total amount
of opium being harvested
-,,;~ remains shockingly high."
..~LI :Afghanistan supplies 90
1~percent of the world's opi-
Sum, the report said.
The cultivation of
cannabis, the plant that
yields marijuana and hashish
is increasing, the report
4.added, making Afghanistan
~one of the biggest supphiers
of cannabis as well.
The winter survey, which
the U.N. teams conduct
:rr-- every year by talking to vil-
._,.lage leaders across the coun-
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,,r:;cultivation. It is only an esti-
I~i~, :mate because half of the
:: ,;country has not yet begun
.i planting, and in the other
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visible beneath the snow.
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~~Iunder poppy cultivation,
,~.~i. yielding an estimated 9,000
tons of opium. The survey
said the 2008 harvest would
de end on levels of eradica-
tion and the weather. Good
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CUBAN musicians, family and friends remembered the
island's most famous conga drummer. Tata Guines, as he was
buried outside Havana on Tuesday after a six decade career that
helped popularize Afro-Cuban rhythms worldwide, alccordling to
Associated Press.
Known as the "King of the Congas"' and "Golden Hands," the
77-year-old Guines died Monday after being hospitalized for
hypertension and kidney problems.
"There's no one in Cuba, if not the world, better at making
percussion an art," Cuban music critic Jose Luis Estrada wrote
Tuesday in the state-run newspaper Juventud Rebelde.
Mourners sang, clapped and swayed at a ceremony in his
hometown of Guines which he took as his stage name at the
start of his career.
Born Federico Aristides Soto on June 30, 1930, Guines was
best known for playing the conga, a tall, barrel-like drum central
to Rumba and Afro-Cuban music and culture.
He took the stage in Havana in the early 1940s with the Parta-
gas Sextet and moved to the United States in 1957, where he
performed with jazz greats Josephine Baker, Frank Sinatra
Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. '
Though he enjoyed success in the U.S., Guines was upset by
the racial segregation he experienced there and returned to
Cuba after Fidel Castro's rebels toppled dictator Fulgencio
Batista in 1959.
Guines won a Latin Grammy in 2004 for "Lagrimas Negras,"
or "Black Tears," a collaboration with legendary exiled Cuban
jazz pianist Bebo Valdes and Spanish singer Diego La Cigala.
He also worked with the Rumba Cubana All-Stars on "'La Rum-
ba Soy Yo," or "I Am the Rumba," which won a Latin Grammy
in 2001.
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POPE BENEDICT XVI, at right, arrives for a special mass followed by Vatican photographers, in St.Peter's Basil-
ica at the Vatican, on Saturday. The pontiff Pope Benedict XVI oln Tuesday issued a replacement for a contentious
Good Friday prayer in Latin, removing language that many Jewish groups found offensive but still calling for the
Jews' conversion,met earlier with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu in a private audience.


AROME


ond Vatican Council, also con-
tained a prayer for the Jews'
"redemption" but did not
specifically invoke Christ,
stressing rather God's origi-
nal covenant with Jews.
"Pope Benedict XVI really
does care about positive
Catholic-Jewish relations -
that I know for a fact," Rosen
said.
"It is therefore particularly
disappointing," he said, "that
this text doesn't seem to show
any sensitivity as to how this
new text will be read within
Jewish circles."
On the other side of the
debate, Kenneth J. Wolfe, a
columnist for the traditionalist
Catholic newspaper The Rem-
nant, said traditionalists would
have preferred no change at
all.
Wolfe said that the change
"rattles the cage of tradition-
alists" and that it would prob-
ably make more difficult any
rapprochement with tradi-
tionalist groups like the Soci-
ety of St: Pius X, which rejects
Sthe Second Vatican Council
and has appointed its own
bishops.
The full prayer also contains
calls for the conversions of
other groups, including Protes-
tants, Orthodox Christians
and pagans.
In discussing changes to the
prayer, Vatican officials have
said in the past that it is the
church's right, believing in the
truth of Catholicism, to pray
for the salvation of all those
who do not believe.
The Vatican said the new
version of the prayer should
be used by the traditionalist
minority starting this Good
Friday. March 21.


Pope Benedict XVI yester-
day issued a replacement for a
contentious Good Friday
prayer in Latin, removing lan-
guage that many Jewish
groups found offensive but
still calling for the Jews' con-
version, according to the New
York Times News Service.
However, representatives of
Jewish groups as well as tra-
ditionalist Catholics quickly
condemned the new prayer,
though for different reasons.
Jewish groups said it was still
offensive, and traditionalists
said they preferred the ver-
sion that was replaced.
"It's disappointing," said
Rabbi David Rosen, director
of inter-religious affairs for
the American Jewish Com-
mittee, who for 20 years has
worked on Jewish-Catholic
relations with Benedict as
pope and, earlier, when he
was a cardinal.
The prayer was a focus of
dispute last year when Bene-
dict allowed for greater use of
a traditional version of the
Latin Mass, called the Tri-
dentine rite. That decree
improved ties with Catholic
traditionalists, who oppose the
sweeping changes to church
liturgy made from 1962
through 1965 during the Sec-
ond Vatican Council.
The prayer is not part of the
standard service used by most
of the world's 1.1 billion
Catholics, who celebrate Mass
in their local languages.
The new prayer, published
only in Latin on Tuesday in
the Vatican newspaper,
L'Osservatore Romano,
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The bidding:
East South West North
IV Pass 1 Dble
2 V 3 4 Pass 6 +
Opening lead nine of hearts.
Some of the best plays in bridge
come about moreby accident thanby
design. For example, consider this
deal where South, an ordinary, run-
of-the-mill player, made six dia-
monds by following a simple line of
play that eventually led him to as
extremely rare and highly satisfying
denouement.
He won the opening heart lead
with dummy's ace and played the ace
of trumps, on which East showed


out. Declarer then led a spade from
dummy, East going up with the ace
and retumqing the~king of hearts.
Declarer ruffed low, cashed his king
of spades, discarding the nine of
clubs from dummy, and ruffed his
last spade in dummy.
South then cashed the queen of
trumps and A-K of clubs, producing
this devastating setup:
*North
V6 4
4 J 9
West East
4,Qr J 09QJ
+ 10 +Q 8
South
4 K7
+10 7
Declarer now played dummy's
jack of diamonds, and poor East
sould not discard satisfactorily. Ifhe
pitched a heart, South would retain
the lead in dummyv, ruff a heart to
establish dummy's six and so wmn the
rest of the tricks.
And if instead East discarded the
digit of clubs on the jack of dia-
maends, South would achieve the
idearical result by overtaking the
jack of trumps withthelding andruff-
ing the seven of clubs in durmmy to
establish the ten. Either way, East
was deceased duck.


AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
You'll take on a lot of extra respon-
sibilities this week, Aquarius, but a
chance encounter leads to, an
intriguing date.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
It seems as if everyone wants your
sympathy this week, but your com-:: C~
passion is wearing thin. Before you
snap at anyone, take some time out
for yourself..
ARIES March 21/April 20
Quit complaining, Aries. The best
way to get the job done this week is to
tackle it yourself. Sure, it's an extra
effort, but well worth it in the end.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Eve th ugh you try to keep youlr
fe lng sfor someone a secret, yo u
wear your heart on your sev hn
ever you're near him or her. Be your-
self, and you're sure to wmn. Scorpio
plays an important role.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
A close friend needs your help with a
relationship problem this week.4
Resist the urge to blow him or her off;
a little more~time having '
rsnis counting on you.
A ~~fE R June 22/July 22
Your coriscience will hold you in
check this week, Cancer. You
should be happy you've done the
right thing. A special someone has a i
romantic evening planned.
LEO July 23/August 23
You're on top of the world this'
week, Leo. Everything is going well
and people are finally acknowledg-
ing your efforts. However, don't leti"
all the praise go to yourhead.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You're on pins an~d needles this weel ;: ~
Virgo, waiting for some importagj~ .
news. Don't worry too much i
things will work out just fine.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 ;3 ,"
You've decided to jump in and
finally get that pesky task that's: ~
been haunting you done. Good for ':
you! Wednesday is an uneventfuf~~-
day, so sleep in and enjoy it. 538
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
A co-worker's harsh words really~
hurt but don't let them get to youpc
Remain calm, and keep working
hard. The higher-ups are watching `?
and ckee ina note ronc ian perfor-2 c~
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 2t .
Be brave this week, Sagittariud
Shocking news makes everyone :
in the family nervous. A close'
friend needs you to be his or he r'~ ;
ally on Friday. Do your best! :
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Your admiration for someone special
clouds your judgment. Don't let your
feelings keep you from distinguish-
ing right from wrong. You've got a
quiet weekend ahead.


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8 Where a pertrke's a common
article? (5)
10 Three changes of anaesthetic (5)
11 It'seaten in less than a minute (3) .
12 In Paris, say, can be seen to beout of
line (5)
13 In fairness, it's possibly said to be
rough (7)
15 Brief experience of an altered state .


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21 One too apt to give infantile
imitations (7)
22 Regards as akey agreement (4)
23 One held by men to be close (4)
24 Encountered wild deer in
measured quantity (7)
26 In cricket, how can there be
no balls? (6)
29 In a race, chap in a stern position (3)
31 Wrongdoing in the heat of the
moment? (5)
32 Tangoin a possiblysocial setting,
showing no emotion (7)
34 PLunges into low places (5)
35 Humbly, it may be in hand (3)
36 Nominally lyric
composer (5)
37 Pay out the Poles for a bloomedl (5)
38 Proverbially hard, they can still be
slain (5)


DOWN
1 In sum, it means less (5)
2 Talks with a chap having
uneasy rest (7)
4 An article, note, for you (4)
S5 People providing information for an
essay (6)
6 Arrange dates in someone else's
place? (5)
7 Goddess making a vast difference
out East (5)

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16 United in dealing with weeds (5)
17 Icelandic animal (5)
19 Articles one disagrees with? (7)
20 Classic charmer giving me some
ideas (5)
21 The intriguing scent of money! (5)
23 Foreigner getting cross, I see, in
unfriendly surroundings (7)
24 Of such envelopes, mother has one
with nothing inside (6)
25 Little Joey is Austraalian (3)
27 Pictures containing more than meets
the eye (5)
28 Does his "The Kiss" show Ronald
embracing Diana? (5)
30 A slip up from someone's pall5)
32 Prevent any escape where an
animal's concerned (4)
33 Incandescent container (3)


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From an instantchess.com
intemet game, 2006. You have
to watch out for concealed
tactics when several pieces are
I~ned up on the same vertical
file. Here Black, with a cramped
position, has just advanced d7-
d6 to eliminate White's space-
gaining e5 pawn. Black
calculated 1 Nxd6 Bxd6 2 exd6
Qxd6' enabling him to develop
his Q-side army, and he also
foresaw that White would
continue 3 c4 when the d5
knight cannot move because of
4 Bxh7 + and 5 Qxd6 winning
the queen. Then Black was ready
todmee c4 b ;thhe tactic Rd8 4
piece because of the double
threat Qxg2 mate and Qxd3.
Who saw further?


ACRoss
3 Man's name (5)

11 Prohibfe (3
12 Feroaious ish (5)
13 Buyable (3,4)
1 e naebtedto (3)
19 Lust (6)
212 GloomyPiiere 7)
24 Last game (7)
~26 Dealer (6)
3Mre rational (5)
32 Planet~)
34 Polite S
35 Male 3
,36 Wanderer (5)
37 Gauge (5) '
38 Slow tempo (5)


1 Automaton5)
4 Ransto~rm ( )
5 Packag (6)

7 Transparent (5)
9 Piltch 3)
12 Railway carriage (7)
14 Pointed tool (3)
1 read ( )
19 Obdient (

24 Scor (6)
25 Imnerse (3.

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33 Rubbi. (3)


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Yesterday' easy solutions
ACROSS: 3, Ralph 8, Motor 10, Aisle 11, Blan 12, Shark 13, For
sale 15, Cedar 18, Owe 19, Desire 21, Doleful 22, Main 23,
Read 24, Decider 26, Trader 29, f ig 31, Saner 32, Jupiter 34'
Civil 35, Man 36, Nomad 37, Meter 38, Lento
DowN:1, Robot 2, Monsoon 4, Ache 5, Parcer 6, Hikes 7
Clear 9, Tar 12, Sleeper 14, Awi l6, Diver 17, Ready 19,
Dutiful 20, Emits 21, Divan 23, Regimen 24, Deride 25, Dip
27, Rayon 28, Decal 30, Renew 32, Jilt 33, Tat


Yesterday's trptkc solutions
ACROSS: 3, Scags 8, Wig-an 10, Ether 11, Nut 12, Se-l-ne l3,
Justice 15, Taste l8, Eva 19, Ordeal 21, Crybaby 22, E-yes 23,
Me-a-n 24, Met-ered 26, Extras 29, Cox 31, Arson 32, 5 T-
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Tribune Business
Reporter
ALL tenants in the Hurri-
1an r-ll Fz on Pi di e
of Febrluary\ bicf!- tlcl 1 ~
mng been granted extensions.
The lea~ses were~ origilnally
scheduled to end at the end
of last month, but have since
been~ extenldedl to the en~d of
February, Mfike Ca bill. the
manager of the News Cafe-
told Tribune Business.
His enfe and the Italian
eantery,. Zio G;iais. had alwa~s
been grranted the Februar'
end deadhnc. .
rum Business that Zio G~igi s
would have been re~locating
to~~ Es n Sre arstalci


goinger to do. hel said.

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eimse < te tuul l /11alesim-
Other ea have als'leT o PO
bee scumbin to find suit tid
ablie alternative sites Liqui
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bumhnetati they will\ shift t
Eas nt BaSreet ande tra lnsfer
Other templo s t hat~ also-
tion. Somenlil tenaint such as
found alternal\esties accommo-
datins tat thev shping plaz~ t
acero therupoade or tat Hoarbur

Kerzner Iantbrnatinal for-

mally took over ownership
of the shopp~ingc plaza on
June 1. 2007. and is to
expand it to create ar second
Marina Villnee~ with can
struck i oni claitted t buein
SOOn,
It is esnesctedl to be com-
pleted by the 2009) fourth
quarter. "
The new upgradedt facility
will include the MIarina Vil-
lage featuring shops and
restaurants and a timeshare
residential component. The
project is exupectedl to create
800)-900 jobs at peak con-
struction and 450-500 per-
mlanent jobs upon comple-
tron.


THURSDAY, FEBR ARY 7 2 008


T~r bu B~us n~e~ssEditor
T~HE multi-muillion1 dollars sale of. the
Bahamlas Oil Refining Comlpany Inter-
national (BORCO) to a U.S private eqlui-
ty fundlC hais been dlelayedJ by the compa-
nies' attempts to minimise the Stamip
Duty ps''bk to the Bahamian govern-
mient from the deal, Thie Tribuine can
reveal.
First Reserve, the world's leading pri-
vate equlity specialist in thle i~e-npy indus-
try, with some $12.5= billion in assets
under numtigementt has signed an agree-
ment ill principle to purchase BORCO
from thle Venezuelan state-owned oil
company, PDVSA.


Both parties have been negotiating
with the Government over the amount of
Stamp Tax payable on the transaction,
and with talks dragging on it is likely that
First Reserve and PDVSA have had to
extend the completion deadline.
Multiple sources close to the deal have
told Thle Triburne that the Government,
through the Ministry of Finance, has now
"established"' its position on the amount
of Stamp Duty due to it from BORCO's
sale, and put this to the parties involved.
Their reaction is unknown, but indi-


cates the "'chilling" impact the 2005 deci-
sion by the former PLP government to
introduce a 4 per cent Stamp Duty on
the assets of Bahamian businesses being
sold in mergers and acquisitions is having
on some deals.
One source told The Tribune: "First
Reserve is in negotiations with the Gov-
ernment on the Stamp Tax. They have an
agreement, 1 believe they have a deal in
principle, but have not concluded it."
SEE page 1~1B


STr b~u e B~usne~ssE~ditor
'THE investors who launched
a legal battle over their $1L5 mil-
lion attempt to purchase a
Berry: Islands resort have lost
their appeal to extend the time
in which they had to pay
$10)0,000 as security for costs,
the Court of Appeal noting that
Great Harbour Cay residential
were --suffering great hardship
as a result of the courtroom
fight.
Appeal Justices Dame Joan
Sawye:r. Hlartmaln L~ongley and
Milton Ganpatsingh backed ex-
Supreme Court judge Jeanne
Thompson in finding that Miega
Management, the company
formed bvIsraeli investors Ben-
jamin Sclimill and Moshe Mana,
11ad delayed mn prosecuting their
claim and failed to obey a court
order despite being in a posi-
tion to comply weeks earlier.
Mega Management had
appealed against Justice
'Thompson's January 30, 2007,
decision against extending the
time it had to comply with a
May 18, 2006, 'unless' order that
it pay a $100,000 bond as secu-
rity for the defendants costs
within 30 days of that date.
The court action relates to a
Inuch-publicised dispute over
the Great Harbour Cay Resort,


p)UbOtue CayqSu fering
great hardship' over
appellants' alleged
failure (O meet lease
t d$enllS an11 $Ill 1
pal/IleftS
whose properties include a
marina, fuel station, beach
house andc beach club, 18l-hole
SEE, page 9B


ii By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE leading contender to
purchase the Hotel Corpora-
tion of the Bahamas' Light-
house Yacht Club and Marina
pro erty is a US-based con-
struction firm called Scheck
Industries, The Tribune can
reveal.
Sources close to the process


confred to The Tribune that
Illinois-headquartered Scheck
Industries, which would
appear to be an unlikely pur-
chaser of a Bahamas-based
resort, as it is involved in high-
performance mechanical con-
struction, instrumentation and
fabrication, is the proposal
that was currently before the

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EDUCATION LOAN AUTHORITY

The Education Loan Authority is a quasi government corporation establishedc
under the Eduacation Loan Authority Act 2002, charged with the responsibility; of'
raising monies for the Education Loan Guarantee scheme established under the
Education Guarantee Fund Act 2001

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to fill the position of
Financial Officer in the Educaion Loan Authority on a three (3) years contractual basis.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPEREINCE:-
Bachelor's Degree in Business,(with a major in accounting);
At least five (5) years job experience in accounting;
Knowledge and ablility to apply accounting;

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND SKILL INCLUDES:-
Review and analyze financial reports provided by our agent and
affiliated committee:
provide overall direction for accounting, budget and cash forecast;
Prepare and post journal entries
Reconcile accounts, prepare Income Statement and balance Sheet;
Coordinate the annual external audit;
Any other job that may be assigned from time to time by~ the Board
or the Chief Administrative Officer;

The Salary rane for te post is $3~0,9000 x 0 37,600 per anum

Interested persons are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and documentar!
evidence of qualifications and three (3) references to: /

Educational Loan Authority
P.O.Box SS-19039
Nassau, Baham~as

Deadline: 20th February 2008 1
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Security & General

INSURANCE



ACCOU NTS ASSISTANT

Security & General Insurance Company Limited (S&G), part of the
Colonial Group of Companies (CGI) with headquarters in Bermuda, is
seeking an Accounts Assistant.

CGIL, with offices in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin
Islands as well as the Bahamas, offers a complete range of premale
financial and insurance services and, over the past few years, has
undertaken significant growth. This is an opportunity to be part: of a
rapidly growing innovative company, focusing on providing clients wvith!
ygggy. class service and access to competitive products.

Based in Nassau and reporting to the Accounts Supervisor for Security
& General, duties will include, but not be limited to the following:


NOTICE

In the Estate of JACQUELINE J.M. DAUCHY,
late of the County of New York in the State of New
York, U.S.A. deceased.

Notice is hereby given that all persons having
andy claim or demand against the above Estate
are required to send the same duly certified in
writing to the undersigned on or before the 14th
day~ of February 2008 after which date the Attorney
by Power of Attorney will proceed to distribute the
assets having regard only to the claims of which he
shall then have had notice.

And take notice that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full Settlement
on or before the date hereinbefore mentioned.

THE ROSE LAW FIRM
Power of Attorney for the Administrator -
Chambers
Butlaw House, East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-3545
Nassau, Bahamas


Tide Tribune wants to
hear from people who
are making news in
their neighborhoods.
Perhaps you are raising
funds for a good cause,
campaigning for
improvements in the
area or have won an
a Sard.
If so, call us on 322-1986
arid share your story.


~ ~


On February 1-, 2008, the U.S. Department of State instituted a new fee
schedule for passport services. Applicants will also have the option of ordering a
liew Passport Card a low cost, limited use (land and sea only) alternative to the
Passport Book designed for those living along the border. In addition, the age for
which both parents must appear and sign a passport application on behalf of a
child will increase from 14 to 16 years old.

Fees are being adjusted to cover the cost the providing efficient and secure
passport services including infrastructure, technology and staff'. The Passport
Execution fee collected by passportacceptance centers and U.S. consular sections -
abroad is being reduced from $30 to $25.



Current Current New New New
Passport Total Fee, Passport Eixecution Total
Application A application P ee Fee
Fee Fee
Passpon $67 $97 $75 $25 $100
Book
Adult
Passport $52 $82 $60 $25 185
Book
Child *
Passport Not Not $20 $25 $45
Card Applicable Applicable
Adult
Passport Not Not $10. $25 535
Card IApplicable Applicable
Child
Adult $67 $67 $75 Not $75
Passpotrt I Applicable
Renewal


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2-3 years bookkeeping experience
At least an Associates Degree in Accounting or equivalent
Good oral and written communication skills (verbal, written
and presentation)
Proficiency in MS Office products
Ability to work within a team environment

Compensation for the successful candidate will be attractive, linkea-c *
performance and relevant to experience and qualifications. Secu;it.P
& General offers an attractive benefits package that includes~
comprehensive medical insurance, contributory pension plan and! lifr
insurance.

If you have a keen commitment to quality results and want to conltributeI~
your talents to a dynamic company, contact us about this oppor-tunity
Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and shlouhi~ h~
mailed to the Human Resources Manager, at P. O. Box N-3540 or In. i
to 323-2880.

Closing Date for applications is February 14 h, 2008.


runaway children, both parents are now required to personally appear- at a passport
acceptance facility, passport agency or U.S. consular section abroad with
minor applicants under the age of 16 (up from age 14) and sign the application.

For new forms and new information on applying for- a Passport and Passport
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008, PAGE 3~


already led to and will contin-
ue to produce unacceptable
levels of traffic congestion.
"Substandard maintenance
of road infrastructure leads to
accelerated wear and tear on
vehicles. This raises the total
cost of ownership to the con-


summer, and ultimately to ger
ernment.
"The extremely h~igh level~
of traffic congestion have: at
mificant negative impacts < i
productivity in the work~ph (
The costs are incalcu~alab.le. 1
problems are getting worse,


gested that the ratio is proba-
bly closer to four old models
for every new one.
If the Chamber report's esti-
mate of 3,400-4,000 new cars
being imported into the
Bahamas every year is.accu-
rate, this suggests that the
number of used model vehicle
imports is at least double that -
and possibly as high as 16,000 if
the four-to-one ratio is correct.
And, if true, that would
mean that up to 20,000 vehi-
cles are imported into the
Bahamas every year, further
adding to the congestion on
the streets and deteriorating
condition of road infrastruc-
ture.
The Bahamas Motor Deal-
ers Association's (BMDA)
members, the Chamber report
said, had "expressed concerns
about lack of control over the
sale of used vehicles from ubiq-
uitous used car lots".
It added: "Members
expressed concerns that it is


an open secret that certain
used car~e dealers defraud the
Government.. These importers
are known to strip vehicles,
import them as wrecks, import
the parts separately, and then
reassemble the vehicles for sale
to the public.
"In addition to the unfair
competition it creates, the
Government loses consider-
able tax revenues. In cases of
wrecked vehicles, which are
not identified, but should be,
members of the general public
also suffer due to sale of dam-
aged vehicles."
To control the number and
quality of vehicles on Bahami-
an streets, the Chamber report
recommended thp~t the Gov-
ernment needed "to control
the importation of used cars
by placing .a reasonable age
limit on vehicles imported into
the country .
When it came to traffic con-
gestion and its implications for
the Bahamas' road infrastruc-


ture, the Chamber report
added: "The infrastructure is
designed to accommodate only
a limited number of vehicles,
both new and used. Business
leaders are concerned that the
unchecked importation, par-
ticularly of used vehicles, has


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
SOME used car dealers have
been accused of defrauding the
Government of due import
duties and Stamp Tax by
importing vehicles in parts and
then reassembling them, some-
thing a Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce report said was
causing "'unfair competition"
in the nation's automobile sec-
tor.
In its report to the Govern-
ment on Vexing Business
Issues, the Chamber said sev-
eral business executives had
raised concerns about the
"unregulated growth of used
car lots" and the increasing
importation of old-model used
cars.
The report suggested that
two used vehicles were import-
ed into the Bahamas for every
new model that came in, but
checks made by The Tribune
with several auto dealers sug-


New USPassort


Fee implemented Februar 8


Accounts Payable
Reconciliation of reinsurance broker accounts
Daily posting and application of insurance payments
Preparation of accounting journals
Special assignments
File maintenance


address concer-ns r-egar-ding


'To protect children from abduction, and to


THE TRIBUNE


Government 'defrauded' through vehicle stripping









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Do you have to spend more
than a few days In Nassalu or
Freeport and need somewhere

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small cramped up hotel room?

in a nlicessiden~tial ama for a week or
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TEMPLE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL



SEntrance


Examination
2008-2009

Temple Christian High School will hold its Entrance
Examination~on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 2008
at the school on Shirley Street from 8:00a.m.-12 noon
for students wishing to enter grades 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Application forms are available at High School
Office. The application fee is twenty dollats ($20.00).
Application forms should be completed and
returned to the school by Friday, February 8th, 2008


For further information please ca~ll
394-4481 or 394-4484















A financial institution seeks an Accountant.
Candidates must have at least 3 years experience
in accounting in the financial industry with sound
knowledge of but not limited to:

Formulating budgets
Managing Accounts Receivables and
Payables
Preparation of monthly and annual
financial reports and statements
Preparation of bank reconciliations and
various general ledger accounts to the sub
ledgers
Co-ordinate the annual audit with external
auditors and preparation of the necessary
schedules
Preparing reports for the regulators
Must be a team player
Must possess people skills and be prepared
to interact with members
Minimum qualifications: AA in
Accounting


Please forward resume before
February 18, 2008 to R.O. Box N-7544


Legal Notice
NOTICE


PRINCIPESSA INVESTMENT LTD.




Notice is herchy givecn that in accordance with Section
138 (83) of the International B~usiness Companies A~ct
2000, the dissolution of PRINCIPESSA INVESTMENT
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Comnpany' has therefore been struck
off` the Register.


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidantor)


Legal Notice


NOTICE


INDIGO INLET INDUSTRIES LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 3rd day of January
2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Bo~x N-
7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


CALL: GROUP
325-6570 E TN
325-6571 TEIN
for more

information Saturday

February 23, 2008
at 8:00am

Applications are available
at the school office.

Bring pen, pencils, rulers.
Wear school unifonts.
$20.00 testing fee .~
SMt. C8Pme1
Preparatory Academy


Legal Notice
NOTICE


GIMEL CORP.




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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


SLegal Notice
NOTICE


VENICE GULF RIVER CORP.




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


SARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


WBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has been urged to
"aggressively pursue" a visa


exemption for Bahamian busi-
nessmen and financial services
executives travelling to Europe,
as current requirements to
obtain these documents are "a
true cost" for Bahamian com-
panies.
The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce. in a report sent to
Prime Minister Hubert Ingira-
ham and several of his fellow
Cabinet ministers, said round-
table sessions with Bahamian
businessmen to elicit problems
they had encountered in deal-
ing with the public sector had
prompted "numerous com-
plaints" over the visa issue.
Cur-rently, with no European
Union (EU) members having
significant diplomatic repre-
sentation in the Bahamas, the
requirement that Bahamian
businessmen travelling to the
EU first obtain visas forces
them to travel or send passports
off abroad, usually to Miami or
Washington.
The Chamber's Vexing Busi-
ness Issues report said on the
issue: "Business persons wanti-
ng to travel to Europe are
inconvenienced by the require-
ment that they obtain a visa,
which is extrenely difficult and
expensive to obtain. -


"It usually involves either
incurring the cost (approxi-
mately $500) pf flying to Miami,
renting a car and staying
overnight, or 'Fedexing' one's
passport to the relevant con-
sulate inl Miami and being with-
out one's passport for an unde-
termined amount of time (plus
the worry that your passport
may be lost or not returned in
time)."

Report
The report added: "This is a
nuisance, a time wasting incon-
venience, and a true cost for
those Bahamnians in the finan-
cial sector who require visas
often to travel to Europe or
through Europe. It also pre-
vents Bahamians from being
able to just pop on a plane and
be at a meeting in Europe the
next day, as is sometimes
required.
"The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs should aggressively pur-
sue a talked about possible
exemption for Bahamians to
obtain a visa to travel to
Europe. It is understood that
this possibility is real and the
business community wants to
ensure that the civil servants in


the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
do no lose this opportunity.
"In fact, Bahamian business-
men said that our Ministry of
Foreign Affairs officials should
make it their mission to negoti-
ate the removal of visa require-.
ments from most countries
where Bahamians require visas.
"After all, we are a wealthy
nation, a small nation, a peace-
ful nation, and a nation whose
citizens rarely emigrate and, if
they do, it is in such small num-
bers that it is not material. So,
getting our country removed
from the list of countries requir-
ing visas should be relatively
straightforward and an 'easy
sell'."
The Chamber report found
that public sector reform was a
key issue for many companies,
given that "attitudes, lack of
responsiveness and poor quali-
ty service" all led to "general
frustrations in getting business
done in the Bahamas".
"With regard to taxes, there
is no sense of enforcement,"
the Chamber report said.
"Property taxes are largely
unpaid until the property is
sold. The national insurance
fund only collects 60 per cent of
what it is due, and business


Business executives





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.license fee calculations are ney-
er questioned to verify their
correctness. There is no penal-
ty forlate payment.
"Inefficiencies and poor ser-
vice standards hurt both busi-
ness and government. Multiple
members drew reference to
experiences with property tax-
es.
"They continued to get real
property tax bills for land that
they had already sold. Sadly,
these notices continued to come
year after year, despite writing
to the~appropriate government
agency. Moreover, when the
bill is not paid, there is no fol-
low-up. Cynicism builds and
government loses more credi-
bility."
To enhance the Governmen-
t's collection of revenue due to
it, the Chamber report suggest-
ed that staff in tax-collecting
and generating agencies receive
performance-based compensa-
tion as opposed to a fixed
salary.
It was also suggested that the
Government sell accounts
receivables, or taxes and duties
owed to it, to collection agen-
cies and commercial banks,
leaving them "with the hassles
of collecting".















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LOT No. 13, BLOCK KNd, UNIT 1t
BEAHAMIA NORTH SUBDIVISION Appraisal: $40,000,00

The property has an area of 13,027 square feet or .30 of an acre.


GREENING GLADE SUBDIVISION Appraisal: $75,000.00
Alf'that piece parcel ahd lot of land described as lot 7 block 21, Albacore
Drive, Victoria Place and Mid Chipman Road, Unit 2, Greening Glade
Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The lot contains 20,580 sq. ft.
and zoned as multi-family residential.

LOT^ No. 20, BLOCK 1, UNYIT 3
FORTUNE POINT SUBDIVISION Appraisal: $38,000.00

AII that lot of vacant land having an area of 12,650 sq. ft. being lot No.
20, Block 1 Unit 3 of thre Subdivision known and designated as Fortune
Point Subdivision, Freepiort, Grand Blahama, Duplex property zoning with
a rectangle shape.

LINCOLN GREEN, CANIEBY CLOSE Appraisal: $38,500.00
Unit 5, Block 17, Lot #48 Single family residence, Clearwater Close.
Located on fresh water canal. Approximately 17,404 sq. ft.


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All that lot of land having an area of 5,000 sq ft,
being lot no. 1056 of the subdivision known as
~b~ Pinewood Gardens, the said subdivision situated
in the southern ~district of New providence
Bahamas. Located on this property is a structure
comprising of an approximately 10 yr old single
family residence consisting of approximately
1,205 sq. ft of enclosed living space with 3-
bedrooms with closets, 2-bathroom, linen closet,
living, dining rooms, kitchen and covered front porch. the land is slightly elevated to disallow the
possibility of flooding. the grounds are fairly kept.

Appraisal: $144,977.00
Traveling south on East Street to Sapodilla Boulevard, turn right at thatch Palm Street, turn left
onto Rosewood Street, the subject property is the second on the right hand side painted blue
trimmed white.
BLACKWOOD, ABACO
All that lot of land having an area of approximately 258,064 sq. ft. This property is yet to reach its highest and best use. It
is ideally suited to single or multi-family development as is the nature of surrounding properties within the community. The
site may also serve well as a commercial site as the area remains un-zoned the property remains largely in its original state.
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APPRAISAL: $219,354.40
The subject property is vacant and is situated at the Southeastern entrance of the Community of Blacckwood, Abaco. The
property is undivided and comprises approximately 6 acres of a larger tract of land of approximately 26 acres.
Lot B, Wilson Street, Rock Crusher
All that lot of land having an area of 10,498 sq ft, being lot B, between the subdivision known as Rock Crusher
and in the vicinity of Perpall Tract situated in the western district of New Providence, Bahamas. This property
is z eoned uRl f ni r/singl rfa ily.aAldo n satedo gtahi pprtx a la5 stuur .u o mc%%snd liv gas itah
a patio consisting of 270, sq. ft. the starter bars are in place and foundation poured,
Appraisal: $97,214.00
Traveling West on Farrington Road take a right after the P.L.P. headquarters, go about midways through
Io k bon Stmeet go thuof he corner all the way to the dead end. The property is located behind the chain

NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA)
Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal Investment
Ltd., this is a single family zoning and 50 ft., above sea level. This site encompasses a foundation with plumbing
and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry fill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The
foundation is 2,511 sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot is vacant
and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean.
Appraisal: $41,275.00


CASTELRAGi ESTATES, LOTS 129 & 130
EXUMIA HARBOUR SUBDIVISION Appraisal: $673,075.00

The subject property is located
on Kingway Road and i
developed with an area of I 1
20,000 square feet. Situated'
thereon is a residence lr'~
comprised of 3,645 square feet '
of living accommodations, '~
inclusive of 4 bedrooms, 2;
baths, with laundry and utility al
spaces and a two bedroom one
bath guest cottage of 600
square feet. The property is fenced with white picket fencing and has a
Gazebo at the highest portion of the property.



ELEUTH1ERA Appraisal: $1 34,822.00
NORTH PALMETTO POINT
All that piece parcel or lot of land
and improvements situated to the
West of the Settlement of North i
Palmetto Point, on the Island of
Eleuthera. The total area is *1
approximately 8,118 square feet. :r .`i 1?.lp-
Situated on the property is a 26- '.:1~~P3
yearold uildngcomprising
approximately 1,263 square feet of
enclosed living space and a~?r
basement area of 144 square feet.
Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, utility
room, and beauty parlour (an additional 480 square feet).

PARCEL OF LAND, PALMETTO POINT
ELEUTHERA Appraisal: $112, 105.00
AII that piece, parcel or lot of land 2,7143 feet East of the junction of the
Palmetto Point road and main Eleuthera Highway containing 2.45 acres.
This site encompasses a 28-yeiar-old single storey concrete structure of
approximately 832 square feet of enclosed floor space inclusive of shop
space and rest room facilities.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


'Open-ended' approval timneframe causes uncertainty
that 'costs companies financially and competitively


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Department of Immi-
gration should decide whether
to approve properly completed
work permit applications within
20 days of their receipt, Bahami-
an businessmen have urged, as
such a deadline would remove
the uncertainty that "costs com-
panies financially and competi-
tively".
There is no current timeframe
in which the Department of
Immigration m1ust approve or
decline work permit applica-
ond fine dattro etehi pce
was cited as having negative
consequences by business exec-
utives supplying feedback to the
Chamber of Commerce.
In its paper on Vexing Busi-
ness Issues when dealing with
public sector agencies, which has
been submitted to the Prime
Minister and several Cabinet
ministers, the Chamber warned
that a Inotracted work perni
Bahamian businesses risked los-
ing skilled expatriate labour to
Other jurisdictions where the
procedures were more friendly.
The Chamber report said:
"When offering a job to a for-
eign worker, especially those
that are skilled or who are in
the middle to upper middle
management areas, businesses
are unable to inform the suc-
cessful applicant how long he or
she will have to wait before their
work permit is approved or dis-
approved,
"This uncertainty costs busi-
nesses both financially and com-
pe .tively. Having incurred the
cost of attracting and interview-
ing an interested applicant, the
business ends up losing that
applicant to another business
in another jurisdiction not bur-
denedl down by a work permit
process that is typically too long
and always uncertain."
T-remedy the situation, the
Chamber suggested: "Compretr


ed work permit applications
whose fee, if approved, will
exceed $2,000, should either be
approved or disapproved mn 20
business days so all parties con-
cerned will know, with a greater
degree of certainty, how long
the process will take."
Other concerns related to the
renewal of work permits, the
Chamber report saying its mem-
bers felt the process was "too
lan"n "fr "too umhbersome
of the necessary information
was already contained in
Department of Immigration Siles
through the first application.
"Because of the length of the
process and the resulting uncer-
tainties, there is considerable
pressure on companies to not
play by the rules. The level of
delay imposed on business is
onside ale,d ithe eChahomnb

work permit renewals.
Advocating that technology
be used to speed up processing
of work permit applications, the
Chamber suggested that renew-
al applications needed, at most,
an employer's letter, police cer-
tificate and photo of the appli-
cant.
Urging that work permits be
granted for two to three years,
rather than just one, to reduce
the burden imposed on the
Immigration Departrnient by the
volume of renewal applications,
the report advocated again that
a decision on all properly com-
pleted renewal applications be
taken within 20 days of receipt.
Further problems were
caused by Permit to Reside
applications for spouses of expa-
triate workers on work permits,
the Chamber report said.
"The process should be sim-
ple and it is far from it, Chamber
members who hire an expatriate
worker whose spouse must


accompany them, complain that
the Department requests the
same information each year
when the information is already
in the file from the previous
year," the report said.
"This is truly a nuisance issue.
Countless hours are lost in the
application and follow-up
process by the employee (whose
partner is affected) or by some-
one else on the company's pay-
roWhen an employee's work
permit is approved, his/her
spouse's permit to reside mn the
Bahamas should automatically
be approved for the same time
period. In addition, the require-
ments to renew a spouse's per-
mit should only require a cur-
rent police certificate from the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
(RBPF), and maybe a new pic-
eureltht soulodrac rmpiany thn
it is put in for renewal."
Businesses experienced fur-
ther costs and inefficiencies
because work permit applica-
tion forms were often incom-
plete as to the Immigration
Department's requirements. In
addition, the Chamber report
said the department's officers
often requested information that
was not on the form.
"Processing of certain appli-
cations ought to be accommo-
dated online, requiring only
minimal in-person visits to the
department. When required,
such visits should be scheduled."
the Chamber report suggested.
'At a minimum, and on an
immediate basis, the Depart-
ment of Immigration should
update its application forms
reflecting the current require-
ments, and they should have the
forms placed online so that they
can be downloaded by poten-
tial applicants anywhere in the
world."


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PORTION OF MURPHY TOWN CROWN
ALLOTMENT, MURPHY TOWVN, ABACO.
The property is 89 x 1100 ft .
and rectangular in shape. The :
land is elevated
approximately 15 ft above W .
road level and approximately rs
25 ft above sea level. gl
Located on this property is a *j
twenty-yeair-old three
bedroom, two bathroom I
living, dining, kitchen and ~N;~~
laundry room house. The
structure requires much -
attention.


ABACO


Appraisal: $75,000.00


EXU MA


Appraisal: $170,000.00


DUPLEX IN LOT 6625
BAHAMA SOUND No. 8, EAST, EXUMA

hapezium shaped lot 35 ft. F
above sea level comprising 'Yl~~~tBi
10,000 sq. ft. Situated thereon is -`
a 10-year-old single storey ,-
duplex, 2 bed, 1 bath, kitchen, -'lwii, rcT
living/dining area and porch.
(Building is in need of repairs).


Lot No. 1056
Pinewood Gardens Subdivision





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Lot No. 3 Yamacraw
Beach Estates
All that lot of land having an area of 10,000 sq ft, being lot
--no. 3 in Yamacraw Beach Estates, in the said subdivision
situated in the eastern district of New Providence Bahamas.
Located on the subject property is a single-storey triplex
building comprising of 3 units with two 2-bedrooms, 1-
bathroom, living, dining, kitchen apartments unit and one
unit being used as a barber and beauty salon. the land is
on a grade and level; however the site appears to be
sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding
during annual heavy rainy periods of the year.
Appraisal: $313,016.00
Traveling south on Fox Hill Road, go pass Yamacraw
Hill Road and Joe Farrington Road. The subject property is located on the left hand side of Fox Hill road painted
white trimmed brown

Eleuthera Island Shores Subdivision LOT NO. 1,
m=-= BLOCK NO. 45,
SHORES
illAll that piece parcel or lot of land having an area of
9,644 sq. ft. being lot #1 in block 45, Section "E" in
the subdivision called and known as Eleuthera Island
i4:'; .. Shores Subdivision, situated in the vicinity of Hatchet
soR. -1- Bay Harbour, on the island of Eleuthera, one of the
,liislands of the Commonwealth of. The Bahams. This
Site encompasses a two storey building which is
approximately 14 yrs old and is abandoned. There is
a wooden landing approximately 7'-4" wide by 20'-
0" on the upper level, approximately 1,610 sq. ft. of
enclosed living space, with 3-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms,
front room, dining room, den, kitchen, and utility room. The wooden porch on the upper level is approximately 148sq.
ft. There is also a water cistern under the dining room floor area. All utilities and services available.
Appraisal: $151,007.00
This property is situated in Eleuthera Island Shores.


,s ;. -- LOT NO. 1490 GOLDEN GATES SECTION 2
All that lot of land having an area of 6,000 sq. ft.
.,- ---. .being lot no. 1490 of the subdivision known and
. 4i; designated as Golden Gates, the said subdivision
# situated in the southwestern district of New
. .Providence, bahamas. This property is comprised
.i~- of a 25 yer old single family residence consisting of
4 -approximately 2,480 sq. ft. of enclosed living space
-t~ with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living, dining
rooms and kitchen. The land is on a grade and level,
however the site appears to be sufficiently elevated
to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The grounds are fairly kept, ith improvements
including driveway, walkway and low shrubs. Yard is enclosed on one side wth a 5 foot chain linked fencing and a low cement
block wall to the front.
~Apriraisal: $162,400.00
Traveling west on Carmichael Road tumn left then right onto the service road opposite Bahamas Faith Ministries Complex, then
first left again after passing clico and pre-school. The subject house is the 6th house left painted green trimmed white.


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LOT NO. WESTERN SHORES .
All that lot of land having an area of 7,389 sq. ft., being
lot #1 of the Subdivision known as Western Shores Phase
II, the said Subdivision situated in the Western District of
New Providence, Bahamas. Located on the subject property
~ pll P1 is a single structure comprising of a single family residence
rmi- consisting of approximately 2,430 sq. ft. of enclosed living
space. The residence comprises of 3-bedroom with closets,
2 1/2 bathrooms, living/dining rooms, study, kitchen, utility
room, porch and enclosed garage with electronic door. The
land appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the
possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods
of the year. The grounds are fairly well kept with
improvements including driveway, walkway and swimming
pool. The yard is enclosed with walls.
Appraisal: $753,570.00
Traveling west on West Bay Street. Go pass Orange Hill and Indigo Subdivisions, the house is located on the left near
Tusculum Subdivision and painted all white.

(Lot No. 62, Lower Bogue) ELEUTHERA
All that piece parcel or lot of land and improvements, in
kjthe settlement of Lower Bogue, North Eleuthera, being
No. 62, comprising of about 34,210 sq. ft., this site
encompasses a 12 year old single storney home comprising
of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front room, dining, breakfast
room, kitchen and laundry room, with a total living area
: Iof approximately 2,342.06. Property also includes a double

ifi'N ":ed. ne npet i elad cape wth ca
.- grass, fiascos and some fruit trees.
.: Appraisal: $235,638.00
This property is situated on the western side of Eleuthera
Highway in the settlement of Lower Bogue





of one of the Dundas Town Crown Allotment parcels
w -g--q I IMPstretching from Forest Dnive to Front Street, being just
under a quarter acre in size and on the lowside. A concrete
block structure, with asphalt shingle roof and L-shape in
de90so.nqwi aheotnatler or halos a~r c~on rete bso ksx cili g
is sheet rock and the floors of vinyl tiles.
Appraisal: $265,225.00

LOT NO. 12, BLOCK 3, MILLER'S HEIGHTS
All that lot of land having an area of 7,500 sq. ft., being lot
12, of the subdivision known and designated as Millar's
Heights, situated in the Southwestern district of New
Providence, Bahamas. This property is comprised of a 25
yr old single family residence consisting of approximately
M-.r- 2,375 sq. ft of enclosed living space with three 2-bedrooms,
1I-bathroom, living/dining rooms, and kitchen apartment
CI3L -_complex. The land is on a grade and level and appear to
be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding
during annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds are fairly
kept, with improvements including parking area, walking
pathway and low shrubs. The yard is enclosed with chain linked fencing at the back and southern sides.
Appraisal: $239,500.00
Traveling west on Carmichael Road, enter West Avenue, on the South side immediately after Topps Laundromat. Take
first right which is Wimpole St., go around the curve on the left which is London Avenue, traveling south on London
Avenue the subject property is the 9th building on the right before the T, Junction (high street) the subject building is
an L shape triplex, painted green, trimmed white,


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~said subdivision situated in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, Bahamas. This property is comprised of a 24 year old single
LB1 131 *L~. . :; '-t... family residence with an attached efficiency (formerly the carport)
St consisting of approximately 2,675 sq. ft. of enclosed living area, front

Besides the efficiency apartment, the house is comprised of 3-bedmooms,
..,.s 3-bathrooms, inclusive of a master bedroom suite upstairs. Foyer, front


and other amenities. Quality of construction: Average. Standard of
maintenance: Average. Effective age: seven years (7) the land is on flat terrain; however the site appears to be sufficiently elevated to
dissilow the possibility of flooding under normal weather condition, including annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds are well kept,
with improvements including neatly maintained lawns with flowering trees, and a concrete garden/storage shed, which is located in the
bcyr.Thte yard isencitosed long the sides with chain-link fencing, and concrete block~walls that are topped with metal railings,
APPRAISAL: $365,000.00
Traveling east on Prince Charles Drive, pass the streetlight at Fox Hill Road until you get to Meadows Boulevard, tum right onto Meadows
Boulevard, go south and take the 4th left, then 1st right. The subject house is the 2nd house on the left side painted beige trimmed white.

Investment Opportunity Must Sell Lot No. 217
Pinewood Gardens Subdivision
,~Rrsr~lgAll that lot of land having an area of 5,000 sq ft, being Lot
~C~CIF*~CI ~ _No. 217 of te Subdivision known as Pinewood Gardens, the
c., y;said subdivision situated in the Southern District of New
-- ..4Providence Bahamas. Located on this property is a structure
comprising of an approximately 20 yr old single family residence
Irr consisting of 992 sq. ft of enclosed living space with 3-
bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living/dining rooms, kitchen, dnive
Sway and walk way. The land is on a grade and level and
appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility
of flooding. The grounds are fairly kept and yard is open.
Appraisal: $127,988.00
Traveling south on East Street to the junction of Soldier
Road, make a left at the light then turn right into Kerinedy Subdivision, go all the way to T-junction, turn right then first
left then right again toward Mount Tabor Church building, after passing Mount Tabor take first left sapodillaa blvd), the
subject house is about 400 yards on the right painted yellow trimmed green, with green and white door.


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Island Harbour Beach, Exuma
AII that parcel or lot of vacant land containing 10,000 (80'X 100') sq. ft. being Lot No. 9, Block 2, Island Harbour Beach
Subdivision situated the western most portion of the Hermitage Estate, Little Exuma Bahamas. The property is located
on an unpaved road known as Stocking Road. The property also has a commanding view of the ocean.
Appraisal: $80,000.00

MUTTON FISH POINT NORTH ELEUTHERA
All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land containing 44,714 sq. ft., and designated "E" which forms a portion of land
known as "Mutton Fish Point" situated about two miles northwestwards of the settlement of Gregory Town on the island
of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and is bounded and abutting as follows:-
Northwardly by the land now or formerly the property of Coridon Limited, and running thereon for a distance of 393.13
hundredth ft.; outwardly by a 30' wide road reservation and running thereon for a distance of 402.57 hundredth ft; eastwardly
by the main Queen's Highway and running thereon for a distance of 109.73 hundredth ft; westwardly by land now or
formerly the property of Caridon Limited and running thereon for a distance of 110.75 hundredth ft. this property having
an area of approximately 44,714 sq. ft. this neighbourhood is zoned commercial/residential development and is quiet,
peaceful and has a topography of approximately 2 ft. with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $51,421.00

MUTTON FISH POINT NORTH ELEUTHERA
All that piece, parcel or tract of land containing 1 acre situated about two miles northwestward of the settlement of Gregory
Town on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and is bounded and abutting
as follows:- Northwestwardly by the main Queens Highway and is running thereon for a distance of 125.462 feet
northwestwardly by the land now of formerly the property of Coridon Limited, and running thereon for a distance of 390.274
hundredth ft.; southwestwardly by a 30' wide road reservation and running thereon for a distance of 128.128 hundredth
ft; southeastwardly by the land now or formerly the property of the Venor and running thereon for a distance of 322.955
hundredth ft. This property having an area of approximately 44,847.76 sq. ft. This neighbourhood is zoned commercial
development and is quiet and peaceful with a topography of approximately 2 ft. with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $51,421.00
This lot is vacant land and is located in the area known as "Mutton Fish Point"


LOT NO. #7, BOILING HOLE SUBDIVISION
All that piece parcel or lot of land and improvements situated
on the Island of Eleuthera, North of Governor's Harbour,
... comprising of Lot No. 7 in the Behiling Hole Subdivision and
comprising of approximately 10,000 sq. ft., this site
& ~encompasses a 17 years old duplex with each unit consisting
a of 2-bedrooms; 1 bathroom, frontroom, diningroom and kitchen
with a gross floor area of approximately 1,474.20 sq. ft. and
--- ~...if~s covered porch area of approximately 164.70 sq. ft. this duplex
was built in accordance with the plan and specification as
E- -.....approved, and at a standard that was acceptable to the Ministry
Of Public Works. This structure is in good condition. Each apartment could be rented at $800.00 per month. The
land is landscaped and planted with ficus trees, but needs some manicuring.
APPRAISAL: $153,521.00


Lot No. 130, St. Andrews Beach Estates
All that lot of land having an area of 8,100 sq ft, being
lot no. 130, of the subdivision known and designated
as st. andrews beach estates, the said subdivision
situated in the easterh district of New Providence,
Bahamas. located on the subject property is a structure
comprising of anapproximately 12yr old duplex
Appraisal: $245,237.00
Traveling east on yamacraw hill road take the third corner
right. with sign for st andrews beach estates, then take
first left, then first right, the subject property is the 2nd
property on the left side painted beige trimmed orange.


Must Sell Lot No. 597
All that lot of land having an area of 3,200 sq ft, being lot 597
Melvern Road of the subdivision known as Yellow Elder Gardens,
the said subdivision is situated in the southern district of New
Providence Bahamas. This property is comprised of a 26 yr old
single family residence consisting of approximately 1,510 sq. ft
of enclosed living space, with39-bedrooms including master bedroom,
2-bathrooms, living/dining room, kitchen and utility room. The
residence also consists of a front porch and two patios.


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IFF The land is on a grade and level; however the site appears to be
sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during
annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds are fairly kept, with
improvements including driveway and walkway. The yard is enclosed with chain linked fencing.
Appraisal: $133,395.00
Traveling west along Melvern Road from the sport center road, follow the road to the left. the subject property is the 5th property
left situated between Zris Court and Richie Court, painted White trimmed yellow.


HAMELTON'S, LONG ISLAND
All that piece parcel or lot of land and improvements situated
in the settlement of Hamilton's in the Island of Long Island,
and comprising of approximately 13,547 sq. ft. and is elevated
approximately 7-8 ft above sea level. This site encompasses
a 35yr structure. A simple style home consisting of two
bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, living and dining room.
the home however is consisted of 2 separate constructions;
613.60 sq. ft of concrete construction and 6241 sq. ft of wooden
construction all amenities are to the property such as electricity,
water, cable and telephone.
Appraisal: $112,000.00.
The property is accessed by the main Queen's Highway.


KENNEDY SUBDIVISION (NASSAU)
Lot no. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single story
house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living room, dining area,
family room, kitchen, study, laundry and an entry porch.
Appraisal: $188,406.00
Heading west along Soldier Road take main entrance to
Kennedy Subdivision on the left, then take the 1st corner
on the left then 1st right, house is second on your right
with garage.


Rainbow Subdivision Lot No. 3, Block 27
All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 14,052.59 sq. ft. being lot no. 3, block 27, section
b, of Rainbow Subdivision with residential zoning. This property is bounded about 103.44 ft north by Queens .
Highway, and 137.02 ft. East and about 99.94, ft south of Rainbow Hill Circle. 139.91 ft West. All utilities and
services available.
Appraisal: $37, 440.00


Lot No. 15, Block 10, Winton Heights
All that lot of vacant land having an area of 17,144 sq ft, of the subdivision known as Winton Heights situated
in the Eastern District of New Providence Bahamas. This property is rectangular in shape and zoned multi family
- single family.
Appraisal: $171,440.00
This property is about 230ft West of Sassoon Drive and is about the third lot on the North Side of Hill Side Road.


Investment Opportunity Must Sell
Lot No. 20, Block 1 unit 3 Fortune Point Subdivision all that lot of vacant land having an area of 12,650 sq ft,
being Lot No.20 block 1 unit 3 of the subdivision known and designated as fortune point subdivision Freeport,
Grand Bahama.. duplex property zoning with a rectangle shape.
Appraisal: $38,000.00

LOT NO. 10B, PALMETTO POINT
All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land containing 9,000 sq. ft., and being Lot No. 10B situated North of Ingraham's
Pond and Eastwardly of North Palmetto Point, on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, and is bounded and abutting as follows:- on the north by Lot No. 3B and running thereon for a distance of (90)
ft; on the East by Lot No. 11B and running thereon for a distance of (100) ft; on the south by a 20' wide road reservation
and running thereon (90) ft on the west by Lot No. 9B running thereon for a distance of (100) Ft, the said Lot is overgrown
with shrubs and is in close proximity of a white sandy beach. This neighborhood is zoned residential development and
is quiet and peaceful with a topography of approximately 50ft and because of this there is no danger of flooding. The area
is approximately 80% developed with all utilities and services available.
APPRAISAL: $72,000.00

MUTTON FISH POINT NORTH ELEUTHERA
All that piece, parcel or lot of vacant land and improvements containing approximately 44,587 sq. ft. and designated "F"
which forms a portion of land known as "Mutton Fish Point" situated about two miles northwestward of the settlement
of Gregory Town on the island of Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Commlonwealth of The Bahamas, and bounded and
abutting as follows:- Northwardly by the land nlow or formerly the property of Coridon Limited, and running thereon for
a distance of 383.56 hundredth ft; southwardly by land now or formerly the property of Caridon Limited and running
thereon for a distance of 393-19 hundredth ft. eastwardly by the main Queen s Highway and running thereon for a distance
of 113.40 hundredth ft. westwardly by land now or formerly the property of Coridon Limited and running thereon for a
distance of 113.40 hundredth ft. this neighbourhood is zoned commercial/residential development and is quiet, peaceful
and has a topography of approximately 2 ft, with all utilities anld services available.
APPRAISAL: $51,276.00


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SANDYPORT Appraisal: $300,000.00 .
AII that lot of land having an area of 9,626 square feet, being lot number 40,
of the subdivision known as SandyPort, situate in the Western District of
New Providence. The property la Irregular in shape, is on a level grade and
zoned as single family realdential. An electrical connection outlet is located
near the property. The property is located on Sandy Port Drive just on the
bend before Governor's Cay on the Southern Side of the road.


Located on this 72x102 feet property is a 116 years old single family
dwelling comprising 1,490 square feet of living space. This includes, a
living, dining and laundry room, kitchen, three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, a garage and entrance porch.


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Subject property contains 5,979
sq ft. Situated thereon itC a 14
year old single family residence
containing 773 sq ft of enclosed
living space. This includes two ~~
bedrooms, one bathroom, living ~
and dining rooms, kitchen and
utility room.
Directions: Travelling west on Boyd Road, turn- into Franklyn Avenuae,
turn right at the T-junction, turn left at the second T junction, house is
the second property on the left: white trimmed with burgandy.





Lot No. 37 BLOCK 33
CHURCHILL, COURT, BAHAMIA MARINA
& BAHAMIA 4 SUBDIVISION, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $337,000.00
I -4if


Appraisal: $930,000.00


All that lot of land having an
area of 30000 square feet,
.-..,. being lot Number 17 of the
!adEi~ subdivision known as


b Providence.
Located on the subject
property is a newly
constructed single story
feet of I9ving space with a three Car Garagestructure comprising 6,0oo
The building is 715% completed and comprises five bedrooms, four and a
half baths study, living/dining, family room, kitchen, laundry and generator
room.
Location: From SuperValue West Bay, take the road heading west into
Westridge, take the first corner on the Right, Westridge Drive. Subject
property will be about the seventh on the right hand side of the road.


Lot #18 BLOCK #27 VENICE BA9Y Appraisal $383,855.00
All that lot of land having an amea of
12,225 square feet, being lot #18 Block-
#27 of the subdivision known as Venice ~131C ~z4
Bay Annex, situate in the Western /
District of New Providence. The
property is on a level grade and zoned
as multi family residential. Located on
the subject property is a cluster of ~ ~ ia
buildings comprising a completed unit 1
at the front of the property, a middle .
section consisting two town houses ... lr~
about 80% completed and designated d
units 3 and 4 and is the subject of this appraisal. This section has a squam
footage of approximately 2,490 square feet and a porth of 200 square feet.
Directions: Take Carmichael Road heading West, turn onto Bacardi Road
heading Southr. Proceed past Millers Pond. Just before reaching Bacardi, turn
Right onto paved road just past the pond. Subject is located on the Right
hand side of the road.


Lot No. 17 ALLEN'S DRIVE
CARMICHAEL ROAD Appraisal: $1 71,000.00
The subject property is ~
developed with a duplex .
building consisting of
approxi-mately 1,i512 EgS "
square feet of enclosed..
living space which ~'
includes, two -2 1
bedrooms and 1
bathroom, kitchen,
Inving/dining room
apartment.Ventilation is a.
by walled units air -
condition units located in the bedrooms.
Directions to property: Take the corner North of Golden Gates Assembly,
Allen's Drive, follow the bend. The subject property is on the right shortly
after passing the bend, aquamarine trimmed deep green.


WINTON MEADOWS Lot 248 Appraisal: $264,000.00
"~""-"~^. ., All that lot of land having an area
~e ''' ,of approximately 8,179 square
i:feet, being lot 248 of the
iri subdivision known as Winton
Meadows. Located thereon is a
-t;". single storey, single family
,c,residence of approximately 1,378
; square feet of enclosed living
space with three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, living and dining
rooms and kitchen. Ventillation is by central air-conditionmng and ceiling
fans.
Directions: Take Yamacraw Hill Road, to corner that takes you into
Winton Meadows, make first. left, subject property is second on left
side, painted lavender trimmed white.

GERALD BARTLETTE ESTATES Appraisal: $129,000.00
Lot 21 OFF COWPEN ROAD
All that lot of land having an area ~~~~
of 4,875 square feet being lot 21 of --
the subdivision known as Gerald
Bartlette Estates. Located on this
property is a structure comprising 4I1
a 6-year-old single family residence
of approximately 11,004 square feet 4 ~
of enclosed living space with two
bedrooms, two bathrooms, living,
utility, dining rooms and kitchen.
Directions: Travelling South on
Baillou Hill Rd., turn Right onto Cowpen Rd. at the traffic light. Proceed West.
Take the second corner on the Right (Gerald Bartlette Subdivision). Subject
property is the third below the hill, painted white trimmed green*

FAITH AVENUE & CARMICHAEL ROAD
Lot 1B Appraisal: $286,000.00
The property is located near the ~~~
Faith Avenue and Carmichael Road
junction.
The neighbourhood consists of
Single Family, MultiFamily, and
Commercial Business. Located i
's?""dniselan 18o yar Id srnl :1431i
bedrooms, two bathrooms, living, h .
d nnk utility and storage rooms ;clSf:


sea: .
All that lot of land having an area of 16,S33 sq. ft. being lot No. 37 of the
subdivision known and designated as Bahamia Marina and Bahamia Section 4
Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Located on this property is a structure
comprising a 3 year old duplex structure which covers approximately (3,058)
square feet. Apartment consisting of two 2-bedrooms, 2-bathroom with private
Jacuzzi in master bath, spacious I~ving and dining room, full service kitchen, a
laundry and utility room, foyer/hallway with I~nen and storage closet. The
property is fully secured by six foot plastic coated chain-link fence. runs along
the side and rear and adjomns the painted 4 foot wall, with 5 foot pillars at
front with electronic gate.



FAIRWAY MANOR CONDOMIINIUM Appraisal: $73,000.00



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Apartment 402, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
Lot 4, Block GN, Edward Birch Court, Bahamian North



Lot 188 SCOTT AVE, EAST SECTION 1I SUBDIVISION,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $140,000.00
The subject lot is
ap prox imately i 2, 322 sq uare
feet. Situated on this
-. property is a single story
-- single family dwelling of
gai a 2,800 square feet of living
. i space. This includes a small
,I ,front porch, a large foyer, a

fireplace and chimney, a
fl dining area, a full service
' kitchen, a family room with
adjoining laundry and
storage room. A hallway with linen closets, a hallway bathroom. Three
auxiliary bedrooms with closets and a master bedroom with walk-in
closet and private bathroom.


Appraisal: $ 116,1 90.00


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Lot #12 DAISY MAN;IOR


Apraisal: $82 376.80


No. 117 WESTRIDGE ESTATES


Lot 96 HUDSON ESTATES





FROM page one

Cabinet.
The Fresh Creek, Andros
property continues to be a
millstone around the neck of
the Government, Hotel Cor-
poration and Bahamian tax-
payers, losing on average
between $40,000-$50,000 per
month. Over a year, that
translates into between
$480,000 to $600,000.
Brent Symonette, the
Deputy Prime Minister, pre-
viously told the Tribune that
the recommended applica-
tion by an investor group he
did not name was considered
by the Hotel Corporation
and its Board as the most
suitable one to date.
He confirmed the Gov-
ernment was in the process
of selling the Lighthouse


10,000 AS UE
From: February-November

Legit and Reliable
Contracts Provided

Weekly
$62.50 a week; = $2,500.00
$125. 00 a weLek = $5,000.00
$187 50 week =$7,500.00
$250 00 a~ week = $10.000( 00
Monthly
$250.00 a month = $2,000 00
$50.00C) a month = $5,000 00
$750. 00 a month = $7,500 00
$1.000.00 a month = $10,000.00
Tel:466- 1444


Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited




Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers of the Royal Island Resort
and Residential Project, just off North Eleuthera wish to fill the following
positions:

PrOject Superintendent of Site Infrastructure

This position will oversee the construction efforts of the underground
infrastructure systems for Royal Island. These systems include: electrical,
mechanical. plumbing, communications, gas distribution, water, and
Sanitary utilities.

Responsibilities & duties include the following:

Effective coordination for installation of underground utilities within the
VariOus components of the development.
COordinate activities with other contractors and suppliers.
MOnitor schedule with General Superintendent and Project Scheduler.
COordinate inspections.
Supervise contractors and their performance.
SParticipate in weekly construction meetings.
Prepare daily construction reports.
*Ma1ntain jobsite safety.

Qualifications and Experience:

The individual must have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of trade
experience in the underground infrastructure occupations. Candidate
must have experience in working with design consultants, architects. and
engineers in the industry. Applicant must demonstrate strong leadership
and excellent communication skills.

PfOject Manager Residential Development

This position will oversee the design. development and construction
efforts related to the Residential Build-out of Royal Island. The successful
candidate will manage both the schedule and budget associated with
this project and coordinate the design and construction consulting and
contracting firms.

QaificatiOns and Expe nen ce:
The individual must have a minimum of fifteen years of senior
management experience In the design. construction and development
on long term residential construction projects. This candidate must have
experience in working with design consultants, architects, and engineers
in the industry.


Applicant must demonstrate strong leadership skills and possess a
Masters Degree in Construction Engineering or similar.

The successful candidates will be required to reside at Eleuthera.

Interested persons should submit their resumes with cover letter to:

Fax to: (954) 745-4399
or
Email to=aileen. miller@royalisla ndba hamas. com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for their interest.
however only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.


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the Dept of Land & Surveys
as #142 N.P and situated in the
Eastern District of New Provi-
dence. Property contains 3 bed,
2 bath residence. Appraised
value $165,000.
(565) Lot#1018 in Golden Gates
Estates #2 Sub situated in the
Southwestern District of the island
of New Providence containing a
single storey private residence
3 bed, 2 bath. Property approx
size 6,000 sq ft. Building approx
size 2,400 sq ft. Appraised value
$173,176.
(902) Lot of land containing res-
idence in North Palmetto Point
Eleuthera. Appraised value: TBA
(902) Lot of land containing a 2
storey 7 bed/2 bath single fam-
ily residence (2,234sqluarefeet)
located of Queens Highway in
Tarpum Bay Eleuthera. Appraised
-value $77,000.
(902) Lot#31 situated at the
intersection of Albert & Victoria
Streets in Hatchet Bay contain-
ing a 2 storey concrete building
with an incomplete 2bed 1 bath
apt and store downstairs. Prop-
erty approx 2250 sqft. Appraised
value $65,000.
(902) Lot containing commer-
cial building housing a sports
bar, restaurant and a 2 storey
commercial building on Queens
VHilghwayr Tarpum Bay Eleuthera.
Vaue $180,000.
(808) Lot # 3 Block 24 in the
Centreville Subdivision Build-
ig #109 ~a pern nigde of o c
2,800 sq feet commercial building.
Appraised value $582,000

#5 nit #nl ee msh rL. B ras
value TBA
(902) Lot #17 Block 7in section "A"
of Eleuthera Island Shores Subdi-
vision Northwest of Hatchet Bay
containing a 3 bed/2 bath house.
Appraised value $99,000.00
(601) Lot #1I located Village
A otmen wii fourplex value

(901) Lot #32 containin~g4 bedroom
2bath concrete structure located
Tr~iana Shores Harbour Island,
Eleuthera. Property size 80' x120'
x8' 12 feet .Appraised valued at


(401) Lots#17 &( #18 Crown Allot-
ments, Lovle H-ill Settlement,
Andros. Containing a two sto-
rey residence. Appraised value
$100,000.
(806) Lots#1 & #2, Block 3 with a
parcel situated between Lot #1,
Block 3, containing a4 bedroom
condominium- SunsetViewVillas,
West Bay Street. Appraised value
$750,000.
(806) Lot#13, Block#4 of Coral
Waterways, Section One, Coral
Habosur nmP who h20 es
Providence bounded northwardly
by canal or waterway of the said
Subdivision known as Flamingo
waterway and running l02.004 ft
eastwardly by lot #14 andl146.145
ft southivardly by reservation for
a private road. Appraised value
$530,000.
(433) Lot#27 0fVillageAllotment
#14 in the Eastern District, con-
taining residence situated on
Denver Street-off Parkgate Road
in the Ann's Town Constituency,
New Providence. Property size
2,500 sqft Building size 990 sq ft
Appraised value $50,000.
(304) Lot#2, Block#8, Steward
Rd, Coral Heights East Sub-
division situated in Western
District of New Providence -approx
size 8,800 sq ft with a split level
containing 2 bed, 2 bath, living,
dining & family rooms, kitchen
and utility room. Approx size of
building 2,658 sqft. Appraised
value: $322,752.
(902) Lot#14, Block#23 (125ft
x 80ft) situated Ramnbow Bay,
Eleuthera containing a one
storey house with 2 bed'
1 bah itocshen,Amiigairoomaland
$89,998.
(902) Lot of land 94 x94 x150 x
150 on Queens Highway just south
of Palmetto Pomnt with a two sto-
rey stone building containing two
apartments. Each unit has 3 bed,
2 1/2 bath, kitchen, living room
and 3 linen closets. Appraised
value $287,209.
(100) Developed property
Pinder's, Long Island containing 1
a split level Mediterranean style
home with kitchen, living room,
,dining room, master bed and
bath, aw geshtrooms,n oulan


level. Also garage and breezeway
- a gross area 4,212 sqft. Kitchen-
ette, master bedroom and bath
and front entry porch features the
upper level, gross area o 8 sf.
Porches all around the concrete
structure which is 90% complete.
Appraised value $650,000.
(400) Property situated in Cala-
bash Bay on the Island ofAndros.
75 ft kt 150 ft and containing ther-
eon small grocery store 480 sqft
and an incomplete 3bed 2bath
house 900 sqft. Appraised value
$65,000.
(702) Lot#20 with residential prop-
erty located Skyline Heights, N.P.
Appraised value $280,000.
(400) Lot #14 situated in the set-
tlement of Love Hill on thelIsland
of Andros totaling 20,000 sqft.
Property contains a two storey
5 bed, 3bath residence. Appraised
vale $185,000.
(902) Lot containing 3 bed, 2
bath residence situated in the
settlement of Governor's Har-
bour bounded northwardly by a
19ft road and running thereon
50ft eastwardly and running
thereon 100ft southwardly and
50 ft westwardly. Appraised value
$90,000.
(902) Lot (8,000 sqlft) situated
Sand's Alley, North Palmetto
Point with incomplete triplex (con-
crete structure -belt course 2,529.6
sqft). Appraised value $49,414.
(105) Lot containing two storey
building. with 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath
residence, andN30 ft 86 ft situated
Ap raised value $235i ni.
(203) Lot B 50ft x115.73 ft situ-
ated on the north side of Shell Fish
Road, being the third lot west of
Fire Trail Road and east of Ham-
ster Road with aone half duplex
residential premises. Appraised
value TBA.
(701) Lot#16 i Block #16
in Section 3 ofthe Subdivi-
sion called and known as Sea
BhreezeasEstatesistrituatedN in
Providence. Property con-
tainS a 3 bed, 2 bath residence.
Aplpraised 'value $277,000.
'(701)` Lot of land being #11
alotmlock#11aid outabyplVlla e
Estates Limited and filled mn


Yacht Club and Marina,
having so far looked at sev-
eral applications to purchase
the club.
The Lighthouse Yacht
Club and Marina sits amid
4,400 acres of land in An~dros
that is also owned by the
Hotel Corporation, making
the resort a potentially valu-
able real estate development
site. The property includes
a 20-slip marina, beach
frontage, a 20-room hotel,
employs 25 persons and
occupies some 12 acres of
land.
Its average occupancy is
usually around 35 per cent,
and the Lighthouse Yacht
Club and Marina has been
an acknowledged loss maker
for the Hotel Corporation
for years,
A tour by the Corpora-
tion's Board last year noted
that the resort's roofs need-
ed replace in g, there were
leaks in water lines and,air
conditioning malfunctions,
and electrical failures at the
marina.
As at December 31, 2004,
the appraised value of the
Lighthouse Yacht Club and
Mar in a's bu il din gs was
pe gged at $2.314 million,
with the land valued at
$400,000 and furniture, fix-
tures and equipment valued
at $528,173. Yet allowing for
depreciation, the net book
value of the resort's build-
ings was reduced to $1.547
million.
The wisdom of the Gov-
ernment existing the hotel


business is confirmed by the
Hotel Corporation's annual
accounts, the most recent
available being for 2004,
which showed that through
its sustained annual losses it
had cost the; Government
and Bahamian taxpayer
some $286 million over 30-
years.
For the year to December
31, 2004, the Hotel Corpo-
ration fell to an $11.821 mil-
lion net loss, which still rep-
resented an improvement on
the previous year's $16.776
million loss. For 2004, the
operating loss improved to
$968,582, compared to the
previous year's $6.575 mil-
lion.
The accounts tabled by Mr
Symonette revealed that for
the financial years 2002,
2001, and 2000, the Hotel
Corporation had produced
net losses of $12.08 million,
$7.889 million an d $2.259
million.
This is likely to prompt
many Bahamians to wonder
what usef ul purpose is
served by the Hotel Corpo-
ration's continued existence,
especially once the Light-
house Yacht Club and Mari-
na is sold, since then it will
no longer own any resorts.
It still, though, owns some
3,000 acres of land in
Eleuthera that continues to
interest developers, and both
the former PLP administra-
tion and the c-urrent one
have talked about convert-
ing it into a Tourism Devel-
opment Corporation.


Roal Bank
of Canada



PROPERTIES LISTED FOR SALE
Contact Account Officer listed below by using number code for each property.


Ltl;~r~r~lO~nl.RYI:,


(108) Single FamilyLot#57 Blck7
# Chesapeake Subdivision ( no util-
ities), Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Appraised value$18,000.
(108) Single Family Lot #5 Block
#21 Leicester County (no utilities),
Freeport, Grand Bahama. Appraised
value $6,000.

(101) Tourist Commercial Canal
Lot #71 Silver Cove Subdivision,
Freeport Grand Bahama. Appraised
value $175,000

(902) VacantLots#'s5&6inBlock3
of Club Estates Subdivision located
North of Rock Sound Eleuthera com-
prising ofl1.48 acres. Appraised value
$55,000.00
(902) Vacant lot of land situated
in SouthiPalmetto Point Eleuthera
measuring 97x127x82x121.
Appraised value $38,000.00


(565) Vacant lot locatedd Eleu-
thera Island Shores, Seaside Drive
Section B, Block #15, Eleuthera,
Bahamas. 9,691 sqft. Appraised
value $27,619.92.

(902) 0.28 1 acre of vacant land off
Queen's Highway in the settlement
of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera.
Appraised value $31,320.
(800) Vacant property located
Bahamia South. Block 16 lot 9A,
Freeport, Grand Bahama consist-
ing of 24,829.20sqft. Appraised value
$52,000

(565) Vacant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sq.
ft.) situated in Mango Lane Sec-
tion "B" Block#15, Eleutheralsland
Shores on thelIsland of Eleuthera.
Appraised value $50,189.
(701) Undeveloped lot #149. Sea-
fan Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivi-
sion. Grand Bahama, 18750 sqft.
Appraised value: TBA


DIY~cl~m;


(402) Lot 89, Block 7Aberdeen Drive,
BahamiaWest Replat Subdivision,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, consist-
ing of 12,100 sqft. Appraised value
$51,000.

(902) Lot #46, Block #32, Baha-
mia. Section IX Freeport, Grand
Bahama 90 ft wide along Stratford
Way and150 ft along Stratford Court.
Appraised value $26,000.
(723) Vacant lot # 20 comprising a
portion of the Murphy Town Crown
Allotment # 72 situated in Murphy
Town, Abaco Bahamas.
Appraised value $18,000.00
(724) Vacant lot #67A ofSection 2
of the said Subdivision known as
"Whale Point Estates" in the vicinity
of Bottom Harbour anh extending
from Whale Point to Cotton Hole in
the Northern section of the Island
of Eleuthera. Appraised value
$36,000


COMMERCIAL
BANKING CENTRE
Tel: 242-356-8568 .
(800) Mrs. Monique Crawford
(802) Mr. Brian Knowles
(805) Mr. Jerome Pinder
(806) Mrs Lois Hollis
(807) Mr. Lester Cox
(808) Mrs. DaShann Glare-Paul
PALMDALE SHOPPING
CENTRE BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-4426/9
or 242-302-3800
(201) Ms. Nicola Walker
(202) Mr. Frank Dean
(203) Mrs. Cedricka Clarke
NASSAU INT'L AIRPORT
Tel: 242-377-7179
(433) Mrs. Suzette Hall-Moss
GOVERNOR'S HARBOUR,
ELEUTHERA
Tel: 242-332-2856/8
(902) Mr. Brian Hanna
HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH
Tel: 242-333-2230
L (901) Ms.Velderine Laroda


ANDROS TOWN
Tel: 242-368-2071
(400) Mrs. Rose Bethel
NASSAU MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-8700
(701) Mrs. Stephanie Saundlers
(702) Ms. Cherelle
Martinborough
JFKDRIVEBRANCH
Tel: 242-325-4711
(401) Mr. James Strachan
(402) Mrs. Chandra Gilbert
PRINCE CHA4RLES
SHOPPING CENTRE
Tel: 242-393-7505/8
(501) Mr. Keith Lloyd
(505) Ms. Patricia Russell
CABLE BEACH
Tel: 242-327-6077
(466) Mrs. Winnifred Roberts
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
Tel: 242-367-2420
(908) Mr.Antonio Eyma
(909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
(910) Mrs. Vanessa Scott
BIMINI BRANCH


GRAY'S, LONG ISLAND
Tel: 242-337-0101
(100) Mrs LucyWells
LOAN COLLECTION CENTRE
Tel: 242-394-3560
(716) Mrs. Ingrid Simon
(717) Mrs. NancySwaby
(723) Ms. Deidre King
(724) Mrs. Faye Higgs
(725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson
(565) Mrs. Catherine Davis
MACKEY STREET
Tel: 242-393-3097
(601) Mrs. Anastacia Knowles
BAY & VICTORIA BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-2451/3
(301) Ms. Thyra Tohnson
(303) Mr. Desmond McIntosh
(304) Mrs. AliciaThompson
FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-352-6631/2
(101) Ms. Garnell Frith
(103) Mrs. Damnita Newbold-
Cartwright
(108) Ms. Sylvie Carey


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THE TRIBUNE


golf course, oceanfront lots and
several valuable tracts of land.
The dispute erupted in Feb-
ruary 2-004, with Mr Schmill's
much-publicise~d attempt to
reclaim the Great Harbour
Cay r'ope~rty fromt the Fender
family, whose members
accounted for most of the
defendants in the action.
is lhe rhngto tse substa ti
Joan Sawyer said it boiled
down to whether Mega Man-
agemnent had the right "to be in
possession of a large portion
of valuable property in Great
Harbour Cay, one of the Berry
Islands".
Mega Management had sued
the Fenders, Southward Ven-
tures Depository Trust, Pen.
teller Investments, and Pristine
Resorts for possession of these
properties through a 10-year
lease, which it alleged was exe
cuted in 2000 at $7,000 a
month.
Dame Joan recalled that the
trustees for Southward Ven.
tures Depository Trust granted
the lease originally to Mega
Management. That agreement
was alle edly for M ga Man
agement to manage tele resort
properties as a prelude to their
purchase in a $15 million deal
Under the sales agreement,
the Court of Appeal judge-
ment re orddesd, the land cons
- for Pentelle Investments and
Pristine Resorts were given to
Bahamian attorney E. Dawson
Roberts to be held in escrow
pending payment of the pur-
chase price.
Any default would see these
documents returned to the
Fenders, something Dame
Joan said was still "'a live
issue". She added: "There is a
dispute as to whether there
was a default and as to
whether the escrow documents
were handed over to the pur-
chasers."
Dame Joan wrote: "[Mega
Management's] case is that it is


The May 18, 200(6, 'unless'
order gave Mega Mainagement
30) days to comply with the
security for costs order. The
security for costs was only paid
into court on June 21, 2006, a
Iea a tliute by Mar nombi:
Israeli clients and "the fact that
the Head Office of Royal
Bank of Canada, which had
earlier agreed to issue a bond
for that purpose, had subse-
quently added the further con-
dition that counsel for the
appellant should guarantee the
bank's commitment under such-
bond".
Mega Management's attor-
neys argued that the non-com-
pliance with the 'unless' order
was not deliberate, but due in
part to the distance between
the Bahamas and Mega Man-
agement's principals.
Dame Joan noted in her
judgement that when Mega
Management first filed its writ
in 2004, the lease had six years
to run, and when the 'unless'
order was made, less than half
its tenure was left.
"Those thoughts then led me
to consider what the effect of
extending the time and allow-
igtohne atio co the up Illants
on the Fenders as well as the
community of Great Harbour
Cay which, it was said, is suf-
fering great hardship because
of the alleged failures of [Mega
Management] to observe its
covenants in that lease." Dame
Joan ruled.
"I cannot say that the
learned Judge erred mn prmnci-
ple or made any mistake as to
material facts in coming to the
conclusion that the time should
not be extended....."
The Fenders were repre-
sented by Brian Simms-
head of litigation at Lennox
Paton.


controlled by Mr Mana. The
lease was given to [Mega Man-
agement] to facilitate Mr Man-
a's occupation of the property
pending completion of the sale.
"[Mega Management] failed
io hay hute en o in cnn ch o
lion. On the basis of that
breach, the Fenders re-entered
the property. Justice Thomp-
son heard an ex-parte applica-
tion and granted an injunction
[to Mega Management] which
was extended at an inter-partes
hearing,
Pentelle Investments was
subsequently named in a later
document as the Great Har-
.bour Cay resort's owner,
adopting the terms of the lease
originally agreed with Mega
Management, with Pristine
Resorts named as landlord.
Eventually, on October 9,
2001, Southward Ventures
Depository Trust sold the land
to Pentelle Investments.
This first prompted Mega
Management to file its writ.
Following the injunctions
granted by Justice Thompson,
the Fenders' attorney wrote to
Mega Management on June
15, 200.5, requesting security
foracoss eThe judge order d
$100.000, either as a bond or
cash, on March 2, 2006,
although no timeframe for
compliance was set.
While Mega Management
transferred $100,000 to the
account of its current attorney,
Damien Gomez, in the week
of March 20, 2006, it then
instructed him to pay the secu-
rity for costs as a bond, rather
than use this sum.
Then, before the bond was
posted, a dispute arose
between Mega Management
and its attorneys over the fees
the latter were owed for work
already done.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008, PAGE 11B


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bil s ems likely that PDVSA
would receive between $600-
$700 million, with any higher
amount earmarked for upgrad-
ing and expanding BORCO's
existing oil storage facilities and
infrastructure.
There is little prospect of
First Reserve restarting BOR-
CO's oil refining capabilities,
which were 'mothballed' in the
mid-1980s when PDVSA took
over the company completely
by purchasing Chevron's 50 per
cent stake.
The refinery had been closed
in 1985 amid a global oil supply
gut, and a $2 billion investment
was estimated as being required
to restart refining with capacity
for 500,000 barrels of oil per
day.
Instead, sources have sug-
gested that First Reserve will
be more interested in expanding
BORCO's existing storage and
bunkering capacity` by adding
more tanks, exploiting the 208
acres of the company's 500-acre
site that have never been devel-
oped.
BORCO currently has stor-
age capacity for about 20 mil-
lion barrels, PDVSA having
invested $40 million in 2001 to
upgrade and repair its 73 tanks.
The BORCO complex also
features two jetties and six deep
sea berths, the facility acting as
a 'break bulk' destination,
where large oil shipments are
broken down into smaller con-
signments for onward delivery.
The company employs about
105 Grand Bahama-based staff,
plus another 50 contractors. It
pays about $1 million per
annum to lease the seabed from
the Government.
First Reserve's latest fund for
energy investing closed in July
2006 after raising $7.8 billion.
Since 1992, it has completed 60
business purchases, investing
$3.5 billion of equity in trans-
actions that have a total cumu-
lative value of $10 billion.'
According to the company's
website, it targets investments
of between $100 million to $500
million in energy companies
with values ranging from $300
million to $4 billion.
The energy sectors it targets
are manufacturing and services,
such as drilling services and
wellhead manufacturers, energy
infrastructure and energy
reserves.
Its portfolio companies
-include holdings in North
America, Europe, Asia and the
Gulf of Mexico.


FROM page one


SThis was confirmed by anoth-
of the BORCO sales process.
They sarid: "My contacts tell me
That the Government has estab-
lishedl a position, a position on
[3the Stalmp Duty, and put it to
the parties. I know the Gov-
ernment's position is estab-
lished."
First Reserve remains in pole
though, the difficulty for any
Other bidders. being the exis-
tence of a signed sales agree"
ment, which makes it difficult
for them to force their way mnto
the action.
The source confirmed: "The
-- concern for any other bidder
would be that First Reserve has
a previous position with the sell-
ers. I'hey have established an
agreement that may need to be
extended."
Zhlivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, confirmed to
The T'ribune yesterday that the
Government had spoken with
First Reserve and
BORCO/PDVSA on the Stamp
Tax issue, detailing the amount
the Ministry of Finance felt was
payable to the Treasury.
Hinting that there were dif-
ferences between the Govern-
ment and the parties involved in
the BORCO transaction, Mr
Laing said: "No negotiation's
have been taking place on this
issue. We have made a~n assess-
ment on what the amount of
Stamp Tax payable is, and that's
where it stands.
"'We've spoken to them
about the Stamp Tax issue to
the extent they have a view on
and we have a view on it.
"We have made an assess-
ment on what Stamp Tax is due
on the transaction. It's always
understandable that businesses
want to limit their tax liabili-
ties, but our tax assessments are
based on law.
Mr Laing said that in situa-
tions such as the BORCO sale,
the two parties involved could
decide to pay the Stamp Tax
1Joint ly, or one side could
ass~ume the entire liability'
T'he Tribune was told that
Ehurd Cuunningham, secretary
for revenue in the Mimistry of
Finance: had been one of the
r. key, figures on the Government
side in tal s over the BORCO
When contacted by this news-
paper on the situation yester-
day, Mr Cunningham said: "I


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am not able to make any com-
ment on that at all."
The former PLP administra-
tion introduced a 4 per cent
Stamp T'ax on the assets of all
Bahamian companies sold in
mergers and acquisitions in its
2005-2006 Budget, believing the
move would enhance govern-
ment revenues, plug loopholes
relating to land and property
sales, and create an equitable
tax structure.
Cash, investment securities
-held and bank deposits are
exempt from the 4 per cent levy,
but taxable assets include equip-
ment, plant, receivables and
goodwill.
Prior to the 4 per cent levy's
introduction, when a Bahamas-
based business was sold, Stamp
Duty was only payable on land
and real estate assets involved
at the normal 10 per cent rate.
That 10 per cent rate on real
estate still applies.
When the 4 per cent Stamp
Duty was introduced it sparked
a flurry of concerns from
accountants and the business
community, who felt it did not
take into account the financial
health of the companies and
should be levied net of liabili-
ties,
Others pointed out that the 4
per cent Stamp Duty's imple-
mentation would raise transac-
tion costs in the Bahamas, and
effectively acted as a tax on
commercial transactions.
Most large mergers and
acquisitions were financed by
various forms of debt financ-
ing, the buyers having only min-
imal equity, and the 4 per cent
Stamp Duty meant they would
,;.o have to find the extra
wherewithal to pay government
taxes something that might act
as a 'deal breaker' and 'deal
First Reserve has offices in
London, Houston and Con-
necticut. The 25 year-old com-
pany, backed by institutional
investors such as pension funds,
endowments and foundations,
invests exclusively in the energy
industry but was said not to
have been among the initial bid-
ders for BORCO when it was
put up for sale by PDVSA, the
state-owned Venezuelan oil
company.
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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MERLINE MOCOMBE of PRISON
END, DEAD CAT ALLEY, P.O. BOX-SS 5951, NASSAUI,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamnas, 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 7TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147.
Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

SANDBACH COMPANY LIMITED
In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2,000),
SANISBACH COMPANY LIMITED has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 4th day of December, 2007.


LUIS PIIFJEYRICJA PITTALUGA
Juncal 1305, Office 2201,
Montevideo, Uruguay
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from peop e who are
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If so, call us on 322-1986 : 0
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INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that 1, DENISE SHARELINE COX of
the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, intend to
change my name to JANET DENISE SHARELINE COX. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.


Legal Notice


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

WINDSFORD HOLDINGS LIMITED
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby givecn that In accordance w~ith Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
WINDSFORD HOLDINGS LIMIITED is In Dissolution."

The date of commencemecnt of dissolution is the 5th day of Febru-
ary, 2008.

STEPHEN WHALE
Harbour Reach
Rue De Carteret, St. Helier
Jersey, Channel Islands
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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that STEPHEN GODFREY DICKSON
of WEST BAY STREET, CB-12724, 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 31ST day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JOHN H. BAKER of 9A CAVE
POINT, P.O. BOX-SS 4447, 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 7TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
fohNat onality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau'


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that DOROTHY P. BAKER of 9A
CAVE POINT, P.O. BOX-N 4447, 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 7TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


PUBLIC NOTICE
I NTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that 1, JADEN ANTONIO LEKO
ADDERLEY of Western District of the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,
intend to change my name to JADEN ANITONIO LEKO ROKER. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of publication of this notice.



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MUST POSSESS:
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Minimum 5 years Caribbean experience.
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1st Class A/C and Boilers Engineering License.
Refrigeration License
Experience in the design and implementation of a
comprehensive preventative maintenance program.
Knowledge of Single Phase/3 Phase Electrical.
Full knowledge of stand-alone generator.
10. Scheduling of staff
11. Accounting/Billing Skill.
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compensation is commensurate with experience, but
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SUBMIT CV WITH REFERENCES NO LATER THAN FEB.14 TO:
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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ALIOS PIERRE of SEA BREEZE,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
ditizen 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 31ST day of January, 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RAYNALD OLIBRICE of
P.O. Box AB-207 9, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO,
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 re istration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should sena a written and si ned statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 31ST day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
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RAHMING of SOUTH OCEAN, P.O. BOX-CB 11678, 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 7TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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arrived on time down from
76.3 percent mn December
2006 and 67.7 percent of
flights departed on time -
falling from 78.5 percent of
departing flights in the same
month the prior year.
"December 2007 was the
second snowiest December
on record," Massport
spokesman Richard Walsh
said. "It s also important to
note that last winter, Boston
Logan did not receive its first
snowfall until February."
A11ua

As for Logan's annual slip-
page, Walsh added, "Boston
Logan mimics the nation, and
delays have increased nation-
ally. At Logan, our airspace
is connected through New
York, the most congested air-
space in the nation."
But Logan's cancellation
rate ran slightly ahead of the
nation's. At the Boston air-
port, 3.36 percent of flights
were canceled last year, rising
from 2.54 percent the year
before, according to federal
data. Nationally, 2.16 percent
of flights were scratched m
2007, up from 1.71 percent in
2006.
Among them was Neil
Bergquist's Boston-to-Mil-
waukee flight on Midwest
Express Airhines to spend
Christmas with his parents.
Because fog closed the Mil-


waukee airport, he rebooked
on a United Airlmnes flight
headed for Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport.
"It took me over 48 hours
from the time I was expected
to get there to the time I
actually got there," said the
29-year-old Brighton resi-
dent. Bergquist was lucky.
Flights last year on average
ran 80 percent full, leaving
little room to accommodate
last-minute passengers,
including ones who missed
their connecting flights or got
bumped. Nationally, airlines
bumped 1.12 passengers per
10,000 in 2007, up from 1 per
10,000 in 2006 rates analysts
say are low.
Still, upset customers aren't
keeping quiet. Last year, they
filed 13,168 complaints with
the government about airline
service, up 58.2 percent from
the prior year.
The grievances can encom-
pass anything from flight
delays to lost luggage.
Reports of mishandled bags
remained low but nudged up
a bit last year to 7.03 reports
per 1,000 passengers, com-
pared to 6.73 reports per
1,000 passengers in 2006.
"It won't get better" this
year, predicted Michael
Boyd, the president of the
Boyd Group Inc., an airline
consultancy mn Evergreen,
Colo., "because the FAA has
no real solutions in the mix."


SBy NICOLE C. WONG
Globe Staff
c. 2007 The Boston
Globe

THE year 2007 stood out
as the second worst on r~ecor~d
for delayed, diverted, and
canceled arriving flights at
Logan International Airport
and other airports nation-
wide, according to federal
data released Tuesday.
Only 69.68 percent of
Logan's flights and 73.42 per-
cent of the nation's arrived
on time last year, according
to the Department of Trans-
portation. Performance fared
worse only in 2000, when the
on-time arrival rate reached
65.54 percent at Logan and
72.59 percent nationwide.
On-time arrival rates have
slipped every year since 2002,
as more planes took~ to the
skies nationally and late-
arriving aircraft sent delays
rippling throughout the net-
work. Aviation analysts don't
expect conditions to improve
soon,
"Air travel is now mass
transit" rather than an elite
mode of transportation, said


Calyon Securities analyst Ray
Neidl. "Most complaints are
still due to late flights, and
the governments is probably
Inore to blame than the air-
lines" because it hasn't
upgraded the antiquated air
traffic control system.
The government has been
trying to modernize the
nation's air traffic control
system, which determines
how many planes can safely
fly through the sky at once,
by switching to a cutting-edge
satellite navigation system
that can help ease delays.
A Federal Aviation
Administration spokesman
declined to comment on air
traffic control and referred
questions to the Bureau of
Transportation Statistics,
which compiles the airline
data. The bureau spokesman
pointed to data showing
weather caused 34 percent to
45 percent of the nation's .
delayed flights last year.
'The Massachusetts Port
Authority, which runs Logan,
also blamed Mother Nature
for its worsening perfor-
mance. Last December, 64.2
percent of the airport's flights


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VACANCY FOR DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND HOUSING

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the post of District
Superintendent, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and
Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post

(i) A Bachelor's degree and professional teaching qualifications froni ait approved
institution;

(ii) A minimum of ten years successful teaching experience;

(iii) A minimum of at least three years excellent administrative experience as a
Principal or Vice Principal preferably at both primary and secondary schools;

The successful candidates will be expected to:

(i) serve'as the chief administrator of the school district and the principal advisor on
district matters to the Ministry of Education;

(ii) ensure that all aspects of the school district operations comply with Ministry of
Education's policies and regulations;

(iii) have a high level of administrative competence, interpersonal, organizational and
communication skills and be a strong team motivator;

(iv) be committed to improving the quality of education, evaluating student progress and
creating a conducive learning environment in district schools;

Specific duties of the post include:

(i) advising school administrators on all aspects of school organization, administration
and supervision;'

(ii) evaluating district needs and recommending an action plan, inclusive of goals,
objectives and priorities to the Ministry of Education;

(iii) `ensuring implementation of all Ministry of Education approved curriculum and
inclusion of mandated programme mes and assessment procedures;

(iv) overseeing school facility management, the maintenance of the physical plant and
ensuring the efficient use of district resources in the daily operations of schools.

(iv) organizing further educational programme mes by lialising with tertiary institutions at
home and abioad;

(v) facilitating purchase, delivery and distribution of supplies and equipment;

(vi) liaising with relevant persons to ensure efficient and effective management of the
District.

(vii) co-ordinating professional development of staff, evaluating staff performance and
developing guidelines for improved monitoring of instructional programme mes.

The salary of the post is in Scale SEDI $43.800 x 700 $50.800 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Deparltments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.
Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. .

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so .that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.



Secretary
Public Service Commission

VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'A' SECONDARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bah~amians to fill the position of Principal
Grade 'A' Secondary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture for the.beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post
a A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution,

A minimum of ten (10) years successful teaching experience,

Training and post graduate training in school administration and supervision,

A minimum of three years experience as a Vice Principal Grade 'A' Secondary school .
The successful candidates will:

be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with
particular emphasis on promoting and supervising activities.

be committed to the philosophy of education;

possess evidence of leadership ability;

possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowled able and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student dev leopment;

be a team player

Specific dtities of the post include:

organizing and supervising schedules;

managing students behaviour;

supervising curriculum development;

providing clinical supervision of teachers;

evaluating the performance of support staff;

promoting academic and professional development of staff

budgetary planning and resource allocation;

scheduling internal and external examinations;

co-coordinating special programme s;

promoting a productive relationship among teachers, parents and the wider community.

The salary of the post is in Scale S I $41,800 x 700 $48,800 per annum.


Serving officers should apply through their Headns of Departments.


:Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are .subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service' Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.


Secretary
Public Service Commission
VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'A' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position
of Principal, Grade 'A' Primary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution''

A minimum of ten years successful teaching experience.

A minimum of three-years experience as Vice Principal Grade 'A' Primary or Grade 'B'
Primary School.

The successful candidates will be expected to:

assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with particular emphasis
on promoting and supervising activities.

be responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations and procedures
of the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe, child-centered learning environment;

work collaboratively to maintain effective school/community relationships;

have excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills and the ability to
motivate staff;

have extensive experience in scheduling, programme development and evaluation
procedures;

Specific duties of the post include:

leading the development, implementation and evaluation of all school programmes and
activities;

providing and supervising an effective discipline system;

communicating with the Superintendent regularly about the needs, successes and general
operation of the school;

establishing and promoting high standards and expectations for all staff and students for
academic performance and responsible behaviour;

supervising instructional programmes of the school ensuring that they address students
needs, interests and skill levels;

overseeing financial and personnel management, procurement and distribution of
resource materials and the maintenance of healthy and safe facilities.

The salary of the post is in scale S2 $39,800 x 700 $46,800 per annum.

Serving officers should ipply through~ their Heads of Departmients.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for whiich
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in? their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.




Secretary
Public Service Commission

VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL CENTRAL SECONDARY (FAMILY ISLAND)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the post of Principal
Central Secondary, (Famnily Island), in the Department of Education, Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post:

(1) A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution;

(2) A minimum of ten (10) years teaching experience:

(3) T'raining anld post graduate training in school administration and supervision;

(4) A minimum of three (3) years experience at the level of Senior Assistant or higher at a
Secondary School.

The successful candidate will:

be required to assume professional anld administrative leadership of the
school, with particular emphasis on promlotmng and supervising activities;

be committed to the philosophy of education;

possess evidence of leadership ability,

possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable aInd capable of utilizing current trends and
techniques which contribute to student development; and

*c; be tm player.

Specific dluties of the p~ost included:

+ organizing and super~visingp sched~ules;

+ managing students behaiviour;

*! supervising curriculum devlo~lpment;


+ providing clinical supei-vision of teachers;

+ evaluating thle perfo~rmance of support stffl;


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VERNMENT NOTICE






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The salary of the post is in scale S4 $37,800 X 700 $44,100 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
SBahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.



Secretary
Public Service Commission
VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
GRADE 'A' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Vice Principal, Grade 'A' Primary School in the Department of Education, Ministry of
Education, Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution.
A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience
.* A minimum of three years experience as a Vice Principal, Grade 'B' Primary School or
A minimum of three years experience as a Senior Master/Mistress of a Grade 'A' Primary
School or

A minimum of three years experience as a Principal of a Grade 'C' Primary School.

The successful candidates will be expected to:

assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;
be committed to the philosophy of education;

r possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;
be a team player;
be expected to work on the Family Islands.
Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the Principal in the following
areas:

organizing and supervising schedules;
supervising the implementation of programmes to prove students' performance/outcome;
managing student behaviour;

supervising curriculum development;
providing clinical supervision of teachers;
evaluating the performance of support staff;
initiating, promoting and participating in school and community activities.

The salary of the post is in scale S5 $36,400 X 700 $42,700 per annum.

Serving o/ffcers should apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to
provide same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.

Secretary
Public Service Commission
VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'C' PRIMARY SCHOOL
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YQUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Principal, Grade 'C' Primary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Education,
Youth Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

SRequirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of seven years successful teaching experience.


+ promoting academic and professional development of staff;
+ budgetary planning and resource allocation;
+ scheduling internal and external examinations;
+ co-ordinating special programmes; and
+ promoting a productive relationship among teachers,
parents and the wider community.
The salary of the post is in Scale S3 $38,500 x 700 $44,800 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.
Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicatingB the specific post and scale for which they
wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant proof of
academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide same may result
in their disqualification from the exercise.

Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas'
Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.


Secretary
Public Service Commission

VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'B' PRIMARY SCHOOL
DEPARTMENTT OF EDUCATION) *
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

neates of nterestiarehienvited from suitabidy qualified Ba amians II filtepsititon ofPrincipal, Irad '
the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution;
A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience
A minimum of three years experience as a Vice Principal, Grade 'B' Primary School or
A miiu ftreyaseprec saSno ap/itrrn.r,,~r ,,-
Scnunlmu of the year` inexperience a Senio Matr/itrs of a U G rad A PrIimary

A minimum of three years experience as a Principal of a Grade 'C' Primary School.
The successful candidates will:

be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with
partic lar emphasis on promoting and supervising activities,
be committed to the philosophy of education-

possess evidence of leadership ability;
possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;

de kn1ed oapbleeand capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to

be a team player

be expected to work on the Family Islands.
Specific duties of the post include:

organizing and supervising schedules;

supervising the implementation of programmes to improve student performance/outcome;
managing student behaviour;

supervising curriculum development;
providing clinical supervision of teachers;
evaluating the performance of support staff;
*initiating, promoting and participating in school and community activities.

The salary of the post is in scale S4 $37,800 x 700 $44,100 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments*

Initseestedep ersns mt Aupbmikaletters of interesthindicating the specific post and scale for which they
academic qualifications, experience and posit ons hed to tth ir lresponsbillity to atahroielsaevant proof o
in their disqualification from the exercise. topvdesmmarsut

Suessful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwrealth o~ The


Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.



Secretary
Public Service Commission
VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
GRADE 'A' SECONDARPYSCHOOL
NEW PROVIDENCE
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the position of Vice .
Principal, Grade 'A' Secondary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Educa~tion,
Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution;
A minimum of ten years successful teaching experience;
A minimum of three years administrative experience as a Senior Master/Mistress in a Grade
'A' Secondary School.

The successful candidates will be expected to:

assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;
be committed to the philosophy of education;

possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;
be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;
be team player.


Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the principal in the following
arees:

* organizing and supervising schedules;
* supervising the implementation of programmes to improve student performance/outcome;
* supervising curriculum development;
* providing clinical supervision of teachers;
* evaluating the performance of support staff;

* promoting academic and professional development of staff;
* budgetary planning and resource allocation;
* scheduling internal and external examinations;

* promoting and coordinating special programmes.


* A minimum of.3 years experience as a Vice Principal Grade 'C' Primary, Principal of
Grade 'D' Primary School or Senior Master/Mistress Grade 'B' Primary School.

e successful candidates will: ;

* be required to assume professional and administrative leadership of the school, with
particular emphasis on promoting and supervising activities.
* be responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations and procedures
of the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe, child-centered lear~ing environment;

* work collaboratively to maintain effective school/community relationships;


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have excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills and the ability to
motivate staff;

have extensive experience in scheduling, programme development and evaluation
procedures;

Specific duties of the post include:

leading the development, implementation and evaluation of all school programmes and
activities;

providing and supervising an effective discipline system;

communicating with the Superintendent regularly about the needs, successes and general
operation of the school;

establishing and promoting high standards and expectations for all staff and students for
academic performance and responsible behaviour;

supervising instructional programmes of the school, ensuring that they address students'
needs, interests and skill levels;

Overseeing financial and personnel management, procurement and distribution of
resource materials and the maintenance of healthy and safe facilities.


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Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.

Secretary
Public Service Commission
VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL GRADE 'B'
PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION).
MINISTRY OF kOUTH, SPORTS AND HOUSING

Lettess of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Vice Principal, Grade 'B' Primary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry of
SEducation, Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience;

A minimum of two years administrative experience as a Senior Master/Mistress in a
Grade 'C' Primary School;

A minimum of two years administrative experience as a Principal, Grade 'D' School

The successful candidate will be expected to:

assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;

possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute
to student development;

be a team player.

Specific duties of the post include providing assistance to the Principal in the
following areas:

organizing and supervising schedules, assignments, records, and procedures;

designing, developing and supervising the implementation of programme mes to improve
students' performance/outcome;

supervising curriculum development;

managing student behaviour;

providing assistance and guidance to Levels I &~ II Administrators;

providing clinical supervision of teachers;

evaluating the performance of support staff;

budgetary planning and resource allocation;

coordinating special activities;

scheduling internal and external examinations.

The salary of the post is in scale S6 -S35,700 x 700 $42,000 per annum .

Serving officers should apply through their Heads ofDepartnsents.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.
Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.



Secretary
Public Service Commission

VACANCY FOR PRINCIPAL GRADE 'D' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Principal Grade 'D' Primary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of seven years teaching experience;

A minimum of three years experience at the level of Senior Master/Mistress Grades 'B',
'C', or 'D' Primary School.

The successful candidates will be expected to:

be responsible for implementing and managing the policies, regulations and procedures
of the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe, child-centred learning environment;

work collaboratively to maintain effective school/community relationships;

have excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills and the ability to
motivate staff;

have extensive experience in scheduling, pmogramme development and evaluation
procedures;

Specific duties of the post include:

leading the development, implementation and evaluation of all school programmes and
activities;

providing and supervising an effective discipline system;


communicating with the Superintendent regularly about the needs, successes and general
operation of the school;

establishing and promoting high standards and expectations for all staff and students for
academic performance and responsible behaviour;

supervising instructional programmes of the school ensuring that they address students
needs, interests and skill levels;

Overseeing financial and personnel management, procurement and distribution of
resource materials and the maintenance of healthy and safe facilities.

The salary of the post is in scale S9 $31,300 x 700 $36,900 per annum.

Servinrg officers should apply through Ither Heads ofDe~partments,


--Serving officers should apply thrroughr their Heads of Departmenls.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
They wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

..~ Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of Thle
,l Bahamas.
Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.


Secretary
Public Service Commission
VACANCY FOR SENIOR MASTER/SENIOR MISTRESS
GRADE 'A' SECONDARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position of
Senior Master/Mistress Grade 'A' Secondary School, in the Department of Education, Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year. .

Requirements for the post

A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of seven years successful teaching experience; -

A minimum of two years experience at the level of Administrator, Level 1: Head of
Department, Grade Level Head.

Successful candidates will be expected to:

*~ assist the school's administrative team in instructional and administrative leadership

possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;

be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute
to student development;

be a team player.

:"Specific duties of the post include:

assisting with designing, developing and supervising the implementation of programmes
to improve student performanceloutcome;

assisting with supervising curriculum development;

assisting with the managirig of student behaviour;

assisting with the clinical supervision of teachers;

assisting with evaluating the performance of teaching and support staff;

coordinating special activities;

*assisting with the scheduling of internal and external examinations.

The salary of the post is in Scale S6 $35,700 x 700 $42,000 per annum.

SServing officers shouldapply through their Heads ofDepartments.

Th~iteres:'ted peisons must sub it ~itters of intere~ indicating' the specific post and scale for which
1;they vi~ish to ije considered. Applicants hre advised that it is theii responsibility to attach relevant
L;pi;foofofa:cadeinic qualifications,, 6$ibitchh adid positiodi hbiid, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.

SSuccessful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

SApplicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
SDepartment so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
i iComplex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than IS February, 2008.

Secretary
SPublic Service Commission
: VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
CENTRAL SECONDARY SCHOOL
(DE~PARTMENT O EDUCTION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE

Letters of interest are invited from suitably. qualified serving Bahamians to fill the position
Sof Vice Principal, Central Secondary School, Family Island, Department of Education,
Sj erMinistry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic


Requilrementsfor thepost:
A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution;
A minimumof at leastten years succssful teching experience;
*A minimum of three years administrative experience as a Senior Master/Mistress in a Central
Secondary School.

SSuccessful candidates will be expected to:

assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadership;
be committed to the philosophy of education;

possess excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills;
* be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing current trends and techniques which contribute to
student development;
be a team player.


S~pcSsifi duties of the post haelude providing assistance to the Principal in the following

* organizing and supervising schedules;

* supervising the implementation of programmes to improve students performance/outcome;
* managing student behaviour;

Supervising curriculum development;
providing clinical supervision of teachers;


*evaluating the performance of support staff;
promoting academic and professional development of staff

i budgetary planning and resource allocation;
It scheduling internal and external examinations;
) Promoting and coordinating special programme mes

The salary of the post is in scale S6 $35,700 X 700 $42,000 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departm~ents.

Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
Proof of academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide
same may result in their disqualification from the exercise.


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ASSISTANT PLANT OPERATORS
CLIFTON PIER POWER STATION

Vacancies exist in the Clifton Pier Power Statioh, Energy Supply Division for
Assistant Plant Operators.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

Assists with monitoring all operational parameters and plants at the power
station including fuel tanks, engines, auxiliaries and control panels. This
involves checking and maintaining lube-oil and water levels, temperature
readings etc
Records accurate operating data for all plant in the station to ensure the safe,
efficient and continuous functioning of the power station
Assists with operating all plants (e.g., engines, exhaust gas boilers) This
involves assisting with starting up, synchronizing and shutting down available
Plant
Cleans engines, gas and steam turbines by disasseinblinig and iepjlicing fluids,
and assists with the change over and cleaning of coolers and filters
Cleans work area and maintains good housekeeping throughout the generating
units. This involves maintaining all operating plant so that they are safe or
hazard free (free of grease, dirt and grime) and includes sludge disposal.
May be required to perform touch-up painting during engine shut down
Assists with troubleshooting problems on back-start and starting diesel
engines, turbine units and generators
Assists operations and maintenance lead staff with engine maintenance
(associated auxiliary and ancillary equipment)

Job requirements include:

Applicants should be high school graduates with a minimum:ofS;L~,ifip~aDt~antath
experience or equivalent. However, additional related industrial certifcates anaid/r
a College of The Bahamas Pre-technology diploma and/or applicants with at least
five (5) BJCs including Mathematics and English Language are acceptable. Basic
knowledge of mechanical and electrical schematics and the ability to operate tools,
measuring devices and use chemicals appropriately are required

The post is a SHIFT ROTA job; therefore successful persons will be required to
work shift.

Interested person should apply by completing an Application Form, attaching a
resume and contact information for three professional references to the attention
of the
Manager-Human Resources & Training,
Bahamas Electricity Corporation,
Blue Hill & Tucker Road,
P.O. Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas
on or before: Monday, February 18, 2008.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2008, PAGE 17B.


Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which they
wish to be considered. Applicants ear advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant proof of
academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to provide same may result
in their disqualification from the exercise.
Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.
Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Servies Commission, Poinciana Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Strets, not later than 15 February, 2008*
secretary
Public Service Commission
VACANCY FOR SENIOR MASTER/MISTRESS
GRADE 'A' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified serving Bahamians to fall the position of
Senior Master/Mistress, Orade 'A' Primary School, in tbo Department of Education, Ministry of
Education, Youth, Sports and Culture for the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year .
Requirements for the post
A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved
institution;

A minimum of seven (7) years teaching experience;

Ar min Vu fo yer oxei ncea ih lee ofdiito,S 11v Team Leader

Successful candidates will be expected to:
*, assist the school's administrative team in instructional and administrative leadership;

possess evidence of leadership ability;

possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
be knowledgeable and capable of utilizing currnt trends and techniques tyhich contribute'
to student development;

be team player. '

Specific duties oftho post include:
assisting with the designing, developing and supervising of the implementation of
programmes to improve student perfoamancoloutcome;
*' assisting with supervising curriculum development; *

assisting with the management of student behaviour;

assisting with clinical supervision of teachers;

evaluating the performance of teaching an~d support staff;

assisting with the coordination of special activities;

assisting with the scheduling ofintemal and external examinations.
The salary of the post is in Scale S9 $3 1,00 x' 700 $36,900 per annum.
Serving oficers should appb through their Heads ofDepartments
Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post anld scale for which they
wish to be considered. Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attch relevant proof of
:.academic qualifications, experience and positions held, to their letter. Failure to p(Pvide same may result
in theirdisqualification from the exercise.
Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The Commonwealth of The
Bahmas.

Applicants must submit letters of interest. and supporting documents through their Hoed of
Department so that they reach the Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill
i'omplex, Meeting and Augusta Strctst~not later than 15 February, 2008.
Secretary
Public Service Commission


VACANCY FOR VICE PRINCIPAL
GRADE 'C' PRIMARY SCHOOL
(DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE
Letters of interest are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill tho position of Vice
Principal Grlde 'C' Primary School, in the Departmnent of Education, Ministry of Education.
Youth, Sports and Culture for tbo beginning of the 200842009 academic year.

Requirements for the post
A Bachelor's Degree and professional teaching qualifications from an approved institution,
A minimum of at least ten years successful teaching experience.
Am r cmof yhe earS adminiastraive experience. as Snir Master/istess Tam~

A minimum of three years experience as a Principal of a Grade 'D' Primary School.
The successful candidates wUil be expected to:
assist the Principal in all aspects of instructional and administrative leadterhip;
be committed to the philosophy of education;
possess evidence of leadership ability;
possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
be knowledgeable and capable of ut'iclzing current tmreds nd tech:niques whichr contLribt o
student deve opment; ~~~~ -- --'Iu r muu ~~ ruv~~
be team player
be expooted to work on the Family Islands.

Specific duties of the post meclude providing assistance to the Principal in the following

organizing and supervising schedules:
supervising the implementatio n of pogamestopovsudnprfman celcme L
managing saident behaviour;
*. supervising curriculum development,
providing clinical supervision of teachers; .
evaluating the performance of support staff. ,
initiating, promoting and participating in ilchool and community activities*
The salary of the post is in Scale S9 S31,300 x 700 r36,900 per annum.

Serving officers should apply through threir Heads of Drpartments.
Interested persons must submit letters of interest indicating the specific post and scale for which
they wish to be considered. Apphicants are advised that it is their responsibility to attach relevant
ero rf ul d icnqth fcaions oxeincomand posi uos held, to their letter. Failure to provide


Successful candidates are subject to posting throughout The.Commonwealth of Thc Bahamal.
Applicants must submit letters of interest and supporting documents through their Head of
Department so that they reach thei Secretary, Public Service Commission, Poinciaina Hill
Complex, Meeting and Augusta Streets, not later than 15 February, 2008.
Secretary
Public Service Commission


pose 6f assuring Americall
tourists that the island chain
was still open and ready for
their visits, while also propoii
ing that Americans might want~
to use Key West as a jumping
off point for trips to Cuba, just
90 miles away.
"I call it, 'Two nations, onp~
vaca~tion tkP~he Keys. plus Cua,)
Wheeler said, noting that hJp
believes private ferry service
might quickly be established
between Havana and Key
West. "People could stay here
and do excursions to Cuba." "
Wheeler and other Keys
officials visited Havana ih~
2005. They came away belief$
ing the communist island'%
poverty and dilapidated infrd,
strutaure mght sickly turn
"They have some nicl:
hotels, but overall you're
impressed by how poor the
country is and how bad a shapt
the economy and mnfrastrucS-
ture is in," he said. "I believe
after the first Americans visit-
ed, word-of -mouth would
spread that Cuba isn't ready
for a large influx of Ameri-
cans."
Some Canadians and Euro-
peans, who have flocked tp
Cuba in growing numbers in
the past two decades,'migh~t
disagree.
With more than two million
annual visitors, Cuba has been
rapidly upgrading its tourism
base, importing luxury buses:,
adding international f lights an&
rebuilding hotels. Tourism is
now the island's economic life-
line, and competition with oth-
er Caribbean destinations it
intense.
But for all the speculation,
some longtime Key West resi-
dents say they fear little from g
Cuba opening, noting that Key
West has changed a great deal
in recent years.
"Key West is high-end now,"'
said Jerry Morgan, 72, who has
lived here for 30 years and runs
Sam's Treasure Chest gift
shop.
"We have a shortage of
hotel rooms and a lot of
wealthy people have moved
here or have second homeli
here. Tourism is still impoth
tant, but Cuba won't hurt us.?


SBy MIKE WILLIAMS
Cox News Service

KEY WEST, Florida For
decades tour guides have suc-
cessfully hyped this town's
close proximity and historic
ties to Cuba, playing up the
Cuban cigar factories that once
thrived here, author Ernest
Hemingway's fascination with
both islands and a shared his-
tory of fishing, rum-running
and other tropical pursuits.
But now Key West's much-
.ballyhooed connection with
Cuba has some folks worried.
With Cuban dictator Fidel
Castro ailing and a United
States presidential election
looming, many speculate that
chi t e, perhaps rtamatai
century old standoff between
the US and communist Cuba.
"Americans are going to be
so curious and are going to
want to go to Cuba," said
Harold Wheeler, head of the
Monroe County Tourist
Development Council. "I don't
see it as a threat but you have
to be prepared and have a plan
available to offset any potential
negative impacts."
Should Cuba undergo radi-
cal, rapid change, Key West
could see anything from a
chaotic influx of Cuban-Amer-
icans hoping to make their way
by boat to Cuba to a sudden
drop in vital tourist bookings
as Amerjeans flock to the long-
forbidden island, f orgoin g
more familiar domestic desti-
nations.
A 2002 study by the Univer-
sity of Colorado projected that
up to one million Americans
would visit Cuba in the first
year should the island open to
the United States with the
numbers leaping to some three
million within five years.
Another study found one in
five Florida tourists surveyed
in 2002 would choose Cuba
over Florida as a vacation des-
tination.
For now, though, those sur-
veys are simply speculation.
-Sidelined by a long recuper-
ation from a mysterious stom-
ach ailment, Fidel Castro still
seems to exiercise. large~inflhL-
ence in Cuba. His brother,


Raul, who has stepped in as
temporary leader, remains
committed to socialism, but has
spoken of economic reform
and a willingness to warm the
island's currently frosty rela-
tions with the US.
A new American president
in 2009 will not guarantee any
change in the nearly five-
decade-old US embargo
against Cuba. Some believe a
new Democratic administra-
tion might relax the restrictions
on travel to Cuba by US citi-
zens, although nothing is cer-
tain.
During the Clinton admin-
istration in the 1990s, Ameri-
cans were allowed to visit
Cuba on cultural and educa-
tio Il exchangteotrips ,nd tns

of the opportunity.

Exchanges

But those exchanges were
severely curtailed by President
Bush, and in recent years a
handf ul of Americans who
have traveled without' a US
license to visit Cuba have been
fined. Bush also cut back on
Cuban-American visits to the
island, allowing ~only one trip
every three years instead of
annual visits.
Miami's politically powerful
Cuban-American lobby has
long supported the restrictions,
arguing that American tourist
dollars help prop up Castro's
repressive regime.
But government officials
have not been sitting on their
hands waiting to see what hap-
pens in Cuba. Stung by chaos
during the 1980 Mariel boatlift,
when 125,000 refugees fled the
Cuban port near Havana and
overwhelmed South Florida's
marinas and social service
agencies, federal, state and
local agencies have drawn up
elaborate plans to deal with a
sudden Cuba opening.
The US Coast Guard would
step up patrols across the
Straits of Florida, while law
enforcement officials on land
would increase traffic controls
and regulate access to marinas.
SThe Keys, meanwhile would'
campaign. With the idual,,pur-






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