The Tribune
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00084249/00948
 Material Information
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 9, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
normalized irregular
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
 Record Information
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 09994850
System ID: UF00084249:00948

Full Text


Volumne: 104 No.67 SATURDAY,~ FEBRUARY 9, 2008 PRICE 750

Ih hTcl



THE family of a French mar-
keting mogul was held at gun-
point, tied up and robbed when
two masked men invaded their
Luxury home at Old Fort Bay,
The Tribune has learned.
The wife and sons of French
multi-millionaire Fabrice Ker-
Sherv6 were terrorised during
'the armed home invasion out
West, which was not reported to
the media by police.
When The Tribune inquired
about the incident yesterday,
police remained tight-lipped on
particulars of case.
When asked about the mat-
ter, Chief Supt Hulan Hanna
said the robbery occilrred short-
ly after 10pm on Wednesday.
Mr Kerberv6's wife Beatrice
was at home, along with two of
her sons, when the armed rob-
bers invaded the residence and
held them at gunpoint.
The family was tied up, a
source confirmed, before the
.men rummaged through the
house for cash and valuables.
The gunmen took an undis-
closed amount of cash as well as
jewellery and other personal
One of the sons v;aS untied
during the ordeal and led down
to the dock where the family
vessel was located so that he
could untie the boat. He was
then taken back into the home
where he was retied and left
with his mother and brother,
before the robbers made their
getaway in the family's 25-foot
Boston Whaler,
Mr Hanna said police found
the stolen vessel on Thursday
morning not far from Old Fort
Bay, but he did not want to
~.identify the victims,' as he
claimed tflat he did not want to

POLICE have identified
the country's latest murder
victhu asCre hm s n
Whyms the country's
10th homicide victim of
2008 was standing with a
group of men on the westem
side of Adderley Street after
8pm Thursday night when a
small dark car pulled up and
stopped near the group.
There was an argument
between the car's occupant
and Whyms who, after being
shot, ran to the eastern side
of the street where he col-
lapsed and died. Investiga-
tions are continuing.


*; Illllr

~ iRllii~ r~i rm I ~rlrF~il wr~i~iiT~



) "expose anyone."
However, high-ranking police
officials have confirmed to The
Tribune that the Kerherv6 fam-
ily were the victims.
Mr Kerherv6 was not at
home during the robbery and
his wife and children were
unharmed during the ordeal'
police report.
Mr Kerherv6 is president of
KGC Networks, a marketing
system based mn 33 countries'
according to the company's
This armed home invasion of
a wealthy French family comes
weeks after insurance executive
Franklin Nesbitt was kidnapped
.from his Love Beach home a
short distance from the Ker-
herves' property.
On that occasion, Mr Nesbitt
was taken to his Collins Avenue
General Brokers office by two
masked men'. They tried to
force him to open the company
safe, but wave unsuccessful.
During the ordeal, Mr Nesbitt
was gun-butted and tied up
before the kidnappers left him
at his office.
A former resident of the Old
Fort community, who wished to
remain anonymous, told The
Tribune: yesterday that numer-
ous armed home invasions have
occurred 'in the area over the
last few months.
SA ~64-year-pld woman was
tied up and robbed an the Old
Fort area mn January when she
returned home. She was forced
in her home by two men, tied
up and robbed. Her car was
Stolen mn the mc~ident.
Another armed home inva-
sion occurred across from the
Nesbitt residence, the source
said, around the same time t~he
insurance boss ~was kidnapped
mn January.
In this instatice, he said, an
entire family was tied up, and
one of the wombn in the house
was struck by the robbers
because she was making "too
much noise."
Another prominent business-
man, said the source, was held
luap enhistdcrveway in Old Fo=
One Old Fort resident The
Tribune is aware of is now
trmd eoeivainl st re::
Burglary overnight break-
ins increased by a shocking
43 per cent last year in the
Bahamas compared to 2006.
Pohece have been unable to
solve the bulk of these crimes.
The 2007 crime statistics reveal
an abysmal 1(7 per cent police
detection rate.for burglaries.
Their detection rate for
housebreaking and shopbreak-
ing were even lower as the,num-
bers stood at dix and eight per
cent in 2007 for these crimes
respectively. No-one has been
arestedhby polc thus far for


sought to

sue over


Tribune Staff Reporter
.. LOCAL businessmen and
lawyers are exploring legal
avenue to e teg ve meri
ous offences before the courts
within a reasonable time.
One businessman, Lynden
Nairn, speaking on the GEMS
105.2 talk show The Way For-
waard yesterday; even went so
towards retaining lawyers who
are willing to fight for this cause.
Mr Nairn said the Attorney
General's Office, and the gov-
ernment on the whole, should
be held accountable whenever a
serious crime is committed by
someone wrho ~was ou't on bail
for a previous crime because his
original case was not heard
within the time prescribed by
"The entire population
should sue the government of
the Bahamas because their inac-
tion has led to a heightened
sense of fear and increased the
expenditure to protect ourselves
from those released on bail "
he said.
Mr 19airn said he would argue
that the Attorney General's
Office and the goernment have
"knowingy 1 eatedly and
n gli enty aidedp and abetted
i ere dering ineffectual the Bail
Act, which was passed by the
eo le's parliament for their
prtecti n"
prlso o making as a gest on
thedtalk sow yestsetrdaay laMye
sad he beliee that I 11ll
tere are a en es to sue he
government for accountability.
tha eliev there is a premise
courts to bring an action against
the persons who are mn charge,"
hMr oss, one of the PLP's

enough to hold governing par-
ties accountable at the voting

Businessman Mr Nairn said
that, in his view, "democracies
ought not to work only around
polls every five years."
"When persons are not
accountable we have a fractured
democracy. When there is a
absence of transparency as
exists today, and has existed for-
ever in this country, we have a
fractured democracy," he said.
Mr Moss.said that with 80-
plus murders in 2007 and
already 10 murders in the new

SEE page 8

Tribune Staff Reporter

Tribune Staff Reporter
The contract of controversial expat Lyford Cay
Club managing director Didier Picquot will not be
renewed when it expires in March, The Tribune
has learned*
Secretary-general of the Bahamas Hotel Cater-
ing and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) Leo
Douglas confirmed yesterday that the union had
'received assurances" to this effect*
However, he said union members at the club -
about 180 of them continue to call with~ com-
plamnts about the manager. "'They're still very
ulpcet and wondering why it is taking so long,") he

Mr 3Picquot hlrs been a focus of frustration and
anger from the union sinine taking the job. Many
stalf have coniplained about Mr Picquot'salleged-
ly "LdisrespectfuP'' and excessively harsh attitude
towards them.
The union claiims he has hampered the organ-
isation in its efforts to serve members, and is par"
ticularly disturbed about his alleged involvement
in a decision to have "Cdogs set on" union execu"
tives on the club's property in November when
they arrived for what they maintain was a sched-
uled meeti g
Meanwhle, earlier this month Commonwealth
Bank chairman T. Baswell Donaldson also com-
plained of Mr Picquot's behaviour when he was
allegedly embarrassede" by the manager during

SEE page 8

ing her life: children, the elder-
ly, and the treatment and cure
of AIDS. .
Lawyer Stern released a
statement yesterday, one year
to the day after Smith was
found dead in her Florida
hotel room after overdosing
on drugs.
He is appealing for dona-
tions to the Anna Nicole and
Daniel Wayne Smith Charita-
ble Foundation, which also
remembers the star's son, who

died aged 20 in September,
Stern writes: "Today is
extremely difficult for those of
us who were close to Anna
Nicole. In memory of Anna
Nicole and her son Daniel, we
have created the Anna Nicole
and Daniel Wayne Smith
Charitable Foundation."
He adds': "Hopefully, it will
grow, help more people each
year, and eventually be headed
by her daughter Dannielynn."

Anna Niedle Smith's former
partner Howard K Stern has
marked the anniversary of her
de;@ll by creating a charity in
he name.
Il donations through Feb-
ru. .y, 2008, will assist a chari-
ty in the Bahamas for under-
privileged and at-risk youths
that Anna N cele wanted to
beyondd that, the charity will
benefit charitable causes that
Anna Nicole supported dur-





7Masked raider s

tie-up millionaire's

wife and sons

Charity is created in

Anna Nicole s name

.,.I:~;::: ~ L; IsIlr I,'~ j.r3 3;:II:1~i~'~ii~I r, D ::C--
~~:;g~~ L!;n.* ~r. * I.:T. ~
;P ''~T~T` i ~ .:


Local News ............. P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,1 0,11,12
Editorial/Letters. .........................................4
Sports ................... ...,..... ................ .P1 ,2,3,4,5~ `
COITics.... ................ .~..~.......------ ;,** *-----******* :
A dvt ;............................:...................... 7
W eather............................................P8



~ 2008 Spectra5/CERATO

U.S. No~ sRa~n k

I~~~~~~~ 1 .!f nit

_111__ _ C~r


^_ _1_11~




I ~r*t~~ll~

Inllimrel ir~mn~ll3i~e~llmm~,lallh~~m~JEl~n;nl;

PROTESTS over a new sub-
division development at Hope
Town, Abaco, appear to be
dying down, locals said yester-
Two groups protested over
US lawyer Mark Mason's plan
to build 52 homes on 15 ares at
Elbow Cay.
"But itseems the whole thng
willlbe gomngbahead," a source
Mr Mason, from the Caroli-
nas, bought the land from long-
tenn resident Robert Maltarp, a
He wants to build small,

Tribune Freeport

FREEPORT Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraha~m said that
thle governmentII`II is; giv'in~ coI-
sideration to- expandling local
government to Nassau.
Mr Ingraham was speakiing
at the sponsorship luncheon on
Friday held at the Our Lucaya
Resort to announce that th~e
Bahamas will be hosting the
Commonwealth Local Goviern-
ment Conference in 2009.
The conference which is to
be held on Grand Bahama is a
major international event which
is being held for the first timne in
the Caribbean region.
In his short keynote address-
Mr Ingraham welcomed con-
fe~rence secre~tary general Carl
Wright to the Bahamas. He not-
.ed that the local government
conference has special signifi-
cance to the Bahamas.
"Elected local government

has not been with us for very
long anld we come to a place
(Freeport) where local govern-
nient has been practiced largely
through the private sector in the
last 50-plus years, and in more
recent times through ourselves.
"We hope that. in the time,
the Port Authority will finish

have jobs need to get back to it.
Mr Ingraham said to the visi-
tors present: "I wish to welcome
you to the Bahamas. It is our
honour and responsibility to
host this important conference -
this has special significance to us
mn the Bahamas.
"Many members of the Com-
monwealth have a lot of expe-
rience in local government and
we hope to access talent and
expertise from yourselves .
and begin discussions about
expanding, strengthening, and
deepening local government
and so the government is hon-
ou'red that you are here," said

its fight so they will be able to
restructure their private sector
to even have more public sector
"'It should come at a time
when we are giving considera-
tion to expanding local govern-
ment to the capital city. We are
a very centralised form of gov-
ernment in the Bahamas and
we would like to delegate and
pass on responsibilities of many
things to communities," said Mr
The conference will attract
600 high-level politicians and
practitioners from 52 countries,
and is expected to bring a sig-
nificant economic boost to
Grand Bahama.
During his address, the prime
minister admitted that jobs are
scarce in Grand Bahama.
He said: "I shant speak long,
I know jobs are not plentiful in
Freeport and those of you who

rest of the world that the
Caribbean is a world-class cen-
tre for important international
"In May, 20093, the eyes of the
local government world will be
on the Bahamas two billion
people will be watching you. I
say to you captains of industry,
you will have persons right here
. to look at your products, so

said government is looking for-
ward to hosting the conference
in the Bahamas.
He said it will give the coun-
try the opportunity to showcase
its best to a very large contin-
gent of delegates from 52 coun-
tries and two billion people
from around the world.
The Commonwealth Local
Government Conference is held

.~.f ~;a~c? d


Mr Ingraham.
Robrt ontlhe Mn i er

is not only very important for
'-hr Ba as, but also for the
"It is the first time this con-
ference is being held in the
region. We want to show the

every two years. The previous

Sing n fan ta stuhn er onf p ee
ple from the Caribbean, as well
asupersoms fro PA a,c Aricbae
attending the conference in the

get your products out." he said.

is thriving. He encouraged the
private sestor to support the
Sidney Collie. Minister of
Lands and Local G~overnlment,

dnp"~"";" 'I:

hear town planning appeals.
On the agenda is a contro-
versial condo project near the
ferry dock in Marsh Harbour.
Locals have protested that
the three-block development is
out-of-scale on its waterfront
They also comnplainezd that
the three-storey units broke
heg Nassa atrney is behind
thle development.
ABACO's annual Junkanoo
parade takes pince on Febrn-
ary 21 w'ithl at least three senior
government figures in atten-
TIourism Minister Neko
Grant, Education Minister Carl
Bethel and Minister of State for
Culture Charles Maynard will
he at the event, to be held in
Marsh Harbour.

Bahamian-style houses on the
picturesqlue island, one of the
gems of the Bahamass.
"~All the work is being done
by local contractors," said the
source. "Work h~as already
startedoanthe roads and it looks
like Mr Mason's troubles are

inc t-k l~n r~erst allarburs h
been sold.
Wally's Restaurant,, Iunllched
by Mr Wallly Smith inl thle 1960s.
has bleen rn11 in recent years by '
hlis dauoghter, Maulreen.
Now she has sold it to an
unknown bulyer who reportedly
plans to appoint n manager to
rne the operation.
MINISTERS of Local Gov-
ernmlent Sidney Collie will be
in Abaco on February 18 to

The Spectra5/CERATO has a sporty attitude with its sport~
tuned suspension, strut tower bar, and fully independent
suspension. It can seat up to five occupants. It is powered by a
1.6-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a standard four-speed
automatic transmission. Air Condition, PWR Windows, PWR
Door Locks, CD Radio. Two 4-Door Sedan Models including the
5 -Door Mod eI.

Th::liompson lvd. Oarkt riceld
P'!r~l no #-2026377

Local government's

expansion to Nassau

under consideration

Service & Parts Departments



rffi~cur .


i ~'i~i~BL


Elbow Cay subdivision

protests 'dying down'



_ ~_ __

1---~ -~
8~- ,: Ir.

rn~le i\nusle- nmenono l

FOOL'S GOLD NEW i:OS 3:35 NIA 6:05 8:25 10:50
THE KITE RUNNER NEW 1:30 NIA 4:30 7:30 NIA 10:30
THEEYE T 1:05 3:25 NIA 6:05 8:20 10:40
OVER HER DEAD BODY T 1:10 3:45 NIA 6:00 8:30 10:45
RAMBO C 1:20 3:20 N/A 6:05 8:25 10:40
HOWSHEMOVES T 1:05 3:40 NIA 6:10 8:40 10:55
UNTRACEABLE C i:00 3:25 N/A 6:00 8:30 10:50
MEETTHESPARTANS C 1:25 3:30 NfA 6:20 8:45 10:45
27DRESSES B 1:05 3:30 NIA 6:05 8:25 10:45
FIRST SUNDAY T 1:10 3:35 NIA 6:10 8:35 10:50

ROSCOE J NIN muum 10 3:40 N A 6:00 8:1 10:40
FOOL'S GOLD NEW 1:00 3:35 N/A 6:05 8:25 10:45
THE EYE NEW 1:20 3:35 NIA 6:20 8:35 10:40
RAMB0 CI 1:10 3:40 NIA 6:10 8:35 10:35
MAD MONEY T 1:05 3:30 NIA\ 6:05 8:30 10:30
FIRST SUNDAY T 1:15 3:45 NA6:15 8:25 10:30

THEl Mo)STI Tilo10(ouall R!STIORXInoN &L CLEIANING Eva'I(. OR Tlim JonlI is Rlili
N~\sshr Is oNLY~ PROFESSIONAL,. CEl~lnvulin SumINI CARPIIr & Um'IoisnIRIIY CARE( Sysmihs.

"""Jeorinwre 'I'mlc(rn'w" w "l neral.wln~o -n m s



maritime navigation. All
migrants in this case were
repatriated to Port-au-Prince
by the cutter.
*Friday, January 18 the
Coast Guard intercepted a
agorhblound 140-foothHaitian
Great Inagua with 80 Haitian
"-11-11l onboad vAll n
ferred to the Coast Guard ship
and repatriated to Port-au-
Prmnce within a few days.
In total since mid-January,
pteCloast Guar dh~as i ter-
migrants who were directly
repatriated back to Haiti.
Such direct repatriations by
the U SCoast Guard -in lieu
of transfer and detention in
the Bahamas -have saved the
g vrnet f the00Banhanm

triation costs, said the U S
Embassy in a statement.
To supplement the maritime
efforts of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, the U S Coast
Guard maintains at least one
multi-nnssion ship mn the wmnd-
ward passage and southern
Bahamas region year round.
As part of the U S and
Bahamas Comprehensive
Maritime Agreement, U S
Coast Guard ships patrol with
a trained member of the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force
who assists in all maritime law
enforcement matters in
Bahamian territorial waters.
U S Coast Guard aircraft
also assist in these efforts
thr u h oatl o ihtsB oerng

maritune region.

Iser~ :~~ ~- ...

r ~*
* ,.
X~ u. -rr~ur~~ -~' -1
f`~4ZJ9C: .iy~.l ~lt
~~?,.. LZ.~~.~
~a*~ I r .* "li~&n s~
~F~I * c
-~3ek~cr, -~ ::~Ei..... m~c ',- ~~ r
,-- - .-i-'
: ~,~i..~ ~ .~I~-~CI~C ccil~r""~"~asllls~;I:;~,
: i' '~r3~- st,,
~ ~5~ -c~ _..;.c.~Bb"- t"_ -
~r*BB '''"
~~ -r .. 38fi~ll~;~Q-i-t ~gB.r'_1~4br ~tC;;
.,, *Cl"~pCI:`d~.
i' ~R"
r- r~Pc: 75
18e~c~: ~p~~D.
-:- ''


.,, ~~'p"*S
~C ~

~ ;- .. -
I-~ .-
1 ,n I
I '"


in the protection of the shores
of the Bahamas and the Turks
an~d Cai os Islaunds.'teCat
Guard interdicted four over-
loaded sailing sloops from
departure points in Haiti
attempting to land in the
Bahamas and the United
Oth p se entdeHaian slo
Coast Guard in the windward
passage include:
*Saturday, February 2 the
Coast Guard intercepted a 40.
foot Haitian sloop 30 miles
southwest of Great Inagua
with 131 Haitian nationals
All 131 were transferred to
the U S Coast Guard ship and
repatriated directly back to
Port Au Prince on Tuesday,
February 5.
*Monday, January 21 the
Coast Guard intercepted a 40-
foot Haitian sloop just south
of Santo Domingo Key with
163 Haitian nationals
onboard. All were safely
transferred to the Coast
sadw cut er nd ter emopr
edly because it was a hazard to

THE U S Coast Guard
has reported that it

than 400nt scspee t ilmoe a
immigrants in Bahamian
waters in the last three weeks.
A 210-foot Coast Guard
ship assigned to patrol the
windward passage and the
southern Bahamas region
s"intrped pa 0 fot Haptian
east of Acklins Island on
Although only 15 Haitian
nationals were initially visible
on the weather decks of the
sloop when sighted by Coast
Guard aircraft patrolling in
the region, the U S Coast
Guard confirmed there were
actually 73 Haitian nationals
Each of the 73 migrants
were safely transferred to the
Coast Guard ship and will be
directly repatriated to Haiti
within the next few days, the
Coast Guard saick
The U S Embassy said in a
statement yesterday that
Coast Guard ships and aircraft
h ve ben xt eme bus i

the last three weeks assisting

An Acklins man has
alleged that his livelihood is
suffering because of inaction
and ineptitude on the part of
local government officials on
the island.
He claims they gave him
the wrong plan for a local

The man is calling on his
island's representative,
MICAL MP Alfred Gray, to
right the situation.
Clinton Rolle told The Tri-
bune yesterday that he was
awarded the contract to build
a public basketball court in
January of last year.
Local government, he
claimed, later acknowledged
after he had almost completed
the work that they had not
provided him with the correct
plans for the project.
"'Itwas the wrong size," he
He then calculated that he
would require an extra $8,000
to $10,000 to complete the job
Mr Rolle said that in Feb-
muary, 2007, he wrote to the
Local Council Board, as well
as to Chief Councillor Raw-
ston Cox and Mr Gray, point-
ing out the mistake and
requesting the additional
Receiving no response, he
was forced to stop work on
the court in early March,

when it was around 75 to 80
per cent finished, because of
lack of funds.
Mr Rolle said he has yet to
hear from Mr Cox or Mr
Gray in relation to the matter
and while he is uncertain, he
beI vs that "politics" may

Meanwhile, the court sat
untouched until yesterday,
said Mr Rolle, when he saw
another set of workmen on
the site.
"They never gave me a let-
ter of termination or anything
but I see other people work-
ing on the job," he said.
Mr Rolle said he has been
unable to pay his bills, includ-
ing some workmen, because
of the money shortage.
"Even if they don't give me
the money to complete the
job I would like to pay the
persons that I owe," he
His frustration was height-
ened because, he alleges, oth-
er people awarded contracts
for works on the island,
including docks and other
recreational facilities, were
paid in full by local govern-
ment officials despite no work
yet. having been done on
those projects.
Messages left for Alfred
Gray and Mr Cox seeking
comment were not returned
up to press tim~e.

At the time, Mrs Pratt said
she would not be making any
decisions about her future as
deputy leader, other than she
intends to continue to serve the
people of St Cecilia to the best
of her ability.
"I'm going to still serve my
people. I gave them my word
that I will serve them, and I am
going to do that. As I said, I will
discuss my future at the con-
vention when I make my speech
to the nation. But in terms of
serving, I will serve my people.
I have given my word, and I
have to live by my word," she
While admitting that he has
not received the go-ahead to
run in the area as yet from par-
ty leader Perry Christie, Mr
Moss said he is one of those
who have been working the
area for some time, and he will
continue to work it.
"I believe I will be success-
ful. No doubt the party needs
the kind of' things that persons
like me can deliver. That is lead-
ership, experience, and wisdom
to assist in the growth of this
country," Mr Moss said.
Commenting on his ties to St
Cecilia, Mr Moss sa~id h~e grew
up in the area, and still enjoyed
the support of many young peo-
ple in the community.

Tribune Staff Reporter
ptu rnquest~tribunemedia.net

ATTORNEY' and social
activist Paul Moss has
announced that he wants the
nod from the Progressive Lib-
eral Party to run as its candi-
date in the St Cecilia con-
stituency in the next general
The current MP, deputy
leader of the PLP Cynthia Pratt,
has reportedly indicated that
she will not run in the 2012
election, Mr Moss told The Tri-
bune yesterday. .
Mrs Pratt is recouping at
home from a bout of tendonitis
to her upper left hip and has
opted to possibly avoid the
House of Assembly when it
next sits in order to properly
heal the problem.
On Wednesday, Mrs Pratt
tried to visit the House for the
duration of its sitting. However,
a continual shar-p pain from the
tendonitis forced her to return
"I'm not where I want to be
yet, but I'm 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.


6:00 8:20 110:40

NEW 1 :00 3:20

been accepted for an MA
course in publishing at the Umi-
versity of Sydney, Australia.
Ms Marquis, 21, graduated
last year with a BA(Hons)
degree in history from the Uni-
versity of Western Ontario,
Canada, and is now working m
Her brother, John Jr., who
also attended Queen's College,
is studying history at the Uni-
versity of Sydney.

THE Cabinet Office haS
announced that Daylight Say-
ing Time will begin at 2am on
Sunday, March 9 and will con-
tinue until 2am on Sunday,
November 2

~r" gen leasunsrcy, aSsalc~lt Mrl r;inesi mY

Calrpetinga & IFurniture,, restoringa theml to, like new
aIt a fralclionl or re ic ententllll cosl.

* eMpet~sle s(l~lil. cvsentslchairs~onin hailsl an

PHONE: 323-8083 or 323-1594

)O> h I O(I 11IE 0 lh

More than 400 migrants

caught in Bahamas waters

US Coast Guard

'eXtremely busy in the

Windward passage in

the last three weeks

Moss targets St Cecilia

nomination for the PLP

Says Cynthia Pratt

has indicated she

Will HOt run in 2012


1~2bl *T 8


p ro blem
THE Crisis Centre's hotline
(328-0922) is temporarily out of

oEemergencies should be
referred to police until further

FORMER Queen's College
student Annabella Marquis has


The Tribune Limited
Being Boulnd to Swear to 77t1e D~ogmals of` No Master

LEON E. H. DUIPUCH-, Pubhlishe~r/Edirtor 190)3-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kr., O. B. E., K. M., K. C.S.G.,
(Ho '.) LL.D., D.Litt .

Publisher/Editor 1919- !972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

Switchboard (News, Circullation and Advertising) 322-1986
Advertising Manager (242) 502-2352
Circulation Department (242) 502-2387
Nassau Fax- (242) ,328-2398
Freeport, Grand Bahamza: 1-(242)-352-6608
Freeport fax: (242) 352-9348

Needed: tobacco non-prohiferation treaties

5 A

Experienced E ectrical an

Computer Diagnostic
Diesel Mechanic Wanted

Qualifications Required::
1. Must have electrical experience in the mechanical
2. M t have exposure to Caterpillar John Deere,

3. Must be able to repair engine hydraulics
transmission under carriage and power train
4. Must be able to maintain diesel equipment
5. Must be able to repair and maintain Gasoline

Also seeking a young mechanic assistant interested in
furthering his career in Heavy Equipment maintenance.

Please send resume to:
P.O. Box CB-1 0990
Nassau, Bahamas


Leading manufacturing firm requires an experienced
certified accountant familiar with manufacturing and cost
COntf01 meaSUres.

MUst have extensive knowledge of ACT/Goldmine, QB,
Micr0soft Access, MS Project, MS Access, Excel, Word
and all related Accounting processes*
Experience reuired with Prism and other inventory control

Bi-lingual preferred and able to interact with vendors
in multiple countries and have a minimum of the following.

*5 years of Accounting background in a Manufacturing
10 years inAccounting or banking experience
8Chelo0r and Master Degree in Accounting Of
Certification of CPA

PleasS Send resumes with references to:
General Manager / re: Accounting Position,
PO Box SS-19097,
Nassau, Bahamas
Or via email: tina~alprimebahamas.com


cerns a building structure of the
previous mentioned name. The
suggested location of this build-
ing is the southern end of the
property (a paid parking lot)
located on Shirley Street oppo-
site the Sandringham House
building. The northern end of
that very same property can be
used for parking.
This seven-storey structure
will house all of the Supreme
Courts, an International Arbi-
tration Centre (to be fully
developed in another letter),
the Supreme Court Registry, all
Registrars Chambers, stenog-
rapher's offices, libraries and
small conference rooms for pri-
vate counsel.
Additionally, there should be
two media rooms, with copiers,
fax, internet access, vending
machines, telephones and video
links to each court for the news
reporters. Clearly, media hous-
es will pay an annual subscrip-
tion to use these rooms and ID
and 'swipe' cards would be
Just south of this property is
the old nurses training centre,
located on Sands Lane, which is
the road leading to the Princess
Margaret Hospital. This build-
ing can be converted into a
plicelstation with toldidgtcll
before the court. On the eastern
boundary of this property, an
access road, from Shirley Street
to Sands Lane, should be built
for the use of Judges and Reg-
istrars only.
There are so many other
aspects to this vision, however,
this is just an overview of an
idea that if executed correctly,
can bring tangible, practical and
aesthetic solutions to our coun-
try's self-esteem and interna-
tioinalag. ream placed on
paper for the world to see. Who
will dare stand in Parliament
today and say that this coun-
try's duty of care towards our
fellowman has all but disap-
peared; who will stand and say
that the country cannot survive
another decade of doing busi-
ness as usual.


January 31, 2008.

country have followed our lead-
ers down this path of character
assassination through 'name-
blaming' and destruction. This is
unfortunate because we the
electorate have revered our
politicians so much that we have
inadvertently transferred all
power to them. Equally unfor-
tunate is the fact that we have
become comfortable being lord-
ed over by them. This is evident
in the way we applaud when
our respective party spend their
first 18 months in office head-
hunting while neglecting to fix
the problems at hand.
In taking precaution, the fol-
lowing statements are expressed
solely to highlight the powers
of Parliament. Firstly, Parlia-
ment is directly responsible for
amending all statutes in this
country. Never be fooled, it is
not a judge's responsibility to
change law nor is it the former
administration's job. This blame
game has been going on for so
long by Parhiamentarians, that
they have successfully been able
t oe tet public's focus off
gressive policies and legislation.
Further, if the public has
problems with alleged criminals
being let out on bail, then check
with Parliament, they have to
amend the Act, not the court. If
criminal trials are not progress-
ing fast enough through the sys-
tem, then go to Parliament, they
are the ones who set the budget
for the Attorney General's
Office. Parhiament is the one
that set judge's remuneration
Platk I a.The adre te ones
building of courtrooms. If there
is alleged abuse by the police,
then see Parliament, they have
no interest in introducing a
Police and Criminal Evidence
Act (PACE) to govern police
conduct, interviews, investiga-
tions and length of time in cus-
tody but see them anyway. As
for civil remedies, it is the same
thmus and tHeolis ge s ond
P art of this commentary con-

said less than one fifth of 1 per cent of
thalt revenue is spent on tobacco control.
That should come as no surprise to
Americans who have seen their politicians
go out of their way to avoid placing
restraints on the tobacco companies that
pump campaign donations into campaign
In 1965, cigarette packages manufac-
tured in the United States were required to
carry, a warning label that said: "Cigarette
smoking may be hazardous to your
In 1970, the warning labels were changed
to say: "The surgeon general has deter-
mined that cigarette smoking is danger-
ous to your health,
These warning labels were a boon ;o
American tobacco companies. The labels
were used to prevail over lawsuits attempt-
ing to recover damages for the death and
mariming caused by cigarette smoking.
Their customers were warned, argued
the tobacco companies, and they chose to
ignore the warnings.
Despite the lack of assistance from the
nation's capital, lawsuits started going
against the tobacco industry. Cities, states
and business leaders successfully pushed
for laws, ordinances and rules that curbed
In 2006, a federal judge ruled that tobac-
ito companies have violated civil racke-
teering laws by conspiring for decades to
deceive the public about the dangers of
their product.
A Harvard study early this year con-
cluded that cigarette makers have for years
deliberately increased nicotine levels in
cigarettes to make them more addictive.
L'ongress still refuses to give the FDA
power to regulate tobacco products that
ar increasingly being marketed in foreign
Unless the United States works with the
United Nations to control the spread and
use of tobacco products worldwide, it
appears likely that tobacco will kill 1 billion
people by 2100.
(This article wias written by Rowland
Nethaway of the Waco 'Ikibune-Herald -
Cox News Sernice). .

WACO, Texas The United States
should work with the United Nations to
pass tobacco nonproliferation treaties.
The World Health Organization esti-
mates tobacco use will kill 1 billion people
in the 21st century unless governments
aggressively curb the spread and use of
tobacco. Responsible governments felt
that it was imperative to pursue treaties to
stop the spread of arms and nuclear
weapons for the sake of humanity. They
should make an effort to vanquish tobacco
products for the same.reason,
'lle WHO Report on the Global Tobac-
co Epidemic, 2008, according to The Asso-
diated Press, urges all nations to dramati-
cally increase efforts to prevent young peo-
ple from beginning to smoke, help smokers
quit and protect nonsmokers from expo-
sure to secondhand smoke.
Many people are willing to accept hun-
dreds of thousands of needless deaths
annu~ally when it comes to the use of tobac-
co but deeply mourn only a fraction of
those deaths caused by military action.
Though government studies estimate
that 500,000 Americans die every year
from tobacco-related diseases, Congress.
refuses to give the Food and Drug Admin-
istration the power to regulate tobacco
In a 16-month period, more Americans
are killed by tobacco than all the com-
bined battle deaths that occurred during
the Civil War, World War I, World War II
and the Korean War, as well as the wars in
Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The total
battle deaths of those wars come to
How many of those battle deaths could
have been prevented remains a subject of
debate since wars often must be fought to
preserve independence and freedom.
There is no debate, however, on the
number of tobacco-related deaths that can
be prevented all of them.
A major obstacle in establishing an inter-
national effort to reduce tobacco deaths
was spelled out in the WHO report. Gov-
ernments around the world collect more
than $200 billion in tobacco taxes every
year. Out of all those revenues, the report

ED~ITOR, The Tribune.

a shame to see it wasted on
chastising only the opposition
when the present administra-
tion should also have their feet
held to the fire for their lack of
affirmative action in dealing
with our country's many press-
ing issues. By and large. all we
have had to date from them is
lip service; they are far from
perfection and must be made
aware that people who live in
glass houses shouldn't throw\
It's time to put an end to the
blame game, stop fighting like
little boys over a bag of mar-
bles, and get on with what you
were elected to do, GOVERN!
In closing, I might add that
an objective and unbiased press
would help considerably in
pointing the way forwrar~d.
January 31, 2008.

SI can't speak for the rest of
the country, but personally I'm
thoroughly fed up with the
unending vitriolic exchange
between the government and
opposition. To add insult to
injury, the main focus of The
Tribune's editorial and Mon-
day's column these days seems
to be purely on scorching Mr.
Christie and his followers.
I'm not excusing or exoner-
ating the PLP or the Christie
government of their poor gov-
ernance and their many political
debacles of the last five years,
however the present govern-
ment has done very little during
their first nine rdonths mn office
other than to pontificate on and
gloat over the already well doc-
umented failures of their pre-
TIhe Tribune possesses for-
midable literary talent and it is

given to the inevitable growth
over the coming years. T'he
group contracted to rese rch
this project stated that lay
Street will not be able to accom-
modate the volume over thle
next sa years. This. howcver. is
an issue that our governments
needs to pay close attention to.
It is just a matter of proper
planning. because this mov~e is
both technically and ecconomni-
canlly feansible.
February ,5, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
PLEASE allow me space in
your newspaper to express my
vliews on the move of the Nas-
saiu port froml Bay Street to
Clifton Pier. In my opinion, this
would he a mnove in the rient
direction. Ba;y Street is a promi-
nont tourists area, antd I feel thnt
the existing port1 not only crec-
ateLS C'ongeCst1ionlC ndpolllution,
but is also a complete eyesore.
TIhis move would also give
access to primne sen~ front prop-
erty that can be used to further
enhance our tourism product.
Consideration needs to be


Solutions for

tht 'H se


EDITOR, The Tribune.
COMPLAINT after com-
plaint has overwhelmed our
media concerning crime, pover-
ty, illegal immigration and var-
ious other social ills. The cry for
a cure comes from all quarters
of this beautiful nation and
Inany persons have expressed
sound commentaries on these
As to the negative portions
of these commentaries, this
writer refuses to palrtarke. Fur-
thermore, one notices that the
quality of discourses tend to
weaken when negative com-
mentaries are not accompanied
by solutions. Therefore, in this
two-tiered commentary, con-
cerning our present state of
affairs, one h~opes thatl solutions
can be found.
The Justice Systemn: Firstly, it
should be clarified that this term
is being used loosely here to
encompass all those agencies
and establishments that deal
with the courts, be they public
or private entities, he they pros-
ecution or defence.
Citizens, and rightly so, are
concerned with the rise in
crime, the perceived lack of
punishment of wrongdoers,
speedy recourse to civil reme-
dies anld te oawes ti jsay e
disconcerting to see that due to
the political polarisation of this
country, the most astute, even
the most venerable, have not
stepped forward and offered
solutions to solving these vexing
Additionally, we know that
it may be rather difficult for par-
ty loyalists to believe but most
of the disintegration in values
that we see in most of our insti-
tutions actually began with the
dsint ration in the vlues o
hav;e placed in Parliament. This
'hate' mentality displayed in
Parliament is astounding. I have
yet to see party colleagues scold
one of their own forI displaying
unprofessional behaviour
towards an opposing member
of the House. Agreeably this is
a broad position to take but
unfortunate~ly, the conduct dis-
played in Parliament is now tan.
amount to tr bais n.
Sadly. we thle citizens of this

Fair press will

help governance

PO1't 111USt go


. .

A in acutn ntefancial induttonsestr wit scoundat

knowledge of but not limited to:

* Formulating budgets
* Managing Accounts Receivables and
Preparation of monthly aund annual
financial reports and statements
Prepar~ation of banki reconc'iliationll andc
various general ledger accounts to the` sub

Co-or~dinate the annual audit with exsternlal
auditors and preparation of the nececssary!
Pr-eparing reports for the r-egulator~s
Must be a team player
Must possess people skillS and be prepare~d
to interact with members
Minimumi qualifications: AA inl
Accoun iin

Feb~ruaryv 18, 2008 to RO. Box N-7544-


"YF ankk Rl iarathonvx?

Because I don't think our
Ioenmn isB sttnn ac iod
dren. When a member of par-
liament is tryn to give a
speech in t le Hou e of
Asseo i2 persons l te
in a fishmarket throwing,
insults and jeers
at one another
Giving no
respect to the
lady or gent e

spqk the
tell the children
-in schools to be
~taIpolite, quiet and
ohre uHoo
-!1 Ithey expect
yotk he eiyung people to
ous when you
/could turn on
the TV and see
them acting
worse than ll' chirren?'
Darren W, Sea Breeze.

thal vex boutn ow t eyl aave

ealn Hi han I setb u I
or a car breaks down on that
highway traffic is be backed
up for miles. Ain't no space to
push a car on the side, traffic
is be jammed right up, and its
dangerous at might because it
can cause even more acct-
"TI ey need to rethink how
they have that road planned
And when you think they
ga' fix that red light by Bar
20 corner? That light never
wokner tath need to
Cedric S, Carmichael

TrbueNS KAfReporter

'"1 vex at how reckless these
no-good jitney drivers are!
Myl car gone in the shop last
wieek and so 1 had to catch
the number 15 home, and I
been in fear of my life every
night. I lost count of how
many tunes one
crazy bus driver L
run the red light,
turned corners
like a fire was C'
behind him or
speed like he ..
ain' get no .
sense. .
"Not to men-
tion the damage
to my eardrums `:- "
with that loud
music they have .
to blast. How do
these people get -L
drivers licenses? .
Traffic on the
road is a mess
but trust me as soon as my
car get fix I ain' stepping m
pmnkey toe on another jitney.'
Maxine S, Robinson

"I vex because I almost
break my car right up on one
big pot hole on Shirley Street.
And on Sunday I saw a three
car accident on that road just
cuz someone fall in that pot
"Every month someone's
birthday comes up and they
have to go and renew their
car's hicence and insurance.
We paying the government
thousands of dollars every
month to drive on these
messed up roads what
breaking' up people car. I
don't think that's fair you
mise'well just walk where you
gat to go.'

Tribune Staff Reporter

COMPLAINTS of female
teachers having sexual rehi-
tionships with male students is
uncommon in the Bahamas, a
senior ministry official told The
Tribune yesterday.
On Thursday, Elma Gar-
raway, permanent secretary in
the Ministry of Education,
Youth, and Sports, confirmed
to The Tribune that there is an
ongoing investigation at her
ministry into allegations of a
sexual relationship between a
female teacher and a male stu-

dent at a public school.
When asked yesterday about
the prevalence of these types of
complaints, she said that in the _
past, the few they have received ~
involved male teachers and
female students. Mrs Garraway
emphasised however that there'
have not been many of these
"This is extraordinary," she
Mrs Garraway did not com-
ment on whether this particu-
lar allegation will or will not be
referred to police when asked
by The Tribune.
Instead, she said yesterday
that it was "under investiga-

When asked if her ministry
has a~timetable for concluding
the investigation, the perma-
nent secretary said:
"Well, we would hope that
we can have it all investigated
and concluded as soon as possi-
ble. We would wish to have it
done as soon as possible."
When The Tribune contacted
Minister of Education Carl
Bethel he did not wish to com-
ment on the active investigation
beyond what was already said
by his ministry through the per-
manent secretary.
The Tribune has learned that
the female teacher in question is
32 years old, the male student is
16 years old, and school in ques-

tion is in inner city New Provi-
Reports have also indicated
that the teacher has been
removed from her post at the
In the U S, the case of Mary
Kay Letourneau made interna-
tional headlines years ago, after
she was convicted of statutory
rape of Vili Fualaau.
He was a six grade student in
her class when she had sex with
She was 34 and he was 13
when the relationship began.
After her release from prison-,
she and Mr Fualaau eventually
married and they have two chil-

~~;Z i ~~~ ii ~~~ i ~~

Tribune Freeport

number of injuries caused by
traffic accidents should be a
matter of great concern'
according to Grand Bahama
MP Kwast Thompson.
"One need only visit the
accident and emergency cen-
tres of our medical institutions,
or visit the hospital wards -
espe~cially the orthopaedic
ward," said Mr Thompson,
He was speaking at the
opening the first Road Traffic
Youth Symposium on Thurs-

da' wish to remind. you that
of the 11 (traffic) fatalities for
2007, one of those persons was
i-eareol ped st an, a tue
also been many injuries to chil-
dren as a result of traffic acci-
Mr Thompson said the gov-
ernment is committed to
ensuring that the message of
road safety awareness is
ingrained in the next genera-
He noted that the problem
is an international one, as sta-
tistics provided by the World
Health Organisation indicate
that 40 children die every hour
around the world as a result
of traffic accidents.
Addressing the high school
students in attendance, Mr
Thompson told them that chil-
dren and young adults are the
most vulnerable groups among

ro sn effort to reduce the
number road accidents on the
island, the Grand Bahama
Road Safety Committee and
the Road Traffic Department
held its first annual Youth
Symposium at the Foster B
Pesthaensa Halosu ouh o
Th ymposu og t
target future drivers by engag-
ing them in productive discus-
sions regarding road safety and
encouraging them to exchange

By Lindsay Thompson

THE government has
acknowledged the Netherlands
for its leading role in supporting
international agreements which
seek to curb the proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction.
Governor General Arthur
Hanna made this statement as
he accepted letters of credence
from Christiaan Mark Johan
Kroner, non-resident ambas-
sador of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands to the Bahamas, at
a ceremony at Government
House on Thursday.
The Bahamas has approved,
in principle, the ratification of
the Chemical Weapons Con-
vention, a United Nations treaty
that bans the development, pro-
duction, stockpiling, transfer
and use of chemical weapons,
and stipulates their timely
"The Bahamas has also
attached highest priority to the
adherence to such agreements,
and its signing of the Chemical
Weapons Convention on
March, 2, 1994, underlines its
historic commitment to non-
proliferation," the governor
general said.
He told Ambassador Kroner.
"Your political and security
experience, and acknowledg-
ment of the extended friend-
ship between our two countries,
make you a valuable partner for
the challenges of today."
He also noted that the
Netherlands' support for a suc-
cessful completion to the waiv-
er negotiations for the Schen-
gen Visa would be of "special
importance" to the Bahamnas.
The Antilles and Aruba form
an integral part of the Kingdom
of the Netherlands, and like the
Bahamas, are built on tourism
and financial services, the gov-
ernor general said. "The
Bahamas would like to embrace
opportunities to fortify our rela-
trons mn these areas."

He noted that both countries
share a fundamental belief in
democratic values, internation-
al co-operation, and upholding
and advancing the rule of inter-
national law.
"In this regard, the Bahamas
looks forward to the continued
partnering with the Kingdom
of the Netherlands in promoting
the common goals of peace,
goodwill, sovereign equality and
security," the governor general
He told the ambassador that
the Bahamas intends to use his
appointment to further the
long-standing friendship
between the two countfries, gwv-
en the Netherlands' member-
ship in the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) and the
European Union.
"We, therefore, count on the
Kingdom of the Netherlands to
ensure the OECD's regulations
on financial services are fair,
just and equitable for all," the
governor general said. "It is also
our hope that the Netherlands
will play an important role in
ensuring that European Union
investment in the Bahamas is
sustained, indeed increased, and
the transfer of advanced man-
agement skills and new tech-
nologies emphasised."
Ambassador Kroner said the
Bahamas has enjoyed friendly
ties with the Netherlands since
the Dutch first sailed Caribbean
He said the ties between the
countries are not confined to
economic matters, and asked
for the Bahamas' support as his
country seeks a seat on the
United Nations Human Rights
"The promotion and respect
of human rights is one of the
main priorities in our foreign
"Your support in this regard
is needed and truly appreciat-
ed," he said.

ideas for road safety strategies
that would appeal to young
Stephanie Rahming, Assis-
tant Comptroller of Road
Traffic, said the symposium is
designed to educate students
about the consequences of
irresponsible road use. "Your
entire course can be altered as
a result of a serious accident,"
she warned.
Mr Thompson said he
believes that the support of
corporate businesses, schools
parents, and community
organizations, can create a cul-
ture of responsibility.
"Responsible driving can
save lives and reduce the
occurrence of road accidents "
hWesd cannot take it for
granted that all will be well
when we are on the road.
Complacency can lead to dis-
aster and tragedy. By being
more mindful of our road con-
duct, we will help keep our
roads safe.
"I am pleased that the
organ aer have planned a fun
and efcive way of incu a-
ing road safety awareness in
our students-
At the symposium students
were given information on the
types of insurance policies
available to teenage drivers
and factors that contribute to
Students also heard from a
crash survivor and were given
information about the road
traffic legislation currently in
Mr Thompson said the sym-
posium is a step in the right
direction and that he hopes
the experience will make a dif-
ference in the lives of students
and reduce number of deaths
and injuries on the streets.
"As we continue to educate
oura clre non roaadisM>eltay
our part. I urge all motorists to
exercise patience and caution
on the roads, as our young
ones may be less aware of the
potential hazards around," he
sai .
He commended the Royal
Bahamas Police Force f'raffic
Division and members of the
Grand Bahama Road Safety
Committee for their commit-

Islands (AP) A police officer
who chased armed robbery sus-
pects clad only in his underwear
won praise yesterday for not
letting a little exposure get m
the way of his job.
Officer Dariel Chinnery
jumped, barely clothed, into his
cruiser this week and cluised
two men suspected of a violent
armed robbery in St. Thomas.
Chinnery, a veteran officer,
went "a little above the call of
duty", said Police Chief Rod-
ney Querrard, whose depart-

o~~~ I re

BOdy found
in South

Ocean area

A man's body was foundc in
the South Oceanl area of New
Providence late Inlst nighf.
Little information was avail-
able at press time, but Chief
Superintendent Hulan Hanna
said the matlter is considered a
case of sudlden death, and foul
play is not suspected by the

ment has strug~gled to contain
a rise mn violent crime in the US
Caribbean island territory.
On Tuesday night, a man
frantically banged on Chin-
nery's door, saying he had been
shot in the arm by two men who
demanded all his money, police
Chinnery grabbed his gun as
the suspects drove awayv. After
a short car chase, the men abaln-
doned their car and escapedl on
foot. Chinnery is well-known
for issuing traffic tickets and
using the loudspeaker on his
patrol car to order people to
move illegally parked cars.

For the sto-

fleS behind

:trhe new-s,

: edd 1zSzght :

On Monday


Teacher-pupil sex not

CO1H1On in Bahamnas

MP cneedO 0 O

ht OIg lVe o

rod a cdet O O HSI

Ar med robber s

'exposed' dur mg

of ice $1 p rui


11:30 a.m.Speaker:
of Christ Community Churc~h
Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10 45 a.m.
*community oureRach:1l1:3Dae.m.*Evening Senrvce:7:00phm.
*Midweek Service 7:30 pxm.(Wednesdlays)
*Sisters' Prayer Meeting: 10*00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month)

I ,-- --- .u........... r

II:I It~u ~mtime fo

Eight Mile Rock

Town Committee

now fully staffed

WVorship Time: 11a.m. & 7p.m.

Prayer Time: 10:15a~m. to 10:45a.m.
Church School during W~orshi~p Service
Revival Services
February 13-17, 2008
Speaker: Rev. Steve Bell
from Bradento~na we Mto thtChurch, Florida

offPrince Charles Drive
Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135

Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
Bernard Road
11:00AM Pastor Charles Moss
Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Rev. Charles Sweeting
7:00PM No Service
Eat hir y StreetRe.CrlsNw
7l:00PM Rev. Charles New
ne AM~olg CRevy James Neilly
8I:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs

'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Rev. James D. Neilly
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Mr. Janic J. Know s...........

The Nassau Regional Women's Fellowship will be
holding their Anniversary Service and Installation
Service for New Officers on Sunday, February 10,
2008 at 3:00 p~m. at Trinity Methodist Church.

Orant's towohn Weste~lp $Nept~oleot ClyurtlJ
(maneou alsI Rd a chanel streen PO eRo-so~ CB1
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427


Sunday School: 10Oam FUNDAMIENTAL
Preaching 11lam & 7:30pm EVANGELISTIC
Radio Bible Hour:Pso:HMil
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2 ~;;~
Wed. Prayer & Praise `7:30pm

"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H~. Mills Phon~e: 393--0563 Box N-3622

Gr~ounded In The Past &
a .Gear-ed To The Futur~e

Worship tinrte: llanm & 7pin~f
Surnday School: 9:45am ..


PaStor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

pf)}Jo.\ EE;-1680(7
7i2leph~onec min~rlber 325.-.F7123
EMAIL Irlynnk @batelnethr( s

WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p~m.

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.

Assembly Of God


hr lTdiscove i~~'ov .for~glyr~e g,9 pp r
SOm enenc freedom on eac ome~s;

Violence in 2007 when a close friend received
the devastating news that his missing son's body
had been discovered.
He said that businesses are supporting his ini-
tiative and have donated funds to help with the ad
Mr Joseph said that successive Bahamian gov-
ernments have promised to implement compre-
hensive plans to reduce crime, but he believes
capital punishment must become a part of the
long term solution.
He said that the Bahamian people are entitled
to live mna safe and civilhsed society.
"Like a pebble striking a still pond, the rip-
pling effect of crime touches everyone. Let us
unite to remove the blight of crime from our
land," he said.

of his painting in newspapers in hopes of getting
through to criminals and alerting the public about
the seriousness of the crime problem.
He feels that every Bahamian citizen must do
his or her part to reduce. crime in the country. The
ad started running in The Freeport News last
week, he said. ,
"Crime has become a national disease that is
destroying the well-being of our country, where
we have recorded nine murders already in New
Providence in January," he said.
Mr Joseph thinks that his initiative will make a
difference in the Freeport community.
He has also distributed posters of his painting,
which are displayed at some businesses on the
The painting shows a peaceful Bahamian land-

scape marred by a tragic bloody crime scene,
highlighted by crime scene tape.
The chalk outline of a victim interrupted by
blood flowing from the head represents those
who have lost their lives to violent crime.
The Bahamian flag is flown at half mast as a
tribute to officers who fell mn the 1mne of duty,
and as a symbol of a nation in mourning.
A gun and a cutlass signify the weapons of
choice for criminals.
An empty rum bottle and a n numbers" receipt
signify the national pastimes, Mr Joseph said,
while a skull and crossbones symbolises death,
A Bible at the base of a coconut tr~ee is open to
Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness e~xalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people."
Mr Joseph was first inspired to paint Stop the

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A local artist and concerned
resident of Freeport is taking his "stop the vio-
lence"' message to the wider community by
launching a public awareness ad campaign against
crime with the help of sponsors on Grand
Paul Joseph, an artist whose painting entitled,
"Stop the Violence", was featured in local and
national newspapers, said there has been positive
feedback from many persons in Freeport and
Nassau who saw the painting and read the article.
As a result of the "overwhelming" support he
has received, Mr Joseph has decided to run an ad


Ginn Group and is a civil engi-
Mr Saunders is well known
in te west Gansdt iama ds
neer who worked at the Min-
estaryof Works for several
The Eight Mile Rock East
Town Committee members
Chairman Percy Charlton
Deputy chairman Rosney
Calvis Bartlett
Harold Curry
James Vega
Joylean Rolle
Mr Hepburn
Mr Grant
Mr Saunders
In swearing in the three new
members. Mr Johnson asked
that they be honest. fair and
sincere in carrying out their
duties and that they use their
term in office to help in build-
ing the township.
Local government elections
throughout the country are
expected before July 1, 2008.
Members are elected for a
three year term.

GranGBa~hama EaFr thOCfrt
time in almost two and a half
'Eeaas theh Ehts Mil 11
plement of local government
rep s tiv .r Lands and
Local Government Sidney
C~ollie has a pointedG17andvke
Roscoe Saunders to fill the
vacant spots on the nine-memb-
berr town committee.
The posts were left vacant
last year. requiring the minister
responsible to appoint persons
to fill these posts.
The three men live in the
Eight Mile Rock East area and
were sworn into office by the
administrator for west Grand
Bahama Rufus Johnson dur-
ing a brief ceremony at the
Administrator s Office mn Eight
Mile Rock on Tuesday after-
Mr Hepburn is a veteran
photographer attached to
Bahamas Information Services
in Freeport.
Mr Grant currently serves as
the project manager for the

Morning \ors ip Sel ice ....
Adult Education .~.. ......,.
Worship Service .... ~.......
Spanish Service .... . .....
Evening WVorsip Service .. ..

9AS0 a m.
11.00 a m.
8.00 a m.
6.30 p m.

Pranyer time: 6:30pm
Thre Madei~ra Shopping
(Next dcor to~ CIBC) I

tem th: Frnki Knw

7:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.

Rev. Charles Sweeting/Sis. Marilyn Tinker
Rev. Carla Culmer/Usher Board Anniversary
Rev. Carla Culmer/Board of Christian Education
& Church School


Arist broadens





0e DaNI

8 ffBsh start?

I 1"tlil l L 9I-L

P.O. Box EE-16379, N~assauc, Bahalmas; Telephone: 325i-6432; Fax.
328-2"8-l; rhodesme~throdbatelnetbs
(Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 225; years of continuous Methodist
witness for Christ in The Bahamas"

COLLECT: Almighty Father, whose Son Jesus fasted forty
days in the wiilderness and wa~s tempted as wer are. yet without
sin:. givec us grace to discipline our-selvecs in obedience to your
Spirit; anld as you know our wea~kness. so may we know your
p'ower to save: through Je~sus Ch~rist your son our Lord.

7:00 a.m. R\v. Edw~ard J. Sykes

Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.mu. Rev'. L~olnard G. Robe~rts Jr.
(Iloly Communion)
10:00 a.ml. Sis. Patrice Str-achaun
11:00 a~n.m Rev. E~mily A. Decmeritte
6:30 p'm. Class Leaders 5-7

11:0 am.Sis. A~nnctte Poitie~r
4.00a~m.Sis. Kattic` Carter
CHURII CH (28 Cr~awfor~d St, Oakes Field)
9:00 ~m. Rv. Edward J. Sykes
(,:30 p~m. Revi. Edw\ar~d J. Syke~s (healing & wecllne~ss)

5:30 p'm. Frlidays C'hildrenl's Club
'):(00 a.m. Sullnda Mon~aste~ry Park Fellowship

ShopI and~ other'I M~iniSt~ie\S
St., Oakeis V~icid) Receptionl to P'rimary

fa n <'lt~-lce gI preva\il inl thle Mcthrodist Ca;ses and for an end to the ulpsurge
inl violence. Th'e falst beginls wckly after the evenmgg melal
onl Th'lursdayv anld end(s at1 noon1 on1 Friday. 'This we proclaim
ullnswervingly: "Myl~ God and Myl? Right."
R~Imo( P'RoC;RA/ S
"visionn" on thle L~ord's D~ay. zNs I at 9 P"m.: "(reat' flylns
onlnsPiration"` On1 the Lord's Day,. Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.;
"Family Vibes" ZNS 1, T'uesday, 7:301 p.m.: "To( G;od be thec
Glory" ZNS 1., Tuesday,. 7:415 p.ml.

Grae and Pt I FF

Wed, Feb. I 3, 2008, 7:00 pm
Thurs, Feb. 14, 2008, 7:00 pm

~!r .a Youth Service:
;Sr~tFri, Feb. 15, 2008, 7:00 pm

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008
I 1:00 am & 6:00 'i

Rev.PSteve Bell, USA

13* j

Twynam Heights, Adjacent to Super dlue,Winton

"' I

A well established Media Com any is looking for a hard working male
Sto work as a Pressroom Assistant. Qualified applicants should be able
Ito work night's between the hours of 8pm to Sam, and be prepared to
; submit job references and a clean police record. i



IMMABM~ahum want~wa


I I~

- 1.

Miss Grand Bahama Universe
At 21 years old, she lists the
most unusual thing she has ever
.done as dancing in the rain. She
is sponsored by Nyguard Cay
and aspires to own and ope~rate
a luxury clothing and accessory


16 years old and well travelled.
A student at C V Bethel Se'nior
High. this photogenic beauty
aspires to become a dermatolo-
a 15 year old honour student at

D W Davis High who excels at
academics and has a number of
choices for scholarships. She has
her eyes set on becoming a
model student at R M Bailey '
Senior High. This 16 year old
enjoys being a teenager. Look-
ing to the future, she hopes to
attend the College of the

Bahamas and become a pedia-

she feels at home on the run-
way.~ This 16-year-old student
of the OSC School of Model-
inig and dance aspires to become
a certified public accountant.
She is sponsored by Virgo Car
Rental and Outback Steak

THE race is on for the crown-
ing of the 40th Miss Bahamas
The winner will represent the
country at the Miss Universe
Pageant to be held in Vietnam
this July.
"'There are some 16 beauti-
ful young ladies in the line-up
with eager anticipation of secur-
ing one of the three top spots
which will afford them the
opportunity of representing the
Bahamas internationally," said
the organizers in a statement.
"However the most coveted is
that of the Miss Bahamas Uni-
verse title."
Also competing are15 young
and talented teenagers, who are
vying for the title of Miss Teen
Umiversal Bahamas.
This years' Miss Teen Uni-
versal Bahamas winner will be
afforded the opportunity of rep-
resenting the Bahamas in Bar-
bados, Africa, Europe and
Venezuela as did the outgoing
Miss Teen Universal Bahamas,
Jessica Thompkins. The dual
pag eant is set for March 16.
According to the organizers '
the ladies have all participated
in a number of preparatory
workshops and seminars, the
first several of which was hosted

by platinum hotel sponsor
Superclubs Breezes.
The annual swimsuit compe-
tition will be held this week on
Eleuthera, sponsored by the
Bahamas Fast Ferries and
Valentines Resorts.
This week the organizers are
introducing eight of the contes-
tants to the public four from
the Miss category and four from
the Teen category:


JAMIE MORRIS, 20 years
old, is a bio-chemistry major at
the Omega College and the
College of the Bahamas. She
aspires to be a cardiac surgeon.
She stands at five feet mine mnch"
es tall and represents the Berry
SIslands. Jamie enjoys cooking,
networking, reading and the
social arts. She feels her biggest
accomplishment is speaking in
the House of Assembly as a
youth parliamentarian.

years old, is an aspiring com-
puter analyst and a sophomore
at the College of the Bahamas.
Standing at five feet, 10 inches
Stall, Kasherae loves sports, and

lists her all-time favourite ath-
lete as Debbie Ferguson. She is
sponsored by Lickety Split Ltd.

SACHA SCOTT. 19 years
old. is a double major student at
the University of Miami and an
advocate for the Bahamas' nat-
ural resources. Standing at five
feet, five inches tall. she said
her most unusual job was acting
as an assistant to Anna Nicole-
Smith when the actress arrived
in the Bahamas. Representing
the island of Abaco. she is spon-
sored by Nautilus and Prime

SHARE DELVA is a six
foot. one inch tall. statuesque
beauty and super model. She is

Associated Press Writer

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) An
American scholar said Friday
that an official at the U.S.
Embassy asked him to keep
tabs on Venezuelan and Cuban
workers in Bolivia. Washington
said that any such request
would be an error and against
U.S. policy.
"I was shocked," Fulbright
scholar Alex van Schaick told
The Associated Press. "I mean,
this man's asking me to spy for
the U.S. government." Van
Schaick is one of six Fulbright
scholars doing research in the

coe U.S. Embassy in La Paz
issued a statement Fr dy saying

included incorrect information.
As soon as this was brought to
our attention, appropriate mea-
sures were taken to assure that
these errors would not be
UI.S. State Department
spokesman Gcnzalo G~allegos

such reqcuest wo~uldl have bcn a~
"Worldlwide, we ;Idheire to a

strict understanding with the
Peace Corps that their volun-
teers are not permitted to act
inl any sort of intelligence capac-
ity," Gallegos said.
"If anyone suggested that any
members of either group pro-
vide information outside the
scope of their work or positions,
it was an error and is not U.S.
government policy.

IntereSted persons should sent resume to:
c/o DA 04149
P.O. Box N-3207
Fax: 328-2398
email: brown @tribunemedia.net



SU 1SC shla i

Spying claim

S~ethat Bro~thers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026

of # 26 Hillview Drive,
~~t"Winton Heights will be

~i; Febrduary Ithon0d8 aa
11am at Christ Church
Cathedral, George Street.
Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown assisted by Rev 'd
Fr. Bernard Been, Canon Basil Tynes, Rev'd. Angela
PalaCious and Rev 'd. Fr. Mervyn Johnson will
ofticiate. Iritermerit will follow mn Woodlawn GardenS,
Soldier Road.

She is survived by her husband; Frederick Murray.
two daughters; LaVette Johnson and Yael Wailcott;
one son; Krishna Murray;, grandchildren; Alyssa
Brockington, Seth Walcott and Sebastian Walcott-
son-in-law; Jeffresy Walcott; daughter-in-laiv; Inia
Murray; sisters; Judith Theophilus, Edith Outten,
Marina Hagan, Marguerita Major and Robynn Robert;
brother, Eneas Theophilus; step-children, Brian
Hamilton, Dwight, Duane and Douglas Murray;
nieces, Tamika, Monique, Michelle, Makayla, Sonia,
Enea, Inga, Bridgette, Renee, Annette, Pamela, Tanya,
Vivian, Andrea, Bernadette, Nakeira, Lisa and Kia;
nephews; Juan, Jamal, Keith, Don, Yvon, Kent,
Dereck, Don, Julius, Julian, D'Arcy, Omar, Valashi,
Ron, Warren, N'Kimba, N'Kumba, N'Shaka, Dominic,
F~rederick, Rudolph, Dereck, Terry, Andrew and.
Ryan; sisters-in-law, Maureen Pustam, Emeline
Murray, Maxine Murray, Inez Johnson, Mary
Lightbourne and Lud'elle Theophilus; brothers-in-
law, Willam Outten, Larry Hagan, Bertram Murray '
Samuel Johnson and Claude Robert and a host of
others relatives and friends.

Friendls may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Mor-ticians, Nassau Street on Saturday from 10am
to 6p~m. There will be no viewing at the Cathedral.

B$ The d'Albenas Agency Ltd

has a

HOW telephone number

LJuT 18X number remains:

Our old telephone number

(242) 322-1441 is no longer
111 Service

ipC The d'Albenas Agency Lt
Madeira SreeSt t Palmdale
new telephone num e

(22 ] -14

rA~il- 8, S;AI UHDAY, H-bRHUARY 9, 2008



'judicial te
Associated Press Writer
CARACAS, Venezuehi' (AP) Venezuela's
:top oil official accused Exxon Mobil Corp. of
"judicial terrorism" on Friday, but said court
:orders won by the oil major do not amourit to
confiscation of $12 billion (8.3 billion euros) in
Exxon Mobil has gone after the assets of state
:oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, in U.S.,
British and Dutch courts as it challenges the
:nationalization of a multibillion dollar (euro) oil
project by President Hugo Chavez's government.
:A British court last month issued an injunc-
tion "'freezing" as much as $12 billion (8.3 bil-
:lion euros) in assets.
But Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said: "They
:don't have any asset frozen. They only have
frozen $300 million" in cash through a U.S. court
: m New York. As for the case in Britain, PDVSA
doesn't have "any assets in that jurisdiction that
even come close to those sums" of $12 billion
(8.3 billion euros), Ramirez said.
Ramirez called it a "transitory measure" while
the state company, known as PDVSA, presents its
case in New York and London. Exxon Mobil is
also taking its dispute to international arbitra-
tion, which Venezuela has agreed to.
But Ramirez, who is PDVSA's president, said
Exxon Mobil "hasn't respected the terms of the
arbitration" and said Exxon Mobil's claims in
the Venezuela nationalization dispute "don't
even come close to half the sum of $12 billion
:claimed by them."
Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Margaret Ross
said the' company had no comment on Ramirez's
statements. Ramirez said the court cases "don't
have any affect on our cash flow, don't affect our
operational situation at all."
Ramirez said Exxon1 Mobil sued in New York,
London and the Netherlands to dispute the terms
under Chavez's nationalization last year of four
heavy oil projects in the Orinoco River basin,
one of the world's richest oil deposits.
"We don't have any decision by any court that's
definitive," Ramirez said. "We have a preventa-
tive measure mna court in New York that we

* 1(~


have a right to respond to, and we are going to."
He accused the Irving, Texas-based oil major of
employing "judicial terrorism" and trying to gen-
erate "financial nervousness" around PDVSA.
According to documents filed last month in
the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Exxon
Mobil has secured an "order of attachment" on
about $300 million (207 million euros) in cash
held by PDVSA. A hearing to Sbonfirm the order
is scheduled in New York for Feb. 13.
In a Jan. 24 "freezing injunction" by a British
High Court, the court said that "until the return
date or further order from the court," PDVSA
"must not remove from England or Wales any of
its assets which are in England or Wal~es up to the
value of $12 billion (8.3 billion euros)."
The court also said that if PDVSA disobeys
the order, it could be held in contempt of court
and be fined or have assets seized.
The credit rating agency Fitch Ratings said the
British court order would "have a minimum
impact on the company's day-to-day operations,
as well as its near-term credit quality and financial
flexibility." The agency noted that most of
PDVSA's assets are located in Venezuela and
the United States, where the company has refmer-
But Fitch Ratings also noted that the outcome
of the arbitration process with Exxon Mobil
remains uncertain and that "a negative outcome
of the arbitration could pressure the credit profile
of PDVSA."
Other major oil companies including U.S.-
based Chevron Corp., France's Total, Britain's BP
PLC, and Norway's StatoilHydro ASA have
negotiated deals with Venezuela to continue on as
minority partners in the Orinoco oil project.
ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil, however,
balked at the tougher terms and have been in
compensation talks with PDVSA.
Ramirez said Venezuelan officials have had
"very important meetings" with Conooo~hillips
Chairman Jim Mulva and have made progress
toward an agreement. "I think we're on a path to
achieving it," Ramirez said.
As for the dispute with Exxon Mobil, Ramirez
said "we're going to value fairly what would be its
compensation, or not if that be the case."


employees at the club.
This action came after the
hihpoiek "dog cdent an 'H
cial complaint by the union
agor rCa Pr erty Own-
ers' Association chairman
Christopher Hampton Davis
said the dogs were brought out
when one of the union execu-
tives, secretary Leo Douglas,
breached their security. Mr
Douglas denied this version of

Yesterday, Mr Foulkres would
not comment directly on an
insider's claim that Mr Picquot's
conract wl Osot be Iennwed
involved with the dispute and I
uin and al t thh Lyhf r
Cay Club and I am confident
that we will come up with a res-
olutson to the dispute that is
acceptable to both parties," he
The minister said his role as
an "honest arbitrator" requires
that he "talkr to both sides with
a certain degree of confiden-
mAtcaltso erPiqduet r cohan-
assistant reiterated the club's
policy of not commenting on
pr roga said the union's
disgruntlement with Mr Pic-
i;ot odhodmhas seen at te olu
"If you cannot work along
with the organisation, it goes
for Bahamians, too," said Mr
Douglas, referring to the
"""Q.7 ,"ls for the elm s's
claimed that employees and
union never experienced any
similar problems with Mr Pic-
quot's predecessor, Paul
He affirmed that, should a
change of command not occur
in Marth,eths t ion es se 2
of demonstrations.

:a visit to the club with friends.
:He told The Bahama Jour-
nal ***, he:do wrtt a lett
:ty's chairman and board mem-
Sbers. "tI didn't ifa him vr
tomer friendly. I think the
quicker he gets out of The
Bahamas the better," he said.
In December, minister Dion
Foulkes confirmed that the
Department of Labour had
launched an investigation "into

Bahamas Telecommunica-
troms Compan presi ent Leon
ing of the company's new
Cyber World Branch on Bay

A State-recognised
funerBI SerVice f00 f0rlmer
Public Administrator

hits at

a oVtel unionV re-tce~~tive

assurances' on change

E : FROM page one
the veracity of complaints"
i-- : made by the union and some



SHing the

g ovenment

OH court

cRSe delays

FROM page one

year, he does pult much stock
in the police's comments that
many homicide victims were
involved in criminal activities
"As if that excused the mur-
der it does not. It is irrelevant.
you must get on with thel job).)
lie wioss said it is now imper-
ative that all those accused of
murder are brought before the
courts and stand trial as soon
as possible.

BII I --e ~T~7~~PI=L~r~

'I ~P
~4 ~f1~12~4~11
~J~. -
~':~a~ZP~i9~. CT~ -
~t~l~BP~"~9""""F,~~ 1 AY ONLY

; -

'~R-----L-l)~ku-e~-'`i This ~atunlay, hbrusry Oth, 2008,
F:~q~CF u

I Ibam-8pm

4r Every~R~aP Mwsl EO"'

These prices are unbelievable!
Choose trom:
"\ i
n ~~')I~I~ `~'-"'S .,.3 1a
~8C~ &
r' :
I .
;%, re
.pr 3 I~ ~C~31 r,
~a~ Al
cr 3 -I
~C~f7 V~ [1: i
i' ;p"ii.: 1 ~ c ,F ,
I r a ri 1-1___1~r

~a~. :%:;~, a 1 If' F' uS
54V :7 Y r ~Xd r b c
I 'u'r
I 9r- o,
_r\T3E~ Ir~r _ .
- :,I .rCV '
?~ '= ---p~~?\
'"! 9rA: cun KWOIS IIE
iI:I PR;17E5 ~01 ~YE ~E
at;; ~sfi~f~- E'IEN 1N
r U!AM Nrr~SSbU



@nap oneE~p CRa~ ilb

World champion

'fishing in the sun'

THIS week, In Days Gone By looks back to 1985 and sailing exploits of Donald Martinborough, three
time world Sunfish champion.
ANTI-CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFI': A week of Sunfish sailing ended with celebration, a
night of dining, dancing and awards giving at the Yacht Club. Mr Martinborough won trophies for five
races in which he placed in the top three. He later became the first Sunfish sailor ever to win the Worlds
three times.
At the announcement of the Sunfish World Championships race, scheduled for October 14 to 22 at
L Montagu Bay. Left to right Fred Hazelwood, director of John Bull and Michael Jeruis of the Ministry
of Tourism, holding the Rolex Submariner watch to be awarded to the winner; John Dunkley, com-
mittee chairman of the race; Donnie Martinborough.
Donald Martinborough shows off the trophy that he received after winning the World Championships
~ .I~ of Sunfish Sailing in Riccione Italy. This was the second time Martinborough wea the prestigious cham-
~~~Ipionship, having won it in 1983 in Colombia.
t4- Donnie Martinborough presented his father Mike with the Rolex watch he received during the pre-
Ssentation of awards at the Nassau Yacht Club.

Major Bahamas law firm

celebrates 60th birthday

P-rlclnD Informatron As Of: C IFA L,
Fndany. 8 F-ebruary 2008
BISX ALL SH-ARE INDEX. CLOSE 2 012 4-1 / CHG 0 0j8 I ?bHG O 00 / YTD 54 31 1' T7 I i
'J2wk-He 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/El Yoldl~
1 2 0.75 Abaco Markets 1.72 1.72 0.00 3,000 0.157 O 000~ li 0 00%.OU~
11.80U 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 O I00 I 9 3 39%:;
9~ GB1 8.03 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.612 0).260 1. 2 71%
0.0 0.80 Benchmark 0.90 0.90 0.00 0. 188 I O~n 030 II 8.33%b
3 4 1 85 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0:LI 28 .0 .1U'%
2.70) 1.25 Fideslity Bank 2.60 2.OO 0.00 0).0581 O 00 .d 1.54%"/
12 70, 10.OO Cable Bahamas 12.70 12.70 0.00 1.0301 0 '4 1 31 9
2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.03 1 01.040 n1 1 27%::
0.0 4.45 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.82 7.82 0.00 0.2 0.20 0 332
/ 2 4.52 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.60 4.63 0.03 0.12 I 02 ( 1.13%:
2 00 2 20 Doctor's Hospital 2.44 2.45 0.0 1 3,200) 0.31 1 0/0 :1 (I l)l
7.0 5.70 Famnguard 7.50 7,50 0.00 0I: 71 020 1 0 3.3
1 1 12.30 Finco 13.00 13.OO 0.00 0.812(: 11 :i I1I 7 .3"
1 14.OO FirstCaribbean 14.00 14.00 0.00 0 914 ()i0 I70 : 330
I~ l 5 .12 Focol (S) 5.12 5.12 0.00 0.31i: 01 110 1-1 1 2'.73%:
1I On( O 54 Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.(1035 000 0.00%b
i: Or> 7.20 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 Ir 30 17. I 414%
112 T' 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.50 12.50 0.00 1.05r, I 010 118 48
10, rU 10.OO Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 I).i00l t8 (1 (j.00%
Fidellij Oveir-True-Counlrr Se'.urities
SwH 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Prico Weekly Vol. EPS $ Dry $ / Yield
141 60 14 25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16i 00 1.160 1 I185 13( 3 H. 12%0
Hi 00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000OAH NMl 7.80
0 40.20 RND Holdings O.35 0.40 0.35 -0.02.3I O 00 N/Al 0.00
Colina CvIer.Thlji-C I1Ou T oScurTities
4 00) 41.OO ABDAB 41.00 43 00 4 1.00 4.4'iO 27!60 0l.0 6.70%:
141)14.OO Bahamas Supermarkets 14.GO 15 60 14.00 1 160 1 1.`. 1.1 4 7.71%:
( j 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0 00 N/ OO
BISX Listed Ivutual Fundscl
02kI i Gwk Low Fund Name NA V YTD%~ Last 12 Months Dry $ I 1

~B~i~F~U~Sl~~mFmlm~~ I I

i i

I 6

law firm ranked f'or "corporate
advisory for private banking
clients in the Caribbe~an."
TIhe firm believes its success
comes as a result of maintaining
high standards.
Managing partner John
Delaney said, "Higgs and Johl-
son has held to its ideals and
reputation despite dramatic
changes in our culture and
financial system over the last 60
years. We will no doubt contin-
ue to hold in high regard our
commitment to maintaining
close working relationships with
our clients and to delivering
quality legal services.
"The firm's expansion over
the latter half of the 20th cen-
tury and its continued success
now into the 21st have truly par-
alleled the growth of the
Bahamas. Godfrey Higgs' rep-
utation as an attorney even
before the firm's inception
allowed him to attract the high-
est calibre of clients.
"Real estate, banking and pri-

vote wealth mnanagemennt aIre all
key factors in the economic evo-
lution of thle Bahamas and have
been the areas where we
applied our energy to promote
the development of the financial
services sector and the legal
profession," he said.
The firm attributes much of
its success to the "high stan-
dards and unwavering princi-
ples" of its longest serving
senior partner, Sir Geoffrey
"With success comes a
responsibility to the community.
Higgs and Johnson has
embraced this responsibility by
being a part of a number of
charitable initiatives," said the
firm in a statement. "Higgs and
Johnson is the only private sec-
tor partner in the Ministry of
Education's TIeacher of the
Year programme anld the firm
provides a cash prize that
rewards educators who exem-
plify excellence in education
and leadership development."

H li~ggs andl .lonson was
f'ormdc~ by) well known Bahami-
;1n attorney Giocfrey Higgs and
former registrar-general
Mervyn Johnson.
For thec first 10 years, the pair
held chambers on the second
floor of the House of Myers on
the corner of Bay Street and
Victoria Avelue, specialising in
prop~er-ty~ nd commercials law.
The office wyas then moved to
Sandringham Ho~use on Shir~ley
Today, Hilggs andi Johnson
has expandedc to four offices
throughout the Bahamnas with
more thani 35 lawyers practis-
ing much more than real prop-
erty andcl commercial law.
TIheir repertoire includes liti-
gation. prlivate lien andIL II wealth
mnl~nagementl re~al estate and
decvelopmelcnt. commercial trans-
actions, se~curities, financial ser-
vices law andcl regulation, insol-
vency, company formation and
managemntnl maritime/lshipping
and intellectual property.

IIl(;tiS and Johnson has
been~i a C~lcrneStoneL of the

more t~ han ha~lf a cecntury.. Last
week~, the law firmly celebrated
iit hlistrcl\ ;nd achievements in
.ele w~ \ith a~ 60th anniversary
ceclebrat;lionl at its new East Bay
Streetl offic~s.
thecr the years, Higgs and
Irohnison has gained a reputa-
rio~n of being one of the best
firmns in the Caribbean. They
:are~ curre1ntlyi ranked as a Tier 1
firm~ by' the independent global
legral dIre~c1toy LChambers and
Partners Global Guide and
IF`LR 1000)".
In? 7(008. for the second con-
secu~tile year;l,Higgs and John-
.con \\;\x ranked first in "'inheri-
tunce and succession planning
inl the Caribbean" by.
Eurom~,loneyv Magazine's private
balnking survey.
Th~ley were also the highest
ra~nketd Bahamiian law firm for
taxs guidance: and services in the
reg~ion and the only Bahamian

~~b~P j


1(1 0000

100) 00(00
1 nonfi

1 2037
1 2647
11 3545
100 0000
1 0000
10 5000

Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Markcet Fund
Fidrlity Bahamas G & 1 Fund
Fldelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bonld Fund
Fidelity International Invostrnent Fund

100 00'*

C5 53%

27 72'%

FINDEX: CLOSE 929.15 / YTDC -2.40% / 2007 34.4t7%
iIl A Al L 'Il (ARE INDEX 191 Dec 02 1,000I 00 MARKET TERMS YIELD Inst1 12 month11 fIiVItorsI tlviditl byV 1.(le 1 1111
iin prc nIst5 o k id I- Duv ing le ofII1 ( nla 1:1 nit1 111 I 10alityV
Lowest II ljllosZIng( priCe ninlast 2 U 52 o k Ank $, .111111 S lluy rll 11 of Colirm .and1 (Illial/ty 11 \ .111
I'rl C hil. slie Proviouls dny's weighted price for daily volumel Lw1.t I rn a1 Last, traded~l o~verlln- lllin 11 em I 1. 1IIIII1II .ll
T y l e-Curront dany a wolylghte price for dolly volume Wookly Vorl. Iradingll~ vo~llll mn ofthel prior wook
thing nI)1 clun I lq 1 C01 1 prICe from day to daly EPS 5 com pal~ny reportedI~l 11minum.11: 11( .h11111re 1 for 11 the 111. 1,* st 1.II. mili*,i
/JIVI VI Numbelr oIf totl shares traded today NAV Not Asiset Vllull
vIVIIdelrlnds penr shanre paid in the last 12 rnonths N/M NotI Moalningflll
'l 'll.nlIrlren dividedl b~y thle last 12 month ournings FINDEX The Fidollity Bufutrlnut Sinc~k Inde~x Januallry 1. 111 I It11
I(). lr1 ^(tock Sp~lit EffectIVe Dnto 8/8/2007
TO7 TPADEl CALL CFAL 242-502-7010 1 FID)ELITI 142-366 770-2 i FOR r.10PE DITA 8 IINFOR.1 \iTTION 01I 1 5 I






Vacancies exist in the Clifton Pier Power Station. Energy Supply Division for
Assistant Plant Opelraors.

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

Assists with monlitor-ing all1 operantional para~meters and plants at the powerl
station including fuecl thanks. engines, auxriliaries and control panels. This
involves checkiing and maintaining lube-oil and water levels. temperatture
r-eadings etc'
Records accurante operating data forl all plant in the station to ensure the s~fe.
efficient and continuous fuinctioniing of the power station
Assists with operating all plants (e.g.. engines, exhaust gas boilers) This
involves assisting with star-ting up. synuchronizing andl shutting dow: n availablel
Cleauns engines, gas and steaml turbhine~s by disalsse~mbling and recplacing fluids,
and assists with the change over andl cleanling of coolers and filters
Cleans wor~k area~ and ma~intainss good' housekeecping throughout the geene~rating~
units. This involves miainitning all operan,:ting plant so that they are safe' or
hazard free (fre~e of grease, dirt anid grimec) and includes sludge disposal.
May~\ be4 1requiredl~l to11~.;\ 1 perfrm touch-up1 pinting~ durlling~ englineC shult downl
*Assists withl troublehlCooti~ng problems orn back~l-str~t aInd stalrting diesel

Assists opelrati~nss and ma~ilrntenance lead staff with engine mainte~na nce~
(associated auxiliary andt anicillar~y equipment)

Job requirements include:

Applicants should be highl school gradluates wvith a mninimumi of six (6) months~
experience or equ~iva~lent. H-oweve~cr, addiitional relatedcc industrial certificates and1J ~r
al College, of The Bahamas: 1 P1re-teclhnolt~llog dip~~lll ma an/or. a\pplicantIS wil~th at lea
five (5) BJCs including Mathemlatics; and English La~nguage are;CPllI\ accptale.Baic
knowledge of mecchanical and electr~ica~l schema~tics a~nd the ability to ope~'rale tool[s.
m-easuring dcvice~s anld uISe ~lchmlic;lS aIppropriate'ly are requllired`

The post1 is a SHIIFT1 ROTA': jobl: therefore e sulc~c~ssail per~lsons w~ill be required to,
worked shift.

Intereslted per~soni shoul~~lld pl by! .(lllcmleing~ anI App~llicatlionl Fo~rm,1 atta~chling~ a
resumne anld conta~ctl inflormatilionl for' thlre~ profssional references to theC attenltioni
of1 the

Ha;ll;una~s Ellctrlic~ity' Corporartion.
Blue H Iill & Tulckerl Roa~d.
P'.O. Box~ N-7.509
Nassau. Bahamnu~s
onl~l or befor: Mlonday,~i Februuary 18, 2008.

Il Y



.,. .



~ j