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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: February 11, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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MI By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
and KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporters
pturnquest~tribunemedia.net;
kherig~tribu nemedia. net
THE PLP yesterday con-
cluded "unanimously" that
Perry Christie is the best
leader for the organisation
$and the country.
The statement was made by
Dr Bernard Nottage, the
PLP's leader of opposition
business fn the House of
Assembly.
The PLP parliamentary
group was convened in a spe-
cial pre-convention conclave
at Sandals Resort. The me'et-
mD Nta si the PL
members discussed number that he and deputy leader
of issues during the conclave, C uthia Pratt will remain
including a review of election leader and deputy leader fol-*
2007, the upcoming 50th annu- lowing the party's convention.
al party convention and the Recently, -Mrs Pratt's role
way forward for the PLP. has been called into question
"All colleagues expressed following her admission that
their views frankly and believe she would not be seeking to
that the Progressive Liberal run in the 2012 general elec-
Party continues to be the best tion.
hope for the Bahamian peo- In addition to this, Mrs Prat-
ple. t's current bout with tendonitis
"We are unanimous in the to her left hip has put a ques-
view that the leadership of the tion mark over her ability to
PLP also continues to be the co tinue in a leadership role.
best for the Bahamnas," Dr Jith the party's convention
Nottage said in a press release. less than a fortnight away,
While the statement did not political commrentators had
go into further detail in regard warned that Mr Christiie may,
to the deputy leadership, Mr in fact, face a challenge to his
radi tal nhto Paliaemt SEE page 13
Street said he had no doubt


SBy KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig~tribunemedia.net
OUTGOING PLP chairman
Raynard Rigby yesterday
declared that he will not be pub-
licly endorsmng any of the party
members vying for the position
he is about to vacate.
So far three persons Engler-
ston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin,
PLP newcomer Omar Archer
and Elc~ott Coleby have offi-
cially announced their candida-


cies for the chairmanship.
Others, such as former Mount
Moriah MP Keod Smith, harve
also indicated that they may un n
for the post during the PLP's
convention February 20)-23 -
at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort.
However, speaking as a guest
on the More94 radio talk show
The Last Word yesterday, Mr
Rigby said the situation is too
"fluid" at the moment to say
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Port Authority
M By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnq uest@tribu nemedia. net
PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham has stressed that,
while he is concerned about
the "dysfunctional, bickering
and litigious" Grand Bahama
Port Authority, he promised
Grand Bahamians that a func-
tional Port ~Authorityl w'i~be
returned mn short order.
Speaking at Grand
Bahama's Chamber of Com-
merce installation dinner over
the weekend, Mr Ingraham
said he knows that Grand
Bahamians are concerned
about the Port.
He assured those present
that he was equally concerned,
and so was his government
and all of the island's
MPs.
While the Port Authority is
'SEE page 13

Rigby: some want
10 discuss new
leader possibility
at PLP COnVention
a By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig~tribunemedia.net
SOME PLP members
believe the party's upcoming
co vniohn sho id be used to
ing a new leader, outgoing PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby said

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Last Word, Mr Rigby said that
while the leadership question
could be looked at during the
February 20-23 convention, his
party traditionally holds special
and separate leadership con-
ventions.
"'Some people are of the view
that it makes political sense to
determine leadership (now),"
he said
Mr Rigby's statements came
as the PLP yesterday stated that
the party's parliamentary group,
in special pre-convention con-
clave, "unanimously" agreed
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PAGE 2, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008


OVER the past few decades
there have been numerous
charges' of abuse of the public
trust by many public officials
and the private sector.
No group or political party
has escaped the accusations.
While I have little doubt that
there have been abuses of the
public trust, I am also of little
doubt that there have been
false accusations and whispers
which have had no foundation
in fact.
I am sure that all well think-
ing Bahamians would agree that
it is in all our interests to
increase the public's confidence .
in the integrity of the public' sec-
tor. It would no doubt b~e a


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good thing if this increase in
trust cd~uld be institutionalized
and not so much dependent on
the character of those in posi-
tions of authority.
This column has a simple sug-
gestion which would contribute
to our achieving this objective. I
recommend that a Government
web site be established.
Then all government and
government owned company
contracts and purchase orders
above a certain value would be
posted on this site.
The site could also list the
remuneration of public officials.
This would result in keepirig the
public's affairs in the public
domain.


We all know that sunshine
contributes to growth so shining
sunlight on the public's affairs
would contribute to the growth
of public trust.


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Mlr Rober~ts sarid.
Mr Roberts was the speaker
on Parliamr~ent Street just prior to
the arrival of former Prime
Minister Perry Christie, who
buts 1~~ hcl ~inc~ a et hours dlue to a pre-convention
meeturg.


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THE TRIBUNE


TU NUEST
Ttrn usS tr bu~n m i ~net
FORMER PLP MP for Bain
and Grant's Town Bradley
Roberts questioned the cover-
age of local newspapers towards
the PLP while a guest on a local
talk show yesterday.
Referring to coverage of PLP
MPs in the House of Assembly
and beyond, Mr Roberts
affirmed that he could not force
any newspaper to cover the par-
ty"I have seen and watchect
Frank Smith deliver power
addresses to the House o
Ah nem Gin otehe sm I
have watched V Alfred Gray
do the same. I have watched,
you know who has been
extremely good, the Member of
Parliament for Fort Charlotte
(Alud o as e reason or the
other, the newspapers don't car-
rynothn Roha tb the Sars
cohothistSt vedMoc ainneh la
Parliament Street, asked Mr
Roberts what the PLP was
goj 10l yu, we do not control
the newspapers. What you want
us to do, buy a newspaper? You
ask me what we must do about
it, and in due course we will be
making an announcement.
"But my God, PLP support-
ers do patronise the businesses
that advertise in the newspa-
pers. It is unfair to carry one
side of the equation. That is not
good for democracy.
"I hope that you gentlemen
would support me in that effort
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PAGE 4, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008


accountable and accountable
if necessary daily and not
every four-months as and
when it suits the minister.
If you can't see what this
Mi ste detsh tt radnme
Tribune which prides itself on
exposing confidential reports
and proposals having been
drawn into the lobbying
process of an applicant for
government approval.
We saw this yet again with
the story about the attempts of
the London based Fleming
Family Group and the Estate
of Edward St George if we
needed any further muddymng
of that environment.
This is not positive as it begs
all questions of proprietary of
a "confidential report", a
"confidential application" or a

n pston its lf ei t fa hd
lon, esptehcil yif e circula-
tion of te report was ex lu-
sively to government. In my
view there is a complicity to
stealing in that case.
A further example was the
leaking of the report concern-
ing the Southwest New Port
by the Dutch Consultants -
there is only one source who
probably gave or provided the
report to The Tribune.
Yes some will say that is
part of the constitutional
rights of the press, but as I
have suggested there is also
proprietary confidentiality and
ownership.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN A world which instantly
knows about any serious event
in the most isolated corner of
it, I find it totally incredible
and unacceptable that the
most simple question to our
elected government cannot be
rationally or instantly discov-
ered and confirmed.
Our Prime Minister and his
ministers do not wish us to
know the truth or the facts.
Politicians like to hold onto
everything restricting access
to where a policy is heading,
what is a policy and actually
what government is process-
ing but this action simply
entraps them, government, in
suspicion of adding and abet-
ting and corrupting the
process which is supposed to
b'e on top of the table, open
and transparent and void of
corruption or illegal incen-
tives
It seems even the greatest
tidvocate for freedom, none
other than Rt Hon Hubert
In th 1, commot reconcile o
the freedom to know what is
going on in governance of The
Bahamas and the Constitu-
tional right to ask questions.
A once a quarter almost
pontifical appearance with the
local press corps is laughable
and simply insults every
Bahamian -well Ithe Prime
Minister, will control what the
people know or can ask so I
can manipulate my public
relations.
Why did you appoint the
seasoned journalist Sir Arthur
Foulkes as Director General
of BIS?
Ministers have to be


The FNM Mamifesto 1992
page: 54 proposes freedom of
information 16 years later
the same person who doctri-
nally proposed this is stalling
to implement our sovereign
right to information and
knowledge of the proceedings
of government.
Why? What has govern-
ment to hide?
Are they scared of upset-
ting those who prey on for-
eign investors for kick-backs?
Mr Prime Minister if you
believe what you said last
weekend on this that even if
we implemented this today we
will be unable to exercise this
in a practical form then you
have no idea or respect to the
qualification of our Perma-
nent Secretaries.
In fact you are degrading
and insulting them.
Control control and more
control is a cancer amongst
politicians, especially when
certain of them say they have
nothing to hide so open up the
access, cause openness to the

fpomess tG v nom pshe shu
up because therefore we are
no different from Zunbabwe
or any other country where
Freedom of the Press and the
upholding of our constitu-
tional rights are non-existent
or restricted.
The Nazis, the Facists,
Lenin and Marx tried to
restrain freedom just look
what happened to them, Ger-
many, Italy, Spain and the
Soviet Union is that what
you wish Mr Ingraham?
W THOMPSON
Nassau,
February 8, 2008.


shecial friends of one of the persons involved
in the coroner's court process "literaally select-
ed" and "totally handpicked the jury." He
found the way jurors were selected, orffn-
sive and unacceptable.
He wa7s strongly against thle practice of
secret inquests.
"This," he said at the tirne, "is one of the
areas which has caused a blight on de~mocra-
cy and the administration of justice in our
land. "
He appointed the late Winston Saunders a
full time coroner to deal with the 80 cases.
We know Mr Saunders worked diligently
at this because he kept our reporters busy.
By 20)05 The Tribune reported that the
t Iners Cour w is unable tlo catch upo
magistrate s willing to take on the role of
coroner,
It seems strange that-magistrates atre
allowed to select their w'ork,. but apparently
that i's the situation in our courts today.
The following year the coroner's court w;as
dissolved and the cases w~ere back among a
group that were reluctant to handle them.
No wonder Mr Ingraham now nine
months into his third term finds 157
inquests pending-
When we first started reporting for The
Tribune back in the f'ifties, coroner's inqluests
were held almost before the body could go
cold. In those days inque~sts wer~e held in a
small building in the Princess Malrgaret Hos-
pital compound, and the dead body, laid out
in the next room, was viewe~cd by the jury and
reporters. The only delayi inl this procedure
was by a quirky English magistrate, who hived
in a small seaside house on the Eastern Road,
and on occasion usually inqluest days -
would sail his small boat to the Devenux
Street dock, tie it up and trot up the hospital's
hill to preside as coroner.
One daiy, Cyril Stevenson. reporting for
The Guardian, and ourselves. for ~The Tri-
bune, sat a whole afternoon on the stairs of
the small court awaiting the arrival of the
magistrate who was becalmed in the harbour.
Other than that, inquests, which were few
and far between in those days, were dealt
with quickly in time for the funeral.
Today, the courts are in shambles. It's
going to take effort by all mnvolv'ed to bring
order to what appears to be chaos.


LAST WEEK, during his first meet the
press conference, Prime Minister Ingraham
said that cases were piling up for the attention
of a coroner, but there had been "'no move-
ment" on any of these matters.
In fact there are now 157 matters awaiting
a hearing by a non-existent coroner's court.
Six of the deaths to be investigated involve
police officers.
At the end of 2006 the coroner's court
was dissolved because of complaints that the
high-profile case of Daniel Smith, son of play-
girl Anna Nicole Smith, had jumped the
queue for a hearing over Bahamians who
had unsuccessfully waited for years for an
inquest into the deaths of their family or
A he time September 2006 Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall said the coroner's
court would be disbanded and the system
would revert to what was in place in 199-3
when all magistrates automatically served as
coroners,
"The cases will be shared up between all
the magistrates," said Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at the time. He hoped that the back-
log in inquest hearings could be alleviated
with 13 magistrates in New Providence,
instead of a single coroner hearing all cases.
What they seemed to forget was that they
were returning to a system that had already
been tried and had failed.
Apparently, they did not inquire as to why '
it had been necessary to dedicate a single
magistrate to inquests when the Act provid-
ed that the work could be shared by all of
them.
In 1993, barely in office six months of his
first term, Prime Minister Ingraham discov-
ered that the coroner's court under the Pin-
dling administration had not sat for 13 years.
By then 80 matters were pending.
To deal with the situation the Coroner's
Act was amended. All inquiries were to be
opened to the public.
However, the coroner was to have the dis-
cretion to hold private hearings, such as mat-
ters which involved public safety and defence,
morality and minors. Also the group from
which juries were to be selected was to be
expanded, and could now included civil ser-
vants.
Mr Ingraham said that when he was a part
of -the Opposition he knew of cases where


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of murder.
This simple solution will
return our peaceful Bahamas
to a peaceful state.

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FREEPORT A man w~as gun-butted and robbed of cash by armed
intruders who broke into his homre in Fre~eport early~ Sunday morning.
Police said Clayton Griffin. of Wedde~ll Avecnue, was a~wakened around
3i.50~am to the sound of glass breaking when saw~ a man pointing a gun in his
tac
Griffin told police the gunman began beating him in the head with the gun
while two other men searched his clothing. Theyv stole $1.500) cash from the
pants pocket, along with several items from his house.
Thle culprits then tled the scene in his purple Dodge C`aravann. icence 30122'.
Central Detective I Init ofCfiCcerS are inve'Stigatling the inlCidenlt.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming, press liaiSonI officers, said poulice are arlso invecs-
tigating~ another arm71ed r.obbery inlcidenlt. wh.lichl oClllccurr on Saturday;! even~lin~.
MrII Rah~min~g said tw\o Philippinle ~nationalls we~re forcedl into,; a schic~le` 11,
three armed men who robbed~r themI~ of cashl tota;lling~ $80).
Ber~nard Panganiban. 23,1 and his co-w'orker. M~arlon Olla, 27. both of.
Kings Court Condominiums in Lucaya. reportedly~ that aroundl~ 9pm. while on
East Sunrise Highway: near Le~s Fountalin Plaza,. threeL men~I\111C armd ithl knives
forced them into a red car.
$4The anh u 01 tto a dark isolated area where they\ robbed each of them of
Supt Rahming said police hav~e two y~oung menn in custody who are assist-
ing them with their investigation. Officers haver also impo~unded the vehicles
believed to hlave` been inv'olvecd inl the incidents.


career opportunities will soon pre-
sent themselves mn Grand Bahama. I
take this opportunity to encourage
all, but especially our young people
to seek out and take advantage of
opportunities for training and for
employment.
"And I counsel the private sector
not to cling to the apron strings of
protectionism even after success has
been demonstrated mn your ability
a~nd capacity to play and win in com-
petition withl much bigger persons-
"It is for us, a~nd very particularly
for those of you engagedt in bulsinesA
a~nd commerce, to turn set-backs into
opportunitics," he said.
The prime minister added that
opportunities abound for Bahami-
ans to become more involved in pro-
viding goods and services to the
tourism sector, to become owners
ci atractiaor and activities of r edctr

and supphiers of goods and services
to both hotels and visitors.



"It is my expectation that as
Randnd Bahamians and all of you
w~ho have come to live here seek out
these opportunities, be they employ-
nlent or business, international com-
panies operating here will respond
by giving fair and equal access to
such Bahamians to those opportu-
nlties.
"In this regard I wish to emphasise
and remind that I have directed all
government-sponsored funding pro-
grammes, namely: The Bahamas
Development Bank loans: BAIC
I'acilities: the Venture Ca;pital Fund;
the gove~lrnment-g-uarantee: loan
schelcmes; and the investment ince~n-
tivec programmc s admninistered under
law~s such~ as the Industriecs Encour-
agemeuLnt Act, to focus the bulk of


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SBy PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
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times" ;Ire ;;headl forl Grandlll HIIhama1;.
I-lie fore ast o:\\\f ,3'i':,\ .":
inlstallat~io~n dinner inl Freepo~rt over

Mr Ingra~ham said he was deecply
conscious that over the last five
years. times had not been goodl for
residetllts of' the island.
"I know and understand youlr anx
icty, your deep anxiety. I firmly
believe that better times are: coml-
ing for Freeport and for Grand
Bahama.
"I promised you when I first came
to office in 1992 that good things
would happen for Grand Bahama,
and they did.
"I won't rehash the successes of
the 1990~s. You know them well. Life
was good for you then. As it was. it
ivill be again. We are working on
mnatters that will translate into new
economic opportunities for Gra~nd
Bahama.
"We will compllete them andt see
them come to fruition before we
begin to count them as 'done deals'.
Our recent history amply decmon-
strated the inherent risks in counting
oes eggs before they hatch." he
Notwithsstanding this, Mr Ingra-


confronting weaknesses and short-
comings and addressing them quick-
ly. That essentially is how we ensure
our competitive position in efficien-
cy and productivity," he said.
However, Mr Ingraham stressed
that in the country's encouragement
wif e;:',opme"" roandhBahana it
pay close attention to environmental
and economical sustainability of
development.
"The considerable damage to the
water resources of this island over
many years through the construc-
tion of unlined canals, the unmoni-
tored dumping of industrial waste,
and the unmonitored spillage and
run-off associated with oil refining
and storage, have all played their
role in heightening environmental
sensibilities and in crafting environ-
mental legislation and regulations
for the entire Bahamas.
"And so, as we encourage more
development in Grand Bahama, we
must also remain mindful of the
need to pay the closest attention to
our environmental integrity and to
the sustainability of economic devel-
opment. The level of environmental
oversight nowadays is, I believe,
unparalleled. Expect it toremain so
and, indeed, to grow."


hamn assuredl those present that the
government is optimistic about
Grand Bahama's medium-term and
long-term future.
'Better times are coming indeed.
I might note that, notwithstanding
the slowing US economy resulting
from the high and increasing cost of
fuel, the sub-prime mecltdown, the
related collapse of the UIS housing
market, and the weake~ning of the
US' dollar and hence the Balhamian
dollarl. interest continues to, grow in
Gralnd Bah;ama by investors.
"it is farir and~c it is a~ccurateo for me
to sayV tle f'uture of' this city alnd the '
island of G;rand Bahamna seems
br~ighter nlow thanI it ha~s been for
clute some time.
S"Andl I reiterate my goverrunent's
firm and unbending commitment to
support and promote the growth and
exspansiono Grand Beshania's econ-
"Increased employment and


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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
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A 43 YE.Ill-OLD1 Abaco
ma a h rcd ir he Marst
Habtu hai s ruitc Court in
connection with a spree of
church break~-ins on that island.
Floyld Alexander- Sawyler of
Dundas Town appeared before
Magistrate Craw\ford McGcee
and pleaded guiltyv to 14 counts
of church break-ins and steal_

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A COMMUNITY group
wants to make sure thec nearly
700 black victims piled into an
unmarked, mass grave after the
hurricane of 1928 are remem-
bered, accordling to Associa~rted
Press.
As the 80th a~nniversary of
thes stor n approaches this Se~p-
In mber, the Storm~ of '28 Mecmo-
rial Coalition wants to h1onor
the 6741 black men, women and
child, en buried at the site near
downtown Wiest Pa~lm Beach by
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Annual Installation Dinner '
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PAGE 6, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008


MBy LINDSAY THOMPSON
Bahamas Information
services
THE Ministry ofForeign Affairs
is set to implement Foreign Ser-
vice Orders, a career path tapered
to the specialised needs of foreign
service officers at the country's
overseas nussions.
The document, which is before
Cabinet for approval, is expected
to take effect shortly, said Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette.
The move toward a career path
for Foreign Service officers is part
of the overall internal reorganisa-
t on of the Ministry of Foreign
It also includes a systematic
review of the diplomatic and con-
sular offices to determine ifstafring
and funding levels are appropri-
ate to allow the officers to perforrm
effectively and efficiently.
"We are looking at internal reor-
ganisation of the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs so that when we bring
in the Foreign Service Orders, the
head office reflects what we want
to happen," Mr Symonette said.
sHe addea: e We wata tnuake
not restrictive to who the minis-
ter, permanent secretary or head of
the mission, is."
Under the Foreign Service
Orders, officers would be governed
differently from the General
Orders Regulations of the Public
Service.
Mr Symonette said it would take
into consideration the various
overseas posts, specifically those
deemed "hardship areas."
Implementation of the Foreign
Service Orders would also take the
ministry another step further in
realising its goals, including the
implementation of the E-Passport
system and the relocation of the
Mnstail ofrForeign eAffar nfro
Bay Corporate Centre, West Bay
Street.
'lle Ministry of Foreign Affairs
maintains nine overseas offices -
four in the United States (the
Embassy in Washington, the Con-
sulates General in Miami and New
York, and the Mission to the Unit-
ed Nations), the High Commis-
sions in London, United Kingdom
and Ottawa, Canada; and
Embassies in Haiti, China and
Cuba.


C A Smith was appointed
ambassador to the United States
and the Organisation of American
States (OAS); former Commis-
sioner of Police Paul Farquharson
as High Commissioner to the Unit-
ed Kingdom; Mike Smith, High
Commissioner to Canada; Carlton
Wright, Ambassador to Cuba; and
Sandra Carey, acting Consul Gen-
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Diplomatic posts in New York,
s hina and Miami are to be filled
"The Miami office is a very busy
office where passports and visas
are processed. .
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that with a number of changes,"
Mr Symonette said.
Former Ambassador to the
United States, Joshua Sears, now
serves at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs as a special adviser to the
minister.
"He brings with him a great
depth of knowledge in the Foreign


Services. He is well respected," Mr
Symonette said.
Another goal completed by the
ministry is the relocation of head-
quarters from East Hill Street to
the Goodman's Bay Corporate
Centre on West Bay Street. The
former headquarters will undergo
extensive renovation and upgrade
and is expected to become the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Cere-
monial and Protocol Building.
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was convinced that I had just
seen one of the most riveting
stage performances in the
world.
On Saturday, after seeing
them for the fourth time. my
wife and I were left to mar-
vel yet again. "The smile

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never left my face," she said.
How the heck do they do it?
To see Eddie Edwards as
Barbra Streisand, and to
hear him hit every single
high note of all her best
numbers, is to witness mim-
ickry of the highest order.
But it's his breathtaking
impersonation of Cher that
takes the show to its higher
slopes. This is the most hilar-
ious 'Thong and Dance' act
you will ever see, capped off


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with a throwback rendition
of I've~ Got You Babe with
his brother as Cher s mop-
headed erstwhile partner,
Sonn .
Then, just when you
thought Eddie might have
eclipsed his twin for sheer
quamt rgeals chmInthot
off 20 of the most sensation-
alimtperson ti s imagin-
its peak.
From Rov Orbison to Ray
Charles, from Elvis Presley
to Johnny Mathis, he recap-
tured them with note-perfect
aplomb.
I thought he might have
over-reached himself with
the ftina cc- n siano Pavanf -
ma1(, with that volcanic vocal
eruption at the end, the kind
of crescendo to make most
siBg sAn hony Edwards
aced it, just at the point
when you thought he might
blow 9it big-time. Okay, there
wasn t quite the resonance
you would expect from one
of the greatest tenors of all.
Buouhehwaosrc tail Ide r
already pop-eyed with
ad r ur elf a favour. Go
and see The Edwards Twins.
As an extra treat, you're
likely to catch a glimpse of
me now officially classified
as a groupie sitting on the
front row transfixed by the
talent and professionalism
of a showbiz phenomenon.

*The Edwards Twins are
appearing four nights a week
at The Rainforest Theatre,
Cable Beach, until August.


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 7


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THE EDWARDS TWINS
Rainforest Theatre
Nassau.

MBy JOHN MARQUIS
FRANK SINATRA live
in Atlantic City, though his
usual slick and smoochy self,
didn't lure me back a second
time, especially as he had
done a homicide job on Send
In The Clowns.
Nor did Gladys Knight in
Las Vegas, Ann Murray in
New York or Glen Camp-
bell in, of all places, Milton
Keynes. And Diana Ross -
well, she was, you know,
okay...but hardly supreme.
Superstars are all very well,
but once is generally
enough, I find.
Excellent pros every one
toakte m r tha esxeleblnc
to lure this old curmudgeon
away from a good book to
see the same show twice.
It must, therefore, go
down as something of an
obsession some would say
an addiction for me to go
back a fourth time to see the
same stage act, and make a
mental note to book a place
for visit number five into the
bah 's the attraction? A
pair of unbelievably gifted
b~rothsers ca ds C edabrds
ties on Stage offers the most
stunning range of imperson-
ations you will ever experi-
ence. I say that with confi-
dence because, frankly, I
have s en nothunceto mat h
theatre-going. Unique is an
overusedrword, butnthis pha
act quite so accomplished in
their field as The Edwards
Twins.
Ed~wards ,ithano lip sync
ing, no electronic trickery,
and nothing to fall back on
but their incredible talent,
can rp item fl eslyth .
.welldover 100 singers of both
FWhen I first saw them in
Nassau two years ago, I was
dragged along, heels scrap-
ing the sidewalk, by a couple
of friends who said it would
bront o ttetelretly. Whe I lefn
the Rainforest Theatre after
their near two-hour show, I


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Apartheid in measuring w'ho
is "black" andw~ho is "white".
So. Obama has become an
"Afric~n- Ame rica n" beca use
his father is an African fronT
Kenya, but he is not a "Euro-
pean-American" because his
mother is white from Ameri-

caThe latter fact is discounted
altogether in this adoption of a
myopic and profoundly racial-
ist system that makes a per-
son "black"', if he has a jot of
African blood. The world has
fallen prey to the dogma of
white-racial purity established
by minority white regimes that
ruled parts of Africa on the
basis of their self-declared
racial superiority.
A product of mixed races
myself, I have always found it
impossible to denounce peo-
ple.on the basis of race or to
be prejudiced against them
because of the colour of their
skin. For by doing so, Iwould
put into that collective of
denunciation and prejudice,
members of my own family.
Obama clearly feels t-he
same. He writes of his early
childhood growing up with his
mother's parents in the US:
"That mly father looked noth-
ing like the people around
me--that he was black as
pitch, my mother white as
milk--barely registered in my
mind."
In this regard, Barack Oba-
ma is no different from me,
or, I suspect, many other
mixed race people. I further
suspect that, like many of us of
mixed race, he is colour blind.
And when he speaks out
against injustice meted out to
black people in the United
States, he does so not because
he favours black people over
white, but because he favours
right over wrong.
For instance, he says.
"Those who worked on civil
rights in the past realized that
to achieve racial equality was
not simply good for African
Americans, but it was good
for America as a whole... We
live in a society that remains
separated in terms of life
opportunities for African-
Americans, for Latinos, and

nboutl art ea aor uon tos r
be responsibilities on the part
of African-Americans and


at or < ~ls to t ke p isnall

theL Pr.oblem1s that we falce. But
there has also got to be a
social responsibility. there has
to be a sense of mutual

tobpe holtclwl inth W1 i
House to make that happen".
Those words were spoken
nlot from a prepared text but
in a spontaneous response to a
question during an interview.
Based on the views that he
has expressed so strongly up
and down the US mn his cam-
paign to win the Democratic
Party's nomination for the
Presidency, if he were to
become President and his per-
spective triumphed over the
many other contrary views
that would be presented to
him by Washington bureau-
crats, the world would be a
safe place, alnd so too would
be th
Last July writing in the
journal. Foreign Affairs. Oba-
nia called for an outward
looking US foreign policy and
the renewal of American mil-
itary, diplomatic. and moral
leadership mn the world, say-
ing: "We can neither retreat
from17 the world nor try to bul-
ly it into submission." And'
lie called on Americans to
"lead the world, by deed and
by example. .
Closer to home, his posi-
tion on Cuba the one
Caribbean country to which
US policy makers pay serious
attention he has stated his
willingness to begin bilateral
talks with the government in
Havana, "to normalize rela-
tions and ease the embargo
that has governed relations
between our countries for the
last five decades.
This position contrasts with
his contenders, including
Hilary Clinton who has stated
cat goricnally that sh favou s

embargo against Cuba.
But despite the fact that I
would like Obama to be the
next occupant of the White
House. I will stick-out my
neck and say it won't happen.
And. in the process of his
defeat, Hilary Clinton will also
be a casualty and the Repub-
lican candidate most likely

At hne ea d of tihebse : le
"'Super Tuesday" on Febru-
ary 5th, Obama and Clinton


WSIR Ronald Sanders


were still neck-and-neck for
the Democratic nomination.
To the surprise of mnany
people in the Caribbean, the
Hispanics favoured Clinton
over Obamna. Why it was a
surprise, I am not sure. For
any Caribbean person who
has dealt with Hispanics
would be well aware that
black people ini their societies
are still at the bottom of the
totem pole.
One study in the US by
Paula McClain, a political sci-
entist atf Duke University in
North Carolina, showed that
"'Latinos tend to identify more
with whites than blacks".
According to reports, the
entrance poll of Nevada cau-
cus-goers, 64 per cent of His-
panic voters favoured Clinton
to just 25 per cent for Obama.
This obsession with race
remains a reality of the US.
In this context, when it comes
to it even if Obama does tri-
umph over Clinton for the
Democratic nomination, the
knee-jerk reaction of America
will be "no black in the White
House". The Republican
would win. I hope I am
w'rong, for it is time for the
US to grow-up.


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MAKING THE CUT: General Manager Ronnie Miller cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Bennigan's on Satur-
day at the Marathon Mall


separate areas, the "grill" which
seats 92 people and the "tav-
ern" which is a Megaa bar" and
also seats 92 guests.
Bennigan's Bahamas' menu
will include salads, burgers,
steak and chicken entrees, sand-
wiches and desserts and the
exclusive Guinness grill menu.
Bahamian fare has also been
added to Bennigan's menu to
include dishes such as mini-
conch burgers, peas and rice,
and macaroni and cheese,
Chris Mortimer, managing
director of the Marathon loca-
tion restaurant, said his compa-
ny is proud to bring this fran-
chise into th~e Bahamas, "to
complement our Bahamian hos-
pitality."
"We feel that the high stan-
dards of this operation will
reflect excellence in customer


service and human resources
forobur staff," he said.
Mr Mortimer explained that
Bennigan's Bahamas had made
a committed effort in training
Bahamian staff both in Nassau
and at Bennigan's International
training stores.
"Three of our managers have
spent a few months each at a
unit in Florida, getting hands-on
extensive training, enabling
them to be major role players in
the opening and training of staff
at Bennigan's Bahamas," Mr
Mortimer said.
"We take this very seriously,
as we will then apprentice these
managers to become general
managers as well. These steps
show a commitment to Bahami-
ans and a belief in our home-
grown talent to the 175 employ-
ees already on staff."


ENNIGAN'S,
the popular Irish
themed restau-
Brant franchise,
opens its doors to the Bahamian
public for the first time today.
On Saturday night, Marathon
MP, Works and Transport Min-
ister Earl Deveaux, attended a
special opening ceremony for
the Bennigan's Grill and Tay-
ern, located across from Galle-
ria Cinemas at the Mall at
Marathon.
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RESTAURANT OPENS


BEST OF IRISH:
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and Transport
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FROM page one


poll tn My 2, 20(7 sr trks wti
the PLP began to point the finger of
blame at Mr Christie: for the party los-
ing the government, citing his "weak"
j leadership and inability to discipline
colleagues who had brought shame and
scandal on the PLP.
However, in his bid to silence these
"would-be" challengers, Mr Christie
warned many of his colleagues at a del-
egates meeting last month that he
r-would not be moved from his role as
leader unless it was done in a "respect-
ful, constitutionally orgamised way".
i~."That happens in a democracy. We
must allow for the fact that people have
a night to question, that people have a
right to disagree. But we must not
allow the right to question and the night
Sto disagree to go to the root of our
party where it begins," Mr Chnistie said
at the time.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11,*2008, PAGE 13


Quite often a parent tells their children they are proud of them.

Very rarely do children say they are proud of their parents.


At this time the children would Ilke to say


"Dad We Are So Very Proud Of You"


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initely while the economy of our
second city deteriorates, unemploy-
ment escalates and business failures
increase.
"The Port Authority was granted
a one-of-a-kind deal by the
Bahamas to cause Freeport to devel-
op. It is not likely that there will
ever be another entity in The
Bahamas that will have the power
and authority that' was granted to
the Grand Bahama Port Authority.
It did a lot of good while it had that
power," he said.
Prime Minister In graham
promised, however, that the Port
Authority cannot, and will not be
permitted to turn all that good that
was accomplished into bad.


"In the vacuum created by the
Port's troubles, you'll hear many
things from many people. Pay them
no mind. Be assured that your inter-
est, and primarily your interest, is
uppermost in my government's
mind.
"Each time I ask you to watch my
back, you did. Now I can assure you
I'm watching your back! I wish I
could tell you what I know, but now
is not the time.
"The government of the Bahamas
which I lead will cause to happen
in Grand Bahama those things
which you desire most. And not long
from now, very soon to be exact,
you will hear and you will come to
know what I know. And when you


do, I think you will be happy,"' he:
said.
Mr Ingraham said his government
is "nearing the finish linc" on its
journey to restore and resuscitate
Freeport's economy notwith-
standing the dark cloud which now
envelops the country's second major
city.
"A functional Port Authority is
an essential prerequisite to this hap-
pening that will happen. It ain't
long now before you come to see
that. Hold on. Better is coming.
"I ask you to stay strong and
embrace the opportunities which lic
ahead and assure yourselves that
what you have now will soon be no
more."


tied, the better.
The chairman said it is now
important for the PLP to
achieve a real "sense of unity
in thought."
However, he said he would
also like to see a party where
members can openly discuss
their personal views and differ-
ences of opinion they may have
with the leader without being
branded as "anti-PLP."
Addressing the PLP's defeat
at the polls last year, Mr Rigby
said that many candidates, par-
ticularly the incumbents, failed
to do their homework by not
walking in their areas and
really connecting with con-
stituents.
"I believe that if the PLP
does not get it right that we will
be surrendering the natural
majority to the other party,"' he
said.


PM pf 0miSeS R fuRcli0HRI


Grand Bahama Port Authorit


FROM page one

a critical player in the growth and
development of the island, Mr
Ingraham said that the Port needs to
be united, focused and functional in
order to play its role effectively.
"It has been said before some
men see things as they are and ask
why. I see things as they might be
arid ask, why not?
"We have approached the Port
Authority wrangling and receiver-
ship from the point of view that no~
one can or should expect the
Bahamas, which legislated and
granted so much to a private com~
pany, to sit idle as a bystander indef-


~.Rigby won't publicly endorse


any Cilairmanship candidateS
FROM page one

which of the candidates will actually stand for election at the con-
vention.
"People will recognize that, although they have a desire to run,
at the end of the day the support that they have within the party is
io sali that it makes no good political sense for them to run," he
Mr Rigby said it would be imprudent for him to endorse any of
the candidates at this time.
"I've decided I will not get into a public endorsement of any of
the candidates. I think that would be irresponsible," he noted.
Mr Rigby said now is the time for all candidates to do some
groundwork.
"The candidates need to go out there and talk to the delegates
and they need to talk about what their vision is for the building of
the organisation," he said.
Whoever is elected as the new chairman, Mr Rigby said, will have
to work towards getting parliamentarians to understand that there
must be stronger relations with individual party branches and
communities.
"We have to be a lot more active on the ground, essentially we
have to redefine our message," he said.
The chairman will have to help craft the party's message to
reach out to the new Bahamas, he said.
Mr Rigby said that, although he is not offering himself for re-elec-
tion, he is by no means retiring from politics and is considering run-
ning as a candidate in the 2012 election.
The outgoing chairman has also decided not to continue chairing
the PLP's convention committee.


Raynard Rigby: some want

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K~enya\'s opposition leaderl
demanded Saturda~y that the
president resign and new elec-
tions be held, dropping a con-
c~iliatory stance thatl had brought
hopend oa {s fcalossteetlni nt
violence, according to the Asso-
caia al inga, who accuses
pn'stid nD .wale Kbakonofsst ale
mn his traditional power base mn
western Kenya before cheering
supporters at the funeral of a
slain opposition law maker.
Kibaki "m11ust step down or
there must be a re-election - in
this I will not be compromised,"
Odinga shouted in East Africa's
common language of Swahili.
It was a sharp turnaround
from comments he made in
English two da~ys earlier in the
capital, Nairob~i. He indicated
he would not insist on Kibaki's
resignation, saying "we are will-
ing thoegive and tak .rmrUN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
struck an optimistic note after
Inediating negotiations between
the two sides, and Odinga's own
political party said a power-
sharmng agreement was in the
works. Annan said he hoped to
complete work on a settlement
in the nex fw ea s.ne au
day to the themes that have ral-
lied supporters, repeating a
Comparison of which he is fond:
"You cannot steal my cow, and
I catch you red-handed, and
then expect me to share the
nulk because the cow is mine.
bMnor ltan 1,00 Ope ple hav
.ee kildad~000fr
from their homes since the ele~c-
tion, which K~enyan and foreign
observers say was rigged. T'he
I'fhienn has pinied members of
Icnya's rival ethnic groupIs
as iinst one another, gutted the
economy and left the country s

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A KIBERA slum resident and her baby are seen to at a medical camp set
up in Nairobi's Kibera slum, Kenya, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. Opposition
leader Raila Odinga and Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki have been taking
part in peace talks to end the weeks of violence that followed a deeply
flawed Dec. 27 election, and former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who is medi-
ating, suggested the rivals were close to an agreement to share power.


in the port city of Mombasa.
Saturday's funeral for legis-
lator David Kimutai Too was
the first mass public gathering
since the government lifted a
ban on ralhies imposed after the
election. Nearly all of Kenya's
major opposition attended.
The opposition and interna-
tional community had for weeks
been urging the government to
lift the ban, which had been
enforced by police using live
bullets, tear gas and water can-
nons. Scores of people were
killed. *
In lifting the ban Friday
Internal Security Minister
Getor-ge Saitoti urged legislators
and others to hold meetings "to
promote peace and national
reconciliation" and not to use
rallies as avenuess to incite vio-
lence."
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.uerl Poic sa ewskl
mn'a crime of passion, but the
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sinatel.
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WTIGONI, Kenya
More than a century ago,
European colonists carved up
Africa, jamming together peo-
ple who spoke different lan-
guages, danced to different
music and worshipped differ-
ent gods within the same bor-
ders, according to Associated
Press.
Kenya was one of the few
new nations that flourished.
But now, the once stable and
prosperous country seems as
~flawed and fragile a creation
Sas many other African states.
Weeks of bloodshed have
~seen ethnic gangs exact
Revenge on rivals and people
Divide themselves along tribal
Lines.
SThe spark was an election
which the opposition says the
1 president stole, and which for-
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week. But even if the politi-
bi cians agree, the wounds will
not heal easily.
IAppeals to tribe have long
trumped ideology in Kenyan
S politics, and ethnic strife has
cibeen common around election
time since the country, made
n ~its first democratic strides in
the 1990s.
-oBut no previous violence
";ihas been so sustained or fero-
cious. More than 1,000 peo-
1" iehae bees kinledtlang
home since the Dec. 27 vote.
The economy has been gut-
ted, and many wonder
1 whether the world's view of
,,the Kenya of bountiful game
i parks, shimmering beaches,
cli thriving capital and busy port
was just an illusion.
3j' No matter what happens at
~Le the ongoing peace talks,
-x "there won't be a cataclysm,
mi: that doesn't seem likely," said
1~ Gladwell Otieno of the Africa
"' Center for Open Governance
mn Nairobi, the capital.
Instead, she and others see
Kenya's long-simmering prob-
--lems crime, poverty, cor-
Sruption magnified and
bereft of politicians able to
ackle them.
peoleasng kbalkatnizatin.
pany of their own, entrenched
vigilante groups, entrenched
gangs," Otieno continued.
"We hope it doesn't go that
Sway, but we don't know."
In this village outside Nairo-
bi, a postcard-perfect land-
scape of hills, tea plantations
Sand flat-topped acacia trees,
an increasingly fractious and
faltering Kenya is comes into
view.
Packed into the grounds of
Sa dilapidated police station are
;'more than 4,000 people.
SThey're camped out in tents,
waiting in line for baked
beans, doing laundry in a pit
Sby the latrines.
And on the edge of the
Scamp, they're waiting for bus-
es
"I'm going to my home-
Sland," said Helen Odhiambo,
a 30-year-old mother of three.
Like most people at the
camp, Odhiambo is of the Luo
tribe, whose ancestral lands
are in western Kenya, on the
shores of Lake Victoria. Three
generations ago her family
moved to the central high-
lands, the territory of the
Kikuyu, the lar est and most
dominant of Kenya's 42 tribes.
Odhiambo has never lived
in the homeland of which she
speaks.
"My grandmother said we
had a small homestead for the
whole family. That was
decades ago.
shlutai"I ca not ta 3tlereof
the night three weeks ago
when Kikuyus, from President
Mwai Kibaki's ethnic group,
went hunting for Luos, the
tribe of opposition leader
Raila Odinga, who says the
election was stolen from him.
"I grabbed things in my
house. My children grabbed
things. We left much behind,"
Odhiambo said. She had
heard that son dofbber t gh


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water port in Mombasa and
the country's extensive, if
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be a massive backlash against
the Kikuyu," said Caroline
Elkins, an associate professor
of African studies at Harvard
University.
She already worries about
the next election, in 2012, say-
ing: "They've got to sort this
out now."


INTERNALLY displaced children wait for food distributed by an aid organizat
receiving a piece of bread, frontground and left, at the Nairobi show ground
In a delicate balancing act, Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga promised
line supporters while assuring international mediators he was ready to accept
of post-election violence.


of 38 million. But it's not just
the rural poor; there are many
reports of Nairobi landlords
renting only to the right eth-
nicity, and businesses taking
care about which staff are sent
to which jobs.
For many ordinary
Kenyans, the new reality is
sobermng. "Sure, we all made
jokes about each other, the
Luos and Kikuyu, the other
people," said Victor Gitonga,
a 24-year-old Kikuyu Red
Cross worker who was helping
at the Luo camp.
"But that was joking. If peo-
ple cannot live, work, stay in
any place in this country, than
is this a country? We are fin-
ished," he said.
It would take a lot more to
get to that point no one's
even whispering about seces-
sion.
"Kenya is too important a
country to allow to fail," U.S.
Ambassador Michael Ran-
neberger said in an interview.
The East African country is
a key ally in the war on terror
and a hub for the U.N. and
scores of aid groups working


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The refugees are "destitute
and terrified," said H~elene
Caux, spokeswoman for the
U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees headquartered in
Geneva. "Tlhey told of their vil-
lages being looted and burned,
and encircled by militia." Most
of the new refugees in Chad are
men and they told the U.N. that
thousands of women and chil-
dren are on their way, Caux
added.
U.N. officials say the wors-
ening situation in Darfur has
been exacerbated by a recent
rebel attack on the capital of
neighboring Chad.
Chad has accused Sudan's
President Omar al-Bashir of
backing those rebels in a bid to


clanKdron ron ySa urd
strongly condemned the attacks
on West Darfur and demand-
ed that all parties adhere to
international humanitarian law,
which prohibits military attacks
on civilians.


prevent deployment of a Euro-
pean peacekeeping force mn the
C ad-Sudan b 0 er reugeon
are living.
Sudan's Arab-dominated .
government has been accused
of unleashing more attacks by
its allied janjaweed militias,
which are accused of commit-
ting the worst atrocities against
Darfur's ethnic African com-
munities. At least 200,000 peo-
ple have been killed and 2.5 mil-
lion displaced since the violence
began five years ago.
On Friday, Sudanese heli-
copter gunships and fixed-wing
aircraft bombed the towns of
Sirba, Sileia and Abu Suruj
while striking at rebel forces,
which have been trying to con-
solidate their positions in West
Darfur.
Several U.N. resolutions ban
military flights over the region,
but the Sudanese military has
regularly ignored them.
The Sudanese army said its
attacks forced rebels to retreat
into neighboring Chad, a
provocative accusation at a time
of escalating tension between
the two countries.
Both nations accuse each oth-
er of hosting hostile rebel


any of their fighters were in the
towns attacked by the govern-
ment Friday, and said some 200
people were killed.
Caux said the refugees are


groups, allegations that became
even more sensitive after Cha-
dian rebels attacked Chad's cap-
ital last weekend.
Darfur rebels have denied


reporting thiat their villages
were also attacked by men on
horses and camels, a descrip-
tion similar to those provided
of earlier incidents involving the


WOUNDED Chadian government soldiers are evacuated at N'djamena
airport, Chad to Libya for medical treatment Tuesday Feb. 5, 2008. African
mediators are expected Tuesday in this oil-rich capital from where tens of
thousands of people have fled as rebels renewed their most forceful
attempt yet to oust President Idriss Deby. The fighting in N'Djamena
threatened to further destabilize an already violent swath of Africa that is
home to hundreds of thousands of refugees and borders Sudan's war-ray-
aged Darfur region.


UN says refugees flee Darfur for Chad


Exodus follows air strikes by Sudan military












Chavez threatens to lnL-P) r



cut off oil sales to US


Venezuelan leader

CallS Exx~on Mobil


Corp. 'outlaws'
HI CARACAS, Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez yesterday threatened to cut off oil
sales to the United States if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court
judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets,
according to the Associated Press.
"If you end up freezing (Venezuelan assets) and it harms us,
we're going to harm you," Chavez said.
"Do you know how? We aren't going to send oil to the Unit-
ed States. Take note, Mr. Bush, Mr. Danger."
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 oil pro-
ject by Chavez's government.
A British court has issued an injunction "freezing" as much as
$12 billion in assets.
"I speak to the U.S. empire, because that's the master: con-
tinue and you will see that we won't sent one drop of oil to the
empire of the United States," Chavez said during his weekly
radio and television programme, "Hello, President."
"The outlaws of Exxon Mobil will never again rob us," Chavez
said, accusing the Irving, Texas-based oil company of acting in
concert with Washington.
Chavez has repeatedly threatened to cut off oil shipments to
the United States, which is Venezuela's No. 1 client, if Wash-
ington tries to oust him.
Chavez's warnings yesterday appeared to extend that threat
to attempts by ~oil companies to challenge his government's
nationalization drive in courts internationally.
"If the economic war continues against Venezuela, the price
of oil is going to reach $200 (a barrel) and Venezuela will join
the economic war," ChaveZ said.
"And more than one country is willing to accompany us in the
economic war."


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VENEZUELA'S President Hugo

Colombian hostages in Barinas,
Venezuela, on Saturday.


VENEZUELA'S President Hugo
Chavez, centre, speaks to journal-
ists upon his arrival to a meeting
with relatives of three people kid-
napped by rebels of the Revolu-
tionary Armed Forces of Colom-
bia, FARC, in Barinas, Venezuela,
on Saturday. Chavez said Saturday
that Venezuelan authorities have
made contact with the FARC to pre-
pare the release of three ailing
hostages held by the rebels for
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Tribune Business Editor

major Freeport
wholesaler/retailer
told The Tribune it
has "expansion plans
Underway" for 2008
after enjoying a "seven-year growth
trend", as it urged other firms that


can invest and grow to do so despite
uncertainty over the economy and
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA).
Chris Lowe, operations manager
for Kelly's (Freeport),.said the GBPA
licensee planned to expand the floor
space in its store by 8,000 square feet,
taking this from 30,000 square feet to
38,000 square feet, in addition to


adding 1,500 square feet to its building
materials showroom.
He explained that the ability to fur-
ther expand the store was provided
for in the last expansion that Kelly's
(Freeport) undertook, and added: "I
think we'll take advantage of that
some time between Easter and mid-
year.
"We have expansion underway in


building materials, adding showroom
space, and broadening the product
range for builders and customers.
That's one phase of the explosionn"
The enlarged showroom was
"Lunder construction" now, Mr Lowe
said, and "should be finished in a
week or two". The expansion was
intended to enable prospective cus-
tomers to view the wider product


range, with the showroom designed as
a drive-through facility.
Kelly's (Freeport) consists of four
separate buildings. Building materials
are in three of them, sharing one
building with the company's store.
The final building is the store ware-

SEE page 6B-


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

AutHo~rity aBPBA oamnaer hi
battle will not be allowed "to
turn good into bad", Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
at the weekend, pledging that
"it amn't long now" before the
mnfightmng is resolved.
Addressing the. Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce's installation banquet,
Mr Ingraham acknowledged
that stable, functional GBPA
was critical to Freeport's long-
term economic growth and
development, and the city's
emergence from a troubled
five years.
"We have approached the
Port Authority wrangling and
receivership from the point of
view that no one can or should
expect the Bahamas, which
t rvte omam y t sit ud e
as a bystander indefinitely
while the economy of our sec-
ond city deteriorates, uhnem-
ployment escalates and busi-
ness failures increase," Mr
Ingraham said.
"The Port Authority was
granted a one-of-a-kind deal
by the Bahamas to cause
Freeport to develop. It is not
likely that there will ever be
another entity in the Bahamas
that will have the power and
authority that was granted to
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority. It did a lot of good


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

hA BAsHAMAN company
of "tortuous interference". in
negotiations between itself and
the $700 million Rum Cay
Resort Marina's developer
over a key 293-acre parcel of
land on that island, a move that
has sparked a flurry of law-
suits.
Island Premier Resorts has
filed a court action in the 11th
Judicial Circuit for Dade
County, Florida, against for-
mer partner and shareholder
Joel Williams, alleging that he
had previously initiated a law-
suit in its name against the
$700 million Rum ~Cygy Resort
Marina developer, Montana


Bahamas firm launches legal action
against former partner over Rum Cay land,
which is claimed by three different parties


Holdings, without having any
authority to do so.
The lawsuit allegedly initi-
ated by Williams, which was
filed by Miami attorney Patri-
cia Cassells, made a number
of serious accusations against
Montana Holdings. The devel-
oper was named as a defen-
dant, along with its principal,
John Mittens, and former chief
operating officer Thor Ibsen.
The allegations against Mon-
tana Holdings and its princi-
pals have all been vehemently
denied, and they are alleging
that it is part of a wider con-


spiracy to deter potential
investors from putting money
into the company, or investing
in the project's real estate com-
ponent.
A November 21, 2007, let-
ter from US law firm Squire,
Sanders & Dempsey, which is
acting for Island Premier
Resorts and its principal,
Charles 'Chuck' Abele, to Ms
Cassells, referred to how the.
legal action allegedly initiated
by Mr Williams had been for-

SEE page 4B


while it had that power.
"It can't, and won't, be per-
mitted, though, to turn that
good into bad."
The Prime Minister
fr owedet te ortqious
governmental, governance and
regulatory authority as the
"dysfunctional, bickering and
litigious Port Authority".
He hinted, though, that the
ownership battle between the
Hayward family and late
Edward St George's estate
over the former's claim to 75
per cent ownership in the
GBPA might be resolved
shortly.
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SCHOOL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE AND RESEARCH

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the posts of:

LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN SURGERY

Candidates should be a medical graduate from a recognized and accredited
University, with a qualification in Surgery, and significant chmncal experience at
the highest levels in their surgical specialty, well thought of by peers and in current
clinical practice. He/she must be a good team player with strong leadership skills
as well as professional and interpersonal skills, undergraduate and postgraduate
training and research experience, record of excellence in surgical experience,
teaching, research and publications.

The successful applicant will be required to:
Lead in and coordinate the teaching of surgery to undergraduates and
postgraduates (for the MB BS and DM surgery);
Lead and mentor research in surgical disciplines;
Participate in the surgical services of the'Princess Margaret Hospital
(a 600-bed public and teaching hospital.


LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN EPIDEMIOLOGY,
RESEARCH UNIT

Candidates should have training at the masters or doctoral level in epidemiology. It
is highly desirable for the candidate to have interest and competence in teaching at
the undergraduate level in community health and family medicine, and overseeing
the research component of all postgraduate programmes. Experience in the design
and conduct of epidemiological projects including demonstrated ability to attract
research grants would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of
the programme in chronic non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular
disease risk while establishing collaborative projects with other researchers and
units within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the wider UWI research
community.

The successful applicants will be expected to assume duties June 1, 2008.

Application letter along with curr~iculumn vitae giving full particulars of qualifications,
experience, nationality, nlamles and address of three r-eferees anid copies of degrees
should be sent by electronic mail to: hrmd.sed(aluwimona.edu.im or to the Human
Resource Officer, Staffing &k Placement, Human Resource M~anagement Division.
The University of the West Indies, MVona, Kingston 7. In order to expedite the selection
process, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send reports under confidential
cover to the above address without waiting: to be contacted. The final date for receipt of
applications is February 29, 2008.


New U.S. Passport Fee implemented February 1, 2008

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
new 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 passport acceptance centers and U.S. consular sections
abroad is being reduced from $30 to $25.



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runaway children, both parents ar-e 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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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 3B


STribunE B sin s Editor .
THE Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation (BHA) is moving to con-
sult its allied members over the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) with the European
Union (EU), to see if there are
any industries or sectors this
nation should exclude from its
provisions.
Frank Comito, the BHA's
executive vice-president, told
The Tribune that the EPA could
have an impact for "tourism-
related services", and that his
organisation would move to
obtain feedback from all com-
panies either in, or involved
with, the sector.
This, he added, would ensure
the BHA's allied members were
"better informed and can dis-
cuss the cause and effect of this"
This, in turn, would allow the
BHA to "isee if there are any
compelling reasons why we
should recommend exclusions
for these sectors".
"'We'll go through an exercise
to get some consultation and
feedback," Mr Comito added.
Chamber of Commerce offi-
cials held a meeting with the
BHA's executive committee on
Friday to discuss the EPA, The
Tribune understands.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune previously that the Gov-
ernment was likely to begin con-
sultations with the private sector
this month on the crafting of a
Bahamian services offer for the
EPA.
Led by tourism and financial
services, services and invest-
ments are the most critical area
for the Bahamian economy
when it comes to the EPA, and
this nation has until June 2008 to
complete its offer.
As The Tribune revealed on
Friday, if this nation sign's on to
the Caribbean region's services
offer, the Bahamas will have to
liberalise 75 per cent of its ser-
vices industry both immedi-


and reforms that the Bahamian
economy will have to undertake
if this country signs on to the
EPA is gained by reading this
country's 2003 National Trade
Capacity Building Strategy. Few,
if any, of the noted reforms and
changes have been implemented
since.
SFor starters, the document
found that "the Bahamas does
not have a rules of origin
regime", something that will be
required under the EPA. The
Tribune understands that under
the CARIFORUM agreement
with the EU, to qualify as a
product made in the CARIFO-
RUM region, some 65 per cent
of the raw materials from which
a good is made must originate
from the region if they are to
enjoy the duty-free market
access to the EU.
The 2003 strategy report not-
ed that the Bahamas would need
to strengthen the Customs
Department and its infrastruc-
ture to implement a rules of ori-
gin regime. "The Bahamas must
modernize its Customs infra-
structure," the report said. "This
will include institutional reform
and training of personnel."
When it came to services, the
paper said research was required
to "determine the appropriate
schedule for liberalization and
the opportunities that exist for
Bahamian businesses".
Reforms were also required
to investment policy and g~ov-
ernment procurement, the
National Trade Capacity Build-
ing Strategy recommending that
for the latter, institutional and
technical capacity be strength-
ened; performance benchmark-
ing and international best prac-
tices be used; and modern elec-
tronic systems be used when
awarding and determining gov-
ernment contracts.


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ately, and in a series of phased
liberahizations over periods of
five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
While the Bahamian hotel
industry has always been open to
international ownership and
competition, some of the indus-
tries that provide support ser-
vices and products to the sector
are restricted to Bahamian own-
ership only under the National
Investment Policy.
According to the CARICOM
Regional Negotiating Machin-
ery (CRNM), which negotiated
the EPA with CARIFORUM,
among the industries that most
Caribbean nations agreed to lib-
eralise and open up to compe-
tition from EU firms are those
most vital to the Bahamas.
They include tourism, mar-
itime services tinter-island ship-
ping in the Bahamas has recent-
ly been opened up anyway via
Clipper Group's minority
Bahamas Ferries stake and the
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pany agreement), business ser-
vices such as accounting, engi-
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Applicants should.
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Bryan Glinton, an attorney
and partner with Bahamian
law firm, Glinton, Sweeting
and O'Brien, who is repre-
senting Island Premier Resorts,
alleged that his clients had
inspected the Tattnall Tract
"since 2001 and have found no
evidence in that time that the
property was ever farmed as
alleged [by the estate].
"In addition, aerial pho-
tographs taken of the property
repeatedly at intervals over
many years show no evidence
that the property has ever been
farmed or occupied as alleged
by the [estate].
"In the circumstances,
[Island Premier Resorts]
denies the claims of occupa-
tion and control made by the
[estate], and denies that the
[estate] or any other person
has any legitimate claim to
ownership of the subject prop-
erty, or any claim superior to
that of the adverse claimant."
Mr Glinton alleged that
S&W Consultants, a Bahamian
company controlled by
Williams, had acquired the
Tattnall Tract from two admin-
istrators of the late Effie
Knowles estate, Merrill and
Raymond McDonald, on
December 18, 2001. That land.
was then conveyed to Island
Premier Resorts on October
2, 2004.
Mr Davis and Newport Har-
bour, though, are also keen to
obtain good title to that land
for their purported Rum Cay
Club, Marina and Spa project.
They have linked up with up
with Fred Bernstein, a US real
estate developer, for the 2,250-
acre project that has yet to
obtain any government
approvals.
The Tribune has seen docu-
ments showing that Mr Davis
and Newport Harbour have
already experienced one rejec-
tion from the Investments
Board, on May 17, 2007,
regarding their Rum Cay
plans. This was because the


land involved is in legal dis-
pute or the subject of Quiet-
ing Titles actions, and because
Newport Harbour had yet to
obtain International Persons
Landholding approval for any
of the property it already
claimed to own.
In its December 5, 2007,1law-
suit, Island Premier Resorts
alleged that its sole business
was "the acquisition and man-
agement of real property".
It further claimed: "At all
times material and relevant to
this action, Williams held him-
self out to have particular
expertise concerning real
estate title issues in the
Bahamas. Williams made this
representation for the purpose
of attracting investors from
Miami, Florida, for various real
estate projects, including devel-
opment projects in Rum Cay,
the Bahamas. He knew at the
time that the representations
were made that they were
false.
"Williams is the president of
S&W Consultants, a Bahamian
corporation. S&W was created
to facilitate Williams' alleged
ownership of various proper-
ties, including a parcel of land
in Rum Cay known as the Tat-
tnall Tract."
The Island Premier lawsuit
recounted how the company
was incorporated in the
Bahamas on July 14, 2003, its
two incorporators being
Devaughn Dames and Karen
Sands. Williams and Dames
were allegedly elected as the
company's sole directors, with
Williams as president and
Sands as secretary.
Then, a July 2, 2004, share-
holders agreement for Island
Premier Resorts saw its shares
divided equally between two
firms called ARG Holdings
and Island Premier Estates. As
a result, S&W transferred its
alleged Tattnall Tract title to
Island Premier Resorts, with
Abele appointed the latter's
president and Williams as vice-
president.
The lawsuit alleged that
Williams represented that he
had "good and marketable
title" to the Tattnall Tract to
cause the agreement to be
signed, producing an abstract
of title prepared by Miami
attorney H. Benjamin Sands.
However, Island Premier
hReslort eeteedd that Wlim
between 1981 and 1987 to pro-
duce the 'good title', and
claimed that despite receiving
a $10,000 per month salary
since December 2006 to aid
his efforts in obtaining good
title to the Tattnall Tract and
other Bahamas land parcels -
Williams had used this "to pur-
sue other ventures".
"Williams secretly met with
parties in the Bahamas that
claim title to the Tattnall Tract
and secretly met with poten-
tial business partners of Island
Premier Resorts," the lawsuit
further alleged.,


Abele could authorise such a
move under the company's
constitution.
It added that the situation
had been "irreparably com-
pounded" because of Island
Premier Resorts' "business
dealings and commercial rela-
tionship with Montana Hold,
ings".
The Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey letter demanded that
Ms Cassells notify Mr McDon-


at Island Pre-
not intend to
leged 'action'
Holdings, Mr
Ibsen.
lcommunica-
,onald of the
and incident
directly and
se to tortuous
h the negotia-
had betweeir
land Premier


ald in writing th;
mier Resorts did
prosecute the all
against Montana
Mittens and Mr i
"The unilatera
tion to Mr McD
subject epistle
'draft' pleading
expressly gives ri
interference wit~
tions now being
Mr Abele on Isl
Resorts' behalf 1
Holdings," Squir
Dempsey wrote.
"These negotia
sitive and proi
extent to which tl
been adversely (
by this unilatera
to be determine
however, unde
effort to mitigai
ages.
"In the interim
you provide M
and Alexiou, KI
with correspor
Island Premier i
not seek to prose
ing or prospect
against Montan
Integrated Data


John Mittens, Abe Carmel,
Thor Ibsen or Neil Bains.
"Your communication to
these entities should empha-
sise that Island Premier
Resorts seeks to work with
them towards arrangements
that shall maximise the inter-
ests of all parties while mini-
mizing risks....." .

Despite


an'd Montana Despite a further communi-
e, Sanders & cation to Ms Cassells on
November 27, 2007, no such
Itions are sen- communication was forthcom-
mising. The ing, causing Island Premier
hey may have Resorts to file suit against
compromised Williams in Miami on Decem-
l action is yet ber 5, 2007.
:d. We shall, The Tribune revealed pre-
rtake every viously that both Montana
te such dam- Holdings and Island Premier
Resorts believe they have an
i, we ask that option on a 293-acre land par-
r McDonald cel on Rum Cay known as the
nowles & Co 'Tattnall Tract'. This land lies
ndence that adjacent to the western bound-
Resorts does ary of Montaria Holdings'
cute any exist- existing $700 million project,
:tive claims and includes prime undevel-
la Holdings, oped beachfront land in the
Corporation, Cotton Field area, near
Munroe Beach.
The estate of Trevor
Dorsett, a former Rum Cay
resident, is presently attempt-
ing to acquire the land via a
1e .1 as petition under the Quieting
u~u *585Titles Act, but rather than
n NaSSaU engage in a legal battle over
it, Montana Holdings and
more tanaferw Island Premier Resorts had
portandnoed been attempting to reach a
partnership agreement where
money and not pay they could work together.
aell cramped up The estate's executrix, Mavis
Charlton, has been leading the
apartendna move, but their Quieting Titles
rmoresatracean\ Act petition has been chal-
asmeahoth~elmao lenged by adverse claims from
both Island Premier Resorts
pmra and Newport Harbour Ltd, a
j company owned by former US
) b Senator Billy Wayne Davis.
9 Those challenges were filed on
.iMay 31, 2007, and May 7, 2007,
respectively.


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FROM page 1

warded to Montana Holdings'
Nassau-based attorney. Luther
McDonald of Alexiou,
Knowles &r Co.
The Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey letter alleged that
Ms Cassells had not been
authorised by Mr Abele or
Island Premier Resorts to file
the action, adding that only Mr


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 5B


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE National Insurance
Board (NIB) has been urged
to stop basing monthly contri-
bution calculations on the num-
her of Mondays in a month, as
this currently causes compa-
nies to reconfigure their pay-
roll systems if they pay workers
bi-weekly.
The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, in the report it sub-
mitted to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham on Vexing
Business Issues when dealing
with the public sector, said that
both employer and employee
portions of the NIB contribu-
tion were currently calculated
based on the number of Mon-
days in a month, multiplied by
the required contribution rate,
and then multiplied by the
weekly salary.
Yet the Chamber report not-
ed: "'There are months when
there are five Mondays and
there are months when there
are four Mondays.
"However, if a business pays
its staff bi-weekly, there are
months when the company is
paying for four weeks (two bi-
weekly cheques) but there are
five Mondays, and the compa-
ny is then forced to reconfigure
its payroll for the purposes of
calculating National Insurance
contributions for that month.
"This is a nuisance really'
and requires time, effort and
ultimately money to reconfig-
ure the company's payroll to
comply with the NIB filing reg-
ulao adess the situation, the
Chamber report recommend-
ed: "The NIB should allow
businesses to file their contri-
butions based upon widely-


used payment methods of bi-
weekly or monthly, and not
solely based upon the number
of Monday in the month.
"Once the company con-
tributes for 52 weeks, they
should be allowed to file as
they pay and not by some pre-
historic guideline that was set
up when the National Insur-
ance Fund was set up in 1974,
at a time when most employees
were paid weekly."
And with electricity prices
ever-increasing BEC's fuel
surcharge rising by 67 per cent
year-on-year for February 21008
- the Chamber report recom-
mended that the Government
implement reverse metering as
a matter of priority.
Reverse metering would
allow Bahamian businesses and
residences that employ alter-
native forms of energy, such as
solar and solar thermal, to pow-
er their own properties the abil-
ity to sell any excess electricity
they generate to BEC's nation-
al grid, and obtain a credit for
doing so.
The Chamber report said:
"With the ever-increasing cost
of electricity, Bahamia~ns
should be rewarded for using


alternative energy sources by
being allowed to sell any addi-
tional electricity that they gen-
erate back to the grid using
reverse meters.
"These meters would spin
one way when the consumer
purchased electricity from
BEC, and would spin the other
way when the consumer gen-
erated excess electricity from
its alternative energy source
and sold it back to the grid. It is
understood that there is only
one reverse metering device in
the entire country (Cape
Elbuthera), and the Govern-
ment is considering allowing its
implementation in the rest of
the country."
The report added: "Reverse
metering could assist in
improving the attractiveness to


businesses to use alternative
energy sources. This would
reduce the cost of energy to
businesses, would reduce the
amount of foreign exchange
being spent on imported oil,
and it would reduce the carbon
emissions produced in the
Bahamas.
"Reverse metering should
be rolled out on an immediate
basis. This will most definitely
be a part of any National Ener-
gy Policy, so roll it out now.
Also, the Bahamas Electricity
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remove the requirement that
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NOTICE


MAMATANA VALLEY INC.


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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of MAMATANA VALLEY INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Re ister


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(L~iquidator)






COETIN

IN THE ESTATE OF PERCIVAL
PERCY GERALD ARCHER a.k.a.
PERCY GERALD ARCHER a.k.a.
PERCY ARCHER a.k.a. PERCIVAL
ARCHER late of the Settlement of
Dundas Town ort the Island of Abaco
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased

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

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


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The Education Loan1 Authority is a qluasi government corporation established
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Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to fill the position of
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PAGE 6B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008


is why we need to sort out the
GBPA," Mr Lowe said. "I
believe in Freeport, and
believe in this island's infra- r
structure value to the econo-:
my, not just here but the whole a
of the Bahamas.
Afford

"I think Freeport can afford
to be bullish, notwithstanding 1
the Port' Authority fiasco, the r
US recession, the US housing
market and all the rest of it.
We are poised to reap the r
cream of the crop through the:
second home market, our
infrastructure and proximity to 3
the US."
Mr Lowe pointed out that r
international second home ,:
purchasers were typically high r
net worth individuals who
would not be impacted by -
issues such as the sub-prime
mortgage fallout in the US.
With global stock markets jit-
tery, he added that such people
were now more prepared to
put their assets into second
homes and real estate, rather
than equities, all to the
Bahamas' benefit.


Hardware Retail Association
benchmarks in the past few
years, Mr Lowe said, such as
sales and staff numbers per
square foot, salaries as a per-
centage of gross benefits, and
gross return margins on inven-
tory. The company, though,
believes it has the potential to
do even better.
YeafS

"We have in the past years
achieved National Hardware
Retail Association benchmarks
on performance, and we're
working on tightening this up,"
Mr Lowe said. "We've proven
that it can be done in the
Bahamas by Bahamians as well
as in the US, so with a tighten-
ing up we will get an even bet-
ter performance, which is very
doable,
"We're just sharpening it up.
I think it's going to be a tight
year, but those who can do
well mn this economy should.
It's not time to withdraw,
because it could cause an
implosion. Businesses need to
carry it, not run away from it.
A lot of stores are facing hard-
ship with drops in revenues,
but it is possible to adjust with-
out shooting yourself in the
foot.
"'I think it's a plus or minus
year. Things could turn up as
well as down. Overall, it's
going to be a tight year, but
those who can expand should
do it. Put some faith in it."
With Grand Bahama's still-
sluggish economy continuing
its recovery from the aftermath
of the 2004 hurricane season,
and the continuing ownership
battle at the GBPA acting as a
deterrent to both international
and Bahamanuatnhenwn i nann

a number of wholesale and
retail businesses are under-
stood to have reported poor
2007 and Christmas season
showings.
Kelly's (Freeport), though,
has withstood the turbulence
better than most, indicating
again that when the 'going gets
tough, the tough get going'. In
a business sense, tough eco-
nomic climates separate the
'wheat from the chaff', with
the best-run businesses the
only one to perform well.
Mr Lowe said his company
was "crunching the numbers


now", but preliminary accounts
for the year ended on January
31, 2008, were that Kelly's
(Freeport) saw its gross sales
for the year decline by just 1/3
of 1 per cent, or some $40,000,
compared to prior year com-
paratives.
He described this as a "drop
in the bucket"' for a company
that, based on these figures,
enjoys annual gross sales of
around $12 million. Kelly's
(Freeport), which sells hard-
ware, housewares, building
materials, toys and home fur-
nishings, was able to "deal"
with a flat 2008 if it material-
ized, and with 2007 having
been better than 2006, the
-company was "still on a growth
trend for the past seven years".

Capabilhty
Mr Lowe, though, said the
willingness and capability of
companies like his to invest in
Freeport's future, and expand
and grow, showed just why it
was becoming ever-more
urgent to resolve the GBPA
ownership dispute.
"The bottom line is that this


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Security and General Insurance, a member of Colonial Group International Limited
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CGIL, with offices in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin
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The position of Financial Controller will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the
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Group Financial Controller and the General Manager of Security &( General, the .
successful candidate will be expected to prepare, analyze and present financial reports
for senior management with an emphasis on key success factors.

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The Group offers an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical
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Attn: Human Resources
Security & General Insurance Company Ltd.
2nd Teff3Ce & CO linS Avenue
PO Box N-3540 Nassau, Bahamas

or by email to sninfo~(~atlanticipuse.com~r4 bs

Closing Date for applications is February 20 h, 2008


UVeil S ex ansion


.FROM page 1B

house. Between them, Mr
Lowe said they covered a total
of about 115,000 square feet.
He added, though, that Kel-
ly's (Freeport) had the ability
to expand its building materials
section from 36,000 square feet
to 70,000 square feet, and was
looking to do so over a two-
year timeframe. This might
mean constructing another
building, but Mr Lowe said the
firm had the ability to do so.
"We have the potential to
move building materials into
their own building," he said.
"It means building a building,
but we have the land to do it."
Another focus for Kelly's
(Freeport) in 2008 was logisti-
cal, Mr Lowe explained, with
the firm keeping one eye on
developments in Florida relat-
ed to the possible repeal of the
state's 6.5 per cent export sales
tax exemption.

Company
While the company did not
source much product directly
from Florida suppliers, there
was uncertainty over whether
an export sales tax would be
imposed on goods purchased
from vendors in other US
states, but shipped through
Florida. As a result, Kelly's
(Freeport) was looking around
for vendor options- .
"The outlook for us is basi-
cally good," Mr Lowe said of
2008. "It's all to do with effi-
ciency and logistics, making
sure we're fully equipped to
deal with whatever the econo-
my produces. It's going to be a
leaner year, but that doesn't
mean our sales should suffer."
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IN THE ESTATE OF BERTRAIM
EARDLEY MILLS a.k.a.
BERTRAM MILLS late of and
domiciled at Dundas Town, Abach,
The Bahamas, deceased

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

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


Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GROUP ELEVEN ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on February 8, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2n1d Terrace
West, centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Companyare
required on or before the 11th day of March, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before: such
debts are proved.
February ll, 2008
LAKEISHACOLLIE
LIQUIDA'lDR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY


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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Baha Mar Developmen~t Company Ltd. seeks to hire a


PTOject/Construction Manager

The Project/Construction Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising
and coordinating the work of consultants, contractors and sub-trades as required
for various projects. They must ensure that the projects meet design, budget,
schedule and quality requirements.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:
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the Contract, including approved method statements and other approved
documents relating to Health & Safety, environmental issues and quality.
Facilitating the work of the contractors, so far as possible, by ensuring the
necessary logistic arrangements are set up and operating
Interfacing between contractors
*Recording the progress of work and valuation
Carrying out inspections with the contractor to verifyi that work is in accordance
with the approved standards. Escort other parties, (Local Authority, Consultants,
Clients etc) as requested, to participate in inspections.
Conducting or participating in site meetings as requested and provide written
records.
Creating and executing project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet
changing needs and requirement.
Identifying resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities
Managing day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope
*Minimizing exposure to risk
Managing project budget
*Analyzing project cost

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Extensive knowledge of the general construction industry and the sub trades
Extensive knowledge of construction legal issues includingp contracts, liens,
labor standards, retainage and other related topics
Ablbt y)t000per pojem t lun me~t dties itj r aoslcto poetn to
Scheduling, QA, Submittals, etc
Ability to identify, troubleshoot and resolve pr-oblemls on projects before they
become major issues.
Ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time while mnaintaining attention
to detail
Ability to work in stressful situations
Ability to juggle departmental resources to meet deadlines
Ability to read and interpret financial reports
Ability to consistently prepare accurate cost estimates
Ability to successfully negotiate with owner's, architects, engineers,
subcontractors and suppliers
Ensure Design and Budget is compatible.
Development of assigned Bid Packages
Excellent written and verbal communication~ skills
Mitigates team conflict anld communications~ problems
Motivates team to work together in the mocst efflicient maunner
Please forward your currliculum vitaeL with sa~larly Irequiremcnt s via e-mail to the

Human Resaources M~anager at hr~bahamar.coml
or fax to (242) 677-9100 no Ilater than Febr~uary 21, 2008.
All responses will be held in the strictest confidene.


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.
*Participate in weekly construction meetings.
* Prepare daily construction reports.
*Maintain 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.

Project Manager Residential Development

This position will oversee the desi n. development and construction
efforts related to the Residential Build out of Ro al 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.

Qualifications and Expenience:
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
expenence 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
OT
Email to :aileen.miller@royalislan dbaha mas. com

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


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 7B


saying his government would
only count investment projects
when they were completed.
He implied that the FNM
administration's approach
would be different from the
former government's empha-
sis on Heads of Agreements
signing and holdmng-up these
promissory notes, adding:
"Our recent history amply
demonstrated the inherent
risks in counting ones eggs
before they hatch."
The Prime Minister told his
Chamber audience: "I am
deeply conscious of the fact
that over the last five years,
times have not been good for
you here mn Grand Bahama. I
know and understand your
anxiety; your deep anxiety.
"I firmly believe that better


times are coming for Freeport
and for Grand Bahama."
Adding that investor inter-
est in Grand Bahama
remained strong, Mr Ingraham
said: "We are working on mat-
ters that will translate into new
economic opportunities for
G-and Bahama......
It is fair and it is accurate
for me to say the future of this
city and the island of Grand
Bahama seems brighter now
than it has been for quite some
time. Increased employment
and career opportunities will
soon present themselves in
Grand Bahama...... We are
nearing the finish line on our
journey to restore and resusci-
tate Freeport's economy
notwithstanding the dark cloud
which now envelops this city."
Urging Bahamian businesses
not to "cling" to outdated pro-
tectionist policies, Mr Ingra-
ham said increased attention
would be paid to growth that
was both economically and
environmentally sustainable.
He added: "The consider-
able damage to the water
resources of this island over
many years through the con-
struction of unhined canals, the
unmonitored dumping of
industrial waste, and the
unmonitored spillage and run-
off associated with oil refining
and storage, have all played
their role in heightening envi-
ronmental sensibilities and in
crafting environmental legisla-
tion and re ulations for the
entire Bahamas.
'And so, as we encourage
more development mn Grand
Bahama, we must also remain
mindful of the need to pay the
closest attention to our envi-
ronmental integrity, and to the
sustainability of economic


development.
"The level of environmental
oversight nowadays is, I
believe, unparalleled; Iexpect
it to remain so and, indeed, to
grow. "
In response, Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent, attorney Gregory Moss,
said the organisation would
seek to develop a better under-
standing of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement. He said the
Chamber intended to have an
open relationship with the
Government and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.
The Grand Bahama Cham-
ber of Commerce's Board of
Directors is:
Gregory Moss president
Greg Langstaff first vice-
president .
Angela Gibson, second vice-
president
Linda Gibson secretary
K. Peter Turnquest trea-
surer
Kevera Turnquest senior
director
Carmel Forbes-Churchill -
senior director
Larry Albury senior direc-
tor .
Denise Adderley director
Rochelle Knowles -director
Leigh Termath director
Joyann Mclntosh director
John Swain director
Linda Turnquest director
Esmond Weekes director


THE TRIBUNE


Wie will not


P1M:


let Port dispute




'turn good. to bad'


FROM page 1B

the private wealth manage-
ment and private equity spe-
cialist, has offered both sides
$100 million in an attempt to
buy them out and acquire 100
per cent of the GBPA. A rival
$125 million offer has also
been submitted to the Hay-
ward family by Hutchison
Whampoa, a defensive move
as it seeks to protect its collec-
tion of assets on Grand
Bahama an investment of
more than $1 million in equity
capital -from the dispute.
Promising that Grand
Bahama's economy and busi-
nesses could look forward top
a brighter future, Mr Ingraham
took a veiled swipe at the for-
mer Christie administration,








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ALBANY INVE TMi ENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Crditors laying d ibt

undiersigned c/o PO.(. lIoxr N-3229, Nassau. Hahamanl~s on or
before thle 101'' March 200)8. In default~ thereof they will be

e on dor from the: benefit of anly distribution ma~de: by the



Dated the 8l'"'day of February 2008.

Shareece E. Scott
Liquidator




NOTICE
ALBANY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinaryl General
Meeting of the Shareholders of ALBANY INVESTMENTS
LIMITED is hereby called to be held aIt thle Registered Ollice
of the Comlpany, Deltec Bank & Trulst Limited, Lyford Cay, New
Providence B3ahamas, on the 14''" day of March, 2008 at 9:00 am.

The object and prupose of the said meeting is t9 have laid before
the Shareholders of the Company the accounts of thle Liquidator,
Shareece E. Scott. showing the manner in which the winding up
of the Company has been conducted. the property of th~e Company
distributed and the debts and obligations of the Company
discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be given by
said Liquidator.

Dated the 8'h day of February 2008.

Shareece E. Scott
Liqui ator


NO TWICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MARCO FRANCOIS of 1250
2ND STREET, APT#201, SARASOTA, FLA 34236, UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, 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 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that YUNER PETITFOR of 1250
2ND STREET, APT#t201, SARASOTA, FLA 34236, UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registrationlhaturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why ream-+ion/ naturalize' 1 should not be granted,
should send a wokenlr and signed stamJment of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


GN643
Ministry of Finance
Central Bank of The Baharias



iL'" 9



NOTICE

THE BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES REGULATION ACT, #n


Notice is hereby given that the Govenor,
pursuant to Section 18 (1)(a)(ii) of The Banks and
Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 has revoked by
Order dated 28th January, 2008 the unrestricted
branch banking license granted on 28th day of August,
1995, to Banco Boavista S.A. (now known as Banco
Boavlista Interatlantico S.A.), on the grounds that the
company has ceased to carry on bmanch banking
business


Signed: Wendy Cr-aigg
Governor
The Central Bank of The Bahamas


t~ ,


RS king: $110,000
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PcigInformation As Of: C F A L'"
Friay 8Febuay 00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES VISIT WWVW.Ell$kBAlAMAS.COM FOR MORE DATA & NOMAnN
BISX! ALL SHARE INDEX. CLOSE 2,012.44 / CHG 0.08 /%~CHG 0 00 / YTD3 -54.31 / YTD % -2.63
52sa-r-1 22** -L..* 58F1 r,rlouj Slose Tiea*sy r. Clse Change Daill '. ol EPS5 Dos Sl P.E Yield
172 0.75 Abaco Markets 1.72 1.72 0.00 3.000 0.157 0.000 11.0 0.00
11.80 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 33%
9.68 8.03 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.7 2.71%
0.90 0.80 Benchmark 0.90 0.90 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.8 33%
374 1.85 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.4%
270 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%
1270 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.70 12.70 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.3 1.8%
3.15 2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 1.2%
8.50 4.45 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.82 7.82 0.00 0.428 0.260 18.3 332
7.22 4.52 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.60 4.63 0.03 0.129 0.052 35.7 1.13%
".0 otor' Hospital A.4 2AS5 0 01 3,200 8.1 1.2 0. 24
1.01 12.30 Finco 13.00 13.00 0.00 0.829 0.570 15.7 4.3%
1475 14.00 FirstCaribbean 14.00 14.00 0.00 0.914 0.470 15.3 336
610 5.12 Focol (S) 5.12 5.12 0.00 0.363 0.140 14.1 2.73
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.035 0.000 22.0 0.0%
8.00 7.20 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
1250 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.50 12.50 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.8 48%
1.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate Fidelit O roh-Cun cuile 0.oo 1.167 0.600 8.6 670%
5.*th -i 5 ns-Lr .. ar.... 810 *[. As Lest Prlice Gre*.... P DI\ .1 P.E Vield
84 00 1640205 Caieaanu Cosns (ref) 6d.06 6.2 I .00 (.0 0.48 F 74
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.35 -0.023 0.000 NIM 0.0%
o., a 00 some ~~~colnna overrThe-c unler securlln-si 0a40 a o s
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.80 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
O.55 ..s do RN e-ol1rp Ca O 55 O 45J -0 030: 0 0i 0 N.Ml 0 0
BIsx Usted Mutual Funda '
52 s-1-. 52sat*-Lorr Fi.r. ra-.s,.. y VTD.. Last 1; M~onins Diar 5 1sla .
1.2920 1 .* -C C.:.Isr.a B-:.rr Fu..a I 20 *85,"
3.0008 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.999402*** 19.97%
1.3789 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.378862*
3.7969 3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.7969'* 27.72% 27.72%
11.9333 11.3545 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.9333** S.S3% 5.53%
100.000 100000 CFL |oba Bond Fudd 10.0
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fundr 1.00"*
10.5000 10.5000 Fidelity Intbrnatlonal Investment Fund 10.50"**
.:r F~IFNDEX* CLOSE 9129 16 / YTD -2.40% / 2007 34l 47% ,
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 M\IEg)E~IMS YL.L ..i I ... .s .u,.s 9,e-
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 112 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collnn nnld Fldelity
52wk-Low Lowest closlngl price i In lst 52 week. Ank $ Sollung price of Collnnl ald fldollty 1 February 2008
'"eious Close Previous dasy 5 weighted price for dully volulme Last Prico Last tmraed over-then-cu ulouno prlo~o 31 Daoumber 201"
Today s Close Current daly's welghlted prices for dauily volumnll Woclkly Vol. ITraditlsi volumel of thel prior woouk *** 31I Jnnelry 200tl
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A comrpany a reported enlrnlnlg4 per shanre fol thle Inat 12 mthsa *** 2 JnnuaIIry 2000 l
Daily Vol Number of total shaores tradedl todaly NAV Not Assol Value
DIV $ Dividends per share pald in the last 12 monlths N/M Not Meaningflul
P/E GkClsing prceS dvi ed f tuheast l2 mnmi ernmlngs F'INDEX The ridenlty Bnhamns Stock Inldex Jamalnry 1, 1994 =* loo
(S)- 3-for-1 Stock Spilt Effectlve Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL CFAL 242-502-70110 1 FIDELITY 2-32-350~-7764 / FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 394-2Fa03


a i uDu vI;


The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Abaco, is looking to fill the
following positions in its Development Department. This is an
eight (8) year project.

Project Manager Construction

Minimum 10 years experience in construction management
Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
Proficient in creating and monitoring of construction

As dt wish development of forecasting and working
budgets
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Keen understanding of maintaining aggressive schedules
within planned budgets
Needs good communication, logistical and organizational
skill
Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product

Assistant Project Manager/Scite Superintendent

Minimum 5 years of construction site management
experience
GJood working knowledge of timber and masonry
construction methods
Working knowledge of construction materials
Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
Proficient in fielding and resolymng daily on-site queries
from contractors
Proficient in performing material take-offs
Proficient in creating construction schedules
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Needs good communication, logistical and organizational
skills

Ouantity Surveyor/Estimator

Minimum 5 years experience as a QS/Construction
Estimator
Proficient in reading and understanding of construction

Prfc nt in material take-offs and creating Bills of

Proficient in developing forecasting and working budgets
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Need good communication and organizational skills

Project Scheduler

Minimum 5 years experience as a Project Scheduler
PTOficient in reading and understanding of construction
planS
PTOflcient With Sure-Track scheduler program
PTOflCient With Microsoft Word and Excel
Need good communication and organizational skills

Procurement Officer

Minimum 5 years experience as a Procurement Officer
Detailed understanding of freight and shipping logistics
Pfoficient with ordering and tracking of construction
materialS
Good working knowledge of construction materials
e PrOflcient With MICrOsoft Word and Excel
Need good communication and organizational skills

Warehouse Clerk

Good understanding of construction materials
Good understanding of warehouse procedures
PTOficient with Microsoft Excel

Resume should be sent to Nick Sims,
Development Department,
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
P.O. Box AB-20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

OF e-18811 tO CORStructionetheabacoclub.com


PAGE 8B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008


ABy CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
ONE Bahamas-based hotel
is encouraging staff to use the
stairs rather than take the lift,
as major business consumers
of electricity look to enhance
energy efficiency and conser-


vations wherever they can in
the wake of spiralling Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
surcharges, which have
increased for February 2008 by
a staggering 67 per cent year-
over-year.
Donella Bethel, director of
sales at SuperClubs Breezes,
told Tribune Business that the
resort has enforced a number


of internal measures as a way
of reducing electricity bills.
These include encouraging
employees, to take the stairs
rather than use elevators,
ensuring there are no water
leaks or running water, that
office equipment is only turned
on when needed, and not left
on at the end of the day; and
educating staff on the impor-
tance of such measures.
Such measures are increas-
ingly important, given that
Bahamian hotels have some of
the highest operating costs in
the region and are desperate
to find any measures to reduce
costs.
Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA)
eecutive vice-pres dae ,msa d

resorts to counter skyrocket-
ing electricity bills was with full


room nights.
Last week, BEC released its
surcharges for 2007 and the
first two months of 2009.
BEC's fuel surcharge was
$0.164 for February 2008, a
major increase over the
$0.098638 rate charged in Feb-
ruary 2007, which was compa-
rable to the previous year's
$0.097073 surcharge.
For January, BEC's fuel sur-
charge stood at $0.14945 cents,
a 50.7 per cent increase over
the previous year's $0.09914.
The fuel surcharge increases
are a direct product of the
spike in global oil prices, which
earlier this year touched $100
per barrel, and indicate that
BEC bought its fuel for Janu-
ary ad Febinoryat the market

March s surcharge may be
even higher.


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