The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: February 12, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
normalized irregular
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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in the face of allegations that: it
was "buried" when it was found '
to include recommendations
against the developer's proposal
to "cut through" Adelaide beach
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Tribune Staff Reporter
A VIOLENT altercation at
C C Sweeting Senior High
School on Monday morning
Left a~l7-year-old male student
dead and two male students in
police custody.
The bold attack took place
on the school's compound
while two police officers were
at the campus to deal with an
unrelated matter, The Tribune
According to reports, at
approximately 11.55 am -
shortly after the school's nud-
morning break the 12th
grade student was returning to
class from the school's "tuck
shop" when he was reportedly
approached by two male stu-
dents. An argument followed
resulting in the victim being
stabbed in the chest with a
knife, reports indicate.
EMS personnel responded
to the scene, however, the 17-
year-old was pronounced dead
shortly after arriving at the hos-
pital. Although police have not
yet released his identity, fami-
ly members have identified the
deceased as Rico Farrington,
17, of Milton Street who was
just two months shy of his 18th
After news broke of this lat-
est bout of school violence,
many concerned citizens
resumed' the call for the return
of uniformed police officers to

public schools.
Yesterday, school officials
and police maintained that the
'presence of police officers can-
no~t reverse the criminal mind-
set and lack of conflict resolu-
tion skills that are at the root of
the country's crime problem.
"There (were) two officers
on the campus dealing with
another matter but often times
even with the best of plans
these (are) matters that you
basically cannot police. One
incident is too many but the
fact remains that (since Sep-
tember) we've been on top of
things at this institution,
Howard Newbold, north-west-
ern district superintendent of
schools said at a press confer-
ence following the incident. He
said there was "no indication at
this time" that the stabbing was
gang related.
Chief Superintendant Hulan
Hanna told the media that sim-
ply returning police back to
school's will not change the
mind of a student intent on
committing a violent act.
"There's nothing to (deter) a
student from tossing an offen-
sive weapon over a fence,
bringing something onto the
school compound after the
school has been dismissed for
the day.
There are any number of
variables that (are) present and
so the issue here in my opinion
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speedboat death
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN APRIL trial date has
been set for three Bahamian
men charged in the death of a
British toddler killed by a
speedboat on Paradise Island,
the BBC has reported.
Boat driver James Bain and
boat owners Clifford Nottage
and Evangeless Wlilliamson are
charged with manslaughter
through negligence.
Two-year-old Paul Gallagher
from Orpington, south-east
London, died from head injuries
when a speedboat ran up onto
thhe behaech ou sid Aat s
The trial date was announced
to the British press yesterday
by the Foreign Office, the BBC
Andrea, Paul's mother, con-
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FOLLOWING the accident of
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ny's operators yesterday assured
the public that.all necessary
repairs have been completed to
prevent a similar incident from
happening in the future.
According to reports, the girl
was playing in the area close to
the shopping centre on East
Street South last Wednesday
when she suddenly fell into an
open cesspit.
Her mother was outraged that
a septic pit had been left open in
such a heavily populated area and
said she was concerned that her
daughter may have been expo~sed
to dangerous bacteria.
She told local media that shle
made certain to wash her daugh-
ter with disinfectants.
In a press statement yiesterday,
City Market assured ithe public
that it has --taken all necessary'
steps to ensure that the condition
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firm. is to face legal action after
allegedly losing a package of
valuable court documents.
United Parcel Service, better
known as UPS, is being sued by
justice campaigners Greg and
Tanya Cash, who claim papers
destined for the Privy Council in
London went astray.
The couple are suing UPS,
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and Richard Ratcliffe, a Pin-
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to bases in the southern, central
and northern Bahamas as part
of the new strategy.
He. said officers and marines
must also expect, periodically,
that they will be called upon to
take part in operational training
exercises, to build expertise and
experience within the force
and to prepare the force to
respond in case of a national
Mr Turnqus~t said this is one
of several "deccisive steps" the
government is taking to
strengthen the seagoing and air-
borne capacity of the force to
combat the increasing illegal
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Addressing the graduation

Mr Turnquest said the
Bahamas mtist be seen as cred-
ible and decisive in its efforts to
protect the country's national
borderrs from criminals at a
time when transnational crime,
including orgatiised crime, is on
the increase.
New measures will include
the provision of additional
seagoing and air assets to the
force in a "phased-in manner"
as well as the expansion of base
operations outside of New
He said the base expansion
will allow the national security
officials to "meet the challenges
and threats to our national
security where they exist
throughout the archipelago."
"It is important for us as a
country to be credible and deci-

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the government to set up an
agency to clamp down on
unscrupulous lawyers, devel-
opers and building contrac--
Bishop Simeon Hlall wants d ;
to prevent "unsuspecting"
people from being exploited
when they try to buy a homne
of their own.
His appeal has gone out to
Minister of Housing and
National Insurance K~enneth
Russell, who has been asked
to find a way of protecting
home-buyers from losing their
"hard earned" dollars.
Bishop Hall, senior pastor
of New Covenant Baptist
Church, says in his letter to
the minister: "It seems to me
that your ministry's mandate
of providing housing for the
Bahamian people should also include the protection of per-;
sons who wish to own a home from losing their hard-earned,
He cited the case of Mr Sharron Davis, who claimed to.
have bought land off Cowpen Road and was still "out in the'
cold" to the tune of $60,000.
Bishop Hall has sent copies of cheques to Mr Russell made'
payable to aNassau law firm.
"I draw no conclusion from this, but simply make the point
that this young couple (whose wedding ceremony I performed
a few years ago) are without their life's savings."
Bishop Hall said it was difficult for him to ascertain where
truth and fiction lay "but an established office in the Ministry
of Housing should be able to assess the facts and address
these kinds of problems so that naive young Bahamians could
achieve their dreams."
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PLANS are afoot to decen-
tralise Defence Force opera-
tions from New Providence and
station marines throughout the
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said this
should enhance the force's abil-
ity to deal with border security
"W;e know that it is virtually
impossible to patrol t~he bor-
ders of our vast archipelago
from a central hub in the capi-
tal," Mr Turnquest said. "The
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
is therefore proceeding with the
initiative to decentralise from
its headquarters in New Provi-
dence to bases in the southern,
*central and northern
Bahamas," he said.
"In other words, we will meet
challenges and threats to our
":sttiona:;huoitywhr they
Mr Turnquest told all mem-
bers of the force can "expect
to go to sea" and must be pre-
He ai t~hoey must expect
postings for "specific petiods"

MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest presents Marine
Seaman Dominique Rigby with the Best Marine Recruit Award during
the Graduating Ceremony for New Entry 44 at HMBS Coral Harbour.

sive in our initiatives to protect
dur national borders," Mr
Turn quest told the new
"You share the responsibility
to guard our marine resources
and to protect them against
S"You share the responsibility
to protect the sovereignty and
the territorial integrity of our
the Bahamas, including the pro-

tection of our territorial water
and airspace.
"You also share responsibil-,
ity for protecting our country:
from transnational crime,l
including drug trafficking and
other illegal trafficking activi-1
ties such as arms trafficking and;
against illegal immigrants and
migrant smuggling. This is ant
awesome task," Mr Turnquesti

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THE government stands
behind the controversial fitness
policy introduced by the new
Defence Force commander.
Speaking at a graduation cer-
emony for marines, Minister of
Ntonasi Seurtry Tommy

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~tnes demaded f th m
"e marin acord wit the
commander (Commodore Clif-
ford Scavella) in stressing that
physical fitness goes hand-in- '
hand with strict discipline
ethics, integrity and efficiency
and are all important hallmarks
Sof an efficient Royal Bahamas
Defence Force," he said.
This comes after a number
of marines complained to the
press that they felt Com-
modore Scavella's new manda-
tory fitness regime was unnec-
essarily strict.
However, several members
of the public and some Defence
Force officers have praised the

Mr Turnquest challenged the
graduating marines to be assets
to the force, their families and
the country, and to continue to
set the "highest standards."
"In this day and time when
so many of our Bahamian
young men are turning to a life
of violence and crime, be care-
ful of the company you keep,
lest you find yourselves in
adverse situations," he said.
"When you act, do so with
integrity, do not mind the opmn-
ions others have of you, or suc-
cumb to pressures of any kind.
If you fail tr act with dignity
and intef . cauje serious concerns to be
raised about the performance
and integrity of the entire
force," :tlr Turnquest added.

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FREEPORT A $50,000
boat sank in waters off West
End on early Saturday morn-
ing after the vessel struck a
rock at sea.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming'
press liaison officer, reported
bard wer able ros fel gen
into dinghy before the vessel
went underwater,
According to reports, Mr
Clint Kapp, 49, of Southwood,
Missouri, was piloting his yacht
named, "Sea Escape" at about
3am on Saturday when the
incident occurred.
Mr Rahming said Mr Kapp
was travelling from Ft Laud-
erdale sFloiaoc to Wsdt nd.
friend, Clifford Seicher, of Port
St Lucie, Florida.
Mr Kapp told police that as
he got about five miles off the
Old Bahama Bay inlet, he
somehow ventured off course
and crashed into a rock at sea,
resulting in significant damage
to the vessel.
Supt Rahming said Mr
Kapp and his passenger were I
able to launch their dinghy
before the yacht quickly took
on water and sank.

Mr Kapp just five weeks ago.
Neither man sustained any
injuries during the ordeal.

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IN THE wake of the tragic
stabbing of a 17-year-old CC
Sweeting student yesterday, a
number of concerned citizens
called on the government to
immediately return police offi-
cers to schools.
However, police and school
officials strongly maintained
that violence on campus is' a
reflection of social ills, and can-
not be prevented by police.
Omar Archer, who is vying
for the PLP chairmanship at the
party's upconung convention,
said that he felt that the inci-
dent could have been avoided.
"It is important to be pro-
active in our approach and had
the minister (Carl Bethel)
employed pro-active measures
such as having police officers in
the schools I think this could

leader Rodney Moncur stated
"The Workers Party also calls
on the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty to include in its national con-
vention a serious day of delib-
eration and consensus to be
attended: by stake holders, com-
mumity leaders, all political par-
ties and special interests groups
to discuss the nerve bending
crime problem, our high toler-
ance and predilection to mur-
der, and solutions," the release
Yesterday a violent dispute
at C C Sweeting Senior High
School left 17-year-old Rico
Farrington of Milton Street
dead and two male students in
police custody for questioning.
According to reports, shortly
before noon, the 12th grade stu-
dent was returning to class from
the school's 'tuck shop' when
he was approached by some

being stabbed to the chest with
a knife.
According to reports, two
police officers were on the
school's campus at the time,
dealing with another matter.

have been avoided," he told
The Tribune yesterday.
"'I think the real problem lies
with poor parenting also.
Maybe not mn this case, but we
find that many children in our
country had kids when they
were 14 and what we see is the
residual effect of that. I think
it's only going to get worse if
the problem isn't addressed".
At a press conference follow-
ing the stabbing, Chief Super-
intendent Hulan Hanna said

that a student intent on com-
mitting an offence will find a
means to smuggle a weapon
onto school premises.
"There's nothing to deter a
student from tossing an offen-
sive weapon over fence, bnng-
ing something onto the school
compound after school has been
dismissed for the day.
"There are any number of
variables, and so the issue here
in my opinion is that someone
had the temerity to bring a knife

onto the school campus and had
the courage to use the knife-
That speaks to a more funda-
mental question than mere
police security on the schools,"
he said, adding that a change in
mmndset is necessary to reverse
upward crin; trends.
In a state ent released yes-
terday, the Worker's Party
urged the government to return
plainclothes and unformed offi-
cers to the nation's public
schools. The party also called
for former prime minister Perry
Christie to direct the Urban
Renewal Programme, which
was relaunched yesterday.

government to stop its brazen
and characteristic stubbornness
and admit that its decision to
remove the police from the
schools is patently flawed," a
press release by the party's

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Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER prime minister
Perry Christie said he hopes
to shortly settle the matter of
Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley's political position
"one way or the other."
Speaking as a guest on the
IslandFM show "Parliament
Street" on Sunday, Mr
Christie remained vague in
discussing the implications of
Mr Adderley holding the
Gaming Board chairmanship
under the FNM government,
but said that his party will
soon be able to "honestly and
appropriately address this
Mr Adderley whose politi-
cal allegiance has been the
subject of s eculation for
some time now, caused raised
eyebrows again last month
when he was reappointed as
Gaming Board chairman for
the next two years,
The MP also caused talk
when he absented himself
from parliament when the

PLP attempted to push
through a vote of no conft-
dence against House Speaker
Alvin Smith last year.
Mr Christie on Sunday said
that he admits it is difficult for
the Bahamian public to under-
stand why a PLP member
would hold an executive posi-
tron under an FNM admnums-
The situation, he conceded,
"does raise obviously some
very serious questions."
However, Mr Christie

added that in this case, he is
fortunate to know of the
"goodness and sincerity" of
Mr Adderley.
The PLP leader did not go
into any further details about
the matter and would not say
if he has directly confronted
the Elizabeth MP about it.
Mr Christie would only say
that this a "very sensitive and
important time" and that out
of respect to his parliamen-
tary colleagues, which include
Malcolm Adderley, he will
address the matter more
directly in the pr er format

Mr Adderley is allegedly dis-
gruntled with his party and Mr
Christle because he was not
given a Cabinet post during
the last administrati OH.
FNM sources have told The
Tr1 une t at it would wise for
the governing party to court
the Elizabeth MP and entice
him to "cross the aisle."


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Christie hoping to settle

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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.
Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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to school on time and safely
home afterwards.
Why don't you recognize'
these efforts?
I have forwarded for your
veiwing the place where the
students of R M Bailey Senior
were locked up (chain and
These were not criminals,
in most cases they were chil-
dren of hardworking parents
who bought uniforms in Sep-
tember believing they were
doing good by their children.
But because the shirt
stopped by the knees the chil-
dren spend
months of disruptions.
My daughter is an honour
roll student, gpa 3.30 focus
and mannerly.
I won't have a protrait oth-

Proud Parent.

January 30, 2008

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My name is Peggy Williams'
mother of Shenell Mott, a 15-
SBIled y Seio h ats onR
of the students locked in the
school gym.
I read your editorial today
(30th January,'2008), and
took offence to most of what

Yo on't have a clue
al out most parents in the
You only know the bad
because that is what your
paper reports.
There are more parents
involved in the children's lives
that aint..
This is why I took my com-
plaint public, I refused to let
my daughter be generalized
and I will not be generalized.
Those who are in places of
au io oprt n t coo ne
of the law.
While I do support getting
our children in line with the

rules and guidelines, it is my
position that those who set
the rules and guidelines for
the students, also have rules
a gu dliestt gvovemn th
Ministry of Education, there
are laws that govern all of us
citizens of the Bahamas.
Most of the uniforms were
purchased from one place
whose apparent focus is on
waist size instead of different
length sizes.
The majority of those stu-
dents were not acting in rebel-
lion, but are victims of cir-
While you are in a position
to cast blame and point fit-
gers, please use your place to
give a balanced report.
cr mn sun ther are Iar
working, law-abiding parents,
who fight traffic everyday to
ensure that their children are

LAST WEEK Prime Minister Ingraham,
although guaranteeing delivery on his
promised Freedom of Information Act, said
that a cultural shift within the civil service
would have to take place before such an Act
could become law.
A "mindset change" must take place in the
public sector allowing civil servants to be
more fohrthcomingdwith hpubliclinformation
When cankd e oneefirst f his promised
"quarterly conversations" with the press
about the introduction of a Freedom of Infor-
mation Act, which would allow the media
and general pubic to freely access public doc-
uments and information, the prime mnumster

no bws don' mkn pedtodpl do what they're
We agree with this, but it is unfair to blame
civil servants who have been so terrorised
by politicians over the years even to the
point of fearing for their jobs, and in many
cases losing them to expect them now to
start giving out information. They need guid-
ance. They need an assurance that frankness
with the press will not jeopardise their posi-
tions. A Freedom of Information Act would
relieve them of this fear, and go a long way in
prymng lose information that should be in the~ ''
public domain.
The Tribune is being bombarded-by calls
from upset citizens in the Cable Beach area
who are angry because they are being kept in
tetdark about breoa die n tat will com-
way. Others, particularly Bahamians who for
many lifetimes have regarded Adelaide beach
as their private picnic area, now fear they
might not only lose part of the beach for the
creation of a private marina, but what is left
will be denuded by erosion. There are many
examples of this around the island.
These people are fearful of the unknown.
They are asking legitimate questions and
they are entitled to legitimate answers.
Opposition leader Perry Christie, whose
government negotiated these developments
might be happy that the Ingraham adminis-
tration has finally signed-off on the supple.
mental heads of agreement that he was deal-
ing with before he was voted out of office, but
has he given any thought to the right of
Bahamians to know what is gomng on?
Yesterday our news staff ran into a situt-

tion that a Freedom of Information Act
would have made of easy solution, particu-
larly for the poor civil servant who was caught
in the cross-fire.
Our concerned callers have heardl many
rumours, which our reporters are trying to
check out. One concerned the BEST Com-
mission, which refused to provide a copy of its
report about the Albany project.
Our reporter was told that initially when
the developers proposed a marina, cutting a
caa e ras tdelid tes ath BST re om
government were to grant the necessary exca-
vation for the canal then the investors should
put up a $5 million bond. We were told that
nemsins has been g n dorsth Icir ng '
lion. True or false? This is what our reporter
was trying to discover. (See story page 1).
The person our reporter was told to con-
tact at BEST said she could not comment.
Asked why, she said "job security laws" pre-
vented it. How can anyone deny the people
who pay their salaries, the night to know what
government is doing in their name?
A Freedom of Information Act is needed
sooner, not later.
We recall a letter written to The Tribune by
former National Trust president Pericles
Maillis in 1999 when he was fighting against .
the Clifton Cay development. He pleaded
with government to safeguard beach areas
for the public, pointing out howoqfikl th y
said that "there is a rush by the proponents of
it and in government circles to get the matter
approved without the people of New Provi-
dence knowing the real truth about what else
is coming and what else is already approved."
Today history is repeating itself. Knowing
how much Mr Maillis treasures the environ-
ment and the protection of nature, maybe
he can tell us what cutting through this beach
will mean to the island, but especially to the
people who live in the area, including those
city folk who for generations have spent many
carefree hours enjoying Adelaide beach. We
ask this question of Mr Maillis because he is
an Adelaide resident who has cherished his
plot of land.
All Bahamians have a right to know what
is happening to their island.



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE concept of fighting the
establishment for change has
always been a noble one at
The latest attempt by Mr
Nairn and Moss last week on
radio to suggest that persons
sh ildo sue the government
was one such noble idea.
Discounting Mr Moss's
political affiliation and what-
ever agenda Mr Nairn has, it is
mybelief that both mnma
well to suggest that the gov-
ernment, through a law suit,
should be held accountable
for its actions regarding court
However, te re liy is who
do you sue the Attorney
General's office; the legisla-

tive branch or the judicial
These are all areas that
make up the government of
the Bahamas and as such
share some portion of the
blame for the state of the
court system today.
Further, to sue, one will
need to use the aforemen-
tioned systems in order to pur-
sue the objective of holding
the government accountable
and as each of us know the
system is in such a state that
any proposed legal action will
end up in a sea of quandary
and delays that will make it
near impossible to see the
light of day you will only be
throwing good money after
bad, my friend.
I put it to Mr Moss that the

i)s so ini you a n s e a

tion to stop constipating the
system with all the legal wran-
gling and to start acting in the
spirit of the law!
It is a well known fact that
your establishment is an "ol'
boys club" where seniority
ondenamte affiliation are the

Dame Sawyer had it right
when she said that we must
stop pointing fingers when it
comes to the issue of crime,
however I would like to go a
step further and suggest that
that each branch of govern-
ment, as well as the bar asso-
ciation, need to take a deep
and honest look at the way in
which they contribute to the
delay of justice in this country.
It is only then will we start to
see meaningful chan e in how
justice is being delivered.
February, 2008.

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Sby Xan-Xi Bethel
THE status of former prime minister
Perry Christie as the originator of the
Urban Renewal Programme was chal-
lenged yesterday.
Over the weekend, Mr Christic blasted
the FNM's decision to officially re-launch
the programme, saying that the changes
which have been made are "a bloody dis-
However at a press conference yester-
day, Brensil Rolle, Parliamentary Secre-
tary in the Ministry of Housing, said: "The
Urban Renewal initiative was not started
by Perry Christie. That programme began
in the 1970s under the Pindling idminis-
Mr Rolle went on to claim that another
phase of the programme was brought into
play under the first Ingraham administra-
tion, with the introduction~ of a community

policing initiative. He says that Mr Christic
only built onto the foundation that was
laid many years before his time as prime
nunister aund is now trying to take credit for
something that he did not start.
In response to Christie's claims that the
Urban Renewal initiative had stopped
when the FNM came to power last year,
Mr Rolle said Mr Christie "needs to get his
facts straight".
He said that the Urban Renewal Pro-
gramme never stopped, and outlined vari-
ous continuing projects over the past eight
The re-launch is just an introduction of
an Urban Renewal Programme that has
been "re-vamped and restructured," he
Mr Rolle explained that the Urban
Renewal: Liveable Neighbourhoods Pro-
gramme is now under the strict adminis-
tration of the Ministry of Housing with a

hierarchy designed for eff'iciency and max-
imum results. He Rolle cited city clean-
up, youth programmes, community semi-
nars and monthly police walkabouts as
some of the main initiatives under the new
structure of the programme.
Previously, the programme was headed
by the police. This time, the police are not
heading Urban Renewal but are still an
integral part of the "new thrust", he said.
Mr Rolle also explained that the ulti-
mate goal is to implement a programme
that can be eventually taken over by the
community rather than being headed by
the government.
The programme is being launched full
force in New Providence and Grand
Bahama. Permanent Secretary of the Min-
istry of Housing Camille Johnson said that
they plan to start small and eventually
begin full-fledged Urban Renewal pro-
grammess on each of the Family Islands.

"Urban Renewal is a safety net for peo-
ple who would otherwise fall through the
cracks," she said.
She stressed that the programme is about
changing the mindset and attitudes of peo-
ple. "We cannot be successful if the com-
munities themselves don't buy in."
The present administration believes that
the old set-up of the programme did not
look at the "whole man".
"We are trying to include every aspect of
the lives of our people." said Kenneth Rus-
sell, Minister of Housing. "It will be tested
in the Englerston Community with the pro-
gramme being duplicated in each of the
other Urban Renewal jurisdictions."
He said that the four main objectives of
the new programme are to increase safety,
wealth, independence, and create a sense of
responsibility. "We are implementing a
value system to replace the culture of vio-

BAHAMIANS have been told
they must take a stand against
crime by making a conscious deci-
siori to stop knowingly pr~otect-
ing drug dealers, thieves, rapists
and murderers.
Executive vice president of the
Bahamas National Youth Council
Sacha Armbrister said Bahami-
ans are placing the blame for
crime on everybody from the gov-
ernment to the police, when it is
actually a community problem
and many persons knowingly pro-
tect those committing the very
same crimes they decry.
She delivered a powerful and
emotional welcome address at the
first National Youth Anti-Crime
and Non-Violence Forum host-
ed by the Conference of Youth
Leaders (COYL) in conjunction
with the Ministry of National
Ms Armbrister said the forum,
which was attended by hundreds
of young Bahamians represent-
mng every island in the Bahamas,
signified that the youth of the
nation are committed to helping
make the Bahamas a safer place.
"Today is not a day to be taken
lightly," Ms Armbrister said.
"This is a day the leaders of our
' country put their pens down,
close their mouths, remove the
blindfolds and open their ears to
hear and seriously acknowledge
not the cry, but the strong, deter-
mined voices of the young
Bahamians being affected by
"You are the voices of those
who cannot be heard. Let this
country hear you roar. Today is

sons from across the Bahamas on
how they view crime and crimi-
nality. "What it is going to do is to
help decrease crime and save lives
in the future and so it's a major
step and we want to thank the
Ministry of National Security for
supporting this event," Ms Arm-
brister added.
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said he was
excited by the number of young
persons who attended the forum.
"Excellent turn-out, excellent
cross-section of students from the
public and private school systems
and we have gotten good partici-
pation from the Family Island
schools and the schools mn Grand
Bahama," Mr Turnquest said.
"The forum afforded officials
at the Ministry of National Secu-
rity to get to the source of young
people telling us their views on
the crime situation in our country
and to assist us in formulating
recommendations for solutions
and I think that is absolutely
"I think it was an excellent
start, we just have to continue it.
I think that there is still also some
reticence that they are not being
taken seriously, but I think that
the presence of senior police offi-
cers and mine, as Minister, hope-

fully will give them that comfort
that we are serious about them.
"They have taken the time and
placed themselves on the line to
say that 'we are going to get
involved' and so we now have to

show by deliberate action that
we are taking them seriously and
I think that's beginning to hap-
pen and it's really just going to
be a trust factor between both of
us," Mr Turnquest added.

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strategies and systems you trust
can decrease crime, strengthen
relationships between law
enforcement and the communi-
ty, and send a clear message that
we will not allow criminals to dic-
tate how we live our lives.
"The policies you propose in
this room will change history and
more importantly, save lives.
"I implore you, do not hold
your tongue, engage in the con-
versations, be passionate and pro
pose your ideas," Ms Armbrister
She said finding solutions to
crime became an especially per-
sonal matter for her after her
uncle was murdered in Grand
Bahama in 2007.
Ms Armbrister said the forum
was an important "first step" in
getting the opinions of young per-

'Urban Renewal Initiative was not started. by Perry Christie'

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A 49-year-old Andros man
accused of being found in pos-
session of nearly $62,000 worth
of marijuana over the weekend
was remanded to Her Majesty's
prison yesterday after appearing

emnCpo of Msi

eight in Bank Lane, charged
with possession of marijuana
with the: intent to supply.
According to court dockets, it
was alleged that Capron was
found mn possession of the drugs
on Saturday, February 9 while
at Mastic Point-
Capron, who is being repre-
sented by attorney Langton
Hilton, pleaded not guilty to the
drug charge.
He was remanded to Her
Majesty' Prison and his case has
been adjourned to February 18,
when a trial date will be set.

*TWO men accused of being
found in possession of 10 and a
hafpound so marijuana were
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
Kevmn Woodside, 28, of Wil-
son Street and Adrian Beckles,
32, of Hay Street were
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel, charged with
possession of marijuana with
the intent to supply. .
According to court dockets, it
is alleged that the accused were ~
found in possession of the drugs
on Friday, February 8.
Woodside pleaded not guilty
to the chae ad alth uh
Beckles initially pleaded guilty,
Magistrate Bethel did not
accept his plea as equivocal as
he denied ever intending to sell
the drugs.
Both men were remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison and their
case has been adjourned to Feb-

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DVD is a section devoted to
the developments that led up
to the Hea py Hour Eperi-
focus on the detrimenta
effects of promiscuity held
Tin19s came as a result of the
growth in popularity of two
initiatives: WYDPJ (Would
Your Decision Please Jesus?)
and the IPPUAA (Introduc-
tion and Participation in sex-
ual activity. leads to Promis-
cuity, Unwanted pregnancy
Abortions and AIDS) '
The DVD also includes a
section looking back at the
naming the national softball
-tdu afe hrhl
steandoirumnfte Curhil
Mr Penn said that anyone
who wants more information
about the series canl email.

THE Ranfurly Home for
Children benefited from the
generosity of a large group of
Canadian visitors who handed
the ad inistrators a cheque for

Royal LePage, Canada's first
residential real estate compa-
ny, was responsible for the gift.
The company brought 160
real estate agents to the
Bahamas as members of its
National Chairman's Club.
The club represents agents in
the top onaedper cent f sale
came from their voluntary con-
SThe donation is Royal LeP-
age's second annual philan-
thropic effort as part of the
National Chairman's Club
A year earlier, the group
came to the aid of a women's
shelter in San Juan, Puerto
In addition to the cheque, the
Ranfurly Home children were
also treated to a special dinner,
an evening of socilahsmg and a
trove of toys and other gifts.
"In a short period of tune and
withelittle knowledgemoon tis
shopped for gifts and came
tonight to share your time,"
Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper
told agents.
Although the donations were
genuine gestures, they also
made good business sense, he
said. -
"Companies that support
causes for the long haul win the
hearts of customers," he said.
"In fact, 80 per cent of adults
prefer companies that commit
to specific causes for a long peri-
od of ttim rather tha dthos

od causes. Eig t -four pertchend

impression of corporations who
have a charitable arm is better
than those who do not.
"Seventy-nine per cent indi-
cate that, Ill things bingk yqual

select a product or service from
a business supporting a good
cause than those wJho do not,"
he said.
There were similar trends for
company brands and product
prices. According to Mr Soper'
66 per cent of consumers would
switch brandseto supported caus

higher price for a product or
service that supported a cause
they cared about..
Violetta Gardiner, director
of the Ranfurly Homes, accept-
ed the gifts on behalf of the 38
children now living there.
The organisation has been a
safe haven for orphaned,
abused, neglected or abandoned
children since 1956, Ms Gnar-
diner explained.
"What we try to do here is
provide a home for them, not
just a shelter," she said. "What
you are seeing here are children
that are shiming through, despite
their circumastcances.dieto f

groups for Ministry of Tourism,
added the thanks of the gov-
I-e pointed out that a record
high 100,000 visitors came to
the Bahamas from Canada last
year. He said Canadian tray-
ellers are special to Bahamians
and that the Royal LePage
group is a remarkable group.
"We have hundreds of cor-
porate groups each year but
very few of them make this kind
of contribution, he said.
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A NEW DVD has been
released that celebrates
Bahamian poetry and high-
light's the works of two well
known poets.
The production is the third
in a series of "Off Air TV
DVDs launched in April by
Frank Penn to draw atten-
tion to a number of Bahami-
an issues.
The Bahamian Poetry
DVD features original works
by Etienne L Farquharson of
Grand Bahama and Sly
Broker of Nassau.
Mr Farquharson's poetry
covers topics as controver-
sial as the financial blacklist-
ing of the Bahamas, while Mr
Broker's more lighthearted
segment sees him waxing
lyrical about adultery and
material sm versus oneness
wit Gd
There are a total of five
segments in each of the three
DVDs. Mr Penn said that he
plans to produce nine more
DVDs, one every three
According to Mr Penn,
.the first DVD, a study of the
proposals for the creation of
a National Youth Service,
"was- inspired by recent
events involving the embar-
rassing and rude behaviour
of some of our school chil-
dren and the confused and
seemingly helpless response

by many in authority, includ-
ing parents."
He said the research cov-
ered the period from 1954 to
a proposed bill on the issue
in 1988 and much of what
transpired after. It asks the
question "has the time come
for a National Youth Ser-
His latest DVD again
touches on this issue,
expanding upon the fact that
Captain Simpson C Penn,
after whom the nation's cor
reactions centre for boys is
named, was vocal advocate
for National Youth Service.
This latest installment
includes rare footage of a
banquet held in Captain Pen-
n's honour, at which the lega-
cy of his Nassau Company of
the Boy Brigade is discusses
at len
It also includes footage of
the late Prime Minister Sir
Lynden Pindling's speech at
the 1988 PLP convention, at
which he again raised the
idea of National Youth Ser-
vice, and charts the successful
opposition to the idea led by
the Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association. This sec-
tion includes fascinating
interviews with some of those
involved as well as contem-
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SBy Clunis Devaney
A STATE recoginised funeral service was hleld yesterday at Christ
Church Cathedral for permanent secretary and secretary to the gov-
ernor general, the late Mrs Jacquelyn Murray.
Mrs Murray, whose career in the public service spanned 41 years,
died at Doctors Hospital on February 2 after a short battle with cancer.
She was 62. Governor General Arthur Hanna and Prime Minister
Hube~rt Ingraham were accompanied by Cabinet ministers, members
of parliament and senior public officers at the service.
In his sermon, Canon Basil Tynes declared that that, "Jackie was will-
ing to stand up for principle; she was a woman of principle, a woman
of integrity."
The Rector of St Barnabas Anglican Parish expressed his belief
that integrity "is something we are losing in this country and we must
wake up as a people where our 'yes' means 'yes' and our 'no' means
a ng' Sohm ynaof us aedwilling t p~la thespap lrit caame.ite gho
hurt certain people's feelings," the priest said. "But those who kri~ew
Jackie, knew quite well that she was brave and bold."
He warned that the apathetic attitude "that is slowly beginning to kill
us in this country" must be ended. "Jackie was never mediocre when
it came to her work. She put out her best and she did her best at
every turn and step along the way. Would to God that every civil ser-
vant in this country put out their best foot in all circumstances because
there are other people who rely upon your witness and your work."
The governor general, in his tribute, briefly traced the career of
Mrs Murray, which began in January 1967 as a private secretary in the
Ministry of Home Affairs, which he headed.
She died serving as secretary to the governor general, again under Mr
Hanna. Mrs Murray's survivors include her husband, Frederick; daugh-
ters, LaVette Johnson and YaEl Walcott; her son Krishna Murray
and three grandchildren. She was buried in Woodlawn Gardens on Sol-
dier Road.

FAMILY members, friends and colleagues bid ~
Jacquelyn Murray, who died of cancer at the age (

GOVERNOR-general Arthur Hanna and his wife Beryl Hanna arrive at
the Christ Church Cathedral for the state recognized funeral of per-
manent secretary Jacquelyn Murray. Ms Murray, who died at the age
of 62, also served as secretary to the governor-general.

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FORMER prime minister Perry Christie speaks to some of mourners
at the funeral service for permanent secretary Jacquelyn Murray at
Christ Church Cathedral.

POLICE officers accompany the coffin of Jacquelyn Murray into Christ
Church Cathedral yesterday morning,

re nur sing
at the College of the Bahamas.
In 2001, the Future Nurses of
the Bahamas programme was
launched to target students from
grades five to nine.
Ms Johnson was also instru-
mental in increasing the stipend
for nursing students from $125 to
$475 which brought it on par with
that of teaching students.
She also played a significant
role in advocating for increases
in salaries and benefits for nur s.
"This tender-hearted lady has a
soft spot for the poor and down-
trodden and does not think twice
about using her personal funds
to assist others," Dr Minnis said.
He said Ms Johnson "never lost
the common touch" despite all of
her accomplishments.
Dr Minnis said Ms Johnson's
influence and contributions to the
nursing profession and the Min-
istry of Health are "very much
evident" in the many policies and
systems she helped to put in
place. "The Ministry of Health
and Social Development, the
healthcare system, the nursing
profession and indeed the entire
Bahamas, have been truly
enriched by the service of this
nursing icon," he said.

NURSING pioneer and trail-
blazer Mary Johnson has official-
ly retired from frontline nursing -
leaving behind a legacy that will
be difficult to surpass.
Ms Johnson entered the nurs-
ing profession as a trainee in 1960
at the age of 17, at a time when
the face of nursing in the
Bahamas was predominantly
After almost 48 years, Ms
Johnson has been credited with
changing the landscape of nursing
in the Bahamas by promoting
excellence in service, standards,
education and training.
She was honoured at a retire-
ment banquet by the Ministry of
Health and Social Development
on Saturday at the British Colo-
mial Hilton. Described as quiet,
unassuming and caring, Ms John-
son recorded a number of firsts
during her career.
She retired as director of nurs-
ing in the. Ministry of Health, a
position she held for 14 years-
Ms Johnson was the first nurse
to complete the Registered Nurse
Programme mn three years, after
all every candidate she entered
the programme with had dropped
out; was the first of two Bahami-

sional qualifications including a
degree in education from the Uni-
versity of Miami, and a bachelor
of science degree in nursing and a
masters in rehabilitation and
counselling from the University
of South Florida.
"Ms Johnson is truly a nursing
legend and as the Minister of
Health and Social Development,
I thank her for her years of com-
mitted and faithful service to the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas,"
said Dr Hubert Minnis.
"She has served well and has
served with distinction and her
successor will indeed have big
shoes to fill."
Admired throughout the nurs-
ing profession and the pduca-
tional system for her commitment
to education and training, Ms
Johnson has played a "significant
role" in the development of many
of the programmes that young
nursing students have access to.
She has also helped a number
of nurses to take advantage of
training opportunities locally and
abroad. During her tenure as
director of nursing, the Nursing
Cadet Programme was launched
to recruit candidates for.direct
entry into the nursing programme

DUTGOING director of nursing Mary
Johnson is all smiles after accept-
ing a gift from Mrs Elizabeth Keju,
undersecretary of human resources
at the Ministry of Health,
an nurses deployed as clinical
teachers at the Princess Margaret
Hospital's School of Nursing in
1968, and was the first Bahamian
female nurse to obtain post-basic
certification in psychiatric nurs-
ing in 1969.
She was granted a Fellowship
by the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) to attend
the Advanced Nursing Education
Programme at the University of
the West Indies in 1972/3, which
led to her'becoming the first
Bahamian psychiatric tutor.
A staunch proponent of edu-
cation, Ms Johnson achieved
nilmerous academic and profes-


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charged in connection with

toddler's speedboat death

FROM page one

firmed to the news organisation yesterday that she and her husband
are scheduled to fly out to give evidence in court in Nassau. The tri-
al will begmn on April 14.
The BBC report said that the announcement followed a "five
year campaign by the child's family to bring the case to court."
Paul's mother said: "We're relieved in one way, but also appre-
hensive. We want justice to be served, but it's a lot to go through
again. We feel as if our lives have been put on hold."

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"just a matter of time"' before
an application is put in by the.
developer, and all medications
are that once certain stipula-
tions put forward by BEST
(Bahamas Environment Science
and Technology commission)
relating to the protection of the
environment are met, permis-
sion will be granted for the

canal. '
"They cannot have the mari-
na without cutting through the
beach," said Dr Deveaux. "It
would be wrong to imply that
we do not intend to grant an
approval. "
Asked whether he could con-
firm or deny the information
received by The Tribune relat-

ing to the the BEST report, Dr
Deveaux said he was unaware
of its contents as the environ-
mental aspect of the project
would not fall within his port-
A source has alleged that the
report recommended that a $5
million bond should be put up
by the developer if the canal
were allowed to go ahead.
Efforts by The Tribune to
ascertain the contents of the
BEST report were frustrated
yesterday. A commission
employee who had been
identified as the correct person
to direct the query to said
that she would be unable to
comment on the claims.
Asked why,.Zanda Boneby
said that "job secrecy laws" pre-
vented her from domng so. When
The Tribune referred to com-
ments recently made by Prune
Master Hubert Ingraham that
public servants need to "be
more open and forthcoming in
dealing with. the press", Ms
Boneby laughed.
The Tribune, went on to
request a copy of the recom-
mendations that were allegedly
put forward. Ms Boneby said
that she would have to "ask
(her) superior", and stated that
person would call back later.
When The Tribune in turn
asked to be provided the name
of the boss in question, the
employee simply said: "No." Up
to press time yesterday The Tn'-
bune did not-receive a phone
call from BEST.
Dr Deveaux said that he
believes that the developer will
be required to produce an envi-
ronmental management plan
"to accommodate the sustain-
ability of the beach and miti-
gate any erosion that
should arise" before a permit
is granted for t'he Albany
However, if the BEST com-

mission's initial recommenda-
tions were that no canal should
be excavated, then such require-
ments would already be a climb-
Sdown in terms of environmental
protection, and furthermore,
with the government already
seemingly committed to facili-
tating the developer's vision for
the project, the significance of
such a plan funded by the
developer is called into ques-
Dr Deveaux said yesterday
that he could "say without fear
of contradiction that given the
public's concern and the gov-
ernment's concern about the
damage a canal might do that
every conceivable effort will be
made to ensure that the beach
(is preserved)."
Adding that there are "many
options that are available to
ensure that this cut and any
damage it might do are min-
imised", the.works minister
mentioned that in other similar
situations, "sizeable bonds"
have been required biy the gov-
ernment from the developer.
This is usually done in order
that funds are available in the
case that corrective measures
need to be taken-should dam-
age occur.
The Heads of Agreement
signed by the government with
the Albany developer includes a
clause which states that a one
million dollar bond will be pro-
vided for the canal. Asked yes-
terday whether this aspect of
the agreement was under
review, Dr Deveaux said that
"to the best of (his) knowledge',
the bond has not been
He added however that
Christopher Anand, managing
partner at Albany, had "indi-
cated a commitment to increase
Albany's input into whatever
mitigration was necessary" in
light of the canal.

fered massive inconvenience, financial hard-
ship and loss because of UPS's alleged failure
to meet terms of their contract.
In their writ, filed in the Supreme Court
yesterday, Mr and Mrs Cash allege that Mr
Ratcliffe caused Mr Cash "great fear" by
pointing his hand in his face while threatening
to have him thrown out of his office.
They also claim that UPS made "false and
misleading" statements about the parcel's
whereabouts, and said it was delivered to an
address other than the one agreed to.
The police and Attorney General's Office
are being sued for alleged breach of trust and
confidence, negligence, dishonesty and vio-
lation of the couple's constitutional rights.
Mr and Mrs Cash have been battling the
Baptists for justice since Mr Cash was fired as
coach from Jordan Prince William High
School in 2002.
They have claimed repeatedly over several
years that the Baptists and the courts have
conspired against them, denying them justice.
Apart from alleging unfair dismissal, the
couple .have claimed damages for alleged
itdefamation and breach of constitutional

Tender for ~the Provision of:

A Fire Detection annd Fire Alarm

System at Station 'A' of the
Bahamas Electricity Corporat:ion*S
Clifton Pier Power Station

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

Bid packages may be collected from MrS.
Delmeta Seymour, Administration Office, Blue HliII
& Tucker RoadS.

Proposals are to be delivered to the BEC Execut~ive
Offices on or before 22nd February 2008 and
addressed to:

Kevin Basrden
General Manager
Executive Offices
Bahamas Electricity Corporation `
P O Box NI-7509
Nassau, Bahamas

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

For all inquiries regarding this tender,
COntact Mr. Brent Williamson at
bewill iamson@bahamasel ectricity. com

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

BEST conunission refuses to provide

copy o the Al any project report


is that someone had the

use the knife. That speaks
to a more fundamental
question than mere police
security on the schools.
"The time has come in
this country where people
(need to) take responsibili-
ty for their actions. We can-
not baby-sit (anyone) mn this
country .
Still' shocked by her
younger brother's murder,
Shevaughn Woodside told
The Tribune no one
deserved to die the way he
"He wasn't no saint, he
had his (problems) like a lil'
boy growing up in the ghet-
to but (his death) still wasn't
called for," she said at :CC
Sweeting's campus yester-
She said she saw two stab
wounds on her brother's
body at the hospital, one to
the neck area and another
to the chest, and believes he
may have suffered addi-
Stional wounds.
The victim's family has
Also questioned where the
school's security guards
were when the stabbing
Following the incident,
the student population of
Approximately 1,000 were
Detained in their classrooms
in an attempt to negate any
Further violence. When The
Tribune arrived at the cam-
pus on College Avenue
shortly after 1 pm, students
weeb 'n rel asd in ha
adii jt aticaseofmic al
termed a "phased dis-
Rico Farrington was one
of 25 students involved mna
work placement programme
that allowed him to take
part in off-campus employ-
Principal Delores Ingra-
ham, wife of Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraharn, had
planned a celebratory lunch
tjyief std nts ipied dd
the programme scheduled

hA stpeca asembly will be
and classes are expected to
resume as normal.
Police are being assisted
in their investigation by two
students who are believed
to be brothers.
Farrington's death brings
the murder toll to 11 for the

City Mar ket

asSSHPS public

FROM page one
dent last week near our South
Beach store has been reme-
"As always, safety is our
top priority and while it was
not within our control, we took
immed ate act on upon learn

thna athep anpnlor ated q akl
pleased to report that he has.''
The company said that
laato dni to shioppingtC nre
delivery truck damaged the
cover of the soak-away near
the City Market store last
Mr Bethell, who owns
Bhethe' Tu ckin as 1ela
contacted the company, which
sent an insurance adjuster to
Rtheer than w~ait for the
approval of the quote to begin
repair, he ordered work to
start on Thursday as he was
concerned about the soak-
away being left uncovered.
It was that day while w~ork-
men were making those
repairs that the\ accident
occurred, City Market said in
its statemtenet.voka)wn

to get more materials and
bll ruhed itththpeallet. er
Bethell said.
"I believe the children wecre
out there playing around. They
would have had to climb over
all those pallets. Whatever
happened, City Meat had
nothing to do with it."
Repairs were completed by
Friday morning. he said.
"We are grateful that there
'vere no se ons inju ies inkthi
Limited remains committed to
the highest standards of safety
and excellence." the company
said in its statement.

FROM pae one

has received indicates that there is
no, application from the develop-
er to "cut through" the beach cur-
rently spending before govern-
However, he admitted that
government understands it is

1s of d ut douetSCO S00C eSU

FROM page one

ager of courier services.
The couple have also named the police and
the Attorney General among defendants,
claiming the investigation into the lost pack-
age was mishandled. .
The couple's claim for general, punitive,
sm lary smp~ensatr ade saindica iv
cliffe is the latest salvei th 'r fivey fiht
rhour jsiceagainstuthe Baptist education
The 19-pound package, which they claim
was lost by UPS, contained 120 documents
destined for Mary McDonald, registrar of the
Privv Council's judicial committee mn Downing
Street. London SW1. These were to form the
foundation of the couple's appeal relating to
several issues in the Bahamas Supreme Court
and Court of Appeal involving the Baptists.
When the loss was first reported last year,
UPS, Pinder's and Mr Ratcliffe claimed the
package had been properly delivered in Lon-
don and that they had fulfilled all thqir oblig-
autotsMr and Mrs Cash claim they 1 l~ve suf-

COurt date set for three

TENDER NO. 652/08



SR. MARY BENEDICT PRATT, OSWI~Rtrodued Mfk~i dbi Baenninger to Msgr. Preston'
Moss at The Hermitagle, the residence of Archbi pp Patrick Pinder. Here they admire
the ocean view from the Hermitage's northern verda



Bahamians celebrate 34-year partnership with the College

TELZENA COAKLEY gives MaryAnn Baenninger, president of the College of Saint
Benedict, a tour of the old and new Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral.

SAINT BEN'S alumna Pamela Woods, vocalist and entertainer, convers-
es with alumna Camille Bullard between musical numbers.

COLLEGE HEADS MEET College of the Bahamas President Janyne M. Hodder met with Maryann Baen-
ninger, President of the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, to discuss the implementation of study abroad
and exchange agreements between the two schools. From COB (I to r) are Valdez Russell, International Rela-
tions Liaison; Dr Linda Davis, Vice-President Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations;
President Janyne M Hodder; Maryann Baenninger, President College of St Benedict; Kolleen Kellom,
Associate Vice President College of Saint Benedict; Stuart Lang, Vice President College of Saint Benedict.

Telzena saw her three sisters, a handful of cousins
and nieces, and children of friends graduate from
Saint Ben's and Saint John's.
Although the Benedictjne University College
.cappps clolSg in 2QQ0 githi~t e mansion ot2- and
4-year programmes on the Isla~nd; the traditional
trek north continues. One of Telzena's grandnieces,
Trevane Sherman, is among the 37 Bahamian stu-
dents currently studying in Minnesota.
Last June, half-a-dozen alumnae went back to
Saint Ben's to visit friends and celebrate their class
reunion. They invited the president of Saint Ben's,
Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, to visit Nassau to explore
future educational opportunities and revitalize the
partnership between the Bahamas and the college.
Dr. Baenninger came to Nassau last month to
meet Saint Ben's alumnae and parents of current stu-
dents. She met with President Janyne Hodder and
Dr. Linda Davis of the College of the Bahamas to
explore opportunities for. potential collaboration
and visited the sisters of St. Martin's Monastery,
Msgr. Preston Moss, and many others. Telzena
Coakley also took her on a tour of St. Francis Xavier
nJanuary 15, 2008, Dr. Baenninger spoke
at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau to
a large gathering of over 170 enthusiastic alumnae,
friends and prospective students. The strong con-
nections are clear. "We are excited to build and
strengthen our Bahamian alumnae family," she said.
"The soul of this society is alive with tradition, cul-
ture, and opportunity. I look forward to passing
that along for generations to come."
The evening reception was organized by Ms.
Judith Adderley and her daughter, Hiltina Adderley
Scott, a 2001 Saint Ben's graduate who assists
prospective students during their college selection
process to learn more about Saint Ben's and Saint
In attendance were a number of prospective stu-
dents and their parents interested in attending the
two schools, as well as many of the sisters from St.
Martin's Monastery, including Sr. Mary Benedict
Pratt, prioress, and scores of alumnae and their
Musical entertainment was provided by vocalist
Pamela Woods, a Saint Ben's graduate who regularly
performs in Nassau at the Hilton. Photographs were
taken by Anishka Adderley, sister of Hiltina. The
organizing committee and inspiration for the event
came from Natasha Austin, Deborah Garland,
Allyson Mycklewhyte, Jacqlueline Mycklewhyte,
and Emily Osadebey.
During the evening, Telzena Coakley was hon-
oured for her dedication to furthering educational
opportunities for the islands. To a warm round of
applause, she was thanked for her vision in helping
to define, guide and strengthen the relationship of
Saint Ben's and Saint John's with the community of
alums, parents and friends here.
Telzena still sees the partnership with Saint Ben's
and Saint John's as a gift.
"I call it our independence gift," Telzena says.
"They couldn't give a better gift to help the high-
er education of our people."

HE year 1973-was: significant for the
people of thq Bahamas and for the Col-
lege of Saint B~enedict in rural Saint
T Joseph, Minnesota. .?<
Bahamians celebrated becoming an independent
nation. Saint Ben's began its relationship with the
people of the Bahamas to serve elementary teachers
who were seeking a four-year bachelor's degree.
While 2,000 miles and extreme weather changes
separated the islands from campus, one woman led
in pulling them together: Telzena Coakley,
A native of New.Providence island, Telzena was
sent to Saint Ben's at the encouragement of the
Benedictine nuns here. In 1962, she was graduated
with a double major in mathematics and history
and went on to earn two Master's degrees from
Columbia University in New York City: one in
economic geography and the second in African
Studies in the School of International Affairs.
When she was appointed to the Bahamas Min-

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tion in 1973,
Telzena had
One thing on
her mind:
teacher train-
mg"The teach-
ers and some of
th dmin strae

Telela gasaisd in
a 1989 newspa-
per interview.
"They hadn't
done much
studying since
they had
throu g h
She set out
to change that.
.In collabora-
tion with a local
Catholic educa-

MORE THAN 160 alumnae and
family members gathered January
15 to reminisce and celebrate the
pioneering educational partnership
between the Bahamas and College
of Saint Benedict. Among them
were (1-r) Anishka Adderley, Mrs.
Judith Adderley and Hiltina Adder-
ley Scott, '01 graduate, who wel-
comed guests to the Hilton. Mrs
Judith Adderley is the registrar in
the Bahamas for students entering
St John's and St Ben's.

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tor, the late Sister Maedene Russell, OSB, Telzena
developed the idea for her alma mater to start a
teacher training programme in Nassau.

Pilot 6-week summer programme quick-
A y expanded to weekly classes. By the
mid-1980s, Benedictine University College (or the
Bahamas Campus of the College of Saint Benedict
and its educational partner Saint John's University,
as it was called) offered all the majors and degrees
that Samnt Ben's.and Saint John's offered in Min-
nesota. In the 1990s, most students were majoring in
management and accounting, while the balance was
distributed over education, art, communications,
computer science, and economics.
More than 2,800 Bahamian students attended
Saint Ben's and Saint John's in Minnesota or the
Benedictine University College in the Bahamas
since 1974, and 2,200 of them were women.

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global agenda, 2008 is the time we must take concerted action." Ban 3J' e
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impacts of climate change."
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companies that
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tions are "prime
candidates" for
further expan-
sion via the fran-
chise business
model, the
Chamber of
executive director said vester-
day, pointing out that this held
"real possibility" for the Family
Islands and wider Caribbean.
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recommending that the Bill
seeking to regulate and
licence the industry include
provisions for arbitration to
resolve disputes, and for the major con-
struction companies to be placed in a
'Prime' category, the Bahamian Contrac-
tors Association's (BCA) president said
Stephen Wrinkle, head of Wrinkle
Development, said the BCA "had every
intention" of submitting all comments and
feedback received on the Draft Contrac-
tors Bill to Earl Deveaux, minister of
works and transport, by the end of Feb-
ruary 2008.
"We we're hoping to get the Bill to Par-
liamnent before these projects started," Mr
Wrinkle told The Tribune, "but it looks
like Baha Mar is approved and Albany
is approved, so we're now hoping to get it
before Parliament before the summer
The BCA president said "some 10-12"
comments anld concerns were likely to be

Tribune Business Editor
THE bidder
seeking to
acquire a 49 per
cent stake in the
Telecommunica- '
tions Company's '
(BTC) through : ~~
its privatization
has just 15 days
left on its exclu-
sivity period,
after which the
Government is set to open the
process up to other bidders.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, clarified what
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham mean earlier this month
by saying the Government was
committed to another 15 days of
talks with Bluewater Commu-
nications H-oldings, explaining
yesterday that the bidder had

"'a balance of 15 days left on its
"'It's not when it runs out,"
Mr Laing said of the exclusivity
period. "Theye's a period of
exclusivity left, and that's 15
days from when the discussions
start again. There's 15 days
more left in the exclusivity peri-
The minister explained that
the clock started running down
on the exclusivity period when
Bluewater first opened negoti-
ations with the Government on
privatising BTC.
It continued to tick down as
talks continued, but stopped
when talks with the Govern"
ment stopped. They stopped
pre-Christmas and have yet to
start again in 2008.
Confirming that a 15-day bal-
ance was left on Bluewater's

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presentedl to the Attorney G~eneral's
Office and Minist~ry of Works once the
industry consultation process was com-
pleted. to see whether all or any could
be includedc in a revised draft of the Bill
before it went to Cabinett and Parliament.
"One of the main concerns we were
trying to get in there w~as for arbitration,
so that disputes between clients and con-
tractors could go to arbitration before
going to court. That would expedite that a
little bit," Mr Wrinkle said, not to mention
possibly reducing the costs and time
expended by both sides.
H-e added that another suggested
amendment, some six to seven of which
had come from individual contractors,
and another f'ourl to five from the BCA,
was for the "veryv higi contractors to have
a category call 'Pr-ime"'"
Mr Wrinkle said there were only six to

seven such construction firms in the
Bahamas, the likes of Cavalier Construc-
tion, Osprey Developers, CGT Construc-
tion, and Sunco.
This proposed change, the BCA presi-
dent added, ivould "kind of segregate
them from the pack, with the criteria for
inclusion in the 'Prime' category relating
to whether they had 100 or more employ-
The existing draft Bill provides for the
licensing of different contractors according
to the -size of a construction project they
are able to do, based on past performance.
The Bill provides for Building Con-
tractor Level One, Level Two and Level
Thee, effectively small, medium and large
construction companies, but Mr Wrinkle

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Expo. a venture in which the
Chamber is partnering wiith the
U]S Embassy a~nd H;Ihama1:S
Development Ba~nk (BDHE .
said the event 'ouldIC alSO l~OC1S
on how Bahamian companies
and businessmen could use the
franchise model to expand their
own businesses.
Many Bahamians entrepr-
neurs have been exstremely slc-
cessful in becoming franch~isecs
for major U)S brands and com-
panies, but Mr Simnon said
Superw~ash, Bamboo Shackantd
Pricebusters were all esamnples
of companies that "'have all the
elements of, and potential, to
become fr ane~low
"Primne candidates ar~e th~ose
with multiple locations at un^
the Baham-as already." the

Chamber executive director
said...... "It doesn't just have to
heL food it can be across the
honrd in goods and services. If
you have a model that is work-
ing for you, you can franchise
that model."
inquiries have already been
matde. Superwiash's president,
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is also
the Chamber's president, pre-
viously recalled that he was
approached onl the Chamber's
recent trade mission to Haiti by
someone who wanted to
become a potential Superwash
franchisee there.
Valarea Swain-Miller, the
BDB's senior assistant manager

Tribune Business
bution to the Bahamian econo-
my has remained stagnant at 2
per cent of gross domestic prod-
uct, the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank's ( IDB) country
representative said yesterday,
despite the tourism sector
spending $300 million per
annum on food and beverage
Speaking as the Bahamas
Agricultural Producers Associ-
ation (BAPA) and the IDB
launched a new $120,00 initia-
tive which, over the next 18
months, aims to assist Bahami-
an farmers in develop sound
business policies to tap into the
tourism sector, Oscar Spencer
said' that industry's food and
drink imports were expected to
grow in lIme with room inven-
tory expansion-
The clear implication is that
foreign importers are supplying
a need that should be filled by
Bahamian farmers and produc-
Mr Spencer said this was
something the initiative aimed
to change. He explained that
the $120,00 cost will be jointly
paid for by the IDB's Multi-Lat-
eral Investment Fund, which is
contributing $84,000, and

industry must 'suck
at the breast of tousris'
10 Survive and prosper

BAPA, which is to provide the
remaining $36,000.
Mr Spencer said one of the
major challenges impacting
Bahamian farmers and produc-
ers was their inability to secure
funding from Bahamas-based
commercial banks. The pro-
gramme sought to address that
as well, he added.
1 G Stubbs, BAPA's presi-
dent, said the initiative's suc-
cess was vital if Bahamian agri-
culture was to regroup and take
its position as the third pillar of
the Bahamian economy.
He added that the Bahamas
had several sub-climates where
a variety of produce can ibe
grown, and said he would like to
see the programme reinvented
and reorganised so that it can be
a permanent economic engine.
Dr Marikis Alvarez, a repre-
sentative from the Inter-Amer-
ican Institute on Agriculture
(IICA), said that to be success-
ful the Bahamian agriculture
industry needs to suck at the
breast of tourism".

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IT was a relatively quiet week
on the Bahamian stock market,
with only 38,250 shares chang-
ing hands. Ten of the 19 listed
com anie9shtraded d ring the

advancers, two decliners and
four issuers remaining
Volume leader for the week
was Doctors Hospital Health
System (DHS), with 17,700
shares changing hands, account-
ing for 46 per cent' of total
shares traded. DHS closed the
week unchanged at $2.45.
Leading the rally was Cable
Bahamas (CAB), with its share
price mecreasmng by $0.06 on a
voum'e of 1 000 shares to clo e

high of $12.70.
wThe loss leader for the week
tional Bank (CIB), which
declined by $0.60 on a volume
of 5,350 shares, closing the week
out at a new 52-week low of
The FINDEX declined by
16.39 points or 1.7 per cent,
2e~ek2-o erwe-k etothcls at
EX is down by 2.39 per cent.

Freeort Cn rEte Sompany
(FCL) released its results for
2frs qadrter to Novoenbe
$74,000 compared to net loss of
$159,000 mn the 2006 compara-
tive period.
The company's management
indicated that total sales rev-
enues for the quarter of $3.7
million were down by 8.7 per
cent quarter-over-quarter, due
to reduced sales in the concrete
division. This resulting from a
slow down in business in this
]FCL reported that gross prof-
it of $1 million declined by
about $124,000 or 10.8 per cent
from the 2007 first quarter,
Total expenses of $990,000 also
declined by 16 per cent, due to
lower payroll costs of $522,000,
which decreased by $103,000
quarter-over-quarter. .
STotal assets of $6.9 million
declined~ slightly by $288,000 or
4 per cent from the amount
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*BBL has declared a special dividend of $0.02 per share, with
$0.01 paid on December 31, 2007, and $0.01 being payable on
March 31, 2007, to all shareholders of record date December 21,

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of the decline is due- to lower
current assets, with manage-
ment indicating that the com-
pany is in need of additional
working capital.
Total liabilities of $5 million
also declined slightly by
$214,000 or 4.1 per cent from
the year-end amount.
Continuing our discussion of
mutual funds as an investment
vehicle, this week we will focus
on the different types of mutu-
al funds.

Open-End versus .
Closed-~End Funds
An open-end fund is a mutu-
al fund where shares in the fund
are issued and redeemed on an
ongoing basis at the frequency
of the net asset value (NAV)

With a closed-end fund there
is a limited number of shares
offered, and after the initial
offering, no additional shares
are offered for sale. Investors
cannot redeem their shares until
the fund is liquidated. The orig-
inal shares offered by the fund
can, however, trade in a sec-
ondary market.
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closed-end fund is determined
partially by the value of the
investments in the fund, and
partially by the premium (or
discount) placed on it by the
market, unlike the open-end
fund where the price is the net
assets of the fund divided by
the outstanding shares.
Another key difference
between the two type of funds is
liquidity, with the open-end
fund's offering better liquidity
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Tribune Business Reporter
HOT'ELS in the Bahamas are experiencing
projected r.ooml ccuIpanIcy levels as the winter
season enters its final weeks, ahead of Spring
Break and the Easter holiday weekend.
Arthuritia Butler, general manager at Com-
fort Suites on Paradise Island, told Tribune Busi-
ness that the hotel is "so far on target with its pro-
jections for the next few months".
Ms Butler said that for the rest of February,
Comfort Suites is looking at occupancy levels

near 80 per cent. For the month of March, she
said occupancy levels look to be around the high
90 per cents.
"We are also closely monitoring April," she
Ms Butler said the figures were similar to 2006
Another hotel, the British Colonial Hilton
..reported a current occupancy level of 65 per cent
for this month, according to a reservation agent.
The industry is rebounding from a less than
stellar 2007, when tourist arrivals dropped sig-
nificantly due to a number of internal and exter-

nal factors.
Hotels are also being plagued by some of the
highest operating costs in the Caribbean and the
ever-rising electricity prices.
According to Frank Comito, executive vice-
president of the Bahamas Hotel Association
(BHA), full room nights are the only way for
Bahamian hotels to combat spiralling costs.
Neko Grant, the minister of tourism, also
launched an extensive advertising campaign ear-
lier this year to convince tourists in the northern
US to escape the snowy weather for a Bahamian
style, Winterland.

ing the Bahamas Business Franchise Con-
ference and Expo to Nassau, said the fran-
chise show offered Bahamian entrepreneurs
an ideal opportunity to glimpse the "'whole
package" of how a business worked.
She explained: "Many people are defi-
cient in various aspects of business. They
have an idea and want to establish a busi-
ness, but in brmngmg the pieces together
they are deficient. "So, here they have an
opportunity to look at the whole package -
the franchise package. We encourage every-
one to take advantage of this opportunity."

Ms Swain-Miller added that entrepre-
neurs needed to exploit the BDB's ability to
finance their technology, equipment and
machinery needs more,
Andrew Stanford, BDB's assistant man-
ager in its business advisory services unit,
added that in the context of franchises:
"Financial assistance is available. What we
try to do is concentrate on machinery, equip-
ment and so forth. In some instances we
assist with the initial inventory, but going
forward we're looking at every aspect of
financing. "

Tribune Business Editor
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are "'deficient in trying to bring the pieces
together" when they attempt to realise their
business dream, a Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) official said yesterday.
Valarea Swamn-Miller, senior assistant
manager for the BDB's business advisory
services unit, speaking as the BDB unveiled
its partnership with the US Embassy and
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce in bring-

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BCA was also hoping to hold
at least one Town Meeting and
use radio talk shows as another,
final, method of getting its point
across and obtaining feedback.
"We have every intention of
handing everything over to him
[Dr Deveaux] this month," Mr
Wrinkle said. "He's very recep-
tive, checking on it, and wants it
to go forward."
With the Bahamas Technical
and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) running the: courses
training Bahamians in a variety
of construction trades. Mr
Wrinkle added that it made
sense for the institution to
''administer the testing" to qual-
ify these persons "and be

responsible for standards" in
the industry.
"One of the most important
aspects of the Bill is that it's
going to offer consumers pro-
tection against unscrupulous
contractors and shoddy work-
Smanship," Mr Wrinkle said.
Once the Bill was passed into
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for consumers that currently did
not exist. With all Bahamas-
based contractors having to be
licensed, the industry and Con-
tractors Board that will be
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This, Mr Wrinkle said, would
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unqualified contractors under-
cutting qualified rivals on bid
and tender prices, then failing to
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following positions in its Development Department. This is an
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Assist with development of forecasting and working
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Keen understanding of maintaining aggressive schedules
within planned budgets
Needs good communication, logistical and organizational
Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product

Assistant Project Manager/Site Superintendent

Minimum 5 years of construction site management

Go working knowledge of timber and masonry
construction methods
Working knowledge of construction materials
Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
Proficient in fielding and resolving daily on-site queries
from contractors
Proficient in performing material take-offs
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Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
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Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
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Procurement Officer

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) Sparko Limited is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
Sis the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
anld (c) of the Internationlal Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby goiven that:-

(a) Zalowat Corporation Ltd. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) Santarbagno Inc. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

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(a) NEW SUMMIT LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 08th February, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr. Michael Low
of clo 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 12th day of February, A.D. 2008

Mr. Michael Low

PiigInformation As Of: F A L`"
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0.900.80 Benchmark 0.90 0.90 0.00 0 188 O .030 4 8 3 33
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This is especially true in hle
Bahamas, given the prolifera-
tion of franchises, especially in
the food industry with the likes
of Wendy's, Burger King,
McI~onald's, Starbucks, Ken-
tucky Fried Chicken, Benni-
gan's and countless others,
These companies employ hun-
dreds of Bahamians.
SFranchises are also present in
the shipping and business ser-
vices sectors, through the likes
of Mail Boxes Etc and the UPS
Store, embroidery products with
EmbroidME, vehicle repair
shops such as Midas, fitness cen-
tres such as Curves, all the way
through to hotels and salons.
The reason why franchising
appears to have become popu-
lar and successful in equal mea-
sure among Bahamian busi-
nessmen is that they can adopt a
business template that has been
proven to work elsewhere, often
in countless countries around
the world.
In addition, the brand and its
product/service is likely to be
well-recognised by both
Bahamian and tourist con-
sumers alike, giving the fran-
chise a ready-made customer
The Bahamian franchisee
must pay the franchisor, or mas-
ter holder of the brand, royalties
and franchise fees, and meet the
brand's recognized global stan-

Yet in return, the Bahamian
franchisee also received help
with staff training, the equip-
ment for the business, potential
help with other start-up costs
and "carry through for the dura-
tion of the franchise". All this
helps to minimise the Bahamian
entrepreneur's entry risk of get-
ting into business, another rea-
son why franchises are so attrac-
tive in this country.
Mr Simon attributed the fran-
chise model's success to the fact
that it was "a proven model
throughout the world", with the
success of Bahamian franchis-
es especially those in the food
business driven by the "prox-
imity" of this nation to their US
home market, the "pioneer of
the franchise model", where
most dominate.
The US brands and compa-
nies set to attend the upcoming
Expo, scheduled for February
25-26, 2008, at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, include Salad Cre-
ations, a healthy-eating restau-
rant chain; Pretzelmaker; Shoe-
box New York, the retailer for
women's luxury footwear, hand-
bags and accessories; Billboard
Connection, a 'home-based'
franchise focused on the out-
door advertising industry;~ Sig-
narama, the world's largest sign
franchise, with 900 locations in
50 countries; Planet Beach Con-

tempo SPA, a global beauty and
wellness chain; Officel Station-
ary Franchise; Juiceblendz
International; and Maggir;
Moo's Ice Cream and Treatery.
"There are opportunities for
every single one of these fran-
chises to be purchased and
invested in by Bahamian entre-
preneurs," Mr Simon added.
"But we're not painting a pic-
ture that it's going to be smooth
sailing, as every business
requires work. Franchises can
also be expensive, but at the
same time they can also be def-
initely worth the investment."
The Expo scored a notable
success at its inaugural event,
providing the platform from
which Bahamian company Sun-
Tee, headed by Scott Farring-
ton, won the EmbroidMe fran-
The Bahamas-based Expo is
being held prior to the Interna-
tional Franchise Show, which is
due to take place in Washington
in March, the idea being that
Bahamian entrepreneurs inter-
ested in further exploring fran-
chise opportunities will also
attend that show.
Ms Swain-Miller added:
"There's a lot of knowledge to
be gained from this, for entre-
preneurs trying to feel their way
and decide what is the best
model to use for establishing
their business."



Bahamian companies are 'prime candidates' for franchise growth

FROM page 1B

in the business advisory services
unit, said: "Most of us are famil-
iar with the recognized franchise
brands, but it is our hope that
one of our own entrepreneurs
will see the value of establishing
a franchise that has its birth
here, and is the brainchild of a
Bahamian son or daughter.
"The franchise case is one
that has been tried, tested and
proven." .
The Family Islands would be
the ideal testing ground for
Bahamian companies seeking
to expand from Nassau and
Freeport via the franchise mod-
el. They could seek franchisees
who know the different islands
and markets, supplying them
with product and use of their
recognized brand and logo.
Ms Swain-Miller said she
wanted Bahamian entrepre-
neurs from the Family Islands,
as well as Nassau and Grand
Bahama, to attend the upcom-
ing Expo because their were
potential opportunities for them
to become franchisees of exist-
ing Bahamian companies.
Mr Simon, meanwhile, added
that franchising, as a business
model, had enjoyed a greater
success rate than other, more
traditional start-up forms.


NOTICE is hereby given that ACKEISHA TAYLOR of
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 12TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SYLVENA DUCENOR OF
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 12TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

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persons engaged in the investment management of Cayman
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to them at regular meetings
-Supervise a secondary trading platform buying and selling
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January 31, at the British Colo-
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reporting, and, supervising and training support staff.

Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in Economics,
Accounting or Finance, and, a minimum of 5 years Treasury
experience with a major commercial and/or investment bank; a
Chartered Accountant or CFA designation preferred. Excellent
marketing/sales, analytical, communication, and interpersonal
skills, combined with a results orientation and an ability to build
relationships, will round out the ideal candidate. Some travel is
required .

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Programme 2008/09 academic year. The deadline for applications is 14th February, 2008.

AdmisionGRS~uirem sor higher, including mathematics and English
J Two semesters of college chemistry and two semesters of college physics, biology or
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For more information please contact Dianne Pratt, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
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Michael Pintard and a host of local talent including Pat Rahming, Freddie
Munnings Jr, the National Youth Choir, the Prodigal Sons, Anku & the
Thought Catchers, The College of The Bahamas Concert Choir, Men of
Means and others.

Special highlight
Fashion show of authentic West African DesignS

Wednesday, 20th February, 2008
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Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $20 (adults) $5 (children/students)
Tickets are on sale at Cha ter O(ne B~ookstoPre an Th Dundas Box Offce

Proceeds to aid the establishment of a chair in African Studies.

For more information, please contact the School of Social Sciences
at (242) 397-2606 or 7.

21st-23rdl February, 2008
NaSSau, The Bahamas .

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Come learn about and celebrate a part of Bahamian and world bletory that has profoundly
influenced Africa, Europe and the Amerloae. Regleter today.

Plenary Speakere

Dr. Joseph E. Harris, Howard University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus,
an expert on Africa and Director of the South African Research and Archival Project. At
the conference his topic center around: "Global slave trade and the emergence of
communities of African descent around the world".

Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Professor of History at Tulane University and author. Her
presentation will focus on "Fre'ed Africans in The Bahamas".

Mr. William Godfrey Davis Esq., Attorney at Law and Transformative Mediator, his topic
will be "Reparations for the peoples of the Maafa".

Mr. Kojo Yankah, President of the Africa Institute of Journalism & Communications,
educator and author, he will speak on the topic: "Reconciliation for the Peoples of the
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Three day conference, including conference material, coffee breaks, all sessions, receptions,
art exhibition, tour of Clifton and a cultural extravaganza
$450 per person
$1 50 per student
$750 per group of 10
Day rate including conference material and coffee breaks
$150 per person
$75 per student
$350 per group of 10

For additional information, contact the School of Social Sciences,
Telephone 397-2606/7
Jessica Minnis, Assoc. Professor,
School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas
P O Box N4912
E-mail: abolitionconf~cob.edu.bS
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 397-2608

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The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas is seeking an
Individual, with proven leadership skills, to fill the position of
General Manager, effective no later than April 1, 2008

The organization is set to undergo a major restructuring and
transformational process as it transitions from being a State
BTOadcaster to being a Public Service Broadcaster.

Concomitant with the restructuring, the organization .is also
scheduled to implement major equipment upgrades as it
transforms to a computer-based, digital, non-lmnear form of news
gathering, editing, production, etc. from its present, mainly analog

Candidates should, at minimum, posses a first degree in jotyFnalism,
broadcasting or other related field.

The ideal candidate should posses an MBA and have a proven, clearly
and comprehensively displayed leadership track record in senior a
management capacity for a minimum of seven (7) years.

Interested individuals should hand deliver letters of interest, together
with comprehensive resumes, marked "Strictly Confidential" and
addressed to the attention of the Executive Chairman, to the
Corporation's Human Resour~ce office. Harcourt "Rusty" Bethel
Drive, Nassau, Bahaamas not later than February 14, 2008.

All applications received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The Corporation intends to interview short listed applicants with a
VieW to selecting an appropriate candidate no later than the end of
February 2008.

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Associate Vice-President
External Affairs

The Associate Vice-President, External Affairs, develops and fosters positive relations with The College
of The Bahamas' internal and external partners; enhancing the College's image and profile in the broader
community; and mecreasmng the financial and material resources of The College of The Baihamas through
an integrated program of communications, fundraising and service to alumni and friends of The College
of The Bahamas. The Associate Vice-President provides recommendations on policy and action in the
management of issues and crises affecting the College, including media relations. The Associate Vice-
President provides oversight to The College/University's efforts to raise funds from private sources and
to engage its alumni in the life of the institution. He/she provides oversight and management for the
two offices within the area of External Affairs: Al~umni Relations & Development and Public Affairs,
Marketing and Communications. Working collaboratively with all members of The College's community,
IThe Associate Vice-President, External Affairs will:
* Serve as the College/University spokesperson on College/University-wide concerns at the request of
the President and provide counsel and advice on major public relations issues;
* Oversee the operations of the offices of Alumni Relations & Development and of Public Affairs,
Marketing and Communications;
* Develop a public relations and marketing programme which supports and advances the strategic plans
of College/University's internal constituencies among its various external constituents.
* Provide direction and counsel for the administration of The College/University's graphics and
communications programme, and oversee an external communication programme to ensure that standards
ofhigh quality are maintained;
* Develop and implement the campus' media relations for print and broadcast media at the local,
national and international levels;
* Working with Deans, Chairs and other departmental heads, administration, assess departmental, school
and faculty public relations needs in support of institutional goals and develop and implement programs
accordingly to meet those needs;
* Develop and implement a strategic marketing programme for The College including areas such as
academic programmes, recruitment, research, internationalization, campaign, alumni relations;
* Coordinate communication and media strategy in support of The College/University's development
*Counsel The College/ University on issues management and media relations;
Develop and oversee the actions of the institution's crisis management plan; Develop and implement
a program of internal communication for The College/University focused on building support for the
University transition agenda;
Oversee the major gift and campaign efforts for the External Affairs of The College's private funding
needs including the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors, and the management
of the staff of the Alumni Relations and Development Office, Council, senior team, administration,
volunteers and others who work with those donors.
The successful candidate will possess:
A master's-degree in a relevant field and a minimum of five years of successful management and
leadership experience working and communicating with multiple publics. (While experience in an
institution of higher education is preferred, candidates from other fields who demonstrate successful
work experience will be considered).
xe lentcorial and arte hcom ulaicadion s illsei;
Ability to serve as an institutional spokesperson~ on a variety of issues;
Demonstrated ability to work successfully with multiple constituencies, both internal and external to
an organization;
A thorough knowledge of principles and methods of planning and conducting a comprehensive public
relations programme, including the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan;
Previous supervisory experience, preferably mn the area of public relations, public information,
communications or publications.
Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of annual giving, special events, major gifts, major
gift fimdraising (preferably in higher education).
Experience in engaging and motivating volunteers.
Ability to direct the design of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects.
SA ility 0 wor effectively with Deans, Chairs, Directors and faculty as well as with volunteers to
Skill in devising, analyzing, implementing and evaluating overall College/University External Affairs
In addition, progressive fundraising experience with supervisory duties preferably in higher education
will be an asset

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by February.15, 2008. A complete
application packet consists of:
Haege oeath I hmas Application Form '
*A detailed curriculum vitae
*Copies of transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
The names and contact information for three references
Please send information to:
The Director
Human Resources Department
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas
Please visit The College's website at www.cob.edu.bs for more information about The College and
to access The College's Employment Application Form.


Bluewater one way or another by
the end of February 2008.
And, if it drops Bluewater, the Gov-
ernment will also liave to move swiftly
if it is to select another potential buyer
and conclude talks with them success-
fully if it is to meet Mr Ingraham's
year-end deadline for privatising BTC.
When asked whether the Govern-
meet would solicit other offers and
bids for BTC when Bluewater's exclu-
sivity expired, Mr Laing replied: "I
believe so."
All this appears to confirm feedback
reaching The Tribune that the FNM
government is cool towards the Blue-
water offer, that group having negoti-
ated a deal in principle to acquire BTC
with the former Christie PLP adminis- 3
tration shortly before the election.

It is thought that the Ingraham gov-
ernment would prefer to open up the
process to rival bidders, and see
whether it can realise a better offer for
a 49 per pent BTC stake, rather than
follow the 'one-horse' process adopted
by the Christie government, which
focused solely on Bluewater.
Mr Laing would not be drawn on
whether this was the Government's
position yesterday, merely saying: "I
can't support that that is the view of the
Still, the Ingraham administration's
public position and comments are like-
ly to be 'music to the ears' of other
potential bidders for BTC, such as
Cable & Wireless and the Irish-owned
cellular company, Digicel.
It is understood that another poten-

tial bidder might be BISX-listed Cable
Bahamas, which has been keen to
break into fixed-line and cellular voice
telephony, and is said by some to have
been prepared to beat whatever sum
Bluewater offered.
Bluewater had been prepared to
offer a total of $260 million for BTC.
Some $225 million was to have been
paid upfront, another $30 million after
the fifth year post-privatisation, when
Bluewater's cellular monopoly would
expire, and $5 million in the sixth year.
While the purchase price looked a
good one, with Bluewater's agreement
that it would not look to reduce staffing
levels at 1,200-strong BTC just what a
politician would want, many expressed
concern over whether liberalisation -
and better customer services, choice

and lower prices would be held up
by extending the cellular monopoly.
Meanwhile, Mr Laing said he saw
no reason why the reason bout of
union unrest at BTC would impact the
privatization talks.
The Tribune understands that both
the Government and the BTC Board
feel the union agi~eements won by the
Brihamas Communications and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU) for its mem-
bers are too fat, and the company sim-
ply cannot afford them going forward.
It is understood that the BTC Board
has the Government's full support, and
at this stage both are resolute and show
no sign of backing down in the face of.
union demands. With the union also
refusing to give way, a major industri-
al battle looks set to take place.

work together.
"This is an outstanding
opportunity for farmers to share
experiences and strategise,'"Dr
Alvarez said.
The goal of the project is over
an 18 month timeframe to help
BAPA's membership create
and mair'-: viable linkages

between their operations and
the market opportunities gen-
erated by the tourism sector.
The purpose of the project is
to equip, participating farmers
and BAPA with the technical
and institutional capacity to
compete with imported agricul-
tural products on the basis of

quality and price.
Bahamian farmers will be giv-
en skills to incorporate market
intelligence, risk management,
improved agronomic practices
and quality assurance systems
into their farm management
They will also be able to use
economies of sale and consoli-
date their production activities
to meet large scale tourism

industry orders, which would
otherwise be beyond the capac-
ity of individuals.
The IDB project aims to
develop an organisational
framework that will facilitate
the adoption of co-ordinated
approaches to common chal-
lenges and opportunities, and
strengthen their collaboration
between Bahamian agriculture
and international support insti-

The breakdown of the IDB's
$120,00 funding is as follows:
Some $34,600 on farm manage-
ment systems, $24,000 on
farmer training and skill devel-
opment, $30,000 for cluster
development, $23,000 towards
institutional strengthening of
BAPA, $5,000 on administra-
tion costs, and $3,000 for an


BT bidder has

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exclusivity period, Mr Laing replied:
"No, not yet," when asked whether
the Government had restarted talks
with Bluewater. ..
It is unclear whether the 15 days
means '15 working days', which would
give Bluewater another three weeks
in its efforts to reach an agreement
with the Government on BTC's pri-
vatisation, or '15 days total, including
non-working days', which would give it
just over two weeks.
Whichever it is, given that 15 days
are left, the Government is cutting it
fine if it is to meet the Prime Minister's
objective of reaching a conclusion with

$300m tourism food import bill leaves the farming sector 'stagnant'

FROM page 1B

The sector was now lagging
behind and needs a stimulus, he
said. One of the areas to be
addressed will be the develop-
ment of clusters, which will help
farmers on the same island net-

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