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 13, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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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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A FEMALE teacher and male student involved in a sex scandal alle-
gation at a public high school are both receiving counselling, The Tri-
bune has learned.
Classes were dismissed at 1pm yesterday at the school, as the entire
staff, administration, senior Ministry of Education officials and the Pres-
ident of the Teacher's Union, Ida Poitier-Turnquest met yesterday to
discuss the problem.
Sources informed The Tribune that teachers were upset that the male
student in question has been allowed to keep a top student post at the
school. The accused teacher is not currently at the institution..
SEE: page eight

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IN THE wake of allegations
against a female teacher being
sexually involved with a male stu-
dent, two former students of a
government high school have
come forward to tell their story of
sexual impropriety with male, and
female teachers spanning over a
number of years.
Speaking with Ther Tribunel yes-
terday, a male, and female stu-
dent spoke of lesbian, and homno-
sexual encounters with their for-
mer teachers.
These alleged incidents, how-
ever, are in no way connected
with the incident currently being
investigated by the Ministry of
Claiming that such actions have
been pervasive in their school for

years, each former student
offered detailed accounts of
homosexual encounters that
spanned their senior years in
Speaking on' the condition of
anonymity, the former male stu-
dent confessed to leading a homo-
sexual relationship with a former
teacher ~-- normally at his place of
residence. While admitting that
they participated in sexual acts,
the student, who claims he was
15 years old at the time, stressed
that they never had intercourse.
"Hie would ask me to come up
by him," the student said. "And
we would just fool around for
sometime. But this is nothing new
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being attacked ?
taken to hospital
ACCORDING to uncon-
firmed reports reaching Th~e
Tribunre last night, two Gov-
ernment High School stu-
dents had to be taken to
hospital after being
attacked by outsiders on
their way home from
An eye-witness claimed
that an altercation erupted
yesterday at around 3.30pm
as a group of students were
making their way to a bus
stop near Yellow Elder
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murder of

Jackie Moxey
CONVICTED murderer Ian
Hutchinson will not receive the
death penalty but will spend the
rest of his life in prison for the
murder of Jackie ";Lil Stunt"
Moxey, Supreme Court justice
Jon Isaacs ruled yesterday.
Hutchinson smiled and nodded
to relatives as he was escorted

SEE page eight

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manager advert
See 'ng 'best
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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Broadcasting
Corporation's advertisement for
a new general manager is "not
necessarily" aimed at foreign-
ers, but seeks to encourage the
"best from the talent pool" to
apply for the job, Senator Kay
Forbes-Smith told The Tribune
The ad, which has been
appearing in the country's
dailies, states that ZNS is seek-
SEE page eight

Assembno nein

Slain Student
Tribune Staff Reporter
A SPECIAL assembly was
held at C C Sweeting Senior
High School 'Tuesday morning
in honour of slain 12th grade
student Rico Farrington.
Street wa stabb on tle am
pu a nClgo nA nlue Mon ay
'dnevng ste oc olher ma e stu-
bHte was taken to hospital
pronounced dead shortly after
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65-YEAR-0LD Almond Stubbs' home appears to defy gravity, leaning a
ready to collapse at any minute. Attorney Paul Moss, a PLP member w
run for the party in the St Cecilia constituency, has suggested the gove
areas into duty-free zones in order to stimulate economic activity and p

Tribune Staff Reporter
STATE Minister for Legal
Affairs Desmond Bannister has
denied there is a case to be made
for the government being held
legally liable when certain bailed
individuals go on to commit seri-
ous crimes.
"Idon't see how any such legal
action could succeed," said Mr
Bannister yesterday, in response
to comnments made by lawyers
and PLP hopeful Paul Moss aund
bu iesmn Lydn st i on

co"Inmilt b de hush on bai H o
is lost and someone must be held
accountable," adlding thalt "when

ion the Attorney General's office

and the government on the whole
should be held liable whenever a
serious crime is~comnmited by
someone wiho was released on
bail for a previous offence
because his original case wais not
heardl within a reAsonable time.

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parliament for their protection."
Mr Bannister condemned that

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and a jump-start before grad-
uating from high school.
According to organizers of the
programme, a few of the stu-
dents have been offered full-
time employment on gradua-
''These were my boys who
were hitting rock bottom.
'So I said you kilow what
let me see if I could talk to
my friends in the neighbour-
hood -- and we got corporate
friends in the neighbourhood
to buy into the programme,'
Mrs Ingraham said.
According to Mrs Ingra-
ham, the students report to
school on Mondays and Fri-

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CIruise Lines

forced "bour

A South African cruise ship
worker is accusing Carnival
Cruise Lines of forced labour,
slavery and human trafficking'
Florida Today reported yester-
Reshma Harilal, 33, who works
onboard the Carnival Glory,
which is scheduled to dock in
Nassau on Friday, yesterday filed
a lawsuit against the cruise com-
pany in the US District Court for
the Southern District of Florida.
Ms Harilal is accusing Carni-
val Cruise Lines of forcing and
psychologically coercing her to
stay and work on board the Glo-
ry against her will-
In her suit, Ms Harilal is asking
to be removed from the Carnival
Glory, have her passport returned
to her, and to be paid the wages
that she agreed to work under.
In the court documents, Ms
Harilal is alleging that she joined
the staff Carnival Cruise Lines
under the agreement that she
would work in the position of
stateroom stewardess for approx-
imately $1,500 every two weeks.
However, she said that she was
informed by her employer later
on that she would work in a low-
er position for approximately
$250 to $300 every two weeks
In her suit, the South African
woman also claims that Carnival
Cruise Lines duped her into tray-
ell'mg to Florida from her home
country with very little money for
a promise of a special job at a
specified level of compensation.
Ms Harilal stated that when she
refused to work in the lower posi-
tion at a lower rate of pay on Feb-
ruary 9, 2008, she asked her
employers to return her passport
to her. She alleges that Carnival
Cruise Lmnes refused to give her
bash Haila isrther alleging
that ~Carnival Cruise Lines forced
and psychologically coerced her
into signing a contract giving up
her legal right to bring any dis-
putes in the US courts in place
of arbitration in a foreign country,
wicih she cannot practically
afford ~ ~ ~ orudra

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were disclosed, it was revealed
that the acquisition will be
financed by a senior secured
credit facility fully underwrit-
ten by ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Tom J Sikorski, managing direc-
tor of First Reserve Corpora-
tion, was in Freeport and made
the announcement at a press
conference held around 3pm at
He said the company has no
interest in the refinery business
and will tear it down within one
year's time.
The company will keep all
168 workers currently employed
at BORCO, he said.
BORCO, a 20 million barrel
storage terminal, is the largest

storage terminal in the
Caribbean for crude oil, fuel oil,
and multiple petroleum prod-
It also offers blending trans-
shipment and bunkering ser-
vices. .
The facility was acquired in
1990 by Petroles de Venezuel,
SA (PDVSA) from Chevron,
Corporation which built it in
"BORCO will provide signif-
icant value for our strategic
partners, including major oil
companies, many of which are
working with us to secure long
term storage contracts at the
facility," said Mr Sikorski.
First Reserve is a leading pri-

vate equity firm that specialises
in the energy industry and is
based in Connecticut, Houston,
and London.
It has over $'l2,5 billion under
management of diversified port-
folio of energy companies, and
is the oldest and largest buy-out
group to focus exclusively on a
strategy of diversified energy
Mr Sikorski said under the
new ownership with First
Reserve, BORCO is expected
to become a key international
hub for crude oil and petroleum
products for major oil compa-
nies, and will be positioned as a
best in class storage and trading
platform for the region.

Tribune Freeport
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FREEPORT After months
on the market, a deal has been
reached for the sale of the
Bahamas Oil Refinery Compa-
ny in Freeport, it was
announced on Tuesday.
First Reserve Corporation,
one of the largest international
buy-out groups, has agreed to
acquire the 20-million barrel oil
storage terminal in Freeport
from PDVSA.
Although the purchase price
and no terms of the transaction

Tribune Staff Reporter

mented work placement pro-
gramme for under achieving
high school seniors is having
positive results at C C Sweet-
ing Senior High School, edu-
.cators and students said Tues-
Wahile the public school has
experienced its share of vio-
lence with the stabbing death
of 12th grader Rico Farrington
on the campus on Monday,
administrators said that this
was the first incident of its
kind for the academic year.
They hope the new pro-
gramme will have a lasting
influence on at risk students.
Farrington was a participant
in the programme, which was
launched in October 2007.


It is the brainchild of school
principal, Mrs Delores Ingra-
ham. Farrington was one of
26 senior boys involved in the
Following a special assem-
bly at the school in honour of
the murdered student yester-
day morning, Mrs Ingraham
told The Tribune she does not
plan to lose ~another student
to a life of violence.
"We had 26 students in the
programme, I've lost one now
so you know we're not going
to lose any more."
The programme aims at giv-
ing under-achieving students a
chance to acquire job skills

days and are dispersed to
companies within the hotel,
welding and automotive
industries three times a week.
While the students are not
paid for any work performed
between the hours of 9 am to
3 pm, they can receive com-
pensation for employment
during school breaks, Mrs
Ingraham explained.

There is an assessment
every Monday to ensure stu-
dents are prepared to go to
work the next day and a sum-
mary every Friday to measure
each student's progress mn the
Lindsey Hlumes, a male
senior, said without the pro-
gramme he would have been a
high school drop-out.
"Since they started this pro-
gramme I improved in all my
school work.
"If it wasn't for this pro-
gramme I wouldn't be here, a
lot of us (wouldn't).
"We would have just
dropped out and say we
wastin' time in school."
Sadly, a celebratory lunch
was planned for the members
of the programme before
Monday's stabbing occurred.
Two male students, report-
edly brothers, are being ques-
tioned by police in connection
with the incident.

Heart Ball'

treasure trove
ORGANIZERS of the 44th
annual Heart Ball are finalising
preparations to make it the most
spectacular ball yet.
And, they have put together a
teri ali measure trove of prizes
raffle. The ball will be held on
Sa uday Februr 16 i the
Crow nB lroom t Atla itin e
A trip to London, jewellery,
and a four-day stay at Echo Val-
ley Resort in British Columbia
are among the prizes being
offered. The ball will be held
unne lethet ture'eLighting the
Organisers said it will be an
exciting evening of fine dining
and superb entertainment.

John Cox Jh aul of fra
Fernander and Eleanor Whiteley
wil b offered as bpriz s.bhol
aIccommodations at Four Seasons
mn Euna accmmndations al ie

Green Turtle Ca~y, Abaco; jew-
ellery from John Bull, Coin of the
Realm, and Jewels by the Sea:
and a Fe~ndi hanldbag.

PRESIDENT OF YEoath AgainstViolence Carlos Reed and Vice President
Keith Gray give their sympathy to the aunt of the C C Sweeting student
who was, murdered stFerday.

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STr bune Feeport
liminary hearings have
started in the Supreme
Court in connection
with the murder of 16-
year-old Rishawn
Prosecutors and
defence attorneys iri
the matter appeared in
Supreme Court One,
where they engaged in
discussions on jury
selection in light of the
current challenges to
the Parliamentary Reg-
The nationality of
some persons listed on
the register is being
questioned as part of
the Election Court
challen e to the Marco
City constituency
results in the 2007 gen-
eral election-
Since jurors are
selected from the Par-
liamentary Register,
Simeon Brown said it is
important that the per-
sons selected are in
fact qualified to sit as
Defence lawyers also
expressed concerns
regarding the
allowances given by
the government to
assist them with their

cat orney Carlson
Shurland complained
that the $300 allowance
is not enough and

der is the third attor-
ney representing one
on ethe.three accused
Prosecutor Sandra
Dee Gardiner assisted
by Erica Kemp, is

Rpi nwn Boetthhelwas
found dead on Febru-

Tr e m e I lia m

Arthur were charged
in Freeport Magis-
trate's Court with
Bethel's murder.
Initially, the trial was
scheduled to begin on
June 13, 2007, but was
put off after one of the
defence attorneys in
the case contacted the
court to report a med-
ical emergency.
The preliminary dis-
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to continue next week


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Tribune Freeport Repo~rter
FREEPORT Despite two
separate campus stabbings this
week one of them fatal a
Ministry of Education official
said schools throughout the
country are relatively safe.
Dr Pamula Mills, a ministry
psychologist in Freeport, said
only a small minority of students
are carrying weapons on high
school campuses in New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama.
She said that such incidents
are an area of concern but not a
major problem, as stabbings are
rare on campuses.
"I don't isolate it from what
is going on in macro-society. Our
children are seeing what (adults)
are doing in the larger society
and are carrying it over in the
schools," she said.
A stabbing incident on Mon-
day at C C Sweeting resulted in
the death of a 12th grade stu-
dent, who has become the ninth
homicide victim on New Provi-
dence. Rico Farrington was 17.
And on Grand Bahama, an
11th grade student of Eight Mile
Rock High was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital after being
stabbed in the face and back on
The incident occurred around
9.45am in the carpentry class-
room, after two male students
were involved in an altercation.
The victim, who has yet to be

identified, was treated and dis-
charged from hospital.
Stephen Plakaris, deputy
director of school security at the
Ministry of Education, said two
security officers were stationed at
the EMR campus at the time of
the incident.
"This incident occurred inside
a classroom and so there is an
assumption that a teacher would
be in the class. There have been
small fights in classrooms there
time and time again, but this was
pretty tragic," he said.
Mr Plakaris said the matter is
under police investigation.
According to reports, the
school presently conducts bi-
monthly student searches for
weapons and cellular phones.
Dr Mills said that mn order to
make a difference, community
leaders must be proactive and
participate in motivational talks,
mentoring programmes, and
must listen to students.
She said that too often, nega-
tive incidents at schools are high-
lighted in the press.
"'Sometimes the media high-
lights the negative when four
days out of the week there are
positive things going on in all of
our schools throughout the coun-
try," she said.
"'We are quick to judge and to
condemn students, and so we
need to listen to our children -
putting police in schools in not
the answer," said Dr Mills.
Ken "Motorboat" Ferguson, a
well known local junkanoo

leader in Freeport, said that per-
haps more male teachers need
to be in schools to help with dis-
ciplinary action.
"I feel that schools are safe for
the most part, and I don't know
if placing police in schools is a
deterrent because the police was
on campus when the murder
took place at C C Sweetmng," he
Mr Ferguson said that most
young people today do not know
the value of life.
"I think the problem stems
from the home and we have to
get back to basics because many
young people don't go to church
or Sunday school and they don't
know what it means, or how to
love their neighbour," he said.

erosity of the Davis family
fP' exceeds most gifts of this
nature. .
He stressed the need f'or
students in the Family Islands
to have access to the rest of
the world through the click
of a mouse.
The Davis family has main-
tained second homes in the
Bahamas for decades.
The children of Family
Islands such as Rum Cay
know Mr Davis as "Uncle
The Davis family said that
it is excited to become a big-
ger part of a nation that has
been providing years of sun,
sand, sea and great fishing
for three generations.
A delegation from Atlanta
will be attending a presenta-

tion reception at the British
Colonial Hilton in Nassau on
February 14.
The expected guest list
inc hides Prime Minister
Hubert In graham, Cabinet
ministers and parliament
members, and family

FREQUENT visitor to. the
Bahamas Billy Davis, along
with his wife and their three
children, Todd, Robyn and
Jason have donated $5 mil-
lion to build 10 computer and
science labs on 10 Family
"We have watched the chil-
dren grow up in the islands
for over.25 years. With our
help, we hope to see many of
these students go on to high-
er education," Mr Davis said.
An exciting event was host-
ed at the prestigious Geor-
gian Club at the Galleria in
Marietta, Georgia where Mr
Davis presented the cheque
to Bahamian Consul Michael
Young. .
Mr Young said to the more
than 50 guests that the gen-

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tion. I humbly beg the nation's
premier, the Right Honourable
Hubert Ingraham, and the Min-
ister of Tourism, the Hon-
ourable Neko Grant to see the
significance and the importance
of removing the Container Port
from Bay Street. With a slowing
economy mn the United States,

preesmreor breab ta bt ro
If we are to continue to be the
best little nation in the world,
we have to be proactive in our
.The Container Port reloca-
tion is a wmn-wmn situation for
everyone, and wherever it is
placed it will continue to be
profitable for its stakeholders.
An editorial in The Nassau
Guardian on July 14, 2003 enti-
-tled "Revitalising Bay Street"
said "The opportunities for
ingenious town-planning and
design, historical preservation,
entrepreneurial initiative, and
imaginative financial engineer-
ing are staggering. We should
not let this opportunity to create
our own future pass by. The
alternative is a long, slow
decline into dereliction and
decay. And who would want to
spend money to visit a slum?"
Almost five years later the
Container Port still remains on
Bay Street. For the sake of our
future let us relocate the Con-
tainer Port, and begin the revi-
talisation of the Bay Street
February 6, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
PLEASE allow me some
space in your reputable paper to
express my personal views on
the move of the container port
of Nassau to Clifton Pier.
Tourism is the number one
indu rycennthe Bahaeh s ,n

people rely on the benefits of
the tourist market. In fact if

gross national profit. Our dollar
would steadily decline, parents
will be left without jobs, chil-
dren will be left hungry, and the
livelihood that we know now
would disappear. Bay Street
welcomes hundreds of thou-
sands of tourists each year, but
what experience do these
tourists leave with? The school
of public relations says that
information gain leads to atti-
tude change resulting in a
change of behaviour. What do
our guests say about us when
they return to their homes? If
we are truly honest with our-
selves, I am certain that the
answers will not all be positive.
The city of Bay Street has
over the years has been faced
with a myriad of challenges.
Back in its glory days, Bay
Street was known as a cultural,
commercial and tourist icon.
Today though, merchants cry
about loss of revenue and our
visitors are bored with the tired
and dated downtown experi-
ence. In short, the merchants,
the visitors, the straw market

vendors and the Bahamian pub-
lic at large want to see Bay
Street revitalised into an expe-
aree man obs ecles 1 ic~pere
vent this revitalisation from tak-
ing place; one large obstacle is
'Ch ni rea rof the unsightly
The Container Port is unat-
tractive, it is noise and air pol-
luted and it adds nothing to the
Bay Street experience. As a
matter of fact, this lucrative
business negatively impacts to
the downtown experience.
Some of the most beautiful
prime waterfront properties the
country has to offer are occu-
pied by this business.
The solution, move the con-
tainer port to Clifton. When the
port is moved it makes the
process of revitalising Bay
Street much easier and subse-
quently makes the dreams and
new aspirations for the
Bahamas a reality.
The city of Nassau has been
described on the most ubiqui~
tous form of communication to
date, the Internet, as "steadily
decomposed into a filthy, traf-
fic-choked slum."
When was the last time you
walked downtown, in particu-
lar East Bay Street? If you have
in the last several years you
would identify with this descrip-

WHILE an angry former prime minister
told a radio audience that it is a "bloody dis-
grace" what the present government is doing
with his urban renewal programmhe, parents,
in the wake of a student killing on campus
Tuesday, are urging that the police be
returned to the schools.
As a police officer explained on a radio
talk show yesterday, the police do not have
the resources to baby-sit the schools.
As for Mr Christie's Urban Renewal pro-
gramme, of which police officers on school
campuses were a major part, the programme
is still mn place, but with a different emphasis.
The original idea of urban renewal was to
bring together all government agencies,
including the police, to go into challenged
communities and help stablise them. In the
end the whole responsibility fell on the shoul-
ders of the police, instead of Social Services,
where it should have been in the first place.
A senior police officer said yesterday that
diverting a full contingent of police officers to
the urban renewal programme "actually
stressed our manpower resources we hard-
ly had anyone left at the stations."
However, the police have not been entire-
ly removed from the programme. Social Ser-
vices and other agencies are now more fully
involved. The police liaise with these ser-
vices and provide their expertisephen called
into the various communities to t~ake care of
Police officers have now been returned
to performing the services for which they
have been trained -protecting the commu-
As one officer pointed out the fatal fight
that took place on the CC Sweeting Senior
High School campus on Tuesday could not
necessarily have been prevented even if offi-
cers had been stationed there. As a matter of
fact two police officers were on the campus
dealing with another matter at the time of the
As an officer said, the police cannot pro-
vide 100 per cent security where weapons
are involved because there are so many ways
that these lethal instruments can be smug-
gled into the school.
These officers are convinced that the core
of the problem is in dysfunctional homes and
that is where the focus should be. It is in the
home, said a senior officer, that children have
to learn the basics, not in the school. It is in
the home that they have to learn respect for

themselves, for others, for authority, for the
nation's institutions. If they enter school with-
out these basics, teachers have an uphill strug-
gle to bring them into line. Many students
never learn. .
Society is collapsing, because the family is
We keep suggesting the desirability of
separating the sexes up to the age of high
school. As this nught not be feasible, a system
that Queen's College had in place when we
were a student there a lifetime ago might be
more immediately possible. Those were the
days when the "baby school" was located on
Frederick Street and Trinity Place and the
"big school" was across the road.
Boys and girls only sat in the classroom
When it was time for recess the playground
was divided in half one half for boys, the
Other for girls.
In the upper school a high wall divided the
two playgrounds, and teachers patrolled both
areas. In the upper school, if the boys got
out of hand, they climbed the stairs to Head-
master RP Dyers' office and were invited -
depending on their age to either stretch
out the palm of their hand or turn up their
backsides for a couple strokes of the cane. Mr
Dyer had no problem in his school. Even
Today many remember him with respect he
was oneoman nst tut .onflcsar vr

girls. For example, we understand that "tsch!
tsch!"' directed by one boy at another boy's
girlfriend is what started the CC Sweeting
fight that ended in death.
School campuses, especially at break time,
need much better supervision. And teachers
should take turns at they did at QC in
being on duty in the playground during the
However, these schools have such a large
student body that principals should consider
staggering the break` time so that smaller,
more manageable numbers can be out at dif-
ferent times. At these times all of the school's
security officers should be patrolling the play-
As one group is returned to the classroom,
another group should be allowed out for their
recess. This way teachers and security, deal-
ing with smaller groups, could have better
Discipline of students is the function of the
school, not the police.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
PLEASE allow me some
space in your paper to express
personal views on the move of
the Nassau Port to Arawak Cay
versus Clifton Pier,
There are few who would
argue the point that the reloca-
tion of the Nassau Port is not
advantageous to the national
development of Bay Street and
by extension the island of Nas-
sau. There are however many
who would wisely argue the
point that the relocation of the
Port to Arawak Cay is a mis-
take of colossal proportions.
Arawak Cay over the past
few years has undergone a

metamorphosis that has trans-
formed its location from a drab
last option experience to a first
class local and tourist cultural
mecca. These infrastructural
improvements have resulted in
the establishment of highly
respected restaurants, widely
attended cultural events, and
internationally promoted con-
certs all at the Arawak Cay
location. I am therefore baffled
that the powers that be would
consider infectmng and disturb-
ing the: potential that lies within
Arawak Cay. This cultural mec-
ca should be saturated with the
sounds of local artist entertain-
ing locals and tourist versus the
sounds of annoying trailer truck
horns that aim to destroy ear
drums. The air of Arawak Cay
should be filled with the aroma
of Bahamian dishes versus the
disturbing scent of harmful car-
bon monoxide fumes from over
sized trucks.
Another reason why the Port
should not be moved to Arawak
Cay and preferably Clifton Pier
is because of the strategic loca-
tion of Arawak Cay. The Min-
istry of Tourism statistics prove
that the majority of tourists
entering the Bahamas do so via
cruise ship. The irony is that
Arawak Cay is the gateway by
which all cruise ships enter Nas-

sau Harbour. Conventional wis-
dom teaches us that the gate-
way to any entity is where
emphasis are placed on beauti-
fication and the creation of a
welcoming atmosphere. I don't
know of many people who
would find stacked trailers and
huge machines emitting black
smog welcoming, Cruise ships
entering the harbour should not
be subjected to such a harsh and
dismal first impression of the
Bahamas. Cruise ship passen-
gers should sail into a view of
welcoming bill boards and lush
vegetation ensuring them that
their journey to paradise has
truly commenced.
For these reasons alone I
humbly suggest that the Port of
Nassau be relocated to Clifton
Pier. It is not logical in attempt-
ing to solve one problem in fact
create numerous other prob-
lems. Clifton Pier is free of traf-
fic congestion, free of arriving
cruise ships, free of cultural cen-
tres, and free of a thriving busi-
ness district. I sincerely hope
that the powers that be have
minds that are free enough to
accept the suggestions of this

February 6, 2008.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

KINDLY allow me space in your valuable column to express a
feir usr on ll,rhef eeJ s ice oft e Cmmonwealth of the
Bahamas, perhaps remembers Sir Gordon Bryce, former Chief
Justice of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He was given the
inammotbh task to revise the laws of the Bahamas. The job was

During the year 2007 the judiciary saw 791 cases where human
lives were lost. The number was a record-breaking one. Already in
2008 we have had five incidents. What is wrong with the justice sys-
tem? I will venture to state that many of the laws on the books are
not being enforced.
Let me state categorically that the Royal Police Force has done
and is doing wonders but nevertheless things arec not wha\t they
sl"r dbj b is an important one, Sir Burton. I rcorlnunend that
you call on the "powers that be" in this country for "law reforml."
Finally, Mr Chief Justice, there seems to be lots of loopholes""
in the existing system.
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safeguards in place at banks
to ensure that full approvals
are granted on residential
communities before funds
are released to consumers.
In the case of another pur-
chaser at Stephen's Close,
one bank official told Th~e
Tributne when the story was
first published, that his insti-
tution would never have
released the funds to that
client had it known that there
was only an approval in prin-
ciple rather than full

thIhdeeassoumption made@ b

wotedobu farailie st Il wla t
ing for word by the ministry
on when, or if the go-ahead
will be given to Stephen's
Close. For some of the home-
owners; whose houses are
semi-complete, the bank has
suspended mortgage pay-
ments pending resolution of
the approvals. However,
these mortgages canl be
restarted within thirty days
notice at the bank's discre-
tion. .
The only resolution to this
matter, said Mr Wells yester-
day, is for him to have his
liome, or for those who have
prevented this to be taken
before the law.



who challenged

and Cuban government officials
on Tuesday strongly denied
reports that the student was i
arrested for questioning the I
Communist country's travel and
Internet restrictions last month, I
according to Associated Press.
"There was no arrest" as I
some dissident sources had I
Icaasm tu enpr Eecer A i
published by the government's
CubaDebate 'Web site late
Monday. "This is part of the
information war."
But Avila did not back away
from the tough questions he
and other students posed to
Ricardo Alarcon, president of
Cuba's parliament, during a Jan,
19 meeting at the elite Com-
puter Sciences University in
Havana. A videotape of the ear-
lier encounter posted last week
on the Internet was widely cir-
Local dissidents, quoting sec-
ondhand sources, reported that
Avila had been p cked up by
hpoce lin his native ity af n e
sparking sporadic news reports
Monday in Spain and Miami
that he had been detained.
Avila said he went home to
be with his family while he had
his wisdom teeth pulled, and
fellow student leaders from a
satellite campus of his universi-
ty gave him a ride back to the
capital -about 430 miles away
-- so he could deal with the
aftermath of the international
ai ig of the tape.Al
were desie do ons on t
better socialism, not destroy it,"
Avila said in a five-minute
Internet video, "CubaDebate
Talks with Student Victims of
CubaDebate's stated mission
is to fight "media terrorism"
against communist Cuba.
Avila's earlier questions chal-
lenged limits on Internet access
and travel, as well as the fact
that many basic goods in Cuba
are sold mn convertible currency .
meant for tourists and foreign- .
ers making them unafford-
able to citizens paying mn local

Tribune Staff. Reporter

in the controversial Stephen's
Close development has filed
a complaint with police after
paying a mortgage of $50,000
for more than two years on
property on which he has not
been able to build a home.
Kenrick Wells made his
complaint to the commercial
crime unit on Monday, esca-
lating the row over who is
responsible for the grievances
of homeowners mn the subdi-
The plight of struggling
would-be homeowners of
Stephen's Close made head-
lines late last year, when pub-
lic complaints were made
against attorneys who report-
edly advised banks that the
subdivision had received the
go-ahead for development,
when, it is claimed, only an
approval in principle was
granted in September 2004.

The Ministry of Works
subsequently issued a stop'
order on development in the
subdivision in November
2005, claiming that construc-
tion had gone ahead without
the necessary government
permits and approvals being
Mr Wells became a client
of the Reality Homes Fmnders
Consultancy in 2005. He
made an initial payment of
$3,200 for a land house pack-
age. In June 2005, he
received a mortgage approval

for $152,000, from Bank of
the Bahamas International
for the duplex at No. 7
Stephen's Close.
After the bank was saitis-
fied with the legal work done
on his behalf by Desmond
Edwards & Co Law Cham-
bers, he said in a written
statement, the $50,000
cheque,was released in S~ep-
tember of 2005 for the pur-
chase of the lot.
Mr Wells did not know that
the subdivision did not have
the necessary approvals for
development until late Jan-
uary 2006 after he became
suspicious that no construc-
tion had begun on his home,
despite his assumption that
work would be completed by
the end of March 2006.
Though no construction com-
menced on the property Mr
Wells purchased, some struc-
tures in the subdivision were
stopped semi-constructed by
the ministry's order.
Mr Edwards told The Tr-i-
bune yesterday that the
$50,000 Mr Wells is now pay-
ing mortgage on went to the
vendor involved, and not to
"himT aoprt d asrsold tso
di, ',i MrEwrsys
emphasieedowMrs dew s,
who added that his current
attorney has the documenta-
toensof owners ip for Mr
Denise Burrows the devel-
oper of Stephen's Close has
made no public statement on
this affair thus far. Howev-
er, the fall-out over this
stalled sub-division raises
questions surrounding the

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Tribune Staff Reporter I

THE government should turn "ghet- -C ;7'
to" areas into duty-free zones in order to C P eP toiBsiir p ~;.-l:'
stimulate economic activity and promote..
social revitalisation, it has been suggested.
Additionally, Urban Renewal pro-
grammes should be extended "to all
depressed areas of New Providence,"
including parts of the St Cecihia con- Ad
These moves along with efforts to iden- r
tify and address objectionable dwellings
will create a "feel good factor" that will -
have a positive impact o~n the crime rate
across the Bahamas said attorney Paul
Moss, a PLP member who has expressed :
his desire to run for the party in the St ::
Cecilia constituency. I
Seeking to illustrate why such a policy W bs4 ybi-iir s-
change needs occur, Mr Moss, in con- -f -~4-a~~~
junction with Bahamas Loving Care ttL
founder Sam Williams, brought Thle Tri-
bunre to two dilapidated wooden homes
which stand only barely near thle south- .
ern end of East street. Both are occupied '~fP aA*s Il~~l ~ ~ ~ I I3
by elderly men, living alone.
The attorney declared that such
"'unhealthy" and unsafe living conditions
without electricity or running water 4S4 si .
"are unacceptable in a modern Bahamas",
which enjoys a annual per capital income
of 23,00.Mr Moss said that exemptions will side of his slanting homre. Despute calls to
"As a country we can do better than entice entrepreneurs to focus their atten- BEC about the disconnection, he claims i
this," he said. tion on the area, moving them to provide no one has come to attend to the problem. i
Mr Moss emphasised that if the gov- housing and employment opportunities so he lives by lamp light.
ernment is willing to grant tax exemp- for economically "depressed" communi- The basic convenience of runmung water
tions to foreign developers such as Kerzn ties. is not one that he enjoys.
er, and those behind Baha Mar, it should Meanwhile, Mr Williams stated that in Mr Stubbs said he was laid off from his
"have no difficulty doing it for its own his experience, family members need to do job at the Royal Bahamian Resort mn 1%l \: OBfYial~"-.~,
peopsuestdta i diio opo more to reach out to their relatives who and has not been able to get permanent
.e sugestdta nadto op are in need, doing what they can to lift employment since. He survives on X53)0 a
viding tax-breaks, the government needs them out of unacceptable circumstances. month from Social Services.
to "move through the country identify- At the direction of Mr Williams. Ther On his wall, alongside numerous knick~-
ing and- conemin suh onitinsan Tribunle visited the home of Almond knacks, hangs a photograph port rail or
marking out houses against the law as Stubbs, aged 65i. his brother a retired police sergeant. Mr I.
they relate to building standards. This Mr Stubbs' home appears to defy gray- Stubbs said he receives little help from
would send out the message that such liv- ity, leaning at such an angle that it seems any of his nine children and while a broth-
ing conditions are unacceptable and would ready to collapse at any minute. er began building a second home in the
encourage individuals who can to do The wooden floor, covered by a small yard of his property five years ago, to this
something to improve them. piece of carpet, is caving in underfoot. day it stands only as a frame and founda-
"It is a hazard. When there is a death, it Since his electricity went out four or tion.
costs the country something. when there is five years ago, the most light Mr Stubbs Mr Williamls is soliciting donations to
a hurricane, it costs the country some- gets inside his home comes through the complete the construction of the other
thing it costs the country something in gaping two by four foot hole in his roof, property, so that Mr Stubbs can have a
terms of crime," he said. rWher-, ;t has hprmms somerhPw fso two crn,-,T anC1 rlfP nlon tn ail Ib~; '-~~ .

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the Bahamnas. Asnd the next elec-
tion has to be fought over which
leaders are more environmlental-

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address these issues now we will
pay for it later His colleague,
Larry Cartwright, told Tough
Call that the cabinet had "no
choice" but to embrace renew-
able energy solutions.
tute ih bu Adig rleauitsrlips nid
conducting research with a view
to developing sustainable indus-
t laesaina ,outhd Eleu ea Tahne
And from the sound of it, things
do seem to be moving ahead.
The proposed national energy
council something this col-
umn has been calling for will
develop a regulatory framework
to promote renewables; the
Mimistry of Works is reviewing
the use of biofuels, and BEC is
exploring utility-scale generat-
ing systems and financing
options. One of the biggest
drawbacks for policy makers is
the fact that oil impo ts cur-
rently provide a big percentage
of the country's tax revenue.
We will have to come up with
some creative ways to get
around that, but business as
usual is not an option any more.
The bottom line is that
renewables are now cost-effec-
tive, a fact which is converging
with rising concerns about cli-
mate change and security of
supply to create the right envi-
ronment for a take-off. For
example, representatives of
Bermuda's electric utility were
at the conference talking about
their "sustainable cottage tech-
Snology that integrates solar
water heaters, photovoltaic pan-
els and windmills into homes
that will be tied to the national
8 We are here to talk about
what might be Mr Kenworthy
told participants. "There is a
bottom line, so we need win-
win situations. But we can do
well by doing ood. The
Bahamas is blessed wit real
opportunities to create eco-
nomic changes that will also
benefit the environment."

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Gottlieb revealed that a high-
level committee at BEC was
already working on alternative
energy options, and the Cape
Eleuthera Institute is propos-
ing a one megawatt solar power
anbtied to BEC's Rock Sound
In fact, the Institute set up
the first gnid-connected photo-
voa aaic p wer s stermsion aThoe
Rooftop solar panels produce
30 kilowatts of electricity,
enough to power the campus
with the excess provided to
BEC for the people of Deep
Creek. The idea is to expand
this initial incursion into BEC's
grid with a $4 million solar facil-
ity at Rock Sound built to with-
stand a category 5 hurricane.
The Institute is seeking to
convince manufacturers of
large-scale photovoltaic plants
to take a risk on a much smaller
facility here in the interest of
opening doors to future busi-
ness. BEC sells electricity on
Eleuthera for 32 cents per kilo-
watt (mecludmng the surcharge),
although the real cost is
believed to be higher. A one
megawatt solar plant could sell
power to BEC for about 28
cents a kilowatt, according to
Mr Kenworthy, CEO at the
BEC currently produces
some 45,000 megawatt hours
each year on Eleuthera. Usmng
technology that is available right
now, a solar panel farm big
enough to feed that demand
would occupy about one tenth
of one per cent of Eleuthera's
484 square kilometers of land,
for an investment of about $330
million. A smaller solar farm
could be supplemented by a few
giant wind turbmnes.
With gasoline imports
approachmyg prohibitive prices,
transportation fuel is another
big issue for the Bahamas. And
as has been well-publicised
recently, the Institute produces
all the fuel for its fleet of diesel
vans from discarded cooking oil
retrieved from cruise ships that
stop at a nearby shore facility. A
deal was red-ently cut with
Bahamas Waste Ltd to produce
a million gallons. of biodiesel a
year about half of Eleuther-
a's annual fuel requirement.

It was a~ truly shocking
expon would have thought
thatthe eadcheees f th
t n ms Ee ct sayCno po'ea
Gottlieb, would be caught dead
at a little out island gabfest on
renewable energy?
"I really hope we can get
renewables working for us, "
BEC chairman Gottlieb told the
assembled experts and affi-
coao "beas I m trd
of o le calin eme toco-
plm bot he fuel srh re"
plinh aout rices n h vr-
mn around $100 a barrel, the
w rld's heavily-polluting energy
economy is finally beginning to
shift gea and the Bahamas -
which imports all its fuel _
must adapt or suffer the conse
qhue nces. The good news is that
teeconomic changes the
experts were predicting for the
long haul are happening a lot
faster than we expected.
The setting for Mr Gottlieb's
joke last week is a clear case in
point. An American-owned
school at Cape Eleuthera that is
powered entirely by solar panels
and a wind turbine, that recycles
its own waste, grows its own
food and builds with casuarina
lumber. What, just a couple of
years ago, might have been
merely a gathering of starry
eyed green missionaries turned
out to be more of a business
meeting than you might think.
"We want to create a cut
ting-edge model that delivers
real-world success in sustain-
able design," said Jack Ken-
worthy, one of the conference
orgamisers. "We want to gal-
vanise government support,
identify funding, planners ~and
stakeholders, and decide~on
next steps over the coming year.
At stake is our quality of life in
terms of whether we can afford
to keep the economy running."
In addition to the BEC
chiefs, public sector participants
at the conference included the
minister for utilities, Phenton
Neymour; the minister for agri-
culture and marine resources,
Larry Cartwright; both recent
eletctoral candidates for South
Eletkiteri, Oswaldl Ingraham

Marco Watson, a Bahamian
who supervises the biodiesel
processing, is convinced the
government should invest in
renewables to make the country
truly independent. "We have to
make that change now so our
children don't have to worry
about tomorrow. Now is the
time to invest," he told confer-
ence attendees during a tour of
the Institute.
twas a theme echoed by
Jerry Butler, a Bahamian
who has sat on the board of the
IDB in Washington, DC, for the
past four years. The bank has
billions to lend, along with $25
million in grant funds for ener-
gy and climate change projects
in the region.
"There is no country more
vulnerable to climate change
than the Bahamas," he said.
"And the next election has to
be fought over which leaders
are more environmentally con-
scious and more concerned
about energy security.
As much as price, nailing
down a reliable energy supply is
a key factor driving the govern-
ment's new receptivity to
renewable energy options.
"BEC knows that oil will con-
tinue to rise in price and
become more difficult to get,"
Mr Gottlieb acknowledged.
"We are doing everything we
can both internally and in con.
junction with others to make
the Bahamas as energy inde-
pendent as possible."
Backing him in that view was
MVinister Neymour: If we don't

Seal turned teacher from New
Jersey who had been visiting
Eleut era since his parents built
a home at Cotton Bay years
ago, was able to get the DeVos
family to hand over a few of
their 4,500 acres at the Cape for
a small educational field station.

haxey used his island
I connections to set up
a campus near Deep Creek
about a decade ago. And the
Island School now draws stu-
dents from hundreds of North
American and Bahamian high
schools, who pay big bucks to
spend a semester roughing it
while learning about the envi-
ronment and history of
Maxey went on to leverage
his wealthy friends (and their
friends) to create something
called the Cape Eleuthera Insti-
tute, which works along with
the school on sustainable living
technologies that can be applied
to local resorts and communi-
ties. The Institute set up shop
two years ago and hosted last
week's unprecedented renew-
able energy event.
The word "unprecedented"
is no exaggeration. Minister
Neymour said a national energy
council would be appointed
"within a few weeks", IDB
director Jerry Butler offered
grants and financing for renew-
able energy projects, Chairman

and Johnley Ferguson; as well
as local government and
tourism officials; and a couple of
bjgwigs from the Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank.

P CninS &

The private sector was r~ep-
resented by Eric Carey of the
National Trust; Ginny McKn-
ney of Waste Not Ltd; Stuart
Ray of the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation; Jennifer Edwards of the
Hotel Association; Paul
Thompson of the Windermere
resort on Eleuthera; Keith Bish-
op of Islands by Design, archi-
tect Mike Alexiou; Kevron
Mackell of Bermuda Electric
Light Co; Petagay Hartman of
the Tamiano resort on Andros:
realtorldeveloper Colin Light-
bourn and Doug Cotton of the
Boston planning firm, Haley &
Cape Eleuthera Resort has
existed on this remote peninsu-
la in one form or another for
over 40 years, and bills itself
today as the largest marina in
the out islands. Originally a
small mangrove creek a mile or
three from the tiny settlement
of Deep Creek (population
700), it is now owned by the
DeVos family of Michigan,
founders of the multi-billion-
.. dogallllWI:itiwayW~ey:ration.
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Minister praises speech contest 1il

"This speech competition prepares our

TfOung people to come forward and to give
their ideas."

Byran Woodsidej

THE T~xaco Speech Competition helps
to educate young people about road safety
and provides a platform for them to show-
case oral communication skills, Minister of
State for Youth and Sports Byran Wood-
side said.
Speaking at the contest's official launch,
Mr Woodside said the competition can help
students prepare to make a difference in
their communities.
This speech competition prepares our
young people to come forward and to give
their ideas; but also to impress upon other
young people the importance of roa~d s~fe-
ty," he said.
Among those present for the launch were
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of
Works and Transport Colin Higgs, Con-
troller of Road Traffic Jack Thompson,
Chevron's district retail manager Armando
Vegas and representatives of the Royal
Bahamas Pohece Force.
This year's topic is "'Road safety making
the difference" and is endorsed by Chevr~on
Bahamas Limited, as well as corporate co-
sponsors, government~agencies and road
safety ~stakeholders.

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firearms, illicit drug trafficking
and illegal migration which
compounds our domestic crime
problems," Mr Turnquest said.
"We can draw a straight con-
nection from these illegal trans-
border activities to some of the
crimes being committed in our
country today. This is particu-
larly so in respect of crimes
committed using guns," he said.


Mr Turn quest said a key
component of the government's
strategy to halt and reverse
crime tr nds in the Bahamlas is
to ensure that its law enforce-
nient agencies are adequately

equipped and have the neces-
sary resources to effectively dis-
charge their mandate.
He said the government has
taken decisive steps to address
trans-national crime by enhanc-
ing the assets of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force and is
in "an active acquisition peri-
od, bringing on stream and in
a phased manner, air and seago-
ing assets."
"Two weeks ago in Inagua,
the Defence Force commis-
sioned two, 27 foot boats that
will patrol in the southern
Bahamas," Mr Turnquest said.
"We expect to take possession
of 10 additional larger vessels
and two aircraft later this year.
We are also providing training

for officers and marines of the
Defence Force to ensure that it
remains on the cutting-edge of
technology and management
"While the government is
doing its part to halt and reverse
the disturbing crime trends mn
the Bahamas, as isevident from
the strategies it has put in place
and the initiatives it has
launched, I must emphasise,
however, that the answer to-our
critical crime problems rests
with each of us. Responsibility
and accountability must be our
watchword in what must be a
national initiative to halt and
reverse crime and criminality in
our country," Mr Turnquest

announced that the~department
has "stepped up" the processing
of immigration matters to
ensure that all persons who
have a right to enter the
Bahamas will be in a position
to show that they do.
He said the Department of
Immigration and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force will
increase joint apprehension
operations to reduce the num-
ber of illegal immigrants in the
country and that the depart-
ment is in the process of hiring
and training additional officers
to meet demands in this area.
"Our open borders have
always made us susceptible to
trans-national, organised crime
such as the illegal trafficking in

b By Matt Maura
THE Department of Immi-
gration has launched a new
Automated border control pro-
gramme that aims to help law
enforcement officials uncover
travel document fraud.
Minister of National Security
and Immigration Tommy Turn-
quest said the programme is one
of a series of new initiatives the
Department of Immigratio~n, in
conjumetion with the Ministry
of National Secur~ity. will unveill
to battle trans-national organ-
ised crimes such as firearm,
drug and illegall immigrant traf-
Mr Turn quest also


tante speech competitions. The top debaters
from Bahamian schools will also compete.
The semi-finals will be held on Friday
March 28 at 6pmi at the Britishi Colonial
Hilton. Nine persons will advance to the
finals, scheduled for Sunday April 13 at the
Dundas Centre for the Performing! Arts.
In addition to serving as the 2008-2009
Texaco Youth Safety Spokesperson. the
winner will play "a key role" in the Nation-
al Road Safety Campaign. the release con-
Chevron Bahamas also awards scholar-
ships of up to $10,000 to the top finisher,
and smaller scholarships to the two run-
ners up.
The nine finalists will also receive lap-
top computers and printers and all partici-
pants receive trophies and certif~icates.

According to a press release by Chevron
Bahamas Limited, the "by invitation"
speech contest was introduced in 2002 and
allows the best young speakers from public
and private schools throughout the
Baha~mas to showcase their oratory skills,
increase public road safety awareness and
compete for the title of Texaco National
Youth Spokesperson.
'I am aw~are that since 2002, over 100
young people have participated in this
speech competition and that this even has
ser-ved as stimulus for their continued devel-
opment." Mr Woodside said.
Chevron Bahamas added that more than
30 participants are expected to compete in
this year's contest as finalists from Abaco,
the Rotary Club, Junior Achievement *
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aIllegiations, the teacher and the student
wouLld have been negatively alffeced by
the allegations. Hence the need to have
both of them have counselling."
Mr Sandls said that no deccision has yet
been madle on whether: or not anyone will
he triansferred out of the school as a result
of this incident.
AIlcgations of teacher-student affairs
compr'omiisethe orderly relationship that is
supposed to exist between students and
teachers. This is evident by the comments
of' one student from the school The Tri-
bunre spoke with in a nearby neighbour-
"The male students are trying' to get some
too." said the student.

"'Fellas are dropping' little hints here and
there," to female teachers, he claimed, in
an effort to attempt to follow the path of
the male student involved in the alleged
The female teacher involved in the scan-
dal is reportedly 32 years old while the
male student is 16. Permanent Secretary at
the Ministry of Education Elma Garraway
has said publicly that an investigation is
underway into these allegations. However,
it is uncertain what action, if any, the min-
istry will take after the investigation has
been completed.
Mrs Poitier-Turnquest did not wish to
comment on the matter after the meeting

"I think their greatest conllcern ivoulcl
have been whether the Iceacher, you know \
her position as a tea;cher w\ouldl have~ been ~
taken from her." said Ac~ting: Director of
Education L~ionel Sunlds ;Ifter thec meetli ig.
"That has not happened.l: She is still ;
teacher of the Ministry of EdluentLMIon
Youth, Sports andc Culture.. Shle is away
from school nowl becaulse she is; receiv~inR
counselling, and so is the students. He is
receiving counseling. As so, their posi-
tions, he as (post withheld) and she: as a
teacher, still remain intact.

BRHRister: govt shoi
nOt be liable for crit
COnunitted, on bai
FROM page One
of powers in our country, the judicitaryi has co
the courts, the Attorney General('s off'i~c) is a
of the government that brings peo~cple blef<
coq ges determine whether somebody(ll g
and judges determine thalt for goodl rea~scn
ought to leave this whole issue out1 o~f th I
de ae ad id bate the sysntc~ls <>f orl c to is a .

the Bar for 20 years, andl aI magiiS~l;trat, adm~litt
for many years the Bahamnian colurt syste~rn "
met the challenges our societyl has~ posed~c" ;.
stands is "very, very far behind" in trrns11 of re
- even compared to other countries in~ the r<
Pressed as to whether he believes this Ilack
cial resources has contributed to th~ number cr
ple being granted bail, by creating an~d comP l
the backlog of court cases and pro~moting a si
where it becomes increasingly difficult f~or culss
brought to trial within a "reasonablle: period
d t s beaned by law' -- Mr Bamrister we ~
adi ti b rue.
H wevee, hesai tht the cuinthnaiv e el

Iciadry and ou ourts uththe ma~nnit'rt ni'~ \\'c ~l
help" and the Ingraham administ:;ri ll onse u
ted to addressing that-
In her budget contribution in Mayl\ i.t~ \ aLr
n tGhenera e eis Hepbr tod tnd epl~ c
Supreme Court. some dating balck as for as 2
Emphasising that he is "no~t mak~ing ecu cL
any government." Mr Bunnister propose
progress in the justice system is mo~~re oIf a~ (1
street than some may realise. .
"'I am saying that it is a cooperativec exer1c~ise
the minister. "Yes every exe~cutivec is respol~nsi
providing (resources), but y'ou shouldl aIlso, r~en
that in the budgeting process (what is requlli
the judicial system) is generally put1 f`orward .
ju Te~rirr gt Mr Mloss. he said ":c --W a I
haveea e s onsbt bH oaur soicz anhin ed o
chonse twh ci iise the state of affTairs "for~1 j
reasons need to be careful howc they addr~cs
w ich are of critical importance to our county

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Teacher and pupil

~.us:sionls on1 that1."
MRli Sandic s laid hc fcls "conflidecnt" that
aI~~ lso e hasizingt~ that1 it muist be remmn-
between tl'he liveo is still o~nly an allegation.
'.Tlherec is nothing~ that1 I ave in my pos-
XLessionl that1 Say!S th llegatICi~onls are sub-
sta~ntiated," he sarid. '"Okay. so they are
only a;llegations. But. the f~act that they are


FROM page one
ing anl individual with proven
leadershipp skills to fill the
position of general manager,
e~lffective no later than April 1,
'Thec person who is select-
ed as general manager will be
taking over from Anthony
Foster. wlho has headed the
corporation for the past five
yeas, buttha now reached
Senator Forbes-Smith, par-
lamn qtfiarycretaryinshe
who has responsibility for
ZNS, said yesterday that find-
ing a new general manager is
part of the restructuring of
the corporation,
She explained that
although large sums of tax-
payer's money is pumped into
the television station every
ya there are constant coni-

"And they (the viewers)
are well within their rights to
complain. It's taxpayer's
money." she said.
Mrs Forbes-Smith reiterat-
ed that her government hopes
to transform ZNS into a tele-
vision station resembling the
United States' Public Broad-
casting Service (PBS).
"Viewers would like to see
more Bahamian-type pro-
gramming, more educational
pr gramming and tsh y just
wee present shows we have
now, such as the news,' the
senator said.
ZNS states in its advertise-
eennethtr cn iaedr fo
should, at a minimum, pos-
sess a first degree in journal-
ism, broadcasting or in other
related fields.
The ideal candidate, the
corporation said, should pos-
sess a MBA and have a
proven and comprehensively
displayed leadership track
record in a senior manage-
ment capaciatysfor a minimum

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Hutchinson gets life for

murder of Jackie Moxey

FIROM page one
out1 of' the cou~tr'oomn yesterday, minutes after Justice Isaacs
Ii;nded~r down his ruling. In1 his ruling Justice Isaacs high-
litghledl the evidence of local pathologist Dr Govinda Raju,
~lle 1 Ill polit<:d the pr~o cc~ion!'s assertion th n11Iillfly result in heere deathl onMry 4 hc l
.11ui~ ISI;c b 1one also nod thait Hutchinson used his
'i to >,I scitie tlhcllt (illlcmn r Uit lsu igthe ass tult.t Jutict

I tu c h ilsi~' toIt t cdte ns sugs yd~a hshoh velrnot
ha~~eic any intrcTItionl withl society again. Hutchinson has
;lcaheady servedl time in prison for manslaughter,
Relatives of the former softball star were visibly dis-
;rappoiic~ine with vesterdov's ruling and broke down in
tear's outs~id~ the courtroom.
1'hle sysiemn sucks. I thought this was going to be my
cl~closre I;oday," aI tearful Jackelle Moxcy, the eldest
Junel~lhter of( the d~eceaSed,. told The Tribune yesterday.
--1low mnyu! people he have to kill in order for him to
get~ thle death penalty?" she asked. The Crown sought
thie de~ath peLna~lty for Hutchinson for Moxev's murder,
I-lutchinsoln w'as convicted on September 19) last year of
tIhl mut cr of1 softball star a~ckie MH 2v 44.nPruorseecut rs
lac 6il lrlenl "trm lkel jrob at Bahama tInfnodrmatiot Ser-
C'liftlon Pier area vhe~re a brutal beating by him resulted in
herl deathII. Jel'ouIsy wa;s the motive for the killing, accord-
Ily ~ h0 Irscuos i ca d that Hutchino w
Ibese \v:tue 31ios and icnsed over all aionos that
1 en~d pr`osecutor Cheryl Grant Bethel yesterday
aieued tha~t H-utchinson would have known of these
allections~ well before he had committed the offence
anIhad1;I linle ti --Cool Off." SheL Saidi thatl Moxev's miur-
ller w\as prema"c.litated~ as Hiutchin son had picked her up
Ift am her1 workp'~laceL intending to get revenge. Mrs
Girant-Bethel also argued that H-utchinson has shown
no remorse for Aloxcv's mlurder and that his claim that
Ii Ic,~ had1\ nlyel hea utted her in self defence was not
coniste~~int w\iti the numerous head wounds she had suf-
loes\zhiatrist Dr1 Nelson Clarke was called to the wit-

Ic~' (1 1 D Iuhifns n tlhe hrcodrt tahp her atw sno
2\ iJnlc toi su~gget that Hutchinson suffered from any
pi'?chorlogical illness. effective disorder or could not.
"toilr~ 1 1is temlwr all Tthe rie tur ofnell Iutchin-

Former pupils allege
homosexual encounters

with teachers while

at high school

FROM page one

with this school. I could bring you three students who
went through the exact same thing. Everytime the sit-
uation came up we got thrown out of the school," he

soThaenstu nt satdthat hheo poached a metmbter
some teachers were "involved" with their students,
and was told that the teachers had their "own lives
to live."
The female student went on to explain that she
was involved with her female English teacher for
the fmnal two years of high school, right up until
December of last year before their relationship
with ceadk hroan dte pr nocpa fnd ng ou "othe
yohi giwtsm do thing new at all. When I first
went there it was going on. I don't think it's the
students, I think it's the teachers. What they are
doing toth students is really wrong. Really
The student explained that on the occasion when
she was expelled from school, the teacher denied
they were having a relationship, stating that she
had "'no idea" of what was going on. Subsequently,
heoa he ru asur mis tat ththei rleaminship
could continue, but it would have to be secret.
"I would still see her now again when she would
invite me to her church or whatever. Sometimes I
would be really scared because I wouldn't know
her next move.
Ilf something was to happen, she would be like,
she would deny everything, but still be cool with
me whenever we were alone. It just was making
me look bad and make me feel bad, so I ended
thi gs at the beginning of this year." the student
The young woman added that she felt compelled
to oaol o wat now wtt her noryatar s3ai
..This is well known. Everyone glit jealous over
who had who. You would not believe it. Teachers
vvoulikyet jealous over which student theyi~bad,"

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th TteBaha nas nati
Labour Convention 2006'
becoming the first country in
the western hemisphere to
move towards improving stan-
dards and conditions for the
maritime industry.
The Bahamas received the
Instrument of Ratification from
Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry,
director of the International
Labour Standards Department
of the ILO, at a signing cere-
mony at the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs this week.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette said, "The
signing and ratification of this
convention is another clear indi-
cation of the Bahamas' ongo-
ing commitment to maritime
safety and good labour practice,
"Indeed, a well-tramed mar-
itime labour force governed by
just, fair and equitable laws will
not only rebound to the good
quality of the register but will
also ensure the sustainability of
best practice and standards in
maMitime affairs,"the the
Ba a m f st oeuands rbte
ify th convention
The Bahamas I as the third
largest ship registry in the world
with over 1,700 vessels.
The second largest, Liberia,
has ratified the MLC 2006.
Panama, the largest ship reg-
istry, is also expected to ratify
the convention this month,
Ratifi t ofdMN 200M
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The MCL, which se s out the
conditions for work in the mar
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February 23, 2006, at the 94th
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SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: The Ratification and Presentation Ceremony of the Maritime Labour
Convention was held Monday, February 11, 2008 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goodman's Bay Corporate
Centre, Cable Beach, West Bay Street. From left are Minister of Maritime Affairs and Labour, Senator the Hon.
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Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Brent Symonette.

national laws and regulations in
the convention,
The Bahamas has been a
member of the International
las e9 n tyCtooui
principal safety and environ-
mental conventions.
The Bahamas is also party to
most major ILO conventions.
Dr Doumbia-Henry said that
ratification "demonstrates a
sound commitment by the
Bahamas to the realization of
the objectives of the ILO; the
pursuit soc al ulseice thr hgh
at work."
Once the convention enters
into force, the Bahamas will

member of the Special Tripar-
tite Committee created under
the convention.
The Bahamas has shown
a pt t heear
follow," she said,
"This ratification should also
help stir on other Caribbean
states with maritime interests
to follow in the footsteps of the
Bahamas. The Bahamas could
assist these countries.
The ratification should also
give a boost to the on-going dis-
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THE relaunched Urban Renewal Programme will be
run by two co-ordinators, the government has announced.
In New Providence it will be headed by former FNM can-
didate Ella Lewis, who has a background is in education. In
Grand Bahama, it will be headed by Tirzah Carey, who has
worked in social services and housing.
Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell said the Urban
Renewal Liveable Neighbourhood Programme has four
key objectives: to increase public safety, to increase wealth,
to increase independence
and to give people and the
communities a sense of
Mr Russell said managers
have been appointed for all
of the nine Urban Renewal .
centres in New Providence
and the six in Grand
Bahama. "To the extent pos-
sible, centre managers have
been selected from the com-
munities and will interact
directly with persons in the
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will be assisted by commu-
nity project facilitator sta-
id atn ewMPirno i n
and at the Urban Renewal
headquarters m Freeport,
Grand Bahama.
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nators and ministry personnel. These will be deployed on
an as-needed basis to provide practical and technical sup-
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public servants.
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ability of the premises for the delivery of services in the
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exist within communities, these will be accessed for the ben-
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IN FULL VOICE: Pictured from left are Acting Commissione~r of Police Reginald Ferguson, Assistant
Commissioner of Police Eugene Cartwright and Assistant D rector of Immigration James Rolle.

of Chicago, Illinois and
formerly of Nassau, Bahamas
will be held on Thursday
February 14th, 2008 at 7:
30 p.m. at Church of God
&i of Prophecy, East Street.
Officiating will be Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson,
Bishop Woodley C. Thompson and Minister Kendall
C. Simi~mons.

Precious memory will forever linger in the hearts
of her husband, Randolph Pratt II; son, Randolph
Pratt Ill; two daughters, Nathalia and Tamara Pratt;
parents, Brenville and Barbara Ferguson; one
brother, Brenville Ferguson II; five sisters, Deborah
Seymour, Melvern Hall of Turks and Caicos, Sharon
Swann, Doralee Beneby-Ferguson and Marcia
Griffin; mother and father-in-law, Randolph "Harold"
and Nora Lene Pratt; six brothers-in-law, Chief
Supt. of Police Steven Seymour, Reuben Hall of
Turks & Caicos, GeorgeSwann, Jason Griffin, Philip
Pratt and Marcus Glass; two sisters-in-law, Joann
Ferguson and M rgart rGIs; fF g unclesL Bishop

Brozozog and Stephen Brozozog; three aunts,
Ivamae and Esther Ferguson and Beverly Brozozog;
numerous nieces and nephews including,
Brenville Ill, Amanda and Antonio Ferguson, Steven
Ill, Brentley and Marcus Seymour, Reuben III,
Renischka, Reumell and Ryan Hall, Gordon Jr., and
Duron Beneby, Nathan and Jonathan Griffin; other
relatives and friends including, Bishop Brice H.
Thompson and family, Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson
and family, Bishop Woodley C. Thompson and family,
Minister Kendal Simmons and family, Mary Moss and
family, Gina Curry and family, Victoria Beneby and
family, Patricia Darville and family, Veronica Bowe
and famiily, Wilkinson and family, Marguriette Bethel
and family and others to numerous too mention.

Wolff Roard and Prinro~se Street,
Opposite Stuciro of DraperiseS
Telephone: 326-9800/ 1 24 Hour Emergency

Want an Cn tO
thiS Spiral of
crime and
Violence, and.
particulrlfi t0

kiligS, which
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SBy Simon Lewis

Bahama The government says
it is keeping crime and crimi-
nality high on its national agen-
da and is creating space and
mechanisms for Bahamians to
give expression to their anti-
crime views.
That assurance came from
Senator Elma Campbell, Min-
ister of State in the Ministry of
National Security and Immi-
gration, during the Grand
Bahama Police Division's annu-
al church service over the week-
Police officers, along with
officials from Customs, Immi-
gration and the Road Traffic,
attended the service at the
Church of God Temple on
Peach Tree Street. It was con-
ducted by the Grand Bahama
CMistian ll referred to
police statistics indicating that
crime, particularly violent crime,
coe sd hbaet i epne to
this, a profound change is taking
plcB inth iecsons iousneess of
this spiral of erime and violence,
and particularly to senseless
killings, which resulted in 79
murders in 2007, and already in
2008, to nine murders," she said.
Ms Campbell said the gov-
an ten mchns 02raham
ans to give expression to their
-cnouhn ialgue ad dband
to express their views on crime
and criminality.
"Importantly, we are listen-
ing to views on what we as a
nation and a people ought to
.be domng about it,
thMsoCampbell po nted o t
vha onyafw ys ago th
Ministry of National Security
partnered with the Conference
first ouatioenadle thotth Ani
Crime and No-Violence Forum.
"We heard the voices of our
young people as they, expressed
their views on parenting, the


family and the breakdown of
traditional values. They spoke
of the need for all to be free
drom i teay anda poerhty
societal ills, and to have a
de'Th e onmented that we
should obey the laws, all the
laws, including traffic laws, and
that adults should live by exam-
ple. They urged that every
effort he taken to ensure that
the next generation of Bahami-
ans does not grow up in an envi-
ronment of crime and violence, '
Ms Campbell said,
She encouraged police offi-
cers to continue to work with
courage, strength and profes-
sionalism, and told them to
maintain their integrity and
grasp opportunities for training
and retraining~ _

"These are times of challenge
and change for the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, led in
no shmallm suretbysa chan g n
other institutional changes and
d'Telhovergmment is strength-
ening the hands of the police
force as it goes through this
transition to ensure that it con-
tinues to perform to the highest
possible standard now and in
the future.
"We are providing the nec-
essary resources, including cut-
ting edge technological equip-
ment, communications and
transportation required of a21st
century police force and seeking
to meet the needs of the force
for appropriate facilities
throughout our country," she

SWestin Sheraton at Our Lucayo

8:45 am

SSpeakers Include:
Hon Neko C Grant I, Minister of Tourism & Aviation
Wendy Craigg, Governor, The Central Bank of The Bahamas
B^Gregory Moss, President, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
Carey Leonard, General Counsel. Grand Bahama Port Authority
Mike Murphy, Founding Director, Harcourt Group
Chris Gray, Chief Executive, Freeport Container Port,
Freeport Harbour Company and Grand Bahama Airport Company
Jaime Vargas, Vice President Operations, South Riding Point Holdings Ltd
Robert Millard, Director. International Business Development, Global Fulfillment Services.
Jerry Butler, Caribbean Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank
Antonius Roberts, Artist & Sculptor
L Roscoe Dames II, Founder & President, Ivory Global Promotions
-Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization

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Assembly held in honour of slain student

FROM page one L'~,,_l(IPBr 4c lit\a"
arriving. e
His older sister, She- :W
vaughn Woodside told Th~e i I
Tribune doctors said he Y.;I
showed no vital signs in the P ts " 1pr ~I
The incident has sparked
a call for the induction of ~ ~ ~ a~~~u~~r ~ : lp ~I~E.q;- ,y~~lLeaEl~e~k s
conflict resolution courses -Y U .i~ sB :il iqY~rldslqJsOD 'b II 3C liBac
within the public school sys-
tem to aid troubled youth in ssi%;4caPY; ajC,[~y($T_ ~ aaFq- -; I
resolving disputes in a non-
viln atrHowever, principal, Mrs L-yS~Sum ~ ~~ ~iqla s~ -eF~$El;~
Delores Ingraham, an edu-
cator for the past 42 years, Irgn iij
does not think the imple-
mentation of a specialised
programme is needed.
Instead fundamental values
that seem to be lacking in
today's society need to be ~ lL i a" 7I I Yral~~~
instilled in classrooms and
the home, she said yester-
day. ''
"I hear people talking
about 'conflict resolution', 5X
you know, but you have .S
conflict resolution in every- ~
thing that you're doing
because you've got to ,
(teach) with some degree of z~
discipline, being responsi- ~
ble, caring for the other per-
son and that's everyday liv- ~~~
ing. L ;rs
"You have classes where :: ,
you zoom in on it (conflict c-, .,
resolution) the family life
classes, religious knowledge -*_ 1l~~ I :,
classes but in every class ~:I~
that you teach, manners and '-
respect for others that's a .
part of conflict resolution. l
"It's no use calling (for a)
big fancy programme, it's
everyday living, how to treat
your fellow man, your fel- ABOVE: Students at C C Sweet-
low student." Ing reflect On the tragic death of
However, Carlos Reid, E RICO Farnngton yesterday at a
president of Youth Against ,1_ special assembly.
Violence and a former gang 1.
member, feels such a pro- LEFT: A police officer comforts
gramme is vital to reforming ; a student at the school..
young men wading through .
the "war zones" of public RIGHT: C C Sweeting Senior
schools. 89High School principal Mrs i
"We need to get conflict Deoe nrhm past h
resolution in the schools. p DlresIgaa pastote i Ii.
We have had a proposal into .
government from that time
to be actively involved a- -
where- we can be mediators 1
in these schools. Our I..
schools are war zones where '
we have a lot of gangs in .- -. '
"We are certified by the
National Gang and Crime
Research Centre of America
and all we are asking for is
for them to give us an
opportunity to use the infor-
mation, the knowledge that
through our certification but i*
also through the walk of life
that we have come through
and see if we can help this A Hattleb for a ItmIted time,
situation." .
Yesterday's assembly was
attended by the entire stu- b
dent population, faculty, Onl
along with representatives
from the Parent Teachers II~~~
Association, the Bahamas '
Christian Council, Youth I
Against Violence and senior
police officers. Following
the somber gathering stu-
dents were given the option
of speaking to counsellors
or being dismissed early.
Classes are expected to
resume as normal for the.
remainder of the week.
Rico was remembered by
his classmates as a fun-lov-
inghp rseon "rwas "friends
"He was a funny.person
who (got) along with peo-
ple, and he was determined ..
in his school work. I miss

McKenzie, a 12th grade boy 1.
said after the ceremony.
Monday's incident
spurred activists and con- ,
cerned citizens to recall for
the return of the school yg
policing unit, an initiative
formed under the former !"
administration. 1
At the start of the
2007/2008 academic year II r '1
Ministry officials strongly
maintained that while COrnreraial Warehouse 1

ih oels cu wi ta u edd bscu -
rity officers, police officers :;:

would not be returned to TOtal 25,000 sq. ft, available

Press release issued by '
the Ministry of Education (MiniffmlUFOe 8SoOf 10,000 sq. ft)
following Monday's stab- --.*
bing said the ministry was Centrally located, turn-key facility: :F
"working diligently to sta- .
bilise the school environ-
ment." -
Two brothers students are
being questioned by police
in connection with the inci- ~mm
dent. On Monday, Chief PLEASE CONTACT : .. ~-
Superintendent Hulan Han- r ': ni
na told the media he expect- 677-4189 Or VrOberts~ibahamar.com j :
ed the case to come to a.
close by the end of the .
week. III

1Morales declares Bolivian floods a national disaster

Venezuelai is ready to cut off
i~~a oil suppIlieS to the U~nitedl States
if pressed into an "economic .
war," the country's oil minister
said in an interview published
Wend 's h s puafre h ~Tuesday, echoing a threat by

NE W twist on a biscu t. ing to Associatedn Press.Icsdn Hug Cae ncor
~Oil Minister Rafnel Ramirez
. told the Venezuelan newspaper
; I Ultimas Noticias that "we're
eady" to cut off oil shipments
dJ~ ~to the United States a threat
that~ apparently could be tr~ig-
gered if Exxon Mobil Corp. suc-
'.- I~~leJ~ T ceeds in seizing billions of dol-
lars in Venezuelan assets
though lawsuits abroad
Chavez first made the threat
Sunday in response to a drive
by Exxon Mobil to seize
Venezuelan assets through U S.
and European courts in a dis-
pute over the nationalization of
Lucrative oil ventures in
A British court issu-ed an
injunction last month tem-
por'arily freezing up to$12b il-
lion in the assets of' statte oil
company Petroleos de
Venezue~la SA, or PDVSA.
It remained vaguely defined
Try one today what actions would lead to such
a decision, which mnany analy~ts
With baCOn Sausage Of hami a conl unlikely.
I But Ramirez said, "if they
wanlt this conflict to escalat`.
it's going to escalate. We hav~e a
wayv to make this conflict esca-




Pcesidcnt( live Morales de~ca~red Holivinl's
deavastating floods a national dlisaster on
TIuesda~y, freeing more goverlnmentl funds to
conflront ar crisis his governmental hais liniked
to global climate changed.
SFlooding across B~olivia's eastern low-
lands has killed 50 people and aff'ected some
43,000 families since November, according
to Bolivian officials.
Floodwaters in some places have topped
a raised highway protecting 'Trinidad, where
Morales met Monday with local officials.
Yesterday the sun came out over the
besieged provincial capital of 90,000, raising

We're reat

hropeS that the waters would spare the city
Morales' declaration followed pressure
from eastern state governors, his fiercest
cr-itics, who ha~d accused the populist presi-
dlent of r-esponding too slowly to the disas-
Morales, in turn, has criticized the eastern
governors for campaigning for greater
autonomy from the central government
even while wide swaths of their states are
The U.S. has donated $500,000 in tents
and supplies and Venezuela sent a pair of
helicopters to help out.
A rainy season aggravated by La Nina

- a periodic cooling of waters in the Pacif-
ic Ocean has hit har~d all across Bolivia.
Many residents in the capital La Paz, high
in the Andes, ar~e living under severe water
rationing because rain-f'ed landslides last
month ruptured water mains throughout
the city.
In Trinidad, a city plaza has been con-
verted into refugee camp for people fleeing
the town's flooded outskirts.
Some scientists believe higher ocean tem-
peratures caused by global warming boost
the amount of moisture in the air and cause
the El Nino weather pattern -- and its echo,
La Nina -- to occur more frequently and
cause more intense climate disruptions.

SWAMPED: A girl wades through a flooded street of Trinidad, northern
Bolivia, yesterday.


pensation talks with Petroleos.
"Only Exxon maintains an
aggressive and hostile attitude,"
said Ramirez, who is also
PDVSA's president.
"The action by Exxon doesn't
surlfrise us, and ... we're ready
to fight the legal battle."
Speaking at an energy con-
ference in H~ouston on Tuesday,
Exxon Mobil senior vice presi-
dent Mark Albers declined
comment on any court pro-
ceedings with Venezuela,
though he said the company is
eager to negotiate fair compen-
sation for its assets.
Ramirez called the Irving,
Texas-based Exxon Mobil an
imperiala ist" company, saying
it and othei- multinationals
"don't accept that governments
make sovereign decisions."
He accused the company of
being "linked to the invasion of
Iraq" and having a sullied envi-
ronmental record of
"deplorable actions."
Meanwhile, state television
has begun airing short anti-
Exxon segments, with a mes-
sage appearing on the screen in
red text reading: "Exxon Mobil
turns oil into blood."
The U.S. remains the No. 1
buyer of Venezuelan oil, and
Chavez relies largely on U.S.
oil money to stimulate his econ-
omy and bankroll social pro-
grams that have traditionally
boosted his popularity.

THREATENING STANCE: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, centre,
speaks with journalists recently in Barinas, Venezuela.

late." Ramirez accused Exxon
Mobil of having political
motives and bemng "'very closely
linked to the (U.S.) State
"Cletr~ly there is an intention
to stalrt an economic war' with
our country." Ramirez was
quotecd as saymng.
TIhe White H-ouse yesterday
re~fused to comment on
Venezuela's threat.
"Wrhen there's a litigation
that's ongoing, different parties
will say anything to try to win
ovecr on an argument," said
Dana Permio. the press secre-
taryi to President George W.

"And it's not something that
the federal government is going
to get involved mn.
Exxon Mobil is challenging
the Chavez government's
nationalization of one of four
heavy oil projects in the
Orinoco River basin, one of the
world's richest oil deposits.
Other oil companies includ-
ing Chevron Corp., France's
Total, Britain's BP PLC and
Norway's StatoilHydro ASA
have negotiated deals with
Venezuela to continue as
minority partners in projects,
but ConocoPhillips and Exxon
Mobil balked at the tougher
terms and have been in com-


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Privy Council'upholds Fund, outperforms the market

IN Tribune Business on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, under the
headline BTC bidder has 15 days left on its exclusivity, the
first paragraph stated: "The bidder seeking to acquire a 49 per
cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications iCompany's
(BTC) through its privatization has just
15 days left on its exclusivity period, after which the Governent
is set to open the process up to other bidders.''
It should have stated that the process would only be opened
up to rival bidders if the Government was unable to conclude a
satisfactory agreement with Bluewater Communications Hold-
ings, the bidder, in those 15 days.

THE Bahamas International Oil Refining
Company's (BORCO) purchaser yesterday
pledged to upgrade and expand the Grand
Bahama-based facility's infrastructure and make
it "a key international hub for crude oil and
petroleum products", with the deal set to close
in the 2008 second quarter,
First Reserve, the US-headquartered private
equity firm that specialises in energy industry
investments, confirmed Tribune Business's
exclusive revelations dating back to November
2007 that it was BORCO's purchaser, in a
deal that sources said was valued at around
$900 million.
Although First Reserve did not disclose the
terms of the deal with PDVSA, the state-owned
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Due to the impact on
investor sentiment from the
US sub-prime mortgage crisis
and subsequent global credit
crunch, the fouir stock market
indices in which the TIGRS I
fund was invested the S&P
500, Nikkei, Euro Stoxx50 and
iShares Emerging Markets -
had experienced an average
decline of 10.1 per cent during
The Fidelity fund's perfor-
mance had been better, Mr
Anderson explained, due to
the "cushioning" provided by
its time value component, with
Bahamian investors locked in
for 42 months.

With 41 months left, he
added that the TIGRS I fund
was "a long-term play". While
investors might become caught
up in the international stock
market volatility and believe
the January performance was
"the end of the world Mr
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remember that history had
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markets will perform, and peo-
ple will make their money.
They're bound to see some ups
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Due to the TIGRS I fund's

SEE page 6B

Tribune Business Editor

$10 million interna-
tional investment fund
were yesterday urged
to maintain a long-
term view on their investment,
after global stock market
volatility caused it to produce a
negative 7.97 per cent return
for the month of January.
Pointing out that investors'
principal was protected,
Michael Anderson, Royal
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Trust's president, said that the
Fidelity Bahamas Internation-

al Investment Fund TIGRS I
had still managed to outper-
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indices and international stock
While the TIGRS I fund had
experienced a negative 7.97 per
cent return, Mr Anderson
pointed out that selected glob-
al stock market indices -
including London's FTSE 100,
Hlong Kong Hang Seng, and
Others from Spain, Indonesia
and France had performed
worse, generating a negative
9.21 per cent return or loss for
January. International stock
funds had also generated a
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abuse of the court's process"; in

Tribune Business exclusive, with
deal set to close in 2008 second
quarter after government approvals

The purchase is still conditional on First
Reserve receiving all the required government
and Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA)
approvals. The Tribune revealed last week how
BORCO and First Reserve had already been in
discussions with the Governmient over the 4 per
cent Stamp Duty they are required to pay on the
assets of a business bemng sold, seeking to ann-
imise this payment.
Outlining the general plans it has for BOR-
CO, which-is .a 20 million .barreL~more.Jhan
three million tonne) storage terminal for crude

Tribune Business Editor

$33m land deal with New
Providence Development

Company ClO ~s
The purchase, of the final
tract of land, he added, was
currently in escrow, and New
South Ocean Development
Company was set to close that
deal "within days".
Mr Stein said: "I'm in the
design phase for the infra-
,structure we ha~i~to build. I'm
negotiating with the hotel and
casino operators, and hope to
cut deals with those groups

SEE pae4B

Tribune Bulsiness Editor
TH-E developer behind the
proposed $867 million rede-
velopment of the South Ocean
Golf &r Beach Resort yester-
day said he hoped to begin the
project's infrastructure work
in six to eight months, having
closed a $33 million deal to
purchase land that is critical
for the development.
Roger Stein, head of New
York-based RHS Ventures
and the New South Ocean
Development Company's
managing director, said he had
"completely closed" the pur-
chase of two of the three land
parcels that were required if
the project was to go ahead.


SIEE pae 6B

dPEr4~e t

integrity' of Bahamas

telecoms regulation

despite negative 7.97% return

South Ocean developer $900m BORCO buyer pledges to agg, =r

eyes six to eight months make~ firm 'key international hub' B ~~

for infrastructure st~artaaaa~~~~~aaa .By NEIL HARTNELL First Reserve confirms yet another

Bank's Bahamas operations

generate 40.9% profit rise

WTrib~u e BH s ns E~ditor
BUTTERFIELD Bank's Bahami-
an operations generated a record net
income of $3.1 million f or the 2007
financial year, a 40.9 per cent increase
upon the previous year, with total
revenues up by almost a third.
Unveiling its group results for the
12 months to December 31, 2007, yes-
terday, Butterfield Bank reported
that its Bahamian operations

Butterfield's $3.1m net income driven by 32.7% revenue

riSe to over $12m, with total assets up 17% to $182m


The Board of DirectorS
Of .
FamGuard Corporation Limited

is pleased to advise that
the final dividend
for 2007
of 6 cents per share
has been declared to be paid on
February 25, 2008
to Share Ilders of record as at

February 19, 2008

The parent holding company of
Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited
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FG General Insurance Agency Limited



Our client, a leading Bahamian public company, is seeking applications for the
position of Chief Financial Officer.

Job O ~ective:
To provide financial leadership to the company by managing its financial resources,
providing oversight of the accounting function,; and maintaining appropriate relations
with investors and regulatory agencies. The CFO will report to the Chief Executive

Prmary Duties:
Directs the organization's financial planning and accounting practices

Directs the organization's relationship with lending institutions, shareholders
and the financial community

Oversees and directs treasury, budgeting, audit, tax, payroll, accounting,
purchasing, real estate and insurance activities for the organization

Directs the Corporate and Accounting Vice Presidents in providing and
directing procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records and
to afford adequate accounting controls

Consolidates and directs all costs accounting procedures together withi other
statistical and routine reports

Directs and analyzes studies of general economic, business, and financial
conditions and their impact on the organization's policies and operations

Knowledg~cccc~~~ccr & Skils:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
A degree in Accounting or Finance and or a CPA, or equivalent required

i Three to five years experience in a healthcare setting preferred

Excellent customer service, organizational, leadership and computer skills

Excellent written and oral communication skills

The position offers an attractive salary and benefits package, reflecting
the successful applicant' s experience arxl qualifications, includ~ing a pension
plan, medical, life, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage.

Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes including references before
February 29, 2008 to:
Mark E. Mlunnings
Deloitte &t Toucue
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahllams

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is look ing fora
male to work as

Qualified applicant!
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interested person
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hBv ktw Bc onets Buteb iel
renamed Butterfield Private Bank,
which is responsible for private bank-
ing and trust activities, and Butter-
field Fund Ser vice s, which handles
fund and pension administration
Butterfield first entered the
Bahamian financial services market in
2003 through the acquisitions of Tho-
rand Bank & Trust and Leopold
Joseph (Bahamas).

increased their collective net income
by $0.9 million, increasing this from
$2.2 million the year before.
Total revenues generated by But-
terfield's Bahamian operations
increased year-on-year to $12.1 mil-

lion, an increase of 32.7 per cent.
Its Bermuda-parent said that the
revenue growth reflected "strong
growth in net interest income and
fees earned from trust services".
At December 31, 2007, according

to the group's unaudited results, But-
terfield's Bahamian operations had
total assets of $182 million, a 17.4
increase on the previous year-end's
$155 million.
Butterfield's Bahamian operations

SRG's right to use VolP tech-
"The Privy Council stated
that the essence of the BTC
claim is an attack on the PUC's
decision to permit SRG to
offer VolP during the exclu-
sivity period" that BTC is sup-
posed to enjoy, under the Gov-
ernment's Telecommunica-
tions Sector Policy, once it is
The key issues raised before
the Privy Council, Mr Moree
added, were "whether BTC
had waited too long to mount
its challenge, and when it did,
whether it used the correct
He said: "The Privy Council
said BTC did wait too long and
did not give a satisfactory
explanation for this decision,
and employed the wrong pro-
cedure in bringing a declara-
tory action.
"If BTC wanted to chal-
lenge, they could have done so
either by going under Section 7
of the 1999 Telecommunica-
tions Act, or a judicial review,
providing they did so in the
prescribed time period."
Mr Moree hinted that the
challenge mounted by BTC
was intended to restrict IndiGo
Networks' ability to compete
with it. Given that VolP is a
critical component of IndiGo's
network technology, had the
Privy Council allowed the BTC
action to proceed, it could ulti-
mately have crippled the com-
pany and rendered it commer-
cially non-viable had it been
ordered not to use VolP tech-
"Our client continues to
hope it can work with the PUC
and BTC going forward in
order to achieve what is clear-
ly the essence of the Govern-
ment's telecommunications
policy objectives, to incremen-
tally liberahise the sector and
provide competition, which
will have enormous benefits
for consumers in the Bahamas
and industries which depend
so heavily on our communica-
tions platform," Mr Moree told
The Tribune.

"We hope we can work
together to achieve this result,
but it does involve some basic
acceptance that competition is
to be encouraged, not sup-
Although the Privy Council
ruling knocks-out any chance
that the BTC challenge will
proceed to hear the substan-
tive issues, it noted that these
revolved around section 8:21
of the Telecommunications
Sector Policy, which stated that
for the duration of BTC's
exclusivity period, no other
company would be licensed to
provide voice services over the
Internet or VolP networks.
The Telecommunications
Sector Policy had been revised
in 2002 to account for the delay
in privatising BTC, with the
introduction of competition for
fixed-line services delayed until
24 months after this process
was completed.
SRG, though, had already
been granted its licence in ear-
ly 2002. In response to Public
concerns over who could offer
VolP services, the PUC pub-
lished notices on March 18,
2004, and April 5, 2004, clari-
fying that only BTC and SRG
had been licensed to provide
voice telephony services, which
included VolP and VolP net-
It was only on September 22,
2004, that BTC questioned this
some five months later. Even-
tually, it filed a November 30,
2004, summons seeking
declaratory relief on seven
grounds, all challenging SRG's
right to use VolP technology
and services.
In response, the PUC argued
that BTC had adopted the
wrong procedure, and alleged
that the Supreme Court's rules
stipulated that any challenge
had to be filed within 28 days
after its decision,
Outlining the PUC's case,
the Privy Council said: "BTC
had been late in seeking to vin-
dicate its rights. Had it
observed the right procedure it
ought to have brought the pro-
ceedings within 28 days of the

decision complained of As the
limitation period had expired,
it would have needed leave,
the grant of which would not
have been automatic but dis-
"Its attempt to challenge the
PUC's decision by applying to
the original jurisdiction of the
court rather than its appellate
jurisdiction was, it was submit-
ted, an abuse ~of process."
Then-Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley ruled in
favour of BTC, rejecting "
SRG's argument that the court
should not usurp the function
of the PUC, as the PUC was in
no better position than the
court to say what the law was
in any matter that was before
However, this was over-
turned by the Court of Appeal.
In its ruling, the Privy Council
found: "The procedure that
BTC has adopted gives rise to
a variety of objections which,
in their Lordships' opinion, are
iii urildintablet. Thne Bnfrs I
that the declarations sought,
in so--far as they a~re--not so:
vague as to merit being struck
out on that ground, were all
capable of being dealt with by
means of judicial review of the
PUC's decision to issue the
licence to SRG.
"The declarations that are
sought do not mention SRG,
but there is no doubt that the
issue of the licence to it is the
focus of BTC's complaint.
There is no suggestion that the
PUC have issued, or intend to
issue, a licence to anyone else
to offer VolP services in com-
petition with BTC.
"In essence, BTC's claim is
an attack on the PUC's deci-
sion to permit SRG to offer
VolP during the Exclusivity
Period. Assuming in BTC's
favour that the challenge that
they seek to make is more
appropriate for judicial review
than an appeal under section 7
of the 1999 Act, the question
remains -why was that proce-
dure not adopted?"
Describing BTC's delay in
bringing the challenge as
"mnexcusable", the Privy Coun-
cil added. "The fact is that
SRG was issued with a licence,
in reliance on which it has
invested very substantial
amounts of money in the pur-
chase and installation of state-
of-the-art equipment to enable
it to provide a fully modermised
telecommunications system.
"Revocation of the licence
in these circumstances, which is
what a successful application
for judicial review would have
dmpl coatinsu nt olye fo 3
but also for the reputation and
credibility of the regulatory
system in the Bahamas as a
whole. These factors show how
important it is that proceed-
ings by way of judicial review
insch caseiar brought with-
The Privy Council ruled that
a "prolonged litigation" would
have ensued had BTC been
able to continue with the
declaratory relief challenge.
It concluded: "This would be
wholly incompatible with what
was contemplated when the
regulatory system that the 1999
Act lays down was enacted.
The technology in the field of
modern telecommunications is
f om lex nta sdt e o s2g
cess. But this, in turn, depends
on winning the confidence of
te in estor that he benefitsbof

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Privy Council 'upholds integrity'

Of Bahamas telecoms regulation

FROM page 1B

an earlier Court of Appeal ver-
dict, finding that the state-
owned carrier had taken too
long to challenge the Public
Utilities Commission's (PUC)
decision to permit IndiGo Net-
works, which is owned by Sys-
tems Resource Group (SRG),
to use VolP technology in its
It also found that BTC had
failed to follow the correct pro-
cedure in mounting the protest.
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, who represents Indi-
Go Networks and SRG, told
The Tribune: "It is important
that the integrity of the sys-
tem, and the role of the regu-
lator, as set out mn the statute,
has been upheld by the Privy
He added: "It seems to me
that this case was primarily
about whether or not BTC had
employed the correct proce-
dure to challenge the decision
of the PUC, with regard to

SEATED (I-r): Former Senator
1.~C~~d r~~ Tanya McCartney; KWIB founder
Melisa Hall and Minister Charlene
Paul. STANDING (1-r): Minister
Antonise Collie, Tanya Northeast,
Minister Olivia Wells and Minister
IrC~Q~9II$P~YOrrnonique Rolle-Joffer


Our client, a prestigious educational institution, is seeking applications
for the position of a Financial Controller.


To provide financial leadership for the school by managing the financial
resources, supervising the accounting staff, and reporting to the Principal
and Board of Dire~ctors.


Manage the financial affairs of the school
Supervise the accounting department
Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and annual financial
reporting in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Lead annual budget exercise
Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget
Coordinate annual audit process
Manage the cash flow of the organization
Review and evaluate internal controls and make recommendation
for improvement
Any other related duties, as necessary


A Bachelor's degree or higher in Accounting or related Fmnancial
field. Professional accounting designation ACCA, CA, or CPA.
Seven to ten (7-10) years of experience in accounting.
Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports.
Very strong oral and written communication skills
Leadership, management, and direct supervision experience is
Public accounting~experience is preferred.
Bahamian citizen.

The position offers an attractive salary with a very good benefits
package, reflecting the successful applicant's experience and

Qualified individuals should submit, by post or email, complete resumes'
including references before Feb 29, 2008 to the following person:
Mark E. Munnings
Deloitte & Touche
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
Email: mmunnings @deloitte.com.bS

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation provides counselling, academic
opportunities and job related skills for teens to build self esteem and the capacity
for independence;

AND WHEREAS, the PACE Foundation is led by a diverse team of
experienced directors and talented committed volunteers;

AND WHEREAS, the PACE Foundation will be launching its programme "Talk
to Me" and has planned a number of activities for the discussion;

AND WHEREAS, the aim of "Talk to Me" month is to get parents to talk to their
children about sex and encourage teens to make wise choices that will steer them
away from teen pregnancy;

AND WHEREAS, the social challenges caused by high levels of teenage
pregnancy affect all of us in the Bahamian society;

NOW THEREFORE, I Hubert A. Ingrahan, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby, proclaim the month of
February 2008 as "TALK TO ME" month.

I have hercunto set my Hand
and Sca2l this 7th day of February,



Group to empower women in business

for too long women have sep-
arated their business obliga-
tions from their church oblig-
ations. However, she
explained that if women use
some of the principles they
learn in church at work, their
careers can be greatly
In conjunction with Melisa
Hall and Company Law
Chambers, Kingdom Women
in Business will hold an offi-
cial launching seminar on Feb-
ruary 29 and March 1 under
the theme: Empowering and
Equipping Kingdom Women
to Launch Outr into the deep.
The event will take place at
the British Colonial Hilton,
Topics will include: Eti-
quette and Ethics in Business;
Balancing life as a Kingdom
Woman in Business; How to
Successfully Launch and
Build a Supernatural Busi-
ness; Write the Vision; Make
it Plain; Accounting Princi-
ples for Women; and the Role
of Kingdom Women in the

"Our vision is to see accom-
plished Kingdom WUomen
from their various spheres of
influence, united and com-
mitted toward becoming lead-
ers in raising the standard and
changing face of the Bahamni-
an business community," said
Ms Hall.
"Meanwhile, our mission is
to provide spiritual, economi-
cal educational, physical and
emotional support, while pro-
viding practical business and
professional solutions to make
it easier for women to func-
tion efficiently and effectively
within their various roles
toward the Kingdom of God."
Speakers will include for-
mer senator Tanya McCart-
ney, Ministers Olivia W~ells,
Orminique Joffer and Char-
lene Paul, Tanya Northeast,
Michelle Thompson and
Nadeem Eugene.
The keynote address on the
Friday evening will be given
by patron Dr Ada Thompson.

Tribune Business
A NEW organisation has
been formed to empower and
provide financial advice for
Bahamian women, while at
the same time forming a busi-
ness- oriented association of
God-fearing women.
Kingdom Women in Busi-
ness (KWIB) will combine
leadership, entrepreneurial
training and development
with advocating for the pro-
tection of consumers against
unfair business practices
KWIB founder Melisa Hall
said too many women become
victims of unscrupulous busi-
ness persons, who take advan-
tage of them because they do
not know what is fair or
unfair, something the organi-
sation hopes they can change.
"A lot of times, women do
not take the necessary steps
when they are entering into

business. They tend to rely
solely on word of mouth. As
an attorney, I can tell them
that you have to get things in
writing, make sure that you
have people sign contracts.
Also, people make finance
decisions without sound
advice," Ms Hall said.
She added that this may be
because they were not aware
of where to obtain the neces-
sary information. something
that can be changed through
the networking opportunities
KWIB will allow.
Ms Hall said one of the
biggest challenges facing busi-
nesswomen today was how to
balance their work obligations
with the demands of their
families and church commit-
"While we are not perfect,
we can offer some advice to
women on balancing their
careers with everything else,"
she said. .
Minister Charlene Paul, a
KWIB member, added that

(Provinding Access to Continued Education)
in the year 2001 out of the Zonta Club of
promote the PACE Programme and provide a

Foundation was established
Nassau to raise funding to
facility for teen mothers;

AND WHEREAS, the PACE programme was started in 1969 and continues to
help teen mothers regain control of their futures through education and through
stopping the cycle of repeat pregnancy;

AND WHEREAS, the Foundaion is a not-for-profit group established to raise
awareness of the social impact of teenage pregnancy in The Bahamas

AND WHEREAS, the Foundation's mission is to provide education and
support to teen mothers, promoting awareness and policies that reduce both teen
pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among young adults;


AND WHEREAS, the Foundation empowers young girls
education about how to take care of themselves and their babies;


4~The d'Albenas

Agency Ltd

has a
new telephone number

(242) 677-1441

Our fax number remains'*

242) 328-2938

Our old telephone number
(242) 322-1441 is no longer

A.The d'Albenas Agency t
Ivadeira Street, Paldl
g eW 0ep one number

(242) 67-14



South Ocean developer eyes six to eight months for infrastructure start


The Bahamas Co-operative League
& Insurance Brokerage Limited
Requires the services of 8
Messenger / Handy Man

The successful applicant will be responsible
for providing messenger services assisting with
general office and maintenance duties.

Applicants should:
s/ Be a Bahamian citizen .
V Possess a valid drivers license
s/ Possess a minimum of a high school diploma
s/ Have good interpersonal skills

Deadline for a plication'
February 15, 2008

Applicants should submit their resumes to the
Bahamas Co-operative League
& Insurance Brokerage Limited
Russell Road P.O. Box SS-6314 fax: 242-328-8730

THE NEW South Ocean Development Company and New Providence Development Company recently signed
a $33 million closing deal for land. SHOWN (1-r) are Roger Stein, master developer for the New South Ocean
Development Company, and Rhys Duggan, chief executive and president of New Providence Development

8 A H A. M~A R


Baha Mar Development Companty Ltd. seeks to hire a

Project/Construction Manager

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

The successful applicant will be responsible for:
Ensuring the trade contractors are carrying out their work in accordance with
the Contract, including approved method statements and other approved
documents relating to Health & Safety, environmental issues and quality.
Facilitatmng the work of the contractors, so far as possible, by ensuring the
necessary logistic arrangements are set up~ and operating
Interfacing between contractors

Ca rig out is ton ithoth antraltuor n erify that work is in accordance
with the approved standards. Escort other parties, (Local Authority, Consultants,
Clients etc) as requested, to participate in inspections.
Conducting or participating in site meetings as requested and provide written
Creating and executing project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet
changing needs and requirement.
Identifying resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities
Managing day-to-day operational aspects ~of a project and scope
Min a in reo os ed to risk
Analyzing project cost

Qualifications include:
Extensive knowledge of the general construction industry and the sub trades
Extensive knowledge of construction legal issues including contracts, liens,
labor standards, retainage and other related topics
Ability to perform project management duties for construction projects up to
$150,000,000 effectively and efficiently including but not limited to Budgeting,
Scheduling, QA, Submittals, etc
Ability to identify, troubleshoot and resolve problems on projects before they
become major issues.
Ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time while maintaining attention
to detail
Ability to work in stressful situations
Ability to juggle departmental resources to meet deadlines
Ability to read and interpret financial reports
Ability to Consistently prepare accurate cost estimates
Ability to successfully negotiate with owner's, architects, engineers,
subcontractors and suppliers
Ensure Design and Budget is compatible.
Development of assigned Bid Packages
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Mitigates team conflict and communication problems
Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner

Please forward your curriculum vitae with salary requirements via e-mail to the

Human Resources Manager at hr@bahamar.com
or fax to (242) 677-9100 no later than February 21, 2008.

The Clifton Heritage Authority is seeking the services of an individual to fili the position of
Managing Director in accordance with Section 15 of the Clifton Heritage Authority Act

The Individual would be required to provide executive leadership, supervision and
direction to units of the Clifton Heritage Authority's offices and the Heritage Park,
while ensuring, the research and promotion of its historical, cultural and natural

Duties and Responsibilities:
o Responsible for the implementation of policies, programs and goals and objectives for
the efficient management of the Clifton Heritage Authority.
a Ensures the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the management
of the Clifton Her Rage Park ensuring that accepted operating standards and
practices are employed.
o Coordinate and supervise all activities related to safety issues, best environmental
practices, and all matters related to the preservation of historic structures and
conservation of natural resources at the park.
a Serve ad Principal Advisor to the Clifton Heritage Authority ~Board on matters and
issues relative to the maintenance and upkeep of the park.
" Oversee and coordinate all public and private use of facilities and recreational spaces
at the Clifton Heritage Park and establish user fees.
o Liaise with other government, non-government, regional and international agencies to
explore opportunities to promote the sustainable development and management of
the Clifton Heritage Park.
a Direit and coordinate the employment of staff, develop and implement operating
policies, standards and procedures to ensure performance and maintain a stable
working environment.
a Conduct periodic assessments of facilities and infrastructure and recommend
iprovements or repairs as necessary.
o Prepare and submit a monthly report to the Board of Directors on the operations of
the Authority.
a Liase with the Marketing and Public Relations officer to produce material for the
promotion of the Clifton Heritage Park.

POSt QualifiCation-'
o A minimum of a graduate degree in Administration or a related discipline, and/or 10
years experience in an administrative discipline.

Applications are available at the Authority's Office Collins Avenue and should be
submitted along with resume by 25 February, 2008.




structure work on the South
Ocean project would start, Mr
Stein said that "taking a shot in
the dark", it was likely to com-

mence in six to eight months.
He added that once all the
design work was done, the
New South Ocean Develop-
ment Company would look to
mobilise the construction
With work on the Blue
Shark Golf Course close to
completion, Mr Stein told The
Tribune that the second step
would involve demolition of
most of the existing South
Ocean's properties and facili-

Then, once all design work
"'an onclu~ded are nfra tuc-
fully not too long thereafter
we will be able to start work on
the vertical construction," Mr
Stein said.
He added that the New
South Ocean Development
Company had received all the
necessary permits and
approvals from the Govern-
ment at this stage, although
"there are always ongoing
applications" that are required
as a resort development pro-
The Ingraham administra-
tion has also moved away from
signing Heads of Agreements
with major investors and devel-
opers, instead providing them
with what they want through
all the required permits and
approvals, such as Hotels
Encouragement Act agree-
When asked about the likely
economic impact the South
Ocean redevelopment would
have, Mr Stein said: "It will be
at least what the numbers are"
in the economic impact study
conducted by Global Insight.
"We're starting to hire local
engineers, architects. Right
now, we're going to start on
thhe demolition, which we hd7e
hired aocal company t o
We are going to pave the


roads, which we have hired a
local company to do," Mr Stein
As the project entered its
main construction phase, he
added that "the goal is to hire
as many Bahamians as are
competent for the work we are
trying to do".
The South Ocean project is
slated to include a 140-room
five-star and 400-room four-
star resort, a 40,000 square foot
casino, fractional villas, 180
timeshare units, second homes,
convention centre, marina, ten-
nis facilities, and spa.
That phase is set to cost
around $500 million, with the
first phase the utilities and
infrastructure set to cost
around $200 million.
The draft economic impact
study for the South Ocean
development projected that it
would create 1,358 full-time
jobs when fully open, plus

1,200 direct construction jobs
at peak build-out.
During its first full year in
operation, the revitalised South
Ocean was projected to inject
$172 million in extra visitor
spending into the Bahamian
economy, and produce a $3.7
billion GDP impact over its
first 20 years, generating $1.5
billion in direct salaries and
wages for employees.
The $33 million land pur-
chase was with New Provi-
dence Development Compa-
ny, and mecluded the purchase
of that company's fee simple
ownership of the South Ocean
resort's Blue Shark golf course,
which has been redesigned and
upgraded by professional
golfer Greg Norman,
The golf course tract also
involved Mr Stein's group buy-
ing out the leasehold held by
the old South Ocean Develop-
ment Company, which was

owned by the Canadian Com-
mercial Workers Industry Pen-
sion Plan (CCWIPP).
New Providence Develop-
ment Company is an affiliate
of the Tavistock Group, the
vehicle for worldwide invest-
ments by Lyford Cay-based
billionaire Joe Lewis. He,
together with his business part-
ner Terry White, effectively
control New Providence
Development Company.
Part of the Heads of Agree-
ment hat the former Christie
administration signed with the
Tavistock Group and its part-
ner for the $1.4 billion Albany
Golf &r Beach resort, which
will be South Ocean's neig'h-
bour, involved a commitment
to ensuring that its New Prov-
idence Development Company
affiliate "make available suffi-
cient land to ensure the viabil-
ity of the proposed South
dOean Beach Hotel project".

All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.


FROM page 1B

Although unable to give a
precise date for when infra-

TelephonO COntact 3251505.

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Noticed Shereby giA ~that in accordance wilth section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of
BRYJEN ~IT SOLUTIONS LTD. has been completed, a Cerlificate of Dis-
solution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register of Companies.
The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
GRANDFATHER BOND FUND LTD. has been completed, a C'ertficate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company' has therefore been stmek ofl the
Register of Companies
The Date of the Completion of dissolution w'as the 23rd of Jan~uary'

Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of WA-
HOO INVESTMENT LTD. has been completed, a Certlificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been stanck off the Register of

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 23rd of January

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance withl sectionl 137 (X) of' the
International Business Companics Act 200)0 the D~issolution of BLUE
HEDGE ALTERNATIVE BONDFU;ZNDLT:ID. hushee~n comp~letd, a Ce~-
tificate of Dissolution has bee~n issued and the (comnpany has therefore been
struck off the RegisterobfCompanies.

The Date of the Completion of' dissolution wYas the 23rd of January

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Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) yes-
terday announced that it would re-
brand its banking and trust busi-
ness by adopting the Butterfield
Private Bank name, which is cur-
rently used by its UK affiliate.
The Bahamas-based Butterfield
operation has up until now used
the Butterfield Bank brand of its
Bermuda-based parent, but
believes the re-branding will help to
clarify the type of services it pro-
Robert Lotmore, Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas) managing direc-
tor, said in a statement: "We are
delighted to be now using the brand
name,.Butterfield Private Bank, as
we believe presenting 'Private'
within our brand is reflective of our
commitment to offering tailored
wealth management solutions with
a very high standard of service.
"The change process of signs and
stationery is currently underway,
although nothing else will change,
as clients will continue to receive
the same exceptional service they
have always experienced with us.
It is the next step in our evolution
as a specialised financial services
provider in the Bahamas."
Butterfield Private Bank pro-
vides private clients with wealth
management, banking and trust ser-
vices from its Bahamas offices,
which are located in the Montague
Sterling Centre on East Bay Street
in Nassau.
Butterfield Fund Services
(Bahamas), which provides invest-
ment and pension fund adminis-
tration from the same location, will
continue to operate as Butterfield
Fund Services.


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Treasury Head

Reporting to our Regional Treasury team, the position is
responsible for developing and implementing strategies for
managing loca l/fo re ign currency liability products. Key
responsibilities include marketing and quoting rates for corporate
foreign exchange contracts, money market instruments and
derivative products and projecting liquidity and rate trends. The
role is also focused on risk management through monitoring
liquidity and foreign exposure, ensuring compliance with legal,
regulatory, and internal policy requirements, and, managing ratios
and reserves. Additional responsibilities include overseeing all
related financial, regulatory and management performance
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 .


yourself to a career like no other

Join Citibank, N.A.

NaSsau, Bahamas, a
b ran ch of Citi, the

Largest financial
inStitution in the

We invite outstanding
individuals, wanting to build a
career in Corporate Banking, to
be part of our dynamic global
team. You will interact with
COlleagues from around the
Caribbean region and across the
organization globally, providing
treasury management to our
local team. In addition to a great
career, we offer a competitive
salary and benefits package.

Interested candidates should
fofWard a copy of their resume
by February 22, 2008 to: Human
Resources, P.O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas OR Fax:
(242) 302-8779 OR Email:


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts. or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East
Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole
Liquidator on or before the 26th day of February, 2008. In
default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any dis.
tribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 12th day of January, 2008


NOTICE is hereby given that WINDLEY TOUSSAINT OF P.O.
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 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

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 13TH
day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that STEVEN FLORESTAL OF P.O.
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows anyl reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O~.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that KETY CHARLES of MALCOLM
tROtA Mn r.OrX- ob1 fNrSAU toaAHAdMA ,z ns ap ying
registration/haturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
08tUraliZation should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 6TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
fOr Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that KENNY PIERRE of McCLOUGH
applying t0 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
FegiStration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a Written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
reSponsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
NaSSau, Bahamas.

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
19QiStration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
res Onsib~le for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice


dissolution under the provisions of the International
BuIsi ness Compani es Act 2000.

(b) Tfhe dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 12th February, 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lyden
Maycok of Ocean Centre. Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator

Dated the 12th day of February, 2008

H &r J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

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Li M~me- neuIuties- vlelT wwwI.BISXBAHAMAS COM FOR MORE DATA & OMTtN
: ~ :i ..n~~;aHAR~ UINDEX: CLOSE 2,D12.86i I CHG 0 18 I %CH G O 01 / YTD -"i4.20 / YTD % -2.62
rrm. .c*oH. secur. y n....ausCIF c..-,m was s c..:.so energ cn, EPS I. E*I. 6 PIE Yield
1.72 0.75 Abaco M~ankes 1. IN0:.. 1 0 0l' 0 11 it i) Ij. .
11.80 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39
9.68 8.11 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.7 2.71%
0.90 .80 Benchmark 0.90 0.90 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.8 33%
3.4 1.85 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.4%
2.701.25 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%
12.70 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.70 12.70 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.3 1.9
315 2.00 Collna Holdinge 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 127
8.50 4.45 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.82 7.82 0.00 0.428 0.260 18.3 332
7.22 4.52 Consoidated Water BDRs 4.61 4.68 0.07 0.129 0.052 35.8 1.13
2.602.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.44 2.46 0.02 2.800 0.316 0.020 7.8 0.81%
7.50 5.70 Famguard 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.713 0.280 10.5 3.73
13.01 12.30 Finco 13.00 13.00 0.00 4,000 0.829 0.570 15.7 4.3%
4.7s 14.00 Flrste~arlbbehn 1 .00 14.0 0.0 0.:1 04 1.
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.77 O 77 0.00 0.035 0.000 22.0 0.0%
8.007.20 ICD Utillties 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.50 12.50 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.8 4.8%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00
Flectory o*er-Thocounter securllles
52.r *-1-I 52.44-Lorr Syrr.bol Bol~ ' r l*i LM ."..:.au, -I EP S1 C? C Ja PE Ylela
idd 60 1425 Bahemas Supermarnels 1 id E 3 1i.00 1.160 1.185 13.4 8.12
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Croselngs (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.0%
0 4 20 RND Hoidings .i Cln35vrTeC ni r1 5.cn ;).35 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.0%
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14.60 14.00 Behames Supermarkets 14.60 15 60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings O.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.0%
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52.1-11 B2n -a F~ur~o lam e NoS .~ I* 1 r:r. C i ~ luci
1 3001 1 2037 C.-llaria Bnd Furau ho0:
3.08 2.4723 Collne MSI Preferred Fund 2.999402*" 19.97%
1.3789 1.2647 Collna Money Market Fund 1.378862*
37969 3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & Fund .3.7969" 27.72% 27.72%/
11.9333 11.354;i Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.9333"' 5.53%. 5.5j3%K
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00"'
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00"
1.O0 1 00010 CFALrHI hae~o r o Fund r 1r.u-a --
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that they will not lose out, and can
only benefit from any upside gener-
ated by the TIGRS I.
"We believe that over time these
indices will perform and people will
make more than their principal," Mr
Anderson said of the indices the fund
is invested in,
"The international markets have
seen some serious declines in the last
month, but people have not invested

for what happens in January. They've
invested for a period of 42 months,
and need to let this thing run its
course and not get too concerned
about what happens in the short-term.
"It's the longer period we're look-
ing at. People have now invested in
the international markets, which are a
lot more volatile than the local mar-
"Our local market is not volatile to

the same extent. You don't see the
same ups and downs, as movements
tend to be more moderate. The inter-
national markets tend to move a lot
more sharply than ours."
Mr Anderson said Royal Fidelity
had applied to the Central Bank for
its 2008 first quarter allocation of just
over $2 million in foreign currency,
but had yet to decide how the funds
would be allocated or structured.

over $2 million in US$ foreign cur-
rency funding per quarter, but it has
allowed Fidelity to protect investors'
The remaining $8 million has been
placed on fixed deposit with three
Bahamian commercial banks for the
42-month period, and the fixed rates
of return on these assets mean1 that
investors will recover their $10 million
when the term expires. This means

working with us to secure long-
term storage contracts at the
facility," said Thomas J. Siko-
rski, First Reserve's managing
director, in a statement.
"These partners will benefit
from BORCO's strategic geo-
graphic location and the facili-
ty's scale and flexibility. The
addition of new capital that we
plan to put in place is intended
to optimise and upgrade the
existing infrastructure in order
to provide the highest quality
standard of service for BOR-
CO tenants.
"This significant capital also
demonstrates First Reserve's
long-term commitment to the
employees and will serve as a
catalyst for increased develop-

ment and production in the
Bahamas. "
Among the strategic attrac-
tions for First Reserve are
BORCO's proximity to the US
east coast, which lies some 80
miles away. The new owner
plans to use the Grand
Bahama facility as an
import/export hub for the ship-
ment of oil and petroleum
products to Caribbean coun-
tries states that have no refin-
ing capacity of their own.
Using the skills of BORCO's

experienced management and
workforce, First Reserve said it
would use BORCO to provide
multiple delivery and service
options, providing blending,
transhipment and bunkering
First Reserve added: "BOR-
CO will expand its storage
capacity and jetty capabilities,
as well as the breadth of its ser-
vice options, through a capital
investment plan intended to
provide customers with addi-
tional value in the facility."

Fund out performs the market

despite negative

7.97% return


structure, only just over $2 million of
its $10 million in total assets are
invested on the global markets. This is
partly because the Central Bank of
the Bahamas will only allow each
qualified broker/dealer to access just

$900m BORCO buyer pledges to

make firm 'key international hub"

FROM page 1B

oil, fuel oil and various petro-
leum products, First Reserve
said the acquisition was part
of its strategy to develop ener-
gy-related infrastructure glob-
It added that BORCO
would "become a key interna-
tional hub for crude oil and
petroleum products for major
oil companies, and will be posi-
tioned as a best-in-class storage
and trading platform for the
."BORCO will provide sig-
mificant value for our strategic
partners. including major oil
companies, many of which are

Bush a ministration's 30-c are ief

plan for trou le homeowners


The Clinton Heritage Authority invites proposalS
ffom suitably qualified Companies for the provi-
Si00 Of security services at the Cllfton Heritage
National Park.

Interested companies can collect a spedificatlon
document from the Authorlty's offlee in the Collin'S
House Complex, with entrance on Collins Avenue,
between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Mon-
day through Frlday.

Tenders must be sealed in an envelope marked
delivered for the attention of:

Dr. Keith Tinker
The Clifton Heritage Authority
P.O. Box EE 15082
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: 325-1 505

Bids should reach the Authorltyr's office by
5:00 p.m. on 22 February, 2008.

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend
a bid opening on Tuesday, 26 February, 2008 at
10:00 a~m. at the Administrative Office, ColllnS

Th eClifton Haeritage Authority reserves the right to


asking $110,000
great deal fran executive!!!!

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

Project Manager Construction

Minimum 10 years experience in construction management
*rtc~~ Proficient in rde understand construction plans
Assigf~With develdpmritist of forecasting and ~worldng "
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 Proiect aaelieSarnedn

Minimum 5 years of construction site management
Good 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

Pro cien n performing material take-offh
Proficient in creating construction schedules
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Needs good communication, logistical and organizational

Ouantity Surveyor/Estimator

Minimum S years experience as a QS/Cons~truction
Proficient in reading and understanding of construction
Proficient in material take-offs and creating Bills of
Proficient- in developing forecasting and working budgets
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Need good communication and organizational skills

Project scheduler

Minimum 5 years experience as a Projec't Scheduler
Proficient in reading and understanding of construction
Proficient with Sure-Track scheduler program
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Need good communication and organizational skills

Procurement Offcer

Minimum 5 years experience as a Procurement Officer
Detailed understanding of freight and shipping logistics
Proficient with ordering and tracking of construction
Good working knowledge of construction materials
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Need good communication and organizational skills

Warehouse Clerk

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

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

e-mail to construction~.theabaoclub.com


million this year and next,
about double the 2007 rate.
Officials did not have an esti-
mate of how many people
might be helped by the new
"Project Lifeline" program.
Democratic critics said the
administration was still not
doing enough to help with a
serious crisis that has slowed
the overall economy to a near
standstill and raised worries
about a full-blown recession.
In a statement, Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton, who is run-
ning for the Democratic presi-
dential nomination, said that
last year she had called for a
90-day moratorium on sub-
prime foreclosures. She said
the administration has been
slow to react to the unfolding
"The administration's latest
initiative is welcome news, but.
more remains to be done," she
said in a statement.
Senate Banking Committee
Chairman Christopher Dodd,
D-Conn., said the finance

industry and the administra-
tion were falling further and
further behind' in dealing with
the growing crisis.
"This plan, while a step in
the right direction, will not
stem the tide of the millions of
foreclosures we are facing in
the coming months," Dodd
said in a statement. His com-
mittee will hold a hearing on
the housing crisis on Thursday
with testimony from Paulson
and Federal Reserve Chair-
man Ben Bernanke.
The six participating banks
are Bank of America Corp.,
Citigroup Inc. Countrywide
Financial Corp., J.P. Morgan
Chase and Co., Washington
Mutual Inc. and Wells Fargo
& Co.
They are all members of the
Hope Now Alliance, an indus-
try group that is trying to coor-
dinate a response to the mort-
gage crisis. Officials urged
homeowners to call the group's
toll free hot line number at 1-
888-995-HOPE for assistance.

AP Economics Writer

Homeowners threatened with
foreclosure would in some
instances get a 30-day reprieve
under an initiative the Bush
administration announced yes-
terday. .
Dubbed "Project Lifeline,"
the programme will be avail-
able to people who have taken
out all types of mortgages, not
just the high-cost subprime
loans that have been the focus
of previous relief efforts.
The programme was put
together by six of the nation's
largest financial institutions,
which service almost 50 per
cent of the nation's mortgages.
These lenders say they will
contact homeowners who are
90 or more days overdue on

their monthly mortgage pay-
ments. The homeowners will
be given the opportunity to put
the foreclosure process on
pause for 30 days while the
lenders try to work out a way
to make the mortgage more
affordable to homeowners.
"Project Lifeline: is a valu-
able response, literally a life-
line, for people on the brink
of the final steps in foreclo-
sure," Housing and Urban
Development Secretary
Alphonso Jackson said at a
joint news conference with
Treasury Secretary Henry
He said the goal was to pro-
vide a temporary pause in the
foreclosure process "long
enough to find a way out" by
letting homeowners and
lenders ne gotiate a more
affordable mortgage.
Paulson said the new effort

was just one of a number of
approaches the administration
was pursuing with the mort-
gage industry to deal with the
country's worst housing slump
in more than two decades.
In December, President
Bush announced a deal bro-
kered with the mortgage indus-
try that will freeze certain sub-
prime loans those offered
to borrowers with weak credit
histories for five years if the
borrowers cannot afford the
higher monthly payments as
lose mortgages reset after
i eing at lower introductory
"As our economy works
through this difficult period,
we will look for additional
opportunities to try to avoid
preventable foreclosures,"
Paulson said. "However, none
of these efforts are a silver bul-
let that will undo the excesses

of the past years, nor are they
designed to bail out real estate
speculators or those who com-
mitted fraud during the mort-
gage process."
In coming days, lenders will
begin sending letters to home-
owners who might qualify for
the new program. Homeown-
ers won't qualify if they have
entered bankruptcy, if they
already have a foreclosure date
within 30 days, or if the home
loan was taken out to cover an
investment property or a vac'a-
tion home.
The Mortgage Bankers
Association reported that at
least 1.3 mlillion home mort-
gage loans were either seri-
ously delinquent or in foreclo-
sure at the end of the July-Sep-
tember quarter. .
Private economists are fore-
casting that the number of
foreclosures could soar to 1

Whether passengers actually
select the lean new plates, just
knowing they're available can
help drown out second
thoughts about boarding what,
for many, amounts to a floating
binge fest. Like a gym mem-
bership, having a "light" menu
might can massage away the
Judging from the orders so
far, not many are exercising
their right to eat healthy.
On Carnival Cruises, the
"spa" choices only account for
about 15 percent to 20 percent
of appetizer orders. For main
courses, they're only up to 3
percent, said Peter Leypold,
the company's corporate exec-
utive chef.
REoyal Caribbean says it
doesn't track usage- of its new
dishes and classes, but says
they're popular.
"That's not to say (passen-
gers) don't mndulge. They still
love the lobster and a great
steak," said Alice Norsworthy,
the cruise line's vice president
of marketing.
For Coffman, who just
returned from a five-day Car-
nival cruise to the Bahamas,
that indulgence is a dessert she
allows herself only once every
"I will not go an entire cruise
without having a melting
chocolate cake," Coffman said.

AP Business Writer

SAILING away on a cruise
ship with a midnight buffet no
longer means waving goodbye
to your diet.
Keeping with the times,
cruise lines are promising spa-
like cuisine alongside the but-
tery lobster and piles of crab
legs. The hope is that lighter
selections will lure health-con-
scious baby boomers and oth-
ers who fear being trapped at
sea with a 24-hour pizza bar.
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. last year introduced its
"Vitality" program, which
weaves healthier meals and
exercise into the sailing expe-
rience. Carnival Corp. now has
lighter dishes with nutrit( gpal
stats on menus for haiv~~eye ~
calorie counters. On Crystal
Cruises Inc., fresh fruits and
whole grains are playing a big-
ger role on the buffet line. In
the past year, most major cruise
lines have tossed trans fats
"We're hoping it will dispel
the myth that a cruise experi-
ence is just about overeating.
You can eat very healthfully,
very! creatively, and have a lot
of wonderful choices," said
Mimi Wieisband, a spokes-
woman for Crystal.
While cruising is still a small
portion of the travel industry,
analysts say it's poised to bur-
geon as legions of baby
bomers reiein coming years.

of cruisers means tuning into
their lifestyle, which is increas-
ingly focused on staying fit. .
Adopting that good-for-you
sensibility on board not only
satisfies veteran passengers, but
may entice new ones, said
Robin Diedrich, a leisure ana-
lyst with Edward Jones in St.

The lighter foods and fitness
choices are typically included
in the co ~le cruise. On the
Disney Clr ise Line, that means
breakfasts with more whole
grains and low-fat yogurts.
Crystal is paring down portion
sizes and featuring more cre-
ative salads.
Menus on Carnival cruises
list the caloric information for
"spa" dishes including: roast-
ed banana panna cotta in citrus
broth (150 calories), charred
broccoli and cauliflower
tortellini (190 calories) or red
snapper over stewed fruits (290

Royal Caribbean in January
did away with its midnight buf-
fets, but the famed concept
lives on in other ships.
Those looking to get moving
on Royal Caribbean ships can
consult virtual trainer kiosks
and self-guided running maps
for land excursions. One class
takes passengers on a tour of
the ship's eateries, with point-
ers on the healthiest choices.
For cruise enthusiasts like
Linda Coffman, it all means no
longer having to worry about
gaining weight at sea.
"I always used to try to lose a
few pounds in anticipation (of
sailhng), but I've found that's
really not necessary," said: Coff-
inan, a 59-year-old travel writer
whok aoes on cruises for both
While salads and lighter dish-
es have always been available,
Coffman said the variety in
choices now is impressive.
The changes come at a time
when the cruise industry is see-
ing steady but modest growth.
For 2008, the industry group
Cruise Lines International

Association projects its mem-
bers will carry a record 12.8
million passengers worldwide,
up from the 12.6 million esti-
mated for 2007.
In 2006, there were 12 mil-
lion passengers, up from 11.5
million in 2005 and 10.85 mil-
lion in 2004.
Cruise passengers tend to be
older, and many are retired,
according to the Cruise Lines
International Association. But
families, along with baby
boomers, are expected to be a
big part of the industry's
growth spurt in coming years.
That means moms and dads
fretting over what the kids and
grandparents are eating.
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is practically mandatory now,
but cruise lines are careful not
to prish them too aggressively.
"They're very conscious of
fact that this is a vacation, and
it's a time to splurge. People
are going to continue to have
that high-end lobster too,"
Diedrich said. "It's not one ver-
sus the other."
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options are only that -
options. Food fatty, high-
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