The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: February 19, 2008
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Volum 104 No.75 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19. 2008

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Buildings previously

committed to developers will

remain public properties

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Gaming Board and the
Bahamas Development bank
buildings along with numerous oth-
er lands and roads previously com-
mitted to be sold to the Baha Mar
developers will remain public prop-
erties, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham announced yesterday.
Meanwhile, other public prop-
erty that was to be signed over to_
the developers in return only for a
replacement building elsewhere
will now be purchased at a much
greater cost, the agreement shows.-
Tabling the Supplemental
Heads of Agreement negotiated
between his government and Baha
Mar, signed in January 31, 2008,

Mr Ingraham revealed that it con-
tained various climbdowns from
the original Heads of Agreement
signed in 2005 in terms of the
amount of property which is to fall
into the hands of the developers.
Significantly, provisions are
made under the supplemental
agreement for the Cecil Wallace
Whitfield Centre to be purchased
for $17.686 million by Baha Mar
and the J V company. Previously,
the centre was to be signed over to
the developers at no cost, provided
that the) replaced the building.
The developer will now also con-
vey 2.259 acres of land along with
what will become the new West
Bay Street in return for the prop-
erty, it shows.
SEE page seven

Govt refused to agree
to Baha Mar's additional
concessionary requests
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ingraham administration refused to agree to the Baha Mar
developer's additional concessionary requests submitted last year,
including a further 14 years for permitted deduction from the annual
casino licence fees, and a request for over $50 million more of public
funds to be expended on the project's marketing, the Prime Minister
revealed yesterday.
Instead, subsequent to the push by the developers to forge a sup-
plemental agreement after the expansion of their project plans in
February 2007, the government in fact negotiated numerous qualitative
and quantitative reductions in terms of the concessions granted to
Baha Mar.
These described as "very notable improvements" by Mr Ingraham
- include ensuring that certain "government financial and other
obligations" were now conditional on the developers showing that
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PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Finance Hubert Ingraham tables resort agreements for New
Providence and Exuma in parliament on Monday, February 18. SEE PAGE THREE

'Road Swap'
agreement between
govt and Albany
resort is tabled
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham yesterday tabled a "Road
Swap" agreement between the
Bahamas government and the
owners of Albany resort for the
development of an alternate pub-
lic road and realignment of South
Ocean Boulevard.
This would place the new public
road.to run parallel to the BEC
power lines that encumbers a
number of privately owned parcels
of land in the south-western sec-
tion of New Providence.
Mr Ingraham said that the
developers have undertaken to
commence the construction of the
project within seven days after the
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December 25, 1932. He attended
Queen's College and later Faraday
House Engineering College in Lon-
don, England, on a Bahamas Gov-
ernment/Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration scholarship.
In his youth Mr D'Aguilar
excelled in both cricket and soft-
ball as a member of the Western
Sporting Club. He won both the
batting average and the highest
aggregate runs in 1955 in the
Bahamas Cricket Association.

While studying in England, he
played a little cricket with Kew
Cricket Club at Kew Green. As a
member of the Western Sporting
Club he also participated in the
Junkanoo parades on New Year's
day and Boxing Day.
After returning home to the
Bahamas he served at. BEC as a
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Bradley Roberts
denies he will
be vying for PLP
Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER PLP MP for the Bain
and Grants Town constituency Mr
Bradley Roberts has denied reports
that he will be vying for National
Chairman of the PLP at its con-
Initial reports reaching The Tri-
bune yesterday suggested that a
plan was afoot for Mr Roberts'
name to be entered at the begin-
ning of the party's convention on
Wednesday. Shortly afterwards, an
e-mail began to circulate bearing a
photograph of Mr Roberts under
the caption "PLP Bradley Roberts
for National Chairman."
While a copy of this e-mail was
sent to various media outlets, Mr
Roberts has denied any involve-
ment with the e-mail, claiming that
it is being done without his autho-
rization, and certainly without his
"That's not on my commission."
Mr Roberts told The Tribune yes-
"I do know there are a lot of
people who have been calling me
over the past several weeks to run
SEE page seven

Five weekend
burglaries on
Spanish Wells
Tribune Staff Reporter
RESIDENTS of Spanish Wells
are reeling from a spate of five
bold burglaries perpetrated under
cover of night on the normally qui-
et Eleutheran island in the course
of several hours this weekend.
According to one source hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars along
with jewellery and other items
were stolen by what residents are
considering to be by the speed
and the scope of their work a
group of criminals.
Their access to the businesses
- Spanish Wells Food Fayre, Din-
ers Delight restaurant, Batelco mnd
Robert's Jewellery was
obtained through main doors wb
means of a crowbar, local govern-
ment representative Abner Pin-
der said yesterday.
Mr Pinder said yesterday that.
the town's people are "furious"
and'even suggested that had Span-
ishwellsmen caught the brazen
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PM: construction of proposed

development to bring 700 jobs

Tribune Staff Reporter
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TI' l PROPOSED $80-million
development on Norman's Cay,
Exuma. slated to begin construc-
tion within the next six months,
will "maximise" Bahamian
employment by providing some
700 jobs during its peak con-
struction phase and approxi-
mately 400 jobs upon completion
of the resort, the prime minister
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham made these remarks in the
House of Assembly yesterday as

he tabled the Superseding Heads
of Agreement for the Norman's
Cay development.
"The developer has undertaken
to maximise the employment of
Bahamians, inclusive of profes-
sionals in the 'build environment'.
Between 600 and 700 persons will
be employed during peak con-
"During the operation phase,
the ratio of non-Bahamians
employed shall not exceed 20 per
cent in years one to five, 15 per
cent in years six to 10 and 10 per
cent thereafter. Approximately
400 persons will be employed in
the management, operation and

maintenance of the resort, related
facilities and residences" Mr
Ingraham said.
The development' will consist
of a hotel lodge, restaurants, bars
and function areas as well as 40
bungalows, 28 residential villa
suites, a beach club and pool, a
spa, fitness and tennis courts and
a marina with a marina village,
among other amenities.
Construction of the hotel
should commence within the next
six months with a scheduled com-
pletion date within the next 48
An extension and upgrade of
the existing airport on Norman's

Cay with police, Customs and
immigration facilities at the air-
port, along with living accommo-
dations for all the officers, will
accompany the development.
Island infrastructure and staff
accommodations will also be pro-
vided, the prime minister told
parliament yesterday.
. Mr Ingraham said that the
agreement states that "unfettered
public access to the airport and
marina" will be subject to the
standard landing and berthing
fees set by the developer and
approved by the government.
He noted that the "develop-
ment of legitimate business" on
Norman's Cay had been an objec-
tive for his government during
their last term in office.
In February, 2002, Mr Ingra-
ham said, the then FNM govern-
ment entered into a Heads of
Agreement with Exuma Resort
Developers for the development
of an Amanresort on Norman's
Cay in the Exumas.
This 2002 Heads of Agreement
provided for the investment of
some $25 million in the develop-
ment of a five-star hotel resort,
the prime minister said, while the
government was "to retain some
45 acres of the land vested in the
treasurer on Norman's Cay for
future public use".
For varied reasons that the
prime minister did not specify,
the development "did not pro-
ceed as expected" and Amanre-
sorts developed its first property
in the region in the Turks and
Caicos Islands instead.
Exuma Resort Developers
were advised that Amanresorts,
in partnership with the New
York-based Setai Group, intend-

ed to assume 100 per cent own-
ership and control of the project
by buying out the interest of the
Bahamian group, said Mr Ingra-
Attorneys for the developers
approached the former PLP
administration and requested a
Supplemental Heads of Agree-
ment reflecting the new owner-
ship structure and an expanded
project concept, the prime minis-
ter said, which was drafted but
not finalised prior to the 2007
general elections.
Upon his return to office last
May, Mr Ingraham said, he
resumed talks with the Aman
Group and the government
agreed to a Superseding Heads
of Agreement.
The tax concessions provided
to the developers are as follows:
Concessions as are available
under the Hotels Encouragement
Act, excluding stamp tax and
property tax where the villas are
not part of the hotel rental
pool, for a minimum period of
nine months in the calendar
An electrical franchise, sub-
ject to the Out Islands Electricity
Amanresorts portfolio includes
ultra-luxury hotels and resorts in
Thailand, Bali, the Philippines,
India and Morocco.
The Setai Group is a private
development company specialis-
ing in luxury residential and five-
star boutique hotel properties in
select markets around the world.
It was founded in 1998 by part-
ners Jonathan Breene and John P
Conroy, Jr.



31 YEAR-OLD Donald Lightbourne (red Shirt) of South Beach and 24-year-
old Desmond Poitier of Windsor Place at court yesterday.

Two appear in court on

armed robbery charges
TWO men were remanded to Her Majesty's Prison yesterday fol-
lowing their arraignment in Magistrate's Court on armed robbery
Donald Lightbourne, 31, of South Beach, and Desmond Poitier,
24, of Windsor Place, were arraigned together before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel's court on Bank Lane yesterday.
According to court dockets, Lightbourne on Monday, February
24, 2007, while armed with a handgun, robbed Garwai Miui of
Court dockets also state that on Monday, December 31, 2007,
while armed with a handgun, the two men robbed Diane Fox of
$1,000, a 2007 Toyota Yaris valued at $19,000 and a $50- black hand-
bag, altogether valued at $20,050.
Court dockets also state that Lightbourne on Wednesday, Feb-
ruary 13, 2008, while in the area of East Street North. unlawfully
threatened Vanda Woodside with death.
Both men were not required to plead to the charges and were
remanded to Her Majesty's Prison.
The case has been adjourned to July 9.

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Vincent Yelverton D'Aguilar
Born: 25 December 1932
Died: 18 February, 2008



rules that Keva

Major does have

case to answer

Virgill yesterday ruled
against a no case submission
on behalf of Keva Major
stating that she did have a
case to answer in a proceeds
crime case involving nearly
$860,000, which is alleged to
have been derived from drug
Keva, with her husband
Dwight Major, is wanted by
the US government to face
charges of conspiring to
import over 5 kilos of
cocaine and over 100 kilos of
After ruling that Major
did have a case to answer,
Magistrate Virgill read the
four charges to her which
involved offences allegedly
committed in 2002.
The charges include pos-
session of the proceeds of
drug trafficking and assisting
another in the concealment
of the proceeds of drug traf-
ficking. It is alleged that on
Tuesday, October 1, 2002,
Major was found in posses-
sion of two sums of money,
one, $401,605 in US and
Bahamian currency suspect-
ed to have been derived in
whole or in part directly or
indirectly representing
another person's proceeds,
and, two, $448,900 in posses-
sion of the funds being con-
cerned in an arrangement for
the retention, control and
concealment and to ensure
that other person's proceeds
of drug trafficking are used
to acquire property, knowing
or having reasonable
grounds to suspect that the
mentioned person has been
engaged in drug trafficking
and has benefited from the
Major pleaded not guilty
to all the charges yesterday.
Major's attorneys will now
have to present a defence in
response to the charges.
Major's attorney Michael
Kemp yesterday requested
time to speak to his client on
her elections before the case
The case was adjourned
for defence to March 6 and 7
at Court 9, Nassau Street,
and will continue on March
17, 18 and 19.

Prison Officers


holds elections
THE Prison Officers
Association held its elec-
tions on Tuesday, Febru-
ary 12, under the supervi-
sion of personnel from the
Department of Labour.
with eight officers being
elected to various posts.
Sergeant Stephen Sands
was elected as the associa-
tion's president with
Sergeant Craignal Wright
being chosen as vice-presi-
Officer Venrea Armaly
was elected to the post of
secretary general, with
Corporal Anthony Rolle
as the assistant secretary
Officer Keisha Richard-
son was elected treasurer
of the association with
Sergeant Melvin Capron
as the assistant treasurer.
Officer Detrice
McCardy was elected to
head the association's pub-
lic relations department.
The elections were held
in the upper level of the
Education and Training
Institute at Her Majesty's


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PM tables 19 agreements

Marco City -

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election court case is now
set to commence next
week as attorneys for MP
Zhivargo Laing yesterday
withdrew a legal challenge.
Yesterday attorney
Fred Smith withdrew an
application on behalf of
Mr Laing which sought to
have the court strike out
Pleasant Bridgewater's list
of particulars, either as a
whole or in part, on the
grounds that the list seeks
to increase the number of
challenged voters from at
least 100 to 136.
Mr Laing of the FNM
won his seat by 47 votes,
according to results of the
May 2 general election.
Former PLP Marco City
MP Ms Bridgewater is
challenging the votes of
100 persons on the
grounds that they were
allegedly either not ordi-
narily resident in Marco
City or not Bahamian citi-
zens at the time of the
election. The Marco City
election court case is
expected to begin next

Ingraham yesterday tabled 19
agreements concluded between
his government and various
resort developers since coming
into office.
The following are the more
significant agreements under the
Hotels Encouragement Act
which were tabled this after-


This project is completed. The
British Colonial Development
Company Limited and Ocean
Bay Properties I received
approval for the refurbishment
construction, furnishing and
equipping of the "Best Western
British Colonial Hotel."
The refurbishment project
which was to render the hotel a
new British Colonial Hilton


This project is now complet-
ed. Baha Mar Resorts carried
out the extensive renovation of

The following is a listing of heads of agreement tabled by Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham along with their value.
The table also indicates those that are Bahamian-owned, the val-
ue of concessions granted, and the duration of the agreements.
A number of agreements, have the expiry date for the agreement
predating the date of formal execution of the agreement.
British Colonial lIT August, 31"December, $44,850,000.00
Hilton, Nassau 2007 2000
Superclubs Breezes, 29 August, 31"December, $3,721,471.00
Cable Beach 2007 2007
Guana Sunset 20' September, 12' September, S433.065.00
Beach Resort, 2007 2006
Eton Manor, Cable New Hotel 29'September, 16'h November, $107.453.89
Beach Bahamian 2007 2008
Red Carpet Inn, Bahamian 20 September, 31" January, $236,021.86
Nassau 2007 2008
Tingum Village, Addition of 29' September, 29' September, $283,511.43
Harbour Island Villas 2007 2009
Paradise Harbour 29" September, 6' July, 2008 $12,529.62
Club & Marina, 2007
Paradise Island
Island Villas, New Hotel 26 October, 14"' January, $264,355.00
George Town, Bahamian 2007 2010
Morris Motel, Bahamian 2F October, 26' October, $6,897.95
Nassau 2007 2008
El Greco Hotel, Bahamian 26 October, 16 October, $1,341,970.00
Nassau 2007 2008
Graycliff Hotel & 26' October, 26' October, $50,440.00
Restaurant 2007 2008
Cockroach Cay New Resort 26 October, 26' $30,280,000.00
Club Resort & 2007 October,2010
Marina, Berry
Sheraton Cable 30' October, 14" August, $39,535,000.00
Beach Resort, 2007 2009
Cable Beach
Dolphin Beach 15 November, 15' November, $65,319.07
Resort, Great 2007 2008
Guano Cay, Abaco ;A
Seadside Serenity New Hotel 20' November, 20" November, $298,746.80
Suites, Palmetto Bahamian 2007 2010
Point, Eleuthera
Bair's Lodge, Little New Hotel 26$' November, 26' November, $42,144.91
Creek, Andros 2007 2008
Atlantis Phase III, New Hotel 29' November, 31" December, $460.8 Million
Paradise Island 2007 2007
February Point Addition of 2 December, 12' December, $426,895.30
Resort & Villas, Villas 2007 2008
Albany New Hotel 17"December. 31" December,. $143,895,905.00
Development 2007 2013
Project, Southwest
New Providence
Bimini Sands Beach Additional 19" December, 31" December, $7,448,481.33
Club & Marina, Units Joint 2007 2009
Bimini Bah/Foreign

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

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the 700-room Radisson Cable
Beach Resort to comply with
the standards of a Sheraton
brand. The project included the
repair and upgrading of central
services equipment, the reverse
osmosis and sewerage treatment
plants, chillers and laundry facil-
ity. The total cost of the project
was estimated at $80 million.
Baha Mar undertook to
showcase reproductions of
Bahamian artwork from the
winning entries of the Baha Mar
sponsored art competition in all
700 of the property's guest


The TH-PY Development is
located on an 80-acre island.
Cockroach Cay, Berry Islands
purchased by the developers.
The project is to include a
resort and marina with Phase I
consisting of a 20-room Bed and
Breakfast Inn, a 65-slip marina.
a 20-unit employee housing, and
a restaurant.
Phase II, will include 26 two-
bedroom cabanas to be placed
in the hotel rental pool.
The total construction cost is
estimated at $35 million.
The projected number of per-
sons to be employed in the man-
agement and operation of the
resort is between 30 and 50.


Glenn Davis, the Bahamian
owner of Coastline Company
proposes to complete a six-unit
boutique hotel at Hooper's Bay,
Exuma. He is using a local con-
tractor, Bacchus Construction.
Mr Davis also proposes to add
amenities and additional units
in a future phase of the devel-


Caribbean Lodges was grant-
ed permission to operate a fish-

ing lodge in Little Creek, South
The renovation and expan-
sion of the existing structure
increased guest accommodation
from eight persons to 12 by the
addition of two rooms, an added
storage facility and generally
upgraded the public areas.
Local contractors Timothy
Smith and Richard Kemp car-
ried out the renovations.


Ruby Percentie, owner of
Tingum Village Hotel, Harbour
Island received approval for the
completion of three new villas, a
beach cottage and a pool in
addition to the refurbishment
of the existing 12 rooms of the
The total cost of the project is
estimated at $500,000. Cody's
Construction Company is the
contractor for the project.


Albert and Alexandria
Archer propose to construct an
eight-unit guest hotel at South
Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, with
a restaurant and bar. Two-
storey guest houses will be con-
structed in Phase I and the
restaurant and bar in Phase II.
The project is estimated to cost


Bimini Sands Beach Club and
Marina, a joint venture between
Bahamian and international
owners, is a condo-hotel and
marina project in South Bimini
with 124 units already in opera-
tion. South Bimini Interation-
al Limited was approved for the
construction of 90 additional
The total cost of this phase is
Some 90 persons will be
engaged at the completed resort


Eton Manor is a ten-bedroom
Bed and Breakfast hotel under
construction in Westward Villas,
Cable Beach owned by Cabin
Traders Management Limited
(Clinton Clarke).
Approval was granted for
building materials to complete
construction. The contractor is
the Dolphin Construction Com-


February Point Resort

Estates was granted approval
for the addition of three villas to
their existing condo-hotel pro-
gramme in Great Exuma. Con-
cessions for building materials,
furniture and equipment for the

new units amount to an esti-
mated $426,895.30.
The new project is estimated
to cost some $600,000.00. The
resort presently employs 120


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qDonald's furniture

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of Abaco, The Bahamas, well loved educator, community
leader and retired District Education Officer died at
Doctors Hospital, Nassau on Thursday, 14th February,

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia and son, Gregory.

A Memorial Service in Abaco will be announced at a
later date.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited, 22
Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, The Bahamas.





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Singapore's mosaic of social harmony

MORE THAN just an economic power-
house, Singapore is a petri dish for an experi-
ment in social harmony that is beginning to
catch the notice of other nations. Although the
country's authoritarian streak isn't easily trans-
lated to Europe or elsewhere in the West, Sin-
gapore's approach to racial integration is a fas-
cinating case study in identity politics.
With just 4.2 million residents, Singapore is an
exotic, polyglot mix of Chinese, Malay, Indi-
an, and European descendants, living in a care-
fully-crafted, peaceful coexistence. Less a melt-
ing pot than a mosaic, Singapore officially
encourages each group to maintain its own lan-
guage, customs, and religion, while taking ten-
tative steps at defining a larger idea of "Singa-
It wasn't always the case. Communal vio-
lence was present at the birth of Singapore. In
1964, just before it became independent from
Malaysia, fighting between mostly Muslim
Malay and mostly Buddhist Chinese youths left
23 dead. In 1969 another, more deadly wave
targeting Chinese residents in Kuala Lumpur
killed nearly 200. The incidents are still very
fresh in the memory of this young country, as is
the threat of Islamic terrorism; Singapore sits at
the edge of a regional tinder box. So the gov-
ernment exerts special effort to contain any
expressions of bigotry or ill-will.
Unlike Malaysia, where Islam is the official
state religion, Singapore wrote a constitution
that is explicitly secular. Lest any group feel
marginalized, official national holidays include
not just Independence Day (Aug. 9) and Christ-
mas, but Chinese New Year, Deepavali (a Hin-
du celebration), Vesak Day (Buddhist), and
Eid (Muslim). Museums are dedicated to micro-
ethnicities. The latest is the Peranakan Museum
of Singapore, slated to open later this year,
devoted to the culture of the "locally born"
mixed Chinese-Malaysian population.
Racial and religious balance is maintained
through strict quotas in public housing and edu-
cation. At the hulking Punggol North housing
development, we learned of arcane rules for
buying the government-subsidized apartments.
Each housing block must maintain an ethnic
and religious balance that mirrors the country as
a whole: 77 per cent Chinese; 14 per cent ethnic
Malay, and 8 per cent Indian, and so on. If an
owner of Indian descent, for example, wants
to sell his unit, it must go to another Indian
family unless a corresponding sale elsewhere
in the block could offset the racial imbalance. In
the case of intermarriage, the husband's race
This obsessive focus on enforced racial and
religious balance is in stark contrast to the
"colour-blind" philosophy in the United States,



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which aims to minimize differences across racial
lines. The objective is the same social har-
mony but the methods couldn't be more dif-
ferent. The government of Lee Hsien Loong is
also starting to realize that Singapore's ethnic
mix is a marketable aspect of the country's
image. At a meeting with the Ministry of Infor-
mation, Culture, and the Arts, officials strained
to express their mission to "build a sense of
community, national identity and rootedness."
Finally, deputy secretary Sim Gim Guam came
up with this mouthful for Singapore: "A clean,
green, cosmopolitan, multicultural meritocracy."
Comity is of course helped by prosperity; per
capital GDP is about $30,000 (US dollars) in
Singapore, unemployment is 1.7 percent, and
most people feel they are doing better finan-
cially than they would be in their country of
origin. But representatives of the French gov-
ernment recently toured Singapore's housing
blocks to see if some of its social policies could
be imported to the poor banlieues in suburban
Paris that were engulfed in ethnic riots last year.
The model's application to Western democ-
racies is probably limited. Singapore's infamous
censorship laws focus like a laser on content
that might stir racial animus more even than
sex or political criticism. Hate speech is strictly
monitored and prosecuted. In 2005, three young
bloggers were convicted under Singapore's Sedi-
tion Act for posting insults to Malay Muslims.
Such topics transgress the so-called OB markers
for content that is officially "out of bounds."
Even the vaguely parodic Speakers Corner, a
frequently empty patch of green near Hong
Lim Park, requires speakers to register at a
nearby police station before they can exercise
their right to free expression. Oh, and racial
and religious topics are strictly prohibited.
In 1998, former Indonesian president B.J.
Habibie pointed to a map of the region and
dismissed Singapore as "a little red dot" com-
pared to his sprawling nation. This oracular
expression has become a point of pride in Sin-
gapore: Look what the tiny red dot has
achieved! But it is also a warning. Singapore's
ruling People's Action Party is forever remind-
ing citizens of the nation's vulnerability as a
tiny secular nation "a little red dot sur-
rounded by a sea of green" green being the
traditional colour of Islam.
Just last month three so-called home-grown
jihadists suspected terrorists who were not
aligned with any formal group were taken
into custody as part of an alleged bomb plot.
Few officials missed the chance to drive home
the point. To "clean, green, multicultural" and
all the rest, Singapore must add "careful."
(This article is by Renie Loth, The Boston
Globe c.2007).



was way off

the mark

EDITOR, The Tribune.
PEG finds it unfortunate that
The Tribune, in their zeal to
discredit and destroy the PLP, is
incapable of objectively cover-
ing national issues without
being biased by their own jaun-
diced views toward that political
The Tribune may not care
that their obvious bias against
the PLP impairs their journalis-
tic credibility, however, in the
interests of giving all sides equal
consideration, PEG takes
exception with its January 28
editorial entitled: "The Blame is
all Christie's".
According to the editorial,
the parliamentary commission-
er, Mr Errol Bethel, is not
deserving of blame for the
"colossal mismanagement" of
the last general elections, and
"for not ensuring the integrity
of the election process". It went
on to opine that "Mr Christie
did not make it humanly possi-
ble for him (Mr Bethel) to do
so", due to time constraints
caused by Mr Christie's "last
minute" decision making and
lack of "forward planning".
The editor, either intention-
ally or ignorantly, fails to men-
tion that Mr Bethel confirmed
when pressed by the media on
several occasions, that he and
his staff could complete the reg-
istration process in time for the

elections, notwithstanding the
time constraints. As a senior
civil servant, entrusted with
impartially overseeing the time-
ly and accurate registration of
the voting public, the public and
the media expected that Mr
Bethel was competent and
capable enough to know
whether he and his staff were
facing an "impossible" task.
Mr Christie also did not make
Mr Bethel respond in the affir-
mative when asked about his
capacity to get the job done. If
Mr Bethel knew that the task
was an impossible one, then he
could have stood up to Mr
Christie on a matter of principle
and objected for the record. He
did not do this, and as such he is
complicit in creating the
"chaos" that was. Had Mr
Bethel objected publicly, he
may have feared political
reprisal, but he would have
been without blame in the after-
math of the elections.
The editor's statement that:
(it) "would be a complete mis-
carriage of justice if this is
allowed to blot Mr. Errol
Bethel's so far unblemished civ-
il service record", seeks to cre-

ate reader sympathy for him,
despite the fact that he is as
much at fault. Isn't this lack of
accountability what The Tri-
bune has so often decried in the
past "is so wrong with this coun-
try". If we are now to assess
blame for the problems in reg-
istration of voters during the
run-up to the last general elec-
tions, PEG shares the opinion
of the election court justices that
the parliamentary commission-
er-must also be held account-
As for the concluding state-
ment that "anyone (who allows)
this man to take the blame for
something that was beyond his
control is a coward", we con-
sider it an unfortunate parting
shot by the editor.
Had Mr Bethel been coura-
geous enough to stand up to Mr
Christie, the editor wouldn't
have to defend Mr Bethel from,
those critical of his role in this
The PLP is deserving of crit-
icism on numerous fronts, the.
preparations for the last gener-
al elections being but one of
However, we will not remain
quiet while The Tribune bla-
tantly attempts to distort the
truth on this matter.
January 30, 2008.

Select committee is surely misnamed

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I COULD not believe my
ears that the House of Assem-
bly actually feels justified in
appointing a select committee
on crime.
Certainly this committee is
misnamed and should be a com-
mittee to advise and investigate
the lack of governance and
show the ineptitude of govern-
ment on matters relating to
Editor, here we go again
more talk and no action whilst
everyone is reinforcing their
barred up homes, adding
alarms, security lights and arm-
ing oneself as if a terrorist
attack was scheduled.
When last did a house com-
mittee actually report? Over the
past years very few.
Give the authority to the
Commissioner of Police to fulfil

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write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
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the total responsibility of Law
and Order as established and
constitutionally supported to
maintain law and order. Isn't
that the police's job?
The following explains how
bad things are...location Bay
Street up drives one of the
new Toyota Neighbourhood
Police Cars they park in a
no parking zone and two senior
officers walk off to Skans

Restaurant for lunch! What a.
great example.
At the same time the tourism
police group were towing pri-
vate cars all over the place on
the John Bull side of Bay Street
and you wonder why we are
mess up, Editor?
February, 2008.

Country in need of innovators
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AM a concerned Bahamian of 31 years of age and I totally agree
for a third electoral party.
We the Bahamian people need a government that will be a
voice not just for the rich but those that have a knowledge of the
middle and lower class society.
Issues are not addressed along with crime, education and devel-
oping an industry (other than tourism) such as increased traffic.
poor service in public departments, high cost of consumption
(clothes, food, cost of living, etc). All these are not experienced or
even felt by our so-called leaders or upper class society.
Corruption is high as it is low, from government, courts, civil
departmental (government) as well as secular and church organi-
Whatever happened to the Bahamas' opportunity to be free to
worship, "God-fearing nation."
We must look for innovators, people who have purpose and
drive that where others say it cannot be done, let's look for those
who can make it happen!
Think outside the box.
February, 2008.





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o In brief

'Economy not

strong enough

for minimum

wage rise'

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Minister of
Labour Dion Foulkes said that
the current state of the economy
is not strong enough to allow for
an increase in minimum wage.
Mr Foulkes stated that the
national minimum wage is cur-
rently set at $150 per week, while
the government's is pegged at
$212. "The economy, we feel, is
not as strong as we wish to
increase minimum wage at this
time both in Grand Bahama, and
New Providence, and in the Fam-
ily Islands," the minister said in
Freeport last week.
However, Mr Foulkes added
that his government is talks with
the business community "to see if
we could get some kind of con-
sensus to the way forward with
respect to minimum wage."
Minister Foulkes said that the
implementation of a higher min-
imum wage at this time could end
up causing a lot of damage to the
business community.
"You could end up doing a lot
of damage if you put undue bur-
dens on the business communi-
ty, especially when things are not
going as well, and we the govern-
ment are very mindful about that
concern," he said.
The trade unions in New Prov-
idence, he said, have also made
representations to the govern-
ment to look at raising thf mini-
mum wage. The minister said that
he recently met with both the
National Trade Congress of
Unions and Trade Union Con-
gress to review the matter.
Addressing the matter of child
labour in the Bahamas, Mr
Foulkes said that the Employ-
ment Act includes provisions for
children to work in certain places
such as gas stations and the food
stores. He noted that there are
stipulated hours that children
must work. "We are reviewing
that practice at the moment
because there have been some
concerns presented to the gov-
ernment about the whole idea
and concept of child labour.
"We are in compliance with
International Labour Organisa-
tion standards in terms of the
hours of work and age category.
But that is the minimum standard
for all nations and we are taking a
look at it," he said.

Locals asked

to audition for


roles for film
FOLLOWING the participa-
tion of Bahamians as extras in
the successful Pirates of the
Caribbean movies, producers of a
new Sea Wolf feature film are
now asking locals to audition for
background roles. An open cast-
ing call for this upcoming movie
will take place at 3pm on Febru-
ary 23 at UNEXSO'S Poolside
Caf6 in Port Lucaya. Needed are
38 men and five women.
Based on Jack London's 1904
novel of the same name, the film
stars Thomas Kretschmann, who
appeared in Peter Jackson's
"King Kong" and the soon to be
released motion picture, "Transsi-
berian," among other film credits.
Film commissioner with the
Ministry of Tourism Craig Woods
said that this is an exciting time
for Grand Bahama.
"Beyond the immediate bene-
fit of providing additional training
opportunities and jobs, the
tourism product will be promoted
as well. When this film airs in
Europe, and viewers see the nat-
ural beauty here in the Bahamas,
the result is always positive for
our tourism endeavors," he said.
Hofmann and Voges Enter-
tainment GmBH, based in Ger-
many, will produce the film for
release in the European market in
late 2008. Anett Grunbeck, the
film's production manager scout-
ed several international locations
and says the Bahamas is ideal for
this project. "We are looking for-
ward to filming here in Grand
Bahama. The island is very beau-
tiful and everyone has been help-
ful. The studio facilities are work-
ing well for our film and we are
very pleased with the service
being provided. We are happy to
be working with the Bahamas

Film Commission. Craig Woods
and his staff have been very sup-
portive," Ms Grunbeck said.
Those wishing to audition must
bring a photo ID and wear form
fitting clothing.
Participants must also be strong
swimmers and at least 18 years
old. Previous sailing and/or boat-
ing experience is preferred for
several parts and the ability to lift
more than 75 lbs is required of
the male participants. Fluency in
German is desired, but not
required. For those persons cho-
sen by the movie's producers,
most assignments will last two to
five days in total. Participants
must be available from mid-
March to late May, 2008.


Fears that national lottery could

destroy moral fabric of nation

Tribune Staff Reporter

ALTHOUGH a national lot-
tery could provide much needed
funding for social programmes
and charities, such a scheme could
destroy the moral fabric of the
country by legalising gambling in
a "Christian nation," interested
parties argued yesterday.
Those in favour of a national
lottery system contend that mil-
lions of dollars could potentially
be derived from a lottery which
could fund public education and
health care, along with fledgling
charity organizations.
It would also allow Bahamians
who now freely engage in illegal
gambling in so-called "number
houses" and web shops to enjoy a
legal form of game play while
adding revenue to the public trea-
Detractors, however, argue that
legalising this or any other form
of gambling in the Bahamas
would contribute to larger social
ills by encouraging what some
believe to be an immoral act.
Kenyatta Gibson, former chair-
man of the Gaming Board and
now independent MP for
Kennedy, said he believes the
country has sufficient gaming
standards in place to regulate a
national lottery.
Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Gibson said that the
Bahamas has a long history of

successful gaming regulations -
some of the best in the region -
which has prompted internation-
al representatives from Guyana
and Japan to study Bahamian
gaming rules.
"I think we have the.proper
apparatus in place, I think we
would have to develop it, but cer-
tainly I think we are more than
ready to regulate (a national lot-
tery system) in the Bahamas," he
During his tenure as gaining
board chairman under the former
administration, significant
research was conducted in this
regard, leaving the gaming board
"well-placed" to regulate such an
initiative, Mr Gibson added.
The Kennedy MP said that he
is also of the view that govern-
ment should not "interfere" with
the public's right to spend their

disposable income as they see fit.
Any proposed motion in the
House of Assembly for a nation-
al lottery would receive his
approval, he said,
Last week, the president of the
Christian Council Bishop John
Humes issued a statement against
a national lottery or any form of
legalised gambling.
"The Christian Council is
opposed to legalising gambling
and a National Lottery. We urge
the Prime Minister and his gov-
crnment to reinforce the law as it
stands on the operation of num-
ber houses, as (they) are illegal.
Furthermore legislation should
be put in place to control the
amount of web shops that are
opening and what they are to do."
"The Bahamas is currently
under a strong attack of lawless-
ness and disregard of the laws of

our land, and we are calling upon
all to do all we can to observe the
laws of our land. To say that
everyone is doing something,
especially illegal, should be rea-
sons to legalize them, then God
help us," the Christian Council
said, in part, in its statement.
Bishop Humes was responding
to remarks made by Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham in the
House of Assembly last Thurs-
day when he announced that he
had told Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson that he was
considering legalising gambling
since the gambling laws are not
being strictly enforced.
Proponents of a national lot-
tery cite the success of the initia-
tive in the Unrted Kingdom and
the United States in funding pub-
lic educational systems.
Since the inception of the UK
lottery, 20 billion pounds have
been raised for good causes, its
web site says.
In the last year, 50 per cent of
the UK's lottery revenue was
allocated to health, education,
environment, community and
charity. Sports, the arts, and her-
itage each received 16.67 per cent
of the revenues.
The controversy over whether
or not to implement a national
lottery is nothing new for the
Bahamas. At a PLP rally in Octo-
ber, 1988, the late Sir Lynden Pin-
dling said that in order to stop
Bahamians from buying lottery
tickets in Miami, a Bahamian lot-

tery would have to be introduced.
In April, 1990, the Pindling
administration tabled a Bill in the
House of Assembly calling for
the establishment of a national
lottery board.
A fiery debate emerged from
religious leaders, concerned citi-
zens, and government ministers.
However, in September, 1990,
after a substantial public outcry
from the religious sector, who
firmly opposed a legalised lottery,
then Finance Minister Paul
Adderley announced the govern-
ment had shelved its plans for a
national lottery.
Mr Hubert Ingraham, then
leader of the Opposition, con-
curred with the government's
decision to not move forward
with the proposed Bill for an Act
to provide for the establishment
of a national lotteries control
board and for the promotion and
conduct of national lotteries, it
was reported.
Last month, former FNM min-
ister Algernon Allen spoke out
publicly in support of a national
lottery. As a caller to a popular
radio talk show, Mr Allen said
"rough calculations" done for a
study in the 1980s determined
that a national lottery in the
Bahamas, depending on the pen-
etration of the tourism sector,
could provide an additional $30-
50 million in funding which could
be used for charitable, sporting,
cultural, youth and education ini-

end to 'numbers racket'?

AS the age-old debate of
whether the Bahamas should
have a national lottery rages on,
The Tribune dug deep in its
archives and resurrected a copy
of a more than 30 year-old
report by a select committee on
"all aspects of the numbers
racket in the Bahamas".
The committee, which tabled
its report on May 29, 1974, was
chaired by Errington "Bumpy"
Watkins and had Franklyn Wil-
son, Cadwell Armbrister,
Kendal Nottage and Kendal GL
Isaacs as members.
The group held a number of
meetings with representatives
from the Judicial Department,
the police, religious groups and
youth groups, who were all
invited to express their opin-
ions on the matter.
The committee discovered
that the numbers racket was
very prevalent in Bahamas, and
that by 1974 it had reached
The report said that there
were at least three dozen dif-
ferent number houses in opera-
tion on New Providence alone,
and that these establishments
were operated by "non-nation-
als, mainly Haitians."
The committee found that the
number houses' basic system of
operation called for each
"house" to have agents. Num-
bers ranging from 1 to 100 were
available "to buy" at 10 cents
Payoffs varied between six
and seven dollars for each "hit".
There was no limit on the
amount of numbers any indi-
vidual customer could buy and
each agent of the house was
normally entitled to keep 25 per
cent of his gross collections as a
Winning numbers were ordi-
narily selected by number hous-
es twice a day. However, the
method of selecting the winning
number varied.
For example, the committee
found that while the traditional
method of determining the win-
ning number was done by the
"throwing of balls," some hous-
es chose not to "throw" their
own numbers, but used the
same number that "fell" in
another house.
"To confound the authorities,
the persons in the business have
developed various codes as the
basis for communicating. If any
agent operates from a grocery
store and a customer calls in to
find out what the winning num-
ber was the agent might report
in terms of the quantity of an
item of grocery," the committee
Some 34 years later not much
has changed in the numbers
game. From what The Tribune
understands, a patron of a local
number house can choose a
three-digit, or four-digit num-

ber and place a monetary bet
that this will be the winning
number in either the Florida,
Chicago, or New York "Pick"
Three" or "Pick Four" lottos.
This bet can range from a few
cents to as much as $100.
The payoff varies between
$600 and $800 for each $1
played in the "Pick Three" lot-
to, and can be as much as $3,000
for each dollar played in the
"Pick Four" draw.
Patrons can play a number
"straight." which means that if
the number falls in the sequence
it is played, the payoff would
be equal to 800 (in the case of
"Pick Three") or 3,000 times
the amount wagered (in the
case of "Pick Four").
A patron can also choose to
"box" a number, which means
that a player still wins regardless
of the sequence in which a
three-digit or four-digit number
A player who wins with a
"boxed" number gets a per-
centage of the number house's
total payoff, relative to how
much was wagered.
Bets can be placed online or
at a number house, which prints
out a receipt with either a bar-
code, or a 18-digit transaction
If a winning ticket is not
redeemed within five days, it
will not be honored.
The committee found in 1974
that there was a considerable
body of opinion in the country
which supported legalizing the
numbers racket. However, the
committee felt that this group
was a still minority within the
Bahamian populace and that
the legalisation of the practice
would lead to some "grave con-
"Since no productivity is
involved, it fosters attitudes
which are not truly consistent
with the spirit of nation build-
ing. It helps to perpetuate the
social state of those who are in
the already vicious cycle at the
lower end of the socio-econom-
ic pole," the committee found.
Even more than 30 years ago
the committee found that police
had a difficult time prosecuting
persons who were guilty of
operating number houses.
The committee ultimately
recommended that every effort
should be made by the enforce-
ment agencies of the Bahamas
to "stamp out that type of lot-
tery known as the numbers
racket which has taken root in
our society."

* In 1974, a report said there
were at least three dozen
different number houses in
operation on New Providence

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Man in
hospital after
being shot
in the face

A MAN was shot in the
face yesterday morning in
the downtown area.
Police reported that at
around 3.30am yesterday,
a 27-year-old man was
standing in front of his
car, where a group of peo-
ple had assembled.
Shots were suddenly
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Atlantis and crew leave
space station, check
ship for ride back
ATLANTIS and its seven-
man crew were homeward
bound after leaving the inter-
national space station and
checking the thermal casing
of their ship Monday for the
fiery ride back to Earth,
according to Associated Press.
The space shuttle is due
back Wednesday. Good
weather is expected at Cape
Canaveral, but if that
changes, NASA will guide
Atlantis to the backup touch-
down site in California to give
the military time enough time
to shoot down a damaged spy
satellite without endangering
the shuttle.
With pilot Alan Poindexter
at the controls, Atlantis
undocked from the space sta-
tion after nine days of linked
flight. The shuttle circled the
orbiting complex with its
newest science lab, allowing
both crews to take pictures,
before vanishing into the
blackness of space.
"We had a great time over
there," radioed shuttle com-
mander Stephen Frick.

Marina operators to hear

expertise of Dennis Nixon

BHA invites

expert to forum

THE Bahamas marina
operators will be able to
draw upon the expertise of
one of the world's experts on
marina law at the upcoming
Bahamas Marina Operators
Association Development
forum to be held next Mon-
day at Old Bahama Bay, Gin
Sur Mer, in West End, Grand
Dennis Nixon, the co-
founder of the International
Marina Institute, has been
invited by the forum's organ-
iser, the Bahamas Hotel
Association (BHA), to share
his views on marina associa-
tions, their roles, and their
benefits both to operators
and to the communities
where they exist.
Mr Nixon, a professor of
marina affairs since 1976, is
an associate dean for acade-
mic affairs at the College of
Environment and Life Sci-
ences at the University of
Rhode Island since 2001. He
possesses vast knowledge and
experience on marina liabili-
The forum is being made
possible by BHA through its
Sustainable Tourism Entre-
preneurial Management and
Marketing Project (STEMM)
- an initiative supported by
the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB).
The forum is also receiv-
ing additional support from
the United States Embassy
Rhode Island Partnership
BHA was first introduced
to Mr Nixon early last year

when he was invited to the
Bahamas by the US Embassy
as part of the Rhode Island-
Bahamas Partnership Pro-
He provided valuable input
both to the public and pri-
vate sectors last spring during
a series of meetings with
marina operators throughout
the Bahamas. The meetings
were organised by the gov-
ernment to solicit operator
feedback on a proposed
national marina policy.
An offshoot of that process
was the establishment of the
Bahamas Marina Operators
Task Force by the BHA, to
review the policy and make
recommendations to the gov-

One of the task force's rec-
ommendations called for the
creation of a Bahamas Mari-
na Operators Association to
conduct industry research,
market the growing sector,
establish industry standards,
work closely with the gov-
ernment and advance the
training and certifications
important to the industry's
Mr Nixon is a marine
lawyer by training, and a
member of the Maritime Law
Association of the Rhode
Island Bar.
He has lectured on marine
law topics at many levels
both nationally and interna-

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He researches on marine
and coastal law and has
authored more than 50 arti-
More than fifty 50 marina
operators are expected to
attend the Bahamas Marina
Operators Association
Development Forum in
Grand Bahama on February
25. The meeting includes
planning sessions covering
key aspects of drafting a busi-
ness plan outline.
It will also provide an
opportunity for marina oper-
ators throughout the
Bahamas to exchange infor-
mation of common interest
as they focus on the devel-
opment of a Bahamas Mari-
na Operators Association.

Lyde Pind g

IN KEEPING with internationally accepted standards
and practices at airports worldwide, the Department of
Immigration has recently introduced a new Border Con-
trol Management System at the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport.
This system allows for the processing for electronic pass-
Officials at the Department of Immigration note that as
a result of a transition period, the travelling public may
experience some delays and apologise for any inconve-
nience caused.


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Tender for the Provision of:

A Fire Detection and Fire Alarm
System at Station 'A' of the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation's
Clifton Pier Power Station

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

Bid packages may be collected from Mrs.
Delmeta Seymour, Administration Office, Blue Hill
& Tucker Roads.

Proposals are to be delivered to the BEC Executive
Offices .on or before 22nd February 2008 and
addressed to:

Kevin Basden
General Manager
Executive Offices
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
P O Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas

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

For all inquiries regarding this tender
contact Mr. Brent Williamson at

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The portion of West Bay Street
and the "median strip" located
between the Gaming Board and
the eastern boundary of the Baha
Mar project site will no longer be
sold to the company, but retained
by government, while another
140,000 square feet of property will
be leased rather than sold.
The supplemental agreement
also includes a provision for the
quality and size of the Cable Beach
police station which the developer
will build to replace the original
building which it acquired under
the original Heads of Agreement
to be "upgraded and expanded."
The government and Baha Mar
will share equally the increased
costs of this provision.
The developer will further put
up the costs associated with con-
structing a new BEC substation
within Baha Mar grounds.

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FROM page one
individuals "before they left the
island" they would "never have
made it off" Spanish Wells.
He claimed that all evidence
points to the conclusion that those
involved in the property invasions
would have had knowledge of the
'habits of the owners and adminis-
trators of the businesses that they
targeted, as some of the properties
had people present until as late as
midnight or 1 am. No one on the
island saw anyone that night who
they would suspect of having gone
on to commit the crimes, Mr Pin-
der said.
However, the island adminis-
trator said that police are following
"substantial leads" which they are
currently chasing in relation to the
The last major robbery on
Spanish Wells occurred three
years ago when the island's branch
of the Royal Bank of Canada was
invaded by armed robbers.
Mr Pinder said that he believes
the fact that those arrested for the
crimes were never brought to trial
contributed to the events of the
past weekend, by creating a sense
that there would be no conse-
quences for such nefarious actions.
Mr Pinder said that in his opin-
ion the weekend's activities would
not indicate a need for a greater
police presence on the island, but
would provide an impetus for a
crimewatch initiative to be reim-
plemented in the settlement.

trainee, distribution foreman, dis-
tribution operation and mainte-
nance engineer and distribution
engineering before entering the pri-
vate sector.
Ever the entrepreneur he was
the co-founder and chairman of
Dagbros Limited and Superwash
Limited. The former comprising
commercial property development
and the latter being the largest chain
of self service laundromats on New
Mr D'Aguilar also served as a
director of the Bahamas Hotel
Association, the Bahamas Hotel
Employers Association and the
Nassau Paradise Island Promotion
Board, upon purchasing the former
Dolphin Hotel.
He has also served as a trustee of
the Bahamas Hotel and Allied
Industries Pension Fund and as a
director of'Commonwealth Bank.
He is a long serving director of JS

Vincent D'Aguilar

Johnson, 1979-present and Found-
ing Chairman of Insurance Com-
pany of the Bahamas Limited. He
also served as a director of Global
Life Insurance (Bahamas) Limited
for a short period and was appoint-
ed a director of Famguard Corpo-
ration Limited in .uly 2003. iHe also
served as Deputy Chairman of the
BEC, 1994-2000.
Mr D'Aguilar was a member of
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce. He served on many com-
mittees. He served as President of
the Chamber 1977-1979 and again
in 1985-1986. In 1978, as Chamber
President, he accompanied the then
Prime Minister on his first and high-
ly successful European promotion
tour, visiting London, Paris, Zurich,
Frankfurt and Milan. The Cham-
ber honoured Mr. D'Aguilar as the
"Business Person of the Year 2000"
in recognition of his "sustained con-
tribution to the development of the

Govt refused to agree

they have completed a certain level of
construction as well as committing the
developer to not build on more than 70
acres of environmentally sensitive land,
upgrading and preserving it for public
use instead.
Tabling for the first time in the House
of Assembly the Supplemental Heads of
Agreements negotiated between his gov-
ernment and Baha Mar, Mr Ingraham
revealed the scale of the additional
requests put forward by Baha Mar to the
former government before they left
He explained that his administration
picked up negotiations with the devel-
opers on this topic after the former gov-
ernment failed to reach an agreement
with Baha Mar on the subject of these
requests prior to its defeat at the polls.
The requests had been put in by the
company after it had submitted an
expanded project plan to government
in February 2007, which saw their invest-
ment balloon from $1 billion to $2.6 bil-
lion, bringing on stream, among other
things, an additional 750 hotel rooms and
5,000 jobs.
"In continuing negotiation with Baha
Mar. my government took the decision
that it would not agree to any additional
concessions for Baha Mar." said Mr
Ingraham. "We held, and still hold the
view, that the concessions granted Baha
Mar in the 2005 Heads of Agreement
represented the limit and the extent of
concessions which ought to be extended
for the development."
Mr Ingraham said that the extra con-
cessions asked for by the developers also
included: Additional special concessions

on casino taxes for three years, a multi-
million dollar increase of government's
contribution to public infrastructure costs
and the sale, at $100,000 an acre, of more
than 100 acres of additional Crown land
to Baha Mar.
Additionally, the developers called on
government to refund Baha Mar the cost
of building a tunnel or bridge if it failed to
agree to allow the closure of a portion of
Skyline Drive to facilitate the expanded
golf course.
Of the seven requests made, none was
agreed, although government has agreed
the Skyline Drive closure, conditional
on Caesar's hotel having reached 100
feet above ground.
Prime Minister Ingraham said that
while it was Baha Mar and not govern-
ment that had originally pushed for the
creation of the supplemental agreement,
his government "welcomed the oppor-
tunity to improve certain terms for the
Rather than selling the land on Glad-
stone Road, the government is set to
lease 50 acres "at such time as the con-
crete superstructure of the 1,000 room
Caesars Hotel is constructed 100 feet
above grade."
Furthermore, the supplemental agree-
ment provides for the zoning of 71.40
acres of land that the developer had
wanted to utilise for "back of house oper-
ations" as wetlands which should be pre-
served and designated as a public park,
the developer will now have to provide $1
million to improve and develop the land
as such, and place a further $1 million in
trust for its ongoing maintenance.
The supplemental agreement notes
that it expects work to begin on the pro-
ject "immediately" and be "substantially
completed" by November 2011.

FROM page one

execution of an Agreement for the swap of
the public roads which traverses through the
"The new public road is to be exchanged
for the closed portion of South West Bay
Road, and in this regard, I will table the Res-
olution to authorize the swap," Mr Ingra-
ham said in the House of Assembly yester-
To facilitate the construction of the new
road, Mr Ingraham said that the govern-
ment has acquired certain parcels of land
under the provisions of the Acquisition of
Land Act.
"At all material times the understanding
was that the cost of the acquisition and the
construction of the new public road would be
for the account of Albany. My government
undertook, in the interest of transparency, to
cause two independent valuations of the pri-
vate lands acquired to be undertaken.
"Having obtained these valuations, an
offer of the higher of the two valuations was
made to each of the landowners. These offers
were generally rejected as being inadequate,"
he said.
Despite this, Mr Ingraham maintains that
he is convinced that the Albany Develop-
ment is in the best interest of the Bahamas.
"The government of the Bahamas entered
into Heads of Agreement dated the 9th
November. 2006 with Park Ridge Securities
Corporation with respect to the develop-
ment of a mixed use luxury community to be
known as "Albany" in southwestern New
Providence. My government previously
tabled these Heads of Agreement concluded
by our predecessors in office but not tabled
in the House of Assembly prior to the May 2
General Elections.
"I am also pleased to table the Hotels
Encouragement Act Agreement concluded
by my government with Park Ridge Securi-
ties Corporation pursuant to the provisions
of the Hotels Encouragement Act, the legal

'Road Swap'
authority under which concessions may be
granted to resort development in the
"The proposed development in southwest
New Providence in respect of which conces-
sions have been approved is estimated to
result in a minimum expenditure of $191
million," he.said.
Mr Ingraham explained that the develop-
ment will include a luxury hotel with between
a minimum of 10 luxury cottages with no
less than 30 bedrooms and a maximum of 65
luxury cottages having no less than 130 bed-
rooms. The development will include also
25 condo-hotel units around the marina; the
common areas and related infrastructure
required to support the luxury cottages and
the condominiums.

Bradley Roberts

FROM page one
for chairman of the party. But the answer is
definitely no, I am not running. And I did
not authorize anyone to put my name in the
running," Mr Roberts said.
The current chairman, lawyer Raynard
Rigby has announced that he will not offer for
re-election to the position at the convention.
Mr Rigby said that his decision not to offer
for the post again was his way of tanning for
the party's loss at the polls ;. gener-
al election.
Currently there are three persons who
have publicly announced that they will be
vying for National Chairman Englerston
MP Glenys Hanna-Martin, PLP newcomer
Omar Archer, and Mr Elcott Coleby.
In addition to the three candidates, PLP
MP for MICAL Alfred Gray has announced
that he has not ruled out the possibility of
entering the race for the chairmanship of the


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TENDER NO. 651/08

Tender for the Provision of:

Monitoring Services at three

Ambient Air Monitoring Facilities at

Lyford Cay and the Clifton Pier and

Blue Hills Power Stations.

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) invites
proposals from suitably qualified Companies to
provide monitoring services at three Ambient Air
Monitoring Stations which comprise a network
covering its Blue Hills Power Station, Clifton Pier
Power Station and a facility at Lyford Cay.

Bid packages may be collected from Mrs. Delmeta
Seymour, Administration Office, Blue Hill & Tucker
Proposals are to be delivered to the BEC Executive
Offices on or before 22nd February 2008 and
addressed to:

Kevin Basden
General Manager,
Executive Offices
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
P O Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas

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

For all inquiries regarding this tender,
contact Mr. Brent Williamson at

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

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Bahamas and its people." In 2006,
he was honoured with the Cham-
ber's Lifetime Achievement Award
for his "outstanding contribution to
the Bahamian business communi-
Mr D'Aguilar was presented a
Commonwealth of the Bahamas sil-
ver jubilee award in recognition of
"outstanding contribution to nation-
al development for contribution to
business in July 1998.
At their Communication and
Leadership Awards ceremony for
the year 2002-2003, The First
Bahamas Branch of Toastmasters
International Club 1600 honoured
Mr D'Aguilar for his "hard work
and leadership demonstrated in the
field of entrepreneurship."
He was the recipient of interna-
tional awards. He was awarded a
Grant of Arms by the College of
Arms, London, England, in 1998.
Mr D'Aguilar also made a
tremendous contribution to the
Bahamas through his community
and charity efforts.

He was an active member of
Rotary Club of Nassau since 1971
and served as President for the year
1989-1990 and has been a member
of the Lyford Cay Club since 1983.
A keen collector of Bahamian
art, Mr D'Aguilar is rumoured to
have the largest collection of
Bahamian art in the Bahamas. His
vast collection was more than 230
Bahamian pieces at last count.
He was appointed founding co-
chairman of the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas Commit-
tee from 1995-1997, by the then
Prime Minister. He was presented
the E Clement Bethel Award for
the Arts by the College of the
Bahamas in 1997, and is the only
non-artist to receive this prestigious
award, in the company of such well-
known Bahamian artists as Amos
Ferguson, Brent Malone, Maxwell
Taylor and Stan Burnside.
Mr Jackson Burnside, architect
and artist, said of Mr D'Aguilar:
"We are extremely fortunate that
Vincent D'Aguilar developed into a

collector and patron of his stature in
the 20th century. The great institu-
tions of the world depend on the
vision of such patronage. We, the.
artistic community, are most grate-
ful that a man as unselfish as Mr
D'Aguilar has touched so many of
our lives, through his dedication to
Art. He has made it possible for
many Bahamian artists to be seri-
ous, disciplined and dedicated to
his or her art."
Mr D'Aguilar married the for-
mer Marina Benjamin in 1957 and
celebrated 50 years of marriage on
April 13, 2007. They have two sons,
Dayne and Dionisio, current presi-
dent of the Chamber of Commerce,
two daughters-in-law, Linda and
Saskia and two grandsons, Alexan-
der and Vincent Oliver.
Vincent D'Aguilar will be
remembered as a great Bahamian
who accomplished much in his life-
time. He has impacted many lives
and made his own contribution to
his family and to Bahamian soci-

Heritage is

history to
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MOST of us know
that heritage is
something that is inherited -
a continuation of what was,
passing knowledge down
from one generation to the
Heritage is history to be
guarded and preserved. Her-
itage artifacts are to be kept
in good condition and put on
display as often as possible
and talked about in schools,
churches, meetings and on
special occasions, as well as
on radio and television.
Yesterday, sitting on the
edge of my little stage built
on the beach and used for
cultural events and a resting
place for the weary, ques-
tioning a young student
about our heritage and arti-
facts, he knew absolutely
nothing about what I was
talking about.
He never heard of the few
African artifacts still to be
found here in Cat Island. "Is
it something to eat," he
Unfortunately there are
Stood many of us who do not
understand the importance
and value of heritage.
Heritage is to be appreci-
Colonel Andrew
Deveaux's great house is
considered a part of our her-
I am ashamed to take any-
one there. When my late

husband and I first came to
stay in Cat Island, steps
which took one-to the upper
floor were still there, now
the whole house is ruined.
That house could have
been turned into a museum,
someone given a job to sell

pamphlets telling the history
of the great master's house.
In another few years, it
would be no more. Shame!
Where are the signs point-
ing out places and things of
interest? No wonder the kids
know nothing of their her-

Family history is close-
ly linked to heritage,
and to me is even more
important. It is people who
make history.
True, mistakes have prac-
tically been made by every-

one alive, whether we admit
to it or not. The Bible tells us
that we have all sinned and
come short of the Glory of
God. With intelligence and
a clean heart and mind, as
we grow, we get back on
track. If you care about your-

self and your family, you will
live a decent life in the hope
that other family members
will follow your lead.
If you do not like your
family's way of living, still
love them. Do whatever is
possibly right to help them,
but plan carefully your own
If you have made a mis-
take once, does this mean
you must continue to do so,
and become a burden to
your family?
A good heritage with a
good family background, is
what we need not only on
Cat Island, but the entire


MINISTER OF Tourism and Aviation welcomed bishops attending the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship
International Bishops Council meeting on Tuesday at the Atlantis resort, Paradise Island. Pictured from
left are host Bishop Neil Ellis, senior pastor of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church; Bishop Paul
Morton, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Archie Nairn.

Forty-five bishops

in the Bahamas for

international meeting

Bahamas Information Officer
MINISTER of Tourism and Aviation Neko
Grant last week welcomed 45 bishops from as
far as India to the Full Gospel Baptist Fellow-
ship International Bishops Council meeting at
the Atlantis resort.
The event was hosted by Bishop Neil Ellis,
senior pastor of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Bap-
tist Church, and presided over by Bishop Paul
Minister Grant told the attendees that having
such a distinguished group visiting the Bahamas
"is of singular importance" to the country.
"It is rare, even for us, to host at a single
sitting, close to 50 of the most senior members
of the Christian clergy from around the world.
"We are indeed delighted and honoured that
you have chosen to hold your (meeting here),"
Mr Grant told them.

Mr Grant said that the Bahamas is a leader in
the pursuit of religious tourism.
"The Bahamas has been able to attract Chris-
tian groups over the years by virtue of its own
multi-denominational groups whose congre-
gations extended invitations to their counter-
parts and colleagues abroad to visit the
Bahamas," he said.
To target this specific sector of the
industry, the Ministry of Tourism recently
established a religious market department with
the objective of taking a more structured
approach in providing religious planners with
information about the Bahamas as a destina-
"We believe that the Bahamas provides an
excellent location and has all the necessary
amenities for the hosting of faith-based con-
ferences and meetings such as yours. We there-
fore encourage you to spread the word," Mr
Grant said.

"Where are the signs
pointing out places and
things of interest? No
wonder the kids know
nothing of their heritage."


Ministry of Public Works &


The Ministry of Public Works & Transport and Baha Mar will host

a joint Community Presentation on the Baha Mar Development.

Sheraton Cable Beach Resort

Independence Ballroom

Tuesday, February 19,2008 7:00pm


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Art Exhibition
15th-23rd February, 2008 from 6-9pm
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NINETEEN students from
grades seven to 12 from Pre-
Sston H Albury Secondary
School in Rock Sound,
Eleuthcra, recently enjoyed a
field trip to Nassau.
The students, accompanied
by four chaperons police offi-
cers Corporal Laverne Arm-
brister and reserve officer Clara
Young; teachers Jaunice Bly-
den and Martha Smith the
group stayed at the Nassau
Beach Hotel while in New
Providence, and was provided
transportation throughout their
stay by Economy Jitney Service.
The field trip was officially
launched on Monday, Novem-
ber 26th, when the group paid a
courtesy call on the hosts of
Bahamas @ Sunrise. Tisca
Pratt-Armbrister and Ramould
Ferreira welcomed the contin-
gent, and even though it was at
6 o'clock in the morning, their
presence was very lively and
noticeable on the show. Coor-
dinator, Martha Sinith, gave a
brief introduction explaining the
purpose of the trip, which was

era students enjoy Nassau field

Experience designed to build character of the pupils

to effectively build the character
of each student partaking in the
"When we see men of worth,
we should think of becoming
like them; when we see men of
contrary character, we should
turn inward and examine our-
selves," said Mrs. Smith. She
explained that this was a quote
she had borrowed from Confu-
Next, Robin Sands, a student
of the Preston H. Albury High
School, said that the six pillars
of character are trustworthiness,
respect, citizenship, responsi-
bility, caring and fairness; she
then went on to eloquently
explain what each pillar repre-
sented. After leaving the
Bahamas @ Sunrise studio the
excited students were taken to
Fort Charlotte by their chaper-
ones, where they were given a
brief tour by one of the tour

At 11am that day the group
headed to the House of Assem-
bly, where they were given a
brief history of the House of
Assembly by Mr. Maurice
Tynes. Mr. Tynes spoke on sub-
jects such as Black Tuesday,
Plural Voting and the Senate.
Later on that day at around
2pm, the still very enthusiastic
party visited the Education
Minister Carl Bethell. Also pre-
sent at the time were Elma Gar-
raway, Permanent Secretary of
Education, Mr. Ivan Thompson
and Lionel Sands, Acting Direc-
tor of Education. After spend-
ing time with Minister Bethell,
he surprised the students by
treating them all to a free
movie. The minister encouraged
the students to do well, and said
that he would see to it that they
received the necessary tools
needed to do just that.
On November 27th, 2007 the
group started their day by

attending a BJC/BGCSE exam
exhibit. The students were able
to view exams at their different
levels, and the quality of work
expected for particular marks
(A through F). This proved to
be very beneficial for the stu-
dents, because some of them
will actually be taking national
exams this year.
While on the bus, some of the
students were still talking about
what they had experienced so
far on the trip; that is until they
entered Government House at
approximately 11am, where
most of them appeared to be
dumbstruck. Governor Gener-
al Arthur D. Hanna greeted his
guests and sat with them for
awhile, discussing the roots of
the educational system in The
Bahamas. Topics such as schol-
arships and privileges within the
Bahamian educational system
were talked about in great

SAt 8.30am on November
28th, the chaperones and stu-
dents went to ZNS where they
sang 'God is good, how can I
let him down?' on the air. They
were invited by Jeff Rogers of
'School Round Up' and inter-
viewed by Brett Archer and
Dwight Armbrister, where the
purpose of the trip was once
again discussed. The students
were fascinated with the equip-
ment setup in the ZNS studio,
and pictures were taken to cap-
ture the significant moment.
Afterwards, they visited Her
Majesty's Prison, where they
were given a tour by Sgt. Pratt.
The visit to the prison was
their final stop on the field trip,
and proved to be the most dra-
Reality kicked into high gear
for the students, and had many
saying that prison is not a place
where they would like to end

Id trip

After returning to Eleuthera,
a special assembly was held by
the students, who updated their
fellow students on the trip.
Deangelo Smith stood up
before the crowd and emphati-
cally exclaimed, "Prison is not a
place for you to go!"
Chaperones had planned to
take the students to Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre, but time
did not allow the visit. When
asked how she felt about the
outcome of the trip, Martha
Smith said, "It was a great suc-
cess, and I hope that the stu-
dents continue to remember
and pass on what they experi-
Parents of the students also
considered the trip a success.
Mrs. Sands, mother of student
Robin Sands said, "Thank you
for taking the students on this
field trip, I am very apprecia-
tive of what you did."
She also told the chaperones
that anytime a trip like this is
planned in the future, she would
like to be informed.

A partnership for

a better Bahamas

CONTINUING with its mis-
sion to make the Carmichael
Road area and by extension
the country a better one,
Advanced Technical Enterpris-
es (ATEL) has formed a part-
nership with the Southwest
Church of God Cathedral.
ATEL and the church have
joined forces to open the South-
west Community Computer
Laboratory, located in the
church's building on Carmichael
and Shrimp Roads.
The new facility will house
the area's first language lab as
well as the Carmichael commu-
nity reading lab and the
Carmichael spelling bee centre.
S The language lab will use the
facility to conduct language
courses in Spamsh, French, Cre-
ole, and any other language for
which there is sufficient interest.
The reading lab will use the
new centre to promote literacy
in adults and children..
The spelling bee centre will
be organised from the facility
to help Carmichael district stu-
dents in preparing and per-
forming well in the competition.
Several Carmichael business-
es have already pledged to sup-
port community spelling pee
While all persons will have
full access to the lab for a mod-
erate fee, members of the
Carmichael community are
especially welcomed and a
membership programme is in
the pipeline.
When asked how he feels
now that the lab is finally com-
plete, Pastor Donnie Storr of
the Southwest Church of God
Cathedral said that it is "a super
arrangement for the communi-
ty of Carmichael as there are
many individuals and families
who don't have computers in
their homes."
"They have children who are
required to produce research
and reports for school assign-
ments and this lab will certainly
enhance the whole community
of Carmichael," he said.
Pastor Storr added that the
lab will also be beneficial to per-
sons who are not computer lit-
"We plan to offer special
adult classes on certain days
where persons who wish to
learn more about computers

ATEL links up

with church to

help Carmichael

Road area

will have an opportunity to do
so," he said.
The idea to create a comput-
er laboratory is the brainchild of
Pastor Storr, who initially saw it
as a way to give youngsters
from the Southwest Christian
Academy a head-start in the
computer world.
Having a good business rela-
tionship with ATEL and know-
ing that it is a community-mind-
ed company, Pastor Storr
approached Ethric Bowe of
ATEL about the possibility of
creating a computer facility for
the young students.
After discussing the idea, it
was decided that they could
take the project beyond a lab
for the pre-schoolers, and make
it a community-oriented facility.
Pastor Storr said that it is one
of his dreams is to see more
partnerships like this in other
Bahamian communities.

He expressed his thanks to
ATEL for having the vision to
partner with the church and
noted that "education will
enhance the total development
of any community."
This is a self-help community
project that ha also left a seat at
the table for the government.
Mr Bowe of ATEL said:
"Ideally we would love a tri-
partite education and develop-
ment arrangement that includes
the church, business, and the
"But we want it to be clear
that we will do this project in
any event.
"The government is a part of
us and we are a part of the gov-
ernment so we left a seat at the
table for the government.
"We will invite them to look
at what we are doing and see if
they can get involved."

"We plan to
offer special
adult classes on
certain days
where persons
who wish to
learn more
computers will
have an oppor-
tunity to do so."

Pastor Donnie Storr

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Tourism has launched a-
.programme designed to
encourage Bahamians to
visit the family islands.
It highlights attractions
on offer to visitors. In
this story we focus on
SLong Island

* ByGladstone Thurston
Bahamas Information
Ser vices
DEADMAN's Cay, Long
Island Located 160 miles
southeast of Nassau, Long
Island comprises 230 square
miles. It is just four miles at its
widest, but it can boast'of a vir-
tually uninterrupted 80-mile
stretch of contrasting coastlines.
The island is characterized by
high cliffs on the north side,
which faces the Atlantic Ocean,
and shallow sandy beaches on
the south side. The Tropic of
Cancer, one of the five major
circles of latitude that mark
maps of the Earth, cuts through
the north of Long Island.
Called "Yuma" by the Indi-
ans, which numbered in the tens
of thousands, Long Island was
renamed Fernandina by
Christopher Columbus in 1492.
After the Indians, there was
no large permanent settlement
until the Loyalists arrived from
the Carolinas and Virginia in
the 1700s with their African
slaves to set up cotton planta-
tions and raise cattle and sheep.
By the abolition of slavery in
1834 most of the plantations had
Deadman's Cay in central
Long Island is an umbrella dis-
trict comprising all of the com-
munities stretching from Gray's
in the north, to Scrub Hill in the
'I ie social, economic and edu-
cational centre of the island, it
has seen growth in.towns like
Buc i'y's, Hamilton's, Petty's
an( rtwright's, but it suffered
the ses of towns like New
lHe Anderson's, Old Gray's
anmj i ld Joe's.
In i927, the population of
Long Island was more than
7,000. Today it is hovering close
to only a third of that.
Common Long Island family
names include Burrows,
Cartwright, Carroll, Turnquest,
McHardy, Moree, Knowles and
Long Islanders are very hos-
pitable. They always offer salu-
tations every time their paths
cross. They live close to nature.
Even today everyone's neigh-
hour is still everyone's neigh-
bour. Locks are a rarity.
Mangrove Bush is the boat
building capital of Long Island.
The capital of Long Island,
Clarence Town, has the island's
only sale harbour on the treach-
erous Atlantic Ocean north side.
It has a police station, marinas,
accommodations, stores and

restaurants. It i, visited once
weekly by the mail boat from
New Providence
Just south of Clarence Town,
the former slave village Dun-
more's can be found.
It is named after the Earl of
Dunmore, who served as Royal
Governor of New York, Vir-
ginia and the Bahamas. He
operated a plantation and por-
tions of his huge mansion still
remain today.
Descendants of Dunmore's
claim Lord Duni nore willed all
land corn isirg his former
estate to b ave; and their po -
Like Dunmor's, many of the
once bustling tov'ns of southern
Long Island arc but in name
The once populous town of
Roses stands as a stark exam-
ple of a settlement frozen in

It is a veritable museum of a
bygone era. Everything right
down to the public lavatory
remains intact.
Long Islanders are predomi-
nantly Anglican, but there are
also Catholics, Baptists,
Brethrens and others.
The oldest church, St Mary's
in the Bight, is said to have been
constructed by Spaniards in the
17th century.
One of Long Island's trea-
sures is Dean's yawning blue
hole, the .world's deepest,
descending 663 feet to the ocean
floor, ;cco- ding to those who
dove it.
Long Islanders swear it has
no bottom.
It is roughly circular at the
surface, with a diametre of
about 120 feet. After descending
some 60 feet, the hole widens
into a cavern with a diametre of
about 330 feet, experts report.

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dredging to start wins road upgrade contract

Tribune Business Editor
iNG of Nassau
Harbour so that
Prince George's
Dock can
the world's
largest cruise
ships is expect- beenele
ed to begin this
September, the
minister of works and trans-
port said yesterday, with the
Government having already
selected the consultant that will
supervise the project.
Dr Earl Deveaux confirmed
yesterday that Cox and Shal
Consultants had'been select-
ed as the consultants who will
oversee the company that car-
ries out the dredging works.
and carry out preparatory engi-
neering works.
"'We are on schedule for the
actual dredging to start in Sep-
tember." Mr Deveaux told The
He explained. though. that
bid/tender documents for the

Consultant to
supervise vital
project already

harbour dredging contract
would not be issued until Cox
and Shal Consultants complet-
ed the scope of works that
would be required.
In addition, the consultants
have to prepare an JEnviron-
mental Impact Assessment
(EIA) and deal with issues
such as working out how wide
the Nassau Harbour channel
and turning basin should be;
where silt and materials exca-
vated to widen the turning
basin should be deposited; and
work on the dock bulkheads.
Mr Deveaux said the con-
sultants, who will also super-

SEE page 2B

Tribune Business Editor
An Argentinian
firm submitted
the lowest $88
million bid on
the New Providence Road
Improvement Project, The Tri-
bune was told yesterday, with
the Ministry of Works hoping
that talks between the compa-
ny and its project consultants
on which road corridor
enhancements will bring the
greatest improvement can be
completed within 60 days.
Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of works and transport, said
the Jose Cartellone Construc-
ciones Civiles (JCC) firm had
submitted the lowest bid, fend-
ing off competition from three
rival bidders. They were
Jamaica-based Surrey Con-
struction, Ranger Construction
frdm South Carolina, and
Malphrus Construction Inc.

* New Providence Road Improvement Project's construction
work likely to begin in June
* Government hoping work to identify road upgrade options
with 'biggest bang' will be completed 'in next 60 days'

"The contract, for all intents
and purposes, has been decid-
ed based on the bid," Dr
Deveaux confirmed, adding
that the earliest date at which
actual construction work on
the New Providence Road
Improvement Project was
expected to begin was June.
Representatives from the
Ministry of Works' consultants,
Mott MacDonald, had met
with JCC last week to go over
the 19 road corridors and inter-
sections earmarked for the
project, the minister said.
The exercise was designed
to review the scope of the work
required by the New Provi-

dence Road Improvement Pro-
ject, with the two companies
going through it "corridor by
corridor" to calculate unit
costs, pricing mechanisms,
supervisory costs and other
variables to "see if they were
on the same page".
"The Government asked
them to look at additional road
corridors that could have the
greatest impact on traffic
flows," Mr Deveaux said.....
"We have several options to
be looked at in terms of corri-
dors to be priced, so that the
Government could make a
decision on which options will
achieve the biggest bang."

While Dr Deveaux said
some of the extra road corri-
dors might have been outside
the scope of the original pro-
ject, the work was not.
Meanwhile, Mott MacDon-
ald had presented a draft
Memorandum of Understand-
ing between itself and the Min-
istry of Works to the Govern-
ment, the document setting out
terms for it to "oversee the
project and move to finalise
the bid package".
Once the consultants and
JCC had finalised their work,

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Banker hopes show 'revives' .....Sai
Bahamian fashion sector I I
Bahamian fashion sector --

Guana Cay opponents

- aim to 'snatch victory

from jaws of defeat'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Save
Guana Cay
Reef Associa-
tion hopes "to
snatch victory
from the jaws of
defeat" by
appealing yes-
terday's Court
of Appeal dis-
missal of its
Judicial Review
action to the Privy Council, its
attorney saying.their case had
raised critical issues on sus-
tainable development in the
Speaking in the aftermath of
the court's verdict, Fred Smith,
an attorney and partner with
Callender's & Co, said the
Association had been vindi-
cated by simply bringing its
case against the multi-million
dollar Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club project, as it dealt
with a host of controversial
issues surrounding major
investment projects.
"We're deeply disappoint-
ed," Mr Smith said of the

Developers say:
'We know we're
doing things the
right way' after
court backs them

Court of Appeal judgment,
"but we believe that we have
been vindicated because we
have engaged in this fight. This
fight is important in and of
itself, because it is venting cru-
cial issues favouring the
"They are the scale of devel-
opment, the appropriateness
of locations for development,
the issue of sufficiency of inter-
est of those who are affected,
the right to consultation and
protection of the environment,
the issue of Crown Land and
Treasury Land" and whether
they should be sold/leased to
foreign developers, or reserved
for Bahamian development.
"We feel that Guana Cay

SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
yesterday said he hoped an
upcoming fashion show he is
organising would act as a "cat-
alyst to revive" the local indus-
try and create cottage indus-
try spin-offs, having attracted
at least one internationally-
renowned designer to exhibit
their collection.
Owen Bethel, head of
Bahamian financial services
provider the Montaque Group.
who is organising the Islands of
the World fashion show for
November 5-8, 2008. said well-
known New York fashion
designer had "consented to
present his 2009 Spring/Sum-
mer collection at it".

Bethel wants Islands of the
World show to be 'catalyst'
for Bahamian designer spin-offs,
in addition to publicity and
hotel room boost for tourism

"We're waiting now on three
or four others [designers] who
have basically been
approached on our behalf," Mr
Bethel added.
In keeping with the show's
theme and main goal, which is
to showcase fashion designs
from the world's small island
developing states, and give
their creators a stage from


which to aspire to greater
things, Mr Bethel said his show
had received "interest or com-
mitment" from about 10
Apart from a Bahamas-
based designer, interest had
been shown from countries

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The dredging is vital to
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and started to slide.
Royal Caribbean Cruise
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Christie administration in 2004,
that it would be forced to pull
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turning basin was too small to
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these vessel will not return
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ships has accounted for 6 per
cent of Nassau's annual cruise
passenger visitor numbers, and
some $9 million in per annum
passenger spending.
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to the Ministry of Tourism by
Jeffrey Beckles, of RAJ Man-
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that Nassau already had the
lowest 'come ashore' rate for
cruise passengers out of all
Caribbean ports, with just 35-
40 per cent leaving their vessels
to experience the city. This
compared to an average of
about 70-90 per cent.
In addition, the report found
that per capital spending by
cruise passengers visiting the

Bahamas had fallen by 12 per
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having fallen from $91 in 1992
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Describing Nassau as
"underperforming" when it
came to revenue generation
and passenger satisfaction, the
report said that among the
greatest challenges facing the
Bahamas was the poor state of
the physical infrastructure sup-
porting the cruise industry.
The report noted that Prince
George's Wharf was too small
to handle the largest cruise
ships, forcing the major lines
to look at alternative ports of
There was also insufficient
footage to handle the level of
berth demands at Prince
George's Wharf, leading Mr
Beckles to warn that "without
the expansion of docking facil-
ities and supporting services,
the port of Nassau will contin-
ue to become a port of conve-
nience for the cruise lines".

Banker hopes show 'revives' fashion sector

such as Barbados, Madagas-
car, Fiji and Jamaica.
When it came to the likely
economic impact from his
show, which will be staged at
Atlantis and the British Colo-
nial Hilton, Mr Bethel said the
major impact would come
from the increased publicity
the Islands of the World show
would generate for the
Bahamas. This, in turn, would
likely boost visitor numbers
and the Bahamian tourism.
"The ripple effect of the

publicity for tourism will cer-
tainly be very similar to that
of the film industry," Mr
Bethel said of his show. "It's
the publicity/advertising that
takes place after the event that
drives people to come here."
To further boost this poten-
tial spin-off effect, Mr Bethel
said "a number of celebrities"
had been invited to attend the
Islands of the World show,
although none had made any
commitments yet to be there.
He added that Bahamian

hotels would receive an imme-
diate boost from the fashion
show, as organizers were
"looking at possibly in the
range of 200 persons coming
in over a five-day period".
"The other aspect is the
hope that it [the show] will
revive the interest of local
designers and spin-off into cot-
tage industries," Mr Bethel
said., "Hopefully, it will act as a
catalyst and encourage people
in the area to focus on our cre-

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Piclet Bank & Trust Ltd.
PO Box N-4873. Nassau Bahamas
Ph: (242) 302 2217 Fax: (242) 327 6610

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Ciigroup Corporate & Investment Bank
PO Box N 8158, Nassau, Bahamas
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PO Box N 3016, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 502 5700 Fax: (242) 326 0991
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PO Box SS 6289, Nassau, Bahamas
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Thursday, February 21", 2008

12:00 pm General Meeting
12:30 pm Speaker's Address
Please arrive promptly!

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Baha Mar gets fewer acres

Tribune Business
THE Government will retain
ownership of the Gaming Board
and the Bahamas Development
Bank land under the new sup-
plemental Heads of Agreement
between the FNM administra-
tion and Baha Ma,r it was
revealed yesterday.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham yesterday explained that
his administration did not give
into a number of concessions
Baha Mar had requested in light
of its increased $2.6 billion
investment at Cable Beach,
because it felt the incentives
granted in its initial 2005 Heads
of Agreement represented the
limit and extent of what ought
to be offered.
Mr Ingraham explained that
the new agreement negotiated
by his administration had the
following provisions:
The Gaming Board and the
Development Bank Buildings,
and land parcels, which are
adjacent to Goodman's Bay,
will no longer be sold to Baha
Mar but instead remain public
The Government will lease
to Baha Mar, for an initial term
of 50 years, 50 acres of Crown
Land on Gladstone Road. This

lease will take effect once ver-
tical construction of the Cae-
sar's hotel reaches 100 feet
above grade.
Initially, Baha Mar had
requested that the Government
sell them 70 acres of Crown
Land on Gladstone Road to
house its back-office operations.
The Government has nego-
tiated that two portions of land
on West Bay Street will not be
sold, but now retained by Gov-
Once the 100-foot mark has
been reached on the Caesar's
hotel construction, the Govern-
ment will via a resolution of

Parliament close a portion of
Skyline Drive to facilitate the
expansion of the new golf
Baha Mar had asked the
Government to refund to them
the cost of building a tunnel or
bridge if the Government had
not agreed to the road closure.
Further, Mr Ingraham said
any land acquired from the
Water Sewerage Corporation
to facilitate the golf course be
exchanged for an equal amount
of contiguous acreage by Baha
The Government will
receive $17.686 million for the
Cecil-Wallace Whitfield Cen-
tre, and Baha Mar will convey
to the Government 2.259 acres
of replacement land on West
Bay Street.
Baha Mar had previously
requested additional deductions
from an annual casino license
fees. It had requested an exten-
sion from 21 years to 35 years
for the permitted deduction
from the annual casino license
It had also wanted an addi-
tional special concession on
casino taxes during the first
three years of the new casino's
operation of 66 2/3 per cent
third in years one and two, and
50 per cent in year three. Those
requests were denied.

The developers had also
wanted to increase the co-oper-
ative marketing support by
eight years from eight years
to 16 years and double the
amount from $4 million per
year to $8 million.
This would have cost the
Government almost $100 mil-
lion and was something it did
not agree to.
It also declined to provide $40
million in co-operative market-
ing for the re-launch of the
Cable Beach resort, the previ-
ous agreement having been for
$20 million, and increase its con-
tribution to public infrastruc-
ture costs from a minimum
$45.3 million to $50 million.
Some 71.40 acres will be
zoned as environmentally sen-
sitive land. It will be designated
as a public park, with Baha Mar
investing $1 million in its
improvement. A further $1 mil-
lion will be given by Baha Mar
for the perpetual maintenance
of the site, which will be man-
aged by the Bahamas National
Despite this, Mr Ingraham
said: "We welcomed the oppor-
tunity to improve certain terms
for the Government, especially
as they related to the reduction
of the quantum'of Government
land being disposed of, leasing
as an alternative to fee simple
transfer wherever possible,

Cable Beach financiers to provide $493m equity

Tribune Business Reporter
BAHA Mar and its joint venture partner,
Harrah's Entertainment, will collectively
contribute $493 million in equity to finance
their Cable Beach project, it was revealed
yesterday, with the latter contributing $212
million or 43 per cent. That amount is not far
off 20 per cent of the total financing that
the project requires.
Harrah's had committed that Caesar's
(Bahamas), the entity holding its immedi-
ate interest in the Cable Beach project,
would be sufficiently capitalised to fulfill its
obligations, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said, outlining the proposed expansion
of the now $2.6 billion Cable Beach project
in the House of Assembly yesterday.

He explained that Baha Mar Joint Ven-
ture Holdings had submitted.revised plans to
the Government last year, resulting in a sup-
plemental Heads of Agreement, which was
also tabled.
The expanded project will result in an
increase of hotel rooms at Cable Beach from
2,700 to 3,450: an increase in the size of the
Commercial Village from 30,000 square feet
to a 60,000 square feet minimum; an increase
in the size of the convention facilities from a
minimum of 100,000 square feet to a mini-
mum of 200,000 square feet; and the casino
from 75.000 square feet to a minimum of
95,000 square feet of gaming area.
Thie new changes will result in an increase
by 5,0(X0 in the number of permanent jobs for
Bahamians as well.
The Cable Beach development is to

A Westin Hotel with a minimum of 700
rooms, including a minimum of 80 and a
maximum of 150 condominium units.
A St Regis hotel, with a minimum of
200 rooms., including a minimum of 90 and
a maximum of 150 condominium units.
A W hotel, with a minimum of 300
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A Caesar's hotel with 1.000 rooms min-
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financial and other obligations
conditioned on the developers'
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Council because we believe
there is merit to the action. It is
a matter of general public
importance, and we hope the
developers join us in moving
this matter rapidly to the Privy
"We continue to fight on.
We hope to snatch victory
from the jaws of defeat, and
are confident in the merits of
our case. It is a fight worth
fighting for the future of
democracy in the Bahamas,
and future generations of
The Court of Appeal jus-
tices, President Dame Joan
Sawyer, Justice Lorris Gant-
patsingh and Justice
Emmanuel Osadeby, did not
release their unanimous writ-
ten judgment at yesterday's
verdict announcement, saying
they had to amend some things
in it, instead reading it out to
the court.
Mr Smith said that in finding
for the Government and the
Guana Cay developers, Ari-
zona-based Discovery Land
Company, the Court of Appeal
found that the Cabinet could
delegate its authority to the
Cabinet Secretary, Wendall
Major, when it came to
approving the project and sign-
ing agreements.
While the court agreed with
Mr Smith that the Heads of
Agreement executed by the
Christie government for Bak-
er's Bay was 6nly an agree-
ment in principle, the devel-
opers had obtained all the per-
mits and approvals that were
necessary and were not rely-
ing on this document.
In addition, the Court of
Appeal found that sufficient
consultation on the project had
been held with Guana Cay res-
idents and other Abaconians,
and their views had been taken
into consideration. Evidence
for this came from the fact that
Discovery Land Company had
made changes to its plans to
accommodate some of these
Mr Smith, though, said he
took encouragement from the
fact that the Court of Appeal
had ruled that the Guana Cay
residents had a right to be con-
sulted, and had sufficient inter-
est in the project to mount the
legal action.
"It really seems to have
turned on the findings of fact
by the Court of Appeal that



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we were consulted and the
Government and developers
have listened to what we said,"
Mr Smith mused yesterday.
He expressed disappoint-
ment, though, that the Court of
Appeal did not appear to have
looked at the Association's
complaint that both the devel-
opers and the Government had
effectively bypassed local gov-
ernment, in this case the Hope
Town District Council, which is
responsible for issuing a num-
ber of permits and approvals
by having this done from Nas-
sau instead.
The judicial review action
that was the subject of yester-
day's court ruling is the first of
three that the Association
launched in a bid to stop the
Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean
Mr Smith said Judge Evans,
sitting in Freeport, was due to
hear the second Judicial
Review action, which is chal-
lenging whether specific gov-
ernment ministers and agen-
cies had the power to grant
specific permits and approvals
to Discovery Land Company,
on April 25, 2008.
He added that the Associa-
tion was still trying to get a
court date for the third judi-
cial review application, which
is challenging permits and
approvals issued to Baker's
Bay by the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council.
On the appeal to the Privy
Council, Mr Smith said: "It is
in the interests of the Govern-
ment, the developers and the
residents to bring finality to
this process.
"It is regrettable that this
Judicial Review application has
taken so long to wind its way
through the courts. These are
matters of general public inter-
Not surprisingly, the devel-
opers were elated by yester-
day's court verdict. Michael
Meldman, Discovery Land
Company's chairman and chief
executive, said in a statement:
"It's good news. We know we
are doing things the right way
at Baker's Bay. We have
respected and continue to
respect the people, the laws
and the environment of the
Bahamas, and we're just happy
that the courts have recognized
Dr Livingston Marshall,
senior vice-president of envi-
ronmental and community
affairs at Baker's Bay, added:
"We have never felt that the
concerns of the Association
should have to be pressed
through the Bahamian courts.
Discovery Land Company and
Baker's Bay came to the
Bahamas with an excellent
project concept, and through
a very public consultative
process that included individ-
uals involved in the Associa-
tion, made it an even better
project. Today's Court of
Appeal ruling has boosted our
commitment to building the
most environmentally sensitive
development the Bahamas has
ever seen.




Energy finds a home under Florida's sun

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Tire tracks lead up a grassy hill
to a metal box that tells the
tale of Florida's first foray into
commercialized solar energy.
The box tracks energy out-
put from the 1,200 solar panels
atop an old landfill off Bee
Ridge Road in eastern Sara-
sota County.
Flat as a pancake, like a
smooth dance floor half the
size of a football field, the solar
array at Rothenbach Park
powered about 20 homes on a
sunny morning last month.
The array, connected to the
commercial grid late last year,
was operating only at half
capacity. Despite its impres-
sive size, the grid is peanuts in
the world of energy produc-
tion. Sarasota County alone
has nearly 220,000 homes;
Florida more than 8.5 million.
Yet Rothenbach Park is the
largest commercial solar site
in Florida.
That could soon change,
according to Florida Power &
Light. Under pressure from
state leaders, the company
plans to use Sarasota's test pro-
ject to launch solar construc-
tion statewide.
At the same time, Gov.
Charlie Crist wants to triple
the amount of state grant mon-
ey available to help home and
business owners install solar
panels on their rooftops.
Virtually ignored for years,
solar and other renewable
energies are gaining momen-
tum in the Sunshine State. But
experts say Florida remains far
from weaning itself off con-
ventional fossil fuels, includ-
ing high-priced oil.
While Crist wants to increase
the solar rebate program to
$10 million next year, that is
just a fraction of California's
$300 million annual commit-
ment. In California, 11 percent
of the energy comes from
renewable sources, compared
with Florida's 2 percent,. .
According to a November
2007 report by the advocacy
group Enyironment Americ, ,
Florida's clean energy policies
rank below 21 other states.
Taking a cue from Califor-
nia's Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Crist has
declared clean energy a prior-
ity and substantial changes are
in the works, precipitating a
battle among legislators, envi-
ronmental activists, energy
executives and the governor
over Florida's energy future.
"Energy is hot right now,"
said state Sen. Mike Bennett,
R-Bradenton, chairman of the
Senate's public utilities com-
mittee. "And everybody has a
different idea about what to
Crist and top legislators in
both chambers are divided
over issues, such as whether to
create strict renewable energy
quotas for electric companies.
Quotas would greatly increase
clean energy production but
also electric bills.
They also differ on restrict-
ing fossil fuels by capping car-
bon emissions.
The governor has created an
"energy action team" to

research the issues.
Legislators are retaining
their own consultants. Energy
companies are gearing up for a
fight while national environ-
mental groups open Florida
offices to weigh in.
Major policy changes are
expected within 12 months.
"This is a critical year for the
future of energy in Florida,"
said Jerry Karnas, who sits on
the governor's action team and
recently opened an office in
Sarasota for the national advo-
cacy group Environmental
Defense to lobby on behalf of
a state carbon cap. "We're
building momentum and con-
sensus for some real game-
changing policies."
Sarasota businessman Pat
Benz earns a living manufac-
turing material for contact
lenses but alternative energy
is a passion.
The owner of Benz
Research and Development
decided last year to install solar
panels on his business and
stumbled across the state
rebate program begun by for-
mer Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006.
Benz installed $200,000
worth of solar panels on his
house and the state paidhalf
the cost. Federal tax breaks
knocked off another $30,000.
The solar panels save Benz
about $7,280 annually on his
electric bill, meaning they will
pay for themselves in 10 years.
Yet Benz is one of only 4,452
Floridians who received a solar
rebate in the past two years.
The money ran out quickly.
California's rebate program
serves 100,000 people annually.
Benz thinks it takes a Califor-
nia-like commitment to make
real reductions in energy con-
sumption and pollution.
"It's a numbers game." Benz
said. "If you subsidize it and
make it more affordable then
you're manufacturing more
solar panels and the price
comes dckwn."
Expanding solar rebates
brings up the prickly subject
of tax increases.
California uses a special
energy tax, or surcharge,
amounting to about $16 annu-
ally for every residential elec-
tric utility customer.

Florida has no dedicated
fund for renewable energy, and
must squeeze money from a
state budget with a $2 billion
, Solar expert Philip Fairey,
deputy director of the Florida
Solar Energy Center at the
University of Central Florida
in Orlando, has proposed a $1
monthly surcharge that would
generate $200 million annually.
Fairey describes the sur-
charge as one of the "big
three" renewable energy poli-
cies Florida needs to be a
national leader. The others: a
renewable energy quota for
electric companies and a cap
on carbon emissions.
"What they all boil down to
is money and better regula-
tions," Fairey said.


Although an electricity sur-
charge has not received much
attention in a state battered by
rising property taxes and insur-
ance premiums, Fairey is opti-
mistic about the potential for
major policy changes.
Crist has made renewable
energy a priority he wants
to double spending to $100
million despite the budget
deficit but the Legislature
could be a tough sell.
Facing resistance, Crist has
tried to sidestep critics by using
the Public Service Commis-
sion, the state's utility regula-
Workshops are under way
on a "renewable portfolio stan-
dard," or RPS. So far, 27 states
have adopted a mandatory
RPS, which forces utilities to
generate a percentage of pow-
er Crist wants 20 percent by
2020 from renewable
But legislators say they ulti-
mately must approve the plan.
and some are leery of man-
dates on electric companies.
"The governor has made
some semi-mandates and the
legality of that is still in the
air." said Rep. Paige Kreegel,
R-Punta Gorda. who chairs the
House energy committee. "I
believe in the free market and
that incentives work better
than mandates."

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Fairey and others argue that
electric companies need strict
quotas or they will not change.
"Ten years ago, getting
Florida Power & Light to
announce a solar plant like the
one in Sarasota would have
been impossible because there
was no political will," Fairey
said. "They are responding to
the threat of regulation."
FPL spokeswoman Sharron
Bennett noted that in Septem-
ber the company committed to
building 300 megawatts of
solar production, enough to
power thousands of homes.
She said FPL opposes a spe-
cific mandate for solar pro-
duction, noting that solar is one
of the more expensive forms
of renewable energy.
The utility wants to experi-
ment with a variety of alterna-
tives. FPL is building the
state's first big wind turbines in
St. Lucie County, expanding
biofuel production and pur-
chasing clean energy from pri-
vate producers. The company
began a "green pricing" pro-
gram that allows customers to
pay an extra $9.75 per month
to purchase energy from
renewable sources.
So far, 34,000 people have
signed up for the program,
including 4,856 customers in
Sarasota, Manatee and Char-
lotte counties.
Kreegel and others think
such voluntary programs work
better than strict mandates.
Yet, besides the Sara'.mt
project, FPL has no firm pil is
for other solar arrays. Fairey
thinks FPL will move slowly
without regulation.
John Burges, a Sarasota-
based investor with Pretium
LLC who has financed energy
projects worldwide, agrees that
Florida needs stronger regula-
But, as a financier, Burges
also knows that solar can be
prohibitively expensive.
With commercial electric
generation, Burges thinks
Florida should follow Euro-
pean countries, which offer
huge tax breaks and a pricing
structure that allows electric
companies to recoup costs.

"What's happening in Flori-
da with solar is nothing right
now; it's irrelevant," Burges
said. "To get serious, the state
would have to make some
major changes to the taxing
and pricing structures."

Such policies can be unpop-
ular, Sen. Bennett said.
"Nobody wants to go and
say, 'We're raising rates,"'
Bennett said. "But the reality is
that if you want clean energy
that's likely."


late of "Sunnyside" East Bay Street in the
Eastern District of the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 7th March, 2008, after
which date the Executor will proceed to
distribute the assets having regard only to
the claims of which he shall then had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that
all persons indebted to the said Estate are
requested to make full settlement on or
before the date hereinbefore mentioned.

Ocean Centre
Montagu Forshore
East Bay Street
P.O.Box N-3247
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Executor





(Managing Personnel: Marmat Ltd.)

Please be advised that Ricardo (Rick) Spironello

and Matthew Spironello are no longer employed

by or connected in any way with Paradise Blue

Water Limited or Paradise Island Condominium

Joint Venture Limited ('the Companies'), the


of the Ocean

Club Residences

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
POLYGON WORLDWIDE LIMITED has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 4th day of February, 2008.

8 Hill Street,
St. Helier, Jersey

& Marina on Paradise Island, and are not

authorised to conduct any business on behalf

of the Companies or utilize in any fashion any

of the Companies' proprietary and confidential







Argentine firm's $88m bid

wins road upgrade contract

tion to the Government out-
lining its options on the New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project, and which spe-

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the InternationI Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ALIYA HEIGHTS LTD has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


".... .... .,

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

Project Manager Construction

Minimum 10 years experience in construction management
Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
Proficient in creating and monitoring of construction
Assist with development of forecasting and working
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Keen understanding of maintaining aggressive schedules '
within planned budgets
Needs good communication, logistical and organizational
Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product

Assistant Project Manager/Site Superintendent

Minimum 5 years of construction site management
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
from contractors
Proficient in performing material take-offs
Proficient in creating construction schedules
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Needs good communication, logistical and organizational

Quantity Surveyor/Estimator

Minimum 5 years experience as a QS/Construction
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 Project 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 Officer

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 Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
P.O. Box AB-20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

e-mail to construction@theabacoclub.com

cific corridor upgrades would
have the biggest impact on
traffic congestion and deliver
value for money. This would
then allow the Ingraham
administration to pick the pro-
jects that were top priority.
"We hope to have all of this
done and ready to go within
the next 60 days," Dr Deveaux
told The Tribune.
The New Providence Road
Improvement Project is now
under its third administration.
having initially been started in
2000 under the first Ingraham
government. However, it ran
into problems when the con-
tractor, UK-based Associated
Asphalt, went into bankruptcy.
The former Christie admin-
istration attempted to restart
the project, but only one com-
pany to come forward ironi-
cally, JCC qualified to bid.
Under the rules of the Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB), which is financing the
New Providence Road
Improvement Project, there
has to a competitive bidding
process. In the absence of this,
it was unable to release funds
for the project.

o onays

As a result, it was back to
the drawing board again. The
Christie government decided
to break the project into small-
er components that would give
Bahamian companies the
chance to carry out the work,
and under it the Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway and
Blue Hills Roundabout were
completed, in addition to the
Charles W Saunders Highway
that was built under the first
Ingraham government.
Some $41 million was spent
to complete those three pro-
jects, out of a projected $55
million total budget. With
JCC's latest $88 million bid
being the lowest. Dr Deveaux
said the total cost of complet-
ing the New Providence Road
Improvement Project was like-
ly to total between $121-$130
million around some $70 mil-
lion more than initially
Dr Deveaux described the
project costs as a "moving tar-
get", adding that it was not an
easy venture to put together
given its many road compo-
nents, the evaluations that
needed to be done. making
sure all parties were on the
same page, and ensuring the
utility companies kept up.
Describing the New Provi-
dence Road Improvement Pro-
ject as "extraordinarily vital"
to the Bahamas and its econo-
my, Dr Deveaux said: "With-
out the improvement in the

Urgently seeking Director Of Human Resources
5-10 years experience, salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications.

Write to: P.O. Box CB-12707
Nassau, Bahamas

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 5th day of
February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


road corridor, the traffic con-
gestion we face now will only
get worse."
He added that the increas-
ing cost of car gasoline was
being exacerbated by vehicles
being forced to sit in traffic
jams on congested roads for
long periods of time, as idling
engines burnt up more gaso-
In addition to the 'wear and
tear' on vehicles from con-
gested roads, adding to con-
sumer costs. traffic congestion
also damaged the environment
through increased pollution
and reduced economic pro-
ductivily by taking people
away from their offices.
"The earliest we are likely
to see shovels in the ground
on this project is June," Dr
Deveaux said yesterday. "They
estimate a minimum of 60 days
preparatory work is necessary
after they sign the contract."
Preparatory work was
already underway, the minis-

ter said, with utility lines being
removed out the way, water
mains being identified, and
sites surveyed, so that when
JCC "comes into town they
can immediately do site prepa-
Dr Deveaux said the
ToniquLe Willians-Darling
Highway was "illustrative" of
the challenges faced in carrying
out major roadworks on New
I-le explained: "Many of the
utilities don't have complete
designs, so we have to identify
them and do as-built drawings,
to ensure that later on we don't
have the same problems."
Referring to the delays in
getting the New Providence
Road Improvement Project up
and running. Dr Deveaux
added: "The only 'wonderful'
thing about it is it's an
approved project by the IDB,
so we only have to ask for sup-
plementary funding to meet
increased costs."

NOTICE is hereby given the JEAN ELVARISTE of MEETING
ST., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of thq facts within
twenty-eight days from the 19th day.of February, 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 5th day of
February 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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show their years (6)
7 The extra work finished
for me (8) '
8 As beaten by identical
10 We all have a sor of
13 Walking speed? (4)
14 Chap in Somerset Ho
15 Natural depression of
lad at a loose end (4)
16 Feature of dressmakir
mathematics (3)
17 To live drunkenly is ba
19 The burden of youth,
including love (4)
21 Interpret for the benef
of listeners (4,5)
23 Point to a drinking pla
venue (4)
24 At a party, half wits m
form a line (4)
26 Money? Think nothing
27 Sign of a leak to gel r
Sof, quietly? (4)
29 It's neat, the way Time
Romeo (4)
32 Advantage from barga
33 The one team capable
effect (5)
34 Like the sound of a qi
35 Performed with fatefu
36 Adjudged good, yet h
spoken of? (6)

he old boys

id it, possibly,

I twins? (3-3)
shelf (5)

use (4)
a backward

ig and

ad (4)


ce or dance


g of ill (3)

othy gets round

gaining (4)
e of dramatic

uiel rivulet? (6)
I finality? (8)

1 Swells could be soft if less loud! (5)
2 Maybe beer by the quarter pint can
go to one's head! (5)
3 Restless urge to tear up a chit? (4)
4 Possibly melt a usually hard
substance (5)
5 Call a man up for an early start (4)
6 Felt lacking in confidence (6)
9 To Cleo, perhaps, a beautiful fur (6)
11 A college side (3)
12 The complete female a bit of a
heroine (5)
13 Champion of a young
person in pain (7)
15 Not all the candidates passed (3)
16 Taken In by a hotel advert (3)
18 Destructive apprentice at a London
museum (6)
20 Throws boozy sots out of the youth
centre (5)
21 Ultra-fine service? (3)
22 Cut off in many an operation (3)
23 Trouble with spots? (6)
25 The help I had wilh an article (3)
28 Doubtless disapproving, lie around in
the road (5)
30 Being loud In creating a stir, causes
cracks (5)
31 Fellows a detective sergeant
reforms (5)
32 Soldier on fool for the present (4)
33 Roguish part of a popular chorus (4)


4 Arrange (3,3)
7 Real (8)
8 Empty (6)
10 Slow tempo (5)
13 Relax (4)
14 Ogle(4)
15 Hire (4)
16 Favourite (3)
17 Leave out (4)
19 Second-hand (4)
21 SoIl stone (9)
23 Tablet (4)
24 Eager (4)
26 Male cal (3)
27 Summil (4)
29 Casserole (4)
32 Norse deity (4)
33 Join (5)
34 Stalls (6)
35 Gilled (B)
36 Figure (6)



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North dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
*QJ106 +9752
S QJ107632 VK54
+ *AJ3
+85 4J 10 7
*K Q 107542
The bidding:
North East South West
1NT Pass 3 4 I
54 5 Pass Pass
64 Pass 6*
Opening lead queen of spades.
The 2006 Rosenblum Cup was
won by a team composed of four
Americans and two Norwegians,
who defeated another composite
team of two Americans and four
Swedes in the 64-board final. Unlike
its world championship cousins, the
Bermuda Bowl and the World Team
Olympiad, the Rosenblum does not
require teams to be comprised of
players who are all from the same
The victors Rose Meltzer, Kyle
Larson, Roger Bates, Alan Sontag
and Norwegians Geir Helgemo and
Tor Helness defeated Christal
Henner-Welland, Marc Jacobus, and
Sweden's Magnus Lindkvist, Peter

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HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 19; very good 28;
excellent 7 (o moree.
Solution tomorrow.

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29 30 31

1 Quiet (5)
2 Senseless (5)
3 Swimming pool (4)
4 Number (5)
5 Diplomacy (4)
6 Loosened (6)
9 Perceptive (6)
11 Slippery lish (3)
12 Mythical creature (5)
13 Captured again (7)
15 Chest bone (3)
16 For every (3)
18 Complaint (6)
20 Feeling (5)
21 Targel(3)
22 Gender (3)
23 Powerful (6)
25 Implore (3)
28 Ski-slope (5)
30 Hackneyed (5)
31 Feeble (5)
32 Kiln (4)
33 Submissive (4)

Fredin, Peter Bertheau and Fredrik
Nystrom by the comfortable margin
of 46 International Match Points.
Throughout the final, the Norwe-
gian pair exhibited excellent judg-
ment in competitive situations.
Today's deal shows them in action.
Helgemo was North and Helness
South when the auction shown
unfolded. Helness' three-heart bid
showed a singleton or void in hearts
and was forcing to game.
After Bertheau's interference bid
of four hearts, Helgemo showed his
club suit, and bid them again after
Nystrom's five-heart bid was passed
around to him. In bidding six clubs,
Helgemo took into account his part-
ner's failure to double five hearts,
which invited Helgemo to continue
bidding if he thought a slam was in
the offing. Helness then corrected six
clubs to six diamonds, and with the
A-J-3 of diamonds onside, the slam
was easily made for a score of 1,370.
At the other table, Henner-
Welland and Jacobus elected to dou-
ble five hearts in a similarly compet-
itive auction, and did not find the
defense that would net them +800 for
down four: ace of spades, spade to
the king, spade ruff, plus two clubs
and the ace of hearts. Instead, North
led a diamond, allowing declarer to
get rid of a club loser on the diamond
ace, and then did not play the ace and
another spade after gaining the lead
with the ace of hearts. Plus 300 for
North-South ~cldi rhem with ':a
1,070-point deficit for a loss of 14
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FEB 19
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Don't overanalyze a friend's actions
early in the week he or she only
wants to help. The person you've
been dating may be calling. While
your ego is bruised, you know that
this really is for the best.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
No matter what happens this week,
Pisces, keep your sense of humor.
People are going to demand a lot
from you. Virgo plays a key role.
ARIES March 21/April 20
You have a good head on your shoul-
ders, Aries. Don't let anyone pull the "
wool over your eyes early in the week.
Stand up for yourself. Be prepared,
because Cupid is going to strike!
TAURUS April 21/May 2i
Speaking your mind only will mak-
things worse; this week. A close
friend needs a shoulder to cry on.
Be there for him or her. Leo plays a
key role on Tuesday.
GEMINI- May 22/June 21
Don't sulk over a minor disagree-
mnent with a friend. Things will be
back to normal very soon. That spe-
cial someone forgets an important
date. Forgive and forget!
CANCER June 22/July 22
Don't make an important financial
decision without looking the facts.
Listen to a loved one's advice; it's in
your best interest. A colleague asks for
your opinion about a personal matter.
Be honest with him or her.
LEO July 23/August 23
Don't hold a grudge against a loved
one this week. He or she didn't mean
to upset you. An old flame comes
back into your life. Get reacquainted
with him or her. It's worth the effort.
VIRGO- Aug 24/Sept 22
You are about to take a very important
step in your personal life this week.
Don't be nervous. You know what.
you're doing. A loved one needs your
help with a family problem.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Don't let a tense situation at work get
you nervous. Stay optimistic. Try to
find out the facts, instead of just getting
upset. The person whom you've been
seeing wants to get serious. Say yes.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't keep your emotions hidden
when it comes to a discussion with a
friend this week. Let him or her know
how you feel. A co-worker wants to
get to know you better. Be careful!
SAGHTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Don't be scared when it comes to a
confrontation early in the week,
Sagittarius. A lot of people are sup-
porting you. That special someone
finally agrees to go out with you. Just
be yourself.
CAPRICORN- Dec 22/Jan 20
You have a busy week ahead of you,
Capricorn.. Don't get stressed out. If
you need a little help, don't be afraid to
ask. A loved one gets into trouble late
in the week. Be there for him or her.


Sergei Movsesian v David
Navara, Carlsbad 2007. They are
already calling today's puzzle
the blunder of the century. The
Czech Republic's number one
Navara, who recently defeated
Britain's Nigel Short in a six-
game match, has level material
but a powerful attack as Black
(to move). Black's queen,
bishop and both rooks are all
besieging the white king, and
Movsesian's only realistic hope
is that Black will exchange
queens, after which White's
extra queen's side pawn could
prove useful. Dazzled by the
prospect of imminent victory,
Navara went 1...Qf4?? He

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evidently calculated that 2 gxf4
Rhl is checkmate, but it's an
illusion, White simply captures 3
Kxhl. Can you find a better first
move for Black?


ACROSS: 3, Ban-Jo 8, Pa-Y In 10, Evens 11, Con 12, So-use 13, UDoughty 15,
T-rol-s 18, Lea 19, Des-ls 21, Wentlor 22, Echl 23, R-EAD 24, Cove-Tod 26,
Mutt-on 29, Go-T 31, Sloem 32, Para-go-n 34, Parl- 35, Kid 36, Fetid 37,
P-egg-y 38, Ryder
DOWN: 1, Bacon 2, Slnglel 4, Ahoy 5, Jeslor 6, Overs 7, Knols 9, You 12, Slalion
14, Hon 16, 0-1-lod 17, Sludy 19, Do-nogal 20, Terms 21, W-hll-e 23, Retakon 2
Comedy 25, To-R 27, Utter 20, Tap-l-r 30, Lodgo 32, Pile 33, Gig

ACROSS: 3, Pairs 8, Repay 10, Ether 11. Tor 12, Truce 13, Matinee 16, Tepid 18,
Bun 19, Polite 21, Monster 22, Eseu 23, Meal 24, Topical 26, Driven 29,Cur 31.
Simon 32, Capllal 34, Turin 35, Ton 36, Sewer 37, Tapes 38, Rebel
DOWN: 1, Molal 2, Caribou 4, Acre 5, Reclor 6, Steel 7, Meril 9. Pot 12, Tenlson
14, Nun 16, Pixel 17, Delta 19, Pelican 20, Reads 21, Maxim 23, Marital 24,
Tenure 25, Cup 27, River 28, Voter 30. Canal 32, Cile 33, Top

Chess: 1..Rht+! and if 2 h Qxhl mate or if 2 Kxhl
Qh5+ followed by Bxg2 should win on material.

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THE mortgage market may
be in a historic upheaval, but
mortgage companies continue
to pump out upbeat advertise-
Countrywide Financial brags
in its ads that "No one can do
what Countrywide can" and
that "Countrywide can show
you the way home." Wachovia
ads feature an "Appi .d
stamp prominently at the top,
and Bank of America says,
"Homeownership is the best
Also, the National Associa-
tion of Realtors is running
national television ads saying
there has never been a better
time to buy a home. Home val-
ues nearly double every 10
years, the commercial claims,
showing a young couple walk
up to their white colonial-style
Despite rising foreclosures,
defaults, lawsuits and investiga-
tions by state and federal regu-
lators, the mortgage industry
has not reduced its ad spend-
Mortgage experts say spend-
ing will be strong into the
spring, a prime buying time for
the housing market. But con-
sumer advocates say the ads
continue to be misleading.
"There's been huge scrutiny
on these companies, but they
are continuing to advertise,"
said Sally Greenberg, executive
director of the National Con-
sumers" League. a nonprofit
organization in Washington.
"Many of these companies are
bleeding, and these ads are a
way to get more money into the
Indeed, the Mortgage
Bankers Association is predict-
ing this will be a down year for
the industry, and on Friday it
said that the total value of mort-
gages produced would be down
16 percent from its level last

Mortgage companies spent
nearly $409 million on ads in
the third quarter of last year,
the most recent period with
available data, higher than the
industry's ad spending during
the peak of the housing boom,
according to TNS Media Intel-
ligence. Mortgage ads can easi-
ly be found in all types of media
outlets, and the ads cited in this
article were found by Competi-
track, a company in New York
that tracks advertising.
"There may be some good,
legitimate offers," said Frank
Dorman, a spokesman for the
Federal Trade Commission,
which monitors advertising for
deception. "But it's a good time
for consume s to be especially
More than 1.6 million mort-
gage holders missed payments
in 2007, and more are expected
to default this year, according to
Moody's Economy.com.
According to the Mortgage
Bankers Association, the delin-
quency and foreclosure rate for
all mortgages is 7.3 per cent,
higher than at any time since
the group started tracking that
data in 1979.
On Friday, Countrywide
Financial, the nation's largest
mortgage lender, said its fore-
closures and late payments
increased in January to levels
nearly twice as high as a year
ago. Bank of America is in the
process of acquiring Country-
Many mortgage ads have
shifted to the Internet, where it
is more difficult to monitor
them. Countrywide calls itself
"America's 1 Home Loan
Lender" in Internet ads, and
Wachovia says now is the "per-
fect time" to get a jumbo or
high value loan. As recently
as January 8, Ditech, a unit of
GMAC, ran Internet ads telling
people they could take cash out
of their houses, totaling up to
95 per cept of the value of their
And Bank of America still
says in online ads that people

should refinance to "get the
cash you need, when you need
it." Many people who are hav-
ing problems with their mort-
gage payments are those who
took cash out of their homes as
their appraisals rose. When
asked about the cash-out ad,
Joe Goode, a spokesman for
Bank of America, said home-
owners still have considerable
equity in their homes.
"Taking equity out of one's
home is still a smart way for
consumers to finance things like
home improvements," he said.
On television, Countrywide
is advertising its "Combo
Loan," which allows consumers
to combine multiple mortgage
loans with auto and credit card
debt. As part of the loan, they
can take cash out, too. Ditech is
introducing new ads, a
spokesman said, but its recent
TV spots showed a magician
and said, "When it comes to
home loans, people don't want
smoke and mirrors."
Some experts on debt say
there is nothing wrong with the
ads, as long as they are not mis-
"They're in the business to
make mortgage loans, so all
they're doing is continuing their
business," said Gail Cunning-
ham, a spokeswoman for the
National Foundation for Cred-
it Counseling. "But consumers
need to read between the lines
of everything they're saying."
Mortgage companies may
benefit if consumers believe the
Realtors association's claim that
home values nearly double
every decade. When asked if
the ad is irresponsibly opti-
mistic, Stephanie Singer, a
spokeswoman for the associa-
tion, said the claim was based
on the association's data on
existing home sales dating to
1968. "All we're saying is that
these are the facts up to this
point," she said. "You see the
same thing in the stock market
and financial industries. They .
make claims based on long-term

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