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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: March 12, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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INTERNATIONAL crude oil
prices skyrocketed to a record-
breaking $109 a barrel yesterday
as local consumer analysts: watch
if gasoline prices will mirror this
steep climb in the coming weeks.
As oilprices soar towards $110
a barrel, consumers fear a costly
hike at gas pumps. However, any
repercussions from high oil prices
will not be experienced immedi-.
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PLP leader says Ingraham

destroyed the single

greatest investment in
the Bahamas' history

W By PAUL G TURNGUES'T I ~ i~~
Tribune Staff Reporter
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IN HIS attempt to vilify, stop,
and review any project left in
place by the PLP, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was responsi-
ble for destroying the single great-
est investment. in the history of
the Bahamas, it was claimed yes-
terday.
Accusing Prime Minister Ingra-
ham of directly sabotaging the '
$2.6 billion Baha Mar project, for- ~
mer Prime Minister Perry Christie LP
called on Mr Ingraham to accept a
blame and "responsibility" for :
setting back, "if not killing" the E
proposal. E
"Try as he might to twist the i
PLP~h t r mhinsen ouhe LEADER of the PLP Perry Christie
own up to his faults and his ill- speaks to the media yesterday.
considered language spoken in
Parliament on the 5th of March "
Mr Christie told a press confer- ea
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tors" did play a part in the deci- gae n h erta h ad
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POLICE WERE called to the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre yesterday.
CONFLICT~ING reports abotat two sepa-
rate incidents involving the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre one a matter of a
possible escape reached The Tribune yes-
Accordn o ; epo ts bdes me gver -

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jumed ro an Immigration Department
The Defence Force's public relations offi-
cer, Sub-Lieutenant Sonia Miller, confirmed
that a "discrepancy" had been reported con-
cerning persons in the care of the Immigra-
tion Department, but could not comment
any further on the incident.
However, she added that all those who
were handed over and are now under the
care of the Defence Force at the Detention
Centre are accounted for.
Under-secretary in the Ministry of Nation-
al Security Peter Deveaux-Isaacs last night
could only report that there had been a
"minor incident" at the Detention Centre.
He added, however, that this incident did not
involve any Cubans, but detainees of anoth-
er nationality.
He had no information about a Cuban
detainee escaping from an Immigration
Department bus.
Director of Immigration Vernon Burrows
and Weston Saunders, in charge of the
Detention Centre, could not be reached yes-
terday.
Last year, nine Cuban detainees escaped
from Carmichael Road Detention Centre
in two separate break-outs.
Six Cuban detainees escaped from the
centre on August 21, 2007. The public and
the press were not notified about the escape
until four days later

SEE page eight


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Tribune Staff Reporter
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FIVE asylum-seeking Cubans were released after a
two-year detention and granted perinits to work in the
Bahamas last year after experiencing "inordinate delays"
in resolving their cases in this country, it has emerged.
The unusual resolution to their situation was revealed
in the latest US government report on the status of human
rights in the Bahamas, which notes that the Bahamas has
failed to establish a "consistent system" for providing
protection to refugees and asylum seekers.
In the case of the Cuban men, the report said that
despite a UN agency finding that they had legitimate rea-
son to fear what may happen to them should they retum
to their homeland, the Bahamian government had refused
to grant them protection-
According to the US Department of State's 2007 Annu-
al Report on Human Rights, the men were approved
work permits in May of that year after being held at the
Carmichael Road Detention Centre for two years without
securing an outcome to their applications-
Once they were provided permits, they were allowed to
go to Bimmni to carry out a "work project" there, it said.
"The office of the UN High Commisioner for Refugees
had determined that the five had a legitimate fear of per-
secution if repatriated to Cuba, but the government would
not grant refugee protection and sought a third country
willing to accept the five," said the report.
It continued: "Instead of awaiting the outcome of their
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NORTH ELEUTHERA Jock Morgan of the North Eleuthera Historical Society shows reporters the
proposed national park site plan.


PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008


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NORTH ELEUTHERA -
Concerned citizens and historians
are urging the government to
name the 100 acres surrounding
Preacher's Cave a National Park
and a protected area.
Jock Morgan, chairman of the
North Eleuthera Historical Soci-
ety, believes the proposed park
would generate enough revenue
to sustain itself without govern-
ment funding and provide an
income boost to the struggling
economy of North Eleuthera.
"We believe .. the park could
make enough to upkeep itself
where we won't have to be going
to government every year for a
handout to keep this going. To
where we could create more work
for the taxi driver, the tour opera-
tor, the restaurants and the straw
markets," he said.
Mr Morgan said the proposed
peas wud nndtcompt ewsith
North Eleuthera.
"We don't want to have straw
markets out here, we don't want to
have restaurants out here our
goal was to create the avenue for
the people who live in North
Eleuthera to have a better way of
li"f i id o havebentetra in
to make aliiving just running (back
and forth) from the airport," he
said.
The proposed park would pro-
tect surrounding wetlands and the
five endangered species already
found in the area. It would bor-
der Hawk's Point and the west
side of Platter Bay Beach.
The estimated preliminary cost
of the park is $750,000, Mr Mor-
gan said.Building plans (excluding
the proposed museum) have
already been drawn up while infra-
structural research has begun, he
added.
However, interested parties are
awaiting government approval of
the plan.
The now desolate Preacher's
Cave served as a church, living
and cooking space for the
Eleutheran Adventurers who ship-
wrecked on the nearby reef, Dey-
il's Backbone, in 1648.
The group of European reli-
gious dissidents, led by Captain
William Sayles, fled Bermuda in
1648, and set up residence and
established a church in Preacher's
Cave after the shipwreck.


NORTH ELEUTHERA- Preacher's
Cave, part of a proposed National
Park Site, was once a church, I~v-
ing space, and burial ground for
the, first settlers of Eleuthera.
Inl1992, researchers discovered
the site was also a burial ground
forin hue recent media tour of
the site, American historian Jane
Day said discoveries suggest that
African slaves escaping torture
and imprisonment fled Bermuda
on The Blessing in 1656, settling in
Preacher's Cave.
The site attracted international
media attention and was featured
on the American news network
CNNI after archeologists excavated
the 17th century remains of a 19-
year-old woman and a child,
whose DNA was later matched to
that of residents of nearby Spanish
Wells.
Historians uncovered evidence
of a cooking hearth from the 1600s
mn the cave after finding solidified
ash underground; embedded m ~
that ash were smoking pipes.
Last year archeologists discov-
ered three "maker's marks" on
pipes unearthed from the grounds.
These marks, Ms Day explained,
allow historians to trace the origin
of the artifacts. .
Preliminary investigations have
shown that one of the pipes was
made mn Gouda, Holland, while
another was made mn Chesapeake
Bay, Virginia, Ms Day said.


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inals, but against the police them-
selves."
Elkin Williams, 17, who was
first to find Strachan after he had
fallen mortally wounded in the
bush, said one of the officers who
did the shooting had seen him at
a nis htc ub and threat ned k
about the incident.
Timothy Adderley, 36, said he
had also been left "feeling scared"
after receiving threats from
pohece.
Bruno Brown, 31, a handyman,
said three officers had shot at
Strachan on the day he died. One,
in an unmarked car, was believed
to have been having a relation-
ship with Strachan's former girl-
friend.
He and Mr John Williams
believe the shooting could have
been a "personal vendetta"
because it was understood that
Strachan had been involved in an
incident with the girl the night
before.
SStrachan, they said, had been
upset because the girl had left his
home after living with him for
three or four years.
He had repeatedly been to her
mother's house tp talk to the girl.
On the last occasion, an argument
developed.
Mrs Glenys Hanna-Martin, MP
for Englerston, which includes
the Wilson Tract community, has
been asked to intervene in the
matter. It is felt the officers con-
cerned should be suspended
pending prosecution.


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McKinney

Drive man,

37, charged

With raping

WOMBa 22

A 37-year-old McKinney Dri-
ve man accused of raping a 22-
year-old woman was arraigned
in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
According to court dockets, it
is alleged that on Thursday,
February 28, Mervin Bethel had
sex with the woman without her
consent.
He was also charged with
causing unlawful harm to the
woman.
Bethel, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at Court Eight in Bank
Lane, was not required to plead
to the charges.
He was granted bail in the
sum of $15,000. The case has
been adjourned to September
22.

*A 19-year-old man was
anMo ay iMn co cion wt
an attempted armed robbery.
According to court dockets, it
is alleged that Donald Nottage,
alias Tino, along with Kendario
Bain, 18, and Ow'en Mckenzie,
21, also both of Bamboo Town
' attempted to rob Lee Sanchez
Dorneus of a cellular phone,
valued at $200 on Thursday
February 21 while armed with a
knife. .
Nottage, who appeared
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel, was not required to
plead to the charge and was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison. The case has been
adjourned to July 21.
Bain and Mckenzie have also
been remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison, having been
araigned on Febr ary e5on
charge as well as a charge of
murder in connection with the

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Climate





AS scientists continue to
make dire predictions about
how global warming will affect
low-lying island states, the
Bahamas will host a special
workshop to discuss the ramifi-
cations of climate change for
the Caribbean region.
The Mimistry of Tourism and
Aviation in collaboration with
the Caribbean Tourism Organ-
is ation an.d the Caribbean
Regional Sustainable Tourism
Development Programme will
be conducting a special region-
al workshop on climate change
this month.
According to the ministry,
one of the workshop's objec-
tives is to disseminate pertinent
information on the status of the
international policy response to
global warming.
The workshop is also aimed
at facilitating discussion among
participants on how the
Caribbean tourism sector will
possibly be impacted by a new
international policy direction in
the major source markets.
According to a United
Nations report released last
year, the Bahamas could see a
dangerous decrease in fresh
water supplies, stronger hurri-
canes and loss of land mass in
the next few decades due to
global warming trends.
nSo s misentit hre peit
islands could be submerged by -
the year 2030 if projections
about the effects of climate
change prove to be true.
CARICOM Assistant Secre-
tary-General Irwin La Rocque
said in December last year that
he is concerned that the regula-
tions agreed to by the internal.
tional community to counteract
climate change may not be
enough to spare countries like
the Bahamas from experienc-
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global warning.
Since coming to office, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham has
stated several times the impor-
tance of not underestimating
the threat of global warming.
The workshop on climate
ch ne is s hdulerdy toalbeahe d
Resort and Casino on March 18
and 19.


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A COMMUNITY is living in
fear of police reprisals following
protests over the alleged cold-
blooded killing of Patrick
'Peanut' Strachan last week.
Strachan, a petty thief and drug
dealer, was ''gunned down like a
dog" by officers as they chased
him through Feaste Alley in the
Wilson Tract area last Wednes-
day.
hyed ihM h9s sm tohr lan ec ai
he stole to buy food, stumbled
into the bush with three bullets in
his upper body. He died later the
same day following surgery.
Now neighbours claim they
have been threatened by one of
the officers who allegedly shot at
te ua bmedn itaca ihe
fence in his attempt to get away.
Three men claim the officer
has threatened to "bust them
open" after they complained
about the police's behaviour.
And they say tidy are now liv-
ing in fear of the police, whose
pursuit of Strachan some claim
might have been prompted by an
officer's alleged involvement with
the dead man's ex-girlfriend.
Witnesses say Strachan was
unarmed when one officer chased
him shouting: "I am going to kin
you, I am going to kill you!
They allege that shots. were
fired by an "out of control" offi-
cer, an accompanying constable,
and a plain-clothes officer mn an
unmarked police car.
"What happened has left this
cmmuniy n IFe tolAs distant

buqyestoerdayspirit is very low
after this killing. Peanut was, a
loner, a quiet guy who had been
arete s bore for situaling, drugs
"!But he was not a dangerous
man. He did not carry a gun and
he posed no threat tor these offi-
cers.
The community is now raising
money to pay for Strachan's
funeral. And they plan to turn
the event into a placard protest
calli g frm ato gahinrntat of i
cers concerned.
"These -people are still
patrolling this district," contractor
John Williams said. "They are
operating like a legal gang. They
take the view that they are going
to get away with it because they
have firearms and the law is on
their side."
Strachan's death was witnessed
by several people in the Wilson
Tract area. It is claimed that it
followed several previous alleged
attempts on his life by police offi-
cers.
Pastor Feaste said. "When
Peanut reached that chainlink
fence, there was no way he could
escape being shot. He. was
trapped. He was in so much fear
because of the remarks of the
officer, who was showing so much
animosity."
He said the shooting was "like
hunting down an animal" with
the officer offering no caution
and just pointing the gun in Stra-
chan's direction and pulling the
trigger.
"Peanut had nothing in his
hand. He was just running. I feel
the officer concerned did not
exercise judgmentt. He was out
of cot l
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one intention. I would like to
have heard the words 'stop, or I
am going to shoot' but these
words were never said."
Pastor Feaste said Strachan
ended up in the bush. He saw a
bullet hole in his stomach, but
wa not sutici n he nmowled e-

entry or exit wound.
"He was lying on his back ask-
ing for a drink of water. He also
asked for his pants to be taken
off because his body was so hot."
Strachan was taken to hospi-
tal, but died later that day fol-
lowing surgery.
Pastor Feaste said: "The state
of mind of this community now is
'Someone please help' because if
we don't get help we expect an
all-round assault by police.
"We have nothing against the
police force, but against the way
some officers conduct themselves
and the way they approach this
community.
"I feel, without any reserva-
tions, that they will use abuse of
their authority because I feel their
superiors are not informed."
Pastor Feaste complained that
seniors officers had not been into
the community to investigate the
incident, and had done nothing
to establish what really happened.
An official statement suggest-
ing Strachan was armed was a lie,
he added.
"When we go to bed at night,
we expect the police to be our
protectors, but now we have to
be on guard, not just against crim-


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PjAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008


EDITOR, The Tribune. leaders, heads of star
I am writing to you in tists, and enviroI
regards of a well-known issue, groups. We have h~
Bimini Bay and its destructive ings, forums, education
affects both on ecological and flyers, and petitions
economical side of Bimini Isad.Toee eae our desire to have th
Islands. Islns Ths eol r stopped and preset
Recently the article: "Will seeking to be heard by gov- the wetlands imple
'Briland Follow Bimini Into ermn hc a en And through all of th
Oblivion?" written by Larry ignoring them and their wish~ know what the gene
Smith has aroused the interest esaotteevrnetlof Biminites is...?
of Bahaians todiscuss preservation for several years. fe h i o
aof Bahaomians trodicuss I hope you can publish this Wer felhat it do ec
anchor develomenpojct inspired letter which can rise toer what we do ec
in he ahaas.up other voices expressing the gove ornmes ntleader
More and more people are have our bestomea intres i
talking about environmental neofnvrmntlawin only profit person;
issues. the country. erwise.
Bahaiansare ntersted I do believe that your news- Our desire to press
in their own environment and paewildvtmoetn ntulhrtgefB
to this serious issue. .aua .eitg .f
want to appeal to the Bahami- Yours faithfully, the future of Bimmni,
an government to be more Jana Rajnohova thing that brings pei
conservative to marine ecosys- The following is Marty the Bimini Bay deve
tems. Weech's letter. Our islands, is for sa
There is a lack of preserva- highest bidder.
tion of natural resources in the EIOTeriueIn the end our fate
Bahamas and that needs to be our own hands bu
cha ged in the near future hands of a small f
ng ~PEOPLE from Bimini, and fd
sooner than more foreign aonthwrlavben know nothing of d
developers come to this coun- cligfrtepsrvioofBimini and the tragj
try and offer the erwironmen- this beautiful island for years. ta hsdvlp
tally unfriendly project. Baki 00 ewr od in just its beginning s
Back n 200, w wer tos
Money can't talk anymore had on the economy
in hes srios isus wereitthat our precious home was ogy of the island.
is aouttheuniue nvion-designated as the highest-pri- Most people feel
menbota vale ofqu Bahaiaon ority site in the Bahamas for a and have adopted the
marne abiats abut he Marine Protected Area, yet toward our leade
marnehabtasabot he here we are in 2008 with no "thy'egigt do
resources which should serve MA iiisMAi ie hyr on oo
to future generations. ly s ported, locally and inter- want to doy no attr
Destruction of irreplaceable up Isaowh ws
marie eosytem isan ll-nationally, and its imp emen- breath?" I know it's
considered action which caus- station is a key factor to the nate, but it's a pre
es he estuciveimpctson economic and ecological being let down by 1
envronentandlif ofeo-future of the island, long- people for so long.
le hailed as the Big Game Fish- the government say~
pe ni Ca ital of the World


peo le of Bimini have not
show that th oney want a
Marmne Reserve or National
Park, it's not true, we do. The
people of Bimini have been
ignored for too long, and for
many their hopes for a better
tomorrow have waned. I say
shame on the leaders of our
nto f the Ila to s the
plight ofaw y cmuiy
as their excuse. to do the
wrong thing.
Establishing Bimini's MPA
and preserving what's left of
Bimini will ensure that
~Biminites, tourists, and even
foreign developers can enjoy
this island jewel for future
generations.
MARTY WEECH
Biminite,
Born and Raised
March, 2008.


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IN A PRESS conference yesterday, former
prime minister Perry Christie tried to lay the full
blame for the collapse of the $2.6 million Baha
Mar project on words spoken in the House by
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
Behind the scenes those close to the situation
knew that the development deal had started to
crumble even before Mr Ingraham entered the
House to express his doubts that Baha Mar had
the money to underake the project. However, in
the same breath Mr Ingraham hastily added
that he was satisfied that "if Harrah's carries out
what it says it will do, they have the means to
undertake the project but they have no legal-
ly binding commitment to the Bahamas. All of
their agreements are with Baha Mar."
We fully understand why Harrah's has pulled
back in view of "the prevailing financial cli-
mate." According to an Associated Press report
of March 7 "tightening credit markets and a
worsening economy are worrying some in the
Atlantic City casino industry." Harrah's was
not the only worried investor hedging its bets
and acting on the side of caution. It was now a
question of whether $2.6 billion could be raised
in such a tight credit squeeze. But, Harrah's
did not close the door completely. "We are
open to the possibility of a project some time in
the future. However, at this point we have ter-
minated our involvement in the Baha Mar pro-
ject," it said in its "Dear John" letter to Baha
Mar. In other words, the wedding was off.
From Harrah's position, the retreat was
understandable. But, from Mr Christie's cor-
ner, his government's delays were not,
If Mr Christie had acted sooner, brought the
matter to the House and completed the deal
we would not be now writing this column and
Mr Ingraham would have had no reason to
make his comments in the House. Harrah's
would have been so committed to the project,
which would have probably been nearing com-
pletion, that it would have been imprudent to
have withdrawn. By now the Baha Mar resort
could have been a fact, not just a talking point.
What went wrong? What was it that seemed
to frighten Mr Christie off?
On December 11, 2003 more than a year
into his five-year term of office Mr Christie
returned home from a 10-day trip to face such
issues as the Korean boats scandal and the lev-
el of labour unrest in the country. Instead of
dwelling on these issues, he was delighted to
turn the tables and talk about how he had start-
ed to negotiate a $1 billion tourist development
for the Cable Beach strip-
However, by March 15, 2004, The Tribune
announced that billionaire Dikran Izmirlian,
whose development would have transformed


the Cable Beach strip into a destination to rival
Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and had the
potential to generate thousands of jobs had it
gone ahead, was off-
At the time sources told The Tribune that the
Izmirlian group had become increasingly frus-
trated at government's apparent inability to
make a decision on whether to approve the
deal, and in the absence of a "yes" or "no"
answer decided to withdraw their proposal-
Only a month earlier Prime Minister Christie
had told the nation that government was close
to sealing the deal. He said that the $1 billion
Cable Beach project represented the single
largest chunk of the $3 billion in investments he
had promised would be brought to the Bahamas
under his administration.
The pullout announcement quickly brought
the Christie government back to the negotiating
table.
And then on May 10, 2005 FNM party leader
Tommy Turnquest at a party rally revealed a
confidentiality clause in three agreements for
the sale of Cable Beach land to Baha Mar.
."The vendor and the purchaser agree that
the specific provisions of this agreement and
information concerning the project are confi-
dential between them and shall not be disclosed
to any person..." said the clause.
"This is public business and public land,"
said Mar Turnquest. "Why is there a need for a
confidentiality clause? What are they trying to
hide?"
That question was never satisfactorily
answered.
On February 16, 2007 just three months
before the May 2 general election the Baha
Mar Resorts president said he saw no "major
hurdle'lthat would prevent the now $2.4 billion
Cable Beach development from hitting its
March 1 target for clinchmng a supplemental
Heads of Agreement with government. The
deadline was missed, and negotiations continued
almost up to the May 2 election.
Was there in fact a secret? And was it that
secret that had frozen Mr Christie in the public
headlights fearful to move ahead on the eve of
an election? He was obviously certain of victo-
ry, and was going to have no "secret" clauses
upset that victory. Obviously after securing
another five years mn government, he would
have felt free to sign the $2.4 billion agreement.
But by then it would have been too late... a
recession had already started to creep up on
cat's paws to slow down speculators-
*In this column tomorrow we shall, try to
find the secret that possibly stopped Mr Christie
and the Cable Beach project.


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recognizing that for us here,
this issue should have already
been settled years ago
I am never one to take a
defeatist's attitude, but I can
see why there appears to be a
sense of apathy amongst the
people of Bunmin.
There have been inquiries,
investigations, committees,
surveys, studies and promises
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covering such subjects as sci-
ense and technology, chil-
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Examples of the industry's
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predicted this year's bookings
and sales would as good or bet-
ter than they were in 2007, Han-
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people that they deserve their
vacations," said Hanrahan, who
also is president and CEO of
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ty, a downturn in the housing
market that has hurt consumer
spending and rising fuel prices.


THE TRIBUNE


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008, PAGE 5


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1 THE Public Utilities Commission has
hit back at suggestions that it is to blame
for the delays in transferring TDMA cell
phone numbers to the newer GSM net-
work.
In a statement issued yesterday, the
commission said the plan for the trans-
fers put forward by t-he Bahamas
Telecommunication (Company is ineffi-
cient and not in accordance with the
national numbering plan.
The PUC statement was issued in
response to "recent statements" from
BTC, which give the impression that the
PUC is to blame for the delays.
"While it is true that BTC has made
application for approval of 'local number
portability' using TDMA numbers on
the GSM system, it is not true that the
PUC objects to this transfer of said numn-


bers," the statement said.
The PUC explained that it is a niem-
ber of the North American Numbering
Plan Administration (NANPA) which
oversees the regulation of numbering
and telecommunication services world-
wide.


Obligation
"As a member of this body, the PUC
has a responsibility for the proper admin-
istration of a "national numbering plan"
for the Bahamas. The PUC also has an
obligation to the public and the future of
a liberalised telecommunication sector in
the Bahamas to ensure the availability of
numbers in the same way we have to
ensure the availability of radio spec-


trum," the statement said.
It said that telephone numbers are
issued in blocks of 10,000 and stressed
that it is important for telephone com-
panies to manage these numbers effi-
ciently in compliance with the national
numbering plan.
"Numbers are limited and have to be
allocated and distributed based on pre-
sent and future needs of the Bahamian
public, temporary residents and visitors,"
the PUC said.
"BTC presently holds approximately
190,000 TDMA numbers that they pre-
viously agreed to return to the PUC as a
part of the' migration of TDMA cus-
tomers to the GSM service. This arose
because ~the TDMA system was manu-
facturer discontinued. The PUC issued
.BTC 440,000 GSM numbers for GSM


customers.
"BTC has now advised the PUC that
they want to retain the 190,000 TDMA
numbers and convert them to GSM for a
total of 630,000 GSM numbers.

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"This would be an inefficient use of
numbering resources since BTC wants to
keep the ~190,000 TDMA numbers at the
expense of the structure of the Bahamas
national numbering plan," it said.
The PUC said BTC needs to return
around 190,000 other GSM numbers
before its request can be approved, "in
order for the PUC to properly maintain
the Bahamas' number allocation use
plan."


FRIENDS and colleagues
gathered to honour founding
chaimnan of the Nassau Tounism
and Development Board Nor-
man Solomozi, calling the out-
spoken leader and businessman
"a courageous pioneer who
showed us the way."
The tribute to Mr Solomon,
long a proponent of rescuing his-
toric Nassau and restoring it to
the vibrant heart of the nation it
once was, came at a time con-
sidered by many to be a cross-
roads in the 250-year-old city's
history, as many businesses are
faced with closure and others
st ugle tvoekeep an upmarket
But co-operative efforts
between the government, the
'Ministry of Tounism and the Nas-
sau Tourism Development
Board (NTDB) are leading some
to belyl P p~jor, chlangeS and,
better'av lie ahead as renewed
focus is paied odn dwijifoiva nd 81
the experience it offers to visi-
tors.
"Norman has been talking
about improving the tourism
product for as long as I can
remember and his words ring
true today," said Deputy Prime
Minister Brent Symonette, a for-
mer minister of tourism who
wored cleldy with Mr Solomon

"He constantly reminded us
we shouldn't say it was better in
the Bahamas unless we strived
to make it better and this gov
ernment is going to-see that it is
better."
The luncheon was held in con-
junction with the International
Downtown Association annual
meeting which attracted dozens
of experts and participants, many
of whom had helped their own
downtown find their voice and
return to life.
Cities from Philadelphia to
Bridgetown, Barbados, from
Denver to Washington, DC and
five Caribbean nations were rep-
resented.
Though some came from
countries where English was not
the first language, all seemed to
understand the meaning that one
man had for the city that played

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FRIENDS GATHER to honour Normnan Solomon (seated, second from right) the man known as the fearless leader of Bay Street and the founding
chairman of the Nassau Tourism and Development Board. Pictured (I to r) seated, are: J Barrie Farrington, senior vice president, Kerzner Interna-
tional; Paula Kelly, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, Mr Solomon, Katherine Solomon; standing: David Feehan, president, International
Downtown Association; Frank Comito, executive vice president, Bahamas Hotel Association; Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, secretary-general,
Caribbean Tourism Organisation; Charles Klonaris, chairman, NTDB.


Friends ranged from
Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
tion Secretary-General Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace to a former
employee who said Mr Solomon
taught her the lessons that made
her what she is today.
J Barrie Farrmgton, a giant in
the tourism industry and this
year's Cacique Lifetime Achieve-
ment Award winner an hon-
our he shares with Mr Solomon -
was present along with Director-
General of Tourism Vernice
Walkine, NTDB chairman
Charles Klonaris, Bahamas
Hotel Association executive vice
president Frank Comito, former
NTDB executive director Diane
Phillips, former director of
Works Melanie Roach, John
Bull's Rick Hazlewood and Inga
Bowleg, NTDB office manager
Jalinka Strachan and personal


Maedny tok aur at h oi
um, all of them offering thanks to


Mr Solomon for caring and for
pushing them to care.
"Stormin' Norman," Mrs
Phillips said, referring to the nick-
name he earned as an outspo-
ken orator and member of par-
liament who frequently kept his
audience late and spellbound
during his long tenure in the
House of Assembly, "You
always remind us that you never
get a second chance to make a
first impression and we want you
to know that you will be able to


watch the impression we make .
. The heart of historic Nassau
shall be safe under your gaze as
we have commissioned a statue,
a bronze bust of you that.will
watch over the city you love and
the people in it forever."
The bust, which will be situat-
ed in a prominent place down-
town, is being created by the
world-famous casting studio of
the Johnston family in Little Har-
bour, Abaco, the same studio
that created the statue of Sir Milo


Butler in Rawson Square.
If some struggled to keep back
tears, Mr Solomon added a light-
hearted touch as he unexpected-
ly strolled to the podium, looked
out at the audience, half of whom
had been strangers an hour
before, and warned "any fool
who gives a former politician
unrestricted access to a micro-
phone."
Mr Solomon continues to
serve as honorary chairman of
the NTDB.


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"Somehow the country must
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Kelly's? Will Tough Call's ad
agency be forced out of busi-
ness by MCann Erickson?
More to the point: Will our
smugly unavailable lawyers
finally have to work for their
living?
Will our pothole farmers fol-
low our poultry producers into
oblivion?
Will we outsource the civil
service to India?
Will "the Bahamian Super
market have to change its mar-
keting?
Will local contractors join the
employment line?
Will office workers be
replaced by foreigners who
don't eat breakfast on the job?
These are the questions
about free trade and globalisa-
tion that most Bahamians want
answered
But no-one is responding, on
the theory perhaps that
"nobody move, nobody get
hut "
uo it was left to Dr Don
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details of the agreement on ser-
vices, experts say we cannot
change anything of substance.
"We are left with the option
to liberalise 75 per cent of our
services sector," Bahamian
trade economist Hank Fergu-

soq ed Tss ih whi h services,
but I do not see this as particu-
larly difficult as most of our
economy is already open. There
may be significant institutional
changes, but we think minimal
negative impact on the average
business person."
He went on to say that small
business would still be protect-
ed: "The agreement allows for
reservations and advantages for
local businesses and areas that
are deemed sensitive, particu-
Iarly those that are important
for government revenue.
"And we will all benefit from
greater transparency and clear
guidelines that will apply to
both domestic and internation-
al investment. "
The EPA is a big step for us
on the road to globalisation.
And proponents readily
admit that we are scrambling to
jum a train that has already
31efmpthe station 7
As soon as tl e EPA is behind
us we will have to negotiate new
trade agreements with the Unit-
ed State ad Cand d t
replace ode prefe ent al o
tem that abingp h sd ot
bemthe Worl T ade O geania-
tion, whc we are a so on tra k
o3' e EPA is a swift kick in
the bt that has b ouht at
tion to the issue of oudterian
tion of our business practices,
Ferg~uson e If ble i l-
mentation schedule (up to three
years for goods and fiveelyears
for services) it can hep us
beone more o mpeeetitive an

Ird. "
There isostill that unanswered

qetidn ofwyw ed
ain ms cn y st thiieo ir is

overwhelming that greater free-
dom to trade, both with persons
around town and with persons
aosupitthe globe, promotes
And the more free an econo-
my is, the greater is the materi-
al well-being of its citizens.
"It is no exaggeration to say
that our lives would be incon-
ceivably less comfortable and
more hazardous if it were not
for global capitalism, and the
prosperity that it produces,"
Boudreaux wrote mn his guide
to globalisation.
But there are plenty of scep-
tics out there. And some of
them were at The Nassau Insti-
tute meeting last week.
How can a small country like
the Bahamas compete with


lobalisation -it
G means more cross
border travel, trade, informa-
tion and investment than ever
before. But what does it mean
for the average Bahamian?
stanW ba lotr dfus are under-
That's because globalisation
brings change, which favours
the highly skilled and educat-
ed, while lower-skilled jobs are
often shifted to lower-wage
countries.
Although tourism and finan-
cial services are already 'glob-
alised' in the Bahamas, our pro-
tected domestic economy
includes retailing and wholesal-
ing, publishing and the media,
fisheries, entertainment, con-
struction, transport and the pro-
fessions, as well as a small man-
ufacturing sector.
Now we are faced with a
number of initiatives that
threaten to demolish our cozy
and old-fashioned business
arrangements.
Free trade proponents say we
must become part of the global
rules-based trading system
because the alternative is a sys-
tem based on power in which
we surely can't compete. .
We can boil down our con-
cerns over the Caribbean Single
Market & Economy, the Euro-
pean Partnership Agreement
and other liberalisation mea-
sures to fear the fear of bet-
ter educated and better-funded
foreigners taking away our busi-
nesses and
jobs.
In other
words, by
signing on
~qls PB;2~ to these
agree -
me hesr as
~ c~tE, former USmns wl
presi en

.. date Ross
Pero omce

"a giant sucking sound as jobs
and profits rush out of the coun- ~
try?
Will Home Depot replace


He was invited to help us
come to terms with what glob-
alinaisn means for the
Clearly, we have mixed feel~
ings about our integration with
the global economy.
On the one hand, foreign
investment and foreign tourists
already drive two thirds of our
economy.
Yet we are' terrified of open~
ing up the rest of our closed lit-
tle world to foreign competi-
tion'
As if to underline this, a
group of angry protesters
demonstrated at the CARI-
COM meeting on Cable Beach
last week.
They claimed that our accep-
tance of a trade agreement with
the European Umion amount-
ed to a new form of slavery
because it talks about regional
integration.
And we all know that the
Christie administration caved
in to grassroots opposition to
the CSME two years ago. In the
meantime, the European Part-
nership Agreement was-bemng
negotiated by CARICOM with
Bahamian participation.

Services



e initialed the draft

December, bu ethmre has be n
no effort to sell or explain its
Beams or 1comse ences to the
Indeed, after taking office
last May the dngrlaham govern-

to the EPA
It later, everse'd itself, and
although we still have until mid-
year to determine the precise


large economies like the United
States and Europe?
What will happen if foreign-
ers are allowed in and local
enterprises are not protected?
Boudreaux argues that free
trade has no long-term effect
on jobs, although there could
be some short-term dislocation.
The employment rate in th~e
United States at the start of
2007 was significantly lower
than the average annual ratC for
the 1970s, the 1980s and even
the high-growth 1990s mak-
ing a nonsense of Perot's 1994
predictions about 'sucking
sounds' following the North
American Free Trade Agree-
ment between the US, Canada
and Mexico.
And if job losses are a suffi-
cient reason to restrict interna-
tional trade, Boudreaux says,
then they should also be suffi-
cient to restrict domestic trade
since "the root cause of such
job losses is consumer~sover-
eignty and economic change,
not international commerce."
What this means is that
removing tariffs on low-priced
foreign chicken may well
destroy our inefficient poultry
industry, but those displaced
workers will find jobs in other
areas and become more pro-
ductive. And since workers are
compensated on the basis of
productwvitybthings should work



PrOductivity

s Fergus~on poirlts
out, "this agreement
has the potential to reform our
eo smy s npf 0tdhe ay we
Customs procedures and Immi-
grai prt clear that wages
dont track productivity mn the

In fact, our protected society
allows workers to earn far more
than their labour justifies, par-
ticularly in state corporations,
the civil service and unionised
industries.
Economists say these gross
inefficiencies could be fixed by
opening our economy, but that
is unlikely to be appreciated by
those who would be directly
affected.
Sure, these people will say,
our society might be less


wealthy and efficient, but we
will be happier and more secure
if we maintain barriers to glob-
al market forces.
But Boudreaux and others
argue that it is economic change
itself that will chiminate specific
jobs, cut the profits of some
firms and the wages of some
workers, change our culture and
generally upset our expectations
and sense of security.
In this view, globalisation is a
false bogeyman,
But we must still deal with
the question of education.
How can we expect Bahami-
ans to adjust to the competitive
pressures of globalisation when
they lack the basic skills of read-
ing, writing and arithmetic.
As Tribune columnist
Andrew Allen once noted, the
weakness of our human
resources is a standing joke
even amongst ourselves.
"Basic literacy and numeracy
cannot be taken for granted
among the Bahamian work-
force," he pointed out.
"Several generations of politi-
cians have failed to find the for-
mula for producing the abun-
dance and kinds of skills that
this economy needs...The result
is a workforce that finds itself
hemmed in at both ends, as low-
skilled immigrants compete for
jobs at one end, and high-skilled
exptitahtes com ete at he oh

thing would grind to a halt."
on tar dne ag eesithat a


jb,.rcom carndntrhigo ifrh
mat pe ochanooah sto t mand
even'the management of one's
personal finances.
And everyone also agrees

hih wceho gadduactens who h vw
that understanding. Somehow
the country must awaken to the
need to make hard decisions.
If it doesn't, we can expect
lower economic growth and
increased social instability.
And it won't matter how
many free trade agreements we
sign.

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Haitian prime
minister Jacques
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SBy ALISON LOWE
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IDENTIFYING the main
challenge for Haiti as main-
taining political stability, Hait-
ian prime minister Jacques
Edouard Alexis claims the
country is gaining ground in
its struggle.
occ sin ohtealk infot lohaf te
Haitian parliament, and I
think that the country is on
the right road," said Mr Alex-
"(Youonly have to compare
the st atio which is in le

years ago with regard tod set-u-
rity and violence. Today 'the
level of political violence has
completely lowered," he said.
Mr Alexis, who was re-
appointed by President Rene
Preval in May 2006, after serv-
ing in his earlier adrmmistra-
tion between 1999 and 2001,
was addressing the Bahamian
media at a special press break-
fast at the Wyndhamn Crystal
Palace resort on Saturday
morning.
He was in the country to
attend the 19th CARICOM
Intersessional W~eeting of
Conference of Heards of Gov-
ernment.
He said that heoelieves one
of the "main responsibilities"
that the govprnnent has is to
"really institutionalise democ-
racy" in Haiti.
The country has been char-
acterised by a tumultuous
political history since becom-
ing the first Caribbean nation
to achieve independence from
its colonial master, France, in
1804.
Frequent outbreaks of vio-
lence and lawlessness have


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PRIME MINISTER of the Republic of Haiti Jacques-Edouard Alexis
speaks on the general state of affairs in his country, during a press
breakfast briefing in the Bahamas, on March 8, 2008. Prime Minister
Alexis was in the Bahamas attending the 19th Intersessional Meeting of
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which
was held March 7-8.


contributed to its status as the
poorest nation in the Americ-
as, and the rate of illegal
migration from Haiti to the
Bahamas, among other prob-
'Mr Alexis said the fact that
the government he heads is a
"plural" coalition made up of
politicians drawn from numer-
ous "political factions" has
contributed to this change in
the level of related violence
in the past year and a half, by
encouraging greater public
confdence in the government.
There is currently a six par-
ty coalition, none of whom
hold a majority.
Despite these optimistic
statements, the prime minis-
ter said that the government
will have to struggle to "keep
straight ahead on the toad for-
ward."
The government's early
year objectives have focused
on galvanising the police
force, fighting corruption,
improving security, reforming
the judicial system, and bring-
ing more money into the pub-
lic treasury.
Efforts to reinforce the
police force have already
reaped notable results, he
claimed.
"When we entered into
power in June 2006 the insti-


tution was very weak. Today
everybody admits in the Hait-
ian community and in the
international community that
tetpolicehhas really increased
"We have:in~creased the
amount of officers and we will
continue to increase until we
reach a force of 15 to 17,000,"
said Mr Alexis, adding that
quality training for recruits has
been emphasised.
He said the opportunity
offered by the Bahamian gov-
ernment for Haiti to send
eight officers for further train-
ing in this country has aided in
this effort.
The global impression that
Haiti is a nation riddled by
violence continues to effect its
ability to attract foreign invest-
ment something it is very
keen to do.
"A lot of work being done
to improve this but of course
there's still the perception that
we have not reached a suffi-
cient level of security," noted
Mr Alexis.
The prime minister claims
reports categorising Haiti as
akin to Iraq, Afghanistan and
Somalia in terms of the secu-
rity situation are misleading.
"We have a lot of marketing
to do to allow us to get rid of
this bad image," he said.


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Less than three months after
the August 21 break-out, three
Cuban detainees risked their
lives during an escape from the
centre during the night of
November 5. 2007.


FROM page one
Rights Report, Dan O'Connor,
political officer at the US embassy
in Nassau, said that these commit-
ments in addition to last year's
immigration audit were notable
positive developments.
Charge d'Affaires Brent Hardt
added that the Bahamas also

for key human rights resolutions
at the United Nations.
However, the report repeated
concerns expressedminearlier years
about lengthy pre-trial detention
of individuals and the related issue
of over-crowding at Fox Hill
prison, in addition to complaints
of abuse by security forces, vio-
lence against women and children
and discrimination against persons
of Haitian descent,
Political officer Paul Jukic noted
that the embassy is still waiting to
see the results of the immigration
audit, adding that the Department
"looks forward" to reporting on
the outcome in next year's report.
The Tribune was told in January
that by the end of the month those
figures would be available. How-
ever, despite several pledges made
since that time that they would be
disclosed, no information has been
forthcoming from the Department
of Immigration and calls to the rel~
evant authorities have not been
returned.
The audit carried out in August
of last year was expected to
address the existing backlog in out-
standing applications for residency
and citizenship which has in part
contributed to the large number of
"de facto stateless persons" iden-
tified as existing in the Bahamas by
both the 2007 report and other
observers.
Despite not holding citizenship
in any other country such individ-
uals those born to Haitian parents
in the Bahamas, for example suf-
fer such hindrances as being


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restricted from travelling abroad
for lack of documentation, having
to pay foreign rates for tuition,
being unable to open bank
accounts, and being required to
have a work permit to gain
employment.
dolhile thheveB amascura-e tly
cally addresses people trafficking
Dr Hardt said the department is
"very pleased" by the "commit.
ment made" by Minister of Nation-
al Security and Immigration Tom
my Turnquest to pass anti-traf-
ficking legislation.
This comes after the govern-
ment was accused in the 2006 edi-
tion of the report of paying "little
attention to the issue" of human
trafficking. Notwithstanding the
formation of a Trafficking in Per-
sons Commission, that report
claimed the government "does not
recognize trafficking in persons as
a serious problem in the country
and has not made significant efforts
to investigate trafficking of adults.,,
The 2007 report again concludes
that the law as it stands does not
protect trafficking victims who
might be "fearful of pressing com-
plaints due to local emphasis on
immigration enforcement.,,
It claims that while there were
reports of people being trafficked
into and out of the Bahamas the
full extent of the problem remains
undetermined, partly as a conse-
quence of the lack of legal prohi-
bition
Limited reports suggested that
men, women and children may be
subject to trafficking "for the pur-
pose of labour exploitation"
claimed the latest document, not-
ing that some sources even sug-
gested a percentage of immigrants
are subject to involuntary servi-
tude
Dr Hardt went on to state the
Department "welcomed the com-


mitment by the government of the
Bahamas to enhance transparency
and opeimess including by the swift
passage of a Freedom of Informa-
tron Act."
"We were very pleased to see
prime minister pledge in his Feb-
ruary 5 conversation with the
media that he would deliver a
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FROM page one

ately because the country's fuel is
bought intermittently after fuel
supplies at local gas stations have
been exhausted, Jason Johnson, a
price inspector and acting con-
sumer analyst at the Department
of Consumer Affairs, said yester-
day.
Local fuel price increases are
subject to many factors, he said,
including sales, the amount of
gasoline purchased, and the inter-
national market.
On Tuesday, gasoline prices
stood at $4.85 a gallon and $4.56 a
gallon for diesel at Texaco sta-
tions; $4.58 a gallon for gasoline
and $4.35 a gallon for diesel at
Esso stations; $4.83 a gallon for
leaci-free gasoline and $4.59 a gal-
10n for diesel at Shell stations.
The prices listed for Shell sta-
tions go into effect today, Mr
Johnson said.
In Grand Bahama, FOCOL's
87 lead-free stood at $4.59 a gal-
lon, lead-free 93 was $4.65 and
diesel was $4.62.


Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest at the time
said that he was surprised that
the press had not been notified


of the escape immediately.
He assured Ther Triburne that
he would make inquiries as to
why the break-out was not


Parliament on March 5. He must accept the blame
and responsibility for setting back, if not killing,
what promised to be the largest single development
in our history.
"The Progressive Liberal Party takes no comfort
in this fact. We warned the prime minister that his
language would have such an effect. The record
shows that our warning was ignored. It is now clear
if the Cable Beach project fails, it will be Mr Ingra
ham's fault," Mr Christie said.
The "incontrovertible" evidence to this fact, Mr
Chris~tie pointed out, is in the letter to Baha Mar dat-
ed March 6, 2008, signed by Charles L Atwood on
behalf of Caesar's Bahamian Investment Corpora-
tion (Harrah's Bahamian subsidiary) tabled in the
House of Assembly on Monday.
"The fact of the matter is that in his anxiety to
show that he was smarter than the PLP and could
come: up with a better deal, the prime minister may
actually have ended up pronouncing a sentence of
death on the whole Harrah's/Baha Mar joint ven-
ture, by fundamentally changing the approach to
the land transfers.
"Indeed, Harrah's'hints at this very strongly in
their termination letter, the implication being that
the project had been rendered 'unbankiable' by the
position that Mr Ingraham and his government had
taken on the conditions for the land transfers cou-
pled with the fact that certain land transfers would
no longer be taking place at all. Mr Ingraham mis-
calculated the effect of this change-of-position very
badly and, as a result, the whole joint venture has '
come crashing down to the grave detriment of the
'entire country.
''The prime minister's action in the House of
Assembly was the critical element in the decision of
Harrah's to leave the Bahamas. There were other
factors, but Mr Ingraham's intemperate language
and the fear that the land conveyances were in doubt
were the straws that broke the camel's back," Mr
Chrisitie explained.
The PLP leader said the party is sympathetic
to ardhe azmpe ln faniy th e cimr ots str in
$500 million in the project.
to'We are ala nra ely ucdncemnesd ono (chaerjnac-

pluhmbers and labourerst and businesses in te
Bhmtah who wre cutng aon thspojet wI

ae now d rkiahg jus two dhaysepter eek Woe must

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The LP encouraged the Izmerlian family to "'stay
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e net has not established da con istent system for

It was noted that the government has come under
soc utsn fmom lo 0l and internaiona lhun an aipgh

There are ins ffcient Creole-speaking immigration
officers and Haitian migrants were often "unaware of
their right to claun asylum" or otherwise, and lacked
acc' 01evearls clai d that some Haitians with a
legitimate fear of persecution may have been repa-
tratd writsh i having the opportunity to make it

However, the government asserted that "all
migrants who clanned asylum were interviewed and
a equatel 8c ened by trained i migration offi-


FROM page one

conveyances for the project were in doubt which
wecre the '.straws that broke the camel's back'.
"Yesterlav~'s statements in the House of Assem-
bly can only b~e described as a transparent attempt to
cover up, confuse and gloss over the truth. Mr Ingra-
ham wrecked this deal," Mr Christie charged.
H-ow\ever, in that same sitting of Parliament, Mr
Christie agreed with Prime Minister Ingraham's
questioning of Harrah's commitment to the deal-
"It seems to me," Mr Christie said at the time,
"that they (Harrah's) were looking for a way out and
they used the speech and the words of the prime
minster as an excuse, or part excuse for the way
out. .
Prime Minister Ingraham has come under fire for
voicing his concerns over the $2.6 billion invest-
ment, which later saw the withdrawal of Harrah s
Entertainment, a joint partner in the multi-billion
dollar venture. But it has subsequently revealed
that Harrah's has for some time harboured con-
corns about the project and was reportedly seek-
ing an opportunity to withdraw from the deal after
being acquired by Apollo Capital Managemenlt and
Texas Pacific Capital Group mn January.
However, yesterday Mr Christie reverted from
his previous stance and is now alleging that it was the
result of Mr Ingraham's words, and the documents
he tabled in the House of Assembly that caused
the "major damage" to the Baha Mar project.
"His own words spoken yesterday March 11
betray him," said Mr Christie. "He said he came to
the House on March 5, knowing that the deal was in
trouble. By in his statement yesterday to the House,
he became aware of the problems on March 3. Yet
he came to Parliament on March 6 to ask for the deal
to be approved by Parliament acting as if nothing
had happened.
"Now that the deal has gone sour, he argues that
his ill-considered language on March 5 was used to
'dower wtatpubHi exp ta ins beauts r he ke h
come clean on March 5, postpone the House and
work witw h jos ht aetr atest aerau re t
minisrtehrew uld do,e PMr Chite s h pim mn-

istyr' stment un he a us r' aAsi embyhaed
rnentetheo porect, but als t d aind the confi-
"'To request the Parliament to authorise the trans-
fer of public lands to the Baha Mar project, while
stin st 11aat i confidence i helpr ksecth denton-
judgment elected from r rime minister or that he
is motivite by something other than the national

"'Try as he might to twist the story and make it the
fault of the PLP, the prime minister must own up to
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general insurances as described above.
Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-
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Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1 158
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Tenders are to be hand-delivened on or before
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Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

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general insurances as described above.
Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration
Office, Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-
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Blue Hill &; Tucker Roads
Nassau, Blahamasn
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852
Tenders are to be hand-deivered on or before
28 March 2008 by 3:00 p.m. and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill &Z Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 657/08
PROFESSIONALL INDEMNITY DIRECTORS & OFFICERS"
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ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT& MOBILE RADIOS

TENDER NO. 658/08

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the provision of
general insurances as described above.
Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Offce,
Blue Hill &t Tucker Roads by contacting:-
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852
Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before
28 March 2008 by 3:00 p.m. and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill &r Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 658/08
"GENERAL INSURANCES ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & MOBILE RADIOS

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WITH the world's finest food and wine
makers along with an estimated 30,000
spectators in for the tasting, there was
absolutely no better place for Atlantis'
cullinary team to be than at the Food Net-
work South Beach Wine and Food Festival
in Miami Beach, Florida.
The star studded event provided a
unique opportunity for Atlantis to show-
case to the world the flavours which are
prepared and served in the more than 38
restaurants, bars and lounges at the Par-
adise Island resort.
A major highlight of the event, held at
the end of February, was the
Fornamnebleau MhamB Bteacoh W nel Sence
Tasting" in which thousands of attendees
savored dishes prepared by Atlantis'
celebritvechef Arvin Humes, while he com-
peted against some of the finest culinary
experts from around the world. For every
dsnh epjsp ed by Che oH 1 .a special
Chef Humes, who is also an executive
sous chef responsible for restaurant oper-
ations at Atlantis, was accompanied by
Chef Mark Percival, vice president of culi-
nary operations; Chef Eibbear Coyle, exec-
utive chef of restaurant operations; Chef
Paul Hayward, senior executive pastry chef
and Chef Carlin Cooper, head chef of
Seafire at Atlantis.
Michele Wiltshire, vice president of spe-
cial events and entertainment at Atlantis,
explained that as.a Diamond Sponsor of
the South Beach Wine and Food Festival,
Atlantis had a unique opportunity to par-
ticipate in direct marketing while promot-
ing the resort to thousands of people.
"This marked Atlantis' first time par-
ticipating in the South Beach Wine and
Food Festival; we not only used this as an
opportunity to establish an international
presence but to also establish the Atlantis
brand and remind people that we are right
next door to South Florida, while also using
this as a unique opportunity to capture
data on potential customers," Ms Wilt-
shil know one of the things that is very
dif1ul iin toher travel nidustry an in any
agement hlow do you talk to customers,
how do you get new customers. So this
event was a good way for us to give away a
trip to Atlantis, and mnvite persons to come
and have dinner at Mesa Grill, which fea-
tures internationally renowned chef Bob-
by Flay, along with Jean Georges' Caf6
Martinique and Chef Nobu's Nobu at
Atlantis, who were all here this weekend
doing demonstrations and talks .. so we
used this event as a clever way to capture
people's names, home addresses and e-
mail addresses so that we can then~market
to them," she said.


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Proposal for British pledge of allegiance,


citizenship ceremony gets mixed reaction
aLONDON Iw f commit- ister Gordon Brown, suggested a committee led by a former
tee said a tough road ahead for his cam- attorney general, Lord Gold
The idea sounds simple: Build an oath of paign to emphasize British pride smith.
British pride with a new pledge allegiance and British achievement a "It seems to have sparked
of allegiance, a new national and citi- constant theme of his first year quite a lively debate and no
holiday and citizenship cere- o z enship in office. doubt there will be discussion
monies for children and immi- ceremony "It's another foolish attempt and debate about this, going
grants. like those to ape an American practice forward," Ellam said.
But the proposal yesterday already thatIs generally mocked," said But he stressed that Brown
from a government panel call- instituted Paul Flynn, a Labour Party believes more must be done to
ing for the introduction of for new member of Parliament from. "entrench the notion of British
American-style patriotic rituals citi zens Wales. "This is part of a fasci- ness."
raises thorny questions in the should also be required for nation with America. But the Goldsmith's report did nol
sometimes fractious United young Britons as a way to boost adoration of the national flag propose specific wording for a
Kingdom. pride in country and mark the in America strikes us as a bit pledge of allegiance, and he said
Are people in Wales, Scot- transition to adulthood. eccentric and foolish." It would not have to specifically
land and Northern Ireland who Unlike in the U.S., where He said the proposal will fall mention loyalty to the monarch.
seek more independence eager many children start the day with flat in Wales and Scotland, Under Brown's predecessor
to pledge allegiance to a united the Pledge of Allegiance, the where many people want to Tony Blair, Wales and Scotland
country? Will republicans who British pledge is envisioned as a break free of control by the cen- were given unprecedented
want to end Britain's monarchy one-time event. tral government, as Twell as with autonomy in a devolution ol
offer undying devotion to queen The report also urged that those opposed to the monar- powers from the central gov-
and country? Britain adopt a national holi- chy. ernment to regional parlia-
And does Britain really need day for celebrating the United "It's a nonstarter," he said. ments.
to embrace the' American way? Kingdom's shared heritage and The prime minister'd In Northern Ireland, the
This is a country where Ameri- citizenship, saying it should start spokesman, Michael Ellam, was Good Friday agreement has
cans' flag-waving tendencies are in 2012, when London hosts the noncommittal about the sub- brought a coalition government
usually lightly ridiculed, not Olympics. The initial response stance of the 138-page report, that meludes politicians com-
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otters for Port Aut orit

II By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE offers by Fleming Family & Partners and Hutchison
Whampoa to purchase the Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) should both be rejected in their present forms, the
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce's president urged
yesterday.
Attorney Gregory Moss told Rotarians that this was the
majority opinion among Chamber members, adding: "In my
capacity as president of the Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce, I have held various discussions with numerous
stakeholders in the Freeport business community, and with
individual residents concerning what they think the Gov-
ernment's response should be to the offers by Fleming and
Huichison.
"The majority opinion of those parties is that both of the
offers should be rejected in their present forms. I regard
those comments as being fair comments on a matter of such
significant public interest."
The Chamber president said it was felt the Fleming offer
should be rejected because it was unable to deliver on any
of the objectives it targeted, since it only had an agreement
in principle to purchase the 50 per cent stake in the GBPA's
immediate holding company, Intercontinental iDiversified
Corporation (IDC), that was controlled by Seashells Invest-
ments.
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12, 2008


STrib~u e Bus ns Editor
Government
reeeenuesn hv


al eeks thoe
ministers of
sated ofoprfinac od h r
bun yestrdy withthe
paadministfrato xetn o
the Baha Mavr stato.
his wayk to aietmeig
consistentyaha of lsers
ptaerformfance ford the latse-
Hue attibterdy thisto thetr-
aditionlserasona epick-ping n
government revenues ith first
quiarterof every year tetird o

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Government expects
'HO SignlifiCRalt' fiSCal
impact from Baha Mar'

revenue outloo

: fiscal year) being the period
when tourism activity and asso-
ciated taxes are most robust.
"I think this is just fitting the
pattern of collection," Mr
Laing added, pointing out that
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham in his mid-year Budget
statement had noted that the
Government traditionally only
collected 45 per cent of its rev-
enues in the July-December
period.
The bulk, or remaining 55
per cent, came in the second
half of the fiscal year.
Mr Laing added that "com-
pliance efforts on our part"

SEE pae6B


* Developers to meet with South Ocean homeowners in private
meetillg tomorrow to 'address concerns and mnform then' of plan
* Fears of 'loss of quality of life'. Homeowners say: 'Without a doubt,
life as we knew it is over. If this development proceeds, we would've
lOSt Our quiet, pristine community which is virtually free of crime,
and where our children play undisturbed in the community'
* CO11cerilS over offers to buy properties and alleged 'trespass'

by developer representatives carrying out appraisals


Wi By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Resid ntns dn iht e dvlpr
oion wil torntr-

of the $867 miel neSoouet%
Ocean resort projects to air
their concerns over what they
fear will be the "cannibalisa-
tion" of their existing commu-
nity and "loss of quality of life"
through the area's develop-
ment into a five-star resort and
casino destination.
The Tribune yesterday con-
firmed the private meeting that
will take place'between the
New South Ocean Develop-
ment, Company and only resi-
dents of South Ocean Subdivi-
sion I, who are concerned by
apparent attempts by the
developers to acquire their
properties and the prospect of
being absorbed into a massive
construction site and resort


knew it is over. If this deve -I
opment proceeds, we would've
lost our quiet, pristine com-
munity which is virtually free
of crime, and where our chil-
dren play undisturbed in the
community.
"We would appreciate: if the
New South Ocean Develop-
ment Com any would

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zens in their own country
through being overwhelmed
by the scale and pace of major
mixed-use resort projects.
In its letter, the Homeown-
ers Association said: "We are
painfully aware that the pris-
tine quiet, family-oriented
neighbourhood will be canni-
balised by a development con-
taining a casino, marina and
large hotel..... .~
"Without a doubt, life as we


project.
Aletter sent to Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham on Sep-
tember 14, 2007, by the South
Ocean Homeowners Associa-
tion, which was copied to
numerous other ministers such
as Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of works and transport, again
exposes the concerns held by
many Bahamians about how
they are in danger of being
reduced to second-class citi-


18 weeks' notice would be
more in keeping with the cir-
cumstancess of the plaintiff."
As a result,. the judge award-
ed Mr Knowles $70,200 in
notice pay, based on his $900
per week salary in Mr Paley's
employ, plus $6,928 for group
insurance. The .total amount
awarded was $77,128 with
interest at 5 per cent per
annum from the date Mr
Knowles received his termina-
tion letter on September 24,
2003.
However, Justice
Mohammed backed Mr Paley
and his attorneys, Oscar John-


TH-E Supreme Court has
increased the severance notice
pay given to a Bahamian butler
and estate manager who gave
33 years' service from 12 to 18
months, finding against his
Lyford Cay-based employer,
who is understood to be the
son of the US CBS TV and
radio network's founder,
Justice Faizool Mohammed,
in his February 8, 2008, judg-
ment, found that Gary
Knowles was wrongfully dis-
missed by William Paley from
edilployment at his Lyford Cay
estate on October 1, 2003.
While the defendant had
offered Mr Knowles severance
pay equivalent to one year's
basic pay, in accordance with


the Employment Act's provi-
sions, the judge ruled that the
former butler was allowed to
pursue a claim for 'greater and
better benefits' than the statue
allowed via common law.
"Having been a faithful and
dutiful employee for 33 years,
was 12 months' notice reason-
able on the part of the defen-
dant?" Justice Mohammed
asked in his ruling,
"The plaintiff was a butler
who served for 33 years and
was dismissed at the a'ge of 53
years. Surely there could not
have been many vacancies
available for the position of a
butler? Taking all these fac-
tors into consideration, I could
only conclude that a period of


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE $1.3 billion Albany
Golf & Beach Resort will be
"much more favourable" to
Bahamian contractor partici-
pation than Baha Mar due to
the smaller vertical construc-
tion scale involved, the
Bahamian Contractors Asso-
ciation's (BCA) president told
The Tribune yesterday.
Stephen Wrinkle said
Bahamian contractors would
be able to "pretty much build
the whole project at Albany,
but not Baha Mar" because
the former involved the con-
struction of smaller, lower den-
sity residences, condos, marina
apartments and a boutique
hotel, as opposed to the huge
1,000-room Caesar's hotel that
had been envisaged at Cable
Beach.
While acknowlledging that
Baha Mar would have provid-
ed several thousand construc-
tion jobs for Bahamian trades-


men and labourers, Mr Wrin-
kle said local contractor par-
ticipation would have been
much less due to the size and
scope of the proposed con-
struction.
This would have been out-
side the ability of Bahamian
contractors, requiring project
managers and specialist con-
struction companies to be
brought in from abroad.
"Long and short-term,
Albany will be very beneficial
to our industry," the BCA
president told The Tribune.
"Over the long-term, there will
be a lot more trickle down
from Albany. Small and mid-
sized contractors form the
backbone of our industry......
"[Baha Mar] may employ a
lot of Bahamian workers, but
the contractors will not be as
involved as at Albany. We can
pretty much build the whole
project at Albany,.but not

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representatives with this pro-
ject offering to buy your home.
They claim to be representa-
tives of whoever, who is inter-
ested in purchasing your home.
"It doesn't make me feel
good. I'm a Bahamian. It
makes me fell like you're being
run out of your own country. It
leaves a sour taste in your
mouth. For me, it's very frus-
trating and it's very bother-
some.
"The Government is sup-
posed to protect my rights and
those of Bahamians. I voted
for you. I elected you to look
after my interests.
"I'm all in favour of foreign
direct investment. I just feel
the people affected directly by
it have to bie consulted on a
daily basis about what is hap-
peming."
Among the concerns raised
in the letter were that while
Stuart Coveis, the popular dive
business, had been included in
the South Ocean plans, "our
subdivision, where almost 200
people own property and
reside, was blocked out and
completely excluded, without a
mere acknowledgment".
The Homleowners Associa-
tion's lettei also raised con-
cerns about alleged trespass on
to some of their properties by
"persons clajinnng to be repre-
sentatives of South Ocean....
doing surveys and measure-
ments of buildings for the
expressed purposes of per-
forming appraisals, without the
permission of the residents......
"In view of the above, the
home owners have become
suspicious as to the intentions
of the developers and request
them to clarify the same. We
understand that there were
informal proposals made to
some persons with respect to
the purchase of their proper-
ties.
"The developers confirmed
at the Town Meeting that they


did have some interest in
acquiring properties, but they
were evasive as to the pro-
posed use of such properties if
they are acquired. We request
a specific response, with a view
to forecasting the impact on
our neighbourhood and specif-
ically the residents who will
not agree to sell."
The Homeowners Associa-
tion also urged the South
Ocean developers and the
Government to confirm that
the subdivision's covenants and
ordinances would be respected,
and that their original rights,
privileges and entitlements -
granted by the developer, New
Providence Development
Company, would "continue
uninterrupted".
Further concerns related to
the location and design of hotel
parking lot 2; the location of
the garbage disposal, laundry
and maintenance facilities; that
there would be no re-directing
of roads or building of new
ones; construction manage-
ment and the pollution it
would create; security, with
"hundreds of construction
workers flooding" the area;
who was responsible for utili-
ties and infrastructure upkeep;
and gate and wall designs.
The Homeowners Associa-
tion letter added: "We request
confirmation from South
Ocean that we will have unlim-
ited and unfettered access to
all beaches in and around its
proposed development. We
find it curious that South
Ocean Development shows
parking areas for its hotel, but
shows no parking facilities for
its beach access."
The Association called for
the homeowners to have access
to a boat ramp either on the
beach or in the marina, which
was "a fundamental right of
residents", and urged that they
be granted concessionary rates
for docking fees.


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acknowledge this point and, at
the same time, advise what
concessions or considerations
would be made to the proper-
ty owners in lieu of this sub-
stantial loss."
A spokesman for the New
South Ocean Development
Company, when contacted by
The Tribune last night, con-
firmed that the Association's
letter had been forwarded to it
for comment. The developer
is owned by New York-based
RHS Ventures, which is head-
ed by Roger Stein.
The spokesman also con-
firmed tomorrow night's pri-
vate meeting, and said: "We're
going to address all these con-
cerns, and inform them [the
homeowners] of our inten-
tions."
When contacted by The Tri-
bune for comment yesterday,
Chester Cooper, the British
American Financial chief exec-
utive, whose signature
appeared on the Homeowners
Association's letter, would only
say: "Yes, there are numerous
concerns. We do have a long-
awaited *meeting with the
developers this Thursday, and
I do not wish to pre-empt that
by making public statements
at this point".
Another homeowner, real-
tor Patrick Strachan, also con-
firmed tomorrow's private
meeting and said he felt
betrayed by the Government
and politicians when it came
to protecting his rights and
those of other Bahamians, as it
seemed he was being "run out
of your own country".
Mr Strachan said: "You have
all this property development
scheduled to go on around
you, and the people directly
affected by it are not aware of
what exactly is happening.
"I feel insulted by it. I live on
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The contract establishes a more strategic
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THE TRIBUNE


for the overall operations at the
Paleys' 'Lightbournes' Lyford
Cay property, supervising six
staff members, and maintaining
and caring for all motor vehi-
cles, a motor boat, jet ski and
scooter. He also organised the
transport of guests to and from
Nassau International Airport,
did the shopping and paid all
utility bills.
Justice Mohammed said Mr
Knowles was "held in high
esteem by the defendant and his
entire immediate family", receiv-
ing "many written compli-
ments".
The judgment, though, record-
ed that while Mr Knowles ";per-
formed his duties admirably",
conflict arose when a Ted
Debozs was hired as estate direc-
tor.
In giving evidence before the
court, Mr Debozs alleged that
the estate was not being run "in
an orderly manner", and that he
implemented a plan to fix this
and documented everything. Yet
he claimed Mr Knowles "did not
always follow the plans and sys-
tems that were implemented".
Problems came to a head, the
judgment found, when Mr


Knowles complained to the
Labour Board about the man-
ner in which Mr Debozs spoke
to him and other staff members
around the time he went on hol-
iday in September 2003.
While on vacation, Mr Paley
called him and asked him to take
an extra week's holiday. That
same day, Mr Paley called him
again to ask whether he knew
Labour Board personnel were
at his house.
The latter conversation end-
ed with Mr Paley telling Mr
Knowles his services would no
longer be required. Yet the latter
refused to sign a release for one
year's severance pay on the
grounds that he had received
insufficient termination notice
and his other benefits were not
included.
Justice Mohammed said of Mr
Knowles following his termina-
tion: "After his contract of
employment was terminated, he
was unable to find work for 15
months, and when he did find
work it was not full-time. He
only worked part-time wheney-
er he found something to do."
Mr Knowles was represented
by attorney Obie Ferguson.


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son and Tara Archer from Higgs
& Johnson, in finding that Mr
Knowles was not entitled to
vacation pay as he had used up
all his vacation time for 2003 and
the previous year.
Nor was Mr Knowles entitled
to a meal allowance, car
allowance, housing allowance or
Christmas bonus, "as these were
provided purely at the discre-
-tion of the defendant.
"He [Mr Knowles] ate while
on the defendant's premises, he
drove a vehicle provided by the
defendant for carrying out his
duties, and he was only promised
monetary assistance by the
defendant in purchasing a
home," the judge found,
Recording how the case
unfolded, Justice Mohammed
said Mr Knowles was first
employed with the Paleys in
August 1970, starting as a butler
before also being given the
added responsibility of the estate
manager's post seven years
before he was terminated after
33 years' service.
Mr Knowles was responsible


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He added that this partnership will assist
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Philip Simon Executive Director,
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John Delaney Chairman, Bahamas Trade Commission


allowed to harm the interest
of Freeport, Grand Bahama
and the wider Bahamas It was
felt that the parties should be
encouraged to resolve their dif-
ferences, failing which the
Government should intervene
to resolve those differences in
the best interest of the
Bahamas.


the Haywards or some seg-
ments of the Hayward family.
There were also concerns that
Fleming was not a1 developer
but a "bank that manages
money for wealthy dynasties,
and as such has no experience
which it can bring to the
Bahamas as a developer".
Mr Moss said persons were
suspicious why the Hayward
family trust's trustees would
be willing to accept the $100
million Fleming offer to pur-
chase their shareholding, while
at the same time rejecting the
supoerior $125 million Hutchi-
son offer. It was felt that the
acceptance of the Fleming
offei- would not involve any
real sale of the Hayward trust's
shares, but merely be a transfer
of shares from direct owner-
ship by the Haywards to indi-


rect ownership.
As far as the Hutchison offer
went, Mr Moss said the major-
ity view was that the Hong
Kong conglomerate was
already such a significant
investor in Freeport, with its
shareholdings in various strate-
gic companies the Freeport
Container Port, Grand
Bahama Development Com-
pany (Devco), Freeport Har-
bour Co.mpany and Grand
Bahama Airport Company -
that it should not be allowed to
increase its presence for fear
of causing Freeport to become
a "company towJn" that it con-
trolled .
Chamber members felt
Hutchison's corporate culture
was such that it would not be
very responsive to public sen-
timent, while the US would be


concerned at any further
investment by Hutchison in
Freeport because of the view
that the company was a surro-
gate of the Chinese govern-
ment.
Mr Moss said that overall it
was felt that the Hayward
defendants and the St Georges
should be encouraged to


resolve their differences,
remove the receivers as Jus-
tice Neville Adderley has done
- and abide by the terms of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
He added that it was also felt
that the issue was with "the
arrogant, selfish and petty
manner" in which a dispute
between families has been


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Edward St George's estate.
"Accordingly, it naturally
follows that insofar as the Hay-
wards presently have been
declared to be the owners of
only 50 per cent of the shares
of the GBPA, the acquisition
of those shares would only
result in a continuing deadlock
within the GBPA and a con-
tinuation of the acrimony
which presently prevails in the
operation of the GBPA," Mr
Moss said, as Fleming and the
St George estate would not be
the happiest of partners.
Mr Moss said most Cham-
ber members he had spoken
to felt there were concerns that
Fleming might be "a front" for










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NOTICE is hereb gie that VIREILIEN HOMERE of
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 the facts within
twenty-elght days from the 12TH day of MARCH, 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.Op.Box N
-7147, Nassau, BahaOTICE





NOTICE is hereby given that WADLEY LOUIS of EAST STREET
SOUTH, 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
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12TH dayr of MARCH,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship
P.O Box N 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. '




NO TWICE
NO TICE is hereby given that GINSON ALBERT OF
BINDER'S POINT, P.O. BOX H-45017, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, 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-elght days from the 12TH .day of
MARCH, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.



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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

SWANLEIGH PROPERTIES LIMITED
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
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SWANLEIGH PROPERTIES LIMITED is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution Is the 10th day of January, 2008.



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NO TWICE
NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIE FAUSTIN of 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 the facts within
twnyegt rdryp fb m/ til 2TH daydofCMARC7H, 2008 to he
-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTI CE
NOTICE is hereby given the JACKSON CHARLES of
CARMICHEAL ROAD WEST, P.O. BOX SB-52524, 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 the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 5TH day of MARCH, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N -7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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ROAD, P.O. BOX N-8796, 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 the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 12TH day of MARCH, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ROBERT PIERRE of KEMP
ROAD, P.O. BOX N-8796, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registrationinaturalization 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 MARCH, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


H HIC
NOTICE is hereby given the DONAVAN GENE' ENNIS of
NASSAU VILLAGE, P.O. BOX N-7895, 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
8 Written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 5TH day of MARCH, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N 7147,
NaSsau, Bahamas.


g gIC
NOTICE is hereby given that GERTHA FAUSTIN of 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 the facts within
tWenty-eight days from the 12TH day of MARCH, 2008 to the
MiniSter responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O. Box N
-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


PUBL IC N OT IC E
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that 1, LAVELLE
EXENTISSE of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
intend to change my name to NANNELL LAVELLE
EXANTUS. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, R.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than .thi~ry (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


Legal Notice
NOTICE


THE GRANGE LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) THE GRANGE LIMITED is mn voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 10th March, 2008 when the Articles of
Ds oua on ee submitted to and registered by the

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola,


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


Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator


PcigInformation As Of: Cs F `
Tusa,11 March 2008 A L
8ISX LISTED & TRADED SECt.JRITIES VISIT WVVW\ BISXBAHAMCAS COM FOR MORE DATA &, INFORMATION
BISX AL L SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.995.19 / CHG 6.65 %CH-G 0.33 1 YTD 71.56 / YTD %~ -3.46
5 w -Hi 52wk-Low -e:.r .Pre.1as CI.l: e T.:,aaw 5 Clj~ so CV-...i.5 Cai, EDS- i Co.~ & pE ... I
11 80 11.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.3%
68 8 e0Bnk of Bahamas 9.196 M0 .4 .6 15. 27
374 2.00 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 .0.289 0.090 12.7 2.4%
270 1.26 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%
13.60 10.03 Cable Bahamas 13.60 13.60 0.00 4.250 1.093 0.240 12.4 1.76
3.15 2.10 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 127
8.50 4.67 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.16 7.20 0.04 3,819 0.428 0.260 16.8 3.61%
7.22 3.78 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.78 4.06 0.28 0.129 0.052 29.3 137
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.46 2.46 0.00 4,200 0.316 0.020 7.8 0.2%
7.90 5.94 Famguard 7.90 7.90 0.00 0.713 O 280 11.1 3.7
14nc 1. Frtaribbean 239 639 4.0 09 .4 13
610 5.12 Focol (S) 5.15 5.50 0.35 6,000 0.363 0.140 15.2 25%
1.OO 0.54 Freeport Concrete O.74 0.74 0.00 0.035 0.000 21.1 0.%
8.O 6.86 ICD Utilities 7.25 6.86 -0.39 9.989 0.411 0.300 16.7 4.3%
1. 180 000 Prmierhnson Estate` 1810 600 4.0 1.6 .0
FIaIwlr, overI-Tnecounler sSCCUrnew
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14 60 14 25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
8.0 .0 arbbean Crsssings (Pref) 6.062 .0000 040 NM 7
colal overh-rr-counl~ oeCr lso~rn
41 OO 41 OO ABDAB 41.OO 43.00 41.OO 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70
14 60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
O 55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.0%
BISX Uisted M~utual Funds
5k-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3001 1 2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.300059""~ 0.62% 6.15%
30008 2.6254 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.982729' -0.60%
1.3812 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.381183'""' 0.39% 3.85%
37969 3.1424 Fidelity Bahamas G & Fund 3.7442"' -1.40% 27.72%
11 9880 11 4467 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.9880"' 0.46% 5.53%
100.0000 ~ ~ |2" 10.00CA lbl nd Fundd 10.
1 0000 1.DODO CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.OO"
10 50001 9 6628 Fidelity international Investment Fund 9.6628"'
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 / YTD 0.00% / 2007 34.47%
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52@ I Inl~ Lcvestr closing paice In last 52 weeks Ask 5 Soffing price of Colina and fidelity *- 29 February 2008
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11I r u1. :lrrent dany'h wighteld price for daily volume Weekly Vol Trading volume of the prior week "'" 31 January 2008
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were having difficulty finding work. .
If Albany moved forward, together with
the Ritz-Carlton Rose Island develop-
ment, South Ocean project and govern-
ment infrastructure projects, such as the
$400 million Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport upgrade and New Provi-
dence road improvement project, there
would be enough construction work to
more than compensate for any delays with
Baha Mar.
"The timing of the project is critical to
our industry," Mr Wrinkle said of Baha
Mar. "At the moment there is very little
going on for us. One or two projects would
take up the entire workforce. We just need


some projects to go forward."
The BCA president added: "It remains
to be seen what Baha Mar can do with
regard to finding a new partner or amend-
ing the scope of works. I don't think at
this stage anyone quite knows what the
ramifications will be.
"On the other side of the coin, we have
to appreciate the fact that the powers that
be recognized there was a problem now, as
opposed to finding out after the construc-
tion start. We don't want another Chub
Cay at Cable Beach.
"I think Harrah's took the opportunity
to make the decision and abandon the
project."


said it had no major concerns
about any negative impact on
revenues resulting from devel-
opments over the past week at
Cable Beach.
The minister said the 2007-
2008 Budget revenue forecasts
were based on a wide set of
economic factors, not tied sole-
ly to progress on Baha Mar's
$2.6 billion Cable Beach pro-
ject.
Even if Harrah's Entertain-
ment had not withdrawn from
the joint venture, any positive


impact on the Government's
revenue would only have been
felt towards the end of its Bud-
get year, meaning the overall
effect would be minimal.
"(There's no reason to adjust
the outlook for revenue per-
formance based on what has
happened," Mr Laing told The
Tribune.
"I can't say that there is any
specific concern that we have


in relation to that [~Baha Mar].
Much of our forecast is based
on a broad set of issues, not
totally tied to Baha Mar.
"We're already two-thirds of
the way through the Budget
cycle," the minister added, say-
ing that the Governinent did
not anticipate the problems
with Baha Mar's project to
affect revenues "in any signifi-
cant way".


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Albany 'better' for










than Baha Mar


FROM page 1B

Baha Mar."
Mr Wrinkle described the Albany pro-
ject's go-ahead as "very positive news"
for the construction industry, given the
uncertainty over the Balia Mar project
following Harrah's Entertainment's deci-
sion to withdraw from the joint venture.
The sector "certainly needs the jobs"
that would be created by these major
mixed-use resort and foreign direct invest-
ment projects, the BCA president having
told The Tribune early in the New Year
that 70 per cent of Bahamian contractors


Revenues 'more consistency up on 2007 figures


FROM page 1B



may also be having an impact
on the Government's
improved revenue collection,
as the administration sought
to maintain a tight rein on
spending.
Meanwhile, with the Gov-
ernment more than two-thirds
of the way through the 2007-
2008 Budget cycle, Mr Laing





COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT'
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00110

Whereas PERRY TYRONE JOHNSON of Easter
Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration with the Will annexed
of the Real and Personal Estate of PERRY
TYRONE JOHNSON, late of No. 11 Easter
Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar



THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00111

In the Estate of CAROLE HUGHES SANTO,
late and domiciled of 3183 Bouvier Road in the
Town of Hammond in the Province of Ontario in
the Dominion of Canada, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by ADAM D. R.
CAFFERATA of the Freeport, Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of a
Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee in
above estate granted to JOHN HUGHES, the sole
Executor and Estate Trustee of the Estate, by the
Superior Court of Justice, Ontario on the 27th day
of June, 2007.

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar



THIE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/0012

In the Estate of RONALD SAXBY BAILEY, late
and domiciled of 537 Dunstable Road in the City
of Luton, in the County of Bedlfordshire, in the
Country of England, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by ADAM D. R.
CAFFItiERATA of the Freeport, Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Res'ealing of
Probate in the above estate granted to ROBIN
ARTHUR BLAND and RICHARD JOHN
BAILEY, the Executors and Trustees of the Estate,
by the District Probate Registry at Oxford in the
High Court of Justice, England on the 8th day of
November, 2001.

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/0011 3

In the Estate of RICHARD BEGLIN, late and
domiciled of 12 Water Street, Searsport, Waldo
County in Maine, one of the State of the United
States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application


will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by JOAN FERGUSON of
the Western District, New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Attomney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Re sealing Letters of a
Grant of Letters of Authority in the above estate
granted to DAVID BERG, the Executor of thle
Estate, by the Probate Registry in Waldo County,
of the state of Maine, one of the States of the United
States of America on the 2nd day of October, 2006~.

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00106
In the Estate of THOMAS JOSEPH MCNALLY
(a.k.a. THOMAS J. MCNALLY), domiciled and
late of 22 Ennis Lake Road, Ennis, Madison County,
in the State of Montana, one of the States of the
United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by ROBERT F. VAN
WYNEN of the Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Letters of
Appointment of Co-Personal Representatives in the
above estate granted to THOMAS F. MCNALLY
and MARC F. MCNALLY the Executors of the
Estate, by the Montana Fifth Judicial District,
Madison County in the state of Montana of one of
the States of the United States of America on the
1 5th day of August, 2002.

Ta~bitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar .

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00107

Whereas CHELON M. CARR of Western District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for JULLIA
LoRUSSO for Letters of Administration with the
Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of
LLLLIAN J. KETCHAM, late of Sarasota County,
Florida, one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

Tabitha Camberbatch
(for) Registrar

THiE SUrPREM~E COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00108

In the Estate of WILLIS PLAYER, late of 75 Orr
Road, Germantown, Columbia in the State of New
York, one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by JAN W. BORGHARDT
of the Western District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing Letters of
Testamentary in the above estate granted to NAN
PLAYER HERMUS and JILL PLAYER
COTTON the Executrixes of the Estate, in the
Surrogate's Court in the County of Columbia, New
York of one of the States of the United States of
America on the 25th day of April 2006.

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00109

In the Estate ofFRANCELIA D. CORBETT, late
and domiciled of 235 Walker Street, Apartment No
236, Lenox in the County of Berkshire in the state
of Massachusetts, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application


will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by MICHAEL CRAIG
ROBERTS of the Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of
Probate of Will Without Sureties in the above estate
granted to Ann C. Lucas, Laurie J. Hall, and
William B. Roberts, the Executors of the Estate,
by the Probate and Family in the Trail Court of
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of the States
of the United States of America on the 30th day of
July, 2007
Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATEE DIVISION
..1~;''' i'" ;3TH"MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00104
Whereas HARTPIS EUGENE BINDER df Mareva
House, 4 George Street, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Baham~as,
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for Sidney
H. Pinder has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of DANIEL
WHITNEY PINDER late of Blair Estates, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAM~AS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 21008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00105

In the Estate of CHARLES G. HARAMIS, late
and domiciled of 327 Madison Avenue, in the City
of Watkins Glen, in the State of New York, one of
the States of the United States of America, deceased,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by W. CHRISTOPHER
GOUTHRO of the Regent Centre, Freeport, Grand
Bahama one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealing Letters of Testamentary for Executor in
the above estate granted to GEORGE M.
HARAMIS the Executor of the Estate, by the
Probate Division in the Surrogate Court of County
of Schuyler, New York of the one of the States of
the United States of America on the 28th day of
March, 1995.

Tabitha Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar -


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008, PAGE 7B


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
13TH MARCH, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00103

In the Estate of EDWIN R. LONG, late of No.
10 Mohawk Drive, Brightwaters, New York, U.S.A.,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by JAMES LENNOX
MOXEY of Shirley Street, Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attomney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed
Grant of Letters of Administration With The Will
Annexed in the above estate granted to SHIRLEY
M. LONG, the Administrator, by the Surrogate's
Court for Suffolk County in the State of New York,
one of the States of the United States of America
on the 12th. day of January, 2000.
IDesiree Robinson
(for) Registrar











r"'-- McKenzie joins Albany Found~ation


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Career Opportunities


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PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 20108


A FORMER Ministry of
Financial Services and Invest-
ments consultant under the
former Christie administration
has been named as a vice-pres-
ident of the development com-
pany that will construct the
$1.3 billion Albany Golf &
Beach Resort.
Dr Tyrone McKenzie will be
responsible for Albany's gov-
ernment and community rela-
tions, as well as the philan-
thropic initiatives of the
Albany Foundation.
He will be a senior member
of the company's construction
management team, and have
a hand in every aspect of the


project.
Dr McKenzie has been a
consultant to Albany over the
last year, playing a key role in
the project's approvals and
permitting process with gov-
ernment, and aivarding con-
struction gnd other contracts
to Bahamian companies,
"Albany is very pleased to
have Dr McKenzie on board
full-time with us in a senior
position," said Christopher
Anand, Albany's managing
partner.
"His vast experience in both
the private and public sector


will be a great addition to our
team. This appointment is one
that will enhance Albany and
showcase the type of B3ahami-
an executive management
team Albany will secure."
Dr McKenzie said: "My
intention is to see this project
to fruition and be a part of his-
tory in making Albany one of
the most famous and luxuri-
ous resort communities in the
world."
Albany is being developed
by Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and
the Tavistock Group, the
investment company founded


by Lyford Cay-based billion-
aire Joe Lewis.
The project's amenities will
include a mega-yacht marina,
equestrian centre, state-of-the-
art fitness centre with lap pool,
spa, tennis centre, water park,
adult pool and'an 18-hole
championship golf course
designed by Ernie Els.
The project will employ over
1,600 construction workers and
offer 600 permanent jobs. The
economic impact on the
Bahamas' Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) is expected to
exceed $2 billion.


I;-i


Montana Holdings Ltd, based In Nassau, Is the developer of Rum Cay Resort
Marina and seeks to hire a professional Individual for the following position:

Financial Accounting Manager
Core Responsibilities:
.Effectively communicate financial information to ensure management has an
accurate understanding of project performance, factors influencing performance and
sensitivities to assist management In strategic, operations, planning/decision making
*Achieve reporting deadlines, in an accurate and reliable manner
.Make recommendations as often as possible to improve the financial position of the
projects and the overall business
3ob Description:
Manage all day-to-day responsibilities of the financial operation
Cash flow forecasting & analysis
Oversee development cost capitalization
Resolution of technical accounting Issues
Oversee journal entries & reconciliations
Ad hoc projects and business plans (Including financial modeling)
Supervise the year-end closing processes and reporting
Supervision of one junior accountant
Requirements / Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in Accounting or equivalent field
Professional Certification and prior leadership experience preferred
Minimum 8 years relevant experience In accounting and/or financial management
Considerable knowledge of accounting theories, practices, & financial concepts
Excellent written/verbal communication and organizational skills
Ability to analyze complex problems and evaluate possible solutions
Self starter wlth ability to drive issues to resolution
Ability to manage priorities and work under tight deadlines
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management
Advanced Excel skills (Including model building, complex formulae and pivot tables)
SAdvanced knowledge of Quick Books Accounting Software

Candidate must posses a "can do'' attitude and be "team players". We offer an
excellent benefits package and competitive compensation. For a confidential
SInterview please submit your resume to In IIh ~.,I ~.n ( i, or via fax (242)
677-3007. Deadline: March 18, 2008.


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