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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: April 4, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
A VIOLENT brawl between
students at D W Davis Junior
High School yesterday resulted
in two boys being injured and
several teenagers taken into
police custody.
According to witnesses, a
fight broke out between two
groups of 9th grade students
and the situation escalated
when they started attacking
each other with rocks and pipes
which had been left behind on
the Wilton Street campus by
construction workers.
It was also claimed that other
students and some teachers ran
for cover to avoid injury.
D W Davis teacher and shop
steward of the Bahamas Union


of Teachers (BUT) Indiana
Thompson told the media that
the 9th graders had just been
released for a study period for
mock BGCSEs when the fight
broke out.
While a security officer was
able to detain one student who
was fighting in his office, sev-
eral ringleaders left the campus
by climbing over the wall. When
they returned, they brought out-
siders with them who then
joined the fight, Ms Thompson
said.
When The Tribune arrived
on the scene shortly after 11am,
one student sporting a blood-
ied T-shirt and with his head
heavily bandaged was being
led away by a police officer to
receive medical treatment.
SEE page eight


Bahamian jailed for
five years in Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda An unemployed 23-year-old Bahamian
has been jailed for five years after admitting importing more than
US$50,000 worth of cannabis into Bermuda.
Brent Cunningham told police after he was arrested at a guest apart-
ment in the village of Flatts in February that a Jamaican man he met in
Cuba had asked him to smuggle the drugs into Bermuda.
Before Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves handed down sentence in the
Supreme Court on Wednesday, Cunningham said: "When I decided to
import drugs into Bermuda, I was in dire financial (straits)...I'm truly
sorry."
The court heard that when police went to the apartment on Febru-
ary 15 they found Cunningham and another man. Cunningham admit-
ted he had smuggled cannabis pellets into Bermuda.
Police took him to hospital for an X-ray which showed he had for-
eign objects in his stomach. He later excreted 38 pellets which
were analysed and found to be 521 grams of cannabis, worth $52,100
on the streets of Bermuda.
Asking for leniency, Cunningham's lawyer Larry Scott urged Mr
Justice Greaves to impose a lesser sentence than the five years recom-
mended by prosecutor Cindy Clarke, saying the defendant had been
very co-operative with police.


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* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
THE controversy over the
lowering of customs duty on the
Brazilian juice drink Mona Vie
entered the legal phase yester-
day as Minister of State Zhivar-
go Laing has now filed a lawsuit
against the former controller of
Customs and PLP MPs Frank
Smith and Dr Bernard Nottage.
At the law firm of Callenders
and Co., and with his attorney
Fred Smith at his side, Mr Laing
updated the press on reasons"


for this latest move.
"I have spent much of my life
seeking to protect and preserve
my character and integrity. I
have tried privately and pub-
licly to conduct myself in such a
way that my behaviour did not
welcome the kind of comments
or suggestions that I was a prac-
titioner of wrongdoing.
"Over the last several weeks I
have suffered enormous anxi-
ety, frustration, as a conse-
quence of allegations, sugges-
tions, levelled against me in
SEE page eight


N By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
AN APPEAL has been made to golfing champion Tiger Woods
by an environmental group to withdraw his support from the
Albany Golf and Beach Resort in New Providence.
In a letter to Mr Woods, founder of the environmental organi-
sation reEarth Sam Duncombe asked the golfer to remove his
support from the $1.3 billion development as it is "ecologically, envi-
ronmentally and socially irresponsible."
Judging by his commitments to various charities, Ms Duncombe
told Mr Woods that she believed he is "an honourable man that
gives back to community, that cherishes community and future
gLnl" I lli llS."
"Therefore I ask you again to remove your support for this pro-
SEE page eight


Man shot
by masked
men dies
in hospital
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A MAN shot by masked
intruders in his Grand Bahama
home in March is now being
considered that island's latest
murder victim after he died in
hospital yesterday.
Garth Deveaux, 59, finally
gave up his battle for life at
4.40pm in the Rand Memorial
Hospital's intensive care unit,
where he has been confined
since the attack occurred on
Wednesday, March 19, police
said yesterday.
Mr Deveaux received multi-
ple gunshot wounds when he
interrupted two men who were
beating his wife in their Grand
Bahama home that morning.
Edna Deveaux, 42, reported
having been forced back into
the house at around 7.58am by
two armed men shortly after
she had set off to leave for the
SEE page eight

Ex-convict
calls on govt
to re-assess
its 'second
chance policy'
N By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
AN EX-CONVICT who
worked with the Urban Renewal
Programme until he was dismissed
when the FNM came to power has
called on the government to re-
assess its "second chance" policy.
Leroy Colebrooke said that
while the former PLP government
"reached out to the small man
who had fallen through the
cracks" the FNM's stance on hir-
ing those with criminal histories
is essentially holding back former
inmates who have families to sup-
port.
"There must be a policy which
is geared towards ex-convicts mak-
ing it back into society," he tells
government in a letter.
Mr Colebrooke's case was first
brought to public attention in
December last year when Minister
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LOA6 NW


MOTHERS were in a rage
over the Easter weekend after
describing toilets at a popular
Nassau cinema as a "disgust-
ing mess" in need of urgent
action.
While hundreds of young
movie-goers milled round the
Galleria complex at the Mall
at Marathon, there was not a
single shred of toilet paper to
be found, they claimed.
And many cubicles were in
"unsanitary" condition with
broken doors and other
defects, they alleged.
Now one of the mothers,
Marilyn Bowleg, plans to
lodge an official complaint
with the Ministry of Health,
claiming that repeated
protests to the cinema man-
agement over several years
have fallen on deaf ears.
"It's time something was
done about this disgusting sit-
uation," Ms Bowleg told The
Tribune yesterday.
"This cinema must have
made a mint over the Easter
weekend, yet there was no toi-
let paper anywhere it was a
nightmare.
"It seems they are so cheap
that they will not even employ
someone to keep an eye on


"It's time
something was
done about this
disgusting
situation."

Marilyn Bowleg
the toilets.
"Children go to the cinema
to watch the movies, eat
sweets and popcorn with their
fingers yet there are no
proper facilities for them to
wash their hands after they've
been to the toilet. There is no
soap and no hand towels."
Yesterday, Felton Capron, a
manager at Galleria's Mall at
Marathon location said he
found Ms Bowleg's allegations
"a bit strange" in light of the
fact that the movie theatre
employs two bathroom moni-
tors who regularly "freshen
up" the facilities throughout
opening hours.
Despite having worked over
the Easter weekend Mr
Capron claimed he was "not
aware" of such complaints.


Ms Bowleg, however, said
she had to drive to her home
out East "in pain" because she
was not prepared to use the
toilets in their neglected state.
"This can't be allowed to go
on," she said, "I like to go to
the movies, but with children
drinking sodas, they need to
go to the toilet a lot, and there
are no proper facilities for
them."
Ms Bowleg said many other
mothers were angry, and chil-
dren were dashing from cubi-
cle to cubicle looking for toilet
paper.
Mr Capron said that there
was a possibility that if the
mother and her children
entered during a very busy
interval, there may have been
a brief period where there was
no toilet paper in some of the
cubicles, however he added
that had one of the employ-
ees been made aware of the
problem it would have been
quickly rectified.
The Tribune attempted to
reach either the director or
assistant director of the
Department of Environmental
Health Services for comment
yesterday but was informed
that both were in a meeting.


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A 25-year-old man has
been denied bail on charges
stemming from a shooting
incident that occurred over
the Easter holiday weekend.
Rony Jean Marius of Gold-
en Isles Road, who is charged
with the attempted murder of
Regina Bonaby, was denied
bail yesterday and remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison. His
case has been adjourned to
June 25.
It is alleged that on Friday,


March 21, Marius attempted
to murder Bonaby.
The accused was not
required to enter a plea to the
attempted murder charge.
Marius has also been
charged with two counts of
possession of a firearm with
the intent to endanger life as
well as one charge of causing
damage.
According to court dockets,
it is alleged that on March 21,
Marius was in possession of a


handgun with the intent to
endanger the life of Anika
Darville.
It is also alleged that on the
same day, Marius was in pos-
session of a handgun with the
intent to endanger the life of
Edison Smith Jr.
It further alleged that on
March 21, Marius caused $500
in damage to a white 1998
Honda CRV, the property of
Eucal and Jacqueline Bona-
by.

Cuban immigrants
reportedly found

THE United States Coast
Guard and a Bahamian
Defence Force officer report-
edly discovered 22 Cuban immi-
grants in the Cay Sal Bank area
yesterday morning.
The Coast Guard cutter Cay
Largo was on routine patrol
with one Royal Defence Force
(RBDF) officer aboard when
they found the immigrants 15
men and seven women.
"This mutual assistance by
the US Coast Guard speaks to
the co-operative effort of both
the Coast Guard and the RBDF
in dealing with illegal immigra-
tion in the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas," said the Defence
Force in a statement.
It said the immigrants were
to be turned over to immigra-
tion authorities sometime last
night.


OBIE WILCHCOMBE


Cinema toilets branded

a 'disgusting mess'


West End and Bimini MP plans


to attract more whites into PLP


if he becomes deputy leader


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
AS deputy leader of the PLP,
West End and Bimini MP Obie
Wilchcombe said he would
work to bridge the colour gap
that exists in the Bahamas and
draw more white Bahamian vot-
ers into the fold of the PLP.
Traditionally, white Bahami-
ans have voted in droves against
the Progressive Liberal Party,
opting to support the govern-
ing Free National Movement
instead a trend that some
PLPs suggest is a throwback to
colonial days and the rule of the
UBP.
In fact, during the last cam-
paign leading up to the general
elections in 2007, political
observers commented that
some members of the PLP
sought to play "the race card"
to divide the country along
political and racial lines.
However, Mr Wilchcombe,
who announced that he would
run for the post of deputy
leader this week, said this mind-
set must to be eradicated and
that Bahamians need to appre-
ciate that every one of them has
a role to play in developing the
country.
"I believe that the strength
of our country is the people of
our country. I believe (we must
be) able to bring our people
together in a common cause,
the cause we fought for in 1967.
We achieved it we, the people
achieved it. Now the next cause
is economic empowerment, but
economic empowerment for all.
"We can't have special inter-


"I believe
that the
strength of
our country is
the people of
our country."


est groups in the PLP who want
to dominate. Or special inter-
est groups in the FNM who
want to dominate. What you
have to do is share this pie. You
have to share more with more
people, and more people must
get involved. We must in fact
create more for people.
"I want to get to the point
where we are not talking about
jobs, we're talking about
careers. I want to get to the
point where we talk not about
arresting the criminal, but cap-
turing the mind of the would-be
criminal so that he doesn't go in
that direction. I want to get to
the point where we can talk
about health care and we can
appreciate that we have
research going on for cancer
treatment.
"I want our education insti-
tutions to be more than just
buildings. I don't want us to be
talking about we built buildings.
I want to be talking about the
quality of education that's
obtained in the buildings that
we build. That's what I want to
take our country to. And I can


do that, and I can assist our par-
ty in getting there because those
were the ideals," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that the
quiet revolution of the PLP is
not over. In fact, he said, the
party has only completed one
phase and the fight continues.
"I'd like to be the generation
that imports a new ideology,
that embraces the PLP philoso-
phy, that causes people to
appreciate that this PLP party is
a big tent, that all can fit under
it, that it is for all Bahamians,
white or black.
"And I want to see more
white people in our party, I
want to see more white
Bahamians being a part of the
PLP. People tend to forget that
our party was started by white
Bahamians. Our party was start-
ed by white Bahamians in Long
Island. H M Taylor was a white
Bahamian; William Cartwright,
Cyril Stevenson they were
white Bahamians.
"But something happened,
went wrong along the way,
where we played the politics
and we allowed the opponents
to the PLP to make us a single
race party, and we're not. And
we have to move away from
that, we have to ensure that our
party is seen to be the party
that's progressive in its think-
ing, that's 21st century think-
ing, and that our party is able to
bring in all people," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe added that
this is the only way that
Bahamians can ever own their
own economy, get crime to
acceptable levels, or get
Bahamian students to be the
"best and the brightest".


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FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008, PAGE 3


THE TRIBUNE


LOA NW


BEACH EROSION


DIAGRAMS


Beach access claims




considered 'misleading'


The following article is one
of a series about beach erosion
in The Bahamas due to con-
struction in the coastal zone.
Information and photos are
provided by citizens who have
documented erosion on these
beaches for more than 15 years.

IN addition to the nega-
tive environmental
impact, there are also
negative social conse-
quences associated with the
construction of canals and
buildings on and through
Bahamas beaches.
While our beaches and
coastal areas attract much need-
ed tourism and investment, they
have another value that is not so
easily assessed: they are part of
the Bahamian way of life.
For generations, Bahamians
have looked to their beaches as
places of family relaxation and
holiday socializing.
Anyone who has seen
Bahamian children playing in
the clear water, or experienced
the excitement of a regatta, or
enjoyed Bahamian music and
food at a seaside festival, knows
that beaches and coastlines have
a social value that cannot be
counted in dollars and cents.
They are priceless national trea-
sures, endowments that belong
to every Bahamian, whatever
his or her age or social condi-
tion.
The sad fact is that these irre-
placeable gifts of nature are
being degraded or walled off
almost daily.
Somewhere in The Bahamas
today someone is thoughtlessly
cutting a channel through a
beach to create a marina for
mega yachts, or carelessly build-
ing a jetty that may cause beach
erosion, or putting up a pala-
tial hotel too close to the water.
The most obvious examples
in New Providenc e are at Dela-
porte beach and Cable Beach,
where access onto and along the
beaches has been restricted by
the Sandyport canal and the
construction of the Crystal
Palace hotel. Other beaches in
Nassau and Paradise Island
have also been closed off to the
public due to development.
In recent years, beach access
has become a major concern
among Bahamians.
At meetings to discuss pro-
posed projects in southwestern
New Providence, it was noted
that the public would have a
right of way on to Adelaide
beach. It was claimed the pro-
jects would create more beach
access for Bahamians.
However, based on official
documents showing the pro-
posed marina channel through
the beach, these claims are mis-
leading.
Drawings show that, instead
of beach access being improved,
as stated by the developers, it
will actually be restricted.
Proposed channels at Ade-
laide beach see diagram 1
Figure 1A shows the natural
beach without obstructions; Fig-
ure 1B shows the beach with
proposed marina channels.
While a small right of way
to the beach has been promised
to increase access onto the
beach, this has not been pre-
sented to the public in the con-
text of the proposed marina
channels. These channels actu-
ally confine the residents from
the gated community and the
public onto a small portion of
proposed beach between the
two channels. The channels
block access along the length of
the beach.
Also, members of the public
accessing the beach from Ade-
laide, and homeowners on the
beach, will no longer be able to
walk the entire length of the
beach. In other words, the pub-
lic will be blocked from enjoy-
ing full access along the beach
by the marina channels.
Delaporte Beach see dia-
gram2
Beach access was virtually
eliminated at Delaporte beach
when it was cut in half by the
Sandyport canal almost 20 years
ago.


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Figure 2A shows Delaporte
beach before the Sandyport
canal was built. As can be seen,
the entire beach was accessible
to the public.
'Figure 2B shows the beach
with the Sandyport canal. Note
that access along the beach is
restricted by the canal.
Cable Beach see diagram 3
Cable beach was cut in half
when government allowed Car-
nival to build a hotel and lagoon
across the beach over 15 years
ago.
Figure 3A shows Cable
beach before the Crystal Palace
was built. Here again, the entire
beach was accessible to the pub-
lic.


Figure 3B shows the beach
with the Crystal Palace hotel
and lagoon. Access along the
entire length of the beach has
been restricted by the large sea-
wall, with an artificial lagoon,
built across the beach and out to
sea. At one time, security
guards actually prevented the
public from walking across the
platform onto the beach on
either side of the platform.
Today, it is still an obstruction
that restricts access to the entire
beach.
Other concerns about beach
destruction and access have also
been raised.
For example, throughout The
Bahamas, beach access points
have been closed due to devel-
opment. Beach access has also


"It's time for
government to
take careful stock
of our beaches
and to protect
them now so that
they can be
passed along in a
pristine
condition to
future
generations."


been restricted by boulders and
other material placed on some
beaches.
Concerned citizens, with pro-
fessionals in and out of govern-
ment, have expressed concern
about the destruction of
Bahamian beaches, reefs and
coastlines.
In fact, published government
reports on the environment out-
line that it is a priority for gov-
ernment to protect The
Bahamas' beaches and to pre-
serve its natural resources.
According to a source, "It's
time for government to take
careful stock of our beaches and
to protect them now so that
they can be passed along in a
pristine condition to future gen-
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The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCII, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Proper protection for our sea turtles


ON SEPTEMBER 18, 1979 90 days
after agreeing to become a signatory the
rules and spirit of the Convention of Inter-
national Trade of Endangered Species
(CITES) came into effect for the Bahamas.
As a signatory to CITES, the Bahamas
agreed to join the United States and 115 oth-
er countries in the banning of the import or
export of sea turtle products and the catching
and destruction of the turtle itself.
At the time the Johnson Brothers were the
well known dealers in turtles and conch shells.
They had a successful business on Bay Street
and their jewellery, made out of highly pol-
ished turtle and conch shells, and the sale of
large stuffed turtles were popular items with
tourists.
However, when the ban on the turtle trade
came into force, the major part of the John-
son business closed and eventually the fami-
ly went out of business.
Turtle soup was popular in those days and
the late Sir Roland Symonette, first premier
of the Bahamas, and father of Deputy Prime
Minister Brent Symonette, would tie on his
apron, go to the kitchen and put together
the best turtle soup one hoped to taste.
All this went out when CITES took the
turtle off the market and encouraged nations
to protect them.
However, as far as local fishermen in the
Bahamas were concerned, CITES' rules of
protection were more honoured in their
breach.
On Easter Sunday morning a group of
concerned citizens saw a large male logger-
head turtle on display at the Montagu ramp.
The turtle was lying helplessly on its back
with the hot sun beating down on its bare
under belly. It was for sale.
The Trust and the Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety were contacted and urged to save the tur-
tle.
Two Trust directors Kevin Dagenhart
and Eric Carey arrived at the ramp. They
tried in vain to convince the police to take
action under section 233 of the Penal Code,
citing cruel punishment and torture of the
helpless creature. The police would not be
convinced.
Eventually concerned citizens put up the
ransom, and returned the turtle to the ocean.
This is so wrong. Treaties are not signed
just for the sake of signing. Our legislators


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should have known that dealing with per-
sons like the Johnsons needed only an
announcement for them to put down their
tools and abandon the turtle. But there were
other Bahamians, like the fishermen, who
needed legislation. Where was the legisla-
tion to protect the turtle and prevent a breach
of the signed convention? Apparently there
was none, or, if there was, neither the police
nor the Trust officials knew about it as the
Trust cited only the general penal code.
On March 29, Dianne Phillips wrote an
article in The Tribune of her recent experi-
ence with two fishermen netting a turtle,
with a billy club ready for the kill one Sunday
afternoon at Rose Island.
We agree with Athena Damianos, a for-
mer local news editor at The Tribune, whose
letter is published on this page today.
The continued purchase of sea turtles,
fetching prices as high as $800, has launched
a new enterprise for local fishermen.
Instead of playing on people's emotions
to have them purchase the turtle, the fisher-
men should be arrested and punished for
breaching the convention. Of course, to do
this government is going to have to change
fishery regulations to reflect what the Pin-
dling government signed in 1979. When coun-
tries take on these obligations, they are not
expected to treat them lightly.
It's now up to the Ingraham government to
rectify yet another oversight by a previous
government.
The Trust has urged a revision of the
Bahamas fishery regulations that would ban
the taking of sea turtles in the Bahamas for
sale.
"This would greatly reduce the demand
and immediately rid the country of the pub-
lic spectacle of the torture and slaughter of
these globally threatened animals," said the
Trust. "Through education and public aware-
ness it will be possible to gain support
amongst stockholders, including fishermen,
for a total ban on the harvest."
What happened on Easter Sunday at Mon-
tagu ramp and Mrs Phillips at Rose Island are
not isolated experiences and this is not the
first time that concerned members of the
public have fought with fishermen over a tur-
tle.
It is now up to government to quickly
change the regulations to enable this country
to enforce its international obligations.


Save turtles by




not paying a




cent for them


EDITOR, The Tribune.
Once again, an endangered
sea turtle, on cruel display at
the Montagu ramp on Easter
Sunday, was purchased so it
could be returned to the wild
and saved from slaughter.
Although well intentioned,
this is the worst thing anyone
can do as it only encourages
greedy and/or ignorant people
to capture these beautiful
marine animals for sale.
The word is out that con-
cerned Bahamians will pay up
to $800 to save a turtle and
these turtles will now be under
enormous pressure from
unscrupulous fishermen.
The best way to help save
turtles is to not pay a single cent
for them, thus rendering them
worthless.
Also, as a signatory to the


Convention of International
Trade of Endangered Species, it
would be hypocritical for the
Bahamas government to do
anything less than outlaw the
domestic harvest and sale of sea
turtles.
Not only is the cruel display
of turtles upside down in the
sun distressing to enlight-
ened Bahamians and visitors, it
demonstrates how uninformed
we are as a country whose num-
ber one industry tourism is
heavily dependent on a healthy
marine system.
While on the subject of our
marine resources, I would urge
the government to revisit the


decision to allow the use of air
compressors for harvesting fish.
The inner coastal waters of
New Providence have been sys-
tematically stripped by "fisher-
men" using the artificial breath-
ing apparatus.
With most fisheries collaps-
ing around the world and many
on the brink of potentially irre-
versible loss, the Bahamas
ought to be protecting its valu-
able resources and looking into
fish farming.
Although late, the Bahamas
government did introduce a
closed season on Grouper.
That's a good start.
But much more needs to be
done if our depleted stocks are
to stand a chance of recovery.

ATHENA DAMIANOS
Nassau,
March 25, 2008


The Bahamas is adrift at sea


while the

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THERE is no living Bahami-
an who is more positive about
the future of The Bahamas than
me. Despite the handful of chal-
lenges which confront our beau-
tiful little nation, I am more
than persuaded that being the
resilient people that we are that
we will emerge stronger; more
focused and motivated.
Yes, we are plagued by seem-
ingly inept and clueless politi-
cians and other so-called nation-
al leaders. There are far too
many teenage pregnancies and
for sure too many indiscrimi-
nate alleged homicides. The
provision of affordable build-
ing lots here in New Providence
is beyond the reach of any Min-
ister of Housing.
Our national infrastructure is
rapidly falling down and no one
in authority seems to have a sin-
gle idea what to do about it.
Our wetlands and hills are being
decimated; filled in with rub-
bish and chopped down at
whim, despite numerous laws
to the contrary. Ministers in the
FNM administration strut
around like so many tin gods;
goddesses and ironed testeron-
ical men (and, apparently, some
women).
A large percentage of the
defunct PLP members of par-
liament are still acting and
behaving as if they are suffering
from the effects of their defeat
in the May 2nd general elec-


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tions. With all of the crucial will compensate those hapless
issues facing The Bahamas, we residents with their inevitable
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the absolute wastage of parlia- sity to steam clean their furni-
mentary time over a bogus ture, etc?
debate on some drink called Rogue police officers now
Mona Vie. More than four seem to be the order of the day.
weeks of fitful debate; acrimo- Every sensible Bahamian has
nious insults and innuendoes, concluded, rightly or wrongly,
we are no further along the that some of the established
road of national development police is nothing short of a
and reconstruction. big gang, sanctioned by the
Some suggest that Minister big gang, sanctioned by t least
Zhivargo Laing needs 'to do the state. Sad but so true at least
honourable thing', whatever perception-wise.
that is supposed to be. Let me Some politicians, across'the
say right now, for the record board, seem to only want to get
and posterity, that I am not a into the parliament (front or
member or a current supporter back door), make some quick
of any political party, nor do I money and obtain lucrative con-
subscribe to any one man's tracts either for their cronies or
agenda. for the highly favoured foreign
As a Bahamian, however, I investor (who, of course, will
reserve the absolute right to cri- show his/her appreciation).
tique and comment on issues; Senior civil servants exit the
public personalities; the cock- government ranks and join up
eyed manifestoes and'bogus with the very same foreign
'our plans'. While our leaders, investors they would have had
across the board, are fiddling to vet and scrutinise while the
and checking to see who is able latter were seeking entry into
to get down to the lowest The Bahamas. Should there not
denominator, The Bahamas is be some rules preventing a civ-
adrift at sea. il servant or an immediate past
The captain is, apparently, politician from joining a private
asleep in his cabin and the crew firm over which they would
members are shooting dice and have had oversight, for at least
getting intoxicated on two or more years?
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to blame it on the Greensl and it is being reflected and
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THF TRIBUNE


0 In brief Bahamians told: change polluting

New European

argshi ways or risk losing everything
docks at space
station with i life. They don't buy into 'the
deliveries The BNCAC chairman claims that the ciay when they face the eco-
tinomic-hardships they..ace,


* CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
A NEW European cargo
ship flew up to the interna-
tional space station and
docked Thursday, successful-
ly delivering food, water and
clothes in its orbital debut.
according to Associated Press.
The unmanned cargo ship,
called Jules Verne, was oper-
ated by flight controllers at a
European Space Agency cen-
ter in Toulouse, France.
NASA's Mission Control in
Houston and Russia's control
center outside Moscow kept
close tabs on the operation,
which culminated in the
morning linkup more than
200 miles above the Atlantic.
So did the three space station
residents.
Twice over the past week,
flight controllers in Toulouse
guided Jules Verne to close
encounters with the space sta-
tion. The practice gave them
confidence that the space-
craft's systems would perform
as planned for the docking.
Indeed, everything seemed to
go smoothly with the auto-
matic linkup.
"Around the world in 26
days, the European Space
Agency's Jules Verne ... has
pulled into port at the inter-
national space station,"
announced Mission Control
commentator Rob Navias in
Houston.
Jules Verne one of the
European Space Agency's
major contributions to the
space station rocketed
away from French Guiana on
March 9 with several tons of
oxygen, fuel, water and other
supplies. It had to wait for
shuttle Endeavour to leave
the orbiting complex;
Endeavour's mission ended
last week.


Bahamas has reached critical stage


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

ON THE first day of
Coastal Awareness Month
Bahamians were warned they
must change their polluting
ways or risk "losing every-
thing."
Earlston McPhee, chairman
of the Bahamas National
Coastal Awareness Commit-
tee (BNCAC) a 16 member
group made up of public and
private stakeholders claims
the Bahamas has reached a
critical stage in terms of the
need for action on behalf of
its citizens to protect the envi-
ronment.
"If we continue along the
road we are on we will be in a
sad state," he warned.
This comes as Minister of
State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing told the committee on
Tuesday that while he believes
that bringing onboard the
country's youth would be the
most effective way of preserv-
ing the our natural resources
in the long-term, many of
today's young people are of a
mindset which does not lend
itself to "buying into" the idea
that the country is theirs to
protect.
The BNCAC met with Mr
Laing and his team at the Min-
istry of Finance to outline spe-
cific ways in which the min-
istry could support the com-
mittee in achieving their objec-
tive of encouraging Bahami-
ans to do their bit to preserve


the islands' natural assets.
It was also the start of
Coastal Awareness Month,
which has been designed by
the committee to provide
opportunities for the public to
clean-up the coastline, as well
as to learn about the chal-
lenges facing it and possible
solutions.
While coastal concerns are
high on the agenda for the
month, the group is eyeing
more broad objectives.

Goals

Their ultimate aim is to
achieve the three inter-con-
nected goals of preserving: the
natural beauty of the islands,
the socio-economic welfare of
Bahamians and the attractive-
ness of the Bahamas as a
tourist destination.
Mr McPhee said: "I won't
say it's an easy job. It's a very
difficult job but we have to
start somewhere. That's why
we say 'If not us, who? If not
now, when?'," repeating the
group's motto.
The chairman spoke pas-
sionately at the meeting about
a need for a serious change in
attitudes towards the environ-
ment among Bahamians.
Negative feedback from
tourists about how "dirty"
they found the Bahamas to be.
and obvious and ongoing envi-
ronmental degradation in cer-
tain areas point to a situation
which cannot continue if the
Bahamas is to keep its more
precious assets.


MINISTER OF State for Finance Zhivargo Laing with members of the Coastal Awareness Committee and
representatives of the Ministry of Finance.



Coastal Awareness



Committee getting



Cabinet support


MINISTER of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing has given support in principle to the
ongoing work of the Coastal Awareness Com-
mittee.
The committee, which is comprised of several
governmental and private agency representa-
tives, aims to increase the public's knowledge of
environmental issues and influence public
behavior for the protection of the environ-
ment.
The committee met with Mr Laing on Tues-
day to discuss how the Ministry of Finance
could assist in their work. Visits with several
other Cabinet ministers are planned over the
next two weeks.
Mr Laing gave his support to increasing the
pubic awareness and discussion of how all
Bahamians can become better environmental
stewards..
"The reality is the environment is still too
much on the margins of our discussions in the
country," he said.
Mr Laing said the government can be relied
on to assist in leading the way in many areas.
These Would include considering how the use of
energy-efficient bulbs and vehicles can be
encouraged, he said.
Great advancement in environmental pro-
tection will be made when issues of the envi-


ronment are more aggressively included in the
country's educational system, Mr Laing said.
"There is no doubt in my mind that envi-
ronmental education needs to be put in our
mainstream educational system in the
Bahamas, just as I believe that about business
and economics," he said.
Earlston McPhee, chairman of the Coastal
Awareness Committee, pointed out that there
has been an increase in complaints about the
environment of the Bahamas from visitors over
the past three years. He said Bahamians must
be urged to make tourism a sustainable ven-
ture.
"We have to be sure that our economic activ-
ity does not destroy our environment," he said.
Committee member Casuarina McKinney
said the committee realises that not every mem-
ber of the pubic will take care of the environ-
ment for altruistic reasons. However, she said
there are economic reasons that can be quan-
tified and shared with the public encouraging
the preservation of our surroundings for sus-
tainable development reasons.
The immediate activities of the Coastal
Awareness Committee include a national pho-
to essay competition and field trips to Dolphin
Encounters and Stuart Cove's Dive Aqua
Adventures for students.


From the committee's per-
spective, a two-pronged
approach involving "education
and enforcement" are key to
enabling the Bahamas to move
towards becoming a more
environmentally-conscious
country, and they are dedicat-
ed to pushing the right but-
tons to make it happen.
However, Mr McPhee
admits that an attitude change
takes time: "Where we are
today we didn't get their
over night, so it's not going to
be a quick fix."
The problem is that many
Bahamians do not realise the
consequences of their actions
when they throw litter outside
or in the ocean, or dump
refrigerators on the side of the
road. Meanwhile, the long arm
of the law often seems sur-
prisingly short on this issue,
meaning there are few legal
repercussions.
"We need a zero tolerance
approach," proposed the
chairman, who added that the
group is set to meet with
Police Commissioner Reginald
Ferguson this month to put
forward their case.
He contends that many do
not appreciate the richness of
the ocean environment that
they are polluting with their
trash, in part because they
have little experience of it.
Some of this month's aware-
ness raising efforts include
field trips with Dolphin
Encounters and dives with
Stuarts Cove's, aimed at
"opening the eyes" of young
people who may never have
had a chance to explore the
wonders of the underwater
environment.
Banners will also be on dis-
play throughout the Bahamas
with tidbits of information
about the role mangroves,


reefs and other critical coastal
resources play in the eco-sys-
tem.
Meanwhile, Casuarina McK-
inney said that for those who
don't "traditionally think from
an environmental perspective"
instilling an understanding
that the coastal environment
is worth something from a
"dollars and cents perspec-
tive" is key.
"You can see the waves
breaking on the reef and if
those reefs weren't breaking
there they'd be breaking on
the land, so that in effect is
our breakwater, and we can
calculate what its worth from a
storm protection perspective.
Same with the mangroves and
the sea grass beds, from a fish-
eries perspective," said Ms
McKinney, executive director
of the Bahamas Reef Envi-
ronmental Education Founda-
tion.
Placing environmental
awareness on the mainstream
curriculum would be a wise
move, according to Mr Laing.
He also suggested that a
"significant environmental
prize", such as a full universi-
ty scholarship, for a student
who shows outstanding com-
mitment to promoting the pro-
tection of the local environ-
ment could make a difference.
However, the minister
warned that in his experience
as a youth officer, many young
people today and there are
currently around 60,000
between the ages of 18 and 25
are a "very different breed
of people compared to what
they used to be" and any
efforts to change their mindset
will have to involve engaging
them in a "very meaningful"
way.
"They have a more materi-
alistic and temporal take on


nomic hardships they tace,
especially when they face the
lack of ownership issues," he
said.
"There needs to be a more
assertive, more aggressive and
a more sustained effort with
respect to them.
"To the extent that its part
and parcel of what children
learn as they grow up . it
becomes a different set of
behaviours that they adopt as
they move along."

Misgivings
The ministry's financial sec-
retary Ruth Miller expressed
misgivings about whether the
committee can alter our dirty
habits and proposed that seek-
ing advice from other coun-
tries where successful cam-
paigns have been executed
may be one way of moving
forward something which Mr
McPhee said he is looking
into.
In the UK, very graphic
advertising campaigns illus-
trating the possible conse-
quences of specific societal ills
for example, driving drunk
or smoking have had consid-
erable success in making these
behaviours somewhat taboo
among the general population.
In this vein, Mr Laing said
that while enforcement will
play a part, having the public
"police" themselves and oth-
ers will be more likely to
reduce people's tendency to
act irresponsibly when it
comes to the environment.
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Her Majesty's Prison has failed




to be a correctional facility


* By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

H ER Majesty's
Prison (Fox Hill) is
a barbaric, overcrowded penal
facility that creates hardened
savages instead of serving as
an institution for rehabilita-
tion.
The prison has failed to be
a correctional facility and
does not adhere to interna-
tional standards governing the
treatment of prisoners.
In the country's main penal
complex, sequestration and
payback for those suspected
and convicted of crimes
appears to be the chosen
approach, instead of a con-
certed drive for rehabilitation.
Frankly, rehabilitation can
only occur when the inhu-
mane conditions at the prison
are improved. Furthermore,
even prison officers are sus-
ceptible to mental and physi-
cal illnesses resulting from
their deplorable work envi-
ronment. The prison service
continues to be an under-
staffed and grossly underpaid
arm of law enforcement.
The Fox Hill slammer was
constructed in 1953 to house
400 inmates. Today, the "cor-
rectional institution" is burst-
ing at the seams with 1,300
inmates living in foul condi-
tions that regularly turn non-
violent offenders into violent
criminals. It is a travesty that
one of every 230 Bahamians is
a resident of Statesville.
According to Amnesty
International (AI), the
Bahamas has the eighth high-
est rate of imprisonment in
the world. Judicial officers
and those with oversight for
the prison should be aware
that the warehousing of non-
violent, pre-trial prisoners sig-
nificantly contributes to the
overflow at the penitentiary.
According to social activist
Rodney Moncur: "I've seen
situations where it seems that
30 persons are confined to a


cramped cell, particularly at
the minimum security area at
the rear of the prison. In max-
imum and medium security
areas, six or more persons are
confined to a cell and every-
one can see you using the toi-
let!"

indeed, former prisoners
suggest that they are
packed together like slaves
crossing the Middle Passage
- while serving their sen-
tences. I am told that even the
cells at police stations are
unhygienic, with reports of
blood and faeces on the floors
at certain stations.
In addressing prison facili-
ties, Russian novelist/prisoner
Fyodor Dostoevsky said that
"the degree of civilization in a
society can be judged by
entering its prisons." Well,
considering the conditions at
Fox Hill, are we uncivilised?
Although I would never
advocate prisoners living lux-
uriously, their removal from
society should not only serve
as punishment. They should
also be humanely treated and
trained to become productive
citizens. At present, the stock-
ade at Fox Hill is a hotbed
for diseases, as there are high
instances of HIV, AIDS, TB
and other communicable dis-
eases.
The rate of attempted sui-
cide is elevated as distraught
inmates, who become men-
tally unstable due to the real-
ity of their circumstances, des-
perately choose to end their
lives rather than live night-
marish existences. Prisoners,
past and present, also accuse
the'prison of providing inad-
equate medicallmental care


and, as AI reports, "special-
ists in women's health care
are allegedly unavailable."
On a recent talk show,
Prison Superintendent Dr
Elliston Rahming was ques-
tioned about the predicament
of paralysed inmates (eg,
those shot in the spine dur-
ing robberies) and whether
they are simply left to lie
down and wallow in their
muck.
In a publicly edifying
response, Dr Rahming noted
that an inmate in a grim med-
ical state who is no longer a
societal menace can be rec-
ommended to the Prerogative
Board of Mercy for release.
For some, it appears that
there's little concern for
humanity once a person has
been condemned.

Although Bahamian
taxpayers disburse
between $10-12,000 per
annum for a single prisoner's
maintenance, the prison
remains a poorly ventilated
joint where prisoners sleep on
cardboard, worn-out blankets,
hard benches and/or concrete
beds. Conditions at the prison
are dehumanising as inmates
urinate and defecate openly
in a slop bucket, share a buck-
et of water for bathing and
daily discard mounds of mal-
odorous faeces in garbage
bags and wheelbarrows.
According to The Tribune
of December 12, 2007, Dr
Rahming said that the rate of
recidivism at the penitentiary
stood at a whopping 42 per
cent. It appears that there's a
revolving door syndrome
afflicting a sizeable percent-
age who, once-released, are


AD R IANiB S


stigmatised by unforgiving
Bahamians and suspiciously
viewed by potential employ-
ers who refuse to hire them,
return to unconducive envi-
ronments and errant peers
and sometimes lack the skills
and expertise for certain jobs.
"Kerzner and many other
investors don't want anyone
with a criminal record. Even
the construction companies
are demanding character cer-
tificates, so imagine where
that leaves most ex-cons,"
notes Rodney Moncur.
If prisoners at Fox Hill are
further exposed to education,
job training and drug treat-
ment, and Bahamian employ-
ers are sensitised to their
plight and encouraged to
grant second chances, the rate
of recidivism can be dramati-
cally reduced. This, in turn,
can also lead to a reduction
of taxpayer costs.
Weaker inmates, particu-
larly those smaller an.d
younger passive prisoners, are
allegedly the victims of rape
and sexual abuse by other
prisoners or prison guards.
New prisoners or those of an
alternative lifestyle are easy
targets for victimisation and,
in many instances, leave the
prison with psychosomatic
issues, behave sadistically
and/or have a sexually trans-
mitted disease.
A former prisoner told me
that these rapes can occur in
the presence of "correction-
al officers" who become insti-
tutionalised themselves and
adopt a dismissive air.
According to former US
Supreme Court Justice Har-
ry Blackmun: "The horrors
experienced by many young
inmates, particularly those
who are convicted of non-vio-
lent offences, border on the
unimaginable. Prison rape not
only threatens the lives of
those who fall prey to their
aggressors, but it is potential-
ly devastating to the human
spirit. Shame, depression, and
a shattering loss of self-


esteem accompany the per-
petual terror the victim there-
after must endure."
In the Bahamas, there is a
need for sentencing reform,
particularly when dealing with
minor offences, as persons are
sentenced for a small amount
of marijuana or petty theft
when a more appropriate sen-
tence would be probation or
community service.
The size of the population
at our main jailhouse can only
be reduced through the afore-
mentioned avenues as well as
fines and sanctions such as
the loss of driver's licences,
house arrest and electronic
monitoring.
It is high time that the
Bahamas' judicial system
adopted a system of restora-
tive justice prior to court tri-
als, where each case is exam-
ined, particularly as it relates
to first-time offenders or per-
sons suspected of petty
crimes.

O n the Family
Islands, before
drafting court summons, a
restorative justice system can
be widely practised, as close-
knit communities can come
together to scrutinise the
impact of a crime and arrange
means for holding an offend-
er responsible. Of course, per-
sons guilty of offences must
be apologetic and accountable
for their actions to qualify
and be made to pay amends
to either a victim or a com-
munity.
Furthermore, to alleviate
the overcrowding at the
prison and/or reduce dracon-
ian sentences, especially in
instances when minor
offences are committed, the
Attorney General's Office, in
conjunction with judges, must
become more open to plea
bargaining.
Presently, Fox Hill prison
is home to an assortment of
skilled labourers. I am told
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inmates. With that in mind, it
would be economical for the
government to utilise prison
inmates in the restoration of
several dilapidated govern-
ment offices. Of course, the
government must compensate
these prisoners, who would
earn monies in savings
accounts and be more inde-
pendent on release.
Sex offenders, convicted
murderers and other outright
degenerates should never be
released on work pro-
grammes. Frankly, we must
set about creating a local
database of sex offenders and
outfitting them with tracking
bracelets.
I have always been a pro-
ponent of the government
using some of the stalled $30
million from the Chinese gov-
ernment, purportedly donated
to build a yet unseen stadi-
um, to constructing a new
prison on a secluded cay, far-
away from residential areas.
Rehabilitation entails a
convicted inmate accepting
responsibility for a crime,
working to ensure that it nev-
er recurs by learning conflict
resolution tactics and to
respect other people's
rights/properties and
attaining a skill or basic edu-
cation to become a better cit-
izen.
When it comes to the re-
integration of prisoners in
society, the church and other
NGOs should start and adopt
an inmate programme when
a prisoner is released, so as
to provide clothes, meals, a
half-way house and assist with
getting a job.
This can greatly reduce an
ex-con's penchant to re-
offend. The government
should also initiate a second
chance programme to sensi-
tise Bahamians, establish a
legal aid programme and
develop a mandatory national
youth service to rescue
youngsters, particularly those
on a path to Fox Hill.


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* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT Grand Bahama Health Ser-
vices has announced plans for this year's World
Health Day which is observed internationally
on April 7.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has
selected as this year's theme, 'Protecting health
from climate change.'
The organisation believes that climate change
is posing a growing threat to global public health
security.
It is hoped that increased collaboration among
nations will allow societies to be better prepared
to cope with climate-related health challenges.
The WHO wants to see the global communi-
ty strengthen surveillance and control of infec-
tious diseases, ensure safer use of diminishing
water supplies and co-ordinate action in emer-
gencies.
Shirley Burrows-Smith, a local World Health
Day committee member, said the objective of
World Health Day 2008 is to stimulate public
participation in the global campaign to protect
health from the adverse effects of climate
change.
Mrs Burrows said that a number of activities
have been planned for month of April.

Saturday, April 5 A fun run/walk beginning
at 6.30am from the Rand Memorial Hospital's
parking lot followed by a health fair in the main
parking lot.
Sunday, April 6 A church service at Holy
Temple in Jonestown, Eight Mile Rock begin-
ning at 11am.
Monday, April 7 The official opening of
World Health Month at 11am at Foster Pes-
taiqa Hall. Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
will be the keynote speaker. A Pan-American
Health Organisation (PAHO) representative
will also attend the opening.
Wednesday, April 24 A Toastmaster
debate at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce beginning at 7pm.
Mrs Burrows is encouraging the community to
support and participate in these activities which,
she said, aim to raise awareness of the global and
local health consequences of climate change.


* By Matt Maura
THE launch of the first ever
National Allied Health Cadet Pro-
gramme will help to address some
of the "critical" staffing shortages
facing the allied health profession,
Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis said.
The programme is also expected
to help reduce the potential for
errors in the treatment and diag-
nosis of patients which could occur
as a result of this shortage, and is
part of the Ministry of Health's
"proactive approach" to strength-
ening the delivery of quality
healthcare and services to the
Bahamian public, he said.
"In healthcare. we cannot afford
to lose a life because of our own
inaccuracies," Dr Minnis said.
"We cannot afford to dispense
medication improperly or read an
X-ray too quickly and give the
incorrect finding because we are
overwhelmed with too large num-


Cadet programme also expected to

help cut potential for treatment errors
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bers to service." Twenty-nine stu-
dents from the public school sys-
tem were inducted into the
NAHCP during ceremonies at the
Ministry of Health and Social
Development's Headquarters on
Meeting Street this week.
The programme is expected to
address areas such as physiother-
apy, phlebotomy, pharmacy and
laboratory technology, osteopa-
thy, diagnostic imaging, speech and
audiology therapy, radiotherapy,
occupational therapy, laboratory
technology and biomedical and
environmental engineering, among
others.
More recent additions to the list
include cardiovascular technolo-
gy and diagnostic medical sonog-


raphy. Dr Minnis said the pro-
gramme which is an initiative of
the Ministry of Health and Social
Development and the Public Hos-
pitals Authority is "another
important initiative" launched by
the government to strengthen the
country's capacity to deliver qual-
ity health services that promote
and protect the health and well-
being of the nation.
"The importance of having qual-
ified persons in these areas of ser-
vice cannot be overstated (as) they
are essential to healthcare and
patient outcomes as are doctors
and nurses.
"As a matter of fact, allied
health professionals are as vital to
the healthcare profession as water


is to life," Dr Minnis said. He said
the NAHCP will be more than an
academic initiative as it is designed
to provide students with exposure
to current and emerging issues in
health, the future role of allied
health professionals and the need
to provide quality customer ser-
vice.
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vice, cadets will be taught the
importance of meeting and
exceeding the needs of the cus-
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professional service and cultural
sensitivity.
"They will also have opportuni-
ty for mentoring by professionals
in the field," he said.
"There is much work to do to
alleviate or at least make a signif-
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health professionals in the
Bahamas, but this programme is
a step in the right direction
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Ex-convict

FROM page one
of Housing Kenneth Russell
used his story as an example
when hlie condemned the former
government for hiring persons
formerly convicted of crimes on
to the public payroll.
Mr Russell told the House
that the PLP, under their "Sec-
ond Chance Programme", hired
"anyone who came" without
proper vetting some into posi-
tions which required significant
involvement with children.
Opposition leader Perry
Christie in turn hit out at Mr
Russell for "gross irresponsibil-
ity" in issuing such statements,
calling the minister's claim that
the PLP were "deliberately try-
ing to destroy our youth" a
"moral outrage."
Defending the hiring of Mr
Colebrooke, Mr Christie said
that he had been taken on
"upon the recommendation of
a public official" and it was done
"under special circumstances."
Now claiming he was made a
"scapegoat" in the matter, the
ex-convict wrote a letter to the
Ministry of Housing and Nation-
al Insurance on March 28 urging
the government to explain and
rethink their policy on consid-
ering those with criminal records
for public service employment.
"To gain employment in my
country they are asking for a
clean police record, so again, Sir,
it is hard to take care of and feed
a familyy" he said.
In his letter, the ex-convict
tells how he lost his public ser-
, ice job of 22 years, spent three
years in prison and "disappoint-
ed and embarrassed myself and
many, including my family"
when he made a "foolish mis-
take".
However, after pleading guilty
to the crimes and doing time, he
was given a second chance by
the government when he was
hired to join the Urban Renew-
al project in Englerston as an
office assistant upon his release
in June,.2005.
His responsibilities were
extended when he was assigned
to re-structure the "school sus-
pension programme" which
worked with suspended students
of primary, junior and secondary
school age.
"(It) was organized to assist
in the transformation of one
child at a time in the form of a
counselling and outreach pro-
gramme." explained Mr Cole-
brooke, describing how the pro-
gramme has grown over the
years and "received a good
response from both parents and
teachers."
Mr Colebrooke suggests that
there is a great need for the gov-
ernment to re-assess its policy
on ex-convicts as former inmates
can struggle to find work.
"There are other inmates who
will one day be discharged and
have nothing to do, and cannot
find a job because their police
record is stained...what will they
do?" he asked.
"Trust means a second
chance. The people of the
Bahamas have given you a sec-
ond chance to govern this coun-
try," said Mr Colebrooke, who
also claims to have recently been
ordained as a minister and cer-
tified by Bishop John Humes of
the Christian Council as a school
chaplain.
Called for comment on the
matter yesterday, Mr Russell
said he had yet to see a copy of
the letter.


Trial of three men accused



of teen's death is underway


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT-The murder trial of three
young men accused of the death of 16-year-
old Rishawn Bethel got underway in the
Supreme Court yesterday alter seven weeks
of jury selection and legal arguments.
Justice Vera Watkins is hearing the mat-
ter in Supreme Court One, where a 15-
member jury heard testimony from a'police
officer who took photographs of the grue-
some crime scene in January, 2006.
Appearing on behalf of the three defen-
dants Trevor Forbes, William Lightfoot
and Denardo Arthur were lawyers Sime-
on Brown, Carlson Shurland and Godfrey
"Pro" Pinder, respectively.
Prosecutors Sandra Gardiner and Erica

FROM page one Zhi

respect of this Mona Vie matter. As
"I am most particularly dis- Laing
tressed by suggestions that that
something I did or instructed treme
to be done was improper and, station
yea, even illegal. I outright and and e
categorically reject such sug- this o
gestions and notions and find As
them defamatory and note that ing d
they have cost me no end of and a
embarrassment. the d
"My wife, who is now with public
child, has herself suffered anx- words
iety because of these baseless or oth
allegations. And I have ago- seem
nised over what to do with this Mr
matter and I have concluded intend
that my only recourse was to tion
seek redress in the courts in string
respect of the same. "Be
"So I have instructed my try, a
attorney to file a lawsuit they h
against Mr John Rolle, the for- Mr La
mer Controller of Customs, Dr rassm
B J Nottage, the MP for Bain family
and Grants Town. and Mr and t.
Frank Smith, the MP for St be ab
Thomas More, so that the mat- throu
ter might be dealt with in that he sai
context," he said. MrI
In Mr Laing's lawsuit, he attack
suggests that the first defen- total
dant, Mr Rolle, intended that In f
the words he spoke in an inter- that i
view with The Bahama Jour- of hir
nal to be understood to mean the i
that Mr Laing, in the discharge rate c
of his duties, acted "unlawfully to his
and has done so intentionally". '-A,
In addition to this, the law- duty.
suit said the first defendant's Baha
(Mr'Ro6le's) words were "cal- made
culated" to "disparage the friend
Plaintiff in his office and pro- dealt
fession as a Minister of State the ri
and Member of the House of plaint
Assembly". the S
The second defendant in the would
lawsuit, Dr Nottage, is alleged and I
to have published and dissem- regre
inated a document to the press .."W
on March 26 which was "simi- there
larly defamatory". try w
The third defendant, Mr matte
Smith, is alleged to have said and f
on March 30, on a radio pro- poses
gramme with Island FM, simi- have
lar defamatory remarks about in the
Mr Laing. bilitie
His comments, according to Finan
the writ, were: "The only thing And t
is that he allowed his family to to be:
exploit their access to matte
him...There is a word to that,"
describe that: nepotism."


Kemp are appearing on behalf of the
Crown.
According to the prosecution, the badly
decomposed remains of Rishawn Bethel
were discovered in bushes on January 26,
2006. There was some trauma to the body.
Bethel was the son of a local minister.
Police Constable Jabon Frazier, the first
witness called by the prosecution, told the
court he was attached to the Criminal
Records Office on January 26 when he
received certain information while on duty
around 6pm.
Constable Frazier went to an area off
Caravel Road where he saw two officers.
He was led about 80 feet into bushes in a
north-eastern direction where he observed
a decomposed body and a decapitated skull.
He said the body was clad in a long-
sleeved blue sweater, dark trousers and


vargo Laing

for such items listed, Mr
,'s lawyer Fred Smith said
Mr Laing had suffered a
endous blow to his repu-
and considerable distress
embarrassment because of
rdeal.
such, the lawsuit is seek-
amages for defamation,
n injunction restraining
defendants from further
fishing the defamatory
s, costs, and such further
eir relief as the court may
just.
Smith said his client
ds to pursue the vindica-
of his reputation most
ently.
because in this small coun-
person's reputation is all
lave. And you have heard
aing speak of the embar-
nent that both he and his
y have suffered by this
he only way that we will
ble to vindicate this is
gh the courts of justice,"
d.
Laing said he felt these
ks on his character were
y politically motivated.
act, Mr Laing said he felt
t would have been selfish
n not to have dealt with
latter even though the
change had been brought
attention by his brother.
s a public servant I have a
to .the publiic'of- the
mas. A'nd-'a complaint
to me by anyone, family.
I. or foe. would have been
with the same way. I did
ght thing. I had a com-
made to me, I sent it to
secretary of Revenue as I
d do in any circumstance
do not for one moment
t having done so.
hat I do regret is that
are persons in this coun-
ho are inclined to take
rs, and misconstrue them,
or their own political pur-
do what they do. But I
no doubt whatsoever that
e pursuit of my responsi-
es as Minister of State for
nce. I did the right thing.
hat the people who ought
nefit, benefited from the
r. I have no doubts about
' he said.


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white socks. He further noted that the skull
was away from the body along with a large
stone which appeared to have blood on it.
Constable Frazier said he took pho-
tographs of the scene that evening. He
returned the following day and took addi-
tional photographs in daylight.
He said he also went to the morgue at
Rand Memorial Hospital around 9am that
same day. During an examination of the
body, he said he observed a green sub-
stance on the left hand of the deceased.
Constable Frazier said he returned to
the morgue again on February 3 with offi-
cers from the Central Detective Unit to
witness the autopsy. He took photographs
,of the deceased.
Frazier said he went to the Gerald
Bartlett Police Headquarters on February
14 around 7.40am and then to the western


Mr Laing said if it had not
been for the overwhelming
support he had received from
the public at large, he did not
know if he would have been
able to bear what he has
regarded as a "grave injustice"
in respect of this matter.
Last night, Mr Nottage and
Mr Smith issued statements
acknowledging that that they
had been made aware of the
lawsuit.
Mr Nottage said: "The writs
will be reviewed and the appro-
priate case will be met. I am
well prepared and supremely
committed to vigorously
defend any such action in the
courts.
"The press and the public
should be concerned that this
issue is not removed from the
public domain," Mr Nottage
added.
"The public interest
demands the proper and full
airing of this issue."
Mr Frank Smith said: "I have
not up to this point been served
any documents to establish that
this is anything more than a
threat, but I assure the people
of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas that I will defend the
matter vigorously."


Man shot

by masked

men dies

in hospital

FROM page one

day.
After demanding money.
they apparently began attack-
ing her after she told them she
had given them all the cash she
had.
It was when her husband
appeared in the room that he
was shot. The two men, wearing
dark clothes, fled the house on
foot into nearby bushes.
According to police, the sus-
pects were both described as
having dark complexions, being
of medium build and around 5ft
lOins in height.


FROM page on

ject, or better, let's go ba
the drawing board to cre
development that you ca
proud to be associated wit
your neighbours will be de
ed to call you neighboro
urge you to consider con
ing the golf courses wit
existing South Ocean
course as well as combining
marinas on the most we
point of the South Ocean
erty," she said.
Three of the top nam
golf, Tiger Woods, Erni
and the Tavistock Gr
joined forces in 2006 to c
the upscale resort comm
in south-west New Provid
Since the announcement
the Albany development,
ronmentalists and reside:
the area have raised se
concerns about the imp,
the resort, its marina an
proposed canal through
laide beach on the environ
Mrs Duncombe in her
outlined for Mr Wood
main concerns about the
ject, including concerns of
erosion at Adelaide, the
impact of denying public
to the south-west coast fc
vate use, and the eton
impact on the Adelaide
munity.
Ms Duncombe told the
that while it is understood
erosion occurs naturally,
canal is dredged, erosio
accelerate, and the public
at Adelaide will erode le
Bahamians with a degi
shoreline in place of a wo
ful sandy beach.
"The Albany Environm
Impact Assessment (
speaks to 're-nourishing'
laide beach for 30 years, a
sign that beach erosion is
ipated. What happens af
years'?" she said.
Addressing beach acce
locals, the reEarth found
Mr Woods that the prop
150-foot canal will cut th
Adelaide beach "dei
Bahamians the freedom to
the southern coastline, s
thing that generation
Bahamians have enjoyed
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parking lot where he observed a blue Chevy
Lumina, licence 15977, registered to
Camille P Miller. He said he collected sam-
ples of padding from the right passenger
seat.
Constable Frazier said around 9.30am
he saw and spoke with officer McPhee at
CRO and collected items from him, includ-
ing a wooden stick, a large yellow sponge
and three separate samples of padding.
He said the items were packaged and a
request for analysis of the items was sub-
mitted to the Forensic Lab in Nassau. Offi-
cer Frazier also said he developed some
negatives and made a photo album.
Justice Watkins adjourned the matter to
2.30pm, but proceedings were again
adjourned due to power failure at the cour-
thouse.
The trial continues today.

,e Environmental group

ack to wants iger Woods to
an te withdraw Albany support
h and where every summer thousands
dlight- of Bahamians traditionally gath-
ur'. I er for spiritual restoration,
mbin- recreation and relaxation.
h the "No amount of mitigation can
golf compensate for the denial of
ng the beach access to Bahamians and
stern to the destruction of our beach.
prop- And no amount of mitigation
or explanation can alter the fact
aes in that Bahamians will associate, at
ie Els least partially, this denial of free
roup, access to their beaches to you,
create tarnishing what has, up to now,
unity been a positive, stellar image in
lence. the minds of all Bahamians,"
ent of she told the golfer.
envi- Should the canal dredging
nts of and loss of public access to our
,veral beaches occur, she said, this
act of would severely impact the value
id the of land in Adelaide.
Ade- "Collectively the residents of
iment. Adelaide stand to lose millions
letter of dollars in property values,"
s her she said.
c pro- Albany representatives have
beach rejected many of Ms Dun-
social combe's claims, saying Adelaide
access beach would benefit from its
or pri- marina jetties, which would halt
tomic the loss of sand from a fore-
com- shore which had suffered sub-
stantial erosion for many years.
golfer They say a new public beach
d that access is also being provided for'
if the locals, with money being inject-
n will ed into Adelaide village itself
beach for new children's facilities.
having The developers reject the
raded feared drop in property values,
>nder- saying the exact reverse would
happen, with home prices ris-
nental ing to the advantage of all.
EIA) They believe the develop-
Ade- ment will not only provide jobs,
clear but also substantially enhance
antic- the surrounding area.
ter 30
ss for

ptsod Violent brawl
rough
nying FROM page one
o walk
some-
ns of Three other students were
.-" being escorted to a waiting
e that* police vehicle by officers.
of the Supt Charles Walkine, offi-
:aches cer-in-charge .of nearby Wulff
Road police station, confirmed
that several students, all under
-- 16. had been taken into custody
for questioning. Two students,
he said, sustained minor
injuries.
One of D W Davis's security
officers claimed-that when she
saw some of the students pick-
ing up rocks, she immediately
called the police, but they did
not arrive until the brawl was
well underway.
Supt Walkine told The Tri-
bune that police officers, as is
routine, were on patrol around
the school area when they got a
call about the fight.
He explained that, although
yesterday's confrontation was
more violent than the usual skir-
mishes which occur at schools in
the area, these types of distur-
bances are nothing unusual.
"We have these kind of skir-
mishes all the time. Be it at D
W Davis, C I Gibson, what have
you, only yesterday it got a bit
more out of hand. We are still
lt-. investigating why this hap-
pened," he said.
Supt Walkine explained
police are aware that many stu-
denits at government high
schools are members of various
gangs based in different parts
of New Providence, and that
these students form groups in
the schools according to their
gang allegiance.
However, he said that police
at this stage of the investigation
could not say if yesterday's fight


was in any way gang-related.
BUT shop steward Ms
Thompson said that she was
afraid for the safety of the
teachers and the students not
involved in the fight.
"We need metal detectors
and we need them now." she
said.


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'Don't politicise the Games'


FOLLOWING two opinion
pieces in The Tribune comment-
ing on China's human rights
record, specifically in relation to
Darlur and Tibet, the Chinese
Embassy in Nassau released the
following question-and-answer
session with Ambassador Liu
Guijin, the Chinese government's
Special Representative on the Dar-
fur Issue, as well as a statement
on the recent riots in Tibet. The
Tibet article will run in tomor-
row's Tribune.

On March 7, Ambassador
Liu Guijin held a briefing for Chi-
nese and foreign journalists and
the information officers of for-
eign embassies in China at the
invitation of the International
Press Centre.
Question: As to China's arms
sale to Sudan, will China restrict
the use of the weapons?
Answer: As to the weapons, I
would like to reiterate the posi-
tion of the Chinese side. First,
China is one of the suppliers of
weapons to Sudan. There are at
least seven countries providing
Sudan with weapons, and China is
not the largest supplier. In Sep-
tember last year the Sudanese
Defence Minister gave an expla-
nation of this issue when answer-
ing media questions, you may
refer to that. Second, Sudan is
the third biggest producer of con-
ventional weapons in Africa only
behind Egypt and South Africa
and is able to produce some arms
and ammunition. Third, UN has
no resolution or rule or arms
embargo against Sudan. Fourth, I
can say in a responsible manner
that China observes even stricter
rules when selling weapons to
Sudan than many other countries.
We do not sell weapon to non-
state actors, but only to state
actors. We control the perfor-
mance and restrict the quantity
of the weapons we sell. We also
require strict final user certifi-
cates and do not allow the export-
ed weapons to be provided to any
third party.
China only has a very small
share in the world weapon mar-
ket. The biggest seller of weapons
is not China. According to the
Stockholm International Peace
Research Institute, China was not
the biggest seller of weapons in
the world and only made up 2.1
per cent of total arms sales world-
wide in 2006. According to a
report released by the US Con-
g ess in September last year, the
S sold 36 per cent of all the con-
ventional weapons sold to the
developing countries, Russia 28


per cent, Britain 11 per cent, Ger-
man six per cent and China only
three per cent. I can also offer as
a source of information that we
have resumed the seven cate-
gories of the UN's conventional
weapons registration mechanism.
All of our arms transactions are
recorded at the UN.
It is totally ungrounded to uni-
laterally accuse China on the Dar-
fur issue, blame China's arms sale
for the genocide and link it with
the Olympic Games and boycott
the Games. Such opinions are not
objective, fair or faithful.
Q: The US Congress passed a
resolution yesterday opposing
President Bush and Congress
members' presence at the Beijing
Olympic Games because the
international community thinks
China has not done enough on
the Darfur issue. What is your
comment on that?
A: You must have heard Mr
Bush saying on many occasions
.that he himself and his family
members will come to Beijing to
watch the opening ceremony of
the Olympic Games. As far as
I'm concerned, political.leaders
of many countries have expressed
the same positive attitude. At a
hearing on the Olympic Games
held by the German parliament
not long ago, the chairman of
German Olympic Committee,
who is also the vice president of
the International Olympic Com-
mittee, made it clear that sports
are about building a bridge
between people and facilitating
their communications instead of
erecting a wall between them.
More and more political leaders
as well as people in the sports and
other communities around the
world have realized that it goes


against the Olympic spirit to
politicise the Beijing Olympic
Games and is fiddle-faddle to link
the Beijing Olympic Games with
the Darfur issue. China has made
active and constructive efforts on
the Darfur issue, which have been
widely recognized by the interna-
tional community. The tiny num-
ber of people who want to bring
shame on China with the Darfur
issue are doomed to fail.
Q: China always believes poli-
tics should not be linked with the
Olympic Games. Do you hold this
briefing today to illustrate that
point? After Spielberg declared
his resignation from the Bejing
Olympic Games, the spokesper-
son of the Chinese foreign min-
istry said the Chinese side
respects his decision and hopes
to increase mutual understand-
ing and common consensus
through dialogue. What's your
comment on Hollywood's boy-
cott against the Beijing Olympic
Games?
A: China feels deep sympathy
for the humanitarian disaster in
Darfur, and we have provided lot
of humanitarian assistance. We
welcome and remain open to any
suggestion on the Beijing
Olympic Games and are willing to
discuss and hear all the reason-
able opinions. However, we firm-
ly oppose those hostile actions
aiming to bring shame on China
by using the Olympic Games and
boycotting the Games with the
excuse of the Darfur issue. We
have conducted dialogue with
some organizations holding dif-
ferent opinions on the Beijing
Olympic Games. During my visit
to the US last September I talked
with the several heads of the
"Save Darfur Coalition" for more


MEMOii


SUDANESE men listen to a news |
conference, held by Dr.Ashis Brah-
ma, at podium, a Sudanese refugee Can "Stop
camp physician, in Burlington, Ver- 0 ..
mont, where Ben Cohen, hidden at
right background, and Jerry Green-
field, left, the founders of Ben & Jer- -_
ry's Homemade Inc., announced they
are sending a cross-country caravan to San Francisco site of the only U.S.
stop for the Olympic torch, on April 9 to protest China's involvement in Sudan.
The ice cream company hopes to draw attention to killings in Darfur.


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than one hour. They told me that
their goal is neither to boycott
nor to oppose the Olympic
Games, but to use the Olympic
Games to force the Chinese gov-
ernment to change its policy to
Darfur. I told them China's poli-
cy to Darfur is not wrong and has
been recognized by a majority of
countries, including the political
leaders of some western coun-
tries. A large number of devel-
oping countries also agree on Chi-
na's policy to Darfur. We have
no reason or necessity to change
such a policy. I met with Spiel-
berg in New York last Septem-
ber. I told him that I know you
are no longer the artistic advisor
to the opening ceremony of the
2008 Beijing Olympic Games
because the Organising Commit-
tee for the Beijing Olympic
Games stated most clearly to your
attorney you failed to sign the
formal contract before the dead-
line. Notwithstanding, you are a
celebrity and a well-known direc-
tor. Since you care about the Dar-
fur issue, I am willing to exchange
opinions with you on it. I spent
more than an hour introducing
to him in great detail China's pol-
icy on the Darfur issue. The so-
called "resignation" event later
came as unexpected to me.
Opposition to the politicisation
the Olympic Games did not start
with the Beijing Olympic Games.
The organizers of past Olympic
Games all followed such a princi-
ple. The Los Angeles Review
recalled that at the 19th Olympic
Games in Mexico, two black
American athletes raised fists
with black gloves on at the medals
podium to protest against the US
policy of discrimination towards
black people and were immedi-
ately ejected. The then IOC pres-
ident said that when stepping
through the holy gate of the
Olympic Games, you have to
leave politics outside. Therefore
to politicise Olympic Games is
behavior of the Cold War era.
Since the Cold War has ended, a
tiny number of people with a
Cold War mentality and coloured
glasses should give up such
behavior. Although doing this
may win votes and raise the fame
of some people, it will hurt the
Olympic spirit in the long run.


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* By ANITA SNOW ______
HAVANA W.


President Raul Castro has lift-
ed restrictions on consumer goods
and hotel stays, but most Cubans
get paid in virtually worthless
pesos, which can't buy basic items
ike toilet paper, let alone a DVD
player or poolside mojito cock-
tails at the Hotel Capri, according
to the Associated Press.
Nearly everything Cubans want
or need must be bought with a
separate currency created for
tourists and foreigners. So, until
the regular peso increases in val-
ue, Castro's moves will be bitter-
sweet gestures.
The new leader's solution, now
the talk of the island: merge the
two currencies. But this turns out
to be much easier said than done.
Shelves remain virtually bare
at the few stores where Cubans
can buy things in regular pesos,
which they mostly use for heavily
subsidized items like rationed
food, transportation and medi-
cine. In one store, recent offer-
ings included a half-dozen motor-
cycle helmets, a thin blanket and
a single pair of boy's underwear.
Overpriced DVD players, flat
screen televisions, French cos-
metics and Uruguayan steaks are
now available to anyone who can
afford them at the elite stores
Cubans call "el shopping." But
they must be bought with the
"convertible" pesos tourists get
when they trade in their dollars,
euros and other foreign currency.
Cubans can use their regular
pesos to buy convertible pesos
nown as CUCs (pronounced,
"kooks"), but at a dizzying
exchange rate of 24-to-1. And
even then, few can afford expen-
sive goods on average salaries
equivalent to $19.50 a month.
Regla Jimenez' 15-year-old
daughter wants an MP3 player
for her birthday, but "I can't give
it to her," complained the 45-
year-old office worker, who earns
the equivalent of $17 a month.
"With my salary of 350 Cuban
pesos, my priority is food."
If only Castro could declare a
24-fold increase in the value of
all state salaries with a wave of
his hand. It would cause an
unprecedented buying spree, but
with a terrible hangover when the
few available goods are gone.
And the government lacks the
hard currency needed to pay
much higher salaries, so Cubans
could soon find themselves even
worse off, with little reason to
work harder, save more and
spend their pesos.
"Let's assume the government
decides tomorrow to gradually
reach one single monetary sys-


'With my
salary of 350
Cuban pesos,
my priority is
food."


Regla Jimenez

tern and starts by making one
CUC equal to eight pesos instead
of 24," said Carmelo Mesa-Lago,
a Cuba economics expert and
professor emeritus at the Uni-
versity of Pittsburgh.
"People will immediately
change their pesos to CUCs,
which suddenly buy three times as
much, and clean out the shops.
Then what does the government
do the next day?"
The dual currency system is
despised among Cubans because
it has created two classes of peo-
ple in a socialist society supposed
to be based on egalitarianism: the
60 percent who have at least some
access to CUCs, and the rest who
don't. In pockets of extreme
poverty, especially in western
Cuba, people are restless over
their dire living conditions. Even
middle-income workers in
Havana can hardly benefit from
their newly announced freedoms.
"Now I can go to hotels. That's
nice, but with what? Not on my
salary," said Silvita, a 42-year-old
doctor who like many Cubans
would not give her last name to
international media.
"If they don't give the peso
more value or create one money
system, I think these measures
will be worse. Because they'll just
remind us that our salaries don't
buy anything."
Economists say Castro could
start to reconcile the gap by offer-
ing the new goods and services
in pesos, rather than CUCs.
That will increase the demand
and raise its value," said Arch
Ritter, a Cuban economy expert
at Carleton University in Ottawa,
Canada. "If you can only buy
these things in CUCs, that's not
going to be much hilp."
But dropping the value of the
CUC precipitously also could lead
to disaster, since Cubans often
face shortages of basic goods and
must turn to CUC stores to
acquire them. There, a four-roll
package of toilet paper costs what
the average government worker
earns in two days. A bottle of
cooking oil is four days wages.
Castro and other Cuban offi-
cials say productivity must be


come easily
increased before the currencies
are reconciled. But because low
state salaries discourage Cubans
from working harder, what the
government really needs to do is
loosen restrictions on Cubans
working for themselves, dissident
economist and writer Oscar
Espinosa Chepe said.
Over time, wealth could be
created and the offering of prod-
ucts and services could grow,"
Espinosa Chepe wrote in an essay
this week. "Truly productive
work positions could be estab-
lished, and that could allow the
use of an enormous excess of
work force that today is not taken
advantage of by the state sector."
Cuba's dual economy emerged
in the early 1990s, after the Sovi-
et collapse led to the loss of pref-
erential trade and aid.
To boost tourism and foreign
investment, Cuba legalized the
dollar, the only currency accepted
at stores created exclusively for
foreigners. Called "diplotiendas,"
they stocked imported luxury
items but also many basic goods
that Cubans could obtain
nowhere else.
The CUC was created about
the same time and circulated at a
1-to-1 rate with the dollar until 3
1/2 years ago, when Fidel Castro
banned the greenback. The Cen-
tral Bank later revalued the CUC
so that it now trades at one to
$1.08. The values of the CUC and
peso are artificially set by the
ban government, and neither is
traded on international markets.
Since Raul Castro replaced his
brother as president in February,
there have been rumors the
peso's value would be increased
from 24 to 15 per CUC, raising
the average monthly salary to
nearly $30. That sparked a brief
run at exchange houses as peo-
ple began trading CUCs for
pesos, hoping to profit in the end.
In the short term, allowing
Cubans to buy previously off-lim-
it electronics could soak up many
of the pesos people have hoarded.
But real reforms, like merging the
two monetary systems, are
inescapably tied to other funda-
mental changes in salaries, pro-
duction and investment, in a
country where the government
controls 90 percent of the econo-
my.
And no one understands such
complex theories better than
average Cubans, who survive
month to month through budget-
ing, bartering and black-market
dealing.
"Nobody knows how long it
will take," said retiree Guillermo
Soler, 70. "But we all know it's
not going to happen immediate-
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Man accused in airport bomb case

'had a history of mental illness'
0 ORLANDO, Fla.
THE FORMER Iraq war contractor accused of trying to take
bomb components on an airplane had a history of mental illness and
was distraught over his mother's 2005 murder, said a lawyer repre-
senting his family in the case, according to Associated Press.
Kevin Christopher Brown, 32, had been in and out of hospitals
before his Tuesday arrest at Orlando International Airport, attorney
H. Charles Johnson said.
Brown was charged with one count of attempting to carry an explo-
sive or incendiary device on an aircraft, and scheduled to appear at a
bond hearing Thursday afternoon. The Jamaican man is a former
U.S. Army soldier and Iraq contractor.
A federal magistrate approved prosecutors' request Wednesday
to delay setting bond so they could evaluate Brown's mental status and
examine records from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
"He was a bit unstable," Johnson said. "I think the mother's death
would have been on his mind."
The Jamaican attorney said Brown's mother Sandra McLeod was
strangled on June 5,2005 while meeting someone who leased property
from her. Three men are charged in a case now in preliminary hearings.
Johnson said Brown's father died when he was a baby, so the moth-
er raised he and a brother alone.
"Sandra was the breadwinner for the family," he said. "She was
always there for them."
Brown worked in Iraq as an equipment parts receiver from July to
December 2007, according to his employer, Lear Siegler Internation-
al. The company is a Georgia-based military contractor that provides
veterans to work in Iraq,
Brown served in the U.S. Army from 1999-2003, at one point sta-
tioned in Germany. At the time of discharge, he was a logistical spe-
cialist with the 690th Medical Company based in Fort Benning, Ga.,
said Army spokesman Maj. Nathan Banks.
Brown had been receiving care at the Malcom Randall Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville, said Mary Kay Hollingsworth,
a regional spokeswoman for the Veterans Health System. Citing pri-
vacy laws, she wouldn't specify the time frame or nature of his condi-
tion.
Authorities say Brown on Tuesday was carrying virtually everything
needed to make a pipe bomb in luggage he checked for an Air Jamaica
flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Transportation Security Adminis-
tration officers searched his bags after saying he was acting strange.
Inside, according to court documents, were galvanized pipes and
drilled end caps, BB's, a model rocket ignitor, batteries and bomb-mak-
ing instructions. Brown also allegedly had two glass vodka bottles
containing the chemical nitromethane, a colorless liquid used as a
cleaning solvent and drag racing fuel.
Authorities have emphasized he couldn't have used the device on the
airplane even if he got through security. The unassembled materials
would have been in checked luggage, inaccessible to Brown and oth-
er passengers.


IndiGO Networks launches much


anticipated phone service in Abaco


INDIGO NETWORKS,
the nation's only private
telephone service provider,
has announced the official
launch of its telephone ser-
vices in Abaco.
The company says it has
released its prepaid long dis-
tance phone card services
throughout the length and
breadth of Great Abaco and
the surrounding cays.
The service was unveiled
at Let's Talk Wireless one
of IndiGO's prepaid phone
card merchants on Don
Mackay Boulevard in Marsh
Harbour.
In attendance were repre-
sentatives of the Abaco
business community,
IndiGO's prepaid whole-
salers and other interested
persons.
"Services were tested
extensively prior to the
launch with free long dis-
tance phone cards distrib-
uted to a cross-section of
residents, visitors and busi-
nesses in and around Marsh
Harbour, Dundas Town,
Cherokee, Treasure Cay and
many other communities,"
said the company in a state-
ment. "Card recipients were
invited to call anywhere in
the world using the cards
and all clients were pleased
to note that not only are
IndiGO's long distance
phone cards convenient to
use but the company's slo-
gan of 'Lowest Rates Peri-
od!' was undeniable," it
said.
The company said the
cards can be used to make
long distance calls from the
office, home, hotel, airport,


pay phones and mobile tele-
phones.
The company's President
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny said,
"We are pleased to finally
bring our services to Abaco
with the launch of our pre-
paid international and
domestic long distance
phone cards. They offer
tremendous advantages to
users: convenience, excel-
lent call quality and relia-
bility, and above all value
for your money. These are
all benefits of this service
which have made our phone
cards so tremendously suc-


cessful in New Providence
and Grand Bahama."
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
went on to say that offering
long distance phone card
service to Abaconians is just
the first step for IndiGO.
"IndiGO's product offer-
ing includes corporate tele-
phone service, systems and
support, wireless telephone
services and residential tele-
phone services in both New
Providence and Grand
Bahama all of which we
will be bringing to Abaco in
the very near future. Now,
with IndiGO, residents will
.be able to use competing


services from an established
and fully licensed Bahami-
an telephone company, with
attractive pricing and even
greater feature benefits than
they have been used to."
The company said that
when the full suite of ser-
vicesis released over the
coming months, corporate
and residential customers on
IndiGO's Abaco network
will be able to obtain tele-
phone numbers on its
"unique" 699 exchange,
complimenting the 677
exchange in New Provi-
dence and 688 exchange in
Grand Bahama.


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INDIGO'S PRESIDENT Paul Hutton-Ashkenny cuts the cake at the
launch celebrating that IndiGO is ready for business in Abaco.

















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'Desperate appeal'



for regulatory and



product resources



in financial sector


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A LEADING attorney yes-
terday "desperately appealed"
to the Government to dedicate
more money and personnel to
financial services regulation and
product development, warning
that the Securities Commis-
sion's supervisory ability had
been impaired through "inade-
quate resources".
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, argued that the
Bahamas was "leaving ourselves
with no competitive advantage"
because it was taking too long
to respond to client demand and
product trends when it came to
legislation and product devel-
opment.
"My desperate appeal to the
Government is that we need to
bring more resources and
focused attention to the finan-
cial services industry to allow


* Leading attorney
warns Securities
Commission's ability
to fulfill regulatory
mandate being impaired
through 'inadequate
resources'
* Calls for Commission's
powers to be increased
'in light of problems
we've had'
* 'Dedicated' team of
Parliamentary draftsmen
needed for financial
product legislation, as
Bahamas squandering
competitive advantages
us to be much more dynamic,
" Mr Moree told The Tribune
yesterday.
Focusing specifically on the
Securities Commission, which
regulates the Bahamian capital
markets and investment funds
industry, Mr Moree said that
while its staff were "doing
everything possible" to execute
its functions, a lack of financial,
technical and human resources
were impairing its regulatory
effectiveness.
As a result, many financial
services executives harboured
serious concerns about whether
the Securities Commission's
regulatory abilities would be
further hindered by the addi-
tional responsibilities it was
SEE page 2B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Edi-
tor
RETAILER Robin Hood
yesterday said it would bring
relief to Bahamian con-
sumers struggling with
increasing costs by selling
food from its enlarged store
at prices 15-25 per cent lower
than its rivals, something its
president suggested could
save families an average
$2,000 per year.
Sandy Schaefer told The
Tribune that the retailer's
"mission is to drive prices
down", and it hoped to
achieve with food products
what it had done with appli-
ances by undercutting rivals
when it entered that section
of the Bahamian retail mar-
ket.
Mr Schaefer said Robin


* Says move could save Bahamian
families $2,000 per year
* Retailer plans to hire 100 persons
in next six weeks to staff expansion
to 101,000 square feet
* April soft opening for expanded
facility
* Year-to-date sales up by 12%


Hood aimed to sell its food
products at between 15-25
per cent "less than competing
stores".
"The average Bahamian
family probably spends
around $200 per week on
food, depending on the size
of the family," he explained.
"If they save 20 per cent a
week, that could reach about
$2,000 a year.


"Imagine what you could
do with $2,000 a year school
fees, savings and all the other
luxuries of life. $2,000 a year
is nothing to sneeze at."
Mr Schaefer added:
"We're buying 90 per cent of
[food] goods overseas. I
know it may upset some of
SEE page 3B


46% revenue rise for Grand

Bahama storage terminal


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
SOUTH Riding Point, the Bahamas-based bulk
oil storage, blending and transhipment facility, last
year saw its revenues increase by 46 per cent or
$5.724 million, its parent company revealed yes-
terday.
In its annual report to shareholders, Canada-
based World Point Terminals said the revenue
increase was driven by fee increases that South
Riding Point implemented during 2006.
World Point Terminals said of its Bahamian
facility: "Although market conditions shifted
away from leaving oil in the tanks for longer peri-
ods of time during 2007, storage revenues are
not dependent upon the level of activity and
reflect the first full year of rate increases from
2006.


* Full-year revenues at
South Riding Point up
$5.72m, with Q4 revenues
up $2.224 million, or 34%
* Freeport tug business sees
revenues up 29% and 25%
for full year 2007 and Q4
"Marine revenues also increased, accounting for
$593,000 of the increase. Revenues for the fourth
quarter were $2.224 million, 34 per cent higher
SEE page 5B


Gaming industry

in danger of dying

E By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE Bahamian gaming
industry is in danger of becom-
ing stagnant and dying, unless a
more progressive policy is
implemented to attract more
customers for the country's casi-
nos, the minister responsible
said yesterday.
Speaking at a West Nassau
Rotary meeting, Branville
McCartney, minister of state in
the Ministry of Tourism, said
that while the Government had
not reached a consensus on
Bahamians being legally per-
mitted to gamble, it did intend
to revise the gaming laws, which
have not been amended since
1977.
"As an industry, gaming
needs to move forward other-
wise the industry will become
stagnant and die, unless there
is a more progressive policy,"
Mr McCartney said.
For example, the minister
said the laws needed to be $4.98
changed to allow foreign per-
manent residents without clear-
ance to work to be able to gam-
ble in Bahamian casinos.
Mr McCartney said these per-
sons spent millions of dollarsSSo$5.0
through second home owner-
ship, and could contribute mil-
lions more if the casinos were
available to them. 4.88
"It is a terrible situation and I
want to change it," he said.
He added that the Bahamas
needed to change and expand
its laws so that more persons
who are eligible could take
advantage of Internet gaming.


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affected its mandate to effec-
tively regulate that sector of
the industry.
"The people we have are
doing a fantastic job in the cir-
cumstances. While those per-
sons [in the Securities Com-
mission] have done everything
they possibly can, they need
more resources given the num-
ber of licensees they regulate."
He added: "I think the Secu-
rities Commission is grossly
under-resourced, financially
and from a human resources
point of view......... In my view,
it doesn't have enough
resources to fulfill its initial
mandate, let alone carry out
additional activities."
The Securities Commission
is currently dealing with a
number of investment fund
and broker/dealer collapses.
Among the regulatory issues
before it are the $550 million
Olympus Univest fund for-
merly administered by Cardi-
nal International, from which
at least $500 million in investor
monies were missing at last
count; the $260 million Ora-
cle Fund, which led to Fortis
Fund Services (Bahamas) exit
from this jurisdiction; the M J
Select Fund, which was ulti-
mately responsible for Ocean-
ic Bank & Trust exiting the
fund administration business;
the $50 million Ivest fund; and
the Caledonia Corporate Man-
agement Group liquidation,
following margin loan, short
selling and other losses that
The Tribune has been told
might total $28-$29 million.
Mr Moree yesterday told
The Tribune that there was
"an absolute need for proac-
tive supervision" in financial
services, both as a matter of
good governance and regula-
tory policy, rather than reac-
tive.
Yet he added: "It's vet-y'lif-


ficult to be proactive when
you're so under-resourced and
so stretched."
The attorney added that a
new Securities Industry Act
was rapidly needed, "the Secu-
rities Commission's powers
need to be beefed up, their
financial budget needs to be
increased, and their human
resources need to be beefed
up.
"This need is urgent, as
demonstrated by the problems
we've had."
Among the weaknesses
when it came to the Securities
Commission's powers are that,
although it can file a winding-
up petition, it has no power to
appoint a receiver for any of its
broker/dealer licensees, some-
thing that was highlighted
recently in the Caledonia case.
And despite being "the lead-
ing regulator of the securities
industry", the Securities Com-
mission has no power current-
ly to freeze assets or bank
accounts when investigating
irregularities or suspicious
transactions, instead having to
ask the Financial Intelligence
Unit (FIU) to do this for it.
On the legislative develop-
ment front, Mr Moree pointed
to the Securities Industry Act
and its accompanying regula-
tions, the main tool for regu-
lating the Bahamian capital
markets, as an example of how
delays in drafting and amend-
ing Bills were impacting the
financial services industry's
competitiveness.
Despite financial services
sector being the second most
important contributor to the
Bahamian economy behind
tourism, Mr Moree said both
private and public sector offi-
cials had been talking about a
new Securities Industry Act
for three years, given that the
existing legislation was "whol-


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ly deficient and inadequate".
"We know that we have had
a deficient statute for a long
time, and have yet to put a
new statute on the books. This
problem is one that should
greatly concern us," Mr Moree
said.
"It epitomises one of our
biggest challenges in the finan-
cial industry. That is, it takes us
too long to address market
needs, both with regard to leg-
islative development and prod-
uct development. Basically, we
are leaving ourselves with no
comparative advantage."
The McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes senior partner said
that without "in any way den-
igrating" the efforts of those
working on the new draft
Securities Industry Act, the
three years taken to get it
ready for industry consultation
showed how the Bahamas was
throwing away the advantage
that should come from the
"agility, dynamism and inno-
vation" its small size gave
it in relation to larger coun-
tries.
Another case in point was
the Domestic Insurance Act.
This was eventually passed in
2005 to replace its 1969 pre-
decessor, but has yet to be
implemented and enforced
because the accompanying
regulations to give it supervi-
sory teeth had not yet been
tabled in Parliament.
Recalling his time as chair-
man of the former PLP gov-
ernment's Financial Services
Consultative Forum, Mr
Moree said: "With the possible
exception of the Foundations
Act, in each and every case
where we passed legislation
for new products, we were at
least two, and in some cases
five years behind our com-
petitors when we passed that
legislation.
"Doing what the competi-
tors do three years after
they've done it is no way to
run a financial services indus-
try."
Mr Moree said that due to
ever-increasing client
demands, innovation and mar-
ket trends, all pieces of finan-
cial services-related legislation
had to be viewed as 'living
documents', requiring constant
attention and regular amend-
ments, rather than a statute
simply placed "on the shelf"
and left there. This was what
would keep the Bahamian
financial services industry
competitive.
To assist this process, Mr
Moree called for a "dedicated
department of Parliamentary
draftsmen that works solely
for the financial services sec-
tor" on product legislation.
Currently, the sector was com-
peting for the small number
of draftsmen in the Attorney
General's Office with every
government ministry and
department.
"By the time we pass a new
piece of legislation, in some
cases before the ink is even
dry, market developments
have moved in such a way that
we have to amend certain pro-
visions. It's not a one-stop
process. You cannot pass leg-
islation and leave it on the
shelf," Mr Moree said.


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THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008, PAGE 3B


Robin Hood to sell food


15-25% lower than rivals


FROM page one
the local wholesalers, but the
fact is there are savings to be
realized there. We pass the
savings on to the consumer......
"When it comes to the sta-
ple. breadbasket food items,
and cooking oil, we're going to
be working at significantly
lower prices. Price control is
no concern for us."
Mr Schaefer added that
Robin Hood would also be
working with a Bahamian sup-
plier to provide loaves of
bread costing $0.99 per loaf,
selling these at cost price as
this is what it would purchase
them for.
Highlighting the squeeze
caused by rising food prices,
Mr Schaefer recalled that a
Bahamian baker had recently
told him he had taken advan-
tage of a sale at City Markets
to go around all the chain's
stores to buy-up as much flour
as he could.
The price of flour at City
Markets was much better than
the baker could obtain from
any Bahamas-based whole-
saler, the Robin Hood presi-
dent explained.
But despite grim economic
predictions as a result of the
global economic downturn
and credit crunch, Mr Schae-
fer said "business has been
good for us" as Robin Hood
heads into the third quarter
of its financial year, which
begins in September.
"Year-to-date, sales are up
on last year by about 12 per
cent," he added. "The reality
is that in dire economic times,
there are always opportuni-
ties, and if you're the low-cost
leader, people who 'poo-
pooed' you before look at you





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Economic downturns, Mr
Schaefer said, forced busi-
nesses to work harder,
reassess their expectations,
and see how they could
become more efficient.
Robin Hood is planning a
formal, soft opening for its
expanded retail store, which
when completed will total
101,000 square feet in the
Summerwinds Plaza off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway, later this month,
with a formal opening official
opening likely to follow in the
third week of May.
Mr Schaefer said the retail-
er was looking to hire about
100 new employees in the next
six weeks to staff the expand-
ed store, and planned to have
"an open call" for workers in
about two-and-a-half weeks.
The expansion from the
previous 16,000 square feet of
selling space would enable
Robin Hood to dedicate 92
per cent of the store to floor
space, with only 8 per cent


used for warehouse purposes,
a change from the previous
50/50 split.
Mr Schaefer said Robin
Hood was now stacking the
shelves with groceries, and its
78 refrigeration units had also
been installed. A permanent
power supply and decor for
the grocery section were due
to be installed next week, tak-
ing the complex to about 40
per cent operational status.
Robin Hood's expansion
aims to transform the retailer
into a 'one-stop shop' retail
destination and experience,
much like a Wall-Mart or Tar-
get outlet in the US, building
on the reputation Mr Schaefer
has established for providing
Bahamians with quality goods
at low prices.
The larger selling space and
greater volume of business
generated will enable the
Bahamian retailer to keep
price points and margins keen
and go lower than competi-
tors, in addition to targeting
the $1.2-$1.3 billion that
Bahamians spend every year
shopping in Florida.


e Bank of The Bahamas
L I M I T E D





NOTICE



TO SHAREHOLDERS


The Board of Directors of

Bank Of The Bahamas

Limited is pleased to advise that

a dividend of ten cents (100) per


share


was declared on 1st


April, 2008 to all shareholders

of record as at 14th April 2008

and payable as of 21st April,

2008.




Laura A. Williams

Corporate Secretary


NOTICE


IN THE ESTATE OF MYRTLE M. REIMER a.k.a. MYR-
TLE REIMER late of 238 Butte des Morts Dr., Menasha,
Winnebago Country in the State of Wisconsin, one of the
United States of America, deceased

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

V.M. LIGHTBOURN & CO.
Attorneys for the Administratrix
P.O. Box AB-20365
Second Floor
Damianos Building
East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas


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BRISTOL

WINES & SPIRITS


Career Opportunity for

BACARDI RETAIL STORE

MANAGER

JOB SUMMARY:
Manage the daily operational activities of Bacardi Retail Store, ensuring the store is
maintained in accordance with Bristol Wines and Spirits and Bacardi's stated objectives.
Manage sales activities including supervision of staff, customer relations, vendor
relations, and related financial performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
* Plan, organize and manage the day-to-day activities of the store, effectively
interacting with and motivating team members
* Maximize sales to the fullest giving customers courteous and professional
service at all times
* Process all cash/charge/credit card sales accurately ensuring the correct product
and price have been charged to the customers; collect and secure all monies
* Identify merchandising needs and stocking levels, ensuring par levels are
maintained at all times, and accurate stock/control inventory is recorded; order
merchandise as needed
* Build and maintain strong working relationships with vendors
* Ensure the store is properly merchandised and kept clean at all times
* Perform quality control audits at regularly scheduled intervals, such audits to
include guest surveys, review of quality of service, merchandise and sample
offerings
* Collaborate with Bacardi to implement the overall Theme for the store, including
store design, d6cor and promotional merchandise
* Follow the strict guidelines established by Bacardi to sell and distribute
promotional and advertising merchandise at the store
* Ensure all store personnel are trained and familiar with Bacardi branding
statement and Intellectual Property protection strategies
* Update operational policies and procedures, where necessary, and ensure they
are consistently followed by all team members
* Maintain good working relationship with all departments
* Perform other management functions as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
* Bachelor's Degree in Business, Retail, Marketing or related field
S Approximately 5 years experience as a Retail Store Manager
S Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
* Exceptional leadership and management skills
* Strong interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills
* Excellent organizational and communication skills

BENEFITS:
Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills, qualifications and experience. An
attractive comprehensive benefits package is provided
Qualified candidates should submit their resume
on or before April 14th, 2008, to e-mail: hrapply( lbristolbahamas.com or
fax: 242-341-8862, attention: Human Resources Department


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POSITION VACANY


Pepsi-Cola Bahamas an affiliate of PepsiAmericas Inc is currently
seeking applicants for the position of Maintenance Supervisor
to assume responsibility for the efficient operation and
maintenance of its equipment and machinery, with a keen focus
on detail in keeping with international standards. Applicants
must be customer oriented with a track record of mastery in
mechanical areas,-

The incumbent will be required to:

* Ensure the effective and efficient performance of the
maintenance function for the building and the environment;
.the packaging lines; electrical distribution and RO water
systems
* Execute a planned and preventative maintenance program
Diagnose equipment malfunction and effect repairs as
necessary
* Maintain the technical integrity of the plant to attain
production targets and keep abreast with the latest
technological advancements

The ideal candidate should have strong Electrical & Mechanical
Engineering experience, demonstrate a proficiency to trouble
shoot and repair common electrical and mechanical problems
and have the ability to work independently.

Please e-mail resume to: hrpepsibahamas@gmail.com


FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008, PAGE 3B


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THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4B. FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008


Wheat, corn, soybean futures mostly advance

on Chicago Board of Trade; livestock rises


Bahamian broker


* CHICAGO
Associated Press
AGRICULTURE futures
closed mostly higher Thurs-
day on the Chicago Board
of Trade.
Wheat for May delivery
rose 0.5 cent to $9.37 a


bushel; May corn added
4.25 cents to $6 a bushel;
May oats traded flat at
$3.97 a bushel; May soy-
beans advanced 14 cents to
$12.57 a bushel.
Beef and pork futures
traded higher on the Chica-
go Mercantile Exchange.


April live cattle rose 1.50
cents to 87.70 cents a
pound; April feeder cattle
added 1.10 cents to 98.70 a
pound; April lean hogs
gained 2.02 cents to 57.62
cents a pound; May pork
bellies rose 3 cents to 70.87
cents a pound.


passes Serie

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A GIBRAL-
TAR Global Secu-
rities stockbroker,
Jason Smith, has
passed the Series 7
examination after
training with the
Nassau-based
Securities Training
Institute (STI).
Michael Miller,
an attorney and
STI's president
said: "We are
pleased to be able
to play a role in
preparing individ-
uals to achieve this
international des-
ignation in order
to become quali-
fied to participate
in the securities
market in the
Bahamas."


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BRISTOL

WINES & SPIRITS


Career Opportunity for


SALES & MARKETING

MANAGER SPIRITS

JOB SUMMARY:
Provide leadership and coordination of the daily sales & marketing activities
for the Sales & Marketing Department Spirits, ensuring that regional trade
marketing and distribution goals are met.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
* Manage an efficient and effective area trade and sales team through
on job training, motivation and staff development.
* Implement and execute a trade and marketing plan that meets the
objectives of Bristol Wines & Spirits and its suppliers brand strategies.
* Manage the implementation of account plans for merchandising and
promotion in all Bristol Wines & Spirits retail outlets in order to
achieve brand, volume arid share objectives and targets.
* Develop and implement advertising and promotion budgets for all
relevant suppliers for the department
* Build and maintain strong working relationships with the trade
* Build a close working relationship with Bristol Wines & Spirits Retail
Division and implement proper merchandising and promotional plans.
* Direct sales coverage throughout The Bahamas
* Update operational policies and procedures, where necessary, and
ensure they are consistently followed by all team members
* Maintain good working relationship with all departments
* Perform other management functions as required

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
* Bachelor's Degree in Business, Sales, Marketing or related field
* Approximately' 5firs experience as a Trade Sales & Marketing
Manager
* Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
* Exceptional leadership and management skills
* Strong interpersonal, problem solving and customer service skills
* Excellent organizational and communication skills

BENEFITS:
Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills, qualifications and
experience. An attractive comprehensive benefits package is provided

Qualified candidates should submit their resume
on or before April 14th, 2008, to email: hrapply@bristolbahamas.com
or fax: 242-341-8862, attention: Human Resources Department


THE Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany's (BTC) GSM service was disrupted in the
southern areas of New Providence after its cell
tower site located at the Cowpen Road and
Faith Avenue intersection was vandalised.
Marion Johnson, BTC's vice-president of
marketing, sales and business development,
said the vandals caused extensive damage to
the cellular equipment at the site.


"As a result, cellular service has been dis-
rupted for mobile customers in the south,
southeast, and southwest area of New Provi-
dence.
"Repairs are presently underway, and service
was expected to be fully restored by yester-
day evening. BTC thanks the public for their
continued patronage and apologises for any
inconvenience caused" Mr Johnson said.


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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

CURE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES INC.
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)'of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000). CURE
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES INC. is in Dissolution."
The date of commencement of dissolution is the 12th day of
February 2008.

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Clayton, Panama
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NOTICE
TAKE NOTICE TIIAT Angela Hanna claims to be the ownel of the following
piece parcel or lot of land designed as lots 118-119 Brougham Street also known
as Pansa Corner Southern District, New Providence
That she has been in full free and undisturbed possession of the said land toi well
over the last folly (40) years.
Anyone having a claim or right to the said land may contact the undersigned oi her
Attorney in writing showing claim by certified documents within thitly (30) days.
ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land containing 25,241 square feet situate ap-
proximately 336 feet West of Market Street and Nollh side of Brougham Street in
the Southern District of the Island ol New Providence, Bahamas
Angela I anna
PO Box 1590
toughainm Street
Nassau, Blahamas
01
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Attot ncy At -aw
No 21) Sixth Tetnance
1') lox N 10156
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THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008, PAGE 5B


Stocks up after comments from


Fed chairman, Merrill CEO provide


relief about credit markets


* NEW YORK
Associated Press
STOCKS managed to notch
a modest gain Thursday, with
Wall Street cautious ahead of
Friday's jobs report but hope-
ful that the global financial sys-
tem is on the mend.
Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke told Congress
Thursday the Fed expects to
recover most, if not all, the $29
billion worth of loans it made
to keep struggling Bear Stearns
Cos. from collapse.
Bernanke's remarks, in
which he defended the central
bank's decision to aid JPMor-
gan Chase & Co.'s buy of Bear
Stearns, were calming to
investors hoping that demand
is returning to the tight credit
markets.
John Thain, the chief execu-
tive of Merrill Lynch & Co.,
also lent some solace to the
market after telling Japanese
financial newspaper The
Nikkei that the investment
bank has sufficient cash and
will not need to raise more.
The stock market has been
performing well recently due
to its newfound confidence
about global financial system
- even in the face of poor eco-
nomic data. Early Thursday,
stocks dipped after the Labor
Department reported a spike
in jobless claims to a level not
seen since September 2005.
But the decline was very
mild and short-lived partic-
ularly given the huge advance
Wall Street logged Tuesday
and has mostly maintained,
and the fact that economists
expect the government on Fri-
day to report there was a jobs
loss in March. for the third
straight month.


"I think that the desire to
sell is coming off," said
Thomas J. Lee, equities ana-
lyst at JPMorgan. The fact that
the market has not been shak-
en by recent disappointing eco-
nomic data "tells me that the
recession is largely discount-
ed."
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 20.20, or 0.16 per-
cent, to 12,626.03.
Broader stock indicators also
edged higher. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index rose 1.78, or
0.13 percent, to 1,369.31, and
the Nasdaq composite index
rose 1.90, or 0.08 percent, to
2,363.30.
The Dow, which shot up
nearly 400 points on Tuesday,
is up 7.6 percent from its
March 10 low, its worst level
since October 2006.
"I think we're going to have
a big test coming up," Lee said.
"Are U.S. stocks poised for
another downturn, or are U.S.
stocks telling us the worst is
behind us?"
With a broad swath of cor-
porate earnings reports set to
arrive in the coming weeks,
investors appear upbeat. Over
the past few weeks, the market
has occasionally been knocked
lower by disappointing eco-
nomic readings, particularly on
consumers' discretionary
spending, but it has ultimately
righted itself amid signs that
the credit markets are improv-
ing.
"You're going to continue
to see weak economic data.
That doesn't mean stocks are
going to come down," said Bill
Stone. chief investment strate-
gist for PNC Wealth Manage-
ment.
Government bonds rose
slightly. The yield on the 10-


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CHANTIL ISMA of
MARSti HARBOUR, ABACO, 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 28th 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 CHANTAL DATILUS of
CARMICHAEL Rd., P.O. BOX CR55647, 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 28TH day of
MARCH, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that KENDRA DAVIS of
HOSPITAL LANE, 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 4th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



The Annual General Meeting

of

Bahamasair Employees

Provident Fund

will be held on

Wednesday April 30th, 2008.
at

The Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied
Worker's Union Building
WORKER'S HOUSE
At 7:30 p.m.

Important matters including the External Audit
Report for 2007
will be discussed.

ALL MEMBERS ARE URGED TO ATTEND.


year Treasury note, which
moves opposite its price, fell
to 3.59 percent in late trading
from 3.60 percent late Wednes-
day.
Crude oil fell $1 to $103.83 a
barrel on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange, after a surge
a day earlier on the prospect of
climbing demand for gasoline.
The dollar was mixed against
other major currencies, while
gold rebounded back above
$900 an ounce.
The Russell 2000 index of
sir 'iler companies rose 1.30,
or 0.18 percent, to 713.57.
Advancing issues outnum-
bered decliners by about 3 to 2
on the New York Stock
Exchange.
Consolidated volume came
to 3.77 billion shares, down
from 4.19 billion shares
Wednesday.
JPMorgan rose 9 cents to
$46.28 and Bear Stearns fell 14
cents to $10.72 after each com-
pany's chief executive spoke
to Congress following
Bernanke's testimony. JPMor-
gan's CEO James Dimon said
the bank has borrowed $25 bil-
lion so far from the Fed.
The Fed said late Thursday
that in total, firms averaged
$38.1 billion in daily borrowing
over the past week, up from
$32.9 billion in the previous
week and $13.4 billion in the


first week the lending effort
started.
In addition to the congres-
sional testimony, investors got
a bit of relief from the Insti-
tute for Supply Management.
The ISM said Thursday the
services sector contracted only
slightly in March a stronger
performance than in February,
and a better reading than many
economists predicted.
In corporate news, Schering-
Plough Corp. announced late
Wednesday it plans to cut jobs
to offset continued sales
declines of its cholesterol drug
Vytorin. Schering-Plough
shares soared $1.52, or 11 per-
cent, to $15.38; they had fallen
sharply earlier in the week
after news that medical
researchers were recommend-
ing against use of the drug.
Cisco Systems Inc., mean-
while, dropped 73 cents, or 2.9
percent, to $24.23 due to an
analyst downgrade. The ana-
lyst cited softening demand,
and said the networking equip-
ment maker will have to buy
other companies to reach its
growth target.
In overseas trading, Tokyo's
Nikkei index closed 1.52 per-
cent higher, while London's
FTSE fell 0.42 percent, Frank-
furt's DAX lost 0.53 percent
and Paris' CAC 40 slid 0.49
percent.


J.S. JOHNSON

INSURANCE AGENTS & BROKERS


J.S. Johnsons & Company Limited hereby notifies
all of its shareholders that based on unaudited
results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, the
Board of Directors has declared an interim
dividend of sixteen cents (16) per ordinary share
to be paid on April 16, 2008 to all shareholders of
record as of April 09, 2008.


V a


46% revenue rise for Grand

Bahama storage terminal

FROM page one

than the same period in 2006."
Freepoint, the Grand Bahama-based tugboat business in which
World Point Terminals also has an interest, saw its 2007 revenues
increase by 29 per cent or $582,000 compared to the previous
year. The company attributed this, again, to rate increases and a
higher volume of ship traffic into Freeport Container Port.
Freepoint's fourth quarter revenues rose by 25 per cent or
$268,000 compared to the same period in 2006.


Legal Notice


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

BTS LATIN AMERICA INC.
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), BTS
LATIN AMERICA INC. is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 12th day of Febru-
ary 2008.

Hans Douglas Ardon Camacho
Clayton Tower
Apartment 202
Clayton, Panama
Liquidator




Looking for an experienced


Fund Administrator

A small start-up Fund Administration company
is looking for a dynamic person who has a few years
experience in the Administration of Bahamas SMART
and Professional Funds. The ideal candidate would
also be assigned other related tasks. He/she must be
able to fit in a small young group group of prfession-
als and is a motivated team-player. Please send your
resume with a salary expectation to HR Management,
P.O. Box N-7755; Nassau, Bahamas.




GN662

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY

GENERAL AND MINISTRY

OF LEGAL AFFAIRS


PUBLIC NOTICE
THE JURIES (AMENDMENT)
ACT, 2007


The Office of the Attorney


General


and Ministry of Legal Affairs wishes to
inform the general public that the Juries
(Amendment) Act, 2007, Act No. 45 of 2007,
becomes effective on Monday, 7th April,
2008.


The main objectives of this amendment is that
it reduces the number of persons in a jury for
non-capital trials from twelve to nine
and to easier facilitate the empanelling
of jurors for the twelve Supreme Courts.


The public should also note that a consequential
amendment to the Juries Act is provided for in
section 19 which reduce the number of


preemptory


challenges to seven in all


trials other than capital


cases.


Additionally, section 24 of the Act now
redueces the fraction of persons required to
return a verdict tb six.


Finally, the public is informed that in
respect to proceeding with a trial where a
juror dies or fail to appear, this number has
consequently been reduced from eleven


2008


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS


IN THE SUPREME COURT


CLE/gen/230


Equity Side


IN THE MATTER OF BEACON GLOBAL ADVISORS
PRIVATE EQUITY FUND II LIMITED ("The Company")
AND
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1992
ADVERTISEMENT OF PETITION
Notice is hereby given that a Petition for the
winding up of the above-named Company under
the above-mentioned Act was on the 12th day of
February, A.D., 2008 presented to the said Court
by Bowness Investment Holdings Limited a British
Virgin Islands International Business Company
claiming to be a Creditor of the said Company.
And that the said Petition is directed to be heard
before Justice John Lyons, a Justice of the Supreme
Court, sitting at Nassau on 28th April A.D. 2008 at 9:
30 o'clock in forenoon, and any creditor, client; or
contributory of the said Company desirous to support
or oppose the making of Order on the said Petition
may appear at the time of hearing in person or by his
Counsel for that purpose; and a copy of the Petition will
be furnished by the undersigned to any creditor, client,
or contributory of the said Company requiring such
copy on payment of the regulated charge for the same.


Dated the 1st day of April A.D. 2008.
CALLENDERS & Co
Chambers,
One Millar's Court,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTE: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing
of the said Petition, either to oppose or support, must
serve on or send by post to the above-named, notice in
writing of his intention to do so. The notice must state
the name and address of the person, or, if a firm, the
name and address of the firm, and must be served,
or if posted, must be sent by post in sufficient time
to reach the above-named not later than 4:00 o'clock
in the afternoon of the 25th day of April, A.D. 2008.


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or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be at
least one nine-letter word. No
plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 19; very good 28; excellent 37
(or more). Solution tomorrow.


I CRYPTIC PUZZLE


ACROSS
1 It's best returning home (6)
7 I'm pretending to be
trnImpresive()
9 One inherited from Plantagenet
times? (4)
10 President with a house he didn't
really need (6)
in Caperscangetyouin ajam(6)
14 A hazarl In tube travel(3)
16 in all honesty, they're
W5ed(S)
17 For personally, it's
allover (4)
9 Was obliged to accept some terms
one didn't ke (5)
A A bender in the garden? (5)
22 Anything thus "up", goes
down! (5)
23 She's at teong about
Oscar (4)
26 Transport by car and railway (5)
28 One is often yawning (3)
29 A king with no robe? (6)
30 U.S. general who arranged
truces (6)
31 Are they looking for a key
agreement? (4)
32 Went sky high early in
November (8)
33 Simply sail around In extremes of
ecstasy (6)


Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 3, Leash 8, Tapir 10, Worth 11, Car 12, Nobe-L 13,
Mar-CH-es 15, Deb-l-t 18, La-X 19, Medico 21, Letters 22,
Eras 23, So-ft. 24, Halibut. 26, Old boy 29, Gem 31, Miser
(-able) 32, Che-MI-st 34, Gamut 35, AC-t 36, Ma-GI-c 37,
Green 38, Never
DOWN: 1, MA-caw 2, Circles 4, Eros 5, Swedes 6, H-oled 7,
Sto-ic 9, Par 12, Next day 14, Hat 16, Bi-go-t 17, To-O-ts 19,
Mr. Right 20, V-eno-M 21, La-u-ds 23, Sum-Mary 24, Ho.-
race 25, Be-E 27, L-I-lac 28, Beg-in 30, Aster 32, Cut-e 33, Ice


DOWN
1 If possible, she's shown in aquariums (6)
2 One and one needn't make two (6),
3 t up to the monarch to gireus rank (4)
4 On paper, one confirming your
worthiness? (7)
5 Where mail is sorted for the north of
Italy? (5)
6 She sang tipsily around closing time (5S)
8 A desert to love in a big way? (4)
9 One way to exit, finally, from a trap (3),
12 Stick nothing in the middle of the
road! (3)
13 Woman of wisdom (S)
15 Handled dad getting married (5)
18 It's grilled, though you can bake
most of it (5)
19 Steamy piece of photography? (3)
20 Figure it's a redhead from Riol (3)
21 A fixed sort of charge soldiers
made (7)
22 Stray into the wrong territory (3)
23 Possibly seals right in, using modern
devices (6)
24 Prefers to make pots (4)
25 In a flighty or uppish way? (6)
F 26 Invite love in a far from wordy way (5)
27 Everybody has a right to get
somewhere (5)
28 It's hard to knock the stuffing out of a
tough one (3)
30 Grant an unprecedented amount (4)


Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 3, Hades 8, Miser 10, Raven 11, Ten 12, Decal 13,
Flatten 15, Sonic 18, Rot 19, Menace 21, Samovar 22, leal
23, Mess 24, Grabbed 26, Owners 29, Lit 31, Litre 32,
Tethers 34, Rages 35, And 36, Cedes 37, Andes 38, Delta
DOWN: 1, Title 2, Central 4, Amen 5, Eraser 6, Salon 7, Relic
9, Sea 12, Detours 14, Tom 16, Naked 17, Cease 19, Marbles
20, Stool 21, Saint 23, Methane 24, Grease 25, Bit 27,
Widen 28, Erred 30, Order 32, Test 33, End


ACRioss
1 Pure (6)
7 Wine bottle (R)
8 Sharpen
10 Purloined (6)
11 Bawdy
(6)
14 Quarry
(3)
16 Calls (5)
17 Raced (4)
19 Located
21 Pedant
(5)
22 Recess(5)
23 Heal (4)
26 Suggest
(5)
28 Deceive (3)
29 Shelter
(6)
30 Friendly
(6)
31 Scheme (4)
32 Ealinj
disorder (8)
33 Curdling
agent (6)


DOWN
1 Shells (6
2 Apathet (6)
3. Paradise (4)
4 Furniture
item (7)
5 Vapour(5)
6 Pokes(5)
8 Aspire (4)
9 Mesh (3)
12 Wicked (3)
13 Prise (5)
15 Frivolous (5)
18 Currency units
19 thus (3)
20 Digit (3)
21 Viscous
substance (7)
22 Zero(3)
23 Protective
covering (6)
24 Item (4)
\25 Enrol (6)
26 Heathen (5)
27 Church
council (5)
28 Mountain
pass (3)
30 Practise
boxing (4)


South later lost three club tricks for
down one.
It is true that on the bidding West
was far more likely than East to have
the king of hearts. To that extent,
declarer was unlucky to lose the
finesse. However, since South could
have assured the contract 100 per-
cent by playing the ace of hearts
from dummy at trick one, it was
wrong of him to have risked the
finesse.
After taking the ace of hearts,
declarer draws trumps, cashes the A-
K of diamonds and ruffs a diamond
in dummy to bring about this posi-
tion:
North
49
VQ
+J 74 3


West
V 1098
+A 108


East
VK
* 107
+K92


South
+*J10
V7
4Q65
South leads the heart queen, and
it doesn't matter where the king is
actually located. Whoever wins must
return a club or yield a ruff-and-
discard. Either way, declarer loses
only a heart and two clubs.


n e



landscape

If1


Vladimir Kramnik v Evgeny
Alekseev, Tal Memorial, Moscow
2007. Former world champion
Kramnik hopes to regain his crown
in October this year when he
challenges the current holder,
India's Vishy Anand, to a match over
12 or 14 games. Meantime, Kramnik
has caused a stir by his impressive
results with his favourite Catalan
Opening where White starts by d4,
c4, g3 and Bg2 with the plan to
pressure Black's queen side from
long distance. Twice Russian
champion Alekseev didn't fancy
taking on the world number two on
his home ground, so prepared the
surprise opening sequence 1 d4 Nf6
2 c4 e6 3 g3 c5 4 d5 exd5 5 cxd5 bS,
hoping to gain space with his flank
pawn advance. Kramnik had done
his homework and countered with
the forcing 6 e41 Nxe4 7 Qe2 when
he soon regained the pawn with a


SJrbune

Horos


By UiNDAMBL

FRIDAY,
APR 4


AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Don't try to force your views onto
others, Aquarius. You're right, and
others will come to understand in
their own way.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Once again you seem to be worrying
about things you have no power to
change. It's a habit you have to
break if you ever hope to have any
peace of mind.
ARIES March 21/April20
Teamwork is essential this week,
even if you're one of those Aries
who prefers to work alone. You'll be
surprised how much fun it can be.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
The most important thing you can do
now is forgive yourself for any mis-
takes you've made. Perfection is
impossible, remember? Focus on
being yourself, and your drive and
determination will help you succeed.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
Without self-confidence, you'll
never achieve your goals. It's time
you start analyzing every move you .
make a little less, and doing a little
more. Let loose and have fun!
CANCER June 22/July 22
This is not a good week to borrow
or lend money, Cancer. Whatever
your needs, make do with what you
have. There's a life lesson here if
you look for it.
LEO July 23/August 23
Almost everyone you meet this week
will be just a little too nice to you. If
you're reticent to go for it, good for
you. These "friends" might just be up
to something after all.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
At some point this week, you'll
have the chance to do something
very special. Don't hesitate! This
opportunity won't linger very long.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You're so enthusiastic this week,
Libra, you want to do everything at
once. Hopefully, common sense will
be around to restrain you. Think
twice before you do something
rather silly.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't be possessive when it comes
to business affairs. There's enough
work for everyone this week. There
are other people just as talented as
you are.
SAGITARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Things just don't seem to be going
your way this week. Sagittarius. It hap- -
pens to everyone. Don't take these few
flubs to heart. A sexy stranger says
hello on Friday in an unexpected way.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
An important question has been in
the back of your mind all week. If
you don't ask it, you'-I never be
able to relax. It's likely to be good
news anyway.


8586
A S R









a d41t _
favourable ending. Here, in the puzzle
diagram, Alekseev has been
completely outplayed and White has
the celebrated two rooks on the
seventh, also known as raging rooks.
Even at the end Kramnik was precise,
and his next turn was the knock-out
punch, forcing Black to resign. Can
you find White's winner?
LEONARD BARDEN


Chess 8586:1 Bc4! (stops Nd3+) and Black conceded
faced with Rxh7 mate.


I


Pr-AcE vu, I Iw


Ac6 R ED lnAYV APRIL 4. 2008


Heads I Win, Tails You Lose


T
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TARGET


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THE TRIBUNE


FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008, PAGE 7B


FROM page one


Mr McCartney informed Rotar
that according to the latest states
there were 2,072 Bahami
employed in this country's casi
some 87 per cent of the indu
workforce, according to the 3
Annual Gaming Board Repot
2003.
In 2004, the year the Royal C
casino closed due to hurricane d
age, the total number of per,
employed in the country's cas
dipped to 2,029, and 74 per cent v



FROM page one


up to the latter treaty as cur-
rently worded.
Emphasising that the EPA and
CSME treaties were not the same,
and that he disagreed with argu-
ments that signing on to the trade
agreement with the European
Union (EU) was a direct and imme-
diate "backdoor" into the CSME,
Brian Moree said the EPA's lan-
guage on regional integration sug-
gested that if the Bahamas signed
it, it could be taking a first incre-
mental step down a road that did
not suit national interests.
The senior partner at McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes told The Tri-
bune: "One of my primary concerns
about the EPA is that while it is cer-
tainly different and less broad in its
ultimate objective than the CSME,
one of its stated objectives in the
agreement itself is to support and
deepen regional economic integra-
tion.
"That is undisputed. Anybody
who even gives this document a
casual reading will observe that it
is replete with references to region-
al integration over and over again.
And while I do not suggest that the
EPA is the CSME in my view, they
are not there are some similari-
ties, particularly with reference to
commercial presence, Most
Favoured Nation and national treat-
ment."
With the EPA committing all sig-
natory states, including the
Bahamas, to deepening and fur-
thering regional economic integra-
tion, Mr Moree said the first policy
decision facing the Government was
whether this objective was in this
nation's national interests.
If it was not, "then we should not
be participating in arrangements,
trade or otherwise, which are specif-
ically intended to advance that
objective and that policy".
Zhivargo Laing, minister of state
for finance, in the months after the
Ingraham administration took office,
categorically ruled out the Bahamas
playing any part in the CSME or
regional economic integration, argu-
ing that it was not in this nation's
best interests.
Yet he said at a recent Town
Meeting on the EPA that the Gov-
ernment intended to sign the EPA
treaty in June, largely to preserve
duty-free market access to the EU
for the Bahamian fisheries industry
and Polymers International.
If the Bahamas does sign, Mr
Moree said that having read the
treaty it would appear that this
nation would be committing itself
to deepening regional economic
integration despite the Government
having said it did not want to do
this a contradiction in policy.


Gaming industry in danger of dying


Bahamians.
"We fully expect that with the sched-
uled reopening of the casino on Grand
Bahama island within the next two
years that this figure will be reversed,"
Mr McCartney noted.
On Exuma, where the tiny 5,000
square foot casino at the Four Sea-
sons has 53 employees, 49 per cent
were Bahamians, he said.
Mr McCartney said that in the US,
gross revenues for the gaming indus-


Discrepancies

Mr Moree yesterday said he sup-
ported Mr Laing's comments on the
CSME, and given this government
position, he added: "In my view, it is
very difficult to see how the
Bahamas can sign up to this EPA,
with its strong and unequivocal com-
mitment to regional economic inte-
gratiot, while at the same time
maintaining we are not pursuing that
policy within the context of CSME.
"I remain strongly of the view
that given the way this agreement
has been negotiated, and the lan-
guage it embodies, it would seem
difficult to me for the Bahamas to
sign this agreement and say it's not
committed to regional economic
integration."
The McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes senior partner said that by
allowing CARIFORUM to negoti-
ate for it, the Bahamas had effec-
tively allowed the EPA agreement's
text to be heavily influenced by the
concerns and national interests of
other Caribbean states who were in
favour of the CSME and regional
economic integration.
The end result was that the final
EPA agreement did not necessarily
reflect the Bahamas' national inter-
ests, and if it signed up, other nations
were likely to use it to press this
nation on further regional econom-
ic integration.
"When we agreed to allow CAR-
IFORUM to negotiate for us, we
should have known that the final
result would reflect their basic poli-
cy, and that's of the majority CAR-
IFORUM states, and not necessar-
ily the Bahamas," Mr Moree added.
"You cane have a trade agree-
ment without linking it to the objec-
tive of regional economic integra-
tion. There's no necessity for the
EPA to be linked to regional inte-
gration. This is simply a view which
the negotiators had, and worked
into this agreement. It is a view that
the Bahamas does not seem to sup-
port."
Mr Moree told The Tribune that
he supported trade and economic
co-operation between states, but not
the regional economic integration
pushed by the CSME. This would
involve binding the economies of
different Caribbean states together
through, ultimately, a single curren-
cy and common customs duty rates,
and the senior attorney added that
he and many others felt economic
integration could not be achieved
without political and social integra-
tion.
"I think that in its present form,
there is a legitimate issue that this
EPA might be viewed as an incre-
mental step towards the larger
objective of regional economic inte-
gration," Mr Moree said.


Legal Notice



NOTICE



TECHNIGLOBAL

MANAGEMENT LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)




Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is

in dissolution, which commenced on the 2nd day of April

2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757

Nassau, Bahamas.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





Legal Notice

NOTICE




MAGNA VISTA S.A.






Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,

the dissolutioni of MAGNA VISTA S.A. has been com-

pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


try totalled $32.4 billion and
employed 363,193 persons.
As one of the US' closest neigh-
bours, he said that the Bahamas was
well-suited to take advantage of per-
sons coming here who would wish to
gamble, allowing this country to
share in those profits.
Mr McCartney the Bahamas was
falling behind other countries with
more progressive gaming policies
than this country.


Legal Notice

NOTICE


ADELAIDE SHIPPING LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) ADELAIDE SHIPPING LIMITED is in
dissolution under the provisions of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 1st April 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Peter Lally
FC.C.A. of 5 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD,
United Kindom as sole Liquidator.

Dated the 4th day of April, 2008.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company



Legal Notice

NOTICE




IBIZA INC.






Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of IBIZA INC. has been com-

pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




Legal Notice

NOTICE




W'S LEAGUE LTD.


---



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,

the dissolution of W'S LEAGUE LTD. has been com-

pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.






ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


In the Turks and Caicos, he said
they have local nights where resi-
dents are allowed to gamble, and
some of the local bars are permitted
to have limited slot machines in
operation.
However, Mr McCartney stressed
that among the amendments that are
being suggested in the Bahamas,
none at this time would focus on
legalising gambling for locals.
Bahamians are doing it illegal-


ly," he acknowledged. "The question
is: do we uphold the law or remain a
lawless society, but we have to come
to the point where it is one or the
other."
Mr McCartney said that whether
the issue will be brought to the
people in a referendum remains
at the discretion of the Prime Minis-
ter.
The question that also needs to be
answered is to what extent legalis-
ing gambling would entail permitting
Bahamians to use hotel casinos, just
play numbers or a combination of
both, he added.


Legal Notice

NOTICE


SYDNEY SHIPPING LIMITED

NOTICE IS4 HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) SYDNEY SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 1st April 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Peter Lally
EC.C.A. of 5 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD,
United Kindom as sole Liquidator.

Dated the 4th day of April, 2008.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company



Legal Notice

NOTICE


MELBOURNE SHIPPING LIMITED,

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MELBOURNE SHIPPING LIMITED is in
dissolution under the provisions of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 1st April 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Peter Lally
FC.C.A. of 5 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD,
United Kindom as sole Liquidator.

Dated the 4th day of April, 2008

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


Legal Notice

NOTICE


PERTH SHIPPING LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) PERTH SHIPPING LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 1st April 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Peter Lally
EC.C.A. of 5 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD,
United Kindom as sole Liquidator.

Dated the 4th day of April, 2008.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


Bahamas International Securities Exchange


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52wk-HI
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0.99
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3.15
8.50
7.22
2.50
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13.01
14.75
6.10
1.00
8.00
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10.00


52wk-Low
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11.50
9.00
0.85
2.30
1.30
10.35
2.10
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3.60
2.20
5.94
12.49
13.50
5.12
0.54
6.86
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10.00


Security
Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
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Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
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Commonwealth Bank (SI1)
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Previous Close
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52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $
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8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35


ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings


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2.6254
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