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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: April 7, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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on Friday after investigating
reports of a "foul odour", ema-
nating from apartment six at Fal-
ston Apartments: on Indiana
Lane, Bahama Reef.
Central Detective Unit and
Lucayan Division officers were
met by a 56-year-old male who
said his diabetic mother occupied
the apartment.
He reportedly told police his
sick mother died in her home on
March 27, but instead of calling
SEE page 12

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THIS SPECTATOR made sure he got the best seat in the house at the Fort Charlotte Heritage Festival at the
weekend. The festival featured a host of Bahamian music and performance SEE PAC. S'"

Blaze at rectory where Archdeaco

Thompson was fatally wounded
FIREMEN were last night fighting a blaze which swept through the re
tory where Archdeacon William Thompson was fatally wounded by a bu
glar eight years ago.
Flames destroyed the roof of the century-old wooden building in Mi
ket Street which was once home to a long succession of Anglican pries
A witness told The Tribune: "The damage is extensive the second flo
was virtually destroyed."
SEE page 12

S Global claims
govt demands for
Duties, taxes part
of 'attack' on CEO
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government's demands for
ec- outstanding customs duties and tax-
ur- es from Global United Limited are
part of a "relentless" politically moti-
ar_ vated "attack" on Global CEO Jack-
ts. son Ritchie, the company claimed
or yesterday.
In a statement forwarded to The
Tribune from representative Philip"
Galanis, Global United responded to
comments made by Minister of State
for Finance Zhivargo Laing in Sat-
urday's Tribune about the shipping
company's outstanding payments to
the government.
The statement acknowledged that
Global United owed the government
money but said the company had
made efforts to resolve the matter
and questioned the motivation
behind Mr Laing's public statements
on the issue.
"Global acknowledges that there
is an issue with respect to outstand-
ing payments that are due. In an
effort to resolve this issue, Global
wrote to the Comptroller of Cus-
toms with a proposal to resolve this
matter, which was rejected by the
Ministry of Finance. The company
hopes that it will be able to resolve
this issue in the not too distant
SEE page 12

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, while attending Saturday's
special Heads of Government
Summit on crime in Port of Spain,.
Trinidad, reiterated that the death
penalty will be carried out in the
"Nearly all countries in the
Caribbean have the death penal-
ty as the ultimate punishment in
murder cases," noted Prime Min-
ister Ingraham.
"Speaking for myself and the
Bahamas we have a number of
appeals pending and should the
appeals court determine that the
sentence of death may be carried
out, we intend to do so," he told
BBC Caribbean.
Mr Ingraham, who is also cur-
rent chairman of Caricom and the

Conference, was reportedly
"insistent" that is the position of
his government notwithstanding
whatever is said by European
countries and United Nations.
During his address to the body,
Mr Ingraham said the region is
challenged on several fronts with
the rising cost of living triggered
primarily by the high cost of fuel,
the instability in global financial
markets and the tightening cred-
it situation.
"The weakening global econ-
omy has already begun to impact
our tourism sectors. We continue
to be challenged by the fallout
from uncontrolled economic
migration and the illegal traffic
SEE page 12

Minister of
State 'conflict of
interest' claim
Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Minister of Trade
and Industry Leslie Miller has
lashed out at Minister of State
for Utilities Phenton Neymour,
claiming his position is a "clear
conflict of interest" due to his
previous employment with fuel
giant Esso.
Mr Miller again challenged the
minister to reduce current mark-
up margins for retailers and
wholesalers of fuel to curtail the
"exorbitant" prices of gasoline.
Mr Miller who has recently
been very vocal on gasoline issues
after prices at Esso stations
climbed to $5 a gallon in New
Providence claimed the minister
will not reduce current margins
because his loyalty lies with the
oil companies and not with the
Bahamian people.
These margins are mark ups,
not taxes as The Tribune previ-
ously reported, and should be
lowered by the government to
cut steep gas prices, Mr Miller
In his defence, Minister Ney-
mour labelled the claims as
"ridiculous", adding that he had
cut all ties with Esso and his alle-
giance lay with his country.
Said Mr Miller: "First of all this
man should never have been
made minister responsible for
petroleum...there is a direct con-
flict of interest with having him
now be responsible for these oil
companies when he was embed-
ded with them for the last ten
years. Who is his loyalty going to
you, me or them?"
Minister Neymour brushed off
the assertions and raised issues
of conflict of interest involving
the former minister.
... "Mr Miller needs to under-
stand that in addition to my hav-
ing worked for Esso, I also
worked for the Water and
Sewage Corporation which also
falls on my portfolio. I was elect-
ed as the member of parliament
for South Beach (and) that is
where my allegiance lies...to my
country and not a foreign oil enti-
"I consider Mr Miller's com-
ments about a conflict of interest
as ridiculous...I think (he) needs
to look closely at others when he
talks about conflict of interest,
particularly when he was in
Mr Neymour added: "I do not
view my previous employment as
a conflict in any way, because I
have no ties whatsoever with my
previous employer, which is Esso.
I think my past experience assists
myself and assists the government
in bringing some experience to
SEE page 12

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Family pray and fast

with body for nine days

before police called

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER holding a nine-day
prayer and fast vigil to "raise their
mother from the dead" a Grand
Bahama family called police to
her home after their resurrection
bid proved fruitless, police said.
*~Police in Grand Bahama dis-
covered the badly decomposing
body of 85-year-old Florence
Ophelia Russell around 11.45 am

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Awakening 'the Andros farming giant'

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VETERAN farmer Caleb Hepburn makes a point to Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation chairman Edison Key during a meeting with
North Andros farmers last weekend.

Farmers hear of

move to create

agri-industrial and

greenhouse park

BAHAMAS Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) wants to establish an
agri-industrial and a greenhouse
park in North Andros, farmers
have been told.
BAIC executive chairman
Edison Key met with farmers
last weekend to discuss the gov-
ernment's thrust in food securi-
His team included BAIC gen-
eral manager Benjamin Rah-
ming, deputy general manager
Don Major, assistant general
manager Arnold Dorsett, Advi-
sory Commission on Agricul-
ture chairman Mark Stubbs,
and agriculturalist Dr Leroy
Mr Key said BAIC had iden-
tified some 500 acres which are
to be divided into two-acre
blocks and leased to persons
needing land on which to set up
and operate their businesses.
"We want to stimulate and
increase production through the
use of techniques like green-
house farming," Mr Key told
"Once youth have mastered the
art of greenhouse farming, then
hotels, food stores, restaurants
and households will have fresh
fruit and vegetables virtually all
year round.
"That will cut away substan-
tially at the excuse for importing
much of the food products
which we now do since we
would be producing them right

here. Those hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars we use to import
food can go directly into your
An additional 300 acres of
pasture land in North Andros
is to be sub-divided into smaller
blocks and made available to
livestock farmers, said Mr Key.
"BAIC wants farmers to have
access to the best agricultural
practices," he added.
"To that end we will bring in
the necessary technical exper-
tise if we have to.
"We intend to acquire 20-foot
and 40-foot refrigerated con-
tainers to transport your pro-
duce fresh on the inter-island
ferry services.
"I see Andros as a sleeping
giant waiting to be awakened
to the lucrative world of food
"To accomplish that would
open opportunities never before
dreamed of."
He said the prime minister
had given the go-ahead to make
agriculture a success.
"As a nation we must be seri-
ous about food security," he
He appealed to graduates of
the acclaimed North Andros
High School agriculture pro-
gramme to "take full advantage
of this ready-made opportunity
for you to apply all those tech-
niques you were taught and
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0 In brief

Six In custody

following a

firearm arrest
SIX people, including
four juveniles, are in
police custody following a
firearm arrest in Wulff
Road yesterday.
Officers from Southern
Police Station were on
patrol near Jiffy Cleaners
on Wulff Road and East
Street around 1.35am
when they stopped a blue
1996 Audi for having no
rear lights.
A search of the vehicle
revealed a .357 handgun
with six live rounds of
Two male occupants
(one adult, the other a
juvenile), and four female
occupants (one adult and
three juveniles) were
arrested and are in police
custody, ASP Evans said.

Port AuDlrlty

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Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) purchaser is financ-
ing economic and manpower
impact assessments to deter-
mine the impact its proposed
plans for Freeport would have
on the city and the wider
Bahamas, as it moves to cre-
ate a strategy document called
Grand Bahama, 2020 and
Roddie Fleming, head of
private equity/private wealth
management firm, Fleming
Family & Partners, has hired
Freeport-based Global Fulfill-
ment Services (project man-
agers and development strate-
gists); NERA Economic Con-
suiting (a global firm of con-
suiting economists with 600
professionals in 22 offices
across the world) and Human
CapitalTransitions in.asau,
(manpower development spe-
cialists) to conduct the studies.
The NERA project leader,
Dr David Harrison, is one of
the top development econo-
mists in the world. Based in
Boston, he has nearly 30
years' experience as an econo-
mist and lectured at the John
F. Kennedy School at Har-
vard University for more than
a decade before joining
Dr Michael Rolle and Dr
Olivier Saunders, of Human
Capital Transitions, are work-
ing closely with the NERA
team and with Global Fulfill-
ment Services.
Discussions have begun
with key business and commu-
nity leaders and organisa-
tions.. To date, these have
included Ginn, UBC, Vopak
Bahamas (formerly Borco,)
Grand Bahama Marina Vil-
lage, Kelly's, Discovery and
This process will be used to
generate a new, revised ver-
sion of the strategy now called
"Grand Bahama, 2020 and
Beyond.", This will be made
available for public input from
the people of Grand Bahama,
in particular, in a series of
open town meetings before
being finalized.
Fleming said its team had
identified that there was not
so much an "unemployment"
problem on Grand Bahama,
going forward, as one of
"under-employntent". Grand
Bahama's economy, with its
focus primarily on the har-
bour, a range of modestly suc-
cessful or failed tourism prod-
ucts and government, had led
to a situation where many
Grand Bahamians are
employed well below their
vocational potential.
Many people now
employed as clerks or dock-
workers might, in a more
sophisticated economy, have
been educated as lawyers,
accountants, engineers or
highly skilled technicians,
Fleming said. It was common,
it added, to find people who
started post-school studies,
only to have to stop for lack of
funds. Others with advanced
university education had to

accept relatively unskilled
positions because the island's
economy simply did not sup-
port positions that require
their skills. Many of the
island's most promising young
graduates had moved to more
sophisticated markets over-
Fleming said the strategic
economic and manpower
assessment excluded the
impacts of the Freeport Con-
tainer Port expansion because
Hutchison Whampoa was
unable to meet with the team
or provide any information.

Three men in hospital

after stabbings in brawl

Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE men are in hos-
pital nursing stab wounds
following a brawl in the area
of Armstrong and
Dowdeswell Streets on Sat-
urday, police said.
Asst Supt Walter Evans
said that, around 5pm, a
crowd had gathered on
Armstrong and Dowdeswell
Streets when a fight broke
Three men were injured
and taken to hospital.
A 25-year-old man from
Gibbs Corner was stabbed
in the back and is in serious
The victim's brother,
whose age is unknown,
received a minor stab injury
to the back and stomach,
ASP Evans reported.
A third man, a 25-year-
old resident of Taylor
Street, was also stabbed to
the chest area. He is in hos-
pital where his condition is
listed as not life threaten-
Police are questioning a
29-year-old man from Wil-
son Tract in connection with
this incident.
Officers are also investi-
gating the brazen daylight
armed robbery of Village
Road Dental Clinic.
Police said around 2pm
on Friday a gunman entered
the clinic and demanded
money. He made off with a
handbag containing an
undetermined amount of

cash from one of the clinic's
patients, ASP Evans
The gunman escaped in a
white Nissan vehicle.
In other crime news,
police said a 23-year-old
man is in hospital after he
was confronted at his home
by a masked man who shot
him in the leg.
ASP Evans said the King
Street resident answered a
knock at his front door and
was accosted by a "dark
man dressed in black with a
black mask".
In an attempt to flee the
masked man, the victim
slammed the door and fled
inside, police said.
Shots were then fired
through the door, hitting the
23-year-old in his lower left
He was taken to hospital
where his condition is list-
ed as stable.


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Recession woes may be misplaced

AFTER ABOUT 40 years of following
the Bahamas' economic trends, former state
minister for finance James Smith does not
believe the current recession will affect the
Bahamas as much as it will the US.
He went so far as to predict an upturn for
the Bahamas in the wake of a slowdown in
the US.
"I think that after you have been around
for sometime looking at the performance of
the Bahamian economy and the long term
trends over the past 30 or 40 years have
shown that the global downturns, US down-
turns, have never affected the Bahamas to the
same degree."
He recalled the dire predictions 18 years
ago for the Bahamas' economy as a result of
the Gulf War. "But," he said, "what hap-
pened was the entire reverse. Because of the
threat of terrorism US visitors generally
stayed closer to home, not going to Europe,
and the Bahamas and the Caribbean were
the beneficiaries of that change in plans."
Tourism officials have been warning that
tourism figures could see a significant drop-
off in arrivals as some of this country's core
tourism markets in the US have been the
hardest hit by the credit squeeze.
Again Mr Smith disagreed, he thinks the
weakened dollar will keep tourists at home
venturing only to areas closest to their shores.
If this is so the Bahamas and Berrnia will be
the beneficiaries.
"So our historical experience with the
downturns in the US economy, or the global
economy, has been that we were not affected
to the same degree as the US itself or the
rest of the world."
He saw no reason why this would not con-
tinue into 2008 and 2009.
The late Sir Etienne Dupuch, second pub-
lisher/editor of The Tribune, always said in his
old age that the Bahamas had an uncanny
knack of benefitting from the world's mis-
He often said that the Bahamas was like an
indian rubber ball the harder you bounced
it, the higher it would rebound.
In his lifetime he saw this happen over and
over again.
As far back as the days of the pirates,
wrecking and rum running, Bahamians were
kept on their toes, benfitting from the social
problems of others.
Our memory goes back to the fears of the
second world war when the future looked


. bleak indeed. Bahamians of that era believed
that they would be cut off from the world.
Especially after America entered the war,
the leaders of this country sincerely believed
that the Bahamas would starve.
All seaworthy ships had been called into
We recall Sir Etienne coming home night
after night from some meeting or other at
the House of Assembly.
All he talked of, worried and wrote about
was how to keep Bahamians employed and
fed. Bahamians were encouraged to turn to
the land no matter how small the plot in
their back yard and grow their own food.
And then the heavens of good fortune
seemed to open over these islands.
For about two years into the war the sea-
sonal tourist trade continued.
British families mothers and their chil-
dren, nannies with their charges, and a whole
school the Belmot School moved to
the Bahamas to escape the bombs falling
over England.
Two wealthy residents, Sir Harry Oakes,
and Axel Wenner-Gren provided employ-
ment on their various projects, and the War
Materials Committee, established by Sir Eti-
enne to help in the war effort, employed
several hundred Bahamians. The Royal Air
Force established a training base here.
When America entered the war, and her
young men left the farms and enlisted, a new
world opened for the Bahamas.
The concern of how to keep Bahamians
employed and fed had been solved.
The "Project" recruited Bahamians to go to
the United States to fill the places left vacant
by the young men marching off to war.
Bahamians were employed on large Ameri-
can farms, and money from their labours
kept flowing home to support their families.
The Bahamas was indeed secure. The suf-
fering and starvation anticipated never mate-
In fact we benefitted from that war.
So there might be something in what Mr
Smith predicts. However, the fact that he
thinks the Bahamas will be less affected by
this credit squeeze than the US, does not
mean that we will not be affected its a
matter of to what degree. In other words, we
might be down for a time, but it is unlikely
that we shall be out for the count. The
Bahamas' indian rubber ball always bounces


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE Tribune editorial of
Monday March 31, 2008
reminded the country of the
very important debate over
whether The Bahamas should
have been involved with an ini-
tiative promoted by Hugo
Chavez, known as PetroCaribe.
And with gas prices rising to
$5 per gallon at the pumps, Mr
Leslie Miller, former PLP MP
and Minister Trade and Indus-
try hits the headlines, much like
the Phoenix rises from the ash-
es in Greek Mythology.
He is reported to have
lamented in The Tribune of Sat-
urday March 29,2008, that had
the PLP signed on to the now
infamous PetroCaribe deal with
Chavez in Venezuela, when he
was Minister, no Bahamian
would be paying more than $4
for a gallon of gas.
What he neglects to point out
is that While the price would
supposedly remain lower at the
pumps for consumers, The
Bahamas would be building up
a huge debt with Venezuela -
something like $3.7 billion in 25
years according to calculations
by The Nassau Institute back
in 2005 when the PetroCaribe
scheme was being touted as the
saviour for Bahamians.
Here's an excerpt from the
2005 commentary titled, Petro-
Caribe Loan Scheme:
Both the Minister for Trade
and Industry, Leslie Miller and
members of his Petroleum
Usage Review Committee, have
suggested that the savings that
could accrue to The Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
is reason enough for The
Bahamas to sign on to Petro-
They have stated that if BEC
purchases $100 million of petro-
leum products a year, they
could finance up to $40 million
for up to 25 years at the rea-
sonable rate of 1 per cent per
annum. And, this $40 million

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Sduce ani attractive return over a
long period of time. Of course,
when the petroleum is gone, no
asset will remain.
More importantly, the debt
is likely to be foreign hard-cur-
e used each year to create rency debt, which will greatly
fare state. alter and magnify the country's
being sceptical of offers financial management prob-
ound too good to be true, lems.
mpted a few calculations: "Bankruptcy" usually occurs
Assuming there are no when a country can no longer
ents made during a five- service its foreign indebtedness;
oan period, The Bahamas and such bankruptcy usually
)we Venezuela $202 mil- means devaluation of the cur-
Itency and a drop in the stan-
Taking this one step fur. dard of living.
The Central Bank of The To date the Bahamas has
mas has indicated The financed its fiscal deficits with
mas imported fuel totalling B-dollar borrowings and this
55 million during 2004 (net practice has been sustained with
EC purchases). 40 per cent the maintenance of exchange
s amount would provide controls.
Iditional $106 million in If the Bahamas eliminated
per annum. exchange controls, then there
lere again, if no payments would be a capital outflow and
ade to reduce this indebt- a pressure on the exchange rate.
s during a five-year per- It is this fear that has restrained
'he Bahamas will owe the country's fiscal excess.
zuela another $535.3 mil. PetroCaribe financing starts
this country down the road of
mbining the purchase of financial mismanagement of the
or BEC and the fuel for type that has plagued Latin
neral consumer over five America for decades.
i, The Bahamas total It is nosurprise thatit is being
itedndss to Venezuela proposed by a Latin American
I be $737.3 million., socialist strongman who offers
addition, these numbers cheap long-term foreign financ-
imply staggering when ing as an inducement to enter
polated out over 25 years. his international political
National Debt would alliance.
se by $3.7 billion, which is It appears that Mr Miller nev-
than our current national er considered the future for
Af $2.65 billion. Bahamians. Maybe he was only
also asked at the time if it considering his re-election in
sense for The Bahamas the here and now.
chase a consumable such What seemed like short-sight-
I with long-term, foreign, ed political pandering back in
currencyy borrowings. 2005,.seems much the, same
act we proffered that: today.
roleum is a "consumable" Hardworking Bahamians
in both economic and deserve more than to be told
:al terms and should not there is something for nothing.
danced with long-term bor-
g. The theory of long-term THE NASSAU
wing is that it is appropri- INSTITUTE
hen used to finance an Nassau,
ment today that will pro. March 31, 2008.

How safe is your money?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
ALMOST every TV network
News Report today reports
about some international bank
loosing billions and certainly it
causes deep thought as to which
social and economic system
works for the betterment of
How safe is your money?
At least here we are supposed
to have insurance guarantees I
believe up to $20,000 per sav-
ings account, I think that was

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best return on your savings the
banks offer the higher interest
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are you safeguarded if some-
thing was to go array like what
went at Bears Sterns, UBS,
Deutche Bank and the others?
I do not like the pages now
of properties being advertised
which are obviously from the
banking system for non-Compli-
ance of the owner's mortgage.
Check the majority are middle
class to mid-middle class prop-
Clearly market forces are
being challenged and it has to
be soul-searching for the advo-
cates of an open-free market at
this time when you see all this
blood flowing from the bank
In our small environment I
fear and do not support past
Minister of State Finance, James
Smith's prognosis that the com-
ing months will not have seri-
ous economic challenges as a
result of the feared real reces-
sion in the US, our primary
Tourism customer.
Since the last US recession
the financial environment of the
Bahamas has radically changed
- we have massive debts and if
the worst scenario happens I ask

the obvious How will the
banks and finance houses cover
their depositors' moneys and
outward payments to them and
their shareholders?
Reading between the lines
concerning at least one of our
large corporate entities I sus-
pect the amber light is already
shining strong there and possi-
bly I fear that will change to red
and a substantial Pension Fund
could be in danger.
Is the price of gasoline and
now diesel correct?
I ask this as the rise in price of
diesel has been so fast that it is
unexplainable to me and is now
$4.88 a gallon.
I am sorry for BEC Family
Island customers as all of BEC
generation capabilities require
Which is the better Econom-
ic System? Free Market with all
these enormous bank failures
with governments bailing them
out or a more inclined semi-
socialistic approach?
1 .ask a simple question Is
imy money safe in the hands of
my batnk?
April 2, 2008.


Mr. Steffon Cooper
Mr. Parish Simmons

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delegates to

THE Florida Democ-
ratic Party has chosen 27
party leaders and elected
officials as delegates to
the national nominating
convention, according
Associated Press.
Fourteen were allocat-
ed Saturday to presiden-
tial hopeful Hillary Clin-
ton, including Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer. Ten
delegates went to rival,
Barack Obama, includ-
ing state Sen. Tony Hill
of Jacksonville. The dis-
tribution was based on
results of the state's Jan.
29 primary.

Three delegates -
Florida Chief Financial
Officer Alex Sink, Sen-
ate Democratic Leader
Steve Geller and House
Democratic Leader Dan
Gelber will go to the
convention unpledged to
any candidate.
It's unclear whether
these delegates will be
seated at the convention.
The national party
stripped Florida of its
delegates as punishment
for holding an early pri-

Frank Smith tight-lipped

on PLP deputy leadership

WEST End and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe said
he hopes Bahamian soci-
ety will one day reach the F
point where journalists are
respected in their own
Mr Wilchcombe, a for-
mer journalist, announced
last week that he will be -
running for the position of
deputy leader of the
"I want to get to the
point where journalists are
respected in this country,
where I don't have to cuss
a journalist, but I under-

Tribune Staff Reporter
MP FOR St Thomas More Frank
Smith opted yesterday to avoid com-
menting on whether he was vying
for the PLP deputy leadership.
Instead, Mr Smith said the "issue
of the day" as far as he was con-
cerned should be the public's con-
tinued focus on the Mona Vie con-
"The issue of the day, as far as I
am concerned, is the threat to our
democracy by the refusal of the Min-
ister of State for Finance to do the
right thing and resign over the Mona
Vie scandal. That and the unbeliev-
able endorsement Zhivargo Laing

stand that when a journal-
FOR3 llNiLAWNlSEjl RVICE ist is doing his or her job
Ferii n icd they are protecting the
country, they are playing
PsCoto the role of the fourth b i
SI estate."
Mr Wilchcombe also said that he under- it to be "a fir
322-' 1J5 stands the role of propaganda and of tabloids. ry Christie de
HI.,id they .x.,mLnecessarily negative, a nd .in the world'"

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has received from the Prime Minis-
ter in the face of such scandal," a
statement read.
Mr Smith reminded the public that
there will be adequate time to talk
about the leadership of his "great
party", but for today, the focus and
interest of the people lay in the con-
duct of Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and the Minister of State
for Finance Zhivargo Laing.
"I will not allow myself or the
decent and law-abiding people of
the Bahamas to be distracted oth-
erwise. I implore my PLP colleagues,
and all Bahamians, not to allow oth-
ers to distract them from the real
issues at hand, which are the con-
duct of members of this FNM gov-
ernment, their sub-par performance
and the unbearable economic bur-

that they should never
cause someone to lose
focus on where they are
"Because that happens in
a society, that's the
dynamism of a society. And
I want to get to the point
where we understand that
we don't have to take some-
body's head off because
they don't agree with me or
they criticise me.
"We should be listening
to our criticism. We should
be reading about our criti-
cism and making the adjust-
ment if it warrants it. That's
the country that I want," he
With these ideas in place,
Mr Wilchcombe said, the
Bahamas can become what
Sir Lynden Pindling wanted
-st world country" and what Per-
scribed as "the best little country

den being placed on Bahamians,"
he said.
Mr Smith's comments come in the
wake of MP for West End and Bimi-
ni Obie Wilchcombe declaring his
intentions to run for the PLP's
deputy leadership at its next con-
In fact, when Mr Smith was con-
tacted by another newspaper on the
issue, he declined to comment, stat-
ing only that he first needed to speak
with "his team".
Mr-Smith has since been named
in a lawsuit by Minister Laing for
alleged defamatory remarks regard-
ing the Mona Vie scandal.
Mr Smith is named alongside PLP
MP for Bain and Grants Town Dr
Bernard Nottage, and former Con-
troller of Customs John Rolle.


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story telling, a limbo demonstration, fire dance, soca party, fort tours, drama, plaiting
of the maypole, and Rake & Scrape Fest. There was plenty of entertainment laid on for
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room for error so plan to attend the free first class of the
Terrestrial Navigation Course offered by The Bahamas
School of Marine Navigation at BASRA Headquaters on
East Bay Street on Monday, April 14, 2008, at 7 p.m. then
consider enrolling in the 3-month course. Other courses
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Emile Hunt, Barry


- young

literary pioneers

COB graduates continue their studies at

University of the West Indies in Trinidad

EMILE HUNT and Barry
Williams are true pioneers: they
were the first College of The
Bahamas students to graduate
from the School of English
Studies (SES) with bachelor
They both graduated in May,
2007, and, coincidentally, have
both gone on to continue their
studies at the University of the
West Indies in Trinidad, pursu-
ing masters degrees, Barry in
English (Literature) and Emile
in Fine Arts (Fiction).
The College's BA English
programme, which incorporates
a comprehensive critical
approach to literature with asso-
ciated theory, has proven to be
extremely useful to them.
Emile and Barry will take two
years to complete their
advanced degrees and during
the first year they are follow-
ing some basic graduate courses
to become familiar with
research methods for the
research papers they must pro-
They are both aware of the
challenges they will face during
their first year but both feel
well-prepared by the work they
have done at COB.
"I was worried," confesses
Emile, "because I knew I would
be in class with people who
have been published and I was
afraid but when I got in the
class, which was a research class
just like 261 that I had done at
COB, I was actually very pre-
pared and the class did not
demand anything new of me."
Emile heard other students
saying: "How come we didn't
learn this in our undergraduate
classes?" and just replied,
"Well, I come from The
Barry and Emile were actu-
ally ahead of the game and it
made them realise that The Col-
lege of The Bahamas has a sol-
id English programme that had
prepared them to go anywhere.
He and Barry entered all
events that SES offered and
took full advantage of the
opportunities provided, such as
writing workshops with
Caribbean writers Fred
D'Aguiar and Earl Lovelace,
readings, forums and a huge
variety of films.
"We have heard people say
that COB prepares you to go
anywhere in the world," states
Emile, "and I can attest to that
because I lived it."
As he is concentrating on
writing, Emile must produce a
novel-length manuscript to
demonstrate his creative writ-
ing abilities. Well-known to the-
atregoers as the author of the
play, "Da Straw Market Fire",
Emile does not see fiction as a
change of direction as he has
always dabbled in story writing.
He has already formulated
the main idea for his manu-
script, which he is calling In the
Shadow of My Mother. In it he

"We have
heard people
say that COB
prepares you
to go
anywhere in
the world and
I can attest to
that because I
lived it."

Emile Hunt

will draw on personal experi-
ences to create the story of a
Haitian girl struggling to make
it in a Bahamian society unap-
preciative of Haitians.
"My father is a contractor
and he employs a lot of Haitians
on his jobs," explains Emile. "I
have worked with them and
interacted with them, sat down
and eaten lunch with them, and
I realized that these are my
brothers. We might hear peo-
ple say 'Carry your Haitian self
but I feel different. I understand
their story and I understand
their struggle. That really influ-
enced me."
Emile believes the idea of the
School of English Studies devel-
opging a minor in creative writ-
ing at the college is an excel-
lent one. (It should be opera-
tional by Fall 2008).

He remembers a class he
took with Professor Hank
Lewis, an American who taught
creative writing some years ago.
-That was very enjoyable and
evoked an excellent response
from the students." he recalls.
"Creative writing gives you
freedom of expression because
you .are not restricted by right
and wrong answers. It's all
about presenting your ideas
He also thinks that a theatre
programme would be extreme-
ly popular at the University of
The Bahamas. "The cast for Da
Straw Market Fire came almost
100 per cent from COB," he
says, "and they were majoring
in the whole spectrum of sub-
jects, not just English. I think
there would be a great response
for a theatre minor."
In the future, Emile sees him-
self returning to The Bahamas
and working at the University
of The Bahamas where he will
hope to inspire the next gener-
ation of Bahamian writers.
However, he hasn't ruled out
the possibility studying for a
PhD in creative writing.

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5. Warehouse supplies controls and re-ordering
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New South Ocean donates

golfing equipment to

SBahamas Golf Federation

IN AN effort to enhance the country's
Junior's golfing programme, developers of the
New South Ocean/Blue Shark Golf Course
donated golf equipment to the Bahamas Golf
Federation (BGF).
The equipment consists of 75 sets of golf
clubs, 20 pairs of golf shoes, 1,000 practice
range balls and 2,500 golf tees.
On hand at the presentation, Glen Archer,
president of the BGF, expressed his apprecia-
tion to New South Ocean for the donation and

said he looks forward to using the equipment,
not only for the junior. programme, but also
for an upcoming summer camp.
Shown here, in front row (from left) are:
Rory Higgs, BGF and Bahamas Professional
Golf Association; Yvonne Shaw, Women's
Division, BGF; Kurt Greve, New South
Ocean/Blue Shark Golf Course.
Back row (from left) Dudley Martinborough,
secretary, BGF; Glen Archer, president, BGF;
Burton Rodgers, New South Ocean.


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IndiGO Networks is a growing telecommunications company based in Nassau,
Bahamas. The company has a 17-year history in. offering innovative technology and
telecommunications solutions.to consumers in The Bahamas and is seeking persons to
fill Customer Service Representative positions in its Nassau office.
Job Description
Working at IndiGO Networks means being a part of a commitment to excellence. Persons
applying for the Customer Service Position must have exceptional telephone presence,
be highly motivated, customer-focused, knowledgeable, and excited by challenges. The
Customer Service Representative position will be responsible for maintaining focus on
the company's service policies, systems, products and services in order to facilitate our
* Provide an excellent customer service experience by maintaining the highest
degree of courtesy, confidentiality and professionalism
* Handle business transactions in connection with account activations, adjustments
and collections
* Perform over-the-counter exchanges of customer defective equipment
* On site client visits to resolve service issues
* Selling of the company's services
* Communicate with customers using web-based tools
* Answer a multi-line phone system
* Deal directly with customers to resolve outstanding or escalated problems in
person & on the phone
* Provide technical support to clients via telephone
* Interact with other departments to resolve customer issues or provide additional
services as required
* Greet visitors

* Flexibility, adaptability; ability to work in a fast-paced environment
* Strong organizational skills
* Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
* Ability to multitask
* Initiative and ability to learn new tasks quickly
* Reliability, punctuality and outstanding interpersonal skills are essential
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Team player
o Data entry and problem solving skills
* Computer literacy, with a strong working knowledge of
Microsoft Office Products Word, Outlook and Excel
IndiGO Networks offers a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with
experience and qualifications.
Interested candidates should submit their resumes in writing by April 11, 2008 to:
Attn.: Customer Service Manager; IndiGO Networks; P.O. Box N-3920; Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-677-1050
E-mail: hr@indigonetworks.com

FROM LEFT: Mrs Joeanna Curry NO II; Mrs Eulie Lecky NO I; Mr Michael Munnings, senior manager,
marketing and public relations, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. Mrs Thelma McKenzie (acting principal
nursing officer); Mrs Doralea Taylor NO I; Ms Tandra Longley, staff, nurse.

Donation to help education

and training needs of nurses

erously partnered with
Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre through a donation
to the Eloise Penn Memorial
Scholarship Fund to help
education and traiifhg'ieeds
of psychiatric nurses.
"'Dliffhg A Tilan'd MTary, '-
2008, four nurses will be

attending the Psychiatric
Nursing Conference (Inter-
national Society of Psychi-
atric/Mental Health Nurses,
Louisville, Kentucky, April
7-13, 2008, and American
Association of Nurses'Exec-
utives, Seattle, Washington,
April 25-29, 2008).
By attending these confer-

ences, nurses will be better
equipped to provide quality
psychiatric nursing care to
Sandilands patients, strength-
en nursing administration
and expand the knowledge
base of junior nurses,
improving mental health
in the Bahamian, communi-

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The Bahamas Electricity Corporation intends to prequalify contractors for the following two (2)
design-and-build contracts for a new power generation facility to be located adjacent to the existing
power station at Clifton Pier, New Providence, Bahamas:

a) A power generation contract based on two (2) slow-speed diesel alternators, each
rated at approximately 40 MW, with associated equipment and civil works, and

b) A substation and transmission line contract based on 11 kV indoor and outdoor
AIS or GIS substations and 132 kV wood or steel pole overhead transmission lines
and underground XLPE cable feeders. SCADA systems for the afore-mentioned
substations should also be incorporated.

Each contract will include the complete design, manufacture, supply, construction, commissioning,
testing of the new facilities and all associated civil works.

Separate prequalification documents must be prepared in English. The documents may be
purchased on the submission of a written or email application to the address below and upon
payment of a non-refundable fee for each contract of US$100 if applying from outside the
Bahamas, and B$50 if applying from within the Bahamas. The method of payment will be by
cashier's check or wire transfer to a specified bank account. The documents should also be sent by
electronic mail.

Completed applications must be returned no later than 16.00 hours on 21 May 2008,
Address as follows:

Bahamas Electricity Corporation,
Mr. Kevin Basden, General Manager,
Executive Offices
P.O. Box N-7509, Nassau, Bahamas.
Attention: Jerome Elliott
Tel: +1 242 3021215, Fax: +7 2423236852
Email: jeelliott@bahamaselectricity.com

Label envelope:
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Prequalification: New Power Generation Facility

All decisions of the Corporation will be final.

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Students pay tribute to

Lady Henrietta St George

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Special tributes were paid to Lady
Henrietta St George and her late husband for their
significant contributions to the welfare and education
of children on Grand Bahama.
Thousands of students from various schools
throughout the island gathered at St George's High
School gymnasium on Tuesday to pay tribute to
Lady Henrietta, who was described as one of the
country's premier patrons.
Because of her extraordinary acts of kindness,
humanitarianism, and philanthropy, the Ministry of
Education celebrated Lady Henrietta St George
Day in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of
the official renaming of the school after the St
George family.
Lady Henrietta was accompanied by her son,
Henry, and Sarah St George, the daughter of the late
Edward St George, former chairman of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.
As the St Georges entered the school's gym -
escorted by the school's marching band students
stood and welcomed them with thunderous applause.
The two and-a-half hour ceremony started at
10am. A moving musical tribute was performed by
Dano Rolle, a former student of St George's.
Special musical and folk performances were also
performed by students from distant settlements in
east and west Grand Bahama ftom Freetown Pri-
mary, West End Primary, Bartlett Hill, Lewis Yard,
Holmes Rock, and the Martin Town Primary
schools, as well as Eight Mile Rock High.
In Freeport, Maurice Moore Primary, Beacon
School, Freeport Primary, Walter Parker Primary,
and Jack Hayward High also paid tribute to Lady
Henrietta and her husband.
Lady Henrietta was surprised that such a grand
celebration was planned in her honour.
"I thought that this event was being done by St

George's (High), but I understand students from
every school have come to thank me for what I
have done and it makes me feel great," she said.
"My husband did many things for the people of
Grand Bahama for the old, young and impover-
ished. He always supported me in everything I did.
With him beside me, we did a lot of things together
so it is great seeing the auditorium filled with many
of our friends," she said.
The St Georges became patrons for the school in
1998 when the former Goombayland School was
renamed in their honour by the FNM government.
Lady Henrietta said the school was built for 900
students, but now has nearly 2,000.
"It excels in all sorts of areas, in sports, academics,
music and junkanoo. We are very proud to have
our names attached to the school and,we are very
grateful that the Bahamas saw fit to name the school
after us," she said.
Principal Kenneth Romer said the St Georges
had made many contributions to the school over
the past 10 years. He noted that many other schools
have also benefited from their kindness and gen-
"It is important that we honour the memory of the
late Edward St George and what the family is doing
"We want students to remember these persons,
who have done so much to advance the education of
students here on Grand Bahama, and we want to say
thank you to a woman who is worthy of praise," he
Mr Romer said that Mr St George is remembered
not only as one of the co-founders of Freeport, but
also as a man who loved the common man.
. "He used his personal funds to help many people,
and we want him to be remembered as a man who
loved Bahamians and the Bahamas," he said.
The St Georges have been instrumental in the
establishment of the Grand Bahama Children's
Home, Pace Centre, Grace House for pregnant
teens, and Programme Sure for troubled young men.

BAHAMIAN music pro-
ducer and celebrity style
guru Gerry DeVeaux is
making waves on the Lon-
don fashion and music scene.
Now he is taking his career
to a new dimension with the
release of Living Style, his
new television show on the
British Broadcasting Corpo-
ration World Service (BBC
World), launched last Sat-
"I am excited about my
new show. With the experi-
ence I've had with styling
celebrities and producing
music, it's great now to have
a show that gives viewers a
glimpse into what I do every
day," says DeVeaux.
For 30 minutes Living
Style with Gerry DeVeaux
will take viewers into the
lives of big names in fash-
ion, sports and entertain-
Gerry travels around the
globe giving the latest scoop
on elegant living. He will
give tips on fashion, home-
living and design. Guests on
the show range from Tom
Ford, a high-profile fashion
designer known for his new
chic trends, and world-
renowned pop artist Kylie
Minogue, who talks about
her love of Bahamian-made
chicken soup.
The show skips across con-
tinents to celebrity hot spots
and dream destinations,
including sunbathing on Puff
Daddy's yacht in St Tropez,
toasting at Noami Campbel-
l's birthday bash in Dubai,

or just basking at the beau-
tiful beaches of Harbour
Gerry DeVeaux Living
Style will be a five-part
weekly series aimed at not
only Bahamian viewers, but
an international audience.
Gerry DeVeaux, who is of
Bahamian and Scottish
descent, is a music producer
and stylist. He wrote and
produced hit songs for artists
like Angie Stone, Chaka
Chan and Lenny Kravitz,
who is his cousin.
Gerry's songs have been
featured in hit American
television shows such as The
Sopranos, Friends and ER.
He was honoured for his
achievements in music by
The Bahamas government
on July 10, 2003, during the
country's 30th Independence
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RBC Royal Bank of Canada presents a donation to the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine
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annual Research Day, which
will be held on Friday.
The all-day event will be
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torium on Grosvenor Close.
Health issues to be discussed
range from concerns with
asbestos and its impact on
health; occupational injuries
in The Bahamas; risk factors
for cardio-vascular disease;
healthy lifestyle initiatives; and
absenteeism in the workplace.
Information on the health
profile of members of a major
union in The Bahamas will
also be discussed.
Dr Robin Roberts, chair of
the planning committee,
observed that "the Govern-
ment of The Bahamas is the
largest employer in the coun-
try and the health issues
affecting this large labour
fdrce will impact the entire
"We therefore decided to
draw attention to the health
issues facing this group and
we hope that the information
shared will go out into the
wider community."
A special feature of the
event will be an exhibition of
meals that are nutritious and
easy-to-prepare by the faculty
and students of the UWI Cen-
tre for Hotel and Tourism
Management (CHTM).
Participants will get the
opportunity to taste some of
the delicious items prepared
by the CHTM group who will
be available to answer ques-
tions from participants.
There is no registration fee
to attend Research Day and
UWI and RBC are urging the
public to attend throughout
the day of activities.
In particular teachers,
policemen, firefighters, avia-
tion workers, healthcare work-
ers, tourism, banking and oth-
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Monday, 7 April 2008

Today, Monday, 7 April, 2008 the World Health Organization (WHO) and countries around the world celebrate World Health
Day. This day provides an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on a subject of major importance to global health. This
year, World Health Day focuses on the need to protect health from the adverse effects of climate change.

This year's theme "Protecting Health from Climate Change," puts health at the centre of the global dialogue about climate
change and WHO is concerned that climate change is posing ever growing threats to global public health security.
There is widespread international and scientific consensus that the world's climate is changing and small island nations can
be particularly vulnerable to the effects and impacts of climate change.

The effects range from heat waves and drought, to more variable weather patterns including heavy rains, flooding and more
intense hurricanes and cyclones.

The impact of climate change on health has been felt world wide and has affected resource poor countries disproportionately.
Many adverse health outcomes are directly and indirectly climate sensitive, (for example drowning and injuries sustained
during floods) or indirectly (such as water-borne diseases, fish poisonings, and contamination of water tables). Further, these
changes not only impact food production and distribution, but as well, liquid and solid waste disposal, a well established
mechanism for communicable diseases.
In The Bahamas, climate change is clearly visible. We recall the flooding in 2007 associated with tropical storm Noel in
several Family Islands and the 2005 hurricane season which brought substantial flooding and damage to Grand Bahama and
reports of snowflakes in parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama in 2004 when temperatures fell to the 30's.
Recognizing the impact of climate change on small island developing states, The Bahamas ratified the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change on 9 April 1999. The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST)
Commission, serves as the National Climate Change Office for the nation. Further, the BEST Commission is responsible
for the coordination of all relevant agencies and for the development of strategies for preserving the stability of our economy,
ecosystems, and by extension, our health.

Through increased collaboration, the global community will be better prepared to cope with climate-related health challenges
worldwide. Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, notes that "governments and leaders of the
Americas can and must face with determination and vision what needs to be done in terms of urban planning, transportation,
energy production and distribution, food production and safety, and the sustainable use of land and other natural resources
that have been placed in our care on a temporary basis".
In recognition of World Health Day, and in an effort to increase local awareness of the possible health threats caused by
climate change, the Ministry of Health and Social Development, in collaboration with Galleria Cinemas, is sponsoring a
special free viewing of "An Inconvenient Truth" at Galleria Cinemas at Marathon Mall and J.F.K. Drive.
This movie brings home the persuasive argument of former United States Vice-President Al Gore that we can no longer afford
to view global warming as a political issue but see it as one of the biggest moral challenges facing every person in our times
globally. I invite individuals and families to go and view this movie and take fioni it those aspects that will serve to make
our Bahamas a safer and healthier place in which to live, work and play.
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driving (or riding) less, using less plastics, and make personal choices that will both reduce climate change and enhance health.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to strengthening public policy and practice to address the impact
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MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2008, PAGE 11

Article released on

the Lhasa violence

This is the second in a series of articles issued by the Chinese Embassy in
Nassau following articles printed in The Tribune which questioned China's
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The news agency Xinhua
was authorised to release a
signed article on Sunday,
March 30, claiming that the
Dalai "clique" plotted and
incited the Lhasa violence on'
March 14, which killed at
least 18 civilians and one
police officer. The story, by
Yi Duo, denies the claim by
the Dalai Lama and his
backers that the riot was a
"spontaneous peaceful
protest" which the Dalai
Lama had nothing to do

Xinhua News

FIED suspect who
was connected with the
Lhasa violence has confessed
to police that the "security
department" of the "Tibetan
government-in-exile" asked
him to distribute leaflets
promoting the so-called
"Tibetan people's uprising"
to civilians and monks in
"The violence on March
14 was related to the insti-
gation of the 'security
department' of the 'Tibetan
government-in-exile'," the
suspect said.
"To protect myself, (the
Dalai clique) asked me not
to participate in the demon-
strations in person, just to
take charge of stirring peo-
ple up," the suspect said.
"The beating, smashing,
looting and burning were by
no means peaceful demon-

stations and the deeds were
inhuman," the suspect
admitted. "If they (the Dalai
clique) wanted to follow the
non-violent 'middle way',
such violence should have
never happened."
On the same day that
mobs attacked innocent
Lhasa civilians, a closed-
door meeting was held by
the Dalai Lama clique on
how to build on the
"achievements", the article
March 10 is the
anniversary of the
so-called "Tibet uprising" in
1959. On that date, 49 years
ago, Lhasa saw a bloody riot
initiated by the Dalai Lama's
backers. Rioters killed Pag-
balha Soinam Gyamco, a
senior lama and a member
of the preparation commit-
tee of the Tibet
Autonomous Region, tied
his body to a horse and
dragged it for two kilome-
The day, annually com-
memorated by the Dalai
Lama's backers, has been a
reminder of violence. And
history seems to have
repeated itself.
On the same date this
year, a ceremony was held
in Dharamsala to mark the
event. The 14th Dalai Lama
said in a critical statement
that the Chinese government
had imposed "more severe
repression upon Tibetans in
Tibet" and "trampled on

human rights and limited
religious freedom". He also
expressed appreciation for
the "Tibetan people's sin-
cerity, courage and resolu-
Immediately after the cer-
emony, about 300 monks
from the Zhaibung
Monastery tried to march
into central Lhasa. In the
following days, monks from
other temples in Lhasa also
tried to demonstrate but
were restrained by police.
When the monks' efforts
to spread unrest failed, riot-
ers came. They torched
shops and vehicles, attacked
innocent passers-by on the
streets and even attacked
ambulances on March 14.
After the Lhasa riot
on March 14,
which is so far known to
have claimed at least 18
civilian lives and caused 382
injuries, unrest erupted in
other Tibetan-inhabited
regions in the southern part
of Gansu Province and the
northern part of Sichuan
Mobs, some shouting slo-
gans for "Tibet indepen-
dence" and bearing flags of
the so-called "Tibetan gov-
ernment-in-exile", stormed
into and attacked govern-
ment offices, police stations,
hospitals, schools and banks.
Moreover, backers of the
Dalai Lama spread violence
even further by organising
rioters to attack Chinese

embassies and consulates in
the United States, Canada,
India, Britain, France, Ger-
many, Belgium, the Nether-
lands, Switzerland and Aus-
The Dalai Lama released a
statement via his personal
secretariat on March 14, in
which the protests were
described as "peaceful". On
the same day, the "Tibetan
defined the riots in another
statement as peaceful
demonstrations by Tibetans
to protest Chinese policies.
The Chinese government
later released film and pho-
tographs showing the violent
attacks that took place dur-
ing the riot in Lhasa.
On the advice of his sup-
porters, the Dalai Lama
changed his tune at a press
conference on March 18,
when he said that he should
not have created an anti-
Chinese mood in the inter-
national arena. The only
option would be his retire-
ment if the situation got out
of control, the Dalai Lama
His comments were soon
seen by the international
community as an admission
that he had a responsibility
for the riots in Lhasa.

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Blaze at rectory
FROM page one
Archdeacon Thompson one of
Nassau's most revered churchmen
was shot in his home, St Agnes
Rectory, when he disturbed a bur-
glar in the summer of 2000.
He eventually died after fighting
for his life for several days in inten-
sive care. His murder shocked the
entire religious community.
His killer, Neil Brown, was later
sentenced to death, but was himself
killed by a prison guard during a
mass breakout from Fox Hill
Prison in January, 2006.
Four fire engines attended the
blaze, which was last night under
control and being dampened down
by emergency crews.
The witness said: "It appears
that the entire roof has gone."
A police source said that arson
was suspected, but no firm conclu-
sions could be drawn until investi-
gators move in today.
Among those who rushed to the
scene was Archdeacon Ranfurly
Brown, who is rector of St Agnes
Anglican Church.
The fire broke out around 4pm
and four hours later fire crews
were still on the scene.
The stuccoed building had not
been occupied since the murder.
It had been battened up and
fenced off for several years and
was semi-derelict.
A crowd gathered to watch fire-
men tackle the blaze. Many were
Anglicans who regarded the rec-
tory as a memorial to Archdeacon
"We're so shocked that, after
the murder of Father Thompson,
the building has now been
destroyed, ending over 100 years of
church history," said a bystander.

FROM page one
future," the statement claimed.
Since its entry into the Nassau
market, the statement added, Glob-
al United had paid the government
on the same terms that were estab-
lished years ago. Under this arrange-
ment, a period of time was allowed
for Global United to bill and collect
duty and taxes and then pay the
same to Customs, the statement said.
"Such an arrangement is not
unusual and there are similar
arrangements with other companies.
Since the issue arose, Global has
been current with its payments," the
statement said.
On Friday, Mr Laing said the gov-
ernment was addressing the "sub-
stantial" amount of unpaid customs
duty and passenger taxes Global
United owed the government.
"I don't know what their situa-
tion is today, but they have out-
standing payments to the govern-

FROM page one
government in the petroleum
industry," he said.
He said many doctors were
appointed as ministers of health,
attorney generals are required to
have a background in law, and by
the same token his background
in Water and Sewerage and the
oil industry qualifies him to over-
see the areas under his portfolio.
Mr Neymour said he worked
at Esso for seven years as a pro-
ject and retail engineer, territory
manager for the Family Islands
and Turks and Caicos, and a fleet
supervisor during which he
addressed the transportation of

FROM page one


of State
Esso's products throughout The
Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.
Mr Miller is crusading for the
reduction of the current mark-up
margins, which are 33 cents a gal-
lon for importers and 44 cents for
He contended that these mar-
gins allowed the three major oil
companies to rake in $100 mil-
lion in revenue, while motorists
shell out more money at the

Bid to resurrect

police or EMS, the family decided to hold a "fasting and prayer vigil,
in hopes that God would raise their mother from the dead," Chief Supt
Basil V Rahming told The Tribune.
He told police that, after nine days of prayer and fasting "with no
result", the family finally decided to call the police.
CSP Rahming said Russell's badly decomposed body was found
lying in bed, clad in sleep-wear. Although investigating officers found
no signs of violence to the deceased, police are awaiting the results of
a post mortem before making a classification of the death.
Until then, police have deemed the "bizarre" incident a sudden
death, CSP Rahming said.

FROM page one

in drugs and the associated crim-
"And so, we very rightly are
placing great emphasis upon
stemming the invidious tide of
violence and in joining in the col-
lective struggle to make this
region a truly safe and secure
place for our citizens and guests,"
Mr Ingraham said.

Global claims
ment. I don't know the exact amount
but it's substantial...all I know is that
the payments are due and demands
have been made and they have not
been forthcoming with the pay-
ments," Mr Laing told The Tribune.
Yesterday, Global United said
these remarks were part of the gov-
ernment's "relentless efforts" to
"destroy" the company.
"It is extremely curious that of all
the government's debtors it has cho-
sen to make a public statement on
Global United. We see this as just
another example of the FNM's
relentless efforts to totally destroy
a 100 per cent owned Bahamian
company which currently employs
over 200 Bahamians."
The statement claimed this
"attack" began after Mr Ritchie was
named as a PLP candidate for the
2007 general election..

Death penalty
The prime minister said
CARICOM countries must make
greater progress in their efforts
to reduce the level of crime, most
particularly violent crime.
The fight against crime, he said,
requires that countries of the
region identify priorities and
develop multi-sectoral strategic

Said the statement: "Mr Ritchie
confirms that shortly after it was
announced that he would run on the
PLP's ticket, he received informa-
tion that an attack would be
launched on him by FNM operatives
within the Ministry of Finance.
And, in fact, on March 26, 2007,
he received a letter, not from the
Comptroller of Customs with whose
office he had been dealing for the
past 17 years, but from an employee
of the Ministry of Finance.
"This attack from within the Min-
istry of Finance has continued relent-
lessly, particularly escalating after
the general elections. It is unfortu-
nate that a Bahamian owner and his
business could be attacked so cal-
lously because of the principal's
political affiliation."
During the 2007 election cam-
paign, Jackson Ritchie vied for the
Clifton constituency. He was defeat-
ed by the FNM candidate, attorney
. ,Kendal Wright.


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MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2008, PAGE 13


The political history

of CARICOM: a review

(The writer is a business
executive and former
Caribbean diplomat)

mics, politicians and
civil society would find it hard to
identify a more informed schol-
ar than Anthony J. Payne to
write a political history of the
Caribbean Community .and
Common Market (CARICOM).,
Since writing his authorita-
tive dissertation on the
Caribbean beginning with the
West Indies Federation, thirty
years ago, Payne, now a Profes-
sor at Sheffield University in
England, has published exten-
sively on the twists and turns of
the Caribbean effort at regional
Now he has produced an
insightful work, "The Political
History of CARICOM" in which
he posits the view that what
CARICOM has done over the
years of its existence is "promote
the co-existence of regional inte-
gration at one level with region-
al fragmentation at another."
As he explains it: CARICOM
has "rendered workable and rel-
atively stable the interaction of
the two forces that have pulled
the English-speaking Caribbean
apart for three centuries or
According to Professor
Payne, the institution of CARI-
COM has managed to establish
"no more than a working modus
vivendi of the two opposing
forces of integration and frag-
mentation" and "as such CARI-
COM inevitably remains intrin-
sically a prey to interruptions of
that fragile coexistence."
One suspects that Payne is
right in this assessment.
For, even in the seminal work
by the West Indian Commission
in 1992, "Time for Change" and
in subsequent expert recom-
mendations to CARICOM
heads of Government, there was
a marked reluctance to call for a
political union of CARICOM
states. Instead, there were
repeated assertions that CARI-
COM would remain "a commu-
nity of sovereign states."
The West Indian Commis-
sioners and the expert groups
feared that, if they recommend-
ed a political union, even though
many of them would have con-
sidered it the right thing to do,
the detractors of regional inte-
gration in several CARICOM
countries, but particularly
Jamaica, would have pounced
on it as justification for aban-
doning CARICOM altogether.
The experts did, three times
in three separate reports, rec-
ommend the establishment of a
CARICOM Commission (much
like the European Union Com-
mission) to be a motor for dri-
ving the organisation forward.
But, as Payne points out,
Heads of Government rejected
the idea.
Fearing that a Commission
would make decisions affecting
their national situations, the gov-
ernment leaders chose instead
to set up a rotating three-man
Bureau from amongst them-
selves. The Bureau has not

proven to be dynamic or com-
manding since it also can not
make decisions that might affect
national sovereignty.
Despite all this, the notion of
a political union continues- to
haunt the psyche of some
Caribbean leaders particularly
when they are confronted with
economic conditions that chal-
lenge their capacity to satisfy the
expectations of their people or
provide them the level of secu-
rity they want.
Thus, just last month came
the latest announcement of a
possible political union of coun-
tries in the Caribbean by Prime
Ministers Patrick Manning and
Ralph Gonsalves of Trinidad
and Tobago and St Vincent and
the Grenadines.
Within a week, the Prime
Minister of St Lucia disassoci-
ated his government from the
proposal, and Prime Minister
Bruce Golding of Jamaica let it
be known that Jamaica had long
rejected this idea and would not
be entertaining it, though he had
no problem with any group of
countries in the Caribbean Coinm-
munity and Common Market
(CARICOM) that wished to
pursue it..
All other CARICOM gov-
ernments remained silent.
In an earlier commentary
("Caribbean Political Union:
Dreaming Again"), I discussed
the enormous difficulties that a
political union of the proposed
four countries alone would pose,
even assuming that a consensus
exists amongst all their popula-
tions and it is by no means
obvious that such a consensus
does exist.
I also pointed out that the
basic framework for a political
union exists more among the
members of the Organisation of
Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) who already share
many of the fundamentals of a
Union including a common cur-
rency, a common Central Bank,
a common judiciary and the
rudiments of a regional security
Were all of the OECS mem-
bers to enter collectively a polit-
ical union with Trinidad and
Tobago, it would make more
sense and be more practical.
Such a union could cause Bar-
bados to consider participation
seriously, and, this new national
entity could be part of CARI-
COM with Jamaica, Guyana,
Belize and Suriname.
I have deliberately omitted
the Bahamas which-isstio.t..a ...
member of the Common Mar-
ket even though it is a member
of the Community. The rela-
tionship with the Bahamas
would continue much the same
as it does now, until that country
recognizes the value that mem-
bership of the Common Market
- not the political union -
brings to it.
Similarly Jamaica, Guyana,
Belize and Suriname would
remain individual members of

CARICOM as they now are and
continue to work diligently
toward the perfection of the
Common Market. For them,
matters such as a Single Econo-
my and membership of a politi-
cal union would be deferred.
Haiti poses enormous prob-
lems on all fronts. And, while
CARICOM member states will

do what they can to bring Haiti
into all of its arrangements, real-
istically this will take time.
In his book, Payne concludes
* that CARICOM is not "strictly
speaking an integration move-
ment at all, if the term 'integra-
tion' is considered to have any-
thing to do with the emergence
of a new and separate commu-
nity of identity into which pre-
vious national identities are pro-
gressively submerged."
Payne argues that CARI-
COM "has been aimed, not at
the replacement of national and
political action, but at the very
opposite, its reinforcement."
In other words, CARICOM's

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purpose for the political leaders
of its member states is not to
work progressively to one
Caribbean nation in a political
union, but, instead to utilise the
benefits of collective actions that
individual states cannot afford
to take by themselves to keep
those very individual states alive.
There may be much in what
he says.
"The Political History of
CARICOM" is published by Ian
Randle (Jamaica) ISBN: 978-

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In Nepal, a monarchy makes way for democracy


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It was a surprising sight in a
land grown accustomed to sur-
prises: the king at the wheel of a
Mercedes-Benz, driving himself
and his queen through the
crowded streets of Katmandu.
"He was in the front seat! In
traffic!" said Krishna Chetri, a
56-year-old shop owner.
"Where's the majesty?" he
asked. "This is something I nev-
er would have believed."
In this Himalayan land, the
Shah dynasty of kings reputed
to be reincarnated Hindu gods
is bqing pushed to possible
extinction by the fallout from a
decade-long communist rebel-
lion and King Gyanendra's own
autocratic ways.
Nepal votes Thursday for an
assembly that will rewrite its
constitution, the latest effort to
transform a troubled, near-
medieval land into a modern
And the assembly's first order
of business: eliminating the
"This king has done too much
harm. He's shown us that we
don't need kings," said Krishna
Prashad Sitaula, a cabinet min-
ister and a leader of the centrist
Nepali Congress party who
helped negotiate the peace deal
with the rebels, known as the
Not everyone is so sure.
"This king lost the people's
favor," said Ram Shresthra
Prasad, a 42-year-old priest at
the Pashupatmath Temple, the
clamorous shrine to which Gya-
nendra drove last month.
But "this talk of a secular
republic is ignorant," he said.
"Our kings created Nepal. They
protect our Hindu religion. The
kings are the symbol of Nepal."
Yet in many demonstrative
ways, Gyanendra's 269-year-old
Shah dynasty has reached the
end of the line.
In January, Nepal's interim
parliament formally declared
the country a secular republic.
Gyanendra's portrait has dis-
appeared from shop walls and
the currency. "Royal" has been
removed from the name of the
army and national airline. Ref-
erences to the king are gone
from the national anthem.
Gyanendra has also endured
other indignities. His $3.1 mil-
lion annual allowance and 10 of
the family's palaces were tak-

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NEPALESE men carry the Maoist pa
for Nepal's Maoist party Sunday Apr
mandu, Nepal. Campaigning is pickii
tant April 10 election which will pick
en away, as were the queen's
beauticians and about half his
ceremonial guard.
Gyanendra can probably
afford the losses. Before assum-
ing the throne, he was known
as a hardheaded businessman
with interests in tourism, tea
and tobacco.
He can also afford to hire his
own driver, and did his own dri-
ving to show that he is at the
people's disposal in what ever
role it chooses, said a palace
official who spoke anonymous-
ly because the government has
told Gyanendra not to make
public statements.
Gyanendra's aides and sup-
porters are hoping that the frac-
tious political elite will be
unable to agree on dumping
him, and will also head public
opinion, which seems far from
unanimous about abolishing the
A survey conducted in Janu-
ary by Interdisciplinary Ana-
lysts, a private firm in Katman-
du, found 49 percent of Nepalis
favored retaining the monar-
chy, and 12 percent undecided.
But Gyanendra, personally,
fared far worse. The 3,000 peo-
ple questioned gave him an
average popularity rating of 2.8
on a scale of 1 to 8, the lowest of
any major political figure. The
poll gave a margin of error of
two percentage points.
Gyanendra's dynasty dates to
1769, when a regional ruler con-
quered Katmandu and united
epal. The mystique of the roy-
al line he founded was pierced
in 2001 by a palace bloodbath in
which a gunman, allegedly the


arty flag during an election rally
il 6, 2008 in the outskirts of Kat-
ng up speed ahead of the impor-
an assembly to rewrite the con-

crown prince, gunned down late
King Birendra and much of the
royal family before killing him-
self. Gyanendra, the dead king's
older brother, then took the
Four years later, with armed
rebellion raging in the country-
side, he dismissed an elected
government and vowed to crush
the Maoist rebellion himself.
He failed, and his popularity
plummeted. By April 2006,
widespread unrest had forced
the king to restore democracy.
Soon after, the Maoists ended
their fight. And last year, in a
deal that paved the way for
Thursday's elections, they
agreed with Nepal's major polit-
ical parties that after the vote no
man should wear the bejeweled
Nepalese crown of yak hair and
peacock feathers.
What happens to Gyanendra
afterward is undecided. The
leader of the Maoists, known
by his nom de guerre, Prachani-
da, told The Associated Press
that "he may live as a common
"But if he wants to resist the
verdict of the masses," he said,
"then I think he will be on trial
and he will be punished."
So Gyanendra sits in his
palace, a salmon-hued concrete
1970s monstrosity that domi-
nates the capital's center, hop-
ing time will work in his favor.
"I think we all believe, we
hope, that they" the politi-
cians "will. not be able to
agree," said Kamal Thapa, a
cabinet minister under the king
and now leader of the main roy-
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MANAUS, Brazil
MANAUS, Brazil Some
wore traditional headdresses,
and some travelled by riverboat
or canoe. But the dozens of
"forest peoples" who descended
on this capital of Brazil's Ama-
zonas state last week had a
common goal of becoming big-
ger players in global climate
talks, reports the New York
Times News Service.
A conference'here that ended
Friday drew leaders of indige-
nous groups in 1 Latin Amer-
ican countries, a number
unprecedented in size and
scope, organizers said, and
observers from Indonesia and
Congo. They came to build a
consensus for a plan in which
wealthier countries would com-
pensate developing countries
for conserving tropical forests
like the Amazon.
Such an international carbon-
ttading plan has been gaining
ihomentum and was a central
topic last December at a climate
conference in Bali, Indonesia.
Scientists generally agree that
tropical deforestation accounts,
for 20 percent of the norld's
greenhouse gas emissions..
*, "There is a real sense that this
potentially represents a huge
opportunity for forest peoples
to influence climate change
negotiations and create larger-
sCale incentives to stop defor-
estation and improve their liv-
ing conditions,' said Stephan
Schwartzmanj co-director of the
international program at the
Environmental Defense Fund
in New York, who attended the
discussions here.
On Friday, representatives
from the 11 Latin American
countries signed a declaration
establishing the International
Alliance of Forest Peoples and
vowed to continue to push for a
place at the table of climate


change talks. "The indigenous
peoples need to understand
exactly what is happening in
their forests," Yolanda Her-
nandez, a representative of the
Maya Kakchiquel community
in Guatemala, said in a state-
The Indonesian government
has been promoting the idea of
carbon trading at climate talks.
But environmentalists see South
America, where native popula-
tions have stronger legal claims
to the land, as a major staging
ground for building support for
the concept.
Unlike Southeast Asia, where
land is more tightly controlled
by national governments, Brazil
has set aside huge swaths of the
Amazon for native groups, wh6
now have permanent rights to
12 percent of the country's ter-
ritory and 21 percent of the
Amazon. Some 49 million acres
of extractivee reserves" were
set aside for the rubber tappers,
Brazil nut gatherers and river
communities that live there.
Brazil's government has also
recently shown a willingness to
crack down on rampant logging.
Deforestation rates in the coun-
try, despite a spike last year,
had been declining for several
But little value has been
assigned to the role of native
peoples in sustaining the Ama-
zon They are finding it more

complicated to live in a' rld
where the trees that ar& cut
down are worth more thah the
living forest that still stands,,
Schwartzman said.
"People accuse us of Wanti-
ng to internationalize the Ama-
zon, to create countries Within
the Amazon territory,"' said
Jecinaldo Satere, a member of
the Satere-Mawe ethnic grqup,
which lives along rivers in a 2.5
million-acre territory famous
for producing the guarana plant
used in energy drinks. "W' just
want respect for the co muni-
Satere, who leads the ,oor-
dination Office of the Brailian >.
Amazon Indigenous Orga jza-,
tions, said the Satere-Nlkwe
group was trying to mai tain
the language of its 10,000 njem-
bers and rituals like the "tqcbn-
deira," where a boy' pi' 'his
hand into a glove filled w4ih bit-
ing ants and officially becomes'
man. .
Large-scale clearing 6f the
Amazon forest for wood cat- -
tie-grazing and agriculthtal
products like soybeans is
threatening the native people's
traditional way of life. "The cli-
mate changes are a reality," said
Manoel Cunha, chairman of
Brazil's National Council of
Rubber Tappers.,"We have
rivers that are unnavigable" and
trees that no longer bear fruit,
he added.

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Zimbabweans bounce from

hope at Mugabe's retirement

to fear he will fight to stay on

* HARARE, Zimbabwe
FOR a few brief moments,
Zimbabweans suffering under

the authoritarian rule of
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electoral loss, according to
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and security chiefs worried
about their own fates in a
post-Mugabe era quickly
dug in their heels, and
Mugabe now appears poised
to do everything he can to
extend his 28-year rule.
"There's a political harden-
ing by the political elite of the
ruling party," said Eldred
Masunungure, a political ana-
lyst at the University of Zim-
babwe. "They're in a panic
Earlier, news of the opposi-
tion victory sent supporters
into the streets, dancing,
singing and waving the open
hand that is the Movement for
Democratic Change's symbol.
The symbol of Mugabe's
ZANU-PF is a clenched fist,
and it didn't take long for it to
Though opposition leader
Morgan. Tsvangirai has
promised Mugabe a peaceful
retirement, fears of violence
against government oppo-
nents have grown as security
forces and ruling party thugs
took to the streets in the days
after the'March 29 election.
It would not be the first
time Mugabe resorted to vio-
lence to cling to power.
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little real challenge since 1980,
when his guerrilla movement
helped end white rule in
Rhodesia and bring about an
independent Zimbabwe. He
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farmers and their workers -
formed the Movement for
.Democratic Change which,
along with civil rights groups,
dealt Mugabe his first defeat
at a 2000 referendum to
entrench presidential powers.
Shocked, Mugabe respond-
ed by sending armed thugs,
some veterans of the bush war
for independence, into rural
areas to seize white-owned
farms and intimidate opposi-
tion supporters.
Though the farm seizures
sparked an eventual econom-
ic collapse that has this for-
mer regional breadbasket
dependent on international
food aid, the ruling party won
2000 parliamentary elections.
Similar campaigns of intimi-
dation preceded ruling party
victories in 2002 and 2005
elections, which international
observers said were marred
by serious irregularities,
including outright rigging.
Scores of Mugabe opponents
were killed.
In contrast, the March 29
elections were relatively
peaceful and, in a compromise
with opposition leaders, the
government posted results
outside all the polling stations
- a move that made it more
difficult to cheat.
Mugabe campaigned on his
liberation credentials and land
reform, blaming former colo-
nizer Britain and the West for
ruining the economy through
sanctions. In fact, the sanc-
tions only involve visa bans
and frozen bank accounts for
Mugabe and about 100 of his
After it became clear
Mugabe did not win the most
votes and was likely headed
for a runoff with Tsvangirai,
several people reported secret
talks to usher the 84-year-old
into a graceful retirement,
though aides to Mugabe and
Tsvangirai denied it.
Supporters of Tsvangirai,
who said he won more than
50 percent of the vote and did
not need a runoff, took to the
streets in euphoria. Many
hoped an end to Mugabe's
rule would revive the econo-
my, where inflation rages at
more than 100,000 percent.
But eight days after the
presidential vote, election offi-
cials still have not released the
results, and the mood in the
country has turned dark.
Riot police have flooded the

COUNCIL WORKERS remove the campaign posters of President Robert
Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, April, 4, 2008: President Robert
Mugabe's ruling party is demanding a vote recount and a further delay
to announcing the results of Zimbabwe's presidential election, the state
Sunday Mail newspaper reported Sunday April 6, 2008, prompting out-
rage from the opposition party.

streets, manned roadblocks,
closed beer halls and ordered
people to stay home at night.
Intruders raided opposition
offices, and police arrested
foreign journalists. Feared war
veterans used in the past
to beat up opponents -
marched through downtown
"Mugabe has started a
crackdown," warned Tendai
Biti, secretary-general of the
Zimbabwean civic, church
and human rights groups say
they fear ruling party sup-
porters will use violence to tar-
get election districts where
Mugabe lost to ensure there
is no repeat of those results in
a runoff.
But Deputy Information
Minister Bright Matonga has
dismissed the fears of violence
as "a lot of nonsense."
On Sunday, white farmers
said militant supporters of the
ruling party had invaded eight

of the few remaining white-
owned commercial farms.
Four cattle ranchers were dri-
ven off their land Saturday,.
and equipment and'livestock-
were seized, the farmers said: .'
Later, police persuaded the.
militants to leave farms in
southern Masvingo district,
but even as that was happen-
ing two more farms were
invaded in northern Cente-
nary, the Commercial Farmers
Union reported.
Senior officers and ruling
party leaders appeared to be
the driving force behind the
campaign to keep Mugabe in
power, said military analyst
Martin Rupiya, a former lieu-
tenant colonel in the Zimbab-
wean army now at the South
African Institute for Strategic
Security chiefs and top par-
ty officials stand to lose mul-
tiple farms each has been giv-
en by Mugabe along with oth-
er patronage such as lucrative
business and government con-
The MDC has said it was
confident it would win a
runoff. But many believe that
Mugabe, backed into a cor-
ner, will find a way to stay in
The law requires a runoff
within 21 days of the initial
election, but diplomats in
Harare and at the United
Nations have said that
Mugabe was planning to
declare a 90-day delay to give
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POLICE repeatedly scuffled
with protesters as Olympians
and dignitaries carried the
Olympic torch during a chaotic
relay through snowy London on
Sunday, according to Associated
Demonstrators tried to board
a relay bus after five-time
Olympic gold medalist rower
Steve Redgrave launched pro-
cession at Wembley Stadium -
presaging a number of clashes
with police along the torch's 31-
mile journey.
In west London, a protester
tried to grab the torch out of
the hands of a TV presenter,
forcing police to briefly stop the
procession as officers detained
the man. Another demonstra-
tor tried to snuff out the flame
with what appeared to be a fire
Others in the crowd threw
themselves at torchbearers run-
ning past in official Beijing 2010
Olympics tracksuits, surrounded
by a phalanx of security officials
jogging alongside them to pro-
tect them and the torch -
from protesters.
The protests have forced offi-
cials to make unscheduled
changes to the relay route, Met-
ropolitan Police said. Thirty
people have been arrested.
British Prime Minister Gor-
don Brown briefly greeted the
torch when it arrived outside his
Downing Street residence as
pro-Tibet demonstrators and
police clashed yards away near
Britain's Parliament buildings.
Demonstrators swelled in
number near the spot where
Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying
had been expected to carry the
Olympic torch. Instead, Fu
emerged with the torch in the
heart of London's Chinatown,
managing to jog unhindered
before handing it over to the
next participant.
Along the route, hundreds of
protesters chanted "Free Tibet!"
"Stop killing in Tibet!" and
"China, talk to Dalai Lama!"
In London's historic Blooms-
bury area, police separated anti-
China protesters from flag-wav-
ing Chinese who turned out to
support their nation and the
"There was definitely a bit of
an edge," British tennis player
Tim Henman, one of the torch-
bearers, told The Associated
Police Cmdr. Jo Kaye said the
incidents were minor. "It's going
to be a long day but the torch is
progressing on schedule," Kaye
told British Broadcasting Corp.
Brown himself never handled
the ,torch but watched as
Olympic gold medalist Denise
Lewis handed it to Paralympic
hopeful Ali Jawad. Student
Scott Earley Jr., from Glasgow,
Scotland, then took the torch
from Downing Street, needing
help from dozens of police to
keep baying mobs from snatch-
ing it from him as he ran
past Big Ben to Westminster
"Everyone was running at
you. It was a bit weird," said
Earley, 17. "The police had it
covered. They told me when to
go and what to do."
Later, police hustled a torch-
bearer onto an official bus after
he was surrounded by a 100
activists. The torch then trav-
eled part of the journey toward
St. Paul's Cathedral by bus
instead, police said.
Activists demonstrating
against China's human rights
record and a recent crackdown
on Tibet have been protesting
along the torch route since the
start of the flame's 85,000-mile
odyssey from Ancient Olympia
in Greece to Beijing, host of the
2008 Summer Olympics.

growing economic and political
power. But it also has offered
protest groups abundant oppor-
tunity to draw attention to their
Metropolitan Police said it
was aware of six organizations
- including the Free Tibet cam-
paign, the spiritual group Falun
Gong and a group calling for
democracy in Myanmar -
protesting Sunday. Two thou-
sands police officers were
deployed to secure the route.
The 80 torchbearers include
Olympic champion Kelly
Holmes and violinist Vanessa
Mae. Several dropped out to
protest China's human rights
record including Richard
Vaughan, Britain's top bad-
minton player, who said China
was not doing enough to stop

BRITISH POLICE officers jump to
apprehend an anti-China, pro-
Tibet demonstrator as he tried to
interrupt the Olympictorch parade
over Tower Bridge in central Lon-
don, Sunday April 6, 2008. Police
repeatedly scuffled with protest-
ers as Olympians and dignitaries
carried the Olympictorch during a
chaotic relay through snowy Lon-
don on Sunday. Demonstrators
tried to board a relay bus as five-
time Olympic gold medalist rower
Steve Redgrave launched the 31-
mile (50-kilometer) procession at
Wembley Stadium.
violence in the Sudanese region
of Darfur.
British Chinese residents had
hoped for a peaceful torch relay.
"The Olympic games are very
important for all Chinese. In
Chinatown, everyone is very
anxious to see the torch pass,"
London Chinese Community
Center spokeswoman Annie Wu
said before the procession
began. "We hope it goes
The torch relay is expected to
face demonstrations in Paris,
San Francisco, New Delhi and
possibly elsewhere on its 21-
stop, six-continent tour before
reaching mainland China on
May 4.

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Faculty Advertisements 2008

Lecturers in Law (New Providence Campus)
Candidates should have at a least a first degree in Law, with no less than an Upper Second Class
Honours or equivalent. Possession of a postgraduate degree and some experience as a legal practitioner
is desirable. The curriculum includes all branches of Common Law and courses pay special attention
to the place of Law in Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions. The ideal candidates should be
competent in at least three of the basic or core Common Law subjects including, but not limited to,
Law and Legal Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean; Criminal Law; Legal Writing and Research;
Law of Torts; Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutional Law; and Law of Contract. Experience in
teaching in a semester system would be an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to
pursue individual and departmental research interests and to publish in reputable law journals.

Associate/Assistant Professors Accounting (Northern Bahamas Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics,
Advanced Accounting, Accounting Theory, Management, Cost, Fund and Tax Accounting up to the
bachelor's degree level. Knowledge of computerised accounting would be an asset. Professional
certification or experience is desirable. The successful candidates should have an advanced degree
(Ph.D. preferred).
Assistant Professor Accounting (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics,
Advanced Accounting, Accounting Theory, Management, Cost and Fund Accounting, Individual and
Corporate Taxation, at the Bachelors and Masters Levels. Knowledge of computerized accounting
would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level
teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's
degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and
some professional experience will be considered.

School of Sciences and Technology
Mathematics (New Providence Campus & Northern Bahamas Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach Mathematics at introductory through final year levels. The ideal
candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some
professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a
minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience
will be considered.
Assistant Professor Physics (New Providence Campus )
The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment and the ability to teach undergraduate
Physics or Astronomy courses to science and non-science majors. A Ph.D. in Physics is required.
Candidates with research specialties in the following areas are especially encouraged to apply:
atmospheric and environmental physics, condensed matter physics, computational physics, astrophysics,
physics education and alternative sources of energy.
Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences (New Providence Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD in Pharmacy and professional experience, as a pharmacist.
The candidate will be expected to coordinate a new pharmacy programme and to teach content area
as well as professional courses at the Bachelor's Degree level.
In ALL cases, preference will be given to candidates with strong academic backgrounds, teaching
and research experience.

Assistant Professor History (Northern Campus) .
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in History Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching;
however, consideration will also be given for persons with a Master's Degree in History Education
plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education.
Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching History courses, assist with supervision of student-
teachers and assist with curriculum development of History education courses/programmes.
Assistant Professor Religious Education (New Providence Campus)
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in Religious Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching;
however, consideration will also be given for persons with a Master's Degree in Religious Education
plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education.
Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching Religion courses, assist with supervision of
student-teachers and assist with curriculum development of Religious education courses/programmes.
Assistant Professor Mathematics (New Providence Campus)
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education with a minimum of 3 years of school
teaching; however, consideration will also be given for persons with a Master's Degree in History
Education plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a Teacher's Certification or Diploma in
Education. Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching Mathematics courses, assist with
supervision of student-teachers and assist with curriculum development of Mathematics education
Assistant Professor Physical Education (New Providence Campus)
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in Physical Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching;
however, consideration will also be given for persons with a Master's Degree in Physical Education
plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education.
Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching Physical Education courses, assist with supervision
of student-teachers and assist with curriculum development of Physical Education courses/programmes.
Salary Scale For Assistant Professors
Master's Degree $39,460 $ 61,960
Doctorate Degree $42,160 $ 69,160


Librarians (New Providence Campus)

The positions are in the areas of Public Services and the Law Library and report to the Director,
Main Library and Director, Branch Library Services respectively. The incumbents should be dynamic,
innovative individuals with a strong commitment to service within a diverse community. The Librarians
will demonstrate successful administrative experience in a library, sound understanding of emerging
technologies and the ability to use them within the library setting and commitment to developing a
strong integrated library service within the academic environment.

The duties of each Librarian will include: management of his / her Unit / Branch, leadership in short
and long-range planning to expand and diversify library services, development and promotion of
library resources and services, budget and personnel management, initiation and management of
appropriate emerging technologies, and liaison with relevant internal and external groups.
The Librarians must possess Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science from accredited
institutions, and a minimum of two years post-Masters professional library experience. The position
of Law Librarian also requires that the Librarian be the holder of a law degree. All incumbents will
demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills that engender an excellent customer-
friendly environment and professionalism. Evening and weekend reference service (on rotation),
library research, service to the community and library instruction will also be required.

Salary Scale: Master's Degree

- $32,710 $47,710

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by April 30, 2008. A complete
application packet consists of:
* An application letter
* College of The Bahamas' Application Form
* A detailed curriculum vita
* Copies of all transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
* The names and contact information for three references

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poinciana Drive
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas
The College of The Bahamas is the national institution of tertiary general education of The



Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The institution grants certificates, diplomas, associate degrees,
and a growing number of Bachelor's degrees to nearly 4,000 students located around the Bahamian
archipelago. It has extensive links with tertiary institutions in the Caribbean and North America
and its credits are accepted by more than 200 colleges and universities in those regions and in
Great Britain. It is poised to embark aggressively upon a major expansion of its programme
offerings, its research activities, and its physical facilities, and to incorporate distance teaching
methodologies into its repertoire of strategies for delivering instruction, all with a view to seeking
a charter as a university.
Please visit the College's website at for more information about the institution and to access
the College's Employment Application Form.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

1. Director Physical Plant
The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Director Physical Plant. Minimum
qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in civil or mechanical engineering and a minimum of ten (10)
years' professional experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent combination
of education, training and experience, with considerable knowledge of physical plant
management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices. The Director Physical Plant reports
to the COB Estates Administrator.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical Plant at all campuses of The College of The Bahamas,
directing the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance, supervision of staff and
performance reviews.
Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance progrr *me of campus equipment.
The successful boplicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.

2. Assistant Director- Buildings and Grounds
The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Assistant Director Buildings and
Grounds. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering and a minimum of
ten (10) years' professional experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent
combination of education, training and experience, knowledge of physical plant management buildings
and grounds, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical Plant buildings and grounds with responsibility for
the trades of mason, carpenter, janitor, painter, caretaker, truck driver, and labors, on all campuses of The
College of The Bahamas assisting with the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance,
supervision of staff and performance reviews.
Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment including the vehicle fleet of the college.
The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.
Position reports to the Director of the Physical Plant.

3. Assistant Director Utilities
The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Asst Director Utilities. Minimum
qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in mechanical (preferred) or electrical engineering and a
minimum of ten (10) years' professional experience directly related to physical plant management of
utility systems or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, with considerable
knowledge of physical plant management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction and coordination of the
activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical Plant Utility Systems and the trades of plumbing,
electrician, and air conditioning at all campuses of The College of The Bahamas, assisting with the overall
operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance, supervision of staff and performance reviews.
Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project administration of minor
construction/renovation projects around the campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine
maintenance program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment. Significant work in the area of energy conservation is
The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer
contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.
Interested candidates should submit a completed College of The Bahamas Application Form along with
a current resume, three work references and up-to-date transcripts by Friday April 18, 2008 to
The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


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The College of The Bahamas and the Ministry of Education, Youth,
Sport & Culture will co-sponsor

A National Mathematics Competition

For who? All primary, junior high and senior high students in all
the Family Islands and New Providence

How? In two phases a written and oral examination

When? April 25, 2008: written examination

May 13-15, 2008: oral competition

Great prizes for the top three finishers in each category!

available at all schools, the Ministry and The College of The Bahamas.

For more information, please call Theresa McPhee or Joan Rolle at
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Under the patronage of

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Governor General of the Commonweah of The Bahamas

And in honour of the late Paule Glasy

Associate Professor, The Colkg of The Bahamas,

The College's School of Communation and Creative Arts

request the pleasure of your company

at the Official Opening of


a showcase of student expression through the arts

Portia 'Spith Services Centre
Oakes Field Campus
Poincianat We, Eastern Entrance
The Co6llge of The Bahamas
Tuesday, 8th April, 2008
6:30 p.m.




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7.30am Registraiion (Only Required for CME credits)'
8:15nm -10.0atm Official Opening Ceremonies

The RC Royal Bank of Canada Lecture:
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Mi. IFe'rance' F oulini. 'pidemiologis.t,I l1ahamns

The Bnrden of Chronic Non-Communicablec Disease. in the Bahamas
Dlr. Vital, Geir'I. P'I\HO Hei;allth Surveillance and DiscasI Mnagemaiint:\i dv'isor

10:0.fla 10:3l> .0n.,i (f'/c BreaA aand I "il Exhibir.

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: fQmics




4 Strong enough to be in the
top ten (6)
7 To be praised as worthy of
nobility? (8)
8 Vast treeless area, in fact
undrained (6)
10 Fruit at height is a struggle
to get (5)
13 Pass to an assistant (4)
14 Of the Ash family? (4)
15 Being slow is hardly interesting (4)
16 Hear this and it's only a rumour (3)
17 Mummy- I'm badly hurt! (4)
19 Love for a comrade can be a
beautiful thing (4)
21 Formal greetings to the directors,
without real substance (9)
23 Turn out to be an undersized
specimen (4)
24 Figure to perform at a bathing
resort (4)
26 Placed in a mousetrap (3)
27 Think -use sense! (4)
29 It's odd for a secondary road to lead
to Birmingham! (4)
32 Turn up with a growl, sounding
catty? (4)
33 The way some wine can flow as
water! (5)
34 The last thing to call grand? (6)
35 As worn in Wales? (8)
36 Modern redeveloped centre (6)

Yestmie's ayptk smitlom
ACROSS: I, Froth 6, Melba 9, Red me-at 10, Straw 11, Not on
12. A-swan 13, Sitcoms 15, H-em 17, Knee 18, Verona 19,
Blair 20, Mu-dd-te 22, TkIe 24, Sly 25, Charter 26, Cathy 27,
Sabot 28, Offer 29, Decibel 30, Newer 31, Realm
DOWN: 2, Retain 3, Tra-n-ce 4, Hew 5, Aml-ss 6, MA-nager
7. Eton 8, Br-OK-en 12, Amble 13, $kims 14, Teddy 15, Hop It
16. Mater 18, Vichy 19, Bloater 21, Ullage 22, Trifle 23,
Reveal 25, Orain 26, C-0- 28, O'er

1 See the Socialists divided (5)
2 Sore-headed desire to rush
forward (5)
3 Hypocrisy? There's no such word! (4)
4 Floral ring round the head
of the table (5)
5 Be inclined to do a nursing job (4)
6 Just ordinary little boys (6)
9 Ease the burden on an old 'un
moving out of central Streatham (6)
11 Mirabel's fellow (no, not Abe) (3)
12 He's tough, hard-headed and
possibly mean (2,3)
13 Comparatively low rumble, perhaps,
at Hatch End (7)
15 Passed up again (3)
16 Sorry to have to dash
breathlessly back (3)
18 Clever to correct the fault
outright! (6)
20 Search for a soft garment (5)
21 One's share of bloodshed? (3)
22 What the poilu had on his hair? (3)
23 Go back to bed (6)
25 Manage to get a ladder (3)
28 Standing soldierly before
the court (5)
30 Nickname for a chap with groin
trouble? (5)
31 Intended one to enter the force (5)
32 As paid by dad for the half year? (4)
33 Team I had in the southeast (4)

esrday's easy folutions
ACROSS: 1, Amber 6, Rouse 9, Voyager 10, Knead 11,
12, Bogus 13, Foreman 15, Mob 17, Arid 18, Mature 19
20, Animal 22, Same 24, Lad 25, Camelot 26, Atoll 2
Dunce 28, Rayon 29, Habitat 30, Repel 31, Meter
DOWN: 2, Mentor 3, Evaded 4, Rod 5, Talon 6, Refus
Ores 8, Stupor 12, Banal 13, Fatal 14, Rigid 15, Mural
Beret 18, Metal 19, Lacteal 21, Nature 22, Sedate 23,
Morose 25, Claimn 26, Ache 28, Ram

4 Bear (6).
7 Topical (8)
B Musical
dramas (6)
10 Conceited (5)
13 Sluggish (4)
14 Office
worker (4)
15 Prophet (4)
16 Devoured (3)
17 Couple (4)
19 Lubricates (4)
21 Penniless_(9L_
23 Fairy (4)
24 English
river (4)
26 Knowledge (3)
27 Medicine (4)
29 Sail
Femur support (4)
I, Lapel 32 Dregs (4)
7, 33 Flower (5)
al 34 Coercion (6)
16, 35 Lenient (8)
36 Against (6)

South dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
4KQ10965 4
SQ1098 V
*J8 4
+3 4


3QJ8 5

The bidding:
South West North East
3 34 6 All Pass
Opening lead three of clubs.
This hand was played by Lorenzo
Lauria, one of Italy's top experts. It
features a type of play seldom seen in
practice but very useful when the
right occasion comes along.
Lauria got to six diamonds as
shown, and West led the club three.
On the bidding, the club lead had all
the earmarks of a singleton. Faced
with this situation, Lauria realized
that while he could dispose of his
heart loser on dummy's ace of
spades, he would still have two club

losers if the suit actually was divided
But Lauria has been around a long
time, and he had no great difficulty
figuring out how to reduce his two
natural club losers to one. After win-
ning the club lead with the king, he
cashed the ace of spades, discarding
a heart from his hand, ruffed a spade,
played a trump to the king and ruffed
another spade. He then cashed the A-
Q oftrumps, producing this position:
West East
T Q1098 4+QJ8
Lauria next led the trump ten,
discarding a heart from dummy.
East, who could not afford to part
with a club, was forced to discard a
heart. Lauria thereupon led a heart to
the ace and ruffed a heart, exhausting
East of hearts and reducing all hands
to three cards.
The club ten was then led and
ducked to East, who had no choice
but to return a club, handing South
the contract


21st S Z
Z. b 0.2

HOW many words of four S o.,
letters or more can you make 5
from the letters shown here? In C o o.
making a word, each letter may w o S
be used once only. Each must ;
contain the centre letter and s O
there must be at least one o
nine-letter word. No plurals. E N O
Good 15; very good 22; o 0
excellent 29 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.

1 Sneaked (5)
2 Depression (5)
3 Keen (4)
4 Shawl (5)
5 Went by
plane (4)
6 Performs (6)
9 Absorbent (6)
11 Colour (3) ,
12 Shoe part (5)
13 Grave (7)
15 Be seated (3)
16 _BeerB3l
11 Stage
whispers (6)
21 Things (5)
S1 Lair (3)
21 Yank(3)
21 Scan (6)
2 Employ (3)
21 Relaxes (5)
31 Book of
maps (5)
31 Hackneyed (5)
32 Fewer (4)
33 Terminated (4)

Sometimes a winning move can
took very simple in hindsight, but
can be visually or psychologically
difficult to find over the board.
Today's puzzle is from Sergei
Fedorchuk v Rainer Buhmann,
junior world championship 1999, a
pairing between two players who
were then unknowns but who later
both became grandmasters. White
has queen and rooks tripled on the
open el-e8 line, so is in control, but
material is level and Black's
defensive formation seems solid if
a tad passive. When I examined
the position I looked hard at
sacrifices like 1 Bg6 (countered by
Nf6),1 Qe6 (Black ignores the
queen and doesn't fall for fxe6? 2
Nxe6+ and 3 Nxc7) or even the
flamboyant I Qe8+? (unsound)
before finally stumbling on the

AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
It looks like you've got a case f
spring fever, Aquarius. After so
many cold weeks, you deserve a little
play time. Enjoy!
PISCES Feb 19/Mardh 20
There's a song in your heart this
week, Pisces. Could you be in love?
It's about time someone noticed you
for the brilliant and sensitive lovpr
you are.
ARIES March 21/April 20.
Don't let the green-eyed monster grab
hold of you this week, Aries. A col-
league's successes are well-earned.
Your turn will come soon enough.
Sagittarius plays a role in romance.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
You may feel like a king, but don't
forget that you're carrying a pauper's
purse. Think twice before you spend
money this week soon, it won't
seem so easy to come by.
GEMINI May'22/June 21
Doubts about a new romance have
your head spinning, Gemini, but
don't do anything rash. After all, you
have a tendency to rush things. Relax,
and take this one step at a time.
CANCER June 22/July 22:
Friends and coworkers will call on
you for help this week, Cancer.
Though it may seem overwhelming, I
your nurturing nature won't let you
say no. Good they need you.
LEO July 23/August 23
You feel like celebrating this week,
Leo. Go ahead and enjoy yourself.
Others will be drawn to your irre-
sistible energy. Step lively to avoid
office quagmires on Thursday.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You're not feeling particularly
sociable, Virgo, but it's important
that you make yourself go out this
week. Take a friend along if it'll
make you feel better about it.
SLIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
This will be a long work week. By
Friday, you'll be climbing the walls if
you don't bum off some of that ner-
vous energy. Romance awaits in the
Great Outdoors.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
A loved one's illness has you on
edge, but that's no excuse for your
recent behavior. Work out your frus-
trations in the gym. not on friends
and business associates.
This might be a good time to stay .
home and enjoy a little solitude. Read
a book, take in a movie do what-
ever it takes to nurture your sense that
you are special.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
It's not your job to make it right,
Capricorn, and if you insist on trying,
you'll not only fail, but be miserable
in the process. Find a creative outlet
to express your love to another.



Sb U e I h
correct idea. Future GM Fedorchuk,
however, spotted it quickly and his
opponent immediately conceded
defeat. Can you find White's winner
and why it is so crushing?

Chess 8584:1 Qf41 Resigns. If Qxf4 (else 2 Qxc7 or 2
Ne6+ wins) 2 Re8+1 Rxe8 3 Nd7 mate.











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Desperate job seekers queue outside Albany

Tribune Business Editor
Between 50-60 desperate
job seekers queued out-
side Albany House every
morning last week to seek
work on the $1.3 billion project, the
developers told The Tribune, provid-
ing further evidence of what one lead-
ing contractor said was an "absolute-
ly desperate" situation for Bahami-
an construction companies and work-
Christopher Anand, the Albany
Golf & Beach Resort's managing
partner, said those queuing outside
Albany House, which lies behind the
long pink wall on South-West Bay

* Developers say 50-60 lined up outside Albany House every day from 6.30am to look for work last week
* Albany construction now likely to require 1200-1500 workers at Phase I peak, and 3,000-3,500 at Phase II peak,
* Leading construction company 'inundated' with work and job applications
* Executive describes Bahamian construction as being in 'absolutely desperate' state
* UBS and British Colonial Hilton contracts out to bid

Street, were a "little early", as the
565-acre development was now only
just gearing up for full Phase I con-
struction. Subdivision approval for
that phase was received from the
Government last week.
"We've had, early in the morning,
lines of 50-60 people looking for work
atAlbany;just as we're beginning to

crank up," Mr Anand said.
"They've been doing it all week,
from 6.30am to 7am in the morning.
It's been a little difficult to deal with,
as they're a little bit early [in terms of
the project start]."
Apart from construction industry
professionals and tradesmen, Mr
Anand said IT workers had been

among those queuing for work.
He added that the Albany devel-
opers were now sorting out "the first
four or five scopes of work" following
last week's subdivision approval, and
one positive for the Bahamian con-
struction industry was that the devel-
opment's tight deadlines meant more
workers were needed than originally

"An awful lot of money gets spent
pretty quickly," Mr Anand said. "I
never quite realized how many people
we would be hiring."
He told The Tribune that during

SEE page 7B

Stamp Tax dispute may Colinalmperial head predicts

block BORCO purchase return to 2006 profitability

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamas Oil
Re fining
al's (BOR-
CO) multi-
million dollar
purchase will
not receive
unless it is able to reach agree-
ment on the amount of Stamp
Tax the transaction will gen-
erate, a minister indicated to
The Tribune.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, confirmed to
this newspaper that the Gov-

Buyer plans to give 20%
stake and operator rights
to Dutch company, with
company renamed Vopak
Terminal Bahamas
ernment and BORCO had yet
to reconcile their position on
the amount of Stamp Tax that
was payable on the transac-
"There is a point of view that
the BORCO people have
about what is payable, and
there is a point of view the
Government has about what
is payable. That is where the

SEE page 9B

Tribune Business Editor
COLINAImperial Insurance
Company's president said he
"would be surprised" if the
Bahamian life and health
insurer did not return to 2006
profitability levels this finan-
cial year, with the company's
premium levels set to increase
by between $13-$15 million
from the repricing of individual
medical policies and greater
efficiency on the group medical
Monty Braithwaite said the
initiatives taken to address the
loss Colinalmperial incurred
on its health insurance busi-
ness, which accounts for about

* Life arid health insurer's revenues to rise $13-
$15m from individual medical conversion
* 80 per cent of health policyholders stay
despite premium increase
* Group medical policies reduced from 17
to three, with new administration system
to reduce costs, boost efficiency

50 per cent of the company's
$147.783 million in premium
revenues, during 2007 were
likely to increase premium rev-
enues by $13-$15 million in the
12 months to December 31,
Michelle Fields, the Coli-

nalmperial vice-president who
has now taken "frontline
responsibility" for the compa-
ny's health insurance business,
told an analysts' meeting:

SEE page 4B

Insurer acquires

30 per cent stake

in Walk-In Clinics

Tribune Business Editor
A BAHAMIAN insurer has
acquired a 30 per cent stake in
the company that owns two
New Providence-based Walk-
In Clinics, aiming to use the
facilities as a 'one-stop shop'
for performing all blood tests,
x-rays and diagnoses necessary
for writing life and health
insurance premiums.
Colinalmperial Insurance
Company, which is owned by

* Colinalmperial
obtains licence for
Florida expansion
* Targets 80% life
insurance retention
* In full compliance
with '21 conditions'

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Tribune Business Editor
FREEPORT Concrete's
directors have warned that the
company will report a second
quarter 2008 loss, with sales at
its Home Centre and concrete
plant subsidiaries down 5 per
cent and 16 per cent respec-
tively due to a "stagnant"
Grand Bahama economy.
Writing in the company's
annual report for fiscal 2007,
the directors warned that the
"full effects" from the eco-
nomic downturn were felt by
Freeport Concrete in the three
months to February 29, 2008.
Coupled with the $74,000

Home Centre 'and
concrete sales down 5%
and 16% respectively
first quarter loss, and predic-
tionsof further struggles in the
third quarter, and the compa-
ny's shareholders are unlikely
to have a warm feeling as they
approach the April 25, 2008,
annual general meeting
The directors said: "The full
effects of the significant slow-
down in the Grand Bahama
economy have been felt by our

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for the regulation of the telecommunications, electricity and water and
sewerage sectors in The Bahamas.
The PUC is seeking a utility regulatory professional with training and
experience, particularly in the field of telecommunications regulation,
to fill the position of Executive Director.
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reporting to the Chairman, and is responsible for the day-to-day
administration of the affairs of the Commission and for ensuring that
the Commission is provided with high quality technical advice and
guidance in the execution of its functions.
The successful candidate will be required to provide leadership and
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level practitioner with direct experience in a wide variety of utility
regulatory activities including liberalization(especially with respect to
telecommunications) granting of licences, approval of rates, service
quality, licence enforcement measures, universal service policies, radio
spectrum management, and international best practices. This post will
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The successful applicant will have a Master's Degree or Professional
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Haiti can be

region's China

Tribune Business
WITH a labour pool in the
millions, Haiti has the potential
to be the China of the region,
an economist and advisor to
its president told Bahamian
business persons during a talk
on the island's investment
Charles Clermont said that
although still experiencing its
challenges, Haiti was open for
business and in desperate need
of foreign direct investment if
it was to rebuild itself, turn the
economy around and keep its
citizens at home.
He added that Haiti was
experiencing much more eco-
nomic and political stability
than it had in recent years.
"What you see on television
and read in the press, of the
dire conditions of the country,
is not the sole Haiti. People
need to understand that there
are great opportunities for

improving the business climate.
We are opening for business -
not fully open, but opening,"
Mr Clermont said.
In particular, he added that
because Haiti has a population
more than eight million-strong,
there was a tremendous mar-
ket for employing persons in
the services and manufactur-
ing fields.
Mr Clermont said that as a
developing nation, the coun-
try benefits from certain inter-
national breaks that lower the
cost of doing business.
In addition to a potentially
lucrative agriculture market in
particular crops, such as man-
goes and peppers, Haiti also
held possibilities when it came
to the manufacturing of uni-
forms and other garments.
"We have the potential to
be the China of the region,"
Mr Clermont said. He added
that Haiti could possibly serve
as a transshipment point to the
Bahamas and other countries
in the region.
Mr Clermont said the suc-

cess of Digicel, which provides
cellular phone services in Haiti,
proves that business on the
island can be lucrative. That
company has shattered its pro-
jections for demand.
Digicel has invested more
than $300 million into the
island and been successful,
which shows, Mr Clermont
said, that investing in the coun-
try can pay off. He added that
many foreign and reputable
companies are backing Hait-
ian investment, such as
Citibank which is providing
between $30-35 million as a
partner in the island's energy
Mr Clermont said that while
the Haitian government is
working to build capacity, it
will need the help of private
sector investments.
He added that while Hait-
ian business persons are typi-
cally used to working with
European and US investors,
they would welcome opportu-
nities presented by Bahami-

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The successful candidate will be required to provide technical support and
guidance in the areas of super-structural and infrastructural developments and
rehabilitation works as necessary; perform condition survey on Company buildings
and infrastructure (including roadways) throughout the Lucaya areas when
required; plan, implement, and manage civil engineering capital works projects
undertaken by the Company.

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Colinalmperial head predicts return

FROM page 1B

Towards the end of last year,
we underwent a repricing of
our individual medical portfo-
lio. which had not seen a pre-

mium increase since 2004."
This had involved a phasing
out of former Global
(Bahamas) individual medical
insurance policies that had not
seen a premium increase in

2004, and their conversion to
Colinalmperial's higher-yield-
ing Shape A, B, C policies,
which generate higher annual
"We expect to see some




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increase in premium revenues
because of that, and hope the
claims experience [in 2008] will
not increase more than medical
inflation," Mrs Fields said.
Mr Braithwaite added that
so far 80 per cent of the former
Global (Bahamas) policyhold-
ers had so far converted to the
higher-premium A, B, C poli-
cies, saying: "That indicates to
us that if these people went
shopping, all things being
equal, the premium prices are
competitive. Eighty per cent is
very healthy. Individual med-
ical sales year-to-date are
ahead of last year, despite 'the
conversion and premium rate
"I would be surprised [this]
year if top-line revenues did
not grow by $13-$15 mil-
lion....... I would be surprised,
all things being equal, if we did
not return to 2006 profitability
Colinalmperial, whose Coli-
na Holdings (Bahamas) par-
ent is listed on BISX, saw prof-
its drop by 44 per cent in 2007
to $4.366 million, compared to
$7.843 million in 2007, largely
due to volatility with its health
insurance business.
The increase in medical
claims and payouts saw gross
policyholder benefits increase
by more than $10 million, or
8.9 per cent, to $110.24 million
from $101.193 million in 2007,
With reinsurance recoveries
dropping by over $3 million to
$7.205 million, net policyhold-
er benefits paid out by Coli-

nalmperial rose by 13.7 per
cent to $103.035 million, com-
pared to $90.61 million the
year before, and almost $13
million rise.
With the individual medical
insurance policy repricing hav-
ing completed by end-March
2008, Colinalmperial will this
year enjoy nine months of
additional premium income
from those policies, and three-
four months of benefits from a
new administration platform
and consolidation of its group
health business.
The 2008 third quarter has
been targeted as the imple-
mentation date for Colinalm-
perial's medical insurance soft-
ware and administration sys-
tem. Mrs Fields said that cou-
pled with the cost savings and
efficiency gains resulting from
this, and the consolidation of
the company's 17 group health
plans into three as clients
renew over the next 12
months, the increase in premi-
um revenue on the individual
side would counterbalance ris-
ing claims and medical costs.
She said: "We are consoli-
dating our group medical port-
folio. With all the acquisitions,
we had about 17 group medical
plans we were actively selling.
We are in the process of final-
izing a suite of new group plans
that will roll-out over the next
12 months as groups renew.
That should coincide with the
new administrative system."
Colinalmperial's health
insurance portfolio was prof-

itable in 2005, but produced
losses in both 2006 and 2007,
the bigger of which was in the
latter year.
Mr Braithwaite pointed out
that 40 per cent of medical
claims costs originated outside
the Bahamas, with clients
going for operations and treat-
ments in the US. He added
that with the costs of medical
treatment rising by on average
8-12 per cent per annum, Col-
inalmperial was no different
in having to face a situation
experienced by life and health
insurers across the globe,
namely that these costs were
rising faster than inflation.
Mr Braithwaite said that in
many cases, health insurance
functioned almost as a 'loss
leader', with successful insur-
ance companies getting at best
only a 3-5 per cent return to
their bottom line. Yet health
insurance was particularly use-
ful when bundled with other
insurance products, particular-
ly in attracting clients to take
out the more profitable life
insurance policies.
Colinalmperial's new health
insurance administration sys-
tem would enable the company
to manage the claims experi-
ence, develop peer groups and
better detect patient and
provider fraud. Mr Braithwaite
said the consolidation from 17
group medical plans into one
would also help.
On the latter issue, Mr
Braithwaite said that while he
did not want to put a dollar
figure on how much this cost
Colinalmperial Insurance
annually: "I'm sure it costs
quite a bit.
"It's a source of concern for
the Board of Directors. We
have a robust claims audit. The
lady in charge, between 5-7pm
every day, spends time to
review claims. We've had US
healthcare providers into
review claims.
"We have never given the
health bloc of business as much
attention and resources as we
have in the last couple of
months. We're going to get the
results, I'm sure. The next big
hurdle for us is to take all the
health business on to a new


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Insurer acquires

30 per

cent stake in clinics

FROM page 1B
BISX-listed Colina Holdings
(Bahamas), paid $3.403 mil-
lion for its stake in Walk-In
Holdings Ltd, which owns the
two Walk-In Clinics on Collins
Avenue and at Sandyport.
The deal, which closed on
November 30, 2007, as well as
providing potential Colinalm-
perial clients with their own
entrance and access to those
facilities, is designed to reduce
the lag time between when a
life and health insurance policy
application is made and its set-
By having one location
where all medical testing on
clients is performed, Coli-
nalmperial believes the move
will cut down on the time, costs
and "aggravation" of having
to take clients to multiple loca-
tions around Nassau for their
medical screening.

Meanwhile, Monty Braith-
waite, Colinalmperial's presi-
dent, told an analysts' meeting
that he was pushing for the
company to achieve interna-
tional industry benchmarks of
an 80 per cent retention rate
for life insurance sales over a
24-month period.
Currently, Colinalmperial
was just two percentage points
away from this landmark at 78
per cent, and Mr Braithwaite
said achieving that benchmark
could add another $6-$7 mil-
lion to the company's per
annum premium revenues.
While Colinalmperial's per-
formance with regard to this
ratio had improved markedly
over the past three years, hav-
ing gone from just 68 per cent
in 2005 to 75.2 per cent in 2006
and 78 per cent last year, Mr
Braithwaite said he continual-
ly reinforced his desire to

attain this goal in meetings
with the company's 95 agents.
Cathy Williams, Colinalm-
perial's finance director, said
the company's balance sheet
was "very strong", its Mini-
mum Continuing Capital Sol-
vency Ratio (MCCSR) having
improved to 178.9 per cent at
year-end 2007, compared to
175.8 per cent the year before.
'The company's safety ratio,
which measures total policy lia-
bilities divided by assets, was
61 per cent, something Ms
Williams said showed the com-
pany was "still conservatively
She added that changes in
the investment securities mix,
with Colinalmperial improv-
ing the duration and yield on
certain investments, had
enabled there to be "a little bit
of a release of reserves", as
future cash flows were now

better-matched to liabilities.
Mr Braithwaite said Colina
Holdings (Bahamas) Board
had yet to decide whether to
declare a dividend for 2007,
saying any decision would
probably be announced at the
company's Annual General
Meeting (AGM) in late May
or early June 2008.
He added, though, that on
October 20,2007, the group of
Bahamian financial services
regulators had written to Coli-
nalmperial telling it that it was
now in full compliance with
the 21 conditions imposed
upon it over the Imperial Life
acquisition, and that the issue
was now closed.
In giving their 'full compli-
ance' verdict, both the regula-
tors and the Government
appear to have waived the con-
dition that Colina Holdings
(Bahamas) majority share-

holder, A. F. Holdings, reduce
its stake in the BISX-listed
company from around the
then-66 per cent to 51 per cent.
As at December 31,2007, A. F.
Holdings, the investment vehi-
cle owned by Emanuel Alex-
iou and Anthony Ferguson,
still owned a 58.1 per cent
With the Bahamian life and
health insurance market rela-
tively mature, especially on
New Providence, and organic
growth difficult given the long-
term nature of life insurance
contracts, Mr Braithwaite in
response to The Tribune's
questions acknowledged that
the company was looking at
opportunities abroad.
Colinalmperial was "active-
ly looking at some markets in
Latin America" and develop-
ing a life insurance product to
fit. And Mr Braithwaite added:
"We've already obtained our
Florida licence, which would
allow us to sell services in
Florida to non-US nationals.
We're talking to sophisticated

people who know the market."
To broaden distribution
channels in the Bahamas, Col-
inalmperial has already set up
an arrangement with Insurance
Management for the latter to
sell its life insurance products,
and was now also taking to
Star (General) on Grand
Bahama, Mr Braithwaite said.
"Within the next three to six
months we will be rolling out
our annuity product, which for
our agents is a big piece of the
puzzle. They fell they have
been at a disadvantage by not
having that option to offer to
their clients," Mr Braithwaite
After a previous purchase
fell through, Colinalmperial is
now looking at renting out the
former Colina Insurance head-
quarters on Village Road to
three separate tenants, feeling
the 17,000 square-foot size of
the property within a two-acre
site, and the availability of
ample parking space, would
prove attractive to commercial

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Banking and insurance opportunities in Haiti

Tribune Business Reporter
THERE are many potential oppor-
tunities for Bahamians to invest in
Haiti's economy and receive a return,
a Haitian economist told a group of
Bahamian businesspersons.
Charles Clarmont, who advises
Haiti's president, Rene Preval, dis-
cussed the potential for investment in

Haiti at a special seminar co-spon-
sored by the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and Haitian Embassy last
week. The seminar came on the heels
of the Chamber's trade mission to the
island last year.
Mr Clarmont suggested that
Bahamians interested in investing, but
who have doubts, should consider
joint venturing with a Haitian coun-
terpart. He said there were many

Haitian businessmen who would wel-
come financial assistance from a
Mr Clarmont said Bahamians inter-
ested in doing business in Haiti should
sit down with that island's chamber
of commerce, or banking institutions,
to get a clear picture of whether a par-
ticular company was reputable.
Mr Clarmont said that while a finan-
cial institution can not divulge all their

client's information, they can provide
a good indication of the company's
standing as it relates to foreign invest-
He also noted that financial Ser-
vices and insurance providers were in
short supply in Haiti, industries that
may be an alternative to his other sug-
gestions for investment, agriculture
and manufacturing,
Mr Clarmont pointed out that in

the past, Haiti's banking sector had
been very conservative, primarily
because bankers were dealing with a
limited set of players. Yet today per-
sons can obtain credit at very good
rates, particularly as the island's econ-
omy strengthens.
Similarly, he said Haiti was lacking
in affordable insurance for its 8.5 mil-
lion residents, another area of oppor-
tunity for Bahamian firms.

Desperate job seekers queue outside Albany

FROM page 1B

Phase I construction, which
involves Albany's roads, infra-
structure, amenities, marina
and hotel, some 1200-1500
workers were likely to be
employed during the six-month
Peak. That is due to run from
late 2008 to mid-2009, covering
a six-month period.
When Albany moves on to
Phase II. which includes the
condos and residential options
surrounding its marina, Mr
Anand said the developers
how projected that between
3,000-3,500 construction work-
ers would be "on site at bulge
time in 2009. 2010 and 2011".
1 Having hired away John
tavies, Ginn's senior vice-
president who previously over-
saw that company's West End
project in Grand Bahama, to
versee Albany's building, Mr
nand said the developmen-
's construction team was "in
he mobilization stages, award-
ng contracts. Most have been
awarded, and we're just docu-
I enting them".
While the queue outside
lbany House provided fur-
ther evidence of the construc-
tion slowdown, Mr Anand said
the developers hoped they
would be able to at least part-
ly fill the jobs vacuum.
He added that with a num-
ber of other Bahamas-based
mixed-use resort projects slow-


ing down or coming to a stand-
still due to the global credit
crunch and lack of real estate
pre-sales, Albany hoped to
attract the best Bahamians in
the construction industry.
"Hopefully, all the people
we hire are going to be
Bahamians," Mr Anand said.
"There are some really talent-
ed people in the Bahamas, but
it's been difficult to get them
because of all the projects
going on. Now, hopefully,
we're going to get them."
Meanwhile, Richard Wilson,
Cavalier Construction's man-
aging director, told The Tri-
bune that the company had
been "inundated" with tele-
phone calls from sub-contrac-
tors and tradesmen seeking
work after they learned the
company was likely to land a
major contract from Albany.
Emphasising that the final
contract had not yet been
signed, Mr Wilson said: "The
phone's been ringing off the
hook. We've been inundated
with everyone across the spec-
trum of the construction indus-
try asking for jobs and send-
ing in CVs.
"Most of it is phone conver-
sations with sub-contractors.
And everyone in this office has
taken phone calls from
masons, carpenters, every-
More than 100 CVs had
been sent to Cavalier, and Mr
Wilson said that once the

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Lot #14721 comprising 10,000 sq.ft. in area with
83 frontage on Zinnia Road and 120 feet on
Eastward Drive in Bahama Sound of Exuma Ocean
Addition West, Exuma Bahamas

The property is undeveloped and is
located 1 mile south of Emerald Bay
and The Four Seasons Resort.

For conditions of the sale and any other
information, please contact:
Credit Risk Management Collection Unit at:
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608,
Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management Collection
Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

Serious enquiries only

Albany construction contract
was signed, the company
would seek to "maximise" the
use of as many Bahamian
workers and sub-contractors
as possible.
The company had also
received job inquiries from
some of the almost-50 employ-
ees being released by Baha
Mar Development Company,
thought to number about 32
expatriates and 16 Bahamians,
as a result of Harrah's pulling
out from the $2.6 billion Cable
Beach redevelopment.
When asked about current
conditions in the Bahamian
construction industry, which
some believe to be the econo-
my's third largest industry,
accounting for 11 per cent of
national GDP, Mr Wilson
replied: "It's absolutely des-
Cavalier Construction com-
pleted the Atlantis Convention
Centre one year ago, part of
Kerzner International's Phase
III expansion, and was now
completing the final stage of
the Bayroc condominium com-
plex on West Bay Street at
Cable Beach.
"That's just one job," Mr
Wilson said. "That can't sus-

tain the overhead. The situa-
tion with every contractor, if
you were to call them right
now, it's desperate. While
everyone says the future looks
good, how long can everyone
hold on for the future?"
Cavalier had been working
on the Albany contract for two
years, and although Mr Wil-
son initially described it as "the
only show in town", he later
acknowledged there were sev-
eral other contracts out to ten-
der UBS (Bahamas) new
building and the British Colo-
nial Hilton upgrade.
"We are bidding on a couple
of projects that are out to bid.
One is the UBS bank, which
is due on April 11, and there is
also the refurbishment and
alterations on the British Colo-
nial. There are some projects
out there, but it's not as great
as we were led to believe 18
months ago."
Construction work on
Albany was likely to begin
"imminently", Mr Wilson said,
a meeting with Mr Anand last
Thursday having gone "very
well". "It shows their commit-
ment to the Bahamian con-
struction industry," he added
of the developers.

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance.with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), ARAVAS
COMPANY LTD. is in dissolution. Mariana Garcia Pintos is the
Liquidator and can be contacted at Colonia 810, apto. 403, Montevi-
deo, Uruguay. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars
of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 3rd day of May,

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 28th day of March
2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 3rd day of April
2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 3rd day of April
2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, which commenced on the 24th day of March
2008. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.



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institutions in the Caribbean. Through our Business Area
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private clients by providing them with comprehensive,
value enhancing services. Our client advisors combine
strong personal relationships with the resources that are
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In order to strengthen our Controlling & Accounting team
in Nassau, we are looking to fill the following position:

Successor for Head
Controlling & Accounting

After a training phase of 12-15 months the candidate will
have the following essential duties and responsibilities:

Reporting of financial data to head office
Financial reporting to local management and local
Planning and forecasting
Preparation of Financial Statements
Maintain relationship with external auditors
Eisure compliance with SOX section 302 and 404 and
regulatory requirements
Supervise a team of accountants.

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CPA certification
Graduate degree in Finance or Economics
Sound, working knowledge of International Financial
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Experience in leading a team
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Previous work in a financial institution preferred
Extensive knowledge of MS Office and related
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understanding of Financial Instruments and the banking
business. The ideal candidate must possess strong
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Written applications should be received on or before April
11, addressed to:

hrbahamas@ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bnhamiias




Exclcn Lcaio. n-atPosiiltils

FROM page 1B
company in the second quar-
ter. Sales at the Home Centre
in the second quarter of this
fiscal year are down over 5 per
cent, and at the concrete oper-
ation down 16 per cent, com-
.pared to the same period last
year. Because of this, we are
forecasting to report a loss for
the second quarter.
"As we go forward into our

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third quarter, we are antici-
pating the economy in Grand
ahama will remain stagnant,
which again will impact our
sales revenues, and thus our
profitability. However, should
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) issue be
resolved over the next few
months, we are anticipating
increased revenues and growth
in the latter part of the year."
The 2008 financial year per-

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formance has been disap-
pointing in light of the fact that
Freeport Concrete's 2007 per-
formance, when it made a
$78,787 profit compared to a
$2 million loss the year before.
indicated it may be on th'
verge of turning around.
During fiscal 2007, the con-
crete operation increased its
net income to $472,000 from
$53,000, largely due to supply-
ing the concrete for the Ass6-
ciated Grocers warehouse
building in the Sea/Air Busi-
ness Centre. This cancelled out
the $393,000 loss generated by
the Home Centre, which was
an improvement on the $2 mil-
lion loss the year before.
Freeport Concrete's direc-
tors said inventory shrinkage
was reduced to a minimum in
fiscal 2007, the inventory van-
ance when the annual count
was done in August 2007
standing at only 0.14 per cent
of annual sales.
Yet total company sales fell
8.72 per cent in the 2008 first
quarter in the absence of the
Associated Grocers contract,
with total concrete sales down
$291,000 against the previous
year. The Home Centre's sales
were off by 2.3 per cent.
Among the questions the
directors are likely to face at
the AGM is why there were
just two Board meetings during
fiscal 2007.


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Huntsville, Ala. ---- The new dean of Alabama A&M University's School of
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will receive the highest distinction
among Caribbean scientists.

Dr. Robert W. Taylor, a soil chemist, has been inducted as a "Caribbean Icon in
Science and Technology" by the Caribbean Council of Science and Technology.
The honor, notes Taylor, encompasses scientists who hail from the Bahamas,
Belize, Barbados, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica,
Trinidad and Tobago, and others. Three years ago, he was elected to the Bahamas
Science and Technology Hall of Fame.

Taylor says the award places him in the good company of numerous Caribbean
notables, among them Marcus Garvey, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Collin
Powell, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and Nobel Laureates.

Taylor entered the AAMU deanship as a Fellow in two leading international
professional societies. He also served as a program officer Tfor the National
Science Foundation, considered one of the most prestigious peer review funding
agencies in the world. He was elevated to the senior management when in the
second year he served as Acting Deputy Division Director of the Division of
Biological Infrastructure. Upon returning to AAMU, the Division presented
Taylor with the Distinguished Service Award.

Taylor earned the B.S. degree from Tuskegee University in 1970. He pursued his
postgraduate studies at Michigan State University, obtaining a M.S. degree in soil
microbiology in 1973 and a Ph.D. in soil chemistry in 1977.






Core responsibilities:

Assist in the preparation, analysis and monitoring of:
o Annual Capital and long term Strategic budgets
o Budgets for special projects or programs
o Assist with preparation of financial statements
o Assist with monthly Management Reports
o Serve as liaison and prepare month-end reporting
requirements as set by the Central Bank of The
o Prepare reports to track yields and asset quality
o Develop and prepare models to analyze and access
income and expenses against planned positions and
strategic outlooks

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong communication skills.
Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting or Finance or
a current student in a recognized professional accounting
program (ACCA, CPA, and CGA).
Highly developed analytical and financial management
Excellent team working abilities.
Ability to operate in a fast moving and dynamic environment.
Time management and organizational skills
Enthusiastic, positive, "can do", entrepreneurial spirit is

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental
and vision) and Life Insurance; Pension Scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than April 25th, 2008
The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
DA #62993AB
Nassau, Bahamas

Freeport Concrete

warns on Q2 loss



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dispute may

block BORCO purchase

FROM page 1B

ipatter lies," Mr Laing told The Tri-
He said that he could not call the
issue "a. sticking point", explaining:
l'he Government assesses what tax-
e are due on transactions and makes
at determination known. We have
.Aade known to them [the BORCO
parties] what taxes are due. That's
where it is".
BORCO was earlier this year pur-
chased by US-headquartered private
equity firm, First Reserve, the largest
private, equity player in the global
gas, oil and energy industries, from
the state-owned Venezuelan oil com-
pany, PDVSA. The purchase price
was not disclosed, but some media
reports later pegged it at around $900

First Reserve said in announcing
the purchase that the transaction was
still subject to government approval,
but was likely to be completed in the
2008 second quarter. This is the peri-
od we are now in, between April and
end-June 2008.
Yet Mr Laing hinted heavily that
those approvals might not be forth-
coming, something that could either
delay or blow up the BORCO pur-
chase, if no agreement was reached on
the Stamp Tax owed and this sum
"The Government collects its taxes
on transactions, so a transaction can't
be concluded if it believes taxes are
due and they have not been paid,"
Mr Laing said.
Under reforms introduced by the
former PLP administration, a 4 per
cent Stamp Tax is levied on the

underlying assets of all Bahamas-
based companies bought in mergers
and acquisitions, apart from cash and
bank deposits.
Companies considered non-resident
for exchange control purposes, and
those with an annual turnover of less
than $500,000, are also exempt from
paying this tax. Real estate assets still
attract a 10 per cent Stamp Tax rate
when involved in a commercial deal.
In the BORCO case, the Stamp
Tax would either have to be paid by
First Reserve, or be deducted from
the purchase price received by
Given the physical assets and land
involved in the deal, it is likely that
taxes owed could run into an eight-fig-
ure sum; giving the two parties a
major incentive to minimise the
amount owed, and for the cash-
strapped government to collect as

much as possible.
Many business people expressed
concerns when the 4 per cent Stamp
Duty rate was introduced, fearing that
it would act as a tax on transactions
and provide a disincentive for mergers
and acquisitions activity in the
Fears were also expressed about
how the amount of Stamp Duty owed
on intangibles such as goodwill would
be calculated, and that the tax was
"inequitable" because it did not take
into account the financial health of a
Following the purchase, First
Reserve established a joint venture
for BORCO with Holland-based
Royal Vopak, 6ne of the world's
largest operators of storage terminals
for oil, chemical and liquid products.
Under the terms of the deal, BOR-
CO is due to be renamed Vopak Ter-

minal Bahamas, with the Dutch com-
pany operating and managing the
business, and in return receiving a 20
per cent ownership stake in the Grand
Bahama-based business from First
Yet the Vopak deal, too, is also
dependent on government approval
and the initial purchase being com-
pleted, suggesting the joint venture
approval may also be delayed by the
Stamp Duty issue.
BORCO currently employs over
100 full-time staff and some 50 con-
tractors, and possesses 73 storage
tanks with three million cubic metres
of capacity. Vopak and First Reserve
are looking to expand this to five mil-
The BORCO terminal has two jet-
ties and six deep sea berths.
First Reserve could not be contact-
ed for comment.


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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
toany creditorlient, oryontiibutory 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.

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 afterfioon of the
25th day of April, A.D. 2008.

One Millar's Court,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner



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Abaco a,.lr-eis
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S.Johnson
Premier Real Estate

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14.BO 14 25 Babamas Supermar' err, 1460 1560 1460 100 11

14.60145 Baamas Superr
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
. 0.54 0.20 RND Holdings

0 55


11.80 11.80 0.00
9.61 9.61 0.00
0.99 0.99 0.00
3.66 3.66 0.00
2.60 2.60 0.00
13.63 13.63 0.00
2.85 2.87 0.02 12.994
7.22 7.22 0.00
4.73 4.70 -0.03
2.50 2.50 0.00
7.90 7.90 0.00
12.92 12.92 0.00
13.50 13.50 0.00
5.50 5.50 0.00 200
0.67 0.67 0.00
8.86 6.86 0.00
12.30 12.30 0.00
10.00 10.00 0.00
Bud $ ASK 1 Last Prce VWeely iVo EPS

14 60 15 60 14 60
6.00 6.25 6.00
0 35 0 40 0 35
Colna Owr-Th"iWntlt9*liowilUfii .. -'"

41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00
14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00
0 40 RND 0H...,ir..3s 0 45 0 55 045
52,k-.Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Month*
1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.304134* 0.94% 5.70%
2.6254 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.982729* -0.60% 14.89%
1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.384657"" 0.70% 3.92%
3.1827 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6651" -3.47% 18.28%
11.4992 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.0429" 0.92% 5.69%
100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00-"
100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00-
1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00-
9.6433 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.6433" -0.20% -8.16%
Market TarrnO "l';'. .*, 'S-Wy ".i

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000, 00O
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weaks
62wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change Change in closing price from day to dny
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ Dividends par share paid in the last 12 month
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month oernlngs

1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%'
0.643 0.160 14.9 2.71%'
0.188 0.030 5.3 3.03%'
0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%
1.093 0.240 12.8 1.76%
0.031 0.040 92.6 1.39%
0.428 0.270 16.9 3.74%
0.157 0.052 30.1 1.10%
0.316 0.040 7.9 1.60%
0.713 0.280 11.1 3.54%
0.810 0.570 16.0 4.41%
0.914 0.470 14.8 3.48%
0.386 0.140 14.2 2.55%
0.035 0.000 19.1 0.00%
0.411 0.300 16.7 4.37%
1.059 0.610 11.8 4.96%
1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
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Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity
Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mth.
NAV Net Asset Value .
NIM Not Meaningful
FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 100

60 0900 134 6 16%
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23 0 000 NIM 0 00%
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*** 21 March 2000





Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959


or lot of land containing 4,659 square feet situate
on western side of Tufa Close in the vicinity
of Englerston Subdivision in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence in the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas being bounded
on the north by land reputed to be the property
of Solomon and Debra Rolle and running thereon
Ninety-eight and Forty-one hundredths (98.41)
Feet on the East by Tufa Close and running thereon
Forty-eight and Three hundredths (48.03) Feet on
the South by land reputed to be the property of
Naomi Rolle and running thereon Ninety-one and
Forty-five hundredths (91.45) Feet and on the West*
by land reputed to be the property of one Bullard
and running therenaJForty-seven and Sixty-five
hundredths (47.65) Feet.


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Charles C. Rolle


or lot of land containing 4,659 square feet situate
on western side of Tufa Close in the vicinity
of Englerston Subdivision in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence in the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas being bounded
on the north by land reputed to be the property
of Solomon and Debra Rolle and running thereon
Ninety-eight and Forty-one hundredths (98.41)
Feet on the East by Tufa Close and running thereon
Forty-eight and Three hundredths (48.03) Feet on
the South by land reputed to be the property, of
Naomi Rolle and running thereon Ninety-one and
Forty-five hundredths (91.45) Feet and on the West
by land reputed to be the property of one Bullard
and running thereon Forty-seven and Sixty-five
hundredths (47.65) Feet."

Charles C. Rolle claim to be the owner of the
unincumbered fee simple estate in possession of the said
land and has made application to the Supreme Court of
the Commonwealth oTThe Bahamas under Section Three
(3) of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the
said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be
granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions
of the said Act.

Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may
be inspected during normal office hours in the following
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East
Street North in the City of Nassau,
Bahamas; and
2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35
Buen Retiro Road, off Shirley Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower
or right to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim
not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication
of these presents, file in the Supreme Court and serve on
the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his claim
in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be filed

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents will operate as
bar to such claim.

#35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner






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