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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: April 9, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
US ENVOY to the Bahamas
Ned Siegel yesterday left open to
speculation what effect the
appointment of Rubie Nottage
will have on US-Bahamas rela-
tions.
While emplasising that it is not
the "role of the US to choose
Supreme Court Justices on behalf
of the Bahamas," Ambassador
Siegel said that until Mrs Nottage
is sworn in "one does not know
what the response will be" from
the United States.
This comment came in
response to the question of
whether he considers the appoint-
ment of Mrs Nottage to the
Supreme Court bench as a deci-
sion that could jeopardise US-
Bahamas relations.
Mrs Nottage was appointed in


March by the Judicial and Legal
Serve ices Commission to be a
Supreme Court judge. but has yet
to be sworn in
While it %as public information
that she %%as mentioned in the
SEE page six


Nottage appointment MINISTER OF Natiobnal Security
Bahamas Police Force by US Amb;

'embarrassment' claim Attorney:three
THE Judicial and Legal Services Committee's appointment of Rubie m ore people on
Nottage as a Supreme Court judge is an "embarrassment" to the Bahamas' i g li
judicial system, prominent local lawyer Paul Moss said yesterday. Brigewater list
As the issue of Mrs Nottage's appointment continues to make waves 'd d
both locally and abroad, first members of the Bahamas Bar Association d not Vote'


have started speaking out against the choice of a new Supreme Court judge
- voicing their hopes that the Committee and its chairman Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall will withdraw the appointment or that Mrs Nottage herself will
decline.the position.
Mr Moss, a social activist and PLP hopeful for the St Cecelia constituen-
cy, yesterday told The Tribune that the Judicial and Legal Services Committee
has been "found wanting" in this situation.
He said Mrs Nottage's appointment has unnecessarily shone a negative light
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* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunem'edia.net
THE LEAD attorney for Pleas-
ant Bridgewater has, acknowledged
that three more!people on his
client's list of challenged voters did
not vote.
Philip "Brave" Davis made the
concession about Therese Austin,
Lola Mae Russell and Joel Rogers
yesterday in Election Court, as
debate continues gn whether or
not six others on' Ms Bridgewa-
ter's list actually did vote.
Mr Davis attempted to submit
the PLP's election register, docu-
menting who voted in the May 2,
2007 election, as evidence to sup-
port his claim that the six remain-
ing names Ruthmae Martin,
Pauline and Lucas Lewis, Angela
Knowles, Aileen Letis and Analdo
Cooper did vote. The attorney had
also planned to call Ms Bridgewa-
ter back to the witness stand to
explain what her election agents
were instructed to do in relation
to recording who voted on elec-


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Tommy Turnquest (right) smiles while being shown anti-terrorism supplies that were presented to the Royal
assador Ned Siegel (centre). SEE PAGE THREE


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N By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
FRANK Smith, the PLP MP
for St Thomas More, is expect-
ed to start travelling through-
out the country in an effort to
raise his public profile as he
positions himself for a bid for
either the post of deputy or
leader of the PLP, The Tribune
SEE page six

Privy Council dismisses murder conviction
appeal, but orders death sentence quashed
THE Privy Council ordered that a man, convicted of murder, should
have his death sentence quashed. However, his appeal against his murder
conviction was dismissed.
The ruling, delivered by Sir Christopher Rose, said that the appeal
against sentence should be allowed and the case remnitted to the Supreme
Court of the Bahamas for "determination of the appropriate sentence."
Following a four-week trial in the Supreme Court, Quincy Todd was
convicted on January 3, 1998, of the murder of Venette Bcllizaire, in 1994.
SEE page six


Key witness in
murder trial
is charged
* By NATARIO McKENZIE
A SURPRISING turn of
events yesterday in the trial into
the murder of businessman Kei-
th Carey led to charges against
a man who had initially been a
key witness for the prosecution.
Yesterday the prosecution
presented a nolle prosequi (no
further prosecution) from the
Attorney General, dropping the
charges against murder accused
Sean Brown, 28, Jamal Glinton,
24, as well as Vaughn Carey,
33, a cousin of the deceased
who is charged with conspira-
cy to commit armed robbery.
The men were recharged
shortly afterwards as Jamal
Glinton who was on bail in con-
nection with Carey's murder
was arrested by plain clothes
officer as soon as he left Justice
Stephen Isaac's court on Bank
Lane. Brown and Carey were
escorted back to Central Police
Station. Charges were also
brought against Dwight
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THE TRIBUNE




Four in court in



connection with



the murder of



businessman


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
FOUR men were arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday afternoon on charges stemming
from the February 2006 murder of businessman
Keith Carey.
Sean Kendrick Brown, 29, of Carmichael Road;
Dwight Knowles, 25, alias Dwight Morley, alias
Derek Morley, alias Derek Knowles, of Rocky
Pine Road; and Jamal Glinton, 24, of Nassau Vil-
lage, alias "Bumper", appeared before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at Court Eight in Bank Lane
on charges of murder and armed robbery.
Court dockets allege that the three men, being
concerned together, caused the death of Keith
Carey on February 27, 2006.
It was also alleged that the men, while armed
with a handgun, robbed the victim of $40,000 in
cash and cheques, the property of Esso on the
Run on Carmichael Road and Faith Avenue.
They were not required to plead to the charges.


The three men along with Vaughn Carey, 33, a
cousin of the deceased, were also arraigned on the
charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. It
is alleged that sometime between January 2006
and February 27,2006, the men, being concerned
together, agreed with a common purpose to com-
mit the offence of armed robbery.

Arraigned
The men were not required to plead to the
charge.' They were initially arraigned on the
charges in 2006.
The prosecutor Inspector Ercell Dorsette
informed the court that the matters would proceed
by a preliminary inquiry to determine whether
there is sufficient evidence to have the men stand
trial in the Supreme Court. The matter was trans-
ferred to Court 10 in Nassau Street and adjourned
to Friday, April 11.


4,500 signatures on


sea turtle ban petition


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
THE petition to urge the
Bahamas government to ban
the catching and killing of
, endangered sea turtles has
reached its goal of collecting
4,500 signatures.
Addressed to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, the Minis-
ter of Fisheries Larry
Cartwright and Minister of
Tourism Neko Grant, the
online petition seeks not only
to ban the slaughter of endan-
gered sea turtles in the
Bahamas, but also the catch-
ing and possession of the ani-
mals.
At press time last night, the
petition had been undersigned
by 4,519 persons of all nation-
alities, including Americans,
Europeans, Indians and
Bahamians.
The petition explains that
five out of the seven species
of sea turtles are found in
Bahamian waters these are
the Loggerhead, Green,
Hawksbill, Leatherback and
Kemp's Ridley turtles.
"While current fisheries laws
prohibit the taking of Hawks-
bill turtles, they allow the tak-


ing of Loggerhead and Green
turtles, and do not address the
Leatherback or Kemp's Rid-
ley turtles at all.
The only prohibitions
imposed upon fishermen are a
closed season from April 1 to
July 31, and a minimum back
size length of 24 inches for
Green turtles and 30 inches for
Loggerhead turtles," the peti-
tion states.
The authors of the online
appeal explain that many of
these turtles were born in
countries like Mexico and the
United States, where effective
laws and enforcement are in
place to optimise their survival.
"It is a travesty for them to
be protected in their birthplace
yet when they are grown and
migrate to the Bahamas they
are subject to being killed.
"Protection of sea turtles is
becoming a large considera-
tion in the fast growing eco-
tourism sector, and if the


Bahamas continues to allow
this barbaric, senseless
practice, it will likely nega-
tively affect your tourism econ-
omy," the petition's authors
said.
The petition further states
that it is "reprehensible" that
the Bahamas is a party to
CITES the Convention on
International Trade in Endan-
gered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora yet ignores the
CITES classification of sea tur-
tles, and allows the harvesting
of any of these animals.
The petition, along with
accompanying letters, docu-
ments and articles, were sub-
mitted to the prime minister
and the concerned Cabinet
ministers last year.
The authors of the petition
said that the appeal will be left
active and online until the
Bahamian government takes
the requested actions to pro-
tect sea turtles.


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008, PAGE 3


THE TRIBUNE


LOCAL'NEWS


0 In brief


8180,000

boost in

fight against

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

THE police yesterday accept-
ed a donation of more than
$180,000 worth of equipment
from the US government aimed
at enabling them to better
respond to any terrorist threats
that may arise in the Bahamas.
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest along with
senior police officers including
Commissioner Reginald Fergu-
son were present at the Police
Training College to formally
accept the donation from US
ambassador Ned Siegel.
Mr Ferguson and Mr
Turquest said that the equip-
ment would allow the Royal
Bahamas Police Force's 18-
strong terrorism investigation
unit to fully implement the
training they have received over
the last few years in anti-ter-
rorism methods should the need
occur.
Mr Siegel, noting that the
Bahamas is a "leader in the
Caribbean" in terms of its co-
operation with the United
States on counter-terrorism,
said: "What we're trying to do is
make sure that if there are any
threats, that we, along with the
government of the Bahamas
and the police force have the
assets and the information and
the materials that you see on
Sthe desks to adequately deal
with it.
"Who knows,.no one ever
thought in Bali, or in many
areas of the world where there
are bombings today, that it
could occur, but we have to
always be prepared and that's
what the purpose of today is,"
he said.
Mr Turnquest, who has
recently returned from a CARI-
COM meeting of Ministers of
National Security and law
enforcement officials, said that
ministers received a regional
intelligence briefing during that
conference "which said while
the Caribbean is known for its
peace and tranquility, govern-
ments have to be aware of pos-
sible threats and be prepared
should those threats become
real."
Some of the equipment
donated includes biochemical
suits, night vision binoculars,
portable x-ray machines for
scanning suspicious packages,
protective kevlar helmets, bal-
listic shields, tools to dismantle
explosive devices and a "post-
blast" kit.
"This equipment will help the
Bahamas law enforcement
agencies to anticipate crises, as
well as safely search, locate
identify, mark, mitigate and
neutralise, along with safely dis-
posing of suspected improvised
devices," said Mr Siegel, who
added that the donation repre-
sents the "tangible commitment
of the United States to the secu-
rity of the Bahamas."


WANTED NO LONGER: Gary Fox admits drug charges


Arrested,



convicted,



sentenced...


in 24 hours


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

AFTER being on the run for
nearly two years,. a man on the
police's most wanted list has
been arrested, brought before
the courts, convicted and sen-
tenced all within the span of 24
hours.
Gary Fox, 44, pleaded guilty,
yesterday in Magistrate's Court
to two separate drug possession
charges with the intent to sup-
ply.
The now convicted drug deal-
er made his plea before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel yesterday
afternoon at Court Eight in
Bank Lane.
Fox was originally scheduled
to reappear in a court for the
continuation of a drug trial in
May 2006. He did not however,
and has been a fugitive from
justice ever since.
Late Monday night, Fox was
arrested at a home on Alexan-
der Blvd, Nassau Village by
officers from the Drug Enforce-
ment Unit who followed him
from his Porkfish Road home,
which is in Glendale Subdivi-
sion, to the location at around
10.50pm that night.
Police found 21 foil packages
in Fox's.underwear after he was
searched at the East St South
Police Station. These contained
total nine grams of cocaine.


Fox was shot by a police offi-
cer during the arrest on the first
drug charge in 2004. The inci-
dent occurred at the domestic
section at the then Nassau
International Airport, after the
officer stopped him and
searched a bag he had retrieved
from the con\evor belt. It con-
tained 15 pounds of marijuana.
According to the police
report which was read in court.
Fox asked the officer to give
him a break, as he did not want
to go back to jal.
A struggle ensued between
the two after this request, and
during the incident. Fox was
shot.
On the first charge, he was
sentenced to 40 months in
prison, and the 15 pounds of
marijuana he \\as found with
was ordered seized.
On the second charge of drug
possession, which claimed that
he was found with nine grams of
cocaine in his underwear, Fox
was sentenced to one year in
jail, and the $81 dollars and
drugs he was found with, were
ordered seized by the court.
Magistrate Bethel also
ordered that the two sentences
imposed on Fox by the court
run concurrently rather than
consecutively, which means that
Fox will serve 40 months in jail.
Fox was told that he has been
a poor father and husband by
the magistrate before he was


taken away by the police to
prison.
His mother-in-law and wife
posted the initial bail for the
convict before he evaded the
court. The money was forfeited
as a result of his actions.
Before Fox left to begin his
sentence, the convict said that
he feels.bad for how he has act-
ed'towards his family -and that
he will make it up to them.
Fox has a previous conviction
and fine for possession of dan-
gerous drugs.


Gay politicians, lawyers thwart


murder investigations claim


HIGH-PROFILE homosex-
uals, including politicians and
lawyers, are thwarting police
inquiries into the murders of Dr
Thaddeus McDonald and Harl
Taylor, it was claimed yester-
day.
Crucial information about a
birthday party at which a
vicious dispute broke out is
being withheld by prominent
and influential gays, an
informed police source claimed.
Dr McDonald, a senior fac-
ulty member at the College of
the Bahamas, is said to have
offered the first piece of his
birthday cake to handbag
designer Taylor when he cele-
brated his 59th birthday last
November.
Sources have claimed that the
cake gesture upset a third
homosexual who began "carry-
ing on" at the party.
On November 16, Dr
McDonald was found dead at
his Queen Street home, having
been battered with a clothing
iron so badly that his facial fea-
tures were unrecognisable, even
to his own family.
Two days later, Taylor, 37,
was found brutally stabbed to
death at his home, Mountbatten
House, in West Hill Street.
Last night, the source told
The Tribune: "There were high-


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profile people at that party, and
that includes politicians and
lawyers. It seems they have
formed an alliance to say noth-
ing for fear of exposure.
"It appears that this was an
elite group of gays -'some
politicians, some lawyers and
some doctors." The. source
believed that "this party holds
the key to the whole case."
Last week, ASP Leon Bethel,
who is leading the investigation,
admitted that his team needed a
vital "breakthrough" in the
tightly-knit homosexual com-
munity.
Though confident of eventu-
ally solving the case, he said cru-
cial information was required
from the public.
With strong forensic evidence
at their disposal, he said it
would be relatively simple to


tie up the case once a credible
suspect had been identified.
"We are confident the killer
was close to both men," he said
at the time.
Associates of Dr McDonald
have told The Tribune that they
believe Taylor could have killed
McDonald before being killed
himself as a reprisal.
But ASP Bethel said police
had nothing to suggest Taylor
was at McDonald's home at the
relevant times.
He said nearly 100 people
had been questioned, some-
times more than once, since the
inquiry began.
However, closet homosexu-
als were particularly unforth-
coming, he added.
"We need people with infor-
mation to come forward," said
ASP Bethel. "We need to get
the person who did this off the
streets."
Anyone with information
can contact police at 328-8477
or 322-2561.


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EITORIALETER6TOTH EDTO


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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Protecting our fresh water supplies


LAST MONTH Works Minister Earl
Deveaux announced that government will
"codify the direction of development in the
Bahamas" to make the process more trans-
parent and set a template for future deci-
sions to avoid a fight every time a develop-
ment is proposed.
He said that among specific reforms
planned were the preservation of "greater
public access to beaches and public spaces."
"In Eleuthera now," he said, "in areas like
Harbour Island, Governor's Harbour and
parts of Savannah Sound, as development
spreads we are going to have issues like that.
So before development becomes too exten-
sive, we make reservations now and preserve
access to our coastline."
He said that a land and water resources
study was done of the entire Bahamas before
Independence, which mapped out where
these resources were and divided the country
into a 12-part land use system. He said it
identified where land could be used for con-
servation, production and other purposes.
This study, he explained, could be used as
the "underlying science for land use."
Maps that we have seen locate most of
our well fields in south west New Providence,
an area around which much development is
planned, especially if serious consideration is
given to moving the port to the Clifton area.
About two years ago WWF, the global
conservation organisation, warnedta.t a
combination of climate change and' poor
resource management is leading to water
shortages, even in the most developed coun-
tries. It urged water conservation on a glob-
al scale and encouraged rich states to set an
example by repairing aging water infrastruc-
ture and tackling pollution.
Throughout the Bahamas an abundance of
fresh water has always been a problem. Some
of our islands have a serious shortage of fresh
water, with Inagua being likened to a desert.
In 1992 a Bahamas National Trust execu-
tive warned that massive oil spills from Nas-
sau International Airport, the Harrold Road
public dump and sewerage were threatening
this island's water supply.
"I think," he said, "that the public should
be very concerned about it. We live on a
small island and the island is relatively
porous. And everything that goes in the
ground is going to eventually go into the
water system."
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rates about 60 per cent of its own water
supply, most of which comes from the Wind- ,
sor airfields near the airport. The remaining
40 per cent is barged in from Andros.
He described contamination of the water
system as one of the most serious problems
New Providence could face.
Also in March, 1992 an environmental sci-
entist told The Tribune that an "endless"
supply of fuel estimated at three million
gallons had leaked underground at Nassau
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In October 1982 The Tribune took sam-
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tions of drinking water from public water
faucets in Union Village and Palm Beach
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cerned water expert in fact he was
attached to the UN who warned that if
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maintenance of certain stations in the Water
and Sewerage Corporation's system, and if
leaking pipes were not repaired more
promptly "sooner or later this country is
going to face an epidemic typhoid, cholera,
or what have you."
These samples, in the care of a Tribune
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in Florida. To Bahamians suffering from
hypertension the news was not good. The
salinity levels were too high more than
twice as high as the World Health Organisa-
pt.in found acceptable. It was also found that
there was considerable contamination from
sewers or animal excretion. According to the
UN expert, none should be found in drinking
water. The report was too detailed and
lengthy to go into in this column, but as a
result of the tests, we checked the hospital for-
gastroenteritis only to have it confirmed by
PMH's chief medical officer that the hospi-
tal's wards were "heavily populated" with
gastroenteritis cases mainly from the areas
in which our tests were done.
And so with today's talk about develop-
ment in and around the well fields, it is most
important that our first attention be given
to protecting our water supply.
And, as the WWF report said: "While
money may be no protection against climate
change, it can at least be invested in preserv-
ing the existing fresh water supplies."
We consider the preservation of our water
reservoirs even more important than our
beaches, so it is hoped that water will be a top
priority with this government.


An erosion





of democracy


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE new European Union
treaty approved at a summit of
member states in Lisbon in Octo-
ber, 2007, has attracted fierce
opposition in Britain. It has been
labelled "the great EU betrayal".
The controversy is as much about
the accountability of an elected
government to its voters, and the
implications for democracy, as the
nature of the new powers ceded to
unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
In an article published in The
Tribune last October, the Nassau
Institute examined the debate
leading up to the EU summit
meeting. The treaty was designed,
ostensibly, to improve the working
of the EU's existing institutions,
though many claimed that it was
identical to the new EU constitu-
tion which had been rejected by
French and Dutch voters in 2005.
Fast forward now to March this
year when members of parliament
at Westminster voted against hold-
ing a referendum about the treaty.
This was preceded by pressure on
the Labour government to hon-
our its manifesto commitment in
2005 matched by the other two
main parties to hold a referen-
dum before prime minister Gor-
don Brown signed the treaty last
December.
Mr. Brown maintained that a
referendum was unnecessary
because the treaty was substan-
tially different from the constitu-
tion.
This flew in the face of evi-
dence to the contrary, not least
from former French president,
Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who
drew up the constitution, and Ger-
man Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Mr. Brown also claimed that
Britain's interests had anyway
been protected by opt-outs in key
policy areas.
Despite the government's suc-
cess in defeating calls for a refer-
endum, the debate is far from
over. The issue was originally
about the wisdom of transferring
more powers to the EU at the
expense of national sovereignty.
It has now developed into a matter
of trust between government and
the electorate.
FURTHER EU
INTEGRATION
As the dream of the founding
fathers to build a supranational
federalist Europe gradually and
ineluctably becomes reality, many
now question whether with 27
countries, and 490 million people -
this can work or is desirable.
Deepening the links between
the original 6 EEC (European
Economic Community) members
- France, Germany, Italy and the
Benelux countries would have
been broadly acceptable since it
would have cemented the Fran-
co-German alliance which was the
key to peace in Europe. However,
it is now argued that, since this
has already been achieved in an
expanded and economically inte-
grated Europe, it is unnecessary
to press for more political inte-
gration.
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already forged strong links with
the removal of tariff and other
barriers to trade and a single mar-
ket and currency including free
movement of capital and labour.
There has been peace in Europe
since 1945 (despite localized con-
flicts in Bosnia and Kosovo fol-
lowing the break-up of the former
Yugoslavia) and the danger of
future conflict has been effective-
ly removed.
Moreover, the EU is already
fundamentally undemocratic with
too much executive power vested
in its unelected Commission the
body which proposes and executes
EU laws and in its legislative
body, the Council of Ministers,
which is not subject to sufficient
systematic scrutiny by the elec-
torates of its member states. The
EU requires national currencies
to be abolished and its directives
and regulations to be adopted as
domestic law. Already in Britain it
is estimated that some 60 per cent
of legislation on the statute book
originates in Brussels.
Against this backdrop, French
and Dutch public opposition to a
new EU constitution in 2005 was
mirrored more recently in Britain
when this was reconstructed into
the Lisbon treaty which provided
for the similar transfer of more
powers to the EU; namely, an EU
president and foreign minister, a
supreme court, a civil service, flag
and anthem, a Charter of Funda-
mental Rights, extended majori-
ty voting, treaty-making powers
and a new "passerelle" clause
enabling Europe's institutions to
extend their powers without
recourse to further treaty amend-
ments.
DEMOCRACY AND THE
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
In a parliamentary democracy
voters rely on their elected repre-
sentatives to promote and protect
their interests. A referendum is
normally reserved for a cdnstitu-
tional issue of major importance.
In 1975, British people voted in a
referendum in favour of contin-
ued membership of the then EEC
which dealt with economic, trade
and social matters.
Today's EU is substantially dif-
ferent. Even though there was no
referendum in Britain to approve
the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992,
which created the EU and was a
turning point in the European
integration process, there is a case
for using the opportunity of the
Lisbon treaty to test public opinion
again directly. Certainly, it is in


Britain's interest to maintain its
membership, but in a democracy
the people need to be seen to be
associated with government deci-
sion-making.
A recent independent and
unofficial poll showed over 80 per
cent in support of such a referen-
dum, and the government appears
to have fought shy of one because
it fears it would lose and that that
would adversely affect Britain's
EU membership.
But most people favour the
existence of the EU as a force for
peace and economic cooperation
and understand the benefits of
membership; though eurosceptics
fear its gradual emergence as a
separate collective entity increas-
ingly beyond the control of its
member states. They want it
reformed rather than dismantled
and the terms of Britain's mem-
bership redefined.
The Lisbon treaty provided a
catalyst for an overdue construc-
tive public debate, but the gov-
ernment has stifled this and simply
stuck to the patently false claim
that the treaty is materially differ-
ent from the constitution so that a
referendum is neither needed nor
appropriate. That is bad for
Britain and for the future of the
EU because it will destroy trust
and build resistance thus strength-
ening the hand of the euroscep-
tics at a time when Britain should
be playing a leading role at the
centre of the European project.
LESSONS OF 'BIG'
GOVERNMENT
Libertarians who view the
dominance and, invariably, the
arrogance of the political class as
inimical to the interests of indi-
vidual citizens will regard these
developments with dismay.
They will see them as another
example of dictatorial politicians
calling the shots in blatant defi-
ance of public opinion instead of
taking account of the views of their
constituents when the evidence
indicates strong public interest.
They will say, with sadness, 'I told
you so. ,;, I ,, i, ..
The implications will go beyond
the question of Europe alone
because the issue is one of trust.
The consent of the governed' i an
essential ingredient of a successful
democracy, and that requires trust
in political leaders.
Many in Britain consider the
refusal of a promised referendum
on the Lisbon treaty as a betrayal
of that fundamental trust between
government and the governed. For
libertarians it is a cautionary tale.
THE NASSAU
INSTITUTE
Nassau,
March 26, 2008


Numbers Houses


need to be closed

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IS there absolutely no ethical backbone in our Bahamas?
How can you propose to legitimise something which is illegal and
then give those persons a license?
Numbers is illegal the Numbers Houses and the operators
need to be closed down and the proprietors prosecuted without any
more delay.
Why can't Commissioner Ferguson do that?
I totally support a legal lottery as there is absolutely no proof to
the perceived claims of anti-social behaviour and claim to eco-
nomic disaster that our traditional anti-gambling lobbyists por-
tray. As many writers have stated how can 160+ governments be
wrong and wrong for so long?
Isn't a motor vehicle far, far more dangerous than playing num-
bers? Car kills, so we ban cars?
Mr Ingraham sometime in 2001 in Abaco you promised that
once and for all this issue was going to be decided you stood
down from the FNM leadership and Mr Turnquest got shy or for
whatever reason changed your determination and we still have.a
much larger illegal Numbers operation operating under the guise
of a Web Shop. Business licenses and the Police nor the Attorney
General are willing to say this has to stop numbers are illegal.
Many are wondering why this look the other way continues? Who
has the connections? Inquisitive eyes are starting to understand who
is who and why.
B FERGUSON
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March 29,2008.

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Arrest made

after shots

are allegedly

fired at man
POLICE yesterday
arrested a man in con-
nection with an.incident
in which shots were
allegedly fired at a 31-
year-old resident of
Crooked Island Street.
At around 11pm on
Monday, a 31-year-old
man reported being
attacked at his home by
a woman and three
men, one of them
armed with a handgun,
police say.
The Crooked Island
Street resident was able
to escape his attackers
by fleeing to the home
one of his neighbours.
As he was making his
escape, he told police,
shots were fired at him.
The man was not how-
ever injured.
Following this inci-
dent, officers from the
Mobile Division
searched a house on
Polehmus Street.
The officers reported
finding a .9mm handgun
which contained 15 live
rounds of ammunition,
a box with 40 live
rounds of ammunition
and a small amount of
marijuana.in the home.
The man is currently
helping police with
their inquiries.
Mobile Division
officers arrested a 23-
year-old man in connec-
tion with the discovery
of one pound or mari-
juana in three clear
plastic bags.
The officers were on
patrol around 9.30pm
on Monday in the area
of Baillou Hill Road
north of Soldier Road,
when,they stopped and
searched a 2003 Toyota
Camry.,,
As a result of the
search, the officers
found three clear plas-
tic bags which con-
tained one pound of
marijuana.
The man is currently
helping police with
their inquiries.
Acting on a tip,
Central Police Station
officers went to a bushy
area of Deans Lane and
reported finding a .25
handgun under a pile of
wood at around 6pm on
Monday.
The weapon was col-
lected and is in posses-
sion of the police.
At around 10pm on
Monday, three men
were sitting on a wall in
the front of a home
when two masked men
approached, one hold-
ing a handgun.
The men on the wall
fled as the culprits ran
after them and shots
were fired, hitting a 26-
year-old man from
Grand Bahama to the
back.
The victim fled to a
nearby house and was
assisted to a hospital.
His condition is
listed as serious but sta-
ble.
One of the men sit-
ting on the wall was
caught by the gunmen
who robbed him of
cash, a cell phone and a
white Toyota Corolla.
The gunmen escaped
in the stolen car.
At 10.30pm on
Monday, a 44-year-old
woman was at home on
Boyd Road when two
masked men, one armed
with a handgun and the


other with a knife,
entered and robbed her
and her relatives of
cash and other personal
items.
The robbers reported-
ly escaped on foot.

'II


PM calls for region to explore




alternative sources of energy


PRIME MINISTER Hubert
Ingraham told the Inter-Amer-
ican Development Bank that
countries in the region need to
explore alternative sources of
energy.
He said regional leaders look
forward to working with the
IDB in exploring "realisable
goals" in this area.
"The dramatic rise in the cost
of imported fossil fuels, on
which our economies are heav-
ily dependent, dictates that we
pursue renewable alternative
sources of energy as a matter of
the highest priority," Mr Ingra-
ham told the Fourth Plenary
Session of-the annual IDB and
IIC Boards of Governors Meet-
ing.
He said the region also looks
forward to support from the
bank as it seeks to better pre-
pare its people and economies
to meet climate change-related
challenges including sea level
rise and more frequent and vio-
lent summer storms and hurri-
canes.
Addressing the meeting on
behalf of the English-speaking
Caribbean constituency, which
includes Barbados, Guyana,
Jamaica, Trinidad and the
Bahamas, Mr Ingraham thanked
the bank for implementing a
number of new initiatives.
"Particularly noteworthy are
the opportunities for the Major-
ity Initiative launched in May
2007 in Jamaica, the Sustainable


Energy and Climate Change Ini- ties for the Majority Initiative that has taken on special signif- erential markets for exports
tiative and the new Disaster will be of special assistance to 'icance in our region". shrink.
Risk Management Policy and our national efforts," Mr Ingra- "Rising fuel costs and com- "We encourage the bank to
Policy Guidelines," he said. ham said. modity prices are driving up develop special initiatives to
"A number of member states He noted that closely associ- food import bills. Even as cli- help us increase agricultural out-
seek to more effectively address ated with poverty is the ques- mate change negatively impacts put and trade in food products,"
persistent pockets of poverty. tion of food security, "a matter local food production and pref- Mr Ingraham said.
We expect that the Opportuni-


COUNTRIES in the Caribbean like the Bahamas are now better
equipped to face economic turbulence than at an\ other time in
their historn.president of the Inter-Amencan De\elopment Bank Luis
Alberto Moreno told those attending the IDB's annual meeting of its
board of governors.
Representing the Bahamas at the two-day meeting in Miami, Flori-
da are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing.
As the Bahamas and its neighbours brace for the repercussions of
the US' financial crisis, the IDB president said that Latin America and
the Caribbean region "are unquestionably heading into the current
storm greatly strengthened and armed with the experience of having
successfully navigated much choppier waters than these."
Over the past 25 years, he said, the region has weathered its share
of severe crises, always from a far more vulnerable position than
today when it is less dependent on external savings and has a geo-
graphically diversified export base, solid economic institutions, and
$450 billion in international reserves.
"No one knows for sure what the current spell of turbulence will
bring, but our region is better equipped now to manage it than at any
time in its history," he said.

Vulnerabilities
Nevertheless, Mr Moreno warned that the region should be mind-
ful of the fact that favourable economic conditions in recent years may
have masked certain structural vulnerabilities.
"As economies slow there is a chance that national deficits may re-
emerge andnarrow the governments' policy options.
"To act effectively in a crisis, the gains achieved must be examined,
to gauge which of them are enduring and which were windfalls, and
decide where efforts must be redoubled," he said.
Mr Moreno further emphasised that it is important to remember
that economic turbulence pushes more people below the poverty
line, especially in a globalising world.
"Perhaps the most valuable accomplishment in these past five
years has been the lowering of the regional poverty rate by nine per-
centage points, to 35 per cent of the population (according to the Eco-
nomic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean figures), and
the consolidation of an emerging middle class with more and better
access to the services and opportunities the modern economy has to
offer," he said.
However, these gains, the IDB president said, may prove to be "as
ephemeral as they were hard-won."
"Latin America and the Caribbean's recent history is marked by
social crises that followed in the wake of financial turbulence. In
globalised economies, an external shock can have an exponential
impact on income distribution, especially when energy and food
prices are high. The past shows that social policy is a critical ingredi-
ent in any comprehensive, effective response to severe financial dis-
ruptions," he said.



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THE TRIBUNE


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FROM page one

has confirmed.
Mr Smith, it was claimed, is
hoping to ignite base supporters
and create an interest in him-
self by continuing his push of
the Mona Vie controversy with
FNM Minister of State Zhivar-
go Laing.
This "way of support",
sources alleged, is hoped to pro-
pel the MP into some leader-
ship post within the party.
In addition to Mr Smith, St
Cecilia nomination hopeful and
social activist Paul Moss is
expected to make the appropri-
ate announcement for either the
leadership or deputy position
"when the appropriate time
comes."
As a successful lawyer, Mr
Moss has often said he was not
involving himself in politics to
further himself financially or to
raise his public profile, but
rather from a desire to serve.
In a brief interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Mr Moss
reiterated this position, and
promised that he will "certain-
ly" be making the appropriate
announcement at the "appro-
priate time."


Smith set to travel county in bid to raise profile


"I have said before that I am
not in politics for show or a
salary. I am in this to make a
difference," he said.
While Mr Moss's intentions
are well known, Mr Smith has
yet to announce formally his
intentions to run for any lead-
ership position in the party.
In fact, when previously con-
tacted by another newspaper
on the issue, Mr Smith declined
to comment, stating only that
he first needed to speak with
"his team."
According to sources within
the party, Mr Smith enjoys the
support of former PLP Minister
of Works Bradley Rob=rts and
his father-in-law and prominent
businessman, Franklyn Wilson.
Mr Wilson and Mr Roberts
enjoy tremendous influence
within the rank and file of the
PLP. In fact, as one of the major
financial contributors within the
party, Mr Wilson's support, it
is claimed, could play a vital
role in deciding which candi-
date would ultimately gain the
nomination.
However, it is uncertain


which of the two Mr Smith
or Mr Moss PLP leader Per-
ry Christie would support to
one day take over the reins of
the party.
In fact, it is claimed in cer-
tain circles within the party that
Mr Christie has now thrown his
support behind PLP MP for
West End and Bimini, Obie
Wilchcombe.
This development, however,
has been met with a certain lev-
el of scepticism by PLP sources
who claim that Mr Christie
would be attempting to use Mr
Wilchcombe as a "stalking
horse" until he makes his true
intentions known.
Mr Wilchcombe so far is the
only sitting MP to formally
announce his intention to run
for deputy leader of the party.
Among those also reported
to be interested in the post are
PLP MP for North Andros Vin-
cent Peet, PLP MP for Fox Hill
Fred Mitchell, and PLP MP for
MICAL Alfred Gray, who
announced his intention to run
for the deputy leadership on
April 3.


Key witness in murder trial is charged

FROM page one accused Jamal Glinton, said yesterday that
although the prosecution had a right to enter the
nollee," stop the proceedings and subsequently
Knowles, 25, who on Monday had appeared as a recharge the men, he was upset and disappointed
witness for the prosecution (see story, page 2). over how the prosecution had dealt with the mat-
Knowles was previously charged with Carey's ter. Mr Butler said that the incident made a mock-
murder and armed robbery, however the charges ery of the judicial system.
against him were dropped. Knowles testified on "As my cient was walking out of the door the
Monday that police had "coached" him to give his handcuffs were put on him. The process was not
statement and that his police statement was false. meant to work that way, a nollee' was not meant
Knowles said that the statement he gave to police to work that way," he said. Mr Butler noted that
after the charges against him were dropped was his client who had been free on bail for some
"given out of fear. nine months and suffers from a medical condition
Outside court yesterday lead prosecutor and would be remanded to her Majesty's Prison after
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl his arraignment.
Grant-Bethel was relatively tightlipped on what "What they have in essence done is taken the
"Undersection 52 of our Criminal Procedure freedom away from my client which was granted
"Under section 52 of our Criminal Procedure through the courts," Mr Butler said.
Code the Attorney General is entitled if she wish Attorney Romona Farquharson, who repre-
es, to withdraw charges against persons who are sents murder accused Sean Brown, also noted
charged before the courts just as she has a right to that while the prosecution was well within its
bring those charges. rights to enter a nollee" in the matter and subse-
"She can do so in writing or she can do so quently recharge the men, that what had tran-
through her representative. She chose to do so in spired raised questions as to whether the system
writing. was being abused.
"That section also provides that there is not a The trial into the murder of Keith Carey, 42,
bar against subsequent proceedings being brought began on March 27. Carey was shot and killed on
on the same facts," Mrs Grant-Bethel said. When the steps of the Bank of the Bahamas on Febru-
asked why such action had been taken Mrs Grant- ary 27, 2006 while attempting to deposit $40,000
Bethel said that she could not comment on the that belonged to the Esso Service Station, which
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FROM page one

He was sentenced to death.
On December 16, 1999, the Court of Appeal dis-
missed his appeal.
Bellizarie was killed some time after 6.30am on
August 25, 1994.
Todd's appeal before the Privy Council was made
on two grounds.
First, the judge having excluded the oral and
written confessions ought also to have excluded the
evidence of the appellant directing the police to the
crime scene. Secondly, the giving of inadmissible
evidence by D.S. McCoy should have resulted in
. the discharge of the jury.
In the Council's judgment, evidence of the dis-
covery of the bodily remains at Todd's direction
was admissible notwithstanding the exclusion of the
prior written and oral confessions.
They pointed out that the judge, in her ruling,
made no finding of police impropriety and expressed
doubt that Todd's account of some of the events and
whether the accused had been told of his constitu-
tional right to representation. Those doubts were suf-
ficient to render the oral and written confessions
inadmissible, the Council said.
"Their Lordships are of the view that, had the
judge realized that she had a discretion under
s.178(1), she would, inevitably, in the absence of
any proved impropriety have exercised it in favour
of admitting the evidence and so have left it to the
jury (as she did) to determine whether the conditions
of s.20(4) were satisfied, in that, as the prosecution
contended, the deceased's bones were discovered as
a result of the appellant's confession. The first
ground of appeal therefore fails," the Council said.
As to the second ground, where it was argued
that the alleged admission inappropriately rehearsed
by D.S. McCoy "was, clearly, potentially damaging
to the defence," the Privy Council said that the con-
text in which the evidence came to be given and
the events which followed it are important.
"There is no reason to believe that the witness
deliberately gave evidence which he knew had been
ruled inadmissible. No such allegation was made
by the Council at the time. There is nothing to sug-
gest that the trial judge thought this was the case.
When D.S. McCoy first gave evidence before the
jury about events at the crime scene, he made no
mention of the admission.
"He referred to it only when cross-examined
when giving evidence before the jury for the second


FROM page one

1984 Commission of Inquiry, The
Tribune learned this week that
there is still an outstanding war-
rant for her arrest in the United
States on money-laundering relat-
ed charges filed in 1989, and that
the US government considers her
a "fugitive from justice."
A US official, political and eco-
nomic officer Dan O'Connor, said
last week that the embassy in Nas-
sau found her appointment "sur-
prising.'"
Asked yesterday what reserva-
tions he might have about her
selection for the high court post,
Mr Siegel spoke with reserve
about the issue.
He said: "It's not for us in the
US embassy to have problems.
We don't interfere with other
country's appointments the same
way other countries don't inter-
fere with our appointments. Our
role in the embassy is to provide
facts when asked and that's what
we've done. Our spokesman has
laid out facts...and there are other
people from the Department of
Justice (who have also done so)
and it is (the Bahamas') role to
pick and choose who they so
deem to have in that nomination."
On Monday Miami-based
financial crime consultant Ken-
neth Rijock said that Mrs Not-
tage's appointment could damage
the Bahamas' international rep-
utation in the eyes of financial,
legal and law enforcement author-
ities.
He said her background could
be used as a basis for appealing
her rulings by those charged with
defending persons accused of drug
or money-laundering related
crimes.
"Defence lawyers getting an


Privy Council
time following the court's view at the scene. Fur-
thermore, when defence counsel made his submis-
sion of no case to answer, he referred to D.S. McCoy
having slipped when he said certain things to the
jury," the Council said.
The Privy Council said that the critical question
was whether the inadmissible evidence having been
given, the judge's failure to discharge the jury ren-
dered the trial unfair or the verdict unsafe.
"Immediately the answer was given, the judge
directed the jury to disregard it. Furthermore, that
direction was plainly heeded because the judge, at a
later stage, described having seen the jury nod in
agreement with her direction. No one suggested at
the time that the jury should be discharged," the
council said.
The Privy Council said that it is true that, during
the submission of no case, the judge commented
that she would have discharged the jury had the
inadmissible evidence been given in chief, but
whether she would have taken that view after hear-
ing submissions on the matter, is impossible to say.
"Even at that stage, having heard the judge's
comment, no counsel suggested that the jury be dis-
charged. Following the judge's direction to disregard
it, no further reference to the inadmissible evidence
was made during the trial. In the Court of Appeal tri-
al counsel did not argue this ground," the lawyer
said.
The Council said that an appellate court, remote
from the atmosphere and nuances of the trial
process, should be slow to interfere when a trial
judge continues with a trial after the jury has heard
inadmissible evidence and "will not do so merely
because it would have decided differently."
"In this case the judge immediately, and effec-
tively, directed the jury to disregard the evidence; no
further reference was made to it; and none of those
involved in the trial appears to have thought that the
evidence was so damaging that consideration should
be given to discharging the jury. The trial was in its
third week and all the evidence was completed on
the following day. It is clear that the judge thought
about what she was doing and must have been sat-
isfied that the jury would be able to return a proper
verdict. The local appeal court upheld her decision.
"In these circumstances, it is impossible to con-
clude that the trial was unfair or the verdict unsafe.
The second ground of appeal (that the conviction be
quashed) therefore fails," the Privy Council said.


US tight-lipped on Nottage


adverse ruling may decide that
the court was prejudiced one way
or the other and didn't render an
objective ruling strictly because
Mrs Nottage was sitting on the
court," he said.
While Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall has declined to comment on
the reasoning behind her appoint-
ment, stating that the Commis-
sion is governed by a "mandate
of confidentiality", Minister of
National Security Tommy Turn-
quest yesterday said he would per-
sonally be in favour of a more
transparent process than that
which currently exists.
"I think that in any time that
you deal with business dealing
with the public that there ought to
be transparency and accountabil-
ity," he said.
Acknowledging that the Judi-
cial and Legal Services Commis-
sion, chaired by Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall, has "the absolute
authority and autonomy in terms
of appointing justices of the
Supreme Court," Mr Turnquest
said that is "not necessarily in my
view, the best way" and suggested
a system such as that which exists
in the US could be "looked at."
He added, however, that chang-
ing the process would require an
amendment to the constitution,
which in turn would necessitate a
referendum something that is
"not on the cards right now."
In the US, potential justices of
the Supreme Court, along with
many other major appointments,
are first recommended by the
President before being finally con-
firmed or rejected after going
before the 100-member Senate.
According to the US govern-
ment website, Senate.gov: "Views


Nottage appointment

FROM page one

on the country's judiciary, which already suffers from
a "black eye."
At a time when the judicial system is already in
"shambles", Mr Moss said that this appointment was
the last thing that was needed.
Although Mrs Nottage is eminently qualified for
the post of Supreme Court judge, the appointment
and her acceptance of it, are "most regrettable," he
said.
Mr Moss said that it is important for persons to
realise that it is, above all, important to ensure the
integrity of the judiciary. "It's the institution that
matters, it's nothing personal," he said.
He added that as Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing should resign over the Mona Vie
issue to preserve the integrity of his post, Mrs Nottage
should likewise decline the Supreme Court appoint-
ment to uphold the integrity of the judicial system.
Mr Moss said the decision by the Judicial and
Legal Services Committee to appoint Mrs Nottage as
a judge is symptomatic of the "band-aid" approach
used in the Bahamas in its attempt to fix the judicia-
ry's many problems.
As it stands now, he said, judges are being paid less
than $100,000 a year. For senior lawyers who can
earn up to $500,000 annually through their private law
firms, this is not an attractive salary, he said.
In addition to the financial issue, Mr Moss said
that the judicial system fails to provide judges with
necessities such as a sufficient number of staff or
police guards for protection.
Basic amenities such as air-conditioned court-
rooms or modern Internet systems and databases
for all the courts are also lacking, he added.
Mr Moss said he hopes this controversy will high-
light the need for the government to finally address
the failings of the judicial system in an effective man-
ner.
According to the United States Attorney's Office,
there is an outstanding warrant against Mrs Nottage.
The criminal dockets show that there are five charges
against the recent Supreme Court appointee, includ-
ing the conspiracy to defraud the US (IRS) and con-
spiracy to engage in racketeering.


of the Senate's 'proper role' range
from a narrow construction that
the Senate is obligated to confirm
unless the nominee is manifestly
lacking in character and compe-
tence, to a broad interpretation
that accords the Senate power to
reject for any reason a majority
of its members deems appropri-
ate."
While relatively few nominees
have historically been rejected by
the Senate, the website said that
"since 1789, nearly a quarter of
all Supreme Court nominations
Shave failed to be confirmed, their
nominations rejected, withdrawn
or declined."
In this country, the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission, pre-
scribed under the constitution, is
composed of five people: a chair-
man, who is the Chief Justice, a
Justice of Appeal, the chairman of
the Public Service Commission
and two counsel or attorneys who
have been practising for at least
ten years.
According to the constitution,
all judges other than the Chief
Justice "shall be appointed by the
Governor General by instrument
under the public seal acting
on the advice" of the Commis-
sion.
Tribune readers yesterday
joined the call for Mrs Nottage's
appointment to be rescinded.
One asked: "Where is Wayne
Munroe and the Bar ethics com-
mittee in all this?"
And she criticised Chief Justice
Sir Burton Hall for adopting an
"elitist" posture towards the issue.
"What he and the judicial com-
mission must accept is that they
are just plain wrong," the reader
added.


Bridgewater list

FROM page one

tion day.
The court did not allow the document to be admitted,
however. Several election agents for the PLP, who would
have been rotated during election day, made the marks,
which included ticks next to names.
Since it was not possible to identify which agent made
the mark, it was not possible for the person responsible to
be called before the court to say what they saw, and what
the mark in the book meant.
In response to Mr Davis' application for the docu-
ment to be admitted, Senior Justice Anita Allen asked
how the court is to know what is meant by the marks with-
out the people responsible coming before the court.
Mr Davis then made another application to the court
after the book was rejected as evidence. If a scrutiny or
recount is ordered, he requested that the votes of the six
people in question be rejected if they are found in the bal-
lot box, and enough evidence was led to prove that they
were not entitled to vote in Marco City.
Mr Smith objected to this. He said that the burden is on
the petitioner to prove that people should not have vot-
ed. To get to this, he said, the petitioner has to first prove
that they did vote. The petitioner only gets to a scrutiny,
said Mr Smith, if he proves that 48 or more people in this
election that voted, were not legally entitled to.
The court rejected Mr Davis' second application as
well. Instead, Senior Justice.Allen gave Mr Davis until
Tuesday to bring evidence that the six people did vote. Mr
Smith has already said that he is prepared to bring these
people to court to testify that they did not vote.
Tomorrow, Mr Davis has two witnesses to testify and
on Tuesday, he will have a short time to address the issue
of who did or did not vote before Mr Smith begins his
case.
Mr Smith was to begin Zhivargo Laing's case next
Monday, but he agreed to delay this by one day to accom-
modate the travelling plans of Mr Davis and the court.
Both attorneys also agreed to provide the court with
updated lists of which voters are still being challenged by
each side. There have been numerous names dropped
since the case began. At last count, Ms Bridgewater was
challenging 95 voters and Mr Laing 43 voters. However,
these numbers may have drastically dropped on both
sides.


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China paramilitary

team protects

the Olympic flame
BEIJING
THEY wear bright blue
tracksuits and Beijing
Olympic organizers call
them "flame attendants."
But a military bearing
hints at their true pedi-
gree: paramilitary police
sent by Beijing to guard
the Olympic flame during
its journey around the
world, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Torchbearers have criti-
cized the security detail
for aggressive behavior,
and a top London
Olympics official simply
called them "thugs."
"They were barking
orders at me, like 'Run!
Stop! This! That!' and I
was like, 'Oh my gosh,
who are these people?"'
former television host
Konnie Huq told British
Broadcasting Corp. radio
about her encounter with
the men in blue during
London's leg of the relay
Sunday.
So far, the "29th
Olympic Games Torch
Relay Flame Protection
Unit" as the squad is
officially known has
kept the flame from being
seized during chaotic,
protest-filled runs through
Paris and London.
Its mettle is likely to be
further tested Wednesday
in San Francisco, where
activists protesting Chi-
na's crackdown in Tibet
and its human rights
record have promised
widespread demonstra-
tions.
Officially, Beijing has
said only that the unit's
mission was to guard the
flame, in keeping with
practices of past Olympic
games.
Members were picked
from special police units
of the People's Armed
Police; China's internal''
security force. The
requirements for the job:
to be "tall, handsome,
mighty, in exceptional
physical condition similar
to that of professional
athletes," the state-
run China News Service
said.
Special police units are
the top tier of the para-
military corps, chosen. for
skills in martial arts,
marksmanship and hand-
to-hand combat, according
to sinodefense.com, a
British-based Web site
specializing in Chinese
military affairs.
The training detail
included daily mountain
runs of at least six miles
and lessons in protocol.
They also learned basic
commands such as "go,"
"step back," "speed up"
and "slow down" in Eng-
lish, French, German,
Spanish and Japanese, the
China News Service said.
But as the torch made a
stormy procession through
London and Paris, the
military training rather
than the protocol seemed
to come to the fore.
At least one torchbearer
said she clashed with the
squad, and others have
criticized their heavy-
handed tactics.


Murder trial juror fails to appear


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT The trial into
the murder of Rishawn Bethel
was adjourned yesterday when


an alternate juror failed to
show up at the Supreme Court.
The trial was scheduled start
at 10am, but it was suspended
to 2pm after Justice Vera
Watkins, who is presiding over
the case, learned that the male
juror was missing.


However, when court
resumed at 2pm, the juror was
still missing and it was suggest-
ed that he had left the island on
vacation.
Justice Watkins said that the
juror could not be reached as
his cellular phone was off.


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delivery of the initial 50 Sea-Doo personal water-
craft to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's base on Coco
Cay in the Berry Islands.
The company said the delivery will take place on
Wednesday, April 16.
In October 2007, Marlin Marine was successful in
securing a multi-year contract with Royal Caribbean,
Cruise Line (RCCL) by joining forces with its partner,
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP).
The contract covers RCCL's operation in Coco
Cay and its operation in Labedee, Haiti.
"After months of parallel evaluation between the
offerings of all the major manufacturers, RCCL per-
sonnel chose the Sea Doo 2008 GTI-R, specifically
designed for commercial operators," said Marlin
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THE N()RTH Andros High
School's efforts to build a
greenhouse are getting a big
boost thanks to \'esle. Bas-
tian. oner of Subta\a Restau-
rants in the Bahamas.
He presented a cheque
towards the cause to North
Andros High senior master
Vincent Rolle and agriculture
teacher Rai Budhu last week-
end at the school.
"I trust you will be the
future farmers of North
Andros," Mr Bastian told the
students.
"We are anxiously waiting
to buy the produce from you.
As fast as you can produce
them we will certainly buy
them.
"There is a market out there
for you and North Andros has
a lot to offer. Let me assure
you of our assistance. Continue
with the good works," Mr Bas-
tian said.
The greenhouse will defi-
nitely advance the school's
agriculture programme, said
Mr Budhu.
"We are going to do as much
as we can to make sure that
your gift would be seen as
something cherished," he
added.
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
chairman Edison Key com-
mended Mr Budhu for "the


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manager for BRP in Latin America and the
Caribbean. "We trust this relationship will continue
to grow in the future."
"It is a fantastic opportunity for us as BRP dis-
tributors, but, more importantly, a breakthrough for
the Bahamas as a country. It is not every day that we
are able to acquire such a large account, particularly
one crossing the borders of other sovereign nations"
said Loran Pyfrom, sales director for Marlin Marine.
The remaining 50 units are scheduled to be deliv-
ered next month.
Marlin Marine is the sole distributor for BRP Sea-
Doo products in the Bahamas, and is one of the
world's oldest distributors for Evinrude Outboard
Motors.


WESLEY BASTIAN, owner of Subway Restaurant Bahamas (pointing)
and Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation officials inspect
seedlings at a North Andros High School nursery. BAIC chairman Edi-
son Key and his wife Katie are pictured at.left.


wonderful job you are doing
with these students in agricul-
ture."
He encouraged the students
to remain in food production.
"Food is one of the most
important things in life," he


said. "Here in Andros you are
so fortunate to have such vast
acreage of gpod farm land and
water. And we lie in one of the
best climates in the world. So,
take advantage of this oppor-
tunity."


"According to information
from another juror, he is
expected to return to Freeport
tomorrow but a time was not
given," she said.
A jury of seven women and
five men are hearing evidence
in the matter, which opened
last Thursday.
Prosecutors Sandra Dee
Gardiner and Erica Kemp are
appearing on behalf of the
Crown.
Three young men Trevor
Forbes, William Lightfoot, and
Denardo Arthur are accused
of murdering Bethel, who was


16 years old. They are repre-
sented by lawyers Simeon
Brown, Carlson Shurland and
Godfrey "Pro" Pinder, respec-
tively.
Bethel's decomposed body
was discovered in bushes off
Caravel Road on January 26,
2006. He was the son of a local
minister.
Justice Watkins said she did
not wish to proceed without
the juror and adjourned the
matter to Wednesday at 10am
when a decision will be made
as to how the court will pro-
ceed.


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CLARKE, 52


a resident of Old Boat
Alley and formerly of
Taylor Street, will be held
at Zion Baptist Church,
East and Shirley Streets,
on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating will be Rev.
Anthony A. Sampson, assisted by Rev. Leon Johnson
and other Associate Ministers. Interment follows in
Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nona Clarke;
son, Tameco Clarke; daughter, Patrice Clarke;
mother: Vena Clarke McQuay; father, Paul McQuay;
brothers, Enoch Clarke; Vernard, Landrell, Trevor,
Frankly, John and Deon Gibson; sisters, Lavern and
Christine Gibson; 8 grand children; aunts, Telefar
Bain, Myrtis Thompson, Sylvia Moss, Alra
Chrisholm, Viola Cunningham and Rev. Patricia
Cunningham; cousins, Delma, Hermis, Judy, Eleanor,
Gloria, Vera, Monica, Jennifer, Herman Jr., Harrison,
Eddison Sr., George, Deserea, Delarease, Keith,
Lavahn, Lerlean, Roger, Larry, Keith, Don, Shawn,
Crystal, Shavon, Sylvia, Edris, Lisa, Eddison Jr.,
Allison; other relatives and friends including,
Matriach Gwendolyn King and family, T.G. Morrison
and family, Sylvia Moxey, Clayton and Angela Rolle
and family, The Zion Baptist Church family, East
and Shirley Street, Monsignor Preston Moss, Fr.
Noel Clarke and the St. Anselm's Roman Catholic
Church family, the staff of Millies Place and the
staff of The Poop Deck restaurants and Columbus
Tavern restaurant.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00
p.m. on Wednesday and on Thursday at the church
from 9:00 a.m. until service time.


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Sherwanda gets regional training with FirstCaribbean International Bank


SHERWANDA Jones is a young
and progressive Bahamian woman who
is achieving her dreams while working
in different countries.
She has gained experience with First-
Caribbean International Bank in the
British Virgin Islands, St Marteen, Cay-
man, Grenada and Belize.
Mrs Jones holds the position of local
procession centre (LPC) manager at
FirstCaribbean, a position she recently


took up at the bank's branches in Prov-
idenciales, Turks and Caicos.
Mrs Jones said, "I accepted this chal-
lenge because it gives me an opportu-
nity to work with yet another of the
bank's LPCs and to assist the organi-
sation in improving the customer ser-
vice being provided to the Turks and
Caicos Islands."
Prior to this position, she worked in
the British Virgin Islands and in St


Marteen, where she was the acting LPC
manager. Mrs Jones joined First-
Caribbean International Bank in 1996.
Since then, she has held a variety of
positions, including customer service
representative, assistant customer ser-
vice manager, lead trainer, learning
centre facilitator, regional senior inter-
nal control officer for operations, assis-
tant manager of quality assurance for
operations in the northern Caribbean,


and has also worked on several region-
al projects within the bank which
helped to upgrade and streamline its
systems and procedures.
Mrs Jones holds a bachelor's degree
in professional management from Nova
Southeastern University and studied
finance at the College of the Bahamas.
In her spare time, Mrs Jones enjoys
arts and crafts and decorating.


British Colonial Hilton


hosts Club Liaison


corporate members to


rejuvenation seminar


THE British Colonial
Hilton's Club Liaison Series
kicked off its first event of the
year by hosting a wellness and
rejuvenation seminar for
clients.
The Hilton's corporate book-
ers and clients were treated to
wellness tips, de-stressing tactics
and refreshments.
The hotel said the seminar
was followed by "an interactive
relaxation experience."
"There was a different twist
to the usual readiness and show
of the club liaison event," said
the Hilton in a statement.
"After about 20 minutes of tips
and talks, guests moved over


to a private spa retreat set up
by the Hilton and DMC Chain -
of Events. The room was
equipped with massage tables,
aromatherapy accents, candles,
soft lighting and therapists wait-
ing to ease the stresses of the
day. The night was so much of a
success that guests were asking
about the next event before this
one was even over."
The hotel explained that
Club Liaison is a region-wide
recognition programme which
aims to reward representatives
of corporate accounts respon-
sible for booking guestrooms
at any of its properties through-
out the Caribbean.


ABOVE: Holice of Holice Cosmetics shows a client all of her latest products in skin care and
make-up' ,.-

LEFT: Topya Riley of Natures Spa gives a club liaison guest a relaxing neck rub


Ride for Hope raises $300,000 for cancer


TWO HUNDRED and three
cyclists logged more than
7,000 miles along Eleuther-
a's roads on Saturday,
raising more than
$300,000 for cancer care
and treatment in the
process. Event co-ordina-
tor Susan Larson said, "We
are very, very pleased with
the result. This year we
attracted more riders, more
volunteers and more cor-
porate sponsors than ever
before. We are so proud
of the fund raising effort
each participant made'."
The three-year old event,
which doubled in size over
last year, has become the
most successful fund rais-
ing vehicle for cancer in
the country.


OVERSEAS NEWS: Zimbabwe election


Opposition accuses government of unleashing violence


* HARARE, Zimbabwe

Opposition officials accused
Zimbabwe's ruling party Tues-
day of orchestrating a campaign
of violence in remote rural
areas in an effort to intimidate
opponents of President Robert
Mugabe ahead of a likely runoff
election, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.
The accusations came amid
growing reports that ruling par-
ty thugs were escalating their
invasions of white-owned farms
and driving the farmers off their
land.


Mugabe, who has led Zim-
babwe for 28 years with an
increasingly dictatorial regime,
has virtually conceded that he
did not win the March 29 pres-
idential elections.
Though results of the poll
remain secret 10 days after the
election, he already is cam-
paigning for an expected runoff
against opposition leader Mor-
gan Tsvangirai by intimidating
his foes and exploiting racial
tensions.
"There has been massive vio-
lence inside the country since
the 29th," said Tendai Biti, sec-


retary general of the opposition
Movement for Democratic
Change. Much of the violence
has erupted in traditional rul-
ing party strongholds that voted
for the opposition in the elec-
tion, including the rural areas
of Murewa, Mutoko, Gweru, he
said. Ruling party militants,
used previously to intimidate
government opponents, were
being rearmed, he said.
"There's been a complete
militarization and a complete
rearming of mobs who led the
terror in 2000 and 2006," he
said. Reports of violence in


remote rural areas including
the torching of opposition sup-
porters houses have circu-
lated through Harare in recent
days. The reports could not be
confirmed because of the dan-
ger in traveling to the areas.
In addition to that violence,
about 60 farmers have been
forced off their land since Sat-
urday, said Mike Clark, a
spokesman for the farmers'
union.
"The situation is escalating
very rapidly," said Trevor Gif-
ford, president of Zimbabwe's
Commercial Farmer's Union,


adding that many farmers were
not allowed to take anything
.with them. "They had to leave
their keys behind."
Mugabe's opponents pressed
a lawsuit to force the publica-
tion of the results of the presi-
dential election that they say
Tsvangirai won outright. The
High Court ruled Tuesday that
it would hear the petition
urgently and was expected to
hold a hearing in the afternoon.
The lack of results "has par-
alyzed the country. No one is
going to work, everything is at a
standstill," Biti said. U.N. Sec-


retary-General Ban Ki-moon
urged Zimbabwe's Electoral
Commission to release the elec-
tion results "expeditiously and
with transparency."
Mugabe's ruling party has
called for a recount and a fur-
ther delay in the release of
results. Police said they arrested
five electoral officials on
charges of tampering with elec-
tion results, giving Mugabe
some 4,993 votes less than were
cast for him, The Herald news-
paper reported. The paper said
the alleged fraud occurred in
four districts.


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* BASKETBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
EVEN though he's busy in
the gym preparing for his
return to the local boxing
scene, Meacher 'Major Pain'
Major is still finding time to
assist the community of Kemp
Road'where he grew up and
still resides.
Under the theme: "Let's
Come Together As One,"
Major, assisted by coach
Eddie Burrows, will stage the
first Major Pain Mini Basket-
ball Jamboree.
It's scheduled for the week-
end of May 9-10 at Salem
Park, off Kemp Road and will
be geared for players in the
17-and-under and 18-and-over
age group divisions.
"Basketball is a sport that
everybody can relate to, dif-
ferent boxing and the other
sports," Major stressed. "You
can go into any community
and you can find players or
teams ready to play and the
community will come out and
support it.
"This is just away for us to
get the community to come
together and to get our point
across that we need to stop all
of the violence and all of the
killings that is going on."
Although the jamboree will
be staged in the Kemp Road
Community, Major said they
are extending an invitation to
any team that wish to partici-
pate.
The only requirement is
that they have to register by
April 18 by calling any of the
following numbers: 552-2937,
394-6698 or 477-1042.
Only six teams in each divi-
sion will be allowed to partic-
ipate. As there is no entry fee,
each team will be required to
pay for the T-shirts 12 per
team at a cost of $10.00 each.
Cash prizes of $500.00 for
the 18-and-over division and
$300 for the 17-and-under
division.
Major said the jamboree
came out of his summer youth
camp that he hosted for the
first time last year and will be
back this summer.
He said many of the senior
ball players wanted to know
when he would be doing
something for them, so he
decided to combine it for the
youth and seniors.
"I've always been interested
in helping the youth in the
country, but there is a greater
need to help out because of
the violence and crime going
on," Major reflected.
"People have been doing a
lot of talking, but ain't nobody
stepping up to the plate. I feel
this isn't my time. I'm only 26
and I should be assisting
somebody, but I can't just sit
down and wait. I have to step
forward to the plate and put
my best foot forward."
Major said he's appealing
to the business houses in the
Kemp Road Community to
contact him to lend their sup-
port in helping to sponsor the
jamboree.
While he's working on this
community project, Major
said he's still in the gym work-
ing out daily as he waits for
his return to the boxing arena.
He's hoping that sometime
next month, he will have his
next fight. But in the mean-
time, he said he's trying to
stay fit and trim.


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* SOFTBALL
By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net
THE opening day of the GSSSA
senior girls' division featured a trio of
lopsided wins, leaving some teams
searching for solutions early into the
young season.


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* TENNIS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
LAST year, Paraguay had
a chance to play in the final
of the American Zone II
Davis Cup tie in a bid to
advance to zone one.
However, their top seed
Ramon Delgado got injured
and Paraguay lost and
remained in Zone II this
year.
Delgado, along with
Ricardo Mena, Juan-Carlos
Ramirez and Juan-Enrique
Crosa, are in town to repre-
sent Paraguay as they
attempt to get back to the
final in September.
Team captain Victor Pecci
said they like their chances
in the second round against
the Bahamas this weekend
at the National Tennis Cen-
ter.
"The conditions here are
good, the courts are superb,
the ball is good, the weather
is okay, no problems, and
the hotel, Breezes, is good,
so we don't have any prob-
lems, we're not complain-
ing," Pecci stressed.
"We're here to play and
we're playing on a surface
that is just like Paraguay, so
we have to be ready to play."
Looking at the match-up
between the two teams, Pec-
ci said it will be very exciting,
but they have respect for the
Bahamian team after they
knocked off Venezuela in
the first round.
"It's going to be three tight
days of competition," Pecci


projected. "We are going to
be depending a lot on Del-
gado because he's our ATP
player. He's strong and he
has a lot of experience play-
ing five sets."
Delgado, 32, has compiled
a 45-18 win-loss record in
Davis Cup play. He comes
in ranked at 222 in singles
after slipping from 52 in 1999
and 136 in doubles.
Coming off a week of
training in Miami, Florida,
Delgado said the facilities at
the NTC prove to be the
ideal condition for them to
play in.
"We've been practising for
a week in Miami just getting
ready," Delgado pointed
out. "I think we're ready.
We have some good
chances."
Delgado said he doesn't
know that much about the
Bahamian team, except for
veteran doubles player Mark
Knowles.
"He's been in the top five
in doubles for many years.
He has a lot of experience,
so it's going to be tough,
especially in the doubles,"
Delgado quipped.
Mena, the 36-year-old who
was pegged at No. 279 in sin-
gles in 1994, said they are
eager to put on their tennis
display this weekend.
"The courts are nice,
everything is nice," he said.
"We have a very good team
with Delgado as our leader.
"The Bahamas have a
good team, but their strength
will be in the doubles. We
will just see what we will do
in the finals.


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CV Bethel Stingrays 9
The. 2007-08 season has produced
less than desirable results for the Gov-
ernment High Magic thus far, howev-
er the senior girls' softball squad made
a statement on opening day and is
intent on turning their fortunes
around.
The Magic took the first game of .
the season in convincing fashion with
a 21-9 win over the C.V. Bethel
Stingrays yesterday at the Blue Hills
Sporting Complex.
In a game riddled with fielding
errors, the Magic's adent baserunning I
and more consistent infield defence [-' .
limited the Stingrays' scoring oppor-
tunities throughout the entire game. ,
lesha Paul controlled the game from
the mound, as she. w i di ----eseoni'send: .-..; .. ,
for the Magic and was virtually unt-: "I feel good because I nevfr thought
table for much of thdgiVfte. ioslumi we have gotten thin'far, I am prodd of
Paul helped her on cause at the how we played today, my team was
plate with a 4-4 day including four excellent," she said. "My expectations
runs. right now is to try and get to the finals
The Magic's ace said her team came and win this championship for [the
into the season ready after an offsea- class of] 08."
son of hard work and preparation. The Magic offence was led by Ash-
"We worked hard in practice, espe- ley Lewis who highlighted the third
cially over the Easter Break," she said. inning with an in-the-park home runlin
"We kept working on our weak the midst of a 10-2 Magic run.
spots." Lewis finished 3-4 with three runs
Paul said her team hopes to contin- and three RBI.
ue the trend they set on opening day
and ultimately produce a title at the SEE page 12


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SPORTS I


Sharapova,

Davenport off to

winning starts

at Amelia Island

tennis event
* TENNIS
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.
Associated Press
TOP-SEEDED Maria
Sharapova made a success-
ful debut at the Bausch &
Lomb Championships with
a 6-1, 6-3 victory against
Barbora Zahlavova Stryco-
va on Tuesday night.
"Coming into the match,
you really don't know what
to expect because your
opponent has already had
a few matches on clay, and
this is your first match,"
Sharapova said. "So the
most important thing
today was just to try to get
used to the atmosphere
and the court and the
opponent."
Lindsay Davenport
began her quest for a
fourth Bausch & Lomb
title with a 6-2, 6-3 win
over Vania King, overcom-
ing a lack of sleep caused
by her 9-month-old son's
nagging cold.
Olga Govortsova pulled
off a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 upset of
No. 4 Marion Bartoli, who
continued her struggles at
Amelia Island Plantation.
She is 0-4 on the green clay
and the only seeded player
to lose in the first two days
of the tournament.
No. 8 Agnes Szavay, No.
13 Virginie Razzano and
No. 15 Anabel Medina
Garrigues won second-
round matches. No. 10
Alona Bondarenko, No. 12
Katarina Srebotnik and
No. 14 Victoria Azarenka
werg first-round winners.
Sharapova, who ran her
2008 record to 19-1, is
playing this week to get an
early start on her prepara-
tion for the French Open.
She forced Zahlavova
Strycova into fits during
the 70-minute match. The
Czech qualifier threw her
racket and slammed it
against her shoe and the
ground, yelled at herself
and even yapped to the
chair umpire.
Sharapova stayed cool
on the other end and was
only broken once on her
serve.
"I started well and got a
good advantage in the first
set," Sharapova said.
"There were obviously a
lot of things that hopefully
I will be improving from
this match, but it was a
good start."
Davenport played on
clay for the first time since'
the 2005 French Open, but
showed little rust.
"To be honest, it felt a
little awkward," said Dav-
enport, who had seven
aces and only faced two
break points. "Every day
and every match that I can
play on clay, I know I will
keep getting better and
better. So (I am) happy to
start off on the right foot,
but eager to try to
improve."
Davenport next plays Jill
Craybas in the second
round Wednesday night,
while Sharapova gets Med-
ina Garrigues in the third
round Thursday.


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has age on their side


FROM page 11

the NTC, there have been
more and more "grassroots"
players who got involved
in the sport and are
making their contribution
today.
Rolle, who serves as the
trainer of the Davis Cup
team, which includes his
son, Marvin, said the way
the players have been per-
forming, the Bahamas cer-
tainly has a chance to return
to Amer;can Zone One.
"If it doesn't happen this
time, I think we will defi-
nitely do it the next time
because our boys are rapid-
ly growing," he pointed out.
"So we have a very good
chance of doing some great
things."
At one time in his career,
Nicholas Byer was one of
those players being
groomed as a future Davis
Cupper. ,Byer never
achieved that goal, but he's
thrilled to see the players
stepping up to the forefront.
"It's very exciting to. see
people when they were
younger succeeding to this
level," said Byer, now a ten-
nis coach. "I always thought
that was possible for the
younger players back then
to be playing at this level.
"It's just that it took a lot
of hard work and persever-
ance. It's like who wanted
it the most got it. These
guys are tough."
Having had a chance to
play with and against
Mullings, Neeily and Rolle,
Byer said the Bahamas has
a "great mix of everything
for a team" and he is confi-
dent that "the Bahamas will
win, especially ini the dou-
bles".
"That's why we've always
been that successful because
we've always had the advan-
tage over our opponents. So
we're going only going to
do well," he summed up.
H'Cone Thompson, the


only member of the team
who really didn't get to play
at home during his youthful
days, said he's elated to be
back for another tie.
"It's been good. We
caught up with everybody.
I know I've been in touch
with everybody on a weekly
basis and I know we've all
been working hard prepar-
ing, so we will do well," he
insisted.
As for the tie, Thompson
said everything is looking
positive for the Bahamas'
team.
"We're glad to be back
home with the great support
we've had from the last tie,"
Thompson stressed.
"We know that we will
have that same type of sup-
port again and with John
(Farrington) back (as cap-
tain), we're feeling good."
Farrington, a former
Davis Cup player himself,
have been overseeing the
light workout sessions for
the team on a daily basis
since they returned home
on Saturday.
.The guys are feeling
good, feeling strong. They
are fit, so we are going to
continue to work," he
charged.
"After the draw on
Wednesday, we will have
our final session on Thurs-
day morning before they
relax for the showdown this
weekend.
Having had a chance to
dissect Paraguay's line-up,
Farrington said he knows
what the Bahamas will be
going up against.
"I don't know if they
know what they are going
up against. "We're solid, we
have depth, we got a great
team unity and support."
Farrington encouraged
the community to come out
and watch the three impor-
tant matches two on Fri-
day (opening singles) and
one on Saturday and cheer
on the players.


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FROM page 11

The Magic's potent lineup
also featured Tarvia Rolle
who was 3-4 with three runs
and Crystal Williams who was
3-4 with three runs.
CR Walker Knights 16
RM Bailey Pacers 7
Following a senior boys win
yesterday, the Knights' senior
made it a series sweep against
the Pacers.
Like their male counter-
parts, the Lady Knights built a
sizable lead early, and fell vic-
tim to a Pacers' comeback
effort.
The Lady Knights were
able to seal the deal stifling
the Pacers comeback effort
with a thrilling tag at the plate
to complete a double play and
end the game.
For the winning Knights,
Geneka Outten led the offen-
sive output going 4-4 with
four runs.
Clich6 Saunders also had an
outstanding effort with a 3-4
day, including three runs.
CC Sweeting Cobras 24
CI Gibson Rattlers 6
The Cobras avenged the
loss of their senior boys yes-
terday to split the series with
the Rattlers in the most lop-
sided win of the day.
Jameka Glinton left the
Rattlers lineup hapless at the
plate allowing just nine hits.
Glinton received run sup-
port in a dominating effort by
the Cobras who posted 10
runs in the first inning.
The onslaught continued in
the second inning when the
Cobras heaped on 14 addi-
tional runs.


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With newly minted

national title in

hand, Bill Self

looks for 'security'

from Kansas
* BASKETBALL
San Antonio
Associated Press

KANSAS coach Bill Self
slept for less than an hour after
the Jayhawks stunned Mem-
phis in one of the more memo-
rable finals in NCAA tourna-
ment history, wrapping up
their first national title in 20
years.
The details of the Jayhawks'
75-68 overtime victory will
soon be etched in Kansas lore.
After Memphis missed a series
of free throws, Kansas guard
Mario Chalmers hit a 3-pointer
with 2.1 seconds left to send
the game to overtime, where
the Jayhawks overwhelmed the
Tigers.
Now Kansas fans may begin
losing sleep over whether their
coach is headed for Oklahoma
State. Less than 12 hours after
cutting down the nets, a bleary-
eyed Self returned to the
Alamodome on Tuesday morn-
ing and faced questions about
whether he's interested in the
job at his alma mater, which
parted ways with Sean Sutton
on April 1.
As he has for a week, Self
said he plans to meet with
Kansas officials soon about a
contract extension.
"What I'd like to have is like
everybody'd like to have," Self
said. "I'd like to have some
security. I don't know what
even Kansas would remotely
be talking (about). We haven't
even talked about that. When I
say security, I mean years, so
hopefully that'll happen."
Citing factors such as
Kansas' rich hoops tradition,
Self said, "I'm not looking for
more than what Kansas pro-
vides on a daily basis."
The school gave Self a five-
year contract extension last
season, increasing his annual
compensation to more than
$1.3 million with a chance to
make another $350,000 each
year if-he meets incentives.
But Selfc~-oldlikely com-
mand far more money from
Oklahoma State, whose billion-
aire alumnus Boone Pickens,
gave $165 million to the
school's athletic department.
Self said he hasn't met Pic-
gens and wasn't familiar with
details about Oklahoma State's
program. But he drew a chuck-
le from reporters when he said,
"From the outside looking in, it:
appears that they have great
resources."
Kansas fans have become
accustomed to a certain
amount of anxiety over losing a
talent coach. Roy Williams
flirted with, and eventually left
for, his alma mater, North Car-
olina.
Kansas followers exulted
when their team defeated
Williams and the Tar Heels in
the national semifinals, but
Williams turned up at the final
wearing a Jayhawks sticker on
his shirt.
Self awoke Tuesday morning
to a congratulatory call from
President Bush, who invited
the Jayhawks to visit the White
House.
"He said something that was
pretty cool," Self said. "He
said, 'You need to get here
soon because you've got great
seniors. If you don't get out
here soon, then they won't get
a chance to come because
they'll all split and go different
ways.' "
The veteran-laden Jayhawks
likely will lose junior Brandon
Rush, who declared himself eli-
gible for the NBA draft last
year but returned to campus
after injuring his knee.
"I would anticipate losing
five great seniors and possibly
a couple more," Self said.
Player turnover is common
in college basketball. The big-
ger question is whether Self
will be back.
He said he hadn't heard
from the Cowboys but would
talk to them if they call.
"I would answer the phone,"
Self said. "Good gosh, I know
all those people. I'm not going
to lie and say I'm not going to
answer the phone. But I cer-
tainly wouldn't answer the
phone unless everybody at
Kansas knew exactly what was


going on."
Self said he's "positively not
interested" in the Oklahoma
State job but added that he
wants to sit down with Kansas
administrators. "I'm sure we'll
meet and iron some things
out," he said.


Vussina, the New York




Yankees beat Rays 6-1


"I think
everybody
knows Bob
Gibson, who
he was as a
player and
what he
was able to
accomplish
so it's nice."


Mike Mussina


* BASEBALL
New York
Associated Press

MIKE MUSSINA tried to
downplay it at first. He had
pitched for so long, he said,
it was only natural that he
would move up some of
baseball's career lists.
He eventually broke
down: Being mentioned
with Bob Gibson was pretty
cool.
Mussina tied Gibson with
his 251st win, Bobby Abreu
hit a two-run-homer and the
New York Yankees beat
the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 on
Monday night.
"I think everybody knows
Bob Gibson, who he was as
a player and what he was
able to accomplish so it's
nice," said Mussina, who
allowed one run and two
hits in six innings.
Abreu went 3-for-3 with a
walk and Hideki Matsui
drove in two runs for the
Yankees, who lost Derek
Jeter after two innings to a
strained left quadriceps but
salvaged a split of the four-
game series before they
headed west to start a diffi-
cult stretch.
In other AL games, it
was: Chicago White Sox 7,
Minnesota 4; Los Angeles
Angels 6, Cleveland 4; and
Baltimore 5, Seattle 4.
Jeter said his leg first
bothered him Sunday but


,.. -- . . . --. .


NEW YORK YANKEES' Mike Mussina releases a sixth-inning pitch in the Yankees' 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Yankee
Stadium in New York, Monday, April 7, 2008. Mussina tied Bob Gibson on the career wins list at 251.


he thought it was a cramp.
He felt it grab again when
he beat out a potential dou-
ble-play grounder before
Abreu's drive in the


first 4ing.
"I didn't aggravate it but
I didn't really push it,"
Jeter said. "I felt something
so I didn't want to be stupid
and I came out and hope-
fully it won't be too long."
Jeter departed before the
third inning and an MRI
revealed the strain. Manag-
er Joe Girardi said he won't
play Tuesday afternoon
against Kansas City, but the
club didn't have any imme-
diate plans to put him on
the disabled list. ,
"Leg injuries aren't an
exact science," Girardi said.
"Hopefully it'll be less than
a week but we'll have to
see."
The Yankees didn't miss
Jeter on another chilly
night in the Bronx. New
York, which scored just 17
runs in its first six games,
finished with season highs
for runs and hits with 11.
"I think everything
worked together," Abreu
said. "This team is sup-
posed to score some runs.
We've got a pretty good
offense."
Mussina is tied with Gib-
son for 42nd place on the
wins list. He struck out
three to equal Yankees TV
broadcaster David Cone for
21st place with 2,668 Ks.
Jonny Gomes homered
for the Rays, who are 3-3
heading into their home
opener against Seattle on
Tuesday. Tampa Bay has
never finished with a win-
ning record on its first road
trip of the year.
"It's great that we're dis-
appointed," manager Joe
Maddon said. "It's part of
raising our level of expec-
tations."
New York went 4-3 on its
season-opening homestand
and plays 18 of its next 20
on the road.
Girardi may have a thin
bench to work with as he
starts his first trip as Yan-
kees manager. He was with-
out two regulars against the
Rays before Jeter's injury.
First baseman Jason
Giambi missed his second
straight game with a sore


left groin and catcher Jorge
Posada got the day off.
Abreu's first homer of the
season made it 2-0 and the
Yankees pushed across two
more runs in the sixth
against Jason Hammel (0-
1). Abreu led off with a
triple to right-center and
scored on Alex Rodriguez's
single. Matsui then doubled
down the first-base line to
drive in A-Rod and make
it 4-1.
That was enough for
Mussina (1-1). He improved
to 8-1 with a 1.92 ERA in
nine career starts against
Tampa Bay at Yankee Sta-
dium.
"In and out, keeping the
ball down, mixing up pitch-
es, kept us off balance all
night," B.J. Upton said.

WHITE SOX 7,
TWINS 4
Joe Crede hit a tiebreak-
ing grand slam to cap a five-
run seventh inning, and the
White Sox won their home
opener.
Coming off a weekend
sweep at Detroit, Chicago
has won five straight for the
first time since Aug. 10-14,
2006. The White Sox have
won six of their past seven
home openers.
Crede is batting .393 with
10 RBIs. Last year, limited
to 47 games because of a
back injury, he hit .216 with
22 RBIs.
Chicago's Javier Vazquez
(1-1) allowed three runs
and seven hits in seven
innings, striking out eight
and walking one. Bobby
Jenks pitched a scoreless
ninth for his fourth save in
as many chances.
Matt Guerrier (0-1) got
the loss.

ANGELS 6,
INDIANS 4
Torii Hunter hit a grand
slam with one out in the
ninth inning after Cleveland
scored three runs in the top
half off closer Francisco
Rodriguez, lifting the host
Angels.


Jhonny Peralta doubled
home the go-ahead run off
Rodriguez in a three-run
ninth as Cleveland took a
4-2 lead before the. Angels
rallied against Indians clos-
er Joe Borowski (0-1).
The right-hander surren-
dered a one-out walk to
Gary Matthews Jr., a single
to Vladimir Guerrero and
another walk to Garret
Anderson before Hunte
drove a 1-0 pitch just inside,
the left field pole for his
10th career slam.
Hunter also homered in
the eighth inning, off
reliever Rafael Betancourt,
to put the Angels ahead 2-
1.
Scot Shields (1-0)
relieved Rodriguez in the
ninth and gave up an RBI
single to Casey Blake
before completing the
inning.


ORIOLES 5,
MARINERS 4
At Baltimore, Aubrey
Huff homered to break an
eighth-inning tie, and the
surprising Orioles complet-
ed their first four-game
sweep of Seattle since 1999.
Melvin Mora also home-
red, and Brian Roberts had
three hits for the Orioles,
an AL-best 5-1. The
Mariners, last in the AL
West, fell to 2-5.
Huff connected off Eric
Flaherty (0-1), whose per-
formance was typical of the
Mariners bullpen through-
out the series. Pitching
without injured closer J.J.
Putz, Seattle relievers gav y
up six runs over 7 2-3
innings.
Ichiro Suzuki opened the
game with his 26th career
leadoff homer and singled
in the seventh for his
1,600th hit. Raul Ibanez
homered and drove in two
runs for Seattle.
Dennis Sarfate (2-0)
retired all four batters he
faced and George Sherrill,
who pitched for Seattle last
year, worked the ninth ft.,
his fourth save his third
in the series.


JONNY GOMES follows through on his third-inning solo home
run off New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina in a baseball
game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, April 7, 2008.


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PAGE 14, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008


So much talk

about a major

sweep, but a

big test awaits
E GOLF
By DOUG FERGUSON
AUGUSTA, Georgia
Seven players stood on the
first tee in the morning chill of
Augusta National yesterday, a
half-dozen more waiting on the
practice green behind them.
They had about 10 minutes to
kill before the course opened
for practice at 8 a.m. The quiet
was shattered by the crack of
Tiger Woods hitting his 3-wood
off the 10th tee.
He was playing alone, getting
an early start before anyone in a
green jacket could stop him. It
wasA; scene that set te stage
perf.y for this Masters: Tiger
agait the field.
Wieds is a four-time Masters
champion, the; favourite just
about every year and every-
where he plays. Part of that is a
product of being the No. 1 play-
er in the world for the better
part of a decade. Part of it
comes from having won eight
of his last 10 tournaments. And
then there was that declaration
this year that' the calendar'
Grand Slam was "easily within
reason."
"I'd like to bet against him,
like the whole field here this
week," Ernie Els said yester-
day. "But it's definitely in his
reach. He's definitely capable. I
don't think we've seen a player
like him ever. He's really one
of a kind, and that's saying a
lot.'"
There have been favourites
at Augusta for every genera-
tion, but it's hard to imagine
anyone being listed as even-
money by the bookies, prepos-
terous odds for golf.
"That's taking it very far,"
Els said; "But hers done mcred-
ible things:"
Woods didn't do much on
Tuesday, playing only the back
nine before calling it a day. He
will forgo the Par 3 Tournament
on Wednesday as he has done
the last couple of years, saying it
has 6ecome too much ofa dis-
trac o h before teeing off in the
Masters.
He has spoken openly about
his odds of winning the Grand
Slam, even before his first tour-
nament of the year, and he was
asked if anything has happened
in the last three months to
change his outlook..
"No," Woods said, waiting
for the snickers to fade before
explaining..' udestd
'You lave to understandwhy
I said that," Woods said
"Because I've done it before.
I've won all four in a row. The
majority of my career I think
this is my 12th or 13th season
out here nine of those years,
I've won five or more tourna-
ments. So (I've) just got to win
the right four. That's what it
boils down to."
Woods is the only profes-
sional to hold all four majors at
the same time, sweeping them
in a span of 294 days from the
2000 U.S. Open at Pebble
Beach to the 2001 Masters. And
he showed up at Augusta last
year going for his third straight
major. But the modern Grand
Slam that Arnold Palmer cre-
ated on his way to the 1960
British Open means doing it in
a calendar year. Except for
1971, when the PGA Champi-
onship was held in February in
south Florida, that means it
starts with the Masters.
If he doesn't win this Mas-
ters, the slam is over. "This
major is so important to all of
us," he said. "It's a special
event. You always want to win
this event. I've been lucky
enough to have won it four
times. But in order to win all
on the calendar, you have to
win here, yeah. Hopefully, I can
get it done this year and move
on."
Woods got halfway to the
slam in 2002, winning the Mas-
ters and U.S. Open and con-
tending at the British Open
until ferocious wind off the
North Sea sent him to an 81 in
the third round at Muirfield.
Palmer (1960) and Jack Nick-
laus (1972) are the only other
players to get that far.
That was all Nicklaus thought
about at the start of each year,


and it reached a point in the
late 1960s that if he didn't win
the Masters, it took him awhile
to realize the rest of the year
was not shot. I don't re 'mber
what year it was that I kicked
myself in the rear end, because
I sort of wasted a couple of oth-
er majors," Nicklaus said. "I
didn't win the Masters, and I
didn't prepare properly for the
others. And I went in and said,
'That's a bad attitude. That's
kind of an unrealistic way to
approach what you're doing.'
I realized if you didn't win,
you do the best you can and win
as much as you can."


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE





Liverpool, Chelsea win to






set up semi-final clash


LIVERPOOL's captain Steven Gerrard, right, reacts with fellow team members after their 4-2 win against Arsenal during their Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match
at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, yesterday.


* By ROB HARRIS
Associated Press Writer
LIVERPOOL, England__.... ____
Steven Gerrard converted a tiebreaking penalty kick to give
Liverpol a spot -mlth European Champions League semifinals,
just one minute after Emmanuel Adebayor appeared to put Arse-
nal in the final four.
Gerrard scored in the 85th minute and Ryan Babel added an
injury-time goal to give Liverpool a dramatic 4-2 quarterfinal vic-
tory over Arsenal on Tuesday night.
"That was possibly one of the worst performances I've ever put
in in a Liverpool.shirt," Gerrard said. "But I still had the confidence
to score the penalty."
Liverpool won the home-and-home series on 5-3 aggregate and
advanced to a semifinal matchup with Chelsea, which defeated
visiting Fenerbahce 2-0 for a 3-2 aggregate victory.
"The defeat was down to a dodgy decision of the referee I
think," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "I believe over the
two games it's difficult to swallow because of the double disap-
pointment and all the big decisions were against us."
On Wednesday night, Manchester United plays visiting AS
Roma after winning the first leg 2-0 and Barcelona enters with a 1-
0 advantage from its victory last week at Schalke.
Liverpool is on course for its tx) 1/4d final in four years. Both
times it advanced, in 2005 and 2007, Liverpool beat Chelsea in the
semifinals.
"We've been there, we know everything about them and they
know everything about us," Chelsea's Frank Lampard said. "It's
amazing how often we've been in this situation."
In the third match between Arsenal and Liverpool in a seven-day
span, Abou Diaby put the Gunners ahead in the 13th minute.
Sami Hyypia equalized in the 30th and Fernando Torres gave Liv-
erpool a 2-1 lead in the 69th.
Then, Theo Walcott made a 45-yard run to set up one of the
finest goals of the European season. Walcott evaded Gerrard's
attempt to poke the ball away at the halfway line, then went
around as Fabio Aurelio crashed into him. Walcott maintained pos-
session as Javier Mascherano sprinted to catch up, went wide to his
right as Mascherano fell down, evaded Sammy Hyypia and slotted
the ball past a falling Martin Skrtel to Adebayor.
Adebayor tapped the ball in to tie the match 2-2 and give Arse-
nal a 2-1 lead in away goals.
Liverpool quickly moved the ball to the other end, and Kolo
Toure brought down Babel in the penalty area, with Swedish ref-
eree Peter Frojdfeldt pointing to the penalty spot. Gerrard's drive
went to the right of goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who had no
chance.
Liverpool co-owner George Gillett Jr. looked on from the stands
at Anfield but partner Tom Hicks watched on television from
Arlington, where his Texas Rangers lost to Baltimore 8-1 in their
home opener. Hicks and Gillett have been feuding for months.
In London, Chelsea won as Michael Ballack headed in a free kick
from Lampard in the fourth minute and Lampard scored in the
87th.
"Over the course of the two games we deserve to be through,"
Lampard said. "We didn't play as well tonight as we can, but this
competition is about getting results."











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CHELSEA'S Frank Lampard, celebrates his goal against Fenerbahce during their European
Champions League quarter-final, 2nd leg, soccer match at Stamford Bridge.


r-
cc


a.


LIVERPOOL'S Fernando Torres reacts after scoring against Arsenal during their Champions League
quarterfinal second leg soccer match at Anfield Stadium,.


ARSENAL'S captain William Gallas reacts after his team's 4-2 loss against Liverpool
duromg their Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match.


SPORTS







WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008, PAGE 15


THE TRIBUNE


INTRNAIOAL


Hungry Haitians storm palace


Expanding


food riots


threaten


stability
* By JONATHAN M. KATZ
PORT-AU-PRINCE
Hungry Haitians stormed the
presidential palace Tuesday to
demand the resignation of Pres-
ident Rene Preval over soaring
food pric'S- and U.N. peace-
keepers chased them away with
rubber bullets and tear gas,
according to the Associated
Press.
Food prices, which have risen
40 percent on average since
mid-2007, are causing unrest
around the world. But nowhere
do they pose a greater threat
to democracy than in Haiti, one
of the world's poorest countries
where in the best of times most
people struggle to fill their bel-
lies.
"I think we have made
progress in stabilizing the coun-
try, but that progress is
extremely fragile, highly
reversible, and made even more
fragile by the current socio-eco-
nomic environment," U.N.
envoyj+di Annabi said Tues-
dayVafter briefing the Security
Council.
For months, Haitians have
compared their hunger pains to
"eating Clorox" because of the
burning feeling in their stom-
achs. The most desperate have
come to depend on a tradition-
al hunger palliative of cookies
made of dirt, vegetable oil and
salt.
Riots broke out in the nor-
mally placid southern port of
Les Cayes last week, quickly
escalating as protesters tried to
burn down a U.N. compound
and leaving five people dead.
The protests spread to other
cities, and on Monday tens of
thousands took to the streets
of Port-au-Prince.
On Tuesday, demonstrators
in the capital set fires, barri-
caded streets and looted stores,
and a crowd tried to break
down the gates of tha presi-
dential- palace, demanding
Preval's resignation.
"We are hungry!" the crowd
shouted. "He must go!"
Preval, a soft-spoken leader
backed by Washington, was at
work in the palace during the
protests, aides said. He has
made no public statements
since the riots began.
"I compare this situation to
having a bucket full of gasoline
and having some people around
with a box of matches,",said
Preval adviser Patrick Elie. "As
long as the two have a possibil-
ity to meet, you're going to
have trouble."
The protesters also.are
demanding the departure of the
9,000 U.N. peacekeepers,
whom they blame in part for
rising food prices. The peace-
keepers came to Haiti in 2004
to quell the chaos that followed
the ouster of former President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
They helped usher in a
democratic transition, but crit-
ics say both Preval and the
international community have
focused too much on political


DEMONSTRATORS take cover from shooting in front of the Haiti's national palace in Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, April, 8, 2008. Hungry Haitians stormed the presidential palace Tuesday,
throwing rocks and demanding the resignation of President Rene Preval over soaring food prices.


stability without helping to alle-
viate poverty. That could spell
trouble not only for Preval, but
for Haiti's fragile democracy as
well.
"We voted Preval for a
change. Nothing happened," .
said Joel Elie, 31, who like
many Haitians is unemployed.
"We're 'tired of it and we can't
wait anymore."
While the peacekeepers
spend more than US$500 mil-
lion (euro320 million) a year in
Haiti, the World Food Program
has collected less than 15 per-
cent of the US$96 million
(euro6l million) it says Haiti
needs in donations this year.
The WFP issued an emergency
appeal Monday for more.
Meanwhile, new customs
procedures aimed at collecting
revenues and stopping the flow
of drugs has left tons of food
rotting in ports, especially in
the country's north. In a coun-
try where almost all food is
imported, cargo traffic from
Miami ground nearly to a halt,
though shippers say interven-
tion by Preval last month has
improved the situation some-
what. i
Government officials say the
riots are being manipulated by
outside forces, specifically drug
smugglers who can operate
more easily amid chaos and
supporters of Guy Philippe, a
fugitive rebel leader wanted in
U.S. federal court in connec-
tion with a drug indictment.
Annabi, the U.N. envoy, said
"people with political motiva-
tions" were exploiting the
demonstrations, but didn't say
who he was referring to.
Many in the crowds are
demanding the return of the
exiled Aristide, and thousands
showed up Monday for a rally
by a key Aristide ally, the Rev.
Gerard Jean-Juste, in the
oceanside slum of Cite Soleil.
But the anger among every-
day Haitians over food prices
is real.:


.3.


PEOPLE walk past a burning barricade during an anti-government demonstration in Port-au-Prince, on Monday. April 7, 2008, during escalat-
ing food riots.
PEOPLE gather at the Cite Solell
slum during an anti-government
demonstration in Port-au-Prince,
Monday, April 7, 2008. Protesters
angered by high food prices flood-
ed the streets of Port-au-Prince,
Forcing businesses and schools to
'- '--close as unrest spread from the
countryside. Witnesses said at
least one person was killed by
hotel security guards during a
protest in the southern city of Les
Cayes.


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Rebels reject French medical


mission to aid ailing hostage


* By TOBY MUSE
BOGOTA, Colombia
Leaders of Colombia's main
rebel group yesterday rejected a
French medical mission that
flew to Bogota to aid ailing
hostage Ingrid Betancourt, a
presidential candidate who was
kidnapped six years ago.
The group said France had
not coordinated with the rebels
before its plane arrived.
"We don't.respond to black-
mail or media campaigns," the
rebels said.
The communique from the
ruling secretariat of the Revo-
lutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia was dated April 4,
the day after a French govern-
ment plane arrived in Bogota,
carrying doctors and diplomats
who hoped at least to see
Betancourt, a French-Colom-
bian citizen.
The statement noted that the


group, known as the FARC,
had unilaterally released six
hostages earlier this year as a
"gesture of generosity and polit-
ical will." It called again on the
Colombian government to grant
a demilitarized zone. where
imprisoned rebels could be
swapped for guerrilla-held
hostages.
"Rebels imprisoned in the
jails of Colombia and the Unit-
ed States are our priority," the
rebels said in a statement post-
ed Tuesday on a Web site sym-
pathetic to the FARC.
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promised that Colombian
troops would not interfere with
the French mission. But Betan-
court's sister, Astrid Betan-
court, said the rebels likely
feared it could still be danger-
ous.
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bian army to follow this mis-
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008

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PI property prices 'Physical consolidation'


increase by $lm in for financial regulators


two-year period


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


* Realtors say Bahamian
market 'still strong'


THE Bahamian
real estate market and prices 'holding
is "still strong" up' despite global
with prices "hold-
ing up" in both economic downturn
the domestic and
international seg- End of Stamp Tax
ments, a leading exemption set off
realtor told The exemption set of
Tribune yesterday, with prices first-time buyer
for units at Paradise Island's
Ocean Club Residences having 'scramble'
increased by $1 million in two Hghproperty prices
years.
Peter Dupuch, founder of in Nassau sending
ERA Dupuch Real Estate, that
while he and his firm's realtors Bahamians to Family
had "seen signs" that some
potential buyers were holding Islands, as real estate
back because of all the "doom out of reach for many
and gloom" media coverage on
the US and global economies,
the Bahamian real estate mar- just handled one transaction
ket appeared to have so far where a client had decided tc
weathered the effects from any upgrade from a $2 million suite
downturn, at the Reef Atlantis, the 50/5(
Attributing this to the special joint venture condotel develop-
factors that the Bahamas ment by Turnberry Associates
offered, including its tropical and Kerzner International, to a
climate, easy-going lifestyle and $7 million suite.
proximity to the US, Mr "He's obviously got confi-
Dupuch told The Tribune: "I dence in the Bahamas," MI
don't see the market dropping. Dupuch said. "The prices at the
The market is still strong. Peo- Ocean Club Residences keep
pie are still buying and moving going up day after day. They're
here. We're holding our own selling for more and more.
and the demand is still there...... "Units there that were sell-
"We certainly haven't seen ing for $1.7 million are up tc
prices dropping [in both the about almost $2.7 million now
international and domestic mar- at the Ocean Club Residences.
ket segments]. It's still strong They've gone up about $1 mil-
on both ends. Thank God we lion in two years, since they put
haven't seen the hit the US has in the first pre-construction.
taken, because at the ERA con- That's an incredible return on
ference we heard from realtors your money."
whose business has gone to
hell."
Mr Dupuch said his firm had SEE page 6B



Bahamas policy over

economic integration

'key point' on EPA


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Government is
planning to
"strengthen" all the
Bahamian financial
services regulators, the minis-
ter of state for finance said yes-
terday, admitting that he want-
ed "to make more progress than
we are doing" on plans to con-
solidate all the supervisors into
one 'super regulator'.
Zhivargo Laing told The Tri-
bune that the Government was
now in the process of "physi-
cally consolidating" several reg-
ulators into the same property,
with the Compliance Commis-
sion and Registrar of Insurance
to move into Charlotte House,
where the Securities Commis-
sion of the Bahamas is current-
ly based.
While amalgamating these
three agencies into one would
take longer, Mr Laing said the
Government had decided to
move these regulators into the


* Government to further 'strengthen' all financial services regulators
* Minister admits he wants 'to make more progress on consolidation than we are doing'
* 'Time and money' savings for private sector from Compliance Commission,
Insurance Registrar joining Securities Commission at Charlotte House


same premises in a bid to create
a 'one-stop-shop' for financial
institutions and services
providers in their dealings with
Bahamian supervisors.
The physical consolidation,
he explained, was designed to
save private sector institutions
and executives "time and mon-
ey" by not having to drive
around to three separate loca-
tions, with the added advantage
that the Central Bank of the
Bahamas and its bank supervi-
sion department were just down
the road from Charlotte House,
which is located just off Shirley
Street opposite the Court of
Appeal and Bank of the
Bahamas International Build-
ing.
Mr Laing told The Tribune:


"What is happening is that we
are arranging for the Compli-
ance Commission to be relocat-
ed [from the Cecil Wallace
Whitfield Building at Cable
Beach] to a floor in the proper-
ty where the Securities Com-
mission is now. The space has
been secured, but some physical
additions have to be done to
accommodate the offices.
"They're [the Compliance
Commission] going to be occu-
pying a similar space. That's
going to help clients who have
to deal with both agencies to
have one place to go.
"In that regard, we're also
moving the Office of the Regis-
trar of Insurance Companies
down there for similar reasons,
to try to consolidate physically


the number of places where
clients have to go to deal with
the regulatory agencies."
Mr Laing added: "We're try-
ing to achieve some physical
consolidation, while the admin-
istrative and legislative things
are being done.
"We think we can save peo-
ple time and money by them
going to the same place for reg-
ulations. People get to move in
one tight circle when dealing
with the regulatory agencies."
The Compliance Commission
and Registrar of Insurance relo-
cations "could be in a matter of
weeks", depending on how
quickly the physical premises

SEE page 5B


Business concern on 'Discovery' of duty avoidance


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brought in on Discovery] they'll be sur-
prised".
The source said the collection problems
stemmed from the fact that Customs lacked
the manpower and technical resources to
deal with the sheer volume of freight and
cargo that came off the Discovery vessel,
meaning they were unable to inspect all
goods and verify whether declarations were
accurate.
Much of the freight was brought in inside
six foot and nine-foot high warehouse bins,
something the source described as "steel
cages". Freight and goods inside these bins
were often declared as luggage, something
they suggested enabled some companies to
bring in inventory for their business to also
avoid Stamp Tax.
"A large number of small businesses have
used that, because they not only avoid cus-
toms duty but Stamp Tax as well," the
source said. "If you walk up to Customs
with suitcases, that's easy enough for them
to inspect, but if you walk up with a six-
foot by six-foot bin, that's a different story.
"It's so much so that Nassau companies
are using this. Pallets of stuff are going


straight from the Discovery vessel to the
mail boats to Nassau.
"It is a massive, bona fide bypass system
that is done in broad daylight. It is incredi-
ble what comes off that boat."
There is nothing to suggest that Discovery
Cruise Line, its vessel, the mail boats or
Customs officers have done anything wrong,
but The Tribune's business community
source said that apart from the Treasury
losing out on much-needed government
revenue, fair competition in the private sec-
tor was also being undermined by some
firms successfully avoiding due taxes and
reducing operational costs.
Mr Laing, though, said everyone who left
the Discovery vessel in Freeport was
required to go through Customs and make
a proper declaration of what they were
importing.
"This country has had issues about
whether it collected all revenues due [to
the Government] for year and years and
years," Mr Laing said, adding that admin-
istration had significantly improved and
that such problems were not peculiar to
the Bahamas.
\


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
WHETHER the Bahamas
supports regional economic
integration objectives is "the
key point" to determine in rela-
tion to this nation's policy on
the Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA), a leading
attorney told The Tribune yes-
terday, rather than how quickly
such a process would move.
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said the main issue he
had outlined was that by signing
the EPA trade treaty in its pre-
sent form, the Bahamas would
be committing itself to regional
economic integration.
This position seemed to be at
odds with the Government's
stated position that it would not


core of regional economic inte-
gration.
Mr Moree was responding to
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, who told The
Tribune yesterday that he
"Wholeheartedly disagrees"
with concerns that signing the
Bahamas on to the EPA could
be the first step towards region-
al economic integration.
The minister instead said the
EPA allowed sovereign nations,
such as the Bahamas, to deter-
mine "the pace and content of
that integration" on their owns.
Yet Mr Moree said his main
point was not the speed at
which regional economic inte-
gration took place, but whether
the Bahamas supported that
policy objective, as it would do
if it signed the EPA in its cur-
rent form.
Adding that he respected the
minister's view, Mr Moree said:
"The real point for the
Bahamas is whether or not we
support that objective. Accord-
ingly, the fundamental issue
does not relate to timing, but
to the policy objective itself.
"I did not state that by sign-
ing the EPA the Bahamas
would be indicating an inten-
tion to join the CSME. That is
not the point. What is relevant
is that by signing the EPA in its
present form, the Bahamas
would be committing itself to a
policy of regional economic
integration.
"Whether that is achieved in
the short-term or long-term
does not change the underlying
fact that we would be indicating
our support for that policy
objective."
An "express objective" of the
EPA was to advance and deep-
en regional economic integra-
tion among CARIFORUM
member states, Mr Moree said,


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
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BAHAMIAN businesses in Nassau and
Freeport are becoming increasingly con-
cerned that some competitors are obtaining
an unfair advantage by avoiding customs
duty and Stamp duty payments on inven-
tory brought into Freeport via Discovery
Cruise Line's vessel, sources have told The
Tribune, although the minister of state for
finance said yesterday he was unaware of
any such concerns.
Zhivargo Laing said he and the Ministry
of Finance -had not "heard such com-
plaints". As a result, he did not "know what
the circumstances" were surrounding the
concerns over goods brought in via Dis-
covery's vessel, but the ministry and Cus-
toms would "look into it" if businesses came
forward with their issues.
However, one business community
source, who spoke to The Tribune on con-
dition of anonymity, said Customs Depart-
ment officials had "admitted to me a year to
18 months ago that if they collect 30 per
cent of the customs duties due, [ on freight








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It will carry computer paper,


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE


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CELEBRATING the grand opening of Domino's on Carmichael Road are, L to R: Garnell Cooper, Domino's mar-
keting manager; Shervin Stuart, Abaco Markets executive vice-president with responsibility for the Domino's
Franchise; Nathaniel Adams, manager, sales & Marketing; Caribbean Bottling Company.


DOMINO'S Pizza's ninth
Bahamas store, located on
Carmichael Road, is the first
one in the Caribbean/Latin
American region to be built
under the master brand's 20/20
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This format is intended to
enable Domino's Pizza to han-
dle larger business volumes
with greater efficiency, and the
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Bahamas policy over




economic integration




'key point' on EPA


FROM page 1B


something that was stated
throughout the trade treaty with
the EU.
This, the attorney added,
"reinforced the point again and
again that in signing the EPA, a
country is declaring its support
for and commitment" to achiev-
ing regional economic integra-
tion.
Conceding that Mr Laing was
correct in stating that Article 4
of the EPA enabled sovereign
states to determine the speed
and process to achieving region-
al economic integration, Mr
Moree said this "does not in
anyway derogate from the
absolute and unqualified com-
mitment to achieving economic
integration between the CARI-
FORUM states".
He added: "All one has to do
is read the [EPA] agreement to
see its overt and almost pedan-
tic linkage to the policy objec-
tive of regional economic inte-


gration.
"The Bahamian people need
to know whether or not the
Government of the Bahamas is
committed to deepening region-
al economic integration
between the member states of
CARIFORUM, and if so, what
are the implications of that pol-
icy for our country.
"We need to know whether
the Government of the
Bahamas supports the integra-
tion movement between all
CARIFORUM states, includ-
ing the Bahamas. If it does, then
the current language of the
EPA is not a problem, as it is
fully consistent with that objec-
tive.
"However, if the Bahamas
does not intend to support the
'policy objective of regional eco-
nomic integration (and partici-
pate in the process), it cannot
sign an agreement which, by its
terms, is based on that objec-
tive.
"In other words, as a
respectable member of the


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, JONATHAN McDONALD of
Coral Vista Drive, P.O. Box N-1242, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to JONATHAN CHARLTON. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later-than thirty (30) days after the date of
the publication of this notice.


Legal Notice
NOTICE


GINAILY INCORPORATED




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


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


international community of
nations, we cannot say one thing
and do another."
Mr Moree asked Mr Laing to
clarify whether the Government
accepted the EPA's deepening
of regional economic integra-
tion obligations.
"In short, the people of the
Bahamas need to know what
Sthe position of our government
is with regard to regional eco-
nomic integration, and then
ensure that our international
agreements and commitments
are consistent with that pQlicy,"
Mr. Moree said.
"At the present time, it would
be impossible, in my view, to
sign the current EPA draft with-
out accepting the underlying
policy objective of deepening
regional economic integration
between CARIFORUM
states."
The McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes senior partner said "the
real question" was whether the
EPA's repeated references to
advancing and deepening
regional economic integration
reflected the Bahamian gov-
ernment's policy.
He added that "a straightfor-
ward answer" to that would be
"helpful", saying that it was
"essential" the Bahamian peo-
ple knew where government
policy stood so a proper nation-
al debate on the EPA could
take place.


'Consolidation'




for financial




regulators


FROM page 1B

of Charlotte House could be
made ready for them.
The minister added that the
Government and regulatory
agencies wanted to examine in
detail concerns raised by Brian
Moree, senior partner at McK-
inney, Bancroft & Hughes, that
the Securities Commission
lacked the manpower, expertise
and technology resources to
effectively fulfill its regulatory
mandate before responding to
them.
This was because the Gov-
ernment wanted to assess
whether there were any valid
issues raised, or if some points
just required clarification by the
administration.
However, Mr Laing did con-
cede that the Government
wanted "to strengthen" all
Bahamian financial services reg-
ulators further, despite the
resource and financial limita-
tions placed upon the Bahamas
by its small size.
"We are very mindful of the
international obligations that
are placed on jurisdictions such
as ours," Mr Laing said. "We
want to ensure all our regulato-
ry agencies are up to the task."
Adding that a review process
was being conducted to assess
whether the different regulators
were in line with the standards


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JONELL JOSEPHAT
PIERRE of SAMSON STREET, NASSAU VILLAGE,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 2nd day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MARILYN JUDITH FITZ-
GERALD of THE FERRY, EXUMA, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JUST KETIA of LIFE BUOY
STREET OFF EAST STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2nd day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


set by bodies such as the Finan-
cial Action Task Force (FATF),
Mr Laing said: "We want to
strengthen all of them [super-
visors], and the Securities Com-
mission is one of those agencies
we want to strengthen from the
point of view of the legislative
regime. We are working on the
securities legislation, and adding
resources and personnel."
Mr Laing added, though, that
the Bahamas size meant it had
to overcome financial and man-
power limitations, but the inter-
national bodies understood
what it was doing.
He said: "I'm satisfied from
our point of view that we are
focused on the right set of
things. I continue to want to
make more progress than we
are doing, but I understand the
limitations.
"We expect to achieve some


results on regulatory consolida-
tion by the end of the year, par-
ticularly with respect to the
insurance area, Compliance
Commission area, the Securi-
ties Commission area. We still
believe we are going to make
some progress in that regard by
the end of the year."
Mr Laing said the consolida-
tion of those regulators into
one, and the eventual addition
of the Central Bank's bank
supervision department, was a
"long-term prospect".
"This is not a simple exer-
cise," he added. "It involves leg-
islative, administrative and insti-
tutional changes. It has to be
approached with caution, but
we believe the aim is the right
one, and we are working to
secure the benefits we believe
we can achieve from the con-
solidation."


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that CARMETA FAY DYER of 31
RONALD AVE., CHIPPINGHAM, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that CLERDORA VALNOR OF
PINDER'S POINT, P.O. BOX N-45056, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2nd day of
APRIL, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ISABELLE PIERRE of
WASHINGTON STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2nd day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
MONDAY, 7 APRIL 2007
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: APLOSE '1,963.66 I CHG 0.14 1 %CHG 0.01 | YTD -103 09 I YTD% -4.99
FINDEXC A CLOSE 913.02 I YTD% -4.10% I 2007 28.29%,
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52ik-HI 52..iL.:.A Se.urlr, Pre.ious Ciose Today s Close C.r.r.ge D 11 -1 EPF S DI. I PE ie'.
1 9 3 I0 ., ..'.- 1 93 1 93 ', :: 1 U ': l -
11.80 11.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%
9.68 9.00 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.643 0.160 14.9 2.71%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.99 0.99 0.00 0.188 0.030 5.3 3.03%
3.74 2.30 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
2.70 1.30- Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%
13.63 10.35 Cable Bahamas 13.63 13.63 0.00 1.093 0.240 12.5 1.76%
3.15 2.10 Colina Holdings 2.87 2.87 0.00 4.747 0.091 0.040 31.5 1.39%
8.50 4.73 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.22 7.22 0.00 0.428 0.270 16.9 3.74%
7.22 3.60 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.67 4.80 0.13 0.157 0.052 29.7 1.11%
2.50 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.316 0.040 7.9 1.60%
7.90 5.94 Famguard 7.90 7.90 0.00 0.713 0.280 11.1 3.54%
13.01 12.49 Finco 12.92 12.92 0.00 0.810 0.570 16.0 4.41%
14.75 13.50 FirstCarlbbean 13.50 13.50 0.00 0.914 0.470 14.8 3.48%
6.10 5.12 Focol (S) 5.50 5.50 0.00 0.386 0.140 14.2 2.55%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.67 0.67 0.00 0.035 0.000 19.1 0.00%
8.00 6.86 ICD Utilities 6.86 6.86 0.00 '0.411 0.300 16.7 4.37%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.30 12.30 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.6 4.96%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
SFdelty Ove-The-Comaner Securilles
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly 6; EPS i5 I P E Yield
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.60 1.:,I 1 1i.:, .:"- 1 6.16%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.35 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
ColIns OvatrThe-Couert- Securilies
4100 41 00 ABDAB 41 .0 -13 00 J1 0 4 .. --' S' '-*
14.00 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
0.56 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 045 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
I .. BSX Usted Mutual Funds
B2 I 62wk-Low Fur.O Nar.e NA'. VTD': Last 12 t.Ionths Div$ Yield%
1.3041 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.304134" 0.94% 5.70%
3.0008 2.6254 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.982729" -0.60% 14.89%
1.3047 1.2647 Collna Money Market Fund 1.384657." 0.70% 3.92%
3.7906 3.1827 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6651" -3.47% 18.28%
12.0429 11.4992 Fdelity Prime Income Fund 12.0429" 0.92% 5.69%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.001"
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00"
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00"
10.5000 9.63346 Fidelity Intemational Investment Fund 9.6346" -8.24% -8.24%
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POSITION AVAILABLE

MANAGER, FINANCE

The Corporate Offices of British American Insurance Company is looking for a suitable candidate to manage the
Accounts and Finance Department. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented and self-motivated with excellent
interpersonal and communication skills.

Responsibilities:
Providing leadership and supervision for the Accounts and Finance Department, recruiting and training
department staff.
Monitoring and analyzing monthly operating results against budget.
Assisting with Company financial planning and budgeting.
Preparing monthly Financial analysis
Preparing quarterly Cash Flow projections.
Ensuring compliance with Local Regulatory Agencies.
Assisting CEO and CFO to develop short and long term plans for the Company.
Establishing and implementing short term and long term departmental goals.
Directing financial audits and providing recommendations for procedural improvements.

Core Competencies:
Ability to work with limited supervision and leam new skills quickly
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to resolve problems with a sense of urgency
Ability to work under pressure
Demonstrate a keen eye for details
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain a harmonious relationship with co-workers
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Reliable, dependable and flexible team-player
Ability to participate and facilitate group meetings.
Strong analytical skills

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree or higher in Business, Finance or Accounts
Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA, ACCA etc)
5+ years experience in a similar position at a supervisory level.
Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel is required.


Benefits:
Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills and experience. Attractive benefit package including Life, Health and
Pension.


Submit Resume to Human Resources Administrator, British American Financial, by
Friday April 18, 2008.
P.O.Box N-4815, Nassau Bahamas, fax (242) 361-2525 or via email to
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VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:


ASSISTANT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

MAJOR COMMERCIAL BANK

Core responsibilities:

Support the Financial Controller in the day to day
management of the Bank's financial accounting and
reporting functions.
Assist in the management of the budget preparation
process.
Assist with the preparation of Month-end and Quarterly
financial and managerial reports.
Preparation and submission of regulatory reports.
Assist with development and implementation of
institution wide financial and internal controls.
Provide support to facilitate compliance with Accounting
standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to operate in a fast moving and dynamic
environment.
Accounting designation (ACCA, CPA, CGA or related
designation).
Highly developed analytical and financial management
skills.
Excellent team working abilities.
Proven skills in managing a small team.
Strong communication skills.
Time management and organizational skills.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with


PI property prices




increase by $1m in




two-year period


FROM page 1B

This indicates that the high-
end international segment of
the Bahamian real estate mar-
ket, dominated by high-net
worth buyers seeking once-in-a-
lifetime tropical getaways, is so
far relatively unaffected by the
global economic downturn.
This is largely due to these
individuals and families still
having substantial net assets and
access to whatever credit
remains.
However, Mr Dupuch sug-
gested that foreign real estate
buyers in the mid to upper
income categories, such as those
that purchased $100,000 lots in
the Bahamas, were among
those hardest hit by the credit
crunch and economic downturn.
Mike Lightbourn, head of
Coldwell Banker Lightbourn
Realty, backed Mr Dupuch's
market assessment, telling The
Tribune: "I don't think we've
had a hit like they've had in the
US.
"Nassau's pretty good
because there's a hell of a lot
of people here, both Bahami-
ans and foreigners. In the Fam-
ily Islands, some are doing bet-


ter than others, but Hope Town
and the other hot spots are
holding up pretty well."
Overall, Mr Lightbourn sug-
gested that while the total vol-
ume of real estate sales for 2008
year-to-date might be down on
2007 numbers, "the value in dol-
lar terms is not too far off what
it was last year. That would be
my guess without looking at the
figures".
Mr Dupuch, though,
acknowledged that the Gov-
ernment's decision not to
extend the Stamp Tax exemp-
tion for first-time home buyers
on properties appraised at
$250,000 and below had "defi-
nitely had an impact" on that
sector of the market, and
among middle and lower
income Bahamians.
When it became known that
the Government was not going
to continue the exemption, Mr
Dupuch said there was a result-
ing "scramble" that saw "every-
body buy up homes in the
$250,000 price range", meaning
there was a shortage of this
product on the market in New
Providence.
He acknowledged that given
the market forces of supply and
demand, New Providence, with


its high demand for property
and small supply of available
remaining land would continue
to see price rises.
"If you look now, it's very
hard to buy a home in Nassau
under $250,000. A home in
Blair now averages $500,000,
so a mid-income home is now
two times' as much as
$250,000," Mr Dupuch said.
"It's getting more and more
'difficult [for first-time, mid and
low-income buyers] because
Nassau is only so big. It's very
populated and there's not much
land supply left.
"It's very hard for a first-time
.buyer to afford their first house.
I don't understand how a young
person coming out of school can
afford a home in Nassau.
There's only so much land. It's
supply and demand."
As a result, Mr Dupuch said
he and his company were find-
ing that many young Bahami-
ans were moving to islands such
as Abaco, where land and real
estate prices were cheaper.
There, they were starting
their own businesses, taking
advantage of less competition
on a growing island to establish
themselves and get a foothold in
the Bahamian real estate mar-
ket.
Marsh Harbour on Abaco
and other such locations were
becoming increasingly popular,
with "a lot of people moving
out of Nassau to Abaco".
Mr Dupuch said Bahamians
could purchase an average
100,000 square foot lot in the
Family Islands for $30,000 on
average, and sometimes pick up
lots between 80,000 to 100,000
square feet for $20,000.


17~s our website am www.cob.edu.bs

Reconnect with Your Alma Mater and Get Involved with
The College of The Bahamas Alumni Association

Mark Your Calendars Elections for All Executive Positions
~ April 24, 2008~
The Alumni Association is seeking committed individuals to fill positions on its Executive Board.
Elections for the 2008-2010 Executive Board of the Alumni Association take place on Thursday,
April 24, 2008 in the Portia Smith Student Services Building.
The Executive Board, which consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, General Secretary,
Assistant Secretary and Public Relations Officer, shall have administrative and managerial responsibility
for the conduct, affairs, and activities of the Alumni Association. Members of the Executive Board
shall be elected for a period of two years and shall be eligible for re-election but not for more than
two consecutive terms.

Executive Positions & Duties:
President:
(a) Presides at all Alumni Association general meetings and executive board meetings at which
he or she is present;
(b) Serves as the official spokesperson of the Alumni Association;
(c) Serves as liaison officer with The College on behalf of the Alumni Association;
(d) Serves as an Ex-officio member of all standing committees of the Association;
(e) Makes a report at every meeting of the Alumni Association;
(f) Provides overall management and guidance for the day to day operations of the Alumni
Association with the staff support of the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund at
The College.
Vice-President:
(a) .Presides at all meetings in the absence of the President;
(b) Serves as liaison officer between the Executive Board and standing committees of the
Alumni Association.
(c) Performs duties of the President in his/her absence
Treasurer:
(a) Keeps track of all accounting records and renders financial reports at the request of the
Executive Board.
(b) Maintains bank accounts in the name of the Alumni Association for the purpose of depositing
and withdrawing funds.
(c) Serves as an Ex-officio member of the Fundraising Committee;
(d) Tenders all information required by the audit committee
Secretary:
(a) Keeps a record of the proceedings of the Association;
(b) Maintains a complete file of all correspondence;


Compiles a scrap book of all activities and functions of the Association;
Maintains a roster of all members of the Association.


Assistant Secretary:
(a) Acts as Secretary in the absence of the Secretary;
(b) Takes minutes of all meetings of the Alumni Association and present such minutes to the
Alumni Association.
Public Relations Officer:
(a) Under the direction of the President and membership, liaises with the public including the
media
(b) Initiates and spearheads promotions for the Association's activities
(c) Chairs the Public Relations Committee
(d) Works closely with The College of The Bahamas' Alumni Relations & Development office
on matters of mutual concern and benefit
Persons seeking nomination or seeking to nominate others should complete a nomination form by
Thursday, April 10, 2008. Forms may be obtained from the Office of Alumni Relations &
Development, 2nd floor west, A-Block or online: http://my.cob.edu.bs. For more information, please
call the Office of Alumni Relations at 302-4359.


experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes
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Interested persons should apply no later than April 25th,
2008 to:

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Nassau, Bahamas


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Dear Mr. Becker: I have read
your column for many years and
must say I have learned a great deal
from it I'm not saying I always play
well I don't but once in a while
I manage to do something good.
Take this deal, where I held the
South hand. I'm sure you won't
agree with my bidding, but I am by
nature an optimist and could not
resist the challenge of trying to make
four hearts despite West's opening
notrump bid.


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off with the K-A. and another dia-
mond, at the same time leaning back
comfortably in his chair, confident of
beating the contract with his two
trump tricks.
I won the third diamond with the
ten, making the key play of discard-
ing a spade from dummy, and then
finessed the ten of spades. After
cashing the ace of clubs and A-K of
spades, on which I discarded my club
loser, I ruffed dummy's seven of
clubs.
Next I trumped the queen of dia-
monds in dummy and ruffed the
queen of clubs in my hand. By this
time 10 tricks had been played. I had
lost two of them and had only the A-
J-10 of trumps left while West had
the K-Q-7.
I'm sure you can see what was
about to transpire. I led the jack of
trumps, and West won with the
queen. I can't say exactly what hap-
pened next, though, because at that
very moment my wife woke me and
said it was time to get up and go to
work!
This was very frustrating,
because I didn't complete the end-
play. Nevertheless, I'm still proud of
having discarded a spade rather than
a club from dummy at trick three,
even though I did it only in my sleep.
Cordially yours, Constant Reader.
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once only. Each must contain
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TODAY'S TARGET
Good 18; very good 27; excellent
36 (or more). Solution tomorrow.


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8' Its carter Is not merely metAi (5)
10 Be careful how you handle her (5)
11 See one asa metal box (3)
12 Where you are if you get onto the
piano (2,3)
1 Scene of the tear-jerking drama (7)
5 Send cash at the right time,
pMs(y(5)
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19 A nagk word to make uncle
look out (6)
21 They'redeparted from ad lib. (7)
22 Lady of thevatlley? (4)
23 Anna's new part in Peter Pan (4)
24 Hold forth about the decimal
system (7)


DOWN
1 Coffee and port (S)
2 The occupation of a rent payer (7)
4 Long drawn out job? (4)
5 Supporters of wild horses (6)
6 Some of them reflect little
optimism (S)


7 Proff
9 She's
12 Cirdc
roun
14 Black
16 Couli
of fie
17 State
19 Lette
thing
20 AccoI


26 The cure for shaky photography? (6) played
.29 Bodily part concerned in 21 Kille
liposuction (3) 23 Kidsw
31 Spaniard who gave Romeo a broken 24 Woul
nose (5) dorm
S 32 In the water, did it resemble a little 25 For a
perch? (7) need
34 Misrepresent the qualities of mares, 27 Worn
maybe? (5) just fi
S 35 Stevenage girl? (3) 28 Asked
36 The fight to give me a name (5) dope
37 Business head on hire to a London 30 Part
S borough (5) 32 Offer
38 Hero you can read about, finishing a cnta
S book!(5) 33 Anyb


cryptic soaluons^lon A
ACROSS: 9, ntestate 10, A-verag-es 12 Gal- (rev) 13
C-he-ats 14, Self-is-h 15, Las-ys 1 Back-dates 8,
Returns 20, (WeslT-revr rev) 21,A-ce(at) 24 Ca-niste-r
26, Tas-teful28, Used 29 Future 31, W-r-aiths 34, Bow
window 36, Drive home 38, Sleeper 39, Number 40, Lift
41 D-Ist-ance 42, Smatl-tihe
DWN: 1, Singular 2, S-tell-a 3, Fa-hea-ds4, Relay-s 5,
Passable 6, Gets a-cross 7, Bal-ads 8, Res's-t 11, Chast-E-n
1,T-urn-iP 19Thei)r-ace 20, Tor (rev22, Count 23,
l -ted 3, hindering 26, Tie 27, Rubbish 30,
,ont-d 31, Wht-ep 2, She-athed 33, Ds-p-ute 35,
Wee-vl(a)l 36, Dam-ask 37, O-rigin


ess to have many an objective (5)
Said to be a blossom (3)
ed or possibly rode
d a bit (7)
art form (3)
d she take a rise out
rself? (5)
revision of taxes (5)
r to a girl concerning heavenly
is (7)
mrodation for key
rs? (5)
d a nasty snail (5)
who'll bite your ankles? (7)
Id such a window suit a
itory? (6)
splendid grand finale, you
help (3)
an taking sides right and left,
orfun(5)
d a question of silly
s(5)
of England possessed by all (5)
breathless gratitude for a
iner (4)
ody on edge a bit (3)


----- solutions
AC RSS: 9.Magarine 10 Nestling 12, Amen 13, Ignite 14
Epitome 15, Undresses 1, Originate 18, Exhales 20, Beetle
2 Opts 24Presumes 26,Haymaker 28, Need 29
Sunset31, hisels 34 Godfather 36 Tangerine 38,
Equator 39, Privet 40, Tall 41, Alienate 42
Battalion.
DOWN: 1, Immature 2, Friend 3, Disgusts4, Begins 5
Enveope6, specially Illi 8 Anora Release 6,
Enlist 19, Horse 20, Bus 22, Piece 23,amine 25
Mouthoran26 Hot27, Sniger 30, Shrapnel -
Confetti 32, Sterling 33, Caneen 35, Double 36, Trilby 37,
Italic. ''


3 Apartments (5)
8 Shoe part (5)
10 Scope (5)
11 Slippery
fish (3)
12 Perspire (5)
13 Extolled (7)
15 Servant
(5)
18 Vigour (3)
19 Designate (6)
21 Sound
unit (7)
22 Couple(4)
23 Fewer (4)
24 Director (7)
26 Dealer
(6)
29 Levy(3)
31 Fathered(5)
32 Portrays
(7)
34 Appended (5-
35 Bed(3)
36 Quiet
(5)
37 Turret(5)
38 Toybear(5)


DOWN
1 Musical
drama (5)
2 Handover (7)
4 Suggestive (4)
5 Journey(6)
6 Devil (5)
7 Wading bird(5)
9 Vegetable (3)
12 Teaching
session (7)
14 Thus (3)
16 Defeated
cootestantl--
17 Curt(5)
19 Discussed (7)
20 Notices (5)
21 Currency
unit (5)
23 Dictionary (7)
24 Interfere(6)
25 Opening (3)
27 Splits (S)
28 Handled(5)
30 Declare (5)
32 Action (4)
33 Farm
animal (3)


APR 9


AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 1
This is one of those weeks when oti
ers may not appreciate your l'ubb]
disposition and carefree attitude
Don't take offense if they're not kec
on your brand of humor.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
Don't be surprised if things don't E
exactly according to plan, Pisce
Unexpected events are certainly goir
to pop up this week.
ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
Don't let others' unsolved probl:a
affect your week, Aries. Othervi
you could become overwhelmed ui
quest to solve everything rather th,
focusing in on yourself.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Don't get frustrated by the thing
you cannot control this v"w
Taurus. Even though it seems idk
everyone is out to get you, you're
'really just having a few bad days.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Infuse your week with a blast o
unconventional thinking, Gemin:
This will prevent you from getting
bogged down when events get a bi
stale by week's end.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
A lot of things are getting uffHer yoi
skin, Cancer, and you're looking f-
any way to have a more positive out
look. Look no further than your ows
family to cheer you up.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
When faced with a project early thi
week, don't be stubborn and unre
ceptive to others' ideas. A collabo
rative effort will make the work g
faster and more eniovablv.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Your emotions will be complete
unstable this week, Virgo. One minlu
you'll feel fine, and the next you'll fe
like you're bouncing off of wall
Take a break that's the only cure.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23.
You've been all business lately; no
it's time to embrace your creative an
irrational side, Libra. Take a few da'
to just kick up your heels andbe sil
for a while.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
You may want to stay close o ihon,
this week, Scorpio. Wherever you tur
you're bound to be met with oppv.,
tion. Rather than get frustrated;use t
opportunity for some alone time.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 2
You may not feel like you're-"clice
ing" with anything this .weel
Sagittarius. Make a few= .ibtl
adjustments to your way of thinking
and things will improve. "
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 21
Trust your instincts, Capricoh, eve:
though redundant extraneous'force
may try to come into play. A.'fien.
has some sound advice. He~c hi
person's warnings.


OC HESS byOL o Onard O


Jon Blackburn (South Wales) v
Bernd Rechel (Wood Green), UK
4NCL league 2007. Wood
Green's club rooms are dose to
White Hart Lane, but its team
used to be the Chelsea of British
chess, hiring world class
grandmasters to demolish rival
squads. The zenith came at the
end of the 2005-6 season when
the all-time number one
woman, Judith Polgar, was
flown from Budapest for the
decisive match against
championship rivals Guildford-
ADC. Then WG's major sponsor
cut back support, so that in the
season just ended Guildford
triumphed easily while the north
Londoners struggled against
relegation. There were still one
or two hired hands, though
Germany's Rechel is a modest


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master rather than an elite GM.
Here as Black (to move) Rechel is
two pawns down but has White's
e3 knight caught in an awkward
pin. How did Black force victory?


LEONARD BARDEN


Chess solution 838 1...Bg412 Qxg4 Qxe3+ 3 Kg2
Qf2+ 4 Kh3 Qfl+ 5Kh4Bf6+wins.


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CFA Society of The Bahamas

MONTHLY SPEAKER EVENT


2007/2008 Ofcers & Directors
President
Kristina M. Fox, CFA
CIT Holdings Ltd
PO Box SS-19140. Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 363 1501 Fax: (242) 363 1502
Email: kfecit.co.uk
Vice-President
David Ramirez, CFA
Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd.
PO Box N-4873, Nassau Bahamas
Ph: :4.' i.' .'.'21 Fj, :'l, '1 '7 6610
Email:dramirez(inictet.com
Treasurer
Christopher Dorsett CFA
Citigroup Corporate & Investment Bank
PO Box N 8158, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 302 8668 Fax: (242) 302 8569
Email: Christopher.a.dorsett clitier0ou.com

Secretary
Sonia Beneby, CFA
ScotiaTrust
PO Box N 3016, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 502 5700 Fax: (242) 326 0991
Email: sonia.benebvhyscotiatrust.com
Programming
Karen Pinder, CFA, CAIA
EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Lid.
PO Box SS 6289, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 502 5400 Fax: (242) 502 5428
Email: karen.pinder@efbank.com
Education
Pamela Musgrove, CFA
Colina Financial Advisors, Ltd.
PO Box CB 12407, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 502 7008 Fax: (242) 356 3677
Email: pmusarove(@cfal.com
Warren Pustam, CFA, CPA
EverKey Global Partners
PO Box N-7776-518, Nassau Bahamas
Ph: (242) 3623080
Email: warrenieverkevelobal.com
Membership
Geneen Riviere
Pearl Investment Management Limited
PO Box N 4930, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 502 8022 Fax: (242) 502 8008
Email: geneen.riviere(ipearl-investment-
management.com
Past President
David Slatter, CFA
KPMG
PO Box N-123, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 393 2007
Email: dslater(komg.com.bs



fFA
INSTITUTE
PBOFETSSiONi
D}VELOPMENT
P :- F5SJ;)NA
pi ()


Topic:


Date:
Time:


"Avoiding Short-Termism in Investment Decision-
Making"
Friday, April 18'", 2008
12:00 pm General Meeting
12:30 pm Speaker's Address
Please arrive promptly!


Location: Luciano's of Chicago
Cagliari Room
Speaker: Jack Gray
Adjunct Professor & Consultant on Alternative Assets
University of Technology
Brookvine
Sydney, Australia


Cost:


Members $25.00
Non-Members $35.00
(Cheques payable to: CFA Society of The Bahamas)


Reservations: PRE-REGISTRATIONREQUIRED -
by Thursday April 17th, 2008, contact:
Karen Pinder, CFA, CAIA
karen.pinder@efgbank.com
*Prepayment required through one of the Board Members

Avoiding Short-Termism in Investment Decision Making
This presentation covers the following:
The sources of short-termism and the market participants that encourage it
The benefits and advantages of having a longer-term perspective
Five steps to getting to getting to and exploiting the long term.

Biographv
After a 20-year intellectually promiscuous academic career around the world in pure
mathematics, the history of science, mathematics education and in industrial consulting,
Jack worked at AMP Asset Management in Sydney for 10 years in a variety of roles
including quant research, business strategy, marketing and client relations.
In 1998 Jack joined GMO in a broad strategic role. He was GMO's product specialist for
global asset allocation and international quantitative equities, and a member of their UK
investment committee.
In mid 2003 he joined Sunsuper as its first Chief Investment Officer. In mid 2005 he re-
joined GMO in a broad global role and as Co-Director for asset allocation in Boston. He
resigned from GMO in early 2008.
Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Capital Market Dysfunctionality
at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Consultant to Brookvine, a specialist
adviser on alternative assets. Jack is also one of Australia's Special Representatives for
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Jack is a founding member of the Q Group Australia, a past member of the Investment
Committee of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and a member of
the editorial board of The Journal of the Securities Institute of Australia.
Jack is regularly invited to speak at international and domestic conferences on investing,
and regularly publishes in both popular and professional journals.


International Offshore Trust Company seeks to fill the
following position:

Financial Controller


The successful candidate will supervise the accounting team
and therefore should possess interpersonal, organizational and
leadership skills.


Responsibilities:


* Report to the CEO
* Monitor daily activities of the accounting team
* Prepare financial statements
* Prepare and monitor company budget
* Prepare financial reports for Head Office, Local Office
and Bahamian regulators
* Maintain relationship with internal/external auditors


Required Qualifications:
* CPA designation
* Graduate degree in Accounting or any other degree of
similar professional education
* Must be computer literate, with knowledge of MS Office
and other computer software applications
* Related working experience of 3 5 years in this field
* Working experience within an offshore Bank or Trust will
be an asset


Please submit your resume with a copy of your qualifications
to:


DA#63000
c/o The Tribune,
P.O. Box N-3207
Attn: Human Resources Manager.


Deadline for receipt of applications is 15th April 2008.


The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has been established by statute
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.

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission
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
management direction to the PUC. The candidate will also be a high-
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
be offered on a contract basis.

The successful applicant will have a Master's Degree or Professional
Certification in Economics, Management, Law or Engineering and is
expected to have had ten (10) years practice as a trained regulator.

The PUC offers a very attractive remuneration and benefits package
together with a pleasant working environment. Further information about
the PUC can be obtained from the website: www.PUCBabauas.gov.bs

Interested applicants may deliver resumes to:

Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission
4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Fax No. (242) 323-7288
E-mail: PUC pchbahamas.gv.b

Applications should be received by 18 April, 2008. Only applicants who
have been short-listed will be contacted.







IndiGO
NE T W O R K S








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
clients.

Responsibilities

* 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

Qualifications

. 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
* 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 r6sum6s in writing by April 11, 2008 to:

Attn.: Customer Service Manager; IndiGO Networks; P.O. Box N-3920; Nassau, Bahamas
Or
Fax: 242-677-1050
E-mail: hr@indigonetworks.com


Nublic Utilities Commission


JOB OPPORTUNITY


maECIUTIIuI:DIRECTOR


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