The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: April 11, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Attorney in court on

two counts of stealing

by reason of service

A NASSAU attorney
accused of stealing 850,000
sterling, or some $1.6 million in
US dollars, fromtwo of his
clients was arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
Ralph Jan Ward, 49, who,
according to court dockets, lives
on Paradise Island, was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel at Court Eight,
Bank Lane, on two counts of
stealing by reason of service.
TIf'i alleged that Ward, on
Thursday, January 26, 2006,
stole from Robert James Lloyd
500,000 sterling by reason of
It is further alleged that on
Friday, March 24, 2006,
Ward stole 350,000 sterling
from Pochins PLC, a
British construction and

development group.
Magistrate Carolita Bethel
informed Ward that she had
received a fiat from the Attor-
ney General which indicated
that the matter should proceed
by way of information. Magis-
trate Bethel told Ward that, as a
result, she would not call upon
him to plead to the charges.
The prosecution indicated
that it intends to present a vol-
untary bill of indictment in a
month's time, meaning that the
matter would go directly to
Supreme Court. The prosecu-
tion made no objection to Ward
*being granted bail.
Ward, who is being repre-
sented by attorney Gregory
Hilton, was granted $100,000
bail with two sureties. His case
has been adjourned to June 10.

Three acquitted of murder after
failure to locate a key witness
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT -. Three young men were acquitted of murder in the
Supreme Court yesterday after the prosecution closed its case due to
insufficient evidence as a result of its failure in locating a key witness.
When the trial resumed at 3pm, prosecutor Sandra Dee Gardiner told
the court that it was closing its case and would not be offering any future
evidence against William Lightfoot, Trevor Forbes and Denardo Arthur.
This came after the prosecution's attempt to file an application for
final adjournment for time to locate a key witness was denied by Justice
Vera Watkins, after defence counsel expressed objections to the Crown's
Justice Watkins then directed the jiry to return a unanimous not guilty
verdict against the three men.
The men were on trial for the murder of 16-year-old Rishawn Bethel.
His badly decomposed body was discovered in bushes off Caravel
Road on January 26,2006. He was the son of a local minister.
The trial started last Thursday following six weeks of jury selection
SEE page eight

FROM LEFT: BE deputy general
manager Anthony Forbes; Kevin
Basden, general manager of BEC;
Frederik Gottlieb, chairman of the
board, and station manager
James Gilbert tour the Clifton site

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Tribune Staff Reporter

GEORGE Smith, the former
PLP MP and uncle of Frank
Smith, will not automatically sup-
port his nephew in his reported
bid to become deputy leader of
the party, but will instead put the
well-being of the party first in
deciding who to support for the
Frank Smith, MP for St

Thomas More, has not yet offi-
cially declared that he will run for
the deputy leadership of the PLP,
SEE page eight

A MASSIVE environ-
mental clean-up effort cost-
ing $1 million for the year
so far has resulted in the col-
lection of o\ er 800,000 gal-
lons of leaked oil from the
ground under the Clifton
Pier Power plant, BEC exec-
utives and board members
revealed yesterday.
It has emerged that BEC
was mandated to change its
polluting ways by its present
board of directors, appoint-
ed in July, 2007, and press
were brought on a tour of
the power plant yesterday to
see how much progress has
been achieved.
One of the more startling
admissions during that visit
was that until around six
months ago "hundreds of
gallons" of oil were leaking
into the ocean from the
coastline in front of the plant
on a weekly basis.
SEE page eight

lends support to
Rubie Nottage
Tribune Staff Reporter
LENDING his support to the
appointment of Rubie Nottage as
a Supreme Court judge,
Archdeacon Keith Cartwright
congratulated the Chief Justice
Sir Burton Hall and the Judicial
Service Committee for nominat-
ing Mrs Nottage, hailing her as a
woman of "the highest integrity
and character".
The appointment of Mrs Not-
tage has continued to raise con-
troversy as Mrs Nottage is still
considered a "fugitive" by US
Almost 20 years ago, Mrs Not-
tage and her husband Kendal
Nottage a then minister in Sir
Lynden Pindling's Cabinet were
indicted by the United States on
alleged drug-money laundering
While it was public informa-
tion that she was mentioned in
the 1984 Commission of Inquiry,
The Tribune learned this week
that there is still an outstanding
warrant for her arrest in the Unit-
ed States on money-laundering
related charges filed in 1989.
In fact a US official, political
SEE page eight

Concern that
season could
match those of
2004 and 2005
Tribune Staff Reporter
LOCAL weather scientists are
very concerned that the Bahamas
this year could face a turbulent
hurricane season similar to 2004
and 2005, when Grand Bahama
and other islands were devastated
by major storms.
The newest forecast for the
2008 Atlantic hurricane season
predicts that 15 named storms will
form between June 1 and Novem-
ber 30.
Eight of those are predicted to
become hurricanes and four are
expected to develop into major
hurricanes of category three or
The renowned Colorado State
University's meteorology team
on Wednesday announced its
forecasts for the upcoming hurri-
SEE page eight




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Claims of


training by

Haitians' are

POLICE Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson has told
The Tribune that investiga-
tions into alleged "mili-
tary-style" training activi-
ties by Haitians in New
Providence found the
claims to be "unsubstanti-
This follows a local
tabloid report which said
that the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF)
was investigating such
claims, allegedly brought to
them by concerned Cow-
pen road residents who saw
men "training" in a field
with guns.
Prior to Mr Ferguson's
comments, an RBDF
spokeswoman told The Tri-
bune that she "did not wish
to comment on that at this
time" when questioned as
to where the RBDF were
undertaking such investiga-
Contrary to the tabloid's
claims, Mr Ferguson said,
he is not aware of the exis-
tence of any video evi-
dence of such activities.

Claim that Haiti unrest could send

illegal immigrants to Bahamas

CIVIL unrest in Haiti
could send another flood
of illegal immigrants into
the Bahamas, it was
claimed last night.
Lawyer Eliezer Regnier
said Haitians were having
difficulty feeding their
families following a sharp
increase in the cost of liv-
"If things get worse,
definitely we can expect
them to start heading in
this direction," he told
The Tribune.
Mr Regnier, a Haitian-
born attorney based in
Nassau, has just returned
from the stricken country
where clashes broke out
when hungry Haitians
stormed the National
Palace in Port-au-Prince.
United Nations peace-
keepers chased protesting
< crowds away from the
palace with rubber bullets.
-" ----Five people have died
S,. ... since riots broke out in
.i .. .. .. .. . ., the normally peaceful
*. : -,,southern port of Les
i 1Cayes last week.
Mr Regnier said: "The
A POLICE officer orders protesters to remove a barricade in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, April. 10, cost of living has
2008. U.N. peacekeepers removed barbed-wire barricades around the presidential palace and increased noticeably.
some businesses reopened Thursday as an uneasy calm settled over Haiti's capital after three days Many people are now
of violence and looting. complaining about their
capacity to feed their chil-
L dren. The basic Haitian
.....-- staples are not there."
R He said Haiti was suf-
fering from the interna-
tional rise in the cost of
living sparked by rising oil
1 prices.
"This unrest will result
in tremendous numbers
trying to get here," he
During this week's
protests, calls were made
for President Rene Preval
to resign.
Many Haitians have
demanded the return of
ousted leader Jean-
UN PEACEKEEPERS clear debris away from a makeshift roadblock, in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, April Bertrand Aristide.
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results' in early

morning police

POLICE officers who
conducted an early morning
operation on the island of
Exuma on Thursday are
reporting successful results.
They issued 30 traffic cita-
tions, stopped seven unli-
censed vehicles and made
six arrests.
Those arrested included
three suspected illegal immi-
grants, one person in con-
nection with the alleged
fraudulent use of a license,
one person in connection
with a suspected stolen vehi-
cle, and one in person in
connection with an out-
standing warrant.

Two firearm

arrests made

by DEU officers
DRUG Enforcement
Unit officers made two
firearm arrests on Wednes-
Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans said DEU
officers executed a search
warrant on a Wilson Tract
home at around 8am and
discovered a .45 handgun.
A 25-year-old man from
the area was taken into cus-
tody for questioning in con-
nection with the matter.
About an hour later,
around 9am, DEU officers
executed another search
warrant on a home in Red-
land Acres off Soldier
ASP Evans said the offi-
cers found an unlicensed
shotgun in the house which
was reported stolen in
November, 2007.
A 44-year-old man was
taken into custody in con-
nection with this incident
and is helping police with
their inquiries.


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Armed thief

robs beauty

supply store
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are on the look-
out for an armed thief who
robbed a beauty supply
store on Wednesday after-
According to Assistant
Superintendent of Police
Walter Evans, at around
5pm on Wednesday, a man
wearing a pair of sunglasses
entered Dajarvou Beauty
Supply Store on Market
Street "with an object in the
waist of his trousers" and
robbed tie establishment of
Employees described the
assailant as a dark man
dressed in dark clothing,
around five feet, seven inch-
es tall, with his hair kept in a
"reddish afro" style.
The thief reportedly fled
the store in an unknown
Police also reported
arresting a man and confis-
cating a quantity of Marijua-
na at around 5pm on
Wednesday in the Elizabeth
Estates Subdivision.
ASP Evans said that offi-
cers were patrolling the area
when they saw a man stand-
ing near a blue 1992 Honda
Following a search, the
officers reported finding a
plastic bag containing a
small amount of marijuana.
Further checks of the car
revealed that the two license
plates on the vehicle did not
match, ASP Evans said.
Police believe the car may
be a stolen vehicle.
A 20-year-old resident of
Winton Estates was taken
into custody in connection
with the incident and is cur-
rently helping police with
their inquiries.

A TOP secret CIA memo
about an attempted invasion
of Haiti by guerrillas trained
in The Bahamas has now been
released after 40 years under
And it shows that the then
Haitian dictator, Francois
'Papa Doc' Duvalier, had an
"inkling" in advance that a
plot was afoot to overthrow
The CIA memo, dated May
22, 1968, says the rapid col-
lapse of the attack carried
out by a 25-30 man group of
Haitian exiles confirmed the
"underlying strength" of the
Duvalier regime.
American agents also felt
that the invasion, launched
from Inagua, had probably
bolstered Duvalier's position.
"The exiles who remain at
large in the Cap Haitien area -
apparently numbering about
18 are now attempting to
elude capture," says the
"There has been no sign
that any of Duvalier's key
security officials wavered dur-
ing the invasion. The calm and
efficient manner in which
Duvalier reacted suggests he
is confident of his position."

The so-called May 20 inva-
sion of Haiti that year ended
in ignominy for exiles associ-
ated with the New York-based
Haitian Coalition.
Several were killed during
a clash with Duvalier's armed
forces. The heads of three of
them were subsequently
paraded through the streets
of Port-au-Prince.
The Bahamas information
director, David Knox, was
arrested in Port-au-Prince and
charged with spying, having
been accused by Haitian
authorities of helping to co-
ordinate the attack.
He was tried and sentenced
to death in August, 1968, and
then reprieved by Duvalier in
an attempt to convey a more
compassionate side of his
nature to the world.


NEW 1:00

The CIA report says the
Coalition had been active in
the Bahamas over several
months to lay the groundwork
for the assault on Duvalier.
In late March, 1968, 77
exiles were arrested by
Bahamian authorities while
apparently preparing for an
invasion, it said.
"In early May, a boat with
some arms aboard that
appeared to be linked with a
plan to invade Haiti sank in
The Bahamas and its occu-
pants were arrested," says the
"Although Duvalier proba-
bly had some inkling that the
Haitian Coalition was plotting
an attack on him for exam-
ple, he had reports that the
exiles were attempting to
obtain an aeroplane he
apparently had no precise
information on the nature and
timing of the attack. It
appears that the exiles had not
adequately trained and
equipped themselves for a sus-
tained, well-organised effort."


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The CIA said Duvalier was
evidently confused by a num-
ber of false reports. On May
16, for instance, he was told
by the Dominicans that an
invasion had already taken
place at Cap Haitien. On May
19, a Santo Domingo press
release carried the same story.
However, once the invasion
occurred the following day,
Duvalier's security forces
reacted relatively effectively.
At first, there was some dis-
organisation in the Cap Hai-
tien area along with confusion
and some instances of cow-
Duvalier, however, was able
to mobilise a force of about
200 in Port-au-Prince and
send them by truck on the
arduous 120-mile trip to Cap
"These troops, under the
leadership of the ruthless Lt
Col Franck Romain, seem to
have rapidly routed the
exiles," says the memo. "Port-
au-Prince remained calm
throughout the attack, even
though the exiles had staged
an ineffectual air raid on the
National Palace. Elsewhere in
the country, the security
forces doubled their alert and
arrested a number of suspect-
ed opponents."
Significantly, said the CIA,
there was no indication of
widespread popular support
for the exiles, though they
may have received support in
Cap Haitien.
"Undoubtedly, the exiles
misassessed the degree of
popular opposition to Duva-
lier and failed to take into
account that most enemies of
the dictatorship inside Haiti
are effectively cowed. In addi-
tion, most people in the Port-
au-Prince area were deliber-
ately kept in the dark about
the situation by Duvalier."
The CIA said there was no
indication of communist
involvement in the invasion,
or evidence of communist sup-
port once they arrived.

The CIA said the invasion
was likely to reinforce Duva-
lier's underlying bitterness
and antagonism towards the
United States.
His representatives had
implied at the UN and in the
OAS that it could not have
been staged without US com-

"This contrasts with their
initial effort to influence the
US position by attempting to
portray Cuba as the source of
the invasion."
The agency said Duvalier
had addressed the troops sent
to Cap Haitian before their
departure, telling them that
the invasion was the work of
the CIA as part of President
Lyndon Johnson's anti-negro
programme "a common
Duvalier propaganda theme."

The CIA said it seemed
unlikely that communist or
non-communist exiles would
topple Duvalier in the imme-
diate future.
"As demonstrated by this
week's ill-fated invasion,
Duvalier's security are loyal
and relatively effective against
small, unorganised invasions,"
says the memo.
"Duvalier appears to have
neutralised all actual or poten-
tial opposition to him within
the government.
"Prospects are that the 61-
year-old Duvalier who has
recently appeared in good
health will be Haiti's 'Dic-
tator for Life' for some time
to come, barring, of course,
In fact, Duvalier died three
years later, to be succeeded
by his son, Jean-Claude Duva-
lier, who ruled Haiti until he
was ousted in 1986.

Third man charged in

connection with murder

A THIRD man charged in connection with the murder of a
man who was shot in the head in Cowpen Road last month was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Johnny Pierre-Louis, 23, of Bacardi Road, appeared before
Chief magistrate Roger Gomez at Court One, Bank Lane, charged
with'the murder of Richel Etienne.
According to police reports, Etienne, the country's 15th homicide
victim, was travelling in Cowpen Road West with three other
persons in a Ford Explorer around 5.20am on Saturday, March 1,
when three masked men, one armed with a shotgun, stopped the
The men reportedly ordered the occupants out of the vehicle and
forced them to the ground. The assailants then robbed a woman
passenger of cash, according to police reports. Before leaving the
scene, the robbers shot Etienne in the back of the head. He died a
short time later of his injuries.
Louis was not required to plead to the murder charge and was
remanded to Her Majesty's Prison. The case has been adjourned to
May 28 and transferred to Court 10, Nassau Street.
Johnsy Luc, 29, of Carmichael Road, and Yvon John, 27, of
Farrington Road, were arraigned last month in connection with the
murder of Richal Etienne.

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CIA memo details attempted invasion of

Haiti by guerrillas trained in Bahamas

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The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Immigration Department stumbling block

AN INCIDENT at the Immigration Depart-
ment yesterday reminded us of a statement
made by Chamber President Dionisio D'Aguilar
last year when he pointed out that the Immi-
gration Department did not have "its finger on
the pulse of the economy."
Mr D'Aguilar was speaking for the many
frustrated business persons who find it almost
impossible to do business in this country because
of hurdles presented by various government
departments- mainly by civil servants who
don't seem to understand that in business time
is important. To many of them "tomorrow" is
just as good as "today."
In an interview with Tribune Business Edi-
tor Neil Hartnell in October last year, Mr
D'Aguilar said that Immigration must become
"more receptive" to handling work permit appli-
cations by Bahamas-based companies in an effi-
cient manner if those businesses were to grow.
He suggested that Immigration should have
work permit application forms available for
submission and completion on line to make the
process more efficient. It would, he said, save
countless Bahamian businesses the frustration of
repeated visits to the department to submit all
requested forms and check on their progress.
As we shall be leaving Nassau on Thursday
for a short time we wanted to make certain that
we weren't leaving behind any problems for
the staff. It was important to check on all immi-
gration matters. For some time now we have
been having trouble with one permit. In this
particular case, although we have applied for
renewal every year and sent in our processing
fee, for the past three years our letters have
not been answered. Apparently, the confusion
came when the applicant, in addition to apply-
ing for the renewal of his work permit, was now
asking to be made a permanent resident with
the right to work. Obviously, this was overload
for the department. Everything came to a
crunching halt. For three years, despite tele-
phone calls and letters, there was total silence.
This person, who was in our personal employ,
had always had a valid passport, had been in
Nassau for the past 28 years and had worked for
us for the past 15. This was the first time that we
had had trouble. For the first time in 28 years he
had no papers to show that in fact he was a
long time resident. However, now that we would
be off the island it was important to get him
We explained our problem to the Director's
most efficient secretary and the wheels were
set in motion. Yesterday we received notifica-
tion of approval and a bill for the past three
years. At 2.55 pm yesterday we sent our cheque
to Immigration. We had been told that although

we had paid we could not get the permit under
a week. The secretary instructed our messenger
to go to the processing department and then
the cashier to get a receipt. If stopped by either
the police or an immigration officer our employ-
ee would only have to produce the receipt to
prove that he was legal, she said.
Our messenger then went to the processing
window. There he stood in line for half an hour.
When he eventually got to the front of the line,
he was told that he couldn't be given a receipt
because the department couldn't find the appli-
cant's file.
Our messenger eventually found the secre-
tary again, who this time sent him to another
officer. This officer was busy. Again our mes-
senger sat and waited. When the officer had
cleared his office, he announced it was time for
him to go home. "Come back tomorrow," he
said. The messenger knew that as far as we
were concerned "tomorrow" was not an option.
By now the cashier's office was closed. Already
he had seen seven Immigration staff members,
who he had asked for help.
And then Mrs Smith appeared. She was syni-
pathetic, listened to our messenger's story and
decided to help. At 5.10 pm, with receipt in
hand, the messenger left the Immigration
Department. "If it hadn't been for Mrs Smith,"
.he said, "I would not have had that receipt
Just imagine, two hours and 15 minutes of an
afternoon wasted at the Immigration Depart-
ment just to pay a bill and collect a receipt.
Why a file should be needed before a clerk can
write a receipt for a cheque that is in front of her
is a mystery. Maybe the news hasn't reached
some Immigration staff as yet 'that as soon as
money is paid a receipt is written immediately as
proof of payment.
As businesses grow there obviously will not
be enough qualified Bahamians to fill the vacan-
cies that that growth will entail. Applications to
the Immigration Department will increase and
if it takes two hours and 15 minutes for the
Department's staff to be able to produce a
receipt, then Immigration is going to be a major
stumbling block to this nation's economy. No
business person should have to be put through
such distress.
Another backward idea 'that many in that
department cling to is that Bahamian business-
es would prefer to hire a foreigner to a qualified
Bahamian. Nothing could be further from the
truth. This country's problem is that it has not
produced enough qualified citizens to keep up
with its rapid growth.
Bahamians must understand that nationality
does not produce a job, but qualifications .do.

Why Nottage


was wrong

EDITOR, The Tribune.
With the greatest of respect
and admiration for Mrs. Ruby
Nottage, I do not feel that she
should have been offered, much
less accepted, an appointment
as a Justice of the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas.
Mrs. Nottage is a brilliant
lawyer and a.scholar. Her career
at the Bar exceeds twenty-odd
years. As a senior lecturer at
the Eugene Dupuch Law
School and Chancellor of The
Anglican Denomination in The
Bahamas, she has proven her
worth and displayed her con-
siderable talents and love for
Having said thishowever, as
an indicted individual by the
government of the USA for
assisting with alleged money
laundering, etc., a wrong mes-
sage is being sent by our politi-
cal directorate and the Chief
Justice. Mrs. Nottage, allegedly,
is unable to travel to the USA
without risk of being incacerat-
ed. This is a severe hinderance
in her being effective and
respected as a justice.
Her husband, Kendal Not-
tage (now Reverend Nottage)
was also indicted and he too is
unable or unwilling to travel to
the USA.
The alleged "crimes"
occurred years ago but there is
no applicable Statute of Limi-
tations relative to these federal

charges. How can one expect
to have a case tried before Jus-
tice Ruby Nottage when she
herself is under a cloud? I have
told the current Chief 'Justice
of serious concerns which I have
long held and still hold about a
justice under his purview.
Now the Chief Justice says
that he has "no comments"
except to refer the press to his
previous comments, which real-
ly say nothing of value.
Yes, Bahamians have lost
confidence in the judiciary and
most of our elected leaders.
The Chief Justice, I believe,
lives right here in The Bahamas
but he, like so many others of
"the elite" seem not to know.
what is happening on the
I also note where Mrs. Not-
tage is adamant that she will
ascend the Bench regardless of
the legitimate concerns of the
USA and our own citizens.
The Attorney General and
the Minister of Justice have said
absolutely nothing about this
disgraceful and troubling
The Prime Minister is off
somewhere to yet another con-
Where is the Bahamas Bar
Council and its loquacious Pres-

ident, Wayne Munroe? What is
the position of our distinguished
Queens Counsel? In fact, who
besides Ortland H. Bodie Jr.
and the USA gives a rat's foot?
Not only must a judge be
"clean" but he or she must also
appear to be clean.
After I would have been rein-
stated, do you think that I
would ever have the gumption
to seek or to accept an appoint-
ment to the bench or to be
placed in a position where my
integrity could ever be publicly
questioned or suspected?
If the Legal Services Com-
mission wanted to hand Mrs.
Nottage a meaninful assign-
ment, all it had to do was to rec-
ommend to the PM that she be
appointed, full time and with
all the resources required, to a
strengthened Law Reform
Eighty-five per cent of our
current laws are outdated and
the rest are nowhere in sight.
Acts of Parliament, which
were passed years ago, have yet
to come into force due to the
complete lack of"regulations.
This is a natural disgrace in a
so-called modern Bahamas.
To God then, Who has never
appointed a judge under indict-
ment, in all things, be the glory.

April 9,2008.

Why create the controversy?

EDITOR, The Tribune,
With reference to the latest
Supreme Court appointment,
perception even if completely
unfounded can have tragic
consequences for our country.
Why create the controversy?
The Tribune's expos of the
destruction of the once gor-
geous Cable Beach (Governor's
Beach) and Delaport Beach,
supported by photographs, pro-
vides further compelling evi-
dence as to why Albany must
not be allowed to cut a canal
through the beautiful Adelaide
With all of the information
now available about the conse-
quences of dredging and coastal
development, it is simply
beyond belief that the authori-
ties are prepared to sacrifice
one of the few remaining beach-

es of any substance on New
Not content with ruining
Nassau, the authorities are now
setting the stage for the com-
mercialisation of Rose Island
and the attendant environmen-
tal fall-out by approving plans
for a Ritz Carlton.
One by one, the islands tra-
ditionally enjoyed by Bahami-
ans are being developed to the
exclusion of Bahamians who are
being out priced in their own
back yard. When will the mad-
ness stop?
School Violence
In light of the recent spate of
school violence, the Ministry of
Social Services announced it
would take a different approach
to Child Protection Month this
Said one newspaper report:
"Although some parents are
still being assisted and coun-

selled on what it really takes to
be a good parent, Ministry of
Social Services officials have
included educating children
about how to respect each oth-
er and resolve conflicts without
being violent as part of this
year's activities."
Forgive me for being cyni-
cal, but it's going to take more
than one month to get a han-
dle on the anger issues facing
our society'
Anger management should
be part of the school curricu-
lum and parenting classes
should be mandatory for par-
ents of violent children.
One month simply won't cut
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would continue and we should see a lot of construction activity soon
but....the news also showed a video impression of the artist design,
so-called, of the proposed Marina.
Awful very un-Bahamian and absolutely clinically ugly concept
could be built anywhere in the world!
SOne hopes that the houses that Albany will develop will not be
as ugly as this impression of what will be built around its centrepiece
Marina? May the public know who is the Bahamian architect on
By the way can the Management explain why they need a 100ft
wide entrance to the Marina Harbour?
Has the design of the Marina and this entrance been tested in a
water-tank as for the potential damage to the adjoining foreshore
which is soft sandy beach? Please publish the tank-test results
showing that there is no danger of beach erosion.
Surely we should expect good, if not excellent architectural
design that will blend with the traditional vernacular of these
Islands what Albany exhibited was boxy, ugly and most un-
Bahamian okay they had a few coconut palms!
March 19, 2008.


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BNT to hold its

annual meeting

THE Bahamas National
Trust will be holding its
Annual General Meeting
today at 6.30pm at The
Retreat on Village Road.
The guest speaker for the
evening will be Earl
Deveaux, Minister of Public
Works and Transport.


in Miami vote to

ban panhandling

CITY Commissioners vot-
ed unanimously Thursday to
ban panhandling in down-
town, part of an effort to revi-
talize the heart of the city and
compete with sparkling Mia-
mi Beach across Biscayne
Bay, according to Associated
The proposal would affect
only a small section of the city
but if successful would likely
be expanded to the arts dis-
trict to the north and to other
nearby sections of the city.
"If we're serious about
bringing about a standard for
downtown that we would like
to see that we see in other
cities it's time for us to
act," said Miami City Com-
missioner Joe Sanchez.
Sanchez also chairs the
city's Downtown Develop-
ment Authority, which
backed the proposal.
The maximum penalty for
panhandlers would be a $100
fine and 30 days in jail for the
first offense, and $200 and 60
days in jail for subsequent
offenses under the regula-
tion's original language.
City officials planned to
meet in the coming weeks
with homeless advocates to
work out the final language.
Before the vote, Commis-
sioner Michelle Spence-Jones
expressed concern that pan-
handlers would simply move
northwest to the poorer'
neighbouds in her district. She
also questioned why homeless
advocates weren't involved in
drafting the proposal's lan-
Benjamin Burton, execu-
tive director of the Miami
Coalition for the Homeless,
echoed her complaint.
"I don't really understand
why they didn't work with
us," he said, adding that the
city already has an "aggres-
sive panhandling" ordinance
on the books.
"To me, if someone just
asks you for money it's not a
big deal. You shouldn't get 30
days in jail and a $100 fine.
They have the right to ask.
You have the right to say no.
They don't have the right to
harass you," he said.

Mother of murdered

teen testifies in court

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The mother
of murdered teen Rishawn
Bethel testified in the Supreme
Court on Wednesday, telling
jurors of the last time she saw
her son alive.
Alexandria Monique Bethel
last saw her 16-year-old son at
home on the evening of January
19, 2006. A week later his
decomposed body was discov-
ered by police in bushes off Car-
avel Road, Freeport.
Mrs Bethel said Rishawn was
at home around dinner time at
about 6 o'clock on the'evening
of January 19.
She said he spent approxi-
mately 45 minutes to an hour
there before she dropped him

off at his older siblings' apart-
ment nearby.
Mrs Bethel told the Court
that Rishawn was in good spir-
its that evening. She said he was
wearing black Dickie pants,
white socks, black Clarke shoes,
and a navy blue Nike sweat

Three young men Trevor
Forbes, William Lightfoot, and
Denardo Arthur are on trial
for the murder of Rishawn
Bethel. The case was taken to
the Supreme Court by volun-
tary bill of indictment.
Lawyers Simeon Brown,
Carlson Shurland and Godfrey
"Pro" Pinder represent the
accused men.
Prosecutors Sandra Dee Gar-

diner and Erica Kemp are
appearing on behalf of the
In earlier testimony, the bad-
ly decomposed body believed
to be that of Rishawn Bethel
was discovered on January 29.
There was some trauma to the
body, and the skull was found a
short distance away with a large
stone with what appeared to be
blood on it.
Constable Jabon Frazier, an
officer attached to the Crimi-
nal Records Office, took pho-
tographs of the body.
He said it was clad in a long-
sleeved blue sweater, dark
trousers and white socks.
While being questioned by
Prosecutor Gardiner, Mrs
Bethel told the Court that
Rishawn was her third child and
that she sometimes referred to
him by his nickname, "Shawn."

She said she visited the sib-
lings' apartment on one occa-
sion, but did not see Rishawn
Before leaving the island on
January 25 on a business trip
with her husband, Rev Glenroy
Bethel, Mrs Bethel said she left
instructions with the older adult
children to take Rishawn to the
Station to answer some ques-

She said that she had heard a
news bulletin that a body was
found on Grand Bahama while
they still were away, but was
not concerned about it.
After returning home on Jan-
uary 30, she said she read an
article in the local newspaper
and called the Central Detec-

tive Unit and gave them certain
information concerning her
Lawyers Brown, Shurland
and Pinder did not wish to
cross-examine Mrs Bethel.
Police Officer A Dames told
the Court that on January 27,
2006, he compared the
unknown fingerprints taken
from the body found in bushes
on January 29, with the known
fingerprints on a Royal
Bahamas Police Force finger-
print card identified as those of
Rishawn Alvin Bethel.
Officer Dames, who was rec-
ognized by the court as a fin-
gerprint expert, said Jie
carefully examined both finger-
prints and was able to confirm
a positive identification
The trial continues in the
Supreme Court Thursday.

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The evolution of Bahamian gangs


once again been
wreaked upon
two educational
institutions as unruly, poorly
socialised students rioted and
terrorised their classmates and
teachers at the Donald W Davis
and Government High School
These days, schoolchildren
are contributing to a wave of
criminality and brutality that
has utterly disrupted our once
quiet and tranquil existence.
Last week, D W Davis stu-
dents engaged in a frightful
brawl which left teachers scram-
blifig for cover and calling upon
the Ministry of Education to
reinstate police officers in an
area that's alleged to be a gang-
Reportedly, the students
resorted to using objects -
wood, metal poles and blocks
- that were left behind by con-
During the clash, it was stated
that certain gang-affiliated stu-
dents jumped the school's walls
and returned with the backing
of outsiders. A day later, the
scene was chaotic at GHS as
students there also engaged in
an all-out ml16e.
Frankly, it is baffling how the
contractors and school admin-
istrators could have left objects
- weapons casually lying
around the school's campus!
Further, the MOE should make,
a concerted effort to raise the
parameter walls of certain pub-
lic schools (eg, S C McPherson).
In secondary schools and
some primary schools on-
campus gangs are problematic,
as students become fiercely ter-
ritorial and dabble in drugs.
Gangs, which are groups of
allied and aberrant individuals,
are infamous for their involve-
ment in criminal activity.
These groupings of errant
individuals may loosely hang:
out together or form strict
organisation, with a designated
leader, ruling council, a name,


AD R I A N G I B S 0 N

"Gangs play a major part in
school violence. They act out
what they do in their
communities. Most likely, any
school chaos is planned for
weeks because it just doesn't
spring up!"

Corporal Davey Pratt

identifiers and, with the most
structured gangs, bank accounts.
In addressing the issue of
gang violence, I spoke with Cor-
poral Davey Pratt, a gang
expert, posted with the police
Community Relations Unit.
According to him, there are
about 46 known gangs in this
country, with a combined mem-
bership of about 10,000 foot
soldiers. He said that, although
there may be a few populous
gangs, Raiders is the largest
with a total of about 250 die-
hard members.
He said that gangs are usual-
ly recognisable by hand signals,
colours, caps and, in the case of
many local gangs, sports para-
phernalia (eg, football and bas-
ketball jerseys).
During the 1960s, neigh-
bourhood groups such as the
Farmyard Boys or the Kemp
Road Boys had squabbles but
rarely engaged in serious crim-
inal acts.
By the 1980s, it is said that
the era.of political sleaze and
drug dealing led to the forma-
tion of more violent, felonious
gangs such as the Syndicate and

the Rebellion, with the latter
being the former gang of
reformed gangster and motiva-
tional speaker Carlos Reid.
During the last 15 years, the
number of youth gangs has


G angs are an
omnipresent part of
inner-city life, where they pet-
rify the community with mafia-
style violence, which is some-
times well-planned but may
result in the deaths of innocent
Local gangs, I'm told, are
extremely sadistic, instigate
deadly rivalries and usually car-
ry out unlawful acts in specific
zones that they claim as turf.
Corporal Pratt told me that
some gangsters cannot venture
out of their immediate area into
any part of Nassau because they
would be killed.
With about 10,000 Bahami-
ans engaging in anti-social
behaviour, Corporal Pratt said

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that their thrust to become
gangsters is brought on by "a
search for identity, a lack of
education, a want for protec-
tion when they travel to other
areas of New Providence,
poverty and absentee and
neglectful parents."
He said students in gangs are
usually disruptive nuisances on
school campuses, who usually
have dismal grade point aver-
ages. According to the police-
man, poverty-stricken teenagers
have no money to buy what
they desire, so they turn to
working for a gang leader who,
will pay them a stipend or buy
material possessions for them.
He also said that single parent
homes or homes with unedu-
cated young parents who lack
parental skills and "don't have
much of anything to teach their
kids" are those that usually pro-
duce gang bangers.
Many hardened criminals and
diehard gangsters are known to
recruit and exploit school age
Some older thugs become
involved in gangs for protection
while serving prison sentences.
Studies of gang violence
reveal that new inductees must
be beaten by a certain number
of other members for at least
10 minutes, and the wannabe
gangster cannot resort to any
defensive postures during the
Survival of such a cruel affair
would prove that an aspirant
member is tough and lead to
him being accepted.
Female gang members, who
usually belong to spin-offs of
male gangs, are initiated in the
same way and may also be told
to have unprotected sex with
every male in the gang.
"The initiation is getting beat-
en to see if you can withstand
the hurricane coming to ya! It is
to show the leader that they are
ready to rumble.
"To initiate them, a gang
leader may send a wannabe to
deal with someone, ya know, to
show the leader his capabilities.
And the leader is always there,"
noted Corporal Pratt.
In the 21st century, gangs
have evolved into multi-dimen-
sional consortium that traffic
drugs, deal in firearms/ammu-
nition, threaten police officers,
carry out drive-by shootings and
contract killings, and engage in
extortion, human smuggling,
phone tampering, marriage
fraud and identity theft.
According to Pratt, the
Raiders gang is ubiquitous
throughout New Providence,
with segments located in Fox
Hill, Kemp Road, Bain Town,
Carmichael Road, Pinewood,
etc. Although there are a few
major groups, he noted that
there are. numerous splinter
gangs throughout the island that
are either affiliated with a more
established crew or are only
associated with schools or a
small grouping of hoodlums
peddling dope on a street cor-
Based upong information
gleaned from Corporal Pratt
and a focus group of students, I
can identify certain New Provi-
dence based gangs and their

D iSRUPTION : astull injulr l dduing hei W avisincident

The active gangs and splinter
groups terrorising this island
are: the Raiders, Nike Boys
(Yellow Elder, C C Sweeting),
Corner Boys, 187, the Irish,
Gun Hawks, Sharks (Key West
Street/Ida Street/C H Reeves),
Gun Doggs (Kemp Road),
Monster Doggs (Carlton Fran-
cis), Pond Boys (Bain Town),
War Kings, MOB (Bamboo
Town/Sunset Park), Deathrow
(Carmichael), Gun A** (Sun-
shine Park), Dirty South (South
Beach/St Vincent Road), Cash
Money Boys, Cowboys, 242,362
(Bacardi Road), Wet Money
Gangsters (Winton), Swamper
Dogs (Pinewood), Paider Boy
Killers, Original Boy Gangsters,
Hoyas, etc.
There are also female gangs
such as the Trip Out Daugh-
ters, Mad A** Daughters, Head
Gone B******, Looney Tunes,
Shebellion (part of Raiders),
and so on.


B behind the bushes of
Carmichael and Cow-
pen Roads are Haitian gangs
such as the Bush Boys and an
offshoot of one of the world's
most dangerous and notorious
black gangs Zopound. These
gangs are all prevalent in our
SZopound is a gang started in
the ghettos of Miami by desti-
tute Haitian immigrants or per-
sons of Haitian descent.
-Since its launch, Zopoiuidfh as
been exported to the Bahamas
via the large influx of illegal
Haitian immigrants and the
deportation of Haitian-Bahami-
ans to the Bahamas after they
have served sentences in US
prisons. Reportedly, Zopound
also comprises ex-militants and
ex-cops and generates hundreds
of millions per annum from the
sale of drugs, gambling and
Zopound's initiation rituals
are slightly different from many
Bahamian gangs, because to
qualify for membership, you
must have Haitian parentage.
When speaking about
Zopound, Corporal Pratt said:
"The Zopound or Zo Boys is a
Haitian gang, also found in
schools, that is more organised
than any gang in the Bahamas.
This gang was formed in the

US, in the Miami area, and go
here after the guys that are part
of it served jailtime and were
deported to their birthplace.
Here, they started a network
and recruited Haitian-Bahami-
"About 75 per cent of all per-
sons charged with murder in the
Bahamas have a Haitian last
name such as Joseph or Jordine.
When many of these gangsters
commit a crime, they hide in
the Haitian village where they
can't be detected," Pratt said.
The policeman said that
Zopound is a worldwide gang
involved in "drug racketeering."
He claimed that gangs, particu-
larly Zopound, are known to
"hire fellas to stand on various
street corners and serve as sen-
tries to protect the dope sell-
He claimed that several of
these drug-peddling lookouts
work shifts like a regular job
and earn $1,000-$1,500 per
In various schools, particu-
larly in bathrooms or desks,
gangland graffiti is a common
sight. In a BIS report in 2005,
Seanalee Lewis, then head of
the Behavioural Modification
Programme at Woodcock Pri-
mary and a veteran social work-
er with the Ministry of Social
Services and Community
Development, asserted that pri-
mary school students are Using
marijuana, forming gangs and
marking out turf. What a trav-
According to Officer Pratt:
"Gangs play a major role in
school violence. They act out
what they do in their communi-
ties. Most likely, any school
chaos is planned for weeks
because it just doesn't spring
up! The D W Davis incident
shows that the outsiders may
have met with the kids and plot-
ted what they would do."
It has also been alleged that
cruise ships and yachts are
transporting many of the guns
found in the possession of local
gangs, particularly since many
yachts travelling to upscale
areas such as Lyford Cay are
hardly inspected.
In order to curb the desire
of Haitian-Bahamians to join
gangs, Corporal Pratt recom-
mends that the government
moves to regularise those qual-
ifying, yet stateless persons who
are born to Haitian parents.
To reduce gang/school vio-
lence the private and public sec-
tors must propose ways to
revamp our country's educa-
tional system, launch a gang
intervention programme, seek
to reduce unemployment, estab-
lish parenting programmes and
offer counselling to rebellious
Moreover, the MOE must
also implement programmes to
encourage more males to enter
the educational arena and
ensure that security officers
undergo specialised training

"About 75 per
cent of all
charged with
murder in the
Bahamas have
a Haitian last
name such as
Joseph or


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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008, PAGE 7


Bahamian Ambassador

CA Smith briefs the US

Congress on Haiti

BAHAMIAN Ambassador
to the Organisation of Amer-
ican States C A Smith was
part of a delegation which
briefed the United States Con-
gress on the situation in Haiti
The delegation spoke with
members of the House of
Representatives Subcommit-
tee on the Western Hemi-
sphere about developments
on the Caribbean island and
called for urgent, short-term
assistance to address the
immediate need for jobs and
economic development.
Subcommittee chairman
Elliot Engel, along with
Yvette Clarke (New York);
Barbara Lee (California); and
Donald Payne (New Jersey)
were on hand for the briefing,
along with senior staffers rep-
resenting other members of
The OAS delegation, which
was led by Assistant Secretary
General Albert Ramdin and
included member state ambas-
sadors and senior secretariat
officials, talked about Haiti's
urgent need for short-term
job-creation and poverty alle-
viation, particularly in the
wake of demonstrations this
week triggered by the rising
cost of living.
Unless something is done
urgently, the situation could
deteriorate even further, they
warned, with Ramdin also
suggesting the need for some
form of social safety net.

Talks about poverty and need

for short-term job creation
................................................................................................... '...................................

The assistant secretary gen-
eral and the ambassadors also
spokaba6udvthi vital 6T:1e '0 SHAKE :ONIT:,-Pictured (left to right). are Deputy:Prime Minister Brent
being-'plaied by the OAS tb6i Symotiette and Ambassador CA Smith; Former FNM Cabinet minister C A
help consolidate gains already Smith was honoured recently at an event held to mark his departure to
made in the country, including Washington DC as the Bahamas' Ambassador to the United States.
with respect to a relative sta-"
bility in the political arena and station and other international redress poverty and other
public security. organizations engaged with problems.
In order to secure those Haiti, while arguing for a Included on the OAS dele-
gains, the international cor- much better co-ordination of gation that visited Capitol Hill
munity must help deliver some aid to the country. were: Ambassadors C A
concrete results, they argued, The OAS officials also Smith (Bahamas); Osmar
reiterating a readiness to stressed their support for tem- Chohfi (Brazil); Graeme
explore with the Haitian gov- porary protected status for Clark (Canada); Duly Brutus
ernment how to further sup- Haitian nationals living in the (Haiti);. Hector Morales (Unit-
port its development objec- United States, and asked for ed States). Suzanne Laporte,
tives. congressional support to pass -secretary for external rela-
They also updated the the Hemispheric Opportuni- tions, also participated in the
members of Congress on ty through Partnership briefing.
developments on the ground Encouragement (HOPE) Act-
in Haiti, based on first-hand II to promote economic devel-
observations and meetings opment and investment in i-h *
with political leaders, civil. Haiti.
society and the private sector Besides expressing their C n-
during their visit to the willingness to do whatever Blen
Caribbean country last Feb- they can to help Haiti, the ni
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Free-diving world record

A MAN from New Zealand has set a second
world record at the free-diving Vertical Blue
championships in the Bahamas.
Diving in Dean's Blue Hole in Long Island,
28-year-old William Trubridge descended to a
depth of 107 metres (351 feet) in free immer-
sion diving.
The dive was verified by a depth gauge on his
'wrist and footage from a camera at the bottom.
Talking about his achievement, Mr
Trubridge said that it is important to stay calm
when diving at such a depth.
Any kind of anxiety, he said, will increase
your heart rate.
An increased heart rate will in turn get your
brain working faster, which consumes more
oxygen, meaning the dive is going to be more

difficult or less likely to succeed, Mr Trubridge
The free-diver had already set a world record
in the competition, sinking to 84 metres (275.5
feet) in the constant weight (no fins) category.
Vertical Blue is the name of Mr Trubridge's
free-diving team and Apnea Academy is his
free-diving school based in Long Island, the
Courses are held in the waters of Dean's
Blue Hole, where Mr Trubridge trains for
world record attempts.
Mr Trubridge is originally from Hawke's
Bay, New Zealand, but now lives in Long


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and economic officer Dan O'Con-
nor, said last week that the
Embassy in Nassau found her
appointment "surprising."
However, Archdeacon
Cartwright congratulated the
Chief Justice and the Judicial
Committee for their nomination
of Mrs Nottage.
"Mrs Nottage is a lady of
impeccable qualifications, and a
woman of the highest integrity
and character.
"Those who truly know Mrs
Nottage, and know her life and
work are extremely proud and
pleased that she has been
appointed. I have worked with
her for over 30 years, and know
of her daily Christian walk. She is
an example to us all, one whom
we can truly emulate," he said.
The Archdeacon went further,
stating that those in the public
who sought to say otherwise did
not have intimate knowledge of
Mrs Nottage "and really ought to
leave public comment to those
who do".
"The Chief Justice and his
committee deserve our praise for
having found a most suitable indi-
vidual, to serve our beloved
-Bahamaland. Congratulations,
and God's richest blessings," he
Archdeacon Cartwright is the
rector of St Christopher's Church
in Lyford Cay and is the Anglican
Archdeacon of the Turks and
Caicos Islands and the Southern

FROM page one

which is soon to be vacated by
Cynthia Pratt. Mrs Pratt
announced at the last party con-
vention that she will not run again
for the St Cecilia seat she has won
three consecutive times beginning
in 1997.
In making this decision, she
opened the door to those in the
PLP who have ambitions to be
the next party leader.
The upcoming deputy leader-
ship election also has added sig-
nificance, as it is widely seen as
the practice run for the leader-
ship race.
Perry Christie has held this job
since 1997, but increasingly, party
insiders are of the view that he
will step down before the next
PLP MP for West End and
Bimini Obie Wilchcombe was the
first to declare his interest in the
post last week in an exclusive
interview with The Tribune.
"When the Honourable Cyn-
thia Pratt announced that she
would not be seeking re-election
in the next general election, it was

Three acquitted of murder
FROM page one
and legal arguments.
Rev Glenroy Bethel and Alexandria Bethel, the parents of
Rishawn, testified on Wednesday, but were not present on Thursday
when the not guilty verdicts were read in court.
The parents of the three defendants were also notably absent from
the courtroom.
William Lightfoot and Trevor Forbes were elated when they left
the courtroom with their lawyers, Carlson Shurland and Simeon
Brown. Godfrey "Pro" Pinder represented Denardo Clarke.
Prosecutors Gardiner and Erica Kemp appeared on behalf of
the Crown.

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very clear that she would obvi-
ously not be seeking re-election
as deputy leader of the party. That
I think threw open the door for all
of us who wanted to serve in the
highest possible positions in our
organisation," said Mr Wilch-
George Smith, who served as
an MP for Exuma for 29 consecu-
tive years from 1968 to 1997, told
The Tribune yesterday that when
it comes time for the deputy lead-
ership race, he "will evaluate each
of those individuals and (he) will
come down and support vigor-
ously the best individual."
The former MP said: "The wel-
fare of the party will transcend
(his) personal abiding affection

for Frank." The elder Mr Smith is
of the view that, along with Mr
Wilchcombe, Bernard Nottage
will be strongly encouraged to
enter the race as will be several
"I will first determine which of
all the candidates will serve the
interest of the party best so that
the party can serve the well-being
of the Bahamas.
"Those are the considerations
that are paramount in my judg-
ment," said Mr Smith.
Frank has not told him that he
has made the decision to run,
revealed Mr Smith. The only thing
the former MP said he has heard
regarding the issue has been via
speculation in the newspapers.

Concern over hurricane season
FROM page one
cane season, increasing its earlier predictions of 13 named storms to 15.
Hurricane experts Philip Klotzbach and William Gray in their report
said that they expect a "very active" season with an above-average
probability of a major hurricane making landfall in the United States.
Colorado State's forecast team said neutral or weak La Nina con-
ditions in the tropical Pacific, combined with expected warm north and
tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures, is a recipe for more hurri-
cane activity this year.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, chief climatologist at the
Department of Meteorology Michael Stubbs said this new information
does not bode well for the Bahamas.
"We know what paths hurricanes have taken historically. Although
landfall is always difficult to predict, the Bahamian archipelago is
(very vulnerable). It doesn't look good.
"We are concerned here at the (meteorology department)," he said.
Forecaster Mr Klotzbach said that, based on the latest forecast, the
probability of a major hurricane making landfall along the US coastline
is at least 69 per cent.
The Colorado State University scientists put the chances of a major
hurricane making landfall on the US east coast, including the Florida
Peninsula, at 45 per cent, with the Gulf Coast at 44 per cent.
Mr Stubbs said these early predictions help people to prepare better
for the storm season and for the National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) to organise its efforts. '
"The question is what can we do now. Preparedness, preparedness
and preparedness is what is important now," he said.
Mr Stubbs said he hopes that communication among the islands
and up-to-date weather reports are better this year than they were dur-
ing those years when Grand Bahama suffered the worst devastation.
With the current dire economic situation in Grand Bahama, Mr
Stubbs said the last thing that island can afford is a major setback
due to hurricane damage.
In 2004, both Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne hit the Bahamas at full
force. During the 2005 hurricane season, which is considered to be the
most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history, Grand
Bahama was hit by strong winds and storm surges produced by Hur-
ricane Wilma.
Major flooding to the south-western coastal areas of Grand Bahama
destroyed hundreds of buildings, causing damage which totalled more
than $100 million.

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

for the late

SGerald T.L.
--- T.D., 91

of the Eastern Road,
Nassau, The
Bahamas, and
formerly of Bird
Cay, Berry Islands, who died at Doctor's
Hospital, Nassau on Saturday, 29th
March, 2008, will be held at St. Anne's
Church, Fox Hill Road, Nassau on
Monday, 14th April, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

Archdeacon Keith Cartwright will
.officiate and interment will be in the
Church cemetery.

Major Leonard is survived by his wife,
Maureen; his son, Carey Leonard; his
daughter, Keren Ramsay; grandchildren,
Christopher and Marlena Leonard and
Kia and Alex Ramsay; his sister, Patricia
Francis; nephew, Craig Francis and
son, James; niece, Kim Aranha and
sons, Paul and Scott.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to The Bahamas Humane Society,
P.O.Box N.242, Nassau in Memory of
Major Gerald T. L. Leonard, T.D.

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

The recent Mona Vie issue,
which has brought pressure on
Zhivargo Laing to resign from
Cabinet, has been led publicly,
and in the House of Assembly,
by Frank Smith.
Mr Smith's role in this affair
has significantly raised the profile
of the St Thomas More MP who is
in his second term as the area's
representative. This increase in
profile, and his PLP roots via mar-
riage and birth, have led some to
speculate that the MP is interest-
ed in moving up in his party.
Along with being the nephew
of George and Philip Smith, two
former PLP MPs, Frank is mar-
ried to the daughter of Franklyn
Wilson, a former PLP MP and
key party financier and adviser.
Indicating that the speculation
that Frank Smith is running to be
the PLP deputy chief is merited, a
source in his camp has told The
Tribune off the record that Mr
Smith, at this time, is interested in
The significance of the support

of his uncle George is that he may
be a useful ally in unlocking the
stalwart councillor's support in
Exuma, which is regarded as the
third largest voting delegate block
in the party after Nassau and
Grand Bahama.
There are more than 1,500 eli-
gible voting party delegates,
according to knowledgeable party
sources, including stalwart coun-
cillors, party officers, MPs and
official branch representatives.
However, all of these people do
not come out to vote at every con-
vention. The person who can
motivate large blocks of staunch
party supporters to register and
vote, has a large advantage in win-
ning party elections.
After George Smith resigned
from the Cabinet in 1984 follow-
ing allegations of having improp-
erly received cash and gifts from
drug-related sources, he won the
seat on two further occasions in
1987 and 1992, revealing the depth
of support he had on the island
at that time.

800,000 gallons of oil
FROM page one

Only in the last year were booms bought which are now in posi-
tion on a permanent basis to capture and absorb the effluent.
Meanwhile, the success of efforts on land to collect oil which has
accumulated underground from recently dug wells has been mea-
sured in part by the reduction of this coastline leakage to around 50-
70 gallons a week, which the corporation claims is now being
absorbed by the booms.
BEC has brought onboard a US-based company, Environmen-
tal International Corporation, to investigate the extent of the
ground oil problems which environmentalists and BEC whistle-
blowers have complained about for years, but which the corpora-
tion has never officially admitted to before.
EIC are expected to provide a draft study describing the full
extent of the problem and recommending further prevention and
long-term clean-up measures on April 16.
Information made available during the site visit validated most
of the claims made by a BEC insider in an interview with The
Tribune in June last year. The power plant source said that $500,000
worth of oil spill response equipment bought by the government in
May, 2007, would do "nothing to get to the root" of the massive
problem and was like "trying to put a band-aid on a bullet h.le."
He suggested that the extent of the ground oil accumulation
was enormous and alleged that a major contributing factor was the
inadequate capacity of the boiler units to incinerate the amount of
by-product waste sludge oil being produced, with the result
being that storage tanks regularly ended up overflowing. The cor-
poration never responded to his claims at the time.
During yesterday's visit, general manager Kevin Basden said
that the old boiler has now been repaired and a new unit will be
coming on stream in September which will increase BEC's waste
incinerating capacity. Unlike the older unit, the boiler will gener-
ate steam as it disposes of the waste product which can be "put to
productive use".
BEC managers admitted that the fact that old boiler was not
operating at its full capacity and was in need of repair contributed
to the last "major (oil spill) incident" along the Clifton Pier coast-
line a spill which created a slick that spread for miles along the
shore and out to sea.
Asked whether the plant could now incinerate waste oil product
at the rate it is produced, Mr Basden said: "Yes we can...we're in a
much better place today than we were four months ago."
Chairman Frederik Gottlieb said that from its inception the
board he heads has been "very concerned about the state of affairs"
at Clifton Pier power plant. "Our primary objective is to have this
facility cleaned up and to restore it to a condition that it should've
been in a long time ago."
The chairman said he is "very satisfied" that "tremendous
improvements" have been achieved in this regard.
Part of the overall strategy to improve the plant's functioning has
included increasing the amount of oversight by both the board of
directors and executives of what is happening on the ground.
While Mr Basden said that site visits by board members in past
years have been "very remote", Mr Gottlieb said the board now
intends to inspect the plant every six months, and has mandated that
two executives come on site at least once a week to provide a
report to the board on their findings.
Another area of focus has been yard maintenance and general
infrastructural upgrades. Tests for leaks were carried out, and long
overdue yard cleaning done so that any future leaks can be more
swiftly detected and mended, the corporation claims.
However, several managers and Mr Gottlieb admitted that there
is still a long way to go to fully address the Clifton plant's past and
future impact on the environment. /

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of Seaview Drive,
South Palmetto Point,
Eleuthera will be held
on Saturday (April 12)
at 11:00 a.m. at The
Gospel Chapel, North
Palmetto Point,

Officiating will be Pastor Emeritus Dr. Rex Major assisted
by Evangelist Tom Roberts, Pastor Derrick Elliott and
Evangelist Charles Sands; interment will follow at Margaret's
View Cemetery, North Palmetto Point.

He is survived by 6 Daughters, Ethelee, Caroline, Sherrol
And BarbaraThompson, Gail Kelly and Paula Smith; 3 Sons,
Garth, Noel And Matthew Thompson; 8 Grandchildren,
Michael, Gardina, Andrae, Ashley, Noel li, Erinn, Ahmad
and Matthew Jr.; 3 Daughters-in-law, Aluria, Cindy and
Nicole Thompson; 2 Sons-in-law, Darrel Smith and Donnie
Kelly, 1 Granddaughter-in-law, Kayshann Thompson; 2
Brothers-in-law, Joshua Culmer Jr. and Fredwell Bethel;
2 Sisters-in-law, AgathaCulmer and Erma Bethel; 10 Nelces,
Valarie Ingraham, Myrtle Pyfrom, Elizabeth Kemp Sandra
Williams, Brendalee Delancy, Yvette Stuart Regina Hall,
CarmettaTaylor, TanyaCulmer and Sheny Petty, 13 Nephews,
Rev. Franklyn, Bertram, Edward, Randy, David, Rodwell,
Reggie and Johnny Knowles, Charles and Anthony Culmer
And James, Gary and Eldred Ingraham; Numerous Grand
Neces And Nephews Including, Eloise, Olga, Enid, Sylvia
and Brindley Cooper, Cleveland And Austin Ingraham And
Close Relatives Including, Cousin Oralee Adamson, Gloria
Seymour, Gary Wallace, Richard Sands, VernaHutchinson,
Wesley and Jennifer Ingraham, Church Members Including,
Erdman and Beverley Deal, Derrick and Monique Elliott
Deloris Thompson, Daisy Thompson, Lovella Culmer, Chris
and Ursula Evans, Brigette Ingraham, Evangelist Charles
and Marilyn Sands, Ellen Gibson and their Families; Other
Relatives And Friends Including, Bernice Smith and
Family, Hon. Alvin Smith MUP Bishop Dudley and Mrs. Kelly,
Bertie and RowenaMunroe, FrederickaNeilly, Mr. and Mrs.
Dewitt Carey and Family, Bertha Culmer and Family, Marion
Oliver, Clarice Culmer, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Knowles Sr.,
Mrs. Edna and Terry Sands, Francis and Betty Carey, Cyril
and Carol Griffin, Nurse Jean Davies, Bro. Frank Carey,
Bro. Obediah Goodman Sr., Jeffrey Hanna, Randy Stuart;
Diane Farrington, John and Sherry Rolle, The Eleuthera
Medical Staff Dr. Smith, Elvis and Freda Cooper, Admiral
Ferguson, Garfield and Debbie Deal, Steve and Helena
Maynard, the entire Assemblies Of Brethren In The Bahamas,
and many others too numerous to mention who called and
offered their prayers.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Thursday from 1:00p.m.
to 5:00p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
and at the Church in South Palmetto Point, from 7:00 p.m.
until 12:00 midnight, and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until
service time.







MINISTER of Tourism and
Aviation Neko Grant visited
Williams Town, Grand Bahama
to assess the progress of the work
to rebuild a seawall destroyed by
recent hurricanes.
The reconstruction of the sea-
wall and rebuilding of the road-
way are expected to assist in the
economic development of the
quaint village settlement.
Rebuilding the seawall also ful-
fills an election campaign
promise, the government noted
in a statement yesterday.
The original seawall was
destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane
Francis. Hurricane Jeanne
demolished what was left and
Hurricane Wilma further devas-
tated the southern coastline of
Grand Bahama, washing away
most of the roadway.
"I regret that residents of
Williams and Russell Town had
to endure the terrible road con-
ditions over the past four years,"
said Mr Grant, who is the MP for
"In 2007, I promised the resi-
dents of the area that if they elect-
ed me I would fix it and I am hap-
py to report today that less than a
year later, the seawall is being
Other improvements, planned
for the area include the construc-
tion of a board-walk and public
rest room facilities.
"It is expected that these
upgrades will lead to a transfor-
mation of Williams and Russell
Town enticing both visitors and
residents from other areas of
Grand Bahama to see the area as
an excellent beach get-away spot
for family and friends who wish to
sample the hospitality of the res-
idents of Williams Town," said
the government's statement.
Washington Smith, president
of Smith Construction who has
the contract for rebuilding 4,000
feet of seawall in Williams & Rus-
sell Town noted that work com-
menced March 1, 2008 and is
expected to be completed on
schedule in 11 months time.

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development of the village.


ATLANTIC Medical Insurance
Company will hold its 10th annual Fun
Walk on April 19 to benefit the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas and the
Bahamas Diabetic Association.
Scheduled to start at 6.30am at Mon-
tagu Beach, the event is being held to
demonstrate "the right way to healthy
The Bahamas Diabetic Association
and the Bahamas Cancer Society will
join in again this year for what is pre-
dicted to be the biggest ever Fun Walk.
Up to 3,000 participants are expected.
In 2007, the event raised $36,000 for
the Cancer Society and the Bahamas
Diabetic Association.
The main objective of the walk, said
Darren Bastian, senior account execu-
tive at Atlantic Medical Insurance, is to
encourage and to create an increased
awareness of living healthy.
"In our business we often see a num-
ber of lifestyle diseases that can some-
times be avoided or controlled through
proper diet and exercise. It is our hope
that this event encourages the public at
large to 'walk the walk' when it comes
to living healthy.
"Additionally, proceeds from this
walk will support the Cancer Society of
the Bahamas and the Bahamas Dia-
betic Association, so we encourage
everyone to come out and support
these two worthy charities," he said.
This year there will be. two routes: an
A route for competitive walkers, and
the "Easy Breezy" B route for those
who want "the gain for less strain," Mr
Bastian said.
Those following the A route will
head west on Shirley Street, turn north
onto Church Street, over the new Par-

adise Island Bridge, east from the
bridge to the Paradise Island Golf
Course and then back to Montagu
Beach via the old bridge and East Bay
Numerous corporate entities have
already pre-registered for the event.
Special prize drawings will feature
items such as round-trip tickets for two
to London, compliments of British Air-
ways; a weekend stay for two spon-
sored by tHe Wyndham Nassau Resort
and the British Colonial Hilton; din-
ners for twio at the Hilton, the RIU
Resort, and Villagio Restaurant; round-
trip tickets for two to New York on
Jet Blue Airlines; crystal vases and
physical sponsored by the Baptist Hos-
pital of South Florida; five cellular
phones sponsored by BTC; a lifetime
membership plus two to three-month
memberships from Bally's Gym; gym
memberships sponsored by Mystical
Gym, Body Zone and Better Bodies; a
digital set-top box with one-month pre-
mium shows sponsored by Cable
Bahamas; and a full body massage and
facial sponsored by the Baha Retreat
All participants of the walk will be
eligible to win any of these prizes.
Additionally, everyone that registers
for the walk will receive a free t-shirt,
and an Atlantic Medical sling pack.
Fruit, water, healthy snacks and a
gift bag will also be available on the
morning of the walk. Walkers of all
ages were asked to call Atlantic Med-
ical or visit its offices on Second Ter-
race and Collins Avenue to register.
The age categories for the event
include 15 and under, 16 to 25,26 to 35,
36 to 45, 46 to 59, and 60 plus.

with their gear
for the Atlantic
Medical Fun
Walk from left
to right are:
Sherry Bastian,
Bahamas Can-
cer Society
Bradley Coop-
er, president of
the Bahamas
Diabetic Asso-
ciation; Darren
Bastian, senior
executive at
Atlantic Med-
ical Insurance.

dent of the Diabetic Asso-
ciation, raising public
awareness of diabetes and
the impact it has on the
Bahamian society at a
press conference this

(far right), mar-
keting executive
for Atlantic
explains how
the company
aims to encour-
age a health
conscious soci-

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made a move in preparation
for the draft.
It could be a fake.
Parcells and the Miami
Dolphins have begun con-
tract negotiations with the
agent for potential top draft
pick Jake Long, a person
familiar with the talks said
Thursday. The person did not
want to be identified because
the Dolphins have been coy
about their plans for the No.
1 pick.
Negotiations with Long's
agent, Tom Condon, don't
necessarily mean Miami has
ruled out other prospects.
The new Dolphins regime,
led by Parcells, could use the
talks to increase contract
leverage with other potential
picks. The Dolphins also are
interested in trading the No.
1 pick, but so far no suitors
have surfaced.
Long, an offensive tackle
from Michigan, is one of at
least five players considered
candidates to be taken with
the first pick by the Dolphins.
They're also believed to be
interested in Virginia defen-
sive end Chris Long, Boston
College quarterback Matt
Ryan, Ohio State defensive
end Vernon Gholston and
Louisiana State defensive
tackle Glenn Dorsey.
Arkansas running back Dar-
ren McFadden is considered
perhaps the best player avail-
able, but the Dolphins have
greater needs at other posi-
The Dolphins would be
delighted to prevent a hold-
out by reaching an agree-
ment on a contract with their
top pick before the draft
begins April 26. Last year's
top pick, JaMarcus Russell,
missed all of training camp
before signing a $61 million
contract with the Oakland
Associated Press
DERPAUL hit the last two
balls for a four and six to
swing WestIndies to a
thrilling one-wicket victory
over Sri Lanka in the open-
ing one-day international on
Chanderpaul lashed an
unbeaten 62 off 63 balls to
guide the home team to 236
for nine off 50 overs at
Queen's Park Oval. Sri Lan-
ka made 235-7 on the back of
a career-best 95 from
Chamara Kapugedera.
Sri Lanka was on target for
victory in the last over when
veteran seamer Chaminda
Vaas conceded just three
runs from the first four balls
with Westlndies needing 13
But Chanderpaul fash-
ioned a remarkable finish by
smacking a four past mid-off
from the penultimate deliv-
ery. The 33-year-old then
swung a low full toss over
midwicket, just clearing Sri
Lanka captain Mahela
Jayawardene on the rope to
send a crowd of 13,000 into a
"I don't know what to say
at this particular time,"
WestIndies captain Chris

Gayle said. "There were a
few heart failures but Shiv
took it home there in the

Woodside praises the BTLA

ahead of Zone II Davis Cup tie

Sports Reporter

THE HOSTING of inter-
national sporting events like
the Davis Cup does much to
bolster the image of the
Bahamas internationally and
instills a sense of national
pride throughout the public
while aiding the development
of the game locally.
These were the sentiments
expressed by Minister of
State for Youth and Sports
Byran Woodside at the Offi-
cial Draw for the Davis Cup
tie, on Wednesday evening
at the National Tennis Cen-
The tie against Paraguay,
presented by BNP Paribas,
begins this morning at 10am
when the Bahamas' number
two, Timothy Neilly, will take
on Paraguayan number one
Ramon Delgado.
The second match of the
day will feature Devin
Mullings taking on Ricardo
In his address, Woodside
also lauded the executives of
the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association for their ability
to efficiently host what the
country hopes is another suc-
cessful Davis Cup Tie.
"Let me express sincerest
congratulations and appreci-
ation to you in hosting not
only this event but other
tournaments which provide
an opportunity for the
Bahamas to see tennis at a
higher level of competition,"
he said, "I encourage the ten-
nis community to continue to
enhance its participation in
tennis by providing an oppor-

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tunity for all persons to
become involved."
"As Minister of State for
Youth and Sports charged
with the responsibility for the
development of sports in the
Bahamas, I am proud and
pleased to be a part and see
the Bahamas host this Davis
Cup tie against Paraguay,"
he said. "I look forward to
this Davis Cup tie and hope
that this weekend becomes a
successful and fruitful one for
all of us and in every way."
He assured tennis enthusi-
asts that the growth and
development of the sport will
not be lost on the govern-
ment or the public at large.
"The Ministry is instru-
mental in the development
of sports and seeks to work
with all national sporting

"As Minister of
State for Youth and
Sports charged with
the responsibility
for the development
of sports in the
Bahamas, I am
proud and pleased
to be a part and see
the Bahamas host
this Davis Cup tie
against Paraguay."

Byran Woodside

bodies, we are a small nation
but we are a powerhouse in
sports," he said, "We will
ensure that tennis is included
in a significant way in this
Addressing team Bahamas,
the Minister of State
expressed the country's grat-
itude for their efforts and
progression thus far and
assured them of the nation's
continued support through-
out their careers.
"The Bahamas has been
able to move one notch clos-
er to the World Group in
Tennis. Your performances
and success in international
competition and at the Davis
Cup have brought numerous
accolades to this country,"
he said. "The Bahamas will
continue to follow your
career and celebrate your

Sports Reporter

IN A matchup of teams searching for
their first win of the GSSSA softball sea-
son, the RM Bailey Pacers rebounded
from a hard fought opening day loss for
their first win of the season yesterday.

The Pacers built a comfortable, 16-4
lead through three innings on the
strength of a speedy lineup which stock-
piled basehits on the vulnerable Cobras
Early into the season; the Pacers
appear to be one of the league's power-
houses after a thrilling comeback effort
that fell just short in game one against the
CR Walker Knights, and the blowout
win over the Cobras.
With Rudolph Fox on the mound, the

Cobras struggled to advance base run-
ners against a stingy Pacers infield
Fox's adept placement from the mound
neutralized the Cobras hitters as the Pac-
ers quickly raced out to a sizable margin.
Fox helped his cause at the plate going
3-4 with three runs and two RBI.
Kendal Rolle was perfect at the plate
as he went 4-4 with three runs and four
Addie Finley was 2-5 with two runs

and power hitter Wilfred Culmer was 2-
4 with two runs and two RBI.
The Pacers evened their mark to 1-1
while the Cobras fell to 0-2.
CV Bethel Stingrays 21
Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 5
LW Young Golden Eagles 16
HO Nash Lions 2

Pacers defeat the Cobras for

their first win of the season

PAGE 12. FRIDAY. APRIL 11,2008


Kobe Bryant

happy to be a

leading MVP


Associated Press

Just last spring, an
incensed Kobe Bryant was
the NBA's most vocal play-
er, demanding to be traded
by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now, nearing the end of
what he calls his most satis-
fying regular season, Bryant
is among the leading candi-
dates for another MVP
moniker: Most Valuable
"It would be special. It
would be a tremendous hon-
or," Bryant said in a recent
This MVP label, obvious-
ly, is more preferable for all
concerned. Outside of his
dealings with NBA officials,
who have slapped the All-
Star guard with a league-
high 15 technical fouls this
season, Bryant seems awful-
ly content these days.
"I'm very happy," he said.
"It's tough to find a group
like this that plays so well
together. This is really a
brotherhood. We're really,
really close, all of us. We're
brothers, man."
That would have been the
last observation ever expect-
ed from Bryant after Los
Angeles lost to the Phoenix
Suns in last year's playoffs.
In the wake of the Lakers'
second straight first-round
elimination, Bryant first
challenged the team to
upgrade its roster and later
asked to be traded.
Shortly thereafter, there
was an amateur videotape
made public in which
Bryant criticized general
manager Mitch Kupchak
and demeaned teammate
Andrew Bynum. Bryant
kept a low profile the rest
of the summer. He said all
the right things during train-
ing camp in October until
Lakers owner Jerry Buss, in
his first public comments
about Bryant since the trade
demand, told reporters he
was doing all he could to
honor the request.
That upset Bryant again,
but he swore when the sea-
son began he would focus
on the task at hand. That's
what he's done, and the
Lakers have been one of the
NBA's surprise teams
despite having to deal with a
number of injuries, includ-
ing a torn ligament in
Bryant's right pinkie. Even
though surgery was recom-
mended, he hasn't missed a
"Best year ever as far as
an overall team player,"
Lakers coach Phil Jackson
said regarding Bryant. "I
think the judgment that I
kind of make is, how much
better do you make your
teammates? This has been
one of Kobe's finest years
in that regard."
That's a source of great
pride to Bryant, a 12-year
NBA veteran despite being
only 29.
"That's always been a
knock on me, that I don't
make my teammates bet-
ter," he said. "It used to be
that the MVP award always
went to the players who
were considered the best.
Now, it's more about ele-
vating the players around
you." f Phoenix's Steve
Nash, the epitome of elevat-
ing his teammates, won the
MVP award two straight
years before Dallas star Dirk
Nowitzki won it last year.
This year's winner figures
to be Bryant, Chris Paul of

the New Orleans Hornets,
LeBron James of the Cleve-
land Cavaliers or Kevin
Garnett of the Boston
"I just think this league is
overdue to give Kobe
Bryant his just due," Hous-
ton's Rafer Alston said.
"After what happened last
summer, the way he's come
back and the way he's led
his team this year, I would
say he's my MVP."
Bryant agreed with his
coach, that this has been his
best regular season.


Reflecting on Jayhawks'

victory over the Tigers

Sports Reporter

magnitude of what hap-
pened in the Alamodome Mon-
day night you have to place a
few things into perspective.

i. The importance of any
major collegiate sporting event
increases tenfold when you or
the closest people around you
have direct ties to the partici-
pating schools. This can range
anywhere from being a lifelong
fan, just going to a school or
even suiting up in another sport.
This is why you have boosters
that continue to give millions of
dollars to the athletic pro-
grammes of their alma matters
well into their 60s.

ii. Sports are nothing more
than a way for you to anchor
yourself to a cause and cross
your fingers while hoping you
come out on top. Why? Because
every living being is on a never
ending quest to point the finger
at their closest friends and say
HA!! I was right, I told you so!!
(also see politics, religion).

iii. With college sports you
don't just win the game. Some-
how when your school wins it
validates your degree and makes
you feel as if your choice in
schools was superior to every-
one else's (closely tied to ii).

iv. You actually feel like a
part of the team because you've
been a part of the whole school
community. You may even
know people on the team head-
ed for the NBA/NFL/MLB and
are able to tell people during
pickup games "Hey I played
with (insert name of random
star) in college." (I constantly
name drop Rajon Rondo and
Chuck Hayes anytime I'm on a
basketball court).

v. Rivalries in college sports
have grown increasingly intense
since Sega Sports' line of
NCAA games hit the market on
next generation consoles.

Naturally, with Kansas play-
ing in their second national
championship within the last
five years, I had to watch the
game with my boy Anthon.
Even if the game wasn't that
good, I figured he'd provide
enough comic relief either way
to make a noteworthy column.
In my quest to become more
Bill Simmons-esque, I figured
this would be as a good a time
as any to write my first running
It's not going to be ESPN
Page 2 worthy like Simmons,
but it's stillbetter than reading

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about the BOA "saga" for the
4,000th time.

Quick back story ... Anthon
went to Kansas and I went to
Kentucky, which in the world
of NCAA athletics makes us
sworn mortal enemies.
Since 12th grade when we
knew where we would be going
to school we've each taken joy
in seeing the other school stum-
ble and fail (Much the same
way any FNM supporter is glee-
ful when a member of the PLP
is embattled in a scandal, and
vice versa. An even better
example would be the whole
Saxons-Valley Boys rivalry,
where winning the whole thing
becomes secondary).
So far I had been leading the
series and winning the chess
match. As a matter of fact I
thought I was closest to check-
I had the amusement of
watching Hakim Warrick block
Michael Lee's game winning
shot as the world was intro-
duced to Carmelo Anthony in
his MVP performance in the
2003 title game. A Kansas loss
meant I was one more closer to
The very next year it was his
turn to gloat as UAB knocked
off Kentucky in the round of 32
(Kentucky had been the tour-
nament's top seed that year and
that loss still hurts to this day).
That loss was huge, it was like I
lost both bishops.

The 2005 tournament pro-
duced what still stands as the
greatest basketball game I've
ever witnessed when the
unknown, bandless, Bucknell
Bison pulled off the first round
upset over Kansas.
The following year Kansas
repeated the feat of losing to a
mid major when they fell to 13th
ranked Bradley in the first
round. Check.
This year had been different,
Kansas quietly flew under the
radar as one of the nation's top
teams while Kentucky was a
harmless SEC bottom feeder.
They had passed all of the tour-
nament's major tests, which as
we know by now they passed
with flying colours.

Monday, April 7th at an
unnamed Sports Bar.
9:23 I get to our seats and I
see Anthon, seeming liked he's
camping out for the night with a
look of nervousness that only
rivals the birth of a man's first-
born better yet the nervousness
of waiting for the results of a
pregnancy test.

9:26 I realized how disap-
pointed I am that Gus Johnson
won't be calling the game and
making everything 10 times
more exciting than it actually is.

9:31 Kansas scores three of
their first field goals on dunks,
cementing Anthon's pre-game
theory of how Kansas would win

the title game. The "Bill Self
Let 'Em Go" Theory. This the-
ory assumes that Jayhawks
coach Bill Self diverged from
the typical conservative Kansas
gameplan to a more free-wheel-
ing open offence, witnessed in
increased alley-oops and dunk-
ing. It's a little like how Texas
Western played on Glory Road
when coach Haskins told Bobby
Jo, "Play your game," in the
comeback win against Iowa.

9:45 As important as this
game was to us, we both get
sidetracked by the fact that
there's been an empty wheel-
chair just sitting a few feet away
from us for the last 15 minutes.
Where was that person?

9:50 Joey Dorsey makes his
biggest play of the game when
he comes up with the steal and
fastbreak dunk. Then he bumps
into poor rail thin Cole Aldrich
who looks the same way
Andrew Bynum did after he
took that forearm shiver from
Shaq. Anthon mutters "Too
tough" and I smile a little

9:53 Down seven, 22-15,
Memphis faces their largest
deficit of the tournament and
Derrick Rose has just one field
goal thus far. My feet feel a lit-
tle cold, hell may be freezing

9:56 CBS pans to a shot of
Roy Williams wearing Jayhawk
paraphernalia. For-the first time
all night I think Kansas is going
to win.

10:07 I unsuccessfully
attempt to start a "Rock, Chalk,
Jayhawk" chant. Anthon begins
to question the merit of our
friendship should I cost Kansas
the game by doing so.

10:35 Memphis opens the
second half on a 5-0 run.
Anthon tests the "Standing
Theory." Every fan knows that
in dire moments standing is the
only way to propel your team
and urge them on. They just
don't play well if you sit back
down, it's been proven.

10:50 As Derrick Rose
begins to take over the game
and give Michael Beasley a
push for the number one pick in
the 2008 Draft, I actually start
to feel bad for the Jay-
hawks....Then I remember how
much Anthon laughed at me
during the UAB fiasco. GO

11:11 Rose nails an improb-
able bank shot as the graphic
flashes on screen, "Derrick
Rose has scored or assisted the
last seven Memphis baskets
" At this point I'm not even
being gracious about it any-

more, I'm in all out pointing
and laughing mode. Anthon,
who at this pint looks like he
aged about 13 years within the
last two hours blurts out, "I
hate these one and done fresh-
man, they're ruining the game."

11:15 Here's where the
game turns around and Kansas
clinches the National Champi-
onship. My constant badgering
forces Anthoft to go into the
"Seclusion Theory." This theo-
ry assumes that if you watch the
game alone, in a vacuum, away
from all distraction ... your team
will do better. I cannot express
how powerful this theory is.
Heading into the "Seclusion
Theory," Kansas trailed by

11:22 Kansas starts the
"Hack-A-team" Theory, putting
Memphis on the line after each
possession. I smugly mock,
"There's no way this will work,
it's desperate and this game is

11:47 After Chris Douglas, a
CAN and JUNIOR, misses four
consecutive free throws, Rose
sinks one of two at the line giv-
ing Kansas a final chance to tie
the game. Off topic ... how is it
possible that Douglas-Roberts
continues with a successful bas-
ketball career? Did you see
what happened to Nick Ander-
son in the 1995 NBA Finals?
After he missed those four free
throws he fell off the face of the
earth, Shaq headed west to LA
and Penny was never healthy
again. Anderson systematically
destroyed an entire franchise
with those free throws. Now
CDR has done the same thing.
He's got "Nick Anderson
Effect" written all over him.

11:48 Sherron Collins
brings the ball upcourt and dish-
es it to Mario Chalmers who
ties the game on a desperation
fadeaway three pointer. "The
Seclusion Theory" ladies and
gentleman. It might have to
become a law. Anthon doesn't
even speak he just jumps up and
down shouting like a guy on the
Maury Povich Show who was
just told he's not the father. I
think I just got moved into

12:04 Kansas opens the
overtime period on a 6-0 to take
a 69-63 lead and Memphis
struggles to form any semblance
of a successful possession. Rose
is tired and the Chalmers shot
completely shifted momentum.

12:07 The buzzer sounds,
the Jayhawks rush the floor in
celebration, Anthon lights a vic-
tory cigar and I swallow my
pride to shake his hand and say
congratulations. Checkmate.


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Rangers' beat

Devils, 4-1 in

Game 1 win

Associated Press

A rare mistake by Martin
Brodeur gave Ryan Calla-
han a goal and the New
York Rangers the lead in
their first-round playoff
series with the New Jersey
Long-considered one of
the NHL's best goaltenders
with the puck, Brodeur's fail-
ure to play a rolling puck in
the crease set up Callahan's
short-handed, go-ahead goal
early in the third period as
the Rangers continued their
mastery of the Devils with a
4-1 win on Wednesday night.
The victory was the
Rangers' eighth in nine
games with New Jersey this
season, and this one quickly
took away the home-ice
advantage that the Devils
secured with a win in the
regular-season finale on Sun-
Game 2 of the best-of-7
series will be played at the
Prudential Center on Friday.
The opener was a lot clos-
er than the final score, and it
was Brodeur's blunder that
blew the game open.
With the score tied 1-1,
Callahan took a pass from
former Devil Scott Gomez
and ripped a shot from the
right circle that Brodeur
stopped. The rebound went
into a crowd of players,
including Gomez, and drib-
bled back toward Brodeur,
who simply watched it go
through the crease.
What the goalie didn't see
was that Callahan had skated
behind the net after his shot
and he came out the other
sile'. Brodeur'eventually
noticed him, but couldn't
move quick enough to pre-
vent the pesky forward from
nudging it into the net for a
2-1 lead.
"I was only looking at
Gomer," Brodeur said refer-
ripg to Gomez. "I didn't
know he (Callahan) was
around. Some plays, you
have to freeze that. It's not
the-way I play-- I like to
keep the play moving. I
made a mistake and I cost
Callahan saw the puck
rolling, and all he wanted to
d6 was to get there before
Biodeur played it.
"It's not too often he's
going to mishandle it," Calla-
han said. "I was just lucky
enough to be there when he
While Callahan had the
game winner, the star for the
Rangers was Gomez, who
won two Stanley Cups with
the Devils before signing
with New York as a free
agent this season.
Gomez had the primary
assist on the Rangers' first
three goals, setting up Bren-
dan Shanahan in the second
period and Sean Avery -
with the aid of a lucky
b6unce off the skate of Dev-
ils forward Sergei Brylin -
with less than three minutes
to play.
Nigel Dawes added an
empty-net goal. Paul Martin
scored on a second-period
power play for New Jersey.
"'It's the playoffs. It does-
n't matter who you play. It
could have been any team,"
Gomez said. "As you get
older, the years go by faster.
This is the time of year you
want to be playing and you
try to go as far as you can.
'I've got a lot of friends
over there but they way
you're raised over there, it
doesn't matter who's in the
way. There were no extra
emotions," he said.
The Devils certainly had
their chances against
Rangers goalie Henrik
Lundqvist, who finished with
26 saves. Three other shots
- by Brylin, Arron Asham
and Dainius Zubrus hit
off crossbars or goalposts.
-Lundqvist also had a cou-
ple of spectacular saves late
in the second period with the
score tied. He stopped a
deflection by Zach Parise
and stopped Patrik Elias
point blank after Parise set
him up to the right of the
goal with a cross-ice pass. ..


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N POULTER of England reacts after missing a hole-in-one on the fourth hole during the first round of the 2008 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf
ub in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, April 10, 2008.

Poulter leads at Masters

Associated Press
When Ian Poulter walked off
the 18th green, he wasn't No. 2 to
Not even Tiger Woods.
Poulter, a flamboyant Eng-
lishman who's always been
known as much for his garish out-
fits and eccentric hairstyles as his
shotmaking, knocked in a hole-
in-one at No. 16 and finished with
a 2-under 70 for the early lead at
the Masters on Thursday.
Woods coasted through the
front nine with nothing but pars
on his scorecard as he made the
turn on a warm, sunny day at
Augusta National. Of course, it's
early. No matter what happens
in the opening round, Woods
likely will remain the over-
whelming favorite to win his fifth
green jacket the starting point
for an unprecedented Grand
But the early star was Poulter,
who's never had any trouble stir-
ring things up whether it's his
fashion sense or willingness to
say whatever's on his mind.
He'certainly got attention with

Englishman finishes

with a 2-under-70

.an interview published late Jan-
uary, when he conceded no one
was as good as Woods but that he
felt capable of being the world's
second-ranked golfer if he played
to his potential. Poulter's com-
ments were quite bold, consider-
ing he's never won in the U.S.
and has only one Top 10 finish in
a major, sparking everything
from criticism to ridicule.
"Basically, I was saying how
good Tiger was," Poulter said,
"and'how achievable I think it is
to get to the No. 2 spot. If you
play well over a year's period or a
two-year period, you can get
Poulter certainly played well
on Thursday, putting the ball
right where he wanted on virtu-
ally every hole. That was never
more evident than it was at 16,
the 170-yard gem known as Red-


TIGER WOODS acknowledges the gallery after saving par on the second
-hole during the first round of the 2008 Masters golf tournament.

climbs out of a
bunker after
hitting onto the
second green
during the first
round of the
2008 Masters
golf tournament.

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With more fans than ever able
to watch from the adjacent hill,
Poulter launched an 8-iron over
the water that landed about 20
feet short of the hole, curled up
and around the ridge and
rolled right in.
"As soon as it left' the club, I
knew it was going to be pretty
good," Poulter said. "It was quite
nice to see it drop."
The patrons roared as though
it was the back nine Sunday.
"There was an unbelievable
buzz," said Poulter, who actually
went a little tame with his attire:
lime green pants with matching
visor, and a striped white shirt.
"That was a special moment. The
hairs on the back of my neck

were standing up. It was great."
At the next hole, still pumped
about his ace, Poulter overpow-
ered a 5-iron into the wind, the
ball soaring over the green. He
wound up taking his only bogey
of the day on a course that has
toughened up considerably since
being soaked by rain last week-
"That had to be adrenaline,"
Poulter said. "That's the only way
to explain it."
Mark O'Meara, the 1998 win-
ner, shot a surprising 71 that left
him one stroke off the lead
among those in the clubhouse.
Also getting through the round at
1 under: Heath Slocum and Peter
Woods and everyone else teed
off about an hour behind sched-
ule after soupy fog blanketed the
course just past sunrise. The
world's No. 1 player got off to a
shaky start, pulling his drive up
against the second cut to the left,
then missing the green to the
right with a towering second.shot. :

He chipped 6 feet past the cup,
but managed to sink the putt to
save par, the ball curling around
the lip before dropping in. That
set the tone for a solid if unspec-
tacular front nine that was
enough to have him right in the
thick of things.
Defending champion Zach
Johnson got off to a good start,
shooting 1-under 35 on the front
side, but two-time Masters win-
ner Phil Mickelson was expected
to be Woods' major challenger.
He had an afternoon tee time.
The first shot of the day was
struck by Arnold Palmer, who
took care of the ceremonial
duties for the second year in a
Because of the fog, the King
was able to saylhis tee shot trav-
eled so far he never saw it land.
Visibility was limited to about
200 yards until the sun broke
"As a matter of fact, it went
out of sight," Palmer said with a

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favoured to

beat France
Associated Press
The U.S. has a hot Andy
Roddick, the No. 1 doubles
team and the home crowd.
France is missing its budding
star and has to play on an
extremely quick surface hand-
picked by the Americans.
The deck is stacked for the
U.S. as it continues defense
of its Davis Cup title against
France in the quarterfinals
beginning Friday.
"The guys came in this
week with a lot of confi-
dence," U.S. captain Patrick
McEnroe said Thursday. "I
think our preparation has
been excellent. We've gotten
used to the court pretty quick-
ly, and I think it plays into
our strengths as a team. If we
play well, we certainly feel
good about our chances."
While McEnroe is putting
out his familiar lineup of Rod-
dick and James Blake in sin-
gles and the top-ranked dou-
bles team of Bob and Mike
Bryan for a record 10th
straight time, France captain
Guy Forget had to scramble
this week.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the
charismatic, Muhammad Ali-
lookalike who burst onto the
scene in January b\ leaching
the Australian Open final.
flew back to Paris on
Wednesday\ alter an MRI
exam revealed a torn menis-
cus in his right knee.
With T-onga facing possi-
ble surgery. Forget named
Paul--lennr Mathieu and
Michael Llodra the singles
players in Thursda\'s draw
ceremony. ahead of Richard
Qasquet. who has been
slowqedi b!. bbhster-n his right-
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"I reall- felt that hichael
and Paul-Henn iere the two
guys who were in great form
and had the best chance of
winning a point." Forget said.
"You hate to take into con-
sideration the physical ability.
the little inlunes that players
have. That can change in the
next few days. but on Friday I
,really felt that was the best
opportunity for us."
Llodia, who has had more
success on quick surfaces, will
face Roddick, who ended an
11-match winless streak
against world No. 1 Roger
Federer last week, in Friday's
first singles match. Mathieu
will play Blake later Friday
to begin the best-of-five event.
"It's going to be my first
(Davis Cup) singles match, so
I have nothing to lose against
Andy," said Llodra, who lost
to Roddick in their only meet-
ing in 2002. "I'm going to
have to play my best to beat
him, and I'm ready to fight."
Roddick, who also beat
Rafael Nadal and Novak
Djokovic at Dubai last month,
is full of confidence despite
an odd look on Thursday.
Roddick sported a modified
mohawk after losing in his
NCAA tournament pool to
his fiancee, model Brooklyn
"I feel good right now
when I'm in the matches,
even on days when I don't
feel I'm hitting the ball as well
as I could," Roddick said.
"I'm getting through some
matches. Then I beat the top
three guys in the span of five
or six weeks. It's definitely big
for my confidence."
While the Bryans have
been a clearly automatic Sat-
urday doubles point for the
"U.S. they're 14-1 in.Davis
Cup matches since 2003 -
they lost to France's team of
Llodra and Arnaud Clement
in last year's Wimbledon
The reverse singles on Sun-

day tentatively pit Mathieu
vs. Roddick and Blake
against Llodra. Gasquet,
ranked 10th in the world in
singles, could sub for France.
"Oh yeah, I hope he will,"
Forget said. "I hope he can,"
It will be the first home
matches for the U.S. since it
ended a 12-year title drought
with a victory over Russia in
last year's final. The players
will get their championship
rings before Friday's first
match at the same venue
where they beat Spain in last
year's quarterfinals.

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Pittsburgh. The Cubs won 6-4 in 15 innings.

CHICAGO CUBS' Reed Johnson, right, is forced out on the front half of a double play as Pittsburgh
Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez (12) relays the ball to first to get Derrek Lee, who hit the
ground bal, in the first inning of the baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 9, 2008.
p.. ,
PIRATES start- -.
ing pitcher Zach
Duke delivers to L:- :
Chicago Cubs' I
Geovany Soto in
the second .
inning of the
baseball game in
Pittsburgh, -
April 9, 2008.


single lifts

Cubs past


Pie's game winning hit

gives Chicago 6-4 win

Associated Press.

The Chicago Cubs have got-
ten two wins for the price of
three during their first road trip
of the season.
Felix Pie's two-run single in
the 15th inning allowed the
Cubs to outlast the Pittsburgh
Pirates 6-4 in a wild game
Wednesday night. Chicago beat
Pittsburgh 10-8 in 12 innings in
the previous game Monday,
meaning they have played 27
innings in two games.
"It doesn't matter how many
hours you play, it's most impor-
tant to win," said Pie, whose hit
to left off of Phil Dumatrait (0-
1) with the bases loaded scored
Kevin Hart and Ryan Theriot.
"Everybody's happy when you
Twice the Pirates tied the
Cubs with home runs to extend
the game. Jason Bay hit his first
of the season to lead off the
ninth against Kerry Wood, who
blew his first save. Adam
LaRoche then broke out of an
0-for-25 slump by homering off
of Hart (2-0) with Bay aboard
in the 14th to tie the game at 4.
"It felt good," LaRoche said,"
(because) it put us back in the
ballgame and set us another
chance to win it."

His shot came after ex-Pirate
Aramis Ramirez had given the
Cubs the lead with a two-run
shot, his second, in the top of
the inning. Ramirez had three
hits and scored two runs.
For the second consecuin a
row where we've gone through
just about everybody. But they
have, too," Cubs manager Lou
Piniella said. "They've been two
Tough ballgames and fortunate-
ly for us, we came out on top of
both of them."
Bay went 3-for-5 with a walk
and two runs for Pittsburgh,
which has lost four of five.
Sean Marshall, recalled earli-
er in the day from Triple-A
Iowa, pitched the bottom of the
15th for his first career save.
"We battled hard," said Mar-
shall, who had started 43 of his
45 previous career games. "I'm
glad it turned ouD the way it
did, even though it was a long
Former Cubs closer Ryan
Dempster pitched seven innings
in his second start in almost
three years for Chicago, allow-
ing one hit and only one Pirates
baserunner to reach second. He
walked two and struck out five,
retiring 20 of the final 21 batters
he faced.
Dempst 3/8khad started only
six games d53in 5/84?830):S/ 3/8

Tigers get season-high seven runs in first

win after seven losses, beating Red Sox

Associated Press
Jim Leyland knew he had a good team
even when it lost its first seven games. So
Detroit's manager took the first win in
It was a relief, though, that his power-
ful lineup finally produced enough to
beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2 on Wednes-
day night after scoring just 15 runs in
those seven losses.
"It's a little crazy to be too giddy if
you're 7-1 or 8-1 or too, too down if
you're 0-7," ,Leyland said. "Was I sur-
prised? Yeah, absolutely. I can't deny
that. But it happened. There's a lot of
games left."
And a lot of hitting to be done by a
team touted as a top contender after
adding Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera
and Dontrelle Willis in the offseason,
boosting its payroll to the second highest
in the majors.
Marcus Thames and Carlos Guillen
homered, Renteria had three hits and

Ivan Rodriguez got the 2,500th hit of his
career while the Tigers drew eight walks
and struck out just twice.
That ended their worst losing streak
to start the season since 2003, when
Detroit lost its first nine games and fin-
ished at 43-119.
"It's the beginning of the year and it
gets a lot of attention," said Brandon
Inge, who singled in two runs in the
eighth. "But it's no big deal. We're over
it now, I guess."
The fact that no team has made the
postseason after an 0-7 start means noth-
ing to Leyland.
"It's a 162-game season. That is a fact,"
he said. "They give you all this other
stuff no team's done this, no team's
done that but you do play 162 games."
The Tigers were just 1-for-25 with run-
ners in scoring position and less than two
outs this season before teeing off on Jon
Lester (1-2) with four runs in the fourth
after trailing 2-0.
"They're good hitters. I had a lot of
pitches tonight that I thought were good

pitches and they fouled them off," he
said. "At times they were very aggres-
sive and at times they were very patient."
The Red Sox (4-5) lost their first game
in the United States. They opened the
season in Tokyo, going 1-1 against Oak-
land, then beat the Athletics twice in
Oakland before going 0-3 at Toronto.
They loaded the bases in the ninth
Wednesday before Todd Jones retired
Kevin Youkilis on a popup for the final
One day after the Red Sox received
their World Series rings in a pre-game
ceremony then kept Detroit reeling with
a 5-0 win, the Tigers came alive after
managing just one hit in the first three
"They were just due to win a game,"
said Boston first baseman Sean Casey,
who spent the last 1 1/2 seasons with the
Tigers. "They're too good a team to go 0-
With one out in the fourth, Lester
walked Cabrera and Guillen. Then
Renteria tied the game with a two-run

double to left. Thames then hit a 3-2
pitch over the Green Monster in left field.
Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) had fallen
behind 2-0 in the second when the Red
Sox loaded the bases on a single by Sean
Casey, a walk to J.D. Drew and an error
by second baseman Placido Polanco on
Jason Varitek's grounder. Jacoby Ells-
bury then walked, forcing in a run, and
Julio Lugo singled in another.
It was the second error in two days for
Polanco, whose last error had come on
July 1, 2006. Tuesday's throwing error
ended his major league-record errorless
streak for second basemen at 911 chances
and 186 games.
Casey singled as a pinch hitter for Mike
Lowell, who sprained his left thumb in
the first when he fielded Rodriguez's
leadoff grounder and threw him out. X-
rays were negative and manager Terry
Francona said he would be checked
In the eighth, Rodriguez became the
87th player with 2,500 hits when he broke
an 0-for-15 slump with a single.


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ZIMBABWE'S OPPOSITION party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary-general Tendai Biti speaks
during a media conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday April 10, 2008.

Zimbabwe opposition

resolves not to participate

in presidential runoff vote

* HARARE, Zimbabwe
THE opposition party said
Thursday it will not participate
in a presidential runoff, while
spokesmen for President
Robert Mugabe and his chief
rival said both will attend an
emergency summit of south-
ern African leaders this week-
end, according to Associated
The Movement for Democ-

ratic Change says its candidate,
Morgan Tsvangirai, won the
March 29 vote outright, and
has accused Mugabe of delay-
ing the results to give ruling
party militants time to intimi-
date voters and ensure he wins
a second round.
On Thursday, the opposition
leadership met and resolved
not to participate in any runoff
presidential vote.
"We won the presidential

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election hands down, without
the need for a runoff," MDC
Secretary-General Tendai Biti
told reporters at a news con-
ference in neighboring South
Africa. Party leaders had pre-
viously said they would not
accept a second round, but the
party had not taken a formal
Deputy Information Minis-
ter Bright Matonga told CNN
he believed opposition politi-
cians would be "cowards" if
they did not contest a runoff.
"They should come, they
should face the music," he said.
Twelve days after the vote,
the results from the presiden-
tial race have not been
The High Court will decide
Monday whether to grant an
opposition request for release
of the election results.
Zambian President Levy
Mwanawasa has called an
emergency summit of the
Southern African Develop-
ment Community for Saturday
to discuss the crisis.

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for 'amphibious' tourism

Government plans to amend

Act this year to allow the

outsourcing of vehicle inspections

Global institutions eager
to do sovereign lending
business with Bahamas
Tribune Business
The Government's $100 mil-
lion US dollar bond issue was
"placed and fully subscribed
last week", the minister of
state for finance said yester-
day, adding that financial insti-
tutions "around the world"
were interested in doing sov-
ereign lending business with
the Bahamas.
Zhiyargo Laing said the
$100 million issue, the pro-
ceeds from which will be used
to meet expenses incurred dur-
ing the 2006-2007 Budget year,
had an interest rate of 7.125
per cent that will be payable to
holders of those instruments.
The issue's full subscription
and placement comes at a time
when the appetite for debt
instruments in the global finan-
cial system is limited, due to
the ongoing credit/liquidity
The fact that the Bahamas,
and its financial advisors/place-
ment agents, RBC Capital
Markets and FirstCaribbean,
were able to get the issue away
is likely to be a reflection of,
this nation's strong credit rat-
ing, and financial market per-
ception that it has had no
problems servicing its national
SEE page 4B

Tribune Business
THE Government will next
week move a Bill in Parlia-
ment to amend both the Boat
Act and Road Traffic Act to
provide for amphibious vehi-
cles and allow Bahamian
entrepreneurs to provide
"more adventurous" tourism
Earl'Deveaux, minister of
works and transport, told The
Tribune yesterday that both
Acts needed to be amended
to allow amphibious vehicles
- which can go on both roads
and water to be used on
Bahamian roads and water-
Dr Deveaux said there
were currently no provisions
in either Act to allow for
these vehicles, so they needed
to be amended "to licence
these craft".
The minister added that
another amendment would
focus on legislating that all
operators of such vehicle be
licensed, "as someone autho-
rised to operate a boat
may not necessarily be
licensed to operate a car and
vice versa".
"We're moving that Bill
next week," Dr Deveaux told
The Tribune. "It is based
strongly on some applications
we have received."
He indicated that it would
allow Bahamian entrepre-
neurs, tourism and excursion
providers to offer tours to vis-
itors "in a more adventurous
way", combining land and
water-based trips into one.

Areas where excursions by
amphibious vehicles might
prove popular, Dr Deveaux
suggested, were between Nas-
sau Harbour and Rose Island,
the Montague foreshore, and
the southern side of New
Providence, where the water
was particularly shallow.
Not only would tourists be
able to explore New Provi-
dence by road, but they
would also be able to take the
scenic sea route, visiting man-
grove and wetland areas.
Other islands that provided
opportunities for such tours,
Dr Deveaux said, were Aba-

co and the Berry Islands.,
Meanwhile, Dr Deveaux
said the Government also
hoped to this year amend the
Road Traffic Act to out-
source the annual vehicle
inspection process to the pri-
vate sector essentially the
leading motor dealers and
repair shops.
The proposed amendments,
he explained, would set stan-
dards and enable the Con-
troller of Road Traffic to
"licence certain facilities
under the Road Traffic Act
to perform vehicle inspec-

Growth may fall to 1-2%

Some 12-18 months before

economic recovery likely

Tribune Business Editor
A LEADING banking executive yesterday told-
The Tribune that the Bahamas was likely to enjoy
economic growth of between 1-2 per cent during
2008, a significant drop on previous estimates that
had been as high as 4 per cent, due to the US eco-
nomic downturn and continuing global financial
market turbulence.
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) chief
executive, told The Tribune that although he did
not want to preach 'doom and gloom', the Bahami-
an economy was likely to face 12-18 months of
slow to little growth".
SEE page 8B1

Baha Mar spent

$15m during six

weeks before

Harrah's pull-out

Tribune Business Editor
BAHA MAR spent $15 mil-
lion in the six weeks between
the signing of its supplemental
Heads of Agreement and Har-
rah's Entertainment's decision
to unilaterally terminate their
joint venture, the Cable Beach
developer alleging that this
expenditure was based on the
gaming giant's "assurances" it
was still committed to the pro-
In its defence and counter-
claim to an action filed by Cae-
sar's Bahamas Investment Cor-
poration, the Bahamian com-
pany that would have held Har-
rah's 43 per cent equity stake,
worth $212 million in the joint
venture, Baha Mar alleged that
between January 31, 2008, when
the agreement was signed, and
Harrah's March 6, 2008. termi-
nation action, it had incurred
significant extra spending
"based on the Harrah's defen-
dants' written commitments to
proceed with the joint venture
and their conduct consistent
with such commitments".
"The Harrah's defendants'
purported termination severely
impacts the viability of the pro-
ject and undermines the value
of unique land interests assem-
bled at great expense by the
Baha Mar parties for the joint
venture," Baha Mar alleged in
its action.
"As the Harrah's defendants'

knew, the contracts for certain
of the land conveyances require
as a condition precedent that a
world-class casino operator par-
ticipate as equity partner with
the Baha Mar parties.
"If this condition is not satis-
fied, the Baha Mar parties could
be deprived of hundreds of
acres of land that are essential
SEE page 6B

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Freeport Concrete
lays-off eight in Home
Centre reorganisation
Home Centre sales
down 10% in first
three months of 2008
'Not the right time'
for company to raise
much-needed capital
via rights issue

Tribune Business
FREEPORT Concrete's
chief executive yesterday
vehemently denied wild
rumours that the BISX-list-
ed company was set to go
into liquidation, the specu-
lation appearing to have
been sparked by eight
redundancies in the house-
wares section at its Home
Centre retail outlet.
Ray Simpson told The
Tribune that Freeport Con-
crete executives had yester-
day morning met with staff
to address the speculation,
saying the move had been
done to "calm everybody
down and reassure them.
Today, they're all refocused
He added that it was "not
the case at all" that Freeport
Concrete was going into liq-
SEE page 5B




BTC privatise talks set

to restart 'next week'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government's privati-
sation committee will begin talks
with Bluewater Communica-
tions Holdings "next week" on

BTC unions to sit on Advisory Group that

will 'vet' all recommendations submitted by

negotiating committee from Bluewater talks

its offer to acquire a 49 per cent
stake in the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC),
re-starting the clock on the
group's exclusivity period.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, confirmed the
timeline for the resumption of
talks on Bluewater's $260 mil-
lion offer. The group has 15
working days left on its exclu-
sivity period in which to reach
an agreement with the Govern-
ment, before the administration
can open the process to other
bidders if it so chooses.
Meanwhile, Mr Laing said the
two trade unions representing
BTC workers would be involved
and represented in the privati-

station process, not on the nego-
tiating committee but on an
Advisory Group he chairs.
This group will vet any rec-
ommendation submitted by the
negotiating committee on BTC's
privatization before it goes to
the Government for a final deci-
Both the Bahamas Commu-
nications and Public Officers
Union (BCPOU), which repre-
sents BTC's line staff, and the
Bahamas Communications and
Public Managers Union
(BPMU), were yesterday said
to have written to the Govern-
ment asking why they were not
represented on the privatization

"The reality is that there's two
groups we have [formed]," Mr
Laing told The Tribune. "There
is a smaller group that, in the
first instance, will be negotiating
with Bluewater.
"We are now in a place
where, ultimately, decisions
have to be made about the offer
that is on the table, and any
broader changes the Govern-
ment may recommend to that
offer. The negotiations will take
place on that basis."
The minister added: "There
is also an Advisory Group, on
which I sit and chair, and our
intention is for the unions to be
on the Advisory Group."
Bluewater agreed a deal in
principle to acquire a 49 per cent
stake in BTC and privatise it
with the former Christie admin-'
istration shortly before it demit-
ted office.
The terms of that agreement
would have seen Bluewater pay
an initial $225 million for its
BTC stake, followed by a fur-
ther $30 million five years later
after its cellular monopoly ran
out. The final $5 million install-
ment was due in the sixth year
The FNM government to
many observers has never
appeared keen on the Bluewater
offer, with some believing the
administration considers it a
'PLP deal'. It is also felt that the
Government remains suspicious
of a process that essentially
made Bluewater the exclusive
bidder to the exclusion of all
other groups, meaning it was
unable to determine whether
better offers might exist.
Nevertheless, the Govern-
ment appears committed to con-
cluding talks with Bluewater one

way or another.
Its privatization committee is
chaired by Commonwealth
Bank chairman and former Cen-
tral Bank governor, T. B. Don-
aldson, and also includes fellow
Ex-Central Bank governor,
Julian Francis, now BTC's exec-
utive chairman; Felix Stubbs,
IBM (Bahamas) general man-
ager; Wendy Warren, the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board's (BFSB) chief executive;
Michael Moss, Broadcasting
Corporation of the Bahamas
chairman; Simon Wilson, direc-
tor of economic planning in the
Ministry of Finance; Tellis
Symonette, BTC's vice-presi-
dent of broadband and wireless;
and Felicity Johnson, BTC's
vice-president of legal, regula-
tory and interconnection.
Mr Laing said the idea behind
the two-tiered negotiating struc-
ture the committee and the
Advisory Group was to ensure
the BTC privatization talks were
handled as efficiently as possible
through a smaller group con-
ducting the direct talks.
"We believe that a more man-
ageable group in terms of size,
and a group more focused on
those positions the Government
is seeking to advance is where
we are at this point," Mr Laing
"We formed a committee
with persons that can advance
that position.
"We think the unions' posi-
tion on the Advisory Group is
adequate, and that is where
determinations will be made for
forwarding recommendations to
the Government, or to go back
to negotiations."
Mr Laing confirmed that the
Advisory Group's role was "to
ensure what proposals are put to
the Government have been vet-
ted before they get there for
final determination".
"It is our view that this
approach is the most efficient
way to advance negotiations
and proceed with this privatisa-


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dividend 50%

Bank yesterday said its
6,500 shareholders will
receive on April 30, 2008, a
$0.06 extraordinary divi-
dend payment, a 50 per
cent increase over the one
paid out last year.
In a statement, the bank
said the extraordinary div-
idend, payable to share-
holders of record at April
15, will come one month
after its shareholders
received the largest normal
quarterly dividend pay-out
in the bank's history. It
also follows a $0.06 extra-
ordinary dividend of the
same amount paid in
November 2007.
"We recently reported
our 11th year of record
earnings, with the strongest
performance in the bank's
history," said chairman
T.B. Donaldson.
"When Commonwealth
Bank succeeds, it is our
philosophy to share
that success with share-
Mr Donaldson credited
good governance, prudent
management and dedicat-
ed staff for enabling the
bank to break its own
At 2007 year-end, Com-
monwealth Bank reported
net income of $48 million,
up some 20 per cent from
the record it set the year
Its assets climbed over 15
per cent from the $1 billion
mark a year earlier to $1.18
Shareholders received a
further boost in November
with the approval of a
three-for-one stock split,
prompted by an upward
spiral in the bank's share
price that had driven the'
stock from the $6 initial

public offering (IPO) price
to over $15 a share, a price
that directors felt distanced
from many working
Bahamians' reach.
Since the split in Novem-
ber, the share price has
climbed back up to more
than $7 and closed at $7.22
on April 4, 2008.
"With our history of
extraordinary dividend and
regular quarterly dividend
payments, we are reward-
ing our shareholders for
their loyalty and trust that
have helped build Com-
monwealth Bank into a
financial powerhouse with
a commitment to commu-
nity that allows us to assist
in education, youth devel-
opment and so many other
important aspects of
Bahamian life," said Mr

be an asset

Please submit your resume with a copy of your qualifications

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

Deadline for receipt of applications is 15th April 2008.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, commencing on the 09th day of April,
2009. Articles of dissolution have been duly registered
by the Registrar. The Liquidator is Kyrene Kelty of
Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against
the above-named Company are required on or before
the 09th day of April, 2009 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the Company, or in default thereof
they may be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made before such debts are proved.

Dated this 09th day of April, 2008
Kyrene Kelty


No.: 500-17-028192-055

JEAN ROBILLARD, of the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton &
Cie, in its capacity of provisional co-liquidator of Focus Management
Inc., Ivest Fund Limited, Tricap Futures Fund Limited and Gestion de
Capital Triglobal Inc.

IVEST FUND LIMITED, legal person having its head office located at
308 East Bay, P.O. Box 9058, New Providence, Bahamas, & als


Plaintiff advises defendant Ivest Fund Limited ("Ivest") that it filed in
Superior Court, Commercial Division of the district of Montreal, Quebec,
Canada, a Motion to institute proceedings in recognition and execution
of foreign decisions and List of exhibits (altogether the "Motion").

To file an answer to this action, Ivest must file an Appearance, in
writing, personally or through an attorney, at the office of the court of the
Montreal Courthouse located at 1 Notre Dame Street East, Montreal,
Province of Quebec, Canada, H2Y 1B6 (the "Montreal Courthouse"),
within a 20-day delay of the issue of the present notice in the Tribune
newspaper in Bahamas.

If Ivest fails to file an Appearance within the time limit indicated, a
judgment by default may be rendered against Ivest, without further
notice, in conformity with the conclusions of the Motion. If Ivest files an
appearance, the Motion will be presented before the Court on May 5,
2008, at 9:00 am, in room 16.10 of the Montreal Courthouse.

Ivest may obtain a copy of the Motion at the office of the court of the
Montreal Courthouse or by contacting plaintiff's counsel, McCarthy
Tetrault LLP, attn. Me Jocelyn Perreault, suite 2500, 1000 De La
Gaucheti6re West, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3B 0A2, tel: 514-397-7092,
fax: 514-875-6246.

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Core responsibilities:

* Assists supervisor and other persons in the Executive Office with
tasks such as drafting routine correspondence, taking accurate
notes during meetings, typing memos, reports, filing, organizing
items, scheduling appointments, and answering the telephone.
* Collates and/or distributes reports by collecting data, completing
the appropriate document and circulating to appropriate staff.
* Performs general tidying, organization and replenishing for
functions in the Executive area including refreshments and
* Monitors supplies with a view to re-ordering before stocks are

Knowledge, Skills andAbilities:

* Associates Degree or equivalent and one to three years of office
* Oral and written communication skills, including etiquette and
writing skills to interact with Executive/Senior management staff
and the general public.
* Ability to treat information with confidentiality and
* Training in public relations and good presentation skills e.g.
telephone manners.
* Working knowledge of computer programs to use the Bank's
network and its core banking applications.

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

Interested persons should apply no later than
April 30th, 2008 to:

DA 62063A
c/o The Tribune
P.O. BoxN3207
Nassau, Bahamas

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
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Prepare financial reports for Head Office, Local Office
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similar professional education
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Government's $100m bond

FROM page one

Mr Laing said: "It speaks volumes., The reality is that out of 180
countries listed in Institutional Investor magazine, the Bahamas is
ranked 44th.
"The countries that precede us are the OECD countries and the
developed countries. The Bahamas ranking has increased by two. We
are now No.44. and were No.46.
"Our credit rating remains very strong, and clearly the markets
recognize that. I have been visited by financial institutions from
across the world interested in doing business with the Bahamas in
terms of sovereign lending.
"They recognize the credit position the Bahamas is in, and that we
have managed, in terms of countries around the region, to maintain
a position that is creditworthy for sure."
Mr Laing said the $100 million proceeds had already been deposit-
ed to the Government's account, and these would be used to replace
funds that had been allocated from the 2007-2008 Budget to meet
expenses incurred during the previous year.
On the 7.125 per cent interest rate attached to the bond issue,
Mr Laing said the Government had given its financial advisers dis-
cretion to decide when the best time was to place it, given the glob-
al financial market turbulence.
"All things considered, I think it's a good rate," Mr Laing said. "I
think the Bahamas' ability to service its debt is quite comfortable
today. We want to get to a place where we have less of a debt ser-
vicing burden, but we can manage what we have today comfort-


NOTICE is hereby given that LOUISDIN ST LUC of
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 11th day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Career opportunity for an ambitious career oriented

Trainee Risk Surveyor

Role & Responsibilities:
Survey Property Risks all over the Bahamas
Make Loss Prevention recommendations

College Graduate with B.A. Degree in Engineering,
Architecture or Technical Drafting preferred
Successful applicant must complete the surveying
qualifications in four years
Experience useful but not essential
On the job training will be provided
Computer proficiency required
Strong communication and interpersonal skills required
Must be able to work with minimal supervision

The Bahamas First Group is the largest property and casualty
insurance company in the Bahamas and has A- (Excellent)
Rating from A.M. Best, reflecting the company's financial
stability and sound risk management practices. Compensation
commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.

Please apply before April 23rd, 2008 to:
Group HR & Training Manager
Bahamas First Corporate Services
32 Collins Avenue
P.O. Box SS-6268
Nassau, Bahamas

Or email to:


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10 00

0.98 ADaco Markets 1.94 1 94
11.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80
9.00 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61
0.85 Benchmark 0.99 0.99
2.30 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66
1.30 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60
10.35 Cable Bahamas 13.63 13.63
2.10 Colina Holdings 2.87 2.87
4.73 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.22 7.22
3.60 Consolidated Water BDRS 4.67 4.80
2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.65
5.94 Famguard 7.90 7.90
12.49 Finco 12.92 12.92
13.50 FirstCaribbean 13.50 13.50
5.12 Focol (S) 5.50 5.50
0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.67 0.67
6.86 ICD Utilities 6.86 6.86
8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.30 12.30
1000 Premier Real Estale 1000 1000
52wk-Low Symbol Bid 8 'Ask Last Pri
52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price

14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14 60 15 60 14 60

14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 1S.60 14.60
8.00 6,00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00
0B?-; 54 0.35N 7a4 ii s..ur^rr
054 020 RND Holdins 035 0.40 0.35
41 00 4100 ABDAB 4100 4300 41 00
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00
0 55 040 RND Holdlin 045 055 045
52wk-HI 52wk.Low Funa Name NAV YTD'- Last 12 Month.s
1.3081 1.2443 Collna Bond Fund 1.308126"** 1.25% 5.61%
3.0008 2.6629 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.996573**" -0.14% 13.11%
1.3847 1.2647 Collna Money Market Fund 1.386634"' 0.84% 3.89%
3.7969 3.1827 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6651" -3.47% 18.28%
12.0429 11.4992 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.0429" 0.92% 5.69%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00"
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00"
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00"*
10 5000 96346 Fidelity International Inveslment Fund 9 6346 .8 24" -8 24'
BISX ALL S.itRE NDEX 19 Dec 02- 1.0000 L D ri -.:.-r ..3-, l'.
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid S Buying price of Collna and Fidel
52wk-Low Lowest closing pri In last 52 weeks Ask S Selling price of Collna and fdell
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-count
Todays Close Current days weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the pri
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS S A company's reported earnings
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV S Dividends per share paid In the last 1i months NIM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock I
() 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
1) 3-for-1 Stock Slit Effective Date 7/11/2007 7

FROM L TO R are Wendy C. Warren, BFSB's chief executive; Mr Bannister; Ms Campbell; Craig Tony Gomez, BFSB's chairman; Mr Laing; Wendy
Craigg, Central Bank governor; and Mr Turnquest.

BFSB stages forum

> with ministers

A recommendation arising
from the Bahamas Financial
Services 2008 Retreat was the
need to build even further on
the public-private sector part-
As a result, the Bahamas

Financial Services B
(BFSB) on March 17 he
first in a series of sector-fo
meetings between membe
relevant government mil
and industry regulators.
The forum saw some 4(


NOTICE is hereby given that LOUISDIN ST LUC of
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 11th day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

(Company number 110,130B)

An International Business Company

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary winding-up and
dissolution of the Company commenced on the 3rd day of March,
2008 and that Jean-Francois Rochette of 10 bis, rue du Vieux-Collage,
Case Postale 3600, 1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland has been appointed

Dated this 3rd day of March, 2008

Jean-Francois Rochette


C F A L'"
) APRIL 2007
S0.91 (f%cHtG 0.05 I YTD -102.26 I YTD% -4.95
TD% -4.06'% -2007 28.29%
:lose Chance Daily Voi EPS $ DOi $ PE Yleh.

0 135
1000 0.316
1 167

Weekly Vol EPS $ $

sr price
or week
s per share for t

Index. January
- .4- -

14 3 0 00
7.9 3.39%
14.9 2.71%
5.3 3.03%
12.7 2.46%
44.8 1.54%
12.5 1.76%
31.5 1.39%
16.9 3.74%
29.7 1.11%
8.4 1.51%
11.1 3.54%
16.0 4.41%
14.8 3.48%
14.2 2.55%
19.1 0.00%
16.7 4.37%
11.6 5.04%
R6 0" :
P/E Yield

100 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
-0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
4 450 2 750 9 0 6 70-
1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
0 023 I:' 000 N NM 0O
DI.$ VieI i

: ,_ e_ -, 2008
S- 31 December2007
4 April 200B
**** 31 March 2008
he last 12 mths

1. 1994 =100


3oard executives and managing direc-
ld the tors of Bahamas-based bank
causedd and trust companies meeting
;rs and with Tommy Turnquest, minis-
nisters ter of national security; Zhivar-
go Laing, minister of state for
) chief finance; Senator Elma Camp-
bell,'minister of state for immi-
S gratinn; Desmond Bannister.

Equity Side

minister of state for legal affairs;
and Wendy Craigg, governor of
the Central Bank.
Similar events are scheduled
for the insurance and capital
market industries, in addition
to professional services firms
and financial & corporate ser-
vice providers.


-- IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act
SChapter 393 Statute Law of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot
of land situate at Palmetto Point on the Island of Eleuthera
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
being that lot bounded on the NORTH by land the
property ofEleuthera Land Company Limited and running
thereon One Hundred (100) feet on the EAST by land
in the Estate of the Late George Cooper and running
thereon One Hundred and Seven Feet and Four Hundredths
(107.04) on the SOUTH by land of Lina Ingraham also
known as Lima Ingraham and running thereon One
Hundred Feet and Eighty Hundredths (100.80) and on
the WEST by land of Collison Ingraham and running
thereon One Hundred and Four Feet and Fourty Four
Hundredths (104.44).

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of WILBERT


Take notice that by Amended Petitii filed in the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas on the 27 day of November,
A.D., 2007 WILBERT D. THOMPSON of the settlement
of North Palmetto Point on the Island of Eleuthera one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
(hereinafter "the Petitioner") claims to be the owner in
fee simple in possession of the above captioned piece
parcel or lot of land and has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act 1959, to have
his title to the said piece parcel or lot of land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared
in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
office hours in the following places:

1. The Registry of The Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

2. The Chambers of Cedric L. Parker & Co. No. 9 Rusty
Bethel Drive, Nassau, Bahamas.

3. The Office of the Administrator, Governors Harbour,

Take notice that any person having dower or right of
dower or any adverse claim or a claim not recognized in
the Amended Petition must on or before the expiry of
Thirty (30) days following final publication of this notice
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner and
the undersigned a Statement of his Claim in the prescribed
form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith together
with a plan of the area claimed and an abstract of title to
the said area claimed by him. Failure of any such person
to file and serve a Statement of his Claim on or before the
Thirtieth (30) day following final publication of this notice
will operate as a bar to such claim.

Neil's Court
No. 9 Rusty Bethel Drive,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


NOTICE is hereby given that KENDRA DAVIS of
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 4th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, ONAN WILLIAMS of the Eastern District,
Nassau, Bahamas, mother and legal guardian of RONAN DONATO LAMOUR
formerly known as RONAN DONATO LAMOUR-WILLIAMS, and a citizen of The
Bahamas do hereby assume the name of RONAN DONATO LAMOUR. 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.


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liquidation rumours

FROM page one

uidation, and suggested the
unfounded rumours may
have been sparked by a reor-
ganisation at the Home Cen-

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Associated Press
Thursday as investors bought
back into stocks after two days
of losses, encouraged by a drop
in unemployment claims and
a better-than-expected sales
performance by discount retail-
Although last week the
Labor Department said the
four-week average of initial
unemployment claims rose to a
two-and-a-half-year high,
investors were pleased to hear
that claims last week fell by
more than expected, following
a surge the previous week.
And while many retailers -
from Gap Inc. to Saks Inc. -
said Thursday that March sales
slid as consumers grew more
frugal, Wall Street was encour-
aged that other companies are
weathering the economic
weakness. Discount retailers
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Cost-
co Wholesale Corp., stores that
sell staples like food and gaso-
line, reported sharp increases
in March sales and indicated
they expect sales to keep rising.
"The jobless claims snapped
back down following the sharp
rise last week. Combined with
the news from Wal-Mart, it
suggests that the consumer
may be able to muddle
through. That's providing some
support for an otherwise
strained market," said Alap
Gayle, senior investment
strategist for RidgeWorth Cap-
ital Management.
Questions about the health
of the global financial system
ahead of next week's bank
earnings, however, continue to
provide a troubling backdrop
for the market. Lehman Broth-
Sers Holdings Inc. disclosed in a
regulatory filing Wednesday
that it liquidated three funds
because of the tight credit mar-
kets and brought the assets of
those funds, valued at $1 bil-
lion, onto its books Feb. 29.
The investment bank said it
also purchased deteriorated
assets valued at $800,000 from
other distressed funds.
"We think everything is bet-
ter, and then we get another
surprise. Every credit rock we
turn over has something else
crawl out from under it,"
Gayle sai?,
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 54.72, or 0.44 per-
cent, to 12,581.98.
Broader stock indicators
also advanced. The Standard
& Poor's 500 index rose 6.06,
or 0.45 percent, to 1,360.55,
and the Nasdaq composite
index rose 29.58, or 1.27 per-
cent, to 2,351.70.

tre to refocus the retailer on
its core building supplies
business, as opposed to
"We're focusing more on
the building supplies, and
downsizing more on the
housewares section," Mr
Simpson said. "We've let
some of the staff, eight, go in
that section, but have paid
everything due to them and
are trying to help them find
other jobs.
"It's not a significant num-
ber of people that we've let
go it's probably under 10
per cent. We're still going to
have a housewares section,
but it's going to be focused
on pallets. I'd rather sell 10
bathtubs than 500 towels."
Mr Simpson said the
Home Centre's sales for Jan-
uary, February and March
2008 had been "similarly
down about 10 per cent" on
prior year comparatives, a
situation he attributed large-
ly to the stagnant condition
of Grand Bahama's econo-
my, buffeted by the ongoing
Port Authority issue and
developments globally.
However, Mr Simpson said
all the Home Centre's costs
were "under control" and
being kept in line with sales.
"We could handle another
40-50 per cent of business
without costs going up," he
The other strand of
Freeport Concrete's busi-
ness, its concrete plant, was
also under control as far as
costs went. With costs con-
trolled by the amount of
business it had, Mr Simpson
said the concrete plant
would always turn a profit
for Freeport Concrete or at
worst a break-even position.

The concrete plant
accounts for about 25 per
cent of the company's sales,
and Mr Simpson said this
unit's ability to generate
large profits depended on its
ability to land major con-
struction contracts.
For instance, the concrete
plant's sales were down 16
per cent in the fiscal 2008
second quarter, largely due
to the fact it was up against
tough 2007 comparatives.
This was because the com-
pany then had the contract
to supply concrete to the
Associated Grocers' ware-
house in the Sea/Air Busi-
ness Centre, which was con-
structed entirely from the
A recurring problem for
Freeport Concrete is that
the company is totally
reliant on cash flow from
existing sales to finance the
purchase of inventory for
the Home Centre.
As a result, it is not car-
rying enough inventory to
meet the level of demand for
building materials on Grand
Bahama, hampering its abil-
ity to raise sales and profits.
Bank financing has been cut-
off due to the fact that
Freeport Concrete has been
close to its overdraft limits
with FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas),
and obtaining credit from
suppliers has also been diffi-
"We're still talking to the
bank," Mr Simpson said.
"The bank is more receptive
to listening to us than in the
past, because the trends and
numbers are what they want
to see. We've done what we
said we would do, bringing
expenses and costs down.

"[But] without being able
to get more inventory, the
right inventory, where we
need to focus on building
supplies, we're going to see a
drop in sales."
Mr Simpson said the
Home Centre was hoping
the Government's low-cost
housing programme would
soon restart, as this would
drive demand for building
supplies. The retailer "only
needs a slight increase in
sales to make more money".
Mr Simpson, though, said
Freeport Concrete was
unlikely to seek capital to
aid inventory purchases by
tapping existing sharehold-
ers through a rights issue.
"Are they prepared to buy
more [shares] when they
bought in at $3 and the price
is now $0.67?" Mr Simpson
asked. "Are we going to
bring to the table the cur-
rent sales figures, and the
economic situation in Nas-
sau and Freeport.
"Eventually, I'd love to
have no bank debt or get
that down, but to go back to
the market with what we
have now, with the first
quarter and second quarter
being the same, it's not the
right time.
"The economy's tough,
but I think we're managing it
well as far as I'm con-

Gardens & More
Village Road Shopping Centre
Bernard Road

Prices Reduced
Drastically On Allltems.


Accounting System
Specialist Programmer
Business Analyst / Programmer

In this challenging position you will be responsible

* Maintenance and development of accounting
related software
* Database development using SQL and VBA
* Analysis of business specifications from both
accounting and MIS/IT perspectives
* Provide training and second level support to

We are searching for an individual with a strong
background in relational database modeling and
sound knowledge in software and database

Minimum Requirements:

* Programming capabilities in MS DOT.NET,
SQL and VBA,
* Knowledge of the MS Office Suite of products,
with strong emphasis on MS Access

The ideal candidate must have the following

* BA/BSc. degree in MIS, Computer Science or
similar qualification
* At minimum, basic knowledge in the field of
Accounting and/or Accounting systems will
round out the profile

Persons interested in the above open positions and
meeting the criteria should apply in writing, on or
before April 21, 2008 enclosing a full resume with
cover letter to:

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



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

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

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

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

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

Serious enquiries only




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
* 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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Ability to operate in a fast moving and dynamic
* Accounting designation (ACCA, CPA, CGA or related
* Highly developed analytical and financial management
* 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
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes
dental and vision) and Life Insurance; Pension Scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than April 25th,
2008 to:

The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
DA #62993A
Nassau, Bahamas



Abaco Markets Limited, a leading food distribution company with five retail and
club outlets is accepting applications for:


The Job
To grow the retail business through purchases that anticipates and provides
unlimited options to meet consumer demands. The candidate must have a
firm understanding of market trends, with a clear understanding of logistics
along with the ability to establish and maintain effective vendor relationships.

Minimum of 3 years experience, proficient in Word & Excel suites, Excellent
Oral and Written skills is a must. Marketing experience will be considered a plus.

We offer Great Benefits:
Growth & Advancement within the organization
A salary that will commensurate with experience
Group Medical & Pension Plans
Employee Discounts
Profit Sharing
A Supportive team environment

Interested persons should send their resumes to:




FROM page one

for the development of a mega-
resort, which was the sole pur-
pose for assembling these land
interests in the first place. The
loss of this acreage also reduces
by millions of dollars the value
of the Baha Mar parties' other
holdings that were contributed
to the joint venture."
Baha Mar further alleged:
"The actions of the Harrah's
'defendants also threaten to
unwind the complex contractu-
al arrangements with the joint
venture's other business part-
"For example, Starwood may
seek to terminate its manage-
ment agreement to operate
three of its elite hotels at the
resort a highly important com-
ponent of the overall project -
as a result of the Harrah's
defendants' unlawful termina-

Baha Mar spent$15m during six

weeks before Harrah's pull-out

"By partnering with the Baha
Mar parties for more than a
year since signing the joint ven-
ture agreements, (and more
than two years' since the par-
ties' original Letter of Intent),
and then attempting to aban-
don the project at the last
minute, the Harrah's defen-
dants have jeopardised the val-
ue of the project and the value
of the complex contractual
arrangements and land inter-
ests assembled at great expense
by the Baha Mar parties for the
joint venture."
When the $15 million spent
this year was added to the $70
million spent in the 12 months
between Baha Mar and Har-
rah's agreeing their joint ven-
ture in principle (on January

12. 2007) and the supplemen-
tal Heads of Agreement sign-
ing, Baha Mar alleged it had
spent a total of $85 million on
the $2.6 billion Cable Beach
The Baha Mar companies -
Baha Mar Development Com-
pany, Baha Mar JV Holdings
and Baha Mar JV Holding -
further alleged that they had
spent $285 million on the Cable
Beach project to date, the $200
million balance being previ-
ously spent on securing the ini-
tial 2005 Heads of Agreement
with the Christie administra-
tion and acquiring land needed
for the 1,000-acre project.
In its legal action, filed in the
Supreme Court for New York
state on April 9, 2008, Baha


Leaders in food distribution for retail and club packs are accepting applications for the

position of:


The Job & Requirements

To manage all aspects of the daily operations on a profitable basis. Must
have a firm understanding of Produce Purchasing, Standard Operating
Procedures and Merchandising. Must have past success in managing
loss and damage. Possessing excellent communication skills with proven
ability to build teams. Proficiency in Excel & Word programs is required
with a minimum of 3 years experience in Produce Management

We offer Great Benefits:
Growth & Advancement within the organization
A salary that will commensurate with experience
Group Medical & Pension Plans
Employee Discounts
Profit Sharing
A Supportive team environment

Interested persons should send their resumes to

oThe Bahamas Co-operative
S hERl League Limited


Applications Invited

The Bahamas Co-operative
League is offering a partial
two-year scholarship to the
College of The Bahamas to pursue an
Associate Degree in selected disciplines.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a Bahamian student
on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Applications are available at The Bahamas Co-operative
League office on Russell Road, or from any Credit Union
or Producer/ Supplier Co-operative.
Deadline for applications is May 30,2008.

The Bahamas Co-operative League is the Apex body
for 15 Credit Unions and 5 Producer/Supplier Co-operatives
throughout The Bahamas.

Preferred Courses of Study:

Business Management Agriculture
Computer Science Marketing
Accounting/Finance Banking

Russell Road, Oakes Field
Tel: 242-302-0100 Fax: 242-328-8730
P.O. Box SS-6314 Nassau,The Bahamas

Mar alleged that Charles
Attwood, Caesars Bahamas
director, senior vice-president
and treasurer, and Harrah's
vice-chairman, had sent Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham an
October 4, 2007, letter, con-
firming the gaming giant's com-
mitment to the Cable Beach
project and its $212 million
equity investment.
Mr Attwood also signed the
supplemental Heads of Agree-
ment on Caesars Bahamas'
behalf, acknowledging and
approving the agreement's
terms and conditions, some-
thing the Bahamian govern-
ment had "insisted upon" to
confirm Harrah's participation.
Detailing a series of commu-
nications between Baha Mar
and Harrah's, the lawsuit
details how Sarkis Izmirlian,
Baha Mar's chief executive, e-
mailed Mr Attwood on Janu-
ary 17, 2008, to inform him that
he had spoken to the Prime

Minister, and that he planned
to call Mr Attwood.
Mr Attwood's e-mailed reply
later that day allegedly said:
"Spoke with him [Mr Ingra-
ham] for about half an hour.
He was quite upbeat. Said a few
things need to be finalised, and
he believes they are not signif-
icant and should be complete
on Monday. This will permit
the Cabinet to approve every-
thing on Tuesday. I warned our
guys to get the cheque book
The same day that the sup-
plemental Heads of Agreement
was signed, Gary Loveman,
Harrah's chairman, e-mailed
Mr Izmirlian to congratulate
him on the signing and say that
the company "looks forward to
working with you to bring Baha
Mar fo reality".
Baha Mar alleged that it and
Harrah's then agreed that their
joint venture would be closed
by March 15, 2008, followed a

few days later by the first meet-
ing of its Board of Directors
and a public groundbreaking to
be held on March 18, 2008.
A further e-mail exchange on
February 4, 2008, detailed that
the only outstanding issues
were Parliamentary approval
for the transfer of Treasury
Land and the acquisition of a
small parcel of land from
SuperClubs Breezes and its
owner, John Issa.
Yet even though Vern Jen-
nings, "the Harrah's defendants
main executive and point per-
son" for Baha Mar was in Nas-
sau for meetings with Baha Mar
right up until March 6, that
same afternoon Mr Attwood
sent a letter on behalf of Cae-
sars Bahamas and Harrah's ter-
minating the joint venture.
The main reasons given were
the difficulties in obtaining debt
financing given the global cred-
it/liquidity crunch, and the
delays in obtaining government
approvals and the transfer of
Treasury Land, which Harrah's
said would not be delivered "as
planned" to the joint venture.
Baha Mar alleged: "Financ-
ing is not a condition precedent
to closing under the Subscrip-
tion Agreement [joint venture],
but expressly is to be sought
after the closing has occurred."
In essence, it is arguing that
having all the financing in place
for the $2.6 billion project
before the joint venture is con-
summated was not a condition
of the agreement.
"In the event that that there
are problems obtaining financ-
ing by March 31, 2010, (or such
other date as the parties may
agree), there is a separate
mechanism in the Investors
Agreement that expressly
addresses the parties' rights in
light of difficulty in obtaining
financing," Baha Mar alleged.
"No such termination right
arises until March 2010, and
even then is subject to a buyout
provision rather than an
absolute termination right. Sim-
ply put, any downstream risk
inherent in arranging financing
has always been part of the deal
that the Harrah's defendants'
Harrah's alleged concern
over the land transfers was also
"no valid ground" for termi-
nating the joint venture, as
these were passed by the House
of Assembly on March 6. and
by the Senate on March 13,


Core responsibilities:

* Administers incoming phone calls and mail from both internal and
external customers by receiving, screening, and dispatching calls,
and drafting responses or referrals to mail.
" Prepares PowerPoint presentations when requested by the
* ,Records and prepares minutes for meetings chaired by Supervisor,
by using a laptop computer/shorthand during meetings.
*- Serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Bank's Board of Directors
in the absence of the Executive Assistant.
* Serves as the Information Bank (IB) Manager for the Bank's
online services in the absence of On-line Banking Co-ordinator.
* Compiles, prepares and maintains numerous internal Bank and
branch documents and reports.
* Perform other retirement duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Associates Degree and Certified Professional Secretary Rating, or
Certified Administrative Professional Rating
* Knowledge of Bank policies, procedures, services and terms.
* Oral and written communication skills, including etiquette and
writing skills.
* Ability to treat information with confidentiality and
* Detailed knowledge of computers to use Bank's network and its
core banking applications to complete correspondence

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

Interested persons should apply no later than

April 30th, 2008 to:

DA 62063B

c/o The Tribune

P.O. BoxN3207

Nassau, Bahamas


ALEXANDER HUDSON late of Grace Avenue,
Palmetto Village Subdivision in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above Estate are required to send
the same duly certified in writing to the undersigned on or
before the 30th day of April A.D. 2008 after which date the
Executor of the Estate will proceed to distribute the assets
having regard only to the claims of which he shall then have
had notice.

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

Aurora House
Dowdeswell Street & Dunmore Lane
P.O. Box N-102
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Executor






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bolts! (8)
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setback (4)
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11 Surprisingly, signed a drawing (6)
14 Valiant end for a solider, perhaps (3)
16 Leads around the valleys.(5)
17 The road from Uanelly (4)
19 Picture waterfowl going round the
head of the river (5)
21 Drink a quarter pint of port (5)
22 No informal fellow is
famous (5)
23 Sufficient space to moor, perhaps (4)
26 Flowery trade union
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spoilt by a novice (6)
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Fish eaten on the first of
September (4)
It might be said of an extra (5,2)
Foreign language letter to mail,
possibly (5)
Checks on the mounts (5)
Verve of a freelance (4)
Joined me at the Turk's Head (3)
A day short (3)
A lizard, or a good form of coke (5)
Insurance that seems too much for
Charlie (5)
The record book? (5)
Animal act, possibly (3)
Ripe, perhaps, in a few more days (3)
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flight (7)
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21 Board(5)
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33 Repeat

The bidding:
South West North East
1 2+ 2t Pass
2 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead queen of clubs.
Most players find that of the three
main subdivisions of bridge bid-
ding, declarer play and defense by
far the hardest to master is defense.
This deal illustrates how difficult it
sometimes can be to defend per-
fectly. -
West leads the queen of clubs,
East follows with the four and
declarer wins with the ace. Declarer
then returns a low spade.
Let's first assume that West plays
low, as most players would do. In
that case, dummy's queen wins and
South romps home with'nine tricks
consisting of a spade, six diamonds

and two clubs.
Now let's return to trick two and
see whether West should know not to
play low on South's spade lead. He
should certainly put on his thinking
cap when declarer leads the three of
First, West knows that South has
the A-K of clubs, since East did not
make an encouraging signal on the
queen of clubs. He also knows, or
should know, that South has the ace
of diamonds. It would not make
sense for declarer to ignore dummy's
powerful diamonds unless he had
that suit fully under control, which
means he has the ace.
South is thus known to have
started with eight tricks. To duck a
spade must be wrong, since if South
who opened with one spade -
has the king of spades, it allows him
to score his ninth trick. West should
therefore step up with the ace of
spades in order to attack hearts, the
only possible chink in declarer's ar-
West must be careful, however,
for if he leads the four or the king,
South still makes the contract with
proper play. Only the lead of the ten
breaks the contract. West must pro-
ceed on the assumption that East has
as good as the A-J-8-x or A-J-7-x of
hearts, in which case four heart tricks
can be cashed by starting with the
ten, regardless of how declarer
chooses to play.

APR 11
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
It's been difficult getting along wit
a spouse or a romantic partner
Aquarius. That's because yot
haven't been open-minded to thii
person's feelings.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
You'll need to change your plans this
week, Pisces. Something has come
up last-minute that you cannotnisu
out on.
ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
Don't get upset when someone seals
your idea and presents it as his own
this week, Aries. It was inadverten
and shouldn't impact your ability to
come up with other winning solutions.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
You're not over the hurdle that pre-
sented itself recently. Take your time
and you'll find a way around it, even
if it means compromising some of
your free time to do so.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Make the most of a visit from a
friend or family member this week,
Gemini. You won't see this person
for a while and you'ifeed to maxi-
mize the time spent together.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
A disagreement with a family member
leaves you hot under the collar,
Cancer. Stop being "crabby" about it
and work out a fast solution so that you
two can move on.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
It's time to make a change in your
daily activities,'Leo. You're getting
in a rut and it's affecting your rela-
tionships with others: Take, a few
days off to reflect on new goals.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Don't make any rash purchases in the
next few days, Virgo. An unexpected
bill will pop up that you haven't bud.
geted for. If need be, you might have
to ask a friend for a loan.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
A business opportunity is presented t(
you, Libra, but you're not sure if yot
should invest. Get a professional opin.
ion before you write out any cb.:'js
Otherwise, mistakes may occu-
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
You're upbeat and ready to tA:,cl
anything, Scorpio. Be as overzealous
as you'd like; things are all bound tc
go your way this week. Love ever)
minute of it.
SAGrITARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Have you checked your banking
statement lately, Sagittarius'
Your savings account is large
than you thought. Don't spend al:
the extra cash at once, though.
You're in the mood for enter;'lning
Capricorn, so have a few people over
one day this week, or throw a lavish
bash just for the heck of it. You'll be
the consummate host or hostess.







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the main
body of

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or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain
the centre letter and there must
be at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals.
Good 18; very good 27; excellent
36 (or more). Solution tomorrow.

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2 Depended(6)
3 Border (4)
4 Burnt
sugar (7)
5 Spoor(5)
6 Funeral
fires (5)
8 Destiny (4)
9 Expert (3)
12 Dog (3)
13 Prise (5)
15 Sudden
terror(5) *
18 Heathen (5)
19 Label (3)
20 Favourite (3)
21 Royal
residences (7)
22 Brick
carrier (3)
23 Madman (6)
24 Revise (4)
25 Come out (6)
26 Snake(5)
27 Answer (5)
28 Badactor(3)
30 Cipher (4)

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Karo Nuri v Josef Jurek, Swiss Open,
Winterthur 2007. Like yesterday,
today's puzzle shows a wild, unclear
position. Bqth kings are in fragile
situations in the centre, while the
opponent's queen, knights or
pawns gather for a decisive strike.
Again like yesterday, the right to
land the first punch is crucial. With
Black to play, any of Qh4+, f2+ or e2
would put White on the ropes. But
it is White's turn, and an
imaginative sequence, every move
a check, forced victory for Nuri. Can
you work out the finish? Golders
Green hosts an open-to-all, one-day
competition on Saturday. Winners
receive cash awards and national
ranking points, and there is a
special section for weaker players.
Call Adam Raoof on 07855 036537
for more details.


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is seeking candidates for three newly-created positions;
Bahamian nationals need only apply please for the following immediate
career opportunities:

1. VP of Human Resources must have 3 5 years of previous
Human Resources total department leadership experience
in a large resort or hotel to fulfill all Bahamas HR
compliance and responsibilities. Minimum B.S. degree and
successful achievement record.
Please send your confidential e-mail resume to

2. VP of Sales and Marketing must have 3 5 years of
leadership experience and total department responsibility
for all sales and marketing for an international resort
destination. 30 50% travel may be required; prefer
Bahamas-based candidates, but U.S. based will be
considered. Candidates with large marina sales
experience and group rooms achievements will be
considered first.

3. VP of Finance and Administration must have current
certifications, minimum B.S., preferred MBA/CPA
background. Only candidates with total resort/hotel
finance department responsibility will be considered
for this opportunity. Responsibilities will include finance,
contract management, internal audit, P & L leadership
training, and labor management/forecasting and staff
guide implementation.

All positions will be extended a housing allowance, base salary plus bonus
potential, and serve on the Organization Development Group (Executive
Committee) for this long-term career opportunity in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco Islands. Those with experience in real estate development and
real estate services (HOA, POA) will be given preferential consideration.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills will be necessary!

Send your resume to Bob Kramm at bobkramm@yahoo.com
Learn more about the resort at: www.abacobeachresort.com

The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour is creating a Master Plan
for expansion and upgrading of its facilities and welcomes seasoned,
proven Bahamian professionals to join this exciting challenge"'

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Core responsibilities:

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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

Growth may fall to 1-2%

FROM page one
He was supported in this
view by James Smith, the
CFAL chairman and former-
minister of state for finance,
who yesterday told The Tri-
bune that 1 per cent of-v
Bahamian gross domestic prod-
uct (GDP), which measures the
economy's total output per
annum, was between $60-$65
With Kerzner International
deferring significant portions
of its Hurricane Hole redevel-
opment to an unspecified
future date, joining Baha Mar's
$2.6 billion Cable Beach pro-
ject in the categories of those
major developments plunged
into uncertainty, Mr Smith said
any previously projected capi-
tal inflows from those two pro-
jects were unlikely to materi-
alise in 2008.
"It has to have some damp-
ening effect on our GDP," Mr
Smith told The Tribune. I
think there'll be positive
growth in the economy, but
simply not the 4 per cent we
were looking at earlier in the
"My estimate would be that
we will lose between 1.5-1 per
cent [of GDP growth], so my
guesstimate would be for 2-2.5

per cent growth," Mr Smith
However, on a brighter note,
he added: "I'm pretty upbeat
about the Bahamian economy,
because it has in-built resilience
to it."
Mr Sunderji said the
''Bahamas wofld feel the chill-
ing effects from the global
economy and financial market
disruption simply because it
was so hugely dependent on
the US economy, which sup-
plied 80-85 per cent of annual
visitor arrivals.
US consumers, he pointed
out, were "deeply in debt' with
house prices falling and the
financial markets in disarray,
all factors that would encour-
age Americans to rein in
spending and disposable
income, which financed luxu-
ries such as vacations in the
Foreign direct investment
projects had already been "cur-
tailed" by the global credit/liq-
uidity crunch, Mr Sunderji said,
as this had made it difficult for
them to obtain debt financing
at all or at the right interest
rates. Projects reliant on heavy
real estate pre-sales for cash
flow and financing were espe-
cially susceptible, as potential
buyers were finding it difficult
to access mortgage financing.

"The net effect of all these
things is that our economy will
slow down very swiftly, and we
will have 12-18 months of slow
to little growth," Mr Sunderji
told The Tribune.
"I think improvement will
only occur after this period.
Definitely, we will see shorter
work weeks, tighter liquidity,
construction curtailed and gov-
ernment revenues impacted.
"This is a time for belt tight-
ening, and individuals and
companies to be prudent in
managing cash flow. Twelve to
18 months is not an unreason-
able time.
"The recovery of the
Bahamian economy is going to
be hugely influenced by the
US, and the current prognosis
on the US is that it will get
worse this year, and some
nascent recovery next year."
Mr Sunderji added that the
Bahamas was likely "looking
at 1-2 per cent growth" for
2008, with the foreign exchange
reserves likely to suffer a
"material impact" as the capital
inflows the Central Bank and
government had been count-
ing on from Baha Mar and
Kerzner were unlikely to mate-
rialise this year.
Mr Smith agreed that US
consumers were likely to con-
tinue reducing spending for 12-
18 months, impacting tourist
However, he said the
Bahamas was unlikely to be
impacted as heavily as the US
by global events. The US$'s
weakness against currencies
such as the euro meant Amer-
icans were likely to vacation at
home or in countries such as
the Bahamas, with its one-to-
one peg to the US$, where
their purchasing power would
be greater.
To minimise the impact from
a reduction in spending by
tourists and Bahamian con-
sumers, plus a downturn in for-.
eign direct investment inflows,
Mr Smith urged the Govern-
ment to take the initiative by
stimulating the housing mar-
This would have a tremen-
dous ripple effect, Mr Smith
added, as 50 per cent of con-
struction spending went in rev-
enues to contractors and
salaries for workers.

Looking for an experienced

Fund Administrator

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


No.: 500-17-028192-055

JEAN ROBILLARD, of the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton &
Cie, in its capacity of provisional co-liquidator of Focus Management
Inc., Ivest Fund Limited, Tricap Futures Fund Limited and Gestion de
Capital Triglobal Inc.


TRICAP FUTURES FUND LIMITED, legal person having its head
office located at 308 East Bay, P.O. Box 9058, New Providence,
Bahamas, & als


Plaintiff advises defendant Tricap Futures Fund Limited ("Tricap")
that it filed in Superior Court, Commercial Division of the district of
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a Motion to institute proceedings in
recognition and execution of foreign decisions and List of exhibits
(altogether the "Motion").

To file an answer to this action, Tricap must file an Appearance, in
writing, personally or through an attorney, at the office of the court
of the Montreal Courthouse located at 1 Notre Dame Street East,
Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada, H2Y 1B6 (the "Montreal
Courthouse"), within a 20-day delay of the issue of the present notice
in the Tribune newspaper in Bahamas.

If Tricap fails to file an Appearance within the time limit indicated, a
judgment by default may be rendered against Tricap, without further
notice, in conformity with the conclusions of the Motion. If Tricap files
an appearance, the Motion will be presented before the Court on May
5, 2008, at 9:00 am, in room 16.10 of the Montreal Courthouse.

Tricap may obtain a copy of the Motion at the office of the court of the
Montreal Courthouse or by contacting plaintiff's counsel, McCarthy
Tetrault LLP, attn. Me Jocelyn Perreault, suite 2500, 1000 De La
Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3B 0A2, tel: 514-397-
7092, fax: 514-875-6246.


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

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