The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: April 18, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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108 0U1 8U

Taxpayers' cash

goes astray in new

housing scandal

MORE than $3 million in
taxpayers' money is unac-
counted for in the Ministry of
Housing's records, a new
report reveals.
It said gross lapses in trans-
parency and accountability
occurred at the ministry dur-
ing the financial year ending
June, 2006, which led to $1.4
million being given to one
company and $1.8 million to
another, without officials pro-
viding documentation to indi-
cate the work carried out, the
materials provided, the loca-
tion where the materials were
sent or the projects the mate-
rials were provided for.
This comes after numerous
allegations of mismanagement
and possible corruption at the
Ministry of Housing, includ-
ing claims by contractors that
high level officials were forc-
ing them to pay bribes in
return for contracts.
A Tribune investigation also
revealed financial irregulari-
ties at the ministry which
officials were either unable to
explain, or refused to com-
ment on.
The latest revelations, com-
ing out of the Auditor Gen-
eral's report tabled in the
House of Assembly, indicat-
ed that a scripting of the cash-
book at the ministry revealed
large payments made to a
company for materials sup-
plied and renovations done.
However, the auditors were
not provided with contracts
for this establishment nor did

they see any bids with respect
to renovations or building
Some payments to this com-
pany ranged from April to
December, 2005.
There were three payments
related to repairs to a 10-unit
complex iiFreeport totalling
$385,195.40, but auditors saw
no documentation to indicate
the work carried out.
They were also not able to
confirm the number of units.
In addition, the Auditor
General noted that two pay-
ments totalling $915,099.48
were made in May, 2005, and
June, 2005, with respect to
building materials for the
South East and Central
Again, the auditors saw no
documentation to show the
materials provided, the place
or location where the materi-
als were sent or the projects
the materials were provided
"In an effort to enhance
transparency and account-
ability we recommend that the
relevant contracts, documen-
tation showing the nature and
extent of work carried out on
10-unit complex Freeport,
Grand Bahama; the number
of 10-unit complexes, a listing
of material supplied to the SE
and Central Bahamas and the
islands where materials were
sent to and specified projects
the materials were for," the
SEE page eight

TAXIS MAKE their way down Bay Street yesterday. Some taxi
drivers are urging the government to approve a fare rate
increase as they cope with 'exorbitant' operating costs and
rising fuel prices. Now, former vice-president of the Bahamas
Taxi Cab Union Cheryl Ferguson has come out in support of
the drivers.

bank transactions makes it
easier for errors and fraud
to go undetected with
respect to some accounts
at Her Majesty's Prison,
the newly-released Audi-
tor General's Report
The report for the year
ended June, 2006, tabled
in the House of Assembly,
recommended that man-
agement provide an up-to-
date list of bank accounts
and approval/authorisation
for opening several bank
accounts and said that
these accounts should be
reconciled on a monthly
"At the time of our
review we were only made
aware of nine bank
accounts in operation at
Her Majesty's Prisons.
However, we received con-
firmation that there are 11
bank accounts," the report
Surprisingly, these bank
SEE page eight

Three new

cases of


in Exuma
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Health
yesterday confirmed that three
new cases of malaria have
been detected in Exuma.
Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis emphasised
yesterday that this does not
constitute an outbreak.

Dr Minnis told The Tribune
that three people, one
Bahamian and two foreigners,
had been diagnosed with the
SEE page eight

Officers arraigned on upgraded
charges in connection with beating
TWO police officers charged in the brutal beating of a father-
of-six who died in January were formally arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday on upgraded charges.
Corporal Donavon Gardiner, 35, who was initially charged
with causing grievous harm to Desmond Key, 28, was arraigned
before Magistrate Guillimena Archer at Court 10, Nassau
Street, on the upgraded charge of manslaughter while Consta-
ble Tavares Bowleg, 31, who was initially charged with abetting
in the offence of causing grievous harm, was arraigned on the
SEE page eight



Report reveals
that most large
contracts are
awarded without
bidding process
Tribune Staff Reporter
MOST high-paying govern-
ment works contracts are
awarded to companies which
do not compete for them in
the regular bidding processes,
the newly-released Auditor
General's Report for 2006
The report, tabled in parlia-
ment on Wednesday, said the
audit of the Ministry of Works
and Utilities raised "serious
concerns" about the contract-
ing process and indicated that
the selection of contractors is
not conducted in an "open,
transparent or fair manner."
An analysis conducted dur-
ing the audit showed that
more than three-quarters of
the Ministry of Works' high-
value contracts are being
awarded to firms without any
These findings, the audit
report said, are strongly sup-
SEE page eight

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0 In brief

Police mount
probe after
discovery of
A HIGH-powered firearm
was accidentally discovered by
an employee of a vacation
property on Bimini, police say.
The weapon was found at
around 11am on Wednesday.
The employee was report-
edly working around a fuel
tank when he moved a pallet
and found a chrome and black
.357 Ruger revolver loaded
with five hollow-point bullets.
Bimini police officers
retrieved the weapon and sent
it to the Police Forensic Lab
for testing.
Police say an investigation
has been launched.
Public urged
to attend
TEMPLE of The Word
Ministries will be holding a
walk-a-thon on April 19
beginning at 6am at the
pinewood garden Park. The
general public is invited to
"Come and walk for health
and spiritual development,"
the church said.

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* Bank deposits reportedly did not always tally with daily intake

Auditor General expresses concern over

GRAVE concern has been "We
expressed by the Auditor Gen- there I
eral over certain practices at the duties
Registrar General's Department. mente
In one case daily bank deposits cash
did not always correspond with record
the daily intake, as shown on the are ba
end-of-day reports. on a da
The report for the year ended In ad
June, 2006, tabled in the House genera
of Assembly, said variations of altered
differences between the reports in the
and deposits culminated in a net The
deposit over end-of-day reports this m;
in the amount of $128,728. concern
"We recommend that senior a line
management reconcile deposits ures or
with the end-of-day reports and signed
provide the audit with an expla- making
nation for the differences as a "Fu
matter of priority. issued


I Pleasan Brdeae

PLEASANT Bridgewater
dropped another two people off
her list of challenged voters yes-
terday in Election Court just as
one of the duo was about to tes-
Lewis Missick had just taken
the witness stand for Zhivargo
Laing, and had just sworn in,
when Ms Bridgewater's lead
attorney Philip Davis told
Senior Justice Anita Alien and
Justice Jon Isaacs that his side
was no longer challenging Mr
Missick and his wife Connie.
This latest subtraction from
the Bridgewater list brings the
total number of voters she is
challenging down to 82 people.
Mr Laing is challenging 23 vot-
There have been many adjust-

e further recommend that
be adequate segregation of
and that systems be imple-
d promptly to ensure that
intake and accounting
s inclusive of bank deposits
lanced and accounted for
aily basis," the report said.
addition, duplicate copies of
al receipts were found to be
i and no positing was seen
Auditor General said that
atter is viewed with "grave
n" and recommended that
be drawn through the fig-
Sworks to be corrected duly
and dated by the officer
g the corrections.
rather, all general receipts
should be posted in the

al Department
cashbook. An explanation should issued for newborn infant
be provided by management report said.
regarding these transactions," the It also recommended
report said. The Auditor Gener- register be implemented
al's report recommended that the properly maintained to
register be properly maintained and monitor the vital stx
as it would assist in strengthening books and these books she
controls over the registration of issued in sequence.
births. The review of births b
It said the review of the new range from January, 20
birth register to verify the number June, 2006, showed that
of birth certificates issued "free of registered were beyond the
charge" for newborns showed year period on which applii
that the register did not contain were made for registrat
pertinent information such as the such births.
child's name, the father's name "It is recommended tha
and place of birth, the mother or agement review the listing
the father's occupation or the explain the reasons why
mother's place of birth, were entered in the re
"We were unable to determine beyond the three-year I
the correctness of the certificates required by law," the repo.


s," the
that a
d and
muld be
y date
05, to
ion of
t man-
ig and
rt said.

drops another

of challenged
tus of voters during the six periods
month period before the elec- weeks.
tion, or on information on the In An
person's citizenship from a gov- for craw
ernment agency or other his brot
sources. Three witnesses testi- would
fled yesterday in Election Court his siste.
including Roland Rolle, an auto- The ju
mobile mechanic. Mr Rolle, who mine ba
gave his address as number five his test
Albatross Circle, Grand dence
Bahama, told the court that due Rolle o0
to the poor economic conditions this peri
on the island in recent years, he Both
has had to travel and work in the just
Nassau and Andros, along with that this
doing work he could find in by the
oth parties Grand Bahama. Laing ho
Altogeth- When asked by Mr Davis, Mr senting
is dropped Rolle said he could not recall If his
t thus far, where he lived during the six to bring
dropped 73 month period in the run up to the 23
the election. lenging
irt, make He said that when he would against t
onmicom- travel either to Nassau or water is
living sta- Andros where he would stay for likely to

"We recommend
that senior
reconcile deposits
with the end-of-
day reports and
provide the audit
with an explana-
tion ...

Tabled report


of one, two or three
idros, Mr Rolle fished
fish along with two of
hers, and in Nassau, he
work as a mechanic with
r's boyfriend.
istices will have to deter-
ised on the entirety of
imony and other evi-
produced, where Mr
ordinarily resided during
parties in this case told
ices several weeks ago
s case should conclude
end of this month. Mr
however, only began pre-
his case this week.
attorney Fred Smith is
Evidence in support of
voters his side is chal-
,along with evidence
:he 82 voters Ms Brideg-
challenging, the case is
go on well in to May.

ments to the lists' of bo
since the case began.
er, Ms Bridgewater ha
52 people off her lisi
while Mr Laing has d:
people from his list.
Both sides, in pa
these decisions based
ing information on the

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Soaring on the wings of angels.
Basking in the glory of God.
Until we meet again.

Cheishd and missed.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

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0 In brief

Vessel stolen

in Abaco
Tribune Freeport
POLICE officers in the
northern Bahamas are search-
ing for a go-fast boat that was
stolen from Hope Town,
According to reports, Gre-
gory Roberts reported to
Marsh Harbour Police that
his yellow and green Venture
vessel, registration number
FL9482KD, was stolen some-
time between 5.45pm on
Monday, April 14, and
6.15pm on Tuesday, April 15,
from Marina Creek.
The vessel, which was
equipped with twin 250hp
Yamaha outboard engines, is
valued at around $170,000.
Anyone who spots the
stolen vessel is asked to noti-
fy the duty officer at the
Police Dispatch Centre in
Freeport by calling 919 or 911.

Man charged

with firearm,


FREEPORT A man was
charged with firearm and
ammunition possession in the
Eight Mile Rock Magistrate
Court on Thursday.
Renard Fulford, 22, of
Hanna Hill, EMR, appeared
before Magistrate Gwen
It is alleged that on April
16 at EMR, Grand Bahama,
the accused was found in pos-
session of a firearm. He
pleaded not guilty to the
Fulford was granted $7,000
bail with sureties on the first
count and $5,000 bail with
sureties on the second count.
The matter was adjourned
to June 23.

St John's College

to host father

and son seminar
UNDER the theme,
"Boyz 2 Men a decent
transition" the guidance
department of St John's
College will host its first
ever father and son semi-
nar on Thursday, April 24
from 7pm to 9pm in the
school's auditorium.
Tommy Turnquest, Min-
ister of National Security
and MP for Mt Moriah, will
officially open the seminar
and presenters will include
Charles Sealy, CEO of
Doctors Hospital and Chief
Superintendent of Police
Keith Bell, officer in
charge of the Prosecutions
Division of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
According to the school,
the purpose of this event is
to provide a forum for
information and discussion
where male students par-
ticularly in grades six
through eight, along with
their fathers, can receive
tips and advice to continue
to build on their relation-
The school hopes to pos-
itively impact the develop-
ment of boys so that they
become decent, responsible



Post Office Department travel

spending comes under scru

TRAVEL spending at the
Post Office Department came
under scrutiny in the most
recent Auditor General's
Report tabled in the
House of Assembly on
When reviewing the travel
and subsistence record, the
report noted that relevant
documents including copies of
tickets and hotel bills were not
being provided and the clear-
ance reports lacked the signa-
tures of the officer who trav-
elled and the head of depart-

Auditor General's

Report tabled in House

The Auditor General's
report for year ended June
2006 recommended that trav-
el documents including all
copies of airline tickets and
lodging receipts be produced.
"We also recommended
that clearance report reflect
the signatures of the officer
who travelled and head of
department," the report said.

During the review, the
Auditor General noted that
the duplicates rather than
original invoices were
attached to payment vouch-
"We consider this not to be
a desirable tradition as figures
are likely to be altered. We
therefore recommended that
this practice be refrained from

and that original invoices be
used," the report said.
It was also noted that cash
collections were not banked
in an opportune fashion.
According to the records,
there were instances when the
banking of cash occurred

more than six months after
The Auditor General rec-
omrnended, in order that max-
imum use of these funds be
made, that the cash should be
banked at the earliest oppor-

TWO men appeared in Magistrate's Court on
attempted murder charges.
Jamal Malibu Williams, 24, of Tynum Heights
was arraigned before Chief magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One, Bank Lane on Wednesday,
charged with the attempted murder of Richard
Knowles Sr.
Williams was not required to plead to the
charge and was remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison. The case was adjourned to April 29 and
transferred to Court 10, Nassau Street.
Tamico Ferguson, 31, of Fox Hill also appeared

THE Ministry of Health and
Social Development says it will
focus on creating healthier work-
places across the Bahamas that
embrace illness prevention and
wellness strategies.
Work places should take into
account "the organisational and
societal determinants" of workers'
health and offer protection from
occupational hazards, Minister of
Health and Social Development
Dr Hubert Minnis said.
Addressing the second annual
Research Day hosted by the
School of Clinical Medicine and
Research of the University of the
West Indies and sponsored by the
Royal Bank of Canada, Dr Minnis
said that in order to ensure the fur-
ther development of the Bahamas,
the country must ensure that more
people are in better health to cre-
ate a healthier workforce.
"Furthermore," he said, "it
needs a healthier workforce com-
prised of members who are com-
mitted to building healthy lives for
themselves and are also committed
to contributing to the improved
health of others within their areas
of work and the wider community.
Dr Minnis said that "as early as
1996" efforts were made by the
Ministry of Health to develop a
National Workers Health Plan that
would help accomplish the afore-
mentioned objectives.
He said that, in 2000, technical
assistance was granted by the Pan
American Health Organisation
(PAHO) to support the further
development of the plan with input
from representatives of "formal
and informal sectors," including
the National Insurance Board, the
Department of Labour and the
Department of Environmental
Health Services.
"At that time, stakeholders
recognized the need for the review
and updating of existing legisla-
tion to support the intent of the
plan," Dr Minnis said. "In -this
regard, the subsequent enactment
of the Health, and Safety at Work
Act, 2002, and the Employment
Act, 2001, signalled a significant
accomplishment for all workers
relative to employee benefits and
occupational health and safety."
Dr Minnis said that during the

before Chief magistrate Gomez on Wednesday on
a similar charge.
Court dockets allege that Ferguson, alias "Syn-
dicate" and "Tall Boy", attempted to cause the
death of Jamal Cooper.
Court dockets also allege that Ferguson caused
grievous harm to Cooper.
Ferguson was not required to plead to the
charges and was remanded to Her Majesty's
His case has also been adjourned to April 29
and transferred to Court 10, Nassau Street.

:.',.- ,, ;. , :;. :

MINISTER OF Health and Social Development Dr Hubert Minnis
reviews some of the books on display during the second annual
Research Day, hosted by the School of Clinical Medicine and Research,
University of the West Indies.

60th World Health Assembly in
2007, WHO member-states
endorsed a Global Plan of Action
on Workers Health for 2008-2017.
He said the Plan of Action out-
lines five objectives which can be
adapted by countries to meet their
particular circumstances.
The objectives are:
to devise and implement poli-
cy instruments on workers' health
* to protect and promote health
at the workplace -
Sto improvethe performance
of, and access to, occupational ser-
to provide and communicate
evidence for action and practice

to incorporate workers' health
into other policies.
"It is also worth noting that the
Plan of Action acknowledges that
the health of workers is not only
determined by workplace hazards,
but also by social and individual
factors and access to health ser-
vices," Dr Minnis said.
"The research findings today
are, therefore, relevant to capacity
building in the monitoring process
that could assist in evidence-based
decision making as we seek to fur-
ther address trends as identified
not only within the identified target
group, but workers generally," Dr
Minnis said.



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Neighbourly help
THE Bahamas is right to involve itself at
the forefront of regional discussions on the
future of Haiti. As the nation hardest hit by
fall-out from that country's continuing eco-
nomic woes, it has more than a duty to help
set Haiti on the right course, it has a vested
interest in doing so to stem a possible new
mass influx of refugees.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his
government have been in touch with the Hait-
ian president, Rene Preval, with a possible
view to advancing CARICOM financial help
in an attempt to soften the impact of rocket-
ing food prices on a nation which is already
on its knees. Recent riots in the streets of
Port-au-Prince were not simply the product of
all-too-familiar Haitian volatility, they were
more the result of genuine desperation mixed
with despair. When people are hungry, they
are moved to extremes. In the circumstances,
the storming of the National Palace gates
was inevitable. Because of the uneasy atmos-
phere in Haiti at the moment, it is possible
that The Bahamas will become the venue for
a Caribbean Action Task Force meeting to
discuss its future.
One item on the agenda is bound to be
the extent to which the region can invest in
Haiti, which has somehow managed, over
two centuries of corruption and mismanage-.
ment, to reduce'the Caribbean's richest ter-
rain to a moonscape where little or nothing
grows. Decimation of Haitian forests, degra-
dation of its farmlands, and the ravages of:'a
sometimes harsh tropical climate have trans-
formed Haiti from a land of almost limitless
potential to.a slurry pit of despond.
The unwise removal of millions of trees
has led to a massive loss of topsoil in a coun-
try which once produced an abundance of
revenue-earning crops, including coffee.
As a result, this nation of some seven mil-
lion souls is now unable to feed itself. It is
dependent on rice and other staples from
foreign lands, leaving itself hopelessly vul-
nerable to shifting prices.
The increasing cost of rice is, in fact, the
root cause of Haiti's latest troubles. With
grumbling bellies and no sign of action from
their government, Haiti's poor began setting
fires, as they have since the days of Tous-
saint and Dessalines whenever they have
wished to express disgruntlement.
Bahamian businessmen have been encour-
aged in the past to investigate investment
opportunities in Haiti. With its hard-working

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for a stricken land
and frequently extremely able people, there
is no doubt it has most of the basics for
revival. If Haitian agriculture could be taken
in hand, and new industries established, there
is a chance that the outward flow of starving
people could be staunched, relieving The
Bahamas among others of the burden
inflicted by the refugee exodus.
The problem, though, has always been sta-
bility. Few businesses wish to operate in a
hostile, dangerous and fundamentally uncon-
genial environment.
Barring two periods of US occupation and
three decades of Duvalierism, when stability
came courtesy of the Tontons Macoute and
their much-feared prison, Fort Dimanche,
Haiti has known little stability worthy of the
name, except perhaps the relatively golden
years of President Paul Magloire in the early
At every other period of its history, Haiti
has been a hell-hole of political ferment, with
presidents changing in a kaleidoscopic blur
every couple of years, many of them looting
the treasury before heading for the airport.
Therein lies Haiti's dilemma. It needs sta-
bility to prosper, but can't attain stability
because its lack of prosperity induces chron-
ic discontent. Every time its people take to
the streets its chances of being seen as a lure
for outside investment sustain a crippling
blow. That being said, it's encouraging to see
th t The Bahamas; and Haiti's other
Cribbeainnieighbours, are not ready to give
up on the country yet.
Ever since Napoleonic times, when burning
villages in Haiti sent an acrid stench across
vast swathes of the Caribbean, it has been
referred to by Cubans, Jamaicans and
Dominicans as a damned country without
hope, a cauldron of turmoil.
Yet in the first decade of the 21st century,
Caribbean neighbours most with economic
troubles of their own are ready to deliberate
on possible solutions to Haiti's seemingly
intractable problems.
With the World Bank now injecting some
cash, and Preval's government struggling to
preserve order, there is still a chance that
Haiti will emerge from yet another crisis to
face another sunrise. Hopeless it may appear
in so many respects, but resilience in the face
of adversity is a quality it has in abundance, as
proved repeatedly ever since its indepen-
deine in 1804. Maybe that will prove to be its

Tabling of


documents is a

violation of law

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT was recently reported in
the local press that a private
and confidential letter was
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly that revealed doubts Mr
Izmirlian had about investing
billions of dollars in the
This touched off a firestorm
of criticism between the PLP
and FNM about the issue of
confidentiality and transparen-
cy in public affairs.
The member for Fox Hill
argued that this revelation sent
a "chilling" message to any
future investor that they can-
not in fact put their negotiating
postures in writing (to the Free
National Movement govern-
ment) because somebody is
going to pick it up and violate
that confidence, and it is very
I would take it a step further
and argue that all correspon-
dence between Cabinet and
investors are part and parcel of
cabinet minutes and therefore
protected by law for thirty
years. The tabling of these con-
fidential letters is a violation of
that law.
Further it is, in my opinion, a
violation of the oath of secrecy
taken by a minister when he or
she is sworn in as a minister of
the government.
In a press release to respond
to the Honourable Member
from Fox Hill, the chairman of
the FNM stated that the confi-
dential letter released by the
FNM indicated that the PLP
was "incompetent, ineffective
and untrustworthy" during
those negotiations. I beg to dif-

fer as the letter from the princi-
pals from Harrah's clearly indi-
cated that the FNM government
was "incompetent, ineffective,
and untrustworthy" and was
partly responsible for their with-
drawal from the joint venture.
The letter states:
"When coupled with Prime
Minister Ingraham's comments
to the House of Assembly yes-
terday, we do not believe that
the land will be delivered to the
joint venture as planned."
The letter further states the
"As of today, several condi-
tions remain unsatisfied and the
Prime Minister has now pub-
licly stated that he questions
your financial wherewithal and
ability to meet the deadlines
imposed by the government
both of which are crucial to the
success of the project."
The record showed that when
the Prime Minister signed the
amended heads of agreement
with Baha Mar, he publicly stat-
ed that the project was good for
the Bahamas.
He then went to parliament
and talked down the project
thereby clearly shaking the con-
fidence of the principals
involved in the project; this kind
of behaviour has to raise ques-
tions of trust.
In the press release, Mr Fer-
guson indicated that "any con-
fidentiality that may have been
required at any point has long
since fallen away, and the FNM

government rightly decided to
give the Bahamian people a full
accounting after picking up the
pieces and trying to straighten
out the mess left behind by the
I disagree that a mess was left
behind by the PLP. Again the
record shows that the Baha Mar
deal became a mess after the
FNM government renegotiated
it and made certain public and
ill-advised statements about the
project. As for the FNM gov-
ernment's decision to "give the
Bahamian people a full
accounting," I urge the FNM
government to put those words
into practice and give the
Bahamian people a full
accounting of the role of the
Minister of State for Finance
played in the reclassification of
the Mone Vie drink. This action
was described as both "inap-
propriate" and allegedly "ille-
gal" by the former Controller
of Customs.
Mr Ferguson is well advised
that governments cannot be
selectively transparent and
accountable as it deepens cyni-
cism and weakens trust and con-
fidence in government by the
The tabling of the documents
does raise a legitimate question
about the parameters of cabi-
nets, what is protected by law,
and what is fair game. A more
constructive public engagement
is necessary to reach a consen-
sus on the legal interpretation of
"Cabinets Minutes" and the
rule of law.
March, 2008.

Put a warning label on Mitchell stories

Editor, The Tribune
SOME news stories should
have warning labels.
A page 3 story in The Tri-
bune of Tuesday, April 15,2008,
features Mr Fred Mitchell,
Member of Parliament for Fox
Hill, lamenting the 'deplorable
work conditions' at the Envi-
ronmental Health Department
in Nassau Court.
Of course, these conditions
only happened after May 2,
2007, since the government that
Mr Mitchell served in as Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs and the
Public Service was voted out of

One is also given to wonder
why, after verbally beating the
press over the years, Mr
Mitchell would not see the irony
of summoning certain reporters
to cover his escapades.
Cigarettes come with a warn-
ing label.
Medication comes with a
warning label.
Certain household products
come with warning labels.
Accordingly, I propose that

from here on, the press should
include a warning label on all
Fred Mitchell stories, something
like: Warning, this story may
cause weakness because, when
hypocrisy is inflicted upon an
audience, it causes all sorts of
maladies. Shock, despair and
worst of all incessant laughter.
Does anyone take his stuff
seriously anymore?
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SIn brief

Bush's long-awaited
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PRESIDENT Bush has final-
ly set a target date for reining in
U.S. emissions of greenhouse
gases but the plan is falling flat
in the international arena,
where critics have long accused
him of not moving quickly
enough on tackling global
warming, according to Associat-
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"Losership instead of leader-
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minister said Thursday of
Bush's new strategy. A major
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Chinese official added.
Bush's speech Wednesday, in
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must stop the growth of its
emissions of carbon dioxide and
other heat-trapping gases by
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Beyond the buzz over Bush,
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sources beyond corn and other
food crops, the chief French
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of biofuels is blamed in part for
grain shortages and rising food
prices that have caused recent
riots in several countries.
Bush's speech hung like a
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Since Bush rejected the
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ide and other greenhouse gases
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Bush argued that the risks of
climate change weren't clear
and that the Kyoto pact's
mandatory emissions cuts for
industrialized nations would
hurt the U.S. economy while
not covering rapidly growing
economic competitors like Chi-
na and India.
Over the past year or so,
Bush has gradually acknowl-
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warming, amid increasingly
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backs calls for fare rate increase

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER vice-president of the
Bahamas Taxi Cab Union Cheryl
Ferguson has joined the taxi dri-
vers urging the government to
approve a fare rate increase for
struggling cab drivers as they cope
with "exorbitant" operating costs
and rising fuel prices.
Ms Ferguson said the proposed
increase is desperately needed as
mounting gas prices which
clocked in at a record high of $5.03
at Esso and $5.02 Texaco stations
on Thursday are steadily eating
into drivers' profits. This, coupled
with costly leasing fees, is crip-
pling the nation's taxi operators,
she said yesterday.
"We really need a rate increase.
Taxi drivers pay up to $100 a day
for gas and most taxi drivers are
leasing cars and paying up to $400
week (to lease) a car, some are
paying $100 a week to lease a
(licence) plate, and have bank pay-
ments on these cars, and still have
to pay for gas.
"It is affecting our business
because more than half of our

Cheryl Ferguson says proposed
rise is desperately needed

money is going for gas, so it's cut-
ting into our profits and we're tak-
ing less money home, spending
less at the foodstore because we
are making less money".

Ms Ferguson said that the taxi
rate does not reflect the rising cost
of living as was last increased in
1991. Critics of the proposed
increase contend that Bahamians
will not be able to afford higher
rates, but the former union exec-
utive argued with this.
"The last rate increase we got I
helped negotiate that was in 1991.
Prior to that it was 12 years before
that when we got a rate increase.
We need a rate increase as soon as
possible because we are hurting.
Everything is going up so the rate
needs to go up even if its a few
dollars, but we need some relief."
She criticised current union
executives for not doing enough

to ensure that taxi drivers' con-
cerns were duly noted by the gov-
"The bus drivers are making
noise, but the taxi drivers, we have
no one fighting for us no voice,
but the voice is now me," said Ms
Ferguson, who referred to recent
press conferences held by the Pub-
lic Transport Association which
called for an increase in jitney
prices in light of rising fuel costs.
The union has appealed to the
government to adjust fixed zone
rates but not metre rates,
Bahamas Taxi Cab Union presi-
dent Leon Griffin told Tribune
Business earlier in the month.
On Thursday, international
crude oil prices hit record highs,
hovering over $115 a barrel.
Experts contend that a weakened
US dollar along with increased
demand from emerging Asian
markets are catalysts for the con-
tinued spike in oil prices.
As long as demand continues
to outweigh supply, oil prices will
continue climbing, analysts pre-

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THE skyrocketing food
prices in the Bahamas
and our over dependence on
imported food increases the like-
lihood of our country tinkering
on the brink of a food crisis.
Over the last five years, the
escalation in the price of oil has
had a trickledown effect on the
cost of food which has left
Bahamians saddled with more
bills and grim financial outlooks.
According to the Food and
Agriculture Organisation, food
prices across the globe have risen
by 45 per cent. In a recent appear-
ance on the morning television
show Bahamas at Sunrise, local
economist Rupert Pinder claimed
that food has been marked up by
200-300 per cent in the Bahamas.
This is flabbergasting!
"The Bahamas is really a small
open economy, small in the sense
that we are very dependent on
the outside world in terms of
trade and imports. The country
has an importing economy, as 80
per cent of what we consume is
imported," Mr Pinder said.
Mr Pinder also suggested that
the taxes being applied to basic
commodities are driving up the
cost of living.
For many years, consecutive
governments have pursued an ill-
advised singular economic model
that is reliant on foreign invest-
ment tourism and the finan-
cial sector while slighting agri-
cultural development as if it was
not a priority. These days,
although there are large quanti-
ties of unused crown land, our
governments' apparent conde-
scension towards farming and
agribusiness has fostered apathy
for farming among the citizenry.
Today, age has caught up with
the remaining, yet greatly dimin-
ished group of Out Island farm-
ers, and thus far the government
has done little to encourage local



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food production and recruit
youngsters to enter the field.
Indeed, beyond the fact that
The Bahamas has no real influ-
ence on world economic affairs, it
is in part the fault of our govern-
ments why we continue to be a
dependent price-taker. With the
explosion of food prices, the
Bahamas is an economically undi-
versified country facing a looming

According to food agencies
around the world, the hike in
food prices is due to mounting oil
prices, a population boom in
developing countries, drought and
floods associated. with global
warming and an increased
demand for bio-fuels/alternative
energy. Furthermore, World
Bank statistics suggest that world
food prices have shot up by 80
per cent since 2005, which is dis-
astrous for our needy country,
which has its currency pegged to
the ever-plummeting US dollar.
When compared to the 1990s, a
dollar buys far less.
While other countries have
heavily invested in their agricul-
tural sector, Bahamian govern-
ments have dilly-dallied and
wanted to be fed by international
producers. Moreover, the rising
cost of energy amplifies our
dependency on imports, because
the cost of transport and bloated
freight rates are being passed on
to consumers. How can we real-
istically consider ourselves to be a
truly independent nation when
we depend on foreign countries
for everything?
Prescott Smith, a social activist
and president of the Bahamas
Sportfishing and Conservation
Association, blames our eco-
nomic model and the local mer-
chant elite for the Bahamas' fail-
ure to nourish our agricultural


industry. Mr Smith asserts that
"a few merchants who would pre-
fer to maintain total economic
control by the continuation of us
being dependent on imports at
the expense of us feeding our-
selves is one of the main reasons
for very high food prices in The
Bahamas. The governments over
the years have lacked the true
will to encourage and support
agriculture in a real way to reduce
imports and a dependency with
regards to us feeding ourselves.
"As I have looked back over
the period of 90-plus years we
continue to follow the same Euro-
centric model and that is the rea-
son we don't see the real changes.
that are needed to move us for-
ward. Most of our leaders have
been mis-educated in having very
little confidence in black Bahami-
ans to really be able to make a
real difference in moving us to
real changes which we so badly
need," he said.
In addressing food prices and
the local farming industry, the
Nassau Institute's Rick Lowe
espouses another view, stating:
"The prices in the food stores
in Florida are even shocking.
With all the special equipment
and fertilisers available today,
farming is much easier than years
gone by, yet the number of farm-
ers is declining. I categorically do
not believe that we can be self-
sufficient in food. It's a pipe-
Locally, consumers are not get-
ting value for money. Breadbas-
ket items such as flour, butter,
cheese and canned goods have all
been outrageously priced. The
cost of living has exploded .as
marine products, processed veg-
etables and fresh fruits have been
increased between December,
2005, and December, 2006.
On Wednesday, Eulamae Gor-
don, the chief price inspector at
the Department of Consumer
Affairs, told me that the govern-
ment's purview on price control is
limited to certain items. Accord-
ing to Ms Gordon, the maximum
retail and wholesale prices of
breadbasket items such as cook-
ing oil, flour, grits, margarine,
mayonnaise, rice, sugar, cheese
butter and tomato paste is calcu-
lated and monitored by price con-
trol. Ms Gordon's comments
come amidst allegations of price
gouging and selling expired prod,-
ucts by local merchants.
It appears that in the midst of
already soaring prices, some
retailers/wholesalers have brazen-
ly flaunted in the face of price
controls and bilked already suf-
fering consumers, whose earnings
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like to hold out the possibility
of forgiveness for Mugabe, but
"the more he is digging in, the
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Nearly three weeks have
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Looking for

Tourism office ushers in

new era in Long Island

MINISTER of Tourism and Avi-
ation Neko Grant officially opened
a Ministry of Tourism office in Long
Island this week, a sign of the ever-
increasing importance Long Island
plays in the Bahamas' tourism
The office opening in the Deal's
area preceded the official opening
of the Long Island Breeze resort in
Salt Pond. Mr Grant pointed to the
increase in tourism properties in
Long Island as one of the signals of
Long Island's growth.,
"Long Island has such a wonder-
ful product that it is a true treasure
to all Bahamians and the thousands
upon thousands of visitors who are
making their way here," he said.

"In addition to increasing and
upgrading accommodations, you
have unmatched natural scenery.
There is Dean's Blue Hole, where
international diving records are set.
We must tell the world more about
Mr Grant added that the Min-
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about other of Long Island's impres-
sive features. These include myste-
rious caves and other natural assets.
"But what visitors would enjoy

most is the Long Island hospitality,"
Mr Grant said. "There are strong,
special, and inviting personalities
here. Among them are Delbert
Cartwright and Cacique Award
winner Jerry Knowles, just to name
two. Just to meet these kinds of peo-
ple will make any vacation a lasting
memory. So we will do all we can to
bring visitors here, through this
office and our offices around the
Larry Cartwright, Minister of
Agriculture and Marine Resources
and Long Island MP, pointed out
that he personally fought to have a
tourism office established in Long
Island. However, he told Long
Islanders that there are still many
challenges to be met to improve
their tourism product.
"As we move forward, the chal-
lenges may not get any less," he
"With rising food prices, the ener-
gy crisis and threats of climate
change being brought about as a
result of global warming. All of
these together suggest the need for
all of us to focus our attention on
prudent management and conser-
vation methods.
"We recognize that if tourism is
going to have a real long-term
future in Long Island, we must bal-
ance the sector's obvious economic

that they will spread positive word-
of-mouth advertising for Long
Mr Cartwright pointed out that

MINISTER of Tourism and
Aviation Neko Grant.
benefits with the care, protection
and wherever possible, the enhance-
ment of our natural and cultural
Minister Cartwright suggested
that the tourism office might seek to
establish good business practices
and shoulder environmental respon-
He said the establishment of the
office is not an end, but rather a
new beginning for tourism in Long
Island. He encouraged Long
Islanders to ensure that visitors are
satisfied with their experience, so

satisfied customers will result in the
sustainability of the tourism sector
as a whole and increase the prof-
itability of individual businesses.

Bahamas Information
A TEAM of junkanoo practi-
tioners and stakeholders will trav-
el to the Isle of Wight on April 18
to establish a residency programme
at the United Kingdom's first Car-
nival and Celebratory Arts Learn-
ing Centre.
"The most important aspect of
this endeavour is, of course, expo-
sure for our junkanoo artisans, to
give them the opportunity to trav-
el and interact with artists from
other countries, showcasing the
intricacies of the art form and pro-
mote our cultural expression,
junkanoo," Minister of State for
Culture Charles Maynard said.
The team is comprised of mem-
bers of various junkanoo groups,
each presenting on a different
aspect of the art form.
The Isle of Wight is a 23-mile
wide island county of South Eng-
land in the English Channel across
the Solent from Hampshire.

Since the Victorian era, it has
been a popular resort island,
known for its "quaint" villages and
beautiful scenery. It is also known
for its dinosaur fossils, industry,
musical festivals and cultural
exchange programmes.
Angelique McKay, project man-
ager for exchange and residency
programmes and manager of the
National Junkanoo Museum of the
Bahamas, said in an earlier inter-
view that the project is an oppor-
tunity to educate the world about
"This is one of the goals of the
National Junkanoo Museum that is
being met," she said. "We said that
we would create a 'Museum with-

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out Walls' and that is what we are
doing by taking the information to
the other side of the world.
"This means more people will
get to experience the vibrant cul-
ture of the Bahamas and be enticed
into making plans to come to the
Ms McKay said the project is
designed to teach master artists an
appreciation of the art of junkanoo,
as well as host several workshops
for both school children and adults
that are interested in junkanoo.
"We get to build relationships
with other countries that are as
interested in our culture as we are,"
she added.
Mr Maynard stressed that the
residency is a junkanoo apprecia-
tion exercise and not for teaching
how to make junkanoo items on
the scale that they are constructed
in the Bahamas for parades.
"A lot of people get a little ner-
vous when they hear that we are
going to teach the art of junkanoo;
but it is really less about teaching
someone how to do it but more
about giving them a real apprecia-
tion as to what it takes to for it be
done," Mr Maynard said. "No mat-

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DEA&.N. NT Concern


Funeral services for Kalliope Klonaris, formerly of Lyford
Cay, New Providence, Bahamas will be held at the Greek
S)rthodox Church of the Annunciation, West Street at 1.0 a.m.
on Tuesday. 22nd April, 2008. Internment will follow at the
Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley Street.

Kalliope is survived by her predeceased husband Nomikos
"Mike" Klonaris, founder of Mike's Shoe Store; sister
Kalotina Karavokiros of HeLsinki, Finland, her four sons
Anthony, Nicholas, Charles and John and their respective
wives, Kathryn, Pamela J., Pamela L. and Carmen, nine
grandchildren, Mike Anthony and Kri;tina. Tara and Mike,
I.eah and Kally, Nomikos and Alexander, Sean, one great
grandchild Robert Holcombe, one granddaughter-in-law
Arantxa Klonaris and one grandson-in-law Mark Holeombe.
Kalliope was predeceased by her husband Nomikos Klonaris.

She will be sadly missed by her faithful caregivers Cynthia
and Minerva Santos and Adee Baptiste and numerous family
members and friends in Finland, Greece and The Bahamas.

May her memory be eternal.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "The Greek
Orthodox Church" in memory of Mrs. Kalliope Klonaris c/o
P.O. Box N-7776(514), Nassau, Bahamas.



Environmental Education Officer and
Community Liaison: Black Point, Exuma

The Bahamas National Trust is seeking a qualified Education
Officer for posting at Black Point Community Library on a
three-year contractual basis.

Primary Tasks:
- Develop environmental education programmes for students
of Black Point School and work with classroom teachers to
integrate them into science or social studies curricula
- Manage the Black Point Community Computer Centre
and Library
- Teach basic computer skills to both students and adults
- Prepare scheme of work and weekly lesson notes for
teaching units
- Prepare quarterly reports that provide an overview of
programme activities with sample materials used
- Provide and plan activities that provide students with skills
and knowledge to make them effective stewards of the Black
Point community and the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Primary Skills Required:
- Computer literacy (word processing, Internet technology and
- Bachelor's degree or higher in biology/combined science,
history/geography, general studies or related fields.
- Proven writing and interpersonal communications skills
- Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse activities,
meet deadlines
- Commitment to natural resource conservation in The Bahamas
- Positive attitude

To apply for the position, send cover letter, resume, three references
including telephone numbers and email address to:

P.O. Box N 4105, Nassau, Bahamas
by April 30, 2008.

Report reveals that

most large contracts

are awarded without

bidding process

FRKUi page one
accounts were not reconciled.
The Auditor General said
that the Prison Inmates Com-
missary bank account reflect-
ed an unadjusted amount of
The Prison Inmates Deposit
Fund and the Prison Extra
Mural Fund bank balances of
$155,759.35 and $84,828.25
respectively could not be con-
firmed due to accounting
records not being properly
maintained which did not
facilitate a proper audit trail.


FROM page one
report said.
If that were not enough
cause for concern, the audi-
tors noted that monies were
advanced to officers for travel
However, the purpose of
the trips Could not be deter-
mined and no travel reports
were made available for aftdit
Under pressure by The Tri-
bune, former Housing Minis-
ter Neville Wisdom called for
a police investigation into cor-
ruption allegations in July,
2006 around the time cov-
ered in this latest report. So
far, one ministry official has
been charged with fraud and
Accusations of corruption
in the ministry were men-
tioned in the US State Depart-
ment's human rights report
for that year.

the norm rather than the exception. Mobilisa-
tion payments are being made regardless of
the type of project or financial capacity of the
contractor. And staff are managing difficult
aspects of their work in isolation, then passing
recommendations up the vertical management
chain that adds little value to the decision-
making process," the report said.
The 2006 audit also raised concerns over
some aspects of human resource management
at the ministry and drew attention to ques-
tions, over the integrity of some of the building
control technical officers.
However, the report noted that there are
few concerns over financial management with-
in the ministry "for which it should be com-
The report also mentioned that the Ministry
of Works benefited from a generally high
calibre of committed, hard-working technical
"The auditors were impressed particularly
by the senior managers we interviewed 'dur-
ing the course of our audit, most of whom were
knowledgeable, articulate and forthright," the
report said.

Three new cases of malaria

FROM page one

infectious disease.
He could not say if the
foreigners were Ameri-
One visitor, -he said, had
already returned home to
their country of origin, the
other two infected persons
are being treated with
appropriate medication in
Exuma, he said.
In June, 2006, Exuma
recorded an outbreak of 16
malaria cases.
A year later, in July, 2007,
an American visitor to Great
Exuma was also diagnosed
with malaria. ..
In both instances the Unit-
ed States Centre for Disease
.Control'" and Prevention
issued travel notices for per-
sons visiting Exuma.
Travellers were advised to
take anti-malarial medica-
At press time last night it
was not known if this latest
case will result in a new trav-
el advisory by the CDC.
Dr Minnis said yesterday
that local authorities are
generally in control of the
situation in Exuma.


Malaria is not considered
to be endemic to the
Dr Minnis explained that
while the Bahamas does
have mosquitoes, the para-
site which causes malaria
does not exist in the coun-
Ministry of Health and
Environmental Health offi-
cials, he said, constantly
monitor the situation and, as
is necessary, take measures,
including fogging, to prevent
any potential outbreaks.
He pointed out, however,
that because the Bahamas is
part of the "global network",
persons visiting or returning
t othe country can import

the disease and consequent-
ly infect others with it.
According to the World
Health Organisation
(WHO), malaria is caused
by a parasite called plas-
modium, which is transmit-
ted via the bites of infected
mosquitoes. In the human
body, the parasites multiply
in the liver, and then infect
red blood cells.
Symptoms of malaria
include fever, headache and
vomiting, and usually appear
between 10 and 15 days after
the mosquito bite.
If not treated, malaria can
quickly become life-threat-
ening by disrupting the
blood supply to vital organs.

Officers arraigned

FROM page one

charge of abetment to manslaughter.
Key was reportedly brutally beaten while detained at The
Grove police station in June last year on a traffic obstruction
charge. Key died at Princess Margaret Hospital in January,
having never recovered from a coma.
Court dockets now state that Gardiner, on Saturday, January
19, by means of unlawful harm, intentionally and unlawfully
caused the death of Desmond Key. Court dockets also now
state that on the same day Bowleg aided and abetted in the
offence of manslaughter. Although both officers had pleaded
guilty to their previous charges they were not required to plead
to the new charges against them. Bowleg was represented by
attorney Willie Moss while Gardiner was represented by attor-
ney Alex Morley.
Vernal Collie, of the Attorney General's Office, told the
court that instead of holding a preliminary inquiry into the
matter, the case will proceed via a voluntary bill of indictment,
which means the matter will go directly to Supreme Court for tri-
al. Both officers remain on their previous bail bond of $10,000
with two sureties. The case has been adjourned to June 10 for
the preparation of the necessary documents for the start of the
voluntary bill of indictment.


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ported by interviews with staff and observa-
"In many cases, contractors appear to be
selected according to considerations other than
competitiveness and merit, and staff and senior
management's recommendations for compe-
tition and selection of bidders are being over-
ruled," the report said.
The Auditor General's Report found that
during the 2005-2006 financial year, ending
June, 2006, there were "insufficient docu-
mented rules, procedures or guidelines gov-
erning the contracting" in place.
In the absence of proper rules and regula-
tions, the report said that the Ministry of Works
had adopted a number of procedures' "that
give rise to some concern."
According to the report, the ministry hand-
ed out contracts without even assessing a con-
tractor's financial capabilities or suitability for
a project.
"Letters of Intent, which do not give suffi-
cient contractual protection, are being used as

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LEY and Rudolph Fox
have been included in the
under 15 team to represent
the Americas Region in the
CLICO International
Under 15 Cricket Champi-
The tournament, sched-
ulec for April 19th through
May 4th, will be contested
in Trinidad, Barbados and
The duo left Nassau,
Wednesday, April 16th, to
join other members of the
tram from the USA, Cana-
da, Bermuda and the Cay-
man Islands.
Adderley and Fox were
selected as a result of their
performances locally and
internationally, having pre-
viously represented the
Bahamas in the Cayman
Islands and Canada.
Adderley is a right hand
batsman, right hand medi-
um pace bowler and is the
captain of the Bahamas
Under 15 National Team.
Fox is a left hand bats-
man, left hand medium pace
bowler and represented the
Bahamas in Toronto in 2007
The Americas team plays
Kenya in its first match in
Barbados, April 20th.
Their second match will
be against Zimbabwe in
Trinidad, April 26th.
The final two matches will
take place in Guyana where
they face Pakistan, April
27th and Holland, April
The ICC approved tour-
nament consists of teams
from the following coun-
tries: The Americas, West
Indies, Zimbabwe,
Bangladesh, Holland, Pak-
istan and Ireland.
Adderley and Fox have
been in training under the
BCA Coach John Welch,
who has been very active in
the training of youths in
New Providence and is
responsible, along with the
CA, for the growth of the
Youth Program.
The Americas team is
travelling with well-known
Cayman Islands Cricket
director Theo Cuffy and a
group of senior officials.

Associated Press
SERENA Williams set up
a quarterfinal match against
Maria Sharapova at the Fami-
ly Circle Cup, overcoming a
sprained ankle and sluggish
performance to beat Katarina
Srebotnik 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on
."I just kept making errors
and it wasn't pretty out there,"
the fifth-seeded Williams said
after her more than two-hour
match. "It wasn't the best ten-
nis for me."
The second-seeded Shara-
pova beat Taiana Perebiynis
7-5, 6-2. The Russian star,
coming off her first clay-court
title last week at Amelia
Island, is looking for her fourth
tournament victory of the year.
Williams, a two-time tour-
nament winner this year,
slipped and fell near the net
when trailing 4-3 in the first
set. She was unsure how the
injury might affect her Friday
against Sharapova.
"You know when you're
playing and the adrenaline,
you really can't assess yourself
until the next day," Williams
said. "It's kind of frustrating."
Sharapova and Williams
have met six times before, with
Williams holding a 4-2 advan-
tage. But the two have never
met on clay.
"We've always had really
tough battles," Sharapova said,
who lost twice to Williams last
year at the Australian Open

and at Miami. "I'm looking
forward to getting my

Sports Reporter

THE most dominant pitch-
er in GSSSA softball contin-
ues to navigate his team along
a direct course towards the
GSSSA final.
Lorenzo Williams delivered
a commanding performance
from the mound in the C.R.
Walker Knights' 7-1 victory
over the C.I. Gibson Rattlers.
Williams recorded an
astounding 12 strikeouts and
retired a series of other hit-
ters as the Rattlers failed to
register a base runner beyond
the first inning.
The Rattlers staved off the
shutout when scored early in
the top half of the first inning,
however, it would be the
extent of their offensive out-
put for the game.
Williams overpowered the
Rattlers lineup with the speed
of his pitches and they strug-
gled inning after inning to
simply make contact.
He struck out the side in

Rattlers b

the second and recorded at
least one strikeout in each
inning thereafter.
The Knights added run
support in the bottom of the
second when Keno Janvier
ripped a two run in the park
home run to deep centerfield.
Williams struck out the
lead off hitter and forced two
routine outs as the Knights
took a 3-1 lead into the third.
The Rattlers' defence
played well enough to keep
them in the game holding the
Knights scoreless for three
consecutive innings.
However, there was no
answer at the plate for
The Knights got breathing
room in the fourth after
Brandon Adderley and Jan-.
vier began with a pair of lead
off singles.

eaten 7-1

With two on and one out,
powerhitter Dale Davis blast-
ed a two-RBI triple which
widened the Knights' advan-
In the fifth, Williams con-
tinued a pristine performance
with a pair of strikeouts and
forcing a routine infield fly.
The sixth inning produced
much of the same as Williams
struck out two of the three
hitters he faced.
The game ended in the
sixth after Davis again drove
home another runner with an
RBI double.
Along with his 12 strike-
outs, Williams finished 2-3 at
the plate including one run.
Davis finished 2-3 with one
tun and three RBI.
Janvier finished a perfect
3-3 with two RBI and one

Kemp comes one step closer to PGA

Sports Reporter

ACHIEVING certifications
on several additional tours,
one of the country's leading
professional golfers has made
a tremendous stride towards
his ultimate goal of PGA Tour

Sam Kemp recently was
awarded with his pro card for
the Canadian Professional
Golf Tour and the 2008 season
of the European Challenge
Kemp said acquiring the
certifications should help him
to develop his game even fur-
ther matched up against the
best from around the world
"Having two pro cards is a
great achievement. What it

does is it gives me access to
two prestigious tours the
Canadian tour and the Euro-
pean tour," he said, "These
are co-sanctioned events that
will help me to get to that next
ultimate level which is the
PGA tour."
While Kemp has yet to par-
ticipate in a tour sanctioned
event for the year he eagerly
anticipates the start of his sea-
son and looks forward to a

successful Canadian experi-
The CPG Tour has associ-
ated member status with the
International Federation of
PGA Tours. Kemp will begin
his season with the Corona
Mazatlan Classic in Mexico.
"Right now we are just
starting the Canadian Tour in
Mexico, the first three events
I will be contesting is in Mex-
ico," he said, "There were two

events in California, but we
won't be going up to Canada
until June because it will be
warmer then."
The Challenge Tour is oper-
ated by the PGA European
Tour and is widely considered
the second tier of professional
golf on the continent.
A successful showing on
Challenge Tour leads to mem-
bership of the European Tour
the following year.

Williams delivers,



PAGE 12. FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008

Bats ready,

but Bonds

might not

need them

Sports Writer
Associated Press
BARRY BONDS was pre-
pared to play baseball this
season, so he asked Sam Hol-
man to have a dozen bats
ready for him. Holman, the
founder of the Original
Maple Bat Corporation, has
made Bonds' bats since 1997.
Holman set aside 12 pieces
of the lightest-density wood
he had, stored them in his fac-
tory in Gatineau, Quebec,
and waited to see if Bonds
got a job. But no one has
signed Bonds. Now Holman
has doubts about whether
Bonds, baseball's career
home run leader, will play in
the major leagues this season.
"I don't think he's planning
to do much this year," Hol-
man said. "I talked to him
about the bats yesterday and
he said: 'Leave them there. I
don't know if I'll need
Without a full-time job,
Bonds apparently does not
feel the need to pay for bats
he may never use. Even
though Holman is keeping
"the pretty rare wood" avail-
able for Bonds and said he
could make Bonds' 2K1 mod-
els if Bonds called tomorrow,
he does not know if that will
"I think he said if he ever
gets the gumption to go hit,
then he'll need them," Hol-
man said.
Bonds does not have a con-
tract and no teams have pub-
licly expressed interest in
signing him. Jeff Borris,
Bonds' agent, has said Bonds
is not retiring. Borris declined
an interview request last
Monday and would not even
discuss Bonds' workout regi-
But John Yandle, a batting
practice pitcher for the San
Francisco Giants who has also
been Bonds' personal batting
practice pitcher for 15 years,
said that Bonds was working
out at home in Beverly Hills,
Calif. Yandle had lunch with
Bonds two weeks ago and
said that Bonds told him that
he was not hitting. Still,
Bonds said he was staying in
"He looked like he could
put on a uniform and go out
and hit three home runs,"
Yandle said. "But you have
to have the chance to do that.
We don't know where that's
As productive as Bonds
was last season, with 28
homers and a .480 on-base
percentage, teams seem to
have decided to stay away
from him because of his legal
problems and his reputation
for being a problem in the
Bonds, who turns 44 in two
months, was indicted on four
counts of perjury and one
count of obstruction of jus-
tice in November. He is
accused of lying about his use
of performance-enhancing
drugs during his grand jury
testimony in 2003. But Bonds'
case is not expected to go to
trial this year, and his legal
problems are unlikely to be
a full-time distraction.
It is difficult to imagine
Bonds being anything but a
designated hitter, so his best
chance to be signed would be
if a team like the Tigers, the
Blue Jays or the Mariners lost
their DH for an extended
period. A team that was in
contention for a postseason
spot may be willing to risk
the fallout from signing
Bonds, figuring it could be

worth it for part of a season.
"Where is Barry Bonds?"
Yandle said. "He's at home
in Beverly Hills. Does he
want to play? Sure. Does he
need to play? No. He's very
prideful. If somebody called
him, I'm sure he'd still want
In an entry on Bonds' Web
site dated Feb. 28, Bonds
wrote, "I continue to work
out and feel in great shape."
After Bonds found out that
Holman had put his company
up for sale on eBay in 2006
for $3.5 million, he worried

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008, PAGE 13


Who cursed

whom with

NEW YORK, New York
Associated Press
WHEN a construction work-
er buried a Red Sox jersey at the
new Yankee Stadium two weeks
ago, he fancied himself a hero of
Red Sox Nation.
There he was, a Red Sox fan
charged with erecting his ene-
mies' new fortress, about to curse
the Yankees by embedding a
David Ortiz jersey deep within
the concrete of their new home.
And when the Yankees foiled his
plan Sunday, digging up the jer-
sey in what they called an "exca-
vation ceremony," the club
thought it had earned the last
But, according to Paul Mon-
od, a professor of early modern
European history at Middlebury
College who has written exten-
sively on the occult, the Yankees
might have been better off leav-
ing the jersey where it was.
Apparently, neither party had
studied their popular magic late-
"People normally bury things
at building sites to try and keep
away curses," he said. "In tradi-
tional magic, you would interpret
this as trying to keep the curse
of the Red Sox off the Yankees..
So really, he's done the opposite
of what he wanted. I think this
construction worker needs a little
education in how to pass on a
Neni Panourgia, a professor of
anthropology at Columbia Uni-
versity, however, said she believes
that magic can work positively or
negatively, depending on the con-
text. "So it is not about the ritual
itself," she said. "It's the inten-
tion of the person performing it
the same way baptism is used
by both Christians and satanic
Whatever the magical conse-
quences of burying a jersey, it is a
deeplysyiibolic-kt t with several "
ties to ancient history and mythol-
ogy. To Michael Seidel, a profes-
sor of comparative literature at
Columbia, Ortiz's jersey presents
an obvious parallel the armor
of Achilles, of course.
"Who has the shield? Who has
the armor? That's the whole issue
of 'The Iliad,"' he said. "It's a
kind of talismanic power of the
thing worn. What happens to it
can create all kinds of havoc in
classical literature."
And some will argue that the
jersey created havoc in Ortiz's
game. He began his season with a
miserable O-for-17 stretch at the
plate. His luck only began to
change this week, once the jer=-
sey had been dug up and sent to
Boston, where it will be auctioned
to benefit the Jimmy Fund. After
that, Ortiz had 3 hits in 10 at-bats
against the Cleveland Indians.
Ortiz, who had heard of the
buried jersey, was able to sum up
his thoughts with a single exple-
tive before adding, "I don't pay
attention to any of this."
The burial of objects, and par-
ticularly names, can be traced
back as far as the ancient Egyp-
tians and the residents of what is
now Iran. Benedictions and
prayers were typically inscribed
on the stones of houses to ward
off evil spirits. Naftes were also
inscribed on tablets of lead a
metal with strong symbolic con-
nections to the underworld -
and then buried to curse that per-
But the hex that descended on
the Yankees last summer was
much simpler. All it took was a
squirrel running up and down the
right-field foul pole to draw a
near perfect parallel to the Norse
myth of Ratatosk.
In an interview with The Times
in August, Roberta Frank, a pro-
fessor of Old Norse and Old Eng-
lish at Yale, explained the eerie
similarity, concluding that it
meant the Red Sox would pre-
vail. She was right.
Gino Castignoli, the worker
who buried the jersey in the hope
of achieving the same result,
might have realized it without
getting on the wrong side of
wildlife authorities if only he
had consulted a historian.
"He really should have buried
a Yankee jersey in the Red Sox
stadium," Monod said. "That
would make a whole lot more
sense because that would keep
off any bad vibe the Yankees had
for the Red Sox."
But it is unlikely that Castig-

noli was weighing the practices
of medieval Europe against the
myths of ancient Egypt when he
tossed a baseball jersey in some
"Whether the guy who did it
thought of all these things on his
own is sort of irrelevant," Seidel
said. "It's a cultural gesture."






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KANSAS CITY Royals' Joey Gathright, right, celebrates with manager Trey Hillman after scoring on a fielding error by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver
during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

Meche gets first win of

season for the Royals

ANAHEIM, California
Associated Press

GIL MECHE hopes he's fin-
ished being his own harshest
"I needed this win. I've been
pitching with a lot of anger for
.some reason, which is totally
not me," Meche said after get-
ting his first win of the year in
the Kansas City Royals' 3-2 vic-
tory over the Los Angeles
Angels on Wednesday night.
"I've been getting really
upset at little mistakes I've
been nmakin'g like not making
tfhe put-awa pitches wihen I'
need to: I just need to relax. I
haven't been myself on the
mound out there so far."
He got positive results
against Los Angeles, going six
innings and holding its powerful
lineup to two runs and six hits.
"Hopefully, I can relax now
and enjoy pitching like I did
last year and not worry about
all the little things I do that
might be mistakes," Meche said
after running his career record
against the Angels to 7-2.
Jered Weaver (2-2), who
gave up two runs in the first
inning and another in the sec-
ond for Los Angeles, said
Meche (1-2) pitched well.
"He kind of kept our offense
off balance and he made pitch-
es when he needed to," Weaver
Billy Butler and Alex Gor-
don had RBI singles in the first,
and Joey Gathright scored on
Weaver's error in the second
for a quick 3-0 lead.
The Royals extended their
win streak against Los Ange-
les t6 six in a row, five of those
last year.
The improved Royals
impressed the Angels.
"They're throwing an aggres-
sive lineup out there," Weaver
said. "They've got a lot of
young talent. They're not the

same team they have been in
the past.
"They know they can win:"
Although Weaver wasn't
sharp, he managed to last six
innings. He allowed 10 hits -
including five singles in the first
"Jered was all over the
place," Los Angeles manager
Mike Scioscia said. "But he set-
tled down and kept us in the
Relievers Ramon Ramirez,
Jimmy Gobble and Leo Nunez
shut out Los Angeles to set up
Joakim Soria, who struck out
two in a perfect ninth inning.
Soria earned his fifth save in
five chances and has retired the
last 17 batters he's faced, eight
on strikeouts.
Los Angeles slugger
Vladimir Guerrero left after
eight innings with a bruised
right index finger, hurt on a
swing in the seventh. The injury
was not considered serious and
Guerrero is day to day.
Mark Teahen and Gathright
each had three hits for Kansas
The Angels narrowed the
gap to 3-2 with a two-out rally
against Meche in the fourth
Garret Anderson singled,
Torii Hunter doubled, and both
scored on Casey Kotchman's
single to center.
Gathrignt scored from sec-
ond base when Weaver, cover-
ing first on Mark
Grudzielanek's grounder,
dropped the toss that would
have been the third out.

LOS ANGELES optioned
OF Reggie Willits to Triple-A
Salt Lake and selected the con-
tract of RHP Alex Serrano
from Salt Lake.... The Royals
came into Wednesday's game
with their starters sporting the
AL's best ERA (3.10) and their
defense topping the league in
fielding percentage (.994).

. .


Royals catcher
Miguel Olivo,
left, tags Los
Angeles Angels'
Mike Napoli in a
run down after
trying to score
on a hit by Gary
Matthews Jr.
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Is the Dolphins

top draft pick

a reward

or financial



A LONG-standing NFL
Draft tradition holds that the
last pick of every draft be
dubbed Mr. Irrelevant. Cir-
cumstances as they are, the
first selection is becoming Mr.
I'd Rather Not, according to
the Associated Press.
The Dolphins have been
trying to trade their No. 1
pick for months yet seem
resigned to the fact they
won't find any takers by the
time NFL Commissioner
Roger Goodell announces the
top choice next weekend in
Radio City Music Hall.
When the premier selection
in the draft turns into a hot
potato nobody wants, NFL
executives are even further
convinced a hard rookie
salary cap is needed to cor-
rect an awkward problem that
makes it possible for
unproven rookies to get paid
more than future Hall of
Famers at the same position.
With top rookie prices
about to burn through the
ozone layer, teams picking at
the front of the draft are brac-
ing themselves more than rev-
eling in the honor of present-
ing their jerseys to the finest
college players.
"It is tough," Dolphins co-
owner Wayne Huizenga said
last month in Palm Beach at
the NFL's annual meetings,
"when you take a talented
player who has never been
in the NFL before and you
give him a bunch of signing
bonuses and then you give
him a guaranteed contract
of huge dollars."
"If you make a mistake
there ... and you pay'$35 mil-
lion or some number to a per-
son who does not work out,
you're stuck with that for a
period of five or six years,
which means you no longer
can get rid of him and some-
one else could be there, taking
that money."
Indianapolis Colts president
Bill Polian calls it "salary-cap
hell." Others around the
league feel just as strongly.
"The whole point was
reward the team with the
worst record to keep equi-
table balance within the
league," NFL Network draft
analyst Mike Mayock said
Wednesday. "What's hap-
pened is it actually hurts the
team with the worst record...
Everyone I talked to around
the league feels the same way
I do, which is the system is
The NFL does have a rook-
ie salary cap of sorts. The
league uses a formula based
on how many players a team
drafts and where those were
slotted to determine an
allowance (within the overall
salary cap) that team may
spend on its rookies, including
those signed as free agents.
But the rookie pool system,
as it's written in the current
colledtive-bargaining agree-
ment, has been easier for
agents to get around than a
snoozing night watchman.
"Some creative people have
come up with a lot of different
ways to get money, and the
system allows that," Balti-
more Ravens General Man-
ager Ozzie Newsome said.
"The agents do a good job of
negotiating the deals, and the
teams have to do what they
have to do to get the player
in." Salary guarantees for top
draft picks have escalated
persistently. Last year, quar-
terback JaMarcus Russell
held out longer than any oth-
er No. 1 pick in more than
two decades before the Oak-
land Raiders gave him a six-
year deal worth $61 million -
and a record $29 million

third seed spot

SAN ANTONIO Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, and Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer (5) eye a rebound during the second quarter of
their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

Defending champs

dominated Jazz 109-80


THE San Antonio Spurs
made it clear they're ready to
embark on their quest for
back-to-back NBA titles,
according to the Associated
The Spurs dominated the
Utah Jazz 109-80 on Wednes-
day night to lock up the No. 3
seed in the Western Confer-
ence the same as they had
last season and set up a first-
round series against the rival
Phoenix Suns, who have the
sixth seed.
"We knew that we wanted
to go into the playoffs on a pos-
itive note. It didn't matter who
we were playing," guard
Michael Finley said. "I knew
we were going to come out
with the aggression that we
needed and that's what hap-
The No. 4 seed Jazz will take
on the fifth-seeded Houston
Rockets in a repeat of last
year's first round, which Utah
won in seven games.
The Spurs' win, coupled with
Houston's victory earlier
Wednesday evening, firmed up
seeds 3-6 in the West, which
were still up in the air on the
last day of the regular season.
Despite the lower seed,
Houston will have home-court
advantage against the Jazz,
who secured that spot because
they won the Northwest Divi-
While the Jazz were guaran-
teed either the third or fourth
seed no matter what happened
Wednesday, the Spurs had the
potential to drop as low as
Tony Parker had 24 points
and 12 assists for San Antonio
in the easy win. Tim Duncan
added 14 points and 11
rebounds, and four other Spurs
scored in double digits.
C.J. Miles led the Jazz with
12 points. Mehmet Okur
scored 11 and Carlos Boozer
had 10 rebounds.
"We're just going to move
forward, not dwell on it too
much," Boozer said. "We've
had a hell of a season, and we'll
get ready for Houston."
The San Antonio-Phoenix
matchup could be the best of
the first round. The two met
in the second round last sea-
son and the Spurs eliminated
the Suns in six games on their
way to their fourth title in nine

seasons. But with the Eastern
Conference weaker last year,
many considered the- Spurs-
Suns series as on par with a
finals matchup.
It certainly lived up to expec-
tations by featuring plenty of
bumps and bruises, suspen-
sions, controversial fouls and
harsh words between the
But the usually fast-moving,
high-scoring Suns are a differ-
ent team this postseason. They
acquired Shaquille O'Neal in
a blockbuster trade and have
been melding him into their
system to give the team a
defensive boost.
"Shaq slows them down a lit-
tle bit," Manu Ginobili said.
"So they gain a lot in one part,
but they lose a little bit in
another part. Still, Shaq is Shaq
and you have to respect that."
Phoenix won the season
series against the Spurs 3-1,
including a 96-79 rout April 9
in San Antonio.
The Rockets are playing
without Yao Ming, but had one
of the season's headlines as
they went on a 22-game win-
ning streak.
But now the Rockets will
also be without Rafer Alston,
who strained his right ham-
string against Denver on Sun-
day. Alston said he would like-
ly miss Houston's first two
playoff games.
Ufah won the season series
against Houston 2-1.
The Spurs put away the
game early with their first-half
play on Wednesday. They shot
72 percent from the field in the
opening two quarters and
scored one more point than
they did in the entire game
against Utah less than two
weeks ago, when the Jazz rout-
ed them 90-64 in Salt Lake
"I thought it was a very
important game, and we came
out and didn't have anything,"
said Utah coach Jerry Sloan.
"I think that most of the cred-
it goes to them because of the
way they came out and got
after it. That's what they've
always done, and we haven't
responded to it the right way."
San Antonio outscored the
Jazz 35-18 in the second quar-
ter and went up by 28 points on
Ginobili's reverse layup with
41 seconds left in the period.
They were up 65-39 at the
In a sign of how important

SAN ANTONIO Spurs guard Tony Parker, of France, drives to the
basket as Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, background, looks on.

the game was, Ginobili played
after sitting out three games
with a strained left groin. The
super-sub leads the team in
scoring. Ginobili finished with
12 points.
"I feel very good," Ginobili
said. "I felt good a couple of
days ago, but (Spurs coach
Gregg Popovich) didn't want
to risk (it), and I understand."
Utah guard Deron Williams,
who shot 2-of-6 from the field
in the first half, didn't play in
the second half. He bruised his
tailbone Saturday against Den-
"I'm a little sore," Williams
said. "We're down 25 to San
Antonio on the road. I'm not
giving up on the team, but
that's tough to come back
from. It's more important for
me to get better now and get
ready for Houston."
As the Spurs built their lead
to as many as 29 in the third,
Popovich started taking out his
starters. First Finley, then Dun-
can, then Parker. Sloan did the
The Spurs were up 85-60
with one quarter to play.
Both Popovich and Sloan
rested their stais during the
fourth quarter.


THE JAZZ last won in
San Antonio on Feb. 28,
OKUR was called for a
flagrant foul 1 with 8:27 to
play in the third quarter after
he whacked Spurs starting C
Fabricio Oberto in the face.
Oberto was touching his eye
after the hit and went to the
bench after missing both free
throws. He returned in the
fourth quarter. When asked
whether Okur might be sus-
pended, Sloan said: "The
league takes care of those
things. That's what the offi-
cials do. That's their job. I
always respect what they're
about. You hate to see those
things happen. I think it's kind
of unnecessary, but it hap-
pened. You pay the price of
whatever they decide. You
have to go from there."
SPURS G Brent Barry
played in his second game
after re-signing with the Spurs
in March following a February
trade sent him from San Anto-
nio to Seattle. Barry had a
strained left calf muscle that
had sidelined him since late
THE SPURS shot a sea-
son-high 59 percent (41-of-69)
from the field Wednesday.

April 14- G Allen Iverson,
April 7 G Kobe Bryant,
L.A. Lakers
March 31 F Carmelo Anthony,
March 24 G Chris Paul,
New Orleans
March 17 C-F Amare Stoudemire,
March 10 G Tracy McGrady,
March 3 G Xobe Bryant,
L.A. Lakers
Feb. 25 G Manu Ginobili,
San Antonio
Feb. 18 All-Star Break
Feb. 11 C Amare Stoudemire,
Feb. 4 -C Brad Miller,
Jan. 28 C-F Al Jefferson,
Jan. 21 G Baron Davis,
Golden State
Jan. 14- G Kobe Bryant,
L.A. Lakers
Jan. 7- G Allen Iverson,
Dec. 31 G Chris Paul,
New Orleans
Dec. 17 -G Brandon Roy,
Dec. 10- G Brandon Roy,
Dec. 3 F Stephen Jackson,
Golden State
Nov. 26 G Tony Parker,
San Antonio
Nov. 19- G Allen Iverson,
Nov. 12-C Yao Ming,
Nov. 5 G Tracy McGrady,



April G Kobe Bryant,
L.A. Lakers
March G Chris Paul,
New Orleans
Feb. G Kobe Bryant,
L.A. Lakers
Jan. C Yao Ming,
Dec. G Chris Paul,
New Orleans
Nov. F Carlos Boozer,

11! 1i 1 1



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April 14 F Kevin Garnett,
April 7 G Joe Johnson,
March 31 G-F Jason Richardson,
March 24 F Kevin Garnett,
March 17 F Antawn Jamison,
March 10 G-F Jason Richardson,
March 3 G Andre Miller,
Feb. 25 F LeBron James,
Feb. 18 All-Star Break
Feb. 11 G Andre Miller,
Feb. 4 F Hedo Turkoglu,
Jan. 28 F Hedo Turkoglu,
Jan. 21 F Gerald Wallace,
Jan. 14 F Chris Bosh,
Jan. 7 F LeBron James,
Dec. 31 F Paul Pierce,
Dec. 17 -F Paul Pierce,
Dec. 10- F Josh Smith,
.Dec. 3 C Dwight Howard,
Nov. 26 F LeBron James,
Nov. 19- C Dwight Howard,
Nov. 12 F Kevin Garnett,
Nov. 5 F Danny Granger,
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March G Joe Johnson,
Feb. F LeBron James,
Jan. F LeBron James,
Dec. C-F Dwight Howard,
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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008, PAGE 15



U U-11

Bahamians must learn to produce food
FROM page six a short list of foodstuffs is obeyed parents were self-sufficient and in this country. From what I see in
and serves as a watchdog for rarely bought farm goods such as Andros we are capable of grow-
unscrupulous importers who price tomatoes, cabbages, onions, pep- ing the items, but where we fall
are not comparable to the higher goods beyond the 23 per cent pers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, into huge problems with Bahami-
cost of living. Gone are the days mark-up, a mission that should water melons, cassava, yams, cit- ans is they have never had any
when E J Bowe's name and have long resulted in many store- rus fruits, pigeon peas/beans and real help on the business end of
relentless vigilance put fear in the owners being hauled before the mangoes, things. There has not been real
hearts of crooked shopkeepers courts. In addressing the hike in Frankly, these products, along help brought to bear in this key
and brought issues of price con- food prices, Prescott Smith with seafood and mutton, were area, and again from my obser-
trol to the forefront! Since Mr opined: "With regards to the cost- almost never purchased. It has vation this is encouraged by the
Bowe's departure, the consumer ly items in the stores locally I can been an adjustment to sometimes controlling elites to keep eco-
protection arm of the Ministry of say that most everything import- buy dillies, guineps and tamarinds nomic controls in the hands of
Lands and Consumer Affairs has ed has shot up tremendously. I from street vendors here, since the few. Most of our leaders have
seemingly been quiescent. As a saw one bottle of orange juice the picking these fruits in backyards sold out for their own personal
child, I remember hearing of the other day ir North Andros for without charge remains an gain and have been mis-educated
trepidation of storeowners when $5.95 and that would mean that a aspect of everyday island life. on the other hand to believe that
E J Bowe and his team were said gallon of orange juice would cost I can vividly remember "shuck- we can truly do very little else in
to be visiting Long Island. over twenty dollars. This is an ing" and roasting or boiling corn! this regard," he said.
Astoundingly, price inspector example of how high the cost of Farming activity has been The government must encour-
Ms Gordon claims that beyond food has shot up. They reduce reduced with age and the lack of age farmers and food production
the aforementioned products and the size of many of the containers government support for farmers, by expediting the requests of
goods such as baby cereal, baby to support the higher prices, so Nonetheless, I am appreciative qualifying persons for crown land;
formula, baby food, fresh milk, you are paying more in some cas- to have been raised on an island developing an agricultural cur-
broths, soups (except spaghetti), es for smaller containers." and taught self-sufficiency, since riculum for schools; constructing
powdered detergents, canned fish, Agriculture is a sleeping giant. making foodstuffs such as bread and repairing packing houses;
soaps and mustard, which can In a recent daily report, veteran or cooking is more economical granting loans through the
only be marked up 23 per cent farmer P A Strachan says that than relying on bakeries for bread Bahamas Development Bank;
on a merchant's landing price, "this country does not eat the or foreign/local franchises for fast placing higher tariffs on crops that
price control is handicapped as it food it grows, nor does it grow food during these economically are imported into the Bahamas
is unable to reduce or prevent an the food it eats." This is true since gloomy times. but that are locally grown;
increase in breadbasket items. the Bahamas has no food securi- In Nassau, it appears that the encouraging the sale and use of
Price controllers are also limited ty and is a nation where Bahami- only way residents can access Bahamian crops in the super-
since oil, production costs and ans have adopted an inferiority fresh vegetables/fruits is directly markets and in local restau-
other mitigating factors have risen complex and reject local products from the few remaining farms, rants/hotels; providing more effi-
and influence overhead costs. for foreign items, the Produce Exchange, organic cient transport to market as many
Surprisingly, Ms Gordon claims Why haven't any of our gov- stores and a small number of goods rot in packing houses while
that bread, which is now more ernments encouraged sustainable stores, particularly petty shops. waiting for weekly mail boats;
than three dollars, doesn't fall development? The sun, sand and Soon, many Nassauvians will once granting tax allowances on
under price control regulations sea are omnipresent features that again have to resort to backyard machinery and assisting in the
since "the Price Control Act of will always attract tourists, but gardens. purchase of seeds; fostering farm-
1971 gives the ingredients that what have we done to internally In addressing the high food ers' markets and assisting in the
make bread as flour, yeast and sustain ourselves? In these times, imports, Prescott Smith says: development of irrigation
water, but bakers add calcium a visionary government should "With regard to the government schemes.
and other substances to remove it encourage food production, limiting imports this can only be With increasing inflation,
from our purview. This act should instead of spending $300 million done with the encouragement of Bahamians had better learn to
be amended to include more insti- each year on i imported food. us growing our own food. produce food before we have to
tutions and more foodstuffs." Surely, we would starve if an "We also need to be able to join rioting Haitians in eating
Essentially, the Price Control earth-shattering event disrupts take the food grown and produce grass and mud pies.
Commission, which seems to be our food imports! end products like canning the Wake up Agriculture and
in hibernation, is relegated to During my upbringing on Long tomatoes and cucumbers and the Marine Resources Minister Larry
merely ensuring that the price of Island, I observed that my grand- many other products we can grow Cartwright, wake up!

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CIO o s i -e


nine-fold profits

drop may harm

BISX market cap

Tribune Business
national Bank (Bahamas '
almost nine-fold drop in 2008
first quarter net income could
have a dramatic impact on the
Bahamas International Secu-
rities Exchange's (BISX) mar-
ket capitalisation, analysts told
The Tribune yesterday, if the
poor financial spark a major
sell-off of the stock.
This is because First-
Caribbean accounts for 41.54
per cent of BISX's total $3.83
billion market capitalisation,
standing at $1.59 billion,
meaning that the dispropor-
tionate weighting it carries in
the market and its indices
could result in a large depre-
ciation if investors drive the
share price down.
.FirstCaribbean's shares
closed at $13.24 on BISX last
night, remaining at a 52-week
low and down from the $14.75
52-week high. That price
could come under further
pressure, BISX's website
showing that 12 'sell' orders
have been placed for the
stock, with no 'buy' orders in.
The sell orders have prices
ranging between $14 and
$13.18, the largest being at the
lowest price, with an investor
looking to unload 13,680 First-
Caribbean shares.
The magnitude of the reac-
tion to the disappointing 2008
first quarter results, with net
income plummeting from
$35.945 million in the 2007
financial year to $4.346 mil-
lion, will be key.
Kenwood Kerr, Providence
Advisors' chief executive, said:
"It really depends on the
degree of the price decline. If
the seller overhang increases
as a result of this news, and if
you have a big jam, it could
accelerate and cause the
amount of sellers trying to get
out to swell.
"Certainly, the price could
correct, It depends if the guys
selling see this as an anomaly,
a blip."
FisrtCaribbean attributed

SEE page 6B

Ex-minister: 'Write-off

$410m in unpaid taxes

-Tribune Business Editor
THE Government should
"write off" the almost $410 mil-
lion that the Auditor-General
says it is owed in unpaid real
property taxes, an ex-minister
of state for finance said yester-
day, adding that "we are fooling
ourselves" in believing this
amount can be collected.
Addressing the Rotary Club
of West Nassau, James Smith,
CFAL's chairman, suggested
that the Government needed to
take a policy decision and fol-
low the private sector, which
treated loans as non-perform-
ing if they were more than 90
days overdue.
Mr Smith said: "I think we
are fooling ourselves if we con-
tinue to carry them [real prop-
erty taxes owed] in the [Gov-
ernment's] accounts. The best
thing to do would be to write
them off."
The Auditor-General's report
for the fiscal year 2005-2006
showed that an estimated
$409.545 million in outstanding

real property taxes owed had
been allowed to accumulate
since the tax was first intro-
duced in 1974.*
What this money could have
done, in terms of funding the
building of vital infrastructure
such as roads, hospitals, schools
and clinics, is best left to the

According to the Auditor-
General, for 2005-2006, some
$54.438 million in current taxes
remained outstanding at Bud-
get year-end, along with $4.798
million in penalty surcharges,
for a grand total of $59.236 mil-

Combined with the $318.667
million in outstanding real prop-
erty taxes accumulated in pri-
or years, and $31.652 million in
penalty surcharges, the Audi-
tor-General calculated that the
Government was owed just
under $410 million.
The Auditor-General
described the outstanding
amount as "exorbitant" and
"escalating from year-to-year",
urging that "immediate mea-
sures be implemented whereby
delinquent taxpayers are made
to settle their debts in an expe-
ditious manner".
Yet speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Smith said: "I
think we have to make a deci-

sion in the Government that if
we have some major arrears on
a tax, either collection efficien-
cy is not working, or the tax
itself is not seen by the popula-
tion as a-fair tax. We might as
well write'it off."
The Government, in theory,
has some' powerful collection
tools in:its armoury when it
comes to real property tax. The
tax acts as a first charge over
propertyj ahead of mortgages
and bank security, meaning that
a government could in theory
repossess a property owned by
delinquent payers or hold up its
sale to ,a new owner until the
outstanding amount was paid.
"To be a popular, govern-
ment, you don't use all the
weapons that are in the law,
which Would involve selling the
house [from under the owner],"
Mr Smith said.
Given that a 10-strong house-
hold might contain five persons
of voting age, he added that
"you can see why tax collec-
tion" was difficult when it came
to real property taxes.
Requiring that all real prop-

erty taxes owed be paid before
a house was sold also hampered
the real estate industry, Mr
Smith said, because it slowed
down transactions.
"If someone made an offer
for your property, and it was 10
per cent more than what you
had paid for it, if that 10 per
cent was eaten up by outstand-
ing taxes, you don't do the
transaction," Mr Smith told The

Taxes rested on collection
efficiency and compliance, and
Mr Smith said that waiting until
people sold property to collect
did "not really help", as it would
not be included in the proper
Budget year.
The Government, he added,
did not have a balance sheet in
the true private sector context,
operating more on a cash flow
basis that recorded income and
spending, with no real showing
SEE page 5B

* Current system 'not fair, not buoyant', says Smith, as services missed
and poorer people spend proportionally more of income in taxes
* Ex-minister says trade pressure makes switch to VAT or
sUres cutia formality
* Urges caution on full exchange control-liberalisation, as $lbn trade

bet could wipe out foreign reserves

Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas will "invariably"
have to reform its taxation system
from one that is import-duty based
to a value-added tax (VAT) or
sales tax, a former senior govern-
ment minister warned yesterday,

as the present structure was "not
fair, not buoyant" and coming
under pressure from international
trade arrangements.
Addressing the Rotary Club of
west Nassau, James Smith, ex-min-
ister of state for finance, said that
SEE page 4B

Tribune Business
A BAHAMAS resident is
now facing an April 22, 2008,
re-trial in a US court on alle-
gations that he paid "at
least" $20,000 in bribes to a
senior Texas official to
ensure his company won a
multi-million dollar contract
to supply that state's prison
system with a meat substi-
A March 12, 2008, order signed by
US District Judge Lynn Hughes, set the
date for the re-trial of Yank Barry, a
Canadian businessman with permanent
residency in the Bahamas, who has lived

at Old Fort Bay and Lyford
Cay, and co-accused James
Gary Cobe, the attorney
from the US District Attor---.
ney's Office for the southern
district of Texas, who is pros-
ecuting Mr Barry, confirmed
to The Tribune that the trial
date had been set for April 22.
He said he was unaware of
whether Mr Barry would
attend the trial, and did not
know his whereabouts, but
assumed he was in the
Bahamas. Mr Cobe said the re-trial was
unlikely to last one day.
Mr Barry was initially convicted by a
SEE page 8B

RoyalStar head office

purchase closing is near

Sunshine just
waiting on attorneys
to complete $5m
deal for former
Coke warehouse

Tribune Business Editor
SUNSHINE Holdings is close
to concluding the purchase of
Caribbean Bottling's former
JFK Drive warehouse, the com-
pany's chairman told The Tri-
bune, with the facility's planned
$5 million purchase and
upgrade designed to house Roy-,
alStar Assurance's corporate
head office.
Franklyn Wilson said: "We're
just waiting for the lawyers to
tell us: 'Bring the money'. The
lawyers, as far as I know, are
down to the 'Show me the last
bit of paper' stage."
The former warehouse was
used by the Bahamas' Coca-
Cola franchise until it changed
hands and the new owners ter- C ,$ 5
minated the lease.
Now, Mr Wilson said of Sun-
shine Holdings' plans: "That
will become the corporate office
for Royal Star, and a branch 5.02
office for companies in the Sun-
shine Holdings group.
"We will locate at that site
the operations we now have at
Blue Hill Road. We have the
branches of Sunshine Insurance
and Arawak Homes operating
there. We will relocate them in

SEE page 8B

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Vacancies exist in the Corporation for Internal Auditors in the Internal Audit Department.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Produces audit programs and submit the same for approval of the Chief Internal Auditor
Conducts complete risk assessment for areas being audited
Conducts financial, operational and ITS audit assignments in accordance with established
audit programs. This involves a complete assessment of the systems of internal control,
risk exposures and the efficiency, effectiveness and economic use of resources to
achieve management objectives
Produces audit reports on audit concerns, their causes, effects and the audit
recommendations in accordance with the IIA Standards
Conducts some audit investigations, evaluate findings and produce investigation reports;
exercising the IA's ethical standards e.g., confidentiality, etc.
Conducts reviews of budgetary systems (including variances analysis), policies,
manpower efficiency and new computer applications
Produces audit reports and submit the same to the Chief Internal Auditor for review
and release to management and the Audit Committee
Assembles audit files and conducts cursory reviews of audit files produced by the
Assistant Internal Auditors and the Audit Clerks
Trains, coaches and direct the activities of the Audit Clerks, and offers general supervision
and technical support to the Assistant Internal Auditor(s)
Conducts corporate research, and investigations on vendors and conducts fraud
investigations.(producing the associated reports)
Assist the AGM/Chief Internal Auditor in the annual audit planning exercise and offer
direct assistance on major investigations
Conduct audits in conjunction with the External Auditors and produce working papers
for the External Auditors year-end audit
Conducts stock taking observation exercises, Family Island audits and special assignments

Job Requirements include:

* Bachelor degree in Accounting or other closely related discipline
* Professional accounting certification (e.g., CA, CPA,), in addition completing the CIA
would be highly desirable
* Understand and apply Internal Audit Standards and International Accounting Standards
* Good investigative, interviewing and analytical skills
* Good problem solving skills
* Knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel computer programs. Also knowledge of audit
software and a good working knowledge of the H.T.E system are required
* Good knowledge of the Corporation's operating policies, systems and procedures
* Management and supervision skills
* 5 years experience

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Formi to:
The Manager Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker, P. O. Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before:
Thursday, May 1st, 2008.



A vacancy exists in the Inagua Operations Family Island Division for
a Temporary Handyman.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the

* Cleans station and company vehicles by'using appropriate cleaning
solutions and apparatus
* Cleans and gardens in the power plant compound and lawn areas. This
includes collecting and removing debris and waste, and transporting
them to disposal areas
* Pumps fuel
* Assists with various metering activities, such as installs and performs
meter readings, cleans meters for testing, disposes of obsolete meters
* Drives company vehicles (e.g. car, small truck) to assist with chauffeuring
and messenger services

The Job requirement includes:

* Completion of High School Diploma/GED
* Requires basic knowledge of building and yard maintenance and


to seek IDB

help over

energy policy

Tribune Business
THE Government is likely
to approach the Inter- Amer-

ican Development Bank
(IDB) for assistance in devel-
oping this nation's National
Energy Policy, the bank's
representative, Oscar
Spencer, told members of the
Bahamas Society of

Engineers yesterday.
Mr Spencer said: "We have
been informed that the Gov-
ernment will be approaching
us for assistance in developing
the policy."
He pointed out that two
years ago, the bank worked
with the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) to come
up with some strategies that
could be used as a national
energy policy.
"I know that the commit-
tee on this has been formed
and they are working. We
have been informed that the
Government will be
approaching us for assistance
in some form in the develop-
ment of the policy," he added.
Mr Spencer said that it will
be left to the Government to
decide the level of assistance
it will seek, and the level of
involvement that Bahamians
in the field will have in its
However, he did point out
that the IDB worked with
governments and organisa-
tions rather than individuals.
"I don't know what direc-
tion they (the Government)
would wish to go, but we will
look at it and then see what
Sort of technical assistance we
can provide," he said.
"Certainly we would want
to encourage the participation
of engineers and other per-
sons in the industry as well."
Also speaking at the engi-
neers' monthly meeting was
the chairman of the working
committee on the Economic
Partnership Agreement
(EPA) and other trade agree-
ments, Cyprian Gibson.
He said that after consulta-
tion in the industry, and given
-the fact it was still fairly
young and growing, engineers
were hoping that they could
keep the profession restricted
to Bahamians only for
at least 10 years rather than

Vacancy currently exists for


We are a leading retail organization with a strong and growing presence looking for a
dynamic individual to join our team of professionals in a senior management position.

General Duties
* Direct and co-ordinate Head Office functions in conjunction with Office Manager.
* Provide hands-on operational support management to retail store locations
* All property management and maintenance matters
* Ability to manage budgets and implement cost containment procedures
* Oversee other Management functions

Basic Requirements
* Minimum two (2)years experience in a similar position; is desirable
* Willingness to work flexible hours
* Ability to analyze and react effectively to bring matters to completion
Strong Leadership, Administrative and Managerial skills
* Excellent Written and Oral Communication skills
* Computer Literacy in Microsoft Office suite.
* Basic understanding of computer network systems.
* Bachelor's degree in Business Management or other related field would be an asset.

Benefits include a comprehensive medical and life package. Salary is commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

Interested persons may forward a copy of their resume, in confidence to:

Please submit your resume in confidence to:

The Human Resources Manager
P. O. Box N-623
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 322-6607 /328-5902

The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following


Performs a wide range of janitorial duties throughout the Embassy.
Works alone, or as a part of a group, under the Facilities Manage-
ment Supervisor. Assist with other trades as required

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

Completion of elementary and secondary schools is required
At least one year expereince in the janitorial field is required


Must have basic knowledge of janitorial field and of products
used in the cleaning of buildings
Must have the ability to use all machinery and tools connected
with the job function.
Must have a friendly, pleasant personality

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are
eligible for employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.

Application forms are available from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday
through Friday at the security area of The American Embassy, Queen
Street. Completed applications should be returned to the United States
Embassy: addressed to the Human Resources Office no later than,
April 21,2008

cleaning, and general plumbing, carpentry, include masonry, painting,
gardening techniques
* Knowledge of cleaning solutions and their applications
* Ability to use various tools and equipment to affect the cleaning and
maintenance of work areas and related equipment
* A valid drivers' license

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application
Form to The Manager Human Resources & Training, Bahamas
Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker, P.O. Box N-7509 Nassau
Bahamas on or before: Thursday, May 1st 2008.






Tribune Business

THE country's largest resort
yesterday expressed.disap-
pointment at.the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA)
latest survey results, which
showed that its members were
becoming increasingly pes-
simistic about the sector's per-
Speaking on behalf of
Kernzer International, George
Markantonis, the company's
Bahamas president and man-
aging director, said that natu-
rally the company was disap-
pointed by the gloomy out-
look envisaged by many indus-
try professionals.

This also comes on the heels
of the latest figures released
by the Ministry of Tourism for
the month of January 2008,
which indicates that air and sea
arrivals fell by 6 per cent, with
both Nassau/ Paradise Island
and Grand Bahama seeing
declines of 9 per cent. The
Family Islands suffered a 1 per
cent decline.
Looking at air arrivals, the
statistics revealed that overall,
they improved by 7 per cent,
particularly on San Salvador,
which enjoyed a 31 per cent
increase, and Andros with 24
per cent. Nassau/Paradise
Island improved by 8 per cent;
Abaco, 3 per cent; Bimini, 5
per cent; and Cat Cay and
Eleuthera were up by 11 per

Islands that saw a decrease
were Grand Bahama, Cat
Island and Exuma, 4 per cent;
and Long Island was down by
6 per cent.
The cruise statistics revealed
that arrivals were down overall
by 11 per cent, with Nassau/
Paradise Island taking a 17 per
cent decline. Grand Bahama's
visitor arrivals by cruise ship
dropped 17 per cent, and the
remaining islands combined
for a total 1 per cent loss.
The ministry attributed the
decline to the fact that the
cruise ships calling into the
Bahamas had brought in fewer
passengers than during the
same time last year. The cruise
figures are for first port of
entry only.
With hotel industry opti-
mism continuing to decline
after a 2008 first quarter that
extended the downward
tourism trend to 18 months, a
Bahamas Hotel Association
(BHA) survey of 21 member
properties found that 53 per
cent of them rated the tourist
economy's strength in the first
three months of the year as
either 'weak' or 'extremely
None rated the tourism
industry's performance as
'extremely strong', with only
14 per cent regarding it as
'strong' and 33 per cent declar-
ing it to be 'moderate'.
Mr Markantonis said yes-
terday: "We, too, participated
in the survey by the Bahamas
Hotel Association and, natu-
rally, we are disappointed at
the gloomy outlook that most
of our industry professionals
envisage in the short term for
tourism in the Bahamas."
He added that there was no
doubt that reservation call vol-
umes were seriously down for
almost every property.
"And this is not just in the
Bahamas, but across North
America. An economic down-
turn in the United States can
lead to serious repercussions
in our country. As an indus-

KERZNER International CEO and
chairman Sol Kerzner
try, however, all of our pro-
motion boards in conjunction
with the Ministry of Tourism
and the large hotels, have
teamed up to heavily market
our destination to those who
are still going to travel from
the United States. Some of
these campaigns have just
started others start this com-
ing weekend," he said.
I Mr Markantonis further stat-
ed that the Bahamas "on-
island" efforts must be focused
on making every tourist who
does visit this country admire
not only the beautiful natural
resources, but also the excep-
tional friendliness and service
of its people.
"That responsibility rests not
only on those who work in the
tourism sector, but on all citi-
zens. That way we can turn
those people into return
guests. Hopefully, any eco-
nomic downturn will not last
long. But we need to be proac-
tive in the meantime."

Common Law & Equity Division
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Tides Act, 1959
ALL THOSE pieces parcels
or lots of land having the
number 1 and 2 on a plan of
a Subdivision of Allotment
Number 16 of the Sandilands
Allotments situate in die
Eastern District of die Island
of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas
IN THE MATTER of die Petition

"ALL THOSE pieces parcels or lots of
land being a portion of Allotment Number
Sixteen (16) of Sandilands Allotments situate
in the Eastern District of the Island of
New Providence and is bounded as follows
NORTHWARDLY by Pine barren or
Golden Hill Road and running thereon
One Hundred (100) feet EASTWARDLY
by Allotment Number Seventeen (17) and
running thereon One Hundred (100) feet
SOUTHWARDLY by land now or formerly
die property of Bethlehem Securities
Limited and running thereon One Hundred
and Fifteen (115) feet WESTWARDLY by
a Road Reservation Thirty-four (34) feet
wide and running thereon Eighty-five (85)
feet and NORTHWESTWARDLY by the
said Road Reservation and running thereon
Twenty-one (21) feet."
Nellie A. Saunders claim to be the owner of the unincumbered fee simple estate in
possession of the said land and has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the Quieting Tides
Act, 1959 to have her tite to the said land investigated and the nature andextent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate ofTide to be granted by the Court
in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
office hours in the following places:
The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in the City of Nassau,
Bahamas; and
The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen Retiro Road, off Shirley Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower or an
Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents, file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his
claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be fled therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim on or before
the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents will
operate as bar to such claim.
#35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


111 Shirley Street

Thursday, April 24

Friday, April 25

Saturday, April'26

We regret any inconvenience this

will cause to our customers


Tenders are invited for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land in the Subdivision called and
known as "EASTWOOD" situate in the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence and beingLot Number Twenty (20). Situated
thereon is a Single Family Residence with Four(4) Bedrooms and
Two(2) Bathrooms Entry Foyer, Living Room, Dining Area, Family
Room, Kitchen.

Property Size: 9,000 Square Feet.

This property is sold under our Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage dated 27th February 2006 All offers should be
forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Risk
Manager P.O.Box N-3180, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Private
& Confidential". Bids addressed in the above manner may also
be faxed to 393-6127. All offers must be received by the close of
business 5:30pm, Friday, 31st May 2008.

The right is reserved to reject any or all offers.

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IBM Bahamas Limited

Employment Opportunity


This role will be governed by specific terms of a contract and will work in conjunction with the
Finance & Administration Department Responsibilities will include:

Leading the monthly balance sheet reconciliation process for Bahamas
and Bermuda offices.
Coordinating the fulfillment of IBM product to be ordered via the IBM
Trinidad office.
Liaising with Broker on arrival expectation of product orders.
Organizing customer deliveries.
Preparing documents for accounting revenue accrual.

University Degree in Accounting or related field, or minimum
of three years' work experience in Accounts Reconciliations.
Attention to detail is vital the ability to prioritize and effectively
Computer Literate with proficiency in M5 Word, MS Excel
and the Lotus notes email application.
Ability to work with minimum supervision is essential and
capability to adhere to reporting deadlines.
Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential

An equal opportunity employer, IBM provides competitive salaries. Thus,
compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications..

Please submit detailed applications or electronic resume to the attention of:

Financial Controller
IBM Bahamas Limited
Fourth Floor
Atlantic House
Second Terrace & Collins Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas
e-Mail: nseaton@bs.ibm.com

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, April 18th, 200S

All applications will be held in the strictest confidence. Only applicants who
are short-listed will be contacted.




Looking foti'lexl ienced

Fund Administrator

A small start-up Fun.d Adtiinisnratoii company

is looking for a dynamic person hohas a few years

experience in the Administratioi of Bahama0 SMART

and Professional Funds. Tlhe ideal: candidate would

also be assigned other relte tasks. He/she must be

able to fit in a small young group f l'po sioneialls aid

is a motivated Ilealnp"lyer. .

Please send your resume it' ialrry expectation

to HR Managee t, :t,

P.O. Box N-775NS, ts.

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the world'sleading
financial institutions in the Caribbean. Through our
Business Area Wealth Management International
we look after wealthy private clients by providing
them with comprehensive, value enhancing services.
Our client advisors combine. strong personal
relationships with the resources that are available
from across UBS, helping them provide a full range
of wealth management services,

In order to strengthen our t irin -Nassau, we are
looking to fill the following positions:

Senior Client Advisr & Client

Advisor for the Brazil Desk

In this challenging position you.will be responsible
for the Advisory of existing.clients, acquisition of
high net worth individual a.s .e11as presentation
and implementation of investment solutions in the
client's mother tongue Portuguese.

For this position we are searching for-a personality
who meets the following requirements:

Extensive experience and proven track record
in wealth management;
Specialized in the fields of Customer relations,
investment advice and portfolio management;
Excellent sales and advisory skills as well as
solid knowledge of investment products are
key requirements. Fluency in English and
Portuguese is essential, .

Written application should li, add'essed to:

hrbahamas@ubscoi' or :UB(Bahamas) Ltd.
:.;m H an Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas


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Tax reform 'inevitable',

says former minister

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NOTICE is hereby given that LOUISVIN ST LUC of
the Minister responsible fo;tNMlbfalty ar Ctozenship,
for registration/naturalit2ti; :. fl z dcizen of The
Bahamas, and that any;, p _wn holiknows any reason
why registration/ natur=a9i "fllh .hIld not be granted,
should send a written -ari.d gned statement of the
facts within twenty-eigMi d .ay;s ir the1 l' day of
April 2008 to the Minite reip~le for Natlonraity
and Citizenship, P.O.Bx N- 7147, NasFau, Bahamas.

spend more of their income
on goods. So those on lower
incomes are spending pro-
portionally more of their
income on taxes [than high-
er earners]," Mr Smith
"It's allowing lower
income people to carry more
of the burden of taxation."
As a result, Mr Smith, now
chairman of CFAL, said the
Government needed to find
"some way to tax services to
relieve the tax burden" on
the poor and lower income
With the Bahamian popu-
lation seemingly hostile to
an income tax, the best
options were either a VAT
or sales tax, he added.
Given that the Bahamas
was seeking to become a full
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) member, and enter
into multilateral and bilat-
eral trade agreements such
as the Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) with the
European Union (EU), Mr
Smith said tax reform was
all but inevitable.


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the world's leading financial
institutions in the Caribbean. Through our Business Area
Wealth Management International we look after wealthy
private clients by providing them with comprehensive,
value enhancing services. Our client advisors combine
strong personal relationships with the resources hat are
available from across UBS, helping them provide a full
range of wealth management services.

In order to strengthen our team in Nassau, we are looking
to fill the following position:

Desk Head North America/Canada

In this challenging position you will be responsible for:

Acquiring high net worth clients;
Advising clients (mainly from Canada);
Proposing investment solutions in the client's
mother tongue;
Supervising a team of client advisors and leading
the North America Desk.

We are searching for a seasoned team leader with extensive
experience in international wealth management,
specializing in the fields of customer relations and
retention,'investment advice and portfolio management.
A proven track record in a comparable position with a
leading global financial institution, a very good network
in Canada, excellent knowledge of investment products
and fluency in English as well as French and German are

Written applications should be addressed to:

hrbahamas@ubs.com or

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

FROM page one

while the current system was
primarily a tax on goods
entering the Bahamas at the
border, some 80 per cent of
economic activity in this
nation was generated by ser-
vices industries.
As a result, the Govern-
ment revenue system was
missing out on taxing the
predominant economic
activities, and Mr Smith said
this needed to be' captured
through something such as
VAT if the Bahamas was to
successfully finance its infra-
structure needs.
Another factor driving the
need for urgent reform, Mr
Smith said, was that the cus-
Bahamian tax structure was
"a regressive tax system"
that lacked equality and fair-
"Studies have shown that
that the higher and middle
income earners spend more
of their income on services,
while lower income people

The Bahamas' trading
partners, he added, would
view the customs duties
regime as a potential barrier
to trade and demand its
removal, meaning that
"sooner or later" this nation
would have to give an under-
taking in this regard.
Given that few govern-
ments were proactive on
major policy decisions such
as tax reform, which could
prove unpopular with vot-
ers, Mr Smith suggested to
The Tribune that it would
take something such as the
WTO negotiations to move
the issue forward.
"It's a major policy deci-
sion. I don't think many peo-
ple feel the same way that I
do about the limits of the
tariff structure," he added.
"Our trading partners will
invariably ask us to reform
the tax structure, moving
away from tariffs or elimi-
nating them over time."
Meanwhile, Mr Smith
urged the Government to
"be very careful" if it moved
further down the path of
exchange control relaxation
and removal.
Pointing out that exchange
controls had "served the
Bahamas really well", the
one-to-one peg with the US
dollar providing investors
with predictability and elim-
inated foreign currency risk,
Mr Smith said the ultimate
adoption of a floating
exchange rate rather than
the fixed one this nation has
now "needs a lot more for-

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Nassau, Bahamas
For 30 years, the Hard Rock Cafe has changed the
iorldi with raw talent and honest philosophies. Now we
are in 100+ "cool" locations where you can love music
and enjoy a career.

We are taking resumesfor the following

Servers, Bartenders, Hostess,

Line Cooks, Handyman

Hard Rock Cafe is hiring people like you who live
without limits and appreciate good music and great
Minimum 2 years experience within the service
industry required.

Retail Sales Associate:
Minimum 3 years sales experience within retail is

Please apply by EMAIL ONLY to the
General Manager

(No personal callers or phone calls will be

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eign reserves than we have
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Bank would need more than
$1 billion in foreign reserves
to support the Bahamian
currency and protect it from
attack by foreign speculators
on the international curren-
cy markets.
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'short selling' very much in
vogue, Mr Smith pointed out
that a trader's $1 billion bet
that the value of the
Bahamian dollar would
decline could almost wipe
out the foreign exchange
reserves if they were needed
to defend the currency.
In addition, Mr Smith used
the example of a US investor
who purchased real estate in
the Bahamas via a US$-
denominated mortgage, and
the rented the property out
to help pay back the
If the Bahamian currency
was allowed to float freely,
and its value depreciated on
international markets, the
one-to-one peg with the US
dollar would no longer
apply. Given that the rent
was being paid in devalued
Bahamian dollars, this might
not be enough to cover the
American investor's mort-
"I'm more a proponent of
stability of the economy,"
Mr Smith said, "and if we do
without exchange controls,
that's fine. My concern
would be to be very careful
about doing it."

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Ex-minister: 'Write-off

$410m in unpaid taxes

FROM page one

of accounts receivables.
Collection efforts had
been further complicated,
he indicated, as the real
property tax exemption
threshold had been
increased over the years
from an initial $100,000 to
$150,000, and lastly to
He estimated that this
exempted some 60-70 per
cent of residential house-
holds on New Providence,
the only island where real
property tax applies, from
payment. As a result, the tax
"applies almost entirely to
commercial properties", the
now-CFAL chairman esti-
mated that businesses
accounted for 75 per cent of
the revenues it derived.
The former minister sug-
gested that in many cases,
the accumulated interest on
owed real property tax often
accounted for 50 per cent of
the total balance owed.
The Government, Mr
Smith suggested, needed to
assess what real property
taxes could be collected and
what could not. It would
have to factor in who could
pay, who owed, and how old
the debt was.
Political considerations
also came into the mix in
regard to outstanding casino
taxes, Mr Smith said.
Total outstanding casino
taxes amounted to $72.621
million in 2005-2006, the
Auditor-General said, with
the Atlantis casino the only
one up to date with its tax
bill for that year.
Regarding outstanding
casino taxes for prior years,
the Atlantis casino owed
$1.188 million; the Crystal
Palace casino owed $56.522
million; and Isle of Capri
owed $5.691 million.
The Government is also
owed $37.445 million in col-
lective outstanding taxes
from the Lucayan Beach
and Casino at Bahamia,
both of which are no longer
in operation.
"You could probably col-
lect them through the
courts," Mr Smith said of
the outstanding casino taxes.
"We recognize the impor-

tance of the tourism indus-
try and keeping jobs. When
a hotel with a casino
attached to it starts making
losses, and starts cutting
jobs, an unwritten rule is
that the casino taxes are

"It perhaps costs the Gov-
ernment less than having to
deal with an army of unem-
ployed, especially as you
don't have a social safety

M a,

IBM Bahamas Limited

Employment Opportunity

Accounts Payable and Invoicing Specialist.

This role will be governed by specific terms of a contract and will work in
conjunction with the Finance & Administration Department. Responsibilities
will include:

Vendor payments and internal IBM costs data
Generation of IBM product invoices and processing of
credit memos.
Coordination of Inter-company agreements between various IBM
Preparation of journal vouchers for software product accounting.
Creation and monitoring of various measurement reports.


University Degree in Accounting or related field, or
minimum of three years' work experience in a related field.
Attention to detail is vital, the ability to prioritize and effectively
Computer Literate with proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and the
Lotus notes email
Ability to work with minimum supervision is essential
and capability to adhere to reporting deadlines.
Strong written and verbal communication skills are

An equal opportunity employer, IBM provides competitive salaries.
Thus, compensation will be commensurate with experience and

Please submit detailed applications or electronic resume to the attention of:

Financial Controller
IBM Bahamas Limited
Fourth Floor
Atlantic House
Second Terrace & Collins Avenue
Nassau, Bahamas e-Mail: nseaton@bs.ibm.com

Deadline for receipt of applications is: Friday, April 18th, 2008.
All applications will be held in the strictest confidence. Only short-listed applicants
will be contacted.

Vacanies for Teachers for September 2008
Kingsway Academy is seeking applicants for teaching
positions in the following areas:
Teachers for Grades 2 through 6
Clothing Construction and Craft/Needlework
Music (Part-time or full-time)
Home Economics/Art and Craft
Carpentry and Joinery
Physical Education/Health Science
Labratory Technician
Mathematics and /or Physics
High School applicants should be qualified and
willing to teach to the BGCSE, S.A.T.II, and AP level
with at least a Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent, with
6 years experience at the High School level in the
particular subject area along with a Teacher's
Certificate. A Masters Degree in education, in teach-
ing and learning, or the content area, would be an asset.
All successful candidates should have the following:

* An Academic Degree in the area of specialization
* A Teaching Certificate
* Excellent Communication Skills
* A love for children and learning
* High standards of morality
* Be a born again Christian
Letters of application together with a recent color
photograph and detailed Curriculum Vita (including the
names and addresses of at least three references, one being,
the name of one's church minister) should be forwarded to:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business office
Bernard Road

Salaries would be commensurate with qualifications and
Deadline for Applications is Friday May 2, 2008



7 1


Vacancy exists in the Corporat.Jn for an Assistant Internal Auditor in the
Internal Audit Department.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Works unsupervised, and attends weekly meeting with the AGM/Chief
Internal Auditor
* Consults with the Internal Auditor or AGM/Chief Internal Auditor to resolve
queries or obtain guidance on audit assignments
* Develops audit programs for conducting audits, from the planning to
reporting stages for approval by the AGM/Chief Internal Auditor
* Conduct financial, operational and ITS audits at Head Office and the Family
Islands Operations
* Provides feedback on Audit Ck rks in the preliminary performance evaluation
for them
* Coaches, supervises, and assists in the training of Audit Clerks
* Collects information and updating continuous audit monitors on plants and
Family Island branches and produce regular reports
* Assists, External Auditors in the preparation of work papers for the annual
audit exercise

Job Requirements include:

* Bachelor degree in Accounting or other closely related discipline
* Completion of a professional certification (ACCA, CA, CPA or the CIA)
* Understand Internal Audit Standards and Procedures, and International
Accounting Standards
* Good investigative, interviewing, problem solving and analytical skills
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Knowledge of internal controls, operational audit techniques as well as the
ability to identify and assess risks
* Good knowledge of the Corporation's operating policies, systems and
* The ability to assess and evaluate the Corporation systems of internal control
* The ability to conduct some risk analysis for major areas within the
* The ability to conduct financial, operational and ITS audits and investigations
and exercise strict audit code of ethics (e.g. confidentiality)
* Ability to lead, supervise and training audit clerks
* 3-5 years experience

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application
Form to: The Manager Human Resources & Training Department,
Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker, P. O. Box N-7509
Nassau Bahamas on or before: Thursday May 1st, 2008.



No.: 500-11-032989-085

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
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 defendants Ivest Fund Limited ("lvest") and 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, Ivest and 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 Qu6bec, 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 and/or Tricap fail to file an Appearance within the time limit indicated,
a judgment by default may be rendered against Ivest and/or Tricap, without
further notice, in conformity with the conclusions of the Motion. If Ivest and/
or Tricap file an appearance, the Motion will be presented before the Court
on May 13, 2008, at 9:00 am, in room 16.10 of the Montreal Courthouse.

Ivest or 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 T6trault
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.

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FirstCaribbean's nine-fold profits

drop may harm BISX market cap

FROM page one
almost $20 million of the $31
million profits decline to two
one-off events, namely the


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impact on its US dollar portfolio
from declining US interest rates
and global credit spreads, and
problems with hedge account-

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The US interest rates and
global credit spreads impacted
an outsourced securities portfo-
lio, causing a $14.6 million earn-
ings drop, while the hedge
accounting issue produced a $5.3
million earnings hit.
Darron Cash, First-
Caribbean's chief financial offi-
cer, told The Tribune yesterday:
"We are an international bank,
and to some degree are affected
by everything that happens in
the US economy."
He explained that "a signifi-
cant factor" 46 per cent of First-
Caribbean's book of business,
around $2 billion, was US dollar
denominated. With many of
these assets' prices linked to US
interest rates, the US Federal
Reserve's frequent rate cutting
has reduced the returns they
have earned since the 2007 third
The $8.2 million or 21.2 per

cent decline in net interest
income during the 2008 first
quarter was largely attributed to
a $3.7 million decline on First-
Caribbean's US dollar portfolio.
With interest expenses flat,
total interest income was also
down by about $8 million from
$73.863 million to $65.359 mil-
While asset prices are impact-
ed immediately, the impact of
US interest rate cuts on deposits
- especially those on fixed
deposits takes longer to feed
through, because those rates are
fixed. As a result, First-
Caribbean also had to contend
with shrinking margins.
Meanwhile, Mr Cash
explained that FirstCaribbean
used hedge accounting as a way
to manage its exposure to inter-
est rate and foreign currency
But to be able to activate this,

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 13th day of February 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


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it needed to have certain docu-
ments in place, and at fiscal 2007
year-end "we did not meet all
those requirements specifically
as they relate to documenta-
FirstCaribbean did not meet
those requirements until Janu-
ary 1, 2008, meaning that the
bank was exposed to interest
rate and foreign currency move-
ments for the first two months of
its 2008 first quarter, which clos-
es at the end of that month.
While 2008 first quarter oper-
ating expenses doubled to
$16.034 million from $8.212 mil-
lion in the year-before period,
Mr Cash said that if an $8.7 mil-

lion curtailment gain from
changes to the bank's healthcare
benefits package was stripped
out from 2007, ,his year would
have been $900,000 lower.
The growth in loan loss
expense, from $1.116 million in
the 2007 first quarter to $4.686
million this time around, was
largely due "to one item that we
are pleased to has been turning
around since we took that posi-
"The positive thing for the
bank is that in our core segments
- corporate, retail and wealth
management we continue to
do very well in comparison to
2007," Mr Cash said.

NOTICE is hereby given that MERCILIA THOMAS
of NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 17th day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that TELSEY KERVEN
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18th day of
APRIL, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas,

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
oh the 29th day of January 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Common Law and Equity Division
1. A Writ of Summons has been issued against you in
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas being Action
No. 2007/CLE/gen/00732 by COMMONWEALTH
BANK LIMITED of Star Plaza, Mackey Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas. Details of the claim are set
out in the Statement of Claim indorsed on the said
Writ of Summons.
2. On the 3r day of April A.D., 2008 the Court ordered
that the Writ of Summons is deemed to be served on
you by this advertisement.
3. You must within 14 days from the date of the
publication of this advertisement respond to the
claim by;
(a) Entering an appearance to this action;
(b) Admitting the claim; or
(c) Filing and serving a defence to the claim
Otherwise judgment may be entered against you.

Dated the 15" day of April A.D., 2008.

Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attomeys for the Plaintiff

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
13th day of March 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa.
Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of April 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 13th day of March 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of March 2008, The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,



UBS (Bahamas) Limited is seeking a suitably qualified
individual to join our growing and dynamic team as a:

Private Client High Level Document specialist

The main duties of this position are:
* Review of client documentation
* Account opening and static data maintenance
* Addressing client advisors' requests and queries
* Handling client correspondence
* Management reporting

Candidates must possess:
* Strong organizational skills
* StrQng analytical skills
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Strong knowledge of "know your customer"
* Attention to detail, accuracy and commitment to service
* Proficiency in MS Office Applications
* Ability to adapt quickly, multi task and meet firm
* High level of self-motivation, ability to work indepen-
dently and record of being a successful team player *
Bachelors degree or above in Business Administration
or Accounting

Prior experience performing similar duties at a supervisory
level in a private bank or trust company and / or CPA
designation are assets.

Please send your written application on or before April 25,
2008 to:

hrbahamas@ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas
Only potential candidates meeting the above stated
requirements will be considered.






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The bidding:
South West North East
SIV Pass 3V Pass
Opening lead king of spades.
This deal demonstrates an impor-
tant principle of declarer play. South
is in six hearts and gets a spade lead.
He sees the slam is sure to make
unless he loses two club tricks. Two
club losers are possible only if the
missing clubs are divided 4-1 or 5-0.
If they are divided 3-2, only one club
can be lost
Having no control over the distri-
bution of the adverse cards, which is
"-26. a matter of luck, declarer should take
6 any security measures he can think of
to overcome an unfavorable distribu-
tion if it exists.
2 He notes that if the clubs are

4 At the back (6)
7 Response(8)
8 Give (6)
10 Scandinavian
13 Pack of
cards (4)
14 Team 4
15 Under-
garment (4)
16 Argument (3)
17 Injure (4)
19 Public school
21 Tortured (9)
23 Nurse (4)
24 Stratagem
26 Prohibit (3)
27 Radiate (4)
29 Post(4)
32 Item (4)
33 Stage
whisper (5)
34 Represent
atives (6)
35 Authorises
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divided 5-0, there is little he can do
about it. But he also observes that if
the suit is divided 4-1, there is an
excellent chance something can be
done about it. Declarer therefore pro-
ceeds to play the hand as if a 4-1
division does exist, since it can cost
him nothing to do so.
After taking the ace of spades
and a round of trumps, he leads a dia-
mond to the ace and ruffs a diamond.
He then trumps a spade in dummy
and ruffs the jack of diamonds. With
spades and diamonds having been
eliminated from the North-South
hands, the stage is now set for the
crucial play.
South leads a low club. Regard-
less of what West plays, declarer
plays low from dummy.
Assume West plays low on the
club lead, and East wins with the ten.
East must then return a diamond or a
spade, presenting declarer with a
ruff-and-discard, and the contract is
Alternatively, if West plays the
jack or queen on the first club lead,
South ducks and takes the rest of the
tricks regardless of what West
What the proposition boils down
to is that if the clubs break 4-1 and
the player with the singleton has the
queen, jack, ten or nine, there is no
escape for the defense. It does not
matter whether East or West has the


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HOW many words of four letters
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, 12; very good 18; excellent
23 (or more). Solution tomorrow.

1 Angry (5)
2 Detested (5)
3 Eye inflamma-
tion (4)
4 Mountain
range (5)
5 Military
vehicle (4)
6 Share(6)
9 Eight-piece
groups(6) ,
11 Be
victorious (3).
12 Devil (5)
13 Black mark (7)
15 Vigour (3)
16 Staff (3)
18 Passionate (6)
20 Pours (5)
21 Number (3)
22 Kernel(3)
23 Snarl(6)
25 Offer (3)
28 Skinflint(5)
30 Passageway (5)
31' Contract (5)
32 Loosen (4)
33 Corrosive sub-
stance (4)

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Lev Polugaevsky v Lubo Ljubojevic,
Linares 1985. Black (to move) has
queen against rook and bishop, but
it looks hard to cash in his
advantage. Polu's rooks are poised 8
to capture the d4 pawn, and if Black
tries 1...Qb3 2 Rbxd4 Qxb2+7 3 Kxe3
wins. With rook, bishop and pawn 6
for the queen and no black passed
pawns, White would then have
good chances for a draw. Lubo had 4
seen deeper, and had spotted a 3
winning black tactic in the diagram.
It takes six moves, but the first five
are checks while the sixth captures
White's rook and wins the game.
Can you calculate as well as the

APR 18

AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Don't keep quiet when you know that
an acquaintance purposely has made
a difficult situation worse. Cancer
plays an important role in a romantic
situation on Saturday.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Stand up for yourself when a co-
worker makes accusations against
you. If you just explain yourself
calmly, everyone will know that
you're telling the truth.
ARIES March 21/April 20
A close friend needs your help with a
romantic problem. While you would
like to be there, he or she wants you to
do something dishonest A loved one
offers to take you out late in the week.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Your home is your sanctuary this
week, Taurus. Co-workers are mak-
ing demands on you, and loved ones
are asking for your help. Take a little
time for yourself.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
Stand your ground when that special
someone ties to convince you to do
something that you don't want to do.
Don't let him or her bully you. A
loved one needs a shoulder to cry on.
Be there for him or her.
CANCER June 22/July 22
Don't let your conscience get the
best of you when you lie to get out of
a difficult situation. The person
you've'been seeing asks you an
important question.
LEO July 23/August 23
A friend with whom you haven't spo-
ken in a long time turns to you for help
with a family matter. Do what you can
for him or her. A loved one helps you
out with a home-improvement project.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You have an important decision to
make early in the week, Virgo, and
several people are counting on you to
make the right choice. Turn to a loved
one for advice if you need it.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Don't be fooled by an acquaintance's
tall tale. If something sounds too
good to be true, it probably is.
Remember that. That special some-
one has a surprise for you late in the
week. Enjoy!
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't let your ego take control during
a business meeting early in the week,
Scorpio. Be proud of your accom-
plishments, but realize that you still
have to work diligently.
Don't back down when an acquain-
tance challenges you this week. You
know that you are right, and you can
prove it easily. A close friend tuiis to
you for romantic advice.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
While you want to advance your
career, don't be too aggressive.
That special someone needs to bor-
row money. Do what you can for
him or her.



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FROM page one

Texas jury on August 20, 2001,
of the bribery charges. He was
alleged to have paid James A.
Collins, executive' director of
the Texas Department of Crim-
inal Justice, "at least" $20,000
in bribes to ensure his compa-
ny, VitaPro, which supplies soy
food products to be used as
meat substitutes, won a "five-
year, multi-million dollar con-
tract" with the criminal justice

Bahamas resident

department just before Collins
retired from his post.
The jury rejected Mr Barry's
defence that the payments to
Collins were advances for con-
sulting work the latter planned
to do for VitaPro after retiring
from the correctional depart-
ment, but his sentencing has
been delayed as the trial out-
come descended into contro-

Yet after they filed a motion
for a judgment of acquittal, Mr
Barry and Mr Collins were
acquitted by the US district
court on all counts or, in the
alternative, granted a re-trial.
The district court took its
decision on the grounds that no
substantial court transcript of
the original trial existed; that
the US government's testimony
as contradicted and unfound-
ed; and that "extraneous and
irrelevant" testimony confused
the jury.
The US government
appealed that ruling. In its July
20, 2007, verdict last year, the
US Court of Appeals for the
fifth circuit found that the dis-
trict court should not have
acquitted Mr Barry or Mr
The appeals court found that
the evidence presented at the
trial, "viewed in the light most
favourable to the verdict", was
sufficient to allow a rational
juror to find the pair guilty.
The district court had
approved the motion of acquit-
tal due to the fact that the US
government's star witness
against Mr Barry and Mr
Collins, Patrick Graham, was

of poor character.
Yet the appeals court said
this had been known to the
jury, and taken on board when
assessing the credibility of Gra-
ham's evidence. As a result, the
court could not submit its judg-
ment that Graham's evidence
be disregarded for that of the
The appeals court, though,
said that given the circum-
stances surrounding the case, a
new trial was the fairest option
for all parties.
Yet in a dissenting verdict,
appeals court justice Edith
Brown Clement, said there was
nothing to support a re-trial
either, and that the original jury
verdict should stand.
She said: "The evidence
before the jury was both sub-
stantial and compelling, even
apart from Patrick Graham's
disputed testimony.
"Barry claimed that he did
not know that Collins was still
employed by Texas Depart-
ment of Corrections (TDCJ)
when he began to make pay-
ments to Collins in late 1995,
but TDCJ employees testified
that Barry visited the TDCJ
offices in December 1995, when
Collins helped him obtain an
identification card by introduc-
ing him as an entertainer.
"Graham's daughter Lori



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FROM page one

anticipation of future expan-
Mr Wilson said the acquisi-
tion of the JFK Drive property
had "some strategic implica-
tions", given its accessibility for
Bahamian consumers who live
in western New Providence.
He added that Sunshine
Holdings had engaged some
architects to work on redesign-
ing the property and upgrading
its interior, with the combined
purchase price and upgrade
likely to cost $5 million.
Mr Wilson said Sunshine
Holdings was "exploring some
exciting ideas" for the former
warehouse, adding that the
property would be designed and
reconfigured in a way appro-
priate for its usage and status.
RoyalStar's head office is cur-
rently based on Collins Avenue.

Photo shows Lambet Longley eft Partner, congratulating Paul

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KPMG in The Bahamas congratulates

Paul Frazier on his international


Paul Frazier is headed to the Atlanta office'of KPMG in the U.S. for an 18 month international
assignment. Paul is a 2005 KPMG Scholarship recipient and as part of KPMG's Scholarship
Program recipients are usually granted work experience in a KPMG office outside The
Bahamas. Paul graduated from Acadia University in May 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in
Business Administration. He is also a Lyford Cay Foundation scholarship recipient and served
as an advisor for KPMG's Junior Achievement Program.

KPMG's Global Mobility Program is another avenue the firm uses to provide international
exchanges which allows staff to participate in multi-cultural experiences which aid in their
professional development and growth and return toThe Bahamas to share their new

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Mr Wilson's comments indi-
cate that the JFK Drive prop-
erty's sale has not been held upf
by a dispute between the ven-
dor and its majority sharehold-
Sunshine Holdings is pur-
chasing the building from Pre-
mier Commercial Real Estate
Investment Corporation, the
BISX-listed investment fund.
The deal, though, had come
under fire from its majority
shareholder, Mosaic Compos-
ite, another Bahamian-domi-
ciled investment vehicle, which
holds 50.8 per cent of Premier's
Mosaic is currently in liqui-
dation and, as revealed by The
Tribune in late December, the
joint liquidators, BDO Mann
Judd accountant Clifford Cul-
mer, and Canadian Raymond
Massi, threatened that if they
did not approve the sale first,
they could take action that.
might ultimately lead to replac-
ing all Premier's directors at an
Extraordinary General Meet-
ing (EGM).
The liquidators expressed
concern that Premier's direc-
tors might be undermining the
company's value by selling-off
assets below their actual mar-
ket price.

Lero, an attorney, testified that
she set up the corporation Cer-
tified Technology Consultants
(CTC) with Collins's knowl-
edge, and that she was told to
do so in order to facilitate pay-
ments to Collins from Barry's
company, VitaPro.
"CTC's financial record
revealed thousands of dollars
in wire transfers from VitaPro
to CTC, and Collins's personal
financial records showed
deposits that matched the
amounts VitaPro transferred to
CTC. In short, there was sub-
stantial evidence of wrongdo-
ing by Collins and Barry that
did not depend directly on Gra-
ham's testimony."
The judge added: "Perhaps
more importantly, Collins and
Barry failed to present credi-
ble evidence to counter the
government's case. For exam-
ple, to explain thousands of dol-
lars in cash deposited into
Collins's bank account, Collins
testified that he was a voracious
change saver' and that the mon-

ey came from change he had
collected over the years.
"The allegedly confusing cash
transactions corroborated Gra-
ham's testimony and provided
evidence of a corrupt agree-
ment between Collins and Bar-
ry. The detailed financial analy-
sis of CTC's and Collins's bank
accounts, another allegedly
confusing matter, was neces-
sary to properly trace the funds
transferred to CTC from
"The allegedly confusing and
irrelevant evidence regarding
misuse of a social security num-
ber indicated that Barry knew
that Collins was still employed
by TDCJ during December
1995, contrary to Barry's testi-
For his part, Mr Barry has
always strenuously denied the
allegations against him. In a
previous interview with The
Tribune, he said the original
jury verdict was "the furthest
thing from the truth", despite
him entering a not guilty plea.

RoyalStar head office

purchase closing is near


Main Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate will be responsible for the companies
building maintenance, and serve as a management liaison for
the entire company.

Applicants will be responsible for:
* Assisting in the day-to-day operations of the Company
* Following up on outstanding store matters
* Assist with issues regarding the property and management

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills
* Have the ability to multi task
* Excel appreciation of IT matters
* Basic supervisory skills

We offer in return an excellent remuneration package,
inclusive of medical and life insurance.

Interested persons may forward a copy of their R6sume to:
The Human Resources Manager
Fax: (242) 322-6607
Email: hr(alxuryretaillimited.com


SVacancies exist in the Inagua Operations Family Island Division
for Station Diesel Mechanic Mates who might be male or female
between 18 and 35 years of age.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the

* Performing switching operations and monitoring systems stability
by recording hourly reading (e.g. pressure, terilperature, oil/water
levels etc)
Cleaning work area and assisting with station landscaping
Performing systems restorations by diagnosing system shutdowns,
reviewing system stability, reading and liaising with distribution
Assisting with consumer complaints by answering telephone and
recording such complaints
Required to do shift work

The Job requirement includes:

Applicant should be high school graduate
A minimum of 1-2 years experience or equivalent
A minimum of five (5) BJC's including English Language and
Mathematics with grade "C" or above

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an
Application Form to: The Manager Human Resources & Training
Department, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker,
P. 0. Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before: Thursday May
1st, 2008.