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Publication Date: April 21, 2008
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The Tribune



Volume: 104 No.125 MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008

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feared dead

boat traged

RBDF official says information
so far points to possible
human smuggling operation

Tribune Staff Reporter
AS MANY as 20 people are,
feared dead today as a result of
a boating tragedy between Nas-
sau and Bimini over the week-
At press time last night the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
reported that nine bodies had
been recovered from the ocean
off western New Providence
and an unknown number
remained unaccounted for.
A Haitian woman one of
only three survivors found told
authorities that she was with

around 25 people aboard a boat
which left Nassau for Bimini on
Saturday when it sank.
Authorities are as yet uncer-
tain'as to theeircumstances sur-
rounding the unfolding tragedy,
which occurred not far from the
Berry Islands.
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force Chief Petty Officer Ralph
McKinney told The Tribune
that information received by
authorities so far points to a
possible human smuggling oper-
Only three survivors, a Hait-
ian man and woman, and a
SEE page 10

Bid to have Leslie Miller's
Election Court case thrown out
Tribune Staff Reporter
SIDNEY Collie, MP for Blue Hills, will attempt to have the
Election Court petition filed by former Cabinet minister Leslie
Miller thrown out by the court today.
In the motion to strike out Mr Miller's petition, filed by Mr
Collie's attorney Michael Barnett last Tuesday, the MP claimed that
Mr Miller had not followed the necessary processes in court for the
action to continue.
The motion said Mr Miller "failed'to file and serve on the first
respondent, as required by rule 14 of the Election Court, a list of
votes which the petitioner contends were wrongly admitted or
rejected stating in respect of each such vote the grounds of the peti-
tioner's contention."
SEE page 11

sioner Reginald Ferguson yes-
terday, Bishop Hall, senior pas-
tor at New Covenant Baptist
Church and chairman of the
National Advisory Council on
crime, said he received two
threatening phone calls on Sat-
"Sometime after 3pm on Sat-
urday, two men called in suc-
cession with muted voices. I was
told to 'mind my own (exple-
tive) business' and 'we are going
to mess you up'," he said.
"One said that he 'would take
my Bible and shove it up my
...," Bishop Hall said in his letter
to the acting commissioner.
Earlier this month, the out-
spoken pastor called for an
update on the high-profile mur-
ders of Dr McDonald and Mr
Taylor, which occurred in
November last year.
-"Y u..mght know that there

are very many people in the
community who are coming to
their own conclusions, some of
which happen to be most
uncomplimentary, as regards to
police competence and integri-
ty," said Bishop Hall in his letter
to Mr Ferguson requesting an
update on the status of the
Mr Ferguson has responded
to Bishop Hall's call. Earlier this
SEE page 10

SCuban golf plans
could challenge
Bahamas tourism
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe tribunemedia.net
HAVANA, Cuba The
Bahamas could be set to see
increased competition from
Cuba in the tourism sector as
the communist government has
its eyes set on massively
expanding opportunities it
offers to the world's golfers over
the next several years, The Tri-
bune has learned.
On top of the already impres-
sive attractions in the cultural
and hotel sector available in the
island state of over 11 million
inhabitants, it has emerged that
the government, headed since
February by Fidel Castro's
brother Raul, is in the process
of negotiating with investors in
England, Spain and Canada to
create 10 new golf courses over
the next two to three years.
A director in the Cuban Min-
istry of Foreign Investment and
SEE page 10.

Ambassador: no
information of plans
to downgrade the
embassy in Cuba
Tribune Staff
HAVANA, Cuba -
The Bahamian ambassador
to Cuba said Friday that he
has received no informa-
tion implying that the gov-
ernment intends to down-
grade the embassy in
Havana and he looks for-
ward to serving in the
neighboring country "as
long as the conditions per-
mit" him to do so.
Asked to comment on
statements made by then
opposition leader Hubert
Ingraham before the elec-
tion, in which he said that
should the FNM come to
power the embassy would
immediately be downgrad-
SEE page 11

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New move to combat

stray dog problem

Armed robbery: two in custody

Tribune Staff Reporter
A QUICK response by police led to the capture of two brothers
after an armed robbery at a beauty salon in Golden Gates.
Just before 5pm on Saturday, two men one armed with a shot-
gun entered the salon on Muttonfish Street and robbed cashiers
of an undetermined amount of money, police report.
The culprits escaped the crime scene in a white Hyundai Accent,
and there were no reports of any shots being fired in the shop.
Police intercepted a vehicle shortly afterwards and two brothers,
who have not been named by authorities, one 28 and the other a
juvenile, were taken into custody. Both men, police report, live in the
Kemp Road area. Police investigations are also underway into two
other armed robberies over the weekend.
At around 8pm on Saturday, an employee of C J Liquor Store on
Carmichael Road was robbed when two gunmen entered the estab-
lishment and demanded cash.
Police report that a "large sum" was taken from the store, but the
amount was not specified. The robbers escaped in an unknown
The stolen car used in the armed robbery at John Chea Foodstore,
Wulff Road, was also recovered by police. The robbery occurred
shortly after 2pm on Friday, when bandits entered and took mon-
ey from cashiers at the store.
The men fled in a green Honda Accord, which was seen travelling
in the Minnie Street area, according to police.
Officers on patrol subsequently recovered the vehicle near Moore
Street shortly after the incident.
Police received a report that the car was stolen from western
New Providence last Thursday. Investigations are continuing into
both robberies.

BHS announces spay and neuter clinic in Inagua

SEARCHING FOR FOOD: Our file photo shows a stray dog in an
overgrown yard on Bay Street.

common practice for many peo-
ple with puppies to abandon them
with the trash at garbage dumps,
adding to a growing population
of feral dogs which survive
through scavenging and by killing
wildlife, including dog pack
attacks on donkeys. Children
were walking to school with rocks
and sticks in their hands to fend
off street dogs."
The BHS liaised with all
Bahamian veterinarians and
organized the first ever spay and
neuter clinic in Mathew Town,
Inagua, last week.
The logistics of the operation,
getting equipment and volunteer
veterinarians to Inagua, were
challenging but with the support
of Dr Grant from the Palmdale
Veterinary Clinic and volunteer

veterinarians from the Rural
Area Veterinary Services a
'M.A.S.H.'-style workforce
arrived on site.
"This was also a real commu-
nity project," said Kevin Degen-
hard, "which would not have
been possible without the tremen-
dous hard work and energy of
local residents who helped senior
councillor Ronald Roker and
councillor Richard Ingraham car-
ry out urgent repairs to make the
old disused Inagua Hospital hab-
itable to run the clinic."
They reconnected water and
electricity, fixed doors and win-
dows and provided lights.
The BHS team received the full
support of the community, who
welcomed the project as residents
lined up with their cats and dogs

during our coastal

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THE Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety is continuing to expand its
efforts to combat the stray dog
problem in the Bahamas,
announcing the first ever spay
and neuter clinic in Inagua.
In 2007 a plea for help was
received by the Humane Society
from the then administrator of
Inagua, Mr Charles King, as the
population growth of dogs on the
island was getting out of hand.
BHS executive director Kevin
Degenhard decided to fly there
to assess the situation.
"There were roaming dogs on
virtually every street and there
were dozens of dogs in the bush
around the garbage dump just
outside town. As no vet visits
Inagua none of these animals had
been sterilised," he said.
"The saddest, and most worry-
ing, factor is that it has become

"There were
roaming dogs on
virtually every
street and there
were dozens of
dogs in the bush
around the
garbage dump
just outside

Kevin Degenhard

to benefit from the free spay and
neuter service.
Island Administrator Dr Cun-
ningham was delighted with this
generous contribution to the com-
munity and gave his full support.
Other key figures who helped
this happen included Mr Glen
Bannister and Ms Debbie Far-
quharson, who organised accom-
modation for the team of 14 ani-
mal experts, school principal Mr
Jason Woodside, who arranged
for Dr Val Grant, Dr Susan Mon-
ger and Kevin Degenhard to run
a PowerPoint presentation for
every student in the Inagua All
Age School on responsible ani-
mial ownership.
Thanks from the BHS went to
the US Coast Guard who stored
all the equipment awaiting the
team's arrival, to the police and
local stores for spreading the
word and fliers, to Mr Orpheus
Simms, the environmental health
officer for helping with logistics,
to director of agriculture Mr
Simeon Pinder, for administrating
paperwork and to the Inagua Air-
port team who helped with a
smooth passage on and off the
island. Veterinary :veoliuters.
were led by Dr Susan. Monger,
who is an acknowledged expert
in this field. The Bahamas
National Trust senior warden Mr
Henry Nixon'brought the whole
project together.
"By the time we left the island
we had spayed and neutered over
130 dogs, euthanised 40, and
treated numerous other animals,
including one dog with a collar
embedded in putrefying flesh
around its neck for a year but
nobody had been able to catch it
until we arrived. It was gratify-
ing to see so many dogs sporting
their 'I've been spayed' fluores-
cent green collars and to see most
of the island children wearing the
'B humane' turquoise wrist-bands
when we left after a week of 12-
hour working days."
The BHS will be working with
Dr Grant on a plan to get more
Bahamian vets around the Fami-
ly Islands as a lack of veterinary
services in the less wealthy com-
munities contributes to the roam-
ing dog problem and animal suf.
fering. While experts need to get
back to Inagua to continue the
job, they feel a desperate need to
get the Animal Protection and
Control Act, drafted in 2005, on
the statute books as one provi-
sion in that Act is for animal con-
trol officers to be appointed in
the Family Islands.
Everyone in the veterinary
team said their lingering memo-
ries will include the amazing
enthusiasm of Inaguans for this
project as well as their generosity
and friendly hospitality.



MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008, PAGE 3

0 In brief Bishop Simeon Hall suggests removal of
.........................Parliamentary Channel after House row

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THREE Fox Hill resi-
dents are in police cus-
tody after two separate
firearm arrests over the
A 19-year-old man was
taken into custody by
Central Detective Unit
(CDU) officers at 11pm
on Friday after a .380
handgun was discovered
near Fox Hill Park. The
gun contained four live
rounds, police report.
While executing a war-
rant on Saturday at a
home on Grant Street,
Fox Hill, at 1.30pm,
CDU officers discovered
a .357 handgun with six
live rounds of ammuni-
tion hidden in a DVD
A 54-year-old woman
and a 30-year-old man
were taken into police

relyhg to a

seaborne school project
has landed on the sandy
doorstep of NASA,
according to Associated
United Space Alliance
worker Jill Vogel found
a message in a bottle
from a student at the
Holy Name Catholic
School in Bimini, about
220 miles southeast of
Titusville and closest to
Florida of all the
Bahamas islands.
Vogel recently found
the bottle while volun-
teering for a beach
cleanup near the space
shuttle launch pads at
Kennedy Space Center,
Florida Today reported
"Dear Sea penpal," the
note began, going on to
explain that the bottle
wasn't litter, but a
Columbus Day project.
"I hope you respond to
my letter."
Respond they will.
Vogel and others have
collected space memora-
bilia crew photos,
pins; stickers and other
NASA gear to send to
the 9-year-old girl and
her classmates.

Divers in

hospital after

backing out


TWO divers are hos-
pitalized after blacking
out in the waters at Bis-
cayne National Park in
South Florida, accord-
ing to .Associated Press.
Miami-Dade Fire Res-
cue spokesman Eddy
Ballester says the two
young, men were appar-
ently free diving off a
recreational boat Satur-
day afternoon. People
aboard the vessel
plucked the pair from
the water and called
emergency officials.
Ballester says both'
divers showed improve-
ment after rescue crews
gave them oxygen thera-
py. The divers were
flown to a hospital.
l Ballester says one of
the men had been cele-
brating his birthday
with friends and rela-

BISHOP Simeon Hall is sug-
gesting removal of the Parliamen-
tary Channel from the public air-
waves after yet another raucous
session of the House of Assembly
last week.
"The Parliamentary Channel,
intended to assist Bahamians to
see democracy at work, has
become a major impediment in the
fight to teach Bahamians, especially
children, how not to resolve con-
flict," said Bishop Hall in a press
Last Wednesday, the opposition
PLP walked out of the House after
Speaker Alvin Smith ordered
Frank Smith, MP for St Thomas
More, to leave the Lower Cham-
Mr Smith attempted to raise
issues related to the Mona Vie con-
troversy involving Zhivargo Laing,
but the Speaker did not allow this
because the matter is before the
Mr Laing is suing Dr Bernard
Nottage, Mr Smith and former
comptroller of Customs John Rolle
for allegedly defamatory comments
made regarding the issue.
Mr Smith continued to attempt
to raise the issue after the Speaker's
ruling. This led Alvin Smith to
make the removal order.
A shouting match developed
between Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and Opposition leader
Perry Christie during the incident,
along with other members from
both sides exchanging verbal accu-
sations from their seats.
"The level of debate and the
mode of behaviour displayed by
most Members of Parliament are
clearly unworthy of public viewing
and the weekly ruckus is a poor
example of conflict resolution,"
said Bishop Hall.
"It is obvious that some Mem-
bers of Parliament have little or no
respect for the Speaker of the
House," he added.
"In a culture where young peo-
ple are grappling with how to
respond to authority, the viewing of
the proceedings in the House is
certainly not helping."
The government and opposition
have got into some high profile
arguments in this Parliament,
including the recentwalk-out by


the PLP.
Last November, the government
and opposition tangled as a result
of the prime minister's statements
that the actions of the last PLP gov-
ernment were "wutless" in relation
to their management of aspects of
the criminal justice system.
Days later, when Mr Christie
tried to respond to Mr Ingraham,
he was not allowed to by the
Speaker, leading to the opposition

pounding on the House tables. The
amendment to the Juries Act had
to be hurriedly passed by the
Speaker before the House was
Some members seem intent on
having their way while the people's
work goes unattended, charged
Bishop Hall. "I suggest that we dis-
continue this weekly feud in the
family and let's show some more
positive things."

Motor-cyclist dies

after crash on Abaco
Tribune Freeport Reporter
ABACO recorded its second traffic fatality for the year when a motor-
cyclist crashed into a utility pole in Murphy Town over the weekend.
Lynden Bootle, 26, of Murphy Town, was riding his red and black 2002
Honda motor-cycle west along Front Street around 7.3Opm an Friday
when he lost control of the bike.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming, press liaison officer for the northern
Bahamas, said police received reports that Bootle was speeding.
He lost control of the motor-cycle and veered off the road. He crashed
into a wooden utility pole, then bounced off the pole and crashed into a
parked 1995 red Ford Ranger truck.
Emergency medical staff and police responded immediately to the
scene. Bootle was lying on the ground with multiple severe injuries. He
was not wearing a protective crash helmet.
He was taken to Marsh Harbour Clinic, where he died around 10.45pm.
The body is expected to be flown to New Providence, where an autopsy
will be performed.
Mr Rahming said the motor-cycle was badly damaged. The truck,
owned by Otis Brown, of Murphy Town, received minor damage.
As police continued withtheir investigation; they urged motorists to
obey speed limits and motor-cyclists, in particular, to wear protective crash
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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A turn for the better

THE extradition of alleged drug con-
pirators Dwight and Keva Major is good
news for The Bahamas in more ways than
one. Not only does it demonstrate that
even a suggestion of drug trafficking will
not be tolerated, and that the nation is seri-
ous in trying to stamp it out, it also suggests
that our legal system is not quite as dys-
functional as some people evidently
Though it is beyond question that the
legal system here leaves much to be
desired, the Majors' extradition will sit
comfortably alongside that of Samuel
'Ninety' Knowles as a message to other
alleged drug conspirators and traffickers
that, whatever their political affiliations,
they will ultimately pay the price for their
evil trade if found guilty.
All those who once venerated Knowles
and his kind, and who benefited from their
largesse, now have time to reflect on what
happens when the DEA is on to their erst-
while heroes. They end up inside a Florida
jail cell with little prospect of release any-
time soon..
On a wider front, it is also heartening to
note a verdict in the Daniel Smith inquest
- admittedly after several long adjourn-
ments, and in the absence of several key
witnesses and to recall the paternity ruling
in favour of Larry Birkhead in the case of
Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dan-
nielynn, last year.
Both hearings indicated that due process
is not entirely dead in The Bahamas, and
offered some hope to the many Bahamians
who are still seeking justice before the
courts. If there is cause for discontent, it is
that foreigners appear to get access to the
courts, and a conclusion to proceedings,
faster than locals.
The one exception to that is, of course,
the Gallagher family of Britain, who fought
hard for six years to get a hearing before
the Bahamian courts following the tragic
death of their toddler son on Paradise
However, they made it in the end.
All these cases, in addition to the long-
awaited inquest into the death of Bahami-
an Christopher Esfakis, 'demonstrate the
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the face of obstruction and prevarication.
We know of at least one more major
medical case lurking in the wings. It, too,
will demonstrate that no amount of duck-
ing and diving by lawyers and doctors will
keep justice at bay. The courts must show,
beyond reasonable doubt, that no-one is
immune from their scrutiny.
Our one reservation in making these
observations is that, in some of the afore-
mentioned cases, hearings were apparent-
ly held only because of the relentless cajol-
ing of the press, notably The Tribune.
We'd prefer to feel that the system itself,
out of its deep concern for transparency
and the quest for justice, develops a
momentum of its own from these recent
decisions to ensure we need never doubt it
In furtherance of that cause, we'd like to
see satisfactory conclusions to the cases
involving Daniel Williams, Siobhan Reilly,
Greg and Tanya Cash and, of course, the
former Minister of Trade Leslie Miller,
who is still awaiting closure in the murder
trial of his son, Mario.
SBoth Williams and Ms Reilly await
enforcement of judgments the Reilly case
has now gone to appeal while the Cash
family have been forced to take their mul-
ti-faceted litigation against the Baptist edu-
cation authorities to the Privy Council in
All see themselves as victims of an
imperfect system, and all have had good
cause to doubt the efficiency and/or integri-
ty of the courts in their long campaigns for
In the Daniel Smith, Dannielynn, Gal-
lagher and Esfakis cases, there was a strong
feeling at one time that nothing would ever
come of them, that all would be lost in a
mire of evasiveness and obfuscation. The
fact that all eventually came to court, and
were heard, is a reassuring sign that things
might be improving.
Meanwhile, The Tribune will keep its
watching brief on behalf of all those who
feel the legal system is working against
Due process is a vital component of
civilised society. Without it, anarchy and
disorder beckon.

Amazed by the.

Fleming Group's

blatant PR


EDITOR, The Tribune.

WITH all the uncertainty
still remaining over the actual
ownership of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority it
amazes me that The Fleming
Group has cranked up such
an obvious public relations
campaign both within the
Freeport community and
nationally in our newspapers
which I suggest is so prema-
The most recent presenta-
tion by one of the Fleming
Group advisers put to us that
in their plan Freeport could
be Dubai West. I regret the
adviser forgot to mention the
key ingredient as to how and
why Dubai has been able to
build as they have. The key
ingredient is the use of very
very cheap labour from neigh-
bouring Asian countries such
as India, Pakistan and
Both CBS 60-Minutes and
the BBC have exposed how
nationals of these countries
have been employed by the
hundreds of thousands are
being exploited, live in sub-
human conditions and are
paid at a level even the ILO
and the UN Human Rights
Agencies described as sub-
human wages. Contrast that
with Grand Bahama and real-
ize a Dubai-West is certainly
questionable. It is acknowl-
edged Dubai without this
cheap exploited labour the
boom would never have
The Fleming advisers are
promoting again an LNG Ter-
minal for Freeport although
in the past prior to the loss of
the FNM in 2002 Mr Ingra-
ham had conditionally issued a
Letter of Intent subject to ver-
ification of feasibility we
need guarantees as to the
Environment Impact and
Safety it has to be said in the
long and public debate
between 2002-2007 certainly
the proposers of LNG did not
get too much comfort from'
that debate. If one accepts the
US standards set out by their
agency FERGS for public
safety around an LNG Termi-
nal you need a minimum safe-
ty-zone of 2.5 miles between
the terminal other commer-
cial or residential develop-
ments I ask you where with-


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tigation and the writing of a
report to Government there
has not been any clean-up. I
further ask with the price of
oil as it is and there does not
seem to be any respite that for
the foreseeable future the
basic price will come down
why should the new owners
or even operators even see
any feasibility in expending
billions to clean-up the BOR-
CO site and then build a lim-
ited capacity refinery when
just being a transshipment
depot you can reap millions
in profits? The sale of BOR-
CO shares and the purchasers
liability today to a higher
stamp tax might scuttle that
deal anyway.
The ownership question?
Attorney Greg Moss contin-
ues to raise the question
whether the Government of
The Bahamas owns 7 per cent
of GBPA? With ownership
comes responsibilities and lia-
bilities with a potential where
Fleming might own 50 per
cent (subject to the current lit-
igation) possibly having
acquired the Hayward shares -
the Estate of St George/Lady
Henrietta owning the other 50
per cent not forgetting that in
the land ownership Hutchi-
son-Whampoa owns 50 per
cent one wonders and ques-
tions whether these potential
shareholders in the mix of
everything are even possibly
compatible? There could be

another scenario where
Hutchison would end-up
being the majority and
Freeport would become a
proverbial company-town.
Yes we hope someone will
come along with a lot of
investment moneys -
approach the issues correctly
arid only will get involved in
public relations once they
have acquired the GBPA we
then need assurances from
Government that a full secu-
rity investigation at an Inter-
pol level, needs to be run on
the parties so we know before
the Government okays the
deal who we are dealing with.
Previous letter writers have
already said enough what they
found after checking the inter-
net I am disappointed that
the Fleming Group have
remained silent on those ques-
tions and I am disappointed
that the Freeport News has
not engaged in a series of
investigative reports as there
certainly is, to me, enough to
question Fleming about their
past and who they have been
associated with.
Before I close I put to you
if certain very committed GB
investors were so confident of
the immediate and long term
future of GBPA would they
have one of their investments
up for sale (US $800 million)
at this time?
I do not want to dampen the
potentials but we the Freeport
Community need to know a
lot more about Fleming, who
wants to own where we live,
be the regulator of our busi-
nesses and the manager of our
Community. At this time
there are far too many prover-
bial i's to be doted and t's to
be crossed to make a rational
decision and have an educated
Editor it is time you used
the power of the Freeport
News to investigate.
Grand Bahama,
April 10, 2008.

4 Funeral services for Kalliope Klonaris, formerly of Lr ord
Cay, New Providence, Bahamas will be held at the Greek
Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, West Street at 10 a.m.
on Tuesday, 22nd April, 2008. Internment will follow at the
Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley Street
Kalliope is survived by her sister Kalotina Karavokiros of
Helsinki. Finland, her four sons Anthony, Nicholas, Charles
L and John and their respective wives, Kathryn, Pamela J.,
SPamela L. and Carmen, nine grandchildren, Mike Anthony
and Kristina, Tara and Mike, Leah and Kally, Nomikos and
Alexander. Sean, one great grandchild Robert Holcombe, one
granddaughter-in-law Arantxa Klonaris and one grandson-
in-law Mark Holcombe. Kalliope was predeceased by her
husband Nomikos Klonaris founder of Mike's Shoe Store.
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 Klonris c/o
s P.O. Box N-7776(514), Nassau, Bahamas.
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0 In brief

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PORGY BAY, Bimini The
government is committed to
promoting sports as an activity
which is important to the health
of all Bahamians, said Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham as
he officially opened Gateway
Outreach Ministries Sporting
Arena on this historic game-
fishing island.
"Here in Bimini you have
constructed a facility which will
promote healthy lifestyles, and
at the same time you are lead-
ing the way in highlighting for
all Bahamians the benefits
which communities can derive
from community-led voluntary
efforts," he said.
The opening of the state-of-
the-art multi-purpose arena
highlighted "the need" for such
facilities in other Family
Islands, he added.
The gymnasium is a multi-
purpose arena to facilitate high

Venue to facilitate high school,

professional basketball teams

school and professional bas-
ketball teams. It houses a fit-
ness centre and health food
store, a sports shop, beauty
saloons, game rooms and apart-

"This sporting arena is
beyond what many would have
thought possible in this small
community. Indeed, there is no
other anywhere in The
Bahamas. In my view, it is a
one-of-a-kind gym in The
Bahamas," the prime minister
Led by Apostle Gilbert
Rolle, Gateway Ministries start-
ed on August 15, 1998, in the
dining room of All My Chil-

T. TIE GATEWAY Outreach Ministries Sporting.Arenaiwas officially opened on Thursday,,April 17, in Porgy.Bay, Bimini. Prime Minister
S.Hubert Ingraham delivered the keynoteaddress. From left: Prime Minister Ihgraham; Minister of State for Legal Affairs Desmond Bannister;
Minister of State for Youth and Sports Byran Woodside; Senator Kay Forles-Smith; a ld MPfor'West End and Bimini Obie Wilohcombe.

dren Hotel. A week later, Gate-
way Outreach Ministries was
officially commissioned for ser-
vice by Apostle Ricardo O
Grant of Universal Household
of Faith.
The ministry then expanded
to the Gateway School of Bib-
lical Studies, the Gateway
Christian Academy Kinder-
garten and Pre-School, the
sanctuary, and the Gateway
Christian Academy.
"Pastor Gilbert was not
always a good Samaritan. He
made a change in his life and
determined to make a differ-
ence in the life of many here in
Bimini. And he is positively
impacting this community," Mr
Ingraham said.

"Through his ministry, Pas-
tor Gilbert is providing the
young people of Bimini with an
alternative mode of behaviour;
a different way of thinking a
way that is law-abiding and self-
affirming and worthwhile."
Further commending Apos-
tie Rolle on his work, Mr Ingra-
ham said: "I applaud and com-
mend all those connected to
Gateway Outreach Ministries.
"I am pleased indeed that
you have done so much to
respond to the needs of this
It is hoped that the facility
will accommodate concerts,
conferences and weddings. It is
also hoped that the island
becomes the model for the con-
struction of similar facilities
throughout the country.
Minister of State for Youth
and Sports Byran Woodside,
Minister of State for Legal
Affairs Desmond Bannister and
Senator Kay Forbes-Smith
accompanied the prime minis-


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Officials study
soil samples
to aid farmers
0 KINGSTON, Jamaica
Jamaican officials say they are
analyzing soil samples from
across the island to determine
prime locations for certain crops
and help farmers boost produc-
tion. Agriculture Minister
Christopher Tufton says he
wants to make sure farmers
grow the right crops to ensure a
robust harvest. A government
statement released Friday did
not say how much the studies
will cost.
Tufton says he has also allo-
cated US$2.8 million (eurol.8
million) to repair rural farm
roads. About 17 percent of
Jamaica's 2.8 million residents
work in agriculture, producing
mainly sugar, bananas, coffee
and citrus fruits.

Laing: Bahamas considering more

global trade deals than ever before

.Integration of markets 'unavoidable'

MINISTER OF STATE for Finance Zihivargo Laing speaks at the
launch of FamGuard Corporation Limited two new subsidiaries F G
Capital Markets Limited and F G Financial Limited.

GLOBAL circumstances
have made the Bahamas -con-
sider participating in more inter-
national trade arrangements
than ever before, Minister of
State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing said.
He said that the country can-
not avoid the "determined
move" towards the integration
of markets and an increase in
cross-border trade in goods and
Mr Laing was speaking at the
launch of two new subsidiaries
of the FamGuard Corporation
Limited, and said that the move
shows the company is "strategi-
cally determined to respond to
such a global reality."
He said it also shows that
FamGuard is determined to

broaden the range of financial
services it provides. "Just over,
two years ago FamGuard initi-
ated a new phase in its devel-
opment with a strategic alliance
with Sagicor Financial Corpo-
ration which enabled it to
enhance its technical operations
and broaden the range of prod-
ucts it could offer," Mr Laing
"I commend this company for
their vision and all other
Bahamian companies so posi-
tioning themselves in that
President and CEO of Fami-
ly Guardian Insurance Compa-
ny and President of FamGuard
Patricia Hermanns said the two
new companies have been cre-
ated to facilitate the company's

launch into the pension and
mutual finds market with prod-
ucts that are designed to appeal
to individuals trying to secure
their financial future and also
for companies offering or con-
sidering offering group pension
benefits for their employees.
"While .the companies and
products offered are new, Fam-
Guard through its subsidiary
Family Guardian has for the
past 43 years been continuously
engaged in helping Bahamians
protect themselves against risk
of untimely demise or ill
health," Ms Hermanns said.
"These products will broaden
that perspective by assisting the
public in managing the finan-
cial risk inherent in living
Chairman and one of the
founders of the FamGuard Cor-
poration Limited Norbert
Boissiere said Family Guardian
Insurance was created to serve
low to middle income house-
holds who wanted a safe way
to build savings, offering
endowment policies and life and
medical plans.,
Mr. Boissiere explained that
at one point the company grew
to have offices in other
Caribbean countries, but
because of localisationn of the
insurance industries in the
Caribbean, Family Guardian
determined it should focus its
energies on growth in the
He said the company has
grown from being Family
Guardian Insurance to the
broader umbrella called Fam-
Guard, which was formed as a
holding company in 1984 and
now has assets in excess of $150
In 1998 FamGuard became a
public company with an initial
public offering at $3 a share and
was one of the first companies
listed with the Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
and today its shares are trading
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Pope blesses

ground zero

in New York
began the final day of his
American journey by blessing
the site of the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks on the World
Trade Center and pleading
with God to bring "peace to
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moment in a trip marked by
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demic who for three years has
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Benedict was driven in the
popemobile part-way down a
ramp now used mostly by
construction trucks to a spot
by the north tower's footprint.
He walked the final steps,
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moments, then rose to light a
memorial candle.
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edged the many faiths of the
victims at the "scene of
incredible violence and pain."

The pope also prayed for
"those who suffered death,
injury and loss" in the attacks
at the Pentagon and in the
crash of United Airlines
Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa.
More than 2,900 people were
killed in the four crashes of
the airliners hijacked by al-
"God of peace, bring your
peace to our violent world,"
the pope prayed on a chilly,
overcast morning. "Turn to
your way of love those whose
hearts and minds are con-
sumed with hatred."
Benedict invited 24 people
with ties to ground zero to
join him: survivors, relatives
of victims and four rescue
workers. He greeted each
member of the group individ-
ually as a string quartet
played'in the background.
In his prayer, he also
remembered those who,
"because of their presence
here that day, suffer from
injuries and illness."
New York deputy fire chief
James Riches, father of a fall-
en Sept. 11 firefighter, said
the pope's visit was important
and gave him "a little consola-
Hundreds of people stood
just outside the site, behind
police barricades, hoping for a
glimpse of the pope.
The site where the World
Trade Center was destroyed is
normally filled with hundreds
of workers building a 102-sto-
ry skyscraper, a memorial and
transit hub.
It bears little resemblance
to the debris-filled pit where
crews toiled to remove twist-
ed steel and victims' remains.
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Minister wants moratorium on

importation of some souvenirs

Resources Minister Larry Cartwright
wants a moratorium on the impor-
tation of certain kinds of souvenirs.
He was the guest speaker as the
Bahamas Agricultural and Industri-
al Corporation (BAIC) turned out
another 73 persons trained in straw,
coconut, and shell craft, and food
preservation during ceremonies over
the weekend.
"Based on the first class work
being produced by Bahamians," said
Mr Cartwright. "I am convinced that
the time has come when a moratori-
um can be placed on the importation
of certain souvenir items that come
into our country daily.
"As more items are produced by
more of our graduates, there will be
no reason why our visitors will not be
able to find Bahamian-made items to
take home as souvenirs."
The minister was accompanied by
BAIC executive chairman Edison
Key, general manager Benjamin
Rahming, assistant general manager
Donnalee Bowe, board member
Dyllis Smith and chief councilor Ian
Administrator Roderick Bowe
was the master of ceremonies.
The trainers were senior food
technologist Keith Daley, April Mar-
tin-Fox (shell), Elsie D Knowles
(straw), and Howard Jean Bevans
Mr Cartwright noted that among
the graduating class were many
young people who added talent, flair

and originality to the Long Island
"Tomorrow's shoppers can be
assured that not only would they be
supporting home industry but they
will also be getting a quality prod-
uct," he said.
The minister said he will be seek-
ing government's support for the
establishment of craft centres
throughout the islands.
"Our tourists want something
made in the Bahamas to take home
with them," said Mr Cartwright. "A
large amount of money is being
spent overseas purchasing souvenirs
for our tourists. That should not be.
That money could be spent right
here in the Bahamas in support of
our own industry."

He agreed with crafts persons that
land must be reserved for the culti-
vation of the top palm tree from
which Bahamian straw goods are
Crafts persons raised concerns
that these trees are being destroyed
by foreign developers who do not
know their value.
Mr Key encouraged Long
Islanders to join BAIC's national
food security objective..
"The main vehicle we intend to
use to achieve this is by empowering
you in the art of food production,"
he said.

various styles
and fashions
were on display
at the Long
Island BAIC
craft ceremony.

"Bahamians have a hearty
appetite and feeding this nation and
its millions of tourists is a lucrative
He said foreign dealers have gone
rich from "the many millions of dol-
lars we spend each year importing
food products.
"The fact of the matter is
that most of those food products can
be produced right here in Long
Island and other parts of the
"That being the case, it is our
desire for those millions of dollars to
start flowing directly in your pock-

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TThe Bahamas National Trust appoints

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parks on Abaco.
Mr Knowles is well known to
the Abaco community, having
headed the Department of Agri-
culture there since 1999.
He is also a board member of
Friends of the Environment, an
Abaco-based environmental
"We feel that Mr Knowles
brings a wealth of experience to
the position. He has worked with
the BNT and Friends of The
Environment on wildlife and con-
servation management issues
specifically concerning the
Bahama Parrot and invasive
species," said Lynn Gape, BNT
deputy executive director.
Mr Knowles has also addressed
,concerns and issues related to the
management of the pine forest in
the absence of a forestry officer
for Abaco.
The BNT said he has been a
leader in the organisation and
implementation of various meet-
ings and workshops on the use of
fire as a management tool for
conservation and protected areas.
The 20, 500 acre Abaco
National Park encompasses a
large area of pine forest which is
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the endangered Bahama Parrot plan and education programme
on Abaco. will be among Mr Knowles' tasks.
Managing the forest for wildlife "David will become our envi-
as well as implementing a strate- ronmental liaison with Abaco
gic invasive species management community. said Eric Carey, BNT

Loggerhead turtle nests lag,

green and leatherbacks are up
FLORIDA'S beaches lost a substantial amount of loggerhead sea turtle
nests in 2007, giving the state its lowest nest count in 17 years, wildlife officials
reported, according to Associated Press.
Researchers found 45,084 nests for the threatened turtles, down more
than 4,600 nests from 2006, according to newly released statistics from the Flori-
da Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Florida accounts for 90 per-
cent of the nation's loggerhead nests, which have decreased by nearly half since.
1998, when the state reported 85,988 nests. Loggerhead sea turtle deaths in
Florida have more than doubled during'the past decade, statistics show.
"Data collected during the 2007 season indicate the lowest nesting levels
in Florida" in the history of the monitoring program, said a report on the com-
mission's Web site.
While the number of loggerhead nests has been shrinking, green and
leatherback turtle nests are showing an increase, in many cases at the same
beaches. There's no simple answer for this disparity, said Anne Meylan,
who coordinates the statewide nesting beach survey program. Disease, oil
spills, red tide and boat collisions kill many sea turtles, and beach development
can disturb all wildlife, she said.
One factor that could be affecting loggerheads more than other sea turtles
is shrimp boat nets and long-line fishing hooks. Loggerheads eat shrimp
and other hard-shelled invertebrates, whereas other sea turtles do not.
A rule was passed several years ago requiring shrimp fisheries to use nets
with turtle excluder devices, Meylan said. But because loggerheads take up
to 30 years to begin reproducing, it could be decades before the effect of that
rule is observed in nesting numbers, she said.

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executive director. "The Abaco
National Park has amazing poten-
tial as a recreational and educa-
tional resource and we will be
looking to David to work with
the people of Abaco so that the
resources in the park are protect-
ed but able to be enjoyed and sus-
tainably used by the communi-
Mr Knowles' major focus will
be implementation of the man-
agement plan for the Abaco
National Park, but he will also be
the point of contact for the Peli-
can Cays Land and Sea Park,
Black Sound Cay Reserve, Tilloo
Cay National Park, and Walk-
er's Cay Marine Park.
BNT's conservation work in
Abaco is supported by funds
committed to the BNT in June
2007 by Discovery Land Compa-
ny (DLC), developers of the Bak-
er's Bay Golf and Ocean Club at
Great Guana Cay, Abaco.
The company has pledged
$200,000 annually for the first
three years, with the possibility
of a second three year grant to
The Bahamas National Trust
is the organisation mandated to
manage the national park system
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The five national parks,on
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Economic Co-operation,
Anaisa Rodriguez, said the
new direction is part of an
overall tourism strategy being
rolled out by the government.
According to the official, fig-
ures reveal a golfing market
worldwide that is growing by
five per cent each year.
This fact, bolstered by analy-
ses indicating that Cuba's visi-
tors are looking for greater

Cuban golf plans
recreational opportunities and one course, located in
observations of the burgeon- Varadero (an area just outside
ing golfing market in nearby of Havana)."
Caribbean destinations such as Golfers get bored of playing
the Dominican Republic, has the same courses and are pre-
inspired the new direction, she pared to travel "long dis-
suggested. tances" to satisfy their taste
"At the moment, Cuba does- for new sporting challenges,
n't have the diversity to offer noted the director.
in terms of golf courses," said Around the courses, the gov-
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Ms Rodriguez said that also
included in the strategy is the
assumption that at some time
in the future, more American
tourists will be able to visit the
island and take on the courses.
"In the shorter term, we can
count on the Canadians and
Europeans," she added.
The cost of the project will
be "significant", running into
hundreds of millions of dollars
and the government is being
very careful with its selection
of foreign investment partners.
Asked who these partners
might be, the director was cir-
cumspect, explaining that if
that information was made
public, the investments may be

threatened as a result of US
pressure on those entities to
rethink their economic co-
operation with the communist
"There are examples of
enterprises in Cuba that have
been pressured by the United
States, and they had to pull
out," she said.
Tourism numbers in Cuba
this year compared to the same
period a year ago are already
up, partly thanks to the partic-
ularly harsh winter weather in
Canada, said the official.
At present, Havana is
bustling with visitors from all
over the world, who are lap-
ping up the impressively reno-
vated hotels, museums, bars
and restaurants that have

FROM page one

month, he said that investigations into the murder
are ongoing, as there is no statute of limitations in
capital offences.
His officers, said Mr Ferguson at the time, were
still exploring information about the case, but
they were not in a position to make any arrests.
Several days later, in an interview with The
Tribune, Asst Supt Leon Bethel, head of the
homicide squad, said that all they need is the
vital breakthrough. to match with their solid foren-
sic evidence.
ASP Bethel said the killings, especially in the
case of Dr McDonald, were unlikely to have been
"I don't think this is the work of a psychopath,"
he said, "I don't think they were planned. That is
what the crime scenes told us, especially the first
one (McDonald).

FROM page one 20

Honduran man Ivan Lopez *i
were discovered. in
They were brought by the,
Royal Bahamas Defence to the ing help.
Nassau Harbour Patrol Unit said the
dock at around 6.30pm yester- chance if they
day. boat," said Mr
While the two Haitians tellthem to lin
received medical attention, 27- boat and hold
year-old Mr Lopez, who did not it would stay
ask for immediate medical care, just climbed o0
gave his account of how he One other p
became involved in the tragedy. man who was
The Nassau resident said he survived and
was returning from a conching Nassau harbor
trip in the Berry Islands when terday after
he saw an "Intrepid" type boat 6.,30pm swam
carrying a large group of over to'reach the sh
20 people "taking on water". Separated fro
He said he assisted those onhe pai
board with their pumping effort water fighting
by lending a battery and pump, they were pick
but this proved unsuccessful and 5pm yesterday
the boat sank around two hours ed with the Ha
later. "They were already too had already be
far gone," he said. Their discov
According to Mr Lopez, stage in a sea
those onboard then swarmed- operation w
his 14-foot fishing boat, caus- around 5am y
ing it to go under, leaving him boat, "Deep D
and the rest of the group adrift about 14 miles
in the open ocean. end of New Pre
From this point, at around ed "hearing
10pm, he said he set off swim- water."
Sing, with the intention of seek- Police said t]

resulted from the ongoing
UNESCO and tourism rev-
enue funded restoration of the
While Old Havana was ini-
tially declared a UNESCO
World Heritage Site in 1984,
the project was suspended in
the 1990s after the collapse of
the Soviet Union and the elim-
ination of its significant eco-
nomic support for the Cuban
government precipitated an
economic crisis.
However, substantial work
has now been completed and
today visitors are treated to a
plethora of beautifully and cre-
atively resurrected buildings
which still preserve the aes-
thetics and ambience of the
swinging pre-revolutionary era.

"We know it is someone very close to Harl
Taylor and Dr McDonald. We are looking at-all
the associates of these two men. In some cases, we
have spoken to them two or three times."
Dr McDonald, a professor at the College of
the Bahamas, was found beaten to death by mul-
tiple blows to the head from a clothing iron on
November 16 last year at his Queen Street home.
Taylor's body was found two days later at his
home at Mountbatten House in West Hill Street.
Despite the threats against the life of Bishop
Hall, he also said in the letter that he has received
support from some in the gay community after his
public statements.
"Since I raised the Harl Taylor/Thaddeus
McDonald murders, I have received several pos-
itive calls. One man with an obvious queer voice
commended me and told me I must stay on it," he
The Tribune was unable to reach Mr Fergu-
son yesterday.

feared dead


y had a better
didn't get in the
Lopez. "I tried to
ie up around the
on to the boat so
afloat, but they
erson a Haitian
one of those who
was brought to
ur with him yes-
noon at around
M % ith him Fo,try
om the rest of the
Remained in the
a strong tide until
:ed up at around
and were reunit-
itian woman who
een rescued.
'ery was just one
which began at
yesterday when a
)rop", travelling
s off the western
evidence, report-
voices in the
he boat then car-

ried out a search in the dark,
but could not see anything.
"They made contact with
BASRA who were assisted by
the US Coast Guard. Immedi-
ately, responding agencies con-
ducted a search and found five
bodies floating in the water,"
said police.
How the bodies which were
immediately taken to a dock in
Lyford Cay to await the police -
came to be in the water
.remained shrouded in. mystery
until the three survivors'found
later in the day were brought
into Nassau Harbour yesterday
Chief Petty Officer McKin-
ney said there was no sign of
any boat debris in the water, or
an oil slick that might usually
result from the sinking of a
A translator from the immi-
gration department, along with
police, medical personnel and
defence force officers met the
survivors at the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force's Nassau Har-
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Bahamian embassy in Cuba

FROM page one
ed to a consulate, Carlton
Wright said he heard the
comments "through the
grapevine" but had never
been directly engaged by the
government on the issue.
"All we know is that he's
expecting us to do a very
good job while we are here,"
said his wife, Mrs Wright,
also the embassy's cultural
and educational attache.
Speaking in the House of
Assembly after the embassy
was officially opened by then
foreign minister Fred
Mitchell in 2006, Mr Ingra-
ham said the "most critical
relationship" The Bahamas
has outside its borders is with
the United States.
While the FNM would like
to "maintain" relations with
other countries, he said the
FNM would not "risk" US-
Bahamas relations "to cosy
up and be friends with
However, in an interview
with The Tribune at the
embassy -.which has under-
gone a transformation in the
last 21 months from an emp-
ty building to a plush diplo-
matic stronghold Mr Wright
and his wife said their ser-
vices had been in demand
and Bahamians had
expressed satisfaction in hav-
ing someone to turn to when
in Cuba if necessary.
"We do perform a valuable
service here," he said, later
emphasising, however, that
as prime minister, Mr Ingra-

ham can "do as he sees fit."
The ambassador said that,
in his opinion, governments
do not necessarily have to
agree with all of the policies
of another in order to engage
diplomatically for their mutu-
al benefit.
"The thing about interna-
tional relations is it doesn't
necessarily mean that you
agree with or approve of
what's happening in any
country, but that that's the
government in charge, '(so)
let's do business'."
Cuba is the Bahamas' near-
est neighbour. From the
Bahamian island of Cay
Lobos to Cuba is less than 30
miles, and from Great
Inagua, 60.
Six days of the week there
are flights from Nassau, and
Mr Wright claims that the
Cuban government recorded
60,000 visits by Bahamians to
the island last year.
Assisting some of these
Bahamian visitors, prisoners,
students, recipients of Cuban
healthcare, investors, cast-
aways and culture-seekers
has kept the pair busy, the
Wrights said.
They recalled one of their
more unusual encounters as
involving several Bahamians
who were shipwrecked off
the Cuban coast.
"They washed up on the
shore. We have had to, once
we have verified their identi-
ty, issue them with emer-
gency passports to get
home," explained the ambas-
Additionally, Mr Wright

said that with the presence
of a "very, very large" diplo-
matic corps in Cuba this has
allowed his work to incorpo-
rate "building bridges" not
only between the Bahamas
and Cuba but beyond.
At present Cuba is hosting
11 Bahamian prisoners, all
found guilty of drug-related
offences, which carry partic-
ularly heavy penalties on the
island, and last year close to
35 students, primarily of
medicine, graduated from
some of the island's many
This year, several young
Bahamian doctors have
returned to take up their
'speciality' training and there
are around ten new students.
Mrs Wright says that she
believes the Bahamas and
Cuba can learn a lot from
each other in many areas -
particularly arts and sport -
with their presence in the
country better facilitating
such exchanges.
"I lived in New York, so I
know what it's like to be in a
cultural mecca, but I must say
for an island I would say it is
number one," she said.
"Here you can find every-
thing. And not only that, but
it's the level. They believe in
Last year, Mrs Wright
arranged for two skilled
Cuban musicians to visit the
College of the Bahamas, and
in May, around 30 students
from the College are expect-
ed to visit Cuba to take part
in a total immersion Spanish

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demonstrations along the
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apparent attempt to dampen
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Over the weekend, protest-
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aspiration in an orderly and
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leaders about a growing anti-
Western backlash, fueled by
anger over the demonstrations
in Paris, London and San Fran-
cisco during the Olympic torch
relay. The relay has become a
magnet for protests against Chi-
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I ... .

CHINESE STUDENTS and citizens chant slogans and hold up banners
against France in front of a French Carrefour supermarket in Xi'an,
northwest China's Shaanxi province Sunday, April 20, 2008.

as possible so they can go on to
restore the image of China as
welcoming tP people around the
He said that Beijing's move
to rein in the budding national-
ism follows similar patterns seen
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anti-U.S. outrage eruptedafter
the bombing of the Chinese
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Carrefour, chanting "Oppose
Tibet Independence," "Go Chi-
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official Xinhua news agency
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central Wuhan for a second day,
when another 2,000 people,
mostly students, waved the Chi-
nese flag and sang the national
Rallies also were staged in
the cities of Harbin, Dalian, and
Jinan. An estimated 1,000
demonstrators blocked traffic
in Dalian, while another 1,000
protesters in Harbin held up at
a 33-foot-long banner in sup-
port of the Olympics, Xinhua
Xinhua reported that one

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tified as Wu Sheng, said the
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tomers to boycott Carrefour.
"We do not support a boy-
cott of French- companies
because the economy is global-
izing. We chose Carrefour's
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lan government, in Port-au-Prince, Friday, April 18, 2008. Hundreds of Haitians stood in long lines Saturday,
just as others had walked for hours throughout the week to receive the U.N. and regional food aid pouring
into the country after a spate of deadly riots.

Aid arrives in Haiti,

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HUNDREDS of Haitians
stood in long lines Saturday, just
as others had walked for hours
throughout the week to receive
the U.N. and regional food aid
pouring into the country after a
spate of deadly riots, according
to Associated Press.
But amid the tenuous calm, aid
groups say they are just buying
time and long-term solutions
seem remote in the desperately
poor nation.
"The beans might last four
days," said Jervais Rodman, an
unemployed carpenter with three
children who emerged from a
churchyard Friday with small bags
of food. "The rice will be gone as
soon as I get home."
Rodman was one of the lucky
ones. Many others arrived after
the distribution centers had run
Haitian officials handed out
1,000 bags of U.N.-bought food
Saturday in Cite Soleil, ,a huge
seaside slum on the eastern edge
of the capital. Though aid was
limited to women over age 57 and
the handicapped, at least 50 peo-
ple who waited in line were
turned away.
Claudete Depalis, 60, left emp-
ty-handed after hoping to get
food for the 12 children of
extended family who live in her
"I don't know what I'm going

to do with these kids today," she
More than half of Haiti's near-
ly 9 million people live on less
than $2 a day, and the rise in food
prices has deepened the country's
Market stalls are piled with
papayas and small bags of pasta,
even in poor areas. But vast num-
bers of people simply lack money
to buy them because global food
and commodity prices have risen
40 percent over the past year.

SAt least seven people were,
killed in the food riots this month
that cost Prime Minister Jacques.
Edouard Alexis his job.
The riots also were a setback to,
international efforts to stabilize
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Annabi said. U.N. peacekeepers
came after a violent rebellion-
ousted President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide in 2004.
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First anniversary

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The Cove at Atlantis
A JUBILANT atmosphere Kerzner International anniversary of the official
permeated the air at The Cove Bahamas Limited. opening of The Cove," said
at Atlantis as senior execu- Also in attendance were Mr Conway. "But it is so
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Lives and employees celeirat-
ed the first anniversary of that
resort's opening.
Leading the festivities was
John Conway, senior vice
president and general manag-
er for The Reef and The
He was flanked by top
Kerzner senior executives
including George Markanto-
nis, president and managing
director of Kerzner Interna-
tional; Paul O'Neil, chief oper-
ating officer of Kerzner Inter-
national and Nan Palmer,
chief operating officer of

Uene Albury, semIor vice pres-J
ident of administration for
The Cove and Alex Kim, vice
president of operations for
The Reef along with hundreds
of employees.

Mr Conway congratulated
and thanked all team mem-
bers who he said made the 600
all-suite resort the success that
it is today.
"Today is about you, and
today is about us, and today is
about celebrating the one year


Vent.torv Closing '08

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will be closed on the dates listed below for
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inconvenience caused.

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Cove, it is Aquaventure, it is
Dolphin Cay, it is The Reef
and The Cove and every sur-
rounding supporting business
that we have.
"We are so proud of every-
one's accomplishments," he
added. "I am very pleased to
say that the guest customer
satisfaction ratings for The
Cove, The Reef, Aquaventure
and the entire Phase III expe-
rience has exceeded all expec-
tations and it's because of
.everyone in this room."

Mark Gsellman, senior vice
president of water park oper-
ations said, "We have come a
long way. We have come as a
team, the whole Atlantis
Operation, and I just want to
say thank you to everybody


combe-Clarke, senior director of rooms at The Cove; Alex Kim, vice president of operations for The Reef
and John Conway, senior vice president and general manager for The Reef and The Cove.

that got us to this point."
After the speeches, employ-
ees dug into layers of a large,
specially made anniversary
pound cake and had lunch
with the senior executives.

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008, PAGE 15



Celebrating one

year of The Cove

ABOVE LEFT: Aquaventure Team members Kenisha Seymour and Shareca
Armbrister are pictured at the celebrations.
ABOVE: Front row: Gene Albury along with Olivia Mortimer, senior director of
labour relations: George Markantonis, president and managing director of Kerzn-
er International; Brenda Jenoure, director of finance: Nan Palmer, Kerzner Inter-
national's chief operating officer, a Cove employee and Paul O'Neil, Kerzner
International's chief operating officer are pictured in the first row during the first
anniversary celebrations. Second row, John Conway, Oral Jones, senior director
of food and beverage and Mark Gsellman, senior vice president of water park
LEFT: Members of The Cove's culinary team share in the festivities.

aRice vistsra

showof upport fr

governent asault

Condoleezza Rice praised the
Iraqi government Sunday for
government-led assaults on rad-
ical militias, as the top U.S.
diplomat visited Baghdad in a
stw of sitipprt for the coun-
t's leaders, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The Iraqi government "has
made a choice to pursue mili-
tias and is willing to bear the'
consequences," Rice said after
her discussions.
She said there is "tremendous
political opportunity here. They
have to seize it."
Rice met with Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his
Kurdish president and other top
officials. She was also honoring
Americans killed in the Green
Zone, the heavily protected
compound that houses the U.S.
embassy and much of the Iraqi
central government.
During his meeting with Rice,
al-Maliki said the government.
assaults in the southern city of
Basra represent a strong blow
to all lawbreakers, showing the
determination to confront the
militias, according to a press
release by the prime minister's
President Jalal Talabani told
Rice, "We are living in the Iraqi
political spring."
In the northern part of Iraq,
U.S. and Iraqi troops have
stepped up security operations
in Mosul, believed to be one of
the last urban strongholds of al-
Qaida in Iraq.
Al-Maliki told Rice that gov-
ernment forces are preparing to
finish the battle against the ter-
rorists in Mosul in the coming
days, according to the press
release by the prime minister's

Rice's brief heavily guarded
stop was not announced in
advance, in keeping with secu-
rity precautions adopted by all
top U.S. officials who remain
targets of the anti-American
insurgents five years after the
U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and
the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Rice told reporters she sees
signs that al-Maliki's assaults on
militia forces last month have
brought sectarian and ethnic
groups together in an unprece-
dented way. She'said she wants
to capitalize on that cohesion.
Rice traveled to Iraq, she said,
to promote new Sunni and Kurd
support for the U.S. backed Shi-
ite government.
Rice and al-Maliki had a pri-
vate meeting, along with the top
U.S. ground commander, Gen.
David Petraeus, and U.S.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker.
Earlier at the U.S. embassy,
Rice said she realizes it has been
a difficult few weeks in the
Green Zone, which itself has
been under attack.
"It's been a long five years.

There's no doubt about that,"
said Rice.
During five days of heavy
fighting last month, Iraqi troops
struggled against militiamen,
particularly the Mahdi Army
loyal to anti-American cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr. The ill-pre-
pared Iraqi military was plagued
by desertions and poor organi-
zation and U.S. troops had to
take overin some instances. The
offensive was inconclusive, with
Iran helping mediate a truce.

Still, the crackdown appears
to have succeeded in giving
some sense of central govern-
ment control in Basra, Iraq's
second-largest city and the
emergence of a common cause
could help bridge Iraq's political
The head of the Kurdish self-
ruled region, Massoud Barzani,
has offered Kurdish troops to
help fight al-Sadr's militia.
More significantly, Sunni
Arab Vice President Tariq al-
Hashemi signed off on a state-
ment by Talabani, a Kurd, and
the Shiite vice president, Adil
Abdul-Mahdi, expressing sup-
port for the crackdown in the
oil-rich city of Basra.
Al-Hashemi is one of al-
Maliki's most bitter critics and
the two have been locked in an
acrimonious public quarrel for a
Al-Hashemi has accused the
prime minister of sectarian
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complained that the Sunni vice
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Sunnis are looking for con-
cessions from al-Maliki, whom
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al-Maliki's real aim in launch-
ing the Basra operation was
-to weaken Shiite opponents
ahead of provincial elections this
Al-Sadr gave what he called a
"final warning" to the al-Maliki
government Saturday to halt a
U.S.-Iraqi crackdown against his
followers or he would declare
"open war until liberation."

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Tribune Business Editor
B at ract b twn
banker organiz-
ing a fashion
show to be held
in Nassau this
November has
been told the
event may
attract between
1,000-2,000 persons, a total
well above the 200-300 he ini-
tially thought would attend. If
predictions become reality, this
would provide a further
tourism and publicity boost for
the Bahamas.
Owen Bethel, president and
chief executive of the Nassau-
based Montaque Group, which
owns and is financing the
Islands of the World Fashion
Week, said that if the increased
attendance figures material-
ized, the event could be a
"boon" for tourism and some
Bahamian hotel properties giv-
en the uncertain economic out-
"I have been told that we
should anticipate anywhere in
the range of 1,000-2,000 per-
sons attending this event," Mr
Bethel said. "This is well-

SEE page 11B

$500k in recycling facility

Tribune Business Editor

ing $500,000 in a recy-
cling facility it hopes will
be "up and running" by
end-May 2008, its man-
aging director told The Tribune, as it
moves to combat the impact soaring
fuel and operational costs have had on
its margins.
SFrancisco de Cardenas said the recy-
cling facility would initially focus on
cardboard, given that the BISX-listed
waste collection and disposal services
provider had found that a "substantial"
amount of this product was currently
being dumped in the landfill off

* BISX-listed firm says other green waste joint venture 'going
amazingly well', with Kerzner a customer of recycled product
* Soaring fuel and operations costs impact 2007 results, as managing director
points to 300% gas price rise in a decade. His largest rate rises only 10-15%
* No work on biodiesel facility approval, garbage collection contract and Freeport entry

Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. "We only need now to get Ministry of
Mr de Cardenas said of the recycling Works approval for our building plans,
facility: "It's probably a half-a-million but everything else has been given the
dollar investment. We've got the equip- green light. The amount of cardboard
ment in. We've started some infra- going into the landfill right now is sub-
structure. works, and are moving for- t "st'iaitiat;andwewantto target that."
ward with it now. By the end of May, Given the general economic climate,
we hope to be up and running. Mr de Cardenas said Bahamas Waste

was going to develop the recycling facil-
ity to be situated at its Gladstone
Road base "as frugally as possible".
Bahamas Waste was looking to even-
tually take on additional staff to operate

SEE page 10B

Accountants: EPA offer may contradict

law, 'erode' financial sector regulation

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN accountants
have written to the Prime Min-
ister expressing concern ,that
this nation's proposed Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) services offer conflicts
with the main law governing
their profession, and could
"erode" financial services regu-
lation and the profession's abil-
ity to self-regulate.

The Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants
(BICA), in a statement issued
to The Tribune, said the open-
ing of attestation services -
audit sign-offs and opinions -
to European Union (EU)
accountants via the Bahamas'
EPA services offer appeared to
conflict with The Public
Accountants Act 1991 provi-
The Act states that only
BICA licensees are able to per-

form attestation services within
the Bahamas. Yet as its stands
currently, EU accountants will,
via the EPA, be able to provide
such services without being
licensed by BICA.
The Institute warned that this
development would remove a
"thini layer of protection" for
Bahamian accountants, and
asked the Government how it
Proposed to regulate EU
accountants who provided
audit, audit sign-off, and.audit

opinion services for Bahamian
and international companies
located in this nation.
In addition, BICA expressed
concern that allowing EU
accountants to perform attesta-
tion services could also under-
mine the financial services
industry's regulation in the
If problems arose with the
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trust company, investment fund,
trust or any entity domiciled in

the Bahamas, the relevant reg-
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though, and problems devel-
oped with the audit quality or_
an audit-related issue, Bahami-

SEE page 6B

Incorrect rates and non- u

payment woes hit Customs ie alal

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government lost sub-
stantial amounts of revenue
due to it during its 2005-2006
Budget year because fhe Cus-
toms Department often
applied incorrect duty rates to
many imports, while a "large
number of bills of lading" were
released from New Providence
docks without any evidence to
show duties were paid.
The Auditor-General's
report on the Customs Depart-

merit detailed the findings of
audit examinations carried out
at the agency's docks in Nas-
sau, namely those at Seaboard
Marine, Arawak Cay, Kelly's
(Betty K), John Alfred Dock
and Union.
"From our audit of incom-
plete manifests, we made the
following general observa-
tions," the Auditor-General's
report said.
"A large number of bills of

SEE page 8B

'Make best

efforts' to

get all tax

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government must
"make best efforts to collect"
the $410 million in accrued real
property taxes that it is owed, a
businessman and leading fis-
cal 'hawk' told The Tribune,
adding that to write it all off
sent the wrong message to tax-
payers who did pay.
Responding to comments by
former minister of state for
finance James Smith, who sug-
gested that the Government
should write off the $410 mil-
lion because much of it would

SEE page 6B

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tural) and micro-environmen-
tal (customers, suppliers, com-
petitors, labour market and
industry costs) effects a reces-
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specific, measurable, attainable,
rewarding and time-oriented
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market opportunities

Organising: After planning,
make sure you identify, prepare

and allocate resources (employ-
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needed to solve problems or
take advantage of market
Communicating: Carefully
explain (to all employees) the
strategies that you are going to
implement to survive this reces-
sion. Remember, "it is not what
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Execution and Monitoring:
Design action plans for all
departments. You should align
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plans (Budgets, schedules etc)
so that you can determine what
corrective measures must be
taken in the event that activi-
ties do not go as planned.
Remember: "You cannot man-
age what you cannot measure!"

*Segmenting & Targeting:
Always focus your attention on
satisfying loyal customers.

Positioning: Make sure new
customers clearly understand
the value and benefits of your
products/services, because you
might not get a second chance
to convince them.

Pricing: Give discounts on
old /dead stock. Price your
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tribution: Make certain it is con-
venient/easy for your customers
to buy your products/services,
and do your best to attract,
maintain and retain loyal cus-,


*Hiring: If you must hire new
staff, make sure they can per-
form multiple tasks. It will be
great if you can hire two
employees that can perform
four employees' jobs. Howev-
er, you must be fair when set-
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them for excellent performance.

*Training: It is a good time
now to start cross-training
employees, just in case you have
to lay-off some staff. At least
you will have some staff who
can perform multiple tasks.

Retaining Staff: Do your
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Communicate to them that as
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shipped and damaged items".
Inventory should be properly
stored in order to reduce "dam-
age and out-dated products".
Inventory control is very impor-
tant. Stock taking should be
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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.

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* Proven experience in managing corporate/commercial banking businesses and
emerging market experience.
* Superior ability to interpret complex corporate client needs and to assemble
innovative value-adding solutions that achieve Client objectives.
* A solid record of results, in business development, relationship management and
leading relationship management teams.
* Focused and motivational leadership skills to galvanize a team to work
collaboratively and effectively for customer value and profitability.
* High level of understanding of the markets, geographic, macro economic and global
factors impacting our client base. Ability to work effectively within and across
complex matrix structures


* As a key member of the senior leadership team, work proactively to contribute and
to develop the Division's strategic, business, financial and marketing plans to achieve
annual and year over year business objectives.
* Lead and champion the sales/credit partnership to ensure the health of our credit risk
portfolio and to ensure that variances or concerns in the credit portfolio are addressed
with client relationship management and resolved.
* As the Senior Business Developer of the Corporate Business Unit, takes the lead on
complex and high value opportunities. Undertakes an active role with key high value
customers to support the client facing team to provide solutions and to problem solve
as needed.
* Ensuring high client retention while enhancing and maximizing the profitability of

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a cover letter via email
by April 18th, 2008 to: Deangelia.deleveaux(&firstcaribbeanbank.com


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The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications are from suitably qualified individuals
for the post of Manager I, Human Resources, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public
Hospitals Authority.
Applicant must possess the following qualification:-
Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration,
Human Resources or equivalent and at least five (5) years relevant experience.
Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Human Resources Department
including planning, organizing, coordinating and delegating duties; the supervision of the
staff of the Human Resources Department; the coordination ofactivities and assisting with
the training, education and development of the Human Resources Department staff.
1. Coordinates the development of Human Resources policies, procedures and
practices in the hospital and assists Corporate Office with policy development.
2. Prepares the Human Resources component of the
Personnel Emoluments Budget.
3. Prepares the Human Resources Department budget.
4. Develops general quality standards for the Human Resources Units.
5. Identifies and analyses Human Resources problems and recommends /
implements solutions.
6. Develops and implements Human Resources and related training
programs and activities for relevant departments in conjunction with the
training department.
7. Advises and assists with interpretation of Human Resources policies
for department heads, Area Supervisors, Administrative Officers and
Human Resources Officers.
8. Liaises with the Payrolls Department as it relates to management of
9. Serves as advisor to the Executive Management Committee on Human
Resources issues.
10. Develops and designs systems and surveys to ensure a proactive
approach to the Management of Human Resources.
11. Participates in Labour Relations and Negotiations.
12. Coordinates with Area Supervisors the recruitment of staff by developing
interview formats, serving on the interview panel, testing and conducting
background and reference checks.
The salary for the post is in Scale HAASI ($37,400 x 700 $43,700)
Letters of application and resume' should be submitted to the Director of Human
Resources, Public Hospitals Authority, Corporate Office 3rd and West Terraces Centerville,
P.O. Box N-8200 no later than 25t April, 2008.


Professional Insurance Consultants
has a vacancy for a

Personal Lines Underwriter

Applicants should:

* Have Bachelor's Deqree or equivalent

* Have excellent people skills and telephone technique

* Be cheerful, enthusiastic, punctual and presentable

* Be computer-literate

* Have the riqht attitude towards the public and all others

* Have progress towards ACII or similar

Please apply by e-mail only to lnfo@plclnsure.com.

No phone calls or faxes will be entertained.

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Branded Specialty Coffee Outlets

Nassau Airport Development Company
United (NAD) is inviting proposals for
TWO Branded Specialty Coffee Outlets,
one in the U.S. Departure Lounge and
one in the Domestic/Intemational
Terminal at Lynden Pindling
International Airport. The successful
Proponent wll be required to finance,
design, develop, operate and manage
the branded specialty coffee outlets.

i. Proponents must be incorporated.

ii. Proponents must have at least two
(2) current locations similar to the
proposed operation at LPIA where
the Proponent has operated similar
Branded Specialty Coffee facilities
within the last three (3) consecutive

Ii. At least two of the Proponent's
current locations must have generated
at least $500,000 in average annual
gross sales in the last two (2) years.

NAD's goals and objectives are to:

(a) achieve a high standard of
excellence and customer service;

(b) offer a mix of concepts that will
help to enhance the image of the
Nassau Airport as a world class airport;

(c) offer food & beverage choices to
passengers at reasonable prices;

(d) offer a mix of local, regional and
national and international brand-name

(e) develop and design food &
beverage facilities that complement
the qualities of the current and
new terminals while recognizing the
distinctive spirit and character of the
community the airport serves; and

(f) optimize revenue to NAD.

uaOsfrid du etrisecparftes may pck up
the Request for Proposal package at NAD's
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April 28th, 2008. A mandatory pre-proposal
briefing for those.~L picked up packages
will beheld in =NA's Boardroom at the
airport on May 1st.2008 at 10:00 am.
Tel. (242j 377-0209 Fax. (242) 377-0294
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The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications from suitably
qualified employees for the post of Administrative Assistant II;
raining and Development Unit, Corporate Office, Public Hospitals
Applicant must possess the following qualifications:-
Associate Degree in Business, Secretarial Science or related
field and three (3) years relevant experienceOR College of the
Bahamas Diploma in Secretarial Science and five (5) years relevant
The Administrative Assistant III will report to the Deputy Director
Human Resources Training and Development and be
responsible for the general administrative/ secretarial duties;
assists in all required aspects of the Unit.
1. Coordinates the activities of the office of the Deputy Director
Training and Development.
2. Coordinates and arranges meetings prepares agendas,
reserves and prepares facilities for the same.
3. Assists in all required aspects of training and management
within the unit Excel, Microsoft Word and MicrosoftPower
Point Programmes.
4. Work on special assignments on behalf of the Deputy Director
of Training or any Training Manager in the unit in order to
ensure well rounded exposure and experience.
5. Prepares programmes and training materials, workshops,
seminars and training courses.
6. Responds to oral and written queries as directed.
7. Conducts research, prepares conclusions, compiles and types
statistical reports and spreadsheets as directed.
8. Attends meetings as requested, takes minutes of meetings.
9. Ensures that minutes to meetings are forwarded to concerned
persons prior to the next meeting.
10. Records all incoming and outgoing mail and maintains a
bring-up system for proper follow-up.
11. Drafts correspondence and word process documents and
recommendations relative to training requests and in-service
training awards.
Salary of the post is in Scale ($22,250 x 700 $27,150)
Letters of application and curricula vitae should be submitted to
the Director of Human Resources, Public Hospitals Authority P.O.
Box N-8200 or 3rd Terrace Centerville (West), through your Head of
Department no later than 28th April, 2008.



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An Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at The British Colonial
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The Bahamas Institute of Chartered


For Immediate Release:

United Transportation Co. Ltd. (UTC) 100 Day Challenge Update

Nassau, Bahamas April 17, 2008

The public is advised that United Transportation Co. LTD. a major group in the busing industry is
preparing for the LAUNCH of the 100 -DAY CHALLENGE given by the Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux,
Minister of Transport, UTC was incorporated in the latter part of 2006 and its membership is
increasing at a rapid rate. Stake holders in the busing industry are supportive of UTC as they are
confident the team will ensure:

customer safety
efficient scheduling of the buses
bus drivers are well-groomed and property attired
Sfare boxes are enforced
buses are clean and
loud/vulgar music is ceased

In essence, UTC has a vision and with the expertise of the various Consultants, UTC will take
the quality of bus service to the next level. The 100-DAY CHALLENGE PROGRAM, which is
being implemented by the Road Traffic Dept., is very timely and will therefore encourage more
persons to park their vehicles and take a bus to work or school etc.
To assist with the change in culture, the following rules will be posted in the
buses and will take effect immediately:
1. The exact bus fare must be placed in the fare boxes as per the law
2. Bus fare must be paid upon entry on the bus
3. Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted
4. Passengers must remain seated unless exiting the bus
5. Vandalism/graffiti will not be tolerated
6. Fighting or cursing will not be tolerated
To further prepare the Bus Drivers for these new developments and changes in the industry,
UTC has scheduled a Two Day Seminar for April 22, & April 24, 2008 starting @ 8:00pm
at L.W Young High School, Bernard Rd. Speakers engaged are: Dr. David Allen, well known
Psychiatrist, Mr; Lloyd Tumquest, Manager Business Development, J S Johnson Insurance Co.,
Mr. Jack A. Thompson, Controller, Road Traffic Dept., and Dr. Leonard A. Johnson President of
the Bahamas Conference of Seven Day Adventist.

All Public Service Bus Driver, Bus Owners, Operators & Franchise Plate Holders are invited to
attend and admission is free.

Thank you for using our Bus Service and we look forward to your continued patronage.
United Transportation Company Ltd
Our Mission Statement
We are committed to Improving the standards, attitude and culture In the busing
Industry, as change will promote a reliable, safe and organized transportation

Indigo Networks is a developing telecommunications company based in Nassau, Bahamas.
Beginning in 2004, IndiGO introduced the Bahamas' first licensed telephony competition to the
islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, and Abaco. IndiGO is currently in search of a highly-
qualified Manager of Network Services. Successful candidates will be highly energized, willing and
able to take the challenges of a fast-paced network rollout.


Job Description
Network Services is tasked with OA&M of a broad range of systems within the expanding Indigo
network. The manager is responsible for providing strong leadership for a group of IT personnel
with varying disciplines and a range of technical experience. The principle objective of the Network
Services team is to provide highest system availability and reliability for all telecommunications and
Internet related commercial services and products.

'The Manager's secondary responsibilities will include budget preparation, project planning and
implementation, vendor management, carrier liaison, and implementation of technical projects
needed to meet business objectives.

* Determined and independent, with 5 years previous IT management experience maintaining a
service provider's network
* Willing to work hands-on 7/24/365 to resolve network or system problems
* University degree. CISSP,CCIE,MCSE or equivalent skills required
* Excellent verbal and written communications skills
* Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills
* History of successful vendor management
* Preferred to have already acted in a capacity as carrier liaison
* Demonstrable experience with Cisco routers, switches (LAN and WAN)
* Knowledge of 2"d generation NLOS MMDS wireless systems and wireless backhaul required.
* Solid understanding of telecommunications circuits from DSO through DS3
* Flexibility to manage multiple cell sites and Operations Centers distributed across three islands
* Familiarity with MINDCTI billing system and associated AAA and DB
* Hands-on security expertise firewalls, VPNs, IDS/IPS
* Extensive knowledge of IP telephony (VolPNoN), Cisco BTS10200 softswitch, PSTN
gateways, SS7, QoS, SIP,H.323,MGCP
* Expertise with typical ISP applications (DNS, radius, Rwhois, mail, network management/
SNMP, packet analyzers, etc)
* Hands-on Unix (Sun and Linux) and Windows 2003 Admin
* Prior hands-on experience of 3 to 5 years with a Class 4/5 softswitch a necessity

Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Apply to:
Attn.: Human Resources Manager
-. P.O. Box N-3920, Nassau, Bahamas

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Nassau Airport Development Company Limited'(NAD) is
inviting proposals for a Service Station and Mini Mart at
the corner of JFK Drive and Coral Harbour Road at Lynden
Pindling International Airport. The successful Proponent
will be required to design, construct, finance, maintain,
manage and/or operate a service station and
mini mart at the said location.

Proponents must be incorporated and have operated at
least two (2) service station facilities within the last three
(3) consecutive years

Qualified and interested parties-may pick up the
Request for Proposal package at hlAD's office
Terminal 1,2nd floor, Lynden PlinhdlrSIterhntional
Airport between April 22nd- My-2nda A. proposal
briefing for those who pIke up- ackaes will be
held in NAD's Boardroori at lthiport n May 2nd.
2008 at 10:00 am. ;: . .
Telephone: (242) 377020 a~if (242) 377-0294





'Make best efforts'

to get all tax
FROM page 1B
prove virtually impossible to collect,
Rick Lowe, operations manager at
Nassau Motor Company and a leading
figure with the Nassau Institute think-
tank, said: "I'd like a refund on my
property tax."
He added: "The Government has
to make best efforts to collect that
money on behalf of people who pay
their taxes. If they're going to abandon
collecting taxes from other people who
don't pay, other people will stop pay-
ing. Otherwise, the Government's got
to say: 'Forget that tax, as we can't
collect it from anybody'."
Mr Lowe said that if the Govern-
ment wrote off all the real property
tax arrears that it was owed, "that tax
should not be there. We're talking
about running a country, not a petty
He added that if the Government
enforced real property tax collection
efforts on some, but not others, that
would amount to discrimination.
While real property tax acts as a
first legal charge over property, ahead
of mortgages and their lenders, Mr
Smith told The Tribune on Friday that
successive governments had been
reluctant to use their full legal
armoury, which would ultimately
involve repossessing a defaulted tax-
payer's property, for fear they would
lose votes.
In response, Mr Lowe said: "At least
take the people to frigging court.
"They [the Government] don't care
about people who do pay. It just points
to the fact that it's a hit and miss
proposition. It points to the fact the
Government does not have proper
financial statements, and leaves the
door open for people who do pay not
to pay."
Mr Lowe said his company's
accounts provided regular statements
of who owed Nassau Motor Company
what, adding that receivables were a
major issue for the private sector, but
apparently not for the Government.
Pointing to the infrastructure works,
such as schools, hospitals and improve-
ments to roads and government build-
ings, that could be funded if just $100
million or $200 million of that out-
standing real property tax amount was
collected, Mr Lowe said: "It's obvi-
ous there's so much wrong, and there's
so much that could be improved. It
seems a shame to say write it all off.
"So much could be done with $10
million. Our roads are deplorable.
Everything's dropping to pieces. It's so

Accountants: EPA offer may contradict law, 'erode' financial sector regulation

FROM page 1B
an regulators would have greater dif-
ficulty in tracking down and contacting
someone thousands of miles away.
A BICA source confirmed to The
Tribune: "The main concern is the
provision of attestation services, which
mainly includes the audit and the
review........ The way it [the EPA
offer] is outlined now is that attesta-
tion services within the accounting
profession will be open to the EU.
"The Public Accountants Act,
established in 1991, provides that only
BICA licensees have sign-off rights."
The source said BICA was a self-
regulatory body with the ability to
regulate all accountants in the
Bahamas, possessing both investiga-
tions and disciplinary committees to
probe and punishing wrongdoing.
Yet this self-regulatory ability would
be undermined if EU accountants,
who BICA did not know and had no
information on their background, flew
in and out of the Bahamas rapidly and
left problems in their wake.
The Central Bank of the Bahamas
had taken the policy decision that all
bank and trust company audits must
be done by Bahamas-based firms, the
BICA source said, pointing out that

the Cayman Islands had implemented
a requirement that all investment fund
audit sign-offs be done by local com-
panies. "A lot of countries have main-
tained that they want audit services
to be done by someone in their juris-
diction, as opposed to someone fly-
ing in and not knowing the letter of
the law," the source said.
They added that as the EPA ser-
vices offer currently stood, the way
was clear for EU individuals and firms
to provide attestation services, signing-
off and giving opinions o n audits of
Bahamian companies and corporate
vehicles with millions of dollars in
assets. Yet there may be no account-
ability if problems emerge later.
Audited financial statements are
relied on heavily by investors in com-
panies, since they are seen as 'gospel'
on the firm's true financial condition
as determined by an independent
team of experts. If trust in audit accu-
racy is lost, it may undermine the very
integrity and foundations of the capi-
talist system.
The BICA source described the
audit as "a very integral tool", pro-
tecting shareholders and the integrity
of the Bahamian capital markets.
"If there is any wrongdoing, and
there are questions of access to the

person who did the audit, how can
they get hold of that person who
comes in and goes out [via the EPA
provisions]?" the BICA source asked.
"They're really eroding the regula-
tory powers of the Institute. We would
not have ready access to the person"
The BICA source said accountants
needed to make the case for attesta-
tion services to be excluded from the
EPA's market access provisions,
pointing out that EU accountants and
firms would still be able to enter the
Bahamas to perform accounting and
consultancy services.
In its statement, BICA said: "BICA
is firmly opposed to allowing foreign
persons who are not licensees of
BICA to perform audits of entities in
the Bahamas, as it will negatively
impact the accounting profession in
the Bahamas.
"BICA takes the position that attes-
tation services should only be per-
formed by persons who have a pres-
ence in the Bahamas, and are licensees
of BICA. This position allows for
greater regulatory access, and ensures
that such services are performed in
accordance with International Stan-
dards on auditing and local ethical
and best practices currently adhered to
by members of BICA.

"As an offshore provider of finan-
cial services, the Bahamas can ill
afford to have one negative incident
occur due to the malfeasance of an
unknown and under-regulated auditor
from Europe or any other jurisdic-
tion. It should also stand to reason
that the signing of the agreement with-
out consideration for the requirements
of the Public Accountants Act would
result in a contradiction of existing
The BICA source told The Tribune
that if Bahamian accountants went to
practice in the EU, they would expect
to be supervised by regulators in that
AS a two-way trade agreement
involving reciprocity, Bahamian
accountants will now have greater
access to the EU market. But the
BICA source said while Bahamian
accountants had gone to work in
Europe before as liquidators, trust
accountants and forensic accountants,
the numbers were not great.
Given economies of scale and the
greater resources European accoun-
tants and firms had access to, it was
difficult for Bahamians to break into
the EU anyway, so the source felt the
EPA would not change the current
situation much.

RECESSION, from page 3B

deter employees from mismanaging
your products. Ot going stock should
be carefully checked with sales invoic-

*Utilities: Decrease electricity
expenses by installing energy-saving
light bulbs. Also, clean your air-con-
ditioning filters regularly. Decrease
your water bill by inspecting your
water system for leaks, and always
properly turn-off faucets.

*Telephone: Consider purchasing
the 'VIBE' or 'Vonage' if you make a
lot of international and Family Island
telephone calls.

Risk Management: Ensure that
you have adequate business and per-
sonal insurances, and that your busi-
ness has a quality security system.
Ensure that strategic contracts are
legally binding in the event you have
to sue a third party. These are all
important, because during a recession
it would be near impossible to with-
stand internal and preventable losses
that you cannot recover.


Accounts Receivable: Significantly
limit the amount of new charge cus-

tomers. Streamline existing charge
accounts. Encourage current charge
customers to pay early by offering dis-
counts (if possible). Enforce penal-
ties to customers who deliberately
make late payments on accounts.
Remember, everyone is trying to save
money and reduce costs/expenses dur-
ing this period.

*Accounts Payable: If you do not
properly manage your accounts
receivable you will get in trouble with
your creditors. Negotiate to receive
extra discounts if you pay your
account in full early. Alternatively,
arrange to extend your payment on
account time period (30-45 days). You
will only be successful with this if you
are an excellent or a very important


*Existing Technology: Evaluate
your recordkeeping system (account-
ing, sales, marketing, human resources
inventory etc) to determine if it is
causing your business to operate in
an effective and efficient manner. If it
is not doing so, correct it because dur-
ing a recession your business does not
need the burden of incurring'extra
costs and expenses.

New Technology: Only purchase
new computer systems, application
/operating software (e.g. POS) and
equipment (fax, copy machines etc)
now if they are going to increase the
productivity and profit levels of your
business. You now need to properly
manage the cash flow of your busi-
ness because it will be challenging dur-
ing a recession.


Cash Flow: "CASH IS KING
AND QUEEN". Try to receive cash
early from charge customers and pay
suppliers later than usual. This is an
excellent strategy only if it is negoti-
ated beforehand, and if you do not
ruin your relationship with your cus-
tomers and suppliers.

Asset Management: Try not to
buy fixed assets (equipment), evaluate
the relative benefits/costs of leasing
new equipment orTepairing old equip-
ment. Properly maintain your fixed
assets (vehicles) on a regularly basis so
that they do not lose value beyond
depreciation costs.

*Money Management:.Do not keep
using your business credit card during
this period on anything (products, sup-

plies etc) that have a net value close to
your credit card interest fee (18 per
cent and up). Try to obtain a line of
credit now it might come in useful in
the future when you can buy invento-
ry at a significantly reduced dollar val-
ue. Try to refinance your business loan
now, but only if you are going to pay
the same interest rate or less. It might
be too late or costly to refinance your
business loan when the recession
occurs because banks will put a
squeeze on lending money.

Remember, the only way to suc-
cessfully operate a business during a
recession is to evaluate all areas of
your present business model and
refine it by focusing on reducing oper-
ating costs and expenses; improving
staff morale and productivity levels;
increase customer service activities;
and stabilising sales potential and
profit margins. SMB owners should
now adapt a business survival strategy,
and their mission should be 'Staying
Open for Business during a Reces-

For more information about this
article, contact: Mark A Turnquest at
e-mail: markturnquest@Cconsul-
tant.com, Web Site: www.markturn-


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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
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Salaries would be commensurate with qualifications and
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ACT Ch. 309 Statute Laws of The Bahamas,
2000 Edition

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a petition for
the winding up of the above-named company
by the Supreme Court on the 27th day bf
March, 2008, has been presented to the said
Court by Corsaire Limited, the petitioner.

And that the said petition is directed to be
heard before the court sitting at the Supreme
Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bah@mas,
on the 7th day of May, 2008, and any creditor
or contributory of the said company desirous
to support or oppose the making of an order
on the said petition may appear at the time of
hearing in person or by his attorney for that
purpose; and a copy of the petition will be
furnished by the undersigned to any creditor
or contributory of the said company requiring
such copy on payment of the regulated charge
for the same.

Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

Note:- any person who intends to appear on

Incorrect rates and non-payment woes hit Customs

FROM page 1B

lading were released without
any evidence to suggest duties
were collected.
"A number of office orders
authorised by management for
the release of goods.
"The absence of duty entries
is an indication that relevant
duties have not been collect-
The Auditor-General's
report said all these issues had
been raised with the Customs
Department in previous audit
reports, suggesting that little
to no effort has been made to
remedy the deficiencies.
As a result, revenue leakage
and the Government's inabili-
ty to collect all funds due to it
has persisted, harming the

Bahamian taxpayer's interests.
When it came to Customs'
operations in the Family
Islands, the Auditor-General's
department carried out con-
tinuous audits in Grand
Bahama, Abaco and
Eleuthera, including surprise
inspections, with all other
islands audited from Nassau.
Once again, the findings
were that "incorrect rates of
duty were applied in many
instances", "manifests were
outstanding at some ports of
entry", and "goods were
released without payment of
duty at some Customs sub-
Other weaknesses that came
to light were how the Customs
Department dealt with queries
and questions received over
the import duty rates it levied.

Looking for an experienced

Fund Administrator

A small start-up Fund Administration company
is looking for a dynamic person who has a few years
experience in the Administration of Bahamas SMART
and Professional Funds. The ideal candidate would
also be assigned other related tasks. He/she must be
able to fit in a small young group of professionals and
is a motivated team-player.

Please send your resume with a salary expectation
to HR Management,
P.O. Box N-7755, Nassau, Bahamas.


111 Shirley Street

Thursday, April 24

Friday, April 25

Saturday, April 26

We regret any inconvenience this
will cause to our customers


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 Resume to:
The Human Resources Manager
Fax: (242) 322-6607
Email: hr(a~uxuryretaillimited.com

In fiscal year 2005-2006, some
679 queries involving $310,855
in duties were raised. Of these,
just 21 were resolved, netting
the Government an additional
$7,946 in revenue.
The Auditor-General's
report said: "These queries
came about as a result of the
application of incorrect rates
of duty and stamp tax.
"Of concern is an extended
delay in replying to these
queries. Management should
seek to remedy this situation
without undue delay."
The Customs Department
was also responsible for col-
lecting revenue generated by
ticket tax imposed on persons
travelling on international air-
lines outside the Bahamas. For
the year, ticket tax collected
totaled $1.217 million, a 26.92

per cent or $448,116 decline
on the previous year's $1.665
In its audit, the Auditor-
General's Department found
that passenger ticket tax pay-
ments received from different
airlines were not paid in a "sys-
tematic fashion", and that pay-
ments were received at times
more than a year after they
were due.
For the fiscal year 2005-2006,
the Customs Department col-
lected $739.09 million in rev-
enues, an increase of 17.86 per
cent or $111.986 million upon
the previous Budget year total
of $627.104 million.
Some 66 per cent of the rev-
enues collected came in the
form of import duties, stamp
duty accounting for another 18
per cent.

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The Public is hereby advised that I, NICOLA TAYLOR of Lynden
Pindling Estates District of the Island of New Providence one of
the Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the mother
of DACODA ARTHUR, intends to change his name to DACODA
TAYLOR. If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll; you may write such-objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of the publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, SANDRA ANNE THOMPSON
of PO. Box FH-14383, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to ANNE SANDRA THOMPSON. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
the publication of this notice.

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Bahamas Supermarkets Limited operates a leading
supermarket chain in The Bahamas. As a market leader,
the Company prides itself on delivering premier service
through its City Market supermarkets, having a strong
commitment to its customers, associates and community.

An opportunity for an Accounts Payable / Receivable
Associate in New Providence to join this market leader
has arisen.

Reporting to the Accounts Payable/Receivable
Supervisor, the successful applicant will have previous
experience in accounts payable/receivable;
Verify and pay vendor invoices, enter invoices
into the payable system
Research and respond to vendor inquiries
Prepare sales invoices and bill customers
Maintain collections of outstanding accounts
Must be prepared to be methodical and detailed
in ensuring compliance with company policies
Have a clean police record and good character
Associate Degree in business
administration/accounting or the equivalent in
experience or self-education
Have good communication (verbal and written)
and interpersonal skills
Solid functional computer skills with working
knowledge of Windows XP, word processing and
spreadsheet applications

If you have what it takes to succeed in this challenging role,
forward your resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources Director
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
East-West Highway P. O. Box N 3738 Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to: humanresources@bahamassupermarkets.com
No telephone inquiries please
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the hearing of the said petition must serve on
or send by post to the above-named, notice in
writing of his intention so to do. The notice must
state the name and address of the person, or,
if a firm, the name and address of the firm, and
must be signed by the person or firm, or his or
their attorney (if any), and must be served, or if
posted, must be sent by post in sufficient time
to reach the above-named not later than 4:00
o'clock in the afternoon of the 6th day of May,






Government will not 'write off all

$410m in real property tax owed

Tribune Business
THE Government will not
take the 'blanket approach' of
writing off the entire $410 mil-
lion it is owed in accrued real
property taxes, the minister of
state for finance conceding that
while a large percentage of that
amount will never be collected,
it will first determine who can
Zhivargo Laing said the
Ministry of Finance will sys-

thematically examine the real
property tax arrears to deter-
mine how much, if any, the
Government will have to for-
He said there was no ques-
tion that consideration would
have to be given to the collec-
tion of the outstanding funds,
and added that the Govern-
ment cannot take the blanket
view of writing it all off.
Mr Laing was responding to
comments made by his prede-
cessor, James Smith, who told
Tribune Business last week the
Government should write off

Legal Notice

(a) BESS INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 18, 2008
When its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of May, 2008 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
APRIL 21, 2008

Legal Notice


(a) REVENGE FUND LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on April 18, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 19th day of May, 2008 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
APRIL 21, 2008

the almost $410 million that
the Auditor General says it is
owed in unpaid real property
Mr Smith said: "I think that
we are fooling ourselves if we
continue to carry them in the
Government's accounts. The
best thing would be to write
them off."
However, Mr Laing said the
Ministry of Finance would
have to carefully determine
just how much money should
be forgiven, although he
acknowledged: "It doesn't
make sense to have arrears
remain on the government
books that cannot be repaid."

While he admitted that some
of the funds will never be
recovered, he said that to just
write it off would send the
message to other persons.
"That would send the mes-
sage that the defendant gets
off scot free," Mr Laing said,
.adding that the Government
was determined to enhance
"We are now trying to
enhance our revenue collec-
tion, and one of the things that
we will be doing is training tax
officers whose only duty it will
be to collect what is owed the
Mr Laing said particular
attention needed to be focused
on the Family Islands.
"Also, we need to focus on
making paying bills a more
convenient process, as that is
One of the problems in collect-
ing revenue," he added.
For example, Mr Laing said
simple measures such as plac-
ing payment offices closer to
persons, and online facilities,
could encourage payments, as
could offering incentives such
as discounts for earlier pay-

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IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act
Chapter 393 Statute Law of the Commonwealth
.. of The Baham as., -. , ,,,,, -...,

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

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of WILBERT


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

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

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

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

3. The Office of the Administrator, Governors Harbour,

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

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

Tropical Companies Ltd. needs new team members. If you are someone
who enjoys meeting new people, committed to making a difference in
tourism, are goal orienitated and loves a challenge. Send your resume
and application request to humanresources@tropicalcompanles.com
Positions Avaliable
Cashiers/Salee Associate Must have at least two years of sales
experience and one year cashing Must be computer literate and have 5
BGCSE's Math and English Incl.
Entry Level Sales Associates Must have 3 BGCSE Math and English
Stock Room Workers Must be hard working. Drivers License is
recommended Must be computer literate and able to follow instructions
Maintenance Man Must have knowledge in electrical, plumbing and
carpentry. Must have prior work experience as a handy man.
Deadline April 25th 2008

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
SAll 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 ro:

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

PAGE 10B, MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008


Bahamas Waste investing $500k in recycling facility

FROM page 1B
the recycling facility, given that
it had received "some conces-
sions from the Government on
the equipment", although it
might initially operate it
through the existing workforce.
"This is new for us, so it will



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be a bit of a learning curve for
us in sourcing the cardboard,
cleaning it, straightening it and
producing it," Mr de Cardenas
told The Tribune.
Bahamas Waste has been
among the Bahamian busi-
nesses that have tried to take
the lead in developing alterna-
tive, renewable energy sources,
plus waste recycling methods
that benefit the environment.
To date, the company has
enjoyed some success,
although it still awaits final
government approval for a
$750,000 biodiesel plant it will,
develop in a 50/50 joint ven-
ture with Cape Systems, an
arm of the Cape Eleuthera
Institute, believing that 500,000
gallons of waste cooking oil
are generated every year on
New Providence alone.
Meanwhile, Mr de Cardenas
said Bahamas Waste's joint
venture on the recycling of
green waste into mulch, com-
post and soil was "going amaz-
ingly well".
The BISX-listed entity made
a $100,574 investment to take a
19 per cent stake in Green Sys-
tems, the recycling.company,
which is based at the Airport
Industrial Park. While Green
Systems' profits were relative-
ly flat during 2007, Bahamas



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#1 Skyline Drive
P.O.Box AP 59108
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tel: (242) -27-524

Fax:(242) 27-2535 "

Legal Notice


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


Waste's share being just
$5,295, the potential it holds is
considerable, given that some
of the largest Bahamas-based
companies are already pur-
chasing its recycled products.
"We're actually taking pal-
lets of it from the landfill and
turning it into mulch," Mr de
Cardenas told The Tribune.
"We're taking green waste and
turning it into compost and
"We have some very large
customers that have commit-
ted to 100 per cent Bahamian
product. One of them is Kerzn-
er. They will riot be importing
any more foreign mulch."
Mr de Cardenas added that
the development of alterna-
tive, renewable energies and
environmentally-friendly waste
disposal and collection meth-
ods were "going to be pretty
important" to the Bahamas'
economic and social future.
"We have so many resources
that enable us to look at all
energies," he added.
Despite Bahamas Waste's
total sales revenues increasing
by 13.7 per cent to $7.911 mil-
lion during fiscal 2007, a rela-
tively limited amount found its
way to the company's bottom
line, thanks largely to soaring
fuel-related costs.

For the 12 months to
December 31, 2007, Bahamas
Waste's cost of sales and direct
expenses rose by 16 per cent
to $5.064 million, compared to
$4.366 million the year before,
resulting in gross profits rising
only by 9.8 per cent to $2.847
When a 14.2 per cent
increase in total operating
expenses to $1.881 million was
factored in, compared to
$1.647 million the year before,
Bahamas Waste saw operating
income rise by only 2.1 per
cent to $865,602, with net
income up by 2.9 per cent at
$1.051 million. Net profits as
a percentage of sales were
down 3 per cent.
"We've had a tremendous
increase in our operations
costs," Mr de Cardenas told
The Tribune.
"Our fuel prices are over $5
a gallon. I believe, if I'm not
mistaken, that when I started
here in 1998, prices were about
$1.30 a gallon. You're talking
about an almost four-fold
increase in the price of fuel.
The price of fuel has increased
300 per cent, and my maximum
rate increase in that time is 10-
15 per cent."
While Bahamas Waste's
2007 performance was good,

NOTICE is hereby given that JOALEME H. LAFRANCE
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 14th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that VALDOR CHARLES of
BLUFF, ELEUTHERA, 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 14th day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, SURFIN LTD. is in.dissolution as of April 17,

Michael Hartman of 1211 Avenue of the Americas, 6th
Floor, New York, NY 10036 is the Liquidator.


given the circumstances, the
company had been looking for-
ward to an even better year.
That did not materialize,
though, due to the fact that
major foreign direct invest-
ment projects particularly
Baha Mar and Albany did
not materialize by the expected
start date. This created a
"void" after construction work
finished on Kerzner Interna-
tional's Phase III expansion.
Analysts consider the con-
struction component of these
projects to be Bahamas
Waste's 'bread and butter'.
The company not only obtains
contracts to collect and dispose
of waste, but also provides
portable toilets for the con-
struction workers' use. Long-
term, it also bids on the
garbage collection contracts
for the completed projects.
"We had a wonderful year
all things considered," Mr de
Cardenas said of 2007. "We
actually thought the projects
would have started in the last
quarter, October, November.
We thought we would have
been involved, with Albany,
Baha Mar. We were looking
for a banner year, all things
Bahamas Waste has also
been continually frustrated in
its efforts to move into
Freeport, Mr de Cardenas
questioning how a Bahamian
public company was not
allowed to operate in this
nation's second city. If it did, it.
would be in direct competition
with Sanitation Services, a

company in which the Grand
Bahama Port Authority's
(GBPA) principals, the Hay-
ward and St George families,
have an interest.
Nor has the company heard
any news on the residential
garbage collection contract
that the Government put out
to tender in October, although
it believes it is the lowest bid-
On the Abaco front,
Bahamas Waste has sent
another truck over to the
island to begin rear-load col-
lection services, targeting small
commercial and business
accounts chiefly in the Marsh
Harbour area.
Writing in Bahamas Waste's
annual report, its chairman
Peter Andrews said: "Soaring
costs of fuel affect every aspect
of our business from increased
freight, increased running
costs, tyres, steel and the cost
of the office operation.
"This coupled with a rash of
small competition who stay in
business by undercutting
prices, as they have no over-
heads, keeps us on our toes to
offer superior reliable service
while maintaining reasonable
Sales for 2008 were expected
to increase, Mr Andrews said,
while Bahamas Waste had
acquired four acres of land for
additional expansion at its
Gladstone Road headquarters.
This site will house the
biodiesel facility, when
approved, and the recycling

Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day of April 2008. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




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

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

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

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

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

Serious enquiries only

Legal Notice


--- d ----

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


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FINDEX:A CLOSE 906.28 I YTD% -4.91%, I 2007 28.29%
52wk-HI 52-.-LoA Securlr, Pre.ouls Close T.,3a, s Cl..se C nr.;e CDail, 0ol EPS 3 DI. i. P Yiella
1.94 105 Abac c. Markets 1 94 1 94 0 00 0 1 j5 0 ,j00 141 3 0,'.
11.80 11.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%
9.68 9.00 Bank of Bahamas 9.61 9.61 0.00 0.643 0.160 14.9 2.71%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.99 0.99 0.00 0.188 0.030 5.3 3.03%
3.74 2.50 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.50 -0.16 1.000 0.289 0.090 12.1 2.57%
2.70 1.30 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.39 -0.21 1.000 0.058 0.040 41.2 1.67%
13.70 10.41 Cable Bahamas 13.70 13.70 0.00 1.093 0.240 .12.5 1.75%
3.15 2.10 Colina Holdings 2.87 2.87 0.00 0.091 0.040 31.5 1.39%
8.50 4.75 Commonwealth Bank (SI) 7.22 7:20 -0.02 6.000 0.428 0.290 16.8 4.03%
7.22 3.60 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.86 4.97 0.11 4.011 0.157 0.052 31.0 1.07%
2.89 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.66 2.89 0.23 12000 0.316 0.040 9.1 1.38%
7.92 5.94 Famguard 7.92 7.92 0.00 0.713 0.280 11.1 3.54%
13.01 12.49 Finco 12.92 12.92 0.00 0.810 0.570 16.0 4.41%
14.75 13.24 FirstCarlbbean 13.24 13.24 0.00 0.651 0.470 20.3 3.55%
6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.05 5.05 0.00 0.386 0.140 13.1 2.77%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.61 0.61 0.00 0.035 0.000 17.4 0.00%
8.00 6.86 ICD Utilities 6.86 6.86 0.00 0.411 0.300 16.7 4.37%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.30 12.30 0.00 1.059 0.620 11.6 5.04%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
SFieltity Over-The-Counter Securities
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8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 040 0.35 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
:" Coltna Ovar.The-Counter Securities
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 .43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
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1.3081 1.2443 Collna Bond Fund 1.308126-" 1.25% 5.61%
3.0008 2.6629 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.996573". -0.14% 13.11%
1.3875 1.2647 Cqllna Money Market Fund 1.387505"' 0.90% 3.87%
3.7969 3.1827 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.7011"" -2.52% 17.78%
12.1010 11.4992 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.1010" 1.40% 5.72%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00"
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00"
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52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask S Selling price of Colina and fidelity 11 April 2008
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Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
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Oil import costs double to $108m

Tribune Business Editor
"STEADY gains" in consumer
spending continued to prop up the
Bahamian economy during February,
the Central Bank of the Bahamas
reported, although how long this will
continue is open to question with the
bank itself merely confirming that this
nation's 2008 first half economic
growth was "likely to be relatively
Signs of a slowdown in spending by
'Bahamian consumers are already in
'place, the Central Bank noting that
'for the first two months of 2008,
growth in consumer credit declined
by 26.8 per cent to $13 million in com-
parison to 2007 figures.
SThis overshadowed a 7.8 per cent
Increase in mortgage growth to $39.5

Consumer spending props up economy, but for how long?

million for the January-February peri-
od, and could also be a sign that com-
mercial banks are switching their loan
portfolios to mortgages which offer
greater physical security from the
riskier consumer loans.
Total private sector credit growth
increased by $41.2 million during the
first two months of 2008, although
this was $11 million below 2007's fig-
February alone also produced signs
of faltering Bahamian business confi-
dence and investment, with the 15.4
per cent decline in private sector cred-
it growth entirely attributed to an $8.3
million decline in commercial loans.

Consumer and mortgage credit
growth remained stable.

In its update on the Bahamas' eco-
nomic outlook, the Central Bank con-
firmed that activity had softened with
the weakening in foreign direct invest-
ment, and said further concerns were
sparked by the increase in global oil
This, the Central Bank added, was
continuing "to trigger broad based
hikes in domestic price levels", erod-
ing Bahamians' standard of living
through inflation and an increased

cost of living. The effects are already
being felt in countless household bud-
gets in the form of increased energy
and food bills.
Consumer price inflation for the 12
months to February 2008 increased
to 2.4 per cent, compared to 2.1 per
cent the year before, the main increas-
es coming in furniture and household
operations, 6.1 per cent; food and bev-
erages, 3.7 per cent; medical care and
health, 3.3 per cent; and transport and
communications, 3.3 per cent.
,However, the Central Bank
"remains cautiously positive" on the
outlook for banking sector liquidity
and the external reserves, pinning its

hopes on the prospects for some
major mixed-use resort projects to
get underway in the 2008 second half.
Foreign exchange required for the
purchase of oil imports "more than
doubled" to $107.5 million for the
first two months in 2008, a major fac-
tor in keeping the growth in external
reserves over the period to just $33
million, compared to $103.7 million
the year before.
In the banking system, the increas-
es in both excess reserves and excess
.liquid assets were lower by $15.3 mil-
'lion and $21.8 million respectively,
standing at $60.6 million and $52.9

Fashion week attendance may exceed predictions by five-fold

FROM page 1B

beyond what I anticipated. I
was just looking at 200-300,
maximum, and most of that I
was looking at coming from
the Bahamas. We'll see
whether the result proves that

Mr Bethel told The Tribune
that if the attendance predic-
tions proved accurate, the eco-
nomic impact from Nassau
hosting the event "moving for-
ward will be a significant one".
He added that if Islands of
the World attracted 1,000 per-
sons for that four-day period,
the British Colonial Hilton,

where the fashion show com-
ponent would be hosted, was
looking at receiving between
$500-$600 in room revenues
per person, regardless of their
personal spending.
If the fashion week visitors
remain true to Ministry of
Tourism data that stopover vis-
itors spend an average of

between $1,000 to $1,100 on a
Bahamian visit, then it is pos-
sible that the event's econom-
ic impact may run into
between $1 million to $2 mil-
lion. That is not a number to
be sneezed at, given the pes-
simistic outlook many in the
Bahamian hotel industry have
for the sector in 2008.

"If we are feeling the effects
of the recession, and the
tourism industry is bracing
itself for that, events like this
will be a boon," Mr Bethel told
The Tribune.
The newly-projected atten-
dance, though, may give Mr
Bethel a nice problem to have,
given that the British Colonial



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Hilton's ballroom where the
main fashion shows will be
held can only seat between
500-600 maximum once the
catwalk runway is placed in
there. The opening and clos-
ing ceremonies will be held at
Among those likely to
attend the Islands of the World
.Fashion Week, which is being
held from November 5-8, are
fashion industry buyers and
entrepreneurs, plus dedicated
fashion followers who move
from show to show through-
out the year.
Mr Bethel told The Tribune
his plans were "certainly to put
it [Islands of the World] on as
a regular event to provide the
international showcase for up
and coming designers, and to
give them the ability to manu-
facture their lines of clothing
and have it purchased by buy-
ers and major merchants out-
side their countries.
"One proposal has come to
move the show around to dif-
ferent islands around the
world, so that it's not just
shown in the Bahamas. I'm
certainly trying to fight that
Islands of the World will
seek to showcase both garment
designs and accessories, Mr
Bethel added, with the event
having received "a great
response on both". A Screen-
ing Committee has been
tasked with sorting through all
applications to select the
designers who will display their
wares, with "a fairly good rep-
resentation from the
Bahamas" expected.
The fashion show had
already received about 30
expressions of interest from
designers in nations such as
Fiji; Indonesia, Madagascar,
Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad,
Bermuda, Barbados and St
Croix. That number is likely
to be whittled down to
between 15-20.
Mr Bethel said Islands of the
World should give the
Bahamas a "significant" mar-
keting and publicity boost.
Advertising showing the event
was happening in the Bahamas
had already begun, and orga-
nizers will meet with the Min-
istry of Tourism this Friday to
obtain further marketing sup-
Mr Bethel said the show's
impact would probably be sim-
ilar to that made by the
Bahamas International Film
Festival, given that it would
again place this nation "as the
centre of a showcase".
One of the goals behind
Islands of the World is to try
and stimulate the revival of the
Bahamian fashion and gar-
ment design/production indus-
try. Mr Bethel pointed out that
while government tax incen-
tives had encouraged the
development of cottage textile
manufacturing industries, espe-
cially seamstresses, none had
"gone on" to develop their
skills further and expand into
He added that he was work-
ing with the Bahamas Techni-
cal and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) to get its fashion stu-
dents involved in Islands of the


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A Soal f ai yfd The s~ tks. Limstd

1h &carc, 2008

Managing Director, Mr. Paul I. McW
brings remarks on behalfofte Bank of The
Bahamas International.

of Con ere, Executive

L-R Bah hamberr of State
Director Mr. phi\iP Stmvn andr
for Finance.gO

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Bank of The Bahamas Board of Directors. Mrs. Ruth Miller and
S NMr. Hartis Pinder, exit the Bahamasair Charter to celebrate the
opening of BOB, Financial Services, Inc.

L-R: Bank of The Bahamas DMD
of IT and HR. Mr \'aughn Delaney,
Managing Director Mhnr. Paul
Mc Xeeney, Mrs. Meka Mc'eene,
Mrs. Camilla Robertson and Bank'of
The Bahamas Chairman Mr.
MacGregor Robertson.

Mrs. Zsa Zsa Laing cuts the ribbon to BOB, Financial Services, Inc. as
Minister Laing and Mr. and Mrs. McWeeney look on.

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L-RMs.en Warren. O and
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Eeuniv Directos Board. Mrs. Sharon
Financial Mr. Camtpbeu Cleare.
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BOB. Financial Services. Inc. brings Junkanoo
to Miami.

201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 104

Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Tel: (305) 446-6165

Bank of The Ba3 e, Dr

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The Business Development and
Marketing Dept. of BOBI. L-R:
Doyle Role, Laurie Major, Senior
Mgr. Tameka Forbes, Dania
Ferguson and Suzette Darville.