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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: June 4, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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homosexuals


* By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
FEARS are growing that a
serial killer is targeting gays
following the horrific murder
of a Jamaican in Nassau early
yesterday.
It is believed the victim was
run through with a dagger a
broad-bladed weapon which
was thrust into his chest in
the fourth killing in six months
associated with homosexuals.
It happened shortly after
midnight at his Centreville
apartment.
Marvin Wilson, believed to
be in his mid-30s, was stabbed
to death with a weapon
believed to be part of his
sword/dagger collection.
Police believe his attacker
fled the bloody crime scene on
foot. Officers found a dagger


believed to be the murder
weapon lying nearby.
Sources told The Tribune
that the possibility of an anti-
gay killer on the loose is one of
several theories being pursued.
Around 12.30am yesterday,
residents of Gregory House
on Rusty Bethel Avenue, near
ZNS radio station, were wak-
ened by screams for help from
their dying neighbour.
A neighbour told The Tri-
bune the deceased ran about
20 feet from his downstairs
apartment to an upstairs
neighbour, screaming that he
had been stabbed and asking
for help.
The neighbour at first hesi-
tated in opening the door but
did call police, she said.
Nearing death, the victim
ran another 20 feet to the
neighbour's apartment scream-
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Police in schools could be the
defining issue in BUT election


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter.
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE issue of whether or not
police should be returned to
public schools is likely to be a
defining issue in the upcoming
election for the presidency of
the Bahamas Union of Teach-
ers.
Belinda Wilson, current sec-
retary general of the BUT, and
candidate for the union's presi-
dency, acknowledged this yes-
terday in an interview with The
Tribune, while detailing the ini-
tiatives she will champion if vic-
torious in next week's election.
The differing positions on the


issue between Mrs Wilson and
union president Ida Poitier-
Turnquest became obvious at
the beginning of the school year
in September after there were a
series of high profile .stabbing
incidentsat schools, including
CI Gibson.
Mrs Wilson, after consulta-
tion with teachers, publicly
called for the reinstatement of
police into schools, along with
other security measures such as
metal detectors, security cam-
eras and extra security. Mrs
Poitier-Turnquest, weeks later
asserted that the policy of the
union is not to have police in
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alowe@tribunemedia.net
ABOUT 50 watersports
operators claim they have
each lost out on thousands
of dollars in business during
the peak tourist season. They
allege that their loss is the
result of an abuse of power
by Port Authority Chairman
Raymond Rolle.
As a result, said the
group's lawyer, the Port
Authority and its chairman
could face a lawsuit asking
for damages equivalent to
the jet ski and other water-
craft operators' loss of liveli-
hood, possibly adding up to
hundreds of thousands of
dollars.
Lawyer Obie Ferguson
yesterday accused Mr Rolle
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DESPITE calls for
transparency and fairness
in the current local gov-
ernment elections, con-
cerns continue to be raised
about the possible "gerry-
mandering of boundaries"
or the "manipulation" of
polling -divisions in some
of the Family Islands.
Yesterday, residents in
Exuma and Bimini con-
tacted The Tribune claim-
ing that the local govern-
ment system was being
"hijacked" by government
appointees, and "political
and religious operatives."
Floyd Armbrister, a
local real estate broker and
candidate in the current
local government elections,
claimed yesterday that the
"gerrymandering" of the
boundaries in Exuma's
polling divisions seven and
15 was like "the systems in
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as he announced the possi-
bility of legal action being
taken against him. HT
alleged that Mr Rolle wa$
being accused of obstructing
water sports operators from
plying their trade.
Mr Ferguson made hit
comments during a press'
conference at Labour House
on Wulff Road. With him
were the president and vice
president of the Tropical
Water Sports Association of
Cable Beach, Philip Moss
and Bircel Johnson.
He claimed that Mr Rolle
exceeded his authority by
allegedly stopping jet ski and
other watersports operators,
whose licenses are tied to
particular beaches, being
able to take their operations
elsewhere when Cable
Beach's Nassau Beach hotel
closed in January.
"Here we have a man, who
happens to be an employee
of the government, who is
doing everything in his pow-
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* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
PIONEER Shipping,
which closed its doors and
made redundant close to 50
employees just over a week
ago without compensation,
may see legal action initiat-
ed against it within the
week, labour lawyer
Obie Ferguson suggested
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'Gay serial


killer' fears
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ing he was stabbed and did "not want
to die." L
"I got a call on my cellphone from l
(another neighbour) who say 'Marvin
got stab, Marvin got stab'. He tell me
he already called the police but I didn't
want to believe it, and then I hear some
noise outside," the neighbour said at her
home yesterday.
After realising the hurt man was a
friend, she opened her front door to find
Wilson clutching the balcony rail with a
pool of blood beneath him.
The neighbour said the victim kept ..
repeating he didn't want to die and
begged his friends to take him to a hos- -
pital.
He did not name his attacker, she said.
Police and EMS responded quickly, 4 *
but by that time Wilson was unrespon- ,. .1,-
sive. He was pronounced dead on arrival
at hospital.
When The Tribune arrived on site
around 8.30am, police had cordoned off
Rusty Bethel Avenue to Evangelistic . ... %.'
Temple. Four areas of nearby Temple
Christian Primary School on Fourth Ter-.
race were also cordoned off with police '
tape.
Police suspect the attacker ran through
the school yard while making his escape.
"We do believe, and this is not con-
firmed, the person responsible for this
matter may have received injuries,"
Inspector Christopher Wright said,
adding that some bloodstains left behind
may have been the killer's.
He said while there was no evidence of
a break-in, forensic evidence at the scene
suggested a struggle between the victim
and his attacker.
Police were also able to retrieve the
suspected murder weapon.
"There was no sword retrieved from
the scene (but) there is a sword at the
scene that belongs to the deceased. But
what I can say to you is that a dagger
That we suspect may have been the (mur-
- der weapon) was retrieved."
Wilson's killing and last week's murder
of well-known AIDS activist Welling-
ton Adderley, coupled with the unsolved M
slayings of Harl Taylor and Dr Thad- "V-
deus McDonald six months ago, have ..
caused speculation that a killer is target-
ing members of the gay community.
Yesterday police countered this theo-
ry. ,
"There is no information or evidence
Sto suggest that this matter and Mr
Adderley's are related,"'said Inspector ,
Wright.





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VENDORS and wood carvers
at the Straw Market will get a
final extension of the deadline for
renewing their 2008 Business
Licences
The date has been rescheduled
for a third time to June 8. The
Tribune was informed yesterday
Ministry officials advise that
this is the final call for endorses
to ensure that all documents are
brought up to date.
After that, a no-tolerance
approach will be taken towards
those who do not have the neces-
sary papers.
William Munnings, first secre-
tary in the Ministry of Works said
last month that vendors' business
licences have expired since
December 31, 2007.
Since then, the vendors were
given a four-month grace period
to get their documents in order.
Vendors have been overdue
since the first inspection by offi-
cers on May 1.
Still, many of them were unpre-
pared and the date was conse-
quently postponed to May 9.
However, in the week of May 9


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LEFT and ABOVE: Bloodstains at the scene of the murder and a
bloody handprint.
BELOW: A police officer cordons off the area at Temple Christian
Primary School.


ESTHER THOMPSON shows The Tribune a letter from the Ministry of
Works advising vendors of the June 8th extension.


there was a backlog at the Nation-
al Insurance Board and many
vendors claimed that they were
unable to get their documents in
time for the deadline.
For this reason, the Ministry of
Works negotiated the May 31
date.
That deadline of last Saturday
was also deferred even though
Works officials believed that the
22 days extension was sufficient
time for vendors to acquire the
valid documents.
When The Tribune first broke


the story about the third dead-
line extension for May 31, 44-year
old Andrew Moses said that he
was relieved that the ministry was
giving the vendors more time to.
acquire funds to make additional
fee payments.
He said that while he believes
in obeying the rules, business is
slow at the straw market and ven-
dors were not able to pay their
fees on time.
"The money is not here, and
we aren't making much," he said.
However, ministry officials dis-
pute that if vendors were making
monthly payments to National
Insurance, they would have had
their documents in time for
inspection.
According to Esther Thomp-
son, president of the Straw Busi-
nesspersons Society, vendors who
have outstanding balances with
the National Insurance Board
were advised in a letter last Friday
to pay all outstanding fees.
Vendors are required to obtain
a letter from NIB proving that
they have paid their outstanding
fees.
Upon receiving this letter, ven-
dors will be authorised to get a
business license.
Last month, Mr Munnings said
that "weeding out illegal persons"
was an undertaking that they
hope to accomplish through this
inspection.
He revealed this when allega-
tions surfaced that about 30 per
cent of vendors at the Straw Mar-
ket are illegal Haitians.
Additional claims were made
that Bahamians who have full
time jobs are renting their stalls to
these Haitians.


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Some Eleuthera
residents believe
arsonist may be
behind recent fires
PEOPLE in Eleuthera
believe an arsonist could
have been responsible for
at least four fires in the last
six weeks.
The latest was on Sun-
day, when the home of
Wanda Roberts sister of
House of Assembly Speak-
er Alvin Smith was
destroyed at Whitetown,
Hatchet Bay.
Luckily, Ms Roberts was
out at the time, but the fire
ripped through the build-
ing, destroying everything
inside.
"All she was left with
were the clothes she stood
up in," an islander told The
Tribune.
Two months ago, the
'shopping centre at Hatchet
Bay went up in smoke.
And a water plant and
grocery store at The Bluff
were also hit.
The source said: "All
these fires have led resi-
dents to think that a fire-
raiser is at work on the
island.
"It seems strange that we
should have all these fires
in so short a time."
A man is being held for
questioning in connection
with Sunday's blaze.


Broken AC system
forces 'abbreviated'
ZNS newscast
* By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net

ZNS was last night once
again forced to air an "abbre-
viated newscast", as a broken
air-conditioning system had
staff vacating the offices on
Rusty Bethel Drive early yes-
terday.
According to a source at
ZNS, most of the newsroom
staff were sent home yester-
day sometime around 5pm
after pre-recording the
evening newscast.
This problem with the air-
condition system has been
ongoing at ZNS now "for at
least two weeks" sources said.
"Apparently it is the same
air-conditioning that they had
when they dedicated the
building in 1977," a source
confirmed.
"The air-condition is old
and needs to be replaced, but
no one seems prepared to
replace it. They are always
talking about buying new
parts to fix it, but whenever
they fix something, another
part goes bad.
"And much credit must be
given to the staff because
they have been very tolerant,
even though they have been
ordered out of the building
by the union," another source
added.
On Saturday, The Tribune
reported that staff at the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas (BCB) were
forced to walk off the job in
the face of "unbearable"
working conditions.
Employees said that the
air-conditioning in parts of
the corporation's headquar-
ters had not been working for
days.
The Bahamas Communi-
cations and Public Officers
Union advised workers to
walk away from their stations,
as management had not
been able to address the situ-
ation.
Chairman of the (BCB)
Michael Moss said yesterday
that while the newscast will
be "abbreviated", there will
be no loss of substance.
"What we did is put in
place a contingency plan ear-
lier today that if the A/C sys-
tem was not in full place,
there would be an adjustment
to the newscast not in


essence the meat of the
broadcast, just not all of the
dressing," he said.
With a new team awarded
the task of fixing the air-con-
ditioning system, Mr Moss
said that he fully expects the
air-conditioning problem to
be fixed by today.


Pet oti.


90 candidates for local govt




elections on Grand Bahama


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A total of 90
candidates on Grand Bahama
were nominated to run in the
fourth local government elec-
tions, which are scheduled to
be held on June 26 in 32 dis-
tricts on the island.
The nominations were held
between 10am and 12pm at
the administrator's offices in
Freeport, High Rock, Eight
Mile Rock, and Sweeting's
Cay.
Each candidate was
required to submit a $50 nom-
ination fee and the signatures
of five constituents in their
area.
Denise Pinder, parliamen-
tary official in Freeport, said
that elections will not be held
in several areas following the
nomination process on Tues-
day.
She reported that polling
divisions eight and nine in the
Eight Mile Rock East Town-
ship, 13B in Eight Mile Rock,
7B in Lucaya and Eight Mile
Rock polling division two in
the Pinder's Point Township,
received the exact number of
nominations needed for those
areas.

Seats

This means that 12 of the 90
persons nominated have
secured seats on the council
in their respective townships.
The remaining 78 will have to
wait until election day.
The Tribune yesterday
caught up with some of those
candidates in Freeport, includ-
ing incumbent deputy chief
councilor April Crowther-
Gow, who is seeking re-elec-
tion to serve three more years
as a councillor for High Rock.
Mrs Gow has served six
years as a councillor on the
City of Freeport Council. If
elected again, she will go on to
serve almost 10 years in the
local government system.
Mr Clement Campbell, a
councillor for Marco City, has


Nominees to run for


island's 32 districts


also nominated to run for
High Rock due to a change in
his residency.
"Since moving in the area, I
have noticed that there are
still some things that are need-
ed in High Rock things that
were promised but not ful-
filled, including a park for res-
idents in Chesapeake, Arden
Forest and Lincoln Green,
even though land has been
allocated by the Port six years
ago," he said.
Mrs Gow said that the coun-
cil did not accomplish every-
thing it had hoped to achieve
because of challenges and
financial constraints.

Teamwork

"We are once again going
through a difficult economic
period in Grand Bahama, and,
it is going to take dedicated
teamwork: to achieve the
council's goals," she said.
She stated that the local
government system is work-
ing, but that there is still need
for improvement regarding
central government's financial
control.
"We will have to devise a
way where local government
is financially sustainable in
order to develop to its capac-
ity within the Bahamas, and
in Freeport," she said.
However, despite the finan-
cial challenges, she said the
council was able to maintain
several key projects, such as
the operation of the largest
community centre in the
Bahamas, youth employment
and literacy programmes, as
well as community events such
as the Sports Hall of Fame.
The council also initiated a
pilot farming programme for
students at St George High
School and the PACE Centre,.
it also managed to maintain


employment for 48 janitresses,
security officers, and crossing
guards in the community, she
said.
Mrs Gow said that the coun-


cil, through its partnership
with the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, has also carried out
much needed infrastructural
improvements in Freeport,
including road works and
repairs, and new benches at
bus shelters.
She encouraged residents to
come out and vote, and urged
employers to allow
their employees the time that
is required for them to
vote.


She said the same law that
applies for central government
also applies for local govern-
ment in that persons are enti-
tled to three hours to vote,
using their registration cards
or passport.
"It is a democratic choice to
vote and while we have eco-
nomic challenges and even
political differences, through
local government we can
make a difference in our com-
munities," she said.


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JASON CURRY, first cousin of 16-year-old murder victim Khodee Davis, and Khodee's neighbour, Wilkin
Louis, draw up placards in preparation for Friday's pro-hanging march, which they helped to organise. The
Labour Day, event follows the call yesterday from Khodee's family for "the government to remove all impedi-
ments that have been thrown in thft q stop murderers being hanged" so. that a "fear of the law" can be
instilled in Bahamians. At 9am they"WiWalk from the Fox Hill Parade to the College of the Bahamas, before
returning to Fox Hill. They are asking members of the public who support the cause to join them.
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JASON CURRY, first cousin of 16-year-old murder victim Khodee Davis, and Khodee's neighbour, Wilkin
Louis, draw up placards in preparation for Friday's pro-hanging march, which they helped to organise. The
Labour Day, event follows the call yesterday from Khodee's family for "the government to remove all impedi-
ments that have been thrown in th jaq stop murderers being hanged" so. that a "fear of the law"_ can be,
instilled in Bahamians. At 9am the~l~t alk from the Fox Hill Parade to the College of the Bahamas, before
returning to Fox Hill. They are asking members of the public who support the cause to join them.

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the Supreme Court by Governor General Arthur D Hanna in a cere-
mony at Government House yesterday morning.
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* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
CHILD rights activist Clever Duncombe said he
will be "very disappointed" if the Family and Child
Protection Act is not enacted into law after the gov-
ernment gave a marked increase to the Ministry of
Social Services during the 2008/2009 budget.
The spokesman for the "Bahamian Fathers for
Children Everywhere" organisation also told The
Tribune yesterday that the failure of successive gov-
ernments to enact the legislation is a hindrance to
complete child protection.
"Now that the budget has been tabled in the
House of Assembly we are now calling on the gov-
ernment to not bypass the Family and Child Pro-
tection Act this time around and we hope that funds
have been allocated to enact this very important
legislation into law," Mr Duncombe said.
"The legislation is supposed to address family
issues and the protection of our children. With over
520 reported cases of child abuse (last year) it is
obvious there are so many cases of things that are
going wrong with children in our society".
Last year, the government increased the Depart-
ment of Social Services' budget allocation from
$26.4 million to $31.8 million a $5.4 million or
20.5 per cent increase with about $3 million of the
that sum, specifically earmarked for poverty allevi-
ation.


A year later, it increased the department's allo-
cation by $7 million or 22 per cent.
However, current Minister of Social Services and
Development Loretta Butler-Turner said signifi-
cant capital funding is needed for the law to be
effectively enacted. She also said before the cur-
rent law left in place by the PLP can be enacted, it
needs to be amended and re-drafted.
"No, there are not sufficient funds to amend it ful-
ly because some of it involves capital output but
we are working towards phasing it in and we are
actively doing all that we can though through ambit
of the law to do all that we can to protect the chil-
dren.
"We have laws on the books to protect our chil-
dren and Social Services has measures in place in
keeping with these laws. There are some areas in the
new law that go further, but there again you will also
find that in (the former administration's) hurry to get
the law enacted there were some areas that didn't
take into council the full scope of what needs to be
'addressed," the minister said.
Mr Duncombe said in addition to the Family and
Child Protection Act, he would like to see policies
like an Amber Alert for missing children and a reg-
istration for sex offenders.
He further said that he would like for there to be
assessments of persons accused and/or charged with
child molestation.
Such assessments should be done before bail is
even considered, he added.


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Sweaing in of Acting Chief Family and Child Protection Act
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Traffic court system needs overhaul


EARLIER this year Chief Supt Keith
Bell, who headed the Prosecutor's office,
told a crime forum that there were about
80,000 outstanding warrants on his desk.
In addition to this number, he said,
there are some 48,000 traffic cases before
the courts.
These case loads present an almost
impossible judicial challenge.
Mr Bell listed a number of needs to
speed up the processing of these cases.
Among his recommendations, which he
said were needed as "quickly as possible",
was a formal plea bargaining system. This,
he said, would allow prosecutors and
defendants to negotiate the charge to
which a defendant pleads guilty in
exchange for sentencing discounts.
There is little wonder that the traffic
court with a 48,000 case load is constant-
ly crowded. Although traffic offenders
are issued with fixed penalty notices,
which can save them a trip to court, we are
told that the system is not working. Per-
sons with traffic tickets still opt to sit and
wait for hours in court to have their cases
heard, rather than go to the magistrate's
office, pay the fine and move on with their
lives.
The explanation given for-this is that
S-there is no incentive in the fixed penalty
notice for. persons to pay the fine and
~(aoid-the court. The-problem with this
system, we were told, is that the fixed
penalty notice starts with the highest fine
for the offence. "The person who gets the
traffic ticket knows that if he goes to court
and chats with the magistrate this fine will
be reduced. Also if you go in and plead
guilty the magistrate is so relieved that
you saved the court time that you are
often rewarded with a nominal fine.
It would seem that the police have also
given up on the system.
Recently a motorist who had bought a
car, but had not yet had the opportunity to
have the licence plate affixed to the
bumper, was stopped by police. He
thought he was within the law to display
the licence plate, which he had done by
propping it up on the front windshield of
his car. Instead of issuing him with a fixed
penalty ticket, the police officer told him


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he had to go to court.
"When the magistrate read the law to
me and I realized that it was not good
enough to display the plate, but that it
had to be affixed to the bumper, I was
obviously guilty. So when she finished
reading the law, I said: Guilty," the
motorist said.
"She seemed so relieved that I wasn't
wasting her time that she fined me $50. I
don't really know what the fine should
have been, but I think it was several hun-
dred dollars," he said.
In other words, a system devised to
save the court time, is not working
because there is no incentive to make it
work. The only incentive there is for a
minor offence is to go to court and have "a
chat with the magistrate."
This is one system that should be
revised to save the court's time. For exam-
ple in Florida where the point system is
used, a licence can be suspended for 30
days if in a 12-month period a motorist has
12. offences against his driver's licence
record. Accumulating 18 traffic points in
18 months attracts a-three-month suspen-
sion. A licence can be further suspended
for a year if 24 points are accumulated
within-a 36-month period.
Persons who receive ordinary traffic
tickets in Florida can pay their fines on
line. The following are the incentives to
avoid cluttering the courts with these
offences:
If a motorist pays his fine on line he
will get an 18 per cent discount on the
base fine; his insurance rates cannot go
up and his policy cannot be cancelled
unless he is at fault in a crash; no points
will be added to his driver's licence record.
And to regain his safe driver's status, he is
offered a four-hour driving course on line
by DVD, video or in a classroom.
This year's Budget, on which debate
opens in the House this morning, shows a
spark of imagination. With a little bit of
imagination applied to other problem
areas such as the justice system and
criminal investigations many other bot-
tlenecks might be avoided.
Many of our cumbersome systems need
a major overhaul to function efficiently.


You don't know




what you've




got 'til it's gone


EDITOR, The Tribune.
They Paved Paradise and
Put Up a Parking Lot
Big Yellow Taxi Joni
Mitchell
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a
boutique
And a swinging hot SPOT
Don't it always seem to
go
That you don't know what
you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
ZIO GIGI served its lasi
supper last night and wil
,now quietly pass into
Bahamian oblivion, the lat-
est victim of the voracious
greed that is sweeping the
world and choking the
lifeblood out of many for-
mer wealthy mega institu-
tions and governments.
The United States has
long seen the wisdom, and
continues to recognize the
significant contribution
that the small business
entrepreneur plays in its
economy, yet we, in the
Bahamas, seem to sub-
scribe to a philosophy thai
accommodates any and all
big money players without
any regard to the indige-
nous Bahamian business
person who more often
than not is trampled neathh
the spreading footprint ol
an unfilled profit appetite.
Not satisfied- with its
already mega marina, and
condo's galore, Atlantis
had to have more, more
and yet more, and so
devised plans to acquire
and tear down the little
strip mall in front of Hur-
ricane Hole Marina.
With the global real
estate bubble now burst, its
grandiose plans for condo-
tels and another yacht
marina have had to be put
on hold, but having turned
out ninety per cent of the
strip mall tenants earlier
this year, it has decided
that it is better now to fin-
ish off this little goose and
"put up a parking lot."
Hopefully the ZIO GIGI
staff can eke out some kind
of living, washing cars in


the new lot, and that these
crumbs will be sufficient to
feed their Bahamian fami-
lies.
What was our Govern-
ment thinking when it
agreed to this project? But
you see, Governments are
just as greedy as anyone
else, and the dazzling
allure of more direct for-
eign investment overshad-
owed the human casualties
that would result, from the
closure of these little
Bahamian boutique busi-


nesses. And now, even the
meagre customs duties that
these little businesses con-
tributed to the public purse
are also gone, and soon
perhaps our Government
may find itself in line
behind the new economic
beggars like Bear Stearns,
UBS, Northern Rock and
all those many others who
just couldn't resist the
temptation of making a fast'
buck.
Don't it always seem to
go, that you don't know
what you've got till it's
gone?
TAMBOURINE
Nassau,
May 28, 2008.


The death of


British toddler
s
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WOULD like to make a few comments on articles I have read in
S the newspaper lately. No case to answer regarding the death of the
S British toddler on the beach. If I am understanding this correctly, the
driver of the boat towing one of those inflatable long hot dog rafts that
people sit on, had a person fall off, he put the throttle in drive, left the
S steering wheel and went to the back of the boat where he got tangled
S up in the tow rope and the boat ended up on the beach tragically hit-
S ting and killing the youngster. Is this the correct boating procedure?
Shouldn't he have put the boat in neutral and then attended to the per-
sons riding the raft? And if this is what happened, shouldn't the driver
S or owner? at least be reprimanded, or fined for not following or teach-
S ing? the correct procedure? I hope that this incident has at least
I caused swimming boundary lines/ropes to be installed if they were not
f before and that boat owners, rental agencies and drivers are instruct-
ed not to.enter that area. And if a motorized vehicle does "get away"
the rope is strong or large enough to tangle up the propeller Iq make
S it stop.
Nassau Tourism and Development Board presents a plaiito stimu-
late Bay Street.
Sorry, but I don't agree with this plan at all. And here are the reasons:
Free materials to build, reconfigure, reconstruct and furnish prop-
erties.
The problem with this proposal is that it needs every Bay Street busi-
ness to do it. And how would it look if you did your store in a colonial
style, and I did mine in a modem European style?
And The Bahamas government functions almost entirely on the
taxes it collects. I am also against foreign investors receiving this con-
cession, so if it does this, what about other Bahamian businesses want-
ing to build? And what about the hardware companies that have
brought materials in, paid the duties and have these sitting in stock?
S Real property tax exemption for seven years.
Why? What is this going to achieve? Again the government functions
on these taxes, and again what about other non-Bay Street businesses
that are struggling? If say one hundred businesses on Bay Street and the
surrounding area were given this exemption, do you think in the sev-
en years all of these businesses would have renovated, reconfigured, or
done anything to improve the product? And if all didn't, wouldn't
that defeat the purpose?.
Business license fee credits according to level of investment in a prop-
erty/business an owner made.
I feel this one may have some credit. Let the work be done then give
the reward or concession. Again the problem is to get all of the busi-
nesses to cooperate and do it...
What we would suggest is that government come up with a plan on
how the common areas between the stores should look. So it would
have a consistent look. Of course shops would still be free to renovate
in their own style if they wish. The government would then be respon-
sible for renovating the common areas, lighting, foliage, benches,
walkways, green areas, etc. and businesses would do their properties.
At the end of a set time, government would then begin to give the busi-
ness license fee credits according to the monies the owners spent on
their properties. As I stated previously how do you get all the.revelant
businesses to cooperate? At least if they did not, they would get no
license fee credits. For what it's worth...
WILLIAM LEE
Nassau,
April 2008.








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Rotaract South
East Nassau
Centennial
elects board
members
THE Rotaract South East
Nassau Centennial (SENC) has
elected' the 2008/2009 members
for its executive board and
board of directors.
Danielle Hanek was elected
president; Stephan Cartwright
was elected as vice-president
and director of professional
development, Dagni Prosa was
chosen as secretary, Rishad
Bain was elected treasurer,
Calynn Weech was chosen to
be the director of finance,
La'Quinta Curry was elected
director of club services, Jas-
mine Ferguson was chosen as
director of community service,
and Chernette Wells was elect-
ed as director of international
service for the 7020 Rotaract
District.
Giovan "Gio" Cooper is
Rotaract East Nassau's past
president.
Rotaract is a Rotary-spon-
sored service club for young
men and women ages 18 to 30.

Bahamas
Diabetic
Association to
hold monthly
meeting
THE Bahamas Diabetic
Association (BDA) is hold-
ing its monthly meeting start-
ing at 2.30pm at the Nurses
Training Centre in Grosvenor
Close off Shirley Street on
Saturday, June 21.
The guest speaker will be
Erica Rolle.
Members and interested
persons of the public are
invited to attend. Light
refreshments will be served
following the meeting.

First elected
mayor of
North Miami
dies at 85
* NORTH MIAMI, Fla.
THE first elected mayor of
North Miami has died, accord-
ing to Associated Press. Sher-
man Winn was 85.
Winn had been diagnosed
with a brain tumor five years
ago. His wife says the politician
went to sleep Monday and "did-
n't wake up."
Winn won a seat on the
North Miami City Council in
1965 and automatically became
mayor because he had won the
most votes. Two years later,
after a change to the city char-
ter, he ran successfully for re-
election.
He was elected to the state
House in 1970. In 1972, he
joined the state Senate and
served as Senate president pro
tempore in the 1977-78 session.
Winn resigned from the Sen-
ate in 1981. The following year,
he was elected to the Miami-.
Dade County Commission,
where he served for 11 years.
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Ceremony is set to




lonour good fathers


* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
GOOD fathers will be honoured in
a special Father's Day ceremony at
the New Covenant Baptist Church,
reaffirming the bond between fathers
and sons.
For this first annual event, the
National Father/Son Committee
invites fathers who have prioritised
the raising of their children to be
recognized as role models to their chil-
dren and in the community.
The committee hopes to set fathers
and sons on a healing path to repair
broken relationships which lead to the
break-down of society and drive
young people to join violent gangs.
"Most of society's problems can be
tracked back to fatherless homes
where we have got boys who have not
been properly socialised, or helped
into the maturation process," said Pas-
tor Lyall Bethel from the Grace Com-
munity Church in Palmetto Avenue
yesterday at a press conference.
"Looking for a family to hold on to,
they join a gang. It is the lack of a
father's presence, physically or emo-
tionally, that causes father wounded-
ness."
It is this "woundedness" that the
Father's Day ceremony hopes to heal
by recognizing the important rela-
tionship between fathers and sons in
particular, the committee said.


Committee chairman Bishop Sime-
on Hall from the New Covenant Bap-
tist Church said: "We hope by next
Thursday's exercise we are able to
make a dent in the restoration of
fathers and the reordering of our soci-
ety.".
Bahamian law will not give fathers
access rights to children born out of
wedlock until the 2007 Child Protec-
tion Act is enacted by parliament.


Meanwhile the committee asks sin-
gle mothers to acknowledge the
father-son relationship and, allow
fathers to see their children.
Picewell Forbes, MP for South
Andros and co-chair of the committee,
said he made a determined effort to
cultivate a relationship with his chil-
dren who were born out of wedlock,
and believes it is important that other
fathers do the same.


Bail for two of four men


charged in connection


with marijuana seizure


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
TWO of the four men,
charged in connection with
the seizure of 244 pounds of
marijuana following a high
speed police chase just over a
week ago were granted
$75,000 bail yesterday.
Edrico Fraser, 26, of
Carmichael Road, and David
Arlington Colebrooke, 46, of
Jasmine Gardens, were
granted bail with two
sureties. They were also
ordered to surrender their
travel documents and
ordered to report to the
police station nearest to them
every Wednesday and Satur-
day before 6pm.
Taffron Frazier, 37, of
Carmichael Road, and Rorie
Alistair Bennett, 27, of St
Ann Parish in Jamaica, were
both denied bail yesterday.
All four men have been
charged with conspiracy to
possess dangerous drugs with
the intent to supply; conspir-
acy to import dangerous
drugs with the intent to sup-
ply; possession of dangerous
drugs with the intent to sup-
ply, and importation of dan-
gerous drugs.
Bennett who was repre-
sented by attorney Roger
Minnis, had initially pleaded
guilty to the charges, but then


changed his plea to not guilty
after he told the- court that
he had not; known thatit was
drugs that he was off-load-
ing. Bennett, who admitted
that he has no status in the
Bahamas, also told the court
that police officers beat him
in order to get a statement
from him.

Status
Magistrate Carolita Bethel
denied Bennett bail, stating
that it was the experience of
the court that defendants
who have no status in the
Bahamas and are facing a


lengthy time of imprisonment
do not return.ito :courti-if-
released on bail.
" Taffroni Fra'sert:was' also
' denied bail yesterday after
the prosecution told the court
that he had several matters
related to charges of stealing
and receiving outstanding in
another court:
Magistrate Bethel
informed Fraser's lawyer
Roger Gomez Jr that she
would resume a bail hearing
after Fraser has dealt with
the matters he has outstand-
ing.
The case has been
adjourned to October 28.


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"Visiting schools in New Providence
I found almost one third of
young men do not know who their
father is.
"It is time for us to be open and
honest with our young men," he said.
The Father's Day service will be
held at 7pm in the N6w Covenant
Baptist Church, Independence Drive,
Nassau, on Thursday, June 12. All
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US: Army
Corps plan
wouldn't
doom species
a TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
A FEDERAL plan to reduce
water flows in the Apalachicola
River won't irreversibly doom
four federally protected species,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice said Monday, according to
Associated Press.
Flows in the Panhandle river
are being reduced as part of
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
drought management plans that
keep more water upstream in
Georgia. One plan is expiring,
but the Corps has a new plan
going into effect.
Some biologists and environ-
mentalists have raised concerns
about the impact on the Gulf
sturgeon fish, and three mus-
sels: the fat thieeridge mussel,
the purple bankclimber and the
Chipola slabshell.
But the Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice released a biological opin-
ion saying the Corps' new plan
won't "appreciably reduce the
likelihood that the four listed
species can survive nor would it
preclude their future recovery."
The opinion did. say there
could be some negative impact,
notably with the fat threeridge
mussel, which could lose up to 9
percent of a population that's
already declining largely
because of drought conditions.
The opinion was greeted with
disappointment by many in
Florida, where politicians, and'
environmental and seafood
industry officials have been
pushing for more water to be
allowed to flow into the
Apalachicola River.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
said the new plans for reduced
water flow jeopardize more
than just the species targeted in
the Fish and Wildlife study.
"This revised plan creates sig-
nificant challenges in managing
one of the most productive and
diverse estuaries on the Gulf of
Mexico," Crist said in a state-
ment released by his office.
"Regrettably, today's decision
jeopardizes the hope of Flori-
da's downstream communities
which rely on proper flows to
sustain a vibrant ecosystem." .


Photo essay winner




lets fish do the talking


Tambearly

student's

entry takes

overall prize

WITH her story of an
imagined confrontation with
a talking fish that expressed
concerns about the marine
environment and the role of
humans in it, 12-year-old
Bianca Wagner, a student of
Tambearly School in Nassau,
won the overall prize in the
National Coastal Awareness
Photo-Essay Competition.
The competition was open
to students from all islands
of the Bahamas. Its main
aim was to increase the
nation's awareness-- partic-
ularly in the younger popu-
lation of the problems sur-
rounding today's coastal eco-
systems.

Competition
The competition was also
aimed at encouraging
Bahamians to think about
the problems the country will
face in the near future if the
people's environmental
perspective does not
change.
Entries for the photo-essay
competition were accepted
in five age categories, to
,afford wider participation:
Eight to 11; 12 to 13; 14 to
15; 16 to,17; and 18 to 21.
More than 100 submissions
were recorded under three
themes: "Our Borrowed
Earth"; "Coastal Connec-
tions", and "If A Fish Could
Talk" the theme under


THE WINNING entry images used with prose by Bianca Wagner, Tambearly School, Nassau.


which winner Bianca sub-
mitted an entry of prose.
Each photo-essay entry
required the use of one to
three images, along with no
more than 250 words of
text.
Bianca's reward for a cre-
ative and thought-provoking
tale includes two round-trip
tickets to London on British
Airways one of four spon-
sors of the competition.
Prizes in other categories
included a laptop, a water-
proof digital camera and a
trip to the Caribbean Envi-
ronmental Youth Eco-Com-
petition in the US Virgin
Islands this July.
The competition was
judged by artists and writers,
including John Cox, Heino
Schmid and Michael
Edwards.
Of special importance to
judges in selecting individ-
ual category and overall win-
ners were theme relevance,
visual impact, story-
telling ability and technical
quality.
An award ceremony for
first-, second- and third-place
winners is scheduled for-June
19, at 11am, at the Bahamas
National Trust (BNT)
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Minister Russell encourages


co-operatives to prepare


for economic changes


a By SIMON LEWIS
Bahamas Information
Service
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -
Minister for Housing and National
Insurance Kenneth Russell told
members of the Bahamas Co-oper-
ative League limited to prepare for
unprecedented economic changes,
both locally, regionally and inter-
nationally.
Addressing the 29th annual gen-
eral meeting of the Bahamas Coop-
erative League, held at the Our
Lucaya Resort last week, Mr Rus-
sell told Grand Bahamians that they
must strive to expand upon their
knowledge of regional and interna-
tional issues that continue to
emerge, such as the stress that con-
tinues to challenge the vibrancy of
the United States economy, the
issues surrounding regional trade
and the Economic Partnership
Agreement that is expected to be
implemented soon.
He explained that, for' many
years, countries across the
Caribbean have benefited from spe-
cial trade agreements with the Euro-
pean Union such as the LOME
Conventions and Cotonou Agree-
ments.
"However, for these benefits to
continue, countries. in the
Caribbean, particularly the 15 mem-
ber CARICOM States, must adjust
practices to remain competitive and
to have favoured access to Euro-
pean markets.
"The Economic Partnership
Agreement being negotiated
between CARIFORUM, which
includes all countries of CARI-
COM, offers an opportunity for
both sides to strengthen trade," Mr
Russell said.
He explained that the Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA) is
essentially a reciprocal trade and
development agreement that cov-
ers market access in goods, services
and other trade related issues that


"The Economic
Partnership
Agreement being
negotiated between
CARIFORUM,
which includes
all countries of
CARICOM, offers
an opportunity
for both sides to
strengthen trade."

Kenneth Russell

will allow Caribbean and European
goods to enter the respective mar-
kets, duty free and quota free.
"The impact of this agreementt
on the Bahamas, once signed, will'
be significant, as it will introduce
new measures to modernise and to
improve Custom protocols and
regimes.
"This new trade agreement will
perhaps present a challenging peri-
od of adjustments for the Bahamas
in the face of regional competition,
as it will relax barriers to trade and
investment," he said.
Mr Russell also told the co-oper-
ative members that they must be
mindful that countries around the
world are looking to and moving
towards the concept of an integrat-
ed regulator of financial services, a
concept that is also expected to
embrace services offered by credit
unions.
To this end, he said, the govern-
ment of the Bahamas has appointed
a steering committee for the inte-
gration of the financial services reg-
ulators.
The committee's membership, he
said, includes representatives from


the financial services industry, with
the Bahamas Co-operative League
, and othersincluded as observers. ,.
"I invite you therefore, to pre-
pare your league and its members
for the changes that will play a sig-
nificant part on the way forward for
regional and international
economies," he said.
In addition to the global changes
and threats, the minister also
advised that the new Co-operative
Societies Regulation 2008 is expect-
ed to add efficiency and a model to
the management and operation of
local societies.
He thanked the league for its
contribution to the document, stat-
ing that, when passed and imple-
mented, it will serve its intended
purpose by enhancing the.opera-
tion of their individual societies.
A Grand Bahamian and Mem-
ber of Parliament for the High Rock
constituency, Mr Russell spoke on
behalf of Minister of Lands and
Local Government Sidney Collie,
who was out of the country on offi-
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Discovery

astronauts get

ready for first

spacewalk
* HOUSTON
SHUTTLE Discovery's
astronauts prepared for the
first spacewalk of their mis-
sion Tuesday and the instal-
lation of Japan's giant lab to
the international space sta-
tion, according to Associated
Press.
During a scheduled 6 1/2
hour spacewalk, astronauts
Michael Fossum and Ronald
Garan Jr. will prep the $1
billion lab, named Kibo -
Japanese for hope for
installation by removing
power and heating cables
and various restraints that
connect it to the shuttle.
Later in the day, astronauts
working from inside will use
the space station's robot arm
to lift the bus-size lab from
the shuttle and anchor it to
the station.
"We're looking forward to
a great day, an exciting day
to install the Japanese Kibo
module," Japanese astro-
naut Akihiko Hoshide, who
will help move the lab, said
Tuesday as astronauts exam-
ined spacesuits and made
other preparations for the
spacewalk.
Kibo, at 37 feet long, is
bigger than the U.S. and
European labs already
attached to the space sta-
tion.
The spacewalkers were
also going to remove a 50-
foot inspection boom from
the orbiting complex and try
out some cleaning methods
on a jammed solar rotating
joint that has hampered
energy production at the
space station since last fall.
The joint enables the space
station's solar arrays, which
provide electrical power, to
rotate and track, the sun.
"It's going to lead to a
really busy day for all of
those guys," said Emily Nel-
son, a space station flight
director.
The first job for the space-
walk will be transferring the
boom, from the space station
to the shuttle.

Inspection
The laser-equipped boom
is usually attached to the
shuttle's robotic arm and
used to conduct a detailed
inspection of the space-
craft's wings and nose. The
inspection is one of the safe-
ty measures put in place by
NASA after the 2003
Columbia accident to check
for launch damage.
Discovery didn't have
enough room for the inspec-
tion boom; Kibo filled the
entire payload bay. So the
last shuttle crew left one
behind at the space station
in March.
The shuttle astronauts,
who arrived at the space sta-
tion on Monday, will use the
boom next week to check
Discovery for any damage
that could endanger them
during re-entry.
Imagery experts, in the
meantime, are poring over
the 302 digital pictures that
the space station crew took
of Discovery's belly right
before the docking.
About five pieces of foam
insulation broke off Discov-
ery's external fuel tank dur-
ing liftoff, but are not
believed to have caused any
damage.
NASA, meanwhile, is
investigating the worst
launch pad damage in 27
years of space shuttle flight.
A large section of the
flame trench 20 feet by 75
feet broke apart, and
chunks of the large heat-
resistant fire bricks and con-'
crete mortar were scattered
all the way past the chain-
link fence 1,800 feet away.
The fence was damaged in
places.
None of the debris
appeared to hit Discovery,


said LeRoy Cain, chairman
of the mission management
team.
The flame trench dat-
ing back to the 1960s Apollo
era and designed to deflect
the exhaust of the booster
rockets is inspected regu-
larly and undergoes periodic
repair, Cain said.
NASA does not need to
use the pad again until the
next shuttle launch in Octo-
ber. That mission the
final trip to the Hubble
Space Telescope should
not be delayed as a result of
the damage, Cain said.


Recreating ZNS as an authentic




public service broadcaster


"Any administration faced
with the responsibility to deal
with the future of broadcasting
has two choices: one is to con-
tinue to use BCB as a state-
run facility for government
and party propaganda pur-
poses, leaving (it) to languish
in an ever-expanding market
of competition; the other is to
create, in the national interest,
a new public service broad-
casting culture." Senator
Kay Forbes-Smith, writing in
Commonwealth Broadcaster
magazine.

S orry, but I have to say
the good senator is
wrong. There are more than
two choices for ZNS.
A third choice in my
view, the best option would
be to dismantle the corpora-
tion and sell its parts to the
highest bidder, with current
employees finding new homes
in the real world with the help
of a typically generous gov-
ernment severance package.
Two years ago this column
had the following to say on
the subject:
"We should consider
whether we need ZNS at all.
Even if it could be detached
from direct government con-
trol, it would likely turn into a
broadcasting version of
Bahamas Information Ser-
vices, another pointless
agency whose employees trot
behind government ministers
to produce 'official' news of
dubious value."
To borrow from Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, the only
thing we have to fear about
closing ZNS is fear itself. We
have a run-down organisation
in need of a massive injection
of funds to bring it into the
digital age. Yet every study
ever conducted agrees that,
despite its enormous cost,
ZNS contributes very little
value to the national enter-
prise. .
Why are we so afraid of
divesting ZITS,.when it would
save the country at least $10
million a year, and stimulate
new business opportunities-
for a wide cross-section of
Bahamians...and when its
political tasks could easily be
assumed by BIS (which eats
another $2 million in public
funds every year)?
We don't know why. But it
seems clear that the political
class has ruled this out -
although they have accepted
the inevitability (if not the
urgency) of selling off
Bahamasair and BTC. So for
the moment we are left with
Senator Smith's two choices
--maintaining the status quo
or converting ZNS into a pub-
lic service broadcaster.
Many of you may be
unable to distinguish between
these alternatives. And truth-
fully, whether anything
changes at all will depend on
how weJl the prospective con-
version is executed. And that
will depend on what the real
motivation behind it is. In her
article, Senator Smith suggests
two motives: financial and
political.
"The reality is that we
invest significantly more in
the BCB annually than
planned and allocated. We
must work to change this cur-
rent approach to funding...we
must also take into account
the restructuring of BCB as a
public service broadcaster
with a clearly defined man-
date."
What this means as the
prime minister has already
explained is that ZNS
requires a multi-million-dol-
lar yearly subsidy from the
Treasury just to stay open, but
the government subvention is
supposed to be contributed
for capital investment, not to
pay for operating costs.
Perhaps the rationale for
changing ZNS can be found
in these sentences: "We share
the same funding concerns:
insufficient revenue from tra-
ditional sources resulting in
annual revenue shortfalls,"
Senator Smith told Common-
wealth broadcasters. "We are
faced with determining the
best approach to fund BCB


as a public service broadcast-
er, recognizing that its current
funding has not been ideal."
In other words, we ain't
getting enough money from


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the private sector to do what
we want. And why not, you
may ask? Well, as someone
who has been a customer of
ZNS for the past 20 years, I
can tell you why poor ser-
vice, poor programming and
POLITICS.
A little history may be in
order here. Most Bahamians
don't realise that we could
have had cable television in
the early 60s if politics had
not intervened. It was blocked
by nationalist politicians who
wanted a local TV station
ostensibly to promote
Bahamian identity.
So we had to wait until
1977 for the government to
create TV-13 in the image of
the civil service,;and privately
operated cable television was
withheld until 1995. And to
add insult to injury, ZNS TV
did little or nothing to pro-
mote Bahamian culture, but
a great deal to promote
Bahamian politicians.
We could go on ad nause-
am about ZNS abuses over
the years. The refusal to play
the songs of Bahamian musi-
cians whose lyrics didn't suit
the PLP. The arbitrary and
capricious business practices.
General Manager Charles
Carter presenting as a PLP
candidate while hosting the
public affairs programme
"Focus". The sudden 1982
demotion of news director
Mike Smith by the same Ed
Bethel who had been similar-
ly treated earlier. The childish
propaganda masquerading as
nightly news. The endless
replaying of "Roots" during
election campaigns. And on
and on.

t would be nice to bid
farewell to all that tax-
funded tripe. But if we can't
do so yet, perhaps we should
heed author Noam Chom-
sky's advice to "pry (state
institutions) open to more
meaningful public participa-
tion and ultimately to dis-
mantle them in a much more
free society, if the appropriate
circumstances can be
achieved."
Defining public service is
not as easy as it seems. For
example, during the 1926 gen-
eral strike in Britain, it was
argued.that since the BBC
was the people's service and
the government was the peo-
ple's choice, it followed that
the BBC should support the
government. And, as with any
endeavour, the need to make
money is often paramount in
broadcasting.
In other words, to achieve
public service broadcasting we
must tread a fine line between
the "hammer of the state and
the anvil of the market".
In our case, although the
first Ingraham government
broke ZNS' stranglehold on
broadcasting in 1992, the sta-
tion remains largely in the ser-
vice of the ruling party while
programming is shaped more
by the demands of advertis-
ers and sponsors than by pub-
lic interest factors.
Are there any generally
agreed characteristics that
make up public service broad-
casting? Indeed there are. But
principally, the goal is to
detach broadcasting from
vested interests including
the government and
address audiences as citizens
rather than consumers.
Among the key elements
are the setting of high quality
standards, offering something
for every interest and taste,
expanding horizons with inno-
vative programming; operat-
ing efficiently to provide val-
ue for taxpayers, and acting
as the cultural voice for the
nation.
This is a tough call for
ZNS, especially when you
consider what it entails like
creole and conchy joe pro-
gramming, hard-hitting doc-
umentaries, extravagant cul-
tural productions, a wholesale
cutback in religious pan-
tomime, strict editorial inde-


pendence, production of reg-
ular financial statements and
operating within a realistic
budget.
But it is not impossible.
The trick is to pry the station
away from government con-
trol, because that is where the
rot sets in. If the politicos can
interfere at the policy level or
in the day-to-day operations
you can bet your life that they
will at every opportunity.


BBC in 1926 ZNS must
promote its views and support
its positions. Instead of stick-
ing a camera in the face of
every politico who opens his
mopth, what ZNS should be
doing is producing reliable
analyses on current affairs;
offering a perspective on the
events that are unfolding
around us; communicating
what it means to be a Bahami-
an; inspiring loyalty to demo-
cratic values; and promoting
good governance.
That's why it is called pub-
lic service broadcasting.
To play this role effective-
ly requires independence
from both the state and the
market. And to recreate ZNS
as an authentic public service


q


And that means decisions tak-
en without regard for ratio-
nal thought, business sense or
professional imperatives.
Unfortunately, politicians
do not always see it that way.
In fact, some of their agents
(like former BCB chairman
and general manager Calsey
Johnson) consider the parrot-
ing of official views as a gen-
erous demonstration of
impartiality.
But just because we have
elected a government does
not mean that like the


broadcaster will require strict
legislative guarantees of
autonomy. The station would
have to be operated by a gen-
uinely independent authori-
ty, with a cross-section of
community representation.
The right managers would
have to be found, and a mas-
sive firewall would be needed
to deter interfering politicos.
The governing board
would have to be appointed
in an open process with guar-
antees against dismissal and
rules on conflict of interest.


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Regulatory and licensing bod-
ies must also be independent.
And all this should be accom-
panied by a freedom of infor-
mation act to underline the
point that information is not
the property of the state.

T he question of
finance is key to this
whole issue, because true
independence is only possible
if funding is secure from arbi-
trary government control. In '
some countries public service
broadcasting is funded by a
tax or license fee. In others
by a grant voted annually in,;
parliament. And some broad-;"
casters gain a percentage of
their revenue from commer-'
cial sources.
In the Bahamas with a
total ad market of perhaps
$40 million split between
many outlets corporate !:
sponsors must be encouraged
to contribute to a restructured
ZNS, and not necessarily
through advertising. The only
way to do this is for ZNS to
achieve credibility as a source
of information.
That means true freedom
of expression and managerial,
journalistic, creative and pro-
gramming independence.

For purposes ofpublic dis-
closure, the author is an inde-
pendent director at the Broad-
casting Corporation. He
trained as a journalist and has
worked in newspapers and in
a government news bureau.
He currently operates a com-
munications agency and book
distributor.


What do you think?
Send comments to
larry@tribunemedia.net
Or visit
www.bahamapundit.com


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UN chief: food

production

must rise

50% by 2030
* ROME
WORLD food production
must rise by 50 percent by
2030 to meet increasing
demand, U.N. chief Ban Ki-
moon told world leaders
Tuesday at a summit grap-
pling with hunger and civil
unrest caused by food price
hikes, according to Associat-
ed Press.
The secretary-general
told the Rome summit that
nations must minimize
export restrictions and
import tariffs during the
food price crisis and quickly
resolve world trade talks.
"The world needs to pro-
duce more food," Ban said.
The Rome-based U.N.
Food and Agriculture Orga-
nization is hosting the three-
day summit to try to solve
the short-term emergency of
increased hunger caused by
soaring prices and to help
poor countries grow enough
food to feed their own.
In a message read to the
delegates, Pope Benedict
XVI said "hunger and mal-
nutrition are unacceptable
in a world which, in reality,
has sufficient production
levels, the resources, and
the know-how to put an end
to these tragedies and their
consequences."
The Pope told the world
leaders that millions of peo-
ple at threat in countries
with security-concerns were
looking to them for solu-
tions.
Ban said a U.N. task force
he set up to deal with the
crisis is recommending the
nations "improve vulnera-
ble people's access to food
and take immediate steps to
increase food availability in
their communities."
That means increasing
food aid, supplying small
farmers with seed and fertil-
izer in time for this year's
planting seasons, and reduc-
ing trade restrictions to help,
the free flow of agricultural
goods.


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MANY families living in
the Kemp Road area were
pleasantly surprised when
they received much'needed
furniture from executives of
the New South Ocean Devel-
opment Compary, led by
Roger Stein.
The company is currently
developing New South
Ocean, a $867-million resort
in the southwest of New
Providence.
Representing the New
South Ocean at the presen-
tation, Burton Rodgers said
Sthe development is delighted
to have assisted those who-
are in need.
"It is imperative that cor-
porate citizens do their part
to assist those people in the
community who are needy
and not just big charities.
"A lot of people are hurting
out there and we felt it was a
privilege to be in a position to
furnish the homes of those
who truly are in need. We will
continue to look at assisting
other families in the commu-
nity who are similarly in
need," he said.
Justice of the Peace Laura
Johnson-Taylor was on hand
to thank Mr Rodgers and the
New South Ocean Develop-
ment on behalf of the Kemp
Road families benefitting
from the donation. Mrs John-
son-Taylor is a member of the
Kemp Road Association and
also Executive Advisor for
the Kemp Road Community
Band.
"We are overwhelmed by
this show of corporate kind-
ness. I want to say a million
thanks to New South Ocean
for these donations and I am
so happy that the develop-
ment thought of us.
"We need more corporate
kindness to be shown in the
'.~!ELKitmp Road area ahd- Wcer'
S--tainly: encourage other -eor-


liture donation for




mp Road families


FAMILIES IN Kemp Road benefitted from the recent donations of furniture from the New South Ocean Development Company. At the back is
Burton Rodgers of the New South Ocean Development Company; at the right is Rosemary Jervis, donation recipient, and far right is Laura Tay-
lor, member of the Kemp Road Association and advisor to the Kemp Road Community Band. Ms Jervis' children, David, Donovan, Petra and
Peter are also pictured.
Peter are also pictured.


porate citizens to step up to
the plate and follow the
example of New South
Ocean," she said.
The company's donation
consists of bedroom sets, liv-
ing room sets, dining tables
and chairs, and ironing
boards among other items.
S'-Rosdtnary Jervis' and, her
eight children are among the


proud recipients of the furni-
ture.
"We are very grateful for
this kind gesture," said Ms
Jervis. "We are very thank-


ful to New South Ocean for
this gift. We truly appreciate
it."
The New South Ocean will
feature an ultra luxury hotel,-


a Greg Norman redesigned
golf course called "The Blue
Shark", a casino hotel, a
mega-yacht marina and a ten-
nis facility.


TEAM Predators and Team Ghost: German film cast and crew of "The Sea Wolf" took to the soccer field on
Sunday, June 1, for a friendly match against the Town and Country Predators women's team.



Movie cast and crew



on the ball against



Bahamian team


'Der Seewolf production

team take on Predators


GRAND BAHAMA On Sunday, June 1, the
German film production cast and crew of "Der
Seewolf (The Sea Wolf)" left the set at the
Bahamas Film Studios to participate in a friend-
ly soccer match against the Town and Country
Predators women's team at the Freeport Rugby
Football Club.
Now in their final days of filming, the soccer
game was an event for the group which allowed
them some time for fun and interaction with local
residents of the Bahamas.
Most of the Germans playing had not put their
foot to a ball in many years.
At one point the game was thought not possi-
ble, as the production could not afford to have an
injured actor.
However, the excitement of having a match
increased and the persistent dedication by a few of
the organising players made the game a reality.
Grand Bahama's Town and Country Predators
are currently training heavily for an upcoming
tournament in Turks and Caicos on June 12 and
saw the game as a great opportunity to play an all
men's team.
The players on the Predators team range from
as young as 12-years-old to women in their forties.
The game started with a T-shirt presentation,
made possible by the Ministry of Tourism, to the
German team "Ghost" named after the vessel in


their movie.
Team Predators put in the first goal, but later
Team Ghost, with the help of some local Freeport
Rugby Football Club players, dominated the game
and won.

Sportsmanship
Even young local Dean Bethel, 12, along with
his father Brad, who works in the special effects
department for the movie, was on the field play-
ing with the Germans. Great camaraderie and
sportsmanship was shown by the Predators, as
well as the visiting team. Many of the crew and
cast, including lead actress Petra Schmidt-Schaller,
came out to watch the game.
Afterward Team Ghost presented Team Preda-
tors with a "Ghost" trophy signed by the actors.
The girls team has been invited to come out to
the set this week.
Team Ghost unwound after the game with a dip
in the pool at the club and later enjoyed live
music, food and dance down at Tony Macaroni's
Conch Experience at Taino Beach.
The Sea Wolf is set to finish filming in the
Bahamas by June 5, and will continue in a studio
in Germany. The movie is a modern remake of
one of Jack London's most acclaimed novels.


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BTC gives $30,000 to sponsor







track and field championships


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net
With the
I A A F
World
Junior
Champi-
onships on the. horizon, the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations (BAAAs)
along with one of the country's
most philanthropic corporate
figures will ensure the best pos-
sible team is.chosen for one
the world's most prestigious
junior meets.
The BAAAs, in conjunction
with its platinum sponsor, the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC), will host the
2008 National Junior Track
and Field Championships,
June 20-21 at the Thomas A
Robinson Stadium.
The meet will serve as a pre-
cursor and trials for the 12th
IAAF World Junior Champi-
onships in Bydgoszcz, Poland,
July 8-13.
BTC has sponsored $30,000
towards the meet and has
recently proved to be one of
the leaders in corporate spon-
sorship.
In 2007, they gave over
$350,000 to youth and sports
activities, including a $120,000
donation to the CARIFTA
Track and Field and swim
teams, the largest single dona-
tion to CARIFTA in the his-
tory of the Bahamas.
BTC Executive Vice Presi-
dent, I Kirk Griffin, said the
company sees corporate spon-
sorship as a responsibility
because of the benefits all
Bahamians reap when the
teams achieve success.
"It is our corporate social
responsibility as the leading
telecommunications company
in the country to ensure that
these young people are pro-
vided with the opportunities
to show the world that we are a
nation to be reckoned with,"
he said.
"We wish the BAAAs great
success in the upcoming BTC
Junior Championships, and we
are certain that we will have
the best to represent the


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I KIRK GRIFFIN, executive vice president of BTC (center), presents the $30,000 sponsorship check for the upcoming National Junior Track and Field Championships to Mike Sands,
president of the BAAAs, and Alpheus "Hawk" Finlayson (left)...


Bahamas in Poland at the
World National Junior Cham-
pionships."
Griffin said the sponsorship
should help in some way to fur-
ther enhance the growth of


sports in the country and paci-
fy the pursuits of the athletes.
"We are confident that this
sponsorship will indeed go a
far way in keeping the
Bahamas on the map in the


international youth sporting
arena. Hundreds of young peo-
ple are aspiring to represent
the black," he said. "The
vigour, the drive, and the
vivacity of these athletes exem-


plifies their sincere pursuit for
excellence."
The Bahamas has won two
medals in the history of the
meet.
Eugene Greene won a


bronze in the triple jump
(16.16m) at the 1988 games in
Sudbury, Canada, and Shamar
Sands won silver in the 1lOmh
(13.67s) at the 2002 games in
Kingston, Jamaica.


A number of athletes have met qualifying standards


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net
WITH stringent international stan-
dards in place for qualification,
BAAA executives are confident that
the team fielded for the 12th IAAF
World Junior Championships will be
a competitive one.
A number of athletes have met
qualifying standards over the course
of the season with even more within
close reach of the standards.
The Bahamas has won two medals
in the history of the meet.
Eugene Greene won a bronze in
the triple jump (16.16m) at the 1988
games in Sudbury, Canada and
Shamar Sands won silver in the
llOmH (13.67s) at the 2002 games in
Kingston, Jamaica.
BAAA's President, Mike Sands,
said with the well known qualifica-
tion standards in place, it will alleviate
the confusion of a subjective selec-
tion committee.
"The IAAF sets its standards like
any IAAF competition, be it senior or
junior, the standard is set by the gov-
erning body so the process of selec-
tion is not as difficult for us as it is for
an event for Carifta where there.are
no standards and we use our discre-
tion to determine the competitive-
ness of the athletes," he said. "In the
case of the junior worlds, the stan-


dard is set, everyone is made aware of
it and the athlete must attain it in
order to participate."
Sands said that despite the layoff
in competition since CARIFTA and
the High School Nationals coaches
and athletes are expected to be well
prepared for the two day trials.
"I am satisfied that the coaches
understand the significance and there-
fore the training will reflect that when
the time comes," he said.
Sands said preliminary head coach-
ing selections have been completed
with further amendments to be made
in the future.
"The coaches selected at this stage
are David Charlton and Fritz Grant as
the CO-coaches," he said, "We will
make any additions as the needs
arise."
A plethora of Bahamian athletes
are in reach of qualification standards
in several events including the 100m,
200m, 400m, llOmH, 400mH, High
Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump.
Nejmii Burnside (400mH-52.81s),
Raymond Higgs (High Jump-2.16m),
Krystal Bodie (100mH-13.56s), Nevia
Smith (100m-11.70s, 200m-23.01s),
Shenequa Ferguson (100m-11.44s,
200m-23.21s), Warren Fraser (100m-
10.51s), Pedro Oliver (100m-10.57),
Jeffrey Gibson (400m-47.95s) are a
few of the athletes that have already
met qualifying standards throughout
their careers.











THE FRENCH OPEN





Nadal celebrates birthday in style


* PARIS
Rafael Nadal celebrated his
birthday in the perfect fashion
yesterday by recording a
record-breaking win and setting
up a French Open semi-final
meeting with Novak Djokovic.
Nadal, now 22, was utterly
dominant as he destroyed fel-
low Spaniard Nicolas Almagro
6-1 6-1 6-1 the most one-sided
quarter-final in the tournamen-
t's Open era history.
The three-time defending
champion has lost only 25
games in five rounds so far -
another record, this time for any
of the Grand Slam tournaments
- and remains a red-hot
favourite to add a fourth
Roland Garros crown to his CV
on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic
was made to work hard by
Ernests Gulbis but still won in
straight sets in book .his place
in the French Open semi-finals.
Third seed Djokovic was kept
on court for more than three
hours but came through a 7-5
7-6 (7/3) 7-5 winner on Court
Suzanne Lenglen.
According to the Associated
Press, Svetlana Kuznetsova
advanced to the French Open
quarterfinals for the third year
in a row Tuesday by completing
a'fourth-round victory over Vic-
toria Azarenka, 6-2, 6-3.
Kuznetsova's opponent
Wednesday will be Kaia
Kanepi, who became the first
Estonian to reach the quarter-
finals at a Grand Slam tourna-
ment by beating Petra Kvitova
6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Kanepi and Kuznetsova won
matches suspended Monday
because of darkness.
The No. 4-seeded Kuznetsova
hit 10 aces against the No. 16-
seeded Azarenka, a Belaruss-
ian who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Azarenka was 0-for-7 on break-
point chances, all in the first set.
Kuznetsova has lost only 19
games in four rounds, sweep-
ing every set.
"I just feel very comfortable
playing here and really focus on
myself," said the 22-year-old
Kuznetsova. "I feel like I
matured as the years go by; and
I'm just really enjoying myself
here."
The big-hitting Russian won
the 2004 U.S. Open and was
runner-up to Justine Henin at
Roland Garros in 2006.
Kanepi, ranked 49th, began
the tournament with a lifetime
Grand Slam record of 5-8. She
beat two seeded players No.
6 Anna Chakvetadze and No.
29 Anabel Medina Garrigues
- en route to the final eight.
"I have been believing in
myself that I can play top play-
ers for a long time," said the 22-
year-old Kanepi. "I was hoping


Defending champ crushes Nicolas Almagro


Third seed Djokovic defeats Ernests Gulbis


SPAIN'S RAFAEL NADAL serves the ball to Spain's Nicolas Almagro during their quarterfinal match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris
yesterday.

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SERBIA'S NOVAK DJOKOVIC
returns the ball to Latvia's Ernests
Gulbis during their quarterfinal
match of the French Open tennis
tournament, Tuesday June 3, 2008
at the Roland Garros stadium in
Paris.

off, because I think there will
be a lot," she said with a smile.
"I'm waiting for when I'm little
relaxed."
In the other women's quar-
terfinal H wednesday, No. 13-
seeded Dinara Safina will try to
build on her upset victory Mon-
day against top-ranked Maria
Sharapova. Safina overcame
deficits of 5-2 in the'second set
and 5-2 in the second tiebreak-
er to win 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Sharapova, stymied again at
the only major tournament she
has yet to win, lost the final four
games and 10 of the last 12
points. "It was all in her hands,"
Safina said. "Then suddenly it
changed."
Safina, the younger sister of
two-time Grand Slam champion
Marat Safin, received a con-


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SPAIN'S RAFAEL NADAL runs to return the ball to Spain's Nicolas Alma-
gro during their quarterfinal match at the French Open.


gratulatory text from her broth-
er and said she hopes to join
him as the winner of a major
title.
"A dream of all our family,"
she said. "Once we do this, we
can put the racket on the wall
and say we did everything we
could."
Safina will next play No. 7
Elena Dementieva, who won
another all-Russian matchup
against No. 11 Vera Zvonareva,
6-4,1-6, 6-2.
On the men's side, Fernando
Gonzalez has beaten Roger
Federer only once in 11 tries
entering their quarterfinal
match Wednesday but that
was in their most recent meet-
ing.
Gonzalez is 16-0 this year on
clay, although he withdrew


before the third round in Rome
because of a hamstring injury.
On Monday, he ended Robby
Ginepri's surprising run at
Roland Garros, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-1.
Ginepri was the last Ameri-
can in either singles draw.
Also advancing was No. 5
David Ferrer, who improved to
8-1 in five-set matches by beat-
ing No. 21 Radek Stepanek 4-6,
6-2,1-6, 6-3,6-3.
Ferrer's opponent Wednes-
day will be unseeded Gael
Monfils, the only French player
remaining.
He defeated No. 28 Ivan Lju-
bicic 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. In
women's play, No. 2 Ana
Ivanoyic met No. 10 Patty
Schnyder, and No. 3 Jelena
Jankovic faced unseeded Car-
la Suarez Navarro.


Federer

prepares

to face

Gonzalez

By STEVEN WINE
PARIS

On a Web site listing past
matches between Roger Fed-
erer and Fernando Gonzalez,
the latter wears a grin in an
accompanying photo, and no
wonder.
The last time they met,
Gonzalez finally won.
That makes the big-hitting
Chilean 1-10 against Feder-
er going into their quarterfi-
nal match Wednesday at the
French Open.
"For me it's an interesting
match, because last time we
played I lost," Federer said.
"I hope I can turn it around
again in my favor this time."
The No. 24-seeded Gonza-
lez won't catch Federer look-
ing ahead, but that would be
unlikely anyway with the
world's top-ranked player
only three wins from his first
Roland Garros title. On
Monday, Federer reached the
final eight for the 16th Grand
Slam in a row by beating
Julien Benneteau of France
6-4,7-5,7-5.
"I hope it's going to go my
way this time," Federer said.
"All in all, I'm very happy
with the way I'm playing."
He lost in the semifinals in
2005 and in the final in 2006
and 2007, each time to Rafael
Nadal. He's in the easier half
of the driw and could face
Nadal on Sunday:
"Obviously I'm the
favorite in this section, so I
hope I carinaKe thi&ig i to
the final," Federer said. "But
I'm not there yet, so I have to
be very careful with Gonza-
lez. ... He was born on clay,
more or less."
Gonzalez is 16-0 this year
on clay, although he with-
drew before the third round
in Rome because of a ham-
string injury. On Monday he
ended Robby Ginepri's sur-
prising run at Roland Gar-
ros, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-1.
Ginepri was the last Amer-
ican in either singles draw.
Gonzalez earned his break-
through victory over Federer
at the Tennis Masters Cup in
Shanghai last November.
They've met three times in
major events, with Federer
sweeping all nine sets, includ-
ing in the third round at the
French Open in 2005.
They happened to practice
together before this year's
tournament. "I don't have
really good record against
Roger," Gonzalez said. "But
we play many good matches
and I really enjoy it, because
after him there's nobody else.
He's No. 1, and you always
have, like, nothing to lose."
Gonzalez hits a big serve
and a variety of backhands
to.go with a forehand that
ranks among the game's best.
He tends to be erratic, but
when he's in top form he can
beat anyone, as he proved
against Federer in China.
"If I have a good day, with
the way I play, I know that I
can beat him," Gonzalez said.
"He's a player who usually
wins very quickly. When the
match is too long, I think he
doesn't really like this.
"That's why he's had so
many problems with Nadal.
Nadal puts pressure on him
*at each point, and he wants
the match to last."
Whether Gonzalez's incon-
sistent game is suited for five
sets against the world's top
player is debatable. The
Chilean's Grand Slam
resume is filled with early
round losses, although he did
earn a runner-up finish to
Federer at the 2007 Aus-
tralian Open.


"My .dream is to win one
Slam," Gonzalez said. "You
can change your history in
this kind of tournament."


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Pacman's playing,


TO's staying


By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer

IRVING, Texas (AP) No
matter how things play out,
June 2, 2008, goes down as a
big day for the Dallas Cow-
boys.
On the same afternoon, the
Cowboys found out that Pac-
man is playing and T.O. is stay-
ing.
First came the bolt from the
NFL: Not only was commis-
sioner Roger Goodell letting
suspended cornerback Adam
"Pacman" Jones join the team
for workouts, Jones also was
cleared to play in training
camp and preseason games -
everything but the regular sea-
son. The league said a decision
on that will come by Septem-
ber 1, six days before the Cow-
boys' opener.
Also Monday, the team
agreed to a three-year contract
extension with Terrell Owens
that's worth around $27 mil-
lion. It was confirmed to The
Associated Press by a person
close to negotiations who
asked to remain anonymous
because the deal hadn't been
announced.
Tuesday might be another'
big day. Jones likely will join
the team on the field and there
Might be a news conference -
about Owens' deal, but obvi-
ously Pacman's partial rein-
statement would be discussed,
too.
SLocking up Owens makes
sense because he's been so
I productive and so happy, at
least since Bill Parcells left
after the 2006 season. Owens
never publicly pouted about
Going into the final year of his
i initial contract with the Cow-
boys, and this agreement -
which pays him close to what
Randy Moss recently received


- should keep him smiling,
especially since it keeps him
employed through his 38th
birthday.
Owens maintained all off-
season that he wasn't worried
about his contract status, con-
fident team owner Jerry Jones
would take care of him.
Jerry Jones, meanwhile, has
spent weeks waiting to see
what Goodell would do about
Pacman.
The commissioner had been
indicating a July meeting
would be necessary before let-
ting Pacman go to training
camp, but apparently things
went pretty well when they
chatted two weeks ago in
Atlanta following the NFL
owners meetings.
It's also possible the com-
missioner is counting on the
Cowboys and their player
development staff to keep him
in check. The team helped
Tank Johnson return from a
similar suspension last season
and has successfully dealt with
other troubled players.
"Commissioner Goodell told
Jones that his continued par-
ticipation in the NFL depends
on demonstrating that he can


conduct himself in a lawful and
reliable manner," the league
wrote in a statement. "Jones
will be expected to continue
the personal conduct program
established for him by the NFL
and the Cowboys and to avoid
further adverse involvement
with law enforcement."
Jones was an elite corner-
back and kick returned in his
first two seasons with the Ten-
nessee Titans, but an accumu-
lation of arrests and legal prob-
lems,.including his connection
to a shooting at a Las Vegas
strip club, led to his suspen-
sion without pay on April 10,
2007.
More trouble followed,
including felony charges relat-
ed to the strip club shooting,
which left a bouncer paralyzed.
Recent revelations include
extortion payments made to
the alleged shooter, whom
Jones helped police appre-
hend, and a $20,000 debt
repaid to a Las Vegas casino
after a felony theft warrant was
threatened.
All told, he's been arrested
six times and has been
involved in 12 incidents requir-
ing police intervention since


English officials seeking support for


their bid to host 2018 World Cup


IN THIS 2006 file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens (81
end zone as Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones (32) breaks up


of an NFL football game...

being drafted.
The Cowboys traded draft
picks for Jones in April and
gave him a restructured con-
tract that minimizes their risk.
The trade includes contingency
plans if Jones never plays for
Dallas.
"This limited reinstatement
is a step in.the process," Jerry
Jones said.
"Adam is aware of the
things that need to be done in
order to take the next step."
Pacman Jones moved to
Dallas recently and already has
been hanging out with team-


mates and working out in the
area. He's also started bonding
with Johnson, both knowing
they are down to their last
chance with the NFL.
"The important thing is get-
ting him here and getting him'
acclimated," Johnson said. "I
have told him, 'You are a good
kid, we know you and we're
looking forward to having you
on the team and we're excited
about you proving everybody
wrong.'"
The Cowboys could use
another good cornerback, but
they're not hanging their hopes:


E

) can't hold on to a pass in the
the play in the second quarter


on Jones; having spent a first-
round pick on Michael Jenk-
ins. Jenkins and fellow first-
rounder Felix Jones also can
handle kick returns if Pacman
isn't around or even if he
is.
Basically, the team isn't get-
ting its hopes up, considering
Pacman's availability a bonus.
"If (Pacman) can come out
and help us here, great," said
linebacker Bradie James, the
defensive captain last season.
"But if he doesn't, we've got
enough guys to make it hap-
pen."


* By JACK BELL
c.2008 New York
Times News Service


IN the often politicized
world of soccer, England's
recent four-day visit to
Trinidad and Tobago to cele-
brate that-country's soccer cen-
tenary was, well, political.
Jack Warner, a special advis-
er to Trinidad's soccer federa-
tion, is also the top official in
the regional governing .body,
CONCACAF, and a member
of FIFA's powerful executive
committee.
He was clearly being wooed
by English officials, who are
seeking support for their bid
to host the 2018 World Cup.
Warner would be expected to
support regional bids from the
United States and Mexico, but
he told The Daily Telegraph
of London that "America will
not win" on the first ballot,
which would make his'vote
available on subsequent bal-
lots.
But beyond the festivities in
Port of Spain, where England
won Sunday, 3-0, Trinidad's
federation and Warner have
been involved in a dispute with
16 players from the 2006
World Cup team over how to
divide the tournament booty.
Last week, an arbitrator in
London ruled that the players
were entitled to half of the fed-
eration's profit, which is esti-
mated to be $28 million. A
hearing later this month will
decide who receives what.
"Not a single member of the,
team was even offered a ticket
to the game," Shaka. Hislop
said of the match with Eng-
land in a telephone interview
from Dallas. He was the goal-
keeper on the World Cup team
and is currently a soccer ana-
lyst for ESPN. Only one of the
players involved in the dispute,
Dwight Yorke, attended the
centenary celebration.
"Everyone can see it was
simply a way for England to
get on the good side of one of
FIFA's most powerful men,"
Hislop said.
After the arbitrator's ruling,
Hislop said, the players feel
"some relief and a lot of justi-
fication" in their feud with the
federation in Trinidad. "We
entered into an agreement, one
That Mr. Warner offered us,
for 50 per cent of the profits,"
he said. "This is our trade, this
is how we earn our living. It
i took a special group.t oplay-


.ers to take it to the court-
room."

THE BALL IS GREEN

ENGLISH Premier League
clubs had -ecord revenue of
more than $3 billion in 2006-7
and spent a record $1.9 billion
on player salaries, according
to the Annual Review of Foot-
ball Finance released last week
in London by Deloitte &
Touche.
"In revenue terms, the Eng-
lish Premier League is unri-
valed in world soccer, with the
revenues of its 20 clubs more
than $1.2 billion higher than
any other soccer league in
2006-7," said Dan Jones, a
partner in the Sports Business
Group at Deloitte.
In 2006-7, player salaries
rose 13 per cent and were pro-
jected to consume 63 per cent
of club revenue for the season
just completed.
The report found that Pre-
mier League clubs had total
revenue of more than $3 bil-
lion compared to the $6.5 bil-
lion made by NFL teams,
according to Forbes, over the
same period.
But because of less revenue
sharing, Real Madrid, Man-
chester United, Barcelona,
Chelsea and Arsenal each gen-
erated more money than the
Washington Redskins, the
most profitable NFL team
($312 million, according to
Forbes).
Part of the financial equa-
tion, in England and other
countries, is the recruitment of
skilled foreign players, which
can raise the fans' interest but
is said to have a negative
impact on national teams and
domestic player development.
To address the issue, FIFA
passed the so-called 6(PLUS)5
rule during a meeting last week
in Sydney, Australia, by a vote
of 155-5, with 40 abstentions.
The FIFA rule is counter to
European Union law and is
expected to be challenged. The
plan would mandate that
teams field at least six domes-
tic players and be limited to
five foreigners. It would also
severely limit opportunities for
Americans, among others, and
perhaps coax them to stay in
Major League Soccer.

NOTES

In South America, Flumi-
nense of Brazil and LDU


Quito of Ecuador seem to be
headed for the final of the Lib-
ertadores Cup, the continent's
top club tournament.
Fluminense plays host to
Boca Juniors of Argentina on
Wednesday after last week's
2-2 draw in Buenos Aires.
LDU played America to a
1-1 stalemate last week in
Mexico City; the teams meet
again Tuesday in Quito. LDU
is trying to become the first
Ecuadorean team to reach the
final. -- The Houston
Dynamo, winner of the last
two MLS Cup titles, will visit
the White House on Thursday,
the day after a game against
D.C. United.
The Major Indoor Soccer
League announced Monday
that it had ceased operations as
of Saturday.
In Italy, Jose Mourinho
received a three-year contract
Monday as coach of Inter
Milan.
. He will replace Roberto
Mancini, who was dismissed
last week after he and the club
won a third straight title iin
Serie A. The Italian sports dai-
ly La Gazzetta dello Sport said
that Mourinho would make
about $13.9 million (9 million
euros) a year. Mourinho, 45,
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taking the club to Premier
League titles in 2005 and 2006.
Also on Monday, Manchester
City fired its coach, Sven-
Goran Eriksson, after one sea-
son. Eriksson, a Swede, has
been mentioned as a possible
successor to Hugo Sanchez as
coach of the Mexican national
team.
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onship starts Saturday, and
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tion on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC,
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UEFA's Web site,
Euro2008.com, started its
video service on Monday,Sirius
Satellite Radio will broadcast
all 31 games in English and
Spanish on Channels 121, 125
and 181 (Spanish).
The Soccer for Peace Cup,
which raises money to support
a soccer camp for Arab and
Jewish youngsters in Israel, will
host its fourth five-a-side tour-
nament June 21 at Chelsea
Piers in Manhattan. Individuals
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NBA FINALS COUNMD :


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into a rich vein of history


SAN ANTONIO SPURS
guard Tony Parker,
left, of France, puts up
a shot as Los Angeles
Lakers forward Luke
Walton defends dur-
ing the first half of
Game 5 of the NBA
Western Conference
basketball finals,
Thursday, May 29,
2008 in Los Angeles.


* By BILLY WITZ
EL SEGUNDO,
CALIFORNIA


Luke Walton and his three brothers
might have grown up in San Diego,
but when it came to basketball, their,
father ensured they were raised under
the church of shamrock, according to
the New York Times News Service.
They were to supplicate before the
vision of Larry Bird, they believed in
the gospel of Johnny Most, and when
they heard the word parquet, they did
not think it was butter, but the Boston
Garden floor.
"We were raised believing the
Celtics were the greatest, just like he
raised us thinking about Jerry Garcia
and the Grateful Dead,", Walton, the,
Lakers reserve, said of his father Bill,
the former Celtics sixth man and noted
redhead Deadhead. "That's all I ever
heard growing up."
When Luke Walton was asked if it
seemed like a cult, he smiled.
"What, our childhood?" Walton said
Monday. "Yeah, a little bit."
The Celtics and the Lakers renew
their rivalry on Thursday with the start
of the NBA finals, the 11th time they
have met for the championship but the
first time since 1987. It has been so
long that for many Lakers, the days
leading up to the series have been a


Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton dives
players Tony Parker of France, left, and Damon
second half in Game 2 of the NBA Western Co
23, 2008 in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 101
history lesson. There have been inces-
sant highlights of the assistant coach
Kurt Rambis, then a Lakers forward,
being clotheslined by Kevin McHale, a
play that proved a turning point in the
Celtics' series victory in 1984. A year
later, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, now a
special assistant coach, sank the game-


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after a loose ball as San Antonio Spurs'
SStoudamire, right, move in during the
nference basketball finals, Friday, May
1-71.
winning skyhook that gave Los Ange-
les its first-ever finals win over Boston.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson plans to
address the series history with his team,
which will leave for Boston after prac-
tice Tuesday.
If most of that education is viewed
through a purple-and-gold prism, two


members of the Lakers can at least
give the alternative view Walton
and the assistant coach Brian Shaw,
who was drafted by Boston and played
three seasons as the Bird-Parrish-
McHale era was winding down.
Those were the days when there was
still a Celtic mystique.
"There was a sense that when teams
came into the Garden, they were.
already defeated once they walked in
the building," Shaw said. "There was a
distinct home-court advantage."
Shaw remembered a playoff game
against Detroit in 1991, when the Pis-
tons had rallied to take the lead late in
the third quarter of Game 2 of the
Eastern Conference semifinals in
Boston. All of a sudden, a pigeon
emerged from the. rafters and landed
on the court. Time was called and the
referee shooed it away. A moment lat-
er, the bird returned. It landed at the
other end of the court, prompting
another stoppage.
"The crowd started chanting: 'Larry!
Larry!"' Shaw said. "The momentum
swung back in our favor and we ended
up winning the game."
If everyone viewed things.like this as
the luck of the Celtics, their fans
viewed it as natural consequences.
Walton said his father always preached
about how the Celtics played the game
the right way, and brought his kids all


(AP Photo/
Mark J. Terrill)
types of videotapes to prove it. "He
has a very loyal personality and to the
things.he believes in, he preaches it
pretty strongly," Luke Walton said.
"We always kind of laughed because
he goes over the top with a lot of it. He
normally makes pretty good points,
then he adds a little extra onto his sto-
ries at the end."
Last summer, Kobe Bryant and Paul
Pierce played pick-up games against
each other at UCLA. Between games,
the two stars unhappy with the play-
ers surrounding them in Los Angeles
and Boston -joked about which one
of them would be traded first. Such an
exchange would have been hard to
imagine for Jackson, who was a par-
ticipant in the Knicks-Celtics rivalry
of the late '60s and early '70s.
"Many of the players became friends
after their playing days were over,"
Jackson said. "The way the organiza-
tion treated people is where the dis-
like was. Red Auerbach always had
something up his sleeve, so you always
knew you were going to face some
shenanigans or something when you
went there. You could never shoot on
their court. There are all kinds of situ-
ations that wouldn't conform to the
kind of attitude that'you have in this
day and age, which is more congenial
and more cooperative."
At least until the first bird lands.


HOCKEY: STANLEY CUP



Penguins stay alive with




triple overtime victory
p


* By IRA PODELL
DETROIT
The pizza was perfect for Petr
Sykora and the Pittsburgh Pen-
guins.
Deep in overtime and the
season hanging in the balance,
Sykora scored a power-play
goal 9:57 into the third extra
session to give the Penguins a 4-
3 victory over the Detroit Red
Wings on Monday night and
send the Stanley Cup finals
back to the Steel City for Game
6, reports the Associated Press.
"We basically just had to
keep the fluids going, get some
food in you," Sykora said. "We
had some pizza coming. We had
some power bars and stuff like
that."
Asked if the pizza was Little
Caesar's, the company found-
ed by Red Wings owner Mike
Hitch, Sykora flashed a smile.
"Domino's," he said.
That delivery was right on
time, but none of would have
been possible without Maxime
Talbot's goal with 34.3 seconds
left in regulation that brought
Pittsburgh into a 3-3 tie.
Undaunted with the Stanley
Cup inside Joe Louis Arena,
the Penguins kept the trophy
out of the hands of the Red
Wings for at least a few days.
The series resumes in Pittsburgh
on Wednesday night.
Another win there, and it will
be back to Detroit for Game 7
on Saturday.
"If we can come up with the


win, it's going to be a lot of
pressure on them," Sykora said.
"But you just worry about the
game on Wednesday, and hope-
fully we can get it."
With Jiri Hudler serving a 4-
minute penalty for high-stick-
ing Rob Scuderi and causing a
cut, Sykora wound up in the
right circle and ripped a drive
past Chris Osgood to end the
marathon that lasted 41/2 hours
and ended at 12:46 a.m.
"I was just praying for
blood," Scuderi said.
Overtime heroics are noth-
ing new for Sykora, who end-
ed the fourth-longest NHL
playoff game in a fifth extra ses-
sion on April 24, 2003, during
Anaheim's run to the Stanley
Cup finals. That team was
coached by current Detroit
bench boss Mike Babcock.
"We have a great thing going
right now. We just wanted to
win this game," Sykora said.
"We didn't really look ahead.
Now we're going back home.
We've got nothing to lose. We
know what we have to do and
hopefully we can bring it back
here to Detroit."
The Red Wings, who fell to 9-
2 at home in the postseason,
gave the Penguins their first loss
in Pittsburgh on Saturday in
Game 4 to set up their champi-
onship chances.
Early on, a Penguins' win in
this one seemed likely after they
scored twice in the first period
and carried a 2-1 lead into the
third. However, the Red Wings.


tied it on Pavel Datsyuk's pow-
er-play goal at 6:43 and went
ahead for the first time 2:40 lat-
er when Brian Rafalski scored.
The party was on in the final
minute. Penguins goalie Marc-
Andre Fleury was on the bench,
the Pittsburgh net was empty
and the seconds ticked down
toward Detroit's fourth Stanley
Cup championship in 11 sea-
sons. Talbot put the fans.back
into their seats when he saved
the Penguins' season with a sec-
ond whack of the puck at the
left post in the final minute of
regulation. Fleury kept them
alive with a brilliant 55-save
effort, including 24 in overtime.
Now, the treasured trophy
will go back into its crate and
head to Pennsylvania where the
Red Wings will have another
shot at their 11th title in fran-
chise history. "You were that
close, and then, 'Oh, tough,"'
Babcock said. "I think it's nat-
ural to feel bad for us for a bit,
and feel bad for yourself. But
it's the Stanley Cup playoffs.
It's not supposed to be easy."
Sykora's goal ended the fifth-
longest game in Stanley Cup
finals history. The second assist
went to defenseman Sergei
Gonchar, who missed the first
two overtime periods after
crashing headfirst into the end
boards in the second period.
Gonchar took the ice to help
Pittsburgh's struggling power
play. "The game was so long. I
wanted to help our guys," Gon-
char said. "I started feeling bet-


ter at the end of the second
overtime, so I thought there was
a chance. Anyway I could help,
I had to come back, so the goal
was wait until the power play.
They put me on the ice for the
power play and we scored."
That unit finally clicked on
its fifth chance including
three in overtime after con-
verting only twice in 17 chances
during the first four games.
Road teams have won 10 of
the past 12 overtime games in
the finals and are 15-4 since
1990. Marian Hossa and Adam
Hall put the Penguins in that
position by scoring 6:04 apart
in the first.
Darren Helm cut Detroit's
deficit in half in the second, and
the raucous home crowd was
primed to carry the Red Wings
home in the third. Datsyuk
struck for the tying goal 22 sec-
onds after Tyler Kennedy went
off for hooking, the Red Wings'
first power-play goal in four
chances on the night.
By then, the chants of "We
Want the Cup" filled the old
rink. Penguins coach Michel
Therrien called his timeout with
11:41 remaining, but it would
have been helpful just 1:04 later
when Rafalski put the Penguins
on the brink of elimination.
Johan Franzen sent a pass out
front to Rafalski, who skated in
from the right point and ripped
a drive through a crowd in the
crease and into the net. It was
Rafalski's third goal of the play-
offs.


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS defenseman Ryan Whitney celebrates after
teammate Petr Sykora (17), of the Czech Republic, scored the winning goal
during the third overtime period in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals
against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Tuesday, June 3, 2008. The Pen-
guins defeated the Red Wings 4-3.
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ,


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Police in schools

could be tie

defining issue in

BUT election
FROM page one

schools, which is also the
position of government.
The policy of having
police in schools was in
place from 2004 a year
before the current leader-
ship of the BUT came to
power said Mrs Wilson,
who noted that the previ-
ous executive team that
headed the union agreed
to this with the former
government.
"Which means that if
governments are continu-
ous and we came in 2005
and we did not say at that
point no we don't want
them, then to me, govern-
ment, being continuous,
plus us being silent, says
that is was the BUT's
position," she said.
Union president Mrs
Poitier-Turnquest also
appointed a member to sit
on the school policing
committee, Mrs Wilson
pointed out.
"So I'm still astonished
and puzzled to date as to
when the position of
school policing for the
BUT changed," she said.
"Because I'm not aware of
any change."
Mrs Wilson explained
that her position is based
on consultation with
teachers. She added that
although Mrs Poitier-
Turnquest has expressed
her view on the issue, as
secretary general of the
union, she has no official
record that the union's
executive committee voted
and formed a position on
the issue. Mrs Wilson also
said that she was blocked
by the union president
from circulating a survey
that would have solicited
the official position of
teachers on this question.
Regarding other issues,
Mrs Wilson said that if
elected she would work
towards resolving out- ''"
standing issues for teach-
ers regarding salaries,
rents, allowaiice';, gratu-
ities and receiving confir-
mation letters.
A teacher's service com-
missionf, overseeing the
concerns of teachers,
rather than the public ser-
vice commnasijon,.i alo-a
needed innovation in the
Bahamian system,
remarked Mrs Wilson.
Such a body has existed in
Guyana for more than 20
years now, and is working
well, she said.
"So definitely the
human resource matters
for teachers need to be
addressed almost immedi-
ately," she said.
Teachers signed their
first collective bargaining
agreement with govern-
ment in 2006, explained
Mrs Wilsoh, and it is now
necessary for the union to
begin gathering data from
members in the next few
months to begin prepara-
ti6ns for the next contract.
The current agreement
expires June 30, 2010.
Subsidized medical
insurance, risk insurance
and the proper set-up of a
sabbatical system for
teachers are some of the
other initiatives, Mrs Wil-
son said she wants to come
about in addition to the
establishment of a medical
review board for teachers.
Teachers who have
achieved above average
rating are entitled to a one
year sabbatical.
Provisions to continue
discussions on the issue of
medical insurance is in the
current agreement the
teachers have with govern-
ment; as is the sabbatical
system.
However, regarding the
sabbatical system, it is
now necessary, she said, to
create a committee to
establish criteria for this


to be implemented.
Mrs Wilson also said
that she would like to
establish a contributory
pension plan for teachers
- outside of the civil ser-
vice pensions by January
2009, if she is elected. The
union will pay a portion of
the pension in such a sys-
tem.
Frances Friend, Byron
Small, Ida Poitier-Turn-
quest and Mrs Wilson are
running for the top post at
the BUT.


Pioneer Shipping





'could face legal action'


FROM page one

yesterday.
Mr Ferguson sent a letter to the
assistant to the president of the
company, Arthur Thompson, on
May 29 and pledged that if they did
not respond within five days he
would follow through on his
promise to file a writ seeking judg-
ment against the company for
allegedly "terminating those fifty
workers unlawfully."
"I will pursue it, I am committed
to that. Because I strongly believe it
is wrong. And I think it's not the
way to run a country," said Mr Fer-
guson.
Mr Ferguson said that when he
wrote the letter to the company's
president last week he was repre-
senting 18 of its former employees,
but that number is now set to grow.
as more have since approached him.
Meanwhile, the five days response
period expired on Monday.
Mr Ferguson, also president of
the Trade Union Congress, yester-
day lamented the situation which
former Pioneer workers, many hav-
ing spent over 20 years with the
company, have found themselves
in.
"After 25 years in this country,
that company walked out of here


on a Friday, and didn't pay those
workers one week's pay. For 25
years of employment!"
He said that the age of some of
the workers, combined with the fact
that not all possess qualifications
other than their on-the-job experi-
ence, means that they do not
have the "flexibility" to easily find
alternative employment at this
stage.

Critical
Meanwhile, some have been
forced into an even more critical
position, having lost their much-
needed medical coverage without
warning.
"There's a lady who's been their
for 27 years. She got diabetes. Oth-
ei chronic illnesses... but she had
insurance. So what happened? The
guy cancelled the insurance on the
last day, that Friday. So how is she
supposed to get medical assistance?
Shouldn't he call that woman in
about three months or so and say
'Look, we are going to close. Why
don't you try to renegotiate with
another insurance carrier to see if
you can carry the deal'? The woman
has no money," he said.
Mr Ferguson suggested that what
businesses should do is put a cer-


tain amount of money in an account
per employee, per week, ready to
be handed out as compensation
"when they go belly-up."
"If I had known before I would've
made anapplication to court to
restrain a certain amount of money
in this country until those
workers could be dealt," said Mr
Ferguson.
However, he added that he would
be working with lawyers in the
United States to ascertain
whether the company has any assets
abroad.
Last week Pioneer Shipping
employees said that they were pre-
sented a' letter signed by Mr
Thompson which stated that they
were owed two weeks salary, two
weeks vacation pay, and two weeks
pay for every year of service.
However, the letter is not legally
binding and makes no commitment
to when the money will be paid,
staff maintained.
Employees said that they were
told payments would begin when
the company's dockyard and other
properties on Bay Street are sold.
Pioneer is set to be taken over by
a partnership of Miami-based com-
pany Laser International Freight
Transport and the Nassau-based
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Watersports operators could

sue the Port Authority


FROM page one

er to deny the Bahamian work-
ers, .who are trying to earn a
legitimate living, the right to
work," Mr Ferguson claimed.
However, Mr Rolle said yes-
terday that he had no "axe to
grind" against the operators. He
said he is only holding them to
the terms of an agreement they.
themselves hashed out with the
owner of a local private island
who had indicated a willingness
to let them relocate their opera-
tions there under certain condi-
tions.
He said the Port Authority can.
only license watersports busi-
nesses to operate on the water-
front of properties with the perr-
mission of those who own the
properties.
Mr Rolle claimed the island
owner said he would allow the
watercraft to be run from his
island only on the condition that
their owners form a legally incor-
porated association.
Though the group are calling
themselves an association, he
says they have not taken the' nec-
essary legal Steps to confirm this,
therefore the Port Authority
cannot license them.
Despite this, Mr Moss claimed


that he has done all he can rea-
sonably be asked to do to solve
the problem.
"From January we attended
every meeting up.to this date and
we were turned around. He
requested documents after doc-
uments everytime we returned
with documents he found some-
thing else to deter us....We have
begged and pleaded and he just
refused," .
Mr Moss said that every mem-
ber of the Association is now
bdin'g affected by what he
alleged was Mr Rolle's "obstruc-
tionism", while they face over-
due mortgage and rent pay-
ments.
"We are pleading to the gov-
ernment to have the problem
Resolved speedily. We are deal-
ing with only a six to eight month
business. We-missed January to
June. The peak season Spring
Break we missed that. We
have families and obligations,
and where are we going to
turn?" he asked.'
Mr Ferguson said he would
soon seek a meeting with the
Minister of Maritime Affairs and
Labour to discuss the matter.
"I am reasonably satisfied that
(the operators) will be given
relief when the facts are known,"
added the labour lawyer.


FROM page one

Communist countries and other repres-
sive regimes around the world."
"In a national election the boundaries
are changed after a commission is
appointed and a report is prepared at
least six months prior to a general elec-
Stion,"' he said. "However; the public
-notices are not yet posted at the time of
the press release at polling division num-
bers seven and 15 notifying the changes.
"The people of Exuma want the min-
ister to give the reason why and when
he has ordered the change to the bound-
aries in polling divisions seven and 15;
and why he did not order the same
change in polling division 11 and 14.
Does the minister believe that reason is
the enemy of democracy?" Mr Armbris-
ter asked.
Mr Armbrister said this was the reason
the people of Exuma wanted the
Bahamas to be aware, of the blatant
"politicization" of the local government
process.
"The people of Exuma are' aware of
the fact that the minister has the right
to change the boundaries. However, we
believe that it is an abuse and it is uncon-
stitutional to change the boundaries with-
out notice or late notice.
"The local authorities are claiming that


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they cannot do anything about it. Who
will protect the rights of the peasant in
the still colonial mentality of governance
in the 21st century? We can cite other
instances when the local boards have
made decisions and the applicant stated
that notwithstanding the board's deci-
sion he would be in a minister's office
the next day and would get his license. It
is safe to say that the license was granted
over the objection of the board," he
said.
It is for this reason, he said, that the
development of Exuma and its progress
will continue to be disadvantaged for
locals as long as Bahamians continue to
see things through "political lenses."
Similarly in Bimini, sources have com-
plained about a lack of transparency in
which local elections are "seeming to be
held."
"These people want to break the law
by eliminating polling stations and ensure
who they want to win, wins. This is a
threat to our democracy," the source
claimed.
Also persons who are holding contracts
with government are reportedly not eli-
gible to run for local government; this
however is not being followed in Bimini
- the source pointed out.
Calls to Local Government Minister
Sidney Collie were not returned up to
press time last night.


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Lyford Cay International


School honours the


2008 graduating class

EIGHT students became "momentous occasion for our on and to take on whatever
only the third ever graduating seniors and a great accom- challenges come next in our
class from Lyford Cay Interna- plishment for the entire lives.
tional School (LCIS) last week. school." "We have learnt the mean-
The International Baccalau- "The graduation ceremony ing of internationalism, to be
reate students were honored at signifies the latest achievement risk-takers, to be principled,
a graduation ceremony held at in the development of the and to be caring," she said.
the British Colonial Hilton school which has progressed Shaunda, along with three
hotel where Minister of Edu- extensively over the last five other students, is a candidate
cation, Youth, Sports and Cul- years," he noted. for the prestigious Internation-
ture Carl Bethel was the spe- William Schlei, head of the al Baccalaureate Diploma.
cial guest speaker. Secondary School, introduced The Salutatorian's presented
The.minister, an IB diploma the students during the cere- on the night were Donald
graduate himself, congratulated mony. MacKinnon and Natascha
all the students and in hjs Vazquez.
speech to the students he said: Students Natascha, along with Jordan
"The principles of internation- Kemp and Fritz Stubbs have
al understanding, mutual "At eight students, they are been students at LCIS for 14
respect, tolerance and exposure small in number, but it is wor- years, joining the school in
to other cultures fostered by thy of note that there are three nursery.
the International Baccalaure- among them who are 'lifers', The Jenny Guy Community
ate curriculum, and your own and have gone to LCIS since Service award was presentedito
experiences in your multicul- nursery school. Another is graduate Zearier Munroe for
tural school, I am sure will close, having arrived in 2nd her commitment to the creative
equip each of you well to play grade. Four are Bahamians and action service requirement of
meaningful roles in helping our another has lived here nearly the IB programme.
country adapt to change and all her life. Zearier earned the award for
avoid the vicious ethnic strife "The senior class should not her caring and empathetic wolik
which has torn apart so many be measured by their numbers, with the elderly in Sandilands
other societies from the Balka- however, but as Martin Luther Geriatric ward.
ns to Africa." "Graduates, the King put it, by the quality of The other graduates include
most constructive advice I can their character," he said. Courtney Bobbitt, an Ameri-
give you for the future is to LCIS Valedictorian Shaun- can who has been a student.at
continue to be focused, rely on da Blyden noted that her class LCIS for four years, and Bran-
what you have been taught and is only the third ever graduating don Sims, a student at LCIS for
foster the values instilled in you class to come out of the Lyford three years;
from your parents and teach- Cay School. Lyford Cay International
ers and continue to make your "We have received a first rate School is the only school in the
mark on the world," he said. education thanks to our par- Caribbean offering the full
Principal Dr Paul Lieblich ents, administration and teach- range of International Bac-
described the event as a ers. We are prepared to move calaureate programmles.



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CHINESE police dragged away more than
100 parents Tuesday while they were protesting
the deaths of their children in poorly construct-
ed schools that collapsed in last month's earth-
quake, according to Associated Press.
The parents, many holding pictures of their
children, were pulled down the street away from
a courthouse in Dujiangyan, a resort city north-
west of the Sichuan provincial capital of Cheng-
du.
"Why?" some of them yelled. "Tell us some-
thing," they said as black-suited police wearing
riot helmets yanked at them.
The parents had been kneeling in front of the
courthouse yelling, "We want to sue." Their
children attended a high school in Juyuan, near
Dujiangyan, where 270 students died.
The Southern Metropolis News quoted a res-
cuer as saying that rubble from the school
showed that no steel reinforcing bars had been
used in construction, only iron wire.
The government says the May 12 earthquake
destroyed 7,000 classrooms. Many parents have
accused contractors of cutting corners when
building the classrooms, resulting in schools that
could not withstand the 7.9-magnitude quake.
Pictures of .collapsed schools surrounded by
buildings still standing have fueled anger.
An Associated Press reporter and two pho-
tographers covering the protest were dragged
by the arms up the steps into the courthouse by
police trying to prevent them from seeing the
demonstration. They were held inside, along
with two Japanese reporters, and questioned
for a half-hour before being let go, after the
protesters had been moved away.
Calls to local police were not answered Tues-
day.
Asked why reporters were removed from the
courthouse, an official from the foreign affairs
office of the local government, Zao Ming, said
"this is not a good place to do interviews. ... In a
disaster like this, there will be a lot of opinions.
The government will solve their problems."
There were several Japanese reporters at the
courthouse. One witness said the police told the
parents "the Japanese are reporting bad things
about you." The witness asked not to be identi-
fied for fear of reprisals by authorities.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said
Tuesday that the government had been unusu-
ally open about allowing journalists to report
on the earthquake and its aftermath. He told a


CHINESE POLICE officers take away parents who
lost children to the May 12 quake and kneeled out-
side the court house in Dujiangyan, southwestern
China's Sichuan province, Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
Chinese police dragged away more than 100 par-
ents Tuesday while they were protesting the deaths
of their children in poorly constructed schools that
collapsed in last month's earthquake.
news conference in Beijing that the "principle of,
transparency and openness remains unchanged."
He said local authorities were making deci-
sions based on the conditions in the disaster
zone, though "they are not trying to block any
news or to make difficulties for the reporters.'
The protest happened while Chinese leader Li
Changchun, the country's fifth-ranked ruler, was
touring other parts of the city. The official Xin-
hua News Agency said Li was checking heritage
sites damaged in the earthquake.
The confirmed death toll for China's worst,
disaster in three decades was raised Tuesday to
69,107, an increase of about 90 people from a day
earlier, and 18,230 people are still missing, tlh
State Council said. The quake also left 5 million
people homeless.
Meanwhile, the official Xinhua News Agency
said that authorities have delayed'for two days
an attempt to divert water from a huge lake
formed when the quake sent landslides tum-
bling into a river in Beichuan in northern
Sichuan.


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iu By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


FAMILY
Guardian, the"
BISX-listed
life and health
insurer, yes-
terday said it
planned to
launch three
new insurance
products in its
Home Service
division
before month's end, its presi-
dent telling The Tribune that it
also hoped to.unveil its Credi-
tor Life product "imminently".
Patricia Hermanns said the
company was only awaiting
final approval from the regu-
lators before launching its
Creditor Life product, which
will be targeted at institutional
clients on the ordinary life side.
SExplaining that Creditor
Life was targeted at "persons
and institutions who provide

SEE page 4B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
INVESTORS in a former $48 million
Bahamas-based investment fund are
unlikely to recover much of their invest-
ment, the joint liquidators have warned,
its available assets having been wiped
out by $16 million in losses incurred dur-
ing 2007.
A report by Canadian accountant Jean
Robillard, who together with Bahami-
an accountant, Maria Ferrere, of FT
Consulting, is acting as joint liquidator of
the Bahamas-domiciled Ivest Fund Ltd,
painted a grim picture for investors in his
latest report, which may gave this juris-
diction another 'black eye' when it comes
to its investment funds industry and reg-
ulation.
In his report, a copy of which has been
obtained by The Tribune, Mr Robillard
said it was "currently difficult for the
joint liquidators to hope to recover size-
able amounts" for investors in Ivest Fund
and its affiliated funds.
Currently, the joint provisional liq-
uidators have only recovered $800,000
from Ivest $100,000 from the Nassau-


.'Difficult for the joint liquidators to hope to recover sizeable

amounts', having found just $800,000 from Ivest Fund


based branch of Banque BNP Paribas,
and $700,000 from a US brokerage.
Ivest, founded in 1998 as New Horizon
Fund Ltd, was said to have some $27
million in cash according to its last finan-
cial statements, while another $22 million
some 40 per cent of assets was-invest-
ed in an affiliated fund, Cayman-based
Focus.
Both were connected to Montreal-
based broker Triglobal Capital Man-
agement, the main broker feeding the
Ivest Fund, with an affiliate company,
PNB Management, managing both
'funds.
The joint liquidator's report found that
PNB received $50,000 per month from a
Bahamian company, Universal Perspec-
tive Fund, which also managed Ivest.
Mr Robillard alleged: "Moreover, Uni-
versal Perspective Fund received sub-
stantial amounts from Ivest and Focus -
more than $3 million between 2005 and
2007 from Ivest, and more than $800,000


from Focus in 2004."
According to the report, Ivest had $51
million in total assets as at year-end 2005,
including $1.8 million in loans to related
companies.
However, the auditor's report for the
2005 financial warned that Ivest's invest-
ment in Focus could not be properly:ver-i'
ified because no financial statements had
been produced for the Cayman fund. ,
"As at September 30,2007, according
to the share register provided by Gene-
sis Fund Services [the Bahamian fund
administrator for Ivest who previously,
resigned], Ivest had more than 101 share
holders who had invested $47.7 million,"
Mr Robillard said, adding that he had
been able to confirm some $39 million of
these investments, with in estors ha*-
ing put in between $40,000 to $10 million'
each.
Investments in Ivest had increased by
$30 million between 2003-2007, Mr
Robaillard alleged. He said efforts to


recover two $250,000 loans made by the
fund to two companies, Capricorn and
Rockwell, the latter domiciled in the
Bahamas, were, being hindered by the
failure to contact any of these entities'
officers.
SIn addition, while Ivest had invested
$21.7 million in shares and options
* through a US broker, enjoying some suc-
cess in 2005 with a $7.3 million profit, the
fund'S account balance had been virtually
Swiped out in 2007 by a $16.1 million loss
res'ultiig from "aggressive positions on
Futures contracts".
Another $14.5 million had been.taken
out of Ivest to Focus's benefit. The
'Bahamian fund invested more than $30
million in its Cayman counterpart over a
four-year period between 2003-2007,
according to the report.
"Some Focus assets were apparently
sold to Revest, a company whose head
office is in the Bahamas," Mr Robail-
lard said.


European data rating Bahamas Waste: Price rise likely due


would be 'big boost'


to 40-50 per cent fuel, steel spike


m.By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE Data Protection Com-
missioner is hoping the Euro-
pean Commission will ulti-
mately approve the Bahamas
as an acceptable 'third party'
nation that can receive and
transmit transborder data
flpws, a designation that would
enhance its competitiveness
in attracting data services
providers.
In his office's 2007 annual
report, George E Rodgers
said achieving this designation
will be one of his office's objec-
tives, although it may be a
lengthy process


"As a new data production,
regime, one of our new objec-
tives is to examine the special
procedure for the European
Commission to designate third
countries as either satisfying
or not satisfying the EU ade-
quacy test for transborder data
flow," Mr Rodgers said.
"Such an examination will
be with a view to determine
those initiatives that would
enhance the Bahamas' attrac-
tiveness as a preferred juris-
diction for locating data ser-
vices industries."
Mr Rodgers told Tribune
Business yesterday that the
examination process was like-

SEE page 8B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS Waste, the
BISX-listed waste collection
services provider, yesterday
told Th_ Tribunc lthat _Jespiic
"trying to hold the line" it
would inev itably have to pass
on some operating cost
increases in the form of higher
consumer prices, its fuel and
steel costs having risen by 40-
50 per cent in the last four
months.
Francisco de Cardenas,
Bahamas Waste's managing
director, speaking in the wake
of the company's 2008 first
quarter results announcement,
which saw a 42.8 per cent drop
in net income to $228,469,


earnings per share (EPS) hav-
ing to $0.05 from $0.10 a year.
ago, said he was focused on
controlling costs while waiting
for major investment projects
to come on stream and drive
r~Yenues.,.
"Although our expenses
have dropped some, the
increases in our fuel and steel
prices are huge," Mr de Car-
denas told The Tribune.
Estimating that they might
have doubled, or increased by
100 per cent, year-over-year,
he added: "If I were to take
an intelligent guess, over the
last four months, our fuel and
steel costs have gone up 40-50
per cent.
"Right now, we're just look-
ing at controlling costs..... It


would be nice for our operat-
ing costs to settle down a bit.
The major increases are when
I buy a container, when I buy
fuel and when I buy tyres. All
of them have gone through the
roof.
"We're trying to hold the
line on keeping costs down and
not increasing prices, but at
some point we will have to pass
these costs on to the cus-
tomer."
Mr de Cardenas added that
the last time Bahamas Waste
had increased its rates was -
about two-and-a-half years
ago.
The BISX-listed'firm was up

SEE page 4B


Cable to add direct New

Providence-US fibre

optic network link


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CABLE Bahamas will
expand capacity on Caribbean
Crossings' fibre-optic telecom-
munications network by
adding a direct 10 giga-byte
(GB) link between New Prov-
idence and the US "over the
next 12 months"; as it lays
plans to capture the 20,000
Bahamian households not yet
served by any Internet broad-
band provider.
Writing in the company's
2007 annual report, Brendan
Paddick, Cable Bahamas chair-
man, said the network operat-
ed by Caribbean Crossings, its
wholly-owned subsidiary,
would be further strengthened
to provide additional protec-
tion to its customers' interna-
tional data traffic during 2008.





IN the headline and first
paragraph of the lead story
in Tribune Business on
Tuesday, June 3, it was
reported that Robin Hood
was projecting that sales
would increase by between
30-40 per cent for its finan-
cial year ending on August
31, 2008. That is not cor-
rect. The true percentages,
as reported later in the arti-
cle, were for a sales increase
of between 40-50 per cent.


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He acknowledged that Cable
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"first major test of the network
performance" in 2007, which
resulted in "sporadic service
delivery issues" during the
summer.
This was attributed to
increased demand for the com-
pany's Internet and data ser-
vices products, and caused the
company to speed up expan-
sion of Caribbean Crossings'
network the Bahamas Inter-
net Cable System (BICS) and
Internet Protocol (IP)
upgrades.
The IP upgrades, Mr Pad-
dick said, were expected to be
completed by the 2008 third
quarter, while the BICS net-
work had already seen it
capacity increased to 10GB -
double its initial commissioned
level.
Video, Internet and data
were all identified by Mr Pad-
dick as key growth opportuni-
ties for Cable Bahamas.
Despite Internet subscribers
pushing close to 40,000, he
said: "There are still over
20,000 families in the Bahamas
that have yet to choose a
broadband Internet service
provider.
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c.2008 New York Times
News Service

REGULATORS of the
nation's commodity markets
will demand more information
about investors to determine
whether they are evading mar-
ket limits on speculation'and
artificially driving up world
food prices.
The regulatory agency, the
Commodity Futures Trading
Commission, also plans to ini-
tiate talks with bank regula-


tors to ensure that adequate
credit is available for the farm
economy.
In addition, the commission
intends to strengthen a pro-
gram aimed at lowering the
cost for farmers of hedging
crop prices,.which has grown
more expensive with the
increasing volatility in the mar-
kets, according to a draft of
the proposals obtained by The
New York Times. The com-
mission is expected to
announce the proposals on
Tuesday.'
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ture from the secrecy that usu-
ally cloaks its enforcement
actions, the commission will
confirm that it is investigating
the price spike that hit the cot-
ton futures market in late Feb-
ruary, a step demanded by cot-
ton industry executives at a
commission hearing on April
22.
The commodity futures mar-
kets play a key role in estab-
lishing worldwide prices for
wheat, corn, soybeans and oth-
er foodstuffs, as well as energy
products like crude oil and
natural gas.
SBut in recent years, these
markets have also become an
attractive haven for investors
seeking both profits from ris-
ing prices and protection
against inflation and a wither-
ing dollar. As a result, billions
of dollars have poured into the
commodity futures market -
from pension funds, endow-
ments and a host of other insti-
tutional investors through
the new conduit of commodity
index funds.
Billions more have come in
from investment banks that
are hedging the risk of com-
plex bets, called swaps, that
these same investors have
made in the unregulated inter-
national swaps market, which
dwarfs the regulated markets
supervised by the CFTC.
The commission has come
under fire, most recently at a
hearing on May 20 before the
Senate Committee on'Home-


land Security and Govern-
mental Affairs, for not doing
enough to monitor the impact
of these investors on markets
that have such influence on
family budgets nationwide.
The proposals are being pre-
sented as an initial, but not
final, response to those con-
cerns, which echoed com-
plaints made at a CFTC hear-
ing in April by farm industry
officials. They believe this
flood of new money from
swaps and index funds is
undermining confidence in the
market's role in setting prices
and managing risk.
"The commission recognizes
that although no single
solution exists there are
several steps it can take to
improve oversight of the
futures markets and bring
greater transparency and
scrutiny to the types of traders
in the marketplace," accord-
ing to a draft statement intro-
ducing the plan.
Specifically, the commission
will start requiring more infor-
mation about index funds and,
more significantly, about the
clients on the other side of the
unregulated swaps deals that
are being hedged on the regu-
lated futures exchanges.
The swaps market has tra-
ditionally be seen as off limits
for federal commodity regula-
tors, but the commission clear-
ly is responding to congres-
sional concern that investors
may be using swaps dealers to


evade rules that limit the size
of their speculative role in reg-
ulated markets.
Besides collecting more
information about these new
players, the commission is
revising its monthly trading
reports, starting in July, to pre-
sent the expanded data in a
way that will be clearer and
more comprehensible to the
public.
The commission is also
putting the brakeson granting
waivers that have exempted
some commodity index funds
from speculative limits, and is
formally dropping proposed
rule changes that would have
extended a blanket exemption
to all index funds.
In recent years, more than a
dozen commodity index fund
companies have been granted
individual waivers, after suc-
cessfully arguing that they
were using the futures markets
exclusively to hedge their
obligations to the people who
have invested in their index
funds. But the commission
now intends to "be cautious
and guarded before granting
additional exemptions in the
area," according to the draft
proposal.
The proposal also outlines
the commission's plan to coor-
dinate with the Farm Credit
Administration and banking
authorities, including the Fed-
eral Reserve Banks in Chicago
and Kansas City, Mo., to help
insure a reliable supply of


credit to the farm economy.
Bank regulators testified at
the commission hearing in
April that farm-belt banks
were financially sound and
could handle the credit
demands of farmers and grain
elevators trying to meet mar-
gin calls on their hedged posi-
tions in the futures markets.
But the commissioners are
apparently not satisfied that
this ability to lend is being
matched by a willingness to
lend and are trying to head off
a credit crisis that could wipe
out farmers and grain eleva-
tors before they can profit
from higher crop prices at har-
vest.
The proposals also include
steps to strengthen an existing
alternative to futures contracts
- an over-the-counter prod-
uct called agricultural trade
options that farmers grain-ele-
vator operators could use to
hedge crop prices. The existing
product has not gained accep-
tance as a hedging tool, and
the commission is directing its
staff to find ways to make it
more useful to hedgers and
more visible to regulators.
Today's initiative comes less
than a week after the commis-
sion announced steps to
expand its information and
oversight of energy traders in
the futures markets, and con-
firmed that it has been inves-
tigating possible manipulation
of energy futures prices for six
months.


UK mortgage lender




gains $353m lifeline


* By JULIA WERDIGIER
c.2008 New York Times
News Service

LONDON A leading
British mortgage lender was
forced Monday to seek emer-
gen'cy help from inv1stotr abd
cut the price of a planned
share sale as more borrowers
defaulted on mortgages, sow-
ing fears that the global credit
crisis was weighing heavily on
the broad economy.
Banking shares in Europe
and on Wall Street slumped,
and the pound fell, after the


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bank, Bradford & Bingley,
agreed to sell a 23 percent
stake to the private equity
group TPG in exchange for a
179.million pounds, or $353
million, cash injection.
The bank, whose chief exec-
utive quit Suiaday'because of a
heart ailment, also plans to sell
shares at a discount, citing
"challenging" conditions for
banking shares and more cus-
tomers who were falling
behind on mortgage payments.
Bradford & Bingley, whose
roots as a mortgage lender go
back to 1851, specializes in
lending to homeowners who
buy second homes to rent out.
The bank's shares plunged
24 percent.
The announcement brought
back painful memories of the
nationalization of the troubled
mortgage lender Northern
Rock less than four months
ago. It came as the Bank of
England reported that the
number of approved home
mortgages fell to a record low,
the latest sign that the once-


booming housing market was
eroding British economic
growth.
Agree

"Most would agree that this
Sis not a Northern Rock situa-
tion, but it is a reminder that
the big names in banking are
going to suffer significantly as
the UK housing market is los-
ing momentum," Peter Dixon,
an economist at Com-
merzbank in London, said.
"We have not seen the worst
yet of the housing market by
any measure of imagination.
This is a problem that will start
to impact the wider economy."
The British economy is one
of the hardest hit in Europe
by the tight credit market
because much of its growth
over the last decade came on
the back of a housing boom
that is now over.
Many homeowners are start-
ing to struggle with higher
interest payments on their
mortgages as old agreements


based on lower interest rates
expire and banks become
reluctant to lend or set much
higher rates.
At the same time, house
prices continue to fall because
concern over higher living
* costs and rising unemployment
are holding back potential
buyers.
The Bank of England must
consider Thursday whether to
cut interest rates further,
which could grease the wheels
of lending for consumers and
companies to help stem the
slowdown in the larger econo-
my. But the bank's governor,
Mervyn King, warned recent-
ly that his priority was battling
Inflation, making a rate cut this
week less likely, some analysts
said.
On Monday, Bradford &
Bingley gave a bleak outlook
for the rest of the year, saying
that "economic conditions
seen in the first four months,
and particularly those in the
most recent month, will con-
tinue for the balance of this
year." A "tougher economic
environment" will continue to
increase the number of late
payments, it added.
"This will have a knock-on
effect on other banks trying to
get money from investors as it
will increase the nervousness
in the market that bank stocks
will do even worse in the short
term," said Justin Urquhart
Stewart, co-founder of the
asset manager Seven Invest-
ment Management in London.
"People just don't trust the
banks anymore, and that is an
issue for the entire system.
And a bank can only come to
the market once for new cash,
so if it turns out not to be
enough, that's a problem."
Rod Kent, who was appoint-
ed to run Bradford & Bingley
temporarily after the chief
executive, Steven Crawshaw,
resigned over the weekend,
welcomed TPG, formerly
known as Texas Pacific Group,
as an investor.
TPG, run by David Bonder-
man, will become Bradford &
Bingley's largest shareholder
and will get two seats on the
10-member board. The invest-
ment, the firm's first in a Euro-
pean bank, comes two months
after it teamed up with other
investors to inject cash in
Washington Mutual, the
largest United States savings
and loan. TPG agreed to hold
on to the stake for a year.
Some analysts said TPG
might expect to profit from a
consolidation in the banking
sector as a result of the credit
crisis, which could make Brad-
ford & Bingley a takeover tar-
get.


KIB0S REALTY

MARKETING/ADVERTISING MANAGER

King's Realty Limited is in search of a select individual to join
our team.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Candidate will be responsible for the day to day marketing of
the company including but not limited to Public
Relations/Marketing Events and preparation of relative
Marketing Materials/Brochures.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
Strong Marketing Strategies
Knowledge and Experience in Website Design
Thorough working knowledge of programs such as
Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign,
Photoshop and other relative software
Strong interpersonal skills

Interested persons should submit applications in writing to
P.O. Box-N-10414, Nassau, Bahamas, Re: Marketing Position
or via e-mail to bahamas@kingsrealty.com


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* By JEANNINE
AVERSA
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -
Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke signaled
Tuesday that further interest
rate cuts are unlikely
because of concerns about
inflation.
High oil prices are a dou-
ble-edged sword that can
both put a damper on
already weak growth and
spread inflation, he said.
Bernanke, in remarks
delivered via satellite to an
international monetary con-
ference in Spain, said that
the Fed's powerful doses of
rate reductions that started
last September along with
the government's $168 bil-
lion stimulus package,
including rebates for people
and tax breaks for business-
es, should bring about
"somewhat better economic
conditions" in the second
half of this year.
To help brace the econo-
my, the Fed last month
dropped its key rate to 2
percent, a nearly four-year
low, but hinted that could
be the last reduction for a,
while. Bernanke drove that
point home again on Tues-
day.
"For now policy seems
well positioned to promote
moderate growth and price
stability over time," he said.
The Fed's juggling act has.
gotten harder. It is trying to
right a wobbly economy
without aggravating infla-
tion.
Many economists believe
the Fed will hold rates
steady at its next meeting
on June 24-25 and probably
through much, if not all, of
this year. A few believe that
inflation could flare up and
force the Fed to begin
boosting rates near the end
of this year.
Bernanke, however, sug-
gested that leaving rates at
their current levels should
be sufficient to accomplish
the Fed's twin goals of nur-
turing economic growth
while preventing inflation
from taking off.
Economic growth in the
current quarter, he acknowl-
edged, is "likely to be rela-
tively weak." Even as he
reiterated the Fed's hope for
a pickup in growth in the
second half of this year and
into 2009, Bernanke said the
economy continues to bat-
tle against a trio of negative
forces a housing slump,
credit problems and fragile
financial markets.
Until the slumping hous-
ing market and falling home
prices show "clearer signs of
stabilization," there'will con-
tinue to be threats to the
economic growth getting
back to full throttle, he said.
Moreover, recent increases
in oil prices pose "addition-
al downside risks to
growth," he said.
At the same time, if
already lofty oil prices, now
hovering past $127 a barrel,
continue to rise, that could
worsen inflation, Bernanke
warned.
The Fed's aggressive rate-
cutting campaign has con-
tributed to a lower value of
the U.S. dollar. That, in
turn, has helped to push up
the prices for imported
goods flowing into the Unit-
ed States and fueled a rise in
consumer prices. Bernanke
called that development
"unwelcome." He said the
Fed is "attentive to the
implications of changes in
the value of the dollar for
inflation and inflation expec-
tations."
"Inflation has remained
high," he said. "The possi-
bility that commodity prices
will continue to rise is an
important risk to the infla-
tion forecast," he said.


If consumers, investors
and businesses believe infla-
tion will continue to go up,
they will change their behav-
ior in ways that aggravate
inflation, turning it into a
self-fulfilling prophecy.
Were consumer prices to
keep climbing over a sus-
tained'period, that might
"lead the public to expect
higher long-term inflation
rates, an expectation that
could ultimately become
self-confirming," Bernanke
said.


Cable chair in double





swipe at government


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CABLE Bahamas' chairman
has taken a double swipe at
the Government's telecommu-
nications sector policy, describ-
ing as "unfathomable" its
refusal to grant the company
an increase in its basic cable
TV rate since inception, while
dithering on the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny's (BTC) privatization has
delayed the wider industry's
progress by "decades".
Writing in the BISX-listed
company's 2007 annual report,
Mr Paddick highlighted the
dilemma exposed frequently
by The Tribune how the Gov-
ernment is wrestling with the
competing telecoms aims of
liberalisation and privatization
- and the negative impact this
has had for Bahamian busi-
nesses and consumers.
Pointing out that the global
telecommunications industry
was still evolving at a rapid
pace, with convergence the
name of the game, and the
boundaries between tradition-
al fixed-line operators and
'new' telecoms companies
breaking down, Mr Paddick
questioned whether the
Bahamas was more interested
in' avoiding controversy and
maintaining the "status quo".
He wrote: "Competition in
the sector within the Bahamas
has been stifled for the past
eight years, as the regulators
ponder the future of the indus-
try.
"Experts say that one Inter-
net year is equal to seven tra-
ditional industry years. If this is
truly the case, then govern-
ment has held back decades of
change and technological
advancements.
"These changes and
advancements would have led
to lower costs, more competi-
tion, a broader range of prod-
ucts and services, increased
employment, a more efficient
marketplace and resulted in
businesses in the Bahamas
being more globally competi-
tive."
Contrasting the Bahamas'
approach to liberalising its tele-

CABLE, from 1B


time, the majority of those
households will join the more
than 36,000 that have already
chosen Cable Bahamas' Coral-
Wave service."
The BISX-listed company's
annual report outlined how it
planned to increase average
revenue per subscriber, given
12 per cent growth in this area
during 2007.
Apart from additional pro-
gramming and choice.for the
Oceans digital TV and pay-
per-view line-ups, the company
is also looking to add Coral-
Wave Internet subscribers
through "a switch campaign
and providing an option to
break the barrier of entry to
approximately 12,000 Bahami-
an homes".
Analysing its 2007 perfor-
mance, which saw the compa-
ny attract 75,204 total sub-
scribers by year-end, Cable
Bahamas said that out of its
$10 million revenue increase,
some $5.4 million came from
cable television, $2.6 million
from broadband Internet and
$2 million from its data ser-


* Bahamian telecoms sector 'held back decades'

by competing privatisation/liberalisation aims

Failure to increase basic cable TV rate

since inception 'unfathomable'

*Carrying value of SRG purchase

option rises slightly to $4.244m


coms market with other
Caribbean nations, Mr Paddick
said these nations had "moved
quickly to amend their tele-
com policies, and have nimbly
adapted their strategies to the
changing environment, and
embraced the values and, cul-
ture necessary for competition
and, ultimately, a successful
marketplace for the consumer
and nation alike".
.Both PLP and FNM govern-
ments have grappled, so far
unsuccessfully,.with balancing
BTC's privatization and the
need to liberalise the Bahami-
an telecoms sector.
To maximise BTC's price to
any privatization partner such
as Bluewater Communications
Holdings, the Government -
and especially the former PLP
administration sought to lim-
it the competitive threat posed
by rival operators, chiefly
Cable Bahamas and Systems
Resource Group (SRG), for
fear they would devalue BTC.
The Ingraham administra-
tion, shortly after taking office,
prevented Cable Bahamas
from acquiring SRG for this
very reason, something ulti-
mately confirmed by the Prime
Minister's Office after Tribune
Business had exclusively bro-
ken the story.
In its financial statements,
Cable Bahamas describes its
link with SRG as an "invest-
ment", whose value increased.
by the merest of amounts year-
over-year, growing to $4.244
million in 2007 compared to
$4.183 million at year-end
2006.
The accompanying notes
describe the investment as "a
purchase option which, under


vices.
Cable television revenues
increased by 15 per cent over
2006, Internet revenues were
ahead by 13 per cent, and data
services up 25 per cent.
When it came to the revenue
mix, cable television's contri-
bution had declined narrowly,
down to 57 per cent from 58
per cent in 2006. Data was also
down 1 per cent, standing at
29 per cent of total revenues
compared to 30 per cent the
previous year, while Internet's
share was up from 13 per cent
to 14 per cent.
In the data segment,
Caribbean Crossings, and the
Maxil Communications web
hosting businesses saw their
monthly recurring revenues
from third parties increase
from $767,000 in 2006 to
$943,000, a 23 per cent rise.
To cope with the increase in
demand for Cable Bahamas'
Internet and data products, the
company is constructing a
5,000 square foot extension to
its Robinson Road headquar-
ters that will be available for
occupancy in late summer
2008. Its new Freeport facility


certain conditions, allows the
company [Cable Bahamas] to
acquire a portion or all the out-
standing shares in another
licensed telecommunications
operator".
Although the name of the
other telecoms provider is not
disclosed, The Tribune can
reveal that it is indeed, Indi-
Go Networks' parent, SRG.
The protracted privatization,
though, has prevented
Bahamian businesses and con-
sumers from experiencing the
benefits of greater choice,
enhanced products and ser-
vices and lower-prices that
would have been generated in
a fully liberalised/deregulated
market.
As for Cable Bahamas' oth-
er long-held contention, Mr
Paddick said that while the
company's average revenues
from basic cable TV sub-
scribers had increased by 23
per cent, and operating effi-
ciency had risen 7 per cent,
"over the last few years", the
data also pointed "to a pattern
of slower growth".
The company's morithly
basic cable TV rate has been
stuck at $30 since it was grant-
ed its 15-year monopoly in
1994, and Mr Paddick added:
"This growth was achieved
despite being denied an
increase to our basic television
rate.
"In these days of rising costs,
it is almost unfathomable that
regulators have deemed it fair
to freeze Cable Bahamas' basic
cable TV rate for more than
13 years.".
Briefly assessing Cable
Bahamas' 2007 performance,
Mr Paddick said full-year rev-


is expected to be ready by
spring 2009.
For 2007, Cable Bahamas
incurred total capital spending
of $18.9 million. put of this
sum, some $15 million went on
the cable television sector, $2.9
million on the Internet and
$1.9 million on Caribbean
Crossings.


enues rose to $76 million, a
15.2 per cent year-on-year
increase. Operating profits
were up by more than 16 per
cent.


The key drivers, Mr Paddick
added, were a 51 per cent
increase in revenues from its
premium Oceans Digital TV
service. Internet revenues and
commercial data revenues rose
by 13 per cent and 24 per cent
respectively, while operating
cash flow rose by 16.7 per cent
and operating margin reached
50.2 per cent.
Mr Paddick said some 60 per
cent of its basic cable TV cus-
tomers on New Providence
now subscribed to its Oceans
digital package, giving the
company "one of the highest
penetration rate for premium
services of any cable TV oper-
ator in the region".


V.P. OF ENGINEERING
Needed For
Established Out-Island Resort


The Successful Candidate Must Possess:

1. Minimum 10 years documented
experience as a director in similar
operation.
2. Minimum 5 years caribbean experience.
3. Must be a certified engineering operation
executive.
4. 1st class a/c and boilers engineering
license.
5. Internal combustion engine license.
6. Refrigeration license.
7. Experience in the design and
implementation of a comprehensive
preventative maintenance program.
8. Knowledge of single phase/3 phase
electrical.
9. Full knowledge of stand-alone generator.
10. Scheduling of staff.
11. Accounting/billing skill.
12. Computer fluency.
13. Reading of as-built drawings,
architectural plans and electrical
diagrams.

Compensation is commensurate with
experience, but does include excellent salary,
housing, and vhicle.

Submit CV with references to:
Bob.kramm@abacobeachresort.com


James Catalyn & Friends

Two One Act Plays
"I Does Live Here" & "The Sweetheart"

The Dundas Centre
June 11th -14th at 8:00,p.m. Tickets $20.00
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KINlS REALTY

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Kng's Realty Limited is in search of a select individual to join our team.

SUMMARY:

Successful candidates will be innovadve tanker s and have the ability to "think outside the box"
you vwll also need to demonstrate excellent communication skills, proven leadership abilities and
previous consti uctlon management skills is a must Candidate must bring strong organizational
skills and be abe to manage multiple fast paced projects at a time.

QUALIRCAMTONkS

Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
'rof;cency' in Microsoft software mainly Word, Excel and familiarity with Project
Management software.

RESPONSIBILITIES INUDE BUT NOT UMITEDTO:

Preparation of bid packages, budgets, estimates and cost analysis as well asoverseeing of
the purchase of the necessary materials
Manage projects and ensure successful execution of work and establlsh'communication
procedures including the appropriate chain of command for all communications for
projects and set up an appropriate tracking system for necessary approvals
Establishmeeting procedures and timetables
Ensure project documentation Is accurate and coordinated
Provide updated progress reports on projects
Oversee construction activities including coordination of Contractors
Conduct design coordination meetings, pre-construction meetings, site inspections and
punch list meeting/coordination
Review all requests for information, charge requests, etc. and issue appropriate response

Interested persons should submit applications in writirn to P.O. Box N-10414, Nassau, Bahamas
Re: Construction Manager or via e-mail to bahamas@kingsrealty.com
............ .............l l


THE TRIBUNE


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2008, PAGE 3B













Family Guardian to launch four new products


FROM page 1B


credit to the public at large",
Ms Hermanns said it provid-
ed insurance coverage to miti-
gate the risk a loan would not
be repaid if the borrower died.
"We're hoping to make that
available very soon," Ms Her-
manns told The Tribune of
Creditor Life. "We're waiting
Sfor a final decision from the
regulators, but hope to put that
to market imminently. We are
working to expand all product


lines."
On the Home Service side,
Ms Hermanns said Family
Guardian was "about to launch
three new products" that
would be marketed and sold
by June-end.
She added that Family
Guardian had just received
regulatory approval to begin
selling a death benefits policy,
to cover final funeral expenses;
a family policy, to cover the
whole family; and an endow-
ment-type investment policy.
"On the Home Service side,
we think these are areas that


Legal Notice


NOTICE

ART DESIGN LIMITED


(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is. hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 18th day of January 2008. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice


NOTICE

FIREWEED VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 6th day of May 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas. -..




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) KADIR OVERSEAS LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on June 3, 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 1st day of July, 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.
JUNE 4,2008
LAKEISHA COLLIE
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY




NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF JOAN EUNICE ALBURY late of the
City of Nassau on the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against the above Estate are required to send
the same duly certified in writing to the Undersigned on or
before the 13th day of June, A.D., 2008, after which date the
Executors will proceed to distribute the assets having regard
only to the claims of which they shall than have had notice.

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

LEANDRA A. ESFAKIS
Attorney for the Executors
Chambers
P.O. Box SS-19269
No. 16 Market Street
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas


people have an interest in," Ms
Hermanns said. "In our pre-
liminary assessment of the
market, we feel these products
will be well-received."
The Family Guardian presi-
dent said the new product
developments and launches
were designed to ensure the
company "continues to remain
relevant to this market, as well
as expand our [customer] base
and enhance what we do".
"We are focusing on the
quality of products we provide
to our customers, and the qual-
ity of service we provide to our
customers," she added.
Like all other Bahamian life
and health insurers, including
the likes of Colinalmperial
Insurance Company and
British American Financial,
who have either or are consid-
ering regional expansion, Fam-
ily Guardian is looking at the
same.
Although she said it was too
early to give specific details,
Ms Hermanns said: "We are
considering options outside the
Bahamas for expansion. We.
have been looking at it for
some time. We are definitely


FROM page 1B

against tough comparatives for
the 2008 first quarter, having
enjoyed the benefits of supply
waste collection services and
portable toilets to Kerzner
International's Phase III pro-
ject on Paradise Island during
the three months to March 31,
2007.
That project came to an end
early in the 2007 second quar-
ter, and without its benefit,
Bahamas Waste saw revenues
from sales and services ren-
dered drop by almost 2 per
cent in the 2008 period, falling
from $2.052 million to $2.013


considering new markets."
However, she acknowledged
that there "are still opportuni-
ties in the Bahamas" for organ-
ic growth and expansion, as
evidenced by Family
Guardian's 2008 first quarter
results,.
Gross premium revenues
increased by 16 per cent to
$17.921 million in the 2008 first
quarter, compared to $15.477
million the year before, with
net premiums (after reinsur-
ance) of $16.668 million some
16.3 per cent- up on the year
before.
Explaining the strong top-
line growth, Ms Hermanns
said: "We have seen strong
growth in our group business
primarily, and we are seeing
premium growth in. our exist-
ing business. Our largest thrust
came through our group health
business, where we were able
to attract new business."
She added that the compa-
ny's BahamaHealth affiliate
had been able to attract group
health clients away from other
insurers, as well as generate
new business from customers
who had not taken out such


million.
While Bahamas Wa
continued to steadilyl
the accounts it services
foreign direct investment
jects are its "bread a
ter". The slowdown i
developments, witi
Mar's $2.6 billion Cabl
project on hold as a r
the Harrah's pull-out,
ers impacted by the
finance resulting from t
al credit crunch, has in
other businesses b
Bahamas Waste
"The Albany proj
started moving, but ii
of land clearance, Ther
of stuff not necessarily


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that SHALLAYWA VARITA HINDS
OF #24 CHICHESTER CRESCENT, P.O. BOX F-41483,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within'twenty-eight days from the
4th day of JUNE, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that PAULA HUDSON OF #24
CHICHESTER CRESCENT, RO. BOX F-41483, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not .be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 4th
day of JUNE, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARCEL ST. FLEUR
of WOOD STREET., P.O. BOX NP-10635, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 28th day
of MAY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, KAREN THOMPSON
of Church Hill, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change the
name of my child, KYRA JANELLE ROLLE to KYRA JANELLE
DAVIS. 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
publication of this notice.


coverage before.
However, Ms Hermanns
said the lacklustre 2008 first
quarter performance of the
Bahamian equities market,
particularly BISX-listed stocks,
meant that Family Guardian
was likely to experience "a
degree of difficulty" in match-
ing its 2007 figures, when net
income to ordinary sharehold-
ers increased by 36 per cent to
$7.282 million, compared to
$5.375 million the year before.
The company last year
enjoyed a $2.307 million boost
from the unrealised apprecia-
tion in value of its investment
portfolio, something that was
driven primarily by the surge in
BISX equity prices.
This has been reversed for
2008 to date, with Family
Guardian's investment portfo-
lio suffering a $441,118 first
quarter depreciation in value -
a swing of $1.063 million given
the positive returns in the 2007
first quarter.
Ms Hermanns acknowl-
edged that based on the 2008
first quarter, it would be diffi-
cult for Family Guardian to
repeat its 2007 investment


ing our services yet; maybe in
waste has the later stages," Mr de Car-
y grow" denas said. .
s, major The cost of sales and direct
ent pro- expenses also increased, rising
nd but- by 13.3 per cent from $1.148
n these million to $1.302 million. As a
h Baha result, gross profits and niar-
e Beach gins were squeezed, the for-
esult of mer falling 21.3 per cent to
andoth- $711,076, compared to
lack of $903,296.
he glob- Operating expenses, though,
npacted were well-contained, dropping
besidess from $501,557 to $473,350. On
the balance sheet, shareholder
ect has equity and net assets enjoyed a
t's a lot modest boost, although
e's a lot accounts receivable rose by
requir- almost $200,000 year-over-
year.
On the cash flow side,
Bahamas Waste saw net oper-
ating cash flows drop by 43.5
per cent to $371,802 for the
f #37 2008 first quarter.
AS is Meanwhile, Bahamas Waste
V and has seen little progress on a
itizen number of investments and
s any projects it has been working
Dt be on, something that is likely to
,ment have frustrated the -company
Sday and its shareholders.
nality Mr de Cardenas said it had
imas. heard nothing from the Gov-
ernment on who had been


portfolio performance, adding
that it was "very probable that
growth in the equities portfolio
experienced in 2007 will not
be repeated in 2008".
For the 2008 first quarter,
total policyholder benefits rose
by 35 per cent to $9.193 mil-
lion, compared to $6.843 mil-
lion the year before. Reinsur-
ance recoveries, though,
helped reduce the increase in
net policyholder benefits to 27
per year-on-year.
Ms Hermanns said the
increase had been sparked by
the extra policies Family
Guardian had taken on during
its successful 2007.
She added that the year-end
spike in non-performing mort-
gages, those more than 90 days
past due, to $4.175 million
compared.to $2.437 million at
year-end 2006 was "no con-
cern".
Ms Hermanns said that just
happened to be the situation
at the balance sheet date, and
since then non-performing
loans had fallen with a num-
ber of major accounts "cor-
rected", although the company
was monitoring the situation.


awarded the waste collection
contract for south-central New
Providence, or whether
Bahamas Waste was any near-
er to obtaining final clearance
for its proposed $750,000
biodiesel joint venture.
A joint 50/50 venture with
Cape Systems, an arm of the
Cape Eleuthera Institute, the
planned facility aims to con-
vert the half-a-million gallons
of waste cooking oil produced
on New Providence each year
into biodiesel fuel.
In addition, Bahamas Waste
has also made little headway
in obtaining a licence from the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
,ty (GBPA) to operate in
Freeport, although it last
month started its real-load col-
lection services in Abaco, tar-
geting commercial clients.
Mr de Cardenas said the
other area it had moved for-
ward on was its $500,000 recy-
cling facility, initially focused
on cardboard.
Tenders for the first part of
that facility's construction had
gone out to bid, and the
Bahamas Waste managing
director said the company
"should be finalising something
very shortly".


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, MICHELLE
MONIQUE GREENE of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to
change my name to MICHELLE MONIQUE MILLER.
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,
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date of publication of this notice.


NOTICE
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EAST STREET, P.O. BOX EE-15467, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 4TH day of JUNE 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RUTH PIERRE-FRANCIUS
of DUNDAS TOWN, ABACO, BAHAMAS, P.O. BOX
AB-20669, 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 28th day
of MAY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that CLEMENT LAFRANCE of
FAITH AVENUE NORTH, CARMICHAEL RD., NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
4TH day of JUNE 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


Bahamas Waste: Price rise likely due


to 40-50 per cent fuel, steel spike


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MICHEL PIERRE o
PINEDALE, P.O. BOX N-4218, NASSAU, BAHAMI
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a c
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
reason why registration/ naturalization should no
granted, should send a written and signed state
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 28th
of MAY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Natio
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Baha


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Leading class-action attorney





gets 30 months for kickbacks


* By JONATHAN D
LATER
c.2008 New York Times
News Service
MELVYN I. Weiss, the
prominent class-action lawyer,
was sentenced on Monday to
30 months in prison by a U.S.
District Court judge in Los
Angeles for his role in con-
cealing illegal kickbacks to
plaintiffs.
He was also ordered to pay
$9.8 million in forfeitures and
$250,000 in fines.
The sentencing nearly con-
cludes an investigation that
began some seven years ago
of tactics used by Weiss' for-
mer firm, Milberg Weiss, now
called Milberg
Weiss' former partner,
William S. Lerach, is serving
a two-year sentence as a result
of the same investigation, and


other lawyers have pleaded
guilty for roles in what prose-
cutors described as a criminal
conspiracy that lasted for
decades. Lerach was also
ordered to forfeit $7.75 mil-
lion.
Weiss, Lerach and the law
firm that they built together
dominated the lucrative field
of securities class-action litiga-
tion, filing many lawsuits
against publicly traded com-
panies on behalf of investors
who had lost money when
share prices fell.
Milberg itself still faces an
indictment and is set to go to
trial in August, but a settle-
ment is widely expected.
A deal with Milberg would
be the latest in a series of
blows to the image of plain-
tiff-side trial lawyers. In addi-
tion to guilty pleas by Lerach
last year and Weiss this year,


another well-known lawyer,
Richard Scruggs, pleaded
guilty to trying to bribe a state
judge in Mississippi in March.
The spate of guilty pleas has
Ied some Republicans in Con-
gress to call for limits on the
conduct of plaintiffs' lawyers
in shareholder suits. Sen. John
Cornyn of Texas has intro-
duced a bill seeking to modify
the rules governing such liti-
gation. Other Republican law-
makers have called for inves-
tigations of lawyers involved
in shareholder litigation.
"The Milberg Weiss trial
lawyer scandal has exposed a
potentially serious threat to
our nation's economy, but to
date, the Democrat-controlled
Congress has done nothing
about it," Rep. John A.
Boehner of Ohio, the Repub-
lican minority leader, said. "If
in fact the crimes to which Mr.
Weiss and his partner, William
Lerach, have pled guilty are
an 'industry practice,' as Mr.
Lerach himself stated, then a
clear and present-threat to our
economy is going unaddressed
by Congress."
It is hard to overstate the
prominence of Lerach and
Weiss in the world of share-
holder litigation, or the anger
and frustration their lawsuits
caused among the ranks of cor-
porate executives. Milberg
Weiss, as the firm used to be
known, won billions of dollars
in settlements of lawsuits
against Enron, Lucent,, Tyco
and other companies.
"They were dominant," Carl
Tobias, a law professor at the
University of Richmond, said.
"It's really the class-action
device and its use that they
perfected."
Milberg Weiss lawyers sued
early and often, raking in a
percentage of settlement
amounts as their legal fees.
Weiss and Lerach grew


wealthy from the business.
Lerach, 62, and Weiss, 72,
pleaded guilty to conspiring to
make secret payments to lead
plaintiffs in such class actions,,
essentially to reward what
prosecutors described as a
"stable" of ready clients who
held stock in a variety of com-
panies. The payments meant
that the lead plaintiffs stood
to receive more money than
they would if they had simply
been members of the class, and
that as a result they might not
have looked out for the best
interests of the entire class as
lead plaintiffs are supposed to
do.
Prosecutors claimed that
Weiss got $9.8 million as a
result of the conspiracy.
Because the law firm had
clients ready, it could get to
the courthouse first, try to get
the lawsuit certified as a class
action, apply to be lead coun-
sel to the class of aggrieved
investors and demand more in
legal fees, Tobias said. "That
just multiples everything," he
said. "It multiplies the attor-
neys' fees, it makes the litiga-
tion financing work."
Weiss' sentence of 30
months is slightly less than the
33 months called for in his plea
agreement with prosecutors,
but is longer than the sentence
given to Lerach.
"There are discretionary fac-
tors within a range set by sen-
tencing guidelines," said Amy
E. Millard, a former federal
prosecutor in Manhattan who
is now partner at Clayman &
Rosenberg. But the sentenc-
ing guidelines are not binding
on judges, she added.
At his sentencing, Weiss
expressed regret for his mis-
conduct. According to The
Associated Press, he told the
presiding judge, John F. Wal-
ter, "My contrition is profound
and genuine."


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institutions in the Caribbean. Our Business Area Wealth
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providing them with comprehensive, value enhancing services.
Our client advisors combine strong personal relationships with
the resources that are available from across UBS, helping them
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the following position:

Client Relationship Manager

In this challenging position you will be responsible for the
following tasks (traveling required):

Advisory of existing clients
Acquisition of. high net worth individuals
Presentation and implementation of investment solutions
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Minimum 4 years experience'in' marketing financial services
to high net worth investors
Has experience in providing investment advice to Private
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Good knowledge of financial markets and capital market
products, fixed income/equity products, banking products,
trust structures, alternative investments
Excellent communication, organizational and client
relationship management skills
Must be able to read, write and speak fluently in French
Excellent computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)


Interested? Written applications should be sent to:


hrbahamas@ubs.com

- .


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


The Moorings Bahamas invites applications from suitably
qualified couples/person for the following position:-

CAPTAIN & HOSTESS

CAPTAIN-QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
Applicants should possess:

* Technical qualifications & proven skills across the full range of yacht
systems including diesel engines and electrical systems; electrons,
refrigeration, rigging and cosmetic repairs.
* Experience in the charter industry.
* A pleasant personality and customer service skills.
* Sailing skills.
* Good attention to detail.,

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Applicants should possess:

* Prepare a variety of meals including: Mediterranean, European,
American and Bahamian dishes.
* Experience in the charter industry.
* A pleasant personality and customer service skills.
* Acute attention to detail

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The successful applicants will be expected to:

* Service and maintain their live aboard yacht to company standards,
working to deadlines.
* Keep full maintenance records.
* Liaise with The Morrings technical department.

REMUNERATION PACKAGE
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and be
within the normal range for the industry.

This position will be challenging to the successful candidates who must
be self motivating, hardworking and flexible; prepared to assist in every
way to ensure customer satisfaction.

This position is an excellent opportunity for person willing to move to
Marsh Harbour in order to offer a professional service in the hospitality
industry.

Applications, accompanied by a resume/c.v. should be faxed or emailed
to:- The Manager, The Moorings (Bahamas) Ltd., Fax (242) 367-4004,
Tel. 367-4000. Or can be emailed to scornish@mooringsnet.com


The Ministry of Education,

Youth, Sports and Culture






Public Notice





The Public is hereby notified that the Ministry
of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture will be
installing a chain link fence at the North and
North East Boundary of the Learning Resource
Unit, Mackey Street.


The Public should note that


works will


commence immediately and completion by
14th June, 2008


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Sudoku Puzzle

Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to
Sunday

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Difficulty Level *A*


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KJlkuro Puzzle
Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
-- level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.


HAGAR THE HORRIBLE


Nigyc Short v David a8retnide..
Wot-rd Cup. Russia 2007. SIhrt. the
4l.l2y*r-old (irnter world t'let
chattener. was a strong frvourte
to beat the 19-yer-old Gern.n, but
following two -tme dratra s they
wauit into sp-eed-h-. S ter-reaks-
The ti tte nilt w-s 25 (.)ittutes each
for the game plus 10 seconds extra
for each move made. liramidae
oveoslpt due to Jetiag. and awok
oI(ly wNrt-o to* -aicd .ntMred his
roeor to repte.nist tht* mrtnibar. Tite
teenager rushed to the pi yirtg hal.,
arrived at the hoard with under a
min*te to spare, then proceedd to
btiiz the ilate Engishtait wlio wtea
offended hby what he thought a
brea.ch of sp-frt-ng ethics. Sremdze:
kept ahead of ftlafali. with the aid
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knight for rook plus an h4 pawn
heading for touchdown. It looks bad.
for White, and Shortsoon lost after
his 1 Rfc8 The right move would have
saved the draw and kept the match
level. Can you do better than
England'snumbertwo?
LEONARD BARDEN


Across
1 Soccer war erupts. Its
frightening (9)
8 Gershwin tune is heartless
and angry (5)
9 One who treats wounds -
in the chest? (7)
10 Recommend about five dif-
ferent ideas (6)
11 Despite having a stony
stare, she may be amused
(6)
12 Missing some exercises
for boxers (8)
15 In principle the chaps pro-
vide accommodation (8)
18 Duty-free (6)
20 Rushes about and puts
you in your place (6)
21 Stupidity in trying to alter
ones destiny? (7)
22 It is in fact a long claw (5)
23 They suffer periodic rever-
sals in the kitchen (3,6)


Yesterday's Cryptic Soluti
Across: 1 Andante, 4 Laden, 7 Bu(
8 Censured, 10 More or less,
12 Tennis, 13 Peanut, 15 Antifreeze
18 Relieved, 19 Asti, 20 Mixes,
21 Soundly.
Down: 1 Album, 2 Doctrine, 3 Evei
4 Loses heart, 5 Dark, 6 No doubt,
9 Motionless, 11 Unversed,
12 Tantrum, 14 Biceps, 16 Emily,
17 Flex.


Down
2 Swear there nothing out
of the way (5)
3 Come to life again and
get out of bed (4,2)
4 Ground rent at high
level? (8)
5 Put an end to a crank?
(4,2)
6 In a small way he
shows the main trouble
with relatives (7)
7 Cleaner appears to put a
fellow off (9)
11 Doesn't believe water
vapour causes
corrosion (9)
13 You wont care if you
lose it (8)
14 A rising of workers (7)
16 Airmen crashed
in the sea (6)
17 Fast movers, by morning
found at sea (6)
19 Father puts out a taper (5)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Pro rata, 4 Solve, 7 Oust,
8 Informer, 10 Formidable,
12 Eschew, 13 Sparse,
15 Hysterical, 18 Implicit, 19 Mood,
20 Eerie, 21 En masse.
Down: 1 Proof, 2 Obstruct,
3 Annual, 4 Spoilsport, 5 Lime,
6 En route, 9 Side by side,
11 Gracious, 12 En suite, 14 Strike,
16 Lodge, 17 Spur.


Across
1 Morally elevating (9)
8 Intensify (5)
9 Honours gained (7)
10 Underground
passage (6)
11 Historical records (6)
12 Grand (8)
15 Natural impulse (8)
18 Speculation (6)
20 Loose from
moorings (6)
21 Baltic country (7)
22 Become liable to (5)
23 Power.to attract (9)


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Down
2 Obvious (5)
3 Raid (6)
4 Lucky charm (8)
5 A gamebird (6)
6 Stately
bearing (7)
7 Genuine article (4,5)
11 Sworn statement (9)
13 Throw overboard (8)
14 Largest living bird (7)
16 Frail (6)
17 To display (3,3)
19 Means of
controlling (5)


HOW many words of
four letters or more can
you make from the
letters shown here? Tn
making a word, each
letter may be used once
only. Each must contain
the centre letter and
there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No
plurals, or verb forms
ending in "s", no words
with initial capitals and
no words with a hyphen
or apostrophe
permitted. The first
word of a phrase is
permitted (e.g. inliet in
inkiet printer).
TODAY'S TARET
Good .9; very good 28;
excellent 37 (or more).
Solution Monday.


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dealt delta depilate
DEPIL-ATED dept
detail detailed diet
dieted dilate dilated "
edit edited elate elated
elite epilate late leapt
lite pate peat pelt
pelted petal pileate
plait plaited plat plate
plated pleat pleated
tail tailed tale tape
taped teal teed tepid
tidal tide tided tied
tilde tile tiled


Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


Picture Bidding


South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
NORTH
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VK
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K 1098542
WEST EAST
4107 *J654
T 109832 VAQ765
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SOUTH
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The bidding:
South West North East
I + Pass 2 4 Pass
2 4 Pass 3 Pass
34 Pass 4 Pass
54
Opening lead ten of hearts.
There are times when a 6-5 distri-
bution can be described in just three
bids. Whenever the six-card suit is
lower in rank than the five-card suit,
there is a standard procedure for
identifying the 6-5 shape.
In the bidding shown, South's
three-spade bid is the key to his 6-5
distribution. When South first men-
tions his spades at the two-level,
North has every right to assume
South has only a four-card suit.
But when South next rebids three
spades, this assumption becomes
invalid, as it would not make sense


for South to rebid a four-card suit
that has not been supported. There-
fore, the three-spade bid implies a
five-card suit.
Once this determination has been
made, North asks himself why South
bid one diamond initially rather than
one spade. South cannot have five of
each suit, in which case spades -
the higher-ranking suit would
have been named first. Since South
did bid a diamond, North should con-
clude that South's diamonds are
longer than his spades.
Proper play produces 11 tricks
even though both the diamonds and
spades break unfavorably. East wins
the heart lead and returns a trump.
Declarer takes the ace and ruffs a
heart in dummy. This leaves dummy
with the lone jack of trumps.
South is threatened with a possi-
ble diamond loser as well as a spade
loser. If he cashes the king and does
not catch the queen, his hopes will
then rest on losing no spade tricks.
Instead of subjecting himself to
the whims of fate, South uses the
jack of trumps in dummy for another
purpose. The king and ace of spades
are cashed, and a low spade is ruffed
with the diamond jack as West dis-
cards a heart (it doesn't help West to
ruff with the queen).
Only a trump trick can now be
lost, since declarer's remaining
spades are good. In effect, South tel-
escopes his two potential losers into
one.


Tomorrow: Plays that go against the grain.
C2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.


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* By CARTER
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MARK LANDLER
c.2008 New York Times
News Service

FRANKFURT, Germany
- The president of the Euro-
pean Central Bank, Jean-
Claude Trichet, still marvels at
the feat.
Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome
and Berlin were each, at some
point, the political and eco-
nomic capital of an empire,
containing the power of New
York and Washington com-
bined. And they all surren-
dered a piece of their sover-
eignty to a common currency.
"You have to cope with the
history enshrined in those cap-
itals," Trichet said in an inter-
view in the Eurotower, the
European Central Bank's
headquarters, referring to sub-
suming national pride to a for-
eign coin of the realm. "You


are necessarily working on an
original."
That original, the euro, is the
currency of 15 countries and
320 million people, and as gilt-
edged an investment as can be
found in the current tumul-
tuous global economy.
Trichet and leading Euro-
pean officials including Ger-
man Chancellor Angela
Merkel and Jose Manuel Bar-
roso, president of the Euro-
pean Commission, gathered in
Frankfurt's elegant Old Opera
on Monday to pay tribute to
the currency that many critics
said could never succeed.
The ceremony, a sedate
affair that testified to the mix-.
ture of sobriety and determi-
nation typical of today's central
bankers, featured tightly
focused speeches short on
soaring rhetoric. But at the end
of the program, a note of patri-
otism was struck as the orches-
tra played Beethoven's "Ode


JEAN-CLAUDE TRICHET, president of the European Central Bank, is seen
Conference (IMC) in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.


to Joy" the anthem of the
27-nation European Union -


and the audience of a thou-
sand rose spontaneously to its
feet.
Ten years after its birth, the
European Central Bank -'
more successful than its archi-
tects imagined, more powerful'
than its detractors feared -
faces what could be its greatest
challenge since the invention
of the euro. Namely, how will
it make monetary policy for a
patchwork of countries as
some become mired in a glob-
al slowdown and others -
Germany, for example are
stalked by inflation?
The central bank's accom-
plishments are clear. It has ful-
filled its primary mandate of
keeping inflation in check.
Over the last 10 years, prices
rose an average of 2.1 per cent
a year, even with. the recent
spike in food and energy
prices.
No politician has made a
serious effort to undermine the
bank's independence. And
despite the discomfort of a sin-
gle monetary policy, no coun-
try has seriously considered
leaving.
Privately, European central
bankers chuckle over the pre-
diction by the American econ-
omist Martin Feldstein, in
1997, that divisions created by
the euro might lead to war
between nations using the cur-
rency.
"It has been a remarkable
success," said Philip Lane, a
professor of international
macroeconomics at Trinity
College in Dublin. "It is hard
to overstate that."
For European businesses,
the euro became a reality on
January 1, 1998. For European
consumers, the euro arrived on
January 1, 2002, when euro
bills and coins became legal
tender.
But for the architects of the
euro, June 1, 1998 looms large
as the date when years of
dreaming, pondering and hag-
gling bore fruit in the form of
the central bank itself, based'
in Germany's financial capital.
The central bank embodies a
dream even the founders of
what is today the European
Union never permitted them-
selves. When the original
treaty calling for "ever-closer
union" was signed in Rome in


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1957, global currencies were
tied to the dollar, which was
linked to gold. Dreams of a
common European money,
harkening back to the Roman
Empire's silver denarius,
seemed impossible.
SThe successful introduction
of the euro, a monumental
logistical and technical task in
its own right, gave way to a
string of all-too-national frus-
trations for Trichet and his col-
leagues. Even before the cen-
tral bank's inception, Euro-
pean central bankers had been
clamoring for new thinking in
national capitals. The central
bank would set a single bench-
mark interest rate and the euro
would have a single exchange
rate, so national leaders would
never again be able to devalue
their currency to remain com-
petitive.
So, the central bankers pre-
scribed looser labor laws about
hiring and firing, fewer regula-
tions on things like retail ser-
vices, and greater willingness
among Europeans to move
around to new jobs. In essence,
they asked that Europe look
more like the United States.
They were disappointed.
"We always knew that a
one-size-fits-all would cause
problems," said Andre Szasz, a
former Dutch central banker
and negotiator of the Maas-
tricht Treaty, which in 1993
laid the founding rules of mon-
etary union. "What we hoped
for was flexible nonmonetary
policies," he said work and
labor rules, for example.
"With benefit of hindsight,
this was not, a realistic expec-
tation," he acknowledged.
That might be because the
central bankers who wrote the
treaty had more economic than
political acumen. They
assumed, wrongly, that the loss
of monetary independence
would force European leaders
to rework the policies they
could still make.
"There was this belief in
Germany and other countries
that if you set up a hard mon-
etary commitment to price sta-
bility, you would scare unions
and politicians into reforms,"
said Adam Posen, deputy
director of the Peterson Insti-
tute for International Eco-
nomics in Washington. Instead;
the "behavioral influence" of
the common currency has been
limited, he said.
The result of this rmiscalcu-


lation has been a wild diver-
gence in economic perfor-
mance that has much to do
with those dashed expectations
for reform.
Germany, the largest econo-
my in Europe, spent much of
the central bank's first 10 years
in a slump, while traditional
laggards like Spain, Italy and
Greece charged ahead. Now
that equation has neatly
reversed itself, with the south-
ern nations sliding into distress
as Germany, made more
resilient and flexible by years
of painful structural changes,
has reclaimed its role as
Europe's economic locomo-
tive.
The central bank provided
Europe with easy credit for
most of the last decade, in def-
erence to Germany's stagna-
tion and modest inflation. That
policy was well received across
Europe because cheap cash fed
a housing boom and obviated
the need to follow the German
example of unpopular reforms.
Now that Germany has
revived, the central bank has to
tighten access to money, a
much less popular move, but
in line with what the framers of
monetary union expected
would be the hard part: admin-
istering medicine to the rest of
Europe. That has stoked fears
that the scapegoating of the
euro, by politicians and ordi-
nary Europeans, has yet to
really get under way.
But some observers see
strength in diversity, over the
long run.
"I like these disparities,
because it distributes the
risks," said Daniel Gros, direc-
tor of the Center for European
Policy Studies in Brussels. "If
you had one gigantic Spain"
- where a huge property bub-
ble is bursting --"we would
be in one gigantic mess."
The bank's monetary poli-
cy, however, can look a bit ill-
fitting at times, especially now
as prices of food and energy
increase. The European Cen-
tral Bank could end up raising
interest rates, a policy most
suited to thriving Germany,
even as weakening growth
diminishes the risks of infla-
tion elsewhere in the euro
zone. Indeed, tighter monetary
policy in the midst of contract-
ing economies in many coun-
tries could make any downturn
worse, potentially provoking
protests among Europe's
restive citizens.
Trichet's answer to thigh
quandary is that the central
bank makes policy based on
data from the euro area as a
whole. The bank does not try
to synchronize Germany and
Spain any more than the Fed-
eral Reserve tries to get.New
York and California on the
same economic cycle.
Trichet says that closing fis-
sures in the euro zone
demands on structural changes
that could stimulate growth
and lower inflation. And those
tasks have far more to do with
the once imperial capitals -
Paris,- Lisbon, Madrid, Rome
and Berlin than the central
bank in Frankfurt.
"It is in this domain that the
courage of leaders is most
needed," Trichet said,
"whether you have a single
currency or not."


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ly to be a lengthy one, as it has
to take into account a number
of practical issues.
But he said that if this desig-
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