The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: August 29, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Tribune Staff Reporter
illicit sale of drugs has returned
to the infamous Mayfair Hotel
located on West Bay Street, The
Tribune can reveal.
Well-placed police sources say.
the brothel has been "re-
opened" despite well-publicised
raids and deportation of
Jamaican and Haitian prosti-
tutes from the establishment.
As previously reported, the
former Mayfair Hotel has not
been listed for occupation, save
for a small coffee house on the
ground floor (The Daily Grind)
and a "restaurant and bar" -
that does not have a kitchen -
on the second floor of the build-
"This place is still occupied.
If you drive past around 6pm or
7pm tomorrow, you will see the
people there. It was supposed
to be shut down. But it looks
like things are back to normal,"
said one source.
Recently, a senior MP was
cautioned by police after he was
seen with a Jamaican prostitute
in his car in the parking lot of
the Mayfair Hotel.
As there was no evidence that
SEE page 11


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THE PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Education Elma Garraway looks on as Minister of Educa-
tion Carl Bethel speaks to the Genesis Academy principal Mrs Melody Treco-Hanna. The officials were
at the school for the opening of Genesis Academy's Campus 2.

Prison officers claim govt has
not kept word on 'all back pay'

PRISON officers report
that after confirmation that
they would be paid "all back
pay" by the end of the week,
government has not kept its
word. They said it leaves
them with no choice but to

A well placed source inside
the prison said. officers are
outraged because govern-
ment has gone against its
word in paying them "all"
amounts owed.
According to the source,
officers are tired of being
overlooked. As a conse-
quence, they said, "persons
will not be coming to work."
The source said that on
Wednesday officers were
promised that all owed back
pay would be fully reim-
bursed by week's end, how-
ever theysay only half of the
agreement was met.
The source claims that in
some cases, officers who were
hired with BJC qualifications,
were owed around $4,000 in
back pay.
Based on initial figures list-
ed on Treasury vouchers used
to pay the officers, the
sources said those same offi-
cers have only received
SEE page 11

THE Bahamas Bar Council
is "aggressively" pursuing
complaints, against several
local lawyers, Bar Association
president Wayne Munroe said
This comes after the highly-
publicised case of lawyer
Andrew Thompson, who is
accused of misappropriating
funds from his clients.
Mr Munroe told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the Bar
Council is continuously look-
ing into complaints of mis-
conduct and unethical profes-
sional behaviour of a number
of local attorneys.
Among those cases cur-
rently before the Disciplinary
Tribunal are several matters
concerning a prominent
lawyer, Mr Munroe con-
Mr Munroe said that, in
addition to Mr Thompson's
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Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS are being warned to stay vigilant as a new trop-
ical storm, set to turn into a hurricane within days, is heading in our
Tropical Storm Hanna is swirling in the western Atlantic ocean
at present around 300 miles north east of Antigua but pro-
jections have it curving towards the Bahamas by next week.
However, the good news is that by Monday it will still be around
500 miles east of Nassau and there are some indications it might
head away towards the north at this time,
The bad news is.that both US-based and Bahamian meteorolo-
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Cynthia Pratt, Obie Wilchcombe
'most popular PLP personalities'
A PRE-Election survey com- by the same firm that did the
missioned by the PLP reveals party's post election survey,
that prior to the May 2, 2007 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner,
election, PLP deputy leader PLP leader Perry Christie came
Cynthia Pratt, and West End in a distant third to the party's
and Bimini MP Obic Wilch- other two leading personalities.
combe were the two most pop- However, despite the popu-
ular personalities within the par- larity amongst voters for Mrs

According to the report,
which was reportedly prepared

Pratt and Mr Wilchcombe,
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Mother claims frequent

power outages adding

to her children's

medical problems

of two says the frequent pow-
er outages on Harbour Island
have added to the medical
problems suffered by her chil-
She says that both of her
children suffer from the skin
disorder Atopic Dermatitis,
commonly referred to as
The mother, 22, who works
as a waitress on Harbour
Island, told The Tribune that
thanks to the power cuts on

the two-mile-long island, her
two young children's condi-
tion is getting worse.
According to the Mayo
Clinic, the disease affects one
out five children, and can
develop in children with asth-
ma or who have had hay fever.
The common symptoms are
mild to severe itchy skin, or
scaly skin resulting from
repeated scratching.
The incurable disease, which
normally runs in families, can
become intensified due to dry
skin, stress, rapid temperature
changes, or through sweating.

The mother, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said
that though she does whatever
she can to ease the discomfort
of her children, when the pow-
er goes out, this becomes very
difficult. She explained that it
rapidly becomes very hot in
her house and the children
begin to sweat, which is terri-
ble for their condition;
"The current goes off for
like three to seven hours
sometimes, and I feel that it's a
total mess," she said.
Earlier this month Minister
for Works Neko Grant
assured residents that their
concerns about unreliable
electricity from Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC) will
soon become a thing of the
According to the minister,
construction of a new power
plant is on the way and by the
end of 2009, residents will be
able to rely on a completed
and fully functional plant. .
For many resident like this
young mother, next year still
seems too far away however.
According to the minister,
three industrial generators
have already been installed on
the island, but residents say
they feel like the government
has forgotten all about them.

Car accident on West Bay St
THE PEOPLE involved in this car accident on West Bay Street yesterday were lucky to escape relative-
ly unharmed after two vehicles collided, causing one of them, a Ford Explorer SUV, to flip several
times. The Tribune attempted to get more details from the Cable Beach police station yesterday but
Inspector Stubbs refused to offer any, and police press liaison officer Walter Evans failed to return
phone calls up to press time.

Fla. man bitten, killed by fire ants

AN ELDERLY man was killed when a
floating colony of fire ants washed into
his home after Tropical Storm Fay and
bit him multiple times, according to

Associated Press.
Authorities said the man was bitten Tuesday
and died at the hospital the next day. His
name was not released.
Seminole County officials said the man was
allergic to the ant bites.

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Tribune Staff Reporter.
A MALE resident of
Pinewood Gardens became the
country's latest traffic fatality
after the car he was driving
crashed into a utility pole on
Old Trail Road.
Press Liaison Officer Assis-

tant Superintendent Walter
Evans said the 25-year-old man
was driving south on Old Trail
Road near Nassau Christian
Academy around 11 pm on
Wednesday when his 1995 Toy-
ota Avalon ran into the post.
Police and the emergency
services were called, and they
pronounced the victim dead at.
the scene.

He was the only person in
the car.
The victim had to be pried
out of the gruesome wreck
with the jaws-of-life, Mr Evans
Although his identity has not
been released by police pending
positive identification by fami-
ly, preliminary, reports state the
victim's name is Jamal Curry.

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Dangerous fish

continuing to thrive

in Grand Bahama
Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT- Dangerous
lionfish are continuing to
thrive in waters throughout
Grand Bahama, where a num-
ber of sightings have been
reported in the last several
days by marine biologists of
the Explorer's Club of New
After completing a seven-
day expedition in Grand
Bahama on Tuesday, marine
biologist Stefan Harzen
reported that his team
encountered lionfish in the
canals, wetlands, and in pro-
tected waters at Petersen Cay.
"Lionfish, obviously, is an
invasive species and you
would like to get rid of it, and
we saw many in the canals
around here and some in the
coral reef area of Petersen
The lionfish is native to the
tropical Indo-Pacific region.
The venomous fish has recent
ly been spotted in the warmer
coral regions of the eastern
Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean
There have been numerous
lionfish sightings in various
parts of the Bahamas in the
last few years. The fish feeds
heavily on native baby fish
and there are fears that it
could pose a threat to the
country's fishery resources.
Mr Harzen said persons
should report any lionfish
sighting to the Department of
Marine Resources.
He said that there are dif-
ferent ways of getting rid of
the lionfish. In some countries,
he said, it is caught and eaten.
"I think the idea, and I hope
it's not misunderstood, is if
you get Bahamians to eat it
they will go out in huge num-
bers and catch it," he said. "
"Clearly, we have to deci-
mate it and everybody who
sees one and has any kind of
tool should kill it. But, you
must be extremely careful
because you can injure your-
self and endanger your health
easily if you don't handle
them right," he warned.
Mr Harzen said that he has
been informed that there are
special classes to teach people
how to catch the fish and pre-
pare it.
He is encouraging spear
fishermen to kill the lionfish
and remove it from the ocean.
He also said it should be dis-
posed of properly in the trash.
"That could be a real good
contribution and there is a call
by the Marine Resources
Department to report any
"If you see a lionfish you
can do two things you can
kill it and report it, or you can
just report it because it is a
worthwhile effort," he said.
Mr Harzen and his team
have completed a map of the
coral reefs along the southern
shores from the Lucayan
Waterway to Petersen Cay.
He said their ultimate goal
is to map the island's entire
southern shoreline.

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PMH morgue and laundry

staff reportedly back at work

DISGRUNTLED staff at the
morgue and laundry depart-
ment of the Princess Margaret
Hospital reportedly went back
to work yesterday after hospital
management took steps to
address all of their outstanding
Bahamas Public Service
Union President John Pinder
said staff unrest a day earlier
prompted the hospital to quick-
ly start much needed improve-
ments, to the laundry depart-
ment to improve ventilation.
Hospital officials have promised
to complete all remaining
upgrades at the laundry depart-
ment within four weeks.
A September 2 meeting is
scheduled to bring resolution

Hospital management 'takes

steps to address their issues'

to morgue workers' concerns.
They are calling for, among oth-
er issues, retroactive hazardous
work allowance.
"I believe it is safe to say as a
result of the action taken by the
Princess Margaret (staff) of the
Rand Lab (morgue) and the
laundry department, steps
immediately were taken by
PMH and PHA to correct the
conditions with the laundry in
which they had a number of

equipment that needed to be
properly connected to function
"I think it's safe to say that
steps were taken to have the
equipment properly connected.
In addition to that, the exhaust
fans that were being asked for
better ventilation in the laun-
dry. . a number of them have
been installed, and they have
agreed that within one month
all of the outstanding issues

BTC employees

'did nothing

Tribune Staff Reporter
BTC employees did nothing
illegal when they took to the
streets earlier this month and
the deputy prime minister's com-
ments on the matter are "insult-
ing and a threat to the trade
union movement," the president
of the National Congress of
Trade Unions claimed yester-
As the debate over the appro-
priateness of the BTC action
continues, President John Pin-
der said that the NCTU was
"very disheartened" to hear
Brent Symonette tell the press
last week that "appropriate
action" will be taken against the
unionists, who were calling for a
voice in the BTC privatization
Claiming both that the union-
ists did not breach their indus-
trial agreement and that they
were immune from discipline in
light of the fact they had filed
five trade disputes that day, the
union leader defended the
behaviour of the BTC employ-
ees during a press conference.
Flanked by Bahamas Com-
munications and Public Officers
Union leader Robert Farquhar-
son, who did not speak, he called
on government to "use good
judgment and be wise in deal-
ing with this matter."
Meanwhile, the government -
this time in the form of Minister
of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing again declined to elabo-
rate on what "appropriate
action" may constitute. "That's
enough to say for now," said the
Yesterday, Mr Pinder's ver-
sion of the events that took place
on Monday August 11 appeared
to conflict somewhat with direc-
tions from the presidents of the
BCPOU and BCPMU Robert
Farquharson arid Claude Han-
na to their members.
The NCTU president said the
action taken could not "consti-
tute an illegal strike" because it
was "simply an act of a number
of staffers of BTC heading in
the same direction on their enti-

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tied lunch hour."
And he claimed employees
"reported for duty, produced
and performed their duty, went
out to lunch and returned after
But at a meeting at BCPOU
hall on the day of the distur-
bances, Mr Farquharson and Mr
Hanna, directed their members
to go back to their desks after
lunch but refuse to do any work.
"Go back to your work place,
but if anyone asks you to do any-
thing, say 'Uh uh!"" Mr Far-
quharson said.
Meanwhile, when asked how
the day's action, which he admit-
ted did not follow a strike vote,
affected BTC operations, Mr
Hanna told The Tribune it had
effectively "shut down" the busi-
In response to the suggestion
that these comments prove that
his version of events may not
reflect reality, Mr Pinder said:
"I think the remarks were that
they were not to perform above
or beyond their normal duties.
Not after 'getting off time'. I
want to believe that that's what
the intentions were, the inten-
tions were to have them not go
beyond the call of duty, after the
end of the work day."
Stopping their vehicles alleg-
ing simultaneous "mechanical
difficulties", BTC employees
blocked Bay Street for an hour
during their lunchbreak on
August 11 and also temporarily
denied access to Paradise Island


from East bay Street. They then
went on to take their protest to
Freeport the following day.
While the move won the sup-
port of some, who said it is nec-
essary to take such drastic action
to get government's attention,
other members of the public and
employee representatives con-
demned the disruptive display.
President of the Bahamas
Employers Confederation Bri-
an Nutt said last week that he is
concerned that there are too
many "illegal" industrial actions
which are not followed by any
disciplinary response.
He called for government to
pass the shelved Trade Union
and Labour Relations Bill as a
replacement for the Industrial
Relations Act, saying that it pro-
vides better definition of "what's
legal industrial action, and more
penalties for failing to abide by
the law."
Huedley Moss, chief negotia-
tor/adviser to the Bahamas Bev-
erage and Water Distributors
Union, said that rather than new
laws, the current laws relating
to industrial action need to be
enforced and an historic reluc-
tance by politicians to chastise
unionists has to be ended.
Yesterday Mr Pinder apolo-
gised to members of the public
who were inconvenienced by
what took place, but explained
that "sometimes you have to do
things that would affect or
impact something to get results."
He indicated that he does not
accept the government's claim
that the committee on which the
unions are represented in the
privatization process is the "key"
committee and suggested that
ultimately they are still in a posi-
tion to have their recommenda-
tions as it relates to workers,
The NCTU is an umbrella
organisation under which many
other unions, including the
BCPOU and BCPMU, fall.

regarding the environment of
the Laundry Department will
be corrected."
Mr Pinder said the hospital
is now working on the reclassi-
fication of morgue workers -
many of whom claimed to The
Tribune that they are working
outside their job description
without adequate pay.
On Wednesday, about 20
workers from PMH's laundry

'department and the Rand Lab
protested outside PMH's
administration block waving
They said they would not
return to work until unsuitable
working conditions are
Morgue staff at PMH also
protested in May citing poor
work conditions and outstand-
ing pay.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Reality check needed on Haitians

IT IS good to know from Immigration Min-
ister Branville McCartney that Haitian immi-
grants living in Abaco's slums The. Mud and
Pigeon Pea will not be repatriated indis-
This is a human problem of major propor-
tions, which if not handled with sensitivity can
bring untold suffering on both Bahamians and
Every human being desires and deserves an
opportunity to live and raise a family in humane
conditions. However, because of man's unfor-
tunate brutality towards his fellowman, many of
society's weakest members have suffered much.
Millions are wandering the face of the Earth,
hungry, scantily clothed, looking for a spot to
pitch their tent and rest their weary bones.
Haiti and its people are among those unfor-
tunates. Haiti could solve its own problems if its
citizens would unite as one people for the com-
mon good. Instead a social moat that cannot
be forded has been built between Haiti's haves
and have-nots. As a consequence the weakest
among them are taking to the high seas and
risking their lives to find a piece of God's earth
on which to settle and feed their families.
Again callous man, motivated by greed, is
reaping a fortune from the misfortunes of these
wandering migrants, Mapy boat owners collect
the life savings of these poor Haitians, offering
them safe passage to the Bahamas or the Unit-
ed States. Many of them drown on the way, or
are ordered overboard to swim for shore if the
boat captain detects trouble. Most, unable to
swim, float up as unidentified bodies off
Bahamian shores.
Unfortunately Bahamian boatmen are
involved in this.human scandal. When caught
the law should have no mercy on them.
But how to solve this unwelcome human
problem? Obviously, the Bahamas cannot
absorb Haiti's poor without disrupting its own
society and creating even more suffering and
unrest among its own people..
Shortly after the FNM won the government
last year it discovered many problems in the
Inimigration Department, among them appli-
cations clogging the system where "no" was the
only answer.
We hope by now that the obvious rejections
have been removed from the system so that
those applications that need consideration can
be dealt with.
Immigration should move systematically
through various area such as the Mud and
Pigeon Pea to determine who is a legal resi-
dent and who is not. -
Unfortunately those who should not be in

the Bahamas should be returned to their home-
In the meantime policy decisions have to be
made. Many grey areas in government's immi-
gration policy encourage corruption and ille-
gality. We have heard stories of unscrupulous
police and immigration officers soliciting bribes
from Haitians in return for turning a blind eye
and not arresting them.
And then there is the major problem of the
Haitian to whom Immigration has given a per-
mit to reside, but not to work. These people
have to live and feed themselves. If they can live
here, they have to work. If they can't work
legally, then they will.work illegally.
For example there is a Haitian family here,
who must be typical of many Haitian families.
The head of the family came to the Bahamas 28
years ago, hired by one of the PLP's favoured
generals who has openly said that under the
PLP he could import has many Haitians as he
needed to work his farm. And so this man with
a passport and work permit arrived here legal-
ly to work. Years later he was joined by his
wife and their two small children, both born in
Haiti. Two more were later born in the
Bahamas. All have been raised as Bahamians
and have excelled in Bahamian schools. Other
than their names, they can pass for Bahami-
Here is one little man on a gardener's wage
struggling to support-afamily-ofisix. The moth-
er has a residence permit to stay in the Bahamas
with her husband, the two Haitian-born children
also have permits to remain with the family.
But the three permits carry a warning: "The
holder shall not engage in any gainful occupa-
tion." If they do they are liable to criminal pros-
Here are three able bodied persons, capable
of work and contributing to the household,
legally unable to do so. Government obviously
expects them to find a job and have an employ-'
er apply for a work permit.
But let's be realistic. Who is going to pay
immigration more than $1,000 for a permit to
employ a young girl, no matter how smart, just
out of school with no particular skills? That's
right nobody. There are many Haitians in
this position being forced by a short-sighted
government policy to make choices: Work ille-
gally, pay off an official to close his eyes, or
take to crime. This short-sighted policy has cre-
ated many other social problems.
Government has to be more practical in its
thinking and understand how some of these
decisions are creating even more problems for
this country.

Put God




EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE present R M Bailey
Park vendors stand as a visible
reminder to us that our schools
will open soon. Prudent parents
are now preparing their chil-
dren for the opening of school.
However, the most important
preparation for our 62,000 stu-
dents is spiritual readiness.
It means that before we busy
ourselves about getting these
students ready to learn the three
R's of writing, reading and
arithmetic, we ought to remind
and instil in them the three R's
of reverence, respect and
responsibility. We must admon-
ish them to put God first, even
in their school work because in
Him "are hid all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge" (Col.
Given the fact that "the fear
of the Lord is the beginning of
knowledge," then families and
churches should take the lead
in ensuring that children under-
stand and appreciate the impor-
tance of seeking the Lord for
wisdom and knowledge. Special
orientation sessions and services
should be conducted by spiri-
tual leaders with the view of
helping parents and children to
make that connection between
spirituality and scholarship.
True worship paves the way
for the development of strong

character and excellent acade-
mic performance. Let us con-
nect with the One who knows
Also, it is interesting to note
that in law, collective worship
and religious instruction are
statutory duties placed upon
public schools.
Government operated
schools are required to ensure
that collective worship is offered
to Jesus Christ every day of the
school year. In addition, reli-
gious education is not an option
but a mandatory subject for all
students from grades one to
twelve in government main-
tained schools.
In my opinion it may be con-
strued that failure to comply
with these legal requirements
could result in liability. That is,
parents could very well sue the
government successfully for not
engaging their children in daily
collective worship and not
ensuring that their children
receive adequate religious
instruction, the rudiments of
It is therefore incumbent
upon public school authorities
not only to begin each day with

Christian worship but to have
a special time of worship at the
beginning of the school year for
the entire school community:
board members, administration,
Ministry of Education officials,
spiritual and civic leaders, Mem-
bers of Parliament, business
partners, parents, teachers, stu-
dents, alumni and all other
It is believed that the sus-
tained academic success of the
church-affiliated schools is con-
nected to their Christian phi-
losophy of education. The archi-
tects and facilitators of Christian
education hold the view that
spiritual values in every aspect
school life make a big differ-
ence and that secular human-
ism has failed to meet the needs
of the whole man.
If we hope to realise scholas-
tic excellence or noticeable
school improvement and quali-
ty assurance, then the entire
academic community must give
supremacy to spiritual values.
A Christ-centred educational
system will reap both natural
and supernatural benefits in
character development, acade-
mic achievement, athletic per-
formance, and citizenship.
August 22, 2008.

Loud music is a form of disrespect

EDITOR, The Tribune. '
I would like to bring the fol-
lowing article to the attention
of all those non-thinking per-
sons who seemingly do not
understand that music good or
bad played loudly, especially
late at night continuing until
two and three o'clock in the
morning especially in. a resi-
. dential area is definitely a form
of disrespect for their neigh-
bours and poor training for their
children who would follow in
their footsteps, and think it is
OK to do the same.
Well let me tell you, it is
wrong to do so.
For over three years here in
New Bight, Cat Island, I have
suffered from the sound of very
loud, lousy sounding musi'
played over and repeatedly on
weekends. I could not sleep,
concentrate, nor write. This
music comes over so loudly, in a

very distorted manner flowing
through my house which is only
about 300 feet away. It is so
loud that it causes the window
blinds to rattle.
I love some Jamaican music,
but this particular tape played
over and over must be the worst
one ever produced. It made my
head hurt.
When I could not take it any-
more, I complained to the for-
mer chief of police.
When he was out-of-sight, it
was up again. It turned out that
the disc jockey was actually a
police reservist.
People living all the way in
Hawks Nest called at different
times asking how could I take it,
it was being heard all the way
there. Others complained as
An elderly lady on my street
who has been ailing for some-
time, and told me she was also,
bothered by the loud music.

Well, Cat Island now has,.
another Police Inspector, a no-
nonsense man who is every-
where, and was made aware of
my situation, and promised to
look into the matter.
He must have. The music vol-
ume seems much lower, and it
stops at 2am instead of three.
I am still not getting sufficient
sleep, Frankly, I see no reason
why the music should be played
beyond midnight when no spe-
cial event is taking place.
I could understand if a special
event or a weekend of events
is taking place.
That is the only time they
who are responsible should be I
allowed more hours, lowering
the music at a certain time.
New Bight,
Cat Island,
August 25, 2008.

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children at All

Saints Camp
THE children at All
Saints Camp are watching
the last days of summer
pass them by as they
return to the classroom on
Monday morning.
The administrator at All
Saints Camp, which is a*
refuge for HIV and AIDS
victims, has one less worry
as all 16 children at the
home were outfitted with
brand new school supplies.
Yesterday, Sandals Roy-
al Bahamian Spa Resort
donated brand new school
supplies for all the chil-
dren. The children, ages
three to 15, were provided
with backpacks, lunch
bags, composition books,
colouring books, crayons,
pens, pencils, ,sharpeners
and rulers.
Each year Sandals and
its team come to the aid of
these children to ensure
that they return to the
classrooms with new.
school supplies so that
they are not disadvantaged
in any way.
Sandals public relations
manager, Stacy Mackey
said this year was no
"Once we had a count of
what was needed we went
out and purchased every-
thing. When we went to
deliver the items they were
all smiles and it made us
happy to see that they
were delighted with our
gift to them." The four
pre-schoolers that live at
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The administrator of All
Saints, Diana Thompson,
said she is very thankful'
for Sandals' contribution,
noting that the resort has
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Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN students bound for
Canadian colleges and universities in
the upcoming semester are being
warned by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs that if they attempt to enter that
country without a valid student
authorisation letter, they may be deport-
Due to the lengthy application process
for a Canadian student visa, some stu-
dents have attempted to outsmart the
system by trying to enter without written
authorisation from the Canadian High
Commission in Kingston, Jamaica.
In a statement released yesterday, the
ministry said students found entering

YOUNG Bahamian men and
women who dream of becoming
supermodels will be given one
more chance to enter the Ford
Models' Supermodel of the
Bahamas competition this week-
The world-renowned Ford
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Bahamian. partner, Models242.
will be closing out its four-morth
search to find the Ford Models'
Supermodel of the Bahamas and
the male face of 242 with a final
casting on Saturday, August 30
The event will be held at the
Mystical Fitness and Health Spa
in the Palmdale Shopping Plaza.
With online entries closing on
September 1, Saturday's casting
will give young hopefuls an
opportunity to be photographed
and meet with representatives
from Models242.
"We have had some 50 to 60
young women from the Bahamas
submit entries through the Ford
Supermodel of the World site,"
said Models242's director of
operations Mark Humes.
"For the grand finale in Octo-
ber we are looking for the six
most unique, most beautiful ones
to represent the Bahamas to the
world," he said. .

Those entering country without proper
documentation 'will not be allowed to enter'

the country without a visa or the rele-
vant documentation "will not be allowed
to enter Canada."
The ministry recommended that stu-
dents contact their college or university
and request that their place be held
while their letters of authorisation are
being processed.
While he did not have the specific sta-
tistics on hand, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs director general Joshua Sears
said "a number" of Bahamian students
have been sent home by Canadian offi-
cials because they were trying to enter

--This Saturday. we want to
gie those young g people who
ma\ not ha e had a chance to
enter online. either because the\
did not have a computer or eten
photos, to come dow n to Mysti-
cal Fitness and \e \ill photo-
graph them and asist them with
entering before the deadline on
--\e do not want anyone to
miss out on this chance of a life-
time for an\ reason "
Nir Humes said that after the
September deadline, represen-
tatives from Ford Models will
then \iew all qualified entrants
and choose the six young women
and men with the most potential
for the finale in October.
"After we announce the final
12 on September 15, we will have
a very exciting schedule of events
planned for them, all beginning
September 27 and continuing
right up to show time on October
4," Mr Humes said.
"It would be a shatme if any-
one misses out on this opportu-
nity because either they don't
believe it's true or, in the case
of guys, they think it's only some-
thing for 'soft' fellows."
"I don't like to make promises,
but I can promise that on Octo-

the country without a student visa.
"People have complained about the
process of obtaining visas to go to Cana-
da and you know students sometimes
have a tendency to travel without prop-
er authorisation and what the ministry is
advising is not to take any precipitous
steps without ensuring that you have all
the proper documentation because it
does create another problem.
Applicants have to apply for a Cana-
dian student visa through the Canadian
Consulate in Nassau however the actu-
al visa is issued from Jamaica while med-

ical forms must be approved from
Trinidad before the student is autho-
rised to travel to Canada.
This process sometimes takes up to
four months from the date of application
and includes costly fees.
"People are finding that to be a diffi-
culty and you know with pressures and
deadlines, people are complaining and
it's something we've raised with Cana-
dian authorities as well," said Mr
The Bahamas, along with a number of
,CARICOM member states, have raised
issues with the Canadian embassy over
the long delays in acquiring student visas
from that country.
Mr Sears said the matter is currently
under review by Canadian foreign
affairs officials.

ber -1. Ford Models. the owner
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well-placed senior
official, Her Majesty's Prison "I w
(Fox Hill) has evolved into all is n
corrupt, hellish den that is allcorrs
"being run like a doll house." corru
He alleged that corruption is needs
rife in the prison and must be over
immediately investigated. come
I'm told that this week's know
uprising at the prison was ones
merely one issue on a long list these
of queries and unsettling ran
events among the prison staff.

vant the public to know
rot well at the prison, as
ption is there and it
to be investigated. Even
rnment material that
s into the prison is
n to disappear, with no-
nowing who's stealing
provisions," this high-
ag source alleged.
cording to my source,

indiscipline has filtered
through the ranks, particular-
ly as some guards appear to
be "playing doll house and
since the appointment of the
newest superintendent, Under
whom everything seems to be
out of order."
He claimed that although
the prison is supposed to be a
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like that currently exists" and
this is due, in part, to the "neg-
ative impact of the new
Apparently, morale among
prison officers is also at an all-
time low. According to this
officer, the senior officers are
remonstrating against the
superintendent's approach to
conducting staff meetings. He
noted that "unlike the last
superintendent, these days
junior and senior officers are
lumped together in meetings,
rather than separating the top
brass -- which starts fr )m
inspectors and having
administrative meetings with
them, and then going to the
lower ranks."
Because of this novel
approach, this officer feels that
junior officers appear to be
losing respect for those sea-
soned, ranking officers.

Addressing the selec-
tion of a new super-
intendent following Elliston
Rahming's departure, this
prison official suggests that
the government must choose a
senior, experienced officer
who ascended through the
ranks and is aware of how to
effectively oversee the prison.
"The government needs to
look among the senior ranks
and then make a selection.
The next superintendent must
be a person, who should have
served at least 20 years and
possibly holds a degree -
although those senior officers
without degrees, and who did
come up through the ranks,
are also deserving. You know,
a lot of officers disagree with
many of Mr Rahming's poli-
cies, but many are afraid to
speak out, afraid to lose that
"To be frank, Mr Rahming
is not a military fella, and
some of his policies have
caused the junior officers to
lose respect for senior offi-
cers," the source stated.
He also claims that since the
.superintendent's appointment,
they have adopted a policy
that seemingly requires
degrees for promotions. While
he accepts that approach, he
says that those "officers who
worked hard and served long
years should also be consid-
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victimised and sexually
harassed. This high-ranking
officer maintains that he has
spoken to several distraught
female officers who feel vic-
timised, having been abruptly
and unceremoniously moved
from certain posts (eg, the
offices) and placed elsewhere.
According to him, a number
of female recruits have also
been transferred throughout
the stockade because certain
senior male/female officers
were sexually harassing them
and, when they refused these
officers' advances, they were
promptly assigned elsewhere
because the higher-ranking
officers may have sought to
exact his/her revenge after
being rejected.
It has been alleged that
there is a lack of accountabil-
ity at the country's main pen-
According to my source:
"Officers funds have gone
missing without any account-
ing for it. The officers' com-
missary has been closed for
months. Money used to be
held there in case officers
needed to borrow something
to pay school fees or had fall-
en on hard times. With the
past administration, officers
could have borrowed money,
but they can't do so anymore.
"When one looks at the
inmates' commissary, funds
are also disappearing from
there, too. They say that there
are about three different
accounts. However, no-one
knows who's in charge of
administrating those
accounts," he alleged. .

n recent times, prison
officers have spoken out
about their susceptibility to
mental and physical illnesses
resulting from their deplorable
work environment. The prison
service continues to be. an
understaffed and grossly
underpaid arm of law enforce-
I have always been a pro-
ponent of the government
using some of the stalled $30
million from the Chinese gov-
ernment, purportedly donat-
ed to build a yet unseen stadi-
um, to construct a new prison
on a secluded cay, far away
from residential areas. Fur-
thermore, in following the
footprints of prisons in the US
that are more efficiently oper-
ated by private firms, I am
also suggesting that the gov-
ernment also add the privati-
sation of the prison to its list of
"things to do."
Frankly, it now appears that
the Ministry of National Secu-
rity and the prison superin-
tendent have several pressing
issues to confront, and this
week's staff unrest about their
outstanding backpay was just
the beginning of a brewing


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Like many other patriotic,
appreciative Bahamians, I
would like to congratulate our
Olympic team, particularly
Leevan Sands and our male 4
x 400 metre relay team, on
their bronze and silver medal
successes at the Olympic
Unfortunately, although he,
won a silver medal with the
relay team, Chris Brown's
journey must have been bit-
Although Mr Brown was
dignified in representing his
country, he was edged out by
the flying American David
Neville who incorporated
another sport into track and
field and shamelessly dived
across the finish line and
instantaneously became the
'Michael Phelps' of track and
Frankly, I thought that
Neville's move was unethical
and did not represent the
Olympian spirit. Although the
rules of track and field sug-
gest that the athlete whose
torso crosses the finish line
first wins, competitors that do
so usually dip their upper bod-
ies while remaining on their
feet, instead of taking off
and literally diving across the
What annoys me most
about Neville's lunge, which
he used to beat Chris Brown
by four-hundredths of a sec-
ond, is his penchant to brag
about this shocking display.
According to an NBC
report by Alan Abrahamson,
Neville says that "the dive was
sacrifice" and plans to tell his
-grandchildren the-story of his
dive at the finish line. This, in
my opinion, was an unethical
display and we should protest
this loss, even if it means going
to the Court of Arbitration for
According to Wednesday's
press reports, Tonique
Williams-Darling the
Olympic gold medallist in the
400m was retiring. While
Mrs Darling's victory led to
many exhibitions of national
pride, the naming of Harrold
Road highway in her honour
was considered premature by
"many. A crescendo of voices
have suggested that the then
government acted impulsively
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Indeed, there are more wor-
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Knowles, track icon and coach
Pauline Davis-Thompson, the
Golden Girls and Olympic
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Road improvements slated for

New Providence thoroughfares


MINISTER of Public Works and Trans-
port Neko Grant has signed two contracts
with Morgan Saunders of Island Pavers for
road.improvements to the East Street and
Collins Avenue thoroughfares.
The contracts, totalling $197,610, were
signed during a press conference in the
boardroom of the Ministry of Public Works
and Transport on Wednesday.
The contract for 1.1 miles of road along
East Street between Wulff Road and Shirley
Street is expected to take two months at a
cost of $141,210, and the $56,400 contract for
0.8 miles of road along Collins Avenue
between Seventh Terrace and Shirley Street
is expected to take one month.
Mr Grant said the condition of the thor-
oughfares of East Street and Collins Avenue

has for sometime been unacceptable and
the ministry looks forward to continuing
the improvement of the roads in New Prov-
He added: "They are not conducive of
roads in New Providence and we seek to
improve the quality of life for our citizens.
Infrastructure is one of the ways of doing
The minister thanked Mr Saunders for
accepting the challenge and informed him
that the ministry looks forward to quality
work and on-time completion.
Mr Saunders said once the government's
road paving unit has milled the existing sur-
face, Island Pavers will be required to clean
up, prime and repave the roads.
Road disruption is one of the challenges
that the ministry faces, particularly with the
September re-opening of schools.
Gordon Major, acting director at the Min-

lic Works and
Transport Neko
Grant (far right)
signed two con-
tracts on Wednes-
day with Morgan
Saunders of Island
Pavers (centre) for
road paving to the
thoroughfares of
Collins Avenue and
East Street. Acting
Director of Public
Works and Trans-
port Gordon Major
(left) looks. on as
Mr Grant presents
copies of the con-
tract to Mr Saun.
Henderson/BIS photo

istry of Public Works and Transport said:
"What we have tried to do is to engage the
contractor so that much of the work is done
at night after hours so that we limit the dis-
ruption that takes place during normal work-
ing hours. We think it is critical that we
engage the contractor to work in that fash-
Mr Major revealed that the ministry will
not meet the expected deadline of early
September for the improvements to Sir Milo
Butler Highway, a part of the New Provi-
dence Road Improvement Project.
"There needs to be some additional
repair work along the existing Milo Butler
Highway that we are also planning to
address as a part of that completion. And
again to limit the interference with traffic,
with much of that work, we are trying to
schedule it so much of it is done late in the
afternoon," he said.

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Grand Bahama Power Company

to refurbish downtown 'eyesore'

AFTER 10 years of sitting as
an eyesore in the heart of down-
town Freeport, the former Gulf
Union Bank building will
receive a much-needed facelift
and a new owner.
The Grand Bahama Power
Company has purchased the
landmark building and will
begin refurbishments later this
year with plans to move in
before the end of next year.
Space currently rented from
the Grand Bahama Port.
Authority for the downtown
payment centre and adminis-
trative offices in the Lucayan
Building will be used to accom-
modate the consolidation of the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
Purchase of the former Gulf
Union Bank property will mean
that these Grand Bahama Pow-
er Company offices will be,
moved to a centralised location.
This will benefit both the cus-
tomer and the company,
according to Tony Lopez, vice
president of finance at GBPC.
"Our customers will have eas-
ier access to our payment centre
downtown without competing
for parking with other busi-
nesses. We are also considering
use of the drive thru window
that already exists,"
Most importantly to the com-
munity, the refurbishment of
the dilapidated building located
on the comer of Pioneers Way
and East Mall, will improve the
overall look of downtown, the
company noted.
Restoration of the building
will hopefully add to the
enhancement efforts.
"Our decisions regarding ren-
ovations are almost finalised,
and we are planning minor out-
side renovations to make the
building more compatible with
the Freeport area and intend to
expand the existing parking
area," said EO Ferrell, Grand
Bahama Power Company pres-
ident and CEO. "Internally, we
anticipate adding some addi-
tional space in the mezzanine
area to accommodate the relo-
cated staff."
The Gulf Union Bank closed
in late October 1997, leaving
the property vacant, and the
building remained unoccupied
since then.
"We are looking forward to
the move," added Mr Ferrell,
"our architect is Donald Dean
of The Architects Incorporat-
ed, and we are eager to see how
he will transform the building
space for us and accentuate the
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Students gather for

BTVI orientation

STUDENTS gathered at
the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute
(BTVI) this week for ori-

Excited and also a little
nervous, new students
began arriving as early as
8am to take their seats and
begin the day's activities.

The session began with a
warm welcome from BTVI
manager and consultant,
Dr Iva Dahl, followed by
various speakers from dif-
ferent departments of the
Abigail Sands, acting co-
ordinator of student affairs
energized the students with
some fun facts about
The agenda included:
registration, students
right's and responsibilities,
campus rules and regula-


These and other topics
were structured to help the
students know about insti-
tute's policies and to
understand what is expect-
ed of them when they
begin their technical and
vocational experience.
Following a morning of
informative sessions, the
students enjoyed a tour of
the campus and refresh-
They were given the
opportunity to meet and
spend time with their heads
of department as well as
the other new students.


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'iticrJd,. alicrnon o \edneodai. 27th Auguit 201.0i I jutended the Funeral
Id! .nc .I ihe humblesi. most godl) person' I ha'.e known in ni', lile lime
He h buried in \\ odlJawn Garden Cemeitery loll.w ing Ohsequie~ d Bible
Tiuth Ha.il. after loing a full life o. -R4 \ci-,
i -e:'.i.ed the .,renching ne',s of die pasmirig of Donald Kenneth Robenr
IjI- Saiurd., moaning while e on furlough in Ojakland Park. Florida I d as
:i.cc.-iriclen. and immediately fell a ensure of greji personal Ino%. Grlet.
strTi.ken because I fell helpless thai I .a>j nut here ito i e broiherkl support
..n, ,, good Inend. confidant and Personnel Officer. Grego'r, Robenr .-n the
pi.sing of his father
On ihe .ltern- n oif' mr depairure I '.,aj updated on the condition of the
p.i( iti. ,h,, ..ja critical, but table in I C U of Doctor'% H'.pital. Njiaju
One ,-It ihe last ih]ines cummunicaled b tihe deceased t as. wheri he was
. .l if hI :. an ied tOi go home He nodded his head in the ailintriaive and
c lien pre'cd turtLer about hiLch hoie. lie pointed heaeniardl. He assured
h, .-.r, .reg,. iiht he knev. whom he bele\eed., ind was persuaded that God
i, Able it, ep ih.ii which h he had .immilted unt.: Him again'i ihai da\
F:,i ithe i- l in .me. s.iid his soB. "I realized thji my Iither had resigned
it..ii tihe Church Miliiant I)o asume membership in the Church triumphant
I hjd ,rireideid to la my pen d,-'' n lo':r at least the rest of ihis ear. alier
h..ii;C r..bbcJ ..f o trier nds ihrc.ugh he cruel hind-. .I death %nhir the past
I' ,,:.riit. .ind I had h,,p:Jd ihui ihe Tnbules I r-.e I:' them would hate been
Ih.: lI.i irf j I,,r-t-e hle Bul that '..- not to be Hoteter. I lee constrained
i.. rr(alihe il,. rl, my pen to indite j>t a mrini.cule Jppreciaion to The
.he-i F.in il, I.r ithe life .f man th., s la'.Jed and rcspecied by 4o man.%
liuii all ascg ltus of this Commornsealth contractors, businesspefsons,
professionals and common-folk alike. The whole community is the poorer
for his loss. No section of our society could claim him exclusively. He was
a good man, a fine gentleman, and a Bahamian in the highest sense of that
word. He bridged the gaps that separate people, and erased barriers that
Donald Kenneth Roberts was bornm in Nassau on 29th July, 1924 to Garland
Garrison Roberts and Azalia Marie Roberts (nee Higgs), who were married
on 28th March, 1923 at The Gospel Hall on Dowdeswell Street. His parents
were both "raw-boned" Bahamians. Garland Garrison was born at Green
Turtle Cay, Abaco on 15th June, 1897 to Richard Talbot Roberts and Lauretta
Roberts (nee Lowe).
According to A. T. Bethell's book "Early Settlers of The Bahamas" it is
noted therein, "Garland Garrison Roberts a descendant of John Roberts who
was chosen as a Representative for Harbour Island at an Assembly holden at
Nassau 29th September, 1792, Woodes Rogers Governor."
Azalia Marie bom at Spanish Wells on 23rd April. 1898 to Francis Higgs
and Emma Higgs (nee Pinder) was a direct descendant of Jeremiah Higgs
who was granted 125 acres of land at Eleuthera on 14th September, 1803 as
compensation for his gallant efforts in assisting Colonel Andrew Deveaux of
the South Carolina Militia in freeing New Providence from the Spanish, along
with other recruits from Harbour Island and Eleuthera in the year 1782.
Mr. Donald attended Queen's College under the headmastership of the
renowned Rev. R. P. Dyer. He excelled in all subjects offered, particularly
Mathematics, rivaling Rosalie Aspinall for first or second place each term.
He graduated in the Class of 1940 along with Joan Brown, Mary Dyer,
Evangeline Mosko, Margaret Peet, Patrick Brown, Percy Claridge, Leroy
Cole. Michael McKinney, Basil and Claude Smith, as the proud holder of a
Cambridge Senior Certificate in 7 subjects English Language. English
Literature, Mathematics, British History, Religious Knowledge, Biology,
My first encounter with Donald Roberts was about 25 years ago when I
worked at Dunkin' Donuts on Marlborough and Cumberland Streets, opposite
the British Colonial Hotel in down-town Nassau.
He and his wife, Mrs. Edith Christine (nee Stratton) came into Dunkin'
Donuts every Sunday morning around 9 am for coffee and donuts, before
continuing on to Church. They would always tip me $1.00. The Robertses
appeared to be a very godly couple. That was mv first impression of them.
and I was n, % rn. .
I met then, a ajin J hI .' ,ears laler khenr I v..as irlr..Jduid Sr itkTi.m t., m',
OlT-. M.,iu.,.'er j. hi. parcni I iffiinledliatc ferrncrihecredJ ihcn .iind theo
...In c ,ic i be ainie helief J iquainied ",ilh henrr a. rii r; *'e c il .i I I cli
i.i.-.i,-h.r Ih ,' .e ,f m\ s e d lm. d n niecili Mi R.:,bh rif. id hi- .il-e '.r
Sli.i i .11. 'ir. ci ..i he ,.er I i in G rrd.J C,n ir.d P... ijurajnT a.ir i.Jnner

He said to me, "I heard that you are tying the knot tomorrow." "Yes Sir", I
replied. "Knowest thou what thou doest?" he enquired. "I do know, Sir." Then
he cautioned me, "Be sure you are serious, because loosed goat doesn't know
how tied goat feels." I often recall that short, but profound exchange. That
was on Friday, 21st April, 1995.
The last time I spoke with Mr. Roberts was in June of this year, when I
contacted him to assist in an emergency situation I was facing. As usual, he
As I sat and listened to the Tributes at the Service, by Lewis Fitz-Gerlad,
Ross Pinder, Jerome Pinder, Robert Davis and the Message delivered by
Brother Colyn Roberts there was a common-thread that ran through them all,
silicet, the deceased was a godly, kind, compassionate man who was a success
in the most important areas of life- spiritual, personal, social and professional.
Spiritually, he was faithful to his God. Personally he was devoted to his wife,
dedicated to his children. Socially, he proved to be a friend to humanity.
Professionally he was committed to his job at City Lumber Yard, where he
gave 63 years of hard, honest work.
In this vein, he truly lived out the words in Queen's College School Song
that state:-
"Land of our birth we pledge to thee;
Our love and toil in the years to be;
When we are grown and take our place
As men and women with our race.
Teach us the strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak,
That, under Thee, we may possess,
Man's strength to succour man's distress.
Teach us delight in simple things,
And with that has no bitter springs,
Forgiveness free of evil done
And love to all men neathh the sun."
'Mr D--laid l K R rlcris I.urun dellighli n ihe simplee hirn.- I lilt Hi.
fi'.,'unitc 'p.IinuTui "tic .ardcunefn'2 aid nd...At'ik He had a green-i.hum and
p s r .c l a pceial i11 .. trealin, tinhl .:ul Of ,:id: O in hrJO', -'..l
u juall', ,\,.d'i: 1-dw.,. he ...,u'hil (crtu c i', hi. garden arid in hi, k ,, h.,p Ir.,'
the irunairJ nrIl. in h i ii-i 'n ut .lJe 'A.rld He ltied I'.' e Ihe be'.'ul,

nature., seeing things groa He used this time in his garden to think to
deliberate. to coignate I was lime he used to think about the mystery of lile.
about eermitn. eternal security. about the God's ineffable love. abundant
mercy. losing kindness. wondrous grace and Chnrist's finished work on the
cross at Calan- These were the things that he spoke to me about whenever
I saw him on the queue at Royal Bank. Bay and Vicionra Branch. or over at
the Lumber Yard in Marathon These were the godly things that consumed
his mind They made an everlasting impnnt in him They coloured his speech.
hi' ihoughts and his demeanor. He was host to the well-known Biblical
passages, and stones. the Sunday School memory verses, the ,piritually
edit ing poems and the daily Devoiional lines
He 'as a man of honour., of mtegnr) and love Not given too much tal..
he was a man of lew words who made his point succinctly He brought
S.isdom, sagacitr and quiet reason to many an incendiary situation and heated
debate He lied his life being always fully conscious that words spoken in
the dark must one day come to light He therefore never advanced an unworthy
cause, or supported a shameful design. He was a man of peace, spoken of in
The Beaiitudes ho will inherit the Kingdom
Space does not permit me to pnni all the kind and favourable comment.
people hame made to me about iMr Roberts since he died People have gone
out of their ,ay to tell me anecdotes inmoling his generosity, his largesse.
compasion. forgiveness and understanding On Wednesday morning. as I
sailed back to0 Nassau. a Bahamian on board, and a complete stranger to me
began to speak about the deceased He spoke in superlatives, and had no idea
thai I knew so well whom he was praising
The highest tributes that can be paid to any person are those given b) his
offspring. Youngest son, Greg wrote this on the passing of his dad:-
"As I looked in your face, I have seen the reflection of God. You have been
a good husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather and
friend. Most of all, you have been a godly example, a true reflection of the
love of God. As long as I live, I will seek to walk in your footsteps."
Grand-daughter Heather recalled, "I have never witnessed such grace and
unconditional love as in the last few years, watching Papa and Granny......
He always just wanted to make sure that his "Teenie" (Grammy) would be
okay. I was blessed to have him for 25 years....."
Grandson Brian remembered his Grandpa Donald as "a kind, Christian
man.... He was a teacher, and a preacher, spending countless hours studying
the Bible helping to lead/guide his Church. I will miss Papa, but I know that
he is happy and "at home".
Eldest son Michael reminisced on his daddy "as someone who was
conscientious, kind and generous to everyone he met. My dad set a good
example for all of us to follow".
I do believe that as he lied in his hospital bed during the last week leading
up to his death, if it were possible, he would have quoted the words of the
following poem to his son Greg, who visited him multiple times quotidian:-
I have finished now with this house of clay
Please kindly and gently lay it away;
And let me rest from this life of pain,
Toiling in sunshine, storms, and rain;
Trying to help the sick and poor,
And turning no needy from my door.
I have started to do my master's work
Never a duty did I shirk;
Many times I was misunderstood
When I had done the best I could.
I am tired now, so let me rest.
Don't cry, don't you know, God knows best
Please, no sad hearts, no hung down heads
Don't weep for me for I am not dead.
I have another house you know,
Where only God's redeemed can go,
I do not need this house of clay
So tenderly, carefully, lay it away.
'ecll dJr.ne hou g,:id and la.ihful er ani Enter thou nio the ji-., of Thy

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A COMMUNITY fighting
"over development" in Abaco is
preparing to meet with developers
and Environment Minister Earl
Devaux to outline their concerns.
The residents of Hope Town in
Elbow Cay believe plans submit-
ted by Bahamian construction
company Cavalier to build 19
houses, a clubhouse and six town-
houses on Joe's Cay, a 4.7 acre
island connected to Elbow Cay
byv a forest of mangroves, would
spoil the environment, the econ-
omy and Hope Town's unique
When a Tribune reporter visit-
ed the island, every resident she
met spoke out against the devel-
"It's not that everybody on the
island is opposed to develop-
ment," said local realtor Kathleen
Albury, "but we want sustainable
development. If this goes ahead
we are going to mess up the real
estate market by over-develop-
ment and we are going to mess
up the environment."
Cavalier's plans have been
approved in principle by the
department of physical planning,.
and developers maintain con-
struction will cover less than 25
per cent of the land and cause
minimal damage to the man-
groves and shoreline vegetation.
But further plans to dredge a .
channel, cut into the cay to build a
marina and docks, and create an
artificial beach on Crown land
rocks adjacent to the cay will
require separate applications sub-
ject to an Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA).
Clay Wilhoyte, a life-long resi-
dent of Hope Town who runs the
Harbour's Edge restaurant and
bar, said: "The dredging is going
to change the current flow, and
when you start changing the flow
of nature you destroy it."
He explained that when mud
and seagrass on the surface of the
seabed is broken through to the
fine mud underneath, the water
will become silty.as it is at White
Sound, east of Joe's Cay, where a
channel was dredged years ago.
The shallow waters around
Joe's Cay are popular for bone-
fishing, conching, and kayaking,
residents said, and the mangroves
serve as a nursery to juvenile
crawfish, fish, as well as storm,pro-.
Candace Key, principal of the
60 pupil Hope Town school which

has won international awards for
their environmental activities, said
the great outdoors is their second
* classroom.
"What kind of lesson are we
teaching our children when we
tell them the mangroves are very
important, but it is okay to tear
them down to build houses?" she
"The mangroves are a natural
storm protection, they are natures
nursery, there are conch, turtles
and bonefish in the shallow waters
there. The area is just so very
important to us that we cannot
afford to destroy it."
"In the long run, what does it
do for the people?" Mr Wilhoyte
added. "The government and the
developers make their money and
then they're gone.
"It's not in the best interest of
the people who live here, and this
is my home, I have lived here all
my life."
Mrs Key said she is also con-
cerned about the rising price of
property in Elbow Cay that will
price locals out of the market.
She said: "It hurts me greatly
that so many of today's children
won't be able to afford homes in
the island of their birth.
"We shouldn't be pushed out
of our birthplace and at some
point ascertain amount of land
needs to be set aside on islands
as small as this for future genera-
tions of Bahamians."
Developers maintain 40 jobs
would be created at "The Island
Club", but locals say employees
will have to be brought in from
outside Hope Town and Abaco,
to fill the positions that would be
Ray Brown, a second-home
owner in Hope Town for 26 years,

said: "I don't want to see the peo-
ple who live here and their chil-
dren lose out to developers who
are here to make a quick deal.
"People on the island are not
against development but the dev-
il is in the detail."
Bill Fuller, a carpenter who
made Elbow Cay his home 35
years ago, lives opposite Joe's Cay
in an area surrounded by trees
and infested with sandflies.
The nature lover has built a
narrow wooden dock through the
mangroves so as not to disturb
the mangroves and cay where
white-crown pigeons thrive.
He is concerned developers will
want to build a bridge between
the cays as had previously been
Hope Town councillor Diane
Bethel said plans to build three
houses on the island and a bridge
were submitted to Hope Town
Council by the original owner in
2004 and the local council
approved plans in principal, with-
out the inclusion of the bridge.
She maintains Hope, Town
Council had not seen Cavalier's
current application before it was
granted approval in principle by
the central government's Depart-
ment of Physical Planning.
But Cavalier's deputy managing
director Vernon Wells disagrees.
He said: "The previous owner
submitted a proposal in writing
to Hope Town District Council
to develop Joe's Cay for a winter
.residence and a limited number
of separate private residences to
be used primarily as second
homes by others.
"The total floor area of all the
private residences and associate
caretakers/service buildings pro-
posed would not exceed 20 per
cent of the total land area of Joe's
He maintains the current devel-
opment is within this limitation.
Former Hope Town councillor
Susan Bethel said: "If this goes
ahead a lot of people would com-
plain for the rest of their lives,
especially if they dredge because
of the silt and the land it would
"It would put stress and strain
on our waste management. It
would take from the economy axnd
Bahamian-owned rental cottages.
"I have fought developments
like this before, and I have seen
them go up, and I don't want the
same thing to happen here."


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KAYAKING AROUND the mangroves. Candace'Key, principal of the 60 pupil Hope Town school, said 'The
mangroves' are a natural storm protection, they are natures nursery, there are conch, turtles and bonefish in
the shallow waters there.'

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FROM page one

MARK iit R. BOX a1 TL: r-


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Age 88

of Tenwich Street, Mount Royal
Avenue, and formerly of Colonel
S." [Hill, Crooked Island, will be
held at The Church Of God Of
Prophecy, East Street Tabernacle, on Saturday at 10:00am. Officiating
will be Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson. Interment follows in Woodlawn

Leanna Veola Ferguson bade farewell to her husband Hayward Sr. in
2004 and her son Donald in 2005.

She is lovingly survived by four (4) children, Ena-Mae Thelma Cox,
Hayward Alkin Ferguson Jr., Dr Albert Sidney Ferguson JP, and Katherine
Elizabeth Beneby; grand children, Dr. Desiree Cox, Dorcas Cox, Awanna
Ferguson, Takesha Ferguson, Delric Bereby, David Beneby Jr., Katherine
Beneby II, Donetta Ferguson-Goston, Gianina Ferguson-Strong, Angelica
Ferguson, Albernie Ferguson, Cyd Ferguson; great grandchildren,
Dominique Goston, David Johnathan Aliens, lan Richard Beneby, Mercy
Lourdes Stafford; brother-in-law, Willie B. Hue of Buffalo, N.Y.; sister-
in-law, Ellen Ferguson; son-in-law, David G. Beneby Sr.; daughters-in-
law, Bernadette Ferguson, Betty Ferguson, Sandy Ferguson; nieces and
nephews, Dr. Anita and Kevan Dean and family, Erica and lan Atkins and
family, Thelma and Felix Beneby and family, Joyanne and Matthian Pratt
and family, Herbert Ferguson Jr. and family, John and Ruthmae Meadows
and family, Elkin and Eunice Meadows and family, Peter and Stephanie
Meadows and family, Lenora Meadows and family, Catherine and Donald
Roberts and family, Sandra Meadows and family, Deacon Maxwell and
Elizabeth Ferguson of Buffalo N.Y. La Gloria Hue of Buffalo N.Y., Cecelia
McKenzie, Olga Ford, Cleveland Ferguson, George Archer of Buffalo, NY,
Vernal Ferguson, William and Mansfield Morely; cousins, Elder E. John
Deleveaux and family, Deacon Whittington Deleveaux and family, Lemuel
Moss, and family along with many other relatives and friends, including
but not limited to Sonia Beneby, Rev. Catherine Chisholm, Mrs. Olga
Richards, Mr. Gerlene Gibson, Mr. Diana Hepburn, Mrs. Christina Moss,
Mrs. Betty Cox, Ms. Mary Moss, Mrs. Victoria Beneby and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Rollington Ferguson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Uhijah Johnson and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whylly, Agnes and Joseph Allen, Rehetta
and Minerva Chisholm and family, Elkin and Margaret Ferguson and
family, Benjamin Ferguson, Minister Romeo and Beatrice Ferguson and
family, Dan and Lablan Ferguson Jr., Howard and Donna Newbold and
family, Lena Smith, Marilyn Collie and family, pelores Rolle and family,
Deacon Herman McClain and family, Mayina epburn, Elder Stanley
Beneby and family, Roberta Hepburn and family, Vincent Cartwright,
Veronica Mackey, Ralph and Althea Sands and family, Winifred
Williamson, Sidney Cunningham and family, Dorrington Ferguson and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Brenville Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Forbes, Sis.
Jackie Clarke and family, Herbert and Dorothy Bastian, Supt. Elsworth
Moss, RBRF and family, Chief Supt. John Wesley Ferguson, RBPF and
family, Doreen Campbell and family, Bishop and Mrs. Brice Thompson,
Bishop and Mrs. Elgamet Rahming, Bishop and Msr. Franklin Ferguson,
Dr. and Mrs. Woodley Thompson, Pastor Kendal Simmons, Bishop and
Mrs. Hulan Hanna, Bishop and Mrs. Cephas Ferguson and family, Bishop
and Mrs. Rudolph Bowe, Bishop and Mrs. Arthur Ferguson, Bishop and
Mrs. Joseph Swann, Minister Salatiel Simmons, Deacon and Mrs. Hurai
Ferguson and family; neighbors, Mrs. Faye, Mr. Eddie Rahming and
Wayne and Ids Sawyer; god children, Thalia Mycklewhite and Allen Cox,
the Albania Christian Academy family, Member of the GHS Class of 1968
and their families, Bishop and Mrs. Roston L. Davis and the Golden Gates
World Outreach Ministry family, Dr. Brian Tynes, Dr. Gloria Ageeb, The
Princess Margaret Hospital staff, the entire Church of God of Prophecy
family and other valued relatives and friends just too numerous to list

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

gists Dan Kottlowski and Basil
Dean stress that the behaviour
of the storm after Monday is
hard to predict.
"Let's put it this way, it'll be
roughly 500 miles east of Nas-
sau on Monday.
"At that point it will start to
slow down and again this is
where we run into problems,
because the information we
are looking at shows a varia-
tion of what it will do after
"Some information takes it
slowly westward toward the
northern Bahamas, other
information takes it north or
northeast duringthat that time. So
at this point I would say it's
almost impossible to say exact-
ly where it will move after it

New storm may head

for the Bahamas

gets to that point," said
Accuweather forecaster Mr
Hanna is intensifying at pre-
sent and if it continues as it is it
should become a hurricane
within the next day or two.
However, Mr Kottlowski
claims that the only effect the
Bahamas is likely to feel for
the three to four days may be
increasing surf on easterly fac-
ing islands like Eleuthera.
Right now the storm is trav-
elling in a west northwesterly
direction at 12 miles per hour
and has maximum sustained
winds of 40 miles per hour.

"I would still keep a close
eye on this because it's not on
the other side of the world. It
actually is close enough that if
it were to track a little bit west
it would come a lot closer to
the Bahamas," said the mete-
"After Tuesday it seems as
though residents in the north
west of the Bahamas may have

to monitor it very, very, close-
ly because the steering pattern
becomes a little bit weak after
that time and anything could
happen," added Mr Dean.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm
Gustav, which formed on
Monday, is now on the western
side of Jamaica and is set to
head straight towards the Cay-
man Islands and into the Gulf
of Mexico, with little to no
impact on the Bahamas.
It dumped heavy rain across
Cuba, the Dominican Republic
and Haiti, where it killed at
least twenty people.

Bahamas Bar Council

FROM page one

case, another lawyer was recently disbarred and many others were
When a complaint is lodged against a lawyer in the Bahamas, the
matter is referred to and reviewed by the Bar Association's Ethics Com-
Five senior members.of the Bar sit on this committee.
The lawyer against whom the complaint has been made is sent a let-
ter by the Bar Council, requesting that attorney to respond to the
allegations. The lawyer has two weeks to do so.
If the Ethics Committee is unable to come to a conclusion about a
matter, the case is then handed over to the disciplinary tribunal.
One judge, two lawyers and one prominent member of the com-
munity, who is approved by the Attorney Genieral, sit on the tribunal.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Bahamas Bar Council is
appealing to the Court of Appeal against the punishment handed
down by the disciplinary tribunal in the case of Mr Thompson.
Mr Thompson was ordered to pay more than $230,000 to three
clients from whom he admitted to the tribunal he had wrongfully tak-
en funds. -
He'has been given until September 17 to pay the money or he will
stand disbarred.
Mr Munroe said that it is the view of the Bahamas Bar Council
that this sentence "is over lenient."
"It appears to be the unanimous view of council that the only appro-
priate penalty for defalcation of clients' funds is disbarment, immedi-
ate disbarment," Mr Munroe said.

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Devontee Daniel McPHee, aka
"Dee Dee or Lil Man",11

a resident of Honeycombe
Street, will be held at
Christian Gospel Church,
Flint Street, on Saturday at
11:00 a.m. Officiating will
be Pastor Dwayne Wright,
assisted by Rev. Anthony
Newton. Interment follows
A. ^ in Lakeview Memorial
Gardens, JFK Drive.
He will sadly be missed by those who dearly loved him
mother, Angela McPhee; father, Ambrose McPhee
(deceased); step father, Mario Swain; brother,
Tyrone Wilson; sisters, Allison and Nadia McPhee;
grandmothers, Melena Rolle, Dollymae Scott, Sandra
Johnson, and Leila McPhee; great grandmothers,
Salomie Rolle and Eva Williams; grandfathers, George
Wison, Cardinal Scott, Victor Johnson, and Patrick
Swain; nieces, Tyronique Wilson and Brandy Henfield;
aunts, Tamika Bartee, Caroline Williams, Trellis Davis,
Brithany, Shakera and Tamara Johnson, Vanessa,
Clardia, Legree Scott, Rochelle Armbrister, Tanesha
Johnson, Debbie Ferguson, Sabrina Pratt, Theresa
Lewis, Beverley, Dianne and Kay Brown; great grand
aunts, Judy William, Violet Jennings, Angle Bain,
Michelle Rolle, Theresa Ramsay, Dorothy Smith, Pearl
Munroe, Jennie Neely, Beatrice Brown, Michelle and
Sharlene Rolle, Joyee Batton, Loleita Johnson, Stacia
Moss, Dale Malone, Janice Ramsey, Ruth McDonald;
uncles,. Corporal Jamal Evans, Dominque Omeko,
Ricardo Johnson, Anthony Armbrister; grand uncles,
Shelton Johnson, Frank Williams, Philip Ramsey, Walter
Bain; numerous relatives and friends, Janice Joseph
and family, Laura Lewis and family, Dawn Ferguson,
Latoya Carey, Shicara Pitt, Mario and Monique and
family, Laura Turnquest and family, Junior and Paula
Turnquest, Anthony Rolle and family, the Clarke family,
Orlando Rubin and family, Charlene Taylor and family,
Orein Musgrove and family, the Brown family, Rashaun
Symonette, Andrew Smith, Giovanni Ferguson and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Fernley Palmer, Mr. and -Mrs.
Gregory Jones. Mrs. Johnson and family, Ms. Brown,
Mrs.. Sybil, Mr. William Gator and family, Drexel Deal
and the B.A.C.K family, G.G.Y.P family, Salem Baptist
Church family, Johnson and Johnson Trucking family,
Ricardo Enterprise and family, Sandy Shaufer and
Robin Hood family, Church Of God Seven Hills, Pastor
Clemet and Debbie Saunders, The Munroe Family, The
Class of 2008 Woodcock; teachers, Ms. Kelly, Ms.
Thompson, and Ms. Miller, Honorable Perry Christie and
The Entire Farm Road Constituency, Pastor Dwayne
Wright and the Entire Christian Gospel Church family,
and other family and friends, too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00
p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 10:
00 a.m. until service time.


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The Radiance of this
"Amethyst ofA Gem" will always glow in the hearts
of his:
Wife: Yvonne Serena Wallace-Munroe;
Four Sons: Edward Jr., Wayne, Wilbur and Warren
Two Daughters: Valencia Steiger and Olive Thompson;
Thirteen: Grand Children;
One Brother: Bertie Munroe;
Sisters: Joyce Lewis, Rosetta Rolle, Cyprianna
Munnings, Angela and Orion Munroe; Numerous:
Nephews and Nieces;
A host other loving family and friends and the Ragged
Island community.

Visit our website: www.emeraldridgemortuary.com view video
tributes, sign guest book, send condolence, sympathy,
share memories and make funeral arrangements.


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008, PAGE 11



FROM page one
sources close to the party claim that neither of
them were utilized to their "full potential" dur-
ing, or leading up to the election campaign.
The Progressive Liberal Party lost the May 2
general election to the governing Free National
Movement when its strategy of attempting to
defeat the popularity of Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham backfired. The campaign, as political
pundits have commented before, was poorly
run, pitching Mr Christie against Mr Ingraham
instead of touting the achievements of the PLP
during its five years in office.
As a result, Mr Christie's control of the PLP
suffered a dramatic setback following the party's
defeat resulting in varying factions calling for
him to step down from office. Mr Christie, how-
ever, has persevered through the first year after
the election, and as sources have emphasized,
seems more persistent than ever to maintain
control of the PLP at least for another term in

Prison officers
claim govt
has not kept
its word on
'all back pay'

FROM page one
Though all officers did
receive some of the funds
accrued during the past two
years, the source said they
are not prepared to settle for
'less than what is owed.
According to the source,
many officers discovered the
inconsistencies with back pay
totals during a special pro-
motions ceremony on the
prison grounds held on
The sources told The Tri-
bune that during the ceremo-
ny, officers displayed their
dissatisfaction, and were out-
right disrespectful to their
superiors because of the
Claims are that officers
from the 2005 and 2006
squads had $166 deducted
from their salaries in June of
this year without explanation.
Additionally during a back
pay distribution by the BPSU
in July, officers at the prison
said they were overlooked
and subsequently did not get
the $62.50 issued by the

Cynhi Prat, Uewilclhcomlbe Mayfair

However, Mr Christie's deputy, Cynthia Pratt,
has already announced that she will not be stay-
ing on for another term as deputy leader of the
This announcement has caused many would-
be leaders within the PLP to begin their cam-
paign for the position that they hope would one
day ultimately see them in the leadership role of
the party.
To date, only West End and Bimini MP
Wilchcombe, St Thomas More MP Frank Smith,
St Cecilia hopeful Paul Moss, Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald and Bain and Grant's Town MP Dr
Bernard Nottage have been suggested as possi-
ble contenders for the deputy's position. Of
those names listed, however, only Mr Wilch-
combe and Mr Moss have publicly declared their

FROM page one
there was anything wrong, the
MP was given a verbal warning.
However, this incident was
only the latest in a spree of activ-
ity that has captured headlines
and provoked debate. Shock
and outrage has been expressed
at the audacity of the operators
to set up such an establishment
on the main thoroughfare of
West Bay Street.
To add insult to injury, the
brothel is only a stone's throw
from Fort Charlotte police sta-

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Mr Albert Berlin Key, Sr., 89

of Blair Estates,
Nassau, The Bahamas
will be held at
Ebenezer Methodist
Church, East Shirley
Street, Nassau, on
Tuesday, 2nd
September, 2008 at
4:00 p.m.

Rev. Charles A.
Sweeting will
officiate and
interment will be in
Cemetery, Nassau.

Ebenezer Methodist

Mr. Key was for many years a proprietor of the
well known grocery store on East Shirley Street,
known as "Joe and Berlin"

Mr. Key was pre-deceased by his wife, Flora
Louise Key; his sisters, Avedny and Geraldine
Key; his daughter-in-law, Florence Key and a
son-in-law, Roy King.

He is survived by two sons, Albert Berlin Key,
Jr. and Patrick Grammatico; four daughters,
Marguerite Key King, Cheryl Key, Kathy Key
and Kimberly Johnson; grandsons, Kevin and
Christopher Key; Marcus Grammatico, Stephan
Johnson and Raphael St. Louis; granddaughters,
Chantelle Euteneuer, Monique Wszolek and
Jennifer Knowles; son-in-law, Harlin Johnson;
daughter-in-law, Sandra Grammatico and many
other relatives and friends including John Paul.

SInstead of flowers donations may be made to
your favourite charity in memory of Albert
* Berlin Key, Sr.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.P.,
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My name is Erika Rah-
ming and I am the
Olympic Youth Ambas-
sador for the Bahamas.
The sport I practice is
judo. I was sent to Bei-
jing, China,. where the
2008 Olympics were held.
I took part in the Bei-
jing 2008 Olympic Youth
Camp, which is designed
to give young people the
opportunity to make
friends from other coun-
tries or regions and to
learn about each others
There are about 500
people from over 200
countries that were
attending the camp. Some
of the campers were dis-
abled and came from the
host country.
This is a continuation
of my journal which was
printed in.The Tribune
last week Friday.

T HE day after the
opening ceremo-
ny of the
Olympics was
slow. In the morning my team
and I left to watch basketball
at the stadium. We had all
* come thinking that today we

would watch men's basketball,
but when we arrived we found
out that it was women's.
Although this disappointed us
slightly, (we had all really
wanted to watch the USA
team,) we still entered the sta-
dium hoping to see a good
By the time we got inside
the stadium it was the fourth
quarter of the first game (we
were to watch two games that
day). As the game finished up,
some of the campers cheered
because it was their countries
that were playing each other.
When the game finished the
"Fuwa" or lucky dolls in Eng-
lish, came on the court to
entertain us. Fuwa are the
Olympic mascots. There are
five of them, BeiBei, JingJing,
HuanHuan, YingYing and
NiNi. When you put their
names together it means "Bei-
jing welcomes you."
After the Fuwa entertained

us, the second game started.
This game was Mali vs New
Zealand. From beginning to
the end,the teams were even
in points, so it kept us on the
edge of our seats guessing who
was going to win this game. It
was very exciting, some of the
campers decided to choose
one team to cheer for to make
it even more fun. So whenev-
er their team scored a point,
they would erupt in cheers.
In the end of the exciting
game, New Zealand won and
even though we wanted to
watch another game, we were
hungry because it was
lunchtime so we headed back
to camp.
On the fifth day of camp,
the campers all went to the
Olympic Village to meet with
a member of our National
Olympic Committee (NOC).


The member that met us was
our chaperone for the plane
ride there.
Our chaperon showed us
around the Olympic Village,
which consisted mainly of
apartments where the athletes
and the rest of the NOCs
The Olympic Village also
had some shops where you
could buy cheap souvenirs or
food and other items. After
the tour we ate at the Olympic
dining hall where athletes and
people from different coun-
tries met and mingled over
food. There we met Mrs Dil-
lete as well as two Bahamian
swimmers, Alana Dillette and
Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace.
When we had finished eat-
ing we left to go to the Acad-
emy of Science, where they
showed us a video on China's
advances in space science. We
were also shown around and
we saw animal skeletons and
stuffed animals that were
being used for research to pro-
tect the environment.
The following morning was
the mini Olympics. The mini
Olympics was hosted by the
camp and consisted of many
games such as tug-o-war, table
tennis competitions, Chinese
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' When we arrived my friends
were shocked at what they
saw, they could not believe
that judo was about pushing,
pulling and throwing people
around. They especially could
not believe that judo was my

FROM page 12
yo-yo, and races.
Chinese puzzles were also a part of the mini-Olympics. A few
friends and I played tug-o-war and won a couple of times. It was
really fun and we won bracelets and a Chinese lucky knot.
Later that morning we went to the Olympic Expo Beijing 2008
where we were given a tour of the building. The expo con-
tained many things from previous Olympics.
On display there were medals from every previous Olympic
Games, as well as torches from every Olympics that used one.
There were also many stamps on display as well as pins because
collecting stamps and pins are very popular. At the end of the
tour there was a room for pin trading where some campers
traded their pins with other people.
There was also a section for Olympic artwork where various
artists had sculptures, paintings and drawings showing. The
artwork was very good and some pieces I can still remember
clearly in my mind.
One such artwork was a painting of men's basketball in which
a man is trying to dunk but most of the opposing players are
pulling him down, trying to stop him.
That night was a birthday party which was held for all the
campers who celebrated their birthdays during our time in Chi-
The party started in the auditorium where the birthday cele-
brants were given gifts and performances were held for them.
I was surprised to see how many of my new friends celebrat-
ed birthdays just during the camp. Even my new best friend from
Uganda celebrated her birthday.
On day seven of the camp I woke up early and got ready to go
on the bus. I was excited about this day because I was going to
see my sport -judo.
For the bus ride I had to go with a different team than my own
because my team was not scheduled to go. I had also managed
to convince two of my new friends to join me to watch judo.
They were very interested in getting to know the sport because
it was still a mystery to them.
When we arrived my friends were shocked at what they saw,
they could not believe that judo was about pushing, pulling
SEE page 14

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FROM page 13
and throwing people
around. They especially
could not believe that
judo was my sport.
The judo matches were
exciting to me because I
was eager to see new
methods that I could
apply to my own training.
I was also eager to see if
there were any judokas
(judo players) that I
knew. After a while some
of the campers brought
snacks and shared them, I
made some new friends
over these snacks.
On the way back the
co-ordinators gave us
snacks as they usually do
when we are driving for
long periods. In my bag I
found some unusual
foods such as eggs
cooked in tea, a can of
red bean and rice mix,
and a fish sausage. I am
not too adventurous with
food and soI ,stuck with
the crackers and chips.
That night, some
campers went to the pool
while I stayed behind
with other campers to
watch "Green Melody,
Youth Carnival" in which
many campers per-
formed. Some of my
friends went on stage and
danced, sang and also
played the piano.
I was surprised to see
how talented everyone
was. I really enjoyed the
show and it made me
want to learn how to play
an instrument even,
more. This is the end of
my journal of the middle
of my stay in the Olympic
Youth Camp. Look out for
my last article which I will
be sending soon.

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Atlantic Medical enters

life insurance market

Bahamas Waste's

recycling facility 'up and

running' in month's time

* Company 'a little disappointed' government
did not proceed with $ lm per year garbage
contract outsourcing
* 'Not a word' on biodiesel approval, with
recycling facility aiming to deal with 500
tonnes of cardboard per month for export

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamas Waste yesterday said it hoped to have its cardboard
recycling facility operational within the next four weeks, initially
processing 500 tonnes of cardboard per month, as its managing
director yesterday said he was "a little disappointed" the Gov-
ernment had chosen not to proceed with privatising Nassau's,
garbage collection.
Francisco de Cardenas said Bahamas Waste would have been
paid around $1 million per annum had it won the bid to take over
garbage collection for four zones in southwestern New Provi-
dence, an area bordered by Pinewood in the east and Coral
SEE page 4B.

launch brought Colonial Group
International's Bahamian sub-
sidiaries into line with the prod-
ucts it offered in other
Caribbean jurisdictions.
"We are a regional company,
and we operate primarily in
Bermuda, the Bahamas, the
Cayman Islands and the British
Virgin Islands," Mr Gibson told
Tribune Business.
"We are a multi-line insurer,
and the Bahamas was the only
market where we did not offer
life insurance products whatso-
ever. It's' only logical that we
complete our product offering
across all jurisdictions.
"We're really a multi-line.
insurer and employee benefits
provider. That encompasses
everything that we do in the
Atlantic Medical has initially
launched individual life insur-
ance products in its name under
the brand name 'Life Choices',
which will be distributed
through a Bahamian broker
network likely to expand as
time progresses.

"It's going to be a gauged
expansion in the market," Mr
Gibson explained. "Over time,
we will be rollingout a full suite
of life insurance products con-
sistent with all the other juris-
dictions we operate in whole
life, .-group life.
"By the end of the year, we
hope to be up to six different
products. If you look at our typ-
ical customer base, it's really
the young professional. We're
really going into that niche and
leveraging off the strength and
reputation, particularly in cus-
tomer service, of Atlantic Med-
ical. We've written the product
and it's been launched."
Tribune Business under-
stands that apart from its exist-
ing customer base, Atlantic
Medical is also targeting and
looking to fill the niche left by
Traveller's when it left the
Bahamian life insurance mar-
The Bahamian life and health
SEE page 2B

Citibank wins BTC privatise contract bid

* Chief executive says


economy impacting credit demand
and quality, with consumer loan
defaults 'rising rapidly'
*Buy says bank's non-accrual loans
at least 3% below industry average,

Tribune Business Editor
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) is
likely to miss its fiscal 2008 targets
for total loan book growth, and
the percentage of consumer loans
in its portfolio, due to the deteri-
orating economy, its chief execu-
tive saying yesterday there had
been "a substantial drop-off in
credit demand for the third quar-
Anwer Sunderji told Tribune
Business said the entire Bahami-
an commercial banking sector
was facing a "difficult 12 months
ahead of us", as "all banks are
seeing an erosion in credit quali-
ty, loan defaults are rising, and
in consumer loans they're rising
With loan demand slowing, and
all commercial banks tightening
their loan criteria as they seek
high-quality risks, Mr Sunderji
said he "suspected" Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) "will miss our growth
target" set at the beginning of fis-
cal 2008 to expand the total loan
portfolio by over 30 per cent.
For the six months to June 30,
2008, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)

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saw its total loan portfolio grow
by 20.3 per cent to $183.747 mil-
lion, compared to $152.716 mil-
lion at year-end 2007.
Bur Mr Sunderji said: "We had
very strong growth for the first
quarter, and are seeing a sub-
stantial drop-off in credit demand
for the third quarter.
"We saw a decline in credit
SEE page 4B


Tribune Business Editor
Citibank has won the bid to
pro, ide investment banking seir
vices to the Bahamas Teletom-
rmunic:jlions .Conpdarin ', (BT..
privatization process, a contract
that could ultimately see it search-
ing fbr prospective buyers if talks
with current lead bidder, Blue-
water Communications Holdings,
Sources familiar with the situ-
ation told Tribune Business that
Citibank had beaten off competi-
tion from five other bidders to
land the contract, which initially
will see it perform an evaluation
of BTC to assess the company's
true market value.
The rival bidders are under-
stood to have been RoyalFidelity
Merchant Bank & Trust; First-
Caribbean International Bank;
Credit Suisse; Merrill Lynch; and
the New York arm of merchant

* Sees off five rivals to land role valuing
BTC and possibly seeking alternative
buyers to Bluewater
' Minister still confident of privatization by
year-end, although accepts some likely to
be sceptical on achieving this
* 'Back and forth' on Bluewater

exclusivity, as privatization and advisory
committees meet for first time

bank Rothschild.
The Citibank evaluation of
BTC is- designed to ensure the
Government obtains the true
market price for its asset, depend-
ing on what percentage it decides
to sell, and avoids under-

selling/undervaluing the state-
owned telecommunications com-
However, Tribune Business

SEE page 4B

Some Bahamas hotels

facing 20% occupancy

Tribune Business Reporter
Many Bahamian hotels have seen occupancies fall as low as 20 per
cent as they enter the traditional slow September-October fall period,
with properties placing staff members on reduced work weeks.
According to the reservations department at Comfort Suites on
Paradise Island, occupancies for the beginning of September are hov-
ering between 20-30 per cent, although the property is working to
build on those numbers as the month continues.
The hotel's reservation personnel confirmed that staff are likely to
be placed on a shortened work week, something that is pretty standard
around the industry.
Don Robinson, Baha Mar Resorts' president, told Tribune Business
that staff members at its Sheraton and Wyndham properties will be on
shortened weeks during the slow season.
Following summer break and preparations for back-to-school, Sep-
tember is notoriously slow for the Bahamian hotel industry, with busi-
ness likely to pick up closer to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Although this weekend is the US Labour Day Holiday weekend, typ-
ically considered the final opportunity for a summer getaway,. the
American Automobile Association (AAA) has predicted a fall-off in
SEE page 2B


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Tribune Business Editor
Atlantic Medical has this
month entered the Bahamian
life insurance market with a soft
product launch, it was con-
firmed to Tribune Business yes-
terday, as the company and its
affiliates move to offer a full
range of insurance and long-
term financial wealth creation.
options to consumers.
Responding to this newspa-
pei',s inquiries after numerous
industry sources tipped Tribune
Business off about the move,
Larry Gibson, vice-president of
pensions for Colonial Pensions
Services (Bahamas), Atlantic
Medical's affiliate, described the
life insurance venture as a nat-
ural expansion to complete the
company's Bahamian product
Linda Gibson, Atlantic Med-
ical's president, could not be
reached for comment, but Mr
Gibson, who is heading up the
lite insurance side, said the







BTC 'likely' to be privatized

within next six months

Tribune Business
The Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) will
be privatized and run by a
strategic partner within six
months, its chairman said yes-
terday, adding that the first
step in bringing this to fruition
was to conclude talks with the
current lead bidder.
Julian Francis told West
Nassau Rotarians that based
on what he has been told by
the Government and the pri-
vatistion committee, of which
he is a member, he is extreme-
ly confident that within six
months, BTC will be run by a
strategic partner.
Yet before any other fur-
ther move on BTC's. privatis-
tion can be made; the same
committee must conclude its
Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 25th day of August 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Nassau Airport
Development Company


for Local Placement Agent
and Collateral Agent Services

The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. invites
proposals for providing Local Placement Agent and
Collateral Agent Services in connection with the offering
of senior and subordinated debt securities to Bahamian

Request for Proposal (RFP) packages may be collected
from the corporate office of Nassau Airport Development
Company in Terminal 1 at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport between the hours of 10:00am to
4:00pm commencing September 1, 2008.

negotiations with Bluewater
Communications Holdings
and determine whether that
is the offer which will be
The exclusivity period for
Bluewater is expected to con-
clude within a few weeks, and
Mr Francis told Tribune Busi-
ness that before any further
move can be made, those
negotiations must be conclud-
He explained that was the
privatization committee's first
mandate when they were
While he acknowledged
that some persons felt that
BTC's privatization was not
necessary, or that it should not
be purchased or ultimately run
by foreigners, the move was
vital to ensure the quality pro-
vision of services and compet-
itiveness in the telecommuni-
cations industry.

In fact, he called such argu-
ments "misconceived and
grounded in the past", partic-
ularly as other countries with-
in the Caribbean are making
tremendous strides in the area
of telecommunications.
Once BTC is privatised, Mr
Francis said there will be
tremendous opportunities for
Bahamians to create entre-
preneurial avenues stemming
from the process.
Mr Francis added that the
Bahamas needs to find more
creative ways for financing its
capital needs, but this was
likely to be a challenging task
because there has been a
mindset that government will
somehow always find a way.
However, Mr Francis said
the challenge with that is that
future Bahamian generations
will have to bear the burdens
of repayment.

The Public is hereby'advised that I, RABLIA PETIT-FRERE
of Montel Heights, P.O. Box CR-55227, Nassau, Bahamas,
intend to change my name to ROBERT PETIT-FRERE. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of the publication of this notice.

Legal Notice


/ -

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) -of the InternatiOnal Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution 6f CELICOELECTRO INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 19th day of August 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Ferreira & Company, a growing and dynamic legal
and consulting fwm. is seeking a Secretary/Personal
Assistant. The successful applicant must possess the
following requirements:
Associates Degree or 2-3 years relevant work
Ability to meet pressing deadlines and work
under pressure;
Superior customer service skills;
Excellent organizational and time management
Thorough knowledge and command of'
Microsoft Word, Excel. PowerPoint and Access.
Interested persons should submit letter of interest and
Resume on or before September 5", 2008 electronically only
to:chris ferreiiraanrico(a)coralvave.com

Atlantic Medical enters

life insurance market
FROM page 1B

insurance industry has undergone major consolidation over the last
six years, with the number of players shrinking from around nine to
about four or five.
This has largely been driven by Colina's aggressive acquisition dri-
ve, which has seen it acquire Global Bahamas, Canada Life and
Imperial Life to form Colinalmperial Insurance Company.
Mr Gibson said, though, that there was still room for other play-
ers in the market. "This-is something that's been required for a long
time," he added. "From the preliminary response we've been get-
ting, we think so. The response has been very positive.
"We're doing it in a gauged way, a cost-effective way, without a
direct sales force. For us, it's product completion and to service our
existing client base."
Mr Gibson explained that Atlantic Medical had always held a life
and healh insurance licence in the Bahamas, and had chosen now
to activate the life part of it.

.Some Bahamas hotels

facing 20% occupancy

FROM page 1B

holiday travel, primarily due to high fuel costs.
The AAA estimates that nearly 34.38 million Americans will travel
50 miles or more from home this Labour Day holiday weekend, a
decline of 0.9 per cent compared to last year.
About 28.64 million Americans (more than 83 per cent of all holiday
travellers) expect to travel by automobile, a decline of 1.1 per cent from
2007. Air travel continues to decline due to increased air fares, addi-
tional fees and reduced schedules by carriers. Almost 3.96 million
Americans will travel by air, a decrease of 4.5 per cent compared to last
year, the AAA reported.

NOTICE is hereby given that VERNETTA RAHMING
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-29TH day of
AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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



Logistics Manager

- Luxury home builder requires experienced
procurement manager.
- 3 years experience in international purchasing
- Freight logistics and terminology knowledge
- General knowledge of the construction
industry and accounting practices.
- Ability to supervise junior staff

Qualified applications only need apply, fax or
email resume 362-4300

The deadline for submission is
September 8. 2008 at 3:00 pm.


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Week unveils

Bahamas designer line-up

Mode Iles, Ltd, organiser of
Islands of the World Fashion
Week, has announced that 36
designers are committed, to-
date, to present their creations
at the premiere of the event on
5-8 November at the British
Colonial Hilton and the Atlantis
The designers, creators of
both garments and accessories,
will showcase their fashions on
the catwalks during the four
days of the event.
Both new and established
designers will present styles
ranging from couture to casu-
al, bridal wear, sports,
swimwear, and ready- to-wear.

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Arianne Etuk, chief Oopera-
tions officer for the organizers,
said: "These designers repre-
sent 13 island states, each with
its unique culture and fashion
perspective. The event will tru-
ly be a mosaic of cultures and
fashions, and promises to be
very illuminating."
The Bahamian designers
include Apryl Weech Carlos
Valentino, Christine Demeritte,
Elements, Garfi Designs, Harl
Taylor Bag, House of St. John,
La Bonne Vie Bahamas, Lisa
Humes and Opama Designs.
The designers will be joined
by three international guest
designers who will also be pre-
senting their collections. Peter
Ingwersen ofNOIR Illuminati
II out of Denmark, a leader in
the world of eco-fashion, will
showcase his designs during the
Opening Reception.
Nick Verreos of Nikolaki, a
star designer from the Ameri-
can fashion reality series "Pro-
ject Runway", will have a spe-
cial showing of his collection,
and will also lead a discussion
on trends and the fashion indus-
try for the presenting designers
and interested members of the
Kevan Hall, designer to some
of the most-noted movie stars
and celebrities out of Holly-
wood, will end the event with
a presentation of his collection
at the Closing Reception.

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would like to inform the public that she has RE-LOCATED with
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presently accepting applications for


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or financial degree and 7-10 years experience in the offshore banking sector,
have knowledge of international investment instruments & money market,
ability to partner with team members, must be confident regarding customer
relations, investments & portfolio management and have thorough knowledge
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Interested persons with such qualifications should submit their
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P. O. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas

Fax no. (242) 502 2303 or email: ruby.kerr@bsibank.com


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Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Analyst at the
Financial Intelligence Unit (the "FIU").

The successful candidate will be responsible for analyzing reports submitted to the FlU
by financial institutions pursuant to Section 14 of the Financial Transactions Reporting
Act, 2000 and Section 4 of the Financial Intelligence Unit Act, 2000.

The successful applicant must have:
a strong command of the English Language, coupled with excellent report
writing and presentation skills.
solid intuitive and deductive reasoning skills.
possess practical experience in either financial investigation, banking,
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be computer literate with proficiency in the use of the Internet and various
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as independently.
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good research and typing skills.

Completion of formal analysis of assigned reports on a timely basis.
Ensure the on-going maintenance and management of assigned reports.
Assist with delivery of training programs by the FlU for financial institutions
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*Assist with proper functioning of the department on a daily basis, inclusive of
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*Assist with preparation of typology reports for inclusion in the FlU's Annual
Participation from time to time in local and international seminars and
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Full execution of all other related duties that may be assigned by the Head of
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Minimum requirement: a Bachelors Degree from an accredited tertiary
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Recycling facility 'up and running' in month's time

FROM page 1B

Harbour in the west.
Responding to Dr Earl
Deveaux, minister of the envi-
ronment, who according to
newspaper reports said the
Government had decided to
keep the waste collection ser-
vices in-house, Mr de Cardenas
questioned why the Govern-
ment had gone out to tender in
the first place.
"It's a little disappointing.
Ours was the lowest bid, and
they would have saved money.
But we've got to move on," Mr
de Cardenas told Tribune Busi-
The Government's seemingly
skittish approach to reducing its
size, and getting out of business,
is unlikely to inspire investor
confidence when it comes to the
potential privatization of major
public sector assets, such as the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) and the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC).
However, better news is on
the horizon for Bahamas Waste
shareholders, Mr de Cardenas
telling Tribune Busin'ess yes-
terday that the company's
$500,000 investment in its card-
board recycling facility was set
to start paying off in around a
month's time.

"We are going
full ahead with
our cardboard

Francisco de Cardenas
"We are going full ahead with
our cardboard recycling," Mr
de Cardenas said. "Our bailer is
being erected today. It will
probably take a month or so to
get the facility up and running,
and we hope to begin cardboard
recycling sooner rather than lat-
"We've got most of the infra-
structure in, we've got the
equipment in. It's got to be
erected, but we hope to be up
and running shortly."
The BISX-listed waste col-
lection and disposal services
provider's managing director
said the company was "trying
to start off small" with its card-
board recycling plans. If the
venture proved successful,
Bahamas Waste would then
branch out into recycling other
Mr de Cardenas said the recy-
cled product would be "bailed
up and exported", generating
for the Bahamas what could
ultimately prove to be a valu-

able source of foreign exchange
earnings and foreign currency
inflows. Every little helps in this
regard. Bahamas Waste and its
customers had realized an enor-
mous amount of cardboard was
being dumped into the landfill
off Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway, and Mr de Cardenas
said: "We hope at the end of
the day to make a little bit of
money out of it.
"My customers are very excit-
ed. You would be surprised to
know how savvy our customers
are on environmental issues.
They see the need, and it is a
recyclable product. They know
we are running out of landfill
space, and I believe we're
going to have a lot of support."
He added: "It's hard to put a
number on it, but we hope to
start off with 500 tonnes a
month. We're hoping to get our
feet wet with cardboard, and if
we're successful with it, we'll
move forward from there."
However, Bahamas Waste
had heard "not a word" on
whether the Government would
give final approval for its
$750,000 biodiesel plant, which
it plans to develop in a 50/50
joint venture with Cape Sys-
tems, the commercial arm of
the Cape Eleuthera Institute.
The plant would recycle the
some 500,000 gallons of waste
cooking oil generated on New

Providence every year by
restaurants, hotels and cruise
Mr de Cardenas described
business as "really slow", and
although Bahamas Waste was
providing services for Albany
and possibly "some renovation
work at Kerzner", the econom-
ic downturn was impacting the
company's financial perfor-
mance. The managing director
said it was "very fair" to
describe the company's 2008
second quarter results, due for
release soon, as featuring flat
revenues and soaring operating
costs, which had depressed mar-
gins and profitability.
Mr de Cardenas said the cost
increases faced by the company
were "substantial", with the cost
of fuel, tyres and steel having
"shot up through the roof".
"We've had a minimal rate
increase on our commercial ser-
vices, and on the roll-off side
we're looking at each case on a
case-by-case basis," Mr de Car-
denas said. "We'll work with
our customers to get through
these tough times together.
"We started our rear-load
collection services in Abaco,
and then had some problems
there. People are holding back
and don't want to sign contracts
for waste services. They're a lit-
tle nervous about the state of
the economy."

Citibank wins BTC privatise contract bid

FROM page 1B

understands that if talks between
the Government-appointed pri-
vatisation committee and Blue-
water break down, Citibank will
then be tasked with going back
into the international telecoms
and financial markets to solicit
bids from other potential buyers.
Sources familiar with the situ-
ation said the BTC privatization
committee, and its advisers, the
Baker Tilly Gomez accounting
firm, had selected Citibank
because of its global reach and
market expertise, with intimate
knowledge of the key players that
might be interested in BTC.
One source suggested that with


Common Law and Equity Division

few other remaining telecoms pri-
vatisation opportunities in the
Caribbean currently, the
Bahamas was "a hot market".
"The Government would be
foolish to undersell BTC. It's its
biggest asset," the source said.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, yesterday said
he was unable to confirm whether
Citibank had been selected to
provide the investment banking
services, as it was a matter being
dealt with by the privatization
However, he said the BTC pri-
vatisation advisory committee,
which he chairs, was yesterday
due to have its first meeting with
the privatization committee.
The latter committee is headed
by Commonwealth Bank chair-


IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of
land comprising 33.240 acres more or less originally a
part of the Glintons Estate in the Settlement of Glentons
or Glintons, in the Northern District of the Island of Long
Island, one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, and bounded on the WEST by the Sea at High
Water Mark, on the NORTH partly by land now or formerly
the property of Basil Rahming and partly by land the
property ofthe Anglican Diocese, on the EAST by the Main
Public Road formerly known as the Main King's Highway,
and.on the SOUTH partly by Land the Property.of the
Treasurer of The Bahamas now Glenton Primary School
and partly by land now or formerly said to be the property
Sigismund (Cigman) Burrows and Alfred Adderley

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Dr. Calvin Adderley,
Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for Hubert Roy
AND IN THE MATTER of.the Quieting Titles Act, 1959.
The Petition of Dr. Calvin A. Adderley Sr. of P O. Box 30009, of Ocean View
Drive, Stella Maris, Bahamas, Clinical Psychologist, as ATTORNEY BY DEED OF
POWER OF ATTORNEY for Hubert Roy Adderley of 1908 Northwest 186'h Street,
Carol City in the State of Florida, one of the United States of America, in respect of:-
originally a part of the Glintons Estate in the Settlement of Glentons or Glintons, Long
Island one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, BOUNDED ON THE
NORTH by an ancient stone wall separating said parcel from land said to be land the
property of one BASIL RAHMING and running thereon (N 51 degrees 51'19") 567.86'
feet and partly by the aforesaid ancient stone wall separating said parcel from land the
property of the Anglican Diocese and running thereon (N 51 degrees 25' 59") 729.87
feet ON THE EAST partly by the Main Public Road of Long Island, formerly known
as the Main King's Highway and running thereon N 165 degrees 24' 18" 737.31 feet
thence running (N 169 degrees 46' 25') 253.17 feet thence ON the SOUTH by land the
Property of the Treasurer of The Bahamas now comprising the Glentons Primary School
(Bahamas Government) Compound and running thereon (N 267 degrees 15'" 09") 217.25
feet thence ON THE EAST again by land the Property of the Treasurer of The Bahamas
now comprising the aforesaid Glentons Primary School (Bahamas Government)
Compound and running thereon (N 168 degrees 16' 40") 347.84 feet thence
ON THE SOUTH by an ancient stone wal separating said parcel from land
said to be land now or formerly the property ofSigismund (Ciman) Burrows
and Alfred Adderle and rumig tiereon N 232 degrees 22' 26" 964.44 feet
thence ON THE WEST again by the aforesaid ancient stone wall separating
said parcel from land said to be land the property of Sigismund (Cigman)
Burrows and Alfred Adderley and running thereon N339 degrees 59' 54
thence ON THE SOUTH agam by Sigismund (Cigman) Burrows and Alfred
Adderley now or formerly by the property of Sigismind (Cigman) Burrows
and Alfred Adderley and running thereon part N240 degrees 23' 229" 92.46
feet and partly running ( N 234 degrees 04' 54 ) 126.69 thence AND ON THE
WEST by the High Water Mark o the Sea and running thereon (N 350 degrees
08' 49") and running thereon 1080.05 feet which said piece parcel or Tract
of land has the position shape boundaries markers and dimensions shown on
Registered Plan 163L.I. a copy of which is filed in the above Action in support
hereof and is thereon shown in PINK.
The Petitioner Dr Calvin A. Adderley Sr. as Attorney By Deed of Power
of Attorney for Hubert Roy Adderley claims to be the owner in fee simple in
possession of the said land free from encumbrances and has made application
to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of
Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the said Act.
The Petition inter alia recognizes the entitlement the late Rhoda Smith, late
of the said Settlement of Glintons, Long Island or her personal representatives
and assigns to a 2.233 acres parcel being situate within the above said 33,240
piece parcel or tract of land.
A Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal business hours at the
following places:-
1. The Regis of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, East Street,
Nassau. The Bahamas.
2. The Office of the Administrator, Clarence Town, Long Island, The
3 The Chambers of the Petitioner's attorneys, Messrs. Maillis and Maillis,
Chambers, Fort Nassau House, Marlborough Street, Nassau, The
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or right
of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 30' day of October A.D. 2008 file in the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his or her claim in
the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit and other prescribed papers to be
filed therewith. Failure of any person to file and serve a Statement of his claim
within the prescribed time wilroperate as a bar to such claim.
DATED the 26 day of August A.D 2008
Chambers, Fort Nassau House
Marlborough Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

man, T. B. Donaldson, and BTC
chairman Julian Francis. While
their committee is responsible for
handling the direct face-to-face
negotiations with Bluewater, and
presumably any other bidders
should those talks fail, Mr Laing's.
group is responsible for vetting
the privatization committee's rec-
ommendations before they make
their way to Cabinet for any final
"We have a meeting scheduled
for today [yesterday]. The advi-
sory committee is meeting with
the privatization committee," Mr
Laing told Tribune Business.
"We are having the first meet-
ing of the advisory committee
'today, at which point we expect to
have a briefing from Mr Donald-
son's group to get an assessment
of where they are.
"They've had two meetings
with Bluewater and no gotten
'far at all. I think the KPMGteam
.was really interacting with Blue,
water to get information from
them, and size up the proposal
they-have on the table. I expect
KPMG will report to the privati-
sation committee on the outcome
of those discussions."
KPMG is the advisor to the pri-
vatisation committee, playing a
different and separate role to that
of Citibank.
Bluewater is thought to have
around 13 working days left on
its exclusivity period, but Mr
Laing yesterday indicated the bid-
der and privatization committee
appearedto have different views
on this.
"Quite frankly, there's been

discussions between the two sides
as to what is the status of that
exclusivity arrangement. There's
been some back and forth on it,"
the minister said.
Mr Laing said the Government
was still targeting year-end 2008
for completing BTC's privatisa-
tion, even though he acknowl-
edged that there was bound to be
scepticism about this, given that
only four months were left before
this deadline.
"The end of the year is the tar-
get date, and that's what we're
aiming for," Mr Laing said. "I
don't see anything at the moment
that suggests it cannot be done.
"People would think trying to
do this in the next three months
could be a challenge, and I accept
that that's a view people hold.
"But given what I know in
terms of the assessment of BTC's
readiness for that privatizationn]
exercise, and a prospective buy-
er's assessment of What it is trying
to buy, if those two things come
together it will be possible to
reach an agreement by the end
of the year."
Mr Laing said he had seen larg-
er deals than the BTC privatisa-
tion completed in a much shorter
timeframe elsewhere in the world,
and if the circumstances were
right and there was a willingness
on both sides to complete the
deal, the state-owned telecoms
carrier could be privatised in line
with the Government's deadline.
The minister added that "all
the due diligence for engaging a
prospective buyer has been

FROM page 1B
demand in June, and it has accelerated more in July and August. It's
perfectly consistent with a slowing economy, as borrowers are being
more cautious and limiting their spending, deferring purchases of big
ticket items."
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) had enjoyed strong growth in its loan
portfolio over the past 18 months, Mr Sunderji said, but was also like-
ly to miss its fiscal 2008 goal of increasing the percentage of consumer
loans in its overall book from 20 per cent to 30 per cent.
"Our target for year-end was 30 per cent of our book to be consumer
loans," Mr Sunderji said. "We are not going to meet that, based on cur-
rent indications.
"We are likely to be a tad short of that number. We started the year
at 20 per cent, and think we'll finish at 27-28 per cent.
"That's not bad growth, but the nature of consumer lending is
changing in the sense that most consumer loans are not secured by the
underlying asset, such as cars, but are increasingly being linked to
jobs and salary reduction plans. Most banks are substantially reducing
credit advances to people in industries vulnerable to the slowdown."
In its report on monthly economic developments for June 2008,
the Central Bank of the Bahamas said private sector loan arrears
(loans which are above 30 days past due) rose by $60.5 million or
11.4 per cent to $590 million, representing some 10.1 per cent of total
loans. This was an increase of 78 basis points over December 2007.
Commercial loans accounted for two-thirds of this increase, and were
concentrated in the 31 to 90-day segment.
Consumer loan arrears grew by $14.6 million, and banks increased
total provisions by $16.6 million or 13.8 per cent during the 2008 first
half, leaving the ratio of total provisions to non-performing loans rel-
atively unchanged at 47 per cent.
Mr Sunderji, though, said that thanks to Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
loan portfolio being concentrated in lower-risk mortgages and real
estate, its level of non-accrual loans was below the industry average.
"Our defaults are below the levels the Central Bank is reporting," he
told Tribune Business, "and it is likely to have gone over that now.
We're running below the levels reported by the Central Bank by at least
3 per cent."
Mr Sunderji said credit and loan conditions in the Bahamian bank-
ing industry were goingg to get worse before they get better", because
the hotel and tourism industries had yet to move to reduce costs
sharply. While Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) was likely to see continued
loan book growth during the 2008 second half, it was unlikely to be "at
the same pace" as the first half.
Mr Sunderji said a Bahamian economic recovery depended on the
US undergoing a similar process, and this was not "imminent". As a
result, the overall economy and tourism industry were likely to be
"sluggish" well into 2009, something likely to be partially mitigated by
government spending on the Lynden Pindling International Airport
upgrade and New Providence Road Improvement project.
"Loan demand is easing, and we want to make sure our credit qual-
ity doesn't deteriorate in a slowing economy. We will be seeking high-
er quality credit, and there's not a lot available," Mr Sunderji said.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) loan growth has been fuelled by the expan-
sion in its deposit base, which grew by 22.3 per dent'to $198.419 million
at June 30,2008, compared to $162.241 million at the 2007 year-end.
For the 2008 first half, total revenues grew by 25.3 per cent to $6.629
million, compared to $5.289 million for the same period in 2007. The
growth was fuelled by 43.7 per cent 69.2 per cent increases in interest
income and non-interest income, respectively.
Net interest income, though, only rose by 5.7 per cent to $3.869
million as a result of a more than 100 per cent increase in interest
expense to $4.553 million. Net income remained flat, though, at
$541,104, compared to $538,780 posted in the 2007 first half. This was
because total expenses grew by 28.2 per cent to $6.088 million, com-
pared to $4.749 million in the year-before period. Much of the increase
was generated by a more than $600,000 rise in salaries and staff bene-
fits to $2.784 million, something Mr Sunderji said was caused by the hir-
ing of an estimated 20 extra staffifor its upcoming Robin Hood branch' n
and credit.ca rd centre.. The.Robin'Hood,:branch is,4lue to open, .i V
October., The Fidelity Bank ,(ahamas),.said more pf rthe interest.--. ,
income aid loan portfolio growth would fall to the bottom line in
upcoming quarters, as the bank's costs started to level off.

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is
in dissolution, commencing on the 19th day of June, 2008.
Article of Dissolution have been duly registered by the
Registrar. The Liquidator is HLB Galanis Bain, P.O. Box
N-3205, Nassau, Bahamas.
All persons having claims against the above-named
Company are required on or before the 29th day of
September, 2008 to send their names and addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidators of the
Company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from
the benefits or any distribution made before such debts are
Dated this 26th day of August, 2008.

Phillip C. Galanis



An International Administrative Company is seeking
an experienced Accountant.

The successful applicant will be required to prepare
balance sheets, analyze accounts, organize
documents and communicate with suppliers and

He/she must possess strong analytical, organizational
and accounting skills.


* Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Business
* Two (2) to five (5) years accounting experience
* Disciplined with the ability to work with a team or
* Good written and verbal communication skills
* Be computer literate with proficiency in the use of
the internet and various Microsoft applications;
such as Excel, word and Quickbooks


* Accurately input accounting data into the computer
* Reconcile Accounts
*. Prepare monthly financial reports

Please fax resume and salary requirements by
September 1st, 2008 to 242-356-3470 or email to




Stocks rise over GDP, jobless news

AP Business Writer

Wall Street barreled higher
Thursday after a better-than-
expected reading on the gross
domestic product and a drop in
jobless claims gave investors
some reassurance that the econ-
omy is holding up. The Dow
Jones industrial average jumped
more than 200 points.
A decline in oil prices also
appeared to add force to the
rally in stocks. But trading vol-
ume was again light heading
toward the Labor Day week-
end, a condition that can skew
price moves.
The Commerce Departmen-
t's report that gross domestic
product rose at an annual rate
of 3.3 percent for the April-June
period helped punctuate a week
of generally upbeat economic
readings that have left guarded
investors somewhat optimistic.
The weaker dollar helped boost
U.S. exports, which pushed
GDP growth beyond the gov-
ernment's initial estimate of 1.9
percent as well as economists'
forecast of 2.7 percent.
The increase also came as the
government handed out rebate
checks to taxpayers. It marked
the economy's best perfor-

mance since the third quarter
of last year, when GDP rose at
a 4.8 percent pace.
Investors are watching GDP,
considered the best barometer
of the economy's well-being, to
look for signs that growth is
picking up after being pound-
ed by housing woes and a debil-
itating credit crisis. The econo-
my grew at a weak rate of 0.9
percent in the first quarter after
shrinking in the last three
months of 2007.
Also Thursday, the Labor
Department said the number of
newly laid off people seeking
jobless benefits fell for the third
straight week. The number of
claims dropped to a seasonally
adjusted 425,000, down 10,000
from the previous week. That
was slightly better than the
427,000 expected by analysts
surveyed by Thomson/IFR.
But some economists consid-
er claims above 400,000 an indi-
cator of a slowing economy.
Companies have cut jobs every
month this year as they grap-
ple with high energy costs and
tighter credit.
According to preliminary cal-
culations, the Dow rose 212.67,
or 1.85 percent, to 11,715.18,
bringing its three-day advance
to nearly 330 points. Still, for
the week, the Dow is essential-

ly flat after a big decline Mon-
day on credit worries.
Broader stock indicators also
rose Thursday. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index advanced
19.02, or 1.48 percent, to
1,300.68, and the Nasdaq com-
posite index rose 29.18, or 1.22
percent, to 2,411.64.
Bonds fell as investors moved
into stocks. The yield on the
benchmark 10-year Treasury
note, which moves opposite its
price, rose to 3.79 percent from
3.77 percent late Wednesday.
The dollar rose against other
major currencies, as did gold
"This is an environment in
which we're likely to get a lot of
head-fakes both on the upside
and the downside," said Bill
Urban, principal with San Fran-
cisco-based Bingham, Osborn
& Scarborough, referring to
economic data. He noted that
the initial reading on the fourth
quarter last year had been pos-
itive before revisions revealed
the economy contracted.
"This is just sort of data that
trickles out. that can be very
positive one day and negative
the next. We don't yet think it
signals a trend," he said.
Beyond economic reports,
investors are watching oil prices
as Tropical Storm Gustav

churns toward the Gulf of Mex-
ico on a course that could col-
lide with oil and gas platforms.
Oil rose in the early going on
concerns about the storm but a
strengthening dollar upended
oil's climb.
Light, sweet crude fell $2.56
to settle at $115.59 on the New
York Mercantile Exchange.
The decline in oil made ener-
gy stocks one of the session's
few areas of weakness.
Devon Energy Corp. fell
$3.62, or 3.4 percent, to $103.16,
while Hess Corp. fell $1.61, or
1.5 percent, to $105.53.
Financial shares advanced
after MBIA Inc. agreed to rein-
sure nearly $200 billion of
municipal bonds backed by
FGIC Corp. The deal between
the two bond insurers led to
some hopes that the troubled
credit market is beginning to
right itself. MBIA jumped
$4.17, or 35 percent, to $16.15.
Other bond insurers also rose,
with Ambac Financial Group
Inc. climbing $2.18, or 42 per-
cent, to $7.42.
Government-chartered mort-
gage companies Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac rose for a
fourth straight session after Fan-
nie Mae announced a manage-
ment shake-up and analysts
raised further doubts that a gov-

Libraries go high-tech

for modern research

Boston Globe Staff

As a young reporter, I practically pitched
a tent at the local library. In the 1980s, there
was nowhere else to find the books, maga-
zines, and documents needed to properly
flesh out a story. Today, you can do the
same research at home, pecking on a key-
You're probably thinking Google, and
you're right. But for deep research, you
can't beat a Well-stocked library, with its
books and specialized databases. Yet you
can access'mainy library resources without
stirring from a chair. Using online services
that cost nothing, you can scour academic
journals, borrow best-selling audiobooks,
and download music legally. You can even
type messages to a nationwide network of
librarians who will help find the answers
you seek.
All you need is a broadband Internet
connection and a library card. At the
library's website, typing your card number
gives you access to the online offerings.
Even if your local library isn't state of the
art, it probably belongs to a regional library
consortium that provides online service.
And there's always the Boston Public
Library, which issues cards to any resident
of Massachusetts, and to researchers in oth-
er states. Sign up for a card at the library's
website, www.bpl.org.
Say you're doing serious scholarship, the
kind that requires research in academic
The Boston Public Library provides
online databases that index thousands of
them, from Scientific American to the most
arcane technical journals. Some publica-
tions only offer article summaries, but you
can download entire articles from about
33,000 newspapers, magazines, and jour-
nals. It's a godsend for out-of-town
researchers. "If you live in Springfield, you

don't have to drive all the way to Boston,
and you can do everything straight from
home," said Scot Colford, the Boston
library's Web services manager.
The only thing better than a good library
is a good librarian to act as a guide. You can
find them online at www.massanswers.org,
a service that provides round-the-clock
access to trained researchers. The Boston
library and nine regional public library
groups run the service, in cooperation with
librarians as far away as California. Visit
the site and type 'a question. Not only do the
researchers provide assistance in real time,
when I used the service recently a friendly
librarian in Falmouth kept searching for
more data after we logged off, and e-mailed
me the results.
Still, there's no good online substitute
for the library's vast supply of books. Not
yet, anyway. But libraries are working on it,
by offering thousands of "e-books" for read-
ing on a computer screen, or CD and MP3
"The availability of titles in this space is
exploding," said Steve Potash, chief execu-
tive of OverDrive Inc., a Cleveland com-
pany that markets digital media to libraries.
. OverDrive currently offers about 200,000 e-
books, audiobooks, videos, and music
recordings, and a large part of the catalog is
available from public libraries in Boston
and other Massachusetts communities. Yet
hardly anyone around here has noticed.
Potash said that while usage is growing
rapidly, no more than 5 percent of Boston
library cardholders have ever downloaded
one of his company's e-books or record-
Wednesday, Potash tried to generate
interest in OverDrive by rolling up to
Boston's City Hall Plaza in a "digital book-
mobile," a giant tractor-trailer full of com-
puters that demonstrate the company's
technology. But promotional gimmicks can't
compensate for OverDrive's biggest limi-

station its incompatibility with the world's
most popular portable audio player, Apple
Inc.'s iPod.
To prevent unauthorized copying of
OverDrive audiobooks or e-books, library
patrons must download and install software
that allows them to download a book or
audio file and play it for a limited time say,
two weeks. After that, the file is locked and
OverDrive uses e-book reader software
from Adobe Systems Inc. which runs on
Apple Macintosh cojiputers as well as those
running MicrosoftiCorp.'s Windows. The
e-books can also bertead' on some hand-
held devices, like the Zen from Creative
Technology Ltd. or Sony Corp.'s Reader
Digital Book.
But the security program for audiobooks
and music recordings relies on software
from Microsoft Corp. It runs on Windows
PCs and a variety of portable music players
from companies like Creative and SanDisk
Corp. But the software isn't compatible
with iPods, or with Apple's Macintosh com-
puters, so millions of potential listeners are
locked out.
It's not a total lockout, though many
titles can be burned onto standard audio
CDs, which can then be converted to MP3
files and played on an iPod.
And in March, OverDrive began offering
3,000 titles in pure MP3, with no antipiracy
That means users can play them on any
It also means that patrons could use the
files illegally, by keeping them indefinitely
or distributing free copies to friends. But a
handful of publishers, eager to get their
audiobooks onto iPods, have decided -it's
worth the risk.
Between the e-books, audiobooks, data-
bases, and research assistance, there's more
reason than ever to visit the local library,
even if you don't actually go to one.

ernment bailout of the compa-
nies is in the offing; such a move
could wipe out shareholder
equity. Fannie Mae rose $1.47,
or 23 percent, to $7.95, while
Freddie Mac rose 53 cents, or 11
percent, to $5.28.
Among retailers, Tiffany &
Co. jumped $4.24, or 11 per-
cent, to $43.85 after reporting
that its second-quarter profit
doubled as sales rose by dou-
ble-digit percentages in Asia
and Europe.
Zale Corp. forecast a fiscal
2009 profit that topped what
Wall Street had been expect-
ing. The specialty jeweler rose

$4.77, or 21 percent, to $27.92.
Investors have been looking
at retailers' results for insights
into the health of consumers,
whose spending accounts for
more than two-thirds of U.S.
economic activity. Several
upbeat reports Wednesday
from retailers helped buoy Wall
Street's confidence in the econ-
Advancing issues outnum-
bered decliners by about 3 to 1
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where volume came
to 946.2 million shares com-
pared with 820.6 million shares

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Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF All that piece
parcel or lot of land containing 30,190
square feet situate in the Settlement of
the Ferry in the Island of Exuma, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The

AND IN THE MATTER of The Quieting
Title Act (Chapter 393 of the 2000
Revised Edition of the Statute Laws of
The Bahamas).

AND IN THE MT E' of the .Petition '
of Alvera Russell.


Pursuant to the Order of the Supreme Court filed the 8"' day of
August, A.D. 2008.
The Petition of Alvera Russell, of the Southern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in respect of:-
ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot of land
containing 30,190 square feet situate" in the
Settlement of the Ferry in the Island of Exuma
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas bounded on the NORTH by
a Public Road and running thereon One
Hundred and Eighty-five and Fifty-five
hundredths (185.55) feet on the EAST by
,land now. or formerly the property James
Cooper and running thereon One Hundred and
Ninety-nine and Twenty-seven hundredths
(199.27) feet and on SOUTH by the sea and
running thereon One. Hundred and Forty-eight
and ten Hundredths (148.10) feet on and on
the WEST by land now or formerly said to
be the property of H.G. Christie and running
thereon One hundred and Sixty and Three
hundredths (160.03) feet.

Alvera Russell, claims to be the owner of the land the
subject of this Petition hereinbefore described in fee simple free
from encumbrances.
And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the aforesaid Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act (Chapter 393). to have her
title to the said tract of land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
Notice is hereby given that all persons having Dower or
a right of Dower or an Adverse Claim or a Claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before expiration of Tlhirty (30) days
after the publication of these presents file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his
claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be filed
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement
of his claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after
the publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such
Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at:-

The Registry of the Supreme Court:

The Administrator's Office in the Settlement of George
Town, Exuma" and

The Chambers of Allen, Allen & Co. the Attorneys
for the Petitioner, whose address for service is Allen
House, Dowdeswell Street. Nassau. New Providence.
The Bahamas.

Dated this 12"' day of August, A.D., 2008.

Allen House,
Dowdeswell Street.
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner


C F A L" C (L) L (2. >N I A L-
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX. CLOSE 1,785.28 I CHG -13.08 | %CHG -0.73 I YTD -281.47 I YTD% -13.62
FINDEX. CLOSE 854 99 | YTD% -10.19% | 2007 28.29%-
2Ak .Hl 52Ak-.Lo0 Security Pre..cus Close To.a, S Close Cr.ar.ge ..Da., V'.i. EP2.S D. i EP'E iItl'
1.95 1.51 Abaco Markets 1.81 1.81 0.00 0.135 u.000 13.4 0.00-;0
11.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.061 0.200 11.1 1.69%
9.68 8.50 Bank of Bahamas 8.50 8.50 -0.00 0.643 0.160 13.2 1.88%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0-89 0.89 0.00 -0.823 0.020 N/M 2.25%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.60 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.11 10.75 Cable Bahamas 14.11 14.11 0.00 1.224 0.240 11.5 1.70%
3.15 2.85 Colina Holdings 2.88 2.88 0.00 81 0.046 0.040 62,6 1.39%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.76 6.50 -0.28 1.500 0.449 0.300 14.5 4.62%
6.88 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.38 4.44 0.06 0.122 0.052 36,4 1.17%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.75 2.75 0.00 0.308 0.040 189 1.45%
8.10 6.02 Famguard 8.06 8.06 0.00 0.535 0.280 151 3.47%
13.01 12.80 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.150 19 2 4.56%
14.75 11.54 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.55 11.55 0.00 0.550 0.40 21.0 3.90%
6.10 5.05 FOco (S) 5.49 5.49 0.00 0.385 0.140 14.3 2.55%
1.00 1.00 FocoI Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0000 NWM 0.00%
1.00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0 000 12.6 0.00%
8.00 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.57 5.57 0.00 0.407 0 300 1327 5.39%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0 601 11.7 5.17%/
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.180 0.000 55.6 0.00-4
Fidelity Over-Tha-Courlem SecuIrfles
52v-K..Hl "Hi 2.LO-L 5,mbo' Bid 5 s. Last Pr,-o ..eeD,v .*., EP-i Oiv $ P/E Yield
14 60 14 25 Ba.amas SuoermarKets 14 50 15 .- 'I I :0 h. O 300 13.4 2.05%
800 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0 4A0 NM 7.80%
054 020 RND Holdings 0 040 035 -0.023 0000 N/M 0.00%
Conirla Over-The-CousnIer SeourtalBes
41 00 41 03. A8DAB 4 :, ---,:. ...r, 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
14.80 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0900 13.4 6.16%
0 55 0 40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Fun.ds
52.\-H.-i *iZk-Lo. Fal- Name NA1. -TO', Last l r.1Z,1.s Div$ Yield%
1.3320 1.2652 Colina Bond Fund 1.331954*--- 3.09% 5.27%
3.0008 2.8869 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 3.015033.....* -0.48% 8.11%
1.4098 1.3540 Colina Money Market Fund 1.409830-" 2.53% 4-13%
3.7969 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5562 -. -6.34% 6.47%
12.3289 11.7116 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.3289---- 3.32% 5.75%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00"*
100.9600 99.9566 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.96-** 1.01% 1.01%
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00"*
10.5000 9.4733 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.4733 "..-- -9.78% -9.78%
1.0147 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0147--- 1.47% 1.47%
1.0119 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0027:..... 0.27% 0.27%
10119 1 0000 FG Fs.na.,:-aI D,.ersF.ea Fr 3 1 .., l ~" ..... 1.19% 1.19%
Market Terms N.A.V. Key
ssi. H a .A ..-. 2 .. -= ::.:. :: YIELD last12 month dividends divided by closing prico 31 Marc 2008
52wk-H Highest closing price on lat 52 eeks B $ 8$-g ponce of Colin and Fidlty ** 31 De,cmhf.r 2007
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 wseks Ask S Sell ng price of Colina and fidely "" 30 Jun 2008
Previous Close Prevousday's lighted pce for daly volume Last Pe Last traded over-t-aunlor pce 31 April 2068
Today's Close Current days ighted price for daly volume Weekly Vol Tradng volume of te prior ek .. 22 August 2008
Change Change in closing pnce front day to day \ EPS $ A compays reported earning per sre for the last 12 mh ------ 31 July 2008
Daly Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Vale
DIV Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningfu
PIE Closing pn- divided by the last 12 month eamngs FINDEX The Fdelity Bahamas Stock Index. Jany 1. 199 = 100
S) 4-for-1 Stock Spli Effective Date 8/8/2007
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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

3 4

5 72 61

6 5 4 2 3

781 9
258 8
9 4
Difficulty Level * 8/30

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.

Sudoku Answer

Kakuro Answer

91413M 1 6131241


1 Humiliation (4,2,4)
6 Wound with dagger
10 Shrewd (5)
11 Interpretation (9)
12 Deliberately damage
13 Asiatic wildcat (5)
15 Left out (7)
17 Bad collision of
vehicles (5-2)
19 Conceited person (7)
21 Supremely evil (7)
22 Godly (5)
24 Showing signs of
worry (8)
27 Barren (9)
28 Error of tact (5)
29 Republic of Ireland
30 Ruined (2,3,5)

1 Little nap on a bed rather
badly made (10)
6 The band plays a short
piece (4)
10 Took steps to help with
training (5)
11 Forged letters used by
fighters of the past (5,4)
12 This arm's moved quite
quickly (8)
13 Three goddesses lay out a
feast (5)
15 Dazed US general in
retreat and encircled (7)
17 It has a large bill in place
perhaps (7)
19 First-rate arrangement for
a performer (7)
21 Girl I took on for a job (7)
22 Coming to a vital conclu-
sion (5)
24 Minister with a number of
shepherds (8)
27 Possibly finding a stone a
bit unyielding (9)
28 I complain when she
returns (5)
29 Machine-gun nest blown
up (4)
30 What the twister may lead
you? (5,5)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Tearing, 5 Ranks, 8
Pastilles, 9 Gum, 10 Sift, 12 Brighte
14 Errors, 15 Meteor, 17 Research,
Aria, 21 Tea, 22 Hard Times, 24 Cid
25 Support.
Down: 1 Topes, 2 Ass, 3 Isis, 4
Galore, 5 Resigned, 6 Night gear, 7
Seminar, 11 Firm stand, 13 Breathel
14 Erratic, 16 Scores, 19 Asset, 20
Atop, 23 Mao.

1 The kind to work as a key
Operator (4)
2 Descriptive of a lay figure?
3 Dread variety of snake (5)
4 Withdrawing support? (7)
5 Stretch to a shelf, perhaps,
to give her a cup (5,2)
7 A portion by itself (5)
8 Drives off and
perfection (5,2,3)
9 The bits one pinches (8)
14 Youths who have short-
service commissions (6,4)
16 Status symbols? (8)
18 Oriental quarter in
Dresden perhaps (9)
20 Former buccaneer has no
right to make amends thus
21 There'll be friction as long
as he's at work (7)
23 Publication I
put to a variety
of uses (5)
25 Was a possessive type?
26 Toy that needs
a wind to get
going (4)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Bulwark, 5 Steep, 8
Overpower, 9 Put, 10 Mark, 12
Loophole, 14 Archer, 15 Levity, 17
Frequent, 18 Leap, 21 Use, 22 In
transit, 24 Tardy, 25 Hungary.
Down: 1 Bloom, 2 Lie, 3 Alps, 4
Kowtow, 5 Scruples, 6 Explosive, 7
Pottery, 11 Racketeer, 13 Beautify,
14 At fault, 16 Snatch, 19 Petty, 20
Dawn, 23 Sea.


1 Item-by-item record
2 Work of
a sailor (9)
3 Surpass (5)
4 Well advanced (7)
5 Admit (7)
7 Object (5)
8 Insolvency (10)
9 Divert (8)
14 Award for last place
16 Prize highly (8)
18 Conferring respect
20 Manner of speaking
21 Shrill cry (7)
23 Bid (5)
25 Bet (5)
26 Minus (4)


words in
the main



HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here?
In making a word, each letter
may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 11; very good 17;
excellent 22 (or more).

anil cilium claim clip cumin
ilium lain lima limp lupin
mail main manic mica mini
MUNICIPAL nail pail pain
panic pica pilau plain uncial

Contract Bridge

South dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.

VJ 985
+ 109742

VQ 102
+J 10 87

The bidding:
South West North East
14 Pass 34 Pass
4 NT Pass 5 V Phss
Opening lead ten of diamonds.
Assume you're declarer at six
spades and West leads the ten ofdia-
mnonds, which you win with the ace.
How would you play the hand?
At first glance, it appears that
making the slam depends entirely on
a successful club finesse a
straightforward 50-50 proposition. If
East has the king, you make six; if
West has it, you go down one. How-
ever, if you take the proper prelimi-

nary steps, you can improve your
chances to about 75 percent.
The proper method of play, after
taking the ace of diamonds, is to
draw two rounds of trump ending in
dummy and then ruff a diamond.
Next come the A-K of hearts and a
heart ruff, followed by a second dia-
mond ruff.
At this point, the dummy has no
more diamonds or hearts, and the
only red card in your hand is the
heart seven, which you now lead.
When West follows suit with the
jack, the slam becomes an absolute
Instead of trumping in dummy,
which seems the normal thing to do,
you discard one of dummy's clubs!
This leaves West on lead in a no-win
situation. If he returns a club, it is
into your A-Q, while if he leads a
diamond, it allows you to discard a
second club from dummy while ruff-
ing in your hand. Either way, you
score the rest of the tricks.
The recommended approach
assures the contract whenever West
started with the majority of the miss-
ing hearts, which will occur roughly
half the time. Failing that, you still
have the club finesse in reserve, giv-
ing you two chances to ,make the
slam instead of just one.

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Thanks to exports, the U.S.
economy grew much more
quickly in the spring than was
originally believed, a govern-
ment report showed Thurs-
day, according to the Cox
News Service.
So is it time to celebrate a
Not so fast, economists say.
The surprisingly strong sec-
ond quarter reflected a surge
in U.S. exports, which is fading
"What we were getting was
one of the last bumps off of
exports," said Rajeev
Dhawan, director of the Eco-
nomic Forecasting Center at
Georgia State University in
In the first half of this year,
U.S. shipments to other coun-
tries benefited from a weak
dollar and strong overseas
demand for goods and ser-
vices, he said. Since then, the
dollar has strengthened.

"As the rest
of the world
slows down,
the trouble for
US exporters
will be going

Raveev Dhawan
Moreover, "Europe is clear-
ly having very slow growth
and ... in Asia, things have
really slowed in the last couple
of months," Dhawan said.
"As the rest of the world
slows down, the trouble (for
U.S. exporters) will be going
In its originalestimate, the
government said second-quar-
ter gross domestic product, a
measure of all goods and ser-
vices produced, had climbed
1.9 percent.

That was better than the
first-quarter GDP increase of
0.9 percent, but still feeble.
On Friday, the Commerce
Department said new eco-
nomic data showed GDP
growth actually hit 3.3 percent
in the April-June period.
That's a healthy rate, suggest-
ing the country was far from
recession. The revised data
showed that exports rose 13.2
percent, instead of 9.2 percent
as originally reported.
The news about consumers
was also slightly better than
initially reported. Second-
quarter consumer spending
rose 1.7 percent, better than
the previously reported 1.5
percent increase and well
above the 0.9 percent rise in
the first quarter.
The better-than-expected
report helped send stock
prices soaring.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 212.67 to close
at 11715.18.
Still, most economists agree
with Dhawan's assessment
that the economy is far from

out of the woods. They noted
that consumer spending got a
boost this spring from the fed-
eral income-tax rebate checks
mailed to most wage eainers.
But the last of the checks were
mailed in July, so the help is
waning. Also, the data showed
the housing sector still faces
big trouble. In the second
quarter, residential fixed
investment, which includes
. spending on housing, fell 15.7
percent, a bit worse than the
original estimate of 15.6 per-
cent. That was better than the
first quarter's 25.1 percent
decline, but still grim.
U.S. Chamber of Com-
merce chief economist Mar-
tin Regalia, who presented his
outlook at the chamber's
annual Labor Day briefing,
said he expects growth to fall
to a 1 percent annual rate this
quarter, and then slip to zero
or worse in the fourth quar-
"The U.S. economy is still
grappling with high oil prices,
a stagnated housing market
and turmoil in the credit mar-

kets," Regalia said.
"I don't see these issues
going away any time soon."
Nigel Gault, the chief U.S.
economist for Global Insight
Inc., a forecasting firm, echoed
that gloomy assessment.
"Since consumer spending is
slowing down and the credit
crunch is tightening its grip, it
is hard to foresee another
quarter with 'such a robust
GDP headline for some time,"
he wrote. In a separate report
Thursday, the Labor Depart-
ment said that in the week
ending Aug. 16, the total num-
ber of workers drawing unem-
ployment benefits for more
than one week rose 64,000 to
3.4 million, the highest level
since November 2003.
Florida reported more
workers filing initial jobless
claims than any other state.
David Denslow, an eco-
nomics professor at the Uni-
versity of Florida, said the
jump in Florida's jobless
claims is "tied to the ongoing
housing problems."
Denslow said problems with

falling home values and large
inventories of unsold proper-
ties are improving, "but it will
be a while before construction
jobs pick up, probably not
until the middle of next year."
News about the economy
spurred liberals and conserv-
atives to offer sharply varying
assessments. John Sweeney,
president of the AFL-CIO, a
labor union umbrella organi-
zation, issued a statement crit-
icizing Republican economic
"Since President Bush took
office, we have lost more than
3 million good manufacturing
jobs. Poverty has increased 25
percent (and)... gasoline has
risen from $1.50 to $4 a gal-
Taylor Griffin, a spokesman
for presidential candidate
John McCain, used the GDP
report to talk up the Republi-
can's support for global trade.
The growth in exports "is a
reminder that trade is a sig-
nificant bright spot in an oth-
erwise struggling economy,"
he said.

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US economy not yet out

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