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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: September 1, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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JASON JACKSON was tally
stabbed in the early hours of
Sunday morning.
2 3-year-bld
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to injuries
after fight
outside Of
nightclub
* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Repc rter
A 23-YEAR-OLD1 man was
fatally stabbed outside Cocktails
and Dreams nightclub pn Sunday
morning and died in hospital
hours later.
Mechanic Jason Jadkson, of
Newbold Street, offMarket
Street, Nassau, had beep out with
his friends and cousins when he
got into a fight with someone
inside the club, which escalated
in the club. car park.
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THESE YOUNGSTERS make the most of the last day of the summer holidays by enjoying themselves at the
beach yesterday. Students across the Bahamas will be setting off for the first day of the term today.


Woman suffers 'attack, hold up;
and attempted rape' at home
* By DENISE MAYCOCK who had attempted to rape her,
Tribune Freeport Reporter according to police reports.
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net The incident occurred just
before 6pm on Saturday in the
FREEPORT A Freeport Grasmerf Subdivision.
woman was attacked and held up Although a number of police
in her home by a male intruder units were'dispatched to the area,
the culprit managed to escape into
the bushes with the woman's
purse.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming reported that a 50-year-
old woman resident of Grasmere
Subdivision, arrived home at
5.49pm and met a man stealing
items inside her house.
"The culprit struck the woman
her, while ordering her to take off
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FREEPORT Masked men
blasted their way into a Grand
Bahama bar on Friday evening,
robbing its occupants.
According to police reports,
gunmen shot out the front glass
door at the Sand Bar in Math-
er Town and robbed the estab-
lishment of an undetermined
amount of cash.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming,
press liaison officer, said the
incident occurred around
11.45pm on Friday.
The bar manager and anoth-
er employee told officers that
the masked men, armed with a
shotgun approached the front
SEE page 13


* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
TROPICAL storm Hanna is expected to cause heavy rain and flooding
in the central Bahamas today, and hit the northwest islands with the full force
of a category one hurricane on Wednesday or Thursday.
However, meteorologists in the Bahamas and the United States are
having trouble identifying a clear path for the storm as it was 150 miles north
east of Grand Turk island yesterday afternoon, moving west at eight to 12
mph with 45 mph winds.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) issued a warn-
ing to islands in the central Bahamas yesterday, saying Cat Island, San Sal-
vador, Ragged Island, Exuma and Long Island were at risk of impact from
the gathering storm predicted to hit between 5am and 7am this morning.
An Acuweather meteorologist based in Florida; USA, said the storm
SEE page 14

Bahamians despairing
over high electricity bills


AVERAGE Bahamians are
despairing over high electricity bills
and fear that they will soon be
unable to pay the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation.
At a time when the work weeks
of many Bahamians are being cut
short due to a sluggish economy
and people are finding themselves
with less disposable income, BEC
prices are "soaring through the
roof."


A Cable Beach resident, who
wished to remain anonymous, told
, The Tribune that although she lives
by herself, her monthly BEC bill is
over $800.
."I'm paying $320 for the actual
fuel, the actual electricity, but $487
for the fuel surcharge. How am I
supposed to pay that, I can't pay
this. What the devil to these people
SEE page 14


Shane Gibson backs

action by BTC workers
ByALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
EXPRESSING support for the action
taken by BTC workers, former Minister
of Labour Shane Gibson said Govern-
ment and BTC must not sanction union
members for "reacting to an injustice."
Speaking on behalf of the PLP on the
matter, MP Mr Gibson who has been
both a trade union leader and a politi-
cian with responsibility for labour said
that BTC should not punish the workers
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Terrence Bowles murder

By DENISE MAYCOCK his cousin to buy drugs 'from the two men.
Tribune Freeport Reporter According to court evidence, the accused men
dmaycock@tribunerhedia.net sold drugs in the ghetto in Freeport.
.. .. .Bowles-was shot dead on August 26, 2005, at
FREEPORT Two Grand Bahama men, have i Weddell Avenue, Freeport1
been found guilty in the Supreme Court of the It is alleged that Stuart and Lewis acted togeth-
murder of Terrence Bowles, who was shot to er.
death in the ghetto in 2005. Justice Vera Watkins presided over the trial.
The guilty verdict was handed down by a jury of Prosecutor Sandra Dee Gardliner and Erica Kemp
eight women and four men against Damien Stu- appeared on behalf of the Crown.
art and Jamaal Pernep Lewis on Friday. Carlson Shurland represented Lewis, and Paul
S ;The two men were accused of killing Bowles- -Walacee Whitfield represented Stuart.
shooting him four times in an argument over Sentencing for both men was postponed, pend-
some counterfeit money he is said to have given ing the outcome of a probation report.


Conference to focus on solutions to the


food security
Solutions to the food security
dilemma facing the Bahamas'
will be the focus of a three-day
conference set to be held next
year.
Ministry of Agriculture plan-
ners hope the second Bahamas
Agricultural, Marine and
Agribusiness Expo will attract
more young people. into the
agribusiness sector, arid create
new opportunities for those
already in the business of food
production. I
In the process, the event is
intended to play a part ii reduc-
ing Bahamians' traditional
reliance on food imports.
Farmers and animal breeders
throughout the islands are
already preparing for the event.
Hosted by the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources and Bahamas Agri-
cultural and Industrial iCorpo-
ration (BAIC), the expo's
theme is "Improving food secu-
rity."
"This thrust is to promote
agribusiness initiatives will
attract foreign investors to part-
ner with local entrepreneurs as
well as encourage import sub-
stitutions," said a spokesperson
from the ministry. ;
"The Ministry is committed
to strengthening agribusiness in
the Bahamas and to position
this industry as a fundamental
pillar of our economy."
The three-day national event
will be held on February 26 next
year at New Providence's Glad-
stone Road Agricultural Cen-
tre.
It will bring together vegeta-
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mental plant producers; food
and drink manufacturers; live-
stock breeders; and marine
resource harvesters in friendly
competition to heighten, the
public's awareness of the wide
variety and high quality of
Bahamian-produced commodi-
ties. It is intended to expose
entrepreneurs, students and
interested persons to innova-
tive agricultural strategies, best
practices and agricultural
demonstrations..--. -
Greenhouse technique,
hydroponic systems, propaga-
tion and hybridization methods'
also will be featured.
There will be seminars and
discussions to identify and prof-
fer possible solutions to the
challenges confronting food
production and how the
Bahamas can attain a greater
degree of food security.
"In light of the food security
issues around the world where
food exporting countries have
significantly reduced their
exports or have exported at
exorbitant prices it is impera-
tive that we begin to introspec-
tively examine the issue of rea-
sonable food security," said the
ministry.
The Government hopes the
expo will prove to be an excel-
lent orientation for new and
mature' farmers and other
agribusiness persons concerned


about product quality and stan-
dards.
With market access a major
concern of producers, it is
expected that as a result of the
exhibition, contacts will be
made with buyers from the hos-
pitality industry, wholesalers
and retailers.
The Ministry is looking to tar-
get potential young farmers,
especially; those in junior and
senior high schools.
"We want to attract hard-
working and committed young
persons who can function com-
petitively', in local industries
while adhering to global health
safety and quality standards,"
said the ministry.
"The exposure of students to
the various activities should
begin the process.-of creating a
sustainable and dynamic cadre
of young people who will take
up the mantle of food produc-
tion and processing and other
agribusiness endeavours for
future generations of Bahami-
ans. BAIC is working in part-
nership with the Ministry of'
Education will provide students
and teachers involved in agri-
cultural and home economic
studies, practical experience,
cutting edge techniques, and
strategies that will enhance their
knowledge, and stimulate and
solidify their aspirations within
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Move to hire
new maths
teachers from
Bahamas and
overseas

THE Ministry of Educa-
tion has been mandated to
vigorously attempt to hire
new mathematics teachers
from the Bahamas and
abroad in an effort to
improve student perfor-
mance in this area, said Edu-
cation Minister Carl Bethel.
"There is a need to recruit
more trained Mathematics
teachers," said Mr Bethel in
an address marking the start
of the new school year.
"We believe this effort will
enhance our existing pro-
grammes and ultimately, stu-
dent performance and
national examination
scores."
According to the Minister,
the Government will be
looking for Bahamians first,
but also to the United States,
Canada and Great Britain
for potential recruits.


Parents urged to
take advantage
of After School
Programme

THE Government encour-
ages all parents who think
their children are not per-
forming at their best at
school to enrol them in the
new After School Pro-
gramme being offered at all
schools this year.
Last year more than 1,200
students participated in a
pilot version of the pro-
gramme and Minister of
Education Carl Bethel said
yesterday that he believes it
contributed to the.slight
improvement in the BJC and
BGCSE results, and on read-
ing scores and outcomes in
primary schools.
Mr Bethel said the After
School Programme of Study
Halls, and Homework Cen-.
tres, which "provided safe
after school programmes and
additional instruction, as
well as the provision of a
healthy snack, helped to
keep those children who par-
ticipated 'off the streets' dur-
ing the dangerous and large-
ly unsupervised hours
between 3.30 and 5.30 p.m."
During his address to mark
the beginning of the school
year, Mr Bethel invited par-
ents to "renew (their) com-
mitment to (their) child's
learning" generally becom-
ing more involved with their
child's school and encourag-
ing their children to develop
healthy study and dietary
habits."
"Both contribute enor-
mously to the development
of people and our nation,"
he said.
*


RAISING THE




STANDARD


* Education Minister outlines programmes

to improve student performance

N Greater emphasis to be put on literacy

and numeracy at primary level


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
AFTER spending more
than $7 million on summer
school repairs, Minister of
Education Carl Bethel said
51,000 children will enter gov-
ernment maintained schools
today in which there is to be a
renewed emphasis on certain
subjects deemed key to their
development.
Joining them will be.,166
new teachers, and a further
25,500 students who will enter
private schools.
"The global economy of the
21st century, of which The
Bahamas is an integral, part,
is an economy dependent on
technology, innovation, infor-
mation and technical skills.
This is the world we have to
prepare our students to com-
pete in," Mr Bethel said in an
address yesterday.
"The education of our chil-
dren is our greatest national
responsibility. It matters to all.
The effect of any failure can
cause our citizens to pay a
huge economic and social
price."
Mr Bethel laid out the
strategies that have been
implemented over the last
year and which will get under-
way this year to improve stu-
dent performance.
These include placing
greater emphasis on literacy
and numeracy at the primary
level, while at the secondary
level focusing on Mathemat-
ics, Sciences, literacy and
career and technical educa-
tion.
"Key changes in the instruc-
tional programme include the
ongoing revision of the cur-
riculum and a shift from con-
tent based instruction and a
teacher centred approach (col-


"The education
of our children
is our greatest
national
responsibility."


loquially called "chalk and
talk") to the application of
skills to student learning and
the development of critical
thinking and problem solving
abilities," said Mr Bethel.
Meanwhile, emphasis also
will be placed on getting the
business community involved
by asking them to provide
expanded on-the-job training
opportunities to students.
Troubled and disruptive stu-
dents will continue to be
involved in the new Transi-
tional Alternative Programme
for Students .(TAPS), said Mr
Bethel, which it is hoped will
"identify and remove students
who are at risk for violence
and place them into alterna-
tive settings where they can
receive therapeutic treatment,


counseling as well as academ-
ic, vocational and technical
programmes designed by
experts and specialists to help
to modify their behaviour."
And by offering teachers in
New Providence and the Fam-
ily Islands more professional
development courses it is
hoped their contribution to
their student's growth will
increase.. *
According to the Minister,
826 students have qualified to
enter the College of The
Bahamas this year with Gov-
ernment bursaries that will
pay the full costs of their
tuition.
In addition, the government
has provided a million dollars
for COB to give financial help
to those in need, particularly
from our Family islands.
Two new "state-of-the-art"
schools are opening the
South West New Providence
school, to be named after
Anatolt Rbdget, .ainil a new
junior high school nextto the
Sf Geoige's htgb'.-sc0volin
Freeport.
These will help reduce class
sizes elsewhere, thereby con-
tributing to learning, said the
minister.
Meanwhile, "Magnet" pro-
grammes will also get under-
way for the first time at vari-
ouils schools, offering students
the chance to study specialised
subjects such as building
trades, nautical science, agri-
cultural studies or photogra-
phy and audio visual technol-
ogy.
"I wish to assure parents,
students and the public that
every care has been taken by
my Ministry to prepare for this
academic year, and to imple-
ment plans and initiatives for
the further development of
education in The Bahamas,"
said Mr Bethel.


STUDENTS of the new South Western
New Providence High School will have -\
week's extra vacation after architectural
flaws discovered on Friday forced Govern-
ment to delay its opening.
"Although the school building itself is sub-
stantially complete, last minute flaws dis-
covered in the original architectural plan
and other deficiencies, have led to Change
Orders and delays in completion, which will
require a short delay in the opening of the
new school for a period of one week," said a
Ministry of Education release.
It added: "This short delay in the opening
of the new high school in New Providence is
in the best interests of the comfort of stu-.
dents and the efficiency of service of teach-
ers and school administrators, who need
additional time to prepare their classrooms,
and to ensure that the school provides an
atmosphere that is conducive to learning."


Education Minister Carl Bethel announced
th'e delay in a televised address on Friday
evening. He also declared over the week-
end that the school is to be named after late
educator Anatol Rodgers, the daughter of
C.H. Reeves.
Orientation for 7th graders will now be
held on Monday, September 8, at 9am, while
eighth graders should report to school the
following day at the same time, tenth graders
should come in on Wednesday, September
10th at 9am.
Meanwhile, teachers and other staff will
still report to the new campus today.
The release did not state when ninth
graders should report for orientation, and
The Tribune was unsuccessful in obtaining
clarification up to press time.
According to the ministry, all other public
schools will open today for the start of the
new school year.


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THE TRIBUNE


EIOIAULETT S T HEEITOR


PUBLIC Officers Union President Robert
Farquharson has vowed that his union would
respond "aggressively" if Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company's board takes steps to
punish employees who walked off their jobs
and blocked downtown Nassau on August 11
and Port Lucaya, Freeport, the following day.
BTC executive chairman Julian Francis has
said the board's position is that workers who
were absent from work without permission
"would have to be sanctioned in some way."
Elaborating, he said the sanctions "could be
deductions or suspensions in the case of maybe
the more difficult cases' meaning the per-
sons who were driving the trucks and blocking
the streets and that sort of thing."
In other words the board has decided in
principle that there has to be punishment, but it
has neither determined the punishment nor
who is to be punished.
Mr Francis is a sensible man, and unlike Mr
Farquharson, thinks before he speaks or acts.
No one is suggesting that he will go outside the
union's industrial agreement, but he will prob-
ably find that the agreement the BTC board
has with the union is such a wet rag that unions
can do almost anything and get away with it.
This is wrong and shows that government
should immediately take the Trade Union and
Labours Relations Bill off the shelf, where it was
tucked away in 2001, and have it debated in
the House as a replacement for the Industrial
Relations Act..
At least it will define legal industrial action,
and provide clear penalties for lawbreakers. '
For too many years governments have said
"let's put this aside and move forward as a
country." *
And for too many years unionists have taken
this as a sign of weakness and have become
more brazen in their disregard of the law and
the rights of the Bahamian public.
BTC has an industrial agreement with the
union. If this agreement gives a union the right
to do what happened on August 11 and 12, then
it does not have the approval of the much
abused public.
It is this public that demands that there be
sanctions.
And, as everyone is getting so conscience
about sitting on boards, then maybe a respect-
ed businessman representing the public should
in future have a place on whatever public cor-
poration board negotiates a contract with a
union.
According to John Pinder, president of the
National Congress of Trade Unions, only the
Supreme Court or the Industrial Tribunal can


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decide whether or not a trade union is illegal.
He considered the remarks about sanctions
"insulting and a threat to the trade union move-
ment."
He explained that the disruption created in
Nassau and Freeport was "simply an act of a
number of staffers of BTC heading in the same
direction on their entitled lunch hour."
You know it is irritating when so-called intel-
ligent people try to play cute with the public.
Mr Pinder glibly talks about a lunch hour,
presumably meaning that the workers took off
one hour, then returned to work. This is not
true.
Some staff started to wander from their
offices before 11am. Some didn't return at all,
others didn't stroll back until around 3pm.
According to BTC executive vice president
Kirk Griffin both management and non-man-
agement staff were called to a union meeting
Monday morning (August 11) and told that
they "should be prepared" to be out for the
rest of the week. Mr Griffin, who had no prior
warning, said this resulted' in the "closure of
BTC offices in New Providence and the sus-
pension of scheduled repairs and installations."
Is this what happens, Mr Pinder, when BTC
staffers head "in the same direction on their
entitled lunch hour?" Please don't insult our
intelligence.
Mr Griffin called the strike illegal. This was
confirmed to reporters by BCPMU president
Claude Hanna who admitted that his and Mr
Farquharson's union had "no approval" for
their action.
As for Freeport, Mr Robert Farquharson
bragged that-after the blockade brought every-,
thing to a halt, operations at BTC offices on
that island did not resume until the afternoon
hours and then it was not business as usual.
No., it was not business as usual.4
Mr Hanna claimed that about 600 employees
participated not Mr Pinder's handful who
took a stroll in the same direction and
bragged that the move had "shut down" BTC
operations.
And Mr Farquharson at the end of the day in-
Nassau told workers to go back to their work-
place and if anybody asked them to do any-
thing, "say 'Uh-uh!'" And they 'uh-uhed' until
Mr Justice Lyons read the riot act and ordered
them back to work. When the judge lifted the
order, he made it clear that he would reinstate
the injunction if the unions attempted any future
illegal work stoppage. We would suggest to
Mr Farquharson that he.take a deep breath
and start thinking for a change before attempt-
ing any more "aggressive action."


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Don't play cute with the public


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WAS astonished to read of
comments made by Senator
Tanya Wright (The Tribune -
Business section, August 20,
2008) who stated "that she was
disheartened by the recent clo-
sures and license suspensions
for bars and restaurants play-
ing music too loudly and called
for the Licensing Board to
desist in acting in a draconian
manner."
How can an intelligent and
educated lady make such a pre-
posterous statement?
I can only assume that she
has been fed information with-
out undertaking appropriate
research.
To support an action of this
type only contributes to the
breakdown of the social fabric
of The Bahamas.
It should be noted and
emphasised that the. Licensing
Board does not object to the
playing of music within the
premises of bars and restaurants
and thus it cannot be said that
the livelihoods of operators in
these challenging economic
times are at risk.
Furthermore, Madam Sena-
tor, you will find that the public
at large does not have any diffi-
culty with the granting or
renewal of such licenses.
The real problem is
"deemed" to be playing music
too loudly to the point that it
becomes intrusive to residents
in the vicinity.
:Believe me it is not a matter
that is "deemed" to be the case
- it is a matter of fact.
These offensive operators
play amplified music at obscene
volumes quite often with throb-


bing base notes booming late
into the night. I know this to be
a fact, because it is something I
have had to contend with on a
continuing basis for the past
several years.
This is the first Licensing
Board that has used common
sense and listened with an
* understanding ear to the com-
plainants in the Court.
There are no "pay-offs" here,
a pervasive element that is far
too prevalent in the Bahamas, it
is just 'an exercise of common
sense and sound judgment.
The Honourable Senator
states "that the Board should
seek to rationalise the comfort
of residents with the real busi-
ness reality and strike a com-
promise which will allow both
to survive."
Believe me, Madam Senator,
that is exactly what the Board is
doing.
In the specific case, with
which I am familiar, there was
no revoking of the license but
the Licensee was reminded to
abide by the terms of the licence
ie permission was granted to
play music indoors.
In this specific case, the oper-
ator established a venue out-
doors from which the music
could be heard from a consid-
erable distance.
Despite several direct pleas
to the operator, neither heed
nor action were taken.- is that
compromise?
Madam Senator will appreci-
ate that compromise is a two-


way street and not ist an
excuse to allow these .ousive
operators to peddle their loud
music to all and sundry without
a care in the world.
Do we really want to revert
to the laws of the jungle?
Unfortunately it is the Hon-
ourable Senator who is "out of
touch."
There is nothing to prevent
any of these operators obtaining
and renewing a license if the
volume of the music is unob-
trusive.
A parallel situation exists
where drivers of vehicles play
music at a very loud volume
invariably with their windows
down.
Unfortunately, in the
Bahamas this seems to be tol-
erated and goes unchallenged
and unpunished whereas in
many other countries such a
public nuisance would be
stopped immediately.
Music is an art form with
many different styles and as
such it has to be recognized and
accepted that not everyone likes
a particular type of music.
In such circumstances the lis-
tener should be able to enjoy
his/her music without forcing
his/her likes on the rest of the
world.
In conclusion, I sincerely
hope that Madam Senator will
make other contributions that
will be of significance oth to
the public and to the Senate
that will improve the quality of
life in the Bahamas for all its
residents and not just a minori-
ty.
A LAW-ABIDING
RESIDENT
Nassau,
August, 2008.


Postal services getting worse every day


EDITOR, The Tribune.
REMEMBER the old state-
ment slow as an old poke?
Well the Bahamas Postal Ser-
vices are precisely that and get-
ting worse every day.
Just why should a letter, post-
ed at the General Post Office
take 10-18 days to be sorted and
delivered to a Post Box at the
General Post Office?
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for up to four hours on Fri-
day evening when lightning
struck near the Grand
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The power was cut at
around 6.50 pm while staff
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power restoration began at
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the island returning to ser-
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the Grand Bahama public
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them that the plant shut-.
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Police yesterday claimed
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woman forcing them into
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Police were on patrol at
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nie Street and head in the
direction of Arawak Cay.
The driver of the vehicle,
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police, sped off at great
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The driver came face-to-face
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parked car, and drove off. "
One regular customer said:
"I was terrified! I felt like I was
in a movie. It was like it all hap-
pened in slow motion, but if I
had been sitting any closer I
would have been crushed! I
couldn't believe the driver just
sped off like that when he could
have seriously hurt somebody. I
was disgusted."


Police arrived within an hour
and were given the car registra-
tion number 190097 to investi-
gate the matter. Ms Pritchard
said a car crashed into a lamp-
post in front of the basketball
court at Elizabeth 'Betty' Cole
park and basketball court oppo-
site Hammerheads early on Fri-
day morning.
Although owners of the
Hammerheads building are
investing in a cement wall to
protect the property, Ms
Pritchard said she does not
think it will help.
"We had a wall put in the
front a couple of years ago, but
people still crashed into that,"
she said.
"The only thing that is going
to help anything is if the gov-
ernment fixes that dip in the
road and puts up some proper
signs or reflectors to warn peo-
ple."
Ms Pritchard also suggested a
speed camera might prevent
.drivers from accelerating past
the traffic lights and slamming
into the bar before someone is
killed. "We have spoken to peo-
ple who own this building and
the government department for
road traffic and nothing has
been done about it," she said. "I
guess they won't do anything
until someone important has
been killed."
Independent MP Kenyatta
Gibson recently received hos-
pital treatment after his Ford
Expedition crashed into the
park opposite Hammerheads
but escaped from the accident
relatively unharmed. Hammer-
heads co-manager Robin
Sawyer said: "It has been an
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we can to ensure the safety of
our customers but we have been
actively nagging road traffic to
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F E 0 By Sir Ronald Sanders

W HEN'Hillary Clinton
proposed. Barack
Obama as the Democratic candi-
date for the Presidency of the
United States, and the vote was
carried by acclamation at the
Democratic Party's convention,
African-Americans and people
S of colour were imbued with a
sense of equality that few, if any,
would have experienced before.
Like Michelle Obama, many
of them would have reason to be
proud of their country for the first
time. And, they would not have
been unpatriotic or less-Ameri-
can for feeling that way whatever
spin the right wing journalists and
political strategists put on that
emotion.
The majority of white Ameri-
can society have ill-treated, vic-
timised and hurt non-whites -
particularly black people for
- centuries. Few openly condemned
the behav-
iour of
a c t ive
racists and
m a n y
remained
silent while
black peo-
ple were
..(-W pushed fur-
S their into
"_ the margins
Sof Ameri-
can society.
People
of colour in
America had a right not to feel
proud of their country. The vast
majority of them were, and still
are, at the bottom of the eco-
nomic ladder, and despite the
prominent black faces that now
dot the landscape of American
establishment, they are under-
represented in the corridors of
power, while they are over-rep-
resented in jails, in the junior
ranks of the armed forces and in
the myriad low-paying jobs across
:;e United States.
Forty-five years ago to the day
on which I am writing this com-
mentary Martin Luther King led
a march on Washington, one hun-
dJed years after the emancipa-
* rJ' tion of slavery and, in his famous
ig spech, said: "One hundred years


reminded America "of the fierce
urgency of now," and said: "Now
is the time to open the doors of
opportunity to all of God's chil-
dren. Now is the time to lift our
nation from the quick sands of
racial injustice to the solid rock of
brotherhood." It did not happen
then; the fierce urgency of now
was not felt by all. Change came
dramatically but in fits and starts.
The nomination by the Demo-
cratic Party of a non-white man to
be President of the United States
has helped to change America
more; to help lift it from the quick
sands of racial injustice. But, it is
not yet on the solid rock of broth-
erhood. The nomination of
Barack Obama as the Democrat-
ic Presidential nominee has not
achieved that goal, and it will not
be achieved even if he is elected
President of the United States,
but at least the Democrats have
set American society much fur-
ther on the way.
And for this, much is owed to
both Hillary and Bill Clinton.
Obama could have wanted no
more a ringing endorsement than
he got from both of them in their
speeches to the Democratic con-
.vention. They spoke with passion,
commitment and without reser-
vation.
They could have done it dif-
ferently. Had they done so, they
would have strangled Obama's
bid for the White House, and
caused America once again to
send non-white people a bad
cheque. Dr King's famous admo-
nition would have again held
sway: "There will be neither rest
nor tranquillity in America until
the Negro is granted his citizen-
ship rights. The whirlwinds of
revolt will continue to shake the
foundations of our nation until
the bright day of justice emerges."
In the trenches of political bat-
tle with Obama, the Clintons who
are seasoned and determined
politicians, pushed close to the


edge, even once coming close to
playing the-race card. But, in the
end, they responded to a wider
and more powerful call to right
ancient wrongs and to help set
America on the road of justice
and equality. Their unequivocal
support of Obama on all counts
has made it difficult for the
Republicans and their Presiden-
tial candidate, John McCain, to
use race against him. The Clin-
tons deserve credit for this.
They also deserve credit for
maintaining the unity of the
Democratic Party. They knew
* quite well that a divided party
would not defeat the Republi-
cans, not even with its poor
record of the last eight years, and
they subjugated their own bitter-
ness at losing to Obama in the
interest of the Party's victory.
In any event, Obama has
jumped yet another hurdle in the
race to make history. But the race
is far from over and it enters now
for him and for the electorate of
the United States the acid test
phase.
The contenders are down to
two. One white, one non-white.
Eight.years of war-mongering
and poor economic performance
are indelible stripes against the
Republicans and John McCain.
McCain has declared himself on
staying in Iraq, a deeply unpopu-
lar position with the American
people, and he has openly admit-
ted that he has no firm grasp of
the problems that beset the US
economy. McCain is old, Obama
is young. It should be game, set
and match for Obama.
Yet, the polls don't show an
overwhelming lead; yet the pun-
dits express doubts.
Is it that many Americans
have been pulled from the quick
sands of racial bigotry, but not
enough of them have reached the
rock of brotherhood? That,
indeed, there is still not a fierce
urgency of now on this issue?
The next few months will tell.
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mail.com>
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sultant and former Caribbean
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Help for first-time buyers in Andros


A LOW-COST house
building programme is being
implemented by Government
in South Andros and Man-
grove Cay to help first-time
buyers purchase property.
Androsians will be given
first preference in the Ministry
of Housing programme, which.
will expand the Money Rock
community and begin occu-
pancy of the Mangrove Cay
subdivision outside Moxey
Town with affordable pack-
ages allowing first-time buy-
ers to purchase serviced lots
or have their homes built at a
low-cost, duty-free.
Rent-to-own homes and sys-
tem homes also will be made
available through the pro-
gramme.
Visiting the sites in the
Money Rock community in
the Bluff, South Andros, and
the Mangrove Cay subdivision
last weekend, Minister of
House Kenneth Russell said:
"The government wants to get
as many persons as possible
into their own homes and our
goal is to get all of them com-
pleted and up and running as
soon as possible."
Mr Russell was accompa-
nied by acting permanent sec-
retary Melvin Seymour, first
assistant secretaries Lithfield
Rolle and Leslie Dean, and
technical staff Lorenzo Moss,
Jeffrey Clarke and Chemaco
Brown. They were met by
South Andros District Offi-
cer-in-Charge Inspector Sid-
ney Rolle, Chief Councilors
Zebedee Rolle and Lenward
Saunders and Local Govern-
ment officials.
Mr Russell noted that while
the Money Rock subdivision
has the potential to grow by
several hundred lots, residents
of South Andros would pre-
fer to expand existing settle-
ments.
However, 14 serviced lots
in Money Rock need to be
sold before development of
land available around-other
settlements can be considered,
he said.
In Mangrove Cay, where
the smallest lot is 12,000 sq ft,
compared to Nassau's smallest
government lot at 5,000 sq ft,
the Minister was concerned
about how low income fami-
lies will be able to. afford
them. He said: "We have to
look at the possibility of split-
ting some of the land to make
smaller lots for people of real
low income to be able to
afford them. They are ready to
purchase lots and build
homes. They have some con-
cerns and we will address
them.
"As for Money Rock,
there are some things that
must be done first before we
can say that we are going full

"We have to
look at the pos-
sibility of split-
ting some of the
land to make
smaller lots for
people of real
low income to
be ableto afford
them."


Kenneth Russell


Government implementing

low-cost housing programme


MANGROVE CAY Local government official Brian Moxey makes a point during discussion on the Mangrove Cay
-subdivision.


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HOUSING MINISTER Kenneth Russell and Acting Per-
manent Secretary Melvin Seymour (both seated) explain
to interested Mangrove Cay residents the layout of their
subdivision.


speed ahead. We will work on
those things immediately so
that the people of South
Andros can realize their
dream of owning their own
land."
The amount of land avail-
able in the Family Islands is
phenomenal compared to
New Providence, the Minister
said, where land is running
out. He said: "We are getting


HOUSING MINISTER Kenneth Russell (right), Acting
Permanent Secretary Melvin Seymour (centre), and
South Andros' Chief Councilor Zebedee Rolle listen to
the concerns of residents for proper housing.


60 acres in a couple of weeks
and we know there is more
than that. But sooner or later
we are going to run into a
problem with land and I hope
that between now and then
we can educate our people to
the point where they can
understand that living a con-
dominium style is not a sin. It
is just a different form of liv-
ing.


"Where you don't have
land and you have to put more
persons on the same land, in
order to do that you have to
go condominium style. I hope
that gradually we accept that
as a way of living. In Freeport
we have accepted that
already." Applications to sign
on to the housing programme
are available from chief coun-
cillors in South Andros.


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Is imitation truly the sincerest form of flattery?


* BY INIGO "NAUGHTY"
ZENICAZELAYA

R MEMBER those
scenes in television
shows where two women
showed up to an event in the
exact same outfit-to the cha-
grin of them both-and one
insisted she needed to go home
and change? Well I'll be honest,
as a man I never got what all
the fuss was about. So you
decided to wear the same
clothes as someone else, big


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deal! We men are used to see-
ing our buddies dress similar to
us especially when it comes
time to root for our favourite
sports teams and usually
showing up in the same jersey is
considered a unifying event.
Male bonding, I think it's called.


And not once does either guy
complain or entertain the
notion of "changing outfits."
Of course, with women it is a
completely different story.
A few months back I had the
misfortune of suffering through
a two hour tirade-courtesy of


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my lovely wife-because one of
her friends had the audacity to
show up to a party wearing the
exact same pair of shoes she
was wearing. Shoes!
To me, this was no big deal.
But-sensing I was not enthu-
siastically getting her point-
my wife explained to me (in
painstaking detail) that she and
this "treacherous heifer" had
gone shopping together and the
friend in question watched her
buy these shoes and knew she
would be wearing them to this
party.
My response: So? Isn't imi-
tation the sincerest form of flat-
tery?
Apparently, it is not. To hear
my wife tell it, you would think
she had been spied on by Inter-
pol and her "intellectual prop-
erty" (her words, not mine) had
been stolen. She had seen the
shoes first, bought the shoes
first, conceptualized wearing the
shoes first, so there you have it.
Now, upon further examina-


tion-at her nonstop insis-
tence-I have to admit the
shoes in question were not your
regular set of black pumps.
They were colourful contrap-
tions with straps everywhere,
attached to ankle injuring four-
inch heels.

Doublemint
Quite unique looking; except
not at that particular party.
This whole episode got the
comedian in me thinking: When
is biting (colloquialism for copy-
ing someone's style) acceptable
and unacceptable?
If you happen to be a mem-
ber of a set of twins (identicals
only, please) then go ahead and
dress alike.
Let's be honest, everyone
loves those Doublemint girls.
If your neighbour just bought
a brand new car that you just
love, purchasing that same vehi-
cle, only in a different colour, is


unacceptable. If you happen to
be a member of an exclusive
group (Army, Defence Force,
Police Force, Rastafarians or
Circus Clowns) then biting your
fellow member's garb is manda-
tory and therefore acceptable.
If you're a church diva whose
hat was dwarfed by another
member's gargantuan brim,
upgrading to the same satellite-
sized fedora for the following
week is totally unacceptable.
(Sorry ladies, but sometimes I
like to see who is delivering the
sermon from the pulpit).
If your college Math Final is
killing your chances of actually
graduating, and you happen to
be sitting next to a kid with an
extremely high IQ, well, you
know what to do. I guess what
I'm trying to say is in a world
where just about everything can
be Xeroxed, copied, cut and
pasted, sometimes there's noth-
ing better than a good old-fash-
ioned original!


- ~'I1 fIN1!~ YOUR WN -ACK YRD!n


Are you aware that over 600
people in the Bahamas have
real estate licenses? With that
many practitioners, the seed
quickly separates from the
chaff, with a small percentage
rising to the top in quality ser-
vice to buyers and sellers.
As you consider the moun-
tains of documentation, financ-
ing, negotiating, marketing,
inspections and the like, where
would you begin to locate the
BREA agent best suited to your
needs? It makes sense to start at
home, with those individuals
who you know or come highly
recommended to you.
It makes sense to work with
someone who is active within
and knowledgeable about the
real estate community. More
information for your choice of a
representative can be found


through advertising, and refer-
rals and recommendations from
other agents, neighbours, and
local business leaders.
Once you've interviewed and
selected a BREA agent, make
sure your relationship is clearly
defined and documented. Most


* Proficiency in Computer Operations
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office
* Ability to perform secretarial work
* Ability to perform general odds and ends
* Mail Collections
* Bill Payments Telephone, Electricity,
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Please apply in writing to the:
Human Resource International
394-0487(Fax)
P.O.Box SS6411
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agents represent sellers. Make
sure your representative
explains how he or she works
with all parties to the transac-
tion.
Then your agent will begin
discussion of local market con-
ditions and how they come to
bear upon your listing or your
purchase. A carefully selected
BREA agent from your com-
munity will provide all the infor-
mation you need to move for-
ward with confidence.


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Rod holders
Bait prep area
Lockable console storage w/plexi door
Under gunnel rod racks
Vertical rod holders at forward deck seat
Self bailing fiberglass cockpit
S/S steering wheel
S/S console grab rail
Drink Holders
Fiberglass transom door
Livewellat transom w/washdown
Forward coaming bolsters
Hydraulic steering w/tilt


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FUNERAL FOR DEFENCE FORCE MARINE


A military funeral
was held defence
force marine Gary
Carey on Thursday.
Fifty-four- year-old
Mr Carey, who had
been with the Royal
Bahamas Defence
Force for 28 years,
was found dead on
August 17. A woman
- Shimeakima Pratt,
29 was charged
with his killing on
Tuesday last week.


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The Baha Mar Group of Companies has openings for. Finance and Accounting
Professionals / Managers. Positions will be leveled based on candidate experience
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HALL OF FAME
SEEKING NOMINATIONS

What We Are About
The Alumni Association Hall of Fame was established in spring of 2001 by the Executive
Board of the Association. The purpose is to recognize annually a COB alumna/alumnus who
is making significant contributions to the development of The Bahamas. It is envisioned that
honourees will play a major role in the fundraising efforts of the Association.
On May 11, 2001, the Alumni Association named Bishop Neil C. Ellis, Pastor, Mount Tabor
Full Gospel Church as its first inductee. Subsequently named were Larry Gibson, a financial
services expert (2002); Laura Pratt-Charlton, a pharmacist /entrepreneur (2003); Tanya
McCartney, an attorney and a former member of the Senate (2004); Vernice Walkine,
Director General of Tourism (2005), Keith Bell, Former Superintendant of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force(2006), Charles Sealy, Chief Executive Officer,,Doctor's Hospital (2007).
Each honouree is presented with a 36" Silver European Cup, which symbolizes his or her
outpouring of inspiration that causes others to thirst for "knowledge, truth and integrity",
the values promoted by The College of The Bahamas and reflected in the institution's motto.

Hall of Fame Award Criteria:
What It Takes to Be Nominated and Become a Member of The Hall of Fame
The Alumni Association of The College of The Bahamas views induction into its Hall of Fame
as its highest honour. It is a designation extended to individuals whose lives are the hallmark
of The College's motto "Knowledge, Truth, Integrity."

To be considered for the Alumni Association Hall of Fame, nominees must:
Have distinguished themselves as students, academically and socially, while at The
W. .i; College of The Bahamas
Be among the best in their chosen fields of endeavour, displaying scrupulous conduct
that stands as an example to others.
Be a leader and relentless worker whose success benefits co-workers, those they
supervise or employ and the community in general.
Excel in civic outreach and make a contribution to society that is easily visible within
their fields and the wider scope of Bahamian Life.
Exhibit strength of character that translates generally into community strengthening,
personifying their alma mater's motto "Knowledge, Truth, Integrity".
Be nominated

The Hall of Fame Award Nomination Form
May be obtained from
The Office of Alumni Relations & Development (Upstairs, Administration Block (A-Block))
Oakes Field Campus Or may be downloaded from http://my.cob.edu.bs
All nomination forms, along with a current portfolio and photograph, must be submitted by
Wednesday, October 8, 2008.
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St I PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham led a delegation to North Abaco on Thurs-
Sday, August 28, 2008 to tour crown land in Conch Rock: the site of a pro-
Sposed port. Following the walk-through, the group viewed the area by
=... & \ -r B boat. Viewing the plot plan of the selected site from left are Daniel Wilkinson,
S' Senior land surveyor; Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; Michelle Bethel:
Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder; Keith Bishop; Benjamin Fer-
low .. guson; and John Schaefer area Engineer for Abaco.


OVERSEAS NEWS


More than 11,000 Iraqis


freed in 2008

* BAGHDAD
More than 11,000 Iraqis have been released
from American detention centers this year, leav-
ing nearly 20,000 still in custody, the U.S. military
said Saturday.
Some 19,700 Iraqis remain in detention at two'
main centers in Iraq Camp Cropper in Bagh-
dad and Camp Bucca in southern Iraq. Several
hundred more detainees are expected to be
released by mid-September, military spokesman
Maj. Neal Fisher said in a statement.
The United States wants to transfer the remain-
ing detainees to Iraqi control, but has been hin-
dered by the lack of adequate Iraqi prison space
and trained guards. More than 8,900 people were
released from detention last year.
Rights groups have criticized U.S. detention
policy as a misrepresentation of international
law, which requires some form of legal process to
detain someone.
But the U.S. military has said its detention sys-
tem is authorized by a U.N. resolution under
which the Iraqi government allows U.S. troops to
arrest people at will.
Fisher said each detainee appears before a
review board every four to six months. The mili-
tary has said the average detention time is 330
days.
Meanwhile, gunmen killed a member of a local
U.S.-allied Sunni group and his family north of
Baghdad, the U.S. military said Saturday.
The man was killed Friday night in his home in
the village of Withah in the volatile Diyala
province. His father, mother and an infant were
also killed in the attack, which was in coordination
with an assault on a nearby Iraqi army check-
point that wounded one Iraqi soldier, the military
said.


- US military


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. AROUND 250 Iraqi refugees who had been living in
Egypt return home free of charge on the Iraqi Prime
Minister's plane, at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Sun-
day, Aug. 31, 2008. The state-sponsored flights have
been aimed at accelerating the return of Iraqis now that
violence is down, though some who have turned
said they were going back because they were broke
after years of exile and were still afraid of the dangers
in their homeland


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- Solid experience in Project Management
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- Highly motivated with a commitment to service excellence
- Must possess excellent management and leadership skills
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- Support relevant Head Office projects as credit expert; SOX, Basel 11, Risk
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- Provide overall leadership, direction and control to the credit function
- Implement local credit policies based on Head Office policies
- Ensure correct risk ratings are recorded in Globus System
Benefits provided include:
- Competitive salary and performance bonus
- Pension Plan
- Health and Life Insurance
- OngJing internal and external career development/training program

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Applications should be submitted to:
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Facsimile: 356-8148
DEADLINE: 12th September, 2008


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CHILDREN 0-17 YEARS
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* Three (3) passport size photographs (one must
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* National Insurance Card
Child's Birth Certificate or Registered Affidavit of
Birth Certificate
Child's Immunization Card (if requested)
Mother's Birth Certificate, and Passport or Proof
of Citizenship (If requested).
Primary School Records (if requested)
An Interview
Parent or legal guardian must be present with
applicant.
* When using Father's documents, the Father's
Birth Certificate, parents registered Marriage
Certificate and Father's Passport.
ADULTS: 18 YEARS AND OVER
One (1) completed application form
* Three (3) passport-sized photographs (one must
be countersigned along with Application form)
* National Insurance Card
* Certificate of Citizenship or Registration
Certificate of Naturalization
* Birth Certificate or Registered Affidavit of Birth
and Baptismal Certificate
Mother's Birth Certificate and Passport (except If
applicant was born after 9th July, 1973)
* Registered Marriage Certificate (if a married
woman)
* An Interview


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CERTIFICATE
Search Card
Hospital Records
Baptismal Certificate
$4.00 Stamp on the Affidavit
Mother's Birth Certificate along with documents
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THETRBUE ONDYSETEBE 1,00WSAG 1


young man dies





after stabbing


FROM page one

Chief Superintendent Glenn Miller said:
"I'm not sure exactly what it was that hap-
pened inside, but we think it was some foolish
thing as simple as one person accidentally
stepping on someone's feet."
The argument continued outside just before
closing time at the club, and several witnesses
watched as Mr Jackson was stabbed several
times in the abdomen at around 3am.
He was rushed to Princess Margaret Hos-
pital but died of his injuries just two hours
later.
Mr JP kson's aunt, Alison Edgecombe, of
Newbo. Street, received a call from the hos-
pital at 5am.
She said: "He dropped me home on Satur-


day night and I said be careful, then at 5am I
get a phone call saying he had been killed.
"He was a nice person, he never got into
any problems. Someone was probably waiting
for him outside who just didn't care."
The former CR Walker student who fixed
broken vehicles in St Cecilia, was the youngest
of three sisters. His mother died 14 years ago,
and he was raised by his father in Smithsville,
Nassau.
Mr Jackson's cousin, Rishand Newbold, 19,
said: "He was a good, caring son, brother,
nephew, uncle, cousin. Whatever you needed
he would give you. He was a real good friend.
"He enjoyed hanging out with his family, he
liked kids, he especially loved his nephews."
Miss Newbold said he had a great sense of
humour when playing with his family, and
was given the nickname Uncle Ben-Bone.


"He didn't go out much," she added. "And
if he did, he went with family."
According to his family, it seemed as though
Mr Jackson was prepared for death by check-
ing in with all his family members before he
went out on Saturday night.
Miss Newbold said: "Our family is really
close. On Saturday night he was hugging
everybody and making sure everybody was
straight, it was like he knew he was going.
"It makes you think twice, to realise that
your life could get taken away so quickly,
without hesitation.
"It's a shock, a real shock. I can't believe he
is gone, No one would expect that for him. For
something like that to happen is really hurt-
ful."
A 19-year-old man is being questioned in
connection with the stabbing.


Shane Gibson backs action



taken by BTC workers


FROM page one

without first following the "cor-
rect process."
And he claimed that too much
attention is being focused on how
to chastise those involved rather
than dealing with what caused
them to demonstrate.
"I think that politicians should
stop trying to deal with the result
of actions taken by the members
when they felt as though their
rights were being taken advantage
of, they should try to deal with the
substantive issue."
"As I understand it, that is that
they wanted to be involved in the
process, not that they objected to
privatization and I understand that
they tried on several occasions to
communicate with the minister
and also the prime minister and
they were unable to contact the
prime minister and were unable
to get a response to their mes-
sages."
He said any government or
employer is wrong "for trying to
deal with the union for not dealing


with them properly (before), after
they would have reacted to what
was an injustice."
Mr Gibson's comments come
after National Congress of Trade
Union leader John Pinder and
Bahamas Communications and
Public Officers Union president
Robert Farquharson both criti-
cised government and BTC chair-
man Julian Francis in light of their
claims that BTC workers could
face some punitive measures.
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette said "appropriate
action" would be taken, while Mr
Francis suggested pay deductions
or suspensions could occur,
although neither gave a timeframe.
The two union leaders, who
both said that government and
BTC do not have the right to
determine if the action was illegal
or not, threatened that if punish-
ment is meted out their members
could again protest.
Mr Gibson agreed: "There's a
mechanism in place to determine
whether the contract' was
breached, and that's that you go
before the industrial tribunal, you


go to the ministry of labour first,
for conciliation and then you go to
the tribunal, you don't just act uni-
laterally." .
The former labour minister said
that while demonstrations and the
inconvenience they cause should
be avoided if possible, "there's
only so much that employees have
at their disposal."
He said that as he understood it
the union representatives, who
protested over a lack of voice in
BTC's privatization process, were
"placed on a committee without
any teeth, without any terms of
reference."
The Government has denied
this, stating that the committee on
which the union is represented is
the "key" committee.
NCTU leader Mr Pinder said
on Thursday that BTC workers
did nothing illegal when they
protested earlier this month,
blocking Bay Street for around an
hour and temporarily denying
access to Paradise Island with their
parked government vehicles.
But stakeholders such as
Bahamas Employers Confedera-


* tion president Brian Nutt said that
politicians' historic reluctance to
chastise unionists that engage in
illegal industrial actions, of which
he believed the BTC action is one,
must come to an end.
Yesterday PLP MP Obie Wilch-
combe told The Tribune that he
thinks it unlikely that any sanc-
tions will be inflicted on the work-
ers despite what has been said.
"Did the Prime Minister say
that punitive measures would be
taken? I think we've heard from
some of the others but not the
Prime Minister.
"The Prime Minister is much
brighter than that. He is a politi-
cian. He knows that what might
have happened is a breakdown of
communication.
"If you believe that you're going
to lose everything that you have
then you're going to fight. And I
think common sense is going to
prevail and people are going to sit.
down and say, 'Listen, we. don't
have to take this approach, we
should've included them,' let's put
this behind ps and move forward
as a country.'" he said.


FROM page one
glass door and opened fire, shat-
tering the glass to gain entry to the
Sand Bar.
The suspects robbed the
employees of cash and one black
Motorola cellular phone and one
orange coloured island print purse,
and fled the scene.
The employees described the
gunmen as dark males, one being
about 5' 9" to 6" tall. Police are
investigating the crime.
Also under investigation is
another armed robbery incident


Bar robbed
that occurred on Thursday in the
Sea Horse Village area.
Supt Rahming reported that two
expatriate workers were walking
around 9.15pm when they were
accosted and robbed by two men.
Peruvians Leandro Ortiz, 42,
and Edwardo Huamoni, 35,
. employees of the Grand Bahama
Shipyard were returning a shop-
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that unlike civil servants and BEC
workers, she as an entrepreneur
has no fixed salary or guaranteed
pension.
"Every month is different, it
depends on the work that is out
there, and right now there is no
work," she said, adding that in
order to pay her BEC bills she will
have to spend the money she was
saving for her private pension.
An eastern New Providence
homeowner said that her BEC bill
now equals her high mortgage pay-
ment, and is double what it was in
the same period last year.
"This BEC s**t has to stop!" she
said. "How do they expect people
to survive? The bills are constantly
increasing but salaries remain the
same. In fact because businesses
are getting it just as bad, people are
getting let go, so they're in an even
worse position."
The topic is also hot on internet
sites. On one popular Bahamian
chat forum people are asking why
their bills are going up while oil
prices globally fall and despite the
fact that they are cutting back on
their personal usage.
"My bill doubled and I basically
livin' in the dark ages," said a visitor
to the site. "Only fridge, TV, laptop
and fan been on. Don't even notice
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to $278 for July to August although
he "cut down on using a lot of stuff
- putting' the TV and heater on
timers, less A.C. and more fan, no
outside light on the porch."
In an interview with The Tribune
earlier this month, a spokesperson
for the popular downtown restau-
rant Skans Cafd said it is not only
private citizens who are suffering
from the high BEC prices, but also
successful businesses.
The spokesperson said that the
restaurant's electricity bills have
increased by more than 100 per
cent in recent years to $6,000 a
month and that Skans may soon
be forced to lay off people in order
to pay BEC.
The restaurant is asking govern-
ment to grant downtown business-
es a temporary exemption from the
fuel surcharge.
The Tribune could not reach
Minister of State for Public Utilities
Phenton Neymour or BEC general
manager Kevin Basden for com-
ment yesterday.

Northwest

Bahamas

FROM page one

could strengthen to a category one
hurricane by the time it reaches the
northwest Bahamas and hit the
islands of Grand Bahama and Aba-
co with full force on Wednesday
night.
Although he predicted the storm
would pass north of New Provi-
dence, Bahamas Department of
Meteorology meteorologist Basil
Dean said the whole of the north-
west Bahamas, including New Prov-
idence could be hit by at category
one storm.
However, he believes it will not
move to the northwest islands until
Thursday.
Mr Dean said yesterday: "Right
now the central Bahamas is our
major concern; Cat Island, Exuma,
Long Island, San Salvador and
Ragged Island, and if it does hit
those islands by Tuesday, it will
affect all the islands east of New
Providence, including Eleuthera and
the Abacos as it turns northwards.
"If it does that, then we will put
watches for the northwest Bahamas,
including New Providence.
"It is not your typical hurricane
and because of the tricky nature of
the atmosphere at the moment we
are going to have to play this day by
day."
The Acuweather meteorologist
said the storm will be slow to inten-
"ify as the wind sheeris- biwiAg
thunderstorms away from the centre
)yfa pstrm.
"Until the storm begins to
become more organised it is very
difficult to tell where it is going to
be," he said. "Hopefully we will
have a clearer track on Monday or
Tuesday."
Interim director of NEMA,
Commander Stephen Russell, par-
tially activated the National Emer-
gency Operations Centre calling
together a team of key personnel
on Saturday in preparation for
Tropical Storm Hanna.
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her clothes," he said.
Mr Rahming said the woman
fought back, kicking the culprit
down onto the ground and ran
outside to neighbours, who alert-
ed the police.
The culprit ran out the back
door, taking her purse contain-
ing an undetermined amount of
cash and fled into nearby bushes.
Supt Rahming said uniformed
and plainclothes officers arrived
on the scene shortly afterwards
and searched the surrounding
neighborhoods, however, the
suspect had already disappeared.
The woman described the cul-
prit as about 5'6" tall, of a light
complexion and with a short hair-
cut.
Police officers in the Central
Detective Unit are investigating
the matter.
According to neighbours, the
woman had noticed that her win-
dow was broken, but did not
think anything was wrong until
she was surprised by an intruder.
A neighbour, who wished to
remain anonymous, told The Tri-
bune that the woman was held
at knife point and was ordered
by the intruder to remove her
clothing.
"She asked him if he had a
condom and he said no, so she
told him that she had some. As
he loosened his grip, she kicked


Attack on woman
him and escaped," said the neigh-
bour, before she jumped a fence
and called neighbours for assis-
lance.
It is not known whether this
incident is related to previous
rape incidents that occurred in
Freeport in July.
Police investigations into the
rape cases have stalled and the
rapist remains on the loose.
The perpetrator has been
described as being about 5'9" to
5'10" tall, of slim build, wearing
dark clothing, and armed with a
handgun and/or a knife.
The initial attacks occurred
during the early morning hours
and the culprit had always
entered through a window.
There have been reports that
the rapist used a condom during
sexual intercourse and made his
victims shower afterward to
remove any forensic evidence
that may have been left behind.
Following these incidents, the
Police had asked residents to be
vigilant and to report any suspi-
cious persons lurking around
their neighborhoods.
Police also advised residents to
ensure that their homes were
properly secured and their prop-
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Dispute over

$33m card assets

closer to final

settlement

Court-ordered freeze on
Leadenhall assets lifted
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A LONG-RUNNING dis-
pute involving a Bahamian
bank and trust company's $33
million credit card portfolio
is on the vprge of being set-
tled, Tribune Business under-
stands, a development that
could remove several
headaches plaguing the insti-
tution's liquidation.
Some sources familiar with
the situation suggested that
the dispute between Leaden-
hall Bank & Trust and First
Financial Caribbean Trust
Company had been settled,
but the latest report on Lead-
enhall's liquidation stated only
that the Mareva Injunction on
the former Bahamian bank's
assets had been removed.
Craig Gomez, Leadenhall's
liquidator, said in his seventh
report to the Supreme Court
that following an "out-of-
court" meeting with First
Financial and its representa-
tives, the latter consentedd to
lift the injunction on the
bank's assets".
A Supreme Court execut-
ed on July 9, 2008, duly put
that into effect, indicating that
the dispute which had infu-
riated many former Leaden-
hall cardholders, who were
unable to get their deposits
back is at least drawing to a
close.
The case had revolved
around a Deed of Retirement,
Appointment and Indemnity
that Leadenihall executed on
March 15, 2002, appointing
First Financial as the new
trustee for the MasterCard
security deposits it previously
held.
Those deposits had been
used as security against any
unpaid debts run up by Lead-
enhall's former MasterCard
portfolio clients, the credit
cards having been issued by
another former Bahamas-
based entity, Axxess Interna-
tional, which had several
directors and shareholders
common to Leadenhall. The
prime mover behind the
Axxess operation, Christo-
pher Donnachie, is also
involved heavily with First
Financial.
The dispute broke out when
Turks & Caicos-based First
Financial alleged that Lead-
enhall transferred only $14.25
million of the total $33 mil-
lion in cardholder deposits to
it, forcing it to take out and
obtain the injunction to pre-
SEE page 8B


Bahamas setting 'dangerous



precedent for the Caribbean'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas is setting "a
very dangerous precedent for
the Caribbean" by persisting
with a compulsory licensing
regime that potentially allows
Cable Bahamas to retransmit
encrypted and pay-TV signals
without having to pay for them,
one industry association having
urged Washington to move to
"immediate bilateral engage-
ment" with the Government
over this.
Sean Spencer, president of
the Television Association of
Programmers (TAP) for the
Latin American region, an
umbrella body for more than
30 pay TV channels, said the
Bahamasa had failed to properly
implement the amendments to
the 2004 Copyright Act that
narrowed the compulsory
licensing regime's scope.


* Pay-TV rights holders allege nation failed to 'follow through'
on commitment to narrow compulsory TV licence
* Pressing Washingtonri to engage Bahamas on issue 'immediately'
* Government, Cable Bahamas concerned on access to
English-speaking programmes


As a result, Cable Bahamas
was still able to download,
decode and retransmit US and
pay-TV signals without having
to pay royalties fees to the sta-
tions, programmers and othei
copyright holders, Mr Spencer
argued. There is no suggestion,
though, that Cable Bahamas
has done anything illegal.
"It continues to be a very
serious and big issue," he told
Tribune Business. "Compulsory
licensing regimes are standard
operating practice for free over-
the-air broadcast stations and
negotiating rights for spillover


Bank 'very cautious'

on new headquarters
Sill on target for March 2009 ground

break, but only if key tenants in place
* Top executive says credit rebound
likely in 2009 last quarter,


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BANK of the Bahamas Inter-
national will "not. break
ground" on construction of its
new West Bay Street corporate
headquarters until key tenants
are in place, its managing direc-
tor telling Tribune Business it
was "being very cautious" due
to the uncertain economic cli-
mate.
Paul McWeeney explained
that while Bank of the Bahamas
International was still on track
to break ground in March 2009
as planned, much would depend
on whether it was successfully
able to lease the property out to
key tenants over the next seven
months.
The bank will occupy one-
third of the office space at its
new corporate headquarters,
which will be situated in
between the Nassau Palm
Resort and Dockendale House,
with the remaining two-thirds
leased to tenants..
But with Mr McWeeney
believing that commercial bank
Sending and credit growth are
.only likely to recover by late
2009, Bank of the Bahamas
International will "not rush in"
to construction of its new head-
quarters.
"It's all systems go, but we're
determining the best course of
action because of the economic
climate," Mr McWeeney told
Tribune Business.
"The plans have been
finalised and the final drawings
were submitted to me a few
weeks ago. The plans are still
to break ground in March 2009,
and hopefully between now and
then we will wrap up all the
leases.
"We are still moving ahead
with the plans, but will not rush
into that before we're ready to
do it. We're talking to several
potential clients, but are not
ready to break ground unless
we have substantial tenants in
place."
Mr McWeeney said that "by
the last quarter of next year, we
may see a sustained rebound" in
credit demand and lending, but
said the.short-term would.be


soft as Bahamian commercial
banks tightened lending crite-
ria to ensure they did not "take
unnecessary risks at this time".
SEE page 6B


signals from one country to
another.
"The big problem with the
Bahamas compulsory licensing
regime, specifically, is that it's
the only one in the world that


permits pay-TV signals on it. It
allows Bahamian cable opera-
tors to take whatever they want,
without authorization and with-
SEE page 6B


Aim to have
$200m first phase
finance in place
by October
* By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE Nassau Airport
Development Company
(NAD) is looking to raise at
least $25 million of the $200
million needed to finance
the first phase of Lynden
Pindling International Air-
port's redevelopment from
the domestic Bahamian mar-
ket, and is aiming to have all
funding in place by October.
Airport Authority chair-
man Frank Watson told Tri-
bune Business that NAD
was looking to go to the cap-
ital markets and secure the
$200 million needed for the
first phase very soon.
He explained that of that
sum, NAD was looking to
secure at least $25 million in
the Bahamian market and
have all its funding in place
by October. This is when it
expects to begin initial work,
such as the realignment of
the sewerage and electrical
systems, arid clearing
ground.
Mr Watson said NAD was
hoping it can award the con-
struction contract for the
physical work by the first
. two weeks of 2009, with the
actual work starting soon
thereafter.
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Tribune Business Editor
AES Corporation is looking for
the Government to make a deci-
sion on whether to approve its liq- -
uefied natural gas (LNG) project .-.
before year-end, its LNG manag-
ing director telling Tribune Busi- ''
ness: "It's time for an answer."
Aaron Samson said that while '. -
the company had yet to hear from .
the Government and the Bahampas
Electricity Corporation (BEC) on
its proposal to supply the latter's
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PAGE B, MNDAY SEPEMBE 1, 008UHEITNBUN


* By ROYALFIDELITY
CAPITAL MARKETS

IT WAS a moderate trad-
ing week in the Bahamian
stock market with investors
trading in six out of the 19 list-
ed companies. Of those trad-
ed, three suffered price
declines and three remained
unchanged.
A total of 61,776 shares
changed hands, a significant
increase of 28,293 shares, or
84.5 per cent, in comparison
to last week's trading volume
of 33,483 shares.
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) led the market's vol-
ume with 37,170 shares, falling
by $0.11 or 1.6 per cent and
losing its gains from last
week's advance to close at
$6.77. FOCOL Holdings
(FCL) followed with 13,625
of its shares trading, also
decreasing by $0.01 to close
at $5.49.
Colina Holdings (Bahamas)
(CHL)'came in third with a
volume of 8,981 shares,
remaining unchanged at $2.88.
FamGuard Corporation
(FAM) also declined this
week, with 1,000 shares, drop-
ping by $0.04 or 0.49 per cent,
to end the week at $8.06.

COMPANY NEWS:

Earnings Releases:
FamGuard Corporation
(FAM) released its unaudit-
ed financial results for the
quarter ending June 30, 2008.
For the most recent quarter
net income, fell sharply by
$2.06 million, or 95.9 per cent,
to $88,600, in comparison to


$2.2 million for the same peri-
od in 2007.
FAM reported net premi-
um revenue and deposits of
$17.5 million, versus $15.9 mil-
lion in the 2007 second quar-
ter, an increase of $1.6 million
or 10 per cent, while total ben-
efits increased substantially by
$2.5 million, or 26.3 per cent,
to $12.1 million from $9.5 mil-
lion for the 2007 second quar-
ter.
In addition to the move-
ments in premiums and bene-
fits, FAM experienced a
decline Of $829,000 in the
unrealised depreciation of its
investments, reporting a loss
of $377,000 compared to a
gain of $452,000 in the 2007
second quarter.
For the most recent quar-
ter, basic earnings per ordi-
nary share declined by $0.21
or 95.5 per cent to $0.01 from
$0.22 in the second quarter
2007.
Total assets and liabilities
stood at $166.8 million and
$111.3 million respectively,
compared to $161.1 million
and $107.1 million at year-end
2007.

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
(FBB) released its un-audit-
ed financial results for the
quarter ending June 30,2008.
FBB reported net income of
$541,000 for the first six-
months of 2008, a rise of
$2,300 or 0.43 per cent from
$538,800 for the same period
in 2007.
Total income climbed from
$5.3 million to $6.6 million,
increasing by $1.3 million or
25.35 per cent in comparison


to the prior year. Non-interest
income of $2.8 million
increased by $1.1 million or
69.2 per cent comparatively,
while net interest income of
$3.9 million increased by
$210,000 or 5.8 per cent.
Total expenses grew from
$4.7 million to $6.1 million, an
increase of $1.3 million or
28.17 per cent, resulting from
substantial increases in salaries
and staff benefits, in addition
to higher general and admin-
istrative expenses.
Total assets of FBB climbed
to $267.7 million, an increase
of $44.1 million or 19.7 per
cent, while total liabilities of
$234.5 million rose by $43.7
million or 22.88 per cent from
year-end 2007.

Bahamas Supermarkets
(BSL) released its audited
year-end results for the period
ending June 27, 2007. BSL
reported a net loss for the year
of $189,000 versus $8.1 mil-
lion at year-end 2006, a
decline of $8.2 million.
Net sales declined by
$924,700, or 0.66 per cent,
from $141 million to $140.2
million, with gross profit of
$32.9 million declining by $4.9
million or 13.2 per cent. Oper-
ating and administrative
expenses increase to $33.4 mil-
lion from $30 million for the
same period in 2006.
Total assets and liabilities
stood at $32.7 million: and
$15.1 million respectively,
compared to $34.9 million and
$11.8 million at year-end 2006.

DIVIDENDS/
AGM NOTES:

Consolidated Water Com-
pany BDRs (CWCB)
declared a quarterly dividend
of $0.013 per share, payable
on November 7, 2008, to all
shareholders of record date
September 30, 2008.

Bahamas Supermarkets
(BSL) announced that it will
be holding its Annual Gener-
al Meeting on Tuesday, Sep-
tember 16, 2008, at 6pm at the
British Colonial Hilton, 1.Bay
Street, Nassau,:Bhhamas..: 5,1


TRADING STATISTICS

Week ending 29.08.08

FINDEX 855.67
(-10.12%) YTD


BISX
SYMBOL
AML
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CIB
CWCB
DHS
FAM
FBB
FCC
FCL
FIN
ICD
JSJ
PRE


CLOSING
PRICE
$1.81
$ 0.89
$8.50
$11.80
$14.60
$3.49
$14.11
$ 6.77
$2.88
$11.55
$4.60
$2.75
$8.06
$2.37
$0.44
$5.49
12.50
$5.57
$12.00
$10.00


CHANGE

$-0
$-0
$-0
$-
$-
$-
$-o

$-
$-
$-
$-
$-0.04
$-
$-
$-0.01
$-
$-
$-
$- *


VOLUME
CHANGE


0
0
0
0
0
0
200
37,170
8,981
0
0
0
1,000
0
0
13,625
800
0
0
0


YTD PRICE

9.04%
4.71%
-11.55%
0.00%
0.00%
-4.64%
17.10%
-19.69%
-8.57%
-20.89%
-8.73%
17.02% .
11.94%
-10.57%
-42.86%
5.98%
-3.47%
-23.17%
9.09%
0.00%


PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERINGS:
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced that it will b4 extending the deadline of its private
placement off ring. The preferred shares will be paying a dividend rate of prime + 1.75 per
cent, payable semi-annually.


INTERNATIONAL MARKETS


FOREX RATES


CAD$
GBP
EUR


COMMODITIES


Crude Oil I
Gold



INTERNATIONAL


DJIA
S & P 500
NASDAQ
Nikkei


Weekly

0.9404
1.8231
.4671


Weekly

115.42
836.20



STOCK MARKET INDEXES
Weekly

11,543.96
1,282.83
2,367.52
13,072.87


% Change


-1.54
-1.54
-0.74


% Change

+0.62
+1.01




% Change

-0.72
-0.73
-1.95
+3.21


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FULL testing of the pro-
posed Automated Clearing
House (ACH) system,
involving all Bahamian
commercial banks, is due
to start "in a week or so",
the head of the project
committee telling Tribune
Business that it was "still
on target" to go live in
rhid-October 2008,
Paul McWeeney, head of
the Clearing Banks Asso-
ciation's (CBA) ACH
working group, said: "As
far as we're concerned, all
the banks are working dili-
gently to make sure it
becomes a reality before
the end of the year.
"We're progressing every
day on it. The October
deadline is achievable, and
we're working hard to meet
that timeline. Right now,
we're about to commence
overall testing with all the
banks.
"It's due to start in a
week or so, and will
involve the entire multi-
tude of transactions. It will
be tested in that environ-
ment between all the
banks."
The ACH has the poten-
tial to benefit and impact
every Bahamian resident
and business, as it will
increase the efficiency,
integrity and certainty of
all financial payments and
transactions, potentially
lowering the costs involved
for all concerned.
Among the functions that
the ACH's first phase will
bring in are automated
cheque clearing, plus direct
debits and direct credits.
The ACH is also intend-
ed to replace the currentL


"As far as we're
concerned,
all the banks
are working
diligently to
make sure it
becomes a
reality before
the end of the
year. We're
progressing
every day on it."

Paul McWeeney


manual system for settling
cheque transactions, where
cheques drawn on one
bank but due to be deposit-
ed at another have to be
taken by armoured car to
a central location where
they are settled by repre-
sentatives of the various
institutions.
It is designed to improve
the integrity of the [bank-
ing] system, with persons
able to know the full val-
ue of goods involved in a
transaction almost imme-
diately, and enhance cash
flow. throughout the
Bahamian economy and
society.
Mr McWeeney told Tri-
bune Business: "It'll be
really good for the coun-
try. It creates the environ-
ment for other things to
take place, and involve-
ment of the private sector
to drive the changes that
are happening."
Among the developments


that could ultimately flow
from the ACH is "full trun-
cation", with the bank
office processing centres
currently operated by all
banks consolidated into
one.
This, Mr McWeeney said,
would "streamline costs"
associated with the bank-
ing sector and allow., its
institutions to "focus on
the development of finan-
cial services products". It
would also create spin-off
business opportunities for
entrepreneurs in the fields
of data storage and imag-
ing.
"We have the ability to
have a National Processing
and Archiving Centre
under this scheme. It
depends if the banks want
to do that," Mr McWeeney
explained.
The ACH could lead to
the development of a rela-
tively cashless society,
meaning that businesses
will not hold so much cash


in the tills, a tempting tar-
get for armed robbers.
Apart from allowing
inter-bank cheques to be
processed electronically
rather than manually at a
cheque clearing facility, the
ACH system will allow
direct debits and credits
from accounts, debit cards
and a shared Automatic
Teller Machine (ATM)
network.
The latter would allow
Bahamians to use their
cash cards at any bank
branch. It would also
reduce the time persons
spent in line waiting to
cash and deposit pay
cheques, as they could be
deposited to their account.
Bahamian consumers
would also be able to use
direct debits from their
bank accounts to pay bills
such as cable television and
electricity.
The ACH may also help
develop SWITCH prod-
ucts, where Bahamians
could use their cash cards
at any bank's ATM
machine.
A further potential bonus
from the ACH will be the
opening up a whole range
of electronic banking ser-
vices in the Bahamas,
including its use in the
online purchase of govern-
ment goods and services.
Ultimately, through mod-
ernising the Bahamian pay-
ments system through elec-
tronic means, the ACH will
provide buyers and sellers
with more certainty and
confidence, especially
when it comes to settling
their transactions.
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Laboring longer a growing trend for Americans


VI CHICAGO
Associated Press
.\MIIiA(' ANS arc changing
he game p1 in for retirement,
.ith millions laboring right past
Slie traditional retirement age
nd working into their late 60s
lnd beyond.
Whil ithe average retirement
'c, remains 63. that standard
:.iay soon be going the way of
ihe gold watch a trend expect-
Sd to arcccleratc as baby
comcrs close in on retirement
without sufficient savings.
For (4-vear-old John Lee,
rctircniciit" bears a strong


resemblance to his full-time
working career full of 40- and
50-hour weeks .as an IT techni-
cal support specialist.
He's not strapped but likes
the extra cash and the feeling
of being needed.
But for Melissa Fodor, a
retired travel agent who works
part-time as a caregiver for the
elderly, the extra work "keeps
my head above water" arid
there's no end in sight to that
financial need at age 68.
Although the work is satisfy-
ing, she confides that "finan-
cially I'm kind of scared most of'
the time. -


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Collateral Agent Services in connection with the offering
of senior and subordinated debt securities to Bahamian
investors.

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.


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"Because what should hap-
pen if my health and my body
fail?"
Growing evidence docu-
ments that people are working
longer as they live longer.
Twenty-nine percent of peo-
. ple in their late 60s were work-
ing in 2006, up from 18 percent
in 1985, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nearly 6 million workers last
year were 65 or over.
Over the next decade, the
number of 55-and-up workers
is expected to rise at more than
five times the rate of the overall
work force, the BLS reported.
A slowing economy and stock
market, squeezing funds set
aside for retirement, also are
contributing. ,
In an April survey conducted
for AARP, 27 percent of work-
ers age 45. and over, and 32 per-
cent of those 55-64 said they
had pushed back their planned
retirement date because of the
economic downturn. The tele-
phone poll by Woelfel Research
interviewed 1,002 respondents
and carried a sampling error
margin of plus or minus 3.1 per-
centage points.
"We have people who are
healthier, who are living longer
and have more economic rea-
sons to stay in the work force,"
said David Certner, AARP's'
legislative policy director. "On
the employer side, you have
greater demand for. experienced
(older) workers. That all adds
up to longer work lives."

Lee never envisioned
putting in long work weeks in
his mid-60s.
The Marietta, Ga., resident
battled frequent work stress
before taking early retirement
from Coca-Cola Co. at 55. He
lay wide awake for many rest-
less nights thinking about the
job, and believes all the strain
caused health problems in the
form of fibromyalgia and chron-
ic back pain.
,But when his old employer
called offering contract work at
his specialty, mainframe sys-
tems, he gladly accepted. Tennis
and golf hadn't worked out as
retirement hobbies, and he
4'.cided he could use the money
for occasional trips overseas
and to help out his children and
grandchildren.
"Going back to work wasn't
,the plan," he said. "But after I
-tretired; before-they called me, I


really didn't have anything to
do. So when they called, I
jumped on it."
Lee, who makes more than
$50,000 from the contract work,
isn't the only one in his house
working after retirement. His
wife Joyce, 60, also took early
retirement but went right back
to work as a real estate agent.
They say the extra household
income supplements their com-
bined $3,000 a month in com-
pany pension payments and
adds to $1.3 million in assets to
assure their retirement will be
financially comfortable if and
when it happens.
"If there's some project to be
done next year, when they call
I'll just go do it," he chuckled.
Working longer is gener-
ally tbe best option for those
who come up short on retire-
ment savings. And with many
people's investment portfolios
and 401(k)s down significantly
in recent months, it has become
a compelling alternative for
many retirees or near-retirees
to having to live on less.
"It's always been a good idea,
but right now it can be an espe-
cially good idea,"' said Chris-
tine Fahlund, a senior financial
planner with T. Rowe Price.
"You really don't want to be
pulling more money out of a
portfolio that's already down."
-In a recent report, the invest-
ment management group said
continuing to work full time
past one's anticipated retire-
ment date could increase annu-
al retirement income by about 7
percent for each additional year
of work.
Working another three years
- from 62 to 65, for example -
and continuing to save 15 per-
cent of salary could raise annu-
al income from investments by
22 percent. Make it five years
and boost savings contributions
still higher even better.
Putting off retirement also
may enable people to delay
when they start taking Social
Security benefits, which can sig-
nificantly increase payments.
"The longer the delay, the
better" financially, said
Fahlund. "To me the ideal
would be 70, because you get
the biggest Social Security ben-
efit possible and all those addi-
tional years of employment.
And it keeps you going mental-
ly and physically too."
If toiling extra years doesn't
sound very palatable, a wanna-


be retiree niay wish to consider
spending some of the addition-
al work earnings on hobbies,
travel, education or other retire-
ment dreams to make it seem
more worthwhile.
"Delaying retirement retire-
ment does not necessarily mean
delaying gratification," Fahlund
said.
Such a strategy, she said,
could still increase retirement
income from investments by 4
percent per year, or 12 percent
after three years, since the
retiree would not have to tap
existing savings.

Fodor says that "to work is
to have dignity." But she has
little choice but to keep labor-
ing because otherwise she
couldn't pay her bills.
The Morrison, Colo., woman
ended her more than three-
decade career as a travel ag6nt
when work dried up following
the 9/11 attacks, but hasn't
stopped working through her
60s. First she sold paint at a
home improvement store for
seven years. Now she puts in 17
hours a week as a certified nurs-
ing assistant and another 10 to
15 hours walking, dogs and pet
sitting.
Divorced and with no chil-
dren, she says she will have to
work "forever" to make up for


a lack of savings since Social
Security doesn't go far enough
to make ends meet.
Caring for seniors, a job she
loves, pays just $9 an hour and
dog walking pays less. Squeezed
by rising prices and still $20,000
in debt on her condo, she
stopped buying meat, beer and
pricier vegetables and cheeses
this year and is making other
cutbacks.
"I feel blessed with the good
health-that I have. But I'm a lit-
tle bit bitter because I don't
think I should be scared finan-
cially at 68," she said, adding
that she-blames only herself for
not saving more.
What disturbs her more than
her situation, though, is that of
all the men in their 60s, 70s and
even 80s she worked with at
Lowe's.
After losing their jobs as
engineers and scientists, they
now stock shelves just to sur-
vive. But they hide when fellow
retirees come in, she said,
because they don't want people
they knew from their country
clubs and higher-income jobs to
see them.
When people work out of
desperation and not choice, in
other words, it carries little dig-
nity.
"That's just not right," she
said. "That hurts me to see that.
Some of these people are sup-
porting their grandchildren."


FERREIRA & COMPANY
Environmental Consultants
Attorneys-At-Law





Ferreira & Company is seeking the services of an
Attorney. Experience or'interest in Environmental
Management would be an' asset but is not essential.

Salary commensurate with experience.
Applications will be held in strict confidence.

All applications should be received no later than
September 15th, 2008

Apply via email to:
romi.ferreiraandco @coralwave.com


C ,. ,,. vancy,
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Location: Nassau, Bahamas

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degree and 0-1 year of experience, or equivalent combination. Prior field experience
preferred.
* Knowledge of natural systems and natural systems management techniques
* Analyzing, manipulating, and interpreting data, including statistics
* GIS experience, including ability to utilize data to create appropriate maps
* Dataibase management skills including report production
* Coinpleting-tasks independently with respect to timeline(s),
* Managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources
* Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
SCommunicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
* Performs conservation and science project work, including the development of
Manaaernent Plans and Ecoregional plans or site based work organized around critical
threats and ecological management strategies for the Bahamas Archipelago.
* Provides technical support and quality information to Ecoregional planning teams to
best facilitate the design of Ecoregionial portfolios of sites. Technical support includes
compiling, analyzing, and managing a variety of biotic and abiotic data sets including
bi-national information on the status and distribution of ecological communities and
imperiled plant and animal species.
* Responsible for coordinating budgets, expense tracking, organizing and facilitating
participatory workshops with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Responsible
for developing and updating-content for conservation planning Websites, contributing
materials to program reports, assisting with conservation modules on new employee
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director and staff.

COM'PLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING:
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managing timeframes
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circumstances
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kc soh cs routine issues independently, consulting with supervisor to develop plans for
resolution of complex and unusual problems

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* Ability to work in variable weather conditions, remote locations and often in physically
demanding circumstances. Valid driver's license and a safe driving record.
* Work requires occasional physical exertion and/or muscular strain. Work involves
several disagreeable elements and/or exposure to job hazard's where there is some
possibility of injury.
* Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time

Apply online at www.nature.org/careers

Applications are Due September 5, 2008

ONL Y ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED.


The Nature Conservancy is an Equal
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PUBLIC CONSULTATION

BAHAMAS NATIONAL

NUMBERING PLAN


The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hereby invites comments from
licensees, other stakeholders and the general public on its consultation
document on the National Numbering Plan for The Bahamas.


The goals of this consultation are to:

inform licensees, other stakeholders and the general public of the PUC's
intention to develop a National Numbering Plan to administer and
manage numbering resources for current and future needs; and invite
comments from licensees, other stakeholders and the general public.

Section 6(4) of the Telecommunications Act, 1999 requires the PUC to act in
a timely, transparent, objective and non-discriminatory manner and consistent
with the objectives of the Act. While section 6(5) of the Act requires the
Commission to publish its proposals on any general instruction intended to be
issued under any part of the Act and allow a reasonable period of consultation.

Copies of this document can be obtained from the PUC's office located at
4th .Terrace East, Collins Avenue Written comments should be submitted
by September 26, 2008 via post, hand delivery, facsimile or e-mail to:



Executive Director

Public Utilities Commission

P.O. Box N-4860

Fourth Terrace East

Collins Avenue

Nassau, Bahamas

Fax: 242 323-7288

Email: info@pucbahamas.gov.bs.


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has been struck off the Register with effect from 11th day of
August 2008.


Mr. Gian Fadri Pinbsch and Mrs. Jane Major
LIQIDATORS
c/o Banque Priv6e Edmond de Rothschild Ltd
51 Frederick Street
P. O. Box N-1136
Nassau, Bahamas,


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
VACANCY NOTICE







INTERNAL AUDITOR
INTERNAL AUDIT DEPARTMENT

Vacancies exist in the Corporation for Internal Auditor in the Internal Audit Department.
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

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

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

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application Form to: The
Manager Human Resources & Training Department, Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker, P. 0. Box N-7509 Nassau Bahamas on or before:
Monday, September 15, 2008.


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STEP Foundation Level Course


Applicants should meet the following criteria-

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below, and submitted together with the following:

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precedent for the Caribbean'


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
SECURITIES COMMISSION OF THE BAHAMAS
The Securities Commission of The Bahamas (the Commission),
a statutory agency responsible for the oversight, supervision and
regulation of the investment funds, securities and capital markets in or
from The Bahamas, as well as the supervision of Financial and Corporate
Service Providers, invites applications from qualified Bahamians for the
following position:
Field Examiner
Responsibilities:
* Conducting on-site inspections of entities licensed or registered by
the Commission
* Assisting in the enforcement process addressing deficiencies
identified in the inspection
Qualifications and Experience:
* Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
* 1 2 years experience in auditing or public accounting
* Knowledge of the securities industry a plus
Competencies:
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Proficient in computer skills (Microsoft Office applications,
particularly Word and EXcel)
A competitive salary and benefits are being offered. Interested persons
should submit applications in writing marked
"Private and Confidential" to:
MANAGER CORPORATE AFFAIRS
SECURITIES COMMISSION OF THE BAHAMAS
P. 0. BOX N-8347
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Fax: 356-7530
E-Mail: info@scb.gov.bs
Applications should be received no later than September 5,2008


enforcement, it was an issue
that could potentially cost his
members millions in copyright
royalties fees.
Mr Spencer indicated that a
major stumbling block to
resolving the situation was
Cable Bahamas' insistence
that it negotiate commercial
agreements with the rights
holders for domestic US pay-
TV and cable signals.
He pointed out that the
Bahamas, because it was not
part of the US, was considered
part of the Latin American
region when it came to nego-
tiating broadcast and copy-
right agreements. Therefore,
Mr Spencer argued that Cable
Bahamas should be negotiat-
ing with his members, who
held the Latin American dis-
tribution rights for these sig-
nals, rather than their US
counterparts.
"For example, HBO domes-
tically in the US does not have
the rights to sell its signal to
the Bahamas. [Cable
Bahamas] has to buy it from
HBO Latin America," Mr
Spencer told Tribune Busi-
ness.
"The Bahamas, as a territo-
ry for distribution purposes, is
considered part of Latin
America. I understand there
are language issues and our
members are addressing that."
A major concern for both
Cable Bahamas and the Gov-
ernment has been whether
they would be able to access
English-speaking programmes,
given that the Latin American
works' audience is predomi-


nantly Spanish-speaking.
Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas' president, did not
return Tribune Business's call
and message on Friday seek-
ing comment, bur Mr Spencer
said his organisation., and mem-
bers had a good working rela-
tionship with the BISX-listed
company's largest shareholder,
Columbus Communications,
having negotiated with it in
the other Caribbean territo-
ries where it has a presence.
"What Cable Bahamas
wants is US domestic signals,"
Mr Spencer said. "They've
gone to Showtime, HBO want-
ing to buy the domestic sig-
nals. They cannot transmit, sell
outside the US. That's not the
answer Cable Bahamas wants
to hear.
"It's about complicated
rights issues, not a case of
business relationships. All the
programming on HBO and the
other networks is available
through Latin America. But
would you rather get'it for free
or have to pay for it?"
Mr Spencer also accused the
Government of not imple-
menting the 2004 Copyright
Act amendment that narrowed
the compulsory licensing
regime's scope.
He argued: "The fact is that
the Bahamas did not follow
through with the commitment
they made during long talks
with the US Trade Represen-
tative's Office in 2004 con-
cerning a roll-back of the com-
pulsory licensing for paid-TV.
"When the Act was passed,
the US government pulled


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FROM page one

out having to pay for it.
"In a nutshell, it sets a very
dangerous precedent issue for
the rest of the region. Our
concern is that it sets a very
ilegative precedent, and now
other English-speaking coun-
tries throughout the region are
looking at similar [laws and
licensing regimes]. It's all
based on the laws the
Bahamas has been able to
implement."
Mr Spencer implied that the
'bigger picture' issue for his
organisation and its 30-plus
members, who include CNN,
Fox Sports, ESPN, MTV and
Discovery Channel, was that
if the Bahamas was able to
'get away with it', other
Caribbean states would look
to follow suit.
Apart from making a major
dent in world copyright and
intellectual property rights law


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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000) , ... .., ..

DIAMOND PACIFIC HOLDINGS CORP.
In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), DIAMOND
PACIFIC HOLDINGS CORP. has been dissolved and struck off
the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 27th day of August, 2008.

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Oliaji Trade Centre,
Francis Rachel Street,
Victoria, Mahe
Republic of Seychelles
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STAFF


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an experienced Accountant.

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

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

Requirements

* Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Business
Administration
* Two (2) to five (5) years accounting experience
* Disciplined with the ability to work with a team or
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* Be computer literate with proficiency in the use of
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Please fax resume and salary requirements by
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currently having "these issues
with respect to delinquencies,
but I think it's at a level we can
manage", Mr McWeeney said.


back on its threat level and
everyone thought things were
OK. But the Bahamas never
implemented the modifica-
tions to the Copyright Act,
and the compulsory licensing
regime still stands."
Mr Spencer said there had
been no change since his Feb-
ruary 11, 2008, letter to the
US Trade Representative on
the "disturbing" pay-TV
licence situation in the
Bahamas.
At the time, he wrote:
"While we do not request [the
Bahamas] placement on any
Special 301 list at this time, we
do request that bilateral gov-
ernment attention and engage-
ment be directed to addressing
this untenable situation."
Mr Spencer said the Gov-
ernment had not properly
implemented the Copyright
Act 2004 amendments that
would have limited the com-
pulsory licensing regime to
free, over-the-air broadcasts,
and prevented retransmission
of encrypted signals or retrans-
mission via the Internet.
He alleged,' though, that in
2007 the Bahamas went.back
to the old compulsory 'licens-
ing regime due to concerns
over access to English-speak-
ing programming. The old
regime, Mr Spencer com-
plained, breached "existing
bilateral commitments as well
as international copyright
obligations".
Cable Bahamas has been
working hard behind the
scenes, via the US Embassy in
Nassau, and with the aid and
support of the Registrar Gen-
eral's Department and the
Bahamian Embassy in Wash-
ington, to address the situa-
tion.
The Bahamas has also
accused the US Trade Repre-
sentative's Office, in private,
*:of failing' to liv'Utp to the
terms of a 2000"agreement
between the two countries. In
return for the Bahamas deal-
ing with its compulsory licens-
ing regime, the US govern-
ment.was to encourage the
rights holders to enter into
good faith negotiations with
Cable Bahamas for a com-
mercial arrangement that
would allow for the provision
of English-speaking pro-
grammes, with royalties and
licence fees paid to the net-
works.
Many US signals can also be
picked up in the Caribbean,
but the crux of the matter is
that many networks see the
Bahamas and the English-
speaking Caribbean as too
small a market.
The signal rights holders are
unable to broadcast outside
the US, and are reluctant to
negotiate with Cable Bahamas
because the royalty revenues
gained would be exceeded by
legal fees and costs associat-
ed with changing their area of
coverage.
Still, Cable Bahamas has
been able to negotiate com-
mercial deals with the likes of
MTV and NBA League Pass,
working through the
Caribbean Cable and Televi-
sion Association.

Bank'very

cautious'


On nOW

headquarters

FROM page one
Similarly, many consumers did
not want to risk the exposure
of greater debts.
"I think the general trend is a
very soft one at this point in
time, and everyone compa-
nies and individuals are taking
a more cautious approach to
growth," the Bank of the
Bahamas International manag-
ing director said.
The "challenge" for the
Bahamian commercial banking
industry was to ensure that loan
delinquencies, or non-accrual
loans, representing loans that
were between 30-89 days over-
due, did not move beyond that
into the non-performing loans
category.
All commercial banks were


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FROM page one

Blue Hills power plant, and
save it between $1.4-$4 billion
in fuel costs over a 15-year
period, he attributed that to
being more a function of the
summer holidays with key
decision-makers away.
However, it had "been over
seven years" since AES first
applied for government
approval to establish an LNG
regasification terminal on
Ocean Cay, a man-made
island near Bimini, and con-
struct a pipeline to take it to
Florida to drive that state's
power generation system.
If the project was to be
approved, Mr Samson said
AES needed to "get on with
it", given that Suez wanted to
establish a rival LNG opera-
tion supplying Florida's power
grid via use of an offshore
buoy delivery system.
While indicating the Flori-
da preferred the AES project,
given the larger ahd ready-
made storage system it would
enjoy on Ocean Cay, Mr Sam-


son implied that it could
become a race against time
and the Suez competition.
Florida had to make a deci-
sion about servicing its own
energy needs, he explained,
and would not go with a pro-
ject unableto obtain all the
required governmental
approvals.
"The key here is that it's not
likely that anyone will set up
an LNG plant just to supply
BEC," Ms Samson told Tri-
bune Business. "Using the
Florida economics to get the
same for your country is a
pretty big deal. Hopefully,
we'll:get some momentum in
September and get it going."
When asked whether the
'window of opportunity' for
the Bahamas to access the
potential economic benefits of
LNG was closing, and if AES
wanted the Government to
make a decision'one way or
the other by year-end, Mr
Samson replied: "I think the
end of the year is going to be a
little late.
"It's getting hard to under-
stand, the lack of being able


to make a decision."
Mr Samson said the propos-
al to also use Ocean Cay to
supply BEC's Blue Hills pow-
er plant with LNG had been
warmly greeted by many in the
business community, all of
whom had been hot by soaring
energy costs and were looking
for electricity prices to make
sense.
AES had met with the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation (BHA), and Bahamian
engineers and architects on the
plan.
The BHA last week
released an August 1, 2008,
letter it had sent to Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham back-
ing the project, arguing that
-based on the AES presenta-
tion it appeared that supply-
ing LNG to BEC could cut
fuel surcharge- costs by as
much as 15-30 per cent.
Mr Samson had earlier this
year told Tribune Business
that if BEC switched its Blue
Hills combustion turbines
from diesel fuel to LNG, the
latter being supplied by AES,


it could save between $80-$210
million per year in fuel costs
from 2012 onwards. A 120-
mile pipeline between Ocean
Cay and Clifton Point would
bring the LNG to New Provi-
dence, with the pipeline cost-
ing between $150-$200 million
to construct.
AES had estimated the cost
of converting the seven to
eight combustion turbines at
Blue Hills to take LNG at $1-
$1.5 niillion each, a maximum
of $12 million that would be
paid for immediately by the
fuel savings.
Even if the LNG proposal
is ultimately rejected, Mr Sam-
son said AES could become
involved with BEC in other
ways, as it is likely to be a
"major partner" in a $60-$65
million wind farm project pro-
posal submitted in response to
the Corporation's tender for
renewable energy proposals.
"We're negotiating fairly
actively with a local group that
wants to respond [to the BEC
tender]," Mr Samson told Tri-
bune Business. "It's not all
mapped out, but we would be


a major partner.
"If we participate, it'll be in
a fairly major way. My guess is
that it would be a 51 per cent
role. There's paperwork fly-
ing back and forth."
Mr Samson added: "I think
it's a very viable project for
the Bahamas, and exciting,
because whether it's 2009 or
2010, it's clearly possible to
have 20 megawatts (MW) to
30MW of wind power in the'
Bahamas. You go from no
renewables to 10 per cent
overnight. That's a big num-


ber for the country." That
,number is based on the fact
that BEC generates 300MW
of energy to supply New Prov-
idence.
Although not an equipment
manufacturer itself, Mr Sam-
son said AES had some
250MW worth of wind tur-
bines on order from General
Electric over the next year.
The company was able to allo-
cate some of those turbines to
the Bahamas, as it already
bought in bulk and then sup-
plied them to smaller projects.


FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (Unaudited)
Nine Month Period Ended July 31, 2008
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIM'IFED

Chairman's review of the unaudited results
For the nine months ended July 31,2008


We wish to report that net income for the nine months ended July 31, 2008 was $11,573,968 which
represents a decrease of $3.1 million or 20.88% compared to the corresponding period last year. The
Bank's return on equity was 16.77% compared to 22.73% for the same period last year and earnings
per share totaled 0.430 compared to 0.550 for the same period last year.
The Bank continued to experienced good mortgage growth of 11% during the. period. However, the
weakened economy contributed to the rise in non-accrual loans which resulted in an increase to the
Bank's loan loss provision irn the second quarter. This increase in provision is consistent with the
Bank's policy and has negatively affected net income.
The increase in non-accrual loans is -manageable and the Bank's risk profile continues to remain
within -its risk, appetite. The '.Bank's capital ratios remain strong. in excess of the regulatory'
requirement nd are raked among the highest in the industry.

Aninterim dividend of 0.130 per share was delared for thle quarter ended July 31; 2008 a4nd will be
paid on 160' September 2008, to all shareholders of record as of 9"* September 2008. The dividend
payment of 0.136 is consistent with the payment for the same period last year.


Balance at October 31, 2006, restated
Net profit for the period, restated
Dividends
Balance at July 31, 2007, restated

Balance at October 31,2007
lNet profit for the period
Dividends
Balance at July 31, 2008


Share Share
Capital Premium
$ $


General
Reserve
$


$5,333,334 2,552,258 500,000


Retained
Earnings


77,644,813
14,628,419
(I1,733,334)


Total
S

86,030,405
14,628,419
(11.733,334)


$5,333,334 2,552,258 500,000 80,539,898 88,925,490


$5,333,334 2,552,258 500,000 83,800,153 92,185,745
11,573,968 11,573,968
(11,733,334) (11.733,334)
$5,333,334 2,552,258 500,000 83,640,787 92,026,379


Managin director


FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited).
As of July 31, 2008 and October 31, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


July 31,2008 October 31,2007


ASSETS


Statutory reserve account with
The Central Bank of The Bahamas
Investments.
Loans-Net.
Fixed assets Net
Other assets
TOTAL
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
LIABILITIES
Deposits
Dividends payable
Deferred fees.
Other liabilities
Total liabilities
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital .
Share premium
General reserve
Retained earnings
Total shareholders' equity
TOTAL


$ 23,186,653

30,716,012
45,593,467
671,022,670
2,497,524-
968,808
S 773,985,134


$ 649,266,434

6,882,605
1,509,716
$ 681,958,755

5,333,334
2,552,258
500,000
83,640,787
S92,026,379
$ 773,985,134


S 17,337,902

28,315,862
46,388,244
616,230,842
2,824,516
904,821
S 712,002,187


$ 592,399,955
19,200,000
6,722,764
1,493,723
$ 619,816,442

5,333,334 *
2,552,258
500,000
83,800,153.
'92,185,745
$ 712,002,187


FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
Nine Month Period Ended July 31,2008
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


'Nine Months
Ended
July 31,2008


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Netincome
Adjustments for.
Depreciation
Provision for credit losses
Loss on disposal of fixed assets


Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Increase in loans and advances, net
Increase in deposits
Net cash from operating activities
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchase of fixed assets
Net (Purchase) Proceeds of investments
Net cash from investing activities
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITY
Dividends paid

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF THE PERIOD


(Restated)
Nine Months
Ended
July 31, 2007


$ 11,573,968 $ 14,628,419


411,885
3,175,318
88,982
15,250,153

(2,288,303)
(57,967,146)
56,866,479
11,861,183

(W73,875)
794,777
620,902

(6,633,334)

5,848,751
17,337,902
$ .23,186,653


360,181
271,189
"7,776
15,267,565

(1,233,514)
(36,995,136)
41,366,696
18,405,611

(561,421)
(12,087,058)
(12,648,479)

(2,933,335)

2,823,797
21,823,993
$ 24,647,790'


FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED, STATEMENT OF INCOME (Unaudited)
Nine Month Period Ended July 31, 2008
(Expressed In Bahamian dollars)


INCOME
Net interest income
Provision for credit losses net
Net interest income after provision for credit losses
Fees and commissions
Total income
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES I
Total non-interest expenses /
NET INCOME
EARNINGS PER SHARE


Nine Months
Ended
July 31, 2008


$ 21,224,911
(3,175,318)
18,049,593
2,523,652
20,573,245

8,999,277
S 11,573,968
$ 0.43


(Restated)
Nine Months
Ended
July 31, 2007

$ 20,868,215
(271,189)
20,597,026
2,265,143
22,862,169

8,233,750
S 14,628,419
$ 0.55


FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED
Notes to Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements
Nine Month Period Ended July 31, 2008


1. ACCOUNTING POLICIES

These interim condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with
International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting policies used
in the preparation of these interim financial statements are consistent with those used in the
audited financial statements for the year ended October 31, 2007.

2. COMPARATIVES

Certain comparative figures have been restated to comply with the presentation of these interim
financial statements.


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FROM page one

serve the assets.
However, Leadenhall coun-
tered that it had transferred at
least $19.7 million to First
Financial, with the balance
'refunded against outstanding
debts owed by the Bahamian
bank's cardholders.
A forensic accounting fol-
-lowed to verify who was correct
.before Leadenhall was placed
into liquidation. Yet the likely
-resolution reached between the
bank's liquidator and First


Dispute
Financial is likely to aid the for-
mer in his winding-up efforts.
Any settlement will leave
First Financial with responsi-
bility for the former Mastercard
portfolio and its clients. That,
in turn, is likely to take respon-
sibility for two other vexing
issues surrounding the credit
card portfolio MasterCard's
$1.7 million termination fee
demand and uncollected credit
card debts from Leadenhall
to First Financial.


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NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS


As a result of. the Bank's financial
results for the third quarter ending 31st
July 2008, the'Board of Directors of
Finance Corporation of Bahamas


Limited


all, of its


Shareholders that an interim dividend
of thirteen cents (13 cents) per Ordinary
Share will be paid on 16th September
2008, to all Shareholders of record as of
9th September 2008.






DAPHNE BURROWS-HAINES
CORPORATE SECRETARY






Dated this 1st September 2008
\ 1 ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^


MasterCard had been
demanding that Leadenhall pay
it that sum as a result of the for-
mer terminating its issuing
licence, while the bank had pre-
viously been owed $1.306 mil-
lion in outstanding credit card
debts:
Collecting those balances will
now fall to First Financial.
According to Mr Gomez's
report, as at July 15, 2008, some
99 Bahamas-based cardholders


owed a total of $690,220 an
average of more than $69,000
per person.
And 310 overseas cardholders
owed a balance of $616,118,
with no client Bahamas-based
or international having made
commitments to settle their
debts in the previous seven-and-
a-half months.
Despite the moves towards
resolution on the credit card
portfolio, Mr Gomez still faces


I I


several challenges in complet-
ing Leadenhall's liquidate n.
Among those is the $330 ril-
lion judgment handed dowO by
the Florida courts against Lead-
enhall in relation to a class
'action lawsuit brought by for-
mer customers of the Caqh 4
Titles Ponzi scheme. (
They have been seeking dam-
ages from Leadenhall ovei its
alleged role in providing finan-
cial services to the scheme.
In his report, Mr Gomez said
he had received via a Bahamian
attorney written documents
from the class action litigants
to support their claim for dam-
ages. "The documents further
presented information as to the
reason why the judgment by the
Florida court should be accept-
ed in the Bahamas," Mr Gomez


said, adding that he had for-
warded the documents to his
attorney, Sidney Cambridge at
Callender's & Co, for a legal
opinion.
Mr Gomez is also seeking to
recover $3.458 million in loan
debts owed to Leadenhall by
seven debtors, and recover
$125,937 associated with a
forged cheque.
Another outstanding issue is
the $16.266 million investment
portfolio held with Generali
International. Over the nine
months between October 1,
2007, and June 30, 2008, Lead-
enhall earned $123,637 in
returns on the portfolio, but the
biggest concern for Mr Gomez
is the $11,540 Early Discontin-
uance Charge that is active until
March 2009.


Airport project

FROM page one

The $25 million domestic finance-raising effort is at least
partially linked to the compromise that appears to have been
worked out between the Airport Authority and Citibank. The
current Authority Board was unhappy with the arrangement
worked out between its predecessors and Citibank, which gave
the latter both the placement agent and advisory work on the air-
port financing initiative.
Now, it seems that Citibank has relented, at least on the
Bahamian$ aspect of the financing. In an advertisement posted
in the media on Friday, NAD invited bids for Bahamian place-
ment agents.
The ad said: "The Nassau Airport Development Company
invites proposals for providing local placement agent and col-
lateral agent services in connection with the offering of senior
and subordinated debt securities to Bahamian investors."
The first phase of Lynden Pindling International Airport's
redevelopment will include the execution of high priority pro-
jects, such as improving the physical and sanitary conditions at
the airport, alleviating congestion associated with pre-clear-
ahce, alleviating parking conditions and air side congestion,
managing adequate check in spaces for additional air traffic
growth, facilitating group travel and minimising.and streamlin-
ing passenger security checks.
Once it starts, it is anticipated to be completed within 24
months;
Phase two of the project is divided into four stages and
includes the construction of new facilities and the renovation of
existing ones. This will also include new US and international
arrival facilities.
Phase three encompasses new international and domestic
departure facilities, while phase four will include improvement
to general areas of the airport such as landscaping.



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LleiBalhai CS-b C9ji a've LeagueLifited

Requires the services of a
Messenger/Office Assistant


The successful applicant will be responsible for:
Providing messenger services
Assisting with general office duties

ApplicantA should:
Be a Bahamian Citizen
Possess a valid drivers license
Possess a minimum of a High School Diploma
Be Computer Literate
Have good interpersonal skills


Applicants should submit their resumes to:
The Bahamas Co-operative League Limited
Russell Road, Oakes Field
or fax the resume 328-8730.


Deadline for application is Thursday, September 25, 2008


4


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C FIr CAPIrTAL MAPARIETS
ROYAL*- FIDELT TY U ROKBRAGE & ADVISORY SKU.VIES
ROYAL FlDEL]TY CPTCU MARKAiETS
C FA L." C OL--t Il A.L

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2"ok.-Hi 52wk.Low Security Previous Close Today4a's Close Change Daily Vol EPS S Div S P'E VYield
1.95 1.51 Abaco Markets 1.81 1.81 0.00 0.135 0.000 13.4 0.00%
11.80 11.80 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 Collna Holdings 2.88 2.88 0.00 0.046 0.040 62.6 1.396/
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (SI) 6.50 6.77 0.27 9.291 0.449 0.300 15.1 4.43%
6.88 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.44 4.60' 0.16 0.122 0.052 37.7 1.13%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.75 2.75 0.00 0.308 0.040 8.9 1.45%
8.10 6.02 Famguard 8.06 8.06 0.00 0.535 0.280 15.1 3.47%
13.01 12.50 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.850 0.570 .19.2 4.66%
14.75 11.64 FiratCaribbean Bank 11.55 11.55 0.00 0.550 0.450 21.0 3.90%
6.10 6.05 Focol (S) 5.49 6.49 0.00 0.385 0.140 14.3 2.55%
1.00 1.00 Focobl Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 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 13.7 5.39%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0.620 11.7 5.17%
1000 1000 Premier Real Eslale 1000 1000 000 0 180 0000 556 000%
52~rk-Hi 52owk.Low Symbo, B. $ Ask S Last Prce Weekly Vol EPS S Div S P E Yield
14 60 14 25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14 60 15 60 14 60 1 160 0 300 134 2 05 /1
8.00 8.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 8.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0 54 0 20 ND Hooloin gs 0 35 0 40 0 35 .0 023 0 000 N.M o0 00',
41 00 41 00 ABDAB 4100 4300 4100 4450 2 750 90 670'.
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.80 15.60 14.00 1.180 0.900 13.4 6.18%
0-55 0.40 RND Holdlihs 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wH.,I 52K.-LOw Fund Name NAV Y-TD',c Last 12 Monlhs DivD Ylvela'
1.3320 1.2652 Colina Bond Fund 1.331954"*"* 3.09% 5.27%
3.0008 2.8869 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 3.015033 "" -0.48% 8.11%
1.4098 1.3540 Collna 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 GOrade 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 Finanolal Growth Fund 1.0027""" 0.27% 0.27%
1 0119 1 0000 FG Financial Diversifer Fund 1 0119 ...... 1 19g 1 19'
-L -09.. IS. Q.2.. . I- .. ...,E- .-3,
52.k-Hi High..t closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colirm and Fidelity 31 Decembr 2007
52wk-Low Lowt clo."no price in laet 52 wmak' Ask S Selling price of Collna end fidelity ** 30 June 2008
Prevlou. Close Previous day'. weigh.d price for daily volume Last Price L- t traded over-thecounter price .--- 31 April 2008
Today's Close Current day' weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week ..... 22 August 2008
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company' reported hearings per shara for tha last 12 mitra o.. 31 July 2608
Daily Vol. Number of total areass traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV D lvdeand per share paid In the lMet 12 month N/M Not Meanilnful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 manth earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 19 100
(S) 4-for-1 Sto, k Split Effectve Date 8e//2007
.5. :. 2.I Slnx Sp.. S rfec. iDaIe' t IO
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BUSINESS I


NOTICE



The Middle Temple is trying to

trace and make contact with its

members who work or reside

in The Bahamas with a view

to forming a Middle Temple

Bahamas Association.



Members are encouraged to

send their contact details to

Bertha Cooper-Rousseau at

bcr(arousseaulaw.com

or fax 242-325-3688.



CRAWFORD HOLDINGS LTD.
(Company number 40,584B)


An International Business Company

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

We, Pinie' iiWt6d, Liquidator of CRAWFORD-HOLDINGS LTD.
hereby certify that the winding up and dissolution of CRAWFORD
HOLDINGS LTD. has been completed in accordance with the Ar-
ticles of Dissolution and that CRAWFORD HOLDINGS LTD. has
been dissolved as of 7th day of August, 2008.

Dated this 28th day of August, 2008



Pine Limited
Liquidator



Legal Notice
NOTICE

ZIRDAL LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) ZIRDAL LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 29th August, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 29 day of August, A.D. 2008


Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator




Legal Notice
NOTICE

DEL CIERVO INVESTMENT LTD.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) DEL CIERVO INVESTMENT LTD. is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 28th August, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 29 day of August, A.D. 2008



Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator







THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2008, PAGE 9B


GN-737









SUPREME

COURT

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
.28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00520

Whereas COTEISHA HANNA, of #58 Trotter
Avenue in the Island of Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of NEUTISHALA FLOWERS, late of #58
Trotter Avenue on the Island of Grand Bahama,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00522

Whereas RICARDO WILFRED TREVOR
HOLMES, of Minnis Subdivision in the Island
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of WILFRED
THOMAS HOLMES, late of Minnis
Subdivision, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the' Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00523.

Whereas LOUREY C. SMITH, of Mareva
House, 4 George Street, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of
Attorney for Brenda K. Miller, the Executrix
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the will annexed of the Real and Personal
Estate of MAXINE A. SIMA Y, late of 6820
Chateau Chase Drive, Columbus in the State
of Ohio, U.S.A., deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

2008/PRO/npr/00525

IN THE ESTATE OF GILBERT LESTER
BOWE a.k.a. GILBERT L. BOWE, late of


Palm Beach County in the State of Florida,
one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by WELLINGTON E. OLANDER of No.
33 Gleniston Gardens in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the resealed Letters
of Administration (single personal
representative) in the above estate granted to
CANDICE B. ASHURST the Personal
Representative of the Estate, by the Circuit
Court for Palm Beach County, Florida, Probate
Division, on the 27th day of May, 2008.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT PROBATE
DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

2008/PRO/npr/00527

IN THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL GEORGE
CORBETT ASHBY, late of Wickens, Birch
Grove, Horsted Keynes, West Sussex, England,
United Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division
by HARRY BRACTON SANDS of Skyline
Drive in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Attorney-
At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the resealed Grant of
Probate in the above estate granted to JULIAN
CHARLES ASHBY and NICHOLAS
PATRICK HANCOCK the Executors of the
Estate, by the High Court of Justice, the District
Probate, Registry at Brightgn, on, the, 19th day
of August, 2008.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

2008/PRO/npr/00529

IN THE ESTATE OF DONALD PASCALE
a.k.a. DONALD P. PASCALE, late of
Tamarac City in Broward County in the State
of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate. Division
by MICHELLE ANTIONETTE HORTON
of Monastery Park and SIDNEY
ALEXANDER CAMBRIDGE JR. of No.9
Chancery Lane, both of the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorneys-At-Law, the Authorized Attorneys
in The Bahamas for obtaining the resealed
Letters Of Administration (single personal
representative) in the above estate granted to
DENNIS PASCALE the Personal
Representative of the Estate, by the Circuit
Court for Broward County, Florida, on the 31
st day of July, 2007.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00530

Whereas JACQUELYNE R6BERTS, of Sea
Breeze Estates, Eastern District, New


Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of ENOCH PEDRO,
ROBERTS II, late of Sea Breeze Estates,
Eastern District, New
Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00531

Whereas STEPHEN ROLLE, of the
Settlement of Old Bight, Cat Island, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of
Attorney for MADLYN SIMMS, the Lawful
Widow has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of GEORGE SIMMS, late of the Settlement
of Old Bight, Cat Island, one the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
,28TH AUGUST,, 2008
No. 2008/PRO/npr/00532

Whereas LATANIA MACKEY, of North
Andros, The Bahamas, and LATASIA
CROWTHER of Faith Avenue, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, have made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of IRENE
JOHNSON, late of No. 56 Augusta Street in
the City of Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
28TH AUGUST, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/npr/00533

Whereas HESTER WILLIAMS, of
Adderley's Addition in the Eastzrn District,
New Providence, one of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of MAKELL CARLET NEELY, late of
Soldier Road, Eastern District, New
Providence, one the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


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Re: He Is Not Alone




(Andrew Thompson)


I WAITED with great anticipa-
tion for the response to your article
of last week. All I can say is WOW!
I knew all along that there is very
little "honour" left in the legal pro-
fession in this country.
The horror stories in your article
are sickening. Even more so is the
fact that the Bahamian lawyers who
"have used what they imagine to be
their intellectual superiority, and of
course their knowledge of the law, to
bamboozle and browbeat the uned-
ucated into agreements that have not
been in their clients' own best inter-
est...." are so intellectually superi-
or that they don't realise that they
have staffs who work for them, that
know exactly the illegal acts that they
have committed and are commit-
ting. Are their staffs called as wit-
nesses?
Most lawyers in the Bahamas have
no knowledge of the law or should I
say don't know how to interpret the
law they call their colleagues and
ask for precedents. In most cases
they edit more than the local news-
papers.
Some lawyers not only swindle the
so-called "uneducated"; these
unscrupulous lawyers swindle funds
from the "highly educated" when-
ever they have the opportunity. The
educated clients are more embar-
rassed than the uneducated ones, so
they don't report the lawyer for more
than one reason. Regardless of per-
sons' educational level, a person
knows when wrong is done to
them. Some may not be able to com-
municate it well, but they know. The
problem is that the protection blan-
ket is "thick". After the theft, they
dare you to prove it. They know how
long and drawn out the process
is. Tlhey.also know that the percent-
age il high that a quiet rulingmwilkue6
doneijn their favour. They will be
cleared to swindle again.
Some lawyers in this country knqw
that their illegal actions will be pro-
tected by their "honourable bud-
dies". If you want a piece of land
you go to so and so. If you want to
hide something on paper, you go to
so and so. The delaying of a court
action is mastered by all.
What's so pathetic is that they all
use the cover of the "law".
Gone are the days when a lawyer
in this country is admired for truly
being honourable. Lawyers admire
themselves based on the amount of
wealth that they accumulate over
their short "illusionary" careers. Is
there a class in Law School called.
"Unscrupulous 101"? This is a learnt
behaviour!
The average citizen's outrage is
high. However, I am sure the
unscrupulous lawyers are all saying
"they can ride this wave out". They
count on a short-term public outcry,
and a corrupt system whose bread is
buttered by them. Sad state o,f
affairs!
I look forward to your follow-up
stories.
Maria

I THINK many lawyers go into
the profession for the specific pur-
pose of robbing other people. Some


use it to trampoline into politics.
There seems to be a correlation: if
they can't swing enough people in
law, they move into politics to see if
they can do it there.
CA, Nassau

IT is high time that someone had
the intestinal fortitude to expose our
lawyers for what they are. I have
been the victim of an unscrupulous
lawyer and magistrate myself, so
know what I'm talking about.
Caller

Dear Sir! It is with great pleasure
that I came upon your article in the
Monday, August 25, issue of The Tri-
bune. I, too, have been waiting for
the Bar Association to deal with a
lawyer, who took half of my monies
after I waited 10 years to have my
case finalised in the courts..
I reported this person (lawyer) to,.
the London Bar Standards.Board
(where the lawyer was called) and
they agree I was dealt a low blow.
However, until the Nassau Bar Asso-
ciation deals with this situation,
where the lawyer is practising (Nas-
sau) they can't assist me.
The association has yet to respond
after two years as to what
progress/steps, if any, have been tak-
en regarding my complaint.
Maybe we can find out what's
going on. This is similar to police
complaints not being investigated
until it's brought to "light" by the
media.
Because Bahamians are unaware
of their rights, many have failed to
complain.
I am far from finished with this sit-
uation and have considered many
times bringing, in full detail, how this
lawyer took my case, as a "friend".
-Shark bait is a joke on how I -was
.Fanipulated, and, yes, robbed by this
person.
Would love, and be glad, to assist
you in further detail on what
Bahamians can do and not do to
safeguard themselves from these
predators.
Looking forward to your
response. Thanks for your time and
insight.
S. Dee, Nassau

INSIGHT replies: This person's
full story of how she was robbed by a
woman lawyer pretending to be her
'friend' will be told in the near future.

UNFORTUNATELY, the law
attracts some dishonest people, who
see the profession as a means of
exploiting and stealing from the
untutored.
There are, of course, exceptions,
but I suspect your figure of "60 per
cent are rogues" is very, very con-
servative. In the Bahamas, I would *
put the figure at 85 per cent or
above.
J T Hepburn

I'M glad you used the term "imag-
ined intellectual superiority" in ref-
erence to lawyers because those I
know are as dumb as posts once you
get their conversation away from the
law.


It amuses me to see them
being photographed in wigs
and gowns outside the
Supreme Court with bun-
dles of books in their
hands. This is intended to .
imply scholarship, but my .-
bet is that most of them -
have never read a good/ .
book in their lives. They
wouldn't know Marcel -
Proust from a bottle of .. '
Jamba Juice.
Expat professional

I, PERSONAL- /
LY, have fallen vic-
tim to a crooked
woman lawyer, "a wolf in sheep-
's clothing" who took money from
the buyer of mri property and used it
to open another business. I have
written to both the Bar Association
and the police and this woman has
not been picked up yet.
It has been months since this
woman received my monies and I
am out here struggling to make ends
meet, hurting emotionally, physical-
ly and socially.
This woman has given no thought
to my welfare and, sir, this woman
needs to be exposed.
Please, sir, address this matter.
Lawyer's victim

This case has been included in
INSIGHT's dossier of dishonest
lawyers. The name of the lawyer is
known to us.

THE reason I buy The Tribune
on a Monday is to read INSIGHT,
and I want to thank you for what
you are writing about the legal pro-
fession.
I am afraid that inefficiency has
become the norm in that profession.
From the time I have been in the
buying and selling of real estate the
legal profession has been inefficient.
It is very frustrating dealing with
them.
If you were to canvass many of
the brokers I am sure they would
share my view. I don't think the pro-
fession should regulate itself. There
should be a government-appointed
board to regulate them because they
have not done a good job of regulat-
ing themselves over the years. I
agree, also, that there should be an
ombudsman to represent the pub-
lic's interests.
INSIGHT reader

I WOULD like to compliment
and thank you for another brilliant
piece of journalism regarding the
corrupt legal system in the Bahamas.
After reading some of the Insight
readers' feedback it is clear that the
time is now for your newspaper to
keep the fire burning on this mat-
ter. Corruption will not end unless
your newspaper remains vigilant
about exposing the vast greed that
exists among some in the legal pro-
fession.
The pain expressed by the vic-
tims are overwhelming. It is indeed
stressful for all Bahamians who have
been hoodwinked, bamboozled and
lied to by corrupt attorneys. We must


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checks and balances among
the legal profession.,
I implore you to not stop but
keep raising the consciousness
among the nation's leaders, church-
es and businesses that, unless this
nation comes to terms with the injus-
tices against powerless Bahamians,
we may have dire anarchistic conse-
quences in the short term. People
are fed up with the foolishness, and I
stand with you and other Bahami-
ans who wish to live'in a nation
where justice is fair and unquestion-
able.
Your news stories inspire me and
countless others across the country
who are thankful that we have some-
one of your calibre addressing our
nation's ills in an open forum and
who is not afraid tb take on the 'sys-
tem'.
May God's blessings and comfort
always be with you. Warmest
regards.
Grand Bahama Supporter

YOUR recent articles on the fail-
ings of the legal profession in gener-
al and Andrew Thompson in partic-
ular are no doubt creating an impact.
Hopefully, it will be a positive one.
To say there is a need for account-
ability in the legal and judicial system
falls somewhat into the realm of stat-
ing the obvious. Whether it can be
accurately said that 60 per cent or
so of Bahamian attorneys are guilty
of professional misconduct and/or
are criminal, is a question of num-
bers.
The Bar Association has records
of the complaints made against its
members, and those which were
resolved and those which were not.
Those not resolved at the level of
the Ethics Committee, would have
proceeded, or have been readied to
proceed, before a disciplinary tri-
bunal. The decisions of those tri-
bunals (which have the effect of a
Supreme Court judgment) are a mat-
ter of public record. Actual, as
opposed to the speculative numbers
involved, could be ascertained.
Justice Jeanne Thompson,
(retired) was a guest (along with the
undersigned) on the Jeff Lloyd show
last Tuesday, August 19. Former Jus-
tice Thompson spoke to issues aris-
ing on the question of legal profes-
sional discipline and accountability.


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fines, su
and disba


Regard-
ing the
criminali-
ty aspect
of profes-
ional mis-
onduct, it
as pointed
t the Bar
no power
impose any
ninal sanc-
on any
ber of the
Discipline
the Legal
sional Act
fined to
uspinsion,
arment. To


infer otherwise, is to ignore the facts.
Criminal conduct can only be pros-
ecuted by the Commissioner of "
Police. The police can only prosecute
if there is a complaint. The courts can
adjudicate on the complaint, if and
when the police charge the person,
and bring him before the courts. Once
that person has a criminal record, u
he/she cannot be reinstated at the
Bar.
The person who has been the vic-
tim of crime must, in the first instance,
make the complaint to the police. By
the same token the police, including
the commercial crime unit, need to
accept that they have jurisdiction in
these matters, and not dismiss the
complainant, with the excuse that "it
is a civil matter".
Unlawfully depriving someone of
their property, or money, or forging a .
document, is a crime, and the-profes-- -
sionals on the police fqrce.need tQ,ho"M
alive to this issue. The police should
be trained to respond appropriately to
legitimate complaints from the public.
Otherwise, the crime is in effect con-
doned by our'society, because the
police refuse to take action.
The issue 'of professional account-
ability, however, is not confined to
lawyers. What also plagues our society
is the lack of accountability in the
medical profession. The Medical
Council and the Hospital and Health
Care Facilities Board inexcusably fail
to determine complaints of breach of
statutory duty resulting in death. They
continue to license facilities and doc-
tors who, in other jurisdictions, would
have lost their licences, and been
charged before the criminal courts.
This failure exposes patients to
unacceptable risks, and brings into
disrepute the local medical profes-
sion, which otherwise serves this com-
munity well. When will this issue be
addressed?
Leandra Esfakis
www.bahamaspatientsadvocacy.org

INSIGHT replies: The doctors are
next. However, we intend to deal
with the lawyers first because, as our
feedback indicates, disquiet is mount-
ing against rogue attorneys to the
extent that the public no longer has
faith in the system.


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party just because their parents
and grandparents did so.
Also, the Pindling effect is a
busted flush because most
intelligent voters realise that
the world has moved on and
that "'The Father of the
Nation" is no longer relevant to
the modern Bahamas and its
needs.
Most disturbing of all for the
PLP is that young educated
Bahamians are eager to move
away from the kind of politi-
cian whose only aim in life is to
accumulate personal wealth
during his or her )ears in pow-
er.
Watching an inspirational
orator like Barack Obama in
action, hearing him outline a
Vision for his country that actu-
ally means something to ordi-
nary people. Bahamians must
wonder where anything resem-
bling an equivalent lies in their
own political landscape.
What we have, instead, is a
jaded collection of old hands
whose close connections with
Pindling will forever define
them as outdated pett) nation-
alists with nothing to offer in
the age of globalisation, and a


Obama
younger set who appear to lack
the moral courage to speak out
and make a difference.
As Obama said during his
truly inspirational convention
speech last week. a new kind
of thinking is required to tack-
le the difficulties that lie ahead.
If the PLP is to learn any-
thing from its report, it is that it
has under four years before the
next election to reconstruct
itself and its image in a way
that will make it relevant to all
modern Bahamians.
It needs to shed the drug
dealers, the hangers-on, the
low-lifers who have always
been part of the party's sup-
port system, and offer the
country something refreshingly
new.
That should include a clear
vision of the country's future
- and at least the hope of a
moral base that will ultimately
help to make the Bahamas a
happier and more contented
place.
One senior politician told
INSIGHT: "By 2012, both the
PLP and FNM will have lead-
ership issues. Though Christie


is hanging in for now, there is
no chance he will be there in
four years time.
"And Ingraham, in my opin-
ion, wants out. He didn't want
to come back as leader or
prime minister. He had his ten
years in charge and did what
he had to do. He wants to go
fishing."
Both parties, therefore, need
to work on strategies that will
secure the Bahamas' future in
worsening economic times
under leadership that is no
longer bound to the past.
Like America, the Bahamas
needs to pursue the theme of
change.
Obama mentioned honesty
and family values during his
speech, citing them as two of
the mainstays in achieving the
kind of societN that flourishes
on the basis of self-esteem, per-
sonal dignity and mutual
respect.
It is an example the PLP
might well follow to its consid-
erable advantage. Nothing less
than a full-scale overhaul and a
bold new vision will do.
What do you think?
Fax 328-2398 or e-mail
jmarquis@tribunemedia.net


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* ST. PAUL, Minn.
JOHN MCCAIN tore up the
script for his Republican
National Convention on Sun-
day, ordering the cancellation
of all but essential opening-day
activities a "Hurricane Gustav
churned toward New Orleans,
according tI Associated Press.
"This is a 'time when we have
to do away with our party poli-
tics and we have to act as
Americans,"' he said as fellow
Republicans converged on their
convention city to nominate
him for the White House.
President push and Vice
President Chleney scrapped
plans to addros the convention
on Monday, and McCain's cam-
paign chartered a jet to fly del-
egates back toltheir hurricane-
threatened states along the Gulf
Coast. Campaign manager Rick
Davis said tlei first-night pro-
gram was being cut from seven
hours to two ahd one half.
The hasty reordering of an
event months in the making
underscored not only the risk
posed by Gustav, but also an
intense desire by McCain and
Republicans tp avoid the polit-
ical damage that Bush suffered
from his widely criticized
response to Hurricane Katrina
three years ago.
The formal business of the
convention includes nominat-
ing McCain foqr president and
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his
vice presidential running mate
on Wednesday. McCain's accep-
tance speech, set for prime time
on Thursday evening, is among
the most critical events of the
campaign for'his chances of


winning the White House.
McCain said he was looking
forward to attending the con-
vention but did not say when
he would arrive. He spoke via
satellite from St. Louis after he
and Palin received a briefing on
hurricane preparations in Jack-
son, Miss.
Campaign manager Davis
told reporters inside the con-
vention hall that the opening
program on Monday would be
"business only and will refrain
from political rhetoric."
To help those in need, he
said, "We are working with the
delegations, financial people,
finance committees, many other
concerned individuals to do
what we can to raise money for
various charities that operate in
the Gulf Coast region."
As for the convention sched-
ule, he added that further
adjustments would be made on
a day-to-day basis.

Challenges
McCain said of his briefing
in Mississippi: "I'm happy to
report to you that the coordi-
nation and the work that's being
done at all levels appears to. be
excellent." He cited remaining
challenges in communications
and search and rescue opera-
tions, but emphasized that the
response seemed to be going
more smoothly than the one
three years ago,
"I have every expectation
that we will not see the mistakes
of Katrina repeated," he said.
The Bush administration's-
handling of that storm con-


tribute to a plunge in the pres-
ident's approval ratings that
helped the Democrats win con-
trol of Congress in 2006.
The uncertainty contrasted
with a state of readiness inside
the Xcel Center, a hockey arena
transformed into a made-for-
televison red-carpeted conven-
tion hall. Thousands of red,
white and blue balloons nestled
in netting high above the floor -
to be released during final-night
festivities if the Republicans
decide to go ahead with them,
Outside, police took nine
people into custody for cross-,
ing a security barrier in an anti-
war march. The nine, including
two women in their 70s, were
charged with trespassing,
according to Doug Holtz, a St.
Paul police commander.
Emphasizing their concern
about the hurricane, McCain
and his newly named running
mate traveled to Mississippi for
a tour of the state's emergency
management center.
"I pledge that tomorrow
night, and if necessary through-
out our convention, we will act
as Americans, not as Republi-
cans," McCain told reporters
moments later.
The events temporarily over-
shadowed a more traditionally
political pre-convention debate
over McCain's decision to name
Palin to his ticket. She was may-
or of small-town Wasilla, Alas-
ka, for six years before she
became governor in DecemD-
ber 2006.
Responding to a question
after his hurricane-related
remarks, McCain made a ring-
ing defense of Palin, who


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REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stands next to his wife Cindy before announc-
ing there will be changes to the Republican National Convention due to Hurricane Gustav during a media availability
outside the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in Pearl, Miss., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008.


Democrats argue has less expe-
rience than their presidential
candidate, Barack Obama.
"I thin Sen. Obama, if they
want to do down that route, in
all candor, she has far, far more
experience than Sen. Obama
does," McCain said.
He cited Palin's stint as gov-
ernor of a "state that produces
20 percent of America's ener-
gy" as well as her previous
membership in the PTA and
her time spent on the city coun-
cil and in the mayor's office in'
Wasilla,a town of fewer than
7,000 people outside Anchor-'
age.
By contrast, he said Obama
"was a community organizer
when she was in elected office.
He was in the state Senate and
voted 130 times present. He
never took on his party on any-
thing. She took on a party and
the old bulls and the old boy
network and she succeeded."
Palin has frequently clashed
with fellow Republicans in her
state, and won office after deny-
ing an incumbent GOP gover-
nor renomination to a new term
in office.
But Democratic Sen. Chris


Dodd of Connecticut said
McCain's selection was merely
designed to appease the hard-
right conservatives in the
Republican Party. "His knees
buckled" when it came time to
picking a running mate, Dodd
said of McCain in an appear-
ance on CNN.
McCain conferred by phone
with Govs. Bobby Jindal of
Louisiana, Bob Riley of Alaba-
ma and Charlie Crist of Florida
during the day.

Prominent
Crist, with a prominent
speaking role at the convention,
said he was staying in his home
state to tend to hurricane busi-
ness, and the others were stay-
ing home as well.
Democrats, too, decided to
tone down their convention-
week efforts.
Party spokesman Brad
Woodhouse said the Democrats
had canceled a "More of the
Same" rally that had been slat-
ed for Monday.
Obama said he was ready to
encourage his supporters to
assist any victims of the hurri-


cane.
"I think we can activate an
e-mail list of a couple of mil-
lion people who want to give
back," he said.
Roger Villere Jr., Louisiana
Republican Party .chairman,
said the chartered jet would fly
delegates back to their home
states and also fly back to Min-
nesota with family members
who want to evacuate the Gulf
Coast area.
"We got a large plane
because we needed it. We'll
take any delegate that would
like to go back," Villere said.
"The McCain campaign has
assured me this is the first pri-
ority," he said referring to the
hurricane.
With millions of Gulf Coast
residents fleeing the approach-
ing storm, Chadwick Melder,
a delegate from Baton
Rouge, said he was taking
advantage of an offer from the
campaign to fly his family out of
harm's way.
"I'm trying to get my family
out of there and stay here for
the week," said Melder,
although he added, "I have
responsibilities here as well."


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The stories behind the news


PLP needs its own Oama


A YEAR-OLD report

commissioned by the PLP

to find out why they lost

the 2007 general election

told Bahamians nothing

they didn't know. But it did

remind the party that now

is the time to work on its

future, or face another

defeat in 2012.

INSIGHT reports...


* By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor
LAWYER-politician Philip
'Brave' Davis is said to have
shelled out between $30,000 and
$50,000 of his own money to
pay for a top firm of analysts to
probe reasons behind the PLP's
election defeat.
Shocked by the party's unex-
pected failure (unexpected by
the PLP, that is), Mr Davis and
his colleagues felt compelled to
get outside help in determining
what went wrong.
Yet for just 75, cents a copy,
The Tribune last year cata-
logued the whole sorry tale in
fine detail, even providing con-
structive suggestions for the par-
ty's future, and naming those
responsible for bringing the
government down.
There is, in fact, nothing
about the PLP's collapse at the
polls that an average sixth-form
researcher could not analyse
and report on within a week,
complete with short biogs of the
major culprits and recommen-
dations for their punishment.
OGreenberg, Quinlan and
Rosner, the American research
company hired by Mr Davis and
Co., reached four major con-
clusions in their detailed
appraisal, none of which made
the earth move under Nassau
town.
"Wow, we didn't know that!"
was a phrase noticeable by its
absence as the report was
"leaked" to a local media house,
allegedly by a former PLP Cab-
inet minister.
Significantly, not one of the
radio talk shows bothered to
discuss the report, which many
leading figures in the PLP had-
n't even read, and no-one rang
in to either challenge or sup-
port it.
As top-level, secret reports
go, it had about as much impact
on the political consciousness
of the Bahamian people as last
week's weather bulletin from
Tristan da Cunha. Here's what
it said:
Firstly, that former Prime
Minister Perry Christie was per-
ceived as a weak and indecisive
leader.
Secondly, that the PLP was
seen by many as a corrupt cabal
of some grubby little villains on
the make.
Thirdly, that the party's


chances were severely eroded
. by a succession of scandals
involving its own ministers and
MPs.
And fourthly, that the PLP's
base of support had narrowed
considerably, leaving the party
badly exposed to an electorate
that now thinks before it votes
rather than blindly following
the allegiance of yesteryear.
The first point has been the
subject of so much comment in
the past that it would not be the
best use of time and space to
labour the point again.
Mr Christie, at 65 a failed
leader with no new ideas, really
ought to step down and make
way for a new generation. His
disastrous five-year administra-
tion was little more than a mini-
reprise of the Pindling era, a
time of shame that Bahamians
really must put behind them.
Mr Christie had his chance to
lay the base for a bright new
future, but failed to do so, and
leading PLPs are now firm in
their belief that he should not
be around as head of the party
when the next election is held in
four years time.
The second point is so self-
evident that it will cause no
shock tremors in Nassau's over-
the-hill areas, where the ram-
pant self-interest of PLP politi-
cians is well-known. The only
surprise is that. so many poor
Bahamians still offer them their
support.
The third finding, relating to
scandals, was undoubtedly the
main cause of the PLP's col-
lapse, but the party's downward
plunge in public esteem could
have been halted early on had
Mr Christie shown the fortitude
required to bring errant MPs to
heel.
The lamentable Sidney
Stubbs MP was the first to
shame the PLP government.
His behaviour at the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration during his first few
weeks in office as chairman was
nothing less than appalling,
especially his alleged victimisa-
tion and persecution of FNM
supporters on the staff.
Then came the Korean boats
scandal, when rich foreigners
were invited to hoover up all
the nation's fish stocks for
export to the Far East without
perceptible benefit to the
Bahamian people.


Had Mr Christie acted deci-
sively then, and made an exam-
ple of Mr Stubbs, loud shots
would have been fired across
the bows of those who, over the
next four years, did their bit in
sinking his regime.
First among them was, of
course, the former Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell,
MP for Fox Hill: It is astonish-
ing to all intelligent observers
of the Bahamian political scene
that the PLP should continue
to tolerate his presence.
Banished by the FNM, dis-
trusted by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, reviled by
the late Lynden Pindling, con-
demned by leading PLP mem-
bers in the past, to-many
Mitchell is like raging dry-rot
in the party's superstructure.
There are those who think he
is more than a menace. He is a
one-man infestation. Unless
someone in the party has what
it takes to "treat" him, there is


no limit to the damage he might
cause.
The second culprit was, of
course, Shane Gibson, former
immigration and housing min-
ister, a man whose arrogance is
eclipsed only by what appears
to be his unbridled stupidity.
His behaviour in fast-track-
ing the residency permit of cov-
er girl Anna Nicole Smith, then
being caught on camera
embracing her on a bed at her
Nassau mansion was not only
acutely embarrassing, but also
deeply disrespectful to the
Bahamian people, many of
whom had waited years for res-
idency status for their loved
ones.
'The Tribune's page one pub-
lication of those pictures, and
the subsequent worldwide expo-
sure of Gibson's folly, was the
punch which sent Christie and
his government down for the
count.
Having been softened up by


several hard, self-inflicted body
shots over the preceding two
years, the PLP had neither the
will nor wherewithal to with-
stand that final upper-cut.
"We knew it was all over
when that story appeared," a
senior PLP member told The
Tribune, "We knew it was the
end. We knew we were dead
from that day forth."
Add to that the "cash in the
closet" scandal involving Vin-
cent Peet, the Cabinet Room
fist-fight between Keod Smith
and Kenyatta Gibson, the Leila-
gate voicemail embarrassment
created by Neville Wisdom and
you begin forming the impres-
sion that the PLP government
was, in fact, a free-for-all that
Christie could not contain.
I Strange, then, that the party
should feel compelled to bring
in-Messrs Greenberg,, Quinlan
and Rosner, noted advisers to
the American Democrats and
other progressive political


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to tell them what everyone
already knew -4- that the PLP
engineered its Own destruction
with a mixture 'of corruption,
scandal and incopnpetence com-
pounded by MrI Christie's fail-
ure to control unruly forces
within his own ranks.
The only real; news angle to
emerge from the report was a
comment on the noticeable
shrinking of the PLP's base sup-
port.
For party leaders, this is the
most crucial point of all because
it shows that they can no longer
rely on the rockL-solid "dumb-
head" vote that Pindling and
Co always considered theirs by
right.
Bahamians are getting
smarter by the day, mainly
because of greater exposure to
the world media, and they are.
much less likely to support
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